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The Iowa Free Press

28 January 1879


Oh for a little snow, a cutter and a gal.

Corn is being brought into town in abundance.

There were two stock trades over the Central yesterday.

Seven carloads of stock were shipped from Cherokee yesterday afternoon.

F. M. McCormick is busily engaged in getting up "Cast upon the World" in Sheldon.

Everyone not pay a dollar and secure membership ticket in the Irving Society Library.

Chas. Stevenson had the pleasure of chronicling the event of another girl last Saturday evening.

The people of Sheldon are making a big effort to have the county seat of O'Brien located there.

James Payton struts around these evenings with increased dignity over the advent of a bran new girl.

We are informed that cook at the City hotel is learning to articulate the Norwegian dialect, for future use.

David Bates has a quantity of timothy seed which he will sell at $1.00 per bushel. Call at his boot and shoe store.

Will Emerson has abandoned shoemaking, and David Bates has secured the services of another who will take Will's place.

A lady's fur boa was found a few miles south of town which the owner can have by proving property and paying for this notice.

In the case of Bennett vs. Pingrey the former claims $30, but his honor Justice O'Donnell couldn't see fit to allow more than $15.

Hobart & Snyder shipped a carload of flaxseed to the Mankato Mills today. This makes 13 carloads shipped this season by this firm.

A certain M.D. who left town of short time ago, forgot to fill an appointment he had made to visit one of our clothing stores before leaving.

J. H. Gross, the barber, has about recovered from his late sickness and expects to be ready to scrape the bearded sex about next Thursday.

The 14 1/2 pound wad of humanity in the shape of a boy made its appearance at the residents of Fred Shale last Sunday morning.

See the new advertisements of R. Gick in another column. Mr. Gick has a large [page torn] his facilities for blacksmithing, [torn] plows, etc., are complete.

Tom Thorson poked his nose around the depot platform Sunday afternoon while the train waited, to see if he could get a little smell to carry back to Sioux City.

The revival meeting was commenced last night of the Methodist Church under the leadership of the pastor, Rev. R C glass. The union meetings have been discontinued


There is an interesting time had every Tuesday evening at the school house in subdistrict No. 5, Pilot township in the shape of the spelling school and ciphering match.

A revival meeting of some magnitude is in progress at the Quinn school house. Up to Saturday some 13 persons have been converted. J. R. Faus's assists in conducting the meetings.

The male glee club perfected its organization Saturday evening last by electing Mr. Russell presidents, Will P. Goldie secretary, I. O. Smith treasurer, and Tally Morgan chorister.

Two sons of Eve got their ears and tried to walk around each others shirt collars last Thursday night on Maple Street, but with the exception of bloody noses neither were bruised much.

Rev. Karl Garner, formerly of Cherokee was handsomely slippered and chaired by his friends of Store Lake a short time ago. The occasion was the 27th anniversary of that gentleman's birthday.

There will be a concert dividend in the Pitcher school house, Pitcher township, subdistrict No. 6, on Friday evening by L. F. Kellogg's singing school. Admission five cents. All are cordially invited.

The party who lost a bundle of hay on Second Street Sunday night will find it under the little bridge below the Washington house stables. For further particulars ask those small boys who happened down that way about the time it was lost.

Parties desiring to purchase passage tickets to European ports will do well to call upon or address Mr. Chas. Nicholson, who is agent for several first-class lines. Mr. Nicholson is trustworthy and reliable in the fullest sense of the term. He may be found at the New York store.

It is reported that Cyrus Wells, of Muscatine, Iowa, who has so extensively advertised the Peru wheat throughout the Northwest, is a first-class fraud. We will investigate the matter before next issue, and if the report be true we will insert a nice little "ad" or Cyrus and his Peru wheat gratuitously.

We have often heard it said that "cleanliness is next to godliness" but the other day we heard a Cherokee belle of 14 summers say that marriage is next to religion. She is trying to impress upon the mind of one of our marriageable young gentleman the fact that he ought to get married now that he become a member of one of our churches.

