1-20-08TRAFFIC DELAYED BY A MINOR WRECK
Car Derailed Near Culver Causes Much Trouble
Milwaukee Passenger No. 108 Delayed Over An Hour As Result Of
Breakdown - Other Items
As a result of a minor wreck which occurred on the Milwaukee Road
last evening near the Culver Station, traffic was suspended for
several hours. One of the heavy cars on a local freight jumped the
track and tore up the right of way for a short distance. A section
crew was sent to the scene and after working for several hours the
track was cleared. The Milwaukee passenger No. 108 which is due to
arrive here shortly after 9 o'clock was delayed for some time by the
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eutsler and children left Wednesday on No. 3 for
Haskins, Ia., to spend several days at the home of James Foster.
Mrs. Anna Byrne received word Friday stating that Mr. and Mrs. R.
W. Deam and little son arrived at Butte, Mont, safely.
Mrs. William Bloom of Muscatine, spent Sunday at the home of her
sister, Mrs. Hugh Wigim and family.
The Slough Road Sewing Circle was entertained at the home of Mrs.
J. T. Downer Wednesday afternoon.
Ira Lee, who is attending school at Burlington, Ia., spent Thursday
with his parents.
Altekruse Bros. shipped a car load of cattle to Chicago Tuesday. Sam
accompanied the shipment.
Rev. Brook former pastor of St. John's Church was visiting friends
in this vicinity several days last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Wigim of Muscatine, spent Tuesday with Ardon
Patrick Shingledecker, of near Moscow, has moved onto the Curtis
Revival meetings are in progress at St. John's Chapel and Elder
Patterson is assisting Rev. Ballard with the work.
The Ladies Aid Society of the U. B. Church will meet with Mrs. John
Webb Thursday, February 6, for an all day meeting. Members are
requested to be present.
Mr. Downey shipped three car loads of cattle to Chicago Saturday.
The dance given by Edward Healey and Harrison Terry Friday night
was well attended considering the stormy night.
W. M. Riggs and Ed. Seller shipped a car of hogs to Chicago Thursday.
J. J. Legler, of Muscatine, spent several days of last week visiting
friends in this vicinity.
Joe Milholn, formerly of this place, but now of Kansas, is spending
several weeks with his brother, Bert, and other relatives.
Andrew Healey shipped two car loads of cattle to Chicago Sunday.
Miss Foster, of Haskins, Ia., is visiting at the home of her uncle,
J. T. Downer and Hugh Wigim, have been busy the past week filling
their large ice houses.
S. N. Grosjean left Monday for an extended visit on the Pacific
Joe Furlong shipped a car of hogs to Chicago Wednesday.
Elder Patterson, after assisting Rev. Ballard the past week in the
revival, left Friday morning for Coppac, Ia.
Thirty five of Mrs. J. T. Healey's friends went in and kindly reminded
her of her thirtieth birthday anniversary Friday evening Feb. 7. The
evening was most enjoyably spent. Refreshments were served at a late
Mrs. Cochran and daughter, Nannie, of Muscatine, were visiting
several days at the former's daughter, Mrs. Bert Milholin.
Robert and Gertrude Wigim of Muscatine spent Saturday with their little
Mrs. Ballard, who has spent the past four weeks with her son at
Washington, Ia., is expected home this evening.
Allie Chapman, after spending three weeks visiting friends at Conesville returned home Saturday on No. 8.
The M. E. Ladies Aid Society will meet with Mrs. Barclay Thursday
afternoon, Feb. 13.
Mrs. Austin of Muscatine, spent Thursday at the home of Mrs. Anna Byrne.
Ardon, Ia., Feb. 18—Mr. and Mrs. Mike Healey and family arrived
Wednesday morning from Chicago. They will move on the Joe Vanatta
farm. Their many friends are glad to have them in their midst
Jeanette and Kathryn Lee are spending several days at Burlington
visiting their brothers and cousins who are attending school at
David Webster shipped a car load of calves in from Kansas City
Vernon Legler arrived home Tuesday evening on No. 8 after eighteen
months of North Dakota life. He proved up on his claim and feels
as if his time was well spent.
W. M. Riggs shipped five car loads of cattle to Chicago last Wednesday. Mr. Riggs accompanied the shipment.
Quite a number of this neighborhood attended the funeral of the
late Highland Brickenridge Wednesday afternoon at High Prairie
Joe Milholn departed for his home at Olathe, Kansas, Saturday
evening after several weeks with relatives.
Mr. and Mr. A. D. Timberlake entertained a number of their friends
at dinner last Wednesday. The guests were: Mr. and Mrs. R. J.
Altekruse, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Eichelberger, Mr. and Mrs. Adam
Wigim, and Mrs. J. T. Downer, Mr. and Mrs. John Baker, Mr.
and Mrs. Louis Downer and Mr. and Mrs. David Legler.
Joe and Louie Byrne had a car load of stockers shipped in from
North English last Wednesday.
