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Dow City News from the Denison Review

1890, 1893

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A Happy New Year to you all.

The Sabbath schools of the three churches here remembered the little ones and the older ones too on Xmas eve. At the M. E. and Baptist churches they had ladders and at the L. D. S. church they had an evergreen tree to display their presents on. All three churches were crowded to overflowing. Old "Santa" was personated by Willis Wiggins at the M. E. church, E. B. Hoeffer at the Baptist and Len. Butterworth at the L. D. S. All the little ones were given a present by the different schools to remind them that they should always be found in their places in the Sabbath school.

The camp fire given by Budd Smith post G. A. R. assisted by the W. R. C. was a grand success every way. The hall (where the literary program was held) was crowded, the singing was good, as also was the recitations. The account of the Battle of Gettysburg by L. E. Hardy was interesting. Supper was given in Cook's restaurant. The net proceeds for the evening amounted to $18.18.

There are some in this locality who are determined to supply themselves with the necessaries of life without working. There are a number of cases of petty thieving reported, and last Saturday night at the Central Hotel, Carl Hammond was robbed of $5.86 in the still hours of the night.

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Are you in the fashion? Have you the "La Grippe"? Quite a number in town have had it and some have not recovered.

V. Talcott and family, of Oakley, Kansas are visiting friends in Dow City. They will stay until spring. Wise and Rolls have dissolved partnership, Roll's retiring. T. J. Rasp has gone to Denison to take charge of the auditor's office. Ed Howell has resigned his position at the depot and may now be found assisting J. U. Wise in the hardware store.

It rained, snowed, and sleeted last Saturday. Since then we have had quite snug winter weather.

The ladies of the Baptist church gave a hard times social at Green's Hall last Saturday night and a goodly number of the youngsters had on hard times garments. Mr. C. A. Lawton and Miss Bess Robertson got the prizes for being the raggedest.

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W. C. McHenry has sold out his livery to Amos Weatherbee. H. F. Bolton is building for himself a house on the north of Robt. Kyle's. W. H. Sullivan has sold his property here to some parties in Neb., who will move to Dow City about the middle of March.

Mrs. B. W. Talcott has bought the Lafountain farm east of town, and will move on the same in about two weeks. All members of Budd Smith post G. A. R. are requested to be present at the meeting next Friday evening, Feb. 21, as there is important business to attend to. M. L. Jones, who lives on Mr. Hammond's place, will move into town shortly and Mr. Hammond will go out on his farm.

Will Wiggins, who has been in Omaha for some time working at his trade, returned home last Saturday evening. As wages are so low there he will not go back. D. O. Peake, the artist, wants all the old soldiers who belong to Budd Smith post, to be on hand next Saturday afternoon and he will take a picture of them to hang in the post room, so don't forget it.

H. S. Green shipped a car load of horses to Chicago last Saturday. They were all bought around here. Asa Dow returned from Chicago Saturday where he had been with three loads of cattle. Wm. Hammond has bought the A. Olsen property and is moving into it today. H. McIntosh will soon leave us. He will probably go to Dunlap.

Link Rule, who has been laid up for some time with inflammatory rheumatism at E. V. Goddard's was taken out to his father's place last Saturday.

We couldn't account for that pleasant looking smile on N. B. Crowell's face all day last Monday, so we will tell you. It is all on account of a pair of twins a little boy and girl.

There will be a camp of Sons of Veterans organized here on Thursday evening, Feb. 28th. L. E. Hardy is able to be at the store part of the time. E. V. Goddard has had a relapse and is again confined to the house.

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A son was born to Frank E. Wilder and wife on Sunday, Jan. 23. Friends are congratulating.

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H. McIntosh & Son have bought the Dunlap mill and will move there this week. The Y. P. S. of C. E. held their monthly social at the M. E. parsonage last Wednesday evening. The Dow City Mills Co. have contracted with a firm in Moline, Ills., to put in the rolls for them. It is expected that men will be here the forepart of this week to work.

By a unanimous vote of Budd Smith Post No. 464 G. A. R. it was so arranged that any old soldier who was not able to pay the initiation fee, that the same would be remitted and he would be taken in.

C. A. Lawton is now clerking for R. A. Slocumb. Robert Kyle, who was confined to the house most of last week with the grippe, is able to be out again.

As Rev. Linn will be absent from Dow City next Sunday, there will be a Sunday school rally at the church at 11 a.m.

Organization and growth of Sunday schools in Crawford county, Morris McHenry
Organization and growth of Sunday schools in Dow City, Geo. Rae.
Object of the Sunday school, Thos. Rae
How to best keep the large boys in Sunday school, Mrs. B. W. Talcott
How best to keep the large girls in Sunday school, Miss A. J. Balsiger
On system of teaching, E. W. Pierce
The lesson and its preparation, M. G. Wiggins
Government of the Sunday school, W. V. Whaley
The end to be accomplished by the Sunday school, Mrs. Maggie McHenry.

