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West Union Republican Gazette

July 7, 1876

"Out of Town Locals and Sketches"


Hon. R. A. RICHARDSON was born and reared in the State of New York. He came to this State in 1853 buying a large tract of land - some 600 acres - on the divide of Mink and Otter Creeks, Illyria Township, which at that time was sparsely settled. Has at present 200 acres in farm, about one-fourth timber, the rest under a good state of cultivation, fenced in five different fields, with never-failing springs in every field, which makes it well adapted to stock raising. His dwelling is 37 by 42 frame, nicely furnished. Barn is very large, with basement full size. Besides his private dwelling he has two tenant houses. His buildings are sheltered by a heavy grove of timber on south and west, a bearing orchard and small fruits of every kind. Has a fine drove of fat hogs - Poland China and McGee breeds. Mr. Richardson killed two last winter that averaged over 500 pounds each, twenty months old.

P. McKELLER, who had his leg broken a few weeks since, is doing well; will soon be able to walk without the aid of crutches.

Frederick PEEPER, in northwest part of town, has bought the PALMER farm and built a frame addition 14 by 18.

John STEVEN, an old resident of the town, and a well-to-do farmer, is building a pretty frame house 28 by 36, two stories.

Mrs. William Henry HUMPHREY has a large and well improved farm, with large two story house, beautiful lawn, shade trees, etc.

Mr. H. WYCKOFF, on the Elkader road, has a brick yard on his farm and will soon have a kiln of 100,00 ready for market, which will be sold at reasonable prices. 

Thomas SMITH came from Ohio twenty-five years ago, one of the first settlers in the town. Is the owner of a farm of 180 acres, all improved, with comfortable buildings, shade trees, orchard, etc. Is erecting an ell to his house, 16 by 24. Mr. S. is making tileing for wells, etc., of water, lime and sand, one foot in length and the same across, with 8" holes, weighing 40 pounds to the foot, which has proved durable and much sweeter and cheaper than stone. Can be had at his farm for $.40 a foot, or Mr. Smith will dig or drill, and furnish tiling at $1.50 per foot. The longer they are in the water the harder they become. He has also discovered a vast bed of mineral paint of three shades - red, yellow, and umber, which has been thoroughly tested and is pronounced as good and lasting as any mineral paint used. It is found some four feet fromt he surface, clean and clear from grit and soil. Anyone wishing to paint barns or out buildings, will do well to give Mr. Smith a call and try this paint, as he has plenty on hand ready for use. A son of Mr. Smith, living with him, has invented a windmill and large scale, different from any used; will soon have it completed, and will attach it to a feed mill.

John BARTLET has moved from Brainard Station to a farm near Mr. H. CLEMENTS, east part of town, owns a farm of 140 acres, on which he has lived eleven years; has it all improved. He has just returned from Ill. with a full-blooded Norman colt, one year old, which he bought of E. DILLON  and Company of Normal, Ill., paying $1,000 besides freight. It is iron gray, weight 1160 pounds, well built. St. Laurant, the sire, was imported from France in 1870 and weighed 2,000 pounds. Dam dapple gray, imported from France in 1873 and weighed 1,750 pounds. St Laurant has taken premium at most of the western fairs. These colts usually sell at two years old for $2,000 each. Mr. Clements has other fine blooded stock - cattle, hogs, etc.


We had a pleasant chat with Mr.  JOHNSON, and his sons, at their mill. They are full of business and their mill is in first class shape, very clean and neat. They make the straight grade flour, which is very white.

Almer DAVIS has built himself a cozy dwelling.

Miles HOLTON, half mile north of mill, has erected a barn, 20 by 30.

A. A. THOMPSON, west of Mr. HOLTON's, has enlarged and rebuilt his dwelling.

H. BENJAMIN has bought the old PERKINS farm, and has very much improved the house.

A. McCALL, one of the old settlers, has the frame up for dwelling 18 by 26, one and a half stories high, with ell 16 by 20. Davis Bros, of Johnson's Mill are doing the carpenter work.



