Iowa Old Press
September 1, 1904
ADAVILLE ITEMS: (Special Correspondence)
Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Stinton, of Akron, attended the picnic here Wednesday.
A fine baby boy was born to Myron Kanago and wife, August 30.
Neil Robertson and son were here from Akron Wednesday on business.
Miss Florence Bristow, of Sioux City, is visiting with relatives here.
Lester Stinton spent a few days in Akron with his grandparents.
Mesdames John Fletcher and Wilber Morehead and children spent Sunday in
Akron the guests of Mrs. Wm. Butcher.
A large crowd attended the picnic here Wednesday and all report a good
Marvin Brown left Wednesday for Manchester, S. D., to look for a farm.
The Adaville post office closed August 31 after a life of 18 years. All
parties who have not a box are requested to get one at once.
Mrs. Will Stinton and children, of Westfield township, spent a couple of
days here with her mother, Mrs. Hamilton, and took in the picnic.
A number of young people drove to Potosia Sunday evening to reorganize
at Y.P.C.U. Everything went off nicely with a number of 14 members and
FARM FOR RENT
A good farm of about 220 acres, situated about 9 miles northwest of
Akron, Iowa. Mostly good creek bottom land; about 175 acres under
cultivation, and 45 acres in meadow. Inquire on the premises of Mrs.
Lars J. Ericson.
Good lumber wagon, nearly new; good work mare, weight 1100; one single
harness. Inquire at Simeon's store.
September 3, 1904
STRUBLE NEWS: (Regular Correspondence to the Globe-Post.)
Ed. Lower of Sioux City was doing business in our town Monday.
Will Moore was a LeMars visitor Sunday.
Misses Rosa and Bertha John were visiting relatives in Sioux county the
first of the week.
Mrs. Toenjes of Morningside was here one day recently in the interest of the
concert that is soon to be given at the M. E. church. This is said to be
very entertaining and we hope our people will turn out in large numbers to
get the benefit thereof.
Phil Riter of Ireton was a Struble caller Saturday.
Dr. and Mrs. Westhoff were passengers to Sioux City Thursday morning.
George Riter went to Mountain Lake, Minn., last week to look after his farm
interest there. This week he is at Brookings, S.D., where he also has a
quarter section of land.
Miss Sterling of Sioux City called on friends here Tuesday.
Miss Emma Schnell is visiting in O’Brien county.
Mrs. Peter Becker of LeMars came up on Monday to visit with her mother.
W. W. Howard of St. Paul has charge of this station during the regular
Mr. Kennedy, traveling auditor for the Atlas Elevator Co., was looking after
business matters here this week.
Rowland Jones of LeMars was a business caller Saturday.
Miss Anna Knewell of Hull is spending the week with relatives and friends
Ray Stinton of Adaville was an over Sunday visitor with his uncle here.
Mr. and Mrs. Pat Rush of Ponca, Neb., are visiting this locality.
A force of men is here from LeMars putting in the cement sidewalks on Main
street. These walks and the new drug store building add materially to the
appearance of that part of town.
The two little daughters of Dr. Jepson came up from Sioux City Tuesday
evening and will spend several days at the Dr. Westhoff home.
Grandpa Kaiser is on the sick list this week.
Mr. and Mrs. LaVelle are now occupying the Frembgen house.
Dame Rumor says there will soon be another implement shop in our town.
Nothing like competition to help the town.
Leona Knewell of Hull has begun her school in the district adjoining Struble
on the west, while Anna McGrain is teaching her old school two miles east of
Dentist Currier came up from Sioux City Wednesday morning.
Tony Delperdang and Miss Schlitz were shopping in Sioux City Thursday.
Mrs. Jack Ames is very sick with typhoid fever at her home northwest of
Mr. Cling, who has been connected with the harness shop here for some
months, went to Merrill Wednesday where he will engage in the same business.
Mr. Cling is a very entertaining old gentleman and will be missed by those
who could appreciate him.
It seems that our school will have to go begging for a principal. Prof.
Whistler has accepted a more lucrative position and thus the place is left
vacant again. School was to have commenced next Monday, but unless someone
comes to the rescue it will necessarily be delayed.
We have learned that Mr. Welliver, who had his limb broken at the hotel, has
been obliged to have it broken over and the bones reset as it was not
properly attended in the first place.
