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Tfcat is tbe Verdict in the Trial of
France Hamilton, Accused oj£
Killing Sam Hamilton.
The case of State of Iowa vs.
SJrance Hamilton, charged with mur
4«r in the second degree, growing out
the shooting of his cousin, Sam
jif! Hamilton, at Davis City last Septem
fe" to^r, came to a close Sunday night
fP?.' about 10 o'clock when the jury re
tnpned a verdict finding him guilty
manslaughter. Judge Evans grant
sr«d his attorneys until Saturday of
.*this week to file a motion for a new
tciftl and set next Wednesday at 9
,'J' •.'clock as the time for passing sen
tSlice in case the motion for new trial
W isf overruled.
As stated in last week's issue of
i*J, The Reporter the jury was secured
Shortly after noon last Wednesday
aaul the taking of testimony com
*,'? menced at 3 o'clock Wednesday after
soon. The state used 24 witnesses
^, aiyl the defense 36, but notwithstand-
Ing the fact that 60 witnesses were
'E used the trial moved along rapidly
and the filnal evidence was heard on
Friday evening. The testimony in
^. t»ie case was not much different from
J* ,h the story as told in this paper at the
time of the killing of Sam Hamilton.
The defendant went on the stand on
,r. his own behalf and told the story of
*'r the shooting and the events leading
up to it. He said that he went to
the park that afternoon at the re
quest of Sam Hamilton. While they
I', were there a poker game was started
between the two Hamiltons and sev
i* eral others, and during the progress
«f the game France and Sam coni
saenced high spading and France had
S' won about four dollars from Sam in
this way, playing for small stakes,
Finally Sam wanted to high spade for
52.00, but France demurred saying
that was too much money. Whenlthe
l) hand was dealt around France
showed the king of spades and told
Sam he would have won his money if
,y they had made the bet. This seemed
to enrage Sam and he jumped up and
caught France around the neck and
commenced striking him in the face,
and at the same time he pulled out
his knife and threatened to cut his
throat, trying to open the knife with
his teeth. France broke away from
him and ran. He Baid that knowing
Sam was a dangerous man and had
cut several persons with a knife, he
V-gtpected more trouble to follow, so
he went across the bridge to town and
^ased a revolver at Fulion's store
some carindg^ a^ tiie Jeffries
Mtore. He then started for home, but
concluded that to avoid trouble he
,-jkad better fix the matter up with
'JlSam so he started back towards the
park with the intention of making
peace by giving Sam back the money
he had won from him. They met just
after he crossed the bridge, and
^France said he had the money in his
hand and told Sam that here was his
money that they had always been
good friends and he did not want a
small sum like that to break up their
friendship. Sam replied that it was
^*ot his money that he wanted, but
kirn, and made a motion towards his
•pocket as if to draw a weapon and
atarted towards him and then he shot
him. It was reported at the time of
the shooting that several parties in
•Davis City tried to persuade France
*ot to go back over to the park, but
Sp/he testified that if any one spoke to
him about the matter he did not hear
The testimony of the other wit
Besses to the shooting and those who
v-:were at the park when the trouble
'first started did not differ materially
from the story as told by the defend
er ant, some of the parties at the park
jValso testified that Sam drew his knife
and threatened to cut France's
ki throat.
In regard to the minor details of
the tragedy there was some very
contradictory testimony given by the
stand and the jury were left to deter
mine which of them were telling the
story straight.
'7' The court room was literally pack
',?• ed during the entire time the case
-iwwas on trial, and on Saturday when
the attorneys made their pleas every
seat and every foot of standing room
were filled long before the time for
court to open, and even the corridor

crowded with spectators. Many
ladies were present at every session
©f court.
The arguments were made on Sat
urday, attorney A. P. Olsen making
-1-the opening argument for the state
Saturday morning. He was followed
by C. W. Hoffman for the defense, V.
R. McGinnis then making the closing
argument for the defense, and the
case closed when county attorney
Geo. W. Baker made the closing
argument for the state, finishing soon
after 9 o'clock Saturday evening.
