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Sutherland Courier
Sutherland, O'Brien co. Iowa
May 2, 1918

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Mrs. E. O. Powell received the sad news Tuesday that her brother, A. W. Soeth, of Storm Lake, had died at the hospital in Iowa City as a result of an operation on his head for mastoids. She departed Tuesday evening for Storm Lake to attend the funeral.

John Litzel who has been in Chicago at the Presbyterian hospital, where he was receiving medical treatments for the past two weeks, was accompanied home Tuesday morning by his wife, also his sisters, Miss Martha Litzel and Mrs. D. W. Parks. Just before going to press, we are informed that he has been in a stupor since 5:00 o'clock this morning and his condition is considered very serious indeed.

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Sutherland Courier
Sutherland, O'Brien co. Iowa
May 9, 1918

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Two Called By Grim Reaper - Entire Community Saddened by Death of Two Citizens During Week - Both Buried Here

John Nicholas Litzel, 1885-1918
John Nicholas Litzel was born Feb. 23, 1885, and died May 6, 1918, at the age of 33 years, 2 months and 13 days. Johnie, as he was called by everyone who knew him, was born and grew to manhood in Sutherland. He attended our public school although he did not finish the full course. He lived at home with his parents until he was 25 years old, conducting his father's farm at the northeast corner of town where he still lived at the time of his death.

He was married to Miss Malony Schroeder Feb. 23, 1910. Two children were born to this union. Johnie was a man of high ideals. He was a devoted husband, a kind father and a loving son and brother. He counted his friends by his acquaintances.

It was during his home life with his parents that he was the victim of a serious accident on Feb. 18, 1909, having nearly all the muscular part of his right limb below the knee torn away by a wood saw. This wound healed nicely but during the summer of 1910 he had his right foot injured. Owing to the condition of the foot all medical and surgical skill was of no avail and the infection gradually spread through his system. Johnie has been a great sufferer for nine years but has always borne his pain with a cheerful spirit, never complaining.

It was during the past winter he, himself, felt his life slipping away and he made one more attempt and on April 16th he, in company with his wife, went to Chicago to consult a specialist who could give him only temporary relief till the family could bring him home, the disease having already reached the vital parts. He passed away at his home May 6th.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and two children, Eva, aged 6, and Elmer, aged 3; also eight sisters and two brothers, and a wide circle of friends. The funeral services were held at the M. E. church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 in charge of the Knights of Pythias, Empire Lodge No. 202, of which he was a member. Remains were laid to rest in Waterman cemetery.

Mrs. Thomas Merrick, 1841-1918
Margaret Cavenaugh was born in County Carlow, Ireland, Oct. 2, 1841,and departed this life May 3, 1918, aged 76 years, 7 months and 1 day. At the age of 16 years she emigrated to America, coming to Chillicothe, Ohio, where on Feb. 28, 1866, she was united in marriage with Thomas Merrick. The same year they moved to Wapello County, Iowa, where the lived for three years, moving in 1869 to Clay County, where they have ever since resided. She was one of the pioneers, who lived through the hardships of the early days. She is survived by her husband and a host of relatives and friends who are left to mourn her loss. To know her was to love her. Funeral services were held Monday, May 6, at the Sacred Heart Church in Sutherland and the remains were laid to rest in Mount Calvary cemetery.

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Mrs. Corne Larson received word that a brother of Marcus had passed away in a hospital there after an illness of three weeks' duration. The Larson and Burt Mayo families left to be present at the funeral.

Friends will be shocked to learn the sad news of the death of Mrs. Joe Moore, who passed away at her home near Otis, Colorado, last week after a few days' illness of pneumonia. The family lived in this community several years and are well known. The case is extremely sad as she leaves four small children, including a babe three weeks old. The remains were shipped back to her old home at Springfield, Iowa, for burial. Sincere sympathy is extended to the family by their large circle of friends here.

Maple Grove - Mrs. Ernest Bertram came home Saturday from Clarence where she had been to the funeral of an uncle.

