The Sioux County Capital from Orange City, Iowa on February 10, 1972 · Page 5
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February 10, 1972

The Sioux County Capital from Orange City, Iowa · Page 5

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.Among the 13 Orange City Legion Auxiliary women who helped the Sioux County apter of the Easier Seal Society of Iowa were, left to right, Mrs. Jake D" Haan rs . Lloyd Da Jong and Matilda Vander Wilt, The group gathered in the Paul Den irtog home where they inserted letters appealing for contributions, Easter seals id return envelopes. Chairman Dan Te Grotenhuls of the County EasterSeal Society told The CAPiTAL Inserting is being done by four such groups and will be completed by Feb. 15. rly S/OM County history printed from the 1908 ux County Atlas) Iscence of Early Days ux County ' Van Der Meide in Der Meide, a fellow er with H. J. Van der rites the following: the start of our trip owed poor generalship, ivas only the second day, k, that he led us onto idge in Polk County that s my assertion as to eneralship. Five teams In our party: H. J. Van iVaa, G. Van de Steeg, vho died some time ago, ils three sons -- John de Steeg, who Is now a lant In Orange City, G. L. de Steeg, postmaster at nt in Orange City, and t Van de Steeg, who was tly killed In a railroad ent'in Minnesota, H. J. es and his three sons -- rt, Johannes and Teunis; •t and Johannes having some time ago and Teunis esent janitor In our Sioux :y Courthouse, Arle Beu- in and his mother and sister, all of.whom have , diaway from this earth, the writer, making the team. As stated before, vere led on the bridge ving Mr. Van der Waa as ly as we could. Crossing a zig zag way, four s managed to get over it fety. The fifth team Deng to A. Beukelman, his er and sister, they not accustomed to driving es, having been in this ry but 'a little over a did not fare so well. ad three horses with htm, litched to his wagon and ed on behind, and bet ween they had only one eye could see with. The re- was that he did not keep same track the others done but Intended to drive ght across the bridge, the flooring being loose, ng worked to the north by ellng over it, tipped and whole outfit came down ve feet in the creek, es and all, where there about two feet of water. d not take us very long |tch our teams and go to r rescue, expecting to find " of them dead under the V load they had, but we 8 happily surprised when B°t to them to find that old lady and her daughter 'alien outside of the wagon Mr. Beukelman was held the wagon box with his receiving only slight ses, and the others not as n as a scratch. The only I loss was the chickens were drowned before we (Q them. This was in the noon of the second day of p, so we stopped for to make repairs to the 9, n and to dry the goods : 1 'hey had with them by 'ping the same out on <P and blankets on the I1 and the old lady was f busy drying the few packs she had with her. following morning, all repaired again so that could go on with our and by so doing Polk was saved several dollars for damages, the accident we must we never had a bet- r and general than Jan der Waa, From then moved along slowly roads were bad and iU a S™ 1 *»* ° f country to pass and we did not venture mi re brld ees. without S5S » them fc* 0 * we wook to cross them so were sure they were * PWferred to get " er thw to have daylight to sundown, by load- Ing and unloading our loads, and in crossing sloghs and swamps. But it did not affect us as it did the Isreal- Ites of old, as we did not murmur or care to go back home. We had faith in what our.leader said: "There is no fairer country or better land under the sun than Sioux County," and correct he was, having finally arrived in Sioux County it proved to us that his statement was true. The first night when we reached Sioux County, we camped on what Is now called "The Orange City Slough," three-fourths of a mile north of Orange City. The next morning we started out to look up our lands, going as we thought, with our map In our hands, northward and northwest, following as near as we could the section lines. After having traveled all day and when the sun was fast sinking away in the west, we started for camp, thinking we had seen most of our claims and being well satisfied with the same. Having gone but a short distance towards our camp as we thought, we noticed ,.sp,meone. with some horses to the west of us who were grazing along a slough. Of course we wished to know who else was in Sioux County except our party, and going to where he was we found it to be one of our own party whom we had left with our horses and wagon, and we were not a little surprised to find out that we had been going southeast and south all day instead of north and northwest. If it had not been for meeting him we do not know where we would have landed; probably we would still be going south and would never have reached our camp. After having been here a few days, a good many more colonists arrived and we all got busy breaking prairie and raising a crop the following year. The winter was mild and there was no snow so that in the early spring we commenced our work by putting in our grain and we raised a very good crop. By fall we had to have sheds, cribs, etc., so most of us went to Rock River to get some wood there being some timber along said river. Of course it all belonged to the government or Uncle Sam, as we supposed, but there were a few settlers on the Rock B*y the approve the same, Hospers voting to accept and the other to reject, claiming that the bonds were illegal, not duly signed, amount not