Ardon, Ia., Jan. 1- Will Schwin and Ester Ollie of Wilton spent Satur-
day and Sunday with their brother, C. Schwin.
Mrs. J. T. Downer and son ray, spent several days of last week visit-
ing at the home of the former's father, H. N. Lang near Wilton.
Mrs. Kate Ryan, of Muscatine spent Sunday with Andrew Healey and family.
Rudolph Altekruse and frank McBride shipped three car loads of cattle
to Chicago, Wednesday.
Mrs. Della Muller and son, Robert, of Union county, Ia. arrived
Saturday and will spend several weeks visiting at the home of her father,
Henry Simpson, and other relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Simpson, Mrs. and Mr. Adam Wigim and children,
Mr and Mrs. Dewey Timberlake, Mrs. Della Miller and son Robert,
and Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Downer and Ray were entertained at dinner
Sunday by Mr. and Mrs. David Legler.
Arthur Timberlake was on over Sunday visitor with friends in Muscatine.
Mrs. Rudolph Altekruse and Daughter Mrs. Walter Shellabarger left
Thursday for Williamsburg, Ia., to spend a week with the former's daughter, Mrs. D. N. Scott.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deam, of Loredo, Mo., spent the holidays with the
latter's mother, Mrs. Anna Bryne.
Hugh Bryne of Longmont, Colo., is home and will spend the winter with
his mother, Mrs. Ann Bryne.
Miss Rhea Legler will return to Grinnel Tuesday to resume her school
Longstreth commenced work today for Mr. Hunter of Cranston.
Last Thursday evening quite a large number of our young people gathered
at the home of Mrs. Anna Bryne, which is occupied at present, and tripped
the light fantastic till the wee small hours of the morning.
Frank McBride has rented his farm and will move to Muscatine in the spring.
Mrs. Martha Brown is spending the holidays with her mother at Highland
1-2-06"THE FIRST TRAIN"
Went West Through Muscatine County
Fifity Years Ago Monday
THE BUILDING WAS DIFFICULT
In Order to Get the Bonus from Iowa City, the Train Had to Get into
That City on January 1, 1855 - details of the Construction.
While it hardly seems possible yet it was but fifty years ago yester-
day that the first railway train went west of the Mississippi river in Iowa.
On that day a small train of cars left Davenport over the Mississippi and
Missouri railway for Iowa City which was as far as t track had been
laid at that time.
The Mississippi and Missouri Railway Co. was organized in the
early fifties and the right of way was surveyed in the fall of "53" from
Davenport to Iowa City, a distance little over fifty miles, and in the
spring of the following year the contract for its construction was let to
Farnam & Durant contractors of Davenport.
At the head of the company was Hon. John A. Dix of Chicago, who was
afterward secretary of war.
Peter A. Dey, president of the First National bank of Iowa City was
the chief engineer and had under him fewer engineers and assistants than
are now used on an ordinary inter-urban road.
Actual Work Commences
In the fall of fifity-three the actual work of building commenced when
the preliminary survey was laid our and soon afterward the contracts
for its construction were let. Grading and track laying commenced in
the September, 1855, and owing to a onus which had been voted by the
city of Iowa City it was necessary to have the road completed by January
1, 1856, as far west as Iowa City.
The fall was very unpleasant and cold winter stated in very early.
By the last of November it was 30 below zero and yet the road making
kept on. Under these trying circumstances but a few days before the
time for completion, the road was by no means finished. While the
bonus would appear small nowadays yet it meant much to these pioneers
in railroad building.
The track must all be laid on time was the thought of all and to that
end they worked and on New Year's day several mile yet remain to
be laid. The hardy pioneers were equal to the occasion. Ties were
along the ground without any excavation and the rails spiked down
Following this the track was slightly repaired and ten days later officials
and noted men from Chicago went to Iowa City to assist in a grand cele-
bration. The city at that time had about 2,000 population and the citizens
turned out en masses to assist in the rejoicing. Speeches were made by
William B. Maxwell and William Ogden of Chicago and a banquet was served
in the senate wing of the old capitol building now used by the college of law
of the university of Iowa.
In order to have the road built, Iowa City voted a bond issue of $50,000
to the company on the condition which was noted above. Johnson county
offered the same amount Davenport $75,000 and Scott county $150,000.
Iowa City was the only one which had any conditional clause in it.
Built West ward
The Mississippi and Missouri Railroad, which is not the main line of
the Rock Island built westward as far as Marengo in 1860 and would have
been built much farther had not the panic of '57" destroyed the plans of
the owners While Mr. Dey was still engineer the road was built as far
west of Kellogg.
The First Engines
When the road was first built to Iowa City it had only two engines,
the J. A. Dix and Anton Le Clatre. The first was named after a rich
half breed Indian of whom the site for the deport in Davenport was pur-
chased. His picture was painted on the front of it is said to be a very
good likeness of the old indian.
Growth of Iowa City
That a railroad will make a town grow was fully demonstrated in
Iowa City for from 2, 000 inhabitants in 1856 it grew up over 7,000 in
1860. Business interests prospered and it looked s if Iowa City would
be the metropolis of the west. From Iowa City wholesale houses shipped
goods by wagon to Waterloo, Ottumwa, Marshaltown, Des Moines. Council
Bluffs, and to all cities of the west. The roads leading to the city from
the west were crowded with teams at all times and it was necessary for
many wholesalers to work night and day in order to fill their orders.
In 1860 when the railroad was built to Marengo there was a lull in the
trade and the taking away of the capital caused a blow from which the
city never fully recovered.
Ardon, Ia., Jan. 8- Mr. and Mrs John Baker gave a dinner party
to a number of their friends last Thursday. A bounteous repast
was served. The guests were Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Baker and daughter
Myrta, Mr. and Mrs Dewey Timberlake, Misses Fannie and Elsie
Will, Mrs. Elmer Shellabarger and Mr. and Mrs J. T. Downer.
Christy Nolan moved to his new home last Tuesday, which he
purchased of Mrs. Anna Byrne.
Elmer Eichelbarger shipped three car loads of cattle to Chicago
Miss Effie Townsley, who has been visiting at the home of her
uncle, Geo. Townsley, for some time, returned to her home at
Iowa City Friday evening.
Miss Gertie Legler and Messrs. Charles Hanley and Frank Sandvos,
of Muscatine, spent Tuesday with their friend, Miss Janette Lee.
Mr. and Mrs. C Schwin and Mrs. H. E. Richardson were passengers
to Davenport Friday evening to spend a few days with the former's
sister, Mrs. Pauline Hahn.
Downer and Schwin unloaded a car of shingles Friday and a car of
Miss Cora Smith, of Muscatine, spent Sunday with her friend, Marie
A large number of people from this community attended the funeral
of Edward Healey Saturday.
Robert Wigim and Ray Downer drove to Muscatine and spent Sunday
with the former's grandparents.
Robert Lee was a passenger for the southwest Saturday morning,
where he went to purchase stock cattle.
Mrs. James O'Toole was the victim of a complete surprise last
Tuesday afternoon, when a bobsled load of ladies drive in and
took possession of her home. Light refreshments were served.
The merry crowd consisted of Mrs. Isaac Lee, Mrs. Adam Wigim,
Mrs. J. T. Downer, Mrs Anna Bryne, C Schwin and Mrs. S. E.
Ardon, Ia., Jan 22 - The oyster supper which was given at the
new hotel of Mrs. Anna Byrne last Tuesday evening was a complete
success. Over one hundred of her friends gathered in early and
showed their appreciation of having so fine an improvement in their
midst, by their liberal patronage. Mrs. Byrne was very much
delighted and extends her thanks to all who were present for the
interest they have shown in her welfare. The proceeds were about
$30, which was for the benefit of Mrs. Byrne.
