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ANAMOSA, IOWA.
Thursday, April 6, 1873
Home Matters
Wood has spring style Silk Hats.
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Wall paper from 9 cts. To $1,00 per roll. At Ellis’
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Wanted—Two girls at the Fisher House for general work. 1w
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The Town Pump has again been put in running order.
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H. L. Palmer has two excellent new lumber wagons for sale.
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Carpet Warp!—The very best at Peek’s 27w3
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The Farmers’ Friend—Those Shoe Pacs at H. Wurzbacher’s 27w2
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The First of the Season.—Ice-cream at M. L. Hitchcock’s Bakery.
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Sewing Machines to rent. Call at Stacy & Tanner’s 27
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Ladies’ and Childrens’ Shoes cheaper than ever at H. Wurzbacher.
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Grand Opening of Millinery Goods on Tuesday, at F. M. Gillett’s Store, next door to Metcalf’s Bank.
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Several of Prang’s best. Chromos can be bought for less than the usual price. At Ellis’
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Peet & Cox have the finest lot of fashionable Dress Goods ever brought to Anamosa. Go and see.
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Now is the time for farmers to procure their Shoe Pacs at H. Wurzbacher’s. He has the best in the market.
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Call at Ellis’ Gallery and see his new samples of Photographs. They are hard to beat.
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Boot Pacs and Shoe Pacs at H. Wurzbacher’s, the best article of the kind in the market. 27w2
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Found—A lady’s cloth gaiter. It is in good order though somewhat sun burnt on one side. The loser may find the article in this office.
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The Board of Supervisors is in session. Proceedings up to this morning, together with list of claims allowed, will be found elsewhere.
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The Graded School of this city opens again on Monday, April 10th. Students expecting to attend should be present the first day.
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Richardson & Denison are putting a new front on the second story of the building occupied by D. Kinert as a Furniture store. It is an improvement.
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The usual Easter service at the M. E. Church, Sabbath morning. Subject—Mary at the Sepulture. W. Fawcett.
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Pure Norway Oats, for one dollar per bushel. One bushel of seed is all that is required per acre. Can be had at Fisher’s Mills or Ellis’ Picture Gallery. 27tf
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A large lot of choice Teas just received and for sale at 80c., 90c., $1,00, $1.25 and $1.35. Prints and cottons of every kind of Dress Goods just received and for sale cheaper than ever. Call in. H. K. Soper. 1w
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spaceReturned.—Wm. B. Fish and lady have returned from their lengthy wedding trip. Of course the Band gave them a serenade and of course Mr. Fish returned the compliment in the shape of an oyster supper. “Sic semper” should be every newly married man’s motto.
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spaceIn Operation.—W. S. Benton’s new Planing Mill is in operation daily. Extensive additions to the machinery already running will soon be made. It will be one of the most complete institutions of the kind in this part of the State when the plans now in contemplation are fully carried out.
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spaceIce Cream.—Mr. Hitchcock, to day, brings into our office the first lot of ice cream of the season; and the day is warm enough to have the article enjoyable, for coats are all off, fires all out and windows all open. Much obliged for the article. We find it the thing most desirable just now.
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Those intending to set out Rose-bushes, Ornamental Shrubs, Raspberries, Blackberries, Currants, Grape Vines or Fruit Trees, are requested to make their selections as soon as possible, for the early warm weather will not allow the removal of plants except for a short length of time. F. G. Lehmann.
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The Waverly Republican is discussing the question of an iron bridge across the Cedar River, in place of the wooden bridge recently destroyed by ice. The length, if built, will be 400 feet and cost $20,000 or $25,000. A single pier is recommended instead of several as in the case of the old bridge.
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We are authorized to state that the road spoken of in the Monticello bridge controversy as being fenced up by Douglass Smith, is not a laid-out highway. The ground being unoccupied until recently; in muddy weather the travel, as is often the case under similar circumstances, was temporarily diverted in that direction in order to avoid what was worse.
