Iowa Old Press
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto,Iowa
April 2, 1913
TOWN TOPICS OF A WEEK
W.F. BOBLIT was a Chicago visitor last week.
Father KELLY was down from Graettinger Monday
Lance BECK spent Sunday with relatives at Estherville
Supt. Angus McDONALD will remain at Spirit Lake another year.
Miss Eva HARRISON visited friends at Graettinger over Sunday.
Mrs. E.A. MORLING and little son were Ruthven visitors last week.
William MONCRIEF and Thomas JENNINGS went to LeMars Thursday.
Mrs. T. STODDARD of Livermore visited Emmetsburg friends last week.
M.H. PETERSON of Ringsted has gone to Waterloo to take a course in a
Miss Genevieve DAILY was a guest of Whittemore friends several days during
the last week.
Mrs. Emmet MOORE of High Lake was a guest of Mrs. M.F. COONAN Thursday and
There are still quite a number of cases of small pox at Algona. They are,
however, of a mild form.
Mrs. W.J. O'BRIEN and daughter of Whittemore came to Emmetsburg Saturday to
attend the funeral of Miss Lottie WALSH.
Mr and Mrs. Elmer ASHBURN and children have moved to Ruthven. They will
reside at that place during the coming year.
The Free Press says taht Cleborn BARRINGER of Inverness, Montana, has been
visiting friends at Ruthven during the past ten days.
Mrs. T. SULLIVAN and niece, Miss Catherine ROWAN, came down from Graettinger
Saturday evening for a few days's vist with Emmetsburg relatives and
Mr and Mrs. T.E. MANNING, who had been living southeast of Emmetsburg for
several years have moved onto one of the CROWLEY farms northwest of this
Mr. Harry SAMPSON and Miss Edna RUSTAN were married at Ruthven last
Wednesday. They will make their future home on a farm near that place. The
Democrat extends congratulations.
Mrs. James SCOTT left for Sterling, Illinois, Friday evening. She was called
there by the death of her father. She has the sympathy of her many
Emmetsburg friends in her bereavement.
The Rolfe Reveille says that Mr and Mrs Art BROWN of Curlew visited
relatives in the vicinity of Rolfe last week. From there they left for First
View, Colorado, where one of their sons resides.
Miss Clara ERICKSON of Eagle Grove has been visiting Mrs. A.T. HORAN for
several days. She taught in the Davenport schools last year. She is at
present principal of the Eagle Grove schools.
John McNAMARA and James MULRONEY were passengers to Creston, Iowa, Monday.
Patrick WEIR and son Will of Whittemore were Emmetsburg visitors Tuesday.
Wm. DONOVAN left for Minneapolis yesterday. He intends going from that place
Simon HENRY of Whittemore was an Emmetsburg visitor Saturday. He was
attending Phil BOUGH's horse sale.
Misses Margaret Ann and Agnes WALSH came from Austin, Minnesota, Friday to
attend the funeral of Miss Lottie WALSH.
The Iowa Realty company has sold the Charles FLYNN residence property
occupied by C.F. MORAN to B.F. SCHROEDER.
Filo POARCH spent Sunday with friends at Bancroft. He found the town all
wrought up over the contest to divide Kossuth county.
John S. GIBSON is moving his engines and other goods into the W.H. COONAN
building on south Broadway, which he rented some time ago.
Mr and Mrs John McNAMARA arrived home from the Twin Cities Saturday evening.
Mr. McNAMARA, who was in a hospital for some time, si feeling quite hearty
Mr and Mrs John MAGUIRE, Mr. and Mrs M.L. MAGUIRE, Miss MAGUIRE, Mrs. M.P.
CARRIGAN, Mrs. Peter WALDRON and Miss Marie COLE came from Ayrshire Friday
to attend the funeral of Miss Lottie WALSH.
A Humboldt Man Suicides
A few days ago T.E. JAMISON of Humboldt went to Fort Dodge and returned on
the midnight train. After reaching home he went to his barn and fired two
bullets through his head. He was found the following morning but lived but a
short time. He intended to kill himself.
R.F. MINER Leaves Emmetsburg
R.F. MINER and family moved to Blairstown, Iowa, Saturday where they will
make their future home. Mr. MINER had been conducting a livery and feed barn
in this city for a couple of years. He and his family will be missed by
those who have known them during their residence in Emmetsburg.
Will Improve Their Home
Mr and Mrs. W.E. JACKMAN will enlarge their home and equip it with modern
conveniences. They have an excellent farm and a fine location. They can well
afford one of the finest homes in the county and they are to be commended
for deciding to have it.
