Iowa Old Press
February 1, 1900
WILSON—At Millnerville, Iowa, on Sunday, January 28, 1900, Rae, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. A. U. Wilson, of membraneous croup, aged 5 years, 6 months and
The little girl was taken seriously ill with a cold last week while visiting
in Sioux City with her mother, but had sufficiently recovered to be taken
home on Wednesday of last week. But the angel of death hovered near, and
despite all human aid, the little one was called to her Great Home on
Deceased was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, and was an unusually
bright and pretty little girl. She was born in Akron and resided with her
parents until last fall, when the family removed to Millnerville. The
bereaved parents have the full sympathy of this community in their
bereavement. The funeral was held last Tuesday afternoon at the Akron
Baptist church and was largely attended. Interment was made in the Akron
~John Laddusaw, an old resident of Union township, died suddenly at his home
last Thursday, at the ripe age of 84 years.
~Alexander Lindsey died of Bright’s disease on Friday last, at the home of
his son-in-law, J. F. Mace, in Union township, aged 77 years.
~Miss Eunice Simonds, of Kingsley, died last Friday, after a long illness,
at the age of 27 years.
~E. Attrell and wife, of Adaville, mourn the loss of their little baby boy,
who died on Monday, January 22.
~Miss Ethel Baldwin, daughter of David Baldwin, of Fredonia township, died
last Sunday at Fort Dodge, aged 25 years. The remains were brought home and
funeral services were held in LeMars yesterday. She was one of the prominent
school teachers of this county.
~Mrs. M. P. Hinds, mother of O. H. Hinds, of LeMars, passed away at her home
in that city on Tuesday morning after an illness of about two months, with a
complication of diseases.
February 1, 1900
Miss Ida Burrill and Mr. John Tullis, were united in marriage on
Tuesday, January 30, 1900, in LeMars. Justice A.B. Steiner performing
The young people are both well-known residents of the west part of the
county and will reside on the groom's farm near Akron.
On Thursday, January 25, to Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Lang, of Neptune, a son.
On Friday, January 26, to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Gunther, of LeMars, a
LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
February 12, 1900
DEATH OF MRS. MAMMEN.
Mrs. C. S. Mammen died at her home in Grant township on Saturday morning at 8 o’clock from cancer. Mrs. Mammen had been sick for more than a year and suffered greatly in spite of the best of medical skill and good nursing.
The deceased was born in Germany on February 14, 1860, and came to the United States in 1883. Her maiden name was Johannah Rolapp. She was united in marriage with Claus S. Mammen in 1884. She leaves a husband, two sons and three daughters, ranging from 15 to 7 years of age. Five step-sons are grown up, of whom two, Dr. G. H. Mammen and Martin Mammen, reside in this city.
The funeral services were held at 1 o’clock this afternoon at the German Lutheran Church in Grant township and were largely attended.
Mrs. Mammen enjoyed the love and respect of the community in which she dwelt and her death is regretted by a large circle of friends who offer their sympathy and condolences to the bereaved husband and children in their great loss.
February 15, 1900
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At last reports Mr. Smith was improving under Dr. Cilley's care.
The Mason boys, three of them, started for O'Brien county after their
brother Wednesday to move him back to Plymouth county. He will work for
Mr. Codd this year.
Mrs. Simeon has returned from her daughter's, Mrs. Lukin, where she was
visiting a few days. August Lukin has been quite sick with malaria
fever but is some better. They expect to move on the Wardy Lewis farm
near Adaville as soon as the present occupant, Wilbur Morehead, had his
sale and vacates.
STANTON: (Special Correspondence)
A large sleigh load of boys went over to Neptune Tuesday night to make a
selection of valentines and mail the same to their friends.
Miss Cummiskey, teacher in district No. 2, has changed her boarding
place in order not to have so long a walk through the snow during the
present period of cold weather.
