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Historical Events and Stories

A Brief History of Malvern

by John D. Paddock, 1917

Transcribed by: Roseann Zehner

The author, John D. Paddock, reminisces about the early days of Malvern (then called Milton) and his move to the area. We pick up the story as Mr. Paddock is describing the small town of Milton about the year 1868/1869. Some paragraphs were deleted and some sentences changed to explain the deletions. These items seem to be taken from newspapers and sometimes are not always consistent as far as dates are concerned. Portions of this history are contained in the 1985 Mills County History.


Items of 1891: Lew McDill and Dell Schafer are helpers at Gibson’s A little band of the Omaha's, a remnant of the red men, are camping today down on Silver Creek.



A baby daughter comes into the family at the Watson home.


Geo. F. Salyers retires from the mercantile business and goes back to the farm.

Milton Summers Post call special memorial meeting as tribute to the memory of General Wm. T. Sherman who answers the roll call of death.

The Christian Endeavor Convention of Mills County and Tabor is held at the Presbyterian Church. An enthusiastic gathering gives an impetus for a greater devotion to the Master’s service.

Town election held: John R. Foulks, Mayor; John R. Christopher, Recorder; C. F. Goodwin, Treasurer; A. J. Chantry and James Churchill, Councilmen; J. L. Talbott, Street Commissioner.

J. R. Hubbard buys a farm near Tabor and sells his dray line to Chas. Duncan. B. L. Byers buys Geo. Dixon’s property.

Miss Josie Wetmore, who commenced her medical studies in Dr. Campbell’s office, now completes the three year course with honor and credit at the Women’s Medical College at Chicago, receives her diploma and is appointed interne at the hospital for women and children in that city.

C. C. Reid takes a position with Marsh and Ward. The Malvern Creamery furnishes the butter for the banquet tables at the opening of The Grand Hotel at Council Bluffs.

Dr. Marsh retires from business and is hunting a place for a home and the practice of his profession.

Charlie Burr sells his home to Mr. Ryan.



A. C. Fulton, the operator at the Q. and Jennie Cain marry and they too are prospecting for business and a home.


Buckley succeeds Connor at the Q. and Cal Berryman comes back to Malvern. The Presbyterian people build a parsonage on Chase Street.

Miss Minnie Johnson is the only graduate from the High School this year, 1891, and the alumni of the high school have their first meeting. Miss Maggie Black, President.

Our townsman, G. H. Roose is an enthusiastic dog fancier, and when not busy at the yards is selling or buying dogs. He sells his old dog, the head of his kennel for $175. and soon after he trades a likely pup he has and the $175 in cash for a Mrs. dog, which he confines in stockade for a bit, and when he comes again she has dug an outlet under the foundation and is away. The entire police force of the town, aided by the citizens soon discover her hiding place under a neighbors porch and is taken captive, and quiet and order is again restored.

Our business neighbor Eugene Bushnell goes a little way out in the Country and finds a wife, Miss Mary Montgomery, and has a neat little nest of a home on east hill ready for her.

Prof. C. L. Brill issues “The New West,” a monthly paper in the interests of the business college.



We step over the border to make record of the death of James Newton Summers, better known by his many friends as “Newt.”


Alice Brothers is bookkeeper and John Roe takes Will Zanders place at Paddock’s Store.

S. Burrus and family become residents of the village and have been stayers and workers for the best interests of the town.

Hon. W. S. Lewis presents a big sized “Old Glory” to the town council, a handsome and patriotic gift, that they may not forget that they have a country and a flag.

Our educational guides for the youngsters for the coming year: Prof. Joubert, May Miller, Emma Brown, Laura Roe and Bessie Mitchener.



Paul Evans has been getting married and brings his bride to his parents home on a visit.



A young lad who tips the scale at ten pounds is making his head quarters at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Boehner.



Miss Alberta Follett thinks well of Warren Chantry, and has her name changed to Mrs. Chantry. Miss Emily Cottrell and Charlie Holmes are quietly married at the Cottrell home.


Building operations are active. They are fitting up the upper rooms of the high school building for Brill’s business college and he is building a home near by; Walter Larison a new home; Bairds new business building; Jas. J. Wilson a residence and F. S. Leighty an addition to his store.

Another mover with a canopy top wagon came through town with a team of cows, an excellent propelling power and carrying with them, a supply of food and drink.

Miss Faristina Gerrish, the whistling soloist had an appreciative audience both morning and afternoon as she gave her entertainment from the platform on the fair grounds, the fourth. Her ease and ladylike appearance upon the rostrum, dispelled what prejudice there might have been against a lady whistler, as an entertainer.



Rev. Fleming performs the ceremony that unites Violet Shank and John W. Hunt. Miss Lizzie Guilford and J. E. Cleaver are united in wedlock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Strahan and Mr. E. A. Stone and Mrs. Marshall are tied by the same tie.



Mrs. Mc Curdy dies.

A. C. Fulton, the husband of Jennie Cain, who were married in Malvern but a short time ago dies at his home in Texas.

Dr. W. H. Otis, the attending physician for the Whiteside children having the diphtheria, takes the disease himself and his own life is taken in the conscientious discharge of the duties of his profession. Mr. G. W. Ewing and Mr. Hertz are two more added to the death list


Dud Rickabaugh is one of the helpers at Gibson's, Nellie Robinson at Paddock’s and J. C. Tipple with Boehner Mercantile Co.

T. J. Wilson buys the Al Hershey home and A. C. Blakeley the Hunter Property, north of Dr. Campbells.

Dr. C. A. Love and family from St. Louis come to Malvern and the doctor takes up the practice of Dr. Otis.

Franchise is grantee by the town of Malvern to L. W. Boehner and J.D. Paddock for the erection and installing of an Electric Light and Power Plant.

J. T. Ward sells his business to Dr. Brothers and C C. Reid, Rickabaugh sells his home to J. E. Clover and moves to Council Bluffs.

Scott Lewis moves to Glenwood. This part of the country has been his stamping place with bare feet as a lad, and shod when older grown. He gives good reasons for removal and we let him go.

Mayor Foulks and recorder Dinwiddie are busy signing the water bonds at 6 per cent interest.



Miss Lulu Thompson and J. A. Tyler are married at the Thompson home.