F. M. Ferguson spent Tuesday in Davenport.
Vernon Legler, J. T. Downer and Bert Milholin were business visitors
in Muscatine Friday evening.
Mrs. Henry Dethoff, who is staying at the home of her daughter
Mrs. Hugh Wigim, spent several days at her home in Muscatine.
Miss Dot McSwiggin of Wilton and Ralph Healey of Bayfield, were
over Sunday visitors at the Andrew Healey home.
Ardon, Iowa, Feb. 25--Mrs. El, Winnemore, of Butte, Montana,
Mrs. Lottie Hare and daughter Dorothy and Mrs. Bessie Hartman,
of Muscatine, spent Thursday with Mrs. Anna Byrne and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Timberlake spent Monday and Tuesday, near
West Liberty at the home of Kaleb McIntire.
Mike Tomney and Christy Nolan shipped a car load of hogs to Chicago
Truman Wigim visited with his brother Hugh and family Saturday,
returning to Muscatine in the evening.
Mrs. Bert Milholin and daughter Mabel were visiting at the home of
Mrs. Cochran, of Muscatine, for several days.
Mr. and Mrs. John Lanflier of Muscatine arrived Sunday morning
and will visit for several days at the home of the latter's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Wiest.
Mr. and Mrs. John Webb and family were pleasantly surprised
Thursday evening when about fifty of their friends and neighbors
came in and took possession of their home. Miss Cicely Webb
entertained the happy crowd with graphophone selections which were
appreciated by all present. The invaders departed for their homes
at a late hour, all declaring the evening well spent.
Joe O'Brien shipped a car load of fat cattle to Chicago Saturday.
Mr. O'Brien also went to Chicago to attend to business.
W. C. Knight and F . M. Cooper of Muscatine spent Friday and
Saturday in Ardon looking after insurance business.
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Milholin entertained at dancing a number of young
people at their home Tuesday evening.
School closed at No, 4 Friday with a Washington program. A number of
visitors also enjoyed the entertainment as well as pupils and teachers
Miss Agnes O'Brien has given good satisfaction and will open, the spring
term after a two weeks' vacation.
Ardon, Ia. March 4--Miss Rheinhart, of Columbus City, spent last
week with Rev. and Mrs. Ballard.
Mrs. John Storms, of Conesville, attended the funeral of her aunt,
Mrs. Ann Fletcher, Thursday, also visited for several days at the
home of her cousin, W. H. Fletcher.
The Misses Marie and Felicitas Byrne attended the Healey-Niver
wedding Tuesday in Muscatine, and remained until Thursday visiting
with friends and relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dethof spent last week with their daughter Mrs.
Hugh Wigim and family.
Robert Lee was in Muscatine several days, where he has been taking
treatment for his eyes.
John Webb went to Muscatine Friday on No. 92 to attend to business
Wilson Riggs shipped a car load of hogs to Savanna Friday.
Anna Ryan, of Muscatine, was an over Sunday visitor at the Andrew
The U. B. Ladies' Aid society will meet with Mrs. Louis Downer
Thursday March 5, for an all day meeting.
Mrs. E. E. Eichelberger and son, Levi, visited for several days at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Waltz, of Muscatine.
Vernon Legler was a passenger to Rock Island Saturday evening.
Frank Byrne who has been spending several weeks at home, left for
Ottumwa Friday evening, where he will again resume his work.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Seller, of Muscatine, spent Sunday at the home
of the former's brother, Edward Seller and family.
John, Ira and Leola Lee returned home Friday evening from Burlington,
where they have been attending school the past winter. Miss Leola will
return in two weeks to resume her studies.
The dance given by Bee Terry and William King Friday evening was well
attended considering the bad roads.
Mrs. Anna Byrne was a passenger to Muscatine Saturday.
C. H, Sandvos, of Muscatine was a business visitor in Ardon Saturday.
Miss Helen Cone, of Muscatine, spent Sunday with her aunt, Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Waltz spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur
Seven carloads of stock were shipped from here Monday. W. H. Fletchei
three loads of cattle, Patsy Tomney one of hogs, Altekruse Bros, one
of cattle; Peter Byrne, one of hogs, Wilson Riggs, one of hogs. Those
who accompanied the shipments were W. H. Fletcher, Sam Altekruse, Pat
Tomney and Peter Byrne.
Rev. Brook of Kansas City spent Thursday with Rev. Ballard and calling
on friends in the interest of church building at that place.
Horace Smith, of Summit, was an Ardon business visitor on Monday.
Mrs. G. E. Marden of Ottumwa was visiting Ardon friends Thursday
Mrs. Samuel Wigim, Mrs. Wm. Bloom and Miss Elsie Hubacher, of Muscatine, spent Thursday with Mrs. Hugh Wigim.