sufficient, and various other reasons, all In order to keep them out of office. They undoubted saw that it was the beginning .of the end of their career as office holders of Sioux County which had been very profitable to them as the county had a good many bonds outstanding and nothing to show for them. Meeting after meeting was held by the Board but all to no avail; they would not approve the bonds. So the word was sent to the settlers in the east and northeast of the county that something had to be done to bring them to time. The- Board having adjourned to meet again January 22, 1872, some twenty odd teams gathered early on that day at Orange City and decided to go to Calliope and Honorable Board and beg of them the acceptanqe of the bonds and place our people in office whom we had legally elected to the same. As the train of teams came in sight of the courthouse at Calliope where board was in session, the chairman seeing the string of teams heading for their place, at once adjourned the meeting and prepared to take flight for the Dakotas, but he had no sooner hitched his horses when they were again unhitched by the settlers and placed back in the barn and he was left in his sled and told that he had no business In the Dakotas but that he was to attend the meeting, approve the bonds, and place our men In office, but he still refused. The late Judge Pendelton of Sioux City was there by re, quest of the people to plead their cause which he kept up all day, aided by Henry Hospers, while the visitors kept themselves busy by taking care of their teams and frying bacon and ham of which there was a good quantity found In a barrel in the courthouse, evidently belonging to the county, at least no evidence to the contrary as It was taken by the visitors. We have heard it said that It was the best ham that was ever had and expecially since the weather was very cold, being several degrees below zero. The Board refusing to do anything In regard to the bonds, the Judge threw up his hands and said, "Boys, it Is all up," whereupon the visitors at once hitched their teams and took action by load- In a legal manner to orange City, which was signed by every Inhabitant except those on the west side, and the question was brought befote the people at the election .and carried, so the county seat wad legally moved to Orange City where It has remained ever since although it has been contested time arid again by other towns asking for the removal to their place. Also the question of Issuing bonds for a new building having been defeated several times until the question was raised again and the people were asked to vote bonds for Sixty Thousand Dollars, Orange City putting up a bonus of Fifteen Thousand Dollars. The bonds carried and the building was erected at a cost of One Hundred Thousand Dollars. The next Incident that befell the pioneers was the grasshopper siege, which is probably still remembered by a good many of the old settlers. It was on a Sunday fornoon, we being in the old schoolhouse where services were being held, it looked as though snow was falling outside, but when we came out we found it to be nothing but grasshoppers. They came so thick and heavy that by Monday morning all our crops were stripped and gone. They remained with us for only a few days and moved on northward, coming back in the fall of the year, depositing their eggs and going on south. The following spring when warm weather set In, the grasshoppers were hatched by the millions and destroyed the crops. The same thing was repeated for two years. The o7 this Hme who thousand Ing all the books of the dlf- claimed different and claimed ferent officers on sleds and to te the owners of some of preparing to start or home. the lands. The result was But there was the large safe that some of our people were driven away with pitch forks and others were cut down with axes and laid up for several weeks but no one was fatally hurt. The hauling of timber continued just the same. The meanest thing that was done by these people claiming the land was this: they would take fire wood from some of the piles that were prepared by the "^ " t he'" w aYo7the"'buIld- settlers, make a hole in it with ' t a wlth an aX( an auger, place a certain B quantity of powder in it, and plug the hole with a wooden plug and then place it back again in the pile so that it could not be detected, in order to be exploded in the cook stove, which happened several times. During this winter, the courthouse was started which in the Treasurer's office which had been overlooked for a while and the question was raised what should be done with this. "Go it must," was the reply. But having no tools or tackle, how to get it out of the building and on to a sled was a question which was soon ansv/ered. A sled was backed up against a corner of the building where the safe lasted for almost thirty years off an on. The county seat was at Calliope at the time we came here, and at our first election, Tjeerd Heemstra Hmen Den H artog when great was elected as member or thg re j 0lcing an d a thou- the Board of Supervisors from were fired in honor our district and served one Q{ ^ occasion< Th { S only year, Henry Hospers was lasted for a f ew days when the elected the second year to fill sherjff Thomas Dunham, his place and J. W. Grea * rax came with the necessary doc- people did all they could to destoy the hoppers by building large pans or scrapers of sheet Iron, sixteen feet long, three feet wide, and a back of two feet high, placing some tar and coal oil in the same and hitching a span of horses to each end would scrape the fields and