Frank Bainbridge, of Kingsley, visited relatives in this locality over
Saturday and Sunday last.
Better late than never in reporting the fact that a little girl came
into the home of Robert Hodgson and wife to add cheer and comfort to the
same. The date of the event was Feb. 3, 1900.
Miss Lizzie Bainbridge, of Kingsley, spent a few days with her
relatives, the Hodgson family during last week.
Minnie Bixby spent last Saturday and Sunday wither sister-in-law, Mrs.
J.W. Bixby, of LeMars.
M. Gannon made a business trip to the west side of Lincoln township on
Mattie Geavy is home again after spending a week with her grandmother,
Mrs. Powers, of LeMars.
The reading circle will meet at the Gosting home on Tuesday evening.
The order of the evening will be a short sketch of some prominent man by
all present followed by a short debate on the question. Resolved that
woman should hold any or all business positions. Melvin Newell and Mina
Bixby for the affirmative and Gus Scott and Dennis Geary for the
A.K. Shoup will close a three month's term of school in district No. 7
on Friday. Dick, as he is so familiarly called, will make a worthy and
successful teacher if he remains in the profession. He is a son of
Professor Shoup of Merrill.
LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
February 19, 1900
DO HONOR TO PIONEERS.
The Anniversary of the Marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Koenig who have
Enjoyed Fifty Years of Wedded Happiness is Celebrated by a Large Gathering
of Relatives and Friends.
The spacious and comfortable country house of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Koenig in
Plymouth township was the scene of a memorable and joyous occasion on
Wednesday last when relatives, friends and neighbors from far and near
gathered there and participated in the hospitality and good cheer which
always prevails at the most hospitable homes.
St. Valentine’s day is the anniversary of the date on which Mr. and Mrs.
Koenig pledged vows to love and cherish each other through weal and woe and
this year is the fiftieth in recurrence and their many years of wedded life
and happiness are crowned with a golden halo which reflects a crown of glory
attributable to domestic happiness and sweet association.
Mr. Koenig when a boy came from his native land, Germany, with his parents
to Baltimore where he lived until 1869. He was married to Miss Mary Nussell
on February 14, 1850, at Baltimore. They came to this county in 1869,
homesteading eighty acres in Plymouth township and have since resided here.
They were among the hardy pioneers of the northwest and suffered the
inconveniences and deprivations and ravages of drought and grasshoppers,
which are matters of history to old settlers in this locality and by hard
work and untiring energy have added to their lands and herds until they are
enabled to pass the latter end of their life in peace and affluence. They
have reared a large family of boys and girls, who are useful and respected
members of the business and social circles in which they move. Mr. Koenig
has at different times held all the offices in the township in which he
resides and for a number of years in the seventies was chairman of the Board
He is a democrat in politics and is a prominent member of the Odd Fellows.
He is a member of the German Evangelical church. Mr. and Mrs. Koenig have
eight children living, seven of whom live in this county. They are: Mrs.
G. M. Smith, of LeMars; Mrs. A. Spies, of Plymouth township; Mrs. Lewis
Racker, of Waverly. The fived sons live in the vicinity of the parental
home. They are George T., William T., John F., Philip and Henry C. The
children with their families were all present, there being thirty-seven
grandchildren in all. Mr. and Mrs. Koenig have two great grandchildren, who
are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Long, of Struble.
The home was prettily decorated for the golden wedding celebration on
Wednesday with evergreens and orange blossoms and floral pieces fashioned
into wedding bells suspended from the ceiling over each table were
strikingly beautiful and picturesque. Besides the relatives about one
hundred and fifty guests assembled to congratulate the worthy couple and
participate in the festivities. Rev. A. Goettschel, of Stanton, made a
felicitous address in German on the occasion and Rev. Wm. H. Breecher, of
Melbourne, also made an address in English. An elaborate supper of four
courses was served to the throng of guests and the evening was spent in
social pleasure and was thoroughly enjoyed.
