Mills County, Iowa

Various Newspaper Articles

Mills County Tribune
March 13, 1902

Mrs. Thorp is Dead
Glenwood, Iowa

Mrs. Sarah Jane Thorp died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George T. Lloyd, in Hamburg, Iowa, at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, March 9, 1902. Aged 65 years, 5 months and 6 days.

Sarah Jane McClintock was born in McCartheystown, Jackson county, Ohio, October 3, 1836. Mrs. Thorp had been married twice. The first husband Jerry Padgett, having met death on the battle field in the Civil War, on August 24, 1868, she was married to John M. Thorp at Glenwood. She was the mother of four children by her first husband, two sons, and two daughters all of whom are living.

By the latter husband two boys and two girls, one of whom died in infancy, the other Miss Jennie, being laid to rest in Glenwood cemetery in June 1900.

Mrs. Thorp was a resident of Glenwood for over 30 years, and was acquainted with many incidents of its history. For several years past, she has been in poor health, but only recently was confined to her bed. She was converted to Christ, at the age of 15 and united with the Christian church. Her life was one of self sacrifice, patience, and motherly solicitude, and she died strong in the faith of Christ as her Redeemer.


Reporter O. C. Gaston Ended His Official Career

Our old friend Reporter O. C. Gaston ended his official career with the adjournment of Judge Thornell's court last Thursday at Council Bluffs. The Nonpareil of the 6th last has the following to say of Mr. Gaston, and who will succeed him:

"With the adjournment of Judge Thornell's court today ends the official career of Reporter O. G. Gaston. Mr. Gaston is a member of the bar, having practiced in Nebraska before taking the appointment under Judge Thornell and leaves his position here to resume the practice in the state of Washington. His twelve years' service in this district have been marked by constant, faithful performance of duty, and every member of the bar will regret to see him leave.

Mr. Gaston has never made any pretensions to high speed, but his transcripts have proven his accuracy and careful attention to details. "Mr. Gaston will leave for Everett, Wash., March 18, but will return in June for his wife and four sons. J. J. Furguson, reporter for Judge Alesworth in the superior court, will succeed Mr. Gaston as reporter for Judge Thornell."

We can fully endorse the sentiment in the following article which we clip from Friday's Sidney SUN. It would no doubt seem strange to us to meet Uncle John Searles walking the streets of Glenwood if he had been a citizen here all those twenty-five years (sic) employed as he was while in the Q's service. We are glad that at his time of life that he still has the good health to enjoy his well earned right to retire from the arduous labors of nearly forty years railroading. May he live to be a hundred years and still enjoy his hale and hearty health.


Uncle John Searles
The Sidney SUN says: "It seems strange to meet Uncle John Searles on the streets of Sidney during the day. While Uncle John has been a citizen of Sidney for almost a quarter of a century he has spent but little of the time of the working day on our streets.

"The first of the month Mr. Searles severed his connection with the Burlington road. He began to work for this company in 1864, working for them almost thirty eight years. His service on the Sidney branch covered a period of twenty three years and five months but the work was getting too heavy for him.

"Uncle John is now in his sixty fourth year but is still hale and hearty and we believe he has well earned the right to retire and grow old gracefully".

Source: Submitted to "Iowa Old Press", by Walter Farwell

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