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.Age and Infirmity Conquer the
Powerful Will.
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
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
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
|^*4- •&- V' "*i.
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
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
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.
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.
If? Refreshments Served Afternoon and Evenrn^
Republicans and Democrats De-
v'^e t^ie
We are selling them at a bargain this week ,, ^''(%.
and also giving $4.50 worth of Cooking^/ &>,
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
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
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
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with each Range «Purchased.|Sx:ll
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Will Take Charge of East Wat
erloo Schools Next Year.
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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
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.
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\
•^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.
The first ward republicans may
'silk-stockings" but they stay by
NO* 13
sAss ILn
Mr. SuHock Writes of His Trip
-i to The Coast.
Mexico is Too Hot for the Chaplain/!
Iowa Too Cold. All About Califor-^V
nia Folks in Next Letter.
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
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-

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