Iowa Old Press
Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto,
Iowa; Wednesday, December 7, 1904
-- Melvin Fisk, of Curlew, was at Fairmont, Minnesota, last week visiting his brother, Colonel Fisk.
-- Lee Marron, who was day operator at the Milwaukee depot for some time, is now at Giard, Clayton County.
-- Miss Mayme Bigley left for Livingston, Montana, Thursday. She attends clerking and a general store at that place.
-- Miss Paulson, of Portland, this state, has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Harry Fein, of this city, for several days.
-- We understand that Mr. Goodlaxson is soon to be succeeded by A.D. Johnson as postmaster of Mallard. The latter has been recommended by Congressman Conner.
-- Emory English, now of Mason City, and Mr. Chassell, of LeMars, are candidates for state printer as successors to Bernard Murphy. The plum is one that is eagerly sought every two years.
-- Ben Watts, who formerly lived near Whittemore, was badly burned a few days ago and is in a most serious condition in a Chicago hospital. The champion says that the chances are that he will not recover.
-- the farm traded by John Peters to Joe J. Steil consists of 320 instead of 160 acres. It is choice land and the place is most favorably located. Mr. Peters will not move his hardware stock to Idaho until January.
NEAR BY NEWS
West Bend Has Assistant Mayor
A new mayor made his appearance at D. E. Kulp's residence this morning and established his right as a member of the family and an equal partnership in the mayorality. The doctor says the boy weighs 30 pounds but as he has of late had considerable to do with the water mains and engines we imagine his judgment may be a little warped. The mother and baby are all O.K. and the mayor will get used to the new order of things in the course of time. -- West Bend Journal
Burglars at Estherville
The residence of F. J. White was entered Friday night and ransacked from top to bottom. Only about three dollars in money was secured by the burgers as every nook and cranny of the house was apparently search for valuables. It is probable that a skeleton key was used to unlock one of the doors as there is no sign of any of the locks being tampered with. Apparently the burglars did not care to take anything but money, as nothing is missing except the above amount. -- Vindicator Republican
Closed Restaurant for Debt
Bert Carver closed his restaurant last Monday and turned a stock over to H. N. Smith, agent for J. L. Nicodemus, in payment of an amount for rent. Mr. Carver expects to be able to settle matters in a satisfactory manner to all concerned soon and his many friends will hope that he may be able to do so. -- Spencer Herald
TOWN TOPICS OF A WEEK
-- Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Baker and the proud parents of a baby boy, which arrived at their place Friday evening.
-- Tom McCarty, is now operator at the Rock Island Depot at Spirit Lake. He had been at Graettinger for some time.
-- John Conlon came home from Rock Valley Saturday evening. He had been working in a cigar factory at that place for some time.
-- Mrs. W. A. Hughes returned to her home at Osakis, Minnesota, Sunday evening after spending a month at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Brennan.
-- Maurice Seeley and wife, of Estherville, visited with Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Keller Saturday. From here they left for England where they will visit relatives for several months.
-- Mrs. Kamrar, of Webster City, is dead. Mr. Kamrar is senator from the Webster City district. He was a candidate for the republican nomination for governor the time Colonel Ormsby was an aspirant.
-- the Chronicle reports a new girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Maguire, of Ayrshire.
-- Mrs. D. H. Glenn enjoyed a visit during the past week from her sister, Mrs. J. D. Waters, of Primghar.
-- Mrs. John McGrath, of Eagle Grove, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Treadgold, of this city, during the past week.
-- Mrs. J. C. Baker returned to Dickinson, North Dakota, Wednesday. She came to Emmetsburg to care for her daughter, Mrs. C. S. Starr.
-- Mrs. Katherine Black returned from Walters, Minnesota, Wednesday. She had been there visiting her daughter, Mrs. L. F. Kleibenstein.
-- N. K. McFarland, of Eldora, stopped off here Wednesday evening to visit his son, C. L. McFarlane. He was enroute home after visiting relatives at Harris.
-- Miss Marjorie Gibson left for Chicago Monday evening. She will work in Scott Ormsby's office in that city.
-- Mrs. William Jackman left for Texas last evening with her father, Thomas Martin. She will visit him and her brothers for several weeks.
-- Thomas Brown, of St. Paul, is visiting his cousin, Mrs. M. F. Kerwick, and other relatives in this acidity. It is his first trip to this section of Iowa.
-- Mrs. M. Conlon was called to Terril yesterday by the dangerous illness of her daughter, who lives at that place. She was accompanied by Mrs. Phil Cullen, of Whittemore, and Mrs. Thomas Conlon, of this place.
-- James Cowan, who built the McCormick block in this city, has purchased Mr. Schu's cigar factory at Algona and will give his exclusive attention to the business. He has constructed a great many brick business houses and other kinds of buildings in this section of Iowa.
-- Saturday afternoon, November 26, P. R. Jackman, of Walnut Township, lost outside of Mr. Ruehle's blacksmith shop in this city a black leather pocketbook having a clasp. It contained two five dollar bills, two one dollar bills and 65 cents in small change. The finder will be liberally rewarded for the return of the same.
-- Mr. and Mrs. John Kennedy and family, of Ayrshire, have moved on to a farm near Marathon. They are old residents of Palo Alto and are widely known. They lived on a farm in Great Oak Township for many years before moving to Ayrshire. They are excellent people. The Democrat regrets to learn of their departure.
-- Yesterday Mrs. Kunath, of Graettinger, was granted a divorce.
-- a marriage license has been issued to Thomas Vandecar and Hannah J. Fisher.
-- Mr. J. Peterson and Miss Else K. Thomsen were married in this city November 26, by Justice Atkinson.
-- Miss Mary Brennan returned to her home at Lansing, Iowa, Tuesday after an extended visit with relatives here.
-- Wednesday Mr. Andrew Carlson and Miss Bessie V. Tomlinson were married at Mallard, Reverend J. W. Carston, of Lawton, Iowa, officiating.
-- Last week we failed to report that Mr. William Starrett and Miss Bessie Merry had been married in this city November 23, by Dr. W. T. Jackson
-- Yesterday John C. Mollison and William B. Merriam were appointed carriers for the new rural routes at Graettinger.
