Muscatine County, Iowa

ARDON
1901 1954


HISTORY OF A SMALL TOWN IN 76 TOWNSHIP
MUSCATINE CO. IOWA
by
HOWARD R. HEALEY, 1979

~ PART 18 ~

Transcribed, as written, by Beverly Gerdts. Submitted February 6, 2020

Page 568

1-25-27

ARDON NEWS
(Continued)

    Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stump of Muscatine were Sunday guests at the John Verink home.

    Another shipment of lime has been received at Ardon and is being distributed among the farmers of this neighborhood.

    Miss Margaret Barker, teacher of High Prairie school, left for Columbus Junction Friday evening to join the basketball team of which she is a member, to play a rival team at the place.

    Mrs. R. M. Kautz, of Bufaalo, Ia., returned to her home after a visit with friends and relatives in this neighborhood.

    A number of hunters from Muscatine have been after rabbits in this neighborhood. The rabbits are scarce this year.

Page 568

1-29-27

ARDON NEWS

    R. Blake of this place motored to Iowa City, where he placed his wife in the university hospital, where she was operated upon Wednesday.

    Andrew Healey left Tuesday morning for Chicago on a business trip.

    In Chicago he will be joined by his brothers Mark Healey, of Indiana, and Edward Healey, of Des Moines. They will then go to Chicago Heights to visit at the home of their sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Dorsey.

    Frances Nolan is under the care of Dr. Klein of Muscatine, having a relapse following an attack of the measles.

    A mixed load of cattle was shipped to Chicago from Ardon Thursday.

2-8-27

ARDON NEWS

    The pupils of Central school have again taken up their work after a short vacation caused by the illness of their teacher, Mrs. Nellie Mahoney.

    George Townsley has received a carload of molasses feed.

    A number of farmers of this neighborhood are busy getting up their summer supply of wood. Some choppers are driving from Muscatine each day to chop wood and make fence posts.

    The condition of the roads is rapidly becoming better. The county roads are in good condition, but the byroads are still muddy.

Page 569

1-13-27

ARDON NEWS

    The measles have broken out in this neighborhood. A number of children are absent from school on account of the measles. Little Helen Maxine Gage, small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cal Gage of Fredonia, who has been seriously ill with measles, at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Nolan, of this vicinity, is improving nicely.

    William Reed shipped two carloads of cattle and Roy Masonholder one carload of cattle to Chicago Tuesday.

    Several of the residents of this community attended the funeral of the late Mrs. Mary Shellbarger at Letts Tuesday afternoon.

    John O'Brien was a business caller in this neighborhood Monday.

    A. G. Whittaker of Muscatine was in Ardon Monday. Parties returning from Letts recently saw a large timber wolf near the Tom Cashman pasture.

1-15-27

ARDON NEWS

    The women of the farm bureau met at the home of Mrs. L. E. DownerWednesday. The making of the fireless cooker was the lesson. Two were completed. No meetings will be held until the measles epidemic is past, as a large "number of the homes in this community are quarantined.

    The farmers of this vicinity are becoming interested liming their farming ground, especially that selected to grow alfalfa and sweet clover. Large shipments are coming to Ardon to be hauled to the different farms nearby.

    A number are planning to sow spring wheat. the wet autumn made it impossible to sow winter wheat, which is largely grown in this vicinity.

1-25-27

ARDON NEWS

    A number of new cases of measles have been reported in this vicinity, while some of the children have recovered and returned to school. There ar several cases of the grippe among the other residents.

    Mark Nolan, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Nolan, has been ill but is much better. His sister Francis has also been ill with an attack of the measles.

Page 570

1-25-27
(Continued)

    Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stump of Muscatine were Sunday guests at the John Verink home.

    Another shipment of lime has been received at Ardon and is being distributed among the farmers of this neighborhood.

    Miss Margaret Barker, teacher of High Prairie school, left for Columbus Junction Friday evening to join the basketball team of which she is a member, to play a rival team at the place.

    Mrs. R. M. Kautz, of Bufaalo, Ia., returned to her home after a visit with friends and relatives in this neighborhood.

    A number of hunters from Muscatine have been after rabbits in this neighborhood. The rabbits are scarce this year.

1-29-27

ARDON NEWS

    R. Blake of this place motored to Iowa City, where he placed his wife in the university hospital, where she was operated upon Wednesday.

    Andrew Healey left Tuesday morning for Chicago on a business trip.

    In Chicago he will be joined by his brothers Mark Healey, of Indiana, and Edward Healey, of Des Moines. They will then go to Chicago Heights to visit at the home of their sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Dorsey.

    Frances Nolan is under the care of Dr. Klein of Muscatine, having a relapse following an attack of the measles.

