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Francis deathman Sentenced to Two
Years and Carl Banks to five
Years in State Reformatory.
Judge Towner, who adjourned
oourt last week on account of the
death of his father-in-law, returned
to Leon Wednesday evening and on
Thursday completed the work of the
November term oI court.
Thursday morning he pronounced
sentence on two young men who had
entered pleas of guilty, Francis
Heathman who wrote the "black
hand" letters to W. A. Hopkins, the
Lamoni banker, getting two years in
the state reformatory at Anamosa,
and Carl Banks, a young man also
living at Lamoni, was sentenced to
five years at Anamosa for bigamy.
The facts in the "blackhand" case
were given to our readers in full at
the time the letters were written last
August and young Heathman has
been in jail ever since, the grand jury
having indicted him on the charge,'
and hiis attorneys endeavored to have
Judge Towner give him a jail sen
tence and fine instead of sending him
to the state reformatory, but after
investigating all the circumstances
surrounding the case and his previ
ous record, the court sentenced him'
to two years at Anamosa,the extreme
penalty provided by law for the crime
In passing sentence on young
Heathman Judge Towner gave the
young man some excellent advice,
which should be a warning to many
other young men who are passing
their time in idleness and in doing
petty criminal acts, and we print it
in full as follows:
At the commencement of this term
counsel representing the defendant
came to me and stated that the de
fendant would file his written plea of
guilty, and asked the court, if it
could do so, to save the defendant
from going to the reformatory. Coun
sel spoke to me about the matter and
asked me to investigate and find out
for myself the conditions as they ex
isted at that time which might war
rant the court in not being compelled
to send the defendant to the reforma
tory. I am satisfied that counsel for
the defendant believed, in good
faith, that the court would find such
conditions existing at that time.
The things that can be said in
"favor of this young man are, first,
that he has a good fattier and moth
er. I do -not know When .thereat as
been a case in which a young man
has been before me for judgment and
sentence who was less justified in
wrong doing than this young man.
His father seems to have the uni
versal commendation and high es
teem of almost every man, woman
and child in the community in which
he lives. And so does his mother, so
far as I kndw.
This young man has been brought
up in a community where education
al facilities were better than those
usually afforded young men. It was
supposed by his counsel at the time
that they talked "to me that he had
always taken advantages of those
facilities. I find out from investiga
tion, however, that this is not true.
The young man has not lived up to
his advantages in those regards, and
has not taken advantage of his school
opportunities such as he ought to
have done. The defendant had a
position as substitute mail carrier,
and it was supposed that he was try
ing to do his best to fulfill the duties
of that position in a creditable man
ner. But I find out that he has not
been industrious that he has been
more addicted to idleness than to in
dustry, and that is not to his credit.
It appeared at first to counsel, and
to the court, and I am quite sure to
the county attorney, that there was
probably not very much against the
young man in the way of previous
acts of a criminal nature. But I find
that this is not true that there are a
great many perhaps small, but some,
however, important cases, or in
stances, in which this young man has
not obeyed the law—in fact, in which
he has been a criminal before this
I am at loss absolutely, to under
stand why these conditions should
exist. I feel very, very sorry indeed,
that they do exist. I would have
been very glad indeed to believe that
this defendant had been a young man
of previous good character who had
simply made a serious and a terrible
mistake. But, unfortunately, the
situation is such tha£ the court would
not be warranted in exercising the
only discretion that he has in the
matter. I could fine the defendant,
or give him a jail sentence, or send
him to the state reformatory. Those
are the only options that I have.
Unfortunately, however, from the in
vestigations that the court has made,
the option of inflicting a fine, or
sending him to the county jail, is one
that the court could not, with jus
tice, indulge in in this case.
