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A Brief History of Malvern

by John D. Paddock, 1917

Transcribed by: Cay Merryman

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.



January 6th, 1898, Wm. Bennett, an early resident of Malvern and a worker dies and is laid beside his wife in our silent city.

Our aged business friends, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander quit and their little stock of groceries is sold at auction and friends pay good prices.

Rev. Richard Venting is holding a series of revival meetings with great interest to the public.

Henry Sloneker is building a cottage home on 2nd Avenue.


Mrs. B. F. Barnet dies.

Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Lake and family become residents of Malvern and Mr. Lake opens a shop for shoe repairing in Mr. Speers feed store.

J. F. McKibben builds a cottage home and a barn on lots south of Garman Hotel.

Miss Mattie Hawkins and Mr. Walter Boles take a joy ride to Sidney and get married.


Harlan Travis resigns his position at Croses furniture store.

The town calaboose is sold by Mayor DuShane to Talbott for $5 and Talbott sells it at a profit of one dollar to Mr. Hedlund for a pig pen.

Mr. P. M. Cadwell from Woodbine is a new arrival as a citizen and is getting acquainted with the people at the blacksmith shop of E. E. Bushnell.


John Getman a long time resident of Malvern dies at his home in south west part of town, and Mr. John Chambers follows his wife who passed away a few months ago, through the portals of the dead.

Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Bushnell are mourning the death of their little four year old son Paul.

H. A. Norton trades his livery stable and stock to G. W. Wyant for 80 acres of Kansas land.

J. E. Skadan is building a buggy and carriage wareroom adjoining his implement warehouse.

Some of our citizens have a bad attack of the Klondike fever and are going to have a consultation with a gold doctor in Alaska. Mr. A. B. Hawkins, Fenno Smith and Bert Tutton are about ready to start.

Mr. J. W. McNulty succeeds R. Fenno Smith as local manager of Green Bay Lumber Co.

Totton Bros. sell their grocery stock to Mr. H. A. Deardorff from Yale, Iowa. A masque valentine party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brown in honor of their daughter Georgie’s 13th birthday.

The Mills County Savings Bank is closed and the business taken up and continued as a private bank under the name of Wearin and Barnes bankers.

Newly elected officers of the town, Fred Zanders, Mayor; C. S. Royce, Recorder; Jas. J. Wilson, Treasurer; J. S. Miller, Assessor; J. T Ward and F. C. Harris councilmen.

Mr. Beats from Villisca is lessee of the creamery. Mr. C. W. Haynes and family become residents of the town.

J. D. Paddock succeeds Geo. S. Wilson as Post Master, March 1st, 1898, and Frank S. Higgins comes from the Leader office as deputy.

The Ladies Cemetery Association elect officers: Mesdames Strahan, Angel, Woodrow, Miller, Hough, Ewing, Axtel and Miss Place, Frank Morford, Sexton.

Miss Ella Miller is acting as Assistant Cashier at Wearin and Barnes Bank.

The courts are working diligently to get the business of J. C. Taylor straightened out. Miss Grace Mulholland is a new helper at the Hawkins Store.


At the Robinson home in the Peaceville precinct, the daughter Miss Jessie is united in marriage to Mr. Emory Crawmer.


War has been declared with Spain. The nation wants soldiers and the following named young men have enlisted: Eddie Harris, Ward Jones, Dick Paul, Claude Vandevert, Newton Pool, Ira Mullen, Burr Ireland, Will Kline Jr., Clarence VanOrsdel, Frank VanDoren, Elwood Barrack and Oakley Vandevert and Lieut. Harry Dull of Glenwood, formerly a Malvern boy.

Mr. B. W. Potter and family from Oregon make Malvern their home.

Memorial day sermon delivered by Rev. Hallam, the Christian pastor.


Mrs. B. F. Jones dies at her home in the north west part of town.

Rev. E. W. Brown preaches a practical helpful baccalaureate sermon to the graduating class for 1898, Myrtle L. Byers, Maud A. Crow, Anna Moore, Grace Van Orsdel and John R. Willis.

“The Bell” the new general store opens up their stock in the Byers building. Miss Sadie Paddock is the assistant at the Post Office wicket.



Joe Vickery and Frank Harris, two bright town lads are drowned today in the treacherous water holes in Silver Creek near the Tabor bridge.

President McKinley’s second call for troops is responded to promptly and a company is formed of the following enlistments and is drilling and getting ready for effective service: Captain A. A. Walburn. 1st Lieut. Richard E. Gidley, 2nd Lieut. James B. Evans, Orderly Seargent Geo. Richard E. Gidley, 2nd Lieut. James B. Evans, Orderly Seargent Geo. Perdue and other officers and privates as per list below. Willis Summers, Forrest R. Chantry, E. W. Shanks, John Miller, F. A. Hammond, Ford Ewalt, Chas. Smith, Guy Welpton, J. Gay Smith, James Follett, A. M. White, Albert Marshal, Frank Van Doren, J. H. Jones, Ray R. Wilkinson, Harry Landis, Bernie Donner, Edwin L. Hill, C. Sheehan, Chas. Adams, I. R. Rains, R. E. Boles, Ray W. Shamblin, S. J. Anderson, Bob Masters, John L. Baird, Jamuel Show, John E. Snnth, E. R. Clay, Wm. Andrews, Geo. C. Masters, W. M. Evans, Henry Meadows, Timothy Walters, J. R. Wills, Alva D. Donner, Geo. W. Talbott, 0. T. Boles, J. W. Harlan, Will Donner, Claud Pease, D.
S. Meadows, Aaron Kohl, Dell Harris, Earl S. Hubbard, Marion Baker, E. J. Armstrong, O. C. Page, Dwight Swain, Alton Swain, W. P. Finchem, Wilbur McGill, E. C. Fuller, H. C. Lyon, Rollin Coppoc, Bert Hammond, Arthur Wolfe, Robt. Ranne, Jean Vilbow. The Malvern boys previously enlisted are now at Camp McKinley in the 51st Iowa waiting orders.

“Get your Laundry work done at home,” is the request of the steam laundry manager, W. A. Barkus.

Geo. W. Dyar Bakery and Restaurant west of Leader office.



The happy mating of some of our young people; Frederick E. Mulholland and Annie E. Aistrope are united in marriage by Rev. W. J. Watson, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Aistrope. At the home of Mr. S. C. Hunter, Harry A. Wilson and Miss Jennie Jordan take the marriage vows.



Mathew Higgins the popular clerk of the cottage meets with a terrible accident while at the wabash train, one foot so crushed that amputation was necessary. He has the sympathy of the community expressed to him by a contribution of a neat little sum of money for his benefit.

Our attorney H. J. Baird has pleaded his own case at court so eloquently, that he wins his suit with Miss Edna L. Wrenwick of Glenwood and they form a life Partnership.

Mr. A. L. Monroe from Omaha buys the photo business of Mr. Jeffrys and Charlie Cleaver buys the Chambers residence.

Our business men are studying the law of the stamp act that becomes effective today, to meet the expense of our war with Spain. History which is about to repeat itself in a short time now.

The firm of N. B. Smith is now Smith Bros. Willie Caldwell who has been a faithful helper with Mr. O.J. Davis at the Wabash for three years, is promoted to the position of night operator at Shenandoah.

Special rate of 95c railroad fare for the round trip from Malvern to the Omaha exposition.

U.G. King, the contractor is building a neat cottage home for Arva Burrus south of the school building.



Geo L. Cleaver has been quite a frequent visitor at Red Oak, and the consummation of the visits is his marriage today, August 24th, 1898, to Miss Helen Byrkitt at the Byrkitt home.



Mr. Gemmill removes from Malvern and Miss Maloy one of his helpers goes to the Hawkins Store.



A baby girl takes up her residence at the home of Mr. and Mrs. O.A. Strahan.