-- Mr. and Mrs. John Clark and baby, of Grundy Center, stopped off between trains Tuesday to visit their cousin, Frank Clark, while enroute to Spencer to visit relatives.
-- Last year Palo Alto county made 1,414,671 pounds of butter. It stood eighteenth among the counties of Iowa. He once stood seventh.
OVER THE COUNTY
-- Thomas Currans is now a student at the Business University of Spencer. He spent Sunday at his home east of the city.
-- Miss Grace, of Mitchell, S. D., arrived in this city Saturday evening for a visit with her sister, Mrs. Henry Currans
-- the funeral of Charles Mantor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Mantor, was held in this city Monday afternoon from the M. E. Church. He died at Terril and was brought here for burial. The parents formerly resided here. The sympathy of all is extended to the sorrowing parents and other relatives..
-- Miss Mary Durkan can left last week for North Dakota where she goes to teach school this winter.
-- Dude Roberts was taken to Iowa city Monday evening where he underwent an operation for appendicitis.
-- W. S. Jones, of Estherville, came down Monday to spend a couple of days at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dr. Osher.
-- Mrs. Griffin returned home Saturday after a week's visit with her daughter, Mrs. McDonald, of Graettinger.
-- Frank Grady has charge of the saloon, as M. L. Brady is going on a road for the cold storage establishment and Emmetsburg.
-- Last week Miss Susie Easton received the appointment as mail carrier for rule route No. 2. She made her first trip December 1st.
-- Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ludwig are the proud parents of a new son.
-- Mr. and Mrs. Charles Anliker have been the proud parents of a new son since Friday.
-- Saturday evening and Misses Della and Lillian Minger entertained about twenty of the young people in honor of their cousin, Miss Ida Biederman, who is visiting them. Delicious refreshments were served and all present report a good time.
-- The Union hotel has changed hands. William Phillips is the new proprietor. Mrs. Grant and Florence intend to leave the last of the week for Iowa City, where they will visit for some time. West Bend people are sorry to lose Mr. and Mrs. Grant. We wish Mr. Phillips success in his new business.
At Tampico, Illinois, at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Charles Wright, on Thanksgiving day, Miss Jessie Carter, of West Bend, and Mr. George W. Lovrien, of Humboldt, Iowa. The bride is the daughter of A. B. Carter and was born and grew to womanhood in West Bend township. She taught school in this county several years and has for the last few years been teacher in the Bradgate schools. She is a lady endowed with the many good qualities of heart and mind that constitute true womanhood and is worthy the high respect in which she is held by a large circle of friends. The groom is a successful real estate man in Humboldt where they will make their future home. The Journal joins their many friends in most hearty congratulations. -- West Bend Journal
Master Willie Duhigg Injured
Wednesday while going to school master Willie Duhigg fell, a lead pencil which he had in his hand, striking one of his eyes and injuring it so badly that it is feared he may lose the sight of it. Dr. Powers was summoned and did all he could to relieve his sufferings, but the eyeball commenced to swell Monday and it was feared it would burst, so he was taken to Mason City in the evening to be treated by Dr. Murphy, the specialist.
Miss Nellie Mitchell Dead
Miss Nellie Mitchell, sister of Mrs. Len Stone, of this place, died at Edgewood, Iowa, Friday. She lived with Mrs. Stone for some time during the past year and was quite well-known in Emmetsburg. She was about 20 years of age. Mrs. Stone has the sympathy of her many friends in her sorrow.
City Recorder Missing
The friends of City Recorder Mentzer are greatly exercised over his absence from Cedar Rapids. Mentzer left home November 25 after drawing $50 from the city treasury, $20 of which he sent to his wife with word that he would be home late that night or next morning. Since then nothing has been seen or heard of him and the police cannot find by what route he left the city. It is stated officially that Mentzerís public accounts are straight to the last penny, but it is known that he was involved for about $1000 in a business venture. Some of his obligations came due last week and he was unable to meet them. Friends are willing to assist him in every way. Mayor Hueston has announced that he will not declare the office vacant until something more definite is known.
Found After Many Years
About eight years ago Mrs. Leta Kroll suddenly left her home in Osage, and while efforts have been made at different times to locate her, they have been in vain. Last week she was found in St. Louis by parties from Osage, holding the position of head waitress in the Inside Inn hotel. Her mother, Mrs. George Cole, resides in Osage, having cared for the two bright children left by Mrs. Kroll at the time of her disappearance. A happy reunion between mother and children is expected to occur in a few days.
Football Injury Fatal
Calvin Farmer, aged seventeen years, who was injured on Thanksgiving day in a football game at Sac City, died of his injuries. His death was due to peritonitis. The young man fell while running with the ball and struck his stomach upon the heels of another player of the Lake City eleven. The boy was a son of D. M. Farmer and was a student of the high school.
Murdered for Money
Daniel Kelleher, formally a Sioux City railway man, running between Sioux City and St. Paul on the Omaha line, died at Mercy Hospital at Des Moines, probably as a result of murder. Death was caused by a fracture of the skull made by a blunt instrument. The wound was on top of the head and long bruises stretched in each direction from it. Kelleher was working for the Burlington. He went home one night and a sister noticed his peculiar actions, and after retiring he was heard to groan. A physician was called and the wounds immediately discovered, but Kelleher never regained consciousness. Detectives admit that Kelleher was murdered by some unknown hand, probably for robbery, as he was penniless when searched and had drawn a month's pay a day or so before he died.
Sandquist Was Murdered
The coroner's jury at Storm Lake, after three weeks of deliberation, returned their verdict finding that Frank J. Sandquist came to his death at the hands of some person or persons unknown. There have been no developments, except that the analysis of the stomach showed no trace of poison. Sandquist's pocketknife was picked up near where his body was found, but the blade was closed, and in addition to this, the discovery was made by a party likely to be interested in making out a case of suicide. No arrests have been made, though Pinkerton and private detectives have worked on the case for some time.
Iowa Boy Is Class President
For the first time in Harvard's history a class has selected for its president a student who is neither a rich man, nor a society man, nor a great athlete. The man in question is W. H. Keeling, of Sioux City, who was chosen chief officer of the sophomore class at its election this fall. Keeling is working his way through college.
