Iowa Old Press
Friday, Feb. 13, 1920
PRINCIPALS ARE WELL KNOWN
Frank Trafford and Helen Considine Married at Epiphany Cathedral in Sioux
The marriage of Miss Helen Gertrude Considine and Frank H. Trafford, of
LeMars, took place at the Cathedral of the Epiphany Sioux City, Wednesday
morning. Bishop Edmond Heelan officiating. The bride as attired in a
traveling suit of blue poiret twill and wore a corsage of bouquet of violets
and Killarney roses. She was attended by her sister, Irene Considine, as
matron of honor and James Considine, brother of the bride acted as best man.
A four course wedding luncheon was served at the Martin.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Considine, of LeMars.
The groom is the youngest son of Elizabeth Trafford, of LeMars.
Mr. and Mrs. Trafford departed on the evening train for Chicago and other
eastern points and will be at home to their friends in LeMars after April 1.
The bride and groom are members of pioneer families of this section and grew
up there and are both popular in a large circle of acquaintances.
Alyos Deitering, of Elgin, Neb., and Miss Elizabeth Deiterman, of Remsen,
were united in marriage on Tuesday morning at St. Mary's church in Remsen,
Rev. Father F. X. Schulte officiating. The attendants were Peter Deiterman
and Rose Deitering.
On Tuesday at St. Joseph's church, Ellendale, Charles Russell and Leona
Marie Braun were united in marriage in the presence of relatives and
friends. The nuptial mass was celebrated by Rev. Father George Hickey,
Frank Braun was groomsman, and Minnie Russell, bridesmaid. A reception and
wedding breakfast was given in honor of the young people at the home of the
bride following the church service. After a brief honeymoon visiting among
friends, the young people will be at home on the Russell farm near Adaville.
VETERAN IS DEAD
MCDONALD WELL KNOWN
TO ALL OLD TIMERS
OWNED RANCH NEAR MERRILL
Came to Northwestern Iowa Fifty
Years Ago to Work for Government
and Later Engaged in Stock
Raising.—Was Sheriff at One Time
Donald McDonald, 79 years old,
pioneer, former sheriff and civil war
veteran, known by thousands in
Sioux City and northwestern Iowa,
died suddenly at his home, 1901
George street, Tuesday morning at 7
o'clock of heart failure.
Mr. McDonald had been ill three
weeks with an attack of the grip, but
recuperated sufficiently to go down
town Monday afternoon. On returning
he appeared in good health.
Death came suddenly.
Mr. McDonald was born in Caledonia,
Livingston County, New York
state, September 28, 1840. He moved
to Wisconsin with his parents in 1849
and remained there until August 15,
1862, when he enlisted In the Union
army In Company B. Twenty-eighth
During the war he fought in a number
of battles, chief among these being
Helena, Hutle Rock, Pine Bluff
and Spanish Fort. Later he became
a member of the Grand Army of the
Republic, Gen. Hancock post.
In 1868 he journeyed across country
to Sioux City and was placed in
charge of government warehouses
here and in Yankton, S. D. Later he
was appointed deputy sheriff of Woodbury
county under John M. McDonald
and served in this capacity eight
In 1881 he was elected sheriff.
Afterwards Mr. McDonald engaged
in farming and stock raising near
Merrill where he operated a ranch
for several years. In 1895 he was
appointed government stock examiner,
which position he held until his
death. He was associated in one
way or another at the Sioux City
stock yards for fifteen years.
Mr. McDonald is survived by one
son, Duncan J. McDonald, 1901 George
street, and three daughters, Mrs.
Charles E. Garcy, Thirtieth and Nebraska
streets, Mrs. Paul Weatherby,
of Buck Grove, la,, and Helen McDonald,
1901 George street. Two nieces
Mrs. Murray Ramsey and Mrs. Jay
Darling, of Des Moines; a nephew
Edmund Pendleton, 1710 Rebecca
street, and one granddaughter, Virginia
Garey, Thirtieth and Nebraska,
Funeral arrangements are being
held up pending word from Mrs.
Garey, a daughter, who is now in California.
LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
February 17, 1920
AN EARLY SETTLER
Mrs. William Lancaster Succumbs to Illness
RESIDED HERE FOR FIFTY YEARS
Mrs. Henry Varenhorst, of Craig, is Victim of Influenza. Leaves a Husband
and Four Little Children—Other Deaths in County.
James H. Woolworth, 53 years old, a resident of Plymouth county for
forty-seven years, died at his home on Tuesday morning, February 10, on his
farm in Hungerford township following a brief illness of pneumonia.
Mr. Woolworth was born at Arena, Wis., on September 15, 1866, and came to
this county with his parents at the age of 7 years.
He was united in marriage with Miss Cecelia Pape in 1893. He is survived by
his wife and four children. The children are Anna N., Clarence E., Hattie
E., and Ralph J. He is also mourned by his aged mother, three brothers and
Mr. Woolworth was an active member of the Odd Fellows for about thirty years
and members of the order had charge of the funeral which was held on
Thursday at Graceland Park cemetery in Sioux City.
Mr. Woolworth was highly respected in the community where he had lived all
his life and was an upright and honorable citizen, highly esteemed by a
large circle of friends and acquaintances.
Mrs. William Lancaster, a widely known resident of Seney vicinity, died on
Friday at her home following a long and painful illness which she bore with
fortitude and patience. Her death was due to internal cancer from which she
suffered for several years.
Mrs. Lancaster was a native of England. Her maiden name was Margaret
Knewstubb and she was born on August 2, 1847, at Kirbystephen, Lancashire.
When she was a child of 5 years her parents brought her to America and they
soon afterwards settled at Argyle, Wis. She was united in marriage at that
place with William Lancaster on August 26, 1866. They came to Plymouth
county in 1876 and in 1879 settled near Seney which has been their home
Eleven children were born to their union, four of whom preceded the mother
in death. Besides the bereaved husband she leaves seven children, who are
James Lancaster of Faulkton, S.D.; Chris of Mitchell, S.D.; Mrs. Mary Wonser
of Unity, S.D.; Mrs. Anna McArthur, Mrs. Ada Moore, Mrs. Maggie Rees and
Mrs. Lulu Penning of Seney. She also leaves sixteen grandchildren and one
great grandchild and also four brothers and three sisters, who are: John,
William, Thomas, and Robert Knewstubb of Argyle, Wis,; Mrs. Mary McConnell,
Darlington, Wis.; Mrs. Jane Sweeney of Argyle; and Mrs. Nannie
Alderson, Elgin, Neb.
Mrs. Lancaster was a lifelong member of the Methodist church and a charger
member of the Ladies Aid Society of the church at Seney. She was deeply
religious and an ardent worker in the church and for all things pertaining
to the good of the community. She was a devoted wife and mother, a good
neighbor and a staunch friend. Her long life was filled with many acts of
Christian charity and kindness and she helped to make the world a better
place in which to live and was an influence for good in her surroundings.
The funeral was held Sunday at Seney, Rev. Bertie Watson, of Galva, a former
Seney pastor, officiating, and was largely attended by old friends and
T. L. Dyk, a well known merchant of Orange City, died from pneumonia on
Friday. He was 70 years of age and was one of the early settlers in Sioux
county and was well known to residents in the north part of this county. He
was in business at Hospers for several years prior to locating in Orange
City. He is survived by Mrs. Dyk and a son, L. T. Dyk, who is a druggist at
Mrs. Varenhorst, of Craig vicinity, wife of Henry Varenhorst died at the
Harvey hospital on Saturday, February 14, from pneumonia following an attack
Aldina Woebke Varenhorst was born in Plymouth county on July 8, 1890, and
was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ludwigs, of Johnson township. She
leaves to mourn her loss her husband and four little children, the youngest
a babe of seven months, and a large number of relatives and friends.
The funeral was held yesterday a mile west of Craig, Rev. J. J. Vollmar
A very sad result of influenza and pneumonia was the death of Joseph B.
