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A Brief History of Malvern

by John D. Paddock, 1917

Transcribed by: Cay Merryman



A happy New Year is the salutation as people meet at the opening of another year with the number 1905.


James McMillen dies at his home in Malvern in his 87th year.


A partial water famine in town.  A little misunderstanding and a little obstinacy combined between the town council and the firm of Wortz and Bushnell the water providers.  They put the lid on tight, and the thirsty citizen seeks "the old oaken bucket that hangs in the well" to quench his thirst for two successive days.

Mr. S. Timmons having sold his farm buys the Walt Mulholland residence and moves to town.  Mr. A.N. Felton our former lumberman, takes an interest with Mr. Seeley in the Malvern Mills.

Mr. Stewart is Superintendent of the school.  Karl Hertz builds and opens up a neat little restaurant business away up first avenue, close to the Q station.  Robt. Vandevert is manager.

Mills County Teachers in session at Malvern, February 3rd and 4th.

Rev. A.E. Kiser comes as pastor to the Presbyterian Church and their is Union service at the Church to welcome him to Malvern

Lelia Norton takes a position as clerk at Minnich and Anderson's.  Wm. Weaver buys the fine suburban home place of Mrs. E.A. Stone and gives up farming.

J. Degenhart, the harness maker returns to Malvern and starts again with us in business.  J.C. Maguire sells his home to Mrs. David Cary.

Big snow storms, railroad traffic blocked and the doctors are slow in getting out to their country patients.  The neat and pleasant new station building of the Q is open to the public.

Mr. E.R. Graves feels quite young again, as he observes his 85th birthday with a gathering of friends.  Wm. Bingaman buys the Tom Butler property in the south part of town.

Allan J. Chantry a student and graduate from our schools, now in the Naval Academy school at Annapolis, Md., ranks first in competitive examinations of the class of 130 students.

Friends and neighbors of J.W. McNulty and family drop in to say goodbye, as they are packing up to move to Colorado.

The short term firm of Minnich and Anderson sell out dry goods and grocery stock to Wm. Van Doren and son, Milton.

J.F. Smith and J.S. Miller are helpers at Wm. VanDoren's Store.


The young may die, the old must die..  Mrs. Mary Hawley--Grandma Hawley dies today, February 27, 1905, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.E. Neiman, a remarkable and lengthy span of life of near a century, retaining her faculties of mind and body until near the closing hours of life, a Christian life of 70 years, a resident of Malvern 34 years.  When Mary Hatton was born August 6th, 1806, in Montgomery County, New York, her baby eyes opened on a world without steam propelling power on land or sea, no matches for common use, no grain harvesters, but the sickle, scythe and grain cradle; no window screen wire or mosquito bar; no fly swatters, no sewing machines; no telegraph messages or telephone calls and no practical knowledge or use of that wonderful power of electricity.  What strides of progress as a nation and in betterment of living has come within these years.  A longer life yet is that of a sister of Mrs. Hawley who celebrated her one hundredth birthday at Minneapolis, Minn., June, 1898.

We go out over the border to make record today, March 8th of the death of one of whose interests in the up-building of the town and financial aid to church, school and business, have made him a history maker.  Harvey W. Summer closes a life of 79 years.  A good citizen, neighbor and valued friend has gone out of this life.

Jess Bell buys lots on 1st Avenue and will move his lower town residence to them.  Walter Larison after 25 years of service to the public sells his shop to Chas Minner and goes out of business.
Bonney McCoy, the pleasant and hustling porter at the Cottage takes a position with a new hotel at Red Oak.
J.W. Pointer buys residence property on 1st Avenue formerly the Gidley home.  Mr. J.W. McNulty transfers his interests in the real estate firm to his partner, P.M. Cadwell.
J.T. Brohard and wife, residents of Malvern for thirty years move to Bassett, Nebr.
The honorable town council have had the nerve to pass an ordinance ordering about 40 blocks of cement sidewalk laid without taking with us much about it.  Geo. Talbott, the editor of the Ravelings column in the Leader of April 10, describes the situation in verse.

"Forty blocks of sidewalk

The council orders in Forty angry citizens

A cussin' do begin."

We are all boosters when the expense is on the other fellow.  Our school instructors for the coming year:  Superintendent O.P. Stewart, Prin. May Miller, Asst. Prin. Bertha Williams; Daisy Bartley, Mabel Potts, Fannie Beeson, Emma Young, Pearl Miller and Bertha Bushnell grade teachers, all of last year reelected except Fannie Beeson takes the place of Miss Ladd, who was not an applicant. The post office is moved from the rear of First National Bank to east side of First Avenue, while business was asleep. Fred Hall is shoe repairer at Mr. Hammes' Shoe Emporium.  Victor Benedict one of our picture men moves to Fontanelle. The fire boys in training for taking part in the state meeting at Council Bluffs:   Joe Johnson, W.H. Guyer, Geo. Talbott, Ed Higgins, Forrest Chantry, Otis Boles, Charles Smith, Lawrence Talbott, Albert Baird, C.R. Brothers, Lee Robbins, Fred Barkus, Frank Hawkins, N.D. Smith, Robt. Cooksey, Elbert Nickerson, Harry Bently, Geo. Blackman, Ike Rains, W. Dunn, Jess Bell.C.E. Califf buys the Livery Barn of Geo. Mellor and has control of the business.  Geo. Talbott resigns his position with Hawkins & Mulholland.


April 26, 1905, a quiet home wedding at Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Chantry's, their daughter Lillian to Mr. H.T. Beattie, Rev. Corkey, master of ceremonies.


  The Malvern Mill is selling their best flour $1.30 per 50 lb. sack. McLaughlin & Son of Red Oak are awarded contract for laying cement walks and crossings, at 11c per square foot for walks and 16 1/2 for crossings.  Miss Elizabeth Somes goes from Malvern to a position at Billings, Mont.

An alumni association founded of high school graduates:  President, H. J. Baird; Vice Presidents, Lottie Deardorff and Daisy Bartley; Secretary, Bertha Bushnell; Treasurer, Ed Higgins. The curfew rings tonight at 9 o'clock if you are under 18 you hustle for home.

A bequest of one hundred dollars from Mrs. Abigail Morrow to The Malvern Cemetery Association Trust Fund, the interest only of which can be used in keeping the grounds in perfect order.  This was the foundation, some similar gifts have since been made.  May some readers of these lines, at once make plans to aid this fund by gift now while living, or by will, that this work may be sustained and kept up, in the years to come, when we too are residents of the silent city of the dead.

The 1905 graduates from our schools:  The Misses Flora Benton, Helen Hammes, Adda Kronsbein, Ruth Kneeland, Lillian Hammons, Bessie Farman, Edna Scott and Donald Cunningham, Joseph Whitesides and Harry Bently.

The Mills County Telephone Co. organized with headquarters in Malvern, officers and directors elected:  M.W. Sells, M.T. Davis, O.P. Stewart, C.D. Greenwood, B.B. Dean, A.B. Judson, Robt. McKenzie, J.T. McCready, H.J. Baird. Fire, fire, at 2:30 p.m.  The old Guenther barn, occupied by Mr. Califf is on fire.  The fire boys are now in the fight.  A strong wind is blowing, and the flying embers are being watched with anxiety as they fly on and over buildings to the north and east.  The strenuous work of fighters and watchers keep it in bounds and the loss is the barn and nearly all the contents and Mr. Pace's paint shop.  Mr. Califf is lessee and a heavy loser.  No insurance.  Some outside losers who had property in the barn, Major Barns, John Wise and Rev. Kiser.



