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Harding Nominated for President on
Tenth Ballot and Coolidge for
Vice President on the first.
The big contest l'or the republi
can presidential nomination it the
republican convention lield at
Chicago last week, ended at 6:30
o'clock Saturday evening, when
Warren G. Harding, of Oliio, was
nominated oil the tenth ballot re
ceiving 674.7 votes on iliis ballot.
Wood having 1 57 Lowden I -,
Johnson SO 4-5, Hoover 10Vi. I-"1
Follette 24, and several scattering
votes-. An attempt was made to de
clare his nomination unanimous, but
LaFollette supporters objected vig
orously, and it is said LaFollette'
will bolt the nomination. Governor
Calvin Coolidge, of Massachusetts,
waa no'minated for vice president.
Balloting commenced on Friday,
four ballots being taken, and then
an adjournment was taken until
On the first ballot ood had
2 7S Vs Lowden 211 M. Johnson
133% Harding 04 y2 Sprowl 83 ys
with a lot of scattering votes.
The second ballot gave Wood
2 8 9 Vs Lowden 2 5 9 Johnson
146 Harding 59.
The third ballot Wood had 303
Lowden 282 Johnson 148 Hard
The fourth ballot Wood received
314y2, Lowden 289 Johnson 140y2
Harding 61 V£.
The fifth ballot Wood had 299
Lowden 303 Johnson 133% Hard
ing 78. ...
The sixth ballot gave Wood
311 Lowden 311% Johnson
110 "Harding 89.
The seventh ballot Wood nad 312
Lowden 311% Johnson 99
Commencing with the eighth bal
lot both Wood and Lowden com
menced slipping, Wood having 299
Lowden 307 Johnson 87 Harding
An adjournment was then taken
until 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon,
to allow the leaders to consult and
endeavor to reach an agreement
which would break the deadlock.
\t 4:50 o'clock the chairman
ordered the roll call for the ninth
ballot, and word was sent by Gover
nor Lowden that he had released all
of his delegates.
The ninth ballot gave Wood 249,
Lowden 128% Johnson 82 Hartl-
Iburing the first nine ballots the
Iowa delegation had voted their 2b
votes solidly for Lowden, but on tne
tenth and final ballot Iowa cast 26
votes for Harding.
The tenth and final ballot ga\e
Wood 157% Lowden 12 Johnson
80 4-5 Harding 674.7.
It only took one ballot to nomin
ate the vice president, Coolidge get
ting 674% Lenroot 146% Allen
2-Sf- Johneon- 22% Gronna -4
The convention broke all records
for balloting since 1880.
Warren G. Harding, the republi
can nominee, was born oil Nov. 2,
1865, at Blooming Grove, Morrow
county, Ohio, just nineteen miles
east of Marion, where he now re
sides. When a boy his family moved
to Caledonia, where young Harding
taught school for two yea.rs. He later
received a college education at a lit
tle Baptist college at Iberia, Ohio.
When he was 19 years of age he be
gan newspaper work as a reporter on
the Marion Mirror. In 1884 he be
came the owner of the Marion Star,
and he has conducted it continuously
ever-since, being a practical printer.
His political life began in 1899 when
he was elected to the state" senate
from the 13th Ohio district. In
1903 lie was elected lieutenant
-governor of Ohio, and was elected
to the United States senate in 1914.
Mr. Harding was married to Miss
Flirerice Kling, of Marion, in 1891.
They liave'no children.
"residential Nominee Spoke in Leon
Now that Warren G. Harding, of
Ohio, has been honored with the
highest gift in the power of the
republican party, the nomination
for president of the United States,
many of our readers will recall
hearing Mr. Harding at that time
Governor Harding, speak at the
Leon Chautauqua on Sunday after
noon, August 9. 1908. and The Re
porter editor was called u"on to in
troduce him to the audience, as Mr.