Diekmann, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Diekmann, which occurred
Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock. The young many first took sick on Sunday,
February 1, with grip and after several days he felt well enough to leave
the sick room. He suffered a relapse and was stricken with pleurisy,
followed by pneumonia which caused his death. He was 26 years of age at the
outbreak of the late world war, he was entered into the army. He received
his training at Camp Dodge and later in an eastern camp and after four
months was sent overseas where he was attached to the engineering corps,
spending fourteen months overseas. He returned to this country last summer
and was mustered out of service on July 15. Since then he has been in the
employ of his cousin, Albert Siemonsma. Joseph’s death is mourned by his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Diekmann, and five sisters.
Mrs. Henry Koch Sr., one of the oldest residents of Remsen, died at her home
here last Thursday afternoon after a brief illness with influenza. Mrs.
Koch’s maiden name was Anna Marie Mold, and she was born in Schleswig,
Germany, on December 15, 1844. In her native home she was married to Henry
Christian Koch in 1868, and twenty years there after, the couple, together
with their children, came to the United States, settling in Remsen. Mr. and
Mrs. Koch lived in town all of this time with the exception of about eight
years, which they spent on a farm south of town. To this union eight
children were born, five of whom are still alive. They are: Henry Koch Jr.,
who is in the mail service; Fred Koch, proprietor of the Mystic theater;
William Koch, a farmer of Ogilvie, Minn.; Mrs. Henry Martens, of
Bridgewater, S.D.; and Mrs. Frank Rief, of Eagle Grove, Ia.
Mrs. Woltje Franssen Wibben was born September 1, 1828, at Loquard,
Ostfriesland. Here she was also baptized and confirmed. She was married to
Henry Moritz on December 22, 1849. She left the old homeland, January 7,
1870, where she lived for seventeen years. In the spring of 1887, the
couple came to Remsen and since then have continuously occupied the same
house in which the husband and father died seventeen years ago and in which
Mrs. Moritz passed away Tuesday.
The funeral of Thos. McCaustland, aged veteran of the civil war and the
father of Mrs. Thos. Miller, residing seven miles southeast of Remsen, was
held last Tuesday, February 3, with services in the Miller home. The remains
were laid to rest in the Marcus cemetery beside those of his wife, who
passed away thirty years ago. Mr. McCaustland had been failing in health for
several years on account of old age, which was the cause of his death. The
end was hastened however, by injuries he received in a fall about five weeks
prior to his death. Since that time, Mr. McCaustland has been bedfast until
Thomas McCaustland was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, April 2, 1827, and
came to the United States in 1854, settling in Adams county, Wis., where he
lived for eighteen years. He then moved to Winneshiek county, Ia., and
resided there until 1881, when he came to Plymouth county with his family,
settling on the farm seven miles southeast of here, now occupied by his
daughter, Mrs. Thos. Miller and family.
Mr. McCaustland answered President Lincoln’s call for volunteers in the
civil war, at which time he resided in Wisconsin. He was a member of Co. D,
18th Wisconsin infantry, and gave valiant service during the war, being
The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. W. H. Arrasmith, of Meriden,
and Mrs. Thos. Miller, of Remsen. There are also six grandchildren, and a
niece, Mrs. George Little, also of Meriden. The Funeral services were held
last Tuesday and were conducted by Rev. Jones, of Cleghorn.
DISTRICT COURT ADJOURNED
Next Term of Plymouth County Court to Convene March 22.
Judge Hutchinson held brief sessions of court on Friday afternoon and
Saturday morning and then made final adjournment for the term.
On Saturday morning a motion was argued for a new trial in the case of Geo.
W. Stride against J. P. Marx. The judge overruled the motion. Stride was
awarded a verdict of $360 and costs in a land commission case by a jury at
In the damage suit of R. Lewis Bly, of Akron, against the Chicago,
Milwaukee, & St. Paul railroad, the defendants asked for more specific
statements and the plaintiff was given time to answer.
A number of minor orders were made. The next term of the Plymouth county
district court will convene on Monday, March 22. The petit jury is called
for the following day, March 23. A panel of seventy-five petit jurors was
ordered drawn by the judge.
