Mills County, Iowa

Rheba Kathryn Wederquist Raine's Collection

Newspaper clippings found in Rheba Raine's possessions, but believed to have been saved by her mother-in-law, Clara May Dunagan. Clara was staying with Charles and Rheba when she died. It was probably between 1907 and 1934 that she collected these mostly un-identified and undated clippings.

Contributed by Eldon Clark


RAINNE - DUNAGAN: Fred Rainne and Miss Clara Dunagan of Center township were married Feb. 6th. Rev. Mosier at Siliver City officiating. They are both well known and popular young people. Mr. Rainne will assist Stan Warren on his farm the ensuing season. Fred was married to Clara Mae Dunagan of Balfour, Iowa, February 6, 1907, at the Methodist Episcopal Parsonage in Silver City, Iowa by Pastor Raoul R. Moser. Charley H. Crouch and Martha Dunagan were witnesses. Fred and Clara Raine set up housekeeping and worked the Stan Warren farm north of Glenwood. Their boy, Charles Irvin, was born there December 6, 1907. They later moved to the Dunagan Farm, southeast of Balfour and their daughter Geneva Irene was born May 11, 1914. Fred and Clara, Charles and Geneva lived and farmed in the Glenwood and East Liberty area until 193 1. Fred passed away February 27, 1930 following an operation, and is buried at the Glenwood Cemetery.

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Quite a number of young folks were at Mrs. A. Burson's Sunday night, dominoes being the principal game in which Miss Clara Dunagan and Fred Raines won out as best players.

The Pleasant Grove Ladies' .......met with Mrs. Fred Raine on Thursday afternoon. Eleven members answered to roll call. The guests were Mrs. Homer Clipson, Mrs. G. Raine and Mrs. Ben Dunagan. The ladies while visiting sewed about a hundred pounds of carpet rags. At 4 o'clock Mrs. Raine served an elegant luncheon of Bread and butter, fried chicken, cheese, oranges, assorted cake and coffee.

There was "revelry by night" at the Guy Raine home in Balfour last Saturday evening. Dick Dunagan and Mabel Gibbs, Frank VanOrsdel and Mabel Stacy autoed from Glenwood, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Raine from Balfour were present. The Raine boys, with their mandolin and guitar, and the singing of all, made the evening full of enjoyment, to say nothing of the feast of fried, stewed and raw oysters, with trimmings.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Hodges returned last Friday from Los Angeles. They were accompanied by Web Dizney of Los Angeles who will drive one of the cars back which Lyle is taking on his return trip, expecting to leave Monday. Among those who expect to go back with him are Nita Hill, who has a two months leave of absence from her duties at the State.

30 Years Ago - Quite a bunch of Center folks came to Glenwood from Balfour by train, Saturday, March 5, 1910 to get relief from the snow blockade. Among them were F. E. Howard, Walter Shepard, Fred Raine, Mel Stacey, Chris Wriedt and Herman Detlef. Some of them wanted mail and some wanted to trade and some just wanted to visit.

Silver Bells:
      When married people strive to live right, marriage to them is never a failure. By a time test of twenty-five years of happy and prosperous married life Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Judson of Balfour, Iowa, were rightly entitled to celebrate their Silver wedding. Accordingly neat invitations were issued to about one hundred relatives, friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Judson requesting their presence at the twenty fifth anniversary of their marriage, Saturday evening, Jan. 19, 1907. All who were present will surely remember the occasion as a red letter day on the calendar of their pleasures. All were made welcome, yea thrice welcome to a beautiful home that had been properly arranged and tastily decorated for the happy event. Formality and mannerisms were immediately put to route. The joyous disposition of the Silver bride and groom was contagious, and consequently contests followed hard one on the other. To be sure luncheon was served. It consisted of two courses, but they were after the scriptural injunction, "Pressed down, shaken together and running over." From testimonies gathered everybody was full but not intoxicated.
      After luncheon the Silver bride and bridegroom were committed into the hands and to the tender mercy of Rev. Raoul R. Moser, who gave their hymeneal knot another twist and tug, which is warranted to last until 1932.
      Mr. John Flanagan and Mrs. Thomas Market acted as best man and bridesmaid. They are surely postgraduates. They did their part well and deserve a Carnegie medal. Sincere heartfelt congratulations followed the ceremony. How true the saying, "Plenty of friends are a man's best capital."
      And that everything might be complete and nothing wanting, Mr. Flannagan and Mrs. Chambers as captains, sallied forth with willing followers to charivari the bride and bridegroom elect. Their entertainment was up to the standard while it lasted but Mr. Judson having bribed Master Jack Frost rested at ease by the furnace until his tormentors came humbly walking in under a flag of truce. The rest of the evening was spent in the enjoyment of music and the playing of games. The gathering broke up at a late hour, but the well wishes of all remain with Mr. and Mrs. Judson. Mr. and Mrs. Judson were the recipients of a large number of beautiful and useful gifts, which go to show in a material way the high esteem in which they are held by their friends and neighbors.