Today May 28, 1905, that grim reaper, death comes and takes away the life of Mrs. Eliza J. Aistrope at her home in Malvern, so well known and loved.  Her whole life had been passed in this vicinity as school girl, woman, wife and mother.
  A telegram comes to Mrs. Mina Brown of the accidental death of her husband J.S. Brown at Argentine, Kansas.  The body was brought to Malvern Cemetery for burial.


An old established business in Malvern changes hands.  J.E. Skadan sells his stock of Implements and Farm Machinery and a residence property to H.A. Vankirk.
Dr. W.S. Corbin transfers his Osteopathis practice to his brother Dr. M.E. Corbin. The Mills County Chautauqua is on the rostrum at the Fair grounds.

Mrs. Angie Fishback transfers her millinery business to the ownership of Miss Myrtle Mulholland and W.G. Bingaman trades his Malvern business and properties for a farm.


The death summons comes to two of our well known citizens today.  R.J. Brown, an early pioneer of the town, an honored and respected citizen and business man for over 30 years and Isaac Mulholland, a business toiler in the first bunch of business men of the town for a number of years.  After an absence of 25 years he returns to make Malvern his home again where his first home was established.

A.N. Speer sells his lumber yard to The Quinn Lumber Co.

Mr. Frank Clark sells to T.J. Moses, the stock buyer, a bunch of hogs at $5.25 and the editor remarks that "there is good money in hogs at that price."  The farmer at the present writing would no think so.

Five miles of first class cement walks in town.  Geo. Pace, the painter, buys the old Q depot building and moves it up on 2nd Avenue for a shop.


Mrs. Mary A. Jacobs dies at the home of her daughter Mrs. Angie Fishback, 83 of life record.

Willis and Abner Clark buy the old Skadan business of Vankirk.

Amy Deardorff entertains about fifty of her little friends.  Clay pipes and soap bubbles was the great frolic of the day.

Mr. Willard Ruth and family from Blockton, Iowa, become residents of Malvern, and Mr. Ruth is an employee at Hawkins and Mulholland Store.  Miss Dorethea Swanson is Art trimmer at Myrtle Mulholland Millinery Store.

Mr. Al Hawkins retires from an active part in the large mercantile interests of Hawkins & Mulholland.

A grand gathering of the Mills County I.O.O. F. lodges at Malvern, August 23, 1905.

Dr. Campbell buys an auto and is learning the ways of his new steed.

At an early hour this morning.  August 21st, night watch Whitmer, saw smoke issuing from the third story of The Malvern Flouring Mill.  Desperate fighting saved the granary and storage building part.  Quite a heavy loss to the owners, above insurance.

A large bunch of boy friends of Byron Thomas help him celebrate his birthday.  H.E. Boyer, the Strahan merchant, finds a home for his family in Malvern for the benefit of school privileges.

W.H. Miller is elected janitor of school building.  Fred Barkus takes Lee Robbins place at Gibson's Store.  Ed Higgins goes from The Chicago Dry Goods Store to Colorado and Lawrence Talbott takes his place. 


Harvey Knight and Miss Emma Clarey take a trip to Omaha and are married.

At the home of Mrs. R.J. Bently, August 31st, her daughter Wilma, is married to Edward C. Higgins, and commence married life in a home at La Junta, Colo.


A large delegation of G.A.R. men are off today, September 4th for the encampment at Denver.

W.H. Morris, Assistant Cashier at the First National, gives up his position, and embarks in business at Wayne, Nebr.

Mrs. W.J.C. Smith buys Miss Place's home, one of the early landmarks of the town.  An  important deal is effected today by P.M. Cadwell, our real estate man, whereby A.J. Kronsbein trades his hardware stock and fine home to W.H. Salyers, for his farm and farm home in White Cloud Township.  M.S. Conrad is helper at the VanDoren Co. Store.

V.W. Beeson trades his warehouse and residence to Samuel Estes for Nebraska land.  Wm. Bingaman buys the Howard Restaurant.

Rev. W.H. Cable for three years pastor of the M.E. Church is succeeded by Rev. W.W. Bollinger.

W.G. White, our furniture store man buys the Kronsbein hardware stock of W.H. Salyers and Geo. Keffer of Hastings is induced to come over to his old business home, to help him in the business.

Leonard Wilkinson, carrier on abandoned R.F.D. route from Hillsdale is transferred and goes out on route number 3 from Malvern.

Mr. Allen Smith from Massena buys the home of Mrs. G.W. Bates.



 Mrs. Bennett dies at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Martha Rickabaugh. 



Guy Harold rustles the delivery wagon for the Gibson store.


A lively baby boy comes to the home of Dr. and Mrs. Parsons on November 1st.



We have to make mention of so many as they pass out of this life, that our records ought to show the coming in of the new life to keep the balance.  Our records of the dear baby life has been poorly kept by the historian, and but few have been mentioned and now they will have to be left until they individually make some record that they are living and making good records for future history.  Brute life is registered as to type and pedigree of human life as well.

Mr. Callen, the owner of the Cottage Hotel trades it to Mr. Brower of Hamburg for 300 acres of Missouri River bottom lands, Allen and Legore, the lesses will go ahead with its refitting for opening to the public, November 15th.

The Feltons move to Council Bluffs.  Mr. Whitmer buys Perdues dray line.


Frank L.B. Goodwin dies at the home of Mr. M. Cunningham of that dread disease cancer.  He came to Malvern in the 70's, where his brother Charles was already located, and has been here or near by ever since.  Descended from titled English ancestry, himself and brother both kept the name untarnished.



Father and son quietly observe their golden and silver wedding anniversaries, today December 15, Wm. Van Doren and wife 50 years, Milton Van Doren and wife 25 years.



The 86 year lease of life of Mr. J.F. Tyler expired today and he lays down in death's sleep at his son's home.


The calendar says it is now 1906.

Mr. C.S. Royce buys residence of Mrs. C.J. Hyde. 


Mrs. J.F. Christopher dies at her home in Malvern.


The Strahan and Christy Bank is reorganized into The Malvern National Bank and the following named officers elected:  C.B. Christy, President, James Durbin, Vice President; Fred Durbin, Cashier; Directors:  C. B. Christy, Fred Durbin, James Durbin, L.C. Stevesson and C.M. Follett.

Mr. Cecil Graves is getting quite a reputation as a cartoonist.

Alice Cottrell Woodrow dies at their home at Sioux City, and is brought here for burial.


A.L. Arnold buys the Minner barber shop.  Evangelist Pratt and his singer Brison are in the midst of interesting revival meetings at the Baptist Church.


Mr. W.C. Wortz and Miss Grace Mulholland are married, January 24th at the home already prepared by the groom.



Dr. S.T. Brothers dies suddenly while sitting in his chair, a grand good man, conscientiously performing the arduous duties of his profession, to the poor and rich alike, for over forty years in the county, the first of his profession in Malvern.


McElhose and Hall buy the blacksmith shop of V.W. Beeson.

L.W. Boehner buys the old Baptist church building, for several years the work shop of the Neck Yoke factory, and will have it transformed into a residence.

