What Was Happening in Walnut, Iowa in 1913




At ten o’clock yesterday morning at the Presbyterian parsonage in this city the Rev. John C. Giffen united in marriage Ira C. Beckendorf and Miss Anna C. Fries, both of the Walnut vicinity.  The ceremony was witnessed by the groom’s brother and another relative, all of them coming over in the car of the groom’s brother, for the ceremony.  They will live near Walnut on a farm and yesterday a bounteous wedding supper was served to them at the home of some of their relatives.  Both are well and favorably known and have a host of friends, who wish them well.—Wednesday’s Atlantic News-Telegraph.  (January 9, 1913)


A quiet home wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Galvin Monday evening, January 13, at 6:30 o’clock, when Miss Alice E. Galvin and Joseph W. Craig were united in marriage.  Rev. W. C. Smith officiating, using the ring service.

The Bride and Groom have spent their lifetime in Walnut and vicinity.  Each numbering their friends by their acquaintances, all of whom extend hearty congratulations.  They left Tuesday morning for Chicago and other eastern points, and will be at home after February 15, 1913 on his father’s farm 2 miles south of town.


Miss Martha C. Beyer and Mr. Herman B. Larsen were united in marriage in Omaha, Wednesday, January 8th, 1913.  Miss Beyer is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Beyer of this city, and Mr. Larsen is a resident of Lang, Sask., Canada.

Mr. and Mrs. Larsen are spending their honeymoon in Chicago, Los Angeles, and other places of interests in the states.  They expect to be at home to their friends in Lang, Sask., Canada, about April 1st.

The bride and groom are well known and highly esteemed in this community, where they have a host of friends who extend hearty congratulations and wish them an abundance of happiness and prosperity in their far away home.  (January 16, 1913)

Wayne–McKay Nuptials

On Sunday, January 19th, 1913, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Wayne, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Nellie Mae, to Mr. Ora McKay, Rev. J. F. McKay of Thurman, Iowa, brother of the groom, officiating, using the Methodist Discipline Ring Service.  After the ceremony and congratulations a wedding dinner was served.

Mr. and Mrs. McKay are both too well known to need any introduction to the people of this city.  Mrs. McKay came to Walnut with her parents eight years ago, since which time she has been a pupil in the Walnut Public School.  Mr. McKay was formerly a citizen of Gravity, Iowa, coming to Walnut about two years ago and accepting a clerkship with O. M. Bruce in the latter’s drug store.  The many friends of the bride and groom wish them a long, pleasant and prosperous life.

A New Concern For Walnut

Mr. C. W. Souder and Mr. F. J. Smith wish to announce that they will throw the doors of their New Garage located in the German Bank building, open to the public on Jan. 25th, 1913, which will be one of the best equipped repair shops for Automobiles and stationary gas engines, between Omaha and Des Moines.

They also stated that their intentions were to please each and every automobile owner in every respect, and all their work was positively guaranteed.  (January 23, 1913)


By R. M. Lampman

The Board of Education has been having a “full house” for the past three or four evenings.  Several architects have entertained the Board and visitors by a recital of their respective merits as architects and engineers as well as by a display of their “blue paints.”  [Ed Note:  Should be “blueprints.”  The Walnut School had burned to the ground on January 9, 1913.  Photos and the history of the school were in Antique City Roots, October 2006.]


Organization Effected and Officers Elected

The young men of this city have organized an athletic club with a charter membership of thirty-five.  Officers have been elected, temporarily.  The Club have leased the hall over Hugo Burmeister’s store, purchased the entire outfit contained in J. W. Clark’s pool hall.  Will purchase gymnasium paraphernalia and soon be prepared to pass away the evenings pleasantly.  This is the first venture in this line the boys have ever attempted and we wish them success.

A New Garage

J. C. Vollstedt is going to put up a new brick building to be used by Hans Thiessen for a garage.  Hans will put in a line of new autos and employ first class mechanics for repair work.  The building will be 70 x 40 ft., located on east end of the corner building, owned by Mr. Vollstedt and occupied by A. J. Strutz, F. E. Walker and Dr. R. L. Latchem in their respective professions.  J. C. will also have the old frame pool hall, adjoining the corner building on the north, taken down and replaced by a new brick structure same size as the frame of the old building and joined to the new one, which when finished will be the largest garage in the city, and will be equipped with west and south fronts.

