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The Cerro Gordo Press
Mason City Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
August 7, 1858
Owen's Grove
Don't forget to read carefully the business card of Anson C. Owen Esg. of Owen's Grove. Mr. Owen is one of the first settlers of this County and can doubtless do much to aid strangers who desire farms.

The Cerro Gordo Press
Mason City Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
August 28, 1858
Owens Grove
John C. Bishop. It will be remembered that in our last issue, we gave a description of the discovery and arrest of this notorious character, and also that when he came under charge of the sheriff of Franklin County, he made his escape to Owens Grove of this County.
From authentic sources we learn that he was seen a day or two afterward on Rock Creek a little stream that makes into Cedar River, a short distance below Osage.

Iowa State Register
Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa
October 8, 1885
Frank Tofflenier, of Lime Creek township, Cerro Gordo County, accidentally shot and killed himself while wolf hunting. He was shot through the neck and under the chin, severing the esophagus.

The Daily Blade
Des Moines, Polk co. Iowa
November 13, 1885

The following is the name of Iowa residents (Cerro Gordo) over ninety years of age, as taken from recent census report, and kindly furnished us by John Clark, chief clerk of the census department, by order of Secretary of State, Frank D. Jackson.

Mattie Rogers, 99 years, Cerro Gordo county.

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto Co, Iowa
26 June 1912
A Few Items Taken From the Files of the Democrat of June 22, 1892
T.G. McDERMOTT, formerly of Kossuth county, is the democratic nominee for
county attorney in Cerro Gordo. He is an excellent lawyer and is a most
deserving gentleman. He has for several years enjoyed a good practice at
Mason City. The Democrat hopes to learn of his election.

The Cerro Gordo Press
Mason City Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
March 8, 1900
Owen's Grove
Died at his residence in Owen Township on Monday February 26, 1900, Daniel Melloy, age 62 years, born in Scotland and came to America at the age of 12 years. He came to Owen Township in 1866. Survived by his wife and four children; Archie, Duncan & Alexander and one daughter Mrs. Charles Elliott all living here. He was respected by all. Buried in Owen Cemetery. Rev. R. E. Robert of Owen Church officiated.

Mason City Daily Globe
Mason City, Cerro Gordo co. Iowa
August 27, 1900

Mrs. H. A. Gillett, residing on north Michigan Ave., died Saturday evening about 6 o'clock. About nine years ago she was afflicted with paralysis. Since which time she has hardly seen a well day. For the past 11 months, she has been confined to her bed. For weeks her death has been expected. The doctors did all in their power to arrest the disease but nothing could be done for her and she patiently bore her sufferings abiding the time when she would be called to the world where suffering, sickness and death are not known. She was a Christian woman exemplifying it in her own home and with whom she came in contact.

Mrs. Jennie Rowe Gillett was born in Swaledale, Yorkshire, England, Nov. 18, 1848. When she was but six weeks old, she accompanied her parents to the United States. They settled in New Diggings, Wisconsin. From there they moved to Shullsburg and then to Darlington. At Benton township she was married to Henry A. Gillett on March 25, 1868.

In the spring of 1870, they moved to Cerro Gordo county, Iowa, settling on the farm three miles south of this city where they resided until the spring of 1899 when they moved to their Michigan avenue home.

When the deceased was eleven years of age, she united with the Primitive Methodist church and in 1877 joined the Congregational church of this city. The funeral of the deceased was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Congregational church, and in the absence of her pastor, Rev. Rogers, Rev. Clinton conducted the service.

[Transcriber's note: Jennie died August 25, 1900, in Mason City, Iowa, at fifty-one years of age. - transcribed by L.Z., March 2007]

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, IA; Wednesday, August 17, 1904
Farmer Kills Himself.
M.G. Bell, one of the wealthiest farmers of Cerro Gordo county, committed suicide by sending a bullet through his brain; no cause assigned.

