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Winfield Smith, brother of Viola
taken Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
Miss. Lida (Lide) Cohee
taken at Mt. Pleasant
Hope these can be claimed.
The Free Press
Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa
February 27, 1879
Winfield, Feb. 22nd, 1879
One of the most enjoyable gatherings that has fell to our lot after a
residence in the county of twenty-three years, was the occasion of the
twenty-fifth anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. William Lander. They moved to this
township in the fall of 1845, and have resided here ever since. They came from
near Amsterdam New York and from the hosts of friends that met at this pleasant
home on the evening of the 22d, you would think they had lost nothing by the
move. Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Merry were present from Amsterdam N.Y. Mrs. Merry is a
sister of Mr. Lauder. Mrs. McMahon a cousin of Mrs. Lauder was present from
Quincy Illinois. Miss Nettie Lauder, sister of Mrs. Lauder was present from
Denver City Col. Superintendent Gerry of the B.N. W.R.R. and wife were present
from Burlington, Iowa, as was also Mr. and Mrs. Marble and Mr. and Mrs. Bascom
from that city, and Mr. David Wallace and daughter present from Mt. Pleasant
Iowa. One hundred and fifty invitations were sent out to meet at the hour set at
seven o'clock. They were a jolly crowd, and they had a good old jolly time. The
supper was served at nine o'clock and such as supper, well it is over, and we
are a little hungry now and don't like to think about it. All the different
kinds of cake such as Scott township ladies know how to make, turkeys the
nicest, and if will is a hog dealer, he knows how to keep the best pigs for the
table, ice cream, etc. Will and his lady know how to entertain guests in grand
style. All had a good time and felt as if they would like such gatherings often
and hope that as they are now on the down grade of life that nothing may mar
their married bliss and that they may finally land in the golden haven of
eternal rest where parting shall be no more and meet all the happy company that
will long remember the 25th anniversary of their marriage.
The presents, which of course were of silver, were very fine. The
presentation speech was made by D.T. Leslie, and was neat and appropriate. In
behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Lauder, Rev. Mr. Thome responded. The following is a list
of the presents:
One water pitcher and two goblets lettered and dated, Mr. and Mrs. D.T.
Leslie, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Harper, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Goodspeed, Mr. and Mrs. J.N.
Malone, Mr. and Mrs Hyson Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Bryant, Mrs. Gerry, Burlington,
Wm. Jones, Burlington, and Clark Smith; Miss Lizzie Humphrey, Mt. Pleasant
bronze Bust of Burns; finger bowl Mr .and Mrs. J.L. Davidson and daughter; cake
basket, W D M Condon and family; berry and sugar spoons, Mr. and Mrs. Sayers;
butter knife, Miss Lizzie Foster; butter knife, Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Patterson;
boquet holder, Mr and Mrs J.M.F. Andrews, Mr. and Mrs Will Smiley, Mr. E.R.
Peck; combination call bell, castor and cake basket, Martin and brothers,
Chicago, Ill.; pair of napkin rings, Mr. and Mrs. S.P. Cady, Chicago, Ill;
pickel castor, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Buchanan, Mt Union; cake basket, Mr and Mrs W.J
Cubin Morning Sun, Iowa; cake basket, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ringland, Mr and Mrs J Q
Ross, Mr and Mrs J L Banshaw; cake basket, Mr and Mrs B G Kimmel, Mr and Mrs
.J.B. Glass and Rev Thome; pickel castor Mr and Mrs Charles Swan, Dan and Will
Waugh; silver comb, Mr and Mrs Marble, Burlington; tea spoons Mr and Mrs. A. S
Bean; table spoons Mr and Mrs Merry, Amsterdam, N.Y; pickle fork, sugar spoon,
Lulu Bart and Delila Crane; napkin rings Mr and Mrs Kennedy; pickel castor Mr.
and Mrs E F McMahon, Quincy, Ill; butter dish, David Wallace and daughters, Mt
Pleasant; silver dollar, Mr and Mrs. R.H. Linn and daughter; rustic frame, Mr.
and Mrs. B F Campbell; goblet Mr and Mrs Cyrus Siberts. In conclusion we would
just say there was cards, cake and plenty of fun, and not quite so much gush as
at a young wedding. A real young folks wedding will come off this week in our
city, and if wood or cake or turnips is sent in then look out. DOM PEDRO.
