FREMONT COUNTY HERALD
Sidney, Fremont Co., Iowa
December 5, 1895
--"Birthday Surprise".--At the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.
M.Kingsolver, in Prairie township, Nov. 26, 1895, about twenty of
their friends surprised Mrs. Kingsolver by walking into her
residence at 11 o'clock Tluesday morning Nov. 26th. They reminded
her that it was her 62nd birthday, and in proof of the fact
presented her with several handsome and useful presents.
The surprise was planned by Mr. Kingsolver, and to say
that he is an adept at the business is putting it lightly. John's
behavior on ordinary occasions has always been of the best but the
surprise being so complete it was not strange to see him playing
some of his old pranks of younger days.
In the dining room the table was laden with good things and
which were silent witnesses of the skill of Mrs. S. F.Gordon, Mrs.
Howard Kingsolver and Misses Nellie and Sallie Kingsolver, in
preparing delicacies for such occasions and to which ample justice
There were present Mr. and Mrs. Bopp, Mr. and Mrs. Wm.
Kuhn, Mr.and Mrs. Chas. Magel, Mrs. B. F. Gordon, Miss Alice Gordon,
Mrs. James Wilson, Mrs. Clara Pierce, Mrs. John McMullen, C.
F.Mitchell and wife, Howard Kingsolver and wife and Mrs. Anna Brown.
After dinner they repaired to the parlor where the time
was spent in music and social chat until a late hour in the
afternoon and with good wishes for many more birthday surprises the
--Tuesday night while William Stotts and family of Prairie township, were
visiting up near Randolph some scoundrels entered his house and
proceeded to help themselves to just what they wanted. Mr. Stotts
always kept his deeds, receipts and other valuable papers in a small
fire-proof box in a bureau drawer. When the family returned they
found the box and contents gone, also a piece of side meat, a ham
and some apples. Every receipt that Mr. Stotts has received within
the last twenty-five years and seven deeds which are of no earthly
use ot anyone else, were taken and he offers $25 reward for the
return of the papers. There seems to be no clue as to who the
thieves were, but if they are ever brought to light, Bill will make
it warm for them.
[transcribed by W.F.,
December 19, 1895
"COWDEN -- BATCHELDOR".
One of the grandest events that has ever been in our
town as on the occasion of the marriage of Miss Addie, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Batcheldor, to Franz E. Cowden, Wednesday
evening, at 7 o'clock.
The guests numbered nearly one hundred and promptly at
the hour mentioned, the folding doors were thrown open and the many
guests quietly awaited the appearance of the groom and bride who
soon came in, with Rev. A. A. Walburn of Essex, in advance followed
by James Batcheldor, a brother of the bride, as best man and Miss
Ola Shoemaker a best lady and they were followed by the bride and
groom, all marching to a beautiful wedding march played by Miss
Rilla Shoemaker in her excellent style.
After the two couples had taken a position on the north side
of the spacious parlor, Rev. Walburn proceeded with a beautiful
ceremony, fitting the notable occasion. After the ceremony Rev.
Preston offered a few words of prayer that were very appropriate.
The newly married couple were then introduced by Rev. Walburn to the
crowded rooms and many were the congratulations showered upon them.
The bride was dressed in cream silk trimmed in white beaded jets,
which was truly beautiful. The groom was dressed in conventional
The time soon came when the guests were invited into the
dining room, where two tables were loaded with the best of the land,
and Mr. and Mrs. Batcheldor, with their assistants, proceeded to
seat them and supply their wants in a manner royal to any occasion
of like character. No tongue nor pen can tell of the grandeur the
hour afforded the many guests who so cheerfully enjoyed the passing
moments, and were completely enwrapped in the wave of exstacy that
fell upon all present.
Below we give a list of the presents and the names of
NEW HOME SEWING MACHINE IN MAHOGANY CASE: Dr. S. C. Hatton and wife,
W. R. Meek
and wife, J. H. Moore and wife, A. C. Preston and wife, Joe Samuels
and wife, O. B. Scoles, E. Smith and wife, A.A. Walburn and wife,
A.T. Wheeler and wife.
ELEGANT ONYX STAND: Myrtle Clothier of Humeston, Cora Beam, Lillie
Garnsey, Mamie and Carrie Hough, Nellie Moore, Grace and Kate
Roberts, Misses Rilla and Ola Shoemaker, Lena and Julia Simons,
Eunice Williams, Cinda Wynn.
SILVER CREAM SPOON: William Jarman and wife.
GOLD LINED AND SILVER PLATED SALT CELLARS: Mattie Jarman
SILVER BUTTER DISH: B. W. Magel and Mattie Jarman.