Judge Evans then gave the instruc
tions to'the jury, in which he said
that they could return a verdict find
ing the defendant' guilty of the
charge fn the indictment, murder in
the second degree, or guilty of a less
er degree, manslaughter, or they
could return a verdict finding the de
fendant not guilty. The case was
given to the jury Saturday night at
#:4o o'clock, and many persons
watched anxiously for many hours
that night and all day Sunday in ex
pectancy of their arriving at a ver
dict. As the time sped by it began
to look as if it wouid be a hung jury.
Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock the
jury sent for Judge Evans and asked
for some additional, instructions in
regard to the case, after which they
again took VP the case and still no
verdict, And^ there came pretty near
o'clock the jury sent word that they
had reached a verdict, and the judge
and attorneys were summoned to 'he
court house to hear the verdict of
guilty of manslaughter.
Under the law the defendant, un
less granted a new trial will be sen
tenced to an indeterminate sentence
of eight years in the penitentiary,
the maximum penalty for man
slaughter, as the new law. gives the
presiding judge no option of fixing
the number of years the defendant
shall serve, this being determined by
the state board of parole.
The jury in arriving at a verdict
took a number of ballots. The drst
ballot stood eight for a verdict of
guilty of murder in the second de
gree, and four for acquittal, and then
it changed to 9 for conviction and 3
for acquittal, and stood this way until
a short time before the verdict was
The grand jury of this term of
court finished their business up in a
hurry. They were empanelled on
Tuesday and adjourned for the term
on the following day, returning just
one lone indictment, which has not
yet been made public as the defend
ant has not been arrested.
After the jury returned their ver
dict in the Hamilton case Sunday
night Judge Evans adjourned court
until Monday of next week, there be
ing no other cases ready for trial, and
returned to his home at Corydon
Monday morning. He will return to
Leon next Monday to finish up the
business of this term of court, there
being several cases set for trial before
the court, the trial jury having been
discharged for fae term.
The following cases have been dis
posed of since our report last week:
Law and Equity.
Minnie Brannaman vs. Pearl E.
Brannaman et al., report of sale and
deed to Eliza J. Bay approved.
William H. Wilson executor, vs.
B. F. Sutherlin et al,. dismissed by
Estate of J. B. Kelley, widow's al
lowance fixed at ?200.
Death of Prof. M. Schoenert.
Many Leon people will remember
Prof. M. Schoenert, who taught music
in this city for several years, and will
be interested in the .following ac
count of his d'eath at his home in
Huron, S. D., on Tuesday of last week
which is taken from a Huron paper:
After a long and painful illness,
Martin Schoenert passed away Tues
day evening at 8 o'clock. His wife
and two daughters were with' him at
•the time of his death, it being impos
s'njle, however, as 'yeT to Tocate hiS"
son, who was last heard from in
Mr. Schoenert has been in poor
health for the past nine or ten years,
at frequent periods suffering acute
sick spells, which confined him to his
home. His affliction for these many
years and the disease which finally
caused his death was pernicious ane
mia. On the day following Thanks
giving he suffered a hemorrahge of
the stomach and since that time has
been in a very weakened condition,
although able to move about the
house somewhat, but not strong
enough to venture outside. On Fri
day last he was taken with a sinking
spell, from which he never rallied,
but failed rapidly and died quietly
last evening.
Martin Schoenert was 63 years of
age at the time of his death, and was
a native of Halle, Prussia, where he
was soprano soloist of Frank's In
stitute of Halle between the ages of
ten and fifteen years. His musical
education was most complete, taking
instructions under Prof. Gregor, royal
director of music, Prof. Brandt and
the well known Franz. Following
the completion of his education at
Halle he was appointed instructor of
music and language to the family of
prince Damashoff, Tifiis, Russia.
When 23 years of age he came to this
country, and accepted the position of
musical director in one of the largest
Philadelphia churches.
