Dr. H. W. Boynton, Physician and Surgeon. – This eminent physician is one of Toledo’s successful men, and is having a successful practice in medicine and surgery. By close study and thorough practical demonstrations he has attained that skill which marks him master of his profession. He can always be found at his residence on Church Street, Toledo, Tama County, Iowa. Below will be found a short but creditable biography of his progress through life.
Mr. Boynton is a native of the State of New York. He came to Iowa in the year 1861, and in the same year began the study of medicine and surgery in the office of Dr. John Conaway, a prominent physician of Brooklyn, Poweshiek County, Iowa. In August, 1863, he left his studies, went to Iowa City and enlisted for the war as a private in the 28th Iowa Infantry, Volunteers, which was fully organized in barracks at Camp Pope awaiting orders to move south. Shortly after enlistment he was promoted to Hospital Steward of his regiment, which position he held until the regiment was discharged at the close of the war. After discharged from services he pursued the study of medicine and surgery until he graduated at the Albany Medical College, New York, December 24th, 1866. Immediately after finishing his studies he returned to Iowa where he practiced his profession nearly four years at La Porte City, Iowa, then moved to Toledo, Tama County, Iowa, in 1870, where he has since followed his profession with ability and success making Surgery a specialty. In 1872, he was appointed United States Examining Surgeon for Pensions for Tama County, which appointment he held until he resigned in 1876, on account of temporary absence from the County. He is a member of the Iowa State Medical Society and President of the Tama County Medical Association.
J. W. Kreminak, Boots and Shoes. – This gentleman has been a resident of Toledo but a short time coming here in 1878, and yet by energy, good management and skillful work has already built up an extensive business and has gained a good name for integrity and is classed among the liberal merchants of the city. He is located on Broadway, where he has one of the neatest stores and stocks in the town. He is a practical workman, having followed the trade since a boy, and meets with a large patronage from all classes of citizens in custom made goods of which he makes a speciality.
J. M. Camery & Son, Hardware and Agricultural Implements. – In 1870, these gentlemen established themselves in Toledo, and during the past nine years have met with more than average success. Their machinery in which they deal consists of all kinds of farm implements, Deere & Co’s., plows and cultivators, Keystone plows, Buckeye seeders, for which they are agents. They also handle all kinds of field and garden seeds, and are doing an extensive business in hardware, carrying one of the largest stocks in the County. We may also say in the branch of their business they handle the best quality of goods. Store at the corner of High and Main Streets.
Homer S. Bradshaw, Law and Collection Office. – For the past eight years the above named gentlemen has been well known to the citizens of Toledo, and vicinity, and in fact, over the entire County. In the year 1871, Mr. Bradshaw came to Toledo from Mechanicsville, Iowa, where he had been employed for a number of years as principal of the public schools, and engaged in the practice of law; since which date he has been having a comparatively good practice and has proven himself of more than average legal ability and is now ranked among the leading practitioners of the County. His office is in Nelson & Barker’s Real Estate and Loan office, where he has a good library. He has a legal knowledge that only can be attained by close study and large practice.
B. Stone, Grocer etc. – This gentleman’s success goes to show what may be attained by the majority of persons if they are industrious, persevering and enterprising. Mr. Stone has been in this city for a great many years, and since 1872, in the grocery business, during which time he has been cautious and careful, and always attending to the wants of his customers, ever striving to please those from whom he receives patronage. This is the correct method of conducting business, in our opinion, and has proven successful in most cases when closely followed. It has, however, in the case of Mr. Stone as to-day he is rewarded with a large and growing business. Store on the corner of High and Broadway.
W. W. Souster, M. D. – One of the leading and largely patronized medical practitioners of Toledo is the above named gentleman. He practices Homoepathy fully believing that this system of practice is the right one of the successful treatment of the various ills which flesh is heir to. His business was established in this city in 1873, shortly after graduating. Since this date he has succeeded in securing a large profitable practice being a gentleman of acknowledged ability and well educated in the medical profession. He enjoys the confidence of the community in which he resides and follows the profession of his choice and we many say truthfully that it would be difficult to find a more genial, and social gentleman than Mr. Souster. Office over Mr. Stigers drug store.
William Reickhoff, Abstracter. – This gentleman is one of Toledo’s most respected citizens, and one who has the confidence of the people in business transactions. He is classed among the oldest inhabitants, having resided in the place since 1862. For a number of years after Mr. Rieckhoff came to Toledo he was engaged at blacksmithing, which business he followed until 1872 when he sold his shop and engaged in the law and real estate business. In the fall of 1875, began abstracting and still continues at that business. Mr. Rieckhoff has a fine set of abstract books, and any one wishing anything in his line will do well to call on him at his office in Toledo.
Bailey & Austin, Attorneys at Law and Loan Agents. – Although the above firm has not been established as long as some others in the city, yet all will admit that each member has become popular and proven himself well posted in the intracacies of law. The former gentleman is well known in the County having resided in the vicinity of Toledo for a great many years, while the latter has resided in Toledo since 1874. They form a valuable co-partnership, and we have no hesitation in saying that they are classed among our most reputable lawyers. They do a general practice, but from what we can learn, Mr. Austin has principally shown his aptitude for criminal law.
H. Galley, Dry Goods. – One of the foremost dry goods houses in Toledo is that conducted by the above gentleman, on the south side of High street. It was established in 1871, and since then has held a leading position. Mr. Galley handles all kinds of dry goods and notions, oil cloths, upholstery goods, boots and shoes. In every article he holds a leading position, and has become well known for his fine quality of goods. Mr. Galley is one of the oldest settlers of Toledo settling here in 1858, and ever since that date has been in the dry goods trade, and is well known all over the County as a straight forward and honorable citizen and tradesman.
G. H. Goodrich, Attorney at Law. – In 1869 this gentleman came to Tama County from Essex County, Mass. and in the following year established business at Toledo. From that time he held and extensive practice, both at Toledo and various other towns in the County, until a few weeks ago when he moved to Marshall County, and settled in Marshalltown. Mr. Goodrich, is a well educated gentleman and thoroughly understands law in all its branches; his gentle manners and reliable character makes it very pleasant to do business with him. Persons wishing anything in his business will do well to call upon him.
J. N. Springer, Drugs and Medicines. – The above named gentleman has now been in our midst for fourteen years and has been in the drug business since 1870, and has become one of our permanent business men. He is located on High Street south of the Court house where he has built up a large and increasing business. Drugs, medicines, perfumeries, toilet goods, fancy articles, cigars, tobacco are among his stock, and in which he does a large business. Mr. Springer is also a practicing physician and is well known throughout the County, as one of our best read and educated physicians.
Henry Wagner, Harness Manufacturer. – For the past ten years this gentleman has been well known to our citizens, having been a resident of Toledo during that time, hence takes rank as one of our leading business men. Since 1872, he has been in business, and is the largest manufacturer and dealer in harness, collars, trunks, valises, ladie’s side saddles, horse brushes, etc. of any firm of the County. He is a practical workman, and during his business career has distinguished himself for selling a good quality of goods. All persons will do well to call upon Mr. Wagner when in need of any thing in his line at his store on High Street.
T. K. Armstrong, Drugs and Medicines. – Every dispenser of drugs should, to our mind, be a cautious and well educated person to avoid the very serious and often times fatal mistakes that may occur by incompetent individuals. In the above named gentleman, Toledo has a cautious dispenser of medicines, and one whose education eminently qualifies him for this position. Mr. Armstrong has been a resident of Toledo since 1860, and from that date has been in the drug business. He deals in the best goods and is practically and well known as a leading dispensing druggist. His store is located on Broadway, east of the Court House, where he may always be found ready to wait upon you.
J. S. Moore, Photographer. – This gentleman came to this County and settled in Toledo in 1857, which makes him one of Toledo’s old settlers, and one who, since becoming a resident, has done much for the building up of the town. In 1860 he established himself in the above business in which he still continues giving entire satisfaction to all his patrons. His work is of the finest quality and it is really a treat to take a look through his gallery, examining the various specimens of work on exhibition; whether a card photograph or one of life size, excellence is written thereon. Those desiring this class of work should call and see specimens and learn prices. Gallery, on Broadway just north of E. E. Stickney’s Hotel.
Smith & Lee. – An indispensable institution that deserves favorable mention is the store of Messrs. Smith & Lee. These young gentleman are an important acquisition to any community. Both are graduates of Cornell College and are men of culture and good citizens. In commercial circles they stand high. In their chosen vocation they have met with the success that good business ability, fine address, and fairness in dealing always secure. They stock of miscellaneous books is large and select, while their stock of school books, blank stock, stationery, inks, & c., including the celebrated “Red Line Series” of school blanks, are complete in every particular.
The city and country schools and County stationery supplies are procured of this firm. In their news department is constantly found all the leading daily and periodical publications.
Their stock of boots and shoes is unequaled by any in the County. It is select and first-class in every particular. They make a specialty of fine goods and always have on hand the leading brands of goods for ladies, gentlemen, and children.
W. S. Johnston & Co. – On High Street, is located one of the oldest dry goods houses in Tama County, being established in the year 1858, by Galley & Johnston, who managed the business ten years when Mr. Galley sold his interest, and Wesley Johnston, and C. C. Guilford, became interested. After the firm changed hands it done business under the first name of W. F. Johnston & Co, until the spring of 1879, when it passed into the above named gentleman’s hands. The firm now consists of W. S. Johnston, and J. A. Owen. Who are both young men of good reputation and during the present proprietors ownership, we are happy to state, that they have not allowed any of the former prestige of the store to wane, but have rather increased its former business. They keep a full line of staple dry goods and dress goods, making a specialty of fancy goods, notions, embroideries, laces, etc.
Appelgate & Leland, Attorneys at Law. – Among the oldest practicing attorneys, and honorable citizens of the County, we can mention D. D. Appelgate, of the above firm, who became a citizen in the year 1851. When Mr. Applegate, first came to the County he took up a claim twelve miles north west of Toledo; worked his land till the fall of 1854, when he moved to a place near where Toledo now stands, he having been chosen County Clerk, which office he held by re-election from May, 1853, to the first of January, 1869, making a faithful and efficient officer. He has also held other prominent offices, that of Supervisor, Mayor and member of the School Board at sundry times, being quite active in educational matters and in whatever tends to the mental or moral good of the community. In 1868, was admitted to the bar, and law practice has since been his business. After being alone one year he became the partner of L. G. Kinne, this firm continued from November, 1869, to December, 1876, when Mr. Kinne retired after which Mr. Appelgate practiced alone until September 1878, when S. C. Leland, became his partner. Since that time they have been doing a good collection business as well as court practice, and in all respects they are safe, true and reliable men, and are both respected and honorable citizens. Office on High Street.
Winn & Free, Abstracters, Land and Loan Agents. – The abstract business now owned by the above gentlemen was established in 1866 by Lawrence & Free, consequently their books which cost between three and four thousand dollars are very reliable. Abstracting is a business, the importance of which the people in general do not fully understand, and still it is one that is very important to those buying and selling real estate. It gives a condensed history of all recorded transactions in any manner affecting the title thereto, and when written out in a proper form shows all conveyances, mortgages, bonds, leases, tax deeds etc., all of which can be filed away for future reference, so that the purchaser of a piece of land is perfectly safe in buying and selling and in many cases avoids an expensive law suit. These gentlemen also carry on a land and loan office in which they are doing an extensive business.
A. J. Bartlett, Bakery and Confectionary. – This business was established by L. Wentz in 1874, and conducted by him with good success until March 1st, 1879, when it changed hands to the above named gentleman, who after taking possession refitted the building and added largely to the stock and now he has one of the finest stocks, and doing as large business in his line as any one in the town. Mr. Bartlett, besides carrying on the bakery, which is conducted by the skillful hands of J. T. M. Glenn, carries a full line of confectionaries, cigars, tobaccos, nuts, etc., which he sells with small profits. Mr. Bartlett is a young man who was raised in Toledo and is well known, as a straight forward business man and there is no doubt that he will meet with unbounded success.
Stickney House, E. E. Stickney Proprietor. – This hotel has been under the management of this gentleman for a number of years. He became sole proprietor in the year 1874. Since then he has remodeled and refitted it at a great expense and now his hotel ranks with any first-class hotel of the County. The house is located south of the Court House on Broadway, where all travelers and those wishing board and lodging will find a neat and comfortable stopping place, and one of those jovial good landlords who has had years of experience in hotel keeping and who always makes it pleasant for his patrons.
L. H. Cary, Physician and Surgeon. – Among the physicians who hold a prominent position in the profession of medicine, we mention L. H. Cary whose office is at his residence on Main Street south of the public square or Court House. He has practiced medicine for the past twenty-five years, having graduated at Willoughby Medical College, Ohio, and after graduating attended a course of studies in New York City. Since locating in Toledo in 1858, he has met with success, especially when we take in consideration the great number of practitioners in this place. He is recognized as one of the reputable, permanent and leading physicians of the town.
Struble & Kinne, Attorneys at Law. – It is an acknowledged fact that the legal profession is well represented in Toledo, its talent being above the average in a city of two thousand inhabitants. One of the most prominent and most thoroughly educated firms of this County is the above, whose establishment dates back to November, 1877, since which date the firm of Struble & Kinne has had a large and profitable practice, and has proven to numerous clients, and in fact, to the entire County their legal ability. The firm is composed of G. R. Struble and L. G. Kinne, the latter has been a resident of Toledo since 1869, having come here, from Mendota, La Salle County, Illinois, where he had been in active practice for many years. Since becoming a citizen of Toledo, Mr. Kinne, has done much for the upbuilding of the place, and donating liberally to every good enterprise whereby the town or County would be benefited. He is an active worker in politics and for the past few years has had a large influence in the Democratic organization of the County, and has made many warm friends in that party. The former, Mr. Struble, is an old settler in the place. He came from Chesterville, Morrow County, Ohio, to Toledo, in the year 1857, since which date he, also, has been in active practice, and has made many friends throughout the County. Mr. Struble politically, is a Republican and in 1870 was appointed by the Governor to the office of Circuit Judge, which office he filled with honor giving satisfaction, to all and discharging his duties faithfully as an officer.
