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THIRTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL REUNION
OLD SETTLERS a^-^c^^
JOHNSON COUNTY, a-
AUGUST 20th, 1903
OLD SETTLERS OF JOHNSON COUNTY,
AT THEIR ANNUAL. REUNION, AUGUST 20, 1903.
The old log cabins at the fair ground today are scenes of the
thirty-seventh annual reunion of the old settlers of Johnson county.
Pioneers from all over the county are in attendance and hundreds
are here from the surrounding country. Many former Johnson
county settlers are here from neighboring counties, including a
goodly delegation of old residents from Cedar Rapids.
The weather all day has been perfect, which fact with excellent
roads accounts for the unusually large attendance. The farmers
began to arrive early this morning and by lo o'clock a large crowd
had assembled at the fair grounds. This is one of the most pleasant
gatherings of the year, and the pioneers are certainly enjoying them-
Two years ago the pioneers braved the dust and undismayed by
the awful drought that then prevailed gathered in goodly numbers
at their annual festival. Last year they met under exactly opposite
There was no dust in the roads, but the mud was plentiful. The
parched fields had been supplanted by luxuriant vegetation after
continued heavy rains, winds had damaged heavy crops, but there
was a promise of plenty and good times to come. Today the weather
is the best that could be desired. Crops are plentifnl and nobody
is kept from the annual gala gathering by bad roads, high water,
washed out bridges, or threatening storms.
A large crowd was present at noon when a good old fashioned
picnic dinner was served. Many more arrived during the afternoon,
and the re-union was a record-breaker. At one o'clock the program
was opened with the invocation given by Rev. Adam Schwimley.
This was followed by an address of welcome by President W. H.
Buchanan of Solon. After the singing of "America" by the pioneers
the address of the day was delivered by Robert Lucas.
ROBERT IvUCAS' ADDRESS.
There are certain qualities in which the American people surpass
any other people in the world — national characteristics or traits —
that have raised this country to the position she occupies among
the nations of the earth, and these are independence and self-reliance,
energy and enterprise, determination and courage (grit), inventive
genius and mechanical ingenuity, adaptability to military life, or
the quality that makes the best and most efficient soldier in the
shortest possible time, and adaptability to politics or government.
These traits distinguish the American and have made his country
what it is, for it is admitted to be the character of the inhabitants
that raises a country to greatness or sinks her into insignificance.
It can be shown that these qualities were developed and made
strong in our pioneer and first settler ancestors, in their struggle in
home and government-building, and came to us by heredity.
The history of the first settlement of this country, and the ex-
tension of emigration westward, until it reached the western coast,
shows that the life of the pioneers and early settlers was a life of
constant struggle, and it was this that developed those traits in them
and the American people have inherited them.
There is a law by which the right use of the muscles, or of the
moral or intellectual faculties, develops and makes strong the body
or the mind. We have been taught this from childhood.
Scientific men tell us that every living thing, from a flower to the
civilized man, has been brought up to its condition from lower forms
by struggle for existence — that the animal in procuring food and
defending itself, developed its strength, speed and instinct. They
tell us, too, that man, in procuring food, and defending himself
against ferocious animals, used and developed his reasoning power.
Then, as the physical or mental power was developed in animal
or man, it was transmitted to offspring, to be by it further developed
and passed on to the next generation, augmented, and so on, from
generation to generation — and so we have progress or evolution.
I am not competent to judge of this, but learned men tell us it is
God's way of building up things.
They instance the giraffe, which might have come originally from
a short-necked species, which, as herbage became short, was com-
pelled to browse off trees, and in reaching up, the length of the neck
was developed from generation to generation. Fine stock raisers
and fanciers of birds and other pets know that the disposition and
physical characteristics of the parents are inherited by the offspring,
and as these physical traits and this mental disposition are changed
in one generation by care and training, the change will be apparent
in the next.
The wild Texas cattle can be made in a few generations by good
care and kind treatment, heavy of body, short of limb and horn, and
gentle of disposition. The American trotting horse, by training,
has changed in conformation, and has come to a high rate of speed.
With his training, his "intellect" has been cultivated, or received a
new bent. Thus, while, forty years ago, it took years of training
to develope him, and he never was at his best until after he was ten
years of age — long after he had reached his physicial prime. Now,
however, he comes to his speed quickly, and has the trotting instinct
and racing instinct about as soon as he is broken.
These examples tend to illustrate the scientific law that "there is
a tendency in every organism to produce a like or a new set of
forms, varying slightly from the original," and this applies to the
plant, the lower animals and man. Hence, as any quality, physical,
moral or intellectual, is developed in the ancestor, it will appear in
We see children of parents, who cultivate morals and lead up-
right lives are inclined to be moral and upright and the children of
parents who fall into |loose Jor immoral ways are inclined to be
degenerates. "Like father, like son" is the adage, and we see the
son is inclined to follow in the footsteps of the father. If the father
is a soldier, the son is inclined to be warlike; if a sailor, to inherit
a love for the sea; if a mechanic, to have mechanical skill; if a mer-
chant, to inherit trading instinct.
Men who have made a study of the matter say that children of
educated parents receive an education much more readily than the
children of illiterate parents. If you take the very young child of
a savage race, and train, it carefully, it will seem to advance as
rapidly as the child of a civilized race to a point not very high, and
then halt. Some teachers in the Indian schools testify that the
children of educated Indian parents receive an education more easily
than the children of uneducated Indian parents, as a general rule.
This shows that, even in one generation, the mind can receive a
new power and a new bent from the mind struggle and brain culture
of the ancestor.
These examples illustrate the fact that whatever qualities were
cultivated in the forefathers are strong in their descendants.
Under this rule can the experience of our pioneer ancestors account
for the national characteristics I have named.
The first of these was independence and self-reliance. A man's
environments upon the frontier were such as to be conducive to the
formation of an independent and self-reliant character. There he
was free and untrammeled in every respect. He was in a com-
munity of the very purest democracy where the people were kind
and hospitable. There was no social caste and no wealth. In that
community, he was the equal of any one, the only standard being
honesty — and the history of the frontier shows that the settters were
honest men, almost without exception. In public matters, every
man's voice was heard with the same respect, and every man's
opinions were weig-hed with the same consideration as that accorded
Going into a new country, building a home by his own efforts,
and by his own efforts defending it, while doing his share in public
improvements, and in building up a government, would also tend
to the development of an independent and self-reliant character.
