1-3-3125 PRESENT AT ANNUAL EVENT
Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Eichelberger Entertain
Children and. Grandchildren
Covers were laid for 25 when Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Eichelberger were
Hosts to their children and grandchildren at a goose dinner New
Year’s Day. For 18 years Mr. and Mrs. Eichelberger have entertained
the family on the first day of the year. Those present
Thursday were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eichelberger and. Helen of Muscatine,
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Eichelberger, Arlene, Lyle, Dean and
Edward, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Eichelberger, Wayne and Doris, Mr.
And Mrs. Levi Eichelberger, Richard and Virgin, Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Stone, Mary, Elva, Ida and Elmer.
1-28-31PAPERS GIVEN TO FARM GROUP
Seventy-Six Township Organization Presents-
Crops subjects and improvement were discussed when the Seventy-
Six Township organization of the Muscatine County Farm Bureau
held a meeting Tuesday night at the R. W. Vincent home with 65
members in attendance.
Robert Wigim gave a talk on "Soy Beans'", Wilmette Hendricks
spoke on “Why Plow Corn", George Bailey discussed "Hybrid Corn",
William Cashman spoke on "Fertilizer on Wheat and Morrie Legler on
"Corn for this Community". The program featured community
singing, including a solo, "Plowing Song" by Earl Bailey, solos by
Cloyce Downer, a reading by Lawrence Wigim, an accordian solo
By Morris Legler, and a report on the federation meeting by
2-2-31MIDWEST FREE PRESS
FLAMES RAZE ARDON STORE AND DWELLING
Fire, Origin Unknown, Causes Damage of $9,000
Fire of unknown origin, which started about 1 p.m. Saturday,
destroyed the home of M. Healey and the general store at Ardon
before it could be extinguished by efforts of a bucket brigade.
The blaze, first noticed by L. A. Summers, owner of the general
store, started on the roof of the Healey house which is east
of the store building. Damage was estimated at between $9,000
Although there was but a light northwest wind the fire burned
with such rapidly that both buildings were reduced to smoulderings
ruins within an hour. The dwelling was a two story frame
structure measuring about 24 by 100 feet.
As soon as the fire was discovered a call was sent to the Muscatine
fire department, but the distance was too great to take
the local trucks. Ardon has no fire department of any kind,
but a bucket brigade was immediately formed, in which about 100
men joined, and efforts were made to extinguish the blaze with
water from a cistern on the store property.
4-1-31PREMATURE BLAST FATAL TO MAN, 70
Joseph E. Furlong Dies While Blasting Stumps
Joseph S. Furlong, lifelong resident of Seventy-Six Township,
was instantly killed at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday by a premature
explosion of dynamite while he was blasting stumps in a field
at his farm If miles west of Ardon.
Mr. Furlong had been engaged in clearing the field, for most of
the day, and the explosions were heard at intervals during the
afternoon. When he did not return to his home by night, Mrs.
Furlong sent their son, Maurice, 13 to investigate, and the
shattered bodv was found by the son, who notified other members
of the family.
Pace, Horst, Investigate
L. G. Pace deputy sheriff was summoned to the scene, and in the
absence of Dr. W. B. Norton, was accompanied, by H. D. Horst,
justice of the peace. The body was brought to the Furlong home
and later Tuesday night to the Wittich Funeral Home.
4-1-31JOSEPH FURLONG DIES
As there were no witnesses, the exact manner and cause of the
tragedy will never be known.
Mr. Furlong was born March 22, 1861, in Seventy-Six Township
on the farm where he spent practically all his life. He was
the son of John and Johanna Cosgrove Furlong, both natives of
Ireland. He married Miss Margaret Nolan of Muscatine May 2, 1905.
Widow, 5 Children Survive
Surviving are his widow, five children, James, Edward, Leo,
Maurice and Alice, all at home; and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Daniels,
Columbus Junction, and Mrs. Kate Welane, Letts. One
daughter, Monica, died abut 17 years ago.
Alice Furlong is a pupil in St. Mary's school in Muscatine.
Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. J. J. Schoenfelder,
pastor of St. Mary's Church at Wilton, at St. Malachi's Church,
Aedon, at 10 o'clock Thursday morning.
Burial will be at Ardon. The Wittich Funeral home is in charge
of funeral arrangements.
4-3-31FURLONG FUNERAL RITES CONDUCTED
Three sons, James, Edward and Leo Furlong and three nephews,
Leo McCarthy, Clarence Nolan, and Joe Daniels, served as pallbearers
when funeral services were conducted for Joseph Furlong at
St. Malachi's Church at Ardon Thursday morning. The Rev. J.
