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Dow City

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December 11, 1869, Viola Ida daughter of Vivaldo and Margaret Talcott, aged 2 months.
- Sweet little Violet so lovely wert thou!
- And bright were the --- which shadowed thy brow
- Thy blue eyes were sparkling with mischief and glee
- And fond hearts were watching, in love, o'er thee.
- Those hearts are now shrouded in sorrow & grief
- And gone is the sunshine which brightened their home.
- For even as they watched her, Death's angel came nigh
- And took their sweet treasure to heaven on high.
- The feet once so busy at last are at rest.
- The little hands folded above the cold breast
- How sweetly she slumbers; oh ! never again
- Can earth's sorrows reach her, it's sickness or pain
- Look upward! Look upward! O bruised hearts and sore
- The casket which held her poor soul is no more
- But her glad freed spirit, though lost to your view
- 'Mong heaven's bright angel's is waiting for you.
M. A. W.

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Talcott - Adams - At the residence of Jas. Rae, on October 2, by Rev. W. W. Glanville, Mr. Riley Talcott and Miss Mary E. Adams.

COON - DAVIE - At the residence of Geo. Rae, Justice of the Peace, Union township, Mr. J. W. Coon and Miss Isabell Davie, both of this county.


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DOWVILLE, OCT. 11th, 1873

Mr. Editor - We have been too busy or too careless to send you any report of the proceedings of the Club for some time, but do not intend to be so negligent in the future. Our Club has grown to such gigantic dimensions, (numbering some 35 members ) that there has been some serious talk of dividing it; but the majority of them seem to think that "in union there is strengths."

We held our last meeting last Thursday, for Mrs. Seagraves, at the house of Mrs. A. Wilder. There was quite a large attendance.

The meeting was soon called to order and the following officers elected to serve the next six months: President, Mrs. Maggie Talcott; Vice President Mrs. Mattie Talcott; Secretary, Mrs. M. A. Wilder; Treasurer, Mrs. Fanny Butler.

A good many nice receipts were brought in, among them one for jell cake, brought by Miss Clara Huffman which for the benefit of your readers, I will write down, as I know it to be good:
Three eggs, 1 cup sugar, a little nutmeg; 1 teaspoon soda, 2 cups milk or cream; beat the eggs, sugar and nutmeg together; dissolve the soda in the milk, and mix; then stir in flour to make a thin batter, like pancakes; three or four spoons of the batter, to a common round tin; bake in a quick over. Three or four of these thin cakes, with jelly between forms one cake, the jelly being spread on while the cake is warm.

Our next meeting will be held at the house of Mrs. Florence Huffman, on the first Thursday in November, which we hope every member will try and attend, and as many more as please.
Mrs. M. A. Wilder, Sec.

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June 3, 1874

Fourth of July Celebration at Dowville

On Saturday evening the citizens of Dowville and vicinity met in Mr. Cook's large store-room for the purpose of getting the voice of the people on the propriety of celebrating the Fourth of July at this place. Mr. Chatburn was elected President and G. C. L., Secretary. The President stated the object of the meeting.

A motion that there be a celebration at Dowville was carried unanimously. Motion that the dinner be a basket picnic was also unanimously carried.

The following committees were then appointed: Committee on Arrangements - E. L. Hammond, S. Graha, Geo. Rae, Thos. Rae and Wm. Duncan.
Committee on Programme - George Rae, Thomas Chatburn, Thomas Rae and S. E. Dow.
Finance and Soliciting Committee - G. C. Lawson, E. L. Hammond and W. W. Glanville.
Committee on Speaking - Geo. Rae, S. E. Dow and Thomas Rae
Committee on Preparing Grounds - Andrew Belle, George Belle, Wm. Cooke, G. W. Huntington, Riley Talcott, Don Butler, Charley Hammond, Eli Wiggins, Van March, three Keykendall Bros., and about a dozen others.
Marshals of the Day - W. W. Jackson, Robert Belle
Committee on Music - Miss Emma Shaw, John Hollowell.
Committee on Liberty Pole - Wm. Cook, Andrew Belle, John Coon and Edward Atherton.