Then, again, to go upon the prairie or in the woods to make a
home; to build it with his own labor; to make a clearing and burn
the logs, or turn over the prairie; to make a place for raising crops; to
provide for his family, to go on improving for years; to protect his
home and the community against the Indians; to do his part in law-
making and in building of roads, bridges and other public improve-
ments; to provide for growing civilization — to keep this up year
after year until an empire is planted where solitude had been, would
arouse all the energy in human nature and develop a disposition for
undertaking the great projects for which this country has been
noted. This experience of the pioneer may account for the disposi-
tion in the American of the twentieth century to undertake great pro-
jects and the zeal and energy with which they carry them to success
for the rapid development of our natural resources, and the teeming
activity among us today.
As to the fact that the American military spirit was developed in
our pioneer ancestors and inherited by the nation from the first settle-
ment of the country, remember that we have had nearly 300 years
of savage warfare and the brunt of most of it has fallen upon the
frontiersman. In battling with the Indians, he studied and practiced
a peculiar kind of warfare, adopting something of the Indian style
of fighting — each, whether alone, or in company, fighting, in a
measure, independently. Through it all, he used his brains as well
as his gun, seeing every movement of the enemy, meeting cunning
with cunning, and knowing instantly what to do in every emergency.
These are the characteristics that seem to be inherited by the
American soldier today, for, during the War of the Rebellion, the
soldiers of the North and South seemed to fight about as well when
sent into battle without commands of officers, as with them. They
seemed always to know what to do, and by a mutual impulse would
act together and do it.
Again, a foreign officer, sent to observe the military operations
around Santiago, during the Cuban war, reported to his government
"that the American soldier was the best and most effective in the
world, that he seemed to know what to do in every emergency and
took the initiative."
The long Indian warfare through which the settler went, and his
warfare against hard Nature, in his pioneer struggle is enough to
account for all the determination and courage and "grit" in the
Regarding his inventive genius, let us recall the fact that the
American has produced more than half of the useful inventions and
useful improvements on other inventions, in the world — and this
because his pioneer ancestors had to invent to live, and improve and
not degenerate into a savage. The axe and the long-bladed knife
were about all the tools he had originally, and with these he built
his cabin and made other improvements. If a thing was to be done
or made, he had to do it or make it, with these tools, and if any ap-
pliance was necessary, he had to invent it. He had to do something
in the line of the duties of a blacksmith, carpenter, shoemaker and
other craftsmen, although very little to do it with was at hand. Hence
necessity made him an inventor.
The colonists from the first settlement to the time of the Revo-
lution were agitating the question of, and demanding that they be
granted rights and privileges which envolved a discussion and study
of problems of government. The early settlers met and considered
questions of public interest and each was equally interested and used
what ability he had to solve them.
During territorial days and the early days of statehood, the settlers
in a new country made government building, next to making a
living, their business.
All take an active part in public affairs in new countries, and to
perform the duties of citizenship as they ought to be performed, re-
quires many times the mind struggle in a new country, that is re-
quired in the old, just as it requires more effort to build a locomotive
than to run one. This may be the reason why so many of the
greatest statesmen, like Clay and Lincoln, were the products of
frontier communities. The ability we have in government grew in
the mind of the pioneer and was inherited from him.
The independence, enterprise, courage, tenacity and political saga-
city that led to the utterance of the Declaration of Independence
was due to the struggle in which the colonists had been engaged
from the hour of the first settlement. The progenitors of almost all
the signers were pioneers. Most of our early statesmen inherited
their practical wisdom from a race of pioneers,
I believe that "that Divinity that shapes the end" of nations and
individuals had decreed that humanity should pass to a higher civili-
zation, but the sacrifice had to be made — the price had to be paid.
When the time came, He planted on our eastern shores a hardy
stock, who should increase and spread until they covered the land.
And upon the vanguard of this race in its westward march should
fall the cross and honor.
Here has grown a people that stand well to the forefront among
the nations of the earth — independent, active, courageous, aggressive,
ingenious, and of wonderful achievements.
They have conquered thousands of miles of forest and prairie and
made it a garden land. They have built gigantic cities and splendid
towns with great institutions of learning and magnificent places of
They have launched the steamship and sent it into every part of
the globe, carrying food for the hungry, clothes for the naked and
civilization to all. "They have laid their iron rail in every direction
and made transit safe, comfortable and rapid." They have "har-
nessed Niagara," and the mountain streams and led their power far
away to illumine night, speed the busy millions or turn the thousand
buzzing wheels of industry.
They have sent the human voice, careering with the electric cur-
rent, facilitating business and promoting sociability. They have
made the Old World neighbor of the New, the Orient of the Occi-
dent, and over land and across the broad expanse of either ocean
have sent the lightning's spark to carry cangratulations to the happy,
solace to the sad, and all messages of amity and fraternal inter-
They have preserved the voice of the dead, and made it possible
to re-echo at will the persuasive tones of the orator and sweet note
of the queen of song. They have brought the world together and
made mankind akin.
They have made many contrivances that multiply the power of
man ten thousand fold, giving him rest from toil and leisure for
The "man with the hoe" is a picture of a European peasant, with
lack-luster eye and care-worn, stolid countenance — his bent and
tired form resting on the handle of his implement, in it, the artist
speaks of generations of unrequited toil and servitude.
The artist of the future will paint labor of athletic form, stand-
ing erect, his hand upon the lever, intelligence in his eye, and moral
grandeur in his countenance.
They have taught the oppressor that right makes might — they
have taught him tHe honor and dignity of labor.
They have planted new thoughts on the world's brain. Among
them is one of the greatest of all time — that "all men are created
free and equal."
Ideas have life. Opinion speaks. Truth, once sown, grows and
grows forever. All that America has done is "raising and will raise
humanity," until, increasing in knowledge and in sympathy, all the
children of men shall live in peace, plenty and happiness — through
the struggle of the American pioneer.
REPORT OF NECROLOGICAI. COMMITTEE
The number listed in this report of those who have, during
the year since this Association held its last meeting, "joined the
majority" is perhaps no larger than that given at your former
reunions. Yet it is very large, and shows that the men and the
women who founded Iowa are committing its affairs to younger
hands, and that the generation of pioneers is fast moving to the
land and the home where there shall be no parting. It will be
observed that the average age is greater — that a larger proportion of
those who during the past year have laid down the burdens and
duties of life had passed the age of three score and ten years, that
many had gone beyond four score, while several have even gone in
the way beyond the ninetieth milestone of life.
Of this large and sadly lengthened list of pioneers, honored and
beloved among the people of this county, but two came hither
before 1840 and both of those in 1839. There are indeed, but very
few remaining among our people who came earlier.
