The News From Dysart – First Two Weeks of February 1914

1914 Valentine’s Day Postcard

City News

At a regular monthly meeting the Town Council reviewed a number of applications for the position of Superintendent of the Eclectic Light Plant. W.D Crowl was hired at a salary of $76.00 per month. George Geyer was hired as night man and will continue his position as Marshall. He will draw a salary of $75.00 per month. Mr Crowl has been at work doing electrical work since last November. He is a young man who came here from Chicago. Mr. Geyer has been in the employment of the city for seven years. Mr. Geyer will be performing the task of meter reading and collecting fees which he will deposit with Mr. Irvin Moeller at the Dysart Savings Bank. Residents who pay their fee before the 10th of the month will recieve a 10% discount on their bill. The electrical engineer will be in town next week to test the equipment. The planned date for opening the plant is February 18.

Business News

House Beautiful 1914

John Mowery is working on a proposal to supply Dysart people with ice at retail during the coming summer. His plan is to deliver by team every day, as Dysart currently has no ice dealer.

Farm News

Shroeder & Goken shipped eleven cars of cattle to the market. Carloads were received from Henry Fischer, E.N Riddlesbarger, August Jansen, Henry Siemens, Dengler and Schreck, Lorenz Lorenzen, Albert Witt, Rudolf Siemens and Ben Lorenzen.

G. J. Monroe purchased a yearling filly from W. H. Bechtold, of Breese, Illinois and had the colt shipped here last week by express. Mr. Monroe believes he has added a fine animal to his bunch of fine horses.

T. B. Grain Co & Marsau shipped nine carload of hogs from Dysart last week. They received carload lots from H.P. Jensen, John and Ed Powell, Dan Rinker, Peter Untiedt, Frank Bragonier and John Hack.

Dave Reddick shipped a load of fine horses from Dysart to Thomas at Waterloo. There were seventeen and he was paid an average of nearly $20 per head.

Wilson Bros. are advertising a closing out sale to be held Febuary 13th. They will sell 21 horses, 74 head of cattle, 100 hogs and their farm machinery.

Social Happenings

Fred Steaffler and his seven year old son of Sheyboygan, Wisc., came last week for a visit with Fred’s sisters Mrs. Charles (Emma) Burmeister, Mrs. Henry (Wilhelmina) Kusel and Mrs. John (Caroline) Selk. Mr. Steaffler has sold his farm in Wisconsin and he expects to spend several months here in Dysart.

Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Moeller of Dysart were in Cedar Rapids yesterday. They came to attend the meeting last night of the White Shrine No. 1 an organization recently formed by members of the Eastern Star. Mr. Moeller is cashier of the Dysart Savings bank

Editor’s Note: The Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem started in 1894 in Illinois. The organization continues today and their website says they provide funding for medical care.

School News

The Senior Class of 1914 is beginning their preparations for graduation. They had several evening meetings where they decorated the the west end of the assembly room in the school colors of black and orange which included a dinner of oyster stew. Their class motto is “Work and Win” They have agreed to perform a modernized version of the Merchant of Venice as their Senior Class play in April.

Iowa State Gazetteer and Business Directory 

Some of the students have been out looking at colleges for post graduation. Dewey Thiele recently traveled to Waterloo explore the Waterloo College of Commerce where he may go to improve his salesmanship skills. Jane Heinrich has gone on a visit to Iowa Falls where she is considering going after graduation.

Editor’s Note: For more information on the Waterloo Business College you can visit: https://www.lostcolleges.com/waterloo-business-college

In what may have served as inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock, a female teacher in Wales was recently attached by a hawk which flew in through an open window in her classroom. The bird was clinging to her blouse and was only dislodged with difficulty when a male teacher came to her rescue. The bird is now in a cage in one of the classrooms.

Entertainment

Deaths

John Kavalier formerly employed as a section hand at Chelsea, Vining and Elberon, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. John Ash, in Dysart last week. He had been living with his sister for the past couple of years due to illness and had been seriously sick for several months. He was bedfast for only two weeks. Yellow jaundice was the cause.

John Kavalier was born in Bohemia in 1871. He came to America with his parents when he was six years old and settled with them near Vining, Iowa. He was married in 1895 to Mary Korble who died six years ago on the 8th of February. He was very superstitious about that date and stated to friends that if he could live till then he felt that he would get well. But he had not the strength to live till that date. Born to this union are the sons, George and Albert. When he was first married, he lived at Chelsea where he worked on the section. From there he moved to Vining and then to Elberon, continuing his section work at those places. He was at that work for about thirteen years. After his wife died, he has been making his home around Dysart with his relatives and working for those that needed his help.

Mr. Kavalier was well known among the farmers in this vicinity. He was a willing worker and those that have been used to his help will miss him greatly. Tuesday morning, a short prayer was made at the John Ash home by A. R. Kepple and the body was taken to Elberon where the funeral was held at the Methodist church. The services were conducted by Rev. Powell, of the Evangelical church of Vining, the same minister that conducted the services over the body of the mother of the two orphan boys. Interment was made in the National cemetery, five miles southwest of Elberon.

Editor’s Note: Does anyone know exactly is meant by
“section work”?

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5 thoughts on “The News From Dysart – First Two Weeks of February 1914

  1. Carrie,

    I must be the only one willing to venture responses to your questions.

    Section work? Well, as each county is divided into townships, Dysart sits in Clark Township, so then each township is divided again into sections. Mostly around Dysart in Tama County anyway, each section is one mile square, bounded by gravel or a few paved roads.

    The section originally might have started out with four 160 acre farms, each owned by a different farmer. Down through time land was sold, swapped, foreclosed, etc so that is generally not the case today. Take for example where I grew up, the four farmers in this section 21 of Tama County were owned &/or farmed by familiar to you names of Lewman, R. Dean Klinzing, Robert Krafka, and the Kopriva (Marge Kris’s folks.)

    My guess was that a section hand might have worked for the farmers in that section of land or maybe more than one section. The other guess would be in connection with railroad work as each of these communities were served by railroads, though not any longer than a few years short of my 1972 HS graduation in Dysart.

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    1. Others on Facebook have guessed railroad related but I tend to agree with you. I think it has to do with farm work. It would make sense that farmers in a section might share a laborer. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  2. Carrie, Is Eleanor Holst Roquet the long-serving first grade teacher one of your recipients of these articles? Her mother was a Kavalier and might know about section work. Access her through Facebook. Joan Krafka Meany

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  3. I remember George and Albert Kavalier, Mother’s cousins. George had car dealership in Traer. He changed the spelling to Cavalier. I did not know anything about their parents. Thank you for that interesting article. Albert and Hattie had no children. Her sister lived with them though. Her name is not coming to me now. Maybe later. Again, thanks.

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