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spaceStrayed or Stolen—From the subscribers on Saturday, April 1st, 1871, one large Gray Horse and one small Black Mare. They have been kept at Fremont Mills the past winter and left there on Saturday. Any one giving information of, or returning them to us, will be liberally rewarded.
spaceWilliams & Matson.
spaceAnamosa, April 6th, 1871.

spaceGrapes.—Mr. Rynerson, of Bowen’s Prairie, has 500 bearing grape vines, and has reason to expect a bountiful crop of grapes this coming season. We mean this as a hint to a thousand house keepers to set out a few grape vines in their gardens. It will pay well. We expect next fall to luxuriate in a few pounds of Mr. Rynerson’s delicious grapes.
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spaceNicholas Saum v. Wm. Joy.—We learn from Maj. Thompson, one of the attorneys for the plaintiff in the above-mentioned cause, that His Honor Judge Rothrock gave judgment, on Monday, the 3d inst., in favor of Mr. Saum for $1,252. This was a civil action and has nothing to do with the criminal prosecution, in which judgment has not yet been pronounced.
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spaceA Daring Theft!—On the 1st of April somebody stole a valuable package of—saw-dust from Dr. KcKean’s Drug Store. It had been prepared by some one for “April fool” purposes and temporarily deposited on the Dr’s counter. The individual whose fingers proved so adhesive has probably discovered, by this time, that he is not only an “April fool,” but that a man who will steal saw-dust must be a most stupid fool the year round.
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spaceNew Millinery Store. —Mr. Frank M. Gillett has not only a large and new stock of dry Goods, Clothing, Groceries, &c., but has added a Millinery department and placed the same under the charge of a competent milliner from Dubuque. Ladies who desire to trade at the best and most reliable rates will do well to call. Store next door to Metcalf’s Bank, under the County offices.—See advertisement.
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spaceA Splendid Affair.—The new Band Wagon, just finished for the Silver Cornet Band, is a veritable Phaeton, a Chariot of the Sun, light, airy, elegant, graceful and yet strong. Last Saturday it was tested by the members of the Band taking their places and riding up and down the principal streets, discoursing their sweetest music. The turn out attracted universal attention. We don’t believe a more handsome or more tasty vehicle can be gotten up in the West, and Mr. B. Huggins, the maker, and Mr. Canon, the painter, are entitled to great credit for their good judgment and artistic skill in its construction and finish.
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spaceThe Midland.—Work is progressing on nearly every unfinished mile between Anamosa and the crossing of the Davenport & St. Paul south of Maquoketa; and if this fine weather continues much of the grading will be completed this month.—The road crosses the Davenport & St. Paul three miles below Maquoketa and continues on westward, thereby saving $35,000. This comes of Maquoketa’s refusing to vote a five per cent tax last Nov.,—thinking, like some other similarity misguided towns, she was sure of the road any how.
spaceMr. C. T. Lamson went over the road to Lyons, last week. He found a heavy force of men at work grading between Monmouth and the crossing below Maquoketa. The conductor on the train between Maquoketa and Lyons told Mr. L. he expected to run an excursion train into Anamosa in July. Hurrah for the Midland!
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spaceCrystal Wedding.—Weddings are often solemn scenes, for old ties are severed, the family circle is broken, and the uncertainty of real life is entered upon.—This was not the case, however, with the Crystal Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Perfect, which was celebrated at their residence on Monday evening last. A hundred or more friends of the parties assembled at their home and every face was lighted up with joy and mirth. The parents of both Mr. and Mrs. Perfect were present and joined in the festivities of the occasion. The bride was apparelled during the evening in the identical dress that she wore fifteen years ago when, at the altar, her husband and she were pronounced man and wife. Many congratulations were extended. The many rich presents which were brought by the guests attest the high esteem in which their hosts are held. Some persons hung up in the parlor a fine hanging lamp; others a splendid large parlor mirror; others brought a nice castor; one limb of the law, thinking best to let his light shine, entered with a double globe lamp trimmed and burning. Many other presents were given. As we stood looking at the bride and groom, a little bird carried to us the following conversation: Elizabeth, when you and I were wedded, way back in Ohio, I thought that you were by far the best girl I had ever seen, but now I can say that you are absolutely perfect. Thank you, Thomas. Then I knew you were perfect and am sure you are perfect still. Well, Lizzie, considering that our children are good, we may both unite in saying that this is a perfect household.—And so say all.
