Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 423 - 426
submitted by Phyllis Hazen, Novmeber 26, 2007

The Pioneer of Muscatine County in a Re-union Picnic.

Aug 2 1895 (hand-written)

A Large Gathering on the Fair Ground–Exhibition of Pioneer Relics–
-Speeches —A List of Early Settlers in Attendance.

As stated in yesterday’s issue, a large number of the old settlers of Muscatine county and their friends assembled at the Fair Grounds, to have their annual re-union. The assembly commenced convening about 10 o’clock, the place of meeting being in and around floral hall. So many of the descendants and young relatives and friends of the old settlers had accepted the invitation of President Walton to participate in the re-union that it did not bear the appearance of an assembly of old people. Grave and gay were commingled almost as much as in an ordinary gathering of people. For two hours preceding the dinner hour greetings, hand-shakings, congratulations and general converse, in which all seemed to take earnest and happy part, was the order of the day. A picnic dinner was served, at which it was necessary to have two tables in order to accommodate all present. This occupied over an hour. Coffee for the entire company was made in a big camp kettle under the supervision of W. S. Fultz and Frank Geiger.

By 2 o’clock many more had joined the company, not a few going out from the city on the electric cars. The officers of the society took seats on the circular platform in the center of the hall, when President Walton called the people to order and Dr. A. B. Robbins, the beloved old settler pastor, who has been with them for fifty-two years as a minister of the gospel, invoked the divine blessing in words befitting the occasion.

Secretary Peter Jackson, who has served so acceptably for many years, read his annual report, as follows:

    Every year, in making up the report of deaths since last we met, I think it will be very much shortened, but find that for the last three years it has been nearly the same. For 1893 there were 61 deaths reported; for 1894, 67 and for 1895 (the present year) I find the number 65, as follows:

    F. A. Drake, October 1, 1894. Judith Paige, Jan. 19, 1895.
    Albert Chaudoin, Oct. 2, 1894. Nicholas Young, Jan 11, 1895.
    Mrs. Margaret Caughlin, Oct 2, 1894. Matthias Keifer, February 11, 1895.
    Bernard Fuller, Oct. 15, 1894. B.     C. Cushman.
    Walter Romain, Oct. 16, 1894. Mrs. Eliza Ann Criner, Feb. 17, 1895.
    Matthias Nester, Sept. 19, 1894. George Moore, Feb. 5, 1895.
    Mrs. Clara Blaydes, Nov. 8, 1894. Thomas Bowlsby, Feb. 5, 1895.
    Mrs. B. F. Hershe, Nov. 7, 1894. Aaron Romig.
    Mrs. Catherine Clurick, Sept 21, 1894. Mrs. Henry Bitzer, Feb. 6, 1895.
    Mrs. Mary Weaver Hill, Sept. 22, 1894. Mrs. Sarah Benedict, March 22, 1895.
    Mrs. Charles Barlett. Mrs. Mary Blackmore, March 1, 1895.
    Alfred S. Sweet Mrs. Elizbeth Hershey, March 25, 1895.
    Isaac Neidig, Nov. 22, 1894. Jacob Erb, March 22, 1895.
    Mrs. Martha Ripley, Nov 17, 1894. Gottlieb Biebush, March 6, 1895.
    Samuel Bamford, Nov. 17, 1894. Michael Healey, March 12, 1895.
    Mrs. E. R. Lewis, Nov. 25, 1894. John George Hoehl, March 1, 1895.
    Mrs. M. P. Pace, Dec. 4, 1894. J. S. Garlock, April 3, 1895.
    Mrs. Ann LaGrille, Dec 6, 1893. Mrs. James Sullivan, April 18, 1895.
    John Henry Schmidt, Dec. 8, 1894. Mrs. Lady
    Thomas B. Prosser. ____ , 1894. Richard Cadle, April 8, 1895.
    Ed. Couch, Feb. 8, 1895. Samuel Pollock, May 9, 1895.
    George W. Van Horne, Feb. 9, 1895. Nrs. Lavisa S. Kincaid, June 26, 1895.
    David Mills, ____, 1895. Mrs. Christine Verink, June 30, 1895.
    A.     O. Warfield. Lyman W. Olds.
    Wm. Othmer. Henry Fuller.
    Miss Rachel Briggs. George M. Kinsley.
    Nathaniel Tobin, Jan. 25, 1895. J. F. Walter.
    Harvey Baker. Mrs. Agnes B. Hatch, July 26, 1895.
    Mrs. Tomney, Jan 5, 1895. Henry Windle, July 23, 1895.
    Mrs. J. W. Brookhart. Mrs. Mary D. Brown, July 6, 1895.
    Mrs. Judith Fry Johnson, Jan. 17, 1895. Mrs. Catherine Dill, July 24, 1895.
    Mrs. Mary Ann Black, Jan, 19, 1895.  

