March 3, 1905
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T.W. Walsh bought corn of Mr. Closner a short time ago.
A farewell dance was given at the home of Henry Smith last Monday
Martin Larsen will soon move on a farm in South Dakota. His friends
here regret to see him leave and all join in wishing him success in his
SENEY: (Special Correspondence)
Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Kennedy are rejoicing over the arrival of a nine pound
baby girl born to them on Tuesday, February 28.
Presiding Elder Smylie attended the quarterly meeting on Saturday night
and also occupied the pulpit here and administered the sacrament.
Quite a number of moves are being made again this spring. Among those
moving some distance are Jno. Owings and family who moved near Wichita,
Kansas, and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Reeves and family who have moved to
Gayville, S.D. Both of these families have lived in this vicinity for a
good many years and their friends regret to see them go. Mr. and Mrs.
Wetzel and family of near Carnes will move near Merrill and Harley Cook
and wife who left this country a few years ago and have since resided in
Kansas still that that Plymouth county is hard to beat and have rented
the old Will Kennedy house.
Louis and Alice Demaray are spending this week at home assisting their
parents in getting settled in their new home.
Lee Hughes visited relatives in LeMars the latter part of last week.
Miles Kennedy and son Clarence attended a sale near Maurice last Monday.
UNION: (Special Correspondence)
Mr. and Mrs. Kan Keegan were in Sioux City last week to meet their niece
Miss Maggie Farrell of Vermillion, S.D. who was accompanied to Sioux
City by her father, John Farrell.
A few young people were entertained at the home of Mrs. Pat Connor
Wednesday evening in honor of her guest, Miss Margaret Roddy, of Cedar
W. S. and John Posson of LeMars were business visitors here Thursday.
Fred Rummel was injured by being thrown and stepped on by a horse he was
shoeing and has been quite lame in consequence.
Mr. Paulson shelled corn for Noah Carpenter Monday.
Geo. Hoyt and Thos. Goudie sold a bunch of fat cattle to J.S. Hoyt of
Grandma Milton has been quite sick at her home in Henry township.
Wesley Eyres and Charles Eyres sold young cattle to Harry Hoyt Monday.
Mrs. David Maxwell returned to her home near Kingsley Monday after
spending a month with relatives in Illinois.
A number from this place attended a party at the home of Henry Schrooten
in Stanton township Wednesday evening.
Frank Connor attended the Donlin sale in Elkhorn township Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Eyres wish to publicly express their appreciation
and thankfulness for the help and sympathy extended to them during the
sickness and death of their little daughter.
The ladies of the Presbyterian missionary society will hold their annual
business meeting at the home of Mrs. Thos. Eyres Wednesday, March 8, at
2 p.m. Should Wednesday prove to be very stormy, the meeting will be
held next day at same place. A social hour is always enjoyed at the
close of the meeting and refreshments served by the hostess. The
president, Mrs. Peter Steele, having moved to LeMars, the vice
president, Mrs. Edwards, will preside at this meeting. All cordially
A cablegram from Father Sullivan states that he and his brother,
Michael, arrived safely on the other side of the Atlantic, landing at
Walter Gralapp left Tuesday to visit LeMars relatives before leaving
with his parents for the Pacific coast. His grandfather, Mr. Sperling,
who was visiting here, returned with him to his home at the county seat.
The soft coal famine here was broken on Monday by the arrival of a
couple of carloads and more has since followed. Warm weather following
in the wake of the fuel shortage was all that prevented much
inconvenience and suffering.
March 11, 1905
STEFFIN—LA VELLE WEDDING
Miss Lula Steffin, residing west of LeMars and Mr. J. B. LaVelle of Struble,
were united in marriage on Tuesday at St. James church, the ceremony being
performed by Rev. Father E. O’Farrell. The bride was attended by Miss Mary
Maloney and the groom by Mr. James McMahon. The wedding was a quiet one,
being witnessed by a few of the relatives of the contracting parties. The
young people left on an early train for Sioux City where they will visit for
They will make their home at Struble where the groom is engaged in business,
being a popular auctioneer.
The friends of the newly wedded couple accompanied them to the train where
their baggage was decorated with tiny shoes and a pretty babyhood and other
things to attract attention to them as newly married. A shower of rice
covered them as they entered the train.
The Henry F. Baack home in Grant township was the scene of a brilliant farm
wedding on Wednesday when about forty families gathered there to witness the
marriage of Miss Meta Schultz and Mr. Albert Winterfeld, both of Grant
township. After the ceremony had been performed and congratulations and
best wishes extended by the hosts of friends who had gathered to assist in
celebrating the ceremony an elaborate wedding feast was served. The
afternoon and evening were devoted to fittingly celebrate the happy event
and not a single detail was omitted.
The bride is an orphan whose parents died several years ago. She has
resided in the county practically all of her life. The groom is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. John Winterfeld of LeMars, who formerly resided in Grant
township. He owns half a section of land and by his energy has nicely
equipped himself with this world’s goods. They will go to housekeeping at
once on the groom’s farm. They were the recipients of a large list of
LeMars paper?? (LeMars, Plymouth County, Iowa) of 03/??/1905.
Mary E. Taylor & Frank J. Gabel
Miss Mary E. Taylor, of Johnson township, and Mr. Frank J. Gabel of Preston
township, were united in marriage in LeMars, on Tuesday. Rev. G. W. Moore,
of the First Presbyterian church performing the ceremony. They will make
their home on a farm in Preston township.
[Note: This marriage date was 14 Mar 1905]
March 30, 1905
CHATSWORTH: (Special Correspondence)
Mrs. Callahan, of Hawarden, came down Thursday to do some sewing for
Mrs. Henry Schumacher.