This Association has suffered a severe loss, as has the inspiration
of the preservation of the earlier history of Iowa, in the death of
Henry W. Lathrop, one among the best known and the most widely
loved of the pioneer settlers. From his coming here in 1846, until
his death, a period of over fifty-six years, he had given special atten-
tion to the gathering of the history of early Iowa. We and others
will sadly miss him for years to come.
Many of the names enrolled on this record will bring to remem-
brance, especially among the pioneers here today, incidents and
associations that will last as long as life — among these we may only
enumerate Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Cavanagh, Mrs. Vogt, Mrs, Heath,
Jacob G. Sperry, Edward Tudor, John Fry, Henry IMcCullough,
John Reynolds, Wm. Penn Clarke — how easily this list might be
lengthened — whose memories are enshrined among the associations
dear to all of us.
In making up this report the committee has not been able to
differentiate the active enrolled members of this society. It has
included those who by age and years of residence in the county
were eligible for enrollment on its roster, or who have been con-
spicuous in its meetings during their term of residence. Where no
address is given, it will be understood the person named was a resi-
dent of Iowa City.
15. Mrs. E. N. Walker, River Junction, 23 years; born in the
16. L. S. Hindman, born in this county; died at Osborne, Kan.
19. Frank Verhotesky, died at Davenport; came to the county
20. James Glick, 61 years; came from Bohemia in 1871.
21. Mrs. J. C. F. Harrington, born in Iowa City.
22. Mrs. Martha lyinn, Big Grove township; died at Wilton
25. Mrs. Gingerich, Sharon township; born in the county.
27. John Bolton, 62 years; came to the city in 1861 from Eng-
land. Veteran of the war for the Union.
27. Mrs. Sarah Wilson, 91 years; came to the county in 1840
from West Virginia. She was present at the Old Settlers' picnic of
1902, less than a week before her death.
27. Joseph Dehner, 67 years; came to Iowa City from Germany
28. Daniel M. Dutcher, 70 years; came to Iowa City in 1877.
Veteran of war.
30. Mrs. Louise Catherine F. Hughes, 79 years. Widow of the
late Thomas Hughes; came to Dubuque in 1841, where she was
married, and to Iowa City in 1843, where her husband engaged in the
publication of the second newspaper of the capital. Mrs. Hughes
in early times, was probably the best known lady in Iowa. Her
home was the center of the capital's hospitality, and almost every dis-
tinguished visitor to the territorial and the early state capital was
there entertained. She was one of the earliest members of this society,
and until prevented by an injury which confined her to her home
was active in its reunions and work.
I. David Lyons, ']'x, years; came to the county about 1853.
I. Christian Boberich; veteran of the war.
3. Mrs. Thomas Ryan, 80 years;^Graham township.
7. John C. Miller, 72 years; Graham township; came to the
county in 1872.
7. Homer Sutliff, born in the county in 1846; died at Freeport,
9- Frank Meincer, 29 years; born in this county.
12. Charles W. Denter, 82 years; North Liberty; came to county
13. Henry Leuhrmann, 85 years; came to city 1847; ^i^^ i^
14. Mrs. Henry Upmeier, 43 years; came from Germany, 1882.
16. Mrs. Amy Cavanagh, 96 years; came from Michigan to Cedar
township in 1839, having been a pioneer in two states. She
was at the time of her death the oldest person in the county, and
one of the very few remaining who had settled in this county before
1840. Mrs. Cavanagh had filled a large place in the early history
of this locality, and was much beloved by her associated pioneer
families and their descendants.
19. Mrs. Joanna Donovan, 94 years; came to the county in 1858.
21. Mrs. Frances A. E. Bartlett, 76 years; came to Cedar town-
ship in 1854, and located on the farm where she and her husband
lived the years of their lives in Iowa.
21. Mrs. Mary Tentler, Solon, 74 years; came from Ohio in
21. Mrs. Joanna Larkin.
21. Jacob G. Sperry, 81 years. West Lucas; came from Ohio in
1853. In his fifty years residence in the county Mr. Sperry held
many places of public trust with satisfaction to the public and with
credit to himself. He probably was acquainted with more of the
earlier residents of the county than any other man, and took a large
interest in this organization and in its reunions.
26. Edward Tudor, 76 years. West Lucas; came to the county
in 1845. M^- Tudor was one of the best known residents of the
county, and was for many years a leader in its various business and
26. William Noonan, 67 years; came from New York in 1857.
27. E. Carroll, 87 years; came to the county about 1850; died at
Port Townsend, Washington.
30. Joseph Baker, 75 years. Big Grove township; came from
Bohemia in 1876.
4. Jerry Wildman, 65 years, Madison township.
4. William Goettle, 32 years; born in this city.
4. Mrs. C. W. Conover, 48 years, Scott township; came to the
county from New Jersey in 1875.
6. Jacob P. Lininger, 61 years, Madison township; came from
Pennsylvania in 1849.
9. Mrs. Lawrence Powers, 70 years; came from Ireland in 1872.
11. J. T. Dever, 70 years; died in Henry county.
12. Daniel Loewenstein, 83 years; died at Ogden, Utah.
13. Mrs. Judith Ann Hutchinson, 68 years; died at Minneapolis,
14. P. H. Philbrick, Professor of Civil Engineering in the State
University, 1873 to 1882. Died at Cheyenne, Wyoming. His home
after leaving this city, was at Lake Charles, La., where he was in
charge of important railway engineering. While in this city he
served as city engineer and was prominent in much public work.
He was a veteran of the war.
19. M. F. Suavely, 65 years, North Liberty; came to Iowa in
1849; veteran of the civil war.
23. Mrs. Elizabeth Gooding, 89 years.
24. H. B. McCullough, 65 years, River Junction; came from
Ohio in 1842. From the coming of the railway to the Junction
until the time of his death, he was the station and express agent
and for many years the postmaster.
26. Frank Bulecheck; born in the county.
27. John J. Kolda, 42 years; Lone Tree.
2. Mrs. John R. Heath, 66 years; came from Ohio in 1868. She
took a large interest in this association and was widely known
throughout the county.
4. Mrs. John Seydel, born in the county; died at Pueblo, Col.
6. James B. Hess, 76 years; came to the city in 1856.
10. W. F. Smith, Washington township, 85 years; came to the
county in 1845.
11. John Hoist, Oxford; came from Germany in 1870.
12. Mrs. Mattias Meyer, 84 years, Solon; came to the county in
12. Martin Benesch, 84 years; came to the city from Bohemia.
13. Mrs. Christiana Lefevre, 78 years; came from Pennsylvania
13. F. A. Heinsius, ^3 years; came to the city about 1856.
17. Mrs. Sarah Brennan, 31 years, Cedar Bluffs; born in county.
18. W. E. Flannery, 57 years, Hardin township; came from New
York in 1870.