W. A. Barkus and Nard Byers are captains of two hunting teams Thanksgiving Day. Barkus party is ahead by a few points and Nard and his team furnish the oysters for the crowd.


Harry Foulks after a long grim fight for life gives up the contest.

Rev. Chas. Merwin, an early settler and home builder in the village, a worthy helper in advancing the moral tone of life in our community, dies at his later home at Tabor.


The Foster House formerly the Judkins and the Wilkinson is destroyed by fire.


Mr. J. C. Taylor and family come from Illinois and cast their lot with the Malvern people


Jan. 3, 1892. Ben Dick is now proprietor of the Malvern Mills, and Will Mitchiner keeps the candy parlors.

Wm. E. Kline is elected teacher to fill vacancy.

Senator elect A. J. Chantry goes to Des Moines to take his seat in the general assembly and Thomas M. Britt as our representative.



Horatio A. Baldwin or Father Baldwin, aged 92 dies today, a well known and respected figure upon our streets, a gentleman of the old school.


Mr. S. Burrus buys the restaurant of Will Mitchener, and at this writing 25 years after the name is still the Burrus Restaurant.



Charlie Barnett’s body is brought to his old home town for burial.


C. C. Cully the new merchant opens out stock in Bairds new building. W. R. Thomas buys the barber shop business of Tony White, and Harry comes from Randolph to Malvern two new citizens.

Dr. Smith the dentist is a competitor with Mr. Roose as a lover of high Class dogs and takes some good premiums at a Chicago bench show.

Mrs. Benton buys J. H. DeBolts residence property.

Since the granting of the franchise for the electric light plant, Boehner and Paddock, the project has been carried out in erection of building and insta1ling of machinery for lights, heat and power and now this 10th day of March, 1892, the first connection is made and the current turned on at the business house of Foulks Bros., whore flashed forth the starting of the electric lighting system of Mills County. It was an infant plant and many trials and much tribulation to sustain and build it up, but the lights have been kept burning all these years since and future writers will record its progress to its present scope of usefulness. The men behind the dynamo that have been the helpers to make it go have been James JonesJohn Knight and Joe Deardorff.

The result of the spring election: Fred Zanders Mayor, A. B. Adams Recorder, S. Wainwrlght, W. A. Crow and E. B. Brown, new councilmen; J. J. Wilson, Treasurer, J. L. Talbott, Street Commissioner and C. S. Holmes, Assessor.

J. K. DeWolf, for many years a worthy citizen of Malvern finds a new home in Nebraska.

The packing house plant is sold to Bennett Thorne & Co. of Philadelphia who fit it up for a Cold Storage house.

E. H. Hamilton is elected principal of our schools and Miss Myrtle Wi1llams assistant.


Friends and neighbors get together and help Uncle John Chambers celebrate his 73rd birthday and report a royal time visiting and eating.


J. H. B. Gordon does not raise the price of board, but he raises the hotel, the Gordon House.

E.H. Graves builds a home.



Miss Alice Cottrell and Lewis Woodrow, with the aid of two ministers, D. B. Fleming and W. J. Watson are securely tied with the lovers knot at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Smith, the bride’s sister. Chas. S. Roe and Miss Mattie Brumback of Hamburg assume the same obligations



Harry Thomas’ new brick building is completed, and divided with the barber shop on one side and Henry Baird will study out his law decisions on the other.



Prof. Willey dies and a wide circle of friends mourn the going out of his life, the body is taken to Mt. Pleasant.


Whitfield and DuShane are the flew law firm.

The runaway of team driven by Mrs. Viner and her miraculous escape from death has been the exciting incident of the day.



Mrs. Josiah Leek and C. J. R. Abbott, one of our business men, are taken to the residing place of the dead.


Prof. Hamilton builds a home.



Alfred Chantry and Miss Katie Kline take upon themselves the vows that make them one.


Strahan and Christy purchase the banking interests of B. F. Buffington and Son.

Major Barnes returns to Malvern and has purchased an interest in the business of The Boehner Mercantile Co. Mrs. Merwin and Miss Abbie return to Malvern, their early home. Mr. Bentley from Randolph purchases the home of L. Bentley.

Our school opened up Monday with an enrollment of 273.


Thomas Hawkins dies September 9th; he was here early and a trusted, honest citizen in all his life.

The little one at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Holmes is taken from them.


The annual meeting of the County Sunday School Association meets at Malvern. The entertainment committee are Mesdames Barnes, Leighty, Hough and DuShane.

H. T. Richmond rents the new Byers Building. John W. Dyson resigns his position at the Post Office after faithful service of three years.

Y. M. C. A. rooms dedicated to their use November 13, 1892, with interesting ceremonies. G. W. Wyant moves into his new home he has been building.



Our townsman D. M. Whitfield dies today. He has been only a short time a resident of the town, but from its early days has been a steadfast friend and worker for its interests.

G. E. Wetmore sells hardware business to M. Cunningham. Tom Lough is our photographer. Dr. Carley for 14 years a resident physician of Malvern, leaves Malvern.

Roose & Wainwright move the lumber yard from 3rd Street to Center Street

J. B. Welpton a newcomer is with Paddock & Co.
The Council are putting up a building for hose cart and for the council meetings.

0.J. Davidson opens up a Variety Store. Foulks Bros. sell their business to four of our young men, a good strong team for work and trade, with the firm name of The Malvern Hardware and Implement Company.

Johnstone, the mind reader, has been performing some wonderful feats of being able to read the concentrated thoughts of those whom he has been associated with today.

Albert Tyler buys the 0. M. Harris dray line. Denny McHugh, a good citizen of Malvern for many years, now living at Plattsmouth, Nebr., has been pronounced insane and taken to the asylum.

The Farmers and Traders Bank is changed to a National Bank under flame of Farmers National and officered by Mr. J. C. Taylor as President and Wm. M. Evans as Cashier.



January, 1893. Rev. E. W. Brown becomes pastor of the Presbyterian Church. Tom Shannon buys the photo gallery of Hughes and Son.. Jas. J. Wilson is elected as Cashier of First National Bank.

The rooms of the Y. M. C. A. are open evenings for reading and social gatherings.

Sam Harold’s home that he had only recently purchased was destroyed by fire-Sunday morning.



At the home of Mrs. Dr. Otis occurs today the marriage of her sister Miss Lizzie Uttvits to Charles W. Lee of Omaha.

