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The Aurelia Sentinal

December 7, 1906

The sad death of Philip, little son of Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Scott last Friday morning, cast a gloom over the entire neighborhood and words cannot express the feelings of the sorely afflicted parents. He was sick almost four weeks with spinal meningitis and through the whole siege showed what a patient little fellow he was as no complaint was made through all his suffering. He had always been a robust little fellow and had a kindly disposition. Philip Dysart Scott was born on a farm five miles northeast of Aurelia, Buena Vista County, Iowa, August 31, 1897. He died at 4 a. m., November 30, 1906, in the house where he was born, at the age of nine years and three months. The funeral was held at the Aurelia M. E. church, Saturday, December 2, at 2 o'clock p.m., conducted by Rev. O. M. Bond. Interment was at Pleasant Hill cemetery.

April 12, 1907

The death of Elsie Jordan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Jordan, was announced last Sunday morning, death coming at the family home just north of the city during the previous night. The death of this beautiful young girl, just entering young womanhood, is an extremely sad event and the sorrow of the parents is almost pitiful. The whole community seems to share in the sorrow and extend their sympathy. At the funeral services flowers in memory of the departed one abounded everywhere. Room-mates at the city school helped to contribute these. Four girl friends dressed in white followed the casket carrying wreaths of flowers. Six young boys were also pall bearers. Elsie was born in Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 20, 1892. When a child she was baptised in the Evangelical Lutheran church and in 1906 renewed her baptismal vow in confirmation. Four weeks ago she took sick and died April 6, 1907, the cause fo death being abcess of the lungs. Her age was fourteen years, four months and seventeen days. The departed is mourned by her parents, two brothers, Frank and Fred, and other relatives and a host of friends. The funeral was held at the German Evangelical church Tuesday, April 9, 1907, at two o'clock p.m., conducted by Rev. Benkendorfer and Rev. Bond. Interment was in the Aurelia cemetery.

July 19th 1907

Considerable damage was caused by a wind storm at Mrs. Sansen's farm east of town last Saturday night. A small tornado visited that vicinity about 10 o'clock wrecking the windmill and some sheds and breaking a new buggy to pieces. A hay rack on a wagon near the barn was picked up and turned upside down near the house. Large limbs were broken from trees and other damage was done. The loss will amount to several hundred dollars but Mrs. Sansen has sufficient insurance to cover it. Mrs. Sansen and two daughters were at home, the boys being in town and they passed through a dreadful experience, feeling thankful after it was over that there was anything left on the farm. The wind roared and screeched and the noise caused by falling lumber and other things outside was terrible. The tornado came up a ravine from the southwest and did some other damage in the neighborhood.

July 19, 1907


G. W. Johns and Oscar Cottong of Diamond township each lost a steer by lightening last Sunday night. Both were insured in the Maple Valley Mutual Insurance Association. Mr. Cottong lives on the Swan Peterson farm.

P. D. Wine is now the owner of an elegant five passenger touring car, having received same early this week from the factory at Auburn, Indiana. The new auto is an "Auburn", a 1907 model, of 24 horse power, and one of the best makes of machines. The color of the car is another very attractive thing about it, being a dark maroon or purple lake. A top for the car will arrive in a few days. Mr. and Mrs. Wine will derive a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction from the automobile and we know that no one is more worthy. This is five autos owned in Aurelia people and another one coming next week will be six. Henry Johnson purchased one at Des Moines last week which will be here in a few days. Henry's will contain one seat with room for a detachable seat.

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