About 10 days ago Sheriff Moore received cards from the sheriff of Sac county, giving a description of two young men and stating they were wanted for larceny and other wrong doings. The boys hadn't gotten a hot meal here before Moore telegraphed for the sherrif of Sac, who came on at once. The young bloods were cornered and the matter and arranged satisfactorily.

Telephonic lines of communication promise to be quite numerous in Cherokee. L C Wells has secured the agency for a new kind instrument and has already contracted them to put up as follows: From the post office to Mr. Weilman's resident; from David Bates' store to his residence and for the Washington house to the depot. If this thing keeps on we will construct a telephone that will reach from our office to every house in town so that we can gather in the news from first hands. Yum, Yum, Yum! Oh, what juicy morsels we could give our readers.

The "old folks" dance at our Aurelia last Friday night is reported as having been one of the most pleasant affairs is of the season, and we should judge it was if other delegations were so lively as the one from Cherokee. Some fourteen couples of our "old folks" enjoyed the affair and they report a supper prepared by Mr. Daniels and his esteemable lady was as good a one as ever slid between the crunchers of any set of people. All report a glorious good time and many hope to enjoy another one when another year shall have slipped by.

Fred Kappes Has gone. Yes, he is awful gone. The reason he didn't leave between two days was because the train he went started at about two o'clock the morning. We are "kinder sorry" Fred has gone. We liked Fred because he took our paper. We know he intended to pay for, but he didn't have time, because he was in a hurry. He will send it in a letter. Tommy Greer didn't want him to go, but Fred had his heart set on going and not be persuaded. He'll also said Tommy about $150 in the letter. He didn't say goodby to Elgin Smith either, and Elgin was sorry. Because he wanted to see some of France furniture again before he left, but never mind object, he will set the amount in the letter. We are sorry he left, we say, because Fred was the poor man's friend, an influential citizen and the personification of manhood (?). Wherever he may locate he ought to do well at his particular line of business -- that of fitting souls for hell.


B F McCormack, Esq. came down from Sheldon last night.

E F McLean is confined to his house by reason of an injured limb.

Will Ross started on Monday for Nebraska to recreate for a season.

J. D. F. Smith went to Sioux City on professional business this morning.

Mrs. A A Perrin has been quite dangerously ill, but is now recovering.

J P Dickey has been laid up for a day or two, one of his limbs having become affected in some way.

Our old townsman, Otto Rudolph, now of Canton, D. T., spent a few days visiting friends here last week.

E K Walbridge started for Holland, Grundy county, this afternoon, expecting to remaine a week or ten days.

Wesley Hitchcock will remain at Rush medical college, Chicago, for the spring course, and will probably graduate.

Mr. and Mrs. Hinkley, father and mother of M. E. Hinkley, of Amherst township, started last week for a lengthy visit in the old states. The old folks moved on their place in Amherst some five years ago, and have resided there ever since. No doubt their visit will prove profitable and pleasant, as is the wish of their many friends.

Our Lyceum.

The lyceum last Friday evening was largely attended by young people, and the organization was made perfect. The officers elected at the previous meeting are: President, I. O. Smith; Vice President, Miss Nettie Ray; Secretary, W J Kirchner. After the election of several committees President Smith made a neat inaugural address and some literary exercises were had, consisting of select reading by Miss Nettie Ray, a declamation by Elmer Corbett and a short dispute between W T Smith and S L Boddy on the question, "Resolved, That woman is more given to gossip than man." The following is the programme for next Friday night: Singing.
Declamation, C. Faus.
Reading, Adda Hobart.
Essay, L. Batterson.
Debate - Question -- "Resolved, That poverty develops the character better than riches." Affirmative -- A C Hobart, S L Boddy, M E Wells, W T Smith.
Declamation, E A Corbett.
Reading, K Vandercook
Essay, L Kirchener.
Declamation, John Galbraith.
Paper - R. Johnson, Nettie Ray
Oration Valedictory, W P Goldie.