J. Schoenfelder of St. Mary's Church at Wilton officiated.
Burial was in the Ardon cemetery.
5-30-31"76" SPARKLERS IN NATURE STUDY
Letts Four-H Girls Engage In Wild Flower Hunt
Near Wagner Home
A wild flower hunt and tree recognition were held near the Wagner
home when the "76 Sparklers" Four H club held its meeting.
Many flowers previously studied were located and about 15
varieities of trees correctly named in the woods. After the
hunt they enjoyed a picnic supper. Then the business meeting
In the absence of the regular officers, Anita McEride acted as
president and conducted the meeting and Helen Byrnes was
secretary pre tern.
Roll call was answered by a Four-H quiz question.
Those present were Mary Byrne, Monica Rose Byrne, Helen Byrne,
Anita Byrne, Laura Panther, Frances Kaalbert, Anith McBride,
Eugenia McBride, Edna May Wagner.
The visitors were Anita Kealburg and Dorothy McBride.
It was decided to send three girls to the summer camp to
held at Columbus Junction next month.
A program was planned for the July Farm. Bureau meeting for
which a play was chosen. Work on it will start immediately. It
was decided to sell ice cream and cake at the meeting also.
6-26-31PROGRAM PLANNED FOR FARM BUREAU
Play "Waggin' Tongues" to Be Presented Last
Thursday In July
The "76 Sparklers” Four-H Club had an all day meeting at the
Byrne home Tuesday, Miss Helen Byrne being hostess. Each
family brought one covered dish and sandwiches for the noon
Mrs. Grace Rylander, specie! guest, gave a talk on the camp
and the pageant to be given at Rotary Lodge next week.
Miss Anita McBride vice president, presided at the business
meeting. All members responded to roll call with current
events. These were all concerned with the Ames conventions, choosing that the girls were keenly interested although they could not all attend. Miss Helen G. Byrne, delegate to the convention, and Mrs. Wagner, gave reports on the work and activities at Ames. Miss Byrne met another Helen G. Byrne who was the same age as she is. Next year’s work will be on home furnishings.
6-26-31PROGRAM PLANNED FOR FARM BUREAU
Miss Mary O'Brien gave a demonstration on children's garments.
Helen Byrne gave 10 health rules and a demonstration on slips
And undergarments. Mrs. Wagner, the leader, demonstrated
fagoting, Italian hemstitching and smocking. Samples of these
were made for the note books.
One new member, Miss Evelyn Smith, was initiated and two former
members, Miss Loretta Healey and Miss Eileen Summers, were
The guests present were Mrs. Grayce Rylander, Mrs. Rose Pollick,
Mrs. J. Byrne. Honorary members present were Misses
Mary Byrne, Genevieve O'Brien and Gwendolyn McBride.
Arrangements were made for the program, to be given by the girls
at the next 76 Farm Bureau meeting which will be held at the
end of July at the John Ellsson home. The play, "Wag-gin' Tongues”
will be given by Helen Byrne, Mary O'Brien, Frances Kaslburg,
Anita McBride, Mary Byrne, Rose Byrne and Edna May Wagner.
Eleven girls will give a color wheel march to show color and
color combinations as they have learned to use them in the last
two years of club work. This will also help in home furnishing
next year. Miss Anita Byrne will give a reading and all the
girIs will sing the Four-H clover song and others.
Ice cream, cake, and pop will be served after the program.
7-9-31”76 SPARKLERS" 4-H CLUB MEETS
Mrs. Grace Rylander held a special meeting Tuesday morning with
Misses Anith McBride and Helen Bryne, who are the demonstration
team for the West Liberty fair, from the 76 Sparklers Four-H
In the afternoon, the regular meeting of the 76 Sparklers was
held at the home of Anita McBride where 14 members responded
roll call with, "What to make for the fair", All members
but one being present. One member was reinstated and Miss
Edith Fitzgerald was initiated into the club. Miss Anita McBride
gave a health talk and Miss Helen Byrne, a talk on "Dress
Accessories". The girls practiced their color wheel drill and
their play, "Waggin' Tongues."
Three visitors were present, Mrs. McBride, and two daughters.
Lunch was served by Miss McBride.
Corn plowing and wheat cutting is all done in this vicinity
And oats cutting is progressing nicely. The hum of the thresher
will soon be heard.
The gas pipe line through this part of the county will soon be
ready for operation.