Harding prided himself on being a
newspaper man more than in being
... governor of the state of Ohio, and he
specially requested that a newspaper
J-' man introduce him. Little did we
•. think and little did Gov. Harding
dream that twelve years later he
would be a candidate for the presi
dencv. On the occasion of his visit
5 "to Leon Gov. Harding at the last
minute changed his topic from The
fe-i Big Stick" to "Alexander Hamilton—
the Prophet of Our Destiny,'' and he
p- made one of the finest Chautauqua
^addresses that a Leon audience was
ever permitted to hear. Mr.f Hard
ing is a mighty fine fellow, and the
one mistake of his life is in being a
republican instead of a democrat.,
Ed K. Pitman Was Defeated.
We regret that our old Leon
3 citizen, Ed K. Pitman, of North
wood, Iowa, was defeated for the
republican nomination for repre
ss tentative from Worth county in the
primary election last week. There
were -three candidates, Schulte, a
farmer. Pitman, an editor, and Paul
«on, a banker, and the voters of
"Worth county picked the farmer,
Shulte getting a total of 1085,
Pitman 562 and Paulson 373. Mr.
Pitman can now get down to hard
won't have to wory over
-palgn this fall.
sllfS Reuben Chase Iied Monday.
iReuben Chase, for many years a
well known character of Leon, who
.although badly crippled up with
rheumatism, made a living by sell
COUNTY MltSIO FOK
I .eon and Lamoni Ited Cross Chapter
Will Provide County School
Nurse For Next 'Veai*.
It is with* pleasure we announce
all arrangements have been made fc-»
the employment of a county nurse
for the school children of Decatur
county next year, the result of the
_. 1 1 i* 4- nf rt IJ n/l
combined efforts 5f the two Red
working on the project for some
time, as she realizes the necessity material
of providing a trained nurse to' visit
and examine as well as care for the
many of whom no
doubt need attention and are not
aware of it. The nurse will be
secured through the central division
of the Red Cross at Chicago, and will
be on dutv bv September 1st. Last
Friday W. A. *H6pkins, G. W. Blair,
Oscar Anderson and Prof. Car
micbael, of Lamoni, met with a
committee from the Leon Chanter in
this citv, and all details were ar
ranged,'Miss Kate Hull being ap
pointed as temporary chairman of the
combined committee on Nursing
Activities, the other members being
E. G. Monroe and Miss Eva Rhea of
Leon, Miss Grace Rayn of Woodland,
Mrs. Ed Gaunt of Garden Grove,
Mrs. Ira Brown of Grand River and
G. W. Blair of Lamoni, with the two
chairmen of the Red Cross Chapters,
V. R. McGinnis of Leon, and W. A.
Hopkins, of Lamoni, as ex-o£ficio
members. Mr. T. J. Edmonds of
Des Moines, representing the Iowa
tuberculosis association was present
.at the meeting and rendered assist
ance in the work of the organization.
This is one of the best things which
has ever been done- for the school
children of Decatur county. The nurse
will devote all her time to visit
ing the various schools of the county,
examining the childen, and advising
in regard to their care, especially
those who show symptoms of tuber
culosis, diseased tonsils, aednoids and
other ailments, often unknown to
pupil or parent, and which should
have attention to insure the good
health of the child. In counties
where the county nurse has been
tried out great go'od lias been accom
plished, and Decatur county will now
take a place in this progressive work.
$300,000 Ileal -Estate lcal.
One of the biggest real estate
deals, which involves a little over
$300,000, was closed up in this city
the past week when J. R. Bowsher
sold 667 acres of his farm in Wood
land and Morgan townships knows as
the old Beaumont farm, to J. T.
riaugh, of Los Angeles, California,
for $150,075, being $225 per acre,
taking in exchange three new flat
buildings in Los Angeles at a valu
ation of $151,000. The flat build
ings are the largest and finest in Los
Angeles, erfch of the three buildings
containing four seven room flats
with garage in the rear, and they
are all occupied at a good rental. Mr.
