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3v I 7. 42ND TEAK. OREGON, MISSOURI, FRIDAY, MARCH 15. 1907. NUMBER 44 I ? i ' ' -J, ill feretali that Spring isding nlgh.ffiS GOOD ROADS BILL PASSED. Much Work Has Been Done the Fast Week by the Legislature Many Bills Passed Probable Adjournment Next Week. The bouse became a good roads' con vention for a day or two last week, and after Bome discussion, passed tbe good roads bills, which bad passed the senate. These bills were drawn by the joint committee of the senate and house, with the assistance of the committee ap pointed by the st.ite good roads conven tion. The tirst bill creates the office of county highway engineer in the differ ent counties of the state, to be appoint ed by the county courts the county surveyor is made eligible. He shall de vote hiB entire time to the office. The second creates the office of state high way engineer, to be appointed by the governor. This bill had a close call, but was finally passed. The third bill pro vides for thu appointment of overseers J by the county court in February of next ' year and each year thereafter. The overbeera shall receive not less than 82 nor more than. S3 per day for Hctual time. A poll tax of not less than 2 nor more than 34 is levied on each able bodied men between 25 and 50 years of age, which amount be can work out or pay in cash at his option. The other creates a "general state road fund" in the state treasury into which all st;ite taxes collected for road purposes shall be paid. The house appropriated 8500, 000 for this fund as a starter. The $475,000 paid by the federal government in the form of war claims, has been placed to i he credit of the state road fund to be divided equally among the 114 counties. This will give Holt county approximately about 31,000. The sen ate must yet have a chance at the bill, and it is thought it will pass that body. The pure food bill has now passed both the house and senate, and will likely be signed by the governor. In its present form, the bill conforms as nearly as possible to the national pure food law. The senate committee on education haB recommended the passage of a bill which is likely to stir up a hornet's nest. It requires the Bible to be read in alt public school. The bill in full says: "A portion of the Bible shall be read daily in the public schools supported wholly or in part by public money or under state control, without written note or oral comment; but a pupil, whose parent or guardian informs the teacher in writing that he has conscien tious scruples against it, shall not be re quired to read from any particular ver sion, or take an' personal part in the reading." The total number of bills introduced in the bouse and senate reached 1428. The house killed the bill proyiding to abolish convict labor in the manufac ture of articles which compete with the products of free labor. The State Fed eration of Labor has been trying for years to abolish contract labor at the !'!''' fit 4V " Missouri penitentiary. By a bill passed by the senate, cities will have power to control the prices to be charged for services by the public service corporations for the services ren dered by them. It will likely pass the house. "The seoate has passed a bill to double the stat" license on dramshops. It sim ply changes the law so as to provide that each saloon shall pay $100 every six months to the state ' instead of $50 every six months. The bill has not yet passed the house, but will likely do so. By a strict party vote the senate has passed the bill to select the candidates for United StateB senator at the time of the regular election. This bill has been known as the "gum shoe" bill, probably for two reasons. One is that it is said to be intended to bring out the entire Democratic vote of the state two years hence; Src nd, it is supposed to be legis lation strictly in the interest of Senator W. J. Stone. The primary election bill has also passed ibe house. It provides for the nomination of all candidates for state, congressional and county offices at a general primary election to bo held in August. The anti-lobby bill has passed the senate, but must go to the house for concurreuce on account of amendments. Tho bill does not affect the present lobby as it does not go into effect for 90 days after adjournment. In the senate, tho McAllister bill, re quiring clubs to take out dramshop li cense and to close their bars on Sunday, passed by a vote of 19 to 9. The senate passed the bill 'submitting a constitutional amendment providing for bonds to build the state capitol. 