Iowa Old Press
August 3, 1917
KINGSLEY: (Special Correspondence)
W. E. Wilson was sick on Sunday.
Miss Ida Ellis spent Sunday at Pierson with her parents.
J. W. Pratt recently purchased the McCartney farm west of town.
Frank Bainbridge had a car of hogs on the Sioux City market last Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gilmour entertained friends from Moorehead, Iowa, this
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hoops are the parents of a fine daughter born July
Nile Lissner, of Company L, of Council Bluffs, paid a visit to the home
folks this week.
Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Oltmann entertained Mrs. A. Oltmann and son, of Illinois,
Dale Lissner and wife, of Council Bluffs, are here visiting his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Carl Lissner.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Merrick spent Saturday and Sunday at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. A. P. Robbins near Hinton.
E. L. Yeoman and family visited his sister and family, Mrs. J. B. Johnson,
last Sunday at their home south of Moville.
Mesdames M. C. Larson and L. F. Kleibenstein entertained friends at a picnic
supper at the park last Thursday evening.
Wm. Lehman drove to Sioux City on Wednesday to meet his mother and several
friends who have been visiting at Arcadia, Neb.
Miss Hazel Kleibenstein has been hostess this week to Misses Ruth Hubbard,
of Valley, Neb., and Francis Needham, of Sac City, Iowa.
Mrs. Wm. Clark went over to Sioux City on Monday evening to see her sister
who has been confined to the hospital there for several weeks.
The Kingsley Chautauqua is now scheduled for the first week in September.
The program is being put on by the Standard Chautauqua company.
Mrs. Chas. W. Eisenbise returned from St. Joseph, Mo., on Tuesday morning,
after a two weeks stay with friends and relatives there. Rev. Eisenbise met
her in Sioux City and accompanied her home.
Although but very little rain fell here on Tuesday afternoon the atmosphere
was very much cooled because of it and the clouds which remained the balance
of the day. The hot wave is broken for the time being at least.
Chas. Palmer and family are home again after an extended trip of several
weeks. While absent they visited various points in Arkansas, Missouri,
Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, reporting things in fine shape in the
latter state and some nice country in northwestern Arkansas.
Lloyd Wissler was the only one of Kingsley boys who failed to pass the rigid
medical tests last week at Camp Faber. But two others of Co. K failed to
pass the examination. Having passed this examination our boys are now in the
federal service having been in the service of the state up to that time.
The funeral of Franz Hopp took place last Thursday afternoon from the German
Lutheran Church southeast of Kingsley and interment was made in the Rock
Branch cemetery. He was born in Wendelwitz Province, Schleswig, Holstein,
Germany, and had attained the age of 78 years, 4 months, and 13 days. Twice
he was called to the colors of the fatherland, with a year intervening,
during which time he was relieved by an honorable discharge. Between the
year 1870 and 1871 he saw service in the war with France. Married twice he
was the father of five children. His first marriage with Elizabeth Schwarch,
who died in the fall of 1897, resulted in the birth of four children, three
of who still live. In 1888 he moved to Iowa, first locating in Pottawattamie
county and a year later in Woodbury. October 29, 1899, he was united in
marriage to his first wife’s sister, to which union was born one son, Frans,
who now resides with his mother.
August 9, 1917
MILLNERVILLE MENTION: (Special Correspondence)
Mr. Bauerly, of Merrill, was a business caller at Millnerville on Monday
Mr. Sagen, who taught Sunnyside high school last year, is spending the
summer with friends at Lake Okoboji.
Ralph Hathaway is enjoying the joke of his cousin, Harold Hathaway, who
recently figured in police court as a matter of difference with freight
Joe Hathaway went to Westfield with a load of coal, expecting to do some
A. L. Milner has been working on a new hog house and is preparing to begin
work on the framework of his barn.
Work on Charles Hoffman's new barn is progressing nicely.
Wesley Brown and Melvin Kanago were Sunday callers in this locality.
Misses Helen McCarthy and Bessie Moffatt will teach school in South Dakota
this year, the former near McCook and the latter near Elk Point.
Mrs. Cathcart's sister is visiting here.
The young ladies of the Hill Climber's club will give an ice cream social at
the Company Pavilion on Wednesday evening August 8. The young people are
planning to make an extensive addition to the hall.
Miss Marie Buys, thought still a little lame from her sprain, has returned
to her place at Leo Mansfield's.
Messrs. Louis Beaulieu, Bruce Drain, Charlie Johnson and Fred Minor were
business visitors in Sioux City the latter part of the week.
Mary Louise Milner burned her hand quite badly one day last week, but is
recovering from the injury nicely.
Mr. Brown was out from Sioux City one day last week, looking over some of
Plymouth county's choice real estate.
Baby James gave her parents a scare last Wednesday, when she went for a
stroll and could not be located. Fortunately the family pup accompanied the
baby and the pair were finally discovered in the weeds down the road at some
little distance from the James farm.
Mr. and Mrs. Signur Hauser have been visiting at the parental home.
Mrs. Annis D. Cramer was quite ill for a few days last week, but has
practically recovered at this writing.
Miss Isabelle Cramer will go to Minneapolis the latter part of this week to
attend the wedding of a friend.
Miss Julia Johnson cut Mrs. Cramer's grain and her young brother assisted in
Miss Ruth Carlson is expected home soon to spend the rest of the summer.
John and Will Lawrence and Ted McDougall helped Bert Lawrence stack his
Bert Lawrence, Herbert Talbot and Charles Carter will run the threshing
machine this season and expected to commence work on the home place Monday,
but were stopped by the rain and will not now be able to begin before
Howard Milner went Monday to help Waldon Fry stack grain.
Several showers cooled the atmosphere Saturday, but were hardly sufficient
to help the crops. A soaking rain for the greater part of Monday did untold
A number of the young people of the neighborhood spent Sunday at Brown's
Frank and Will DeRocher have treated themselves to real automobiles, having
purchased an Oakland a piece.
Frank DeRocher recently sold his farm near Westfield to James Burnight, who
will rent it as before.
Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Cassen and their daughter, Hazel, were Millnerville
callers Saturday afternoon.
Howard Milner and Ralph Hathaway motored to Sioux City Saturday afternoon.
The former returned to the country that evening, but Ralph remained to spend
Sunday with her.
ADAVILLE ITEMS: (Special Correspondence)
Mrs. Rex Pollock was hostess to the W. M. A. with Mrs. W. King as leader.
Bert Goodrich is the first to do threshing in this neighborhood.
George Poyzer, a former Adaville boy, but recently living in Emporia,
Kansas, is one of the boys in France.
Mr. and Mrs. Starr Fullerton visited in Montrose, S. D., a few days this
Mr. and Mrs. John Sanford, of Sioux City, were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs.
H. B. Morehead.
Lloyd Green, who has been visiting relatives at Clear Lake, S.D., returned
home this week.
Miss May Brown, who has been attending summer school at Chicago university,
has returned home.
Mrs. L. F. Hoffman is visiting in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward
Stinton, in Akron, and attending the Chautauqua there.
Mr. and Mrs. Rex Pollock and children were Sunday visitors at the Chas.
Morehead home near Akron.
Mrs. Warren King entertained the Ladies' Aid society this week.
The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Michael, south of town, died Saturday of
diphtheria. Funeral services were held out of doors at the home Monday
afternoon, L. M. Dorreen, pastor of the Akron Church of Christ, conducting
the same. The remains were sent to the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Michael
in Indiana for interment. Mrs. Michael, mother of the deceased child, is
also seriously ill of the same malady. The community tenders its sympathy
to the family in its bereavement.
William Manson Michael, son of Earl and Ettie Michael, was born January 22,
1914, and departed this life August 4, 1917, aged 3 years, 6 months and 121
From infancy William has been the pride and hope of his parents,
grandparents, uncles and aunts. He was of a very unusual disposition, very
patient and obedient and always so sorry for any misdemeanor. He was so
quick, alert and observant that we thought much of his future, but we must
feel now that God doeth all things well and He wants some of the sweetest
and brightest flowers to blossom in Heaven. He was very devoted to his
father and was with him almost constantly. Christ told us, "Lay not up for
yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust doth corrupt and where
thieves break through and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in
Heaven where moth and rust do not corrupt and where thieves do not break
through and steal."
Now our most precious treasure is in Heave. Although William has only been
with us three short years, we will be better for having had him even that
short time. ---Contributed
DEATH OF MRS. C. SORENSEN
Sioux City Journal: Mrs. Jensene Sorensen, 53 years old, a resident of
Sioux City and northwest Iowa for thirty years, died yesterday July 31,
1917) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Peter Christensen, 3222 Fifth
avenue, Morningside, of leakage of the heart and kidney trouble, after an
illness of four weeks.