In every instance of this kind,
there are two things to be consid
ered. The first is the defendant him
self. If I should allow this defend
ant to think that he could commit so
serious a crime as this, after having
committed other crimes of not so
serious a nature, but of which this
last crime is really the culmination—
if I should allow the defendant to
think that he could do this, and then
,appeal to the court and escape just
punishment for it, would be of no
J\^value to him. I fully understand
jlstJand appreciate what he has done in
confessing his guilt and filing his
written plea of guilty. It is manly,
fair and honorable on his part. I
sincerely trust this will be a sufiicient
lesson to him, and cause him te un
derstand that it is not possible for
-him to enter upon and continue a
life of crime, and either succeed in it
or find in it'any degree of satisfac
tion or happiness. It is impossible for
any young man to enter upon a life
of crime and make a success out of
it. The Almighty has not so con
stituted this universe. No matter
what our beliefs may be, if we pos
sess any intelligence whatever, we
must know that the Almighty has not
so constituted this universe that men
may engage in crime and profit by it.
The wages of sin is death. All wrong
must be punished. Whenever a man
Commits a crime and escapes punish
ment for it and thinks that he has
escaped the penalty for it, he makes
a great mistake. Every time the
wrong-doer succeeds in avoiding the
just penalty it only piles up the pen
alty still higher it only makes it in
the end more terrible. And so you
have found it now, and so you will
ever find it in the future.
But, Mr. Heathman, this is not,
and ought not to be for you the end
of all things. It only ought to be for
you the beginning of a better life.
You ought now to resolve that this is
all the experience you want in wrong
doing. 1 sincerely hope it will be
such a lesson to you, not only for
your own sake, but for the sake of
those who are dear to yoti, and for
the sake of society. I could not in
view of all these things, having in
mind my duty to enforce the lfcw in
Decatur county and in the state of
Iowa, give you a light punishment in
this case. It would not be justified.
Mr. Heathman, you may arise. You
have been indicted by a grand jury
of this county for th« crime of send
ing a letter with intent to extort. To
this charge you -have- entered your
voluntary plea of guilty. Have you
anything to say to the court why
the judgment and sentence of the
court should not now be pronounced
against you?
The Defendant: I have only this
to say, that I fully realize what a
mistake I have made, and ask the
court to be as lenient as possible. I
would like to try and make amends
for what I have done.
The Court: I am glad of it, and I
hope you will do so. You have yet
opportunity of doing so. It is the
judgment and sentence of the court
that you be committed to the -state
reformatory at Anamosa for an in
determinate period, not to exceed
two years that the costs of this case
be taxed against you, and that judg
ment be entered and execution issued
Let me say to you, also, Mr. Heath
man.. the Board of Parole will doubt
less grant you a parole if your con
duct deserves it. That matter will
depend upon your own conduct it
lies almost entirely with you. I want
you to observe every rule of the insti
tution, not only because it is a rule,
but because you want to do right and
obtain all the credit you can. I sin
cerely trust that you will do this.
In the case of Carl Banks, who was
charged with bigamy, a written plea
of guilty had also been filed with the
court, and his attorneys made a
strong plea and showing for leniency,
but the court after reviewing the case
which showed that Banks had desert
ed his first wife in Kansas City, and
then come to Lamoni and in a few
months had married another girl un
der an assumed name, without first
securing a divorce from his first wife.
The court sentenced him to five years
in the reformatory at Anamosa, but
stated that if he showed an inclina
tion to do what was right, and his
first wife would obtain a divorce from
him as it was stated she would do
at once, and he would agree to return
and live with and care for the second
wife, the court would recommend
that a parole be granted to him after
he had served a portion of his sen
Sheriff Andrew took Heathman
and Banks to Anamosa Friday morn
ing to commence serving their sen
France Hamilton, who was in
dicted for murder in the second de
gree, was arraigned, and entered a
plea of not guilty, and his trial was
postponed until the January term of
The following cases were disposed
of since our report last week:
Estate of Michael Foland, final re
port approved, executor discharged.
Estate of F. N. Harp, question of
priority of liens to be submitted in
Estate of J. G. B..Harp,question of
priority of liens to be submitted in
Estate of Ivan Beach, final report
approved, executrix discharged.
Estate of Josiah Hamilton, final
report approved, executor discharged.
Estate of D. F. Nicholson, final re­|them
port approved, executor discharged.