. . . . . . . Mr. HATHAWAY's new residence in Bethel has put in an appearance in the distance. 

P. R. KETCHUM is improving his premises with an addition of a fine new barn, with basement, and new fence enclosing his beautiful evergreen front yard, garden and orchard. He, with most of the farmers of our township, improved their premises with extensive tree planting at an early date, and now begins to enjoy the fruition of his well directed labor.

Windsor presents a most beautiful appearance with an enclosure of trees about almost every house, making a substantial windbreak in a surprisingly short time.

Mr. WAIT is building an ell addition to his already comfortable farm house, painting, etc.

Mr. Reuben ROGERS has sold his farm in Bethel and bought the one formerly owned by W. DESCENT, near Mr. UTTER's, expecting to build a house this season.

BIRTH - We are all aware that John HENDERSON is quite lofty, but since the advent of that 10 pound boy, we think him exceedingly high-handed, and 'tis no wonder, when he contemplates opening up a farm in the homestead regions of Kansas. Boys are above par under such circumstances.

Bro. RICHARDSON of Auburn circuit and A. M. STEVENS, left on the 26th for Clear Lake, to attend the S. S. assembly, taking a leave of absence of two weeks, as the "boys in blue" used to say, "taking a French," to include both the Assembly and State Camp Meeting. Many others expect to go from hereabouts, to attend one or both. Our prayers go out for the success of the great work, but home duties and some degree of poverty prevent our personal attendance.

Bro. Spencer DAY, State Agent of Patrons of Husbandry of this state, came to Eden to address an audience which through some misunderstanding did not assemble. The Patron Helper of June 9th, plainly stated that Bro. DAY would fill Miss GARRETSON's appointments, and it was lamentable that an opportunity so rare should be lost. . . . . . . . .


Local and Other Items

HAYES and WHEELER - All the republicans of West Union township are urgently requested to meet at the courthouse, Saturday, evening, for the purpose of organizing a Hayes and Wheeler Club. The band will be out and several speeches are anticipated. Come.

Measles and Whooping cough seem to be quite prevalent.

W. W. KITCHEN, Esq., of Canada, arrived in town Tuesday evening.

Revs. RUSSELL and CASEBEER are to exchange pulpits Sunday evening.

DEAD - The infant of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. TYRRELL drew its last breath Wednesday.

We learned that Pearley HACKETT has sold his farm to J. B. KINGSBURY for $35.00 per acre.


John WOOD, a member of the art preservative, is rusticating in this city for a few days.


H. C. WARNER and Ed. HASKELL, of the P. P. office, made a friendly call Wednesday morning.


We notice Ed. KINYON is home from the Anamosa penitentiary - where he holds a position.


Mr. BLAKESLY has moved his jewelry store into the post office, making a fine display of his wares.


103 marriage licenses have been issued by the county clerk since January 1st.

Rev. D. RUSSELL will deliver a historical discourse appropriate to the season, next Sabbath morning.

H. A. HOLMES expects to have one of those clockwork churns in operation next week.

DEATH - Mr. KNOLL received a few days ago the sad intelligence of the death of his brother, at Erie, Pa., resulting from a wound produced by the accidental discharge of a gun.


Mr. Clarence DEARBORN, who so long and so efficiently has served as drug clerk with S. E. ROBINSON and Co., has gone to his home at Jaynesville, Wis. His place is filled by Mr. C. A. KENT, late of Mississippi.

D. W. REDFIELD, at the Music Emporium on Vine St., has secured the agency for the Estey organ, the old reliable instrument, and he proposes to sell a good many of them this season.


DEATH - The friends of Mr. CARR of Bethel Township, will be pained to learn that his wife died on Sunday last, after a very short illness, leaving a family of small children; the baby only a week old.


Mr. SWANK, having purchased Mrs. HYDE's interest in the city restaurant, is now prepared to furnish the public with good ice cream, confectionery of all kinds, fresh bread, pies, cakes, etc. See adv.


