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Dow City News from the Denison Review


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W. V. Whaley is confined to the house and is in a bad shape the grip settling in his left ear. R. A. Slocum is another victim of the grip he being confined to his bed. Not only the grip but the measles are having quite a run. As yet there have been no very severe cases. Willie Wiggins is teaching the winter term of school at the center school house in Paradise.

Last Wednesday evening Mr. Florence Downs and Miss Lou Baber were married at the Baptist parsonage, Rev. Coffy performing the marriage ceremony. We all wish the young couple a long and happy life.

Rev. J. L. Boyd, the new pastor for the Methodist church, will arrive in Dow City Thursday of this week and will preach next Sunday. Rev. Boyd comes very highly recommended as a pulpit orator and no doubt he will meet with a warm reception by the good people here. Rev. Luring, of Council Bluffs, filled the pulpit at the M. E. church last Sunday and preached two fine sermons.

Jay Bell, Allen Rae and Guy Whaley, who have been spending the holiday vacation at home, returned to Indianola last Tuesday for the winter term. Guy Whaley will not go back until his father gets better.

School commences next Monday, Jan. 8, for the winter term.

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As far as we know at this time all others are doing nicely. Those who have been gripping with grippe, and having the measles. All those who were at the Methodist church last Sunday morning and evening and heard Rev. Boyd, the new pastor, were well pleased with him.

Last Wednesday Mr. and Mrs. W. V. Butler lost their little daughter Blanch, with measles. The funeral services were held in the Methodist church, Thursday afternoon. Rev. Coffy, pastor of the Baptist church, preached the sermon. The bereaved family have the sympathy of all in the loss of their little one.

To say that such and such a thing ought to be done is one thing; to do or be willing to help do the thing is of another kind. If an effort was made to close the saloons in Dow City, how many men are there who would take hold and help? Are the boys worth saving? Are they your boys, or do they belong to somebody else? Some one will ask what about the city authorities, who take the fifteen dollars a month from the saloon keeper for the privilege of dealing out the poison. To a great extent are they not violators of the law? Again, is it not more than likely that they could be impeached/ If not, the time will soon be here when the people will have a chance to say who shall fill these responsible positions. Most assuredly there are those in Dow City who could be found who are not willing to take blood money, for such it is. Some are asking what will the legislature do with prohibition? That is to be seen.

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E. H. Crandall, of Panama is visiting his parents. C.C. Booth's youngest child has the measles and lung fever. Uncle Jos. Eraheis is going around on crutches with a sore foot. Mrs. Maggie Harding was visiting her parents a few days last week. Mrs. Meyers of Minneapolis, Minn., is visiting her sister, Mrs. Paul Brake.

R. A. Slocumb has recovered from the gripe so as to be able to be out, but not fit for much duty as yet. W. V. Whaley is just able to be out of the house. Ben Heath's little boy is just getting over the measles. Mrs. Heath was kept away from the store last week, having the grip.

Joe Stapanek's house burnt to the ground last Tuesday afternoon. The men folks were all away from home at the time. Mrs. S. got out most of the furniture. There was some insurance.

Miss Emma Kalb met with a painful accident Monday morning. She was walking on the sidewalk, it being frosty, she stepped off on to the grass, when her ankle turned, putting the ankle joint out of place and breaking the bone of the leg.

The members and friends of the Methodist church met at the church last Friday evening to give a reception to Rev. Boyd, the new pastor, and his wife. There was a good turnout and a good donation of things to fill the pantry. It was the largest donation ever given in Dow City. The pastor and wife has been made to feel that there lot has been cast among kind hearted friends.

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J.U. Wise has bought the house now occupied by R. A. Slocumb. There were ten car loads of cattle shipped from here to South Omaha Monday afternoon. There will be a concert this Wednesday evening by home talent for charitable purposes. Wonder if Cleveland, Smith & Co. are willing to reduce their own salary to cut down expenses?

The homemade wine that was to have been sold at the constable's sale last Saturday didn't materialize, afraid of the law.