Assessor Fullerton was making his annual calls in this vicinity on
Mrs. Wilton Walts entertained 22 of her lady friends at her beautiful
country home last Wednesday, March 4. At noon an elegant dinner was
served by the hostess to which all did justice. The afternoon was
spent in a social and musical manner. The guests departed for their
homes declaring the day well spent.
Mrs. Anna Byrne, Mr. and Mrs. John Lauder, Frank Martin and F. M.
Ferguson were passengers to Muscatine the other evening on No. 92.
Tom Leddy was called to Amboy Friday on account of the serious illness of his father.
R. J. Altekruse was a passenger to Chicago Tuesday evening.
Lee Riggs left for Texas the forepart of the week where he expects
to spend ten days on a land expedition.
David and Veron Legler attended the horse sale at Lone Tree Friday.
W. M. Riggs shipped in a carload of cotton seed meal from the south
Mrs. Adam Wigim and Mrs. J. J. Legler of Muscatine visited with
friends in Ardon Wednesday.
Dave Corbin of Letts was a business visitor in Ardon Friday evening.
Frank Addleman entertained a number of his friends at dinner Sunday.
Mrs. Ida Hunter of Muscatine spent Sunday with her parents.
Mr. Hubbard, live stock commissioner, of Chicago, is spending several
days in this vicinity in the interest of live stock men.
Mrs. Louis Downer was called to Grandview Friday evening to the bedside of her father, Jacob Belk, who is seriously ill.
Miss Merle Nesper and brother, Fred, of Muscatine, spent Sunday at the
home of David Legler.
Andrew Healey shipped in three carloads of stock cattle today.
Mr. and Mrs. Asa Martin, of Fruitland, spent Sunday at F. M. Ferguson's.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Marden and daughter, Billi, of Ottumwa, visited
with friends in Ardon Sunday.
Miss Hattie Meeker, of Cranston, visited with her cousin, Hazel
Miss Rhea Legler returned to her school duties at Grinnell Monday
after spending a week at home.
Miss Edith Riggs returned to Toledo, Ia., Monday, where she is
attending school, after spending her spring vacation.
Miss Marie Byrne returned home Tuesday, after spending several days
at Burlington with her friend, Leola Lee.
Frank Byrne returned home from Ottumwa Saturday.
Rev. Stice, the new minister who was recently assigned to the Ardon
circuit arrived Saturday and preached his first sermon at St. John's
and Cranston Sunday. Rev. Ballard will load his goods Tuesday and
will leave for his new field of labor at Wayland, Ia.
Isaac Lee will leave tonight for Chicago, and from there to Omaha.
He will look for stock cattle.
Lee Riggs returned home from Texas Saturday after spending three weeks
The people of Ardon tendered Rev. and Mrs. Ballard a farewell reception at the home of Mrs. Anna Byrne Monday evening at a six o'clock
dinner, the occasion being a complete surprise. Mrs. Byrne invited
them to dine and spend the evening with her and on their arrival the
friends to the number of 35 were ready to welcome the Rev. and his
wife. Their many friends regret to lose them from their midst, but
wish them success in their new work.
Ardon, Ia., April 8--Mrs. Ed Welch and children, of new Boston
arrived Friday morning, and are visiting with Mrs. Welch's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. P. D. Shoemaker, near Ardon.
Charley Rider shipped three car loads of cattle to Chicago today and
Dave Legler shipped two loads. C. H. Rider and Vernon Legler ac -
companied the shipments.
Mr. and Mrs. Elzie Hesson, of Wilton were over Sunday visitors
with friends in Ardon.
Rev. Stice, who has been assigned to Ardon circuit for the coming
year arrived with his goods Friday evening. Mrs. Stice is expected
to arrive today or Thursday.
Isaac and Robert Lee each shipped in two car load of stock cattle
James O'Toole shipped a car of hogs to Chicago Tuesday.
Mrs. Hugh Wigim and children are spending this week visiting with
relatives in Muscatine.
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Wigim, of Muscatine, spent Sunday with Mr. and
Mrs.W. H. Fulton.
The twp. board held its first meetings of the board, in the hall Monday.
All meetings of the board, primaries and elections will be held in Ardon
hereafter. The board of trustees are deserving of much credit for
making this important change.
John Verink shipped two car load of cattle to Chicago Sunday.
Aaron Noble, of Muscatine, was a business visitor in Ardon last Friday.
J. B. Downer was visiting with relatives in Ardon Monday.
Louise and Lilly Bently left Monday for an extended visit with relatives
Rev. W. M. Stice, the U. B. minister, has made arrangements for
preaching services at the Ardon hall next Sunday evening, May 3.
The Y.P.C.U. will meet at 7 o'clock, followed by preaching at
8 o'clock by Rev. Stice. Young people's meeting and preaching
hereafter every two weeks at the same hours. All are cordially
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Seller, of Muscatine, spent Sunday at the
Edward Seller home.
Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Mitchell, of Muscatine, and Mr. and Mrs. J. T.
Downer and son, Ray, spent Sunday at A. D. Timberlake's.
