Iowa Old Press
Postville, Allamakee, Iowa
March 19, 1873
The First M. E. Church Of Postville.
This new church edifice, which has recently been completed, and stands an ornament to the town and a credit to the builders, is certainly deserving of a passing notice in this the first issue of the REVIEW.
This building is a frame covered with sheeting and overlayed with brick. The size of this church is 32 X 64, semi gothic in style, with stained glass windows, the vestibule being located in the corner tower; the partition that seperates (sic) the vestibule from the audience room, is continued across the building, forming a class-room 10 X 22 feet, which can be thrown into the main room by opening the three folding doors in the partition. The gallery is directly over the class-room and vestibule, affording sittings for seventy-five persons. The speakers platform is an octagon, one half of which is a recess from the main wall and forms the orchestra. The heating is by furnace in the basement.
Much credit is due the present Pastor, Rev. G. L. Garrison, for the determination with which he agitated the church building project, from the very commencement of his labors on this charge. Early in the spring of 1871, he succeeded in raising a favorable subscription, formed an association, and organized a board of Trustees. however, it seems that but little was done until February 1872, when the whole church, together with some of the outside friends became interested and all agreed that a church must be built. April 6th, the association incorporated and the following named persons were appointed Trustees: G. W. Stafford, J. S. Mott, S. B. Finney, A. Chase, W. R. Allen, J. Moir Jr., and S. W. Courson. S. S. Steelle, Agent of the Church Extension Society was employed to furnish plans and specifications, and the entire job of building was finally let to him, and we take pleasure in referring the public to him, as he most meritoriously bears the reputation of being a mechanic of more than ordinary skill.
The ground was broken in the latter part of June, preparatory to laying the Corner Stone on July 4th.
The Ladies Society that had been laboring and saving for years, prepared to furnish a dinner for the occasion, and all interested in the enterprise were anticipating a happy Fourth, but on the evening of the 3d, one of the most earnest of their number, the wife of S. B. Finney, was suddenly called to the Church Triumphant, to rest from her labors. This mysterious providence cast a gloom over the occasion, and caused a vacuum that will long be felt in the Methodist society of Postville.
The hour arrived and the Corner Stone was laid, Presiding Elder Smith performing the ceremony. The Ladies Society put $176 into their Treasury, to the credit of this society may be known the fact, that they have paid to the Trustees the handsome sum of $800 beside paying for the carpets and other fixtures.
Under the management of our young friend, M. O. Taylor the work moved steadily on, without interruption, to completion.
February 16th was the day for dedication, and Rev. J. M. Clinton of Mt. Vernon, Iowa, engaged to conduct the services. The day was warm and beautiful and nearly five hundred persons assembled to participate in the services of the day.
An interesting and appropriate discourse was delivered by Bro. Clinton, after which he stated that the total cost of building and furniture was $4,515. The unprovided for indebtadness (sic) $1041. This last named amount was asked for, and the people responded to the amount of $2,100, of which $322 was cash.
In the evening the house was again filled and another able sermon preached, at the close of which the dedication ceremony was preformed. An interesting incident of the evening, was the presentation by Bro. Clinton in behalf of the trustees, of a purse of $15 for the purchase of "Rural Church Architecture," to M. O. Taylor, the young man who had charge of the entire building from sill to spire. In consideration of their appreciation of his service and the interest by him manifested in all the work. Thus the day was spent to which the members of the M. E. Church of Postville had been looking forward with much interest and great anxiety for years, and all hearts were happy in seeing so neat and commodious a temple dedicated free of debt, to the services of a kind Father. To Him be given all the praise for the success that has attended the efforts of His people in this enterprise.
OUR HOME ADVERTISEMENTS.
In justice to the business men of Postville who have so generously extended their advertising patronage to the columns of the Review, we will briefly notice each one. Starting from our office, that at present occupies the building known as the "Comstock building," we proceed to the Northeast corner of Pine and Military street where we find the extensive and well known Variety Store of
E. J. STEVENSON & CO.,
known as the new Brick Store. The firm is well known by every person throughout the entire country, as they have long been residents of Postville, and being shrewd business men, at once saw the advantage to be gained by an early location at this point; hence they have invested largely in building and stock, and already enjoy an extensive and rapidly increasing trade. They deal in Clothing, Groceries, Boots and Shoes, &c., occupy one of the largest buildings in the place, a Brick Structure 24 X 65. They buy at the head of the market, and are enabled to sell at prices satisfactory to all. Their gentlemanly and competent clerk Mr. S. B. Finney, well known to all in this vicinity, is at all times ready to wait upon their customers with the best of treatment. See lberal (sic) advertisement in another column.
