Iowa Old Press

The Observer
Fontanelle, Adair Co. Iowa
June 2, 1898

-Lot Wilson was over from Winterset Friday.
-J H Hulberd went to Chicago Tuesday evening.
-Jellies, jams and a full line of relishes at the Ideal Grocery
-Best machine oil and axle grease at Blair's Harness Shop.
-The latest in writing tablets and box paper at the Ideal Grocery.
-Do not fail to hear the lecture on Cuba by Rev. S T Weaver, at the Stewart opera house, June 9.
-At the Congregational State Association recently held at Huron, S D, Miss Emma Henry was ordained minister of the gospel.

J. I. McCampbell and Chas T Launder went to Omaha yesterday to attend the opening of the exposition. He goes from there to his home at Early, and was return here the middle of the month to commence work in the Fontanelle summer school.

Mrs S M Jacobs left today for Des Moines to attend the Adventist camp meeting, and will return from there to her home in Chase, Ala.

Prof A B Chantry and twenty others from Orient, including his graduating class of fourteen, attended commencement exercises last Friday evening.

The price of milk remains at 50 cents per hundred, the same as during May. A route furnishing 2,000 pounds of milk has just changed from Casey to Canby.

Dory & Co order new goods for their bargain counter every week. The best line of men's, children's and ladies hosiery can be found on this counter at a very low price.

The first of June was an ideal day of perfect skies and temperature, with fields perfectly watered and drained with crops in a most promising and thrifty condition, and the soul of mankind filled with good cheer and thanks for the manifold blessings. June is normally a month of promise but it was never more encouraging than it is today.

Horses Wanted
I will be in Fontanelle on Tuesday, June 7, from 10 a.m. till noon to pay the highest market price for sound and well broken horses, weighing from 900 to 2,0000 pounds.
Jas. Draper

-Red Wing Stonewear at the Ideal Grocery.
-Grandma Snyder went to Murray Tuesday.
-Miss Josie Shirey returned last evening from a short visit in Des Moines including a trip to Camp McKinley.

News comes from Murray that a daughter was born to Mr and Mrs Will Taylor on May 30. Fontanelle friends extend congratulations.

Prof. C. Colfax Smith was called to Atlantic yesterday by the somewhat serious illness of his mother. If her condition is sufficiently improved, he will go to Chicago the last of the week.

Mr Harlan Haines and Mrs Rose Montgomery, of Mt Pleasant, respectively the son and daughter of Mrs Jefferson Spain, were called here the first of the week by the serious illness of that lady. Early last week she suffered a slight stroke of paralysis, which developed quite seriously on Saturday. She remains in about the same condition at this writing, though it is believed that she is a little better. Mr Haines returned home yesterday.

Charlie Johnson drives a handsome new phaeton.

Elder Butler received yesterday the sad news of the death of his daughter in Chicago. It was impossible for him to attend the funeral.

The board of supervisors are engaged in taking an invoice of the county bridges. Supervisor Eshelman has nearly completed the work in his district and it is quite surpirsing to know that Summerset township has 27 bridges, Eureka 35 and Summit 13. He is now rounding up Jackson. The complete report of the board will show that the county has a large number of bridges.

The head brakesman on the west bound train was quite badly injured at Orient yesterday afternoon. While jumping onto the train he swung so as to bump heavily against the beam of the switch. The bruise was in the abdominal region, which swelled and inflamed so rapidly that he was taken from the train at Greenfield to receive the care of the company physician, Dr F P Culverson. The accident is liable to prove very serious if not fatal. His name is Ed Matthews and his home is in Creston.

-Miss Emma Kalkofen was down from Masena Monday.
-Mrs O C Moore and her two sons went to Villicea yesterday.
-Mr P. Jones, of Omaha Agency, Neb., has been here this week visiting his mother, Mrs John Reed.
-Geo. M Dury and family will leave soon for Colorado where they go to spend the summer in the mountains.

Rev J W Kelly will preach at the Pleasant Grove Congregational Church next Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock instead of next Sunday week as previously announced.

Mrs John Reed leaves today for Minburn, dallas County, to visit for a time with the family of S T Weaver and from there will go to Nebraska to spend the summer with the family of her son.

Miss Ruhama Rolfe leaves today for her home in Burnside, Iowa, to spend the summer. Miss Rolfe will not return to the position to which she has been elected, but will rest from school work for the coming year. The vacancy has not yet been supplied.

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-John Hethington was calling on friends here yesterday.
-W W Walker, the Union township candidate for recorder, was in town yesterday.
-S Bennett returned last evening from Des Moines, the jury having been discharged.
-A daughter was born to Mr and Mrs Leslie Stewart Tuesday. Les had hoped to call the baby George Dewey Stewart.
A D Silverthorne returned yesterday from Nebrask's metropolis, and Mrs S came home from visiting her parents in Greenfield.
- The big rush of grain to market, the usual spring work, and the general activity all along the lines, afford work for all who desire it.
-Rev and Mrs Rev Harris, of Orient, were in town yesterday en route to Eureka township to attend a Sunday School convention.

R J Gaines has been elected first lieutenant of Co I, 3rd regiment. The company originated in Bedford. Mr Gaines will not figure in the contest for county attorney.

Charlie Meinkey is delivering twenty tons of baled timothy hay to D N Dunlap, who will ship it to St Louis. It is fine, bright goods, and good enough for the U S Calvary.

Miss Emma Johnson arrived home yesterday afternoon from Horton, Kansas where she has been teaching. She has been visiting for the past three weeks with her sister in Lucas.

Mrs Robinson, of Galesburg, accompanied by her son, Geo Gray and wife, came here Friday to attend the funeral of John Taylor and remained to visit her mother, Mrs Snyder. They drove from here to Panora, Monday, to visit other relatives.

-The first division of the Literary Society will deliver their final program Friday.
-Miss Williams and Miss Gilbert, of Greenfield, were High School visitors Thursday.
-The High School pupils have now finished their final examinations.
-Roscoe Miller was absent from school last Friday afternoon.
-The rhetoric class are to write an original poem this week.
-Martin Dunlap was a High School visitor Tuesday morning.
-Our outing for the past week took us through Summerset, Prussia and Eureka making home the last of the week.
-B P Lounsbury is still feeding a few steers. They are getting good and fat.

Ben Knight sold his two car loads of steers and one of hobs to L Daniels who puts them on the market at once.

Wm Morrison has had the best of luck with his incubator, the Van Calon patent. He hatched five hundred at two hatchings.

Mr Merrill, sr., returned on the 20th from his Oklahoma trip. He likes it exceedingly well out there and I am told he contemplates going there to locate in the near future.

Mr A Broadfoot, while out riding with his daughter one evening last week, was thrown out of his buggy by the team running away. He fell on his right shoulder, breaking his collar bone and one finger of his right hand. He was in great pain, but Dr Adams, of Berea, set the broken bones and at last accounts he was getting along all right. The horses freed themselves from the buggy and the little girl was not thrown out.