Edmond Cashman, his two little daughters and Miss Nellie Cashman,
all of Chicago, have been visiting at the home of Thomas
Cashman for a while. Edmond and Miss Nellie have gone back to
Chicago. The two little girls will stay, during vacation.
Miss Beatrice Healey, of Chicago, who is spending her vacation
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Healey, came out from Muscatine
Saturday morning, after a short visit there.
Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Spratt and John Sieler, of Parnell, were
weekend visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Fitzgerald.
The Ardon kittenball team played the Letts team Sunday afternoon,
the score being 3 to 1 in favor of Letts.
Joe Hickey shipped a car load of cattle to Chicago Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. John O'Brien and William and Mary were callers at
Mrs. J. E. Furlong home Sunday afternoon.
A few relatives surprised Mrs. J. E. Furlong late Sunday afternoon
by coming in with ice cream and cake, it being her birthday.
Mrs. Riechert, of Muscatine, was a Sunday visitor at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Emmet 0'Toole.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Franz have moved from Ardon to the Gay
Mr. and Mrs. William Wasson, from west of Letts, were visitors
at the home of George Hollenback Monday night. George Hollenback
went home with them to spend the week.
Arthur Altekruse shipped a car load of cattle to Chicago Tuesday
and the Shipping Association sent a car of hogs the same day.
Joe Byrne of Chicago who has been here visiting his mother for
a few days, returned home Tuesday night.
Threshing has started in earnest in this community. The wheat
field is much better than was expected and is of excellent
Little James Byrne is visiting this week at the home of his
uncles, Frank, and Lawrence Byrne.
Jake Minder, from near Bayfield, was a caller at the home of
C. Tolan Monday.
Mrs. James 0'Toole who was taken suddenly ill last Wednesday
afternoon and was operated on at Hershey Hospital Thursday morning
is reported improving.
Mrs. Harry Schnedler and two sons, Junior and Robert, of Muscatine,
were passengers to Ardon Saturday morning to spend, the
weekend at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Nolan. Mr.
Schnedler arrived Sunday to spend the day.
The Panther and John O'Brien families of High Prairie spent
Sunday afternoon at the home of James O'Brien.
John Verink and son John Henry spent Sunday with relatives in
John Foley and wife of Nichols visited Sunday evening at the
James O'Brien home.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Belk and four children of Albany, NY are
visiting at the J. E. Downer home. Mr. Belk is a brother of
Mr. and Mrs. George Hollenbeck and sons, Merle and William,
spent Sunday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Wasson.
George Hollenbeck, who had spent the weekend at the Wasson home
turned with them.
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Weber and family of Columbus Junction spent
the weekend at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Downer.
Mrs. Will Wasson of near Letts fell Saturday and injured her left
knee quite badly.
F. C. Thomsen of Chicago was a visitor at the home of Reed brothers
Frank Byrne and little nephew James Byrne spent Sunday afternoon
A. J. Altekruse shipped a carload of cattle to Chicago Sunday.
Will Wasson and grandson George Hollenbeck spent Sunday afternoon
at Nichols. George Wasson and. daughters, Elsie and Darlene
of Columbus Junction, accompanied them, and Velma Wasson who
had been visiting in Nichols returned home with them.
The 76 kittenball team of this community played with the Pleasant
View team of Columbus Junction Sunday afternoon. The
score was 17 to 14 in favor of the Columbus Junction team.
Miss Celia Daniels spent the weekend at the home of her parents
Mr. and. Mrs. Frank Daniels at Columbus Junction. Her sister,
Miss Falistas Daniels, is spending this week with her at the
Thomas Cashman home.
Miss Beatrice and Irene Healey spent the weekend in Muscatine.
A company of friends surprised John Healey Saturday evening,
it being his birthday.
Little Junior Schnedler, of Muscatine, who has been visiting
his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Nolan, returned home Tuesday
Mrs. Rolla Copley, of Davenport, arrived Tuesday morning to
spend a few days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Healey.
Misses Irma and Florence Martin, of Muscatine, are visiting
at the home of Mr. and. Mrs. John Tomney.
Mrs. James 0'Toole who is at Hershey Hospital, is reported not
quite so well.
Maurice McAvoy suffered an injury to his right hand Wednesday
while carrying water to a threshing crew. The crank of his
car struck an. invisible stump, becoming bent in such a way
that when he went to crank it his hand struck against the edge
of the license plate cutting quite a gash. He was taken to
Dr. Eland at Letts and several stitches were taken, to close
Miss Beatrice Healey, of Chicago, who has been here visiting
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Healey, returned to Chicago
Eugene and. Carol Hogan of Iowa City are spending a few days visiting
at the home of their uncle, Ed Cody.
