LeMars Sentinel, Tuesday, July 2, 1929, Page 1, Column 1:
HORSE KILLS SENEY YOUTH
Wilbur Criswell Found in Barn With His Skull Crushed
DIES IN A FEW HOURS
Injured Man Never Regains Consciousness After Accident
Wilbur Criswell, well known and prominent young farmer, of Elgin
township, was the victim of an accident Friday night which cost him his
life. He was kicked on the head by a horse, his skull being fractured,
and died a few hours later without regaining consciousness.
Mr. Criswell went to the barn on his place after supper to turn the
horses into the pasture. Some time later Mrs. Criswell went to the barn
and found her husband lying unconscious in the barn behind a horse. His
skull was fractured at the base of the brain on the back of his head and
his shoulder was bruised. Mrs. Criswell secured help and summoned a
physician. The injured man was conveyed to the Sacred heart hospital
where he died early Saturday morning.
Born in Cedar County
Wilbur Criswell, youngest son of Wm. Criswell and Anna Marcue
Criswell, was born at Tipton, Cedar county, Iowa, on October 24, 1896,
and died at the Sacred Heart hospital in LeMars on June 29, aged 32
years, 6 months and 5 days. Death followed an accident on his farm when
he was hurt by a horse and never regained consciousness to tell how it
happened. Wilbur was one year old when he came with his parent to Oyens
vicinity where they lived for three years. At that time they moved to
their present home near Seney. He was married on December 23, 1920, to
Miss Lila Darville and they have made their home on the Edward Rees farm
south of Seney. To this union one daughter, Lavonne, was born, who with
his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Criswell, and one brother,
Bert, of this vicinity, mourn his loss. He leaves a number of uncles
and aunts and a host of friends who mourn with the relatives.
Funeral services were held at the Seney church on Monday, July 1, at
2 p.m. Rev. M. L. Metcalf had charge of the services. Burial was made
in the LeMars cemetery. Pallbearers were Floyd Moore, Floyd Becker,
Allen and Glen Hinde, Dwight Riter and Marshall Rees.
His death has cast a gloom over the community where he spent almost
all his life and was well known and well liked.
PRIMGHAR MAN WINNER
Verne Hamer Takes Championship at Smallbore League Shoot
Verne Hamer, of Primghar, carried off the honors at the smallbore League
rifle shoot held in LeMars, Saturday and Sunday. Hamer was high man for
the championship. His total was 858 out of a total of 900. C. F.
Westergaard, of Whiting, was high man in matches 1, 5, and 6 with 481
out of 500. H. F. Burge, of Sloan, was high man in matches 1, 2, and 3,
making a perfect score of 240. A. Larsen, of Whiting, also shot a
perfect score in match No. 1. Clyde Brown, of Hinton, was high man in
the re-entry matches with 193 out of 200. There was a good attendance
of marksmen at the tournament.
A number of LeMars people were caught in Sioux City Sunday evening by
the storm and were unable to get home until Monday morning because the
water was over the paving to such depth as to make travel unsafe. The
Journal reports the Leeds, Perry Creek and Military Road paving were all
under water. There was good rain at LeMars but not enough to do any
JUNE WEDDING IS CELEBRATED
Nuptials of Alvin Winterfield and Salina Donlin Take Place Friday
The home of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Kehrberg was the setting for the lovely
June wedding of Miss Selina B. Donlin, sister of Mrs. Kehrberg, and
Alvin Winterfeld, so of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Winterfeld, of Craig, which
was solemnized at 6:30 o'clock Friday evening.
At the appointed hour the bridal party took their places under an
improvised arch in the living room which was beautifully decorated with
pink roses and Shasta daisies. Rev. Arthur Schuldt, pastor of the
Methodist church, of Merrill, officiated at the wedding ceremony, using
the impressive double ring service.
The bridal couple were attended by Esther Winterfeld, a sister of the
groom, as bridesmaid, and Amos Croon, groomsman.
The bride's gown was a lovely pink georgette made sleeveless with a deep
bertha of knife plaiting. Her bridesmaid was also attired in pink
After the ceremony a bountiful three course dinner was served, the
honors of serving being accorded to two nieces of the bride, Misses
Ethel and Irene Kehrberg and Lucille Winterfeld, sister of the groom.
The table appointments and decorations throughout the home were of the
bride's chosen colors, pink and white, baskets of sweet peas, peonies,
and roses being used.
The bride is an accomplished young woman and is popular in a large
circle of friends…..