Balfour O. W. Stroud who has been visiting in this vicinity returned to his home in David City, Nebr, Monday.

Vivia Dunagan is visiting at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Dunagan, this week.

Art Hodges and family are spending a few days with his father Earl Hodges, Sr.

Mr. Jas. Ranne was at Wm. Dunnagan's Sunday.

Sam Courtier and family spent Sunday at the home of his son, Wm. Courtier

Mrs. Eva Dunn and children left Monday for her home in Omaha, after a week's visit at her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hodges.

Mrs. Maud Donner, who has been on the sick list is some better.

Mr. C. E. Zince spent Sunday at Earl Hodge's.

Willard Chambers and family and his mother, Mrs. Mary Chambers of Omaha, are visiting in and around Balfour with his many relatives, among whom are Claud Chambers, Mrs. Em Ranne and Mr. N. M. Chambers. They came overland in a fine new Cadillac auto which Mr. Chambers had given his wife for a birthday present. Needless to say Mrs. Chambers is much pleased with her gift.

Balfour Balfour is still on the boom.

C. N. Sholtz is building a new house.

Geo. Fox and wife had business in Balfour Sunday.

Wm. Robb returned home Monday from "wonderland."

Mrs. C. N. Sholtz had business at the county seat Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Stanford were visiting in Glenwood Sunday.

Wm. Way is the new mail carrier between Balfour and Hillsdale.

Miss Emma Sholtz is spending some time with an aunt in Plattsmouth.

Mr. and Mrs. David Blackman and Mrs. Sholtz were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Winger Sunday.

Balfour's ball nine went to Hastings Tuesday and engaged in a game with the club at that place. Score, 8 to 4 in favor of Hastings.

Don't forget, Mr. Farmer, that Balfour's new elevator is running now. Bring in your corn. They can elevate it and also grind it for you.

Farmers who have cream to sell, whether separated by a separator or not, should remember that we will buy it. We have arranged with C. N. Sholtz to take in cream for us, so bring it in any day. 17 cents for good sweet cream; 15 cents for turned and 14 cents for sour providing it isn't too rank...Harding Cream Co.

Wall Street

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Martin, a girl.

Frank Bear is visiting friends in our city.

Claude Chambers will farm the Nelson Chambers place near Hillsdale.

Will and Fred Harding entertained a number of their friends Wednesday evening.

Misses Nellie and Maud and Mr. Sam Christy are visiting in Wall Street and vicinity.

The many friends of Mike Wolsey, of this vicinity are pained to hear of his sudden disappearance.

In spite of the warm weather most of the farmers in this vicinity have packed their summer's supply of ice.

Lee Adams last week sold his farm near the Jones school house to Mr. Henry Anderson. The price paid being $65 per acre. Mr. Adams expects to stay in this neighborhood and is now negotiating for another farm.

Mr. James G. McMillen and Miss Laura E. Emerick were quietly married at the home of the bride's father, C. C. Emerick, on Jackson Avenue last Thursday evening. Rev. John Wright officiating. The best wishes of their many friends follow them.