Mrs. Lottie Bentley and. Miss Pontson spent the last weekend with
Mrs. Thomas Hackett.
Dorothy and Ruth Weber of Columbus Junction spent last week at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Downer.
James O'Brien, Maurice McAvoy and Nannie O'Brien visited over
Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. John Foley of Nichols.
The 76 kittenball team played the Conco team of Fruitland last
Sunday winning the game 12 to 1.
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Nolan of Muscatine, visited at the C. Nolan
home Sunday evening.
Elsie Wasson of Columbus Junction is visiting this week at the
home of her aunt, Mrs. George Hollenbeck.
Miss Margaret Spratt of Holbrook, la. and Mrs. Anna Elgers and
daughter Ethel of Rock Island are spending this week at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Fitzgerald.
John Gieler of Holbrook, la. called at the. John Tomney home
The 76 kittenball team will play the Atlas Special team of
Muscatine on the 76 ball diamond next Sunday afternoon.
Clement Grosser, and some friends of Davenport visited at the
fen Fitzgerald home Sunday.
Anna and Ethel Russell of Davenport came Tuesday to visit with
Mrs. Tom Fitzgerald for a few days.
Mrs. James C'Toole who has been at Hershey Hospital for some
time has gone to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Auls.
Orville Rittenhouse of Muscatine and brother Vern of Ohio
Visited with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas. Hackett, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Lev/is Downer and. family attended a family reunion
of the Jake Belk family at Grandview Sunday.
Mrs. O’Connell and daughter of Wilton were visitors at the home
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip O'Toole, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. George Hollenbeck and sons spent Sunday at Columbus
Junction, attending a family reunion of the Wasson family
which was held at the tourist's park.
Mr. and. Mrs. Thomas Fitzgerald and daughter, Edith, and Leonard
Setler spent Sunday with relatives at Parnell.
Miss Genevieve O'Brien who is a student nurse at St. Anthony’s
Hospital at Rock Island, fell last Thursday and suffered, a
Miss Elsie Wasson, who has been spending a week with her aunt,
Mrs. George Hollenbeck, returned home to Columbus Junction
Miss Eileen Summers is spending a few days at the home of her
aunt, Mrs. Howe, at Muscatine.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have moved from the farm of George Townsley
to the tenant house on the farm of John O'Brien.
L. A. Simmers and. sons, Jack Thomas and Joseph, visited with
Mr. Summer's father and mother in Ottumwa over Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stump of Muscatine are visiting at the home
of Mrs. 3tump's father, John Verink.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Nolan of Muscatine visited Sunday evening
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. Nolan.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wigim and son visited at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Adam Wigim, of Muscatine Sunday.
Sister Mary Anita, formerly Kathleen O'Toole, and sister Mary
Gorges of the B.V. M. order are visiting with the former's brother,
Willis and sisters Molly, Margaret and Agatha O'Toole. Sister
Mary Anita will again be stationed at Casper, Wyoming.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Goldsherry and sons, and Mrs. Whitley of
Chicago have returned home from a visit to Trenton, Missouri.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Zoliner cared for the farm during their absence.
Mrs. Tom Dugan and sons, Elmer and Dickey, of Davenport returned
home Sunday after spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Jim Byrne.
Mrs. Margaret Furlong and children attended the funeral of
Mrs. Fred Frye at Letts Saturday. Mrs. Frye's daughter Bernyce
was formerly a teacher at High Prairie School.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wigim and children Richard and Ruth Ann
accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Fitzgerald drove to Marengo
Miss Mary Kathleen Byrne of Cedar Rapids is visiting at the
Home of the Byrne brothers.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stump and John Henry Verink visited relatives
at Columbus City Sunday. Mrs. Lottie Wilmering accompanied
them home to spend the week.
Mr. and Mrs. John Coady and family of near Chicago are visiting
with Dr. Coady's brother and sister, Ed and Bryde Coady.
Mrs. Ernest Zeug and daughter, Sharley Jean, of Newton, spent
Riley with Mrs. John Healey.
Muscatine callers from this vicinity Monday were Denis O'Brien,
Riley Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Healey, Mike and John Tomney.
Mrs. Mary Hogan, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hogan and family, Iowa City,
spent Sunday at the E. J. Coady home.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lindle and family of Atalissa and Mr.
and Mrs. Copely of Davenport spent Sunday with Mrs. Lindle's
and Mrs. Copely's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Healey.
The threshing season was brought to a close when Robert Wigim
threshed timothy for the Byrne brothers, John Healey and his son.