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D. H. Selk Dead
D. H. Selk died suddenly Wednesday morning at the Hand hospital in Hartley, being caused from blood poisoning. Funeral services will be held at his home in Sutherland Friday afternoon 2:00 o'clock. Obituary next week.

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The following aliens were admitted to citizenship by Judge Bardley on the last day of the last term of court:
Harry Knut Alfstad, of Sheldon, Norwegian
Thos. Love, of Paullina, British
Chas. Ernest Elliott, of Paullina, British
Matt W. Shankland, of Paullina, British
John Emil Johnson, of Hospers, Sweden
Arend Jan Kleinwolterink, of Sheldon, Holland
George Greenfield, of Ocheydan, Netherlands

The application of William Henry Irvine was dismissed as he found he had not been continuously in the United States for five years. He came here in 1911 but spent some time in Canada.

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Sutherland Courier
Sutherland, O'Brien co. Iowa
May 16, 1918

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Death Claims Two More Citizens - Blood Poisoning Causes Death of D. H. Selk - W. J. Warren Succumbs to Pneumonia

D. H. Selk
Detlef Henry Selk was born March 8th 1852 in Hornbrook Holstein Germany. He died May 7th at 11 p.m. in the Harley Hospital of blood poisoning. He was married to Sophia Plott in 1876. One son, Henry Selk, now living on the farm in Cherokee County, was born to them, his wife dying shortly afterwards. In 1879 he was married to Doratehea [sic?] Hinz and to this marriage was blessed with 4 children, Emil, Otto, Herman and a little girl named Emma, who died in infancy.

April 17th 1881 he moved with his family to Grundy county, Iowa and on July 4th, 1883 he came to O'Brien County where he lived on the farm until 1911, when he retired and moved into his comfortable home in Sutherland. He always has been a hard worker, a good provider and a splendid neighbor. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, and four sons. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Willis, of the Methodist church, assisted by Rev. Rixman, of Calumet, and were attended by a large concourse of friends who gathered to pay their final tribute of respects to the departed. Interment was made in the Waterman cemetery.

W. J. Warren
W. J. Warren died at Primghar, Ia., May 9th, being 58 years, 6 months and 2 days old. The people of Sutherland were sorrow stricken on Friday morning to learn of the death of W. J. Warren who passed away at the Ward hospital on Thursday evening. He succumbed to pneumonia after a short illness.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Warren, deceased, and was born Nov. 7, 1859, at Farley, Iowa. He came to Cherokee in 1855 where he railroaded for a number of years. From there he moved to South Dakota where he lived until five years ago when he came to Sutherland.

On April 7, 1887, he was united in marriage to Miss Clara Allen. Three children were born to this union, Mrs. Alice McCulla, of Parker, S. Dak., James Clarence, of Larrabee, and Charles Allen, who died in infancy. His wife and two children are left to mourn his departure, besides three brothers and three sisters. Funeral services were held in Sutherland Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of his sisters, Mrs. Hattie Brookfield, conducted by Rev. Willis, of the Methodist church. Burial was made in the Waterman cemetery.

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Mrs. E. Staar and son Jake autoed to Cylinder last Saturday evening, being called there on account of the serious illness and death of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Staar.

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Bert Allen, of Rockford, Ill., arrived here Saturday to attend the funeral of his sister's husband, W. J. Warren. Mrs. Warren accompanied him home Sunday evening and will remain there for a while.

Mrs. J. B. Heyman and Miss Bertha Litzel, who had been called here to attend the funeral of their brother, John Litzel, both left Monday, the former going to her home at Brookings, S. Dak, and the latter to Sioux City.

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We have been informed that William Gillespie and Miss Margaret Elliot, both of this community, stole a march on their friends and were married on Thursday of last week at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Courier offers congratulations.