Mr. and Mrs. Koenig were the recipients of a number of nice presents among
which was a gold watch presented by members of the Odd Fellows order. The
watch is a beauty. It is gold engine turned, engraved with a hand ecusson on
one side of the case and with an Odd Fellow emblem on the reverse. On the
inside of the case are engraved the words: “Presented to Leonard Koenig by
the members of Floyd Valley Lodge No. 208, I.O.O.F. February 14, 1900.” The
case is fitted with a high grade 17 jewel Waltham movement. Mr. Koenig was
also presented with a sold gold Odd Fellow charm. The presentation speech
was made by Geo. M. Smith, who spoke feelingly and eloquently in expressing
the honor and respect in which Mr. and Mrs. Koenig are held by the community
and the members of the Floyd Valley lodge.
LeMars Sentinel, Thursday, February 22, 1900, Page 1 Column 3:
The first indication of spring came upon us unawares last Sunday in the
person of a weary, wondering (sic--wandering) hobo who spent the afternoon
roasting shins beside the fire at the depot. In the evening he went on a
foraging expedition which resulted disastrously to Rev. Empey's larder and
also to the milk which should have graced our good friend, Ira Moore's table
the next morning. It is stated also that he appropriated some soap from the
store, but up to the present writing it has not been recorded that he was
guilty of using any of it.
Mrs. Jessie Van Person, of Maurice, visited with Mrs. Miles Kennedy on
Wednesday of this week.
Frank Becker and Will Coon have been shelling corn this week.
A daughter was born last Sunday to the lady who has been stopping at
the home of Charles Moore and wife.
Mr. and Mrs. John Lancaster have taken two children, a boy and a girl,
from the children's home at Des Moines and will keep them for a while at
least, possibly permanently.
Robt. Moir and family moved to LeMars Tuesday where they expect to
reside during the summer.
Prof. Johnson representing the children's home in Des Moines, was in
town Monday and succeeded in organizing an auxiliary to that benevolent
cause in Seney. The local officers appointed are: President: C. J. Zehr;
secretary, Mrs. C. V. Carver; treasurer, Mrs. A. M. Cutland. The object of
this society is truly a beneficient one and deserves the hearty co-operation
Grandma Kennedy is reported quite sick at the home of her son, Miles.
Twelve of our enthusiastic Woodmen went to Maurice last Tuesday night
upon a special invitation from that camp, to witness the initiation ceremony
as they work it. They say it was difficult to tell who had the best time,
the festive goat who bore the burden of five candidates or John Emery, who
was there in all his glory. The boys speak very highly of their
entertainment while there and express a desire to pay them back in their own
coin at no distant date.
Hilton Collins and Robbie Rodolph made a trip to O'Leary Monday and
visited with the family of Will Collins.
Auditor Beaver, of the Edwards & Bradford Lumber company, has been in
town this week.
Lee Hosmer was a northbound passenger Monday morning, going to Alton
and other points along this road delivering the Maple syrup which he has
The firm of Alderson & Cutland which has been in existence during the
past few months has been mutually dissolved, Mr. Cutland retiring from the
business. Mr. Cutland contemplates returning to his former occupation as
section foreman. Mr. Alderson will still continue to carry on the business
at the old stand.
The W. C. T. U. held a very interesting meeting at the home of Mrs. C.
J. Zehr last Wednesday afternoon. This society is fast gaining ground and
its good influence can but be felt throughout the community. Much good has
already been done by their united effort for the suppression of wrong and
the encouraging of that which is right and noble in man. May their good
work go on.
Ina Penning is visiting friends in LeMars this week.
Ira Van Wechel and family are making all preparations to remove to
Kent, Minnesota, as soon as the weather settles. Mr. Van Wechel owns a farm
near that place and he is going to try farming for a while. This will leave
Seney without a blacksmith. We understand Mr. Van W. has offered his place
here for sale.