Kitchen girl wanted at Waverly hotel for second work.
Charles DUHIGG was an Ayrshire visitor Friday
W.J. O'NEILL was a Des Moines visitor the first of the week.
John F. TOD of Independence township was an Emmetsburg visitor Monday.
D.G. McCARTY was a professional visitor at Des Moines the first of the week.
Miss Grace CREIGHTON of Whittemore spent Sunday with Emmetsburg friends.
Wm. MONCRIEF went to Mason City Monday where he will work in a barber shop.
Miss Bess KETCHEN spent Saturday and Sunday with Miss Ethel RICHARDSON of
Clem ROACHE was down from Rock Rapids Wednesday visiting local relatives and
Mrs. Earl BROWN arrived home the last of the week after and extended trip
through the west.
Miss Fern and Mr. Lee JACOBS of West Bend were guests of Miss Grace WOLFGANG
Edwin ANDERSON of Ruthven was looking after business interests in Emmetsburg
Mr. KENEFICK of Belmond was the guest of John L. SULLIVAN of Emmetsburg over
J.D. HIGGINS arrived home from Colfax last week. We are glad to learn that
he is getting along nicely.
Miss Josie PATTON was home from Boone visiting her sister, Mrs. E.J.
HIGGINS, during her spring vacation.
Miss Josie DEALY arrived from Perry the last of the week to spend her brief
vacation with her parents in this city.
Mr. O'HORA of Spring Green, Wisconsin, visited over Sunday with his friend,
Miss Margaret RYAN, of this city.
Miss Sarah CROWLEY has been quite ill during the past week. Miss Mary
O'BRIEN is teaching in her place at the East Side School.
William WEDOO was a Garner visitor last week. Two of his daughters are
engaged in business at that place and are doing well.
Miss Margaret FLOOD has been teaching in the vicinity of Sanborn during the
past couple of weeks. One of her sisters lives at Sanborn.
Mr nad Mrs. J.H. HINKLEY have returned from California and are now visiting
at the home of their daughter, Mrs. MOORE, of Kansas City.
John METZ was down from Minneapolis the last of the week visiting his
parents and numerous local friends. He returned Sunday evening.
F.F. FAVILLE, the U.S. attorney for this district, si now delivering a
lecture on "The Under Man". He is well read and quite fluent.
Mrs. CANFIELD of Schenectady, New York, has been visiting during the past
week with her parents, Mr and Mrs George DRYBREAD, of this place.
Miss C.M. JOHNSON was at Graettinger Saturday looking after her studio at
that place. She makes regular trips to Graettinger and Ruthven.
Miss Lucille SCHENDEL has been on the sick list for a couple of weeks.
W.E.G. SAUNDERS and E.A. MORLING were Ft. Dodge visitors Saturday.
Henry SHERLOCK has been home from Omaha for several days visiting his
Charles GUSLAND is doing some improving in his residence property in the
Eddie FOY, the well known comedian, will appear at Mason City next Saturday.
Mr and Mrs. J.E. GIFFORD left for Belmond Monday where they will make their
Superintendent CHANDLER has been re-elected for the coming year by the
school board of West Bend.
Mrs. P.R. WELLS came up from Mason City Friday to attend the funeral of Miss
Mrs. George BLECKENHORN of Sioux City arrived Monday for a visit with her
sister, Mrs. R.E. RITTS.
Lewis PETERSON of Lost Island township is arranging to enlarge his residence
during the coming season.
Arnold BRUNNER, who is employed at the Emmetsburg postoffice, visited
friends in Whittemore over Sunday.
A son was born to Dr. and Mrs. STARR of Mason City Monday. Their Emmetsburg
friends extend congratulations.
Mrs. DUHIGG, Sr., went to Ayrshire Friday to see Mr and Mrs. K.J. McELROY's
little daughter, who has been quite ill.
Miss Rose MILLER, daughter of Axel MILLER, returned to Mt Vernon college
Monday. She had been home for the Easter vacation.
Mrs. T.W. BRADLEY and her daughter, Mrs. HIGLEY, of Mason City were called
to Emmetsburg Friday evening by the death of Miss Lottie WALSH.
Miss Kate MORRIS of Algona has gone to Floodwood, Minnesota, where she will
make her future home.
The Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto Co, IA
9 Apr 1913
J.A. SPIES was down from Graettinger last Thursday.
Father CARROLL of Ayrshire spent Thursday in Emmetsburg.
Alex RUTHVEN of Ruthven spent Thursday in Emmetsburg.
