A number of Masons and Odd Fellows having joined the companies which had left the county recently, the members of the two Orders united in getting up a supper for the brothers who were going to the war. The supper came off on Friday evening, November 1, 1861. The members, with a large company of ladies, met in Odd Fellows' Hall about 8 o'clock, J. H. Fisher, Esq., acting as Chairman. After music by the Anamosa Band and singing by Messrs. Shaw, Lamson, Holmes and Smith, Capt. Buell was called for, who came forward and made a brief but eloquent and patriotic address.
Lieut. Calkins was then called for, and made a short address.
From this place, those present repaired to the City Hall, where three long tables were spread with the substantials and delicacies.
After all had satisfied their hunger, the Chairman announced that J. D. Walworth had been appointed Toast Reader. The following were the toasts and responses:
The Iowa Volunteers—May they all prove as brave as the Iowa First.
Response, Three cheers for the Iowa First.
Iowa-A model to the State of our Union in hearty response to the call of freedom, and in her devotion to science and literature.
Col. W. T. Shaw—May he command the confidence of the brave men he is appointed to lead.
Response by Capt. Buell.
Music-The inspirer of our most hallowed religious and patriotic emotions; a source of most exalted pleasure, and one which exerts the most powerful influence upon the destiny of a nation.
Song by Messrs. B. F. Shaw, Lamson, Holmes and Smith.
The Iowa Volunteers—May they put a full Dott to the rebellion.
Response by Robert Dott.
May the fair hands which prepared this sumptuous repast receive ample reward by enjoying the satisfaction that brave hearts have gone forth better prepared for the existing emergency.
Response by John McKean.
The Iowa Volunteers—May Heaven's blessing be theirs.
Response by Rev. S. A. Benton.
Our Country's Arms—The fair arms of daughters and the fire-arms of her sons; may the embrace of the one ever be the reward of an honorable use of the other.
Response by C. T. Lamson.
After singing Burns' Farewell, the company dispersed.
The ladies of Wyoming met November 20, 1861, for the purpose of organizing a society auxiliary to the "Army Sanitary Commission of the State of Iowa," having for its object the relief of the sick and wounded in hospitals.
Mrs. W. H. Holmes was called to the chair, after which the following officers were elected: Mrs. O. B. Lowell, President; Mrs. A. W. Pratt, Vice President; Mrs. J. R. Stillman, Secretary; Miss Martha White, Treasurer; Mrs. A. G. Brown, Depositary.
Committee to Solicit Contributions-Mrs. J. McDonough, Mrs. J. DeWitt, Mrs. J. Richards, Mrs. R. Freeman, Mrs. D. Hedgeboom, Miss R. Huckle, Miss L. Gilbert and Miss R. Green.
The society voted to meet Tuesday afternoon of each week for the purpose of making such articles as are needed in the hospitals and to receive donations for the same object.
The ladies of Monticello formed a "Soldiers' Aid Society" at about the same time with the following officers:
President, Mrs. E. P. Kimball; Vice President, Mrs. C. E. Wales; Secretary, Mrs. J. Reiger; Treasurer, Mrs. N. Comstock; Depositary, Mrs. G. S. Eastman. Directors-Mrs. W. H. Merriman, Mrs. J. L. Davenport and Mrs. G. S. Eastman.
Committee of Solicitations-Mrs. T. C. West, Mrs. H. Rosa and Mrs. J. P. Sleeper.
The Society met every Wednesday afternoon.
An efficient organization was organized at Anamosa also, about the same time, with the following officers:
President, Mrs. O. P. Isbell; Treasurer, Mrs. B. F. Shaw; Secretary, Miss Elizas Isbell.
Committee on Supplies-Mrs. L. Eberhart, Mrs. Israel Fisher, Miss Mary Work.
Committee on Forwarding-Mrs. L. Dietz, Mrs. E. Littlefield, Miss Eliza Isbell.
These societies did much good and the supplies forwarded at sundry times were properly appreciated by the sick and wounded in the hospitals. A number of other similar organizations were instituted in different parts of the county and almost numberless meetings held. The amount of good done by these organizations throughout the country to alleviate the sick and wounded can hardly be estimated.
|FLAG PRESENTATIONS TO THE IOWA NINTH BY THE BOSTON LADIES
On the 3rd of August, 1862, the Boston ladies made a flag presentation to the Ninth Iowa Regiment; and, as a goodly number of Jones County soldiers did noble service in that regiment, we record the details of the event in the Jones County History.
The presentation of colors to a company or regiment by its friends and neighbors had become a common occurrence, but this presentation, by the ladies of Boston, to a regiment in the wilds of Arkansas, a thousand miles distant and near the extreme Western frontier-and that, too, to men who were personally strangers to the donors-was an event as honorable to the boys of the Ninth as it was rare.
Capt. Wright, of Company C, sent the following account to the Independence Guardian:
|COPY OF THE ADDRESS OF BOSTON LADIES ON PRESENTATION OF FLAGS
William Vanderver, Colonel of the regiment, made reply, addressing the soldiers of his command in a brief but pathetic and patriotic style.
|ANOTHER OFFERING FROM JONES COUNTY
Thursday, August 14, 1862, was another day of unusual interest to Monticello and to the citizens of Jones County.
On the day mentioned, the recruits enlisted under Farwell and Jones, of Monticello, and Blodgett of Bowen's Prairie, came swarming in from Monticello, Bowen's Prairie, Scotch Grove, Wayne, Cass, Castle Grove and other towns, and proceeded across the river at Monticello, to Clark's Grove, where preparations had been made to receive them. They were attended by the Anamosa Band, several bands of martial music and a crowd of citizens numbering nearly two thousand.
Here the crowd listened to speeches from Rev. Mr. Dimmitt, Prof. Hudson and many others. Dinner was served and a good time was had, and a large number added to the enlistment-about forty enrolling themselves and becoming soldiers for the Union. Patriotic feeling ran high and could not endure expressions of rebel sympathy. A few citizens, who would have been at home in a more southern latitude, became very obnoxious by their disloyal criticisms. Some of these were "interviewed" this day by a concourse of incensed Unionists, and were compelled, by hempen persuasion, to take the "Oath of Allegiance." One prominent offender escaped by aid of a fleet horse and gathering darkness; a few were taken from their beds at midnight, but safely returned, after being impressively sworn to loyalty and Unionism. The soldiers would have committed violence, had they not been restrained by their newly elected officers.
An election was held and resulted in the choice of the following officers: Captain, S. S. Farwell, of Monticello; First Lieutenant, Rev. F. Amos, of Scotch Grove; Second Lieutenant, James G. Dawson, of Wayne; Orderly, F. H. Blodgett, of Bowen's Prairie.