Iowa Old Press
Ruthven Free Press
Ruthven, Palo Alto, Iowa
October 21, 1925
HAPPENINGS IN NEARBY TOWNS
- E.J. Higgins, a druggist at Emmetsburg for many years, died at his home
there last week.
- Mary Foxwell of Elgin, Iowa, has made a record as teacher. She began teaching school when seventeen and has taught for fifty-one years.
- Harry E. Winn, a mail clerk who runs on the Rock Island from Cedar Rapids to Albert Lea, was arrested for robbing the mails.
- T.K. Thompson of Story City, Ia., visited here at the home of his brother-in-law, A.J. Johnson, southwest of town.
- Mrs. Mildred Sallee of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Emmetsburg, has been convicted of manslaughter for the shooting of her husband several months ago. The trial was held last week. She is a colored woman and is perhaps 25 years of age.
A SURPRISE PARTY
About twenty-five old friends and neighbors stood in the
Frank Bradley home last Thursday evening and surprised Mrs. Bradley, it being
They came with well filled baskets and enjoyed the evening in playing cards and dancing until a late hour.
SPENCER BANKER DIES
M.E. Griffith, Spencer banker and capitalist, and a resident of Clay county for 56 years, died at his rooms back of his private bank in Spencer last Wednesday noon. He was 81 years old. Mr. Griffith was county treasurer of Clay county for ten years, holding the office from 1871 to 1881. He was said to be the largest land owner in northwest Iowa. He was never married.
IZAAK WALTON LEAGUE ELECTS WATERLOO MAN
George W. Wood of Waterloo was elected president of the Izaak Walton League of Iowa at a session at Boone last week. Al. Faerber of Davenport will act as first vice president, J.W. Jordan of Boone will act as second vice president, and G.O. Vandeveer of Waverly treasurer. Frank Mason of Spirit Lake will be a member of the board of directors from the Eleventh district.
- The will of the late Banks Perry of Quimby, a widower and childless, gives 150 acres of native woodland along the Sioux river for a park and 480 acres of farm land for the benefit of an I.O.O.F. orphan home to be built thereon.
Mrs. J.E. Osterhus gave a dinner party on Tuesday evening,
October 13, in honor of her husband's 32nd birthday. Mr. Osterhus was surprised
when he came into the house and noticed unusual bustle about the place. On going
into the dining room he saw an artistic birthday cake in the center of the
After the two course dinner, the guests spent the evening in visiting, later listening to the radio and bringing the evening to a close by cutting the birthday cake.
Mr. Osterhus was given a hearty hand shake by all the guests who wished him many more birthdays. Miss Theovina assisted her mother with the dinner. The guests were:
Mrs. L.O. Wigdahl, Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Sporan, Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Wigdahl, Mr. and Mrs. H. Tripp, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hermanson, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Bargstrum, Dr. and Mrs. L.M. Radley, Misses Mary Rogers, Luella Sporan, Lizzie Wigdahl and Mr. Tory Knutson.
PROMINENT FARMER DIES UNEXPECTEDLY
John Holmgren, a prominent farmer living about four miles
northeast of Ruthven, died suddenly from heart disease at 3:30 Tuesday
afternoon. Mr. Holmgren had not been feeling very well that afternoon and had
remained at his home, but his condition was such as not to excite the least
concern over its seriousness.
The funeral will be held at the Methodist church in Ruthven on Friday afternoon.
An obituary will be published next week.
SITE OF STATE PARK WAS SOLD FOR SHOTGUN
The ???-acre tract of land which includes the new state
park at Lost Island lake, three miles north of Ruthven was traded to an early
settler in 1866 for a shotgun.
An old trapper, who was a squatter and whose name has been forgotten, traded the tract to Jim Freeman, also a trapper, for the gun. The old trapper lived in a hut near the lake shore where the recently constructed field house now stands. Freeman, a bachelor in the early eighties thought the population was becoming too thick for his pleasure so he sold to John and Will McNary of Ruthven and moved away to a wilder environment.
SERIOUS ACCIDENT AT AYRSHIRE
Joe Kelly, cashier of the First National bank at Ayrshire,
was seriously injured last Saturday morning. He was working with a gasoline
engine at his home at the time, and in an attempt to hold a belt on the engine
pulley, the stick he was holding caught in the fly wheel and was thrown with
such force against his abdomen as to penetrate his body, piercing the liver and
other vital organs. The injured man was rushed to Emmetsburg and for a while it
was feared that he might not recover. Word from Emmetsburg this forenoon stated
that he was resting better than expected.
Mr. Kelly is a middle-aged man married, has three children, and has lived in Ayrshire for around twenty-five years.
BUTTERMAKERS MEET AT RUTHVEN THURSDAY
About fifteen of the buttermakers of the creameries in
Palo Alto, Kossuth and Emmett counties met in Ruthven last Thursday afternoon to
discuss matters of importance to the creameries of the district.
Three delegates, M.P. Junker of Ruthven, Otto Klookck of Whittemore, and Henry Hanson of Graettinger, were chosen to attend a state convention in Cedar Rapids the early part of next month.
Following the meeting a nice lunch was served for the buttermakers at the home of M.P. Junker.
KEEP PALO ALTO COUNTY HEALTHY
You can help by reporting all cases of communicable
disease to local public health officers. The reporting of communicable disease
and the enforcement of quarantine laws are very important. It means safety for
Symptoms to be watched for and reported to your doctor:
Diphtheria - Croup. Sore throat, grey-white patch on tonsil or palate. Blood tinged or abnormal nasal discharge.
