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25 YEARS OW
BOYHOOD DAYS How Dear to My Heart arc the Scenes of My Childhood, When Fond Rec ollection Presents Them to View Last week it was our pleasure to re turn to the home of our childhood days, and was thinking on our way what would most interest us while there, while most eager to look over the scenes of days gone by, I was just as glad to RGt away from them—there being so 'xaany changes, and many whom I knew in those days had gone west, and many gone to rest that knows no '•wakening until the great judgment day. I felt partly at home and partly v. lost in the quaintold ecenesof the days gone by, never to return to us again. It almost made me think after looking over the names in the old graveyard at Irving, Iowa, that so many had gone to the other world it seemed to us it was about time we would soon be nutabered among the "has beens" on this old earth. If you should ever make a trip to your boyhood play grounds there will come over your mind many thoughts that would never come to you on any other visit in your ,.• life. Try it once and see if I am not right. I came from Greenville, Ohio, to lowa with my parents in 1855. I was two years old when I arrived at Irwin. My father used to team and haul freight from Iowa City, thirty miles away. in those years. The'winters Very cold and many snow storms and blizzards oomnred on the ttien blealit prairies of this Igreat State of Iowa.' In a •few' ^years' the'railroad war completed to ^Mwfengo, IowKT- Then it wSs that all freight was hauled from Marengo, un til the C. &"n W. was built to Belle Plalne. Just east of Belle Plaine there is one of the deepest cuts through a large hill of any railroad crossing Iowa. It took about two years to finish this cut and it furnished a ready market for the farmers for mile# around for their grain, hay and feed, and all the pro duce and provisions the farmers had to sell at good prices. I saw the first school house I ever 'i attended, and the building is the same size now as then, having been kept well repaired all these years, and also saw the school house I attended and where I learned the old multiplication table of A Frazell—got it down pat, and it has been of valuable assistance to me ever since. It was at this same school I learned to spell. I was only a small slender, white headed boy of frail health at that time, for I hardly saw a well day until after I was thirteen years old. It was there that I used to help keep a large boy by the name of Sam I''. Kiler at the foot of the spelling class, ^J*xnuch to his displeasure, and he want '•--^ed to pulverize us into pulp but the .£ 'old teacher Mr. C. D. Fanton wouldn't allow him to hurt us. I met some of Pt"my 0 1 ]d school chums with whom I if used to play marbles and trade jack ", knives. They all have gray hair and .gray beards now, which reminds us that in thirty years there are many changes. Saw the old stream called 'Salt Creek where we used to get up at 4:00 a. m. and go fishing. Some fish g~_\'were caught that weighed ten and gj','twelve pounds—catfish, bass and pick- It was here I recollect the beginning |^f.,of the war of 1861 to 1865. There was great excitement and I well remember &s.'~tbe meetings for signing of recruits to £rVlfo to the front. At these meetings -there was generally a martial band and i^ rmost stirring tunes were played. Many men walked up and signed their names who never returned to their families. ..Some wanted to sign and goto war who had large families and were poor and stay«d to help take care of families whose husbands west to the front. I '3eooltect when my father's neighbor ^signed father wanted to go but mothei clung to him and talked him out of the v. the notion. There were eight little -^children in our home to care for and mother thought the responsibility too ^-great for her. I reeollect the pictures sent to father by his brother, Dr. J. M. Patty, pictures of great battles. One -v Mr. Kruson sent home some army blankets, and small pox broke out in the neighborhood and at onetime there were fifty cases and many deaths. The principal of our high school aud his '"wife died of small pox. Hers it was that I recollect the total 4:"Hecl]pse of the sun occurred. A lot of we i^Vboys had been to the creek about four m. swimming, and on our return ps .home ws noticed the chickens going to roost and it seemed night for some time, but the sun soon shown again, fffe There was a man in our town who said it was going to be the last dayj and it was to be the end of this old world. He put on a big whit* robe and retired t, 0'^n 1 and some bad boys peeked into tbe window and saw him get up and look out when the sun came out again. He lived for thirty-five years after that. In 18691 think we came to Carroll county. It was there I started the first dray the town ever had—one horse one. Left Carroll in 1871 we came to Audubon county, where it has been our home ever since. Many people lived in the north end of the county in what was oalled dug-outs at that time. There are now living in this county some who have seen those dug-outs. There was no railroad here and mail was brought up from Atlantic by stage, and there are many residents now living in this county whom I hauled up from Atlan tic on the hack. I was hack driver for nearly four years. Iu 1870 I think it was the Bock Island was built to Au dubon. THEO. PATTY. BOOSTERS Are We Boosting In The Right Direc tion Or Are We