Iowa Recorder
Greene, Butler co., Iowa
September 1, 1909
Dougherty News [Cerro Gordo Co.]
-Tom Conwell has gone to Eakelson, N. Dak. to work during the fall.
- Phillip Siepel is taking a vacation from his labors in the T.C. Ryan pharmacy.
- Miss Pearl Lipps has gone to Cedar Falls where she will attend the State Teachers College.
- J.C. Jordan is putting on all kinds of style with a new Maxwell automobile he has just purchased.
-Fred Christians, Jim Brady, Pat Moran, Miss Rose Dougherty, Peter Gorman and others attended the funeral of P.J. Clarke at Greene last Thursday.
- The Dougherty public school building is being painted inside and out, preparatory to the opening of school this fall. Miss Sadie McGee will teach the school.

Iowa Recorder
Greene, Butler co., Iowa
September 8, 1909

Has Unusual Accident.
While leaning on a croquet mallet watching a game, Herman McGowan, 45 years old, of Mason City, had the handle driven into his body in the region of his floating ribs by striking his heels against the mallet, which let him fall. He is in a serious condition.

Rich, Ends Life Over Bill.
James Lippman, a Charles City farmer, who was worth about $1,000,000, shot and killed himself following an altercation over a threshing bill.

Woman is 101 Years Old.
Mrs. Sarah Green of Miles has just celebrated her 101st birthday. She has been a resident of Iowa since 1839.

Iowa Recorder
Greene, Butler co., Iowa
September 22, 1909
Dougherty News from the World [Cerro Gordo Co.]
-Miss Rose Rooney is attending school at the Toland's Business University in Mason City.
-Thos. Conners went to Wheaton, Minnesota, Tuesday to look after threshing the crops on his farm near that place.
- Hon. Daniel Dougherty and wife went to Mason City, Wednesday, for a couple of days visit with their son, Rev. E.J. Dougherty.
-Sister Baptiste of St. Catherine's home in Milwaukee, Wis., arrived here Monday for a two or three weeks visit at the home of her brother, Jas. Rooney.
- John Deardorff went over to Marble Rock the first of the week and bought the Ramp Bowers bay team that took both first and second premium at the Nashua fair last week.
-J.V. Kelly, who is now a railroad mail clerk, running between Cedar Rapids and Carroll, spent the first of the week visiting here. We miss Johnnie in Dougherty, but are glad to know that he is pleased with his new position.
- J.M. Brady and wife and little son are home from an outing and visit at Buffalo, Ia., on the Mississippi river. Jim tells us that the fishing was good and that their stay on the banks of the Father of Waters was a very pleasant one.

Iowa Recorder
Greene, Butler, Iowa
May 6, 1908
If anyone doubts that good old Ireland is not in sympathy with the democratic party, just note the list of candidates for township officers selected by a recent democratic caucus in one of the townships in Cerro Gordo county.
Trustees: P.H. Cahalan, J.F. Ormsby, D.J. Dougherty. Clerks: D.J. McLaughlin. Assessor: Mike Murphy. Justice of the Peace: R. Holman.
Constable: Dan O'Connor Sr., Pat Murphy.

Iowa Recorder
Greene, Butler co., Iowa
September 29, 1909
Dougherty News from the World [ Cerro Gordo Co.]
-The news of the death of John McGee is reported from Rockwell. He was 85 years old.
- Miss Rosa Campbell of Waukon arrived Saturday and will teach in the Sandridge district.
-Charley Mullen, who has been playing ball with Portland, Oregon, will arrive home Friday night.
-Claude Martin of Larchwood was a visitor at the home of his uncle, C.C. Wertz at this place the latter part of last week. On Sunday he was accompanied to Greene by Miss Maude Wertz, for a visit with their grandmother.

