Seney, Iowa, History "in the old news"

Decade of the 1890s


LeMars Sentinel, Feb. 21, 1890

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

The literary meetings are held every Saturday evening in the school

Platt Thomas of Hinton was in town Friday and delivered the new bell for
the school house to the committee.  The bell was put in the school house
cupola Tuesday, and is very satisfactory.

LeMars Sentinel, May 2, 1890

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

A. M. Reeves, of the telegraph force of LeMars, was acting for agent Reeves Sunday.

The gang of horse traders that were camped at the south edge of town the
first part of this week pulled up stakes on Wednesday and moved on with
little success.

The Ry. Co., intend moving their depot which is now located on the side
track, up to the main line as soon as the material ordered for a new
platform arrives.  This will make a much needed improvement to our town and also grant a praying wish of ever passenger that has had to board a train from the present inconvenient station house and platforms.

LeMars Sentinel, Sept. 2, 1890

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

Several of the boys hereabouts thought they would sample Mr. Dorrity's
fine melons one night last week, but ran against the contents of a shot
gun; it is reported that a couple of them had to go to a doctor to have
some of the shot removed.  Better desist boys it is dangerous besides
being naughty.

LeMars Sentinel, Sept. 30, 1890

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

There was nearly fifty tickets sold here last Saturday for Sioux City.
Barnum's show was the main attraction.  The seven o'clock train was
overloaded when it reached here, and refused to take any more, but a
number of boys and their ladies were too quick for them and got on the
off side of the track and succeeded in getting on, but the old men got

The St. Paul Co. have enlarged their stock yards here, to accommodate
the large numbers of cattle and hogs shipped from this point.

LeMars Sentinel, Oct. 17, 1890

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

In matters pertaining to etiquette Seney leads the world.  It is now
fashionable in higher circles, when a young man calls on his lady love,
for the lady, after a reasonable length of time, to withdraw and retire.
The young man after counting the pictures on the wall for twenty or
thirty minutes and being satisfied in his own mind that the lady has not
gone to gather him a bouquet, takes his hat and quietly closes the door
from the outside, passes through the gate which he leaves open and
meanders home.  If the young man is an amateur at sparking the first
ordeal is rather embarrassing and it is quite probable that this rule
will not be generally adopted.

LeMars Sentinel, Nov. 11, 1890

SENEY:  (Special Correspondence)

Our township election has left several of our politicians on the
superannuated list.

Election passed off quietly, but the following morning gave us a bit of
sensation.  For a time we fared our new justice would require several
codes to protect his person from harm, but it only proved to be the
reaction of a sorehead and too early rising.

LeMars Sentinel, Dec. 9, 1890

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

The ladies of Seney gave an oyster supper last Thursday evening at the
residence of Wm. Jackson for the benefit of Rev. F. A. Morrow.  About
sixty were present and all voted a general good time.  The ladies were
more than pleased with their success as they cleared $25.40.  It was so
thankfully received that it fully proved the adage "It is better to give
than to receive."

LeMars Sentinel, Dec. 26, 1890

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

The Christmas Eve entertainment at the M.E. church, given by the young
people of the Sabbath school, was a pleasant success.  The house was
crowded to its utmost capacity.  Great credit is due the teachers of the
different classes in bringing out the young talent of Seney.  The
children were liberally supplied with presents.  The pastor received the
most useful present of all, $13.50 cash.

Alton Democrat, February 14, 1891


A little child of Wm. Jackson, aged about one year, died of lung fever, Feb.
10 (sic Feb. 3). Funeral services were held Friday at the M. E. church and
interment in the Seney cemetery. The family has the sympathy of the entire
community in their sad bereavement.

LeMars Sentinel, Sept. 6, 1892

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

The Sunday Schools of North Fredonia and Seney will join in having a
Sunday school picnic in Mr. Howard's grove, one mile west of the
Fredonia school house.  They will gather at the picnic ground next
Thursday, September 8, at ten o'clock in the morning.  Bring your
baskets well filled and let us have a large table spread in common.  Old
and young are invited to attend.  The Seney children will gather at the
church where means of conveyance will be provided for them.  Ice cream
will be served in the afternoon.  Come to the picnic.

LeMars Sentinel, Jan. 4, 1894

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

The Christmas concert, "Telephoning Santa Claus" was a grand success.
It was somewhat out of the usual order of Christmas entertainments, but
was full of practical points.  Lafe March, who presided at the
telephone, and Will Cook, who represented Santa Claus, deserve special
mention.  Probably the best thing of all was the song of Bobbie McFlynn,
the street waif, by little Willie Kennedy.  Everybody was remembered by
chromo boxes filled with candy and nuts.

La Grippe still lingers in the vicinity.