He was married in, 188 7 to Anna
Helen Rieche, and taught music in
colleges at St. Louis, Leon, Humeston
and Fairfield, Iowa, in 1899 coming
to Huron to accept the position of
director of the Huron college school
of music.
He has been well known in musical
circles in this city since first coming
here, although he severed his connec
tion with the college after three yrars
and devoted his time to private pu
pils. He was for some time choir
master and organist of the Presby
terian church. For the past four
years he has also been city clerk of
the city of Huron. He was a member
of the Presbyterian church, the
Knights of Pythias, the M. B. A. and
the Loyal Americans.
Mr. Schoenert is survived by his
wife and three children, the Misse3
Laura and Martina of this city and
Allie Schoenert. of Seattle, to whom
the sympathy of the many fri .nds ef
the deceased and his family will be
extended at this time. .\Ir. Schoenert
is well known by every resident- of
Huron, and everyone has come to
look upon him not only with the nigh
est respect but with affection as well.
The K. P. band and the Knights
who started to Osceola last Wednes
day afternoon to attend the district
convention of the K. P. lodges, had a
hard time on the trip and did not
reach Osceola until late in the even
ing. The engine on their train broke
a wheel a short distance north of De
catur City, and could not be run for
ward, so it was backed on the side
.. track at Decatur City and they had to
not being a verdict, for Judge Evans Elne could be sent down to pull the
had said that if they did not reach a train. But the boys report having a
verdict by 11 o'clock Sunday night he splendid time after they reached'
^rould discharge them, but about 10 Osceola.
v& $&. 45fi
Some Interesting Items of Local
News Gathered on the Run
During the Past Week.
When to Cut Hickory Wood.
In reply to our inquiry as to when
to cut hickory wood so that the
worms will not eat it, we have had
several old experienced men tell us,
and while they different somewhat it
may be of interest to parties who
want sound hickory for handles, etc.
John Eell, the veteran wagon-maker,
says if hickory is cut in March in the
dark of the moon that the worms will
not bother it. Uncle Jim Harris says
to cut it in February, and says that
hoop pole makers always want hpop
poles cut in February if possible.
Uncle John Cochran, who has had
years of experience in cutting buggy
spokes and wagon timber, says to cut
timber in the dark of the moon in
January, February, July or August.
Commercial Club Banquet.
The annual banquet of the Leon
Commercial Club will be held on Fri
day evening, Feb. 11th, and the com
mittee in charge of the affair are
making arrangements to have even a
better time than at the banquet last
year which was a decided success.
The Commercial Club membership is
increasing rapidly, and this year it
will be necessary to limit the at
tendance to one lady for each mem
ber, so all can be seated. Each mem
ber of the club in good standing will
be expected to be present at the ban
quet, and those who are behind with
their dues can soon be placed in good
standing by interviewing the secre
Iialpli Sigler liuy IJus Line.
R. A. Sigler took possession of the
Leon bus and transfer line on Mon
day morning, having closed a deal
with W. A. Allbaugh for his fine new
busses and drays which he did not
sell when he disposed of the old
busses to W. H. Moore a few weeks
ago. Mr. Sigler also bought Mr.
Moore's outfit and several of the fine
teams formerly used by Mr. All
baugh on the line, and Leon is again
sporting the finest bus line to. be
found in southern Iowa. Mr. Sigler
has secured the services of C. C. Lit
tle to manage the bus line and will
endeavor to give the traveling and
local public the very best of ^service.
Broke His Arm
John Reuss, of Decatur City, met
with a bad accident last Saturday.
He was engaged in hauling hay on a
sled when his team ran away and
overturned the- sled and load, throw
ing Mr. Reuss to the ground, and
broke both bones in his right arm at
the elbow. He was in Leon Monday
to have the injury examined by an
X-Ray machine. The break being
located right at the elbow joint is
quite a serious one and will keep Mr.
Reuss from work for some time to
Ixioking After New Depot.
