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JAMESTOWN "Town Gossip"

Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Friday, April 6, 1906

     JAMESTOWN, Ia., April 4- Mrs. John Sass and children are visiting at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin on the Blue Grass road, three miles west of Davenport.
     Mr. McDonald had the misfortune to trip on a root that stuck out of the frozen ground while carrying two buckets of boiling water out to scald a pig that he was butchering last week, spilling the boiling water on his arm and scalding it severely.
     Henry Murray was taken to the hospital at Davenport last week to be operated on for an abscess in his right side. He is improving nicely after the operation. Dr. Barewald is attending him.
     Louis James returned to his school duties Thursday after attending the Teachers' Institute  at Davenport for a week.
     Gladys Moore returned to her home in Davenport Saturday after spending her vacation with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Secoy and other relatives at this place.
     John Hanlon, Jr. of West Second street, Davenport, came down Friday to visit until Saturday at the home of his uncle, John Blackwell.
     Mr. and Mrs. Bishop of Buffalo came out Sunday to take dinner with their daughter, Mrs. George Secoy in honor of her 24th birthday, bringing several tokens of remembrance of the happy day with them.
     Mr. Reed of Andalusia has been in town since Saturday morning cleaning and tuning organs. He done a good job on the school house organ which was out of order.
     Rev. Shirk preached a good sermon Sunday afternoon to a good congregation considering the condition of the roads.
     Bert Ross and Steve Dyer are grubbing on the Brus farm until the work starts in the coal mines and that depends upon whether there will be a strike or not.
     Marion Winfred of Davenport was down for a days' visit with his parents and little son last week.
     Mr. Secoy went to Buffalo Saturday to visit until Monday at the home of his son, F.L. Secoy.
     John Bell is laid up with neuralgia.

Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Tuesday, April 17, 1906

     JAMESTOWN, April 13- Mrs. James Kouffer has been laid up the for the last two weeks with inflammatory rheumatism. She is not able to move hand or foot. She has the sympathy of her many friends who hope she will soon be able to be around again.
     William Blunk of northwestern Iowa stopped off at Davenport on his way home from Chicago, where he sold a carload of fat cattle to visit relatives and old neighbors in this place. Mr. Blunk was born and raised in this neighborhood.
     Louis Heutter went to Davenport with farm produce Wednesday.
     John Bell has been laid up for two weeks with neuralgia but is better.
     Mr. Williams and his daughter Mrs. Reichart of Union street, Davenport, left for Des Moines Wednesday for a weeks' visit with relatives and friends.
     Buchmeier and Winfield have taken the contract to supply the Buffalo Tile works with coal this summer.
     Dave Thomas is building a new fence around part of his farm. His son David is helping him.
     Several of the school children are sick with the chicken pox. Little Ruth Blackwell and Eddy Dyer have been quite sick with it, having severe throat trouble.


Davenport Democrat
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
24 May 1906

Mr. and Mrs. Carstens visited at the home of the latter's brother, John Bell, Sunday.
     Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Ginger and Mr. and Mrs. Kohle were in Davenport Sunday.
     Mr. and Mrs. William Walker and little son of Bettendorf visited from Saturday until Sunday evening with the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Walker of this place.
     Ben and Grant Hoyt of the Kohr Packing company of Davenport, came down Saturday for a short visit with their parents.
     Mrs. Logan and Mrs. Dodge went to Buffalo Sunday to visit Mrs. Logan's mother, Mrs. Rowan, and found her very much improved and able to walk a little and had recovered the use of her arm up to her elbow. Her friends all hope for a speedy recovery.
     Miss Fanny Dyer of Davenport came down Saturday evening to visit at the home of her parents, returning Sunday evening.
     Mrs. and Mrs. George Secoy and two children of Buffalo, came up Sunday to eat dinner with their parents, it being Mr. Secoy's 31st birthday.
     Mrs. Cooper has been staying with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Secoy, one mile below Buffalo, for the past week, helping to care for Mrs. Secoy, who is recovering from a severe spell of appendicitis. Dr. Bowser is attending her.
     The Misses Ethel Dyer and Alva Murray and Anslum Winfield went to Davenport Saturday and called on Superintendent Jacobs to be examined for their diplomas.
     Lewis James closed his school here Friday with a picnic in the woods. The children spent the entire time playing games, while the parents talked over old times when they went to school here 40 and 50 years ago. Grandma Dodge was there greeting some of her scholars whom she taught over 30 years ago. A fine dinner was served at 4 o'clock, after which they departed from their homes with best wishes for the teacher, for the pleasant social time and the happy reunion they enjoyed.
     Mrs. Henry Sass, was called to the bedside of her mother, Mrs. Moosfelt, at Rockingham last week, who is very low with the infirmities of old age. There is small hope of her recovery owing to her age.
     Joseph Willy and his mother were transacting business in Davenport Wednesday.