One of the pleasant gatherings at the opening of the year 1899, was a men's social at the fine home of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Strahan, in response to cards of invitation announcing that it would be their pleasure to entertain Mr. Strahan's old time friends at dinner on Thursday, January 12th, 1899.  It was a men's party, but there were a few ladies present and they made it a success in every way.  Guests were requested to register, the year of their coming to the county, place of nativity and age.  Fifty six were present.  The earliest settler was Dr. Campbell, whom the stork brought in 1851.  The oldest one present was Mr. David Duncan, aged 86 years.  The long one Mr. W.G. Summers 6 feet, 5 inches.  The short one Mr. M. Cunningham 5ft, 3 inches.  The heavy weight Mr. John Dyson 237 1/2 lbs., and the light weight J.D. Paddock 135 lbs.  The places of their nativity, 50 of them born in the states and six in foreign lands.  The dinner was a bountiful one and the well fed guests, after a pleasant time of social chat, expressed to the host and hostess their appreciation of their welcome and hospitality.  With cheers and a hearty hand clasp each one went their way, with the memory of the passing of a pleasant day.



March 6, 1899, occurred the terrible tragedy of the death of Mrs. M.P. Steele and baby at Tyndall, South Dakota, from gasoline explosion.  Mrs. Steele will be remembered as Miss Chatta Guilford and her acquaintance with the people over the counter at the bank of Strahan & Christy.

Mrs. Steele and two little ones were in the room when the explosion occurred.  Mrs. Steele and baby were fatally burned, and death came soon to relieve their terrible sufferings.  The little son escaped the flames from the deadly gasoline, now grown, and a resident of Malvern.


Cessation of hostilities between our country and Spain, and a treaty of Peace is signed by President McKinley, February 10th, and the Queen Regent of Spain, March 27th, 1899.  Only four months of actual war, but a long four months of suspense to those of our people who had loved ones on the battle line.  As it will be to those who at this writing are anxiously watching the trend of the world conflict and listening and waiting for overtues of Peace, to be made on the basis of the proclamation of centuries ago, "Peace on earth, good will toward men."

Have no further records from August, 1898 to August 1900.


Orel Jones is pharmacist at W.D. Wilson's store.  Rev. E.W. Brown resigns as pastor of Presbyterian church.  A.D. Avrill assumes the duties of his father, as landlord of the cottage.

The corps of teachers for the coming year 1900:  J.B. Morris, Superintendent; May Miller, Principal; A.I. Jones, Assistant; Amelia ---, Jessie Cheney, Marie Foss, Emma Young and Florence Ockerson.

C.M. Nicholas sells his meat market to Cozad and Fleharty. Mr. ---Mahill is proprietor of the art studio.  Dr. Dorbin presents the medical practice of Osteopathy.

Miss Agnes Maguire is with Miss Clara West in the millinery store. 



Miss Lavina Potter and Mr. W.E. Ryan are married at the Potter home.


An important business change is effected today September 1st, 1900, when E.B. Brown transfers his interests in the Malvern Leader to W.P. Wortman.

There has been a good many changes in owners and editors of our town papers since H.A. and Wm. Copeland, struck off the first issue of the Mills County Chronicle, October 15, 1870, with pluck and wind---constituting the greater part of their capital.  June, 1872, "Billy" received his appointment as Post Master of Malvern and he associates with him, Mr. Robt. Aiton as helper in its management.  After a short term as Post Master he takes up again the work of the paper for a while and sells out to James I. Rist, who, was followed in short terms as managers and owners by J.K. DeWolf and Robt. Aiton.  Early in 1874, it passed to the ownership of Mr. Fred Boehner and was in about six months moved by him, plant, name and all to Emerson, Ia.  A few months previous to the removal of the Chronicle by Mr. Boehner, Mr. H.G. Rising from Illinois sets up a plant and starts a new paper named the Leader.  October 5th, 1877, the first number of another paper is issued, named the Mills County Republican, with Mr. Robt. Aiton as editor, and during the years 1878 and '79 we find at different times the names of J.K. DeWolf, Chas E. Crosby and E.P. Leland at the mast head as pilots of the craft.  Mr. Rising edits the Leader a year or two and sells his interests to Ed F. Korns and J.M. Kelley and they in turn on February 20, 1878, convey their interests to Mr. J.D. Morris, who gives out his announcement as editor in chief.  Competition is good to a certain degree, in all lines of business, but when overdone it tends to cripple the efficiency, and prevent a high standard of usefulness.  Two papers in a small town or territory are too much for party interests and business men to keep up to the standard.  In 1880, the two papers, The Leader and The Mills County Republican were merged in one as The Republican Leader, Parrish and Morris proprietors.  In 1882, the plant is purchased by Messrs. S.C. Hunter and E. B. Brown from Red Oak under firm name of Hunter & Brown. In 1885, the voters elected Mr. Brown to the office of County Auditor. The duties of that office calling him to Glenwood, he sells his interests to his partner and the new firm name is S. C. Hunter & Co. At the close of his term of office, contrary to the usual custom, Mr. Brown leaves Glenwood and returns to his old home town again. The Hunters wishing to retire from the active duties of the paper, Mr. Brown with Bert Mulholland and Clyde Wills, as associates purchase the business under the firm name of E. B. Brown & Co., June 30, 1889, Mr. Brown takes entire control, and continues its publication until Sept. 1st, 1900, he sells out to Mr. W. P. Wortman, who up to the present writing is yet in control of the paper, the Malvern Leader, the longest continuous term of service.

The South West Iowan, a newspaper was started in 1898, representing the interests politically of the free silver wing of the democratic party. Mr. Chas. M. Rice was the editor and manager for two years or more when it came under the management successively of L. W. Boehner, Bert Mulholland and F. P. St. Clair, until about 1905, Mr. J. R. Graham took charge and worked valiantly for its success, until 1909, when it was decided to discontinue its publication. As we look back over these intervening years, and call to mind our acquaintance with these men as citizens of the town and the important interests they have largely controlled in the publication of good clean healthy newspapers, they have been potent factors for good in the community and in the history building of the town. Those of them who have not finished the journey of life are now making history in other places as citizens of the commonwealth.



At the home of Mrs. H. V. Evans, to day September 25, 1900, her daughter Mattie is married Mr. Mark Hovey of Chicago, Rev. E. W. Brown officiating.

Mr. M. E. Seeley of Griswold offers to build a Steam flouring mill at Malvern for a town site and $800.00 cash.

Mr. D. R. Martin is one of our busy carpenters.



At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Churchill, their daughter Nellie is married to Mr. W. A. Black, both bride and groom grown from childhood to manhood and womanhood in Malvern homes.

Mr. W. E. Burks sells his nice home place in Peaceville to W. A. Beckett, the Q mail route clerk.

Mina Nichols buys Mrs. Randall’s home on Douglas Street. Mr. Seely, the owner of the new flouring mill moves his family to Malvern.



Miss Lillian Belle Beckwith and Dennis Frost are married at the home of the bride.

The diversity of opinion as to the best method of saving our country is expressed in the seven headings of the national ballot for year 1900 election: Republican, Democratic, Prohibition, Peoples, Socialistic Labor, United Christian, and Social Democratic.



At the home of Mrs. Eliza J. Aistrope, November 14, 1900, the marriage of her daughter Miss Birdie Aistrope to Mr. Seymour J. Rhodes of Fort Lupton, Colo,, by Rev. P. H. McDowell. As they leave for their Colorado home the young friends of the bride get hilarious and tag their baggage to their destination with old shoes and white ribbon and throw enough rice in confetta showers to feed a china-man for many moons.

Talbott, Bushnell & Wortz, Implement Dealers. The Bank of Malvern, I. F. Hendricks, Pres.; W. H. Guyer, Cashier. David Elson, J. P. Retelsdorf & Robrahn, Tailors. Miss A Jones, Millinery.

Malvern Fire Department elect officers: W. C. Wortz, Chief; Chas. Brothers and Frank Churchill, Assistants; F. S. Higgins, Treasurer; w. H. Guyer, Secretary; F. Degenhart, N. D. Smith and H. C. Wills, Trustees.

Brevier Brown is assisted by his classmates in celebrating his 15th birthday, Edward Higgins, Carl Harris, Harry Wearin, Corwin Byers, Albert Baird, Della Clements, Ethel Norton, Ethel Cunningham, Edith Davis, Mary Evans, Myrtle Bushnell, Olive Hammond, Harriett Benton, Ina Mason.