William RUTHVEN has reshingled his residence and has otherwise improved it.
Earl BROWN has ordered a new hog house built on his place on which Mr. KELSH
Barny FARRELL recently returned from Chicago where he had been with a car of
Miss Ida SORENSON recently arrived in this city to visite her parents and
Mayor CAMERON of Graettinger spent Thursday in this city. He was serving as
a witness in court.
W.DITCH of Richmond, Virginia, recently spent a short time at West Bend. He
was called there by the illness of his mother.
Harold O'BRIEN and Francis FLEMING of Whittemore were Emmetsburg visitors
Friday evening. They came to attend the hop at the armory.
Mrs. J.F. ROWE has rented a residence near the Lutheran church. It has been
occupied by Dr. ASHLEY and family. She sold her home in the northeast part
of town some time ago.
Mrs. NELSON, mother of Nels NELSON, has been quite ill during the past week.
She is somewhat advanced in years. Her many friends hope soon to hear of an
improvement in her condition.
Father COSTELLO, accompanied by Father NOLAN of Eagle Grove, were Emmetsburg
visitors Wednesday. The yahd been up in Vernon township looking for ducks
but they could not find any.
Miss Laura ILLINGSWORTH was quite ill several days last week.
W.J. TYSON was a business visitor at West Bend Wednesday.
Deputy Sheriff McNALLY was a West Bend visitor Wednesday.
Mrs. PIERSON of Graettinger was an Emmetsburg visitor Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. HAHN of Mallard were Fort Dodge visitors last week.
L.D. SMITH is enlarging his residence. He resides in the second ward.
Miss C.M. JOHNSON recently enjoyed a visit from Mr. and Miss DARG of
The people of Hampton are arranging for 42 blocks of paving during the
Miss Nora DUNIGAN, who was home spending her spring vacation, retured to
Ames last week.
Mrs. Pearl BURREL recently returned to Sheldon after a visit with her
mother, Jesse CHURCH.
Miss Ella DOOLEY of Fonda arrived a few days ago to see her brother, J.J.
DOOLEY, who has been very ill for some time.
Miss Elizabeth EAGAN of Ayrshire spent Saturday and Sunday with her cousins,
Misses Alice and Nellie O'BRIEN of this city.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. John MURPHY of Sioux City a few days ago.
Mrs. MURPHY will be remembered as Miss Rose CORCORAN.
The Whittemore Champion says that L.H. WEGENER of Fairfield township arrived
home from Milwaukee Wednesday evening where he had been marketing five cars
Mrs. Bert LARMER, who had been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C.
JENSWOLD of Depew, recently left for her home at Galata, Montana.
Howard HUGHES arrived from Amery, Wisconsin, a few days ago. He will assist
his brother, Bert in the drug store during the coming season.
Mr. and Mrs. J.P. STEBBINS are enjoying a visit from their daughter, Mrs.
Hattie BAIRD, of Des Moines. She is accompanied by her little girl.
Supt. J.R. McCOMB was at Des Moines the last of the week.
Sheldon defeated Hawarden in a debating contest a few nights ago.
Ben GAYLORD and his sister, Miss Dot, were passengers to Mt. Vernon, Iowa,
The Graettinger Times reports that Lars RASMASSEN was very ill last week.
His local friends hope he is better.
Mrs. Lewis PETERSEN and her daughter, Miss Myrtle, and son, Wallace went to
Clark Grove, Minnesota, Friday morning to visit friends.
W.H. SULLIVAN, who lives some distance northwest of this city, went to
Clinton Tuesday of last week. He will visit relatives at that place for a
Tom J. WHITE was over from Whittemore Thursday. He went from her to High
Lake to look after the cropping of his farm, which he bought last fall. He
visited Estherville, Wallingford and Graettinger on his way home. He took in
the big railroad booster meeting at Emmetsburg Friday evening.
Frank GOTCH downed another foreigner on the mat at Kansas City a few
evenings ago. It took him 23 minutes to win both falls. During the time he
was in action he secured $652 per minute, besides his interest in the moving
pictures. This means another Humboldt county quarter section for the Iowa
Thomas RYAN and Sarsfield DENEEN left for Chicago Tuesday evening of last
week. They will spend a few months in the wholesale house of Carson, Pirie,
Scott & Co. after which they intend to go on the road as traveling salesmen
for the firm. Both are bright, energetic, deserving young men. The Democrat
has every confidence that they will make good.
