Dayton and Other Community News Items

Submitted by Susan Yost Clawson

March 18, 1890, Lafayette Weekly Courier

School Surprises
On Friday last was the closing day of Elliott school at Culver [District School #10] and as a surprise to both teacher and pupils the patrons and friends to the number of 75 assembled with well filled baskets. The tables fairly groaned under their weight of eatables, such as only the ladies of Elliott know how to prepare. In the afternoon an entertainment was given by the school. An excellent program was carried out consisting of music and recitations, after which Mr. Elliott voiced the sentiments of the patrons in voting Mrs. Peters a successful teacher, having given entire satisfaction during the period of four terms of school. Not being content with one surprise on their teacher the young folks decided a party was in order.

Graduates of the County Schools
The following are this year’s graduates of the county common schools:
Nellie Benedict, Tom Hollinsworth, Tom Rath [Tom Frantz and Milton Roth; see program], Bertie Collins, E. H. Smith, Roy K. Brand, of A. E. Molesbury’s class, Dayton; Grace Slattery, Guy Hill, Allie Sherry, Nellie Wallace, Effie Stair, Washington township. Mr. Molesberry’s class made the best record ever given in the county.

Saturday, 7 Mar 1896, Lafayette Morning Journal

Dayton - March 4

Thursday, 12 Mar 1896, Lafayette Morning Journal

Dayton - March 10

Tuesday, March 10, 1896, Lafayette Daily Courier

Properly Named Sampson
Sampson McDole, of Sheffield township, is one of the heartiest old men in the county. He drove in from Sheffield township yesterday morning, and was partaking of a hearty dinner at Suter’s restaurant. He did not appear to be over 65 years old, but when the reporter asked, “How old are you?” he replied, “83.” “You must have been a strong man in your day,” queried the reporter. “Yes,” said Mr. McDole, “some people used to say that I was properly named Sampson McDole. I might tell you one instance. In 1840, when they  had the big Whig rally at the Battle Ground, when Grandpa Harrison was a candidate for president, I went up there, although I was a democrat and am yet, always expect to be. There was a great big fellow at that rally from Virginia by the name of Hicks, and he was blowing around that he could life more than any man in Indiana. Anthony Stingle, who lived near Stockwell, and who died several years ago, aged 86, heard this fellow blowing and he said to me, “Sampson, you go and life with the fellow: I believe you can beat him, but if you can’t, then I will try him.” I said “all right.” At that time I weighed 238 pounds, and was a good deal bigger man than I am now. So Hicks stepped to the scales and lifted 1,300 pounds. Then I took hold and lifted 1,600 pounds, beating him 300 pounds. You ought to have heard that crowd yell,” said Mr. McDole.

Friday, March 26, 1897, Lafayette Weekly Journal

Montmorenci items

Dayton - March 22

Friday, April 2, 1897, Lafayette Weekly Journal

Dayton Letters List, unclaimed (paraphrased)
Gebbart Miss Emma
Hoffman Miss Rita
Hubbard Mrs. L. L.
Margret Lib
Thomas Miss Mary
Welshbilig Frank

 Signed: Kosta Slayback, postmaster

April 14, 1898, Lafayette Home Journal

Dayton Items
Those that passed the graduating examination in the township were Misses Lilly Johnson, Alice Funk, Mabel Steel, Warren and Indian Bausman, Callie Rholer, Messre. Earl Rogers, Roy Lentz, L. Warren, G. Glaze, O. Devoss and Willie Widmer.

The graduates from Dayton schools will hold their commencement exercises in the Presbyterian church next Monday evening. No pains have been spared in making this the best entertainment of this kind ever held here. In order to defray expenses an admission of 10 cents will be charged.

Friday, April 7, 1899, Lafayette Weekly Journal

Our school closed on Friday with 19 graduates in the township. The baccalaureate sermon will be delivered on next Sunday evening by Rev. Overmeyer at M.E. church. Graduating exercises on the Tuesday evening following.

February 13, 1900, Lafayette Weekly Courier

Dayton Items

February 20, 1900, Lafayette Weekly Courier

Dayton Items

March 15, 1900, Lafayette Home Journal

Friday, 5 April 1901, Lafayette Weekly Journal

April 23, 1901, Lafayette Weekly Journal

April 10
All the members of the eighth year class passed the examination. The baccalaureate sermon will be preached next Sunday night at 7:45 by Rev. Mr. Perry of Lafayette in the Presbyterian Church. The commencement exercises will be held in the Methodist Church on next Tuesday evening, at 7:45 o’clock. Rev. F. N. Palmer will deliver the address, his subject being “Shall we be Thinkers in the World’s Activities.” All are invited to attend, admission free. Following are the names of the graduates. Claude Johnson, Robert Friend, Clarence Brindle, Harry Goldsberry, Jerome Edris, Alma Crowden, Vernis Moyer, Pearl Gifford, Edith Ballengee, Katie Masters, Mary Brown, Dale Brand, Eugene Clapper and Oscar Lind.


