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1/2/1919 A front page article reports that Ben Jensen will be the new manager of the Green Bay Lumber Company's yard in Exira.
1/16/1919 The Brayton News Letter column on the last page advises: "Harold Hansen and Nels Rasmussen were over Sunday visitors at the Albert Hansen home, south of Atlantic."
1/23/1919 An advertisement appears on page three for a men's clothing store in Atlantic named 'Metcalf and Bonham'.
2/6/1919 This issue contains a solicitation of bids for Oakfield Township superintendents and grading of roads for the upcoming season, signed by Christian Hansen as the township clerk.
2/13/1919 The Brayton News Letter on page 3 reports: "L. P. Rasmussen was in Omaha the latter part of last week on a business mission."
2/27/1919 The Local and Personal column on the front page advises: "Mrs. George Hoegh and Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen of Brayton were in Exira Friday and attended the program at the school. They made this office a pleasant call."
3/20/1919 The Brayton News Letter, on the last page, carries the following report: "Ormo Rasmussen met with a painful accident while at school last Thursday. He set some gunpowder on fire which exploded burning his face severely. He is getting along nicely now."
4/3/1919 The Brayton News Letter states: "Christian Hansen is excavating for the basement of his fine new home in Brayton."
4/10/1919 The Brayton News Letter reporter reported on the last page that: "L. P. Rasmussen is confined to the house with an attack of mumps."
5/8/1919 The Brayton News Letter advises: "Miss Anna Hansen (is visiting at the home of her parents) Chris Hansen and wife west of town." This is definitely not my grandfather, Chris "Sonderborg" Hansen, who had no daughter named Anna; nor is it "Cement Chris" Hansen, who lived in town. See the issues of 5/20/1915, 7/24/1919, and 1/20/1921 for other references to Chris Hansen.
5/15/1919 The paper's correspondent for Brayton reported that: "The carpenters are at work on Christian Hansen's new home in the west part of town." (This WAS Chris "Sonderborg" Hansen.) and,
"Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen and Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Bartlett were in Atlantic Friday night to attend a social affair given by the Odd Fellows.", and
"L. P. Rasmussen and family went to Camp Dodge Sunday to see a cousin who was in the fight at Verdun and was badly wounded."
The last page carries a Special Notice signed by Gilbert Nelson as President and Christian Hansen as Secretary of the Oakfield School Township of a meeting to vote on the question of adopting a tax to build a new schoolhouse in Township District # 1.
5/22/1919 This issue carries the following advertisement for the Atlantic Hospital School of Nursing:
"The new and modern Atlantic Hospital, owing to wartime conditions, reports they need a few more young ladies to enter their accredited school for nurses. The requirements for entrance are, we understand, good health, good character, and a 9th grade education. We think this is a wonderful chance.
Address any communications or applications to Superintendent, Atlantic Hospital, Atlantic, Iowa."
5/29/1919 The Brayton News Letter on the last page includes the following:
"Christian Hansen's new home is progressing rapidly and when finished will make a beautiful home."
6/5/1919 Front page lists 42 military service deaths in World War I from the Journal's trade area. It does not characterize them all as being combat related, but neither does it include Thorvald Hansen's name, so conceivably it is a listing of deaths occurring overseas, but not necessarily all from combat causes.
6/26/1919 The Brayton News Letter reports:
"Mrs. George Hoegh was called to Harlan last Thursday by the serious illness of her father, Mr. Hougisen, who passed away Friday. Funeral services were held at Harlan Sunday."
"L. P. Rasmussen and family attended the funeral of Mr. Hougisen at Harlan Sunday."
7/24/1919 The Brayton News Letter reported that: "Miss Mabel Rasmussen has gone to Britt, Iowa for a visit with relatives." and that,
Harry Hansen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hansen living Northeast of town, returned last week from military service. (Another Chris Hansen in the area of Brayton! See issues of 5/8/1919 and 1/20/1921)
7/31/1919 The reporter for Brayton advises: "Rasmus Rasmussen and family of Bayard were visiting at the Christian Hansen home northwest of town Sunday."
8/14/1919 The Brayton News Letter , on the last page, carries the following report: "L. P. Rasmussen hurt his back quite badly last Thursday while lifting a sack of cement, but is much better now."
8/28/1919 Last page, Brayton News Letter, recites: "Albert Hansen and wife and Robert Anderson left for Tyler, Minnesota Tuesday to visit friends and look at the country." Because of Mr. Anderson being mentioned, it is assumed this is Albert and Adelia Andersen Hansen and Mrs. Hansen's brother.
9/11/1919 The column headed Brayton News Letter reports: "O. F. Ide and L. P. Rasmussen went to Omaha Monday to see President Wilson."
10/23/1919 The School Notes column on the front page advised that the Corinthian Literary Society would give a program on 10/13 (sic), including a speech on the subject of Halloween customs by Mabel Rasmussen.
11/6/1919 The Brayton Items column on the last page reflects that: "Christian Hansen and family are moving this week from the farm to their new home in Brayton."
11/20/1919 The Brayton Items column reported that Mr. Nels Rasmussen of Britt, Iowa was visiting his daughter, Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen.
12/4/1919 Green Bay Lumber Company advertisement reflects that Ben F. Jensen is the manager of the Exira yard.
12/11/1919 The "Brayton Items" column on page 1 reports that: "Christian Hansen and his wife entertained their friends Sunday at their new home in Brayton, to which they recently moved from the farm west of town."
The last page lists area college students who have come home early for Christmas because their schools (Cedar Falls, Coe, Drake, and Grinnell) are all closed due to a shortage of coal available for space heating.
12/25/1919 "Brayton Items" column advises that L. P. Rasmussen had gone to Omaha on business on the preceding Monday.
1/1/1920 Front page has two items of interest.
1. Tom Godwin has reopened his shop in Exira after having been discharged from the U. S. Navy in which he had served during World War I.
2. Notice of Annual Meeting of the Brayton Lumber Company as follows:
"The annual meeting of The Brayton Lumber Company will be held in the Brayton Hall, Brayton, Iowa Thursday January 8th, at one o'clock P.M. for the purpose of electing officers for the ensuing year and to transact such other business which may legally come before it.
O. F. Ide, Secretary"
1/15/1920 1. The "School Notes" column on the back page states in part: "Mable Rasmussen of Brayton has been absent from school for the past week due to a severe attack of appendicitis. We are all hoping for Mable's speedy recovery."
2. The "Brayton Items" column on the back page states in part: "Mable Rasmussen, daughter of L. P. Rasmussen & wife, submitted to an operation for appendicitis at her home and is doing nicely. Miss Opal Cannon of Des Moines is caring for her."
1/22/1920 1. Back page "School Notes" reports: "Mable Rasmussen is slowly recovering from an operation for appendicitis. We hope to have her with us again shortly."
2. Back page "Brayton Items" reports: "Miss Mable Rasmussen is recovering rapidly from her recent operation."
2/12/1920 The front page carries the following:
"NOTICE OF MEETING"
"The Trustees of Oakfield Township will meet Monday, February 16 at 1:00 PM in the Brayton Lumber Office for the purpose of hiring Road Superintendents and to receive bids for tractor grading. About $1400 will be used for heavy grading this summer. The Board of Trustees reserve the right to reject any and all bids.
S/ Christian Hansen, Clerk"
2/26/1920 Front page states that L. P. Rasmussen and one William Fries were Des Moines visitors the prior week.
3/4/1920 "School Notes" column on page 4 advises: "Mabel Rasmussen is back in school again after her enforced absence. She has been sick a long time with appendicitis."
3/18/1920 This issue carries a big advertisement that Tom Godwin and two other men have recently organized a new construction company to be known as "G. F. Construction Company".
4/8/1920 Page 4 carries a notice inviting interested persons to submit bids for construction of school houses in Oakfield Township, signed by Christian Hansen as Secretary.
5/27/1920 Front page carries an article reporting on the good business being enjoyed by Tom Godwin's new G. F. Construction Company, which is presently employing nineteen men.
Page 4 carries a list of Exira high school graduating seniors.
6/17/1920 Page 2 reflects a listing of recent real estate transfers, including a deed from Martha A. Parrott and her husband to Nels P. Hoegh and L. P. Rasmussen of a lot in block 11 of Brayton. The plat of Brayton appearing in the centennial book of Brayton reflects that block 11 is bordered on the south by the main east-west street; on the east by what became highway # 71; and on the west and north respectively by the first streets west and north of the intersection made by the main street and the highway. (See also the issue for 11/17/1921.)
7/1/1920 The "Brayton Items" column tells us:
1. "Charles Hansen and wife of Clear Lake were week end guests at the L. P. Rasmussen home, returning to their home on Monday."
2. "Mabel and Dorothy Rasmussen visited friends in Atlantic Saturday."
7/22/1920 The "Brayton Items" column (page 4) states: "L. P. Rasmussen and family motored to Storm Lake Saturday, returning Monday."
8/19/1920 The "Brayton Items" column reports: "Miss Pauline Hensley was the guest of Mabel Rasmussen one day last week."
9/9/1920 The "Brayton Items" column on the last page states: "Christian Hansen and son Albert have gone to Tyler, Minnesota to look at the country."
The "Brayton Items" column on the last page reports:
1. "Nels Rasmussen of Britt, Iowa has been visiting his daughter, Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen.", and
2. "Mabel Rasmussen, Ormo Rasmussen (et. al.) were confirmed Sunday at the Oakhill Lutheran Church west of town. There were eighteen in the confirmation class."
