Clippings from Davenport , Iowa newspapers, 1901 –
Pasted into an old copy of A History of England, [by]
Miss Martha M. Porter, 133 Fulton Ave., Davenport, Iowa
April 15, 1903 [Inscription on flyleaf of “scrapbook”]

Submitted and transcribed by: Mary Jane Anderson




Republican Caucas [sic] Last Friday Evening Honored Popular Young Davenport Divine With Nomination for Mayor—Was Result of Joking Ultimatum Which He Delivered to Citizens Some Little Time Ago 

A minister for mayor is what threatens Centerville today, and Centerville is not in the least alarmed, for the minister is Rev. Mott R. Sawyers, the popular and eloquent young pastor of the Second Presbyterian church in this city.  At the Republican nominating convention held in Centerville on last Friday evening he was placed in nomination for the highest office in the gift of the city, and was successful on the third ballot taken, having a substantial lead over the other candidates throughout the balloting, but, not securing the required majority until the third ballot, when the name of one the other candidates was withdrawn from the race.  Very few of the people who sat in the pews of the Second Presbyterian church Sunday and listend to his excellent sermons realized the young pastor was just home from Centerville where he had been “attending to his fences” if the expression may be permitted.  But he had.  He only told the good news to his most intimate friends and it did not become a matter of general news about town at any time, it being rather the desire of Rev. Sawyers that the matter be kept as quiet as possible.

The nomination all started in a joke.  The people of Centerville are good judges of good preaching.  They have heard Dr. Sawyers many times.  In fact, his parents live there, and he at one time was the pastor of their church.  Since he has come to this city to accept the pastorate of the Second Presbyterian church they have been insistent with their entreaties for him to return.  One day he jokingly told a number of the church officers:  “You’ll have to elect me mayor before I return to you.”  They took him at his word and now that he is nominated he announces his intention of doing the square thing and staying in the race until the finish.  Centerville is a hustling city of 10,000 inhabitants, and while it is quite strongly Republican a very popular Democrat has held the office for the past three years.  Rev. Sawyers will have a good race on his hands, but with his genial good following and universal popularity his friends can forsee for him nothing but a brilliant success.  He will not, for the present at least, resign the pastorate of the church here.  The Centerville Daily Citizen has the following account of the matter.   

How it Happened 

The convention hall was filled with spectators an all were very much interested in the proceedings.  Mr. Sawyers’ nomination for mayor was received with cheers of applause, which was as much as to say we will take our coats off and go to the polls and elect him.

The Citizen editor met with Mr. Sawyers Saturday morning and in congratulating him over his nomination asked him if he had any statement to make to the voters of the city.  He replied:

                “I am preparing an address to the voters of the city which will be published in a few days, and will set forth my position on the questions now before the people.  I will, however, say this:  I have been confident from the beginning that the nomination would come to me.  My reason for this confidence has been tin the fact that the movement for me has been an act of the people rather than politicians.  I believed all along that the popular demand for the principles for which I stand was so strong that it would sweep aside any objections that might be raised by political managers.  I believe now that this same sentiment will manifest itself at the polls.  The people at large believe that this is the best chance the city ever had to grow and prosper and they desire to assist that prosperity as far as they can by a business city administration.

                “The only objection that I have heard as being urged against me is that I will be radical along some lines to the exclusion of others.  This objection is groundless and is scouted by those who know me best.  My aim if elected shall be to build up the commercial and industrial interests of Centerville.  My platform was stated in detail in an address delivered before there was any thought of my being a candidate.  I still hold to the ideas there.

 Eloquent Pastor Who Ran for Mayor made Strongest Fight in History of the City 

            Rev. Mott E. Sawyers, pastor of the Second Presbyterian church of Davenport, who ran for mayor of Centerville, Iowa, was defeated by only eight votes.  This intelligence came in a special telegram to The Times from that city this morning.  The winning candidate, Sanders, ran on the Citizens’ ticket, which is practically a Democratic ticket in Centerville.  Rev. Sawyers was the Republican candidate and it is said that it was the hardest fight ever held in Centerville.  The Times special is as follows:

            Centerville, Ia., March 31.—The hottest election contest in the history of the city took place yesterday.  Sanders of the Citizens’ ticket was elected over Sawyers, Republican, by eight votes., the balance of the ticket being divided.  Twelve hundred and sixty votes were cast.

            Mr. Sawyers is in Centerville, where he has been conducting his campaign.  The question up before the people was whether they wanted a reform administration or not.  They evidently did not and will go in the way which they have been going.  Rev. Sawyers has been pastor of the Second Presbyterian church since last summer.  His home, however, has always been at Centerville.  He has many friends in that place and has always been an ardent Republican and in favor of cleanliness in local politics.  He has favored a strict adherence to the laws.  His interest in politics in his native city has always been strong.  Recently, when there, in speaking of the political situation and efforts for a cleaner city, he said, half jestingly, “If you want a reform administration, elect me mayor.”  His friends at the next convention nominated him and he was forced to accept.

            The people of Davenport generally and the members of the Second Presbyterian church especially, while they would have hailed with pride, the honor to their pastor, will be pleased to know that it will not be necessary for him to leave them.  In case of his election, he would have been obliged to go to Centerville to live.  He has been one of the most popular pastors that has ever filled the pulpit of the Second Presbyterian church.  Having an excellent education, he is a born orator and a speker possessing much [?] and energy.

 Members of the Second Presbyterian Church Hold Their Annual Meeting 

            Rev. Mott R. Sawyers, pastor of the Second Presbyterian church, will in all probability remain in Davenport and not go back to Centerville and contest the election there in which he was a candidate for mayor.  Rev. Sawyers stated that he would remain in Davenport if the selection of the officers of the church was unanimous.  At the second annual church meeting held Thursday evening the election took place and was unanimous, so Mr. Sawyers will in all probability remain in the city.

            The meeting was the largest one that has been held for some time and a great deal of interest was taken in it.  The capacity of the parlors was taxed.  The reports of the different societies of the church were read and approved.  Then the congregation as a whole decided to increase the elders of the church from four to six and this was accordingly done.  They also decided to add one more member to the board of trustees.  All the elections that took place at Thursday evening’s meeting were unanimous on the motion of the pastor, Rev. Sawyers.  The following elections took place last evening:

Elders—Andrew Jack, J.W. Ferris; and J.A. Miller,
Trustees—James Porter and E.J.G. Peterson.
Organist—Miss Rebecca M. Taylor
Assistant Organist—Miss Rena Davis
Ushers—Clarence Hammond, Robert Moffett. Ralph Bean, and Alan Hammond

            The societies of the church elect their own officers.  After the meeting lunch was served.


The Contest 

            Rev. Mott R. Sawyers who succeeded Rev. D. Wiley at the Second Presbyterian Church came from Centerville, Ia.  The people of that place tried hard to make him stay but to no avail. When he left them he told them that if they would make him their next mayor, he would return.  The election took place and Mr. Sawyers was defeated by only eight votes.  His opponent was a lawyer by the name of Sanders.  The committee on the election was indignant over the outcome and refused to let it stand as it was, stating that there was illegal voting. 

            Rev. Sawyers himself says:

            “The opposing party went to the jail and brought the inmates to the polls and had them vote.  There were also people from out of the state who voted, and this is against the law.  There is absolutely no doubt that I won the election, and if I were to contest it I would be made mayor.



The Death of Miss Hattie P. Dalzell Leaves Many to Mourn—Mrs. Harvey Leonard, Who Came Here in 1836, Dies of Old Age 

            The death of Miss Hattie P. Dalzell, which was briefly announced in the Sunday Morning Democrat, was a sad surprise to a great number of people of this city. It was not known that she was ill, and none but her family were aware that she had gone to the hospital, Hadial Heights, to prepare for and undergo a surgical operation. She was one of the women of this city who had compassed herself about with a great multitude of friends, to whom she was dear because to them she had been helpful, and the sudden and unexpected news that she was gone from then was a painful shock.

            For years Miss Dalzell had been a sufferer, never possessing robust health, but always on her feet and at her work, much of which she insisted upon making hers because she saw that it needed to be done. A year ago she was advised that the offices of a competent surgeon could do much to improve her condition, and would probably avert a life of painful invalidism.  She had a dread of becoming helpless and unable to attend to her round of duty. It was her whole nature to be at work for others, and so, rather than drift into a state of chronic helplessness and suffering, she determined to undergo the operation.  It was performed a week ago today.  It was highly successful, and for several days after it her condition was in the highest degree encouraging.  Friday night of last week, the last night of her life, she slept more soundly than usual, and all seemed to be going well, but when she awoke in the morning she was filled with a sense of approaching death, and asked for the attendance of her family.  They came at once. She rallied later, but again declined, at 11:45 Saturday night she died.  Her brother Edgar reached the city in time to barely see her alive, and close her eyes.