'In retaliation for adverse legislation, culminating in the passage of a two cent a mile passenger fare bill, passed last, week by the Nebraska legislature, and which went into effect upon its passage, all the railroads of that state have issued circulars absolutely abol ishing all classes of reduced fares. The circular says: Agents must not honor clergy permits, reduced rate orders or instructions for rates for disabled volunteer soldiers, orders for charitable rates, or any other form of a reduced rate order, whether for a state or interstate journey, in any portion of Nebraska. The Missouri lines, we believe, are making, the necessary arrangements to fight the Missouri two-cent fare law re cently passed by our legislature in our courts. We are of the opinion that the step3 taken by the Nebraska lines will be the winning card in the end. The surest way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce its provisions to the very let ter and spirit. The Wamsley game law is still on the senate calendar, and has been so fright fully mangled by the senate that when it gets back to the house, it will hardly be recognizable. It being so near the day of adjournment that the house will not likely have time to do anything with it. In that event the present will stand, which is hoped for by the honest sportsman. ill FOR FOUR-SCORE YEARS. George Meyer Celebrated His Eightieth Birthday March 5th, at the Old Home stead. A Family Reunion Was Had, and All the Members of the Family Now Living Were Present, and An Enjoyable Time Was Had. The subject of this sketch was born in Baden, Germany. 80 years ago on the 5th of this month. In 1834, hiB father moved his family to Wayne county, Ohio, when George Meyer was just seveu ears of age. Ten years later his father moved to Holt county, Missouri, and settled on a farm now owned by Daniel Burrier. Two yeisrs after com ing to Holt county, his father died, leav ing George Meyer in charge of the farm his three older brothers were working for themselves. With what money was left by the father, a hewed log house, a story and a half high was erected, and with the assistance of his younger brothers, tho farm during the next three years was cleared t-o that one hundred and twenty acrrs could be cultivated. In 1819 he was seized with the gold fever, fnd in company wiih his brother, Andrew, and Judge Mclntyre, they made a trip overland to California. They equipped themselves with ox teams, suddie hoise and provisions, and leaying on the first day of May, 1849, arrived in Ilangtown, Calif., August 13th, of the same year a distance of about two thousand miles in three months and thirteen days. This was the first wagon to cross the Missouri river, and the crossing was made at Iowa Point, by digging the banks down on both sides in order to approach and leave on the flat boat. All the other streams in this western journey were either forded or crossed by means of rude boats. After arriving at their des tination, Charlie, the saddle horse.wbich had seen ser-ice with Andrew Meyer in the Mexican war, was disposed of for 850. Hangtown was lorated wjtbin about 10 miles of where gold waa first discovered, at the old Sutter mill, and GEORGE here Mr. Meyer CHSt his vote in the elec tion held for the Constitution of Cali fornia. Two features of that constitu tion appealed to him that of money and slavery, and he voted for hard money, thus thinking to do away with the old shin plasters which often became worthless on account of the failure of the institution that issued them and that California should be admitted into the Union as a free state After digging gold in the various camps of California, they started for home, about 13 months after arriving there by sea, on a boat to the Isthmus of Panama, which was crossed on foot and by canoeB down the Shagaris river to the Gulf of Mexico, where they em barked on boat again bound for New York. After arriving at New York.ihey proceeded to Philadelphia, where they took their gold dust, amounting to about 45 pounds, to the United States Mint, had it weighed and a certificate issued therefor, amounting to $9,000. From there they made their way home ward by railway to the foot of the Alle gheny Mountains, thence to Pittsburg by stage, thence to Cincinnati by boat, and thence to St. Louis by boat again. From St. Louis they rode to St. BKV, , Joseph on horses, arriving in the latter part of October, 1850, making a distance traveled in their homeward j urney of about 7.500 miles in a little more than a month. After arriving at their home from their long journey, George Mej er pur chased a farm on which he has lived to 'he present time a period of 57 years On Apr.l 4h, 1851, he was married to iary Aon KunKnl. daughter of Jacob Kunkel. The childreu of this worthy irouple were William, Jacob, Julia, George Frances, Daniel and Peter, and an unnamed daughter born June 30. 185-. all d-ceasid, and Alice, Fannie, Solomon, Ida and Ada, still living Jacob Meyer married Carrie Blum, and thi- children who survived him are Julia, Minnie and Nellie Meyer, the hitter two of whom reside with their mother near Lander, Wyo. Julia Meyer was mar n-d in November last, to W. E Hardin. young m in, ei.gag-d in the practice of taw in Lander. Wyo. Alice Mever was married to Henrv Kunz, who died Jan uary 23rd. 1892. leaving surviving, his widow and two children, Lillian and George Kunz. Lillian Kunz was mar ried in June, 1905, to Harry Hasness, a promising youog business man in this city. George Kunz s now taking a course in law in the University of Mis souri at Columbia. Solomon married Elizabeth Rathburn, and their surviv ing children are Ruth, Alice, Carol, Helen and Agnes. Ida married William Rankin, their union being blessed with the birth of Meyer W. Rankiu. Ada was married to Rev. John Gregory, now engaged in the ministry at Grand Island, Neb. They have one child, Benjamin M. Gregory. Miss Fanuie Meyer spent about five years in West China as a missionary, and as a mouu ment to her work there she established and superintended the building of a school for girls. This