Iowa Old Press
LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
Friday, October 7, 1932
~Lester Stevens, of Kingsley, an Nora Mae Dye, of Sioux City, obtained a
marriage license at Elk Point, S.D., last month.
~Mr. and Mrs. Fred Forette, of Dell Rapids, S.D., former LeMars residents,
visited friends in LeMars and vicinity this week.
~Will Zimmerman, member of the board of supervisors, is seriously ill at his
home in this city. His condition yesterday was reported critical.
~Lawrence M. Gralapp, who is in the medical department of the United States
Navy and stationed at Washington D.C., motored to LeMars to spend his
furlough in the home of his mother, Mrs. E. Gralapp.
~A girl was born Monday night, October 3, to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Aldrich, of
~Mr. and Mrs. Ray Egbert, of Monona, Clayton county, former LeMars
residents, are visiting here this week.
~An application for a license to marry was issued Wednesday to Gilbert Blum
and Kathryn Thill, of Remsen.
~Rev. J. J. Vollmar, of St. John’s Lutheran Church, delivered the main
address at the meeting of the Western Conference of the American Lutheran
church held at Sheldon this week.
~Mr. and Mrs. Henry Van der Haar, of Sheldon, former LeMars residents, were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Dambrink Wednesday. Mrs. Van der Haar is
recovering from an accident in which she suffered a fracture of her leg.
From here they went to Sioux City to visit a son, Will Van der Haar.
~Chicken Supper Wednesday, October 12, Union Township Presbyterian Church.
~Will Ewin and family, of Denver, Colo., former residents of Plymouth
County, arrived here yesterday to visit relatives and friends in LeMars and
Severed Connection With Koenig Hardware September 9
Peter Ehlinger, who has been connected with the Koenig Hardware company for
the past eighteen years, resigned September 9 as the vice president of the
firm. Mr. Ehlinger has been in business in LeMars for the past twenty-six
years and his resignation came as a surprise to his many friends. Mr.
Ehlinger has been in Sioux Falls since his retirement from the local
business and expects to become associated with another firm.
M. F. KENNEDY DIES IN WEST
WELL KNOWN FORMER RESIDENT OF STANTON STRICKEN WHILE ATTENDING CHURCH
Michael F. Kennedy, a well known resident of Plymouth County for many years,
died suddenly October 2, at Long Beach, Calif., where he had been making his
home in recent years. He was stricken while attending services at Holy
Innocence Church where he was a faithful attendant the past ten years.
Mr. Kennedy during his life was an active and successful farmer in Plymouth
County and spent his later years in California. He was a native of Iowa and
was born at Cascade and when a young man came to Plymouth County and engaged
in farming and made a success of his life vocation.
He was united in marriage with Miss Hannah McGraw, who preceded him in death
Six children were born to them: Eugene, Winnie and Elmer, of LeMars;
Margaret, living in Minnesota; and Earl Kennedy, of Arcadia, Calif. He was
married to Annie Denning, of Long Beach, Calif., in 1920.
Mrs. F. J. Klosterman, of this city, is one of the daughters and Earl and
Eugene live on farms in Plymouth County.
Mr. Kennedy was a devout member of the Roman Catholic Church and a member of
the Holy Name Society and of the Knights of Columbus. He was a devoted
husband and father and a friend and neighbor, liked and esteemed by all who
LAST RITES SUNDAY
The remains will be brought here accompanied by his wife and the funeral
will be held from the home of his son, Elmer Kennedy, in Stanton township
with services in St. Joseph church, Lincoln township, Sunday morning at
10:30, Rev. Father Bernard Kocker officiating and interment made in the
cemetery in Lincoln township.
Tuesday, October 11, 1932
RESIDES HERE ALL HIS LIFE
W. H. Zimmerman Was Prominent Business Man and County Official
FLOYD VALLEY PIONEER
Father a Minister at Melbourne in Frontier Days
William Herbert Zimmerman was born May 12, 1868 at Baltimore, Maryland, the
son of Rev. Jacob Zimmerman a missionary minister of the Evangelical church.
His father, Rev. Zimmerman, was assigned to the frontier settlement at
Melbourne, Plymouth County, Iowa in June 1868 and July 6, 1868 the family
landed at Sioux City, Iowa and drove to the Philip Schneider home where they
lived until the parsonage was completed.
On May 18, 1893, he was united to Lillie T. Koenig at LeMars, Iowa. Two
children were born to this union, Melvin William, who died in infancy, and
Cleone C. Meek, with whom he made his home. Mrs. Zimmerman preceded him in
death on April 17, 1920.
Mr. Zimmerman was engaged in the farm implement, coal and well business in
LeMars for thirty-one years, retiring in 1919.
He was elected alderman in the city of LeMars in 1923, serving one term. He
resigned to accept the office of county supervisor to which he was elected
in 1924, a position he was holding at the time of his death which occurred
Saturday, October 8, 1932, at 9:20 p.m.
Besides his daughter, Mrs. L. L. Meek, he leaves two brothers, Geo. W.
