The Old Settler's Meeting

The old settler's meeting held in this place on Saturday last was possessed of much more interest than any one supposed would be the case, taking into consideration the fact that it was the first one of the kind ever held in the county. The success which has attended this first effort gives the most ample assurance that future meetings will grow in interest with each succeeding year. We regard these annual meetings which the society have determined on holding, as a fixed fact, and that henceforth, we shall each year improve upon the previous meeting. It was not to be expected, that at this first one that everything would move off as harmoniously as succeeding ones. The first one was an experiment; organization, and the business necessary in making arrangements for succeeding gatherings had to be gone through with. This is now accomplished, and future meetings will partake less of business and more of social re-union. The day too was unfavorable for our towns-people, as it is the busiest one of the week, and a large number who would otherwise have been present, were compelled to forego the pleasure and give their attention to their business affairs. This will be avoided in the future, and a day fixed that will enable as many as possible to be in attendance.

There were a number of visitors from adjoining counties present, who, we are glad to say seemed to enjoy the gathering with as much zest as those of our own county, and are always just as welcome, and we hope to meet all of them on future meetings.

The little episode at the close of the meeting when Major Carpenter referred to old Peter Warner, one of the early pioneers of this county, to whom many of the old settlers were many times indebted for his liberality, in the "olden time," and who is now residing in Iowa in destitute circumstances. When this fact was mentioned, the immediate response by those present who were in more ways than one indebted to him for aid in earlier days, was characteristic of the spirit which actuated those who composed our first settlers. Had the subject been mentioned at an earlier moment, before the people had to a great extent, disposed, there is no doubt but that the amount would have been much larger. Taken all, in all, the meeting was a very pleasant one, and the very full report to be found in THE INDIANIAN this week abundantly shows that it was not lacking in interest, and argues well for future success. There were doubtless a number who were unable from various causes to be present. To such we would say that they can become members at any time by leaving their names with the editor of this paper, accompanied with the membership fee, when their names will be enrolled on the book of the society. The only requisite necessary is a residence of twenty years within the county, or the same length of time in an adjoining county.

The Northern Indianian page 2, column 1 Thursday June 17, 1969

The Old Settlers' Meeting!

Immense Success and a good Time Generally

A Day of Re-Union

Large Attendance

The Constitution and By-Laws as Adopted

The Names of Those who have Joined the Society

Full Report of Saturday's Meeting

Early in the morning it became evident, from the number of wagons and carriages arriving, that there was to be, as was the case, a large attendance. The morning was all that could have been asked for, the weather clerkif there be such a personagebright, clear, and just cool enough for comfort.

When the Court House bell rang, at ten o'clock, the court room was soon filled with old and young men and womenthe old to take part in the proceedingsthe young to see and hear what was done, knowing that the time would come when they would be accounted "Old Settlers," and entitled to take part in proceedings similar to those now going on. They appeared to be almost as much interested as the old folks themselves, and we compliment them for their attention. Various members of the two excellent Warsaw brass bands partook of the spirit of the occasion, joined together as one band, and played quite a number of beautiful pieces both at the Court House and Fair Grounds for which they received, as they deserved, a hearty vote of thanks.

At the Court House
After music by the band Mr. Wm. C. Graves ascended the judge's desk and read the call for a meeting of the Old Settlers of Kosciusko and adjoining counties, as heretofore published in this paper.

Temporary Organization
When the call had been read, on motion of Geo. Moon, Esq., Amariah W. Holbrook was elected temporary President. On proper motions made, Maj. James Guy and Christian Correll, Esq., were elected temporary Vice Presidents, and Reub Williams and Frank Zimmerman temporary Secretaries.

Permanent Organization
At a preliminary meeting held some weeks ago, a committee consisting of Wm. C. Graves, Elisha V. Long and Joseph A. Funk was appointed to draft a Constitution and set of By Laws as a basis for a permanent organization; and the preliminary or temporary organization being now complete, on motion of Col. J. B. Dodge, the committee had leave to make their report. Thereupon Wm. C. Graves, the chairman of the committee, reported the following Constitution and By Laws:

Constitution of the Kosciusko County Historical Society Preamble
We the undersigned residents of the County of Kosciusko, and adjoining counties, believing it to be a matter of general interest among the citizens of Kosciusko and vicinity, that the history of its early settlement should be written and preserved, while there are those among us personally acquainted with its details; and that not only the past but present accruing history should be noted down by year to year, do hereby associate ourselves together, with these purposes in view, under the name and style of the "Kosciusko County Historical Society," and make and ordain the following Constitution for its government:
[the complete text of the Constitution & By Laws follows]
On motion of T. K. Warner the report was received, and the Constitution and By Laws adopted as above.

