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The Idaho Post
The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: February 14 1919

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

Grandma Dygert celebrated her 94th birthday today at the home of her son, A. Dygert, in this city. Grandma, as she is familiarly called by her neighbors, was born in Sand Lake, Van Ranalear county, New York, in 1825. She was married in April, 1845, and she and her husband started soon after for Illinois which was then called the far west. They traveled by the Erie canal to Buffalo and then by sail boat around through the Great Lakes to Chicago. Chicago was then only a small village of a few hundred inhabitants and they could find but two horse teams in Chicago at that time. One of the teams they hired to take them out to some government land which they bought at $1.25 an acre. This land is about 40 miles from Chicago, at Crystal Lake, McHenry county, Illinois. There were no railroads near Chicago at that time, and one could buy all the government land he had money to pay for at $1.25 an acre. There were no homestead or pre emptions at that time.

It is interesting to note the vast changes and progress that have come during one life time All of the modern inventions and conveniences have come since Grandma was a girl. There were not even common cooking stoves when she was young.

She was the mother of ten children, six of whom are still living. Her other descendents now number 26 grand children and 42 great grand children.

Grandma's husband died in 1899 and in 1900 she came to Idaho.

She is quite comfortable but nearly blind and is getting to be very feeble, requiring much care and attention, but her children and friends hope she will remain here to see her hundredth birthday and more.

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Nils Bjorklund, whose son died in the naval hospital at Brooklyn Sunday [February 9] wants a military funeral for his son when the body returns to Moscow and a movement has been started to organize the young men of Moscow who have served in the army or navy for the purpose of taking charge of the funerals of any soldier or sailor who may have died and be buried here. There seems to be no official way of providing a military funeral for a former soldier or sailor but the suggestion that an organization be formed for this purpose seems to meet with general approval and it will undoubtedly be formed in time to take charge of the funeral of this young patriot who made the supreme sacrifice. It is not known yet when the body will arrive as Mr. Bjorklund received a telegram today stating it had been shipped to Moscow. It will probably not reach here before Sunday.

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Miss Belle Sweet is entertaining at bridge this evening, in honor of Miss Ruth Broman, who, it is reported, is to be married sometime this month.

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Born, Thursday, February 6, to Mr and Mrs. Hunt Potter, a son.

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Mrs. A. Gronsdahl of Rosalia has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Cal Smith. Mrs. Gronsdahl was here to attend the christening of little Joan [Smith], the three-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cal Smith, the services occurring at their home Thursday evening, being conducted by Rev. F.J. Schmidt of the Lutheran church.

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Mrs. Myra Pochel died February 1 at Newkirk, Oklahoma. Mrs. Pochel was the mother of E.F. Pochel of Moscow and a niece of Mrs. Wilkens.

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J.W. Greenwood, father of Mrs. E.R. Headley celebrated last Sunday [February 2] his 85th birthday. He had as guests on the occasion, Joseph Van Buskirk, Henry McGregor and G.I. Martin.

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C.L. Drew returned today from Coeur d'Alene where he was called by the death of his brother's wife.

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Adam Schafer of Moscow and Miss Effie Walner of Troy were married Saturday [February 8] in Colfax. Mr. Schafer is an extensive property holder here. They will spend the winter at Troy. The young people of the Pleasant home gave them a charivari Sundady evening.

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Born, Monday, February 10, to Lieutenant and Mrs. O.M. Holen, a daughter.

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A marriage license was issued February 11, to Chas. B. Murray and Mrs. Z. Shaw, both of Spokane. They were married by Rev. Wayne S. Snoddy.

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Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Bert Benson, Sunday, February 2, a son.

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Benjamin F. Lewis of Moscow and Irene Settles of Palouse were united in marriage Tuesday afternoon [February 11] at the Baptist parsonage by the pastor, Rev. Dean Hamilton. The young couple are to make their home in central Washington where a company of Camp Lewis boys are taking up a tract of land.

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Cove--H.J. Mollenhauer died at the family home at nine o'clock Friday night [February 7], after an illness which had extended over a period of many months. A great part of the winter he had been kept in a sanitarium in California where everything possible was done to relieve his condition.

Mr. Mollenhauer was 39 years of age.

He leaves a wife and seven children ranging in age from 10 months to 14 years.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the Methodist Episcopal church. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Creesy. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery.

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Princeton--Grandma Bunny died February 10 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Thrasher, at the age of 82 years. She leaves an aged husband, 84 years, two daughters, Mrs. Bell Thrasher and Mrs. Laura Shook, and son, Chas. Bunny. All were with her when she passed away.

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