Friday, Feb. 3, 1893
Dr. C. A. Dwight is assisting his brother again this week.
Miss Susie Swanzey left this morning for Omaha, where she will remain a
S. Penhallegon, of Dalton, is reported as being very sick with
inflammation of the bowels.
Mike Reynolds, formerly clerk at the Union Hotel, has accepted a
position as shipping clerk with the Taylor grocery house at Sioux City.
David A. Hamilton, late of Clear Lake, has accepted a position as day
clerk at the Union Hotel. Mr. Hamilton is an experienced hand in the
Herbert. E. Alexander, the gentleman who has charge of the marble
cutting in Mr. Bogen's Marble Works, has arrived and is at work. His
family is expected to arrive next week.
Columbia Hall was the scene of a pleasant and elaborate party Tuesday
evening. It was given by Mrs. Anton Sartori and Mrs. J.F. Albright.
Six handed euchre was the leading feature of the evening, about 150 were
present, there being twenty-three tables at cards. The warm and
brilliantly lighted hall with its merry guests afforded a pleasant
contrast with the outer world where Jack Frost with a temperature of
twenty below zero penciled his artistic decorations on the window pane.
An elaborate supper was served. When the party closed after midnight,
the net results showed that Miss Bryan had earned the first prize, a
pretty silver table, Miss Laura Tierney the last one, a calling
memorandum. Of the gentlemen, G.A.C. Clarke was awarded the trophy for
winning the most games, a silver stamp box, and Frank Koob skillfully
lost the most games and was awarded a paper knife.
Wednesday evening the delightful new home of Mr. and Mrs. G.A.C. Clarke
was thrown open to a large company of guests for a party given by Mrs.
Clarke and her sister, Mrs. Alex Weir. The popular game was six handed
euchre. The guests were delightfully entertained with all the good cheer
that generous hospitality could suggest of which an appetizing supper
was a thing to be remembered. The first prizes were taken by Geo.
Richardson, an oxidized silver paper knife and Mrs. G. A. Sammis, a
pretty china chocolate cup. Thursday evening another host of friends
were entertained by these same hostesses in an equally pleasant manner
and prizes were awarded; first for gentlemen, J.U. Sammis a silver match
box, the bobby for gentlemen by A.H. Sturges, a small euchre deck in a
case bearing a picture of the bridge of sighs. The first prize for
ladies a _____ was won by Mrs. B.F. Yates and the last a pretty china
cup and saucer was taken by Miss Clara Smith for losing the most games.
An afternoon luncheon, given Tuesday by Mrs. F. M. Roseberry, was a very
pleasant affair for the ladies present. Besides discussing the
luncheon, the party tried their skill at the interesting game of lotto,
in which the first prize was a pretty pin cushion. Mrs. Snowden won a
feather duster for losing the most games.
SHOT THROUGH THE LUNG
How B.M. Reeves Proposed to Couple His Wife to Love Him—Nearly a
Tragedy—A Dastardly Deed
At about 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday evening, a dastardly shooting affair took
place at the home of Mrs. Nancy Reeves on Second Street, in which she
was dangerously wounded in the shoulder and left lung. At a little
after 6 o'clock Mrs. Reeves was preparing supper for herself and
children when there was a knock at the outer door. Reeves had been
there once before in the afternoon and hand not gained admittance. This
time he called to Mrs. Reeves to let him in. Stella, the 13 year old
daughter of Mrs. Reeves, went to the door and admitted him. He went on
into the other room and began to upbraid his wife bitterly because she
did not come to see him. One word caused another, until she told him
that she wished he would go away and let her alone, when the man drew
his pistol and told her he would make her care for him. The children,
three in number, gathered around him and begged earnestly the he would
not take their mother's life. The continued to crowd him back until he
got through the middle door. The mother, anxious to save her children,
followed into the outside room where he made another attempt to shoot
her. Just as he pulled the trigger, she fell to her knees and the ball
passed into the shoulder, back of the collar bone and passed downward
through the top of the left lung. The brute then ran away as rapidly as
The wound is not necessarily a fatal one, although if some of the cloth
from her dress was carried into the wound and into the lung, it may
cause blood poisoning. Drs. Cole and McMahan were called as soon as
possible and looked after the wound. Wednesday Drs. Brick and Cole went
down and dressed the wound and found the patient doing as well as could
be hoped for.
Directly after the shooting, a search was made for Reeves by Deputy
Sheriff Flynn and Marshal Hentges. He was found crouching under the
cellar stairs at the Windsor House.
When found he innocently wanted to know what they wanted him for. He
denied that he had been at the house or that he had one the shooting.
He said that it was job put upon him to get him into trouble. He was
taken to the city jail and a few minutes later to the county jail.
There can be no doubt that he is the man, as the woman and children all
recognized him, and he left the hotel just at 6 o'clock expressing the
intention of going to the house and was seen both going and returning.
