Carlisle Area Historical Society

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Matt Farley




Good Evening Folks,


My name is Matt Farley. The Farleys were very early settlers


in Warren County. We came from Virginia by way of Indiana


and found our slice of Iowa in what later became Palmyra


Township. In fact, James Farley was the first person to


register land in Union Township, Section 6, just South of


Palmyra in 1845.  I was born in 1847, the oldest of 11 children


born to Thomas and Lucinda Farley. My parents were farmers.


At 15 I enlisted in the Iowa 15th Infantry and proudly served


our country in the War between the States. After the war I


married my childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Jane Ellison.


Farming was not for me. I became a potter. Have you ever


heard of Farley Pottery? It’s well known among Iowa Pottery


Collectors. I had a thriving business on the corner of 2nd and


Elm in Carlisle beside a nice little stream. I obtained my clay


from a pit South of Middle River. It was hauled into town using


teams and wagons. I made crocks, jars, jugs and churns


using both wood and coal to fire my kiln.  Elizabeth and I had


10 children. All of them lived to adulthood and most married


into Carlisle families. Many of my descendants still live here


today and grew up sledding down Farley’s hill just 2 blocks


South of where the Randleman House stands today. I died


October 4th 1891 and this is my grave.



William Lucas McKissick



I am William Lucas McKissick. I was a very important and

wealthy businessman here in Central Iowa. I was born August


27th, 1853 in Pennsylvania of Scotch-Irish ancestry. We


moved to Iowa when I was 11.  By 1878 I was married to my


wife Mary and living in Van Meter, Iowa. I was the owner and


founder of Dallas County Brick & Tile Works. My business


supplied brick to the growing towns of Van Meter and De Soto.


At this count there are a total of 21 buildings in the city of Adel


built with McKissick brick!  In 1904 I sold that business and


opened Adel Brick & Tile which manufactured brick, drain tile


and hollow building blocks. My wife, being herself from


Warren County suggested expanding to include the Carlisle


Brick and Tile plant under the leadership of my son-in-law


Ward W. Mitchell. We built him a fine brick residence on the


NE corner of 1st and Market that still stands today as well as


several other fine brick homes on the North side of Market


Street in Carlisle.  A McKissick brick home was a sign of


prosperity and security. Even the current Methodist Church is


built from my brick!


 After my retirement we came to live in this friendly little town


 with my daughter Gertrude. I was a gentleman of


considerable worth, well informed on the questions of day


and in touch with the trend of current thought and modern


progress. 


 My personal motto is “There is no excellence without labor”!


In 1920, after the turmoil of the great war had subsided, my


wife and I embarked on a world cruise. We sailed on the SS


Empress from Canada to the Netherlands, Japan, Egypt,


France, India, Italy, the Holy Lands and we even visited the


Java Islands. I died in 1922 and I am buried here in this


cemetery surrounded by my devoted family. Many of my


descendants still reside in the area today. (Including the


McCaughey septuplets)

 

Everett Jennings Powers



Hello,


I am Everett Jennings Powers, son of George Albia Powers


and Martha Christina Anna Albertson. I was born in Warren


County, Iowa 1897 and I died at the age of 21 in Peronne,


France. How did I get so far from home? It’s a familiar story.


In April of 1917 President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress


for a declaration of war with Imperial Germany.  In May they


passed the Selective Service Ac. Not long after I joined of the


United States Army, Company A , 168th.  Leaving home was


quite an adventure and I wrote to my family nearly every day.


The conditions were horrific and the fighting fierce. I was


gassed in the trenches near Peronne, France. I lingered in a


French hospital for a few days and succumbed to my injuries


on the 29th of May, 1918. I was one of the thousands of


American soldiers who were buried by the French in that


horrible war. However, I was not to spend my eternal rest in a


foreign land. Not if my family could help it. My body was


exhumed and I was returned to the place of my birth with great


pomp and circumstance. The entire town met me at the train


station and accompanied my flag draped remains to the


Legion Hall here in Carlisle. Recently created, the Legion even


used part of my name in remembrance. There were 5 of us


from Carlisle who died in the war. I was the first. Our Carlisle


Legion uses our initials in their official name. Carlisle PMCKS


Unit #391. P for Powers, M for Marsh, C for Conklin K for


Killen and S for Snelson. I was also given the special honor of


having a highway named for me!  Yes, the road that leads


from Des Moines through Carlisle, Pleasantville and all the


way to Knoxville was once named the Everett Powers


Highway! White poles marked the way with the initials E P!


Imagine that! I was reburied in this beautiful shady cemetery,


close to my family; in the country I gave my life for.  Please


don’t forget that we lived and loved and died.   

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