Iowa Old Press
Postville, Allamakee co. Iowa
Merton P. Cook Meets with a Tragic Death - Son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Cook Killed When Caught in Ferry Cable at Keller, Washington
Postville friends will sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Cook, of Keller, Washington, in the loss of their son, whose tragic death is related in the following excerpt from the San Poil (Wash.) Eagle of May 6th.
Merton P. Cook, Ferryman, met instant death on the Clark ferry, seven oclock last Sunday morning when his body cam in contact with the cable wheel which, apparently, was running wild. Mr. Cook slept on the boat that night and had crossed several cars after dawn. He was alone at the time of the accident, and no one knows just what happened, but it is quite possible that the boat had just left the Ferry county shore and Mr. Cook had let out the north end cable in preparing to cross the stream, and then turned to do something else, perhaps to lower the keel or to wind up the south end cable, discovering that the south end cable, discovering that the cable wheel he had just left had broken loose and, of course, it would be running at great speed before he could get to it. In his rush to stop the wheel he either missed the foot brake or his knee gave away throwing his body on the wheel. It is also probable that his body was pinned or deposited on the framework supporting the wood awning over the ferry wheels, where the ferry wheels, where the wheel sawed a great hole in his left side, tearing out the ribs, lung and liver. The body probably brought the wheel, it dropped its victim on the floor of the ferry, and resumed its speed until the some sixty feet of cable was spent. Aroused by the peculiar action of the boat Albert Eckel saw, from his bed on the porch of the Eckel home, the wheel running wild and knew something serious had happened. The boat was then two-thirds of its way across, and drifted to shore. Cooks body was found lying between the two wheels horribly mutilated. The force was so great that one of the spokes of the wheel, projected for hand holds and about one and a half inches thick, was broken off entirely and several broken over.
A STORE AND GARAGE BURNED AT GUNDER
Last Saturday evening the village of Gunder, ten miles south of Postville, suffered a heavy fire loss when the garage of Oscar Nyborg and the general store of Martin Nelson were totally destroyed. As we hear it the fire originated in the Nyborg garage where someone was engaged in putting gasoline in the tank of an engine operating an electric lighting plant while the motor was in operaton. An explosion resulted that fired the garage and the general store of Martin Nelson adjacent, both of which were destroyed as the village is without equipment to fight fire. The fire companies from Elgin and Postville responded with their gas engines, but arrived too late to save any of the property. Four autos, some accessories and machinery burned with the garage and the loss is considerable and we understand there is some question regarding the insurance. Most of the merchandise was taken from Mr. Nelsons store, but his household effects on the second floor were practically all burned. The building was owned by Harold Landsgaard. We are told both these losses are fairly covered by the insurance.
WILL DEDICATE I.O.O.F. HALL, FRIDAY, MAY 21
Friday, May 21st has been set apart by the members of Postville Lodge I.O.O.F. for the dedication of their new lodge home, the former M.E. church, and they are planning to make it a red letter day in fraternalism. Grand Master Seneca Cornell of Ottumwa will be here to dedicate the hall and deliver an address and will be assisted by Major General J.A. Cutting of Cresco. Local lodge members are working hard to make it a gala occasion and will spare neither pains nor expense to make it a great fraternal day, not only for the three linkers, but for the general public as well, as everybody is cordially invited to attend the program and listen to the splendid addresses. Twenty-four lodges in northeast Iowa have been invited to participate and from reports already received it is assured they will be here in large numbers. The exercises of the day will be held at the hall, starting at two oclock p.m. and it will be an occasion well worth the time of all who can do so to attend. Our local lodge brethren never do anything by halves, they are and of right ought to be a bit proud of their new lodge hall. Hence let everybody come to Postville, Friday, May 21st, and see the hall and listen to the splendid fraternal talks.