E. H. Peck, the Burlington civil
engineer who drew the plans for the
fine new depot to be erected this year
in this city by the Burlinton road,
was in Leon last Saturday looking up
some matters connected with the lo
cation of the city water pipes, sewers
and electric light lines, so that ar
rangements could be completed for
this work in the new depot as soon as
it is completed. It is thought that
work on the new depot will be com
menced early in the spring.
Fire at Kellerton.
Kellerton had a $10,000 fire Mon
day night, which destroyed the
buildings occupied by the Johnston
general store, the postoffice, Emer
son's wareroom and a vacant store
building. The fire was discovered
about 8:30 in the evening and a fierce
fire was consuming the interior of the
Johnston store at this time. All of
the losers were pretty well insured
so that no one will be a heavy loser
by the fire. The burned buildings
will all be rebuilt at once.
A Musical Treat.
The instructors of piano and voice
from Graceland College will give a
musical in the P. E. O. hall Tuesday
evening at 8:00 p. m„ Feb. 1st. Ad
mission 20 cents.
Farm for Rent.
Good farm, big house and barn,
both good, sheds, lots and plenty of
water. Railroad switch on land,sand
that sells at good price,
21-tf. Ed H. Sharp, agent.
Wanted Salesman.
We want a reliable energetic agent
to represent us in Leon. Have an
attractive proposition to make to the
right man. Address United Wireless
Telegraph Co., 622 Bee Bldg., Oma
ha, Nebraska.
Pneumonia Follows a Cold
but never follows the use of Foley's
Honey and Tar, which stops the
cough, heals the lungs, and expels
the cold from the system. Bell &
gS Christian Church Xotes.
several hours until another en-
Sunday services at the usual hours
with the minister in charge. Miss.
Fern Pryor will lead the Thursday
evening service.
A car of good corn wili be on track
at Leon this week. If you want any
at 68 cents per bushel at the car see
E. Housh.
For Sale—Thoroughbred Rose
The north bound passenger train
on the Cainsville branch was delayed
nearly five hours last Thursday on
account of the engine jumping the
track about a mile south of Koyle
Roe Caster, Jr., has purchased the
residence of Mrs. Samuel Farquhar
and is moving it to lots in east Leon
and will fix the house up tor rent.
Mrs. Farquhar will erect a modern
new cottage on the site of the old
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Waller, of near
Decatur City, have the sympathy of
many friends in the loss of their in
fant child which died Monday from
lung fever. The little body was laid
to rest in the New Salem cemetery
George McCalla, who has been vis
iting at the home of his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. McCalla, in Eden
township, for a couple of weeks,
left Monday for his home at Coates,
Kas., to close up some business af
fairs there as he expects to farm in
Decatur county the coming year.
Editor J. J. Stirling, of the Cory
don Democrat, was a visitor in this
oity last Thursday, being, on his'way
home from Osceola, where he attend
ed the K. P. district convention. Mr.
Stirling who is an expert linotype
machinest installed the. new linotype
in The Reporter a few months ago,"
and dropped in to see how nicely the
machine is working
Col. B. R. Watchhaugh, the well
known auctioneer, who recently lo
cated in this city, told us that at the
Finley Johnson sale which he cried
Weldon last-.Weeft there was
$3,800 worth of stuff sold and less
than $100 in notes were given in set
tlement, all the other buyers paying
cash. Horses at this sale brought up
to $250 per head and cows sold for
George McCalla, of Coates, Kas.,
who is visiting at the home of his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. McCalla,
of Eden township, accompanied by
his sister. Miss Belle, went to Van
Wert Friday for a short visit with
relatives. Mr. McCalla expects to
return shortly to Decatur county,
having arranged to farm his father's
farm near Davis City, the coming
Mrs. C. E. Gardner will commence
a class in music next week. Pupils
lixing in the north part of town will
take lessons at the home of Mrs. V.
R. McGinnis, and those living in the
south part of town at the home of
Mrs. Gardner. Terms—Two in a
class, $10 each. Private lessons, 30
minutes long, $20 for 20 lessons.
Those desiring lessons send postal to
that effect to Mrs. Gardner.