Wilson Riggs, and Charley Sinnett shipped two car loads of hogs
to Chicago Wednesday.
Messrs. Toohey and Kane of Muscatine attended the opening of
the hotel Tuesday evening.
Mr. and Mrs, G. E. Marden and daughter Bliss of Ottumwa wre visiting
with friends in Ardon Wednesday.
Joe and Bert Will shipped a car load of cattle to Chicago last
Mr. and Mrs. Ada, Wigim attended a dinner party at the Gertenbaugh home, near Muscatine, Thursday.
S. E. Cole returned home from Dwight, Ill, Thursday morning and
resumed his duties at the depot. Mr. Sanford, who had filled the vacancy
for a month, left for his home in Missouri Friday morning.
Ardon, Ia., Jan. 30- Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Miller entertained a
number of their friends at dinner Friday. The guests were: Mr. and
Mrs. Adam Wigim, Mr. and Mrs. Frank McBride, Mr. and Mrs. John
Hitchcock, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Richardson and Mr. and Mrs. Art
Miller Riggs shipped in four cars loads of stock cattle Thursday.
Charley Stone, of Muscatine, registered at the hotel Thursday
Erma Eutsler spent Saturday and Sunday with her friends in Muscatine.
Mrs. Chet McCabe entertained 20 of her lady friends at dinner
Newt. Longstreth's sale was well attended Monday.
Messrs. Griff and Silas Johnson spent Monday afternoon and evening
with Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Downer.
Rev. Carlton conducted quarterly meeting services at St. John's
Mrs. John Healey entertained 20 of her lady friends at a rag sewing
and quilting Friday. Refreshments were served.
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Wigim entertained a number of their friends at
2-5-06THE TAX LIST
List of Those in Muscatine County Who Help
to pay expenses.
HELP PAY COUNTY'S DEBTS
A List of Those Who Help to Pay the Expense
of the County--Some of the Heavy Tax Payers
Are Found in These Two Townships.
Today the Journal prints a partial list of the burden bearers
of Muscatine county. This list includes all those who pay
taxes to the extent of $10 or over, in this way the reader of the
paper will get an understanding of who the men are who from
year to year pay money into the county treasurer to help defray
the expense of the county. Opposite each man's name will be
found the amount of tax that he pays.
| Altekruse, R. J. || 168.15 |
| Albrecht, Wm || 18.98 |
| Bloomer, Wm || 107.20 |
| Brookhart, C. A. || 22.82 |
| Bosch, Daniel || 29.82 |
| Brookhart, Peter M. || 77.12 |
| Byrne, James || 59.41 |
| Byrne, Joseph and Lewis || 27.41 |
| Byrne, Joseph P. || 55.96 |
| Byrne, John Jr., est. || 40.02 |
| Byrne, Louis F. || 50.73 |
| Byrne, Mary A. and Sarah || 64.77 |
| Byrne, Thomas || 56.43 |
| Cashman, Mary W. || 28.18 |
| Cashman, Thomas || 108.63 |
| Cecil, A. J. || 16.44 |
| Cecil, Eliza M. || 70.51 |
| Cahpman, W. W. et al. || 71.89 |
| Clymer, W. H. || 38.25 |
| Condy, E. J. || 64.76 |
| Dalton, Patrick, est || 17.30 |
| Downer $ Schwin || 40.80 |
| Dulgar, D. L. and Anna M. || 35.45 |
| Eichelbarger, E. E. || 78.02 |
| Eisley, Jos. || 35.55 |
| Eisley, Xavier || 33.14 |
| Elison, martin || 42.84 |
| Eliason, John || 102.49 |
| Eliason, Lewis || 87.71 |
| Fletcher, Wm. || 85.28 |
| Foley, Mary || 46.03 |
| Fry, Cyrus || 41.67 |
| Fry, Josiah || 29.71 |
| Fullerton, Cora E. || 43.95 |
| Furlong, Jos. E. || 61.06 |
| Furnas, A. C. || 32.70 |
| Goldsberry, C. C. || 31.70 |
| Greavink, Herman J. || 18.72 |
| Grosjean, Celest N. || 63.48 |
| Grosjean, Teresa || 26.26 |
| Hackett, James || 25.13 |
| Hackett, James, est. || 24.85 |
| Hackett, Thos. || 24.96 |
| Hackett, T. J. || 16.45 |
| Hackett, Wm. || 31.60 |
| Harman, Emma || 55.95 |
| Harrigan, Christie and Pat || 32.51 |
| Harrigan, Pat Sr. || 83.26 |
| Healey, Andrew || 74.16 |
| Healey, Andrew || 70.25 |
| Hendrix, Wm || 126.97 |
| Hickey, John || 57.23 |
| Hintermeister, Jacob || 19.62 |
| Hoffmeyer, Henry || 25.61 |
| Idle, John || 21.27 |
| Jayne, Henry || 115.64 |
| Kerr, J. W. || 20.02 |
| Lee, Robert and Isaac || 18.23 |
| Lee, Isaac || 245.93 |
| Lee, Robert || 231.90 |
| Legler & Will || 24.48 |
| Legler,David || 139.48 |
| Legler, Jacob J. || 84.53 |
| Lindley, Jos. W. || 102.36 |
| Lynch, Pat, Sr. || 48.96 |
| Lynch, Michael || 48.05 |
| Lynch, Pat K., Jr. || 51.76 |
| Martz, Mary Eliz. || 18.73 |
| McBride, B. F. || 59.27 |
| McCabe, C. T. || 15.25 |
| McGrew, Holloway || 81.45 |
| McMichael, Jos. || 62.86 |
| Meeker, Jos. W. || 46.39 |
| Miller, C. C. || 76.35 |
| Milwaukee Land Co. || 28.56 |
| Mische, Fred || 18.85 |
| Meyers, Jesse || 15.94 |
| Neil, W. H. || 22.70 |
| Neyenhuis, Mrs. J. B. || 108.89 |
| O'Brien, Daniel || 66.66 |
| O'Brien, Jos || 53.53 |
| O'Brien, John M. Sr. || 99.05 |
| O'Brien, Michael F. || 48.07 |
| O'Brien, Pat K., est. || 85.43 |
| O'Toole, James || 137.16 |
| O'Toole, Pat K. || 250.01 |
| Preston, Rachael || 31.86 |
| Reed, Isaac || 45.12 |
| Reed, John and Wm. || 26.52 |
| Rider, Chas. H. || 45.88 |
| Riggs, W. Miller || 181.92 |
| Runyon, F. A. || 62.33 |
| Scott, W. R. || 32.39 |
| Seller, Charles || 64.52 |
| Shellabarger, E. E. || 71.29 |
| Smalley, rosina || 64.39 |
| Smalley, W. D. || 26.01 |
| Smith, henry || 15.99 |
| Stamm, Nicholas || 152.22 |
| Stroup, C. W. || 24.35 |
| Sywassink, Geo. and Jennie B. || 25.25 |
| Timberlake, A. D. || 57.50 |
| Tomfield, John || 39.90 |
| Tomney, Pat. K. est. || 51.89 |
| Townsley, Geo. T. || 147.14 |
| Vanatta D. H. || 31.24 |
| Vanatta, J. B. || 68.82 |
| Vincent, Homer W. || 103.52 |
| Vincent, R. E. || 36.66 |
| Wagner, Geo. W. || 18.87 |
Seventy-Six Township Valuations
| Wagner, Martha E. || 39.40 |
| Webb, John and Mary || 34.17 |
| Westbrook, D. H. || 49.86 |
| Westbrook, A. J. || 35.81 |
| Wigim, Adam || 267.99 |
| Lands || 262,105.00 |
| Lots || 1,700.00 |
| Personal || 44,485.00 |
| Total || 308,290.00 |
| Consolidated || 4,316.06 |
| Seventy Six Twp. Dist. || 2,466.32 |
| Road || 1,079.00 |
| Dogs || 38.50 |
| Polls || 64.00 |
| Total || 7,963.89 |
2-9-06T. BYRNE IS DEAD
Well Known Muscatine County Man Passed
Away last evening
HAD BEEN SICK ABOUT A WEEK
WAS BORN IN IRELAND IN 1825 AND CAME TO THIS COUNTRY
AND SETTLED IN MUSCATINE COUNTY IN 1847--SURVIVED BY
Thomas Byrne, one of the most widely known and highly respected
farmers of Muscatine County, passed away last evening at 8:20
o'clock at his home in Seventy-Six Township. He was in the eighty-
first year of his age and death was due to a paralytic stroke which he
suffered about a week ago. Up until that time he had been in good
health and it was at first thought that he would survive the effect of
the stroke. He was compelled to take to his bed on last Sunday
morning and since that time he grew rapidly worse until the end came.