    A mixed load of cattle was shipped, to Chicago from Ardon Thursday.

2-8-27
ARDON NEWS

    The pupils of Central school have again taken up their work after a short vacation caused by the illness of their teacher, Mrs. Nellie Mahoney.

    George Townsley has received a carload of molasses feed.

    A number of farmers of this neighborhood are busy getting up their summer supply of wood. Some choppers are driving from Muscatine each day to chop wood and make fence posts.

    The condition of the roads is rapidly becoming better. The county roads are in good condition, but the byroads are still muddy.

Page 571

2-17-27

ARDON NEWS

    George Townsley shipped five carloads of fat cattle to Chicago Tuesday. These cattle were especially fine. Mr. Townsley having them on full feed close to ten months. Mr. Townsley and son, Fay, accompanied the shipment.

    Mrs. Carrie Howell has moved to Muscatine, where she will make her home.

    The countryside was again blanketed in a coat of snow the first of the week. Large limbs of evergreen trees were broken off by the weight of snow. Some of the roads were cleared of snow by road graders.

    The Adam Paul and Gr. R. Cole familes of Pleasant Prarie were Sundday visitors at the home of Charles Fletcher.

    Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stump of Muscatine were Sunday visitors at the John Verink home.

    Leo Grosjean of Muscatine was a business caller in this vicinity Tuesday.

    The pupils of High Prairie school are having a vacation on account of the illness of their teacher, Miss Margaret Barker.

    Spring moving has begun. There will be a number of changes in this vicinity.

2-23-27

ARDON NEWS

    George Townsley has returned from Chicago. Mr. Townsley accompanied a shipment of five carloads of fat cattle to Chicago.

    Mrs. J. E. Furlong and sons, Edward and Leo,and Maurice, and daughter, Alice, were shopping in Muscatine Thursday.

    The bad roads prevented a large number of the farmers from going to Muscatine Dollar Day.

    W. M. Riggs and Fay Townsley arrived from Chicago Thursday morning after a business trip to that city.

Page 572

3-10-27

ARDON NEWS

    Edward O'Toole, wife and baby daughter, of Tarnian, Texas, are visiting at the home of Mr. O'Toole's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James O'Toole of this vicinity.

    Mr. and Mrs. Chris Nolan and children, Frances and Mark, were Monday morning arrivals from Muscatine.

    Mrs. H. Blake has returned home from Iowa City, where she has been taking treatments at the University Hospital. She is much improved in health.

    Mrs. J. E. Furlong, daughter Alice and son, Leo, were Muscatine shoppers Saturday.

    A number of the residents of this community were in Muscatine the latter part of the week to attend the Masonholder-Goldsberry trial. Ernest Ackman of Eliza, Ill. has moved to Ardon.

    Chas. Warrenstaff and family are moving from the Joseph Hickey farm to the Ernest Meeker farm West of Ardon.

    Hershel Fletcher has moved from the Robert Lee farm west of Ardon to the W. H. Fletcher farm on the Burlington road. Mr. Smith of Illinois will occupy the Lee farm.

    Henry Bryant has moved to Ardon from the Andrew Healey farm.

3-15-27

ARDON NEWS

    J. B. Byrne purchased a large number of thoroughbred Duroc Jersey gilts at the Smylie hog sale recently.

    Miss Ella Tenner of Efmond, S.D. left for her home after an extended visit at the home of her sister, Mrs. Fay Townsley.

    Miss Marie Byrne spent Sunday at the home of William Noll of Muscatine.

    Miss Margaret Barker resumed her duties as teacher at High Prairie school Monday. Mrs. Harry Meeker of Cranston has been taking her place during Mrs Barker's illness.

    Clyde Goldsberry shipped a carload of cattle to Chicago Sunday morning.

Page 573

3-15-27

ROADS BOTTOMLESS IN ARDON VICINITY

    The recent rain and frost going out of the ground have made the roads almost impossible. Funck's Hill, southwest of Muscatine, was in bad condition Saturday forenoon. A number of cars were stuck and teams had to pull them up hill and down also. Planks were hauled from Ardon and the worst places planked. Near the Vincent farm near Letts seven automobiles were stuck in the mud at one time, in being almost impossible for even horses to get through. Near the grave] pit one man kept his team near the bad place and made good wages pulling out cars stuck in the mud.

3-21-27

FARMERS AT ARDON START OPERATIONS
Pig Crop Good One

    The fine spring weather started the farmers to getting their grain equipment in order and some garden has been made and some early potatoes have been planted.

    The spring pig crop is satisfactory in this vicinity, an overage of eight pigs being reported by a large number of farmers. A large crop of later pigs is expected. The little chicks have made their appearance on a number of farms and are doing nicely.