Wedding bells will soon be making merry music in Struble. The wedding of
Tony Delperdang and Miss Schlitz is announced for Tuesday, September 13th.
Miss Otilla Stoll has returned home after having spent the summer with her
sister, Mrs. Henry Mohr at Alvord.
Will Schultz is hauling material for a large barn to be erected on his farm
in Grant township.
Grandpa Obermire lies very ill at his home near town and his life has been
despaired of. His children and other near relatives have been summoned to
his bedside where he patiently awaits the final summons.
HANCOCK TOWNSHIP: (Regular Correspondence to the Globe-Post.)
Mrs. Cowell and Nona were visiting in Sioux City last Friday.
Dannie Luchsinger and George Rusk have been on the sick list for some time.
Dr. Hansen of Jefferson is attending them.
Jacob Closner and Roy Keck, who went north to work in the harvest fields,
have returned, not being able to secure much work while away.
Christie Closner is working here at present.
George Pike has finished stacking his grain. His uncle from near
Millnerville helped him do the work.
September 6, 1904
POTOSIA: (Special Correspondence)
The ladies aid met last Wednesday with Mrs. Hulda Swanson. The next meeting
will be held with Mrs. Avery Van Dusen on Wednesday, September 7, 1904.
The young people of Adaville drove down to Potosia on Sunday evening and
organized a young people's meeting. Miss Edith Bonnes will lead the meeting
next Sunday night. Let all come, young and old, and help to make these
meetings a grand success.
Mr. and Mrs. Add Carpenter and daughter, Lillie, spent Sunday with relatives
Mrs. E. P. Kellogg and son spent last week with her mother, Mrs. M. J.
Gusta Crouch is visiting with relatives in Hinton.
Mrs. J. E. Burkett and children spent last week with friends and relatives
DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT
Joseph Obermeier [sic-Obermire], residing six miles north of this city, died on Thursday
night, after a short illness, of dropsy complicated by old age and general
decay of the system. He was born at Friesiugen, Bavaria, Germany, seventy
five years ago and came to the United States forty eight years ago. He
settled in Wisconsin where he married forty five years ago to Margaretta
Meier who survives him. To this union eleven children were born, five sons
and six daughters. A son and two daughters live in Nebraska and the others
in Plymouth county. He came to Plymouth county thirty two years ago and
after renting for a few years bought the place on which he died. In
addition to his children he leaves forty seven grand children and nine great
A solemn requiem mass was celebrated over his remains at the Catholic church
in Struble on Saturday and the remains were brought to LeMars for interment
in the family burying grounds on Sunday. A large concourse of neighbors and
friends followed the remains to their last earthly resting place.
Mr. Obermeier was highly respected as a neighbor and friend in the community
where he lived for so many years.
[Transcriber note: definition of "dropsy"...from the Concise Genealogical
Dictionary: dropsy: an abnormal collection of fluid in the tissues and cavities of the
POST OFFICE CLOSED
An order has been received from the post office authorities at Washington DC
closing the Adaville post office. The order went into effect September 1.
We regret this very much as it will greatly delay mail matters considerable
to get it over route 4 by way of Akron. Akron has only one mail train each
day and oft times it is so far behind time that the mail is left in the
office there a whole day. However, we must submit to the higher
authorities. The Adaville post office has been organized eighteen years.
September 20, 1904
Fredoline Becker and Wm. Yockey of Leeds were pleasant callers in James
on Sunday morning.
James Shumate returned to Sioux City Sunday evening.
The dance given at the home of Ben Dean in Concord township Woodbury
county on last Saturday evening was attended by a number of young people
from this locality.
James Literick was a Leeds business caller on Saturday.
A dance will be given at the home of Frank Woolworth two miles east of
James on Saturday evening, September 24.
Ray Sager who is a student in pharmacy in Sioux City spent Sunday at
Misses Louisa and Mathilda Julch returned home from Sioux City on
Charles Larson and his sister, Ada, were Sioux City callers on Sunday
Charles Fry who is in the employ of Perry Sager spent Sunday with
friends in Leeds.
