submitted by Vicki Broughton, December 17, 2007


The following is a partial article that appears to have been a letter
written by T. S. Parvin to someone as in the paragraph about Amos Walton,
the author states, “your father’s name.”

The list of persons whom I know to have resided in Bloomington during 1839 is as follows:

    James Davis and wife. He was the Sheriff of the county that year.
    Arthur Washburn, Justice of Peace.
    John G. Coleman. He was Justice of Peace also and during the year removed to Johnson county.
    S.S. Lathrop came to Bloomington, but during the year moved to the country, as also did Samuel Shortridge. (Lathrop was a Justice of Peace, the Justices being appointed at that time by the Governor.)
Amos Walton, your father’s name, does not appear in the list. Nor do any of the following:

Jeremiah and William Fish, brothers of Charles H. Fish.
Caroline (“Cad.” she was called) Fish, daughter of Charles H.
Lyman C. Hine, who became Sheriff.
H.H. Hine, a brother of Lyman, afterwards a Sheriff also.
Isaac and Daniel Mauck, brothers.
Irad C. Day.
Mr. (I have forgotten his first name) Farwell, a lawyer.
John Marble.
Mr. Barton.

Mr. Wert, a tailor, who married a sister of the young lady who afterwards married Sheriff Hine. These three – Marble, Barton Lee and Wert – together with Samuel Kinney and wife, who were also early settlers, went to Oregon about 1843.

At one of the triennials of the Grand Encampment, K.T., I met a son of this Mr. Barton, Bruce B. Lee, who was grand commander of the grand commandery of California, and who introduced himself to me with the remark that he had often heard his father in Oregon (before his removal to California) speak of me as one of his old friends in Bloomington, Iowa.

Then there were Wm. St. John, Wm. Gordon, who still ilves (typo in the original document) among you; Wm. F. DeWebber, who was a commission merchant; Edward E. Fay, postmaster that year; Pliny Fay, his brother; Jonathan Pettibone.

Perhaps if I were to put on my “thinking cap” some others would occur to me but these are sufficient to show that your list is sadly deficient.

As the record is preserved, as a matter of history, of those early days, it would be well, I think, for you to take an account of these corrections. Perhaps if you were to print them they would fall into more hands and be more likely of preservation.

Had I know of the meeting, although very busy in the office, I would have fun down and spent the day with you.

Very truly your old friend,

T.S. Parvin
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Aug. 9, 1895

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