Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 3/1/2009 at 06:52:24
Clayton County Centennial Edition, July, 1936.
The road plates of Clayton County marked “O. S.,” the marriage licenses issued in the fifties, and the earliest probate records are the work of Eliphalet Price, who was during that period county judge. The years passed and Judge Price made a new home in Colorado Springs seeking relief from asthma. Here we came to know him intimately. His early settlement on the Turkey River, about 1840, a record memory scrapbook of local interest, made him a standard authority on the pioneer days of the territory. Unfortunately the scrapbooks that were made historical by his own writing and news clippings were lost at his death.
Although advanced in years, he was elected judge in his new environment of the frontier. He possessed many of the arts of the politician as evidenced by securing his own advancement and having his son Eliphalet, Jr., made postmaster of the city of Colorado Springs in the Garfield Administration.
In this superficial review of the impress these lawyers left upon eastern Iowa, it can be truly said that they had a superior class of men to weave into a social fabric. It was a real heritage to bestow upon a rising generation the environment that these stalwart pioneers made and maintained.
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