Palo Alto Co, IA
23 Apr 1913
SPEAKS OF FIFTY YEARS AGO
James HOGAN on His Visit to Emmetsburg in 1861
James HOGAN, who recently visited his sister, Mrs. James HICKEY, of Vernon
township, gave our reporters a very interesting account a few days ago of
his first trip to this county in March, 1861. Mr. and Mrs. HICKEY formerly
resided in Philadelphia. Soon after they moved west he decided he would come
and visit them. Speaking of the affair he said:
"When Mr. and Mrs. HICKEY came to Iowa they located in this county, settling
on the west bank of the river about three miles southwest of the present
town of Emmetsburg. They kept a postoffice at their home for a number of
years. The nearest town to them was Fort Dodge. They had to haul their
provisions from Iowa City. There were, I think, about ten families in the
county at that time. I remember all of the names very well, but it would
take too much space to list them. That was in March, 1861."
"But now let me tell you of my experience. My parents remained at
Philadelphia after Mr. and Mrs. HICKEY came to Iowa. I remember they used to
receive letters from my sister, postmarked Fort Dodge, Webster county, Iowa.
I was then a boy of twelve years of age. I thought Iowa was the jumping off
place out west. one day I made up my mind that I would go and see my sister.
The only address I had was Fort Dodge, Webster county, Iowa. I tied up my
shirt in a little package, bought a few ginger cakes, tied them in a
handkerchief and started out on my long journey. I had about 40 or 50 cents
in my pocket. Some time later I was found in a railway box car by the
brakemen. They took me to the caboose and cared for me. When I reached
Pittsburg they sent me free from there to Chicago. There the agent put me in
charge of the conductor of a train on the C.D. railroad. I had no difficulty
in reaching Dubuque where the conductor brought me to one of hte best hotels
and paid my bill. He told the conductor who was coming west on the Illinois
Central to bring me as far as Farley, which, if I remember correctly, is
about sixty miles this side of Dubuque. The Illinois Central conductor paid
my hotel expenses and my fare on the old Concord coach to Fort Dodge. I soon
found myself in a very wild country compared to Philadelphia, but when I
reached Fort Dodge I discovered that I had not yet arrived at the end of my
journey. The people of that place told me that Mr. and Mrs. HICKEY lived
fifty or sixty miles up the Des Moines river, Keiron MULRONEY was at that
time carrying the mail from Fort Dodge to the Irish settlement in this
locality. He also made one trip a week to Spirit Lake. I got a chance to
ride with Mrs. MARTIN and her sister, who were going to Spirit Lake to
settle some business for the estate of her husband who was killed by the
Indians a short time before. There were two teams and wagons in our party.
The wagon in the lead broke down and left Mrs. MARTIN, her sister, and two
children and myself to come on. It was snowing at the time and we cound not
see the road. We got lost and were very much alarmed when James HICKEY and
some of his neighbors came out with lanterns and found us along the river.
They took us into camp. That night there was a party at the home of Jack
MULRONEY. When we got htere we found them all having a good time. There was
a warm fire and many of the people there were dancing. There was plenty of
fine victuals on the table. Of course I need not say that I was a hungry boy
and enjoyed a good meal.
"The next morning mr. HICKEY, who was my brother-in-law, drove in front of
the house wit ha yoke of oxen, the first I had ever seen. We got into the
wagon and started for home.
"During the summer Mr. HICKEY and Andy HOOD surveyed five townships on the
west side of the river. I was the kid who drove the oxen. I hauled stakes
for the surveyors. After this work was done I did not remain very long in
this locality. I wanted to go back home again so my sister gave me five
twenty dollar gold pieces adn I started back for Philadelphia. John F.
DUNCOMBE was on his way to Fort Dodge from Spirit Lake. He took me with him.
>From Ft. Dodge I started for Des Moines. I was placed in charge of another
lawyer from Des Moines. I took the steamer, Iowa Falls, the last steam boat
that went down the Des Moines River. It was bound for Keokuk. From that
place I went to New Orleans.
"To make a long story short, I have traveled from British America to the
Gulf of Mexico and from Maine to the Rocky Mountains. I have been on all the
navigable streams that flow into the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and on all
of the great lakes except Superior. I have been on the Chesapeake and
Delaware bays, the Pamico and Albemarie sound of North Carolina, in the
Dismal Swamp of Virginia, on the James, Potomac, Roanoke, Rappahannock
rivers and in various other places. I started out young and have had quite
an experience as a traveler. I am at present living at Hobart, Oklahoma,
where I conduct a Eurpoean hotel. It is needless to say that I am enoying my
visit to Emmetsburg. I have met a number of the early settlers who were here
in 1861 and 1862, and have spent a great many pleasant hours talking about
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