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i: V, VOLUME 41. _/• Iv 1 \7 it Tt£mm CYRUSSPRECHERDIES .Age and Infirmity Conquer the Powerful Will. FUNERAL SERVICES TODAY For Thirty Years He Lived in Denison Esteemed and Honored by All. Was Respected Citizen. Again death has come among us and haG taken from our city one of it truest and its best. Bowed down with weight of years and of infirmities Mr. Cyrus Sprecher de parted this life on the evening of Monday, March 27th, at 7:40 o'clock. Mr. Cyrus Sprecher was born near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1830. His parents lived on a farm and it was there that he spent his boyhood days. Later, he went into business for himself, owning a grocery store in Chambersburg. It was not unti' 1872 that he first came to Denison. His brother, Mr. Samuel Sprecher, had been in business and upon his death his brother, Cyrus, came to I.enison te settle the estate. He sold the store which his brother owned here and returned "to his Pennsylvania home. His brief visit had so convinced him of ithe possibilities of the west, however, that he soon returned to Denison and establish ed himself in business*here. Returning to Pennsylvania a second time be was married on June 10th, 1875, to Miss Belle Deffenbaugh, the loving, loyal wife, who survives him. Mr. Sprecher [built a brick store build ing, one of the very few in the raw, west ern village, choosing a site near the old Chicago & Northwestern depot. Here the family resided also until soon after the birth of George, tbe only and the much beloved son. The family then moved to the residence that has ever since been their home. Mr. Sprecher continued in the grocety business for some years but finally sold that branch of his business and devoted himself to grain and live stock interests. No man in Denison has had more exten sive dealing with the .farmers of this ommunity and in all of his many tran sactions no man ever accused him of dis nesty or doubted his integrity. Ha was lie of tbe first trustees of Denison town ship and served in that capacity for arly twenty-five years rendering good faithful service in the office. He was hbn ope Honored by his fellow citizens by a place in the city council and for many years K'e i-as overseer of the poor of Denison. Iu his position he came in contact, with the needt while always strict in dealing out tl| Vii^ity of the community he very Exhibit |^*4- •&- V' "*i. kESLE, ,? often gave in private charity from his own purse when his ideas of integrity would not permit him to use the money of the city. By dint of hard work and economy he was enabled to become the possessor of no little property and he invested in Crawford county lands, rightiy judging them to be the be stsavmg bank obtainable. He owned a fine stock farm of 500 acres west of Denison and a farm of one hun dred and sixty acres south of Denison to gether with city property. Of tbe original family of four brothers and one sister but one brother Mr. L. H. Sprecher of Lanark, 111. survives him and he was privileged to be with his brother during his last hours. Mr. Sprecker was a man of force and of opinion He had a high standard of pub lic and private morals and to this standard he strictly adhered, He took a deep in terest in the affairs of city, his state, and the Nation. He was an earnest and life-long republican, one of the men who took a pride in his party because he be lieved it to be right, who was anxious to help in its victories and who regarded his right of suffrage as the highest privilege of the American citizen. He was devoted to his home and. to his wife and son. After th close of business hours Mr. Sprecker could always be found at home unless the business of the city called him elsewhere. He was lhale and hearty. As loyal a friend as a man ever had. If ever a man hated hypocrisy and pretense it was Mr. Sprecher, He was what he was. Out spoken, fearless, straightforward and steadfast to what he considered to be the right. For many years he has been a victim of rheumatism and visits to various health resorts failed to bring any permanent re lief. This winter he was confined to his home and although he made an heroic struggle for life he gradually grew weaker until on Monday quietly and peacfully the end of his journey came. To Mrs. Sprecher who ha9 been his de voted companion for nearly a third of a century, and to his son George who has justly been the pride of his father's heart, we extend our most sincere sympathy. They have as a comforting thought in their affliction that the life that has de parted was a brave one, free from blame and that there are many dear friends who will keep green the memory of his goodly deeds. Knowing that many of our readers will value it highly we present as a supplement to this issue a portrait of our old friend and neighbor