03 June 1898 - Pg. 1
On Wednesday, June 1,
the West Union P. O. changed hands and
T. L. Green is now privileged to add P. M. to his signature."
"Maynard - Maynard's population has been
increased the past week by a young son at the home of Geo. Day
May 24, and a young daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ranney
on Decoration Day."
"Mrs. J. W. Knight has been at Aurora
the past few days, called there by the new grandchild at
"John A. Rowland and Clara Smith, both
of Dover, were married at the M. E. parsonage Monday, May 30, by
Rev. J. Gammons."
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"Maynard - Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Rogers
are the proud parents of a young son."
"Harry Wilson and Hattie Clark were
married on Decoration Day by Rev. Will of Fayette. Mr. Wilson
will run a barber shop in Fayette. Many are their friends here
who wish them an abundant success."
"Elgin - The following young folks will
graduate from the E. H. S. Friday eve. June 11, Lavisa Conner,
Nettie Berger, Minnie Lyons, Amelia Lehman, Emma Moser, George
Schori and Max Thoma."
"Waucoma - Our High School commencement
was indeed something extra. The music and decorations were fine,
and the opera hall was not large enough to hold all who wished
to attend. After the opening, Miss Maude Elliott gave the class
history; Frank Lynch spoke eloquently on Patriotism; the
advantage of a Cultured Mind was told by Chas. H. Miller;
Trifles were spoke of by Mable A. Farley, and Alaska was
described by P. J. Ferrell; the Essentials to Success were
pointedly set forth by Oliver L. Stone and the beautiful mission
of Flowers by Mable A. Husband; I Can was well discussed by
Harold G. Burnside; and Modes of Government, by Reginald O.
Bender; what Energy will accomplish was told by Earl N. Webster;
and the value of Education, and Valedictory, was rendered well
by Carrie Green. Prof. Adams then presented the diplomas.
Bouquets were strewn profusely as each speaker finished, which,
with the lavender and pink class colors made a pleasing effect."
"High School Commencement - The
thirteenth graduating class from the West Union High School
proved conclusively that thirteen is an exceedingly lucky
number. Zeigler Hall was filled to overflowing and many went
away unable to get even standing room. The display of motto, "Not
who but what," was arranged by the juniors and was very
effective. The decorations were unique, a fountain and being one
of the features. The music by Miss Shaw, Miss Gunsalus, Mrs.
Stam, Mrs. Adams and Miss Poffett was, of course, of the highest
order. The male quartet, Messrs. Neff, Adams, Hanna and
Robinson, were enthusiastically received. The class of ten was
led in a salutatory by Miss Myrtle Ash in a very graceful,
polished and finished effort on "Self Culture." And it
is well perhaps, to say here in the beginning that the "sweet
girl graduates" were all creatures of loveliness." The
valedictorian, Mr. Chesley Palmer, sustained the honor well. His
address on "Should the United States Extend Her Territories"
was thoughtful, bright and manly. The class prophesy - always
interesting - was unusually so this year, Miss Anna Washburn
giving it in a very sweet, winning and witty way. Oscar Gray
handled his subject, "Patriotism, the true and the false,"
well. His delivery was excellent and his subject very apropos.
Miss Belle Martin's picture of "The Evolution of a Country
School Ma'am," was very artistic and a word picture,
indeed, true to life. Ora Smith with his theme "The
Preservation of our Forests" showed much thought of the
practical side of life, a quality always bringing success in
this world. Miss Mae Bowers gracefully delivered a very pretty
well worded and thoughtful essay "On the Ocean of Life."
Miss Alice Gates had a theme dear to the hearts of us all, "Our
Country" which was very much appreciated and enjoyed as it
deserved to be. Walter C. Bower with "Division of Labor"
showed much thought and was on the practical list. His paper was
well written and his delivery was good. Miss Mable Riley's
subject was "Natures Teachings." She gave an
exceedingly interesting, thoughtful and bright address. Roy
Martin with his "History of Illumination" interested
all, light from the beginning until the present time affording
him a chance for a "sparkling" paper. The Alumni gave
a reception to the class, at the close of the exercises, in the
rooms at W. R. C. Prof. Bloodgood presented the diplomas to the
members of the class of '98 in words of wisdom."
"A little girl was born Sunday to Mr.
and Mrs. J. G. McMasters, but the baby lived only a few hours."
"Fayette County has furnished eleven men
for the army and is entitled to send 16 more under the new call."
"Married at the residence of and by Wm.
Colby, J. P., June 2nd, 1898, Mr. R. Eckert of Oelwein, Iowa,
and Miss Mary Smith of Elma, Iowa."