We regard this firm as one of the strongest and most successful law firms in the County. They are located upon the south side of High Street over the Toledo Saving bank, in rooms belonging to Mr. Struble. Their Library is one of the finest, largest and most complete in the city and numbers over one thousand volumes. They are not only well educated lawyers but honorable and reliable gentlemen, with whom any legal business may be safely placed, as they rank among the leading professional men of the County.
Stoner & Jones, Hardware. – The business of these gentleman has been established many years and owned and ably conducted by A. Bartlett until February, 1879, when it passed into the hands of the above named gentlemen. Ever since that time they have taken a leading part in the hardware trade of this County. Their store is located on Broadway, and is large and well filled with first-class goods consisting of every article kept in a first-class hardware store. These gentlemen are among the leading merchants of the city, and have established a name and trade of which they may be justly proud. Mr. Stoner is an old settler in the place and Mr. Jones is a young man formerly of Marshalltown, Iowa.
Louis Sime, Clothier. – Among the important institutions of the town worthy of mention, is the clothing establishment of L. Sime, on the corner of Broadway and High Streets, in the Toledo House building. This business was established in 1877 by Sime & Solomon, and conducted by them until March 10th 1879, when Mr. Solomon sold his interest and moved to Tama City. Since Mr. Sime became sole proprietor he has added greatly to his stock of clothing and now carries a full line of ready made clothing, hats and caps, boots and shoes, trunks, valises, etc, which he offers cheap.
Stivers & Bradshaw, Attorneys at Law. – This firm is composed of W. H. Stivers and C. B. Bradshaw, the former has been a residence attorney of Toledo since the year 1856, and the latter since 1867. In speaking of these gentlemen we can say that they compose one of the strongest law firms in the County, and since its establishment their business has constantly been on the increase. In regard to Mr. Stivers we can truly say as the author of the United States Biographical Dictionary says in an article referring to him. “One of the best examples of a self-made man in the State of Iowa, is Wm. H. Stivers, who never went to school ten weeks after twelve years of age, who worked at the blacksmith trade until twenty-six years old and who is now a leading man at the bar of Tama County. Mr. Stivers besides being a prominent attorney, has since residing in the city done much for the building up of the place and always donated liberally to every good enterprise. The same can be said of Mr. Bradshaw. Their office is located on High Street over H. Wagner’s harness shop, where they have nicely fitted up rooms and a splendid library.
B. L. Knapp, Grain and Stock Dealer. – This gentleman has been a resident of Tama County since 1866, settling in Otter Creek township, upon what was known as the Staley farm. When Mr. Knapp came to the County he brought with him a large herd of sheep, intending to go into that business but owing to the cold winters shortly after disposed of his herd of sheep and went to farming. Since 1877, besides carrying on his farm he has been engaged in the above business in Toledo, since which date he has been doing a large business always paying the highest possible price for grain and stock.
J. A. Merritt, Attorney at Law. - Although his business is classed among the most recently established in the city, yet all will admit that Mr. Merritt, has become popular and proved himself well posted in the intricacies of the Law. In the first place, he has good natural ability and having studied under the guidance of experienced attorneys, is a well qualified young lawyer, and has already gained a gratifying success. Mr. Merritt is well known, having been raised in Highland township, and is respected by all who has formed his acquaintance. His office is on High Street over Clark Bros. Store.
H. T. Baldy, M. D. – The oldest physician in Toledo is Henry T. Baldy, a graduate of the Rush Medical College of Chicago, and a man of good reputation both personally and professionally. In 1854 Mr. Baldy located at Toledo, where he is still found in good practice. His calls are both numerous and profitable extending over the entire County. The Doctor is well known in nearly every township and the respect shown him is as wide as his acquaintance. He is kind to the poor and has ridden hundreds of miles to administer to their necessities without expectation of any compensation. Years ago he was very active in politics, but of late years has done but little more than vote. In 1856 he published the “Toledo Tribune,” the first paper in this County, and in which he published the first delinquent tax list in the County. Since locating in Toledo, Mr. Baldy has been very active, enterprising and useful to the place, and has donated liberally to every good enterprise. His office is at his residence on Broadway Street, Toledo.
L. Loupee, Blacksmith. – This gentleman came to Toledo from Cass County, Michigan, in the year 1865, and established himself in the blacksmithing business. His shop is in the northwest part of town near the depot. Since locating here he has succeeded in building up a large run of custom in all branches of business connected with the blacksmith trade. Mr. Loupee is a fine workman and we take pride in recommending him to the public, and if you have anything in the shape of blacksmithing to be done he is the man that can do it in good style.
Union Stoner, Confectionaries. – This gentleman established business in this city in the year 1877 and is well known as a young man of high reputation and good business talent. He carries a fine stock of goods consisting of every article in the confectionary line, cigars tobaccos etc., and commands quite an extensive trade in Toledo and surrounding country. His store is located upon the south side of the public square on High Street, where he may always be found ready to wait upon patrons in good style, and when you buy goods of him you will get your money’s worth. Give him a call.
Ingersoll & Fisher, Blacksmiths. – This firm is composed of G. W. Ingersoll and H. L. Fisher, the former of which has been a resident of Tama County since 1868, and the latter since 1867. In the year 1873, these gentlemen established business together in the shops formerly occupied by W. Bradbrook and continued together until 1877,when Mr. Ingersoll, disposed of his interest and moved to Tama City, where he remained until 1879, when he bought back one half interest. At present Messrs. Ingersoll & Fisher are doing business under the old firm name, and are giving satisfaction in all branches of their business, which consists of all kinds of blacksmithing, carriage and wagon making, together with all kinds of repairing. Call and see them.
Stoner & Emmerling, Painters. – In the year 1876 these gentleman established themselves in the above business at Toledo opening a paint shop on State Street where they are doing all kinds of painting. They are skilled house, sign and carriage painters as their work plainly shows. Mr. Stoner has lived in Toledo since a mere boy and is known to be a man of sterling worth. Mr. Emmerling came here in 1876 and has since been a member of the above firm. He is a promising young man of good business qualifications.
Ebersole & Willett, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, Tama City and Toledo. – E. C. Ebersole, Toledo, Office in Galley & Johnston’s block, West rooms, Second floor. J. W. Willett, Tama City, Office Front rooms, over First National Bank.
These gentlemen do a general law and collection business in the State and Federal Courts. The first was established at Toledo in August, 1873, and at once entered upon, and has since maintained a good and growing business. Both members have devoted themselves exclusively to the legitimate practice of the law, and have refused to divide their attention with speculations out side of their professions; and their course in this respect has justified them, for few firms have in the same length of time built up so fair a reputation and business so flourishing. Their offices are always open during business hours, their motto being “Business first and pleasure afterwards.” They have been for three successive terms the official attorneys for Tama County, and are now serving their fourth term in that capacity. For the better accommodation of their clients, they have just recently, May 1st, 1879, opened an additional office in Tama City, at which place all business pertaining to the South part of the County will hereafter be transacted.
E. C. Ebersole, was born at Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, October 18th, 1840; was educated at Otterbein University, Ohio, and Amherst College, Mass., graduating at the latter institution in 1862; served in the Union Army; was several years Professor of Mathematics in Western College, and afterwards President of that institution; was two years one of the professors of Ancient Languages in the Iowa State University. After five years private preparation was admitted to the bar at Iowa City, in 1870, and at once entered upon the practice there. Removed to Toledo in 1873, where he has resided ever since, and been twice Mayor of that City.
J. W. Willett, was born in Mercer County, Illinois, in March, 1846. Served in the United States Navy during the late civil war. Received a commercial education and graduated at Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1868. Came to Toledo, Iowa, in February, 1871, and entered upon the study of law with Messrs. Stivers & Safley; was admitted to the bar in 1872, and has remained in the practice ever since.
O. F. Elmer, Broadway and High St.
B. Stone. Broadway and High St.
W. C. Walters, High St.
B. F. Page, State St.
C. W. Conant, High St.
J. W. Youngman, High St.
W. S. Johnston & Co., High St.
H. Galley, High Street.
Clarke Bro’s High St.
W. A. Fee, High St.
F. Salasek, High St.
Louis Sime, High Street.
U. Stoner, High Street
A. J. Bartlett, High St.
T. K. Armstrong, Broadway Street.
S. Stiger, High Street.
J. N. Springer, High St.
Camery & Son, High Street.
H. Wagner, High Street.
J. W. Coe, State Street.
Stivers & Bradshaw, High St.
T. S. Free
J. W. Stewart.
Ebersole & Willett.
J. W. Lamb.
H. S. Bradshaw.
Appelgate & Leland.
Bailey & Austin.
Struble & Kinne.
D. Arb & Co. High St.
Winn & Free, High St.
William Reickhoff, High St.
J. R. McClaskey, High St
N. Fisher, High St
J. S. Moore, Broadway.
W. Hayes, Broadway St.
W. W. Souster.
H. T. Baldy.
J. N. Springer.
W. H. Boynton
J. H. Fletcher
L. H. Cary.
Stickney House, Broadway.
Toledo House, Broadway and High.
M. Reusch, Broadway.
J. W. Kremenak, Broadway.
J. Junkers, Broadway
J. W. Coe, State Street.
Stoner & Emmerling, State Street
Boots and Shoes.
Smith & Lee, High Street.
T. W. Nash, High St.
Smith & Lee, High St.
Mrs. E. L. Dillman.
Smith & Lee.
Toledo Savings Bank, High St.
Toledo City Bank, Broadway.
Chronicle, High St.
Album of Pen Art, Broadway.
Toledo Times, Broadway.
C. W. Miller, High St.
S. G. Bruner, High St.
Mrs. E. B. Coats, High St.
Mrs. E. Nash, High St.
Mrs. E. J. Cannon, High St.
Mrs. A. M. Reynolds, State St.
Nelson & Barker, High St.
Winn & Free, High St.
Yeiser & Sterrett, High St.
R. H. Frazee, High St.
Fisher & Ingersoll, High St.
L. Loupee, State St.
Wm. Ferris, High St.
G. W. Lacy & Son, State St.
A. J. Hassell, High St.
Stoner & Jones, Broadway.
Camery & Son, High and Main St.
Flour and Feed.
E. E. Ramsdell, High St.
E. Irish, Church St.
Jons & Tode, Broadway.
McGee, Appelgate & Ross, Main and High Streets.
C. D. Terry & Co.
J. P. Henry & Co.
J. L. Bracken.
W. C. Walters.
C. D. Terry & Co.
Stoner & Bielby.
H. B. Belden.
S. J. Wilson.
M. Smith & Son. – This is one of the oldest firms in the town as well as the largest one in trade. The business was first established in West Irving, by Mr. Smith, in the year 1856. Here he done business until 1866, when he moved to Chelsea where he still remains. Since moving to this point he has taken his son P. R. Smith, a young man of splendid business qualifications, in with him, and they are having a large trade. Mr. Smith is also post master which position he has held for ten years, giving satisfaction to all. They carry a full line of dry goods, groceries, hardware, boots and shoes, hats, caps, etc, which they take pleasure in showing, and are never undersold. Call and see them; they are both liberal and enterprising gentleman and will do well by you.
J. W. Shaler. – This gentleman has been a resident of Chelsea since March 1872, and until July, 1877, was in the employ of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad company as station agent. After quitting the employ of the company he established himself in the grain business. To-day Mr. Shaler, besides buying grain, is successfully carrying on the lumber, coal, and pump business; in each branch he holds a large trade, extending for many miles around the village. Mr. Shaler is a liberal, enterprising, and consequently a successful business man, and stands among the leading business men of the city, and is at present efficiently serving the city as Recorder, and filling the offices of township clerk and justice of the peace, besides serving the Chicago & Northwestern railroad company as express agent, which appointment dates from April 26th, 1879.
Wilson & Ormiston, Physicians and Surgeons. – This very prominent and successful medical firm is composed of G. W. Wilson, and J. S. Ormiston, both of whom are young men of high standing and good character, and graduates of the Medical Department of the Iowa State University, the former of whom graduated in the year 1876, and the latter in 1877. Shortly after graduating these gentleman located at Chelsea, since which date they have been having a good practice, among all classes of citizens, and now they are recognized as one of the reputable, permanent and leading medical firms of the County. Their office is located in White & Co’s drug store, where they may always be found and ever ready to attend to your wants.
A. Z. Rawson. – This gentleman came to Tama County, from Stebbin County, Indiana, and settled at Chelsea in the year 1865. For a number of years after locating at this point he followed the carpenter business. In the year 1870, Mr. Rawson opened a wagon shop, and has since been doing a good business. His shop is located on Seneca Street, where he is prepared to do all kinds of wagon and carriage repairing besides machine repairing, on short notice, small pay, and in good style. Call and see him.
Mr. Henry Cory. – In 1864, Mr. Cory came to this County from Belmont County, Ohio, and settled in Columbia township, here he remained until 1871, when he moved to Richland township, remaining until settling in Chelsea in the year 1876. Since locating at this point Mr. Cory has been quite extensively engaged in the grocery and provision business, and holds a large trade, for many miles around the city, and is rewarded with a large and growing business. Store on Station Street.
H. Cory, grocery.
Smith & Son, dry goods.
M. Weaver, dry goods.
J. H. Mercer, dry goods.
F. Simon, dry goods.
White & Co. druggist.
L. Cumte, Hardware.
J. Sittler, shoe shop.
J. Holepeck, shoe shop.
J. Mussell, harness.
W. H. Graham, exchange store.
A. Ennis, blacksmith.
T. Morris, blacksmith
J. Iseman, blacksmith
A. Z. Rawson, wagon maker.
J. W. Shaler, lumber.
A. E. Covel, cattle buyer.
Wolraven & Southard, poultry and fur dealers.
