Iowa Old Press
October 8, 1890
Court has been in session since Monday. One or two divorce cases were
attended to first.
Husted vs Husted, Beach vs Beach, and Fleming vs. Fleming were among
them. In the two latter the decrees were granted.
The case of Gamble vs. Johns was decided in favor of Johns and a
judgment for $6 rendered.
In case Iowa Railroad Land Co. vs Thompson, Tuesday, jury instructed to
find verdict for plaintiff.
The last case was that in which C. L. Trenery sues one Pemberchy for
$10,000 damages for malicious prosecution in a former case.
The cast of State vs. Knowles is set for today but it may not be
SENEY: (Special Correspondence)
Nice fall weather.
Seney is buying her share of grain.
Capt. March and wife left for Sioux City Monday to take in the corn
The family of J. D. Vancourt, from Green Island, are expected here
Seney sent about sixty corn palaces excursionists and circus admirers on
the west bound train Saturday. Some of the considerate ones placed
their wives on the early morn passenger and waited themselves for the
excursion train. 'Twas just to avoid the rush, you know.
A. F.Eckenbeck returned home Monday morning. He went down to the corn
palace city to accompany his wife back, where she has been for the past
Alex McArthur and Joe Montgomery have purchased a lot at Leeds and are
building thereon a meat market. Joe is a wide awake young man and Alex
is full of push and we see no reason why they should not make a success
of their business.
Our school is progressing finely under the able management of Miss
Frankie Allen, of Le Mars. Take advantage of the opportunity you now
have boys to get an education and you will never have cause to regret
it. Although it has been said that "a little learning is dangerous" it
is far more preferable to be dangerous in this manner than to be simply
a wart on the face of nature.
"What make the girls love Tommy so," and inquisitive youngster cried.
"Why Tommy loves the girls you know and is always at their side."
He had ten dollars, he bought three tickets, he paid a man some money
and another man paid him some money and he did not have as much money as
he had previous to buying the tickets. Nevertheless he did not "work"
the ticket agent for a dollar. Oh, no. The woods are full of just such
people. There is one thing sure and definite tho he came very near
getting under the wheels of a moving passenger train in his frantic
endeavors to get up the coach steps without rubbing the varnish off the
ends of two coaches.
Another through wire has been strung from St. Paul to Sioux City. It
has been cut in at all offices and as soon as the new operating tables
arrive another click will be added "industries hom."
Our merchants are receiving new goods daily.
Miss Clara March is visiting at Omaha.
Anyone wishing a rig to take his best girl or mother out for a ride can
get one of Mit Moore. The policy of "slopping the old cow for the calf"
seems to be growing in favor with the rising generation at Seney.
A little boy with a shining pail went singing gaily to the dale where a
cow with a brindle tail on second growth clover did regale. A bumble
bee did swiftly sail over the soft and shadowy vale to where the boy
with the shining pail was milking the cow with the brindle tail. The
bee lit on the cows left ear her fee went up through the atmosphere and
through the limbs of a maple tree that boy soared into eternity.
We do not know just what the exact state of corruption was in Sodom or
Gomorrah but recent development goes to show that there are professors
who reside in the immediate vicinity of Seney who could have resided in
either city and felt perfectly at home.
Tom Julian went down to visit his brother at Merrill Sunday.
The depot at Carnes is about completed. [written by] BARNEY McGRAW
MERRILL: (From the Record)
Frank Dean, of LeMars, is erecting a 40x80 foot barn for Sam Colfas.
Mr. and Mrs. Alderson are entertaining friends from Benton, Wis., and
Mr. and Mrs. Armour, of LeMars, were down looking over the liveliest
town in Plymouth county, Friday.
A gentleman named Clossner, living near Pleasant Valley, will soon put
up a house near Mr. Veal's new one. He is by trade a wagon-maker.
Conrad Thoma will be superceded in the drugstore by Diedrich Winter who
will learn the business beside taking a half interest in the store.
Miss May Scott and another lady, whose name we did not learn,
accompanied Miss Lottie Wallis home. They are at present visiting at
the residence of E. S. Brower.
The surprise party last night at the residence of Mr. Leekly was well
attended. Miss Nellie Leekly intends visiting Sioux City the latter
part of the week.
Will Jenkins, wife and father, of Sac City are visiting Dr. Jenkins and
family. Their astonishment at our city's advancement since their visit
a year ago was great.
Of the unclaimed and undelivered mail matter received at the Dead Letter
Office during the past fiscal year, four hundred and fifty-one thousand
were letters misdirected, or only partially addressed.
Ninety-eight thousand were letters to domestic addresses "held for
postage" together with letters, etc., addressed to Canada and Mexico,
matter to those countries being unmailed except upon full prepayment of
One hundred and sixty-five thousand were letters mainly addressed to
persons in care of hotels.