catch bushels of grasshoppers, but It did not seem to have any effect on the amount and on their appetite for destroying crops. We have heard It said that they were so thick andsohun- gry that they ate a pitchfork handle in one night although I have not seen it. It is true that a person could stand and count the hoppers on one side of a corn stalk and could count three hundred and eighty-seven on one stalk. The result of the grasshoppers was that a good many of our settlers left us, some of them selling their lands, others leaving it unsold. In one instance a man got so disgusted that he sold his eighty acres for Two Hundred Twenty- five Dollars, throwing in a span of mules, wagon, and cow, worth at least Two Hundred Dollars. But those who withstood the siege and remained on their farms have never since regretted it as. we have raised crops to keep us arid to spare, ever since. People often talk about blizzards. No one who has not actually seen and been In one knows what they are. The sky would be as- clear as could be and you could see a cloud coming from the west and northwest, and in less than an hour a blinding snow storm would be on you so that you could not see six feet ahead of you. It happened at one time that five teams were on their way from Le Mars when a snow storm struck them eight miles south of Orange City at one o'clock at noon, which lasted for three days. Those five teams made the trip to Orange City having to depend upon the horses alone, the leaders being a span that had traveled the road often. The others were tied one behind the other, the drivers walking along the side, when the horses led up against the one store that was then in Orange City. Two of the teams got left behind but made their escape by stopping at A Van Wechel »s who happened to have a sign right on the road and the horses turned in towards their barn. There was a barn in town which could comfortably hold ten head 01 norses; that night twenty-four were packed in it. The owner of the barn, an old lady, Mother Mouw as she was called, attempted to go from her house to the barn, a distance of about sixty feet, with a lamp, to see that the horses were well provided for. She lost her way and strayed from the place. As soon as it was found out that the old lady was lost, some ten or fifteen men turned out and started on a hunt, yelling at the top of their voices In order to keep within hailing distance. This lasted fully an hour when the lady was found not over seventy-five feet from her residence with her lamp in her hand. Her fingers, ears, and toes were frozen and she would not have lived another hour if she had not been found, Others did not fare so well; in the north part of the county several were frozen to death by being lost. Some who were lost would travel all night In a circle until daylight when they could then see their house or barn. They having strayed away only to feed cattle or do some errand around the house. Such were the experiences with blizzards in those days. Anyone who knows enough about something to write a book, usually does. locil Guests In the home of Reka. Alons on Monday afternoon were Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Schmidt from Sheldon and Mrs. Lizzie Alons from Hospers. Miss Judy Vande Vegte will be leaving on Sunday for Sioux Falls where she will be taking LPN training at Me Kennan Hospital. How is your Hearing? 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They arrived at Orange City at about midnight with all their belongings with the exception of the safe which got stalled on the west branch of the Floyd where it was left 1 the following morning brought to Orange City by 11*^7 |j»v*x»*' — .- — - -r - Call 1C W1H1 V*l*« *IWM«W — — T ,1 — as treasurer, and A. J. Bet- uments and several yoke of ten, Mr. as Auditor. On Ue and took it aU b ack to January 1, 1872, Henry Hos- m agaln> tne Boar d hTinrt me tr 'P of about pers took 'the oath of office a agr eed to approve the I u " (Jr , ed and fifty miles, and was seated with the Board bondg and settle the ma tter. Worl ' •"• " ' of Supervisors, but when It During the summer a pe- came to approving the bonds wag circu i ate d for the of Mr. Greatrax and Mr. • Betten, the Board refused to THERE'S msuRAncc, HOD men THERE'S DLUC CROSS flflD DLUC SHIELD. And, like East and West, never the twain shall meet as far as we're concerned. While many of our more-than-a-million members sometimes refer to us as their "insurance", nothing could be further from the actual truth. Blue Cross and Blue Shield were born to provide health care protection to lowans without profit. We have money coming in. We have money going out for our members' care. We have money in reserves for future care of our members. And we have remarkably small operating costs to get all of this done. That's it! No profit, no dividends to stockholders, no pay to board members. The money that's left after that goes into better benefits and broader coverages to stay in step with medical science and your health care needs. Today's Blue Cross and Blue Shield protection is much better . than it was just four or five years ago. It will keep getting better thanks to the fact that we don't need to cut down on care in order to make a profit. WE'RE FOR PEOPLE, NOT FOR PROFIT BLUE CROSS anc: BLUE SHIELD" DES MOINES / SIOUX CITY "Registered service marks of (he American Hospital Association "'Registered service marks ol the National Association ol Blue Shield Plans removal of the county seat THE SIOUX COUNTY CAPITAL, Thursday, February 10, 197?-r5

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