8-27- 31ARDON NEWS
Dorothy and John Mallberg of West Liberty are visiting at the
home of their uncle Reinhart Mallberg.
Alice Furlong spent Wednesday at the home of V. W. Legler visiting
with Dorothy and Jean. The girls were schoolmates while
attending High Prairie School.
Elmer Eichelberger and son shipped three carloads of cattle
Chicago Sunday, both accompanying the shipment.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed McAvoy and daughter Geraldine of Algona, la.
are visiting at the James O'Brien home.
Mrs. John Healey returned, home after spending a few days with
her daughter, Mrs. Rolla Coperly, and attending the Davenport
Margaret O'Brien, Dennis O'Brien and Carrie Neal drove to Ottumwa
Sunday where they visited friends and relatives.
Mrs. C. Nolan and son, Clarence Nolan, and family have returned
from a motor trip to Minnesota. They visited. Mrs. Nolan's
brother Martin L. Seltzer and family at Des Moines, from there
to Tracy Minn. where they spent a week visiting with Hugh Nolan
and family, returning by way of Alta Vista and visiting relatives
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Schnedler and sons, Harry, Anthony, and Robert
spent Sunday at the home of Mrs. Schnedler’s parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Eugene and Robert Brugman of Nichols spent Sunday with John
Eula Downer and Mrs. Vernon Legler went to West Liberty on Monday
to act the Farm Bureau Booth of this township ready for
Mary and Irene Humphrey of Chicago arrived Monday to spend a
few days with. Miss Mary Cashman.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Downer and Eula visited with the G. W. Weber
family at Columbus Junction Sunday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. George Hollenbeck and family, Mr. and Mrs. Will
Wasson spent Sunday at the home of Howard Metzger of Mt. Pleasant.
Mr. and. Mrs. Reinhart Kallberg of High Prairie visited at the
home of Mrs. J. E. Furlong Sunday.
Edward Furlong and Joe Mickey shipped a carload of hogs to
Miss Florence Byrne and Helen Stefani, of Chicago are visiting
at the home of Mrs. Anna Byrne and. I. A. Summers.
Miss Irma Mickey returned, home from a visit with Miss Irene
Rupert at Iowa City. She visited Dubuque Sunday and took a
trip to Dickeyville, Wis., to see the Holy Ghost grotto there.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed HcAvoy and family of Algona returned home Friday,
Maurice and John McAvoy who have been spending their summer
vacation at the homes of relatives in this community are returning
Miss Irene and Mary Humphrey who have been spending a few days
at the home of Miss Mary Cashman returned to their home in
Mrs. Pret Meeker and daughter, Marion, of Muscatine, are spending
the weekend at the home of Mrs. John Lee.
There will be a reunion of the Downer and Davis families next
Sunday, and will be held at the L. E. Downer home.
Pat Lynch who is at Bellevue Hospital is reported being much better.
Miss Mary Louise Wilmering of Columbus City is spending the
week with Mrs. Carl Stump.
John Tomney, Leonard Sieler and Mark Nolan attended the fair at
West Liberty, Wednesday.
Mrs. Carl Stump and Miss Mary Louise Wilmering called on Mrs.
C. Nolan Tuesday.
Phillip Digney was a Muscatine visitor Wednesday.
Mrs. Florence Byrne and Helen Stefani, of Chicago, who have been
visiting at the L. A. Summers home have returned home.
Florence Healey, of Davenport, arrived Monday with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Healey.
John Lee and son, Lloyd, returned Friday night from Trenton, Mo.
where they had been on a business trip.
Miss Alice Furlong went to Muscatine Sunday evening where she
entered her third year at St. Mary's high school.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hudson, of Denver, Colo, and Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Oberman, of Mt. Union, visited with Mr. and Mrs. Lewis
Miss Eula Downer went to Muscatine Sunday evening. She will
teach mathematics in the high school.
Misses Margaret and Marie Spratt and Bert O'Brien of Parnell,
spent Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Fitzgerald.
John Sieler, who has spent the past week with Mr. and Mrs.
Fitzgerald, has returned to his home in Parnell.
Kenneth Shoemaker of Maynard, is visiting with his uncle, Mike
John Lee is the first in this vicinity to start silo filling.
Miss Mary Cashman, Edmond Cashman and little daughter attended
the band concert at Muscatine Friday.
John Tomney was a Muscatine visitor Thursday afternoon.
Pat Lynch, who has been in Bellevue Hospital, has returned to
his home, and is much improved.
The 76 kittenball team will play the grocers of Muscatine for
the second time on the Ardon diamond Sunday afternoon.