            Harriet Parry Dalzell was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Dalzell, and was born in this city May 3, 1853.  Since the death of her father 16 years ago she was, it is fair to say, the active head and front of the family, her native gift of leadership making her the main stay of the household.  From her infancy Davenport has been her home, though she has traveled often and widely in visiting other parts of the country.  She took the full course of the Davenport city schools, and graduated from the High school in the class of 1871—the first class graduated there under Prof. J. B. Young.  She took the training school course, and 25 years ago began her life work in the schools of this city as a teacher.  She rounded out her 25th year of this labor with the close of school last spring.  She began this work in No.2, and was transferred from it, about fifteen years ago, to No.1, being in charge of the infant room at the time of her death, and all her time there being in the lower rooms, where she had her work among the smaller children. She naturally liked little people, and as years went on, grew still fonder of them. She had the gift of getting out of them all there was in them, of leading instead of driving them, and of giving them a strong interest in and love for their studies. She was one of the strongest teachers in the city schools in this respect. 

            In her early life Miss Dalzell became a church member, and for the past 20 years has been one of the foremost members of the Second Presbyterian church of this city; one of the pillars in very fact; always interested and energetic in its work, in spite of her ill health, and one of its chief promoters. Her qualities of leadership were as strongly displayed here as in the schoolroom.  She was a power in the Sunday school. She had the infant class there for years, and it numbered from 40 to 50 little people, every one of them her devoted friend and admirer. She was among the actives in the work of the Christian Endeavor Society, both the junior and the senior. She was a prominent member of Circle No.1 of the King’s Daughters, and of the Lend-a-Hand club, and was always helpful to them both. It seemed to make no difference with her that she was physically unable to respond to all the many calls these organizations made upon her strength, she made a response notwithstanding. Her conception of duty, in its highest form and sense, was exceedingly fine and noble.

            Aside from her manifold activities, all of which, of necessity brought her in contact with many people, and endeared her to them all, she was, in her own self, a woman of most lovable traits. She made friends wherever she touched people, and she held them. In her departure from the busy life in which she placed herself she has left sad vacancies, some of which may be filled, but never so as to exclude the sense of loss in her death. There are some places thus opened that will never be filled. Miss Dalzell leaves her mother, Mrs. Hannah P. Dalzell; a sister, Miss Annie Dalzell, and a brother, Edgar Dalzell, at home, at the family residence in this city, and another brother, Dr. Henry M. Dalzell, of Muscatine, with other relatives more distant, resident in Davenport.

            The funeral has been arranged for 10 o’clock tomorrow morning, at the home, 1003 East Thirteenth street. The pallbearers will be members of the Christian Endeavor societies of the Second Presbyterian church. The Sunday school of that church will attend in a body, and the services will be conducted by Rev. John McArthur, the pastor. The sense of loss that pervades this congregation is very great, and is personal with every member of it. So great was the feeling that the regular services Sunday were oppressed with unwonted gloom, and almost interrupted.

 [hand dated Nov. 20, 1901]

A pre-nuptial party was given last night by Will Noth at his home, Fourteenth street and Arlington avenue, in honor of Miss Margaret Lumsden and Stanley Foutz of Baltimore, Md., whose marriage takes place tomorrow. The evening was spent at cinch, and afterwards supper was served. There were 16 young people present.

            The marriage of Miss Margaret E. Lumsden of 1411 Fulton avenue to Hon. Stanley Foutz of Baltimore, Md., will take place at high noon tomorrow at the bride’s home. The wedding will be a quiet home affair and will be witnessed only by the immediate relatives and a few friends. Following the ceremony, the bridal couple will leave for Baltimore, where they will reside. Miss Lumsden has formerly been employed at Pertersen’s and is a popular young lady. Mr. Foutz is an attorney of Baltimore, and was recently elected to the legislature. He was the only Republican candidate elected to a seat in the legislature at the recent election, and he has an excellent reputation for ability.­­­­­­­­­­­­­




 Sad Calvacade Wends Its Way to the Yocum Homestead in Liberty Township 

            The remains of Isaiah C. Yocum and his son Carey in the big fire in Chicago yesterday morning arrived in Davenport this morning at 3 o’clock over the Rock Island road and were later taken to the family home, half a mile east of the Summit church to Lincoln township. They will remain there until Sunday morning when they will be interred at the Summit cemetery.

            The remains were accompanied to Davenport by Chas. Yocum, son of Dave Yocum, of DeWitt, who is a cousin of the elder deceased man. He was in Chicago at the time of the accident and hearing of it went at once and sought his relatives. The remains were taken first wen they arrived in Davenport to the Boles Undertaking establishment. About 10 o’clock some of the neighbors came and conveyed the remains of the father and son to the sorrowing wife and mother at the country home.

            The funeral will be held Sunday morning. Short services will be held at the late residence to be followed at 11 by services at the Summit church. Rev. Smith will officiate.

            From the accounts of the inquest held by the Chicago coroner, it would seem that the blame for the accident rests with the hotel proprietor and with the city authorities of Chicago, the first for not providing methods of escape and the latter for allowing such a fire trap to continue in use in the heart of the city. The case is being thoroughly investigated and the proprietor and night clerk of the hotel have been arrested on the charge of accessory before the fact of manslaughter. Coroner Traeger of Chicago has the following in regard to the accident:

            “The crowded condition of those rooms in the rear of the second and third stories of that hotel was outrageous. The fire escape on the west side of the building was no protection to a number of guests in a crowded hotel such as that was. It is true they were putting a fire escape up in the front part of the building, but I am afraid that one will never be used for the Lincoln hotel.

            “According to some persons about the hotel, I understand that the only room leading to the sole fire escape was crowded by two beds, and the room is not much more than 6x8 feet. How would total strangers to the hotel escape by that fire escape?”

            Incidental to the fire a lively crusade is to be waged by the city officials against buildings not fully equipped with means of escape…


 Remains of Fire Victims Laid in a Double Grave

 It is estimated that between 700 and 800 persons attended the funeral of I. C. Yocum and son at Summit church Sunday morning. The church was filled as it never was before and fully as many people stood in the churchyard as there were within the doors of the sanctuary. The funeral services were in charge of the Rev. J. I. Smith and the Rev. F. I. Moffat.  Anthems were sung by the choir of the church. Many flowers were laid on the caskets that contained the remains of the father and son who perished last Thursday morning in the Lincoln hotel horror in Chicago.

            Burial occurred in the cemetery adjoining the church, within sight of the Yocum farm house.  Both of the deceased were members of this congregation which is allied with the Presbyterian denomination.  The Yocum family had much to do with the starting of the church, which was erected on one corner of the Yocum farm.  Father and son were laid in the same grave.

Pallbearers for the older man were W.W. George, H. F. Bonnell, Chas. Van Avera, W. D. Kepler, John Port, and M. Proudfoot, and for the young man Bennie Bonnell, Robert Moffat, Frank Claussen, Edward Shepler, Kepler Van Evera and True Kepler.

            Among those who attended the funeral from this city were W. H. Wilson and Thos. Murray. Wesley Greene, at the head of the state horticultural society, was present and officiated as one of the pallbearers. Relatives of the dead were present from this city, Rock Island, and Freeport.

            Sisters of I. C. Yocum who were present at the funeral of their brother and his son were Mrs. M. J. Kipe, Mrs. Samuel MacDowell, and Mrs. John Walker. The all live in the Summit neighborhood.

            Some of the newspapers have confused Samuel Carey Yocum with Samuel T. Yocum, his cousin, giving a description of the latter as the young man who met death in Chicago. Samuel T. Yocum was present at the funeral. He is living at Freeport, Ill., and attended a business college in Davenport some years ago. Samuel Carey Yocum, the 17 year old boy who met death in the hotel fire, did not attend a business college here, but was a student at the Davenport high school a year ago.



Funeral of Men Who Were Killed One of the Largest Ever Held in Scott County

 One of the largest funerals in the history of Scott county was that of I. C. Yocum and his son Carey Yocum. The two men suffocated in the hotel fire at Chicago last week. The funeral was held yesterday morning at their late home in Lincoln township and fully 2,000 people gathered to pay their last respects to the dead. There were about 400 carriages, buggies and vehicles of all kinds, extending for a distance many times greater than between the home and the church.

Short services were held at the residence, first by Rev. Moffat, old time pastor of the Summit church and a lifelong friend of the family and also by Rev. Smith, the present pastor of the church. After the ceremony at the home, the cortege proceeded to the church, the remains were interred in the cemetery adjoining.



 Provisions Made For Son Who Died in the Fire at Chicago With His Father 

            The last will and testament of I. C. Yocum, the Lincoln township farmer, who, with his son, was burned to death in the Lincoln hotel fire at Chicago a week ago, was filed for probate in the Scott county district clerk’s office this morning. Wilson & Grilk are the attorneys who filed the will.

            The instrument provides that, first, all just debts and funeral expenses of the deceased be paid.

            The wife, M. E. Yocum, is then to receive all of the real and personal property, in lieu of dower to have for her personal needs and to lease and sell as she may sit fit.

            Out of the life insurance which the deceased carried is to be paid $500 to each of the daughters, Sarah Alice Yocum and Mary E. Yocum.

            To the son, Samuel Yocum, when he arrived at the age of 21, was left, if he wished to be a farmer, a team and wagon and other implements with which to start to work. If he did not care to farm the son was to receive $500 in money the same as the sisters. In the will was also provided that the premium on a $1,000 life insurance of the son, amounting to $47.50 annually, was to be paid from the estate.

            The son for whom all of these timely provisions were made by the father was the one who perished by his side in the terrible fire and was lid to rest with him, side by side in the same lot.