Motion that Finance committee get a sufficient number of copies of the programme printed for distribution. Carried.
Motion to meet on the Saturday evening previous to the Fourth for the purpose of hearing the reports of committees and any other business that may come before the people. Carried.
Motion to adjourn. Carried

Mr. Editor - the general feelings of the people of Dowville is that we will have one of the best celebrations ever held in Crawford County. And it will be expected that the people of Denison will bring along their baskets and meet with us in this, our second Fourth of July celebration at Dowville. Two years ago we had a profitable gathering here and all went away feeling that the day had been well spent, and we intend to have a still better report from our next celebration.

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Dowville, June 8, 1874

Mr. Editor - The Celebration at this place is now a sure thing and undoubtedly it will be a success. Percy Shofield's "Bowery" will be the best ever got up in this county. Prof. Clarence M.Wilder, from the Des Moines Musical Institute will furnish music. The Prof. Now claims to be the best violinist in the State west of Des Moines and can furnish the most scientific music in western Iowa. All who wish to trip the light fantastic toe will find "our smiling Schofield" on hand with his pockets full of tickets. All who do not wish to participate in the dance will find plenty of shade and seats where they can listen to the music and otherwise ...themselves. Refreshments will be kept close at hand by our "Dowville clan.", G. C. L. and others.

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Death of Uncle Martin Talcott
On Friday, July 3rd, while the preparation for the celebration were going on, the people of Dowville were startled to hear of the sudden death of Uncle Martin Talcott. His sudden death was caused by neuralgia of the heart, and was the means of throwing a gloom over the whole community.

Uncle Martin was one of our old settlers, and was respected by all who knew him. He was a man of no ordinary intelligence, a great reader and one of the most honorable, opponents we ever met. We never met him without he had a smile on his countenance and his hand was always ready for a hearty shake.

The family and connections of Uncle Talcott are probably the most numerous of any family in Crawford County: at the last family gathering, upwards of sixty met together at the old home. He was in his 69 year, and but for his affectation of the heart, he might have lived many years longer. Uncle Martin was ever ready to help the suffering and destitute. May his numerous descendants follow his example and make his life their model.

His mission is done, well and faithfully done,
And he rests from his labors of life;
While we mourn for him now there shines on his brown, A crown in the heave above.

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The Dowville Celebration
The celebration at Dowville was a greater success than was anticipated by the most sanguine. A more respectable and intelligent gathering we never saw. - The large and magnificent bower would seat upwards of 1000 and had standing room for nearly as many more.

About 2,000 people were on the grounds, and at the close of the day the general expression of the people was, that they had had a huge feast of temporal and intellectual rarities. A grander picnic display we never saw and as we stood upon the raised platform and looked upon the beautiful array of viands, we could not but exclaim with David: "O, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness."

But the grandest and rarest treat we had was the oration by our noble young citizen, Frank H. Tabor, Esq. The large concourse of people listened as if spell-bound. It is rare to see tears on the 4th of July, but the giant young orator touched the tender chords of the heart-strings, and the tears would come. As he progressed with his address, the interest increased, and the attentive audience drank in every work as it came, clear and distinct from the young "Sumner." As we listed to the mighty intellectual powers of the lecturer, we saw in him a "Leviathen" that in the future would shake our halls of Congress from centre to circumference by his powerful logical eloquence. The well-wishes of the hundreds who heard him will ever follow him, and will never fail to assist him up the ladder of honor, when called upon.

The following resolutions were enthusiastically and unanimously passed:
Whereas, Frank H. Tabor, Esq. Has delivered one of the most eloquent, logical and patriotic orations we ever had the pleasure of listening to; therefore, Resolved, That the people at Dowville assembled, tender their sincere thanks to our young citizen, Frank H. Tabor, Esq., for his earnest and aspiring address - Also, resolved, that the oration be published in our county papers.

Immediately after the resolutions were passed, the audience adjourned to congratulate Mr. Tabor, and to partake of dinner. It is seldom that we see a rush to congratulate a speaker, but this was an exception; soon Mr. Tabor was surrounded by ladies and gentlemen who congratulated him on his grand and glorious address.