J.R. McClymond and family become permanent residents of the town.

Allan J. Chantry graduates with high honors, standing at the head of his class in the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.


Mrs. Lydia Timmons wife of S. Timmons dies at her son's home near Pacific Junction, while on a temporary visit there.


The Kronsbein family bid their many friends goodbye as they go away to their new home at Litchfield, Ill.

Mr. S.J. Clark is manager for the Quinn Lumber Co.,  J.J. Hartzell takes Mr. Harts place at the Wabash.

Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Chantry get their boys and girls all together for full reunion, gathering at the banquet board of the home.


Mr. David Duncan, Father Duncan, dies today, Malvern's oldest citizen, nearly 94 years of age.


Church pastors, H.R. Waldo and Lew C. Harris, leave their pastorate and young and old friends gather at each of their homes for the last goodbyes.

Mrs. Leah Dice buys the V.C. Bridges property, for a home.  Mr. Samuel Bonham and family move to Shenandoah.  John Meryhew is sub-carrier for rural route number 3.

Mr. J.A. Foster is building a big barn on lower 1st Avenue for the livery business.  S. Burrus buys the Collins bakery.

Miss Carrie Wilson is book-keeper at Mulhollands.

W.H. Salyers goes into partnership with P.M. Cadwell in the Real Estate business.



Mr. Forrest R. Chantry goes abroad for a wife and is married to Miss Ethel Lovett at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Lovett at Shenandoah.



Harry Thomas moves to Friend, Nebr.  James Buckingham moves his grocery stock into one of Newt Jacob buildings on 1st Avenue.

W.R. Thomas sells his business to F.D. Stitt, rents residence and goes to farming for a hoped for change to better health.

Agent Bell of the Q buys the former home of J.J. Wilson.


Dr. Will N. Hiett and Miss Myrtle Mulholland are old married people having been married several months ago but the world didn't know it until today.



Jess Smith who has been so long in Malvern, as school boy, helper and business man, moves with the family to Council Bluffs.

The fine tulip bed of Mr. Geo Mellor is a pleasure to the passerby.

A valiant fight is now on, for a relocation of the County Capitol from Glenwood to Malvern.  The location made by the early pioneers, was the best at the time, it was their home and their home town.  But the changes since then have swung the dial marker to a new center, for convenience and economy and the contest is on for the change.  Generous guaranteed bonds have been placed to make good to the county the cost of removal.  Friends in possession are pressing hard on the string of the utter ruin of our neighbor towns if such a thing should occur.  The fight is stirring up the latent powers of many minds, which have heretofore been dormant, and in prose and poetry and derogatory terms for and against the question, the pages of our county papers are replete with the news of the war.  The ins won the race, and since then the lid has been put on at the State Capitol, to the budding aspirations of Malvern in this direction, and well spiked down "Requiescat in pace."


A little daughter is entrusted to Dr. and Mrs. W.M. Hiett for safe keeping.



Channing Baird receives his appointment as Post Master of Malvern.

Rev. W.G. Hoover and Rev. H.H. Utterback are the new pastors at the Baptist and Christian Churches.

J.W. McNulty gives up his position with the Green Bay Lumber Co., and E.W. Gregory takes his place.

Our people are terribly wrought up over the awful calamity that has befallen San Francisco.  Those having friends in the destroyed city are anxiously waiting further news.  A thrilling description is given of the event by Miss Gail Shipman in the Leader of May 17, 1906.

A hoodoo is on The Cottage.  Allen & Logan retire and Mrs. Skahill is the next.

From their last years work at Moulton, Iowa, the sisters Lillian and Ethel Cunningham go to higher positions in Sigourney Schools.

Miss Hazel Whitmer enters the Mills County Telephone office to learn the work, and she learned it well, as at this writing, she is yet at her station.



Will Evans a Malvern boy, now grown to manhood and out in the world making good, dies at Kansas City, and is brought to his old home place for burial.



W.E. Larison is again behind the barber's chair, his sale or trade was not adhesive enough to stick.

School graduates for 1906:  Olga Otis, Hazel Richmond, Frances McCoy, Rheeba Whalen, Liva Richards and Ivy Campbell.  Where are the boys?

Lee Baldwin is moving into a new home he has been building.  J.L. Buckingham buys a home of J.T. Ward.

Shelby Watson the faithful and efficient assistant at the post office, under the old regime, takes a position at the Bank of Malvern.

The new flouring mill to replace the one burned is now complete and open for business.



Mrs. J.T. Brohard, one of the early pioneers dies at her home near Bassett, Nebr.

Wm. Weaver a well known and respected citizen of the county since 1857, dies at his lately purchased home at Peaceville.



The Malvern Chautauqua Assembly for 1906, is now in session.  The idea of these assemblies, conceived and set in motion by Bishop J.H. Vincent of Chautauqua, N.Y., has become of nation wide annual observance.  Some of our people will remember the first noted gathering at Council Bluffs many years ago.  Those who had been taking the regular course of study as students formed the nucleus of that gathering in the commodious amphitheater erected by the citizens.  Changes have been so made that commercialism now conducts and presents the great moral and intellectual force to the public.  Since our first assembly in 1904, in a mammoth tent on the fair grounds, they have been well supported, and for the betterment of our social, intellectual and moral life, from their presentation they should be well sustained.

Miss M. Edith Davis is elected as teacher to fill vacancy caused by resignation of Miss Williams and Miss Adaline Ward as teacher of vocal music in the school.



Mr. Frank Miller and Miss Elizabeth Shane are married at the Shane home by Rev. Hoover.  Mr. Eli Vickery and Mrs. Jennie Crumb invest in bonds of matrimony, being the second investment for both of them.



Mrs. S.J. Curis 72nd birthday was pleasantly observed by her granddaughter Ollie Hammond inviting in a number of her old time lady friends.

Mr. I.L. Morgan has been building a home, corner of Douglas Street and Prospect Avenue and is moving in today.


John Myers and Mrs. Katie Dunn take the vows of marriage at Squire Van Doren's office.


Lennie Baird, Donald Cunningham and Harry Bently are students at Des Moines College and Perry Hendricks goes to the military school at Culver, Indiana.


September 13th, Ernest Anderson goes to Omaha and finds a wife, Miss Peterson.  Hazel Richmond is helper at The Chicago Dry Goods Store and James Baskins is at Kneelands.

Mr. J.D. Robbins comes away from his extensive farming interests in the county and trades some land for Beeson & Estes's warehouse and stock on 4th Street and invests in a new business, with Mr. Roy Robbins, his son, opening up an Auto Garage, for sales, repairs and hire.  The buildings have since been erected to meet the demands of the times.

Royce and Smith are moving their stock into their fine new business place, neighbor to The Malvern National Bank. 


Membraneous croup take the daughter Elizabeth from the Poulson home.


An ox team hitched to an old prairie schooner is on the street today.  It was Ezra Meeker, locating the route over the old trail of the forty niners to the gold fields of California.  John Cain, who has been for the last 25 years, the faithful and trusted employee of the Q as their section foreman resigns.

Miss Eula VanVranken a former teacher in the school writes an interesting letter to the Leader on her arrival in China to take up the mission work of the Church.

Mr. Otto Burrus, a former Malvern lad is married to Miss Barnard of Glenwood.