W. H. McCalla, of Eden township,
returned Saturday evening from Des
Moines, where he accompanied Mrs.
McCalla, who was operated upon in
a hospital in that city for an injury
to one of her eyes which at the time
was not thought to be serious, but
has recently been giving her consid
erable trouble. He says Mrs. Mc
Calla is geting along nicely and will
return home shortly. Her daughter,
Mrs. E. A. Adams, is with her in Des
Miss Clare Lunbeck visited friends
in Leon over Sunday last, being on
her way to the state of Washington,
where she has been elected to the
office of Assistant State Superinten
dent of the Children's Home Society
of that state. This is the result of a
visit there during the past summer,
and is a promotion along the lines of
work pursued by Miss Lunbeck dur-'
ing the last nineteen years. Her1
work will be in Seattle and Tacoma,
with residence in the former place.
C. B. Simpson, the well known'
cigar maker of this city, is thinking
of buying out the Burlington road, or
at least a part of it, as he goes to
Davis City every evening and back on
the early train next morning, and all
because he cannot stay away from the
bouncing young cigarmaker which
was born to them on Monday morning
at the home of Mrs. Simpson's par
ents in Davis City, where she had
been visiting for some time. Charley
says he is sure the finest boy ever
born in Davis City.
H. L. Tullis, -the Leon agent of the
Adams Express Co., met with a very
painful injury at the depot Tuesday
afternoon, and one which will prob- I
ably confine him to the house for a
few days. He was wheeling a big
express truck across the railroad
track when a ten gallon can of cream
fell from the truck and struck him
just above the ankle. At first it was
thought.the leg was broken, but an
examination by an X-Ray machine
disclosed the fact that the, bone was
not fractured.
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For Sale or Trade—A saw mill and
threshing outfit in good condition. C.'
W. Sutherlin, Davis City, Iowa. 23-tf.
The home of C. E. Chastain, in
Eden township, is under quarantine
for diphtheria, their two youngest
children having the disease, but they
are getting along nicely.
Wanted—Salesman to sell our
guaranteed Oils and Paints. Experi
enre unnecessary. Extremely profit
able offer to right party. The Empire
Oi| Company, Cleveland. Ohio.
fror Sale or Exchange—A $,4,000
stock of up-to-date clothing and fur
nishing goods. Will trade for land,
and prefer Decatur county land. Ad
dress P. O. box 26, Knoxville, Iowa.
Brilliant Comet Seen in the Western
Sky each Evening is Unknown
in the Astronomical World.
Many people in Leon have been
gazing with astonishment at the bril
liant comet which can be seen low in
the western sky about six o'clock in
the evening, and many suppose that it
is Halley's comet, about which so
much has recently been published,
but the comet is a wanderer, having
been fjrst discovered last week at
Johannesburg, South Africa, and as
yet it is a mystery to astronomers as
it came unheralded.
The comet is receding from the
sun, and consequently will appear
higher in the western sky each even
ing and set later. But it will also
grow dimer at the same time, as it is
rushing off into space, carrying its
tail in front of it, and in about a
week will be almost beyond the view
of the naked eye.
The comet as described is abou-L
eight times in length the width df the
sun's face. The sun generally ap
pears to be about a foot In diameter,
so that the comet is in appearanc°
about eight feet long. When first
seen after the sun has set it stands
forth against the dark blue of the sky
with its head shining a dull red glow,
a glare of light somewhat larger than
the evening star Venus, which hangs
in the heavens not far above it. The
tail is a "yellowish color," and curves
prettily upward, and the whole ap
pearance is that of a large sky rocket
falling to earth.
No report has yet been made by the
astronomers as to the direction from
which the comet has come. It is un
doubtedly one that has visited the sun
at some former time, but possibly not
for hundreds of years. The great
comet of 1882, which every living
person of forty or more will remem
ber is not expected to return to the
earth's .sight for one thousand years.
Its dash out into space is therefore
over ten times farther than that of
Halley'comet, or over two hundred
and eighty billion of miles.