By the adoption of the Constitution the Society was named the Kosciusko County Historical Society, by which name it will hereafter be known.

Membership being the next thing in order, on motion of Hon. James S. Frazer, those knowing themselves to be Old Settlers under the Constitution, were requested to come forward, subscribe their names and pay the initiation fee of twenty-five cents. At the same time they were requested to give the date of their settlement in the county. The following persons complied with the requirements of the Constitution and became members:

Benjamin Bennett 1833
Elkanah Huffman March 1833
Mrs. Regina Leedy 1833
David McClary, September 1833
George Ryerson, March 1833
Benjamin Yohn April 1833
Isaac Tibbits Noble county, 1827
Joseph Blodgett June 1833
A. C. Cory September 1833
Mrs. Alfred Wilcox 1831
Jacob Smith August 1833
Rudolph Hyar 1832
Mrs. Ellen Barnes
P. L. Runyan 1831
David Angil Elkhart, July 1st, 1830
James H. Bishop April, 1833
Thomas Thomas Elkhart, October, 1828
James Hawk April 1840
W. Lightfoot October 1834
Benjamin Sutten April 1834
Reuben Abbott September 1834
Norris Jarrett October 1834
George Middleton August, 1834
John Knowles 1834
Hiram Hall October 1834
F. M. Warner October 1834
Peter Cook October 1834
William Kelly October 1834
Crawford Knowles October 1834
William Frush 1834
William C. Stephenson October 1834
C. W. Guy October 1834
W. B. Wade March 1835
David Rippey April 1835
Robert Blain September 1834
Ehud Webb April 1835
Andrew J. Bates April 1835
Abraham Bates April 1835
Catharine Bates March 1835
Isaiah Morris October 1836
John Denham June 1836
Henry Berst April 1836
Samuel Daniels January 1836
Amor Jeffries 1844
Hiram Berst 1836
Mariah T. Berst 1836
David P. Young February 1845
Ephraim Davis 1835
John S. Doke April 1837
John S. Smith1 1837
Christian Sarber October 1838
George M. Ford June 1836
Solomon Nichols November 1837
Major James Guy May 1836
A. W. Holbrook May 1836
Alfred Wilcox Nov 1837
Mary Jeffries 1844
Martha Y. Webb August 1835
John W. Dunnock September 1837
Joseph Rupe 1835
John Powell March 1833
John Makemson October 1836
Daniel Groves September 1836
Robert McNeal May 1836
Jacob Stinson September 1838
Margaret Scott April 1835
George A. Summerville May 1837
Henry P. Kelly October 1834
Philip Lash September 1834
Henry Weirick May 1842
Reuben Kehler October 1842
Isaac Bradey October 1839
William Kirkpatrick September 1836
J. O. Lash June 1837
Thomas K. Warner February 1838
Robert M. Reed June 1844
Ichabod Colyar April 1833
H. D. Geiger September 1845
Elisha Miller March 1835
William Streiby July 1836
Daniel Mote May 1837
Thomas Morgan February 1838
Lydia Morgan 1843
Joseph Fawley October 1845
Titus Berst May 1837
Isaac A. McKinley September 1842
Ross Beatty August 1836
Thomas Griffis February 1846
Nap Tinkey October 1844
John Ditto February 1847
Asa Pratt December 1837
Milton Jeffries September 1835
Lewis Keith September 1837
Sylvanus Davison June 1845
Joseph B. Dodge September 1846
Isaac Powell February 1836
John McGrew October 1835
John Elder November 1845
William Smith September 1844
Harvey Vanemain November 1835
Riley White February 1837
Laban Lacey October 1835
Jacob Huffman March 1845
Jackson Strope September 1837
E. VanCurren October 1840
John Balsley Feb 1833
Wm H. Guy November 1834
R. H. Cook 1848
John Bybee September 1843
Reuben Williams May 1846
George Moon
Joseph A. Funk
Catharine Long March 1835
Mrs. C. G. Hossler 1838
W. Bybee 1842
Charles W. Holman December 1843
Delida Holman 1844
B. Richhart May 1845
B. G. Cosgrove November 1833
Nelson Richhart August 1845
M. Staney December 1844
J. B. Koons October 1844
Jas. S. Frazer April 1845
E. G. Eddy October 1844
A. D. Pittenger November 6 1844
John K. Leedy May 1849
H. F. Charles 1846
Christian Correll, Sr. 1837
John T. Stinson 1846
Wm. R. Hatfield 1844
Wesley Carpenter 1843
Wm Crayton 1840
Jacob Hammon 1842
Jas. Straw October 1846
Moses J. Long 1846
E. V. Long 1846
George A. Tibbitts 1842
Thomas Jameson 1837
E. Moon August 1844
Mrs. Caroline M. Frazer 1844
A. J. Mershon Allen county 1841
Jas. Myers 1838
Sol. Arnsbarger October 1848
Isaac Mickey 1849
Z. T. McGrew March 1848
B. Castleman 1844
Andrew Homman September 1844
John N. Konklin 1842
Wm. Williams 1836
Eliza Williams 1836
Alex. Smith June 1844
John Banks 1834
A. Deardorff September 1842
B. Popham 1838
Orville C. Holbrook 1847
J. D. Thayer 1849
W. A. Shipley 1848
Geo. R. Thralls 1836
Esther A. Thralls 1839
Wm. Seal 1846
Geo. Ruse 1845
D. R. Pershing 1840
Samuel H. Chipman 1836
Jacob M. Mock October 1835
Allen Muerheid November 1839
W. C. Graves December 1834
A. B. Ball 1837
S. E. Loney 1845

