Iowa Old Press
Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, June 1, 1925
Warren Hansen Passes
The many friends of Warren Hansen, residing in Le Mars, Plymouth, Washington
and Johnson township, were deeply grieved to hear of his untimely death last
Warren Hansen was born September 16, 1894, in Washington township and died
May 29, 1925, at his home in Plymouth township. In February of this year he
was taken sick with inflammatory rheumatism which later developed into heart
trouble and in spite of the best medical treatment and loving care, he
passed peacefully away.
Warren was exceptionally bright and had a marked personality. He was among
the first to volunteer for service in the world war and faithfully served
his country as long as it needed him.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon in the Johnson township Lutheran
church, of which he was a faithful member. Rev. Meyer officiating and
Interment was made in the Merrill cemetery. Warren Hansen was accorded a
full military funeral, Co. K and other comrades from Merrill attending in
He was united in marriage with Miss Julia Susemihl on March 7, 1920, who
with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hansen, three brothers, Elmer, Richard
and Cloyd, two sisters, Myrtle and Viola, one grandmother, many relatives
and a host of friends, are left to mourn his early death.
Mr. and Mrs. Hansen's home life was ideally happy and his young wife is
prostrated with grief, which only time can soothe.
Those from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Chris
Hansen and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gowan, of Houghton, S. D.; Mrs. Laura
Eastman, of Mott. N. D.; Mr. and Mrs. John Manz, of Dixon, Neb.; Co. K, Mrs.
Sweppe, Mrs. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Lamke, Florence Manz, Pearl Lake, Sam
Diediker, Mrs. and Nelson Jeffers, of Le Mars. Also Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Susemihl, of America township.
LeMars Sentinel, Friday, June 5, 1925, Page 1, Column 2:
YOUNG PEOPLE WED
Lilburn Meek and Cleone Zimmerman Married Tuesday
Lilburn Meek and Miss Cleone Zimmerman were married Tuesday afternoon, June
2, at 4 o'clock at the residence of the officiating minister, Dr. C. A.
Mock. The parents of the contracting parties and Miss Caroline Brecher, a
girl friend of the bride, were the only witnesses of the ceremony,
immediately following which the young couple left for Spencer, Iowa, where
they will visit relatives for a few days.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rex Meek and graduated last week from
LeMars high school where he has been a leader in athletics and other school
activities. His bride is the only child of W. H. Zimmerman and was born and
reared in LeMars. She attended the LeMars public school and Western Union
college and for the past three years has been a successful teacher at
Sibley, Iowa. Both young people are popular in the younger social set and
their friends are glad to know they will continue to live in LeMars, making
their home at 531 First Avenue SW., with the bride's father.
KINGSLEY MAN USES SHOTGUN
HARRY HUSS, POPULAR KINGSLEY RESIDENT FOLLOWS THE SUICIDE ROUTE
Harry Huss, 60 years old (error--56), retired business man and former saloon
keeper, of Kingsley, committed suicide Wednesday morning at his home in that
place by blowing off the top of his head with a shot gun. The act was
committed in the basement of his home. He leaves a wife and four grown up
Some ascribe the act to the outcome of domestic infelicity while others
scout the idea of suicide and claim the shooting must have been accidental.
Huss was a popular resident of Kingsley for many years and was credited with
conducting an orderly and well patronized saloon before the advent of
He was a well known booster for his home town and bore a wide reputation in
Iowa as a sportsman, being a good shot with both gun and rifle, taking part
in many shooting tournaments in various parts of the state.
Coroner L. E. Mauer, of this city, was notified of the shooting. He decided
an inquest was not necessary as the affair was apparently a plain case of
LeMars Sentinel, Tuesday, June 9, 1925
AKRON PIONEER CALLED
Alsop Wakeman Was Well Known by Early Settlers
Akron Register-Tribune: In the death of Alsop Wakeman at his home in this
city last Friday, this community lost one of its oldest and most highly
respected of the real pioneer settlers of the Big Sioux Valley. Alsop
Wakeman was born at Wilton, Connecticut, on May 29, 1845, and departed this
life at his home in Akron, Iowa, on this eightieth birthday, May 29, 1925.