LeMars Sentinel, May 10, 1894

An Old Man Caught in the act of Setting the Fire at Seney.

J. L. Britton, of Seney, was brought to LeMars yesterday morning on the charge of incendiaryism in setting fire to the schoolhouse in the village of Seney.  Monday night near midnight W. H. Kennedy, who lives near, saw a bright blaze suddenly start up at the school house and he ran over there and put the fire out for it had only started under one corner of the building.  He heard some person running away in the darkness, but did not try to ascertain who it was as he thought the most important thing to do was to save the building.  On Tuesday night Kennedy and Jonathan Alderson kept watch.  Another attempt was made to burn the building, but this time the man did not get away. They caught him and put out the fire afterwards.  A large cloth soaked in kerosene had been stuck in under one corner where some bricks were out of the foundation and then set on fire.  It was quite a surprise to the community when it was learned who had been caught.  There have been a great many fires of doubtful origin in that neighborhood in the past year or two.  Alderson and Kennedy guarded their prisoner until morning and then turned him over to Sheriff Boyle.

LeMars Sentinel, Jan. 28, 1895

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

The revival meetings which, have been held here for the past three
weeks, came to a close Sunday evening, after some good being

The anti-mustache fad seems to have struck our neighborhood.  It came on us like a cold wave last week and now many of our best looking men are entirely beardless.

LeMars Sentinel, Febr. 15, 1897

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

The Peavey Elevator company are making arrangements to build a corn crib at this place of about five thousand bushels capacity.

LeMars Sentinel, March 1, 1897

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

Peavy's new corn crib is now in course of construction and they expect to
be ready to receive corn in a few days. They are offering 10 cents per
bushel for dry ear corn.

Miss Alice Belau, our efficient teacher, is making preparations to close
her school with an exhibition Friday evening, March 12. A good program is being arranged which will be well worth hearing. A small admission fee of ten cents will be charged. Proceeds to be devoted towards purchasing a school library. Everyone who is interested in the school should attend, and
every citizen should interested in our public schools.

LeMars Sentinel, March 8, 1897

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

Two young ladies, normal students presumably, took the Omaha train at
LeMars, Saturday morning for Remsen and landed in Seney. They procured a rig to take them back to their starting point and proposed to take another route to Remsen. We trust they started right the second time.

The oyster supper given by the Ladies Mite Society at the cheerful home of M.G. Mills was a grand success. A large crowd was present, not withstanding the short notice given. A large sum was realized which will go towards improvements to the parsonage.

LeMars Sentinel, March 15, 1897

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

The entertainment given by the pupils of the Seney school Friday evening
drew a good audience. About six dollars were raised for the library fund.

LeMars Sentinel, March 29, 1897

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

A number of our farmers began sowing wheat last Friday.

Tramps are becoming quite numerous along here, are all going north. A sure sign of Spring.

LeMars Sentinel, April 26, 1897

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

One day last week while Arthur Reeves was delivering milk to the creamery, he was met by a number of tramps who asked him for some milk. Upon meeting with a refusal, they proceeded to hold him up, but Mr. Reeves drove up his horses and got away without the loss of a drop of milk.

LeMars Sentinel, April 28, 1897

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

The bridge across the Floyd at this place is now completed so teams can
cross safely. Work is begun on the one a mile and a half west of here.

LeMars Sentinel, Dec. 13, 1897

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

Frank Becker and Lee Burwell have set up a telegraph instrument in the back of Lancaster’s meat market and expect to be full fledged operators by spring.

LeMars Sentinel, June 27, 1898

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

Seney is proud of the fact that she has four brave boys who have volunteered to give their lives, if necessary, for their country. Watson Kennedy and Will Ewin went to Sheldon Thursday to enlist.

They both passed a satisfactory medical examination and were accepted. They will go to Sheldon Monday morning and will leave for Chickamanga in the afternoon. They will be mustered into company M of the Fifty-second Iowa regiment. Mark and Zip Aukema will also go to Sheldon Monday for the purpose of enlisting. These boys tried to get into the regular army about a year ago, but were rejected on account of slight physical disabilities. Mark underwent a surgical operation some time ago to remove his disability. They both expect to be accepted this time and be able to go to Chickamauga with the other boys. All honor to our brave boys, we wish them Godspeed. May they soon return to us as sound as when they leave.

There will be an ice cream social at Mr. Councilman's Friday evening, July first.

LeMars Sentinel, July 10, 1898

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

Thanksgiving and prayer service were held at the M. E. Church Sunday evening in accordance with President McKinley's proclamation.  The church was tastefully decorated with national colors.

LeMars Sentinel, August 1, 1898

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

The board of directors of the Seney School held a meeting Saturday evening. It has been decided to build an addition to the school house and employ two teachers.