    President Walton, at the conclusion of the reading of the foregoing, announced that he would appoint a committee to prepare and publish suitable resolutions in memory of the deceased old settlers whose names were given in the secretary’s report. He announced as such committee John Mahin, Dr. Robbins and Wm. S. Peasley.

    President Walton’s annual address was next read, as follows:

      Old settlers, laddies and gentlemen: At out present reunion we have made an effort to add a new attraction to our meetings by bringing old pioneer and historical articles for our inspection and comment. There are several of these articles which are here, or should be, that we will venture to talk about in a descriptive way. For instance, the old-fashioned, low-down cradle of our infancy. There is one among the collection but it is so much finer than the one in common use in Iowa at an early day that we will continue our description. The cradle of sixty years ago was simply a flaring box, some 12 inches wide in the bottom, 16 inches at the top and some 12 or 15 inches deep and three or four feet long. It frequently had a raised cover over the head end with rockers under and across the ends that raised it some 6 inches from the floor. The rockers prejected well out on the sides for the convenience of the mother to rock it with her foot while doing her sewing and knitting.

      In the early days of Iowa we had no sewing machine, so the mothers had to do the sewing and knitting for the family. Much of it was done while rocking the cradle. In this cradle the youngster was put and had to stay most of the time until he climbed out. If he protested, as small children often do, the cradle was given a shake frequently to the discomforture of the “kid.”

      The baby cradle has a history as old as the English language. It has been in use in America from the settlement of Jamestown to the settlement of Iowa, we will say 250 years, without rival. Poets have sung of the cradle and the grave. Now the crib and baby wagon have superseded it.

      Having mentioned the cradle that served us at the beginning of life perhaps it would not be out of keeping to mention the coffin that was used at the other end. It was usually made of walnut boards with swelled sides and raised top. This swell usually occurred one-third of the way from the head down. The width in the widest place was one-third of the length. It was frequently lined with white cotton cloth. No handles were used. The price of a coffin for many years was one dollar per foot in length. They were usually made by the cabinet-makers. In the early days of Iowa, we had no undertaker or hearse. A common light wagon, if one could be had, was used to transport the coffin. It was not the custom to have pall-bearers. The men at the funeral officiated. No boxes were used to contain the coffin. The grave was dug considerably larger than the coffin. In the bottom of the grave a hole called a vault was dug, the size and shape of the coffin. After it was place in the vault it was covered with boards, resting on the edges of the vault, before filling the grave with earth. We had no sexton. The neighbors dug the grave and all present at the funeral took turns in filling, while the mourners and friends were present. No one left the grave before it was filled.

      The old hand-bellows, now out of use as a household utensil, figured quite conspicuously. We had no matches, so the fire had to be taken care of. The live coals had to be covered with ashes (raked up, as it were called) to keep the fire from going out. It required considerable skill to cover it so it would keep from one meal to the next one. Upon “raking open the fire,” frequently, but a small spark could be found. Then the old hand-bellows came in to play, to blow it to a flame.

