Iowa Old Press
Dyersville, Dubuque, Iowa
Thursday, Jan 1, 1874
Farley, December 29, 1873
Owing to the great rush of preparations for Christas trees and dinners, we
were unable to inform your readers of what transpired the preceeding week,
now as business has resumed its usual running order, we will endeavor to
explain them as they came before our observation.
On December 18 Bishop HENNESSEY, of the Catholic denomination from Dubuque
visited Farley and confirmed 166 converts. The public school exhibition was
a grand success on the part of the scholars and financially, which amounted
to thirty-two dollars. Well may fathers and mothers feel proud for their
merits their sons and daughters have gained for themselves during the last
term of school, and long may the exhibition be fresh to their memory, after
they have come to years of discretion and think back to the days of their
youth that they were the first ones to help in raising money for the Farley
A sad accident happened to a little four-year-old girl of James GILLESPIE,
of this place. It, with some other small children, were playing in the fire
with shavings, burning her hands and face in a most frightful manner. The
little sufferer lays in a very precarious condition, although we are hopeful
of her recovery.
A merry time was had at the M.E. church, Christmas eve in which old and
young joined in the festivities of the occasion, which opened with a concert
among the little folks. At the end of the exercises, Santa Claus made his
appearance, loaded with toys. Kitty CLORD then steps up and demands "old
Santa" to give to all the poor a present and if one was left to give it to
her. We proceed then to the tree which was groaning under its heavy burden
of presents, the capacity of its structure being not large enough to hold
all that was brought, were piled around its trunk and on tables to the depth
of three feet. The distributing of presents was managed by a corps of well
experienced persons who did not fail to see that everyone received his or
her respective article. We venture to say that some went home rejoicing more
than when they came.
At Delhi, Dec 25, 1873, by Rev. J.B. ALBROOK, Rev. E.H. MATEER of
Williamsburg, Penn and Miss Agnes B. WOLF, A.B. of Delhi, Iowa.
At the residence of the brides' father, in Dodge township Dec 25, 1873, by
Rev. Thos. THOMPSON, Mr. Samuel TUTT and Miss Mary Louise WALL.
At the same time and place by the same, Mr. William DUCHETT and Miss Mary
At the residence of the bride's father, near Earlville, Delaware Co, Dec 25
by the Rev. Thos. THOMPSON, Samuel McCord and Mary Jane GRAHAM.
Dyersville, Dubuque, Iowa
Thursday, Jan 8, 1874
At Delhi, Iowa, Jan 1, 1874 by Rev. J.B. ALBROOK, Mr. C.M. GRIFFIN and Miss
Harriet ELLIS both of Delhi.
At Worthington, Sunday, Dec 28, 1873, Mrs. Elizabeth PARROTT, aged 37 years.
She leaves a family and a host of friends to mourn her loss.
Submitted by: C.J.L.