Dudley & Smith, saw mill.
Spence & Son, saw mill.
G. W. Wilson, doctor.
J. S. Ormiston, doctor.
Mrs. Coe & Wilkinson, millinery.
C. Gray, Flouring Mill. – This gentleman is proprietor of one of the oldest flouring mills in the County, which was established in the year 1855, by Fish & Helm. Since that date it has been in running operation and retained a reputation as a first-class mill. Mr. Gray become its proprietor in 1856 and since that date, from time to time as the mill needed, he has added new machinery and repaired the building, and now it stands nearly as good as new. It has three run of stone and all the latest improvements. It is located upon the Iowa river about one-half mile north, east of Indiantown. Mr. Gray is well known throughout the County and is respected as one of its best citizens. In connection with the mill he has an exchange store at Montour for the accommodation of his custom at that place.
J. J. Lavelley, Piano Tuner and Repairer. – This gentleman is located at Indiantown where he is permanently established. He has had years of experience in this business and thoroughly understands it. He is also general salesman for the Sweep Stake Washing Machine. He is having a good trade in this machine, and it gives general satisfaction.
Heald & Nevill. – LeGrand Station. We can only speak of LeGrand Station without going outside of our territory as the main town is situated in Marshall County and depot just over the boundary line in this County. At the station is only the depot, two or three dwelling houses, an elevator and a lumber yard. The station is located on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, about one-half mile east of the main town. Notwithstanding the size of the place we speak with pleasure of the business of Heald & Nevill.
These gentleman have been engaged in business at this point for a number of years, handling coal, lumber, sash, blinds, doors, besides buying grain. The firm is composed of Sidwell Heald and B. G. Nevill, both are men of splendid business qualifications and high standing in society. Since they have been doing business at this point they have succeeded in building up a large run of custom and yet it steadily increases. Their agreeable ways and honorable dealings make it pleasant to do business with them.
J. Ballard, Physician and Surgeon. – This gentleman is among the leading practitioners of Tama County, and is located in Monticello where he has an extensive practice. He is regarded as one of the best read and education physicians in this County. Mr. Ballard has attended two courses of lectures at Ann Arbor, Michigan; one at Chicago and one at Iowa City. After finishing these he located in Toledo, but in the fall of 1878 moved to Monticello. Since locating here he has had a creditable practice and holds a prominent position in his chosen profession.
Bruner & Reedy, Flouring Mills. – In speaking of these gentlemen and their mills we can say that they are proprietors of the oldest mills in the County. They were established by Christian Bruner, father of one of the present proprietors, in the year 1854. The proprietors are both young men of excellent business qualifications; they are enterprising and successful in their chosen occupation. Their mills are located about one-half mile west of Monticello and are known as The Monticello Mills. The building is a large frame one, four stories high, and equipped with superior machinery. Besides doing the milling business these gentleman are dealing quite extensively in live stock.
P. G. & M. L. Hess, Dry Goods. – In the year 1874, these gentlemen came to this County from Morrow County, Ohio, and shortly after established business at this point, since which date they have been doing a large business in dry goods, groceries, tobaccos, cigars, paints, oil, window glass, hats, caps, boots and shoes, ready made clothing, hardware, patent medicines, drugs, etc., besides acting as agent for the American Sewing Machine. As these gentlemen are located in a fine country, and claim that they can and will sell goods much cheaper than merchants can in incorporated towns, where they are obliged to pay high rents, high city taxes, high insurance, and put on city style. All kinds of produce taken in exchange for goods. (this dry goods business is in Badger Hill, Spring Creek Township)
Wescott & Myers, Flouring Mill. – This firm is composed of D. G. Wescott, and J. H. Myers, two as honorable gentlemen and good citizens as ever settled in Spring Creek township, who established the Badger Hill Flouring Mill, at Badger Hill, in the year 1871. This mill is located on Wolf Creek, and is run by water power. Since the mill was established it has had an excellent run of custom and done a large business. They manufacture a first-class brand of flour, and consequently it gives entire satisfaction, besides they are doing a large exchange business which enables those living at a distance to visit their mill and return the same day. Try the Badger Hill flour, and you will like it.
Hugh Galloway, Blacksmith. – Badger Hill, though but a small place, will rank among our larger towns for first-class work and every thing pertaining to the blacksmithing business. Mr. Galloway established business at this point two or three years ago and since that time has been doing an excellent business, in the way of horse shoeing, repairing of all kinds. His shop is located north of Hess Bros., dry goods store where you will always find him ready to wait upon you and do your work in good style, at reasonable prices. Give him a call.
Joseph Schichtl, Dry Goods. – This gentleman has been located at this point (Union Grove) for a number of years and ever since coming here has been engaged in this line of trade. He handles all kinds of dry goods, boots and shoes, grocery, hardware, tobaccos, cigars, queensware wood and willow ware, and every thing kept in a first-class country store. He takes all kind of produce in exchange for goods for which he pays the highest price. He sells goods very low and handles the best quality is why he has been so successful and holds such a large trade. Mr. Schichtl, is also postmaster, and justice of the peace. Since locating in the township has made many friends, in all his business transactions he is honorable, liberal, and strictly honest and consequently is ranked among the leading men of the township.
Schichtl & Graham, Blacksmiths. – For all kinds of blacksmithing, and machine repairing; call upon the above named gentlemen at their shop at Union Grove, and we will warrant you a first-class job, on short notice and reasonable price. These gentlemen have been engaged in business at this point for a number of years during the time they have had a large run of custom and as they guarantee all of their work, their business is lasting and constantly increasing. These gentleman are also liberal, enterprising and successful business men, and have made many warm friends, in the vicinity where they are acquainted.
Frank Frahm & Bro., Blacksmith and Wagon Shops. – This shop was established by three gentlemen in the year 1868, in the south-west corner of Crystal township, since which time they have been doing a large business in manufacturing lumber wagons, springs wagons, etc., which they are selling very cheap, besides having a large run of blacksmithing in which line they do all kinds of horse-shoeing, wagon repairing and machine repairing, which is done in a workmanlike manner and at reasonable prices. Call and see them, and they will do you a good job.
Joshua Leonard, Breeder of Fine Stock. – Mr. Leonard has been a resident of Geneseo township since 1860, coming here from Michigan. Of late years, besides carrying on the farm, he has been paying considerable attention to fine stock raising, and when we called upon him he showed us some very fine stock indeed, which we will venture to say will rank with any in the County or State. His stock are first-class and but a few years more and Mr. Leonard, with his blooded cattle, hogs etc., will make a fine display at our County Fairs, and carry away the ribbons.
John Wild, Brick Maker. – In 1865, this gentleman settled in Toledo, and has been a resident of the township ever since; is well known over the entire southern portion of the County, by the good quality of brick he makes, and as Mr. Wild has been at this business since settling in the County his reputation is thoroughly established. Mr. Wild since locating his brick yard upon his farm one mile and a quarter west of Toledo has made a splendid quality of brick and has a large trade. In 1878 alone, he sold over 600,000, furnishing the brick for the new school house, Toledo Savings Bank and numerous other fine buildings at Toledo which speaks well for his brick and prices.
William W. Munson, Blooded Stock Dealer. – This gentleman has been a resident of Tama County for a number of years and is a citizen of Howard township. For the past few years he has turned his attention to the breeding of fine durham cattle and poland-china hogs, besides other noted grades. Among his herds we can safely say are some of the nicest animals we have seen in the County. Mr. Munson is a young man of excellent qualifications and will no doubt make a success of whatever he undertakes. His farm is located in the eastern part of the township. He is among the successful and enterprising farmers and stock raisers of the County.
W. A. McAnulty, Blacksmith. – This gentleman is an old settler in this County, having come here in the year 1857, from Berks County, Pennsylvania, and settled in Howard township, in company with his widowed mother, brothers and sisters. Farming has always been his occupation, but of late years, besides carrying on the farm, he has turned his attention to the blacksmithing business. In his trade he exhibits skill and thoroughly understands how to execute a good job. His shop is upon his farm on section thirteen, Howard township, where he manufacturers the celebrated iron drag which gives entire satisfaction, and is prepared to do all kinds of blacksmithing.
S. E. Wilson, Dry Goods and Groceries. – In Fifteen Mile Grove we find the above named gentleman in a neatly and well filled dry goods and grocery store. He established business at this point in the year 1876. Since that date he has built up a large trade and carries a first-class line of dry goods, notions, groceries, tobaccos, crockery, queensware, etc. He handles all kinds of country produce which he takes in exchange for goods. Mr. Wilson is a promising young man and possesses good business qualifications.
L. P. Dinsdale & Son, Breeders of Fine Stock. – These gentleman have resided in Tama County for a number of years, and have gradually been turning their attention to fine stock until now their Allendale herd of short horns will rank with any in this section, as they have selected their stock from some of the best herds in the country and always with regard to individual merit of the animals. They have representatives of the following noted families: Young Mary, Lady Jane, by Whittington Rose, by Skipton; Amelia, by Plato, Adelaide, by Magnum Bonum; Rose Mary, by Flash; Galatea, by Fredrick, and others. The stock farm is located six miles west of r, where is always found a large number of these superior cattle for sale.
Thomas Shunn, Brick. – This gentleman came to Tama County from Canada in the year 1863 and settled in Toledo township. In 1870 he bought a farm in Carroll township and since has been manufacturing a splendid quality of brick. Mr. Shunn claims that he makes a better article and can sell cheaper than any other yard in the County.
Andrew McCosh, Breeder of Fine Stock. – Among the fine stock men of Tama County may be mentioned the above named gentleman. Mr. McCosh has been a resident of this County for nearly twenty years. Since that time, besides carrying on his farm in the western part of Perry township, four miles west of Traer, he gradually worked himself into an extensive fine stock business, and now has some of the finest durham cattle, cottswool sheep and Poland-China hogs in the County. Any one wishing to buy fine stock will do well to call and see Mr. McCosh before buying.
Butler & Cronk, Grain and Live Stock Dealers. – This is one of the strongest and most reliable firms doing business in Montour and is composed of Philip Butler and J. G. Cronk, both of whom are old settlers in Tama County, the former came to Indian Village township, from Linn County, in company with his father’s family in the year 1853, and located upon a farm. Since residing here, Mr. Butler has been extensively engaged in farming and now owns over 1,400 acres of land the most of which is under cultivation. Besides attending to the duties of his farm he is a member of the above firm at Montour where they are doing a large business. Politically Mr. Butler is a Democrat, the principles of that party being hear and dear to his heart. Though the township in which he resides is strongly Republican, at the last general election he was elected justice of the peace by a large majority. The latter, Mr. Cronk, came to the County for Morrow County, Ohio, and settled in Highland township in 1857, residing upon his farm which consists of over 600 acres, until 1877 when he removed to Montour. He also carries on his farm in connection with the above business. These gentleman are both honorable and highly respected citizens and since doing business at this point have made many friends.
Millard & Rockwell, Blacksmiths. Smith & Kelley, Wagon Makers. – Under one roof these two firms are doing business on Main Street, south of the railroad track, and since establishing this business they have been doing a large business in all kinds of blacksmithing, wagon and carriage manufacturing and repairing. They have built a reputation for honest work and square dealing. In connection with the shops is a machine and repair shop, operated by W. A. Downs, a young but accomplished, man just starting in a business life who is building up an extensive trade. These gentleman are all good citizens, have made many friends and classed among the valuable citizens of the town.
E. Ruggles, Dry Goods. – The oldest and most thoroughly established business at this point is that of the above named gentleman. Mr. Ruggles came to this County in 1854 from Ogle County, Illinois, and established business at Indiantown, where he remained until removing to Montour in 1864. Since that date he has been carrying a full line of dry goods, clothing, boots, shoes, hats, caps, groceries, crockery etc., and commands a trade that extends for many miles around. His store is located on the corner of Elm and Main Streets. Since doing business here Mr. Ruggles has gained a reputation for enterprise and fair dealing, and has become popular as a dry goods merchant of that thriving and stirring place.
J. L. Waggenor, Hardware. – For all kinds of shelf and heavy hardware, stoves, tinware, wagon stock, etc. persons residing in and around the vicinity of Montour will do well to call on this gentleman, on Main Street and examine his stock and prices. Mr. Waggenor first came to the County from Marshall County and established business at Tama City remaining in the latter place until 1867, when he removed to Montour. Here we now find him doing a large business. He is a man that can be relied upon, is prompt and gives his entire attention to his business, but never neglects the best interests of the community in which he lives.
Weimer & Co., Restaurant. – Among the late branches of business established in this town is the restaurant and ice cream stand of the above named firm, located on Elm Street, in the post office building. Here they have nicely fitted up rooms with all the conveniences of a first-class restaurant. They have in stock a full line of candies, smoking and chewing tobaccos, nuts, pies, cakes, etc. The firm is composed of L. Bingham and W. Weimer, the former has been a resident of the County since 1870, and besides being interested in the above business is post master, which office he has held since 1877. The latter is a young man of fine business qualifications, and no doubt will make a success of whatever he undertakes. (Montour)
H. C. Hutson, Druggist. – This gentleman is classed among the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Montour, being a resident of that place since 1865, coming here from Maryland. Until 1872 Mr. Hutson practiced medicine at this place retaining a large practice, when he engaged in the drug business. Since entering into this occupation he has been carrying a full and complete stock of drugs, books, stationery, wall paper, window curtains, etc., in his store room on Elm Street. Call and see him and you will find a liberal, enterprising, jovial good fellow.
Smith Bros. – This firm is composed of T. P. and Jeremiah Smith, the former has been a resident of the place since 1867, and the latter since 1868, both came here from Massachusetts. Since becoming residents of Montour they have been engaged in active business and classed among the leading spirits of the place. At their office and yard, on Main Street, they are handling agricultural implements, lumber, plastering hair, coal, salt, cement, etc.; in each article they are having a large run of custom. Besides carrying on the above business they are largely interested in, and assume the management of the Orford Lime Company’s business. They are manufacturing a splendid article of lime at the kilns, one-fourth mile west of the town, which meets with rapid and ready sale.