A Short Sketch of the Business Men's Meeting. Pursuant to a previous call a meeting of businessman of Cherokee was held last Thursday evening in Vandercook's hall, about 25 citizens responding. The meeting being called to order, C. E. P. Hobart was chosen chairman, and E. K. Walbridge secretary. Remarks were made by a majority of those present to the effect that a club, consisting of the businessman of Cherokee, the organized, for the purpose of encouraging enterprise, of every description, beneficial to our town and county. C. L. Porter, J W Galbraith and D K Walbridge were then appointed a committee to draft by-laws and a constitution to be presented at the meeting. The meeting was then adjourned until Saturday evening at seven o'clock at the same place. Saturday evening meeting. Quite a number of our citizens put in an appearance and the meeting was called to order by President Hobart. The committee presented the Constitution they had drawn and after its adoption eleven of those presents added two dollars each to the treasurer's finance and became members of the club. After the discussion of several questions the meeting adjourned until next Thursday evening, when, it is hoped an interesting part will be taken by several more of our businessman and lend a helping hand to those who are determined to make it a success.



Marcus, January 27, 1879. -- Earth's beautiful carpet of snow has vanished, and instead is a softer and more yielding covering of mud.

Mr. Munson has been severely indisposed. Dr. Failing is attended him medically.

Several of our farmers have availed themselves of the advantage the fine weather, to have their flour procured from the mills at Cherokee or LeMars.

We saw cort├Ęge of 10 teams going with their grists twenty-four miles to a mill the other day, and the question suggests itself to us, why has not Marcus got a flour mill? With the town remarkable for its business enterprise in every other respect, a population of about 500 inhabitants, a surrounding of the best agricultural land in the west, an active, temperate, energetic farming community, and the mill twenty-four miles! We have two large elevators doing a thriving business, besides the large quantity of our grist that is hauled to Cherokee and LeMars for the want of the mill here. Taking all the facts into consideration, we confessed, we are as much at a loss to account for those long journeyings to mill, as the man that used to put a large stone in the mouth of his sack to balance a little grain in the bottom of it. To expatiate on the advantages of a mill, is entirely unnecessary and of the dire need of it is equally so. There is not a better location for a mill of! the line of Illinois Central Railroad, and a very little enterprise in our citizens could have the want supplied.

Christopher Keeler spending a week with his many friends at Marcus this week.

John Ernster is 16 feet higher on account of that boy at his place.

The invitations have been issued for Mr. Wilmot's crystal wedding on Wednesday evening.

The dramatic club will reproduced "Out in the Streets" soon.

Henry Sheldon is that other justice -- no better choice could be made.

The Marcus legislature failed to conduct at its last meeting. It will, we fear, like its predecessor, die in peace.

We are authorized to state that there will be a cheese factory erected at Marcus this spring, if the requisite number of cows can be procured. We will give particulars next week.

A Marcus firm is at present underselling anything in the northwest, in the line of groceries and dry goods.

There is a spelling bee to be at Bird's school house Friday night.

We are to have an "old folks" concert soon. Judging from the parties having the management of this matter, we can safely predict, that it will be the grandest entertainment, ever witnessed in our town. We need give no further guarantee of its success than to mention some names connected with the arrangement amongst who are, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight, Mr. and Mrs. Perrin, Mrs. Wilmot and Mr. Clarkson, etc.. Be ready to attend. GAIL.


Maple Valley, January 27, 1879. -- Howard Boylan of Diamond, has gone back to Cerro Gordo county to accompany his brother to this county.

Miss Ella Slater, who teaches the school in the Ferrar school house in Pitcher township, gave a party to scholars last Saturday afternoon and evening.

The debate at the Maple Valley school house last Thursday came off very finely. The question discussed was "Resolved, That the men of action have done more for this country, the the men of thought." It was decided in favor of the affirmative.

A J Miner made the capture of an otter recently.

The grandest entertainment of the season was held at the residence of R Ruthford, of Diamond. Some forth-five numbers were sold and some forth-five mouths were waiting for the oysters, which were served bountifully. The young folks tripped the light fantastic toe until it began to grow light in the east, and then dispersed saying that they had spent a pleasant time. Music by the Maple Valley Quadrille band.