            The deceased also carried $6,000 in life insurance all of which policies were made out in favor of the wife, M. E. Yocum.

            The policies were as follows: Summit lodge No. 182, Iowa Workmen, $2,000.

            Scott lodge No. 2, Iowa Legion of Honor, $2,000

            Carnival camp, No. 1, Woodmen of the World, $1,000

            Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co., $1,000.

            The wife is made executrix of the estate without bonds and after her death, if she leaves no will, the property is to be divided equally among the surviving children. The will was dated Aug. 13, 1902.

 [hand dated September 1903]



            The death of John Holliday Alexander occurred at his home, 302 Kirkwood boulevard, this morning. Mr. Alexander was 78 years of age and death is said to be from old age, hastened by stomach trouble. He was born in Hollidaysburg, Pa., May 19, 1825. His mother was a member of an old family after whom the town was named. He came west in 1850 and in 1853 married Miss Elizabeth Dickson. They resided at Summit, Scott county, until 14 years ago when they removed to Davenport and have made their home in this city ever since.

            Mr. Alexander was a member of the Presbyterian church, having assisted in the building of the Summit church. He was an elder of that congregation unti his removal to Davenport. He leaves besides his wife, two brothers and four sisters.

            The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the First Presbyterian church of Davenport.

 [hand dated March 16, 1903}


Mrs. James Walker Passed Away Yesterday Morning 

            Mrs. James Walker passed away yesterday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. John H. Alexander, 302 Kirkwood boulevard. She had been suffering with a severe attack of the grip for about a week and on Sunday her sickness took a turn for the worse. Death occurred Monday morning at 10 o’clock, when Mrs. Walker was 66 years of age. She was born in Pittsburg, Pa., and her maiden name was Sarah Hickson. Having lost her parents while quite young she came to this state and county with her uncle, Jesse Teagarden in 1851. She took up her residence at Summit with her husband James Walker, to whom she was married in this city in 1854. There they continued to live until the present time. Mr. Walker survives his wife and two sons are living, Albert B. of British Columbia and Jesse A. of Oklahoma. Mrs. Margaret Teagarden, an older sister, lives in Des Moines. Mrs. Walker leaves many  relatives in this county, including Fred J. Walker, the county superintendent, who is a nephew.

            The funeral announcement will be made later.



Last Bequest of John Alexander Filed in County Clerk’s Office 

            The will of John Alexander was admitted to probate this afternoon. The will provides that all personal property shall go to his wife, Elizabeth Alexander. To the sisters, Marguerite McGee and Anna Alexander is given a farm located in Scott county and the remainder of the real estate goes to his wife. The will was dated Sept. 26, 1879.


            Cerebro spinal meningitis claimed another life last evening. Earl Irish, 16-year-old son of Mrs. Mary Irish passed away at the family residence in East Davenport, about 11 last evening. The deceased was taken seriously ill last Sunday, and after a brief illness death came to his relief. He was the youngest of a family of three sons, and two daughters, and a member of the Second Presbyterian.



            Foster, the 4-year-old son of Rev. F. I. Moffatt, of 1201 Arlington avenue, died Saturday at Newcastle, Pa., whither he was taken by the family about a month ago on a summer visit. No details of the child’s illness were learned from the brief telegram received by friends here. It is not known where the burial will take place.


It Linked Almost Two Centuries—Death of Mrs. Ash

 Mrs. James Ash was born in the north of Ireland, July 14, 1804, and died in this city Dec. 3, 1898, aged 94 years, 4 months and 22 days.

She came to this country and located in Philadelphia in 1826 where the same year she married Mr. William Hood. Three children were the issue of this marriage, all of whom are now living, the oldest, Mrs. Martha Moore, a resident of this city, and with whom her mother made her home for many of her last years. After the death of Mr. Hood, she remained in Philadelphia for a time and in 1834 was married to Mr. William Ash who died some years ago. She had five children by this second marriage, two of whom are living. From Philadelphia Mrs. Ash came to Pittsburg in 1837, thence to galena, Ill., thence to Wisconsin and from there to Iowa in 1856. It was in 1875 she reached Oregon and made her home in Benton County where she remained till her death.

Most of her life has been an active, healthy, vigorous one, though her last years have been filled with the sufferings and infirmities of old age. Four weeks ago she fell and was so badly injured that she never recovered. It was intensely interesting to hear her relate the events of the past century, for she was a bright, intelligent, observing woman. The echoes of the Revolution were still ringing in her ears and the stirring scenes of our early history were fresh in her memory. She was a woman of firm purpose, indomitable will and clear convictions. Her knowledge of the Scripture was surprising and up to within a few days of her death she could repeat many very precious passages. Prayer was a great delight to her. In infancy she was baptized and early in life united with the Presbyterian church of which she was a loyal, consecrated and faithful member for 82 years.

She was the mother of eight children, eight grand children and twelve great grand children. Her life was long, eventful, historical and beautiful. “It was finished” and sweetly she fell asleep in Jesus to whose services she gave her entire life. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Moore, who had lovingly and tenderly cared for her for many years. The funeral occurred on Sabbath morning, the 4th, at this home and at her casket stood three generations; two children, Mrs. Martha Moore and Mr. David Ash, two grand children, Mrs. J. R. Hughes and Miss Emma Moore, two great grand children, children of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Hughes.

The services were conducted by Rev. Dr. Thompson of the Presbyterian church and attended by a large circle of friends. The burial service was at the Oak Ridge cemetery. She has fought the fight, kept the faith, finished the course and received her crown of life eternal. Peace to her ashes.


Moore—Mary Stewart Moore was born in the month of August, 1815, near Rathmelton, Donegal county, Ireland, emigrated to Philadelphia, Pa., December 29, 1836, was united to John Moore in the holy bonds of matrimony by Rev. Alexander Macklin. September 18, 1842, she removed to Le Claire, Iowa, at which place she gave her heart to God and united with the Le Claire Presbyterian church. She came of a Presbyterian family, paternally and maternally, and during four generations her peoplehad been of that faith. She was mother of ten children, her husband and five of which have passed over the silent river, whither she has gone to meet them. She came to the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. D. Campbell at this place, in June 1894, where she remained until called to the home above, Tuesday, September 18, 1894.


Samuel D. Moore, one of the long time residents of this county, passed away last night at 9 o’clock at St. Luke’s hospital. The cause of death was heart disease, with which Mr. Moore had been ailing for about a year.  He had resided in Scott County since 1847 and during most of those years had been one of the well known farmers of Lincoln township.

The deceased was born in Philadelphia, May 20, 1838, and 55 years ago he came west, settling here.  He engaged at once in farming and was one of the successful agriculturalists of the county. He was married there to Miss Eliza C. Port, January 16, 1879, and with the bereaved wife he leaves two children—Samuel P. and Chalmers D., both at home.  He is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. J. B. Campbell of Gilman, Ia, Mrs. L. F. Royer of North Dakota, and Mrs. Melinda Eddelblute of Chicago.

The funeral will held from the residence near Argo, Sunday forenoon at  11 o’clock, with services at Summit church. Rev. Dr. Smith will officiate. Interment will be in the Summit cemetery.

 [ca 1882]


Quite unexpectedly the messenger of death came Tuesday morning and claimed Mrs. Mary Ann Porter, wife of Robert Porter. The deceased had been ill some days, but was thought to be improved, so much so that Mr. Porter was out of town when the sad news reached him. Her age was thirty-eight years and nineteen days. She was the daughter of Mr. William Stewart, of Le Claire, and had been a resident of Davenport for ten years. Four children—two sons and two daughters—are left to mourn a mother’s loss. The fatal disease was asthma. Mrs. Porter was a woman who had surrounded herself with friends, and one who will be sadly missed. The funeral will be held tomorrow at ten o’clock, from the house, No. 117 East Fourth street, the interment  to take place in Oakdale.

A Boy Burned to Death

Avoca, Ia., April 8. The farm residence of J. H. Porter was consumed by fire at 3 o’clock this morning. The family escaped in their night clothes, but John Beatty, aged 12 years, perished in the flames. Men who attempted to rescue the boy had their hair and whiskers burned off. The loss on the house was $1,200; partly insured.

[hand dated June 29, 1900]


Finley Porter Loses Barn, Hogs and Many Bushels of Corn During Storm

            The lightning that accompanied the brief storm Friday afternoon played pranks in other cases besides those reported yesterday. Finley Porter, one of the best known farmers in the upper end of the county, whose place is near Lost Grove, lost his barn, many bushels of corn, considerable hay and a number of hogs, as a result of the lightning. The story was brought to town by S. S. Davis of Valley City, who stated that none of the property was insured. There were about 4,000 bushels of corn in the barn.


            A pretty but quiet home wedding took place at 7 o’clock last evening at the residence of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Petersen, 520 West Eighth street, Davenport, when Miss Jean C. Hyde was united in marriage with Mr. Julius N. Petersen, a prominent young business man of Davenport. The wedding, which was charming in its simplicity, was attended only by a small company of about twenty relatives and close friends.