L. Matthews, Dry Goods. – One among the oldest and reliable dry goods houses of central Iowa, stands that of the above named gentleman, established in the year 1866. Mr. Matthews came to this point from Minnesota, formerly of Greene County, New York and since that date has taken the lead in the dry goods business at Montour. His store is without doubt the finest and largest in the town being one hundred and nine feet deep. He commands a large trade among all classes of citizens. It is his aim to keep a full line of staple dry goods, dress goods, clothing, boots, shoes, groceries, hardware, etc. He buys for cash and secures goods at bottom prices and therefore sells goods very cheap. Mr. Matthews is among the solid and substantial business men, and one who has liberally contributed to the up-building of the town.
C. J. Stevens & Co., Bankers. – The banking business at this point has been carried on since 1873, first by O. B. Dutton & Son, then by Stevens, Harrison & Warren, and at present by C. J. Stevens & Co., who have had charge of the business since November, 1875. The firm is composed of C. J. Stevens and H. J. Stevens; the former has been a resident of the County since 1855, coming here from New York, and settled in Indian Village township. He is a farmer by occupation, but is at present our popular County Clerk, filling this office since 1874. The latter has been a resident of the County since 1875, coming here from the same State. Since residing at Montour, Mr. H. J. Stevens has had charge of the business at that point and has succeeded in building up a large banking custom and is at present Mayor of the town. They are both honorable and reputable citizens and are ranked among the leading and most respected citizens of the County.
E. M. Poyneer, Grocer. – In 1859 this gentleman settled in this County, Indian Village township, upon a farm. Here he remained until the year 1874, when he removed to Montour, and engaged in the banking business continuing for a number of years. In 1878 he established himself in the grocery business and at his store, on Elm Street, he is carrying a fine stock of groceries which he is selling at bottom prices. Mr. Poyneer is a gentleman of acknowledged business ability, and always works for the best interests of the town and community in which he lives.
H. G. Wallace, Stock and Grain Dealer. – This gentleman is the oldest stock and grain dealer in the place, coming here from Lee County, Ills., in the year 1865, and built the first elevator inside the corporation. Since residing here Mr. Wallace has been engaged in the above business, and has built a reputation for honorable and square dealing and is known over the greater portion of Tama County as such. He is a credit to the stock and grain business, an enterprising business man, and has a large circle of patrons and friends. (Montour)
D. R. Way, Dry Goods. – In the store of D. R. Way, located on the corner of Main and Elm Streets may be found one of the nicest and most complete stock of general dry goods, groceries, clothing, boots, shoes, queensware, etc. in the town, and at prices hard to beat. Mr. Way has been a business resident of Montour since 1866, coming here from Montezuma, Poweshiek County, and since that time has been active in the dry goods business. He does business in his own store room which saves paying rent; this advantage is given his patrons. Give him a call.
B. W. Fellows, Farm Machinery. – Persons wishing anything in the way of farm machinery, repairs, mowers, plows, rakes, pumps, harvesters, cultivators, planters, etc., will do well to call and see Mr. Fellows. He is selling goods very cheap at his store rooms on Elm Street. As he is an old settler in this County, coming here from New York and settling in Indian Village township in the year 1855, he is well acquainted, has many friends and a good run of custom, and since establishing the above business he has constantly been increasing it. Give him a call.
E. Ruggles, dry goods.
D. R. Way, dry goods.
L. Matthews, dry goods.
J. C. Millard, dry goods.
H. C. Hutson, druggist.
J. H. Stevens, druggist.
Mrs. A. Doty, millinery.
C. H. Roberts, attorney.
J. L. Waggenor, hardware.
A. B. Gage, Gage House.
J. T. McKee, restaurant.
Weimer & Co., restaurant.
Horn Bros, grocers.
J. L. Waggenor & Co., grocers.
E. M. Poyneer, grocer.
L. Bingham, postmaster.
R. Montgomery, blacksmith.
L. F. Kellogg, blacksmith.
Millard & Rockwell, blacksmiths.
H. H. Alexander, wagon maker.
A. A. Voiles & Kellogg, wagon makers.
W. Calkins, furniture.
Butler & Cronk, grain and stock.
H. G. Wallace, grain and stock.
B. W. Fellows, agricultural.
Exchange Bank, H. J. Stevens, Cashier.
P. F. Long, meat market.
D. E. Dickinson, shoe shop.
J. B. Roberts, painter.
J. Gass, harness shop.
Charles Gray, flour and feed.
E. Finch, livery and feed stable.
Smith Bros., lumber.
Dysart, Clark Township
A. Brannaman & Co., Bankers. – This business was established in the year 1877, by the above firm. They done business in a rented room until the summer of 1878, when they erected the present building on Main Street. It is a fine brick structure twenty feet wide and thirty-two feet long, and is nicely arranged, with all the conveniences of modern times. The company is in a prosperous condition and composed of A. Brannaman, C. E. Morris and E. A. Morris, with A. Brannaman as cashier and M. M. Morris, assistant cashier. Under the management of these able gentlemen the bank is doing a large business and giving entire satisfaction. The members of this firm are among the leading citizens and are always ready to assist in advancing the best interests of their town. (Dysart, Clark Township)
R. M. Horton, Attorney at Law. – This gentleman has been a resident of Dysart since 1876, coming here from Lewiston, Ill. Since being a resident of the place he has been extensively engaged in the practice of law and the collection business. Mr. Horton is a gentleman who is well read in law and has had over sixteen years practice. He thoroughly understands his business, and is an able man to consult. Since residing in this place has made many warm friends and is classed among the highly respected citizens of the town.
W. O. Beam, M. D. – For a number of years this gentleman has been a resident of Tama County, locating first at Waltham, where he remained practicing medicine until July, 1878, when he moved to Dysart, and since has had a growing practice. Mr. Beam is a graduate of the Medical Department of the Iowa State University. He is a gentleman of acknowledged ability and well educated in the medical profession. He enjoys the confidence of the community in which he resides. His office is located over Wm. Davidson’s dry goods store.
C. W. Cooper, Blacksmith and Wagon Maker. – One of the best and successful business men in Tama County is C. W. Cooper. He manufactures wagons, buggies and sleighs besides carrying on blacksmithing. His shops are located on the corner of Wilson and Tilford Streets in Dysart. This gentleman is a native of Canada, being born there in the year 1845. He learned his trade from his father, who was a successful blacksmith and mechanic. After Mr. Cooper reached his twenty-first year he left home and went to Pennsylvania where remained until the year 1869, when he came to this State and settled in Cedar Rapids. In 1871, he moved to Vinton and again followed the old line of trade. He remained here until 1875 when he moved to Dysart. Since this he has had a large run of custom in all his branches of business and takes great pleasure in saying to his many patrons and the farmers in general that he has recently erected a wagon and paint shop and is fully prepared to do all kinds of work in this line, besides doing all kinds of blacksmithing. Mr. Cooper has in his employ a set of hands that are second to none in Tama or Benton Counties. He is setting horse shoes for ten cents; new shoes twenty-five cents; plows layed, two dollars and fifty cents; plows sharpened for twenty-five cents and tires set for one dollar per set. His shops are located west of Main Street on the corner of Wilson and Tilford Streets, where he has two large and nicely arranged shops, one is used as the blacksmith shop and the other as a wagon and paint shop. The latter is a large two story building, the first floor is used as the wagon shop and the upper for a paint shop. In each of these departments Mr. Cooper is fully prepared to do first class work, on very short notice. He is manufacturing wagons which he sells for sixty dollars, and warrants them for two years. He is manufacturing buggies and sleighs at equally as low price. Mr. Cooper enjoys the confidence of the community in which he resides and we can truly say that it would be difficult to become acquainted with a more genial and social gentleman than C. W. Cooper. When ever you want anything his line don’t forget Mr. Cooper.
N. C. Rice, Attorney at Law. – One of Dysart’s most successful lawyers is N. C. Rice, who has been a resident of Tama County since the year 1855. For a number of years after coming to this County, Mr. Rice resided in Perry township upon his farm. Besides carrying on the farm he read law and was admitted to the bar, and since has had an encouraging practice. Mr. Rice has proven his ability as a lawyer and counselor, and has gained the respect of all.
Wm. Davidson, Dry Goods and Groceries. – This gentleman is proprietor of the leading dry goods and grocery house of the place, which was established in the year 1873. Mr. Davidson has been a resident of Tama County since 1870, coming here from Canada, and locating at Buckingham. In 1871, he established business at Mooreville, a small village and post office in the northeastern part of Geneseo township, remaining until moving to Dysart. Since the latter date he has carried a full line of dry goods, boots, shoes, hats, caps, staple and fancy groceries, etc., and has taken the lead in trade. Call and see him and he will sell you goods cheap, as his long business experience enables him to buy goods at bottom figures; this together with his good judgment in selecting enables him to offer his patrons superior inducements.
J. H. Pinkerton, Druggist. – This gentleman has ranked among the first-class and fluential business men of Dysart since 1874. Since this date he has been engaged in the drug business. Mr. Pinkerton is now carrying a full line of drugs, together with paints, oils, stationery, wall paper, toilet goods and all kinds of school books. His store is located on Main Street, where he ever stands ready to wait upon his numerous customers. Call on him and you will find him a gentleman who will do well by you.
W. H. Sherwin & Son, Hardware and Furniture. – In 1877, these gentlemen established business at this point, buying the hardware stock of S. B. Yeoman. Since this time they have carried a full line of goods consisting of hardware, tinware, stoves, iron, etc., which they are selling very cheap. They are also proprietors of a furniture store which is located three doors south of the hardware, where they carry a full line of furniture consisting of everything kept in a first-class stock. This department is under the management of H. P. Sherwin, which the hardware is managed by his father, W. H. Sherwin. Both these gentlemen are liberal, enterprising and consequently successful business men and rank among the foremost citizens of the place. (Dysart, Clark Township)
J. E. Hollabaugh, Grocer. – For all kinds of staple and fancy groceries, crockery, glassware, fish, salt and dried fruits call at the store of the above named gentleman and he or his obliging clerks will show you a first-class article. Mr. Hollabaugh has been engaged in business at this point since 1876, coming here from Vinton. Since that date he has succeeded in building up a large and increasing trade. His store is located on Main Street. Persons wishing anything in the grocery line will do well to call and see him. (Dysart, Clark Township)
C. Ellis & Son, Lumber Dealers. – On Wilson Street is located the oldest lumber yard in the town, being established in the year 1874. In September, 1878, the business passed into the hands of the above named gentlemen. They are at present conducting business at this point through their agent H. H. Allison, a gentleman of fine business qualifications, who by attentive work and honest dealing is working up a fine business. They handle all kinds of lumber, lath, shingles, sash, doors, blinds, building paper etc., together with coal, all of which they are selling at very low prices. (Dysart, Clark Township)
H. W. Howard, Wagon and Repair Shop. – Since 1866, this gentleman has been a resident of this County, coming here from Jackson County, Iowa, and settled in Tama City. Mr. Howard by trade is a carpenter, and for a number of years before settling at this point followed that business. In 1877 he moved here and engaged in the above business. Since that date he has been having a good run of custom in wagon and machine repairing. His shops are located on Wilson Street, where you will always find him ready for business.
A. Brannaman & Co., bankers.
W. Davidson, dry goods.
C. P. Fedderson, dry goods.
Miller & Betebenner, dry goods.
G. W. McDonald, dry goods.
J. E. Hallabough, grocer.
S. Horton, grocer.
W. O. Beam, doctor.
S. P. Black, doctor.
Manrid & Haney, druggists.
J. H. Pinkerton, druggist.
C. A. Gambrill, bakery.
J. P. Schloe, meat market.
C. Duncan, harness.
L. D. Hallett & Co., harness.
J. Keellman, taylor.
Simon & Werthim, clothier.
U. S. Miller, jeweler.
A. M. Woodward, jeweler.
Sherwin & Son, hardware.
Wm. Harrison, hardware.
Sherwin & Son, furniture.
Mrs. M. H. Lavy, millinery.
Mrs. A. M. Crady, millinery.
Mrs. M. L. Smith, millinery.
G. Wood, boot and shoe maker.
A. Mussmann, boot and shoe maker.
C. Ellis & Son, lumber.
C. E. Morris & Co., coal.
R. Hyatt, flour and feed.
Furrow & Stewart, livery.
Paysley Bros. liveries.
W. Bradbrook, blacksmith.
H. W. Howard, wagon maker.
C. W. Cooper, wagon maker.
E. Edmonds, wagon maker.
G. Kenaston, wagon maker.
A. Arbuthnot, grain buyer.
D. A. Innis, grain buyer.
H. L. Brannaman, grain buyer.
Hill Bros. stock.
Innis & Hanks, stock.
N. C. Rice, lawyer.
R. M. Horton, lawyer.
D. E. Hallet, agricultural dealer.
T. N. Ives, reporter.
Traer, Perry Township.
Smith & Edwards, Dry Goods, Clothing and Groceries. – This firm is composed of two as energetic and live business men as can be found in central Iowa, S. P. Smith, formerly of Butler County, Iowa, and L. H. Edwards, of Waterloo, who established business at Traer, in the year 1875. Since that time they have been doing one of the largest dry goods businesses in the city, and have made many warm friends and gained the respect and confidence of every one in the community. Their store is located on the corner of Walnut and Second Streets, where they carry a full and complete line of dry goods, groceries, clothing, boots and shoes, all of which they are selling very cheap. All the advantages of business qualifications and financial ability are possessed by this firm. Give them a call.
