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Davenport Democrat
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Jan. 25, 1922

    Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Jan. 25 - 
    - Miss Martha McClure will sail for Paris Feb. 21 to join her sister, Mrs. Kelley who lives in Paris while her son, McClure Kelley is in school.
    - Dr. George McKibbin, dentist, has a light case of smallpox. Mrs. Chas. Elliott also has it here in town and there are two cases at Trenton, Chas. Wilson and H.F. Elliott.
     - H.T. Bird, adjutant of McFarland Post, G.A.R., has an application from G.W. Smith, Monte Ne, Ark., to become a member of the local post. He writes that his father was the first sheriff of Henry county. H.T. Bird remembers his father and says that he was killed when a team he was driving ran away with him.
    - The home of A.D. Andrews on North Jefferson street, caught fire Sunday morning about 9:30 and if he had not discovered it just when he did, it probably would have been burned to the ground. The fire caught near the chimney on top of the roof and he saw it soon after it started. Securing a bucket of water he went up into the attic and had it out just as the fire company got there. As it was, it burned a hole through the roof. It was a narrow escape on a very cold day.
    - The state hospital for the insane is putting up ice this week. They have up nearly a 1,000 tons right now. As the hospital is under quarantine, the help is asked for permission to work all day Sunday and a lot of ice was put up that day. There have been no serious cases of diphtheria so far and the quarantine will be lifted before long.
    - John P. Budde, Will Worthington and Miss Bessie Moreboart, employes of the old National State Bank, are employed at the First National Bank now, at least for a time until consolidation work has been completed and possibly some of them may stay longer.
    -The Backus farm, formerly owned by the defunct canning company was sold at public sale Friday at $267 an acre. The Dutton farm which has also been advertised to be sold, was sold previously at private sale to Wm. Hoaglin for $212 1-3 an acre. On neither farm are the improvements very good, so that it looks like a pretty good sale on both. G.F. Roth bought the Backus farm.
    - Miss Irene Gilyeart, stenographer for Galer & Galer, was stricken with appendicitis last evening while at the Y.W.C.A. rooms, and was taken at once to the county hospital where she was operated on for appendicitis this morning. She is getting along nicely.

Davenport Democrat
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Jan. 31, 1922

    Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Jan. 31 - 
    Celebrate Golden Wedding
    Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Cornick celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary a few days ago. Mr. Cornick is 74 years of age and is much interested in business affairs as ever, altho he has turned the active management of his farms over to his sons. However, he intends to buy a farm some time, as he has the cash to pay for it, but he says that he is not yet ready. He does not look for better times for two or three years, judging from previous business depression, he says. He says there are men holding on to farms and who are working their heads off who will not be able to make the interest on investment and who are holding on to their farms another year because they have been urged to do so by the men who have lent them the money to buy the farms. A year from next March these men will finally throw up the sponge and then is when farm lands will really reach a stable price. Farm land prices as yet are artificial. But in another year, he thinks they will become stable. Then, he will probably buy. This is a rather gloomy picture, but as Mr. Cornick has made lots of money in his time and has done it on his own judgment, we are half afraid that he is altogether correct.

    Mt. Pleasant Items.
    - A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brandel yesterday morning. Fred Brandel is one of the rural mail carriers at Mt. Pleasant.
    - G.B. Gilliland, formerly manager of the farmer's store, has bought out the C.S. Anderson grocery store on North Main street, it is reported.
    - J.N. Ross is going to start a ten cent store on North Main street, where Bruce Halferty had his cleaning establishment. He will call it the Bee Hive and let us hope it is a good name.
    - Miss Mary Virginia Hargrave, 62, was buried here Saturday morning. The services were held at the Ralph Crane home. Rev. Felix Pickworth of the Episcopal church conducted the services. Miss Hargrave was a niece of Samuel Pyle, and died in California. She left here over 20 years ago. Only the older residents recall her.
    - We note by the Des Moines paper that Truman Swaine died some days ago. We wonder if it was the Truman Swaine who used to run a dry goods store in Mt. Pleasant years ago? He was in the real estate business according to the Des Moines papers.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
February 26, 1922

Old Time Resident Passed Away at the Ripe Age of 83 Years

Special to the Democrat
    Mt. Pleasant, Ia., Feb. 25 - George W. Blythe, aged 83 years, died Thursday morning after a long illness. He lived near Oakland, on Skunk river. He was born at Igo, Indiana, and was married in Illinois in 1861. He and his wife came to Henry county in 1866 and have lived at Oakland all these years. His wife is also 83 years of age and there are nine children who survive. Mrs. M.R. Hord of Mt. Pleasant is one of them. The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. F.E. Weston of Mt. Pleasant had charge of the services.

