OF PIONEER HIST
ranscribed by Lani Bartelt.
S. E. Hutchings
now living in
Angeles, an old copy of the
The Republican and Press of Jan. 28,1904.
The paper contains an account of the “old settlers”
meeting held at the Opera
House on Jan 21,1904.
The news items in the old paper now reads like ancient
Among the names mentioned are M.C. Ring, Harry Mead, Sam
W. McAdams, and others who have passed away or
moved to other places; but the principal feature of that issue of the paper was a
paper read by Judge O’Neill
at the old settlers gathering, in which is recorded
historic events of Clark County still more ancient Facts of the county’
settlement are recorded and interesting accounts of early sessions of court
the county board.
r read by Mr
ls of the admission to t
. French, C.C. Pope, S. N.
W. King and B.F
At another session of court Henry
Counsell, Edward Huckstead, Chas. Hysl
ip, Martin Moran, and Michael Farning
were admitted to citizenship.
The first circuit court jury in Clark County
consisted of Orson Bacon, C. Hyslip, Levi Marsh,
Johnson, John Green, James Kirkland, Nicholas Snyder
, Martin Moran,
Reed, Hugh Davis, and Hiram Rennie.
The first Fourth of July celebration
said to have been held in 1858, though Mrs. Levi
, who was present at the
old settlers meeting stated that she at
tended such a celebr
1857 and Jud
J. R. Sturdevant who is still living in Neil
hat he re
celebration, and that Geor
ge Frantz Sr
. played the drum which consisted of a
been keg with the ends knocked
and the salute was fired by a local character known as “One Eyed” Riley
ays settlement was made w
ith the county
treasurer by his showing a balance shee
t on which was the amount claimed to
have on hand and the committee took his word for it.
history of the county is
sketched in this paper by Judge O’Neill down to date.
Among the old settlers that
he mentions few are left
One of events mentioned worth repeating is
the fact that the pine tree growing in
front of what is now Otto Neverman’
s home was planted in 1862 by a man
named Bill Berry and was
about two inches in diameter when planted. Its
circumference at the date of the Old S
party in 1904 was 5 feet 3 ½ inches.
, March 9,1923 measured 6 feet 6 inches, measured a foot
f the ground.
No doubt there are laid away in many homes
a copy of this old paper of Jan
28,1904, because it contains the record of the Old Settlers party and t
older record read that night by Judge O’Neill.
The record read by him that night
has been quoted opens
from which has
been quoted, opens
quotation from Prof.
Adams, the historian: “The trash of today
, becomes the
treasure of tomorrow
This is indeed often true.
, Clark County