Ice Is Death to Three Men
Seth Godfrey, L. F. Godfrey, and Grover E. Eis were drowned while attempting to cross the Mississippi river at Muscatine. Ice floats stove in their boat.
Postal Clerk Confesses
United States Deputy Marshal Swimmer of Quincy, Illinois, arrested D. M. Lighter of Burlington, Iowa, a postal clerk, on the Carthage branch of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. Lighter is charged with robbing the mails for a period of two years. Lighter confessed.
Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa; Wednesday, December 14, 1904
Failed to Make Horses Win
Because Mrs. Mary Orr, a divine healer, was unable to comply with her husband's demand that should make his race horses break the world record, she was subjected to brutal treatment and was accordingly granted a divorce at Marshalltown. Her story, as told to the judge, was corroborated by two witnesses who are neighbor women. Mrs. Orr had achieved considerable reputation as divine healer in Colorado, but has not practiced her power much in Iowa. It was shown to the satisfaction of the court that she suggested to her husband that if she could only have the influence over his horses that she could over human beings, she could make them win every race in which they were entered. He thereupon began to insist that she perform this feat. She attempted it, but his horse failed to win. He then abused her, and the divorce suit resulted.
Sees World Upside Down
The world appears upside down to little Paul Taylor, aged eight years, of Lake View, Iowa. When this bright boy sees things he sees them standing on the wrong end. When he writes he writes from right to left instead of from left to right and he makes his letters upside down. The boy is in good health and seems to suffer no inconvenience from his strange condition. He said that when he looked at horses their feet pointed upward. Buildings stood on the roofs and men walked on their heads. The case of the lad is now being discussed among the members of the medical profession in Sioux City. They declared that similar cases have been seen before and that the condition is analogous to the case of a left-handed person.
Aided Wife to Elope
Preston, Jackson County, is stirred up over the elopement of Mrs. Amelia Harris with a youth half her age, named Miller. His family and the husband of Mrs. Harris have repudiated the couple. Harris admits that his wife confided in him her attention of eloping with Miller, and says he gave her $600 with which to travel on when he found he could not dissuade her from her purpose. She permitted him to retain their two children.
New Co-Operative Town
A new town has been added to the map of Wright County and is called Solberg, in honor of Austin Solberg. It is located on the Chicago Great Western and about midway between Clarion and Rowan The new town is brought into existence on a cooperative project basis and it started by a farmer's co-operative society, the articles of incorporation of which become effective this coming week. The leading industries of the place, including the local market store, will be conducted by the society on plans that have made a similar institution at Rockwell so successful.
Old Soldier Ends His Life
The body of William Winkstein, an old soldier of Marshalltown, was found with a rope around the neck, on the edge of the veterans bed, in the attitude of putting on his shoes upon arising in the morning. The rope was fastened to a bed post. Winkstein had been dead a number of hours. It is supposed he tied a rope to the bedpost and fell forward, dying slowly by strangulation. A cotton handkerchief had been put under the rope, evidently to keep it from hurting his throat. His neck was not broken.
Suicide Follows Taunts
Bessie Hendricks Castle, wife of C. B. Castle, a painting contractor of Ottumwa, claiming to have been driven to desperation by taunts of Castle's former wife, Mrs. Margaret Castle, to whom the court had given permission to visit her children at the Castle home, swallowed poison and died thirty minutes later in the husband's arms. Castle was divorced from his first wife September 6 and married to Bessie Hendricks September 19.
Girls Saves Man from Drowning
George E. Hill of Burlington was saved from drowning in Iowa River by Miss A. Steel, a coed in the University. Hill was skating with a party near Coralville, and broke through the ice in the middle of the river. Miss Steel rescued him by means of a long branch.
Veteran's Neck Broken
Nelson Jenks, an old soldier, who resided on a farm near Wrightsville, fell from a load of hay and broke his neck, dying instantly.
-- Miss Josie Drummy is clerking in the new racket store in James Murray's building.
-- Henry Durant, one of Kossuth county's pioneers, died a few days ago. His taking off seems to be generally mourned.
-- Joseph Guerdet, Jr., of Bowbells, North Dakota, arrived in the city a few days ago and will spend the winter with his mother near Osgood.
-- The Milford Times has made its appearance. It is edited by Messrs. Nicol and Savage. Milford is not large enough to afford sufficient patronage for two newspapers.
-- Patrick Duffy, of Great Oak Township, has been visiting in Allamakee County during the past week. He resided there many years ago. He has prospered since coming to Palo Alto. He well deserves the success that has crowned his efforts.
William Genrich Marries Again
William Genrich, of Luverne, well-known in Whittemore, has taken unto himself a wife. The lucky lady this time is Miss Gusta Miller, of Hobart. It will be remembered that Mr. Genrich was married to a Sioux City woman two years ago but as they could not agree the lady returned to Sioux City. -- Whittemore Champion
Easton's Drug Co. Sells Out
A business change was consummated this week by which the Easton Drug Co. Passes into the hand of the V. L. Bedier. The invoice is being taken today. Mr. Bedier is an experienced pharmacist and we welcome him to West Bend but we are sorry to see Mr. Easton go out of the business and hope he may not find it necessary to change locations. -- West Bend Journal.
Mike Waldron's Close Call
Mike Waldron had a narrow escape for his life at Ruthven Monday night. He left Ayrshire in the evening expecting to take the Milwaukee passenger for Emmetsburg but on account of the Rock Island being late he missed connections. In attempting to swing on the caboose of the Milwaukee freight, he underestimated the speed of the train and when he grabbed the bar was jerked with such force us to break his collar bone. His right ankle was also dislocated from the effects of the fall. -- Ayrshire Chronicle.
ADDITIONAL LOCAL NEWS
-- P. Beacom, a Sheldon boy, has been chosen captain of the Notre Dame football team. -- Mrs. Edward Melby, of Estherville, visited her brother, H. G. Shaffer, of this place, Friday
-- a marriage license has been issued to Lawrence G. Hagen and Marie Louisa Thoreson, of Ruthven.