Owing to a pressure of other business the boys had neglected to charivari Willie Francis when he married some four weeks since. But the marriage of Jim McMillen and Miss Emerick reminded them that this important business was being too much neglected. So under the able leadership of the acting mayor, Fritz Hunsinger, the charivari was given last Thursday evening with all the dignity of a football game, and all the eclat of a Kansas lynching party. The only disappointment was caused by the carriage containing Uncle Ben Martin and Tom Markle with the horse fiddle getting lost and failing to show up in time for action.

Wall Street

L. G. Adams was a Glenwood visitor Friday.

Will Lutz visited the first of the week with Tabor friends.

Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Martin attended church at Malvern Sunday.

Sherman Jones and family visited Sunday at Ed. Wilsons, near Wesley Chapel.

S. R. Hurst and family visited Sunday with S. Timmons and family in Malvern.

Doss Goodman and family from near Hillsdale, visited Sunday at Joe Banisters.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones of Balfour, visited Sunday with their son Rob and family.

H. B. Anderson and family visited Sunday with Homer Clipson and wife near Balfour

Mrs. Bill Wilson and children of Council Bluffs, visited last week at Fritz Hunsingers.

Mae Banister visited Saturday night with her sister Mrs. Alice Goodman, near Hillsdale.

C. M. Hamilton started Tuesday night for Pierce and Knox counties Nebraska on business.

Mrs. Lena Willard and children of Henderson, visited here last week with the former's brother, Ed Banister.

The Epworth League of East Liberty will have an ice cream social on the church lawn Thursday night, Aug. 10.

The misses Nellie and Mary Christy of Tabor, visited a few days last week with relatives and friends in this vicinity.

The patrons of milk route No. 1 made up a purse of $14.00 to help Mr. Lee Bradway to buy a light wagon. It was a kind act and Mr. Bradway is very thankful to his patrons.

Sherman Jones had a large stack of hay struck by lightning Saturday afternoon. There were about fifteen tons of hay in the stack but they were unable to save any of it. The entire stack was burned.

Thursday night of last week a few of the young people of this neighborhood drove down to W. C. Stotts, south of Malvern, and surprised Mr. Stotts and wife. They all report a jolly time. Those who went were Mae Jackson, Louise Stone, Iva Francis, Josie and Claud Kerney, Homer Mayberry and Milo Adams.


Lee Donner and an Opinion man were eating pumpkin pie the other day when the subject of the conversation drifted to county schools. Lee has "grown up" in Mills county and can tell tales of old times in the county that would cause one to laugh till his sides ached. "I remember out at the Pleasant Grove school there used to be a great grove on the south side of the road when I was a boy," he said. "They held picnics there and reunions and all that. The present grove is very pretty but in the old times it was quite thick with trees. There was an old soldier's reunion there one day. Among us boys was Merrill Johnson. Merrill used to be a great kid for having his own way. He was one of the larger boys and taught us how to be manly, how to chew tobacco and all that. Merrill on the occasion of the reunion climbed up one of the large trees near the speaker's stand just at the point where the orator of the day was getting in his work. He had arrived at his most eloquent flights, when all at once the attention of the crowd was called from the orator to the sight of a boy hanging to a limb just over the speaker. It was Merrill Johnson. His pants were torn and there he hung, not able to go forward or backward. Merrill had a mouth like a saucer and a voice like a fog horn, and it was a laughable sight. Some of the men had to hurry for a ladder, and they got him down while the perspiring speaker glared furiously at the disturber of his great effort."

"Elm Grove school is now one of the very best in the county," continued Lee. "But in those days there was a crowd of boys in that neighborhood who were a terror to all teachers. Finally the school board hired Joe Graves to take charge of the school. Now Joe as you will remember like all red-headed people has a will of his own. He was lithe and muscular and strong as an ox. The first day he took charge of the school he went to work and brought in a lot of big switches and put them next to him on the desk. Then he made a few remarks, and told the boys that there was to be no misbehavior. Any boy who did not wish to obey the rules must either take a whipping or go home. Nearly all the big boys went out. They found their master then and there. Graves' quiet way scared them. Nearly all of them came back again, however. Graves used to have a kind way with him, joining with the boys in their sports until they all wanted to come back and take part in the fun."