Miss Irma Hickey left Thursday for Turton, S.D. where she will
teach English and Latin in the high school.
Mrs. M. W. Shellabarger and daughter, Dorothy, visited at the
home of John Verink Friday. Miss Shellabarger will leave soon
for Zearing where she will teach this school year.
Mr. and Mrs. Byrne and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hackett spent
Saturday evening with friends at Hopewell.
Mr. and Mrs. James McMichael and family of Nichols spirit Sunday
with Mr. and. Mrs. George Hollenbeck.
Miss Genevieve O'Brien, who has been home for several weeks with a
broken arm has returned to Rock Island, where she is a student nurse.
Frank Byrne, Miss Mary Byrne, and Mrs. Nellie Mahoney went to
Buffalo Monday night for the Labor Day program.
Edmond Cashman and two daughters Mary Helen and Margaret of
Chicago started for home Saturday. The little girls spent the
summer vacation at the home of their grandfather, Thomas Cashman.
L. A. Summers and daughter Eileen left Monday for Ottumwa
Where Eileen will enter her fourth high school year at the St.
Miss Louise Stienmetz of Muscatine visited at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Lewis E. Downer Sunday.
Miss Loretta Healey was a passenger for Muscatine Monday evening.
Miss Mary Byrne left Tuesday morning for Ottumwa where she will
teach school this year.
A large crew of men has been working on the natural gas pipe
line in this vicinity, getting it finished. A few small leaks
have been discovered which must be fixed.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Nolan and family of Muscatine spent Sunday at
the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Nolan.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Schmitt, of Muscatine, spent Wednesday evening
at the home of Mr. and. Mrs. Joe Martin.
Mrs. Bert Millhollan and daughter, Mabel, visited Tuesday with Mrs. Carl Stump.
Mr. and Mrs. George Hollenbeck and family attended the Columbus
Junction fair Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. John Foley, of Nichols, were callers at the James
O’Brien home Friday.
Mrs. James O'Toole who has been convalescing at the home of her
daughter in Muscatine for some time, returned home Wednesday.
Miss Florence Healey, Of Davenport, who has been spending a couple
of weeks vacation at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
John Healey, has returned home.
Mr. and. Mrs. A. Lear of Riverside, were visiting at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Fitzgerald. Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Nolan and. John Tomne3r were Muscatine visitors
Irene Healey spent Sunday with Gwendolyn. Phillips of High Prairie.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Martin visited Sunday evening at the V. L. Hesford home in Muscatine.
Elmer Eichelberger shinned a carload of hogs to Chicago Tuesday.
Miss Olive Martin called on Mrs. John Tomney on Monday.
Miss Helen Byrne has gone to Ottumwa where she will start her
first year college work at Ottumwa Heights Academy.
Mrs. Margaret Furlong and sons were Muscatine callers Wednesday.
Fred Poole, of Nichols, spent Friday at the home of George
Hollenbeck, overhauling his tractor.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Sullivan and daughter, Anita, spent Thursday
evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Hollenbeck.
William Young was taken to Hershey Hospital Friday where he
was operated on for abscess on his face.
Will Cashman was a Muscatine visitor Thursday.
Mrs. Vernon Schmitt, of Muscatine, spent Thursday evening at the
home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Martin.
The pipe line through here is nearing completion, there having
been men appointed to walk the line, each man having a 36 mile
stretch to take, walking 12 miles daily and return.
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Nolan and children, Dorothy and Paul, called
at the C. Nolan home Thursday evening.
Silo filling is all done in this community and corn cutting and
tomato nicking is in full swing.
Miss Amelda Byrne, of Cedar Rapids, arrived Saturday to spend a
few days with relatives.
James Ryan, of Davenport, was a Sunday visitor at the James
Miss Olive Martin visited Saturday with her sister in Muscatine.
Mrs. Carl Stump and daughter, Mary, John Henry Verink, Miss
Olive Martin and Walter Martin spent Thursday at the barbecue
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Reed, of Grandview, spent Sunday at the home
of Mr. and. Mrs. Harland Rowe.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Schmitt, of Muscatine, visited Sunday at the
home of Mrs. Schmitt's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Martin.
J. W. Browning, of Muncie, Ind., spent the weekend at the home
of his granddaughter, Mrs. Guy Smith.
Mrs. George Howe, of Muscatine, was a visitor at Ardon Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. P. G, Summers, of Ottumwa, are visiting with their
son Leo Summers.
Mr. and Mrs. John Foley, of Nichols, spent Sunday evening at the
home of James O'Brien.