Mr. Byrne was born in Ireland in 1825. He resided there until 1847,
when he came to America and settled on a farm in Muscatine County.
Personally, Mr. Byrne was a man strictly upright in all of his business
life, cheerful and kindly to all with whom he came in contact and it is
not strange that his passing should be a source of keen regret to all who
Besides his wife Catherine Byrne, he is survived by six children.
They are John, Frank, Peter, William, Laurence and Felicitas. The
funeral will take place Saturday morning at 9:30 from the late home in
Seventy-Six township. Burial in the family lot in the Catholic cemetery
Ardon, Ia., Feb. 26—Mr. and Mrs. Joe Furlong are the proud
parents of a son, James, which arrived Saturday, February 24.
Isaac and Robert Lee were passengers to Muscatine Saturday
evening to attend the funeral of Casper Schindler, which took
Dave Legler shipped two car loads of cattle to Chicago Thursday.
Adam Wigim and son, Robert, spent Thursday and Friday in
Louisa county buying stock cattle.
Seven car loads of corn were shipped into Ardon last week from
Northern Iowa. Will & Legler received four car loads, Dave
Legler two loads and Andrew Healey one load. Several more cars
are expected soon.
Geo. Baker shipped a car load of stock cattle in this week from
Mrs. Jim Byrne, south of town, is reported on the sick list.
Charley Rider was busy moving to his new home last week, which
was vacated by Oliver Ayers.
Miss Cicely Webb returned from Davenport Sunday morning, after
spending a week visiting with friends.
Misses Clara and Mame Healey spent Saturday and Sunday with the
former's sister, Mrs. Ed Connell, near Wilton.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deam returned to their home in Loredo, Mo.,
Monday morning after spending a week at the parental home.
Misses Marie Byrne and Martha Brown were passengers to Muscatine Thursday.
Downer & Schwin have their new lumber shed completed and will
soon be fixed to handle all kinds of lumber.
Mrs. Anna Byrne had an addition built to her barn last week.
she was compelled to build larger to accommodate the public with
3-17-06A RIDE ON THE MISSISSIPPI
One day my grandma said she would take me to Davenport to visit
my aunt who worked there. As we lived in the country we had
to stay in town all night to get started early enough in the
There was another party going with us. We had some fun on the
boat waving at people on the shore. We went into the cabin
to get a drink and there wasn't any water so we got a bottle of
pop to drink.
When we got started the boat got stuck and some of the people
had to go back. We were afraid we would have to go back too,
but we didn't. We stopped several places to take on passengers.
There was one party had a baby carriage put on. When we got
nearly there two of the girls of the other party went to the
front of the boat to see if our aunts were there to meet us and
they were. We landed at Davenport about noon. One of the little
girls of the other party was so thirsty that we went to get a
drink of soda water. Then we went to where our aunt boarded to
get our dinner. After dinner we went down and got on the street
car to go over to Rock Island and as we got on the bridge a boat
went under and we had to wait until the bridge closed. And, as
I forgot to say, I saw it close when I was on the boat. Then
we went to Rock Island and got some ice cream and went to see
the office where our auntie worked. Then we went down to the
river and got on the boat and went home. When we got on the boat
we waved to our aunts until we could not see them any more. It
began to get cloudy and I got frightened for I feared it would
storm. When we landed at Muscatine the other party's folks had
a carriage there to meet us.
Gertrude Gertenbach, age 10
R.F.D. 1. Box 72, Letts, Iowa
Ardon, Ia., March 22—Robert Lee and son Ira were passengers to
Riverside Monday and returned home yesterday with two car loads
of stock cattle.
Charley Miller and daughter, Mrs. Art Altekruse returned
from Washington last evening after spending several days
visiting with the former's daughter, Mrs. John Robertson.
Wm. and Frank Fletcher each shipped in two car loads of stock
cattle last Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. John Schwin, of Wilton, spent several days last
week visiting with C. Schwin and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Parvin and daughter Ethel, of Muscatine, spent
Sunday with Mrs. Parvin's brother, J. T. Downer.
Mrs. James O'Toole was visiting with friends in Davenport over
John Baker shipped in a car load of stock cattle last Wednesday.
Miss Martha Brown returned from her home in Highland Center last
night and will resume her duties as night operator.
Downer & Schwin were busily engaged unloading a car lumber yes-
terday and a car of coal today.
Chet McCabe is hauling the lumber for his new barn.
Mrs. Samuel Wigim and son Hugh, of Muscatine, were business
visitors in Ardon Monday.
Robert Lee shipped three car loads of cattle to Chicago Thurs-
day. Mr. Lee accompanied the shipment.
Adam Wigim made a business trip to Wapello Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Timberlake were visiting with friends in
Goshin Township Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Allen of Titus, Ia., were visiting with friends
in Ardon over Sunday.
Mrs. F. M. Ferguson was a passenger to Titus, Ia., Monday mornin
to spend a few days visiting at the home of S. A. Allen.
Rev. H. E. Richardson left for conference this morning which is
at Lisbon, Ia.
Ardon, Ia., April 2-. H. E. Richardson has been assigned an
appointment at Dumont, la., and expects to move next Wednesday.
Rev. Ballard of Columbus City will come to Ardon.
James O'Toole shipped a carload of hogs to Chicago Wednesday.
Mrs. R. W. Pugh, of Williamsburg, Ia., was called here Monday
by the illness of her sister, Mrs. S. C. Cole.
Mrs. S. C. Cole, who has been sick for some time was taken to
Bellevue hospital Tuesday evening.
Miss Carrie Opal, of Muscatine, spent Sunday with her friend, Martha
Mrs. Anna Byrne was a passenger to Muscatine Friday evening.
Miss Mary Foley, who is teaching school at Nichols, spent Sunday
under the parental roof.
Downer and Schwin unloaded a car of lumber Saturday.
Griff and Silas Johnson were passengers to Ardon Wednesday morning.
Alex Kollman was a business visitor in Ardon Friday and has taken the
contract to build the new butcher shop and hall.
No. 4 school commenced Monday morning with Miss Clara Healey as
Capt. Nicholson, live stock agent for the C. M. & St. P. railroad,
registered at the hotel Wednesday night.
Ardon, Ia., April 12 - Hugh Wigim moved his household goods to Ardon
last Tuesday and will open up the butcher shop as soon as the building
David Legler shipped in two car loads of stock cattle Friday.
Mrs. C. Schwin entertained her Sunday school class at dinner
Friday. They are Misses Jane Lee, Ellie Chapman, Ciceley
Webb, Leola Lee and Emma Riggs.
I. E. Downer and family of Sweetland, spent Friday and Saturday
with the former's brother J. T. Downer.