Mrs. Uttvits desires a home of her own and buys the Wetmore residence.
L. W. Boehner completes and moves into his fine new home.



A social event of great interest is the marriage ceremony at the Presbyterian Church today of Miss Edith Evans and Judge Joseph R. Reed of Council Bluffs.

The installing of system of water works in the town has rendered obsolete our old fire fighting force the noble bucket brigade, and a well equipper, trained and efficient volunteer fire department has been established. The organization of the fire department was effected February 3, 1893, by election of officers,
Wm. C. Wortz Chief, Ed B. Brown first assistant, F. Mulholland second assistant, and a muster roll of our best young men to fill the ranks who have been in all these years since an effective force in staying the ravages of fire and saving life and property.



Married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Evans, their daughter Lizzie to Mr. Thomas W. Raines.


Death invades the Barnet home and takes away the mother of the family.

The town election is taking place today and we are getting initiated into the new way of voting. The count of votes elects
F. Zanders, Mayor;, Wm. Mitchener, Recorder; Jas. J. Wilson Treasurer; Wm. Grasby, Street Commissioner; T. D. Gibson and Wm Knee1and new Councilmen.

At school election
W. H. Bentley and Chan. Baird the new directors on the board.  Tom Butler purchased J. K. DeWolf’s property and C. C. Reed the Rachael Kerney home.

All our young men are buying or wanting to buy Safety Bicycles, and pedestrians are keeping out of the way of the amateur riders.

Roose and Wainwright again make sale of their lumber business to
C D. Greenwood and Ed Morse. Mr. Roose Includes in the sale his neat new cottage home -

At a meeting of the Ladies Cemetery Association the following officers were elected: Mrs. Dr. Campbell President; Mrs. A. Hershey, Secretary Treasurer; Miss Place and Mesdams Munger, Retelsdorf, Summers, Chantry, and Bonham advisory board -

J. M. Strahan’s second addition to Malvern has been surveyed and platted and lots are being sold. There are quite a number of purchasers of different parts of town with the intention of building homes, J. B. Welpton, J. C. Taylor, James Brohard, Samuel Harold.

Arminta Jones Millinery Store is displaying all the latest novelties in ladies head covering. A tower is being erected for the fire alarm bell.

Henry Gastineau, one of the early pioneers and hustling business man of Malvern, now living in Valparaiso, Ind., is here greeting-old time friends and reviving memories of the past.

The lumber business is booming, three yards are preparing for the season’s trade, Greenwood & Morse,
J. E. Skadan & Co. and Foster & Smith.

The school board renew $6000.00 of school bonds with Gilman & Son, New York, at 5 per cent and elect teachers, Prof.
E. H. Hamilton, Principal May Miller, Assistant Wm. Kline, Ellen Wing, Miss Laughlin, Miss Powell and Miss Addie Welpton as teachers of the grades.

Alonzo Ring of Glenwood buys building and opens up a bakery and restaurant. I. W. Skadan buys a residence property of Mrs. N. E. Boehnor on east hill and B. W. Rush buys a lot and builds a home.



Zopher Perkins and Emma Myers are married by Rev. E. W. Brown. Dr Josie Wetmore is practicing her profession at Colorado Springs. Col.

Samuel Hiser and wife, ten years residents here return to their old home Valparaiso, Ind. Mrs. D. M. Whitfield sells her fine home to Mrs. T. D. Gibson.

Three lumber yards are too many and Foster and Smith close out their stock to the other firms. Dr. H. H. Smith our dentist for eight years sells out to Dr. Price from Kansas and goes into business at Superior Wis.


C. C. Baird, Sr., a business man here since 1880, dies to day.

Mobberly sells his meat market business to Fred Borene and the new firm is soon Borene Bros.

Chicago and the world’s fair is the great attraction now, to the whole Country, and a great many of our citizens are traveling that way and making the great show a visit.

Silver Creek is on the high tide and many are driven out from their homes.



Two of our young people are united in the bonds of wedlock, Miss Emma Brown and Frank B. Hough.


The thirteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. ‘W. H. Abbott while in swimming with several other lads in the high waters of the creek is drowned. News comes to friends of the death of F. T. Beckwith, a former helper in Malvern history.


The home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. B. Foulks welcomes a son.


Death calls Mrs. J. P. Retelsdorf and funeral service is held by Father Cook in the Catholic Church, July 18, 1893.

Mrs. S. M. Lewis sells millinery business to Amaret and Clara Place.

  Frank Bridges comes home for a visit with his mother, and brings a wife home with him.
Gus Borene our meat market man gets a wife, Miss Sofa Carlson.

Miss Marion Black leaves home and friends to take up home missionary work in under direction of Presbyterian board of Missions.

  Chas E. Crow, a Malvern boy is dead at Casper, Wyoming, from accident, is the decision of the jury. Helen Hunter, the daughter of S. C. Hunter dies today, a young and promising life is taken.

M. F. Beckwith and family move to Malvern into their lately purchased home on east hill. Prof. M. Lewis, wife and daughter depart today for southern California. They will be missed in business, school and church circles.

Friends help Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Cully celebrate their silver wedding. The pastors of the churches are Watson, Brown and Brewer.

  W. B. Wilson, Uncle Billy, as his friends were wont to call him, dies here today. With his family they came to Malvern only about a month ago for school privileges, and rest from the arduous duties of the farm and death calls. His body is taken to the burial place at Wesley Chapel Church, of which he was a charter member.

Ralph Brothers is the man at the post office wicket.

 At John Hollins home his daughter May, is married to E. E. Bosworth.

S. Wainwright locates at Waldo, Ark., and his family leave for a new abiding place. A. E. Cook sells his residence to Geo. B. Foulks and W. E. Kline buys the first building erected in the town for a home.

Wm. McCoy, our blacksmith for many years, sells his shop to Reed Graves and John Shaw, and goes to the farm.


The death list is heavy, Mrs. Hertz the widow of Mr. Hertz who lately died is herself taken. The little sons of C. Larison and Major Barnes are both taken. J. C. Herbert’s remains are brought from Blue Springs, Nebr., to Malvern, his pioneer home for burial and Ben Garman, after a brave fight is forced to give up and answer the summons

Twenty three years have gone into the past since the dedication of the first M. E. Church and now this 17th day of December, 1893. a new one has been erected and is to be dedicated and set apart as a place of divine worship. Rev. J. F. St. Clair takes the place of Bishop Bowman for the service.