Jacob Dowding is around assessing Diamond township.

Mud here and there at all over at present.

Will wonders never cease? The slim parson of Diamond, and the Strong man of Silver are quarreling over a pair of baby's shoes. But it the language of Dan we say "That 'ere is pretty cheese."

Several farmers in this vicinity have lost stock lately. The losers are W Ferrer, W Hickey, sr., O P Miner and C Morgan.

Singing school commenced in the Star school house, Diamond township, January 28th. We understand that it is to be taught by Mr. Maxey, of Ida county. It is to be a hoped that the people will turn out and make it a success.


Diamond, January 25, 1879. -- the farmers of this township have been making good use of the spring weather during the past week, getting in the last of their corn. They have been selling their hogs at Aurelia the past few days, getting from 2 to 2 1/2 cents per pound.

The school war has a last closed, having been decided in favor of the Board of Directors.

The warm weather of the past few days has made the snow disappear, so that the "little Diamonds" are showing themselves once more.

This township is noted for fizzles and perhaps it is is deserved. But we have at last got a permanent organization. It is a singing school in the tutorship of Mr. Maxey. It is held in the school house in District No. 4. Several attempts have previously been made to organize a class in this township, but all proved abortive but this one.

We have been doing a little interviewing as well as your Silver correspondent. He denies the charge made against Strong man in our last, but we can at least prove that he is in the habit of carrying off things, for the night of Haun's dance he was seeing carrying off one of the deacons girl's.

We see your fellow correspondents are sending in accounts of religious revivals in their respective townships, and we are sorry we cannot say the same for Diamond. She surely needs it as much as any and of some man of God, more daring than the rest, will only venture into the wilds of this township and labor with the heathen, we can assure them of the support of at least one of the sons of his burg.

We have received information from a reliable source that a wedding will shortly be celebrated in this vicinity, but for further information inquire of R T McCready. I. TEM.


Afton, January 25, 1879. -- A little space in a valuable paper,"ov you pleaz" as there has been so much going on in our quiet community of late, I could not resist the temptation to write a few lines.

There has been a terrible riot here in which George Munson came near losing a year's growth. He took pity on a worthless cuss, named Shaw, but after boarding him and family a couple of weeks and feeding their horses for them, they were going to whittle him into pieces for kindling.

The lyceum at Mahoney's school house is a success. The night of the meeting has been changed Wednesday evening. The last meeting was well attended and a pleasant time was had.

Frank Ackerson is going to commence a writing school in subdistrict No. 1, next Wednesday evening.



Silver, January 27, 1879. -- Silver and Diamond for fizzles.

Maple Valley don't extend over to Silver Creek.

Work has commenced on the Silver Creek Bridge and of the direction of D. Unger. Dan is our Silver representative on the board, and we are proud to think that he looks into the welfare of his district.

Fine weather and charitable neighbors have enabled many of our farmers to crib what corn they had left out. In the past week there has been several husking bees and of course the young folks had to be treated to a dance their their kindness.

A certain young chap of our parts, thought to try the speed of his team last week, so he let them out, but there was one thing of the way, there was a corner to be turned and the gait of the team being about 3:40 and the ground being somewhat slippery, as they rounded the corner, the wagon lost its equilibrium and over it went, leaving the driver and box to find their way home as best they could -- of course the team got there first.

A friend of Elias Dubs' is spending a few days with friends in Silver.

Some of our correspondence display a considerable degree of the poetic talent. We are in hopes that Cherokee county may raise up a poet that will rank among the first of our land.



pitcher, January 25, 1879. -- News in this quarter is rather scarce, no fights, no runaways, no scandals, no nothing.

Your correspondent attended a spelling school at the Maguire school house on Friday evening. It was just splendid. After wrestling with McGuffie's spelling book for a spell, we were entertained by dialogues, declarations and songs, when The Maple Valley Pioneer was read by Miss Bird, the editor and proprietor. The paper is a live one, and if the first issue is a sample of what is to follow, we predict for a brilliant future.

Mr. N W Crippen recently sold six hogs to Mr. Reynolds, of Aurelia, which netted 2,675 pounds.