W. V. Butler has bought the house that R. H. Burns now lives in. Houses will be in demand. Who will build some?

Cleveland, Smith & Co. struck another blow in Dow City, this time striking G. W. Huntington in the neck, so off came his head from the pension list. Who will be the next?

Mr. Thos. Rae went into Chicago last week with cattle from there he goes to Mass. And Maine to visit friends. He will be gone about three weeks.

The library committee is now making selections of books for the library. They will add about 100 volumes. Any one having a book that they want purchased will do well to hand it in to the secretary, Mr. G. Wiggins.

Mrs. W. A. Barber, who has been suffering with a cancer for a good many years, had a surgical operation performed Monday forenoon by Drs. Carr, Evans and Wright, taking out some part of the bone of the right leg just below the knee.

Rev. Boyd is proving to be the right man for pastor of the Methodist church in Dow City. He is drawing good sized congregations out to hear him at every service. Commencing last Monday night and continuing for two weeks there will be revival meetings at the M. E. church every night. All are cordially invited to attend.

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Mr. W. A. Baber is some better. Mrs. S. E. Dow is on the sick list. Revival meetings still continue at the M. E. church. Mrs. Termble of Dunlap is visiting her mother, Mrs. Neil. Mr. Willis Wiggins is contemplating a visit to Nebraska this week.

There was an entertainment held at the Baptist church last Sunday evening and reported to be very good. Elder Hooker will be here next Saturday and Sunday as it will be quarterly meeting at the M. E. church. J. U. Wise had a job of putting in some window lights as some of our boys came near painting the town red.

There will be a dance held in Green's hall next Thursday evening celebrating Washington's birthday. Mrs. H. S. green and children started to Albany, Ill., last week to visit her mother. Mrs. S. Rudd and son Alle, have gone to Nebraska and Miss Any is keeping house.

Our high school pupils have graduated in some of their studies and will take up bookkeeping and general history.

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March 1 brought many changes to Dow City. R., H. Burns has moved into John Cramer's house. Harry Jones and family left last week for Jones county

W. V. Butler now occupies his own home, the place vacated by Burns. Ab Rigsby has taken up his abode in the house just east of Scatterbranch. Willis Wiggins is rusticating out at Wisner, Neb. If he likes it there he will stay.

W. P. Brake of Sioux City, Mrs. C. H. Brake, of Mo. Valley, and Ed. Brake, who was visiting in Illinois were all summoned home last Saturday on the account of the sickness of their father, Mr. Paul Brake, who is dangerously sick with lung fever.

The Dow City mills will soon be running again. A man by the name of Busic from Greely, Iowa, has rented the mill. Judging from the looks of Mr. B. we should say that he understands his business. It may take some time to build up a trade again, but nevertheless come along and help.

Our city election passed off very quietly as usual. There were 90 votes cast. The following named persons were elected to office:
W. B. Evans, Mayor,
R. a. Slocumb, recorder,
A. H. Rudd treasurer,
John Howart, City attorney,
M. G. Wiggins assessor,
C. Butterworth,
W. C. Hillas, council,
A. Crandall street commissioner.

Marion Cole moved out on the Fred Pierce place. Will Hosier moved into the house vacated by Cole. Len Butterworth moved into the Sim Davis house. Alex. Bell moved into the house Butterworth vacated on the farm just north of the river bridge. Dick Baber moved onto Bell's place in Paradise. Wm. Scott moved onto the place vacated by Baber. Lon Smith moved from town onto the farm Scott left. N. R. Wilder now occupies Bonsall's house up by the school house. Henry Vengrovitch took the house wilder left. Mrs. J. W. Coon bought the property of Vengrovitch vacated. Miss Bertha Blanding bought the house and lot of Coon's.

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Editor Rudd's little girl is sick with lung fever. Paul Brake is now in a fair way to get better. G. W. Huntington is moving back into town. K. J. Jones moved out on the Willow last week. Mr. Petefish, of Illinois, is here looking after his land interest.