Jess Bell purchases the Whitmer property. H. A. Norton buys Mrs. Buells home place on boundary Street.



Mrs. Mattie Evans Hovey dies to day November 27, 1900, at the Chicago home. The many friends who wished her joy and happiness at the wedding festivities a few months ago, now follow in the funeral procession as the body is laid away in our place of the dead.

Miss Eula VanVranken is teacher of 9th and 10th grades.



Squire Elson married his first couple today, Mrs. Mary Drake and Mr. Joe Myers.

Albert Marshall goes to Council Bluffs for a wife, Miss Mary L. Wilson.

The M. W. A. Lodge elect officers: H. J. Baird, L. Stewart, W. H. Guyer, James Maguire, Mat Conrad, J. E. Norris and H. E. Thomas.

Harlan Foulks has his 4th birthday party and his playmates, Ruth Boehner, Mary McNulty, Mabel Zanders, Eunice Travis, Katherine Smith, Katherine and Eleanor Mellor, Tommy Cunningham, Homer Wills and Robert Hough, help him celebrate.



The startling casualty and topic of the afternoon has been the death of little Inez Gibson at the home of her foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Gibson and the tragic manner of the little one’s death. The brother Otto and Inez had been playing upon the porch and lawn below when Inez
tiring of the play wanted Otto to go with her up stairs to the playroom, and she run up the stairs, but the brother remained below just a little while when he too climbed the stairs, and was dazed and horrified to find his little sister hanging in the open closet from her room with the jumping rope about her neck. He worked frantically to take her down, but unable to do so rushed to his uncle and aunt at the store. Mr. Gibson quickly reached the scene, and placed the little form upon her bed, and when doctors Scott and Love arrived every effort possible was made to bring too the life, but it was of no avail, it had gone. There could be no verdict rendered but accidental death. The deepest sympathy of the whole community goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Gibson in this sad and tragic bereavement that has come to them. The funeral service at the home by Rev. H. P. McDowell and the little casket that is covered with beautiful flowers is taken to place of burial.

Students home for holiday vacation: Thomas Gidley, Edmund Roberts and John Summers from Ames; Lillian and Marshall Cunningham, State University at Lincoln; Mary Goodwin, Council Bluffs; Nellie Bentley, Simpson College; Olive Hyde Hyde, Drake University; Florence Hunter, Tabor; Hazel Campbell, Omaha Medical School.



January 1901, The S. N. Y. Co. send out four salesmen on the road, J. A. Tyler, Frank Goodwin, W. D. Roberts and M. Creelman.

New Year’s day ladies that keep open house, Mesdames C. W. Black, W. C. Haynes, N. D. Smith, Dr. Scott, A. J. Wearin, H. E. Boehner and Dr. Campbell.

Dwight Swain is helper at W D. Wilson’s Drug Store.



James Anderson, a citizen of Malvern is accidentally shot, dying instantly, by the discharge from a gun in the hands of John Garvin.


At the Elson home their daughter Viola is married to Mr. Chas. 0. Hartman, Rev. McDowell tying the tie.

L. H. Biddinger and family move to Pacific Junction. Mellor & Co. transfer their business interests to C. S. Royce and Walter Smith, Mr. Royce taking the drug stock and Mr. Smith the Jewelry.

J. C. Brown is in the real estate and Insurance business.



Mrs. Julia Betts, the founder of the Cottage Hotel dies at her daughter’s home in Chicago, but at her request, the funeral service was held over the casket in the Malvern Christian Church, which was a place very dear to her, and then taken to Glenwood for burial.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Landis move into their new home on prospect Ave.

Geo. Smith buys the Tunison Restaurant business.



G. W. Bates dies at his home in Malvern. Mr. Bates was a retired minister of the M. E. Church, a winning, scholarly man, an officer in the Civil War.

Dr. Love and family remove to Beatrice, Nebr., a good opening occurring to take up an established practice.



Today, February 20th, 1901, Miss Mary Idell Bentley and Mr. Alva Donner are married at the Bentley home.

An assistant to the Mayor takes possession of the 0. J. Davis home.



We make record of the death of Judge Lewis W. Tubbs at his Emerson home, February 28, 1901, a genial kindly man, a good friend, an early settler, a history maker of State and County and a starter of the town.


Miss Ellen Hawkins, a life long resident of Malvern and Mr. Chas. Harvey make an evening call on Pastor McDowell and go away as husband and wife.

A marriage ceremony at the G. W. Wyant home uniting the daughter Miss Alice and Mr. Henry Aistrope.



Mr. W. W. Wills after 26 years of citizenship in Malvern makes a new home in Des Moines.

Dr. Laird purchases the residence of S. B. Barnes and W. E. Burks buys the Bennett property on Douglas Street.

A. E. Cook and C. M. Rice are elected as members of the school board.



A sudden death summons comes to day, March 22d, to the H. E. Boehner home, Mrs. Boehner dying quite suddenly. One of the little band who came together for homes in Malvern in 1870.

Malvern market quotations, March, 1901: Corn 31c, Wheat 55c, Oats 25c, Potatoes 50c, Best butter 15c, Eggs 1Oc, Cattle $4.00 to $4.75, Hogs

Mr. Seeley touches the button and electric power starts the new flouring mill machinery, March, 1901.



Mrs. J. P. Ward’s gentle spirit takes its flight from the frail body that had been kept alive a long time by her wonderful courage and ambition to live, for loved ones in the home and friends associated with her in Christian service.

Twelve homeless children arrive in Malvern to day, April 4th, 1901, from the Children’s Aid Society New York, to find homes, and all were placed in good homes.

Pastors of the churches. A. E. Slothower of M. E. Church, P. H. Mc Dowell of Baptist Church, Alexander Corkey of Presbyterian Church, Wessel Stephenson of Christian Church.

0. J. Davis buys the A. L. Chantry residence consideration $1800.00.

The Ladies Cemetery Association  ect officers, Mrs. J. M. Strahan, Mrs.Leslie Summers, Mrs. Anna Goodwin, Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson, Mrs. Sophia Otis, Mrs. Angel, Mrs. James Miller, J. D. Barrack sexton.

Best grade of flour from the new mill, $1.00 per sack. C. C. Baird, assessor of Malvern renders report taken, Real Estate $384,000, Personal Property $333,980.00

A. J. Kronsbein, the hardware man is building a fine home on Douglas Street, Will Mc Cullough contractor.



Death comes into another home and takes the mother, Mrs. S. T. Brothers, one of the pioneers of the county and of Malvern.

Mrs. Fishback, Store for the latest styles of Millinery goods. The Presbyterian church remember their oldest brother, David Duncan, on his 89th birthday and hand him a loving token of a purse each of pennies, silver and gold.

Mr. Geo. Conrad and wife move from their farm home, to a home in town. Harry Lyon is a new helper at Gibson’s. Mr. H. B. Gregory leases creamery plant. Gerhard Nellen, wife and daughter move to a new home at Wellington, Kansas.



Across the border to make record of the death today, May 16th, 1901, of Mr. W. G. Summers, one of the quartet of the four Summers brothers who pioneered to the new west in 1855 and 1856.

Clarence Boone makes purchase of the stock of the Guenther Bros. Livery Barn. Mr. C. M. Pierce, Variety Store man.

S. B. Barnes and I. W. Skadan are loading their household goods today for a Nebraska Ranch life for a while. T. J. Moses is our resident stock buyer.

The Malvern Woman’s Club elect officers: Mrs. W. P. Wortman, President; Miss Black, Vice President; Mrs. Hendricks, Recording Secretary; Mrs. Scott, Corresponding Secretary; Mrs. Laird, Treasurer and Mesdames Campbell, Young, Royce and Miss Retelsdorf, leaders of departments.

Our grocers are bidding high, 9c dozen for eggs and 12c pound for good butter.

W. G. Wagner, a well liked agent of the Q. at Malvern for a long time is promoted high up in railroad service.

Some dropped threads caught up from missing records, that must have their part in the narrative of events, and we write them in here.