Early on Wednesday morning Bowman & Kaufman found that their office safe had
been blown open during the night and all the money, amounting to between thirty
and forty dollars, stolen therefrom. Of course the first question considered
was, who did the work? Was it done by residents or tramps? While this was being
talked over and discussed, a man came in from New London, and on hearing of the
affair stated that three suspicious men came to the hotel in New London, about
six o'clock, very cold and ordered their breakfast. For this they paid in
silver, and seemed not to conceal the fact that they had plenty more in their
pockets. After breakfast they went to the depot to purchase tickets for
Burlington. On hearing this story a telegram was sent to the operator at New
London, and he at once returned word that the three men were still at the depot
waiting for No. 6 train, which was late. No. 6 had just left Mt. Pleasant, and
so Marshal Craig telegraphed the officer at Burlington to arrest these three
men, and hold them for his arrival. This was done, and they were returned to Mt.
Pleasant on the evening train. They were searched and money to very nearly the
amount known to have been taken from the safe was found on their persons,
leaving little doubt that they were the identical parties who did the work.
These same men applied, on Monday night, for lodgings and were locked in the
calaboose. They then had no money at all. When brought before the mayor they
gave their names as John Bailey, William O'Neal and Richard Raymond. They were
given until Friday, 28th Feb., to procure counsel and prepare for trial. Not
being able to furnish bail, they were taken to jail for safe keeping where they
are at present confined. This was quick work, and they had no time to spend but
a mall portion of the money. The safe of Bowman & Kaufman is ruined. Part of the
tools for opening the safe were obtained from Coat's shop near by. Nothing else
in the safe, except the money, was disturbed. A small portion of the money taken
belonged to Ross Brothers, the lumber merchants. The result of the trial we
shall give next week.
Washington's birth day the 22d of February was celebrated by the Masonic
fraternity of this city in a truly magnificent way, characteristic of the order.
At an early hour the Masons, their wives and many invited guests crowded the
large, beautiful Masonic hall, all in the best of spirits, to enjoy to the
fullest the social feast as well as the feat of another kind that was prepared
in the banquet room. And this was not all for there was another programme to be
carried out for the entertainment of the guests present as will be shown by the
following which constitutes the evenings performance. The music which
interspersed the exercises of the evening was furnished by the following
singers: J.W. Satterthwaite, J.D. Lahew, M.N. Campbell, C.H. Holwick, R.M.
Lehew, O.V. Stough, James Cogswell, Sam Perry while Mrs. G.E. Smith presided at
First came the address of L.D. Lewelling which we regret we were not in
time to hear, but which by all was highly commended.
Then an original poem written expressly for the occasion was read by Judge
Ambler. This poem appears on our first page.
Next a recitation "The ride of Jennie O'Neal," by Susie Campbell. Miss
Louie Ambler recited "Grandmothers idea of Masonry." These lines were also
written for the occasion by her father and appear on our first page. "Keeping
his Word" was the next piece, recited by Miss Flora Hobart and "Christmas Party"
by Miss Emma Rukgarber.
After this supper was announced, and the banquet room was soon filled. The
Masonic banquet room is large, finely arranged and convenient, yet it was hardly
large enough for all present at this time, and so we are told of a second and
even a third table before all were served. There was an abundance for all and it
was bountifully served. After the supper toasts were in order.
1. Washington, the anniversary of whose birth we this day celebrate, the
eminent Mason, the first in war, the first in peace, and the first in the hearts
of his countrymen. Response by H. Ambler.