A few rods north, we find the Drug Store of
N. W. STILES
who in a very neat and gentlemanly manner introduces himself to the public by way of a column advertisement in the REVIEW. Mr. Stiles is our champion advertiser, as will be seen by referring to his column advertisement which occupies a conspicuous place in this paper, and wishes to announce that he is going to continue to carry the belt as our champion and such "grit" as that most certainly entitles him to our thanks. Mr. Stiles proprietor of one of the best drug stores to be found any where in this section of the country, with a large and commodious room, well filled with every thing pertaining to the drug line, together with a large and well selected stock of Books, Stationary, Wall-paper, Lamps &c. He is also general agent for the Howe Sewing Machine, for the counties of Allamakee, Winneshiek, Clayton and Fayette, also sells one of the best organs ever manufactured. The subject of this notice is too well known throughout this country for us to even attempt to tell the people anything but in this favor. Bearing the reputation of being an accommodating gentleman and a first class businessman, ever ready to lend a helping hand toward the advancement of Postville. His name has become a household word in every section of this country. There is scarely a fence board, stone or tree to be found anywhere in the four counties but what has the name of N. W. Stiles near it. Being a kind hearted man, jovial and agreeable in his intercourse, he has won the confidence and esteem of every one which he justly merits. Read his liberal advertisement, and when in want of anything in his line, do not fail to do and see him.
Next store below on the same street we step into the extensive Dry Goods and Grocery Store of
Mr. Poesch is an honest and enterprising gentleman, and when a person looks in at his large and well selected stock of goods they are at once convinced that he is enjoying a No. 1 patronage. Mr. Poesch deals in none aut (sic) first class goods, is courteous, accommodating, and is certainly deserving of all prosperity. He also deals quite extensively in Agricultural implements, is agent for the McSherry & Buckeye Force Feed Seeders. Do not fail to give him a call. See his add in another column.
As we pass to the next door, we enter the Furniture rooms of
Mr. Koevening is well supplied with a first class stock of Furniture, and is a good man to deal with. Those wishing anything in his line will please give him a call.
From the furniture store we make our way into the handsome Drug Store of
who deals extensively in drugs and medicines, and from our acquaintance with Mr. S. we believe him to be a gentleman in the strictest sense of the term, and believe him to be worthy the patronage of the public, we commend him to their favor. Mr. S. is known by all in this vicinity to be an enterprising citizen, and one that is over willing to do his utmost toward the up-building of Postville.
From Mr. Staadts we go back to the Hardware Store of
J. ELLIS & SON
located on the Northwest corner of Pine and Military Streets. This Firm is doing a good trade in the Hardware line, and are ready to do as well by their customers, as any other firm in this section of the country. Those wishing anything in the Hardware line, give them a call.
We pass up Pine St. a few steps where we find
J. McKARTNY (sic)
the popular Picture man, where he is prepared to accommodate you with a true picture of yourself, or any of your children; young man if you ever bring your sweetheart to Postville (and of course you do, to see the sights) do not fail to step in to McCartny's (sic) Picture rooms, and have her Photo before you go home, and to repay her let her have yours. Mack is the man that can take them for you and they won't cost you much either. McCartny insisted on our stopping a few minutes, and he would show us how he worked his machine, and give us a picture for nothing, but we were in a hurry, and was permitted to leave by promising him we would call another day, so we put our pencil behind our ear, and crossed Post St. to corner of Post and Lawler street, and started for the next lucky man which was
where we found him doing a driving business in the Harness trade. Mr. S. is prepared to do all kinds of work in that line, and employs none but the very best workmen. It is not necessary for us to say much about the work done at his shop, as there is not a person in this vicinity but what is acquainted with his work. He is prepared to do repairing on short notice with neatness and despatch. Do not fail to call and see him.
In the next door North, we find the well furnished Millinery rooms of
where she is doing a thriving business in the Millinery line. Mrs. Schmitz has long been established at this place, and at present has one of the best selections of good. All who wish work done, will remember that her store is directly opposite Staadt's Drug Store.
From the Millinery Store, we passed on to the Blacksmith Shop of
J. C. DOW
situated on the west side of Lawler St. Mr. Dow is more than full of work, his shop is about the busiest place in the city. He is prepared to do all kinds of work in the Wagon and Carriage line. He has one of the best Shops in this part of the country, and employes No. 1 workmen. The Blacksmith department is conducted by Mr. C. W. Douglas, one of the best of workmen. Go and see them and satisfy yourselves.
We heard a noise upstairs, found our way toward the sounds --came to a door -- pulled the string -- and was ushered in by that gentlemanly Furniture man
H. P. DAWES
Mr. Dawes came to this place but a few years ago, by economy and close attention to business has succeeded in building up an enviable trade. His rooms are well stocked with the best mteral (sic) the market affords, which he is working up into Furniture. There is not a better place to buy your Furniture in Northern Iowa than of H. P. Dawes. See his liberal advertisement in another column.
Leaving the Furniture rooms, we pass on North a few rods where we find one of the most gentlemanly and accommodating Hardware firms anywhere to be found in this, or any other State. It is known as the Firm of
PRESCOTT & EASTON
These gentleman (sic) are known as honest, enterprising men. They have a large commodious room; litterally (sic) packed with every thing pertaining to the Hardware trade, and a first-class Tin Ship, in connection with their Store. In dealing with this firm you will find them to be first-class men. Read their advertsement (sic), and when you want Hardware, Tinware, or any thing in their line do not fail to go and see them. To be continued......
