Who's Who in these articles:
Dr. Oggel’s wife Maude was a daughter of H.M and Susan Mensink. Susan was a daughter of Willem and Corena Mieras.
Ella and Eva Mensink were also daughters of the Mensinks.
William Van Peursem was married to Lucy Grace Mensink, another daughter of the Mensinks. Chester was their son.
M. Mieras (Marinus) was a son of Willem and Corena. He lived in Yakima, Washington.
John E. Mieras was a son of Jacob Mieras (a brother of Willem Mieras.) Mrs. H. C. Kuhl (Nellie), and Mrs. Albert VanPelt (Susan) were his daughters.
William Mieras was also a son of Jacob. Milo and Glen were Williams’s sons.
J.S. Mieras was a son of Jacob, too. Ralph W. Mieras and Frank Mieras were his sons.
Marion, John M. Mieras, Johannes Mieras, James L., Mrs. J. Oldenkamp (Suzanna), and Mrs. L. Mieras (Jennie) were children of Adriaan and Dean Mieras. Adriaan was a brother to Willem and Jacob. Lillian, Ada, Dena, Jake, Adrian, Lucy and Minnie were children of Jennie Mieras. Jennie’s husband Lou was a brother of William and John E. Mieras. Yep, Jennie and Lou were first cousins!
Another of Adriaan’s son was William, who lived in Yakima, Washington. He is mentioned in a couple articles.
[This detail of relationships provided by a volunteer family researcher.]
Maurice Review, March 1900
On the evening of March 10, 1900, William Mieras, whose portrait is herewith presented, was nominated for the office of mayor and can be said to have been the unanimous choice of our people, as no other nomination was made, and at the election held on Monday, March 26, he received the entire vote polled. Mayor Mieras is very popular with the people, is well educated, has had a practical business experience of several years, and will no doubt administer the duties of the office in a manner satisfactory to all. He is a young man of unsullied character, straight-forward and business like in all his dealings with the public, and he will no doubt be guided by his well known sense of justice and right in the administration of the affairs of his office.
John E. Mieras
John E. Mieras was born on a farm near Racine, Wisconsin, in 1872. His boyhood days were spent there, where he commenced his public school education. He removed with his parents to Maurice while yet a boy, where he continued to attend public school. In 1890 he entered the employ of Van Beynum & Mensink, in their large general store in Maurice, and followed this avocation for six years. Mr. Mieras graduated from Casterton Commercial College at Racine, Wisconsin, and he also attended the LeMars, fitting himself for a business career. In April 1897, he engaged in the general merchandise business in Maurice, closing out his business one year later. The confidence and esteem in which Mr. Mieras is held in the community was demonstrated in 1898, when by the endorsement of the people here, he was appointed and commissioned postmaster of Maurice, entering upon his duties on January 16 of that year. In connection with his duties as postmaster, Mr. Mieras handles a line of stationery, school supplies, cigars, etc. He also makes a specialty of bicycles and bicycle supplies.
Mr. Mieras is a young man in whom the people have confidence and his strict integrity, coupled with his capabilities and training, guarantee for him a successful and prosperous future in whatever vocation he may see fit to engage.
It is essential to the success of any town that it contain merchants in every line of trade, who are reliable and who achieve and retain the confidence of the farmers. One of the most important business institutions of a town is its hardware store, and Maurice is fortunate in possessing a firm of hardware dealers that are awake to their own and to the interests of their patrons. There are very few hardware dealers who are more reliable and trustworthy than Mieras Bros.
Jacob S. Mieras, senior member of the firm, was born in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, January 6, 1858, and is now in his forty-second year. He attended public school while a boy and assisted in attending to duties and labors on his father’s farm. The most of his life, prior to engaging in the hardware business in Maurice, was devoted to farm work, with the exception of one year, 1879-1880, when he was employed at teaming for a stone quarry in Milwaukee. Mr. Mieras came to Sioux County in the fall of 1880, and purchased 120 acres of land two miles east of Maurice. In 1884, he sold this place and bought a quarter section adjoining Maurice on the east, which land he still owns, and on which he erected in 1890 one of the most modern farm houses in the county, a view of which appears in these pages. Mr. Mieras, in company with his brother William purchased the hardware and implement business form D.N. Kaufman in 1892. He was united in marriage to Miss Amelia Schriever on September 6, 1879. Mr. Mieras was township assessor for four years, is a member of the board of education of Maurice and is held in high esteem in the community as a citizen of worth.
William Mieras is the junior partner of the firm of Mieras Bros., and is also a native of Kenosha County, Wisconsin, having been born on May 14, 1867. He followed farming with his father until his removal to Maurice in 1880, and followed the same occupation here until 1892, when, as stated above, he engaged as a hardware merchant with his brother in Maurice. Mr. Mieras obtained a good common school education, having attended the public schools in Wisconsin and in those of Sioux County, for a time after he arrived here. He was united in marriage in Maurice, June 6, 1897, to Miss Edna G. Radabaugh of Cass County, this state. William Mieras is a young man of good business ability, and his pleasant and affable disposition, coupled with his thorough integrity, make him exceedingly popular with the public, and account for his unanimous election to the office of mayor, reference to which is made on another page. There is nothing of that clannishness in his make-up which often marks descendants of a common race. An American by birth, instincts and manners, we hazard nothing when we say that a bright future awaits William Mieras.
Mieras Bros. have one of the most complete hardware stores in northwestern Iowa and have been successful in securing a splendid patronage. And there is no firm in Sioux County more deserving of success and patronage.
January 6, 1911
Wm. Mieras, who has been sick for some time, is convalescing and will soon be able to be around again.
January 13, 1911
Mr. and Mrs. Gerrit Brink, Mrs. L. Mieras and two daughters, and J. P. Hopp were passengers to Orange City Monday morning.
February 10, 1911
We are pleased to note that Mieras and DeJong have lately wired several additional places for electric light. The plant is giving excellent service and it is no more right that the owners should receive the support of everyone who is at all able to take the light. The small additional expense is far more than offset by the superiority of electricity over any other artificial light.
Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Mieras visited in Sioux Center last Friday.
Miss Helen Fie of Alton visited at the F.A. Mieras home Sunday.
February 17, 1911
Upon the recommendation of Rev. and Mrs. Winter, a crowd of young people gathered at the parsonage Wednesday evening for the purpose of ascertaining the advisability of organizing a Christian Endeavor Society. All present expressed themselves in favor and the following officials were elected: President, Miss Ella Mensink; Vice Pres., Mrs. J.E. Winters; Recording Sec., Miss Mabel Huesinkveld; Corresponding Sec., Chas. Mieras; Treasurer, Clint Harrison. After this fine refreshments were served and the remainder of the evening was socially spent. All present had a good time and voted Mr. and Mrs. Winter royal entertainers.
Mrs. J.E. Mieras was confined to the house a few days by a bad attack of tonsilitis.
February 24, 1911
Mr. and Mrs. Johannes Oldenkamp, of Rock Valley, visited with relatives here Wednesday.
M.A. Mieras of Remsen visited with relatives here Wednesday.
March 10, 1911
J.E. Mieras has been confined to the house several days with a bad attack of rheumatism in his limbs.
F.A. Mieras has been enjoying an attack of the grip [sic] this week.
Mr. and Mrs. S. Ridderbos and Miss Helma Mieras were Orange City visitors last Friday.
Monday evening relatives here were informed of the death at Sioux Center of Miss Kittie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Kuhl, at the age of twenty years. Deceased had been sick since last December. The funeral services were held at Sioux Center on Thursday and were conducted by Rev. Johnson of Sioux City and Rev. DeJong of Sioux Center. Interment was made at Maurice. This is a hard blow to the parents to lose a daughter at such a promising age, but we can assure them of the sympathy of all in their area.
March 17, 1911
Mrs. A. Van Pelt of Orange City visited here Saturday.
We are pleased to note that J.E. Mieras is in so far recovered that he is able to be on duty again.
March 24, 1911
Wm. Mieras transacted business at the county seat Monday.
J.M. Mieras has bought a cement block machine and will employ his spare time manufacturing the blocks.
Mrs. F.A. Mieras and children visited Alton Wednesday.
Wm. Mieras is again confined to the house through sickness.