Bowsher retained the north eighty
acres of the farm, so that in case he
goes broke 6n his California invest
ment, he will still have a Decatur
county farm which will make him a
good living. Mr. Haugh had been in
Leon for a couple of weeks looking
over the farm and closing up the
negotiations, which were begun while
Mr. Bowsher was in Los Angeles
the past winter. The deeds have
been made out and possession of
both properties pass to the new
owners July 1st.
We are pleased to state that
while Mr. Bowsher has disposed of
his big farm, he has no intention of
leaving Leon, but will continue to
make this citv his home, but will
spend a few months in California
each winter. For some time he has
been arranging his business affairs
so that he would not be confined so
closely, and desired to turn his farm
into income property, and he thinks
he has a splendid investment in the
flat buildings in Los Angeles which
will bring him a good rental each
Foul Displaces Hounds as
•work on his newspaper again, and by the close score of 8 to 7. this be
The flivers manufactured by
Jlenrv Ford have been put to many
uses,'but Leo Hoffman has decided
they are better than fox hounds
when it comes to catching foxes.
Last Wednesday evening Leo was
returning from Garden Grove, and
when near the W. H. Snyder farm
six miles northeast of Leon, saw
some kind of a wild animal start
across the road, so he just stepped
on his new Ford and one wheel
caught the animal and keeled it
over. Leo stopped his car and went
back to see if he had killed some
thing and found a half grown red
fox lying by the side of the road
stunned, so he took an old coat and
threw it over the fox, and brought
it home with him, and as it showed
signs of life he put it in a cage and
the next morning found Mr. Fox
just as chipper as before he was
struck, and Cal Hoffman says it is
the reddest fox he ever saw, and he
has seen a lot of.them. Leo is go
ing to keep the fox and make a pet
of it, at least until it gets busy with
the chickens on the Hoffman farm.
Fig Tree is Hearing.
Mrs. Cliff Woodard has a fig tree
at her home in Decatur which this
year is full of fruit, the first time it
has ever had any figs on it. Cliffs
grandfather, the late Wm. Woodard,
had the tree for a number of years,
but it never bore figs, and after his
death it was taken to his grandsons
home. They are hoping the figs
will mature as they will bfe quite a
novelty in this country.
Leon 8, Chai*it6n 7.
The Leon ball team went to Chari
ton Sundav and defeated the Chari
ton team in a hotly contested game
feated the Chariton boys!
iiouui»i.=m next Sunday afternoon. The mem',
ing cigars and shoe strings on the bers will assemble at" the hall tU
-streets until a couple of years ago,1oclocfr oftd march to the. cemetfW,
when he went to the county home to Where-tie!
(exercise* will b^beld^fpd
Tn»k» his hoMe, died at the cotiaty toe
home Monday «venihg, and was d«J
buried fli the cewtery at that pJace abotff^s
time Leon has de
Odd Fellows Decoration Next Sim
The Leon Odd Fellows will ^h
serve their annual decoration day on
A FAIR WILL BE HELD
Directors Decide to go Ahead and
Hold Fair in September. Begin
Work on New Amphitheatre.
,, .. The new Decatur County Fair As-
will hold their first fair
next year, but the officers are hust
lers and they have ovelcome the
difficulties and things will hum'from
now on. It was decided that a fine
amphitheatre 52x200 feet would be
erected, and work was commenced
Tuesday hauling material for the
structure, and the concrete foot
ings will be in place by the last of
this week. The amphitheatre will
be built so that when necessary ad
ditional sections can be built right
on to it. If possible the barns will
also be built before the fair is held,
but if this cannot be done tents will
be secured for the exhibits the first
year and the permanent buildings
will be erected next spring. Many at
tractions have been booked\#or the
air, and everybody can get ready to
make exhibits and attend the fair.
Although the time will be short, the
men behind the fair are the kind that
will make a success of it, and they
don't know what the word fail
Mrs. Frank Farqiihar Injured
Objections have been filed in the
district court to the probating of the
will of Miss Mantie Mitteji, by her
nephews and neice, Chleo Roberts,
Clyde Mitten, Clair Mitten and Mrs.