10/14/1920 The "Brayton Items" column on the last page reports: "In a deal made last week Nels M. Nelson traded his hardware store and residence to Charlie McCausland of Atlantic for a 200 acre farm in Taylor county. Mr. McCausland has taken possession of the hardware store and Mr. Nelson will be in charge for a time. Mr. Nelson and family will move to Taylor county in the spring."
10/28/1920 Page 4 ("Brayton Items" column) reflects that: "Miss Mabel Nelsen of Atlantic was the guest of Mabel Rasmussen last Thursday."
11/11/1920 Page 5 carries the statement of the Brayton Savings Bank. Capital structure remains at $12,000. The total of the Assets and Liabilities has changed to $195,000+. Officers are shown to be Nels Hoegh, President; O. F. Ide, Vice President; L. F. Miller, Cashier; and Directors named are Dr. W.R. Koob and Jessie Nymand.
The last page carries a comparable statement of the Exchange State Bank of Exira whose capital is shown to be $50,000 and whose assets and liabilities are shown as $510,000.
12/2/1920 1. Page 5 carries report that Mrs. Keyes Hallock (Mrs. Olive Hallock) has petitioned for divorce alleging as grounds cruel and inhuman treatment and that she is seeking $80,000 alimony. Plaintiff is represented by Audubon counsel and the Swan firm in Atlantic; the defendant is represented by Boorman of Atlantic. Defendant is reported to own 1100 acres of valuable farm land near Brayton. In later years, (1940-1944) Mable Rasmussen Hansen, a registered nurse, nursed Mr. Hallock in his last illness at his home on the southeast corner of Sixth and Linn streets in Atlantic and he was at that time married to a woman named Gertrude, who, sometime after the death of Mr. Hallock, moved to Walla Walla, Washington.
2. The last page carries the statement of the First National Bank of Exira, which has $35,000 capital and total assets and liabilities of $218,000.
12/30/1920 Last page reports that Mrs. Hallock has been granted a divorce, $4,000 alimony, 240 acres of Audubon county farmland, and other real estate in California.
1/25/1917 Oakfield-Brayton column reports that: "L. P. Rasmussen went to Omaha and Sioux City Tuesday on business."
and that George Arnold of Blencoe was calling on old friends in Brayton last Thursday, further advising that Mr. Arnold manages the Farmer's Elevator at Blencoe.
2/22/1917 Oakfield-Brayton column carries report that Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen entertained a few friends Friday evening in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Knutsen "who will soon leave for their new home near Loveland, Colorado."
3/15/1917 The paper's correspondent for Oakfield and Brayton reported: "The following farmers marketed large bunches of hogs in Brayton this week: Christian Hansen (and others)", and
Miss Arlene Bartlett had moved to Atlantic "where she will take up the study of nursing at the Atlantic hospital."
3/22/1917 Front page carries article that from 9/1915 to 12/1916 there were 40,000 horses sold in Iowa for military use in Europe. 90% of them had been sold for use as artillery horses.
4/18/1917 The Brayton Oakfield column reports that: "Christy Knutsen and Torval (sic) Hansen autoed to Bayard Sunday to visit friends."
5/3/1917 The last page carries an article about Congress having passed draft bills for men between 21 and 27 (the Senate bill) and between the ages of 21 and 40 (the House bill) and that this and other differences would be resolved in committee.
5/10/1917 Front page reports that Ben Jensen has been visiting relatives in Exira over the weekend. He is now living and working in Atlantic for Greenbay Lumber as a relief man in its various yards.
5/17/1917 Front page carries a report that the draft law is now final. Age limits were decided to be between the ages of 21 and 30 and evasion carries a penalty of a prison term of a range from 3 months to a year
5/31/1917 The Oakfield-Brayton correspondent reports that: "Nels P. Hoegh, L. P. Rasmussen, H. J. Hansen, and Frank Jenkins went to Atlantic last Friday to see Governor Harding and secured him as speaker for Brayton's Big Day June 16th."
6/28/1917 Front page reports that army training camps, each capable of supporting 40,000 troops will soon be constructed in sixteen states, including one at Des Moines. The construction schedule calls for same to be completed in twelve weeks.
The front page also reports that Tom Godwin has enlisted in the US Navy.
The Brayton-Oakfield column reports that: "Mabel Rasmussen and Alma Clemensen spent a few days last week with Mr. Wilbur Bills."
8/16/1917 The Brayton-Oakfield column advises: "Eddie Hoegh and Thorvald Hansen went to the Minnesota lakes Monday for an outing."
8/30/1917 Brayton-Oakfield column reflects: "Chris Petersen and family of Linn Grove visited a few days last week at the L. P. Rasmussen home."
9/6/1917 The Brayton-Oakfield column advises: "The members of the Oakhill Lutheran Church presented a Ford car to their pastor, Reverend Stranskow, last week."
10/4/1917 It is reported in the Brayton-Oakfield column that: "L. P. Rasmussen and family were Sunday visitors at Camp Dodge."
10/18/1917 The last page carries an article advising the rate for mailing a first class letter is being raised from two cents per ounce to three cents.
10/25/1917 The Brayton-Oakfield column carries an article on the demolition of the Brayton Hotel, after the building housing the hotel had served as a hotel for 35 continuous years until it had ceased operations the preceding spring.
11/22/1917 The Brayton-Oakfield reported states: "L. P. Rasmussen has been ill with an attack of rheumatism."
12/27/1917 The front page reports on Ben Jensen recently getting married in Atlantic to a Clearfield, Iowa girl who had formerly taught school in Exira.
1/24/1918 The Oakfield and Brayton column, on last page, includes the following: "L. P. Rasmussen and son, Ormo, went to Des Moines Tuesday on a business and pleasure trip."
2/7/1918 The Oakfield and Brayton column, on last page, includes the following: "Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen and Mrs. H M Bartlett went to Gray last Thursday and attended the Rebekah lodge at that place."
2/21/1918 The Brayton column, on the front page, reports: "On account of the change in the train (schedules) the boys and girls of Brayton who attend the Exira High School have secured the services of John Molgaard to take them to and from school in his auto truck."
3/21/1918 The Oakfield and Brayton columnist reported that: "L. P. Rasmussen has been appointed Director of District # 5, Exira Township, to fill the vacancy made by the resignation of Reno Ordway." (Ed. Note: I think this is a reference to an elementary school district, but which one I have no idea.)
4/17/1918 The Brayton News column on the last page advises: "Mr. Rasmussen of Britt, Iowa is the guest of his daughter, Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen."
4/25/1918 The last page carries a proclamation signed by T. J. McGovern as Mayor and by L. P. Rasmussen as Secretary urging the citizenry of Brayton to subscribe to war bonds during the upcoming war bond drive.
5/9/1918 The front page carries an article reporting that a contract has been let in Atlantic to Wilkins Granite Works of that city to construct a war memorial honoring servicemen of past, present, and future wars which is to cost $22,894.
5/16/1918 The last page has a notice of the Oakfield Township Republican Party Caucus to elect delegates to the county convention, signed by Christian Hansen as Township Clerk.
7/18/1918 The Brayton Column at page 4 advises that: "Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen and daughter Dorothy went to Britt, Iowa Monday to visit relatives."
7/25/1918 Front page has an article on a reported Anti-Dane speech by Iowa Governor Harding:
"Governor Harding's Imprudent Speech
"The first of the week saw this community pretty badly wrought up over remarks Governor Harding is alleged to have made in a speech at Sac City on the Fourth. It is claimed that he said when referring to the Danes of Audubon and Shelby Counties; 'When they get through they are full grown, 100% Dane'. Also, in another part of his speech: 'Now think of a man who was brought from the filth of Denmark and placed on a farm for which he paid perhaps $3.00 an acre. Ye gods and fishes, what Iowa has done for him he can never repay'.
We are not is a position to state whether the Governor really made these statements or not, but we are in position to state that as applied to the communities mentioned they are absolutely false. Iowa has no more honorable, upright, progressive citizens than the Danes. A fact that does not need demonstration to anyone who is acquainted with conditions here. The Journal does not feel it necessary to vouch for the full blooded, simon pure Americanism of a community which furnished more than its full quota of boys, went 280% over the top of the third Liberty Loan, donated liberally to the YMCA and Red Cross drives, and complied faithfully and cheerfully with every order and request of the administration."
8/29/1918 Front page lists persons recently drafted by Order # 906, including Thorval C Hansen, Serial number 540 to report for active duty with the Army.
9/5/1918 Front page reports that the 96 draftees listed in the 8/29/1918 issue were to entrain at 1:00 p.m on 9/6/1918 at Audubon to go to Camp Dodge in Des Moines to commence military service. That same page also carries a report that all men between the ages of 18 and 45, both inclusive, not already registered for the draft or on active duty, were to register on 9/12/1918.
9/12/1918 The Brayton column on the last page states: "The boys of Brayton and vicinity who left for Camp Dodge Friday morning were entertained by our citizens Wednesday night. A program was given with T. C. Whitmore of Atlantic giving a very interesting talk. Music was furnished by the Brayton orchestra and the Ladies Chorus. After the entertainment the boys were banqueted and a dance followed."
9/26/1918 A list of draft registrants on 9/12/1918 includes Harold Ludvig (sic) Hansen, Serial number 412.
10/3/1918 The front page carries a report that Rose McNally had volunteered for Red Cross nursing duties at the Camp Dodge army encampment, concluding: "Miss McNally is a splendid nurse and will do her part to help win the war."