It took about one hour to get down all the names; and it did a person good to see with what anxiety the persons entitled to do so pressed forward to have their names recorded by the Secretaries.

It being settled who were members and entitled to vote, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: David Rippey, President; William C. Graves and William Felkner Vice Presidents, George Moon, Treasurer, and Reuben Williams, Secretary. Whereupon the Society adjourned to meet at the Fair Ground at one o'clock in the afternoon.

At the Fair Ground
The beautiful Fair Ground was in excellent condition for a pic nic, a thick shade covering almost every foot of the enclosure. Everyone seemed to be in a good humor. There was no arrangement for a general picnic dinner, so those who brought provisions in baskets quietly sat down and ate them, sharing of course with those who had none. Ice-cream and lemonade venders ever ready to turn an honest penny were on hand, as they always will be at such places, and found quite a profitable market for their "goodies". The seats which had been provided were not sufficient to accommodate half the people; but the soft clean grass offered as comfortable a seat as any wooden bench could have done.

The Speeches
The assembly was called to order by the President, and old settlers were called upon to make speeches, giving their experience in the early settlement of this county. The following persons responded to the call:

P. L. Runyan
I used, in my younger days, to be able to speak better than I can now. I will do the best I can, though. I feel rejoiced to meet as many of my old friends today. I look back to the time when I first settled in Elkhart county, in 1831. We early settlers labored under many disadvantages then, which the people of this generation knew nothing of. In 1832 the great Black Hawk war passed over, and that was the first time I visited this county. I gave a pint of flour for a pint of seed corn. At that time this county was all a wilderness. About this time this county was ceded from the Indians. During the War we had about a dozen houses in Goshen. One night I heard a great noise as of pounding. Next morning I found that most of the inhabitants had nailed up their doors and windows to keep the Indians out, as they expected an attack; but it did not come. In 1836 this county was first organized. The 1st day of June, 1836, it first became a county. Isaac Kirkendall was elected first sheriff. I expect after this day never to meet as many of my old friends as I do today. I expect to start south soon and hope to recuperate my shattered health.

Mr. Tibbitts, of Noble County
I am happy to meet so many friends of Kosciusko County. Being solicited by an old friend, I take the stand to give you a little of my experience. In 1827 I first landed in Noble county. All the neighbors we had were Indians. I was married in 1834, and I live now on the same old farm. Time will not permit me to give all my experience. Our nearest mill was on the St. Joseph River. I had a Pennsylvania wagon. You all know what that is. One time when I had to go to mill, the Elkhart river was up, and I did not know how to cross it. There was no bridge. I put poles across the top of my wagon bed, put hay on top of that and my grist on top of the hay; I drove into the water without knowing whether I should be able to get through or not; but I got through. I left my wife at home with about half a cord of wood piled against the door to keep the Indians out. I married a fine Virginia girl, and lived with her yet. I like her, and know you all would if you could see her. [Laughter].