Zimmerman, of Merrill, Iowa, and B. F. Zimmerman, of LeMars. Three brothers
preceded him in death, Noah, Jacob and Charles. He also leaves twenty nieces
and nephews and two grandchildren.
Will Be Greatly Missed
Mr. Zimmerman joined the Hildreth Memorial Evangelical church shortly after
it was organized and has been a faithful member through the years. He has
held offices of responsibility and at the time of his death was a trustee
whose advice was much sought.
Mr. Zimmerman will be greatly missed by many friends. His quiet unassuming
manner, his friendly spirit, his wit and humor will be long remembered by
his fellow citizens and associates.
Funeral This Afternoon
The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon, October 11, from the residence
at 1:30 and services will be conducted in the Hildreth Memorial church at 2
o'clock and interment made in the city cemetery.
SHINGLES FOR NOMINAL SUM
Carl Beitelspacher, Starting Life With Few Opportunities,
Old Settler in Grant
Came From Russia When Youth to Battle Life
Death claimed Carl Beitelspacher, a resident of Plymouth county for the past
fifty-three years, at his home, 19 Third Avenue NW., after a lingering
illness of several weeks, Saturday, October 8, at the age of 75 years.
Mr. Beitelspacher lived a long, vigorous and active life, being engaged in
the pursuit of farming in Grant township until a year ago when he came to
LeMars to live.
Carl Beitelspacher was a native of Russia and was born at Odessa, February
26, 1857, where he grew to manhood. When a youth of nineteen in 1876, he
made his way from intolerable conditions which enveloped his boyhood and
sought adventure and freedom in a fairer land. He joined a colony of
Russians which had located in Yankton County, South Dakota, and passed two
years working on farms near Yankton and Scotland, S.D. Coming to Iowa in
1878 he worked for a year in Sioux County and in the following year came to
LeMars. One of his first jobs was assisting in the shingling of the old
Illinois Central railroad depot. He received twenty five cents a day while
working and paid for his own keep. He then worked on farms and then engaged
in farming on his own account. He made a success of his avocation by strict
attention to his own business, hard work and perseverance and became a
prominent and respected citizen in his home community.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran church, Mammen, for fifty-four years and
held various offices in the church and its affiliating societies.
Mr. Beitelspacher was united in marriage in 1885 with Marie Eden, of Jones
county. Thirteen children were born to them. Four of the children died in
the diphtheria scourge which devastated many homes in Plymouth county in the
He is survived by his wife, three sons and six daughters, who are: Fred C.
Beitelspacher, of Rockwell City, Iowa; Henry and Oscar Beitelspacher, of
this county; Mrs. Louisa Wessels, of Ireton; Mrs. Marie Bucholz, of
Brookings, S.D.; Mrs. Anna Johnson, Mrs. Catherine Harms, Mrs. Clara Noble,
Miss Caroline Beitelspacher, all of the county. There are eighteen
grandchildren. Two sisters, Mrs. Louise Haman and Mrs. Christine Eichels,
live in the old home in Russia.
FUNERAL HELD TODAY
The funeral will be held from the residence today with services in the
English language at 1 o'clock at St. John's Lutheran church, Rev. J. J.
Volmar officiating, and at Christ church, Grant township, at 2:30 with
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JOSEPH MC CAMPBELL DIES
Was Brother of C. W. Campbell, Well Known Westfield Resident
Following an operation, Joseph McCampbell, 20 years old, 2221 Boles Street,
died Saturday in a Sioux City hospital. Funeral services were held at 2
o'clock Monday afternoon at the Methodist church in Riverside. Burial was in
Graceland Park Cemetery.
Mr. McCampbell, an employee of the Standard Oil company, was born in
Missouri and had lived in Sioux City only a few years. Survivors include
his widow, Fern; a daughter, Phyllis, and a son, Joseph Jr., all of Sioux
City; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. McCampbell, of Martinville, Mo.; two
sisters, Mrs. V. J. Keefe, of San Antonio, Texas, and Mrs. J. Nugent, of
Sioux City; and two brothers, C. W. McCampbell, of Westfield, and L. M.
McCampbell, of Sioux City.
Mrs. E. Bender, of this city, accompanied by her son and daughter-in-law,
Dr. and Mrs. E. T. Bender, of Ireton, left last week for a visit with Dr. H.
A. Bender, a son of Mrs. Bender, in Waterloo.
BASE OF ACTION
CLAIM ANIMAL STRUCK BY CAR
AND INJURED, HAD TO BE KILLED
Hearing a suit brought against the Corn Belt Live Stock Commission company
and Victor W. Alvery for $200, by Held Bros., and a counter claim of $1,750
against the plaintiff by the defendants has been completed in Woodbury
district court and the jury was deliberating late Saturday. The jury will
return a sealed verdict which will not be opened until court convenes
Held Bros., is a partnership composed of P.E., F.W., G.E., V.F., A.H., E.C.
and Walter W. Held. The firm alleges that it was owner of as brood mare
worth $200 that was driving along the road in a herd when it was struck by
an automobile belonging to the defendant company and operated by Alvery.