spaceMr. and Mrs. Fish, lately returned from their wedding tour, used this occasion also to receive their friends—a circumstance which added no little to the pleasure of the party.
spaceThe Anamosa Silver Band serenaded the party, and placed all under obligations to them for the sweet music that came flowing from their silver instruments.
spaceAll went away with the wish that their hosts may enjoy many rich golden years and may be spared to celebrate in due time their golden wedding.
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spaceWork Commenced.—One hundred hands are at work on the Sabula, Ackley & Dakota Railroad westward from Preston. Iron for the extension of the track will commence to arrive in April and it will be laid this way as fast as a first class road bed can be prepared. The cars will reach our city early in the fall.—Marion Register.

The State Normal School.—The meeting of Association of Principals and Superintendents of Schools of Northern Iowa, held at Iowa Falls last week, was largely attended and was one of special interest on account of its action on the location of a Normal School for the training of teachers.
spaceSeveral cities sent in large bids for the school; among them was Webster City, with an offer of seventy-five thousand dollars and a site, while Springvale offered to donate a building and grounds costing seventy-five thousand dollars, with the free use of the Humboldt College buildings for a Normal School until the new building was completed and ready for use. Iowa Falls put in a bid of over fifty thousand dollars cash and, in addition, all the building material needed, with a site of 15 acres of land, to be selected by the State anywhere in the corporation limits. After careful investigation the Association voted to locate said Normal school at Iowa Falls. The good people of that city demonstrated their joy by the firing of cannon, and a profuse display of bunting, ratification meetings, dinners, speeches &c. This is the first successful effort ever made in this State to agree on the location of a State Normal School.
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spaceThe Voice.—Whatever may be our position in society, we all have a voice with which to express our feelings with energy; and certainly the study of the voice, even in the common rounds of life, becomes a matter of cardinal importance,—while, in view of the rapid progress which musical taste has made in this country, and in view of the still higher appreciation of the divine art which the future shall develop, the proper cultivation and management of the human voice becomes an indispensable necessity.
spaceAs a general thing, therefore, since all, regardless of race, age or sex, make use of the voice, we must recognize the necessity of specific and technical knowledge, in order to avail ourselves of the benefits and advantages which a proper culture of the voice confers. Although it may not follow that such culture will make us all effective public singers, still, in the course of general education, the discipline, physical, mental and moral, will be attended with positive advantages for all who avail themselves of them.
spaceSpecial attention given to the cultivation of the voice. Next term, begins April 10th.
spaceA.M. Firman.
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spaceThe State Insurance Co., Des Moines.—The following is an extract from a letter to one of our citizens:
spaceDes Moines, March 28.
spaceSince my visit to your place we have been increasing the business of the State Insurance Company gradually but with a constant view to safe and conservative underwriting. I sincerely expect a large increase during the spring and summer now about to open. * * * Last year we made 20 per cent, net profits on our investments. We have conducted our business so carefully that it has only cost us 10.24 per cent. of our premium receipts to pay our losses, while the average in the State of all companies, is 37 per cent. A million dollars was sent from the State in 1870 for fire insurance alone, and only 37 per cent. of the amount was returned for loss. Why should not this money be kept at home? The eastern companies pay in the eastern States an average of 65 per cent. of premium receipts for losses. In Iowa they only pay an average of 37 per cent. of premiums for losses.—The State Insurance Company is worthy of the patronage of Iowa men. They cannot write to exceed 2 ½ per cent. of their capital subject to one conflagration, while the eastern companies write the one-tenth of their whole capital, in some of the cities, subject to a single visit of the fire fiend. I look to you confidently to do for us what we deserve and should receive.
spaceVery truly yours,
spaceH. B. Chase, Vice Pres’t.