Forty-two thousand were letters to fictitious addresses and principally
correspondence relating to what is known as "green goods," or "saw
dust," swindles, etc., many containing money with orders for the
purchase of these fraudulent goods.
Eighty thousand were parcels of merchandise, books, clothing,
needle-work, jewelry, etc., etc., many of which were misdirected, while
others were without wrapper, having been insecurely enclosed, and others
from which the address had become separated and lost.
A large proportion were those upon which the required amount of postage
to entitle them to the transmission through the mails had not been
prepaid, insufficient payment being due to improper enclosing, whereby a
higher rate of postage was required.
Twenty-eight thousand contained money amounting in all to $48,642.00.
Four thousand had enclosure of postal notes in small sums under $5,
aggregating to $5,300.
Twenty-seven thousand were found to contain drafts, checks, notes,
commercial papers, etc., etc., in the sum of $1,471,871.00 while
forty-eight thousand contained paid and canceled obligations, receipts
evidencing payments of money, deeds, mortgages, general miscellaneous
papers, etc., etc.
Forty-two thousand contained photographs, one thousand contained
articles forbidden to be transmitted through the mails; and eleven
thousand upon being opened were found to contain lottery tickets, which,
under the terms of the law, are declared unmailable.
One hundred and sixty-two thousand contained postage stamps.
Five hundred and thirty-one thousand were letters, and forty-one
thousand parcels of printed matters, samples, etc.
Two hundred and five thousand were letters, and forty-seven thousand
were parcels, books, samples of merchandise, etc., which had been mailed
within the United States addressed to foreign countries.
Over five million of the letters received at the Dead Letter Office
contained no enclosure of obvious value.
Misdirection, incorrect, illegible and deficient address are given as
leading causes which occasion the failure of mail matter to reach its
proper destination, and affect alike that which is so addressed to
either city, town, or village.
A NEW SIDETRACK
The Illinois Central R. R. company is putting the ties on the round for
a side track to extend 3,500 feet along the main track near the depot.
The grade and commencement of the work would indicate that the new
siding would commence at the south side of Seventh street and extend
thence, east past the Union depot. The council met in special session
Wednesday evening, and the Marshal was instructed to order the work
discontinued on Seventh street until the proper course of procuring
right-of-way from the city, had been gone through with.
A FINE STORE
The fine store room of Blakeway & Co., will be opened up today. The new
store is an elegant one. The shelves, counters and everything about it
being fixed up in most elegant and modern style. The large room will be
billed with seasonable goods and Mr. Blakeway thanking all his old
customers for past favors asks them all and many new ones to visit him
in his new quarters on Main street. Mr. Blakeway has built up a fine
business and his friends will rejoice in his added facilities for
FINED HIM TEN DOLLARS
One of the trains running south on the Omaha line on Wednesday pulled
out from the station and ran through the city at a much greater rate of
speed than that allowed by the city. Yesterday morning when No. 4 went
north Marshal Latenser stood on the platform with the necessary papers
to arrest the engineer. He paid his fine of ten dollars and went out at
the regular rate of speed. A few such doses will have a tendency to
create a feeling of respect for the city ordinances.
October 10, 1890
The Union township Presbyterian church was dedicated as announced on
last Sabbath. Although the day was cold and rainy, yet it did not
prevent a large congregation from assembling.
The church was filled to overflowing a little after the hours appointed
for service. Rev. D. W. Fahs preached an appropriate dedicatory sermon,
after which Dr. Bailey of Cedar Rapids, conducted the formal dedicatory
services. A collection was taken to meet expenses of building which was
soon raised and $50 over as a surplus in the treasury. Mrs. Walter
Bailey, of Le Mars, was present and presided at the organ. The people
of Union township are to be congratulated upon having so fine and
comfortable a church in their midst. Great credit is due the men and
women who pushed forward to its successful completion this fine house of
worship and much praise is due Mr. Z. Eyers, the builder, for the
workman-like manner in which he completed the building. A pastor is to
be immediately called to this young and thriving church. Services being
at 11 o'clock a.m. Sabbaths and Sunday School at 10 a.m.
The management of the opera house in Le Mars has been very fortunate
recently, in its selection of good talent for the lovers of opera and
amusements. If our people appreciate a good opera house and good
entertainments of that character they should come out and encourage it.
The plays on Saturday night and also on Monday night are far better than
can usually be secured in so small a town. They both go to larger
places and play to much larger audiences than can usually be obtained
here. On Saturday the play will be one of those weird productions
arranged from the pen of H. Rider Haggard. It will be grand and
thrilling. The play on Monday evening will delight either young or
grown people who are fond of the theatre. It is arranged with a view to
scenic effect but is one of those home-like pieces wherein the leading
character, Miss Redpath, steps right into the hearts of the audiences
and carries them with her through the play.
