Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 16, 1976 · Page 5
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Seek Certificates to Show Descendants Were Early Iowa Pioneers BvJeanMcCav «m/>i«>»,, *~A »»_„ %, . .. J By Jean McCay 1 (Drake University Journalism Student) DES MOINES — Hundreds of Iowa pioneers have gained recognition by their present-day descendants through genealogical projects on the state and county levels. The loAva Genealogical Society began its Pioneer Certificate Program last April upon the suggestion of its former secretary, Mrs. Helen Mann of Des Moines. To qualify for a certificate, applicants must prove their direct descent from a person living in Iowa in 1856 or earlier. ' 'I knew of similar programs in Wisconsin and several Indiana counties," said Mrs. Mann, program director, "and I felt there'd be a great deal of interest here. We feel it's broad enough that people can participate." More than 5,000 applications have been requested from the society and Mrs. Mann estimated 500 have been returned. Any number of certificates may be requested, each costing $1.50 for society members and $2 for non-members. Applications, which request family history, information, names, and dates, have been received at the rate of 20 to 25 a week even from such unlikely places as Guam and Mexico. News of the program appeared in "Hawkeye Heritage," the society's magazine which is received by many genealogical libraries. Mrs. Mann said those libraries, as Well as Iowa's county courthouses, contain copies of much of the proof needed for a certificate. The type of proof accepted by the society comes from census records, county histories, land deeds and records of churches, schools, marriages, wills or probates. The year 1856 was selected because the first statewide census was conducted in 1850. Census records are the most frequently submitted proof, ^said Mrs. Mann, and only the 'volume, year and page number are required. "I'm always surprised, though," she said, "by the amount of supporting information people send in. Less than 100 have sent only the minimum amount." Many applications include copies of as many records as could be found. Mrs. Mann has received several photographs and even an old envelope bearing the Iowa address of a pioneer ancestor. A decision has not been reached as to how all this information will be used. Mrs. Mann said possibilities include compilation in book form, augmentation of the society's pioneer files and highlighting in "Hawkeye Heritage." Mrs. Mann said the large Historical Board Close to Resolving Several Problems By Iowa Daily Press Association DES MOINES — The state historical board may be close to resolving several knotty problems. • Few, if any, legislators anticipated the legal entanglements that the board has faced as the result of legislation merging the historical museum and archives in Des Moines with the state historical society in Iowa City. There has been a reluctance on the part of some officials of the state historical society to move forward with the merger for fear it would mean the demise of the society which dates back to 1856. Those problems may have been resolved as the result of a meeting in Des Moines last 4-H News HALBUR — The regular meeting of the Halbur Happy Lassies 4-H Club was on March 8 in the St. Augustine Auxiliary Meets In Arcadia Tlnui Herald Ntws Service ARCADIA — The Arcadia Cemetery Auxiliary met March 8 with Mrs. Ray Wiebers presiding. Devotions were led by Mrs. Elvin Anderson, chaplain. Mrs. Frank Koepke presented the program with several readings. She also presented several contests. Lunch and entertainment was furnished by Mrs? Ernest Kroeger, Mrs. Herbert Kroeger and Mrs. Koepke. Mrs. Marcella Berger spent a recent weekend in the John Mulholland home in Fort Dodge and helped Mark note his fourth birthday. week. Assistant Attorney General George Murray reports that representatives of the historical society suggested an arrangement which would allow the society to continue its existence and at the same time comply with the legislative act. The society is a private corporation and there is a legal question as to whether the Legislature can dissolve it. As part of the compromise, representatives of the society offered quit claim deeds to property now held by the society including the organization's centennial building at Iowa City. In exchange, as Murray outlined the proposition in an interview, the society would continue to have access to the income from its trust fund; the fund presently exceeds $300.000. The money would be used to help defray the society's annual dinner. Under this proposal, with the mutual consent of the curators on the society's board, money from the trust fund could be applied to special projects undertaken by the state historical board. Prior to the meeting'there had been some discussion of a law suit to resolve the differences between the two groups. The appropriation subcommittee chairmen on state government of the two houses. Sen. Earl Willits. D-Des Moines, and Rep. William Griffee, D-Nashua, dispelled such a proposal, urging the groups to work out an amiable solution to their problems. gym at 7:30 p.m. The pledge Of allegiance was led by Janet Riesberg. Roll call was "Name a household item and how you use it." 4-H pledge was led by Sharyl Dopheide. Talks were given by Lauri Behrens on "Storage of Chemicals & Poisons" and by Nancy Buelt on "Know This About Wood." Janet Riesberg and Carla Hinners gave a demonstration on "Organizing a Cleaning Basket." Peggy Irlmeier and Pam Heithoff of the Willey Merry Maids 4-H Club gave a demonstration on "Making Quilts." After the meeting the girls played volley ball. X TEMPLETON. - The Templeton Trooperettes 4-H Club met in the school cafeteria, Wednesday evening, March 10 at 7 p.m. Roll call was answered with "What I would like to learn and do in Home Improvement this year." Programs were distributed and a discussion was held on projects for the year. Nature slides were shown at the close of the meeting. Hostesses were Kathy Strum and Jo Ann Stevens. DEDH.AM - The Dedham Go Getters met Tuesday eve, March 9, for their March meeting. President Cindy Stangl conducted the business meeting. Plans were made to have Mrs. Gary Hackett to present the "Beginnings of Our Community." The pledge of allegiance was given by Marilyn Wiskus and the 4-H pledge was led by Wanda, Paula and Annette Heman. The group, under the leadership of Millie Heithoff and Fay Bluml made plaster flowerpots. Hostesses for the evening were Mrs. Henry Heman, Mrs. Harold Weeks and Mrs. Wilfred Meiners. C B Radios Over 40 Different Models of CB Radios to Choose From. 