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- 1928 -

Surprise Valley Record
Cedarville, Modoc co. California
Wednesday, January 4, 1928

Mrs. Blanche Cannon was born in Elgin, Fayette County, Iowa, March 17th, 1853 and on December 23, 1927, at San Jose, Cal., her soul took its flight to the heavenly mansion, where "death shall be no more: neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more."

Blanche was the second child of Eliphelet and Christiana Follett. She is survived by all her brothers and sisters. Mrs. Cannon is the first to of the family of eight children to answer the call of the Heavenly Father. Mrs. Cannon left Iowa with her parents, October 24th, 1876, coming directly by emigrant train to Woodland, Yolo County, Calif., and resided there three years. In 1879, they moved to Willow Ranch, Modoc County, Cal., where the family home was maintained for years. Blanche Follett was married to C. C. Cannon in 1888. Their only child, Mrs. Ollie Davis, resides in San Jose, Cal. Mrs. Cannon began teaching school when fifteen years of age. She taught eleven terms in and later taught a number of terms in Oregon. Mrs. Cannon took an active interest in all community projects. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodges.

In early life she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and was a most devout believer to the last. Mrs. Cannon was happiest and her eyes would beam with spiritual zeal, as she related her Christian experiences. As a devoted mother, she was not excelled. She loved her daughter to a degree of worship. As a friend, she was ever loyal and true, a most forgiving spirit, generous and tender and so liberal in all her views. So well did Aunt Blanche measure up to this standard, she will be sadly missed. But the shining ray she has left is a beacon light, calling all those who knew her to a higher and better life. – Lakeview Examiner (1:1)

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LaCrosse Tribune
LaCrosse, Wisconsin
February 19, 1928

Tree Planted at McGregor to Commemmorate End of Civil War Became Monument to Abe Lincoln.
Prairie du Chien, Wis. (Special) -- At McGregor, Iowa opposite Prairie du Chien, there is a tree commemorative of "the saddest day in American history." It rears its great trunk and spreads its branches on Main street beside one of the oldest houses in the town. In Civil War days John Jarrett, a prominent young merchant of McGregor, lived in the house with his wife. April 9, 1865 had come and gone, making the world glad with its great tiding of the end of the war. Mr. and Mrs. Jarrett, to give expression to their joy decided to plant a peace tree beside their home. An elm sapling was secured and on April 15, Mr. Jarrett set to work with his spade. There was no telegraph on the west side of the Mississippi in those days, and Prairie du Chien was looked to for early information of news. The ferry "Allamakee" which ran between Prairie du Chien and McGregor, was seen by the people of the Iowa town coming around the island in the Mississippi with her flag at half mast. A crowd gathered at the dock. When within hailing distance the captain shouted President Lincoln had been shot the night before and was dead. "A groan of horror went up from the crowd, and then too stunned to talk," as one of the number told the story afterwards, "we slowly separated to realize the awfulness of the calamity." The word spread up Main street and reached John Jarrett just as he was tapping down the last dirt about his tree. So the elm intended to have commemorated peace and joy, became a monument to a great tragedy instead. It is one of the largest, most beautiful trees in McGregor today.

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Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles, California
March 4, 1928

Collins - Mrs. Kate Morse Colins of 3424 Aldama street, beloved mother of L.A. Morse of Los Angeles and Dr. Robert L. Morse of Elkader, Iowa; sister of Mrs. Anna Morse of Elkader, Iowa; Mrs. Mabel Evans and Dean Robert Rienow of Iowa City, Iowa, and Mrs. Louise Bean of Kansas City, Mo. Services at the Los Angeles Undertaking Co., 2517 Pasadena avenue, Monday at 2:30 p.m., under auspices of Highland Park Chapter, No. 263, O.E.S.

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La Crosse Tribune
La Crosse, WI
March 18, 1928

James Odam, of Dubuque, Well-Known in La Crosse, is 101 Years Old Today
Dubuque, Ia. - (Special) -- A hundred and one years old Sunday. That is James Odam, an old-time seaman, now residing n Dubuque, who for over 60 years sailed to the four courners of the earth, and who is known in every river port from New Orleans to the Twin Cities. No particular reasons are given by Mr. Odam for his longevity. but he naively admits having "drank my share" and still finds comfort in a battered briar pipe. He is a "a little under the weather right now" as he puts it, but despite this and his advanced age, he is hale and hearty, to use that time-worn phrase. For the past five years, Mr. Odam has lived at St. Anthony's home here. He likes it, with the association of other venerable old-timers, and enthuses over the view.

