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“BURLINGTON WEEKLY HAWKEYE” – Excerpts from 1865

Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa

Feb. 4, 1865
B.&M. Railroad brought cars across the river on the ice – pulled by horses.

C.B.&Q. has reached East Burlington – Has a new station opposite the one in Burlington.

Feb. 11, 1865
Colonel E.F. Winslow of the 4th Iowa Cavalry was presented a sword, sash, belt, gold watch by men of his regiment. Fairgrounds at Louisville, Kentucky.

Feb. 18, 1865
Col. Swan of Brazelton House in Mt. Pleasant has been renovating and refitting that large and commodious hotel and the traveling public wills it every way worthy of patronage. The colonel will always be found attentive and alive to the wishes and comforts of its guests.

Feb. 22, 1865
William Saunders, prominent citizen of Mt. Pleasant, died in that place on Thursday of last of congestion of the brain.

A Copperhead not long since presented himself to a patriotic barber of Mt. Pleasant for a shave, but the latter observing of a secesh pin on his shirt, and instead of taking off his beard, tore the hated emblem from its place and kicked the wearer out of doors.

March 22, 1865
Sen. Harlan and Rep. Allison were called to duty with the army.

Col. Winslow of 4th Iowa Cavalry called for volunteers.

B.&M. trains are packed with passengers going West to settle.

April 5, 1865
Petroleum has been found within a mile and one half of Mt. Pleasant on lands of H.B. Swan, Henry Black, and Thomas Kean. An oil company has been organized, grounds leased and in early summer they will commence to fathom? the earth for the collagenous fluids.

April 22, 1865
John A. Parvin has accepted the superintendency of the Orphan’s Home at Farmington.

Transcribed: January 2018, by Pat White.

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