Davenport Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Thursday, June 21, 1906

     Childrens' day was observed here Sunday afternoon with declamations, music, singing and Scripture reading and prayer by the superintendant. The scholars acquitted themselves with credit. The success of the day and of the Sunday school in general is due mostly to the untiring efforts of Mrs. Bello James and the superintendent, Mr. Altenberend, assisted by the teachers of the school. Children's day will be observed at Asbury chapel next Sunday, led by Mrs. James and Mr Altenberend. The chapel Sunday school meets at 10 o'clock Sunday morning and at 2 o'clock in the afternoon at that place.
     Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nebergal, little son and two nieces of Mrs. C. Nebergal, Mrs. James McGarvey, sister and little grandson of Mrs. McGarvey of East Blue Grass attended the children's day exercises here Sunday afternoon, and Miss Keller and her brother of Asbury were present also.
     The four sisters and other relatives of Mrs. Ed James of Davenport came down Sunday to take dinner with her, it being her birthday. Many beautiful presents were given her, as well as good wishes and hopes of many happy returns of the day.
     Mrs. and Mrs. John Bell and children visited with the former's sister, Mrs. Hugo Karstens and family, from Saturday evening until Sunday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Dyer and baby Nellie visited at the same home Sunday, Mrs. Karstens being a sister of Mrs. Dyer.
     Quite a number from here attended the play of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" at Buffalo Saturday night and pronounced it very good.
     Miss Nellie James of the Davenport High school came down Friday evening to drill her Sunday school class for Children's day exercises. The little tots acquitted themselves with great credit especially in a dialogue entitled "This is What the Daisies Say."
     Mrs Ruth Richard of Liberty street, Davenport, came down Saturday evening to visit over Sunday with her sister and family, Mrs. John Blackwell and her father J.W. Williams, and to be present at Children's day exercises, in which her niece, little Ruth Blackwell, took part.
     Mrs. William Walker went to Davenport Sunday to visit for a while at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jake Cawitzel, in Northwest Davenport, near Mercy hospital.
     Charles Secoy of Davenport came down Saturday evening for a visit with the "old folks at home," returning Sunday evening.
     Jo Willy attended church in Davenport Sunday morning.
     Mr. and Mrs. Linehagen were Davenport visitors Saturday.
     Mr. and Mrs. Buckmyer and daughter, Miss Mary, went to Blue Grass Sunday afternoon to attend the ball game, Mr. Buchmyer being of the Buffalo nine.
     There will be an ice cream social at Asbury chapel Monday evening to raise money to buy an organ for the Sunday school. Everybody is invited to help in this good cause.
      Ed Winfield visited with his son, Marian, and daughter, Mrs. Charles Armstrong of West Second street, Davenport, from Sunday morning until Sunday evening.
     Ed James Jr is putting down a coal shaft on his father's farm. He expects to have coal out by the time the threshing machines start up in July. Davy Thomas Jr is doing the sinking.
     F.L. Secoy of West Buffalo and two little girls spent a few hours very pleasantly at the home of his parents Sunday afternoon.
     Grandma Buchmyer and Mrs John Buckmyer and family visited with Mrs. Steve Dyer on Friday.
     The Misses Clara, Ida and Mille Zimmerman of Davenport spent Sunday with their friend, Miss Clara McDonald.
     Mr. and Mrs. William Sanders were transacting business in Davenport Monday.
     Taylor, Heutter & McCoullah are taking strawberries to Davenport every day.

Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Tuesday, August 7, 1906

Resume of Local Events By Times Correspondents

JAMESTOWN [Now abandoned town]
     JAMESTOWN, Aug. 3- Mr. and Mrs. George Gardner took a load of chickens to Davenport Friday.
     Andrew Murray and daughter Mrs. Albert Dyer went to Davenport Wednesday. Mrs. Murray's son, Harry, who had been in Mercy hospital for the last three months, came home. Dr. Barewald thinks he soon will be entirely well.
     Ed James' new shaft has caved in and he will sink another where the roof is more solid and the coal thicker. There is a great demand for coal at present as the farmers are getting ready to thresh.
     An ice cream social will be given by Mr. and Mrs. Sam James on the lawn at their home on Friday evening for the benefit of the church.
     Mrs. Addie Greenwood, who has been visiting at the home of her sister, Mrs. George Gardner, has returned to her home at Centerville.
     The Misses Hattie and Julia James of Kansas City are visiting at the home of their brothers, Ed and Sam James and other relatives and friends here and in Davenport.
     Henry Barner, Jr., of Durant, is visiting at the home of his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sass.

Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Tuesday, August 28, 1906

     JAMESTOWN, Ia., Aug. 24- The Chapple Sunday school joined forces and went to Linwood last Thursday for an all day picnic. Everyone took a well-filled basket, enough for dinner and supper. The time was spent in sociability and in renewing old acquaintances. Music, singing, and boat riding were part of the program. All report a good time.
     Charles Fortner has bought John Blackwell's house and is moving into it today, and a man by the name of Jack Miller, who has been keeping a saloon on Front street in Davenport has bought the house where Mr. Fortner lived with six acres of ground and is moving there today. The place belonged to some man in Davenport. He paid $1,200 for it. It is one mile west of Jamestown, and is right across the road south from the James farm and Joins John Murray on the west.
     George Garned and son Lloyd took a load of peaches to Davenport Monday.
     Mrs. Hiram Dyer, who has been confined to her bed with symptoms of typhoid fever, is improving slowly. Dr. Ficke of Davenport is attending her.
     Mrs. John Bell and children are visiting at the home of her cousin, Mrs. Hamp Ladner, on the Blue Grass road.
     John Benhoof and family from Hazel Dell came up to visit at the home of Mrs. Benhoof's sister, Mrs. George Gardner, returning in the evening.
     Isaac Secoy has transferred a lease he had on a coal mine here to Steven Dyer. It will now be called the Dyer & Ross bank.

Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Friday, Sept 7, 1906
     JAMESTOWN, Ia., Sept. 5- Miss Eulalie Andreas, the young musical composer of Davenport, came out to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam James for a musical recital last Wednesday afternoon. A number of young ladies including Miss Cassie and Helen Carlin, Miss Huldah Keller and Miss Alma Coats were present and all enjoyed the music very much. Miss Andreas composes both words and music and many of her compositions are beyond criticism. A yellow and white tea was served, yellow and white flowers being used in profusion for decorations. Miss Andreas will give a recital at the home of Mrs. S. Moorhead of Buffalo this week Thursday, when the Ladies' Aid society will meet the young composer.
     Mr and Mrs. William Dyer and two littler girls, Eva and Zoe, of Perry, Ia., are here visiting relatives for a week. Mr. and Mrs Dyer were both born and raised in this neighborhood, Mrs. Dyer being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony McGarvey, old settlers of this place.
     Mr. and Mrs. Cooper received word last Thursday that their little grandson living at Lone Tree was not expected to live, being afflicted with spinal trouble. Mr. Cooper and his daughter took the train for that place Friday morning and sent a message back Saturday that he was a little better but not out of danger.
     The Birthday club met last Thursday with Mrs. Earnest Wilson of West Davenport. The ladies spent a social time over their sewing. A fine dinner was served at 1 o'clock. The company gave a vote of thanks to Mrs. Wilson for the pleasant time they had.
     Mr and Mrs Jacob Cawiszell and four youngest children of North Locust street, Davenport, came down for a visit at the home of the  latter's mother, Mrs. William Walker, returning Tuesday morning.
     John Hold was taken down with typhoid fever Thursday, but is improving. Dr. Teufel is in attendance.
     Mr. Swartout of Washington, a cousin of the James family and of Almer Glaspell of Davenport, was here for a visit last week. There was a family reunion at the home of Ed James in his honor.
     Mrs. John Blackwell is quite ill with quinsy.
     Ed Zinger took a load of apples to Davenport Tuesday.
     Mrs. John Bell and children visited last week at the home of Mr. Bell.
    Mrs. Robert McDonald of Council Bluffs is visiting at the home of her father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John McDonald, this week.

Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Sept 19, 1906

    JAMESTOWN, Ia., Sept. 19- Mr  and Mrs Isaac Secoy were summoned to Buffalo Wednesday by the serious illness of their little grandson, Howard Secoy, who is sick with whooping cough and bronchitis, but is improving slowly under the care of Dr. Bowser.
    Mrs. Wilson of Davenport visited with her mother, Mrs. Walker, Thursday.
    Ed Taylor is marketing his muskmelons in Davenport.
    Joe Willy took a load of farm produce to Davenport Monday.
    Miss Clara McDonald was summoned to Rock Island to help take care of her sister, Mrs. Garriga, who is ill.
    Mr and Mrs. Linehogan took a load of farm produce to Davenport Saturday.
    Mr. Langwith is having his onions stripped for the Davenport market.
    Mrs. Gardner and son Lloyd took a load of peaches to Davenport Monday.
    Mrs. Will Fridley and her mother, Mrs. Anderson were Davenport shoppers Saturday.

Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Wednesday, Oct 3, 1906


     JAMESTOWN, Oct. 3- Mr. and Mrs. George Secoy mourn the loss of their baby boy, aged 9 months, making two deaths in their family in seven months. Their second oldest little son, aged 19 months, having died last April. They have the sympathy of their many friends.
     The children of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Willy of Davenport were summoned to the parental home Sunday on account of the serious illness of their aged mother, who was not expected to live through the day.
     The Birthday club met at the home of Mrs. James Williams Thursday. There was a good attendance of the members, and the usual sewing occupied the hours of the meeting. Dinner was served by the hostess at noon.
     Mrs. Fortner and Mrs. Grabbe drove to Davenport Thursday to shop.
     Miss Rose Cooper after spending the summer with friends in Hanibal, Mo., and Quincy, Ill. returned to her home here Friday.
     Mrs. Lafe Stennett of Muscatine visited for a couple of days at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Dyer, going from here to Buffalo, where she will visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Simion Myers, and other relatives before returning to her home to Davenport Saturday.
     Mrs. Gardner and little son drove to Davenport to shop Saturday.
     Calvin Anderson and his mother were Davenport business visitors Saturday.
     Mrs. Clara Ord and two little boys called on Mr. and Mrs. Secoy Sunday evening.
    Mrs. Ed Winfield went to Davenport Monday to meet her daughter, Mrs. Sherwood of Canton, Ill. who is visiting relatives in Davenport.
     Mrs. Isaac Secoy passed her 68th milestone Monday, Oct. 1.
    Mrs. Stillman has sold her cottage to John Buchmier and moved to Canton, Ill. where her husband will work in the mines. Her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Will Peterson and daughter have gone there also.
    Mrs. Peter Wilby died Sunday evening at six o'clock.

Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Friday, Oct 12, 1906

     JAMESTOWN, Oct. 10- Mrs. Stillman has sold her cottage to John Buckmeier and has moved to Canton, Ill., where her husband has been working in the coal mines. Her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Will Petersen, have moved there also as there is a very poor show for work here in the coal mines. The shafts that are running here now are about worked out. There are several veins of coal here yet that could be worked if some man with a little capital would come along and open up some of these places that contain coal. Mr. Brown has 40 acres of land with a good body of coal under it that could be worked to advantage and Messrs. Sam and Ed James and Mrs. John James have coal under their land also that could be worked with a profit to some men with a little capital.
     George Secoy has sold his cottage to his mother and has moved to Buffalo.
    Mr. Langwith has harvested his crop of onions and expects to have 1800 bushels.
     The funeral of Mrs. Peter Willey was largely attended, the cortege being a mile in length. She was an old settler, highly esteemed and respected by all who knew her.
     Eddie James, Jr., broke through into the old works in his new shaft and the water from the old mines came rushing in so fast that he has had to buy an engine to keep the water out before the men could get in to work.

Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Friday, Oct 19, 1906

     JAMESTOWN, Ia, Oct. 17- Grandma Ord, who has been stopping with her granddaughter, Mrs. Joe Metzger, in Buffalo for the last two months, returned to her home here Sunday evening.
     Mrs. John Prignitz of Buffalo visited at the home of her sister, Mrs. Clara Ord, for a few days last week, returning to her home Sunday evening.
     Mrs. Rowan of Buffalo, Mrs. Rowan's sisters, Mrs. Johnson of western Iowa and Mrs. Thomas Ager of Montpelier, came out to Mrs. Logan's Thursday for a visit. Mrs. Rowan and Mrs. Ager returned home in the evening, while Mrs. Johnson remained for a few days' longer visit. She is an aunt of Mrs. Logan.
     The young people of this place went out to the home of Mrs. and Mrs. Egbert Garlock on the Blue Grass road for a surprise party, taking their lunch baskets and music with them, Saturday night. They report a fine time.
     Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Murray visited with the latter's sister in Davenport Sunday.
     Mrs. Secoy and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. George Secoy, visited with Mr. and Mrs. Dave Thomas Thursday.
     Miss Tenna Lang of Northwest Davenport was married Saturday to George Hoyt of Jamestown. They will live here, where he will work in the coal mines. They have the best wishes of their many friends.

Davenport Democrat
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
January 29, 1907


    The Ladies Birthday club, a society of church workers, met at the home of Mrs. Frank Weldon, Thursday. The attendance was not as large as usual owing to the cold weather and rough roads. A pleasant time was had, however, and considerable business transacted. The hostess regaled the members with a fine dinner, which was enjoyed by members to the fullest satisfaction.
    The coal mine of Frank Winfield was put out of commission for a day Wednesday, by the sudden rush of water on the miners, caused by a break in some of the old workings. The damage was soon repaired and the mine resumed its wonted activity.
    A case of brutality was witnessed in this place Friday, a teamster from Davenport striking his horse in the head with the neckyoke of the wagon, felling the animal to the earth. The man's name could not be learned, but such brute should be promptly reported and dealt with accordingly to law in such cases made and provided.
    During the past week James Garvey moved his family and household goods, together with his horses and other stock from Davenport to his farm southwest of this place, purchased by him some time since, and will settle down to farm in earnest.
    William Walker is rapidly convalescing from a severe fall sustained some weeks since, in which three of his ribs were fractured. Under the skillful treatment of Dr. Tuefel of Buffalo, he is now able to walk around the house. Mr. Walker is 76 years of age and his quick recovery from such a serious injury is remarkable.
    Regular services were held Sunday in the church here, conducted by Rev. Behrens of Davenport. The children are instructed in Sabbath school by a competent corps of Sabbath school workers.
    It is learned with regret that Grandma Mosefeldt, the venerable mother of Mrs. Henry Sass of this place is seriously ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Barner, in Durant. Infirmities of old age, and other complications are the cause. The old lady is 85 years of age.
    Ed. Taylor is putting the finishing touches on the fine barn he has been building, and it is quite an important addition to his fruit farm southwest of this place.
    The ice in the ponds in this place is in prime condition, and the young people are making the most of the sport of skating these beautiful moonlight nights.

Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Friday, Feb. 15, 1907

    JAMESTOWN, Ia., Feb. 11- The Birthday club met at the home of Mrs. William Walker, Thursday, for an all day session. Thirteen ladies were present, ten being members of the club and three visitors. Dinner was served at 12 o'clock, lots of aprons made and sold and a pleasant time reported by all. The Birthday club makes a specialty of work on the church building, painting, papering, new foundation, new carpet and the last improvement new curtains.
    Wm. Sanders has moved his family to Buffalo and he has gone to Cuba for a short time.
    Mrs. Mary Winfield continues to improve but very slowly.
    Mrs. Albert Dyer is on the sick list, Dr. Bower of Buffalo being called there Thursday.
    Good reports come from Des Moines in regard to Mrs. Della Colong. She is slowly improving although very sick yet. Her father, Charles Rowan, returned to his home in Buffalo. Mrs. Rowan still remaining at her daughter's bedside.
    Theo. Grabbe and family went to Davenport Thursday to bid goodby to Mr. Grabbe's mother, who returned to her home on Boston, Mass., Friday. She has been visiting with relatives in Davenport and Jamestown for some time.
    Mr. and Mrs. George Sparks returned home to Topeka, Kans., Friday. Mrs. Sparks has been visiting her mother, Mrs. Ochsner of Buffalo and her sister, Mrs. John Bell of Jamestown, while Mr. Sparks has been in Chicago attending to business connected with his automobile works.
    Mrs. Mary Murray went to Davenport Thursday to visit her sister, Mrs. Etta Thomas.
    News comes to Jamestown of the marriage of Miss Florence Able to Mr. Wichaman, the new proprietor of Thode's grocery store on Rockingham road. Many good wishes go with the young couple as Miss Able was born and raised in Jamestown.


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