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During dio fall of IC5T, some of the •' Old Settiei-s " of ^-C'llt Couniy. in a con- 
vei-sacion in r.rlaiiou lo tlie first seitlemeut of ilie Coucty and while ^p':■;!kial;■ of 
certain individuals who have died here, it was suggesi.ed thai steps oui;lit to 
be t;iken to perpetunte il-e facts and in' tlieroof, as well as ihe names of liie 
first sedltis. After various suggestions it was t::;allv agreed to call a meeting of 
those now resid'-nt i:; '.he county, who v,-ere setil-rs prior lo Be-, bi, A. D. ICIO, 
to consult in reladon to the matter. 

Accordingly a notice was published in the daily papers of the city, callino' sueh 
a meeting to be lield on tlie 23d day of January, 1G5G, at the '• Le Claire Hail. " 

At tlie appointed time the meeting was held and an a,i.'iiaiio;i organized, th.e 
particulars of wliieii, and the motives thereto, are fully set forili in the proceed- 
ings pu'jli-hed herein. 

The first Annual Festival has beeu held and the "Pioneer Seitlcrs" nf Soft 
County b'liiA-ing diat the pro'jeedings.of sueh an a?sociaiicjn would be boih in- 
structive and iutepicting not only to those of the present dav, bui to tlio-e wl... 
will come after iliem, have resolved to publish in full their proceedings each vear, 
and this Pamphlet is the first of the series. 

Scott Couxtv, February, 1858. 

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OE( i ^v>,' iz^VTK »: ^ r I <: I vr i x c : . 

Ac a mooiiiiL;' iW oM sr-nlii-; of ff'.'ori | 
CouiitT, wIki be<.-;uiv rt'^id'/iiis jivior lo 
D.-'-ombc-r 31, liiKJ, ii-ld in L" Cl.iiiv I 
Hnl!, Davpiiport, pur?-u;iiu to a notice in | 
the daily papfrs, on iln- cvi nin'; of ^'.il- 
uvday, Janiitiy '2'.>, K'.o'J, si'iii'; ^ !>;'}' ] 
jxrisoiis yi\-ic a-)S.-ml)ii'd. Tlio nv".-lin^' | 
v,-a,3 eallid lo "Vi'i.M- 1)v Duncan 0. Ei- i 
dridgo, Esq., \,-h^?r^-u]ion Eb^'in';'/'!- Cook, 
E;i|., was <'l<i-i'-d Chairman, imd John L. 
Coffin, .'iriT'Laiy of ilie m:>c-nii;^\ 

Tho Cii.-arnian, on l:d;ing bin seal, ox- 
pre^syd wiih a fj^v iia])|\v R'niarkn the 
pieuiure wlii'-li ii ^av i'.ini lo in"iH so ■ 
nii;.v of his i/id fii 'iids i.u i iiin ncoasii^n. 
I and alludi'd in in-.' warm inii'i'cst hu 
i always felt in thus,, who bad stood sid;; 
i by sid'^ with him in (In; )>;\rdshi)i.s and [ 
struggles iiicideiU u> un- oarly -■(ni!vinr-ni ' 
[ of this Cininiy. Ho s.-iid, '-ll'.^t if li'.orf' 
[ was of gfiod about Kim, if hi' 
! ever bi':-n ot any s-rx io"- 1'.) this i;o'n- ' 
j munily, and in linn ior j'.ll lie was at liiis 
' day, he felt hinisolf iudrljloJ to the ear- 
■ ly settlers of t.'iis county, who liad al- 
! ways stood by him; l!;ai lu' luid always 
! been v,-illing b> divide th.e hi- •. crusi of 
, bvi'.'.d with a!iy one of them thai neodi'd, 
and he pi-nvd lo Go I. tii:v, as long. as 
i lie lived, lie mi:.;iit bo di-ii:^-'-! io riiviue 
' with liiem \.\i' last shirt on Li- baek, if 
: any one of t'aem r.'ouiiel is.'' 
j On motion of Janv.-s MeIi;io^li, lv~q., 
' a Committee of live was aiipointed by 
I the Ch;iiv to dr;ift a Preanibl'' and R'.'s- 
ohiuions for organizing the Assoe-iation. 
The Chair ai'.poiated J^tmos A!eI;iio-.h, 
AVi!i.-rd Barrows, John F. Dillon, D. 0. 
' Eldriti^e, and Edward iiieki'r, Esc^nir'- s 

While the C't>mmi,l ■•■ ab-./iit, ihc' 
n-.f-'iing entiTlaiiied by som<r [•■!i<-i- 
t. ills remarks bvWm. MeC'mnion, E~'j., 
and by ihe Ihei. .lob.:. I'. Coo!.. 
, Tie- Comniiie.-.- I'e'u pies.'ne'd ihc 
i r;v:i;.i!d.' and ll --ola:!..'; : 
vvhi.-h Were u:iMHiiuoii -!y ab'pe- I : 


Wlierea^. it was our destiny, as A.'u---- 
iean, excited by a sjjiru oi .•.■v.i;. 
able eiiterrrise. to be the pion- r- i:: liie 
sctth in-;:; "I liii-; f-iir :;:i 1 fiili'- -'-iiiou 
of our .'r.:.-. • : and, v.dii-rea.^. it s- ms de- 
siraiile Ci-.-.n we isiiould perpetuate the 
iiirinorv ■■f ilial seltlemeiit, and fr-m 
lime to lime' reeail the bi.-t'ji-y of ilie 
past, so ri.'h in of ;iud 
vari^'d i;;e icsi. ih..-refii<-, \,c- ]■, 

]''--oIv d. That all liios;e wh.o bee:;me 
resitl,.-iu- ••: ti;ii 'Terriloiv, now k!iov,-n 
as S'-ou C-v.n'y in lov.a, j.;; o- !o I>e- 
c-enib ■;• :'.]. lOiO, form th.en-elv''- 
a soei'-iv. i::e olyeet of whirh -hail be to 
extend lie: r^ght hand of fllo\s>!s;) to 
all iho-- v,-ho ha'.e livd liirongh ihe 
honoral;!'- e,,nl!ict of the ]j:'.-^u to share 
and <-nj.'y iL-' prosperity of tii'' ]jvi','iit. 
and to iv, v.-ietng' coiigvatnl:ai-ns. ihti 
ih.dr e.T.iy .-ting-les and liardsiiips liave 
residi'd in a giov,-iit and dev.dopaienr 
almost without a paralhd. 

iRi-solw i. Thai iJ^is Ass.iciatiou bfi 
known bv '.;.e r.ame of 

]!e-olvvi. Th;u its ofiieers shall oou- 
-:isi of a i';;.;..iii, ten \'iee Presidents, 

e<-nlive C emniiili'e of liv.' nvniii-r-. -■;' ' 
■ •omniif..-;- to be appointed by the liv~i- 

Ke-o!v-d. That a'M'-e of ih/ee 
rn'nr.b.-r- !■:■ apivi-led by ti.e Cr.r.'v. to 
dr:ifl a C eis'e.iuuon and By-L;ivvs t,, b ; 
submiie';! '' •: adoption at llie n .vt meet- 

Ih'^^jh-i. Tiiai a eomv.iiii -e (.f 
m''mb r- be appointed lo make ar;:;;.'ie- 
lii'Miis f '. :; f- ■ '.ival to b' he'd in lio-' 
eiiv. on 'i • -i! of I-' bruary. K'oo. 

i; -i!:-d. Tiial lieiv.i^ of invii-doii 

hiive ^i-: • • fi.-eom/ }io:i-ix oivleiti of liiis 
eoii'o V. 

,lii : , ■ V.-. -•,.., ,;„,ied i!ee the uae.- 
of ih.- .t . i --v. i-'ii l/i-iiii; in ihe i\ sohi- 

rio::EER settlers' a?sociatio>' of scott cor:>TT. 

tion of the c^TTirruff p, hz nliod v,-ith. r.r 
" Pioneer So^'icty ci i'.-o;i Cui:;i'y. " 

.Tns. Siclntiis!-.. Ksq., moverl tiir.i it do or 
cnlled ilu! " Pior.oer SoLii'^-rs" Assoiiinfion f" 
of ?coit coiintT." 

'''"m. iIcC;irr;nion, Esq., moved fnri - v.-, 
it bf: culled die "Envly Sotii^rs' As^ooJr.- ; iv: 
lion of Scott eou:'.;;.'." I b? 

C. C. Alvovd, E?q.. niov.-d t'lir.t it, l.e 
called the "Old Sui!";-;' A>socirjion of >-!• 
SeoU couniy." : '". 

Vrill;r.'d Bnn-OTTS. Z-q., moved ihr.i. '' ^.l"' 
ba callc-d iho "Fier.eer Assoeir.!.! jr. of 
ScoU coi:;i!y." ■ Z 

And on iv:OU-:: oi the K"';:. Jo^-i^ P. P 
Cook, the filling cf i he Wnnk. or -Ivii^g I :^ 
the Association ;; r.",me, vras vo:ed to be : j. 
loft to a conimiUoe of five. 

And, th.rrCiipon, the cl' npy'-.:nt-d •] 
D. P. IiIcKovrn, E=(i., J-.d-re '.V. L. '? 
Cooh, n. S. Fi"1-'y. E^q.. il. 21. Pi-e.ry- --■, K^q., Jc!;n Oiv?;v>. E = q.. '■■: t--;; 
f.9r-'!;".''.i^.'!e, "vvho ro:)":'i'.d ;:: i.'.vor o;' I'l? 
name of "Old StViie:-.;' A=~''>:-:n;:o;i c" 

-Con=iden;ble d;.=;cu=:?.io-i e;!?r.'d on —^ 

ihi-i subjist of n i;, ar.d li:? vrcrd ^,^ 

"Pio:i?Or," hr;vi:;;^ lo :''0 niinds of i-:r- ^!,|.; 

ny p:-c;enl a zi"--'Cnc-=~ in this cc-wsc- j,:; 

tio:i, it -v.-is moved by u:e Hon. Jno. P. ;':" 

Cook, and voted, ti-nt ;;;e blank be iiiled. j^' 
so leriC the re.=ol"!;."':i. r~ framed, s^r.nds 

thu^: \, _ 

Hesolved. Tl'.-.t iris As-ociniir-; be ''''; 

kno^-n by the of "T;;? Pioneer PV 

Se'-tlars' A_ssoeiation of ScoU couniy." °' '_ 

The cli.air appointed Jud^■e V've^'or!, 

J. F. Dillon :incl"C. C. Alv.-.ra. Esqr.^., a "■""- 
fommitree on Constituiior. and By-Lr.'R-.s; 

d rr^roii-f'^d Wdl-vd Errrc^--. A. IT. 
■■■-■;.:. .k.i\'i"= I>If[ni.--"'i, Geo. L. Dr.v- 
" ••:. and D. C. Eidnd-?, Esoi:!:- •«, r. 
•.::;vd'ee on the f-jstival. 
Or. r.-.o'ion of John F. Dil'on. E.-^'i.. i; 
^r -■-■^I'.-d. tiiat ail those seul'^i-s ^hose 
■■■-r- cam" here prior lo Dee. 31, IGiO, 
'.^milled to ti.i- fesiival. 
ij-- Agsociation then proceeded to 
•:: U^ fir^t ofncei-s. vh.r.; --e^i-dLi'd i;; 
^ '•"■.dec of the lol!ov,di.':i- narr.f-d grn- 

A:rrOi:\E LE CLAIEE, President. 
~r;;i:. -;.:•. Cook, E;;., "j 

:-: ^-.n B.irrp.0'1^3, Es j., 

r,_.-.T C::nisTiE, Esq., I ,-. „ 
••■-. L. Cook, Esq.. f ' '" I''-csio,.r,;,. 

rp.. E. S. JUr.r.:^v.-A, Ccv. S-c:nnry. 
.^0:::; ij. Ccr.-iy, it /c. S."cr..T,T'v. 
Gt.o. I). S.\KGi::,T, E-:-;., Trcasmvr. 

''c\--j, on reo' of H. S. Fi.'d.-'v, 

:■-. I: .'.r a eommiueo be .".■opointed 10 

■■•r.-.n iliennme^ of "Pionr-evS'-Llii :•:-" 

'■''.'J, v.dio have fin''e 


moved. T!ie 

'■:a:r appoir. 'ec 

. x-.-uey. "Nira. i'dcCammon aiid J. 
":-::■;. E^quire^. said coi.nmiiiee. 
■ -"d. on reolion of .Indcre Wesron, 
:':e proee^'dings of lidi5"mee:i:;c- he 
~.-'i in tl'.e dady and -weekly T)ape;-s 

'ed, rr, adjourn -.'.a til ivxt. .^alr.vdar 
-.Z. at this p;;:ce. at 7 ..'e!'.vk. 

Joiix L. Corny, Sec'v. 



At tbo r:-ro;id rie-th- cf '-Th- i-i:- 
r/'^r Solller.s' .\-aociniioii of "roil Ci)i;:i- 
ly,'' hold p'.ii'=,u;inl. to I'.dioii: 

T':o nfiii'?;-s sh.iil bo a I're=.ideiit, Ion 
L'i C!-".!:'e' H-\!i, cw &i.m\]:\v evonii"^', } Yicc-I-ii'sideiU?^. Iv'novJing- .'-^.t-c-.-otavy, ."Citli. 1853. A;ii'.i;i-" Lc Cluii', ' CuiT?-=po:idi:ig i^JCiJiary, and Tre.-.s- 
Esn., i'v^-^iuoiit. i:i tho ''hrir. I Tii'?"- 

Tl-e Pvc^idont nproini"u ■fiu'rjo Cr.aa. ' ^11^10x^71: iir. 

".V..='.v!, Wi'lirJ Ban-ovrs. Csq., Ho:i. ', duti:;=i of nvntan-^. 

John P. C';':!;,.J;iboz A. Til: -iiaiJ, ]v-:q., f-^r.c. 1. Tiie Pi-.-;idoi':t 'i'\r.]\ pvnsi,!.^ 
r.nd Dr. E. f-'. Bavvovrr, ii'.o "E;:'!'.ulivo ' .-.t tlio mcr'thigs of tl;e A-=.-ociaLion, ]ii'C-- 
C'om:r.!i;oi''' I'oi- \]\q o:isuI;'.l; yc'.r. ; -tvo ordor iliToiii, .Tid in c.tsc of r.ii 

The i-J'-novt (iT ti' ■" Co'nnii:ioo nn Con- I '"I'-'-t-^ divi-ion i\r>on nii_v quc^iion. tjivo 
sfitn^LionM;! BV-Li^,T:s-ivl.T'ihyn present- ,l''<^'^^'?^'''i?™- ^-'^ :^'-\^'' '■'^ll «peoi:d 
pd. and i-^nd by iVeir C^^r^vr):\:\ Jadg- ' "'i^^"i"'g« uf '^le Asweiniion -n-hon suoli 
We ;; fo.n, i-.s folio -.vs: "' '-■'.'' l)0 ri'^o-?Ernvy, r.rd ,il-^o ivhen ro- 

.p.i- .^i.ed to do so by r.:iy tivo inflnih;;-;; 

Src. '^. In Ciif^o of ti'.o^nc? of flin 
'rcddont, or hi.^ innbiiii.y it .",•■•, iho 
onK'" Vic?-Pr:-sid?;!t s!;;dl rvyfonn lii-, 


Ti"HEr,E.\s, It vrns o-:r d-^si'.ny to b" 
Pioncji'S in the Pot i'nv n' of i;'is f";r ; dMi!:'S. 

p.nd fertile section cf orr S'aio, and i ',:-zc. ". Ti'.o R'^eordl-yj; Secrctr,"T of 

Wn-T.sAS Cuv livra Iriv;' ')""n l^'-'"':- ' ''"^ A-ii^ocistion shall I:oep n, irnn r"?iivd 

tSOTsly leng'houed out C\:ov.p^ V.'.o hon- : "^ •,'''''■ •'- ri"'^^"''^"S5;.^:!^ simil Iceop a 

orrble coiidiet of the ;)a^t m <;:.jov (lie | ■"?:'-'•'" /■•'^''-l <^-''? PiO'-^cra' Regicier, 

;•■■ i perform such oili 'v duii'S ;.:< ;nay 
fVo'.n lime 10 lime be a~.-dg;;.j I l-ini. 

tins. 4. Tho CorrCjpc.i!:;;:;:; S;;Tetr,ry 
sh:dl receiv'^. .-'.nd n.'..d li liX ,' >■ ' ;eii- 
lion, and ans-v.-:'r ail <'o;,-,;v.iv.-:i;-p.!;o'.;-; r.d- 
,,;- ._. ' . . ., . ;d:.:2;cd to it; and cfi'di auo p°rfo-r.i 

Vv t'ertja:;, .e^l a VMl pnuc n; i ,^.,_,.;^ other diuies ?.3 r.iav fiorn li.rn ;o 
gau;er>n- --■•, ry.'^-yy.u-r ih- memories | .i,„e ^,„ n-.ig;,„d him. 


:n', r.n'i 


i* b- d,;-i' 

i'g a;; J rr;~ 
\ fro;-. t"ie l 

■- -o.>n oe 
•en- of tl 



.des r.-i'l ; 

■iunrohs. rir. 



01 a soi',o;n"^nt t.)at z;as resulted in a ;j... 5. tuc Treasurer sliall liave 
gro-thaua c.cvewpm-nt so great, a-^d | y;,,,..,,^ „f th- flnnnc-s of tlic A^3vcia- 
teel.!>g;t.iattne recollection of the^pa^t. \ ,io.,1;nd odlect and disburse ail ra-;-v.;, 
(lie leiicuy oT ^ u:° pros.-nt ana hopns of , ^,,j j.^,,.^, ^,, .f-^ounl at tho expirai.ion 
t-ie tu'ure. r.::., ;;, l.w •;^,< r as a l.rot'vM-- : ,,r ,.:„ |.,.,j.^ ^, ^^^,_ „.,j j^,^,,j ^^^.^,,. „jj 
9 00 n)w oruam aiv. "^'nbi'^h _ j^^,,,,^_ ,3^,,,i,s „j,tl propers to bis suoces- 


C >7 S T I T U T I X. t^rc. v. The pre-cni oi^iccr^ .-dial! hohl 

._,„.,„_ ^-, _ 1 their r^'snective ofuce? untd ihe iiicoting 

lot tiie jrSssocialion, ne:;i, prec'^diiig nie 

^^^^^- ! Annual Festival, ivhieh meeiing shall 

This .'.ssoohition shall be called " Tho : be h.cld ea-'h year on I lie !ir;st ^lundHV 

Pioneer Se'i;or.5' Assoeiaiion of Eeott i of pebrnavy. All ofnce;/; >^;,ali be (deot- 

Countv." . led annu.-idv at that iiieeun<;', bv ballot 


ov 111 sulIi ridi-'-r ni,iiiu"r a- lii.; .\-^'."-i:i- 
tion niny dirrri. 

^RXICLli: I \^. 


Skc. 1. Afii'i' ericli aimu:!! eloi-iiou 
the Prosid:3nt .shnll appoint an Exocunvo 
Coniniiitoc, coarfisiing of live mPinbors, 
whose diiLy it jh.all be- to provide for the 
Annual Festival; and this committC'i; 
shall take chai'ije of. and rr-;^-ulal't all 
raattors pertaining' tlier.t". 

Skc. -2. T!'.- Pr- -kI-mI a; the same 
time, ?;hall appoiul a roi.iiaill -e of lluve 
membc-is, whi«c duty it shall he to so- 
ke t a suitable person to livliver .lu :id- 
dvos'^ before the As.-(M'iati ui on the dav 
of the next succeedini;- Annual Festival. 


Sec. 1. All male per- ins -vvlio are 
now residenls of .Si-oU euuiuv, and v.-ho 
were re.sideais of s.iid i-ouniv on or be- 
fore the thiriy-lirst d.-iy of Dr--rmbiM- 
A. D. loH), or who married wivci who 
were residents as above, and who are of 
good moral charaeter, are eligible to 

Sec. 2. Xanu's of persons piMpo>,.Ml for 
admission siiall bo banded in in writing, 
and be announced to the As^otiaiiiin ; 
whereupon the Pn-s'denl sisall appoint 
a Ciminiittec of thn^e members to ex.ini- 
ine info the qu.-di.Healioiis of the ;ip;.li- 
eant, vihieh commitlee'shail report at 
the same meeting if possiljle. If such 
report be fa\-oral.)le. ihe As^o'^iation -,li:ill 
voie unon the q^ui'siion of his adnu--~ion. 
and the ajiplicant -ii.ail !»_• r.-j.-.i-d if 
one-third of ihe mi'm'oers pres.'iit shall 
vote against him. 

Sec. 3. Every member sh.all sign this 
Constitution, and pay to the Treasurer 
one dollar at the time of doing so, ;ind 
one dollar annually i hereafter, and such, 
assessments as m.av be from tin;e to 
time inip'ised upon him bj' the Assoria- 

Skc. 4. .Ml pers^'U^ who \vri' r's;- 
dents of S.'oit c.iuniv on I'v brUro' die 
31st day of D.eniib.M-, ,\ . D. ICb). .aiul 
who ha\e ^inci.' b ■'■ohi;' non-n'sidi-iiis. 
as w.dl a-^ |)ion'Ti- .-I'ul'rs in other parts 
i>f this Si:;i ■, and :iny filler',- ,ir 
Torriioi-irs. may Ije ej.'cU'd li'.n.'i.-ii-y 
r.n-iu'o.-rs in in- -in'.' la.-inniT .-ilno./ pio- 
vidi'd for t!i" vl'-ii ni .-f n)i-mb i-^. 

I.\ ITI.-IO.V. 

."-1,0. 1. Any ini'iiib.r ma\ be exjndled 

for ^Ul-il r;i!l,.- -[S I \Vi '-t ii i I'lis of til" Ml -m- 

1) 'js pri'-.ui ..I'.av .'•-,■111 sufii. i-.ii. 
j^xi-rn:-L.i'Z A 'II. 

KKSTIVAI. Al)DKl,.-s. 

Sec. 1. There si, all 1,:- an .\nnnal 
Festival of the Soi'i--iv. to be h Id in ihe 
eiiy !.f Davenpo.M o;, (he C'M of l-. b- 
ruary, earh year during th • eoiiin- 
n .nice of tliis ."^ocii'ty. If tlie (Lay ali.o.' 
Jix-d shall fa!! on ."^und-iy ia any y^-.-r, 
tlw Fi'-jival shall o(^rur on tin' S:;inrd:,v 
pi'M-cuing, or t!ie Jlondav su"e,-.(lii!g. 
.■is ill'- F.vecutive Commit lee sh.-ill dr- 

Sicc. 2. I•]^'"■!■y member, and hon'ir.-,rv 
ni'-mber, and the v,i\es of such, .-ini i:ie 
Mil )W.s of pioneei- settlers, are enlill -d to 
!"■ re.'.'senl at the Festival, and no oi!a '■ 
])''-nus are so entitled unless by vol^ of 
{'■•.'■ S.icieiv. .\iiy lO'-iul) -r ir.av Ining 
;i i!:iu_;ht''r, or ollie;' female reiaiiv.j in 

;-K.c. 3. l"iii-,-c s'l.-ill bi- an Annual 
Public Addrr.s b-' th.- As-o -i.-iiion 
on ih:' d,-i\' .e" tla- Fv'-aival, to lit- (i.-!i\- 
eivd bv surli prr-Mii as Tn;;y b^' s.'l^Tii'd 
bv a e.>mn;lli.-' oi' ilir.-.', In b-- ajipoinii'-l 
fur I iiat pm-pi- •. 

-A-iv-iTf TjT-; x'iii. 

S'X'. ]. The Coiie-ponding Si'crci,-,.-y 
shidl addn/s-- lu'Hln.'d S..,icielies in (bis 
and adjoining .'^ei'i s liy letter, givin .;• 
l';:' jiarti'-ulars of the proceedings oi' (!..,j 
.\nnud Festival, and' solieitintr r-pli' -. 
of ihe .--ame ii.iluiv. to iie r< ad .-it ta/ 
ne.\i Fev.i\:d of liii' As-o:dai''ei. 

Sia'. 2. WlieiM.vef praeiieal-!', ihe 
members of tiii^ Sociei v ■-ii:ill alt -n:'! in 
a body, (In: iiine:;d of any dee ---ed 
nranlvr, a.iid as ;i te^k'ai of re.^iieei. shall 
\\e:ir ihi; u-v.-|l b.-idge' i;i lUiai;^.;. 

Sec 3. The R"eoi-din_; Seei-,-iaiy sh.all 
provhle ,-1 book kiiecvii as the ■• j'ioneor 
Ju'gisier." in ■,\liich si;.al! be i .•_;i.~ieieu 
the name, .age, piaee of naiiviiy, oi-.-ujia- 
lieii. due of s.'itleateiit here, .and 
.■old pLaee of Je.iih of I'aeh mem'r'r. 
vtdien .-t;eh deaih :i;dl occur, and li.' 
sli.-dl :ii-o I'egisier I lie s.-inie faeis as far 
;is II, .ly I).; in r -eavd lo such pione.;- s-i- 
ileisa-. have d ■ee.-.--'d or became noa- 
re-dhnis. The i; .a'ldine S.-e;-iiy 
shrill a-ceriaiii l;e;,i in •inber- iIm.' .aliix e 

noxi'.r.i; sr/i'TLi;i;s- As-ori.\Tiox of ^cott corirrv. 

I I 

ru''t>;, as I'Ospocts l!ieni-;^l ■.>'-; :'.t the lijiie 
of Ihi; :.i--nin,^- Llie Coiisiiiiuiin:. 

Skc. 4. 'J' Cuiistituiion sl:;;H iioi 1m> 
anii'iiJ.'d except by nri ;it!i!-;-.!:iliv--'-vijti' uf 
llireL'-ibiu'th.s of all Uu; iiK'iubiT^ "t tli ■ 
A^socL'iUon present, and iiul'-ss su.'J! 
])i<)positiou for ami-'ndni"Ut siiall iiave 
lie.-ii bi.'l'oi'e tiii' f^ocir'y, ii\ wviiiii-^', at 
li-ast at ono nientiiiu' pi>;vi'"ius to any 
ai-'tioii upon ii by tlie A ■~oci;'iioii. 

Sec. 3. It shiiil be tl'.e diiiy of every 
iii''inber of this A.ssocialioti lo furnisli. 
widiiii six moiilhs fi-om tlir time i'>f lii- 
adaiissiuii, :i iji'it-t m'Tiioir ol his life, 
whieli shall enilnrtee date, and piaee ol 
birth, inoideuls of youlli, reasons and 
motives for imniii^'ratiou to this .Stale, 
joUiii'^s down of his pi'i-smial cxii^'rienei' 
in rion<'iT and Wc-ivrn Hf.'. :;iid >n'-h 
other ma.ti.ers and rv'colh'eilons periin</;'l 
to the objecis of lliis As-;ociaiion as li(> 
mavde'nii pn>pi'r lo eomnuiiiieali'. ■wliich 
memoir shall b^' di-liver«-d to ihe i'Li'enrd- 
iuy Secrelary, and by him be cari'fuUy 
iih'd and pi'es-rved as the jimprrty of 
the Association. 


Sec. 1. Ten merabi-r>- siiall eonslidiLe 
a i|Uorum for the valid tian^aeiion of 
business, but a less iiumbur may rae^'i 
and adjourn. 


Sec. 2. At all r^'Ljulai' mi-etings of the 
Associaiiou the order of business shall 
be as ibllows : 

Ist. Ju-a ling' the minutes. 

'::J. Anp.iininv-nls by ih-_^ Preaideut, 
and eonvuui.iicaii'jns oilicv:rs. 

r.d. l;.-pv:sofr,„nndli..-.. 

