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Hello to all on the Poweshiek, Mahaska, and Wapello county lists!
I'm looking for any information that I can add to an old family story. My
great-grandfather Filmore Garner took a boatload of cattle to Scotland in
1900 (with a supposed side trip to the Paris Exposition and a run-in with
remnants of the Galveston Hurricane). The Oskaloosa Herald article below
confirms the story, but I'd like to find more.
He was said to have been hired for the trip by the Ewart Brothers. Who are
they and where can I find more on them? I'm hoping, of course, that they
kept good records, and that someone may still have those records. Wouldn't
it be great to know the name of the ship? Or the captain?
Was the transport of cattle from Iowa to Europe a common practice. Seems
risky, even in the early part of this century. Was the profit so great to
negate the risks?
Are there other aspects to this journey that I'm missing? Elements that
would not occur to a city boy like myself?
Oskaloosa Herald, September 20, 1900
Home From Scotland
Filmore Garner Home from a Business Trip to the British Isles.
Filmore Garner, of near Wright, is just home from Glasgow, Scotland, where
he went with a consignment of 650 Mahaska and Wapello county cattle.
The gentleman states that on the homeward journey within about 100 miles of
the coast of Labrador their vessel ran into the great storm that caused so
much damage on the Newfoundland coast and wasted the Texas coast. He says
the storm lasted three days and during the last seven hours it was something
terrible. He had never seen anything like it and never cares to again. The
storm was predicted on board the boat by the captain, who did not like the
action of his barometer and other instruments.
In telling of the sale of the cattle that were taken to the market of the
city of Glasgow, Mr. Garner stated that the trip was highly satisfactory.
The stock was transported in a way that left no room for complaint and the
sale realized profits to the owners that was satisfactory to all. The cattle
belonged to a number of breeders and raisers in Mahaska and Wapello counties
and Mr. Garner was sent in charge of them. It is very likely that other
shipments will be made.
I don't know if anyone know anything about these subjects or not. I've
search some in the Oskaloosa library and the Poweshiek Historical Society,
but haven't found much. Any tips would be appreciated.
Thanks for your time. I love this story, if for no other reason than it
seems like an adventure that's out of character for a member of my family.
Rock Island, IL