Maud Hinkle, alleging that the will
is not in fact her will, that said in
strument was procured by the un
due influence of others, and was not
and is not the voluntary act of said
Mantie Mitten. The contestants
have retained Marion Woodard anr
Baker & Parrisli as attorneys. Chleo
Roberts is a son of a sister of the
deceased, and the other contestants
are children of a deceased brother.
In the will which was filed for pro
bate Miss Mitten bequeaathed $100
each to Clyde and Clair Mitten and
Mrs Maud Hinkle. but made no be
quest to Chleo Roberts.
Elected President of Big Insurance
Mr. E. Housh, of Leon, was last
Saturday elected president Of the
State Horticultural Insurance Co., oi
Des Moines, the big crop insur
ance companv organized some years
ago by W. F. Ghormley, a former
citizen of Leon, which now ranks as
one of the biggest companies in this
line of insurance in the United
States/having more than $35*000,Prtv
wortlv of policies on their books, the
success of the company having been
phenomenal. We understand* that a
controlling interest in the company
is now owned by Mr,. Ghormley, Mr.
E. Housh and Mr. Charles Housh.
Uepn Tadkles Davis City Next Sun-
The first game between Leon
and Davis City this year will. te play
ed at the Leon ball park Jiext Sun
day, June 20th, the game beine call
ed at 3:30 o'clock. Davis City has
been putting un extra good ball this
the Leon battery and Tarlton
Butcher for Davis City.
Mr. ji^bert kouslK^t Etfsto'nf
Miss Caula Fxkby^gj K«A
*t?the Brath- Hubert
^The Carl* L.
That has been definitely
"money market and scarcity of
time made it look as
a tair COT1id no
be held before
the officers are hust-
Mrs. Frank Farnuhar of this city,
was quite seriously injured in an
auto accident near Wick last. Satur
day morning. Mrs. Farquhar in
company with lier sister-in-law, Mrs.
Orel Estes, were driving to Des
Moines in Mrs. Estes' sedan, and
when just north of Wick. collided
with a big touring car owned by a
man residing at St. Charles. Mrs.
Estes was driving, going north on
the right hand side of the road, and
at a turn on a hill the big car came
from the east driving about twenty
five miles an hour, and turned the
corner on ttte. wrong side of the
road. Seeing she would strike the
car, as there was a high bank on
the right harfd of the road. Mrs.
Estes applied the brakes, and-tried
to veer to the left to escape a col
lision, but the other driver also
turned out nnd the two cars came to
gether. Mrs. Estes escaped with a
shaking up. but Mrs. Farquhar, who
was in a front seat, was thrown
against, something and then fell
back in the seat again. The car
was only slightly damaged and the
two ladies drove on to Des Moines,
•where Mrs. Farquhar was taken to
the Methodist hosnital for examina
tion, and an X-Rav disclosed that
her pelvic bone was broken in tvfo
places. She was later, removed to
the home of James Alexander, where
she is being cared for, and is get
ting along as well as could be ex
oected, and may be able to be
brought home on a cot the latter
part of the week.
A Big Family Picnic.
A very pleasant family picnic was
held at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Yant Wasson on t)he old Wasson
homestead in Morgan township last
Sunday, the occasion being a re
union of the Rockhold families and
a few friends, it being held in honor
of Mr. and Mrs. George Rockhold
and son, of Los Angeles, California,
who aue visiting at Lineville. They
had good eats galore and everybody
enjoyed the gathering. A-,11?01}®
those present were Crit Rockhold
and family and Earl Calbreath and
family or Lineville, Mr. and Mrs. J.
E. Vail of Garden Grove, Mr. Hub
hard, of Boston, and Mr. and Mrs. J.
W Wasson and grandson Bobby
Bradley, of AdeLphi, Iowa, Mr. and
Mrs Y. B. Wasson and family, Mr.
and i.irs. S. Varga and Mr. and Mrs.