Neglecting Things We Ought Not. Are we, in our zsal for the better ment of the condition of our roads, forgetting the weekly Bocial and en joyable feature that we have had in Exira, for many years, which has been a pleasure to, not only the Exirs ites but to the country people for miles around and from our friends in our neighboring towns? The Exira Concert Band has been neglected. The one great organization ^bat has been the life of the town whenever they appeared in public for many years has become nearly extinct for the proper support and mainte nance. Its a little costly to keep an organization of its calibre on top of the wave of prosperity, 'tis true, but the method of doing so has been so light and easy on tbe contributors, admirers, a ad music lovers, that its concerts were a part of our life—our part of life that's worth the living— for the man that hath not music in his soul is certainly in a deplorable condition. The nucleus of the baud still in'existence are of the right qual ity to again build up tbe organization but as before remarked the men must have fiuancial assistance, with which to pay their rent, trim and keep burn ing their lamps, and above all pur chase music. The instrumants they have but they badly need boosting. HORSE KILLED Rural Route Driver Lost Horse On Trip. Fell On Bridge. Broke Leg. Necrosis Lamed Him Andrew Jensen lost a good horse for his business of Rural Rt. carrier last Monday in the following manner: On starting out on his trip he noticed the animal was more lame than usual in his fore leg, but as it did not appear serious he made the trip alright until within about three miles of town, when in driving over tbe Essington bridge the animal stumbled and fell as if be had been shot. On examination Mr. Jensen thot tbe leg was broken at the hock joint but to make eure be phoned for Dr. Weighton who went to the scene of the accident, made an ex amination and found the bone broken and tbe animal was soon put out of its misery. The injured member was detacbed at the knee joint and brot to town and the bide removed when it was seen that "Necrosis" of the bone had taken place only a thin shell of one side of the bone being sound, which being so thin was not able to withstand the sudden shook of the fall. The boDe bad been injured some time in tbe past in Bome manner and necrosis had steadily been going on. This is a severe loss to the owner. Don Hash Home Don Hash who has been doing service for your Uncle Samuel on one of hia battleships in the Atlan tic and Mediterranean for aeveral months, returned to hia bome here laat Friday. In tbe few abort months of biB adsence Don has developed into a tine physical model of man hood and the time will come we be lieve when he will wish he bad not severed his connection with tbe service. Resigned Position Owing to continued poor health, Miaa Mary Gill has been obliged to give up her position as book keeper in tbe E. D. Cotton store and Mr. Peter Jorgenaen of south of Kim ballton, who bas been at work in the Bank of Brayton ia working in her place. CEMEIERYflffiETING To All Concerned In The Welfare And Appearance Of Our Cemetery, In vited. Come Wednesday, May 17. On Wednesday, May 17. All day Picnic and Grand Rally by the peo ple and for the people interested in the Exira Cemetery. Every man, woman and child come. Men with lawn mowers, spades, rakes and wheelbarrows women with well filled baskets of substantial food, bacon, eggs, weinera, bread and butter, doughnuts, etc. Cook it by a camp fire and have what we all need a good old time reunion and hand shake with our work. We wonder what would be the result if we all cleaned one lot. Let aomegood man bring a mower for the vacant space. How nice it will be on Decoration Day if done now. Then let us carry it further' and plan for Decoration Day and make the heartB of tbe Boys in Blue glad. Men are to come in work clotbes women in Bunbonnets and aprons or sun hats. We will fine you if you come dressed up in fine clothes. If yon don't pay your fine we will pour water on your good clothes. Let us be more together and enjoy life for all too soon we too will rest on the hillside. If Wednesday is unfit turn out the following day. W. J. Lancelot, Editor W. H. Lancelot, Publisher ON TO ATLANTIC Next Monday and Tuesday They Will Be There~-The Bird Men That Navigate the Air. Take Day Off. See Them Atlantic, with her usual vim and oat-lay has secured the Moisant Aviation Company for Aerial display so that all may have the privilege of seeing for the first time in their lives this COMING MODE OF TRANSPORTATION. Fifty business men of Atlantic assures you a good time if you will come down. Let each branch road so invest the old town with excursions that everything eatable will be consumed. This Company was thinking of taking in Red Oak or Carroll but the boosters of Atlantic never falters when it comes to something good for the people and dollars will buy it. Autoists of Exira, fall iu line and send down over the River to River Road, the best turn out that ever went over the pike. Take your wife and children, your sweethearts and friends and make the parade one of grandeur by de corating your cars and waving your flags. Admission will be only 50 cts. to all, which entitles you to the lectures at which the biplane and monoplane will be explained. Close your business for the day, either Monday, May 15th or Tuesday, May 16th, and go to Atlantic. You will be welcome. BOOSTERS Purchased