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- 1933 -

Van Nuys News
Van Nuys, California
February 6, 1933

Reunion With Iowa Friends
Mrs. Laura Morton and daughters, Miss Gertrude Morton and Mrs. Winifred Palmer of Victory boulevard enjoyed a recent reunion with childhood friends from Iowa -- Miss Mary McGill and Miss Edith McGill who entertained with a dinner party in their Los Angeles home.

Parents Visit Here From Iowa
Mrs. Joseph B. Nichols of 14348 Gilmore street entertained in her home recently her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Steiner of San Diego and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.G. Gibbs who are house guests of the Steiners during an indefinate sojourn in the southland.

[transcribed by S.F., February 2007]


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Fairbanks, Alaska
Saturday, May 27, 1933

Last Survivor of Sherman's Staff Dies
Los Angeles, May 27 - Funeral services were held in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon for Major Samuel Hawkins Marshall Byers, 95 years old, soldier, diplomat and author. His death Wednesday was due to pneumonia. He was the last surviving member of Gen. Sherman's staff.

A life that spanned the growth of the United States through the development of territories into states, the Mexican war, the California gold rush, the Civil war, the coming of the railroad and the rise of the nation to world leadership was the lot of Major Byers.

He fought in the Civil war and then, when the inseparability of the Union was assured, turned to foreign lands to serve i nthe consular corps. Out of his varying experience he evolved much poetry and prose.

A Pennsylvanian by birth, an Iowan by migration and a Californian by choice - Major Byers symbolized the westward expansion of his country. He was born in Pulaski, Pa., and when he was 14 his parents joined the tide of immigrants who sought fortunes in the middle west. The Byers family settled at Oskaloosa, Iowa, which remained his home for many years, although his travels prevented him from living there for any length of time.

He had taken up the study of law, but when the Civil war broke out, joined the Fifth Iowa Infantry as a private serving four years in the army. He was wounded at Champion Hills and captured by the Confederates at Chattanooga. After being in several southern prisons, including the notorious Libby prison, he escaped from Columbia, S.C., and rejoined the Union army. He was attached to General Sherman's staff in the final days of the drive through the South and was selected by General Sherman to carry the first news of his victories to General U.S. Grant and President Lincoln.

It was while he was in the southern prison camps that Major Byers, then an adjutant, began his rise to fame in literature with the sone, "The March to the Sea," later adopted as the title of General Sherman's campaign.

At the close of the war he was given the rank of major. He returned to Iowa and in 1869 married Margaret Gilmour of Pontiac, Mich. A son and a daughter , both now dead, were born to this union.

Major Byers later was appointed consul at Zurich, Switzerland. His successes there caused his promotion to consul general in Italy and later he was returned to Switzerland in the same capacity.

His pen was not idle during his foreign service. His prose work included "Switzerland and the Swiss," published in 1875, and "Iowa in War Times." He also published a book of poetry, "The Happy Isles," in 1884.

In 1893 Major Byers was recalled from the consular service by President Cleveland and he returned to Oskaloosa to settle down to a pursuit of his literary tastes. Numerous articles and poems from his pen were published in periodicals and in 1911 he published a war story, "With Fire and Sword." A year later he completed an account of his adventures in diplomacy with "Twenty Years in Europe."

He was busy collecting his poems during this period and had them all published in a single volume. His next major work, in 1914, was "A Layman's Life of Jesus."

For several years Major Byers spent his winters in California, returning to Iowa for the summers. Finally in 1918 he transferred his residence to Los Angeles and started a collection of his later poems.

These were published in one volume, "In Arcadia," when the author was nearing 90. Hailed as his greatest poetic work was "The Bells of Capristrano," first published some years before but included in this volume.

Major Byers spent his old age quietly amid his books and in writing in his house on Sunset Place in Los Angeles. "Two squares a day," and a good book, a little writing, some mild form of exercise gave the keen-eyed warrior-poet more than the average share of longevity. And at 92, just for a laugh at Old Father Time, Major Byers gathered 92 of his friends and "threw" a birthday party in a Los Angeles cafe.

[transcribed by S.F., March 2009]


The Evening Tribune
Albert Lea, Minnesota
August 15, 1933

Woman Gives Up Tax Money, Saves Child
Waukon, Iowa, Aug 15 - Allamakee county authorities Monday were seeking a man and women who robbed Mrs. M.F. Schierholz, 86, of Lansing of $60, after threatening to kidnap her two-year-old grandson Saturday night. The aged woman told local authorities that the pair entered her home at Lansing and struck her when she refused to reveal where her money was hidden. She claimed she still refused when the man burned her foot with a match. She also charged that the woman bandit threatened to kidnap her grandson, David Hurm, from his bed but rather than have the youngster stolen, she paid the two bandits $60 which she said she had saved to pay her taxes.