McCormack Bros., Lumber, Coal and Farm Implements. – The above named gentlemen have been residents of Tama County since the year 1865, locating in Perry township, where they remained upon their farms until Traer was founded, when they established themselves in the above business, and from that date have carried a full stock of the best farm machinery, together with a large stock of lumber and coal with they are selling very cheap, and their trade is greatly increasing. Their office and yards are located on the west side of Walnut Street, between Second and Third, where they are always found ready to wait upon you. These gentleman, since becoming residents of the County, by honest and square dealing, have gained the confidence of the public and hold a large trade.
James Fowler, Attorney at Law. – In 1856 this gentleman came to Tama County and settled at Toledo. For a number of years, or until Traer was established, he was engaged in various kinds of business, part of the time farming and part of the time he was engaged in the mercantile business at Toledo. In 1873, when Traer sprang into existence he moved to that point and engaged in the law business, since which time he has had a large practice and met with the average success. Mr. Fowler has a nice office over Brooks & Moore’s bank, where he has a fine large library and nicely arranged rooms with all the conveniences of a first-class law office.
Porterfield Bros., Dry Goods. – This firm is composed of S. M. and D. A. and W. S. Porterfield, who came to this point from Vinton, Iowa, in 1873 and established business. Since which time they have, by honest and fair dealing, built up a large trade in all kinds of staple and fancy dry goods, clothing, hats, caps, boots and shoes, valises, etc. To-day this firm stands among the most extensive dry goods houses of this section. In addition to their business at this point they carry on a large business at Reinbeck, Grundy County, which was established in 1877. Each member of this firm is esteemed among the best of Traer’s citizens, and as business men they are perfection.
W. D. Scott, M. D., Surgery a Specialty. – Among the most successful practitioners of Traer, we may mention the name of W. D. Scott, who has been a practicing physician of the place since November, 1877, and who, since that date, has met with more than ordinary success. Mr. Scott is a graduate of Hahneman Medical College of St. Louis, and since graduating has been in active practice both before and since settling in this County. He loves surgery, studies science, and is a prospective man. Mr. Scott ranks among the best educated physicians and surgeons of the country and his practice is constantly increasing. Office in Orthchild’s building.
Moses Simon, Clothier. – A business career of five years will either bring a man to the front or send him far to the rear. In business there can be no middle ground for a man to occupy, he must either go forward and keep ahead of the times or be distanced in the race by his more enterprising neighbors.
Day by day we see dropping out of sight those who were once thought to be enterprising business men, but who neglectful of the opportunities presented to them, failed to secure that success which seemed to be within easy reach. The gentleman whose name heads this item has been a resident of the city and has been in active business, and has become identified with its growth and prosperity. Although a good business man, and one that looks closely to his own interests, he yet does not allow his mind to become wholly absorbed in these matters, but in other things in which the people are interested he takes an active part, and in this way he has brought himself into notice and secured the affection and good will of thousands throughout Tama and surrounding Counties. But it is as a business man we have to deal with him in this article; as remarked it has been five years since he first began business in this city. His first location being at the corner of Main and Second Streets. Here he remained for some three years or until December 23d, 1878, when his stock was consumed by fire. Mr. Simon’s loss at this time was very large as nothing whatever was saved with the exception of one or two show cases and a few other articles. But instead of becoming discouraged, as doubtless many would have done, he renewed his energies and in six days after burning out he had a new stock of goods on hand and ready again to supply his many customers. His store room at present is located on Second Street, near Brooks & Moore’s bank. Here he occupies a very large and neat room in which he has displayed the nicest stock of gentlemens furnishing goods that can be found in central Iowa. In this department he designs to carry a line of the best goods and his reputation for keeping superior goods at extremely low prices are made known far and wide, and his trade is constantly increasing. Mr. Simon, besides carrying on the clothing business at Traer and Dysart, where he has a branch store and doing a large business, is agent for the Hamburg American Packet Co, North German Lloyd, the Inman and White Star Line of Steamships.
C. C. Collins, Furniture. – In 1855, this gentleman came to the County in company with his parents from Washington County, Indiana, and settled in the southern part of Perry township in a small grove which was afterwards named in honor of his father L. B. Collins, and is still known as Collins’ Grove. Here the subject of this brief sketch remained helping to carry on the farm until 1862, when he enlisted in Company F 28th Iowa, and went to war. After returning he worked at hire for a number of years or until July, 1869, when he engaged in business for himself, at Buckingham carrying a general stock of merchandise etc. In 1878, when Traer sprang into existence Mr. Collins moved to that point and engaged largely in dry goods building up an extensive trade; continued until September 1st, 1878, when he bought a fine stock of furniture, in this business he still continues carrying one of the largest stocks in the city. Mr. Collins’ furniture rooms are located on Second Street, where he handles and manufactures all kinds of furniture, which he sells at lower prices than the same can be purchased in Traer’s competing towns, as the proprietor owns his manufactory and buys for cash. Those needing anything in his line should not fail to call and examine his stock and prices.
Bowen & Higby, Land, Loan, Insurance and Collection Agents. – The above business was established in the year 1874, by W. H. Bowen, who came to this place from Cedar Rapids, and was conducted by him with good success until January, 1878, when M. R. Higby became interested, after which the firm was known as Bowen & Higby. Since the latter date it has been conducted in a profitable manner and to-day stands among the leading agencies of this kind in the Northwest. They do a large business in land, insurance and collections, while they make loans a specialty, in fact the latter business has increased so in the last few years that nearly their whole time and attention is devoted to it in order that they may be fully prepared to give all desired information and advantages to patrons. Their office is located on Second Street, in Orchild’s building. Call and see them.
Dennis & Averill, Agricultural Implements. – Among the very foremost agricultural implement firms of this County stands that of Dennis & Averill, which was first established in the year 1866 at Tama City, having been composed of the present members since 1872. The firm is composed of J. B. Dennis and J. C. Averill, the former of whom has been a resident of Tama County, since 1866, coming to Tama City from Napoleon, Ohio, and the latter came to the County in 1871, from Highgate Springs, Vermont. In 1873, besides carrying on a large business at Tama City, a branch house was established at Traer under the management of J. C. Averill. Until 1877, these gentleman conducted business at both places, selling thousands of dollars worth of goods annually; in 1874, the firm done over one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars worth of business which speaks well for it. In the spring of 1877, the business at Traer had so increased that it required the services of both members of the firm and J. B. Dennis sold the interest at Tama City and moved to Traer. Since the latter date the firm have carried a first-class stock of farm implements of all kinds, field seeds, etc. They have given the best inducement in prices and terms. There store is located at the corner of Second and Main Streets.
Brooks & Moore, Bankers and Collectors. – The banking firm of the above named gentleman has been in existence since 1873, and is one of the representative institutions of the city. Ever since its organization the business has been conducted by R. H. Moore, who has been identified with the leading spirits of the city since that date, and while he may not have fallen in with the views of all, yet has been liberal in promoting those enterprises which he believed intended to enhance the interests of Traer. His enterprise soon exhibited itself after his advent in aiding and liberally donating to all good enterprises. The erection of the present banking house, which is located on the corner of Walnut and Second Streets is the finest in the city, and compares with any in Iowa. The firm is composed of J. H. Brooks and R. H. Moore; the former of whom has been a resident of the County since 1856, coming here from Kane County, Illinois, and settling in Otter Creek township, where he resided upon his farm until the spring of 1866, when he moved to Tama City. Mr. Brooks is one of Tama’s most highly esteemed citizens and besides railroad contracting he is engaged in farming, merchandising and banking, mainly by proxy, and strange to say making a success of every branch. The latter, R. H. Moore, has been a resident of the County since 1867, coming here from Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Moore for a number of years after coming to the County made his home at Tama City and vicinity, teaching school during the winter seasons, while in the summer he was engaged at farming, or whatever honorable employment he could obtain until the year 1871, when he received a situation in the banking house of Carmichael, Brooks & Co., where he remained until business was established at Traer, when he was sent there in charge of that bank. To-day Mr. Moore besides owning one half interest in the business is largely interested in a bank at Reinbeck, Grundy County, where they are doing a large banking business under the charge of his brother G. T. Moore. But to return to the bank which under the supervision of R. H. Moore is one of the most successful institutions in the place, whose prosperity and high standing at home and abroad gives tone and character to the city, ever stands ready to accommodate its numerous customers. The banking house was erected in 1878, is especially constructed with a view to convenience and safety, and it is conceded that no bank in the County is more secure or elegantly and conveniently fitted up. Its furniture is heavy carved hard wood, while its vaults are built up from the solid stone and provided with “time locks” thus making them doubly secure.
E. A. Bissell, Dentist. – The dental rooms of this gentleman are located over the post office, where he has nicely arranged rooms and is prepared to do all work in his line. Mr. Bissell is a graduate of the Boston Dental College, and has been in practice since 1875. From that time until 1877 he practiced in Independence, Iowa, where he had a large practice and stood well in his profession. During his four years career in Traer he has secured a large practice from the leading citizens, which go to prove the high position he has attained. Mr. Bissell does good work and guarantees satisfaction to all.
Newcomb & Sons, Harness Manufacturers. – This firm is composed of M. A. Newcomb and his son A. G., both have been residents of this County for a great many years. For a number of years after coming to the County they resided at Tama City where they were engaged in business. In 1874 they established business at Traer, since which date they have held a leading position in the harness business, and their trade extends for many miles into the country. Besides doing repairing of all kinds they manufacture and deal in all kinds of harness, saddles, bridles, whips, collars, brushes, blankets, trunks, valises, etc. Their stock is first-class and it will pay you to call and examine prices and goods.
Brooks House, W. W. Evans, Proprietor. – Many towns of the size and attractions of Traer lack in hotel accommodations for the traveling public, which, to our mind, is one of the greatest drawbacks to the prosperity of any city. As in many other respects, Traer is alive to this important fact, and through the commendable enterprise of a number of its leading citizens, who now lay claim to having hotel accommodations to meet all necessary demands from some time to come. In 1875 the Brooks House was erected on the corner of Second and Walnuts Streets, and named in honor of J. H. Brooks, of Tama City. The House is built of red brick, two stories high, with a basement. The house has all the modern improvements and conveniences. W. W. Evans, the proprietor, has been a resident of the County since 1859, coming here from Rock Island, Illinois, and settling in Grant township, remaining until 1873 when he moved to Traer and engaged in the hardware business. In 1878, he took charge of the Brooks House, and now Mr. Evans may lay claim to keeping the largest, cleanest and best hotel in the city.
George Sloss & Son, Flouring Mill. - These gentlemen are proprietors of one of the oldest flouring mills in the County, being established about the year 1856, by W. W. Leekin. In 1875 Mr. Sloss and his son became sole proprietors of the mill and have since refitted and remodeled it at a great expense, and now they have a fine one and turn out an excellent quality of flour for which they have a large demand. The mill is located on Wolf Creek, and is so arranged that it can be run either by water or steam making it very convenient. Mr. Sloss has long been a resident of this County and has numerous warm friends; since being a resident of Traer he is classed among its most valuable citizens.
D. D. Cornick, Livery. – In 1876 this gentleman came to Traer, from Buchannan County and established business and has since had an encouraging run of custom. He has some as fine rigs as there are in the County. His livery and feed stable is located on Walnut Street north of the Brooks House, where he is prepared to furnish his many customers with as fine rigs as could be wished. He is a credit to the town and esteemed a valuable citizen.
C. F. Buhmann, Cigar Manufacturer. – The cigar manufacturing establishment of the above named gentleman was established in 1874. Mr. Buhmann came here from Wynona, Minnesota. Since establishing business at Traer he has succeeded in building up a large trade both in wholesale and retail, and in every case his cigars has given entire satisfaction. He manufactures splendid brands of cigars, among which are the celebrated Belle of Traer, My Own Brand and the Tama Chief, for all of these there is a large demand. His store is located on Second Street where he carries a full line of all kinds of tobaccos etc. in connection with his manufactory.
Batchelder & Free, Druggists. – This firm is composed of A. M. Batchelder and A. J. Free, the former has been a resident of the County since 1864, first residing in Tama City, and the latter has been a resident since 1853, coming here from Columbus, Ohio, and settled near Toledo in company with his father’s family. In 1873, when Traer sprang into existence Mr. Batchelder established business at that point, in company with J. G. Strong. After a few years Mr. Strong sold out and G. T. Jones bought an interest. The first of Batchelder & Jones continued until November, 1878, when Mr. Free bought Mr. Jones’ interest and the firm name changed to Free & Batchelder. During the past six years it has held a leading position and commanded an extensive trade, but never in its history has it been as popular as at the present time. They carry a full and well selected stock of everything in the drug line, paints, oils, etc. With its varied stock and well arranged apartments the store of Free & Batchelder is one of the best in the County and does honor to its energetic proprietors. Besides carrying on the drug store they are interested in the pop business; in this article they are having an extensive wholesale and retail trade. Their store is located on Second Street and their pop factory is on Main Street near the depot.
Galley & Newcomer, Dry Goods. – In 1874 business was established at this point by the above gentlemen. The firm is composed of H. Galley and S. Newcomer, the former of whom is one of Tama County’s oldest settlers and a leading dry goods merchant of Toledo. The latter is also an old settler of the County formerly of Toledo, but now supervising the business of the above firm at Traer. Since this store has been established it has held a leading position in the dry goods trade of that place. They handle all kinds of dry goods but make a specialty of custom made boots and shoes. They have the exclusive agency in that place for the celebrated C. N. Fargo & Co. and the Miller & Co. boots and shoes, of which they claim their equal is not in Traer. Call on them.
J. H. Segner, Livery Feed and Sale Stable. – In 1876, this gentleman established himself in this business at Traer and since has been doing a large and paying business in the place. He turns out some fine rigs at reasonable prices. Mr. Segner for the first two years after locating at this place, besides running the livery barn was also proprietor of the Brooks House where he became well acquainted and made many friends all of whom speak of him as an honorable and valuable citizen. His livery barn is located but a few doors west of the Brooks House, where persons wishing accommodations in his line will get the best.