Francis Varga and children, of Leon.
Contest Over Will of Maiitie Mitten.
The official canvass for repre
sentative on the republican ticket for
representative reduces Ralph Rum
ley's majority over Oscar Anderson
from 23 to 18.
Many scattering votes were given
to various candidates on both tickets
for offices for which no nominations
had bfen filed and no names printed
on the ticket. Dr. Hj. R. Layton on
the republican ticket leads for coron
er with 19 votes, and on the demo
cratic ticket Charles Horn had 2 5
for county treasurer and Olin j,ionro&
23, Ralpli McGinnis received 30 votes
for county attorney, but. none of
these candidates received the requir
ed ten per cent of the votes cast for
governor at the last election, so they
were not nominated, and the
vacancies will have to be filled at
the county conventions.
K. of P. Decoration Day.
Last Sunday was the annual K. of
P. decoration day, and again was the
remarkable good weather record
which has lasted for almost a third
of a centujry, maintained. Each
year it seems that surely some time
the .Knights will strike a rainy day
for their decoration dav exercises,
but they have had good weather for,
more than thirty years. The
Knights assembled at the hall at 2
o'clock and headed by the Leon boys
band, marched to the cemjetery, each
Knight carrying a large boquet of
flowers in addition to the beautiful
florl triangles for the graves of the
twenty-three Knights buried in the
Leon cemetery. At the cemetery the
beautiful ritualistic services were
conducted with Chancellor Com
mander J. S. Parrish and Hary Brad
field officiating as* prelate, the
Knights being under the command
of Knight Charles Horn. Many
citizens were in attendance to wit
ness the beautiful ceremony of
s^.^^ithp^Favjss of the departed
Kiiights with flowers. In the list
of Knights as published last week,
two names were omitted, so the list
is printed again this' week, with the
missing names added:
W. A. Brown.
J. E. Brooks.
R. I. Benefiel.
J. K. Bennett.
A. E. Chase.
E. Wr. Curry.
O. D. "Edmiston.
George E. Hurst.
E. B. McClelland.
E. V. Roberts.
A. W. Sanger.
J. H. Stover.
Ed H. Schenck.
S. \V. Wallace.
Found Dead in Bed.
Miss lona Coil was found dead in
her bed at her home a block north
of the county jail Friday night a
few minutes after 10 o'clock, and
had evidently died some time Thurs
day night. Miss Coil, who was sixty
seven years old, resided alone in the.
house where she died, Mrs. Anna
Wallace occupying however a| part
of the house. Miss Coil was up
town Thursday afternoon, returning
home about 4 o'clock in the even
ing. Mrs. Wallace did not see her
at all on Friday, but supposed she
had gone away for the day as she
frequently did. Friday evening Mrs.
Emma* Pace Crouse was visiting
with Mrs. Wallace and asked about
-Miss Coil, and Mrs. Wallace told her
she must have gonfc away as she had
not seen her all day. -Mrs. Crouse
noticed as she was leaving, the house
that the windows uostairs were all
open and thought it strange Miss
Coil would go away and leave her
windows open, so they went upstairs
and found Aliss Coil dead in bed. She
had retired the previous evening in
apparent good health, and evidently
had nassed awfty Avithout a struggle,
as she was in a very natural position,
and had nrobably. died soon after'
refirin'g. In the absence of coroner
Layton an inquest was hela by
Justice J. S.-Parrish. and it develop
ed her death was caused Jtrom heart
flold Two Good Farms.
Earl Akes, who: lias been up at
Eldora, for several weeks writing
hail insurance, has also been doing
seme real estate business, as the
past week he brought some Hardin
countrjr farmers down here and
„_-per acre. Both of these farms are
ancrtpart ot the old Henry Miller farm,
one.of the good farms of this county.
LEON, IOWA, THURSDAY, JUWE 17, 1920. VOLUME LXVI, NO. 45.