Isaac Lee shipped three car loads of cattle to Chicago today.
Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Ryan and children, of Muscatine, visited with
Mrs. Thos. Byrne and family Sunday.
Zula Abbott, of Conesville, visited several days with her sister,
Mrs. Wilbur Chapman.
Ed Seller and Milton Waltz shipped cattle to Chicago Tuesday. Both
accompanied the shipment. Mr. Seller bringing back with him four
head of horses.
It is rumored that L. A. Summers will open a barber shop in Ardon
in the near future.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ryan and son, John, of Muscatine, visited at the
home of Andrew and Mike Healey, Sunday.
Frank and Will Byrne will leave tonight for Butte, Montana, where
they expect to take up positions with the Milwaukee railroad.
J. T. O'Brien shipped one car of cattle to Chicago today.
Mrs. Louis Downer spent several days at the bedside of her father
at Grandview, who still remains very low.
Misses Marie and Felicitis Byrne and Messrs. Lawrence and Peter
Byrne spent Sunday with friends at Nichols.
The Misses Weingert and Ryan spent Saturday and Sunday at the
Andrew Healey home.
Minteer and Hubbard shipped three car load of cattle to Chicago
Mrs. Jim Foster and daughter, of Haskins, are visiting at the home
of Frank Eutsler.
J. B. Downer, of Muscatine, spent Friday with his son J. T. of this
Lawrence Byrne shipped a car load of baled hay to Muscatine Thursday.
The Ladies' Aid of the U.B. Church will meet with Mrs. Elmer Chapman
Thursday, May 3rd, for an all day meeting. A good attendance is
Mrs. Cochran and daughter, Nannie, of Muscatine, spent Sunday with
the former's daughter, Mrs. Bert Milholin.
Kathryn Lee, who is attending school in Muscatine, spent Sunday
home of her father, Isaac Lee.
Mrs. George Hayes, of Muscatine, returned to her home Thursday after
spending several days at the F. M. Ferguson home.
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Downer will leave for Wilton tonight to attend the
funeral of the latter's aunt, Mrs. Nichols Lang, Tuesday.
Mrs. Isaac Reed still continues very sick at her home.
L. A. Summers has opened up a barber shop in the depot and is we
equipped for business.
Miss Elsie Hubacher and Trumak Wigim spent Thursday with Mr. and
Mrs. Hugh Wigim.
In spite of the inclemency of the weather the young people's meeting
and preaching service announced for last evening at the Ardon
were held. The attendance was quite good considering. An able
sermon was delivered by Rev. Stite.
Ardon, Ia., May 11--Robert Lee shipped five cars of cattle to
Chicago last Tuesday.
Mrs. Hugh Wigim and children are visiting with relatives in
Mrs. Adam Wigim and Miss Elizabeth Fayle, of Muscatine,
were calling on friends in Ardon Sunday afternoon.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Ferguson, Friday evening, a son.
W. M. Riggs shipped a car of hogs to Chicago Wednesday.
Mrs. John Teetrick and daughters, May and Ruth, spent several
days visiting with friends in Muscatine.
There will be preaching by Rev. Stice at the Ardon Hall next
Sunday evening May 17 at 8 o'clock. Young People's meeting at
7 o'clock, led by Miss Mary Chapman. All are cordially invited.
Ardon, June 8--Mrs. Frank Eutsler and son, Herbert, were
passengers to Haskins Wednesday morning, where they will
spend several days visiting with relatives.
Miss Nettie Downer, of Muscatine, spent Friday and Saturday,
with her brothers John and Lewis, at this place.
A Large crowd attended the social at the hall Friday evening given
by the ball team and the boys realized a neat sum by their efforts.
John Ewing, of Seaton, Ill, is visiting with relatives near Ardon.
Wilson Riggs shipped a car of cattle to Chicago Saturday.
Children's day exercises will be held at the High Prairie M. E.
Church next Sunday morning, June 11 at 10:00 o'clock and at St.
John's chapel in the evening at 7:30 o'clock.
There will be no preaching at the Ardon hall next Sunday evening on
account of children's exercises at the U. B. church.
Mesdames Cone, Bloom and Baurbauch and Geo. Dethoff, of Muscatine,
spent Friday with Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Wigim.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stice, of Tama, Ia. are visiting at the home of the
former's father, Rev. W. M. Stice.
Mrs. W. M. Stice left for Garrison, Ia., Friday morning where she will
visit with relatives.
Andrew Healey met with quite a painful accident last Tuesday while on
his way to Chicago with stock. He was riding in the caboose when the
train came to a sudden stop, throwing Mr. Healey against the stove,
cutting his hands and bruising him up quite badly.
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Wigim spent Thursday with friends in Ardon.
Ardon, June 22—Mr. and Mrs. Whaley, of Minneapolis, arrived Saturday morning and are visiting at the home of the latter's
parents, Rev. and Mrs. W. M. Stice.