March 31, 1911
Mrs. F.A. Mieras visited in Alton Monday.
Mrs. J.E. Mieras visited with relatives in Orange City Wednesday.
Mieras and DeJong have purchased a small engine and dynamo and will run same whenever any current is wanted when the large plant is not running.
Miss Kate Lynch has resigned her positionas “hello” girl at the telephone office and has taken an examination with a view of teaching at the John Linnan School this spring term. Miss Ada Mieras has taken her place at the switchboard.
The Maurice Times suspended publication at this time and was restarted in August of 1911 with editor F.W. Walden.
August 11, 1911
F.A. Mieras has moved from the Baker house to the residence of Mrs. Beyers, recently vacated by Joe Douglas.
August 25, 1911
J.S. Mieras has been under the weather for the past few days.
September 8, 1911
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mieras went to Alton last Monday.
Miss Eva Mensink left on the 9:07 train Saturday to take up her school duties at Des Moines.
September 15, 1911
John M. Mieras was an Orange City visitor Friday.
September 29, 1911
Marine Mieras of Remsen, Ia. was in town last Sunday visiting his mother and other relatives.
October 6, 1911
Miss Ella Mensink is sick with tonsilitis.
Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Mieras of Marion, SD, were here last Saturday and were on their way to Sioux Center to attend the funeral of Mrs. C. Kamerman.
October 13, 1911
Born- To Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Mieras, October 8, 1911, a daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mieras went to Sioux City last Friday.
Once again publication of the Maurice Times ceased until it was started again in 1916 by editor J.E. Mieras.
January 1, 1916
The W.C.T.U will hold its regular monthly meeting at the home of Mrs. J.E. Mieras, Friday, January 9.
January 8, 1916
Mr. and Mrs. Johannes Oldenkamp of Rock Valley were visitors here Tuesday.
January 15, 1916
Dena and John Oldenkamp of Rock Valley were guests of relatives here a few days.
January 29, 1916
Herman Oldenkamp of Rock Valley was an over Sunday guest of relatives here.
MRS. DENA MIERAS- Mrs. Dena Mieras died at her home in Maurice, Thursday, January 27. She had been an invalid for sometime having suffered a stroke of paralysis several years ago after which she was unable to walk although her mind was unaffected by the stroke. The immediate cause of her death was pneumonia. Dena Van Groene was born in The Netherlands Feb. 21, 1835, and was united in marriage to Adrain [sic] Mieras, Oct. 22, 1857, and to this union 10 children were born, 8 of whom are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Mieras came to the United States in May 1890 and came direct to Sioux County where they have live [sic] ever since. Her husband preceded her to the great beyond nearly 17 years ago. The serviving [sic] children who morn [sic] her death are Loris, who is still in The Netherlands, Wm. of North Yakima, Wash., James of Harrisburg S.D., Marion of Remsen, Mrs. J. Oldenkamp of Rock Valley, and John, Johannes and Mrs. L. Mieras of Maurice. There are also 20 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. The funeral services will be held at the residence Saturday afternoon.
February 4, 1916
Mrs. Ralph Mieras and Uncle Poe Baker were Alton visitors Thursday.
NOTICE: Notice is hereby given to all persons interested that on the first day of February 1916 the undersigned was appointed by the District Court of Sioux County, Iowa, Administrator of the estate of Dina Mieras deceased, late of said county.
All persons indebted to said estate will make payments to the undersigned, and those having claims against the same will present them legally authenticated to said Court for allowance. Dated the 1st day of February 1916. Johannes Mieras, Administrator. Van Oosterhout & Kolyn, Attys. for Estate.
Card of Thanks- I hereby wish to express my thanks to all the friends and neighbors for help given and sympathy expressed during the illness and death of our beloved mother. Johannes Mieras.
February 12, 1916
Miss Ella Mensink who has been sick for several days is convalescing again.
Dr. Oggel and little daughter Dorothy were visiting in Orange City Wednesday.
Mr. James A. Ard was a guest at the Mrs. L. Mieras home Sunday and Monday.
February 26, 1916
John M. Mieras was in Orange City Tuesday.
Miss Ella Mensink entertained her Sunday School class Monday evening.
March 11, 1916
Adrian, Jake, and Dena Mieras have started farming on their mother’s farm one mile east. Gerrit Roghair, the former occupant, has moved to town and will work at his father’s farm.
March 18, 1916
Chas. Mieras of Sioux City arrived here last Saturday for several days visit with relatives and friends.
James Ard of Laurens was a pleasant caller at the Mrs. L. Mieras home Sunday and Monday.
Among those who attended the W.C.T.U. meeting at Hawarden were Mesdames J.M. Mieras, Martin Van Peursem, Henry Van Peursem and Miss Mabel Huesinkveld.
Mrs. Ralph Mieras and son Donald were Alton visitors Thursday.
March 25, 1916
Chas. Mieras returned home to Sioux City Monday evening.
April 1, 1916
Ada, the 12 year old daughter of James Mieras of Harrisburg, won first prize in the spelling contest for Lincoln County S.D.
Mrs. P.N. Vos entertained a few young ladies last Friday evening. The time was spent in playing flinch at the conclusion of which luncheon was served. Those present were Misses Mabel and Emily Hueskinkveld, Eva Mensink, Anna Vander Linden, Cora Langerack, Marie Rozenboom, Kittie De Kraay, Malinda Vande Brake, Ada Mieras, and Marion Harrison.
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Mieras entertained a few friends Wednesday evening. The time was spent playing flinch after which refreshments were served by the hostess assisted by her daughter Helma. Those present were Messrs and Mesdames P. Van Peursem, J. Vanden Brink, Martin Van Peursem, and Henry De Jong.
Mrs. Vander Maanen entertained a few little girls Monday in honor of her daughter Marie’s 11th birthday. Games were indulged in at the conclusion of which a luncheon was served and a happy time was had by all. Those present were Edith Van Peursem, Gwendolyn Elskamp, Minnie, Lucy, and Mildred Mieras, Marie Popma, Marie Stellingwerf, Alice Schuller, Myrna Harrison, Ada Vanden Brink, and Kathryn Beckering.
April 29, 1916
Johannes Mieras, Mrs. L. Mieras and daughters Dena and Ada when to Sioux County Wednesday to see “The Birth of a Nation.”
May 6, 1916
Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Mieras of Remsen, and Mr. and Mrs. Duus of LeMars and Bobby Van Nimweygen of Merrill were guests at the J.M. Mieras home Sunday.
Glen, the 5 year old son of Wm. Mieras, hurt his hand quite severely last Friday. The little fellow fell off a fence and landed with his hand on a board with a nail sticking up. It penetrated the palm and went through.
May 13, 1916
Wm. Mieras was on the sick list this week.
Misses Eva Mensink and Anna Vander Linde were Orange City visitors Saturday evening.
Mesdames Ralph Mieras and Westbrook went to Sioux City Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Mieras and family of Sioux City were guests of relatives here Sunday. They came by train.
Pearson Baker and granddaughters Ramona and Frances Mieras went to Ireton Decoration Day where they attended the exercises.
Johannes and William Mieras and Mrs. J.M. Mieras and daughter Mildred motored to Rock Valley Tuesday to visit at the J. Oldenkamp home.
June 10, 1916
M.A. Mieras of Remsen, a former Maurice boy, has passed the bar examination and is now a full fledged lawyer. Mr. Mieras is assistant cashier in the German Savings Bank there and his knowledge of law will be a great help in the banking business.
Mrs. J.E. Mieras and her niece, Miss Lulu Kuhl, visited at the A. Van Pelt home in Orange City Thursday.
Albert Van Pelt of Orange City delivered a new Ford to Wm. Keough Monday.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Mensink was the scene of a happy crowd of young people last Friday evening. The occasion was a birthday surprise on Miss Ella Mensink and a farewell surprise on Miss Anna VanderLinden, who left for her home in Murry Monday. The evening was spent in various games after which a lunch was served. A very good time was reported by all. Those present were Misses Cora Langerack, Lillian, Dena, and Ada Mieras, Marie Rozenboom, Marion Harrison, Bertha and Malinda VandeBrake, Zilda and Mabel Huesinkveld, Mathilda VandenBrink, Eva Mensink, and Messrs Adrian, Jake, and Oliver Mieras, John and Matt VanderPloeg, Chas. Swift, Oscar Reigel, Leroy Crowley, Cletus Vander Wicken, Clifford Hueskinkveld, Merines VanGorkum, James Van Peursem, Merrill Harrison, Sam Jager and Geo. DeGroot.