HOG BURNED IN FLAMES
Gerhard Luken Sustains Heavy Loss in Fire
A fire at the farm of Gerhard Luken on Thursday night consumed the hog house
on the premises and destroyed a drove of fat hogs entailing a heavy loss.
The cause of the fire is unknown. By hard work on the part of the family and
of neighbors who came to their assistance, the flames were prevented from
spreading to the other buildings on the farm. The loss is partly covered by
LeMars Sentinel, Friday, February 20, 1920
Mourn Death of Baby
A four days old child of Mr. and Mrs. A. Kubeck (sic--Kubicek), of
Hawarden, died at the city hospital on Wednesday. A brief service was held
at the Engelken undertaking parlors yesterday afternoon, Rev. J. T. Walker
officiating, and the body, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. G. (sic--T. J.)
Reeves, of Hawarden, parents of Mrs. Kubeck (sic), and Mr. Kubeck (sic),
taken to Sioux City for interment.
HONOR TO SOLDIERS
PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES TO BE MADE SUNDAY
WILL HOLD PATRIOTIC SERVICE
The Exercises Will Be in Charge of Wasmer Post, American Legion—Addresses by
Monsignor Pape and Dr. C. A. Mock, of Western Union
The exercises for the presentation of the certificates given by the French
government to the relatives of soldiers living in this community who gave
their lives for their country in the world war will be held at the Royal
theatre at 3 o’clock, Sunday afternoon, February 22. The exercises will be
in charge of Wasmer Post, American Legion, and a section of the house will
be reserved for relatives of the soldiers and Grand Army veterans.
The principal addresses will be delivered by Msgr. Pape and Dr. Mock and
music will be furnished by Parkinson’s orchestra and the Western Union
quartet. The program follows:
Prayer…..Rev. H. V. Comin
Address…..Msgr. W. A. Pape
Reading …..”For France”…...Miss Margaret Blackburn
Selection…..Western Union Quartet
Address…..Dr. C. A. Mock
Song—“Star Spangled Banner”…..Audience
Benediction…..Rev. J. J. Vollmar
Following is a list of the men who laid down their lives so far as reported
to the Legion officers. The certificates for those marked with (*) have been
received and others are ordered:
*John Ferguson, Co. B. 260th Inf.
Pvt. 1st Cl. John W. Wasmer, Hdq. Co., 168th Inf. Rainbow Division
Pvt. John Harm Rohlfs, 10th Machine Gun Co., Camp Gordon
*Pvt. Bernhard Albert M. Lubben, 13th Co. Sep’t Automatic Replacement Draft
Pvt. Louis F. Schindler, Co. D., 364th Inf.
Corp. Estill Powers, 168th Inf.
Pvt. Harry Rayford Bergstrom, Hdgq. Co. 59th Inf.
Pvt. William Reints, Class “B” Truck Service
*Pvt. Edward F. Nussbaum, Co. B, 150th Inf.
*Pvt. 1st Cl. William Herman Dambrink, 9th Co. Sept. Replacement Draft, Camp
*Pvt. Charles Calhoon, Replacement Troops
*Sgt. Jacob Tolsma, Co. G. 128th Inf.
*Sgt. Edward Nicholas Singer, 58th Co. 15th Bn. Depot Brigade, Camp Dodge,
*Pvt. Otto Sylvester Wagner, Group E. M. O. T. C., Fort Riley, Kansas
*Pvt. Joseph A. Lewis, Co. 58, 163d Depot Brigade
Pvt. Frank P. Meis, Co. 3, 313th Engineers
Pvt. John O. Hoffman, serial number 3999161, 14th Co. Camp Gordon
Pvt. Daniel McCoy, 9th Co., Replacement Draft, Camp Gordon
Corp. Albert V. Ewin, Hdg. Co. 168th Inf.
*Pvt. John W. Brodie, Co “C” 17th Inf.
*Pvt. Wallace H. Kilker, Students Army Training Corps.
If relatives of any from this community who died in the service not included
in the above list will report their names to C.D. Roseberry, Adjutant,
certificates will be secured for them.