'.Uh. Uniii:i-!i-d busin-'-s. 

oih. Proposals fpr menibersltip, and 
proposals for new mrmbers. 

Gih. Miseidlaneoui business. 

Till. Adjiiurnm<'nt. 

Skc. .3. 'J'he President shall d.'terminc 
all qufstioiis of order, but an appeal 
shall be allowed. 

Skc. 4. The PresLd-'nt may iiaire' any 
iu.'mb''r lo pirfoi-m lii.' du'ii.'s of ih'r 
eh.iir. -who :,hall pro kinpoiv lie veM.'d 
wilh all ih.- powers of ihi- I'r. sid.nil. 

Sec. 5. No mi'mb'^r shall tiy i-onv^M'- 
.snlion or citherwisc, inii'rrupt ihe busi- 
ness ol ihe .Vssoci.alion, and .-mv inimb. r 
wishiny lo spc-.k on anv Mili'i el. shall 
addr.'ss ih,. rh.-iir st:iiidin"^ 

Sec. Ci. Xo mcmb''r sha.ll sj).-ak more 
than twice on any o;ir subj- 'T, if oiijue- 
lion 1k' made, U'jr move than ten minutes 
at :i lime. 

Sec. 7. Th.',e bydaws may be altered 
or rescinded at an)'' regular meetiim' of 
the Associaiiou, if provioii.s noiice has 
been given, by an aitirmaiive v.jte of i,ho 
m.-ijorily of the members pn'sonl. 
; Sec. 8. No monies shaii be paid out 
by the Treasui-er unless the voucher bo 
approved by the President and altested 
by ihe Recordini;' Seereiavy. 

Th'- C'oiisiiiuilon and Jly-Laws were 
ihiU read and adopted by So, 'lions. 

The Pveporl of the l-'e-liv;il C'ommillee 
was preseut<'d bv Willard iiarrows. Esq., 
Chairman, and read .and .-idopu'd. The 
following is a ropv of said itepoi-t. 

RKVOKT OF COM.MITTEE OX FKsriV.U.. Your Comniilli'e .appoint- 

od to make suitatde a.rrannenients for a 

, l-'esiival, lo be hidd in tiiiseilvon the 

L'2d <jf February next, wor.ld resp.idfnl- 

ly beg le.ave to"i[.-porl. 

Thai they ha\e eiiLi.'.ged Dr. Ibirlis to 
! furnish a supper r.t ihe "Bnriis IIou.m-," 
for whi(di your Commitiee have agreed 
ihal he slndl charge three dollars for 
e;a h couple, and two dollars for single 
genilemen that partake, except the Cler- 
gy and the Pic-- of Secitt Counl}', for 
whom thi;re is to be no charge. TJiey 
have also engaged ihe sei'vices of the 
'■liul.-jiendenl j!,-;nd" ijf this cdlv 
j for Ihe oeci-sion ; and also r.nele arraiige- 
; mi-nis for carriagx-s to eonvev the Ir'.lie.s 
■ lo ami froTii the p,'<iiva!. 
I Your Commiile.- have al-o ]):;d pi'int- 
i ed U,'0 eonij)iii-.i>-iil:;iy leieis of invila- 
1 lion, m iiiy of vvliieh have alreadv bci'n 
! forwarded lo f re-idenls of this 
I city and counly. but who now are ncjn- 
I residents, cordirdlv iii\ iialing them to 

be piesi-nt oil lle^ oe. ,a>ion. 

I Thev have al-oon h.nid ready to be 

issued 500 cards of invil.nion. which 

! your Commitiee inleud lo send to all 

j persons in Scott Counlv. who are enii- 

ll>d lo become members of ihis Associ- 

.aiioa. inviiiiiL;- ihenr to join us in the 

|Ho|iosed I'eslival. 

They .are al-o pr>'|iaring bad- 
ges to be worn oil ihe oce'asion. 

And l.isi. ihi>ugh by no means least, 
your C'>mmii''-'' leel proud in re])oning 
that '-Old Cedar is in ar' thing," 

piONi:::ii cITTli::-:^' asso 

-TioN OF SCOTT cou:;tv. 

Ho;i. P. CimI: I') deliver :i:i AJ- 
dre^s bjf.jre lliis A-Jaociaiiou at liir.e. 

Yuui- Coiiiniiu'jc -VL.uid i-.^couir.ieiid 
til,; p:isb' 01" lIvj f'liijv.ini; r.:.-j.'i;u!; .Uv. 

1:^1'. P.2solvcd, Tluit a C.^nuniLi. -i uf 
live b'j app')iutcil by i''.'-' Ci"I;' >'";.:«:s 
du'y u rfl;r;il b; <■-< receive r;;id i;iM-jdue3 
gueali al the i'e-jli'aK piv'. 1;^; pliiees oi' 
eiii.evuiir.meiiL fur I'iie uiv.Iu to li:.,-e v^'lio 
reside fuc of tb.o citv, ; aeij i':;ii, iiivi- 
t'-'J giie.sU receive proper aiieutioa and 

2d. Kesolved, Thai inviuuio;::; lj t:.-. 
Fesiival be exiended co liie Cie;-;^;,- a::d 
the Press of ceott. county, and also to 
the Author and Publishers of '-Dav.'n- 
port. Past and Present," a work about 
to bo issued in this ciiy. 

3d. Resolved, Thai il.e Chair appoint 
a Committee of five to prepare the iieg-- 
ular Tuaits for il: ■ ocea-^iun. 

(Signed,) Willajid E.\;;:;ov,-.--, 

Chaiimau of Commiltee. 

A eommunieation was received from 
the' "Davenport Cil}' Aiiillory" oifering 
iheir services to do escort duly for the 
Association on the ii'id rebruary, whicli 
communica jon "ivas referred to the com- 
mittee on the Fo.iiivaL 

On motion of Jolui I'. Dillon, Esq., i: 
was voted, That there be procured by a 
commiLteo, of three, to be appointed fcr 
that purpose a "Cane" for tlie use ui the 
President of the Association, with an 
appropriate inscription, and which shall 
be handed successively fr'.m President 

to President, ai lo-g as th.^ Association 

^■.,;il e.viil. 

0,1 nioiion cj: Dr. IIl;:;:.i l;:,,^^:;, 
I Voted, ihai the Festival Cj;v.;:iitLeB 
invite to i!;e I''e-tival ail pel.- .'ns v.iio re- 
side.d in ii'jott couiny orior lO the 3ist 
of Decemb-if, ICiO. 
; J:;;ncri Iiiclntu,h, E.^.. '.loveJ tilat 
tic ConstIniiio:i and Dy-Lr.-,. s ' •• made 
' ready for ^;ig;;ature as sj.;:i as . '.sioie. 

On r-io^ion of Dr. I-lir.;m iJ.ov.u, it 
ViM ; 

Voted, "Tl;;tc tl'.e names of the Co:n- 
miLteo vrh.) have charge of the Consiitu- 
t!_.n and Ily-Laws, and the plaee wliere 
they can be found for signature, be pub- 
lished in t'ne daily and v.-eekly p.-ipers of 
tiie City." 

The following Co.-imii.tces v,-;;e a3- 
p aimed by the President: 

Co-iintittef to lahe charge o: the Con- 
siiintiou and — Joii:-; Ov,'i;.n», 
li.vr.vEv Li:o:.-AnD, Joiix L. Clornx. 

Committee to r..ceive and inti.Juce 
gues.d a: the Festiv;d. ic, (tc— D. C. 
El^ridck, J.vmes McI;:TOSii, AVillakd 
BAnRov.'s, Geo. L. Davexi^okt, A. H. 

Cjinnut^i-O on P.egulav 'i'oasls at the 
Fesiival — ivj:<. Jamks GEANr. D;;. Li. 
S. BAnr.ov.-s. Judoi: We.sto::, .;. F. Dil- 
i-G.v and V»'. ilcCAMMo:.'. 

CL'mmittee to procuie ihe I-'reiiu -niial 
Cano — W'lLLAKii Eak.iov.-s, D. C iJl- 

DlllDGS, A. II. Ov.XNS. 

Attest. JouN- L. Coit;;-,. 

R«c'g. Sec'y. 

PIONEKK SETT1.;:US' Ahf<OClATl<.)X OI" S'.' • i'T curM V. 

^iiiuu :mkj :Ti:v o 

Al a special in'^'uiiii,^ of ihn A-sioei;'.- 
liou, hekl at Lp C'l:iire 11, .il. D;iveupu;i. 
on>v evc-niiiu'. i'Vbniai-v 17, 
1G5S, tlio moi'Liug i-;.i|.'J i,, ,, ■.■([>•}■ L.y 
Robert Chrisilf, K-q., mi.^ .if the Viru 
Presklouls of tlio A^.^muaiioa. 

The Cummittoo ap;ii)iiiii-(j to jii-Mcine 
tlie Presidential Cane .suijinitted tlie i'..l- 


This Con]iniii''e. who w-^ro in>t'.-iK'ie-l 
to prOL-nr>' a Ca;:''. as ;ui iu--ii:iii:'. of 
otricai of tiie Pr.'si Iciit of ihis A-- >cia- 
tioii, bey; leave to i'epo:t, \]'.:u liii'V have; 
made llie ni-i;es>;u-y ai-raiiLjenieuit? tl-e'..-- 
for : lliat it will be in i-eadiii'-ss for jue- 
senlatioii at tif Festival on the '22J in-i.: 
and v.-oald furth'-r >av. U'.r.i ininn-dialiiv 
after their appoiiilnuMU ihi-y i-i-c-ived llie 
follov/ing eiimi)!;;'.:ii-ation :'okt, Feb. o. K'idC. 

Gexti.kmk.v :^\Vi> ch^ervi- in liie nro- 
ceedings of the '■ Pi.-ae.T ^ri;!-;-,' Asso- 
ciation <jf Seolt County." a i-.'solutiou 
providing' for tin- purchase of a Can-', 
v,-ith suitabli' inscription as an insignia 
of oftiee of the Pr^'siJent so long as tl'.'. 
Association shall exist. 

The undersigned, sons of i:a C''>;k, 
deceased, (who -was one of the iii.-t .-ei- 
tlers in the county, having emigrated 
here in the year IC.Jo, ) desire to connect 
his memory with the Associniion, and 
for that ptirpose they respeclftiUy request 
thnt t!:i-y may bo pormitt^^d lo furiiisl; 
th.o nio:: /y f.^r die purcha-u of tlie C;nie, 
and the fact m.ay be entered iipou 
the records of the Association. 

Il is our desire that the cane be got 
up 111 the same manner, and the iiisciip- 
tioii iherooii be t!ie same, as liioiiiiii t:ie 
present application w.-i?: not maiie. 
1 e a:e ie?<pecii"ullv, your obi'di'iit -^i-- 

Wm. L. Cook, 

.Ino. p. Cooii. 

i'o \ViLi,Ai:u 1!ar; 

JvBENE/.liR t 

in A C..o:>. 
•ws, and i.i: "1 1 

I Tile C'oiiiniutee reconiinend. in reia- 
! t'oa liicrci',. ti;e adoption of the follow. 
I ing resoluci.ii; : 

i ll'-olv. .1. 'i'i;:ii ill recognizing ti;e 
I conunandnien:. ■• Honor lliv Fatlier and 
i thy il'.ihi ;•.■■ we ajijjiecia'e the luotiv .s 
of the Soils of llie laie La Coolc, w!io 
was one of ttie iirstseulers of this coumv, 
and who iiio«-!i dead is with us in otir 
plea-ant rei-ulk-i.-tions of the past, in iheir 
wish to C'Minei-t his memory v.iiii tliis 
Asso.i.-' licit the |)ropositioii inlli''ir 
conn. .11:1:. ,;:-•. '1 bi' aec.-pit-.i ; ii;ju il,,^ 
li'ltci i.ii'i i-iv, I'.-pon and resolution, i"! 
enter' il !!;• 'i ;i;e records, and a cerfilc •! 
i;opy b.. fcnii-iv-d to ca^h of the signeio 
of lii'- c..iiiin"i:iication. 

WiLLAl'.l) lJAiii;ow.s. 1 
I U. i . i-.i.uKiiKii:, ■ Commuted. 

A. H. Ov.KN-s. \ 

On moti'Ci of Win. M' C.immon, Esi|., 
the r.l-'vo '■■■port \'.^i5 uuanimouslv 
aJoj ; d. ' 

Tli-^ C":iirir.t!^^e of Arrangements for 
(tie {'.■stiv.ii tiien oubii;itt:'d tlie followiiK; 

Gi.NTLF-.:::x : — Your Conimiitee wouhi 
i'<'P'!t ii'ac i'.' y h;ive rc-eived vi^lunlic:- 
aid siiiti'^i: :;i o. pay l!ie oxjieiise tha. 
will };.■ iii'jiD-r i in pro\i(hng carriages 
to C"i!V.-y :ti; the ladies who -wish to ride 
to and iV"in li;c Festival; and lliev d-. - 
sire a'i w!:^j have Ladies tiuat intend lo li-^ 
present up"n that occasion, to leave their 
names ;in;i ri-sidrnce with Parker ix. 
rfpearing. The}- would also roco;nnie!:!l 
the imuv-.': iie ]iurchase of supper licL- 
eis, Ml ih.ii. Dr. litirtis may have jcr.i ■ 
means .jf 1:.. jwmg Incv niaiiv l.i provi;!^-^ 
lor. i .>ar C'nnniitiee have ali'> mad- 
arrang'T,;. i,,r ihc ])roper care of ."I 
tiiose !■. ho Hno out of the city, and ll'i- 
the ■■■are of t'c^ir loams. 

All of w',; ■]\ i ^ respe^:;i'ully submitted, 

^^'. Bauhows, Chairmnn. 
<'•' ni'-iioi! of FbeneZ'iT Cook, lis'i.. 
''■■.■■' ;■:■■:■,' i-'^povt wrts unanim''Usv 
="'-1 '■• 



Votfd, Tha' I'-O Assijci.'iiiou cU'clluc 
the (jiiorof ll'.c Dnvenpovt Cily AnillciT 
to do ofc-urt duly mi u;e 22d i'lst. 
Oil ii)oiioi> of E. Coul;, Esq.: , 

Voicd, •' TiiiH ihe >l'anks ot'ihis A-.-o- 
cialiou be p!'<--je;iiL'd ii< ilij Duwiip-jn 
CiLy Avlilleiy lor ihc-ir kind uIkt to do 
csi^ovt duty I'oi- llie A-;Oci:;lioii on ibo 
22d iuM."' 
On niotion of E. Cook. E.^q.: 

Voted. •• Tliat iLo Pvesideiu be au- 
thovi;;c'd lo audit lii'^ ;ir.couiit.=i agniiisi I'ne 
Association and di;nv iiis v.'an-;i:u lor 
their payment." 

An amendment ivas oir'^-cd to the .= .ime 
by AVni. McCainmon, Esq., -wliich Avas ' 
accepted and, as f.jllows : j 

Voted, That a commiitee of ihreo be , 
appointed by ll'.o Chair to audit liie ac- ! 
counts of the Associacioii. 

Whereupon the Ch.air .appointed Vv^ui. 

MrCainmoii, E. Cuok and ALteJ t^ai,- 
der.s, E-quir.s, s:Uit coninxlltee. 

0}i motion of 11. S. Eiiiljy, E.-:q., it 

Voted, Th;it one person from e.-nh 
lov.-.-.ship in thi.« county be added to liie 
comniiltee appointed to ascertain li:c 
nani'-s of t!io.-,i- persons wlio -wi'i-e red- 
dei:is of th.' eouiilv on or before Dee. 
31, A. U. 18-10. v,-iio have dee..-a- d or 
ir.oved awav. 

Judge Weston, front ih" Committ"-- on 
Ki'(,nil;ir Toasts, informed the meetitit;' of 
tl'" doini;-.s of that Comuiitlee. 

Alfred H. Owens, fitin tiie Festival 
Committee, stated that .i full programme 
of the arraniiements wtiuld be leadv 
for publication in the papers of Friday 

Moved to adjourn. Carried. 

John L. Coffin-, Ree. iSoc'v. 


}s ■ 

i I 


February 22n, 1853. 

'■"it Ijy ciiiiroit!!!,),' 
-i)Ul why 'ij'e'ir,- 

c-:i '.;.'jc-'ji! ^ju'ciliculiiiu wci't- ondlo-i. 

.\IL :JI, i~ '•!: i.ivi-il .-avc tiic unciii'.^r^iiig .-ky 

aliuvc U-, iiii'i W'.r. r\i:'A\'ri,\t}~<, ri-,'i'[- il\;it roIU 

iiv U-; i:i:iL'!]il'..-(j;it vivcr ! 

Association nn't nt llio Buriis Hou-c, ; 'i'iie-o li-.vo '"'"ti 
forming, wiih thr- iiivii'Tl !;'ii''-;(>^, n cmhi- i 
panv iii' ni^ai'lv fi^lii. liuu.ii-."! j-tn'siins. 

AsTOiXK Ll: C1..MKK. I'l'-iii' iiL. ill l!;o 

John F. Dillox, £^i|,. in lu'linif of 
the Associalioii, an.><; ;iiid presented llie ,.j,„i vritl.uu': ;iv,,!ic;!iir.?; it,-: jjcol.j-ical accu- 
Canf to llie Pi(->iilri:t in the lollr>\vin!;' pm,-\- k't mo ;' ' "• — 
Speeoll : -.S-Ji'!: :i' it.j: ■...../« Jriv.-.i, n 'iu-U! then ■.■ol'.rst nciv.'." 

Mii. Pi;i.^;:)r.M:— I nni t':ar::-ci with ilie 1 I!"\v c.;'i..:-. ;:i tlie Cjuiet Aviitcl.cs of the 
gr.itefii! II ;-'• '-'!' |)!0-e:ii in?- vuu witli t!iis ni;;lit, ■.v'len ! !:av<' boliclrl the ghirr of the 
i'nsi;ziuii)f ^-"I'lr :):!ice. Vur." \v j^-, wen.' the (m:o, !■(.■■ 'iji! in incroKswt by tliat of 
first to pioiicHM- the way to u,':- hively sp.jt, , tlie other, hn-- '.ny heart niclteil with grati- 
lovohcr ?.nu rieii<T t!ie ho'.d '-ii^wing i tiule. tiiat a>;.iriirj iium conld not re:ieh the 
with niiik an;! ii r,iov." Yc!r., wl;ii have I lieLi'-x-i-i to cover tlirni with .«igns and pa- 
used the wealt h it h»s i)<?c:n yo".r !;"0!| !')r- eai d-, or iii::r ti.o beauty of earth's niorioiH 
tunc to KC'Oiirc, in r.'n-tant 'endeavor-, t.; w i- veiinr-.'s. l-:-pe,:ial!y liaveyou o'r!>CTVcil, 
promote tho ji'rowth an.d advance ilic in'-r- si;-, witii intcn-,o inten st tlio gi-ou'th of our 
ests of cur city s\r'. r/:ii:ir,i-v. \ on, wi-.-iarc , fair ;.;id prond yoluit; city, 
confessedly tirst in the esiu'.ni of ail ol'l pio- • Tlii.-; ir.lore-t lias not been tlio i)idiuoi-cnt 
neei'--. have l)een nniininicii-iy elertei! onr ; intorc^^t oi' a ni'Te spfet:,i,)r, bnt WtU: you 
first President, llanpy :; re we, that your it iias p:irud<ii! of a wanner nature ; it lias 
lilc i;-iS been lx>unte;ii'.s:y 'encT'licncd out to ehiinird Icindred witli a paternal solicitude, 
behold this ni;j-ht. Ilaiijiy tj.;it we arc able and without ilennir iuv had it > claim al- 
to bestow upon ym; I In- te-tinmnial of or.r loweil. 
re.E^i'd. ()ur feeble int' — onr slow iirov.'th — 

Wiiat otulearcil reeollectinns. and. throna:- our',:-. .-.itnation — our a,looniy pros- 
ing vi-inns this <icea>iou w.n^t call up and | pects r.waUencil for awhile the most tender 
inspire. Who woiilil not fomily ''give the eonecrn and aiixions forebodings. Thc.-o 
hope of years" to enjoy the s:',ttslacti<)n and 1 d.ii'k ilays ii.-;p-.;iiy have [insscd away \ve 
delight that mo-t to-tiiu'lit be yours. .\ t:u-t tn re;:;":i u^ ver nior.' ; a'.vl loivjni'rut 
thou-^aiid ineiilents strd<e the eleeiri'; i-hiiin tii-n,:v, in ~:/.e and beauty ■..■,,'■ ].erii.--.- 
of memory, and in tin- liglit olits corru-ea- : atawng rival-'. — tlu! ''(ineen (.'.iy ' vi' lov. a. 
tion.« the past comes bai'k again, and glows 1 Well may wc rt;ioicc to-mght with yon, in 
vividly belbre _vou. IIiiv.- i^lcasant, at times : the trininphs i,t'a laitl; in niir detiny. titat 
to memories tiiat are Ijeing i::o---,- ' has sutl'erod .ail things, endured r.ll things, 
grown; to retint the fa-t I'a'iine- pir-ture- of hoped all thiiiirs even unto the end. But 
life. . th.-^e e.\a!taut' re( ;ing< litel grateful reflee- 

The changes you have ss'on, how a- tun- ti'ii^ eein'.' lo its mir;-,ied and ting.^d, 
ishiirj ! Tlic like v.diereof will lie s.iurl.t srifi-ui-d an.l -ubhted with thoscof a s.adi'er 
for in vain, in the realities of hi-tory e.nd miture. \Vi:-,lo v/e have been bu y, li-nu 
in the dreams of poetry. " ; ^nel de,i;h have not h.'> u i;';e. the world lu-^au. it li:is never in any Ihit i re.-y inti'io-ll • i- in hd--" in t'i:;:\-(lec- 
agc or C'lnntry e.-el.-.llreil a eruivth so solid, tior.s (li-;t '■;■'• V'l r-v na, r:iir..e, .save to s;iy, 
and a develo[>ment .-.o n;:i.izing' a-, (hat that rhi- e.oio. i,i-:ili' from a siiel: rn' ii.Ltivi' 
whicli you y'oniself hav.: witiHs-,:!. .^o gio\Mlj, : :■. . -\,'.!f:r;ly fa .hioniMl by the 
raiiid and thoroiigli i- il,o ],f.;^n->^ o,' im- , i,.iud of a iii-:i;:,ii- of onr .\ -■'riri-i;..,!, i the, that r'e- ni inoi'iai-i'f o;';- "ai-lv di-t;neiiv.\ a:, 1 \ee t'.hih. ::;ii:"r ■:!'-i a'-ao- 
scttlenicnt arc la-l p.^--u;- ::>mu . ^■.•al^■ - j. i,-; i :■• of your o;p ;■•. .\ ; -:ieh it i - 
ly a Ii'-iec or vc<tig.' ..! ll,.' ]iiuol;\.' I,r- oe i ,.'... j^-m veil w ilii j ■ 1 )■;- e:o o 
caliin remains: ;uiil lla- ia,|Oi;-\ loi.-o b,> :.i (i i • ,: ,. -,:iii :- I : :; ■•■e- -;v. ly fi-'.i 
liertincutiv rai-c 1. not, --ium- wr :i Itour- I'r.-:.:. .,; to Ihc-i^f ut, u:.;il oar .^oi-.-ry 
l>ou"" but "have ur A log o;iliin amooa a- .'" >l.all lie i!o u; a-c ! 


On it will bo f.Liiid cnLMTvvi.'il -, our . > .: 
name — tlieiuiiii-;: i.f •>nv .\--^";.-iatiu:i, r.uii (ul' 
date of its orgaiii7.;\i!nii. 

It an'ii'd.s ine U!il--i;_'neii iplcfii^nro, sir, in 
bclj:uf uf th.; " I'i(.;!eL-r >'.'ttk'!-' A",..M;-.t'i,.ii 
of Sc-iitt County,'" to j!i'-v.-nr, tlji.-, cL-iLn nf 
oflii'i; and !ni;ioi- in _vo;i -!t~ . ,>' I'c-ii: -nr. 
■n'onil'.'ri!i;r wiio, of t!i'i-t' ni'.-ciit. si.;,ii! i',- 
joy tliCr L-ii\ i-ii)]e. v.-i u.vl.uiohoiv di ,tiiR[.;..i! 

To which ciie i'lusident made the fol- 
lowinLC ff'ply : 

Afit. DrT.i.ov : — T roccivfj this rane. t!i" 
inil;r!ii:i ('f my olliri', i;^ I'l'L'sidciit of t'.w 
'• I'ioiiccT .'settler:-' .*..-^o:iati!iii ci' .Scott 
County,'' witli U'''ca! j-|i.';^iirf. not alone i.;c- 
ciiive 1 shall tahi' |ii idi> in il.- ixhibilion. not 
alono lioranso 'if if- lioautifiil anfi skiliil 
woi'l;iiian>hi;) not ;i]o;n- Tor thv vriA- Ihittii- 
inp: i-cniarks atlcMni.n.l up'-i it- [ii'r~!.;.iritii.!i, 
either of which lao"'- wonlil ir.,rii\ lin.' 
fcdin;;, l.nt fhit'lly 1.,;l-;i.iisc it i-, and is in- 
tended hy tlic A^-oriA(iou as atuiivihlo inc- 
mcnto of Che past, :ind of llic early lii-topv 
of the sottleniont ijf o';r connty, to he hand- 
ed douwi, [ tru-t, to I'lif ii'o'n^, to 
be |)re.-eTved. I'lr all lime ; to iio c.\!.iL)ile 1 
toiliuu-anilsujitni;!sof onr d-.xcend- 
eiits yet un!io:-n. as h.'.vii!;: brnn do-i|j-ncil, 
made and han.lierl by th'jir Inrufitlu-rs, the 
lirst .s'.'ttlrrs of .S(?oif I '.',:mtr. 

With this cam-, -hill p'. .hi',vn. I tni-t, 
the records ol our As-u.-iati m, and if the 
members are futld'ol. nnd fnrnish, a; re- 
quired by the Con-tiiiitio:i, the luulin^- in- 
cidents ol their live-, c,,:i,iocte>l uitli their 
settlement and habitation in this county, to 
be [ilaced upon the rec<-irds, how inrere--;ii,i_' 
to tliose who come alicr ns will be this cane 
!W a taiif;ible memoiial of their lorefat!:. r-. 
ion^ r>inee crundjle 1 into tue dust from 
which the}' came, and >.vlio-e hi--t(n'y, to a 
greater or less extent, is uritten in the re- 
c irds befjre tlieni. 

