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Pike/Davey - Letter From Frank Davcy. Salem, Oregon, Oct....
Letter From Frank Davcy. Salem, Oregon, Oct. 17th.—Editor REPUBLICAN: I was thrown into a reminiscent mood a few days ago by an item in a late number of your paper which stated that the salary of the city librarian at Estherville had been raised to $20 a month. That item carried me back over more than 20 years to the time when "Estherville Library" was flrat started, and caused me to recall vividly the devotion with wliich a number of the then residents of Estherville labored to lay the foundation for a library that would be pleasurable, useful and valuable. Perhaps the most energetic and the most practical, was Mrs. Amanda K. Ballard, who has since gone to her eternal home. She had faithful and earnest workers for the library in Mrs. Frankie Barber, Mrs. L. S. Williams, Mrs. Howard Graves and several other ladies, besides a few of the "men folks." The first winter a number of 10-cent socia- bles were given, gifts of books were obtained through personal applications to residents and through letters to non-resident property owners. Later, some funds were obtained through amateur theatrical performances and, with the dues of members, served to add to the stock of books until in a few years the collection was quite a respectable one for a small place. During those few winters, the association was not only gathering good, usefu literature, for the delectation of its members, but the spirit of organization and unity-of thought which the work labor of advancement which followed, engendered solidified the people for the Besides this, the association in its varied devices furnished pleasing amusement at small cost to the inhabitants of the village. I wondered as I read the item, and am wondering still, what part those old library labors played in the creation of the new Estherville library which now entails the labor of a well-paid librarian. I remember the many pleasant meetings of the old Library Association in the parlors of Mrs. Frankie Barber's residence on Des Moines street, where the library was kept for some years, and where the faithful few had bright hopes of that library growing into something grand "someday." The structure was well intended, at least. Its early builders are now scattered; some are gone from earth, but I suppose to those who still survive there comes, as to myself an occasional pleasant memory of those joyous evenings of long ago, when all mingled with pioneer freedom, planning for our pet scheme and combining plenty of harmless fun with our business arrangements. I have a very dear souvenir of that old library, still arc-fully preserved, in the shape of a beautiful volume of Moore's poetry presented to me by the association in April, 1882, through James Espeset, then secretary. Mrs. Nellie Lawton and her second daughter, Grace, made us a visit the past week on her return homeward from the Portland exposition. Denison was with her at Pjrtland, but could not stop off here. H. looks perfectly natural, lie runs a branch house at Medford for the largest firm of farm implement dealers on the coast. Old man Lawton will be 80 years old next spring and is still quite hearty. Mrs. Lawton, however, is frail. West Lawton conducts a harness business at Medford. Geo. H. Haskinsis a prosperous drug merchant at Medford and the families of each are well. Carrie Haskins Choate of Cowlitz county, Wash., was at Portland at the same time Mrs. Lawton was and both had a jolly visit with Mrs. J. N. Pearcy (Tillie Pike) who is now living at Portland. Miss Anna Davey, of Floris, Iowa, a ncice of mine and of Postmaster Whelan of Estherville, has been visiting us the past three months. She will start home next Monday Our oldest daugter, Merle, is stenographer in the governor's office since the 18th of August, a very good position. We are all delighted to watch through the columns of the REPUBLICAN the splendid progress made in Estherville and Emmet county. Lots of strange names appear in your weekly record of event?, bnt the old ones loom up with pleasing familiarity and it is with the hope ot interesting them that I send you these occasional personal references. A great many ''Calumet" Does Not Belong to • Baking Powder Trust, but Con•timers are Rapidly Learning to Place Their Trust In ••Calumet." CALUMETS NONE SO GOOD, 'MODERATE I .N ) V PRICE J Eastern people have purchased properly this >ear in and around Salem, but 1 have met none yet from Kmmet county, nor have I had any call from there for the book of free imformation which we send out. Next year will be a lively one politically in Oregon. The state is republican but there is doubt as to presidential preferences. Me- Kinley may not get the delegation. There is a strong Uoosevelt sentiment. Dewy is adored here, but not as a presidential possibility. The legislative ticket will be made up largely along U. S. senatorial lines and will mix matters considerably. The state is prosperous and out of debt. Taxes arc reasonably low, work is plentiful, prices of produce are fair, and there is consequently little consolation for populists. Yours, Fit AN K DAVKY. Political Pointers. Spool:il forri-'spomienot'. The Democrats are going to bring Bryan back into Iowa for a few more $2UU-per-speech efforts to close up tneir campaign. It will be Bryan and free silver iu 1900, and the people must prepare to meet the same old outfit that they met in 18%. The best way to make these preparations is to sec that every Republican vote is cast this year, and then the ''skirmish for the campaign of 1900," as Bryan calls the campaign in Iowa this fall, will result iu a disastrous defeat for ihe free silvei crowd, which is nuw masquerading under the cloak of aiit^-imperialism. Four hundred towns in Iowa have representatives iu the ranks of tlu 51st, whose return from the Philip pines is so eagerly looked for. Fred White and-Atkinson say that the soldiers of the United States have treated the Filipinos in a most bruta manner. Do the friends of the Iowa soldiers believe these charges, and arc they go'.ng to vote for the man who in the desperation of certain defeat, is making these false statements in order that he may gain votes for himself. Every Republican county, township and precinct committee man owes a duty to the party this year that he should not fail to perform. It is to see that every republican vote in his pre- sinct is cast before the polls close on the 7th of next November. Don't let any republicans stay in the cornfields on that day. If any feel that they cannot leave their farm work, furnish )f

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  1. Estherville Daily News,
  2. 26 Oct 1899, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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