Born in Ireland.
Born in County Carlow, Ireland, on March 18, 1827, James Odam came to America with his parents when he was two years old. His parents settled at Kingston, Ontario, when they first came from Ireland, and then later moved to New York. As near as he can remember, Mr. Odam started his life on the water when he was about 27. There is hardly a port in the entire world htat he has not visited. He went around Cape Horn twice, before the Panama Canal was opened. He has travelled the entire Mississippi river and all its tributaries. All this time he served chiefly as steward or cook. For sixty years, "off and on," he has gone up and down the Mississippi or on ocean-going vessels. He recalls old-time residents, especially in Dubuque and La Crosse.

Because of his many years spent on the Mississippi, James Odam is an interested follower of the attempts to revive river traffic. In his opinion, the government, by the installation of dams, has ruined the river "It would have been better the way it was," he contends. "I remember how we could start out from St. Louis on about April 15, and the river would still be navigable November 15. The flood in New Orleans last year proves that the dams ruined the river. They had to dynamite the dams out." Advantages of river traffic, however, were pointed out by Mr. Odam, who said that with the average daily production of 100,000 barrels of flour in Minneapolis, the same can be sent to the gulf cheaper by water than by rail. He also sees another vantage point in that goods shipped by water require less handling.

Mr. Odam has not allowed his travels to decrease to a minimum since he has been living at St. Anthony's home. It was only Thursday that he walked down town, and any Dubuquer knows the hill that must be descended -- and climbed later -- to make that walk possible.

Visits Daughter.
Last Christmas Mr. Odam visited his daughter in Chicago, Mrs. Mary E. Duffy, where he enjoyed the company of his great grandchildren, Mary, Jack and Billy. He made the trip from Dubuque to Chicago alone

And in connection with the old river-man's hundredth Christmas, although the Volstead followers may object, James Odam celebrated the day with a drink of good Irish whiskey. He has lived a long and eventful life, and durning an interview did not give the slightest hint that he expects his 101st birthday to be his last. He looks back on his life with satisfaction. He said: "I would not criticise any man for doing anyting I have done."

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Surprise Valley Record
Cedarville, Modoc co. California
Wednesday, April 18, 1928

A happy family reunion and dinner were held Easter Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. Hotchkiss of Eagleville, Cal., in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Ehle, of Newcastle, Nebraska and Mrs. Minnie Wixon, of Morningside, Sioux City, Iowa. Mrs. Wixon is a niece of Mr. Hotchkiss and Mrs. Ehle is Mr. Hotchkiss brother, whom they have not seen for over fifty-one years. Orville Hotchkiss brought them up from Long Beach recently to visit relatives here.

Those of the family present besides the guests of honor:
Mr. and Mrs. M. Hotchkiss
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Jones and family
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Slinkard and family
Mr. and Mrs. Al Hotchkiss and family
Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Hotchkiss and Orville Hotchkiss

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The Bismarck Tribune
Bismarck, North Dakota
May 1, 1928

Sioux City Woman Confesses Murder
Sioux City, Iowa, May 1 (AP) - Confession to the slaying of her husband, Fred Ulrich, was made today to city detectives by Mrs. Nettie Ulrich. Mrs. Ulrich was arrested late yesterday when her husband's body, with a bullet hole in his chest, was found on a bed in their home. Last night she told conflicting stories to investigators, first admitting that she fired the fatal shot and then repudiating the story.

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The Bismarck Tribune
Bismarck, North Dakota
May 5, 1928

Woman Gets Prison Term for Killing
Elkader, Iowa, May 5 (AP) - Twenty-five years in the women's reformatory at Rockwell City is faced by Mrs. Ben Funk, 32, who yesterday pleaded guilty to slaying John Buchheim, Clayton county farmer. Judge Eichendorf of Clayton district court immediately passed sentence and the woman is expected to be taken to prison the first of next week. Mrs. Funk was arrested for investigation several days after Buchheim was shot to death in a field near his home in Clayton Center, April 26. She confessed she donned male clothing, went to Buchheim's home and shot him and then fled to her home. The male attire was intended to divert suspicion, she said.

