Special to The Gazette-Republican
PALO, May 3 1927
Thomas Jefferson Weatherwax, 84, oldest man of Palo, was one of
a family of four brothers and a father to be enlisted in the Union army
during the Civil war. He enlisted at Cedar Rapids, May 9, 1864, and served
for three months in Company E, Forty-sixth regiment. P.A. Yates, former
local resident, was in the same regiment.
In 1854, when he was 12 years old,
his parents, Thomas and Jane Clark Weatherwax left their home in Schenectady
county, New York and came west to Iowa in a covered wagon. Mr. Weatherwax
remembers this trip distinctly. He says it took thirteen days to drive from
Illinois to Cedar Rapids, "Through mud, sleet, rain, and hail."
The Weatherwax's settled in Benton County, midway between Atkins and
Palo. There they lived for many years, rearing a family of eight boys and
four girls. At the time the family settled on the prairie southwest of Palo,
not a building was to be seen from their home in any direction. Mr.
Weatherwax and his brothers walked four miles east to the Kline school, the
site of which is on the Cedars Rapids-Vinton road.
Mr. Weatherwax worked on the home farm, after returning from the army,
until 1872, when he went to Kossuth county, Iowa, and farmed. In 1902 he came
back to Palo. At present he lives with his sister, Mrs. L.A. Kline.
Despite his advanced age, Mr. Weatherwax reads a great deal, and is well
informed on current events. When asked who he thinks will be our next
President, he said, "Well I'm certain of one man who won't be; that's me. It
is too soon to tell as yet, but I know who I'd like to see elected. That's
Lowden of Illinois."
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