            Pink and white was the color scheme throughout and the house had been transformed into a floral bower by the use of great clusters of fragrant carnations artistically combined with the greenery. Thee wide bow window of the parlor was converted into an arbor banked with palms and potted plants to which pink and white carnations added their beauty and touch of color. A large palm occupied the center and beneath this the bridal couple, unattended, took their places as the glad strains of the Mendelssohn wedding march, played by Miss Wilma Reuter, resounded throughout the rooms. Justice Louis E. Roddewig performed the impressive ceremony.

            The bride was gowned in a pretty white mull, dainty with trimmings of fine embroidery and she carried an arm bouquet of bride’s roses.

            After the ceremony congratulations were showered upon the happy couple and the guests repaired to the dining room where an elaborate wedding dinner was served. Tall vases of pink and white carnations adorned the table and smilax gracefully wreathed the cloth and festooned the chandelier.

            Mr. and Mrs. Petersen deferred their wedding trip until later and went immediately to housekeeping in a pretty room already prepared by the groom at 906 Gaines street, Davenport, where they will be at home to their friends after May 15.

            The bride is a native of Pleasant Valley but has made her home in Davenport for the past eight years. For about a year she has been in the training school for nurses in Mercy hospital and it was while there that the pretty romance was begun which culminated in the happy event of last evening. A young woman of charming and winning personality she has surrounded herself with a wide circle of friends. The groom has lived in Davenport all his life. A graduate of the Davenport high school, he has rapidly made his way in business circles, where his genuine worth, integrity and splendid business qualifications have gained for him the highest esteem. He is junior member of the dry goods firm of Bugislaus & Petersen and a host of friends will join The Times in good wishes to him and his bride.

Bachelor Friends Decorated the New Residence of Julius Petersen For Fair 

Persons who passed along Gaines street this morning were witnesses to a scene which on account of its large staring signs and disordered appearance and the fact that it had all sprung up during the night was a surprise to them.

The pretty little cottage bearing the number 906 Gaines street was bedecked with all manner of attractively painted signs announcing different things and unless the observer took especial pains he could not be sure that there was more than a frame there for the place was one great billboard.

On the chimney was a great sheet of white card board on which were painted in black the following words: “ANOTHER BACHELOR GONE TO THE BAD.”

That served as a key to the mystery and after it had been reread several times and the others had been viewed, it was evident that there was the abode of a newly married pair of doves.

In every window was a big flaring card announcing something and even the fence was plastered with the bills.

Tin cans were lying all over the premises indicating that a rousing charivari had taken place there. That was the clew to the fiendish noises which were heard all over the city for an hour or two last night and the persons who thought that the strike at the Glucose works had broken out heaved a sigh when they put one and two together and decided that it was a charivari.

Further investigation divulged that the house was the new abode of Mr. and Mrs. Julius N. Petersen and that they had repaired to that place after the double knot which made Miss Jean C. Hyde the Mrs of the corporation was tied by Justice Roddewig.

Mr. Petersen had been a member of the bachelor club before he voluntarily sentenced himself to the life of a benedict and it was the remaining contingent of the club that had made the place a veritable Midway.

Entering the house through a second story window early last evening they proceeded to add the finishing touches to their plans and had everything in working order before the couple arrived.

Every dish, vase and other receptacle in the house was filled with rice which has come to be the conventional sigma of marriage as it used to before the trusts sent the price of the white grain sky high. Cost of the product did not figure with the jolly baches, however, and several bushels of the Chinese staff of life were distributed in the little house.

It was then that the signs were placed at different places.

Their work was done well and every person who passed the place this morning occupied many minutes in reading of the placards and commenting upon them.

It is rumored that another member of the abstainers is soon to announce the throwing off of his single life and the members of the club are hard at work forming plans for that happy event. The man in question is a prominent dentist of this city


MISTER EDITOR—Shure and I see by the last paper an account of the big wedding and the big crowd that was there. Faith and the best way to show the size of the crowd is by illustration. It was so large that they did not have pegs and nails enough to hang all the hats upon, and one young man had to keep his upon his head for most of the evening, for he did not like to lay it down for fear some of the girls would make a “mash”. Faith and the way they do at a big wedding, so that all can see the ceremony,  is enough to tickle anyone, let alone Dennis. As soon as the “boss” went “just” to let them know they were coming down stairs, shure and didn’t everyone next the wall jump up and stand on chairs, and the next row stood up on the floor, and the front row sat on their chairs like ladies and gentlemen, and so they all got to see by this sort of graded row business. Then the byes that wasn’t axed came around and made a big racket and said they wanted to see the bride, and faith and Preston, like a little man, took her out on the porch, and they made their bow to the uninvited scalawags, and retired in good order. Supper, did you say? Shure and from what I can hear they did have one, but it is too big to tell about. Shure the question that is troubling the people now is that when a gun goes off and a man jumps up and goes through the contortions of a man that is wounded when he is not hurt, is he lying, or in other words, what is the difference between telling a lie and acting one? Will some good preacher give us a sermon on that subject?

             By the last issue a brief mention was made of the wedding of Mr. P. H. McGinnis and Miss Becky Porter, which occurred at 7:30 p.m. on May 1st at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Finley Porter. The wedding ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. B. McBride, according to the service of the Presbyterian church. 

            This was the largest wedding ever held in this township.  Mr. J. H. Taylor of Le Claire, and Miss Jennie Turner of DeWitt, officiated as groomsman and bridesmaid.

            The bride who is tall and stately, and one of the handsomest girls in this community, looked very lovely in an elegant wedding dress of pale blue silk. The bridegroom was attired in regulation costume, and was the adulation of all the ladies present.

            One hundred and fifty guests were assembled, the towns of Princeton, Le Claire, Davenport, McCausland, De Witt, and Malone, being represented. It was a beautiful moonlight night, and one that will be long remembered.

            Following is a list of the wedding presents

Set silver knives—Mr. and Mrs. Headley
Set silver teaspoons—Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Hamilton
Set silver teaspoons—Mr. and Mrs. David Paul
Set knives and forks—Willie Barnhard
Parlor organ—Parents of the bride
Parlor lamp—Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Wilson
25 yards of carpet—Mother of the groom
Hanging lamp—Mr. and Mrs. Henry Birney
Bible—James Dougherty
Parlor lamp—Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hamilton
Album stand—Misses Lena and Ella Dougherty
Canary bird cage—John Turner
Linen table cloth—Miss Rebecca Porter
Water tea set—Geo. and James Dougherty
Silver pickle caster—Robert Hunter
Silver sugar bowl—John Hunter
Silver caster—Mrs. Fannie Turner
Silk handkerchief holder—Miss Mary McBride
Table cloth--Annie and Ellie Anderson
Table cloth and napkins—Mrs. Rathmann
Table cloth—Mr and Mrs. Wm. Porter
Table cloth—Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McGinnis
Counterpane—Mr. and Mrs. McFate
Counterpane—Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Horton
Counterpane—Mrs. James Dougherty
Pair bowls—Loy and May Brown
Pair bowls—Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Winner
Pair bowls—M. J. Bishop
Fruit dish—Mr. and Mrs. Sam’l Porter
Water set—Mr. Logan Casey
Set knives and forks—Wm.McKnight
Table cloth—Miss. Martha Porter
Table cloth and tidy—Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Porter
Table spread—Harold Taylor and Jennie Turner
Paper holder—Frank and Rosa Schaeffer
Paper holder—Anna Hamilton…k and Will Brown
Chromo—Eda and James McFate
Chromo—Mr, and Mrs. Geo. Graham
Glass water pitcher—Mr. and Mrs. H. Baxter
Fancy tray—Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Leanier
Water set—Finley Hamilton and Jas. Benson
Water set—Mr. and Mrs. Beal
Water set—Henry Stafford
Toothpick holder—Geo. McGinnis
Set glass goblets—Harry Pope
Glass water set—Mr. James and Misses Jennie and Maggie Penry
Sugar bowl and cream pitcher—Rev. and Mrs. Bowers
Pair vases—Joe Robinson
Water pitcher—Miss Mary Paul
China butter dish—Miss Jane Fletcher
Fruit dish—Mrs. D. Smith
Fruit dish—Nattie and Sadie Brown
Silver cake stand—Dr. and Mrs. F. Lambach
Silver pickle caster—Miss Nancy Wilson
Silver cake stand—Andrew Schmalz and sisters
One dozen silver spoons--Sherman and Sallie Walker
Set silver teaspoons—James and Rachel Brown
One doz, silver teaspoons—Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bawley
Silver caster—Will, Ida, and Carrie Clement
Oil painting—Isaac Rotschild
Fruit dish—James Fletcher
Dessert dish and spoon—Andy, John, Maggie and Emma Wilson
Silver caster—Alta, John, and Mae Chapman
Silver butter knife—Miss Olive McGinnis
Oil painting—John Knox
Silver butter knife and sugar spoon—Wm. Graham

Silver butter knife—Tillie Jones

 Her Remains to Be Laid to Rest at LeClaire Cemetery. 

            The funeral of the late Mrs. Mary McGinnis will be held at the Christian church at LeClaire, Ia., this morning at 11 o’clock.  Mrs. McGinnis died at the home of her son, J. B. McGinnis, of DeWitt, Ia, at the age of 77 years, 11 months and 30 days. She was married to William McGinnis June 11, 1843. Twelve children were born to them, seven of whom are dead and five living. Those surviving are as follows: J.C. McGinnis of Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. S. L. Carpenter, of Clear Lake, Ia., P.H. McGinnis, of Princeton.