Law and Equity.
W. S. Frazier & Co. vs. J. W. Math
er, settled and dismissed.
Atlas Cement Co. vs. Isaac Carlile,
settled and dismissed.
Lumber Mfg. Agency vs. Griffin &
Lee, settled and dismissed.
T. J. Griffin vs. Frank Hickman,
settled and dismissed.
Margaret Hayden vs. Thomas Hay
den, decree of divorce granted with
custody of child.
Emma A. Black vs. Orra Black et
al., partition and sale ordered, S.
Varga appointed sole referee with
bond of $40,000.
Marriage Licenses.
Floyd L. Wise, Leon 21
Tressie C. McGahuey, Van Wert 19
H. A. Rauch, Lamoni. 22
Etta Forkner, Decatur 18
Don Moore, Lineville 21
Grace Bright, Lineville 18
Grand River.
Dr. Ward's next dates at Grand
River are Nov. 22 to 27.
See Roe Caster right now if you
want cement building blocks.'^|
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Interesting Items of Local Interest
Picked Dp by The Reporter
Daring the Present Week.
The first national Thanksgiving
proclamation was given out by "The
Father of Our Country" New Years
day, 1795, and designated February
19th, -following as Thanksgiving
day. However, October, 3, 1789,
President Washington, by request of
both bouses of congress, recom
mended Thursday, November 27th,
1789, as a day to be devoted by the
people of the states to the service of
God by uniting in returning thanks
to Him for the signal and manifold
mercies, his favorable interposition
in the course and conclusion of the
Revolutionary war and so it is that
the beautiful custom instituted one
hundfed and fourteen years ago,
when our country was in its infancy,
has come down to us, and we pause
once a year for a day of Thanksgiv
When Is a man insane and when
philanthropic? A farmer near Win
field nine years ago deeded a 750
acre farm worth |100,000, to the
United Presbyterian church of Win
field, Judge Bank found him insane,
and ordered the deed set aside.
Three businessmen of Indianola
bought a large acreage and agreed
with President C. E-. Shelton, of
Simpson College, that they would
give 25 per cent of the.profits made
by them to his institution. He an
nounces the receipt of a check for
$20,000 from them, their profit hav
ing been $80,000. The money will be
used for a gymnasium. Now we
want to know whether they were all
crazy or none—and why.—Knox
ville Express.
Leon will again vote on the ques
tion of constructing a system of
waterworks, the election to be Dec.
14. The fellows who want to con
tinue to get their drinking by ex
press will vote against the tax
coupled with a few tight wads who
are always against improvement.
The proposition was voted down a
few months ago.—Corning Free
Advices from Washington state
that a new double postal card will
be issued after the first of the year.
On the first half will appear the por
trait of George Washington, whiter
on the second, or reply half the
stamp will bear the likeness of
Martha Washington. As ever, the
woman gets the last word.
Do not encourage anyone, whether
it be a child at school, or a man in
an office, in the disobedience of his
superior, for when you do you strike
a blow at the success of the school
or business life.,
An eclipse of the moon will be vis
ible here on the 26th of this month.
On the 12th of December will occur
an eclipse of the sun but it will be
invisible on this quarter of the globe.
Capt. Gooding's bale Dates.
2 6, G. R. Simmerman, Van
27, J. N. Estes, Pleasanton.
30, Melhorn, Van Wert.
3, Thos. Lutze, Kellerton.
6, W. P. Blair, Van Wert.
7, L. W. Gibbons, Decatur.
8, Will Stevens, Beaconsfield.
9, John Mosier, Caledonia.
10, Rube Ham, Kellerton.
11, M. G. Allen, Decatnr.
13, B. F. Grimm, Van Wert.
14, T. A. Sutherlin, Davis City.
15, John Scott, Blakemore.
16, O. M. Boles, Van Wert.
20, Taken.
21, Thos. Robinson, Beacons-
22, W. R. Nixon, Van Wert.
23, Thos. Velvy, Mt. Ayr.
29, Roy Michaels, Ringgold
30, R. B. Stone, Leon.
