Burlington, Des Moines co., Iowa
September 10, 1859
A German Republican Club was organized in this city Tuesday evening last.
The officers elected were --
Chas J.J. Leopold, president
A.L. Wolf, vice president
H. Kuestenmaker, secretary
H. Ohrt, corresponding secretary
A. Autman, treasurer
Th. B. Weber, John Rosenzweig and ? Frey, executive committee
State of Iowa, Des Moines county. To Henry Dunham otherwise George Henry
Dunham. Sir, you are hereby notified that there will be on or before the
19th day of September, 1859, on file in the office of the Clerk of the
District Court, in said county a Petition of Harriet M. Dunham, claiming of
you a Divorce from the bonds of matrimony, that a petition has been issued
and returned by the Sherif of said county, as to you not found, and that
unless you appear and answer thereto on or before the morning of the second
day of the next term of said District Court, judgment will be rendered
against you thereon. Shepard & Overton, attorneys for Petitioner. O.C.
Wightman, county judge.
By Rev. Mr. Pratt, Mr. Richard Kelly and Miss Sarah I. Nicholson, all of Des
At Mt. Pleasant on the 3d inst. George H., son of W.H. and Maggie R. Clune,
aged one year.
Clayton County Republicans.
The Republican County Convention of Clayton County, met yesterday at
Garnavillo. The Convention was fully attended, and perfectly harmonious in
its doings. The following ticket was nominated:
Senator, Gilbert Douglas, Esq., of Clayton City, a relative of S.A. Douglas,
but a much better citizen; Representatives, D.C. Baker, of Sperry, and Mr.
Merrill, of McGregor; County Judge, John Garber; Recorder, Jacob Nicklaus;
Sheriff, William Scott; County Superintendent, J.W. Van Ornam; Surveyor,
The ticket is composed of the best men of Clayton County, and is sure of
success. The vile slander that Clayton County will at this election rank
herself with the Democrats, will be refuted at the polls. Hon. James Harlan
addressed the Convention and citizens assembled, at the close of the
proceedings, in a speech of some two and a half hours length. The speech
was a master piece of argumenta en wit. Much anxiety had been expressed by
the Democracy lest the Senator should talk about "National extravagance" and
skip our "State expenditures." They had their uneasiness for naught. The
Senator did talk about National extravagence, and did not skip State
expenditures, to the manifest distress of the Democracy. They at first felt
bad lest he shouldn't, and felt "worse" because he did. Owing to the late
hour to which the Convention held, Mr. Harlan was unable to fulfil his
appointment at Guttenberg in the evening, to the great relief of the
Democracy. -- Dubuque Times.
On Monday night last, W.F. Gillet, charged with horse stealing, Isaac Rosev
charged with attempting to poison; and S.E. Koonrad charged with stealing a
promissory note, broke jail, and are now at liberty. They effected their
escape by sawing off eigthteen iron bars 1/2 inch in diameter. The escape of
Gillett virtually works the acquittial of A.R. Pepper, who was discharged a
few days since on bail, as he was the principle witness against him, and
without whose testimony there is no probability of a conviction. These
fellows evidently received assistance from some outsiders, who are
sympathizing with them; as a matter of course, we are unable to determine
who they are; but if we are not much mistaken there is a vast amount of
rottenness and scroundrelism skulking about in this community, clothed in
garbs of respectability, but we entertain a lively hope that the gradual
unfolding of the scroll of time will bring to light some devolopments which
will show them up in their proper character; crime is not confined to the
illiterate and low bred. -- Mt. Pleasant News.
The State of Iowa, Des Moines County. In County Court of said County.
Estate of Daniel Long, deceased. The undersigned has this day been
appointed Executor of the Last Will and Testament of Daniel Long, deceased.
J.K. Scott, ex'r.
One that weighted 68 pounds is chronicled as having been raised this season
by W.R. Lawton, near Savannah. -- Ottumwa Courier.
Delaware County Republicans.
The Republicans of Delaware county held their County Convention at Delhi on
the 31st ult. The following nominations were made: W.A. Roberts,
superintendent of Public Instruction; L. McNamee, Judge; J.B. Boggs,
sheriff; Dr. E.C. Taylor, treasurer and recorder; Chas Harger, surveyor;
A.E. Martin, coroner; and E.N. Clemense, representative. We were in
attendance at the Convention, and were pleased with the harmony which
prevailed. It was in striking contrast with the pow-wows into which
Democratic Conventions are not frequently turned. -- Dubuque Times.
A Terrible Affliction.
On the forks of Wood river, there has lived for ten years past an honest
German, named Henry Webber, a happy husband, and father of six children.