The mare was injured so severely that it had to be killed. The defendants
contend that the mare should not have been allowed, uncontrolled, on the
highway and are suing for personal injuries to Alvery and damage to the
The jury allowed Held Bros., $144 on their claim.
Mrs. J. P. Poeckes, Mr. and Mrs. Al Bortscheller, of Remsen, Doris Bourne
and Henry Poeckes motored to Sioux Falls on Sunday where they were guests in
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Freking.
LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
October 21, 1932
RESIDENT HERE IN HIS YOUTH
MARTIN OBERMIRE, FORMER PLYMOUTH COUNTY CITIZEN, PASSES AWAY AT WAGNER, S.D.
Members of the Obermire family residing in Plymouth County, received word of
the death of Martin Obermire, a well known former resident of Plymouth
County, who died at his home near Wagner, S.D., October 17.
Martin Obermire was born near Beaver Dam, Wis., February 16, 1868, and when
a small child came to Iowa with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Obermire,
who trekked from Wisconsin to Iowa in ox drawn carts in the year 1872.
When a youth, Martin Obermire moved to Dixon, Neb., where he farmed for a
number of years and then returned to Plymouth County. He moved to South
Dakota about twenty-two years ago, where the family have since lived.
He is survived by his wife and seven children, all living at home.
Four brothers and four sisters are: Jos. Obermire, O’Neill, Neb.; Mrs. Ellen
Johnson, LeMars; Miss Rose Obermire, Munschen, Germany; Ralph Obermire,
LeMars; John and Peter Obermire, Sioux City; Mrs. Wm. McLeod, Waterloo; Mrs.
M. P. McGowan, Dixon, Neb. All of the brothers and sisters, except Miss Rose
Obermire, attended the funeral services which were held at Wagner, S.D.,
October 25, 1932
DEATH CLAIMS GRACE BEATTIE
Well-Known LeMars Woman Passes Away After A Brief Illness
Came Here When a Girl
L. G. MUXLOW, FORMER RESIDENT, DIES IN DES MOINES
Mrs. Grace Potter Beattie, a well known resident of Plymouth County and
LeMars for many years, died at the W. S. Potter residence, 530 Second
Avenue, SE., Friday evening, after an illness of five days. Her condition
was not regarded as serious and the news of her death was a shock to
relatives and her friends.
Mrs. Beattie suffered an acute attack of indigestion early last week and
complications ensued, resulting in her death.
Mrs. Beattie had been a resident of Plymouth County during the greater part
of forty years. She was born at Forreston, Illinois, January 30, 1876, a
daughter of Samuel Potter and Rebecca Erdman. When she was a girl she came
to LeMars with her parents. They located on a farm near Struble and later
the family came to LeMars to live.
Grace Potter was possessed of more than ordinary ability and during her life
engaged in many lines of endeavor. For some years she was in hospitalization
work and was always active in church and community affairs.
While living in LeMars she was united in marriage with J. F. Beattie, a well
known employee of the Plymouth Milling Company for thirty-five years and
city alderman for twenty years.
Following the death of Mr. Beattie in November 1926, Mrs. Bettie spent
several years in Kansas and California, returning a year ago to make her
home with her brother, W. S. Potter, in LeMars.
Mrs. Beattie was gifted as a writer and wrote a number of poems which gained
publication and was a contributor to newspapers and periodicals.
She leaves to mourn her death four brothers: L. L. Potter, of Abilene,
Kansas; W. S. Potter, of LeMars; D. W. Potter, of St. Joseph, Mich.; and B.
F. Potter, of Mitchell, S.D.; and one sister, Mrs. J. M. Skinner of
Berkeley, Calif. A sister, Miss Elizabeth Potter, died December 3, 1932
The funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, Rev. G. A.
Comstock, of Sioux City, officiating and interment made in the city
FORMER LIBERTY MAN HERE
Albert Muxlow, of this city, returned from Des Moines Saturday where he was
called by the last illness and death of L. G. Muxlow, a well known former
LeMars resident. He was the last remaining member of Mr. Muxlow’s immediate
family. He died October 16. He had been in poor health for the past year
following the death of his wife, which occurred in October, 1931.
L. G. Muxlow was born near Darlington, Wis., November 26, 1869, where he
grew to young manhood and came with his parents to LeMars in 1887. He worked
in Minnesota for a year shortly after that and returning here farmed near
For a number of years he was employed in the livery business and was foreman
in stables conducted by Hoyt & Goudie, and later by R. M. Bailey.
He was united in marriage in 1892 with Miss Laura A. Thompson, of
Darlington, Wis., and brought his bride to LeMars and lived here until 1896
when they moved to Des Moines where he conducted a market garden. Later he
entered the city transportation service in Des Moines and was a motorman for
The funeral was held from the White Funeral chapel in Des Moines Tuesday.
Rev. A. Cadwell officiating and interment made in Glendale cemetery. Six of
his nephews acted as pallbearers.