Methiuks as I look in(') the far, (ar future 
f sec within the limits of our county, a no- 
ble Buildinir, dedicated to s.mie nolile I'lib- 
lic objects, and there, in some suitable and 
proper place, are deposited the recoi'ds and 
tcstimoiiials of tiiis As-</ciation. Witiiin 
it.s walls is a Hvin? crowd, pre.ssin.i forward, 
P:\'zcr to sec and pern-e the record, to .see 
ar.d toiudi the menioriais handei! down with 
it, and 1 hear them .-ay, '■ These were sent 
dov.'n to us from our firofather.-. here hs 
written a Lisl.iry of the fir-t settlement ol 
this beautiful land, of the trials and hard- i 
.^hins endur.''d. and of the triumjihs woj] by ' 
them. Let them be pre-erved forcvei'." 

liadiesand gentlemen, members of this 
Association, let me eiiar.-e up^u you tiiat 
you impress npo;. your childri-nand cl:il- 
ilrens' children' that tiicy liohl it as s -acicd 
duty, wluMi we -h:dl ail h.-ivi! p-i— cd :iu;. •, 
Irom eartii, to pi.-.'rve. inlai't, the rccru-d- 

ai-.d niei-'o],;;;- ,,(' onr A— .„,.in. and to 
tran-iiiii rncm uninjpaired to future ;;enora- 

Vi.u have been plca-ed. sir, io alind ■ in 
very H.^u.-rn;- tcni- to .;k . |,iT- na'h. If 
■■p.-nt he;-e 

I L:0 

n]_\-cli to, and v. oi 
u.v l..-!h.\v !..,o, j.artieidaih- ihr Of: S;-;- 
riu-- ." t!K- coui'ty, i am :u;oil-- r< paid :'■ c 
an\- a;:.l ,li excriion- 1 n-ij- l,ave ).-,■:: able 
to make r,. ijd in ad vaocp. ^ t ee intc: . -is 

if I !;a.e ac.pnred wealth, it is to tlio 
sot{iL!i> lit n!' tiie i.-ouiitiy tliar 1 am inde'it- 
ed fo: ;. .'or .:,'w!:at vahie would liave been 
tl.a iano on wnicl! this city and the citv of 
I.e Claire i-. built, except from the fict liiat 
you, -en:!enien of thi- association .settb'(i 
np"!i a!h! inuirove<i thu lands of the eoinitv 
and t!,e-e'.\- enabled ns to beihl np a cii/? 
."so timt, p-mlenien, wo ,see that we are d'e- 
peniltnt to a irreater or le-s extent upon 
one anoliicr, a7>d when wo so act a.s to con- 
fer a beh.jiit upon the comiaunii\-, we real- 
ly are bcndittinj; oi:.-.-e!\es. 

T;:e a--ociation has been please;! to elect 
me C.e-r iir:.t fre^ident. t take tin-, Ilic 
iir<t o; pMrtimity alio;-,',..,! me to relu'n n.y 
sine.jrc- an-i iiearifelt tiianics f..r tin- c xjn.--- 
sii!n of c-.nliden-e ami respect. i lie o'J^a■t 
and .anr. . f thi- organization is .-o eu.inen'i.l\' 
auvl app-FLUtly proper, that it i- iK-";le-s 
for me acre to a-lvert to it, other than to 
say tliat f am reioiccd that the step has 
been t.;ke:.. and tiiat tliere is the interest 
n.anil'e-t'-d in the srdijeet that is api.arent 
iiere to-:ii>.-lit, and 1 trust th:;t intere-t will 
be kci t no and maintained by evcrv mem- 
ber so kv.i'j- as he shall live. 

Tuis ea..e, made as yon sav, !Vom a -tick 
of native ai-owth. i- a lit ami p]operem hau 
of ti:e olij.'e i\,r which it is de-ijued. h>r in 
the uruiaary coni-e of thine- it is lo l,e pre- 
sumed tliac President v.ill be more ad- 
vanced in , e ars wiio wdl rer[iiire its aid and 
sui.port, it is, tc^o. a lit and projaT endler.i, 
as it wUl remind your future i're-i.ients 
tiiat ti.eir predecessors who have leaned up- 
on it for se.nport, lia\e passed <lown tiie vrdc 
of time in-o eternity whither they mn-t 
soon follo'.v and surrender it auain to aid 
and .snpp art s._.;.ie ot'ier aiied man dow n I ij • 
same pat'n, until at la.-t, the la-t nrui ■ ■• 
your as>ociation shall prasp it and in t . 
performance of his sad duty, pro%ide fir I 
auii (.tIaT menioriais a place ot ricpos.t 
which we tni-t -iitill be kept sacred I'or- 

The II .n.ionN-!'. t'ooiclliondeliver.'d 
(he iir-st addre-s, :,- f..lh,u- : 
M,: P, ■■In,!. Ln.r„s ,:,r! t.', .".,„.., ; 

'i'^li tee polii ene-s of t lie eouinul tee 
ajijioinr. d to arrni^e for thi-, o,;,'a~j, n. it 
ha.- i'alli n to niv lot to S'ldie-- vooi' a— ocaa- 


tion, on tiii-^ tiio lir- 1 il'-ti\;»l in tJc I'i ni- 

TLc intero^t mauilu^toi', in tlii- i;!'zrmi:'.i.- 
tion, tlii- !;ir,;J a>-u;n!l'lr. ;nia ! In- laiuiii.u- 
noil of I'cC'iiiuiti'.i'.i i:n~-iii",- i'ni! . iinc to ku- 
ot!i('r, aiii'-t tuo |i<.vie.,'t h;i;i,/i!i'.v ■ w-j .-ill 
I'l'cI in tiiis uninii, ;n;\.'\c jroiii:.! uv t!io !;;::'i!- 
ships iii' t!io J(i< -t, t!ic jii}' ci" tilt- inx-.-jiit, and 
hope-, i'or liic Ailufi'. 

In tlie \Vi;M: mi.-^i a s-.cicty is nci'Iior 
new nor upcu:i.;no'!. Tiio :i;->i, -I'tiicT. of 
Illinois, \Vi,,r<i:i-i',i, mikI oi i.r.mj (il'tliu (ilj- 
cr connti^'s in onr cj-.vii Id.'antinil Ii'U"a, have 
bocii ilrawn t :;.:i4iK'r by tli:it fi'ali'rnal it- 
pani wliirli i-. ahvav ' v\ ^11 in in llic 
iK-ai-t. of an -01.1 \nn:iLw:' 

If, in i-iio iv';cllcn:i.Mil u; Lu-iMf-s ami tlic 
duties of I iiV, wo liavo hiiheUn n-'il-cti^d 
to couic to^'.-thui-, a; the iiiuMLji-s of Soott 
County, tl.f •ii-cali']- reas.>;i iv/..- i-.\i>i-, that 
we shoulil iiouii-ii v!;is infant association, 
and niaUi- ir ;.; , ainiivo of eveiy good and 
un':]i- :,\oi[j;Lt!iy of tiie heart. 

Our opiauizatinn is now coinpieto, our 
names are cnidlled, and with tiie exceplion 
of ab>entces and -uch as have not yetjonie.l, 
althoui;h entitled to niernijer.^iii]i. our I'anks 
are full, and under nur f-un.i.iiiiii(in tiiere 
can be no a'^ce—ion to our ihhuIh r. otiior 
than exceptions named. W'iiii a ju-t ap- 
preciation of tiie iiieiuory of the dead, yon 
have procured the names oftho-i- who -et- 
tled in this comity prior to Is I". Iiut wlio 
now no longer live, so that your records will 
perpetuate t!:!ii' names, who htivo "acted 
well their part," an.l now sleep beneath the 
cold clods of the valley, as ours, who have 
survived to consummate this (U'g-ini/ation. 
In thus recording the names of the dead, 
who were our companions in li-onticr life, 
we but opens record that will soon con- 
tain the names ofall who now stand record- 
ed as liciiii/ miiiilin'x of this a-<oeiatijn. 

One I_)_v one Vi'O sh.all pass aivay, and at 
the returning fe.stival some familiar face will 
be missed at the board, sotne ciiair will Ije 
vacant, and the record of the living will be 
shortened to leimtlieu the record of the 
dead, while tiie voiil in our ranks can never, 
never be lilled. 

As \'cars roll on, tiiosc of us who inaj' be 
living at the end of the lir-t decade, will 
realise the fearful work of death anions us. 

A little longer, yet a little longer, ami a 
score of years shall have pa-<-ed aw.ay, leav- 
ing but a few lo cherish the meunu-y of the 
departed, aivi to elmg clo-elv, ah! how 
closely, to each oti'er. ^ 

^Vho shall ]u-e<uuie to lift the veil .and 
name tlie pioneer who will then answer 
to the Secretarv'-. roll call ? 

A little Ioii'Am-. and -till a little longer, 
and the yoiuii:e-t :ou tni: us will have readi- 
ed his three -eore years and ten. .and no one 
mav know, until time unfolds iln- eternal 

ilecree, who of our iiumiier will be the last 

i survivor ■>( the piomrr- ol Scott County. 

j Wiiile we may not penetrate the dim lii- 
! ture, nor name those who shall liohl tiie ia-t 
I meeting, keep the I'lst fe.-tival — though, 
I alas! more :>oleinn than fe.-live it will be — 
I and [lerforni the last rites', ere this associa- 
tion eea-es to e.xist, yet we may ima'riue its 
I clo-ing scene-, and aduioni-li one another to 
1 prove faithful and true till the last one 
I >hall have pa>sed from earth. 
i Yon have procured a cane, and have iiad 
i inscribed thei-eiui, " Pioneer Settler-' As- 
! .-ociation, organized. .laniiarv, K^.j.'*, Scott 
: County, Iowa," and presented it to your 
j President, with in.-.truction- that it be haiid- 
; ed down to his last r.uccessor in ofliee. 'J'hat 
i .lucce.-sor lives, and if not hero with u- lo- 
I day in propria jicrsuaa, he is with n- inspirit 
I and in well wi-hes, and is destined to ohiei- 
j ate at the la-t act of your association. 
I I'or a u'.onient give free scope to the im- 
I agiuatir>n. and go with me to a period tliir- 
j tv, fortv, perhaps lilty years hence, ami be- 
j hold heVeaeity of two hundred tlion-and 
iidialiilants, all" eairer to act their part in 
tlie bii-mr.-s of lilo, running Idther and 
I tuither. jo-Lling each othir in tlic crowd. 
I some si-eking the profits of cmnmerce, some 
I collectin;r the news of the day. some rlias- 
iug plea-nre, some beut on mi-chief, some 
I biiund for the station hou-e ■■f a l^.-illoon 
' about to be waited acro-s the Continent 
I with a full load of human beuigs who e.x- 
! pcct to dine in N'ew York on the same 
j day, .-^ome about to seat themselves in the 
'ears of an atmospheric railway, advertif.eil 
1 to go through to the seaboard in two hours 
without chansc of ear.-, and amid the confu- 
sion, splenilor and enterprise, let us, on the 
'12m\ day of that IV-bruary, enter the S]ia- 
cious building on 25th street, and see CfHi- 
gregated the last of the .Scott Ci^unty jiio- 
neers. There sits the I're-ident, suirouml- 
ed by the survivors, numbering live, p^ 1- 
haps more, faithful hearts, wijo-e wintened 
locks and trembling limbs denote them 
children of a century past and gone. 

They are looking liacl-c over the lo-t years, 
aii'l with vivid recollections of the eariv 
history of our own country, arc recounting 
many of the hardship- and incident- of fron- 
tier life; they recall the lir.-t lestival of the 
.issoeiation, and inenticm the names, and 
drop, to the memory of man}' as.sem- 
bleti here to-day ; tliey have before them 
the record of the a-sociatiun, and it ttlls of 
yo\w annuil meetings anil festivals, — your 
otiieial doings, — the names of your (jiticers, — 
and it faithfully preserves the history of 
many incidents in the existence of your as 

Some vcner.d'lc jiatriaich selected from 
that little band <leliMi- the annoal addii--, 
and he wants not matters ^>i nitorest, nppio- 

VO'i i' -.OT-^TY. 


]iriatc t.j ti:c oC'a-i"i>. 
with niiic'h tu liv'a ; 

Witli ;\foi*Lriil 

early times and call; 

tnros til-.' )';i*t and co 

alitic- aJiDnt liiin, unl 

" F..iid tn.-in.>rv Li 

ic aitouiion of his { 

iviil rocolicttic.n of j 
is-ociKtions, lie jjic- I 
Mi-es it v.'icii tbu rc- 

■ i.-_-lii 

i.i ii . 

Is that tliu last ll'-^tival ? Aiiotlicr year 
rolls aruunil, ami that i-.ine siinpcrts the 
anfd frame of the President to the Festive 
Hall, v.-herc he meets IVieTids, yunn'r and 
old ; but one, a solitary one shall grasp bis 
hand, and exelaim 
•■ We two s!.)nc r(, the ro=t arc- jo-i... .-vll gone." 

In the ordinar}- course of nature it is 
reasonable to suppose, that the younger 
members of the association will be among 
the l:L-t survivors of our number, and upon 
them will fall the duty of closini: our rec- 
ords, ami proviilir.i: a depository for every- 
thing pertainini; to the association. 

Y'lUTij; man ! that duty may be yours ; 
act well your part thronch life, that we 
may have a worthy rcpre>OMtative in closing 
ail association so auspiciously ciicmenoed. 

Teach your chiliiren to venerate the lan^l 
tlicy are to inherit, and impress upon them 
the duty they owe to native home, 
and their pioneer forel'atiii'rs. 

Leave to tiicm as a ricii legacy the jileas- 
ing dutv of providing a littin-j: receptacle for 
the records and meiU'Tials of tliC as-ociation. 
that they ami their children's children may 
ever lind a faitliful lii-lory of tlie early 
pioneers, and of thesettlement of the county. 

Admonish ti.em, that, when the s)iirit of 
the last one ef «s tR.kesits iligiit from earth- 
ly scenes, — tlw sad and inrcrestin'j duty 
will devolve upcm them, to fiUow the re- 
mains to their last resting place ; to per- 
form the clo-inir scenes in our lli^tory, and 
to write the l.a:-t cliapter of our record. 

To the minils of some, such an a^-ociation 
may seem of small importance and doubtful 
existence; but I doubt whetlier a society 
could be organized in the we<t with stronger 
ties of friendship and sympathy than one 
will find among the •■ Old .'settler-." 

AVe have all had our strifes, our political, 
local, and social di.-.agrecmcn[s, and shall 
doubtless continue to have tlicm, but they 
are soon forgiven ami forgotten, and we 
turn to the bright side of tlie picture, and 
call to mind the early scenes in our settle- 
ment here, while the generous promptings 
of the heart bind us more closely tugethcr. 

Tbere is no jieriod in man'.-- Hie at which 
he is not more or less dcpeu'lcnl upon his 
fellow man, and the exiicrieiice of every 
day admonishes, that we should cultivate 
thechristianvirtues andncigjiborly kindness 
— and while we should mauile.-t tho^c 
towards i?//. who come in cnniaet v.-iih us. 
thev are doublv due to th'">-e who shar.-d 

our e.srly t^'iis a:!d ;vivalii::is. ard iinve 
kVlH' iicen rer.iU' -t" le;';'>4 a helping hano to 
the '■ Old SuttltT-s.'N 

Tlie historv of t"-c e^.j'ly set;; ;:! 'lit. of 
S'-ott cooiry is re-.i;-;*' v.-ivh -ii.-' re<fin;:r in- 
cidents, r.i'.ii to t!i-)-i-c-;' u^ wiio ;irst '-souat- 
ted'- and Iwci'ted our c!a;=us tip.on '• t.'n.-lp 
Sam's" l:',n 1. it i-^ a -ati-factiui; vo look b:i<-k 
to-that peri'vl. ;-:•! cmi-iirc ."-O'tt county 
then wit.; ."^C'.tl i-'"iMty wow. Xo one hi re 
to-day can chu ;■. p si.-r:ici:ienl anl'-rior in of our w.o'tiiv i-rc-i-ient. :>!:d ix-rlaiiily 
no one has d-'ue uiore ticn he in ai.lii:-' an:! 
enconra;rins the lir.-t >ettler.-.; and I iiiav be 
iier'.iiitted ri'.ns publicly to i-ecm-d the !:uiu- 
Ide acknowled-^nu-iiVs of my fatli-r-s family 
to him. W:'o was the first to e.\tend hi.s 
hand, to oii'er liosnitality, and to wcieoine 
us to our ;irairie home. I was but a boy 
then, yet iiow well do I remember tiie scene 
whi-ii I landed one brit^ht May mornintr in 
la'MJ, witiiin four squares of the spot v> in re 
we are now assembled. 

The cround upon which '•miueho-t'' of 
the Uurtis IIou~e has erected tliis sp-icious 
liiitel. w:xs a corn field, and two cai)in< be- 
low I\[ai!i street constituted the imjirove- 
ments of the embryo •' City of Davenport;" 
.<nnie half a dozen houses across the river in 
the th.en vilheie of .Stevenson marked tlie 
spot where now stands our twin si--ter city. 

Tlie booininir of the luurning iiwn from 
Tort Arnistrono: warne<l tlie red n:an that 
Tncle Sara's iro'ips were in i)Os-e--ion of 
their i-land liome. and a>sure(l the 
of protection an^l safety. The iiaiiy rnove- 
meiits of n-ii.le steamers upon the i",'~om of 
our majestic river tohi us tii.-it the way v.'as 
opened to immigration ; while the nnchiinnd 
acres invited tue hu-ban^imau to oik- uf tiiu 
(iiiest soils ever warmed by tlie Min of 

Xeed we woniler that the old chieftain 
niaek Ilav.-k ami his noble band rcfu-ed to 
yield up the country to their white bi-etli- 
reii ? Can we blame them for ciingini to 
this lovely spot, and for lingeringaronud the 
graves of tiieir dead ? 

-' 0'.T liic f:Uc of till' luilian, 



ll^s -j.ury Is prist." 
While wo m.ay not stay the arm of destiny 
tliat is fast sweej.-ing away thi; aborigines of 
of this conriniy.t as a distinctive race, wo 
mav question t::e puli-v that would exttr- 
minale tiicm. a:>! siioui.l throw tlic broad 
mantle of c':;ar::y over their act-. 

\\'!;ile biuntcois intuie had done .'"iilli- 
her share in nnldnir this country an inviriuj: 
tieid for the ;:iim;L:rant, it requin-d, the g« - 
niii< and enterpri.-e of man to develop its 
re-ources. and jrlant its towns and. villr'gcs. 

Town.s in tiio-i- dnys wi -e laid out with 
rel'ercnci; Ui natuval advantages pre~ei.Ii-d 
bv tlie Mis.-i^-ippi Uivir and its tiiiiutaii'-s. 

;rTLE.;o- ^..SiOCIATiOX 0" 

aun utii'^o every ^■■)')i, ui grciiiU ;i:^ :!.i ■'■■'■■ 
i-ivt-T :i'"iuve iii'^ii waior uui!:. (r.iid so;i!0 v.- 
lo<v) '.va-j siii-voycd, {liattc,:, picture.! :.r>d 

I n-ili II >t unilcrtake tho t:;>Ic of reca!i;nj: 
the names even of <a!l ino c:ii'ly citic; in 
Scott county, but I nui-.t not pa^s iu sile:ii;e 
tile contc-st ior -^upicnuicy ijL-t-.v>.-en D;ivjn- 
port ami Ilockin:^uam. Tlic- liistoiy ui' i-Lis 
struggle for the county seat of .Scolt i.-< do 
fresii in my memory tii;',t I can almn-t licar 
one of the " old guard " singing — 
" Here ^re a hanpy h:ir>p^' baud, 

Davenport claimed tie seat of ju-tice, be- 
cause of her centra! loi-iiity, her lii";!! and 
dry site, lier beautiful hUrroun'liiiL'.-;, atnl 
her man}' other natiind ailviinta'jics, wiiioh 
we all now concede and realize — while 
Rockinc'iam expected to become the irreat 
centrepot of coiiimeree in coiiscqucncj of 
the rich trade tliat wa> destined (as ihe 
supposed) to flow iro'ii the lertde vailey of 
Rock river. 

No one in those d^i;. > expected to live 
long enoujch to .-ee tiie iron iiurse ilyinp over 
this western prairie, with it.s frei'^iits of hu- 
man life, rich niereh:'.iuii^e froiii tlie Ivj^t. 
and the5tiU more valualjle proilucts of t!ie 

Our ideas about travelincr and conin\crcc 
Lad not advanced beyond a li'.r!it drauq-i:t 
steamer and John Frii'.k's mu<i wnM)ns. — 
The vrisdom and foresiirut of tl;e st:'.te^nien 
of Illinois were directed to producin'^ slack 
■water navigation in Rock, river, and a very 
decided amount ■jf ca;-ita!,'iy and en- 
terprise was devoted to buildins up Rock- 
ingham, in order that she nii^ht reap the 
bjnefit of the prosperous trr.ue about to be 
opened with the Suckers in the rich valley 
of tliat river. 

/I tliink I see the steamer Gipscii. with 
{Ls boys on board, rca'.lv to start out on an 
esperimcntr.i trin fnnu tlie port of Rocking- 
ham, bound l-"o.\ river, witii a cargo of 
sundries, consisting chieriy of scoo-ti-ap-po? 
•'• Co/,t luvnd ((.,(/ eu.,-).-,7<,/i duiiis ;" Scoo-ti- 
ap-[)o! '•'• cliickin Jixins and'uii rfi</('.v.'- 
Captain Gray mounts the hurri'-ane deck, 
rings the bell, and gives the word to the 
natives on fiiore to '-cast olT tlie starn 
hawser."' The old Gi:>:-Ji moves; tliat pon- 
derous pji.j. of c-iven oak lumber fistened to 
lier >Tern -.lowlv revolvc-s. reminding one of 
the curieiit wheels we sometimes seen liie 
rapids ol a river. Away she goes, and t!ie 
crowd on her decks give us tiuec cheers at 
pariiii-jT. wiiile yoi;::g Knekingham returns 
nine veils and ii y-'.wp. 

.^iie'ii .v.i event as opening tl:c n.avigation 
if Kii -k river wirh a stern-wherler was of 
t.H. ninrii i;:ipo:iaiice in its local bc.aing 
ui'Oii riie futiuv •,.l' corner hit.-, f-.r i.'avvu- 
)...rt t.i \vi>h lue GijjUir.i :-aie tiip. a.ri tiio 

fir.-T ;;!-; vdiii.ent to thv vc3ase, and tlie 
p!a?e v.ii-.-ie L) ;Ven:;.>;"t i:->;>.'S cent.jrou, was 
at tlie rapids :iear Vandrui's I-iand. 

While tue ".ild Gipsei/," slowly piougiied 
her way tiivousrh the waters of Kock river, 
a deiegatiMii uf Daveiiporters cut across by 
land to the Vandruf rapids, to witness the 
experiment. The old ffteamer pu~i;eii on, 
and bwldiy approached the. rushing waters 
.and feana! iooulders ahead, to the tune of 
Yankee Doodle, whistled by the wind instru- 
ments on boarii. with tlie varialioiis. iiie 
Daveiiporters lay in ambnsh. watcliing the 
movements o( the steamer, and wondering 
il' s"rli a craft could po:-sibly ascend suck a 
a current. Uh. unlortimate ^iiss Gi.jSiu.' 
why did you run your nose between those 
sunken bouKiers, and bring evoiy thing up 
standing ? Vv'hy destroy the precious stores 
laid in for the trip, by ^ma*hing up ghiss 
.and stone ware, tims rendering your passen- 
gers and crew forlorn and rpi/ iHesi '■ W ill 
vougiveit u;)=.o : A veil from the "sepnys" 
in ambush decides tiie question. The order 
is given, and all hands boldly jump over- 
board, and never tire or faint until their 
cralt has cleared the treaclierou^ rocks, and 
is once more in >iiiooth water. 

I tliiiik I .-ce around me some of t!ie mar- 
iners who lielped ■• work t!ie >iiip " on that 
occasion, and wlio made the round trip, and 
returned wiser, if not better, fresli water 

Wiio among you recoUectiii.^ the incidents 
of tlio.-e stirring times, will ever i'orget the 
Hist county-seat election ? Certainly, not 
the prominent actors on either side, mr.ny 
(if whom are with us to-day. The -'border 
rinfians '' of Missouri did nut originate tlie 
idea of lUVudins an adjoining territory m 
order to help their friends at an important 
election; nor can Mr. Calhoun chum to be 
ilie lirot man to record names Xk'ho^eouuers 
\.ere not at the ballot l.o.v. Wc hail a 
'■ border" and a " Delaware crossing " long 
before Kansas was thought ol, and, to use 
an expression of one of my pioneer friends, 
there was some "tall doings '' on our bor- 
ders and on our crossing. 

The Suckers furnished a .soodly number 
for both parties, but the delegation^ Irom 
" Snake Diggins " and ^loscow. (the former 
headed by a two-fi>ted miner, and the lat- 
ter by tha "old bogus coon,") increased the 
population of .sScott county in one day to a 
number that astonished the unsophisticated, 
and thrcateneil the depopulation of some of 
our sister counties. 

Five davs before the election both parties 
were certain of success, for each party sup- 
posed tliat it had outwitted the other in 
importimr voters. The day of election ar- 
rived, and .-o did the imported patriots, re- 
joicin.g i;i the glorious principles of "squat- 
ter .^oveiei^r.t. ."' :'.nd iielieving in the regu- 


lation of Junic.-ticin.titun.ui^ in tin.- 
way, sal>jv-ct only to ii •-■ y^vtv tl;;it 
ImU tli5 iiio-t vutL-, and :ii 
show it. 

Tliu result of ti/is elL'i:tinn indicatu 

iku tliu rctarui I 


very le? 


;:tiuii 111 tl;u county 
in point of nuinli(.-i>, and proved tliat Dav- 
enport luid col.mliLe.l tl.u uio.-t Votes. Tiiu 
returns were niaiio to the Governor, wLo 
refused to i— ne a certilicate, in eon.<eqneuce 
of alleiicd illeiral, and tl.e Lc-L'islature 
again "provided lor anoliicr I'leftioii. and 
tliat the result should Lie recordeii on the 
recoids of the Coiunu^^ioners ot Dubuque [ 
county. : 

TLie ele.-tion cHUie oiV. and KockiuL-hani 
claimed the victory — wliile Liavenport de- 
clared that the wi'ole tldng was illegal and 
void, l-'roni the popular arena the contest 
was tran.-furred belore the Conllui:^^ioner.- ; 
ol Dubuque county, thence to tlie courts, : 
thence to the Lei;i>haure. and linally back ; 
again to the ordeal of "popular sovereignty."' 

Ininiediate pieparations were made for i 
another struggle, and now, three or four i 
dilferent points were brought before the 
people for the prize, llockinghanisaw that 
she stood no chance in a triangular ligiit 
with her odd coiiqielitor, and at once de- 
termined to form an alliance witli another 
rival candidate, located near the mouth of 
Duck Creek, »o that the last contest v.u> 
really between Davenport, and the Duck 
Creek corntield. 

The n Cijrdi of this county, show that 
Davenport wa^ triunqiliant. and the ques- 
tion was thu> f'revir -ettled. The inip.r 
tant incidents ol tnls la~t elecliiui were not 
of suliicient intere.-t to Uie at the time, to 
impress my mind willi more liian one idea 
about them. 1 .-uw something ''going up" 
and broke for "old Cedar." 

Rockingham no Io:v_'it rival- Davenport. 
but in vindication of the truth of History, 
in justice to thorc who once inliabite<l t!:e 
place, and in honor oftwoof the "old itock- 
ingham guard," wlio ?till cling to her soil, 
I maj- be permitted to say that she was once 
a great place, and KtU icatcrtd. 

During the time of the contest for the 
county seat, an event tran>[iired which 
must not be omitted, in .-peaking of the hi.-.- 
tory of our settlement. A dispute arose 
between the state of Missouri, an 1 the then 
Territory of Iowa, as to the boundary line 
between them, and .-o determined were the 
authorities on both sides to exercise juri.--- 
diction over the di-puted territory, that it 
resulted, in what is known to the Uld .Set- 
tlers, as tlie "Missouri war."' 