Seaver & McClary, Bankers and Dry Goods. – At the corner of Second and Main Streets is located the large dry goods and banking house of the above named gentlemen, who established business in the fall of 1874. Since that date they have gained a high reputation. The fine display of dry goods, notions, carpets, clothing, boots and shoes, hats, caps, etc. is immense. From the first they adopted the cash system, both in buying and selling. By this means they secure goods at bottom prices and sell the same as cheap as Chicago retail houses. Their store is the finest and most attractive in the town, and commands a trade among all classes. In 1875, besides carrying on the dry goods business, the Bank of Traer was established by them. During the time it has been in existence it has done a regular banking and collection business, and has been of great advantage to the city. This department is under the supervision of Mr. Seaver, while Mr. McClary takes charge of the dry goods. Both these men came here from Jefferson County, Kansas, and since being residents of Traer have became well acquainted, highly esteemed and are good representatives of their respective positions and hold a high reputation as business men and citizens.
J. T. Weld, Hardware and Agricultural. – But a short time after Traer was founded the above named gentleman established business at that point. Since that time he has carried a full line of shelf and heavy hardware, stoves, tinware and agricultural implements. His store is located on Second Street, near Brooks and Moore’s bank, where he has one of the largest and most complete stocks in the city. Mr. Weld has been a resident of Traer since 1863, coming here from Pecatonica, Illinois, where he had been in business. Since a resident of Traer Mr. Weld has become one of that city’s leading hardware merchants and has established a name and trade of which he may be justly proud. He has always pushed his business in an enterprising manner and now is rewarded by a lucrative trade extending over a wide area. He has many friends and is classed among the valuable citizens of the place.
G. & N. H. Canfield, Coal and Lumber. – These gentlemen are proprietors of the oldest lumber yard in Traer, it being established by J. R. Smith in the year 1873. In the year 1877 they became sole proprietors and since have been doing an extensive business in all kinds of lumber and coal. The former member of the firm has been a resident of Traer since 1877, coming here from New Jersey, and the latter came here from Burlington, Iowa, where he had been extensively engaged in the coal trade during the year 1876. Besides having a large trade in lumber and coal they are interested in the grocery business in that place.
Greelis & Rice, Coal, Wood and Building Material. – In 1874 this business was established by T. H. Greelis who managed it with good success until September, 1877, when O. J. Rice became interested with him, since which date they have been commanding a large run of custom in coal, wood, lime, stone, stucco, cement, sand, plastering hair and brick, all of which they have in stock at their office and yard on Main Street. The firm is composed of T. H. Greelis and O. J. Rice, the former has been a resident of Traer since 1874, coming here from Vinton, Iowa, formerly of Troy, New York, where he had been engaged in business. Since becoming a resident of Traer Mr. Greelis, besides being engaged in the above business, has been engaged in buying and selling town property and now owns the entire property of J. W. Traer, consisting of seventy-four lots, known as the railroad property. The latter Mr. Rice has been a resident of the County since 1856, coming here form Medina County, Ohio, and settling in Crystal township, where he remained upon his farm until 1876, when he moved to Traer and engaged in the real estate and loan business, which he followed until engaged in business with Mr. Greelis. They are both genial and obliging gentlemen and deserve success.
E. D. Rice, Hardware. – Among the oldest and most successful men of Traer may be mentioned the above, who has been in business since 1874. The business was established by E. D. Rice and F. A. Goodenough, who managed it until February, 1879, when Mr. Goodenough sold his interest to Mr. Rice who became sole proprietor. At present Mr. Rice is carrying one of the heaviest stocks of hardware, consisting of general shelf and heavy hardware, carriage and wagon stocks, iron, nails, steel, tinware, fence wire etc., in the town. He is one of Tama County’s oldest settlers, coming here in the year 1857, from Medina County, Ohio, and settling in Howard township, where he remained upon his farm until moving to Traer. While a resident of Howard township he took an active part in every good enterprise whereby the township and community would be benefited. He was a prominent mover in the Grange; was chairman of the County Grange two years, devoting a great deal of time and money for the special benefit of his brother farms. Since residing in Traer, Mr. Rice has proven himself a liberal, enterprising and consequently successful business man and stands among the most highly respected citizens.
M. R. Wylie, Breeder of Fine Stock, Traer, Iowa. – In the stables of M. R. Wylie, at this place, may be seen as fine horses as anybody would wish to see. We are glad to see the interest that Mr. Wylie is taking in breeding the best class of horses, in this County. The following noted horses will be found in his stable at Traer: Young Invincible – This fine stallion was imported from England to Pennsylvania in the year 1876, by G. B. Hayes of that State. He is seventeen and one-half hands high, with heavy bone and muscle, and weighs two thousand pounds. He was got by Farmer’s Profit, son of Young Waxwork, by Old Waxwork; dam by Great Britain, grand dam by Old Warwick, great grand dam by Old Invincible. English Champion – This horse is a dapple black, seventeen hands high and weighs one thousand and five hundred pounds. He has superior action and has proven himself to be of good blood. He was got by Cheshire Champion, who was imported to Pennsylvania, by W. Beal of that State. Dam by the imported coach horse, Bay President, great dam imported Canadian mare. Fred Grant – Is a bright bay with black dapples. He is a natural trotter and if properly trained would reach a creditable record. He was got by General Grant, son of Wapsie, by Green’s Bashaw; dam by the Barklow mare, daughter of Holderman’s mare, by Weatherby’s Blackhawk, Profit, son of Vermont Blackhawk. Grand dam, by Matthew White’s mare, Kosciusko, and bred by E. Manful, of West Liberty. Any information desired in reference to any of these horses will be cheerfully given by their owner. Call at the stable on Main Street or address, M. R. Wylie, Traer, Iowa.
(Traer, Perry Township)
J. H. Smith, dry goods.
Smith & Edwards, dry goods.
Porterfield Bros, dry goods.
Galley & Newcomer, dry goods.
Seaver & McClary, dry goods.
M. Simon, clothier.
Mrs. H. C. Pierce, millinery.
Mrs. L. S. Cope, millinery.
Mrs. A. Petterson, millinery.
Mrs. S. Gage.
S. Shively, merchant tailor.
J. Stein, merchant tailor.
Steffens & Luedemann, merchant tailors.
T. Gallogby, grocer.
Pest & Canfield, grocers.
C. F. Wetzel, grocer.
J. Atchison & Son, grocers.
Grossell & Hadsell, grocers.
W. Wade, grocer.
W. B. Gillespie, grocer.
L. D. Knapp, grocer.
J. Morrison, grocer.
G. W. Ladd, barber.
C. M. Lathrop, barber.
H. Schrader, boots and shoes.
H. Baxter, boots and shoes
D. Bowers, boots and shoes.
G. Shay, restaurant.
L. Baldwin, restaurant.
J. Munson, restaurant.
C. C. Collins, furniture.
J. Kingery, furniture.
W. McDowall, meat market.
J. Pritchard, meat market.
F. A. Adsell, meat market.
G. L. Wilber, lawyer.
E. T. Langley, lawyer.
D. Connell, lawyer.
J. Fowler, lawyer.
N. C. Newcomb, harness shop.
Newcomb & Son, harness shop.
J. P. Morrison, harness shop.
O. T. Brainard, justice.
W. T. V. Ladd, justice.
E. M. Wooley, druggist.
Free & Batchelder, druggist.
O. D. Bonney, druggist.
W. A. Daniel, doctor.
J. P. Morrison, doctor.
J. L. Ladd, doctor.
S. Waterbury, doctor.
W. D. Scott, doctor.
C. M. Ashton, doctor.
Free & Batchelder, pop manufacturers.
Canfield Bros., lumber, coal.
Johnson Bros. lumber, coal.
McCormack Bros. lumber, coal.
W. Wolf, blacksmith.
H. D. Merrimann, blacksmith.
S. Hyde, blacksmith.
C. H. Cram, blacksmith.
H. A. Hartshorn, blacksmith.
W. E. Gerry, painter.
F. S. Fairchild, painter.
Brooks House, W. W. Evans prop’r.
Clark House, C. Clark.
Best House, B. Best.
Pennsylvania House, -----.
Schrader House, -----.
Bank of Traer, C. Seaver, Cash’r.
Brooks & Moore’s Bank, R. H. Moore Cashier.
L. H. Butler, wagon maker.
C. H. Cram, wagon maker.
O. T. Sanborn, livery.
J. H. Segner, livery.
D. D. Cornick, livery.
Dennis & Averill, agricultural.
McCormack Bros, agricultural.
J. T. Weld, agricultural.
E. D. Rice, hardware.
J. T. Weld, hardware.
H. M. Wooley, photographer.
E. H. Bissell, dentist.
L. B. Alderman, dentist.
E. Taylor, STAR.
James Morrison & Co., CLIPPER.
G. A. Rugg, book store.
Bowen & Higby, land agent.
C. F. Buhmann, cigar manufacturer.
Withers & Bates, jewelry.
S. C. Wager, boots and shoes.
Sloss & Son, flouring mills.
M. C. Murdough, flour and feed store.
W. W. Wilson, grain buyer.
H. C. Pierce & Co., grain buyer.
C. A. Clow, grain buyer.
D. Bedford, ice dealer.
A. M. Glaze, carpenter.
M. D. Schaffer, carpenter.
W. Kinney, carpenter.
E. G. Penrose, Hardware. – This gentleman first established himself in business in this city in 1872, and is the largest and most reputable and successful hardware merchant in the city, and holds a position for business integrity, above an average character. In 1872, Mr. Penrose came here from Grand Junction, Greene County, and engaged in business; he has been operating here ever since, and has exhibited distinguished energy and enterprise in business. He has increased his trade until now it extends throughout the County. He is neatly located in a large brick building at the corner of Third and McClellan Streets. It is one of the finest and largest in the city, being 25x76 feet, two stories above the basement. The entire lower floor and basement is occupied by his business. Each department is filled with an admirable stock of goods consisting of the various articles belonging to the trade. These are purchased direct from first hands and therefore he is enabled to successfully compete with any in the County. General shelf and heavy hardware, carriage and wagon stock, Burnett’s steel and barbed wire, iron, stone, tinware, cutlery, wooden and willow ware, is found in his immense stock. Mr. Penrose has always take a deep interest in the up-building of the city, and but few if any enterprises of merit are started unless aided by him. He was Mayor of the city in 1878, and is at the present time serving as a member of the City Council to which office he has been several times elected. He is classed among our esteemed and leading business men. He is also a member of the School Board and is doing all in his power for the advancement of educational interests of the city. (Tama City)
James M. Burge, Cigar Manufacturer. – This gentleman, since establishing himself in this choice business has met with splendid success, which has been his marked feature, and the fine cigars issuing from his manufactory meet with an extensive sale. This arises from the fact that the proprietor has become thoroughly acquainted with the tobacco trade, and understands the quality of leaf to perfection. He manufactures quite a number of different brands, each and all are of choice tobaccos. Mr. Burge also has in connection with his factory a retail department, in which he keeps all of the best brands of chewing and smoking tobaccos, pipes, pipe stems, and in fact, everything pertaining to the smoker’s wants. Factory and retail rooms on Third Street, Tama City.
Madison Bostwick, Carpenter. – Mr. Bostwick is an old settler in this County and has made Tama City his home a large portion of the time. Carpentering is his chosen trade, and he is one among the best in the County. He has been Mayor of this city several terms and has held other offices of trust and proven himself a man who does more thinking in private than talk in public, and can always be relied upon for prompt attendance and solid work in business affairs. He has the best interests of his community at heart. His parents were natives of Connecticut. Madison was born in the year 1812, his parents were poor and consequently his education was somewhat limited, enjoying only such as a common school affords. While yet quite young, Mr. Bostwick concluded to learn a trade, and immediately went to work with a Mr. Leet, a carpenter, of Middletown, Penn., with whom he continued until he had accomplished his aim. On December 18th, 1833, he was married to Miss Amanda Griffis, by whom he had four children, three boys and one girl. Mr. Bostwick continued at the carpentering trade, in Pennsylvania, until the death of his wife, when he sold his property there and came west; spent sometime in Wisconsin and afterwards came to this County. Since he came to Tama City he has been engaged in contracting and building. Mr. Bostwick is capable of doing any work in his line, and is ever willing to work at a reasonable price, believing in the motto “Live and let live.”
Bostwick House. – This house was erected by its owner M. Bostwick, in the year 1868, and since that date has been a pleasant resort for the traveler. The house is located on corner of State and Fourth Streets, two blocks from Chicago & Northwestern depot. The building is frame, large and commodious. Mr. S. Russell has the house in charge and commands a large patronage. (Tama City)
C. C. Harris & Bro., Painters. – This firm opened business in this city, in the month of April, 1878, in the building known as the “Pioneer building of the city,” located on McClellan Street, now owned by S. C. Brown, and have been doing a thriving business in house, sign, buggy, wagon and ornamental painting. The work turned out of their shop gives evidence of skillful workmen. They came here from Pennsylvania where they followed the same business, and came well recommended. They have had over twenty years of experience in this business. They are good reliable gentlemen and work left with them will promptly receive attention. (Tama City)
C. Homan, Steam Saw and Flouring Mills. – In 1868, these mills were established by Bodfish, Homan & Co. In 1869, they changed hands to C. K. Bodfish & Co., in 1871 they passed back into Mr. Homan’s hands who assumed their management to the present time. The flouring mill is a large structure, two stories and one-half high, and is equipped with superior machinery, having three run of stone, which enables him to manufacture large quantities of that excellent quality of flour which is so widely known throughout this section. Since Mr. Homan took charge of the mills he has done an extensive business, and has added largely to the value of them. He is a prominent citizen of Tama City and takes an active part in the up building of the place.