-Miss Sarah O'Leary went to Massena last week to visit and attend the meetings in progress there.
-Frank Pierce is still feeding his 36 head of steers which he has fed all winter. They are dandies now.
- Mr Way, of Anita, has a music class of a dozen members in Eureka township, which he is teaching.
-Herbert Ewing was home for Memorial day.
-Walter Jones and wife visited Saturday with friends in town.
-Dr Means, dentist, over opera house drug store, Greenfield, IA
-Mrs L A Yeager and daughter Rilla went to Afton Friday to spend Memorial Day.
-Miss Anna Gibbs, of Greenfield, visited on Memorial day with Miss Jennie Faurote.

Mrs John Tayler and daughter Fonta arrived last Friday from Murray and visited until Tuesday with relatives and friends.

C B Crow and family drove to Des Moines Sunday to attend the Adventist camp meeting.

Henry Bridgeman and family came down from Linwood saturday to visit over Sunday and Memorial Day.

Vern Brown, son of F M Brown, has joined the first regiment of Arkansa volunteers who left last Friday for Chickamauga, Ga.

The following pupils of the primary department have been neither tardy nor absent during the entire school year: Eugenia Slocum, Hattie Coleman and John Mangels.

Mrs D Carver and son Fred went to Des Moines Monday to visit Harry Carver, who is at Camp McKinley and expecting to leave soon for the more active scenes of the war for Cuba libre.

Geo Casey fell from the top of Wm Morley's house Monday morning and suffered severe straining of the ligaments of one leg above the ankle joint. He was rebuilding the chimney and in some way lost his balance. The injury is worse than a break and liable to lay him up for some time.

The residence of Mrs Baier was struck by lightning last Thursday afternoon. It struck the chimney and followed down inside the house, almost to the floor, when it took a shot and went out the side of the house. Mary Blair and Ed Schwannebeck's girl were considerably shocked, but not severely injured. The electric storm was severe for a few moments.

Mrs Blystone has introduced a new method of raising chickens. In a manger about ten feet long, she placed a large and varying number of eggs and her hens seem to understand the responsiblity that is upon them to keep the large nest warm, for they set in gangs and relieve each other at stated intervals. It is much easier on the hens than when one wears her life nearly out at one continuous setting. Over 250 chicks have been hatchedby this cooperative system.

L A Chaffa shipped twenty seven tons of baled hay to St Louis the first of the week.

John R Sullivan and family, of Washington township, visited with L J Slocum and family Saturday.

Miss Myrtle Wisler, who has been spending several weeks with Fontanelle friends, returned Sunday to her home in Guthrie Center.

We wish to extend our thanks to those who so kindly assested us during the funeral obsequies of our dear husband and father. Especially do we wish to thank Mr J H Hulbert for his faithful attendance and assistance before and after death.

Mrs J A Waldron and daughter Alice came back from Winterset last week and will make their permanent home south of town. Miss Alice graduated from the Winterset schools and the Madisonian says of her oration: the valedictorian of the class was fine in her orations on "Charles A Dans" Miss Alice Waldron deserves credit, not only for her fine record in her school work, but also for excellence of her oration. Perfectly at ease she carried the audience with her, and the unanimous verdict of her worth was attested by the hearty applause which greeted her efforts.

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-The Fontanelle cornet band has contracted to play for the Greenfield celebration.
-Bridgewater and Adair will play ball on the grounds of the latter tomorrow afternoon.
-Menzer & Friedman and J I McCampbell have new advertisements in this issue.
-Scott Ewing and Bert Williams attended the opening of the big fair in Omaha.
-John G Powers has sold the Fontanelle Sentinel to Dr R W Anderson, the Griswold dentist.
-Mrs John Reed has sold her residence property to H W Adams. The deal was closed this morning.

Senator Kilburn will represent our G A R post in the state encampment to beheld at Sioux City this month and will incidentally visit the Omaha exposition.

Letters remain in the post office uncalled for and addressed to Belle Allen, James T Bently, O S Cahill, Katherine R Nagle, Chas N White and Ilias Willis.

Corn planting is practically completed, except in the southern and southeastern counties wherein work was retarded by heavy rainfall. In these counties the soil conditions are much improved and farm work is being pushed as rapidly as possible. In more than three fourths of the state the condition of the corn crop is fairly good, and much more promising than at the corresponding date in 1897. Generally a good stand has been secured and less than the usual among of replanting has been found necessary. The work of cultivation is in progress in all districts.

Grass is unusually heavy in meadows and pastures. Spring wheat is doing notably well. Oats and barley are making heavy growth, and the chief draw back is liability to damage by excessive growth.

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The Observer
Fontanelle, Adair County
June 9, 1898

A meeting was held at the town hall Saturday evening to consider the matter of celebrating the Fourth of July in Fontanelle and the opinion was so nearly unanimous that a second meeting was appointed for last night. This second meeting was largely attended and all of its actions were united and harmonious. Cal Shannon presided and F W Kaemmeter was secretary. The soliciting committee consisting of J I McCampbell and Sam friedman reported that they had succeeded in raising $140, with more in sight, which with the usual licenses for privileges in the park will unite a fund of about $300 to defray the expenses.

W F Johnston was elected treasurer.
Marshall of the day,-W C Brown.
Amusement committee, L W Wood, W C Brown, Dan Walsworth, Jake Yeager, Charlie Sproul, Frank Milner, and Frank Hulbert.
On Speaker, Chas T Launder, J I McCampbell and Cal Shannon.
Finance and Executive.-W F Johnston, J I McCampbell, Sam Friedman, L J Slocum, and F W Kaemmerer.
Music.-Cal Shannon, A A Kirlin, Mrs Geo Baker and Jake Yeager.
This will be a great year for celebrations when patriotism abounds and everybody will want to celebrate and help glorify the American eagle. The committee are now at work and definite announcement of the program will be made in due time. The public is cordially invited to come to Fontanelle and celebrate with us in the beautiful and commodious park, the resort which nature has made the best celebration ground in this territory. Ample amusement and entertainment will be provided for all who come.

-Mrs O C Moore and sons returned Tuesday from their visit at Villisea.
-Jake Yaeger has another installment of store news in his advertising space this week.
-J B Cummings and family of Jackson township, were called to Mt Etna Sunday by the death of a relative.

There will be Children's Day service in the grove at Avondale next Sunday. A general invitation is extended to the public to attend.

Mrs Nancy Kirlin and Sam Kirlin arrived yesterday to visit the family of Archie Kirlin. Sam will leave soon to put an electric light plant in a Dakota town.

The writer had the pleasure of meeting Mr C D Hunt, one of the pioneer newspaper men of Adair county, in Greenfield Tuesday. He has been at Perry, Oklahoma for four years and will make a protracted visit here.

Robt Blair has in stock the celebrated International Pheno Chloro, an antiseptic disinfectant, which is of great value at this season of the year for the eradification of vermin and germs of all kinds and about all places. It is sold in convenient quantities and cheap as a small quantity may be diluted in gallons of water. chicken and chicken houses infected with vermin may be completely cleansed by a coparatively inexpensive use of this magical preparation.

Fred Hurd and Fred Carver were in Creston yesterday hoping to enlist in the army for the Philippines. Lieutenant R J Gaines is slated for recruiting officer in that point with authority to recruit 163 men, but had not arrived at the post when the boys were there. It is said that Gaines is only awaiting final instructions from Washington and is likely to be in Creston any day. There were many young men then anxious to enlist, many more than can possibly be taken under Iowa's quota in the present call.