3-21-27

ARDON NEWS

    The losing team in an attendance contest held at the High Prairie school, entertained the winning team at St. Patrick's Day party Thursday afternoon after school hours. The St. Patrick's Day colors were in evidence. Irish jokes and stories added to the enjoyment of the occasion.

    Edward O'Toole, wife and baby, Inez, of Texas, who have been visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James 0'Toole of this neighborhood returned to their home Friday evening.

    The condition of Cloyee Downer, who was operated upon for dicitis at a Muscatine Hospital is satisfactory.

    The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fletcher is very ill at the home of her parents near here.

Page 574

3-23-27

SEVENTY-SIX TOWNSHIP

One Out of Every Three Spellers Will Receive Awards and
Many Schools Will Also Win

    Walnut, Hilda Miller, Telma Phillips.

    High Prairie, Arlene Eichelberger, Betty Fletcher.

    Central, Eileen Summers, Lawrence Healey.

    Green Valley, Roy Crow, Susie Whisler.

    Burr Oak, Raymond Carter, Anita McBride.

3-31-27

ARDON NEWS

    Mrs. Tom Hackett has returned home after a visit with friends in Muscatine.

    B. F. Byrne shipped a carload of fat hogs to the Chicago market, Tuesday. Mr. Byrne left for Chicago Tuesday evening.

    Everett Strong of Wapello has moved into what is known as the Ardon Dale farm west of Ardon.

    Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stump of Muscatine and a party of friends were Sunday guests at the John Verink home.

4-20-27

ARDON NEWS

    Master Tom Summers, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Summers, celebrated his sixth birthday Sunday. A number of friends and relatives from Muscatine were in attendance. Easter decorations were carried out in the table arrangements and an Easter egg hunt was the feature of the day's enjoyment.

    Mr. and Mrs. Will Noll of near Muscatine, were Sunday guests at the home of Mrs. Anna Byrne.

    Word was received by Mr. and Mrs. John Verink of the birth of a little granddaughter at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stump.

    There was no school Monday at the High Prairie school. The John O'Brien and John Foley families were Easter Sunday guests at the James O'Brien home.

Page 575

4-25-27

RAILROADS DRIVING PILING TO PREVENT
ADDITIONAL SLIDES.

    Milwaukee trains are again running over their own tracks between Muscatine and Ardon following the landslide at a fill a mile east of Ardon Friday evening which caused trains to be routed through Washington to Muscatine for a time Saturday. Service over the Milwaukee tracks, which was resumed Saturday afternoon, received a slight interruption again Sunday when another slide occurred, but service was received today.

    Piling is to be driven for a distance of 150 feet at the fill where the slide took place to prevent more dirt from loosening, and a considerable quantity of the fill replaced. Crews are at work there now.

    Piling is also being driven at Wyoming hill on the Rock Island right of way, where dirt from the cut has been sliding down on the tracks. More dirt was reported to have slid there yesterday, and a steam shovel is on the job there today.

4-29-27

ARDON FARMERS BUSY WITH GRAIN SEEDING;
BIG ACREAGE PLANTED

    Grain sowing is in full swing and a large acreage has been planted this week. There is a constant hum of tractors heard from early morning until way into the night. Changing drivers is all the the time lost. The little chicken and pig crops are exceptionally good in this locality. Many gardens have been planted this week.

Other News

    The Muscatine Concert Company, which includes a group of Muscatine musicians, will give a concert at Letts this evening at 8 at the U. B. Church. This concert is sponsored by the Ladie's Aid Socoeties of both churches. Roy Masonholder, who has been very ill for some time, is reported much improved.

    Ardon is still a busy place these days. Several construction gangs are still here working on the fill on the Milwaukee railroad track, eat of Ardon. The company is sparing no expense in making the tracks safe. A number of the railroad officials are on the scene directing and overseeing the work.

    The teachers of the township schools are preparing for the dectanatory contest to be held at the U. B. Church at High Prairie.

Page 576

5-3-27

ARDON VISITED BY
ELECTRICAL STORM

    The worst electrical storm known in many years visited Ardon about 6 o'clock last evening. The lightning struck with a area of a quarter of a mile at four different places during the storm which lasted but a few minutes. No one was injured but several persons were slightly shocked.

    At the home of Mrs. Anna Byrne a chimney was torn from the house and the lightning passed inside the house tearing off plastering and doing quite a little damage, but no fire started. At the H. Blake home the radio aerial was struck and the lightning followed the wire inside the house causing quite a little damage. It also struck the L. A. Summers home, but with practically no damage. A tree at the farm home of Mike Healey was badly shat- tered by a bolt.

