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West Union Gazette
West Union, Fayette Co., Iowa
Friday, July 24th, 1874
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| --HOME WANTED.
A home wanted for a bright and
interesting boy 8 years old. Enquire of M.V. HENDERSON, Poor
--FARM & TOWN PROPERTY FOR SALE!
I offer for
sale one of the best farms in Fayette county at a price far
below its value. There are 103 acres, 75 acres under
cultivation, add the balance good timber. Good buildings,
springs, and running water. This farm is within half a mile of
the courthouse in West Union. The town property consists of
two acres of ground and a new brick house. For terms enquire
of M.L. WELLS, West Union.
--Sin is very much the
offspring of physical ill health and feeble stomachs. During
one-third of our time the process of digestion is going on in
our bodies, and if the stomach and bowels are not well,
nothing is well. To be dyspeptic is to be miserable; moreover,
dyspepsia is the foundation of fevers and diseases of
the blood, liver, skin, and kidneys. Dyspepsia invariably
yields to the virtues of the vegetable ingredients
contained in that great' purifier of the blood and restorer of
health, Dr. Walker's California Vinigar Bitters.
To the Republican Voters of Fayette County, Iowa:
We, the Undersigned, would suggest the name of our unfortunate
but worthy neighbor. J.S. Burzee, for the office of County
Recorder, at our coming election. Mr. Burzee, while engaged in
his legitimate business during the past winter, his team that
he had just assisted from a stream, left him on the
bleak prairie, and he being a cripple, did not reach a
dwelling until morning, he was so badly frozen that be lost
both feet and two fingers. Still he can write, and as he
cannot support his family, and being a man of strict Integrity
and good moral character, possessing also good business
ability, we do most cheerfully present his claims to the
favorable consideration of the Republican voters of this
county at their coming convention.
Dr. O.B. DODD,
Bethel, July 3, 1874.
-- TOWNSHIP CAUCUS.
A caucus of the Republican electors of
West Union township is hereby called to be held at Thomas'
Hall on Saturday July 25, 1874, at 2 o'clock p.m., for the
purpose of selecting Township Caucus. A caucus of the
Republican electors of West Union township is hereby called to
be held at Thomas' Hall on Saturday July 25, 1874, at 2
o'clock p.m., for the purpose of selecting delegates to
represent said township in the County
Convention to be held
at West Union, July 27th.
BY ORDER OF Twp. Com.
and Mrs. Charley Woodard have gone eastward.
goes slow on account of the short supply of brick.
and Garvey have gone to Illinois to sell meal sifters.
--Miss Crater, sister of Mrs. Henderson, has returned to her
home in Ohio.
--J.M. Lewis, Esq., of Center, made us one of
his brief calls the other day.
--O.G. Blodgett received at
his warehouse last Monday, 20th, the first new barley of the
--John Cook has just received 50,000 sections for
all the different machines used in the county.
folks, and big folks, too, we guess, enjoyed a paper balloon
ascension Wednesday evening.
--Matthew Wells has the Oregon
fever and wants to sell his farm as the only way to effect a
cure. See his ad.
--If you want the Best and Whitest Bread
you ever saw, try S. M. Leach Purified Flour at the Nimble
--We have in manuscript more about that
Clear Lake expedition; but the typos say that there is no room
for it this week.
--Blodgett sports a handsome new carryall,
which for comfort and beauty is not surpassed by any carriage
we have seen in this region.
--No. 1. J. G Nefzger, on the
Clermont road, did the first harvesting of spring wheat this
season. On Thursday, the I6th, he cut eight acres.
Ladies' Society of the M. E. church meets this afternoon and
evening at the residence of Wm. McClintock. The invitation is
--The Oelwein ball players were too much for our
boys at the Fair Ground last Saturday. That makes a game each,
and now for the rubber!
--Elder Smith, is the happiest looking man on our streets, and well he deserves to be, for a
ten-pound girl arrived at the parsonage last Tuesday.
Redfield, Surgeon Dentist will be at the United States House
on the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays of each month for
the practice of dentistry.