1894 September, 1894, C. H. Leighty sells his residence property to G. W. Wyant. Sophia Retelsdorf and Susie Schaeffer go into the millinery business.

J. H. Burks & Co., the new Real Estate firm, sell Wilbur McCabes residence to J. P. Smith.

James Evans is clerking for the Cully Dry Goods Co. Officers elect of the Y. M. C. A.: President, Geo. Cleaver; 1st -V. P., S. C. Hunter; 2nd V. P., Dr. C. A. Love; Secretary, C. E. Holmes; Treasurer, C. B. Christy.

Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Schancks become residents of Malvern.


U. G. King and Lillie Johnson are quietly married.

The old settlers annual picnic and visit is on at the Fair grounds. An interesting exhibit of gathered relics of old times and way back articles use in the home and on the farm was interesting, showing what progress had been made for betterment.

Hartley Taylor goes as a student at the military training school at Faribault, Minn. Mr. E. A. Stone buys the ten acre tract of land and home of Mrs. Thomas Bonham in the Peaceville suburb.


Aunt Susan Smith, Uncle Peter’s widow, dies at the Gordon House.

Rev. D. C. Morris is pastor at the Christian Church.


Mrs. D. H. Thompson dies.

A bouncing boy comes to stay and have his picture taken by Mr. and Mrs. Shannon.

The fire boys have their first actual experience on the fire at the Shanks building.

Attorney Cook and family are nicely located in their new home on Marion Avenue, A Stock Co. have erected a fine brick building on the corner of First Avenue and 5th Street, 25 feet wide and 110 feet deep.

Bank robbers use explosives and create great destruction in the Farmers National Bank, loss in money and damage to vault and safe over five thousand dollars.

The frequency of these midnight prowlers, necessitates a night watch and Walter Uttvits is appointed by town council and business men.

The fire boys have an amateur play on at the opera house and the community express their appreciation and good will by a crowded house.

A chapter of the order of the Eastern Star is organized, Mrs. Sena Gidley, Worthy Matron; Associates Mrs. J. T. Ward and Miss Pet Woodrow.

Geo. Mellor adds 25 feet to his store room and has associated with him Mr. C. S. Royce from Carson, and put in a stock of drugs under firm name of Mellor & Royce. F. C. Harris is bookkeeper for the Neck Yoke Factory.

D. E. Whitfield and family after a trial of absence from Malvern and residence at Superior, Wis., return to the scenes and associations of their early years of life.

Mr. C. S. Lawson of Council Bluffs comes down and takes away our post office assistant, Miss Rose Maybee. The ceremony of the binding tie is at the home of her sister, Mrs. Gidley.


At the home of her mother, Miss Abbie Merwin and Mr. Will F. Chambers take upon themselves the marriage vows.

R A. Wills moves into his Peaceville property.


July 22, 1894. The sad news soon spread that Eddie, the bright young son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Ward, was drowned at the White Cloud Mill. It was too true. No human eye saw the water engulf the 1ad. His fishing tackle was lying upon the bank, his hat was found in a quiet eddy of the water and these gave to the anxious searchers an intimation of his fate. A large seine was dragged through the deep channel and the lifeless body was found.



At the annual dinner of Milton Summers Post, January 5th, 1895, the following officers were elected: John DuShane, P. C.;  H.. Barnes, S. V. C.;  Julius Shay, J V. C.;. John Dull, Q. M.;  C. W. Black, Chaplain; H. H Woodrow, Q. D.; Isaac Dice, 0. G.; J. B. Welpton, Adjt.; M. J. Higgins, Q .M.S.; P. Hambsch, S. M.; J, S. Criswell, Sergt.; John Suits, Color Bearer.

H.E. Schaeffer sells furniture business to Mr. W. H. Crose of Shenandoah. Mr. S. Burrus after an absence from Malvern for a while returns and buys out Mr. Ring who wishes to make a change.

With the Current Topic Club and The Social Club of the older ones, to keep the mind in good working order, the High School students also organize a literary club for recreation and improvement; Amos Bonham President, Guy Welpton Vice President Maud Wyant Secretary; Will Evans Treasurer.

The Leighty's sell the Corner Grocery to C. M. Pearson and Wm. Totten of Griswold.


At the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Stone in Peaceville precinct occurs today the marriage of their daughter Nellie E. Marshall to Wal1ace W. Donner.

A new bank is organized by J. C. Taylor and A. J. Wearin as the Mills County Savings Bank.

Spring election for city officers: John DuShane Mayor, W. E. Kline Recorder, Jas. J. Wilson Treasurer, W. A. Crow and C. E. Holmes new Councilmen, were elected. James Clark succeeds Walter Uttvits as Night Watch.

Mixie Cunningham was kicked today by a colt rendering necessary a trepanning operation by Drs. Campbell and Love.

S. C. Hunter & Co. sell the Leader plant to E. B. Brown, Bert Mulholland and Clyde Wills, under firm flame of E. B. Brown & Co. Mr. Brown takes up his same old work again.


D. T. Wyant and Miss Anna E. Bentley are married today April 3rd, 1895 at the home of the bride’s mother.


Mr. W. S. Potts and family move from Sidney to Malvern. W. A. Beckett receives his appointment to a position in the railway mail service.

Miss Laughlin opens up a studio in the new building and gives instruction in painting and drawing.

S. B. Barnes purchases Prof. Hamilton’s home and Mrs. Uttvits buys Mrs. Sam Campbell’s residence. Charlie Larison after 17 years at the barber’s chair sells out his interest in the business and his home to John Uttyits.

Teachers elect: W. E. Kline, principal, May Miller, Assistant Principal, Maud Norton, Addie Welpton, Miss Powell and Florence Ockerson of the grades.

The running team of the fire boys are Gord Jones, John Perdue, Frank Degenhart, Ralph Brothers, Geo. Pace, Ed Scott, Clyde Wills, Bert Mulholland, Chas. Brothers, Bert Crumb, Ralph Roberts, Charles Cleaver, Nobe Smith, Frank Higgins, Paul Retelsdorf, Frank Churchill, Will Jackson, Harry Landis, Chas. Totten, Fred Mulholland, Geo. Cleaver.