See later reports of Miss McNally assisting in the opening ceremonies of the Audubon Hospital by Harold and Mable Hansen in 1936 and of Miss McNally opening a hospital in Exira in 1938.
10/17/1918 The front page carried a report that Opal Cannon had volunteered for Red Cross nursing duties at the Camp Dodge army encampment.
10/24/1918 The Brayton correspondent reported that: "George Hoegh came from the Great Lakes Naval Training Station last week to attend the funeral of his cousin Torval (sic) Hansen...", and
"The remains of Torval (sic) Hansen and Bertel Madsen who died last week at Camp Dodge of pneumonia arrived here Saturday and were taken to their homes northwest of town. Torval Hansen was laid to rest in the Oakhill cemetery and Bertel Madsen at Elkhorn."
11/14/1918 On page 4, in the Brayton column, it is reported that: "The Brayton and Oakfield schools reopened again Monday after being closed for three weeks on account of the influenza epidemic...The influenza still continues very bad in this vicinity. Many of the cases are quite serious...."
12/5/1918 Front page contains summaries of up-coming farm sales & lists Christian Hansen's "Closing Out Public Sale" to be held 3 & 1/2 miles west and 3/4 miles north of Brayton; 2 & 1/2 miles south and 4 & 1/2 miles east of Elk Horn and the reader is instructed to see the advertisement elsewhere in the paper. That ad is a full page ad and appears at page 7 of the paper.
12/12/1918 A front page article reports that Lieutenant Ben Jensen has been honorably discharged from the Army and has returned to his home in Atlantic, where he is employed by The Green Bay Lumber Company.
I really do appreciate the time and effort you've put forth to
extracts to all of us on the Audubon-L list. Many of the names you
are in my database of NELSON, NYMAND, CHRISTENSEN, HANSEN,
KNUDSEN + many others. My grandfather, Walter NELSON [1881-1976]
played an instrument in the Oak Hill Citizen's band.
I was born  ¼ mile south of the Audubon-Cass Co. line about 3
south of the community of Oakfield, or 4 miles SE of Brayton. My dad
a lot of lumber and other materials at the Green Bay Lumber Co. He lives
Ontario, CA and is 88½. I forward most of these extracts to him, because
he knew many of the people mentioned in your posts.
I have a cousin at Sonora, CA to whom I forward some posts. His
was Jesse Nymand.
Larry A. Nelson
West Lafayette, IN
>(Ed. Note: I offer my apologies for the many references to the L. P.
Rasmussen family in the last prior extract and in this one. It was my
seeking information on the lives of that family which caused me to
review the Audubon County Journal newspaper of Exira, Audubon County,
Iowa and extract news items relating to that family from the indicated
issues of that paper. That in turn made for my personal database which
is the source of these postings to this Audubon county, Iowa mailing
(Ed. Note: I offer my apologies for the many references to the L. P. Rasmussen family in the last prior extract and in this one. It was my seeking information on the lives of that family which caused me to review the Audubon County Journal newspaper of Exira, Audubon County, Iowa and extract news items relating to that family from the indicated issues of that paper. That in turn made for my personal database which is the source of these postings to this Audubon county, Iowa mailing list. Fritz.)
1/8/1914 Oakfield-Brayton column reports:
"Larsen Bros. of Exira are painting the interior of the L. P. Rasmussen new residence."
"I.O.O.F. Lodge held their installation Saturday installing the following officers ...L. P. Rasmussen, Secretary."
1/15/1914 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "The Brayton Lumber Company held its annual meeting January 8 which was called to order by J R Heiken, Vice
President and an annual dividend of 8% was declared, more business having been done than in any previous year since organized. Directors and officers elected were:
Directors: Eli Hansen
G W Hoegh
J R Heiken
Officers: N P Hoegh, President
O F Ide, Secretary
C L Bloom, Treasurer
L P Rasmussen was retained as manager."
1/22/1914 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "L. P. Rasmussen and family moved last week to their fine new home."
3/5/1914 Page 8 carries report that: "Mr. Ben Jensen commenced working in the Green Bay Lumber Yard Monday morning, taking the place of Fred Hansen who will leave soon for Atlantic where he has been promoted to a higher office in the lumber yard there."
3/12/14 Front page reports week end visit by Flora Rendleman, Des Moines college student, with her parents in Exira.
3/19/1914 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "S. R. Nelson and family of Atlantic spent Sunday at the L. P. Rasmussen home in Brayton."
7/30/1914 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "N. P. Rasmussen of Britt, Iowa is visiting his daughter, Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen, and family."
9/24/1914 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "Mabel Rasmussen was made very happy last Friday when she received a piano for her birthday from her parents." (Ed. Note: Many years later three of her sons, Harold, David, and Lewis smashed the piano into a thousand and one pieces while moving it in the back of a pick up truck when it fell out and over the side while the driver, Harold, was turning a corner!)
10/8/1914 Ditto 3/19/1914 above.
11/19/1914 Front page carries a report that the Brayton Committee for Belgian War Relief (World War I now going on) is made up of L. P. Rasmussen, L. F. Miller, and N. Larson.
12/3/1914 Brayton column reports : "L. P. Rasmussen and son Ormo were over Sunday visitors at Omaha and at the Geo. Arnold home in Blencoe."
1/7/1915 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "L. P. Rasmussen (and others who are named) went to Audubon Monday to attend the I.O.O.F. Lodge."
1/14/1915 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "L. P. Rasmussen (and others who are named) were visitors of the I.O.O.F. Lodge at Gray on Saturday night."
1/21/1915 Front page carries a report of the wedding of George Voss and Evelyn Rendleman, "two young people who have lived practically all their lives in Exira." It becomes quite common later in the year 1915 for George to make the paper as the Scoutmaster of the Exira Boy Scout Troop and also while advertising his woodworking business.
Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "L. P. Rasmussen and J. F. Jensen had business calling them to Omaha the latter part of the week."
2/25/1915 Page 6 has an advertisement by the Exira piano dealer. One looking an awfully lot like I remember Mable (nee Rasmussen) Hansen's piano looking sold for $400.00.
Oakfield-Brayton column carries an item that Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen (and others who are named) had attended installation ceremonies for the Rebekah lodge at Audubon.
3/18/1915 Oakfield-Brayton column carries report that Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen and Mrs. Nels Nelson had gone to Wiota the preceding Thursday and visited overnight with Mrs. R. Miller.
4/1/1915 Front page has article (more in the nature of an editorial) supporting the movement to consolidate country schools in the area in Brayton. This is the last news of the movement except for a later article reporting the circulation of a petition to bring the question to some kind of a decision making event, probably an election of sorts. Nothing further appears in later issues, so there must not have been enough signatures on the petition to bring the matter to a vote, or the "movement" must have otherwise died. In any event such consolidation had not occurred in Brayton when I went to second grade there in 1939.
Oakfield-Brayton column carries two items of interest:
1. "Charles Hansen of Clear Lake, Iowa is visiting his old friend, L. P. Rasmussen."
2. "The city election passed off very quietly Monday. There was only one ticket which was of course elected." (N.B. The issue of 3/18/1915 had
listed candidates on that ticket as follows:
Mayor: L. C. Heath
Councilmen: Jesse Nymand, A. F. Rasmussen, James Larson, M. N. Nelson, and F. L. Freeman
Assessor: L. P. Rasmussen
4/8/1915 Oakfield-Brayton column reports that: "Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen was called to Britt Iowa last week by the illness of her father."
4/15/1915 Oakfield-Brayton column reports that: "Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen returned Monday from Britt where she was called by the illness of her father, whom she left somewhat improved following an operation."
5/20/1915 Oakfield-Brayton column reports that: "The Nelson Implement Company sold Ford cars to ... and L. P. Rasmussen."
5/27/1915 Oakfield-Brayton column reports that: "Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen is entertaining her father of Britt, Iowa."
6/10/1915 Page 7 is a full page advertisement for the Brayton Big Day celebration scheduled for June 12, 1915.
7/8/1915 Oakfield-Brayton column states that: "Brayton was well represented at the auto race in Omaha on Monday. Those in attendance included ...L. P. Rasmussen and Dr. Koob."
7/22/1915 Oakfield-Brayton column reports that: "Mabel Rasmussen fell while skating Friday and cut a gash on her knee. Two stitches were required to close the wound."
9/16/1915 Oakfield-Brayton column reports:
1. "Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen entertained the Ladies Aid last Thursday. It was the first meeting for three months."
2. "Nels P. Hoegh, L. P. Rasmussen (and others named) went to Templeton Monday to inspect the water works system. Brayton is contemplating putting in a system here."
10/15/1915 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "John Curry and family and Miss Winnie Cornell of Atlantic spent Sunday at the Percy Hallock home." This is probably the same Winifred Cornell who later served as the principal and sixth grade teacher of the Lincoln Grade School in Atlantic.
10/21/1915 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "The buildings of the Brayton Lumber Company and the Nelson Implement Company have been treated to a new coat of paint."
1/13/1916 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "John W. Cannon and L. P. Rasmussen attended the assessor's meeting at Audubon Saturday."
1/27/1916 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "M. N. Nelson and L. P. Rasmussen were business visitors at Omaha and Lincoln last week. Mabel Rasmussen accompanied her father to Omaha."
2/3/1916 The reporter for Oakfield and Brayton advises:
"L. P. Rasmussen (et. al.) all had business in Audubon on Monday."
" Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen is ill with La Grippe"
and the paper carries a big ad by A. T. Rasmussen for concrete silos.
3/9/1916 Front page article on Tom Godwin reporting his return from a recent cement trade show in Omaha, where he had purchased a new concrete mixer which "will aid him in rushing his many foundations to completion, while it also does the mixing much better than can possibly be done by the old armstrong method." The article characterizes Tom as "our hustling contractor and builder" who has "several houses and a couple of barns to build as soon as the weather permits."
4/27/1916 The Oakfield-Brayton correspondent reports that:
"Ormo Rasmussen, son of L. P. Rasmussen, is confined to the house with the measles."
5/18/1916 Oakfield-Brayton column reports:
"O. F. Ide and L. P. Rasmussen had business calling them to Des Moines last Thursday."
"The Brayton Lumber Company is putting up a brick wall between the lumber shed and the post office. This will make a good saving in fire insurance for the company."
5/25/1916 Front page carries a reprint of an article from the Atlantic News-Telegraph that a new city hall for Atlantic has been authorized by a 6 to 1 (six to one) vote margin (783 to 137) at a cost of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000.00).
6/1/1916 Front page carries a big advertisement that Brayton is preparing for its fifth annual celebration day.
The Oakfield-Brayton column advises that :
"Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen was called to Britt by the serious illness of her sister."
6/15/1916 The Oakfield-Brayton correspondent reports that: "Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen returned from Britt on Friday where she had been called by the serious illness of her sister."
6/29/1916 Front page carries article that the George McNary family is moving to Griswold where George will own and operate the local movie house.
7/13/1916 The reporter for Oakfield and Brayton advises: "L. P. Rasmussen and family left Sunday in their car for a visit with relatives at Britt and an outing at Lake Okoboji."
7/27/1916 The Oakfield-Brayton correspondent reports that: "L. P. Rasmussen and family returned last Wednesday from Lake Okoboji and Britt, Iowa."
8/10/1916 Oakfield-Brayton column states that: "L. P. Rasmussen and family and Mr. & Mrs. C. G. Thompson motored to Omaha Sunday and spent the day with Mr. and Mrs. Chris Thompson."
8/17/1916 The Oakfield-Brayton correspondent reports that: "L. P. Rasmussen and wife and O. F. Ide and wife autoed to Atlantic Thursday evening and attended the band concert."
11/16/1916 The reporter for the Oakfield-Brayton column advises that: "Miss Petersen of the Exira High School faculty was a guest at the L. P. Rasmussen home Sunday."
1/9/1908 The Oakfield-Brayton column reported that: "Mr. L. M. Rasmussen (sic), the Brayton Lumber Company's manager, made a business visit to Hamlin Monday evening."
1/23/1908 This issue reported in the Oakfield-Brayton column that: "Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen went to Omaha Monday where he is attending a lumberman's convention."
4/2/1908 This issue carried the following item about L. P. Rasmussen: "L. P. Rasmussen is building an addition to his residence
4/9/1908 The Oakfield-Brayton column carried a request of the Brayton Lumber Company that the person who borrowed the firm's wire stretchers return them because others need them.
7/16/1908 The Oakfield-Brayton column carried the following report: "L. P. Rasmussen and his wife took a ride out to Elk Horn on Sunday in their auto."
7/23/1908 The Oakfield-Brayton column reflected the following two items:
(1) "L. P. Rasmussen and family are taking a pleasant trip to Britt, Iowa to visit relatives."
(2) "Marinus Jensen has charge of the Brayton Lumber Company during the
absence of the proprietor,(sic) L. P. Rasmussen."
9/17/1908 The reporter for Oakfield-Brayton advised the paper's readers as follows:
"A cement crossing is being laid from the Brayton Lumber office to the Jensen store."
9/24/1908 The Oakfield-Brayton column included the following: "L. P. Rasmussen sprained his ankle so severely that he was obliged to use crutches a day or two.'
10/15/1908 The reporter for Oakfield and Brayton advised his/her readers that: "Hans
Hansen, L. P. Rasmussen, and Percy Hallock are among the many who are gone in pursuit of a farm."
10/29/1908 The Oakfield-Brayton column carried two reports of two different Brayton businessmen suffering sprained ankles and receiving checks from their accident insurance companies as follows:
(1) "Rayme Miller who sometime ago had a badly sprained ankle and being insured in the Woodmen's Accident Association of Lincoln, Nebraska received a check the other day for $27, the amount claimed in full." and,
(2) "L. P. Rasmussen who was laid up a few days with a sprained ankle, received a check for $12, the amount paid him by the Accident Insurance Company in which he is insured."
12/3/1908 The Oakfield-Brayton correspondent reported: "Mr. Nels Rasmussen returned to Britt, Iowa Tuesday after a pleasant visit at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen and her husband."
12/10/1908 The Oakfield-Brayton column reported on the happenings at Brayton's two lumber yards as follows:
(1) "The Green Bay auditor, H. F. Finkbine, was up from Atlantic Tuesday, assisting Nels Sorensen in invoicing the property of that company." and,
(2) "O.F. Ide, H. M. Bartlett, and L. P. Rasmussen were busy Tuesday invoicing and checking up on the business of the Brayton Lumber Company."
12/31/1908 The page on which the Oakfield-Brayton column appeared in this issue also had a large Happy New Year advertisement of the Green Bay Lumber Company, reminding those who read it that the firm had been in business in Brayton for 24 years.
1/7/1909 Page 3 has a large advertisement by the Brayton Cement Factory, which includes a photograph of a large, two story house being constructed by several workmen (also appearing in the photo) out of the factory's cement decorative building blocks. This particular ad runs for several consecutive weeks. Thorval Rasmussen has also appeared by this time as being the owner of the cement works.
1/28/1909 This week's Oakfield-Brayton column reported that L. P. Rasmussen had been in Omaha on business for one day the prior week.
3/11/1909 This issue reported in the Oakfield-Brayton column as follows: "Nels Sorensen, Green Bay Lumber's manager in Brayton for 17 years, and family left Brayton recently and moved to Irwin where they will reside on a farm."
3/18/1909 This edition of the paper, in one of its articles, mentioned that Evelyn Wood had closed his school recently to go to spring work on a farm. The article also stated that Evelyn had been teaching for several years during the school terms, and farming during the growing season. When I knew him, the only thing I knew he did was carpentry work.
4/1/1909 The Oakfield-Brayton column reported on the latest election of town officers in Brayton and concluded: ".under the law which took effect last year, the clerk is appointed by the council and the present clerk, L. P. Rasmussen, still holds office until the appointment of his successor."
4/8/1909 The paper reported this week that L. P. Rasmussen had gone to Des Moines on business the preceding Saturday and had returned to Brayton on the preceding Monday.
The paper also re-printed on page 3 an article from the Atlantic News which had reported on the recent opening on Walnut Street in that town of a lightning rod factory owned and operated by prior Exira residents named Shrauger, Nelson, and Johnson.
5/6/1909 This issue reflects advertisements by both the Green Bay and the Brayton lumber companies. Apparently the Green Bay continues to operate, notwithstanding the departure of its long time manager as reported in the issue of 3/11/1909.
6/10/1909 The Oakfield-Brayton column carried a report that the Brayton Lumber Company had invoiced their stock the preceding Tuesday, and that H. M. Bartlett and L. P. Rasmussen had done the work.
9/2/1909 The reporter for Oakfield-Brayton advised as follows: "The Brayton Lumber Company is turning a space 14 x 16 feet in the northeast corner of their big shed into an office for their new Fairbanks scales which they have set up."
11/11/1909 The Oakfield-Brayton column includes the following: "L. P. Rasmussen took Nels Nelson's auto to Manning from where it will be sent to Mr. Nelson, who lives in Britt." (Nels Nelson was L.P.'s brother in law, being married to L.P.'s only sister, my mother's Aunt Dora.)
12/16/1909 The correspondent for Oakfield and Brayton advised that L. P. Rasmussen had been a business caller in Omaha on the preceding Tuesday.
2/17/1910 Brayton column reports that Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen and children are visiting relatives at Britt, Iowa.
3/10/1910 Brayton column reports that Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen has returned home from visiting in the Britt area.
4/7/1910 Brayton column reports that L. P. Rasmussen has recently purchased an automobile.
2/9/1911 Brayton column reports that Charles Hansen of Britt is visiting his friend L. P. Rasmussen. The same issue also carries a "Resolution of Respect" attesting to the death of a member of the Brayton lodge of the Odd Fellows bearing the names of the committee in charge of said resolution, including the name of L. P. Rasmussen.
8/17/1911 Brayton column reports the birth of Dorothy Gertrude Rasmussen (later Brady) to Mr. & Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen.
9/28/1911 Brayton column reports that Mr. & Mrs. Nelson (L. P. Rasmussen's sister) are visiting him from Britt. ("Mr. & Mrs. Nelson and children drove from Britt in their auto last Friday and visited until Sunday with her brother, L. P. Rasmussen and family.")
9/26/1912 Reports the wedding of Sid Nelson, 1/2 interest owner in Nelson's Hardware in Brayton.
10/3/1912 Brayton column reflects that Mrs. L. P. Rasmussen was shopping in Atlantic.
11/21/1912 Reports L. P. Rasmussen visited Omaha.
12/12/1912 Reports that the lumber company is building an addition and that L. P. Rasmussen recently visited in Atlantic.
