AUNT MART'S SCRAPBOOK
Clippings from Davenport , Iowa
newspapers, 1901 –
Submitted and transcribed by: Mary Jane
REV. MOTT R.
SAWYERS NOMINATED AT CENTERVILLE
[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
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other candidates was withdrawn from the race.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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
The societies of the church elect their own officers.
After the meeting lunch was served.
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 SICKLE KEEN
THE GREAT REAPER CONTINUES HIS HARVEST IN
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
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
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.
Nov. 20, 1901]
REMAINS OF DEAD BROUGHT HOME
FATHER AND SON TO BE INTERRED SUNDAY
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
“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?”
YOCUM FUNERAL WAS LARGELY ATTENDED
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.
FATHER AND SON LAY SIDE BY SIDE
REMAINS OF YOCUMS INTERRED AT SUMMIT SUNDAY
Funeral of Men Who Were Killed One of the Largest Ever Held in Scott
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.
YOCUM WILL HAS BEEN PROBATED
REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY LEFT TO WIFE
Provisions Made For Son Who Died in the Fire at Chicago With His
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.
[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.
[hand dated March 16, 1903}
HER DEATH CAUSED BY ATTACK OF THE GRIP
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
WILL IS PROBATED
Last Bequest of John Alexander Filed in County Clerk’s
A LONG LIFE
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.
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.
A Boy Burned to Death
[hand dated June 29, 1900]
DESTROYED BY LIGHTNING
Finley Porter Loses Barn, Hogs and Many Bushels of Corn
MISS HYDE, THE BRIDE OF JULIUS N. PETERSEN
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
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
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
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.
NORTH OF IRELAND, MAY 12TH
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
Her Remains to Be Laid to Rest at LeClaire Cemetery.
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
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
AN OLD LADY’S LIFE
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.
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.
A STRANGE STORY
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
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
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.
IS RECEIVED IN
THE BROWNLIE SUIT
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:
“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
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.”
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:
May 21, 1903]
DEATH LAST EVENING OF JAMES PORTER, PIONEER
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
CARD OF THANKS
[hand-dated June 2, 1904 with note sick one week and one
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.
[hand-dated, June 4, 1904]
THE LATE MRS. ANN PORTER
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.
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
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.
PROMINENT FARMER WEDS IN DAVENPORT
DR. JAMES GAMBLE DEAD
SCOTT COUNTY LOSES PIONEER
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.
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.
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.
died May 22, 1904]
LIVED IN COUNTY SIXTY-FIVE YEARS
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.
WYLIE MAY GO
SECOND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CALLED
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.
April 13, 1903]
DEATH OF MRS. ANNA LONG OCCURRED YESTERDAY
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,
note: Robert Moffitt graduated]
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
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
Do we love it? Can
‘Tis our last
greeting, Our last farewell,
Four short years
have passed away,
Now our little
song we’ve sung,
To our motto true
SEAMAN-VAN EVERA NUPTIALS ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
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
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
Big Farm Deal