      The old breaking plow should not be forgotten. The first breaking plows in Iowa had iron sheaves with wooden-mold boards (or parts used for turning over sod). They were frequently covered with sheet iron. Later, the improved pattern had iron rods in place of the wooden-mold board. These ploughs would frequently turn over from 24 to 30 inches of sod at a cut. They were usually arranged with wheels so that a holder was not needed, only at the turns. If there was plenty of room the driver could manipulate the plough without an assistant. A man with a breaking team of four or five yoke of oxen was considered quite well fixed. He usually hired a man or boy to help him and made a business of breaking prairie for four or five months in a year, doing breaking for anyone that hired him. While a breaking team of oxen was about the slowest moving thing on earth, the driver had plenty to do to keep the lagging oxen touched up. He walked on the left side of the team, using the word “Gee” to go to the right or the word “Haw” to come to the left. His whip was a monster, when used as an instrument of torture. It had a stick some ten feet long with a braided leather lash, some 12 or 15 feet in length. It was wielded with both hands. A skillful driver could knock a fly from an oxen’s back without disturbing the ox’s equilibrium in the least.

      Driving an ox team is a very tiresome job. I know it by experience. Here I might relate an adventure of my own, while driving a team to plough, in the spring of 1841, up in the hills, nearly a mile northeast of Col. Hare’s school house. The day was hot; the oxen had their tongues out. When the sun got around to the south far enough to say it was dinner time, we started home. I was so tired I concluded I would ride, so I mounted one of the hind oxen and rode along nicely until I came to the top of the bluff. All at once within an instant of warning they started to run. I could not stop them. The word “whoa” that they were too willing to hear all the forenoon had no effect on them at that time. I was thrown forward on the neck of the ox, close up to the yoke. I was in no danger of falling off, neither could I get off. I had to stay there until they reached the creek and stopped for water. This was the only ride I ever had on an ox’s back.

      If the ox was used as a domestic animal for working purposes in the icy winter, he had to be shod, which was considerable more trouble that shoeing a horse. The shoes were not like those used on horses at this time, for they were separated in front (similar to the divided skirts worn by many of the lady cyclists), thus making eight shoes to the ox. As the ox cannot stand on three legs, like a horse, it had to be thrown down or swung up. At many of the blacksmith shops a frame was built for swinging them in. I think we had but one frame for that purpose in out town.

      As early as 1845 horses were substituted for winter work. At that time a good horse was worth from $35 to $40. A yoke of oxen, if well broken that would weigh 1,000 pounds each and would bring about the same.

      *** continues on Page 424 ***

      The Threshing machine has wrought a great change in the manner of farming. The early settlers of Iowa threshed their grain in the old Egyptian manner, using horses in place of oxen to tramp it out. They selected a level piece of ground, smoothed it off and pounded it down hard. Then they put on the sheaves of grain with the heads up. Horses were then led and ridden on the grain, to tramp it out. It would take from a half to three-Quarters of a day to tramp one floor. After barns were built, floors were put in for threshing purposes. The threshing floor was the technical difference between a barn and a stable. The building could be ever so large; if it had no thereshing floor, it was a stable. Speaking of threshing floors, a few of the old settlers are yet living who can say with safety that they have seen an institution as old as Egypt itself go out of use. The first threshing machine used in this county was built in a barn belonging to the Burdett brothers, some three miles east of the city. It had a wooden cylinder and concave similar to those in use now. For power it had an upright shaft with a large wheel some 10 or 12 feet across it. The top that was connected with the cylinder by a one and a half inch tarred rope band. This machine was used but three or four years before it was superseded by a traveling chaff-piler, owned by the Methodist minister of our town. I have forgotten his name. [“Mr. Norris,” suggested Secretary Jackson.] The chaff-piler only separated the grain and chaff from the straw. This machine was soon superseded by the separator, and later with the strawstacker attachment.

      In the old chaff-piler and early separator times, threshing was quite an event in a settlement. There was little or no threshing out of the shock. The farmer that let his grain stand out in the shock for the threshing machine would be considered a poor farmer. All the grain was stacked. The threshing machine man started immediately after harvest and continued all winter. Her frequently would travel over a circuit of 40 or 50 miles. In the year 1842 or ’43, I lived with a man by the name of Blanchard, on the Muscatine Island. He had some 60 acres of oats. The ground was new. The oats grew as high as my head, and stood up well. He had an immense crop. The grain was all cut by hand and threshed by the minister’s machine. The grain was all cleaned by hand and all sold for 8 or 10 cents per bushel, in “store pay” and trade. We used rail pens, lined and covered with straw, for granaries.