--It is a misfortune to us as
well as our readers that the Fayette letter failed to arrive
yesterday. The reason of its non-appearance is not known
at this writing.
--A gay party of young people gathered at
T.L. Green's new residence, north of town, Tuesday evening,
and chased the glowing hours with flying feet.
Jones, G.W.C.T., will be here today and tomorrow for the
purpose of organizing a lodge of Good Templars; and at Fayette
Sunday and Monday.
--Tomorrow afternoon and evening is
the time fixed for holding caucuses in the different
townships. It is a busy time; but none should neglect so
important a matter as this.
--The Clear Lake Expedition
returned intact last week Thursday evening, and the members of
the party are engaged in their usual avocations as quietly
as if nothing had happened.
--The B.C.R. & M.R.R. Company
is now selling excursion tickets from Waterloo to Denver and
return for $33.15; to St. Paul and return for $12; and to
Clear Lake and return for $5.
--D. Vines, Esq., of the late
V.V. Times, made us a social visit Monday. He has had six
consecutive years of work in the editorial harness, and
retires the same pleasant gentleman he ever was.
reputation of Prof. J.C. Gilchrist is such that many teachers
from other counties who are acquainted with him will attend.
Fayette County is fortunate in securing so able a
--Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ash started Tuesday for Thayer
county, Nebraska, intending to be absent several months,
possibly till next spring. Mr. Ash leaves all business
matters in the hands of C.R. Bent.
goods just received at Heiserman & Nefzger's, among which the
best stock of prints in Fayette county. Come soon and examine
--We can recommend most heartily the
quality of Cap. Swank's lemonade. In addition to his bakery,
Cap, is building up quite a trade in groceries and
--The "Anti-Monops" of the 4th District are
talking of using the name of W.V. Allen, of Ackley, with which
to beat Pratt. As Mr. Allen once lived in West Union he
has something to recommend him.
--F. Goodsell, Esq., of the
firm of Harwood & Goodsell, arrived a few days ago from
Northfield, Minn., and is now one of us. We hope and believe that Mr. G. will never have cause to regret the change.
--During the two weeks we were absent from this post of duty
the GAZETTE was managed by F.Y. Whitmore, Esq., and A.E. Winrott. It is our opinion they did the work so well that
the readers lost nothing by the change.
--J.C. Burch, of
the soon-to-be Fayette News, introduced himself to this office
Tuesday. We like his appearance, and are inclined to the
opinion that a little practical experience will develop
him into a No. 1 newspaper man.
--Mr. Colvig, agent for
A.T. Andreas, was in town Wednesday, making the preliminaries
for a map of this county, to become a part of an Iowa Atlas which is to be issued in a year or so. We shall have more
to say of this by and by.
--"The Last Will and Testament of
the Volga Valley Times" has been received. The retiring
editors say their last say, each in his own characteristic
way, and retire to private life and freedom from the vexatious
cares of the profession.
--Can teachers afford to stay away
from the first Normal Institute? Will it be justice to the
schools which they expect to teach, or to themselves?
not the patrons of the school and the directors who are to
hire them, expect them to attend?
--Charley Applegate, of
Oelwein who has dropped railroading and gone into trade, made
us an agreeable visit a few mornings since. Through our
columns he invites custom) and we are confident he will
receive a goodly share of the large trade tributary to
--The nomination of Hon. H.O. Pratt in the 4th
District meets the disapproval of a very large number of the
Republicans of that District, and a "bolt" is talked of. But we do not imagine that very much can bb effected against
him, for his nomination was almost unanimous.
--KILLED. Last Saturday a German farmer named John Schiel, or
Siegel, living a few miles west, undertook to use a colt in a
sulky hay rake. The colt became frightened, and ran,
striking the rake against a post and throwing the man into a
rail fence, crushing his skull and killing him instantly.
--Every business house should possess a cistern as one
security against fire. Our water supply is not very large, and
should a fire break out in any part of Vine Street there
would be danger of losing the entire row. A large cistern at
the right place might be the means of averting such a
--J.D. Ainsworth has bought a half
interest of the Elkader Journal, and goes in with Shannon to
continue making one of the liveliest and best papers in
Iowa. These gentlemen constitute a whole team with a dog under
the wagon, and Elkader ought to be proud. What Jim has done
with his Denison Revieie is not stated by our informant.