"Spelling schools were all the fashion in those days. I remember there used to be a lot of people who would come to spelling school and make fun of those who could not spell very well. They never took part themselves for they knew they would be spelled down. Graves grew tired of their interruptions and finally announced that every one who came to a spelling bee must either take part or get out. They could see by his eye that he meant what he said. A few went home, but most of them stayed, and the others had the laugh on them when they soon sat down. My wife and Joe Miller used to be the champion spellers of the neighborhood. My wife then used to stand up until the last, and Joe, well he used to hang on to about the next last. Finally when I came along and we got married Joe had it all to himself for a while."

Wiles Family-30th Annual Reunion
August 29, 1935

Thomas and Elizabeth Wiles of Rawles Township, early settlers

Thursday of last week members of the Wiles family, descendants of Thomas Wiles and Elizabeth Hobson Wiles and their nine children, gathered at Garfield Park in Plattsmouth for the 30th annual reunion.

The chilly and threatening weather served to keep many of the family from distant points from participating in the reunion, but there were 100 of the members to respond.

The noon hour saw the preparation of the picnic dinners that had been brought by the members of the party and were arranged at the one long table where they all were seated as a family group to enjoy the store of good things that had been arranged.

The afternoon was devoted to the business session of the reunion and the following officers were selected for the coming year:
    President, Stephen A. Wiles, Plattsmouth
    Vice-president, Guy H. Wiles, Plattsmouth
    Secretary, James I. Hall, Plattsmouth
    Treasurer, Stephen Glenn Wiles, Maynard
    Program Chairman, Mrs. Ralph Wiles

It was voted to have the 1936 family reunion at Garfield Park in Plattsmouth, as this is nearer to the members of the family in Cass County, Nebraska and Mills County, Iowa, to all gather.

With the wish that all might be able to gather at the reunion next year, the members of the party wended their wayhome to the many sections of Cass County, Nebraska and Mills County, after a day of family fraternity and pleasure.


Raine - Tuchenhagen Donald R. Raine and Miss Emma B. Tuchenhagen, two well known young people of his locality, were married Thursday at high noon at the residence of the bride's parents five miles northeast of Glenwood. The ceremony was performed by Rev. C. M. Ward of Glenwood and took place in the presence of a small number of relatives and friends, several families going out from Glenwood. The groom is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Raine of Glenwood and is a fine young man. The couple will make their home on the T. J. McGarry farm north of Glenwood. The Tribune extends best wishes.

Stout - Potter 1939 - Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stout are announcing the marriage of their daughter Marjorie to Dale Potter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Potter of Hastings. Reverend Brooks of Omaha performed the wedding ceremony which took place Feb. 16 at 7:30 o'clock at the First Methodist church in Omaha. Pauline, sister of the groom was maid of honor and Harold Culver was best man. The bride wore an aqua blue crepe street length dress and the groom a dark suit. The bride is a graduate of the Malvern high school and the groom of the Hastings high school. After the ceremony the wedding party were entertained at the Laverne Potter home in Omaha. Mr. and Mrs. Potter were guests at the wedding. The bride and groom will live on a farm northwest of Hastings.

Leu - Howard At the Methodist prsonage in Glenwood, Wednesday, October 24 occurred the marriage of Mr. Walter Howard and Miss Anna Leu, both of whom reside north of Malvern. Rev. C. M. Ward, the pastor officiated. The groom is a son of Sampson Howard one of our prosperous and well known farmers and the bride is the daughter of August Leu, another prosperous farmer of the same neighborhood north of town and their many friends join in wishing them great happiness and the best there is of the good things of this life. They will make their home on a farm near Silver City after March 1. The Leader joins in extending them congratulations and good wishes.

McClelland - Jones The Tribune is in receipt of an announcement telling of the marriage of Miss Grace L. Jones to Arthur G. McClelland, which took place at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George F. Jones on June 30 at San Jose, Cal. The bride is well and favorably known in this locality, where she grew to womanhood, and her many friends here will unite in wishing Mr. and Mrs. McClelland much happines. They will be at home after August 1 at 281 East St. Jmes Street in that city.