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The C & N. W. Ry have changed the time of running their trains. M. B. Lewis, who has been visiting friends in Nebraska, returned home last Thursday eve. Thos. Simms, who left Dow City two years ago to live in Illinois, has returned and will make his home in Dow City again.

T. J. Rasp & Co. are selling out their stock at auction. They will sell every afternoon and evening this week. Tice Bros. will sell their cows and calves at public sale next Saturday at 12:30 p.m. H. S. Green has rented his brick building to parties in Dunlap, who will soon put in a stock of dry goods and groceries.

At the city election held Monday, March 3, the following person were elected to office for the coming year: Mayor: F. S. Stone: recorder, N. R. Wilder: treasurer, A. Graves: assessor T. W. Swatman, attorney, E. H. Swasey: Street commissioner: C. C. Booth: councilmen, H. S. green and C. F. Tice.

Rev. Pruilt, of Little Sioux will be here Sunday, March 9, and preach in the M. E. church morning and evening. This is the regular missionary service.

The ladies of the Baptist Aid Society will give an oyster supper at Green's hall this Wednesday evening from 6 to 10 p.m. Come one, come all.

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At the election for director last Monday, there were two candidates in the fields, S. E. Dow and St. Clair Butterworth. There was some lively work done, and when the votes were counted Mr. Dow had 73 votes and Mr. Butterworth 44, nearly two to one. The patrons of the Dow City schools are not quite ready to lay Mr. Dow on the shelf.

For the last few days a good many have been changing places. Aunt Maggie Talcott has moved out to her farm. Thos. Simms has moved into her house in town, John Baber Sr. has taken possession of the house up at the mineral well and Alex. Baber has moved into town, E. L. Hammond has moved onto his farm and L. M. Jones has taken possession of the house he vacated.

The stock of merchandise belonging to W. C. Hillas is being sold out at auction. F. C. Platt, of Waterloo, was visible on our streets last Friday and Saturday. S. E.Dow was in Harlan on business for a few days last week. W. J. Butler has sold his house and lot and will move to Arion.

There are parties wanting to move into town to work at the park but can't get houses to live in.

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Thinking that perhaps a few items might be interesting to some of our county people, I trust my effort will not be considered a fit thing for the wastebasket.

Our venerable school board met last week and conducted its annual business. Mr. Nichols, of the Boyer Valley Clipper, appeared on the scene and presented an entirely new idea to the board. He proposed to organize a normal school in this place under his own management, and offered to take the responsibility of hiring teachers upon his own shoulders. The proposition was deferred till next meeting of the board. The wonder is the Mr. Nichols would bother himself over conducting a normal school when his editorial duties must be so great.

I wish I was an editor,
"Twould be so nice and grand,
With an ink spot on each eye brow
And scissors in may hand;
I knew I should be happy
Clipping out the news,
In writing up your politics,
I agree with all your views.

Mr. Cook, of the Denison Bulletin, is very much mistaken in reporting Mr. Crowell's fine babies due to the favorable climate. Dear sir, the virtue is all in the mineral springs. If Mr. Cook or any other gentleman will bring their family and reside in one of our cottages for a season, we will assure them that they may become the proud parent of a pair like Mr. Crowell's and they will not be bald headed either.

Our city election passed off as enthusiastically as usual. There were two tickets in the field, with the following result:
For Mayor, Frank Stone, a brave, gallant lad
For recorder, Ned Wilder, who wants a new dad,
Abner Graves, still treasurer, frisky with funds
For assessor, Tom Swatman, who buys hay by tons.
For street commissioner, C. Booth, honest and true,
For one councilman, E. C. Tyce, and know you
Our banker, Syd. Green, for the other
Who pulls out the till and loans cash to his brother

Business generally is lively, but presents a splendid opening for a dry goods store. Auction sales are being held each afternoon and evening in the T. J. Rasp & Co. store, and the stock at the old Hillas stand will soon be exhausted.

On Monday evening some of our young people attended an exhibition at a school house on Pretty Prairie and report a crowded house and splendid entertainment.

The time of year has come when many families are moving. Many changes are taking place in the west side of the county. Very few houses in town are vacant and many more could be used. Thos. Simms and family have arrived in Dow City to remain with us. Their many friends are glad to have them.

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Amos Weatherbee is building an addition of 28 feet on his livery barn. T. W. Swatman is tearing down and building a large house. Marion Cole has moved into M. B. Lewis' house. Wm. Cook has moved his restaurant back into his tent.

The man that went a fishing for a normal school here didn't take along the right kind of bait. Try again.