19. Mrs. Irene Deal, 75 years, Windham; came to the county in
21. Mrs. S. A. Dean, 40 years, Jefferson township; born in the
22. Lewis Ross, 70 years; was regent of the State University,
and later lecturer and professor in the Law Department and then
its chancellor. Lived in the city from 1875 to 1887; died at Council
24. John Eggermeyer, born in this city; died at Cedar Rapids.
27. Rev. J. L. Earth, former pastor of the German M. E. church
of this city; died in St. Louis.
30. Mrs. Mary A. Loughridge, 89 years.
5. Philip B. Regan, 38 years; came from New York, 1865.
6. Mrs. Delila Cox, 76 years; Madison township.
7. Mrs. Anna Sherlock, 68 years, Oxford; came from England
7. Mrs. Lucy Atkins, 70 years.
9. William Sailor, 32 years. Cedar township; born in the county.
12. Mrs. Malvina Roup, 67 years, Madison township; came from
Ohio in 1865.
14. Mrs. Susan A. Calkins, 70 years; died in Chicago.
17. John Fry, 84 years, Washington township; came from Ohio
20. Miss Nettie Shaw, 50 years; came from Ohio.
21. George W. Osborn, 72 years; came from West Virginia, 1850.
21. Miss Elnora Hartsock, 47 years; Sharon township.
38. Mrs. Ann Reilley, 75 years. Pleasant Valley; came to the
county in 1855.
28. Mrs. Lucretia A. Morse, 78 years; came to the county in
30. Mrs. Bridget Kelley, 71 years; came to the county in 1857;
died at York Center, Iowa county.
30. H. W. Lathrop, 84 years; died at Sioux Falls, South Dakota;
came to the city in 1847. He was among the best known and most
beloved of the pioneers of this county, and was especially devoted
in the work of preserving its early history. School teacher, editor,
farmer, horticulturist, librarian and historian, he touched the early
history of county, city and state at every point. Mr. Lathrop was
one of the early and active members of this society, and ever took
a deep interest in its success and in these annual reunions. He was
the pioneer in fine stock breeding and in fruit growing in eastern
Iowa, and to his labors and experiments, performed at his own cost
and great sacrifice, the entire state has become much indebted. He
was one of the founders of the State Horticultural Society, and one
of the organizers of the State Historical Society, serving for many
years as its curator and librarian. He was the author of many
articles relating to the early history of this county, and possessed a
vast fund of reminiscences that made him one of the most popular
and sought speakers at all meetings in which the early history of
the county was a matter of discussion.
2. Mrs. O'Brien, Oxford township; born in the county.
7. Mrs. E. E. Ehret, died at Tama.
10. Mrs. George W. Randall, 61 years; came to the county in
11. E. B. Hostetler, 62 years; came from Pennsylvania in 1885.
Accidentally injured in Montana, and died from effects.
13, Mrs. Mary Vogt, 80 years; came to the city in 1846. Mrs.
Vogt was one among the best known pioneer women of the city and
county. She took little interest in public affairs, but perhaps no
woman in the county was more widely known and more deeply
loved for her many acts of benevolence and charity.
14. Dr. Albert Dunlap, Washington township; came from New
York in 1880; died at Creston, Iowa.
i/|. Henry Loosley, 70 years. For some years agent of the C.
R. I. & P. R. R.; died at Independence, Kan.
16. Miles Burns, 38 years; died at Little Rock, Ark.
22. Charles M. Byers, 61 years; died at Waterloo; veteran of the
25. Louis L. Englert, 36 years; born in the city.
25. John Crossin, 80 years, Oxford township; came to the county
26. Rev. John Bowman, former pastor of the M. E. church; died
at Cedar Falls.
29. A. B. Hudson, Clear Creek.
29. John Reynolds, 85 years, Hardin township; came to the
county in 1856; one of the best known and most lovable of the resi-
dents of the southwestern part of the county. A man with hosts
of friends and yet without an enemy.
30. J. N. W. Rumple, 61 years; died at Chicago. Mr. Rumple,
as a youth, lived in this city for a number of years; was a student
of the State University, and enlisted in Second Iowa Cavalry. At
the close of the war he located in Marengo, but was almost as well
known in this city and county as at his own home. He was elected
to Congress from the Second Iowa District in 1900, and died while
in office, after a long and painful illness.
2. John Ryan, 68 years, Cedar township; came to the county
5. Mrs. Margaret Andrews, 90 years; lived here from 1846 to
1889. Died at Sheepshead Bay, New York.
5. Mrs. Mahala Clodfelder, 79 years; came to the county, 1853.
Died at Logan.
6. William Penn Clarke, 80 years; lived in city from 1843 ^^
about 1870, and was conspicuous in political and public matters.
Represented Johnson county in the Constitutional Convention of
1846, and opposed removal of the capital from Iowa City. Served
in the army as paymaster. Died at Washington, D. C.
7. Engelbert Fallers, 74 years; lived here 1852 to 1874. Died in
9. Mrs. W. H. Waite, 65 years; came to the state in 1867.
12. Charles C. Hotz, 26 years; born in city; died in Davenport.
16. Rev. Chas. G. Trusdell, 75 years; lived in Iowa City from
1854 to 1870. Died in Chicago. Veteran of the war.
iq. Mrs. Philomena Wieneke, 54 years; came to the county in
20. Mrs. J. T. Crippen, wife of pastor of the M. E. church in
20. Mrs. H. A. Bradley, died in Waterloo.
20. Walter Crowley, died in Hastings, Minnesota.
20. Albert Miller, 51 years, Solon; born in Big Grove township.
22. Mrs. Wm. Burke, 53 years, Elmira; came to Iowa City from
Ohio in 1856.
22. Miss Agnes Fischer, 69 years; Coralville.
24. Mrs. Elizabeth Eby, 68 years; Iowa City.
28. James S. Mahana, 66 years; came to the city from Ohio in
1870. Veteran of the civil war.
2. Miss Emma Hughes, 48 years; Sharon township.
2. Miss Mary E. Curry, 58 years. Tiffin; came from Ohio.
8. John Petersheim, 78 years, Sharon township; came from
9. John Tranter, 83 years; came here in 1855.
9. Mrs. Celia Castle, 36 years; born in county. Died in Montana.
11. Mrs. Mary C. Shaff, 56 years; born in Iowa.
12. Mrs. Mary Holmes, 80 years, West Lucas; came to the
county in 1873.