June 17, 1916
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Van Pelt of Orange City were visiting at the J.E. Mieras home last Friday.
Wm. Duvas and Wm. Mieras autoed to Sioux City Thursday.
Philip Van Peursem, little son of Wm. Van Peursem, fell from the table on to a pail on the floor last Saturday and knocked out two teeth and badly bruised his mouth. He is recovering nicely.
John M. Mieras has purchased the lot of Joe Douglas east of the Huesinkveld store and expects to erect a building on it in the near future.
June 24, 1916
There was a “bombardment” in front of the post office Tuesday night. Fireworks of various descriptions were employed in the work and had there been any Spaniards about the casualties would have been many. As it was, Postmaster Mieras and Agent Cheever came out of the fray with slight wounds.
Dr. Oggel and family accompanied by Mrs. H.M. Mensink and daughter Ella autoed to Orange City Tuesday.
July 1, 1916
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Mieras and children autoed to Sioux City Tuesday.
July 8, 1916
Charlie, Esther, Hazel and Eleanor Mieras of Sioux City celebrated the Fourth in Maurice. They all returned home Wednesday, except Eleanor, who will spend several days here visiting relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Mieras and son Oliver and Mrs. C.L. Jackson, who is visiting here, autoed to LeMars Thursday evening to hear the famous Kryl band.
Mrs. J.M. Mieras and daughter Mildred attended the Chautauqua at LeMars Wednesday.
July 17, 1916
This is an item we overlooked last week. Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Mieras of Monroe, S.D., were over Sunday visitors at the H.M. Mensink home.
Johannes Mieras and Mrs. L. Mieras and daughter Ada autoed to Harrisburg and Sioux Falls, S.D. Monday and returned Wednesday evening. They went to see James Mieras who is on the sick list with heart trouble.
July 22, 1916
Miss Rose Kuiken has resigned as clerk in the Henry Wartnjes store. Miss Ella Mensink is working there now until Mr. Warntjes can get someone else.
M.A. Mieras of the German Savings Bank of Remsen, who was nominated at the Republican primary for clerk of the courts, has withdrawn from the race in order to accept the position of vice-president of the First National Bank of Paullina. The Paulline bank is one of the string controlled by the Farmers Loan and Trust company of Sioux City and the position was offered Mr. Mieras by James F. Toy, president of the company.
Miss Mildred Mieras was visiting at the H.A. Huesinkveld home a few days.
Mrs. Ralph Mieras was a Hawarden visitor over Sunday.
Miss Mildred Mieras was visiting at the H.A. Huesinkveld home a few days.
July 29, 1916
Mrs. L. Mieras and three children, Peter, Lucy, and Minnie, autoed to Rock Valley last Friday to visit at the home of her sister, Mrs. J. Oldenkamp.
Miss Eleanor Mieras of Sioux City who was visiting here for a few weeks, returned home Wednesday morning.
J.E. Mieras and daughter Jessamine and Wm. Mieras autoed to Cherokee Wednesday.
August 5, 1916
John M. Mieras has purchased a new Ford car to use on the mail route. He will leave the post office at about 8:30 and will return from his route at about 11:00 to 11:30 o’clock. Patrons of the route should note the change of schedule because he will be at your boxes earlier than heretofore.
Mrs. J.M. Mieras entertained the Misses Kittie and Etta De Kray and Zilda Huesinkveld Wednesday evening.
Mrs. Oggel and children were visiting at the J.F. DeYoung home in Orange City Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Mieras and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Huesinkveld autoed to the Alvin Huesinkveld home Thursday evening.
M.A. Mieras and family have moved from Remsen to Paullina. Mr. Mieras has been assistant cashier in the German Savings Bank at Remsen for several years and was recently promoted to the vice presidency of the First Natl Bank of Paullina.
Albert Van Pelt of Orange City was in town on business Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mieras and children of Emerson, Nebr. arrived here Monday for a weeks visit with relatives.
August 12, 1916
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Mieras and daughter Mildred and Johannes and Ada Mieras autoed to Rock Valley Sunday afternoon.
August 19, 1916
Willie Mieras was in Monroe S.D. a few days to see his little brother who is seriously ill with Typhoid fever.
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Mieras and daughter Mildred visited at the A.M. Duus home in LeMars Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Oldenkamp and three children John, Dena and Joe were visiting at the Mrs. Jennie, John M., and Johannes Mieras homes Sunday. They came by auto.
Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Mieras and daughter Mildred and Mrs. Wm. Huesinkveld and son Clifford autoed to Primghar Tuesday where they were guests at the home of Ben Huesinkveld.
August 26, 1916
Vernon, the little son of J.W. Mieras of Monroe, S.D. is still living, but there is no hope for him. He may pass away anytime.
September 2, 1916
Vernon, the little 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Mieras of Monroe S.D. died Monday morning. The little fellow was taken sick with typhoid fever about the middle of July and would probably have recovered but complications set in which caused his death.
Lillian Mieras and Marie Rozenboom went to Hospers Thursday as delegates to the C.E. Rally which was held there.
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Mieras accompanied by Mrs. S. Ridderbos and Mrs. Miersma of Orange City autoed to Hull Tuesday, where they were guests of relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Mieras were visiting at Orange City Thursday evening of last week.
Miss Helma Mieras was visiting relatives in Orange City Friday.
J.E. Mieras and family spent last Friday and Saturday at the Lakes.
Mrs. Ralph Mieras was a Hawarden visitor a few days this week.
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Mieras and daughter Mildred were LeMars visitors Sunday.
Messrs and Mesdames J.M. Mieras and Wm. Huesinkveld were visiting at the Henry Boland home in Orange City Thursday evening.
September 9, 1916
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Mieras and Mrs. Ridderbos attended the funeral of Tunis Miersma at Hull Tuesday.
Jessamine Mieras was visiting at Orange City Saturday.
Mrs. Ralph Mieras and Mrs. Geo. Elskamp were LeMars visitors Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Mieras and daughter were visiting in Sioux Falls and Harrisburg a few days last week.
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Mieras and children were visiting relatives in Orange City last Friday evening.
September 16, 1916
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Van Peursem and Mrs. H.M. Mensink were visiting at the Wm. Kleinhesselink home near Hospers last Friday.
Ralph Mieras was a guest at the home of his parents in Sioux City Saturday and Sunday.
September 23, 1916
James Ard of Laurens was an over Sunday visitor at the Mrs. L. Mieras home.
Mrs. John M. Mieras was on the six [sic] list for several days, but is better now.
October 6, 1916
Ella Mensink was in Orange City Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Van Peursem and Miss Eva Mensink were LeMars visitors Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Mieras returned from Green Leafton, Minn. Tuesday evening where they went in their auto. They made the entire return trip of 300 miles in one day. Mr. and Mrs. Staplekamp accompanied them back and are guests at the home of the latter’s sister, Mrs. Wm. Huesinkveld.
October 14, 1916
J.E. Mieras was a county seat visitor Wednesday forenoon.
Ella Mensink was an Orange City visitor Tuesday.
Wm. Mieras was visiting relatives in Sioux City Saturday and Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Hueskinkveld, Mr. and Mrs. Staplekamp, and Mr. J.M. Mieras were guests at the Alvin Huesinkveld home near LeMars Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Mieras and daughter Helma and Miss Carrie Orton autoed to LeMars Tuesday evening.
John M. Mieras and family and Mrs. Wm. Huesinkvel and Mr. and Mrs. Staplekamp were visiting at the home of Herman Huesinkveld at Sioux Center Saturday.
October 21, 1916
Dr. Oggel took Con O’Hare to LeMars Monday to have his hand exrayed [sic].
Messrs Wm., Johannes, John M. and John E. Mieras autoed to Sioux City Tuesday evening to hear Judge Hughes, candidate for president, speak.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Oldenkamp and three children, Herman, Dena and Gertie, were visiting here Sunday. They came by auto.
Miss Dena Mieras and Mrs. Peter Hoekstra went to Orange City Wednesday to have some dental work done.