Wederquist - Mort 1940 - Miss Charlotte Wederquist, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Wederquist of Center Township, became the bride of George T. Mort, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Mort of Edgar, Nebraska, on Tuesday, Aug. 20. The ceremony took place at 4:30 o'clock in the afternoon in the home of the bride's sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Raine of south of Malvern. The marriage lines were read by Rev. Peter Jacobs of Tabor, pastor of the Congregational church. The bride wore an afternoon dress of blue and her corsage was of pink roses and sweet peas. The groom was attired in a dark business suit. A wedding dinner was served following the ceremony, those in attendance being immediate relatives and a few close friends. The bride is a graduate of the Malvern high school and of Nebraska State Normal college at Peru, and has taught for the past two years in the schools at Sidney. She has also been instructor in crafts at Camp Brewster for two summers. The groom is a graduate of Peru State Normal and will be the coach and instructor in industrial arts in the High School at Oxford, Neb. next year.

Gibbs - Fickel At noon yesterday, Wednesday, Sept. 25, Miss Maybelle Frances Gibbs and J. Milford Fickel were married at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Nettie Gibbs, on Myrtle and Third streets, Glenwood. Rev. Roy L. Palmerton officiated. The wedding was a quiet affair, attended only by the near relatives and a few intimate friends of the bride and groom. The ceremony was unpretentious and simple. The couple, the bride dressed in her traveling suit and the groom in conventional attire, took their places before the minister and were married. Refreshments were served by Misses Elouise Morgan and Darline Gunsolley. Numerous presents were given by many friends and admirers of the happy couple. Immediately after their marriage the couple left for a trip of one week, after which they will be at home on Mr. Fickel's farm seven miles north of Hastings. Miss Gibbs is the daughter of Mrs. Nettie Gibbs. For years she has been a popular member of the social set of Glenwood. A large circle of friends wish her the best of fortune and extend the heartiest congratulations. Mr. Fickel is one of the progressive young farmers of southeastern Mills County. His many friends all over this part of the county join in congratulating him. His parents Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Fickel of near Hastings, are widely known in this county. Out of town guests at the wedding were Dr. and Mrs. W. S. Gibbs of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Fickel of Hastings and their daughter, Flora, Mr. and Mrs. Ward Fickel of Hastings and Mrs. Mary Burgess of Bangor, Maine.

Lewis - Raine Feb. 25 Newspaper - Roy E. Lewis and Miss Lillian Ethel Raine, two well known Glenwood young people, were married in Omaha on Thursday at 12:30. The ceremony was performed by Rev. C. W. Savidge, pastor of the People's church. The wedding occurred on the 18th anniversary of the bride's birthday. Miss Raine wore white taffeta silk and carried Marchel Neil roses. The couple were accompanied by the mother and brother of the groom, Mrs. W. S. Lewis of Glenwood and Grant Lewis of Grable. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Raine and is an estimable young lady. The groom is an energetic young man and now has a good position with the Beebe & Runyon wholesale furniture house at Omaha where the couple will make their future home. The Tribune extends best wishes.

Bada - Miller Feb. 25 Newspaper - A beautiful wedding took place Wednesday afternoon t 3 o'clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Detlef Miller, four miles north of Mineola, when their youngest daughter, Carrie, was united in marriage to Albert Bada of Silver City. The couple were attended by George Bada and Miss Sophia Spetman. Little Viola Campbell as flower girl accompanied them carrying a beautiful bridal bouquet. The bridal party stood in the parlor under a canopy of bells and smilax while Rev. Peter Jakobs of Silver City, Ia., (clipping ends here)

Wise - Alexander Feb. 25 Newspaper - John H. Wise and Miss Olive Alexander were married Wednesday noon at the Methodist parsonage in Hastings. Rev. A. D. Davis officiating. The contracting parties are two popular young people of the Wesley Chapel neighborhood, north of Hastings. Mr. Wise has taken charge of his father's farm and he and his bride will set up housekeeping in a short time. Their many friends congratulate them.