The board of supervisors canvass
ed tiie returns of the primary elec
tion .Tuesday, and the discovery was
made that Ray Scott was nominated
as the republican candidate for
.sheriff, receiving five votes more
than the required 3 5 per cent of the
total vote cast, the error being made
in a very peculiar manner. In Center
township when the election officials
filled out the returns on the outside
of the election envelope they credit
ed F!ob Scott and M. S. Sullivan each
with 22 votes, but when the votes
were canvassed it was discovered
that they wrongfhlly credited M. S.
Sullivan with 22 votes when in fact
he^only received seven votes, this
redBeing the total number of votes
cast for sheriff to 16(i2, and Ray
Scott received a total of 58 7, gain
ing one vote on the official canvass
which gives him five votes more than
the required 35 ,per cent. The of
ficial canvass for sheriff on the
republican ticket gives Ray Scott
587, Bob Scott 394, M. & Sullivan
327 and Clem Thompson 35 4.
them two good farm, Hhe 240 acre
owned bvjC. M. Akes north of Leon,
known sis the James Casey farm be
in? bought by Omer T. Wfcigand, of
Whittenu Iowa, at $165 per acre, and
the adjoining 240 acres owned by
Akes & McDonough. known as the
lahill farm, being -houefat b» Mr,
The new owners will take possesr
isfon March 1st, and they expect to
move here and operate the farms.,,
3 Roush, Ellsttm
LawreacsLrCalhoun, LeRoy 24
.TWENTVriVE YEARS AG0(He*Ve'"'nu"'s
Items Taken from the Files of The
Reporter Published a Quarter
oV a Century Ago.
The following marriage licenses
were issued the past week:
David O. Thomas 21 to Alinnie \V.
Eddie W. Barrett 21 to Muttie
Frank N. Slade 31 to Mary Varga
Frank E. Cliamberlin 21 to Eva E.
Aunty Patterson's house and lot
was sold at referee's sale Friday, be
ing purchased by S. W. HursL for
A bouncing boy baby was born to
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hamilton, of Kings
ton on Tuesday ol' last week.
Dr. 11. R. i.iayton was granted a
patent on June 12tli on his invention
for preventing rust in gun barrels.
James Hatfield, one of the pioneer
settlers of Decatur county, died at Ex
celsior Springs, i\lo., June 11th, aged
Triplets were born tb Mr. and
Mrs. Elmer Driskill, of New Buda,
township, Monday night, all three
boys, but one of them died shortly
after it was born.
Mrs. Will Huffman died at her
home in this city Friday morning
after a lingering illness. The funeral
was held at the JVI. E. church, Sun
day afternoon,' conducted by Rev.
George M. Hughes.
At a specal rfieeting of the city
council held Moiroay night C. M.
Akes was appointed to fill the vacancy
as constable caused by the resig
nation of Will Shields. W. R.
Kline was the other contestant for
Ray Marvin, a seven year old son
of James Margin Jr., met with a ser
ious and painful accident Tuesday.
He was in his bare feet and stepped
on a garden rake one of the teath
going clear through his foot. He
stepped back to pull the rake out and
stepped^on another rake with his
other foot, running it half through
The Reporter office force were
the recipients of a large and luscious
cake yesterday with the compliments
of Mr. Francis Varga.
George Hamilton, a farmer living
about four miles south of Pleasan
ton, was struck by lightning last Fri
rafter and striking Hamilton. He was
sitting in Estfes' harness shop in
Pleasanton when the building was
struck, the lightning runnng down a
rafter and trikig Hamilton. He was
knocked senseless, his hat being torn
all to pieces and his hair badly sing
ed He was carried to Bicknell's
hotel and rendered every attention
and on Sundav had recovered suffi
ciently to be "removed to his home.
The building scarcely showed any ef
fects of the lightning, but a Picture
hanging on the wall was badly
splintered, and it istfeeughi tile cur
rent jumped from the picture frame
to Hamilton's head.
