Muscatine County, Iowa
Muscatine Journal & News-Tribune
Centennial Edition
31 May 1940

Section 7 - Page 14, submitted by Kathy Foote, June 29, 2012
Page 15 submitted by Shirley Plumb, July 23, 2012

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J. Carskaddan Was Prominent in Legal Field

Jerome Carskaddan was recognized as a leading lawyer of the state during his legal career in Muscatine. An early and prominent member of the Muscatine bar, he was born near Seneca Falls, N.Y., on Nov. 6, 1829, and came to Muscatin in 1853. In company with T.M. Williams he bought out the Democrat Enquirer, which he edited and published about two years, when he sold out and formed a law partnership with E.H.Thayer.

Mr. Carskaddan was elected prosecuting attorney in 1857 and was re-elected and served two terms. In 1861 he was elected county judge, which office he held until June, 1864, when he resigned. On Dec. 1, 1863, he formed a law partnership with DeWitt C. Richman under the firm name of Richman and Carskaddan. This proved one of the most successful law firms in Eastern Iowa.

The two partners were appointed attorneys for the Chicago and Rock Island Railway company and held that position during their connection in business from 1863 unt 1878. After that date, Mrs. Carskaddan held that position individually.

He was also a member of the board of directors of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern, of which he was local attorney. When the Muscatine Waterworks company was organized, he was chosen a member of the board of directors and elected secretary.

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES--In pursuance of law, I, Martin Van Buren, president of the United States of America, do hereby declare and make known, that a public sale will be held at the land office at Dubuque in the Territory of Iowa, commencing on Monday the eleventh day of January, one thousand eight hundred and forty-one for the disposal of public lands with in the limits of the undermentioned townships, to-wit: North of the base line, and west of the fiftyth principal meridian, fractional townships ninety three ninety five of range four, townships ninety-three and ninety four of range five. Lands appropriated for by law for the use as schools, military or other purposes, will be excluded from sale.

The sale will be kept open two weeks, unless the lands in the townships so offered, will be admitted until after the expiration of the two weeks. Given under my hand at the City of Washington, this twenty third day of September Anno Domini 1840, M. Van Buren, by the president; James Whitcomb, Com'r of the Gen. Land Office.--Bloomington Herald

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Pioneer Harness Maker
Photo of Andrew Jackson and Mrs. Jackson

Alexander Jackson, who came to Muscatine and settled permanently in the spring of 1843, was a prominent harness maker and held town and school offices. he was also a director of the Muscatine National bank.

A native of Scotland, he was born May 9, 1818, and when 17 years of age he came to America in 1835. He learned the harness trade in Albany and first came to Iowa in 1839 but did not at that time remain. The harness business provided his livelihood when he settled here in 1843.

He continued in the harness business for 15 years and later held the position of secretary and treasurer of the gas company. He built a house on the corner of Spruce and Second streets and residents of the little town that was then Muscatine wondered why he went so far in the country to build his house.

He married Lucy Ann Daily from Chillicothe, Ohio, Jan. 8, 1845 in Muscatine. She was born at Chillicothe, Sept. 12, 1821, and came here with the George Earll Family in 1841. She died Jan. 30, 1896. Mr. Jackson followed her in death on Aug. 14, 1903. They had five children.

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"Grand Circular Wolf Hunt--There will be a meeting at the office of S. Burgesser, Esq., on Wednesday the 7th inst. at 2 o'clock p.m. to make arrangements to have a Grand Circular Wolf Hunt on a day soon thereafter, to be fixed at the meeting. It is desirable that the people and especially the sportsmen turn out." -- Muscatine Journal, Jan. 6, 1857.

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MUSCATINE MEDICAL SOCIETY.--There will be a meeting of the Muscatine Medical Society at the Mayor's office on next Saturday evening. Oct. 27th, at half past 7 o'clock. Members of the Society are respectfully requested to be present, and Physicians resident in the city or county wishing to unite with the society are invited to be present.--Oct. 25th, 1855. Geo. Reeder.

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A DANGEROUS SPOT.--In cutting through the bank on 3d st., north of Mulberry, which is four feet deep, the workmen leave the bank unguarded, which presents as good an opening for a neck break as we have escaped lately. Rails--we believe rails are unknown here--or boards should be piled up so that night walkers will not step off into empty carts and inverted wheelbarrows, unceremoniously which occupy the base beneath.--Aug. 31, 1855.

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"We learn from Mr. Denison, who left Iowa City yesterday, that the bill restricting the city limits has passed both houses of the legislature and become a law. It strikes off six quarter sections from the north corner of the limits established by the bill of the extra session." -- Muscatine Journal, Jan. 28, 1857.

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NOTICE.--All those wishing to have their oxen shod, will do well to call on the subscribers, as they are now prepared to do such work, and they flatter themselves, from their past experience in the business that they can do it right. D.S. Smith, Robt. Laughlin.--Jan. 6, 1841.

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"Thirteen cars and one truck were burned and the interior of the cement building housing the Square Deal garage was gutted shortly after 1 o'clock this morning. The loss is estimated at between $11,000 and $12,000. Dale Idle is proprietor of the garage. It is presumed a defective wire in one of the cars started there was responsible for the fire."-- Muscatine Journal, Jan. 13, 1925.

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FOR SALE OR RENT.--A valuable farm two miles below Bloomington, on the Mississippi river, containing 432 acres, about one hundred acres of which is under good fence cultivation, with a good fram house and log cabin theron. For particulars apply to Adam Ogilvie. Bloomington.--Oct.n27, 1846.

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Centennial Greetings Sent to Journal by Iowa’s Senators
Photos of Sen. Clyde L. Herring and Sen. Guy M. Gillette

Congratulations to the Muscatine Journal on its centennial, for having completed 100 years of community service, along with best wishes for future success are voiced in letters received from Iowa’s two members of the United States senate, Clyde L. Herring and Guy M. Gillette.

Sen. Herring’s letter said:

    “I am glad to have an opportunity, by your letter of April sixth, to join you in the observation of the centennial reached by your newspaper.

    “One hundred years is a long time and when one considers what has transpired in the territory which you serve in this period, one recognizes the remarkable distinction of being connected with a newspaper which has been in existence for that length of time.

    “You are performing a great service in your field today and I congratulate all connected with the Muscatine Journal for the unique record which you have behind you.”

                “Personal regards.”
                “Yours very truly,
                "Clyde L. Herring”

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Sen. Gillette’s letter said:

    “I was very much interested and pleased to learn from your recent letter that the Muscatine Journal is preparing to issue a special edition.

    “while I am spending a part of each year back here on the American seaboard of the Atlantic, where there has been held recently a tercentenary celebration in commemoration of three hundred years since colonization, it is hard for those of us from the middle west to realize how comparatively brief a period has elapsed since the development of the Mississippi Valley. This is especially true to me, as I was born and raised in northwestern Iowa, which saw the advent of a railroad less than seventy years ago.

    “The hundred years elapsed since your paper started publication saw the entire development of our great state of Iowa. To have been during all of that time a potent part in helping shape and disseminate public opinion is a record of which any paper would be proud. It is indisputable proof that the community served by the paper has been well served to merit the continued patronage.

    “I, together with all of the friends of the Muscatine community, the community, and the management, on the completion of this one hundred years of community service, and wish that the next hundred years may see an even greater success for the paper and a development for our state of Iowa which will place it at an even higher point in the nation’s assembly of states.”

                “Very sincerely,
                “Guy M. Gillette.”

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