LeMars Sentinel, August 15, 1898

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

At the Republican caucuses held at the school house here Saturday evening the following delegates were elected to represent Elgin Township at the county convention; Sam Penhalegon, Henry Albert, W. J. Collins and Mr. Walkup. The delegates were instructed to cast their ballots for Mr. Jeffers, of Akron, county attorney. J. B. Owings was nominated for justice of the peace, Frank Becker for constable, J. Alderson for town clerk and Henry Albert for assessor. E.F. Austine was elected permanent chairman of the township central committee.

LeMars Sentinel, August 18, 1898

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

There will be a "harvest" picnic in the Seney grove, Wednesday. Everybody invited to come and enjoy the day. A good program will be rendered during the day, consisting of recitations and vocal and instrumental music. Also croquet and ball playing will be indulged in. Everyone bring a lunch basket well filled.

LeMars Sentinel, Sept. 9, 1898

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

Seney Camp Modern Woodmen of America was organized at Mc Arthur hall last Saturday evening by S. Adelshein, of Sioux City, deputy H.C. A large delegation of Woodmen from Struble was present and had charge of the initiatory ceremonies. After the election and installation of officers the
crowd repaired to the genial home of M.G. Mills and partook of a bounteous supper prepared by the ladies.

LeMars Sentinel, Sept. 12, 1898

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

Elam Chapman got so excited over riding the goat at the Woodman Lodge last Saturday night that he forgot his wife and left her here in town, drove home alone and forced his way into the house through a cellar window and had the key in his pocket.

LeMars Sentinel, Oct. 13, 1898

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

Arthur Reeves had an experience last Monday night which he is not likely to soon forget.  He bought an excursion ticket to Omaha in the evening, intending to flag the early morning train which leaves here at 3:56 a.m. and started out afoot for the depot, as he thought in good season, but when yet quite a distance from town he saw a pasenger train coming and made a run for the depot, but got left, so he went to Mr. Cook's house to stay until daylight, when Mr. Cook told him that that was a special train and it was not yet time for the regular train.  Mr. Reeves went back to the depot and waited until about 4:30 a.m., when he made up his mind that the regular train must have gone after all and started for home this time.  But he hadn't gone very far when he saw the train coming around the bend about two miles away.  He made another dash for the depot and caught the train all right this time.  But when the conductor came around for his ticket, Mr. Reeves discovered to his consternation that he had lost his ticket.  When the train reached LeMars, he got off and walked back to search for his ticket.  He found it about thirty rods north of the Seney depot where it had fallen out of his pocket when he was running a race with the train.  The last seen of him here he was boarding a hand car that was just starting out toward LeMars.  We presume he changed cars and took a passenger train somewhere between here and Omaha!

LeMars Sentinel, Nov. 17, 1898

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

The new blacksmith, who will occupy the shop vacated by Ben DeVries, is
expected here tomorrow from Blair, Neb. He will reside in the house
formerly occupied by J.B. Owings.

LeMars Sentinel, Dec. 26, 1898

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

The shooting match at Seney last Friday was a big success, the Seney
boys capturing all the prizes, the LeMars boys getting one turkey that
they paid one of the Seney boys to shoot for them.  Fred Baldwin took
the best prize in the live bird shoot, of thirteen dollars, and John
McArthur the second best, of seven.  There is talk of having another
match before long.  We hope the boys will practice up so they can print
the scores.  The turkey raffle in the evening got away with the turks
faster than the boys could shoot them, ducks and geese, going at the
same gait.

The Christmas entertainment at the church Saturday evening was much
enjoyed by all present.  The music and singing and recitations were
worthy of great praise and the children were greatly pleased when Mr.
and Mrs. Santa Claus appeared on the scene and distributed beautiful
gifts to almost everyone in the house.

LeMars Sentinel, Jan. 2, 1899

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

Watch night service was held at Seney in the M.E. church, and was very
well attended, considering the extremely cold weather.  The services
were varied by a reception held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cutland.
Coffee and sandwiches were freely dispensed by the W.C.T.U. society and the social hour was enjoyed by all.  At the close of the meeting Happy
New Year greetings were exchanged.

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, Aug. 7, 1899

SENEY: (Special Correspondence)

There is a movement on foot among the members of the Modern Woodmen of this
place to build a new hall as their present quarters are wholly inadequate
for the present membership. It is hoped they will succeed in their
enterprise and build a commodious hall, which can be utilized for public
entertainment. A building of this kind would fill a long felt want as there
is not a room in town large enough nor convenient in which to hold
entertainments of any kind. The Woodmen are also making preparations to
celebrate their first anniversary with a picnic in the grove at this place,
Sept. 2. They are communicating with speakers from abroad and expect to
arrange a good program, invite all the neighboring Camps and have a rousing
good time.


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