Oscar Rold Married

A quiet home wedding occurred at the home of W. C. Sorensen, Center township, January 22, at 12:30 p.m., when Oscar W. Rold was married to Miss Amy L. Lee, Rev. P. C. Larson of the Altamont Baptist Church performing the ceremony.  After the tying of the knot, the hostess, a sister of the groom, served a magnificent dinner.

The groom is a son of P. C. H. Rold, a well known pioneer farmer of Fairview township.  The bride’s parents lived here years ago, but live now in Nebraska.  Her brothers are thrifty young farmers in Fairview township.

The young married couple will make their home on part of the land belonging to the groom’s father, a nice comfortable house having been built there recently.  They have a host of acquaintances and friends who will wish them much future happiness.–Harlan Tribune

James Lawless was operated on for appendicitis at the St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, Tuesday morning, and is getting along as well as could be expected.

Miss Cleta Fraser left Saturday morning on a combined pleasure and business trip.  She will visit in Des Moines and Waterloo until Tuesday, when she will go to La Porte City to attend the wedding of Miss Maud Folk.  After which she and Miss Florence Beal will go to Chicago, to the wholesale houses to get new ideas for the spring millinery.  She will trim for Miss Beal this season.

Mrs. Ed. Overton of Avoca was the guest of Walnut friends, Monday.

Mrs. Frank Mick was called to Runnels, yesterday, by the illness of her daughter, Mrs. R. Stevens.

The electric light fixtures have arrived at the Rock Island Depot and will soon be installed, a much needed improvement.

Julius Hector has selected Wednesday, February 19th for the date of his farm machinery and stock sale.  See display ad in this issue.

Sale dates for February are:–Wm. Griffith, Tuesday 18th; Julius Hector, Wednesday 19th; and Pope Bros., Thursday 20th.

Oliver Strutz came down from Manning and spent Sunday with his wife and baby at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jurgen Thiessen.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kaus, who have been occupying the P. C. Koll property in east part of town have changed their residence to the west side.

Theo Johnson has purchased the residence property now occupied by Mrs. Ernestine Smith in the northeast part of Walnut, of Dr. F. Hanna and will take possession of same March 1st.

(February 6, 1913)


Two new cases of smallpox have developed in the Marne vicinity, which, added to the five already reported, makes seven in all.  The two new cases are those of Chas. Spear at the pool hall, which place has been put under quarantine, and Walter Kontana, living north of Marne, and a brother of the young man who is supposed to have brought the disease there from Illinois. — News-Telegraph.


Miss Cordia S. Davis and Mr. Barney F. Boysen united in marriage Wednesday, Feb. 12

At the home of W. H. Davis in this city occurred the marriage of their daughter, Miss Cordia S. to Mr. Barney F. Boysen at noon Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 1913.  The ring ceremony was used by Rev. W. C. Smith in the presence of the company of the immediate relatives.  After the congratulations a most excellent and bounteous dinner was served.

This splendid fine looking couple are well known here, and start out in life with fair prospects and with the hearty good wishes of their many friends.  They start Thursday morning for Blackwell, Oklahoma, to visit her uncle, J. C. Blackaby and family, and other relatives.  They expect to be at home the first of March on a farm three miles northwest of Walnut.

Troll-Dahlman Wedding

On Wednesday at one p.m., took place the wedding of Elmer Troll and Miss Sylvia Dahlman at the bride’s home five miles west of Correctionville.  The bride, who is held in highest esteem, is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Dahlman, who were early settlers in this vicinity.  She was born on the farm where she was married.  The groom is a successful farmer of Walnut, Ia.

. . . . In about two weeks Mr. and Mrs. Troll will go to Walnut, Ia., where they will make their home.

Those present at the wedding were: . . . Fred and Louis Troll of Walnut, Ia.  Little Trix was there too–Correctionville Argus

Fred Troll returned home Wednesday noon, from Correctionville, Iowa, where he attended the marriage of his brother, Elmer, to Miss Sylvia Dahlman of Correctionville.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dermyer moved to Walnut, from Oakland, the first of the week and now occupy a residence on Central Street, formerly occupied by Ross Seville and family.

John Stuart’s home, on Country Street, was slightly damaged by fire last Sunday morning, about 10 o’clock.  The roff [roof] of the main building was fired by a spark from the chimney.  Fortunately the blaze was discovered before it had gained much headway, and was easily extinguished.

The express charges on a hog shipped to Joseph, Oregon, Monday, by J. E. Beckendorf, amounted to $42.00.