Mr. Chas. Hanley, now of Shenandoah Rev. C. S. Hanley was for the year 1876, a partner with Mr. E. Korns in the publication of the Leader, but having a favorable opportunity to purchase the Riverton Advocate, he sells his half interest to Mr. Korns.

In July, 1899, Mr. Fred Durbin comes as student from school and his farm home to Malvern, and takes a position in the Strahan and Christy Bank. He fills the position with credit and stays with them. In addition to his regular salary, he is permitted to draw a draft on the banker for his daughter. November 27, 1901, the draft is honored by his marriage at the Christy home to Miss Marie Christy.

W. G. Bingaman is proprietor of the south side feed store.

There are fifteen graduates in the 1901 class: Ethyl A. Norton, Brevier Brown, Harriet Benton, Corwin Byers, Olive Hammond, Ed Higgins, Ina Mason, Myrtle Bushnell, Albert Baird, Della Clement, Harry Wearin, Edith Davis, Carl Harris, Ethel Cunningham, Mary Evans.

John Perdue is mail carrier from tile Q.



The wedding ceremony at the W. C. Haynes home today, June 26th, 1901, is quite a social event. The marriage of the daughter, Miss Maymne Haynes to Mr. Adel Avrill, united by the strong bonds of love and wedlock by Rev. Alex. Corkey.

Prof. Moser, musical instructor, assisted by Mrs. Moser, Mrs. C. E. Burrus and Mr. Nettleton, the violinist of Tabor, gave a very pleasing musicale last evening at tile Moser home.

J. L. Buckingbam & Son, Restaurant and Lunch room, west of tile Leader office.

The Bridges brothers, Vernon and Frank with their talented wives, have been touring the country with good success, in creating arm educational interest in music and giving the people interesting programs of  musical entertainment.



Fenno Smith goes to Omaha for bargains and takes Miss Marle Morrow for a wife, and starts himself in business by purchase of the grain elevator of Mr. Barnes.


From the starting of Malvern, it has drawn away from time to time the resources of White Cloud, which has helped much in our village life, and now comes the discontinuance of the Post Office there, which closes the interesting history of a pioneer village of 45 years.  Mr. W.G. Summers was the first post master in 1858, and several successors to Mr. Summers have held the keys for long and shorter terms.  Mr. James S. Miller now a resident of Malvern being the longest term holder of the office, over 14 years, Mr. Bishop and Mr. Mears, being the last ones in charge.  The benefits and practical results of rural free delivery service in the eastern states had been demonstrated  and it is extended by government to the more western states.  In the fall of 1901, the preliminary work of planning routes, getting signatures of those wishing to avail themselves of the privilege of making requests for inspection were made by the Malvern office, and two routes were established out from Malvern and service commenced January, 1902, Richard Paul carrier for Route 1 and James Whitmer on Route 2, for delivery in the roadside boxes at the homes of country patrons.  A great stride of advancement in the benefits to social and educational life in the homes on the farm.  In consequence of this many offices were discontinued throughout the state.

A fire breaks out in Miss West's millinery store, with disastrous results from fire and water to the delicate fabrics of ladies hats.



The death toll list makes record of the passing away of Mr. A.H. Landis, a well known and respected resident of the county and the town.  Of Mr. L.P. Anderson at his later home in Enid, Oklahoma, who was for many years a resident and a working force in sustaining and building up the better clements of life.  Of Mrs. James Ryan, at the home of her daughter Mrs. W.L. Summers.  Mr. and Mrs. Ryan were residents of the town for some years in their home on 3rd avenue.


Our national holiday 1901 is celebrated in due form, Rev. Story of Glenwood the patriotic orator of the day.

Frank Bridges invests in Real Estate, buying the brick business building of Wm. Kneeland, occupied by the firm of Smith Brothers.

A base ball game is on today between the printers and those who advertise.  The vendors of merchandise are winners after a warm and sweaty contest.

 Chester Cooksey sells his interest in the music business to his brother Frank.



Mr. Harry Hoover, the painter and Miss Daisy Blackburn visit Rev. E.L. Stanton, at Glenwood and return to Malvern as a pair of newly weds.


T.D. Gibson, the grocer sells out to A.E. Byers.

Our barber shops consolidate, Larison and Minner in one and Thomas and Piatt in the other.

W.D. Kayton sells his restaurant business to T.O. Clark and Retelsdorf Bros. open a new business in the same line.

Miss Nettie Weller goes from the Iowa Telephone at Malvern to a position at Red Oak.

Miss Edith Frizzell buys residence property of Mrs. Snyder on Chase Street.

Geo Talbott is 21 today and his mother invites some of his chums in to mark the occasion, Ralph and C.R. Brothers, Will Guyer, Tot Maloy, Dan Robb, Dwight Swain, Ralph Roberts, Ed Wolf, H.C. Wills, Walt Mulholland, Robt. and Geo. Masters and Otto Retelsdorf and they made of it a red letter day.

The Mills County Fair for 1901 was a winner in attendance and exhibits, all obligations paid and a little surplus, and the attraction of the closing contest for the prettiest and cutest baby on the fair grounds.  Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Rice were the proud possessors of that treasure, the judges said.



That visitor death who comes to all, the young as well as old, comes to the home of John Perdue and takes the wife and mother Hattie Dunn Perdue.


To make the pattern more complete we catch up on some more broken threads, that should have been in the records of 1894 and 1899, as they have had much to do since, in the every day life of the community.  Karl Hertz and family for some years residents of the county, move into the village in 1894 and Mr. Hertz was a helper with Mr. Knight in the heavy lifting of County work, until 1899, he buys the dray business of B.F. Barnet, the veteran drayman and is now himself at this writing getting gray in the service.

It is only a small part at the best, of the world's business that one can accomplish in the ordinary span of life, but whatever that part might be, if it is well done, it is worthy of praise and of emulation.  Mr. Barnett is worthy of special mention in the business history of the town, for his long continued faithful and conscientious service.  Children have grown to men and women since he brought his first deliveries of goods, to the stores and shops.  Hot or cold, wet or dry, it made no difference much in the regular traffic of the dray line, that from day to day and year to year, made  the owner, the most familiar acquaintance upon the street.

Malvern people mourn with the whole nation the tragic death of our President Wm. McKinley.

J.C. Brown buys the business of Clarence Boone the Livery man.



A bright baby boy comes to the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Mulholland.


C.E. Burris the Q agent here is promoted to the Shenandoah Station and E.L. Hibbs takes his place.

Al Marshall moves to Council Bluffs.  The Cold Storage Company have about 8000 barrels of apples in storage.  Dr. Humphrey buys the Wm. Donner property on First Avenue.

Wm. Kneeland moves his clothing stock into the Strahan building and has a grand display opening.  Will Thomas buys the E.I. Bowman property.  Charles Robbins and family locate in Malvern.

A very large gathering from country and towns round about to hear Hon. W.J. Bryan speak.

Mr. John Dunn buys the McCurdy property.  Mrs. H.R. Roberts sells her home on Marion Avenue to Mrs. Garman.

Mr. Hank Richmond after an absence from Malvern for some time returns and opens up a harness shop in the Baird building.

Mr. J.W. Pointer is our new picture man.  Bert Fugate is watching while business men sleep.

December 26, 1901, the enrollment of the pupils of the schools is 280.  The corps of teachers are G.L. Gilles, Miss Mae Miller, Miss Eula Van Vranken, Miss Amelia Green, Miss Jessie Cheney, Miss May Ladd, Mrs. Emma Young and Miss Elizabeth Hutchings.



At the home of Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Byers, December 25, 1901, occurs the marriage of their daughter Myrtle to Mr. Bennett M. Terry of Little Sioux, Iowa, Rev. A.B. Adams officiating.


News Year's day 1902, was the 40th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Christopher, and friends left with them some mementoes of the occasion.


Miss Nellie Blades and Mr. J.W. Shenifield are married at the home of Mrs. R. Foxworthy, the bride's mother.


The festivities of the happy New Year is observed in many homes, in family gathering and 6 o'clock dinners.  Among them at Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Rice, W.D. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. F. Higgins, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell and Mr. and Mrs. Laird.