and believe that it will find a place of honor in many homes. The negotiations for the purchase of the Charter Oak bank seem to be' pro gressing and it is expected that the deal will be completed soon, AWrlcli Ctaas. Curator, Historical Dept ®rtV#fc ^-rs THE DENISON REVIEW WALKER FOR ATTORNEY. Successful Aldermanic Candidates in the Varidys Wards are Wright, Mahler and^Schnoor. The city election was largely non-parti san although both parties had tickets in the field in each v:ard. J. H. Walker had a large majority over his opponent E. K. Burch. In the first ward Mr. Thew made a good run but was defeated by Mr. Mark Wright who.received the republican sup port. J" In the second ward location entered in to the contest to a large degree and the forces of west Denison, rallying to the support of their candidate, carried the day. There was no question as to Mr. Nielson's fitness for the office and we greatly regret that he was not elected. We believe the streets of west Denison should be proper ly graded as it is a beautiful part of the city and with street improvement would build up very fast. At the same time we do not think the work will be hastened any by making it a political issue. In the third ward the Germans voted for Mr. Schnoor and he was elected. Perhaps the fact th,at although a candi. date on the democratic ticket Mr. Schnoor has allied himself with the republican party in many instances made the voters cast politics to the winds in the city elec tion. Mr. Schnoor a good straight forward business man and will doubtless make a good alderman. Dr. Simpson his antagonist, although defeated need feel no cbagrin as he was handicapped by his age and by the fact the German vote of the ward, which is quite large, was unanimous in wishing a German cn the council. The REVIEW stands ready to support the new council in every thing ihey may do for the good of Denison and promises in advance not to handicap them by any captious criticism. The council is now evenly divided politically and this may re sult in complications as to the selection of city officials. J. H. Walker 387—113 E, Iv. Burch 275 Wirght. 103-- 30 TUew. 73 Mahler 136— 37 Neilsen ()j Simpson 107 Schnoor 157-- 50 A new broom sweeps clean, Keep jpour eye on the new council. DENISON, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, HffARCH 29, 1905. If? Refreshments Served Afternoon and Evenrn^ 1 Republicans and Democrats De- v'^e t^ie Offices. 4 We are selling them at a bargain this week ,, ^''(%. and also giving $4.50 worth of Cooking^/ &>, WELL DESERVED PROMOTION Friends Rejoice With Him, But Sirl cerely Regret That Denison is to Lose Him. Supt. H. H. Savage closes his work in Denison with the end of, the present school year and will accept the position of Superintendent of the schools of East Waterloo. This announcement comes as a severe shock to those interested in the welfare of our schools as it will be most difficult to find a successor who has the ability, the good judgment, the tact and the genuine genius as an educator that Mr. Savage possesses At the same time as friends of Mr. Savage, we can but rejoice at the merited promotion that has come to him. His relations here have been most pleas ant. He tells us that he would not think of leaving Denison for any other place of like size and importance and we believe him. The field at East Waterloo is, how ever, a lajge one. It means not only a substantial increase in salary, $1800 being the amount to be paid Mr. Savage for his first year of work, which amount the board expects to increase from year to year, but it also means wider reputation, larger op portunities and is another step onward in the building of a career. Over these facts Mr. Savage's Denison friends rejoice, but it is certain that we shall miss him not only as the head of our schools but as a Christian gentleman and citizen, without fear and without reproach. Mr. Savage made no efiort to secure the appointment that has come to him and made no application until overtures were made to him by members of the Waterloo board. It is a compliment| to Denison that when the school boardJof Waterloo wrote to leading and disinterested educa tors for advice about securing the best possible man for the place some of the best school men of the state, without hes itation, recommended Mr. iSavage as one who could fill the bill in^every |respeet. Mr. Savage owes his selection and pro motion to hard work, intelligence, ability and absolute uprightness |of character^ East Waterloo now has a population of about twelve thousand. Mr. Savage will have a corps of more than sixty teachers under him and the responsibility« will be great. We believe, however, that he will be found Peninsulars is Mow On ^i§ Hi I & with each Range «Purchased.|Sx:ll wl. IM&J* 3^ tv sx THE HONORS AREEASY SUPT. SAVAGE LEAVES PI®!