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spaceHome Concert for the Benefit of the Baptist Sunday School. —On Wednesday evening, April 12th, 1871, at Lehmkuhl’s Hall, there will be held a concert of home musicians for the benefit of the Baptist Sunday School. Doors open at 7 o’clock; concert to commence at o’clock.
spaceThis concert is under the management of Mr. B. F. Shaw; Mrs. C. P. Stacy to preside at the piano. Solos, duets, and quartets by our best vocalists; also instrumental pieces on a variety of instruments.
spaceBesides the above there will be rendered Gutterson’s “Cantata of the Seasons;” of which the following is a programme:
space1st, General Chorus.
space2d, January, Mr. Richard McDaniel.
space3d, February, Mr. A. M. Firman.
space5th, March, Mr. T. R. Ercanbrack.
space6th, April, Miss Fannie Alderman.
space7th, May, Miss Emogene Alderman.
space8th, Spring Trio and Chorus.
space9th, Tableau, Coronation of May Queen.
space10th, June, Mrs. R. N. Fowler.
space11th, July, Mrs. T. R. Ercanbrack.
space12th, August, Miss Bell Smith.
space13th, Summer Trio and Chorus.
space14th, Summer Tableau.
space15th, September, Miss Anna Cline.
space16th, October, Mr. J. A. Palmer.
space17th, November, Mr. C. W. Coe.
space18th, Autumn Trio and Chorus.
space19th, Autumn Tableau.
space20th, December, Mr. A. D. Knowles.
space21st, Final Chorus.
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A new Stock of Children’s Carriages, Bird Cages and Base Balls, At Ellis’.
REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.
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spaceList of transfers in real estate filed in the Recorder’s office for the week ending April 4th, 1871.
spaceDavid D. Young to Elizabeth Carr; 7 acres in sw ¼ ne ¼ of Section 10; Township 85, Range 2; $140.
spaceJ. Dalby to F. Seelemeier; w ½ sw ¼ of Sec. 30, T.83, R. 2; $1,800.
spaceJohn Fender to F. Seelemeier sw ¼ sw ¼ sw ¼ of Sec. 3, T. 83, R. 3; $100.
spaceH. W. Warner to F. Seelemeier; se ¼ se ¼ Sec. 25, T. 83, R. 3; $1,100.
spaceJohn Turner to Patrick Tallman; se ¼ ne ¼ of Sec. 11, T. 86, R. 1; $155.
spaceAmos Holmes to D. R. Carpenter; 2 acres in nw of Sec. 13, T. 83, R. 3; $100.
spaceThomas McNally to Michael Carr; 17 ½ acres in w ½ nw ¼ of Sec. 34, T. 86, R. 1; $200.
spaceB. Youssee to Rudolph Casper; ne ¼ sw of Sec. 33, T. 86, R. 2; $600.
spaceCharles Hart to M. M. Benedict; w ½ se ¼ of Sec. 36, T. 86, R. 4; $1,800.
spaceC. L. Holcomb to J. M. Paul; nw ¼ of Sec. 15, T. 84, R. 1; $1,280.
spaceI. P. Curtis to J. S. Curtis; n fr ½ sw of Sec. 18, T. 83, R. 4; $1,700.
spaceJ. L. Davenport to Vincent Wise; R. R. add., Monticello, lots 289, 290; $150.
spaceC. W. Gurney to C. E. Wales; R. R. add. to Monticello, lots 252, 253; $500.
spaceC. E. Wales to C. W. Gurney; R. R. add. to Monticello, lot 111; $500.