- After a jury had been selected and some progress had  been made in examining witnesses in the case of the Bast-Fogerty Milling company of Des Moines against the Mt. Pleasant Produce company, the case was settled out of court yesterday afternoon. The Des Moines company had sued the local produce company on a contract, which it asserted the Mt. Pleasant company had broken. The Mt. Pleasant company had contracted to take some flour and feed which was to be delivered from time to time until the first of March this year. When prices went to pieces, the local company notified the Des Moines house that they wanted the contract cancelled and offered to pay $500 as a forfeit. The Des Moines concern claimed something over $1800. And as they could not agree, the case was tried here yesterday. But after examining a few witnesses, as already stated, the lawyer for the Des Moines milling company asked for a conference with the local attorney and finally agreed to take $400 in settlement.

- James Foster of Mt. Pleasant has sued his farm tenant, W.P. Ferrell, claiming some rent which Ferrell has refused to pay. Farrell has rented the farm since the spring of 1919 and they always got along well until last August when Ferrell had the land surveyed and found, he claims, that he was paying too much for pasture and meadow land. The contract was that he should pay half the grain on all grain land and six dollars an acre for all his meadow and pasture land. The whole amount involved is only about two hundred dollars, but they could not agree and the result will be, both will spend more than that amount in fighting the case and both will lose. The jury hearing the case is composed of Vernon Pratt, C.S. Ruth, F.L. Lane, Steve Hoover, Will Thompson, David Calloway, F.F. Stringer, Roy Payne, Frank Jacobs, M.N. Joy, H.N. McDowell and Guy Simkins.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Mar 20, 1922

Wife Sues for $25,000 for Alienation of Husband's Affections.

Special to the Democrat
    Mt. Pleasant, Ia, March 18 - The jury in the case of Mrs. Bertha McMaken vs. John McMaken, et al. brought in a verdict of $10,650 in favor of the plaintiff. They arrived at a verdict at two o'clock this morning and Judge Oscar Hale was on hand to receive it at that hour.
    Mrs. McMaken sued for $25,000 damages for alienation of affections of her husband Dwight McMaken. John McMaken is the father of Dwight. John and his wife and a brother Earl and the husband himself testified against Bertha and their testimony was as filthy as any ever given n the district court of Henry county. But the jury evidently did not take any stock in what they told, as every juror, it is said, was in favor of finding for the plaintiff, the only question being the amount. The jury was given its instructions late yesterday evening and at 2 o'clock it was ready to report. The lawyers for Mrs. McMaken were F.S. Finley and Max Kinney. The lawyers for the McMakens were S.K. Tracy and Frank Thompson, both of Burlington. The case produced filthy testimony, as already stated, and probably the biggest crowds that any trial has attracted since the present court was built. Every seat was taken and people stood for hours listening to the proceedings.

    A lost of people are ill with the flu. Mr. and Mrs. Will Evans and the children and Mr. and Mrs. George Crane and their daughter Helen all were ill at the same time. The flu is not so severe this time as it was three years ago, but it makes people very ill.

    The community club held its annual election of officers Friday evening and elected officers as follows: President Stanley Miller; vice presidents, H.T. Waugh and C.E. McLearn; secretary John C. Abraham, and C. Van Brussel, treasurer. The annual banquet will be held some time after Easter and it is planned to invite the members of the boys' and girls' pigs, sheep and brood sow clubs. There are about 50 boys and girls in these clubs and it is thought that it will be a pretty fine thing to have these youngsters present. The new president was instructed to appoint a banquet committee, a band committee and a membership committee.

Florist to England.
    J.W. Thompson, veteran florist, will make a trip to England, his old home this summer. He hopes to start about July 1 and may be gone three or four months. It has been 56 years since he left the Old Sod.