Mrs. S. E. Cole returned home from the hospital Saturday morning and
is much improved.
Samuel Wigim, of Muscatine, spent Sunday with his son, Hugh, at Ardon.
Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Richardson left for their new field of labor at
Dumont, Ia., Wednesday.
Downer and Schwin were unloading a car of oat meal Monday.
The Burlington Road Sewing circle met with Mrs. J. T. Downer
Tuesday afternoon. There was a large attendance.
Adam Wigim was a passenger to Muscatine Monday evening.
Eddy Healey is spending his Easter vacation at home.
Miss Marie Byrne will leave for Loredo, Mo. tomorrow where she will
make an extended visit with her sister, Mrs. Robert Deam.
Dayton Riggs, of Lone Tree, was a pleasant caller in Ardon last
Ardon, Ia., April 19-Mr. and Mrs. Foster, of Haskins, spent
Sunday with Frank Eutsler and family.
C. Schwin and family visited over Sunday with friends at Moscow.
Rev. and Mrs. Ballard arrived from Columbus City today. Their
goods came yesterday and they will soon be comfortably located in
Ardon. We welcome them in our midst.
James Cochran, of Letts, shipped two car loads of cattle to
Alex Kollman with his force of men commenced work on the new
butcher shop this morning.
Miss Mame Healey, of Creston, Ia., is visiting at the home of' her
uncle, Andrew Healey.
Robert and Isaac Lee will leave tonight for Kansas City.
Rev. Father Fitzsimmons drove over from Nichols Saturday evening
and stopped at the hotel in order to say early mass Easter morning.
Miss Rhea Legler is home from school at Grinnell for a ten days'
Mrs. Jacob Legler, of Muscatine, came out on No. 3 this morning and
spent the day with D. Legler and family.
Ardon, Ia., April 30-Mr. and Mrs. Bloom of Muscatine spent
Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Wigim.
Downer& Schwin received a car load of flour and feed Saturday.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. S. VanZant, Wednesday, April 25th, a son.
Mrs. Samuel Wigim of Muscatine spent Wednesday with her son
Dave Legler shipped in a car load of fine stock cattle today.
Arthur Timberlake visited with friends in Muscatine over Sunday.
Miss Rhea Legler left for Grinnell Ia. Monday to resume her school work.
Contractor Kollman has the new butcher shop almost completed and
the plasterers will go to work tomorrow.
Mrs. Hugh Wigim is visiting with friends in Muscatine today.
Married, at St. Matthias church, Muscatine, Ia., Tuesday morning
at 9 o'clock, Miss Mary Gory of Muscatine and Mr. Frank O'Brien of
Ardon. Rev. J. F. Leonard officiating. Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien will
reside on a farm about two miles west of Ardon.
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Wigim were visiting with friends in Nichols
John Hoopes was a passenger southwest this morning.
Miss Marie Byrne returned home last night from a two weeks visit
with her sister, Mrs. Robert Deam of Loredo, Mo.
Ardon, Ia., May 8--Miss Lizzie Gory, of Chicago, spent several
days last week visiting with her sister, Mrs. Frank O'Brien.
Mrs. Hugh Wigim is visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. Detthof,
in Muscatine, who expect to leave for new York Tuesday.
Newton Lang, of Wilton, spent Saturday and Sunday with his sister
Mrs. J. T. Downer.
John Verink shipped two car loads of hogs to Chicago Wednesday.
Miss Gertie Legler, of Muscatine, is visiting with friends and
relatives in this vicinity for several days.
Mr. and Mrs. Sanders, from near Muscatine, spent Sunday at the
home of their dau ghter, Mrs. Robert Green.
Miss Minnie Klein, of Muscatine, was an over Sunday visitor with her
friends, Miss Leola Lee.
The new butcher shop is almost completed and Mr. Wigim expects to
commence butchering this week.
Leo Dalton, of Letts, was a business visitor in Ardon Saturday.
Rev. and Mrs. Ballard left for Ottumwa this morning, where they
will spend several days visiting with relatives.
There is considerable talk of moving St. John's U. B. Church to Ardon
We hope this may prove true.
Andy Addleman was a pleasant caller in Ardon today.
Mrs. G. E. Marden, of Ottumwa, was visiting with friends in Ardon
FIRST DANCE IN ARDON'S NEW HALL
Last evening a dance was given at the new hall at Ardon, Dealing's
orchestra from this city furnishing the music. There was a large
attendance and the affair was very much enjoyed.
The structure was built by Hugh Wigim and is nicely arranged. The
upper floor will be used for an entertainment and dance hall while
a store will be conducted by Mr. Wigim in the lower story.
Ardon, Ia., May 21--Mrs. Dan Weatherly and son, Wilt, of Buffalo,
Ia., were over Sunday visitors with Mrs. Anna Byrne.
Mr. West and family, of Ottumwa, arrived Friday evening and are
spending several days at the home of the former's brother Geo. West.
Mr. and Mrs. Timberlake and son, Frank of Cedar Valley, spent
Saturday with their son, Dewey, of this place.
The sad news of the death of Elmer Shellabarger was received yesterday
from Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Shellabarger, who has been very poorly
for some time went to Arizona about four weeks ago with the expectation
of improving his health. But the dread diseases had so fastened itself
upon him that in spite of all his friends and human skill could do he
passed into the great beyond. Mr. Shellabarger was one of the most
conscientious and influential citizens in this community and he leaves
a host of friends to mourn his death. The time for the funeral has
not yet been announced.
Don't forget the social at the Ardon hall Saturday evening, May 26.
The Misses Marie and Felicitas Byrne and Messrs. Frank, Hugh and
Peter Byrne drove to John Healey's in Bloomington Twp. Sunday and
Mrs. S. A. Allen, of Titus, Ia. spent Monday and Tuesday with her
friend, Mrs . F. M. Ferguson.
Ardon, Ia., June 12--Mrs. S. E. Cole and children left this morning
for Williamburg, Ia., for a week's visit with relatives.
Newton Lang, of Wilton spent Sunday at the home of his sister, Mrs. J.
Downer & Schwin unloaded a car of tile Monday and a car of cement
Andrew Healey was bitten by a vicious dog at his home last Friday
It might have proved very serious, but at this writing Mr. Healey is
getting along as well as could be expected.
Lee and Emma Riggs left for Toledo, a., Saturday, where they will
attend commencement exercises and visit friends.
Miss Rhea Legler returned home from college last Friday.
Louis Downer, of Sweetland, has rented the Adam Wigim farm and will
take possession next winter. Mr. Wigim and family will move to
Muscatine. The people of this community regret very much to loss so
kind and loyal neighbors and Mr. and Mrs. Wigim will be greatly
missed in our social circles.
A. P. Fuller, of Lone Tree, was a business visitor in Ardon today.
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Timberlake spent Saturday with relatives in Cedar
Valley near West Liberty.
A large number of our people attended Children's day exercises at
Cranston yesterday afternoon and all came home well pleased with the
The infant babe of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Phillips died last Friday. The
funeral services were held Saturday morning.
J. T. Downer has improved his place by putting in new cement walks.
Miss Gertie Legler, of Muscatine, who has been giving music lessons at
Ardon for a year, gave a recital Saturday afternoon at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. J. T. Downer. There being nine pupils, several from Mus-
catine, who took part. Miss Legler has been very successful in her work, …
… pupil did justice to themselves as well as their teacher.
All present enjoyed the program very much, there being
about 30 present.
Ardon, Ia., June 26--Robert Lee shipped a car load of corn in from
Mrs. Robert Deam, of Loredo, Mo., arrived Sunday evening and is
spending the week with her mother, Mrs. Anna Byrne.
