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Carlisle Area Historical Society

Saving History for Tomorrow

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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