31, Taken.
15, Ed Nichols, Kellerton.
7, Bert Ray, Lee.
22, A. Noble, Kellerton.
Mr. Don Moore and Miss Grace
Bright, both of Lineville, were mar
ried at the clerk's office in this city
I Tuesday, the ceremony being per
I formed by Justice C. W. Beck, and
witnessed by quite a number of their
•young friends who accompanied
to Leon. They will make their
home on a farm near Lineville, and
that they may enjoy life's richest
I blessings is the wish of a large circle
I of friends.
Aunt Katie Caster is Remembered.
Aunt Katie Caster desires to re
turn her thanks to the many friends
who remembered her with a post
card shower on Nov. 14th, her birth
day,when she received one hundred
beautiful post cards. She appreci
ates the kindness and good wishes
expressed by her friends, and her
wish is that the richest of God's
blessings may rest on each one of
Methodist Notes.
Revival meetings are now in pro
gres, Rev. C. R. Bair, the popular
pastor at Seymour being present and
is preaching some excellent sermons.
The interest is good. Souls are being
saved. You come and help.
Union Thanksgiving services on
Thursday at 10:30 a. m. All are cor
dially invited to all these services.
Choice of a lot of $5.00 to $10.00
skirts on sale for $2.95. See them
in the big window. Bradley-Wasson
Mere. Co.
S'jwaq*- ^^vJ-iv^'^lSI
Premiums for Every Boy or Girl who
Exhibits Sample in the Junior
The Iowa Corn Growers Associa
tion is making a special feature of
the Junior Department of the 7th
Annual Corn Contest to be held in
the big Des Moines- Coliseum from
Nov. 29 to Dec 11.' An Unusual num
ber of useful and valuable prizes are
offered in each of the twelve districts
affording some excellent opportuni
ties for the boys and girls in all parts
of Iowa. The six leading Agricul
tural Journals of the state are each
offering a year's subscription for
every exhibitor at their corn show.
Poultry Special for the Boys and
Girls of Decatur County.
To interest the young people in
both corn and pure bred poultry Mr.
F. M. Weld, of Lamoni, will give a
pen of Silver Laced Wyandottes to
the boy or girl who shows the best
ten ears samples in Class S at the
Iowa Corn Show from Decatur coun
Mr. Weld recently purchased the
Hock of Silver Laced Wyandottes
owned by Skinner & Tilton. His
birds, are noted as prize winners, one
cock bird winning the blue ribbon at
state shows in 1907, in 1908 win
ning firsts at Rolfe, Lamoni and Des
Moines, and last year winning first at
Cedar Rapids and third at Kansas
City. At the small Iowa shows these
birds took every first, second and
third where entered. The pen of five
chickens which .he offers as a prize
is worth $25 and is one of the most
valuable prizes offered in the Iowa
Corn Show.
Boys and girls now is the time to
select a ten ear sample to show at
the big State Corn Show. Send your
sample to the Iowa Corn Show, Jun
ior Dept., Des Moines, Iowa.
One on Fred McNeer.
Fred McNeer, of Chicago, spent
last Sunday with friends in Leon. Mr.
McNeer is a very successful salesman
for a big Chicago house, and he is a
good fellow and quite a humorist. He
enjoys a joke even if it's "on him."
He tells this one:
Not long ago he called on a Mis
souri customer who gave him a big
order but not as big as Fred thought
it ought to be. Argument was in vain,
and finally Fred said with deep
pathos, "Ogden.when St. Peter meets
you at the gate he'll say, "Hello, Og
ddflu.you may be a good fellow but
you didn't buy as much clothing of
Fred McNeer as you ought. Scat!-'
Ogden smiled and said, "Fred, I
had a dream the other night, and I'll
tell it to you. I dreamed that I
knocked at the pearly gates and St.
Peter opened the door and passed
me into the anti-room, where he
gave me a big piece of chalk and
asked me to step into an adjoining
room, where I would find a black
board upon which he told me to
tally up every lie-I had ever told. As
I opened the door to enter this room,
I met Fred McNeer, a clothing sales
man from Chicago, coming out.