-- Mrs. John Joynt and children, of Hull, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ryan, of Emmetsburg township
-- Miss Jessie Scott left for Binghamton, New York, Tuesday, to visit her father, who is quite ill. Mrs. Myrtle Hoyt is assisting in the Palo Alto county bank during her absence
OVER THE COUNTY
-- Miss Lila Thayer is to be married at Mason City today. We do not know the name of the groom.
-- Mr. Richards and family, of this place, left Thursday evening for Chicago where they intend to make their future home.
-- Mr. Bradley, who had been working in the barbershop here for some time, left for Spirit Lake Thursday where he has secured a position.
-- Mrs. Minnie Cessna and family left Tuesday morning for their future home at Nevada, Iowa. They have a large circle of friends here who wish them success in their new home.
-- William Roetassle, who has worked for Kelly Bros. For the past eight years, left Saturday evening for McGregor where he will visit relatives for a few weeks, when he will go to Idaho to make his future home
TOWN TOPICS OF A WEEK
-- Miss Hattie Crouch, of Clinton, is visiting her uncle, F. Crouch.
-- Clyde Pringle and Blake Hummel report having killed a turtle that weighed 22 pounds. Our friend, James Pringle, can now have his turtle soup as well as are highly fed citizens.
-- Friday Mr. Johnson was appointed postmaster of Mallard.
-- a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Kelly, of Cylinder, Monday.
-- We are glad to report that master Willie Duhigg is doing nicely and will not lose the sight of his injured eye.
-- a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Seymour Monday, December 12. The Democratic extends congratulations.
-- Mrs. Drummy was called to Fonda Saturday to attend the funeral of her nephew, William McLaughlin. He was 28 years of age.
-- the daily dispatches report that M. Keis, of LeMars, Iowa, who was perhaps drunk or insane, terrorized the passengers on Saturday's westbound train on the C.B. & Q., while going from Omaha to Denver. He was brandishing a revolver in order to keep away an imaginary foe. He was taken to the police station at one of the places along the route.
Mr. and Mrs. Appelman Will Leave
Last evening F.S. Appelman sold his residence to Professor Meredith for something like $3000. Mr. Appelman has bought an interest in the Boise Electrical Supply company. He will leave for Boise City Friday. His family will go next week. Their departure will be deeply regretted by our citizens.
J. Root Jr. Passes Away
J. Root Jr. one of the best known residents in the south part of the county, died at the home of his son, Bruce Root, in Vernon township, Saturday, at one o'clock. He suffered intensely for about a year with cancer of the face and was in a most pitiable condition because of his illness. Nothing could be done for him. Under such circumstances he doubtless welcomed the summons so dreaded by most mortals. The funeral was held Monday. Services were conducted at the first Congregational Church of the city and were conducted by Reverend S. R. Beatty, pastor of the M. E. Church. The interment was an Evergreen Cemetery where rest the remains of his lamented companion, who died five years ago. There was a large procession.
The deceased was born near Buffalo, New York, in 1829. He received his education in his native state. He graduated from Lewiston academy at an early age. In 1851 he was married to Caroline Kidder. For children were born to them. Two are living. They are Bruce Root of Vernon township, and Mrs. T. T. Shaull, of Clark, South Dakota. Mr. Root taught school in New York for a few years. In 1854 he and family moved to Williamsburg, Iowa. He continued in school work. He was principal of the Ladora schools for some time and later held the same position at Marengo. He served two terms as superintendent of Iowa county. In 1885 he became a resident of Palo Alto, settling in Vernon township, where he taught for several years. In all he spent over forty years in the school room. He also served several terms as justice of the peace in Vernon township. In 1892 he was nominated for county auditor against John Moncrief, but he was not elected. Five years ago Mrs. Root died at Montrose, South Dakota. Of late years Mr. Root made his home with his son in Vernon.
Mr. Root was a high minded, courteous Christian gentleman area at an early age he became a member of the Congregational church. He was loyal to its precepts. He devoted much time to this upbuilding of Sunday schools and did whatever he could to promulgate the principles in which he believed. He was also deeply interested in literary work. He was ever ready to aid the young people of his community in organizing and sustaining the debating and similar organizations. He was well posted and was a ready, careful, interesting talker. He was gifted with a sense of humor and was willing to give and take. His friends and acquaintances learned to have a high regard for him because of his ability, integrity and candor. He was an ardent republican. He was a close, watchful observer of public events and was generally prepared to give an intelligent opinion regarding the trend of social, political and business affairs. He was temperate and, morally, was in every way above reproach. Like most school people he did not become wealthy. He gave generously to the world the invaluable influence of his wisdom, the benefit of his zeal for the triumph of everything that he considered for the best, the example of his fidelity to the principles of justice and righteousness. The value of such a life can not be measured by methods that are characteristic chiefly of the worldly. The Democratic extends sincere sympathy to the sorrowing relatives.
Little Progress in Court
little has been accomplished in court during the past week. The trial of the Titterington case was begun Tuesday and lasted until Saturday. Judge Bailie has taken it under advisement. The fight was to determine whether the deceased was a resident of Illinois or Iowa. He had lived for many years in Illinois, but was here for a long time with his dogs looking after his land and hunting. We believe he voted in this state only once and then at a school election. Some attorneys claim that this did not give him a residence in Iowa. A great many letters were read to show his intentions. If it is found that he was a resident of Illinois, one relative gets most of his large property. If it is decided that Iowa could claim him as a citizen, the estate will be divided among several heirs. Hence much depends upon which state he considered his home. It is for Judge Bailie, who heard the evidence, to say.
The Spooner incest case was begun Monday. It was not finished yesterday. Mr. O'Connor is defending the accused and Mr. Davidson is prosecuting. The evidence against him is pretty damaging.
LATER: Spooner has been convicted. Jury was out fifteen minutes.
One Lady Witness Faints
There has been some racy testimony in the Spooner case. One of the lady witnesses fainted Monday and would have fallen into the arms of Deputy Sheriff Williams, had not Thomas O'Connor caught her. A couple of the other witnesses do not show evidence of strict moral training. The wronged girl tells a pretty straight story.