[transcribed by S.F., November 2008]


LaCrosse Tribune and Leader-Press
LaCrosse, Wisconsin
November 13, 1933

Forty-one Received
Forty-one postulants received the habit of the Franciscan Sisters Tuesday. they entered the chapel dressed in their black uniforms and wearing long white veils and carrying their folded habits. The habits and veils were blessed by the bishop's representative with appropriate ceremonies. The class then retired from the chapel to change the postulants garb for the habit of St. Francis. Returning to the chapel they received the cord, rosary and crown over which prayers rich in symbolism had been recited. the Rt. Rev. Monsignor A.P. Kremer of Genna had been delegated by the Most Reverend Bishop Alexander J. McGavick to conduct the ceremony of investiture. The bishop remained at the throne. Officers of the mass were: Celebrant, the Rev. Father Louis Anthover of Holy Angels parish, Roselle, Iowa; deacon, the Rev. Father Hilary Leuther, principal of Aquinas High school, La Crosse; sub-deacon, the Rev. Father Anthony Sigwarth of St. Mary's parish, Dubuque, Iowa. About sixty clergy men from many cities, relatives and friends of the sisters, were in the sanctuary during the mass.

The New Sisters
Those receiving the habit and the names they have been given are:
Lucille Laverdiere of Superior - Sister M. Arlene
Frances Dalsky of Wausau - Sister Mary Luke
Laura Lesczyeski of Athens - Sister M. Fiora
Lidwina Neppl of Halbue, Iowa - Sister Mary Venard
Eleanore Nauman of Sherrill, Iowa - Sister M.Vineenza
Dorothy Endres of Edgar, Wis. - Sister M. Clarone
Anne Fuechtl of Wausau - Sister Bertha Marle
Barbara Freed of Spokane - Sister M. Octavia
Anna Dekker of Ashland - Sister M. Luanno
Marle Vaske of New Vienna, Iowa - Sister M. Lenore
Mary Phillip of Eastman, Wis. - Sister M. Augusta
Liherla Steines of Bellevue, Iowa - Sister M. Madonna
Clara Klahn of La Crosse - Sister M. Carmellia
Susana Steines of Stratford, Wis. -Sister Mary Eugene
Charlotte Anderson of Ashland - Sister Mary Oliver
Angelino Lang of Amarillo, Texas - Sister M. Regine
Loretta Menko of West Point, Iowa - Sister Mary John
Gertrude Lohman of West Point, Iowa - Sister M. Jeanice
Katherine herbner of West Point, Iowa - Sister M. Juanino
Margaret Nash of Bozeman, Mont. - Sister Agnes Marlo
Eleanore Huber of Calmar, Iowa - Sister M. Estelle
Leonette Duehr of Balltown, Iowa - Sister M. Florian
Cortona Dufner of Maple River, Iowa - Sister M. Auberia
Rosaline Stork of Mt. Carmel, Iowa - Sister M. Myrene
Martina Stork of Mt. Carmel, Iowa - Sister Mary Myron
Clara Schmitt of Watertown - Sister M. Joyce
Catherine Setter of St. Lucas, Iowa - Sister M. Charitas
Catherine Meier of Guttenberg, Iowa - Sister M. Carol
Mary Rohlick of Seaforth, Minn. - Sister M. Coronita
Violet Walz of Glen Haven, Wis. - Sister M. Suzanne
Helen Wagner of Parkston, S.D. - Sister M. De Chantel
Agnes Merwald of Cumberland, Wis. - Sister M. Clairnita
Gertrude Knoer of Eau Claire, - Sister M. Goneva
Stella Farni of Dubuque, Iowa - Sister M. Erna
Ellen Ryan of Carrol, Iowa - Sister M. Innocence
Helen Leiwer of Yankton, S.D. - Sister M. Pierre
Mary Lynch of Mallard, Iowa - Sister M. Josile
Rosella Narum [?] of Mallard, Iowa - Sister M. [illegible]
Magdalene Hoffman of ----ville, Wis. - Sister M. Eulalin
Helen Murray of Superior - Sister M. Marcilo
Mary Therese Chao of Peking, China - Sister M. Frances Therese.

On the same occasion thirty-six novices took their final vows.

[transcribed by S.F., March 2009]


Lake Benton News
Lake Benton, Lincoln co. Minnesota
December 1, 1933

Double funeral services were held for Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Sturtevant of Arco at 9 o'clock Monday morning at St. Genevieve's Catholic church. Mass was spoken by Rev. Fr. Robert M. Bastyr, pastor. Interment was made in the Lake Benton Catholic cemetery, the remains of the two being laid to rest in one grave at their own request.

Mrs. H.A. Sturtevant passed away at her home in Arco at 1:40 o'clock Friday afternoon of last week. Fifteen hours later her husband followed her in death. Mr. Sturtevant passing on at 5 o'clock Saturday morning. The stricken couple had been ill for a long time and were confined to their beds for the past six months. Death came to both of them as a relief from a long period of suffering.

Hulbert Allen Sturtevant was born at McGregor, Iowa, November 25, 1851 and died at the age of eighty-two years.

Catherine Doyle-Sturtevant was born at Bellevedere, Illinois, April 7, 1856 and died at the age of seventy-seven yeras and seven months.

Mr. and Mrs. Sturtevant were united in marriage on January 5, 1885 in Rockwell, Iowa, where they resided until 1904 when they moved to Lake Benton, Minnesota. Here they engaged in farming for a period of ten years. They then retired and moved to the village of Arco, Minn. where they spent their remaining days. They are survived by five children, fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Their surviving children are Mrs. Anna Sharp of Arco; James Sturtevant of Marshall, Minn.; Adelbert of Arco; Mrs. Ella Thais of St. Paul, Minn., and Joseph Sturtevant of St. Paul. Their many friends extend sympathy to the relatives in their double sorrow.

[transcribed by S.F., August 2008]

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