Mrs. Sorensen was born in Denmark, where she lived until about five years
after marrying Christian Sorensen. They came to the United States thirty
Their first residence after arriving in this country was in Sioux City,
where they lived for a short while, moving to Concord, Neb., and a short
time later returned to Sioux City. Mr. and Mrs. Sorensen then moved to farm
near Akron, Ia., where they remained for about ten years. A farm near Hinton
was their next residence, and they came to Sioux City about a year ago.
Mrs. Sorensen was a member of the Danish Sisterhood No. 34, of Sioux City,
and also of the Royal Neighbors lodge. Besides her husband, Mrs. Sorensen
is survived by eight children. They are: Mrs. Mattie Schroer, Mrs. Dollie
Christensen, James Sorensen, William Sorensen, and Neils Sorensen, all of
Sioux City; Mrs. Marie McConnell, of Dixon, Neb.; Mrs. Tulla Smith, of
Akron, Ia.; and Samuel Sorensen, member of a United States aero squadron at
San Antonio, Texas.
Funeral services for Mrs. Sorensen will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30
o'clock from the residence of Mrs. Christensen and at 2:30 o'clock from the
Danish Lutheran church. Services will be in English and Danish. Burial will
be in Graceland Park cemetery.
August 16, 1917
WESTFIELD WRITE-UPS: (Special Correspondence)
Mrs. W. H. Mullen, of Bloomfield, Nebr., spent Wednesday night in the home
of her sister, Mrs. T. J. Martin.
Mr. Feltis and daughter, Mrs. Fred Barnes, of Tea, S.D., and Jas. Feltis of
Plankinton, S.D., arrived Thursday morning for a visit in the H. Feltis
Funeral services for the remains of John Winstanely, who was drowned in the
Big Sioux river at Riversioux Park, were held in the Congregational church
at 2:30 o'clock last Thursday afternoon, Rev. Harter conducting the
services. The body was laid to rest in the Westfield cemetery.
Quite a number from here attended the Chautauqua in Akron last week and all
were well pleased with the various programs offered.
Mrs. C. Vradenburg, who was so seriously ill in the home of her daughter,
Mrs. M.S. Mills, has so fully recovered that she was able to attend
Chautauqua in Akron Friday.
Mrs. E. H. Spaulding, Jr., was a city shopper Saturday.
Miss Gertrude Donnelly left Saturday for her home in Elk Point, after a few
days visit in the F. P. Mills home. Miss Gladys Mills accompanied her for a
Miss Ignetta Johnson arrived Saturday from Chicago, where she spent the past
month with her sister, Miss Hattie Johnson. Miss Hattie Johnson was
graduated on Thursday, August 9th, from the Moody Bible Institute and
accompanied her sister here, where they will spend the remainder of the
vacation in the Cassel and Feltis homes.
Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Lilly and Mrs. Jennie Lilly motored to the city Saturday.
Mrs. S. Hughes and daughter, Mrs. Geo. Mills, spent Saturday in Sioux City.
Mrs. T. J. Martin and daughter, Helen, spent Saturday in Akron.
Miss Albina Pope was a passenger to Elk Point Sunday afternoon.
A simple but very pretty wedding took place in St. Catherine's Catholic
church Saturday morning, August 11, at eight o'clock, when Miss Cecilia
Dennison, became the bride of V. Leonard Gant, son of Patrick Gant. The
bridal couple, attended by Miss Frances Dennison, of Jefferson, S.D., cousin
of the bride and Stephen Gant, brother of the groom, marched up the center
aisle to the strains of the Lohengrin wedding march played by Miss Gertrude
Tracy, and took their places within the sanctuary, where they were united in
the holy bonds of matrimony by Rev. D. K. Hurley, Mrs. Wm. Cunningham very
beautifully singing the Nuptial Mass. The bride looked most charming in a
striking autumn suit of mauve color, with hat, gloves, and other accessories
to match. The groom wore the conventional black. After the impressive ring
ceremony, the bridal party, with a number of invited guests, repaired to the
bride's home south of town, where an elegant four-course breakfast was
served. Shortly after, the bridal couple departed for Omaha, Minneapolis,
St. Paul, and other points of interest. Upon their return, they will be at
home on the farm of the groom's father. This worthy couple need no
introduction, as they are well and favorably known, having lived here
practically all their lives, and are very popular among the younger set.
All join in wishing them the choices of life's blessings.
Mrs. E.C.F. Mohr was a guest in the S.T. Bekins home in Sioux City from
Thursday until Sunday.
Mrs. Geo. Mills left Sunday afternoon for Sioux City, where she has secured
a good position as telephone operator.
Miss Lena Casey, who has been a guest in the home of her sister, Mrs. H.
Foley, left Monday for her home at Lake City, Iowa.
Mrs. M. Flynn spent several days with city relatives and friends.
A number from here enjoyed the Married People's Dance at Riversioux park
Vincent Conway returned Tuesday afternoon from a visit with friends at Big
The Sunday school picnic, held on the school grounds Tuesday, was a very
enjoyable affair. They realized about $7.50 from the sale of ice cream.
Mrs. W. B. Dilly and son, Lawrence, came down from Akron and attended the
PLEASANT HILL HAPPENINGS: (Special Correspondence)
There will be services at the U. B. church next Sunday evening.
The Ladies Aid will meet with Mrs. Will Peck on Friday afternoon, August 24.
H. F. Klemme was a business visitor to Sioux City Monday.
Mrs. Lewis Goodroad, of Madison, S.D., is visiting her mother, Mrs. S.
Davis, and other relatives.
The Wm. Bly family, of Akron, called on friends in this vicinity Monday.
Mart Moles was calling on friends in this vicinity last week.
Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Johnson and Miss Frances, of Sioux City; Mrs. Olson, Mrs.
Lew Bly and daughter, of Union Creek; Gradon Taylor and Miss Julia Hammer,
of Akron, were guests at the Charles Reames home Sunday.
Miss Anna Engholm, of Alcester, is visiting old-time friends here.
Luella Bubs returned the first of the week from a week's visit in the home
of her sister, Mrs. Edwin Klemme, of Ruble, Iowa.
Mrs. H. L. Johnson and Miss Frances Johnson, of Sioux City, are spending a
couple of weeks with friends in this vicinity.
MILLNERVILLE MENTION: (Special Correspondence)
Miss Mildred Perry, a former teacher at Millnerville school, was recently
married to a Mr. Van Welden. The wedding took place at the bride's home in
Mr. and Mrs. William Black were Sioux City visitors on Thursday. They were
accompanied by Miss Gay Black, who will work in the city for awhile.
Mrs. John Skogsberg was very ill for a short time Saturday with a sudden and
sharp attack of cholera morbus, but is much better at this writing. Dr.
Brunner, of Akron, was called to attend her.
Miss Hazel Hunter has been visiting friends in Sioux City.
We notice in the South Dakota list of soldiers to be, the name of Lee Gillis
on the waiting list for the officers' training camp. Mr. Gillis was the
Sunnyside instructor two years ago.
A wedding of interest in the west part of the county was that of Leonard
Gant and Miss Cecelia Dennison, which was solemnized at St. Catherine's
church in Westfield on Saturday morning.
LeMars, Plymouth County
August 21, 1917
SERVED IN CIVIL WAR
Was A Member of the Fifth Iowa Cavalry
The remains of the late John Brandon, who died on Tuesday at Westcliffe,
Col., were brought to LeMars on Friday night, accompanied by his
daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ed Brandon.
Mr. Brandon was a survivor of the Civil War and Company K furnished a guard
of honor to escort the body from the depot to the Engelken undertaking
parlors. The funeral was held on Saturday morning at the First Presbyterian
Church, Rev. H. V. Comin, officiating. The pallbearers were members of
Mower Post G.A.R., and an escort from Company K marched to the cemetery and
fire a last volley over the grave.
John Brandon was born on January 23, 1840, at Georgetown, Wis., where he
received his early education and grew to manhood. He came to LeMars in 1874
and lived here for thirty years when he moved to Colorado. During the Civil
War he served as sergeant in Company E., Fifth Iowa company, and at the
close of the war was granted an honorable discharge.
While a resident of LeMars, he was employed in the office of the Illinois
Central freight depot for nearly a quarter of a century. Mr. Brandon served
as City Treasurer under the administration of the late N. L. Greer. He was
a member of LeMars lodge of the Order of Elks, and later a member of the
lodge at Canon City, Col. His wife died in LeMars, July 31, 1891.
He leaves three sons, Ed Brandon, of Westcliffe, Col., George Brandon, of
St. Louis, Mo., and Charles Brandon, of Minneapolis, and a daughter, Louise,
living at Tampa, Florida. Three sons preceded him in death, John, who died
in 1882, James in 1884, and Leslie E. Brandon, who died in 1916. He also
leaves four brothers, Frank and Charles, of Sioux City, Albert of Fallbrook,
Cal., and Joseph Brandon of Dubuque, and a sister, Mrs. Oleson, of Kingsley.