            Mrs. Finley Porter, a woman of notable character and universally beloved in Princeton, has passed away. Anna Doherty was born in Donegal, Ireland, moved to this country when a child and grew to womanhood. She was married to Finley Porter, who, with eight grown children is left to mourn her loss. Her death occurred on the 15th day of March at 6:30 in the evening, after a sickness of from Saturday until the next Friday, when she passed quietly away, which was a great shock to both her family and many friends.

            There seems to be a universal feeling of regret and sorrow not only for the time and measure of Mrs. Porter’s removal, but for the fact of her removal at all. I have heard remarks to that effect from ones here and there in different walks of life among us, and from men and women. And to so live that you will be missed by your community is a tribute to your worth; it is a goal that is worthy of effort. It means that in your life must enter elements of good cheer and kindly ministries in which self will be forgotten for others, and to say that your town misses you, means that your life has been able to touch the life of your community in various ways—touch it in a social way; touch it in a neighborly way, touch it in sorrow and in joy.

            The Savior loves the little birds, and the flowers, and the fields—was in touch with them, for they were the works of his own hands. He cares for them all. He openeth his hand, and his creatures, like the birds, open their mouth, and of his bounty they receive. Mrs. Porter stood sympathetically related to the world of nature in a marked degree. Even though she is dead and may she yet speak to us, and admonish us to be faithful. The time is short. I am sure that in the presence of the Savior whom she endeavored to serve, she does not regret being faithful to Him. She honored the ordinances of her Father’s house by love and respect she showed the ministers of the gospel. The swift progression of the events of the last few days have been a great shock to all who knew her. We can scarcely yet realize that we shall never see Mrs. Porter in her seat at the Lord’s house. Ah, how uncertain is time, and how fleeting are the years, the places that know tis now, shall soon know us no more forever. But, dear friends, brief as this life may be it is yet not so brief that it can become to us the earnest of a heavenly inheritance through the realized presence  of the spirit of God, the fellowship of the Redeemer and the merciful keeping of God our father. Let us be followers of those, who amid manifold infirmities, yet through faith and patience, have inherited the promised land. The encrustings of earth shall be removed from us as we take our flight to higher and purer realms, looking forward to the goodly company that is constantly growing in the heavenly places, to the new Jerusalem, the innumerable company of angels, and to Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, may be filled with the purpose to so live here that the place prepared for His redeemed shall be awaiting us. As you sorrow then for the one who has been taken from you let it be mingled with the joys of the faith that she is with her Lord, which is far better. At the same time let there be present the hope and the purpose that by God’s grace you shall yet enjoy the fellowships offered one cleansed of all earthly strains.

But the truer life draws near,

                And its morning climbs higher,

Earth’s hold on us grows slighter,

                And the heavy burden lighter,

And the dawn immortal brighter every year.

                The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Dr. Campbell and Rev. McBride. The interment was made at the Lutheran graveyard beside her father and mother and her other children who have gone before.

                The funeral was said to have been the largest ever held in this community, over 600 people being present.


                The funeral of Mrs. Isabel Sykes, in LeClaire township, on Friday last, was attended by a great number of people, though the weather was very inclement. The services were held in Zion’s church, the Rev. Mr. Williams of Summit church, officiating.

                Mrs. Sykes had resided in LeClaire and Princetown townships for thirty-five years. She was a singular woman—singular in her strength of mind, her strong common sense, her industry, and kindliness of heart. She was a native of Ireland—born in County Donegal in 1800. In 1822 she married James Porter, who died in 1844, leaving her with eight children. The year after her husband’s death, she emigrated to America, remaining some time in New York, where in 1847 she married Mr. Charles Sykes. In 1848 the family emigrated to this county and settled on a farm in LeClaire township—removing to Princeton township a few years thereafter, where they dwelt for fifteen years. Mr. Sykes died in 1862, and not long thereafter the widow purchased a cottage with a tract of four acres in LeClaire township, which was her abiding place, except during the winter months, when she lived with her son Finley, to the day of her death. Her industry was remarkable—she could not be content unless at work—if not for herself, then for somebody else. Her memory was wonderful—and her fund of information often astonished people who conversed with her. Six sons and a daughter survive—all children of her first husband. There are Mr. Robert Porter in Davenport, Finley in Princeton, James in Lincoln, William in LeClaire, John in Grinnell, Joseph in Avoca, and Mrs. Mary Littlepage in Oregon. Her eldest son, Samuel, died in Story county last year.

                Mrs. Sykes’s death was singular as her  life. She was ailing but a week—fell into a painless decline, which gradually drew death to her without causing suffering.


                The subject of this sketch, Mr. William Porter, was born in Donegal, Ireland in 1817. In a844 he came to the United States, landing in New York and remaining there until he came to Scott county, Iowa, in 1848. Before leaving Ireland he married Ann Buchanan. The result of this union was ten children, five of whom survive him. He united with the Presbyterian church in Ireland at the age of twenty. Removed his letter to the Presbyterian church in New York, thence to LeClaire in 1851. After the burning of the church in 1859 LeClaire church became practically disorganized. Mr. Porter did not take part in its reorganization in 1874 but was restored to membership June 12, 1892. Mr. Porter came to this country a poor man, having about $150 ready money and by skillful management accumulated his present property. Mrs. Porter departed from this life in 1879. Mr. Porter remained a widower until 1881, when he married Mrs. Martha Kirby, who with his two sons and three daughters are left to mourn his loss. The deceased had been in declining health for the past three years, and during this protracted illness has bourne his suffering with the greatest patience and Christian fortitude. With the closing of the year 1892l, Dec. 31, the summons came and peacefully he went to sleep.

                The funeral services were held in Zion Baptist church, Jan 3, 1893. the services were conducted by Rev. J.E. Cummings, assisted by Revs. Hanna, Cleland and Moffat. He was laid to rest in Jack’s cemetery. Though the day was extremely cold a large concourse of his friends and neighbors gathered and thus showed their appreciation of the departed.


                A Marshalltown dispatch of Nov 1st has the following:--

                “On Sunday Last the body of Samuel Porter, an old and respected citizen of Story County, whose home was about two miles east of Iowa Centre, was found on his farm,his death being caused by gunshot wounds. The Coroner was summoned, and the result of the investigation was the committal of Porter’s wife and two sons, named George and John, to be tried for the murder of husband and father. The preliminary  examination is now in progress at Colo. The facts already known bring to mind the murder of George Kirkman, which occurred in the same township a few years ago. Like that it seems to have been preceded by years of trouble in the family. It appears that Porter was missing for several days previous to the finding of the body, and accounts given of various circumstances by different members of the family and contradictory and lead to the belief that they do not tell all they know. An old gun was placed in such a position as to indicate suicide, but all appearances indicate that Porter was killed at some other place and his body and the gun afterwards placed as found. It appears that he was shot twice—first in the back and afterwards in the face—and that neither of the shots could have been fired from the gun in the position in which it was discovered. There is great excitement over the affair, and the general belief is that it was a foul murder. Porter was a man over fifty years of age. The boys now under arrest are of the younger members of the family. One of them is said to be only about sixteen years old.”

                A bare statement of the fact mentioned above was telegraphed from Des Moines to the Associated Press and appeared in THE GAZETTE from that source last Friday morning. There is little doubt but that the murdered man was well known in Davenport. He was a brother of William, Robert, James and Finley, of Scott County, Joseph, of Avoca, and John, of Grinnell. On Saturday Mr. Robert Porter received a telegram announcing his brother’s cruel murder, and on Saturday evening James, William and Finley started for Story County.


                Notice is hereby given, that on Thursday, the 29th day of March, A.D., 1883, between the hours of 10’clock in the forenoon and 5 o’clock in the afternoon of said day, at the residence of Samuel Porter, deceased, the personal property of said decedent, consisting of two horses, one pony, two mules, two sets of double harness, three steers coming 3 years old, seven steers coming 2 years old, four heifers coming 3 years old, one heifer coming 2 years old, one bull coming 2 years old, five calves, seven milch cows, one lumber wagon, one threshing machine, plow, harrow, mowing machine, a lot of hay, corn, oats, wheat and flax seed, and other articles will be sold at public sale.

                TERMS OF SALE:--Purchases of less than five dollars to be paid in hand; for that amount and over, on a credit of eight months, the purchaser giving note with approved security at eight percent interest.


March 2d, 1883                   34w3                      Administrator



Declares Hary Drenter of Lincoln Township Said There Would Be Two Less People in the World If She Refused to Marry Him—Faints When She Reaches Friends in Davenport

                One of the most sensational cases of the year will come to trial on preliminary hearing this afternoon at 2 o’clock when Harry Drenter, a young farmer living two miles east of the Summit church, will be arraigned in the charge of threatening the life of Freda Giles, a Milan, Ill., girl who has been employed as a domestic at the home of M. Drenter, a brother of the accused, at whose home Harry Drenter, an unmarried man aged 28 years, is living while attending to his own farm across the road.

                The girl’s story is that she went to work at Mr. Drenter’s and that soon after she arrived there Harry Drenter tried to show her attentions, which she discouraged. She refused to go anywhere with him and he complained to her that she would go where Mrs. Drenter suggested, but never where he asked her to go.