The mother of Mrs. I.L. Morgan dies today at the home of the daughter.


Those who are in charge of business at the school rooms:  Superintendent, J.E. Clayton, Mae Miller, Daisy Bartley, Mabel Potts, Cora Owens, Mrs. Emma Young, Mae Churchill, Bertha Bushnell and Ruth Thompson.

The Malvern National Bank move into their new building with its fine furnishings and fixtures and are well prepared for business.

Dick Paul, R. F.D. carrier, one of the starters of the Rural free delivery, gives up the job and is succeeded by Wm. Emerick, December, 1906.

Ray and Will Kline are landlords at the Cottage and Mr. Hubbell takes Len Davis' place at the City Hotel.

The eighth double wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. P.M. Cadwell and Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Berkhimer is observed at the Cadwell home.

Some of the youngsters that have birthday parties, Frank Talbott, Macey Himebaugh and Ruth Wyant and they are red letter days in each of their homes.


Charles Hollins and Miss Emma McDaniels, who with her parents were formerly residents of Malvern, are married at Council Bluffs.


S.B. Barnes sells his grain elevator to J.D. McClain of Peoria, Ill.

The Woodmen Lodge elect officers, T.C. Lake, S.E. Harold, John Moore, J.C. Maguire, C.M. Morford, G.W. Short, Arva Burrus, M.S. Conrad.

Mr. Philip Hambsch retires from the farm and buys Emerson Brown's residence, for a home, on Douglas Street.

The Van Doren Co. sell their business to our Attorney A.E. Cook and a brother C.H. Cook from Sioux City, Ia., and the new firm if The Cook Mercantile Co.

The young people that are away at school and work are coming home for the holidays and some good feeds of mother's cooking.


Rev. W.G. Hoover resigns his pastorate  at the Baptist Church.  The Christian Church has been enlarged and built over new, and is rededicated today, January 13, 1907, Rev. W.H. Utterback, Pastor.


A baby boy is welcomed at the home of Dr. and Mrs. J.O. Laird.



Today January 15th, the death call comes to Mrs. R.J. Brown, a noble helpful woman, in her earnest Christian life, and deeds of kindness and love in her thirty three years of home life in Malvern.

January 8th, Mrs. L.W. Miller dies at the Presbyterian Hospital in Omaha, another noble Christian life.

News comes that Dan Farrell, an old time resident of Malvern and well known as the plucky, Mills County Sheriff, is dead at his home in San Antonio, Texas.


Mr. L.E. Smith and family purchase a home and become residents of Malvern.  Mr. N.G. Patterson is the maker of new, and a renovator of the old, at his harness shop on 1st Avenue.

Cadwell and Salyers our real estate men have gathered together from our county a train load of the goods and chattels of a number of our good citizens, that starts today for Wellington, Colo., for new homes in the new west.  Mr. F.D. Kilpatrick moves from the farm to his residence property in town.


The brothers Sam and John Myers, early settlers of the town, are both taken by death within a few days of each other.


Mr. R.A. Wills trades his Peaceville home to G.W. Wyant for his town residence and they will change their abiding places soon.  Mrs. Laura Uttvits, who by her kind hearted, gentle ways has a long list of friends, who surprise her on her 70th birthday by their presence or by letters of congratulation and expressions of good will.

There were 218 teams at one time on our Street last Saturday.


 Alice Windom and Mr. C.A. Pickerel are married.  Jesse H. Evans and Miss Emily Gardner, take some friends along and go joy riding to Council Bluffs to get some bonds, as husband and wife.


Major Barnes buys the former residence of Dr. Love.  Lem Jones takes Len Wilkersons place as carrier on No. 3.  H.T. Richmond, the harness-maker, inventor, Neck Yoke factory man, musician and good citizen, tears himself away from Malvern and moves to Sedgwick, Colo.

S.A. Tipton is on duty as upstairs salesman, at Mulhollands.  Mr. T.J. Moses buys a home.


 E.L. Perkins and Elizabeth Starr are married.


Higgins Bros. succeed the firm of Baldwin and Higgins, J.D. Robbins sells the implement part of his business to Ash and Long.

Leonard Wilkinson, mail carrier  on route 3 leaves his task in the hands of Bert Crumb.  Baton Tennant is with Higgins Bros.  W.A. Barrier buys the Buckingham barber shop.

Albert Baird gives up his position at the Royce Drug Store and Blaine  Young is learning the ways of the business.


Mrs. Andrew Swanson dies at her Malvern home. 


Miss Hazel Rumsey wins first honors in dramatic contest at Tabor.

April, 1907, Mr. and Mrs. James Criswell purchase a home and move to town as a respite from the strenuous cares of the farm.

Mr. J.W. McNulty and family return from Colorado and Mr. McNulty takes Mr. Clark's place with the Quinn Lumber Co., deciding that Malvern was a better pleasure resort for business than Colorado Springs.


Edna Schenefield dies at her parents' home in the suburbs.  Mr. Hugh McIntosh, the miller, who was associated with Dr. Brothers in the Silver Creek flouring mill and a long time resident of Malvern, dies at his Maryville, Mo., home.


Mr. Marion Kerney buys the Bushnell residence property on Marion Avenue.

Mr. Allen Anderson and wife and son Ernest Anderson and wife return from Sweden, where they went about a year ago, intending to make it their home, but time had made changes and it was not the same to them as in their younger life and they again come to America and Malvern.

Rev. J.E. Wilkins has accepted the pastorate of the Baptist Church and is here with his family to take up his work.

It is Katherine Mellor's tenth birthday and ten playmates help her to spend the day.  Agent Matheny of the Wabash buys the home of Mrs. M.E. Johnston and Mrs. Johnston buys the I.L. Morgan home on Douglas Street. 


Fred Smith finds a wife at Shenandoah, Miss Ada Schick.


A new insurance firm, Mr. O.J. Davis and daughter Edith  and son Elmer as partners.  Henry J. Baird and family start today for their new home place at Delta, Colo.  A long time resident and we will miss him in the daily run of business.

Harry Keffer comes from Hastings to Malvern, his boyhood home to help Ash and Long sell farm implements.

Our baseball team, Carl Cook, Guy Conrad, Kenneth Cook, Arthur Dice, Forest Deardorff, Harry Wilson, Elmer Davis, Walter Scott, Paul Kneeland and John Brooks, go down and take the scalp of the Red Oakers by just 7 to 6

S.E. Harold sells him home to Mr. Viner and will soon move to Colorado.  E.L. Donner buys the old Q Elevator.  The Donners always have some horses to turn in on a trade and he turns in a thousand dollars worth.

At the Graham home on Saturday Miss Mona's friends, Gladys Smith, Amy Deardorff, Irene and Margaret Beckett, Doris Barnes, Edith Smith, Ruth Boehner and Ethel Mulholland come dressed in grown up's clothes and have a frolic celebrating her 10th birthday.

The question of sewage for the town is breaking out.

1907 school graduates, Grace Churchill, Maude Coiner, Josie Kerne, Pearl Lake, Mildred Priest, Elsie Skerritt, Ruth Young, Arthur Dice, E. Summer Davis, June Fickel and Harry Kneeland.


W.L. Johnson, better known to us as Laban Johnson dies today, May 17th, at his Malvern home.

