Fremont County, Iowa

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Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa
  • 12 November 1909
    • Cliff Britton's son was born Nov. 9, 1909.-- "Local News",
    • Mrs. George C. Coleman is the nieces of Miss Eliza Branstine of Colorado Springs.......George Coleman's brother lives in Montana.--"Local News" .
    • Mrs. C. R. Crozier's brother W. L. Maddox of Ripley, Oklahoma, has died.--"Local News.
    • William Eskew of Riverton is the father of Mrs. John M. Gray.-- "Local News" .
    • Miss Bertha Jarman is a sister of Mrs. Glen Howard of Shenandoah.--"Local News"
    • R. P. Lindsay is the brother of Mrs. Yost of Creston, Iowa.--"Local News"
    • Bert Pippitt -- who lives 3 miles south of Sidney -- twin sons were born Sunday.-- "Local News"
    • John H. McMullen's infant daughter died Tuesday night.--"Local News"
    • Rev. H. Runyon's daughter Mrs. Pierce Metz lives in Atlantic, Iowa.--"Local News"
    • James Wright is the brother of Albert Wright of South Ryegate, Vermont.--"Local News
  • November 19, 1909
      Last Saturday morning Mrs. Eva Emery Dye came to Sidney to renew old acquaintances and meet her old friends. It is seldom, if ever, that our little city has been honored by a visit from so distinguished a person. It will be remembered that Mrs. Dye formerly lived in this place, and perhaps is the most eminent person who ever made her home in our midst. She is the wife of Charles H. Dye, who was at one time superintendent of high school and under whose direction the first class was graduated; Mrs. Dye was his assistant. Mr. and Mrs. Dye now live in Oregon City, Ore. Mr. Dye, her husband, is a successful lawyer of that place. They have four children, Emery, Trafton, Everett and Charlotte E. Emery is practicing law with his father; Trafton is completing his senior year in the law school of Columbia college, and has made a most enviable record as student. Mrs. Dye, as is well known here, is the author of three very delightful books: "McLaughlin and Old Oregon,", "The Conquest," and "McDonald of Oregon."

      Those who have read her books and are familiar with her style will testify to the merit of these works, and grant her a high place in literary circles in this and foreign countries. Mrs. Dye is a lady of rare attainments, a ripe scholar, a good wife, and excellent mother, and has all of the charm and beauty of refined womanhood. Her old friends and pupils certainly enjoyed her visit to this place, and her stay in our midst will be looked upon as one of the brightest and most delightful of reminiscences. The charm of her conversation and the fragrance of her presence will be cherished by all who had the pleasure of her delightful visit.

      At 8 o'clock last Saturday evening at his home on Filmore street occurred the death of Elza Armstrong Reeves--or Uncle Elza, as he had for years been termed by his friends and neighbors--at the ripe old age of 82 years 7 months and 5 days. Deceased was born in Meggs (sic) county, Ohio, April 8, 1827 and there grew to manhood and on August 31, 1845 was united in marriage to Miss Susanna Irwin who survives him. To this union five children--three sons and two daughters--were born, all of whom are now living. They are Samuel of Otis, Colo.; Hugh of Sidney; Josiah of South Omaha; Mrs. Phoebe Laird of Tabor, and Mrs. Clara Burnham of Griswold. There are also numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. In the fall of 1845, Mr. Reeves with his young wife loaded up his earthly possessions and set out for what was then the Far West, stopping in Knox county, Ill., where they remained until the spring of 1853 (sic) when they once more took up the trail of the homeseeker, this time in company with Samuel Wilson and Jacob Baker, and the party with a wagon train of seven or eight teams--mostly oxen--landed in Fremont county in June of that year, and since that time deceased has always called this his home. Arriving here he built a little log cabin beside an inviting grove wholly surrounded by the tall grass of the raw prairie, about four and a half miles north of Sidney on the old Tabor and Sidney road, and this tract of virgin soil was by his labors transformed into a farm of great productiveness. Here he continued to reside until 1894 when he removed to Sidney to pass his remaining days. When the nation's safety was endangered Mr. Reeves valiantly responded to the call to arms, enlisting in Company "A", 4th Iowa cavalry which was organized in Sidney in July 1861,and sworn into service August 10 of that year, with Benjamin Rector as Captain and John Guylee and J. Marshall Rust as lieutenants. Mr. Reeves was soon advanced to the rank of corporal and with this rank he was mustered out of the service after an active campaign of four years and a day. He fell wounded at the battle of Columbus, Ga., on Aprl 16, 1865, a terrific engagement in which the 4th Iowa suffered a loss of two killed and nine wounded, and the enemy lost 1500 men killed wounded and captured, together with 63 guns, a navy yard, a ram for sea service and great quantities of military property and supplies. However, he recovered from his injuries and remained with his company until honorably discharged. In recognition of the bravery and unfaltering loyalty of the company, on April 22, 1865, Brevet Brigadier General Winslow, then located at Macon Ga., sent them this message: "I congratulate you upon the success which has crowned your efforts. In one month you have marched 600 miles, engaged the enemy in force four times, completely routing him on each occasion. You have captured on the field of battle 3100 prisoners, 11 stands of colors, 33 guns, 25 caissons and 3500 small arms. You have aided in destroying vast arsenals, foundries, factories and workshops, with their contents. You have proven that cavalry can successfully assault fortified positions. Dismounted, you drove the enemy in greatly superior numbers from his strong works in front of Columbus. Mounted, you dashed through his lines, astounding him by your audacity and its results."

      And with the humane spirit of the true soldier General Winslow adds: "While we rejoice, let us not forget the fallen."

      Mr. Reeves united with the Methodist church when a young man in Ohio, placing his membership with the church on the Sidney circuit upon coming to Fremont county, and later with the Sidney Methodist church of which he remained a consistent member to the time of his death. He was a true Christian gentleman, a strict adherent to the golden rule, one who regarded his obligations as sacred, and his word was as good as his bond--and to such a person "the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh when he shall say, I have no pleasure in them" His declining years, like those earlier in life, were filled with sunshine, brightened by his devotion to his friends, his family and those near and dear to him. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church Monday afternoon at 2:00 conducted by Rev. W. H. Shipman and the remains were interred in Sidney cemetery. Services at the tomb were under the direction of the local order of Odd Fellows of which deceased was the oldest member in the county in point of membership, lacking but two months of being 50 years since he was initiated into the order. The pallbearers were Asa Mann and Joseph Wilson of Sidney, Smith Crane of Payne, Russell Laird of Tabor, Charles Smith of Shenandoah, Samuel Kelley of Villisca, all comrades of the deceased, during those strenuous days of war, in Company "A", 4th Iowa.

  • 26 November 1909
    • Mrs. William Blair died earlier in the week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Perry Milligan of Colorado Spring; burial at Thurman
    • Marion Hiatt's son J. Marvin Hiatt married Katherine Warnne Herbert on Nov. 24, 1909 in Omaha
    • L. L. Reeves' 30th wedding anniversary was Nov. 13; they live 3 1/2 miles southwest of Randolph
    • Mrs. U. S. Reeves lives at Woodbine, Iowa

Source: submitted by Walter Farwell

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