TEACHERS ALL ENGAGED FOR POSTVILLE SCHOOLS
The board of education has finished its work of hiring teachers for next year and it goes without saying they have been very careful in making their selections. The Postville schools have ranked with the best schools in the state for some years past a fact of which we all are proud and that they are to be maintained at the same high standard will meet with hearty approval from the public. With the exception of four teachers the force next year will be the same as is now in charge. Secretary Geo. S. Tuttle hands us the following list of those who will next year comprise the teaching force:
Superintendent R.D. Noble
Principal Amy K. Meier
Manual Training and coach Palmer O. Johnson
Smith-Hughes Agriculture Fred C. ORiley
Social Science and History Margaret Hill
English and Latin Katherine Bryan
Home Economics Lois Farrington
Music Sylvia Dorweiler
Junior High Principal Claretta Staary
Junior High Mary K. Hanson
Fifth Grade Amelia Bruene
Fourth Grade Ada De Vries
Third Grade Helen Fuller
Second Grade Rachel Minton
First Grade Cora B. Darling
On Thursday of last week, May 6th, Chas. F. Reincke of this city and Amy L. Knapp of Monona stole quietly away to Dubuque and were united in marriage, after which they spent several days visiting relatives and friends in Dubuque, Guttenberg and prairie du Chien, arriving in Postville last Sunday. The groom is the popular proprietor of the Commercial Hotel in this city and his bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Moritz of Monona. Both parties are well and favorably known in their home communities and with their many friends the Herald joins in extending its heartiest well wishes and hopes that health, happiness and prosperity may be theirs abundantly
What the Postville Folks Were Doing 25 Years Ago - Intersting Items Taken From the Files of the Iowa Volksblatt of May 10, 1926
-Geo. Schuler has gone to Chicago for a visit
-The farmers are very busy now planting corn.
-A big shoe sale begins Monday at Luhman & Sanders.
-Skelton & Tangeman are paying 11cents per dozen for eggs.
-Mrs. E.H. Prior and children are visiting her parents in Fayette.
-A wide-awake little son arrived at the Pearl Ellis home Sunday.
-Fritz Weber, Holters clerk, has been ill for a number of days.
-Marshall Hawkins was kicked in the leg by a cow and is a half invalid now.
-The Frauenverein will serve dinner at noon, in Turner Hall on Decoration Day.
-The excursion to LaCrosse last Sunday took 48 people out of Postville.
-Calvin Collins and Annie Steffens of Castalia were married in Decorah recently
-Harvey Cornell has recovered from the scarlet fever and the quarantine has been lifted.
-Last Wednesday the August Schultz family circle was enlarged by the arrival of a fine son.
-Henry Muchow of Waukon was here Thursday to have his youngest daughter baptized by Rev. Bockelman
-Carl Schulz Sr., and Henry Webb have gone to Prairie du chien to sweat themselves well in the Turkish baths.
-John Schultz and his men have started to clean up the streets and the town is beginning to look cleaner already.
-A number of families were guests in the John Pahlas home in Grand Meadow Sunday and report a royal good time.
-Wednesday evening a supper and handkerchief bazaar was held in Turner Hall for the benefit of the Catholic church.
-We hear that Wm. Thoma returned home from California Saturday. He did not stop in Postville but went right on through to Waukon.
-Fritz Ruckdaschel was surprised Saturday evening by a company of his young friends who remembered that it was his eighteenth birthday. They all had a good time.
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Postville, Allamakee Co. Iowa
May 20, 1926
-For sale - a quantity of oats. T.H. FOLEY, Postville.
-For sale - baby buggy in excellent condition. F.H. LUHMAN.
-All kinds of vegetable and flower plants for sale. Mrs. David MEYER
-For sale - Second hand Round Oak Rang. Good condition. L.L. HILL.
-For sale - Buildings and 26 acres adjoining Postville. Wm. MOLL.
-Farmers Mutual Insurance, Fire, Lightning, High wind, Tornado & Cyclones. John WALTERS, agt.
-For sale - Poland china Boar, also seed barley, which took first prize at the Farmers' Institute. Will KUGEL, Luana, Iowa, rt. 1.
-Lakenvelders eggs for hatching, $1.50 per 15. these birds began laying when 6 months old and have laid all winter. They are practically non-setters. The Country Gentleman calls them the best laying fowl in the world. Mrs. Irvin ALLEN.