                Miss Giles, who is 18 years of age and of attractive appearance, says that, a month ago, Harry asked her how she would like to live in the vacant house across the road on his farm. He replied she would not like it and then he declared he wanted to marry her. She walked away from him and said nothing. A little over a week ago, she declares he came to her and said he had a revolver for her and a dose of strychnine for himself, and there would be two less people in the world if she would not marry him. In fear she said she would have to see her father first and he answered that made no difference. Seeking to get him away she said she must then see her uncle, who lives in this country. Harry said it was not her uncle’s business.

                Miss Giles reported this conversation to Mrs. Drenter, who, according to the girl’s story told it to Mr. M. Drenter, with the result he gave Harry a scolding. Miss Giles continues by saying that while she was going through the pantry last Wednesday she found a note commanding her to meet Harry at the vacant house, on pain of the revolver and the dose of poison. She showed the note to the sister-in-law of Harry and again the latter was reprimanded, by his brother. M. Drenter left for a few days and while he was easy, says Miss Giles, Harry Drenter walked the floor aat night and the two women, occupying a room together, could not sleep for the fear of what he might try to do. A week ago yesterday, according to the girl, he again persisted in the demand that she should marry him, and said he was going to Davenport to get the license. She was afraid, she says, to object to his going and thought it would be a way to get him away from the place so she might make her escape. He drove to Davenport and got the license a week ago yesterday. Acting on advice of Mrs. Drenter, the girl went to Eldridge with her to catch the train, which she missed. Then she went to the house of a Mr. Stoltenberg to stay until the next train. Mr. Stoltenberg advised waiting until the next day, for fear Drenter might be lying in wait at Eldridge. Next morning Drenter drove up in a red buggy pulled by aq Whitehorse from which the sweat was dripping. He asked if Freda was there. Mr. Stoltenberg stretched the truth and said she had been there but had taken a train for Milan. As a matter of fact the girl was in an upstairs room beside herself with fear.

                Next evening she got a train to Davenport and went to the house on the bluff where whe formerly worked. Here she told her story to friends and the lady of the house says whenever she hears the sound of hoofs on the pavement Miss Giles drew back and fairly shook with fright, thinking the red buggy and white horse were there.

            On her arrival who had fainted, when congratulated on her marriage, inferred by the family from the notice of the license read in the papers last week. Through these friends Lawyer J. A. Hanley was brought into the matter and began the action now pending before Justice hall. The girl is in Milan where she is protected by relatives…



Decree to Dismiss Bill of Plaintiff, Charles L. Brownlie—Intention of Father Considered

 Deputy Clerk J. F. Cheek received from Judge P. B. Wolfe of Clinton a long written opinion on the case of Charles L. Brownlie vs. A. D. Brownlie, et al. The suit, as is well known, is one which the plaintiff seeks to recover property in notes, lands, etc., to the amount of about $25,000, all of which is claimed, were given and deeded over to the defendant. Charles L. Brownlie is a minor son of the plaintiff. The bill of the plaintiff was dismissed. 

                The case is an action commenced for the plaintiff by his guardian to quiet his title to certain real and personal property in this county. All the facts in the case are practically undisputed, so the main question for consideration is one of law.   In reviewing the story of the case, the judge writes in part:

                “On the 13th day of March, 1899, the defendant, A. D. Brownlie, executed a warranty deed conveying to the plaintiff certain real estate in Scott County; he also and at the same time conveyed by bill of sale his personal property and by indorsement his notes in the sum of about $10,000.  Said property was conveyed without  money consideration and without any knowledge on the plaintiff’s part.  The transfers were all voluntary on the part of the defendant, A. D. Brownlie, and were executed in the office of A. P. McGuirk, by whom they were prepared.”

Story of the Note

                The story of the note left by the defendant is revie3wed also in the opinion rendered. The note is:

                “Dear Charles: I left the $600 note at McGuirk’s and deeds of the property, both personal and real estate, I turned over to you.  Look after the little ones and divide up with them. If you don’t divide before you are married you might have trouble getting your wife to sign the deeds. Call at McGuirk’s and get deed and mortgage recorded.”

                The papers were left at Mr. McGuirk’s office, with instructions that they were to be turned over to the plaintiff which within a few days was done. Now in regard to the disputed intention of the defendant, the judge says:

Defendant’s Intention

                “This intention must be gathered from all the facts and circumstances in evidence, as there is no direct testimony as to the intent of the grantor, notwithstanding the fact that he was during the entire trial present in the court room. From all the facts and circumstances my finding is that when A.  D. Brownlie left the papers with Mr. McGuirk it was his intention to write to his son and inform him of the execution of the papers, where he would find them, when he got them, whathe was to do with them and the property.  That the property was not transferred to him for his sole use and benefit, but that it was to be equally divided among his brothers and sisters. That it was his intention to write and mail such a letter at that time I have no doubt and I do not see how any other decision can be arrived at even from the letter itself..”

Plaintiff Bill Dismissed

            In conclusion the judge writes: “Believing as I do that his father never intended to make him the owner of his entire estate at the time it was conveyed to him, but rather that he hold it in trust for himself and his brothers and sisters, a decree will be entered dismissing his bill.”

            Cook & Dodge were attorneys for the plaintiff and J. A. Hanley for the defendant.

 ROYER-HAVENS  In Des Moines, on June 20, by Rev. I. N. Knipe, Elwood Royer and Miss Jessie Havens.

            The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Royer, most estimable residents of Richland township. The young man left the farm five or six years ago to make his way in the capital city, and has succeded well and creditably. His bride is a worthy and attractive Des Moines girl, who will make him an excellent companion. In the Daily Capital published just before the wedding appeared the following:

            “A very pretty wedding will take place tonight at the Havens home, 1334 Walker street. Miss Jessie Havens will be married to Mr. Elwood Royer. Greeting the guests will be Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Royer, Miss Harriet Havens and Miss May Havens.  The rooms will be tastefully decorated with palms, and in the parlors roses will be found in every possible place. Miss Mabel Garton will play Mendelssohn’s wedding march at 8 o’clock. The bride and groom will be unattended, the bride being gowned in wheite organdie with trimmings of lace and carrying roses. Rev. I. N. Knipe will perform the ceremony. The bridal couple will stand before the west bay window, which is built in with palms and ferns, making the entire background green, lightened with pink and white carnations. This forms a canopy in which a bell is hung. The ceremony is to be brief. After the congratulations a wedding supper will be served in the dining room. The table spread will be heavily trimmed with smilax, and pink and white ribbons, alternate will be suspended from the corners of the table to the chandelier above. Assisting in serving will be Miss Mabel Garton and Miss Floy Sheldahl. Miss Callie McCornacs will preside over the frappe. The out of town guests are Mrs. Ciela Allison of Eldora, Mr. Harry Moore of Indianola, Mr. Charles Lyon of Valley Junction, Miss Bessie Ritchey and Miss Olive Deweil of Washington, Iowa, and Mr. John Lyon of Dexter. Mr. and mrs. Royer will leave tomorrow for a four weeks trip in the east, stopping at Chicago, Detroit, Niagara, New York, and other points. On their return they will be at home after September 1 at 1430 Sixth avenue, where the groom has fitted up a cozy home for his bride. Mr. Royer is bookkeeper for the Peycke Bros. And Chaney. Miss Havens is a graduate of the East Side high school, and both have a wide acquaintance in the city.

 [hand-dated, May 21, 1903] 


Longtime Resident Of This county Passes Away at His Home

            James Porter died last evening at 8 o’clock. He was born in Donegal, Ireland, Dec. 25, 1824, came to American when a young man and to Scott county in 1846.  He was married in 1851 to Miss Rebecca Moore. Six children were born to them, one son and five daughters, four of whom survive: Jas. A. Porter of Bettendorf, Mrs. Mary J. Bishop of Des Moines, Mrs. Rebecca Dixon and Martha M. Porter, both of Davenport. He was for many years a member of the Summit Presbyterian church and after moving to Davenport he connected himself with the Second Presbyterian church here. The funeral services will be held at the family residence, 1333 Fulton avenue, Sunday morning at 10 o’clock. Interment will be at Jack’s burying ground near LeClaire

[hand-written, “buried 24th of May”]


            The widow and family of the late James Porter desire to express their thanks to their friends for the sympathy and many kindly services received during their recent affliction in the illness and death of husband and father.  MRS. REBECCA MOORE PORTER

[hand-dated June 2, 1904 with note sick one week and one day


            The death of Mrs. Rebbecca A. Porter, of 1333 Fulton avenue, occurred this morning at 12:30 o’clock. Mrs. Porter was born in Donegal, Ireland, April 6, 1820, and was united in marriage to James Porter and for many years they resided on a farm two miles east of the Summit church, of which they were both members. After moving to Davenport they united with the Second Presbyterian church of this city. Mrs. Porter is survived by four children, James A. Porter, of Bettendorf; Mrs. Mary J. Bishop, of Des Moines; Mrs. Rebecca Dixon, and Miss Martha M. Porter, both of Davenport. Mr. Porter’s death occurred a year ago.