There were warriors in tho-e days ; and 
I should do inju.-tice to the patrioti.-m ol 
that period, if I neglected to notice the nnli- 
tar}- daring of the v..liiutecr-, who ru-hed to 
the standard (and rations; of the com- 

n.nder in cidef, in o'jedieuce to his call 
The hi::-;-::' of a cour.ty in lowa, 
undertovk to ',nlorr!> the coucc'ion of ta.ves 
ill the ui-puted Territory, il-- was ar- 
re>led by tiie authoritic-i of -Mi— ouri. The 
e;xecutive of lowa demau'ied hi- relear e. 1 1 
was relused ; and to rescue this Sherilf, 
Uoverr.or Lucas ordered out tiie militia and 
called !'.r Volunteers. "My ^oice is now 
for war" — was the patriotic respon>e of ev- 
ery true "iiawkeyc." The county seat 
ipie-tion was lor^jotttu in the more import- 
ant duty of driving the invaders from our 
soil. liavenport and Uockingham men met, 
embraced, buckled on their armor, and .-ide 
by side shouted their war cry — "d-'Uh tuihe 
i'it'i't(„j -P^'/ui.''' The ollicers in com 
mand held a council ol war, and it was de- 
cided that Davenport should be the head 
quarters of the Scott County Army, in or- 
cler that the troops uiight be in-'.'ired by 
the .-i'jht of old Tort Armstrong, and at the 
>anie time occupy a position so near the 
l'"ort, that a .-ale retreat would bo .at hand, 
in ca.-iC Ol in attack Irom the cneiiiy. 

(hi the day api^ointed for the lii>t drill, 
the whole ciiuntry marched to the standard 
ot tiie Lr.Ilant Colonel in conmiaiid, ami 
DavcT;' ■•rt witnes-cd one of the mo.-t .s/ki- 
i.'i^.' ir.i:itary reviews that ever took place 
within her limits. The line was fmnied on 
the bank of the river, fronting toward the 
enemy's country, the rieht resting .again-t a 
; cotton wooil tree, the left in clo.-e pro.xiiiiity 
to the Terry llou-e. There they .-tood, vet- 
eran^ of ii.ii iii-i'. e and lUiui'tle-s courM'.ro, 
; ;\--ero;iv_' a -ight that would have daunted 
the mo-t lie-perate foe, and a^.-iiiiiig the 
wciUicn and children that they woulil de- 
fend their homes to the death, aL:ain-t the 
" border n-iliaiis " from tl;e Des Moines 
. lliver. 

The weapon-^, carried by some of tho^e 

Volunteer patriots, were not sati.-l'actory to 

the cuuiUi.inding ollicers, and about oiie- 

; fourth of me army were ordered out of the 

ranks, .ind tiieir services ui-pensed with, 

j unless they would procure others of a dif- 

] fereiit character, and more in accordance 

with the Army regulations. The ubjection- 

, able weapons 'cou.-istcd of a plough-colter, 

: carried in a link of a large log-chain, whicii 

the valiant soldier had over his shoulder. 

Anotiier was a sheet iron sword about six 

feet in length, fastened to a rope shoulder 

strap. Another wa^ an old lar-hioned tin 

sau.-'a'j.e stuller. Another an old mu-ket 

without a ioc'K, and the balance of like 


The nnler given f u' the on'ners of 
thc-e lion ie-criiu weapons to niarcii out ..f 
the ranks tiuee step-. The order wa- 
obeved. 'I'he ranks closed iiji. and the ol'- 
feiidii!'-' S'.Idiers were discharged with a re- 


I am not prepared to say that the (■'■lu- 
inandinc; olticer was jiistilifd, in tlms sum- 
marjly discharsin? so riaiiy iiieii, who were 
ready and anxious to serve their eouiit;y : 
and tlio result ])roved. tliat fhe aiiioimr oC 
bravery di->uiis-.ed was equal to tliat retiuu- 
cd ; for no sooner were the discliarged .~ol- 
diers clear of the line of the rejrinient. tiiau 
they formed a coni[iauy ol cavalry, a com- 
pany of dragoon.s, and a company whioli 
they called the " Squad." and then, under 
the superior generalship of their leaiier. the 
knight of the six foot sword, they made a 
bold charge upon the regulars, broke tiielr 
line, drove not a few of tiicni into the river, 
some into and some around the I'errv 
House, some into the grocery, and ^onie out 
of town; thus defeating and di>persiug the 
regular army without the loss of a man on 
either side. 

Thisconilict was disastrous iu its results 
to the resnlar arm}-, and lielnre the forces 
could again be collected, jjcaco was declai-ed 
and tlie army disbandeil. 

This uulookcd for re.,<atiou nt hostilities 
was a severe l)low to tlie military a>iiira- 
tions of the " Ilawkeyes,-' and disappointed 
the just e.\pectations nf tho.-e who had 
hoped to distinguish themselves iu the de- 
fence of our Territorial rights. Tiie disap- 
pointment was not felt b\- the armv of .^cott 
County alone. Numerous companies hail 
been formed elsewhere, and iiaii .-.tarted ior 
the seat of war, with >upp!ie< I'.ir tlie cam- 

A comiiany ol about thiily left an ad- 
joining county, uuiler liie leadcrsliiji of a 
chieftain, who often used to say that he 
could "whip ht^ weiglit iu wild eats.'" and 
wlio has since rtpreMcnted you iu tlie Na- 
tional Congress — has been upon your .Su- 
preme Bench, and iin- also been (,'luef -lus- 
tice of California. 

lie started out with tlhrt\- men and -i.v 
baggage wagons, well loadeii with supplies 
for his little army, and, being dctcrmnied 
to keep up the ajiii-fJ.-i of his men, he freight- 
ed five of his wagons with wliiskev. 

The question of boundary wa.s subse- 
quently .submitted to the .Supremo Court of 
the United States, and the disputed Terri- 
tory given to Iowa. 

At the comraenccmeut ol tlie year lS-10, 
this County contained aljout twenty-live 
hundred inhabitants, of which nnmljer aljout 
five hundred resided in Davenport. To- 
day your county boasts of a population of 
thirty thousand, and this city claims eigh- 
teen thousand of that nundier. 

In 1.S40, at the head of the ll(jek Island 
Kapid.s, on the spot where now >tands the 
city ol' Le Claire witli a population of tweu- 
ty-tive hundred, grew a den.-e forest. 

In l-~^1l>, the fertile, beautiful prairies <j|' 
old Scott, were lyiug undistui'bed by the 
husbandman ; to-dav ihev are teemin'i with 

industrious, ha|ipy owner.s of the soil. 

Tn 1.S 10, there was but one steam engine 
iu oi)eration within the borders of yoin- 
county, .and that one was at Uuckin'.;[iaui. 
To-(lay _\ou may count them by hundrefK 
along tile iiaiik oi your river. Iroin Jhiliaio 
ro Princeton, on o;.n- prairie^, and iu our 

In i.S4(J, every lace _\ou met was a fami- 
liar one, and the greeting a greeting of re- 
cognition. To-day the oldest inhabitant 
liaidlv know* his next-door nci-hboi'. 

In 'lb40, it took from three to live days 
to go to Chicago, and thirri'en to Xew Vorh. 
To-day the lightning ti-ain jiut^ you in Chi- 
cago in eight iiours, and in New York in 

In ls4u. the young men of this Associa- 
tion were iuqijiy cliildreii, sporting upon 
tlie village green, and making the welkin 
ring with merry laughter and innocent joy. 
To-day they are men ;us|iiring to a position 
in lile, that shall give them honor among 
their fellow men. 

!nl.s4U, the mother-, and .hmgliters of 
Scott County were iiuppy in their cabin 
homes, and could jias.-, in nnd out through 
the cabin ihpor,. To-day the mothers aiid 
daughter^ oc.aipy no more s]iace in tiiis 
open country, than the dear good creatures 
are entitled'to. 

In l>iU. we wele lo.iking lorwanl to a 
time wiien our tlien territory should be- 
come strong euoU'.:li, to add unotlier mem- 
ber to the Federal L'nion, and convince our 
eastern b-ieiids of the truth of ■' I'.i.^licanl. 
i.ln: 6/«,- -,, f.„,H,,: tn/.is //. in,,/:' To-day 
our mo.-,t sanguine expectations are far 
more than realized, and v.e regard with 
pride our nolde stale, its prospective future, 
ami the iudueemeiils it liokf. out to the 
thousands at the east, who still cling to 
that -Old I-'ogy-' three inch soil, which 
with patient cultivation yields white beans, 
buckwiieat cakes, and pumpkin pies. 

M,-. I'l, xi'lcid : — This day is the amiiver- 
sary of the birth day of (ieoi-ge A\'a.;hington 
— our Washington — and we have chosen it 
as tlie dav lor our iire-eut and future festi- 

It ks a day on whicii every true American 
citizen does some act iu honor, or gives 
s<nne thought to the memory of the father 
of Ills country. 'J'liat memory is the sacred 
heritage of the [icoplo lie established and no 
generation of that people sliall pass away 
without leaving some memento that he 
was indeed first iu the hearts of his cjuu- 

Some one luis truthluUy written, that 
" the first word of .\incrican infancy should 
be mother ; the second father ; tlie thinl 
Wa-liiugtou."' .Mthough it is well th.-it we 
as American citizens, shoidd, <rn this his 
anniversary day, linger ior a while at i;is 
tomb, and renew our patriotism, yet. to.i. 



it is ciiiii;ciit!y ilftiii',', tiiat, a^^^eiuljluil a.s , 
pioneer.-, wji.ii tiji; .-^v iH(>:iriiie-; and feelincs I 
of iiiyiip^'ivi ii!l aniUM.-'l -.vithin i;.s. mc .siionkl ; 
go to tliat touib to-day. and renieiii uer that i 
ho too was a jiionocr, aiid that in lii-.a hum- i 
ed stroii.:lr that bold. adyo:).tnroi!-<, pcr^e- '■ 
vei-ing .'•jiirit that ni.d-jos tiio i'in;iuL-r; that ■ 
lie, too, cndiu'cd pioneer hard.-hiiis and pri- ] 
vations, ronii'ari.'d v.iili winch, onr.-i sinic in- I 
to iii,-;i;;nilicariC'C. i 

In lii.-- yo'.itli he w:;s a piuiu-or .-urvevor i 
in the th.u-.x wih".-; <il' i,i< nntive :>t:ite. and | 
many of iiie iionmiarii-s Liieji c-taljli^hcd b}' [ 
him m.iy he I'nund to-day. in ids earh^ I 
lita:i!,o.).( lie v.iV- selecteil in" t!;o CJiivernor • 
of Viririnia as a pioneer envoy thron;.;h tiic | 
wildorne." to the I'rineh Corisniandant on 1 
tiie Oh'o. lie was ;i j^ioiicer in Icadiii;i- a ! 
little army .apiin-t t;:e i-'rencii and Indian.s, j 
in dclenco oitlic Vir;.:inia frontier, and thus j 
early in hi.s military career did he ijccome j 
knoivii amoirj; Jd-. sava::e foes a.3 "ti;e .spirit- ', 
protected i.i:iii. vvjaj v.oiild !;e a chief ot na- I 
tions, for ite oonM not die in !)attle."' JIo i 
was a pi;ini-!'r i:i everything' t.'i;;t tended to ! 
advance ?!io jirosjierity and lii'.jM.iiie-s of his i 
native lai'd. I 

lie \\:is fl.r jiionc!.;- of frv;edom in r.uv ■ 
legislative hall.-; o;; li'.e Luit'-le-iieid: tiiiou-ii ^ 
the lon'4 ilarkdaysuf t'i;at. terrible .-rrii^^ile; I 
t!i-»'o:;gh the period of doui)t and oonfir-ion 1 
that ^^rccedl•d ; and ids wisd..i'i and patri- I 
otism, efjiad to all emt-r^c-K!-ii'-. at la-lled us i 
into the iiavcu of ixv-t, of jn;ue, and o! pro*- | 
periry. I 

Ilis life is a part of hi-; conntrv'.s iiistory : I 
and as living he laid tho cornerstone of this ' 
vast <-on:eder.\tion of ."state.-, that year by 
year, i.-. vra.vinj;- ;^reater among the nations I 
of t!;e earth, >i), tho'.!p.h dead, iiis inaxim.s 1 
and example, il v>-c. adhere to the one and 
imil.ate ti.o other, shall produce p. history : 
more iilorious than that of ti;c past; sindl I 
nourish a srcatne-'s that time slrall but add ! 
to and C'lnlirr.i ; and t!:e uidioni jreneratioRs I 
shall rl?e np, ar.d revere -him as God'.s ciior-en | 
instruuient of iilessin,^- to tiieir land. Let | 
his wi-dom and his patriatism ever pervade | 
and guar'I the land ho loved, — let his spirit I 
be with i:s to-.j;iy; and as each turnin-yoar I 
brini;! ronnd a;;:nn onr iV>tival ihty, let ut j 
ever remember tiiat it is al.-o the day that | 
marks the iiirtl! of Gfouok Vv'ashim;tok. 

The As.S(?oi.-ttion llien .^ll joined in 
singing '■ Auld Lang Svne," a- fnllow.s : 

••oruuM lan-."..:* 
■•U l.-ik'.' a i-ni.'i;;- 

W.- twn b.Hvi 

CliuKCS.— For auM 1:mi- svdo, ic. 


VTr two L.-iTO is-(i,i.ll.-d in Ihp l.uni 

r'r..:n mi.rnin.,. sill .Mm .line ; 
But 5(1., l...tu-i.,-ii u, l,r-,d biiVL- r..:i;M 

.-::.o ■ !l,«; u:ivs ur auM lau-,- ., nc. 

CnoRrs.— For aniil lang svli.-, i-c. 

Aim! iare's my Imnil my trusty frii.Tiii, 

C'-i!!.-. -^ivi- a h.iii*l n!' thine ; 
.lu.i w,-ll tik- .1 cm, tn lVit.,.d.-.l,ip-s srowlli, 

For .11,1(1 lanY -vvj: 

CuoKcs.— i'oraulJ iiir- .>;i il,-, &.-. 

•Aii'I Mtr :■,- vo I'll he vi.iirpiiil stouh, 

.Ul.l >.iV. iy ril 1,H minu : 
Aial W-, "K U!:e a drop of ki.i-in'-^; yet 

Cli'.i:i-s._For auM ]:w^ syn.-. 

The company then proceeded to the 
parlors and spent an hour in shaking 
hands and conversation with one another, 
Avhen tho dining room.s were opened and 
the company proceeded to supper. After 
blessing, invoked by Rev. J. 1). Erason, 
the whole company proceeded to partake 
of tlip Lounieous and elegant snnner 
prepare 0^ lor the occasion. 

After supper, the following regular 
toasts were announced by ilr. James 
Gram, chairman of the committee : 

REGCI-.Ut TOA.srs. 

1. ]f'a:<hi>iytnH ! — Xo nation can claim, no 
country can appropriate him to itself. Ills 
laim> is the common [)roporty ui' patriots 
tluoii:;hotu the civili:'.ed wni-].|. 
Standing and in silence. 

2. ThcEn-hj Pioneers nf Scotl Omiily — The 
han!shii>-; and jirivatioiis of a frontier lil'o 
justly entitles them to t'le esteem of all 
those wii-) enjoy the fruits of their early 
stru^^lcs : their iiosterity .sliail rise up and 
call liiem blessed. 

0. Tiic Fioncci- DcoO. — May their iiame.s be 
preserved, iheir hardships rememhered, and 
memories ciifrisiied, by their survivors, by 
tlieir descendants, and l)y all who eiiji,y thn 
goodly heritage to which they led the way. 

To which the Hon. James Grant, re- 
sponded as follows : 

Mk. CnAiKMA.v: — I cannot respond to 
tlie^'sentirnent just uttered, without inter- 
I rupting, f'r a moment, the current of 
1 your jovcus thoughts, while 1 ask you 
i to drop a tear to the memory of the dead. 
Of all this numerous assembly there 
I are few, to wlnim death li;i3 not come 
I nigh, since they iirsl encountered the 
I privations and toils of a settlement west 
\ of the great rivr. 



Some have lost a father or a nimlifi', I No slui-i'--tl uni or aniniatod bust mail;.-; 
some a brother or a sister, r^omo a hua- the spot -wiieri' the piouei^ro sle^'p 
band or a wife, and many, many have j last sleep. T!:'-\- ave burioJ beneath llio 
seen their ehiklren ■\vitlicr and fade a^i if Imgo oak, wli.jse siiade they never see, 
struck by the band of an avcnyinij God. <.ir nndt,-r tl;c hi-li h.:'ad-laiid of the Mis- 
It is no exagger.-ition, that since v,-e j sissippi, against which the wiiistling 
first came here, in a single season of | winds and warring tempests arc silent to 
great calaniitj^ incident to the exposures | tiiem. 

of every new settlemeat, one-tenth of our i Tr.eir g' iod dt'-ds sliould be tli..>ir mou- 

' umonc. The glory of their fair and vir- 
I t.uous aciiuiis is above all the escutcheons 
oil I lie tombs of the ij-reat. 

then small population was swept away. 

Death, sir, is ever terrible; whether 
be knocks at the palace or tlie cott:;g<' 
gate, at the bridal chamlier, or whcutln-' 
mother, for the first time feels her tir.-i- 
born's breath — 

Tlie lo:ii', tli.j ur..-i.i, I'l.- ]:ill, i;!<: l,i,T, 
And all M-r. kiKAV or diiad nr 
Ofn^ony aro 111.-;. 

But he came upon our departed friends 
when tiiey were just entering a new \ 
world, upon the prairie land, beiore the-| 
spring flutters of prcp^pi'riiv woreoneii<'d 
to their view; wlieii the cabin was un- | 
tbateheil, and the physician, and the ' 
minister of God were far away. 

They died on tlie sput -wliere they 
were' taking the place of tlie red man, 
and preparing a new theatre fur civiliza- 
tion, arts, morals, and liberty. 

Early they departed, but not till their i 
eyes were greeted bv the dawning of ihe | 
day, and they beheld, in th.e dim mist of 
the morning, the budding promise of the 
wilderness, and friends, and sons, ;.nd 
dauglifcrs, to enjoy the goodly land 
which which they had but seen. 

Though to many of them the hand of 
angel woman ministered not in their last 
hour, )'et the rough hand of manhood, 
softened by the sympathy of sorrow, was 
never wanted in the day of their calami- 
ty, and the pioneer, though not versed 
in the set plira?f-s of cultivated society, 
was ever present, with gentle voice, and 
gentler deeds, 

'■To spoak till' last, tLi' i.artiiiir wor.I, 
Which, « hi!i all other s.uuiJ.-i .l.xav, 
1" still lik.' distant nivifi.-. h,.ird. 
That tend.Tlari.-i-. (11 i.n th.- shore 
Of this nido world wh.--n all i.-. i.Vr." 

We knon' not if the dead visit tliis 
earth, or take note of our actions, but if 
they do, their spirits are hov«ring over 
us this niL;ht, and their hearts made glad, 
that (;od is smiling upon us, that we are 
penniited to live, nnd enjoy this pleas- 
ant honr ; that wc have ivnpcd the re- 
ward of thove toils and sufT-rings under 
which thiy ^\vtu duoined lu fall. 

lienor, ilien. to the memory of 
brave men, and brave women, whu lost 
their lives in lighting tiie battle uf civil- 
-ization on the frontier. 

Thev encountered no liuinan foes ; 
[heir last a'.-ts are not stained with blood; 
\]f\r coiniuests were mftde with the 
plough an;i the spade, and not with the 

cannon and liie musket ; and though they 
fell in lai; b.-^inning of the conlliel, and 
in the Ileal cf ihe day, they won the bat- 
lI<;, ami h iL us to enjoy the victory. 

Every :?nii!ing field and green mead- 
uw ; every shoul, every college, every 
cliurcli, c\fry village; this city, willi ail 
its wealth a:'.d pump and ])i ide ; shall be 
iliL'ir mu;,-.;ir.ijnis, recalling their ia>-mo- 
rv, h.'ia'.'iing fheir triiimiili, and huin.jr- 
in-j' liu-ir vi"iucs. 

■1. Tl,c 


cf l; 


.:,■■ li-c.-ur ^^ 

-When in il.-< we.^toiii 
;;L ti'll unnn llio virLjiii 
'■■liny was conceived, 
:o tli(- '•Sl:ir ill tlie 
irlli its wioL' men Lu 

llesponded to by liev. G. F. Magouii, 
who, after ii iv^y introductory remarks, 
read ihe following tine Poem — tiie pro- 
duction of a young lady — Miss Mauy E. 
McAu — an -'uld >etller " by birthright : 


;h Ih ■ C orm— 


Uut now wc ?it,— at IniiiL'lifs -oft il.din.-.- 
Iii peacL' I.eneuUi tliP >ba.Jow orili<- vm.-. 

If p'flr to conqui rill..' warrior Juis I'fcii uwi'il 
The vlor>- of .-in, wuria-wi.|i. nam.- : 
Ifo'ir on .suul- lias Ujcn iKistiiwcl 
TJmt If.ftv h..: I I ■ ■■....':: i^ trtiost f:HW : 

lulon-, .; 

Lifan.nii. » 
Ase'er Mil 
They dro]pji. 

St bcni-iitli tUc nal; lie; 
. ; tlirs,-afliTr,l iiaiidi 

No 1 Not, at 
Wc sat an.l la 


1 I'.id M.- 

1 ourdwcUln-liro- 
,rh leafy bower, 
No more th" woll's -wilt spriiij or "siiOden hov 
Startles tbo sleeper at tlie midni-ht hour ; 
Nor leaping; llauiei Ufore tlie rapid irale 
.Speed liUe Ilie wavs wben wintry ftunns pre- 

lied lo 

Frora lonelv Ai 
Down tlio still .- 
In stately town 
TliB cLcerfuI so 
From bappy 1... 
And plasbing w 

:ids el 


a I- 




et the m 
nhrth 11 

Oft have lie,,,, 
Wheneii rv . v 
-When r,,r , >> 

Anddeni" ;-. ; > 
Small wa. lie : 
From thieves i' 

tl,e f, 


uitid n'e 

•• timber 

How-oV-r that b- 
In those p-md t 
The rnol tree's 
E-cn now th- ea 

, orih 

mes (1 

s tl 
<■ h 


no doiil 

trin-s al 

tliit min;rlod with tlifse recollections f^v 
There wakes a sa.Mor, ■^-entl-r strain for those 
Who like some castle cnimMini; to decay 
Were doomed to ruin when tlie new iirrise. 

'Tis eve, the stars with silv'rr sheen 

Rise silently and slow, 
The nallid moon loolis .rat l^tv.een. 

of the ahore. 

Was it the whisper of the l,re.-/e 
Siubini; amoo.,' tlie tar-led prass r 

Was' it the mnaiiin- "f tie- trrrs 

When far above ll;e storm elonds p." 

Oh no, in silcnee still and deep. 

The tiniest llowcr is lulled to sleep. 

Unt there Any. sounds, — I hear them m 
Tbev swell alon.- the idnin : 

•Tisnot tbemiiminr of tlie rill, 
'Tis not tlic di.b of rain,— 

And can there be a f.iot so li-ht 

To stir the riistlin- b-.avrs to niijhf : 

There is, — alonp the slant hill-si.le," 

Where darksome iOr^-sts liow. 
.Siuglr the duskv lifores chde,— 


Tbeso well known paths 
NotUir;nmoiK'i,s may ll 

l\einnants of that old rn. 
Thev fade as fades the mot 
Uelor. the -loiviii- evu of 

To shod a solilar 

O'er comrades lost and vine. 
Silent and sad tliey ( rou' 
Some lonely, unQiatm;;uiehed 

Hark I all the solemn woods al 
A soft and saddened lay 

As if some heart in jilainfive si 
Would pour its.ilf awa>. 

List : while the inournlul eale 

Clear as the tone of evening bt 

"Still roll the river w.iv^s as l.l 
As wh"n we la'jnched the bart 

Beneath the shelter of tb siio 
Still hUiL-s tbu lark a ■ ■ '- ■ ,■ 
Still loldstbe dove ! r , 
Slill the^re.-nar^-! i; 
Their bou-lis as w, ■ 
ilh the 

No 1 


iilent where 
Laud of our birtii, ] U' .. ■ i , 
.Solt echo answers to lo.^ ir. 
•Neath heavy shadows ^-lide 

Oh ! kindlv sun I Oh ! soft Ircni-.-naut dav ; 
At thv siatl dawn the dartie-js fakes its lli-lif, 
The sombre hues of twili-lit melt awnv. 
And sunrise bathes the Eastern hills with li-lit 
So snule.l lb, 11I..1I1 with l»autv all a-iow 
On this fair land soiii- twe„iv vears a-o ! 
Faint the le_'bt bluih-s up tli 

The eabii 

id .■ouch 1 

■Il'ill . 
;.lr. llv tl 

IruKal Wife brin-s out ll 
■■■bsliil cbildirn, with tl 
-.-ake th.. b.mse and siior 


s tb 


Or 'mid the rustlin- for.i.t 
'Die short, sharp panting of 
And i.rnu.l, tliou-h wearv, f 
Rack to hiseot the noon .an 
due se.'ks in pastures far til 
Auoth.r ^oi^es the cattle to 
(Ir marches E1.1W the well Ir 
(Plain -na-on scats were tb. 
Well was the place of coach 
S" "lilies the .lav until at .■- 
I.'hildren and sire, each in 1. 
While plenty smokes upon 

npph. d : 

And clear 
Well the day's ve 
The dullest lace o 
Now- blue eyed "b 
.Safe cradled in an 
Hark, from the I 

■ th. 

For "IV 


I. r -Cinrlie'.s" call 

oil tb.. walk 

tie hunl..r"Cen," 

Then comes the 

To dav he sun Iv brand a lion's .l.n. 

But ciosi d are "Allie's" eve-, lier ilroopin.^ hea 

Finds the soft pillow of hVr little Ud. 

The hours pass checrly till all sofllv creep 

Away to childlioo.l's li-bt, unconscious sl..ep,— 

And starli-bt, peepimj throu-n the hall-closed . 

Kisses the sl.'eoers on the cabin lloor. 

How lied the years in humble scenes like these, 
■With much to sadden, more, far more to please. 
And who shall tell, that in this lat-r .lav— 
When life has ~rowu more earnest an.l less ■■nt- 
A richer pl.-asure ihrouuh its current lliril's 
Tiian in thos 

Hope for a w 
Till slow at 1 
.\ garden fro 

et npeiit- 
-nung blows 

And glance r. 

niad hopes, I . 

And the full heart find 

ho li-nitb. 
nrst tainl 
ng to this 


Oh noble Wkst ' oh niightv West : 

Oh ever briijbt ami free.— 
Thv prairies, by the l.reezn caresse.l. 


Roll wHvn-lik" Rs tii.> mu. 
Anil thrdu^jh the lor-; an.l faniii'-'l l'ii-- 
The fuubcajii's ^'oWoii lin^it-rs pa^s. 

Thy strcMils are like Iho Rtn-ams of Time',— 

Their sourc<: wc c.innot .«'•■, 
We only hear the irati r's .-liiino 

Ereak Itiw a:id raiu:rai;ir, -•"*■. ' 
Ami hear tlio i.lasliii! ; wav.--, li!-.,' rnii:. - 
Dash on the shore, th-n sin,! a,'a;:i. 

Xo pilsrii.i er.moM with i\ca;-j f-ct 

O'er mauy a de.sort mile. 
His prayer or preniiHu tn i--|Ha' 

Beneath Koiiie sJiereti pi!'", 
Nor counts th.' soliiary ii.Kirs 
Beneath a city's rtiine.] towers. 

But in thi.s world so fresh anil vonnir, 
Which like Ihe ^'...Mi-, from the loa:ii 

To l-:e full t'lown an.i rs.liaiit si.riin-.c. 
Lies tliat spot Orn 

.\nd roun.I Its portals l.o^o ami Truth 

Shall wind the ivrealhs of emlless youth. 