-Harry Rhine is mowing the cemetery.
-Mrs Chas T Launder is visiting the family of Henry Bloomfield in Eureka township.
-The second anniversary of the Womans Club will be held at the residence of Mr and Mrs E R Faurote tomorrow evening.

Miss Kate Raney will graduate from the Marengo high school tomorrow evening. The subject of her oration is "the Puritan and Cavalier in America". The many fontanelle friends of the young lady extend congratulations.

-W C Brown has had his residence neatly repainted.
-Oliver Shepherd visited in Creston over sunday with his aunt, Mrs Embree.
-The board of supervisors is in session and the proceedings will be published next week.
-The horse buyers report that good and marketable animals are getting scarce in this locality.
-Fred Hurd and Geo Sears were right up against a law suit Monday, but very wisely settled it out of court.
-A L Stewart was over from Greenfield Monday. He has just returned from a weeks visit in floyd county.

Osborn Diegnau, one of the seven heroes who sank the Merrimac in the channel of Santiago, was born in Stuart and in Adair County in 1877. He has been on the sea since 1892.

The Creston depot caught fire yesterday at 11 am. Creston citizens saw it and returned to the private business hoping to see the complete ruins of the old shell, and strangers were forcibly restrained from interference. The fire department circled several times the wrong way around the blocks, but finally got there in time to save it as a further eye sore to the division station.

Miss Ella Baker will close her school in the Goetz district tomorrow with a picnic.

Mrs Dr Frank Suell, of Emerson, arrived last evening on a visit to her father, Abe Creveling, of Eureka township.

J H Hulbert sold his sorrel single driver and the phaeton to his brother, J S, who now has the best family horse in Adair county.

Mr and Mrs Will Cassidy and two children came over from Winterset Monday to visit the family of E R Faurote. Mr Cassidy returned home Tuesday but the family will remain here for ten days.

The M E ladies of the east side will give an ice cream social in the Balhman home, June 17th. The proceeds will be used to help to pay for the repairing of the church. come one, come all and have a good time.

J L McCampbell's flag that has been up nearly every day since the war broke out, and which has seen service for many years, now flutters in tatters, but Mac has ordered a new one of better quality and larger proportions and more stars in the field.

Ed Silgrove was up from Bridgewater Monday and spent the night with Sandy Shoemaker.

R D Liebig is beautifying his place east of town by clearing away the brush along the street and putting up a handsome woven wire fence about his lawn.

John Evans, who made his home in Fontanelle two years ago and a son in law of Marion Cue, is now a section foreman on the Rock Island at Martell, Nebr. He is doing well since he left here and hopes to have his friends run down Omaha when attending the exposition.

-Eli Lundy, of Atlantic, is visiting the family of his brother, G W Lundy.
-W B Hoskins, of Nevinville was an agreeable caller at this office Monday.
-S Shoemaker at the Bank of Fontanelle can make a Farm Loan to suit you.
-The Adair ball team has new uniforms, presented by the business men of the town.
-Mrs S Shoemaker went to Des Moines last Friday for a few days visit with friends.
A fine colt belonging to Albert Estell cut its throat on a barbed wire fence and died in ten minutes.
-Mr Fredericks and his son in law, Mr Boren, from Monticello, were here last week propecting with a view of locating.

Otto Kaemmerer went to Lincoln, Nebr. Monday to work in the same store in which he was engaged last season, though he has a higher position and better wages.

Mr Harley Chaney very nicely entertained a company of ten young people at his home last Saturday evening. Inclement weather kept several others who were invited from attending but those who were present enjoyed the evening very much. Light refreshments consisting of ice cream and cake were served. Miss Oake, of canby, was down and became acquainted with the young people.

Few persons in Creston know that a new militia company has been organized and has been patiently drilling daily for several weeks. The new company is fully armed and partially uniformed already, and will be ready at any time to give a good account. A photograph of the company in line was taken Thursday. The new company has been commanded and drilled by Miss Etta McGregor and is known as the Irving Cadets and is composed exclusively of pupils of the Irvin school.-Gazette.

Foreign buyers were in town the first of the week and bought half a car load of old chickens at 5 cents per pound. They offered 18 cents per pound for spring chickens that would weight two pounds each- a pretty good trade to cater. Raising chickens is a profitable business if one knows how to attend to it. Maurice Kanouse handles a few having sold $5.50 worth of old ones to these buyers, has as many old ones left and 180 new ones. Besides, he has sold enough eggs to buy groceries for the family, and still doesn't pretend to be much of a poultryman.

The business men of Adair subscribed about fifty dollars the past week to pay the Guthrie county road gang for cutting down some of the roads north of town. When the work is completed the farmers who travel that way will have less trouble in bringing their grain and produce to Adair. The guthrie county road crew has been doing good work along this line all over the county, and we are pleased to learn that the farmers of this part of the county are to get some of the benefits of the work, through the citizens of this neck o' woods. The foregoing from the Adair News is good news to travelers. Let the good work go on. Continue it for thirty miles north of Coon Rapids, and you shall be called blessed. We believe that the people of Iowa prefer to go west to see mountain scenery, and have the west side of Guthrie county brought down to grade.

-Fred Falke was up from Creston over Sunday.
-Mrs L A Yeager and daughter Rilla returned Monday from a ten days visit with friends in Afton and Creston.
-Mrs Wendel Mathes was called to Stuart Friday on account of the illness of her daughter, Mrs A B Jones.
-The young people of Jackson township will have an ice cream social at the Center school house next Saturday evening to which all are invited tocome.

Stuart gave a great reception sunday afternoon to the soldiers who went through. They fed every man and then gave each one a big sack of good things to eat on the train.

The Odd Fellow and Rebecca lodges of Fontanelle and Bridgewater will observe Sunday the 12th, as Memorial day, and will listen to a sermon by Rev J W Kelley. The services will be held at Avondale at 3pm. It is a remarkable fact that the remains of an Odd Fellow have never been buried either at Fontanelle or bridgewater, hence the service at Avondale, where sleeps the remains of John Shad who was a member of the Fontanelle lodge.

A visitor to Adair county this spring, and who has been here before in six years, mentions a great improvement in all respects, and especially commends the farmers for having more meadow. It is, he says, an easier, more profitable and progressive method of farming. The creamery interests are in a large measure responsible for this, together with the fact that the community is in better circumstances and able to own and feed stock. Adair county is thrifty and progressive and among the best counties in the best state in the Union.

The last landmark of the early days of Winterset which was left on the square is being removed. It is the old express office, which the old residents say was built about the year 1819. It was originally made of roughly hewn logs filled in the stone and mortar and covered at a later date with siding. C A Cole, who owns the lot on which it stood, is about to put up a new building there, on account of which the old office is to be taken away. Peter Clear has purchased it and will move it to a location near the city park.-Winterset Madisonian.

The boys from this locality who are enlisted in Co G, which started with the Fifty first regiment for the Philppines Sunday are as follows: Harry Carver and Martin Dunlap of Fontanelle; Ezra J Brayton, LeRoy Darby, Chas E Geesman, Herbert M Griffith, Geo B Hetherington, Ernest C Hames, Wm b Martin, jr., Frank W Meredith, Fred Neely, Ernest L Patterson, Roy Reno, Vern W Shrader, Wm Wallace, and Daniel M Simero, of Greenfield, and Geo. B Hall, of Prairie City. All of these are well known to the people of this vicinity whose best wishes will follow them all the way.