At the meeting of the city council Monday evening, March 10, the vote for marshal was a tie between I. M. Scott and C. C. Boothe. The mineral park company has offered O. D. Lighthizer $40 an acre for his 10 acre lot that joins the park. The lake at the park is about full of water.

Morris McHenry and wife, Sundayed in Denison. Rev. Linn of the M. E. church has raised over $150 for missions. Chas. Simms, of Omaha, was on our streets Monday shaking hands with his many friends.

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Doctors Beatty and Evens left Wednesday night for the east and Dow City is without a doctor, but Dr. Wright of Denison will answer all calls.

We almost forgot to make mention of the wedding in Dow City last Thursday evening, Dec. 29, at the residence of W. B. Evans. Rev. Onderdonk performed the marriage ceremony that made Mr. C. L. Butler and Miss Laning man and wife. They have the best wishes of a host of friends.

There were quite a number went from Dow City to attend the funeral of Mr. A. D. Molony. Joe Carrahan is back from a ten days' visit home in Clinton county. L E. Hardy has a pet on his hand. Look out for him; don't cross him. Corn is a good price no - 36 cents - best for some years.

Does it pay to feed ground feed? Milt Wiggins is running a feed mill in his shop.

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Mr. and Miss Coon of Arion, Mrs. Heath, Mr. and Mrs. Hammond and others of Dow City attended the funeral of their friend, Mrs. Fink.

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Rev. ..son and his wife returned from Chicago last week. Queen Esther Thursday evening July 28th at Green's Opera House. T. Kelly has put in a stock of clothing, boots and shoes in the building north of Green's bank.

M. G. Wiggins and wife visited for a few days with Thos. Hayes at Manilla returning home Monday. A. H. Rudd has rented the building lately vacated by Wise and will move the printing office and post office there in a few days.

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Schafer-Butterworth, The wedding bells have sounded once more in our midst. Mr. Frank R. Schafer and Miss Mary E. Butterworth were unit in the holy bonds of matrimony Sunday evening, July 16th at the Latter Day Saints church, Dow City, Iowa. The event was not at all unexpected, but only near relatives were aware of the exact date until within a few days before.

The church was tastefully decorated by the dexterous hands of obliging friends. The floral arch, from the top of which an anchor was suspended erected over the speaker's stand was indeed fine. The singing was done by the Galland's Grove choir, composed of fifteen voices. Instrumental music was conducted by Miss Cora Young at the organ, ably assisted by Mr. Clarence Wilder on the violin. Those having the musical part of the program in charge certainly deserve much credit. Long before the appointed time the church was filled with relatives and friends. Promptly at 8:45 the violin and organ struck up the wedding march and the audience knew that the bridal party would soon appear. Elder Joseph F. McDowell preceded the rest; he was followed by the groomsman, Mr. M. J. Schafer, and the bridesmaid, Miss Nellie Butterwwroth. The bride and groom marched gracefully and made a fine appearance. After the necessary words were spoken that made the contracting parties man and wife, they turned to the audience, the latter have been asked to rise thereby expressing their congratulations to the newly wedded pair.

The bride and groom are well and favorably known in the community, both having lived in Paradise township the greater part of their lives. They have fitted themselves for teachers and have taught successfully in this county for several years. They expect shortly to visit the World's Fair and relatives in Illinois.

May joy go with them and may their years be prosperous and full of peach and happiness.

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Work has commenced upon the mill dam and it will not be long before the rolss are again turning.

Frank Schafer and wife took their departure for Chicago last Monday. The White City is their mark.

Hard times does not seem to effect building in this vicinity. There is more improving around about us than ever before. Threshing has commenced and the new grain will soon be coming into market. There is some complaint of light oats and shrunken wheat.

The girls are all away at normal and consequently some of the boys are standing about in a dazed sort of way whistling some homesick tune.

Green Hall was not large enough to hold all the people who came to hear Queen Esther last Friday evening. They filled the chairs, the aisles, the windows and the street below. Denison, Dunlap, Charter Oak, Arion, Buck Grove and Kenwood were all represented by music loving people from these places. Over forty tickets were sold to Denison and Dunlap people. Dow City people were out in full force and the streets were lined with teams from the country. With such a crowd for inspiration what chorus of singers could not do well? For four weeks this chorus was drilled under the careful management and rigid discipline of Prof. W. S. Auld, of Council Bluffs. The production showed the result. While at all times the singing and acting was good, they would here and there jump to the spirit of the Cantata in true operatic style, leaving all traces of the amateur behind. This was especially true in the Persian scenes when "Behold this Modicai in Scorn" and "Build Thou a Gallows Fifty Cubits High" were sung. The drinking scene between the King and Haman made many hot and thirsty people in the audience uneasy. Esther before the throne scene closing with the beautiful duet, "Long live the King" brought forth hearty applause. The bouquet scene was the most real of any, especially so to the performers for there was real food and drink. Nothing but praise and astonishment at so good a production has been heard. All unite in pronouncing Haman's child, little Rena Brake; the star of the Cantana.