A brother, Oscar Brandon, and a sister, Miss Margaret Brandon, died in
Mr. Brandon was ill only two days and passed peacefully away on Tuesday,
August 14, death being due to heart failure. His son, Charles, of
Minneapolis, and his brothers from Sioux City and Dubuque, came to attend
Mr. Brandon was a good upright citizen and was highly esteemed by a large
circle of friends.
The pallbearers were J. T. Carpenter, A. W. Crouch, W. S. Freeman, M.
Hilbert, John Lovell, and Wallace Winslow.
HAND IS NEARLY SEVERED
MANAGER OF PLANING MILL SUFFERS BAD ACCIDENT
Albert Stoeber, manager of the Remsen Planing Mill, met with a serious
accident on Saturday afternoon while engaged in manipulating a saw. His
left hand was caught in the machinery and three fingers and a part of the
thumb on his left hand were severed. His injuries were dressed by Dr.
Jastram. Only a little finger and half the thumb were left, the other three
fingers being cut off nearly clear to the knuckles.
Mrs. B. Ruck and daughter, Miss Marie, returned on Friday evening from Tako,
Saskatchewan, Canada, where they spent the past five weeks visiting their
daughter and sister.
DEATH OF A PIONEER WOMAN
Mrs. John C. Burgoyne Dies After Much Suffering
Kingsley News-Times: Hannah Adeline Barrett was born in Dayton, Ohio,
February 28, 1866, and died in Kingsley, Iowa, August 10, 1917. She spent
several months in intense suffering. Everything was done that could be done
to relieve the suffering. She was courageous and bore up to the last but
all to no avail. The call came and she answered the summons.
The deceased was well known throughout this part of the county, having spent
most of her life among us. The family came with Mrs. Julius Hanson to
Plymouth County about thirty-one years ago. They have lived in Kingsley for
the past twenty years. Seven of the children are living and were present at
the funeral service.
The deceased was united in marriage to John C. Burgoyne November 25, 1897.
Their happy married life continued only six years when Mr. Burgoyne was
killed by a horse while living in Kingsley.
The past fifteen years has been filled with useful work. She was constantly
employed serving humanity to the best of her ability. She was kind to
everyone and her many friends have only words of kindness for her as they
now reflect upon the deeds done in life. Kind deeds last long after we have
passed from the walks of life.
Early in childhood she united with the Baptist church in Sioux City.
Afterwards she united with the Christian church of Kingsley. She expressed
herself as being ready for the great change awaiting her and counted death
as a welcome release from the intense suffering she was compelled to endure.
The deeds of kindness sown along life’s way will continue to bear fruit as
the years roll on. Death does not end all. Our deeds follow after us.
“Blessed are they who die in the Lord. The name of the righteous shall be
hade in everlasting remembrance.”
The funeral service took place in the Congregational church on Monday
afternoon, August 13, at 3 p.m., Rev. Steele, of LeMars, officiating. The
body was laid to rest in the Kingsley cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Herron spent the week end at Spirit and Okoboji lakes.
BROKE HIS LEG
Chas. Plath, a young son of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Plath, suffered a painful
accident on Saturday, while delivering goods. He jumped from his car and
fell on the parking in front of the Crowley house on Washington street. In
the fall he fractured a bone in his leg.
HOLD COUNTY PICNIC
IN HONOR OF BOYS WHO WILL GO SOUTH
MOVING ORDERS EXPECTED SOON
Gathering Will Be Informal But Large Number Are Expected to be Present Who
Will Improve the Chance to Get Acquainted with Defenders
A county picnic for the boys of Co. K, who are soon to leave for
concentration camp at Deming, New Mexico, will be held at Cleveland Park in
LeMars on Thursday afternoon and evening, August 24th. It had been planned
before any of the boys were ordered to Des Moines to join the Third
regiment, to have the affair this week and they left on such short notice it
was impossible to hold it before they went away.
It is thought there will be a large attendance of people from all over the
county who will improve the chance to get acquainted with the boys who have
volunteered to go out and represent this community in Uncle Sam’s fighting
forces. There will be little of a formal nature about the picnic and it is
hoped to make it a pleasant get acquainted meeting of people from all over
the county who are interested in the boys in khaki. The LeMars Band will
furnish music, there will be a number of patriotic songs and possibly some
entertainment features. Everybody is urged to bring a basket of lunch and
join in a big picnic dinner on the grounds at five o’clock. The ladies of
LeMars will furnish the dinner for the company.
At night the band will furnish music for a dance on the paving down town and
a block or two of the Fourth street paving will be roped off and lighted and
the boys given a big farewell dance. There will be refreshment stands on the
grounds and at the dance and all monies taken in will be turned over to the
Co. K fund now being raised for the boys in the Army.
It is hoped that this will be one of the largest crowds ever gathered in
this county. Cleveland Park is a beautiful spot and the program will be
interesting but it is as a tribute to our representatives going to the front
rather than because of entertainment offered that it is hoped that there may
be a large gathering of the patriotic people of Plymouth County at Cleveland
Park on Thursday afternoon. Come and bring your neighbors to spend an
evening honoring Co. K.
CALLED TO SERVICE
PLYMOUTH COUNTY BOYS WILL SOON BE IN FRANCE
SIXTY-EIGHT MEN LEFT ON MONDAY
Large Crowd Gathers at Union Depot To Wish the Boys God-Speed and a Safe
Return—Orders Came Unexpectedly and Caused Surprise.
The war came a little closer home to the people of Plymouth yesterday than
it ever had before when sixty-eight of her boys left for Des Moines with the
prospect of being in a very few weeks in France. Orders were received
Friday to take this number of men out of Co. K and send them to Des Moines
to become a part of the Third Regiment which is now in Des Moines in camp
and being recruited to 3,000 men, the number of men in a regiment in France.
The Third is under orders to proceed as soon as possible for Mineola Point,
New York, whence they will sail in a few weeks for somewhere in France.
The order created some surprise in the company and considerable regret in
the community as it had been hoped the home boys who had enlisted together
might be kept in one organization but as it was apparent the order was based
on the needs of the country and the good of the service, no complaints were
registered. A call for volunteers would probably have been responded to by
nearly all of the company but the plan suggested in the government orders
was followed in making the selections so far as practical. The number of
non-commissioned officers to go was stipulated in the order but the others
were selected by picking out odd numbered men on the muster roll until the
quota was filled. Since Lieut. Nelson received his commission Co. K is short
one man so only eighty-three men are left in the home camp here and no
information is at hand as to how the company is again to be recruited to war
The men left on an early morning yesterday, a special pickup up the Sioux
City, LeMars and Cherokee contingents. A band and several thousand people
gathered at the station to bid them Godspeed, everybody apparently
appreciating the seriousness of the situation.
The men were in command of Sergeant Ewin and reported for duty to the
officers of the Third at Camp Dodge last evening. The men who were drawn
for the detail and left to become members of the Third were sent out as
completely equipped, as the supplies at Camp Faber would permit. They took
all the rifles and still lacked fifteen or twenty of having enough to go
around. Most of them had uniforms and other equipment but in this respect
also they took pretty nearly everything in camp.
A shipment of 100 new rifles are expected any day. Following is a list of
the men who went:
Sergeants—Charles Ewin, Warren R. Lodge, LeMars; Claude L. Hodapp, Merrill.
Corporals—Albert V. Ewin, Harry O. Weagel, Theodore R. Strouse, LeMars;
Herbert M. Brown, Ireton; Vincent C. Bradshaw, Kingsley.
Privates (1st Class)—Milton D. Fulghum, Clear Lake; Lee E. Hoag, Moweaqua,
Ill.; Henry Marx, LeMars; William Pieper, Remsen; Peter E. Shive, Cherokee.
Anderson, Elmore D., Marcus.
Barr, Carl H., Akron.
Bergin, Edward P., LeMars.
Bohl, Dewey M., Merrill.
Bonneville, Lorenz N., Alton.
Bristow, Clarence L., Merrill.
Calhoon, John, LeMars.
Clarke, Cecil A., LeMars.
Dickson, Walter D., Marcus.
Edwards, Frank, LeMars.
Evans, Lloyd F., Sioux City.
Fideler, Sylvester M., Remsen.
Gainor, Edwin D., Hinton.
Hahn, George L., Ireton.
Hamann, Addes C., Merrill.
Hammer, Charles P., Kingsley.
Hardie, Will D., Kingsley.
Harker, John T., Merrill.
Harvey, Floyd, Pierson.
Harvey, Ray, Pierson.
Harvey, Vivan A., Marcus.
Heiden, Laurence E., Merrill.
Holland, Frank, Kingsley.
Hoschler, Albert E., Akron.
Houlton, Fay H., Ireton.