October 28, 1916
Mr. James Ard of Laurens was an over Sunday visitor at the Mrs. L. Mieras home.
Mrs. John M. Mieras and Miss Mabel Huesinkveld were in LeMars Friday to have some dental work done.
November 11, 1916
Mrs. J.M. Mieras and daughter went to LeMars Saturday to spend the day.
November 18, 1916
J.W. Mieras and family from Monroe S.D. arrived to visit with friends and relatives here.
Oliver Mieras, Clifford Huesinkveld and James Van Peursem accompanied by Malinda Vande Brake, Cora Langerack, and Marie Rozenboom autoed to Ireton last Friday evening to take in the basket ball game between the Ireton High School and Orange City Academy.
The Maurice Times has been sold by its former publisher, J.E. Mieras, to Miss Mary Pereboom, who lives in Ireton and has done work on the (Ireton) Ledger and other papers.
November 25, 1916
Miss Eva Mensink was a visitor at Orange City Friday.
Mrs. Eliza Langerack and daughter Cora went to Sioux City Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving at the J.S. Mieras home.
J.E. Mieras and son Oliver, T. Stellingwef, and S.R. Zylstra attended the musical entertainment at LeMars Wednesday evening.
Miss Alta Mieras gave a birthday party Friday for a number of her friends. The evening was pleasantly spent in games and a fine supper was served in big folk’s style.
December 9, 1916
Dr. Oggel has purchased a new Ford to use for his road work.
December 16, 1916
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mieras and Mrs. Geo. Elskamp were at LeMars Saturday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mieras and family and Miss Kathryn DeKraay were visiting at the J.S. Mieras home at Sioux City Sunday.
Ralph and Chas. Mieras went to Sioux City Tuesday morning where Ralph will have his eyes treated for a few days.
December 23, 1916
J.M. Mieras and family spent Wednesday with the Alvin Huesinkveld family at LeMars.
Chas. Mieras came up from Sioux City to visit with relatives and friends.
December 30, 1916
Mrs. L. Mieras and children went to Rock Valley Tuesday to attend the silver anniversary of her sister, Mrs. John Oldenkamp.
Miss Ada Mieras left Tuesday for Rock Valley to visit with relatives and friends.
Mrs. Ralph Mieras and children left Wednesday for Woolsey S.D. where she will spend a week visiting with her relatives.
January 6, 1917
Chas. Mieras from Sioux City spent New Years here.
Chester Van Peursem returned here Saturday from a visit to Platte, S.D.
Oliver Mieras has been on the sick list a few days this week.
January 13, 1917
Mrs. Ralph Mieras and children returned home Wednesday after a visit of two weeks with relatives at Woolsey.
John M. Mieras left Wednesday for Harrisburg, S.D. to visit with his brother.
January 27, 1917
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Mieras entertained a number of their friends Tuesday evening.
J.E. Mieras and daughter Helma were at Sioux City Sunday. Mrs. Mieras returned the same day and Miss Helma returned Tuesday.
The Mensink family have taken turns entertaining the La Grippe; all are on the road to recovery.
February 22, 1917
Mrs. John M. Mieras and her guest Mrs. Alvin Huesinkveld were visiting friends at Orange City Wednesday.
March 1, 1917
Mrs. Henry DeJong gave a tea party Saturday afternoon in honor of Mrs. Joe Douglas of Fremont, Nebr. who was visiting here. Those present besides the honored guest were Mesdames J.T. Crowley, C. Smith, Woodward, J.E. Mieras, J.M. Mieras, Oggel, H. Vande Brake, and W. Huesinkveld.
Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Smith entertained at progressive caroms Friday evening and the evening was enjoyed by all. Mrs. H. Vande Brake and L.F. Woodard carried off the honor for being the best players and Mrs. Joe Douglas earned the booby prize. After the games a delicious lunch was served at which Henry DeJong carried off first prize. Those present were Messrs and Mesdames L.F. Woodard, Henry DeJong, Henry Vande Brake, J.E. Mieras and Mrs. J.M. Mieras and Mrs. Joe Douglas of Fremont, Nebr.
Last week at the home of the bride’s parents Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Mieras of Monroe S.D., occurred the marriage of their daughter Minnie to Arie Raak of Orange City. The newly weds are both well and favorably known in this community. The bride was born here and spent her early girlhood days here. The groom is a son of Mrs. Martin Raak of near Carnes. They will make their future home on the home place of the groom’s mother 1 mile south and 5 miles east. We wish them much joy and happiness in their married life.
The newlyweds arrived here Tuesday and on Wednesday evening a surprise party was planned and successfully carried out at the P. Vander Wel home by relatives of both the bride and groom.
March 8, 1917
James Mieras of Harrisburg, S.D. was visiting with relatives and friends here a couple of days. He returned home Monday.
Johannes Mieras and James Mieras, who is visiting here, went to Paullina Saturday to visit at the home of their brother, M.A. Mieras.
Oliver Mieras has resigned his position as night operator and Sam Jager has now accepted the job.
Dr. and Mrs. Oggel entertained a few friends Friday evening. Those present were Messrs and Mesdames Wm. and Martin Van Peursem, Wm. and James Duven, John M. Mieras, and Mr. Peter Van Peursem, Mrs. Beyers and Mrs. Beckering.
Ralph Mieras and family autoed to Struble Sunday.
J. W. Mieras of Monroe, S.D., has retired from the farm and has moved to Sioux Center where they expect to make their future home.
Editor Miss Pereboom will not be able to resume her editorial work on the Times on account of ill health. J.E. Mieras will have charge of the paper until some other arrangements can be made.
March 15, 1917
James Ard of Laurens was an over Sunday guest at the Mrs. L. Mieras home.
J.S. Mieras of Sioux City sold his Idaho land to Peter Van Peursem.
Dr. Oggel went to Orange City Tuesday to assist Dr. De Bay with and operation of Mrs. Hoemstra of Monroe, S.D.
Mrs. Ralph Mieras was sick with tonsilitis.
Ralph Mieras was confined to his bed with tonsilitis Friday and Saturday. Earle Crowley made the route in his illness.
March 22, 1917
J.S. Mieras of Sioux City was a business visitor Wednesday.
March 29, 1917
Helma and Jessamine Mieras were guests of Miss Vivian Kooi at Orange City Saturday.
April 5, 1917
Doctor Oggel was a visitor in Sioux City Wednesday.
Messrs and Mesdames Wm., J.E., and Ralph Mieras went to Orange City Tueday to attend the funeral of Mrs. John Brolsma. The deceased was a niece of Wm. and J.E. Mieras.
Mrs. H.C. Kuhl of Odebolt arrived here Wednesday to visit at the homes of her brothers Wm. and J.E. Mieras and other relatives.
April 19, 1917
Mrs. S. Ridderbos and Mrs. J.E. Mieras and daughter Bernice were visiting relatives in Orange City Wednesday.
Mrs. M. Mieras of North Yakima, who arrived in Sioux County a few days ago, was visiting at the H.M. Mensink home Wednesday.
Dr. Oggel was sick with tonsilitis a few days this week.
Every age and nearly every community has its problem and generally- problems. The average village newspaper is too often a problem to the publisher and to the town. With the drift towards the city and most people about as much interested in Chicago as the community in which they live it is no wonder that the local paper feels the effect.
The Maurice Times is to be continued indefinitely.
Owing to the ill health, Miss Mary Pereboom, who bought the paper last fall, was obliged to sell. Miss Pereboom did a good business and overworked during the winter and will not be able to work for some time.
Mr. J.E. Mieras, the former owner, is too busy as a postmaster and telephone manager to publish a paper, so it fell to G.A. Tyler of Struble to be- right tackle- in the newspaper game at Maurice. Mr. Mieras has been publishing the paper since Miss Pereboom was taken sick.
Mr. Mieras has been in business in Maurice since 1890 when he began clerking for VanBeynum & Mensink where he worked for six years.
After attending school for some time he became postmaster January 1898 which office he has held up to the present time and no doubt will hold it for some time unless Germany can whip the stars and stripes off the American flag in the very near future.
He was in business with Mr. DeJong, both in furniture and electric lights. Five years ago he began publishing the Maurice Times. Last November he sold the plant to Miss Pereboom, but his influence in the town and community will still be a factor to be reckoned with and always for a better government, a cleaner citizenship, and stronger churches.