This clever little artists and her company of comedians will present
"The Fireman's Ward" for the first time in Le Mars on Monday evening,
October 13. Miss Redpath is one of the very popular young ladies from
A.M. Palmer's company and although this is her first westward starring
tour, she has been greeted by large and enthusiastic audiences
throughout Iowa, especially in DesMoines where she played a two night
engagement at the Grand opera house. The press of DesMoines were very
liberal in their praise of both star and company. The play will be
produced here with all the scenery, mechanical effects, tank of real
water, row boats, sail yacht, etc., used on week stands in cities as the
stage here is large enough to give it a splendid showing.
SENEY: (Special Correspondence)
Threshing is about finished.
The corn palace still has attraction for Seneyites.
Rev. Morrow and wife visited at Peterson early in the week.
Town politics are being considerably agitated.
T. N. Julian sized up the corn palace Wednesday. He tells wonderful
stories of enormous pumpkins and large ears of corn and people he me
from Boyd while there.
Some of the young bloods have signified a willingness to sacrifice
themselves on the altar of town politics. A self sacrificing nature is
commendable at all times but we question their good judgment in this
case as results will undoubtedly go to show their inability to see
Let the free traders howl all they want to about the tariff, but bear in
mind these simple facts. No manufactured article was ever enhanced in
price by reason of a duty where it was or became a staple product of the
country. Universal experience is against all claims to the contrary.
That a coat made in England and sold in America puts a farmer, a weaver
and a tailor out of a job in the home field, while a coat made in the
United States and sold in any of the America's helps a farmer, a weaver
and a tailor here and in turn helps us all to solve the problem of
current expense. When you think of these things, remember another fact.
Manufacturing nations have gathered to themselves the wealth of the
world while the countries which simply export agricultural products have
steadily grown poorer until inevitable bankruptcy overcame them.
An eastern paper comes to us with a lengthy article headed "An
operator's fatal failure." It tells of an operator who failed to side
track a train for which he had orders and goes on to say that when the
operator was told of his mistake he had the orders for the train in his
pocket and was at the theatre listening to an exhilarating and soul
stirring rendition of "Annie Rooney." The editor who penned that
article had about as much knowledge of the system of railroading as the
heathen Chinee has of the plan of salvation and of the operator who is
required to remain on duty from sixteen to eighteen hours. There are
comparatively few of the traveling public who realize that an operator
has to but touch here or there and their journey would be a final one.
It seems to us that if the state legislature would do something in the
way of passing a law regulating the hours of work for the work of the
telegraph operator and give the hod carrier cause a rest for the time
being, it would be a step in the right direction. B.McG.
October 17, 1890
Albert Ethe left for Vinton where he will work in a big general store.
Mr. and Mrs. P. K. Edwards celebrated their silver wedding anniversary
J. C. Ruble and A. H. Smith two genial republicans of Akron, were in
LeMars on Friday.
The new residence of the sheriff and the new jail are about completed
and ready for occupancy.
The Union township Presbyterian church was dedicated on Sunday by Rev.
D. W. Fahs, and Dr. Bailey, of Cedar Rapids.
Bert Reeves employed at the Omaha freight depot has a promotion to a
baggage run on the St. Paul and Omaha railroad. [note from family
member: this was Albert Reeves, son of Stephen Reeves, not Wilbert
Reeves, son of Arthur Reeves.]
Owing to the passage of the McKinley bill, grocerymen have raised the
price of new fruit to seventeen and a half cents a dozen.
The case of the state of Iowa against the Illinois Central Railroad
tired in district court before Judge Ladd resulted in a verdict for the
people. The case was brought to have company remove obstructions and
have Court street opened up. The company moved for a new trial.
Married at the Presybterian parsonage on October 7, 1890, by Rev. D.
Fahs, George T. Hughes and Miss Lizzie Eason, both of Elgin township.
In Johnson township at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Angus McInnes, October
8, by Rev. D. W. Fahs, Llewellyn Taylor, of Akron and Miss Kate McIunes.
In the libel suit brought by Mrs. H. A. Miller against M. Wurth of the
Globe and Herold for $4000, the jury returned a verdict for one cent for
Mrs. Miller. The Herold stated Mrs. Miller neglected a hired girl who
was ill at the Miller home, failing to help her.
M. A. Moore and wife drive to Elk Point today with team.
J. F. Rafter, of near Kingsley, was a pleasant caller on Thursday.
N.C. Evans has been in Chicago, this week, laying in fall goods.
J. W. Rulch made a business trip to O'Brien county on Thursday.
Mrs. C. Irwin, of Covington, was a guest last night at the home of D.W.
Mrs. W.H. Moore, of Dubuque, is visiting with the family of M.A. Moore
for a few days.
Milton Smith and wife, of Sioux City, were guests on Wednesday of G. B.
Osborne and wife.
Rev. Mr. Hunter, of Independence, has been the guest for a few days of
Mrs. Scott Freeman.