The Johannesburg comet is likely
to be just such a wanderer, visiting
the sun for the first time in centuries,
and probably never to be seen again
within a thousand years. It is not
astonishing that this comet has come
upon the world of science so unex
pectedly. It is quite probable that its
orbit oomes in from the opposite side
of the sun, thus keeping it in the
glare all the time, and preventing
astronomers from catching a view of
it until it has passed around and
away from the sun so that darkness
could make it plain. Halley's comet
is coming directly the opposite direc
tion, and is approaching the earth
from the rear toward the sun. That
puts it in the night time heavens for
the astrpnomers, but by the time it
becomes near enough to be seen by
the unaided eye it, too, will be in
the glare of the sun most of the time,
and will only be seen for a short per
iod, just before sunrise, and later on,
just before sunset.
A Statement.
Decatur, Iowa, Jan. 23, 1910.
To The Reporter, Leon, Iowa:—I
see by the last issue of your valuable
paper an article taken from the Reg
ister and Leader, of Des Moines, un
der heading of "Ghost Demands Re
venge." Now the report of what
occurred at that meeting is fairly
accurate and the part assigned to me
is absolutely correct, but the report
as to the part played by Mrs. George
Havens, of Decatur, places that lady
in an embarrassing position before
her friends. Mrs. Havens is a Unitar
ian the same as our honored presi
dent and not a spiritualist, much less
a spirit medium. Mrs. Havens and
myself have been students of Psy
cology for several years and have
spent some time in investigating
telepathy and the workings of the
subsconcious mind, and while we
have had some startling results we
do not feel that we can affirm or deny
spirit return. There is no question
but the human mind can be placed
in a such condition as to receive im
pressions from outside sources.
Whether these impressions can be ex
plained by telepathy or the work
ings of the subsconcious mind we do
not pretend to say as we are only in
vestigators in this field of thought.
Chas. B. Millsap, Decatur, Iowa.
Methodist Notes.
Subject for Sunday morning "Who
are Christians?" This will be the
first of a series of sermons on the
sermon on the Mount." Sunday
evening subject, "Halley's Comet,
and Other Comets." The ministerial
association will hold an open meeting
in the assembly room of the librarv
Monday evening, Jan. 31st. Rev. L.
Hughes, pastor of the Presbyterian
church, will give an illustrated ad
dress upon the subject, "What Would
Leon be Without the Churches?" The
public cordially invited.
Presbyterian Church Notes.
Subject for morning service,
"Church Loyalty." An illustrated
sermon will be given on "Moral
Cowardice" at 7:30 p. m. Bring the
children. All welcome.
L. Hughes, pastor.
Frank P. Shy, of Minden, Neb., a
former well known resident of this
county, came in last week to join his
wife who has been visiting for several
weeks at the home of her parents,
Mr. and Mrs J. W. Moore, north of
Leon. They will shortly go to Lo
noke, Ark., where Frank will try his
hand at rice raising the coming year.
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(VOL. XXXV NO. 23.
Mrs. D. C. Cowles.
Mrs. Julia A. Cowles, wife 6Cf ^S. cl
Cowles, died at her home in Davis
City, Iowa, January 19, 1910., aged
77 years, 1 month and 15 days. Her
last illness was of short duration, but
she had been ailing for the past two
of three years. On January 13th she
had a paralytic stroke, but rallied
from it, and lived for six days when,
the end came and then a noble wom
an passed to her reward.
Julia Ann Morris Smith was bard
in Callaway county, Missouri. When
she was eleven years of age Bhe mov
ed with her parents to Mercer county^
Missouri, where she grew to woman
hood, and was married to D. Corydon
Cowles, July 11, 1-858. ^fter a year's
residence in Mercer county they came
to Decatur county, Iowa, and here
they have resided ever since with the
exception of three years spent in
Orange county, California. She is
survived by a loving husband, who
can say after over fifty-one years of
wedded life there never was a cross
word between them, one son, Delbert
P. Cowles, of Davis City, and three
daughters, Mrs. Ollie Hullinger, of
Davis City, Mrs. Lizzie Kirk and Mrs.