    Practically all the telephone in this vicinity were put out of commission.

5-9-27

ARDON NEWS

    The declamatory contest and ice cream social has been postponed from May 4 to May 10. It will be held at St. John's U. B. Church at High Prairie at 8 p.m.

    Lee Williams, of Lucerne, Mo., who has been employed on Clyde Goldsberry farm, on the Burlington road, underwent an operation for appendicitis at the Hershey Hospital in Muscatine recently. He is improving nicely.

    Little Edward Goldsberry has been very ill, threatened with pneumonia.

    Henry Bryant is ill with an attack of bronchitis. Mrs.. John Verink and. son John, Jr. were over night visitor at the Carl Stump home in Muscatine recently.

Page 577

6-4-27

MILWAUKEE ROAD ADDS
TO ITS NAME

    A certificate authorizing the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railway Company to operate in Iowa was issued today by the secretary of state.

    The company is the reorganized Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul railway, having a capital embracing $202,380,400. preferred stock and $2,097,907. in common stock of no par value.

    John N. Hughes of Des Moines has been appointed the company's agent on whom civil process can be served in Iowa.

6-15-27

PERFECT ATTENDANCE RECORD FOR PAST SCHOOL YEAR
MADE BY 185 RURAL PUPILS HERE

    Seventy-Six Township

    Walnut- Hilda Miller.

    High Prairie - Carl Peterson.

    Central - Paul Lee, Eileen Summers, Loretta Healey, Geneivieve Healey.

    Green Valley - Ida Eisels.

6-15-27

ARDON NEWS

    Mrs. Clement Hogan and children, Mary Frances and Junior, of Omaha are visiting at the home of Ed Coady.

    Maurice and John McAvoy of Algona, Ia. are spending their summer vacations at the home of their uncle, James O'Brien, and also at the home of John Foley at Nichols.

    Little Miss Rosalie Healey of Muscatine is visiting her cousins, Loretta and Genevieve Healey.

    Mr. and Mrs. Adam Paul and son of Pleasant Prairie were in this neighborhood recently.

Page 578

6-21-27

ARDON NEWS

    A number of the farmers are disposing of their old hogs owing to the high price of corn and the large pig crop.

    Children's day exercises held Sunday at the High Prairie Methodist Church were well attended. An interesting feature of the day was the baptismal rite. Little William Delmar Goldsberry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Goldsberry, was one of those baptized.

    Orvil Warrenstaf, who was painfully bruised while attempting to harness a colt on the Charles Elder farm in much improved. Miss Irene Spitznogle has returned home after a motor trip through Illinois and. Indiana.

    Mr. and Mrs. William Jones and daughter, Maude, and Mr. and Mrs. George Helwick and children, of Moline were visiting friends in this neighborhood the past week.

    The wild blackberry crop promises to be a large one as the vines along the roadside are full of berries.

    Weasels got into the chicken crop of Mrs. Freese and killed approximately 100.

    Mrs. Carl Stump and. baby of Muscatine were visitors at the John Verink home recently.

6-29-27

ARDON NEWS

    Mrs. Harry Schneider and little son Junior were visitors at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Nolan.

    Mr. and Mrs. N. Fuleene went to Fairport Friday evening. Mrs. Charles Warrenstaf entertained visitors from Fredonia the past week.

    Joseph Digney and family were Sunday guests at the home of Mr. Digney's sister, Mrs. Margaret Tomney.

Page 579

7-6-27

ARDON NEWS

    Petter Byrne and family of Cedar Rapids, Ia., were Independence Day guests at the Byrne home in this neighborhood. They will visit with relatives in Muscatine before returning to their home.

    Mrs. Frank Martin and little daughter, Irene, of Muscatine, Mr and Mrs. John Tomney and Mike Tomney celebrated the Fourth of July at Nichols.

    Cards were received by friends of Mr. and Mrs. George Townsley of this neighborhood who are touring the eastern and southern states. They are now at Washington, D.C.

    Miss Irene Healey has returned home after a week's visit at the Noll home near Muscatine.

    Miss E1izabeth Glenn of Davenport is a house guest at the 0'Toole home near Letts.

    Mrs. Ed Hogan and two sons of Iowa City are visiting at the home of Ed Coady.

    Mr. and Mrs. Adam Paul and Miss Cora Stohr and Mr. Stigers were Sunday visitors at the home of C. L. Fletcher.

    Miss Nannie O'Brien and James O'Brien spent the Fourth of July at Nichols.

    Little Edmon Paul of Pleasant Prairie is visiting at the Charles Fletcher home.

    Rain is needed in this vicinity. The wheat is badly rusted and there is some smut.

    Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Nau and Miss Mayme Nau of Muscatine were Ardon visitors Sunday.

    Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hackett entertained a party of friends at dinner on July 4th.

    Charles Bell and family have moved from the J. E. Furlong farm to the Andrew Healey farm.

    Nick Freese and. family have moved, to Peoria, Ill., where they will make their home.

Page 580

7-11-27

ARDON NEWS

    The roads are in fine condition. Workers are busy tilling out the mud holes of last spring.

    Mrs. Adam Paul spent Thursday at the Charles Fletcher home. Dr. Gingery and J. J. Wilton, county agent, of Muscatine, were in this neighborhood for distributing the tuberculaz test to the baby beeves the past week.

    Edmon Paul returned to his home after a few days visit at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fletcher. Work has begun on St. Malachy's Church. Extensive improvements have been planned.

    V. W. Legler has returned home from Chicago where he has been taking treatments.

    Mrs. Robert Hagy spent the past few days at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. Spitznogle.

    Miss Irene Spitznogle spent Sunday at the home of her friend, Margaret McKillip, of Muscatine.

7-14-27

PUSHING REPAIRS ON ST. MALACHY'S
CATHOLIC CHURCH

    Under the direction of an executive committee consisting of Will Cashman, L. A. Summers and Ed Coady and L. J. Byrne as secretary. work at making extensive on St. Malachy's Catholic Church is moving rapidly. The new roof has been almost completed and the other work is progressing.

    During the wet weather of last fall and the past spring water seeped into the basement in such quantities as to make it impossible to use the furnace. To remedy this the basement is being drained by laying tile, New fixtures are also being added to the furnace and later it is planned to paint the outside of the church.

    While the men of the church are engaged in pushing these improvements the women of the Rosary Society, under the direction of president, Mrs. C. Nolan, are redecorating the interior. The pews and woodwork will all be given a new coat of varnish.

Page 581

7-14-27

ARDON NEWS

    John O'Brien and daughters, Veronica, and Mary, are at Spirit Lake with Mr. and Mrs. John Foley of Nichols, who have a cottage there. Miss Patterson and Miss Mollie O'Toole motored from Des Moines and were weekend guests at the O'Toole home near Letts.

    Mrs. Margaret Tomney entertained at dinner Sunday Rev. Father Van Waus, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hackett and Phillip Digney. Mr. and Mrs. Milt Walts and Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Fletcher were dinner guests at the home of D. P. Kelley near Pleasant Prairie Sunday.

    Mr. and Mrs. John Tomney, Mike Tomney and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martin and daughter, Irma, motored to Davenport Sunday. Mrs. Carl Stump and baby were visiting at the John Verink home recently.

    Joseph Hickey and Robert Wigim each shipped a carload of fat cattle to Chicago Sunday.

7-16-27

ARDON NEWS

    Mr. and Mrs. George Townsley have returned home after an ex- tended visit in Ohio and a tour through eastern and southern states.

    Mrs. Tom Hackett entertained friends at dinner Thursday. Among those present were Mrs. G. A. Chadein and daughter Margaret, and Mrs. A. P. Swanson of Muscatine.

    Mrs. John Tomney and Mrs. Chris Nolan have returned home from a visit with Mrs. Cal Gage of Columbus Junction.

    Mrs. Gerald O'Toole and children Eileen and Richard of Tamina, Texas, will arrive today for an extended visit at the James O'Toole and H. Fullerton homes. Mr. O'Toole will come later.

7-22-27

ARDON NEWS

    The "Jewels of Seventy Six" met at Central school to reherse their parts for the entertainment to be given July 25. It will be given at the home of George Bailey, instead of St. Johns U. B church as first planned. There was a large attendance.

Page 582

7-22-27

ARDON NEWS
(Continued)

    Orville Warrenstaf, employed on the Ernest Meeker farm, had a bad runaway while plowing corn Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Meeker is in Chicago having accompanied a shipment of baby beeves to market.

    Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Swanson of Fruitland and Clarence Johnson of Chicago were entertained at the Thomas Hackett home recently. Charles Elder, having been under the doctor's care, is much better.

7-27-27

ARDON NEWS

    Threshing has begun in Seventy-Six Township. The wheat yield is poor while some oat fields are almost a total failure, but others are very good. The corn is growing fast these warm days. There is still quite an acreage of hay to make.

    The Leyda Monument Company, of Burlington, is placing some marble work in the cemetery in this community.

    Mrs. James Byrne entertained a company of guests at her home near Ardon over the weekend. Among the guests were Mrs. T. T. Dugon and children of Davenport.

    Stacey Todd, wife and children, were Sunday visitors at the home of Charles Bell.