Thomas Whitaker, Produce dealer. – The above named gentleman ranks among our oldest citizens, having been a resident of Tama City since the town was located. Mr. Whitaker came to this place from Toledo and established himself in the produce business, and from the earliest period he has been constantly engaged in buying and shipping all kinds of produce, for which he pays the highest possible price. His store is located on the corner of Fourth and McClellan Streets, where you can always find him ready for a bargain. Mr. Whitaker is a property owner and a successful business man.
E. H. Price, House Contractor. – It is very important in a town the size of Tama City, that every business be well represented and the public should have pointed out those who are known to be reliable. In undertaking this task we take pleasure in saying that the above named gentleman has proven himself an experienced workman and in all branches of his business he ranks among the first. Mr. Price is among the old settlers of this County, and is nicely located in the Empire Block, on Third Street, where he manufactures wood work for wagons, sleighs, and repairs all kinds of implements. He has also a steam planing mill in his shop where all kinds of turning is done in any shape required.
L. A. Graves, Harness Manufacturer. – Every manufactory is of advantage to a city, therefore ought to be encouraged by each citizen in every possible way. The above gentleman’s institution is no exception to this rule, as it sends out wares over a large territory. Mr. Graves is a practical workman of life-long experience and after working at the trade in this city from 1875 to 1877, he began on his own account. He is located on third Street near the post office where he manufactures and deals in all kinds of light and heavy harness, saddles, collars, whips, etc. Mr. Graves is building up a large business and is deserving of success. He is honorable and always among the first to help forward the enterprises of his growing city to the full extent of his ability. He is also interested in the harness business at Union Grove, managed by L. V. Kellum. (Tama City)
William Richards, Boots and Shoes. – The subject of this sketch has been a resident of Tama City since the year 1872. During this time he has been in business and gained a good name for integrity; and is classed among the liberal merchants of the city, while the stock is not as extensive as some others yet it consists of an excellent assortment of boots, shoes, gaiters, slippers and rubber goods etc. He is a practical workman, having been brought up to the trade and meets with a large patronage from all classes of citizens. In ready-made goods as well as in his custom department he makes a specialty.
John F. Hegardt, Meat Market. – This gentleman is among the old settlers in the place, and conducts an extensive meat market on Third Street where he does a very creditable business. During the time he has been identified with the city he has done much to develop its interests. Mr. Hegardt deals in hides, tallow, lard, fresh and salt meats, oysters, fish and game in their seasons. He is well known by nearly every one in the County, respected by all and has a large trade. Few men in the city have a firmer hold upon the good will of the people, than Mr. Hegardt, and when in nomination for office he invariably runs ahead of his ticket. (Tama City)
John Nicholson, Dentist. – Every one will concede that it is of great importance to have pointed out a thorough practical dentist and one whose reputation is above reproach in faithfully attending to dental operations. In pointing the public to John Nicholson, we have no hesitation in saying that he is a well experienced dentist of more than average ability. He is located on the corner of Third and McClellan Streets, over Penrose’s hardware store, where he has nicely fitted up rooms and every appliance known to the profession of dentistry. He has had years of experience and stands high in his profession. (Tama City)
W. H. Hawk, Agricultural Implements. – This gentleman established himself in Tama City in 1877, and during the past two years has met with good success. The machinery in which he deals consists of all kinds of farming implements, from a hoe to a threshing machine. He is agent for the Champion Reaper and Mower, Wood’s Mowers, and J. I. Case’s Threshing Machines, a great number of which have been sold from his depot on the south side of Third Street where those wishing any kind of farming implements may rely on good bargains.
W. H. H. Tiffany. – First having received a scientific and literary education studied law with Judge Tiffany, and F. C. Beeman, of the city of Adrian, Michigan, and at the Ann Arbor University likewise. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of New York held at Syracuse, to practice as an attorney at law and solicitor in chancery in all the Courts of that State, and, he is also, admitted to practice in all the Courts of Ohio and Iowa. He has been practicing in said Courts for the last twenty-four years and has always sustained a fine reputation as a gentleman of good character, sound legal ability and strict integrity. He came to Tama City in the year of 1870, and is one of the most reliable and successful lawyers in Tama County. He has been Mayor and City Attorney of Tama City, and we insert the following sentiment as expressed in the Martindale United States Law Directory. “We take pleasure in recommending W. H. H. Tiffany, as a gentleman of sound legal ability, assiduous, reliable and of strict integrity, fine reputation, and good character and competent to attend to any business intrusted to his care. He refers to G. E. Maxwell, Cashier of the Bank of Tama; C. J. Stevens, Clerk of the Court; G. H. Warren, Cashier of the First National Bank of Tama City, Iowa.”
J. L. Bracken & Co., Grain and Stock Buyers. – This company has been in existence since the year 1869, at Tama City, buying and shipping grain and live stock. From the formation of the company they have always sustained a good reputation for honorable and fair dealing and have always paid the highest market price for all kinds of grain and live stock. In 1875 J. L. Bracken, besides doing business at Tama City, commenced operations at Toledo. Since that date he has take a leading position in the grain and stock trade at that point, and has shipped many hundred car loads to the Eastern markets. Mr. Bracken is thoroughly allied with the interests of his places of business and since doing business here has gained a goodly number of friends and the confidence of the community as a successful business man.
J. T. Flathers, Meat Market. – This gentleman came to Tama in 1877, and has since been a resident of this city, and engaged in one line of trade – that of a market for the sale of fresh meat, fish etc. He also handles live poultry, hides, tallow and everything kept in a first-class meat market. From the first he secured a good run of custom, which has never forsaken him and never will as long as he remains at its head. In his private business he exercises the same general care of all details, and therefore has been very successful. Call at his market on McClellan Street. (Tama City)
J. T. Matson, Bakery. – “Old Reliable City Bakery.” We have headed this gentleman’s notice as the “Old Reliable” bakery of the city from the fact that it was established by him in 1865. Although we head it bakery, simply, yet this is by no means all in which he deals as he keeps one of the nicest stocks of confectioneries and family groceries in the city. His store is situated on Third Street, where Mr. Matson, and his most obliging and respected clerk W. H. Ahlbrecht, stand ready to wait upon their customers. Owning the store, and being so well known in the business, he has peculiar advantages, and offers inducements which are not lost sight of by the purchasing public as his large trade testifies. (Tama City)
William Corns, M. D. – One of the leading, most successful and largely patronized medical practitioners in Tama City, is the above named gentleman. He located in this town in the year 1865, shortly after graduating at the Keokuk Medical College, and since that date has had a growing practice. He loves surgery, studies science con amore and is a progressive man. He is a member of the Iowa State Medical Society, and was its Vice-President two or three years. His standing among the medical brethern of the State is excellent. He is at present examining surgeon for pensioners. Office on Third Street.
J. H. Eastin, Tailor. – In 1876, Mr. Eastin, came to Tama City and established himself in this business and since that date he has held a reputation for honorable and square dealing of a very high character, and his many friends and customers constantly keep him busily engaged in the manufacture of clothing and such other articles as are adapted to his business. Persons wishing anything in his line will do well to call on him at his shop on Third Street, over J. B. Tims’ grocery store, where he is always found ready to wait upon his customers.
C. W. Snyder, Furniture. – The above named gentleman is one of our best known and respected citizens. He established his present business in 1874, and being a practical man, with an indomitable perseverance, has succeeded in making it one of the most extensive and successful houses in this County, and one that will always hold a prominent position in the furniture trade. All kinds of furniture, from the most superb to the ordinary, are kept on hand, or manufactured to order, and sold at lower prices than the same can be purchased in Tama City’s competing towns, as the proprietor is a practical workman and buys for cash only. In his sale rooms, on Third Street, there is every style and variety of furniture. Mr. Snyder has constantly on hand a large and complete stock of undertakers’ goods. In his business transactions he is prompt and courteous. (Tama City)
Bank of Tama. – This bank has been in successful operation since 1871, and is one of the representative institutions of the city. It is a private bank, with stockholders who are responsible and reliable men. The business is conducted by able and competent men and since the time of its establishment it has been a great advantage to the place. It has a high reputation with those who know the bank and its officers. The capital stock amounts to over $100,000. Lewis Carmichael, an old settler and one who has been a promoter of so many enterprises of this vicinity for the past eighteen years, is President and his sons, E. L. and Charles are conducting the business; the former is cashier and the latter assistant cashier. These young men are both apt and competent scholars and have that business ability which insures success. Their father, besides attending to his duties in the bank is an extensive railroad contractor and stock raiser. He came to this County in 1867, and was one of the first to own property in Tama City. He is identified with the first public improvements and has manifested himself in all interests of the town. The banking house is situated on Third Street, and is one of the finest in the town. It is twenty-five by sixty feet, two stories high and built of red brick, with a beautiful marble front. The inside is systematically arranged and artistically finished.
Mills & Guernsey, Attorneys at Law. – One of the most prominent and most thoroughly educated law firms of this place is the above, whose establishment dates from November 1st, 1878. Since this time they have met with abundant success, and proven to numerous clients their legal ability. They have had years of experience and each are close students fully posted in the various decisions of the higher courts, and competent to engage in difficult contests with their opponents. Their office is on the south side of Third Street where they have neatly fitted up rooms and a large and well selected library. (Tama City)
W. D. Worrell, Grocer. – This young gentleman has been a resident of Tama City for a number of years and is constantly advancing in business capacity. He came here with his widowed mother from Marshalltown, Iowa, and found employment on the water works, then being built, as teamster; but his aspirations were for a higher sphere in life and soon he was in the employ of W. G. Cambridge, editor of the Tama Citizen, as a printer. But soon his attention was directed to the mercantile business, and he procured a situation in the large hardware establishment of E. G. Penrose. Here he remained three years, giving his entire attention to the tinner’s trade and clerkship in the store, and commanded the highest respect of both his employer and customers. After a short vacation and prospecting tour through Southern Nebraska and Kansas, he returned home and entered into the produce trade, but soon bought one-half interest in the grocery store of A. B. Dubbs, and for months the establishment was carried on under the firm name of Dubbs & Worrell, but finally Mr. Dubbs sold his interest to Mr. Worrell, and now he is sole proprietor of a fine stock of groceries and queensware, with a deservedly large trade. Mark the progress of an energetic, wide-awake young man.
C. D. Terry & Co., Lumber Merchants. – In almost every department of trade and manufacture, Tama City offers inducements to home patrons and those outside her borders, and the lumber business forms no exception to this rule. The above named gentlemen established themselves in the lumber business in this city in 1869, having been principally managed by C. D. Terry, and B. F. Hill. About two years ago they became sole proprietors. Ever since its establishment it has been a popular yard, and possessed advantages that all could not compete with. They are wholesale and retail dealers in lumber of all kinds. They also handle coal, mixed paints, mouldings etc. They pay strict attention to their business interests. The yard is located on State Street, where they always can be found ready for business.
T. A. Bristol, Jeweler. – On Third Street near the post office is located the above gentleman. Mr. Bristol is a practical jeweler of many years experience, and is well posted in the business. He has met with good success during his business career in this place. He keeps a large and well selected stock consisting of the latest styles, in fact, everything kept in a first-class jewelry store. An especial feature of his establishment is the repairing department where all kinds of cleaning and repairing is done to perfection. The whole is presided over by Mr. Bristol, and all work is guaranteed by him. His prices are reasonable. Give him your patronage. (Tama City)
First National Bank. – It is necessary in times such as we are now passing through that the public should have pointed out those moneyed institutions which are sound and on a sure foundation. And in order to arrive at an intelligent conclusion in regard to the soundness of any such establishment, one of the first and most important things to be considered is how the managers have conducted their own affairs. If after due consideration we find these managers men of reputation and well tried characters and who have managed their own affairs with large success, then we may reasonably conclude they are the best persons in any community to care for one’s funds and watch over depositors’ interests with caution and care. After this brief introduction, we would say that among the solid and responsible institutions of this kind is the First National Bank, of Tama City. It was organized in1871, and stands to-day strong in its own resources and doing a large business. The bank is neatly and conveniently fitted up, and provided with vaults of recognized strength. The Yale time Safes are used. The present officers are: B. A. Hall, President; G. H. Warren, Cashier; F. N. Warren, Assistant Cashier; E. Ruggles, C. E. Covell, A. J. Tyler, C. E. Hayes, J. Brice, Jr., J. L. Bracken, J. Ramsdell and B. A. Hall, Directors. Mr. Hall is one of the oldest residents of the city and has been one of the active developers of the place. He has contributed liberally to almost every enterprise of the city, and has been a leading business man, deserving of the highest praise. The same may be said of Mr. Warren, a banker of recognized ability.
Hall & Carmichael, Hardware. – Since April, 1879, this firm has been established in the hardware business. They carry one of the largest and finest stocks of shelf and heavy hardware in the County. They also deal extensively in farm implements. In connection with the hardware is a large and well equipped tin shop where all kinds of tinware is manufactured. The firm is composed of B. A. Hall and H.T. Carmichael, his son-in-law, a young man of fine business qualifications. The store is located on corner of Third and McClellan Streets. (Tama City)
Brooks & Holmes, Dry Goods. – One of the very foremost dry goods houses in Tama City, is that conducted by the above firm on Third Street. It was established in 1875, and since then has held a leading position, and to-day stand among the most extensive dry goods houses in the County. In addition to general dry goods they make a specialty of clothing, boots and shoes, hats and caps, upholstery goods and window draperies. In these articles they hold a leading position, and have become well known for their fine quality of goods, but above all for their accurate representations. All the advantages of a business education and of financial abilities are possessed by this firm. The firm consists of J. H. Brooks and F. R. Holmes; the former is one of our oldest citizens and respected by a host of friends, and the latter is one of Tama City’s most valuable young men.