Congressman Struble left Wednesday morning to make a number of speeches
through the district.
Fred Frerichs left this week for Coleridge, Neb., after putting in a few
weeks threshing in this county.
Rev. D.W. Fahs will preach in the Plymouth County Presbyterian church
next Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Mrs. D. L. Davis, of Monticello, Ia., with her daughter, Marion, is
visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bush.
J. S. Lothrop, U.S. Revenue Collector for this district, was in the city
Tuesday, and reports the Republican prospects favorable.
Charles LeValley, of Franklin county, returned home this week after
several days visit with his uncle, Wm. Lawrence and family.
Joseph Watkins and wife, of Waterloo, father and mother of J. S.
Watkins, arrived Wednesday morning for a visit with the children in this
W. Lancaster, of Lafayette county, Wisconsin, was a guest of Henry March
on Wednesday. He is looking over Plymouth county and visiting
Maggie McManaman, a little girl in the Eighth Street school building,
swallowed a crooked pin yesterday afternoon and had to go home on that
Dr. Prosser returned Wednesday morning from Indianapolis and reports
Mrs., Prosser's mother as still very low. Mrs. Prosser will not return
Mr. J. H. Hawkes, of the Plymouth Roller Mills, leaves with his family
tomorrow, for Washta, where Mr. Hawkes will take charge of the company's
Mahlon Gore, of Orlando, Florida, one of the pioneer editors of the
Sioux City Journal, was in the city Thursday night, the guest of DeWitt
Clark and A.H. Lawrence.
C. A. Bolter, of Logan, Democratic nominee for district Judge, was
taking in the sights of LeMars yesterday. Mr. Bolter is a very pleasant
young gentleman and made the Sentinel an agreeable call.
Ida County Watch: C.W. Rollins purchased a fine team of Almont driving
horses one day this week, of LeMars parties. They are as fine a team as
there are in the city, and that is speaking very highly, as Ida Grove
has some very handsome driving horses and some elegant family carriages.
IN THE MAYOR'S COURT
On the 14th, Joe Holman appeared before Mayor Priestley and was fined
fifteen dollars for carrying concealed weapon and seven dollars for
On the 15th, Frank Renter appeared and put up a fine of five dollars for
A RISING YOUNG MAN
Every day of this term of court people have noted the efforts of J. U.
Samis, the candidate, for county attorney of this county and have made
very flattering remarks as to his judicious and vigorous management of
his cases. Only yesterday a well posted man remarked that he was "one
of the rising young men of the state," and made this prediction: "He
will make a great lawyer." Samis is the sort of man which the
Republican ticket places before the people for its votes.
A GOOD NOMINATION
The Republican Supervisor district convention for district No. 2, met at
Seney, on Saturday, and placed in nomination, Mr. W. L. Freeman. Mr.
Freeman is a good man to place in the field against Mr. Doring as he is
an old settler of twenty two years, and well known by members of both
political parties. As a man there can be no complaint made and if
elected he will make an honest, upright, strong man irrespective of
MAKING NEW VOTERS
The clerk's office had a good run of applicants for naturalization
papers Wednesday. Clerk Tritz issued the final papers to Joseph Krier,
a Belgian, who had his first papers signed in Grant county, Wisconsin,
and dated in 1871. Chas. G. Bild, P.A. Bild and A.P. Bild were also
granted papers on that day.
For Plymouth county by the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York.
This is a good chance for an industrious man having a fair acquaintance.
Previous experience in the business is not essential. Address E. W.
Peet & Co., Managers, St. Paul, Minn.
On Saturday last Mr. R. Schwarz, a harness maker on south Main street,
left the city and has not since been heard from. Mr. Wm. Belau has
taken charge of the stock and has L.M. Garner and Mr. Wilkins employed
On Thursday morning at about 2:05 a.m. a great shriek from a locomotive
whistle was heard and immediately after the mill whistle sounded the
alarm of fire. The blaze proved to be in a barn owned by William Dodson
and occupied by E.D. Plumb. The barn was about twenty six by thirty
feet in size and contained a number of chickens, one horse and two cows.
By some means the chickens escaped but the two cows and the horse were
burned. It is thought that the animals suffocated before they could
suffer much from the heat.
The loss on stock was fully covered by insurance the barn was insured
for $200. Mr. Plumb had not been in the barn after six o'clock, p.m.
the evening before and no one else had visited it so far as known and
there had been no light about the place for a week previous.
The alarm was not sounded at all until after the barn was fully ablaze.
Considerable loss of time occurred in the opening of the hydrant at the
corner of Eighth and Court streets, owing to the want of a wrench, but
had the water been flowing sooner, but little of the damage could have
The fire is thought to be the work of an incendiary, as Mr. Plumb
acknowledges having one or two enemies.