April 9

The commencement exercises of the Sheffield township schools will be held in the M.E. Church, Tuesday, April 16. An address will be delivered by Rev. F. A. Palmer. The baccalaureate address will also be delivered in the M. E. Church by Rev. F. T. Perry, next Sunday morning.

April 19, 1901, Lafayette Weekly Journal

On last Tuesday evening the 16th annual commencement of the Sheffield township public schools was held in the Methodist Church. The church was pforusely decorated with flowers of all description. The class made an excellent appearance, all the girls being dressed in white. All matrons, roses and hyacinths. There were fourteen in the class and the following was the program:

Male Quartet—“Alice, Where Art Thou?”
Prayer..............Rev. Mr. Snepp
Male Quartet—“Annie Laurie.”
Address: “Shall We Be Thinkers in the World’s Activities?”..Rev. F. N. Palmer
Solo—“The Sleeping Sentinel”........................W. F. Smith
Address to Class and Presentation of Diplomas....County Supt. E. C. Crider
Male Quartet—“Good Night.”
Benedicton.......Rev. F. N. Palmer

Mr. Palmer gave an excellent address and held the audience at his will for fifty minutes. His remarks were practical, logical and sufficiently sprinkled with humor and pathos to make it intensely interesting. Mr. Crider spoke of the necessity of being active, not passive. He told the story of the dreamer, who slept while all the opportunities of life passed by. He congratulated the class upon its appearance and success and said that the hoped that all would go on with their work in high school. Quite a number from Lafayette were present.

Dayton Items - Lafayette Weekly Journal

Dayton, B. C. Sharpe
Dayton RR 23, T. J. Grove

January 2, 1903 edition

[From Wednesday Morning’s Journal.]

 Mrs. John T. Frantz died on Monday morning at her home in Maroa, Ill. Her death was caused by a complication of diseases. She leaves a husband and two children. Her maiden name was Miss Sarah Andrew and she was a daughter of the late Jesse Andrew. She resided in this city until about ten years ago, when she moved to Illinois. She was a very estimable woman and the announcement of her death will be read with regret by many old friends. She was a sister of Thomas N. Andrew, J. Charles Andrew and Miss Katherine Andrew. The remains will be brought here for burial arriving at 2:10 p.m. today over the Wabash, and will be taken direct to Greenbush cemetery for interment.

Friday, January 14, 1903, edition

Saturday, January 15, 1903, Lafayette Daily Courier

Bob Sled Party
A party of young people from this city [Lafayette] indulged in a jolly sleighing party last night, going to Dayton, where supper was taken at the Dayton hotel. The party consisted of Mrs. Emma Coleman, Misses Eva Lowman, Josephine Hugel, Ethel Williams, Cora Moore, Maud Wallers and Alta Gwinn; Messrs William Jester, Leroy WIlliams, Chas. Beckley, Albert Kiser, Ed McDowell, Charles Welch, Bert Nelson and Leroy Loman.

Lafayette Items
Miss Frances Favorite [of Lafayette, formerly of Dayton] left this afternoon  for Chicago to join Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Favorite on a thirty-day trip to  California.

Monday, January 17, 1903, Lafayette Daily Courier

Dayton People Delighted--Sheffield’s Capital Amusements.

The Purdue Glee club went to Dayton last evening and gave an entertainment in the M. E. church at that place. The entertainment was given under the auspices of the pupils of the Dayton high school, and was the first of a series of five entertainments to be given by the school. The attendance was the largest ever assembled in Dayton. Over $50 was taken in and the Glee club made a great hit with the people Every number was encored and the program was a long one. The Glee club has been engaged to take part in the Elks opera to be given in the near future. The next attraction in the entertainment series at Dayton will be an illustrated lecture by Rev. W. D. Cole of this city on the evening of February 6. The Dayton band will give a
minstrel show at the Dayton opera house on the evening of January 31.

Wednesday, January 21, 1903, Lafayette Daily Courier

Clyde Warwick, age 5 months, died at the home of his parents in Perry township yesterday morning. Death was attributed to cerebral tuberculosis.  The funeral was conducted from the residence this afternoon at 3 o’clock, Rev. Frank M. Palmer, of Dayton, officiating. Interment was in the Dayton cemetery.

