Iowa Old Press
Davenport Daily Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Dec 10, 1895
An Iowa Tragedy
DEXTER, Iowa, Dec 9 - The Valentine Hibbs home, four miles northeast of Dexter, was the scene yesterday of one of the bloodiest tragedies ever enacted in central Iowa. Grant Hibbs, aged 32 years, fired one shot at his wife and then shot himself twice through the head. After shooting himself he grabbed a knife and inflicted two very dangerous wounds on his wife before falling from the loss of blood. Hibbs is slowly dying and his wife is in a precarious condition. The house where the terrible struggle took place presents a horrible sight. The floor, stove, bed and walls are spattered with blood. When neighbors reached the house Mrs. Hibbs was holding her husband's head in her lap and a year-old babe on one arm, the baby playing in the blood that flowed from its father's wounds. Hibbs had been released from the Mount Pleasant insane asylum as cured five weeks ago, but his insanity returned suddenly in a violent form. His heroic wife fought a noble battle for her life and to save her child. She may survive.
Davenport, Scott, IA
Dec 13, 1895
Mr. and Mrs. George L WYNES have returned from Chicago, where they have been
for the past few days.
County attorney D.V. JACKSON and Judge J. CARSKADDAN, of Muscatine, were in
Davenport on legal business yesterday.
Mr. and Mrs. N.J. RANKIN have returned to their home in Maquoketa after a
pleasant visit at the residence of Mr. Henry FROESCHLE.
Mrs. J.C. HENRY, who came to attend the diocesan convention and who has been
renewing acquaintanceship with old friends since its adjournment, left for
her home in Des Moines yesterday. She was the guest of Mrs. Chauncy KRUM
during her sojourn in Davenport.
Dr. Kay's Renovator cures people. Trial size 25c. Read advertisement.
The ladies of Grace Cathedral have presented Lee Hall with a very nice piano
of the Jacob Doll make, bought from the J.C. WALLACE Music House.
Ladies gold filled watches $8.50 to $15. J.H. GABATHULER, 128 E. 3rd St.
BOLTE's candies fresh every day.
Rev. W. SHOENIG, pastor of the German M.E. church, will preach next Sunday
morning on "The Unreasonableness of Infidelity and the Reasonableness of
"Modoc", 5-cent cigar, bet in the market. Manufactured by Otto ALBRECHT &
Co., 306 W. Second street.
W.H. DOW, for the ninth time, has been re-elected steward of the Rock Island
poor farm. As an annual salary of $1,800 goes with the position, the honor
is all the more agreeable to the faithful steward.
If you want bargains in footwear we have them, Men's fine shoes $1.25,
ladies' cloth top patent leather tip in all styles only $1.48. T.J. O'MEARA
Peter H. STOLTENBERG, brother of Paul STOLTENBERG of this county and one of
the Moline's well known residents, died at his home in that city Wednesday
evening at 5:30. The deceased was sixty-eight years of age and settled in
Moline in 1854. He was a moulder by trade and for thirty-eight years was in
the employ of WILLIAMS, WHITE & Co. He was compelled to retire three years
ago owing to an accident as a result of which he had several ribs broken. He
is survived by his wife and eight children, two brothers and one sister. The
funeral occurs from his late residence 1323 Seventh avenue, tomorrow
afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Daily Times, Davenport, Scott, Iowa, Dec 18, 1895
Word was received in the city yesterday afternoon announcing the death of
August Pieper, a well known former Scott county resident, which occurred at
his home in Stockton Monday evening. The deceased was born in Hamburg in
1813 and before leaving the Fatherland, he joined the Icarian community
which settled near Nauvoo, Ill., but a couple of years later he left the
settlement because of some dissensions and after a short stay at St.
Charles, Mo., he came to Davenport in company with his wife. While here he
was connected with the Washburne hardware store for a time and later with
the Beiderbecke-Miller establishment. Mr. Pieper was one of the founders of
the Davenport Maennorchor and an active member of the Turner Society. During
the civil war Mr. Pieper enlisted in the "gray beard" regiment but never saw
active service as they were not sent to the front on account of the advanced
years of some of its members. For several years past he has resided in
Stockton where his death occurred. In 1858 his first wife died but he
remarried and the present Mrs. Pieper survives him with two children, Mrs.
Charles Beiderbecke of this city and a son, Adolph Pieper.