            The funeral services will be held at the family residence Saturady morning at 9:o’clock. The interment will be made in the Jack cemetery near LeClaire.

[hand-dated, June 4, 1904] 

Porter Funeral

                The funeral of Mrs. Rebecca A. Porter was held from the late residence, 1333 Fulton avenue, this morning at 9 o’clock. The rev. Mott R. Sawyers, pastor of the Second Presbyterian church, of Davenport officiated at the house and at the grave. The remains were taken to the Jack cemetery near LeClaire for burial.


                The death of the late Mrs. Ann Porter, wife of Mr. William Porter, of LeClaire township, recently announced in THE GAZETTE, has been followed by numerous and continued expressions of heart-felt regret, emenating from a wide circle of the friends and acquaintances of the deceased. Among these expressions the following has been sent to THE GAZETTE for publication:

                The death of Mrs. Porter occurred on April 27th from cancer in the stomach.  The deceased was born in Ireland in 1821; so she would have been 59 years of age had she lived until May. Her marriage to Mr. William Porter took place 35 years ago, and her arrival in this country in 1844. After that time, three years only excepted, the greatly attached couple lived in their beautiful home in LeClaire Center, Scott county. The deceased was the mother of ten children; five of whom survive with her husband who seriously mourns her loss. She died in the faith of a believer in Christ whom she had served for many years. She was a member of the United Presbyterian church , the services of which she delighted to attend, and to talk with the people of God.  She never tired of speaking of her Maker, whom she trusted. She was never alone; she always claimed her God was ever with her.

                Three of her daughters had moved away a few months before her illness, and received the sad news of coming death only in time to reach the home to attend the funeral and look upon her cold face.  The funeral services were held on the 29th at the church, and were conducted by the Rev. S. S. Ralston. Her family followed her remains to the grave with broken hearts. All her knew her were in grief, for she was an affectionate mother; was ever a good neighbor and friend  and kind to the poor;; tramps were never sent away hungry from her door. She had a host of friends who will miss her, while a sister in Camanche and a brother in Philadelphia swell the list of her  sincere mourners.

 Marshalltown, Ia., Sept 23—(Special.) Mrs. Margaret Moore Stewart, 84 years old, until nine years ago a resident of LeClaire, Ia., died here this morning after a long illness.

                At the age of 19 Mrs. Stewart, then Miss Mary Moore, came to LeClaire from Ireland with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Moore. They resided there and there she was married.

                Nine years ago deceased came to Marshalltown, and has since resided here. She was well known both here and in LeClaire.. The body will be sent tomorrow to LeClaire, where burial will be made.

[hand-dated Oct 25, 1904] 


At the home of the groom’s niece, Miss Martha Porter, 1333 Fulton avenue, Davenport, at 8 o’clock last evening occurred the marriage of Mr. Finley Porter, of Princeton township, and Mrs. Mary Lobdell, of Pleasant Valley. Mott R. Sawyers, minister at the Second Presbyterian church, performed the ceremony in the presence of a small company of the immediate relatives and a few friends. A wedding prepast followed the congratulations. Mr. and Mrs. Porter departede on a wedding journey and the honeymoon will be spent visiting relatives in Chicago and Indiana. On their return they will reside on a farm recently purchased by the groom near Valley City. The groom is a highly esteemed farmer of this locality and both he and his bride have many friends who will bestow good wishes on their union.

[hand-dated, 1903



Oldest Practicing Physician in County passes Away After Short Illness At His Home

                At two o’clock yesterday morning occurred the death of Dr. James Gamble of LeClaire, the oldest practicing physician in the county. He was sick only twelve hours before his death.

                He was 82 years of age, having been born in Ireland, March 6, 1821. He moved to LeClaire in 1847 and has been a resident of that place ever since. When the civil war broke out, he enlisted in the Union army and was made army physician, in which capacity he served throughout the war. After peace came again he returned to LeClaire and resumed the practice of medicine there and succeeded in working up a large practice. His wife died some years ago.

                The many city offices held by him at different times, show the great regard which his fellow citizens held for him. He has been mayor of the city, member of the council for some years, and was elected president of the school board several times.

                He was a member of the Scott county Medical society and is greatly respected by the medical profession. His skill as a doctor is acknowledged all over the county. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and a diligent worker for the church.

                Two brothers survive him. Thomas Gamble, a physician of Wheatland, Ia., and another brother in St. Louis. His career has been a noble one, having served in the civil war as physician, and proved one of the leading physicians in the state since he has been here. He was greatly respected by all his fellow townsmen and he leaves a host of friends to mourn his loss. Many Davenporters also are well acquainted with him and remember him only as a noble man and a good doctor. His noble deeds and good actions as well as his great charity will be long remembered by those residents of the county who have come in contact with him durng his long and successful career.

                The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from his home in LeClaire with interment in the cemetery at that city. Rev. Williams of LeClaire will officiate and preach the services at the home and at the cemetery. The members of the G.A.R. will attend in a body and all the citizens of LeClaire will be at the services.

The marriage of Mr. Will Bishop and Miss Minnie Hamlin will be Wednesday, December 2. Several pre-nuptial companies will be given. Miss Daisy Bishop gave a plate shower Saturday afternoon.  Mrs. Will Hamlin gave an afternoon. Mr. Will Bishop will receive his share of social courtesies. Friday evening, Messrs. Ray McKinnon and James Griffin will give a sock shower.

[Hand-dated 1903

                Mr. William Henry Bishop and Miss Minnie Hazel Hamlin were married last evening at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Hamlin of Twenty-second street. The thirty-five wedding guests were welcomed by Mr. and Mrs. Hamlin, parents of the bride, and Mrs. Mary J. Bishop, mother of the groom. White chrysanthemums, palms and smilax gave an effective appearance to the home. Miss Helen Davis played Mendelssohn’s wedding march as the bridal party entered. Leading was the little flower girl, Leah Hamlin, a niece of the bride, attired in a costume of pink albatross and carrying a basket filled with pink and white carnations, followed by Rev. J. H. Burma, and lastly the bride and groom.  At 8o’clock, while the bride and groom were standing under a bower of similax and in front of a banking of palms and smilax.  Rev. Mr. Burma, of the Presbyterian church of Knoxville, performed the ceremony. The bride was gowned in Persian lawn, shirred and lace trimmed, and she carried bride’s roses. After congratulations, refreshments were served in the dining room. Mr. and Mrs. Bishop go immediately to housekeeping at 2224 University avenue. At home after January 1. The visiting guests were Mrs. Roberts of Marshalltown, Mrs. Grier of Hendrick and Rev. Mr. Burma of Knoxville.

{Hand-dated, 1903

Summit Church Notes

                The people of this congregation are full of eagerness and hope for its prosperity. As is becoming in the situation, the leading social interests of the season of Christmas festivities gather about the church; in these all the people of the community are invited to share.

                First, a largely attended oyster supper was spread in a house close by, such as is annually observed, a sort of greeting for the home coming of the absent ones and to rally to their numbers such strangers as may have been gathering here the year.

                In preparation for Christmas eve the large choir of singers rehearsed for a week in advance as if for a rendering of song, chorus, etc., worthy of professionals. The decorations of the interior of the edifice were chaste and apt rather than gorgeous, all pointing their significance to a glowing star in the west, toward which all eyes in the assembly were directed. On that evening the mass of attendants filled the house, for in this church is no distinction of age between young and old. Beside the songs and devotions every child furnished an exercise, singly or in classes. After this every one in the house was amply supplied with refreshments, fruits, sweetmeats and nuts that from the heap where they lay seemed to have fallen from the star which hung in the sky. After the closing benediction the assembly stood to watch the surprise of the minister while he was robed in a choice fur coat which had been purchased for him, a complete defence against winter’s furious gusts.

                Next was the throng of the young people alone, who on Tuesday evening filled the parsonage to repletion, and after several hours of graceful diversions a banquet furnished as a surprise left, but leaving behind selections of table supplies and family delicacies.

                On Wednesday afternoon their regular missionary meeting and sewing society was held.  On Thursday evening opens a series of religious services appointed as sharing in the simultaneous movement to be observed in a large number of the religious denominations this year. This series here is to be continued for ten days or longer.

 [Hand-dated, Jan. 26, 1905


                Benjamin Criswell, aged 85 years, and one of the old residents of Scott county, died at his home at noon today after an illness of several weeks. The old gentleman had been lingering near death’s door for several days and his end was expected.

                A telephone message to friends in the city conveyed the news of his death this afternoon. The cause of death was pneumonia.

                He was born June 13, 1819 in Pennsylvania, in Blair county. He came to Scott county in 1851, and had lived in Eldridge most of the time since, on the place where he died. He is survived by three sons, Andrew B Criswell, at home, Asbury Criswell of Charter Oak, Iowa, and Orville Criswell of Crawford county.

                The funeral will be held Sunday morning from the house at 10 o’clock with services in the summit church at 11 o’clock and interment in the Summit cemetery.  [Jan 29, 1905]

[Hand-written: died May 22, 1904



Settled in Le Claire With His Family in 1839—Moved to Davenport Twelve Years Ago

                Andrew Jack, for 65 years a resident of Scott county, most of which time was spent in the town and township of LeClaire, passed away yesterday morning at 7:25 o’clock at the home of his niece, Mrs. Ed Parmele, 1322 Bridge avenue. Mr. Jack had lived in Davenport for the past twelve years, retiring from his farm in 1892.