Friday, January 30, 1903

Thursday, February 5, 1903, Lafayette Daily Courier

Dayton Items
Mr. and Mrs. George M. Ramsey celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their married life at their home in Dayton on January 27. They were married in Clinton county, Ind., January 21, 1853. Mrs, Ramsey’s maiden name was Margaret Wright and the aged couple are well and favorably known in this and Clinton county. About forty guests were present who brought with them
besides their good wishes, numerous presents. Among those present were: Messrs. and Mesdames F. N. Palmer, Robert Rodgers, Jacob Kahl, Isaac Please, Marlet Rholer [sic], Mrs. Sarah Brand, Miss Flora Owens, Robert Newman and
wife, of Mulberry, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Wright of Clark’s Hill; Mrs. Loveless and daughter, of Clark’s Hill; Mrs. Mary Bennett, of Hamilton; Mrs. M. C. Wright of Kirklin; Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Bryant of Mulberry. Refreshments were served at the noon hour and the day was pleasantly passed in social chat. -  Mr. and Mrs. John Royal celebrated the fifty-third anniversary of the wedding last Tuesday.  The family and a few invited guests were present and a very pleasant day was spent.-  Miss Pearl Hill is not as well as she has been for the past few weeks. - The band concert at the town hall last Saturday evening was a success and they propose to repeat the entertainment in the near future.

[From Thursday morning’s Journal]

Mathias Widener, an old and respected citizen of Monitor, died about 8:30 o’clock yesterday morning at his house in that place. He had been ill for some time with stomach trouble, but the immediate cause of death was heart trouble. He was 70 years’ old and moved toMonitor from Frankfort about fifteen years ago. A widow and four children survive, viz.: Mrs. John Whiteman, of this city, is a daughter. The deceased was a member of the United Brethren church and was a veteran of the civil war. The funeral will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock and the interment will be made in the Zion cemetery.

February 13, 1903

Thursday, February 19, 1903, Lafayette Daily Courier

John N. Bayless died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. W. Fahnestock, No. 1120 North Tenth street, at 10 o’clock this morning. The deceased was one of the oldest and best known men in Lafayette. He was born in Monroe county, Ohio, November 4, 1820 and cam to this city in 1862. His wife died six years ago. He was an honest, upright  man and was held in the highest esteem by those who knew him. He was a mill right by trade and was a foreman for a number of years in the old Star City mill. Besides Mrs. Fahnestock another daughter survives, Mrs. Nelson J. Rose, of Kokomo. The funeral will be
private and will take place from the residence at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Interment will be in Springvale cemetery.

[From Monday Morning’s Journal]

David Hill passed away at 8:30 o’clock Saturday morning at his late residence, 1923 Echo street, death resulting from progressive paralysis. He was 70 years old and had been a resident of Tippecanoe county for many years. He was engaged in farming near Dayton for a long time and then moved to this city, where he opened a wood and coal office. He was a Democrat in politics and was a member of the Masonic fraternity at Dayton. A widow and five children, two sons and three daughters, survive. One of the sons, Joseph Hill, is an attorney at Denver, Col. Mr. Hill was a man of the highest integrity and was actuated by generous impulses. He had a benevolent disposition and was always ready to help those in need. The funeral will be conducted from the residence this afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Edward Barr will officiate. The interment will be made in the Dayton cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity.

February 21, 1903, Lafayette Daily Courier

Pupils’ Recital
Some of the pupils of Miss Lena Baer’s music class met with her at her home, 1114 North street this afternoon and will meet this evening for recitals. Those taking part in the program are Gertrude Ohlsen, Cecil and Hazel McKinley, Gladys Storms, Alta Seeney, Helen Keller, Pearl and Sara Elkins, Ethel Maddock, Bessie and Merle Smith, Olivia Fogg, Pearl McDaniel, Aleuries
Leaman, Ione Washburn, Ruth Lockwood, Georgia Wade, Ada Johnson, Chester and Gilbert Hayden, Edgar Burdittee, Donald Leach, Arthur Sheetz, and Joseph Patterson.

--N.B. Lena Baer directed the Lafayette Conservatory of Music in Lafayette from 1904 to 1943, according to an article in the Journal and Courier by Barbara M. Hawkins of unknown date, sometime after 1953. The home of the Conservatory for most of this time was the three-story building at 717 Columbia Street, formerly the home of W. H. Zinn. This building is current
undergoing renovation. The date of this recital--1903--would be the year before Miss Baer established the Conservatory.--Susan

February 27, 1903

Rural Route No. 23 (fragment)
Mr. O. Dunk of Pyrmont is moving on his father-in-law’s place today.
Mr. Yost, of Pyrmont, is visiting his son, Aaron Yost.

Pettit (fragment)
Mrs. India Peters visited at the home of Mr. Calvin Peters on Monday.