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Sutherland Courier
Sutherland, O'Brien co. Iowa
May 23, 1918

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Double Wedding at W.S. Hitchings Home - Marriage of Miss Clara to Serg. Leo Lampman and Miss Florence to Mr. R. H. Schalekamp Solemnized
A very pretty double wedding occurred Thursday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Hitchings, Florence and Clara were married in the presence of the family and about sixty guests. The rooms were decorated with lilacs and smilax making a bower of lavender and green in the tower where the ceremony was to be held.

At two-thirty, Miss Anna Sieh, who had come from Williamsburg for the event, sang "Because I Love You". Then as the strains of Lohengrin's Wedding March filled the rooms Katherine Bark and Janie Jordan appeared bearing broad white ribbons to mark the bridal path to the tower where in former years the four older daughters of the family had been married and where Rev. R. E. Willis now awaited to perform the ceremony. Marjorie Hitchings, flower girl and ring bearer, preceded the brides as they made their way slowly through the rooms. They were met at the end of the bridal path by the grooms, Mr. Richard H. Schalekamp and Mr. Leo O. Lampman. The Ring Ceremony was used by Rev. Willis and then the young people were introduced to the waiting guests who pressed forward to extend their congratulations and good wishes.

Both brides were beautifully gowned in white silk and wore bridal veils trimmed with pearls and lilies of the valley. Mr. Schalekamp wore the conventional black dress suit and Mr. Lampman his soldier's uniform.

The brides are Sutherland girls, both were born here, both are graduates of the Sutherland High School and spent two years in Oberlin College. Florence is an accomplished musician. Clara also attended the National Kindergarten School in Chicago for one year and for the past two years has been a successful kindergarten teacher at Bakersfield, California. Mr. Schalekamp is a successful druggist of Sheldon, Iowa, being a member of the Hollander Drug Co. He formerly lived in Sutherland and was partner in the Sutherland Drug Co. Mr. Lampman was a Sutherland boy and graduated from our High School after which he graduated with honor from the DePaul Law School and had accepted a good position with a firm in North Dakota which he gave up to enlist in his Country's service, having enlisted in July 1917 and now being First Sergeant in the Balloon Squadron of the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps now located at Omaha.

After the wedding ceremony, light refreshments were served by the Misses Julia DeYoung, Lenora Louthan, Ruth Jordan and Mildred Jordan. Many useful and beautiful presents were given to the newlyweds. A good deal of merriment was caused by the brides throwing their bouquets from the tower balcony to the waiting crowd of girls below. The out-of-town guests were: Mrs. Schalekamp, mother of the groom, of Orange City; the Misses Cynthia, Elizabeth and Amy Schalekamp, Mr. and Mrs. Neil Schalekamp, Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Orton, Mr. and Mrs. Notabaum, Mr. and Mrs. DeYoung and daughter of Maurice, Miss Anna Sieh of Williamsburg, Dr. and Mrs. W. S. Hitchings and family of Lakefield, Minn., Mrs. Chas. Eaker of Marshall, Minn., Mrs. Chas. Westbrook and daughters and Mrs. Cecil Houston and children of Wheaton, Ill. Both couples left on the evening Illinois Central train for Des Moines.

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Fatally Burned From Explosion - Frightful Burns Cause Death of Mrs. Fred Nott of Calumet - Other News Notes
The townspeople received another shock on Monday morning when the report was given out that Mrs. Fred Nott had been severely burned by the explosion of a kerosene can. Unfortunately, the report proved to be true. She had arisen shortly before the other members of the family and was starting a fire in the cook stove when the explosion took place. The accident occurred about 6 o'clock. Mr. Nott heard the noise and wondered what part of town it could be in, then he heard her scream and hastened to her aid. Arriving at the kitchen he found her on the floor just inside the dining room, her clothing all aflame. Quickly he rolled her in the rug onto which she had fallen, thus extinguishing the flames, afterwards calling the doctor, which he had great difficulty in doing, as the 'phone office was not yet open. The kitchen was burning quite a little but not until they had seen to Mrs. Nott's safety did Mr. Nott and Mrs. Henderson, who makes her home with them, turn attention to the kitchen. Drs. Sievers and Spellman were soon on the scene and dressed the terrible burns, and a nurse was immediately sent for. It was seen at once that Mrs. Nott's condition was extremely critical and she passed away as a result of the horrible accident that evening at 7:10 o'clock.