Soleman Bros, Livery and Feed Stable. – On the corner of Fourth and McClellen Streets is located one of the finest and most popular livery barns in the County. The barn was erected in the year 1877 by Henry Soleman, who assumed the management of it until March 1st, 1879, when J. F. Soleman, his brother, bought one-half interest in the business. Both take an active part in the business and are running a creditable livery. Mr. H. Soleman, besides being in connection with this barn, is proprietor of a large drug store and agricultural warehouse. He is a thorough business man and knows just how to turn the irons to keep them from burning. (Tama City)
Z. Solomon, Clothier. – This gentleman has been identified with the leading business men of Tama City since April, 1879. Since this date he has been largely engaged in the clothing business at his store room on Third Street, where he carrys a fine stock, consisting of clothing, hats and caps, trunks, valises and gentleman’s furnishing goods, all of which he sells very cheap. Mr. Solomon is well known over the County as a man who is strictly honest, and of fine business qualifications, and we have no hesitation in pointing the public to him for good bargains in clothing etc.
Hydraulic Flouring Mills. – These mills are operated by a company composed of B. F. Crenshaw, F. B. and E. E. Ramsdell. The former of whom came to this city in 1869, while the Ramsdells are old settlers, having came to Tama County in 1853. Ever since these gentlemen have been in the city they have taken rank among the active workers of the place, giving much time and money toward the various valuable enterprises that have arisen, in order to make the city what it is to-day, - one of the most prosperous and best known in the country. In 1875, the Hydraulic Flouring Mill was erected by Mr. Crenshaw at a cost of about $12,000 and managed by him until December 1876, when he sold it to F. B. Ramsdell. In the fall of 1877, E. E. Ramsdell, his brother, bought one-half interest. Under the firm name of Ramsdell Bros. the mill done a large business shipping a great deal of flour besides supplying home markets. March 1st, 1879, Mr. B. F. Crenshaw, the founder of the mill, bought back one-third interest. Since that date the mill has been running under the firm name of Crenshaw & Ramsdell, and is doing one of the largest businesses in their line of any mill in Tama County and we will venture to say, so long as the mill is managed by these gentlemen their business will constantly increase instead of diminish. The mill is a large frame building 60x45, three stories high, and is equipped with superior machinery, with three run of burrs of the latest and best improvement which enables them to manufacture a splendid brand of flour. Mr. Crenshaw is also proprietor of the Helena Flouring Mill, which is also doing a large business, and manufacturing a splendid quality of flour. (Tama City)
The Paper Company. – J. Ramsdell, President; T. A. Hopkins, Agent; H. E. Ramsdell, Secretary. For a city so new as Tama and with a population of only about two thousand inhabitants, it is surprising to find so many manufacturing institutions, and yet there is room for more, all meeting with success as those in operation demonstrate. Among the most recently organized institutions may be mentioned, in this department of our work, the Tama City Paper Mills, located on the water power addition south of the Hydraulic Flouring Mills and under the supervision of A. Everhart, an old paper mill man of Milan, Illinois. These mills have now been in existence but a few months, yet being conducted by intelligent gentlemen and located in the “City of enterprise,” with railroad facilities for distributing goods, we need not wonder at their successful career. Already they are shipping paper of all sizes and weights over a large area, and receiving assurances from buyers that while their paper is of the finest quality it gives general satisfaction. The machinery and general equipments of this establishment are all of the most approved kind which, with the shipping facilities and financial ability of the proprietors, assures their continued success. The proprietors are all old settlers in this County, J. Ramsdell, and his son H. E. Ramsdell having come to the County in 1853, and T. A. Hopkins came in 1855. They are liberal enterprising and successful, and stand among the leading business men of the city.
A. L. Howard, Butter Tub Factory. – In 1876, this business was established in this city and since then has been liberally patronized. Mr. Howard is located upon the water power addition where he manufactures a full assortment of all kinds of goods pertaining to the butter tub and cooper business. Mr. Howard is shipping his productions over a large portion of this State and his work gives satisfaction, and his prices are in accordance with the times. He employs quite a number of hands and is working up an extensive business. (Tama City)
Union Company. – This company was incorporated, August 31st, 1875, by a number of our leading capitalists business men and public spirited citizens, many of whom are well versed and practical mechanics, and fully alive to the wants of the western farmer. It is one of the most responsible and promising institutions of Tama City, and the persons connected with it are sufficient evidence that it has facilities to offer in its line of a gratifying character. It gives employment to from thirty to forty hands, among who we can mention A. E. Axtel, foreman of the machine shops; J. Ballhouse, foreman of the blacksmith department; D. W. Rising, foreman of the wood room; Geo. Richards foundryman; and C. D. Williams and G. W. Hapgood painters, all of whom rank among the best in the State. These works are of value to the city, and add to the wealth of the place by sending out its manufactures, receiving funds for the same which are principally distributed at home. This advantage to the city and its citizens however is of no greater advantage than its valuable implements are to farmers, for from this manufactory issue some of the most practical in use. Among its notable farming implements may be mentioned the improved steel plows. These are made of the best patent steel, extra hardened and in the most thorough manner possible with special reference to scouring, ease of draft, durability, and are fully warranted in every way, shape and form.
The Fearless Sulky Plow attachment is without doubt one of the finest and best improvements now before the public. Any kind of a plow having either an iron or wooden beam can be used with it. It has the advantage of any other sulky and much lighter and more simple. They have also perfected a corn plow to be attached to this sulky which saves the purchased from ten to fifteen dollars on a corn plow. This attachment is an excellent thing.
The Prairie Corn Sheller is one of the neatest and most complete shellers now in the market; it is both simple and durable. As this machine is manufactured at such a low price, many farmers throughout the country are using them, and in every case they give satisfaction.
Another valuable and labor saving machine of their manufacture is the Wauchope Grader. This machine is almost indispensable, and is receiving commendation wherever used. A correspondent to the Western Stock and Farm Journal of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, under date March, 1879, says the following of this grader:
“Now comes the tug of war, to describe one of the greatest inventions of modern times, the Wauchope Grader. This machine is so constructed that it will plow the ground and carry the dirt by means of an elevator to the center of the road. By this means a turn-pike is built at a cost of only about twenty-five cents per rod. It is constructed on the same principal as a header for cutting grain, and it is so strongly built that it rarely gets out of order, and so arranged that two men and eight horses can run it with ease. It is not only a successful road grader, but equally as valuable as a ditcher. The testimony of the Winnebago Summit is to the point as follows: “The Wauchope Road Grader, which has just been purchased by the trustees of this township built a piece of road, the length of which is sixty rods; the average width of grade sixteen feet; depth of grade eighteen inches. The road is neatly turnpiked and has a ditch on each side nine feet in width. The time occupied in the work was about four and one-half hours. Eight horses and two men did the work. The machine is warranted to build eighty rods of road a day, ‘and we are satisfied that it will do it, and well to’. Under the old system, road building has proven both expensive and unsatisfactory. With one of these graders we should have good roads with a good deal less expense then we formerly paid for having, what in most cases were mere apologies for public highways. We are satisfied that the investment in a Wauchope Grader by our township is a good one. It will handle more earth than a dozen teams with scrapers, and handle it in better shape. It will work anywhere that a team can go. The grader is so built as to be adjusted to loading wagons where earth has to be hauled a distance, and it will keep fifteen to twenty wagons busy at a short range, to haul away the dirt which it can dig. It needs only to be seen to be appreciated, and we think it a good investment for every township.”
We could quote hundreds of such testimonials as the above from various papers in the State where the Wauchope Grader has been used, but as its reputation is established it is not necessary. Since the organization of the company in the spring of 1877, hundreds of these machines have been sold in various parts of the State, and the demand is constantly increasing. The rapid introduction of this machine in Iowa is something surprising. In 1877, only about fifty were sold to townships. This year (1879) nearly the whole force of the Union Plow Company – about thirty men, with the best of machinery – have been unable to fill the orders.
Mr. G. E. Higley, the Superintendent, who has been connected with the company since January, 1877, came here from Springfield, Mass., where he had been for a number of years superintending one of the largest woodware establishments in the city. He thoroughly understands his business and is a gentleman who has made many warm friends since coming to Tama City. The same can be said of Messrs. Warren and Houghton. The manufacture and warehouse of this company are located on the water power addition and extensive and well equipped for the manufacturing of these and other machines, besides doing repairing of all kinds, and we advise those not acquainted with their manufactures to investigate or send for catalogue, price list etc. The officers are G. H. Warren, President; A. L. Houghton, Secretary and Treasurer; G. E. Higley, Superintendent. Each of these names are sufficient in themselves to inspire confidence in the responsibility of the institution.
Benjaman Thompson, M. D. – One of the most successful and leading physicians and surgeons in central Iowa, is Benjaman Thompson of Tama City. He graduated at the Eclectic Medical College of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1870 and shortly afterwards came to Tama City where he has since resided, and has successfully built up a large and extensive practice. Mr. Thompson is a man of sterling worth and takes an active part in the up-building of the town and community in which he lives. He is a man of ability and has a thorough knowledge of medicine and surgery. His pleasant ways and manners and sympathetic speech gains the respect of his patients. His office is in R. M. Coffin’s drug store.
Mahana & Co., Wind Mill Manufacturers. – The above company established themselves at Tama City in May, 1879, and since that time have become known as men of sterling worth. The demand for the valuable and indispensable machines which they manufacture is constantly increasing. Although they are of recent invention, they have been thoroughly tested and tried and have stood the test in every case. For a number of years Mr. Mahana, the patentee, assisted by others, manufactured the machines in La Moille, Bureau County, Illinois, but their ambition was to introduce them in Iowa, and after manufacturing at Lyons this State, a considerable length of time, came to Tama City, where we find them thoroughly in the work and manufacturing these valuable articles for the farmers of this County. The neatest, simplest, most substantial and consequently the cheapest machine that has come under our observation, is the Improved Rival and Eureka Wind Mills, invented and manufactured by Mahana & Co. There is less machinery about them than any mills in use. They have a revolving post and the wheel is securely attached to this post, both revolving together, while the tail is hung by hinges on the opposite side of the post, and the self-regulating operator is secured by a T lever attached to the tail and connecting with the post. Any person can see how perfectly simple this is. Here are secured certain results; easy running with light winds; will take care of itself in a gale; keeps up uniform stroke in all winds; will stop when trough is full, but will resume pumping when more water is needed. This latter fact is an interesting one, and want of space forbids our going into details. The manufacturers warrant to do as good work with this mill as can be done by any higher priced machine. The cost of the Rival is only a trifle and we advise our readers to see this admirable piece of machinery, and see it operate before buying. The company also manufactures barbed wire. We must not pass this sketch by without mentioning the medical ability of Mr. J. R. Mahana as a doctor. He is a graduate of Hannemann Medical College, of Chicago, and has been a practicing physician for the past eight years. Mr. Mahana will continue practicing medicine at Tama City, and will doubtless become one of its leading and prominent physicians. He is a man of good medical knowledge and ability.
E. G. Penrose, hardware.
Carmichael & Hall, hardware.
Brooks & Holmes, dry goods.
J. D. Laudi, dry goods.
Thomas Murray, dry goods.
M. C. Murdough, dry goods.
C. Homan, Flouring Mill.
Crenshaw & Ramsdells, Flouring Mill.
E. H. Price, wagon shop.
M. C. Wilson, wagon shop.
E. A. Graves, harness shop.
W. Richards, boot & shoe store.
W. F. Sterling, boot & shoe store.
J. C. Mathews, boot & shoe shop.
J. F. Hegardt, meat market.
J. T. Flathers, meat market.
C. C. Harris & Bro., painters.
Williams & Hapgood, painters.
C. L. McClung, painter.
W. D. Worrell, grocer.
Thomas Brice, grocer.
Tims & Jackson, grocers.
J. Brice Jr., grocer.
T. H. Bruhn, grocer.
B. Thompson, doctor.
Wm. Corns, doctor.
J. Nicholson, dentist.
F. J. M. Wonser, HERALD.
S. W. Grove, DEMOCRAT.
W. H. Hawk, agricultural.
H. Soleman, agricultural.
C. W. Snyder, furniture.
Cleveland Bros., & Gilbert, furniture.
J. T. Matson, baker.
E. R. Coyle, restaurant.
F. A. Bristol, jeweler.
G. B. Alden, Photographer.
W. H. Tiffany, laywer.
Ebersole & Willett, lawyer.
Mills & Guernsey, lawyers.
G. D. Sherman, Justice.
A. W. Guernsey, Justice.
W. E. Newcomb, broom factory.
J. P. Hixon, broom factory.
Puth Bros, clothiers and tailors.
Z. Solomon, clothier.
J. H. Easton, tailor.
A. Mathern & Co., brewers.
L. H. Brannan, Pacific Hotel.
E. Harmon, Harmon House.
M. Bostwick, Bostwick House.
Delmonico House, Mrs. Felstead.
J. M. Burge, cigar manufacturer.
First National Bank, Geo. Warren, Cah’r.
Bank of Tama, E. L. Carmichael Cah’r.
H. Day, grain and stock buyer.
C. H. Kentner, grain and stock buyer.
Mrs. M. Ingham, Millinery.
Mrs. S. P. Barrett, Millinery.
Thomas Whitaker, produce dealer.
W. H. Cummings, blacksmith.
D. Clement, blacksmith.
R. M. Coffin, druggist.
H. Soleman, druggist.
Wonser Bros., books, stationery.
B. F. Crenshaw, flour and feed.
J. Morrison, oysters and billiards.
F. Wildrodt, saloon.
G. Voss, saloon.
P. Peterson, barber.
R. M. Coffin, express agent.
Soleman Bros., livery and sale stable.
M. C. Murdough, livery.
C. H. Kentner, insurance.
Mills & Guernsey, insurance.
F. N. Warren, insurance.
Union Plow Company.
Paper Mill Company.
Cleaveland Bros. & Gilbert, blind, door and sash factory.
A. L. Howard, butter tub factory.
Manufacturers & Builders Association.
Pearl Barley Mills.
Rhoades & Homan, builders.
A. Wiseman, drayman.
H. Page, drayman.
Thurston & Garish, printers.