.voung' sapHii'^' 

Ilu^heil Is the 


Only the calm 

ioug, a sailiier niie not for hou voice of ilope f^iiouM "vvhisper 

There are Ues-iiii-sfn 

Anil joy her rosy railii 

We hail the ll-el 

One with a dark 

'■ .i-ed. kind v.ish.'s fron 
las o'er onrgatherins; liu 
ts, where the Fast and I'r 
T.SS wreath, one with a 

We hail the ^lorioii: 

We hail the white-' 

her side. 

.\nd fhe de'ucious pr 
As lightly astho wii 

Dut tears are iinive 
A glance on life's 

Our voice is mute, c 
Our hearts 

future, wilh hii- i-nii of l.iiss nnl 
•n-ed maiden II.>|ie, that Uuslii 

nt, shall trip Kijoicin^hy, 


J on the moist"ni d i 
'•dinir truck v.e i-x-r. 
lips n-fuse to speaU, 

Oh ! I'RISXDS or Olo I We mi-.t a-ain to-jii-jht. 
Our hopes ai:d wishi- .as of vor-' i- l,>t!.!. 
Thus will we k.ep the H„ks ..( I, i. i-.i^Sr, i.ri.-l.t. 
Thuswill wojoiiiury'! t.. •■•. .ril.' 
Aull hand'to hand in enr<;;,il ^n ►-'in^ pr. ssi-d, 
We'll breathe a LJcs-inr; on tin L.-;on;mB W'i.^l '. 

5. The History of Scoit Coiini'j—\ihen we 
open this book, we liiid iiiscvibeil on every 
page tlie gosppl of buili peace aiul plenty — 
proclaiinini perenial MG.'tinjs b> all ^\i!0^e 
faith is accompanied by work. 

Responded to by Mr. J. A. Bircliard, 
of Pleasant Valley, in a brief address, 
in which he spoke as follows : 

Mr. President : — The history of any 
new country must necessarily be one of 
trials, hardships and privations. The 
pioneers have to leave the land of their 
birth, the liome of their childhood, the 
hearthstone around which centered «11 
their early joys and sorrows — the dis- 
trict school house, where they received 
rudiments, if not the whole of their 
education — the villaije church where 
they assembled weekly to worship their 
Creator, the friends of their youtli and 
early manhood. 'L'h.'se must be all lefi. 

and it is like t'-ariiiLC 
from its mother earth. 

!New associations must be f.jrmeil, ;;"w 
homes must be made, new school-hi .us-^s 
and churches built. But, compared ; 
with the trials and hardships of the first i 
settlers in the Slates east of us, if we ' 
except those of our neighbor across the 
river, ours are not wr>rih t;dking about. 

There many of them packed their 
goods and litllc onoo two or three hun- i 
dred miles on hurseb;iek, almost through I 
a trackless wilderness, and were four or ; 
live weeks in making' the journey. Then 
their diliiculties wilh tlie Indians. When 
I tell you that I wis born in the valley i 
of the Susijuehanna, in the county where | 
the massacre of Wyoming occurred, you I 
will belii-vc me .sir, when I tell you that 
many of the tales of suflenng- that I 
have heard are too horrible to relate. — i 
Before they could i-aise an ear of corn '. 
they had a heavy forest to remove, ihai ' 
took twenty or Ihiriy liard days work to ' 
the acre. Tlien they had tiie rocks and I 
stumps ti'> contend with fur years. I 
have serious doubts whether a merciful 
creator, that always does things well, I 
over intended the Cinmiry for the habita- 
tion of civilized and chrisiianized man. i 
It is the natural home of the speckled } 
trout, the wild deer, and the Indian. ! 

For us, a bountiful Pruvidence had 
provided an excellent highway to get , 
here, and when here a prolific soil ready 
for the plow, and pasturage sufficient for 
the flocks and herds of Laboaand Jacob, 
and their sons fur a dozen generations. 

It is true, that from 1839 to '44, we 
• thought we had some pretty hard times 
i — when it took a bushel of wheat to buy 

a yard of calico, and a hundred pounds 
I of pork to pay for as many of salt. But 
j these were very dift'erent hard times 
I from what they have in the old country; 

there it : - starvation times that they c;ill 
^ haid. If wo could not get the two dol- 
I lars a day, we could get the roast beef, 
1 and upon the whole, we had a pretty 
i good time of it. 

t I first crossed the Mississippi in a canoe 
nearly where the bridge now stands. — 

■ This was in July, 1 836. I presume 
there were not more than three hundreil 
inhabiuanls then in the county. You, 
Mr. Presidi;iit, and your ferryman, Mr. 


Cokuii, -were the only s'jti!':-r.s in Diivon- 
port, and Mr. Ei-;izar P:uk!uir.-,t, the 
only one at L':Cl:^.!i'j. 

At tl:nt time tlicro was nut, to my 
knowledge, a sin,i;-le mile oi Railroad 
betwoiL-u tliC Mississippi Tiiver and liie 
Allegliany Mountains. 

The iron liorso, e.Tcept at the Poiiau'e 
road in Pcnns3-hania, had never tasted 
the waters tliat How ihrourjh our noble 
river to tlie Guli'. Xo\7 the araouiu 
that he con.=;umes daily v,-ould have iioafcd 
the entire navy of tile Uiiitod States at 
the time of the reToIuliu:i ; and the 
amount of produce tliat he moves from 
this fertile valley towards a market ia 
tlio same time, would make a full frei-^ht 
for it. 

The last time that I crossed the river 
was upon my roiuiu last full from a visit 
to my friends in my native State, and I 
crossed, how differently. I crossed the 
jj'reat father of th.e waters as it cannot be 
crossed at any otlier point from its sjourcc 
to its mouth — upon a noble structure, a 
proud monument to the enteiprise and 
perseverance of the inhabitants of the 
twin cities. To the pioneers of Daven- 
port belongs a very larire share of the 
credit for tliia truly ma;_;-niiicout improve- 

The train upcjn wlii.'/h I crii-.-ud vras 
brouyht over, by a locomotive named 
after one of our promiuou pioneers. — 
We landed wl-.ere^ wlien I ffrst crossed 
the river, sto;,d the lone cabii of our 
President. What do [ iind now? A 
city teeming- with life, and containin"- a 
larger population and more wealth, than 
was contained in Galena, St. Louis, and 

I think, sir, we have provud our faith 
by oiu- works, and if any man can be 
skeptical upon the sentiment contained 
in the tt.xt, let him take a ride any pleas- 
ant day along the river, from Bulfalo to 
Princeton, from thence throu'^h the 
prairie to Blue Grass, and he willbecome 
a convert to the •• Go-^pvl both of peace 
and plenty." 

We have Ibrmcd new associations — 
that they hare been pleasant oiios I have 
the best evidence in the world around 
me this evening. 

We have transplanted the youn^,' 5:ip- 
liiig, it has tikon deep root in a congenial 
soil and become n sturdv tice. 

We have made the uv-w hi.>nK-s, raise;l 
tile now altars, built tiie ncv,- school- 
houses and churches. To do this re- 
quired men ; men of iron nerve, of 
strong arms and large hearts, and such 
were the pioneers of Scott countv. 

G. T7ie City of DavcnpoH — TIio IVt aud tlir 
rri.le 01 ^lodnus "old Scott;" crouii jowel 
of the Uj.per Jiississ'i.j,: ; t^e ro-e oi 'Sha- 
ron and tha lily of the vallej-. 
Responded to by Hon. James Thor- 
intjcon, in v.-hoso olf-hand remarks were 
mingled thu humor and good sense which 
arc so characteristic of tlio speaker. — 
Unfortunately, a copy of his remarks 
v.vre HOC obtained in time for publication 

7. Tlxc Rcxc thai occvpicd the laaJ. h'i'urc vf — 
Men ;a piiysical ability ; btoics in morals: 
They are car brothers. 

Rev. Mr. Powers responded to this, 
and sp^jke as follov,-s : 

Mr. PuEsiuE.vT : — It is iitting, amid 
the stirring, local and national associ.-i- 
tions of this hour, to remember that 
Kljrn race vi-hose fair heritage wc jiossess. 
Their iranting grounds have become our 
harvest iields ; il;e sites of their wi^-- 
wams are thriving settlements and indus- 
trious marts ; household sounds and 
christian worship, are heard wlit-ro re- 
sounded their Avar cry; and on their trail 
tic iron railway shoots toward.^ the set- 
ting sun. 

Though children of th.e wilderness, 
rude sanguinary and superstitious, still 
ilieir savage humanity i., reJeomc^d by 
many heroic virtues. As magn,\nimous 
in friend.ihip as iliey v,-ere implacable 
in revenge ; as sagacious in council, as 
dauntless in war — ever patient, intrepid, 
self-reliant, imperturbable in success or 
defeat, with their darkest tra.ils are 
always blended lines of light, which 
reveal the nobler qualities of the man. 

Indian history, sir, is not barren of 
pathetic incident and brilliant e.\ample. 
Heroes and patriots live in its exciting 
chronicles. And whether we contem- 
plate the noble consLancy of King Philip, 
the magnanimity of Massesoit, the ten- 
derness of Pochahonlas, li;e eloijueiU 
enthusiasm of Garangula ;ind Ke J Jnckct, 
the chivalrous heroism of Tecumseh, or 
the fervid patriotism of Black Hawk, we 
recognize types of chanicter which claim 
our sympathy and commend our admi- 


Thijui;li die ludiuii saw in the tropliies I embraces. I'.^ la!i!;m.';L;c is not lliat of 
of advantiiiif civilizatiim, iVuiiful la-idi \ cxacj'-yacioii. 

r.nd jieaceful srts, tl-,u oniami?;it.'i and j If I Iieard ari'/nt Mavqueiu^ and Jo'-.-! 
ameniii.'s of lii'i-, siill \vo can lioiior tliai i aro styled the " Fio7;oers of Pionoevs." 
senllmenL ■wl'-ioh inspired liis d-jvoiion to i LitOi-iUy cv.l strictly true. Beyond 
the rude freedom of bi= native wilds, i cavil, the v,-ero die firat white men ••xhn 
and provoked resistiince to the anuivssivo i set foot on the soil o'' lovra. Nor was 
pioneer with all tlie arts of subtile | the advent of ihe pale face so recent .ns 
.slrategv and force, e%-cn when tiic shadow j we are apt to imagine. About iifty years 
of doom ivas dark iipoii him. Yes, we I only.ifier the landing of the Pilgrims — 
can honor him, for ih.e laud that we loved ' nearly Bi?cty ye.irs prior to the founding 
v.-as the laud of hid fathers, and he felt i and settlement in Georgia, by the cnlighi- 
that ilieir voices spoke to him of duty ! ened and ehivalric Ogletliorpc — almost 
and patri'itism from their graves. | ten years before Willirim Penn made iiis 

But the memory of this peculiar race ■ famous treaty with thu natives, disiiu- 
:,hall not pass away, though iliey h.ave i guished as being the only treaty er;!r 
left no monuments in marble to plead for i made with the ill-sLarred race, 
ihem from ruin and decay. It isperpet- i " .w- ..r ...-„.,. t„ a-i.i nem" iTcken •■ 

united in the appellation of miLrhlv waters : ,._,., . ' ' , ^ ,. 

and ev.-rlasting lands. Tiieir V-ends i ^]'^. ^"f ^i ^^stnous >.tarquatie and Joliet 
whisper in every wind, in tlie falling leaf. ! ^''=1' }''^''% I^wa, — the btate we are 
and f.atherv siu.w, and in all the caden- i proud lo call our own!_ In s.^nctost vor- 
" woods and shores. And I "y> ^^^"' ^^^Y •'^'■° ^''^ "Pioneers of 


'ihouLrhl I heard in the 

sentiment about dieir heroism and daring 
j and something about tiieir unqucstioniii 

ces oi tiie 

while our harvests ripen under auspicious i 

suns, and while the blue rivers Ivar our 

commerce to the sea, while a grateful 

people enjoy iho blessings of tlie Groat ._-,., - . , . . 

h'aiher of us all. die stoVy of their nas- i ^-"'^ 'i'"^ P;'-' -^ml^i'^wn '■ . 

times and di.-ir nrowcss, sli.all ba repea'- ! ^°''' gl.-"i!y under other circumslances, 

ed in the Jiomes of the happy and the ! -""""'^1 \ wlk -ap„n dns interesting tins 

(,.„„ ' I su'"^estive theme ; But it would he 

iiee. ^a . ' . 

i vastly imnrudeni to risk an eicursion to 
?. Adt'jt.ic Lc C.'^iVs— Fir-t i:i ^ettl^menl— ; 

jirst i.i cliirts to mi;ke our city ix'cr'-»'s | 

anions rival;: — livsi; in tlio osiecui of liis Jel- i 

low citizens — lirst President ot t'lis society ; 

may "/ui shadoia never he las." 

Responded lo by E. Cook,, who 
regretted that the reply had not been 
committed toabler hands — are'Trflt-fr]iQlly 
uncalled for, as he did not fail in doing 
the subject full justice. His laudations 
of Mr. LeClaire were recognized as cor- 
rect and merited. 

oneors. ^i.^to■,■y, poetry, fiction exiiibit no- 
wlicrc r. heroism so lofty, a darina so iioWe, 
an r.mbition so pure, a I'ait'i so lovely a.s 
may be found in the ofi ncslccted bnt sim- 
ple and Louthin;; story of tlie first wiiite 
men wlio trod the soil of low.a. 

this enehsnied ground, where one would 
infallibly Le tempted to linger longer 
than the pri'prieties of the occasion, and 
the advanced hour of the night would 
warrant. A few words, then, and a f 'W 
only, must sutlice. \Ve be conten- 
ted to glance at without entering upon 
the delighiiul laud. 

The whole V.'est, the Mississippi Val- 
ley, at the tim.e of which I sp<'ak, \\r\s 
an unexplored v,-ilderness. More than .1 
century had elapsed since the discovery 
9. jlarquctic and Joliet — The Pionpcrs of Pi- I of the Mississippi by the romantic De 
"""'" * —-— ' ■ - - ' ' • - c;^i(,-,^ who, though he not gold in 

its sands, mi'St iiltingly found a grave 
beneath its waters, — yet nothing more 
than its bare existence was known. 
No Europcac ever knew where it rose 
by J. F. Dillon, who | or where it discharu-ed its mighty iloods. 
^Marquette knew of it only by from ir.'j 
reports of th.e nadves as the " Great 
River" Iving somewhere in the distant 
West, and wiiose banks were repttted to 
be thronged with blood-thirsty savage- 

said : — 

Mil. Cn.unMAii: — No sentiment has 
been o.^'ered to-ni'.,du, to which I could 
more heartily respond than to that. In 
my judgment it is eniinsnUy pertinent. 

I may possibly amplify, but can scarcely I and who.^c waters were said to abound in 

"inp,; 1,, ad'i to the thougiits it Concise"|v ' destruoLtve moii-lers. 


He felt animat-d lo attempt its <li;rov- : 
ery ; and nobly dared to \>v:ivn every 
danger, and eudiiru evey iinrdship inci- ! 
dent to the perilous uudertakina'. ! 

Why did he seek it ? and how ? 

He sought it, not as thousands in our i 
own day have sought distant lands in our i 
continent, and a still more distant island ' 
in a distant ocean, for Gold ! He sought | 
it not for worldly fame, or vrordlv ends, i 
He sought it ;is an humble missionary, i 
for the purpose of proclaiming the Ctos- i 
pel, anil erecting the standard of Chris- ; 
tianity among the tribes that he thought ] 
to find residing upon its banks. 1 .see, j 
in imagination, Marquette and .loliet, | 
with but five attendants and two guides, \ 
leave the last white settlement, and boldly i 
pushing forward, thoy knew not where, ' 
among hostile aud unknown tribes. 

Their guides can aid tli^m no further, | 
and the guides return. Submitting to i 
tha guidance of Providence, with theii- ; 
light canoes upon their b.aeks, they at . 
length find the V.'isconsin. Uidike ; 
streams they left behind them, l!iis riows ! 
toward the setting sun. They patientlv ' 
follow its current an entire week, wlien 
lo ! the long sought for river, as magnifi- i 
cent then as it is to-day. burst upon their j 
enraptured vision. 

Day after day they sailed tlnwn its | 
waters. The)- c.M-tainly passed, mayhaps I 
lauded, at the jilace wliere our llourishing 
city now stands. j 

Near the Southei'u boundary of our 
State they saw footprints on tlie sands of 
the river shore. They landed, anticipa- j 
ting, but not dreading, death at every 
step, and kept upon the trail until it led ! 
to an Indian village upon ih.e banks of 
the Des Moines. 

Their courage aud heroism faltered 
not a moment. They boldly advanced, Marquette proclaimed to the aston- 
tished natives God and the doctrines and 
mysteries of the faith which lie taught. 

The remarks of the elo([uenl gentle- 
man who responded to number .seven, 
remind mo of the first words of the na- 
tives on the banks of the Dcs Moines, on 
beholding Marquetteand iiis companions : 
"We are men," said they. Aud men 
they were. They are brothers. They 
were recognized as such l)v Alarciuettc 
" in his labors of love." 

Do thv depart'-d l.iok down upon u.> '.' 
If so, with wliat a--ti.iui-hmi'nt nni>i tlirsc 

early voyageurs beliohl the miva'nilous 
';'rowth and d^'velopment of the eountry 
tl'.i'v were the first to point out and visit. 

We love to imagine, as thev trod tliese 
-aorea in the majestic solitude of n.uure, 
that they heard the tramp of many mil- 
lions! and had visions of the empiroB 
that have since arisen so marvelously 
up(in the banks of the great river they 
were the first to e.vplore. 

They founded no cities. Tliey left no 
permanent monument behind them ! Yet 
a generous posterity v.-ill not willingly 
let their names perish. So far as they, 
or their "simple and touching story" is 
<'i>ncerned, no "Old Mortality" is needed 
by the "Pioneer settlers" as.sembled 
here to-night. So long as your river 
tlow.s, it will water their memories, and 
preserve them fresh and green. 

U>. The Piciiiecr Press of Scoit Coiniti/. 

1\Iy. Andrew Lfigan was first called 
upon, and made some biief but pertinent 
r-marks in regard to the growth of tlie 
Press in Davenport. He was followed 
by Alfred Saaders, Esq., Senior Editor 
..f tile Gazette, ivho spoke as follows : 

Mu. CiiAiRMA.N : — In responding to 
(hat sentiment permit me to express my 
pleasure in meeting so manv of mv fellow 
citizens, those whose features antl voices i 
have so long been liuniliar to me. 1 love ' 
to look upon their smiling faces, manv ' 
of which, alas! since they first were' 
familiar to my sight, have become worn • 
and furrowed by time, while their looks : 
have grown thin and blanched by age. — i 
But v,-e are .all passing away — we that:' 
were boys and girls a few years since, 
are now the fathers and mothers of Jjovs 
and girls, and the responsibility that 
devolved upon our parents, now rests 
upon us. Another score of years and 
our children will be the actors in the 
drama of life, aud we eitlier be spectators 
or retired altogether from the stage of 

When the portals of manhood first 
opened to me, aud the wide world lav 
spread otit before me, I started upon a 
iirur of two thousand miles. I viewed 
many lov.-ns on my route, but tlie one 
tliat presented the strongest attractions, 
that olfered me the most inducements to 
return and make it my liome. v.-a? then 
the insigniticant, lull beautiful lounof 


Davenport, at thai, lime .1 vill;ii^i' of some 
five liundi-fd hihabii.ants. 

In the same yi'r.iv ot jiiy life I caniu 
and declared my intention o( becoming :i 
citizen, and the next year returned and 
brought Avith mo my press, my partner 
in business — I might almost add, my 
partner in life, as .she immediately fol- 
lowed — and planted my .stake.s for life. 

We landed here on the 1 1 th day of 
August, ICU, on one of the smallest 
steamers that ever ascended the Missis- 
sippi River. In crossing the Lov.-er 
Rapids ^ye had to pole over, the power 
of the engine not being sufticient to pro- 
pel the little steamer against tlie current! 
We were four days thence in reaching the 
town of Davenport. As we landed hero, 
the good people of the village crowded 
down to the wharf to see and aid in 
disembarking the new press, and so 
effectually did tliey succeed in the latter 
particular, that they managed before ihey 
got it ashore, to bury it beneaih the 
waves of ihe Father of Waters ! Thus 
it was baptized, and I trust it never did 
discredit to the town it represented, tiie 
cause it advocated, nor — the ghostly 
fathers that administered the ordinance ! 
' That we saw hard times for many 
years in the publication of the (Jazetie. 
every old settler from personal experience 
knows to be the fact, but being blessed 
with a spirit that never says die, we 
persevered, and the paper now stands as 
one of the institutions of the West. 

With pride I say it, }.Ir. Chairman — as 
I presume it to lie the only instance on 
record in the West — that although v,'e 
had to purchase all our paper and mate- 
rials in the East, and have them brought 
out by the slow and tedious course of 
the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and 
although we had our paper sunk and 
burned, and delayed by every accident 
incident to so long a transportation, and 
although my assistants were siek, and I 
alone had to till every department of the 
paper, from writing its editorials, and 
setting its type, down to working at 
press, and rolling for papers, yet during 
the sixteen and a half years that I have 
controlled the Gazette, it has never i 
missed a single number. 

Of all those connected with the press 
in the State of Iowa, or in the entire 
region of country west of the Mississippi 
river, from its source to its outlet, at 

, the time 1 oommencod the nublieat.on of 

the Davenport Gazetie, not a single ou'- 

remains in that capacity — they are all 

gone, a fcvv' to other occupations, but ihe 

great; majority of them to the bourne from 

whence ]io traveller returns. I stand 

I .nlone, and yet not alone — there are more 

j editors this day in the city of Davenport 

I than there were then in the entire Siate 

I of Iowa — and througliotit the AVest, who 

I can number them. 

j I will but add, that if an aceounuability 

! aiuiches to us old .settlers, for our agency 

j in inducing many persons to leave the 

j comlbrts and luxuries of Eastern homes 

to (alto tip their abode here, v,-hore they 

! v,-ore denied those luxuries, that I will 

i have full as much to au3V,-er for as you ; 

I but if I have no worse relleCLion 10 vex 

1 my last hours, than the tiiought of my 

instrumenLality in inducing good people 

to make Davenport their homes. I shall 

certainly depart in peace. 

i 11. The Fionrcr Children— I'hi^y ai>- now, 
liravo yoiin::; ine:i anfl I'aii' voum; ivuuku ; 
may their livos, if iini, as cvtmiiui, bo us 
nsotiil as tliose of tlioir iiaronts. 

j Responded to by G. W. Ilogc, in a very 

j creditable spcocii. lie said : 

I One of Scott County's earliest bora, — it 
i^ v.'itli no little pleasure, Mr. President, [ r'jsi:0!i<i to this call, v.'tiich''r!'.izcs 
lue Ct-. Micii ; and To tli" toa?t-, in w'nirii wo, 

. "chUdrca of ti;u .'oil," are .'-.o kindly re- 

j uieiii'sjred. 

There are hours, sir, in tbe lires of all, 

I vvdiicii. from attendant oircinnstaaces, be- 

; come eras — landniaiks alv'u:,' the patliv,-ay of 
lii'.-, to v.-iiic!i ;ne!:u>r\' v.-iil revert, witii un- 
diminished ii'.terot. .Sncli an one vrili fie 

i pre.ient occa-ion bo; and by nono v>'ill it bu 
r'.'moHiberi.d v,-itir a truer, or ]i ^>v^•. lasting 
ijluaMire, tnan by us, the jiiniur meinbLTs of 

! tills noble fuaiii^- — as, 'aLie Pioneer Children 
ui' Scott County." 

Born hero, iriany of us, ot a time when 
but a few scattered and loHdy uv.ellin;;;s 
liiarkud the site of tli'> now pupiilou-. and 
opulent city of Duveniiort — '.ridlcour beau- 
teous State, hersidf. u-:i- 3'et in embryo — 
our interest in fclcutt cmmry has been no 
leis deep, our aiTcction fur her no less fer- 
vent r.liau taeir'.s who, eniiirrant.s from 
oilier States, caiae here to U id a second 
liomo ou our buauiUuss prairie-, or be.^ide 
our noblo river. 

'iVe, sir, had no s-acro'i ties to sever — no 
hapin- liredde-; in L!:i.-tcru lioa;. •; to r^L'ret 
— '.lerc was our fir-t, our only hmne — .-. e 
knew no otiior, aad we e.ire.i |..r ti.rne. 'iV> 
us. the world v,ms li.iunded on ti;e i:ii by 



the Mississippi, and IHveiiport wa-^ its me- 

Scott county, sir, lias been, as it were. 
our twin sister ; vre have .t;rown with her 
growth, and stren^rthened witli her strength 
— her friends are (jur I'riends, and her pi'' as- 
perity ouv •■chief joy."' 

Here, sir, has been the theatre of all our 
joys and all our sorrows. Here, cradled in 
the arms of Pioneer mother', tke d.ays of 
our childhood passed as one liright, unbro- 
ken dream ; and, as days lenj^thcned into 
j'ears, and the babe became tlie boy, by 
the bido of the Pioneer fathers, we have 
have explored, to us,the unbounded e.vpanse 
of tliesuedlaud, or the harvest tield; happy, 
though we could not carr}- the sickle 
or the hoc ; and wi^hinc; that we were men, 
that, we too, miiht hold the pl(iui;li, or reap 
the grain, or drive a prairie team. 

Or we have stooil, while the " sounding 
aisles of the dim woods raUL'."' to tlie stroke 
of the Pioneer'.s axu, and watched the big 
chips lly, until tlic mighty oak reeled — 
tottered and I'ell, witli a rrasli that woko 
the woodland echoes many a rood. How 
longed we to be woodsmen tlien ! 

And here,sir, on many a bright .Summcr'.s 
day, we sat in the rustic school house, 
striving to comprehend the mysteries of 
spoUiiig-book or primer, until released from 
stud}- — gamboling in unrestrained freedom on 
nature's own green carjieting, spead beiijre 
the door — a merry band, we sliouted our 
delight, unrestricted by city ordinances. 

And when the week slipped by, and 
Sabbath morning .smiled, with reverence we 
sat in the weather-beaten church, while, in 
heartfelt terms, thu Pioneers praised the 
name of their father's God, for this their 
inheritance, and earnestly besought his 
blessings on their prairie homes. I 

Such, sir, were our joys — we had our j 
sorrows, too. For, ever and anon, a dark I 
cloud of gloom gathered over the little 
settlement, as some loved one was taken ! 
from our mid<t by tlie hand of the de- i 
stroyer. 1 

A father, perhaps — well-beloved — stride- I 
en down in the pride of his manhood ; or | 
some tender mother is gone — leaving sad I 
and desokite, a heretofore happy hearth. — j 
Or, perchance, the prattling babe — the light | 
and sunshine of the cottage circle — unfolded \ 
its little wings, and soared, a white-robed I 
cherub, to its starry home. Or the merry, I 
light-hearted child — the joj'ous sharer of , 
our j-outhful sports — left us, with aching j 
heart and quivering lips, to mourn his earlj' I 

But this is too sad a theme — there is j 
another — a brighter one — to which wc 
gladly turn. | 

The birth-right, sir, is not .alone to us of ! 
the "sterner sex '' — for I am look around ' 
me here to-night and see many a sparkling 

j eye, whoso Mrst bric:ht giancc lit up the 
loneliness of the settlors cabin — many a 
I coral lip whose iirst sweet smile gladdened 
I a Pioneer mother's heart. And tiie witch- 
ery of tisese bright glauces has been around 
I us ever. These sweet smiles like the guer- 
don of the boy and man — gave zest to our 
! j-outhful pleasures, as to-night they throw 

enchantment round this festive scene. 
I And where, Mr. President — whether as 
I now gracing the crowded assembly, or in 
j tiie liome circle. Idling and adcrning alike 
I tht various stations ol dauahter, ji-ter, wife, 
i or all coml)ined — where, I ask, will you lind 
I a lovlicr galaxy than these, the J'ioneer 
daughters of Scott county. And, sir, all of 
I this gentle sisterhood are not with us on 
this occiision. 