--It will probably startle people, as much as if the comet had
struck the earth, to know that we need money, greenbacks, spondulux, shinplasters, or anything else that will buy
bread and print-paper. It takes heaps of the oleaginous stuff
to keep the machines well greased, and it is only a little
we can get in one locality, depending upon the mites from
hundreds to make up the sums we require. There, is not that a
--BROKE A LEG. Last Monday P.F. Sturgis and his
son Lewis were near the residence of Mr. Hackett, in lumber
wagon, when a bolt, holding one side of the tongue to the
axle, became misplaced, letting that side of the tongue drop
to the ground. The team became frightened and ran, and, as
the wagon could not be guided, the horses became unmanageable.
Both jumped out, and in striking the ground Lewis sustained a
fracture of the leg, in or near the ankle joint, which will
confine him indoors for sometime. To a boy as full of life as
Lewis the confinement will be the worse feature of the
accident; but he should remember that patient waiters are not
--It sometimes happens
that our mailing machine accidently passes by a name in
addressing, and when that occurs there is somebody who fails
to get their paper. If any subscriber fails to receive
their GAZETTE at the proper time they can attribute the cause
to accident, and by informing us of it we will make all
--We have before us No. 1 of
Patron's Helper, and Grange Instructor, a new eight page
periodical devoted exclusively to the interests of farmers,
and published weekly at Des Moines by N. W. Garretson,
Secretary of the State Grange. This initial number promises
brilliantly for its proprietor as well as for the Order he
represents. Its price is $1.50 a year; or 10 copies for S13.50
--NEW AD.--None of our readers will fail to discover the
illustrated advertisement of the well-known Decorah firm of
Ammon, Scott & Co. Their manufactory is becoming the
largest and best known establishment in the State, and their
work always recommends itself and the house. John Cook is
agent for this county, and can supply any demand for the
articles they manufacture.
--The fourth Quarterly meeting of
the M. E. church will (D. V.) be held next Saturday and
Sunday. The Rev. W.F. Paxton will officiate. Preaching
Saturday evening, and Sunday morning and evening at the usual
hours. Quarterly Conference after service Saturday
evening--Love feast, 9:15 Sunday morning, and Sacrament of the
Lord's supper at the close of the
Monday evening last Mr. H. Rickle, of West Union, delivered
one of his rousing trenchant argumentative Temperance lectures
at the Baptist church. We would like to give it entire to
our readers, but being extemporaneous we cannot. Those who
were not there missed a rare speech. He will come this way
again sometime and will be heartily welcomed. A fall and
rising vote of thanks was given by the audience as indicative
of their appreciation- of it.-- Waukon Standard.
Quivey's address to teachers in reference to the Normal
Institute will be found on the first page. He reports that the
teachers generally arepreparing to attend this very
important adjunct to our school system, and that its success
is already assured. The future of these Normal Institutes
will depend largely upon the interest taken in the first, and we
hope all who possibly can will attend, that this method of
imparting instruction may have a thorough trial.
is the name of the town owned and laid out by Mr. Randall,
in Center, at the junction of the B.C.R. & M. with
the Iowa Pacific. We learn that lumber has already been
purchased for the construction of a depot, and that other
buildings will be erected there before winter. A good
country surrounds the place, which in time will become
quite a business point. A Grange Elevator is one of the
talked of features of the new town.
--Hon. Wm. Larrabee has
been appointed by Gov. Carpenter to represent Iowa in the
interest of the Fox and Wisconsin rivers improvement, on
the Standing Committee appointed by Western Governors. Mr.
Larrabee's previous connection with this important
enterprise has given him a thorough understanding of the
subject, and his honesty, sagacity, and
devotion to the
interests of Iowa render this the best appointment that
could have been made.
--Such is the Dubuque Times'
endorsement, with which we most heartily coincide.