The afternoon exercises were short, owing to the funeral of Uncle Martin Talcott, whose death will be found in this issue. Many of those who had to respond to toasts were attending the religious ceremonies. The few responses that were made, were generally good, particularly the responses by Father Cahtburn and A. Graves. The songs by the Heath and Shaw family were super-excellent and at the close resolutions thanking Miss E. Shaw and Mrs. Heath for the excellent music, were passed unanimously.

One of the most interesting features of the programme was the representation of the States. Thirty-seven ladies dressed in white, wearing crowns on which were the names of the States they represented, and each one having a sash of either red, white or blue. Miss Emma Shaw being the goddess of Liberty. As soon as the procession marched to the stand, the star-spangled banner was sung, the ladies in white waving a miniature flag furling the singing of the chorus.

The general feeling of the people at the close of the exercises was that we celebrate at Dowville again in two years and have a grand Centennial rally, and have Frank Tabor, Esq., (if we can) to deliver the oration.
G. C. L.

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Dowville Items

The Bulletin announces that Mr. Stone on Friday, the 17th, received the first load of new wheat delivered in Denison this season. Dowville, as usual, is ahead, and has not only bought a wagon load of new wheat but has shipped a car load of over 300 bushels, and Abner showed us the returns. The wheat was shipped to Chicago two weeks ago and sold at $1.10 1/2 per bushel. Dow & Grave now have about a car load of barley ready for shipment, Abner don't intend that any of the small villages will go ahead of him, and we believe that he is capable of doing all that he undertakes. If the grain and machine merchants would like to get ahead of him, they will have to go to California and serve their time at business as he has done. Several carpenters are at work on the elevator here. Elevator commenced being built July 27th. We will inform the readers of the Review when it is finished.

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In Memory of the Death of Martin Talcott who died July 3rd, 1874

The wind is mourning sad and low
A requiem o'er the dead:
While to and fro, the wild birds go,
Above the lonely bed.
Where our dear father lies at rest,
Beneath the cold dark sod.
His pale hands folded o'er his breast
His spirit is now with God.
He has fallen peacefully asleep,
And with him all is well:
But we who still are left to weep,
Our anguish who can tell.
God, comfort us; for He along
Can all our sorrow know,
The long, long nights so dreary and lone,
The days so full of woe.
O, soon will ope' the golden gates,
And we shall all pass o'er
The narrow stream which us separates,
From the eternal shore.
O, 'twill be sweet at last to meet,
When all life's pain is o'er,
At last to meet, and fondly greet
The loved ones gone before.
M. A. Wilder
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Editors Review: The weather has grown a little colder today. Last Sunday we had quite a snow storm but it soon melted and the roads are again nice and dry.

Valdo Talcott has sold his storeroom and building to Frank Seller. I learn that M. S. intends opening "ein deutsches gast hause."

Two doors south of Hardy & Robin son's S. E. Dow has a storeroom 22 x 60 nearly enclosed, in which M. M. Bennett will soon move his hardware and tin stock.

The new firm H. S. Green & Co. are building a neat office just south of Dow & Sons office. The firm has two energetic young men who will receive a generous share of trade.

There is a prospect of A. E. McMartin, formerly county supervisor, buying Messrs. Dow & Son's lumber interest here and going into that business. The old firm will continue in the grain and livestock business.

John P. Jones intends going to Chicago on Friday and visit his parents.

Miss May Thompson has gone to visit relatives in Ida Grove. Miss Gertie arrived on this evening's express. She has been visiting with relatives near Chicago for some time.

Mrs. Wells Wheeler is in the city today calling on friends.

Gus Muller is with us again, and it looks quite natural to see him in his old place at the bench in J. E. Rule's harness shop.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bamford were in town one day this week calling on friends.

Harry Conover is back from a visit to Colfax Springs. He thinks he received some benefit from the treatment looks much improved and is filling his old place at Hillas' store.

Messrs. Fred Shephard and Robert Baumford have purchased Messrs. Luney Bros' store in your city, and will soon be in business there. They are enterprising and will command a large trade.

