ENTERPRISE-November 24, 1899
FROM NOTES ON A TRIP TO BIG PLAIN AND MT. STERLING
Transcribed by Mary Lou Stiverson
...The Big Plain pie was in fine condition, almost level and straight as Republican ballots in Fairfield Township, through which it passes. The commissioners wisely ordered a new bridge over Deer Creek, which now has to be forded and the work of completion is being rapidly pushed forward.
When we arrived at Big Plain we made our first call at the hardware and stove store of J.W. Hume which is the most popular resort in the village, outside the post office. Will, as he familiarly known to everybody has by his square dealings and a desire to please, built up a lucrative business. He is also township clerk, in which capacity he has made many friends. Mr. H. has telephone connection in his store and can order on the premises anything not in stock. G.W. Corder, the village blacksmith, has been in business for 20 years and has one of the largest and most convenient shops in the county. He is a wood-worker, blacksmith and horse shoer, in which latter capacity he is an expert. His sons, Frank aged 18 and Harley 16, assist their father in the shop during the school vacation and are proving good assistance. W.G. Warner, who has been making an extended visit to the west, has just returned home and reports good crops this season. His brothers, each of whom receive a copy of the Enterprise, are well and prospering. W.H. Fitzgerald has returned from Chicago with 600 head of Montana sheep. We hope they will make him a good profit when he sells next season. The residence of Mrs. Sarah J. Johnson is being enlarged and improved and has been supplied with a phone in the new company. Mrs. J. informs us that she has rented the John Heath and William Florence farms for the next season at cash rent. G.S. Bower, who had been a tenant on the first named farm for several years, will remove but we could not learn his location. The Florence farm has been improved with a new residence and barn. We met at the residence of Mrs. Johnson an old patron, Lemuel Lawrence, who is one of the self made men of the Township. He came here more than 50 years ago from Ross County, began running a peddling wagon and is now the owner of 250 acres of choice land with fine improvements. He informed us he had shipped his lambs and sheep to Chicago and we hope struck a good market. We met our old time friend and patron, Robert Deyo, at Derby. He stated that he had just purchased three cars of cattle which he will feed this winter. He ran the elevator at Palestine (Era) for several years but is now engaged exclusively in buying and shipping live stock, paying top prices and dealing square with the farmers. You can always depend on the word of Robert Deyo and he deserves financial success. We have a local interest in the success of Derby, as the posters for the sale of the first lots were printed at the Enterprise office, the owners of the land being Mr. Deyo, WM. Heath and Seymour Renick. One of the conditions of the sale was that no intoxicating liquors were ever to be sold on the premises and the consequence there are no saloons in the village, which contains 500 inhabitants, with creditable churches, school house, residences and stores. G.W. Hume, who retired from active farming several years ago, resides here, also Dr. C.W. Higgins, who owns a good farm near the village.
Genealogical Data collected and assimilated in part by Mary Lou Stiverson.