1/2/1913 Brayton column carries notice of lumber company's annual meeting, signed by O F Ide as Secretary. It also carries the report that L. P. Rasmussen's brother (really half-brother) Paul Madsen (from the Britt area) is visiting the Rasmussens.
9/25/1913 Oakfield-Brayton column carries two news items about the Rasmussen family, namely:
1. "The Ladies Aid Society met with Mrs. L P Rasmussen last Thursday afternoon.", and
2. "L. P. Rasmussen, who recently sold his residence to B H Christensen, has purchased an acre of ground of J. T. Jenkins, south of the William Onken residence, and will soon commence the erection of a fine modern house."
10/9/1913 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "Louie Rasmussen has the cellar dug for his new residence."
10/23/1913 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "L. P. Rasmussen went to Omaha on business this past week."
11/6/1913 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "The carpenters are rushing the L. P. Rasmussen's new residence right along, having it now nearly enclosed."
12/4/1913 Oakfield-Brayton column reports: "The carpenters have the L. P. Rasmussen's new residence ready for the plasterers."
4/12/1906 In this week's Oakfield-Brayton column it was reported that Owen Ide had recently purchased an automobile. (This was probably one of the first autos in Brayton, no prior reports of such a purchase having been seen by me.)
4/19/1906 The Oakfield-Brayton column reported that the Brayton Lumber Company had recently received two cars of lumber, one of brick, and one of posts.
5/3/1906 Even though Brayton had two lumberyards, the local lumber business was nevertheless subject to competition from as far away as Omaha, Nebraska. It is reported in this issue of the paper that one of the more prominent farmers in the Brayton area, one I. P. Hallock, ".went out to Omaha Friday afternoon to look after lumber with which to build those monster red barns which he is soon to erect upon his Riverside Stock Farm at Oakfield."
5/10/1906 Even though Mr. Hallock investigated the price of lumber at Omaha, the Oakfield-Brayton column reported that he did eventually purchase the material for his 'monster barn' from the Green Bay lumberyard in Brayton.
But the Brayton Lumber Company was doing some business that week, too, for as also reported in the same column: "The Brayton Lumber Company, as agent for the Kimballton Hydraulic Cement Works, sent a car load of building blocks to Oluf Hansen, manager of the Kimballton & Elk Horn Lumber Company up at Hamlin Station yesterday. This is the second car load sent out from Brayton this season."
6/28/1906 This issue carried in the Oakfield-Brayton column the news items that:
1. "Mrs. Rasmussen, wife of the Brayton Lumber Company's manager, was at Exira last Saturday afternoon on a shopping tour.", and
2. The local Odd Fellows lodge would soon install their newly elected officers, including L. P. Rasmussen as Vice-Grand, the second highest office in the local organization.
3. "The Brayton Lumber Company received something new for this county the first of the week and that was a carload of round red cedar fence posts, which are warranted to last a lifetime and ten years after that."
7/12/1906 The Oakfield-Brayton column reported: "The city council of Brayton met the other evening and appointed L. P. Rasmussen as city clerk, in place of H.S. Wattles, who recently resigned that office."
8/23/1906 This issue reported in the Oakfield-Brayton column as follows: "The A.W. Warren Coal Company of St. Joseph, Missouri sent the Brayton Lumber Company the neatest souvenir that we have had the pleasure of clapping our optics upon. It is a splendid clock set in a leather case which Manager L. P. Rasmussen never tires of looking at."
10/25/1906 A man named Nels Sorenson made the Oakfield-Brayton column twice this week; once in his capacity as manager of the Green Bay Lumber Company's Brayton yard, and again as a lay preacher serving the Danish Baptist congregation in the Brayton area.
11/30/1906 The next to last page has a large advertisement by several Atlantic merchants. Included in those having ads are two jewelers, C. E. Cole & Co. and Eggers Brothers; Meredith Implement Company; Ross Camblin Restaurant; and the following clothing stores: Neff & Kolb, Fred Steinke, Albert Johnson , and Whipple & Shrock.
12/27/1906 This issue carried the following item about the Rasmussen family in the Oakfield-Brayton column: "Mr. and Mrs. L. Rasmussen are passing the week with relatives at Britt, Iowa. Prof. Soren Nelson is in charge of the lumber office during their absence."
1/10/1907 The Oakfield-Brayton column carried the news that: "Rayme Miller, formerly employed at the Bisom drug store and recently working at a drugstore in Hancock, has returned to Brayton after buying the Bisom store, which he and his brother will continue to operate under the name of Raymond Miller and Company"
Page 6 had a notice that the next scheduled lyceum debate will take place on January 15 when the issue to be debated will be:
Resolved, That the opportunities of a young man are greater today than 50 years ago.
The affirmative will be argued by two businessmen from Audubon and one from Brayton. The negative will be argued by three Brayton businessmen named Nelson, Arnold, and Rasmussen.
1/17/1907 The Oakfield-Brayton column carried two and three line advertisements within its borders by the two Brayton lumberyards, namely:
1. The Brayton Lumber Company received three cars of coal this past week.", and
2. "The Green Bay Lumber Company has one hundred tons of hard coal on hand besides three or four cars of soft coal."
The same column also had the following reports:
3. "The Brayton Lumber Company met last week and re-elected the old officers of the company. A prosperous year's business is reported.", and
4. A report on the latest installation of the officers of the Brayton lodge of the Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.), including L. P. Rasmussen to the highest office, that of Noble Grand. This particular report concluded as follows: ".The lodge is in a flourishing condition where peace and harmony prevail. (The ladies Rebekah lodge is being organized, and) Brayton will soon have a lodge of Rebekahs that she will be proud of."
2/14/1907 The Oakfield-Brayton column carried the following two items :
1. "L. P. Rasmussen went to Des Moines Monday to attend the Lumberman's Convention."
2. "Bertel Rasmussen returned to Britt, Iowa this week after a visit to relatives here since about the commencement of the holidays."
2/21/1907 This week's paper has a discussion of a debate between an Exira team and a Brayton team. One of the Brayton team members was A. T. Rasmussen.
3/7/1907 The Oakfield-Brayton column carried two news items of interest.
1. Raymond Miller recently married Imo Bisom at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Bisom.
2. The results of the most recent debate is reported in the following language:
"CAME, SAW, CONQUERED
The Exira Debaters Won the Day in the Debate
at the Oakfield Academy Friday Evening
Last Friday night a large crowd listened to the debate between L. P. Rasmussen, George Nelson, and Professor Nelsen of Brayton on the affirmative (and an Exira team) on the negative on the question
Resolved, that the present method of electing United States Senators is preferable to that of electing them by a direct vote of the people.
The question was ably discussed by both sides but decided in the negative."
3/21/1907 This issue names the candidates for city elections to be held in the near future in Brayton. L. P. Rasmussen is unopposed in his quest to be elected city clerk.
5/2/1907 The Oakfield-Brayton column reported two items of interest:
(1) "The Brayton Lumber Company received one car each of shingles, lumber, and millwork the past week."
(2) "The manager of the Brayton Lumber Company purchased a horse last week of John Hardman, and it is said to be a fine driver and a high stepper."
5/9/1907 This issue reported in the Oakfield-Brayton column as follows: "The manager of the Brayton Lumber Company, Mr. Rasmussen, and his wife drove to Lorah Sunday and called on Mr. and Mrs. Hans Nelson."
8/15/1907 Page 5 carried a Green Bay Lumber Company advertisement reminding people that it is still in business in Brayton, even though the prediction had been made earlier that the Brayton Lumber Company, once organized, would run the Green Bay out of Bray ton.
10/3/1907 Page 5 has competing paint advertisements by the two Brayton lumberyards. These advertisements are repeated for the next two weeks.
Additionally, the Oakfield-Brayton column carried a report that: "Mrs. Rasmussen and daughter of Britt, Iowa are visiting their son and brother, L. M. Rasmussen (sic), manager of the Brayton Lumber Company."
10/24/1907 The Oakfield-Brayton column reflected the following two items:
(1) "L. P. Rasmussen has sold his fine driving horse to H. P. Jensen, receiving a fair price."
(2) "L. P. Rasmussen, manager of the Brayton Lumber Company, had business in Omaha a day or two last week."
11/7/1907 The reporter for Oakfield-Brayton informed as follows: "Mr. and Mrs. Bisom entertained Hans Hansen and wife, L. P. Rasmussen and wife, and Mr. M. J. Miller, a real estate dealer of Oakland, California last Saturday."
12/5/1907 The Oakfield-Brayton column included the following:
(1) "Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Ide entertained Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Rasmussen (sic) and Mr. Maurice Alexander at a fine Thanksgiving dinner."
(2) "L. M. Rasmussen (sic), manager of the Brayton Lumber Company's office, entertaining his brother, Mr. H. M. Rasmussen of Britt, Iowa this week."
12/19/1907 The Oakfield-Brayton correspondent reported: "Mr. Rasmussen, who has been visiting his brother, L. M. Rasmussen (sic), will leave for home at Britt, Iowa the last of this week."
6/15/1905 The Oakfield-Brayton column reported that:
"The Farmer's Lumber Company received their car of shingles and now their handsome building is all inclosed (sic) with their more valuable lumber, etc. secure from the elements."
6/22/1905 This issue reported as follows in the Oakfield-Brayton column:
1. "The Farmer Lumber Company's office is being nicely painted."
2. "Five cars of lumber have been set off the past week for the Green Bay."