Union farewell services at the Baptist Church as Rev. P.H. McDowell leaves Malvern to take up work at Winterset, Iowa.

Hon. C.W. Black and wife leave today, January 2, 1902, for the coming session of the State Legislature at Des Moines.  Three former students, and football players of Amity College meet together in town today, Dakin Miller, Frank Van Doren and Frank Bartley.  Miller has signed up with the white stockings club of baseball for 1902.

Rev. Stephenson, pastor of Christian Church resigns and goes to church at Pierson, Iowa.

The Malvern Odd Fellows Lodge have installation service, J.L. Talbott installing officer; L. Dunn, D.W. Wagner Reed Graves, W.C. Wortz, Charles Slater, John Robrahan, E.C. Graves, Arno Schaller, Grant Lewis, Rayburn Hurst, H.E. Mulholland, W.H. Guyer, A.J. Boston and W.R. McMullen.

Elmer Abbott is manufacturer of brooms in the Hubbell building.

February 6, 1902.  Sleighing is fine and sleigh rides and coasting parties are the pleasure of the bright moonlight evenings.

Mr. W.H. Crose has sold his furniture business to Mr. G.T. White of Massena, Iowa.  Elder C.E. Pomeroy is the new minister of the Christian Church.

The creamery business again changes hands, Mr. Gregory selling to Waterloo Creamery Co.  Tom Butler sells residence property to Dan Lewis the oil man.

Miss Allice Dull is trimmer at Mrs. J.J. Maurath's millinery store.  Miss Elizabeth Somes has returned from her vacation and is again waiting on customers at The Chicago Dry Goods Co. Store.

March 6th 1902.  We are all watching the surveys of the Q.R.R. to see whose door yard the new route is going to take.

Miss Lillian Chantry is tendered the position of secretary for the Y.W.C.A. at Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Evangelist Conn and his singer Mr. McKinley are holding revival meetings.



Married today,  March, 1902, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Worth Kerney, their daughter Blanche to Dr. John Montgomery of Madison, Nebr.  These young people have had such an active part in the school and social life of the town, that we make record of them in one of the three most important events of a life.

David Hearn from Avoca is a new helper with Hawkins & Mulholland.  E.E. Bushnell and family move to Butte, Nebr., we would rather have them stay.

April 3, 1902, the result of the town election J.L. Talbott, Mayer; W.D. Wilson and P.M. Cadwell, Councilmen; J.S. Miller, Assessor; J.J. Wilson, Treasurer; W.H. Guyer, Recorder.

H.J. Travis goes from White's furniture store, to take charge of the undertaking department at Talbott's.

Mr. Emerson Brown and family whose bright threads of life for years are interwoven with Malvern history take their departure.  Mrs. Brown deeply touched by the thoughts of separation makes a will bequeathing to some of her dear friends and neighbors in the Woman's Club, a portion of her worldly possessions.  Waiving the slow process of the law, the Misses Edna Scott and Ivy Campbell deliver the gifts at the meeting.  The recipients of these valuable bequests, should they see these lines will recall to mind the parting of the ways, with their dear friend Mrs. Brown.

H.C. Wills a Malvern boy and man leaves to take a position with the Chesshire job printing office at Des Moines.  P.V. Hawley, a resident of Malvern in the early days, dies at his late home, Rochester, N.Y.

V. W. Beeson builds an addition to his business place and puts in a stock of farm implements

Miss Elva Pease and Mr. C. V. Parker married today, April 2, 1902, at the home of the bride’s mothers, by Rev. A. E. Slothower.

We pass over the border to make record of the death today, April 8th, 1902, of Mr, Otha Wearin, a pioneer to the county years before the railroad came and brought the later ones.

C. M. Pierce buys the Rains meat market and will run it in connection with his other business. Colyer Boston purchases a home on Center Street and the C. A. Love property is sold to Boehner and Mulholland.

April 10, 1902, Mr. Xanthus Imel comes to Malvern and takes a position as foreman of the printing and job work department of the Leader plant, and is one of the staying kind, at this writing fifteen years later is yet on the job.

Mr. J. P. Retelsdorf is building another brick residence as an investment.

H. F. Mulholland the manager of the South West Iowan, and a former well known Malvern young lady, Miss Blanche Taylor are married at the home of the bride’s parents in Sioux City, Jowa,

The death summons comes today to Mr. T. J. Wilson at his home on Marion Avenue. Rev. H. R. Waldo accepts a call to the Baptist Church as pastor.

C. G. Harris from Holdredge Nebr., is the new jeweler at W. D. Wilson’s. Agent Wheat of the Wabash buys lots and is building a cottage home near the depot.

Mr. S. S. Weidner and family make Malvern their home and Mr. Weidnor soon commences work for the Malvern Dairy Co. and he must have been an efficient workman as he is yet serving customers at this writing, fifteen years later.

Master Perry Hendricks has attained the age of eleven years and his school mates come and help him make the occasion a memorable one.

Palmer and Company sell their lumber business to Crooks and Savage of Stuart, Iowa. Gladys Beird has her 9th birthday .

Rev. Alex, Corkey delivers the bacca1auceate address to the graduating class of 1902, Laura Otis, Addie Churhill, Pearl Harris, Hugh Gibson, Lawrence Talbott, Walter Crow, Pearl Vandervert and Lottie Deardorff, Attorney Whitfield presents diplomas.



Friends have been anxiously watching the serious illness of Mr. Thomas Paul, which conquers and takes the life of a good citizen.

D. W. Perley is another stock buyer. Allen Chantry one our Malvern boys, wins first place in his class of nine in examnination at the U. S. Naval School, Annapolis, Md.

Lottie Deardorff takes position at the Strahan and Christy bank. Mrs. M. J. Newman purchases a home of Mrs. Pearl Montgomery.



Mrs. Jane Sherman, "Aunty Sherman" dies today, June 3, 1902, at her home place on 4th St.  Mrs. Sherman came to Malvern in 1876, to help in caring for an invalid mother and an aged father, Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin.  When death came to them, she was alone with a Christians faith and trust only for company.  Relatives wished to arrange it differently, but it was her choice.  From a home of affluence and plenty, of love and companionship, a participant in the brilliant society life of Washington, the Capitol City, the vicissitudes of life in the death of the husband, the only tie of love of the home and the loss of property wrought the changes from the palatial home and companionship to the loneliness and privation of her little home shelter in Malvern.  She kept patient, cheerful and trustful.  Devoted near by neighbors, Hertz and Knight and other friends who were drawn to her by her pleasing personality, watched and cared for her needs until the life closed.


A salesman for a ship house at Westfield, Mass., is the center of attraction today as he guides a horseless carriage down the street.  He stops at Frank Degenhart's harness shop, and a crowd soon gather to see this wonderful mechanism of power.

Dr. I.U. Parsons weds Miss Minnie Williamson at Council Bluffs and will soon be at home at Malvern.



At the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Retelsdorf, their daughter Sophia is married to Mr. Geo. Haig of Red Oak.  Prof. L.D. Salisbury is the newly elected Principal of our schools.

The saddle turns as Donald Cunningham is mounting his horse today and he is dragged several rods before getting loose.  One broken leg, a fractured shoulder and badly bruised body are the injuries, but he is plucky and stands the smash up.

About the closing of the sports and festivities of July 4th, 1902, the alarm of fire was sounded.  Fire had broken out in Wortz and Bushnell's big implement house.  The fire boys soon got together and under the direction of Chief Wortz, fighting to save his own property, this time, it was kept from spreading, but a heavy damage to both building and stock.  The fire fighters were remembered by a good contribution.

Another one of those horseless buggies came through town today, and stopped to take a drink of gasoline.

Rev. Alex. Corkey goes from the Malvern Presbyterian Church to the church at Fairfield, Iowa.  Many friends regret his departure.

Mat Higgins resigns his position at the Chicago Dry Goods Co. Store and is going west.  J.P. Retelsdorf after 28 years of honorable business in Malvern wants a vacation and sells to Mr. M. Hammes from Keota, Ia.