David Rippey
I thank you kindly, ladies and gentlemen, for the honor you have conferred upon me today, in electing me President of this Society. I did not come down here with the expectation of making a speech, or getting elected to office. I come to see you all and talk with you. I come here in 1835; there were a great many Indians in this county at that time. I don't expect to make a speech. This day puts me in mind of old times, when every man spoke to every other man when he met him. We were kind to each other then. When a new settler came to the neighborhood we would take care of him and his family till he built him a house, or got a place to go to. I once took a man (Father Jeffries) into my house and kept him four weeks as a neighborly act, and other people did the same way with others. I thank you for your kind attention. [Applause, and music by the band.]

Harvey Vaneman
Ladies and gentlemen, I am not in the habit of making speeches. I can say that I have seen as many ups and downs as the most of you. Next November I will have been here thirty-four years. I like to see my old neighbors. There are so many strangers here that I know very few any more.

Christian Correll
I am glad to see so many of my old friends. I came to this county in 1837. The snow was ankle deep on the farm where I now live; when I got there I had $22 and a yoke of cattle. I bought a bushel of potatoes for my family to live on till I got back from Elkhart county, where I went for food for my family. When I got back half my money was gone. All we had to live on was corn bread and spicewood tea, without sugar. [Laughter] In the fall I killed a black bear and we got meat. The fat on his back was three inches thick. After a while I got a little farm cleared and managed to live right well.

John Makemson
Ladies and gentlemen, I never made a speech in my life. I came here in 1836. I was the first white man that ever built a house in Washington township. We had our wagons to live in till the house was built. I brought my little brother with me. He killed three dear. One had an inch of fat all over. I had $5 when I landed -a wife and two children. I sold my horse to get grain with. I owed Elisha Jones some money, and he sold my grain from me. I never liked him after that. I tell you it was pretty hard to bear when my wife and children would ask me where we were going to get anything to eat, and how we were going to live? But we got along some way. In due time I got a team and made a clearning. I chopped down the trees and my wife burnt the brush. For two years we were not without deer meat. I must tell you two circumstances. One day I heard the hounds bellowing, and I knew they were after a deer, so I just took my gun and went out a little ways from the house to wait for them. Pretty soon the deer came running along and I just laid him down! [Laughter] The other time I saw a deer lay down in the prairie, and at first I didn't know hot to get him; but I made up my mind I must have him some way or other, so I took my gun and walked right out through the grass, and when Mr. deer jumped up I laid him down again. [Laughter, and cries of "Bully for you, John."] My brother and I cut logs enough in one day to make a house I had not a board of and description except two pine boxes that we had brought from Ohio and I made dressers out of them, so I split out boards to cover my cabin with. I made a trundle-bed, and you all must know that it was a rough looking thing. I made the cords of linn bark. I rove out clap boards and pinned them together for a door had no nails to fasten them with. We ate "Johnny cake' and pone bread. One time my wife was sick, and how do you think I got along then? I got up in the morning and milked the cows and got breakfast, and then I went to the prairie and cut my haycame home and got dinner for myself and family and then went to work againcame back and got supper, and then washed up all the dishes we had dirtied that day, so that I was ready for the next day's work. [Laughter.] We were all brothers together in those days. We helped each other in every way. I tanned my own leather, and took old saddle skirts for soles for our shoes. I thank you for your attention. [Cheers.]

Rev. O. V. Lemon
Ladies and gentlemen, I am hardly an old settler of this county, though I used to live among you. I must say that I have been pleased with the speeches that have been made. If there is anything I can say that will add to the pleasure of the occasion, I will say it. At this time I was at an old settler's meeting in Wayne county, and there were eleven persons there whom I would rather see than any other eleven persons I know of. They had ben there sixty years! I sung them a song of the olden time-perhaps some of you know it?and I believe I will sing it now. I will if you want me to. [Cries of "Sing it," "Sing it by all means."] He then sung a song called
While beauty and youth are now in their full prime
And folly and fashion affect our whole time,
O, let not the phantom our wishes engage,
Let us live so in youth that we blush not in age.

The vain and the young may attend us awhile,
But let not their flattery our prudence beguile;
Let us covet those charms that never decay,
Nor listen to all that deceivers can say.

That where age steals on us and youth is no more,
And the Moralist time, shakes his glass at our door,
What pleasure in beauty or wealth can we find,
Our beauty, our wealth is a sweet peace of mind.

That peacelets preserve it as pure as `twas given,
To last in our bosomsan earnest of Heaven;
For virtue and wisdom can warm the cold scene,
And Sixty can flourish as gay as sixteen.