school is known as the Holt County School of We-t Ch'na. As far as can be learned. Mi Meyer is the only man who supported his own daughter in a foreign land as a missionary. George Meyer's vocation was natural ly that of a farmer, which he pursued with a great deal of energy until about 10 years ago. For a period of 45 years he stacked his own grain. Besides rais ing grain and fruit, he raised, bought MEYER. and 6old hogs and cattle. In 1845 he helped garner the grain first grown in Kansas and Nebraska at the old Ne maha Reservation. The wheat was cradled on the Sac Indian Reservation by five men, and the wheat bound by Mr. Meyer was raked into bunches by a Sac Indian. Iu 1847, Andrew Burrier, John Greene and George Meyer, on the old Burrier farm, reaped with the old fashioned reap hook, bound and shocked 100 shocks of wheat in one day, that being considered the most wheat cut, bound and shocked by that method in this pection of the country in one day. Until a few years ago, he was a hard worker and had great endurance. Through his integrity, good judgment and close application to his chosen vo cation, he has acquired a competency in money ad property for the support of himself and family during his declining days. Mr. Meyer has always taken a lively mterest in both private and public af fairs. About 35 years ago before the railroad was built from Omaha to St. Joseph, prizes were offered for the finest exhibits at the St. Joseph fair that year. At that time the fair was quite an event for the farmers many miles distant, and was the means of bringing together the best produce from eevera adjoining counties That year the dis play was arranged by Mr. Meyer, he hauling his own exhibit to the city in a farm wagon. Out of 300 varieties of apples selected by him for the exhibit, 100 were selected that had grown on trees that he had planted himself when he first started his farm life. When premiums were warded, he received 8200 for the best display of fruit; 85.00 for the largest apple; 85.00 for the best country cured ham, and S20 00 for the best three-year old 'filley. Andrew, Platte and Buchanan counties were against him. first separately and then collectively, for the honors, but he won over them all. He held no office of public trust, ex cept that of school director in the dis trict in which he lived, which was held by him for years. He always took a lively interest in politics, and cast his first vote for Lewis Cass for President in 1848. After the Republican party was organized he supported that, but in the Presidential election of 18G0 while an ardent supporter of Lincoln, he voted for DouglaBS, thinking that by so doing Dougiass would carry Missouri over Bell, who was a close rival, and thus by defeating Bell in Missouri, both candi dates would be defeated, and Lincoln elected There were four candidates in the field for President that year, but Breckenridge was not considered in the race. He has voted at every Presiden tial and Gubernatorial election since 1848. Since coming here in 1844 he has been a close observer of the growth of bis adopted state, and haB seen Missouri emerge from the war cloud, until now she stands as number five in the sister hood of states. Holt county during this period has grown from 400 or 500 people to 17,000 or 18,000 inhabitants. The present town of Oregon iu 1844 had but three small stores. He has witnessed the covering of the United States with a net work of railroads, and the journey he took to California during the gold excitement, which occupied three months and a half of travel by an ox team, can now be made in three days and a half by the modern locomotive. Although he has traveled quite exten sively over the United States for recrea tion and in attending the various stock markets, he has been an inveterate reader, spending his leisure hours at home in that vocation. He has mas tered the English and German lang uages, speaking both fluently. He is conversant with the history of Europe and America and keeps ported on the current event?. He has met personally many of the public men of this section of the country during the past 50 years, and knows the biography of many men of national prominence since the time of Washington. For the past 54 years he has been an untiring worker in the M. E church and the promulgation of its principals. On April 4th, 1901, Mr. and Mrs. Meyer celebrated their golden wedding, when his old time friends preseoted him witn a gold headed cane, bearing the initials of his name, and the date of his marriage and the 50th anniversary thereof. Of this cane Mr. Meyer is very proud On March 5th, this year, Mr. Meyer celebrated his 80th birthday at the old homestead by having a family reunion. All membersof his family now living were present; all the grand children, ex cept the above mentioned living in Wy oming, and George Kuuz, in at tendance at the State University, and there was one great-grandchild present, Miss Alice Elizabeth Hasness, the bright, sprightly maiden of about 10 months of Harry and Lillian Hasness, of this city. Tho names of those present on this joyful occasion were his wife, Mary A Meyer, and his children as fohows: Mrs. Alice Kunz, Miss Fannie E. Meyer, Solomon Meyer and his wife, Elizabeth; Ida Rankin and husband, William; and Ada Gregory. The grand-children present