April 26, 1917
Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Mieras, of Pauline, were entertained at the John M. Mieras’ home Sunday, making the trip by auto.
Johannes Mieras was an Orange City passenger Thursday.
One of Ralph Mieras horses, which he uses on the mail route, was sick this week.
May 3, 1917
Johannes Mieras spent Thursday in Orange City.
Johannes Mieras was a business visitor on Paullina Tuesday.
May 10, 1917
Mr. James Ard, of Laurens, spent Sunday at the home of Mrs. Lou Mieras.
Jessamine Mieras was on the sick list last week.
Peter Mieras had the misfortune to cut his foot in a disc Wednesday afternoon but the wound proved to be not so serious.
May 17, 1917
Oliver, Helma, and Jessamine Mieras and Marie Rozenboom went to LeMars Saturday to see the circus.
Charles Mieras of Sioux City was visiting at the home of his brother Ralph a few days this week.
May 24, 1917
James Ard, of Laurens, spent Sunday at the Mrs. L. Mieras home.
Miss Ada Mieras was visiting with friends in Laurens a few days this week.
A QUIET WEDDING- A quiet wedding took place May 19th at the home of Mrs. Louis Mieras which was a surprise to even the closest friends of the bride and groom when Miss Ada Mieras was united in marriage by the W.H. Dickens to Mr. James A. Ard of Tylertown, Minn. The wedding took place at 7 p.m. at the home of the bride.
Sunday the young people attended church services and on Monday left for points in Minnesota. Mr. Ard is the telegraph operator at Laurens Ia.
Their friends in Maurice did not have time to throw rice and old shoes for Mr. and Mrs. Ard were across the state line before our young people realized that the matrimonial line had been passed. Every body wishes the young couple prosperity and happiness.
Mrs. James A. Mieras and son Howard of Harrisburg, S.Dak. arrived Tuesday evening for a visit with the Geo. Bauerly family west of LeMars. Mrs. Mieras and son spent Thursday in the city visiting at the Knipples home and with other relatives. They will depart for their home in Harrisburg Saturday morning after a visit at the O.E. Peck’s home in Brunsville. –From the LeMars Globe-Post
A surprise kitchen shower was given to Miss Ada Mieras Wednesday May 16th, all enjoying a good time and the dainty luncheon which was served at the H.M. Mensink home. Those present were Eva and Ella Mensink, Dena and Lillian Mieras, Nellie Roghair, Susan Frericks, Laura Hunnell, Mabel Huesinkveld, Lizzie Lynch, Matilda VanderBring, Marion Harrison, Cora Langerack, Malinda VandeBrake, and Marie Rozenboom.
June 14, 1917
Miss Judith DeJong was staying with Miss Helma Mieras while the latters parents were gone for a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Mieras and daughters Jessamine and Bernice and Mr. Wm. Mieras and son Roland left for Odebolt Saturday morning for a few days visit at the H.C. Kuhl home there.
June 21, 1917
Ella Mensink has been on the sick list a few days this week.
Charles, Hazel, and Eleanor Mieras and Florence Steel of Sioux City, were visiting at the Ralph Mieras home Saturday evening. They came by car.
Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Mieras and daughter Mildred autoed to Paullina Sunday, where they visited at the M.A. Mieras home.
Billie Mieras was visiting at the Jake Mieras home at Sioux City a couple days lat week.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mieras and family autoed to Granville Sunday.
July 5, 1917
Mrs. Wm. Mieras visited relatives in Sioux City over Sunday.
John E. Mieras and family attended the Chautauqua at LeMars the Fourth.
Eddie, Louie and Dewey Preston were visiting the home of their uncle Wm. Mieras over Sunday.
Dr. and Mrs. Oggel and children were shopping in LeMars Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Mieras and family autoed to LeMars Monday to take in the Chautauqua.
July 12, 1917
Dr. H.D. Oggel was a Sioux City visitor Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. James Ard of Laurens spent the 4th of July at the home of the latter’s mother, Mrs. L. Mieras of this place.
Mr. Charlie Mieras and Miss Florence Steele of Sioux City visited at the Ralph Mieras home Monday evening. They came by auto.
The L.T.L. met at the home of Miss Jessamine Mieras, Tuesday afternoon. The usual business meeting was held after which a dainty luncheon was served.
NOTICE- It seems to me that every day in the week has become ironing day in Maurice and therefore I kindly ask my patrons to get out of that habit. It almost compels me to run the engine continually and yet there is not load enough to do that and still too much for the battery. I run the engine on Monday and Tuesday for that purpose and unless this request is complied with I shall be compelled to shut off the day current from the residence district or raise the rate. Please remember that you pay less for current here than other people do in towns three or four times larger than this town. Monday and Tuesday are washing and ironing days. Please bear this in mind. Henry DeJong
July 19, 1917
Miss Helma Mieras spend Sunday at the Henry DeJong home.
Dr. and Mrs. H.D. Oggel autoed to Orange City Wednesday evening.
John M. Mieras is helping in the black-smith shop during his spare time.
John E. Mieras was working at Struble a few days this week placing telephones.
July 26, 1917
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Mieras and family autoed to Sioux City Sunday afternoon where they visited at the J.S. Mieras home Sunday and Monday.
Miss Helma Mieras is visiting at the J.S. Mieras home in Sioux City this week.
Mrs. James Ard of Laurens was visiting at the home of her mother, Mrs. L. Mieras a few days the fore part of the week.
August 9, 1917
Miss Elinor Mieras of Sioux City arrived here Monday for a weeks visit with relatives and friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mieras and family left for Nebr. Friday where they will visit relatives for a few days. They went there with a car. Earle Crowley is making the mail route during Ralph Mieras’ absence.
August 16, 1917
Notable Birthday Party-It is seldom that any town the size of Maurice has three such notable characters, as those gathered at the P.N. Vos home last Monday night. It appears that the birthday of Messrs P.N. Vos, banker, J.E. Mieras, postmaster, and C.C. Smith, lumberman, occurs on the same date. Towards six o’clock these gentlemen with John VanderPloeg as marshal of the day, invaded the quiet home of Mr. and Mrs. P.N. Vos, which had been taken possession of by Miss Goldie and Ray Hershey. Miss Hershey and “Jimmie Toy” had the time of their life trying to keep this honored trio in order.
At six o’clock Miss Hershey with the aid of Mesdames Vos, Smith and Mieras prepared a luncheon for the gentlemen and those present. It was a feast rather than a luncheon. After a social evening spent in playing games and “swapping” stories for the edification and entertainment of those present, the honored trio called for another feed at ten o’clock. The tables were prettily decorated with flowers and fruit and it was a splendid occasion of social enjoyment where care takes wing and life is enriched.
C.C. Smith carried off first prize for eating chicken, J.E. Mieras for eating ice cream, and P.N. Vos for filling up on music.
The next morning we called on the gentlemen. All Mr. Smith could do was to crow; Mr. Mieras was so frozen up he could not even talk; and Mr. Vos was trying to sing, “There was a hot time in the old town last night,” to the edification of VanderPloeg.
Congratulations men and may you never grow old in heart and life and may you have many more such occasions to look back to in the course of a long life.
August 23, 1917
J.S. Duven and J. Mieras took a trip to the John Westra home 17 miles northwest of Maurice Wednesday of this week and Mr. Duven sold a Titan tractor to Mr. Westra.
Miss Hazel Mieras of Sioux City was visiting friends and relatives around Maurice this week.
John M. Mieras is busy making cement blocks these days. Anybody that is not busy may please step in and help him.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mieras and family who have been visiting in Nebraska for a number of days returned home Wednesday. They made the entire trip by car.
Miss Elinor Mieras of Sioux City who has been visiting with friends here the past week returned to her home in Sioux City Tuesday.
September 13, 1917
Friday afternoon little Donald Mieras got his finger pinched in the cement machine which is in the basement of the City Hall. Dr. Oggel fixed the finger and it is doing fine.
September 27, 1917
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Mieras were Orange City callers Tuesday.
Mrs. J.M. Mieras was an Orange City visitor Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Mieras autoed to LeMars Wednesday afternoon.