"Hello, Fred," I said, "Where are
ou going?" "Who,me?" said Fred.
"Why I'm going for more chalk."
Thinks Leon a Good Place.
Washington, D. C, Nov. 19, 'OS.
Editor Reporter:—Through the
courtesy of Mr. J. F. Smith I have
had the pleasure of reading your
valued paper every week since my
visit in your city during October. I
notice you are to determine on Dec.
14th whether or not Leon is to have
waterworks and that the matter will
probably be decided in the affirma
tive. This is certainly a step in the
right direction. With waterworks
and sewerage Leon will be a very
desirable place to live. It now has
the best electric lighting system I
have ever seen in a town of its size
since I left the west, and I have vis
ited more or less generally in fifteen
states. It has been my observation
that money spent for parks, water
systems and sewerage is very wisely
invested. Indirectly these things
add very materially to the wealth
and general prosperity of a town as
they cause many people to cast their
lot with you who otherwise would
While in Leon I became very
much interested in the place and
hope that I may learn that her voters
have decided in favor of a water
system. L. A. Duncan.
Christian Church.
Sunday morning theme, "Psalms
of Praises." Evening theme, "The
Pith of the Four Gospels." Thurs
day evening services adjourned on
account of the special meetings at
the M. E. church.
The C. W. B. M. will meet on
{Wednesday with Mrs. Coakwell.
Brother W. T. Fisher, State Bible
School Superintendent, will be with
|us from Wednesday, Dec. 1st over
I Lord's day, Dec. 5th. For special
meetings and Bible School rally.
See notices and posters later.
Union Thanksgiving services on
Thursday morning at the M. E.
'church at 10:30 a. m. Everyone
Mr. H. A. Rauch, of Lamoni, and
Miss Etta Forkner, of Decatur, were
'quietly married at the clerk's office
I in this_ city last Thursday afternoon,
the ceremony being performed by
Justice C. W. Beck. They are both
iwell known young people of this
county, and have a host of friends
who wish them an abundance of
happiness and prosperity. They will
make their home on a farm near La
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The Visitors In Leon and Elsewhere
as iGanght by Oar Reporter
Daring the Past Week.
Mrs. J. W. Scott, of Kellerton, was
in Leon Saturday, being on her way
home from Stahl, Mo., where she had
been visiting at the home of her
Mrs. O. H. Reynolds returned last
Tuesday from Derby, where she had
been visiting for a few days at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. H. E.
Mrs. Marion Wasson came down
from Des Moines Tuesday to visit
over Thanksgiving, at the home of
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marion F.
P. B. Walker left Tuesday for
Creston to take charge of some ex
tensive repair work being made at
the Clarinda Poultry Co.'s plant in
that city.
Sherman Wheeler, of Davis City,
who has been repairing the roofs on
the opera house and south hotel,
blocks, returned to his home Satur
day evening.
Mrs. A. L. Curry and Mrs. S. Far
quhar went to Eagleville, Mo., Sat
urday to visit a few days at the home
of "Tal" Curry and other relatives
and friends.
D. L. Robblns and son Raymond,
of Hazen, Ark., arrived Saturday for
a visit with his mother, Aunt Caro
line Robbins, and other relatives in
this vicinity.
Homer Fox, of Wymore, Neb., re
turned home Monday after visiting
for a week at the home of his cousin,
L. E. Simms, and other relatives in
this vicinity.
S. M. Campbell, of Osborn, Mo.,
came last Friday to spend a few days
h^-e, being called here by the seri
ous illness of his mother, Mrs. Clos
son Campbell.
Otto Vanpelt and family, who have
been living for some time at Salem,
S. D., returned the first of the week
and will again take up their resi
dence in this county.
Mrs. H. T. Selecman, of Savannah,
Mo., who was visiting at the home of
Peter Cruikshank in this city, went
to Van Wert Saturday to spend a
few days with friends.
W. C. Campbell, who was called
here by the illness of his mother,
Mrs. C., C. Campbell, returned Tues
day to Des Moines, where he is em
ployed in the postoffice.