    If Mount Pleasant people hear explosions which sound like a battle in the southwest part of town, they will know that it is Quinn Huffman, R.P. Hobbs and J.G. Piper at target practice. They are all railway mail clerks and they work armed now, they are learning to shoot.

    Joe Miller and Lou Rinner of Noble were in town yesterday. Lou was down to see Jim Miller, the hog man south of town and Joe Miller came along to hold the springs in the jitney down.

    Word has come to town that some Indiana girl has married Clayton Wolf. She must be a girl of good taste, everyone will agree who knows Clayton.

    E.A. Cooper, who is studying chiropractic at the Palmer school in Davenport has been here several times within the last few months on business. He has only three weeks more to finish his course and to secure a diploma and would have been thru before this but for the unavoidable business which called him here.

    Miss Helen Crane left Saturday night for California, where she goes to seek work as a trained nurse. She has been the county nurse here for the past year and a half and resigned when it was found that the Red Cross did not have funds enough to carry on the work.

    Miss Louise Wilson won first place in the humorous section of the sub-district contest at Keota Friday evening. She will now enter the contest to be held at the high school. Three classes will be entered in this contest, the oratorical, the declamatory and the humorous.

    Miss Helen McClure, a sister of Earnest McClure of the Henry County Motor company, is visiting him. She was born in Siam and lives there now with her folks who are missionaries. She will speak Wednesday evening in the Presbyterian Sunday school room.

    Rev. Alex McFerran will attend the district Rotary convention to be held at Sioux Falls, S.D. this week. He goes as the delegate of the local club.

    W.S. Colgan lived on a farm owned by Chas. Hill near Mt. Union. Hill sold the farm to a Washington, Iowa man and then bought it back, keeping Colgan guessing just as to where he would come in on renting a farm. Hill had a chance to rent Orville Alberson's farm, but was led to believe that he could stay on the Hill farm by Hill himself. So finally when Hill decided that he would not rent the farm, Colgan sued him and won in local justice of the peace court here last week. Hill settled finally by giving him $250 and now Colgan has moved to the Sam Meeker farm four miles west of Mt. Union.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
April 24, 1922

Special to the Democrat
Mt. Pleasant, Ia., April 24- 
    Pearl DeVol of Baltimore township brought ten wolves to the court house last Monday, the pelt of a mother wolf and her nine live cubs. He received a bounty of $46 for the day's work. He had shot the old wolf with a rifle and then dug out the cubs. Children who saw the live cubs wanted to carry them away, they were so taken with them.

    Miss Edith Whiting is teaching at Salem. She has not finished college yet so she attends two classes in the morning here at Wesleyan, then takes the train at 10:50 and teaches at Salem in the afternoon and gets back home at 7:30. It makes a full day for her, but she is enjoying the work.

    Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stevens lost their little boy, Herbert, April 19. He was ill at our county hospital for five weeks. He was just a little over a year old. Funeral services will be held Friday at the Stevens home.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
June 11, 1922

Mrs. Rachel Newbold, Widow of Former Governor, Laid to Rest.

    Mount Pleasant, Ia., June 10 - Mrs. Rachel Newbold, aged 92 years, widow of former Governor J.G. Newbold, was buried here yesterday, burial being made in Forest Home cemetery. She died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Butler Buchanan, at North Platte, Nebraska. Mrs. Newbold was 92 years and 25 days old, had seen three wars and her husband, afterwards lieutenant governor of Iowa, served thruout the Civil war. She was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, in 1830. She was the mother of five children, but only one, Mrs. Buchanan, survives her. She lived in Mt. Pleasant until 1914 when she went to live with her daughter. Rev. Alex McFerran delivered the funeral sermon. The pall bearers were Edwin Johnson, Fred Walf, G.W. Lindsay, J.M. Burd, C.S. Rogers, G.W. Lindsay and T.M. McAdam. The singers were Stanley Miller, Ross Walker, Will Evans and Sherman Outman.