At the A.W. Raines home, Rev. Corkey performs the ceremony that unites his daughter Mary and Mr. J.C. Greithuysen in marriage.  A quiet wedding also at the Shire home, the daughter Nellie is married to Mr. J. A. Hatfield.  Another couple of our young people, Miss Bessie Weller and Richard Paul, the mail carrier, join hands and take the marriage vows.


Malvern wins the championship at the Firemen's Tournament at Red Oak and bring home the cup.  Rev. W.H. Cable succeeds A.E. Slothower as pastor of the M.E. Church.  Mr. and Mrs. Arva Burrus have a fine boy baby left at their home.



Mr. Elmer Abbott and Miss Maud Potter make a call on Rev. Waldo at the Baptist parsonage and he performs the ceremony that makes then one.  Frank Wills and Miss Carrie Stafford agree to go quietly together along the ways of married life.  Older lovers now Mr. H.A. Norton and Mrs. Nannie Anderson take the tie that binds.


Carl Harris has taken up work at the Wabash Depot.  Mrs. Fred Davis and family move into town to see how they will like us.  Mrs. J. Durbin and family move into the fine home they purchased last June of Mr. Wearin.  Lee Donner is building a home on Marion Avenue.

Miss Emma Watson is one of the business girls at the city central telephone office.

J.L. Buckingham takes the restaurant business of Wearin & Dahr and buys property on 4th Street for his business.

Will Caldwell goes to take charge of the Q station at Clarinda.  F.E. Mulholland buys the W.C.. Haynes residence on Douglas Street.

Mr. F.D. Kilpatrick, a prosperous farmer of White Cloud Township, invests some money in Malvern real estate, buying the former home of Clyde Wills that is in the way of the new Q route and moves the building on lots near Mr. S. Masters home.

W.J. Tucker succeeds W.G. Wheat as agent of the Wabash.  Will Miller buys the home of Ed Brown and moves from the farm to town.  Dwight Swain is a helper at Kneeland's Store.

Royal Neighbors Lodge elect officers:  Mesdames Jennie Thomas, Laura Jones, Mary E. Thomas, Mattie Cozad, Luana Richards and Julia E. Norris.

Mr. W.G. White who bought the furniture business of Mr. Crose now buys his home also.  Dec. 1902.  The steam shovel is busy tearing up the soil for the new road bed of the C.B. & Q.

Frank Higgins resigns as deputy at the post office to take up a line of insurance bought of Mr. W. C. Haynes.  He will be missed at his accustomed place.

It is Christmas tide 1902, and the festivities and glad gatherings of the holidays are on, pleasing entertainments at all the churches and friendly gatherings at the homes. Revs. Waldo Cable and Pomeroy with their wives, and Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Wills representing the Presbyterian Church in absence of pastor were seated upon the rostrum and were kept busy shaking hands and receiving and giving New Year's greetings to the throngs that came, after which, talks of the old and hopes for the new, and a sermon by Rev. Cable until time was called at the birth of the new year 1903


December 31st, in the Cottage Hotel parlors, Rev. Cable unites in marriage Miss Florence Avrill to Mr. John S. Emerson of Hartington, Nebr.

The old year 1902, out and the new one in, is the program of the Church pastors reception and watch night service at the Baptist church.



We make record of a marriage on December 18th, of Miss Georgia Robey, to Dr. Wm. Parks Adamson, solemnized at the Baptist Church at Tampa, Florida, where the family reside.  Miss Georgie with the family were residents here for a few years, and she was a favorite with all who came in companionship with her.

Rev. Moore is the new pastor of the Presbyterian Church.  Mr. Hammes buys a home, the early home of Mr. M.E. Boehner on Douglas Street.

Mrs. J.J. Higgins is taken to St. Bernard Hospital at Council Bluffs, for treatment for paralysis, with which she was stricken some time ago.

Harry Landis buys the hardware stock and business of Ed. B. Brown & Co., a business in the Brown family for thirty years.  Jess Bell will be with him as his right hand man and helper.

W.A. Mulholland buys the C.M. Pierce business. M.A. Chantry is the new man at the Post Office wicket.



Mrs. Poe Rickabaugh, a resident of Malvern for many years, and a kindly neighbor, dies at her  later home, Omaha.


Ordinance No. 42, to annex additional territory to Malvern, is passed by vote of citizens, enlarging our boundaries.

Fred Tubbs having sold his interests in the dray line, goes to Omaha.  Wm. Bell takes Jess Bell's place as night watch.

David Hearn opens up a training school in athletics and physical culture, in the Baird building.  J.D. Barrack is helper at the Green Bay Lumber yard.  Dick Beeson is agent of the Wabash Station.



Dell Harris goes to Hastings for a wife, Miss Rose Berry.  Mr. Fred Davis buys the Kneeland home.

A quiet wedding at the Arva Burrus home, when Mrs. Burrus's mother.  Mrs. Hattie E. Landis is married to Mr. Wm. H. Cowperthwaite of Bushnell, Ill., a renewal of old acquaintance of school days.


February 1903, Mr. James Whitmer resigns as mail carrier of Route No. 2 and J.C. Maguire is appointed to take his place.  At this writing fourteen years later, Mr. Maguire is yet working for the post office department.  The increased work added by the parcel post has been more than balanced by improved roads, by the coming of the auto car and increased compensation, since Mr. Whitmer and Paul started out on the new untried work of country mail delivery.

We have some important threads of life history, from oversight and missing records, that must be woven into the narrative of events to make it more complete. 



A quiet wedding out at the Peaceville home of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Stone, October 11, 1893, the daughter Minnie is married to Mr. Charles C. Slater.

The ceremony is performed today, March 24, 1897, at the home of Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Moris, that unites in marriage their daughter Ida to Mr. Otis A. Strahan, Rev. Watson uniting them in the strong bonds of love and wedlock.

Mr. Lennie V. Davis the good bread maker at The Burrus Bakery goes today March 22, 1899, to Glenwood for a wife, Miss Lulu Davis.  A little change in title only of the name when she assumes the marriage relationship.

Mr. C.A. Mayberry comes to Malvern for his bride, November 15th, 1899, Miss Ella May Tipton, Rev. Watson officiating.

Miss Dora Alexander, a popular teacher in Malvern and the country schools is married today, June 20, 1900, at her mother's home, Mrs. S. A. Tipton, Malvern, to Mr. Frank Bishop of Indianola, Ia.

At Mrs. F.M. Benton's home her daughter Mabel A., and Mr. Edwin Wolfe are married, April, 1903.

D.R. Martin sells residence in the south part of town and buys another of J.L. Talbott.  G.H. Eveland of Lewiston, Ill., buys the City Hotel furnishings of landlord Hubbell.


Mr. Jess Bell thinks he can get better bargains by going away from home for a wife and he asks Miss Minerva Brownell of Hastings to change her name to Bell and come to Malvern to live.


Mr. W.D. Evans is dead is the word on the street today March, 1903.  Mr. Evans with his family were early pioneers of the town, and have been potent factors for good in its upbuilding in business, church, civic, school and social life.


Talbott and Kiser sell their furniture stock to Mr. G.T. White, and H.J. Baird sells out his telephone interests and a combination is soon formed that unites the interest of two into one.



Joseph Meyers a resident of Malvern since 1879, dies at the home of Samuel Myers, March 14, 1903.

 Otis Boles and Walter Williams open up a new barber shop.  Mr. M.D. Huston is the new tinwork man at Kronsheins.


Another one of the family wedded at the Cottage, Miss Grace Avrill to Mr. Frank Nelson of Toulon, Ill., Rev. W.G. Moore, master of ceremonies.


Mrs. C.C. Baird, mother of Chan and Henry Baird, dies at Marquette, Kansas, and body brought to Malvern for burial.


A change in Cottage landlords, Mr. Avrill leases property to C.W. Reed of Omaha.  The town people regret to see the management of the hotel go out of the hands of the Avrills, who have been so popular with the public, and boosters for the town.