The remains will be brought to Davenport for incineration in accordance with
the expressed wish of the deceased, and the funeral will take place from the
B.C.R. & N. depot Thursday morning going directly to the crematorium.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Ekhardt has been darkened with grief over the
death of their son, Charles, which occurred this afternoon after a month's
illness from lung fever. The deceased was seven years of age and the light
of the parental home. The funeral will be held from the family residence
1129 West Fourth street, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in the
West Davenport cemetery.
A telegram received by Walter Hender this morning announced the death of his
brother, Mr. Frank Hender which occurred this morning at his home in
Ballflower, Ill. The deceased was sixty-nine years of age and was a
prominent citizen of Ballflower owning a large farm in that vicinity. His
wife together with three daughters and two sons aside from Walter Hender
residing in Washington and a sister in DeWitt, survive him. Mr. Hender left
at once for Ballflower and will be present at his brother's funeral which
occurs tomorrow afternoon.
At the family residence, 709 East Sixth street yesterday afternoon occurred
the death of Mrs. Ella T Byrne, wife of Edward Byrne, aged forty-three
years. The deceased is survived by her husband and a daughter, eight years
of age. She is also survived by five sisters, one of whom is a sister of
charity in Milwaukee and one brother, who resides in Memphis, Tenn.
The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock with services at St.
Anthony's church and interment in St. Marguerite's cemetery.
The Davenport Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Wednesday, December 18, 1895
The board of education has decided to close schools for the Christmas
vacation next Friday evening and after a week's vacation will reopen them on
Monday the 30th for the winter term with Wednesday, Jan. 1, observed as a
holiday. This is the practical way to handle the holiday vacation question
but will hardly meet with the ideas of young America, especially if skating
and coasting are good.
"Modoc" finest smoking tobacco, two ounces for 5 cents. For sale by all
The city council of Rock Island is on the trail of the Tri-City Sprinkler
Company and it is due to the claim that the latter continues to blissfully
ignore its indebtedness to the municipality. The company is said to owe the
city $500 for water and as it does not appear to be making any frantic
endeavor to settle the obligation City Attorney HAAS has been instructed to
interview the delinquent as to the why and wherefore of its unpatriotic
Thomas KIMBALL, who stabbed a Mississippi river raftsman named Frank
HAMILTON and who has been confined in the Iowa City jail, has made a
successful break for liberty. During the early morning hours when a funereal
quietude prevailed in that Bastile, KIMBALL succeeded in prying out the bars
of his cell and getting away. He is still at large while the man whom he
knifed is in a precarious condition, although he will probably recover.
Call and see our fine rockers for only $3.50. WALL & SPICER, 319 Brady.
A valuable horse belonging to Tom REGAN was badly injured on the Fifth and
Main street railway crossing yesterday afternoon and will probably be maimed
for life. The animal was being driven across the track when its front hoof
caught in between the rail and flooring, throwing the animal violently to
the ground. This is not the first horse that has been injured on this
crossing and the railway company is busy to-day having it properly repaired.
If you are sick, nothing renovates and invigorates like Dr. KAY's Renovator.
See advt. Price 25cents and $1.
The Sons of Veterans and Ladies Aid Society will give a masquerade ball at
the G.A.R. hall tomorrow evening which promises to be an affair of unusual
social enjoyment. The committee on arrangements consists of E. S. ARNOLD, E.
WEINGARTNER and Frank DOW, and Misses Kate RIGBY, Minnie SCHUMAN and Sadie
TILLOTSON. These two organizations have given quite a number of pleasing
entertainments and the affair tomorrow evening will probably excel all past
A necessary dish: "Friends' Oats,"
West Third street was the scene of an exciting runaway yesterday which
nearly resulted in the serious injury of Mrs. Rev. C. A. FINGER and a couple
of ladies who were in the carriage with her at the time. The horse which
Mrs. FINGER was driving became frightened at a passing car near Third and
Vine streets and indulged in a lively run until it was turned in an alley
near Third and Marquette and brought under control. The carriage rocked to
and fro considerably and it was decidedly fortunate that the ladies were not
Ladies interested in china decorating should not fail to see the elegant
line white china at The Jarvis WHITE Art Co. Lessons given and firing done.