Huxtable, Wayne E., LeMars.
Kalles, George, LeMars.
Kanago, Melvin R., Merrill.
Killian, Albert L., Sioux City.
King, William J., Sioux City.
Klohs, Charles H., LeMars.
Livermore, Glen, Kingsley.
Maxon, Philip E., Akron.
McDole, Harold, Kingsley.
Miller, William, Ireton.
Murray, Frank A., Kingsley.
Nash, Edward C., Kingsley.
Powers, Estill, Kingsley.
Reid, Charles E., Ireton.
Satterlee, Wylie J., Ireton.
Sawyer, Alfred L., Ireton.
Schmidt, Clarence, LeMars.
Schmidt, Philip, LeMars.
Smith, Merlin, Kingsley.
Spink, Edgar A., Kingsley.
Sullivan, Gerald W., LeMars.
Thatcher, Clark A., Kingsley.
Trewartha, William T., Merrill.
Tweedy, Linfred S., Ireton.
Walsh, Vincent J., Marcus.
Wasmer, John W., LeMars.
Woods, Chas. M., Kingsley.
Woollard, Robert, Kingsley.
Yungbluth, David, LeMars.
A committee of young ladies at the station presented each of the boys with a
large basket of lunch as he boarded the train, the baskets having been
packed and donated by sixty-eight ladies of the community.
Touching this reorganization of the Third Regiment, the Des Moines Register
The actual work of expanding the Third Iowa Regiment to a full war strength
of 3,600 men will begin at Camp Dodge today, when the transfer of additional
men to the Third from the First and Second Regiments will be completed. The
men selected from the First and Second regiments will all report to the
Third regiment today or tomorrow, all of the Second regiment delegations
being scheduled to move this morning.
The work of expanding the regiment is not as simple as might be supposed.
All drill formations will have to be altered, and the company formation will
be rather by platoons of thirty-two men each than by squads of eight men.
The Third Regiment will be larger than any two regiments which went to the
border a year ago, and the work of the officers will be correspondingly
It is hoped during the period that the men will remain here, to obtain a
smoothness of regimental drill with the new strength, and to accustom
officers and men to working under the new conditions. Each battalion will
contain more than one thousand men, whereas under old conditions, a
battalion was often under the five hundred mark.
A Headquarters company of about 284 men is to be formed. It will probably
have two captains, two first lieutenants and two second lieutenants. No
commissioned officers have been transferred from the First and Second
regiments, and about forty new assignments will have to be made.
The regiment, lined up in review formation, will require at least a ten acre
field to allow any freedom of maneuver whatever. It may be remembered that
the provisional regiment from the negro training camp, less than 1,200
strong, was barely able to gather in the big Drake auditorium, and the new
Third is more than three times as large.
The first contingents of Iowa troops, including one company from Mason City,
a battery from Davenport, and a troop of cavalry from Marengo and points in
Iowa county, is now on its way to Deming, New Mexico. Orders are expected
late this week for the movement of the Second regiment to Deming. The
government hopes to complete the transportation of the National Guard to its
southern camps before the mobilization of the conscript army in September,
in order to conserve rolling stock of the railroads.
The War Department has announced that drafted men will not be used to fill
up the guard regiments depleted to fill other regiments to the new war
strength. Unless this is changed, or recruiting of new guardsmen is
permitted, it might be possible that the First Iowa and Second Iowa would be
consolidated on the border, as the two regiments now are not equal in man
power to the single Third regiment.
TROOPS ARE SURE TO BE WELL OFFICERED
ARE MEN WHO HAVE SEEN SERVICE
Full Roster of Brigade and Regimental Commanders Has Not Been Given But
Assurance Is That the Men Are Such as to Command Confidence.
The soldiers of the Third Iowa infantry, the first Iowa troops that will go
to France, will be well officered.
The full roster of brigade and regimental commanders has not been given out,
but announcement that Brig. Gen. William A. Mann will command the new crack
national guard division, and that Maj. Douglas MacArthur will be his chief
of staff, gives assurance that the men at the top will be just the sort of
men the Iowa fathers and Iowa mothers would pick, if they had the choice, as
the men to take care of their boys in a strange land.
Gen. Mann, who by the way, headed the list of brigadiers promoted to major
generals by President Wilson Tuesday, is a soldier from the ground up, but
the sort of soldier that fights with the men and not over them.
For the last two years as chief of the militia bureau of the War Department,
he has come in most intimate contact with the newspaper men. Correspondents
from the four corners of the country have made daily visits in his office,
for in all that time there has been some national guard activity in their
states that required watching.
Gen. Mann, head over heels in the work of reorganization of an under
disciplined army, was never too busy to answer questions. No red tape and
no petty censorship would close him up. There was a steady stream of
newspaper men calling at his office after his promotion to congratulate him.
Before advancing to the ranks of general officers, Man was colonel of the
Sixth Infantry. He sent into Mexico with Pershing at the head of the Sixth.
He has been in every scrap in the last forty years, from the Indian
campaigns on the plains in the 70s to the Mexican chase, and always with the
“doughboys.” He is the fatherly, big brother sort of officer, never upstate
and just as likely not to stop and swap yarns with a bunch of buck privates
if he’s feeling a bit lonesome.
Maj. MacArthur, who will be promoted to colonel, was handicapped at the
outset by being the son of a distinguished father, Lieut. Gen. MacArthur,
one of the commanding figures f American military history, but when he got a
chance he proved that a good man can win recognition in his own right.
Because he finished first in his class at West Point, MacArthur was assigned
to the engineers, which frequently is equivalent to burying an ambitious
officer. Finally he landed on the general staff, and the old heads on the
staff—he is only little over 36—found that he had a head on his shoulders.
During the Mexican trouble Secretary Baker appointed Maj. MacArthur military
censor. Maj. MacArthur then began the education of the newspaper men in
military matters. He met the crowd twice a day and stood a bombardment of
questions, establishing a confidential relationship with the press that
brought all the Army’s cards face up on the table. He had the fullest
confidence in the press and the press in him. There isn’t a double cross on
the score between the major and the newspaper men.
When he left the censorship to get ready for France, the newspaper men
adopted a testimonial and then called in a body on Secretary Baker to
present it. So far as is known, this is the only case on record where the
press has sped a parting censor with verbal bouquets. It shows that
MacArthur is the right sort and just the kind of man to be entrusted with
the heavy responsibility the officers of the national guard expeditionary
force will have.
T.J. Martin has returned from his Texas farm.
Walter Dean is putting in a new cave for H.B. Lilly.
Mrs Dilly and son Lawrence, of Akron, spent Tuesday in Westfield.
Mrs Harter and Mrs Tschample were in Sioux City last week.
At a school board meeting, it was decided to begin school on September
Mrs Chas Morehead, from near Akron, was shopping in Westfield Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs Earl Mohr have returned from a week's vacation at Green Lake.
Royer Lias has been helping his brother, George, near Akron do his
The Tuesday club held a business meeting at Mrs. Mohr's on Tuesday
Miss Eda Jenkins, of Akron, visited friends in Millnerville and Westfield
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Moss and Lewis and Dana Moss left by auto for Omaha,
Don't forget the Ladies' Aid supper at the hall on Thursday. Admission
Miss Eliza Lowell, of Sioux City, spent several days with her sister, Mrs
The Lilly young people and Miss Florence Main enjoyed a three days camping
trip last week.
A number of our young people enjoyed a roller skating party at the
pavillion Saturday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Cilley and daughters are nicely located in one of the
cottages at River Sioux park.
Mrs Geo. Mills, former telephone operator here, has secured a position in
the Sioux City telephone service.
A large crowd attended the old fashioned dance at River Sioux park last
Monday and all enjoyed the old square dances.
Mr. Van de Braak, who has been spending the summer with his son at
Farmingdale, S.D. returned home on Saturday.
Leslie Pope was one of the men drawn from Camp Eaton to go to Des Moines
and go in training there with the third regiment. They may soon be sent to
The Sunday school picnic held in the school yard was much enjoyed by those
present. It being such a busy time, a number did not get in from the farms.
A fine dinner was served and the afternoon was spent in games.
The Ladies' Aid were very pleasantly entertained at Mrs Lias, east of
town, on Wednesday afternoon. About twenty ladies were out and planned a
supper to be held in Community hall on August 23. All come and enjoy a
supper with friends.
While Mr. and Mrs Buchter and grandson, Kearns, were coming home from
Akron, a cream can fell from the buggy, making anoise which frightenend the
team and they ran away, throwing the occupants all out, but fortunately not
injuring them. The team soon stopped but the buggy was badly broken.
(From the News-Times)
Ed Lent, of Texas, was in town shaking hands with old friends Saturday.
FARMS FOR SALE
I am offering these farms for sale, and anyone interested in buying should
look this list over.
120 acres fairly well improved located 4 miles southeast from LeMars.