were Lillian Hasness and her husband, Harry; Ruth, Alice, Carol, Helen and Agnes Meyer; Meyer W. Rankin and Benjamin M. Gregory. After partaking of a bounti ful repast, a jovial good time was had, relating past events, singing songs and communing with one another. Mr. Meyer gave the remaining members of his own family a small nugget of gold that he mined with his own hands in his eventful journey to the gold fields of California in 1849. These presents are highly prized on account of the donor and the manner in which they were obtained by him. Each of the three grand-children, daughters of Jacob S. Meyer, mentioned above as residing in Wyoming, receied a gold nugget. D. W. Carder.of St. Joseph, a former renident of Oregon, wes in town for a day, last week.called by the serious sick ness of his siter-in-law, Mrs. Margaret Carder, who is still in a very critical condition. He was accompanied by his brother, P. M. Carder. THE SILENT apbh COLEMAN. Friday, March 8, 1907, at noon, Mrs. Rebecca Foster Coleman fell asleep in Jesus. She was born in Morrow cnuoty.Ohio, March 7, 1846, and was at the time of her death 61 years and two dtys old. She came to Oregon, Mo., when 15 years of age. She was married to Robert L. Cole man, September 23, 1869. Of this union seven children were born, two sons and five daughters Two sons and two daughters have preceded her, also her husband who died Mav 30, 1900. She professed faith in Christ during a revival held by Rev. Lincoln McConnell, and uniited with the Presbyterian church under Rev H A. Sawyers, D. D., and remained faithful to the end, living a consistent Christian life. She "fell asleep" in an atmosphere of prayer A few minutes before her death, she called in her pastor and prayer was made at her bedside. She expressed a willingness to "depart and be with the Lord." Surrounded by her daughters she quickly passed to her reward. Besides the three daughters who were at her bedside when tho call came, she is survived by three brothers." several nephews and one niece and a host of friends to mourn her loss. The funeral was held at her late resi dence by her pastor, Rev. James M. Walton, in the presence of a host of friends and neighbors. Her remains were laid to rest in Maple Grove ceme tery. She was a quiet motherly woman, and all the graces of a true mother shone in her character, more-valuable than the costliest jewel is the ornament of a gentle motherly character. Mrs Coleman leaves to her bereaved daughters, a rich heritage of a sweet and noble life filled with good deeds. Like music that lingers in the soul after the chords cease to vibrate. Like the fragrance of flowers floating upon the quiet air of a summer evening. These memories will linger to bless' long after the "earth to earth,. dust to dust and ashes to ashes" have become a renlity. The knowledge of her. good life will be a comfort and a stay while we await the coming of our Lord. W. BOYD. Henry Boyd, one of Holt county's best citizens, died at his residence in Forest City, March 8, 1907, at the age of 66 yeas, six months and' one day. Mr. Boyd was born in West Moreland county, Pennsylvania, September 7, 1840. He moved' with his parents to Monroe county. Ohio, in 1852.' When the war broke out in 1861," he enlisted in the 2d W. Va: cavalry, and ;servd two years, being honorably discharged for disabili ties. ' ' In 1871 he came' west to Lexington, Ills.- With his. family he moved just south of Oregon- in 1891, where he re sided until 1900; since that date he re sided in Forest,City;where he contracted his last iliiness. For seven weeks before bis death he suffered greatly with Btomach and heart' troubles, not being able to lie down. At the end he passed away quietly expressing his resignation to the change to friends gathered around him. In addition to his wife and children one sister survives him, Mrs. David Mc Hugh, or Maitland, Mo., who has been an invalid for years, suffering greatly with rheumatism. One brother, now dead, was a distinguished Presbyterian minister. In 1875 he was united in marriage to Mies Jennie E. McCormack. To this union 10 children were born. Stella died at the age of four in 1879, Loraine at the age of 19, at the home in Oregon. The following children survive: John S., Edward D., Thomas S., Olive MM Margaret L., William L., Mable A. and Edith M. Together with the bereaved mother they mourn the loss of a loving father and husband. The funeral was held at his late resi dence Saturday, March 9th, at 1 p. m. Rev. James M. Walton, of Oregon, con ducted the services, assisted by Rev. Godbey, of Forest City. A large com pany of friends were present. After the services the remains were laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery at Oregon. Thus the county loses a good citizen and a brave soldier, and the family a dear father and husband. W. CARD OF THANKS. We desire to express our thanks to the many kind friends and neighbors who came to our assistance in the illness and death of our husband and father and also for the many beautiful floral tributes. Mks. Jennie E. Boyd and Family. James Hibbard and wife, of Kaycee, Wyo , who have been here on a visit for several weeks, left Thursday of this week for their Western home. They are a fine looking pair, and if they do not prosper and replenish the earth, there is nothing in looks.