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 - E A R L I N G By Alex Esser WRITER TELLS ABOUT...
E A R L I N G By Alex Esser WRITER TELLS ABOUT INTERESTING HISTORY I had a very interesting visit the other afternoon stopping in to see one of my friends whom I like to tab "Old" Tinier" and got to talking and somehow we got to Giove township. This made him sit up .and he said about one- half of what is now known as Grove township was, at one time, covered by a heavy. natural "rove, the largest in the county, lie then ielated that the first p e i m a n e n t settlement in the county county was made there in the late furies. Abel Galland and his son, William, William, came here in 1S-1S from Council J i i n f f s and built themselves themselves a log cabin. They were the only w h i l e family to spend the winter 1S4S-19 in Shelby county. This is where the name "Galland's "Galland's Grove" started from the first settler. Most of the earlier settlers came from Nauvoo. 111., and were Latter-Day Saints. These people erected a log church in Galland's Giove which was the lirst church in the county. He said that Win. Vanausdall was the first Elder of the church. Others that he remembered were John -McTosh and Thomas Dobson. Dobson. He then mentioned earlier settlers settlers such as Meda Thompson, Eli Fonts, Alexander McCord, Noel Fonts. Uriah Roundy, Albert Crandall. Wilson Keariness. Washington Roundy, John McIn- Tosh. Robert Ford, Thomas Black. George Thompsen, Thomas and Michael O'Day, John Roundy and Bill Major. I figured Westphalia was one of the oldest settlements, but he insisted it came on the scene in 1S70 and Westphalia township was first known as Sumner. Herman Herman Schwarte was the first settler settler thero and that the present site of Westphalia stands on the farm Schwarte owned. Then he recalled the first marriage marriage there of Charles Fluesche to Miss Clara Feldman which occurred occurred on t h e present Wagoman farm. He also stated the First Holy Mass said in the county by a clergyman from Mt. Carniel was at the Wageman house. Joseph Fiank. now living here, was the lirst baptismal at the Westphalia church. ST. JOSEPH'S PROM WED. The annual Junior-Senior Prom will be held the evening of May G and all members of St. Joseph's a l u m n i are also invited for occasion. The Junior-Senior banquet banquet will also be held that evening evening starting at C p. in. Mr. and Mrs. Al Book of Detroit. Detroit. Mich.. spent Wednesday hei e renewing acquaintances with relatives and friends. The remains of Mis. Anna Kimmen. SO. was placed in St. Joseph's Joseph's cemetery Thursday morning. morning. The requiem high mass was held at St. Peter's church at Defiance. Defiance. Survivors include two daughters. Mrs. George Gross and Mrs. Carl Coenen. and one son, Lawrence Kimmen, all of Defiance. Defiance. M I N O R A C C I D Owen Hecse. driving a Plym Plym o u t h , and Paul Gaul, pickup collided at upper main street Thursday afternoon. Both c.irs were damaged and the occupants occupants escaped without injuries. John Kohles, son Jimmy, daughter, Ruth, and Miss Joanne Joanne Erlbacher. returned Monday Monday after spending the week end with Pvt. Dennis Kohles at Camp Chaffee, Ark. Jimmy Kohles recently discharged from the Army had failed to return from Korea before his brother, Dennis, was inducted, so hadn't seen his brother for more than 18 months. Miss Helen Ksser returned to Omaha after spending the week end heie lor the Brandt-Esser wedding. Miss Benita Langenfeld still remains confined to her home after after an illness of more than a week. She is, however, feeling a little better. Jack Kinken has been unable to be at work the past few days has been having a bad ear infection. infection. DEFIANCE

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  1. The Harlan News-Advertiser,
  2. 05 May 1953, Tue,
  3. Page 6

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