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Hazel Myrick



Hazel Myrick Blake was the daughter of Anderson and Carolyn “Cally” Myrick. She grew up in the Ford and Hartford areas. At the age of 65 she made some notes about her growing up years.

“I was born at the old home place near Ford, where my sister Stella, (Estella Myrick Rawson) and her husband, Dave Rawson, lived. If you lived in Ford you were call a ‘Fordike.’

Ford was a mining town with two stores, a Post Office, a railroad and depot. Some of the families living there were the Butlers, Shepherds, Thompsons, Bradfords, Fetters, Prestons, Harrises. My Dad and Homer Gwinn ran the store, and later Buck Gwinn ran the store with him. Emm Preston had another store. Businesses stayed open at night and my Dad walked home after closing time.

Mark Ray was the depot agent. Mail came to Ford by train. Jim Young drove the mail hack, and delivered mail to Hartford and Palmyra.

I remember some teachers at Ford School were Nill B., Nora Kerr, Delta Robinson, Martha S. and Perry Furrow. In winter we would coast on a big long bobsled. We would start at the school house, coast down to the railroad tracks at Ford, and then walk back up the hill as fast as we could, to go down again.

My sister Eula, loved to go barefoot. She was the first kid to take her shoes off in the spring and the last to put them on in the fall. One day it snowed while we were at school and she had to walk home. She beat us all.

When I was nine, we moved to Hartford. I remember two teachers: Letta Shuemire and Chub Sheppard. The two churches were Presbyterian and Christian. Edd Freel led the band in concerts at the band stand.

When we were old enough to socialize, we had parties at our homes where we danced to the tune of a French Harp. Some Hartford friends I remember were Lena Black, Lois Wit and Blanche Leverich.

Roy Blake (1894-1970) and I were married in 1916. We had one daughter, Marie, who married Mal Gelbach. She has two children, Vicki and Vance.”

Vicki Breaker is a dentist living in Tacoma, Washington and Vance Gelbach is a businessman who lives in Des Moines..




Back row, l. to. r: Albert “Specks” Keeney, Ralph “Baby Ralph” Thomas,

Coach Reverend Earnest Parks, Gerald “Liege” Marsh, also known as “Marsh.” Claude “A. B.” Anderson.

Front row: Charley “Chick”Corzatt, Dwight “Tommie” Kail, John “Johnnie” Smith, also known as “Smithy.”

From the diary of Lois Sarah Nickle, Carlisle Graduating Class of 1922.

Dr. Sproul Hull, Carlisle, Iowa

Dr Sproul Hull

Dr. William Sproul Hull, 1828-1885.


From recollections of Emmett, his youngest son, January 18, 1940.

Dr. Hull had a log cabin on Market Street which was then the center of the village. (Carlisle) In 1872 Dr. Hull built a very fine residence, later the Alkire property, and was last occupied by the Overton family. It was Gothic style with pointed windows and gables. The water supply was obtained from a well north of the house, which was open with two buckets suspended by ropes for drawing up the water. An accident occurred when the small daughter of a neighbor fell into a well across the street which was forty feet deep, but the child, a granddaughter of Billy Spencer, was saved by her mother who hauled her up in “the old oaken bucket.”

The doctor’s office stood on the southeast corner of the lot, facing Market Street. That building was later used by Dr. Frank Church Hull, W. S Hull’s son. The same building was later occupied by Gregg and Goodhue.

Other business places in the early 1870’s were: Capt. Swallow, groceries and notions; Wm. Saurs, Drug Store; Abe Shoemaker and Uncle Charley Foulke, General Merchandise. There was a hardware store and a Lodge Hall.

There were two hotels. One was THE BUSICK HOTEL. There was also a harness shop, owned by Wm. Reed, uncle of Mrs. John Seid.

Thanks to Wilma Rothfus for the story and Marsha Deskin for the picture.

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