13- Mrs. Frank Kessler, Big Grove township.
14. Mrs. Mary Hornung, 69 years; came to the county in 1856.
14. Mrs. Anna Nusser, 62 years; came to the city in 1865.
16. Mrs. Martha Robinson, 78 years; died at Forreston, Ills.
16. Jacob Brumm, veteran of the civil war.
18. George E. Ewing, 31 years; born in the city.
20. David Clodf elder, 84 years; came 1853. Died at I^ogan,
21. John G. Given, 84 years; lived here from 1863 to 1878.
Died at South Bend, Indiana. Veteran of the Mexican war.
22. Mrs. John Whitmore, Liberty township.
23. Miss Maggie Grady, 37 years.
23. Richard R. Evans, '^'j years; came to the county in 1875.
23. William Cochran, 73 years, Graham township; came to the
county in 1843.
25. Mrs. Mary Vastra, 66 years.
25. Alfred Benedict, 66 years. Veteran soldier.
26. George White, Fremont township.
25. George Schlenck, Jr., 40 years; born in the city.
28. Mrs. Fred Rapp, Oxford.
I. J. F. Shepherd, 82 years; came to the state in 1842.
9. John J. Reese, 86 years; came to the county in 1868.
9. Miss Katie Reese, daughter of Mr. Reese; born in the county.
11. Joseph Strittmatter, 60 years.
12. Mrs. Joseph Sedevic, 70 years; Penn township.
12. Mrs. Harvey Graham, died at Los Angeles, Cal.
13. Mrs. Frances K. Sweeney, 79 years.
16. Eli Fountain, about 60 years, River Junction; came from
Tennessee in 1865.
20. Mrs. William Weaver, born in county.
22. Mrs. Leonard Schick, 69 years; Morse.
22. John E. Douglas, 71 years, Oxford; came from Ohio in 1840.
23. Ulrich Spinden, 85 years, Newport; came in 1853.
27. Mrs. Isaac Potter, 70 years, Madison township; came in 1875.
I. Mrs. Mary A. Brant, 54 years, Clear Creek; came from New
York in 1857.
I. Mrs. Katie Seitz, 31 years; born in county; died in Chicago.
3- Fred Whittaker, 26 years; born in the city.
4. Mrs. Nancy J. Emmons, 75 years; came from Ohio in 1854.
4. Mrs. Frederick Immel, 78 years; Oxford township.
12. Mrs. Philena Slaght, 63 years, Tiffin; came from Ohio in
13. Mrs. Catherine Fryauf, 74 years.
13. Mrs, Isabella Lloyd, ']'] years; came to Iowa City in 1853.
15. Miss Daisy Coover, 22 years; born in the city; died in Arizona.
17. Oscar R. Young, died in Salt Lake City.
22. M. D. Akers, 75 years, Graham township; came in 1865.
28. Vincent Wolters, 41 years; Liberty township.
28. James Chester, former Professor of Military Science and
Tactics in the State University. Died at Washington, D. C.
5. Anton Beranek, 64 years.
6. Mrs. John W. Green, 52 years; Madison township.
9. Mrs. Neil Kinney, 75 years; came from Ireland in 1856.
II. Mrs. Maria D. Welch, died in Arizona.
21. Edwin A. Sailor, 31 years, Cedar township; born in the
26. Mrs. Frances Holubar, 90 years, Solon; came to the county
27. Jacob Zeller, 76 years; came about 1856. Died at Sioux
29. Jesse U. Harris, 76 years; came to the county about 1857.
I. Mrs. Mattie Trine, 35 years; born in county; died at Alton,
3. Thomas McCammon, 84 years, Oxford; came to the county
4. David H. Thomas, 71 years; Lone Tree.
8. Mrs. MerilaJ. Mann, 81 years; came to the county about
9. Mrs. Peter Cole, 69 years; Union Township.
14. Richard R. Hughes, Union township.
17. Mrs. William Delaney, 64 years; came to the county 1858.
18. Mrs. Charles Geigenheimer, 85 years, Oxford; came to county
1 8. Richard Burke, 34 years, Oxford, Killed by accident at
27. John Miller, 83 years; came to the city in 1853.
29. John Curry, Oxford.
I. Mrs. Samuel Hanke, 75 years, East Lucas; came to Iowa
City in 1856.
12. George D. Woodin, 79 years. Mayor of this city in 1855;
came to Iowa City about 1848. Died at Sigourney, Iowa.
Communications were read by the committee as follows:
Davenport Iowa, August 4, 1903.
Gentlemen of Committee on Invitations for Johnson
County Old Settlers Reunion.
Iowa City, Iowa.
Dear Friends: — I much regret that neither Ruth nor I can
avail ourselves of your kind invitation to meet with the pioneers of
Johnson county and their descendants this year.
One of the latter, who is exceedingly dear to me, has requested me
to write a few lines for the occasion. Should the "Pioneers of the
Prairies" seem to you acceptable. Truly,
C. H. Preston.
Pioneers of the Prairies.
After the glaciers still ages sped doing God's bidding.
Sunbeams, like angel hands, wove and flung over the wide land
Garments soft, verdurous, scented with breath of sweet flowers.
Then at last, following long cycles, came journeying southward,
Traversing frozen realms, wandering, heaven-led mortals.
Out of the rugged north, from the far setting sun came they.
Entered this paradise, sojourned and prospered — till no one
Even of their oldest men, tracing the long line ancestral.
Could a beginning find. Ancient and born with time deemed they
Stock of the Indian. Though older far even than they dreamed it
Yet was it infant and perishing: theirs but a brief act
In the long life-drama planned for God's new stage, the prairies.
Hunting and fishing along these bright rivers they wander,
Warring and loving, content with love's wigwams and grave mounds;
Waiting the true pioneers, strong of heart, to succeed them.
When from the east comes the vanguard of civilization,
Vanish the wood children, perish and disappear slowly
Off from the face of earth, even as of old did the glacier.
Building their forts down the course of the "beautiful river,"
By the great lakes and along the broad "father of waters,"
Came the first "pale faces" toiling for king and religion: —
Came they from sunny France, bearing the cross on their banners;
Came to the guest-fire of Nokomis and glad Hiawatha
Who welcomed the long robes that spoke more of wisdom than
Welcomed the time when the prairies should bear wiser children;
Came to the wilds where that sad, weary, wandering maiden —
The constant Evangeline — found the good fathers and blessed them.
Dwelt they there, far in the wilderness with the rude warriors
Into whose restless souls fell, like soft balm, Christ's religion.
Passed their lives danger-fraught, love-inspired, peaceful.