John Lee attended the sale at West Liberty Monday afternoon.
Will Young, who has been in Hershey Hospital, returned to the
Home of L. E. Downer Sunday, and is reported feeling much better.
A number of friends from this vicinity attended the funeral of
Mrs. James McCarthy at West Liberty Monday morning.
A carload of hogs was shipped from Ardon to Chicago Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. John. Tomney and Mike Tomney visited at Conesville Sunday.
Misses Mary Louise and Dorothy Wilmering, of Columbus Junction,
Have been visiting Mrs. Carl Stump.
Mrs. James McCoy and mother, Mrs. Satorelle, of Detroit, visited
at the John Verink home Saturday.
Mrs. Rupert Kautz, of Buffalo, arrived Monday morning to visit
at the home of her brothers, Frank, John, and Laurence Byrne.
PRIEST TELLS HORRORS AFTER FLOOD
Tales of indescribable suffering and horror are told in letters
received here from the Rev. Timothy Leahy, formerly of St.
Mathias Church here, now stationed, at Hanyang, Hupeh, China.
He is in the territory where the Yangize River has swelled, into
a huge lake, taking a toll of life and property impossible to
Father Leahy says in part:
Conditions Appear Hopeless - "For hundred of miles the Yangtze
River has swelled into one huge lake 20 miles in width. Thousands
of towns and villages along the valley have become totally
submerged. No government or any organization can possibly cope
with it. Food, conditions are hopeless. Sanitary measures are
impossible. There is no escape from the unspeakable stench
created by rotting food, floating bodies and carcasses.”
"Within, the past 24 hours along another 200 refugees here have
been swept away to a watery grave. The scenes in this Wuhan
area are impossible to describe. Where once were busy streets
and prosperous business houses, there now are nothing but huge
gaps. Yesterday one Chinese hotel went down and killed or
injured 800 in its fall."
Refugees Fill Houses
"Our three houses are filled to overflowing with Catholic refugees,
packed like sardines in a box. Others whom we had. to
refuse are outside the house, reciting their rosaries and pleading
for help. They are in a state of desperation and we have
no remedy. The poor pagans are in despair. Self destruction
is common, among them. There are many cases like that of a
family of eight, near us, who ended it by suicide."
“The bishop has asked me to write to everyone I know and I am
doing so for if any man ever needed assistance he surely needs
it now. All I can say is in God's name help him if you are
Bishop Sends Letters
Enclosed in Father Leahy's letter is one from the bishop. Following
are parts of it:
“Never in the history of our vicariate have we been faced with such an appauling disaster as at the present time. The last bulwarks of the Yangtze River have gone before the
pounding of its waters, and the greatest flood in China’s recorded history
is spreading death and devastation everywhere.”
'The greater part of our immense diocese, with its teeming
Population of five million people is one vast lake. Ruin is
starting to stare us in the face.
10-3-31FATHER LEAHY TELLS OF FLOOD HORRORS
“I simply cannot describe it. The area effected is so vast and
the number of homeless and starving people around us so immense
that none of us can grasp its terrible significance."
Thirty million along the Yangtze Valley are homeless and of
these the million are without food. Everything they had has
been swept away; they are utterly destitute."
“I shall leave it to yourself to picture the terrible plight
of our priests and sisters who are working amongst the sufferers
in this unprecedented, calamity. Multitudes of people whose homes
have been swept away are fleeing in boats, rafts and in whatever
they can from the stricken areas. The more fortunate amongst
them have enough rice to last for a few weeks, but one third of
their number - ten million - are utterly destitute."
“These are but the cold facts. The sickness, the disease, the
faces of despair - these things I cannot describe."
“Here on the hillside, outside the mission, the people are huddled
In thousands under the burning sun. To hear the little
bables crying in the night is terrible. A Catholic mother gave
birth to her child out there on the hillside last night. God
help us it is dreadful."
“In the ground floor of the house where I am writing this letter
To you there is seven feet of water, and in the mission compound
the water is 12 feet deep."
“Corpses are afloat even in the main streets of these Wuhan cities,
and hundreds of bodies are drifting with the current along the
“We are doing everything we can to alleviate the suffering. We
Have given shelter to over 900 refugees; the sisters are caring
for the sick, and the priests are working amongst the stricken
people. From every part of Vicariate the same terrible cry of
distress is coming to me; the Catholics are homeless and destitute
in every section. What in. God's name am I to do?"