-Harvey Day finished burning a kiln of 40,000 brick Tuesday.
-Miss Emily Alden went to Kent last week to visit her sister.
-The band boys are raising money with which to buy some new instruments.
-Geo. W Rogers, north of town, is building a barn 44 x 52. Julius Welscher is doing the work.
-Jackson township is a close second to Eureka in the matter of county bridges and shows up with thirty four.
-All the butter now being put up by the Blue Grass creameries is packed in square boxes for the Australian market.
-J H Hulbert and family left Monday for Council Bluffs where they will spend the summer within visiting distance of the Omaha exposition.
-Daniel Carver and Frank Hulbert went to Des Moines last Friday evening to see the boys of the Fifty first before their departure for San Francisco.

Henry Colwell went to Council Bluffs Monday to represent the local Masonic lodge in the grand lodge, and will remain several days to attend the Omaha exposition.

According to a tabulated report, Adair county is entitled to forty men in the volunteer services. She now has 22 in the fifty-first regiment and 3 in the Fifty-second, leaving fifteen that will be entitled to admission through the recruiting office.

Mr Leo Weaver and wife, of Noble township, Cass county, were visiting from Friday until Monday with the lady's sister, Mrs A J Kingery, and her brothers, David and Chris Eshelman. We acknowledge a pleasant call from Mr Weaver, who was one of Lincoln's boys from '61 to '65, and who would just like to be in it again but is restrained by prudential considerations.

Mrs B F Matthews has received another letter from her son, Allie Stearns, under the date of April 21, which located them about the middle of Lake Bennett, where they expected to remain till the ice went out. He says, "We have just finished whip sawing the lumber for our boats. We are tired out and will get a much needed rest. We have been on the jump ever since leaving Dyes at the hardest work I ever did, but are all well and do not feel a bit blue. Mrs Miner seems to stand the hardships as well as the rest of us. There is a continual stream of people going by and the lake is lined with tents, but it must stop soon, as the trail gets soft in the middle of the day and will soon be impassable. It was 12 degrees below zero this morning, the coldest we have had, but is quite warm at 3pm. Expect to build our boats 6 feet wide and 22 feet long and skiff shape. The logs have been so culled out that our wildest lumber is not over 5 inches and pretty poor stuff, balsam, but guess it will carry us to Dawson. My arms are so sore I can hardly move, pulling that whip saw. thought pulling that old sled was tough but it doesn't compare with the saw. Am going to Linderman after some of our supplies-jerked beef and 100 pounds of flour-that were caught in the snow slide. Our outfit of 24,000 pounds of grub and 800 tools, clothes, etc., is in good shape. a good deal of stealing is going on and I expect to see some one caught at it and strung up before we get away. The people as a rule are sociable and obliging-very few sore heads and kickers-but everybody is busy and there are no play spells. Got a paper of the 12th yesterday. They peddle them through here occasionally at 25 cents a copy. We want to get hold of some fresh meat the worst way, but there is no game and I don't suppose I could get through this ice to fish. "

-S H Ellis is over from Stuart today.
-John Gillian is having the Savery house office repainted.
-County Attorney Frank Gates was in town Tuesday and drove from here to Greenfield on official business.

Mrs Jno Christie, of New Windsor, Ill., and Mrs H J Harbor, of Greenfield, visited yesterday with the family of Robt Blair. They were old friends in ILLinois.

W E Rhodes, representing the Creston Advertiser, was in town yesterday. The bright little sheet is now issuing an edition at 2pm which reaches Fontanelle at 4:20.

The almost continuous rains are said to be doing considerable damage to the small grain, and the weeks are certainly getting a long start ahead of the cultivator in the corn field. Looks like we had annexed Cuba's rainy season.

A son was born to Mr and Mrs Glen Wissler, of Jackson township Monday.

An excellent report of the bombardment of Santiago will be found on our inside pages.

Charlie Crow and the large contingent who attended the adventist camp meeting at Des Moines-all reached home Tuesday, after a thoroughly profitable and enjoyable session.

On account of the rise in the prices of print paper the price of all the Creston dailies has been raised ten cents a month.

Mr F M Brown, of Greenfield, received a telegram Tuesday morning announcing that Mrs Brown's brother, Bert Dew, had been struck by lightning and instantly killed at his home in Harrison county, Nebr., on Monday. Mr Dew was about forty years of age. He formerly resided here and was well known as deputy auditor under Audito Smith. Mr and Mrs Brown were unable to reach there at the time appointed for the funeral.

Janitor Jake Clark of the county court house built a fire in the furnace Tuesday afternoon to burn out the waste paper that had accumulated, but the furnace couldn't get its breath. The smoke stack was smokeless, but the smudge seeped through the crevasses in the floor and made the officers wonder "wot t'ell". whether the house was being bombarded or torpedoes. while they wondered and looked askance the smudge grew denser and more penetrating. superintendent Alexk Taylor's manly bust was framed in an upper window whle he delivered an oration in large language on the evils of smoking, which however didn't please the furnace. the board of supervisors was in session and agreed unanimously that the thing was a pestiferous nuisance, and appealed to Clark to abate it, but Clark declared with tears in his eyes that he couldn't help it. It became so disagreeable that it was almost necessary to carry a lantern to avoid colision in the corridor. the record's and clerk's offices were comparatively free from the trouble, but Treasurer Hulbert was in the thick of it, though he was conservative and limited in his remarks. The barnacles will probably be removed from the interior of that chimney if the county has to issue bonds to do it.

Geo. M Dory received a letter yesterday from his sister in law, Mrs J A Dory, at Idaho Springs, colo., stating that her husband had been thrown from a buggy pulled by a runaway horse last Friday, sustaining the fracture of his thigh bone near the socket. This is the third injury he has received since last October, having broken two ribs in falling from a mountain, and later sustaining quite severe injuries in falling from a house. As he is 73 years of age, the third and most severe injury is likely to prove quite serious. Mr Dory hopes to leave for his brother's bedside by the first of next week.

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The Observer
Fontanelle, Adair Co. Iowa
June 16, 1898

Foreman Chas. Johnson, of the section line, will increase his force from three to five men and put in most of the summer putting the track in shape again. Charlie Walton and will Day have been on the force this week.

Ralph Tuttle and Willis Kurtz have been cleaning house at the bachelor's resort for the first time since Old ring was a pup, judged to be about five years ago. They found cock roaches innumerable and very large, one of which just filled a thread box.

Last Friday, a deal was consummated by which J H Hulbert becomes the proprietor of the elevators at Fontanelle and Massena, formerly owned by Kurtz & Co. Mr Kurtz retires and Mr Willis, who has been stationed at the place, will go on the road to push the sale of the famous Kurtz incline elevator.

The republican caucus for Summerset was held at the town hall Saturday afternoon, with Senator Kilburn as chairman and Louis champlin, secretary. The voting was by ballot and L J Slocum and Geo. Musmaker were tellers and 90 votes cast. The delegates so chosen are published in the regular list elsewhere.