7-30-27

ARDON NEWS

    Thursday evening's rain stopped the grain threshing in this neighborhood for a few days. But it has done a great deal of good for the growing crops of corn, late potatoes, etc. A number of farmers are planning to begin fall plowing their stubble fields for fall seeding.

    The program and ice cream social to be given for the "Jewels of 76", the 4-K club girls organization of this township, at the home of George Bailey, was postponed on account of the rain and was given Friday evening.

    Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stump have returned to their home in Muscatine after a short visit at the John Verink home.

    Miss Waunita Cochran of Muscatine is the guest of Marjory Legler.

Page 583

8-2-27

ARDON NEWS

    Anthony Byrne has returned to his home in Deerlodge, Mont, after spending some time with his mother, Mrs. Anna Byrne, and other relatives in this community.

    Mr. and Mrs. Roy Masonholder and daughter, Millicent, are making an extensive motor trip of the south. Cards received by friends here stated they were nearing the Cumberland mountains at that time.

    Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Nolan and little Mary Kathleen, Mr. and Mrs.

    Carl Stump and baby were visiting at the John Verink home Sunday.

    Mrs. Elizabeth Callahan, J.J. Callahan, and Will Callahan were Sunday visitors at the Charles Fletcher home.

    Miss Beatrice Healey of Muscatine visited at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Healey, over the weekend.

8-6-27

ARDON NEWS

    A large force of workmen are repairing and improving the Milwau- kee railroad company property in the Ardon vicinity.

    Mrs. Mae Townsley entertained at her home the first part of this week her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Hines, and Mr. and Mrs. Armstead of Dubuque.

    Miss Charlotte Cole, of Muscatine, and Mrs. G. R. Cole of Pleas- ant Prairie spent Wednesday at the Charles Fletcher home.

    J. P. Byrne is having his building repainted and other improvements made on his farm.

    Mrs. George Townsley is entertaining a party of house guests. Among those present are Mrs. Moore, of College Springs, Ia. and Mrs. Eavey of Xenia, Ohio.

    Mrs. Carl Stump and little Mary Marjory of Muscatine visited at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Verink Wednesday.

Page 584

8-11-27

THREE MEN AT ARDON MEET WITH INJURIES

    Oliver Blake was painfully injured while at work on a threshing machine. His clothing caught in the revolving machinery, badly bruising his foot and leg. Presence of mind of his fellow workers in stopping the power saved him from serious injury.

    William Murray, living on the W. M. Riggs farm, was also injured in much the same way while Clarence Schoemaker had his arm broken in attempting to crank a Ford car at his home on the Lamp farm west of Ardon.

8-11-27

ARDON NEWS

    Mr. and Mrs. Ed Connel, and daughters, of Olewein, Ia., were dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Healey recently.

    The greater part of the threshing is done in this vicinity. The wheat was very disappointing, some fields averaging only four bushels per acre and some less. The oats yield was not good and while the corn is growing well, much hot weather is needed. The cornfields along the bluff on the Burlington road are especially good.

    Born to Mr. and Mrs. George Call, a daughter, Helen Arlene.

    Edward Healey of Muscatine is visiting at the Mike Healey home.

    Charles O'Toole of St. Louis is visiting at the home of James O'Toole and other relatives in this community.

    Mrs. Walter Klink and little daughter, Mary Louise, and Miss Kate Healey of Muscatine were visiting in this neighborhood recently.

8-13-27

ARDON NEWS

    There was a good attendance at the all day meeting of the "Jewels of 76" the 4-H club girls of the township at the home of Edith and Marie Holliday. Dr. Phillips gave the health examination. The lesson was on the making of handkerchief boxes.

    An informal program of club songs followed. The next meeting was not announced. The girls are busy working on articles to the exhibited at the West Liberty Fair.

Page 585

8-13-27

ARDON NEWS

    The rain was welcomed in this vicinity and will do an immense amount of good and fall plowing will now begin. The road graders now at work grading the township roads, found it almost impossible to work even with the powerful engine they use, while the dusty roads made travel dangerous on the much traveled roads.

    A large number from this community attended the farm bureau excursion and report a good time.

8-19-27

ARDON NEWS

    The funeral of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William Chelf, who died Sunday evening, was held Monday at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dalton, on the Burlington Road.

    Mr. and Mrs. Ed Willets and family, Mr. and Mrs. M. Townsley and daughters, Alice and Elizabeth, motored to Iowa City Tuesday were they attended the Sunday School convention there.

    There is still some grain to thresh in this vicinity. Timothy seed threshing is now in progress.

    A company of relatives and friends were entertained at the J. E. Furlong home recently in honor of the birthday anniversary of their son, Edward.