Then when w, the burden of life shall have borne,
And death with his sycle shall cut the ripe corn,
Re-ascend to our God without murmur or sigh,
We'll bless the kind summons and lie down and die.

Some of us old folks learned the sentiments of that song when we were young, and have tried to live up to them. I am not going to preach to you, but I exhort you to go and do likewise. The young folks of the present day think they are the only ones who loved each other; but I tell you it is all a mistake. The old people love better than they. They know how to do it. I came here in the spring of 1841, and did what little I could to help lay the foundations of civilization, and I rejoice that it was not all in vain. I came here a Methodist preacher, stayed my time out, and went away, and have been a wanderer most of the time since. I have slept in more cabins in this county than any of you. One time in going to Nelson Baker's to fill an appointment I had to cross a marsh; I was thinking what I should preach about that day; when I had got about two rods into the marsh my horse went down into the mud up to the saddle. I knew he could not run away from me, so I went ahead to see how the land lay could not find the bottom of the mud. Somebody had been cutting hay near by, and I carried enough of it to make a bridge, and by pulling my horse upon it, got him out. I have just this to say for the benefit of the young people. There were no quarrels or feuds for us to clear up when we came here. We did the best we could. You do the same and you will do well.

John S. Doke
The rest are telling of hard times. I have no hard times to tell of. I came here in 1837 and built a cabin. Had to pack the grain to mill on horseback. It cost fifty cents a bushel to get grain ground. I always had plenty to eat, and never went to bed without my supper.

Hon. James S. Frazer
Ladies and gentlemen, I am not certain but that I ought to remain silent and let others talk. I came here twenty-four years ago. The perils of the first settlers were past. True, we had some hard times when the sickly season came on. I remember having taken care of two families living in different part of town, several nights. Those of us who have lived here so long have confidence in each other. We had some hot times in politics, and hated our opponents as bitterly as we do now; but I hardly think we tho't them to be rascals as long after the elections as we do now. One of the first enterprises was to build county offices. In this connection I must tell a joke on my old friend Peter L. Runyan. Runyan owned a little lot near the present Court House. Other parties (naming them) owned other lots around the public square, and it was regarded as an important matter to have the public offices front their business places. Among the other property owners was one John D. Stapleford. The commissioners were in session. Some little feeling was gotten up about the matter. Runyan concluded that Stapleford ought to be thrashed. To accomplish this without breaking the rules of the church to which he belonged, Runyan went quietly to the Deacon and withdrew from the church, and then he kept close watch for an opportunity to accomplish his purpose. But Stapleford was sharp and would not give him the coveted opportunity to thrash him, so Runyan joined the church again on probation, and has been a consistent member ever since. [Loud applause] The next public enterprise was to straighten Center street so as to make it run directly across instead of around the marsh, and we had a public meeting on the subject There was also a preposition to improve Buffalo street. Upon investigation we found that both enterprises would cost about $50, and we did not think we could stand such an expense. Some of us proposed to finish one the first year, and the other the next; but then we couldn't agree which we should do first, so we finally compromised by making improvements the same year. In those days you hauled your wheat to Ft. Wayne and got forty-five or fifty cents a bushel for it; now the steam horse comes right by your doors and you get two or three times that price for it. We have grown from eight hundred votes to five thousand since I came here. Instead of a log school house you have a fine brick, and need a better one. If you will follow the advice of friend Lemon you will all do well. I am very glad to see you all today. I am particularly glad to see Major Guy. Some of us who are here today will not be here next year. Some of the older ones must begin to pack their knapsacks for the voyage to eternity. We shall not all meet at an old settler's meeting again; but those who fall will be remembered. Their names are on the books of the Society and they will remain there always. There is something melancholy about the reflection upon olden times, and I leave it, thanking you for the attention you have given me.

Hon. William Williams
Ladies and gentlemen This is said to be an old settler's meeting. What does that mean? Does it mean that old, gray headed men came here to settle? No; it means that men of strong will came here long ago and settled this country. If there is any class of men who deserve monuments, it is the old pilgrims who left all at home in the older States and came out here to settle what was then a wilderness. In 1840 I got married. I told my wife she had drawn a prize, but she said she could not see it! [Laughter] In those days we helped each other raise cabins. Now you have to pay men two dollars a day to help put up your frame and brick houses. Then we had but a little village; now we have a beautiful town, with splendid churches, one of them at least, exceeded only by one other in the state. I remember the time when some of you opposed the building of a railroad saying that the prices of everything would go down; but you get three or four times as much for your produce as you did before' you said horses would be worth nothing; but they sell for as much again as they did before we had a railroad. Alongside the railroad came the telegraph, and it was hard for some of you to understand that a man in New York could send a message to his wife in Warsaw in three minutes, or less; but you understand it better now. I am glad to see so many of my old friends, the old settlers of the county, here today. We have progressed much since I came here, and we shall still progress. You old men can have the proud consolation of knowing that you founded a community which is a credit to you. Let the young folks see that it does not retrograde.