Irena Lillie, of Orange county, Cali
fornia, twelve grandchildren fourteen
great grandchildren, five sisters and
two brothers, besides a large circle of
other relatives and friends to mourh
the-loss of a true friend and & good
woman. There were present at her
bedside when death came, her hus
band and only son, Delbert, her
aaughter, Mrs. Hullinger, grandson,
Edwin Mitchell, and a sister, Miss
Hetty Smith, who had always made
her home with sister Cowles. All
was done for her that loving hands
and medical skill could do, but all to
no avail. Her time had come and she
peacefully folded her tired hands and
fell asleep in the arms of the loving
Savior she had loved and trusted in
for many years. Her death leaves a
void in her home, in her church, and
with her neighbors and many friends
which never can be filled, for she wat
ever first to help all in sickness or in
When but a young girl Mrs. Cowles
united with the Baptist church at
Princeton, Mo., and.on June 6, 1880,
she by letter became a member of the
New Salem Baptist church in Decatur
county. She ever lived a faithful and
consistent christian life and died in
the triumphant faith, leaving behind
her that blessed assurance that all
was well.
A loving wife, a noble mother and
true friend has gone to her reward
Peace to her memory. VI
Funeral services were held at the
Union church in Davis City on ^i
day, .Tan 21st, with Rev. Deyo in
charge of the services. His text was
taken from Revelations 7:14. By re
quest "Rock of Ages" and "The
Bright City of God" were sung In
terment in the new cemeterv at Davis
A Card—We desire to return our
sincere thanks to the many kind
friends who so kindly assisted us in
the care of our wife and mother
D. C. Cowles,
Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Cowles,
Mr. and Mrs. Marion Hullinger
Henry Fletcher Keller.
Henry Fletcher Keller was born
October 9, 1856, in Decatur county,
Iowa, and departed this' life January
14, 1910, at the age of 53 years, 3
months and 5 days. Mr. Keller had
been a great sufferer for the past 12
years but bore his affliction with
patience, often saying he fully be
lieved there was a reward awaiting
him in the better world.
He was maried September 6, 1884,
to Miss Laura Kelley. To this union
were born three children, Helen,
Frank and Grace.
He leaves a loving and devqted
wife who cared for him constantly
during ten years of helplessness his
three children, three brothers, six.
sisters and many relatives and',
friends to mourn his departure.
Funeral services were held Friday- J:
morning at the Van Wert Methodist. &
church by Rev. Elijah Tillotson, andL....''4"'
interment made in the Shy cemetery.,'
.Marriage Licenses.
Ray Elmer Lantz, Van Wert.../. 20
Alice Lefler, Van Wert IS
Lloyd Enos Barger, Van Wert. 20
Nellie E. Wise, Leon 18,.
1 Minn Cflll
fttltors I Nina Still
Etritofs Blanche Brann
"Knowledge and wisdom, far Xrom being one.
Have oftlmes no connection. Knowledge dwells.
In heads replete with thoughts of other men.
Wisdom In minds attontlre to their own."
Miss Helen Horner, of Lamoni, vis
ited the High School one day last
The exercises in the High room
Friday were very good. Miss Freda
Teale rendered a beautiful piano solo
and Miss Nella Cain spoke "Damon,"',
and Pythias." £',J
Misses Ruth Chase and Sarah
Whittam were High School visitors
Thursday. \ff
Misses Eula Combs and Fern Tharp
q.re new scholars in Miss Pryor's
Mrs. George Gardner and Mrs.,..^
Gates visited in the primary grade
last week. '.il
The students in the botany class 'it
are doing some fine note book work
on seeds. ok-
Friday evening of this week thq£
School band goes to Decatur .wher^V#
the boys with the Decatur High.'^
School give a concert and box supper^'V
Quite a number from.JUeon. expect to-^-'
go over and enjoy the evening.

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