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Gets $5,000 Alimony
Cincinnati, Ohio, May 15 - Special - Lorraine Sargeant, Paullina Ia., was granted a divorce in the Campbell county, Kentucky, circuit court from Charles Sargeant, a wealthy young capitalist of Bellevue, Ky., yesterday, on her petition alleging abandonment. She was also awarded $5,000 in installments of all alimony claims. Her maiden name of Evans was restored to her. Mr. and Mrs. Sargeant were married in Paullina, Ia., her home, in November 1916, and soon took up residence in Bellevue.

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J. B. Murphy received a sad message Wednesday stating that his mother had passed away at Rushville, Ind. and he departed the same evening for that place.

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Paul Braunschweig took Mr. and Mrs. John Prew to Spencer Thursday to attend the funeral of Mr. Prew's brother-in-law.

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Sutherland Courier
Sutherland, O'Brien co. Iowa
May 30, 1918

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Mrs. Fred Nott Laid To Rest - Funeral Held at Calumet M. E. Church Last Thursday, Largely Attended - Burial in Waterman Cemetery
The funeral of Mrs. F. Nott, whose tragic death appeared in our columns last week, took place last Thursday May 23rd, at Calumet. The hour was called for 2 o'clock, but long before that time the people wended their way to the Calumet M. E. church, where the service was to be held.

The church had been tastefully decorated by some of the ladies and presented a beautiful appearance. A few minutes before the hour, the relatives met at the home where a grief service was conducted by the pastor, Rev. Lonsdale, then the funeral cortege proceeded to the church, the place being filled to its utmost capacity, except for those seats reserved for the mourners.

The singing was in charge of five members of the Paullina Presbyterian choir, who opened the service by rendering "Asleep in Jesus", after which Rev. Willis, of Sutherland, who assisted the pastor, lead in prayer and read the scripture lesson. The choir then sang "Lead Kindly Light", after which the pastor spoke from the text, Psalm 116: 15,"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints", pointing out the difference in the merely human view and interpretation of death, and God's view. "Mortals cry 'A Man is dead', angels cry 'A child is born.'" In the course of the sermon he referred to the events which had occurred in the town, such as the visitations of fire, saying that God's hand seemed to be in them, and that they were clarion calls to the citizens to remind us how near we are to death.

After the choir rendered "Rock of Ages," Rev. Willis spoke a few words in appreciation of Mrs. Nott's character, and saying that she had received an honorable discharge from the service of Jesus Christ.

The choir rendered very efficient service, the pieces being appropriate and well given. The congregation then viewed the body, after which the mourners and friends departed to Waterman cemetery where the interment took place. The floral offerings were magnificent, among them being those from Mr. Nott and Mrs. Flora Nott, also Ruth Nott, the brothers and sisters and other relatives; the church was represented by the Ladies' Aid and Woman's Home Missionary societies, one a nice bouquet of carnations and roses, the other a splendid rose wreath; the friends and townspeople had a beautiful anchor and bouquet; flowers from Mrs. M. Henderson.

The pall bearers were: Messrs. G. Reifsteck, Ed Mann, J. Redman, Lester Bidwell, C. F. Lefferdink, Leroy Scott, J. H. Doling and Lewis Mead. The people were not all able to get into the church, there being as many outside as in, and aggregating about 250 at least, thus showing appreciation for the deceased and sympathy for the bereaved. The autos composing the funeral procession stretched out for more than a mile on the way to the cemetery.

Beatrice Mary Nott was born August 1, 1882, at Halifax, province of Quebec, Canada. In her early months she was baptized in the Episcopal church, Lower Ireland, by the Lord Bishop of Quebec. When she was about nine months old, her parents moved to Iowa, settling near Paullina.