Friday, Feb. 27, 1903, Lafayette Daily Courier

Dayton Items

March 6, 1903

Wednesday, March 11, 1903, Lafayette Daily Courier

Rhineberger Quartet Gives a Charming Entertainment
Last evening the Rhineberger quartet, composed of Mrs. Edgar Taylor, Mrs. Isaac Rice, Miss Bertha Ridgely and Miss Rena Rice, assisted by Mrs. W. E. Eagleson, reader, and Samuel Messing, impersonator, entertained the people of Dayton. The quartet appeared in a lecture course given by the congregation of the Methodist church. It was one of the most delightful
entertainments of the course and greatly impressed the people of Dayton. The church was taxed to its capacity and the audience wept into ecstacies over the singing, reading and impersonations. All the numbers on the program were encored repeatedly. The following program was rendered: Selection, "Blue Bells of Scotland," Rhineberger quartet; vocal solo, "Provencal" (DeLaqua), Miss Rena Rice; selection (a) "Sweet and Low," (b) "Kerry Dance," Rhinberger quartet; recitation, "As the Moon Rose," Mrs. W. E. Eagleson; selection, "Estudiantina," Rhineberger quartet; impersonations, Samuel Messing; vocal solo, "I am Waiting," Mrs. Edgar A. Taylor; recitation, (a) "When the Folks are Gone," (b) "The Dead Cat," Mrs. W. E. Eagleson; vocal solo, "The Message of the Violet," from "Prince of Pilsen," Mrs. Isaac Rice; selection, (a) "The Chimes,"
(b) "Do’an You Cry," Rhineberger quartet. The quartet will appear on Friday evening at the Methodist church in Linden.

Friday, March 20, 1903, Lafayette Daily Courier

Dayton Items

Saturday, March 21, 1903, Lafayette Daily Courier

The death of Miss Caroline Bartley occurred Thursday, at her late home, on the gravel road. Caroline Bartley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bartley, was born in Perry township, Tippecanoe counmty, September 8, 1841. She was stricken with paralysis in the morning and passed away without regaining consciousness about 8 o’clock in the evening. Two sisters, a brother and
many relatives mourn the loss of the loved one. Her entire life of over three score years was spent upon the same farm. She confessed Christ in early childhood and was a life-long member of the Presbyterian church at Dayton. The funeral service will be held at her late residence Sunday afternoon, at 1:30 o’clock, to be conducted by Rev. F. N. Palmer, of Dayton.
Interment in the Dayton cemetery. The following will act as pallbearers:  George Foresman, Joseph Foresman, Seth Foresman, William Brown, Thomas McCormick, and J. Walter Moore.

March 27, 1903

April 10, 1903.

April 14, 1903

Dayton, R. R. 23 fragment
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Yost and son Lloyd called on Mr. and Mrs. Orley Dunk.

Thursday, April 16, 1903, Lafayette Daily Courier

Perry Township Commencement
The commencement exercises of the schools of Perry townmship were held at the school building at Monitor this afternoon at 1:30 o’clock.

The following is a list of the members of the graduating class:
Maud Lewis Flossie L.Hershey George Cole
John McCormick Bessie E. Jackson Martha Riley
Mary M. Powell Lora McCormick Floyd Weaver
Elmer E. Kern Ralph W. Peters Emma Roth
Effie Peters Louise Miller Fred E. Baker
Earl Millls [sic] Stanley Virgin Elsie L. Peters

The following is a list of the teachers of the township:
Clifford Lewis Lizzie Wagner B. C. Sharpe
LIllian Ulrey Melvin Roth Elda Robeson
May Widener T. E. Sense Mattie Buck

April 24, 1903

Friday, April 24, 1903, Lafayette Daily Courier

Dayton Items

May 22, 1903

May 29, 1903

June 5, 1903

June 12, 1903

August 7, 1903

[Interurban being built.]

August 28, 1903

August 28, 1903
[From Wednesday morning’s Journal.]

The death of Miss Pearl May Hill took place at noon yesterday at the Home hospital. Her death was the ending of an illness that covered a period of two years. The disease with which she was afflicted was progressive pernicious anaemia, and she had been a great sufferer. She was patient through it all, and won the admiration of those attending her by her gentleness. The deceased was the daughter of the late Dr. W. H. Hill of Dayton, and was reared in that village. She was born in Jefferson, Clinton county, Aug. 27, 1876, and her education was completed at Purdue University, from where she graduated in 1899. Two sisters, Dora E. and Margaret Hill survive. The deceased was a member of Dayton Chapter No. 263 [233] Order of Eastern Star. She was an accomplished and cultured woman and possessed many noble qualities. Her death is deeply regretted by all who knew her. The funeral will be conducted from the family residence in Dayton tomorrow morning at 10:30 o’clock. Rev. Frank N. Palmer of Winona will officiate and the interment will be made in the Dayton cemetery.

September 4, 1903

Dayton, R. R. 23 fragment (?)
Aaron Yost lost a valuable calf last week, killed by lightning.

September 4, 1903

October 16, 1903

October 30, 1903

November 6, 1903

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