Mrs. J. T. Downer and son Ray were passengers to Wilton Wednesday
morning where they will attend a family reunion at the home of Mrs.
Downer's parents. Mr. Downer will go on Saturday.
Downer & Schwin are unloading a car of lumber today for D. Legler's
Wilson Riggs shipped a car load of hogs to Savannah Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Ferguson drove over to Joy, Ill. and spent
Saturday and Sunday visiting with friends.
Miss Ollie Schwin, of Wilton, returned home last evening after spending
several days with her brother C. Schwin.
C. Schwin and family were visiting with relatives near Wilson last week.
Rev.and Mrs. Ballard spent several days last week visiting at the home
of their daughter, near Washington, Ia.
Mr. and Mrs. John Gertenbaugh are the proud parents of a baby boy
which arrived at their home yesterday morning.
The first quarterly meeting of the Iowa conference (Ardon charge) will
be held at Cranston, Iowa, on Tuesday, June 26, 1906, at 2:30 o'clock.
All the officers are requested to be present as there is business of
importance to attend to. This call given by pastor by request of Elder
Patterson. Rev. Wm. Ballard, pastor.
Ardon, Ia., July 4--Rev. and Mrs. C. P. Lang and family of
Oakland, Neb., and Mrs. W. H. Wahl and son, Harold, of
Paton, Iowa, spent last week with their sister, Mrs. Downer.
Misses Marie Byrne and Clara Healey spent Thursday in Davenport.
Mrs. C. Bauerbach of Winslow, Ariz, visited with her sister, Mrs.
Hugh Wigim, last week.
Rev. and Mrs. David Lang of Perry, Iowa, are spending a few
days with the former's sister, Mrs. J. T. Downer.
Anna Ryan of Muscatine is spending her vacation at the home of her
uncle, Andrew Healey.
L. E. Downer of Sweetland and J. B. Downer of Muscatine were
business visitors at Ardon Friday.
Charlie Kollman and daughters spent Sunday with Mrs. Anna Byrne.
J. J. Legler and Robert Lee have received two car loads of corn.
Andrew Healey and Hugh Wigim spent a few days in Chicago last week.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Schwin attended the funeral of Grandma Hahn, at
There were fifteen car loads of stock shipped from Ardon during the
Grandpa Wigim of Muscatine is spending the week with his son, Hugh.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hahn and son Louis of Moscow and Mrs. Paulus
Hahn and Children, Lulu and Harold, are visiting at the home of C.
Dick Garrett shipped a car load of cattle to Chicago Saturday.
Miss Rogers of Muscatine spent Sunday with her friend Jane Lee.
Miss Nillie McChane, of Williamsburg spent last week visiting at
the home of Richard Phillips.
Marie and Hugh Byrne entertained a number of their friends at their
beautiful home at this place Sunday. The guests were: Misses Marie
and Albert Healey, Sue Murdock, Lulu Beck, and Felicitas Byrne;
Messrs. Clement and Cyril Healey, Frank, John, Lawrence, Peter and
Newton Lang, of Wilton, visited several days with his sister, Mrs.
J. T. Downer.
Miss Mildred Heller, of Muscatine, is spending a week with her cousin,
Mrs. Dewey Timberlake.
Robert and Gertrude Wigim and Ray Downer visited with Hugh and Laura
Shellaburger Sunday afternoon.
Miss Anna Byrne was a Muscatine business visitor Saturday.
Robert Lee and family spent Sunday at the home of Joe O'Brien.
Mr. Mithell, of St. Joe, Mo. is spending several weeks at the home
of Mrs. Anna Byrne.
Hugh Wigim is under the doctor's care from a sore hand caused by blood
Gertrude and Charlie Chenoweth, of Muscatine, were pleasant callers
at Ardon Sunday evening.
Rev. Ballard was a business visitor at Columbus Junction Monday.
Ardon can now pride itself on having a good baseball team with a good
diamond to play on. The boys have just received their new uniforms and
are well equipped for playing ball.
Rev. Father Rvan and brother James of Davenport, and Jerry Mahoney and
family of Redfield, Ia., spent Saturday and Sunday at the home of James
John Foley is home again after an extended visit in Colorado.
Ardon put on a metropolitan appearance the evening of the Fourth with
her large crowd of people and abundance of fireworks. The first rocket
was shot into the air at 8:l5 and from that on until 10:00, it was one
continual flame of fire. All seemed to have a good time.
Ardon, Ia., July 17—A very exciting game of baseball took place
Sunday between the Ardon team and the Muscatine Cubs, resulting
in a score of 23 to 23, when the Cubs realizing that they were
beaten called off the game, in order to keep the Ardon boys from
coming out ahead. Both sides played their best but the Ardon
boys were a little too much for them. The Ardon nine is a fine
uniform lot of boys and with their new suits make a fine appearance.
Miss Nell Downer of Muscatine has been visiting with her brother,
J. T. Downer for the past week.
Miss Clara Healey left for Creston, Ia., Thursday morning for an
extended visit with her cousin, Miss Mayme Healey.
Julia Byrne returned home Saturday evening after a two week visit
with her sister, Mrs. Robert Deam, of Loredo, Mo.
Mrs. John Healey, of Bloomington township, has been visited relatives in this vicinity for several days.
Ray Downer left for Wilton last Tuesday to assist his Grandpa
Lang with his harvest.
Miss Grace Griffin, of Muscatine, spent Sunday with her friend,
Miss Emma Riggs.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Legler of Muscatine, attended the funeral of
Grandpa Eichelbarger Sunday and also visited at the home of Isaac
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Wigim and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee and daughter
Leola spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cashman.
The funeral services of Grandpa Eichelberger were held Sunday
at Johns Chapel at 10 o'clock. A large number of friends attended
the funeral to pay their last tribute of respect to Mr. Eichelberger, who was so widely known and highly esteemed throughout
this part of the country. Interment was made in the Letts
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dethoff, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bloom, of Muscatine
and Mrs. Bauerbach, of Arizona, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs.
Robert and John Pugh, of Williamsburg, Ia., are visiting with
their aunt, Mrs. S. E. Cole.
Will Cochran, of Muscatine, spent Sunday with Bert Milholin.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Addleman, of West Liberty, attended the funeral
of Mr. Eichelberger Sunday.
There were 15 car loads of cattle shipped to Chicago from Ardon Sunday. Robert Lee had seven loads, Isaac Lee three loads and Will and
Legler five loads.
The ball game Sunday between the Muscatine Cubs and the Ardon boys
resulted with a score of 31 to 20 in favor ofthe Cubs.
Wm. Fletcher shipped in a car load of corn Friday.
Mrs. Henry Detthoff, of Muscatine, spent the past week with his
daughter, Mrs. Hugh Wigim.
Misses Marie and Felicitas Byrne spent several days of last week
visiting at John Healey's north of Muscatine.
Wilson Riggs shipped two car loads of hogs to Savannah, Ia. yesterday.
Rev. and Mrs. Ballard, Mr. and Mrs. C. Schwin, Leila Lee and Edith
Riggs left yesterday for Columbus Junction to take in the Chautauqua.
The Misses Niver, Kern, Ruffner and Messrs. Reesink, Schmidt, Lump,
Lilly and Harrington, of Muscatine spent Sunday at the home of Mrs.
The people of this community were very much shocked tohear of the
sudden death of Patrick Lynch, Sr. who died Sunday evening at 11
o'clock of apoplexy. Mr. Lynch was one of the oldest and most highly
respected citizens of Seventy Six Township and leaves a host of friends
to mourn his death. The funeral was held at the Catholic Church at
Ardon yesterday morning at 10 o'clock.
Arthur Timberlake was visiting with friends near West Liberty over
Ardon is to have another improvement in the near future. Mr. Fuller
of Lone Tree, is going to build a feed mill and will grind feed and
handle mill stuff. He will also erect a house soon.
