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- - 1843 - - GREAT PIGEON ROOST. - There is an immense pigeon roost in the forks of the Maquoketa, in Jackson county, such as has never been seen in this country before. It is three miles long, and half a mile in width. There can be no estimate made of their numbers. Their roosting places are about a mile distant from their nests and feeding places, being three in number, and each one covering a section of land; and, in passing to and fro, they darken the air with their number, break down young trees with their weight, and hundreds are killed by getting entangled in the falling limbs and branches. The people kill them with clubs, and their noise is so loud that when a gun is fired amongst them the report cannot be heard, and a person can stand in one place and shoot all day the birds returning as soon as you can load. They are building their nests, and the people are alarmed lest they may destroy their crops.— Dubuque Miner's Express.

[Washington Globe, Washington D. C., May 17, 1843, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


- - 1856 - - A RICH JOKE AND A GOOD SIGN

Decidedly the richest joke, as well as one of the best signs of the season thus far, was that which transpired at Maquoketa on last Saturday. The pro-slavery leaders in that region had appointed Maquoketa as the place and Saturday as the time for holding a grand Buchanan rally and ratification meeting. A committee appointed for the purpose came to this city, and made arrangements for the attendance of the Independent Brass Band, making an advance payment of $80 for their services. The hour arrived. A very respectable assemblage had gathered together.-The orators were all ready, and the resolutions all prepared. The band played an overture and had completed another tune, when-some one in the crowd proposed "Three cheers for Fremont!" [a popular anti-slavery proponent] They were given with a heartiness and emphasis that left no doubt as to the sentiments of the meeting.

There was a dilemma. Evidently this was not the kind of entertainment for which the appetites of the Buchanan leaders had been whetted, and for which they had been at such pains to provide music, and banners, and resolutions!-Clearly, there was not in that crowd of Freemen and Fremonters, the materials out of which to manufacture a pro-slavery meeting. The leaders were struck dumb, though the exact manner of their disappearance could not be ascertained. At all events they evaporated, and the assemblage resolved itself into a hearty Fremont and Dayton meeting. Such is the kind of signs and jokes which illustrate the progress of the good cause in Iowa.-Dav. Gaz.
[Rockford Republican (Rockford, IL) Wednesday, August 20, 1856, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


- - 1858 - - GOLD IN JACKSON COUNTY

The Maquoketa Sentinel announced the discovery of gold in the vicinity of Maquoketa, and says "strange as it may sound it is no humbug!" Large numbrs of citizens of Maquoketa have gone prospecting.
[Holmes County Republican, Millersburg, Ohio, June 10, 1858, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


- - 1878 - - MAQUOKETA FARMERS

The farmers Near Maquoketa, Iowa are doing a profitable business in raising roots and herbs containing medicinal properties and shipping them to manufacturers of drugs.

[Dodge City Times, Dodge City, Kansas, January 12, 1878, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


- - 1884 - - SPIRITUALIST SOCIETY

The Spiritualist Society of Maquoketa met in its room last Thursday night, and by an almost unanimous vote changed its name. It now goes by the name of the “Church of the New Era.” In this change it does not go back on spiritualism, nor is it any less a spiritual society now than it was before. One of the reasons given for making the change was that there are many progressive people who would like to associate with them who were not fully convinced of spiritualism. They thought it not just the thing to hold on to a name that would exclude these honest people. Again it was urged that all organizations, the object of which is to discuss theological and spiritual problems are known as churches, that the word church would enable people to at once class them as a religious body. A committee was chosen to draw up the necessary papers and procure an act of incorporation-Record.

(Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, May 15, 1884), Submitted by Kenneth E. Wright.


- - 1891 - - TREMENDOUS RECEPTION GIVEN TO THE GOVERNOR AT MAQUOKETA.
IN ANSEL BRIGGS' COUNTY.

MAQUOKETA, Iowa, Oct. 29.-A perfect sea of flags and bunting greeted Governor Boles as he was driven up the main street of this city at 8 o'clock this morning. The county that furnished the first state governor, a thorough democrat, has kept faith with the party since, and today extended a royal welcome to the illustrious statesman upon whose shoulders has fallen the mantle of Ansel Briggs, the early favorite son of Jackson County. It has been many a day since the quiet old town has had such a wakening up as the hosts of democrats and the half-dozen bands of music gave her to-day.

In preparation for the arrival of the chief executive the business men, irrespective of party, displayed liberal decorations, and the work of a committee of business men in providing street banners and decorations was shown in a score of clusters of flags and bunting that stretched across the street and mottoes that extended a welcome to the governor. One decoration that attracted particular attention was a flag that bore upon its face the date "1840," and had been first unfurled to the breezes in that year. During all the early campaigns it did service upon democratic days, and as if sensible of the honor conferred upon it of extending the first greeting to the first democratic governor in Iowa for a quarter of a century, it spread itself out without a wrinkle or a fold as Iowa's gray-haired chieftain passed beneath it.