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Surprise Valley Record
Cedarville, Modoc co. California
Wednesday, June 6, 1928

Harry E. Wood, editor and publisher of the Fall River Tidings was found dead in his seat at the lino-type Tuesday morning, may 28th. His assistant, Phillip Cumiskey, arriving at 8 o’clock, thinking him asleep in his chair, was unsuspicious of the tragedy which had been enacted there until the silence in the direction of his employer became so gruesome as to warrant investigation. Calling M. D. Fitzwater, from the next building, the two men found that Mr. Wood was a corpse: a small rifle and a pool of blood upon the floor telling the story. The deceased had shot himself through the mouth, the rifle, evidently slipping to the floor, was still in position and the head drooped forward as though to slumber.

Last Monday, the day before the rash act was committed, Mr. Wood was unusually optimistic and talked with his assistant in the office of his affairs, but no intimation was gleaned of any contemplated act on his part
of taking his own life. He had borne his suffering bravely and had endeavored to be cheerful at all times, although it was apparent to those who were associated with him, that his mind was engrossed in things that he
did not desire to make public, keeping them to himself, rather than to annoy or discommode a friend or associate. Mr. Wood spent a year in the hospital following the fall, which necessitated the amputation of his left leg about six years ago. Since that time he had suffered greatly, both mentally and physically, thought seldom revealing the fact. He was generous and kind at all times.

Harry Edward Wood was born in Storrie*County, Iowa, October 19, 1873. He came to Cedarville, Calif., at an early age and for the greater part of his life had resided in Lassen and Modoc Counties. He was a supervisor of Lassen County for a number of years and also was for many years owner of the Big Valley Gazette, later purchasing he Fall River Tidings, which he published at the time of his death. He was aged 54 years, 7 months and 10 days. [*Story co.]

He leaves to mourn his loss, one brother, Walter Wood, of Eagleville, Cal.: five sisters – Mrs. P. K. Heard, Eagleville, Cal.; Mrs. F. B. Roberts, Cedarville; Mrs. Bessie Thompson, Sacramento; Mrs. J. Hironymous and Mrs. Myrtle Pearce, of San Francisco and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. – Fall River Tidings (1:2)

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Surprise Valley Record
Cedarville, Modoc co. California
Wednesday, June 13, 1928

Eva May Hill Buck was born in Trenton, Iowa, September 22, 1862 and passed away in Whittier, May 29, 1928 after only a brief illness. She came to this valley when 12-years of age, where she resided until 1912,
when she moved to Whittier where she has made her home ever since. She united with the Methodist Church at that place in 1915. Her entire life was devoted to her home and her family. She was a devoted Christian, a loving mother and a loyal friend and will be greatly missed by a host of friends and neighbors. She is survived by her husband, Norman Buck, three daughters, Mrs. Bertha Cogburn, Mrs. Verne Latson and Mrs. Ruby Hughes, also eight grandchildren, all of whom were with her at the time of her death. One sister, Mrs. Helen
Cambridge, also survives her.

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New York Times
New York, New York
June 17, 1928

Special to The New York Times, Plainfield, N.J., June 16
Ellis-Taylor. Miss Alice May Taylor, daughter of Mrs. Alice H. Taylor and the late William TAylor of 247 Leland Avenue, Plainfield, and Paul C. Ellis, son of the Rev. and Mrs. John S. Ellis of Griswold, Iowa, were married this afternoon in the First Methodist Church by the Rev. Philip S. Watters, pastor. Miss Dorothy Taylor, sister of the bride, was maid of honor, and Fred Smith was best man. A reception was held at the home of the bride's mother. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis will be graduated from Boston University next week and will then go to Lewis, Iowa, where the bridegroom will become pastor of the Methodist Church.

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Evening Tribune
Albert Lea, Minnesota
December 29, 1928

A marriage license was issued yesterday to Roger Harris of Allamakee county, Iowa and Gretchen Hangartner of Clayton county, Iowa.

[transcribed by S.F., Jan 2012]

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