®!! -yJf '/V Will Take Charge of East Wat erloo Schools Next Year. i- 0 i1 i. Mrs. Savage has been no small factor in his success. Her charming sincerity and grace have won the hearts of all and the club life of our city will be desolated by her departure. In fact, if Mr. Savage would only consent to leave Mrs. Savage in Denison the offense of his departure could be at least half condoned. Mr. Savage has nothing but the kindest things to say of Denison, the Denison teachers, the school board and the people. He will cooperate with the board in every way in carrying on the work of this year and in planning for the work of the year to come. The Denison boord will have a difficult task in the selection of his suc cessor, and while they regret Mr. Savage's termination to leave, they are in hearty sympathy with him in his advancement and entertain'the livliest hopes of his future success. Perhaps we have said enough to voice the sentiment of the community, but we wish to add for ourselves that we shall miss him as a friend and fellow-worker, one upon whose h* we could always rely, whose voice and counsel were always for the best things and whose daily walk and conversation were constant examples of a worthy manhood. BUSINESS MEN. Do not forget the meeting of the Com mercial Club to-morrow night. It is to perfect arrangements for the Good Roads Train on the Northwestern and for the Seed Corn train on the Illinois Central on April 13th. It would be money well invested if the board of supervisors would allow one days wages to every road supervisor coming to attend the Good Roads special. We educate those who work for us in other ways but it is the general supposi tion that any one who can run a plow can make a good road. That is one reason why roads that have been "fixed" are so generally and generously avoided. Farmers should make it a point to at tend the free lectures on Good Roads and on Seed Corn to be given in Denison on April 13th. i\ •ISf- "t^T 0 •^a- V- Waterloo is to be heartily congratulated. In the few years that he has been here Mr. Savage has identified himself with every good purpose and effort of our peo ple. To him is due the nucleus from which grew our Carnegie Library and he has given that institution much time and well directed effort. He has been a mem ber of the Denison Commercial Club and has in every way been a model citizen. There is hardly a department of our civic life from which we shall not miss him. 1 The first ward republicans may 'silk-stockings" but they stay by be the NO* 13 -^0 -v VISITS OLD- MEXICO sAss ILn Mr. SuHock Writes of His Trip -i to The Coast. StiSr ,ipa iH® .uV if-iV TWO MILES FROM HADESr Mexico is Too Hot for the Chaplain/! Iowa Too Cold. All About Califor-^V nia Folks in Next Letter. kt & In compliance with your request I write a few of our experiences in onr so journ in the sunny climes of California and some ot the incidents going and re turning. We left Denison the morning of Jan. nth in a blinding show storm. When we arrived at Omaha there were 50 men shoveling snow on to flat cars trying to clear the tracks. I had to go up town to the city office to procure our tickets and the streets cars were barely able to make their way through the snow. We were hunting warm weather, so we took the Rock Island route at 6:30 that 1 evening and started south as fast as steam would carry us. We changed trains ati'^5?®-' McFarland, Kansas taking the Chicago & Kansas through California train. The'1"1^ Vs country down there was covered with deep snow and trains were all runnipg late. It :!i was 2 a.m. before we got out of Mc-'i Fa.lacd. We immediately retired as we were both tired. The next morning when we went into the diner for breakfast I«| was more than surprised to find Chet^ Lyman presiding over the car as couduct- or. It was a grateful surprise and hp seem ed as glad to see me as I was him. He' treated us just splendidly and he knows*-*' just how to do it. In fact he is the right^ man in the right place. A little incident? happened on the sleeper the first night out which no doubt has happened often before at least I have heard of something similar. Mrs. B. had occasion to get up«, during the night and said to me -'Charley how will I find the berth when I come back." I said "I'll just stick my foot out in the way and you can't miss it. But lo and behold you when she returned there was afoot sticking out of every birth but they could not fool her as she recognized the corns on my feet. We traveled fully a thousand mile through snow and lost sight of it aboul 125 miles ncrth of El Paso, Texas. On our arrival there we left the train and took rooms at a very nice hotel and while Mrs. B. rested I with a party of gentle men went over the Rio Grande river to-® Jauroz in Old Mexico. Before going I went down to the Pull- «££J Ain? fa "J??