Early in the forenoon the sidewalks of the city became impassible so crowded were they with expectant people, and in true democratic style the populace took to the middle of the street. A parade had been announced for 10 o'clock, and at that hour from over the hill that skirts the business part of the town came the sounds of music and shouts of men. It was the head of the largest street demonstration ever seen in Maquoketa. A hundred horsemen, hundreds of carriages and farmers' wagons, loaded to their utmost capacity, hundreds of footmen and six bands passed up and down the principal streets, waving flags, and shouting their political leader's name. At the close of the parade a public reception was held in the court house, and for a solid hour Governor Boles shook hands with a constant stream of people who fought and scrambled to gain admittance to the court house.

It was out of the question to get even a respectable fraction of the people beneath the roofs of all the halls in the city, and in spite of a severe wind the meeting was held in the public park, fully 6,000 people being packed like sardines around the speakers' stand. They could not all hear, but they stayed just the same and cheered with their ore fortunate neighbors.

Congressman Hayes, of Clinton; John C. Bill and Judge Nathaniel French, of Davenport, followed the governor, the severe wind precluding the possibility of a long address from any one speaker.

[Chicago Herald (Chicago, IL) Friday, October 30, 1891, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


- - 1909 - - ANSEL BRIGGS MEMORIAL DEDICATED

Andrew, Iowa, Sept. 23, 1909

The town of Andrew, the peace of which has never been disturbed by the whistle of a locomotive, and where the monument erected to the memory of Ansel Briggs, the first governor of the state, was unveiled Wednesday, is a place of 300 inhabitants, quaint and interesting, but it played a large part in the early history of eastern, Iowa. Governor Carroll was the chief figure present.

Five thousand persons thronged the cemetery, the largest crowd probably gathered at Andrew. Second in importance from the standpoint of state interest was the presence of Ex-Governor Larrabee, who addressed the audience twenty minutes.

A memorial address reviewing the struggles and accomplishments of the life of Ansel Briggs delivered by W. G. Gregory, curator of the Jackson County Historical Society, Maquoketa. He revealed the efforts made to get appropriations through the legislature which finally culminated in securing one thousand dollars at the last session through the labors of Representative Ellis of Jackson County. This with three hundred dollars added by the society sufficed to move the body of the former governor from Omaha to Andrew and defrayed the expenses of erecting a monument.

As the band played patriotic airs and salutes were fired by the Maquoketa militia, Mrs. Nannie Briggs Robertson, granddaughter of the departed governor drew away the flag that veiled the monument. Governor Carroll then introduced and delivered the dedicatory address. After reviewing the school system inaugurated by Briggs he declared no official act of his own was he more heartily in on than in signing the bill for an appropriation for money for the Briggs monument. He wondered how such a memorial was possible at the price paid. He referred to wonderful growth in population, transportation facilities, educationally and commercially of the state since 1846 and declared Briggs laid the foundation for such growth. He urged the development in Iowa history through instruction of a hall of fame such as is placed in Washington and declared he would be glad to sign another bill of equal import to the Briggs appropriation measure.

Ansel Briggs was governor from 1846 to 1850. He was born in Vermont, but during his youth removed with his parents to Ohio and in that state became interested in the institution of stage lines and removing in 1836 to Jackson County, Iowa, followed the same vocation, holding numerous contracts for carrying United States mails in this section of the new territory. He was elected to the House of Representatives in the Territory in 1842, and on the admission of Iowa to the sisterhood of states was nominated to the governorship, the election being held in October. He took his seat Dec. 3 Governor Briggs continued his residence in Andrew until 1870, when he removed to Council Bluffs. In 1881, while making his home with his son in Omaha, he passed away.

(Waterloo Reporter, Waterloo, Iowa, September 23, 1909) Submitted by Kenneth E. Wright


- - 1920 - - FIRST WOMEN DRAWN FOR JURY DUTY

First Drawing Since Women Suffrage

Mrs. A. H. Moravec & Mrs. Edith Francois

The new order of things is getting started over at the court house and women voters are being drawn for the jury service, along with the men. The names of the voters of Jackson County were placed in the box for drawing last month and this means the names of the men and women alike. Saturday, those in authority made the drawing and the result was that two ladies were drawn on the petit jury, but none succeeded in alighting on the grand jury.

The two ladies who were fortunate-or rather unfortunate-enough to be drawn for jury service are Mrs. A. H. Moravec of Fulton and Mrs. Edith Francois of this city. This is going to revolutionize to a certain degree the jury work, and we’re guessing the ladies will be a splendid addition to capabilities shown in deciding on cases coming before them.

[Maquoketa Excelsior-Record, Published December 14, 1920, submitted by Kenneth Wright]

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- - 1931 - - RUN ON LA MOTTE BANK

RUMOR CAUSED RUN

LA MOTTE, Ia., Jan 8 (A.P.) – The cry of “Bank’s Closed,” rang over La Motte. The closed bank, however, was in Lamont – but the damage was done. Depositors staged a run on the Iowa Savings bank here and the doors were closed. Officials said the bank was in excellent condition and the closing was for protection of depositors.
[San Diego Union – San Diego, California, Friday, January 9, 1931, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


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