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- 1878 -
April 25, 1878
Going to the Gulf to Breathe Salt Air - From Burlington to Galveston Over the M., K. &T.
Last night, the M., K. & T. train from the north pulled into the Union depot with the Iowa editors, their wives and sweethearts. Alighting from the cars the party proceeded to the spacious dining hall of the Garrison House where Pat Mead, the genial stewart saw that their hungry desires were appeased. Several of the press members rushed to the writing desks in the office and penciled letters to the dear ones at home, telling them, no doubt, that they were in Missouri, busted and they wanted money forwarded to Galveston by telegraph, as they intended to gulp down plenty of salt water. The had a good time at Burlington the night before - some of the boys, you know.
There are one hundred and two in the party, among them about thirty ladies, good looking and healthy. In fact the entire party are as jolly, and one of the best looking crowds we ever met. Mr. E.H. Smith, the gentlemanly Chicago & Northwestern Passenger Agent, of the M.K. & T., had charge of the party.
The party left Burlington yesterday morning at 2 o'clock, arrived in Sedalia last night, and will be in Denison this evening. They will remain in Denison till tomorrow morning, when they will take the Denison & Southwestern to Bell Plaine, where they will take the Texas & Pacific and International & Great Northern Railways to Galveston. They will return by way of the Iron Mountain railway to St. Louis, and thence over the C., B. & Q. to Iowa. It will take them ten days to make the trip. The party occupied two sleepers and one coach. The following is a complete list of the names of the person in the excursion.
COMMISSARY OF BAGGAGE.
Will. C. Kegel, of the Muscatine Journal.
PHYSICIAN FOR THE PARTY.
Dr. A.C. Sherwood, Marshalltown.
President-John Mahin and wife, Muscatine Journal.
Secretary- A.H. Neldig and wife, Marshalltown Republican.
Treasurer- Wm. Toman, daughter and Miss Sherwood, Independence Bulletin.
W. Noel, Adel News.
C.L. Nelson and four ladies, Albia Union.
___ Sherman, Bonaparte Journal.
S.S. Farrington, Belle Plaine Review.
T.O. Walker and wife, Bloomfield Democrat.
W.M. McFarland, Brooklyn Chronicle.
J.W. Barnes, Burlington Gazette.
A.E. Snyder and wife, Cedar Falls Gazette.
W.W. Walker, wife and daughter, Cedar Rapids Republican.
Moses Folsom, Chariton Patriot.
E.L. Tomlin, Council Bluffs Nonpareil.
N.C. Ridenour and wife, Clarinda Democrat.
Geo. E. Frost, Clear Lake Observer.
E.H. Thayer and wife, Clinton Age.
L.F. Murphy, Council Bluffs Globe.
W.H. Cunningham, Creston Gazette.
F. Sprague and mother ,Des Moines, Iowa Farm Journal.
J.B. Swinburne, Delhi Monitor.
T.B. Taylor and wife, De Witte Observer.
D.W. Jones, Essex Index.
A.A. Whipple, Emerson Chronicle.
___ Smith, Farmington Record.
W.W. Junkin, wife and daughter, Fairfield Ledger.
A.C. Roberts and wife, Ft. Madison Democrat.
Mr. Dodds and wife, nurse and baby, Ft. Madison Sword & Helmet.
T.P. Ballard, Glenwood Opinion.
Col. H.C. Clock and wife, Hampton Leader.
W.A. Fulmer, Hamburg Democrat.
W. Barnhart, Independence Conservative.
David Brandt, Iowa City Investigator.
Mrs. F.C. Walker, Knoxville Journal.
George F. Smith, Keosauqua Democrat.
W.A. George, Keosauqua Mirror.
T.C. Medary, Lansing Journal.
W.L. Davis and wife, Lisbon Sun.
W.H. Stewart and wife, Muscatine Tribune.
J.H. Duffus, Malcolm Gazette.
J.W. Adams, Mt. Pleasant Journal.
J. Thorp, Mt. Pleasant Press.
J.H. Bauman and wife, Mt. Vernon Hawkeye.
C.A. Pollock, Mt. Vernon Collegian.
G.W. Hunt, Monticello Liberal.
B.F. Harding and wife, Murray News.
W.H. Gallup, Nevada Representative.
J.A. Fitchpatrick and wife, Nevada Watchman.
R. Robinson and wife, Newton Journal.
J.M. Estes and wife, Osceola Few Era.
S.M. Leach, Osceola Sentinel.
G.H. Cowles and wife, Osceola Beacon.
N.C. Porter, Oskaloosa Standard.
E.E. Merritt, Victor Index.
H.A. Burrell and wife, Washington Press.
Rev. J.C. Cove, Washington Sunday School Times.
Wm. McClintock and two daughters, West Union Union.
E.M. Hancock, Waukon Standard.
Chas. M. White, West Union Gazette.
Frank Hobson, West Union Trade Journal.
A DEMOCRAT reporter took a view of them as they left the city. They were jumbled together, gaping, yawning, stretching and wanting to know whether it was not near bed time. Some were playing cards, telling stories and discussing the qualities of pure Bourbon with the eloquence of a Missouri editor. They said
Sedalia was a good town, and wanted to know whether all Missourians wore white hats. They believe that Hayes is finally telling the truth about Beecher, and that Mrs. Tilton is President, but they are not right sure whether Bod. Burdette is a Yankee or a Dutchman. That they will have a fine time in Denison and Galveston we do not doubt, and we wish them a successful and pleasant trip, a safe return home, where we hope the devil will meet them with grim satisfaction beaming on his countenance and tell them "all's well."
[transcribed by C.J.L., Sept. 2003]
Amador co. CA
December 28, 1878
DIED. At the home of his daughter, at Brandon's Mill, Amador County, December 17, 1878, Major Thomas S. Denson, a native of North Carolina, aged 75 years. Maj. Denson was in active service during the Black Hawk war, under General Dodge, after which he settled in the Territory of Iowa where he held several honorable offices, up to 1853; crossed the plains that year with his family to California, where he lived an industrious and honorable life.
[transcribed by L.J., November 2004]
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