David Chapman, who has lived south of town forty years, says that he never saw the Nodaway so high as it was after the rains of last Thursday night. Some of the good people were scared for fear Cervera's fleet would come up and bombard the country. One enterprising farmer claimed that he had made this impossible by stringing three strands of barbed wire across the big water.

Billy Johnston's smile played upon the brass mountings of the Exchange Bank last Monday morning like the sun upon the water, which he explained to all who wanted to know, that a lovely girl weighing seven pounds and fourteen ounces came down the pearly stairway and into his home while the church bells were ringing their chimes Sunday morning. the occasion made a whole neighborhood happy. It still looks, however, as though we should have to transpose George into Georgia in order to honor the hero of Manila by any christening that is likely to take place in this town.

Last evening about 6 o'clock while Jimmie and Jud Treichler were playing with a revolver at their home, the weapon was discharged and the ball struck Jimmie in his left side just above the heart. The shooting occurred upstairs and the family below did not even hear the report of the gun, which was of 32 calibre. Jimmie came down stairs and informed his mother that he had been shot, at the same time showing her the wound from which the blood was dripping, and then ran to Dr. Munnett's office where an examination was made. at the hour of going to press, the bullet had not been located, but Jimmie slept well last night and is feeling in good spirits today. Just how serious the wound may prove is not certainly known but it is hoped that when the bullet is located, it will be found that his injuries are not of a dangerous character. Jimmie was an employee in The Reporter office and he is greatly missed this morning.-Orient Reporter.

Railroad Washout
The incessant rains of last Thursday and Thursday night caused considerable damage to stock, crops and other property, and among the most serious damage was that done to the railroad track in washing it out from a point east of Senator Kilburn's farm nearly to the place where the track crosses the wagon road a mile and a half west of greenfield. The total distance of track dislodged was nearly three miles. The track, though it was not pulled apart, was washed off from the road bed, some places only a foot or two and some nearly out to the edge of the right of way. None of the bridges are out but some were badly twisted by the pulling of the track as it was carried away. In the morning the entire bottom was covered with water but by noon it had gone down so that nothing but the lowest places were filled. A gang of about a hundred men were brought up from Creston immediately and with a ballast train worked for two days and a train was run over the road Saturday evening.

List of Delegates
The following is a partial list of the delegates to thie county convention next Saturday.
SUMMERSET, 8- L M Kilburn, W F Stewart, Geo Musmaker, A J Kingery, C N Bakerink, E N Fancher, W H McClure, A A Kirlin.
GREENFIELD,9- Jno A Storey, W B Burget, W B Martin, J J Hetherington, John C Hoyt, Teddie Whittle, Walter Easton, Jas M Gow and Wm Holiday.
WALNUT, 4-Geo. Van Camp, P O'laughlin, Pat Rhody and Fred Davis.
STUART, 3-Wm Chambers, I H Twombly and H F Hodges.
JACKSON, 4-W C Hodges, Chas. Meinkey, T T Smith and J Pote.
ORIENT, 5-C E Wiley, A K Reed, Jas Treichler, Frank Kingery and Alt Strong.
WASHINGTON, 4-D T Sullivan, E D Harris, D M Strang, and J P Kemberry.
EUREKA,4-Robt Jenkins, John Bang, Mr Nichols and A H Gosnell.
BRIDGEWATER,3-J B McKinley, A M Peckham, and Jas Fisher.
JEFFERSON, 5-W H Easton,jr., WmLewis, J H Wilson, A E Compton, Jas McCreddan.
GROVE, 5-J M Humphrey, J F Calkins, Frank Van Horn, David Wilson and Richard Adams.
GRAND RIVER, 3-John Murphy, Geo Lee, A R Haskell.
LEE, 3-John Barr, Art Sissel, E L Vance.
PRUSSIA, 4- ___Emmons, John H Crowley, ____Dwigans, J Richardson.
HARRISON,5-R T Murphy, A C Smith, Frank Coulter, H S Wakefield, S Fleming.

West Jackson
-Peter Hensel, of Chicago, is visiting with friends here.
-Adam Bietz and wife, accompanied by his sister, Mrs George Ries, left for the northwestern part of the state to visit with their sister and other relatives.
-Myra Edsall closed her first term of school with a picnic at No 9 last Friday.
-Mr Norton is building a barn on his farm north of Bridgewater.
-Mrs Bolz and family spent Sunday with Mrs Metzger.
-Mrs F Greenbeck spent Sunday with her mother, Mrs Rochtenbach.
-We understand that there was an ice cream supper one night last week at the home of Mr Lewis.
-Henry Roos and family spent Sunday with Martin Bower.
-Mr Thomas has built a new barn on his farm northwest of Fontanele.
-Casper Greenbeck sold some of his spring calves the other day for $12.50 each.

Canby News
-Silas Town has three hands at work in his onion patch.
-Why live on bread and butter when strawberries are only 5 cents a quart.
-Ollie Hemphill has given up duck hunting and gone to plowing corn.
-Emmet Smith, of Casey, was a Sunday visitor at W Long's.
-B P Lounsburg has been putting up about 200 yards of hog fencing.
-Miss Aspinwall had a letter Tuesday from her brother who is company K. 53rd regiment of South Dakota volunteers. He is still in San Francisco.
-Several of our young people spent an enjoyable evening at Lew Soderberg's Wednesday evening.
-Dan Kingery has a new outfit complete, horse, buggy and harness.
-It rained for two hours at Canby Sunday afternoon, while a quarter of a mile south of here it hardly sprinkled.
-The Children's Day exercises here Sunday morning were a grand success, as they were also at Highland in the evening.
-O P Shepherd and M R Harded are papering the Highland church this week.

Jackson Center
-Chet Bakerink spent Sunday with his brother Frank.
-Ed Quinton strained his neck quite severely while trying to catch a horse.
-Miss Kate Mulcahy closerd her school with a picnic last Friday.
-Born, to Glen Wissler and wife, an eight pound son, June 4.
-Mr and Mrs Quinton and son attended the funeral of Mr Quinton's brother in Masena last Sunday.
-Mr and Mrs Mulcahy visited at G A Wissler's Sunday.
-Geo Tolen and family Sundayed with F M Bates.
-Mr Quinton returned from Colorado last week much pleased with the country.
-John Tolen is up from Creston visiting his brother and friends.
-A few bridges were taken out by the high water of last week.
-Dr Baker's man, Mr Perryman, was in these parts last week selling medicines.
-The ice cream social of Saturday night proved a success and a flag will soon be waving over the school house.
-Chris Horstiens spent Saturday night at J Wissler's. -Mr and Mrs H Pfondleller and Mr and Mrs Al Bauer were Greenfield visitors last Tuesday.
-John Lentz visited the Center school last Wednesday afternoon.
-Frank and Lester Cleland visited at Mr Mulcahy's last Sunday.
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-Elsie and Frank Faurote are expected home from Tabor today.
-Newt Bakerink has repapered his barber shop in tasty fashion.
-Billy Brown is mowing the highways about town and doing it up brown.
-Miss Mary Johnson arrived home from Des Moines yesterday morning.
-The band will appear at the Saturday evening open air concert in their new and natty, cool and airy uniforms.
-Dan Patterson was in town Monday.
-Mrs Charles Strong was some better yesterday.
-Shelby Garner was down from Bridgewater visiting part of last week.
-Mabel Fancher will close her first term of school tomorrow at Avondale.
-Mrs Mattie Semmons was married to Mr C W Bell at Corning, June 11.
-John Day is recovering rapidly from what promised to be quite serious illness.
-Ladies will find nice Fourth of July millinery at Aspinwall and Worthington's.
-Ralph Green arrived yesterday from Ft Madison to spend several weeks with Fontanelle Friends.
-Mrs Richard Hale returned Monday from a protracted visit with her parents at Hawthorne.
-During the electric storm of Tuesday night lightning struck a $10 calf belonging to E N Fancher.
-Fred Johnston will manage the Massena branch of J H Hulbert's elevator business after July 1st.
-Martha and Christi Evans presented their mother, Mrs Hugh Evans, with a handsome steel range yesterday.
-G. Kushefskey and wife and children, of Des Moines, are visiting the family of J Mintzer and other firends in town.
-Street Commissioner Bennett is trimming the shade trees which overhang and in some instances obstruct the sidewalks.
-Frank Eddy, living on the Rectenbaugh farm, was thrown from a colt Sunday and sustained the fracture of his shoulder.
-Miss Emma K Henry, accompanied by her brother, Hubert, was the guest of E R Faurote and family the latter part of the week.
-The Rebekah lodge elected the following officers last night: Alie Simpson, N G; Josie Dwinell, V G; Teleda Salisbury, secretary; Anna Morrison, treasurer.
-Homer Porter found one of his best horses dead in the pasture Monday morning.
-Mrs Charlie Crow and three children drove to Lenox Tuesday to visit her parents. They will return Sunday.
-Clarence Meltabarger came up from Creston and spent Tuesday and Wednesday at home. He is the flag man of the steel gang.