Again the benefit of the waterworks and garden hose are seen in this
case. The outhouses in the yard were on fire at times and the barn of
Mr. Dier across the alley caught fire but the constant play of water
from the hydrants with the assistance of a few pails of water
judiciously applied, kept the fire from getting under headway. Mr.
Plumb also saved the residence by keeping a stream of water playing upon
it from the hydrant which had just been put in repair the day previous.
PFEIFFER-MARCH-On Tuesday evening, October 14th, 1890, at the home of
the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry March, Rev. J.W. Walker
officiating, Mr. Henry J. Pfeiffer and Miss Mary March, all of this
Mr. Pfeiffer is one of our popular young business men and is the junior
member of the drug firm of Sartori & Pfeiffer and is a careful and
industrious gentleman. Miss Mary March has long been known in the city
and is a great favorite in society circles as well as being a popular
The bride was dressed in a crepe de chene with ostrich trimmings and
natural flowers. The wedding was a quiet one, only a few of the
relatives being present. A number of handsome and elegant presents were
made and after the ceremony the happy young couple left for a two weeks
visit to Cedar Falls, Dubuque and Chicago on the 8:45 train.
They will return and be at home to their large circle of friends after
November 1st, at their home on Sixth street.
THE MILLER CASE
The case of Mrs. H.A. Miller against the Globe and Herold occupied the
attention of the court for about three days this week. A great deal of
interest was manifested in the matter and a large number of spectators
The jury retired at about eleven o'clock on Wednesday forenoon and came
in at about four o'clock p.m. They gave the plaintiff a verdict for
damages to the amount of one cent, which of course is followed by the
costs in the case. There was but little difference of opinion only as
to whether the plaintiff should have anything or nothing, but the
article published in the Herold turned the scales and plaintiff got a
judgment. The Herold in speaking of Mrs. Miller's suit said "she wanted
a $4,000 shinplaster to cover low, dirty character" or words to that
effect. These words were what caused the verdict to be rendered in
favor of Mrs. Miller.
NEW ROLLING ALLEY
Wm. Gregory is back again and has opened up a fine double track alley in
the Hoffman block. He expects to make it warm and comfortable for his
customers. Mr. Hunt has quit the business.
SENEY: (Special Correspondence)
Al McArthur has moved his family to Leeds.
H. J. Howard, of LeMars, was in the city Wednesday.
Democratic caucus at the school house Saturday, October 18th, at 7 p.m.
Several car loads of hogs are being held here by shippers, who are
waiting for the market to fluctuate in the proper direction.
The G.L. of G.F. met as usual Wednesday evening. After a substantial
repast the young people indulged in numerous games, principally of an
oscillatory nature and of course the lambs returned home happy.
In matters pertaining to etiquette Seney leads the world. It is now
fashionable in higher circles, when a young man calls on his lady love,
for the lady, after a reasonable length of time, to withdraw and retire.
The young man after counting the pictures on the wall for twenty or
thirty minutes and being satisfied in his own mind that the lady has not
gone to gather him a bouquet, takes his hat and quietly closes the door
from the outside, passes through the gate which he leaves open and
meanders home. If the young man is an amateur at sparking the first
ordeal is rather embarrassing and it is quite probable that this rule
will not be generally adopted.
Miss Kate Field thinks that the Woman's Christian Temperance Union might
well expend some of its surplus energy in reforming the women of
America, who spent about $62,000,000 a year for cosmetics, most of which
are made of zinc, oxide, calomel and similar poison. "How" she asks,
"can women vain enough to paint and dye their hair bring forth children
stalwart enough to resist temptations that lead to all manner of vice
including drunkenness." It is not always, Kate, that our views have
coincided but they do in this instance and we pat you on the back, as it
were. When we think of the dangers that thousands of our young men of a
chivalrous nature are subject to once and sometimes twice each week, it
is high time something should be done in this direction.
Those who were brave enough to venture out in the mud and darkness last
Sunday evening listened to a good sermon delivered by Rev. Morrow. His
address to the young people was particularly appropriate and
considerate. The young man or woman who will go to church and conduct
themselves other than that which becomes them as gentlemen and ladies
are no better than they should be and any one who would do so after
listening to what Mr. Morrow had to say on the subject would certainly
be devoid of even elements of gentility.
October 21, 1890
REMSEN: (From the Bell)
The city of LeMars has come out victorious in her case against the Illinois
Central railroad company, but whether that will open Court street remains to
be seen in several years to come.
Mrs. M. Meinen and Miss Kathie Hentges, were united in marriage in the
Catholic church at Remsen October 13. The young couple has our best wishes
for future success.
Robert McCaustland has sold his farm to Mr. Joens, of Benton county for
$4000. Mr. Joens is a brother-in-law of P. H. Peters, a good farmer,
excellent citizen and of course, a solid democrat.
If all present reports are true, Iowa will have next year, besides a corn
palace, a score of other palaces, such as the blue grass palace, the coal
palace, the potato palace, the watermelon palace, the crank palace and
others which are mentioned in various papers throughout the state.
