Iowa Old Press
Dubuque, Dubuque co. Iowa
March 25, 1873
The unusually quiet village of Monona, Clayton county, Iowa, a station on
the Milwaukee St. Paul railroad, was thrown into a high state of excitement
late on Saturday night by the report, which proved to be true, that an
Englishman, named Blaybeen, a desperate character, had murdered Luman
Ingalls, a young man of quiet, unassuming manner, whom he had first enticed
into his saloon, and after getting him crazy drunk turned him into the
street, and on Ingalls attempting to re-enter, but finding the door locked,
began kicking and pounding, so enraged Blaybeen that he seized a gun and
went out, and approaching close to Ingalls, fired, the charge entering his
heart, and passing upward, came out at the throat, causing instant death.
Blaybeen was arrested, and taken to Elkader, where he was confined in jail.
He and his family resided at McGregor, but on account of the many diark
villainies associated with his name, he was driven from the city. Ingalls
was buried Sunday, a large crowd following the remains to the grave.
At Lansing, Saturday night, a fracas occurred in the saloon of N. Degnan,
where a dance was going on. A youth of 20 named J. Metcalf, becoming noisy
and insulting in his remarks to the girls present, was told by Mr. Degnan to
behave himself. Metcalf replied that he didn't care a damn for the girls,
whereupon Degnan undertook to put him out. Metcalf then drew a knife and
stabbed Degnan once in the breast and two or three times in the right
shoulder and arm. Degnan was at once taken home and medical aid called.
Metcalf was arrested and lodged in jail.
Miss Abbie Cleaves, of Davenport, said to be a thoroughly schooled
physician, has been appointed assistant on the medical staff of the state
Died. O'Grady - In this city, Monday evening, March 24th, at 15 minutes
before 6 o'clock, John O'Grady, of consumption, aged 53 years. Notice of
funeral will be given hereafter.
Death of John O'Grady.
The death of this old and well known resident, occurred last evening about
six o'clock, after a short but severe illness, his disease being
consumption. Mr. O'Grady was a native of the county Kildare, Ireland, and
settled in Dubuque some eighteen years ago, following, during that time, the
occupation of boarding house proprietor, and for that period has been
located on First street near Iowa, running what was known as the Washington
House. He leaves a wife and one child. A few weeks ago we saw him on the
street, but in feeble health. His confinement to his room was of short
duration. Deceased was extensively known throughout this ocunty, his house
having been for years the home of farmers and river men, when sojourning in
town. He was a pleasant, agreeable man, with many excellent traits of
character which endeared him to a wide circle of friends.
Ben W. Lacy returned from the east Saturday night. Washington was the
ostensible point of destination with him when he left Dubuque several weeks
ago, but the center of gravity was further north, and he went to Connecticut
after the inaugural celebration at the capital, and comes back to Dubuque,
bringing the principal attraction with him - a handsome young wife - and
does not look greatly depleted from the fatiques of his journey. We predict
for him a long and prosperous career in the legal profession, and married
Present - Sylvester Bagg, Judge. J.M. Werner, Deputy Clerk. M. Liddy,
Met in regular session for the March term, at the Court House, Monday
morning 24th inst. Court opened at 10 o'clock. Attention of the court
during the day occupied with probate business and admission of citizens.
The wills of P.C. Samson, Suhu Schnefer, Geo. C. Dean and James Rice were
admitted to probate. Thos. Kelly, a native of Ireland, was admitted to
Bequests of the Late Geo. C. Dean
The will and testament of the late Geo. C. Dean was offered for probate in
Judge Sylvester Bagg's circuit court, on Monday morning. The third clause
of the instrument embraces the more important bequests and will be of public
interest because it provides in part for public philanthropies. It reads
"I give and bequeath to the following societies and institutions, each
one-twentieth of my property, real and personal - after my debts are paid:
Congregational church building fund, one-twentieth; Chicago Congregational
Theological Seminary, one-twentieth; Grinnell college, Iowa, one-twentieth;
American Home Missionary Society, one-twentieth; American Board of
Commissioners for Foreign Missions, one-twentieth. To my beloved wife
five-twentieths; to my beloved son Charles B. Dean, five-twentieths; to my
beloved daughter Kate, five-twentieths."
Mr. Dean bequeathed his gold watch to Mr. Geo. A. Fifield, a faithful
employee of the Iowa Iron Works. He appointed his brother-in-law, V.J.
Williams, of Dubuque, and his brother Charles A. Dean, of Monona, Iowa,
executors of his estate.
Submitted by S.F. Sep 2009