She graduated from the public schools in August 1897, after which she taught school for a period of six years. She was a splendid Bible student and in May 1903 completed a two-year Bible course with the Iowa Sabbath School association, being the only one of a class of 14 to receive a diploma. About 1901 she joined the Presbyterian church at Paullina, and was a faithful member for many years.

In June 1907 she was united in marriage to Fred Nott, at which time she moved to Calumet, in or near which place she lived to the time of her death. To this union two children were born, both of whom are still living. In March 1912, she united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Calumet, Iowa, and was a faithful member in many departments of church and Sunday School work, especially in the Ladies' Aid and Missionary societies. Since America's entry into the European war she has been active in patriotic work, especially along the lines of the Red Cross.

She is survived by her husband, Fred Nott, and two children, Flora Ruth, aged eight, and John Hughes, aged one year, eight months. Also her mother, Mrs. Martha Henderson, who has made her home with them for the past two years; and three sisters and two brothers; Mrs. C. F. Reifsteck, Mrs. Ray Miller, Mrs. Roscoe Brown, Messrs. George and Lawreice [sic?] Henderson.

We are all under a great sense of loss as we think of her Christlike life and character, for she was a loving wife and mother; a sister who was a comrade; a friend who was sure, and like her Master "she went about doing good."

She passed to her heavenly home after intense suffering from a severe accident, on Monday, May 20, 1918, at the age of 35 years, 9 months, 19 days.

"Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of His saints."
"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."
"Great God of love and tender grace
Forgive us if too much we weep,
Who miss the dear familiar face
And weep in lonely sorrows deep;
We do not weep as those whose night
the dark is unrelieved by star;
For through our tears we see
Heaven's light
The glory streaming from afar."


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Cupid Steals Heart Of Sutherland Girl - Miss Lucetta Stockwell Weds Thurlow T.Taft of Humbolt, Last Saturday
A wedding which came as a pleasant surprise to many people of this vicinity occurred on Saturday, May 25th, at the home of Mrs. Ella Stockwell, when her only daughter Lucetta Kennedy Stockwell, was united in marriage with Mr. Thurlow T. Taft, of Humboldt, Iowa.

At high noon the young couple took their places in a corner of the living room which had been banked with "bridal wreath" and ferns and where Rev. R. E. Willis awaited them, to speak the words which made them husband and wife. The ceremony was witnessed by about eighteen of the near relatives and very intimate friends of the bridal couple. The bride was gowned in white satin and georgette crepe and carried bridal roses. The groom wore a suit of blue serge.

After congratulations were extended and the wedding party was conducted to the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Stockwell where dinner was served by Mrs. Osmundson and the Misses Mary Williams and Phoebe Schwerdtfeger.

The bride is a Sutherland girl, having live here since childhood. She graduated from the high school, and since that time has been a very successful teacher, having taught in Sioux Rapids for five years, and the past year in Sac City. There cannot be too much said in her praise, and we feel we would voice the sentiment of all who know her should we say, "She is a girl among a thousand." The groom is a young man of a pleasing personality, a graduate at law, and just now is Court Reporter for the counties of Clay, Buena Vista, and Pocahontas. Mr. and Mrs. Taft left on the afternoon train for Worthington, Minneapolis and other points in Minnesota, and will make their home at Humboldt on their return.

The out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Taft, father and mother of the groom, of Humboldt, Miss Gertrude Taft, of Spencer, Mr. Clement Garfield of Ames, Mr. George Bicknell of Humboldt, and Mrs. Julius Ch[?]nd of Sioux Rapids.

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Franker - Parcaut
Miss Lillie Franker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Franker and Ralph Parcaut, two well known young people of this community, were married Wednesday afternoon, May 22, at Spencer. After a short visit at Des Moines, they will make their home on a farm near Sutherland. -Royal Banner

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Mrs. Albert Hommel received the sad news that a brother-in-law had been killed while on duty in the railroad yards at Holstein. She departed for that place Monday morning. This is the fourth death in her family, or very close relatives, within about four months.

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