Mr and Mrs W J Jacobs, the well known carpet makers have added to their equipment a Kirk fly shuttle loom, which was put in and set up last Moday by the manufacturer, W P Kirkpatrick, from Arrowstown, Ill. The new machine not only does better work, making a stronger and better knitted carpet, but doubles their capacity, which became a necessity since they have made nearly 1500 yards of carpet this year, and are still unable to see through the work that is before them. These people who have been doing good work for Adair county people for so many years are now able to absolutely guarantee satisfaction and the best carpet that can be made out of rags and warp.

-L W Wittbank is still unable to resume his work at the creamery, as he is suffering from a most persistent attack of the grip.
-Geo. Rodgers will have his joke. He says the way to eradicate the weed pest known as spanish needles is to raise the American flag over the field.
-Mrs Wendell Mathes returned home Monday from Stuart, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs Bert Jones, who will remain until after the Fourth.
-A daughter was born to Aaron Drake and wife yesterday morning. Father Aaron and Grandfather David are happy men. But, alas! Admiral Dewey is still without a namesake.
-The dispatches of Tuesday announce the appointment of Chas W Neal, of Iowa, as commissary with the rank of captain. It carries a salary of $1800. We presume the appointment goes to Charlie Neal, of Stuart.

The Fontanelle summer school under the management of Profs. Smith and wortman opened in the high school building last Monday. The attendance of about thirty is quite satisfactory to the management for the first week. a number of the district schools still in session are to close this week, when it is expected that quite a number of teachers will take advantage of the summer school.
-The school board held a meeting last week and elected Miss Dora Waters to the position in the primary department made vacant by the resignation of Miss Rolfe. The lady is from Macksburg.
-The last issue of Sunbeam, a juvenile magazine published in New York, contains a very handsome photo engraving of Roy C Scott, of Fontanelle, and it is needless to say that Roy graces the portrait gallery of the magazine.

Hurray for George Dewey, Arlie Evans and the baby boy. It was born Tuesday and will be formally christened George Dewey Ewing in a few days, with Grandfathers Tom Ewing and John Stinman occupying the positions of honor, while the peace at any price patriots whose progeny is feminine will be expected to bring presents and sweet incense.

-Mr John Rothlefsen of Manning, arrived here Monday to look after business matters and visit iwth his old friends.
-Sam Salisbury, J I McCampbell, and E R Raurote and wives visited at the home of Uncle Ab Root in Eureka Sunday.
-Mr and Mrs Jefferson Spain drove to Greenfield yesterday to attend the funeral of their granddaughter, Eunice Roesha St Clair.
-Helen, the nine year old daughter of B B Freeman, fell from a hay rack Sunday evening and broke her right arm. Dr Scott reduced the fracture.
-Mr Will Hibbs and his aunt, Mrs Henry Gode arrived today and will make a two week visit with relatives and friends. Mrs Gode resided in Fontanelle many years ago and has many warm friends.

Mrs G S Bennett, of Richland township, received the sad news, recently, of the death by drowning of her nephew, R Guy Wison and two companions, in Henderson creek, near Monmouth, Ill June 10. While trying to cross the swollen stream, they missed the bridge and all were lost. It was a most deplorable accident.

-The Blue Grass Creamery Co will be hard hit by the new war tax which requires that a two cent revenue stamp be placed upon each check and canceled. the company now issues to its patrons of its stations at Fontanelle, Bridgewater, Bearea, Canby, Fisk, and Greenfield, about 700 checks twice a month, so that the revenue tax will cost them about $28 per month or $336 per year, providing the same number of patrons is sustained. This is an item of considerable magnitude and gives the company an appreciative comprehenion of Gen. Sherman's sulpheric declaration that "war is hell".

-Ed Champlin went to Massena last week, where he will clerk for Tom Cusic for three months.
-Ed Hibbs returned last evening from Sidney where he has been to relieve the regular agent for the past month.
-Miss Adda Hulbert arrived from Council Bluffs Monday and will visit for several days with her Fontanelle friends.
-Dr Harry Williams came down from Atlantic Saturday for a short visit with his Adair county firends. He is well pleased with his new location.
-On Tuesday Fred Fuering traded 180 acres of land in Blaine county, Kan to J H Thomas for 250 acres of coal and timber lands in Johnson county, Kentucky.
-M N Bates will move to Greenfield soon to assist in the management of that branch of the Blue Grass creameries. He has become a good butter maker. We are sorry that he is to leave Fontanelle.

Mrs Eunice St Clair, the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs W H Romesha, died at the home of her parents in Greenfield on Monday at 7 pm of consumption. The husband and three children survive to mourne her loss. The funeral was held yesterday at 2pm.

A machinery car destined for Massena and attached to the west bound train of Tuesday morning broke down just this side of Greenfield, the tracks becoming detached. It was miraculous that the train was not derailed. The tracks were toggled together and the train crept into Fontanelle an hour and a half late.

-Senator Kilburn's home has been nicely repainted.
-Dr Means, dentist, over opera house drug store, Greenfield, Ia.
-Jos. Portwood, of Cambria, Wyo, is visiting with Henry Rhine.
-Mrs S Shoemaker returned last Thursday from Des Moines.
-Henry Loliafer estimates that 40 acres of his corn was ruined by the flood.
-The milk haulers all have new rubber suits now and it ought to quit raining.
-S Shoemaker at the Bank of Fontanelle can make a farm Loan to suit you.
-Mrs E E Warren and Miss Nellie Warren drove over from Greenfield Sunday afternoon.
-Mrs M Menger is having her house reshingled. The house that didn't leak last Thursday is the exception.
-Rev L M Hawes came from Omaha last thursday to visit his daughters and innumerable friends in fontanelle.
-Julius Welscher could not get time to build Geo. Roger's barn, and now W F Snyder and D L Norris have the contract.
-Tom spain was down from Casey Monday, bringing his son, Milton spain, who went to Creston to enlist in Company G, which goes to the Phillippines.
-A petition to Supt. Duggin was circulated about town asking that Verne Wolbert be appointed to the position at the pumping station made vacant by the death of his father.