ADAVILLE: (Special Correspondence)
Vote for John C. Ruble for supervisor of the Fifth Supervisor district.
Mr. Knox and wife, of Morrison, Illinois, are visiting with relatives here.
T. W. Lias, of near Akron, was calling on his son, Ed., last Sunday.
James Talbott returned to his home at Albion last Monday.
Mr. E. A. Herman will have a public sale Oct. 20, 1890.
Marion Brown says he is a “Pa.” If you want a cigar just tell him his boy
looks like him.
Died, Mrs. Edward Hoffman of dropsy and heart disease, Oct. 15, 1890.
~Family Note: “This is referring to the death of Harriet Hoffman. She is
buried at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Adaville, Iowa, and is the wife of E.
October 24, 1890
Cherokee Democrat: A gravel train played sad havoc with a load of wheat
for a farmer near Marcus Friday night. The train men say they had just
started out of Marcus and attained a pretty good rate of speed when some
one was heard shouting and a man was seen running toward the track
driving a team. The engineer discovered a wagon standing on a crossing
right on the track. It was dark and rainy and the train was close up
before the wagon was seen. Not knowing what the trouble was the train
men made effort to stop the train, but it could not be done and the
wagon which proved to be filled with wheat, was struck and knocked into
smithereens and the wheat scattered in every direction. The farmer said
he "didn't care a ___ about the wagon and wheat if the train wasn't
injured." Just why he left his wagon there they boys did not learn, nor
why he was hauling wheat that time of night. Another load had crossed
the track and was a short distance away. The express train had pulled
by just a few moments before the freight.
A BREAKING UP
About two weeks ago, a farmer named Junghaus, who lives on section 24 in
Johnson township, left, and the place presents a very busy appearance
these days in the way of creditors who are on the ground getting all
they can out of the wreck. There appears to have been diverse interests
in the land. Before leaving, Junghaus sold and mortgaged all of the
personal property, even including the crops. He mad a quit claim deed
of 113 acres of the land to Mrs. Junghaus, whom he had married only a
few months ago. The remainder of the land belongs to the heirs of a
previous wife of Mr. Junghaus, or his step-children. Now the guardian
is taking in the crops on a rent claim for the heirs. Junghaus took
away $400 of his wife's money as well as what he secured in other ways
and is supposed to have gone to Washington or some other point west.
STOLE RUBBER BOOTS
The street monotony was broken yesterday by seeing John Draudt suddenly
run out of his store on Sixth street and start up Eagle street. The
race was short. He returned in a moment with a man in one hand and a
pair of rubber boots in the other. The rubber boots he left at the
store but the man he marched up to the city jail and then Marshal
Latenser was called and an immediate appearance before the Mayor
The man gave his name as Ira Bennett and plead guilty to the charge
preferred by Mr. Draudt, of "stealing a pair of rubber boots worth three
dollars" but claimed that he was intoxicated. Within less than half an
hour from the time that he picked up the boots and started from the
store door, he had received a sentence for $25 and costs or thirty days
in the county jail.
NEARLY AN ACCIDENT
On Tuesday, Mrs. Sidmore, mother of Mrs. P.H. Diehl, was driving down
Main street and was nearly to the railroad crossing when the family
horse she was driving became frightened and started to run. It turned
around and started south on Main street and then west past Buchter's
shop. Here Mrs. Sidmore succeeded in getting the horse partially -ecked
up, but some dogs ran at him, barking, and again frightened him. It
then ran down by the mills and across at the Prust place where some men
succeeded in stopping it. Mrs. Sidmore was by this time thoroughly
frightened and almost in a fainting condition.
THE NEW FIRE WHISTLE
The new fire alarm whistle, put on the waterworks isn't a shrieking
success. The test was made Wednesday afternoon, as announced. A heavy
wind was blowing to the north and carried the sound away from the city,
but in many of the houses and stores it could not have been heard. One
party said he did hear it but he thought it was a boy learning to
whistle. The whistle is capable of a number of variations, but it
doesn't get-right down to business in such a way as to raise the
eyelids, pull a man out of bed and put his boots on and get him down
stairs to the fire.
MERRILL: (From the Record)
Arthur Hoffman a former school mate of C. J. Antes surprised our agent
last week by a short visit.
Miss Stella O'Neil, of LeMars, is attending school here. She is staying
with the family of Wm. Anderson.
We are told that a Sioux City part has made arrangements to erect a fine
two-story brick business house on this side soon.
Miss Clara Sanford near Perry Creek has taken up her abode in the family
of R. Crouch. She intends going to school this winter.
Anson Hoover's hand which was injured by a saw slipping recently and
tearing away one of the muscles of a finger, is slowing getting better.
The Perry Valley U.B. church society met with Mrs. Robert Crouch at this
place last night. Mrs. Small is president of the society and returned
home with them.