Schoolhouse with 300 feet from the buildings. Good land. Will sell below
average value, and on easy terms. Can give possession March 1st next if
200 acres well improved, located 4 miles east from LeMars and less than 3
miles from Oyens. Good land. Farm known as the Foley place. Possession
March 1st if sold by October 1st. Easy terms.
The Seppings farm of 60 acres located adjoining LeMars on the east near
Cleveland park. Improvements worth $10,000. Anyone wishing a small farm,
well located, will find it in this one.
320 acres adjoining the town of Akron on the south, known as the Fields
farm. Will improved, and very fine laying land. Very easy terms.
160 acres well improved, located between Remsen and Granville. Land is of
the best in the county. Located about 6 1/2 miles southwest from Granville.
No better farm can be found anywhere. Will sell on very easy terms; long
time at 5 per cent.
160 acres will improved, located 2 miles southeast from Wilmont, in Nobles
county, Minn. Good laying land. Price per acre on terms, $135
320 acres well improved, located 2 1/2 miles from Elkton, being in Lincoln
county, Minn. Very fine laying land, and worth the money. Price per acre,
on exceptionally easy
320 acres, fairly well improved, located 4 miles south from Platte, in
Charles Mix county, South Dakota. Land lays gently rolling, no waste, and
rich corn land. 240 acres now under cultivation. The crops on this farm now
are as good as on any Plymouth county farm. Possession March 1st next if
sold soon. Price per acre on easy terms........$75
320 acres fairly well improved, located 4 miles from Alexandria, in Hansen
county, South dakota. Good laying land and can be bought below actual
value. Price per acre on easy
Will be glad to hear from interested parties, and ready at any time to show
any one or all of these farms. Write, phone or call [the telephone number not on the copy to transcribe]
August 23, 1917
Mrs. Lola Beverly visited friends in Sioux City the first of the week.
Miss Freda Gaskey, of Sioux City, visited her parents here over Sunday.
E. J. Bunting, jeweler at Cobb's, was a Sioux City visitor the first of the
Mesdames M. A. Biddlecome and ?. P. Klauer were visitors in Hawarden last
Mrs. Peterson came from Sioux City Saturday to visit her daughter, Mrs.
Veness Smith and family.
Ed. Waterbury came Friday from Sioux City for a visit with his mother and
other relatives and friends.
John Sykes, south of town, let Friday to join his family in a visit with
relatives at Battle Creek, Iowa.
The Annual Picnic of the Farmers Grain Co., to be held at the James Ross
grove, August 30, will be a good place to enjoy a day's outing.
Dudley never placed a special tax on all his customers for the purpose of
giving a big prize to some single individual-and never will.
Mrs. Clint. Strong went to Sioux City Monday to visit her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Geo. May, and her son Harold, a member of the field hospital corps at
?. E. Spittle returned Saturday from a visit with his son, Chauncey and
family, near Chokio, Minn. He reports an excellent crop of small grain in
that section this season.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cunningham returned Saturday to Winner, S.D., after a
pleasant visit with relatives here. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.
Cunningham, accompanied them to Sioux City.
Harold Prentice, who has been assisting in the Rohrer store, was taken quite
ill with stomach trouble and his father, C. E. Prentice, took him to
Sheldon, Iowa, their former home, Monday for treatment.
Locomotives on this division of the Milwaukee road are wearing a sort of
"strainer" on the smoke stack, to prevent sparks from flying into grain
fields along the tracks. Another way of helping to conserve the food supply
for Uncle Sam.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Jacobs returned Monday to their home near Memphis, Nebr.,
after a visit with his sisters, Mrs. Eden and Mrs. Gerhard Ahrens and
families, of this vicinity. Mrs. Eden has been in very poor health for some
time and condition shows no improvement.
Mrs. W. M. White, of Artesian, S.D., and Mrs. Halfhill, of Madison, S.D.,
are visiting in the home of their mother and grandmother, Mrs. J. W. Clark,
east of town, who has been seriously ill for several weeks. Mrs. ???se
White came Saturday from LeMars to visit in the Clark and Parr homes.
Henry Tripp writes from Weta, ?. D., that he enjoyed a visit from his
sister, Mrs. Mary Henke, and her son, Earnest and family; her daughter, Mrs.
Augusta Fursee and family and Mrs. Addie Miller of this vicinity.
Mr. Tripp showed them some sights out in the Dakota "bad lands" and says he
is looking forward to their next visit. He has traded off a farm near Weta
and , with his son, will move to Cottonwood, S.D., and start a harness shop.
Mrs. Ernest Ostrom and children were visitors in Sioux City Friday.
James Melius came from Sioux City Saturday to look after business matters.
Misses Clara Welch and Freda Post went to Sioux City Saturday to visit
Miss Esther Kusch, of Craig, visited several days last week in the Rev. F.
A. Meske home.
E. Van de Braak came Saturday from Farmingdale, N.D., for a visit with
relatives southeast of town.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Neary spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
J. J. Simeon, in Sioux City.
Fred E. Waterbury left Monday to look after threshing operations on his farm
in Stevens county, near Morris, Minnesota.
Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Moore, of Elk Point, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N.
S. Moore and other relatives here Sunday.
Clair Biddlecome and daughter, Clarice, came from Hawarden Saturday to visit
her mother, Mrs. Mary A. Biddlecome.
Miss Margaret Lewis, of Harrisburg, S.D., was a guest in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Aug. Kruger last week, returning Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mann motored from Cherokee, Ia., Saturday to visit her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Swift, and other relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Hilliker and Mr. and Mrs. John Hanson left Sunday on a
motor trip to Lucas, S.D., where they will spend about a week with their
uncle, Everett Stinton, and family.
Good speaking and music, plenty to eat, and clean sports will help you to
forget the trials of life if you attend the Farmers Grain Co. annual picnic
at the James Ross grove, north of Akron, Thursday, August 30.
Miss Jean Meredith, who is head nurse in a private hospital at Odebolt,
Iowa, came Saturday to visit in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W.
Meredith, and to attend the wedding of her sister, Miss Jessie, Tuesday
John W. Smith, of Lucas, S.D., stopped off here last Friday for a brief
visit with his mother, Mrs. J. B. Smith and other relatives. He had been to
Rochester, Minn., where he submitted to a slight operation for the removal
of a growth from his chin.
The Masonic picnic at Riversioux park last Friday afternoon was quite well
attended by members of that order and of the Eastern Star. A very enjoyable
feature was the splendid address by L. M. Dorreen, pastor of the local
Christian church. Members of the order took picnic lunches to the park and
many of them too advantage of the fine bathing in the Sioux.
Lieut. T. J. Kerr and wife of North Platte, Nebr., came from Sioux City by
auto Friday with his brother, Lieut. J. H. Kerr, of the Field Hospital corps
at Camp Eaton, Sioux City, for a brief visit with their mother, Mrs. J. R.
Kerr, and other relatives and friends. Lieut. T. J. Kerr recently returned
from the officers' training camp at Fort Snelling, Minn., where he had been
since the first of June. He will be in the medical service, but has not yet
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Renkin and baby and Mr. and Mrs. H. Christ Anderson,
west of town, drove to Sioux City Sunday, intending to take in the military
carnival at the Interstate Fair grounds. They made the trip in Mr. Renkin's
new Dodge car, and after leaving the military road to North Riverside to go
south to the fair grounds, he failed to make the proper turn and missed a
narrow bridge across a deep ditch. It was fortunate they were not traveling
over ten miles an hour, as the car plunged down the steep embankment. The
sudden stop at the bottom of the ditch threw Mr. Anderson into the
windshield and his chin and left hand were quite badly cut by the broken
glass, while his wife was painfully but not seriously bruised. Mr. and Mrs.
Renkin and child were so fortunate as to escape injury. Mr. and Mrs.
Anderson were taken to St. Vincent's hospital for medical attention, but he
was able to come home Monday evening. The car was not damaged beyond the
springing of an axle and bent front fenders.
Oscar Lee made a business trip to Sioux Falls Tuesday.
Miss Olive Port visited relatives and friends in Sioux City over Sunday.
Miss Anna Jaycox, of Alcester, visited Mrs. Lyle Strong, the first of the
Miss Amanda Meske left Tuesday for a visit with relatives and friends at
Mrs. Morse, who had been visiting her son, W. H. and family, returned Friday
to Sioux City.
Mrs. W. B. Martin, of Westfield, visited relatives and friends here a couple
of days this week.
Ray Ogden and family, south of town, went by auto to Fort Dodge, Iowa, for a
visit with relatives.
J. W. Bausserman, who had been clerking in the H. Rohrer Store, for a few
weeks, returned Saturday to his home at Gilmore City, Iowa.
Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Waterbury, north of town, left by auto Sunday for
Waterloo, Iowa, where they will spend about a week with relatives and
The Helping Hand society, of Brule Creek church, will hold its annual picnic
and sale at Spink, S.D., Saturday, August 25, the program beginning at 1:30
o'clock. Everybody invited.
Miss Maude Page, of Sioux City, is a guest this week of Mr. and Mrs. C. E.
Martin. Sunday guests in their home were B. Schulein and family and Dr. E.
Sawyer and daughter, of Sioux City.
Postmistress Bezie Dee visited in LeMars two or three days last week in the
home of her sister, Mrs. Roy Root. Her nephew, Louis Root, came over with
her for a visit with relatives and friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bly and son, Alvin, departed yesterday for their new home
in Los Angeles, Cal., taking with them the best wishes of a host of friends.
Alvin will attend the university there the coming year.
Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Koch autoed to Sioux City yesterday, accompanied by the
daughter of the lady who keeps house for Emil and Herman Koch, where she
took the train for the home of relatives in Minnesota, where she will attend
A working crew did considerable repairing last week on the Milwaukee's
tracks at the curves north of town. A steam shovel widened a cut and the
dirt was used in filling around the large cement culvert recently
constructed near the cemetery hill. The improvements place the track in
excellent condition at that point.
Mr. and Mrs. E. lemon and L. L. Jones, of LeMars, visited their son and
brother-in-law, L. H. Lemon, here Sunday. The latter's wife brought them
over in their car. Mr. and Mrs. E. Lemon may decide to buy property here
and become residents of Akron. Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Lemon will reside in the
former Wm. Bly residence.
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Douglass enjoyed a visit the first of the week from Mr.
and Mrs. J. W. Kindig and children, of DesMoines, who came up from Sioux
City with them Sunday evening. The ladies are cousins. Mr. Kindig is
assistant attorney general of this state and was until his recent
appointment to that position one of the leading attorneys in Sioux City.
Mr. and Mrs. Douglass took them back to Sioux City in their car Monday.
Contractor W. C. Anderson has completed repairs on the Akron public school
building which insures its present safety, along the lines suggested by
Engineer Green, of Sioux City, upon his recent inspection of the structure.
The sagging floor of the Grammar room was strongly braced from beneath, and
the northwest and south towers on the old part have been firmly tied to the
building with iron rods and plates. Other minor repairs have been looked
after and the building will be in pretty good shape when school opens again
on September 10th.
Ernest Ostrom and family motored to Arnold's Park, Ia., for an over-Sunday
outing at West Okoboji Lake.
Mr. and Mrs. Allan M. Smith returned Saturday to Milwaukee, Wis., after a
pleasant visit of ten days with relatives and friends here.
Mrs. McMullen and children came Saturday from Fargo, N.D., for a visit with
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Kirk, near Ruble.
Jacob Wohlenberg, of the local depot force, went to Utica, S.D., yesterday
take charge of the depot for a few days, the agent being ill.
Dr. and Mrs. N. J. Brown and son, Bobbie, left Tuesday evening for Aberdeen,
S.D., to remain a few days on their farm during threshing operations.
Mrs. Nordstrom, of Sioux City, and Mrs. A. B. Johnson, of Crofton, Neb.,
visited last week in the home of their sister and aunt, Mrs. Henry Rossback,
northwest of town.
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Brady arrived Monday from Platte, S.D., to visit her
mother, Mrs. A. Harkness, and other relatives and old-time friends. Mr.
Brady reports splendid crops in his locality this year.
Private P. A. Foley, of the Field Hospital corps, came up from Camp Eaton,
Sioux City, Tuesday evening for a brief visit with his mother and other
relatives and friends, and also to look after matters on his farm, southeast
Interest in the Home Guard drills has been lagging the past two Wednesday
evenings, and Captain O. A. Stoel urges all members to turn out and be on
hand promptly at 7:30 o'clock. As a reminder to members to attend drill at
the ball park, the signal will be given at 7 o'clock Wednesday evenings,
consisting of blowing the power-house whistle, two short blasts repeated
IOWA SOLDIERS CALLED
The great war is brought closer home to Iowa people by the recent order
creating the Third Iowa Infantry for early duty on the fighting line in
France and filling its ranks from the various national guard units now in
temporary camp in the state. These men were ordered to report in DesMoines
on Monday of this week and a certain percent of men were drawn from each
company. Four Akron men and two Westfield men were included in this
selection-Philip Maxon, Albert Hoschler and Carl Barr, of Company K, LeMars;
Chas. M. Swift, of Company L, Sioux City. The Westfield men were Leo V.
Pike and Leslie E. Pope, of Company L, Sioux City. Sixty-eight out of 123
men were taken from Co. K., of LeMars, and at Sioux City 68 from Co. L. The
Third Iowa infantry will be consolidated with the 168th United States
infantry and these troops will receive final training at Camp Mills, near
Hempstead, N.Y., before being sent to the fighting front in France. Both at
LeMars and Sioux City great ovations were given the soldier boys Monday
morning upon their departure for their new duties to begin at DesMoines. It
is believed the remaining men in the Second Iowa infantry may be started for
the big training camp at Deming, New Mexico, by the first of next week.
August 24, 1917
SLAIN BY A FIEND
Twelve Year Old Girl is Victim of a Brute
The Body is Found in an Alley
Alta Braun was Waylaid, Outraged and Murdered at Lonely Spot When on her
way Home-Authorities Are Following Meager Clue
Alta Braun, the twelve year old daughter of Chris Braun, residing on
Fremont street, was foully outraged and murdered some time on Monday
night. That the murder had been committed was not discovered until
nearly eleven o'clock on Tuesday morning when her dead body was found in
an alley near the Illinois Central railroad tracks between Cedar and
Howard streets. The gruesome find was made by Mrs. Herman Becker, after
Mrs. Porsch, a neighbor, had told her that there was a dummy figure
lying in the alley. Mrs. Becker went out into the alley and was
horrified on seeing a corpse. She immediately notified the police and
sheriff and Coroner Barnett, of Merrill, was quickly summoned. From
appearances the girl had been strangled to death. A black underskirt
had been torn from her waist and wrapped in a roll around her throat
with a tight knot under the chin. The body was prone on its back with
the head towards the north, the arms and legs extended. There were
bruises on her arms and side. Her corset had been torn open. Her limbs
were covered with dust and marks on the ground in the alley showed where
she had struggled with her assailant or assailants. Marks on her throat
indicated where she had been seized in order to silence any outcry for
help. The body was removed to the Beely undertaking parlors and an inquest
held on Tuesday afternoon. W.G. Munro, Lee Maynard and W.M. Barr were
impaneled as a jury. The evidence given before the jury was by Dr. J.M.
Fettes and the father of the child.
Chris Braun, the father of the girl, stated she had left home at 7:30
o'clock that night to go to the home of her grandparents, living in the
west end of town, on High street, and from there proposed to go to the
merry-go-round which was operating on Main and Seventh street in
connection with the Robinson show.
Her father testified he had given her a dime to get two rides on the
merry-go-round and then come home. In the afternoon her mother gave her
a quarter, with which she bought some white stockings, which she was
wearing when she was killed. She had a nickel tied in her handkerchief
when the body was found. Braun said he arrived home himself at a little
before 11 and went to bed, supposing the child was at home, as he said
she had never failed to return at the hour she promised. In the morning
he called her to get breakfast, as her stepmother is an invalid.
Receiving no response, he went to her room and found the bed had not
been occupied. He then telephoned to the homes of his father and his
father-in-law and to the houses of some of her girl friends, and not
learning her whereabouts, informed the police.
Dr. Fettes described the condition of the body. The face was swollen
and of a blueish color and there were black and blue marks on her throat
and arms. He also described the torn condition of her clothes and
stockings. The jury asked as to whether the child had been outraged and
the doctor said a fuller examination would determine that fact. Later
Dr. Fettes and Dr. Larson made a thorough examination and established
the fact that the victim had been ravished.
The coroner's jury returned a verdict that the deceased had come to her
death by strangulation at the hands of some person or persons unknown.
The Yankee Robinson circus was in town on Monday and the sheriff and the
police are working on the theory that the crime was committed by one of
the employees or one of the tough characters usually in the wake of a
Alta Braun was last seen alive between half past nine and ten o'clock on
Monday night. She had been to the merry-go-round which was operating at
the corner of Seventh and Main streets. It is learned from the police
that she went to the Vienna bakery and purchased a five cent sack of
candy and walked in the direction of her home with Mrs. T. Adney, who
lives on Cedar street between Fifth and Fourth streets. The body of the
child was found just two blocks from where she had parted with Mrs.
Adney. The supposition is that she was waylaid on the track and dragged into
the alley which is dark at that point. The streets to the north and
south of the Cedar street crossing are well lighted.