spaceF. W. Gillett to C. W. Hollenbeck; Fisher’s subdivision, Anamosa, lots 7, 8; $2,000.
spaceWm T. Shaw to Miner Davis; Shaw’s subdivision lot 25 east Anamosa, lots, 15, 16, 25, 26, s ½ 17, s ½ 24; $600.
spaceMary A. Wallace to Patrick Wallace; 38 feet off w side lot 37, Town of Anamosa; $350.
spaceMary A. Hannah to Samuel Reed; s ½ nw ¼ se of Sec. 7, T. 85, R. 1; $400.
spaceThos. H. Burroughs to H. N. Burroughs; w ½ ne of Sec. 35, T. 83, R. 4; $2,000
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space“The Poor Man’s Plow.”—Those of our readers who attended the last Co. Fair will doubtless remember the unique institution on exhibition bearing the above name. Its inventor and maker is William Penn Healy, of Buffalo Township, Linn Co., Iowa. Now it is the enviable privilege, as well as the plain duty, of every newspaper—and we take great pleasure at this time in making use of this privilege and performing this duty—to secure and lay before the public every available fact relating, among other things, to improvements in machinery, farming tools &c., in order that the best and most valuable helps may be employed in carrying on what might otherwise be hard and less profitable labor. It is not our design at present, however, to undertake the responsibility of giving a scientific elucidation of the various principles involved in the construction of this truly wonderful machine, by the namesake of the Pennsylvania Quaker—especially since “other improvements,” as will be learned below, have been made subsequent to the time it was on exhibition at the Co. Fair—but we cheerfully give the inventor who, as with all great inventors, understands the intricacies of his own invention better than any outside party, the space to present in his own language the merits of his plow, which is “now before the Patent Office,” and the terms upon which he will furnish the machine to others:
spacePlows in Buffalo, Linn Co., Iowa.—The Poor Man’s Natural Gang Plow (and Hay Rack combined.) Invented by Wm. P. Healey, that took the first premium in Jones County, Iowa, will and can be had by calling on Wm. P. Healy, in Buffalo Township, Linn Co., Iowa. Now everyone that wants a plow must find his own stuff, and I will assist in showing how they can make their own plows; and if they have any old plow mould boards or thick spades, a blacksmith can make them cheaper than any plow can be had in market. This plow is in far better shape than it was when it was on the Fair Grounds in Jones County, Iowa. This plow, with the assistance of the hand planter, plants the corn; then, before the corn is up, or afterwards, with the little harrow ahead of the double shovels, cleans the hill completely. The steel spring gauges the plow, riding or walking. Other plows can be attached to it, and there are other improvements about it. I challenge the world, from all that I have ever seen, to beat it in utility for the farmer. I will assist, for three dollars and upwards, according to the time I spend in showing them. The plow is now before the Patent Office. Bring on your grain or cash and the crotch of a tree to every plow, 4 feet long or more and 2 feet wide, not to exceed 28 inches across the crotch, from 3 to 4 inches thick and enough of good ash timber or oak. If two or more apply at once, the privilege of making the plow and my showing them will come cheaper. Those coming from a distance will be accommodated over night till they get the plow or the knowledge how to make it. Every one finds his own buggy-wheels and other materials to this plow. He can do it cheaper than to buy them; also bring 2 crotches long enough for a common plow beam.—The beam is the body of the tree below the crotch; the limbs above the crotch from two or three feet in length. If several apply at once and pay one-third down and give approved security, a credit will be given.
spaceWilliam Penn Healy.
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spaceD. & St. P. R. R.—Mr. Baldwin, chief engineer of the above named road, was in this city last Wednesday. There had been no change in the company when he left Davenport, although they were expecting the Pennsylvania Central would take the place of Mr. Ames, in the matter of rails and rolling stock, the Central merely assuming Mr. Ames’ contract. In case they take the road of subscribers to the stock have got to come up and pay.—Wyoming Journal.

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