2. The Free and Accepted Masons, the brotherhood who meet upon the "Level"
and part upon the "Square." Response by J.S. Woolson.
3. The ladies, without whom no banquet would be complete; whose kindness
gladdens us at home, and their presence here to-night inspires us with lofty
thoughts and purposes. Dr. McClure was booked to respond but not being present
L.D. Lewelling was called on and after a hearty endorsement of the sentiment he
favored the audience with a song which was given in the highest style and most
accomplished manner. This closed the exercises of the evening when the crowd
W.J. Jeffries and A.W. Kinkead are the candidates for city solicitor, to be
voted for at the approaching city election. There seems to be an effort apparent
to make the issue of temperance between these two candidates, assuming that Mr.
Jeffries is the whisky candidate and Mr. Kinkead is for temperance. Nothing
could be more unjust than this distinction. There is no question at all that if
Mr. Jeffries is elected he will faithfully discharge every duty pertaining to
the office as he is bound by his oath to do. - And the question for the
intelligent voter to decide is which one of these two men is most experienced
and qualified to discharge these duties independent of the temperance issue
which is not an issue between them. No man can say that Mr. Jeffries sympathies
are with the whiskey element any more than Mr. Kinkead, and the person who will
assume as much does it evidently from very questionable motives.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Henry Co, IA USGenWeb Project
Iowa Old Press
The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, February 28, 2907
It scarcely can be realized that J.H. COOK is no more. He died at his home
in Russell last Thursday, his funeral occurring on Sunday afternoon.
Earlier in the winter he visited his daughter at Pasadena, California, and
shortly after returning home was taken ill with pneumonia. He got better
and was able to be at his office a day or two, then took suddenly worse with
the above results. It was his desire this spring to take a tour through the
south and visit some of the battlefields on which he fought during the
rebellion but a few weeks since he told the writer that he had given it up
as he had not the strength to make the trip. His had been a career of
success, bitter disappointment and sorrow. The death of his two daughters,
little granddaughter and later his wife, seemed to be the burthen that
finally undermined his vitality and made him an easy prey to disease. All
acquainted with the family will remember under what sad circumstances the
two daughters and little granddaughter died.
MR. COOK was a native of Henry County, Iowa, his parents settling there when
Iowa was a territory. In his early manhood he located in Russell with his
wife and engaged in the mercantile business, after a year or two spent on a
farm south of town. He was one of the first merchants of the place and one
of the best the county ever had. He was public spirited and took a deep
interest in all that would add to the moral and material welfare of the
community. He was the chief organizer of the Zero Coal Company and for
several years was manager of the mine, east of Russell, and when the Summit
Coal & Mining Co. took charge of the works was manager of the large company
These were hard and exacting years for him. Afterwards he was engaged in
the clothing trade but for the pat few years had an office and was handling
real estate. But it made no difference which line of pursuit he followed he
pushed it with vigor. He had always been a man of commanding influence and
was absolutely fearless in the things he conceived to be right. As a
magistrate of the law he believed in its enforcement without favor and was
never a "trimmer" in anything. He was loyal to his country in time of need;
loyal to his church, his family and friends and needs no fulsome encomiums
spoken now that he is gone. His name is indelibly stamped on the community
and will truly be missed.
One daughter, MRS. MERTIE NELSON, of Pasadena, California, survives him.
Also two brothers, J.C. COOK, of Russell and CAL. COOK, of Des Moines.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
December 2, 2004
The Chariton leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, February 21, 1907
JAMES HARVEY COOK, the son of WILLIAM and EVELINE COOK, was born May 6, 1843
and is the third son of a family of nine children, five sons and four
daughters. These brothers and sisters were all born in Henry County, Iowa.
