May 3, 1932
Filling Station Robbed
The Johnson filling station on the highway 5, out of Remsen, was robbed
Tuesday evening, while Mr. Johnson was attending the fireman's celebration
being held in town. Thieves broke a window and gained entrance. A slot
machine was carried off, and a quantity of cigarettes and candy. No money
Winders Sell Garage
Dillehay and Avenell Are New Owners of Business
W.R. Winders sold is garage, first door north of the Union hotel Monday to
N. B. Dillehay and A. E. Avenell, two experienced auto mechanics. Mr.
Winders will continue to rent space in the garage for his Nash agency, but
the building will be rented and the business otherwise operated by the new
Mr. Dillehay has been employed in the Buick garage and Mr. Avenell formerly
worked in Le Mars garages but has recently been located in Storm Lake.
Mrs. Carl Andrin, of Waterloo, Mont., is visiting her mother, Mrs. Susan
Brucher, and friends in Le Mars.
Last Rites For Christine McKay
Former Resident of Plymouth County Expires At Age Of Ninety-two
The remains of Miss Christine McKay, aged 92, a former resident of Plymouth county, were brought to Le Mars Friday for interment. Miss McKay was a sister of Robert McKay, in early days a large land owner in Preston township. He later lived in Le Mars and moved to Canada many years ago.
Miss McKay died Wednesday [April 27, 1932] at the home of her sister, Mrs. J.
A. Harroun. [Her death] was caused by an attack of pneumonia.
Miss McKay had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Harroun in Luverne during most of the time the past twenty years.
Services were held from the Harroun home in Luverne Friday morning with Rev.
Otto A. Braskamp officiating. The funeral cortege then came to Le Mars and interment was made in the city cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. Angus McKay, of Sioux City, were among those attending the last rites. Mr. McKay is a nephew of the deceased. He was engaged in the plumbing business in Le Mars for several years before moving to Sioux City.
May 26, 1932
MRS. KNOX STILL STAYS COMATOSE
Physicians Not Sure of Cause But Say She’s Not Shamming
The condition of Mrs. Maybelle Trow Knox, whose trial on a charge of
uttering a false note for $10,000 against the estate of the late T. M. Zink,
was interrupted dramatically Monday afternoon when she lapsed into a coma
from which she could not be roused, still continues about the same, at
Sacred Heart Hospital, to which she was removed Tuesday, by court order.
Dr. J. L. Reeves examined the patient for the state, and Dr. J. A. Lamb for
the defense. Both declared that is undoubtedly a sick woman, and that she is
not shamming, as many persons at first believed.
Reports that Mrs. Knox had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage as an after affect
of a bump on the head received when she was being brought back from Kansas
City by her bondsman, a Sioux City professional, were not seriously
considered by the doctors. They thought that an injury received at that time
would have manifested itself sooner.
Sumner Knox, the patient’s husband, brought up the question. He declared the
bondsman was in such a hurry to get her over the state line before she
reconsidered and insisted on her constitutional rights, that he drove fast
and furiously. Several times, Mrs. Knox said, they struck bumps in the
road, so that his wife was thrown upward against the top of the car, causing
pains in her head, neck and back.
“There are no symptoms of a cerebral hemorrhage, or stroke, as it is more
commonly called,” Dr. Lamb said. “In such a condition, caused by the
effusion of blood from a blood vessel into the brain, the liquid presses
upon the contiguous brain tissue, sometimes causing unconsciousness. But at
the same time it practically always causes some paralysis. There is no
evidence of paralysis in Mrs. Knox.”
“The metabolic changes associated with cerebral hemorrhage are also missing
in this case. We notice a little acidosis, but this is explainable by the
fact that she has not taken any food for several days.”
Another physician ventured the suggestion that Mrs. Knox may be in the
rather rare condition known as hysteric coma. Medical books contain
references to such curious cases, but few physicians encounter them in their
Among such cases have been patients who became “stigmatized,” that is,
through some obscure nervous condition, wounds opened on their hands and
feet, in positions the same as if they had been crucified. Such cases in
medical history are ascribed to religious hysteria. The books tell of
catalepsy, which sometimes lasted for months, caused by fright. Sometimes
the most profound changes are said to occur, mystifying even to
Laymen usually associate hysteria with fits of weeping and emotional
fireworks, but according to medical authorities, these outward signs may be
entirely lacking in the most severe cases of “mental trauma.”
In the mean time the trial seems to be indefinitely postponed.