An Auto Mrs. 8. Spoo purchased a new five passenger E. M. F. touring car of Hans Hansen last week and now she can enjoy an evening's outing pleasantly after the arduous duties of the day. Hans Ingred Here Hans Ingved of Bayard was visi ting Monday with his sisters, Mrs. E. J. Hansen and Mrs. Alfred Miller as be was on his return from attend ing tbe funeral of his nephew, John Johnson's child at Gates, la., which took place a week ago. Going To Hot Springs George Fiebtemier, residing three miles south of town is a great suf ferer from rheumatism and is get ting ready to take a course of treat ment at the Arkansas or South Da kota Hot Springs. He hasn't made up hia mind fully to which place be will go. Runaway Team Last Monday Lars Petersen of southeast Audubon township while in town with his team and buggy was BO unfortunate as to let his horses get the advantage of him and run away. In their mad race they ran into Jas. A. Hick'a lot where they broke loose from the vebicle and were soon after halted. Tbe only damage sustained was to the buggy, the seat and circle both be ing broken. EXIKA, IOWA, THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1911. $1.00 PER YEAR OUR BOOSTERS _____ A Very Interesting Meeting Was Held Wednesday Night. A Goodly Number took Part. Booster Club met in regular session and was called to order by President Newlon, Minutes of previous meet ing were read and approved. By re quest Chair appointed a Committee to arrange for conveyances to escort the Dea«$^«i*es Commercial Club and Trade\-Special from our depot through town and return, on Tuesday May 16tb. The committee named for that purpose was Ed Delahoyde, Soren Madsen and Charles Kommes. There was also a Committee appoin ted to decorate the town on above date The committee is Ed Cotton, Dr. Jac obsen and L. J. Oldaker. It was also ordered that the executive committee of the Booster's Club take charge of the Decoration Services, and their re port will come next week. VAN Returned From Omaha After A Three Weeks Clinic. His Anatomy Is Still Intact. "Old Van" is home again and looks aud acts like be used to act years ago. Van has been a faithful employee of this office for many years. His de meanor at times would indicate that bis lease of life was short, but his re cuperative powers would come to his rescue and the first thing we knew the old man would be parting bis hair in the middle. But the latest episode is his coming back tbe way he did. Van was in Omaha going through a oritical examination for an internal trouble, and while the doctors disagree as to the cause of nis derangement we all agree that there must be a mushy ness about the heait for as soon as Mrs. 8 poo returned from Omaha wbere she went a few days ago for a new auto, here comes Van all spick and span with a boiled shirt on and a clean hand. 'Tie surprising to notice tbe change in so short a time. Of course, there may be no connection of these incidents but it looks appre hensive. Horses Frightened While coming to town last Satur day tbe horses which Miss Elda Wheeler was driving took fright at a passing auto and shied off into a ditch breaking the singletree. The occupants of the auto got out and mended the broken part with a strap which they found in the bug gy. Luckily no other damage was done. Returned Home Miss Mildred Hall returned from Lead, So. Dakota, Sundayjafter an absence of several months visiting with her aunt, Mrs, Belle Grace Miss Hall's health bas improved greatly in the higher altitude of that state. She expects to return there next winter. WEDDING ANNIVERSARY The Mingling Of Old Friends On The Second Wedding Anniversary Was A Delightful Affair. Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Johnson of Greeley township were host and hos tess last Sunday to the following Exira citizens: Mr. and Mrs. Geo Milliman, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Milliman, Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Christensen, Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Petersen, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. McAninoh and Messrs J. B. J. Lobner, Nels C. Johnson# Chas. Baker, John Van de Brake and their best girls. The day was spent in various amusements suitable and appropriate on such occasions. A fine dinner was served, prepared by the hostess, to which all did ample justice. OUR HOME MERCHANTS If They Keep The Goods You Want, Patronize Them In Prefer ence To Any Other. A full line of well kept retail stores is a great public convenience. it enables our home people to make purchases and take the goods home the same day. It enables them to take their own time for the inspection of the goods when they are not cut short by the hurry of a trip to Bome distant city. Gail Hamilton, a well known writer of some years ago wrote a book called, "Twelve Miles From a Lemon." It waB a humorist description of tbe in conveniences one encounters In living in a place where the conveniences of retail business are not good. People think of those things when picking out a residence town, and tbe bate to locate in a place lacking good stores juat as they dislike to go to a place lacking good water, and lights and streets and sewers. RETIRED AND RETURNED Ben Jensen And Wife After Forty Years On Farm Here Retire And Return to Denmark Mr. and Mrs. Ben Jensen left last Monday for Denmark, with the inten tion of making that country their future bome. They have been resi dents of Audubon County for about forty years and during that time by steady application have amassed a competence more than sufficient to maintain them in affluence if not lux ury. Tney have made two or three visits to the land of their nativity and at last decided to return there for good. Mr. and Mrs. Jensen have made many lasting friendships during their long residence here, which death alone can erase. 