Mr. Frank N. Slade, of Columbus,
Ohio, and Miss Mary Varga were mar
ried last evening »t the home of
the bride's parents. Mr. and Mrs.
Francis Varga in this city the
presence of about forty guests, the
ceremony bein^ performed by Rev.
M. Noerr, of Sidney, Iowa, a former
pastor of the Leon Presbyterian
church. They will make their home
in Pittsburg, Penn., Vhere Mr. Slade
has extensive business interests.
President Ji C. Newton and super
intendent T. C. Sherwood of the D.
M. &. K. C. passed through here
Thursday going to Cainsville to look
after matters connected with the ex
tension of the road to Kansas City.
Svl B. Johnson dropped into
Leon last Thursday and commenced
working f^r John Ledgerwood at the
New Ham'lton hotel.
John Cover returned from Ana
mosa Saturday, his visit being cut
short bv the death of his mother,
Mrs. Will Huffman.
The plans and specifications pre
pared bv Jacob Hawk for the
Hotel .Leon on the north side of the
square, were accepted by t.hei build
ing committee Monday, and the con
tract for the erection of the building
was awarded to Mr. Frank Hawk,
who alreadv had the contract for
Morris Gardner's two store rooms,
and th» double two story brick block
of T. E. Horner and Wm. Biggs.
Idle Hour Has G'oou
at Hotel Leon.
Friday and Saturday the Idle
Hour shows an appealing drama
six parts, "Eratjvhile Susan,' a pic
ture which reaches heart and soul,
also a two reel comedy.
Sunday and Monday,, the big
special "Virgin of Stambzoul, in
which are shown real Arabs and
Arabian horses, also a big comedy,
a scream from start to finish.
Tuesday and Wednesday, the
populal* Constance Talmadge in A
Temperamental Wife," one of ner
greatest pictures, and also on Tues
day evening "The cTTJent Avenger,
and on Wednesday, the^big serial,
"The Lost City."
Thursday, "Mysterious Mr. Brown
ing," a wonderful picture, and a
special Christie comedy, "Kids and
I Early Potatoes.
Every spring there is considerable
rivalry among our local gardeners
ift bringing the best new potatoes to
The Reporter office, but this year
the men are outstripped by a
woman, Miss Zilpha Davenport
bringing us in the first new potatoes
Monday, which were considerably
larger than hen eggs, and to taake it
Stronger, Miss Davenport did all the
work in raising them, spading up
the ground,' planting the potatoes
and cultivating them. Score one for
Top Price for Secondhand Fords.
litotes & Co., the Leon Ford deal
ers-are establishing a great reputa
tion for the prices they are paying
for second-hand Fords and all^other
makes of cars. They have an outlet
which permits* them handling a big
lot of cars, and many parties are
driving from adjoining counties to
sell their second-hand cars. Eftes &
Co. *re handling more second-hand
cars this: year than
tween *yansas City aad Jftel^Mapig*
Sam Goldner, proprietor of the
Leon Shoe Store, is feeling mighty
good having at lust heard from his
family in Russia, the first time in
three years, and lie has been in sus
pnee all these years, not knowing
what had become of tliem since tho
ravages of the great war. Mr. Gold
ner came to America from Krasilow,
Staro, i^onstontinow, in Russia in
1911, and his son, Aaron joined him:
a year later. lie left his wife and
seven children in Russia while he
came to America to make money to
send to support them and expected
to bring them to this country when
he could provide a home for them.
After the war commenced he received
receipts for money sent, for a time,
but finally although he continued
sending money, could not learn,
whether they were receiving it or
not, and no word was received from
his family for more than three years
until about thi*ee months ago when
he received a letter written in Ger-
man, but it was so poorly written
and so badly blurred, that he could
find no one who could read it, but
the past week he was overjoyed to
receive a letter from his wife, in
which was glad news that she and all
of the children were in good health,
although they have suffered great
privations. As soon as possible Mr.