SET OF SILVER SPOONS: W. R. Cowles and wife
JAPANESE CRQCKER JAR: A. A. Walburn and wife of Essex.
SET OF SILVER SPOONS: John Samuels and wife
TABLE CLOTH: Lydia Cowles
SET OF SILVER SPOONS, SET OF SILVER KNIVES AND FORKS AND BUTTER
KNIFE: D. Rankin, W. T. Rankin and T. O.Wilson, of Tarkio, Mo.
SILVER TEA SET: Charles Cowden
FANCY GOLD LAID BREAD PLATE: Laban Yordy and daughter, Inez.
EGYPTIAN DECORATED LAMP: Albert and Gene Smith and Frank Shoemaker.
SILVER GRAVEY SPOON: J. H. Wilson and L. Z. Emmart.
SET OF SILVER FRUIT KNIVES: W. C. Mann of Thurmann, and Emma Hill of
GOLD BROSSED PARLOR LAMP: F. A. Furman, R. L. Knapp, L. A. Williams,
J. F. Lewis, Walter Moore, Morris Smith, Phin Townsend, J. R. Cowger
and wife, C. R. Kidd and L. A. Williams
BERRY DISH: Isabel Smith
BOOK: "Our Wedding Bells".--Ed. Cook, of Sidney.
MARBLE CLOCK, gold plated: Burt Kidd and wife, E. Kidd and wife.
WHITE BED SPREAD: Jennie Smith
SILVER CAKE STAND AND SILVER CARD RECEIVER: Cole sisters, Beatrice,
FINE PARLOR LAMP: J. C. Roberts and wife and Dr. E. F. Cowger and
CELLULOID COLLAR BOX: Charles Gore
CENTER TABLE: Thomas Thomson and wife, T. A. Gowdy and wife, L.
Morgan and wife, Robert Thomson and wife.
SWINGING ROCKING CHAIR: James Batcheldor
BED SPREAD: Lizzie Smith
ROCKING CHAIR: Chester Smith and wife, Sherman Smith and wife, H. C.
GUESTS PRESENT: Mr and Mrs. H. C. Byars, Dr. E. F. Cowger,
James Cowger, Mrs. Lydia Cowles, W. R. Cowles, Thomas Gowdy, Dr. S.
C. Hatton, William Jarman, Burt Kidd, Earn Kidd, I. R. Kidd, George
Meek, Joe Morgan, Link Morgan, Rev. Preston, J. C. Roberts, Joe
Samuels, John Samuels, O. E. Scoles, C. C. Smith, E. Smith, Sherman
Smith, Robert Thomson, Thomas Thomson, A. T. Wheeler, Laban Yordy,
Misses Maude Brewer, Jessie Buttercase, Nan Cowger, Lillie Garnsey,
Mattie Jarman, Nettie Jarman, Carrie Hough, Mamie Hough, Alice
Preston, Grace Roberts, Kate Roberts, Ola Shoemaker, Rilla
Shoemaker, Julie Simons, Lena Simons, Eunice Williams, Cinda Wynn,
Ina Yordy, Messrs.: Robert Buttercase, Earn Cowger, Freeman
Furman, Charley Gore, Charley Kidd, R. L. Knapp, J. F. Lewis, Bert
Magel, Walter Moore, Frank Shoemaker, Albert Smith, Gene Smith,
Morris Smith, Phin Townsend, Gus Williams, L. A. Williams.
Non-resident Guests: Charles Cowden of Tarkio, Mo.; Emma Hill of
Sidney; W. C.Mann of Thurman; Rev.
and Mrs. A. A. Walbaum of Essex.
Near ten o'clock the newly married couple were driven in a
closed carriage to Hamburg where they took the midnight train for
Missouri, where his relatives reside and will remain with them a
week or ten days and then return to make their home with the pople
here. Thus have the young people lost from their number two of their
leading members, but the event has given to the married people a
couple which we cheerfully receive and will assist in word and
action to have them cherish the new associations thrown around them
as they journey along the rugged as well as the pleasant walks of
Mr. Cowden is one of the foremost and most energetic young
farmers, having charge of and an interest in the large Rankin Ranch
just south of town, and a young man whose habits and deportment
would introduce him into the highest walks of life, and is a
respected citizen among all our people.
His bride was born and grew into womanhood in this county and
is a young lady of polished attainments, a graduate of our high
school, taught school several terms with unbroken success and one of
the leading members in the young people's societies.
We wish the young couple all the pleasure and happiness that
would adore their pledged lives and that their interests may be
mutual on all occasions and under all circumstances.