Mr. and Mrs. James Healey, from near Spangler's Chapel, were visiting
with Andrew Healey and family yesterday.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deam, of Loredo, Mo., stopped off on their way
home from the north and spent Friday with the latter's mother, Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Schwin, Edith and Emma Riggs, Leola, Jeannette, Kate
John and Iva Lee are tenting at Columbus Junction Chautauqua this
Miss Nellie Shellabarger and Winifred Bowers spent Sunday with Vernon
and Rhea Legler of Ardon.
Fifteen car load of cattle were shipped from Ardon Sunday, July29,
Will & Legler sent five car load and Lee Bros, sent ten car loads.
Robert Lee and two sons, Ira and Robert, and Mr. Legler accompanied
Mrs. S. E. Cole and J. L. Downer and wife attended Muscatine Chautauqua
several days last week.
B. L. McBride has appeared in our vicinity with his threshing machine.
The farmers will be kept quite busy now for a couple of weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wood and Miss Avis spent Sunday at the home of
Morris Evans and little son Tedd of Pipestone, Minnesota, visited
with the former's brother-in-law, David Legler and family Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Chapman visited Sunday with the latter's brother,
Arthur Abbott and wife of Conesville.
There was quite a large attendance at the Ladies Aid Scoeity last
Wednesday which met at the home of Miss Allie Chapman.
A few of our young folks enjoyed a picnic at Mr. Eichelberger's lake
Saturday, July 28.
John Henderson of Kansas is spending a few days at the home of W. M.
Mildred Ruffner of Des Moines and Anna Kern and Julia Niver of Muscatine are boarding a few days at the Byrne Hotel.
Isaac Abbott of Conesville is visiting his sister, Mrs. Wilbur Chapman, for a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. John Gertenbach have named their little son Roland
Robert Green and family attended Muscatine Chautauqua the past week.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Kerr and Mr. and Mrs. J. Gertenbach and daughter
Ella, of Muscatine, visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. E.
Gertenbach last Tuesday.
Ardon, Ia., Aug. 7--The Ladies Aid society of St. John's chapel
will give an ice cream social at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Adam
Wigim Saturday evening Aug. 11. All are cordially invited to come
and spend a pleasant evening.
Mr. and Mrs. D. N. Scott, of Williamsburg, la. arrived last evening
and will make an extended visit at the home of the latter's parents Mr.
and Mrs. Rudolph Altekruse.
James O'Toole shipped a car of cattle to Chicago yesterday.
Mrs. Thomas Ryan and children of Muscatine, are visiting at the
home of Mrs. Thomas Byrne.
Frank O'Brien shipped a carload of cattle to Chicago Sunday.
The ball game between Ardon and Cranston yesterday resulted in a
score of 24 to 17 in favor of the Ardon boys.
Dave Cochran spent Sunday at the home of Mrs. Anna Byrne.
The Misses Kate Healey and Marie Byrne and Messrs. Ed. Healey and
Anthony Byrne drove to Columbus Junction, to attend the chautauqua.
Mrs. and Mrs. F. M. Ferguson spent Saturday and Sunday visiting with
friends in Joy, Ill.
Mr. Summers, of Highland Centre, Ia. has accepted the position as
night operator at Ardon.
Ardon, Ia. Aug. 13--Mrs. Elizabeth Kauffman and son, William, of
Wilton, spent Saturday and Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Downer.
Adam Wigim was a passenger to Waterloo, Iowa, Monday evening, and
attended the democratic convention at that place.
Miss Zola Craven of Kellogg, Iowa, spent the past week with her friend,
Miss Rhea Legler.
Newton and Joe Lang of Wilton stopped on their way to Grandview and
spent Thursday with their sister, Mrs. J. T. Downer.
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Wigim delightfully entertained the Ardon Fishing
club at a 6 o'clock dinner at their beautiful home Sunday. The Ardon
Fishing club has the reputation of having some of the best fishermen in
this party of the country and its members are determined not to let it
be a thing of the past, as each one is doing his duty to maintain the
The guests were: Geo. Baker and family, D. Legler and family, D.
Timberlake and family, J. T. Downer and family, Robt. Lee and family
Wilbur Chapman and wife. The invited guests of the club were: The
Misses Gertie Legler and Nettie Downer, of Muscatine; Miss Zola Craven
of Kellogg, la., and Mrs. Elizabeth Kaufman and son, William of Wilton.
Mr. and Mrs. Wigim proved themselves royal entertainers.
Miss Nellie Downer, of Muscatine, spent Saturday and Sunday with her
brother, J. T. Downer.
Mrs. Samuel Wigim, Mrs. Ottie Snyder and Mrs. Henry Dethoff, of
Muscatine, spent Thursday with Mrs. Hugh Wigim.
Play Twelve Innings
The best and most exciting game for the day occurred at Ardon, where
team representing that city defeated a bunch of players from this
city by the score of 5 to 4, after twelve innings of the fastest kind of
ball. The Muscatine team has just recently been organized and is
managed by W. Toohey, but as yet no name has been given the club,
Both teams played excellent ball and the hits as well as errors were
few. The local team lost the game in the first of the twelfth inning
when the short stop allowed a grounder to get past him, and the
runner made two bases and was scored on a single.
The batteries were: Muscatine, Holliday and Harrington; Ardon,
Bryne and Shears.
Gunthers Lose in Clean Game
The Gunthers lost by one point yesterday afternoon at Ardon, when they
played the team representing that place to a finish, the final count being
14 to 13. Both teams played fair ball but the hits and runs were too
plentiful to make the game very spectacular. But what was lost in that
respect was made up in interest for the two teams were so evenly
matched that it was not until the last minute of play that the Island lads
felt confident of the game, although they practically won the game in the
first two innings when no less than ten men crossed the plate. A rally in
the fifth by the locals came near putting them to the bad when seven men
went the rounds after two were out.
The lineup of the team was:
| Ardon: || || Gunthers: |
| Shears || C || Will Koll |
| McNutt || P || Morgan |
| Healey || SS || Schrears |
| Hildebrand || 1b || Millett |
| Brown || 2b || Fible |
| Hawkins || 3b || Fuller |
| L. Byrne || LF || Wood |
| W. Byrne || CF || Amlong |
| Martin || RF || Rice |
Ardon, Ia., Aug. 27--Miss Belle Long and Mrs. John Starr of
Williamsburg, are spending a week at the home of S. E. Cole.
Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Lang of Grand view spent Wednesday with
their cousins, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Downer.
Mrs. Wm. Ballard, was a passenger for Rubio Tuesday morning
to visit with friends for a few days. She was accompanied home by
her two granddaughters, Jesse and Julia Ballard, who will make an
Miss Clara Wagner, of Muscatine, spent Thursday with her friend,
Mrs. Frank Bruin.
Downer and Schwin unloaded two cars of lumber and one car of cement
Geo. Ewing of Ill is visiting with relatives in this vicinity.
Rev. and Mrs. D. N. Scott, who have been visiting with the latter's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Altekinse, for some time, left for
Chicago ca No. 8, Friday where they will remain over Sunday and
from there will leave for Virginia where they will visit Mr. Scott's
mother, and other relatives.
Legler and Will shipped two car loads of hogs to Chicago Tuesday. John
Healey accompanied the shipment.
Rev. E. C. Brooks of Muscatine was a pleasant caller in Ardon Saturday.
Wm. Fletcher shipped two car loads of cattle to Chicago Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. D. Timberlake attended the West Liberty fair Thursday
E. R. Carr of Alabama is spending a few days at the old homestead.
S. L. Johnson of Muscatine was a pleasant caller in Ardon Sunday.
G. R. West, who has been very low with typhoid fever, is improving
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Wigim spent Sunday with friends in Muscatine.