      We will mention but one or two more small articles that have gone out of use. Sixty years ago a door key weighing a half pound was no uncommon thing. The best door keys now weigh less than half an ounce.

      Now if a man wants to light his cigar he simply takes a match from his pocket and strikes it on his clothing or some other convenient place and a fire is at hand. Sixty years ago the tinder box with flint and steel were generally required. If a man was skilled in their use he could with the aid of a sulphur match get a fire.

      During the delivery of Mr. Walton’s address there was a great deal of talking on the outskirts of the company, and in that part of the hall where ice cream was being sold for the benefit of the Old Ladies’ Home and also where the relics were on exhibition, so that only those quite near him could hear what he said. This talking was kept up more or less throughout all the exercises, although President Walton made an appeal for better order, and it was the one thing which marred the full enjoyment of the occasion. Those who attend such gatherings and offend in this way ought to be more thoughtful.

    President Walton announced that five-minute speeches would be in order and called on Vice President S. W. Stewart, of Wilton. When he came forward by slip of the tongue he spoke of five-cent speeches and jocularly corrected himself. He said he had attended many of the old settlers meetings and this was the best dressed and best looking of all. He had been in Iowa since 1839 and had seen it grow up. Good communities are not made of rotten timber. He believed there is no place where moral sentiment is higher than in Muscatine county. This is the right basis for good communities, where law is observed and God is served. The old settlers were the very pick of the world. The speaker here paid a high compliment to the women. We owe all we are to our mothers, he said, and thought justice is not done them because they cannot vote and control property as they should; when the husband dies, he said, lawyers and the courts eat up everything. It is time to quit such barbarism.

    Mrs. L. L. Patterson, the oldest settler in the county, was called on and spoke briefly in the way of correction of one or two items of early history of the county. She said Col. Davenport never had a store at this place; the Indian trading house here was kept by a man named Gordon. Also, that the other Nyes who were early settlers at Montpelier were not brothers of her father, Benj. Nye, but cousins.

    S. Phillips was called for but did did not respond; also, John Mahin.

    Nathan Smith was next called out and told an amusing story of his experience in the use of ox teams just after he was married, when he was making a journey with his wife, who was then wearing her wedding gown and bonnet-the best bonnet, he said, she had for years after. He had unfortunately made the ox chain a link too long and when the oxen commenced to ascend a hill the tongue slipped out and fell to the ground. This frightened the oxen and they started to run. The difficulties of stopping runaway oxen were enlarge on by the speaker. He said he tried to run around them so as to stop them but could not. Finally they came to a place where a furrow had been ploughed across the road, and the tongue dropping into that furrow caught in the ground. The result was the fore wheels of the wagon were elebated in the air and the already badly frightened bride was thrown to one side of the road in the prairie grass. It happened it was near a place where some men were building a house and they ran to her rescue, expecting to find her badly hurt but were relieved of their anxiety and amused to hear her ask if her bonnet was smashed! The speaker went on the pay a compliment to his wife when some one in the audience inquired what became of the oxen, and in the laughing that followed our reporter did not get the reply.

    John B. Lindle was called for and responded in a lively and entertaining way. He said his parents landed in this county when he was a boy in 1844. In 1851 he first saw Mnscatine. He steamboated awhile on this river on the Prairie Rose. He finally came to Muscatine on the Kate Cassel and started a match factory but was burned out. The Iowa ladies were regarded as the prettiest in the west. He had an engagement to visit one of these pretty girls on a certain Sunday but in the meantime he interviewed a hive of bees who left him in a condition unpresentable to a young lady; in fact, he couldn’t see for some days afterward. Mr. Lindle than told about his captaincy of a Cedar river ferry, where he ferried some of our citizens, mentioning among them the editor of the JOURNAL when he went on courting expeditions to Johnson county, from whence he finally brought his wife. The speaker essayed a familiar German song but had to give it up because he struck the wrong key. He closed by translating two of the first lines of the song into English, as follows:

    “We are sitting so merrily together
    And enjoying this beautiful weather.”