Mrs. John. has tain, Jr., and
daughter Goldeane, returned Tues
day from Hereford, Texas, where
they were visiting at the home of
her brother, Harry Yost.
Mrs. O. E. Tullis and sister, Mrs.
W. H. Atha, of Chariton, came Sun
day and visited until Monday after
noon with their parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Green Parsons, in this city.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bruner, of Des
Moines, came last Friday to visit a
•few days at the home of their daugh
ter, Mrs. Frank Chastain, of Road
view farm in Eden township.
Miss Lulu Lovell returned Tues
day to her home at Lamoni after
spending a few days in this city with
her sister, Miss Laura Lovell, who is
here taking medical treatment.
Mrs. W. R. Ellinwood departed
Tuesday afternoon for her home at
Colorado City, Colorado, after spend
ing a couple of weeks in this city dis
posing of their household goods.
Mrs. Willis Frost and grandchil
ren, Lucille and Raymond Frost,
went to the home pf her son, Law
rence Frost, near Decatur City, last
Thursday and visited a few days.
Miss Lura Sharp, of Ladoga, In
diana, who had been visiting with
relatives at Bethany, came Friday
for a short visit in this city at the
home of her cousin, E. H. Sharp.
Sheriff J. E. Andrew and wife re
turned Monday from Anamosa,
where they took the two prisoners,
Carl Banks and Francis Heathman,
to commence serving their sentence.
Mrs. Robert Grandstaff, of Garden
Grove, who was visiting in this city
at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs.
H. L. Lutz, went to Davis City Sat
urday to visit Mrs. M. E. Grandstaff.
The Reporter editor, accompanied
by Mrs. Hull and Miss Dorotha leave
this evening for Chicago to spend
Thanksgiving at the home of his
father, where a family reunion will
be held.
Mrs. C. M. Reynolds and Mrs. M.
L. Reynolds returned Thursday from
Decatur City, where they had been
visiting a few days at the home of
their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. T.
W. N. Martin was called to Indian
ola Tuesday to attend the funeral of
his brother Rev. W. C. Martin, one
of the pioneer M. E. ministers of this
conference who has been sick for a
long time.
Dr. Ward, the Garden Grove
dentist, was in Leon Monday on his
way to Grand River to fill his dates
there. He recently returned from a
stay of several weeks at Excelsior
Springs, Mo., and is greatly improved
in health.
Henry Hemming, who has been
very sick at the home of his sister,
Mrs. M. H. Woods, in this city, left
Sunday for his home at Macy, Ind.
His nephew, C. E. Wood, accom
panied him to care for him on the
Mrs. Nettie Hart and daughter,
Miss Alta, of Corydon, came Satur
day for a visit in this city at the
home of her brother, C. M. Keller.
Mrs. Hart is just recovering from an
For the best auto oil and batter
8 see H. A. Wright.
operation which was performed in
Des Moines.
I J. E. Leeper, of Pleasanton, passed
through this city Friday, returning
I from Albia, where he closed up a big
real estate deal. He has sold his
farm at Pleasanton and bought a 300
acre farm near Albia, and expects to
move there in the near future.
JR9BR"!RfV0L. XXXV NO. 14,
Miss Maggie Whisler, who haa ..
been trimming in a millinery store-'k1
at Quasqueton, Iowa, came home last-1'
Thursday for a visit with her par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Silas Whisler, of
west of town.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bowman re
turned Saturday evening from Perry
in company with Mrs. Bowman's par-?5||
ents, Mr. and Mrs. S. Emberl}ng, who
had been visiting for a couple of
weeks at Perry.
Mrs. L. Greenslate, of Blythed ale,
Mo., came Tuesday for a short visit%%
with her sister, Mrs. J. E. Andrew,1
in this city. Master Cornell Andrew,
who had been visiting at Blythedale,
came home with her. ft
Mrs. J. G. Springer of this city,I:
and her daughter, Mrs. O. L. Butch"'
er, of Atlantic City, N. J., Went to
Ottumwa Saturday to visit a few,
days with relatives. From that city^
Mrs. Butcher will return home.