The ladies of the Calvary Baptist church are completing arrangements for
their Christmas entertainment which is to be held in the assemblage room of
the church next Monday evening. Forty-four dolls are being fitted up for the
tree and later will be distributed among the forty-four girl members of the
infant class; the twenty-three boys of the class will also be remembered
with something appropriate. The other members of the school will also be
remembered and a fine programme carried out during the course of the
We show the largest line of chamber sets in the city. Prices very
reasonable. HINRICHS Crockery Co.
Dr. H. A. GILMAN, superintendent of the Mt. Pleasant insane hospital has
notified County Clerk Balluff that the hospital board of trustees has found
the following cases incurable and ordered their removal:
Theo. POHLMAN, Thomas TRAYNOR, Madison T. LONG, Wulf MOELLER, John O.
TEEGEN, Wilbur BARNHARDT, John HAINS, James O. SCHAEFFER, Nellie LUNSFORD,
Eliza WRAGGE and Lizzie DOYLE.
Fritz KANN, one of the deputies in Sheriff JONES' office, accompanied by
several assistants, left for Mt. Pleasant this afternoon to bring the male
patients back to this city. They will arrive here tomorrow night and Friday
morning at 8:30 the commissioners of insanity will meet to determine what
disposition to make of them. Unless the relatives desire some other
arrangements made, the unfortunates will probably be committed to the insane
department of Mercy Hospital for safe keeping. The women will not be
returned until next week.
J.C. WALLACE has all of the standard goods and all the novelties in musical
instruments. Have you seen the mandolin attachment for pianos? Look over Mr.
WALLACES fine stock, at 116 West Second street, and get his prices. They are
RETIRES FROM OFFICE
A KIMBALL Resigns the Vice-Presidency of the R. I. & P.
President R. R. CABLE, of the C. R. I. & P., was in the tri-cities
yesterday, his visit being occasioned by the semi-annual meeting of the
directors of the R. I. & P. which was held in Rock Island. The others in
attendance were H. B. SUDLOW, A. KIMBALL, and Phil MITCHELL. One of the
principal acts was to declare a dividend of 2 ½ per cent on the business of
the past six months, Mr. KIMBALL, who has been the vie-president of the
company, presented his resignation, which was accepted. H. S. CABLE, son of
the president of the Pike's Peak railway, was unanimously elected to succeed
the veteran railroader who desired to retire.
Our store will be open evenings until after Christmas. Aug. STEFFEN.
The management of the local U. S. express agency were somewhat chagrined
this morning to find the expensive covering of their express wagons
practically ruined at the hand of some ruthless villain who had maliciously
cut up the cover with a knife or some other sharp instrument. The wagon was
left standing in the alley back of the Eldorado saloon last night and this
morning it was found with the cover in a badly mutilated condition. The
matter was at once reported to the police but as yet no clue has been found
to the perpetrators. The express company will deal severely with them if
One of the best stories ever written by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps WARD is the
illustrated novelette, "The Veteran" which will appear in next Saturday's
E. M. DALZELL, practical plumber, 832 east Sixteenth street. Jobbing and
repairing reasonable and promptly done. Close estimates on plumbing, gas
fitting, water service and sewer work. All work guaranteed.
In Modern Times Belief in Them Has Been Quite Common
So lately as the middle of this century a girl of Louisburgh, near Wick, was
accused of being in league with the "pooers o' mischief," and a remedy akin
to that recently practiced with such tragic results in Ireland was devised.
She was placed in a basket, lined with shavings of wood, which was then hung
over a fire. The issue in this case was not fatal, but the folk averred that
she was not "half so witch-like" after she had been singed. A hag of the
northern isles was at times thought to be meta-morphosed into a porpoise,
and in fair weather she would dive under and over-turn a fishing boat,
against whose skipper she bore a grudge. On one occasion she was made to
place her hand on the bodies of several men who had met their death in such
a way, and in the words of the old chronicler, one "bled at the collir
bane," another "in the hands and fingers, gushing out bluid thairat, to the
great admiratione of the beholders and revelation of the judgment of the
A host of stories tell of northern witches who have given diseases to
horses, oxen and flocks of moorland sheep. Herdsmen to this day distrust
unknown persons who touch the food of their kye, lest it be poisoned. In
Shetland the cat or vaneja is regarded as an animal which brings good luck;
if she is seen to run toward the boat's mast there is sure to be a good
catch. In Chaithness, on the contrary, witches frequently appear in the form
of cats. A carpenter of Scrabster in the olden times was systematically
robbed of his meal and cakes. He thought it "cu'nu be cannie," and one night
as he watched he saw a number of cats devouring his property. In a trice he
cut off the right leg of one of them, whereupon they made their escape with
a rapidity which confirmed his former suspicions. Shortly afterward an old
woman, who had always been looked upon with disfavor, was found dead in her
lone cottage, bereft of her right leg..-Scottish Review.