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hackett have been visiting friends, in Moline,
Mr. and Mrs. C. Nolan and Mr. and Mrs. Jake Tomney were Muscatine
Mrs. Carl Stump and daughter Mary and Miss Olive Martin were in
Wendall Hoopes and Harry Scott brought a car load of Hereford
calves from Souix City to Ardon, Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. William Darting of Wilton, arrived Wednesday, to
spend several days with their daughter, Mrs. Joe Martin.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Martin and family, and Mr. and Mrs. William
Darting spent Thursday evening at the home of their daughter
Wheat sowing Is progressing nicely in this vicinity, although
a much smaller acreage than usual seems to be the talk; of all
Mr. and Mrs. John Healey and son Edward, attended a surprise
party on Mrs. Bert Milholin in Muscatine Friday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Byrne and. daughters, Rose and Nita, spent
Saturday in Ottumwa visiting with their daughters, Mary and Helen
at Ottumwa Heights academy.
Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Summers, who have been visiting at the home
of their son, returned to their home in Highland, Sunday. L. J.
Summers taking them home by auto, He also visited with his
Daughter, Eileen, who is attending Ottumwa: Height Academy.
Tom Chelf and Miss Mabel Milholin of Muscatine spent the day
with Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stump Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. John Tomney, Mike Tomney and. Leonard Sieler spent
Sunday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martin at
Mr. and Mrs. C. Nolan and son, Mark, and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence
Nolan and children, Dorothy and Paul, motored to Kinross Sunday
and spent the day with Mr. and Mrs. Gage. Mrs. Gage was formerly
Miss Margaret Nolan.
Mr. and Mrs. John O'Brien of High Prairie spent Sunday afternoon
visiting with John, Frank and Laurence Byrne.
Will Cashman went to Chicago Sunday with a. shipment of cattle.
Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Doriner spent Sunday afternoon at the Weber
home in Columbus Junction.
The state T.B. test started in this locality on Wednesday morning
at the John Lee farm. The verterinarians finished in this
vicinity the same day, meeting no opposition, and. only testing
herds that had shown some reactors at the former test two years ago.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Martin are the parents of a 7 pound daughter,
John Verink and Carl Stump started to Lyon County, Minnesota,
Wednesday night with a truck load of sweet potatoes. They will
visit Mr. Stump's parents and other relatives in. and around
Mrs. Margaret Furlong and son, Jam.es and Ed and Bryde Coady
went to Ottumwa, Friday to attend the funeral of Ed Oswald of
that place, the funeral taking place Saturday morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Schmitt and Mrs. John, Schmitt of Muscatine
vIsited at the home of Mr. and. Mrs. Joe Martin Thursday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Rolia Copeley of Davenport came Thursday and spent
the day with her parents, Mr. and. Mrs. John Healey.
Leonard Sieler, John Henry Verink and Walter Martin attended the
baseball game at Oakville, Friday afternoon.
The women of Seventy-Six Township Farm Bureau met Friday afternoon
at the home of Mrs, John Ellason, with 17 present.
Mrs. John Healey is staying in Muscatine for a few days, taking
treatment for rheumatism.
The stats reading of the T.B. test in. this community found all
cattle tested clean and free of disease.
A shock of fodder on the James O'Brien farm, was struck by
lightning during the storm of Saturday morning and. burned.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Schmitt spent Sunday at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Joe Martin.
James O'Brien was the victim of a peculiar accident while leading
a spirited horse. It pulled back in such a way as to catch
the third finer of his right hand with the halter rope, breaking
Clarence Nolan, and family of Muscatine spent Sunday evening at
the John Verink home.
Will Reed shipped two carloads of cattle to Chicago Sunday.
Mr. Reed accompanied the shipment.
There will be an all day session of the Farm Bureau women at the
home of Mrs. Robert Wigim on Wednesday, the four districts; Nos.
1, 2, 4 and. 8 combining on this occasion and taking the lesson jn
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Summers visited, with Mr. and. Mrs. Joe Marti
L. E. Downer, George Bloomer and. Elmer Eichelberger shipped four
loads of stock from Ardon Sunday. Mr. Downer and Mr. Bloomer
went with the shipment.
John Verink and Carl Stump returned Tuesday morning from a motor
trip up into Minnesota.
L. F. Byrne was a Muscatine visitor Tuesday afternoon.
The Farm Bureau women's meeting, which was to have been held
the Robert Wigim home Wednesday has been postponed for one week
because of the condition of the roads.
Dayton Reed was taken ill quite suddenly on Thursday night.
James and Eddie Furlong and Frank and Lawrence Byrne attended
the Poland China hog sale of Mr. Duncan at Columbus Junction Friday.