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Born to Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Turnland, a little girl.

Work is progressing fine on the mill dam and the mill will be running in a few days. J. R. Rudd and Adam Dozer are improving the looks of their homes by laying a sidewalk. H. Vengrovitch has bought out L. H. Dow's stock of goods and moved back to Dow City again.

J. M. Pot of Arion, will put in a stock of groceries in the same building with Vengrovitch. Clair Butterworth is the happiest man in town these days all on account of a little girl at his house. Warn and dry. A good rain is needed to lay the dust and help out our large corn crop; also potatoes and pasture.

The fourth quarterly conference of the Methodist church was held last Saturday and Sunday, Rev. W. S. Hocker the Presiding Elder was present. At the close of love feast in the morning the ordinance of Baptism was performed and the probationers were taken into full connection with the church.

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Mrs. W. J. Butler returned from Omaha Tuesday. I.L. Tripp, of Buck Grove, was on our streets Friday. Ed. Searls of Jessup, Iowa, was an Arion visitor Saturday and Sunday. Joe Holden and Harry Huntington drove over from Dow City Saturday.

Joseph Childs has gone to Neola to locate. The family will follow soon. Mrs. E. Howell and Mrs. F. Bicknell, of Clinton, are visiting their brother, Milo Kelly. The ice cream supper Saturday night was well attended and the net proceeds amounted to about $5.00.

Elevator men are quite numerous lately. There were two here last week and the prospects for an elevator are good.

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Oliver - At her home south of Dow City, on the 23rd of August, 1893, Nora Oliver, aged 24 years and 5 months.

Mrs. Oliver was born in White county, Ind. And early in girlhood came with her parents to Crawford county, Iowa where she resided until her death. She was united in marriage to Mr. Maxwell Olivery in 1886, both having united with the Baptist church at Dow City the previous winter. Her health had been failing for three years, but she was prostrated only two weeks before her death.

Being naturally ambitious she often overworked herself in the care of her family, yet was always bright and cheerful. Many kind friends and neighbors unit in sympathy with the sorrowing husband and three little children who mourn the loss of a loving wife and affectionate mother. The funeral services were held at the Baptist church on Thursday, Aug. 24. The flowers sent were very beautiful for which the bereaved friends are thankful.

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BRUNER - WIGGINS- In Denison, Oct. 18th, at the Baptist parsonage, Edgar w. Bruner and Miss Josie Wiggins, both of Dow City.

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The Baptist society, of Dow City, Iowa, have made an engagement with Miss Dewey, of the Denison Normal College to give a recital in the Dow City Hall on next Friday evening, No. 10th. The physical culture drills will be given by members of her classes. Special preparation has been made for this recital and will be highly entertaining and certain to please all. Come and spend a pleasant evening's entertainment.

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It has been a long time since we have been in the Review and now we will try to fill our place again and if there is any one dies, gets married, or goes off on a visit, or has any one visiting them, just let us know and we will put your names in the paper. You know everybody likes to see their names in print.

There was snow enough fell to make good sleighing, but today has been so warm it is melting very fast and another day like this will spoil it before we get a sleigh ride.

The Methodist church is without a pastor the Rev. Notson being transferred to the South Dakota conference and is stationed at Flandran.

Marion Cole who has been sick for about five weeks with typhoid fever is now in a fair way to get well.

There is not houses enough in Dow City to supply the demand. Who will build some to rent? A good No. 1 miller can get a good situation to run the Dow City Mills and a good No. blacksmith can get a good thing here.

The first quarterly meeting for this year will be held in the Methodist church next Saturday and Sunday. Rev. W. S. Hooker, the presiding elder will be here and hold the quarterly conference at 3:30 p.m. and will preach at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Love feast at 10 and at 11 a.m. Sunday followed by the sacramental service. The elder expects to be able to bring a preacher with him for this charge to fill out the balance of the year.

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The grip is having quite a run in town, several are confined to the house with it.

From all appearances, Santa Claus will have a good business in Dow City about Christmas time. All the churches are making arrangements to have entertainments on Christmas night.

Grain of all kinds is being marketed here this winter at a lively rate. The prices being just a little better than adjoining towns.

R. H. Burns may now be found behind the counter in Grees store. Willie Wiggins is clerking in Vengrviten's store. Harry Huntington is on the sick list. We are glad to be able to report Mrs. T. G. Bruner now in a fair way to recovers.

The Presiding Elder, Rev. W. S. Hook when here at the quarterly meeting announcing that he had made arrangements so that there would be preaching at the Methodist church every Sunday until he would be able to find a preacher to fill the place.

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