As to them strangers their merciless, red-handed brethren.
They who, beyond the sea, crushed with the cross its true children.
Such was the rippling wave, herald of civilization,
Which, as a torrent strong, one day should sweep the broad prairies, —
Sweep from Atlantic's coast westward, resistless, expanding
Into a nation great, sons of exiles for freedom.
Yet, through long years, the fair land gave its wealth to the trapper
Living with Nature's self, wild as her own untaught children; —
Till, seeking far-off Pacific's coast, gold-diggers whiten
All the dim trails with their long lines of canvas-roofed wagons.
Hope tempted high and hurled headlong by fickle-tongued rumor,
Some turn aside and possess the rich valleys that woo them, —
Set up their household gods lone on the limitless prairie.
Westward, still westward the eager horde pushes and scatters!
Westward, still westward the driven tribes hover and vanish!
Happy though toilsome the life of the brave prairie settler;
Close to the great heart of nature he dwelt with his dear ones;
Industrious, contented, slow gathering home comforts about them.
His soul gaining strength as, courageous, he labored and trusted.
Dotting the plain, miles apart, were the homes of his neighbors.
Wide-sundered but helpful, each ready with cheerful assistance,
Competing in naught save in kindness, in strength and endurance
Virgin and bright with wild bloom lay the prairies before him,
Sharp ran his share turning under the sward and upturning
Swarthy, rich acres which, quickened by rain and sunshine,
Bore and held up the young maize to the sky for a blessing.
Through the June days, from tlie earliest dawn to the gloaming,
Twixt the long rov;s, up and down, ran his freshening furrow.
Transmuting the soil into ingots of gold for the garner,
Gath'ring and storirg the wealth of the prodigal summer.
Rich were his harvests, assuring of plenty and comfort.
Else little worth, far removed from the market, unsought for.
Waiting the time when the swift-traversed highways of traffic —
A network of steel should collect and preserve their full fruitage,
Nov;, v;ould lie seek the far mart, he must patiently follow.
From candle to candle returning, his steady-paced plow team,
Follow dim wheel-tracks, unfenced, through the upland and slough
Reaching no spot half so dear as his own prairie homestead.
There were his work and his joy, there his hopes and his treasiires.
None might command, none restrain there his arm from endeavor;
Happy though toilsome, his life was the life of a freeman,
Doing his best unconstrained, and enjoying the fruits of achievement.
Linked to his work were his pleasures, the seasons revolving
Each brought its joys of fruition, — the haying, the harvest
Of grains and of fruits as they ripened, the stripping and crushing
Of cane for its sweets, the glad meetings at husking and quiltings
Of maidens and youths blitlie of heart: — but the life of the settler
Was stern in its conflicts with nature as rich in her blessings.
Stubborn the sod he must break, and unnumbered the dangers
Awaiting- his crops, or from frost, or from drought, or from vermin;
Exposed were his herds and his home to the bitter cold winter, —
Its'wildering snows he must breast without landmark to guide him, —
Exposed to the wrath of the heat-gendered cyclone, unsparing.
The on-rushing fire, sweeping bare in its path the dry prairie.
Stern were his conflicts, his courage sore tried, but he conquered,
And builded a state rich in brawn, rich in brain, rich in freemen.
Gone the blanketed brave, gone the primitive post of the trader,
Gone the wild flames, gone the trackless expanse of the prairie.
Gone the old times; — but the sunset of life for the settler
Still glows with the light of its morning of strength and endeavor.
Davenport, Iowa. Charles Hickeen Preston. ,
August 4, 1903.
Washington, D. C, August ii, 1903.
Invitation Committee, Oed Settlers Association of John-
son County, Iowa.
Gentlemen: — I had expected to be present at your annual
gathering this year, but imperative business called me East sooner
than was intended, and also makes necessary an earlier return, so
that a wish long entertained is again disappointed.
My long residence in California has brought me in contact with
the early and heroic history of that state, and has interested me in
the great movement of people to the coast, following the discovery
of gold by Marshall at Coloma. The frontier was tlien East of the
Missouri river and Johnson county was in the flower and greatness
of its pioneer period. Our early settlers had explored one wilder-
ness and tasted the pleasures of pioneer independence, and felt the
quickening of the ambition which made them builders of a state.
To many of them a new and ultimate frontier was a lure that hardly
needed the gilding of gold to make it irresistible. The first ex-
plorers and settlers of Johnson county were Eli N5yers, Henry
Felkner and Philip Clark. By probity and industry they had each
founded a competency, but tlie call to a new frontier made them
early immigrants to California. They were part of a noble company
who left our pioneer settlement for the romantic land that is now
ahead of the world in many things. Of this company were Dr.
McCorniick, Judge Hawkins, Samuel J. Hess, Peter Patterson, Rev.
J. W. Brier, John Adams, and many others whose names do rot
occur to me now. Iowa sent also the Ralstons from Keokuk, Judge
Hastings from Muscatine and others from all the towns that were
then on her map.
There were great men amongst these. Peter H. Patterson was
the originator of the plan to establish the state university. In its
walls should be a mural tablet in his honor, and one in honor of
Smiley H. Bonham, who secured for the state what Patterson had
Rev. Mr. Brier made the first transit of Death Valley, into
Southern California, every hour of his journey being a Homeric
picture, and furnished to the book of heroic exploration its most
vivid chapter. He passed away recently at a great age and his
brave wife, who shared his perils, still lives with her son at Lodi,
Patterson, Myers, Hawkins and Adams, never saw Iowa again. I
believe the fates of part of them, the place and manner of their
death, are not known. But their memories are cherished by the
old settlers of Johnson county. A valuable contribution to your
annals, and material for history would be found in the story of their
departure and what is known of their experiences. The complete
narrative of Rev. Mr. Brier's journey has never been printed, but
the material for it is in the possession of his son. Rev. J. W. Brier,
None can duplicate the experiences of those hardy men. In 1849
it took six months to make the long march from the Missouri river
to the Sacramento. Now I travel from San Francisco to New York
in a train lighted by electricity, in four days, two hours and thirty
minutes. The evolution of pioneer enterprise has wrought the
change, and seems to have made a new earth. The terrors of the
Red Desert, and of the blear stretches of alkali down the Humbolt,
are no more. Let us hope that the sturdy manhood derived from
the old frontier life, may continue to be the quality of the de-
scendants of the pioneer.
I hail all who survive, and join them in ascriptions of praise and
honor to the great hearted who have passed away.
John P. Irish.
Mr. G. R. Irish,
Chairman Committee of Invitation.