April 14, 1903.  The clang of the fire bell and the alarm whistle at the power house, awoke early sleepers last night, when the high school building was on fire, only partial insurance and a total loss of building, books, fixtures and furniture.  The school board are busy planning for rooms for the students.  May 7th, 1903, special election is called to vote on proposition for issue of $12000 in bonds for the building of a new school building and where it should be built.


Mrs. G.H. Roose a resident for several years, dies at her later home at St. Louis.

Wm. Totten & Son are new Real Estate and insurance firm.

Hazel and Teresa Moses entertain their young friends, Maude Rains, Beatrice and Hugh Hand, Eves Whitfield, Bessie Pease, Iowa Deardorff, Gladys Knight, Ada Thomas, Ruth Boehner and Ruth Bushnell.

Graduating class for 1903:  Myrtle Rice, Arvilla Summers, Carrie Wilson, Ivy Kerney, Elbert Nickerson, Nora Summers, Bertha Bushnell, Charles Higgins, Fannie Beeson, Leonard Baird, Wilma Bentley, Leila Weller.

Contract let to L.D. Ashby of Red Oak for erection of the new school building for $14608.00

Not all fun on the telephone repair line, John Smith and Bert Crumb working near Imogene were warned by a lady to not cut the limbs from trees in front of her premises, but forgetting the warning, they slashed one off, when the lady comes out and opened fire with a 38 revolver.  It was too serious for the boys and they made extra quick time to get under cover until the storm was over.


At the Wyant home on Center Street, June 10, 1903, occurs the marriage of their daughter Maude E. to Mr. Wm. J. Tutt of Des Moines.


Rev. W.G. Moore conducts the funeral service of Mrs. John Dyson at the Dyson home at Peaceville.  Mr. and Mrs. Dyson came to Mills County in 1872.

July, 1903, Dr. W.M. Hiett from Red Oak buys the dental office and good will of Dr. Adamson.

Malvern celebrates our independance day on the fair grounds, a patriotic address by Hon. Shirley Gilliland.

Mrs. J.J. Maurath moves her stock of millinery goods to Silver City and speaks some good words of praise of the people of Malvern.

The new pumping station grapples the question of water supply.  J.W. Jones from Red Oak comes to Malvern as manager of A.E. Fields billiard hall.

The two big days of the South West Iowa Fireman's Tournament at Malvern, August 5th and 6th, were not the most favorable weather day but the program was carried out.  The bands played livelier music and the uniformed firemen did their best on dress parade while the citizens cheered them on, and $1500 in prizes awarded.

Mr. A.N. Felton buys the Crooks and Savage lumber yard.  Miss Bertha Williams of Bedford is elected as teacher in place of Miss Chantry who resigned to take up higher work.

Four of our young men, Elbert Nickerson, Ray Jones, Charley Fost and Henry Kraft go north to help in the harvest fields of the Dakotas.  Mrs. August Jahnke buys a home on Lincoln Avenue.  F.V. Williams buys the Cleaver Restaurant.

Mr. G. Nellen doesn't like the closeness of the proposed water tank to his home and he sells to Mr. Wm. Wortz.  Mr. A.D. Avrill severs his interests with Malvern by a trade of the Cottage Hotel for a tract of Missouri land.

The new grades on first avenue are causing much grief to the citizens on the west side of the street.  The cut at the top of the school house hill, and the filling in below will leave some of the homes much above the sidewalk and others will be far below.  For the benefit of traffic and travel, to and from the new line of the Q and the law of "the greatest good to the greatest in number," we are obliged to conform, as best we can to the new plans.

S.E. Harold is elected janitor of school buildings.

Our new watertank tower is looming up on its 90 feet iron legs well bedded in the rock on which is resting the tank 19 feet in diameter and 24 feet high, capacity of 65,000 gallon and the flag staff top 16 feet higher, which can be seen for many miles in all directions from Malvern.


News come to friends of the death of Charles Maloy at the hospital at Bemidge, Minn.  Tot Maloy was the familiar and friendly name he was known by in his residence here.

Rev. S.J. McCormick, a former pastor of the Malvern Baptist church, dies at the home of his son Robert in Villisca.


C.M. Rice and family return again to their former home town, Tabor.  Mary Evans, Fannie Beeson and Mary Goodwin are students at Tabor College.

Robt. Masters takes Claude Pease place at the watch tower.

T.J. Moses our stock buyer buys 55 head of hogs from Mr. Black average weight 363 lbs. at $5.35 per hundred.


Charles Albert Nelson and Miss Amanda Garst form a life partnership by the marriage vows.

Mrs. A.E. Fields buys the Wilbur McCabe home and is now having an apartment house built on the lots, by contractor McCullough.

There have been some changes in the 32 years that have gone by since the erection of the little two room brick school building in 1871 and the dedicatory program today October 26th, 1903, of the new and enlarged one as it stands complete which occupies the same site as the old one with additions that had been made and is now absorbed and lost in the now.


Mrs. Fannie Crow a resident of Malvern for some years, dies at her home at Pomona, Calif.


November, 1903, Chautauqua Association formed with the following officers and directors:  President, H.T. Beattle; Vice President, W.D. Wilson;  Secretary, F.E. Mulholland; Treasurer, G.T. White and directors, I.N. Cheney, Emerson, C.D. Greenwood, Silver City, Robt. McClelland, Tabor, and time set for first assembly July 2, to 10th, 1904

J.J. Wilson moves into his elegant new home on Marion Avenue.  Rev. Lew C. Harris is the pastor at the Christian Church.


Mrs. Lydia M. Whitfield dies today December 14, 1903, for many years a resident of the county and the town, an earnest Christian woman and she will be missed in church and social circles.

Frank Van Doren, a Malvern boy has been a good student at the Osteopathic school at Kirksville, Mo., and is given a good salaried position at the infirmary.


John Perdue and Miss Lottie Dunn take a little trip away and are married at the Methodist parsonage at Creston and return to Malvern, to take up life's duties.

Cupid has been making his head quarters at the banks, and the cashiers are all broken up.  Mr. Will Guyer of the Bank of Malvern and Miss Kate Cottrell are married at Mrs. Smith's home and Mr. Will H. Morris, breaks into the Duncan home at Tabor and takes the daughter Gertrude for a wife.

E.L. Donner takes James Ervin's place as distributor for the Standard Oil Co.

Victor Benedict is the new picture man and F.W. Lessel the new tinner at Kronsbein's.


A new year 1904.  We know the history of the one just gone, what will the records be for the one just dawning.

Dakin Miller leaves the contests on the diamond for mercantile business, and opens up a furniture store in the Foulks building, under firm name of D.E. Miller & Do.  James S. Miller his father is his assistant in its management.

The Retelsdorf Bros. sell their restaurant business to James and George Buckingham. 


Ray  Meadows and Mrs. Ruby Hollins make a business call on the Presbyterian pastor and he has them join hands and take the vows.

Master Bruce Boehner is ten years old today and a goodly number of his chums and playmates have a royal time at his home.

Lawrence Talbott is the assistant mail distributor at the Post Office.  Master Robert Hough is eight years old today.  Carl Harris is helper at the Wabash.



Charley Adams for a long time  the popular clerk at the Cottage dies today, January 23, at his Chicago home.



Rev. W.G. Moore performed the ceremony last evening, February 10th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Royce that united in holy wedlock Miss Edith Maloy and Chas. R. Aistrope.

Miss Libbie Dull, grown from childhood to womanhood in Malvern married to Mr. W.D. Kayton.

A wedding ceremony this evening, March 10th, at the home of Dr. and Mrs. S.A. Campbell, their daughter Miss Hazel to Mr. J.W. Soderstrum, Superintendent of construction on the Q.

Rev. Watson, a long time pastor of the Baptist church at Malvern goes from his little farm home to a pastorate at Villisca.

Frank Higgins and Lee Baldwin buy the grocery business of Smith Brothers.  The entire cost of our new school building and furnishings complete $17465.97.

The salary for our rural mail carriers advanced from $600 to $720 per annum.  Swanson & Foster, a new firm of blacksmith and wagon-makers, build a shop on the site of the old Judkins House.

Rachwitz and Wills is a new barber firm.  John Garst is distributor for the Standard Oil Company.  Thos. Laney is a new clerk at Kneeland's.