O. C. Johnson, the Denison music man was in town one day this week looking after the musical interests.

Miss Nelli Morrill gave Dow City relatives a short call Monday.

Mat Carriher, of Wheatland has been making his brother-in-law H. C. Wiggins a pleasant visit. He goes home with a good opinion of our county.

The meetings at the M. E. Church are being continued through this week with increased interest. Last Sabbath we listened to an interesting sermon from Rev. Barton and heard Miss Emma Sherwood sing the hymn, "Too late, ye cannot enter in" in an impressing manner.

Messrs. George V. Jordan, Joseph P. Dugan and Joseph Smith, were in Chicago with several cars of cattle this week.

Born Monday, Jan. 21st to Mr. and Mrs. Bascom Hayworth, in Paradise township, a fine son. On Thursday, the 24th to Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Mitchell near this city, a son. Also to Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Merrick in Paradise on the 30th, a son. The boys are all reported as being well suited to this climate and county.

Mrs. Valdo Talcott has been suffering much of late with rheumatism.
Jan. 30th

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Editors Review - Mr. W. C. Hillis is home from Chicago with a full supply of new goods and the boys are arranging them in an inviting manner.
At Rasp & Co's the boys have their store neat and trim, while Messrs. Hardy & Robinson are just having a neat coat of paint put on the outside of their store. They have finished painting the inside and are having a new twelve foot walk and awning in front.

Messrs. W. C. Hillis and E. V. Goddard are having a nice new eight foot walk laid in front of their homes. Also Messrs. Sim. Davis, Frank Bolton and John Cramer have new sidewalks in front of their places.

the ladies, too, are making use of leap year, and Mrs. M. W. Talcott has Wilder Bros. building her a good house to the addition she has been living in and Messrs. Duncan and Talcott have built an addition to Miss Alma Sleeper's dressmaking rooms.

Messrs. Whaley and Beil have completed their new shelving and counters, and will soon have in their stock of new and choice groceries.

Mrs. S. E. Dow is away receiving medical attendance for her injuries that she received in the railroad accident some months ago, and Mrs. Rev. Delano is with her.

Mr. Stokes Bennett was here and made a visit to his family, and he with H. C. Bowering have gone to Blair, Neb. Where they will have charge of a construction train and set of hands on one of the railroads in Nebraska. Mrs. Fritz is down from Denison, visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Ballenger

Dr. Philbrook, the popular dentist, was up from Dunlap last evening.

Joseph McColl, is over from Defiance today.

Messrs. M. M. Bennett & Co.; and Whaley have each a neat new wagon for their business.

Mrs. H. S. Jordan is quite sick. Mrs. Whaley is getting better and was able to have a buggy ride yesterday. - Brake Bros. are busy putting up furniture for an increasing demand for such things in our city, and they have a splendid stock of the finest in their new rooms.

Our young folks and the band boys are talking up a new and large skating rink and if we can have one it will be appreciated by hosts of us who love to skate.

Our band was out last evening and gave us some of their splendid music and the rink was crowded, as usual.

At Hardy & Robinson's store, Mr. Joseph Robinson has on exhibition an immense or giant oyster shell. It came from under seventy fathoms of water in the Indian Ocean near the Island of Java and weighs one hundred and sixty-five pounds. Mr. R. got it off a ship captain some five years ago and had it come with some of his goods from his home in Maine. It is one of natures wonders to us natives of Iowa, and many strangers came to have a view of it.
April 24th

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Miss Sarah Smith, of Monona county, is visiting wit her sister, Mrs. Sam'l Dunkin.

Miss May Wiggins has just got home from a few days visit with Miss Clara Weed at Charter Oak.

Mr. Al. Belote of Quincy, Mich., after attending the Reunion at Minneapolis , came via Council Bluffs and joined his wife at their brother's M. M. Bennett. They gave them the pleasure of a few days' visit, and he and wife have returned to their home at Quincy, visiting other relatives on the way.

Miss Lottie Clark who is visiting her cousin, Mrs. M. M. Bennett, will return home to Quincy Thursday.