R. A. Slocumb moved into the house vacated by L. M. Jones. J. U. Wise is now moving into his own house, the one vacated by Slocumb. The revival meetings at the Baptist church are quite interesting. May they continue that much good may be done.

Sunday was a missionary day at the Methodist church. Rev. Dudley, of Dunlap, was here and preached the sermon. Dow City will more than raise the apportionment for missions this year.

Mrs. Shaw died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.L.Hammond, last Thursday evening, March 8th, age eighty five. The funeral services were held at the house Saturday afternoon. Rev. T. M. Coffey preached the sermon and was assisted by Rev. J. L. Boyd. The remains were taken to Ogden for interment.

Our school election was a quiet affair today, there being only twenty-four votes cast. Butterworth and Bell were re-elected.

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SHAW - At the home of Mr. E. L. Hammond, Dow City, Iowa Thursday, March 8, 1894, Mrs. Betsey Ann Shaw in the 85th year of her life.

Mrs. Shaw was born at Burke, Vermont, in the year 1809. Her maiden name was Betsey Ann Ramsey. She was brought up in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. During the year 1834, at Rome, N. Y. she was married to Mr. Shaw. At this place she lived on one farm 30 years. They came west in the spring of '65 and settled in Odgen, Ia. during the year 1870. Mr. Shaw died March 15, 1883. Mrs. Shaw became a Christian in youth and made the Congregational church the home of her choice. She lived a long and useful life. The consistent and devoted life of such is one of the best memorials to the Christian faith. It could be said of her, "Thou shalt come to they grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season." But while she has been received home to her heavenly father, her memory remains as a cherished treasure to her friends and loved ones.

Services were held at the house on Saturday afternoon. After music and scripture and prayer by Rev. Boyd, of the M. E. church, feeling words of tribute and comfort were spoken by Rev. Coffey, pastor of the Baptist church. After this the remains were taken to Ogden, Iowa for burial.

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We are glad to see the Dow City mills running again, so come to Dow City with your wheat. M. G. Wiggins is now at his old pace of business pounding iron and every ready to see all. R. A. Slocumb is on the sick list confined to the house since last Friday.

Rev. W. E. Randall, a former pastor of the Baptist church preached last Wednesday evening. The revival meetings are still in progress at the Baptist church. Coon and Evans are now running the livery barn north of Wiggin's blacksmith shop.

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M. E. Church at Dow City on Fire

Last Sunday morning the Methodist church at Dow City had a narrow escape from destruction by fire. Shortly after the fires had been started to warm up the church, the roof on the south side was discovered to be on fire. The alarm being vien immediately, many willing hands were soon at work to stop the progress of the fire, which was soon put out. The Church being saved was very fortunate, as there was a high wind prevailing, and everything being very dry, the adjoining buildings would undoubtedly have been destroyed.

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Mr. Paul Brake is not getting along as well as his many friends would like to see him. Willis Wiggins returned from his visit to Nebraska. He don't think much of the country where he was. The Epworth League will give a sociable at the home of Solomon Gibson, Friday evening, March 30.

Well we came very near having a big fire Sunday morning. About half-past nine the roof of the Methodist church was discovered to be on fire, started from a spark falling on the roof. It took some time to get ladders long enough to get up to the fire. It did not take long to put the fire out, but a few moments more and it would have been beyond control. There was a strong wind from the north and once under headway it would have cleaned out everything on that side of the street to the south of town. Now is a good time to talk up a fire brigade. We hope that it won't end up in talk only but it is to be hoped that some provisions may be made to fight fire if there is any in the future.

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Local trade has been good the past week. The mill has all it can do, and there are numerous shipments of hogs and cattle. Dow City holds her own notwithstanding the hard times.

Among the news items of last week is the marriage of Mr. M. J. Barrett, of Dunlap, who is well known in Crawford county to Miss Helen Thompson, of Hartford, Mich.

Last Wednesday evening Miss Fanny Rudd was the recipient of a surprise party and many tokens of esteem, it being the anniversary of her seventeenth birthday. She is a very popular and estimable young lady.

