History of Wapello County, Iowa, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Harrison Lyman Waterman
S. J. Clarke publishing Company, 1914 - Wapello County (Iowa)
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Having been born and raised in Ottumwa and soon to retire there, I have found this book to be a very complete and interesting work with lots of pictures and anecdotal information from the early days. The home we purchased was built in the nineteenth century and I have been in and out of this book on-line several times in my research over the last few weeks. I intend to buy a copy soon for my library. 

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Page 18 - Commencing at the mouth of the Upper Iowa River, on the west bank of the Mississippi, and ascending said Iowa River to its west fork ; thence up the fork to its source ; thence crossing the fork of Red Cedar River in a direct line to the second or upper fork of the Des Moines River ; thence in a direct line to the lower fork of the Calumet River, and down that river to its junction with the Missouri River.
Page 218 - IOWA: the affections of her people, like the rivers of her borders, flow to an inseparable union.
Page 223 - Patience and gravity of hearing is an essential part of justice; and an over-speaking judge is no well-tuned cymbal. It is no grace to a judge first to find that which he might have heard in due time from the bar; or to show quickness of conceit in cutting off evidence or counsel too short, or to prevent 4 information by questions, though pertinent.
Page 19 - Cedar of the loway, forty miles from the Mississippi river ; thence, in a right line to a point in the northern boundary line of the State of Missouri, fifty miles, measured on said boundary, from the Mississippi river ; thence, by the last mentioned boundary to the Mississippi river, and by the western shore of said river to the place of beginning.
Page 43 - I have often heard my father and grandfather say they lived near the sea-coast where the white men first came. I am glad to hear all this from you. I suppose it is put in a book, where you learn all these things. As far as I can understand the language of the white people, it appears to me that the Americans have attained a very high rank among white people.
Page 80 - ... who in all the accomplishments of life are as far advanced as are the inhabitants of the older States. Schools, churches, colleges, palatial dwellings, beautiful grounds, large, well-cultivated and productive farms, as well as cities, towns and busy manufactories, have grown up, and occupy the hunting grounds and camping places of the Indians, and in every direction there are evidences of wealth, comfort and luxury. There is but little left of the old landmarks.
Page 76 - ... night. It was as if the pale queen of night, disdaining to take her accustomed place in the heavens, had dispatched myriads upon myriads of messengers to light their torches at the altar of the setting sun until all had flashed into one long and continuous blaze.
Page 18 - Desmoines river ; and thence in a direct line to the lower fork of the Calumet river ; and down that river to its juncture with the Missouri river.
Page 76 - ... blazing from earth to heaven, and sweeping the horizon round columns of lurid flames, sportively mounting up to the zenith, and dark clouds of crimson smoke curling away and aloft, till they nearly obscured stars and moon ; while the rushing, crashing sounds, like roaring cataracts mingled with distant thunders, were almost deafening ; danger, death, glared all around it screamed for victims yet, notwithstanding the imminent peril of prairie fires, one is loth irresolute, almost...
Page 18 - Moines, passing to said high lands along the dividing ridge between the forks of the Grand River ; thence along said high lands or ridge separating the waters of the Missouri from those of the Des Moines, to a point opposite the source of the Boyer River, and thence in a direct line to the upper fork of the Des Moines, the place of beginning.

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