He was the youngest of a family of eight children. One sister, aged 82, and
one brother, aged 87, survive. In 1867 he, with others, came to the Dakota
Territory and settle on a homestead in Union county, three miles northwest
of Akron. At that time Boone, Iowa, was the terminus of the railroad and
the journey from that point was continued by ox teams, over an unsettled and
trackless prairie. In common with the very few early settlers, he
experienced the hardships of pioneer life. Including the grasshopper plague
and the old-time blizzards. In 1874 he was united in marriage with Louise
Bellwood, and two children were born to them, both of whom died in infancy.
He is survived by his faithful and devoted wife and her four children, who
were reared as his own. They are Mrs. Carrie Whitney, of Roseville, Kansas;
Edward Bellwood, of Chicago; Arthur Bellwood and Christian Bellwood, of
Akron. In 1917 owing to advancing age, he moved with his family to Akron
and has enjoyed his life here for the past eight years. Funeral services
were held in the Baptist church on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted
by Rev. A. W. Caul, field worker for the Iowa Baptist Convention. Many of
the old time friends were present to pay a last tribute of respect.
Interment was in Riverside cemetery.
Charlotte Amos was born at Bradford, Ontario, Canada, July 9, 1870, and when
she was three weeks old her parents moved to Black River Falls, Wisconsin,
where they resided for a time. Later they moved to Fondu Lac, Wisconsin.
In 1883 the Amos family, in company with Coleman Harrington, journey west
and settle near Crow Lake, S.D., where they shared the hardships of the
pioneers. November 30, 1893, Charlotte Amos was united in marriage with
William Thorpe. To this union two children were born, Agnes and Florence,
the latter preceding her mother in death in 1918. Mr. and Mrs. Thorpe soon
left Crow Lake and moved to Westfield, Iowa, where they rented a farm where
they lived five and one-half years and then bought a farm south of town,
where they lived until 1916, when they bought the farm where they live now.
A brother, Harry Amos came from Waterloo, Iowa, Saturday and was with the
husband and daughter when the loved one passed away. She leaves to mourn
her loss, besides the husband and daughter, one sister, Mrs. Amy Small, of
Lincoln, Nebraska; one brother, Harry Amos, of Waterloo, Iowa, and a large
number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the M. E.
church Tuesday afternoon, and Rev. M.E. Spahr, a former Akron pastor,
preached the sermon. Interment was in Riverside cemetery.
MRS. B. A. JEFFERS
Deceased Was One of the Pioneers in West Part of County
Mention was made last week of the bringing to Akron from Phoenix,
Arizona, the remains of Mrs. B. A. Jeffers for interment in Riverside
cemetery beside her husband and son, Geo. A. Jeffers. A funeral and
burial service in charge of Vesper chapter, Eastern Star, was held last
Margaret Ruble was born in Mifflin county, Pa., October 30, 1840,
and departed this life January 31, 1925, at her home near Phoenix,
Arizona, aged 84 years and 3 months. When a young woman she left her
native state and came with her brothers to Jo Daviess county, Illinois.
On December 24, 1867, she was united in marriage with Benjamin A.
Jeffers of Beloit, Wisconsin, who preceded her to the Great Beyond about
thirty years ago. To them were born one daughter, and three sons
George, John, and Ben. George departed this life December 4, 1923.
Besides her three children, there are left three brothers John, Henry
and James Ruble, of LeMars, Iowa; ten grandchildren and many relatives
and friends to mourn her loss. In the winter of 1871-2 the family came
to Plymouth county, Iowa, and were among the early pioneers. In the
fall of 1883 they moved to Akron, which remained their home until after
the death of the husband and father. Mrs. Jeffers took a prominent part
in Akron's social affairs while a resident, her kindly and sympathetic
nature prompting her to offer aid and assistance in any worthy cause,
while the Jeffers home was known far and wide for its hospitality. She
was an active member of the Baptist church and a charter member of the
Vesper chapter, O. E. S. Since 1909 she had made her home with her
children in Arizona.
