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Old Settlers Meeting

At Eagleville each year is held the old settlers' meeting.  The meetings are informal and the object is for the old settlers to get together and renew old acquaintances rather than to have a regular program.  The association was founded at a time and under circumstances when men and women felt keenly the bond of human sympathy.  It is generally understood that forty years' residence in the county constitutes one an old settler, so this association can be perpetuated, providing the people continue to take an interest in it.  The secretary of the association, O.W. Curry, gives the following report of the origanization of the Old Settlers' Association:

On July 4, 1863, there was assembled at Eagleville a large crowd of people to celebrate the Fourth and if possible learn news from the siege of Vicksburg.  This assembly was made up of the fathers, mother, wives, sweethearts and children of soldiers who were at that time engaged in the great conflict between the North and the South.  News was very scarce, the mail coming only once a week, and each man who came from any distance was eagerly sought after and questioned as to what he knew, if anything, of those at the front.  It was a sad crowd that awaited on the Fourth of July the return of a carrier sent on horseback to Gallatin to bring news from the front.  The news was sure to sadden the hearts of many, and yet they waited, firmly bound together by the common tie of sympathy and grief.  It was under these circumstnaces and among the early pioneers of this county, who had not only shared the hardships of pioneer life together but who has sent their sons to the front to fight and, if need be, to die for the cause that they believed right, that the first old settlers' meeting was held in Harrison county.  In a speech made at that meeting by Dr. James L. Downing it was stated that Vicksburg would fall in the next few days, if it had not already fallen, and it was there agreed that each year thereafter the Old Settlers would meet to celebrate that occasion.

For many years these meetings were held on the fourth day of July, but in the year 1908 it was decided to change the date of the meetings to the second Tuesday in September of each year.  There are always a few who attended the first meeting of the Old Settlers present at these meetings. The records of their meetings call to mind many men who have been prominent in the affairs of the county.

Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri

All persons having manure piles or heaps of rubbish of any description upon their premises or in streets or alleys adjacent thereto, are hereby notified to remove same forthwith, before the same be declared nuisances under the city ordinances.
Jackson Walker, City Physician and Member of Board of Health
transcribed by Melody Beery
Source: Bethany Republican, April 29, 1903 Vol.XXXI

A Big Rattler
The "boss" rattlesnake was killed a few days ago on Sugar Creek, Harrison County, Missouri.  It measured nine feet two inches in length and nineteen inches around the girth.  Twentynine rattles were counted.
Source: Chicago Daily Tribune, Chicago IL, Jul 1, 1881

Nearly a riot!!
There came very near having a riot in Bethany, Missouri, a few days ago.  It appears that the old elders of the Campbellite church were opposed to introducing an organ.  The young elders were not.  They accordingly got one and put it in, when the old elders raised such a row that the young elders had to take it out.  Bethany has two newspapers, a public library, a railroad and telegraph line and three thousand population.
source: The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison Kansas, Jan. 13, 1882

Incendiary Fire!!
The incendiary fire at Bethany, Missouri last week, resulted in a loss of fifteen buildings on the east side of the square.  W.J. Taylor, in whose store the fire originated, was arrested and held to answer to the charge of incendiarism.
Source: The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, KS, Apr. 23, 1883

In these dark days of the greatest war the world has ever known, for civilization, freedom and liberty, so we may enjoy home and loved ones again, I, Wm. Roleke, Mayor of the City of Bethany, Missouri, ask that all citizens daily offer our prayers to the Supreme Master of the Universe, for the protection and guidance of our brave boys who are fighting so manfully, in the trenches over there, and for victory and a safe return.
I therefore designate that commencing on Saturday, September 28, between the hours of eight and nine oclock p.m. for the following two weeks, that the electric lights of the city be turned off for a few seconds, and that each and all bow their heads in prayer, asking our Good God to help, protect and guide our brave boys over there.  And that they may all be granted a safe return to home and loved ones, when victory is ours.
Wm. Roleke, Mayor of the City of Bethany, Mo.
Source: Bethany Republican, September 25, 1918

War Balloon at Pawnee
There was quite an excitement in the Pawnee neighborhood last Wednesday about 1:00 p.m. when a balloon was seen sailing around in the air and finally settled on the Henry Bowen farm, north of town.  There were four pilots witht he balloon, whose names are here given:  Lieut. John Ayling, A.S.S.C.; Lieut G.D. Kingsland, A.S.S.C.; Lieut. R.K. Lloyde, A.S.S.C.; Lieut,. Theo E. Nelson, A.S.S.C.;

They came from Omaha, and were out practicing.  In a very short time a large crowd gathered and a purse was collected and presented to them, and Mrs. Geo. Holloway gave them a fine dinner.  Lieut Theo Nelson is a nephew of Henry Shackleford, and he and two of the other men were entertained at the Shackleford home until later in the evening.  Elmer Bowen took one pilot and the balloon to Lamoni, where the other three accompanied  by Geo. Holloway and Henry Shackleford joined them.  The pilots left on the evening train for Omaha.
Source: Bethany Republican, Sept. 25, 1918


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