Geo. LaFrance is the new helper at the forge in Gene Bushnell’s shop.


Miss Lillian Betts and Mr. F. H. Parker of Chicago are married at the home, The Cottage, today May 14, 1895.

Miss May Baird and Dr. B. A. Price are married at the Baird home.

Miss Pearl Mellor and Brent K. Yates of Omaha have the wedding march played for them.

J. D. Paddock and Co. assigns for benefit of creditors.


Another couple wed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Wills, June 5th. their daughter Eva to Charles Wainwright and they go to Waldo, Ark.


The wife of Rev. E. W. Brown is taken by that grim reaper death. The beautiful and loving words in memoriam of her life while in our midst shows the esteem in which she was held.

Dr. I. U. Parsons of Council Bluffs takes care of the patients of Drs. Scott and Love while they are having an outing, and he likes our people so well that he becomes a permanent resident.

The graduating class for 1895, Maud Wyant, Sadie Paddock, Maggie Crow Lillie Crow, Stella Layton, Albin Byers, Ona Bentley, Mina Morford, Forest Chantry, Amos Bonham, Guy Welpton, Gay Smith and Will Evans.

The creamery burned last night, nearly a total loss, no insurance and nothing much saved for Mr. Norton or for Mr. Clark who lived in the upper part and who barely escaped with their lives. It is a great loss to Mr. Norton and to the business interests of the town.

Jacob Konefka is a veteran at the brick yard as a temperer of the clay, having been at it 21 years.

The children and friends of E. R. Graves help them to celebrate their golden wedding day.

L. W. Boehner and A. B. Hawkins purchase the Cold Storage plant and form a company, A. B. Hawkins, President; Fred Boehner, Secretary and L. W. Boehner, Treasurer. The property invested for other uses utilized and still be of value to the town and community.


Little Edna Scott has a gathering of about thirty of her little companions to make merry her 8th birthday anniversary.


Fred Borene and Miss Lucy Carlson and quietly married and Miss Maggie E. Schaffer and Mr. Wm. J. Tyner decide to walk the ways of life together.

Greenwood & Morse sell lumber yard to J. C. Taylor and S. B. Barnes.


At the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Smith the marriage of their daughter Stella to Mr; J. 0. Hamaker.

Miss Hattie Birdsall of Emerson is elected teacher to fill vacancy.

Frank Beam, for several years the popular agent at the Wabash, resigns to pursue studies in the dental department of the State University. Dakin Miller has come to prominence in baseball circles as pitcher.

Mr. W. S. Potts is checked in as agent at the Q. V. W. Beeson of Missouri, a new corner, a blacksmith, leases a shop of Gibson.

September 1895, Guy Welpton, Curtis Munger and Frank Goodwin are students at Tabor.

Improvements and buildings planned and in course of erection: E. A. Stone at Peaceville in town, Mrs. Bishop, Wm. Kneeland, B. F. Barnet. V. W. Beeson J. T. Ward A. J. Wearin, J. C. Taylor, Frank Weatherhead..

Miss Adelle Gibson of Marne is teacher for vacancy. 320 is the enrollment at the school.


Fred Stone takes unto himself a wife, Miss Iva E. Talley.

The fire department boys produce the play at the opera house entitled Bound by an Oath,” with the following caste: Wm. Wortz, Chas. Brothers, Will Morris, Fred Mulholland, Harry Landis, Miss Carrie Wills, Mabel Barrack, Sophia Retelsdorf and Ida Morris.

John Perdue is our faithful night watch. J. H. Watson is the name of the new agent at the Omaha and St. Louis.

A. B. Adams enters the ministry and his first charge is at Magnolia, Iowa. T. W. Finch and family move to Malvern.


Miss Lena Laughlin, a former teacher here, dies at College Springs.

Charles F. Goodwin is taken sick while on a visit to his brother Frank at Missouri Valley and his eyes are closed in the sleep of death. He has been an active business man here for a quarter of a century, and a wide circle of friends will miss him from his accustomed place as well as the dear ones in his home.

At a meeting of stockholders of the Fair Association, October 19th, 1895, the following officers and directors were elected: J. M. Strahan, President; H. A. Norton, Vice president; I. .J. Swain, secretary; John Dyson, Treasurer; W. L. Summers, Marshal; and directors M. L. Evans, W. G. White, W. C. Swarts, J. B. Fickel, W. G. Summers, L.C. Stevenson, R .S. Vestal, W. R. Johnson, H. H. Woodrow, E. A. Stone, Sherman Jones, J. M. Kline and A. J. Kronsbien.

Mr. H. T. Beattie buys the merchandise stock of T. P. Hamm and starts in as a citizen of Malvern.

Mr. Pearson sells his grocery business to the Totten Brothers.

A. B. Henry is the new clerk at Munger and Goodwin’s.

Old Dan, Paddock’s horse dies at the age of twenty three years, possibly of a broken heart that he could not be of any more service to his masters.

Miss Sadie Anderson is typewriter in Baird’s law office. Charlie Adams who has been in charge of the Cottage for a long time resigns his position.


Mr. Arthur Leighty and Mabel Kline get a license to marry.

Miss Gilliland holds the office of County Superintendent of Schools.

Our citizens R. A. and W. W. Wills and wives celebrate their thirtieth wedding anniversary, both couples being married the same day.

U. G. King buys an acre lot in Strahans addition to Malvern. Geo. Cleaver buys Mrs. Anna Wing’s residence property.

James Churchill is running the old Seeger Mill grinding feed and sawing cottonwood lumber and manufacturing egg cases.

W. H. Buckley, our well liked agent leaves Malvern for a position on the C. B. & Q. at Lovilla, Iowa.

Charlie Adams has the contract for transfer of the mails..

Mr. A. J. Wearin and family move into their elegant new home and with their fine home they build a barn to correspond in all its requirements.

Mr. W. H. Crose succeeds Mr. Buckley as President of Y. M. C. A. Mrs. Betts sells the Cottage Hotel to Mr. G. A. Averill from Corning. Mrs. Betts the retiring landlady has a large circle of friends who are wishing she might remain.

Christmas at the Churches was observed to the great delight of the little ones and their pleasure was contagious with the older ones.



January, 1896, 0. J. Davis succeeds Mr. Watson as agent at the Wabash.