A complete line of field, garden and flower seeds, in package or in bulk, at S Bennett's. Our complete assortment of tested and approved varieties, is a guarantee of satisfaction.

J G Culver reports the rain fall of last Thursday as 6 and 94.100 inches, according to his official gauge. People who measured it in tubs and troughs declare that it was much heavier.

-Fred Mathes went to Indianola last Thursday.
-Senator Kilburn left Monday to attend the encampment at Sioux city.
-Mrs Job S Smith returned last Saturday from her sad mission to Illinois.
-Dan Kingery drives a handsome new buggy right out of McCampbell's emporium.
-Wm Untiedt returned lsat Thursday evening from Scott county where he had been to attend the funeral of a cousin.

Miss Anna Morrison went to Creston last Friday to visit her sister. She went by the combination route and drove to Greenfield to take the train in the absence of about three miles of track between the two towns.

An Adair county boy has again won honors at an eastern college. Jesse Pope, whose parents live a short distance from Fontanelle, has just graduated from Columbia, New York, and with the honor of graduation, he won the prize given to economics, which amounts to $25.00 in cash and a fellowship in the college. Jesse Pope graduated from the public schools of Fontanelle, and after teaching a term he went to Minneapolis and graduated from a preparatory school of that city. He then entered the state university of Minnesota and in the course of time graduated from that college and from there went to New York and has graduated from Columbia college with the addition honor of winning the prize in economics.

-Abner Hestion and wife visited at Dr McDermid's Sunday.
-S W Conwell, of Decatur county, visited over Sunday with Ralph Waldron.
-The creamery shipped 205 57 pound boxes of butter Saturday, being the product of eight days and the largest shipment ever made from this station.

Sudden Death of Harry Wobert
The community was again shocked last Friday afternoon by the announcement of the sudden death of Harry Wolbert. Mr Wolbert had been feeling indisposed during the day, which he spent at home. About three o'clock in the afternoon, he was sitting on the railing that guards the high side walk near his home when he fell off and presumably died almost instantly. He was not seen to fall, but Geo. W Rogers, living north of town, drove past and seeing the prostrate body called aid to his assistance but death had already claimed its victim.

Harry Wolbert was born in Philadelphia, Pa, Dec 16, 1834, and was therefore in his sixty fourth year. He was united in marriage to his departed companion in december, 1874; to them three children were born, Lena, Roy and Verne, all of whom survive. He became a member of the Church of christ in 1886, remaining a member until the end. In the rebellion, he was a faithful and efficient soldier, serving for almost four years. He came to Fontanelle in 1881, and has been continuously in the employ of the railway company at the pumping station.

The funeral was held from the Christian church Sunday at 1pm, conducted by Rev M R Harned, of the M E Church. Members of the Grand Army Post and the Woman's Relief Corps attended in a body and paid the respects due the memory of one of the nation's defenders. The internment was in the Greenfield cemetery.

The community extends sincere sympathy to the devoted daughter, Miss Lena, and to the sons, all of whom mourn the death of a kind and indulgent father. Roy only arrived from Hastings, Nebr., on the special train sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the burial service.

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The Fontanelle Observer
Fontanelle, Adair Co. Iowa
Thursday, June 16, 1898

-Hugh Evans is clerking for Dory & Co.
-Fresh graham, oat meal and corn meal at the Ideal Grocery.
-Robt Brown returned Monday from a protracted visit with his sister at Perry.
-Mrs Vet Bennett and Miss Alice Bennett returned Thursday from Des Moines.
-Mary McClure started Tuesday for Lake City to visit the family of her uncle, E B Mcclure.
-The Highland M E Church is being papered and finished and will be formally dedicated one week from next Sunday.
-D W Prewitt received a sad message yesterday announcing that his brother in law, Benjamin Franklin, of Owens County, Indiana, was struck by lightning and killed Tuesday.

Card of Thanks
We hereby return sincere thanks to the members of the G A R Post and Woman's Relief Corps for their many acts of kindness in our late bereavement.
Lena Wolbert
Roy Wolbert
Verne Wolbert

The marriage of Mr O D LeHew and Miss Vest Baxter occurred yesterday at 7:30 am at the house of the bride's parents in Audubon, Rev W J Meredith, pastor of the Greenfield M E church, officiating. The groom is well known as the chief clerk at Burget's store, a young man of general utility in all of the public functions of his adopted town and furthermore a young man of exemplary character and disposition. Miss Baxter was for three years assistant principal of the Greenfield high school, but for the past year has taught in her native town of Audubon, where she was raised from childhood, and is known and respected by the entire people for her lady like character and womanly worth. Mr and Mrs Le Hew came immediately to Greenfield, where they were entertained at supper by Mr and Mrs Jesse West, when they repaired to the cosy home furnished and awaiting their reception. Their home is a model of fine and tasty furnishing and such as would be approved by their most solicitous friends.

-Grandma Snyder returned Saturday from her visit to Murray.
-Dr Mcdermid has had his drug store reshingled, Maurice Karrouse doing the work.
-Mrs Lena Madison and family of Lee township, visited three days last week with her parents, Mr and Mrs M L Bates.

The committee has secured Maj. H G Curtis, of Atlantic to deliver the oration at Fontanelle on July 4th. the Major is a good speaker and will do honor to the occasion.

Jos. Portwood, who has been visiting with H J Rhine, left the first of the week, accompanid by Mr Rhine's two youngest children, for his home in Cambria, Wyoming. As soon as they can make arrangements to move, Mr Rhine and the other children will go there, where employment can be secured in the mines.

The firm of A L Stewarts & Co, has leased the creamery in Greenfield and will take possession today. It will be operated by A L Stewart as resident manager, assisted by Will foiler, who has been the lead man under Mr Darby. The Observer sincerely congratulates the patrons of the Greenfield creamery upon the fact that the plant has fallen into good hands. While Mr Darby has operated it with comparative success, he has not been able to make it reach its highest usefulness for the reason that the output was necessarily limited. Stewart & Co have the Fontanelle, Bridgewater, Canby, Fisk and Berea stations, and with this addition of the sixth will be better able than ever to pay the highest market price. The firm is composed of honest men who are striving to do an honorable business, who know the business in which they are engaged and we venture the assertion that the creamery patrons who stay with them and sustain them against itinerant competition will be well satisfied in the long run.