Miss Nannie HINES returned last week from her school at Evanston, Ill, intending to remain during the summer vacation. Miss Georgia HINES is also home from McGregor, where she has been teaching.


Misses Mary and Augusta ABERNETHY, of Illyria, started yesterday A.M. to join their brother Alonzo, who accompanies them in a tour through the east, including, of course, the inevitable Centennial.


Pete CLARK has recently refitted rooms in the basement of his building, and has now in running order a first class ice cream restaurant. If you want a cooling dish, try this place and you will surely come again. In their season, Mr. Clark intends serving oysters.

List of Letters Remaining in the Post Office at West Union Iowa, July 1, 1876; 
Unclaimed and Advertised:


BIRTH - Mr. and Mrs. IVES of Bethel, old settlers, and no longer useful themselves, were the happy recipients of a 12 pound boy June 30th. Their friends congratulate them very much, as such an event has not happened for quite awhile before. Some years ago they honored General Grant by naming a son for him, and the result was Grant's election to the Presidency. So now, if they will honor Rutherford B. Hayes in the same way, he will surely be elected.


(Milo McGlathery's biography is included in the 1910 History of Fayette County - Read)

Hon. Milo McGLATHERY died at his residence in West Union on last Monday, after being confined to his bed for some months, the disease which terminated his life being consumption. Although not unexpected, yet the news of his death cast a gloom over the entire community, such as was never witnessed before. Judge McGlathery was born in 1834, in Lawrence County, Penn. After receiving a liberal education he entered the law offices of L. L. McGUFFIN, of New Castle, Penn., and afterward graduated at the Union Law College of Ohio. Soon after, in 1856, he, like many others, turned his face westward, and with but little of this world's good he arrived at West Union in September 1856, and formed a law partnership with S. B. ZEIGLER. As a lawyer he was soon recognized as one of the ablest in the District, and his stirling character won him hosts of warm friends and admirers, so that in 1858 he was elected District Attorney, a poisition which he had filled with such ability and success for eight years, that he was then elected Judge of the Tenth Judicial District, in which capacity he served with great acceptance for eight years more, and it was the toil and constant strain upon his energies while acting as judge that told upon his constitution and no doubt, thus laid the foundation of the disease which terminated fatally.

In December 1859, he was married to Miss A. M. McMASTERS, daughter of James McMASTERS of this place, and he leaves surviving him his widow and two children, Edward and Ada, and a more happy or family has ever been invaded by the messenger of death to call away one of its number - its chief.

A few hours before his death he called his wife and children, bidding them an affectionate farewell and asked them, "to meet him in Heaven." Thus his death was a fitting and glorius ending of a well spent life.

As a citizen he was universally beloved and respected, upright in all his dealings, ever kind and charitable to the poor. As a Judge or prosecutor, ever able, faithful, and impartial; as a husband and father, loving, kind and affectionate. He was buried on Wednesday by the Masonic Fraternity, more than 100 members of the order, representing every lodge in the county, being present to participate in the last sad rites and assist in the solemnly beautiful ceremony. Rev. J. B. CASEBEER delivered to a large assemblage a short but earnest and very appropriate address at the late home of the deceased, after which the remains were conveyed to the cemetery, followed by a sorrowing multitude.

At a meeting of West Union Lodge No. 69, on Wed., July 5th, the following resolutions were adopted. (Resolutions are listed in the newspaper.)

Fayette Correspondence

. . . . . Friday brought to a close for the summer vacation our public schools which have been for the past term carefully conducted by excellent teachers, re-engaged for another, with the exception of Mr. VAN DYKE, who place will be supplied by Mr. HUSBAND, judiciously and well.

DEATH - On Saturday Masonic rites made memorable the burial of Miss Linda, daughter of Thomas  DAVIDSON, Esq., who, after a distressing illness of many weeks, in the twenty-first year of her age, went home to peaceful rest, leaving in deep affliction a family which her services had been indispensible as the regulating power. Miss DAVIDSON was a young lady of good education and pleasant manners, who will be kindly remembered of many friends.