Richardson - Chambers The wedding of L. L. Richardson and Miss Cora Chambers took place today at the home of the bride's parents near Hillsdale at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Lutz, a cousin of the bride, officiating. The groom will farm his father's place in Center Township this year. The bride is well known in Glenwood where she graduted from high school a few years ago.

Pickerell - Windham The wedding of Raymond Pickerell and Alice Windham both of Malvern is announced. The bride has been an operator at the Iowa telephone exchange. The wedding is set for next Wednesday.

Rainne - Dunagan Fred Rainne and Miss Clara Dunagan of Center township were married Feb. 6th. Rev. Mosier at Silver City officiating. They are both well known and popular young people. Mr. Rainne will assist Stan Warren on his farm the ensuing season.

Finch - Stotts Arthur J. Finch and Miss Cora Stotts both of Glenwood were married Feb. 2. The groom is an electrician employed with the Glenwood electric light and power company.

McClenahan - Kemp

Invitations are out for the marriage of Mr. Ralph McClenahan of Henderson and Miss Lulu Kemp of North Tabor. The wedding to occur Wednesday, February 20. The prospective bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Kemp of North Tabor.

Family History Notes about Raine and Dunagan Rheba Kathryn Wederquist; Birth: 20 OCT 1907 in White Cloud Township, Mills, IA. Death: 27 JUL 1979 in Downey, Los Angeles, CA of breast cancer. Burial: Rose Hills M.P., Whittier, Los Angeles, CA. Father: George Clarence Wederquist b: 23 MAR 1883 in Geneseo, Henry, IL Mother: Alpha Alberts b: 20 AUG 1887 in Malvern, Mills, IA. Marriage 1 Charles Irvin Raine Married: 8 APR 1931 in Malvern, Mills, IA.

From History of Mills County, Iowa 1985. They set up housekeeping at 4 corners north of Malvern. Charles worked as a driver for Marion Wise. They moved to Malvern where their first child, Donald Frederick, was born December 28, 1931. Charles went to work for the Malvern Milling Co. in 1932, making flour and mixing feed. Rheba taught country school. After Don was born, she substituted, taking him to school with her. Charles and Rheba's second son, Charles Eugene, was born March 22, 1937 in Malvern. Charles and family moved to Los Angeles in 1942. Patricia Ann was born March 12,1945 and the family moved to Downey, California. Charles was employed by Douglas Aircraft for 33 years. He retired in 1975.

Clara May Dunagan; Birth: 20 DEC 1880 in Balfour, Mills, IA. Death: 29 DEC 1948 in Downey, Los Angeles, CA. Burial: Glenwood Cem., Glenwood, Mills, IA. Clara May Dunagan Raine was born 28 Dec 1880 south of Balfour in Mills County to Benjamin F. and Sarah A. Martin Dunagan. The Dunagan family came to Mills County in the early 1850's and settled near Hillsdale.

In the History of Mills County Iowa 1985 book, the Dunagans are on page 279 and the Raines are on page 585 (Fred Shepard Raine Family) Clara married Fred Raine in February 1907 in Silver City. They moved to CA in 1934. She died in 1948.

From History of Mills County Iowa 1985 Clara Mae Dunagan was born December 20, 1880, south of Balfour and attended country school in that area. Clara had one sister, Mattie, (who married Guy Raine, Fred's brother), three brothers, Lemuel, Cress and Clarence. Clara and her daughter Geneva moved to Glenwood when Charles married Rheba Katherine Wederquist April 8, 1931. Clara and Geneva moved to California in 1934, where Clara ran a boarding house in Los Angeles. Clara passed away December 29, 1948 in Downey, California, and is buried in the Glenwood Cemetery. Father: Benjamin Franklin Dunagan b: 26 SEP 1850 in, Clay, MO Mother: Sarah A. Martin b: 12 MAY 1857 in IN. Marriage: Fred Shepard Raine b: 2 JUL 1880 in Nelsonville, Athens, OH; married: 6 FEB 1907 in Silver City, Mills, IA

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