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It was but a waste of time to try to work together, so they soon scattered onto farms of their own. In a post office was requested for "Hopewell. The first postmaster in Hopeville was David Newton. Moving to this county from Farmington was a tedious business. It was mostly done by oxen and from one to two weeks were occupied. Houses were scarce and as each family arrived it went into a one or two roomed cabin with some other family to stay until another cabin was built.

They were kindly welcomed and treated well by all. Everybody carne to see them. Wells for a few months were unknown.

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The prairie streams and springs supplied the water. One or two wells were dug later and water carried from these a half mile or more. Oxen were used for draught purposes. There was but one team of horses in the colony. During the three years the colony existed, about twenty men belonged, most of them were married and had families. There were not enough teams for all to take care of the soil but there was plenty of work, especially rail splitting and building of a cabin for each family was mutual labor.

Every Saturday evening a meeting was held to discuss plans and report progress. One of the drawbacks to getting the work done was the endless consultation. On summer mornings the young men would bring the oxen in from the prairie and the older men sitting on the fence would discuss whether it was best to plow the corn, mow grass, break up more prairie or spend the day fencing.

Early settlers brought dogs with them but cats were scarce. When they did arrive, some riding in wagons miles or more, they were much thought of for a long time.

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Hogs were scarce. At first each family received one-half hog for his yearly share of meat. Wheat was a doubtful crop, but each had a few pounds of flour for his share but it was so dark no one now would think of baking bread with it. The bran could not be fully separated and no middlings were taken out. Buckwheat was raised and ground in coffee mills at home, sifted and made into better pancakes than any you eat now.

Corn was the staple bread food. Two men took two yoke of oxen and went to mill being gone two days. They took a wagon. Then the grist was divided among the families. One year the meal was used up and the corn was too soft to grind. The days of time passed before corn could be dried by being carefully shelled and dried on sheets in the sun and taken to mill. People lived on potatoes and other vegetables, but no bread. Groceries were a scarce article. There was practically no tea and coffee used. The substitutes for coffee were cornbread browned to a cinder and rye grains scorched. Willow leaf tea was used.

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Once in 6 weeks or 2 months a peddler's wagon came. Money was scarce. They lived on what was raised and wore old clothes. It was the fashion to buy domestic muslin, color it with sumac berries or maple bark and make it into dresses which would last for years. No tailor or milliner came for over 5 years. Sunbonnets were the only wear.

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The men took a large bobsled and two yoke of oxen and drove from house to house collecting the families who all went, even to the youngest child. The bride's dress was as much the subject of comment as now. It was neat but scarcely like one now. When the county was civilized enough to make bridges and roads, a market sprang up. There were no hotels - emigrants were accomodated in homes.

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The common jealousies that would come in colonies of that kind arose, and everybody wanted to dissolve it. It was done by common consent. Each man had his own farm and the colony farm sold and the price divided and went into the hands of an individual. The colony survey and ownership of the site of Hopeville was declared of no account and it was sold for a farm.

But he rebelled against it as an injustice before the sale was finished and the site was bought by David Newton who sold the lots and so became the founder of this classic city of our county. This is one of the two earliest settlements of Clarke County. Let no one think it these people were miserable.

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They were not. There was less anxiety about the means of life then than now. Wants were so much simpler and there was not so much competition in everything undertaken. Mistakes were made, but if the people had been wealthier, progress would have been faster. The winters were too cold to set out orchards for years but finally, T. Gregg succeeded and others followed.

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The town was laid out around a public square consisting of an entire block, which formed the center of the village. The first schoolhouse in Hopeville was a log cabin. A few of the youngest could go to school, the older children had to stay home and work. Here, too, the Methodist Episcopal Church of the village was organized and held its first meetings. A little later more people arrived and those of the Baptist faith erected a little log cabin for themselves. Meanwhile, people of the Christian Church organized and held meetings at the home of Dr.

Jesse Emery. With the passing of time, small frame houses came to take the place of log cabins. About , two frame churches - Methodist and Christian - were erected. These two churches were south of the village square, facing north. Each had two front doors, one for the men and the other for the women and children. A family would come together to the platform along the front, then separate, the men going to one side, the women and children to the other side.

If there were a large family of children the father as well as the mother might accompany them and sit on the women's side to assist in maintaining quiet and reverence during the long services. On Sunday evenings young rnen might accompany their sweethearts and sit with them on the distaff side. When the church was crowded, the women might sit on the men's side while the men stood at the rear or outside looking in at an open window.

At a time in the history of Hopeville there were four churches established, Methodist, Christian, New-Light and Dunkard.

One of these, Orin S. Rarick was cited for bravery and promoted to Captain. Two of Hopeville's young men were killed in action.

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When the war was over, the Grand Army post at Hopeville became one of the strongest in southwestern Iowa, and the Hopeville Grand Army Fife and Drum Corps served its own and neighboring communities for many years. A remnant of that patriotic group was taken to Murray to help celebrate Armistice Day in at the close of World War I. There was a time in the decade of the sixtie's when Concordia Lodge No. Members came for miles around and frequently remained to an early hour to partake of refreshments.