Runs Car into Fence.
    Dave O. Davison, who lives in Washington county, must feel all cut up over his experience on Oakland Mills hill night before last. He was coming down the hill in a Ford roadster and lost control at the bad turn running into  wire fence, which was strong enough to stop the car. Otherwise, he might be going yet, as there is a tremendous hollow just below the fence. He was cut in a dozen places. Some Mt. Pleasant folks helped him out and insisted on him going to the hospital, but he insisted on getting back into his car and away he went. It is not known whether he got home or not.

    The coroner race in Henry county has not yet lost its interest. The two candidates, R.K. Crane and Dan Cookes, were the candidates. When the telephone reports all were in, the votes showed that Crane had a majority of 140. But in checking up since the ballots were brought in, it develops that Crane has only 18 majority and the board has not yet canvassed the vote.

    On county recorder there was also a hot race, the winner, Mrs. Bennet, the present incumbent winning by only 50 majority. It was not known that her rival was making a campaign, but a still hunt had been made which almost succeeded.

    Dean S. W. Weir who came here four years ago on what was apparently a five-year contract, has been dropped by Iowa Wesleyan. There seems to have been friction between Dean Weir and President Smith and the latter dropped him. His action was sustained by the board of trustees at the meeting Wednesday.

    The first band concert of the season was given by the Mt. Pleasant band last night. Frank McCoy has taken the place of his brother, John McCoy, in directing the band. Frank has the Mt. Pleasant band and the Old band and will attend summer school at Wesyelan, so he will try to keep busy.

Judge's Car Stolen.
    The Buick touring car of Judge W.S. Withrow was stolen Friday night. The lock was pried off the garage door some time during the night and the machine removed without attracting the attention of any members of the family or the neighbors. The car is a new one, having been purchased only a month ago.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Sep 13, 1922

Mrs. Ralph Crane of Mt. Pleasant Astonishes Physicians.

Special to the Democrat

    Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Sept. 12 - Mrs. Ralph Crane, who drank lysol last Thursday is astonishing all the physicians with the progress she is making toward recovery. She is beginning to take nourishment and she is getting much better physically and mentally, so that there is great hope that she may entirely  recover.

    Buy Picture Theatre.
    D.E. Arries and M.L. Dickson have bought the auditorium from Earl Hoaglin and have taken charge of Mt. Pleasant's only theatre and picture house.

    G.E. King, a professor of the college has bought the John P. Hughes home on West Broad street for $8,000. It is a fine home.

     William Craig, the plasterer, was arrested today, together with 15 gallons of booze he is said to have made. He has been turned over to the United States officers at Burlington. His wife complained to the authorities that he had been drunk for a long time and that he has been selling the stuff.

    See Pavey Hung.
     Dr. M.C. Mackin and Ed Harwood of the state hospital are the only Mt. Pleasant people who saw Ira Pavey hanged at Ft. Madison Friday. The state board of control was here and Dr. Mackin took them to Ft. Madison. Harwood is the driver of the state care. That is how he happened to be present. He says he does not want to see another hanging.

    Miss Miriam Withrow has returned to Wichita, Kansas, to teach school.

    William Craig mentioned above told the U.S. commissioner at Burlington that he knew nothing about the wine at his house, 15 gallons of which were seized by the town marshal and was released. He claims that he has been working in Ft. Madison and that when he returned home the booze or wine, was in his yard. Probably a gift from Santa Claus.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
October 2, 1922

Mt. Pleasant Men Escape with Bruises in Auto Accident
Special to the Democrat
    Mt. Pleasant, Oct. 2- Oliver Lane, Charles Detrick and a brother of Charley who is here from Nebraska visiting Charley, tried to turn the corner at the southwest corner of the square Saturday evening and they could not do it at 30 miles an hour. It can't be done, especially not when the paving is wet. The result was that the flivver in which they were tolled over and Oliver was pinned under it. When they rolled the car off him, he was taken to the county hospital badly bruised, but with no bones broken. The other two were thrown out of the car, but aside from being skinned up, they were able to take care of themselves. Bystanders put the car back on its wheel, a friend of Charley's cranked it, and drove it away with the four fenders scraping the wheels, but the engine was working better than it did before it rolled over. Yes, it was a Ford. Oliver Lane had been standing around waiting to go to work a few minutes later and got into the car to ride to the East Side restaurant, where he cooks at night.

