Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Spring Creek Cemetery

Mary wife of W.H. Comstock
Died May 9, 1865
Aged 23 years 3 months 10 days

Ida Isabell
Died August 9, 1866
Aged 2 months 5 days

Dayton son of J.W. & E. Coffen
Died May 14, 1865
Aged 5 years 10 months 5 days

John M.
died 1848
aged 19 years, 22 days

Eliza wife of W. Stafford
Died Feb. 25, 1853
Age 26 years

Died April 9, 1856
Aged 13 years

Mary I.
Infant of N. & M.A. Elliott
Departed this life the 20th of the 7th month

My Uncle John's farm was on one side and Uncle Calvin's was on the other. My cousin Laura did a good job of supplying me with scary stories that were accentuated by the creepy trees surrounding it.Unfortunately, all the trees have been cut down and it is quite barren. We had a January picnic in Iowa at an old cemetery. I haven't done that before.

Angie's Mini Cow Farm

My Dad and I were discussing the difference between miniature horses, regular horses, and ponies. And after we solved that problem, he mentioned mini cows. That lead to an internet search and soon after discovered a mini cow farm nearby. So we went to visit and the cows are as cute as they might seem.
Look at her hairdo!

Eddyville Dunes Sand Prairie

This is one of the few remaining sand prairies left in Iowa. It is a wonderful place to walk and in warmer weather race runner lizards may be seen.

We found 2 1930's GM automobiles along a prickly fence line.

Cedar Bluffs

My Grandparents farmed this spot of land when my Dad was growing up. They called it the island because it juts out between the Des Moines River and Cedar Creek. There are Indian mounds on the nearby bluff and carvings in the cliff. Apparently Grandpa's name is also carved there.

Jasper near the burial mounds.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Dover School

This one-room schoolhouse is located behind Apple Tree Antiques off highway 27 in Lee County. We pass here on the way up to the farm.

Dover started when the Bonnell brothers, wealthy apple growers out of New Jersey, bought 880 acres of land in the northwest Franklin Township area in 1843. Although never officially platted or even surveyed for a town site, Dover nevertheless became an important trading center which boasted a schoolhouse, a couple of blacksmith shops, the general store, two or three other small businesses and a post office.

The one-room school faces south with a double-door entry with a transom window above and a window on either side. Three windows are on each side of the school to the east and west; the blackboard was on the north wall and measured 18’ by 2 ½’ by 2”, there are decorative wrought iron stars on each corner and above the door. The school yard was surrounded with a post and wire fence, had an 8’ by 8’ coal shed in the southeast corner, and two outhouses toward the northeast corner.

Apple Tree antique owners, Kevin and Cindy Frueh, are working to restore the the old limestone school.