Goldner expects to have his entire
family join htm in this country, and
when they arrive it will be a joyful
reunion after the long years of seoa
Chamber of Commerce Meeting.
The regular monthly meeting of
the Leon Chamber of Commerce was
held at the dining room of the M. E.
church Monday evening, the custom
ary excellent dinner being served the
members by the ladies of the Civic
Clubs, over fifty members being,
The regular routine business was
transacted, and the question of sub
mitting a proposition to the people
of Decatur county to vote a small
tax to raise the money necessary for
a Decatur county hospital in order
to secure the $35,000 bequeathed by
the late Mrs. A. E. Gardner for a.
hospital and free ward, was discuss
ed at considerable length, and it was
voted thaat it was the sentiment of
the Chamber of Commerce that a
petition should be circulated asking
the board of supervisors to submit
the proposition at the general elec
tion this fall, which would give
everyone an opportunity to vote on
the matter, and would not put the
county to the expense of a special
P.aul Jones, secretary of the Fair
field Commercial Club, was a guest
at this meeting and told thoroughly
of tjie new housing plan which has
foeen put in operation at Fairfield,
backed by the Commercial Club,,
whereby forty new residences, alE
with modern .improvements are be--,
ing erected in that city, the matter
being financed by a city -improve
ment corporation, in conjunction
with a local building and 7oan as
sociation, whereby people can buy
one of these new houses by paying
only 12 Yz per cent of the purchase
price, the balance being taken care
of through monthly payments in the
building and loan association. The
houses will cost from $3,000 to
$5,000 each. The material was
bought at wholesale for the forty
houses, and so was the furnaces,
bath tubs and other things, and the
plan is working out fine.
A report was also made' by the
fair committee that it had been de
finitely decided to hold the first fair
at Leon this year, and the work of
crecting a fine new amphitheatre
would be commenced at once.
New Court Canes.
Geo. \V. Young et al. Vs. Wm. C.
Young et al. The parties are the
heirs of W. H. Yonng Sr., deceased.
Plaintiffs'ask that an agreement and.
deed made by W. H. Young Sr/- in
1912, whereby Wm. C. Young was to
provide a home for his father dur
ing his life time, and at his death
the farm owned by W. H. Yoling Sr.
was to be deeded to Wm.
at an agreed price of $85 per acre
less such sums which he might have
paid out for doctor bills, nurse and
other extraordinary expenses, the
plaintiffs alleging that defendant
Wm. C. Young by fraud, duress and
undue Influence induced his father
who was over 80 years old, totally
blind and in failing health both
physically and mentally. M. Moriarty
and Baker & Parrish attorneys for
Robert Krenz vs. A. J. Fulton et
al. Suit is^o foreclose a real estate
mortgage for $4631.81. Varga &
Son and L. M. Fisher attorneys for
George A. Friend vs. A. J. Fulton
et al. Suit is to foreclose real
estate mortgage for $661 70. L. M.
Fisher and Varga & Son attorneys
Garden Grove Consolidation TiK.
The election on the proposed con
solidated school district at Garden
Grove and surrounding teritory, was
held last Thursday, and while the
vote in the town of Garden Grove
was strongly in favor of consolida
tion, 70 to 20, the vote in the rural
district was a tie, there being 42 for
and 42 against, and as the law pro
vides that the proposition iust have
a majority in both town and rural
districts the proposition was defeat
ed, but it will be submitted again in
the near future, steps having already
been taken ti file another petition
and the prospects are
change of territory and the addition
of the McAllister district the prop
osition will carry the next time it is
people who have seieh D. W. Grif
fith's- great photdplay wnich will be
shown again this'evening at the Idle
Hour theatre, say it is*one of the*
best and prettiest pictures he ever
produced. It is a story of rove and
lovers, and the story unfolds a.
series of the most exquisite pictures
the screen. If Jon
a real pictui»
one...jit yoa hire,any doufcta akqpt
anyone who saw it