Last week, on going home to dinner, he was surprised to find his team
hitched to his wagon, the household furniture loaded in the wagon, in which
was also the wife and six children, all ready to start. On inquiring that
all this meant, his hired man, also a German, gave Webber to understand that
it was none of his business, and presenting a six shooter at Webber, jumped
into the wagon and deliberately drove off, since which, Webber has had no
tidings of wife, children, horses, wagon or househould furniture. Webber
had not the slightest reason to believe his wife unfaithful, or that she
was in any degree dissatisfied. He married her after a strictly business
fashion. Some twenty years ago, while acting as a flour packer for Wise &
Lea, he thought he ought to get married. Too much occupied in business to
court a wife, he wrote to a female friend in St. Louis, whom he had known in
German, to select a wife for him. In a few days his St. Louis friend
replied to him, tsatting that she had made a selection, and requested him to
come down on a given day and marry the woman selected. On the day appointed
he went to St. Louis, saw the woman, married her, and returned with her to
this city the same evening, and ever since has lived happily with her. Her
departure was as business like as her marriage. -- Alton Courier, Sept.
[transcribers note: There is an Alton in Sioux co. Iowa, but it is possible
that this may be an Alton, Illinois article]
Suicide - Mr. Wm. Bridges of White Oak township, in this county, comitted
suicide on Saturday morning last by taking Strychine. He was a farmer and
having finished harvesting his crop had engaged for several days previous to
the occurrence in hauling to town and disposing of his surplus grain, and
evinced no unusual signs of depression or indisposition, even on the morning
of the fatal occurence he arose as usual and went about his accustomed
duties until breakfast, when, after partaking moderately he retired to an
adjoining room; taking with a glass of water, and returning in a moment told
his daughter to get him certain articles of clothing, at the same time
strictly enjoining her to wash the glass he had been using, saying that he
had taken a dose of Strychnine. Alarmed at this intelligence a member of
the family was dispatched to the nearest neighbors, who on arriving at the
house of the dying man attempted to administer such antidotes as were within
their reach, but determined t die, he persistently refused to have anything
done for him, to destroy the effect of the poison, and when interrogated by
his friends as to the cause of his rash act, he would assign no reason
except that he had "lived long enough and wanted to die." He lived about
one hour after taking the poison, perfectly conscious and apparently in the
utmost composure, giving directions in regard to his affairs, except when
just in the spasms produced by the strychnine. He had, at times during the
last year past seemed mentally depressed and oblivious to things around him,
and we are informed, even intimated to friends a desire to die, yet never
assigned any causes nor seemed at all irrational, and facts subsequently
narrated in connection with the business affairs of the deceased go to show
that his plans were well arranged with special reference to the deed. He
was regarded as a good man, an obliging neighbor, and a worthy citizen --
On the 9th inst., a little son of Jackson Nelson, of Adair County, aged
three years, in playing about a well near the house, fell into it. His
cries attracted the attention of his mother, who went to the well, and
seeing nothing but his hat on top of the water, supposed him to be drowned,
and ran to the neighbors for assistance. By the time assistance was at hand
the little fellow had been in the well almost an hour, and was found holding
on bravely to a stone at the edge of the water. The well was twenty two feet
deep and the water in it was eleven feet deep. -- Winterset Madisonian.
A Yankee schoolmaster, named Comstock, turned a drove of cattle into the
corn-field of a farmer in Dubuque, Iowa, and during the confusion which this
act created in the family, ran away with the farmer's daughter, and married
Mr. Samuel W. Ballenger, under indictment for seduction of Sarah E. TAylor,
was on last Friday, after a protracted trial, in the District Court found
guilty. Messrs. Wooden and Yocum for the prosecution , and Macon and
Street, and Crookham for defendant. Defendants motion for new trial was by
the court overruled. he will probably be sentenced today, but the Court has
intimated tha his punishment will be merely nominal -- Oskaloosa Times.
The Iowa Sate Teachers' Association which held its Annual Session at
Washington last week, elected the following officers for the ensuing year,
viz: President, D.F. Wells, of Iowa City; Secretary, W.B. Lawler, of
Keokuk; Treasurer, G.B. Dennison, of Muscatine; Chairman of Executive
Committee, C.C. Nestlerode of Tipton. The teachers had an interesting
Burlington, Des Moines co., Iowa
September 17, 1859
A man, named William Murphy, got into a quarrel with John Andrews on Sunday
evening, and during the scuffle stabbed the latter in the face several times
with a penknife. Officer Collier immediately arrested him, and being
brought before Justice Snyder, he was fined ten dollars and costs, which sum
be forked over and decamped.
We learn that the residence of Mr. John Paxton, in Washington township, this
county, was totally consumed by fire, on Sunday morning last. Mr. Paxton,
with his family had gone to church, and upon returning found nothing of his
home remaining but a heap of smouldering ruins. All the household furniture
and the family's clothing were destroyed. the building was a frame, and the
fire occurring at a time in the day when most of the people of the
neighborhood were in attendance at church, had so far advances when
discovered that every effort to stay the progress of the flames proved
fruitless. this is truly a distressing calamity to Mr. P. and his situation
is rendered the more worthy of sympathy from the fact that there was no
insurance on his property . -- Keosauqua News.
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