What Was Happening in Walnut, Iowa in 1911









By R. M. Lampman


School begins Monday.  Let all pupils be supplied with individual drinking cups.  Moreover, we wish to take this opportunity to notify parents that it is contrary to the rules and regulations of the Board to send pupils to school where infectious or contagious diseases exist.  If parents will kindly heed this suggestion, it will render it possible for us to stamp such disease and possibly prevent an action which might lead to embarrassing circumstances.


Rural teachers are scarce as is evidenced by the fact that four schools near Rorbeck are closed because of inability to secure teachers.  It can not be because of wages, for the salaries range from forty to fifty dollars per month.  The only reason that can be given is, that candidates for teachers certificates are unable to pass the examinations.  Shelby county however, is not the only county experiencing such conditions as these.


Repairs are in operation at the school house.  During the holidays, the walls and ceiling of the   H. S. room have been covered with corrugated sheet iron and a new furnace is being installed under the east wing to take the place of the old one. . . .


Mrs. C. A. McGraw of Waterloo, Ia., mother of Mrs. Lampman, is visiting the latter at her home in Walnut during the holidays.

Miss Elizabeth Dunn no longer rules over Room Five: Mrs. Michael Kent will take her place after holidays.  Here is health, wealth, and prosperity to the new teacher.

The following alumni and former students are at home for the holidays: Alma Johannsen, Drake; Vera Lewis and Leona Sievers, Cedar Falls; Willie Nagel and Harold Eroe, Ames; Harold Sankey (Xmas), Colfax; Louis Fredricksen, Four C’s.


All pupils having books from the high school library (No’s 171, 747c, 715, 564, 724, 726, 435) will please return the same to the superintendent Monday morning.  The high school library will not be opened until these books are in.  If the pupils who have these numbers desire to use them longer they must secure release from the writer and have the book recorded by the regular librarian.  Kindly bear this in mind.


                                    For Sale!

Sixty acres of unimproved land 2 1/2 miles Northeast of Walnut, Iowa.

Also my dwelling in Walnut, Iowa.

For the price and terms call on the undersigned or address J. L. Bunker, Walnut, Ia.



The farming business is now coming to a point where it is generally recognized as the most prosperous business going, offering the best future and the brightest prospects.  That being so there will be no trouble about keeping the boy on the farm for he will be keen to see that it is the best place to make money, gain the respect of his fellow men and obtain that standing amongst men, which is the ambition of every right-minded boy.  It is to gain these things that he has heretofore gone to the city: it is to gain these things that he will hereafter stay on the farm and that will send the youths of the cities to join him.  All he wants to know is as to what pays best in the sum of human happiness and comfort and success.  It is now being demonstrated that in all these things the farm offers the best.


The Local Markets.

Eggs, per dozen                             20

Butter, per pound                           25

Potatoes                                         50

Barley                                             40

Oats                                                32

Corn                                               32

Wheat                                             86

Hogs, per cwt.             $7.00 to $7.20


Hicks 1911 Almanac.

The Rev. Irl R. Hicks Almanac for 1911, that guardian Angel in a hundred thousand homes, is now ready.  Not many are now willing to be without it and the Rev. Irl R. Hicks Magazine, WORD AND WORKS.  The Almanac is 35c. prepaid.


Surprise Party.

A number of friends planned and carried out a neat surprise on Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hill, on New Year Eve.  The evening was most pleasantly spent in various ways.  Light refreshments were served.  Following are the names of those who were present:–Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Fraser, Dr. and Mrs. M. Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Comer, of Denver, Colorado, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. D. Burke and son, Sampson and Master Merle Luce, of Omaha.

Local and Personal.

A dozen young people met at the John Galvin home New Year Eve and watched the new year in; the evening was spent in games, music and a jolly good time in general.  Oysters and light refreshments were served.

Word from the Presbyterian Hospital in Omaha, just as we go to press, states that I. T. Spangler is very low and gradually sinking.  This is indeed sad news for his many friends here.

  1. E. Wilcox, the optician, will be at Fraser’s Cottage on Wednesday, Jan. 18.  See Ed and get your eyes repaired and fitted with up-to-date glasses, the kind that remedies the defect in your sight.  One day only.

The Misses Burke, Katheryn and Marie, teachers at Red Cloud, Nebraska, are spending their holiday vacation in this city with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Burke.

The Ladies of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church wish to announce the Koffee Kraenzchen will be discontinued during the months of January, February and March.

  1. C. Thompson and son have dissolved partnership.  E. C. continuing the business and Jay V. has accepted a position on the road, for Richardson & Co., wholesale dealers in drugs, at Omaha.  Mr. Thompson’s territory extends all through northern Iowa.

Mr. and Mrs. Z. D. Drake and daughters, Jessie and Marjorie departed Wednesday evening for Tampa, Fla. and other southern points.

Hansen Bros, P. H. and August, have purchased the blacksmith shop, tools and fixtures, from   D. R. Johnson and will add all necessary machinery to make it one of the best equipped shops in the county.  Failing health was the cause of Mr. Johnson disposing of the business.

Geo. Prueninger and family left Walnut, the first of the week, with their household effects, for their new home in Nebraska.  Mr. Prueninger has leased a large farm in that state, for a term of five years.  He has purchased farm machinery, horses and cattle and will try his luck at coaxing the fertile soil of Nebraska to yield him big returns for his labor.  The Prueningers were one of our best families and will be greatly missed from this community.  We join their many friends in wishing them abundant prosperity and happiness in their new home.

Attend the public business meeting at the opera house tonight (Friday) January 6th, and Mr. Luffbarry, Banker and Railroad Promoter will tell you how it can be improved and kept safe in its reputation as the best town on the map.  The promoter only asks a subscription of $20,000 for this locality.  Walnut is a good town, even its enemies admit that fact, but it can be made better by the cooperation of our business men, citizens and farmers.

Advertised Letters.

The following list of letters are held at the Walnut post office unclaimed and will be sent to the dead letter office at Washington, D. C., next Monday, unless sooner called for

Jurgens Hecke. (card)

Gladys Pumadle (card)

  1. E. WALKER, Postmaster.