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LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
July 9, 1929
PIONEER WOMAN DIES ON BIRTHDAY
MRS. ANN HODGSON WAS RESIDENT HERE FORTY-FIVE YEARS
Mrs. Ann Hodgson, an old resident of Plymouth county, died at the home of
her brother-in-law, Albert Muxlow, in this city July 7. Mrs. Hodgson had
been in failing health for about five years and June 15 suffered a fall,
which confined her to bed. On the morning of June 19 a stroke of paralysis
came from which she was unable to rally and Jesus released her from her
earthly cares on the morning of her eighty-third birthday.
Mary Ann Raw, daughter of James and Mary Raw, was born in Swaledale,
Yorkshire, England July 7, 1846, and died at her home in LeMars, Iowa, July
7, 1929, age 83 years. She came to America with her parents in 1852 and
settled in New Diggings, Wisconsin. Here she spent her girlhood. On June
20, 1877, she was united in marriage to Ralph Hodgson at Darlington,
Wisconsin. To this union four children were born, Robert R. and Charles C.
of Wessington Springs, S.D. Fred A. of Dawson, Minn. A daughter, Georgie,
preceded her in death in 1904.
In March of 1887, they moved to Iowa where they farmed near LeMars until Mr.
Hodgson's death in 1903. Mrs. Hodgson then moved to LeMars, where she lived
the remainder of her life. The last few years of her life, she divided her
time among her three sons and her brother-in-law, Albert Muxlow.
Mrs. Hodgson early in life joined the Primitive Methodist Church in
Wisconsin and on moving to town joined the Methodist Episcopal Church at
Merrill, Iowa, where her membership remained until her death. Her quiet
devotion and fine Christian character leaves a benediction to all. Funeral
services were held from the First Methodist church Monday at 2 o'clock, the
pastor F. Earl Barrows, conducting the service.
July 11, 1929
YOUNG COUPLE WILL LIVE IN CALIFORNIA
Miss Gertrude Topf Becomes Bride of Robert Kearns of Los Angeles
The many friends of Miss Gertrude Topf were pleasantly surprised by the
announcement of her marriage to Robert Kearns of Los Angeles, Calif., which
took place July 6, at 10 a.m. in the church of the Precious Blood at Los
There were attended by Mr. and Mrs. E. Kearns, brother and sister-in-law of
The bride wore a pale pink ensemble, pink hat, white slippers, and
flesh-colored hose. She wore a corsage of sweet peas and carried a pearl
rosary. The bridesmaid wore a tan georgette with accessories to match.
The young couple left immediately for LaJolia, California, where they will
spend their honeymoon.
Miss Topf, now Mrs. Kearns, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Topf of
LeMars, and has for the past three years been employed in Los Angeles. Prior
to her departure for Los Angeles, Miss Topf had been employed in the local
office of the Iowa Public Service Co.
Mrs. R. Obermire has been at Rochester, Minn., the past two weeks where she
has already submitted to one operation, and will have another before she
returns. [Note: Refers to Mrs. Ralph Obermire]
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Meinen and sons, Vincent, Joseph and Anton of Sioux City,
are visiting at the home of the John Deters and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Neil Spaan have left for California, where they will spend
Miss Marie Nicolls left Wednesday for Duluth, Ia., to visit friends.
Chas. Majeres and family of near LeMars were business callers Tuesday.
F. A. Gates has filed suit in district court against Julius Ivers and
Clarence Ivers asking $391.06 on a note.
Walter Woerner of Omaha visited friends in LeMars, Tuesday.
JOYRIDERS TAKE CAR
Ed Dalton’s Buick car was stolen last night from in front of the A. M. Mauer
residence. The police located it this morning at Remsen, where it had been
abandoned, apparently by joy-riders. Mr. and Mrs. Dalton drove over to
bring it back this forenoon.
Mrs. Daisy Murtha, county recorder, received a letter from W. E. Albert,
state game warden calling attention to the state law which makes it
necessary for persons 18 years old or over to have licenses to fish anywhere
in the state, in any water except privately owned, privately stocked ponds.
Licenses cost $1. Separate licenses must be taken out to trap.
J. P. Bernholtz of Sioux City is the new butcher in the Atlantic & Pacific
store, succeeding Dick Claussen, who was transferred to Des Moines. Mr.
Bernholts is a brother of the present manager, Victor Bernholtz.
A patriotics child is the daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Ben Mayrose on
Independence Day, July 4. The baby tipped the scales at 7 pounds.
Louis P. Staab, of Remsen, was on the Sioux City market with a nice load of
hogs averaging 440 pounds, which brought $10.35.