The snow lies lightly over .some well- 

[ remembered forms that sleep iu yonder 

! grave yard. Some, for a time, have lelt us. 

' wliom. we hope, ere long, to greet again. 

Others — we miss them all, — on distant 

shrines have placed their household gods. 

Cut we lecl assured sir, that if these aljsent 

ones know of this, our social gathering, 

their hearts are with un in our joy; fwr 


'Through oluir strp.-iuls tlnir loi 
sun hither must thoir hc-:irts f 
is thpir loved— a.|iv|,ti:d hoi 
s, this, js slid lUcir iLalilT 



AV'hat wonder, then, Mr. President, tliat 
we love tbis soil, hallowed by such associa- 
tions ' 'What wonder, that in our 03-03 
Scott county is the "' fairest land the sun 
shines on 1'' 

Wc glory in this our birth-place. We 
gh'iy in the noble stock from which wc 
sprung. May, they, sir, never have cause 
to blush for us ! 
12. The City of Lc Claire — (Jur youni; ami 

prosperous Sister. Let Davenport kiok well 

to her lamels. 

Laurel Summers, Esq., was to have 
responded to this toast, but was obliged to 
send a letter of regret. Judge Grant made 
some humorous remarks in comparison of 
Davenport and Le Claire, bringing in some 
excellent puns, 
lo. Worann — The pride and ornament of the 

proudes-t palace — the joy and sunsliine of 

the humblest cabin. 

Iliram Price, Esq., responded as follows : 

Jlr. CuAUiMA.v: — I am called upon to 
respond to that sentiment, that "Woman is 
the pride and ornament of the promkst 
palace, and the joy and sunshine of the 
humblest cablin." 

Well, sir, nobody doubts that, do they ? 
There is but one side to that subject, and 
consequently no chance for an argument. — 
Woman 1 i rather like the name, it seems 
like coming back to first principles, and 
while I amWell satislied that slio is justly 
entitled to an abler advocate, and better 


representative than mysrlf, yet I am IjoWi Lome circla is woman's true kingdom 

to assort that the dcchiratioi! contained iu Without her man would be a savage, a lia'i'.V" 

that toast is literally and emphatically true 
You miglit have .c;onc further sir,anil added 
to the reading, the woi'ds — " and t;oneralIy 
pretty liard to get ahead of," for oortain I am 
that all present will agree with me, when I 
say that it is daily becoming a more ditlicult 
task to get around tliem. 

" The pride and ornament ol the proudest 
palace." Yes, sir, of this there can be no 
question, and yet wliat I may say on this 
point, must of necessity l>e more historical, 
than expcrimeutal knowlodae. lint sir,when 
j'ou talk of her as being the joy and sun- 
shine of the humble; t cabin, I can speak 
from experience — on the subject of cabins J 
am at home. I've been tlierc — as boy 
and man 1 havo builded them, and 
lived in them, and to-night my memory 
runs Ijack to the day of my boj-hood, and 
calls up before my mental vision the image 
of my mother, as she appeared to me in 
those days, at once the joy and the sun- 
shine of niy cabin home. 

faced unshaven savage, for witliout her 
smooth and smiling lace constantly before 
him, he would not have been sniiicientlv 
civilized to shave. 

'Twas for these, aiuuug other reasons, 
that the declaration went lorth from above, 
that it was not good for man to bo alone. — 
And Mr. CLaiiman, it is but a few months 
since one of the christian i)owc!-s of Europe 
was compelled to send out a ship load of 
women to one of tlieir l>Iand Colonies, to 
prevent tlieir colonists from relapsing into 
barbarism. 'J'hat, sir, \vas cmphaticallv a 
ship load of jciy and sunshine for the cabins 
of that Colony. 

It is true, sir, that without this inllucnce, 

'■ Mrin uwv dhab tliC Kli|.poi-y i,U'.'|i, 
WluTB wealtUnnJ htiwn- luftv fluut— 

A 1..V1' of golil iiiny t.'mpt the ilocp. 
Or (lown\\iirJ st-ek thu luilian iiiiu«j." 

but in all that enobles, all that elevates, all 
that raises from earth and ])oints Heaven- 
ward, in all that feeds and fills his higher 

Whether viewed from this stand point, or i nature, he will bo deficient. An 

from one a little farther down the stream of 
time, where with her who for nearly a 
quarter of a century has shared the lights 
and shades of life with me, and who accom- 
panies me to this festive hall to-night, 1 
commenced the battle of life in the world, 
in cither case, and from every point of ob^ 
scrvation, I am furnished with evidence to 
conclusively establish the fact, that woman 
is the joy and sunshine of the cabin. 

The homes of America ! Yea, the homes 
of the world, all proclaim with united voice I 
that woman is not only the pride of the j 
palace, but that she is emphatically the 
joy and sunshine of the cabin. | 

In this world, palaces arc for the few, I 
cabins for the million. Among the domicils I 
of earth, cabins are the rule, palaces the 
exception, Uut whether in the palace or \ 
in the cabin, it is in the home circle that | 
woman finds her proper sphere, her true ' 
clement, ft is from that centre that her 

now, sir, 1 liaar from afar the lamentation of 
one of earth's most favored and gifted sons, 
as from the exalted position to which he had 
climbed in search of happiness .and lame, he 
exclaims — 

; Wintvr ui-li;.-, 

; tull— 

111 ..( li'fiit— 

Buf tliorolu-H , ■ :ni,i!-l I . , II-- i..i> J and tlic |>hzoJ 
I'.i call up till- imri- find t.orrjwliil si/li." 

This, sir, speaks an influence deep and 
high. An influence upon which more than 
any one human agency ilepends the destiny 
of our country. It speaks in language not 
to be mistaken, giving tone and sha|ie and 
color to Pulpit, the Press and the Forum, 
It is the power behind the throne, greater 
than the throne itself. 

And now to tlie women present — the 
women of Scott countv. In view of the 

influences radiate, revealing fountains of ' l^.^A'f _ 'l"'^^ ''VJ'':'':'^"!'^''^.'^''''!^'"''""'" 
joy, reservoirs of sunshine, wlierever lier 
voice is heard in the territory of christian 
organization, and much, very ranch ot what 
the world possesses of happiness is attribu- 
table to that influence. 

True, there have been occasional instances 
whore woman has stepped out of this sphere 
and for a time, lips, with meteoric flashes, 
fixed the gaze and attracted the attention j 
of an astonished world. Such, for instance, i 
as the Maid of Saragossa, Joan of Arc, and 
last though not least, Florence Nightingale, 
the latter was, and is, at once the pride 
of all palace^, and the joy and sunshine of 
all cabins ; but thtve arc exceptions to the 
rule, and only prove the rule to be that the 

may I not lie allowed to say, in the language 
of one of the gifts d of their own sex — 

'■ r.'p M-oiiiau to thy duly : Now's 

The uay, ami now's the Liiui- 
To use thy bnastcil iiiau(-nc(.— 

To prove thy ma'^it: power I 
Tnl.'ss thy touglie— th.' word ol Inilh 

That would a houboliohl save. 
If vpoken welt, perchance may snateii 

.V thousand from the j^rave I 
On in thy work with strong free heart. 

Thy mission"! from above I 
You cannot fail if you are true, 

For all the work is love • 
.\nd " God is Love ;" and woman',- >pbeie 

of love and hope wa.- given 
Tn draw tlie imnd^rer from hi'; sins 

And point him up I.. Hi< aven I" 

To the '■ Pioneer Settlers," permit me, 
in clo.-ing to sav, that the sincere desire of 



my htart i-. tuat you may iievcr pi-i^ie 
for jour j:L;iucc<, or joy ami suii-lsinc for 
your ci'jii;.-. i;i::y you live to 
many ^uc!l i-apny ro;iiiio:is nj tliis in faturc 
time, a!i<l •iriien .nil shsU Ije numbcroil with 
the " Pionoor L)o:!.i " may you all have a 
brighter anil n ij.-, ipior roa.iion in the land 
of the " Great IlerL-aftcr.'' 

The follo'^-iii? vohuuour toast? wore then 


Sent et Laceal Sciiulks : 

Scott Counijj — Un^urfra5se[l in beauty and fer- 
tility of soil — may her " Old Seniors " lon^ 
live to enjoy their annua! festivals. 

Jud^jc Grant introduced with very c[j[)ro- 
priate remarks, and a eulojy upon his 
subject — "The ikciuori; vf Cul. Duceuport,'' — 
which was drank standing and in silence. 

Willard Dtirrows, E-q.. wa> next called 
upon, an I made a le'.v iuiproun.itu but 
heartfelt and pertinent roinar'.;--'. The pres- 
ent gathering wa^, he said, tlie fruit of long 
clierished lioi.-o on his part, and there never 
before liai been :i moment in his life iu 
whicli such emotions had po=:.e>>cd him a.^ 
at pre?ent. It was a blending of the 
hardships of the past, with the serene quiet- 
ness and .'^oci.^d sympathies of the present. — 
Tlioy were thirsty soldiers who iiad met 
briglitened joys, and softened sorrows and 
by cool water the Itoc labor of a weary 
campaign of years. Tiioy v.-eretlie victors, 
scarred and toilworn, but secnio lor tlio 
future, and, save a saddened memory, as 
here and tiiere an old hnniliar face was 
wantii:g, and tliought tra;,-ed iis upturned 
lineaments upon sou\e di-tant battle field, 
there wa.-; no cause save for i-ejoicmg. 

Mr. Barrow:5 .--poUe in a similar strain for 
a few monv-':;. :--^d c'o-ed his reniarlis Ijy 
sa3'iiig that he f_-lt to-iiiulit like one of old 
who loved her fi iends, and v/ao-e memorable 
words of alfoctiou sb:iU live for ever : '• En- 
treat me not to leave thee or forsake thee — 
for whither thoU goest. 1 will go _: thy peo- 
ple shall be my people, and thy God, my 
God — where tiiou die.^t I v.iil die, and there 
will I be buried !" — and when I shall have 
gone to that '-boitrne from whence no trav- 
eler return-," tiie greatest boon I can ask is, 
that 013- grave ma;.- be surrounded b_v the 
" Pioneer Settlor.'' Association of Scott 
ccuntj-!" His modest fear of saying 
too much, unrorlunatei_v, overcame the 
wishes of his auditors to li-tcn to him 
longer. It is, perhaps, owing to him more 
than ar.v othei-, t:;ac tiie idea of an '= Old 
Settk'rs" reunion beca;iie a practical fiot — 
shaped to the fair and goodl_v proportions 
which it pojse>.-ed. 

All honor to his eii'orts, which requited 
. so happilv. and niav scores of returning 
; le-tivais afford j-early gratitude to hij 
1 name, as well a^ others who labored to 
■ originate tliem. 

By Col. T. C. Eaus : 

\ The Ohl SiiUcrs of ScctI Count i/~l>rnKii (o- ' 
gelher by tlie indissolubio ti^s of a cnni- 

mon fate — a relationship stronger than that I 

of blood ; no power ^ave He v.ho governs | 

j the world shall sever the brotherhood till the I 

j last of the noble band shall sink into an ! 

honored arave and leave posterity to say, 1 

I He was a man. j 

Bv ^\^. Allien : 
, The Pioneer Sdtleys of ScoH Cocii/.y— May ! 
the noblfl s])irit which prompted them to at- | 
teniTit the civilization of this ma:;nitieent 
v.iljerness, so mould and energize the souls 
of their descendants, that the Creator's 
grand design in the settlement of litis beau- 
tiful land may be speedily accomplished, 
and its re.^ults be maiiitested by the count- 
less spires that sliall direct to heaven, from 
every town and village, the thongflis of a 
free and hajipy people. 

Ey A Lady: 
Dr.J.J. Diiriii — Tiie trentlemanly and agree- 
able proprietpr of this palatial Hotel, may 
he be completely successfid in his benevo- 
lent plan for imblic entertainment, and hi.-, 
brightest anticipations be more than re- 

Cy C. C. Alvoki. : 
The Sons and Daiajhttrs of the Old Settlers— 
rdny they imit,ate us in perseverance, fru- 
gality and industry, and their seed shall not 
go oc,5ging bread. 

The Jlairons of this Association — Our help, 
comfort and consolation in every time of 
need, and the fruits of their labor now fol- 
low tliem. 

Ev .J AS. TuoKixGiox ; 

Oi'-r Host, Br. Biuiis — May he prepare the 
aimual feast for the " Old Settlers' Associa- 
tion,'' or be present as an invited guest, to 
the last one, attended by the last member, 
and may he sive equal satisfaction at them 
all as he bas to-night. 

B_y request the Hon. John P. Cook, sang 
the following song : — 

Oil. in the ■. tilly nicUt, 

Ereslumbev's chain lialli hound me. 
Fond mPiuorv hrin^s the light 

Of other .i-iv3 -irounJ mo -, 
The smiles, t=j'c (i •■>". 

Ofl,i,vli.i.iJ-s vasrs 
Tho Vi.ndi of lov,; 'hpn epokun— 

Tlie eyes tliat shon '• 


r brolc.-n : 

Tho cheurful hi: 

CKOBrs.— Tlins, in the Ml. ■'.'•, "'KW' 

Krc sturobora ehain bath hound D 
Fond meui- rv Inr-.-a Ihe li,i ' 

Of othi- 

i.und 1 



^ fell 

Like leaves in wintry weather : 
I feel like ono 

Who treads alunc 
Some banquet ha'.l deserted, 

Who fO lights areU..!, 
WhOffl parlntitls d?ad — 

And all but he departed ! 
Choecs.— Thup, in the stilly uishl 

Ere elmmWr's chain has bound uj". 
Sad meuiorj- brin-rs tbn lijhl 

Of other days arouud rac. 

Ou motion 

RcsoJvecf: Tliat tlie Executive Commitleo be 

I directed to cause to be published in pamphle'" 
I form, an abstract of the proceedings of" this 
j Association, including tlie consLitution ami 
j by-laws, the addresses upon the presentation 
! of the cane, the annua! address, the regular 
; toasts and such other matters in connection 
I therewith as they ma}- thinli proper. Ihat 
■ they procure ti^e hundred copies and (iistrib- 
j ute one copy to each member, and that the re- 
i mainder be held by the Secretary, subject to 
i the fttrther order of the Association. 

On motion, the Association adjourned. 



The following responses were handed 
iu too late for classilicalion : 

8. Antoine Le Claire — First in settlement — 
first in eli'orts to make our city peerless 
among rivals — first in the esteem of his fel- 
low citizens — first President ot this society ; 
may "his shadoio never be less." 

Responded to by E. Cook, Esq., as 
follows : 

It gives nie unfeigned pleasure sir, to 
respond to the sentiments contained iu 
the toast just read by you, and I only 
regret that the dutv had not been 
assigned to abler liands ; more willing, 
there is none. 

Antoine Le Claire ! First in settle- 
ment. Nearly twenty-three years since, 
while looking u]) a home for myself and 
family in the West, chance brought me 
down your noble river, and I was landed 
within a few rods of where we now are, 
and there I found a comfortable log 
house, the only dwelling near on this 
side the river. I made my way to the 
door, it was opened, and there I found 
Mr. Le Claire and his worthy wife. — 
How long he had been there prior to that 
I cannot sav, but stire it is that even 
then he was alone in his iclory. 1 shall 
never forget, so long as life remains, the 
hearty welcome I received: the kind and 
generous manner in which 1 was taken 
care of, during the time [ remained with 
them, while preparing a home for myself. 
For all his goodness and kindness to me 
and my family, when we were strangers 
in a strange land, I owe him my heart- 
felt thanks, and 1 am proud of tiie oppor- 
tunity to be permitted to express them 
in this public manner. 

And I am alone in this ? No, for in 
looking around me here to-night, I see 
numbers of the early settlers of this 
county whom he received and treated in 
the same manner, whose hearts silently 
respond to tlie same sentiment, and who 
oidy want an opportunity to give vent to 
their feelinijs in audible laniruaire. 

And is it true that Antoine Le Claire 
is "tirst in eflbrls to make our city peer- 
less among rivals ?" Let the old settlers 
of this county answ-er. 

Let those who resided here at an early 
dav, and hare w-atched years and years 
ago, his efibrts from day to day and year, 
reply to question. 

Why sir, voii know that it was a com- 
mon remark among us long since, that 
Lo Claire would ruin himself in trying 
l'> build up a town here, and you sir, 
know too, that his large expenditures 
with that view, so seriously embarrassed 
him in his pecuniary matters, that his 
friends felt great anxiety and alarm as to 
the result. But the tide turned, the 
scene changed, the dark days passed 
away, and Le Claire's bread fell "butter 
side up." And when brighter days 
appeared did he then relax his efforts "? 
Did he then supinely sit down and hoard 
his wealth like the miser ? Did he then 
cease to aid in every proper and legitimate 
way those who were seeking to build up 
the town and its business ? 

Let his subscriptions to every public 
work, intended to advance our interest 
in the country answer 1 Let hundreds 
of those who have been aided and cheer- 
ed by him in their business, reply. 

Antoine Le Claire, " first in the es- 
teem of his fellow citizens." 

For the truth and propriety of this 
sentiment. I appeal to the hearts and 
feelings of the old settlers of this county 
— who amonn' us is more worthy? AVho 
is there amoni;- us to whom the sentiment 
can be so well applied ? 

Whom is there among us whom we 
more delight to honor ? 

I venture to say that from the moment 
of the tirst inception of tiie ide.i of this 
Association, up to the time of tiie elec- 
tion, no individual thought of any otiier 
name than that of Le Claire for our tirst 



And Tvliy js thi:i ?o '? Because it ; sold, affections, press rrnd all, for ive 
80 emmenily littiii- and proper, tliat he loved the snot, and ibouaht v.o. could 
who was hrst m settlement — lirst in | read upon the broad, unfolded pa^es of 
efforts to make our cuv peerle-s amonir ! litr vir-in hills and adjacent fer[ile%rii- 
rivals— first m the esteem of his fellow ries, fomethin- hirrhlv auspicious of a 

Citizens, sl'-ould ho the recipient of the 
honor, and I trust that so Ioik'- as he 
shall live, he v;-ill continue to be the 
President of this Association. 

I trust and pray sir, that (or many, 
many years, those of us -who mav be 
permitted to gather together at the An- 
nual Festivals, may see'him in the place 
he now occupies; that Time may lay his 
hands gently upon him. that his loci an-e 
may bo peaceful and happy, and that 
when he shall be "gathered to his 
fathers," his memory may remain ureen 

blooming future. But soon the bloodle 
battle was fought and the rictury ours ; 
and the flames of excitement sublimed 
away into viewless air — promises and 
integrity too, and we were sold, — liter- 
ally sold — for an empty promise was our 
reward ! 

T/ic J-'ioneti- Association. — The laiscst and 
most nneient family in Scott Countv. May 
no family jars ever enter their circle. 

Mr. R. Christie, responded as follows: 
Mr. PnEsiDEXT : — This Association 
, c ^ 1 - •■ . •, ' present an anomaly in the history of 

and fresh amon- the surviving members I ^cott county. For, sir, no one here 
of this Association. j ^^_^^^,^^^^ ^^^^^^^ ^^^^^ j^^ ^^^ ^^.^^ ^^j^^,,j. 

^^'-.T''" -P'»"«'f rress cf.Scoit Cowniy. : ed a meeting in this county composed of 

Mr. Andrew Logan, responded as so large a number as the one assembled 

iollow.'5 . here, where so many familiar faces were 

Mr- Chairman : — It is with unmingled , to be seen. Should a stranger be ushered 
pleasnie that I respond to the above : into this presence and commence interro- 
toast, .IP it awakens in our mind a mighty i gating you, sir, as to the name of this 
tide ol" thought teeming with vivid j stripling or of that grey-haired man, 
reminiscences of bye-gone years. Upon | joii could at once not only give him their 
the piniouless wings of thought we are i names, but you could give him the 
borne back to the lovely morn, of the history of their lives fcr the last seven- 
the Tth of July, lG3o, when first we set : teen years, and not only the history of 
foot upon the western shores of the one or two. but you could gratify the gen- 
Father of the Waters, where now stands tleman still further. Youconid give hira 
the matchless city of Davenport. — peer- the history of the whole house, of every 
less in beauty and solid worth, above all one here old or young. In the same way, 
rivals, and the fair metropolis of our ; sir, every member here could give the 
flourishing State. And again, we go j history- of every othermember of this As- 
back to the 18ch day of Seplmber, 13r>G, '■ ssociation for nearly twenty years. Sir, I 
nearly twenty years ago, when as stand- i need not say that these histories would tell 
ard bearer of local and foreign intelli- I ofbraveheartsandstronu'arms. of dangers 
gence, we unfarled and placed fresh j and difficulties encountered and overcome 
before our few readers the first mimberof : by the indomii.'ible perseverance of the 
the Davenport, Iowa, Sun. Aye, here ; Pioneers who chose this fair portion of 
too, comes up the recollection of the I God's heritage for their future homes, de- 
many difficulties under which we labored i termined here to bide their time, or to lay i 
in assuming the responsible charge of their bones mayhap upon the prairie. — ' 
editing and publishinLT a newspaper, with . But sir, the^e histories are unwritten. 
no assistance save that of our two little May it not be the province of this As- j 
sons, the eldest of whom was but twelve I sociation to gather up and place upon 
years old. I the record fact^ connected with the early ' 

At that day our county was rife with j settlement of tiiis county that maj- be 
contentions for the setti<'ment of the ' sought after by the future historical 
county seat question. Davenport anil society of the Slate of Iowa. Sir, with- 
Rockingham were the chief competitors out any stretch of the imagination, we 
for the crown. Prominent citizens of can now behold future Bancrofts, and 
both places daily sought to n>'goiiate I Longfellow's diligently searching the 
with us for the aid of our press iu their i archives of this Association for materials 
behalf. To Davenport we -vwra linally fur history and poetry. 


6. The City of Dare nport— The Pet auri tlip 
Priil(3or niorious ''old Scott;" crowi: jpupI 
of tlie U|iper Jli.-isibsippi ; tlie rose of tiba- 
ron and tlio lily of tlie vallpy. 
Responded to by Mr. Thoriugton, as 
follows : — 

I see around me to-night familiar 
faces. When I arose before you, mv 
mind was involuntarily carried back to 
former times; wlicn we mot frequently 
and knew no strangers in "old ticott," 
now nearly twenty years ago. Around 
me, there are many of the same familiar 
faces, and the same hearty shake of the 
hand that met me at the threshold of 
this mansion, and the warm heart that 
beat response to friendship's strongest 
ties then, are liero to-night. It seems 
as a cycle of events were again to be 
passed through, at your homesteads and 
on our broad and beautiful prairies, 
when I sought your sulirage for oUice, 
and obtained your contideuce, was again 
to be gone tlirough with ; and to-niij-ht 
there is a pleasure in looking around me 
upon smiling faces and frank countenan- 
ces ; that I v,"on your confidence, and 
that time nor age has given neither the 
one or the other cause for regret, the 
relative position tliat existed so long 
between JSfott county and James Thor- 
ington. My time lias been taxed and 
my business delayed at Washington City, 
that I might be present among you to- 
night ; 1 have no regrets upon the sub- 
ject, nor do I think the one uprotitably 
spent, nor the injury to the other irre- 
parrable. A reunion like this is rarelv I 
to bo met with, and I, for one, have no't i 
the nerve to forego it. It is one of those | 
occasions that occur in the journey of | 
life, that freshens and re-invigorates the 
man, as oasis in a sterile and barren 
waste, to the way-worn and tired trav- 

The sentiment I am called upon to 
respond to, is a pleasant one. It brings 
up many recollections, and I am some- 
what pleased that it has devolved upon 
me to respond to so acceptable a stuti- 

The City cf Davenport. 

Why Mr. President, about twenty 
years ago, if I should have made my ' 
appearance before this crowd, and have 
utrered that remark. " The City of Da- | 
venport," what irony would have lit up I 
every countenance, and if I should have \ 

\ persisted in sayingthat ourluile rural vil- j 

lage would surely bo a city in 2J years, | 
; you certainly would have laughed at the j 

idea, if some of you had noi iiave our : 
j with it "that Jim's a fuol." to be talking \ 
\ about this town's becoming a ciiy. Mit I 
' President, pardon me for lelaiin'g a cir- i 
I cumstance that occured about that iia:e ; I 
' many present m^y probably lecoUect the j 

circumstance. i)o you I'enT^mber Mr. 
I President, when you procured about as 

fashionable a piece of cloth as could 
j then be obtained, in all these regions 

about, (a large Mackinaw blanket, )"how 
I particular you were in studying the 
I latest style, how you consulted first this 

one, and the other one, as to the length 
! of the tail. The village tailor had The 
i monopoly on you ; there was but one in 
, the diggins, and, of course, it was to his 
[ emporium the job of clothing, fitting 
! and making had to devolve of adjusiin" 
j tliat respectable garment on your no 
! small dimensions, even in those early 
j days. Wed sir, the coat was cut. fitted 

and^ made, and its newness had become 
! familiar to our eyes, and but little was 

said, or tlioughi about Le Ciaiie's new 
i coat, made from Mackinaw broadcloth, 
I until one fine day, when many of us 

were assembled together, and you Avere 

then, as now, the centre of atti'action — 
; when your fashionable tjiilor, who usually 
I g.ave entire satisfaction in his professional 
line, and the builder of vour outer "ar- 
inent, mad« his appearance in our midst 
with what was called a monkey-jacket, 
made from cloth so near color and qual- 
ity of that of which your own coat was 
made, that it would defy liic best of 
judges to determine the difference. — 
There electricity in that crowd ; it , 
may have been fashionable at one time, 
as related by ^Esop, for foxes to go without I 
tails ; but these two coals, one on you j 
with a tail, the otheron the tailorwitiiouta i 
tail — was too apparent for tlie most su- ! not to see how one g.irnicnt had i 
beenekedouttocompletetheotiier. S:im« j 
]i,artios would h.ave ooniented themselves ' 
with having smiled in their sli-eves, ,<ind ' 
making their comment-s in tii« absence ' 
of the tailor. It was evident, however, 
he had fallen into the wrong crowd, anil I 
in the smile that lit up your counienanc* ' 
it was certain there was a pr.ictical juk» j 
ahead. Silence reigned but .1 few min- I 
utes, when you thus accosted him : *• I 


K," at the same timo raising the extrem- i 
ity of Tour ovrn outer garment, and i 
casting- your eyes first at his co<it and i 
then nt your own, proceedin;^ with a I 
knowing wink to tha crov.d, " vrhy did \ 
you not take more from here, i could , 
spare s liitle, and yours Tvould look much i 
better." It was too much for any of us I 
to hold on any longer. One roar -n-ent j 
up, and it was some time before tne j 
reverberaliou di?d c^sy. It wr.? loo : 
much for the tailor; he raved and swore, | 
and the rjovs he raved andiworctuemore \ 
he -was persecuted — and what was inien- | 
ded as a joke he took serious, and becnme I 
in his turn in=olent, and I mic;iit add, the | 
atrgresaor. Fight he would, a\u light i 
he must; tha charge of cabbaging could 
be cleared up in no other vray than a 
resort to the code of honor, v.-hich, of 
course, in those days wa3 a resort to listi- i 
cuffs. It T-as pooii evident that a light | 
was inevitable, as the tailor seemed to I 
demand no boot or odda for disparage- ' 
ment of size, he in common phr;':^. i 
"pitched ill." As soon as he cime i 
within reach of that iron grasp of yours, ; 
it was no'-T perfectly plain he had made i 
a sad mistske, snd'it was a wonder to us i 
what was to become of our village tailor j 
if ever he got thr-:"} hundred and fif;y 
pounds of avoirdupois over hira. They 
say foriuuo favors the brpve, and in this 
case itsesms tha chances of v.-ar favored 
our knight of the lap-board and thears. 
On that ooca-jion you, had provided the 
lower extremity of your pant-aloons v,'ith 
what was then quite the rage — a strong 
pair of leather straps. You m.ay well 
imagine this time w^at a laugh went up, 
to see you, in your efforts to put your 
foot on the poor baseeching prostrate 
tailor — again and Kgain as you h^Id him 
down with onv hand and attempted to 
raise your foot so as to place ic upon | 
him — and in every effort failing, and j 
the object had in view, becoming at last > 
apparenttj yourself, was utterly impossi- ■ 
ble, and your anger at the same time j 
relaxing, you, like the rest of us, joining j 
hastily in ihe laugh, remarking that the | 
gallows' at the lower end of your breech- 
es, was the means of saving his life, 
released him from bis perilous situation, 
and ceased your nramusing motions, 
ovor our prostrate fellow-ciiizen on a 
Tilodgc on his part to behave himself. A 
rocouciliatioii took place, we adjourned 

to the grocerv ail hands, took a horn 
of sod-corn-juice and parted as usual, 
good friends. Let me, return the senti- 
ment. We are a. city ! Davenport to- 
day numbers her thousands, wht^re then 
she numbered her dozens; to-day where 
stand these proud walls, costing their 
tens of thousands of dollars to erect, 
thea stood the humble cabin of our Presi- 
dent, the abode of hospitality and good 
cheer amidst the cornhilis, unleveled, 
where Black Hawk and his tribe but a 
a season beforf had cultivated m their 
rude way. 