The C. B. & Q., 108 west Third street, are selling the slickest playing
cards in the country for the money, 15 cents a pack. Don't fail to drop in
and buy a pack.
Daily Times, Davenport, Scott, Iowa, Dec 19, 1895
Patrick J Halligan, who has been a resident of Davenport for the past
forty-two years, passed away at the family residence, 725 Perry street, at
1:40 this morning. His death resulted from pneumonia, which developed from
an accident of which he was the victim and which occurred last Saturday
afternoon. While crossing the street on Harrison and Fourth, he was run down
by a buggy driven by an unknown woman and severely hurt. He was thrown upon
the pavement with such force as to inflict an ugly gash over his right eye
and crush his right lung, from which pneumonia resulted. Mr. Halligan was a
native of Ireland and was seventy years of age. He came to the United States
in 1850 and to Davenport in 1853, residing here continually since that time.
For about thirty years he held the position of general foreman for the
Davenport Gas company, retiring from that occupation several years ago. He
is survived by his wife and six children-John, James, Thomas, William,
Joseph and Mary-all resident of this city.
The funeral will be held from the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart tomorrow
morning at 9 o'clock, interment to be made in St. Marguerite's cemetery.
Daily Times, Davenport, Scott, Iowa, Dec 30, 1895
At noon yesterday occurred the death of Mrs. Frederica Christina Marie Voss
at the residence of her son, John A Voss, 1442 west Seventh street. Mrs.
Voss has for some time been troubled with lung disease and this was
ultimately the cause of her death. The deceased was born in Wallo, Germany
and had reached the advanced age of seventy-six years. For the past
twenty-two years she has been a resident of Davenport and her many rare
qualities and sterling character have made numerous friends in this her
chosen residence. She was greatly beloved and a large number of friends will
mourn her death.
Her husband died about sixteen years ago but three sons; John A, William H,
and Fritz P, all active members of the Voss Manufacturing company of this
city survive her.
The funeral will be held from the residence of John A Voss Monday afternoon
at 2 o'clock with interment in West Davenport cemetery.
This morning shortly after 10 o'clock occurred the death from old age of one
of Scott county's oldest residents, Michael O'Dea, at his home, 1428
Mr. O'Dea was born in County Limerick, Ireland in 1820. Like a good many of
his countrymen he decided to come to America, arriving in this country in
1850 and settling in Princeton county, Kentucky. In 1855 he again moved
coming to Scott county and engaging in farming near this city. This
occupation was followed for twenty-six years, Mr. O'Dea becoming very
prosperous and widely known for his thrift and good management. In 1881 he
decided to give up the active life which necessarily falls to the lot of the
farmer and retired, moving to Davenport for residence. He purchased a home
on Marquette street where he has ever since lived.
To mourn the death of the deceased are his wife, one son, John O'Dea, a
sister, Mrs. Thomas Barron, and two brothers, Patrick and James O'Dea.
The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock with services in St.
Mary's Church and interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Last evening at 8 o'clock occurred the death of Heinrich Grimm, a Scott
county farmer. Mr. Grimm was fifty-eight years of age. He was born in
Holstein Germany coming to Iowa thirty years ago. His residence is a farm
near Oakdale cemetery. Jochim Grimm and Mrs. Walbort Wiese, brother and
sister of the deceased survive him.
The funeral will be held on Jan. 1 from the residence with interment in
At 3:30 yesterday occurred the death of the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter
Matzen aged four years and six months. The little lad was taken sick one
week ago. The disease soon developed into croup which finally caused his
death. His parents moved here from Muscatine where the little fellow was
born about three mouths ago and are living at 708 west Seventh street.
The funeral was held this morning with interment in Holy Family cemetery.