A P Roberts Dead
A.P.. Roberts, son of Mrs. Eli Craven, of Graettinger, died at Iowa city Thursday. He had been operated on for appendicitis. The result was fatal. His remains were brought to Graettinger Friday. Sunday the funeral was held. The services were conducted at the M. E. Church at Graettinger. The interment was in Evergreen cemetery at this place. The pallbearers were John Jensen, Harry Steele, William Axelton, Charles Jenswold, and Leonard Hanson. The deceased was 19 years of age. Besides the mother, there are one sister and six brothers living. The deceased was the son of A.P. Roberts, who kept a bank at Curlew for several years. The latter was the brother of D. P. Roberts, formerly of Emmetsburg. The surviving members of the family have the sympathy of their many friends in their sorrow.
Have You Played with Trix Cards?
One of the best entertaining games we have ever come across is Trix cards. It consists of a package of double numbered cards in appearance somewhat like some of the other games that have sprung up, but in playing just as different as can be from any other card games. There are 10 distinct games included with one package of cards, the principle of which is Trix, which was so popular in many localities last year, and with the improvements is the season selling far ahead of last season. For the football player Trix football makes the game as exciting as football itself. For any who like a scientific game forty-two will fill the bill. The games are all made up for any number of players from two up. For evening entertainments for clubs or for progressive they have no equal. Trix is advertised extensively and has been sold in every state in the union. Large shipments have already been made to Canada and orders have recently been received from the Philippines, from Alaska, from Japan, from South America, and from several other foreign countries. The cards, including rules and everything complete, can be had from most dealers for fifty cents, or will be forwarded on receipt of cash or stamps direct from the manufacturer, the Read & White Game company, of Bloomington, Illinois. If you are interested in games you will be more into that interested in Trix.
Higgins, of Humboldt, Acquitted
A special from Humboldt, dated Saturday says: "District Court closed here today with the acquittal of G. C. Higgins, who is charged with shooting and seriously injuring a young man stealing a brush and some paint from his coal house. The point which determined the case and lead Judge Quarton to take the case for the jury was the legal definition of a dwelling house. The court held that a coal house, detached from the dwelling, but in the back door yard and used in connection with the dwelling house, and a crime committed in such coal house is committed in the dwelling house, and therefore the defendant in this case had a right to use all necessary means for the arrest of parties who had stolen from such coal house in the nighttime, even the use of a deadly weapon, though the door of such cool house was open at the time."
Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto,
Iowa; Wednesday, December 21, 1904
-- Wesley Hooper of Jefferson City, Missouri, is now day clerk in the Waverley.
-- Albert Schaffer, of near Depew, went to Sheldon Wednesday for a visit with relatives.
-- Mrs. Anna Baird, of Minneapolis, is visiting the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Kipf.
-- a wildcat weighing 30 pounds was killed in Clay County a few days ago. There are very few of them in the country.
-- the Joynt orchestra, of Emmetsburg Township, finished the music for the dance at Cylinder Friday evening.
-- Mrs. Acers left for Parker, South Dakota, Monday morning where she will visit for some time with her daughter, Mrs. Knapp.
-- Mrs. P. H. Sherlock, of Emmetsburg Township, has been at Fort Dodge during the past week visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Lynch.
-- Edward Finnigan, of Harpers Ferry, Allamakee County, who had been visiting for several days with his brother-in-law, J. P. Downs, returned home yesterday. He reported corn good in his section of the state.
Killed 500 Muskrats
John Harker went out Tuesday afternoon to secure a few muskrat pelts, and up to Friday evening he together with his brothers, Frank and Alvin, succeeded in killing and skinning about five hundred rats. The pelts are worth about ten cents each, which will net them a goodly profit for three days work. -- Milford Times
Good Marksman Near Superior
Wednesday afternoon F. Benson and Elwood Anderson, two farmers living north of Superior, got into an altercation which resulted in the use of a gun. Benson took up Anderson's hogs. Anderson demanded the animals and attempted to take them by force. In a scuffle which followed, Benson drew a revolver and fired twice. One bullet took effect in the muscle of Anderson's arm. Both parties to the trouble came to town and employed counsel. Dr. Stoddard dressed the wound, which is not serious. -- Estherville Vindicator -- Republican.
A Change That Many Regret
The removal of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Appelman to Idaho will be regretted by their numerous friends. They have been prominent in Palo Alto for many years and have formed social and business ties that are not easily broken. Mr. Appelman was the B.C.R. & N. Agent at West Bend for a considerable length of time and later held the same position at Emmetsburg for a number of years. In 1898 he was appointed postmaster, serving for four years with satisfaction to the many patrons of the office. Mr. and Mrs. Appelman have been active in social and other affairs and they have a large circle of friends. The Democrat hopes that they will prosper in Idaho and that they will enjoy their new home.
A Mysterious Note
-- a promissory note that has been recently found by Mrs. Harry Dalziel among old papers in the Tellier house, where the family have lived since the departure of her mother, Mrs. Tellier, for Seattle, presents a conundrum. The note bears date of March 1, 1901, and is made payable March 1, 1902. It is worth $289.30 and bears interest after maturity of eight percent. It is signed by Herman H. Jansen and is payable to the Algona State Bank. That a note belonging to a bank could get astray like that was hard to explain, and Mr. Landry, the bank's cashier, says he cannot give any help. -- Algona Upper Des Moines -- Republican
TOWN TOPICS OF A WEEK
-- W. H. Phelps has purchased the Joseph Wallner residence near the Lutheran Church.
-- Henry Selle, Sr., has purchased the Nels Simonson residence and quarter block in the fourth ward, for $1750. It is nicely located. Mr. Selle intends moving to town soon.
-- Dan Kelly has a dandy electric automobile. If he were inclined to be proud, he would be the most lordly man in town, but there isn't a bit of vanity in his makeup.
-- Mrs. W. R. Sweeney, of West Bend, died Thursday. She had been suffering from cancer. The funeral took place Saturday. The services were held at the Presbyterian Church.
-- J. P. Jones returned from Des Moines if you days ago where he had been for some time assisting his brother, R. E. Jones. The latter is in the employ of a publishing company.
-- Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Letson have been enjoying a visit from their daughter and her husband Mr. and Mrs. Whitson, of Ocoama, South Dakota. The latter will go to Greene county before returning home
-- Miss Alice Nolan went to Graettinger Thursday to visit her sister, Mrs. Laughlin
-- Ike Knowles, of Rodman, got one of his hands crushed in a hay press at Cylinder one day last week
-- Howard Mayne, of Ledyard, arrived in the city Wednesday to spend the few days with his uncle, L. H. Mayne.