Miss Leola Lee, who has been attending school in Burlington, is
home for the summer vacation.
Mrs. Adam Wigim and Mrs. John Van Lent, of Muscatine, spent Thursday with friends in Ardon.
Robt. Lee shipped two carloads of hogs to Chicago Monday.
Miss Rhea Legler, who has been attending school at Grinnell, and
Miss Edith Riggs, who was at Toledo, are home for the summer
Arthur Timberlake spent Sunday with friends at West Liberty.
Mr. and Mrs. Abbott of Conesville spent Sunday at the home of
their daughter, Mrs. Wilbur Chapman.
Wilson Riggs shipped a car of hogs to Chicago Wednesday.
A very large crowd attended the social at John Hitchcock's Tuesday
evening given by the M. E. Ladle's Aid Society of High Prairie.
The ladies realized about thirty dollars by their untiring efforts.
There will be preaching by Rev. Stice in the Ardon hall next Sunday evening June 28, at 8 o'clock. Young People's meeting at 7:30.
Mrs. S. E. Cole and sons, Harlan and Ardon, and Ray Downer spent
Thursday at Washington.
Mrs. L. C. Hirt of Muscatine, spent several days last week with
Mrs. Ed Seller.
Erma and Sylvia Eutsler were passengers to haskins Friday morning
where they will spend several days visiting with relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Bloom of Muscatine spent Sunday with Mr. and
Mrs. Hugh Wigim.
Vernon Legler Returned home Saturday morning after spending a
week in North Dakota.
S. Vanzant shipped two carloads of stock to Chicago on Tuesday.
Downer & Schwin have built a porch on the front of their store, which
adds much to its appearance.
Miss Belle Long, of Williamsburg, Ia. and Miss Obbletta Porter of
Pasadena, Cal., returned home Saturday, after spending ten days
visiting with the former's sister, Mrs. S. E. Cole.
The ball game which took place Sunday between Ardon and Letts
resulted in a score of 8 to 4 in favor of Ardon.
Miss Julia Byrne was a passenger to Ottumwa Thursday morning,
where she will spend several days visiting with her friend, Blyss
Mr. and Mrs. John Teetrick spent Saturday and Sunday with friends
J. T. Downer has purchased C. Schwin's interest in the stock of general
merchandise heretofore conducted by Downer & Schwin. Mr. Downer
takes possession today and will control the business himself hereafter.
Ardon, Ia., August 28--Mr. and Mrs. C. T. McCabe and Mr. and
Mrs. L. E. Downer left for Des Moines today to attend the state
Hal and Paul Belk, of Grandview, spent Sunday at the home of their
sister, Mrs. L. E. Downer.
J. T. Downer unloaded a car of feed Monday.
Mesdames Cone and Bloom of Muscatine, spent Thursday with their
sister, Mrs. Hugh Wigim.
Will and Legler shipped a car of hogs to Chicago Friday.
Mr. Jensen of Springdale, has rented the farm now occupied by
Rev. and Mrs. Rutledge, of Muscatine were calling in Ardon Wednesday.
Elder Patterson, of Toledo, Ia., spent several days in this vicinity
and preached in the U. B. church Tuesday evening.
Ardon, Ia. —August 31—Mrs. W. H. Wahl and son Harold, who have
been visiting at the home of the former's sister, Mrs. J. T. Downer,
for the past three weeks, left Saturday for Wilton to visit with Mrs.
Wahl's parents, Mr. and M r s . H. N. Lang, before returning to her
home in Paton, Iowa.
Misses Nancy and Minnie Klein, of Muscatine, are here and will
spend several days visiting at the Robert Lee home.
Rev. Father J. N. Corley, of Davenport, spent several days of last
week at the home of Mrs. Anna Byrne.
Misses Clara and Cathryn Healey returned home from Des Moines
Saturday after spending several days attending the state fair.
Wilson Riggs shipped a car load of hogs to Chicago Thursday.
Albert Martin returned home from La Crosse, Wednesday morning
where he was called by the death of his mother.
Mike Lynch is tearing down his brick house, it being one of the landmarks
of seventy-six and will erect a new frame building this fall.
Bert Milholin has rented the Joe McMichael farm for next year.
A New telephone line is being built giving the people direct com-
munication from Letts to Ardon.
10-08-1908DAWSON AT ARDON DELIVERS
MAGNIFICENT POLITICAL ADDRESS
Hundreds Crowd Into Small Hall To Hear Congressman
MANY FROM HERE
Large Number of Local Republicans Attend Meeting in Small
City - Enthusiasm Runs High and Applause is Decidedly Emphatic
"I realize that the question of deposit guarantee is an economical question
rather than a political one. If there is any good to it, I would like to see
it considered from an unprejudiced legislative standpoint and not through
the bias of partisanship. But I say to you that the Republican party is
first and foremost interested in your having the deposits. In the early
nineties you didn't worry any about your deposits. You didn't have any
then to be guaranteed."