LeMars Daily Sentinel (LeMars, Plymouth County, Iowa) of 06/??/1925
June Wedding is Celebrated
Milton E. Atkinson and Vera B. Gabel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Gabel,
of Merrill, was united in marriage to Milton E. Atkinson, of Sioux City,
Tuesday evening, June 9, at the residence of Rev. Frank Reed, pastor of the
Morningside church in Sioux City.
Miss Gabel wore an ensemble suit of dark blue with tan trimming, a tan fur
choker and blue hat.
After the marriage ceremony the bridal couple were given a reception in the
home of the groom's cousin, Mrs. James Buresh, 4710 Fourth Avenue, Sioux
Mrs. Atkinson graduated from the LeMars high school last year and has just
completed teaching a successful term in Preston township.
Mr. Atkinson attended high school in Sioux City until the death of his
mother since which time he has made his home at the residence of his aunt,
Mrs. Art Gabel, near Akron, and in that vicinity.
Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson left for Kenosha, Wis. where they will make their
Their many friends wish them success in their new undertakings.
LeMars Sentinel, Friday, June 12, 1925, Page 1, Column 7:
DEATH TAKES OLD SETTLER
MRS. G. W. ZIMMERMAN
Came to Plymouth County When a Young Girl
Mrs. Zimmerman, wife of G. W. Zimmerman, of Plymouth township, a resident of
this county since early girlhood, died at her home Tuesday, June 9, at the
age of 63 years. The immediate cause of death was pneumonia but Mrs.
Zimmerman had been an invalid the past ten years, a martyr to illness caused
Mrs. Zimmerman came to Plymouth county with her parents when a child. Her
maiden name was Louise Charlotte Berner and she was born in Jackson county,
Iowa, April 9, 1862. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb Berner, were among
the early settlers in the Floyd valley and located near Melbourne with their
family of young children. Louise grew up on the home farm and received her
education in the public schools. She was united in marriage with George
Zimmerman in 1881 (error--1883) and following their marriage lived for seven
years in LeMars. They then purchased a farm in Plymouth township where she
lived the remainder of her life. Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman made a success in
farming, the wife being a constant helpmate and inspiration to her husband
and children. The once barren prairie land became a prosperous farmstead and
an ideal home, in a measure due to her faith, loyalty and courage, in face
of obstacles and trials which beset the earlier years of their undertaking.
To Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman seven children were born. One girl died in infancy
and a son, Roy, thirteen years ago. The children, who with their father
mourn the loss of a devoted mother and companion, are Walter, Frank and
Arthur, Mrs. I. E. Brandstetter and Mrs. E. P. Lippke, all of Merrill
vicinity. There are twelve grandchildren. She also leaves three brothers and
a sister who are J. F. Berner, of Merrill; G. E. Berner, of LeMars; W. F.
Berner, of Spearfish, S. D., and Mrs. H. H. Schindel, of Merrill.
Mrs. Zimmerman was a loving wife and mother, a good neighbor and esteemed by
all who knew her. She was a member of the Stanton Evangelical church for
more than thirty years and took (an) active part in (the) work of the church
and its societies and in community affairs as long as her health permitted.
Mrs. Zimmerman was a charter member of the missionary society.
The funeral services will be held this afternoon at 1:30 at the house with
services at 2 o'clock in the Stanton church. Rev. E. J. Knopf, a former
pastor of the church will officiate, assisted by the pastor, Rev. W. C.
Merrill Record: Mr. and Mrs. John Truton and daughter, Eva, arrived last
week for Santa Ana, California, and will spend the summer at the home of
their daughter, Mrs. Milton Blecker. Mr. Turton says the crops in northwest
Iowa are the best of any he saw in his trip across the continent.
Prof. and Mrs. D. O. Klime and Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Cooper left Thursday
morning for a two weeks' camping trip in the Black Hills.
LeMars Sentinel, Tuesday, June 16, 1925, Page 1, Column 6:
CHILD KILLED BY OMAHA TRAIN
TWO YEAR OLD DAUGHTER OF
MR. AND MRS. LESLIE DARVILLE MEETS DEATH
Carol, two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Darville, north
of LeMars, was killed by the noon passenger train on the C. M. & St. P.