-- F. Freeman is called to Whitewater, Wisconsin, Thursday, to see his mother, who has been dangerously ill.
-- Dr. W. T. Jackson was that Algona Sunday where he conducted the funeral of I. W. Beers, one of the prominent citizens of that place, died Friday.
-- Mr. Baldwin moved to the city from his farm near Osgood a few days ago. He is now comfortably located in the Lane residence which he recently purchased. He will leave most of his choice cattle on his old farm during the winter.
-- C. M. Henry, of Redfield, South Dakota, is here visiting his father and sister.
-- John McNally, has been assisting Mr. Beck, the express man, during the holiday rush.
TWO GO TO PENITENTIARY
Last week was more interesting in the courtroom than the previous week. The outcome of the Spooner trial was briefly mentioned in our last issue. A conviction was from the first anticipated, as the circumstances against the accused were anything but satisfactory to those who are interested in striving to bring about a higher standard of morality. He was sentenced to seven years in the penitentiary. Had he not been a good prisoner he would probably have been given the full limit under the statute, which is ten years. Most of his witnesses, several of whom are from Pocahontas County, were anything but a help to him. Their actions in the court room during the trial were certainly of no benefit to him. Spooner formerly resided in Pocahontas, though he lived north of Ruthven for some time. His wife died from confinement shortly before he was arrested for incest, and his treatment of her was such as to arouse much feeling against him in the neighborhood in which he lived.
Harry Salisbury, of West Bend, pled guilty to the charge of housebreaking and was sentenced to two and one half years in the penitentiary. He claims that he was drunk when he committed the act, but there was no evidence to corroborate his statement. He and Spooner were taken to Anamosa by Sheriff Coakley and Deputy Clerk Johnson Monday morning.
The Crouch case has been set for Saturday morning, but when it was called defendant's attorney, Mr. Cohoon, presented an affidavit from Dr. J. L. VanGorden stating that the accused was physically unable to undergo a trial during the present term of court. The judge granted a continuance until the next term. Mr. Crouch is indicted for a most serious offense -- that of raping a girl of unsound mind. Mr. Morling and the county attorney, Mr. Davidson, will prosecute. Mr. Crouch is out on bail, having given a cash bond for $1000. He has been engaged in business in this city for about twenty years
Judge Bailie has decided that Mr. Titterington was a resident of Illinois. This gives all his property to one relative -- Mr. Brathwaite.
A Business Change
The Emmetsburg Hardware company has been organized with the capital stock of $10,000 and will take charge of the Engler & Dudgeon and stock of goods January 2. James Dunigan is to be president of the company and O.L. Beck secretary and treasurer. Mr. Engler will, we understand remain with the firm but Mr. Dudgeon will retire. P. V. Nolan will be among the stockholders, but will not be actively associated with the management of the company. Mr. Beck was the Rock Island agent at this place for several years. He has resigned the agency at Randolph, Minnesota, and will move his family to this city at once. He and Mrs. Beck, who have been here for some time, left for Randolph Monday to pack up their household goods. The Democrat wishes the new firm success.
Today Mr. and Mrs. John Ketchen, of this city, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. They are among the most worthy and respected old people of Emmetsburg. The Democrat extends hearty congratulations and hopes they may enjoy many more anniversaries of their marriage.
Dollard Is a Crook
R. S. Dollard, who is now in jail at Spencer for forging a check on the First National Bank of that place about two years ago, has a rather checkered career. It seems that he committed a similar offense at Sheldon sometime during the past year and now comes word from Minot, North Dakota, that he did up people of that placed to the tune of $500. He is in a fair way to get his dues.
Wants $5,000 Damages
John Callaghan, a wealthy farmer living near Royal, Clay county, is defendant in a $5,000 damage suit, which will soon be tried at Spencer. He is charged with having circulated report that H. F. Bone, a Royal butcher, killed lump jawed cattle and sold the beef. Attorney Guy Martin will prosecute the case. West Bend has a similar case, which is soon to be tried in Emmetsburg.
A Lawyer Invents a Manure Spreader
L. E. Francis, of Spirit Lake, one of northwest Iowa's prominent attorney, has invented a manure spreader. It can be attached to the end of an ordinary lumber wagon and can be sold for about one third the price of the average spreader. Mr. Francis owns a farm and has mechanical genius as well as a keen legal mind
Murdered a Man in a Box Car
J. J. Losee, a prominent farmer of Calhoun County, was called to Minneapolis a few days ago by a telegram announcing that his son had murdered a man in a boxcar at Elk River. The old gentleman says he will spend the last dollar in his possession to clear the son.
Marriage licenses have been issued to Walter Andress and Ida Heathman, L. L. Duhn and Anna Marie Simonson, William Trousdale and Myrtle Stamp
OVER THE COUNTY
-- Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Will Fausberg, Friday, December 16, a girl.
HAPPENINGS IN IOWA
Delilah Fales Arrested
Delilah Fales,sent up from Bremer County seven years ago on charge of murder, and recently paroled by Governor Cummins on condition that she would make her home in the family of a Cedar Rapids banker, was found one night tied and gagged in the bathroom. She claimed a large man had burglarized the house and bound her. Later, however, she made a confession that she did the job herself, and took the officers to the basement where several hundred dollars worth of silverware, cut glass, jewelry and $15 was carefully concealed. She then left the house, and was soon found in company with Frank Bunn, an ex-convict, and both were arrested. They admitted they were married on November 24, although it was a condition of parole that the woman was to have nothing to do with Bunn, who made her acquaintance in prison. Delilah Fales was infatuated with a 16-year-old boy, William Kern. His father objected. The woman made an appointment with him, shot him down, and burned his body. Both were convicted, the boy being sent up for eight years and the woman for twenty.