Ross Beatty
I am glad to meet so many that I met thirty-two or thirty-three years ago. In the commencement many of us saw hard times. There was nothing much to be seen but Indians. As one friend who has spoken today has reverted to the Black Hawk war I will revert to it too. I then lived in the edge of Michigan. A great many of our neighbors, with their families, got scared and moved back to Ohio. The rest of us met together, several families for protection. We kept our horses in harness so as to be ready to leave at any time. In these days we seen hard times, especially in the sickly season. I am glad to meet so many old friends on this occasion.

George Ryerson
I didn't think I should be called upon to make a speech and I don't feel like following lawyers, ex-governors, and such like men. After I was 21, in the fall I cam west. We saw on the way a great many going to and coming from the Black Hawk war, and father got scared, and was ready to turn back. We got as far west as Laporte and then came back, and finally settled in this county. At one time I commenced to cut timber in the woods and a half Indian half English came up to me, and pulling out a long knife, tried to scare me away, but I didn't scare worth a cent. I just took my axe and run him away, and told him I would split him wide open if he bothered me any more. I was at the treaty at Rochester when the lands were ceded from the Indians. Father thought Turkey Creek prairie was a Garden of Eden [a voice in the crowd "So it is,"] and I guess it is. When I meet the old folks of those days they look like brothers to me. We are rich in this country to what we were then. [Here he gave an account of his peregrinations about the country, and the difficulties he and his family had to encounter.] In the olden times if a few were sick, all were sick, for there were but few of us. It was very sickly in these days.

T. K. Warner
I come before you today, not as a pioneer though thirty one years have passed since I come here. The pioneer had been here before me. In all that has been said today, enough has not been said about the pioneer ladies. One would think that the pioneers were all men. I want to say that there were many ladies here, and many of them made their husband's fortunes, for in many instances they kept them from returning to the older States, from which they had removed. They heeded their wives' voices, remained and became rich. He then gave any account of two ladies on horseback who, seeing a panther, rode up to it; it followed them to where there were some men, and it was killed. One man complained that he had nothing in which to take his wheat to market. His wife took some money that she had saved, bought some flaxseed, hired it broke, hackled it, spun it, made it into cloth and then into bags; and so there was no further room for complaint on that account. Other ladies hearing what she had done, did the same thing for their husbands. All honor to the pioneer ladies, I say! [Hearty applause]

John Pearman
of Elkhart county gave his experience which was very similar to many of the others.

Old Peter Warner
James H. Carpenter, Esq., said:
Ladies and gentlemen: One of our first and most enterprising citizens has not been referred to today. I refer to old Peter Warner, who built the first mill in the county. He also built the first church out of his own funds. At present I understand he resides in Iowa.

Rev. O. V. Lemon said: As Peter Warner's name has been mentioned, I take pleasure in saying that he was a good man. He did build a church and more than that, he used to send his teams after those who had no teams of their own, take them to church and home again. As long as he had a mill my family never had to go without bread. People used to go to his house from a distance and stay till their graining was done.
David Rippey also praised Peter Warner and said as he was now in needy circumstances, it would only be doing right for those whom he had helped long ago, to help him now.

Lemonade (aid)
Rev. O. V. Lemon proposed a contribution for Peter Warner's benefit and started it with one dollar for himself. The following person also contributed one dollar each. Reub Williams, John W. Cook, Peter L. Runyan, William D. Frush, Dr. J. K. Leedy, Thomas Jamison, Norris Jarrett, Ichabod Colyar, Titus Berst, J. W. Dunnock, N. C. Hartman, Daniel Groves, Alexander D. Pittenger, Mrs. Alexander D. Pittenger, David Rippy, Ross Beatty, and G. W. Ryerson. Col. C. W. Chapman gave two dollars, and the President was directed to see that the whole sum, (twenty dollars) together with such other sums as might be handed to him, was sent to Mr. Warner as soon as possible.

By this time the crowd had begun to disperse, and on motion of T. K. Warner, the Society adjourned to meet again at the call of the President or Vice President in one year.

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