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Bowman re-„.
turned Friday morning to their home 1
in Des Moines after visiting for a'
couple of days in this city with his
mother, Mrs. Emma Bowman, and
his brother, Dr. Fred A. Bowman.
The Elston Eagle Office and Leu
Scadden's Restaurant Entirely
Quite a disastrous fire visited our
neighboring city of Elston early last!
Friday morning resulting in the de-r
struction of Len Scadden's restaur*
ant and the Elston Eagle office, mak
ing a total loss of $3,400 with insur
ance, of $2,300. The fire was dis--s
covered by Mr. Scadden who turned
in the alarm, and this was responded
to quickly by the citizens who found*
the front of the building a mass of
flames so that it was with difficulty
that Mr. Scadden's household goods
were saved. Nothing was saved from
the Eagle office which was a total
loss with no insurance. This is a Be
vere stroke to Paul Hubbell, the en-"
terprising young editor, whose IOSB
will be about $1,000. He got out last
week's Eagle at the Grand River Lo
cal office which he and his brother,
Harry, own and will probably have
to get out this and nex week's
papers there. Mr. Scadden's loss is
about $1,000, fully covered by insur
ance. The building was owned by
Dr. Bone, of Grand River, and was
insured for $1,200. It could hardly
be replaced for $2,400 the way ma
terial costs now. This is the second
severe fire that Elston has had re
cently in the same block. It was a
narrow escape for J. W. Smith's har
ness shop across the street west, for
Dr. Goad's office just east, the Elston
hotel and Bank of Elston just south.
Luckily the wind was in the north
west which blew the sparks and
flames down the street between the
hotel and the bank. It behooves all
cities to now try their fire fighting
apparatus and see that all is in good
shape for no telling when a fire may]
break out.—Tingley Vindicator.
John F. Evans.
John F. Evans was born in Put
nam county, Indiana, Oct. 16, 1831,
and died at his home in Eden town
ship, Decatur county, Iowa, Nov. 15,
1909, at the age of 78 years and 30%
,t 4-
The deceased was one of the pion
eers of Decatur county, coming here
in an early day when the country was
but very sparsely settled. -He settled
on a farm in Eden township, where
he made his home until his death.
In his early life he was married to
Miss Margaret Jones, and to this
union were born five children, one
dying in infancy and the four all be
ing present during his last illness,
which was of several weeks duration.
His wife died some years ago and
he was again married to Mrs. Leona —,
Gore, who with four children survive
He was a man of sterling worth
and integrity and his death is de-^
plored by a large circle of friends. 'fi'J
Funeral services were held on
Wednesday, Nov. 17th, conducted by
J. N. Still, interment being in the
Meek cemetery in Eden township,
his remains being followed to their
last resting place by a very large cor
tege of sorrowing relatives and .a
Southern Iowa Horticultural Society
at Creston, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.
The entire territory along the C.^j*
B. & Q. railroad is interested in de-,L
veloping orcharding and vineyard
growing, a greater quantity, higher
quality of apples and all kinds of
fruits also in improvements of pri
vate and public gardens, civic im
provements, farm homes and rural
Sessions and admittance open and
free to all. Large premiums for ap
ples. Come and bring show fruit
with you. Representatives of large
state bodies and of the Iowa agricul
tural college will be present to assist.'
J. M. Bechtel, Pres.
Hamburg, Iowa.
W. M. Bromberger, Secy.
Harlan, Iowa.
I Wise—McGaliuey,
Mr. Floyd E. Wise and Miss Tref"
Cordelia McGahuey were uni?
I mariage at the Methodist
ion Wednesday, Nov. 17th, at
p. in., the pastor of the ch'j'
The groom is a most
young man, being raised
near Kingston, where
spected. The brid ... ^,
young lady of Van W I
people were accomp
E. Barger and Miss
and Mr. E. Oliver Mc.
Esther McGahuey.
The many frien/
couple will join j/'
long and happily^

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