8-20-27

ARDON NEWS

    Sister Mary Martha and Sister Mary Laurence of Ottumwa visited with the former's sister, Miss Margaret O'Brien, and other relatives in this vicinity recently.

    Joseph Byrne and daughters, Florence and Anna, of Chicago, are guests at the home of Mr. Byrne's mother, Mrs. Anna Byrne and other relatives.

    A road grading gang is camped on the John Lee farm and are grading a number of the township roads in this neighborhood.

    The wild blackberry crop is very good this year and berry pickers are busy gathering the berries to be had for the picking. A number are coming from a distance.

    Mrs. Chris Nolan is visiting in Muscatine at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry Schenedler.

Page 586

8-23-27

ARDON NEWS

    Hugh Byrne and family of Cowles, Neb., are visiting at the home of Mr. Byrne's mother, Mrs. Anna Byrne, Joseph Byrne and daughters, Florence and Anne of Chicago, who have been visiting in the community, left for their home Sunday evening.

    Miss Mary Doyle and sisters, Virginia and Claire, of St. Louis, Mo., are houseguests at the Tom Hackett home.

    Mrs. James O'Toole entertained her sister, Miss Mary Ryan of Davenport over the weekend.

    Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hackett entertained at Sunday dinner in honnor of her guest the Misses Doyle of St, Louis a company of friends.

    Among those from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Kautz. of Buffalo.

    The recent rains were very welcome to the farmers who have fall plowing to do. There is still some timothy seed to thresh.

    The men of St. Malachy Church are busily hauling sand, gravel, and other materials, while others are doing the work of constructing the cement steps and walk on the church property.

9-29-27

ARDON NEWS

    A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Eichelberger of this vicinity recently.

    Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stump and baby of Muscatine were over Sunday visitors at the home of John Verink.

    Henry Monson and family and George Petersen attended the Aledo Fair last week.

    Mr. and Mrs. George Townsley, Mrs. Mae Townsley, Fay.Townsley, and John Verink attended the funeral of William Townsley at Iowa City Thursday.

    A force of workmen is camped at Ardon. They are doing repair work on the Milwaukee tracks.

    Clarence Nolan and family of Muscatine spent Sunday at the home of Chris Nolan.

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10-12-27

ARDON NEWS

    The food sale planned by the women of St. Malachy's Church has been postponed, the date to be announced later.

    L. A. Summers has returned from a business trip in the west. Mrs.John Verink has returned after a weekend visit with friends in Muscatine.

    The H. Blake family has moved from Ardon to Muscatine and Everett Culp has moved to Ardon to reside.

10-20-27

ARDON NEWS

    The food and farm products sale to be held at the Home Tea Cornpany in Muscatine Saturday by the women of St. Malachy's Church, will include dressed chickens, fruit, vegetables and home baked delicacies.

    Mrs.Castlebaum and Frank Stine of Columbus Junction were Sunday guests at the John Verink home.

    Mrs. Hugh Nolan and daughter, Mary Kathlee, visited in Muscatine last week.

    Mrs. Carl Stump and baby of Muscatine, visited relatives in this neighborhood the past few days.

11-3-27

ARDON NEWS

    Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Cole of Pleasant Prairie were Sunday visitors at the home of Charles Fletcher.

    Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Nolan and children of Muscatine were Sunday guests at the Chris Nolan home.

    Miss Irene Spitznogel and Miss Pearl Boorn accompanied a party of friends on a motor trip to Colorado. They will go to California before returning home.

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11-18-27

ARDON NEWS

    Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Swanson of near Fruitland were honored at a 6 o'clock dinner, given by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hackett at their home near Letts Wednesday. A number of friends were present and the after dinner hours were spent in five hundred and guessing games. The women's prize was captured by Mrs. Swanson, while the gentlemen's prize went to Mr. Swanson, In the guessing game Miss Bryde Coady scored highest.

    Mr. and Mrs. A. Blake have moved to Ardon to reside.

    A. R. Wisterlake, M. Mitchel and Walter Rensink of Moline were visitors in this neighborhood recently.

    Mr. and Mrs. Swanson expect to leave soon for Moline, where they will make their home.

    Mrs. John Verink has been visiting friends in Muscatine for the past week.

    Miss Arlene Eichelberger, Mary and Elva Stine, were among the guests entertained, by Mrs. J. M. Waltz at a house party at her home in Muscatine the latter part of last week.

    Husking corn is the main occupation of the farmers of this locality these days.