Decoration day services in honor of the soldier dead was properly observed.

Miss Edith Smith is seven today, and there has to be some doings at the Walter Smith home to commemorate the event.  A goodly number of her little friends come and furnish the doings.


Miss Ethel Himebaugh and Mr. Edward Gilmore, take the vows to love, honor and obey, and their home will be at Omaha.


Miss Florence Skahill is helper with the Cook Mercantile Co.  G.C. Boston buys the hardware stock of W.G. White.

Malcolm Campbell, Walter Scott, Paul Kneeland and Guy Conrad are taking their vacation, developing manly muscle and fine crops out on the farms.

Cadwell & Salyers, the real estate men trade the Cottage Hotel property for 1120 acres of land near Bassett, Nebr.


Today, August 14, 1907, while at his work, James Miller Strahan is stricken with death.  "God steps in and says thy work is finished."  The eulogy of his life has been ably spoken.  We cannot say more.  A true and valued friend and citizen has been taken from us.


Mr. James Berry buys a home south of the ball park and Ernest Anderson buys Karl Hertz's residence property.  F.D. Kilpatrick buys the north half of the old academy block for a place to build a nice home for his family.

X.A. Imel takes a well earned vacation from the Leader office and accompanied by his wife goes thro the west sight seeing.  Arthur Howard leaves his position with the Iowan to engage in business for himself at Coupeville, Washington.  The Baseball Tournament is on with four good teams ready for the contest.

Monday, September 2, all roads for the young lead towards the opening of the public school.

Mr. V.G. Williams is assistant at The First National Bank and Joy Parker is helper at Kneelands.


At the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Criswell, September 4th, occurred the marriage of their daughter Agne to Mr. Frank J. Steele of Strahan.


W.H. Manifold is our new Superintendent of the schools.

T.D. Gibson, the grocer, a short time since traded his fine home and some other property for a Woodbury County farm, and today he trades his grocery stock, fixtures and business buildings to Mr. H.D. Anderson for his farm just across the creek and Mr. Anderson in a few hours time is in possession of to him a new business.  But he does not stay on the job but a few days until he desires to go back to the farm and makes a trade with Mr. Sheets of Carson for 240 acres of land near Macedonia.  Mr. Sheets is also a trader and in a few days he sells his stock and fixtures to Mr. Fred Mulholland who winds up the deal by adding a grocery department to the already large business of the Mulholland Co.

A list of students from Malvern and vicinity that are away at College studies:  Elbert Nickerson, Perry Hendricks, Otto Gibson, Nora Summers, John Summers, Si Wearin, Roy Robbins, Blanch Coffman, Claude Kerney, Olga Otis, June and Ward Fickel, Ralph Wilson, Rolfe Whitnell, Ruth Young, Ivy Campbell, Florence and Cora Durbin, Ruth Kneeland, Mary Goodwin, Mildred Priest, May and Grace Churchill, Harry Bently, Edna Scott and Frank Wilson.


Mr. Frank Scoles and Miss Pearl Lake go to Glenwood and Rev. Skiles of the Congregational Church, performs the ceremony that makes then husband and wife.


Mr. J.W. Jones buys the W.W. Wills home property, in the northwest part of town.


Mrs. Nancy Johnson dies today, September 27th, at the home of her daughter Mrs. S. Masters.  She was with her husband J.J. Johnson and family, early pioneers, staked out a claim for a home in 1856, near where Malvern has since been built.


Sam Dowden, a helper at Patterson's harness shop, moves to Sterling, Colo.

A.O. Purdy who is an experienced pharmacist, takes a position with Mr. Royce the druggist.


Over the border to make record of the death of a well known, earnest, practical Christian woman, Mrs. Olive Wearin, an early pioneer and one of those who were stricken by the railroad disaster at Chillicothe, Mo., November 8th, 1879, where Mr. Josiah Wearin, the husband lost his life.


Guy Harold enters the employ of H.A. Deardorff, the grocer, as clerk and delivery man.  Lyle Wilkins is helping to wait on customers at the Landis store.


Miss Mabel Nickerson weds Mr. R.E. Lindsay, the operator at the Q.


A new enterprise is started.  Dr. J.H. Gassen is fitting up rooms over the Malvern National Bank for a hospital.

Mr. W.G. Salyers is the purchaser of the B.W. Rush home on Prospect Avenue.  The coming of Mr. Salyers to Malvern for a home, calls our attention to the number of good citizens who have from time to time, come to make their homes in the town, from Strahan and vicinity; Salyerses, Criswells, Eacretts, Bellwoods, Hambsch, Roberts, Boyer, Ewing, Black.

W.R. Thomas has recovered his health out on the farm and is shaving again for a living.

Section foreman Wires of the Burlington is promoted to road master of branch roads out from Creston.


John Miller, "Uncle John" dies while visiting a daughter at Winside, Nebr., October 20th.  He has been a long time resident of Malvern, another one added to the list of passing friends.



Rev. Wilkins performs the ceremony of the marriage of Ossie Smith and Miss Stella Thompson, a quiet home wedding, November 6.


A masquerade party of young friends of Stewart Foster, played a surprise game on him last Thursday evening, when he was 15 years of age, lots of fun and something good to eat.


Mr. W.F. Donner, one of the young generations of the Donners, finds a girl to his liking at Shenandoah, Miss Cora Richards, where they have just taken the marriage vows.



A record overlooked the death of Mrs. Chan. C. Baird, a noble kind-hearted, Christian woman, who is called from her home and large family who much need a mother's care.  The elder daughter takes up the work as best she can as guide and counselor in the mother's place.


Mr. Joe Evans who was one of the Malvern boys in the start, comes from Seattle, Wash., to visit her mother Mrs. W.D. Evans.

Mr. C.E. Eacrett, weary of living on the border comes over from the farm for a residence in town.

Baton Tennant is now with The Cook Mercantile Co.

Little Margaret Jean is a new arrival as a guest at the Beattie home.


Mr. Fred Barkus and Miss Jennie Van Doren, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milt Van Doren take a joy ride to Glenwood and engage Rev. Utterback to tie the matrimonial bonds.


Mr. Phillip Hambsch has just returned from a visit to his old boyhood home at Obenhausen on the Rhine, after 50 years in America as soldier and citizen.  He does not find many of his old time friends and they do not recognize the young man Phillip Hambsch in a gray bearded veteran Phillip Hambsch of Malvern.

Mrs. Maurer is matron at the Malvern hospital.

Mr. Eugene Porter takes the place of Ben R. Busby in charge of the jewelry department at Wilson's Drug Store.

Hazel Head is the hat artist at Mrs. Hiett's millinery shop.

The institution of the annual Dutch Supper is introduces to the public by the ladies of the Presbyterian Church.


Mr. Everett W. Masters and Miss Roselle E. Konnefke take the marriage vows as husband and wife.


The Corn Show, Farmers Institute and Dairy Show, the great and attractive combination is now in session at Malvern, December 10th, 11th, and 12th, 1907.

Mr. J.A. Fletcher and family take up their residence here and Mr. Fletcher takes a position as manager of grocery department at Mulhollands, and Mrs. Wainwright has charge of the cloak and suit department.


At the home of Mrs. Nickerson, her daughter Esther is married to Mr.Wood Wearin of Roseville, Calif.