3. "The D. Rothschild and Co. elevator south of the depot at the end of the week will be a thing of the past, as a gentleman from the east was superintending the dismantling of the building Tuesday. It will be taken to a town north of Davenport, named Blue Grass, where it will be used in the construction of a new elevator."
6/29/1905 Another large ad is run by the Green Bay in this week's paper.
7/13/1905 The Green Bay Lumber Company runs another large advertisement.
7/20/1905 And another large ad is run by the Green Bay.
7/27/1905 The Oakfield-Brayton column carried a report that Ramie Miller successfully passed the examination to become a registered pharmacist.
8/3/1905 Again, a large advertisement from the Green Bay Lumber Company appears in this week's issue of the paper.
8/10/1905 The paper this week prints another large Green Bay advertisement.
8/17/1905 The Green Bay runs another large ad. The Farmer's Lumber Company also makes the paper with a news item that it is installing a new set of scales at its lumber shed.
8/24/1905 The Oakfield-Brayton column reflected the following two items:
1. "The Green Bay Company sold bills of lumber this week to Tom Jessen and to Lars Hansen for barn sheds, etc."
2. "The Farmer's Lumber Company received one car of shingles and three of coal this week and have sold James Rorick and H. P. Nelson lumber for new residences."
8/31/1905 The reporter for Oakfield-Brayton informed the paper's readers that (1) the Farmer's Lumber Company had received one car of lumber the preceding week while the Green Bay had received five cars of lumber and two of stone; that (2) Hans C. Hansen and his wife were happy over the birth of a daughter; and that (3) one hundred thirty round trip train tickets to Atlantic and back had been sold on account of a circus being held in that town.
9/14/1905 The Oakfield-Brayton column included the news that the Green Bay Lumber Company had sold four bills of lumber to four named individuals during the past week. One bill was for a barn, one for a house, one for a corn crib, and one for a combination hog house and cattle shed. One of the buyers lived in the Elk Horn area.
9/21/1905 The Farmer's Lumber Company monopolized the lumber business news in this weeks Oakfield-Brayton column. Witness the following:
1. "The Farmer's Lumber Company has sold several nice bills of lumber recently."
2. "The office at the Farmer's Lumber Company yard is receiving the finishing touches by that master of decorators, John Hansen. The office has been lathed, plastered, papered, and painted and is now receiving a coat of hard oil. Manager Rasmussen can now figure your bill in his parlor."
9/28/1905 The reporter for Oakfield and Brayton advised: "The Green Bay manager unloaded two cars of shingles this week and reports business as being brisk, lumber in small lots being sold quite frequently."
10/5/1905 This week the reporter for Oakfield and Brayton reported on both the Green Bay Company and the Farmer's Lumber Company by writing as follows:
1. "The Farmer's Lumber Company received one car of lumber and one of shingles during the past week."
2. "The Green Bay manager reports the receipt of one car of posts, one of lumber, and also two cars of coal for the Elk Horn College."
10/12/1905 My ancestor, Ormo ("Boots") Rasmussen's birth is announced in this week's Oakfield -Brayton column in the following language:
"R. L. Rasmussen (sic), the manager of the Farmer's Lumber Company, is treading on air this week, figuratively speaking, on account of the birth of a fine big boy at their home last Thursday."
The ongoing lumber wars in Brayton continue to be reported on this week as well. See the following:
"The Farmer's Lumber Company received two cars of lumber this week and the Green Bay received one car of stone, one of posts, one of lumber, and two of coal."
10/19/1905 Both of Brayton's lumber yards made the Oakfield-Brayton column in this week's edition:
1. "The Farmer's Lumber Company unloaded one car of posts and one of lumber this week. They are also building a large coal shed south of the cement works. The manager reports numerous sales of lumber in small lots."
2. "The Green Bay manager unloaded two cars of lumber Monday. Their sales have been numerous the past week with none large. Mr. Jewett of Des Moines, Secretary of the Green Bay Lumber Company's general office in that city, was looking over the manager's books here Tuesday."
10/26/1905 The Oakfield-Brayton column reported: "The Farmer's Lumber Company unloaded one car of coal and one of posts this week."
11/2/1905 This issue reported the following in the Oakfield-Brayton column:
1. "The Green Bay received two cars of coal and one of lumber this week."
2. "The Farmer's Lumber Company unloaded one car of lumber and one of phone poles the past week."
11/16/1905 This issue carried the following items about the Brayton lumber yards:
1. "The Green Bay received (three cars of coal) the past week and have three cars of lumber on the road."
2. "The Farmer's Lumber Company received three cars of lumber, two of shingles, and two of coal the past week."
11/23/1905 This week, the Oakfield-Brayton column carried these two reports:
1. "The Farmer's Lumber Company received one car of lumber this week."
2. "Monday evening a few of our sportsmen met and organized a gun club . They will give a big shoot Thanksgiving Day using clay pigeons for targets."
12/21/1905 The Oakfield-Brayton column reflected the following item: "The Green Bay Lumber Company received two cars of coal this week, the Farmer's Lumber Company one car, and the Oakfield Township Creamery one car."
12/28/1905 The following three items appeared in the Oakfield-Brayton column:
1. "The Green Bay Lumber Company received two cars of coal, one of poles, one of lumber, and one of brick this past week."
2. "The Green Bay Lumber Company has had an exceptionally prosperous year at this station and wish to express their sincere thanks to their patrons, both in town and country, who made their success what it was and is. Hoping a continuance of your favors, in behalf of the company we wish you a happy and prosperous New Year. Nels Sorensen, Manager."
3. "Notice of the Annual Meeting of the Farmer's Lumber Company
Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the stockholders of the Farmer's Lumber Company of Brayton, Iowa will be held on Thursday, January 4, 1906 at one o'clock p.m. All stockholders and others interested in the welfare of the enterprise are requested to be present.
O. F. Ide, Secretary"
1/11/1906 The reporter for Oakfield-Brayton advised that: "The Farmer's Lumber Company received three cars of coal the past week."
1/25/1906 The Brayton column reported that: "The Brayton Lumber Company (sic) received two cars of lumber and one of coal the past week." This reference and the next few references down to March 15, 1906 to the Green Bay's competing lumber yard make it appear as if the Farmer's Lumber Company has undergone a name change to the Brayton Lumber Company. After this two month time span, news references revert back to using the name, Farmer's Lumber Company.
2/15/1906 The Brayton column reported that: "The Brayton Lumber Company (sic) received one car of lumber and one of coal the past week."
2/22/1906 The Oakfield-Brayton column includes the following:
1. "The Brayton Lumber Company have eight cars of lumber ordered and on the road."
2. "L. P. Rasmussen, the Brayton Lumber Company Manager, went to the Bluffs (Council Bluffs?) Tuesday to attend the meeting of the Cement Manufacturers in session there on Wednesday."
3. "O. F. Ide was in charge of the Brayton Lumber Company's yards during the absence of Mr. Rasmussen."
The same page has another one-ninth page advertisement of the Green Bay Lumber Company, but this one is a bit more strident in tone than earlier ones. This one takes the form of a conversation between the Green Bay manager and one of his customers and reads like this:
"TRAP - TRAP - TRAP"
"Say, Nels, do you know that the Brayton Lumber Company has a trap set for a fellow to step into?
How is that Mr. C?
Why, they will not figure my bill unless I take out a $50 share. Then they will sell to me. THEY say at 5% above their cost. But my bill is small, so if I take out a share it would mean then to me I pay 30% above their cost. I CAN'T and will not do that, for this is a FREE COUNTRY, and I will buy just where I please." (The ad then goes on in like vein to its end, extolling the benefits of trading with the Green Bay.)
3/1/1906 The Brayton Lumber Company takes out its own one-ninth page advertisement in this issue and responds to the Green Bay's strident ad partially quoted just above in the following manner:
"CAUGHT! CAUGHT! CAUGHT!
"In a Free Country I used to be but since the Brayton Lumber Company started in business I am able to buy my lumber at reasonable prices and the earnings are not sent to some other parts of the country to be spent in fast living or to increase some already large fortune, but are put into circulation right here at home. Now, Mr. C, these are plain facts and we know that you are able to buy your lumber on a closer margin of profit than you could have done if we had not been here, 'nuff said. Yours For Your Own Benefit.
Brayton Lumber Company
L. P. Rasmussen, Manager"
3/8/1906 The Brayton Lumber Company repeats its ad of 3/1/1906.
The Oakfield-Brayton column advises: "Henningsen and Jensen, the proprietors of the cement tile factory at Brayton have the foundation started for their new building
3/15/1906 The Oakfield-Brayton correspondent reported on political happenings in Brayton as follows:
1. "At the town caucus held in Brayton on Monday night, the following gentlemen were placed in nomination for city officials: C. L. Bisom, councilman for long term; L. P. Rasmussen, for long term; Nis Larsen, councilman for short term."
2. "The Farmer's Lumber Company of Brayton received a car of lime, one of tile, and a third one of lumber, Monday of this week."
3. "Harry Finkbine, Auditor for the Green Bay Lumber Company was in Brayton on Tuesday afternoon for a few hours calling upon his efficient yard manager, Mr. Nels Sorensen."
3/29/1906 Election results in Brayton were reported on this week, with the paper advising that all candidates were elected to the respective offices for which they had been nominated, in view of the fact there were no other candidates.