Another general store is an assured addition to Chatsworth. Mr.
McFarlin, formerly of Westfield, has rented the Frank Wakeman store and
is moving his goods in.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cusick and children were taken quite seriously ill one
night this week from eating canned beets.
Several book agents have been canvassing the town this week, but
evidently no one bit, as one of the fellows had to borrow money for his
ADAVILLE ITEMS: (Special Correspondence)
John Fletcher had the misfortune to have a horse die Sunday, it having
been cut on a drag Thursday.
Mrs. Geo. Burrill, who has been sick, is reported to be better.
Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Parker spent Saturday and Sunday in LeMars.
Eleazor Briggs, of Sioux City, H. A. Johnson, Miss Jessie Tindall and
Mary Brown were guests at the Ed. Stinton home Sunday.
The Adaville high school commenced Monday with Miss Burnett, of Akron,
Miss Kate Tindall is home from Sioux City for a brief visit.
Miss Edith Barber, of Akron, commenced teaching her third term in the
Tindall school Monday.
Mrs. John Fletcher and Earl Fletcher spent Saturday and Sunday in Akron.
Tom Swaffield, of Potosia, attended meeting here Sunday.
Mrs. Chas. Kanago, Sr., is on the sick list.
Quarterly meeting will he held at Ruble Saturday evening and Sunday,
April 8-9, also preaching here Sunday evening. Elder Cronk and Rev.
Swender will have charge of the meeting.
A number of horses around here are sick with distemper.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Easton are the proud parents of a baby girl, born
Friday, March 24.
Geo. Benefied, of Akron, was seen on our streets Monday.
Appropriate exercises are being planned by the young people for the U.B.
Church for Easter.
Tindall Bros. delivered the finest bunch of cattle at Merrill this year.
Four of the cattle weighed of 1400. W. C. Peck was the purchaser.
Westfield, Iowa, March 9, 1905
We, the Board of Trustees, have met at Samuel Bucheter's, Sr., on
Section 32, Westfield township, and find no disease of any description
among his horses. Thomas F. Clary, S.B. Fox.
The report is further substantiated by the following testimony:
According to my judgment, the same is true. B.A. Gee, V.S., Akron,
While I do not believe any fair-minded person will demand more
conclusive evidence that that above given of my innocence or the
baseness of the charges made, I do not propose to let the matter pass,
but will use my utmost efforts to gain complete vindication by the
prosecution and conviction, if possible, of those who would so foully
besmirch the character and reputation of myself and family in the eyes
of this community, and also injure us in a financial way. We do not
believe we are deserving of such harsh treatment as this at the hands of
any person and respectfully ask the support of the respectable people of
this community in refuting the gross charges and bringing the maligners
to justice. Respectfully submitted, Samuel Buchter, Sr., Westfield,
The roads, though somewhat rough, are quite passable again.
Sunday was the first real spring like day of the season. Everyone
seemed inclined to enjoy the warm sunshine. It seemed good to see the
usual attendance at church again after the long siege of sickness and
The government rural mail route inspector was in town the first of the
week, taking preliminary steps toward establishing rural route No. 2 out
Miss Grace Main returned to the university at Vermillion, Wednesday,
after a short vacation.
Some of the farmers have finished wheat seeding and are preparing to sow
oats a little later.
Mrs. Ada Burris and little daughter, Gladys, left Saturday for central
Iowa, where she has employment.
A number of the country schools commenced Monday. Archie Lilly is
teaching the Gaunt school. Miss Sadie Steecy returned Saturday from
Morningside, where she had been attending the college and commenced
teaching the Happy Hollow school.
Miss Bessie Robeson arrived home Saturday from a brief visit with her
sister in Stanton township and entered upon the school work.
Miss May Warren, and out-of-town scholar, enrolled Monday in the
Westfield school for the spring term.
Miss Clara Chapman is enjoying a week's vacation at home.
Sam King brought his little folks over to visit their grandmother, Mrs.
May, while he finished the assessor's work.
Hunting has been the favorite pastime since the geese and ducks began
migrating. Huntsmen report them wild and shy, and not easily decoyed.
Another dear little babe has been taken to the Master. Morris, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Guy F. Smiley, died Sunday, March 26, 1905. The case is an
unusually sad one. When little Morris was taken sick he was visiting at his
aunt’s, Mrs. Jesse Pendleton, near Hawarden, and it was thought to be croup
when first taken ill. But it was later found to be spinal meningitis. He was
an intense sufferer. Dr. Mead, of Akron, was the attending physician to the
last and Dr. Cilley was called in consultation, but it was in vain for the
dear little babe to stay with us.
All that devoted parents could do was of no avail, and, when a few days
before his death the parents were told that he would be a cripple for life,
if he should survive, they awaited heartbroken for the end to come.
Morris Ollie Smiley was born September 23, 1904, and lived with his parents
and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Jordin, on a farm southeast of Akron,
until his death. He was a bright beautiful baby, whom everyone loved, and
always had a sweet smile for all. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1
o’clock p.m., at the home of his grandparents, conducted by Rev. F. L.
Moore. The remains were taken to Akron cemetery for burial.
LINES ON THE DEATH OF MORRIS SMILEY
A convey of angels flew down from above,
And bore little Morris to realms above
To the beautiful city all sparkling with gold
Where the Amaranths bloom and never grow old.
On the banks of the river, the trees that grow there,
Are blooming with flowers eternally fair.
Those fruits and those flowers are for you, little one,
Who have joined the bright angels and are singing their songs.
Although sad was the parting by parents and friends,
Little Morris’ sufferings are all at an end.
CARD OF THANKS.
We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to the friends and neighbors for
their sympathy and many deeds of kindness during the illness and after the
death of our beloved babe. ~Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Smiley.