There is another railroad in sight for Merrill. A party of surveyors
are now at work a few miles east of here. We are informed that the
survey is being made in the interest of the C. & N.W. RR.
Mr. Stephen Calhoon and his son, Rev. Elmer Calhoon, of Ashton, S.D.,
were here for a few days last week. The latter gentleman, who is
stationed at Holly Spring, Iowa, preached an able and eloquent sermon in
the Presbyterian church on Sunday.
Our friend, Will Eastman, celebrated his nineteenth birthday last
evening by giving his numerous friends a social party at his home. A
large number ws present and all had a most enjoyable time. Those who
were there will think of this party as one of the most pleasant of their
Mr. R. C. Stephens, who has been visiting his daughter, Mrs. Lathrop,
left yesterday morning for Springfield, S.D., to assist in remodeling a
flouring mill at that place, and he will take charge of the same after
completion. We had hoped that he would have succeeded in getting the
citizens of this city to build a mill here. We are sorry he has gone
but we'll encourage the hope that in the very near future he'll return
to manage the Farmer's Custom Flouring Mill that will be built in our
city as soon as proper arrangements can be made.
THEN AND NOW
Sioux City Journal: Will L. Clark who has been writing the general
chapters of the history of Woodbury and Plymouth counties, furnishes in
advance of the book extracts from the introduction of the work Warner &
Co. are now completing.
"July 15, 1890, the Sacs and Foxes, western Sioux, Omahas, Iowas and
Missouri Indians ceded to the United States a portion of the western
Iowa slope, including what is now Woodbury and Plymouth counties. In
consideration of three tracts of land the government agreed to pay the
total amount of $15,000 to paid annually for ten years. Provisions were
also made for farm implements and schools of training for such tribes as
Thus it will be observed that the Indians were not ruthlessly driven
from the hunting grounds of Iowa, but given a cash consideration to go
Prior to the coming of William Thompson in 1848 near Sergeant Bluffs, no
white man had looked upon the fair domain of these two counties with the
view of becoming a settler. This was forty years ago. Behold the
wondrous change! Then this section was all as a master builder had
fashioned it. The beautiful and rolling prairie lands had never felt
the keep plow share; the waters of the Big Sioux, the Floyd and lesser
streams that find outlet into the Missouri had never been spanned by a
wagon bridge nor even a feet bridge. The Indians alone had hunted and
fished along their meanderings and bathed their dusky forms in their
clear and cooling waters.
It is safe to assert that no portion of the civilized globe has ever
made the rapid and substantial growth that the Missouri slope has in
twice the length of time. Go through the old world and history proves
that it took hundreds of years to bring about scarcely a perceptible
change in any locality. But since William Thompson built his little log
cabin on the Iowa side of the "Big Muddy" a few miles below the now so
universally known "Corn Palace City," the advancement has been magic
like. The geographical location, the natural waterway of the world's
largest river, the enterprising pioneers, backed by an expanse of
fertile land, the richness of which is not equaled in the world, have
caused the county seat of Woodbury county to be one of the leading
cities and rapidly growing railway centers of the west. It has lines of
bright steel rails of which bathe one extremity in the blue waters of
Lake Superior, while the other extends into the Gulf of Mexico. Another
arm shoots eastward to the great Atlantic, with its counterpart climbing
the far off Rockies, dipping its fingers, as it were, in the deep
Pacific. The east brings her manufactured treasures here to exchange
for the vegetables and mineral wealth found here and in the Black Hills,
which were first opened up by the Sioux City men in 1874-76.
It matters not on what line one allows his mind to center, or upon which
hand he may look, the same stir and bustle and real progress can be
The Indian tepee, which fifty remaining pioneers here well remember as
the only adorning object Sioux City had to grace its site, aside from
what nature had given it, has been since gone to decay-the broken Indian
tribes are scattered like chaff before the whirlwind and will soon have
become extinct. In the place of these emblems of savage life the true
types of modern Christian civilization have come to grace this goodly
portion of the Hawkeye state, nearly 200 school houses and half as many
church edifices casting their index fingers to the work that
strong-minded, stout hearted men have been able to perform in the short
period of one generation."
"Thirty years ago, my county,
You were fair, yes, very fair:
There were no furrows on your brow,
No silver in your hair.
The blush of early womanhood
Was on your rounded cheek,
The wild flowers on your bosom
Exhaled their fragrance sweet."