J. B. Fickel and family of Anderson Township are stopping with us as residents for a while.


At the residence of Mrs. R. J. Bentley occurs today the marriage of her daughter Ona, to Mr. Walter Uttvlts.

Installation of officers of Eastern Star and Silver Urn Lodges. Installation of Eastern Star conducted by Mrs. L. W Tubbs, P. M. Mrs. Sena Gidley Matron, H. A. Norton Patron, Mrs. J. B. Weipton A. M., Miss Minnie Jones Secretary, Mrs. E. J. Aistrope Treasurer, Mrs. C. S. Royce Conductress, Mrs. W J. C. Smith A. C., Mrs. G. B. Foulks,  Ada,  Miss Alice Brothers, Ruth; Mrs. M. Cunningham, Esther, Mrs. H. H. Woodrow, Martha; Mrs. H. A. Norton, Electa; Mrs. John DuShane Chaplain; J. T. Ward, Marshal; Mrs. Emma Young, Organist Mrs. Carrie Donner, Warder; J. D. Barrack, Sentinel. Officers of Silver Urn installed by L. B. Hixon. H. A. Norton, W. M;; M. Cunningham, S. W.; J. B. We1pton, J. W; Thos. Paul, Treasurer; J. T. Ward, Secretary; H. H. Woodrow, S. D.; W. E. Kline, J. D.; James Jones, S. S.; John Suits, J. S.; I. W. Skadan, Tyler.

0.J. Davis buys the Ed Morse property.


News comes today of the death of G. T. Donner at his home in Portland, Oregon. This vicinity was his boyhood home, and for many a prominent business man of the town and serving a term as post master.


McKibbin takes John Perdue’s place as night watch and John buys the dray line of Charlie Adams.


Henry V Evans answers the roll call of death at his home in Malvern, and Mrs. John Miller after many years as an invalid and sufferer is taken in the funeral procession to the place of the dead. (Continued next week.)

The passing of the old for the new. The erection of the early church buildings by the Methodist and the Baptist people, met the needs of the day, but advancement and progress of the Christian work and added numbers, made it necessary to enlarge and build better temples for the Lord’s service. In regular order of time we failed to make mention of the building by the Baptist people of their new house of worship, the corner stone of which was laid on October 19th, 1893, and fully completed and dedicated on Sunday, July 15th, 1894. An event of great interest not alone to its own people but to all within the radius of its influence for good.

Ten couples of our young people have a leap year party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wearin, in the country. The young ladies were the guiding hands in the program. The boys parted their hair in the middle, and some donned the bloomer costume. It was a great event for the boys.


Citizen W. A. Crow finishes the Journey of this life.


Mr. D. W. Harvey and Mrs. Anna Marsh are married at the Baptist parsonage.

James Maguire and Mike Lee are watchmen at the crossing of the railroads. Mr. Geo. S. Wilson receives the appointment as Postmaster and April 15th, 1896, takes possession.


The bright manly son of Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Whitfield is taken by that scourge, scarlet fever.

Mrs. Luella Miller buys residence of Jess Smith on Marlon Avenue.

A surprise party on Harry Wilson by his sisters Etta and Bertha inviting in their friends, Grace Landis Gertie Finch, Lulu Totten, Pearl Ewing, Alice Bentley, Nettle Weller, Maud Wyant, Cora Smith, Bessie Weller, Arva Burrus, Fenno Smith, Dell Schaffer Ben Montgomery, John Uttvirs  Harry Landis, Charley Cleaver, Harry Boston, Harlan Porter, Charlie Boles. Bessie Wills, Alice Dull and Katie Wilson served the refreshments after which the games of youth.

The Y. M. C. A., on account of limited numbers and financial aid are forced to give us the good work and close the doors. Heroic and consecrated service have been gives by the few, but not enough in number to keep the wheels in motion and the lights brightly burning.

J. A. Black succeeds J. A Tyler in the grocery business. Mrs. E.J. Aistrope buys the residence of Mr. Mitchener and Shannon the artist sell to Mr. Moores of Afton.

C. E. Burres is the new agent at the Q. and H. A. Conent succeeds Will Chambers as operator.

Malvern is made a distributing point for the Standard Oil Co. Extensive improvements are being made to the Cottage Hotel by Mr. Averill, the new owner.

Miss Dora Alexander, Miss Lillie Chantry and Miss Florence Kiskadon are added to the teachers list.

Jess Smith for eighteen years with the Boehner Store, resigns. His friends and customers will miss him from behind the counters of the firm.

The high school graduates for 1896: Lora A. Hamilton, Geo. Masters, Addie Ward, Daisy Bartley, Leonard Wilkinson, Katie Cottrell, Leo Gordon, Marie Christy, Mamie Hamilton, Melvin Hensley and Jessie Place.

Miss Mattie Wilson is on duty at the Post office wicket.

Mrs. Ruth Roberts purchases a home on Marion Avenue. Mrs. Wearin trades Mr. G. W. Wyant some bank stock for his home on Marion Avenue.

W. W. Wills is tendered a position on the custodians force at the State Capitol and moves with his family to Des Moines.

The Cully Dry Goods Co. are forced, by the closeness of the times and dull trade to suspend business.

The beautiful home of J. C. Taylor is complete and the f take possession


At the home of Mrs. Ewing, her daughter Pearl and Ben Montgomery are united in marriage.

Mrs. Sena Gidley and Mr. A. H. Dolph were quietly married yesterday at the home of the bride in Malvern, Rev. E. W. Brown officiating.

Mr. W. H. Crose and family remove from Malvern to Shenandoah. Their removal is objected to very strongly by a wide circle of friends and business neighbors and they change their mind, and soon return again.

The Malvern fire boys at the firemen’s tournament at Marshalltown come out with honor and well up towards the top in cash prizes, and on their return home were tendered a reception and a banquet at the Cottage that made them proud.


The death of an honored citizen Mr. H. Barnes is announced this morning after quite a long illness. Mr. Barnes came here to Malvern In 1873, and has taken an active part in business, and in the up-building of its temporal affairs, and moral and religious life.

Nobe Smith buys the grocery stock of C. C. Baird. John Baird gets contract to operate the Standard Oil Station at this point.

Mr. Baker of firm of Baker and Kneeland retires from the business and the junior member will run the race alone.


