The Vinton Eagle
Tues., May 22, 1883
“Decoration in Harison Township.
The citizens of Harrison and adjoining townships will meet at Bear Creek
cemetery Wednesday, at 2 o’clock p.m. sharp, May 30th, for the purpose of
decorating the soldiers’ graves. Some of the best orators in the state will be
present. Music will be furnished by the Harrison Cornet Band. A cordial
invitation is extended to all.
1st. Prayer, by Chaplain.
2nd. Opening, by President.
3rd. Oration, by Capt. A. H. Reed.
4th. Sketch of the organization, and Drill of the Harrison Rangers,
organized April, 1861, by Gen. J. L. Geddes.
5th. Short speeches, by Major E. M. Evans, Sergt. Matthew Brown and
other old Harison Rangers.
Song--- “Rally Round the Flag.’
6th. Procession form at the church, headed by Capt. J. G. Warner’s Company
of Veterans, Capt. Matthews’ Brigade of Young Ladies, in uniform, followed by
7th. Decoration of soldiers’ graves, by Mrs. L. J. Taylor’s Company of
8th. Drill of Young Ladies’ Brigade, by Capt. Matthews.
9th. Election of officers.
D. McNie, Pres.
J. C. Marsh, Sec.
The Vinton Eagle, Fri., June 1, 1883
“Memorial Day in Harrison township was observed with usual ceremony, but
from accounts which we have from persons present, the attendance was unusually
large. Addresses were made by Capt. A. H. Reed, Gen. J. L. Geddes and E. M.
The Vinton Eagle, Tues., June 5, 1883:
“Memorial Day in Harrison Township.
Decoration day was duly observed in Harrison township, the turnout being
the largest that has ever convened there for that purpose, it being variously
estimated at from 1000 to 1500 people. The best order and good feeling
prevailed. If indifference to nationality is a sign of the decay of a people, the
manifestation north of the Cedar on the 30th of May, showed that patriotism over
here is in a healthy condition.
We are indebted to Vinton for Speakers. Capt. Reed gave an animated
extempore address which was well received by all. Gen. Geddes followed by a well
prepared speech, which he delivered with the enthusiasm of a Union soldier of ‘
61. Harrison township has reason to be proud of the General. She sent him
forth in 1861 as a Captain, and Uncle Sam made him a General. Major Evans made a
good fifteen-minute speech, directing his remarks to that class of
short-sighted uninformed people who think that saving the Union cost more than it is
The officers of the association are indebted to Mrs. L. J. Taylor, with
her well trained company of young ladies, for the becoming manner in which they
conducted the decorating services. Capt. Matthews with his company of young
ladies was on hand, and they were a novel and interesting feature of the day to
us, but the boys didn’t seem to be afraid of them. Great credit is due to
Secretary Marsh, for his labor in making the day a success -- a day long to be
remembered in Harrison township.”
“Surprised Again.--Capt. J. P. Matthews is suffering himself to be
surprised rather often, for an old soldier. On Friday evening last, his
Sunday-school class, about twenty-two strong -- young ladies -- marched upon his castle
and took it. There was nothing to do but surrender at descretion in the
presence of such a force. And now the Captain rocks in one of the finest upholstered
chairs in Vinton. Mr. Matthews has taught the same class -- barring numerous
natural changes -- about eleven years. During that time four of his pupils
died, eleven married, and he still has twenty-two left.
Again on Saturday night the broom brigade made a charge upon the captain, ‘
chained’ him and bade him good-bye, the Captain having resigned his command,
to be succeeded by Gen. Geddes.”
Sue Trout Reisdorph