October 11, 1917
Mr. Mieras has taken a position with the Sioux Furniture company and will move the post office to the Duven building and it will be located in the furniture store. Mr. J.E. Mieras and Mr. Mieras will have entire charge of the hardware and furniture store at this place. Wm. Duven will spend considerable of his time in Orange City.
Mrs. J.E. Mieras was a passenger to Orange City Monday.
Oliver Mieras, who is attending school at Sioux City, was home over Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Mieras and daughter Mildred autoed to Paullina Sunday where they visited at the M.A. Mieras home.
Charles Mieras, accompanied by Miss Florence Steel, Eleanor and Hazel Mieras, and Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Mieras of Sioux City, were visiting at the Ralph Mieras home Sunday. They made the trip by auto.
October 25, 1917
Mrs. Henry VandeBrake and daughter Malinda, and Mrs. J.E. Mieras and daughter Helma were shopping in Sioux City Friday.
James A. Ard of Hawarden was in Town Wednesday morning.
Oliver Mieras who is attending high school at Sioux City was an over Sunday visitor at the parental home.
Charles Mieras and Miss Florence Steel accompanied by the Misses Hazel, Ester [sic], and Elinor Mieras of Sioux City were visiting at the Ralph Mieras home Saturday evening. They came down by auto.
November 1, 1917
Mrs. J.E. Mieras was on the sick list this week.
Mrs. John M. Mieras was an Orange City passenger Wednesday.
Lillian Mieras, who is attending school at Hawarden, was home over Sunday.
The stockholders of the Maurice Mutual Telephone company met at the hall last Tuesday night and proposed to reorganize the company and extend its lines, if possible. The finances of the concern are in good condition and the extension lines owned and operated in the past by J.E. Mieras was bought by the company. A cordial invitation will be extended to the farmers lines to join them in forming a company with sufficient strength to give real service.
There was some sentiment present in favor of selling to an outside concern but this will probably not mature. Henry DeJong will manage the company’s affairs for three months. This will give the people time to consider the matter and come to a- final understanding.
November 8, 1917
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mieras autoed to Sioux City Saturday afternoon.
Charles Mieras and Florence Steel and the Misses Esther, Hazel, and Elinor Mieras of Sioux City were visiting relatives here Sunday. They came by auto.
Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Mensink and daughter Ella spent Monday evening at the William Van Peursem home.
Lillian Mieras who has been attending school at Hawarden has quit school and has accepted a position as Telephone operator at Maurice.
Oliver Mieras who is attending school at Sioux City was home over Sunday.
November 11, 1917
J.E. Mieras, for sometime manager of the Sherman telephone line, has resigned and will leave the company’s employ November 1. His successor has not been chosen.
November 22, 1917
Wm. Mieras has been helping Wm. Duven of Orange City a few days the forepart of this week.
John E. Mieras was in Alton Thursday to help unload some furniture.
November 29, 1917
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mieras and family were visiting at the Rozenboom home near Alton Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Jon E. Mieras and family autoed to Sioux City Friday where they visited at the J.S. Mieras home.
John M. Mieras went to LeMars Wednesday where he had some dental work done. Johannes Mieras carried the mail on the route Wednesday.
December 6, 1917
John E. Mieras was a business visitor in Orange City Tuesday morning.
Miss Helma Mieras, Miss Marie Rozenboom and Miss Hazel Tyler were at Sioux Center Wednesday.
Oliver Mieras who is attending school at Sioux City spent Thanksgiving at the parental home.
Mr. Charlie Mieras accompanied by the Misses Florence Steel, Esther and Hazel Mieras, autoed from Sioux City Thursday morning and spent Thanksgiving at the J.E. Mieras home.
Mr. Charles Mieras of Sioux City was visiting at the J.E. Mieras home Saturday. He left again Sunday morning and Oliver Mieras who is attending school at Sioux City accompanied him back home.
December 20, 1917
Mrs. L. Mieras and son Adrian were Sioux City visitors Thursday.
John M. Mieras, our mail carrier, froze one if his ears Friday while on the mail route.
Chester Van Peursem was at Sioux City Tuesday.
December 27, 1917
Mrs. John M. Mieras was at Orange City Wednesday.
Oliver Mieras was up from Sioux City to spend the holiday vacation with his parents.
January 17, 1918
Mr. J.E. Mieras took a load of furniture to Sioux Center Monday.
Mrs. J.E. Mieras was an Orange City passenger Monday.
Mrs. Ralph Mieras was at Hawarden two days this week having some dental work done.
Mrs. Dr. Oggel and daughter Dorothy were at Sioux City Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Mieras and Mrs. Huesinkveld called at the Alvin Huesinkveld home near LeMars last Saturday.
Johannes Mieras and James Duven autoed to Ireton Saturday on business and experienced the usual trouble with snow banks this time of year.
January 24, 1918
SOLD!- Johannes Mieras Buys Telephone Stock- For some time the Mutual Telephone Company of this place has been on the ragged edge financially and its future uncertain. Some few wanted to sell out to the Bell concern while others wanted to keep the control of it in local hands. Tuesday night the stockholders met at the office of the company and proceeded to settle the matter at hand. It was a good natured crowd that gathered and while there were several bids and differences of opinion on minor matters, there were no heated discussions and matters were handled in all fairness and with the right spirit.
As soon as the meeting was called to order by P.N. Vos, its president, the minutes of the last meeting were read and approved and a motion was made to sell the stock to the highest bidder with the right to resist any bid for cause. There was a noticeable attitude against selling to outside parties by many present. Mr. Vander Berg starting the discussion and gave his opinions on the matter.
Bids were next in order and the following were submitted. P.N. Vos $22 per share; Henry DeJong $20 and Johannes Mieras $15, which was finally raised to $20. Really there was no difference between the last two bids as presented. P.N. Vos informed the stockholders that if they sold to him it would not remain in his possession for very long but that he would guarantee better service than we had been having.
Henry DeJong would guarantee one year’s service and give local parties a chance to buy if he should want to sell after one year. Mr. J. E. Mieras said that it was a patriotic move on their part as they did not want to see the line pass to an outside concern; that the money could be invested to better advantage in some other business. They promise to give the people of Maurice a chance to buy if they desire to sell at any time. Mr. Johannes Mieras said that he expected to devote all his time to the business and put it in good condition as soon as possible if he bought the business. A vote was taken and the stockholders sold out to Johannes Mieras and his associates in the business, Messrs John M. and J.E. Mieras, who own stock in the new company. The new company asks for a liberal patronage and the loyal support of the people and will strive to give the best service since its reorganization.
Owing to the high cost of labor and material, it will be absolutely necessary to raise the rates and the following schedule of rates will go into effect from November 1, 1918. Residence phones $1.25 per month. Business phones $1.50 per month, both in advance. Farm phones, $15 per year.
The patrons of this company realize that prices are going up everywhere and there should be no opposition to an increase in prices for rental phones.
Mr. J.M. Mieras and Miss Mabel Huesinkveld were at LeMars Monday where Mr. Mieras had some dental work done.
Wm. Mieras was an Orange City passenger Monday.
Ralph Mieras autoed to Orange City Monday afternoon.
Mrs. J.M. Mieras was a visitor in Orange City Wednesday.
J.E. Mieras was on the sick list Sunday.
Mrs. James Ard of Hawarden was visiting at the home of her mother, Mrs. L. Mieras, Monday.
February 14, 1918
Mrs. L. Mieras was a passenger to Orange City Tuesday.
February 21, 1918
J.E. Mieras was at Orange City Wednesday. It is surmised that he was there to get his molars in condition so that he might properly masticate that “war bread”. Nothing like preparedness.
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Mieras and daughter Mildred went to Paulina for a days visit at the home of Marinus Mieras.
April 11, 1918
Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Mieras and daughter Mildred and Clara Rozenboom autoed to Rock Valley Sunday and called on Mr. and Mrs. Oldenkamp.
April 18, 1918
M.A. Mieras of Paullina stopped for a short time Monday night at Maurice to see relatives and friends while on his way to LeMars.
M.A. Mieras of Paulina, Vice President of the First National Bank of that town, sent in two years subscription to the Times last week with best wishes as follows, “wishing you much success in the enterprise and anticipating a bright future for you, I am, etc.” The average small town newspaper man appreciates words like those above as well as cash. All we can say is the same to you, Mr. Mieras, and more as the years come and go.
