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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