    Attend Encampment
    W.P. Young, H.T. Birds, E.N. Kitchen, G.W. Laird, T.F. Campbell are old soldiers who attended the national encampment at Des Moines. Mrs. Campbell accompanied Mr. Campbell and they were guests at the Erwin Craford home in Des Moines. Mr. Young says that it is the biggest national encampment he has ever attended and he has attended many. That seems strange when you realize that it is 56 years after the war and that the average age of the veterans is 80 years. 

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
October 24, 1922

Death of Mrs. Bernice Billingsley Results from Necrosis
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    Mt. Pleasant, Ia., Oct. 24 - Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fairchild attended the funeral of of Mrs. Bernice Billingsley at Glasgow, Jefferson county, Saturday morning. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Taylor of Glasgow and a cousin of Mr. Glasgow. Mrs. Billingsley and her husband had lived in Mt. Pleasant and about a year ago he deserted her. In July of this year she had her head injured when she struck a bow in the top of an automobile as she attempted to enter the car. A lump formed on top of her head and eventually developed into necrosis. She had neglected to give it medical attention until it was too late. She is survived by her parents and a son 12-years-old. She was only 40 years old.  The funeral services were in charge of Rev. Otto Wilson of Mt. Pleasant.

    Daniel Graber, a son of Rev. Daniel Graber of Mobile, has been ordained a minister of the gospel at the church known as Sugar Creek, southeast of Wayland. Special services were held last Sunday afternoon at which time Bishop Bender of Kansas was present and performed the rites of ordination. The new minister has attended the college of the Amish church at Heston, Kans., for three years and did work for the relief of Armenians in the last days of the war. He was over there 18 months. His congregation think he is unusually well equipped for the work. He has a year for further study before he will be expected to preach, but may enter on his work at once. He is farming north of Noble in Washington county. Ministers in that church do not draw regular salaries, but the members of the congregation see to it that a man who preaches for them is never in want. If he is called away from home in busy season or any time when help is needed on the farm they see to it that nothing is neglected. Rev. Sebastian Gerig of Wayland now 84 years old, preached for his church for 55 years and he recently said that he never suffered for lack of enough to make him comfortable and he raised a large family besides. In many ways the system is better than that of denominations where the minister's salary is so small that the family of the minister actually is deprived of the necessities of life.

    Orville Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Smith, was taken to Iowa City Friday for examination by specialists. It is feared that he cannot live. He has been in poor health for a year. He is about 15 years old.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
October 27, 1922

    Mt. Pleasant, Ia., Oct 27 - Mayor Charles A. Whittaker was married last night to Miss Lillian Maynard, Rev. F.E. Weston performing the ceremony. The mayor was compelled unexpectedly to call a special session of the city council and had to be married afterwards so let us hope it was not a dull session, as it would naturally seem a long session to a man about to be married. The bride is a daughter of B.F. Maynard and has been keeping house for him. The married couple will live with him as he is advanced in years and needs his daughter. They have gone on a short wedding trip.

    J.W. Thompson is back from a four months' visit in England where he was born 73 years ago. He had a wonderful visit and is a great admirer of Lloyd George. Of course he was for him before he went to England, but there he had an opportunity to tell the natives what a good man he is for England and as Mr. Thompson has been one of Henry county's fighting Democrats for years, he was not slow to tell the fellows over there what they were doing when they refuse to back a man like Lloyd George.

    Orville Smith, the 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Smith, who has been ill a long time, was operated on at Iowa City a few days ago and seems to be getting along slowly. They found he is suffering from tuberculosis of the bowels.

    Mrs. Alice Warhurst Hunter died this morning after a long illness with dropsy. She was past 70 years of age and in her younger years was a famous soprano singer locally. She died at the home of her son Clarence.

    George Rusk was taken to the county hospital Sunday for treatment. He fell and hurt a hernia from which he has suffered for some years.

    There are three candidates for secretary of the Henry county fair, to succeed C.H. Tribby, Henry Traut, Frank Prices and R.P. Hobbs, the last named being a clerk in the railway mail service. The job now requires nearly all a man's time.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
November 7, 1922

Codification of Old Testament Laws Written by R.S. Galer.
Special to the Democrat.