A fatal accident today March 26, 1904, to Mr. E.A. Stone out at Peaceville, by the falling of the roof of the old engine room that they were taking down.  Death came in a few hours to the sufferer, a christian man, an excellent neighbor, friend and business man.


Mr. Tidball, Jr., comes as assistant to Mr. Seeley, the miller.


Geo. Perkins of Malvern and Miss Theresa Horstmyer of Glenwood are married.

D.E. Whitfield is Mayor of the town.

Mr. W.S. Bell succeeds E.L. Hibbs as agent of the Q.  We liked Hibbs and think we will like Mr. Bell.

Mr. Fred Davis sells his nice home place to Mr. C.E. Califf.

The closing of the evening service at the church in Henderson, March 27, 1904, was varied some, by the playing of the wedding march, and the coming of the actors upon the stage for a wedding ceremony.  The pastor performed his part in the drama, uniting Mr. Zanthus Imel of Malvern and Miss Edna Priest of Henderson with the marriage bonds.

 Mr. Karl Hertz buys a block of lots on north 1st Avenue for a home near the location of the new Q depot.

Riley Gurwell the Q operator at Malvern and Mr. R.L. Hale, operator at Villisca, exchange places.


John Alfred Hall and Miss Hilda Johnson take a joy ride to Omaha April 8th, and are married.

The little Misses Katherine and Elinore Mellor give a delightful birthday entertainment to a goodly number of their little friends.


Mrs. Lucinda Buell, a resident and business woman of Malvern for several years dies at the home of her daughter Mrs. J.R. Jones of Emerson.

G.K. Munsell from Denver is manager of the telephone Co.

All the old teachers reelected except Miss Hutchings who has a position at her home town.



Mr. Jesse Potter and Miss Mamie Van Doren surprise their friends by going over to the county seat and joining the ranks of married people

The post office has the new stamps for sale commemorative of the world's fair at St. Louis.  Round trip tickets from Malvern to visit the exposition are $8.25.

F.V. Williams is providing food for the hungry in his restaurant rooms near the Leader office.

Geo. Masters for the last year teacher at Corning, is reelected for another year.

A little booze gets smuggled in now and then, among the men at the grading camps.  Mr. Williams had to have Mr. Knight the Marshall come and show one who was overloaded to a bed in the calaboose.

We are proud of our new cement street crossings that are being put in.

Frank Harris a popular manager and business man in Malvern for several years with his family move to St. Joe, Mo.

The graduating class for 1904 are Charles Christy, Blaine Young, Claude Kearney, Martha Lewis, Nellie Thompson, Mabel Mulholland.

 Charles Slater and family become residents of the town.  N.D. Cook keeps the ball rolling in his Bowling Alley on Fifth Street.

A noisy drunken profane woman on our streets today is a painful sight, as she struggles with the officers who take her to a place of restraint.  Such a condition is degrading enough for a man, but womanhood in that condition it is pitiful indeed.

The Chautuqua assembly is on July 2 to 10th, and a surplus of moisture is making the tenters on the old camp ground, uncomfortable, and many more wishing that the weather had gone dry.  Our National Holiday is on the program of exercises for a fitting observance of the day in lecture and music, and in sports and games on the diamond.


Master Earl Larison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Larison, dies today, the best medical skill could not save the life.  Eight of his boy companions act as pall bearers, as the body is taken to the quiet resting place of the dead.


Miss Nellie Potts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.R. Potts is married to Mr. Morris Martin at Clarinda.

The A.N. Felton Lumber yard is bought by Mr. Speer of Lancaster, Kansas.  Mr. Geo. Nahley buys the Fred Durbin property on Prospect Avenue for a home.

The Veterans reunion was one of the events of the season as 109 of them with their families and friends, and the younger comrades of the Spanish War, made a good sized gathering on the fair grounds, August 18, 1917, for social comradship and reminiscences of camp life and those strenuous times of '61 to '65.  The ring address of L.T. Genung, Walter I. Smith, John Y. Stone and Shirley Gilliland was an interesting feature of the occasion.

H.T. Richmond sells his interests in the Iowa Manufacturing Co. to Mr. S.J. Steele, a brother, H.P. Steele to be manager.

I.L. Morgan is jeweler and optician at W.D. Wilson's Drug Store.

September, 1904, Nobe D. Smith takes a position with H.A. Deardorff, the grocer.

Our Mills County Fair and exhibits have been on during the past week, without fakers and side shows, it has been financially a success.

Geo. Rockafellow buys the H. Davis meat market, and Ob Raines is his helper.  October 30th, 1904, trains commence running over the new track and road bed of the Burlington.

Ed Benton, Si Wearin, Frank Robbins and Miss Carrie Wilson are students at the State University, Lincoln, Nebraska.


We pass over the border to make record of the death of J.G. Lemen, founder and manager of the Christian Home of Council Bluffs, with whom our people have had much to do.  A noble and unselfish man has given his life in the work of doing good.

Lawrence Perdue is 5 years old today and some 15 of his best playmates come and have a good time at his home.

Officers of Ladies Cemetery Association:  Mrs. S.B. Barnes, President; Mrs. Anna Goodwin and Mrs. S.A. Campbell, Vice Presidents; Mrs. Angel, Treasurer and Mrs. Miller, Secretary.

Lawrence Talbott resigns his position in the Post office to go to Des Moines to school.  Wynn Otis temporarily takes his place.  There have been a number of others who have been faithful emergency helpers at different times in the Post office as occasion required; Alice Brothers, Sadie Paddock, Bessie Weller, Essie Jones, Jay Paddock and Mrs. C.M. Wogan.

Alfred S. Workman is assistant at Pointer's gallery.  L.A. Johnson buys the Hixson property.


One of the participants in the first marriage of residents of the little village of Milton, August 17, 1870, Mrs. Eli Vickery dies today, November 11, 1904, at her Malvern home.

Joseph Thomas Parmer a veteran of the Civil war answers the last roll call today, November 16.

Fred Smith a Malvern boy succeeds Levi Wilson as night operator at the Burlington.  Rev. W.G. Moore of the Presbyterian Church preaches his farewell sermon and goes to a pastorate at LeMars, Iowa.

J.K. DeWolfe, an old timer, an honorable business man and citizen, is greeting old associates.  He is a prosperous Nebraska rancher.

Flick and Johnson close their grading contracts with the Q and go into winter quarters at Davenport.  Mr. Flick retires from the firm and J.W. Soderstrom takes up his interests in the business.


H.E. Boehner dies today, December 25, 1904, at the home of his daughter Mrs. Mulholland with a life experience of over 90 years, born in Novia Scotia in August, 1814.  We have known him as Captain Boehner, the title coming to him as commander of a government steamer in the quartermasters department during the Civil War.  For over thirty years he had followed the life of a sailor, and had visited many parts of the world, but settles down at last with his family in the little land locked harbor of Milton for business and a home.  We imagine, as his mind would turn to the years of his earlier life, he would hear again the swishing of the waters and the rumbling of the ocean waves and breakers, in whose company he had been so many years.  He took the degrees that made him a Mason, in Antwirp, Belgium in 1838.  He had a genial smile of recognition for all he met in the daily walks of life for both old and young, and had an active part in the civic business of the town, as Mayor, Justice, Councilman and citizen.

Agent Beeson of the Wabash resigns and C.E. Jasmine takes his place.  Frank Weatherhead and Irve Livinspire brick contractors commence work on the new Q depot.

In his nightly rounds, night watch Jones, nabs a would be burglar while working an entrance in at the rear of Royce and Smith's Stores.

W.A. Mullholland trades his grocery stock and meat market for a farm near Villisca.  W.A. Anderson and A.A. Minnich are the new firm

Mr. Shelby Watson takes a position as assistant to the Post master.

Lawrence Talbott, Lennie Baird, Si Wearin, Ed Benton, Carrie Wilson, Florence and Cora Durbin are home from their different schools during the holiday vacation.


Rev. Brewer, at the home of Mrs. J.M. Crow ties the bonds that unite together the daughter, Willie L. to Mr. Henry Nims of Emerson.

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