Shortly after 7 o'clock at the family residence, 1330 Ripley street,
occurred the death of John Ternesky, a well known resident of this city, at
the age of forty-four years. The deceased was born April 26, 1852 in
Cleveland, Ohio, but later removed to this city where he followed the
occupation of a compositor, being foreman of Der Demokrat composing room for
many years. About two years ago he retired from that position and since that
date has not been actively employed. His wife, formerly Miss Anna Dolansky,
and five children survive him, together with six sisters, three of whom
reside in this city and the otehrs at Wilber, Neb.
The funeral will be held from the late residence Wednesday afternoon
Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock with services at St. Joseph's church and
interment in St. Marguerite's cemetery.
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Dec. 30, 1895
James DEMPSEY and Tom FARRAN,who were found guilty of attempted highway
robbery in the district court some time ago, came in this morning and after
a consultation with their attorney, C.T. COOPER, the two men decided to work
out their fine of $50 each on the jail stone pile. They accordingly reported
to Turnkey MARTENS this noon and will spend the next fifteen days in the
county bastile. DEMPSEY and FARRAN evidently think that this is the easiest
way for them to earn $50, especially at this season of the year.
Among other questions the supreme court recently cleared up a point which
has caused much dispute at times in a decision which is of special interest
to owners of horses. The question is often asked what if a team runs away
and does damage or what if a persons vehicle is run into by another and in
reply to this the supreme court says the decision to which reference has
been made: It is not necessary that the horse should be vicious to make the
owner responsible for injury done by him through the owner's negligence. If
the most docile horse be driven, yet so negligently as to do injury to
persons or property, the owner or driver is responsible. Certainly no less
so if the horse be negligently turned loose in the street without restraint
Taken Ill in a Restaurant.
While waiting for a car in a Brady street restaurant about 10 o'clock
yesterday morning, Francis McCULLOUGH, Sr., was taken violently ill and sank
back in his chair in a fainting condition. Dr. CANTWELL was hastily summoned
and after working for nearly a half hour over the prostrate man at last
succeeded in reviving him sufficiently to take him home in a carriage. This
morning Mr. McCULLOUGH was still very weak, but his condition some what
The Successful Bidder
The contract for the new storage house and office building of the
Martin-Woods Company on Front and Perry streets has been let by T.W.
McCLELLAND & Co. as architects and superintendents, to Henry BUCK. Mr. BUCK
has long been associated with the firm as master builder. The contract sum
is $5,625 and it is expected that work will be begun at once so that sixty
days, providing the weather allows, will see it completed. To the portion of
the town in which the building is to be erected it will be a very welcome
addition in the way of improvement. The building has been fully described in
THE TIMES as an entirely up-to-date structure. What modern knowledge can add
in the way of convenient equipment will be utilized.
Merely a Holiday Trip.
Dr. W.G. McDAVITT, the proprietor of the Boston dental parlors and who
according to Dame Rumor, has left town to evade a settlement with creditors,
returned this morning from Quincy, where he had gone to spend Christmas with
friends. The doctor was somewhat aggravated by the reports which had been
circulated relative to his holiday trip and most emphatically disclaimed any
intention or inclination to evade any honest obligation which he had
contracted. The report had its foundation in an attachment suit filed
against the doctor by a former employe for a balance alleged to be due on
wages and which was instituted just prior to the departure of Dr. McDAVITT
for Quincy. The doctor claims that the employe had no just basis for his
action, as he had been amply recompensed for all labors that his services
merited. The matter, however, was satisfactorily adjusted and the doctor was
somewhat incensed later on ascertaining that it had given rise to derogatory
reports. Dr. McDAVITT asserts that he makes it a point to liquidate for
every debt contracted by him and neither had, nor has, any intention of
evading any of his financial obligations. In response to his request, THE
TIMES gives him the benefit of the fore-going statement which as far as
investigation shows, seems founded on fact.
A Deserved Promotion
The many Davenport friends of Charles ANDERSON, formerly ticket agent at the
Perry street depot, will be interested in the announcement of his recent
promotion in the Rock Island and railway circles. About a year ago Mr.
ANDERSON was transfered from this city to Des Moines and now the officials
of the Rock Island have notified him that after the first of the year his
duties will be to look after the interests of the company at the Omaha
office. The change is quite a pleasant surprise to Mr ANDERSON and his
friends will congratulate him heartily on his success. Mr. ANDERSON is at
present visiting in Davenport with friends and expects to leave in a few
days for his new headquarters at Omaha.
Submitted by: C.J.L.
Iowa Old Press