ONE DEAD AND MANY SICK
Over A Dozen Victims of Ptomaine Poisoning At Seney
Birthday Feast Ends in Tragedy
Lela (sic--Lelia) Osborne, the Six Year Old Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Osborne Succumbs
to the Effects and Several are Dangerously Ill--Was Busy Time for
One dead and fifteen suffering more or less from the effects of ptomaine
poisoning is the result of eating pressed chicken at a birthday party
given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reeves at Seney on Saturday
evening. Members of more than a dozen families in Seney and vicinity
are suffering from the effects of the poison and Lela (sic--Lelia,) the six year old
little girl of John Osborne, succumbed at eight o'clock on Sunday
evening to the effects. Her sister, May (sic--Mae) Osborne, aged ten years is in a
precarious condition and Paul Reeves, the five year old son of Robert
Reeves, is in a very serious condition.
Those who were acutely effected by the poison are:
Miss Jessie Reeves, aged 17,
Ralph Hughes and Vera Hughes aged 10 and 8, children of Ed Hughes
May (sic--Mae) Reeves, aged 8
Earl, aged 10, the son of Elam Chapman
Thurit Chapman, aged 11, the son of Grant Chapman
Guy, the eleven year old son of Elmer Anstine
Mrs. John Osborne
Mr. and Mrs. George Reeves and their little daughter, Edna.
A twelve year old boy named Daugherty was also one of the victims.
Dr. Richey was called out Sunday morning and later Dr. Mammen was called
and they worked hard all Sunday and Sunday night in their efforts to
relieve the sufferers several of whom spent hours in agony.
The cause was traced to some pressed chicken by the physicians.
Several ladies assisted in the preparation of the chickens which were
killed, boned and pressed early on Saturday morning in preparation for a
birthday party which was held at the Reeves home for the young people in
the afternoon and evening. Supper was served at half past five, but no
bad effects were apparent until well along on Sunday morning, when a
dozen different households had patients in dire distress. The neighbors
who had been lucky enough to escape were soon busy aiding the sufferers
and the little village of Seney was converted into a hospital for the
That the poisoning was directly due to the pressed chicken is
conclusively shown by the fact that Lela (sic--Lelia) Osborne, the victim of the sad
occurrence, was not at the party. Her older sister, May (sic--Mae,) brought home
two sandwiches made of pressed chicken and her mother, Mrs. Osborne and
the little girl ate them and were taken violently ill early on Sunday
Mrs. Osborne was suffering terribly and was unable to minister to her
little daughter, Lela (sic--Lelia,) who died in the evening.
The tragedy has cast a gloom over the pretty little city, and the
calamity is deeply deplored by all.
The funeral of Lela (sic--Lelia) Osborne will be held today at the Methodist church
September 23, 1904
OUR COUNTY NEWS
By Our Correspondents and from Exchanges
STRUBLE: (Special Correspondence)
H.A. Ahlers was up north looking after business recently.
Herman Egglebrecht and wife were calling here on Saturday.
Rev. Snow, of Maurice, called in Struble on Friday on business.
John Werley threshed for A.B. Doring the last of the week.
Roy Willey and family of Leeds are here assisting R.L. Wiley in moving
to Cottonwood county, Minnesota.
Mike Maher and brother Johnnie were transacting business here on
Charlie Werley and wife visited here Saturday.
Joe Morron is working for Ed Durband in the implement business.
J.A. Sayer transacted business at Orange City on Tuesday and John
Veencamp of Sioux Center had charge of the lumber yard.
Leona Knewel visited at LeMars on Sunday.
Jim Nobel moved into the Geo. Bixler home.
Ed Perceville and Anton Jensen went north the last of the week.
Father Dries who has had charge of the parish in Maurice the last few
months is changed to Sioux City.
Bert Dircks our efficient carpenter and contractor is building a big
barn for Fred Gronemeyer of Preston township.
Peter Majerne is quite sick at the home of his sister.
Geo. Laughton was a pleasant caller here on Friday.
The new furnace is put in the school house by Edmond & Co. of LeMars and
was a much needed improvement.
The cement crew have left town after putting in three crossings and
several branches of sidewalk.
R.J. Noland is building an American fence on this Grant township farm.
Some from here attended the Woodman dance at Seney last Friday night.
Nick Nemmers of LeMars called in this burg on Sunday.
John Rodenburg threshed this week.
McFarland Bros. purchased a fine bunch of cattle the last of the week at
A.J. Dirks was a caller here Friday.
Albert Albers, Louis Berg, Henry Van Peursen, Will Deegan, R. Hinde,
A.M. Foulds were farmers on our streets the last of the week.