No revolver could be found upon his person or among his effects.
Reeves is a man about forty-five or fifty years of age and the woman is
probably about thirty-five or forty.
This is not the first difficulty in the family. Mrs. Reeves was
formerly the wife of A.B. Sebastion, the father of her three children.
Only last summer in this city, Sebastian and Reeves had trouble through
meeting at the house of Mrs. Reeves, and a shooting match was threatened
at that time. The matter was settled then by both men promising to
leave the woman alone and behave themselves. Mrs. Reeves is a hard
working woman, who supports herself and children by taking in washing
and working where she can get work to do. Neither of the men have been
living with her recently.
The preliminary examination to be held before Esquire Kain, was set for
2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, but on account of the sickness of Alex
Reichmann, Jr., Reeves' attorney, it was postponed until Saturday at 2
February 6, 1893
Mr. Kluckhohn, Sr., who has been quite ill is recovering.
Frank Light has secured a position in the employ of the Daily Tribune in
James F. Russell, a farmer west of town, who has been quite sick, is
recovering as rapidly as could be expected.
Mrs. B.M. Reeves is getting along nicely after her gunshot wound. If no
ill effects follow the wound she will recover.
Miss Minnie Albright left Saturday evening for a few days visit in Sioux
City. She expected to attend Bishop Ireland's lecture while there.
Mrs. F.M. Daniels returned Friday from Eagle Grove and will make her
home in LeMars in the future. She thinks that there is no home like
Hawarden Independent: E. D. Covery went to LeMars Monday to move Homer
Whiting and family onto his farm west of town. They will assist "Gene"
in his farm work the coming season.
John Zurawski and Wm. McClintock are among the number who availed
themselves of the excursion rates offered by J.R. Mitchell and the
railway company for a trip to Galveston, Texas. They left on the 4:30
Omaha train Saturday evening.
Our Busy Neighbor at the Southwest--A Batch of Interesting Items Gleaned
From the Record.
There is large building going up on the South street. P. Muir is
erecting it, but for what purpose we can't say. Mr. Muir intends putting
up a large dwelling in the spring.
There are two happy men in Merrill now, Patrick Mullen, who became a
grandpa last week, a son having been born to his daughter, Mrs. W.
Anderson, and George Kale, the father of a girl born also last week.
From the Chronicle of Kentville, N.S. we learn that John R. Coffin and
wife on Jan. 16, celebrated the 66th anniversary of their wedding, he
being 90 years old and she 86. R.H. Coffin and J.C. Sanford of this
county, the last named and wife were present, are relatives of the aged
Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, Feb. 16, 1893, page 4.
SHOT AT REMSEN.
Nic Lang Shoots and Kills John Neiswanger (William Neuenschwander)
SELF DEFENSE IS CLAIMED BY LANG.
Lang Delivers Himself up to the Sheriff in Le Mars – Coroner’s Inquest This
Sheriff Boyle received a dispatch about 11 o’clock this morning from
Nicholas Lang of Remsen, stating that he had a fuss with John Neiswnager of
Meadow township, had shot him and that he would come to Le Mars at once and
give himself up.
Lang accompanied by Nicholas Kettle, E.S. Loyd, the Remsen attorney, and
three of Lang’s brothers, drove to Le Mars and at once gave himself up to
No particulars could be learned from any of the party, but from direct
report from Remsen it is learned that Neiswanger was shot a half past ten
and died an hour afterwards. Neiswnager was a wealthy farmer living in the
northern part of Meadow township and Lang is the ex-mayor of Remsen. Both
parties are well connected and stand well in their communities.
Neiswanger went to Remsen this morning to take his wife to the cars, as she
was going to the deathbed of her father in Clayton county. He left his team
at the hotel, and started to the depot to tell his wife good-bye.
When near John Kramer’s meat market he met Nicholas Lang, who shot him twice
in quick succession with a 32-calibre revolver. The bullets entering the
lower part of the lungs, one on each side of the breastbone.
Neiswanger was carried into Seiver’s restaurant, where he was attended by
Dr. Hunter, but nothing could be done to save his life, and he soon expired
in the presence of his grief-stricken wife and friends.
John Kramer was a witness of the affair. It is reported that he saw the
revolver in Lang’s hand and told him not to shoot.
John Lang is a prominent and popular citizen, and the shooting was a great
surprise to everyone, as he has never ben quarrelsome. In this affair he
claims the shooting was justifiable and in self-defense.
It does not seem that Neiswanger was armed or had any weapon in his hand.
There was an old grudge between Neiswanger and Lang. Neiswanger was guardian
of the woman who is now Lang’s wife, and opposed the match bitterly. At one
time he is said to have threatened Lang’s life.
So strong was his opposition that the young people were obliged to elope in
order to get married.
Coroner Duer will hold an inquest this afternoon and further evidence in the
affair may give it altogether a different aspect.