MOUNT PLEASANT ITEMS—The new Episcopal Church is nearly completed. It will be a very neat and pleasant house of worship. The Rev. Mr. Stout, Rector of the Parish, returned from the East last week. He collected in Chicago, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and other cities, about $2,000, to aid in the erection of the building. Entire cost will be about $5,060.

Thanksgiving day will be generally observed. The two Methodist congregations will have services at Asbury Chapel at 10:30 A.M. The Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists and Episcopalians, will hold union services in the Presbyterian Church at 10:30 A.M. Episcopal services in the Presbyterian Church at 6:30 P.M., on which occasion the Rev. Mr. Stout will preach a sermon on the recent action of the General Convention at Philadelphia. The Methodist Sociables will give an oyster festival in Union Hall in the evening.

The Methodist people propose to erect another fine church next season. They already have one of the finest church edifices in the State, but Methodism is very prosperous in Mt. Pleasant and the need of another building is pressing.

The Iowa Wesleyan University is in a very prosperous condition. It is now free from debt, and the list of students is larger than it has been for several years. The Female Seminary, under the control of the Rev. E.L. Belden and a corps of able teachers, is also an excellent institution of learning, and has all the students that can be accommodated. An enlargement of the building is in contemplation. Prof. Howe’s school is also full and doing well. The Union school, with about 1,100 scholars, is the pride of the city, and we believe the official statistics show it to be the most economical school in the State. A new school house is under contract, to cost something over $8,000. The building now in use cost something over $20,000. When the new one is completed, Mt. Pleasant will certainly be well supplied with educational facilities; as well, if not better, than any other Iowa city.

The new depot building is about completed, and will be occupied in a few days. It is the best building on the line of the railroad, and was badly needed. It is located three streets east of the old depot. The new freight house is also about completed.

Wood is selling at $5.00 per cord, and is plenty.

(“Burlington Daily Hawkeye-Gazette”, Burlington, Iowa, Wednesday, December 6, 1865, pg. 8)

Resource provided by Henry County Heritage Trust, Mount Pleasant, Iowa; transcription done by Rebekah Stone, University of Northern Iowa Public History Field Experience Class, Spring 2024.

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