O. railroad yesterday. The child's parents were in Sioux City and she
was spending the day at the home of her grandfather, Henry Darville.
The railroad runs close by the Henry Darville home and the little one
strayed down to the track just as the train came along. The only
witness to the tragedy was the grandfather, who was a short distance
north. The train did not stop and the whistle was not blown, so the
engineer apparently did not see the child. A section crew, who were
working nearby, reported the accident.
The little girl, who was two years old last March, was evidently
killed instantly as her skull was crushed and both legs broken.
NORTHWESTERN TRAIN KILLS A LITTLE GIRL
(Special Dispatch to The Journal)
LeMars, Ia. June 15 – Carol, the 2 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Leslie Darville, of Seney, was instantly killed this afternoon, when she
was hit by northbound passenger train, No. 4, of the Chicago, St. Paul,
Minneapolis and Omaha railroad.
Mr. and Mrs. Darville were in Sioux City at the time of the tragedy, and
left Carl in care of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Darville.
The Darville's live close to the tracks and Carol was outdoors playing
with some of her little friends. She wandered away from her playmates
and walked up the road. Close to where the accident happened there is a
pile of railroad ties and it is believed she was playing around these
ties and ran out in front of the train. She was hit by the right side
of the engine and her skull crushed, legs broken and arm bruised.
Apparently neither the engineer nor any of the train crew saw the
accident, as they failed to stop. A crew of men working near the scene
reported the accident.
EDWARD REES ANSWERS CALL
DECEASED WAS A RESIDENT OF PLYMOUTH COUNTY FORTY-FOUR YEARS
Edward Rees, a resident of Plymouth county for forty-four years died at a
local hospital Friday, June 12, 1925 at the age of 83 years. Death was due
to complications caused by old age.
Edward Rees was born in Montgomery Shire, North Wales, January l, 1842, and
lived there until 1881 when he came to America and located five miles
northeast of Le Mars, where he engaged in farming until fifteen years ago,
when he retired and made his home in Seney, where he lived the remainder of
his life. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Thomas
Bowen, of Tacoma, Wash., and four sons, E. J. Rees, of LeMars; William,
Thomas and Fred, of Seney. There are nineteen grandchildren and thirteen
Mr. Rees was a kind and loving husband and father, a true friend and
neighbor and enjoyed the respect of the whole community. In early life, he
joined the Baptist church and was a life long member of that denomination.
Owing to repairs being made in the Baptist church, the funeral was held at
the Presbyterian church, yesterday afternoon. The services were conducted by
J. W. Case, pastor of the Baptist Church.
Thursday, June 25, 1925
THIS LE MARS GIRL WAS AN ORIGINAL GO-GETTER
This is the story of a LeMars girl, just out of high school, who could give
a lesson in go-getting to many a man. Her name will not be printed here, but
the story is true and we can prove it.
This girl worked her way through the LeMars high school by doing housework
and taking care of the children for a family here. She missed some good
times, but she got her education and this spring she was graduated, with
qualifications to teach a rural school.
She heard of an opening about three miles from LeMars toward Dalton, and
telephoned to one of the school board members. It was a wet, rainy day.
The school board member got no particular enjoyment out of a long
conversation. "There's been 10 or 12 before you. I can't give you this job
without seeing you. Sometime when you have nothing to do, come over and see
"If there are 10 or 12 others," thought the girl, "I'd better not lose any
time." So she put on some old clothes and WALKED to Dalton. She walked on
the country roads-didn't ride-walked in all that mud and down pour, and when
she came to the home of the board member she found everybody at home keeping
Well, he was surprised. He hadn't thought any girl wanted that job with $90
a month so much. He admired the girl, too, and signed the contract.
Most girls would have been content to go home now, and rest up, and dry up,
but this girl, as we said, was a go-getter. One signature on a contract
wasn't good enough. The others might refuse to sign. She thanked the
farmer and asked him to tell her where the other board members lived-she
would walk over and see them, too.