    Dr. A. B. Robbins was the next speaker. He read a few verses from the Bible appropriate to such an occasion and then remarked that he did not see many grey heads in this assemble, which suggested the possibility that all the old settlers had not walked in the ways of righteousness. Regarding the suggestion that women should vote, he said it might not be so great a boon when granted as it seems to be now. As for himself, he said he did not often have much choice; the tickets are made out in advance and when he went to vote it was usually merely a choice between a fool and a rascal. Woman’s greatest honor is that she gave the Savior to the world without the intervention of man. The Doctor then made a comparison between Muscatine and Boston and thought it would have been better if our streets had been made to conform to the hills and ravines rather that reducing these to a level so as to lay out the city on the square. The leaves, the sun, the moon, god’s handwork, are not in squares; build a town as nature built it.

    W. H. Hoopes was called for. He said it was the first time he had addressed an old settlers assembly, though he knew much of the experience of pioneer life and even of the management of oxen, to which reference had been made. An ox-team once tried to run away with him; he ran to their heads, grabbed the near ox by its nose, pulled its head around and thus stopped them; but in his anger he struck the ox with his fist over the eye and broke a knuckle of one of his fingers, a disability which he bears to this day, a reminder, he said, that it is not best to act a fool when something else acts a fool more than you do. He said his identification with the old settlers worries him a little because it reminds him that he is growing old, though he feels as young as ever, notwithstanding he has been married 25 years. He thought it a good plan for the younger people to greet the older ones, who may not know them because they have changed, as he was sure it was not the purpose or wish of the old settlers to ignore the generation that is coming after them. These are times of progress, and he was glad of it.

    President Walton called attention to the relics, saying they exceeded expectations. Mr. Walton also explained that the reason the reunion was called earlier than ….

    *** continues on Page 425 ***

    ….usual this year was because other events are arranged to come in after this date, so that it would have crowded it into a time of uncertain weather if deferred.

    The next order being the election of officers, on motion of Frank Geiger, the former officers were re-elected, as follows:

      President – J. P. Walton.
      1st Vice-President – John Barnard.
      2d Vice-President – S. W. Stewart.
      Secretary – Peter Jackson.
      Treasurer – Mrs. P. Jackson.


    The display of pioneer relics and curios was highly interesting. Our reporter endeavored to get a list of all of them but may have missed some. The following is his list;

      A trunk of Gov. Lucas, used on a trip from Ohio to Iowa in 1838.

      A large geographical globe made by Benj. Nye in 1817; also, a chunck of lead ore picked up by him at Galena, Ill., in 1835, and an Indian axe picked up in Kentucky in 1825 – all brought by his daughter, Mrs. L. L. Patterson.

      A trunk of Mrs. Hiram Mathews, brought from Ohio in 1839, painting of the cabin built and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Mathews in 1839, and a picture of the interior of the Mathews house, showing Mrs. Mathews and two daughters, Mrs. J. J Hoopes and baby J. Linn Hoopes. These were brought by Mrs. J. B. Dougherty, daughter of Hiram Mathews.

      A side-saddle 120 years old, an old white high-crowned hat and poke bonnet, brought by Mrs. E. Hershey Greiner.

      A shawl blanket, blue and grey, 80 years old; a hand trunk brought from Maine to Ohio in 1871, brought by A. C. Hopkinson.

      Poll lists of Moscow township from 1850 to 1852, some campaign literature of 1844, an old-fashioned card case, and soldier screw driver, wrench and ink stand carried through the brought by W. S. Fultz.

      A tin sugar bowl over 100 years old brought by Mrs. Duffield.

      A handsome china platter, 75 years old; a blue china plate and pitcher from England, 125 years old; brought by Mrs. J. P. Walton.

      Tortoise shell card case, supposed to be over 100 years old, brought by Mr. F. L. Smalley.