[TRANSCRIBER NOTE: The above article is about the woman, who later in 1938,
buried her own mother in a make shift flower bed grave. You can read about
that happening on the IowaOldPress pages, Plymouth County November 1938 and
LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
May 31, 1932
PAY TRIBUTE SOLDIER DEAD
Community Gathered At Cemeteries Monday to Strew Flowers on Graves
RABBI LEWIS SPEAKER
Thousands Join In Annual Decoration Day Service
This community joined in its annual tribute to its soldier dead on
Decoration Day by holding brief services in both the cemeteries and
decorating the graves of hundreds whose bodies rest in these hallowed spots.
The day was pleasant for outdoor exercises and the program as previously
announced was carried out without change.
The column formed on North Central Avenue and at 9:15 moved to St. Joseph’s
cemetery in the following order:
Colors, LeMars Military Band
Speaker and G.A.R. Spanish-American Veterans
Woman’s Relief Corps
Brick Camp and Wasmer Post Auxiliaries
Boy and Girl Scouts
Wasmer Post Drum Corps.
Jacob G. Koenig was marshal of the day and with Clark Bolser, commander of
Wasmer Post, headed the parade, followed by three color bearers, all being
mounted on white horses loaned by the Shrine patrol of Sioux City.
At St. Joseph’s cemetery the following program was given:
Song by school children
Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, Carl Tentinger
Song by school children
Logan’s Order, Leo Groetken
Decoration of graves and taps
The column then moved to the City cemetery where several thousand people had
gathered to await their coming. Loud speakers had been set up so that all
might hear the program as they stood grouped around the soldier monument in
the center of the cemetery.
Two Civil War veterans, Commander J. C. Ruble and A. W. Crouch, were present
to participate in the service. Rev. F. E. Burgess assisted Mr. Ruble in
The program opened with a prayer by Rev. A. Z. McGogney, a selection by the
band and reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address by Laura Mae O’Banion and
of Logan’s Decoration order by Alice Hoorneman.
Before reading the G. A. R. ritual, Commander John C. Ruble announced that
he would be 90 years old next December 17 and that he might have to call on
Rev. Burgess to complete the reading but the aged veteran read the service
through in a clear, distinct voice that was heard by the large crowd.
The decoration service for the unknown dead was in charge of the Relief
Corps, Spanish American and Legion Auxiliaries assisted by the Boy and Girl
Scouts and following the same groups decorated all soldier graves in the
Rabbi Theo. N. Lewis, of Sioux City, delivered the address. He told of
standing three years ago in a cemetery at Belleau Wood in France where 2200
American soldiers were buried and asking what it was that had called for
this supreme sacrifice from them. He quoted in reply Wilson’s statement
that America went into the war to make the world safe for democracy and to
end all war. He urged his hearers to keep in mind these objectives and to
continue to strive for them. He said we have the best government in the
world and that with all its faults it is far superior to any other
government the mind of man has conceived.
“Star Spangled Banner,” by the band, a salute by the firing squad from Co.
K, the invocation by Rev. Vollmar and taps by two buglers closed the
While only two Civil War veterans were able to participate in the Decoration
day exercises, there are ten living in Plymouth County, four of them being
members of Mower Post. Their average age may be guessed when it is recalled
that Mr. Ruble was a boy of twenty when he acted as Orderly for Gen. Meade
at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863.
The following Civil War veterans are still living in Plymouth County:
A. W. Crouch, LeMars;
J. D. Billings, who is ill at the home of a daughter in Leeds;
U. B. Keniston, Akron;
Hugh Mason, Kingsley;
W. O. Morse, Akron;
Adam C. Phillips, Kingsley;
John C. Ruble, LeMars;
Henry Schneider, Hinton;
Henry Smith; Westfield;
Davis Yount, James.
COURT RESUMES TRIAL OF CASES
Doubt Expressed As to Progress of State Action Against Maybelle Knox
Reports gleaned from the office of sheriff and the county attorney, state
that Mrs. Maybelle Trow Knox on trial for uttering a forged instrument, now
a patient in the Sacred Heart Hospital, is much improved in physical health.
Mrs. Knox collapsed last week when brought into court for trial and remained
in an unconscious condition until Friday.
It is doubtful whether she will be sufficiently recovered to stand trial at
this term of court which reconvenes this morning.
A number of other cases are scheduled for trial when the jury reports this
The case of Margretta T. Becker, et al, against Edward Durband, et al, is
cited for trial on opening of court. The case involves a number of intricate