It is stated that S.B. Tingley, who lives near the track on that street,
was awakened by a noise. He and his wife had retired. They thought it
was someone running past the window. They heard no outcry. Spilled
candy was found near the spot, leading to the inference that the girl
tried to run away and escape her pursuer.
The railroad crossing at the end of Cedar street is a lonely
unfrequented spot. It is directly on the way to where the girl lived
several blocks south at the corner of Tremont street.
Sheriff Maxwell made a trip to Cherokee on Tuesday following the Yankee
Robinson show to that place and to Correctionville the following day but
no developments have resulted so far.
A local man reported on Tuesday evening to Mayor McLain, that he had
heard a negro at the merry-go-round make an obscene remark to a
companion that he would "get" that girl before he left town but it is a
question whether his remark applied to the victim. Mayor McLain
furnished the man with funds to go to Cherokee, it being a few minutes
before the time for the evening flyer to leave and told him to hunt up
Sheriff Maxwell, who had gone to Cherokee earlier in the day and
identify the negro.
The man, who had furnished the information, is stated to have said that
he located the negro who made the remark and asked the Cherokee marshal
to arrest him but that the officer refused to hold him unless Sheriff
Maxwell made the request. The local man failed to find Sheriff Maxwell
in Cherokee. The two went to Correctionville on Wednesday but the negro
in question was not to be found.
The local authorities are pushing the case vigorously and outside
assistance will be secured in tracing the crime.
Public indignation runs high over the crime which has been the topic of
conversation since the discovery of the body of the murdered girl. The
city council met last evening to formulate plans for the raising of
money with which to offer a reward for the apprehension of the murderer
and it is thought the county will also offer a reward. Many citizens
have expressed a wish to contribute towards a fund for a reward.
In preparing the body for burial the undertaker found a man's stickpin
in the girl's clothing where it had evidently fallen. It may furnish a
The funeral of the girl was held yesterday afternoon at the home on
Tremont street conducted by Rev. J.E. Benz, of the German Methodist
church and was attended by a large number of people. Many floral
wreaths and flowers were sent by sympathizers of those bereaved by the
tragedy. The body was taken to Akron to be laid beside that of her
Alta Braun made her home with her father, Chris Braun, and her
stepmother, who is an invalid. She also leaves a little stepsister
three years old. Alta Marie Braun was twelve years old on January 18
last, and was born in Colorado Springs, Col. From there they family
moved to Akron where they lived for some years and moved to LeMars about
a year ago. Mr. Braun is employed with the Hamm Petry Implement
Alta Braun was attending school here and was a member of the German
Methodist Sunday school. She was well thought of by her school
companions and a number of girls with whom she associated.
What A Trade Paper Says of LeMars Institution
The American Stone Trade, printed in Chicago, publishes the following
concerning a LeMars institution in its issue of August 1:
"One of the most progressive and naturally successful firms in the Iowa
monument field is the LeMars Marble Works, of LeMars, Iowa. The LeMars
Marble Works was established by John Bogen in 1893, to manufacture and
deal in marble and granite monuments. LeMars is a small town, having a
population of about 5,500 souls, and John Bogen had a hard fight in a
highly competitive field, to get the business on a sound basis.
However, with untiring zeal and courteous and fair square dealings, Mr.
Bogen gradually gained the upper hand. Recently Mr. Bogen sold a third
interest in the business to his son, Harry A. Bogen, who for the past
few years has had charge of the lettering, and the business is now
operated under the firm name of John Bogen & Son. Mr. Bogen has two
other sons, both of who have joined forces with Uncle Sam and have been
called to service.
The plant of the LeMars Marble Works is illustrated on this page. A
nice stock of monuments is shown in the display yard, and special
attention is called to the fact that the display sets on a concrete
floor, and in the back of the yard there is a substantial crane for
handling the stock. Without doubt customers appreciate this display
yard where they can easily make a selection without stubbing their toes
on miniature lumber piles, or tripping into holes, and emerge from their
visit without soiled and dusty clothes. We are all well acquainted with
the latter kind of display yard, and the example set by the LeMars
Marble Works is surely a good one. This concrete floor not only makes
it a simple matter to keep the yard clean at all times, but makes it
easier to handle the stock and keep it in good order, and there is
nothing that makes a greater impression on a customer than an
up-to-date, clean yard, where he can make his choice with ease and
comfort, and this is often the determining factor in a sale."
SURPRISE THEIR FRIENDS
John Brangwin and Mathilda Becker Announce Their Wedding
Announcements have been made this week of the wedding of John Brangwin and
Miss Mathilda L. Becker, of this city, which took place at Storm Lake,
August 11. The ceremony was performed by Rev. E. G. Lochnew, pastor of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church at that place.
The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Brangwin, of this city, and was born
and reared here. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Becker,
residing on Eighth street, and is a popular young woman with many friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Brangwin will make their home in LeMars. Mr. Brangwin is at
present superintending cement work at Orange City, where a large amount of
paving is being laid this summer.
UNEARTH A RELIC
Bone of Prehistoric Animal Found at Kingsley.
Kingsley News-Times: While excavating for a cistern at the Chas. Palmer
residence north of the schoolhouse last Friday, M. B. Waldon unearthed the
bone of some prehistoric animal, probably a mastodon.
The bone was found about nine feet below the surface of the ground, was
about two and one-half feet long, but before Mr. Walden discovered what it
was he had broken most of it into small bits. He however got a piece about
ten inches across. From all appearances the bone was from the leg of some
animal. The piece secured had been split in two and shows about half the
size of the bone. It weighed about 8 3⁄4 pounds. It has no doubt been in the
earth for thousands of years. When exposed to the air, it began to crumble.
Mr. Walden brought the specimen to this office and it was washed and
shellacked to preserve it. It is very unfortunate that the entire piece was
not gotten out intact, as it would have made a very fine specimen. Mr.
Walden says had the entire piece been together, it would have been all he
could do to take it up the ladder.
PLYMOUTH COUNTY’S FIRST QUOTA.
Plymouth County’s first contingent to leave the county enroute for service
in the Army was the sixty-eight men who left Monday morning for Des Moines
in charge of Sergeant (Charles) Ewin, and reported for duty that afternoon
at 4:30, to the officers of the Third Regiment, which is designated since
called for Federal service as the 168th Infantry. Half of the men from this
county were placed in the Headquarters Company being organized for the 168th
and the other half it is understood went to K company. These men are all
hopeful that the next month will see them on the way to France and it is not
impossible that they will be in France before cold weather.
DEATH OF A PIONEER
Mrs. Amos Succumbs To Illness At Great Age
AN EARLY RESIDENT OF LE MARS
Jacob Schmidt, of This City, Who Had Been in Failing Health Since Last
Winter, Passes Away
Jacob Schmidt died at his home on the corner of Howard and Sixth streets on
Tuesday night at eleven o’clock. Mr. Schmidt had been in failing health for
some time, having contracted a severe illness last winter from which he
never fully recovered. He was able to be about until a week before his
death, when he was confined to bed.
Mr. Schmidt had lived in LeMars for the past ten years, coming here from
Remsen, where he lived for a number of years and was engaged in the
Jacob Schmidt was born in Schleswig Holstein Germany, and was sixty-eight
years of age, April 27 last. He came to America thirty-three years ago and
worked in Chicago and other places before settling in Remsen. He was
married at Remsen in 1892. He is survived by his wife and five children,
who are: Mrs. Fred Klave, of Craig; Frank Schmidt, of Howard, S.D.; Fred
Schmidt, of Omaha, Neb.; and Laura and Anna, living at home.
The funeral will be held from the residence on Howard street on Saturday at
1:30 and at St. John’s Evangelical church at 2 o’clock, Rev. M.J. Dommann
Mr. Schmidt was a good citizen and neighbor and was highly esteemed by a
large number of friends.
Mrs. Martha Amos, a pioneer resident of LeMars, died Wednesday morning of
this week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Grove Young, in Morris, Minn.,
and will be buried in LeMars on Saturday. The funeral service will be held
in the First Methodist Episcopal church at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon.
Mrs. Amos and her husband, Col. Frank Amos, were pioneer citizens in LeMars,
coming here in the early 70’s, Mr. Amos being for a year engaged in the real
estate business here. They had but one child, Mrs. Wm. Miller, with whom
Mrs. Amos made her home after her husband’s death. When Mrs. Miller died,
her mother went to make her home with her only grandchild, Mrs. Grove Young,
and moved with her to Morris, Minn., a couple of years ago.
Tuesday, August 28, 1917
ONE ARREST MADE
ED NELSON IS HELD PENDING DEVELOPMENTS
SEVERAL CLUES ARE FOLLOWED
County and City Authorities Are Making Investigations Which It Has Hoped
Will Lead to the Apprehension of Slayer of Alta Braun
Investigations pursued by the sheriff and police force in the murder
case in which twelve year old Alta Braun was strangled to death on the
night of August 20, and whose dead body was found in an alley the
following morning, have not so far produced any results.