Grandma Hopper, a  resident of Malvern since 1880, dies at her home here.

Mrs. W. S. Cooper is teacher for the new room added to the public school.

Mr,. H. Barnes sells her home to Mrs. Robt. Plumb.

Malvern boys are out as winners in sporting contests. Harry and Charlie Cleaver in wheel races, Frank Weatherhead in shooting matches, Fred and Bert Mulholland win doubles in tennis.

An important business change, The Farmers National Bank business is taken up by the Mills County Savings Bank, The Farmers National Bank, who go into voluntary liquidation is one of the oldest business houses of the town, started as a private bank by W. D. Evans in 1871.

A. Hershey one of the stand patters of Malvern history from its beginning, with wife and niece Miss Jessie Place move to Des Moines, Iowa.

W. G. Bingaman and family after a year’s residence in Pennsylvania, return to Malvern.

H. F. Richmond buys the home of John McKibben.


Mr. Frank B. Hough while on a visit with friends at taken ill, and the end of life soon comes. He was loved for his noble Christian life.

Mr. W. D. Wilson of Kingsley Ia., buys the old established business of Munger and Goodwin. It removes an old landmark when the sign of Munger & Goodwin is taken down.


Mrs. Rachael Suhr and A. F. Clay are married.

W. H. Replogle is the Jeweler at the W. D. Wilson Drug Store. Mr. F. C. Harris buys the Clearer home on Short Street.


Robert Plumb an honored citizen of the County, dies today, September 16, 1896, at his home in Malvern

Rev. A. A. Wallburn is the new pastor of M. E. Church.

Geo. E. Pace is building a home on the old site of Roose & Wainwright lumber yard.


The mother of W. A. Barkus dies at his home in Malvern.


Married today at the Welpton home, their daughter Addie, to Dr. C.R. Hudgel of Lloyd, Wisconsin.

A family gathering of more than ordinary interest today, October 13th, 1896, at the W. D. Evans home to celebrate the parents 50th wedding anniversary. Malvern has been their home for one half of their married life. Six only of the ten children could be present, Mrs. 0. H. Snyder, Mrs. Lindsey, Mrs. Anna Goodwin, Mrs. J. R. Reed, Will and Paul Evans. Those absent were present in the spirit of the occasion by letters of love and congratulation, J. G. Evans,. Franklin, Washington;  Mrs. W. F. Swan, Biloxi, Mississippi; Geo. D. Evans, Olympia, Washington and Miss Ethel Evans Paris, France.


A. M. Darling one of the early lads of the town and Miss Myrtle Williams are married at the brides home.

J. A. Black sells his grocery stock to A.G. Fleming.

T. J. Hensley an earnest Bryan man and A. J. Kronsbein an enthusiastic McKinley man and a gaily decorated wheel barrow meet together at Kronsbeins store and Hensley takes Kronsbein for a ride up and down first avenue with a cheering crowd of sidewalk spectators.

Malvern Lodge Fraternal Union of America instituted November 16, 1896, with the following officers: Wärren  D. Wilson, Geo. LaFrance, I, U.. Parsons, Mrs. Addie Evans, Chas. R. Brothers, Paul Evans, Chas. Anthers, J C. Taylor, Grant Hanscomb and Mrs. Carrie Donner.

December, 1896, Mr. C. Ritter of Miffin, Penn., ships a carload of fine draft horses out from Malvern. The average price per head $55.00.


Our dental doctor, J. 0. Laird is married to Miss Cora M. Roth of Packwood, Iowa.

Mrs. C. F. Goodwin goes to Germany for a year’s sojourn for health and the study of the German language by the children, and a visit to her sister Ethel, an art student in Paris, France.


The wedding ceremony of Miss Eva Wills and Chas. Wainwright is so soon followed by the death of Mr. Wainwright at his new home at Waldo, Ark., and the funeral cortege to the Malvern Cemetery.

Mr. H. T. Beattie’s place of business is closed.

J. W. Gemmelll & Son purchase the balance of the Cully stock and one of the Hanm family the Beattie stock. Sunshine and shadow follow each other in the changing kaleidoscope of life and there is sunshine now upon the screen.


Gordon Jones and Miss Lillian Crow take upon themselves the marriage vows.

Clyde Wills, one of the Leader force and Miss Eva B. Landis join hands in solemn service for life’s journey.

 Older people are sometimes again young lovers. John Getman and Mrs. Catherine Vought are married at the bride’s Malvern home.


Ed B. Brown has bought the Leavengood property for a home, January,1897.

Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Munger and family, for many years residents and history makers of Malvern go out towards the setting sun for a new home. To those who have been associated with them in all the relations of business, church and as neighbors, it is no light matter to break the ties of long friendship.

Miss Lulu Woodrow is cashier at Hamm’s store. The Cold Storage Co., a force of about thirty helpers are storing away the congealed liquid for use when the mercury is at 100 in the shade.

Mr. W. Crose proves his citizenship by buying a home. The Leader plant moves down First Avenue to the Farmers National Bank building


.W. H. Buckley, who was the well liked agent at the  Q for a number of years dies at Roseville, Ill., and the death summons comes to our townsman L. B. Hiixon February, 1897.


At  Mrs. Carrie Donner’s home, her daughter Mrs. Nettie Caldwell and Will Zanders are married.

Hon. John Parker our representative is at Des Moines helping to transact the business of the State. Frank Weatherhead sells his home to Mr. J .M. Strahan

A. E, Byers who has been the right hand man at Gibson’s grocery resigns and Jess Bell is trying to fill the vacancy.

Will H.. Warde for thirteen years a mixer with the people of Malvern goes to Ridgeway Col., and Charlie Adams and wife move to Riverton to take up the hotel business Cleaver Bros. sell meat market to C. M. Nicholas of Blanchard.

Geo, W. Wyan makes a trade with J. B. Weipton, his store room on first Avenue and 5th Street for a Kansas farm.

Miss Clara West opens up a millinery stock of goods. April, 1897,  incorporation of The Chicago Dry Goods Co., Mr. H. T. Beattie representative and manager.

The school board commence their annual job of securing teachers for the coming year, and the completed list: W. E. Kline, Principal, Mae Miller, Assistant; Miss Powell, Miss Kiskaddon, Mrs. Cooper, Miss Chantry and Mrs. Alexander.