G. J. Ludwig and Charley Johnson called here on Saturday.
Mit Moore stepped on a rusty nail and is on the lame list for a few
SENEY: (Special Correspondence)
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Dyson and daughter left for Mr. Dyson's home in
Illinois last Friday evening where they expect to visit for a short
Ed Aukeman, of Emmetsburg, Iowa, is visiting with his brother, Simon,
Many from here attended the Orange City fair last week.
Mrs. L. Britton went to Spencer, Iowa, last Friday returning home on
Monday and bringing with her, Harry Britton's infant child.
The LeMars Telephone company is putting phones in the dwelling houses
and also in several business places these days.
May Osborne's condition is still very serious.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Demaray and family visited at the Newell home south
of LeMars last Sunday.
Clarence Kennedy arrived here the latter part of last week from Colorado
accompanied by his two children, Byron and Helen, who will stay with
their grandparents at this place for an indefinite time. Mr. Kennedy
left here for Kansas the first of the week.
The family of Wm. Lancaster had a reunion last Monday all the members of
the family being present. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Lancaster of Maurice, who
are about to leave for Montana; Mr. and Mrs. Al McArthur; Mr. and Mrs.
James Lancaster and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Moore of Maurice; Mrs. Geo.
Foster of Chicago; and Maggie and Lulu at home.
The funeral of little Lela Osborne which was held here last Tuesday
afternoon was the largest attended of any in this part of the country
for some time. Rev. Gleason had charge of the funeral. The body was
interred in the city cemetery at LeMars.
Simon Aukema and brother, Ed, went to Orange City on business last
Burglars entered the store of J. Alderson last Saturday night for the
second time in the last few months and succeeded in making way with
several boxes of gloves, cigars, handkerchiefs and a quantity of
Mrs. Jeffers and grand daughter, Miss Pearl Mann, of Ruble, visited
Seney this week.
CHURCHVILLE: (Special Correspondence)
Mrs. Phil Hahn and son Newton of Geneva, Iowa, arrived on Tuesday for a
visit with relatives and to attend the wedding of her brother, George
Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Koenig attended the Sunday school convention at
Kingsley on Sunday last.
Mrs. Lewis Danne left this week for a visit with friends in Hartley.
Miss Lily Huebsch and Laura Brandstetter are learning the art of
seamstress in LeMars.
There will be no services in the Emanuel church Sunday evening on
account of the K.L.C.E. convention in LeMars over next Sunday.
WESTFIELD: (Special Correspondence)
Clifton Ogden in company with Robert Waterbury left on Tuesday morning
for their claims near Bonesteel, S.D. Their claims join and are located
at a distance of twenty-four miles from Bonesteel. They drove through
in a covered wagon and expect to build houses and make the necessary
improvements required before returning to their homes. Clifton has
rented his farm here and in the near future expects to return with his
family to his claim on the Rosebud.
Mr. A. Barber died very suddenly at his home, the hotel Sunday night,
September 11. He attended church in the evening and was apparently as
well as usual, but in the night was attacked with dangerous symptoms and
Dr. Merennes was immediately called in, but when he arrived, was past
all hope. He pronounced it heart failure. Neither of the sons were at
home. George, the elder being in Kansas and Eugene in Wisconsin. They
were immediately wired for and the latter reached home in time for the
funeral which was on Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Brintnal preached a very
impressive and affecting funeral sermon, after which the remains were
taken to the cemetery at Akron for interment. The sorrowing wife and
sons have the sympathy of the entire community in their sudden
Wild grapes of a superior quality have been abundant on the river but
are fast disappearing as so many go there to pick them.
Miss Cora Hughes and sister, Ella, of LeMars have been visiting for
several days this week with their brothers at the home of Sherman Hughes
northeast of town.
George Barber returned home from Kansas the last of the week.
Peter Beauleiu has traded his home in Westfield for land in Nebraska.
We had rain on Wednesday but have had not frost yet to injure the corn.
POTOSIA: (Special Correspondence)
Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Pavlovic of LeMars spent several days last week with
relatives at this place.
Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Baker and son, Perry, and Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Burkett
and children spent Saturday and Sunday with Howard Williamson at
A birthday party was given at the home of J.M. Van Dusen last Tuesday
night it being the birthday of their son, Chancey. The evening was
spent in dancing and a good time enjoyed by all. At twelve o'clock
dainty refreshments were served.