Last Friday evening the Epworth League held a sociable at the hospitable home of Mrs. Sol. Gibson. There was a fine program, the attendance was large and the young folks had a right good time. These entertainments are of great benefit because the young men will become too self respecting to loaf in saloons.

I presume you will be glad to learn that Mr. George Rae was elected President of the school board of the Independence School District. He is a man of experience in school matters and one who will do the very best he can for the public, whether as representative, member of the board of supervisors or school director.

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E. N. Chamberlain is happy. Why? Because the flood of last week brought them a nice little girl.

And if the coming of one little girl makes a home happy what happiness there must be in the home of Newton Lee, where there are twins, a boy and girl.

Thos. Butler who built a new house south of town last winter, had it destroyed by fire last Tuesday afternoon, with most of the household goods. There was some insurance.

Tuesday night of last week Dow City was flooded as never before, washing away side-walks, fences, filling cellars and in some places getting into the houses and also doing damage to the mill-dam which is now being repaired.

Last Thursday night some person or persons entered the Post Office and blowed the safe to pieces and all they received for their trouble was about 20 cents. The Post Master had just received $165 worth of stamps in the day before but he put $100 worth in the bank and the burglars took the rest and scattered them everywhere. The safe is mined beyond repair.

Mr. Paul Brake who has been sick for over two months, died last Saturday afternoon and was buried Monday forenoon. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Boyd at the Methodist church. Mr. Brake had lived to be over three score years and ten. He never had been sick a day in all his life until taken sick in the winter. We shall miss him. Everyone had great respect for him. The family have the sympathy of all in their bereavement. All members of Rudd Smith Post, No. 464, G. A. R. are requested to come out Friday evening, April 27th, to make arrangements for memorial service.

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An entertainment will be given at Dow City, Iowa, at Green's Hall on Saturday evening, May 19, by the Dow City Musical, assisted by the Ladies' Band of Dunlap and others:

  • Opening Selection ....Ladies' Band
  • Chorus --- Hail to the Sea
  • Duet ...From Over the Sea .... Mrs. Chas. M. ..., L. M. Coon
  • Trio ... Roses and Violets Mesdames Swasey, Green, Wilder
  • Male Quartet .......Selected Messrs. Stone, McHenry, Schouten, Coon
  • Instrumental Music .....Selected Ladies' Band
  • Solo ... Across the Bridge .... F. S. Stone
  • Solo ... L. C. Butler, Nellie Bonney
  • Comic Quartet ....Fortune Teller ..... Leslie Stone, Schouten, Mrs. Wilder, Mrs. Swasey
  • Solo .... The King and the Miller...Keller Chas. McHenry
  • Duet .... O Haste Crimson Morning Lucia... the opera Schouten and Stone
  • Instrumental Music ....Selected... Ladies' Band
  • Quartet ... Court House in the Sky ... Mrs. McHenry, Mrs. Schouten, Messrs. Stone and McHenry
  • Violin Solo .... Selected C.M. Wilder
  • Male Quartet ........ Selected Stone, McHenry, Schouten, Coon
  • Instrumental Music ..... Selected Ladies' Band
  • Double Quartet ... Good Night .... Leslie Mrs. Slocumb, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Schouten, Miss Mosher, Messrs. Stone, Brake, Coon and Schouten


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Mrs. Mary Rudd has started a restaurant in the old sanitarium building. There will be a game of ball here Friday between the Dunlap and Dow City clubs. Ben Heath returned from a few days outing at Hot Springs, S. D. last Saturday evening. We would be well pleased to see our friend D. L. Boynton, receive the nomination for Judge for this district.

Ed. Morris who has been working in Goddard's wagon shop since last fall, left Tuesday morning for his home in Arkansas.

N. R. Wilder and wife left for a visit to Mr. Wilder's brothers, Frank and Carl who reside in Salem, Mass. They will be gone about four weeks.

The Methodist church has given Pastor Boyd a vacation for three weeks. He with his wife and daughter left on the flyer Monday evening for a visit to Mrs. Boyd's parents in Virginia.

