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Page 231History of Story County, IowaPage 231

was a display of good sense, as commendable as it was rare, and in pleasing contrast with the extravagance which is becoming quite too conspicous a feature of High School commencement days.—Nevada Representative.—(March 31, 1886.)

Captain John E. Duncan and wife arrived in the city Saturday of last week and are visiting friends and relatives. They are the guests of F. C. Duncan and John Bray. They will remain in the city several days. Captain Duncan came to Darlington in 1861. He served in the army with honor and distinction and was for several years editor of the Republican and has many warm friends in this county.—Darlington Republican.—(June, 1886.)

A very painful and distressing accident occurred on Tuesday last, about 2 o'clock, r. m., to the little four year old sort of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Burgess, of Ames. By some means the little fellow procured a number of matches and went out to the lawn to play. A few minute, after the servant girl was attracted to the spot by the piercing cries of the child, whose clothing she found in flames. Seizing the sufferer she hastened with him to a tub of water, in which she immersed him and extinguished the flames. Upon examination his right leg, side, arm and back were found severely burned, parts of the skin sloughing off. Dr. Plumb dressed the child's injuries, and at the present writing (Wednesday) he is resting comfortably, and has a good prospect of recovering. Mr. and Mrs. Burgess were not at home at the time of the accident. The girl who rescued the boy was severely burned on the hands.—(July 22, 1886.)

Thursday last several boys went duck hunting and communicated fire to Mr. Cole's fence, destroying a portion of it, and also consuming eight tons of hay for the Widow Baker. How would it do to make the boys pay for the damage done? It might in the end prove a valuable lesson to them. There is too much carelessness—probably lawlessness is a better word to use—among some young men, who need one or two wholesome lessons to make them respect the rights of others. —Ames Intelligencer.—(October 28, 1886.)

The Public Library is in the room above Maxwell & Son's, and is now ready for public use. Citizens can have the use of the books by calling on the librarian.—(Ames, November 4, 1886.)


Ames was laid out in 1864, plat and deed of lands for the public use filed for record January, 1865, and was incorporated in 1869. It was named "Ames" in honor of Oakes Ames, of Massachusetts, and in return for this Mr. Ames, donated to the Congregational Society a fine bell for their church building. The lots on which the building stands were donated to the society by John I. Blair,

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