Mr. M.F. Beckwith dies today, after three months suffering from an accidental gunshot wound, another good citizen and neighbor gone.

Mrs. George Short dies today, December 26th, at the home in Malvern.


W.A. Beckett, the postal clerk on the Q sells his Peaceville home.


Uncle Ben Martin, a country neighbor buys the home of A. Swanson and moves to Malvern.  Fred Tubbs sells his dray line business to J.A. Foster.

A once familiar face in Milton, appears again upon the canvas after the trailing of the reels of forty eight years, Mr. James D. Cook, now of Chicago, one of the first of the grain buyers here, being the manager in building the Ladd elevator during the winter of 1869 and '70.  The well groomed man at 70 years is the older grown personality of the younger Jim Cook in dusty overalls and jacket on duty at the elevator in 1870.  His coming to Milton was in times of industrial business and Peace.  His business to the town today, is in the interests of War instead, which is on at the writing of these records.

The Barrier barber shop burns today, Mr. Buckingham owner of the little building.


Mrs. R.J. Madigan for a long time resident of Malvern died at her home here yesterday.  Andrew Purcell, Squire Purcell for 35 consecutive years, as Justice of the Peace at our neighbor town of Hastings, surrenders his 90 year life lease at Shenandoah.  In 1857 his cabin home was on our present fair grounds.

Mrs. J.H. Getman one of our pioneers passes away at her Malvern home. 


Miss Bessie Smith is with the working force at The Chicago Dry Goods Store.

S. Garner and Son are the new landlords at the City Hotel.


Rev. Utterback at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pointer, performs the ceremony, February 4th, that unites in marriage their daughter Miss Pearl and Mr. Earl Eichelberger.

At the W.A. Barkus home, February 19, Miss Bessie is married to Mr. Ed Jefferson.



Mrs. Wm. Norris's body is brought from Ft. Scott, Kansas, and laid beside her husband in the Malvern Cemetery.


Mr. W.S. Crosse buys the Sloneke home and the bus line and becomes a citizen of Malvern.  Mr. Wm. Kneeland purchases the Gibson property for a home.  Mr. F.L. Shaffer succeeds A.L. Purdy as assistant at Royce's.

The interesting and helpful revival meetings of evangelist Smiley and his singer Hanson close tonight.

The election for free school books to the pupils carries.

Mr. Geo Short buys the Mrs. Pease property and lot and home adjourning.

The Cottage Hotel has opened doors again under the management of Mr. J.R. Cully.


The young life of Frank Talbott goes out today at the hospital at Council Bluffs.


Warden Rimel takes first place in oratorical class in contest at Tabor.  The Summers Seed House has business with the State, selling to the State College their seed oats.

Charles Knight is a new helper at the Boston Hardware Store.

The regular spring batch of officers for town election, Mr. D.E. Whitfield re-elected as Mayor, Frank Higgins on the Council, James J. Wilson, Treasurer and James Miller, Assessor.

The spring sales:  Dr. Thos. W. Gidley buys Dr. Humphrey's home and veterinary practice.  Mrs. Skahill sells her  residence to Mr. W.H. Miller, and Mr. Kneeland buys Mrs. F.M. Benton's home.

It is April food day and the young people plan a gathering for fun and frolic in two courses at the homes of Lyle Wilkins and Miss Bessie Smith.  Those thought worthy of the game that were present, Lawrence Talbott, Ed Califf, Arthur Dice, Eugene and Winford Porter, V.G. Williams, Lyle Wilkins, Harry Kneeland, Ed Benton and the Misses Harriet and Flora Benton, Lottie Deardorff, Bertha Bushnell, Bessie Smith and Ruth Thompson.


Little Tommy Cunningham is today laid away in our city of the dead.


Mr. D.G. Schenck is 87 years old and his boy friends E.R. Graves, Wm. Robinson, T.M. Aistrope and Geo. Mandigo meet with him and talk over the events of three quarters of a century.


At the J.T. Ward home, the daughter Adaline is married to Mr. Lester E. Barnum of Monmouth, Illinois.


Miss Anna Nellen is trimmer in the millinery department of The Cook Mercantile Company.

G.T. White sells his residence property to Mr. D.W. Harvey.

Arva Burrus buys the Landis home on Marion Avenue.  Mr. Ed Thomas buys a home place of Mrs. R.J. Bently.

A business sale today, by G.T. White to Mr. Allen Smith and L.R. Comer, name of firm Smith & Comer.

Our teachers in the school for the coming year:  Superintendent W.H. Manifold, Principal May Miller; Lillian Cunningham, Mamie Forman, Daisy Bartley, Mabel Potts, Carrie Wilson, Mrs. Emma Young, Bertha Bushnell, Emma Boylan and Rue Otis.


The grave digger himself, Jack Pierce dies at his out Peaceville way home.  Some one else will have to dig the one for him.  He was an early settler and an honest toiler.


Union Church service tonight, May 3, 1908, to welcome the new pastor of the Christian Church, Rev. J.E. Stebbins.

Evelyn Churchill is seven years old today and the home is filled with her little friends.


Mrs. L. Bentley, a well known and respected woman in church and home circles in Malvern for many years, dies at her later home at Tampa, Florida.


The fire alarm is sounding out its alarm notes and the fire department and citizens are hurrying to the scene of the fire caused from a leaking gasoline stove in the Tunison Restaurant on 4th Street.  The old frame building is now enveloped in tongues of flame and the fire is spreading to the storage building adjoining on the east and to the auto repair shop and implement building on the west.  The fire boys are having trouble with the hose and intense heat.  20 ft. alley only is seperating the valuable property on First Avenue from the flames.  The tension on nerve and muscle of looker on and worker is intense.  Faithful watchers of the old bucket brigade are on duty at all points of danger from the flying embers.  It is now under control, and the crowd is going to their homes for the balance of the night in rest and sleep, and settlement of their losses another day.

New blacksmith firm of F.J. Stebbins & Son.

Mr. Henry Boyer's new home is now about complete and ready for occupancy.

W.F. Wilkins and family locate in Malvern and he has a position with the Green Bay Lumber Company.

Dr.  D.M. Kline sells out his practice at Carson and locates at Malvern, the home town of his boyhood days.

Mr. Will Swan and wife are here on a visit with Mrs. Swan's mother, Mrs. W.D. Evans under the old home roof for a few days.


Squire Van Doren ties the bonds of matrimony that unite Mr. Frank Berry and Miss Laura Rasmusen in wedded life.


Fourteen graduates from the high school; Louisa Stone, Hazel Rumsey, Ford Wearin, Hazel Thompson, Maude Johnson, Inez Bell, Harry Wilson, Velma Johnson, Leona Bell, Kenneth Cook, Mixie Cunningham, Roy Donner, Ruth Bingaman and Carleton Cook, start out on the journey of life.

Otis Martin helper at Cadwell and Salyers gives up his position and E. F. Bayer takes his place.

  G.T. White and family move to their new home at Delta, Colorado.

Mr. S.B. Barnes re-elected as manager of the telephone business.

College graduates and students home from their studies, Ruth Young from Iowa University, Edna Scott from Knoxville, Ill., Claude Kerney, Milton Yockey and Olga Otis from Simpson, Blanche Coffman from Parsons, and Florence and Cora Durbin from Nebraska University.