Dear Sir: — It is with great regret that the Doctor and I are
forced to decline your kind invitation to meet today with the old
settlers of Johnson county and share in that general good fellow-
ship which, at all times, flows so bountifully from the hearts of the
pioneers and their worthy descendants.
Few if any, I presume of the sturdy first settlers are left to answer
the roll call of today. They have heard a higher summons and
leaving us a goodly heritage of a prosperous state, generously en-
dowed, they have gone unfalteringly forward to the starlit prairies
of that beautiful isle of "some- where": —
"Some-where, for God is good,
Life's blossoms, unfulfilled,
Must spring from dust and gloom
To perfect bloom."
In your kindly greetings today, pleasure, sorrow and hope will
sweetly mingle. Pleasure that you have been chosen as the instru-
ments to carry forward the good work of the early settler; sorrow for
the loss of his kindly uplifting presence; and hope that you may
prove his worthy successors and meet him ere long in that blessed
isle of, "Somewhere."
The Doctor joins me in kind greetings to all and sends a poem
embodying his ideas of the "Pioneers of the Prairies."
Davenport, Iowa. Ruth Irish Preston.
August 20, 1903.
Chicago, August 3, 1903.
Dear Friends and Brethern of the Old Settlers Meet-
ing: — Though unable to be with you today we send you a kindly
greeting and a hope that you may enjoy this beautiful home gather-
ing as we once enjoyed it with you, and that you may look forward
as do we, to that great reunion above where partings will be no
more. Mr. and Mrs. Rolla Johnson.
Sutherland, Ia., August 19, 1903.
Messrs. Irish, Remley and Baker.
Dear Friends: — Again we are compelled to forego the pleasure
of meeting the old settlers of Johnson county at their annual re-
union at Iowa City. We shall hope to be with you next year.
Wishing you a happy day and with best wishes to you all and also
thanks to you for your invitation to be with you, we are.
Yours sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. Huse Woods.
Dubuque, Iowa, August 23, 1903.
G. R. Irish, M. Remley, Chas. Baker,
Gentlemen: — Your kind invitation to attend the annual re-
union of the old settlers of Johnson county is at hand, and I deeply
regret that it is impossible for me to avail myself of the same.
I am proud of Johnson county, the place of my birth, and I am
especially proud to reflect that on that soil of Johnson county was
perfected the most important steps in the founding of this great
The men who were the real founders of our great commonwealth
were members of that last heroic band of true pioneers. They were
men of true heroic and patriotic mould who braved the dangers and
privations of a wilderness to found not only homes for themselves,
but to point the wa}^, and lay the solid foundations for that incom-
parable material prosperity that has been the result of their conquest.
And what a glorious conquest was theirs. Scan the vast realms
of the world and nowhere can be found a domain comparable to the
grand Mississippi Valley with its diversity and wealth of natural
resource, and its splendid population of freemen forming a vast
brotherhood, though living in individual states.
And of that domain, and in that sisterhood of states all hail
glorious Iowa, peerless among them ! And hail to the old settlers
of Johnson county, pre-eminent in the grand Hawkeye state.
With cordial and fraternal greetings to all old friends, and wish-
ing the association long continuance and prosperity, I am
Sincerely yours, Thos. M. Irish.
Martha G. San ford was born January 29, 181 6, in the state
of New York. While yet a child her parents removed to Pennsyl-
vania, then a wilderness. There she grew to womanhood, and
having removed to Trumble Co., Ohio, she Vv^as married to Samuel
B. Trotter Jan. 2, 1839, and in March of that year came to John-
son county and began life on a claim selected by ]\Ir. Trotter the
year before. Their early home was near Sutliff's ferry. In 1842
they built the first cabin in Solon and removed there. Located
close to Dillon's furrow their home became a refuge for the hungry
and weary. The early settlers have all borne testimony to the
splendid hospitality of the Trotter home. The early settlers all
passed that way on the trips to the land sales in Dubuque, and the
little home was at times the centre of a military camp as the differ-
ent expeditions from Fort Snelling to the vSouth and West paused
for food and shelter.
Here were held the first meetings of the members of the Johnson
County Claim Association and later the first election in Solon.
Here in this pioneer home Mrs. Trotter carded, spun and wove
that her little family should be clothed, and with that industry and
devotion that has gone with the pioneers, passed the days of her
From Solon the family removed to Iowa City and after a resi-
dence of several years therein, again removed to Newport township.
Mr. Trotter went to California in 1853 and never returned. In
November, 1 868, Mrs.Trotter was married to Wm. M. C. Kirkpatrick;
he died in October, 1889, The later years of Mrs. Kirkpatrick were
passed at the home of her danghters. On September 5, 1903, after a
lingering illness, this pioneer mother passed beyond the boundary
of a long and noble life to join that more than noble band who, as
the early wives and mothers of the county with angel hands painted
a silver lining for every cloud and whose patient, cheerful labors
made pleasant the darkest hours of early times.
Mrs. Trotter was the mother of seven children: Roxanna died in
infancy; Mary J., wife of L. Douglas of West Branch; Emma D.,
wife of Wm. E. Pratt of Iowa City; lilla M., wife of C. N. Gaymon
of Indianola, Ta.; Matthew T., died in 1892; Philo li. of Prescott,
Arizona; and Jas W., died in youth. Of her own family she is sur-
vived by a sister, Mrs. PvOxanna Fox of California.
THE FOLLOWING IS A PARTIAL LIST OF OLD TIMERS
Adams, John and wife
Adams, Mrs. Henrietta
Alder, Ira J.
Abrams, Mrs. Henry
Adams, John, Jr., and wife
Atkinson, Mrs. Frank and children
Adams, John E.
Ball, George W.
Buchanan, W. H.
Burge, Dr. A. J. and wife
Burk, John, and wife
Burk, Frank, and v/ife
Borts, Miss Ella
Borts, Miss Bessie
Ballard, E. A.
Beuter, A. W.
Bradley, Abner, and wife
Cropley, Mrs. Sarah P.
Clark, Mrs. John
Clark, Miss Florence
Clark, Miss Lillian
Clark, J. Norwood
ClifTord, C. E.
Colter, W. H.
Chapman, Mrs. Frank
Currier^ A. N.
Coldren, Mrs. Mary O.
Cisne, Mrs. V.
Cisne, Miss Hannah
Cannon, W. D., Sr.
Dennis, Mrs. Isaac
Daniels, Mrs. Joe
Dixon, David A.
Evans, ]\Irs. Walter
Englert, J. J.
Francis, Charles, and wife
Francis, Miss Anna
Foster, W. E. C, and v.-ife
Fry, S. P.
