Mahaska County, IA, between 1843 and 1900 is recalled through colorful tales and homey reminiscences in this new 188-page book, a reprint of the hard-to-find 1900 book: Proud Mahaska by Semira A. Phillips. Because of the larger paper size our 11" x 8.5" book has fewer pages than the original book, while still including all of the information. This spiral-bound book is printed on 60# bond paper. The tri-color cover is on 80# card stock, with the front protected by a vinyl sheet. It is one of hundreds of historic titles we have reproduced, all preserving the writings of early historians. The title page describes the book as follows: A little knowledge acquired under difficulties -- Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too -- The National Road -- Paw-paws -- America's Black Forest -- Apple Butter Boiling -- St. Mary's in the Woods -- Scott's Tavern -- A Gentleman in the Rough -- First Glimpse of Iowa -- Paton Wilson -- Colonels and Esquires -- Not Dangerous -- New Purchase -- First View of Oskaloosa -- Mahaska's First School -- First Organization of Methodist Church -- Killing a Bear -- Quakers -- A Blazed Path -- Going to Meeting in Ox Wagon -- The First Fire in Oskaloosa -- First Editors of Oskaloosa Herald -- The Bear Dance -- Coal -- Harrison Township -- The Civil War -- Sorghum -- Soldiers' Aid Society -- Our Neighbors and Our Own Precious Dead -- Many and Varied Reminiscences. Here are a few excerpts of the writing: Nearly all the boys in our neighborhood who were old enough enlisted in the army. There were the Ellis boys, the Ball boys, the Zorns boys, John Phillips, B. Noe, Cary Buntin, Jesse Barber, Man and Sam Yeric, Hamline Doll and others....Our men were gentlemen when they went into the army, and they were gentlemen when they came out. Many were wrecks physically, but I can't think of one who became a wreck morally or intellectually....There is Major S.H.M. Byers, who went to war from Oskaloosa, a mere boy in years, and while enduring the horrors of loathsome rebel prisons managed by stealth to send to the world outside, soul-stirring songs...."
Mahaska County, IN
Sources: History of Mahaska County Iowa; Proud Mahaska
Authors: Semira A. Phillips
Original Publication Year: 1900
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