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People From the Centennial Edition


George W. Pate One of First White Children Born in County

George W. Pate, son of Jessie and Loucretia Pate, was one of the first white children born in Jackson county.  He was born on what is known as the old Shinkle farm, north of Hurstville, July 18, 1837.  He spent his childhood days here, served in the Civil war, and in 1887 went to Rio Dell, Calif., where he died in 1907.  He never married, and was the brother of the late Mrs. C. H. Patterson, Sr., who was born January 10, 1839 and died May 18, 1907.  -- Mrs. Bert Shattuck


W. H. Morse, Civil War Vet, Came to Maquoketa in '54

W. H. Morse of Wyoming, 97-year-old Civil war veteran, came to Maquoketa 84 years ago, in 1854, and has lived in Iowa continuously since that time.  In speaking of his early days in Maquoketa, Mr. Morse says, "I landing in your city August 26, 1854, and got my first dinner in John E. Goodenow's hotel.  that was in the days of ox teams and lumber wagons when if you wanted to go anyplace and back the same day you had to start the day before." 

After living for two years a mile and a half southwest of town, he moved to Wyoming, but he returned to Maquoketa often to exhibit his fine Poland China hogs at the county fairs.  In 1861 he enlisted in Co. F of the 31st Iowa Infantry, being the first man in that company, and of the 350 soldiers who enlisted from Maquoketa "Of the four veterans in Jones county, I am the only one who is able to walk a mile and a half every day, and I am the oldest man in Wyoming," he says.

Mr. Morse made a 10-day trip to Gettysburg, Pa., this summer to attend the reunion of Yankee and Confederate soldiers held there.


Mrs. Agnes Simpson

Perhaps the oldest woman in active business today in Maquoketa is Mrs. Agnes Simpson, who still operates and manages her rooming house on Niagara street although she is nearly 84 years old.  Mrs. Simpson, who was born December 17, 1854, has done all her own housework for many years.


"Nasby" Butterworth Early Sentinel Employee

Alfred S. Butterworth, better known as "Nasby," is an authority on the early history of Jackson county, as he is the grandson of Nathaniel Butterworth who settled near Andrew community.  Nasby came to Maquoketa when a young man and worked for the Sentinel, becoming foreman.  In 1883 he entered business for himself, opening a newsstand and tobacco shop and later handled a complete line of sports goods and fishing tackle.  For some years his shop was also the post office.  Nasby retired from business a few years ago but is stil down town each day.



Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Scott of Baldwin, route 1, have been readers of the Sentinel for 42 years, having subscribed when they were married, on January 27, 1897.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Scott were acquainted with this paper prior to their marriage, however, their families having subscribed for about 20 years before that.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Livingston of Edna, Kan., have been Sentinal subscribers for many years.  Mrs. Livingston is a native Maquoketan, having been born here 75 years ago, on July 17, 1863.  Her maiden name was Louise Ringlep.  The Livingstons live on a farm near Edna.


Reyner Family

Four generations of the Reyner family, all living in Jackson county, will be togetherduring the Centennial celebration when Samuel Reyner, 76-year-old Canton storekeeper, comes to visit his son Frank, his grandson, Franklin, and great-grandson, Franklin jr.  The eldest Mr. Reyner's grandfather was John Reyner, who operated a woolen mill here in 1843.




SOURCE: Jackson Sentinal Centennial Edition - 1938