Seventy-six years ago — Thursday, August 29, 1940 — an historical footnote on the family farm

From the The Daily Plainsman,
printed in Huron, South Dakota

A silo building boom is in full swing throughout the Lake Preston area. Those erecting cement silos are George Hay, Anton Strande, George Daniels and Olaf Olson. A number are also making bale-hay silos, which have been found to be satisfactory in this community.”

George Hay is my great grandfather. His son, my great uncle, had gone to Seattle, chasing his girlfriend and soon-to-be wife. But there was still work to be done on the family farm, like building silos.

Being a city boy, I don’t know much about farm life. Talking to my great uncle once, he mentioned corn cribs, and, of course, I had no idea, so he explained.

Sadly, George would fall ill with cancer and die the following year, prompting my great uncle’s return to the farm. He didn’t return to the Pacific Northwest until 1955 or 1956, settling for good.


I wonder if my great uncle remembers this, a family reunion in 1931. He was 15 at the time & is still going strong at 101.

wellman_reunionMy grandmother, his little sister, was four years old at the time.

Darling and Jones Family Reunion Is Held at Wellman

Wellman — The Darling and Jones reunion was held in the Wellman park and attended by a large crowd. A cafeteria dinner was served at noon. Those from a distance who were in attendance were Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Darling, of Ogden; Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Moon, of Iowa City; Mr. and Mrs. Omer Jones and De Lea, of Muscatine; Mr. and Mrs. Glyn Jones, Marcella and Paul, of Ashland, Ill.; Mrs. Carrie Brown, of Peoria, 111.; Mrs. Hilda Foster, Cedar Rapids; the Rev. and Mrs. George Pennington and son, of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Garnet Jeffery, Richard and Mary Ellen, of Mt. Home, Idaho; Mrs. Mattie Munson, of Mt. Home, Idaho; Miss Gladys Daugherty, of Boulder Colo.; the Rev. and Mrs. L. W. Darling, Leroy; Azllle and Lucille, of Lemmons, S. D., and Mrs. Geneva Hay and family, of Lake Preston, S. D.

It’s from The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, dated June 16, 1931.



Birthplace — Canadice, Ontario County, New York

The Northrups & the Darlings


A fella named Northrup, with the same Christian name — Jabez — as another man named Darling — one of my ancestors — somehow ended up settling on a farm in or near the town of Canadice in upstate New York. This was apparently in 1827.

Jabez NORTHRUP, with a family numbering 13, settled on the farm now occupied by Stephen MILLER. NORTHRUP was a carpenter, and erected a frame house; it was better and larger than those of his neighbors. Here he lived till 1837, when he died, aged 74 years. Before his death, his children, once 11 in number, had so settled about him that the conch-shell could call all the living to their dinner. The family not only cleared the homestead, but 300 acres in the neighborhood. Anderson NORTHRUP, Dr. CAMPBELL, J. HEWETT, McCROSSEN and COLGROVE, were successive owners.”

And fate or destiny led another Jabez — Jabez Darling — to this place, too. He came apparently in 1829, staying for a year. Jabez liked to move around. He was constantly on the move.

“Jabez DARLING settled the Peter C. SWARTS farm. At the expiration of a year, Reuben HUFF bought him out. Then came Silas REYNOLDS, Horace WINFIELD, Albert McINTYRE, Floyd RICHARDS, and Joseph WINFIELD.”

And in October of 1830, his son, his last born child, Ezra Darwin Darling came into the world. I’ve known for years that Ezra’s birthplace was Ontario County, New York. It’s well documented. But the precise place has eluded me and every other researcher of this familt that I know. Until now.

Jabez Darling died in Huron County, Ohio in 1836. What happened after the deaths of both parents isn’t clear, but his older sister Almira apparently took on the role of mother and basically adopted Ezra. Whether or not it was official, I don’t know.

How Jabez Northrup fits into the family tree, I haven’t researched yet. But the relationship with the Darling family is key. Because Ezra ends up working for a Northrup family in Chautauqua County, New York, and despite the father’s protests, become in-laws a few years later.


Dana Carvey & John McLaughlin, love ’em both

Comedian Dana Carvey, who parodied The McLaughlin Group and its host John McLaughlin on Saturday Night Live, making the pundit a pop culture icon in the 1990s, paid tribute to the man.

McLaughlin was “an American original. Quick-witted and funny,” Carvey said.

“I loved impersonating him on SNL. His speaking rhythms were so quirky and musical that my impression didn’t have to be exaggerated much to get big laughs.”



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