The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Saturday, August l4, l875
On Saturday of last week we gathered ourself together, and, in company with over a hundred of the good people of Chariton, visited the big tent meeting, which the enterprising Methodists of this district have inaugurated as a new experiment in encouraging attendance at church. Upon arriving there we found a splendid tent erected capable of seating comfortably a thousand persons. Quite a number of preachers were present, among whom we recognized Rev. H.H. O'Neal, of this city. All apparently interested in interesting the people.
A large number of people were in attendance, and all appeared delighted with the novelty of a meeting in a circus tent. After getting our spiritual strength restored by a wholesome exhortation or two, most of which were very applicable to Republican editors, renegade Democrats and backsliders, we started to go around the city awhile. We found JOHN THROCKMORTIN in the midst of a large stock, smiling and serene as Autumn sunshine. GEORGE BELL was also surrounded with a fine stock of goods and a crowd of happy customers, and looked as though he was as happy as if he had just been to church with us.
We found our young Swede friends JOHNSON & TULL in a new room on the north side, supplying the people with as good hand made boots and shoes as can be bought anywhere.
CHARLEY RIGGLE wasn't in, he was over in the tent, establishing a real estate trade by helping start the tunes. CHARLEY is old business. JOE GARLAND's handsome hotel still keeps its sign off, and we were told that JOE is a first class landlord and is doing well.
Derby has improved wonderfully since we were there last October. CHARLES OLHMAN has erected a handsome two story building with a fine half for the Odd Fellows and Mason's Societies.
A good building has also been built for drugs and a first-rate establishment of that kind is in full blast. MESSRS. JOHN TEDRICK and A. MITCHELL have both put up excellent dwelling houses as neat and tasty in appearance as an Orthodox Democratic editor could ever ask for, and better than most of them will ever have in this world. A large harness and saddle shop situated on the North Side and is doing well, while a great many other business houses and dwellings have been recently built. The business of Derby is excellent in every department, and no town in Lucas County, outside of Chariton, presents a more prosperous appearance today, than she does. The country around is as good as can be found in Iowa, and consequently a live, active, industrious set of good farmers are fast settling the country.
Land is high, but sells readily at the most extravagant figures.
To anyone wishing the delights of a pleasant little, thriving country village, we can recommend Derby as cheerfully as any other place in Iowa.
After partaking of the bounteous hospitality of our old friend, BOYNTON CHAPMAN, who is the worthy Post-Master of the place, we bade the good people of the happy village adieu, and with many prayers for the success of the circus meeting, boarded the train for home.