11-24-27

ARDON NEWS

    Thanksgiving program was given by the teacher, Mrs. Nellie Mahoney, and pupils of Central School Tuesday afternoon. Songs, dialogs and readings appropriate to Thanksgiving Day were enjoyed by the visitors present. A special feature was the recitation by little 4 year old Joe Summers.

    Mrs. George Townsley, who has been ill at her home west of Ardon, is much better.

    Mrs. Anna Byrne celebrated her birthday anniversary Monday at her home. Among the gifts she received were a box of American Beauty roses sent from Deer Lodge, Mont, by her son, Anthony Byrne. Hy Jarrard and his force of carpenters of Conesville, have finished their work on the Andrew Healey farm.

    An automobile owned and driven by A. Blake is almost a total wreck after plunging into a deep ditch, a mile and a half west of Ardon recently. In the car at the time of the accident were Mrs. Blake and Miss Blake. All escaped serious injury.

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11-24-27,br />

ARDON NEWS

    Two special crews of workmen are employed on the Milwaukee railroad tracks east of Ardon re-enforcing the fills before freezing weather.

    Mr. and Mrs. John Tomney visited friends in Muscatine Sunday. Graveling and filling the Conesville Road has been stopped until the road crews can repair the deep ruts cut in the road by the heavy gravel trucks. The gravel crews have made rapid progress and have almost reached the Legler corner. The gravel has been spread as fast as it was hauled.

12-17-27

PROMINENT MUSCATINE COUNTY COUPLE CELEBRATING
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY AT HOME

    Surrounded. by their children, other relatives, neighbors and friends, Mr. and Mrs. William Miller Riggs, long-time residents of this county, are today celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage at the Riggs homestead. Evergreen Lawn home, eight miles west of Muscatine. Invitations were extended to about 400. Half of the guests were invited for this afternoon and the others for this evening. Twelve persons invited to the celebration were at the wedding 50 years ago. Old gold predominates in the house decorations. The entertainment is of an informal nature.

    Both Mr. and Mrs. Riggs long have been identified with Muscatine County. The former was born June 13. 1850, near Dayton, Ohio, and came to this county with his parents, John Summers and Eliza Longstreth Riggs, in the spring of 1854, locating on the farm now known as Evergreen Lawn home. The family came to Rock Island by train and crossed the river in a ferry boat. Anna Nancy Hitchcock is a native of Muscatine County, born Sept. 17, 1855, on the farm now occupied by her nephew, B. H. Hitchcock, then owned by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Hitchcock.

    When Mr. Riggs was only 15 years old, he entered the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and attended this institution for two years. He discontinued his studies at the university after a cyclone had swept away many of the buildings on the Riggs homestead in May 1860. Later he taught in the rural schools of Muscatine County. Mrs. Riggs attended, the Young Ladies' Seminary, Ports- mouth, Ohio.

    All of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Riggs are present for the golden wedding celebration: Lee S. Riggs, Mrs. Charles W. Hendrikc, and Mrs. Warner M. Vernon, Muscatine; Mrs. Carlton M. Richardson Toledo. Ia. Their three grandchildren, Gertrude Elizabeth and Ethel Avis Hendriks and Annabelle Vernon, are also present.

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12-17-27

MR. AND MRS. RIGGS CELEBRATE GOLDEN WEDDING
ANNIVERSARY
(Continued)

    Among the out-of-town guests at the celebrations were the following: Mrs. H. H. Rhodes and Harry Rhodes, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. John Henderson and son, Glenn, Joliet, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Christian, Newark, Ill; Mrs. Mary Germain and Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Smith, Kansas City, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Dusterhoft, Pierre, S.D., and Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Richards, Toledo.

12-28-27

ARDON NEWS

    The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Healey, of the Burlington road has been taken to a Muscatine hospital suffering from pneumonia.

    A family dinner was enjoyed at the James O'Brien home Christmas day. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. John O'Brien and family, Miss Veronica, Genevieve and Mary and Robert and William together with Mr. and Mrs. John Foley of Nichols.

    Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hackett enjoyed Christmas dinner at the home of Mrs. Hackett's brother, Dennis O'Brien, of Garden City.

    J. E. Furlong, who was injured by a horse falling on him at the Franklin blacksmith shop in Muscatine last week is much improved and expects to leave the hospital next week.

    Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Cole and son, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Paul and little son were Christmas dinner guests at the home of L. W. Fletcher.

    The Townsley family were entertained at a Christmas dinner at the home of Fay Townsley. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Townsley, of Davenport, Mr. and Mrs. George Townsley, Mrs. May Townsley and family.

    Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Fletcher enjoyed Christmas dinner at the D. P. Kelley home near Pleasant Prairie.

    Miss Beatrice Healey is spendind the holidays at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Healey. Miss Healey is a nurse in the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago.

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