Mrs. Lena Ehmke has secured a divorce from her husband Claus Ehmke, at the hands of Judge Wheeler, who is holding court at Avoca.  Cruel and inhuman treatment was the basis for the divorce.  They were married Jan. 24, 1896.–Nonpareil.

Business is picking up nicely and Walnut is booming.  There were sixty car loads of live stock shipped from this station in January 1913.  The Rock Island did $2922.28 more business in this station in January 1913 than they did in January 1912, and the volume of business transacted in January 1913 amounted to $8000.  (February 13, 1913)



At High Noon on Tuesday, February 18th, 1913 occurred the wedding of Miss Jessie Emma Drake, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Z. D. Drake to Mr. Walter Ray Palmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Palmer of Roxabell, Ohio.

This beautiful wedding took place at the new home of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Larsen of this city. . . .

The immediate relatives of the bride and groom were present and a few friends including Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Eichhorn, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Pratt of Avoca, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Fraser, Mrs. Cherry and daughter, and Mr. Joseph Pope.

Miss Drake needs no introduction to the Walnut people as she has lived here all her life.  She has held the position very capably as book-keeper at Madsen Bros. for three years.

The groom is a prosperous young farmer and is one of that class of young men who by industry, sound judgment and gentlemanly principles is making a mark for himself in the industrial world.  Both number their friends by their acquaintances. . . .

Mr. and Mrs. Palmer will be at home after March 20th, five miles east of Walnut.

Koll–Broderson Nuptials

In Shelby, Iowa, on Wednesday afternoon, February 19th, 1913, occurred the marriage of Miss Lena Koll and Mr. Charles Brodersen, both of this city, Rev. Albert Dettmann, pastor of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church performing the ceremony at the parsonage in that city.

These young people are two of Walnut’s most highly respected citizens, possessing those qualities of mind and heart which rightfully lay claim to honor and esteem.  They enter upon the new relations under most auspicious circumstances for a happy, prosperous journey together and it is the earnest wish of their numerous friends that life’s eventide may witness the consumation of even their slightest hopes and desires.

The young folks will make their home on the Fred Scheef farm, south of Walnut. 


Ruth Mickel and Maine Mickel are two of our promising students in ornate penmanship.  Incidentally, we might mention that Palmer examination blanks have been given to Bernice Schlotfeldt, Ruth and Ruby Backus, Mabel Hoffman, Ruth Tilton, Pluma Menefee, Marguerite Thompson, and Irene Reimer.  While we cannot say with certainty that these candidates will receive Palmer Certificates, yet we feel confident that a large per cent of them will make a very favorable showing.  (February 20, 1913)

Local and Personal.

Harold Sankey is on the sick list this week with an attack of Quinsey.

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Johnson have moved into their new home recently purchased from Dr. Hanna.

Mr. and Mrs. W. Woodhead are the parents of a girl born February 18.

Frank Jagla of Walnut was in the city today looking up a house for the occupancy of his family.  Mr. Jagla, who formerly worked here for Nels Brown, will re enter Mr. Brown’s employ about March first.–New-Telegraph

John Stuart has been the guest of his son, Robert and family, at Lee Summit, Mo. the past week.

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                        The Home of the Ford.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Lanphere of Atlantic were Walnut visitors yesterday.  Mr. Lanphere attended the Hector sale, while Mrs. L. visited with her sisters, Bessie and Gladys Overton.

Grand Opening:–a new barrel of sour kraut, pickles of all kinds, the best meat money can buy, and don’t forget the Old Stand By

                        HERMAN MORITZ

John Langholz has gone into business for himself, that of painter, decorator and paper hanger.  Mr. Langholz has been in this line of business for nine years, and is an expert in his profession.  One trial will convince you of his ability to do your work satisfactory.

Miss Lutie Coats is taking a vacation from her duties as clerk in Madsen Bros. store and has gone to Newton to visit her sister, Mrs. Guy Marshall and husband.  From there she will go to Chicago to visit another sister, Mrs. J. R. Rutherford and husband.  She was accompanied to Newton by her little nephew, Marion Brindley.

The late firm of Deen & Jagla, blacksmithing, have desolved partnership, Mr. Jagla retiring, and Mr. Deen will continue the business at the old stand.  All parties owing book accounts are requested to call at the shop, pay their bills and get receipt for same.  All accounts payable to the undersigned.  F. C. DEEN (February 20, 1913)