Frank Wilder, E flat cornet of the Dow City cornet band, who went on a toot with the Dunlap Band to the Reunion at Minneapolis, is home again, and says he had a grand trip and everybody enjoyed themselves immensely.

Chas. Weed and Frank Loomis started on this morning's express for a look at some of Nebraska's beautiful land.

Mr. and Mrs. Jos. McCall, of Defiance, Shelby county, were in town the first part of the week, giving his mother and many other friends a pleasant call.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Musgraves of Woodbine, were up visiting with Val Talcott and other relatives Sunday and Monday.

Miss Mary Johnson who has been visiting with Mrs. Dr. Evans and other relatives for some time, returned to her home in Taylor county, Mo., Monday noon.

Frank Hillebrant has sold his Dow City Hotel property to Messrs. Rasp & Pierce and says he will be off soon to invest in Nebraska lands.
July 30

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Plenty of showers to hinder the stacking and threshing. Our merchants are laying in a fresh supply of new goods for the fall trade.

Mr. H. C. Bowering has been making his family a short visit and is away again to his work at Valentine, Neb.

Messrs. S. J. Comfort, Levi Noll, M. M. Bennett and others were up to Denison this week. Master Martie Talcott and his sister Bessie are home again from a short visit to uncles and aunts and cousins in Woodbine.

Mrs. J. J. Anthony and daughters, Libbie and Mabie have gone to visit relatives in Kansas and may go to see others in Texas. Mr. Wm. Kelley is up in the vicinity of Mapleton. His son, Charley, will return home with him.

Died - On Tuesday, August 19, 1884, in his 15th year, Edward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Howarth. He died of heart disease after an illness of nearly one year. The funeral services were held at the home on Wednesday, conducted by Rev. J. DeLano. Many friends and relatives came to the funeral and accompanied the remains to the Dow City cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. W. Cushman, of Charter Oak, were in town yesterday. Mrs. Chas. Weed and Miss Clara Weed of Willow township were in town Saturday, guests of Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Wiggins. Rev. A. Delano is home again, after an absence of several weeks. Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Scott think of visiting relatives in eastern Iowa next week.

Our young folks are organizing a rousing Blaine and Logan club and will hold a meeting next Saturday evening at the Hillebrant Hotel for the purpose of electing officers and other business. They have 63 names on the roll at this date.

Mr. Frank Tilder with his fife, J. N. Wise, J. E. rule with snare drums and Andy Rule with bass drum, constitute our marshall band. Our Dow City cornet band will go to the New Yorkers reunion in Denison next week and will give them excellent music. Many of our townspeople will be in attendance at the reunion and skate at the Denison rink in the eve.

Grandma McColl has recovered from her recent illness and is visiting with her daughter, Mrs. C. Butler, near town. Mrs. Presba and daughter have gone to eastern Nebraska to visit her son, Charles. Mrs. Hannah Talcott was in attendance at the M. E. camp meeting at Deloit the past week.

Born - In Dow City, Ia., August 20th, 1884, to Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Rule, a fine eleven pound son. Will feels happy as ever and reports mother and son doing well.

Messrs. W. A. Duncan, Val Talbott, Frank and Ned Wilder and Sam Higley went yesterday to Goodrich township to erect another fine school house there. Messrs. Hoeffer & Wiggins are giving Brake Bros. furniture store a veneering of brick. John Reynolds and wife, Nora Reynolds and Henry Gibson and wife were in from Paradise township this afternoon.

Wm. Butterwroth has another kiln of brick burned and will have them open for sale in a few days. Arthur Houston has disposed of his property here and will go with his family to his old home in Pennsylvania where he expected a position as foreman on a railroad.

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This band did honor to itself on Wednesday. The boys came up with teams from Dow City through the rain. Their new uniforms were the admiration of all. The music they rendered for the New Yorker's reunion added much to the enjoyment of those attending. In the evening the band played at the skating rink, to the delight of those fortunate enough to be present. The time was good and the music fresh. The band realized about $17 from the admission fee of ten cents. The members were well pleased with their treatment at Denison. Mr. W. A. McHenry treated them to a bounteous super at his residence after the New Yorkers' Association adjourned. The band has been secured to play two days at the coming fair.

