[I cannot determine the vital statistics of this farmer or his wife. Usually the stories I transcribe give at least first initials and often at least one other name, both of which help in records searches. But, this was such a touching story of community, I have decided to include it anyway. Hopefully, someone will be able to connect this story with the correct family someday.]
–Mr. Berry, a deaf mute who farms near Farley, had the misfortune to lose his wife, who was also a deaf mute, and therefore better calculated to sympathize with him than persons possessing all their faculties.
Monday evening Mr. Berry finished cutting his wheat, which he left lying on the ground, intending to bind and shock it the next day. That night a party of gentleman went from Farley to the wheat field and bound and shocked all the grain in good order, thus saving Mr. Berry considerable labor. He knew nothing of the matter and was agreeably surprised Tuesday morning to discover that his work was done. These gentlemen performed a praiseworthy act and deserve commendation for the delicate manner in which they performed their work.–Dubuque Telegraph
September 3, 1874
Anamosa Eureka, 2nd page, last column