1 We wish them long life and a pros perous voyage. Elmhurst Improvement W. W. Crissman of the west epd of South Street residing in tbe Elm burst division baa commenced the good work of improving the value of bis property and adding to its beauty by having a regulation four foot cement Bidewalk laid along the side of his one acre lot where it borders on the street. Mr. Crisman is to be congratulated on his enterprise. Now it remains for the other property holders to con tinue the good work on east to the bridge on Cartbrge street where the walk la already completed on Into the business part of town. m. E. Church Notes Sabbath School at 10 a. m. Preaching at 11 and 7:30 every Sabbath. A cordial invitation to all. Epworth League 7:00 p. m. Prayer meeting Thursday eve. tiabbath morning Old peoples meeting. A special service for our Fathers and Mothers. To this meet ing all are cordially invited. Sabbath evening. Our Epworth League Anniversary will occupy the hours for both League and Preaching. See Program. Let this be a Peu.tecost. Hoffman Pictures Rev. S. M. Smith has at quite an expense succeeded in renting re productions of theae world famed paintings which will be presented foe tbe first time in Exira, Sunday evening May 13th. The paintings are repreBentstions of the Life of Christ and are well worth seeing as well as listening to the sermon that will accompany them. Everyone should make its point to attend. THE DOG AND THE BONE Atlantic Not Thankful For River To River Road. Want White Pole Road. Shows Teeth For Past Favors. Shame! For many years Exira has patron ized quite liberally everything that Atlantic brought to her town. But the unfriendly spirit exhibited to ward Exira in aiding, in every pos sible way and manner, the estab lishment of what they call tbe White Pole Road which is being establish ed from Dee Moines to Atlantic by a few promoters, and in antago nism to the finest road in the world viz the soul inspiring and gliding River to River Road which comes through Des Moines, Guthrie Cen ter and Exira to Atlantic is to say the least to be regretted. It is not enough tor our fair sister city to en joy mnny privileges that seem im possible to the Bmaller towns. But when it comes to tearing down such enthusiaem and tearing up such roads that we have spent a small fortune on to create and build and all tbe time having a feeling that our outlay would in some way be reciprocated by Atlantic and now to learn that "The White Pole Road growB in favor daily and good work ia being done now to put it in con dition its entire, length"—Atlantic News, May 9th—is like the dog with the bone and intimates to. Exira that all we have done Is as nothing. The source of retaliation in to change the map of the RIvor to Riv er Road from Exira weBt to ElkTCorn and down tbe beautifal Nisbnu Val ley to Walnut and again intersect the River to River Road. This will save the travelers from twelve to fifteen miles and will pasB through one of the richest tracts of the corn belt. Walnut would spend her mon ey freely to smooth up the few bad spots. Elk Horn would outdo her self in improving any bad places that may be. Last but not least the seventeen railroad crossings that lay on the the White Pole Road Des Moinea and Atlantic will be missed entire ly and the River to River Road will still be the same old safe way to travel. •, 1 Christian Church Note Sunday School at 10 a. m. .• Preaching at 11 a. m. and pTm Junior Eadeavor at 2 p. m. Senior Endeavor at 6:30 p.tii. Have you visited our services? You will not only- hear the gospel but see it. We are now in the'tafidst of the second series of Sermons in PictureB. Sunday night a full house had a spiritual treat and uplift by a visit to the Holy Land.'Next Sunday night we have a great treat in store for all who come. "The Life of our Saviour in Picture." For several months I have tried to get this Bet but BO great has been tbe demand I have had to wait until my tnrn. My turn and yours has come. Dont fail to grasp it. Service at 8 P.M. The Ladies Missionary Society was entertained by Mrs. C. Milli man and had a very enjoyable time. SPECIAL MOTHERS SERVICE at 11 A M. Subject "Mother, God's Greatest Gift" Audubon Township Church Illustrated address on tbe Life of Ctirist Friday evening May 12th. Program Following is the Epworth League Anniversary Program, to be given at the M. E. Church, Sunday evening, May 14th: Song, "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name." Lords Prayer Song, "Zion Stands With Hills Sur rounded," No. 768 Prayer, by Rev. O'Fling Scripture Lesson, 48th Psalm Special Music "The Object of the League," Mr. Harned "The Benefit of the League to Our Young People," Mr. Harper Song, No. 149 "The League Pledge'' Mrs. Hadden "The Future Outlook" Miss Harper "Look Up and Lift Up," Mrs. Bu chanan Song, No. 387 v^' Volunteer Prayers "The Relation of the League to Mis sions" Delia Hicks "The Value of a Religious Paper in the Home," Miss Langwith "How to Magnify our Office," Mr, Nancwrow Special Music Song, "Entire Consecration, No. 10." ConsecrationService.