4/5/1906 The Oakfield-Brayton column reported the following four items:
1. "The new Brayton city council met on Monday night and organized after
L. P. Rasmussen and Nis Larsen had been sworn in. (The report then advised further the council had subsequently drafted a curfew ordinance, to be effective May 1, 1906 calling for 'little kids' to be at their homes after 9:00 o'clock p.m.)
2. The Green Bay Lumber Company had unloaded three carloads of tiling the preceding week.
3. The new cement plant building was encroaching on the railroad's right of way, and the railroad was threatening to make the cement plant owners move their new building.
4. Nels P. Hoegh had purchased all the coal sheds of the Farmer's Lumber Company and was tearing them down. The paper then speculated that new coal sheds were probably in the company's future.
6/1/1899 By reading the Brayton-Oakfield column we learned that:
"Friday afternoon Charley Bisom looked up and saw a covered wagon coming into town, and as the wagon drew nearer, he beheld his brother, Daniel, whom he had not seen for twenty seven long years. The good man and his wife had driven overland all the way from Primghar, O'Brien county, to visit Charley and his family."
It is relevant to note here that Primghar, Iowa was about 150 miles from Bray ton.
5/12/1904 The Brayton-Oakfield column carried a report that: "The Rothchilds Elevator Co has purchased the Chicago Elevator Company's plant in Brayton and has workmen engaged in putting up a new set of scales and in remodeling the grain office." When I lived in Bray ton as a boy in the last half of the 1930's I knew the man who was then the manager of the Brayton grain elevator. Apparently, he was then just the most recent such workman engaged in such pursuits in Brayton since (probably) before the turn of the 20th century.
1/5/1905 Some of the farmers around Brayton were apparently becoming dissatisfied with the service being afforded them by their long established lumberyard, the Green Bay Lumber Company, because this issue of the paper, in the Oakfield-Brayton column, reported that:
"The farmers south and west of Brayton met at the Oakfield Center School house last Friday on business pertaining to the creamery, which, being finished, the conversation then turned on the proposed Oak Hill Cooperative Lumber Company with headquarters here, which has lately been agitated in the vicinity. No active steps were taken further, but in a short time a meeting will be called here to organize and elect officers, due notice of which will be published."
Ultimately, a new lumber company was organized and headquartered in Brayton. The Green Bay Lumber Company had been disclosed by the December 2, 1897 issue of the Audubon County Journal to then be operating in Brayton. The new company and the older company competed vigorously for the next few years for the area's lumber business, as will be seen in some of the following news item extracts. That new company became the ultimate survivor of the competing Brayton lumberyards. The interested reader is invited to read on.
1/19/1905 This issue carried the following notice:
There will be a meeting held in Brayton Tuesday next, January 24, of all persons interested in the formation of a lumber company. It is hoped there will be a large attendance."
1/26/1905 The Brayton column carried a notice that because of severe cold weather on January 24 "the meeting called to form a new lumber company on that date was postponed until Monday next, January 30, at one o'clock, a good attendance is desired."
2/2/1905 On page 5 the Brayton column reported:
"Over fifty people, all interested in the Farmer's Lumber Company of Brayton met here Monday and after discussing the pros and cons of the undertaking, selected a committee of eight persons to draft a constitution and report next Monday when the company will proceed to elect officers for the ensuing year. The shares of the company will be valued at Fifty Dollars each and each shareholder will not be permitted to purchase to exceed five shares. From the eagerness with which the stock is being taken up, it looks as if the whole stock would be taken before the day set for election of officers."
2/9/1905 The Brayton column includes the following:
"The Farmer's Lumber Company of Brayton met last Monday and after adopting several sections of the constitution reported on, adjourned until February 20th, after appointing the following committee to secure subscribers to the stock:
N. P. Hoegh and Jesse Nymand for a canvas of the territory southwest of Brayton; J. T. Hardman and T. J. McGovern, solicitors for the southeast territory; and Eli Hansen and Wm Onken, solicitors for the northwest."
2/23/1905 The reporter for Oakfield and Brayton advised as follows:
"The Farmer's Lumber Company of Brayton met again Monday, and as they still lack the necessary number of signatures adjourned to meet again March eleventh."
3/9/1905 In this issue, the Green Bay Lumber Company advertises that it is still in business in Brayton, having hard nut coal available at its Brayton coal bins. It also advertises that it is going to stop handling paints, and that it has good prices on its remaining paint inventory.
3/16/1905 The Oakfield-Brayton column reports on the latest meeting of the new Brayton lumber company as follows:
"At a meeting of the Farmer's Lumber Company at Brayton, last Saturday afternoon, a permanent organization was effected by the election of the following officers: President-N. P. Hoegh; Secretary - O. F. Ide; Treasurer - C. L. Bisom; Directors - John Heiken, Hans Nymand, Eli Hansen, H. M. Bartlett, and J. C. Hardman.
The firm is now ready to take orders for the stock and all who have signed the list and any others who desire to do so are requested to notify the secretary at once as to how many shares of the stock they desire to take. A meeting is called for two weeks next Saturday to complete all arrangements. Everyone interested is encouraged to be present."
3/23/1905 This issue reported the following in the Oakfield-Brayton column:
"The Brayton Lumber Company (sic) at their meeting last week perfected their plans and resolved to go ahead with their venture and in the meantime before the lumber is ordered they will still continue their canvass for signers."
4/6/1905 The Oakfield-Brayton column reflected the following three items:
1. "The Farmer's Lumber Company have made their first order for a car of lumber to be used in bridge work for the most part."
2. "The Green Bay Lumber company rec'd (sic) a car of tiling from Audubon Tuesday which the manager of the yards here says are of good quality."
3. "Raymond Miller was in Des Moines the first of the week taking an examination in pharmacy. The young man has pluck as this is his third attempt to procure a certificate which he has failed so far to receive on some technicality. We all hope Ramie will be successful this time, as he deserves to be."
4/13/1905 This issue reported that the Green Bay Lumber Company had received two cars of lumber and two cars of shingles the preceding week. The same page that carries this report also carries the first publication of the legal notice of the incorporaton of the Farmer's Lumber Company, its principal place of business to be in Brayton, with an authorized capital stock of $20,000 divided into 400 shares at $50 each, to be fully paid for when issued. Its business is to commence April 1, 1905 and continue for twenty years, unless sooner dissolved. The private property of its stockholders is to be exempt from the corporation's debts, and its indebtedness shall never exceed two-thirds of its capital stock.
4/20/1905 Page 5 of this issue was three items of interest:
1. The second notice of the incorporation of the Farmer's Lumber Company.
2. An advertisement of the Green Bay Lumber Company which takes up about one-ninth of the page. This is a large advertisement for that company; all prior advertising by it has been limited to two or three lines of type inserted into the news items comprising the Oakfield-Brayton column. The company advertises in this fashion for six straight weeks.
4/27/1905 The front page of this issue has the following notice pertaining to the organization of the Farmer's Lumber Company:
" Brayton Iowa April 5, 1905
To All Whom It May Concern:
You are hereby notified that subscriptions to the stock of the Farmer's Lumber Company, of Brayton, Iowa will be received by the Secretary at the Bank of Bray ton, on Saturday, April 29, 1905. It is requested that all who have signified their intention of taking one or more shares of the Corporation's Stock, and all others who may desire to do so, be present in person on this date and settle for their shares either by cash or bankable note bearing seven per cent interest.
S/ O. F. Ide, Secretary"
The Oakfield- Brayton column also carries the third printing of the legal notice of the incorporation of the Farmer's Lumber Company.
5/4/1901 The Oakfield-Brayton column reflected the following three items :
1. The fourth printing of the legal notice of the incorporation of the Farmer's Lumber Company.
2. "The Farmer's Lumber Company have the lumber and brick on the ground for their new lumber shed but are now at a standstill for the want of carpenters to do the work, the men in that trade here are all engaged at other jobs and will be for some time."
3. "Seventy-eight shares of stock were disposed of and the money received at the meeting of the stockholders of the Farmer's Lumber Company of Brayton last Saturday. As soon as a lumber shed is built the company will begin to receive lumber already ordered and will be ready to fill all orders entrusted to them."
5/11/1905 The Oakfield-Brayton column said: "The manager of the Farmer's Lumber Company, Mr. Rasmussen, has moved into the Misses Mae and Pearl Jenkins residence."
5/18/1905 The Oakfield-Brayton column included the following:
1. "The Green Bay Lumber Company has received four cars of lumber this past week."
2. " The foundation has been laid for the Farmer's Lumber Company building and the sills are in place but the carpenters can do nothing more until there is a change in the weather."
5/25/1905 This week, the Oakfield-Brayton column contained this news:
1. "The Green Bay manager was too busy unloading lumber Tuesday to talk to a newspaperman, so we shied off and let him work in peace. He had three cars on track and more coming."
2. "We counted sixteen men at work on the Farmer's Lumber Company shed, shingling the building which is 52 x 80 x 12 feet with a raised center making it probably 20 feet in the center from ground to roof. There is a neat little office placed at one side of the shed opening into the shed which will make it very convenient for the manager, L. P. Rasmussen."
6/1/1905 The paper continued keeping its readers advised of the happenings in the lumber business in Brayton by reporting:
"The Farmer's Lumber Company have already received ten cars of lumber and four cars are on the road. The company made several sales already. They built their shed longer than first contemplated and are now awaiting a car of shingles to complete the roof."