-P.B. Tom Barron English S.C.W. Leghorns, winter egg strain, hatching eggs from carefully culled flock. $4 per 100; $12 for 30 doz. case. Rudy EVERMAN, Postville.
Candidates for Allamakee Co. offices, primary election:
D.D. ROGGENSACK - for re-election to county recorder, republican
L.D. SMITH - for Board of Supervisors, republican
Ole N. THOMPSON - for Board of Supervisors, republican
Sid P. QUAM - for county auditor, republican
Merlin W. MUTH - for county auditor, republican
Geo. C. TONEY - for sheriff, republican
John P. KING - for sheriff, republican
Walter L. HALL - for sheriff, democrat
W.C. BENDER - for sheriff, republican
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Postville, Allamakee Co. Iowa
May 27, 1926
Postville Remembers our Nations Honored Dead, Sunday May 30th.
The general public is invited to participate in paying a just tribute to the nation's honored dead. The procession will form at the school grounds at 1:45 p.m. under the direction of Col. Darius ORR and Chief Marshal L.A. BELLOWS. Order of the parade:
Postville HS band
World War Veterans in command of Lieutenant J.A. PALAS
Flower girls in charge of J.M. HARRIS
Postville Public Schools
President of the Day, Speaker & Chaplains - in autos
Mayor & City Council, citizens - on foot
Exercises at Opera House:
Mayor W.J. HANKS, presiding
Rev. P. HOGAN, invocation
R.R. DOUGLASS, remarks for Legion
Rev. H.E. MORROW, address
Song, "America" by the audience
Services at Cemetery:
Decoration of the Graves, Legion ceremonial, firing salute, taps & benediction by Rev. E.T. FINCK.
Dorothy Hinman, Esther Deering, Vivian Welch, Carolyn Campbell, Loretta Schlee, Clinda Gercke, Marion Hinman, Opal Handy, virginia Finck, Josie Koevenig, Margot Musser, Pauline Everman, Naomi Harris, Ruth Service, Ruby Ellis, Naomi Ellis, Nina Folson, Anna Larson, Jean Horgan, Aileen Peterson, Kathryn Beucher, Gertrude Sanders, Mary Gray, Bessie Brooks, Martis Weihe, Lucille Hammond, Doris Schultz, Loretta Horgan, Neva Kluss, Jeanette Sanders, Eileen Meyer, Bernice Burling, Eleanor Galoway, Irene Meyer, Florence Everman, Alice Cole, Ruth Meyer, Leona Mohs, Janet Service, Lucille Harris, Gretchen Gordon, Lois Turner, Romilda Gass, Mardella Schultz, Gertrude Schultz, Marie Everman, Vella Meyer, Marie Muchow, Helene Meier, Helen Wegner, Ruth Green, Jeanette Bloxham, Ellen G. Miller, Lois Harris, Anna Hangartner, Genevieve Ohloff, Ora Schroeder, G. Hangartner, Amy Miller, Hilda Pearson, Frances Casten, Francis Pearson & Ruth Turner.
R.B. WATERS of Grand Meadow township, planned and perpetrated a neat surprise on her husband last Sunday on the occasion of his birthday anniversary. She invited in a goodly number of guests who most heartily enjoyed the sumptous dinner and the fine social season following. Those present to participate in the happy event wish Bert many happy returns of the day.
[abstracted] The bankers of Allamakee co. held a special meeting at Waukon...One of the main objects...was to complete the organization of the county vigilantes committee...Dennis COTA of Waukon was chosen as Chief. The vigilantes in this county have been on the job for some time and are already equipped with arms and ammunition...shot guns, rifles and pistols and before long chief COTA will have the boys assemble for target practice and will round them into shape so they can hit the bulls eye every shot. The vigilante system is considered the most effective means of warding off bank robberies...no attempts have been made to rob the banks of this county...due to the fact that the vigilantes have been on the job in Allamakee for the past several years. The officers of the Allamakee Co. Bankers association are:
L.O. BEUCHER, Postville, President
S.W. LUDEKING, Waukon, Vice President
J.H. LARKIN, Lansing, Secretary
G.M. KERNDT, Lansing, Treasurer
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