A WRECK THAT SAVED LIVES
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The accompanying photo is one that H. V. Avery, Dodge Bros. dealer, takes
considerable pride in. It represents what is left of Joe Vogt’s car, which
overturned and burst into flames on the road near Merrill.
Although the entire weight of the car was borne by the top, the occupants
were saved from crushing, and the rigid frame construction enable them to
open the door and get out to escape the gasoline flames with which the car
LeMars Sentinel, Friday, July 19, 1929, Page 1, Column 7:
DEATH TAKES AGED PIONEER
Mrs. Ellen Hughes, Was Widow of Civil War Veteran
ATTAINED GREAT AGE
Mrs. Ellen Hughes, aged 90, a resident of LeMars since the early
eighties, died at her home, 126 Fourth Avenue, SE, Thursday morning,
July 18. Her death was due to the infirmities of old age, as for
several months her health had been failing.
Ellen Caldwell, daughter of Samuel and Nancy Caldwell, was born at
Hanover, Ill., April 2, 1839, and died at her home in LeMars, Iowa, July
18, 1929, aged 90 years, 3 months and 16 days.
She received her education at Hanover and there grew to young
womanhood. On September 10, 1857, she was united in marriage to Hugh R.
Hughes. In young manhood he left his wife and two babies and joined the
Union forces having a part in the Civil war from beginning to the end.
Mr. and Mrs. Hughes came from Galena, Ill., where they settled
after the Civil war, to LeMars, forty-six years ago and the family have
made their home here since. Mr. Hughes died in 1921.
To their marriage eleven children were born, three of whom preceded
her in death, an infant daughter and two sons, Edward and William.
She leaves eight children to mourn her death, George, of Haxtun,
Colo.; Frank, Joe, Cora, Sherman and Ella, of LeMars; Mrs. W. H. Casler,
of Akron; and Mrs. C. Henrickson (sic--Henricksen), of Alton. Also one
brother, George W. Caldwell, of Ocean Park, Calif., two sisters, Mrs.
Emma Williams, of Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Martha Rogers, of
Besides her own children she reared two grandchildren, Mrs. Earl
Mohr, of Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. Mahlon Hauck, of Kingsley, who were
left orphans when their parents died in 1897. Seventeen grandchildren
and eleven great-grandchildren there are.
Since the age of 18 years she has been a faithful member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church and in active attendance until the last few
years , when failing health prevented.
Mrs. Hughes ws also a member of the W. R. C. of this city.
She was a loving wife and devoted mother and was highly esteemed in
the community where she made her home for nearly half a century.
The funeral services will be held from the residence at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday afternoon, and at the First Methodist church at 2 o'clock, Rev.
F. E. Burgess in charge. Interment will be made in the city cemetery.
Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, July 30, 1929
DEATH TAKES HENRY BAACK
Was One of the Early Settlers in Northwestern Iowa
CAME IN SEVENTIES
Located Where Town of Ireton Was Later Built
Death claimed Henry Baack, aged pioneer of Iowa at his home, 209 Third
Avenue NW, Sunday at the age of 81 years. His death followed a short illness
in which he suffered a stroke. Mr. Baack enjoyed good health during his long
life and possessed a fine physique and rugged constitution.
Henry Baack was born at Mecklenberg, Germany, April 16, 1848, where he grew
to manhood and came to America in 1871, and settled in Clayton county, Iowa,
and engaged in farming. He was married at that place to Maria Julia
Fuelling, March 11, 1874, and they lived to celebrate their golden wedding
in Le Mars five years ago. Mrs. Baack died November 26, 1925. Fifteen
children were born to their union. The surviving children are Ernest and
Arthur, of Woodstock, Minn.; Louis, of Bronson, Iowa; Edward, of Pipestone,
Minn.; Eldo, of Le Mars; Otto, of Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Ida Beyers, of Holland,
Minn.; Mrs. Lena Balllett, of Lake Wales, Florida; Mrs. Linda Jones, of
Topeka, Kan. There are thirty grand children and two great-grandchildren.
Early Settlers Here
Mr. and Mrs. Baack came to Le Mars soon after their marriage and settled in
Sioux county near where the town of Ireton was later built. They underwent
the vicissitudes of pioneer life and later prospered on the farm. They came
to Le Mars several years ago to make their home in the autumn of life.
Mr. Baack was a leading figure in his community for many years and enjoyed
the respect and esteem of all who knew him.
The funeral will be held from the residence at one o'clock, Wednesday, with
services at St. John's Lutheran church at 1:30. Rev. A. Schempp of St.
Peter's Lutheran church of Brunsville, will conduct the services.