May 2, 1918
Wedding a Surprise- Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Mensink, this week, announce the Marriage of their daughter Eva Henrietta to Private George De Groot of Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill., Saturday, April 27, 1918.
Mrs. De Groot will remain with her husband during his stay at Rockford. The newlyweds surprised their most intimate friends and very few of them are saying, “I told you so”. They are splendid young folks and while they begin their wedded life under trying circumstances and the war cloud is dark with uncertainty, but the dawn of a better day will soon break we believe.
May 9, 1918
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Mieras autoed to Sioux City Saturday night where they visited J.S. Mieras family over Sunday.
Ralph Mieras and family autoed to Sioux City where they visited relatives. They drove that famous Cole Eight.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mieras and Miss Lillian Mieras autoed to Hawarden Saturday night.
May 16, 1918
J.E. Mieras is putting a partition in the telephone Exchange building to accommodate the new barber who is soon to open another barber shop in town.
Wm. Mieras took a change of work this week and planted corn on his farm instead of selling separators and hardware. It is only a prophecy of what all the business men in town will have to do if the war continues.
May 23, 1918
Mrs. Will Van Peursem and sons Chester and Phillip were shopping in LeMars Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mieras and sons Billie and Donald were visiting relatives in Sioux City Monday.
Mrs. J.M. Mieras and Mabel Huesinkveld went to LeMars Wednesday to see their sister Mrs. Kukak, who is in the hospital there.
May 30, 1918
Glen Mieras, who has been suffering with pneumonia for a week, is much better. He is a fortunate boy.
June 7, 1918
Notice!- Instructions on Piano- Miss Hazel Mieras, a graduate from Morningside Conservatory of Music is coming to Maurice to give instruction on the piano or organ. Anyone wishing up to date instruction on above instruments will do well to engage her. Prices reasonable. Lessons will be given at the J.E. Mieras home every Thursday.
Word has been received from home friends that John Rodenhour, Jim Jasper, Wm. Lehman, and Wm. Mieras are all safe in France. This is good news and were a very glad the boys of “fighting squad” are on French soil.
Miss Eleanor Mieras of Sioux City is visiting relatives and friends at Maurice for a few days.
C.A. Vore takes charge of the farm just left by Jake and Adrian Mieras who have gone to Fort Dodge. He has hired out to Mrs. Mieras for the season.
June 13, 1918
Ella Mensink went to Orange City where she had some dental work done.
Milo Mieras has been helping cultivate the corn on Mrs. L. Mieras farm for a couple days of the forepart of the week.
The foreign address of Private Wm. Mieras is Battery E, 304 Field Artillery, A.E.F. France.
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Mieras and the Misses Emily and Mabel, and Clifford Huesinkveld visited with Mr. and Mrs. Kukak of LeMars last Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Mieras took their daughter Bernice to Sioux City Monday for an examination of one ear. Wednesday the ear was operated on. It will leave no serious effects. We understand it was caused by an abcess.
June 20, 1918
J.E. Mieras reports the use of new potatoes June 15. Some gardener.
Ralph Mieras, J.C. Emery, and Pierce Baker autoed to Sioux City Saturday.
Mrs. Geo. De Groot and Miss Ella Mensink went to Orange City Tuesday where they attended the C.C. Convention which was held there Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie De Groot and family autoed to Doon Sunday where they spent the day at the home of the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt. Miss Lillian Mieras accompanied then to Doon.
Dean Oggel while playing with a curtain rod fell and punctured his palate and several stitches were required.
June 27, 1918
Milo Mieras will soon be prepared to take the Kaiser himself. He is becoming a veteran, hardened and brave. First, he is well acquainted with firearms having tried one out on his hand to note its effect. It was a success. This did not worry Milo very much. Second, last week he tried to test his strength against a gasoline car and came through in fair shape and is back to work. Moral: You don’t have to go to war to lead a strenuous life. Milo Mieras and Teddy Roosevelt can get it at home.
John M. Mieras has been busy for the last few days laying sidewalks for Dr. Oggel and Mrs. Martha Beyers. He also put in a crossing on Second St. near the Mensink and Oggel properties.
Ramona Mieras is visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Mieras of Sioux City.
July 18, 1918
Misses Lillian Mieras and Minnie Rozenboom were visiting in Orange City Tuesday.
July 25, 1918
Wm. Mieras and son Milo were at Sioux City Monday to bid good-by to Louie, and Dewey Preston who leave for camp Pike with our own boys this week. Mrs. Preston is a sister of Mr. Mieras.
August 1, 1918
Ralph Mieras and family autoed to Sioux City Sunday.
J.S. Mieras was here visiting Tuesday.
Wm. Mieras was at Orange City Tuesday.
August 8, 1918
Pvt. Jake Mieras is home on a 30 days furlough. He is looking fine and likes his job for Uncle Sam. He comes in handy at this time of year and Jake knows how to work. The wheat is on the move and going something like he will make the Huns go when he cuts loose with his new Enfield rifle by and by.
Chester Van Peursem has enlisted in the Navy. He will be called in a few weeks to Chicago where he will go for training. Chester is 19 years of age and one of our most promising young men.
August 15, 1918
The Misses Ramona Mieras and Gwendolyn Elskamp were Ireton visitors Friday.
Wm. Mieras was visiting at the J.S. Mieras home in Sioux City Sunday. He also stayed Monday to take in the circus.
August 22, 1918
Mrs. Lou Mieras, Mrs. Ard of Hawarden and Miss Lillian Mieras accompanied Pvt. Jake Mieras back to Camp Dodge where they will remain until the first part of the week. Mr. Mieras left Tuesday morning on the 9:00 train for Camp Dodge where he will resume his labors. He was unable to do all the work planned but he did all possible to assist mother and the boys on the farm before he returned.
Milo Mieras, Gerrit Rozenboom and Edward Van Gorkum visited Lake Okaboji, leaving last Saturday and returning Tuesday. They made the trip there on bicycles and returned on the train. They had an exciting, adventurous, and pleasant time while away. One night at Spencer they furnished their own “moving picture” which extended to another town down the line. Farewell Spencer. They had a splendid time at the Lake.
August 29, 1918
Miss Eleanor Mieras of Sioux City is visiting Miss Cora Langerack this week.
Dr. Oggel was at Spirit Lake for a much needed rest and there is a new punch to his wit and humor.
September 5, 1918
Tom Vore, who works for Mrs. L. Mieras, had a very narrow escape from death Sunday night on his way home from Church services. Just east of Maurice near the Meylink place the road has quite a steep grade and going at a good rate of speed the car slid into the ditch and turned turtle and caught Mr. Vore and pinned him down under the car. The gasoline saturated his clothes but did not catch fire before he was released by a stranger like the good Samaritan of old. Mr. Stranger came to town and got J.E. Mieras, Mr. Henry Borrink and Mr. Jasper. They hastened to the place and Mr. Vore was taken to his home at Mrs. Mieras and the next day he was at work in the field and outside of a few bruises and a scalded back caused by the gas, he was alright. The car will need some little attention but is not in bad condition.
September 12, 1918
Chester Van Peursem left for Omaha Sunday.
October 3, 1918
Ralph Mieras autoed to Rock Valley Wednesday.
J.L. Mieras and Take Stellingwerk autoed to Orange City Wednesday.
J.E. Mieras autoed to LeMars Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs. Geo. Elskamp, Lillian Mieras, and Sena and Merinas Van Gorkum autoed to LeMars Saturday night.
J.L. Mieras and Ralph Mieras autoed to Granville Tuesday repairing telephone lines.
October 10, 1918
It is seldom that a more sudden death occurs in this vicinity than the death of Mrs. S. Ridderbos who died at her home in Maurice, Friday, October 4, 1918 after a brief illness of one week. The immediate cause of death was obstruction of the bowels.
Miss Jessie Miersma was born in The Netherlands 72 years ago and came to this country in 1880. She was united in marriage to S. Ridderbos and moved with her husband on to his farm three and one-half mile south-east of Maurice. In 1903 they retired and moved to Maurice. He husband preceded her to the Great Beyond October 21, 1914.