Scarlet Fever - Sudden onset, vomiting, sore throat, headache, fever. Rash on neck and upper part of chest.
Small Pox - Headache, backache, nausea, mailaise, slight temperature and "Lo Gripp" like symptoms.
Measles - Cold in head, fever, running nose, watery, red eyes, sneezing, cough, rash.
Whooping Cough - Persistent cough which is spasmodic in character. Characteristic whoop develops about two week after onset of disease. Spasms of coughing often ending in vomiting. Slight temperature.
Chicken Pox - Onset gradual. May be no symptoms before irritation. Slight fever. Irreption may be on covered portions of body.
Mumps - Fever, pain and swelling at angle of jaw just in front of lower lobe of the ear. Stiffness of jaws.
Last Friday afternoon the senior class met to organize and choose the staff for the "Highlander." This annual is being put out by the high school, but is to be edited by the senior class. Assistants from the various classes were chosen:
Editor in chief, Raymond Whitman; Associate editors, Mable Johnson and Helen Nelson; Business manager, Delbert Jondahl; Circulation manager, Goldie Osterman; Class editor, Daisy Rice; Boys' athletics, Floyd Johnson and Lester ?????; Girls' athletics, Dorris Brown and Leone Anderson; Forensic editors, Clancy Toland and Bernie Johnson; Alumni editor, Agnes Nelson and Lela Johnson; Snap shot, L. Willis; Calendar, Bernice Hagedon and Mae Prew; Misic, Eleanor and Erma Ruthven; Jokes, Lawrence Rice and Francis Currans; Art, Violet Nelson and Beulah Kester.
An advance sale for subscriptions is on now. This sale was put on Monday morning in school with the result of over sixty subscriptions. Every high school student, alumni, and patron of the school should buy a "Highlander". A boost for the "Highlander" is a boot for R.H.S.
Miss Edna Oliver attended the English teachers' convention at Iowa City last week. She reports a very interesting and helpful convention.
A junior class party was held in the gymnasium of the high school on Friday evening. Prof. Eshelman was the life of the party (assisted by the class sponsor, Miss Jones) and a very enjoyable time was reported by all. We broke the ice as you call it by a very humorous game that would make every one feel very jolly. The party was held for the juniors alone and the teachers as some of the juniors reported they would like to have enough to eat this time and they certainly had it. We were very sorry that more of the teachers and Mrs. Eshelman could not attend but we hope they will be at our next party. The menu consisted of nut sandwiches, black walnut ice cream, beechnut coffee and pumpkin pie, and even that tasted nutty. Those on the eats committee were : Lela Johnson, Eva Parker and Amy Willis. Those on the entertainment committee were: Leone Anderson, Mae Prew, Lyle Willis, Alden Hermanson. There were eighteen present.
SACRED HEART CHURCH NOTES
J.J. Keane, Pastor
Sunday evening Father Keane entertained the members of the
church choir at a cold chicken lunch. The following were present:
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Brennan, Mr. and Mrs. I.J. Foy, Mr. and Mrs. Clem Redden, Mrs. Earl Wilcox, Misses Irene Barnert, Ruth Currans, Catherine Barnett, Bernice Hagedon, Marian Brennan, Mable Myers, Catherine Ruddy, Mae Prew and Dorris Wilcox; Messrs. Joseph Barnett, Francis Glenson and Herman Eisenbast.
(Too late for last week)
- The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. H. Roland was burned to the ground last
Saturday. The fire started from the chimney of the heater. Help arrived too late
and the only furniture saved was three chairs and a sewing machine.
- Last Thursday Robert Kabrick was injured while on the play ground at school.
LOCAL AND PERSONAL.
- Rev. and Mrs. Lumley left last Thursday for their new home at Gilmore City.
- Mrs. N.C. Bale left Friday for Kananaw, Iowa, for a visit with her daughter, Mrs. Caldwell.
- Arnett and Jim Brady of Thompson, Iowa, are spending the week visiting their uncle, Chas. Brady and cousin Harley.
- Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Campbell and Mrs. Bedlask of Manilla visited the first of the week with their cousin, Mrs. DeGroff.
- Mrs. Della Archer left Friday evening for Estherville where she will spend some time visiting her daughter, Mrs. Blaiser.
- Mr. and Mrs. E.P. Warnke of Emmetsburg visited at the home of Mrs. Warnke's father, Mr. A.C. Christianson, and sister, Mrs. B.N. Anderson, last Sunday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Grant Rice, Miss Lillie Crookshank and Guy Crookshank returned Wednesday from Ackley where they visited their brother, A.J. Crookshank.
- Miss Edna Oliver left Wednesday evening for Iowa City where she attended an English Teachers' convention. From there she went to Muscatine to visit her brother, Dr. Oliver.
- Mr. and Mrs. D.?. Gates of Guthrie Center have been visiting their daughter, Mrs. W.P. Henderson. They left Thursday for Graettinger to visit another daughter, Mrs. Reeves.
- Mrs. A.A. Bradley of Mason City has been here the past week visiting at the home of her aunt, Mrs. Chas. Metz.
- Mr. and Mrs. Loyal Myers and family of Sheldon visited with his uncle, C.G. and Charles Myers Sunday.
- Riley Sheets of Traey, Minn. arrived Saturday for a visit with his daughter, Mrs. Will Hayden.
- Mr. and Mrs. Eric Erickson are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby girl, born last Saturday, October 17th.
Submitted by: C.J.L., Aug 2005
Iowa Old Press
Palo Alto County