The American Eagle will scream again in Dow City on the Fourth. Arrangements are being made for one of the grandest celebrations ever had here before. Everyone that came to Dow City on the Fourth never went home disappointed, so come again and have a good time for there will be amusements for old and young.

The saloon keepers, of Dow City will not run under the new law, so the town will go dry.

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The big Fourth will be in Dow City this year. Complete arrangements have been made for the grandest 4th of July celebration ever held in Dow City. A conference of the various committees discloses the following list of attractions making one grand continuous series of stirring speeches, exciting games, imposing parades, and magnificent display of fire-works, the whole bombarded with blasts of music from two brass bands, and softened with strains of male quartet and chorus singing: The usual cannonading will take place at sunrise and from that time until the great parade forms at 10 o'clock. The fire-cracker fiends and lemonade venders will entertain you.

Starting from Woodman Hall a grand parade will follow the escort, speaker and choir to assembly grounds to the south side of town when the oration will be delivered by Rev. J. B. Harris of Denison, Iowa, whose reputation as an orator extends far beyond the limits of Crawford County. Then comes dinner. Numerous picnic tables will be constructed where parties can enjoy picnic dinners by themselves, or patronize the various eating establishments which will be good to meet the wants of the people.

During the afternoon, regardless of the program of sports a reception committee will meet the Denison excursion train at the depot to conduct them to the assembly grounds where an address of welcome will be made, responses thereto, and short pithy speeches and lively songs will be given for the entertainment of those who do not care to see the games and races, which will being promptly at 1:30 pm consisting of a 100 yd. Foot race, 1:45 pm boys race 100 yds., 2 pm ; show race, 2:10 3-legged race; this will be great fun. 2:20 p.m. potato race; 2:30 relay race. The Dow City team challenges any team or combination for this race. 2:45 p.m. 1 mile running horse race. Liberal purses will be offered for all of the above races. Correspond with committee for detail.

At 3:30 pm the grand sporting event will take place at the base ball park in old time contest for blood and money between the Denison and Dow City ball clubs. This winds up the list of attractions before supper. At 7:30 in order to have ample time before the fire works, the Dow City minstrel quartet club will give a grand concert in Green's Hall, rich with negro melodies, laughable specialties, including the well known work of Chas. McHenry with an endless supply of side splitting songs that need no comments ending with one of Chas. McHenry's most laughable comedies.

A most dazzling hail storm of Roman candles, sky rockets, etc. will conclude the gay and noisy program of 94 celebration, leaving the enticing strain Chase and Valentine orchestra to have the fantastic trip to while away the remaining hours at this bowery.

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N. P. Larson and wife and little daughter Mildred, are visiting Mrs. L.'s parents at Marine Mills, Minn., and will remain until after the fourth.

J. E. Johnson came in last week from Dickens, Neb. With the intention of locating. He reports that Southwestern Nebraska is burned out.

The Misses Grace and Maude Milliman, two of Harrison counties popular school marms, visited their aunt Mrs. Margaret Hunt and other relatives last week.

Messrs. Bullock and Dunbar were transacting business in our village last week. Elder F. M. Weld of Lamoni, Iowa, is spending a few days here, the guest of C. J. Hunt. One more added to the L. D. S. church last Sabbath by baptism. Elder C. J. Hunt officiating.

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(Dow City Enterprise)

July 14th, 1894 in Dow City will long be remembered by about three thousand people who were present. The day was perfect and early in the morning teams began coming into town, and by ten o'clock the streets were lined with teams, and all the feed stables were filled to their utmost capacity. The procession formed in front of Woodman Hall and marched to the grounds, headed by the Denison band which furnished excellent music during the day. The address by J. B. Harris was a masterly effort and was listened to by a large number of interested people. In the afternoon when the Denison excursion arrived, they were escorted to the grounds by a committee of citizens headed by the band. The toasts and responses were witty and of a high class. The singing by the glee club was excellent.