-A lady in this town fell into a cellar full of water last Friday.
-Charlie Scofield visited his brother at Bridgewater yesterday.
-The salary of the Stuart postoffice has been decreased from $1,000 to $1,500.00 (sic).
-Dr Greenleaf, of Masena, and Bessie Henshaw, of Atlantic, were married yesterday.
-Aaron Drake is enjoying early potatoes which are the largest and best we have seen.
-Miss Ada Greenwood, of Silver city, arrived Tuesday evening for a visit with Miss Jennie Faurte.
-Word was received yesterday from Harry Carver announcing their safe arrival at San Francisco.
-Verne Wolbert has been appointed to the position at the pumping station made vacant by the death of his father.
-Mis Ada Hulbert is expected here from Davenport tomorrow to remain several days before joining the family at council bluffs.
-Ed Sutphine, of Eureka township, was among those who went to Creston Monday to enlist. we have not heard yet what his luck was.
A L Stewart and A J Gibbs were over from Greenfield yesterday. Mr Gibbs and family only returned last week from their winter sojourn in Colorado.

John Day was taken sick Sunday and his illness has developed quite an aggravated case of inflamation of the bowels. It has not become serious and it is hoped that John will be able to wear it out.

-Lincoln township republicans do not hold their caucus until tomorrow.
-The steam merry go round that was here last year will be here the coming fourth.
-Elder Butler was on the sick list the greater part of last week, but is all right again.
-Mrs Geo. M. Dury, Clyde, Vinice, and Gilbert left yesterday for Colorado.

Street Commissioner Bennett is working against great odds to eradicate the very rank growth of weeks about town and to clear the drainage ways which have been stopped by the accumulation of rubbish washed down by the floods.

Arthur Bowlin, the well known baritone virtuoso, a liberal interpretation of which means crackerjack goes with the Jarlan hose team to the tournament at Muscatine this week. their captain has been giving them hard work and the boys are all in the trim for the concert.

Frank Hulbert returned yesterday from a business trip to chicago.
-Miss Emie Brown visited at her home north of Greenfield over sunday.
-Mrs S shoemaker has been confined to her home by illness a portion of this week.
-Elna and Frank Wiltbank returned Tuesday from a visit with friends at Orient.
-Rev J W Kelly went to Corning yesterday to attend the meeting of the Christian Endeavor Association, going as a delegate from the local society.

Scott Ewing has been quite sick this week confined to his home, and leaving his business in the hands of E W Adams. Mr Ewing went to his farm Monday to repair his washed out fences and became over heated, causing his indisposition.

Fred Carver and Fred Hurd were among the boys who went to Creston Monday to enlist in Co G and were successful in their application and in their examinations. The available men were so plenty that the 106 desired recruits were quickly secured and the boys left yesterday to join the company in San Francisco. Success to them and may they prove worthy assistants to Admiral George Dewey in his campaign against the barbarous Spaniards in Manila.

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The Observer
Fontanelle, Adair Co. Iowa
June 30, 1898

-W T Showers, of Prescott, was in town yesterday.
-Fred Kaemmeres and son Glen were in Creston yesterday.
-A D Silverthorne and Geo. Sears drove to Grand River township today on business.

Fontanelle Lodge No 250, I.O.O. F. has elected the following officers: Geo. Liser, N G, John Jones, V G, E W Adams, secretary; L Slocum, Treasurer.

-S H Ellis was over from Stuart Tuesday.
-John Igoe was hustling business in town yesterday.
-Harley Whisler, of Dexter, was visiing relatives in town Monday.
-Walter Scholes and Dell Gibbs were over from Greenfield Tuesday.
-R A Barber, representing the Omaha World Herald, was in town Tuesday.
-The Misses Mae Johnson and Effie Bennett spent Tuesday at the home of T T Smith in west Jackson.

Watermelons, bananas, oranges, lemons, fire crackers, candles, etc., will be piled up in great profusion at Dory & Co's, on the Fourth.

Charlie Clayton pretty nearly ruined the index finger of his left hand by getting it too near a buss saw. It will incapacitiate him for some time.

Mrs Daniel Carver started Tuesday for her old home in Plymouth, Wisconsin, where she will make a protracted visit with relatives and friends.

Mrs E R Slocum, and son and daughter, Louis and Lorenn, arrived to day from Indianola to visit the family of L J Slocum and other relatives.

Gordinier will catch for the home team July r. He is the only man who can catch Harper and Dr "Pete" McDermid. Base runners seldom steal second on Gordinier.

-Geo Baker is painting the house and barn on his farm west of town.
-Walsworth Bros, are occupying Mrs Shannon's building on the east side of the square.
A L Stewart was over from Greenfield Tuesday. He now does the weighing at the Greenfield branch of the Blue Grass creameries.
-Miss Mary Lorenz is spending the week in Greenfield.
-Walter Mathes visited with friends in Creston Monday and tuesday.
-Earl and Metta Raney, of Marengo, arrived in Fontanelle Tuesday and will remain until after the Fourth.

Dr Scott will leave right after the fourth for a visit at his old stomping ground around Traverse City, Mich.

Marion Aspinwall arrived home Monday from Colorado.

Frank Semmons has a situation there running a stationary engine and will remain until fall.

-John Carson was over from Greenfield Tuesday.
-Willie Johnson visited with friends in Masena sunday.
-Mrs Dr McDermid has been quite sick and confined to her home.
-Geo. Kramer has sold his interestin the west side restaurant to Mr Wickman. He has also moved into Mrs Blysone's Main street house.

While picking cherries Tuesday, Mrs Horace Webstor, of Richland township, fell from the tree and sustained a compound fracture of the left fore arm and the dislocation of the wrist. Dr Scott was called in attendance.

Mayor Scott has decided to permit the use of firecrackers for one week beginning today and ending next Wednesday evening. All parties should, however, use judgment and proper precautions and not abuse the license granted to celebrate.

The residence of Philander Crawford, nine miles northwest of Fontanelle, had a narrow escape from destruction by fire last sunday forenoon. The family had gone to church except a young lady left to do some cooking. She built up a hot fire and in some way the older kitchen part got ablaze. It was fortune, indeed, that active neighbors and a good well of water were handy. As it was, damage was slight.

Frank Zelsnic of Detroit, Mich., is in town this week looking after the property interests of his mother, Mrs V Kafka. They will either sell their place on west Main street or give it thorough repairs.

Lloyd Kelley, of Omaha, arrived yesterday to visit a few days with his father in law, Fred Gary, of Richland township. He has been doing mason work on the grounds of the Trans Mississippi exposition since February for seven days in the week and is fully entitled to a breathing spell. He says that the ateendance is alreay more than was expected at this season and that the managers are confident of making the enterpirse a big success.

The German Hall will be open on the Fourth of July, afternoon and evening for the entertainment of dancers. Good music and good management insure a good time to all who come.

The County Convention of the christian Endeavor Society will be held at Bridgewater to night and tomorrow. Jessie Shannon, Jennie Faurote and Didia Bennet have numbers on the program.

The Misses Daisy, Lizzie, and Ruby Launder, of St Joseph, Mom are visiting the family of their uncle, Chas T Launder, and will remain until after the Fourth.

Yesterday, A Cook and Hugh Munyon were plowing on Mr Cook's farm near Kent and they drove into a swarm of bees. Mr Cook got away with only a few stings but Mr Munyon was not so fortunate. He was badly stung by the bees and saved himself from serious injury by taking refuge in some tall slough grass near by. The horses became entangled in the harness and plow and a cloud of bees settled on the poor animals stinging them so badly that it is thought that both will die. A Creston veterinarian was summoned by telephone but it is doubtful if he can save the horses. Creston Gazette, June 25th.

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Iowa
Adair County