Yes, we are a city. •' The city of 
Davenport. The pet and pride of old 

To deserve ihs just praise of a com- 
munity, or a confiding people, is to earn 
It by merit and just dealing. liany men 
arc said to be honorable members o*' 
their profession or th'-ir trade ; while of 
others it may be said their profession or 
their trade, ir an honorto theni- 

This distinction, Ibelicve, is appli- 
cable to Davenport. I see many 
in this assembage who are the bone and 
einew of old bcott, sturdy, honorable 
larmeri. Ciiiiens of old Scott, does not 
Davenport deserve the appelation? You 
built her; vou caused her fair name to be 
spoken in prai?e by her citiiens at home 
rnd ti'.f 'stranger nbroad; and lo-day, 
Davenport has no cause to shrink from 
a comparison with her sisier cities, 
whether morally, socially or financially. 

"The crown jewpl of the upper Mis- 

History informs us, that the Kooh-i- 
Toor diimond, which safely reposes 
among the crown jewels of Russia, 
weirrhs 193 carats, and is valued at 
01,733,530. The Kooh-i-jS'oor dia- 
mond, £83 carats, and is said to have 
weighed when rough 793 carats, conse- 
quently, we may approximate its value 
in its present condition at S_',G82,485. — 
A prince of India named Reejeet tjingh 
has the Kooh-i-Noor at Lnhore. It is 
related, a Bengalee Shroff, or banker 
named Seel churd, resident at Loodianah, 
having occasion to visit Lahore, on the 
Rajah's business, asked his Highness for 
permission to see the jewel, which, upon 
bein:;' granted, Seelchurd fell on his face 
and "worshipped the stone." How fitly 
spoken then as the crown jewel of priceless 
value, as the admired of al! the world. 


and to he. worshipped by the rich for U3 
great v.'ilue, so Nriil Ditventon ns a crown 
jewel, lie visited and worshipped lor her 
intrinsic value — her morrlity, intelli- 
gence, ber seats of learning-, the lirta 
and the soiencea. 

" The Eose of Sliaron, and the Lilvof 
the Valley." 1818081 

This is s pleasajii purtion ot my theme 
to dwell upon. We are told by the best 
authorities, that " th« Rose has alway.s 
been the favorite flower among; civilized 
nations." The beauty of it3 toiiaoe, the 
elagance of ita form, the large aize and 
»!,a'eeable tints of the flov/er, lo^'ether 
with its delicious fragrance. Lave all 
conspired to acquire for it the distinction 
of the queen of flo'.rers." That we are 
a favorite pla^e is undeniable; the beauty 
that surrounds us, the elegance of our 
city, the larr^e size and agreeable ar- 
ranq-eraents of our public and private 
ediliees, together with the yrace and 
beauty that inhabits them, all conspire 
to acquire for us, the distication of the 
queen of cities. 

"Sub. Kosa (under the rose j in secret, 
privately, in a manner that forbids dis- 
closure : the rose beinii' among the 
ancients the symbol of secrecy, and 
hung up at an enterudnmeni, ;i3 a token 
that notiiing there said should be divulg- 
ed." The propriety of modest worth 
is here fitly referred — the tattle mess- 
manger is justly shunned and dreaded. 
Your greatness, wealth and good name 
will surely lind its way into the world, 
and be properly appreciated without being 
trumpeted about, by one's own lips — as 
the rose has nothing to blush for, but 
■worth, so let Davenport imitate her floral 

The lovely plains of Sharon are ire- 
quently spoken of in the good book — 
a country in Palestine along the coast of 
the Meduerranean — as beingexceedingly 
beautiful and fertile, stretching along 
south of Mount Carmel, from Csesarea 
to Joppa. Its fertility and beauty are 
often alluded to bv the sacred writers. 

An Ameiiean traveler in that region 
I in 1834, who passed over the -Dlain r-:^- 
! marks : " The whole ValUey of Sharon 
! from the mountains of Jerusalem to the 
[ sea, and from ihe foot of Carmel to the 
i hills of Gaza, is spread before you like 
' 3 painted map, and is extremely beautiful, 
' especially at evcnin;^, when the hist ray 
of the setting sun gilds the distant 
mountain tops, the weary husbandman 
! returns from his labor, and the bleeiing 
! tiocks come frisking and joyful to their 
1 fold. At such a time I saw ic, and ling- 
ered long in passive meditation, iin'il the 
I stars looked out from the sky, auu the 
' cool breezes of evening began to shed 
' soft dews on the feverish lands. Vv'hac 
' a paradise was here when Solomon 

• reigned in Jerusalem and sang of the 
! roses of Sharon." What a pictuve is 
I here given you of Davenport, twenty 
' years ago, "How fresh it must be iu the 
' ininds of those who were here some 
; fifteen or twenty years ago, of the lov3- 
! liness that nature spread out before the 
j eyes of the beholder in tiiiS v;.!ley 1 — 
, The wild roses growing spontaneously 
j where our business streets lie : and the 
I lily of the valley springing up in the 
' lower part of our city. 

The'lily.'that has always held a pvoini- 
j nent place in emblematic language, in 
' the -middle ages and m modern tiniJS, the 
! w-hita lily has always been the emblem 
' of chastity. Hence the Virgin Mary is 
; often represented with a lily in her 
: hand, or by her side. 
: In this beautiful vale of Shaiou, many 

years ago, (and I hope the partner of niy 
' pleasures and 'of mysorrows now present, 

^^■\]\ pardon the allusion.) I sought out a 
i lily in this beautiful vale, and pl.icod her 
i at my side; uiat choice I have never had 
I cause to regret, and to the younger 

• members of this Pioneer's Settler's Asso- 
ciation, who have thus far failed or 
nesrlected to choose a lily to place at 

: their sides, from the fair ones tnat yet 
bloom in otu- midst, the only wish 1 can 
add for their happiness, is may they lare 

■ as well as I have in my ^election, .-md 
they b« speedily about it. 




Bellaire, 0., Feb. 8, 1858. 
Gentlemen : — ! feel ruucU complimented 
by your remembrance of me, :ind tlio invi- 
tation to the Festival of the " Pioneer Set- 
tlers's Association," on the 22.1 inst. I re- 
gret verv niocli that I cannot be with j-ou 
on the occasion — the IJrst re-nnion of those, 
still livini:, who were as^ociateii in t!ie fonnd- 
iiig of society in your county, will be an 
event of unusual interest. The recollec- 
tions awakened by it will have some tliinp;s 
to sadden, but more to excite gratulation. 
Twenty years make but a short period in 
the history of communities ; but it is a long 
one in individual expei-ience, luoro especially 
when the succession of events is a truer 
guage of time than the chance of seasons. 
More than twenty 3-cara have gone by since I 
tlie most of those who can be denominated I 
the Pioneers of Scott countv, settled in ! 
what was then W'iscansin Territory-. Since i 
that time what clian'^es have come to all — I 
what trials to many. Some have passed j 
away ; but most of those remaining are i 
able to claim that the occurrences which | 
have built up the prosperity of your State i 
have de.alt kuidly with their individual lor- i 
tunes, and repaid them for all the hard- j 
ships and sacrifices they endured in the 1 
first ten 3'ears of their jiionecr experience. 
.These are the considerations which, witli 1 
greater or less intensity, according to th<? ! 
respective fortunes that have attended tlie I 
members of your association, will more ob- 
Tiously link themselves with the reminis- I 
cences of the Festival. But there is a moral \ 
point of view in which the retrospection i 
.T'll have less of individnalit}-, and, tliere- | 
fur^-, a higher and moru retincd sense of j 
gratulation. In the migration to that 
countr}-, each of us had our individual pur- ! 
poses to accomplish — some possibly sordid 
and narrow — others, doubtless,, broad and ; 
elevated, with visions of enlarged useful- I 
ness a great future for the country they i 
bad adopted. But whatever may have been i 
our motives or dreaias, the seven years of I 
hard times wliich succieded 1837, (opera- | 
ting with peculiar severity upon a country I 
so isolated from market as lou-a then was, ) 
brought everything to the grinding standard | 
of a stru:rile for bare subsistence. But I 
through all this strugde and gloom a great | 
purpose was being accomplished ; — ' 

" Tbpre is » Trotidf n»,i th^t jhar^s our sndf , 
Koueh hew tlifm OS we will." 1 

The very difficulties of the country were 

preparing it for a brighter day. Every ' 

plough furrow — every axe-stroke were un- 
witting but sure agencies in the develop- 
ment of the country, and in advancing it 
towards that day of awakening — that com- 
plete and active civilization of winch the 

Locomotive is the true representative 

Twenty years elapsed, and tlie strugilin" 
pioneers of Iowa found themselves the fath- 
ers of a great and prosperous State. 

Inthe spring of 1835 I settled upon the 
Illinois shore, where Stephenson (now Bock 
Island) was afterwards located. In Ps.iG I 
removed to the west side of the Jlississippi, 
into what was then .Michigan Territorv, af 
terwards Wisconsin, and now Iowa,' In 
184'J I joined you in the organization of tlio 
Chicago it Kock Island liailroad Compaii}'. 
These epochs tell the history of my pioneer- 
ship. In them I cannot boast that I accom- 
plished much fjr myself; but I thank God 
that 1 have done something — or at least I 
hope so.;— for my fellow-man. 

You have placed two perio<ls, conspicu- 
ously diiferent in themselves, in juxtap(jsi- 
tion upon your card — lN4u and 1858, — Iowa 
as it was, and Iowa as it is. "What a con- 
trast the two pictures present ! Tlie rapid 
colonization of Oliio and Kentucky were 
marvels in their day, but tlicy are marvels 
no longer. Wisconsin may claim a parallel 
with Iowa ; and Minnesota may boast a leap 
into Statehood of still greater apparent 
vigor; but not, when it is considered that, 
for the want of railroad connection with the 
seaboard, the first ten years of Iowa were 
practically lust to her. 

■Allow me, in conclusion, to hope that 
there will be many and pleasant re-unions 
of the '• Pioneer Settlers' Association." 
Very trul}- j-ours, etc., 

J. II. Sullivan. 

Fruit Hill Classical I.nstitute, Mass., > 
February 9th, 1858. \ 

Gentlemen : — Your note and invitation 
were transmitted to me by my father. I 
thank you very much for your kind invita- 
tion and welcome. It is with much regret 
that I am cbli:ied to inform you, that im- 
possibilities which cannot be surmounted, 
will prevent my joining j'ou in the ap- 
proaching lestivaj. But although I cannot 
be present in person, still my bcjt wishes 
are with you. I rejoice that I am a Hawk- 
eye, and I feel proud of the state of my na- 
tivity — mav sne continue to advance as rap- 
idly as she has for the past twenty years, 



till she shall hcconiu the Ica-linj; State in 
the Union. The " Pioneer chiMren"' — 111:13' 
they alirays reinnin true to their native 
State, and never di-grace the land of their 
birth. AVii. B. Guovi:n. 

FoxBORO, Feb. 15tb, 185S. 

Gentlemk.s : — I regret very much that 
circumstances are such that I cannot com- 
ply with your kind invitation to attend the 
first festival of the Pioneer Settlers' Asso- 
ciation, of Scott Co., Iowa ; yet v.-hile ab- 
sent in boil_v, let uie assure you I shall be 
with you in spirit. It is a long time since 
I lived anions .you, and tlu.i but eit;hteeii 
montlis, yet I iiave always felt an interest 
In your prosperity, and have Uept m^-self j 
" posted up," by takinc; one of your good 1 
papers. Jly heart has often yearned for | 
some of your '-pood things," and yet I have I 
never felt that strong desire to be one day i 
with you as I now do. 

May the .same God tliut has been with and ; 
highly blessed you, lead you safely through j 
this world up to our hoiue in the skies. ] 

Yours truh', 

E. Grovuk. 

Jacksonville, 111., Feb. 15, ISoS. ! 
Gentleman : — I received a letter a few 1 
days since from Mr. W. Barrows, in which i 
was enclosed a card of invitation to a grand j 
festival of tlie "old folks at liome " Noth- : 
ing could alford me more pleasure, than for 
myself and family to be with you oa the ' 
occasion mentioned — to meet v.-ith friends of j 
former years, especially t!ie hardy pioneers ' 
whose energy, toil and eiforts liave caused ■ 
such wonderful developments in all that i 
contributes to the happiness of man. would I 
be a source of enjoyment, which would pro- | 
duce feelings in my heart ef the most I 
delightful character ; but circumstances I 
beyond my control will prevent my be- I 
ing present — and with many thanks to the I 
committee for their invitation, I close with I 
the following sentiment : — " The pioneers of | 
the We^t" — they were men of strong nerve ' 
and warm hearts, by their sacrilico, toil 
and eflorts they have caused the solitary • 
places to be glad, and the wilaerness to ; 
bloom and blossom aa the ro=e — may their j 
memory be sacred. H. W. IIiGorNs. 1 

DuBCQi'E, Feb. 1, 185?. 
Ge.vtlemen : — I have received an invita- ' 
tionfrom the Pioneer Settlers' Association, 
of Davenport, to be present at their ap- 
proaching Festival, on the 2l^nd_c■f Feb.,, 
and to respond to a toast in reference to ' 
the '• Pioneer Dead. ■■ I regret that it will 
not be in my power to compij- with the rc-, as my duties hero will not allow me 
to be absent tVom home at tlint time. It 

I would give me great pleasure to meet those 
! who will as^eniblc on that occasion and to 
renew old acquaintanceship formed many 
1 yi-ars aco, while at the same time I f houlJ 
'■ e.X[;eiience sotce pain from reminisccnses of 
trials endured in former dnys, and from the 
absence of many former Iriends departed. 
It was at Davenport tli»t I first trod the 
; soil of my adopted Stat'i, about nineteen 
\ j'cars ago. Your large and flourishing city 
; y.'as then but a bamlot, and no one could 
I have r.itionaijy predicted its present pros- 
\ pcrity from what was then visible. It is 
I one oftiiemost pleasant facts in my history, 
t thati was enabled with a lew others, to 
found the Congregational Church, now so 
large and influential for good in your city. 
It is my sincere desire that the past succc.s.5 
of the secular and religious enterprise of 
your citizens may be only a slight earnest of 
v.'hat is yet in store lor their.. AVith many 
thanks for the distinguished honor conferred 
upon me in assigning me a part in your an- 
ticipated esercise.s on the occasion referred 
to, X am 

Very respectfully yours, 

Jno. C. IIolehook. 

Xew I'oRK, Feb. 11. 1858. 

<.tf:.\iLL:.:E.N" : — Permit me to tender my 
grateful acknowledgment to the members 
of your association, for their kind remem- 
brance of tie " Absent Pioneers of Iowa." 

I regret exceedingly that business will 
cot permit !2".y joining you on the interest- 
ing occasion of your first celebration, as it 
Vv-ould give me intense pleasure to renew so 
m;ir.y delightful reminiscences ol the past. 
T.-ith those whom I have ever considered 
the advance-guard of your flourishing State, 
in her prc;r?s5 to her present greatnes-. 

Although I cannot be with you in person, 
I shall be particularly interested in the 

!May Iltavirn crown your feast with glad- 
ne-s. and grant you a long lease of years, in 
which to eniay the fruits of your early La- 
bor-. Very truly yours, 

E. II. Shep.^kd. 

Le Claire, Feb. 20, 1858. 

Hox. .J.\;>IE= Gr.\nt : — Sir : I am 
fearful that I shall not be able to attend the 
festival of the old pioneers of Scott county 
on the 22d ins:., in your city. I have a 
.-evere cold, and am quite unwell to-dav — 
tnijt, however. I shall be better on Monday. 
If so, I shall certainly be down. After 
witnessing tie struggles of the •• Old Set- 
tlers" for near 21 years, I feel like rejoicing 
when they rejoice, f-rsiingi I'hfn they fenst, 
and mournir.r when they raouru. 

In the event that I am too indisposed to 
Come down, and there should be no person lierx r.i resn.ind to the Itta lobular 



toast please do so voiirself. I kuov.- I pin 
Bafe in saying tliat our people would led 
safe with'tlieir interests collided to your 

I think a good many of our old citizens 
will be down, but Yery few of tbem ar» 
public speakers. 

I send you a volunteer toait, to be read 
if I cannot come. Truly yours, 


Dakvilli;, Pa, Fob. ly, ISSS. 

GtXTLF.MEN- : — Accept my thanks for the 
card of invitation to tlie "First Festival of 
the Pioneer Association," and also tor j-our 
kind note accompanyin'-; it. 

There are no memories more cherished 
and fresh in my heart than tlio=o of iny res- 
idence among you, frsm l>>u7 to 18-11; and 
it would afford me great pleasure to meet 
with my old friends on tijo occasion of the 
Festival, but 1 cannot. "My heart will bo 
there, however, beating in unison with your 
highest aspirations for the future prosperity 
ot your beautiful city and county, and the 
long life and happiness of all the pioneers. 

There is not in this great country a spot 
more sacred to my memory than Davenport. 

The beauty of its situation; its salubrity: 
the old associates, and familiar faces of 
friends are always jirssent to my thouihtT, 
and I never fail to speak a word for them to 
friends here when the AVe-t is tlie suijject 
of discourse. Living, as I do, on the banks 
of the Susquehanna, who=e waters arc like 
crystal, and surrounded by landscape*, the 
grandeur and beauty of which are perhaps 
unsurpassed, they seem to me not compar- 
blo to the scene i'rom the blulfs belov/ D.v 
venport, looking south and ea^t, and bring- 
ing into our view the Twin Cities, the upper 
rapids of the great :Mis?i:,sippi, embracing 
the beautiful Rock l5,land, etc. 

It is a cherished purpose of my hsart to 
visit my once home at Davenport at as early 
a day as possible, when I hope to renew 
many of iny old friendsiiips. 

I have also, in the name of my wife, and 
dauglitcr born in Davenport, to thank you 
for the invitation, and a^^ure you that it 
would atford them very L-reat happiness to 
viiit their old honje and join the le^tival. 

May the sun oi prosperity ever shine on 
all of you until " ^-.ithered as a shock of 
corn fully ripe." With sincere regard, 




r, T p ") 5 ? r ' ' ^' '^ n 

p:ON?eH "tTrLEF,3 of SCOTT 




i>. vv. Prineo Cf-cGcn sc President 

and Other Crfictrs Narr.ed — 

Jair.eE Dyer Given Chair. 

Davenport, -lus'. -I'. — Tlie o? 
I.'. W. Finaeo is io Ije the 55th to Li 
inscribed upo!i the :rilver iiicuntfd 
cane, as president oi" tlie ticutl Coun- 
ly Pioneers' association. Mr. i'inm d 
having been elfctocJ to that pi'st "f , 
honor at the iiicnic held at t!ie Out- 
ing club tronnits ).osteiii;\y. 

The picnic yestprday vva.s the 50th 
aiinual "event ut this asjocianon. l^;... 
.Mr. Pinueo is the oCth president. An- 
ton LeChuie, the hrst president ni 
the association served two years in 
that office, inns makin? the precidi^ut 
electeu yesterday the 55tli. It haia 
been the custom since the second 
year of the organization to eiec a 
new presld'":nt each year, thus pass- 
ing the honor among the members. 
The cane upon v.iiich the names are 
Inscribed is passed to the succeedlnsc 
president fur keeping until a new ot- 
flcer Is "hoien. W B. Stephens is 
the retiring iiresidcnt. 

Tho otlier otlicers elected yester- 
day were Phincas Curtis, vice presi- 
dent; Henry Karwalli. Eecretary. and 
J. F. Kelly treasurer. .Mr. Karvvaih 
and .Mr. Kelly have held their orlicos 
for several yeais past. 

The chair to he presented to the 
oldest constitutonal member present 
at th^ picnic, v.-Ea ^ix en to Jiin^o^ 
Dyer, of Pleasant Valley. Mr. Dyer 
is SI years old and came to Scott 
county in 1S1C. Mr. Dyer was pre- 
sented tho chair dv .J. H. Wllsoi!. 
v\hlle .Mrs. J. B. Scott and .Mrs. .Mc- 
f'ate escorted hini to it. Mrs. .Mary 
Sonimers. who rpreiv/>d th^e chair giv- 
en last year, was reported to be In 
good health at this time although she. 
■was not anlr to be present at the pic- 
nic y^gterdny. 

" The following- are the old settlers 
who ha\e died during the past year: j 
L. W. Ch-frk, J. H. .Smiter, .Mrs. M. G. i 
Clakeniore. William .Armil, Mrs. li. : 
M. Kldrldse, .Mrs. John Littig, .Mrs. i 
>Dan Mcore, Thomas Crev. .Mrs. >1. C. ' 
Chapman. C. Nic)u;ls. .Mrs. Loiiisy 
Ya;i Uusen, George Jacobs. Dlxoa. 111. 

I Annual Eeunion cf Scott 
I Count}^ Old Setters at 
! Outing Club. ■■ -^ i 

I At the annual reunion of the .Scott i 

1 County Pioneer Settler.s' association 

1 held tci'ay at thp Ouiins cluii. the I 

following officers were elected for the j 

ensuing year: | 

President — William Parmele, Dav- 
eni)ort townrhir.. 
\'i(e presidents: 

County and City — Phineas Curtis. 
Davenport Township — Peter Litti?. 
Pleasant Valley Township — .Mrs. 
Corneiia Welch. 

^\■infield Township— J. T. Xoel. 
Princeton Township — Charles Rich. 
LeClsire Township — J. D. Barnes. 
Lincoln fownshin — J. U. Wilson. 
Rockinchain Township — C. H. S. 

Bine Cra?:^ Town?hip — Roliert Coo- 

Allan's Grove Ton nship — Mary A. 
Gil more. • 

.■^el■reta^y — Henry Karwatb, I/a.tu- 

Treasurer — .lolm P'. Kelly, Daven- 

Executive Committee — .T. H. Wilson, 
Hugh Briceiand. Mrs. Cornelia Welch, 
B. M. E'.driiiiro, Phineas Curtis and I ■ 
J. n. Barnes. ( 

Both .Mr. Karwath and Mr. Kelly |< 
were re-eiertud to their officfs. j. 

The speakers of the day were J. -i. I j 
Hanley and Gearse K. Htibbell. .Mr.!! 
Hanley e!it°rtained the old settlors I, 
for some lime in an interestins man- 
ner, refeiTinc at the same time to 
the work which the inoneers had 
done for the county and the state. 

The constantly decreasing numliers 
in the ranks of the pioneers was 
I again jilainly noticeable, as death is 
taking many of the old .■settlers away 
! one by one. The attendance at to- 
j day's re'inion was small compared 
i with the number present in pa^:t 
] years. 

Gets Rocker. 

Peter M. Smith of Le Claire was 

the olde-t r'-oneer [iresent and was 

I presented with a handsome rocking 

I chair by the association. The presen- 

I tation was made by J. H. Wilson. 

j Hugh Briceiand and Mrs. Welch. 

i A splendi.i dinner was enjoyed on 

i the veranda c* the Outing club inn at 

12 o'clock, breaking Into the busir'»--s 

session. The unfinished business -was 

taken up again in the afternoon, when 

the election of officers was held. i 

The meeting was called to order by 

the old president. C. W. Pinneo of i 

Princeton. As Rev. J. T. Houser w ho I 

'v.-ar- to offer the p'nycr. -^as 
present, I'ne pioneers reneated the 
Lord's Prayer, led by Mr. T'inneo. 

:Mrs. Alfred Mueller and Mrs. Hilda 
! JIatthev sanK a duet. 
i -[-Vie pecretar.v, Henry Karwath, 
I then read the repor; of the lasi fes- 
1 tival. ami J. K. K.'lly. the trea = u,-.rr. 
i read his report, vvhir.h sl.owed thai a 
i balance of •'^3.18 remained in ilie 
; treasury. 

In Memoriam. 
i The record of the pioneers who 
f passed away during the last year, was 
> then read. The list is as follows: 
f General Add 11. Sanders. Oavenport. 
; Sylve.ster Mounts. Buffalo, 
i .Tames Dver. Pleasant Valley. 
i -Mrs. Sarah J. Wood. LeClaire. 
j Mrs. Charles Carter. Davenport. 
j Mrs. J. C. Duncan. Davenport. 
I Mrs. Au?;ust Reading, Davenport. 

Benjamin .Anderson. Davenport. 

:Mrs. Betsey Stacey. LeClaire. 

"Mrs. Baldwin. Davenport. 

fjir; :i •■1 ;,- t>- ',? \ i;'-d h « "^ 

I ■ liliiiA iiij-d 

OLI> Tir.IKTJS IVOltK ()\ STlirC- 

n UK i.\ F];.i!:i{VAUv rAiiu 

V.ill .'lake It a- _\.-iir l.iKc StJdcrN' 
Ilonic of Lariy liay a^ 

I'ossiljlc . 

AVork has been startiil by live of 

the jiioneiTS of Scott county on flie 

erection of a log cabin in Fejervary 

' parlc, Davenport, as provided for by 

; the Old Settlers' association at its re- 

i c< ;u annual meotinsr in Davenport. 

• The pioneers enaaged in the work 

■ are \V. li. Stephens, C. B. Snyder, 

Gid'.ou Xiehols and J. W. 'Wiisou of 

Davi nport and^ C. W. Pinneo of 

i'r::icc;oii. James K. .Pope, former 

mayor of Princeton, is also helping, 

ijut lias not boiu here long enough to 

be classeJ as a pioneer. 