In this language Congressman A, F. Dawson sounded a keynote in his
speech at Ardon last evening, and the little hall crowded to the limit of
its capacity with attentive, not enthusiastic hearers, burst into a spon-
taneous and a sincere expression of approval.
It was a wonderful meeting that was held last evening in the little town
hall in the little town of Ardon,
It was the first republican meeting ever held in this new hamlet on the
It is safe, too, to venture the prediction that it will remain the best
meeting for many months, if not years to come.
As before indicated, there was little handclapping, little stamping of feet
and but one whistle and but one horn.
But there was attention, attention of the most concentrated kind, attention
which in its earnestness proved beyond a question that the speaker of the
evening told the truth when he said "we are here to consider some great
questions, to consider them, not as democrate, not as republicans, but as
citizens, to weigh and to decide and to prepare to act on that decision.
10-31-1908NOTICE SEVENTY-SIX TWP.
By order of the trustees, the voting place of 76 township has been
changed from Central school house to the Ardon hall. Per order.
Ardon, Ia., Dec. 14 - Bert Milholinand family moved on the McMichael
farm Thursday, and George Gens on and family have moved on the farm
where Mr. Milholn lived.
Mrs. William Stice is spending several weeks visiting her son at Tama, Ia.
Mrs. Elizabeth Kaufman, of Wilton, is visiting for several days with her
friend , Mrs. J. T. Downer.
Mrs. Hugh Wigim and children left on No. 8 for Muscatine to visit at
the Henry Detthoff home.
Dewey Timberlake made a business trip to West Liberty Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Schwin have moved to Evanston, Ill., where Mr. Schwin
has charge of a gang of bridge men.
Hazel Ferguson has been sick for several days but is better at the present
Hugh Wigim has rented the C. Schwin house.
L. E. Downer and C. T. McCabe made a business trip to Wilton Saturday
returning in the evening.
The sisters of Mercy, from Iowa City, spent several days at the home of
Mrs. Anna Bryne.
Newt. Longstreth, of Letts, visited with his daughter Hazel Wednesday.
Miss Felicitas Byrne is visiting freinds in Muscatine.
Adam Wigim, of Muscatine, was a business visitor to Ardon Friday.
Rev. William Stice was a business caller in Muscatine today.
Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Weist and son Arthur left on No. 8 for Muscatine to visit friends for several days.
Earl Ferguson, of Healey Avenue, spent yesterday in Mucatine attending to business matters.
Ardon, Ia., Dec 23—Miss Elizabeth Healey spent Wednesday in
Mrs. L. E. Downer entertained the ladies of the Slough Road sewing
circle Wednesday afternoon.
Little Miss Mable Milholn is getting better after a slight attack
of the grippe.
Mrs. Wm. Stice returned home last night from Tama, Iowa after spending a week with her son.
Miss Leola Lee visited Saturday and Sunday in Muscatine.
Mrs. L. T. Downer left on No. 7 for Muscatine where she will spend
several days with friends.
Miss Agnes O'Brien, teacher of No. 4 school held their Xmas entertainment on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the school house.
Mrs. F. M. Ferguson has been on the sick list but is some better
at this writing.
Charles Cross, of Ottumwa, came in on No. 8 Tuesday night to fill
the position resigned by E. E. Cole.
W. M. Rigg and Vernon Legler have gone to St. Paul on business.
Miss Allie Chapman is spending this week with her sister at Cone.
John T. Downer and son Ray of Muscatine spent Sunday with Mrs. Downer.
Master Harlan Cole of Williamsburg is reported sick with the scarlet
Mrs. John Webb and sons, William and George, have gone to Davenport
to visit friends for several days.
Miss Rhea Legler of Muscatine spent Wednesday with Hazel Longstreth.
12-23-1908 - Cont'd
John T. Downer and sone Ray of Muscatine spent Sunday with Mrs. Downer.
Master Harlan Cole of Williamsburg, is reported sick with the scarlet
John Webb and sons, William and George have gone to Davenport to
visit friends for several days.
Miss Rhea Legler of Muscatine spent Wednesday with Hazel Longstreth.
2-25-1909BRYANT IS ARRESTED ON FORGERY CHARGE
YOUNG MAN FAILS TO SECURE MONEY HOWEVER
Presents Check at German-American Bank--Telephone
Causes Him to Quickly Disappear
Claiming that he had sold a horse for $125.00 to Andrew Healey,
of Seventy-Six Township, Henry Bryant presented what is claimed
to be a forged check for that amount at the German-American Savings
Bank just before 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and when
Assistant Cashier J. W. Hahn stepped into the telephone booth to
communicate with Mr. Healey, Bryant made his get away. He was
arrested, however, at 10 o'clock last night at Whitaker's Livery
Barn, where he was formerly employed, by Officer Jake Ziffron,
and today admitted his guilt. It seems that Bryant, who is 20
years of age, was at one time employed on Mr. Healey's farm, but
recently he has been working at the only restaurant and Whitaker
barn. Bryant walked into the bank and presented the check without
hesitation, and Mr. Hahn, detecting at once some defect in the
signature, stepped to the telephone to inquire as to the genuineness
of the check. Bryant, however, became alarmed, and when Mr. Hahn's
back was turned, hurriedly went out of the building.