    Mt. Pleasant, Ia., Nov. 7- Here are some farm sales: Mrs. Eva Leichty bought the Joe Koebel farm of 80 acres east of Wayland at $290. The buildings are only moderately good. She sold her 80-acre farm just across the line near Noble for $250 an acre to Elmer Freienberger. Dave Graber, who has been farming in Nebraska, comes back to Iowa, his old home, and has bought the Frienberg farm for $225 an acre. It is the farm of 80 acres which was a part of the old Christian Schantz farm, northeast of Noble, in Washington county.

    R.S. Galer has written a new book, a codification of the laws of the Old Testament. Mifflin & Co., New York are the publishers. Local preachers say it is something absolutely new in the literature dealing with the Bible. This is Mr. Galer's second book along religious lines, his other book being a layman's view of religion.

    Miss Stacey Boyd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Boyd, and Raymond Nahart were married Saturday evening at the home of Rev. F.E. Weston, pastor of the Baptist church. The bridegroom has been employed for some time on the Ed Ibbotson farm.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Feb 26, 1923

Crane Furniture Store at Mount Pleasant is Threatened.

Special to the Democrat

Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Feb. 26 - Fire broke out on the third floor of the Crane furniture store Wednesday and only the arrival of a neighbor merchant with a hand chemical extinguisher saved the building, as the fire was burning fiercely and the fire company probably could not have saved the building at least with as slight a loss. As it is there are at least two dozen chairs ruined. They were in the original packing and the entire floor is covered with goods not unpacked. All in the paper and excelsior packing. Asa Davidson who works at the store noticed the blaze and gave the alarm. He happened to be at work on the same floor, another lucky thing.

    J.W. Palm, formerly editor of the Mt. Pleasant Journal and former postmaster at Mt. Pleasant, is lying at death's door. He has been ill for over a month now and has failed steadily from the first.

    The Mt. Pleasant Canning company corn won first place at the contest held at Ames last week on Evergreen variety of sweet corn. The second place was won by Story City and the third by Harlan, Iowa. Iowa and Nebraska canning companies competed. The secret in canning corn is in harvesting the corn just at exactly the proper time, as a few days after the proper period finds much of the sugar lost which is preserved if the corn is taken at the proper moment. V.F. Farmer, the owner of the local plant, attended the short course for canners held at Ames last week so was present when the contest was held. Iowa and Nebraska competed.

    Jack Baker who has been ticket agent at our local depot for probably 30 years, has broken down physically and is at the county hospital for treatment. It is feared he will be a long time in recovering.

    Dr. George P. McKibben, dentist, has bought the Tom Stiles home on South Main street for $9,000. Mr. and Mrs. Stiles will move to Burlington.

    Will Jericho has returned from Kankakee, Illinois, where he attended the funeral services of Warren Jericho, as son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Jericho of this city. Warren died of cancer of the stomach. His wife was a Fraker, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Fraker, of Mt. Pleasant and they had one child.

    R.?. Hobbs went to Albany, Indiana Wednesday to attend the funeral of an aunt who had died there, aged 94 years.

    The roof of the house where Mrs. Fannie Gilmore and her two daughters, Dorothy and Katherine Gilmore live caught fire this morning and only the prompt work of the fire company saved the house. It is the house where Prof. A.L. Eaton used to live and is now owned by J.B. Reed.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
March 13, 1923


Special to the Democrat

Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, March 13 -

    Mrs. Mary Kelley's body arrived from San Francisco Saturday morning for burial at Trenton Sunday afternoon. She died at San Francisco, March 4, aged nearly 76 years. She was born in Iowa and for many years lived at Trenton northwest of Mt. Pleasant. Her husband was Robert Kelley. The services were held at Greenmound, west of Trenton, conducted by Rev. T.D. Grover.

    Mrs. John Livix, who was formerly Mrs. Addie Wolf, has secured a divorce from John Livix, and this is the third divorce for John. He was twice divorced from his first wife. He lives north of Salem on a farm and was not in court when his second wife asked for the divorce.

Ill with Grip.
    Ray Tribby, whose wife was buried Saturday at Burlington, was unable to go to the funeral services at the grave. He is lying very ill at home near Salem, where his wife died. She died of the grip. Ray has the same disease, and his mother went over to care for Mrs. Ray, is ill at our county hospital with the grip. She was taken ill before Mrs. Ray died.