October 31, 1890
A Great Day for St. James Church and the Catholic People
Thursday, the day set apart for the dedication services of St. James
Catholic church, was a beautiful day and a large number of people were
present both from the neighboring country and from abroad. St. James
church is a handsome brick edifice in the west part of the city and has
been erected since 1886, although it has never been completed until
recently. The church has been using the basement, which extends over the
whole area of the church and is in itself a handsome room. Father
Barron commenced the church with the idea that the growth of the church
would warrant a good building. It is now completed and presents a very
handsome appearance on the inside. On this occasion Father Barron was
assisted by a number of priests from abroad. Rev. Fathers B.C. Lenihan,
of Boone; P.J. O'Connor, of Carroll; Saunders, of Cherokee; Fowler,
Treacy, Sullivan and Geoleman, of Sioux City; Meagher, of Danbury;
McCabe, of Sioux Falls; Shulte, of Remsen; Meis, City; McCormack,
Sheldon; Griffen, Salix; Smith of Storm Lake; Daley, of Pomeroy; and
Donahue, of Hawarden; and the Very Rev. R. Ryan, V.G., were present to
assist in the ceremonies. The choir from the St. Mary's parish in Sioux
City was present and rendered some excellent music. Father Saunders, of
Cherokee, delivered the address.
A magnificent spread was prepared in the basement by the ladies of the
church and fifty cents each was charged. About 450 people ate dinner
and there was such a supply of food left, that supper was served to
several hundred more people in the evening at twenty-five cents each.
The people of St. James church appeared to feel a great appreciation of
the patronage the citizens generally have given them at this time.
MILLS-ALLIN-AT the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Allin, LeMars, the Rev. Mr. Gaynor, of Sioux City, officiating, on
October 29, 1890, Mr. George M. Mills to Miss Amy A. Allin.
Mr. Mills is a son of M.G. Mills, Esq., an early settler of Elgin
township, one of the wealthiest and best farmers of Plymouth county.
George is a very popular young man of sterling qualities and business
habits. Miss Allin is the oldest daughter of Henry Allin, Esq., of
LeMars, and a most estimable and attractive young lady of cultivated
mind. She has been a prominent member of society circles for the past
few years in this city and has a host of friends in this vicinity who
will wish her a pleasant time on the matrimonial sea. Messrs. Alex.
Adams and Bert Freeman acted as groomsmen; Miss Ada Allin and Miss Mabel
Mills were the bridesmaids on the happy occasion. All members of both
families together with a few of the most intimate friends were present.
A number in elegant presents were made to the bride and groom. After
participating of a very sumptuous supper and passing a pleasant social
time with the friends and relatives, the newly married couple took the
9:30 train south to visit Omaha and other points. In a few days they
will return to their home north of LeMars.
ADAVILLE: (Special Correspondence)
Oliver King is building an addition to his home.
James Stinton was a delegate to the U.B. Conference last week.
John Houghton went to Akron last Monday to work at the carpenter trade.
Rev. Neff was sent here for another year to preach.
Ask Capt. Cook if he has that buckwheat threshed yet.
Fred Hauswald began school in the Wilson district last Monday.
J. B. Banta is canvassing for papers and enlarging pictures. He is
doing a good business.
C.S. Rowley went to DesMoines last Tuesday as a delegate to the annual
meeting of the Iowa State Alliance.
Merrill Talbott has hired his engine to a company in LeMars for the
winter, and part of the summer. He also gets good wages for running it.
There will be a Republican meeting at the Pleasant Valley school house
Monday evening, Nov. 3, 1890. Some of best speakers of LeMars will
address the audience.
John C. Ruble's chances are rapidly getting to the front for supervisor.
John is the right man for the right place, and let every voter turn out
and prove it to be so next Tuesday.
KINGSLEY: (Special Correspondence)
The first snow of the season fell Wednesday, the 29th.
Mr. R. H. Lacy and family have moved to Sioux City. Their many friends
here wish them success in their new home.
Mrs. Dr. Mason is making an extended visit with their parents in Early.
Mr. J. S. Ellis has purchased and now occupies the Lacy property.
A well has been sunk on the Congregational church property.
A party of traveling men made too much music on the streets one night
recently and the mayor fined them five dollars each for disturbing the
One of our rising young attorneys indulged in a fight on the street and
was fined five dollars and costs. Not feeling satisfied he carried the
case before Esquire Ellis and a jury was called who imposed the same
fine. He says he will appeal the case.
Mr. Beard will soon move into the house recently vacated by Mr. Ellis.
A Methodist church will be built this fall on Henry Hamer's farm nine
miles northwest of Kingsley. Plymouth county is well supplied with
churches not only in the towns but in the country.
Mr. Hall who is working on the county history, is in town.
Mrs. John Coatsworth, of Union township, has been quite sick but is
somewhat better at this writing.
Mr. Heacock, of Quorn, has had a nice addition built to his residence.
Mrs. Meecham, of Clay, Iowa, has been visiting with her daughter, Miss
Meecham and Mrs. F. Peterson.
The Free Methodist church is fast nearing completion. It is all
enclosed and will soon be ready for the masons.
The Masonic Lodge held a banquet at Higgins hotel Saturday evening.
They report a very enjoyable time.
Miss Olive Dean who has been visiting friends in Cedar Rapids has