Iowa Old Press


The Republican and Times
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa
Sunday, January 1, 1922

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New Waterloo Civic Heads In Clean Up Drive
Waterloo, Ia., Dec., 31. - Girls may no longer roll their own.
Armed with a new broom ad clean slate, Mayor Stephen Brown and Chief of Police P.E. Walker, new news of the city administration have launched a blue law crusade against dance halls, taxi drivers, night life habitats and illicit sale of liquor in dance halls. Chief of Police Walker has issued this edict:
No more 16 year old girls attending public dance halls.
No more liquor sold or consumed at dances.
No more rolled down hose, full length stockings must be worn.
No more toddle, shimmy or other prescribed dances.
Stricter regulation of dance, investigation of charges that taxi drivers act as guides to those seeking illicit pleasures of night life and stricter supervision of all forms of amusements in the city.

[transcribed by S.B., March 2012]


The Republican and Times
Cedar Rapids, Linn co., Iowa
January 15, 1922

Obituary of Mrs. J.W. LaGrange
Margaret Ann Bleakley was born in County Fermanagh, province of Ulster, Ireland, May 20, 1853, and departed this life in the early morning of Thursday, Jan. 12, 1922, at Marion, Iowa, at the age of 68 years, 7 months and 25 days. In the fall of 1863, with her parents and family, she emigrated to America. The crossing of the Atlantic was made in a sailing vessel and required six weeks. During the voyage, William, a child of two years, sickened and died, and was buried at sea. The first home of the Bleakleys in this country was in Rock Island county, Illinois. March 1, 1872, they moved to Linn county, Iowa, locating in Spring Grove township. Thus, for almost half a century, the subject of this sketch was a resident of the county of Linn.

Maggie was the only girl in the home, and she early assumed a large share of the housework, in all departments of which she became unusually proficient. Besides the family of ten, there were often others at the table to enjoy the food prepared by her skillful hands. Oct. 16, 1890, she was married to Dr. J.W. LaGrange, a well known physician at Marion. Since that time her home has been in this city. Mrs. LaGrange was a woman of integrity, a good representative of the sturdy Scotch-Irish stock from which she came, a people to whom America owes so much that is best in her social and religious life. The keynote of her character was loyalty - loyalty to family, to friends, to church, and to her convictions. Every good cause found in her a generous supporter ,and no case of real need was ever brought to her attention in vain. Her contributions to charitable and religious purposes were many and were gladly given. She possessed marked social qualities, was a fine conversationalist, and her rich Irish brogue, which she never lost, was a delight to her friends. Mrs. LaGrange accepted Christ in her childhood and was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church, first at West Prairie and later at Marion - constant in attendance on public worship and rendering her full share of service in the Ladies' Aid and Missionary societies of the church.

For nearly two years she was confined to her home by ill health, much of the time in pain and suffering, but her faith was firm to the end and with eagerness she looked forward to the hour of her release. The surviving relatives are her husband, a daughter, Carolyn, two sons, Wesley, of California and William of the college faculty at Ames, and five brothers, Francis, James, and David Bleakley of Marion, Robert Bleakley of Storm Lake, and Christie Bleakley of Ida county. Two brothers, Thomas and John, passed on before her. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Marion Methodist Episcopal church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. A.H. Hanscom assisted by Rev. H.G. ? of Marion and Rev. S.R. Ferguson of Cedar Rapids. Burial was made in Oak Shade cemetery.

[transcribed by C.J.L., October 2007]

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