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Lewis W. Homan, an Early Iowa Pioneer

December 16, 2011


Short Sketch of Adams County Citizens of Advanced Age.


One of the Early Pioneers in Iowa, an Ex-County Judge and an Exemplary Citizen.

Lewis W. Homan, the subject of this sketch, was born January 26, 1818, and is now 91 years old. His father and mother were citizens of Virginia at the time of their marriage, in 1816, but soon after moved into Kentucky. Mark Homan, father of Lewis W., was born in Virginia near the Potomac river, about 40 miles above the city of Washington, in the year 1789, the year that George Washington was first elected president. When Mark Homan was 13 years old he moved with his mother to what is now West Virginia, where he lived until he attained the age of 27 years, and where he met and married Miss Nancy Burson, in 1816. Soon after their marriage they moved across the Cumberland mountains into Kentucky, crossing the mountains on horseback. In 1818 their son, Lewis W., whose picture we this week present to our readers, was born, on the banks of Salt river, in Kentucky. When Lewis was about eight years old his grandmother, Elizabeth Homan, entered land in Putnam county, Indiana, which she deeded to her son Mark, and to which Lewis W. came with his father and mother in the fall of 1827, and where his father made his home until the time of his death in 1874, the mother dying in 1837. Here Lewis grew to manhood and in 1838 was married to Miss Temperance M. McClain.

Image from Legends of America

In 1843 with his wife and three children he moved to Jones county, Iowa, coming through from Indiana with an ox team and in the old fashioned prairie schooner. Jones county was then mostly unfenced, raw prairie, and its county seat was but a very small village. However, its people were open hearted and kind to all newcomers, and the family was soon among kind and sociable friends. They resided in Jones county until the year 1856, when they came to Adams county, where they again went through the experiences of making a home on the frontier of a new country. It was not long, however, until they were surrounded with friends and helpful neighbors, and the exemplary life of the old gentleman has retained the respect and esteem of all his acquaintances down through the years. Mr. Homan was married but once, his wife living with him to old age. At the time of her death, about eight years ago, they had been living together 63 years. On the occasion of their fifty-seventh wedding anniversary a large number of their relatives and friends met to assist in celebrating the event. Mr. and Mrs. Homan were the parents of 12 children and number among their progeny 51 grandchildren, most of whom are living, and 44 great grandchildren, a record that scarcely finds an equal in Adams county.

Lewis Homan and wife passed a few years in Corning, the rest of their lives they spent on the farm, where they raised their large family. Under the old law, Mr. Homan served a term as county judge of Adams county, and thus it will be seen that his friends and neighbors delighted to honor him with a high position in their midst. He and his brother Westley were the founders of the First Baptist church of Adams county, which was organized in 1858, and of which he is the only charter member. It stands as a splendid monument to his religious zeal and fidelity in days when the support of a church meant more than it does now, from a financial standpoint at least. After the organization of this church he was made superintendent of its Sunday school, a position he held for 17 years, and until old age forbade he was one of the deacons of the church. He and his wife early in life identified themselves with church and Sunday school work, also with the cause of temperance. In an early day, while still living in Jones county, they signed a pledge of total abstinence from intoxicants, and faithfully adhered to it all their lives. Mr. Homan is now living in the joy of a well spent life, and the hope of a glorious eternity. Time has been good to Mr. Homan, and left him the use of a sound mind, and some degree of health. He has a good appetite for food and enjoys the eating, but has not strength enough in his limbs to walk, and is unable to leave his room. He generally sleeps well and sits in his rocker most of the day. He is cheerful with the friends who call to see him, and greatly enjoys their visits.

Mark Homan, father of the subject of this article, was a soldier of the war of 1812, and Lewis W. had two sons in the military service of the United States in the war for the preservation of the union.

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa) apr 7, 1909

Burial Ground

December 16, 2011

All that lie beneath the markers
Did not long survive the rigors
And the hardships of the climate
Of that Communistic region

Where they miserably perished.
But the headstones in that graveyard
Are a lesson to the people
Of all freedom loving nations.

Rochester Evening Journal (Rochester, New York) Dec 24, 1934

The Columbia ‘Protest’

December 16, 2011

The Columbia ‘Protest’

THE jitters which has gripped a few Columbia professors at they sense the indignation throughout the country against the use of school-rooms to preach disrespect for the American form of government is a good sign!


And the panicky little group, who have signed a request to the McCormack-Dickstein Committee to “investigate” this rising wave of denunciation, thinking thus to stop it, will find their work cut out for them.

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THESE disturbed professors have grabbed the banner of “academic freedom” and tried to hoist it, claiming that the Hearst newspapers by their crusade against the infiltration of our schools and colleges with Communistic teaching, are repressing the teacher’s freedom.


There is no freedom, academic or otherwise, to sow disloyalty to our country in the minds of our youth.

There is no academic freedom which embraces the teaching of Communism or any other seditious doctrine aiming at the violent overthrow of the United States Government.

The law has seen to that!

The dilemma of the Columbia professors is a question for the Trustees of the University, who have its good name and reputation in their keeping, rather than for a committee of Congress.

But if the McCormack-Dickstein Committee can find the time and opportunity, with their other heavy labors, to write a separate chapter on COMMUNISM AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, we shall be grateful to it, in common with loyal Americans the nation over.

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THE Hearst newspapers have diligently sought to bring the American people to a realization of what is being done in their midst by Communists and the dupes and tools of Communism, with subtle and insidious propaganda.

We have striven to collect and present the evidence of un-American activities wherever we have discovered it.

Much has been accomplished, but much remains to be done.

The co-operation of the McCormack-Dickstein Committee in this patriotic labor would be welcome, together with such unwitting aid as part of the Columbia faculty has rendered by its action in the present instance.

EXPOSURE — PITILESS EXPOSURE — THE FULLEST AND MOST COMPLETE EXPOSURE, is the only way to combat secret and sinister propaganda — aimed at American principles and institutions, and the very EXISTENCE OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ITSELF!

Rochester Evening Journal (Rochester, New York) Dec 28, 1934

Christmas Wish

December 16, 2011


I wish that good old Santa
Would travel like a show
And to his tent of playthings
For nothing let me go.
And take along my stockings
To fill in laughing glee,
With all the things he fondly
Hangs on the Christmas tree.

I’d see the pasteboard camel
Wink at the kangaroo;
I’d see the china wombat
and quagga chase the gnu;
I’d see the rubber ostrich
Serenely wink his eye
To see the monkey capture
The peanut on the fly.

And then I’d see old Santa
With all his books of rhymes;
I’d grab him by the whiskers
And kiss him fifty times,
And on his back go riding
Beneath the fairy dome
And with a lot of playthings
Go running gayly home.

‘Tis then I think old Santa
Should up and go away
And in some other village
Put up his tent next day,
And then go on still farther,
And farther still and still
To let all lovely children
Their great big stockings fill.

‘Twould then be always Christmas,
All musical with joy
And bending tree and turkey
And hobby horse and toy,
For while upon his travels
Old Santa’d scatter cheer;
He’d make a Christmas somewhere
Each day throughout the year.

— Woman’s Home Companion.

The Newark Advocate (Newark, Ohio) Dec 21, 1901

Newark Advocate (Newark, Ohio) Dec 16, 1911