Remodeling Property

C. A. Fisher who recently bought the Mary Flynn property at the corner of church and Eighth streets, is remodeling the residence completely throughout. Carpenters started on the work some days ago.


Coal Available In A Short Time

Work Resumed on Decatur County Coal Co. Shaft Near Davis City

Due to the sub zero weather the men have been unable to work during the past month. Actual sinking of the shaft to a 465 foot depth is now under way. With fair weather it should be completed within another week or ten days, Charles Pennisten one of the promoters announced yesterday.

After the shaft is constructed the workmen will immediately drive the entry ways and actual digging of coal will then get under way.

From Chastain Scrapbook

Miss Sammie Coover is very sick, with lung troubles, caused by a severe cold.

Copied by Judy Chastain
February 22, 2003

From the Chastain Scrapbook

Silas Gassett is laid up with typhoid fever.

Copied by Judy Chastain
February 24, 2003

From grandmother West's scrapbook
Barry West

Hospital News

In patients:
Dorothy Clay, Garden Grove, and baby boy born July 12.
Janice Rohde, Decatur.
Norm Boswell, Davis City.
Luella Kelly, Van Wert, and baby girl born July 10.
Merrill Sheldon, Truro
Barbara Argo, Leon
Angie Emary, Osceola.
Mabel Schlichter, Humeston
Beverly Wilson, Van Wert.
Millie McLain, Davis City.
Cora Short, Leon.
Donna Campbell, Lamoni, and baby boy born July 15
Lillie Forsythe, Leon
Ive Opp, Cambria
Roberta Pearson, Leon, and baby girl born July 16th.
Mae Williams, Davis City.

Out Patients:
Raymond Spencer, Weldon
Roy R. Hall, Lamoni.
Jim Watson, Leon.
Pearl Clark, Garden Grove
Vernon Binning, Van Wert.
Glendola Binning, Van Wert
Gladys Johnson, Kellerton.

Mrs. Leo Dingman and Daughter of Portland, Oregon are visiting at Decatur, with relatives.
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From grandmother West's scrapbook
Barry West

Patients admitted to the hospital during the past two weeks:
Richard Smith, Garden Grove
Dorothy Smith, Garden Groove
Bert Stiles, Garden Grove:
Elsie Hanthorn, Leon
Baby Girl Hanthorn, born Saturday evening
Harlan Houk, Clarinda
Alice Tallman, Leon
Wayne Newberry, Lamoni
Harry Wickham, Weldon
Essie McBroom, Garden Grove
Lowell Bradshaw, Van Wert
Vaeniece Pyfer, Leon
Baby girl Pyfer, born Friday afternoon
May Akers, Decatur

Out Patients:
R. W. Craig, Leon
Wayne Webster, Garden Grove.

Mrs. Sant Burchett of Grand River Dies at Osceola
Mrs. Sant Burchett, 45, of Grand River died at a hospital in Osceola Friday. Due to the snowblocked roads at Grand River, funeral arrangements have not been made.
Dr. W. C. Boone Very Ill

Dr. W. C. Boone, formerly of Leon, is reported as critically ill at his home in Ottumwa with double pneumonia. He is a member of the Iowa Conservation commission. Dr. Boone has practiced dentistry in Ottumwa for many years.

Mrs. Akers Operated Upon

Mrs. Elmer Akers was brought from her home in Decatur Friday evening in the Stewart ambulance to the Decatur county hospital where she was operated upon for appendicitis.

Taken Home From Hospital

Mrs. Casey Smith and little son were removed to their home Friday from the Decatur county hospital in the Stewart ambulance.
The Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
publication date unknown

A Soldier’s Sword

Dr. A. BROWN has in his possession a carved handle and associated with it is a most pathetic romance.

The sword was given him by MAGGIE FRENCH, she receiving it took it from a dead comrade’s hand on a southern battlefield. The story is that three comrades, while stationed in the south land, made the acquaintance of two beautiful southern girls. The acquaintances ripened into true affection, and many times these Union soldiers boys would steal away from camp to make a pilgrimage to the shrine of love and beauty, where under the magnolia tree, delighted with the fragrance of fine and blooming flowers, and the confederacy. The comrade whose life went out on a southern battlefield and from whose dead hand the sword was taken, was the accepted suitor of one the southern girls and both were looking forward with eager hearts and pulse-quicking anticipation to the happy time when the cruel war would close. On night as these two sat in a vine-covered arbor listening the solemn, never-ceasing murmur of the waves of that monarch stream upon whose banks they both had strayed in childhood – although separated by a thousand miles of forest, swamp and prairie – they plighted their troth and the happy girl, with love’s ingenuity traced upon the handle of her Union soldier’s sword, a double heart and the initial letters of their names, interwoven with a wreath of vines and flowers.

With the morning came the call to battle and in a mad charge upon a rebel rifle pit the fair-haired lover fell mortally wounded. His comrade paused a moment in the wild charge and saw the blue eyes close in death, still fixed upon the sword where love’s fingers had traced those symbols of affections. He took the sword, intending carry it to the lady and tell her the story of her lover’s death, leave this one memento for love to cherish. However, without an opportunity to bid his own sweetheart good-bye he was ordered away with his regiment and within a few weeks received his death wounded in line of battle.

MAGGIE FRENCH, an old colored lady, cared for him during the few days he lingered in pain, while in fancy strolling by the side of the girl he loved, under the blue southern skies.

Transcription by Sara LeFleur
The Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
publication date unknown

The town has a Narrow Escape from being Entirely Destroyed by Fir

Yesterday morning a few minutes after one o’clock, Mrs. F. B. NIECE discovered fire in Shields Bros. livery stable at the old Methodist church. She gave the alarm and our citizens responded quickly, but everything was a mass of flames and had attacked the Niece residences which quickly burned. Mr. NIECE and little HORATIO were at Kellerton and Mrs. NIECE and the baby were alone in the house, but willing hands quickly removed all their household effects. The fire was so quick that the contents of the barn could not be saved. Shields Bros. had taken their horses to pasture that evening but a team, buggy and harness owned by TOM CUSHING also burned was a carriage belonging to Shields Bros. The flames swept across the street to the bus barn, and it became evidence that that row was domed again. The engine was quickly on the scene and throwing water, but the flames were sweeping over everything before them. Craig’s blacksmith shop, Merwin’s shop, Cross’s Building, Harris’s store, Layton’s store, Moad’s candy stand, Jenree’s building, Avery’s restaurant and two buildings owned by Mrs. M. J. WARNER were destroyed, and only after a struggle was the fire stopped at the brick building occupied by the REPORTER office and Horner’s drug store but not until it was badly scorched. During the hottest part of the fire on Main Street the wind varied and swept across the street and in a minute the front of the brick blocks on the east side of the street were all ablaze. Here was where the little engine showed what it could do, and it was subdued. But the worst battle was at the rear of the REPORTER office among the many coal houses, sheds and other small frame buildings. Penniwell’s shop, Farquhar’s oil and gasoline warehouse and the coal houses were destroyed, but the fire boys were the victors and at four o’clock the fire was under control. In most of the buildings the contents were saved, though in a damaged condition and the total loss will be between $9,000 and $10,000.

Transcription by Sara LeFleur
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