Found Guilty of Assault
After being out for two hours the jury in the case of the State vs. Hugh Wheeler, the sensational lye throwing case, which has been on trial in Allison for the past few days, returned a verdict of guilty. From the first the vote of the jury stood 11 to 1 for conviction, so convincing was a chain of circumstantial evidence which had been built up about Wheeler by the state. Wheeler was tried on an indictment charging him with an assault with intent to maim and disfigure Mrs. Parnie Ramsey. A sensation was caused in the courtroom when on motion of the attorneys for the defense, the indictment charging Jerome V. Brown, Wheeler's alleged accomplice in the lye throwing, with a similar offense, on the grounds that Grant Baldwin, not a member of the grand jury, was in the room when the indictment was returned. The grand jury was summoned for a special session immediately and returned another indictment against Brown, on which he will be tried. After the conclusion of this trial, both men are to be tried on a charge of conspiring with intent to maim and disfigure.
Iowa Girl Dies on Transport
Miss Nellie O'Hare, a schoolteacher whose home was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and who had been in the Philippines a year, died on the transport Sheridan en route for San Francisco on November 19 of beri--beri. She boarded the Sheridan at Manila in ill health.
Blacksmith Frozen to Death
H. N. McCauley, a blacksmith at the Fraser mine, was found frozen to death under a bridge near Fraser. He had been intoxicated.
Sight of Blind Girl Restored
Blind from birth, and for twenty-two long years without the use of her eyes, Miss Bertha R. Whitmur of Mingo, Iowa, whose sight was restored by the aid of an operation by Dr. Lee Wallace Dean, professor of ophthalmology of the state university of Iowa and surgeon for the state school for the blind, is being made the subject of experimental research in the laboratory of the department of psychology of the state university. Those who have been studying her case believe they have succeeded for the first time in teaching binocular vision to an adult. The current opinion of the medical world is that the ability to see an object single while using both eyes must be obtained early in life or not at all, and Miss Whitmur, who first saw everything double, is now able to see things single while using both eyes.
Five Years for Stealing Steer
Judge Fellows, at the recent term of the district court at West Union, sentenced Ed Travis of Clermont to five years at hard labor in the penitentiary, and expressed regret that the law would not permit of a longer term for the offense of which Travis was convicted. Travis, in company with a man named Johnson, who was sentenced to serve one year, went to the George Wanzer place, near Postville, one night last summer and stole a steer, butchering the animal prior to removing it from the premises. He had a bad record.
Campaign Button Kills Boy
a campaign button bearing the likeness of President Roosevelt caused the death of four-year-old Eugene Farmer at Keokuk. Just prior to election the boy was playing with the button and swallowed it. He told his parents, but did not complain of suffering. Recently he commenced to grow worse and death followed. The button had lodged in his throat and an abscess forming about it caused death
Prominent Man a Suicide
W. H. Thompson, one of the most prominent and well-known citizens of Hopkinton, committed suicide at his residence west of that city by shooting himself with a shotgun. He was the owner of a large farming and business interests and was considered worth about $75,000. Temporary insanity is supposed to have been the cause.
Farmer Kills Himself
Immediately after a quarrel with his brother, Wilbur Lawson, a prosperous farmer, threw himself in front of the Milwaukee flyer at Boubleday and was ground into pieces.
Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa; Wednesday, December 28, 1904
-- Michael Laughlin, of Pipestone, Minnesota, is visiting his uncle, Michael Hester.
-- Mrs. William Sawyer, of Kenmare, North Dakota, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. O.O. Williams, of this city.
-- A.D. Figle came home from Center Point the last of the week to visit his father and mother until the close of the holiday season.
NEAR BY NEWS
Mr. Wegener Is Generous
Fred Wegener purchased from Cullen Bros. a very handsome Crown piano which he presented to his daughter, Mrs. Greinert of Lott's Creek, as a Christmas present. -- -- Whittemore Champion
Too Much Love over Phones
The hello girls are getting sick of having as much lovemaking going on over the telephone wires. There has been an unusual amount of phone sparking during the past week. If some mothers would use a good shingle on the shoulders of their girls they might break them of some of this foolishness. -- Algona Advance
Gave Her Christmas Presents
J. W. Lighton of Livermore's prominent businessmen, gave his wife $5,000 and a divorce as Christmas gifts and it is said that both were highly appreciated. He has, it is reported, and doing a great deal of boozing.
Miss Kirtz Is Better
We are glad to report that Miss Lucy Kirtz, of Mallard, aged 16, who was accidentally shot last Wednesday by a young man, is much better. She was able to set up Monday. The bullet is lodged in her neck and has not yet been located. She had a pretty close call.
Duhn -- Simonson
Mr. L. L. Duhn and Miss Anna Marie Simonson, who lived in the northwest part of the county, where married Wednesday, Rev. Krogh officiating, but we have not learned full particulars. Both are excellent young people and have the best wishes of all who knew them. The Democrat extends hearty congratulations.
Are Going to Idaho
Next week M. J. Nolan and family will leave for Boise, Idaho. Mr. Nolan will work for Thomas Lane. He will ship a car of stock and household goods. Mr. and Mrs. Nolan were among the first residents of the county. They are, of course, widely and favorably known and have made many warm friends who regret their departure. The Democrat wishes them prosperity in their new home.
-- a marriage license has been issued to Justice Dwight Jackson and Bertha Amanda Anzinger.
-- It was Mrs. Beers and not Mr. Beers of Algona, who recently died. The Democrat wishes to correct the error.
Sioux City Has a Big Fire
Sioux City had the most disastrous fire in the history last Friday. Two solid blocks of the best business houses in the city were destroyed. The total losses aggregate $3,000,000 dollars. Among the losses were the Pelletier Dry Goods Co., the Massachusetts Real Estate company, Farmersí Loan & Trust Co., J. H. Bolton, Brown Block Co., J. W. Brown, Peavy & Nash, Dow Clothing company, J. K. Prugh & Co., Selzer Bros., R. E. Purslow Schulein Estate, George M. Conway, Higman &Skinner Co., Johnson and Aaronson Co., Gillette Hardware Co., Paul Leader, James Bothwell, Weld Hardware Co., Harstead & Halseth, the Martin Mercantile Co., Fagley & Co., and Orkin Bros. Most of the losses run from $50,000-$240,000. The blaze started in the Pelletier department store. A small boy through a lighted match into a corner into which some old paper had been swept. The losers have the sympathy of all the business people of Northwest Iowa, for Sioux City is the leading live stock market of our state and is a splendid business point. It has an energetic, hospitable class of citizens.
