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From the "History of Tama County" Chapter 8:
The first case to be tried by a regularly organized court was the state of Iowa vs. Thos. Everett, on charges of larency, before Jas. H. Hollen, Justice of the Peace, near the present site of Tama city. A shoemaker, bythe name of John Aldrich, made a pair of boots for Wm. Blodgett and fixed a time when he should call for them. Thos Everett, an old gentleman, and a man who enjoyed a joke, found that Blodgett would not call for the boots within the time fixed and accordingly called at the shoemakers and told him that Blodgett had sent him for the boots. Blodgett's credit being good, Aldrich delivered the boots and Everett put them on and wore them with great satisfaction. Soon after Blodgett went for his boots, and much to his chargin and mortification found that Everett was wearing his boots. The shoemaker and Blodgett became considerably exercised and filed information for stealing and had Everett arrested, who came into court wearing the boots with considerable gusto, and plead not guilty. Alford Phillips appeared for the State, and Noah Myers, as counsel for the defendant. Aldrich was first sworn, when he testified, that the boots were worth $5, when the Prosecuting Attorney arose with great deliberation and demanded a jury on behalf of the State. The Justice said that he was going to give them all a "square deal" and allowed a jury trial. Everett was bound ove to the district court where the case was dismissed.
Biography of John Aldrich and Catherine Zuhrung Aldrich
On September 16, 1844, in Morrow County, Ohio they were married by Revendend Francis Climmer, who was elderly at that time. In later years their friends and relatives had to "swear" they had been married because the marriage certificate had been destroyed in a fire and the minister was deceased. According to a 1900 Census they had 14 children and in an obituary the said 12. Only 6 of them outlived their father and 4 outlived their mother. In 1890 they were in their 70's and were raising their 8 year old granddaughter, Mable Wallace, whose mother had died. Mable was listed as attending school.
When John and Catherine moved from Ohio to Iowa, they came by train to the Iowa City area and then walked to Toledo taking their possessions with them. John was a shoemaker by trade. They bought porperty listed as the East half of lots 1 and 2 Block 50 in Perry Iowa, which was listed in Catherine's name after John died. On May 21, 1864, John enlisted as a Private in Company K, 47th Iowa Volunteer Infantry and he saw active battle. He was honorably discharged in Davenport, Iowa on September 28, 1864. John applied for a soldiers pension on April 30, 1901 and received $8.00 a month (pension Certificate no. 491.212). On June 1, 1903, John applied for an increase in his pension to the $12.00 limit stating he was wholly unable to earn a support by reason of age being now 77 years old, generally disability, defective eyesight, chronic diarrhea, Hemorrhoids, injury to right shoulder, neuralgia-disease of stomach-heart and poor circulation. After his death catherine applied and received the $12.00 as a widows pension each month. They stated she owned property which was assessed at a value of $600.00 and was taxed at one fourth of the amount and exempted on account of belonging to a soldiers wife. They also stated this same property would have a rental value of about $6.00 per month. Catherine was ill for about five years before her death and she was cared for in the home of her son, Sylvester Aldrich. Dr. Benj. Thompson said she died of Old Age and Senile Dementia and was buried in Toledo, Iowa by George Youngman and Son, undertakers, at a cost of $130.00 for Undertaking, Livery, and Cemetery.
Both John and Catherine could read and write. Catherine's name appeared with the spelling of Catherine in most documents that I found, but one document that she herself signed had the spelling Catharine. I'm sure she knew the correct way to spell her name but I will leave the spelling of her name in the documents as I found them.
Source: Nancy Baker, Hiawatha, Iowa
Obituary of John Aldrich
Toledo Chronicle December 13, 1906, page 8
Captain John Aldrich on of Perry's earliest settlers died at his home on West Pattee Street Monday afternoon December 10, 1906 at the age of 79. He had enjoyed good health this winter. Arose Monday morning, ate a good breakfast and set about his chores of the morning. Shortly after noon he told his wife he was going to lay down on the floor behind the stove so he could get his back good and warm. he got some pillows and seemed to be resting comfortably, all the while talking to his wife as she went about her work. Mrs. aldrich stepped out of the house for a few minutes and when she returned to her suprise with its appalling facts she found her husband dead. He passed away without a struggle-he had simply fallen asleep.
John was born in Chinnan County, Ohio, October 27, 1827. His parents well to do farmers. at age 17 he married Catherine Zehrung of Myro (Morrow) County, Ohio. They came to Toledo in 1854 and later moved to Grand Junction where they resided for two years. in 1870 they located in Perry and have resided there since, being among the first settlers. Captain Aldrich was a shoemaker by trade and worked at it up to a few years ago. He enlisted in the 35th Iowa Infantry from Toledo and was in a number of hard fought battles. His name Captain was a nickname. He belonged to no church or lodge but was a member of Redfield Post G.A.R. His Church perference was Baptist. His wife survives him and in one year his senior. They had 13 children, 6 are living. The seven dead are all boys. Mrs. Mary Wernli in Perry, Mrs. Lillian Wallace and tilda Kirges of Osage Iowa, and Hulda Sadler or Cedar Rapids. Two sons Charles and Sylvester the former living at clinton and the latter in Tama City.
Source: Nancy Baker, Hiawatha, Iowa.
Obituary of Catherine Zehrung Aldrich
Catherine Aldrich daughter of Adam and Jane Zuhrung died in Tama at the home of her son, Sylvester A. Aldrich on Thursday February 19, 1914 at the age of 84 years and 4 months and 13 days. Church services arae at the M.E. Church on saturday afternoon at 2 pm by Revendand Wm C. Cleoworth. Internment is at Woodlawn Cemetery.
She was born October 6, 1829 at Pickaway County, Ohio, and grew to womanhood where she was united in marriage to John Aldrich. To them twelve children were born, 8 of whom preceded their mother to a better land. Her husband passed on before her seven years ago. She is survived by Mrs. Matilda Jane Kirgus of Osage, Mrs. Hulda Ann Sadler of Cedar Rapids, Mrs. Lillian Alcott of Crookston, Minnesota and S.A. Aldrich of this city.
For 60 years she had been a resident of Iowa for it was in 1854 that she and her husband came to Toledo. For nearly her entire life she was a member of the M.E. Church and a devout christian. For the last five years she made her home with her surviving son and family.
Source: Nancy Baker, Hiwatha, Iowa