Dr. I.W. Humphrey adds to his work as Veterinary Surgeon, a hardware business, bought of M. Cunningham.

Mrs. W.P. Wortman buys the former home of Mrs. Eliza J. Aistrope.

Miss Hannah Angus purchases the millinery business of Mrs. Maurath.

Mrs. Mary A. Alexander is surprised on her 71st birthday at her daughter's home, Mrs. S.A. Tipton, by a post card shower of 106 cards of best wishes and friendly greetings.

O.M. Harris opens up a Real Estate office.


Mr. Matheny, the agent of the Wabash dies, and the remains are taken to his old home at Savannah, Mo.


Our National holiday opens up today with the first session of the seasons Chautauqua program with exercises appropriate to the day.  The closing hours of the day are saddened by the accident to Eddie Califf, who loses an eye while helping with the display of fireworks, to give pleasure to the waiting throng.

W.E. VanArsdall sells his barber business to young Will Donner.

Mr. Jos. Foxworthy, one of the main stays out in Peaceville suburbs, buys the home of Mrs. Leah Dice on Douglas Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Reynolds are testing town life to see how it will agree with them.

A party of our young people who charter the carry all and get away to the banks of the Nishna for a picnic spread, Olga Otis, May Churchill, Mary Evans, Liva Richards, Rue Otis, Pearl Harris, Claude Kerney, Milton Yockey, Abner Clark, Elbert Nickerson, Ralph Robbins and Shelby Watson.

Mr. J.D. Robbins buys the home of Mr. Henry Viner on Marion Avenue.

The 34th annual session of The Mills County Fair exhibits are on the grounds, and are one of the best.



Today an accident occurs at the Wabash crossing resulting in the death of Mr. Guy Gageby.


Roy Miller, a Malvern boy who has been railroading for some time is checked in as Wabash agent here.

Clyde Fletcher is a worker with his brother J.A. at Mulhollands grocery department.

Beulah Moses is 6 years old today and  a good sized bunch of her young friends come to see her.

Two new men at the Burlington, S.P. Spencer and Guy Cadwell.

Charles Salyers buys the O.J. Davis home on Douglas Street.

Miss Coral Sanford puts the  style on hats at Miss Jones's millinery store.

Mr. Pointer gets away from the Wabash by moving his residence on to east Douglas Street.

Eddie Knight is helping at Toyce's while Shaffer is not a while away at school.  Miss Ruth Bingaman is waiting on customers at the P.O. wicket


Charley Higgins wants another partner and Miss Clara Hammes and he agree to walk the ways of life together.


Miss Nellie Boyer is assistant at Mrs. Hiett's place of business.

Old time residents of Malvern return.  Mr. and Mrs. O.H. Snyder. Mr. Snyder is helping at W.D. Wilson's drug store and Mrs. Snyder that she may give a daughter's care to her mother Mrs. W.D. Evans.

Our graduates and others for special courses are going to their work; Harry Kneeland to Boulder, Colo., Carleton and Kenneth Cook to Nebraska University, Maude Johnson, Olga Otis, Rheba Whalen, Liva Richards, June Fickel and Ralph Wilson and John Summers to Ames, Perry Hendricks and Walter Scott to Culver, Indiana, Frances Lewis to Council Bluffs commercial school, Arthur Dice, Grover Rinehart and Mildred Priest to Drake University, Ruth Young to Iowa City, Grace Churchill to Wesleyan, University Place, Nebr., Winifred Seeger to Mr. Carroll, Ill., Merle, Blance and Olive Coffman to Parsons College, Annie Davis to Brownell Hall, H.G. Parker to Evanston, Ill., Dr. D.M. Swain to University of Pennsylvania, Ivy Campbell to Boulder, Colo.


Last Friday, September 4th, death came to the poor helpless body of Mrs. John Higgins, who was stricken with paralysis at her home in Malvern, and has been for 6 long years a helpless invalid at St. Bernards Council Bluffs. Mr. Higgins, who himself has only lately passed away labored faithfully all these years, at his bench in Malvern, that the ministrating care of the hospital might be given to his stricken wife.  From Saturday evening until Monday morning, with only two unavoidable exceptions, he was at her bedside during the six years.  An example of true fidelity and loyalty.

The death toll is continued, Mr. James Jones, a country neighbor when Milton was platted, a leading farmer, and for some time a citizen of the town, a soldier of the Civil War answers to death's roll call today.

Mrs. Alva Donner comes to her mother's home, Mrs. Bently for a visit and a change and death comes and closes her young life.


The two firms of Milt Van Doren and the Cook Mercantile Co. trade business for land.

The old soldier boys time comes for their annual eat and they gather at the Dice home for the occasion, and if they sleep as well as they ate, they will live a while yet.

T.W. Beckett of Sidney buys the Arva Burrus cottage south of the school building.

Union service at the M.E. Church to bid farewell to Rev. Bollinger as he goes to his new field at Odebolt.

The Catholic Church is building a residence for their pastor, Father Quinn.

Rev. W.A. Black is welcomed as successor to W.W. Bollinger.

The Malvern Electric Light Co., have enlarged their plant and power, and soon will have our college town of Tabor, hitched on to the light system.

Miss Ruth Kneeland and Miss Mae Churchill have opened up a kindergarten school in the basement of the Presbyterian Church, and they have a big bunch of little life to entertain and instruct.

F.D. Kilpatrick's fine new modern home is complete and they are taking possession of it.

Business interests are taking away Mr. O.J. Davis and family to a home at Council Bluffs.  We will greatly miss them from business, home, social and church circles in which they have taken an active part for many years.

Master Willie Aistrope has reached the age of 8 years, and his mother and young friends help him to make it a great day on the calendar.

Mr. H.G. Robins and family from Indiana become residents of Malvern for business and a home.


Rev. Hill at the Villisca home performs the ceremony, that unites the interests of life of his daughter Ethel Hill and Dr. Thos. Gidley,  a Malvern boy, born and bred.



Mrs. Almira Durbin departs this live at her home today.  The little village of Milton, later Malvern, was her first home place as wife and mother, and just out over the border, after honored years of home service, she returns and abides under the roof of her later and finer home until the summons came.


Mrs Ernest C. Bragonier fills the vacancy in the school by the resignation of Miss Rue Otis.


Billy Kryseimier and Mrs. Jennie Wren agree to walk the ways of life together.


Mr. W.J. Wilson the horseman, makes Malvern his home and place of business.

Clayton Roberts celebrates his 13th birthday  At this later writing with thousands of others he has donned the uniform as a soldier for his country.

One of our Malvern boys, Carl Poulson is in training for the work as agent of the Wabash at Strahan.



It is sad news to the many friends of Rev. D.C. Morris, to hear of his health today, December 6th, at his daughter's home at Wayne, Nebraska.  His home has been Malvern for several years as church pastor and citizen.

Little Willis Mulholland dies at the parents home.



Harold Case expert seed corn tester, is assistant at The Summers Seed House.

It is holiday time and the week has been a great home coming time as the absent ones return for a visit at the home and the holiday gatherings.

Mr. Henry Boyer sells out his business at Strahan that he may be more with his family in his Malvern home.


Eight years of the 20th century have passed and we come to a new year 1909

Dr. M.E. Corbin sells his residence and practice to Drs. Elmer and Ray Estes.