Mrs. Tillie Schroeder and son Harold of Muscatine spent the past
week with Mrs. Hugh Wigim.
Wilson Riggs shipped a car of hogs to Savannah, Thursday.
Hugh Wigim is giving his butcher shop a new coat of paint, which adds
much to its appearance.
Jimmy Digney left for Colorado today where he expects to remain some
time on account of his health.
Stella and Ralph Healey of Bayfield, spent the past week visiting at the
home of their uncle, Joe O'Brien.
The ball game which took place Sunday between Muscatine and Ardon
resulted in a score of 12 to 14 in favor of Ardon. The Ardon boys are
certainly a strong team and have been victorious in every game so far
The weather man won yesterday's game for Ardon in their conflict
with the South Muscatine Athletics, and had it not been for the
shower the locals would have no doubt got to the head.
The island lads were especially strong with the stick however, and
nearly all the slab artists in the team were put in commission. The
final score was 5 to 3.
Ardon, Ia. Sept. 4--Quite a delegation went from this vicinity to
Washington last Thursday to hear the Rev. Billy Sunday. They were
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Wigim, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Timberlake,
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Downer, Mrs. Geo. Baker and daughter, Myrta,
Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Will, Rev. and Mrs. Ballard, Mrs. S. E. Cole,
Misses Marie Byrne, Jane Lee and Messrs Arthur Timberlake and
Clark Altekruse, Mr. and Mrs. Will Harris and Miss Gertie Legler
of Muscatine joined them at Ardon.
Rev. William Ballard left today for Clear Lake, Iowa, to hold a two
weeks revival meeting at that place.
W. W. West of Big Timber, Montana, arrived last evening, being
called to the bedside of his father, G. R. West, who has been very low
with typhoid fever. Mr. West is some better at this writing.
Mr. Roberts and family of Bayfield moved into A. Healy's tenant house
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bloom, from Muscatine are spending several days
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Wigim.
Frank Timberlake of West Liberty visited his brother Dewey, a few days
Miss Hennicker of Muscatine is visiting at the home of her uncle, G. R.
Mrs. Wilbur Chapman visited at the home of her parents near Conesville
Mrs. C. Schwin and Mrs . J. T. Downer left this evening on No. 8 for
Davenport to visit several days with the former's sister , Mrs. Pauline
The ball game which was to be played Sunday between the S. M. A. C. of
South Muscatine and the Ardon boys did not come off on account of the rain.
Miss Lizzie Gory of Muscatine spent the past week with her sister, Mrs.
Frank O ' Brien.
Ardon, Ia. Sept. 19--Little Lilly Bentley was the victim of an accident that
occured on Sunday afternoon, which might have proved serious, if not
fatal. Mr. and Mrs. Schwin and family, with a number of relatives, who
were visiting at their place, secured a handcar and went down to the big
fill below Adam Wigim's farm. On returning home Lilly's hat blew off
and without any warning she jumped off the car to get the hat, and in so
doing her foot was caught and it threw her around so that her arm went
under the wheel, bruising it badly, and also cut a deep gash in her forehead,
which bled profusely. Dr. Oliver was called and sewed up the gash
and bandaged up the arm. She is doing as well as could be expected at this
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Eveland and daughter, Joe, of Nebraska, Mr. and
Mrs. John Schwin, the Misses Agnes and Ollie Schwin, the Messrs. Newt
Lang and Elsie Hesson, all of Wilton, spent Sunday at the home of Conrad
Andrew Healey shipped a car load of cattle to Chicago today.
Word has been received that Mrs. J. T. Downer, who is at Bellevue
Hospital receiving treatment for her throat, is doing nicely and is improving
as rapidly as could be expected.
A. P. Fuller is erecting his new feed mill and will soon be ready to grinding.
Downer & Schwin unloaded a car of coal Friday.
The Shellabarger farm was sold on the day of the sale, privately,
for $125 per acre.
Rev. and Mrs. John Robertson of Keota, Iowa spent several days visiting
with the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller.
Ardon, Ia., Oct. 9--M. Shellabarger and family, of Cranston, spent
Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Adam Wigim.
The ball game Sunday between the Gunthers of Muscatine, and the Ardon
boys, resulted in a score of 9 to 2 in favor of Muscatine.
Mrs. Anna Byrne, who had been visiting with her daughter, Mrs.
Robert Deam, of Loredo, Mo. for a week, returned home Friday night.
Grandpa Wigim, of Muscatine, spent the past week visiting with his son,
Downer and Schwin unloaded a car of cement Saturday.
Mesdames Bloom and Hartman, of Muscatine, spent Wednesday and
Thursday with Mrs. Hugh Wigim.
I. E. Downer, of Sweetland, was looking after business matters in this
Rev. Ballard attended the Ministerial association at Columbus City last
The dance at the hall last Tuesday evening was well attended and all
seemed to have a good time.
I. S. Pepper, of Muscatine, was a pleasant caller in Ardon Saturday
Mr. and Mrs. John Gertenbaugh, of near Muscatine, were visiting with|
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Wigim Tuesday.
Wm. Martz has sold his farm to Kaufman Bros, from near Wilton.
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Wigim entertained a number of friends at a
12 o'clock dinner Sunday. The guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Geo.
Wittich and son Clarence, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Ryan and daughter
Genevieve, Mr. and Mrs. David Board and Mr. and Mrs. Charlie
Hahn, all of Muscatine, and Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Downer and son
Ray, of Ardon.
10-20-06SEVENTY-SIX TOWNSHIP (teachers)
No. 1, Walnut--Mrs. Margaret Stout, Muscatine,
No. 2 High Prairie -- Lura E. McCullough, Conesville.
No. 3 Black Oak -- Ciyota Wylie, Cranston.
No. 4 Central -- Clara Healey, Letts, R. F. D.
No. 5 Green Valley -- Mary Jacobs, Letts R. F. D.
No. 6 Oak Grove -- Clara J. Betts, Letts, R. F. D.
No. 7 Maple Grove -- Roy E. DeCamp, Fruitland.
No.8 Burr Oak -- Rose P. Duffy, Muscatine.
Ardon, Ia. Oct. 22--Mr, and Mrs. McClintock and family, of
Missouri, and Mr. and Mrs. Glassbuener and family, of
Washington, Ia., spent several days last week visiting at the
home of the latter's parents, Rev. and Mrs. Ballard.
Joe and Ethel Lang, of Wilton, spent Saturday and Sunday
with their sister, Mrs. J. T. Downer.
Mrs. S. E. Cole returned home from Chillicothe, Mo., Saturday
evening after spending a week with relatives.
Mrs. Elizabeth Kaufman and son Freddie, of Wilton, attended
the Wigim sale Wednesday and visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
J. T. Downer Thursday.
Geo. Baker who has been sight seeing in California for the past
month, returned home Saturday.
Will & Legler shipped in a car load of stock cattle Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Sullivan and children and Miss Anna O'Brien,
of Muscatine, spent Sunday at the home of Mrs. Anna Byrne.
Geo. J. Lang, of Wilton, candidate for county supervisor, was in this
vicinity Wednesday and also visited with his niece, Mrs. J. T. Downer.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Bloom and Miss Hubacher, of Muscatine, spent
Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Wigim.
Grandpa Wigim, of Muscatine spent the past week with his son Hugh.
Jane Lee visited with friends in Muscatine Saturday and Sunday.
S. L. Johnson, of Muscatine, attended the funeral of Charles Brookhart
Sunday and also visited at the home of J. T. Downer.
The Adam Wigim sale which was held last Wednesday was attended by
on of the largest crowds ever known in this vicinity. Everything sold
Will Kelly, of Wapello, was a business visitor in Ardon Friday.