The police were at once notified and the Chief of Police Vanatta
ordered a thorough search for the young man with the result that
he was found at Whitaker's barn. Today he admitted to the officals
that he had forged the check.
Bryant will not have his preliminary hearing until some time tomorrow,
or possibly not until Saturday, as the condition of the road
makes it most difficult for Mr. Healey to reach the city.
Ardon, Ia ., March 17, 1909—Leola Lee came from Muscatine to visit
for several days with her brother.
Andrew Healey, Jr., met with quite a painful accident Saturday.
while chopping wood the ax slipped and struck his foot, cutting
it till it was necessary to take a number of stitches in it. He
was taken to the hospital at Muscatine and was resting as well
as could be expected when last heard from.
Rev. Stice is confined to his room with an attack of lagrippe.
Hugh Wigim was a business caller in Muscatine.
Joseph O'Brien has returned, from a short business trip to Kansas
Mike Lynch was a Muscatine visitor today.
Geo. Jensen has gone to West Liberty to visit for several days.
Wm. Healey, of near Muscatine, was in this town yesterday looking
after some business matters.
A large crowd and a good time is expected at the St. Patrick
dance in the hall Wednesday evening.
Ardon, Ia., March 23, 1909--Mike Tomney returned home this morning after spending several days in Muscatine.
Mrs. Fitzgerald, of Oxford, Ia., is spending several weeks with
her daughter, Mrs. John Russell.
Adam Wigim, of Muscatine, is spending the day with Wm. Fulton.
Andrew Healey returned from Charles City, where he was called
Miller Riggs entertained a few of their friends at dinner Sunday
Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Lee and two children,
Robbie and Leola, from Muscatine; Mr. and Mrs. Ira Lee, Mr.;.
Mrs. Fred Wood and daughter Avis, and Hazel Longstreth.
Miss Grace Chapman returned to her home at Cone, Ia. after visiting for several days with her Cousin Mary.
Mr. and Mrs. Nau, of Muscatine, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs.
Chas. Brooke, of Dayton, Ohio, came yesterday, and will spend
several days calling on old friends.
Jake Seltzer and family are spending several days with Mr. Seltzer's sister, Mrs. C. Nolan.
Mrs. Henry Detthof and Mrs. Wm. Bloom, of Muscatine, are spending
some time with Mrs. Hugh Wigim.
Ardon, Ia., April 3, 1909--Mrs. Peter Byrne returned home after
spending several days with her parents near Muscatine.
Geo. Jenson was a business visitor at West Liberty today.
Mrs. Hugh Wigim and children are visiting in Muscatine this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee have been spending several days with
their son, Ira.
Felicitas Byrne is visiting friends at Nichols this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Kike Healey and children spent Sunday with Mrs.
Newt Coder of Letts was a caller in this town yesterday.
The many friends of Andrew Healey will be glad to hear of his
Arthur Timberlake has gone for several days' visit with his
near West Liberty.
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Wigim, Mrs. J. T. Downer, and Miss Myrie
Nesper of Muscatine took dinner at Mrs. Byrne's Tuesday.
April 7, 1909MONSTER FISH CAUGHT IN MUSCATINE SLOUGH
FRANK HEALEY PULLED MANY YARDS BY LEVIATHAN
Brother Clarence Swam to Scene of Combat and Stuns
Big Fish With A Hatchet
Dragged more than 20 yards into deep water of the Muscatine
slough a giant catfish and then after a plucky struggle to
capture the fish was the unusual experience of Frank Healey, the
17-year-old son of James Healey, of the Burlington Road. The young
man and a younger brother were mending a fence on the farm, which
is adjacent to the stream, yesterday afternoon, and while working
they noticed the immense fish resting in the shallow water near the
shore. They at once determined to capture it, and Frank grasping
the fish by the gills attempted to hold it. The leviathan was
too strong for him, however, and struggling to deeper water, it
dragged the youth about eighty feet into the slough. Clarence,
seeing that his brother had a herculean task on his hands, grabbed
a hatchet and waded and swam to the scene of the combat. He rained
blows upon the back and head of the fish and succeeded in stunning
it sufficiently so that the two boys could take it to the shore. The fish was brought to the city and when placed on the scales was found to weight forty founds.
April 27, 1909
LETTS IN THROES OF FIRST STRIKE
Ardon, Ia., April 27--(Special)-Letts is getting to be quite
metropolitan Monday the first strike was announced, when about
fifteen of the button cutters employed by the Letts Pearl Button
Company walked out, demanding a higher price. The company offered
to pay more than they had been paying, but the cutters wanted
still more. It is believed that a settlement will be reached
Ardon, Ia., May 6, 1909. - - Mrs. Stice left on 7:40 p. m. train Saturday for
Hansel, Iowa, being called there by the serious illness of her grand-daughter.
