Iowa Old Press
Birmingham, Van Buren, Iowa
Saturday, November 11, 1871
- Will Hope has pure wines and liquors for sale for mechanical,
medicinal, culinary and sacramental purposes.
- A female local item, weight about eight pounds, is reported to the credit of Mr. and Mrs. Rowley.
- The Old Eagle House, Birmingham, A. Cole, proprietor, still continues to do business. Plenty of stabling and good sample rooms. Call at the Eagle House.
- From Mr. Geo. B. Walker, County Superintendent of Common Schools, we learn of a distressing accident that happened to Charlie Gilbert, aged about 20 years, son of Mr. R. Gilbert, of Doud's Station. On Monday morning last at daylight, Charlie loaded an army musket it appears very heavily, and proceeded to the woods in quest of game. Coming upon a flock of turkies [sic] he fired, and the barrel of the musket bursted [sic], some of the pieces striking him in the face, knocking out his right eye, cutting him severly [sic] on the nose and cheek and otherwise frightfully lacerating the flesh. Dr. Crawford dressed the wounds and at last accounts the young man, though suffering much pain, was doing as well as could be expected under the circumstances.
MARRIED, On Thursday, 9th inst., at the residence of the bride's stepfather, Wm. Corry, by Rev. John N. Elliott, Mr. John Donnell and Miss Mattie A. Burden.
We received a forerunner of the above announcement, in the shape of a large, handsome, and excellent cake. It is seldom that a poor inky-fingered printer is thus kindly remembered, and the happy couple are assured that we appreciate it. A long life may they live to love each other, and ever love to live with each other.
The Free Methodist church of this place was formerly dedicated to the worship of God on Sabbath last, Rev. Joseph Travis officiating. After the sermon it was announced from the pulpit that the entire cost of the building was something over nine hundred dollars, all of which had been provided for by subscription and otherwise, except ninety dollars. This very small indebtedness was liquidated by contribution from the congregation, and the church was formally dedicated, entirely free from debt.
On Saturday night last, John D. Gibson made a cold blooded, cowardly and brutal assault upon the person of E.F. Valentine, with a rock not weighing less than four pounds, striking him on the forehead, cutting a frightful gash, and cleaving him to the floor. At the time the assault was made, Mr. Valentine was standing in the barber shop, quietly smoking his pipe. Gibson was arrested on Sunday morning by Constable Hope, on a warrant issued by Justice L.L. Moore upon information filed before him charging the said Gibson with assault with intent to commit great bodily injury. The trial coming on, H. Clay Clinton appeared for the prosecution and J.A.T. Hall for the defense. The strongest point that Capt. Hull could make in his defense, was that Gibson's over-wening [sic] cowardice had impelled him to the act. The man having had a few angry words the evening before, Gibson was afraid Val. would whip him, and he concluded he would fix him so he couldn't whip him. This was Hull's argument, and was of course the best he or any one else could make under the circumstances and had due weight before 'Squire Moore's court, but we think such a plea would fall still-born before a court of competent jurisdiction in such aggravated cases. The justice fined Gibson $20 and costs, for the payment of which he gave security.
FOR SALE- The house and lot where I now reside, situated directly north of the Presbyterian church.--H. CLAY CLINTON.
Birmingham, Van Buren, Iowa
Saturday, November 25, 1871
On Tuesday morning last, Dr. J.N. Norris of this place, was thrown from his horse, and very seriously injured. The accident occurred in this wise: In crossing a culvert near Mr. Gregory's one-half mile east of town the horse's foot caught in the culvert, and he fell over into a deep ditch, pitching the Doctor on his head on the ice, cutting and bruising him severely abut the head and face, injuring his spine between the shoulders and rendering him insensible for a time. When he had recovered from his insensibility, he got on his horse and rode home. Dr. Talbott dressed his wounds, and at present writing he is doing quite well, but suffering some pain between the shoulders. Somebody should be made to suffer pecuniarily for these bad culverts. Good men are mighty scarce, and it is too bad for them to be jammed up, their lives jeopardized, and not unfrequently killed, on account of the culpable inefficiency or neglect of road supervisors.
Fairfield Ledger: " Mr. Alexander Mitchell, an
old gentleman of about 75 years, residing about one mile north of Fairfield,
went to bed in apparent good health on last Sunday night, and was found dead the
next morning. He leaves a family of four grown children, and was a man very
generally respected. A post mortem examination was held, and below we give the
"Post Mortem examination made by Drs P.N. Woods and R.J. Mohr, Nov. 21st, 1871, to ascertain the cause of death in the case of Alexander Mitchell, who died suddenly on the morning of the 20th inst. The following abnormal conditions were found: Enlargement and dilation of the ventricles of the heart, ossification of its valves and coronary arteries, extensive inflamatory adhesions between the surfaces of the pericardium and copious effusions into the cavity of the sac. The latter, in our opinion, being sufficient to cause his death."
On the 10th of October last his wife, Eleanor Mitchell, died at the advanced age of 74 years.
FOR SALE- The house and lot where I now reside, situated directly north of the Presbyterian church.-- H. CLAY CLINTON.
We learn that Mr. E.B. Belknap, of Winchester, met with quite a severe accident last week. In attempting to stick a hog, the porker gave a powerful struggle, thrusting the knife through the fleshy part of Belknap's thigh.
Mr. J.N. Smith is still engaged in the stock buying business, and, as usual pays about 25 cents per hundred more for hogs than they are worth. Don't fail to see Smith before selling your hogs.
Our young friend John W. Elerick is on hand with his annual gift to the ENTERPRISE, in the shape of a large fat wild turkey. He brings us one once a year, for which we are grateful. Long life to John and death to the wild turkeys.
Dawson, at the Summit, reports that there has been a great fire at Salt Lake, and that Brigham Young and many lesser lights were driven away, and that in the consequent consternation the agent of Tolman & Dawson gobbled a few cases of good boots. As the said boots cost but a trifle, they will be sold cheap.
We learn that Capt. R.B.Rutledge of Van Buren county, will be a candidate before the next Legislature for the position of Warden of the Penitentiary. Capt. Rutledge was formerly Provost Marshal for the First Congressional District and the Provost Marshal General paid the Board the high compliment of reporting this is the best conducted District in the country. Captain R. would make a worthy and efficient officer.--Ledger.
Fire at Keosauqua.
From a gentleman who left the Summit yesterday morning we learn of a destructive fire at Keosauqua. The three story brick building, occupied by Craig & Bleakmore, druggists, the Republican office, and the Masonic Hall was destroyed by fire about four o'clock Friday morning. It is supposed to be the work of an incendiary. The building and contents are a total loss, partially covered by insurance. We learn that Capt. Henry has made arrangements to replace the printing material but it will of course be some time before he will be able to make an issue of the Republican. he and the other sufferers have our heartfelt sympathies.
Birmingham Grain Market
Mr. J.N. Smith, dealer in grain, stock, &c., pays the following prices in cash for grain: Rye, 40 and 45 cents; Oats, 20 and 23 cents; Timothy Seed, $2 and $2.25; Corn, 20 cents; Wheat, $1 and $1.10 per bushel; clover seed, $5 and $5.25.
North East corner of the Public Park.
Respectfully informs the public that he
is prepared to take all kinds of Sun Pictures
in good style and at reduced prices. He also
keeps on hand a good selection of Albums, which
he will sell at a small profit. Thankful for past
favors, he solicits a continuation of public pat-
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