Iowa Old Press
Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
July 1, 1897
Deatb of an Old Settler.
Word was received in LeMars Monday
that Valentine Rembe died suddenly
Monday morning at his farm home, west
Mr. Rembe rose as usual that morning
and attended to his farm work around
the barn and yards. After breakfast he
picked up a box of axle grease and started
to walk across the yard to a wagon.
He suddenly raised his hands to his
head and with an exclamation of pain
fell to the ground dead.
Mr. Rembe was one of the old settlers
of the county. He formerly lived in
LeMars. For the last fifteen years he
had lived on his farm. He is a brother
of ex-Supervisor George Rembe of Preston
township and has a family of grown
sons and daughters.
The funeral of Valentine Rembe took
place Wednesday. The services were
held at the house and were conducted
by Rev. D. C. Hank, of the German
Evangelical church, of LeMars. The
body was interred at LeMars. The
deceased was born at Wohnheim, Bavaria,
in 1834. He came to America in 1856
and first made his home in Pennsylvania.
He came to Plymouth County in the
winter of 1872 and took up a homestead
west of LeMars. After living on
the homestead for a year or two, he
moved to LeMars for a few years.
About fifteen years ago he went to his
farm in Liberty township which has
since been his home. He was highly
respected by his neighbors and friends.
July 21, 1897
FREDONIA TOWNSHIP WEDDING.
A wedding occurred on Tuesday in which two Fredonia township’s popular young
people were the contracting parties, uniting by closer ties two prominent
families of that township. The contracting parties were Miss Heissel,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Heissel, and Mr. Frank Bortscheller, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Henry Bortscheller.
The wedding occurred at St. Joseph’s church on Tuesday morning, rev. Father
J. H. Meis performing the ceremony in the presence of intimate friends and
the relatives of both bride and groom.
After the ceremony the wedding party drove to the Bortscheller home in
Fredonia township where they received the congratulations of friends and
during the afternoon and evening a largely attended wedding party was given
to the bride and groom.
Mr. Bortscheller has leased the home farm of his father and the young people
will wish them every success and blessing in life’s journey.
July 24, 1897
Wesley Rathbun, of Kingsley, and Miss Lelia Boyer, Belle Plaine, were united in marriage in LeMars on Tuesday, July 20, Justice A. B. Steiner performing the ceremony.
Mr. Rathbun is the son of one of Plymouth county’s old settlers and a prosperous young farmer. The bride is one of Belle Plaine’s accomplished young ladies. Many friends will extend their congratulations.
Miss Lena Thompson, of Sioux City, and Stewart D. Stephens, of LeMars, were united in marriage on Thursday by Justice Steiner. They will make their home in LeMars.
On Thursday, July 22, to Mr. and Mrs. Gus Pech, of LeMars, a daughter.
LeMars Sentinel, LeMars, IA
Thursday, July 29, 1897
The marriage of Miss Margaret J. Short and Mr. John Richard Lucas, of
Phillipsburg, Montana, was solemnized yesterday morning at St. James
Catholic church, Rev. Father Barron, officiating.
The church was beautifully decorated with flowers, the work of the
numerous friends of the bride in LeMars. Many friends of the bride and
her family were present at the church to witness the ceremony. The bride
was radiant in a wedding dress of ivory white brocade satin trimmed
with pearl and frosted lace. The groom was attired in the costume of
black which the unchanging decree of fashion grants to bridegrooms on such
A brilliant social affair was the reception given in the evening at the
home of Mr. and Mrs B. F. Yates.
The grounds of the beautiful home were lighted with Japanese
lanterns. The guests were met at the door by Master Eugene Yates, and
received by Mr. and Mrs. Yates, Mr. Short, father of the bride, Mr. and
Mrs. White, Miss Ava Short, and Mr. Con Short. The bride and groom stood
in the bay window in the parlor which was appropriately decorated with
flowers for the occasion and received the good wishes and congratulations
of the large company of friends.
Delicious refreshment were served to the guests by a retinue of lady
friends. The wedding party started for their new home in Phillipsburg,
Montana, on the eleven o'clock train and several dozen of the guests
accompanied them to the train and showered the coach with rice and pinned
white ribbons on their baggage.
They will visit in St. Paul with friends for a day and will visit in
Helena before going to their new home.
The bride lived several years in LeMars before going to Montana. She has
been a successful teacher in the LeMars schools and has a host of friends
who know her as a charming and lovable young woman. The groom is an
active man in his Montana home and is interested in several mines, being
engaged in the business of that country that of silver mining. He is
known as a most excellent gentleman and worthy of the jewel he has found