The Maple Valley debating club is going board more interesting. The question for next Thursday evening is, Resolved, That capital punishment should be abolished. Chief disputants, E E Morrison, affirmative; A Farlow, negative.



Rock, January 20, 1879. -- Remembering our promise, not to be absent again if we could help it, we commenced early.

The cattle and hogs still continue to die off.

Mr. Lingscheit has lost five head of cattle since last Friday. This is quite a serious loss for a man who has not more than 30 head, especially as they were the finest in the herd. Some say it is the smut on the corn that works the destruction. When first taken they commence to tremble, soon they lay down, or drop down, and then they appear to be in a dormant state and if disturbed they start and roll their eyes, looking wild and crazy. Mr. Lingscheit is well nigh discouraged, and he says the profits for the year are all gone.

Reports are all quarters say that the hogs are dying off slowly. John Fisch has lost about ten, Jake Fisch nearly 20, and others less numbers. They appear to have a sort of diphtheria; they swell up around the throat and have great difficulty in breathing. The most of the farmers around here know what grasshoppers are now they want to know what curse is coming next.

The boys of this vicinity at a grand wolf hunt Friday. They run their horses a good deal, but we do not know whether they got any game or not, we hope they did, they certainly deserved it.



Weather for the past week is very much favor with corn pickers, and in this vicinity they are improving the opportunity. Quite a number of them are done picking, and are laying on their oars, waiting until another farming season shall have arrived.

Lon Robinson has been called away to Illinois to attend the funeral of his father.

Rev. Gardner is still holding meetings spoken of in our last, and quite an interest is manifested the good cause.

Where is Larkspur? The cold weather do not freeze him as it did the other house plants I hope. Some of the correspondents speak of him as a lark having spurs, I think of him as a nice flower.


School report.

The following is the standing of the scholars of district number five, pilot township

Read. Spell. Arith. Geog. Gram.

Martha Draper
M. Applegate 75 80 100 100
L, Applegate 80 80
Nathan Draper 70 75 100
G. McMannuns 65 70 100
J. McManuns 70 70
Luella Dolph 75
Edmund Chase 75 80 100 100
Eva Whipple 77 78 87 60 90
B. Whipple 78 77 95 70 90
Hattie Porter 80 80
Ella Draper 75 85 90 78
Joseph Holden 65 70 100 50
Leroy Draper 89 80 98
James Draper 89 70 100
Merritt Draper 92
W. Sleezer 80 91 85
Ella Porter 78 86 87 70

All number of pupils in attendance last month, 18; daily average, 14. G. W. KENYON, Teacher.

School report of subdistrict number four, Cherokee township.

Result of written monthly examination for month ending January 24, 1879: average per cent
Oliva Meachum 84%
Icy Speelmon 85%
Nancy Speelmon 84%
Lizzie Speelmon 94%
Monroe Speelmon 83%
Daisy Speelmon 80%
Elmer Farr 60%
Jennie Farr 86%
David Wical 75%
Marion Young 82%
Maggie Boles 72%
Harry Boles 70%
John McGonagle 90%
Ira McGonagle 77%
Manny McGona is gle 87%
Number perfect attendance 9; enrollment 22.

Sherrif's sale.

Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a special execution to be directed, issued out of the clerk's office of the Circuit Court in the State of Iowa, in and for Cherokee County, upon a judgment and decree of foreclosure rendered in said court in favor of Newton Matthews and against George W. Baker et al., I have levied upon the following described in real estate, as the property of the said George W. Baker, to-wit.

The south-east quarter of section two, in township number 90, Range number 41, west of the fifth P.M.

And that on the 25th day of February A.D., 1879, at 1:00 PM of said day, at the front door of the courthouse ain Cherokee, Iowa, I will proceed to sell said property or so much thereof as may be necessary to satisfy said execution, amounting to $121.00 debt, and $61.25 costs, together with all accruing costs, at public auction, the highest and best bidder for cash.

Dated this 22nd day of January, A.D., 1879.

L. H. Moore, sherrif for said County. By order of Attorney.

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