Fry, Mrs. Vienna
Fellows, Rev. S. F.
Fowle, J. M., and wife
Fry, Wm., and wife
Folsom, Miss Mollie
Graham, Mrs. Jas.
Graham, Miss Edith
Hohenschuh, Mrs. Theresa
Hohenschiih, Miss Kate
Holmes, Mrs. Sarah
Howell, R. P., and wife
Hoffman, J. M.
Hart, J. W.
Ham, Mrs. Jonathan
Hughes, J. P.
Hedges, A. R.
Hill, O. C.
Ham, Mrs. Mary A.
Ham, Miss Ethel
Ham, Miss Ruby
Hemphill, Joe and wife
Hill, Miss Jane
Hall, G. R.
Hastings, Henry, and wife
Howell, Matthew, and wife
Hummer, George, and wife
Honberger, Frank, wife and
Horton, Mrs. Minnie,and children
Heath, Col. John R.
Hall, Mrs. R.
Irish, G. R., and wife
Irish, Mrs. C. W.
Irish, Miss Elizabeth
Jewett, Mrs. Lois
Jewett, Miss Etta
Jayne, John, and wife
King, Miss Sue
King, Miss Agnes
Koser, Mrs. Caroline
Kessler, L.P., and daughter Annie
Kerr, Mrs. H.
Keen, R. A., and wife
Kettlewell, W. A., and wife
Kirkwood, Mrs. Jane
Lucas, Mrs. Phoebe
Lucas, Robert, and wife
Louis, Mrs. Dora
Louis, Miss Eda
Lucas, Capt. C. A.
Leonard, Mrs. Malvina
Lichty, Mrs. W. D.
Michael, Mrs. Wm.
Morton, Henry, and wife
McKray, Miss Lydia
Moore, E. B., and wife
Moore, Bruce, and wife
Metzger, J. J., and wife
Metzger, Miss Etta
Metzger, Miss Marguerite
Mather, Mrs., son and daughter
McCollister, John, and wife
Morford, J. W., and family
Moore, Calvin G.
McChesney, R. A.
Miller, John J.
Miller, W. H.
Owen, Benj., and wife
Owen, Ezra, and wife
O'Brien, M. J.
Oaks, J. P.
Otto, Mrs. Max
Otto, Miss Clementine
Oakes, Miss Fay
Parrott, Frank, and wife
Parvin, N. R.
Pinney, Geo W.
Pratt, Miss Calista
Robinson, Jas. T.
Robinson, Chas. E., and wife
Rarick, Abram, and wife
Renholtz, J. J.
Roessler, A. A.
Roessler, Miss Cora
Rittenmeyer, F. X.
Randall, Mary M.
Reed, Mrs. Iowa
Roessler, Jacob, and wife
Richardson, Amos, and wife
Rundel, Leroy, and wife
Sanders, Euclid, and wife
Smith, Mrs. Calista
Seashore, Mrs. Carl E.
Springer, John, and wife
Springer, Chas., and wife
Struble, John T., and wife
Stratton, Frank, and wife
Stratton, Miss Maude
Sunier, Steve, and wife
Stevens, John D., and wife
Seydel, Mike, and wife
Strawbridge, Jesse K.
Schuessler, Adam, Sr.
Scott, Mrs. Jane
Scott, Miss Maggie
Stevens, Dr. Alfred
Struble, Mrs. Harley
Stevens, Mrs. Nancy
Schwimley, Rev. A.
Stewart, Dr. David
Schell, John W.
Sweet, W. M.
Stackman, Frank, and wife
Stover, Jacob, and wife
Switzer, Miss Maggie
Tarbox, Mrs. T.
Toms, Hiram, and wife
Tanner, Mrs. Frank
Tantlinger, John, and wife
Vonstein, J. P., Sr.
Vonstein, J. P., Jr.
Whistler, Mrs. Mary
Westcott, Emory, and wife
Westcott, Miss Jane
Westcott, ]\Iiss Emer
Westcott, Miss Kate
Wilson, Miss Esteleva
Whetstone, J., and wife
Westenhaver, F. A.
Williams, O. R.
Wieneke, Henry, and wife
Wilson, Miss Anna
Wright, George, and wife
Ziegler, IMiss Ruth
Zetek, Mrs. Jos.
Among those present were some of the oldest pioneers of the
county. F. W. Hempstead of Newport township, aged 90 years,
who came to Iowa in 1844; J. Norwood Clark of this city, aged 90
years, who came to Iowa in 1853 ^^*^ ^^^ has the distinction of
being the oldest Odd Fellow in the United States; W. M. Sweet of
Fremont township, aged 71 years, who came to Iowa in 1839; and
Thomas Graham of Schueyville, aged 86 years, who came to the
state in 1855.
Nicolas Jacobs of Graham township, aged 82 years, was also
among the picnickers. He was surrounded by 18 of his descend-
ants, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
This gathering will go down in history as one of the most suc-
cessful meetings ever held by the Johnson county pioneers.
The singing led by John E. Jayne was a pleasant feature of the
occasion. Mr. Jayne can boast of being an old settler though young
in years, and the possession of the happy faculty of gracing any
gathering with well rendered songs.
Mrs. J. J. Metzger conquered thesmokey old stove and with the
skillful methods of the good housekeeper had the coffee foaming hot
to complete the feast.
OFFICERS FOR THE ENSUING YEAR WERE ELECTED
President — Hon. A. E. Swisher,
First Vice-President — W. A. Kettlewell, West Lucas.
Second Vice-President — Henry Walker, Pleasant Valley.
Secretary — Gilbert R. Irish, East Lucas.
Treasurer — H. G. Wieneke.
The Executive Committee for the ensuing year is: R. P. HowELL,
Geo. W. Koontz, Charles Baker, Matthew Cavanaugh,
Samuel J. Hess.
The Necrological Committee is: John Springer, Horace
Sanders, W. P. Hohenschuh.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP.
All persons who are non-residents of Johnson county, who were
residents of Iowa at the time of the adoption of the first state con-
stitution for the state of Iowa are eligible to membership. All
persons hereafter that have resided twenty years in Iowa and are
residents of Johnson county, may become members by applying to
the executive committee. Every member shall sign the constitu-
tion and pay to the treasurer fifty cents and thereafter twenty-five
The Old Settlers Association of Johnson county was organized
February 22, 1866.
President — David Switzer.
First Vice-President — F. M. Irish.
Second Vice-President — Robert Walker.
Treasurer — Peter Roberts.
Secretary — Silas Foster.
r Samuel H. McCrory
Committee to Draft Constitutions T. S. Parvin
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