The Davis City Advance, Davis City, Iowa
Thursday, January 7, l897
'DAVIS CITY and DECATUR COUNTY'
'JOHN R. GRIMES'
Although young in years, compared with the other business men of Davis City, the subject of this sketch is none the less successful as the excellent patronage in the harness business he now enjoys, shows. He was born and raised on a farm, and learned the harness business when but a small boy, and consequently has had ten or fifteen years' experience. He came to this city three or four years ago and opened up a store last February. His shop is 20x40 feet, and on the west side of the street. From the manner in which he accomplishes his tasks we should judge that he thoroughly understood his business. In addition to his stock of harness, Mr. Grimes also handles a complete stock of horse millinery, and mule jewelry goods, including a large and well assorted line of horse blankets and robes, and selling the farmer at prices that are so low that it seems cruelty to animals for the farmers to leave their faithful friends stand out in the cold, without one of these warm and substantial blankets. Mr. Grimes handles nothing but oak tanned, high grade goods in his harness department, and if you are in need of anything in his line, it will certainly pay you to call and inspect his goods. he also repairs bicycles, and handles harness and machine oils.
We should certainly be doing an injustice to the business interests of this city, were we to omit from this issue a firm that is most worthy of mention, and one that is held in high esteem by the people of Davis City and vicinity in the practice of law. A learned and skillful physician is always in demand, and too high an estimate cannot be placed upon him. Just so it is with the disciples of Blackstone. It is an important matter when a man is defending his character, moral rights or his property, that he seeks good counsel. Rather than employ an unlearned attorney, you had better let your case go by default and save the fee. If your rights are worth defending well, and to do this, able lawyers should be employed. The Bar of Decatur County is especially strong and a member of that Bar is the gentleman whose name appears at the head of these lines.
J.H. Kling was born in Linn County, and raised in Lisbon, Ia. and was schooled at the Cornell College at Mt. Vernon. He has been engaged in the practice of law since l878, and located here in l884, and was elected to the office of Mayor ten years ago, and is now serving his eighth term, and this of course is quite a compliment. He is also Justice of the Peace, and has held that office for four years, and declined the fifth term this fall. With the fim and push and "get-up-a-tiveness" in time to help a city, he is not the man to fail himself as his success as an attorney during his career before the Decatur County Bar shows. In addition to the practice of law already mentioned above, Mr. Kling also carries on an insurance and real estate business, and also buys grain, paying farmers the best of prices for corn. He is also a breeder of and dealer in standard bred trotting and racing stock. He owns a good home in the city and also ten or twelve other pieces of property which are for rent. His hand, word and pocket book have always been liberal toward the upbuilding of every laudable enterprise in the city and country surrounding.
The writer takes pleasure in recommending this gentleman to the public, and we feel confident that all matters of a legal nature that are placed in his hands will be successfully managed.
Does Davis City ever need a good word spoken in her behalf, and spoken emphatically and ably? Does any movement tending toward the upbuilding and advancement of the city require a supporter, and a staunch one? Do the solons of Athens ever hold serious consultation and desire advice that may be followed as one can follow that which comes from a rich store of experience? When such occasions arise, no one is called upon sooner, or requires a more respectful attention than E.W. Teale, a gentleman and a thorough business man in every respect.
Mr. Teale was born and raised on a farm in this county and is the son of J.E. Teale of this city, who is one of the pioneers of this county, coming here thirty or forty years ago. He served all through the war in the l5th Illinois Cavalry, was Lieutenant of the company, and owns some fine improved farms in this county.
The Son E.W. Teale is now the leading and most extensive furniture dealer in the city and owns a large steel covered store room 25x60 feet, and it is filled with a complete stock of rockers, parlor chairs, cupboards, commodes, beds and bedding, folding beds, plush and solid oak and mahogany frame work, what-nots and anything needed in a house in the furniture line. While the undertaking business is not very rushing, the country is so healthful that there is not a great deal of illness or many deaths except from old age, yet he is fully prepared to meet any demands for this kind of work. Embalming carefully executed, fine caskets and hearse always ready. In the furniture business he has an immense trade, for people will get married, whether marriage is a failure or not, and so must have something to furnish their new homes with. All kinds of cabinet and repair work is done to order, and satisfaction guaranteed. Those who enjoy looking at a first class stock of furniture
should certainly visit this store. He also carries engineers supplies and steam fittings, and has them always on hand.
His brother Everett J. Teale is clerk in the store and is a fine writing teacher. Mr. Teale owns a beautiful home in the city and is an active worker in all matters that will in the least be of benefit to the city.
To Be Continued . . .'DR. J.B. HORNER'
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September 9, 2003
Davis City and Decatur County Iowa; 1897 by Geo. T. Williams