Not so Fresh As He Seemed
A young man by the name of John M. Sorenson, whose parents reside only about three miles from Ringsted, was apprehended at Fort Dodge the other day, for having made himself disagreeable to a lady in the waiting room on the Illinois Central. He followed her about and when a train came for which she was waiting he boarded the train with her and insisted on occupying the same seat with her. To this she objected and a policeman came to her assistance and compelled the young Sorenson to leave the train. He was put in the lockup and later investigations developed it as a fact that he was demented. -- Graettinger Times.
Had a Family Reunion
There was a grand family reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. McEvoy Christmas Day. E. J. came down from Lake Park and Mr. and Mrs. J. J. McEvoy Came up from Gilmore. Mr. and Mrs. M. Bradley were down from Graettinger and Mr. and Mrs. M. T. McEvoy were in from Walnut. Of course our genial mutual insurance solicitor and his good wife were happy as the living members of the family had not been together before on such an occasion for many years. The Democrat hopes that the McEvoy families will have many more such reunions.
Mrs. H. N. Deeter Is Dead
Mrs. H. N. Deeter, whose husband died under such sad circumstances last April, passed away at her home at Graettinger last Wednesday. She had been ill for a long time with consumption. Three little daughters survive for. Those who knew her considered her a most excellent woman. The funeral services were held at the M. E. church at Graettinger Thursday and the remains were laid to rest in one of the cemeteries near that place.
ADDITIONAL LOCAL NEWS
-- a marriage license has been issued to Charles C. Miller and Ida Stover.
-- John H. Sherlock, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was an Emmetsburg visitor Monday, having come to enjoy Christmas with his parents. He is a student at the Nebraska State University. There are about 2500 in attendance. Times are, he reports, brisk in Nebraska.
-- Mrs. Lowry, a sister of Mrs. H. N. Deeter, who died at Graettinger Wednesday, John Deeter, of Dixon, Illinois, and the three children of Mr. and Mrs. H. N. Deeter left for Dixon Saturday evening. All except Mrs. Lowry will return for the Wegman trial at Spencer January 24.
-- it is said that father Kroeger left most of his $225,000 accumulated at Epiphany, South Dakota, to the Catholic Church, though he had been wholly suspended for some time before his death. His only offense was his continuing to practice medicine contrary to the orders of his superiors. He treated poor people free of charge. He certainly proved that he was charitable in many ways.
-- the Ruthven Free Press says: "Mrs. Larson, mother of Mrs. Jens Thompson and her sister, Mrs. Anna Christensen, arrived in this city Monday. Mrs. Christensen has just completed her first trip from Denmark to this country to visit her sister who resides here and three brothers James, Nels, and Lars Olsson, who live in Walnut Township. As she is now 73 years old, this trip from the old country is remarkable, especially as she came unattended."
TOWN TOPICS OF A WEEK
-- Mrs. J. J. Reardon, of Estherville, is visiting her sister, Mrs. P. V. Nolan.
-- Mrs. Stein, of this city, spent Christmas with her sister, Mrs. J. H. Gammon, at Graettinger.
-- Mrs. Rev. Daniel Filkins, of Rutland, Iowa, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Treadgold.
-- Mr. Griffith, of Curlew, spent Christmas with his daughter, Mrs. Thomas McDonald, of Graettinger.
-- Misses Anna and Alyce Dwyer, of Fort Dodge, spent Christmas with their sister, Mrs. Thomas Condon, of Great Oak.
-- Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Alexander, of Estherville, visited the latter's parents, Capt. And Mrs. Soper, of this place, Christmas.
-- Jacob Stewart of Graettinger, has gone to Stratford, Ontario, where he will visit relatives and friends until spring.
-- Dr. and Mrs. Davis, of Chicago, were Christmas guests at the home of W.J. Bowden. Mrs. Davis is the sister of Mrs. Bowden.
-- Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Goddard, of Streater, Illinois, are visiting relatives in this city. Mrs. Goddard is the sister of James and Patrick McBride.
-- the Sheldon mail is 32 years old. It was for many years edited by Frank T. Piper. It is one of our most newsy exchanges. May it continue to flourish.
-- Misses Agnes and Margaret Walsh came home from Austin, Minnesota, the last of the week to visit their mother and other relatives. They went to Graettinger Monday evening to see their sister, Mrs. Doty.
-- Mrs. George Wells, of Annondale, Minnesota, is visiting her father, E.E. Hughes, of the city. She will remain during the holidays.
-- J. E. Stacy, of Algona, one of the pioneers of 1856, died a few days ago. During his long and eventful career he held several county offices. He was 75 years of age
-- Mrs. E. A. Branagan, of Colman, South Dakota, arrived in the city Saturday evening to spend Christmas with her mother, Mrs. Guerdet, of Vernon, and other relatives in this locality
-- Miss Belinda Farley, of Parkersburg, is visiting her sister, Mrs. John Lynch, of this city. She will remain for a couple of weeks.
-- Mr. and Mrs. William Coakley went to Cherokee Friday with Miss Anna Huska, who was adjudged insane
-- J. J. Waldron has moved his family from Terril to Estherville. He formerly lived on a farm near Curlew
-- Miss Gertie Albright, of Mason City, who had been visiting her sister, Mrs. E. J. Scott, returned home Monday morning.
-- N. H. Kathan, of Livermore, has been granted a pension of $100 per month and $2000 of a back pension. He is totally blind.
-- Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ruddy, of Ayrshire, were in this city Tuesday. They were on their way home from Vernon where they enjoyed the hospitality of the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hickey, Christmas day.
-- John Ryan, of Spokane, Washington, arrived in Emmetsburg Sunday morning to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ryan, of this city. This is the first time he has been home in seven years. He is engaged in business at Spokane.
-- James Sherlock, of Ayrshire, was a business visitor an Emmetsburg Monday. Mr. Sherlock was one of the leading teachers of our county some twenty years or more ago. Since that time he has been farming and has prospered. However, he still takes a considerable of an interest in educational affairs
Submitted by Cathy Labath, March 2007
Submitted by Cathy Labath, March 2007
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