Frank Montague is building a new barn.
Mr. Bigelow of Salix was in our burg Tuesday.
A crowd of young people went to the Big Sioux on Sunday to spend the
day. The crowd consisted of the Misses Anna Topkins, Sadie Berger, Maud
Rainsbothum, Christine Rosburg, and Mary Van Dusen and Messrs Wm. Labon,
Fred Topkins, George Berger, Ed and August Rosburg.
A.J. Burkett is doing carpenter work for John Ernest.
Frank Diefendorf, of Wisconsin, was a caller at the D.M. Baker home on
Mrs. Kodyn and daughter, Albina, returned to their home in Omaha having
spent the past two weeks with relatives at this place.
Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, September 27, 1904
A game of ball was to have been played with the Sioux City league but was
declared of on Thursday by the league being unable to come.
DEATH OF AGED MAN.
George Hilling Alfred, father of A. T. Alfred, of America township, passed
away at his home in Story county on Friday morning, September 16, at the age
of 83 years, 7 months and 2 days. The funeral was held on Sunday and was
very largely attended. Deceased had lived much longer than man’s allotted
time and when the summons came he was ready to go for he had been a faithful
member of the church for nearly 65 years, having joined the Baptist church
at the age of 21. He had lived on the home farm for nearly forty-two years,
and was very highly esteemed by every one.
He was born in Belmont county, Ohio, on February 14, 1821, and was one of a
family of twelve children, all whom have preceded him to the grave except
one sister who resides in California. He was united in marriage with Miss
Anna Wilton in 1844, and from this union two sons and one daughter were
born. The wife and one son and daughter preceded him to the grave. A. T.
Alfred of this county being the surviving son. Deceased was united in
marriage 1861 to Miss Nancy Arrowsmith, and to this union were born three
sons and three daughters, the sons having passed away.
Six years ago, the sixteenth day of August, Lelia Frances, came to brighten
the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Osborne, of Seney.
Sunday, September the eighteenth, her soul departed from its earthly home
and went to live with the angels.
On Tuesday four of her little friends Maude Lancaster, Iona Ewin, Minnie
Witt and Eva Buss, bore her to the church where many sympathizing relatives
and friends viewed for the last the sweet face so dear to all.
A profusion of beautiful flowers graced the altar and covered the little
white casket. Their sweet fragrance served a fitting symbol of the pure
sweet life of Lelia.
Rev. Gleason’s few remarks were a lasting tribute to our little friend.
Sorrowing hearts were soothed with the thought of again meeting her and
although the Father in his infinite wisdom took our treasure away it was
only that she might welcome us home.
Her body was taken to the LeMars cemetery and placed in the care of mother
September 29, 1904
ADAVILLE ITEMS: (Special Correspondence)
Frost has done no damage here.
The oldest child of Jas. Gardner is quite sick.
The Adaville school will open next Monday, October 3.
Earl Fletcher has gone to Akron to work in a livery barn.
Miss Mary Brown and Clara Fletcher were visiting friends in Akron last
Miss Mae Stinton is on the sick list. Dr. Clark was called from Akron
Mrs. Geo. Burrill is on the sick list. A doctor from LeMars was called
to see her Sunday.
Mrs. Geo. Gable and sister, Miss Mary Taylor, spent Saturday and Sunday
with friends in Preston township.
A pleasant surprise party was gotten up on Friday night on Miss Maggie
Grebner. A pleasant evening was spent and the young folks went home
thinking they had spent an evening long to be remembered.
The two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Stinton was hurt quite
badly Monday by a horse knocking him down and stepping on his head,
cutting it quite badly. Dr. Cilley of Akron was called to dress the
wound, which took eight stitches.
The Adaville store was broken into on Tuesday night of this week and
about $50.00 worth of goods taken, among which was twenty-five pairs of
shoes, about $3 in pennies and other things. They also tried their luck
on the safe, but did not succeed in opening it. They got in by taking a
pane of glass out of the door and unfastening the bolts that locked the
(too late for last week)
Louis Hauswald is the owner of cow that gave birth to triplets recently.
Jim Bradley spoke in the church here Sunday evening in the absence of
Warren King came up from Kansas last week to see about plowing on the
place he rented. Mr. King expects to move his family up here in