                Heart trouble was the cause of death. Mr. Jack had suffered acutely from the disease for many weeks and death came as a welcome relief.

                He was born in Alleghaney county, Pa., December 30, 1829 and came with his family to Scott county in April 1839., settling on a farm in LeClaire township. He lived on the farm until 1850, when with A. H. Danford and R. H. Rogers, he entered the milling, lumber and merchandise business in LeClaire. Fire destroyed their property shortly afterwards and Mr. Jack entered the merchandise business for himself, continuing to reside in LeClaire for three or four years. He married in 1851, his wife being Martha A. Jamison. Mrs. Jack survives him. In 1859, they removed to a farm two and one-half miles northwest of LeClaire and continued their residence there until 1892, when they retired, moving to Davenport, where the home has been ever since. About six weeks ago, they removed from their own home, 1326 Bridge savenue, to that of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Parmele, who cared for the old gentleman during his last days.

                But one son was born to the couple. He died in 1873 at the age of 21. Mr. Jack joined the Presbyterian church at LeClaire when he was 18 years old and continued his membership inthat congregation until his removal to Davenport, at which time he severed his connection as elder of the church, which he had held since 1874. Since coming to Davenport, he has been a constant attendant at the Second Presbyterian church. He was a member of the Scott County Pioneer Settlers’ association and at one time served as its president.

                The funeral services will be held tomorrow at  8:30 o’clock at the Parmele home, 1322 Bridge avenue. Rev. Mott R. Sawyers, pastor of the Second Presbyterian church will officiate. The funeral party with the remains will then repair to LeClair in carriages where services will be continued at 1:30 o’clock.   The remains will be interred in the Jack cemetery which the father of the deceased gave the Presbyterian church many years ago.  [buried 24, 1904]



Has Not Received Official Notice but That Will Be Sent Soon

                A special from Iowa City stating that the First Presbyterian church of that place had extended a call to Rev. D. W. Wylie of the Second Presbyterian church of this city, is the first intimation many in Davenport received that there was a likelihood that the local church might lose its pastor.

                The special stated that the call had been forwarded, but that announcement is somewhat premature. At a meeting of the congregation in Iowa City Sunday morning a recommendation that Rev. Wylie be called was presented and was unanimously adopted. The session and trustees were instructed to prepare a call and forward it to Mr. Wylie for his acceptance or refusal.

Wylie Not Notified

                Rev. Wylie said this afternoon that he had received no notice of any official action by the Iowa City church, though he had received intimations that something had been done in regard to the matter. He was in Iowa City some time ago and the members of his congregation know of the possibility of his being called there, though the matter has never been presented to them. Till he receives official notice, Mr. Wylie is not prepared to state his decision or inclination on the matter, but it is likely that the notice will be received before the end of the week.

                In discussing the Iowa City field, Rev. Wylie said that it offered much in the way of hard work and much that is attractive. There is a large field of work with the student class and while it is difficult it offers a great deal that is interesting to a young man. Since the death of the late Dr. Barret of Iowa City, the First Presbyterian congregation of that place has been looking for a minister able to take up his work and they think that in Rev. Wylie they have found one.

Here Three Years

                Rev. D. W. Wylie is a native of Ohio and received his college education at Worcester university, Worcester, Ohio. He was graduated from there in 1895, and received the dregg of A. B. Later he went to McCormick Theological seminary, at Chicago, where he studied three years. On the completion of his studies there, Worcester university conferred on him the degree Master of Arts. He was at once called to the pastorate of the Second Presbyterian church, coming here May 13, 1899.

                His work for the church since that time has been earnest and inspiring and he has endeared himself to all of its members. He is still a very young man but has an excellent reputation as a speaker. Should he accept the Iowa City call, Davenport as well as the congregation of which he has had charge, will be a loser.

[Hand-dated, April 13, 1903]


Funeral Service Will Be In Charge Of Church

                Mrs. Anna Henry Long, who was 75 years of age last Friday, having been born in Ireland, April 10, 1828, passed away yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock after an illness lasting four weeks and after being a patient at the hospital for nearly two weeks. Mrs. Long lived for many years in this country and in this city.  Her residence was at 1014 East Thirteenth street. James Long, her husband, died here some years ago. They left no children. The only relative of Mrs. Long who is in the city is her sister, Mrs. Baird, who is lying in an unconscious condition at St. Luke’s hospital. Her other relative is a brother, Mr. John Henry, living at Hancock, Iowa.

                Mrs. Long was for a long time a devoted member of the United Presbyterian church of this city and in all consequence the funeral services will be held under the auspices of that church. The remains have been removed to the Boies undertaking establishment for preparation for buriea. Announcement is to be made that the funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon, with services at 3 o’clock at the United Presbyterian church and interment in Oakdale.

[Hand-written note: Robert Moffitt graduated

Class Song

                A class song for the graduating students has been written by Harry Hansen and Professor Ernst Otto has set the words to music.  The song will be sung during the class day exercises and commencement night.

The Seniors’ Farewell

                Class song of the class of February 1903, composed expressly for this occasion. Music by Ernest Otto; words by Harry A. Hansen.


In the country of the free,
In the land of liberty,
Where the sparkling Mississipi idly flows;
Stands the school for which we year,
Which we leave ne’er to return,
The school where Faith and all our hopes arose.

Do we love it? Can we say?
Yes we love it. Well we may.
There we’ve spent the brightest hours we’ve ever met.
But ‘tis over now forever,
So sing while still we may.
This song to you is spending our regret.


‘Tis our last greeting, Our last farewell,
Our sorrow,
We cannot tell.
Good-bye to you,
Our schoolmates true.
Good-bye, dear D. H. S.
We shall miss you,
When we’re away,
Shall never,
Forget this day,
May there remain with them,
Sweetest memories,
Of the class of Nineteen Three. 


Four short years have passed away,
Four short years and now today.
We have finished and once more we wish you well.
Oh, the things that have been taught,
To the students can’t be bought.
What amount of knowledge gained we cannot tell.

Latin, Greek, astronomy,
Mathematics, history,
And the poets—we can qote them by the mile.
And in French, we are prolific,
And know our civics well,
And all will know as much after a while.  (Chorus)



Now our little song we’ve sung,
Close the book and now ‘tis done,
But the morrow—ah, the morrow, opens bright.
See the sunlight as it nears,
See the as it appears,
With hopes renewed we face the morning light.

To our motto true we’ll be—
“Know Thy Opportunity,”
In our work we’ll always strive to do our best.
But this you must remember,
The Ninetee threes will ne’er

Forget the days spent at the D. H. S.   (Chorus)


                A PRETTY HOME WEDDING TOOK PLACE LAST EVENING AT THE RESIDENCE OF Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Seaman on the Harrison street road, north of Davenport, when their daughter, Miss Josephine Seaman, was united in marriage with Mr. Carl H. Van Evera of Scott county, Ia. A company of about forty relatives and intimate friends were in attendance. The house was adorned with pink and white roses and carnations combined with smilax and the Christmas greens effectively intertwined with pink and white ribbons. Promptly at the appointed hour, to the strains of “Hearts and Flowers,” played by Miss Lulu Seaman, sister of the bride, the bridal party entered the parlor. Miss Katharine Van Evera, sister of the groom, and Mr. Benton Gillmore, Miss Helen Hodges and Mr. Gus Seaman, brother of the bride, who were the attendants, led the way, stretching white satin ribbons and forming an aisle through which the bridal couple passed, taking their positions in the wide open bay window, beneath an arch of smilax and pink and white roses. Here the service was spoken by Rev. J. B. Donaldson of the First Presbyterian church, the ring service of the church being used. The bride was gowned in imported white etamine, over white taffeta silk with trimmings of embroidered chiffon and a wide bertha of pointed lace on the bodice. She carried a bouquet of bride’s roses. The bridesmaids were attired in light blue crepe with lace garniture.

                Following felicitations an elegant wedding supper was served. The dining room was done in pink and white roses and carnations being used on the tables and the cakes and ices carried out the prevailing color tones.

                Mr. and Mrs. Van Evera will be at home to their friends after Jan. 15 at the Van Evera homestead, “Maple Hill” on the Utica Ridge road. The bride is a bright and charming young woman as well as a talented musician who has many friends in Davenport. She is a graduate of the city high school and was formerly a teacher in the county schools. The groom is also well known here, he having graduated from the high school and is now a prosperous young farmer of the county.

                The out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Van Evera and Miss Gertrude Van Evera of Grinnell, Mr. Robert Clark of Rock Island and Mr. John Clark of Nebraska.

The great social event of this vicinity is the marriage on Thursday, May 1st of Miss Rebecca Porter to Preston McGinnis of LeClaire township. The wedding was the most largely attended of any that has taken place in this region. Miss Porter is a product of Princeton township, being born and reared here, and is a young lady worthy the man of sterling qualities to whom she has united her destiny for life.

Big Farm Deal

                James Porter sold to Henry Niels today about two hundred acres of land in Lincoln township for a consideration of $8,000. The property is said to be the best sheep farm in Scott county. Both parties are residents of Davenport.