The following gentlemen formed the band which played on Wednesday; W. R. Green, F. E. Wilder, N. R. Wilder, A. L. Rule, L. C. Butler, C. H. Brake, Chas. Butler, E. L. Guild, Carl Wilder, W. P. Brake, J. E. Rule and M. G. Wiggins. It is probably that the band can be induced to come up to the rink on some other evenings during the winter.

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Weds. Review: Messrs. S. E. Dow, Abner Graves, Asa Dow with their wives accompanied Mr. Wm. E. Dow on the a.m. express to Mo. Valley where Mr. Wm. E. Dow is to be united in matrimony with Miss Rena Dorsey of that city. Miss Dorsey used to live in our city a short time ago and many of our people are acquainted with her and will welcome the worthy couple to their home in our city.

Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Dow, Mrs. Nettie Graves and Rev. Festersen returned Sunday eve. from the "Baptist Conference at Logan and report a pleasant and interesting time.

Married at the residence of the brides parents, Mr. Wm. Kelly, in our city, the Rev. H. H. Barton officiating, Mr. E. Howell to Miss Ida Kelly.

Also on the same day, Mr. John R. Griffin and Miss Emma Rudd of our near vicinity were united in matrimony by Mayor Wright in Denison. These young couples will settle down and be of the good old folks around us. The boys have not been slighted with the cigars and the couples have received many tokens of good will and esteem.

Mr. A. M. Talcott has sold his residence in our city to Mr. C. L. Butterworth and will move to his farm near town. The ladies of the Home Mission had a pleasant lecture at the Baptist church last evening.

Mr. Frank Maynard was down from Denison Saturday to see his old friend Jas. Robinson and returned back to Denison Sunday eve. Mr. Maynard came recently from Boston. He is attending the Normal and will teach school this winter. He is a stirring aggressive young man. Messrs. Knight and Jones have just finished papering and painting Mr. W. E. Dow's house and will have it ready for he and wife to go to housekeeping when they return.

Born September 10th, 1884, to Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Knight, a fine little daughter. Mother and Child well.

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Eds. Review: This has been a pleasant week for farm work. We have had no frost yet to stop plowing. Roads are nice and those who have corn to pick are at it lively. Rev. Randall the new Baptist minister has moved to town and last evening a large number of our people gave them a donation party at the residence of S. E. Dow. All had an enjoyable time and left many tokens of good will and respect.

Mr. Knight has just finished painting W. C. Hillas' new house and the plasterers are busy at T. J. Rasp's. A. P. Hardy is moving into his new house. Taylor Mattox is having a visit from his father. The old gentleman came all the way from New Mexico and looks as if the years rested lightly with him. Riley Talcott is quite sick with the malarial fever.

Married at the residence of Alex. Robinson, Dow City, Iowa, at 7 p.m. Nov. 12th 1884, Wm. Wiggins to Miss Elanor Robinson the Rev. H. H. Barton officiating. The worthy couple are well known and hosts of friends will wish them all joys that falls to man's lot. Will. Has a neat home fixed all nice and snug and they will be at home tomorrow and go right to keeping house.

The Bulletin man in a March number of his paper told how the Democrats would carry all the offices for their party this fall. But behold how many: "one". How he missed it. Herman Balengee is one of the genial clerks with W. C. Hillas in his large store.

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WILDER- On the 27th Inst. At her residence three miles from Dowville, M. A. Wilder, wife of Benj. Wilder aged 41 years. Mrs. Wilder was the daughter of Martin Talcott who died July 3rd. She was one of the most intelligent ladies in our community and was universally respected. The column of the Review have ofttimes been graced by both prose and poetry from the pen of this estimable lady. The "Farmers Wives Club" has lost one of its most devoted adherents. The mourning family has the sympathy of the whole community. Mrs. Wilder leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss.

Her last words were "My trust is in my Savior."

"Thou art gone to the grave, but we will not deplore thee,
Since God was thy Ransom, thy Guardian and Guide;
He gave thee, He took thee, and He will restore thee;
And death has no sting since the Savior hath died."

Dow City news articles from 1870 to 1897 submitted by Melba McDowell