Mr. and Mrs. G. A. AUSTIN, of Vermont, are again at the Fayette House as boarders; Mr. Austin having still large landed interests in and around Fayette.


EARLE - LATIMER - In West Union July 4, 1876, at the M. E. parsonage, by the Rev. J. B. CASEBEER, Mr. J. J. EARLE and Miss Maggie LATIMER, all of Fayette County, Iowa. Jo and his fair bride passed the fourth in our city, returning to their home at Albany on the fifth - a brave soldier and a true man, Jo will prove a worthy protector to her who has joined him in a life journey, which we hope may be long and joyous.

HAHN - KLINKER - At the M. E. Church in West Union, Thursday evening, July 6, 1876, by the Rev J. B.  CASEBEER, Mr. H. H. HAHN of Pittsburg, Pa., and Miss Minerva KLINKER of West Union. The friends of Miss Ninnie, to the number of 100 and more, assembled at the Church to witness the ceremony that joined "two souls with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one." Following the wedding was a grand reception, given by Mrs. Benj. HELSERMAN, at which that joy befitting to so happy an event prevailed abundantly. Mr. and Mrs. HELSERMAN did themselves credit, their niece and new nephew honor, besides making happy a host of friends in this entertainment. May the occasion in its fullness of joy presage a long and happy life to Mr. and Mrs. HAHN. The newly-wedded pair start immediately for their home in Pittsburg.

Advertisement - Stray cattle - placed by W. H. PAYNE - Fayette, Iowa.

Local Items, etc.

Mr. KENNEDY, Sr. and Jr., spent the 4th in Oelwein.

H. C. BISHOP is with us again this weekend to spend the Fourth.


Henry MILLER favored Oelwein with his presence of the Fourth.


The JAMISON brothers have two sisters from Auburn visiting them this wee,.


A. W. HAGER has painted his office and improved its appearance very much.


D. G. GOODRICH and lady and daughter attended the celebration here on the Fourth.


We shook the hand of Mr. SARGENT, of Randalia, an old classmate of ours on the Fourth.


Misses Lizzie and Carrie MILLER, of West Union, spent last Sabbath in town, the guests of Mr. HOAGLAND.


Dr. PATTISON is putting up fence and otherwise materially adding to the beauty of his nice residence and grounds.

The north part of town we see is keeping up with the times. Jason NICHOLS and William BENTLEY have painted their houses.


Mrs. HAGER returned from the Centennial last week. She looks recuperated and reports a splendid time during her sojourn in the City of Brotherly Love.


Mr. VAN DYKE, late principal of the Fayette Public Schools, "guested" with us overnight on his way to Manchester. We find him a very genial and sociable gentlemen, just the sort for a successful teacher.


C. E. HAGER preached last Sabbath morning in the S. B. church, from the text . . . . . . . . .

Waucoma Correspondence

Sunday evening, the 25th, as Herbert SUTHERLAND, was returning from a ride, the horses ran away. He was thrown out and dragged quite a distance, breaking his collar bone and was otherwise badly bruised. He suffers a great deal with pain but is in no immediate danger.

On Friday last, during one of the many sudden storms we are having, the lightning struck Mr. DOUGLAS' barn, damaging it considerably and deafening four horses. The barn is new and today they had three lightning rods put up.


Mr. A. LINDSEY is building a fine large barn, and our band boys went out in their new wagon and gave them a serenade the day the barn was raised, and were treated to all the lemonade they could drink. Our band boys go to the thriving town of Sumner on the Fourth.

Mr. Horace HULBERT, and Mr. STILLMAN and family, are enjoying country life with us. They prefer our city to Chicago, and who would not? We are pleased indeed to welcome them among us.

As I have before neglected to speak of our new millinery shop, and had almost forgotten it this time, I will add this postscript by saying Miss Dian GREY has a nice shop of millinery goods, and is also giving good satisfaction in the dress-making line.  /signed A. E. G