NEW ENGLAND HOUSE
The Hotel that is known by the above name, is one of Clermont's first-class houses, and it is indeed just what they claim, and is conducted in the very best of style by the gentlemanly Proprietor R. B. Applman, we and many others took supper there when on the excursion trip. Go and see him. [Transcribers note: The "excursion" spoken of here was a "field trip" to Clermont by the Postville Dramatic Club on the evening of Friday, the 14th.]
J.S. GREEN, M.D., physician, surgeon and dentist. Extracted and repaired teeth. Office, over L. POESCH's store, first door west of the National Hotel. Postville.
A.R. PRESCOTT & C.H. EASTON. Agricultural implements, stoves & tinware, iron, steel, cutlery, mechanic's tools, carriage & wagon material, blacksmith's goods, coal, cement, putty, white lead, oil and Port Byron white lime.
Charles J. PETERS. Mammoth Colored Fashion Plates.
Mrs. E. SCHMITZ. The City Millinery Store.
For sale, the whole entire property, consisting of the National Hotel, the livery stable and the lots they stand on. Postville, Iowa -- also -- Two hundred and forty acres of good land, in Winnabago Co., Iowa -- all for-- ten thousand dollars. Apply to C. VAN HOOSER, National Hotel. Postville.
We are pleased to read among the local items of the Decorah Ventilator of last week, of the promising success that awaits that already live paper. The late P.M. of Cresco, Hon. W.N. BURDICK, Ex-editor of the Cresco Times, has purchased a half interest of the Ventilator office and will take possession of the Sanctum about the first of April, where he may be found the greater part of his time. C.W. HAISLET, who is one of the liveliest business men in Northern Iowa, will attend to the outside work, and will frequently visit the neighboring towns.
One of the best donations that was ever gotten up, was held at the M.E. Church at this place, on Tuesday Eve, March 4th for the benefit of the Pastor, Rev. G.L. GARRISON. The receipts amounting to about $80,000. It was a grand time indeed. Everything was done that could be done to make it a success. The supper in our opinion could not have been better, and the music that was produced by the Postville Brass Band was first-class. The new church was dedicated on February 16,1873.
The entertainment that will be given by the Postville Glee Club tomorrow evening, will be of a high order of excellence. The Programme being an excellent one, and their rehearsals have been managed so carefully by the manager, Mr. E.J. FERRY that its rendition cannot fail. Mr. FERRY is a violinist of remarkable skill, and wil add very materially to the interest of the entertainment.
[this article was nearly illegible]...A.C. RIPLEY, in his matchless.....of the character, of "Gumption.... and "Phineas Fletcher." Mr. W. Met?gle in his faultless personation of the...peranuated old gallant, "Deacon Perry." Mrs. E.J. FERRY was perfection itself, in the difficult role of the wicked "Topsy," and Miss Lutie SHULTIS demonstrated her right to a place among the greatest 'Evas' of the stage. Mr. S.S. POWERS was a complete sucess in the character of the brutal and conscience stricken "Legree." Half past twelve found the party again upon the road, and were soon safely landed at the Postville depot.
WEEKLY REPORT of the POSTVILLE M.E. SUNDAY SCHOOL.
March 16, 23 & 30.
Class No. 1, Mrs. BURHANS, teacher.....16
Class No. 2, Mrs. MOTT, teacher........ 7
Class No. 3, Miss BABCOCK, teacher..... 8
Class No. 4, Mrs. STAFFORD, teacher.... 7
Class No. 5, Mrs. BARNES, teacher...... 5
Class No. 6, Mrs. EASTON, teacher......21
Class No. 7, Mrs. ?....................2?
S.B. FINNEY, superintendent
Mrs. POWERS, asst. superintendant
H.E. BABCOCK,Sect'y Treas.
H.J. BEEDY, librarian.
-At the residence of the bride, at Postville, Iowa, by the Rev. SMITH, assisted by Rev. GARRISON, Mr. [F.or E.] BRIGHAM, of Decorah, and Miss Annie WHOLLEY of this place. The Review office, and scores of their friends, both at this place and Decorah, join in wishing them a long and prosperous life.
-At the M.E. Parsonage, in Postville, Iowa, March 11th, '73, by the Rev. GARRISON, Mr. [?Arthur or ?Archie] WHEELER, of Frankville tp and Miss Delilah CLARK, of Postville. May peace and happiness be theirs.
If you ever go to Decorah and want to smoke one of the best cigars you ever put up to your face, and at the same time deal with the best and most accommodating man in the city, go to Melvin BENEDICT'S, and if he is not htere you will find his gentlemanly assistant Mr. Thomas BRIGHAM who quite recently made a lasting impression in this place.
Printers. If you want to start in the newspaper business and desire to get a good office dirt cheap, drop a line to G.W. HAISLET, of the Decorah Ventilator, who offers for sale on the very best of terms a complete out-fit for a country newspaper, the material is what was used in printing the McGregor Age, as good as new.
Mr. S.S. BLANCHER is pushing to completion the building belonging to Mr. P. BEUCHER, which is to be occupied by Mr. J.K. PHILLIPS, and used as a Barber Shop and Restaurant.
[transcribed by S.F., August 2003 and M.D., November 2006]