John Verink left Wednesday for Chicago. He returned home Friday.
Larry Byrne made a flying trip to Muscatine Tuesday. He returned home
Hugh Wigim and family moved to Muscatine Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ira Lee visited with friends in Muscatine Tuesday night.
J. W. Riggs shipped two car loads of hogs to Savanna last week.
Miss Janette Lee visited with her brother, John Lee, Thursday night.
Ardon, May 12, 1909. - - J . L. Hitchcock went to Chicago Tuesday with two
car loads of cattle.
Frank Orr and Rev. Stice went to Muscatine Tuesday on business.
Mrs. Anna Byrne went to Muscatine on business Tuesday.
The extra gang that has been here during the past two weeks working on
some bad track east of town, moved to Cone Tuesday.
Leo Summers was in Muscatine Tuesday.
Adam Wigim of Muscatine was on our streets Tuesday.
The farmers are all busy getting their ground ready for corn planting.
Miss Vernal Soberts went to Ottumwa Monday.
C. Kincaid, of Muscatine, is having 300 oak piling hauled here to be loaded
and shipped to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mr. and Mrs. Ike Lee of Muscatine came in for a few days visit with their
son, John Lee near Ardon.
November 1, 1909FREIGHT WRECK ON MILWAUKEE
SEVEN CARS DERAILED NEAR CITY YESTERDAY
Accident To Car Throws It From Track and Others Follow---
Seven cars were thrown from the track and were badly damaged yesterday
when as a fast Milwaukee freight was coming down the steep incline west
of this city, through some breakdown on one of the cars a derailment
occurred near the old Hershey creamery. The wreck occurred before
noon yesterday morning and was one of the most serious that has
occurred in this vicinity in some time. Several of the cars were rolled
down asteep embankment and were found more than thirty feet from the
track. The cars were all wrecked to a considerable degree, having
telescoped as they left the track. A long strip of track was torn up and
traffic was suspended on the line until this afternoon. All Milwaukee
trains late yesterday and last night were sent over the Rock Island from
Washington to this city.
The cause of the wreck has not been definitely determined. It is thought
by the crew that as the train was coming down the grade, a break beam
dropped on one of the cars and throwing the one car from the track it was
followed by the others.
A wrecking train arrived from Ottumwa late in the day, and with the aid
of a heavy crane, the large crew of men by working through the night
succeeded in clearing the track by morning. The several hundred feet
of track which was torn up is being relaid and late this afternoon traffic
was resumed over the line.
December 24, 1909PROGRAM TONIGHT AT ARDON CHURCH
ST. JOHN'S CHURCH TO HAVE CHRISTMAS EXERCISES
Excellent List of Numbers Has Been Prepared—Treat For The Children
The scholars, members of the church and friends of the institution at
St. John's United Brethren Church this evening will enjoy an excellent
program, which will be followed by a genuine Christmas treat for the
children. The program just as it is expected to be given has been
arranged and shows an unusually interesting list of numbers. The
exercises will be held at St.John's Church and will be attended by
practically all the residents of the community. The program follows:
| Song—Glory to the New Born King |
| Invocation |
| Song—Welcome Christmas Day |
| Recitation—Mildred Green |
| Song—We Wish You A Merry Christmas—Primary Class |
| Recitation—Velma Gertenbach |
| Recitation—Levi Eichelberger |
| Recitation—Velma Hunter |
| Recitation—Gwendolyn Fulton |
| Recitation—Anna Gertrude Riggs |
| Song—The Message of the Bells—By School |
| Recitation—Charley Eutsler |
| Exercise—Christmas Bells—By Ten Children |
| Recitation—Franklin Hoffmeyer |
| Recitation—Arthur Welst |
| Recitation—Milton Eichelberger |
| Song—Tell The Story O'er Again |
| Exercise—The Christmas Story—By Six Children |
| Recitation—Sylvia Eutsler |
| Recitation—Lillian Hunter |
| Recitation—Robert Hunter |
| Song—Off To Slumberland—By Primary Class |
| Exercise—Spirit of Christmas—By Eight Girls |
| Song—Glory In The Highest |
| Recitation—Herschel Flecher |
| Recitation—Irma Eutsler |
| Recitation—Melvina Van Sant |
| Exercise—The Winter Child—By Seven Young Ladies |
| Song—Star Of The Morning—By Class of Girls |
| Recitation—Clyde McDaniel |
| Recitqtion—Edith McDaniel |
| Recitation—Irma Eutsler |
| Recitation—Rachel Brookhart |
| Recitation—Gertrude Gertenbach |
| Song—From Lands Afar |
| Closing Song—Hail To The King |