T^.e cabin is located near the en- 
trance to the park. It is 111 by 16 feet 
ill size, and will be as near like the 
tabitis of the early days in this part 
of i.)wa as it is possible to make it. 
When completed there will be 6.j 10i;s 
in ::.•■ stjuclure. The logs were se- 
'•■::■ I from a larin near Pleasant Val- 
ley . Tiie iloor and roof ^-ill be of 1 
r.;'.:^ii plank. Tiiore will be one win- i 
ii.j\v oi L-Uiss, which was considered ai 
. iii.\'iiv uheii the covmtry was new.' 
iiio door will have a wooden latch, 
laud liie i'amiliar latch string. 

A iifepliiev^ will be built in one end, | 
; ul ti,,. |,,uer n:irt of the ehimiiev ; 
.■.:;t be uf slone, whili- the upper parti 
V. :ll lie o[ sticks, ceuicutcd together i 
...■ 1 mud. Holes lieiweeu tlie lo-s : 
.Mil lie ilotieil with nieces o£ wood 

I held in place by mud. Inside tin- 
i eaiiin it is i>ianncd to place somf- ol 
the old time furniture and hou.-ehobi 
! utensils which have been savd hy 
I members of the pimieer families of 
I th-' county. 

The work is fatiguing to the pio- 

! neers. but the> are t;ik;im it slo>v!y, 

i and decided to lay off lod.iy lor a 

; rest. : 

I Tlie lives of the men engaged in | 

i building [he cabin leach back to an | 

early day in Iowa's history. Mr l'in-| 

iieo. a former pre.-^ident of the pio- 1 

I ncers, was born in a ' log cabiu in j 

I Princeton township Til years ago. His i 

I father and his father's brother were | 

I the first to settle in Princeton town- j 

I ship, coming from the ea.-sl in 1.SC4. j 

I The Indians were numerous in this i 

liart of Iowa and Illinois, and it was | 

necessary at various times tor the set- j 

tiers to take up arms and drive them I 

back. .Mr I'inneo's father and brother! 

were a part of a volunteer army or- j 

ganized at Hock Island, in which | 

Abraham Lincoln was an othcer, j 

which linaily broke the power of the! 

Indians. The red skins wore chased j 

through Illinois to East Dubuque, 

where hundreds were killed as they I 

tried to swim the river. Mr Pinneo | 

remembers hearing m lii.: father tell I 

cf the signing of the treriiy of iicace | 

by Chiefs Keokuk and Blackhawk and j 

tlie general in command of the gov- | 

erment troops. The treaty was | 

signed at a camp in what is nov,' j 

known as Kast Oaveniiort. and -Mr! 

Pinneo's fiither was among those iires- j 

ent. ! 

Under the terms of the treaty, the 
Indians were allowed to come back 
in the spring and fall to hunt along 
the Wapsie and .Maquoketa rivers and 
thron^rh the bottoms. For years they 
left huts standing on what is now the 
site of the town of Princeton, occupy- 
ing them onl,\' during the hunting 

" , . ■ ■ ■■ \ ■ 

Fifty Pioneer Settlers At- 
tend Best Reunion 

in Years. , 

Fifty pioneer settlers of Scott 
county held tneir sixty-second an- 
nual reunion at the Outing club 
Wednesday afternoon. Despite the 
threatening weather of the morn- 
ing the number ot pioneers and 
friends who (urned out for the an- 
nual festival was unusually large. 

In the absence of the president 
the meeting was called to order 
by the secretary, Henry Karwath. 
Afterwards the meeting was pre- 
.slded over by First Vice President 
Lawrence Doyle. 

t Rev. M. A. Gatzendaner of 
■Princeton, led the opening pi^yer, 
whijth -Kon followed with a voeai 

!???f!nii! ?s M *^ ?^v rr 

pi R f^^ 

Newly Elected Vice Presi- 
dent IrJ-Tto Woman's 
RiguLs incp Program. 


The question 6f vroman's rights 
was introduced at the annual pic- 
Bic 01" the Old Sfttlers' associaticn 
if Scott county. M'.oia at the North- 
west Davenport >Turner warden to- 
Jay, by Otto dteokel, the newly 
ilected vice president of the orsan- 
zation. Mr. Stcckel msde the me- 
lon that the women be aJiovred to 
lold office and sue^rested that a 
?oman be elected to the position 
t president nest year. The mo- 
Ion -was passed unanimously, 
ilr. Steckel then proceeded to 
Jtrench himself more soiid)y in 
le pood opinLoii ot t!;e vom-^n 
embers of the apsociation by 
Eatine thejii all to soda pop. 
Hebbeln New President. 
Rudolph Hebbela v.-a>; elected 
jjesidentof the- association for tha 
''mini; yoTir at the busiiiess meet- 
V; held thia morning. 
Otto .Sleckel ■\vos i hcsen vice 
Ptident and i.,Lu Ber-A"uld v/as 
re-eltcted to the posiuoa ot secre- 
tary and tr£r.suit.r in spite of hs 
pr-tests asiunsi aolding that offiot 
Heain. Charlei Krcue w-jU bu the 
V director for ''j'j jLC;r. 
Hr. Berwald today enters upo 
'. lijtli year as secretary an 
asurer of the associaiion and a 
ay's meeting it v^as voted to pa, 
ua.rialary of $100 a year as 
it recompense for his service: 
t Berwald has always take 
i-of all the work incident to hi 
|e without pay. 
i 200 at Gathering, 

liere were about 'ZC'Q at the a' 
: picnic and after the busine: 
Jie niornine: wa.<; concluded 
Iteous dinner was S'-rved in u 
ler hall. This afternoon the 
old-fashioned dances and va 
entertainment features for t 

^. :\larraretha Jappe, aped ' 
^ed tlie distinction o£ boins t 
It woman member prose 
i Henr>- F. Schrooder was i 
»t ma.Q at the picnic. Tha J 

ter is 93 years of age and ha'e £ 
hearty. Ke declared this morn 
that he enjoyed the picnic so mi 
that he expected to come as 
next year. Carl and William S( 
ke, both 51 years of age, wfrc 
youngest members in attenda 

28 New Members. 
I The membership of the assoi 
I tion was swelled by the additioc 
28 new names today. This mak 
I total membership of 4^4, thirt 
( members having passed away c 
ing the j'ear just ended. 

The new members include 
following: Louis Beck, llrs. A: 
Bahns, Heni-y Dchnig, Mrs. Am 
■ da Frank, Charles R. Frank, 
hanna Hamann, Mrs. Bertha Hoe 
ner, Mrs. Kathrina liamann, J 
I Johanna Holm. Rudolph Hebb' 
; airs. ^largaretha Janpo, Mr. ; 
' Mrs. \V. F. Kautz, Mrs. Adelie 
'. Moeller. Miss Anna .Miller. M 
I Anna Nielsen. Mrs. Annie Pitzit 
' H. J. Paarmann, John Renfeld- 
1 Carlina Schramm, Jlrs. Marie 
! Bchlueter. Mrs. Meta Thode, Car" 
! Thode. Mrs. Enieiie Thode and Mr 
- and Mrs. V.'illiam AVestphal. 

During the day pictures -were 
sold, the proceeds to be devoted 
to the fund for the children -f 
Schleswig-Holstein, of which com- 
mittee Mrs. Henry Matthsy is chair- 

Thirteen members of the Old St^N 
tlers' association have di^d durii^T 
the past year. They are Emil-Q 
Moeller. .Minnie Arp, H. F. Muii.^. 
Christ Schneckloth. Heinrich Pah A 
John Juhler. William Cabel, Cath^ 
arine Kardell, George Ro!rgen-| 
kampf, Heinrich StoUenberg, 
Charles Keppe, Magdalena Schlue- 
ter and r^larraretha Dohning. 


Former Congrcssm.aii \. F. Dawsou 
DcliTOrs an Address — Old Days 
Arc Recallfil and Acquain- 
tance Eenowed 

A lUtle handful cf surviv.jrs of the 
sturdy pionee.'s who founded Scott 
county gathered at the Davenport Out- 
ing club this morning for their tlfty- 
flfth annual festival. The numbers 
in attendance are decreasing each, 
year and as the roll was called and 
the reports heard many who have 
been active in the aifaira of the as- 
sociation for many years were foundi 
to be missing. Some are dead and 
\ others are too infirm to attend the 
I meeilnas - . 

folo by Mri;. Edna Schad Dupperc. 
The u.-ral biK-iru.-s proceeding? 
vrere next caiTi>''j oi:r, amnnc 
which was the r^adins of t'ao rec- 
ord of the number of pioneers who 
have passed from ihis world pince 
the last festival. Thej- are as fol- 
low?: Anthony r.eCiaire. Tililtnn 
Rauser. Phiaeas Curtis, B. S. Bald- 
win, T. J. Cooper. Mrs. Mary 
Maeett and Mrs. C. B. Snyder. 

An oration by the Hon. Jerry 
Green followed, which was very 
much appreciated by the audience. 
A number of violin solos by Her- 
bert Silbei stein, accompanied by 
Mrs. Martin Silbcrsteiii. brought 
forth the hearty apidause of the 
many present. 

After a course dinner served in 
the club house the election of of- 
fleers followed, which resulted in 
the choosing cs the following of- 
ficers: ■'^ ' 

President — Lsw^ence Doyle. 

Secretary — H-mry Karwath. 

Tr<--asurer — J. -F. Kelly. 

First Vice ; Presidents — .Tohn 
Bar;ronier. of Princeton, and Hugh 
Bricelard, of Davannort. 

Vice Presidents for Townships. 

Pleasant Vallfv— Charles Rich. 

T.eCiaire — J. D. Barnes. 

Rockingham— C. S. S. Colrman. I 

Flue Grass — Robert Cooper. i 

.Miens' Grove — Mrs. :\Iary M. 
Gilemore. ; 

Executive Committee — .T. H. T\'il. ] 
son. C. W. Pinneo. C. B. Snyder. I 
Hugh Briceland. G. M. Nichols. - 
John Eargonier. . | 

Reception Committee — Tilrs. Hen- i, 
rv Karwath.' Mrs. John Bargonier. , 
Mrs. J. B. Pcott, Mrs. J. H. Wilson. | 
Mrs. J. F. Kellv. Mrs. Mary Ander- i 
son. Mrs. J. H. Rosthstein. Mrs. | 
William Armil and Mrs. Mary A. i 
Gilninre. i 

Pioneers Get $100 Donation. i 

A i!i-n.-.tior; of SlOO was made to , 
the Pioneer Settlers by one of the 
pldest lady settlers present. Upon 
roque.=t "fTie""Trirroe-©f the donar- is n 

'omitted. A violin solo by Blanche 
Fry-Rochaii, followed by a piano 
solo by Miss Frances Armil were 
the next events of the program. 
i Miss Mina Collins gave a recital 
J which was well received by her 
; auait-nce. 

i Mrs. Jennie Gabbert Gets I 
j The handsome chair rocker 
1 which was to be given to tlie oldest 
■.settler pre.sent fell to .Mrs. Jennie 
Ulal'b.rt. S.-. the widow of CapWin 
, ^V. H. Gabbert, the old rivor cap- 
jtain. ^^.•■' 

, .\ vote of thatUi* was given to 
ih,- pr.<s..^nrt-to'aIl those who had 
ni-ule-ltio festival a success. Ac- 
jeording to all present it was the 
jmost ideasant gathering which the 
lOssociation has had in year.s. 
U ■ 

Ruclolpli Synder Honored 

?t Annual uleet of | 

County Veterans. i 

Rudolph Snyder of Dixon was 
elected president of the Scott ; 
Count.v Piouf-Oi- Settlers' associa- } 
tion ati the 6Uri annual festival of j 
the or^iinizat.ob at the Otiting club i 
todaj'. ',.^'"- Snkder is one of the ; 
bc6t known mem in the organization ; 
and has been a Jiard worker i" tho 
Interests of the pioneer bCttlers. 

Other ofiicers Velected at today's 
meeting foUov^s;'. 

Vice president-^Bruse T. Sea- 
man. ' 

T^''casurer — John F. Kelly. 

Secretary — Henrj- Karwath. 

Mr. Karwath was unable to at- 
tend the festival on account of ill- 
ness. However he was honored by 
being re-elected secretary of tho 

About 75 pioneers attend'^.'i to- 
day's meeting while close to 100 
were at the table this noon when 
the big dinner was served. 

The program was started immed 
lately following the dinner. The 
president called the meeting to or- 
der and Dr. Cole offered the prayer. 
Vocal and instrumental numbers 
were among the features of the pro- 

-Mtorney James A. Hanley de- 
livered the address of the day. 

The following were placeil on 

Executive commitli>p — J, H. Wil- 
son. Hugh Briceland. f. W. Pinneo. 
G. .\I. Nichols, Lorance Doyle. C. B. 
S.UJ-'der. I 

Reception committee — Mr.s. | 
Heniw Karwath. Mrs. J. H. Wilson,! 
hfr.s. G. M: Nichols. Mr-^. James Mc- j 
'Fate. Mrs. .1. F. KcHv. :\Irs. William ' 
\rmi1I. Mrs. .T. B. Scott. .Mrs. Miles 
''olins. Mrs. S- ;\J. Ttos'mrv 

Wesley Stephens, 1?1S Lf'CIaire 
street, v/as elt-cteU preiidptil for the 
en.=ning year. Mr Steri'ens came to 
Scott county in 1S44 aud is 74 years 

The vice presidents for the variona 
townships will remain the same -nith' 
the exception of the lollowmg ■ahere 
vacancies had occurred: 
Princeton^Chas. Kiel;. 
Blue Grass — Mr Cooper. 
Pleasant Valley — .Jaraes Dyer. 
J. F. Kelly ■wss ekcted treasurer 
and Henry Kar-n-ath will continue to 
act as secretary, a position vnich lie 
I has held for years, 
j President C. B. Sn.vfer called the 
meeting to order r.nd Rgv. S. M. Pcr- 
I kins, pastor of t.'ie First Christian 
Ichurch delivered t*-" "rayer. Af'or the 
I r'-ad'.i-H-- o' th.! romiufs of the Inst 
j meeting, the report- or the treasurer 
i was read and MI^s Evelyn Cawli^y 
SBne: a solo, which was warmly re- 

TLe Pioneer 
I The record of the pioneer dead for 
1 the past year was r-ail. and showed 
j that ten people have passed away diir- 
I :ng the past year who were in Scott 
county in LHit^ or before that date. 
They were: 

JIrs Kuth Fort. 

?.Irs Susannah Noel. 

W. W. Ba.\ter. ' 

Jesse Armil. 

.T. P. Van Patten. 

L. W. demons. 

Mrs Jennie Thomsen. 

David Harday. 

Josiah FeijTiey. 

JIrs Sabina Dawley. S 

A. F. I>nw.fin Stve.Tks 
Hon. Albert F. Dawson, formerly 
congressman from the district, was the 
speaker of the day. He concratulated 
the pioneers on cominer down through 
the long years to bear their me?.=;a!r9 of 
sturdy manliood and womanhood to 
the present generation. 
1 "As ihe strength and solidity of a 
j building," said ?'Ir Dav.-son, "depends 
I upon its foundation, so does the great- 
} ness and power of a country depend in 
large measure iinon the character of 
I its pioneers, who lay the ground work 
upon which succe-^'ding generations are 
to build. As a nation, we o'wc much to 
the sturdincss, courage and high ideals 
of the colonists. As a state. Iowa is 
Indebted in liice manner to her pio- 
neers, who displayed the same quali- 

"Wo all love Iowa. It is dear to 
those of us who were born here, and 
it must be dearer still to those who 
came here of their own choice. We 
love its histor>'. its institutions, its 
customs, its hills. val!--ys and rolling 
nrairies: v>e admire the generosity, the 
hospitality, the geniality of our west- 
ern civili/.ntloii. with its freedom from 
cant and hypocrisy, r.wd the absence of 
those social palisades which divide 


the people of the old worm tn'o '-.:'■.. 
tinct classes. And ye', we do n^-; .•■'- 
low our e;inds to liweU upon ■ ■ -. 
thin^rs su[:'cif:i>tly to lill our t.- .■■% 
with that pride in our i-rnT.- whir*- ;• : - 
richly deserves. 

"V,"hat the people of low, n'-r 1 : ■;' 
stimulate this spirit of stn;- :.■•:'•: 
to plant deep in our h'--ans ihe :'• -;■.: i. 
that.Whether in matters s^-niiir.- :.: J 
or patriotic, mora!, e istcatlr.-:- ; -r 
( nm!r:crcial, Iowa affords t'.ie ;•'-'. T' ■•> 
deepening of this spirit will d.i tru' '-, 
to increase the homogeneity oi <■ r 
people, and will give a tremendou.> :;.•:• 
peius in working out the sidendid u- ■- 
tiny which is certainly ou:s." 
Those i'rcseut 
Present at the meeting were rh- ''- 
oneers and their wives or h';?^-.^:•■.;<. 
The wives and husbands of pion.-.rTS 
are eligible to membership !n the so- 
ciety. The membership includes t::o,-e. 
who have liv'-i in the count'-- sines 
1811?. when Iowa became a sn^e. 
Those registered this rncrrin:: w.'-e: 
C. W. Pinneo. Prince-cn, }-:i'-'\ 
Mrs M. V/elch, R. R. So. :i. I-;.'---' 
Mrs Mary Summers, LeClaife, 1 

:\lrs L. E. Curtis. L-'^l-ire. _!-•■.;-•-.. 
P. Curtis, 1202 Arlington .we.. ; 1- 

Mrs B. F. Fiaughman, 2.'>01 E:=;-,- .%t\4 

One-half avenue, Rocli Island. i=!^-'--i. 

S. A. Rothstein, Bv-ena Vtsta. T-'— -'■^• 

B. H. Eldridge. -124 W. .^th. l^T-' . 

Mrs B. H. Eldridge, 424 W. 5th, ;> ! -• 

Wm. Parmele, 2"19 Grand 'fv^v---. 

J. H. Wilson. LeC!?'r-. 1'^42-t-'-. _ _ 

ATrs J. H. Wilson. L»r;p.'.re, 1-'..-... 

W. B. Stephens, 131S LiClair-- sir- ■ t. ; 


T,,, V -^T Stephens, 131S LcClrJre- 

5tre»t, 1SC.2-T5. 

Mrs Mary Mauget, 1^'2t Ilirr.^i:'. 
street, lS4<^-65. 

August Reading, 521 E;ist L-o'^--- 
street, 1S4C-60. „,, ,- . . 

Mrs August Reaamg, 0-1 --"^^ '- ' 
cust street, lSr'0-64. ^ 

Mrs Jessie Dodds, 1^22 Brr^dr s-re-.. 

Mrs H. A. McKeeh:i:i. LL-C!.--;ro. 1 :-. 

I Mrs J. S. McConnell. P: ;:M-'r.n. '.-.-t 
■ Mrs Mary A. C^'on-r. I'r'.i'.'-v .:. 

1S:.C-T7. ^ „,,,., 

I .loan F. Kelly, rito Tremont a.ei.-... 

!lS4t5-D3. „ ... 

; -Mrs C. E. Snyder. ..-.0 V. .-s.-x 

^^c'rK'snyder, ;::'.0 Has: SiMh^ti 

.Mrs JuUa Karwatii. 19..> .•!■"" ^" 

IS-t-.-i^h". ,. .. , ., 

Mrs I'-. C Ilawes. 2.1" t.r.iaa .\^ 

Mrs Mary .\. Cillmor-. Ui^on, l.'.i 

'^a'jr Nichols. M? K. rth «t.. l^A-i 

^^Lawrence Doyle 21^ W. llipli -' • 
1844-70. . 1 

"F. A. ■■Jlillcr. 10P2 V.'. ath St., l84o- 

>rr.-? Mai'.v Andeison, O" i Colo.-ado 
itreot. jSlj-TO. 

Mi-.i J. P. ?f.OLt, I'i-inceion, la.. :Hi. 

.T. V: Soort. I'rmri?ton, JSU-TS. 

AVra. J. XicholE. R. K, No. 2, ISOS- 

Hush Briccland, 1023 liarrison 
street, lS4f;-7T. 

.Tames McFatt-, L.;Cl.'.ii-p. l.S42-7t. 

James "W. .Suiter, SOG West Second 
street. IS-i'Z-iO. 

n S. Ealdv.-in. •527 Bridge avenue, 

.Mrs 5fary A. Baldwin, -127 Bridge 
avenue, 1841-6(;. 

AVni. Armii, 101 West Locust street, 

Mrs V.'m. Ariiiil, 507 West I>ocust 
street, lSii7-Vu. 



^ All Old Setllers' — ihose who seltled in Scott County on or before 
December Thirty-first. Eighteen Hundred Forty-Six — whether con- 
stitutional members or not. are requested to be at Hibernian Hall 
promptly at Ten o'clock, a. m. 

The President c 
Reading Proceei 
Report of Treas 
Record of the I 
Election of Offii 


of the la,st festival. 

Valedictory of the Presidont. 
Inaupural of the IVesidenl Klecl 
General Ku.siness. 
Sonfr-"'Auld Lane Sync." 
Dinner and Voluntary Speeches. 





MRS. G. .1. HYDE 






Should auld acquaintance be for^^ot, 
And never brought to min"? 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And days o' lang syne? 

Chorus— For auld lang syne, my dear, 
For auld lang syne. 
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet, 
• ■ - For aulu'-iarig syne ! 

We tvva hae • run about the braes. 

And pu't the gowans fine; 
But we've wander'd mony a weary foot, 

Sin' auld lang syne. 

Chorus For auld lang syne, etc. 

We twa hae paidl't i' the burn, 

Frae mornin' sun till dine ; 
But seas between us braid hae roar'd. 

Sin' auld lang syne. 

Chorus- For auld lang syne, etc. 

And here's a hand, my Lrusty fiere, 
And gie 's a hand o' thine ; 

And we'll take a right guid willie-waught. 
For auld lang syne. 

Chorus — For auld lang syne, etc. 

And surely ye '11 be your pint-stowp, 

And surely I '11 be mine ; 
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet, 

For auld lang syne. 

Chorus— For auld lang syne, etc. 



T111KTV-S1:V1-\T11 AXXIAl F1:ST1VAL. 




■v^v^Er)^:E:3iD^-^~, Ssi=T. 13, 13©3, 

Ail old st'ttlers art- t-xpcrtt-d fi lif at tht-ir tent at 10 o'clock a. m. 
This will lif (llil Settlers clay at tlie Fair, and nienibers of the Association 
will be admitted tree to all the Fair fnr the day. with their wives and 
yonnger children, jirdvided the parents displays the bad^^'e of ,fhe' Society. 
At 11 o'clock the I'resident wdl call the nieetin'' to urder. 

1. .Minutes of last Festival read. 

■1. Mnsic by the I'.and. 

:i. liecord of the Phaieer Dead. 

4. Election nf oiticers. 

.'). \'aledictorv of the President. 

•>. Inanijnral of President. 

7. Dinner. 

s. (ieneral ISnsiness. 

'.I. Sons .\nld \:m\% Syne. 

.1. M. Fl.l>Kll.oK. 
I,. W. <'i.k.mi:n>. 

Jamk- 1".. |{ii;N^n>i>. .Vxdiikw ,T.\ck. 

.1 vMh> M. I) A\ iiM'iiui'. W. M. Sirri:!;. 


Mi;>. II]:\i;v K\n»\Arii. .Mi;^ .1 a-mi> F. lirKN'siui;-,. >D;s. .Dikm: (Ikant. 
.Mi:-~. .Iiiii.N I.nrh.. .Ml;-. II(ikaii: |;kai)I.i:v. .Mi--- I;. .\n'..\i>. 

.\Ii:'~. .\i.i i;i;i> S \.\i)i:i;s. 

'I'he r.adi^e only will admit memln is fn-c, fur sale at the -ate. '.T) cents each. 

l-Jitrancc at (he miilh ,L;ate. 

. .KlIIX Firi'lC, I'i,.-i,/,i,t. 
I>. r. M. KOWN. s,,nl<iiij. 


Should auld aeqimiiVaiice be forgot, 

And never lirouglit to mind? 
Should auld ac({uaint;iMce he forgot, 

And the days of auld iang syne? 

Chorus -For auld Iang syne, my dear 
For auld Iang syne? 
We'll i;dve a cu[) of kindness yet 
y.^y auld I nig syne. 

We two have run ahout the braes 
And pulled the goawns hue; 
- But wev'e wandered mauy a weaiy foot 
Shice auld Iang syne. 

Chorus--- For auld Iang syne, etc. 

We two have pad<lled in the burn 

From morning until sun dine; 
But seas between us l)road have roar'd 

Since the days of auld Iang syne. 

CHORUS---For auld Iang syne, etc. 

And here's my hand, my trusty friend, 

Come, give a h md o thine, 
And we'll take a cup of friendship's growth 

For auld lan^- syne. 

(iiORUS—For auld Iang syne, etc. 

And surely you'll be vour pint stoup. 

And surelv I'll be mine: 
And we'll take a cup of kindness yet 

For auld Iang syn(\ 

(/HORUs-'-For auld Iang sync, etc. 

.1. ' 





Festival at ttii; 


On VVednesday, Sept. 4th, 1895. 


All Old Settlt'i's. wliether ounstitiitidual members or not. are rei|uestiMl to 
be at the Tent promptly at 10 ci'clot'k a. si. IJadges can be had nt' the 

1. The President calls to order. o. Valedictory of the Pre.sident. 

2. Keadinrr proceedincrs of festival. i>. Inani;ural of the President-elect. 

3. Record of the Pioneer Dead. 7. (ieneral business. 

4. Election of Oilicers for the ensuing ^». Dinner. 

year. y. Songs. 


H. C. CHAI'IN- JaS. lUliNMHEs ,Ias I)\ii; 


Ml!>i. IlKNUV KAltWATH .^IltS. .\I.I-KKI1 SaMIKUS .M1!S IloUAl IC I'.UA|ILK\ 

^IRS W.M .M. SuiTEK Mhs. .Ioiin I.itth;. JIhs. .Iamks (ll.-ANr. 

Miss E. Micad 
Annual fee is 25 cents for this year, on account of the cliar!,'e fur entrance 
to the Fair grounds. 

JOIIX M. LYTKK. l>nsi<h„t. 
D. P. McKOWN. S>-;ttar;i. 

"The Pioneer Settlers Association of Scott 
coLintN', Iowa" was organized m LeClaire hall, 
January 2o, 185H, with Mr. Khenezer Cook 
as chairman, and Mr, John L. Coftin secre- 
tary. Antome LeClaire, Ks(|. was the first and 
second presidents— none since were e\"er re- 
elected. John L. Coffin, Kstj. was first secre- 
tary and Gen. George B. Sargent first treas- 

The first festiwal was held at the old dnirtis 
House," Feb. '2'2, LS.IH, at which at least 8()() 
sat down to sup|)er. None so large since that 
memorable night. The Hon. John P. Cook 
deli\'ered the oration. 

There ha\e been 36 presidents, only 1 1 of 
w^hom are now luang. 

To become a member, a fee of .10 cents and 
sign the constitution is reciuired— all are eligible 
who settled in Scott count\' on or before Dec. 

I I' > .1 

31, 1846. The huslDands or wives of old 
setders are constitutional members, then" chil- 
dren are not, unless born withm the pre- 
scribed limits. 

On the 1st day of January, 1804, there were 
415 eligible to membership, of which 118 are 
constitutional members, since the 1st of Jan- 
uary, 1894, the date t)f this new register, there 
have died 28, leaving balance of living 400. 

Mr. Israel Mall was elected treasurer of this 
Association Jan. 7, 1861, and has held the 
office e\'er since — often during these years he 
has maintained the credit of our Association by 
putting his hands into his pockets for defic- 

As time goes on the old settlers seem to 
take increased interest m their annual meet- 
ings — no d(~)ul)t this will continue as long as 
any are left. Let us enjoy them while we may. 

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