Brother COOK enlisted as a private soldier in Company K, 4th Iowa Cavalry,
July 10, 1861, and enrolled Oct. 9, 1861 to serve three years or during the
war. He was discharged at Vicksburg, Miss., Dec. 31, 1863 by reason of
re-enlistment as veteran volunteer. A furlough of 30 days was granted and
accepted. He took part in 31 battles not counting the skirmishes, and was
slightly wounded at Guntown, Miss. His regiment marched in the southern
States, traveling more than 14,000 miles, capturing 2,890 of the enemy in
action and 29 pieces of artillery and 12 confederate flags were taken on the
field of battle. He continued in the same camp and regiment for four years,
one month and fourteen days or until he was musterred out of the U.S.
Service at Davenport, Iowa, August 24, 1865.
Brother COOK said, "My army experience proved to be of real value to me in
many ways, however, the most valuable lessons I learned were, first,
obedience to my superiors, second, high regard for discipline, third, keep
everything in its place, fourth, always be prepared to meet the emergency,
fifth, always say, 'You come, boys' instead of 'You go.' All these
admirable traits of character are, to my mind, just as essential to the
private citizen today." He was very methodical in everything with which he
had anything to do.
After he was mustered out he returned to his father's farm, making his home
there until Sept. 17, 1867, when he was married to MISS MARY JANE LEACH,
whose home joined his father's on the south. Soon after MR. and MRS. COOK
moved one mile east of the home place. to them were born ARTIE A., August
17, 1868; MERTIE M., Feb. 8, 1872; ETHEL B., Oct. 17, 1874. In 1871 they
exchanged their farm for a stock of merchandise and Russell property, to
which they moved Aug. 1, 1871. Later they sold their dwelling and occupied
rooms over their store, which is now the post office. In 1876 they moved
into the home where they died.
Brother COOK was converted Sept. 2, 1875, and joined the M.E. Church Sept.
26, 1875, during the pastorate of Rev. D. Austin. He held many official
positions in the church as Sunday School Superintendent, Steward and Trustee
He rendered his part very acceptably as a public man, a good presiding
officer on public occasions. He was often a delegate to the Iowa Republican
Convention and prominent in county conventions of his party, was versed in
all the political issues of the day and filled the offices of Mayor, Justice
of the Peace and Notary Public, and was a good temperance worker and
rendered much valuable service in that capacity. He was a very attentive
listener, always an inspiration to his pastor, especially when he was
preaching. He was able in prayer, a daily reader of the bible, and regular
attendant of church. He was of the truest friends I had anywhere. I am
poorer since he has gone and lonely. He died Thursday, Feb. 21, 1907, at 10
a.m., aged 63 years, 9 months and 15 days.
Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church, Sunday at 2 p.m., conducted
by Rev. A.H. Rusk, assisted by Rev. Stote. A large concourse of friends
gathered to pay their last tribute to their dear friend. The sympathy of a
host of friends is extended to the sorrowing ones.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
December 2, 2004
I have followed this post for some time. Some of you may know my story.
For several years I have been searching for information regarding the families
of Abijah Johnson, Rebecca O'Neall Johnson>Hawkins, Ransom. This family was
from Corwin Ohio, then Henry County Salem, and Oskaloosa area's.
The reason for my search was to find a direct descendant to return some very
old family letters that were obtained from a yard sale. A long story
short..... I searched for over ten years and with the help of Rootsweb, and
Historical Societies, I was finally able to find a home for the lost letters. I
found the G-G-G- Grandson of Rebecca O'Neall Johnson to whom the letters were
What a journey this has been. I am very excited and a little sad at the
same time as this has been a big part of my life for a long time, but I am very
happy to complete my mission of returning these wonderful family heirlooms.
I would like to thank everyone, not only in this lost but others as well. I
have learned to much about genealogy and that there are some wonderful and
kind people out there who took the time to respond to inquired. I have
enjoyed the stories and articles of posting so much.
I wish you all a Happy Holiday Season, and may your journey of finding your
family tree be a happy and successful one.