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R eg . $29.95 24 88 Coast to Coast Elmer Friedman Westgate Mall, Carroll Duane Taphorn amount of information received is probably because most of the applicants are experienced genealogists. One such.genealogist is Dorothy Bogle of Des Moines, who •proved her descent from William Johnson of Van Buren County. "-I think it's interesting to show you have roots that go back that far," she said. Johnson, Miss Bogle's great, great grandfather, came from Indiana with his family and settled near Bonaparte in the summer of 1837. Miss Bogle said she had no problems proving this, as she had all the required proof and "just had to send what was wanted." ''I've always been interested in history," she said. Several years ago she became interested in her family's history and has since traced ancestors to passengers on the Mayflower. "Now I could just kick myself FUNNY BUSINESS Tim« Herald, Carroll, la. Tuetday, March 16, 1976 for the chances I missed over the years to talk to older relatives," she said. One of the most interesting applications Mrs. Mann said she received was from Doloris Thayer of Iowa City. Her ancestor was Dr. John Jackson Selman, an early settler in Davis County in 1841. Selman was one of the signers of Iowa's 1846 state constitution and served as president of the Iowa Senate in 1848. Several Iowa groups are conducting similar certificate programs to honor pioneers of particular counties, such as Scott and Johnson. "We felt there would be many people in Johnson County proud to have such a certificate in thei.r possession," said Rolene Britson, president of the Iowa By Roger fio//en Says Demos Try to Defeat Tax Sharing State Senator John Murray, Republican candidate for Congress in the 5th district, charged Monday that the Democrats in Congress are trying to defeat the very bill which will help state and local governments keep taxes from rising and services from suffering. Murray stated, "Today, March 15, was the deadline for local governments to certify their budgets for next year. The Democrats have now delayed long enough to cause inconvenience and disruption to the local budgeting process. , "The Democratic leadership is doing everything possible to defeat general revenue sharing because they apparently want to control all spending from Washington." Murray continued, "Many different methods are being used to defeat revenue sharing. First, the Democratic leadership changed the jursidiction for the revenue sharing issue from the more friendly Ways and Means Committee to the Government Operations Committee, whose chairman is openly hostile to continuing the program. "Second, the House Budget Committee chairman created a smokescreen by complaining about the lack of 'adequate budgetary control' — in other words, not enough federal strings to make sure that revenue sharing money is spent as federal bureaucrats dictate. "Third, the Democrats passed a $6.1 billion jobs bill which was meant to replace revenue sharing by sending money to local governments on a one-shot basis. President Ford vetoed this end-run attempt to defeat revenue sharing and his veto was sustained by the Senate.'' Murray stated, "The general revenue sharing program has been working well these past four years. It has helped decentralize power out of Washington, strengthen local governments, and fund programs from progressive rather than regressive tax sources." City Genealogical Society. Her group began the project last July after seeing it done in several states. She said approximately 100 applications have been received so far, the deadline being December 1976. She said 1876 was chosen as the pioneer year "partly because of the Bicentennial and because it would make the certificate available to more people." The information received will be used to increase files on Johnson County settlers. In Scott County, the Davenport Bicentennial Commission took a different approach to the pioneer certificate program, headed by Mrs. Jean Houston of Davenport. "When the commission started, everyone was talking about commemorating things and places and bric-a-brac," said Mrs. Houston. "I said, 'Why don't we do something District GOP Platform Unit Meets Mar. 17 DES MOINES — State Senator Cal Hultman of Red Oak has been appointed as temporary chairman of the ''Republican Platform Committee for the Fifth Congressional District. District CommiUeeman Rick Morain of Jefferson and Committeewoman Marge Askew of Thurman today announced Hultman's appointment and scheduled the first meeting of the district platform committee for Wednesday, March 17. The meeting, which will be held at the 5 by 80 Country Club south of Interstate 80 at the Greenfield exit, is scheduled to begin with a 6 p.m. reception. An evening dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by the committee meeting. Morain urged all members of the platform committee, who were elected at the county conventions in late February, to attend. In announcing the meeting, Morain also challenged the district platform committee to "develop a platform which is representative and expresses the concerns of the residents of the Fifth District. The committee's goal should be to state the principles of the Republican Party in terms of the objectives of today's lowans." Don't be fuelish. OffiCE Of ENtRGY CON5ESVATION OF 1HE FEOEKAL ENERGY OFFICE about the people who made all this possible?'" The resulting program is similar to others in terms of required proof but the pioneer year is much later — 1900. "We did this because there were a lot of German settlers in the area who didn't arrive until then," said Mrs. Houston. Last fall Mrs. Houston taught two-hour genealogy classes to about 300 people interested in the project. "It really enhanced people's appreciation of family history, Some people said they were just thrilled because they'd been trying to get started for years and didn't know how," she said. Mrs. Houston said she thinks the certificate programs are valuable because "besides preserving a heritage of our family history for our children, it helps us really become aware of the sacrifices people have made in leaving their homelands." If you can't send you, send money ^^^•Th«C kedCross. The Good Neighbor. A PuU« S«VK* Cl this NcAsrotX!. « The Advertising Council WEDNESDAY, MAR. 17 KING JIH WtlUI CREATIVE COLOR PORTRAITS FOR ONIY SHUGART PHOTOS KODAKorGAF COLOR FILM DEVELOPING and Printing $327 $479 New Borderless Prints FAST SERVICE SERNETT •FAMILY CENTER Westgate Mall 12 Exposure Roll 20 Exposure Roll We Can Only Lend Money To People Who Ask For It. A FULL SERVICE BANK SAVINGS BANK Dedham Carroll Lanesboro

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