Iowa Recorder
Greene, Butler co. , IA
May 18, 1910
Hon. Daniel Dougherty Celebrates 62 Wedding Anniversary
Dougherty, May 14.
The sixty-second wedding anniversary of Hon. Daniel Dougherty and his estimable wife, pioneer residents of Iowa and Dougherty township, was celebrated here, when a reunion of their children and a gathering of friends and neighbors was held. To survive sixty-two years of wedded life together and still be hale and
hearty as are Mr. and Mrs. Dougherty, possessed of every faculty and still enjoying life as in their younger days is unusual. Daniel Dougherty, the pioneer settler of Dougherty township, was born in the county of Donegal, Ireland, Feb. 18, 1829. He came to Iowa in 1858 and entered the southwest quarter of section 86, township 94, range 19, what is now Dougherty township and actual settlement was made in 1863. In 1869 he built the house which was occupied by himself and family until November, 1893. From 1893 to 1897 Mr. Dougherty lived at Rockwell when he returned to Dougherty. He owns 500 acres of land and the apple orchard at the old homestead has been for years among the best in Iowa. One thousand trees were planted in 1872, since which time more than 500 have been added. He was married in 1848 to Miss Mary Gallagher. They are the parents of sixteen children, twelve of whom are still living. Hugh of Minot, N.D., Charles, Patrick, Daniel, James, John, Bernard, Margaret, Teressa, and Joseph of Doubherty; Mrs. John F. Wade of Des Moines and Rev. E. Dougherty, pastor of Holy Family church of Mason City. Mrs. F.E. McGlone died in March 1899 and William; William N. and Margaret died in infancy. Mr. Dougherty is a prominent man and is highly respected. He started poor but has made himself wealthy. He is a life-long democrat has served Cerro Gordo county as county supervisor two terms and in 1880 was a candidate on the democratic ticket for register of the state land office. He represented the state at the Baltimore convention in 1872 and is still quite prominent in politics. Mrs. Dougherty has always been prominent in Dougherty social circles. She possesses charming characteristics, winning all as her friends and her spry appearance is far from indicative of her advanced years.

Mason City Daily Globe Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo co. Iowa
March 22, 1923

Henry Gillett, 83, pioneer resident of Cerro Gordo county and Mason City, died at his winter home in Los Angeles, Calif., Wednesday evening following a few days illness, according to word received late Wednesday night by his daughter, Mrs. George M. Deyoe, who resides on a farm south of the city. The body will be shipped to arrive here some time Sunday for burial Monday in Elmwood cemetery, where his wife was laid to rest years ago. Complete funeral arrangements have not been made. The GAR will have charge.

Mr. Gillett was taken ill with pneumonia a few days ago and Wednesday morning his condition was thought considerably improved. He died suddenly Wednesday night after suffering a relapse. The deceased man has been a resident of Cerro Gordo county 53 years and has lived in Mason City 23 years, spending his winters in California. Before retiring he was a farmer. A member of the CH Huntley post, GAR, he served four years and a half in the army during the Civil War as a private with Company I, second Wisconsin Infantry. He was a member of the Congregational church.

[Transcriber's note: Henry was born 14 Jul 1839, Lafayette Co., Wisconsin. Henry died 21 Mar 1923, at Los Angeles, California - transcribed by L.Z., March 2007]

Centennial Edition, Muscatine Journal
Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa
May 31, 1940

Fewer than 100 Veterans of Civil War Survive in Iowa
Des Moines -- (AP) -- This year, for the first time since the "boys in blue" came marching home in '65, there are fewer than 100 Civil war veterans in Iowa. State G.A.R. headquarters here today listed 95 veterans of the war between the states as still living in Iowa, in contrast to the 76,000 who answered the call of Lincoln from 1861 to 1865.

The average age of these men is 94.2 years. The youngest is 90; the oldest, 101. Membership in the Iowa department of the Grand Army of the Republic exceeded 20,000 at its peak about 1890. Now there are 45 counties without even one Civil war veteran still living.

Most of the remaining counties have only one. Only Cerro Gordo (Mason City), Dubuque, Lucas (Chariton), Marshall, Muscatine, Page (Shenandoah, Clarinda), Mahaska (Oskaloosa), and Polk (Des Moines), have more. Muscatine has three remining, two in Muscatine and one in West Liberty.

Ten counties lost their G.A.R. member in the past 12 months. A year ago, there were 145 Civil war veterans in Iowa, living in 64 counties.

James W. Willett of Tama, elected state commander of the G.A.R. at the 1939 encampment, died May 13, while still in office.

At the latest official report, March 31, the Grand Army of the Republic listed 2,655 members in the United States, with deaths reported at the rate of 100 per month. There were 52,192 widows of Civil war veterans living on March 31.

The list and age of veterans reported by state G.A.R. headquarters follows, by counties:

Cerro Gordo
Nathan G. Thorn, 90, Mason City, Ia.; Rockley Whipple, 100, Mason City, Ia.
John R. Williams, 94, Mason City, Ia.


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