--Harvesting has begun in real earnest, with crop's ift
excellent condition, a prospect of a general good yield, and
indication is that prices will be fair. If the result proves
this true Fayette county farmers and business men generally
will have cause to rejoice. This fall's trade promises to be
large, and there will be more money left at home after crops
are sold than ever before, for the reason that there less
debt. This county has reached the turning pointing the
scale of its existence, and the truly independent farmer will
hereafter be the rule in stead of the exception. There is
no better county in the State, and only few its equal; but 10
per cent, has been its curse, as it has of a large portion of
--THE CHICAGO ALLIANCE.--This religious paper is growing
largely into favor with the public, as it meets a long felt
want in the world of religious literature. It is the organ
of no denomination, but is friendly to all, and aims to report
in a concise manner everything of religious interest. Prof.
Swing is one of its able corps of editors, and he soon will
begin the publication of a serial, written especially for the
Alliance, which will continue most of the year. Every
number contains a sermon by Prof. Swing. The publishers offer
us such reduced rates that we are enabled to furnish the
Alliance and GAZETTE one year for $2.50. All wanting this
excellent weekly should avail themselves of the offer herein
B. N. Phillips,
Esq., our postmaster, has received official information that
from the 1st of July there is no postage on papers in the
county where published. Those of our subscribers who have
paid postage on the GAZETTE for the entire year are entitled
to recover the amount for half theyear, and those who
subscribe now will have no postage to pay. We have frequently
expressed ourselves as confident that as soon as Congress
could realize how unjust it was to impose the same postage on
country papers as on other papers carried thro' the mails
thousands of miles, the odious measure would be repealed. When
the bill finally passed, we supposed it did not take effect
till January next; but the P.M. General says
and we all are pleased.
Wednesday afternoon a terrible accident occurred on
the farm of Knud Johnson, in Dover township, directly north of
the river and adjoining Mr. Paulson's farm. A little daughter
of Mr. Johnson, only five years old, was in the field where
oats were being cut with a reaper. She had wandered into the
oats unobserved, and before the driver was aware she was
directly in front of the sickle. Both legs were severed just
below the knee. Dr. Lewis, of Clermont, was called
immediately, and about midnight Dr. Armstrong was sent for.
They found the bones so badly fractured that there was no
chance for amputation be low the knees, and as an amputation
now would be almost sure to result in death, the surgeons
deemed it best to do no more than make the little one as
comfortable as possible at present. It is probable that death
will soon come
to the relief of the little girl; and who
can say it would not be better so than to be a poor cripple
for a life-time? We get the above particulars direct from Dr.
---IOWA PACIFIC: LOOKING BLUE.
Dubuque Times of Tuesday says that rumors are on the streets
to the effect that Mr. Graves is soon to return from London
without having effected a loan on the Iowa Pacific
railroad, and therefore the prospects of the road are
discouraging. The Times says:
President Graves, it is said,
on his return to London, found capitalists fighting shy of
western railroads, alleging as their cause that Grange action
was making the bonds of even some of the old roads very poor
investments, and those of the new roads about worthless. They
preferred to look to other sources for investment. So the
good prospects Mr. Graves supposed he had before him when he
left Europe the first time were knocked in the head. Mr.
Graves is said to have sought syndicate after syndicate;
always with the unfailing response that the Grangers were
ruining western railroad bonds as investments. Some of the
capitalists were disposed to consider the proposition Mr.
Graves had to offer, and hence the hope that has been held out
to him; but he was referred from one to the other, until hope
DAVIS.--In West Union, Wednesday
morning, July 22d, 1874. Mrs. Minerva Davis, wife of Lewis H.
Davis; and daughter of E. Van Dorn, died at the age of 32
years and 5 month.
Mrs. Davis has been an invalid for
several months. She was a loving and kind mother, wife and
daughter, and in dying leaves an aching void in many hearts.
BOWERS--ASH---At the residence of the bride's
father, Wm. Ash. Esq., Sunday, July 19th. 1874, by Rev. M.H.
Smith, Mr. J.W. Bowers, of Center Co.. Pa., and Miss
Evangeline S. Ash, of Fayette County, Iowa.