    Baron Crane who has been working at Marshall Fields the past year, in Chicago, has quit and has gone back to the farm near Quincy, but on the Missouri side, where he spent several years following the close of the war. Hay fever attacked him so badly at that time that he had to get away from the farm, but he had hay fever last summer, just the same, so he probably means to fight it out right where hay fever is supposed to originate. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Crane of Mt. Pleasant.

    Dr. Clara Eirley, woman physician at the State hospital for the insane, went to Rochester, Minnesota, today to have an operation to remove a growth from one of her feet. It is a growth which is thought to have been the result of an injury to one of the toes suffered a good many years ago.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
April 8, 1923

Week's Illness of Pneumonia Fatal to William O'Connor

Special to the Democrat

     Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, April 7- William O'Conner, for many years a business man and merchant in Mt. Pleasant, died yesterday morning, following a weeks' illness with pneumonia. He was born here 64 years ago and for many years ran a grocery store and produce business, lately with his son Paul in the business with him. He was a splendid business man, it being commonly said of him no matter what he tried, he could make it go successfully. He could take a hip shot, rundown business and his touch gave it new life. And he did it honestly, squarely.
     He served on the city council at various times and so had time to give to the public. He was unselfish to a degree.
    He is survived by his wife and one son, Paul. The funeral services were held this morning at 9:30 at the Catholic church, the services being conducted by the pastor, Father M.F. Gaffney, who paid a fine compliment to him in his closing remarks on the life of a Mt. Pleasant business man. The church was well filled with old time friends and neighbors. The pall bearers were John E. Brown, John Fitzpatrick, L.W. Keeley, Frank Walker, J.T. O'Conner and Maurice O'Conner.

Warehouse Burns.
    A warehouse back of the Mt. Pleasant Free Press burned to the ground this morning. It was a very fierce fire while it lasted. The loss will not be great, but it was a dangerous fire, owing to being so close to other business buildings. The warehouse was located on the south side of the square, not far from the post office where a fire occurred Monday morning. It is about time to start a story that the Ku Klux is working in Mt. Pleasant, eh? There is no one else to blame, as Jesse James is dead.

- M.C. Hall is still at the Henry county hospital and the doctors are waiting until the left leg shows a plain line of demarkation, before they proceed to amputate. He will lose his left leg just below the knee. That is, it is hoped, that there is where it can be done, so that it will give him the use of his knee.

- Wright Gannett, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.K. Gannett, has been very ill with pneumonia at the Henry county hospital, but he is recovering.

- The loss of the Winfield High school building by fire, early yesterday morning, means a loss of $75,000 to the town, with only $20,000 insurance. It was built in 1897 and the town needed more room, since consolidation of ???? districts outside of the town, and whose pupils go to Winfield. But the town was not ready to build. Now something will have to be done. The fire started in the middle of the night and had made too much progress before anyone noticed it. Otto Nelson, who lives across the street, was up to give his sick wife some medicine. He was the man who turned in the alarm, but some of the roof had fallen in when that occurred, so the fire company could do nothing. 

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Friday, June 1, 1923

Old Resident Who Passed Away in Davenport, Laid to Rest.

Special to the Democrat

    Mount Pleasant, Ia., June 1 - The funeral services of Mrs. Clara Smith Gimble were held in the Universalist church Wednesday at 10:30 o'clock. They were conducted by Rev. Laura B. Galer. A male quartet sang two selections. Mrs. Gimble was the grandmother of Frank D. Throop, publisher of the Davenport Democrat, and died at his home while on a visit. She lived at Galesburg, Illinois, to which city she and Mr. Gimble removed from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in 1894. Mr. Gimble died there in 1895. Mrs. Gimble was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, on March 9, 1835, and came to Galena, Illinois, with her family long ago and later the family removed to Peoria, where Mrs. Gimble grew to womanhood and was married in that city to O.J. Gimble. They came to Mt. Pleasant in 1891, as already stated. They united with the Universalist church in 1863 and always remained members of this church. Mrs. Gimble died May 28, 1923, so that she was past 85 years of age. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. George Throop of Davenport and Mrs. W.B. Throop of Galesburg. The relatives who came for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Throop and Marjorie, and Mrs. George Throop of Davenport; Mr.and Mrs. W.B. Throop of Galesburg and Mrs. Roxie Gimble Elder of Chicago. Interment was made in Forest Home cemetery. The pallbearers were Arthur Wallbank, Fred Wait, James T. Whiting, E.E. Taft, William Warwick, William Worthington, W.S. Withrow and John H. Jericho.

    Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Crane and Ruth, and Dr. and Mrs. M.C. Mackin start next week for an overland trip thruout the west. They will go as far as the coast and will be gone for six weeks. They will camp and do their own cooking.

    W.H.Woodson and daughter, Miss Bertha Woodson leave next week for an automobile trip to Portland, Oregon  where a brother of Mr. Woodson lives. They will go south and expect to come home thru Texas. They will camp along the way and fish and take pictures and will be gone until September 1st.

    Miss Anna Ford who has worked at the Henry county Savings Bank for several years, will leave room for Los Angeles, California, as she hopes to find more opportunities for advancement in business. Two sister already live out there and the Ford family may all go later. Miss Edna Michner has taken her place at the bank.

    Mrs. G.W.S. Allen is here on her way home to Colorado Springs. She has been at Wilwaukee, Wisconsin, visiting Robert and family. Miss Edith Whiting will accompany her to Colorado to spend the summer. Miss Whiting will be back for the school year, but she will teach at Clarinda, Iowa, instead of at Salem where she taught last year.

    Will Laughlin is building a fine eight-room house on his farm northeast of town. The interior will be finished in cherry, walnut, and oak and will be one of the finest homes in Henry county.

    The Blackmore Brothers are building a new house on their farm, the old Schaffner place, west of town. They intend to make it their permanent home, so are putting in all conveniences.

        Mr. C.H. Cook and family of Salem have moved into the William Nagle home the past few days. Mr. Cook is secretary of he Independent Oil company which has made Mt. Pleasant headquarters for the various service stations they are building in southeastern Iowa.

    Mrs. Adam Weir is here from Des Moines, a guest at the home of her mother, Mrs. N.J. Davis.

Davenport Democrat and Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
June 7, 1923

J.O. Brown and W.L. Peterson Recipients of the First Gratuities Here.

     Mt. Pleasant, Ia., June 7- Bonus checks for the soldiers of the World war are reaching Mt.Pleasant. J.O. Brown, a lieutenant in the 109th ammunition train, and Wayne L. Peterson, a member of the coast guard artillery, were the first two men in Mt. Pleasant to draw them. Jay Brown received the maximum amount of $350 as he was in the service three years.

     Mrs. Ina Bennett, county recorder, and her son Henry, leave for Portland, Oregon, tomorrow to visit a sister of Mrs. Bennett. They expect to be gone a month.

     Jacob Labelcheck has sold his shoe shop on the corner and will live temporarily on a farm south of town. It is the G.W. Gillaspey farm.

     Dr. Mackin and Mrs. Mackin and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Crane and Ruth, leave tomorrow for a trip to the Pacific coast. They drive thru. Dr. Mackin will attend the American Medical society convention at San Francisco.

     Mrs. William Hobbie was buried Saturday afternoon from the Methodist church. She was a daughter of Rev. and Mrs. J.W. Fraker, and was only 41 years of age. She had been sick for a year. She is survived by her husband. The services were in charge of Rev. H. F. Gilbert who was assisted by Rev. T.J. Myers and Rev. F.E. Weston. A male quartet sang two selections. Burial was made in Forest Home cemetery.

     Dr. Ray Smith of Liberal, Kan., is here to visit relatives. He was married to Miss Dorothy Shields at Eddyville, Ia., June 4th and she is with him. She attended school at Iowa Wesleyan several years ago, so was glad to get here just at commencement time when she would fine former students with whom she is acquainted. Ray is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Smith, and a brother of Mrs. Hugh Dallner and Mrs. Tom Stiles of Burlington. He says that the wheat crop at Liberal is a failure this year due to lack of snow last winter, but the "row" crops, such as kaffir corn and other things of that nature are coming on finely. He is a graduate of the Palmer school at Davenport and had been at Liberal just a month over a year.


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