The deceased leaves to mourn her departure an only daughter, Mrs. J.E. Mieras, and four grandchildren, Oliver, Helma, Jessamine and Bernice Mieras, and two brothers, Paul and Wiebe, both of Hull Iowa, a sister, Miss S. Miersma of Orange City.
The funeral took place at the First church, the Rev. J. Vanderbeek being her pastor, officiating. An appropriate memorial sermon was delivered in both the Dutch and English language. A mixed quartet composed of Mrs. Martha Beyers, Mrs. Nellie Beckering, Mr. D. Vanderberg, and C.J. DeJong sang the gospel and Mrs. Duven played the pipe organ. Interment was made in the Sherman Township cemetery. A large congregation was present to pay their last deed of kindness to the deceased. The sympathy of the community is with the bereaved relatives.
October 17, 1918
J.E. Mieras was at Sioux Center Wednesday on business.
Oliver Mieras returned to Sioux City again on Monday where he will resume his studies. He came home on account of the “flu”.
Mrs. L. Mieras and daughter Lillian went to Sioux City on business Saturday.
John M. Mieras and family are sporting a brand new Player piano.
October 24, 1918
Miss Esther Mieras, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Mieras of Sioux City was married Thursday to a Mr. Cobb of the U.S. Navy. He is located at the Great Lakes station.
October 31, 1918
Young Ladies Meet- Sunday evening after a quiet day spent at home, several of the young ladies met with Miss Hazel Tyler at the dinner hour and spent the evening together. Ghost stories were not tabooed and the joy of pulling the laziest man in town off his lazy perch did not phase them a bit. The evening was pleasantly spent by as jolly a bunch of girls as generally get together in Maurice. Those present were Miss Helma Mieras, Miss Sena Van Gorkam, Miss Judith De Jong, Miss Lillian Mieras and Miss Hazel Tyler.
November 7, 1918
Pvt. Jake Mieras, located at Camp Dodge, Iowa, came home on a furlough Monday and will be here a few days to help pick corn. He is looking the soldier all right and feels fine.
Miss Ella Mensink is manager of the Victory Girls and G.A. Tyler looks after the Victory Boys. The public are well informed of the nature of the United War Work claim but few people are acquainted with the new work of the young people and we are giving considerable space to it this week.
Miss Helma Mieras and Milo Mieras took a joy ride to Orange City and returned Monday morning. They had intended to go back to school but it was closed on account of the “flu”, and they were not informed regarding the matter.
Johannes Mieras is giving extra these days at the telephone exchange on account of the influenza epidemic. It pays to have a local man in charge who has an interest in the people of the community and who can go out of his way if he sees fit to care for the welfare of the people. If you owe him money, see he gets it as a reward for this extra service. We understand he has little toll accounts out and while this is not a paid advertisement, yet we believe he needs the money.
November 21, 1918
Mrs. J.E. Mieras and daughter Helma were Sioux City shoppers Saturday. Miss Helma will finish the school year at Sioux City.
While John M. Mieras rural carrier No. 2 was out on his route Tuesday morning, old Henry Ford refused to go and so part of his trip was made by walking.
November 28, 1918
Johannes Mieras did not feel well Monday morning and a few hours had a severe fever and was down with influenza. Tuesday forenoon he was moved to the home of his brother John M. Mieras where Mrs. Mieras is caring for him. Mr. Mieras and daughter Mildred are stopping at the Huesinkveld home. Mr. Mieras has to carry the mail.
December 5, 1918
Obituary- The community was deeply stirred Sunday when the news was flashed over the phone line from Paullina that Marion Mieras well known in this community was not expected to live and Sunday night the sad news came that he had passed away. Mr. Mieras contracted influenza which developed later into pneumonia which caused his death.
Marion Mieras was 35 years of age and leaves a wife, formerly Miss Clara Duus of LeMars, and one of the children are sick with influenza and were unable to attend the remains to the grave at LeMars where he was buried. Mr. Mieras was a banker of considerable ability and was employed for several years at Remsen and was later sent to Paullina. He has a wide acquaintance in both Sioux and Plymouth counties. Only two of his brothers were able to follow the remains to the grave; James of South Dakota and John M. of Maurice. One brother is still in Holland, one in Washington state and Johannes a very sick man at the time of the burial. There are more homes in our country made sad by this awful pestilence than that caused by war. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the relatives and especially the sick wife and children who miss him more than anyone else.
Mr. James Mieras of Harrisburg, S.D. attended his brother’s funeral at LeMars on Tuesday. Of eight brothers five are living. Mr. Mieras farms a quarter section at present but farmed 240 when he first went to that state. For 25 years he lived and farmed in Sioux County and will return to the County in the spring having bought 160 acres seven miles north of Hawarden. He left the county in 1915, after being on the Culligan farm for 14 years. A baby girl came to their home last May. The family is prospering and the future bright with promise. Mr. Mieras belongs to the Times family and gave us a few minutes of his time Tuesday morning. He will return to Harrisburg this week.
Johannes Mieras is on the mend. He had a severe attack of the influenza. He was taken to the home of his brother John M. Mieras and Mrs. Mieras cared for him.
December 19, 1918
Johannes Mieras came wobbling down the streets of Maurice on his way to the barber shop Monday morning. He acted as if he had been spending the winter south and got hook worms a plenty. The pneumonia is a bad disease to get hold of one and Mr. Mieras is to be commended for getting the best of it.
December 26, 1918
Mrs. J.E. Mieras and daughter Helma were in LeMars Tuesday on a shopping and visiting trip.
Pvt. Adrian Mieras came home last Friday from Camp Dodge and is now a private citizen again. Adrian liked army very well but of course is glad it is all over. The armistice takes all the pep out of military training at present.
March 20, 1919
Dr. Oggle and C.C. Smith were passengers to Sioux City last Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Mieras took their little daughter Mildred to Orange City Friday where and operation was performed for nose trouble.
March 27, 1919
Manager Mieras of the Motion Picture Show informs us that he is contemplating buying a new Powers 6B motion picture machine with motor driven attachment in the very near future. Surely if he does, Maurice will have as good a show as can be seen in Sioux City and we are in hopes he will order the new machine at once.
Milo Mieras, Wayne Smith and Clifford Huesinkveld were Sioux City visitors Saturday.
Oliver and Helma Mieras, who are attending the Sioux City High school, spent the weekend at the parental home.
The family of Ralph Mieras are nearly all reported to be down with the flu.
April 3, 1919
New Motion Picture Machine- It is now a sure thing that Manager Mieras of the opera house will order a new Powers 6B motion picture machine with motor driven attachment of the latest model and in another week the machine will be here and installed. A booth will be made in the balcony and by Saturday night, April 9th, our people will see as good pictures right here in Maurice as you will find anywhere in the great cities. This outlay will cost big money and shows that Mr. Mieras is enterprising and doing his part to boost out little town. Now its left up to the public to give him big patronage. Mieras has done his bit so let us all boost him and do our bit by giving him full houses to his shows.
April 10, 1919
GONE TO THE GREAT BEYOND
Effie, the Beloved Wife of Ralph W. Mieras Died Last Thursday.
Effie Rote Baker was born March 21, 1886 on a farm just north of Maurice. When about 17 years of age her family moved to Maurice where they have since lived. The deceased was married to Ralph W. Mieras April 19, 1904 and they have always lived in and around Maurice ever since. The family who mourn her departure consists of the husband and five children as follows: Ramona, Francis, Billie, Donald, and little Pearson who just came to the home about 18 days before the sad event of the mother’s death took place. The deceased also leaves a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Pierce Baker to mourn her loss. The mother is a confirmed invalid needing constant care. Mrs. Mieras leaves three sisters and two brothers, two sisters and one brother having preceded her on the long journey. The husband is left with a small family to care for and make his daily wage. Little Pearson will be cared for by Mr. and Mrs. H.H. VandeBrake, where he will have all the care that one of their own children would receive.
Death was due to the bad effects of influenza on the heart and after a hard fought battle, death won at 12:25 Thursday, April 4. She was conscious to the last and bid all the family and friends who were present goodbye. The funeral took place at the American Reformed church Monday, G.A. Tyler officiating as minister. The choir sang some very comforting hymns. Wm. Duven was in charge of the funeral as undertaker. The remains were laid to rest in the Ireton cemetery. The sympathy of the Times and its readers is extended to the relatives and family in this their time of sorrow.