The paper also reported on the Decoration Day (now Memorial Day) exercises in Brayton and Oakfield with the following report:
"Decoration Day Exercises
The exercises on decoration day as announced in the program were carried out to the letter. Promptly on time the little girls'-flower girls dressed in their best and each with a small flag in hand formed in procession near the Bisom store under the supervision of their instructor, Miss Nolty, and escorted by the Oak Hill Band of 15 instruments marched to Oakfield where they were joined by the Oakfield school children and a large number of citizens of both towns and the surrounding country and marching to the beautiful cemetery southeast of that town listened to an able and appropriate address by County Supertindent of Schools Luxford of Shelby County who was orator of the day. After the closing of the address the flower girls decorated the graves of the SOLDIER DEAD and performed a flag drill which covered a period of time amounting to 25 minutes in its execution, never being prompted and never making a break. This drill was reported as faultless and reflects great cred!
it upon the promoter. Besides the dead soldiers of whom we believe there are only four whose tombs received this yearly tribute of respect, others were not forgotten and numerous were the beautiful productions of nature's products - flowers, which covered other graves, deposited by relatives or friends as tokens of love and fond remembrance. Let this beautiful custom never be forgotten although our soldier heroes will soon be gone, the observance of this day will be observed as long as the American people cherish a love for liberty, THE SOLDIER DEAD WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN."
Mabel Ide Mortensen lived in the Brayton area from her birth in 1896 to 1925. She and her husband and their family then moved to Chicago, where she started writing short stories about her earlier life in Audubon county. A collection of those stories is available at the following internet address, namely: http://www.readersandwriters.com/mabel/
for anyone who might be interested in sampling them, and maybe reading all of them.
5/21/1914 Northeast Oakfield column reports: "Meta Hansen, daughter of Mr and Mrs Christian Hansen, underwent an operation for appendicitis Friday morning. Her many friends are glad to hear that she is improving nicely."
Oakfield Brayton column reports the same event and expands upon it by saying: "Miss Kelly, a trained nurse, is caring for her."
7/23/1914 Last page carries a notice signed by Christian Hansen, as Secretary of the Oakfield Township School Board, soliciting bids for the construction of two new school houses in the township.
9/3/1914 Page 5 carries advertisement, signed by Christian Hansen, as Secretary of the Oakfield Township School Board, of the sale of the old school houses being replaced by the new ones to be built per the solicitation for bids at 7/23/1914 above. The township must have been busy for the next year with their school buildings because notices comparable to those of 7/23/1914 and this one of 9/3/1914 are common up to about August of 1915.
11/19/1914 Front page carries article headed "NELS P HOEGH BUILDING NEW HOME" which reads as follows:
"Nels Hoegh, probably the best known man in Audubon County, President of the Farmers Savings Bank of this city, is building a new home just west of Brayton on the main street running through that town. It is to be a modern home in every particular and nothing that is needed to make life pleasant and comfortable within its walls has been omitted. Mr. Hoegh has personally overseen the building of this house, and everything about the workmanship and material is as good as money can buy. The old house on the farm now occupied by Nels and his family, was built forty years ago and is good for another forty years of service. The section in which this home is built is destined to be the best residence part of Brayton and another handsome home just west of the new Hoegh home is being completed. Mr. and Mrs. Hoegh will spend the winter in Florida on account of Mrs. Hoegh's health, and will take possession of their new home in the spring. Their many friends will join in the wish!
that they may live long to enjoy it." and then gives credit for the article to the Atlantic News-Telegraph.
1/21/1915 Page 5 carries a notice of election to decide if public franchise should be granted to George C. Hoegh to build and operate an electric power plant in the town of Brayton.
2/13/1915 Oakfield-Brayton column carries item that all votes cast in the recent Brayton election on the electric plant franchise (see 1/21/1915 immediately above) were in the affirmative and power should be expected to be available about March 1, 1915.
4/15/1915 Front page carries notice to auto owners that the new license plate law is now effective and must be complied with. Oakfield-Brayton column reports that: "George Hoegh will turn on the current at the electric light plant Tuesday and flood our little city with light."
11/4/1915 This issue carries a public notice of a special election to be held in Brayton to decide whether or not to authorize a public water works system and issue $75,000.00 worth of town bonds to finance it.
12/9/1915 Oakfield-Brayton column reports that: "The water works election was a warm one Monday and was defeated by a vote of 32 against and 26 for so it looks as though Brayton will go dry for some time to come."
7/13/1916 Front page carries news from the Atlantic News-Telegraph that the Methodist preacher there has received a raise from $1700 per annum to $2000 per annum.
8/10/1916 Last page carries advertisement for new Ford automobiles at the following prices:
Touring Car $385 Runabout $370
Town Car $620 Couplet $530
with advice that the dealer stocks only the touring car and the runabout.
8/24/1916 Last page carries advertisement for a one day trip by special train from Audubon via Exira to Des Moines for the State Fair and return for $4.12 from Exira. The fare includes shuttle service in Des Moines from the train to the fairgrounds and return to the train depot.
9/7/1916 Front page carries article that Iowa now has 176,977 cars; that Cass county has 2,185 and Audubon county has 1,310. Article also states that Iowa now has one car for every 13 people and more cars per capita than any other state.
12/21/1916 Back page carries an article on auto accidents in Iowa in October, reporting that there had been 550 accidents resulting in 29 fatalities and 642 injuries.
1/28/1897 Note: 1/28/1897 is the earliest date that the Iowa State Historical Library in Des Moines has of the Audubon County Journal. The paper claimed in its masthead at that time that it was then eleven years old and had a circulation of 1700 subscribers. A year's subscription cost $1.00.
There were no items pertaining to Brayton or Oakfield Township in the issues of the paper from 1/28/1897 to 3/4/1897, although thereafter the usual location in the paper for the Oakfield Brayton column was at the left margin of the back page. That portion of the back page does not appear on the microfilm copies of the paper for the time period of 1/28/1897 to 3/4/1897 that I reviewed to make the following extracts, which commence 3/11/1897.
The following extracts have a focus on the town of Brayton and on the township of Oakfield because those two locales were the places my ancestors lived.
3/11/1897 The Oakfield - Brayton column reflects that Dr. W R Koob was already practicing medicine in Brayton and that Oakfield Township had a creamery that shipped its butter as far away as Boston.
3/18/1897 "At the Oakfield Township school meeting last Monday the teachers wages in that township were decided on, and (ranged from a low of $28.00 per month to a high of $32.00 per month)." (From the Oakfield - Brayton column)
4/15/1897 Oakfield - Brayton column advised that: "Dr. Koob drove over to Anita last Sunday and brought his little girl Muriel home with him."
4/22/1897 Oakfield - Brayton column advised that the local manager of the Greenbay Lumber Company was having a new addition built on to his house.
5/20/1897 The Oakfield - Brayton column reflected a report from the Atlantic News-Telegraph that a transcontinental telephone line was being constructed in the north half of Cass County between Atlantic and Brayton and that when completed a spur line would be built to connect the new line with Atlantic.
5/27/1897 The Oakfield - Brayton column reported that the Oakfield Township creamery shipped 7,200 pounds of butter the preceeding week.
7/22/1897 This edition carried an advertisement for the eighteenth annual Audubon County Fair to be held in early September.
8/5/1897 The Oakfield - Brayton column reported that: "Jens Juhl started up his threshing machine Monday and shelled out Roscoe Essington's oats, which averaged a little over 30 bushels to the acre."
8/26/1897 The same column (Oakfield - Brayton) reported that: "The Oakfield Township creamery received 520,000 pounds of milk during July from which they made 23,000 pounds of butter. They received for this butter $3,100. The price paid for butter fat during July was twelve cents."
9/16/1897 The Oakfield - Brayton column reported on the activities surrounding the 50th birthday party of Nels P. Hoegh. Except for my omission of the names of parties in attendance, the full report read as follows:
"Last Sunday, September 12, 1897 was the 50th birthday of Supervisor Nels P Hoegh and in honor of the event his friends gathered at his pleasant home in Oakfield Township in large numbers. Many of the guests arrived early and partook of a splendid mid-day repast. By two o'clock nearly 300 people had assembled on the shady lawn and then came the event of the day. The guests were quietly called together in a group and then Mr. Hoegh was presented with an elegant gold watch and chain. The watch bore this inscription neatly engraved in Danish which translated into English reads:
'Presented by friends to Nels P Hoegh, on his 50th birthday, 1897.'
Reverend Gravengaard made the presentation speech. The gift came as a total surprise to Mr. Hoegh and he responded with thanks. The rest of the afternoon was spent in a social meeting and to say that the guests were highly entertained is putting it mildly. Coffee, cake, ice cream, and various other refreshments were served and in the evening a bounteous supper was spread. The Oak Hill Band was present and filled the air with delightful music. All enjoyed themselves immensely and it was an occasion that will never be forgotten. 'Tis only men like Mr. Hoegh who receive such tokens of friendship and goodwill as was presented to him Sunday and well does he deserve it. If there is any man in Audubon County who has merited the credit and honor bestowed upon him, that man is Nels P Hoegh. He has lived here for many years and has always proved himself a grand good man for the !
community. While he has enjoyed much prosperity he has always been a friend to the needy. (Two illegible lines)"
There then followed a list of men who were present, including Christian Hansen (the name appearing twice) and one H. C. Hansen (who I assume was Hans C. Hansen, Christian's father, both those names being names I am interested in). There was only one woman's name appearing, which makes me speculate she was present as a widow lady still residing on the family farm and the reporter saw no reason to name other women present, being probably the wives of the men who were present, it then being a different age than it is today in the 21st century.
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