P. J. Guenther of Guenther Bros. goes to Imogene for a wife, Miss Anna Skahill.


Eli Vickery buys Richmond's home on Short Street.

Ed Bannister opens up a barber shop on First Avenue. Chas. Larison and family move to Victor, Col.


Mrs. E. R. Graves after a long illness passes away this morning at the home Memorial day service is held at the M. E. Church, May 23, Rev. Wa1burn preaching the sermon. In the evening Pres. R. C. Hughes of Tabor College will deliver the baccalaureate sermon to the graduating class for 1897: Elsie Chantry, Blanche Kerney, Eunice Summers, Clemmie Burger, Albert Benton,  Josiah Benton, Matthew Higgins, Geo. Talbott, Ralph Goodrich, and Ray Wilkinson.

We go out over the border to record the death of W. K. Follett, a long time friend and a well known and respected citizen of the County. It was but a moments warning and the life was gone.

Deputy Sheriff Harris sold a team, harness and wagon on the street today for the benefit of an eastern Organ Company claim and realized the sum of $.14.00 for the whole outfit.

S. B. Barnes sells lumber yard to the Green Bay Lumber Co., who will add this to their chain of yards.

Declaration Day address, May 29th, 1897, delivered by Hon. John Y. Stone was an eloquent tribute to the soldier dead.

Sam Schadel an old timer, a carpenter in the early bui1ding of Malvern visits us and recalls reminiscences of those early days.

Ralph Roberts for a long time with the Boehner Store takes a position with a business house at Shenandoah. Jake Speer is proprietor of the Malvern Feed Store.


Mrs. D. G. Schanck dies at the home of her daughter Mrs. Wyant.

Fred Jeffrys is the new photo man.

The teachers institute has just closed its session at Malvern and express thanks for the pleasant reception given them by the Woman’s Club.

Faher Curran is the pastor of the Catholic Church. Tyler Bros. are the Racket Store men.

The firm of the Boehner Mercantile Co. is dissolved, Mr. Hawkins buying  Mr. Boehner’s interests and he will continue the business with Fred Muiholland as manager.

The Malvern Hose Company of the Malvern fire department, holds its place at the head of the procession, at the Atlantic tournament, keep the cup and wins their share of the cash prizes.

A. E. Byers sells his residence property to Fred Mulholland.

A lodge of Woodmen of the World organized with the following officers:  :0.J. Davis, F. C. Harris, J. C. Taylor, A. E. Cook, J. E. Knight, V, W, Beeson, George LaFrance and Dr. S. A. Campbell.


M. J. Higgins a good dependable citizen of Malvern for many years, answers the last roll call, and is mustered out of life’s service.

Mr. J. Ash of Essex buys the grocery stock of J. G. Fleming.

Malvern is again honored by the old settlers picnic and neighborly gathering of Mills, Fremont and Pottawatamie counties, 5000 of them get together, Hon. Smith McPherson is the orator of the day. Mrs. Sarah A. Abel gets the chair premium for longest continuous residence.


Mrs. Mary Wooding dies at her home in Peaceville suburbs, 84 years of age.

M. S. Conrad is the new helper at Gibson’s. Ralph Roberts after a while away returns and takes a place at Hawkins store.


Miss Jennie Brohard and Rev. J. A. Mehan are united in the bonds of matrimony at the Baptist Church and leave for a home at Lake City, Ia.

Fenno Smith is the efficient manager of the Green Bay Lumber Co.. Mr. and Mrs. Harris and daughter Mollie after a long absence return to Malvern,



Death of Mr. G. W. Flowers, a short time resident of Malvern.

Mr. C. C. Reed and family desirable citizens move to Cameron, Mo. Mr. Reed will continue as salesman for the S. N. Y. Co.

Mr. C. W. Black is making extensive additions to his home.

Our chicken fanciers J. C. Maguire and 0. J. Davis are officers in the South Western Poultry Association and the First annual show is held at Malvern

Rev. W. W. Hallam pastor of Christian Church.

The Misses Hazel Campbell,  Lillian Chantry and Nellie Churchill invite their friends to a corn husking bee in Dr. Campbell’s barn. Miss Marion Black and James Evans are the champion huskers.


The wife of Charlie Adams former residents at Malvern dies at her later home in Omaha .


Mr. Will Guyer of Glenwood takes Drury’s place as operator at the Q.

1897, Union Thanksgiving service at the M. E. Church, Rev. E. W. Brown delivering the sermon

A woman’s Relief Corps, an auxiliary of Milton Summers Post, organized Mrs. Thos. Paul, President; Mrs. A. J. Chantry, Senior; Mrs. C. W. Black, Secretary; Mrs.. R. J. Bently Treasurer; Mrs. M. J. Higgins, Chaplain; Mrs. A. J. Kronsbejn Conductor; Mrs. M. F. Beckwlth, Assistant; Mrs. M. Weaver Guard:  Mrs. G. W. Ewing. Assistant.

Our old band have blown away and a new one is organized for genuine business with W. H. Replogle as instructor N: Jacobs Assistant, F. Degenhart Treasurer H. C. Wills business manager

Dakln Miller is a student at Amity College and is as handy a kicker at football as a Pitcher on the diamond.


Rev. Walburn performs the ceremony that unites two of our young people by the marriage vows, Mr. Arva Burrus and Miss Grace Landis.


Saturday, December 18th, 1897, the grim messenger death calls Mr. Wm. A. Hunter of Malvern, a strong courageous man for truth, justice and right living, pressing his views, in advance of the times on the great moral questions of the day. Age prevented an active business career here and his sons S. L. and S.C. Hunter assume the duties as good and useful citizens after the father’s teachings.

Mrs. John Chambers dies at the home in Malvern, only a few hours from usual health, to the quiet sleep of death. Mr. and Mrs. Chambers were truly pioneers, coming to the county in 1853.


At Mrs. A. E. Wilson’s home in Malvern, the marriage of her daughter Etta to Chas. W. Boles, December 29th, 1897.

Malvern students away at school are home for the holidays. John Montgomery, Albert Benton and Gay Smith from Simpson College, May and Fred Weipton from Tabor College, Addie Ward from Mt. Pleasant, Marie Christy from Nebraska University and Dakin Miller from Amity College.

~ transcribed by Cay Merryman