Ardon, Ia., Nov. 5=-Mrs. Frank Eutsler and son Charles, were passengers
to Haskins Friday morning, where they will spend a couple of days visiting
with Mrs. Eutsler's brother. Mr. Eutsler joined her Sunday.
Nelson Riggs shipped a car load of hogs Friday.
John Healey and family spent Sunday with Mrs. Healey's parents near
Mrs. Belle Mulholm of Muscatine spent Monday and Tuesday with Mrs.
Mrs. J. T. Downer spent Tuesday with her friend, Mrs. Ella Moynahan
Mr. and Mrs. C. Schwin and family attended the Schwin-Hesson wedding
last Wednesday. Mrs. Schwin remained to visit other relatives
for a few days.
Rev. Father Fiszsimmons of Nichols took dinner with Mrs. Anna Byrne.
Mrs. Hugh Wigim is spending a few days visiting friends in Muscatine.
Miller Riggs shipped a car load of wheat Saturday.
A. P. Fuller will soon have his mill completed and ready for business.
Ardon, Ia., Nov. 13--Mrs. Edward Seller entertained a number of
her lady friends at dinner Thursday in honor of Mrs. Adam Wigim.
The guests were Mrs. John Hitchcock, Mrs. Dave Legler, Mrs.
Milt Waltz, Mrs J. T. Downer, Mrs. Dewey Timberlake, Mrs.
Art Altekruse, Mrs. Wilbur Chapman, Mrs. C. T. McCabe, and Mrs.
L. C. Hirt, Mrs. Charley Seller and Mrs. Jay Seller of Muscatine.
Dave Legler left Tuesday evening Canada looking up some land interest.
Mrs. J. T. Downer and Ray left last evening for Wilton, where they
will spend a week visiting with relatives and friends.
John Hitchcock left Wednesday evening for Kansas City to attend the
funeral of his brother Frank, who died that morning.
Miss Alberta Healy, of Bloomington, was visiting with friends in
this vicinity Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Downer, of Muscatine, spent Tuesday and
Wednesday with their son, J. T. Downer.
Jim Cochran, of Letts, was a caller in Ardon Thursday.
Ardon, Iowa, Nov. 19--Rev. and Mrs. Ballard returned home
Saturday evening after a week's visit with relatives at Washington.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bloom and Howard Warfield, of Muscatine,
spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Wigim.
Adam Wigim and family have moved to Muscatine and are now
comfortably located in their new home. Louis Downer is moving on
the Wigim farm.
Geo. Baker and family, Adam Wigim and family, Mr. and Mrs.
David Legler and J. T. Downer and family were entertained at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Timberlake Sunday.
Miss Fahey, of Muscatine, was visiting at the Tanney home a few
days last week.
Mrs. David Legler entertained a number of her lady friends at dinner
Robert Wigim, of Muscatine, spent Saturday and Sunday with his friend
Mr. and Mrs. C. T. McCable spent Sunday with friends in Muscatine
Lucy West left for Montana Wednesday evening to visit with her brother.
Ardon, Ia. Dec. ll--Mr. and Mrs. C. Schwin spent several day visiting
with friends at Moscow and attended the Hahn-Rexroth wedding at that place
Kate and Ed. Healey spent the past week visiting friends in Chicago and
also attending the fat stock show.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ballard and family of Ottumwa are spending the
winter with the former's parents, Rev. and Mrs. Wm. Ballard.
Miss Florence Johnston of Muscatine spent Sunday with her cousin Mrs.
Rev. and Mrs. Preston Conant of Muscatine were visiting with Mr. and
Mrs. J. T. Downer, Tuesday.
Henry Bertram loaded a car of horses and grain Friday to be shipped to
Fruitdale, Alabama. Mr. Bertram makes a yearly trip to Iowa for horses
and speaks well of the sunny south.
Mrs. Adam Wigim of Muscatine spent Wednesday and Thursday with her
friend, Mrs. J. T. Downer.
Presiding Elder J. H. Patterson of Toledo,Ila. will give a lecure at
St. John's chapel Friday evening. Dec. 14th subject: "The Old and the
New South" Everybody should hear Mr. Patterson, as he is an able
Roy Abbott of Conesville is spending several days with his sister, Mrs.
Mrs. Wm. Fletcher entertained 20 of her lady friends at dinner Thursday.
Miss Margaret Maher, who has been assisting Mrs. Lewis Downer is
spending several days with her parents near Summit.
Will Young spent Sunday with Mr. Scott and family of West Liberty.
Robert Wigim of Muscatine spent Saturday with his friend, Ray Downer.
Jimmy Digney is at Bellevue hospital taking treatment for his throat.
His many friends hope for his speedy recovery.
Miss Clara Betts of Muscatine spent the past week visiting at the home
of John Healey.
Miss Rhea Legler spent her Thanksgiving vacation at home and returned
to Grinnell Monday to resume her school work.
Wilson Riggs shipped a car of hogs Wednesday and one Thursday.
Revival meetings are in progress at the High Prairie M. E. Church, which
are being conducted by the pastor, Rev. P. M. Conant. The attendance
has been very good, considering the weather.
Ardon, Ia., Dec. 31--Joe Milholin, of Parnell, Ia., is visiting with
his brother Bert, of this place.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deam, of Loredo, Mo. spent the holidays with
the latter's mother, Mrs. Anna Byrne.
D. Timberlake and family and J. T. Downer and family spent Christmas with Adam Wigim and family, of Muscatine.
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Timberlake spent Thursday with Mr. Timberlake's
parents in Goshen township.
Robert Lee and son Ira left Tuesday morning for Kansas City to purchase
Adam Wigim and son Robert, of Muscatine, spent Thursday and Friday
at the home of J. T. Downer.
The Misses Heller and Pantel, of Muscatine, spent Friday with with Mr. and
Mrs. Dewey Timberlake.
Miss Rhea Legler is home from Grinnell spending the holidays with her
Fred Rost, of Wilton, is spending the week with his sister, Mrs. C. Schwin.
Arthur and Hal Belk, of Grandview, were over Sunday visitors at the home
of their sister, Mrs. Lewis Downer.
Miss Florence Johnson, of Muscatine, spent Sunday with friends in this
Johnnie Verink shipped a car load of hogs to Chicago Thursday.
Miss Hazel Longstreth spent a few days last week visiting friends in this
Altekruse Bros, shipped two car loads of cattle to Chicago Tuesday. Clark.
Altekruse accompanied the shipment.
Chart. Belk and Charley Cameron, of Grandview, were business
visitors in this vicinity last Wednesday.
Legler & Will shipped two car loads of cattle to Chicago Sunday.
The W. C. T. U. of Conesville will give a silver medal oratorical
contest at St. John's chapel Tuesday evening, Jan. 1st. All are
Miss Anna Ryan of Muscatine, spent Saturday and Sunday at the home
of her uncle, Andrew Healey.
Bert Milholin has moved to the farm near Ardon vacated by G. R. West.
Hugh Bryne left for Boulder, Col., last Saturday for an indefinite period.
The people of Ardon had a very pleasant and enjoyable time at a
Chritmas tree entertainment given for the children at the city hall
last Sunday evening. The tree was very beautifully decorated and
loaded with presents for the little folks. Old Santa Claus made his
appearance which pleased the children very much but did not have long
to stop as he was just making the big towns that night and wanted to
get round. Mr. Andrew Healey showed his generosity towards the
children by giving each one of them a beautiful present which certainly
was appreciated both by parents and children. All seemed to enjoy
themselves and wished for Merry Christmas to soon come again.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Eethoff, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bloom, of
Muscatine, spent Christmas with Mrs. Hugh Wigim.