      A silver teaspoon and pewter wash pan from England in 1834 and used by George Washington at Mitre House in New York, brought by Miss Abbie Lake, and once owned by Mrs. Mary Bird Lake, at whose house Washington boarded, and who taught the first Sabbath school in Ohio, and one of the first in America.

      A jar, crystal wine cruet and glass, and crystal sugar bowl brought from England and 125 years old, by Mrs. E. M. Niebling. An old-fashioned spinning wheel and reels brought by Mrs. Webb, W. M. Stewart and Mrs. A. C. Hopkinson, and of various ages. An old shawl woven in 1795 by Mrs J. B. Dougherty’s grandmother; silk handkerchief and shawl given as wedding presents 50 years ago.

      A school geography studied in 1843, brought by J. P. Freeman.

      A rusty iron frow with wooden handle, probably 70 years old, brought by B. B. Rankin.

      A brass compass made in 1785, brought by A. G. Townsley; also a Bible 103 years old.

      A flax hatchel, brought by T. H. Drake.

      An iron sperm oil lamp, brass candle stick and snuffers, brought by Mrs. George Shields.

      A tortoise shell watch, over 100 years old, used by John Barnard’s grandmother, was brought by him; also, a grain sickle, over 70 years, and old dray pin supposed to be Ben Matthews’, and an accordeon over 50 years old.

      A Bible having attached to it a card reading: “This Bible was on the ocean ten months in 1798; it was the property of Robert Hood, grandfather of R. S. Amlong. Printed in 1791.”

      John Lindle showed some wool cards, a flax hatchel, pewter plate, a pepper box over 100 years old made from a pear tree, and an Indian mush spoon.

      A gorgeously-made quilt, which in one corner has woven, “John T. Wills, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 1835,” brought by the Wills family; also an illustrated German Lutheran Bible, printed in 1770, and in good state of preservation; wool cards, pewter plate, a birthday present in 1846, an Indian rice spoon taken from the Siouxs in 1856, and a wooden pepper box made from the exhibitor’s ancestral home pear tree in Bavaria, very old.

      A grain fork made many years ago by Thos. Hartwich, of Muscatine.

      A baby cradle over 100 years old, exhibited by Mrs. M. W. Griffin, and used by the family of the late Gen. J. G. Gordon, of Muscatine.

      A cane gun brought from Ireland in 1850, by Elisha Beatty; also Indian moccasins given to Mrs. Beatty in Ireland in 1849 by a returned soldier from the Mexican war, and brass candlesticks also brought by Mrs. Beatty from Ireland.

      Original letter written by John Sharp, who commanded a company in the Ohio militia in the war of 1812; letter dated Cincinnati, May 30, 1812; and directed to the wife of Capt. Sharp, who was grandfather of Mrs. S. Philips, now living in West Liberty.

      The following is a list of unidentified articles: Tin candle lantern; old wooden candle sticks, family register and pewter platters; old bellows, brass andirons and pincers; hames used in 1856 and iron fire crane tongs; a story book published in 1777, old fashioned wool carders used in 1854; reel; spining wheel; big wheel; footstool; key of old jail; ox shoe, family record of Declus Humphreys; hoe, 1848.


    Our reporter made an effort to get the names of all the old settlers attending this reunion. It was not an easy task, as many came to the grounds late, and while the exercises were in progress, but it is believed the following list comprises most of them. Where a date is given it means the year of settlement in Iowa:

    Ady W. D. and wife, 1850. George Mrs. Sallie R., (formerly Kane) 1840. Neibert Mrs. Jacob, 1851.
    Ady James H., 1851. Geiger Frank, 1848. Ogilvie Mrs. C. B.
    Adams C., wife and daughter, 1852. Gertenbach Mrs. William, 1850. Olds Albert, 1851.
    Aronheim Mrs. P. and two daughters. Greiner Mrs. J., daughter and son, 1854. Oaks Jesse, 1843.
    Barnard John and wife, 1854. Greeley Mrs. Sarah, 1847. Oaks Norman, 1859.
    Barnard Carl and wife. Gray James A., (Grandview,) 1839. Othmer August, 1856.
    Barnes Frank, 1839. Harris J. B. and wife Parvin J. N. B., 1839.
    Battey W. C. and wife, 1855. Hart Mary A., 1848. Patterson Mrs. L. L., 1834.
    Barger J. A., 1848. Hart Mrs. William, 1854. Parvin Mrs. S. H., 1863.
    Ball Mrs. N. and daughter, 1850. Hoopes R. H., 1845. Philips S. and wife, 1839.
    Bartlett M. and wife, 1850. Hoopes W. H., 1854. Porter G. W. and wife, 1855.
    Bartlett, Mrs. J. A., 1857. Hoopes J. E. and wife, 1854. Peasley Wm. S., 1853.
    Beard John, 1855. Hoopes J. W., 1855. Purcell Mrs. Eliza, 1839.
    Baird, Mrs. R. B. Howard H. V., 1870 Rankin B. B., 1851.
    Beatty Elisha, 1851. Hill Mrs. S. G., 1864. Robbins Rev. Dr. A. B., 1843.
    Bennett Joseph, 1840. Hole Mrs. J., 1845. Reynolds Mrs. E. C., 1857.
    Boland Patrick, 1848. Houser Jacob, 1845. Reynolds Charles, 1860.
    Brigham, Mrs. Houser Mrs. C., 1851. Ruckdeschel Mrs Lida, 1847.
    Bridgman Joseph, 1837. Holmes W.G. and wife, 1837. Rider, Mrs. Mary, 1844.
    Beach, B., 1855. Horton C. C., wife and children, 1848. Rice J. W. and wife, 1855.
    Brown N. M. and wife, 1843. Heaton F. M. and wife, 1810. Roth John, 1842.
    Brogan Jesse and wife, 1843. Hopkinson A. C. and wife, 1855. Schooley James, 1849.
    Block Mrs. D. H., 1860. Israel Miss Rebecca, 1845. Schreurs Mrs. G. W.
    Betts Mrs. Minnie H. Jackson Peter, 1838. Stockdale John, 1859.
    Campbell William, 1850. Jackson Alex, 1811. Smalley Abraham, 1838.
    Crawford W. P., 1851. Jackson Mrs. H. B., 1855. Smalley Mrs. F. L.
    Crawford O. B, and wife, 1858. Johnson Dr D. P., 1814. Stahl Mrs. Henry, 1842.
    Chaplin Charles and wife, 1840. Jayne Henry and wife, 1856. Shields George and wife, 1855.
    Clark Mrs. J. A., 1851. Jelly J. A., 1856. Shields Mrs. Maria, 1855.
    Craddock A. C. and wife, 1855. Kemper B. and wife, 1855. Shields Mrs. William, 1855.
    Cole N. B. and wife, 1855. Klein John G., 1859. Smith Nathan, 1856.
    Cummins Mrs. T. H. and daughter, 1851. Kincaid C. S. Smith W. P., 1856.
    Conaway S. F. 1852. Lamar George, 1850. Smith Henry G. and wife, 1850
    Coover Isaac. Lee J. B., 1853. Stone Mrs. Charles and daughter, 1854.
    Derby C. W., 1853. Lindle J. B. and wife, 1851. Townsley A. G., 1843.
    Denton E. W. and wife, 1855. Little Mrs. J. G. H., 1840. Trunick Mrs. John, 1846.
    Davidson W. L. and wife, 1849. LaGrille T. J. and wife, 1861. Thornton Mrs. William, 1841.
    Dougherty Mrs. O. M. and daughter, 1839. Magill Mrs. Mary, 1856. Titus A. G. and wife, 1870.
    Drake T. H., 1856. McDonald Mrs. Ruth, 1852. Vore I. D., 1855.
    Dunn G. K., 1844. McGreer Wash and wife, 1864. Walton J. P. and wife, 1837.
    Dunsmore Mrs. Mary, 1843. McIntire R. A. and wife, 1856. Waltz J. G., wife and daughter, 1855.
    Dunsmore Miss Louise, 1851. Mahin John, 1843. Warren Mrs. Naomi, 1842.
    Dunsmore Wm., 1853. Mette George, 1855. Warfield Mrs. Frank
    Eichelberger Levi, 1844. Mauck Mrs. C. F., 1840. Will J. A., wife and two daughters, 1844.
    Foster Mrs. Suel, 1837. Miller Mrs. Susan, 1853. Will C. H. and wife, 1865.
    Feustal John and wife, 1852. Mittman Fred. And wife, 1854. Williams Mrs. George, 1848.
    Freeman David, 1843. Matthews Wm. H., 1856. Wilson James, 1850.
    Freeman J. C. and wife, 1852. McMichael Joseph, 1857. Webb Mrs. Alex and daughter.
    Freeman J. P. and wife, 1840. Molis Miss, 1811. Weed Mrs. James, 1846.
    Fishburn J. P. and wife, 1855. Maylone W. H., 1838. Weed Mrs. C.
    Fultz W. S. and wife, 1850. McBride Mrs. Mary, 1855. Wood C. P., 1853.
    Foss, George A., 1844. McQuesten W. W., 1856. Wintermute B. K., 1853.
    Geisler Charles. Neibling, Mrs. N. M., 1866. Winn A. M., 1839.
    Geisler Fred. Nelson A., 1860. Winn Mrs. John, 1847

