Guthrie and Adair Counties,
Together with sketches of
their towns, villages and townships, educational,
civil, Military and political history; portraits of prominent
persons, and biographies of old settlers and
History of Iowa,
Embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, and a
of its civil, political and military history.
Continental Historical Company.
To The Pioneers
Guthrie and Adair Counties,
This volume is
With the hope that your virtues may be emulated
and your toils and sacrifices duly appreciated
by coming generations.
The importance of preserving in concise form the traditions of the
past has never been questioned, nor the usefulness of local history been
disputed. Believing that the counties of Guthrie and Adair
afforded most excellent material for a good county history, the
Continental Historical Company placed in the field a full corps of
experienced historians, prepared to spare no time or money in compiling
a complete and reliable work. The manuscript of these histories
have been submitted to the committees chosen by your own citizens for
the purpose, who, after a critical examination of them, have approved of
our work. We feel confident that we here present our patrons with
a work that is as correct as is possible for humanity to make.
That errors have crept in, and may be found, we do not doubt. Man
is at best but a fallible creature, but every statement herein published
is honestly believed in by the parties furnishing the information, by
the historians, and by the committee of revision. All desire the
truth, and nothing but the truth. They gave much time and labor to
the work, and deserve the thanks of the citizens of the county for the
faithful discharge of the trust reposed in them. Our thanks are
due to the numerous friends who have so kindly assisted us in gathering
up items and assisting in the compilation of this volume. We
cannot name them all, for their name is legion, but we must not forget
to mention Colonel S. D. Nichols, Charles Ashton, John W. Foster, Joseph
W. Cummins, and W. P. Moulton, of Guthrie county; James and
Alexander Gow, Dr. E. Spooner, Abner Root, R. E. Ewing, and others of
Adair county, and the gentlemanly officials of both counties.
Nor must we forget to remember and thank the historians of the
company who have labored so hard and faithfully for the good of all ---
James S. Walters, Myron E. Lusk, Joseph H. Power, Maurice E. Power,
James McFarland, Charles W. Moseley, N. T. Hellyer, J. K. Vint and Miss
Adele Walters. They all tried to do their work well and to please
In conclusion, we would say that our work is done; the History of
Guthrie and Adair Counties is before you. We cheerfully hope it
will please you.
The Continental Historical
Springfield, Illinois, October, 1884.