Be it said to his credit, he wouldn't let her. The roads were too bad for
the car, so he hitched up some horses and took the girl around to his
neighbors, and got their signatures, too, and she came home, proud and
happy, the signed contract concealed under clothing to keep it dry.
She will start teaching in the fall, and judging from the display of mettle
she gave, it is likely that the school will be hers as long as she wants it.
TRANSFER DAMAGE SUIT TO PLYMOUTH COUNTY
Charles Eyres Defendant in Claim For $1,300 Arising Out of Auto Truck
Transfer to the Plymouth county district court of the case of John W. Wilton
against Charles Eyres, for $1,300 damages as the result of an auto accident,
was ordered by Judge C. C. Hamilton in the district court in Sioux City.
The judge ordered the removal of the case upon motion of the defendant, when
he proved that he was a resident of the county.
In addition to ordering the transfer of the case, the court held that the
plaintiff should pay the defendant $10 for traveling expenses to Sioux City
and $75 attorney fees for the work of the attorneys in filing the motion for
the transfer of the case.
Wilton alleged in his petition that Eyres left an automobile truck parked in
the road about one-half mile beyond Leeds on the night of July 22, 1924.
The truck was left unlighted, it is alleged, and Wilton crashed into it with
an auto which he was driving. He asked $1,300 as a result of damages to the
car and injuries he suffered.
Kingsley News-Times: Last Sunday evening thieves went into Fred Thompson's
garage and stripped his Ford of its top. Mr. Thompson heard a car stop near
the house but supposed it was his son who was returning from a Sunday trip.
Monday morning he went to the garage to get the car and found the top had
been neatly removed. The car was insured against theft. Nothing else was
removed from the car.
MRS. HANS ERICKSON
Mrs. Hans Erickson died at her home in LeMars Monday night at the age of 73
years, 8 months.
Death followed an illness of two years and eight months, due to progressive
paralysis and other complications. Medical skill and loving care were of no
Elna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anders Olson, was born at Christianstad,
Sweden, October 26, 1851. She spent her girlhood days and was educated in
the public school of that place.
In 1872 she came with her parents to America, spending a few years in South
She was married to Hans Erickson in 1879, coming with him to the homestead
in Grant township, where she resided until 11 years ago.
To this union were born five children: Mrs. O. M. Fredel, of Boulder,
Colo.; Mrs. Ernest Boysen, of Brunsville; Anna and Ida living at home. A
son, Arthur, preceded her in death 11 years ago. Besides these she leaves a
brother at Boulder, Colo., John Olson, who formerly resided at LeMars.
Mrs. Erickson was reared in a Christian home, trained and confirmed in the
Lutheran church, which she joined in her youth.
Coming to Iowa she joined the Plymouth Presbyterian church, being one of its
charter members. Later she became a member of the LeMars Presbyterian
Mrs. Erickson was one of the many who share most bravely in the hardships of
the early pioneers. She was blessed with a happy disposition and a fine
courage which helped her to bear the trials and sorrows of life. Hers were
the fine qualities of a good wife, mother and a loyal friend. A home lover
and home maker in the truest sense of the word. She will be greatly missed.
The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the First Presbyterian
church and the interment made in the City cemetery, Rev. J. A. Hills,
The Methodist Aid society First Division met on Tuesday n the home of Mrs.
William Marcue. Mrs. Marcue was assisted in entertaining by Mrs. T. C.
Mrs. James Bowers was hostess of the Presbyterian church aid Wednesday, a
brief business meeting taking the place of the usual exercises.
Mr. and Mrs. James Sherman were hosts at dinner Tuesday evening, their
guests being Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Eastman and Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Kistle, of
Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Eastman, of Pasadena, Cal., were dinner guests of Mrs.
George Richards on Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Eastman, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Kistle, of Pasadena, Cal, Mr.
and Mrs. William Begg and Miss Ethel Eyres were 7 o'clock dinner guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Zach Eyres Monday.
City and General News, General Items
The Stanton W.M. S. will hold a pantry sale at Long's Grocery store Saturday
Miss Mary Albright, of LeMars, is visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed.
J. R. Greenley and family have moved to Sioux City and will make their home