The 100 yard boys race was won by Butterworth, Peacock 2nd. The potato race was won by Goodall. The three legged race was won by Slocumb and Whaley. The relay race was won by the Dow City team. The show race was won by Binnalll, the horse race by Walburn and the 100 yard foot race by Slocumb. The next attraction was at the base ball park where Dow City and Denison played. The game was devoid of interest, there being but few good plays, but a whole lot of errors. The game was won by Denison.

The fireworks and the male Quartet entertainment ended the program in the evening.

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Ball at Dow City

The Review acknowledges the following invitation with thanks, and we have no doubt there will be a large attendance and the young folks will have a good time: "Yourself and ladies are cordially invited to attend the Grand Benefit Ball, to be given by the Dow City Base Ball Club on Friday evening, July 20th, 1894, at Green's opera house, Dow City, Ia."

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Dow City

Seeing that your usual correspondent neglects to narrate the passing events of our burg and vicinity and fearing lest our community be forgotten, we attempt to jot a few items. Also our mind has been freed from a great anxiety.

We had heard so much of the Prof. Oracle, Gen. Weaver, and his wonderful philanthropic and reformative tendencies that we actually feared he would put this United States in his coat tail pockets and carry it away to some more congenial clime, where only the faithful would flourish. But, presto, we heard him make a speech. Judging from the impression he seemed to make he will lack about twenty-five thousand votes of carrying away the ninth district.

We expected to hear a smart man give an able discussion of Populist principles but were sorely disappointed. If Gen. Weaver is a brainy man he failed to show any samples at Dunlap the 17th.

His speech was about an equal mixture of Christian Science and Democracy. Almost one third of the time was devoted to convincing the audience that we never had been prosperous and if we only thought so we were just as prosperous now as we ever were.

Another third on the money question, the blunder of this cry being that if the government stamped a piece of paper and called it a dollar, only think so, and it would be a dollar.

The rest of the time was spent in showing or rather attempting to show what ridiculous positions Hagan, his opponent had taken. The weather seems to have queerly affected politics. Of three species hereabouts Republicanism alone flourishes and promises to bring fourth at least a hundred fold.

But the drought seems to have withered and left lifeless Democracy except in cases of individual irrigation. Populism seems to do best on thin soil but it takes lot of blow to keep it going.

Gen. Beeson speaks in Green's Hall Wednesday evening Oct. 24th. The Male Quartette will sing some of their inspiring songs. Everybody invited.

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Dow City News

Our last information from Rev. Boyd was to the effect that he was getting better and bid fair to fully recover which we are glad to note.

The Thanksgiving dance last night was well attended.

Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Hamilton bid good-bye to their many friends last Monday and boarded the train for Buffalo, N. Y., where they expect to make their future home.

Mr. Datus Thew, of Buck Grove, has purchased the livery barn of Dr. W. H. Evans and will take possession next Saturday, December 1st. Mr. John Coon, who has been in charge has been retained for a while by the new proprietor.

Dr. Evans, who has partially closed out his business interests in this place, informs us that he has not yet decided what he will do in the future, but for the present will remain a citizen of Dow City, and when he decides to move away, he thinks it will not be far. We heartily wish him success in what ever he undertakes.

Mr. W. W. Brown died at Basset, Neb. And was buried in the Buck Grove cemetery. He was an old and highly respected citizen and the funeral was largely attended.

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Dow City Items

A Mr. Miller, who was in some way connected with the Arion Paint Co., went suddenly insane and was taken to Denison and examined by the commissioners of insanity Wednesday, who ordered him sent to the hospital for the insane to which place he has been taken.

Rev. C. Green, of Denison, will occupy the pulpit at the M. F. church in Dow City next Sunday. Miss Addie McCord, of Denison, is spending a few weeks with her aunt, Mrs. J. P. Duncan.

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A Telephone to Dow City

Dr. W. B. Evans has raised several hundred dollars to establish a telephone to Dow City. It will be a great advantage to business men, and enough money is already pledged to ensure success. Our own citizens have subscribed liberally. ********************************

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