Sheriff Maxwell, following the theory that the crime was the deed of a
negro roustabout connected with the Yankee Robinson circus which was in
town the night of the murder, after going to Cherokee on Tuesday, and
rounding up a number of circus employees, went to Correctionville on
Wednesday trailing the outfit.
On Thursday notification was received by the authorities here from the
sheriff of Carroll county that he had arrested a negro at that place and
was holding him for investigation.
Deputy Sheriff Jas. Sickler went to Carroll on Friday and took charge of
the prisoner, taking him to Sioux City where he is held in the Woodbury
The negro on examination, said that his name is Edward Nelson, and
readily admitted he had been employed with the Yankee Robinson circus,
but had left the show and said he did not know the name of the town
where he was when he quit the job. He protested his innocence of the
crime. Nelson was found washing his clothes at the river near Carroll
and was arrested by a Northwestern railroad detective. It was stated
the man was washing blood off his overalls but this statement was later
denied by the authorities and the man's statement that he was washing
off vermin from his clothing believed.
Sheriff Maxwell went to Sioux City again on Saturday and the suspect
Nelson was put to a further examination. He told Sheriff Maxwell that
another negro whose name Nelson said he did not know, had left the show
at Cherokee. Nelson said this negro had a hand badly scratched and
E. Pearson, the LeMars man, who is credited with the statement that he
overheard a negro remark on the night of the murder, "that he would get
that girl," failed to identify Nelson as the negro who made the remark.
Nelson is still being held in the Woodbury county jail, owing to his
connection with the circus, and with the idea that he may tell something
about other negro employees.
Contrary to the statements made in the Sioux City papers, Nelson was
never brought to LeMars nor were there any mobs ready to lynch him as
stated in those sheets. He was simply taken from Carroll to Sioux City
for examination, no threats of lynching have been made. A desire has
been frequently expressed that the murderer be caught and suffer the
extreme penalty of the law.
The local authorities are working on other clues on the theory which it
is stated is supported by Chris Braun, the father of the victim, that
the ____ was committed by some one in LeMars familiar with the habits of
the girl and acquainted with the location of the ground where the
dastardly outrage was perpetrated.
Half a dozen theories and numberless purported clues have been furnished
the county attorney by well meaning volunteers.
The people of LeMars are looking to have the murderer brought to justice
but are in no wise criticizing the movements of the authorities, who
have charge of the case.
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SKIDDED INTO THE DITCH
JAMES THOMS HURT IN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
James Thoms, of Washington township, is at the LeMars hospital suffering
from injuries which he sustained in an automobile accident on Sunday
afternoon about five o'clock. In company with a M.A. Cass he was
driving into town along the Merrill highway. When near the Burns farm
approaching town, Mr. Thoms turned to the right to make room for a car
coming in the opposite direction. The car swerved and went into the
ditch. Mr. Cass was shot out of the care between the windshield and the
top which was up and his leg caught by the top. Mr. Thoms was pinned
under the car and was unconscious with blood streaming from his head.
Passing motorists came to their assistance and they were brought to
town. Mr. Thoms was taken to the hospital where an examination was
made. No bones were broken but he suffered severe scalp wounds and was
badly bruised on his body. [the rest of the column copy is not
REPORTING FOR DUTY
Local Men Going to Army Stations and Training Camps
Lieutenant Henry Bender left Sunday for Hoboken, N.J., to report for
duty in the regular army and Lieutenants Sammis and Nelson leave today
for Camp Dodge, Des Moines, where they will next week begin drilling the
national army recruits being sent in by the draft boards. Lieutenant
Loyal Haynes also left yesterday for Sparta, Wisconsin, where he has
been assigned in duty with the regular artillery.
The new contingent have also reported for duty at the new camp which
opened yesterday. Wallace Wernli went up Saturday, Ed Townsend Sunday,
and John C. Peterson will leave tomorrow. These men will take three
months training as candidates for commissions.
GOING TO FT. SNELLING
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Townsend and baby arrived in LeMars Friday. Mr.
Townsend, who is editor and publisher of the Bedford, Iowa, Times
Republican, has been appointed to the officer's training camp at Ft.
Snelling and reported for duty Sunday. His family will remain here with
Mrs. Townsend's parents...
Friday, August 31, 1917
HELD AS A SUSPECT
NEGRO COOK CONFINED IN JAIL AT OMAHA
MAY CONNECT HIM WITH CRIME
Charles Smith, Who is Charged With the Murder of a Woman at Florence,
Nebraska, May Be Slayer of Thirteen Year Old Alta Braun
No tangible clue has yet been found leading to the arrest of the
murderer of thirteen year old Alta Braun, whose dead body was found in
an alley in this city on the morning of August 21. The board of
supervisors and the city council have offered $500 each to assist in the
work of ferreting out the slayer. The authorities are working on clues
but have nothing further to give out at present.
Learning that a negro, Charles Smith, had been arrested for a heinous
crime similar in circumstances to that which ended the life of Alta
Braun, Sheriff Maxwell was in Omaha on Tuesday, where the suspect is in
jail. The sheriff and authorities at Omaha questioned the man and he
admitted that he was in LeMars with the Yankee Robinson show on the day
that Alta Braun was killed. He said he was working as a cook and quite
the show a few days later because he couldn't get any pay. The negro
was not sure of the name of the place where he left the show and was not
sure of the name, LeMars, but remembered the show was in a town on
Sunday where a carnival had closed the previous evening.
E.G. Pearson, who heard a negro make a remark about "getting" some girl
the night of the murder, saw Smith and said he was not the same negro.
The negro who made the remark attributed by Pearson, is said by the
authorities to have left the show at Creston and there trace of him is
lost. The authorities in Omaha think that Smith is guilty of the LeMars
crime as well as a similar crime near Florence, Neb.
Smith is held on charge of outraging and murdering Mrs. C.L. Nethaway,
the wife of a farmer near Florence, on Sunday afternoon. The negro
protests his innocence although he was captured shortly afterwards in
the neighborhood where the crime was committed and had it is said, blood
on his hat brim and shirt sleeves.
The weapon with which Mrs. Nethaway's throat was cut, is a large deer
bunting knife, stolen from the residence of Frank Milgate, whose house
in the suburbs of Omaha was robbed on Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Fred
Bascomb, living near the Milgate residence, has identified Smith as a
negro who threatened her life on Saturday morning if she would not give
him something to eat.
A woman named Mrs. Christine Anderson, aged 74, living in the same
vicinity, was hacked to death with a knife on Saturday night.
Smith is being held pending investigation and microscopic examination of
the blood on his clothing.
BOARD OFFERS A REWARD
APPROPRIATE $500 TOWARDS ARREST OF CRIMINAL
The board of supervisors held a session on Tuesday at which to take up
certain bridge matters and work left over from the last meeting. All the
members were present at the meeting Tuesday. Among other business
matters the members of the board took action on the recent murder case,
which has shocked residents of the county and LeMars. The board decided
to expend $500 from the county treasury to be used towards the arrest
and conviction of the murderer of thirteen year old Alta Braun, who was
strangled to death on the night of August 20. In adopting a resolution
appropriating the money, the board made a proviso that the money should
be used as the supervisors thought best.
Objections, if any, to the alteration of the creek channel in section
21, Grant township, will be heard by the board at a meeting on September
12, and any claims for damages caused by the alterations will be
considered at that time.
An agreement was entered into with E.A. Tone for the construction of
culverts in sections 4 and 33 in Johnson and Preston townships on a
percentage basis of fifteen per cent of the cost of the labor and the
hauling in addition to 50 cents an hour.
PUTTING CROSSINGS IN SHAPE
Railroad Company Has Force of Men At Work
The crossings at the railroad on Seventh and Sixth streets have been
rendered and fixed and men are now at work on the crossing at Main
street. The work is being done by the Illinois Central railroad
company, after repeated requests from the city council. Mayor McLain
said yesterday that in the opinion of the council the works is being
BOYS ARE FEELING FINE
Members of Company K Nearing Journey's End
A dispatch received in LeMars yesterday afternoon, sent from Amogorda,
Texas, by Capt. J.G. Koenig, in command of Company K. The telegram said
they expected to be in El Paso that night and that all the men were
feeling fine and in good spirits.
IS MARRIED IN NEBRASKA
Friends in LeMars have received the announcement of the marriage of Mary
Pansy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Smith, and Odus E. Gee, which
took place on Tuesday, August 28, at Palmyra, Neb. Miss Smith is well
known in LeMars, having frequently visited her aunt, Mrs. G.W. Bunt, and
taught music here for some time.
Miss Marie Kuster, who for the past four years has been employed as
bookkeeper for the Oyens Lumber company, will leave for Mankato, Minn.,
tomorrow to enter the Mankato Commercial college to take a course in