The Real Estate firm of Harris and Tyler trade Mr. N.G. Patterson's harness business to Mr. Hutton for land, and then Mr. Frank Degenhart, an old acquaintance buys the business and starts again as a business citizen.


A quiet wedding at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Smith, January 12, their daughter Grace to Henry A. Young.



Benjamin C. Martin--Uncle Benny--surrenders his 80 year lease of life for one on that "beautiful isle of somewhere."


Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Smith have leased the City Hotel.

Mr. T.M. Aistrope and daughter Nellie move into their lovely new home, on the street of fine homes, Marion Avenue, and Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Viner into theirs just completed on the same street.

Mrs. J.D. Reynolds buys the Lee Baldwin place on Prospect Avenue.

T.F. Emerson succeeds W.G. Gregory at the Green Bay Lumber Co.


Death comes sudden to an old resident, Henry Slonaker, while at his work, and today Mrs. Elizabeth Tyler's life passes out into the great beyond.

Death comes to the weary body of Mrs. J.F. Dull, for thirty three years a home keeper here.


John Utivitts, a Malvern boy, after nine years of world travel, comes again to the old place to see his mother.

Wm. Stamper of Clearfield, Iowa is now landlord of the Cottage.

Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Barnes and family, break the ties of long time friendship that bind them to Malvern as they say goodbye and go to a new home in California.


John Evans Jr. better known to us as Jack Evans, passes away at his home in Illinois, and his body is brought to Emerson for burial.  His business interests in connection with Malvern have been such that we count him as citizen.



Mr. Geo Short and Mrs. Gena Dolan are married today at their own home where they expect to reside.



Mrs. C.J. Hyde buys a home, formerly Mrs. D.M. Whitfield's residence.


The change from active life to death comes quickly to Mrs. Ella Roberts at her mother's home, Mrs. Viner, and to Grandma Moses, in the quiet of her home in south town.


Our school boy Warden Rimel wins in the State declamatory contest at Osceola.


Mr. Geo. Berry and Miss Bertha Dawson go to Council Bluffs and the veteran Henry De Long signs their marriage bonds.


Mr. B.R. Bellwood buys the John Dull property on 2nd Avenue.


John Greeson, an old resident of the town, and who has been on life's trail for 81 years closes the journey today.


Out citizen C.E. Califf, with his family are about to move to Tripp, South Dakota, for a wider range for his activities.


A comrade and soldier of the civil war, Salathiel Timmons, passes over the dead line today, May 2, 1909.

Samuel Mudd, a Malvern young man is killed by the accidental discharge of a gun while at the home of B.L. Garrow at Serena, Ill.  Burial in the Malvern cemetery.


A Malvern student and school graduate, Ethel Cunningham, graduates from the Boston school of Oratory and expression.

Mr. Sutton, section foreman of the Q buys the former home of Mrs. Winnie Moore.

It is decoration day, and loving hands are putting flowers on the resting places of the dead.


Death calls J. Degenhart, a business man of Malvern most of the time for twenty four years.


We celebrate our national holiday with the opening of the Chautauqua session on Saturday, July 3rd.

Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Foxworthy quietly observe their 65th wedding anniversary at their Malvern home.  When we see the courts working overtime to release the bonds of marriage, it is encouraging to note the lenghty span of this many years and often of the Golden and Silver ones.

As we make record of this event we think of two other lives who have so quietly come with us into our daily life, as neighbors and citizens, that no record has been made and we will now weave it in.  The coming of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Byers from the farm home where they were before the railroad brought the town and the people of Malvern.  At this writing they are yet with us and like the ones above have lengthened the span of their married life beyond the golden wedding day by many years.


We cross the border a little way to make record of the death of Mr. Henry Donner on June 29th, at his home.  The Donner name has been on the list of Malvern business men for many years.


The little tots who have grown to manhood and woman hood here, are now taking upon themselves the responsibilities of home makers in other places.  Miss Etta Retelsdorf in far away Calgary, Canada, is married to Mr. J. Malcolm Curl, and Miss Ada Kronsbein to Mr. Lewis Stocho, a St. Louis citizen.

Mr. J.A. Foster trades his livery barn for land.

The Mulholland home is filled with frolicking young friends when Katharine Mulholland comes to her 10th birthday.

Throngs of people are in attendance this week, August, 1909, at the annual exhibits of the County Fair on the Fair grounds, only a stone's throw from where stood the old elm tree, beneath whose branches was sheltered the canvas covered emigrant wagon that stopped for the night of August 7th, 1869, whose occupants were seeking an Iowa home.

After the passing of forty years we will again call the roll of those who as proprietors and employees, now guide the business interests of the town.  A few of the early workers who yet have the harness on and some of the sons and daughters of the early pioneers with later arrivals are now at the helm and making history for future records.

General Store Merchants:  F.E. Mulholland of The Mulholland Co., H.T. Beattie of the Chicago Dry Goods Co.

Grocers:  H.A. Deardorff, Higgins Bros.

Hardware:  Harry Landis, G.C. Boston, I.J. Humphrey.

Clothing:  Wm. Kneeland, Harry and Paul Kneeland as assistants.

Farm Machinery:  Wortz & Bushnell, Clark Bros., and Ash & Long.

Lumber Yards:  Quinn Lumber Co., J.W. McNulty, Manager; Green Bay Lumber Co., Mr. Emerson manager.

Banks:  First National Bank, W.L. Summers, President; Jas J. Wilson, Cashier; V.G. Williams, Assistant.  Malvern National Bank, C.B. Christy, President; Fred Durbin, Cashier; Lottie Deardorff, Assistant, Bank of Malvern, I.F. Hendricks, President; Will Guyer, Cashier.

Blacksmiths:  Alfred Hall and Brothers, Reed Graves, Swanson & Foster, F.J. Stebbins & Son.

 Restaurants and Lunch rooms:  Arva Burrus, Newt. Jacobs, W.W. Tunison, Wm. Bingaman, F.V. Williams, J.S. Sloan.

Malvern Light and Power Company, L.W. Boehner, President; Harold Boehner, Secretary; Joe Deardorff and Forrest Deardorff, engineers; Robt. Elliott, electrician.

Malvern Cold Storage Company, L.W. Boehner, President; Fred Boehner, Manager.

Elevators and Grain buyers:  E.L. Donner, G.W. Wyant, P. Kilmartin

Furniture:  Smith & Comer.

Drug Stores:  C.S. Royce, W.D. Wilson.

Jewelers:  Walter L. Smith, C.E. Porter.

Tailor, J.H. Retelsdorf.

Pool and Billiard Halls:  John Perdue, J.L. Buckingham.

Millinery:  Mrs. M.L. Hiett, Miss A.S. Jones; Miss Hannah Angus.

M. Hammes Shoe Store and Fred Hall repairer.

J. And Frank Degenhart, Harness Shop.

Mrs. Hattie Boston, Fancy Goods and China Ware decorator.

The Malvern Leader, W.P. Wortman, publisher;  X.A Imel, foreman; S.L. Hunter, C.E. Huffaker, Mabel Abbott, compositors; Hazel Thompson, office girl.

Real Estate Dealers:  Cadwell & Salyers, C.E. Eacrett, Harris & Tyler.

Hotels:  Cottage, J.R. Cully; Central Hotel, Geo. Smith.

~ Transcribed by Roseanna Zehner


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