    *** continues on Page 426 ***


    The following list of residents of Bloomington (now Muscatine) in the year 1839 was handed to Secretary Jackson, yesterday, by Mr. J. B. Dougherty, as an interesting reminiscence of fifty-six years ago:

    Stephen Whicher and wife. Miss Sophia Starr. Miss Margaret Reese.
    Ralph P. Lowe and wife. Mr. Fred. H. Stone. John Reese.
    Dr. and Mrs. Weed. Mr. and Mrs. D. C Cloud. Henry Reese
    Dr. James Weed. Mr. and Mrs. Dibble. Joseph Reese.
    Miss Eliza Weed. Miss Clara Dibble. Mrs. Beaumont
    Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Olds. Miss Lucinda Dibble. Zepheniah Washburn.
    Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Blaydes. Mr Jeremiah Dibble Mr David G. McCloud.
    Dr. James McKey. Gen. and Mrs. Emerson Fletcher. Mr. Alexander McCleary.
    Dr. James Morrow. Mr. and Mrs. Denton J. Snyder. Mr. Henry Funck.
    Dr. Grubb. Mr. Joseph Bridgman. Mr. Hezekiah Musgrave.
    Mr. and Mrs. Adam Ogilvie. Mr. Charles Fish and wife. Mr. and Mrs Charles Warfield.
    Charles Ogilvie. Mr. Matthew Matthews. Mr. David Warfield
    Captain Dunn. Miss Ellen Matthews. Mr. Asbury O. Warfield.
    Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kinney. Miss Lura Matthews. Mrs. McCrow and family.
    Mr and Mrs. H. Q. Jennison. Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Matthews. Judge Joseph Williams and wife.
    John W. Brady. Miss Orrell K. Matthews. Miss Georgiana Williams.
    Suel Foster. Miss Ophia Mildred Matthews. Meason Williams.
    Col. Thomas M. Isett. Mr. and Mrs John A. Parvin. Ken. Williams.
    John W. Richman. Mr. Josiah Parvin and wife Mrs. Judge Meason.
    Benjamin P. Howland. Mr. Theodore S. Parvin. Joseph Bennett.
    Peter Jackson. Miss Rhoda Parvin. Mr. and Mrs. Cully; also, “Bub” and “Sis.”
    Andrew J. Fimple. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mulford. COLORED PEOPLE.
    S. C. Hastings. Mr. and Mrs. Wm Parvin. Rev. Daniel Anderson.
    Mr. and Mrs Moses Couch. Judge and Mrs. W. G. Woodward. Aunt Nellie Anderson.
    Mr. and Mrs. Frank Clark. Mr. Freeman. Benjamin Matthews.
    Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Candee. Mrs. Reese. Edward Matthews.

    Back to Book One, INDEX

    Back to the Muscatine Co. IAGenWeb, Index Page