Iowa News from across the Country
- 1885 -

Weekly Gazette
Colorado Springs, El Paso County, CO
April 4, 1885

GEORGE DUNCAN Resorts to the Revolver to Hurry Himself out of the World.
About half past seven o'clock last night George Duncan, who with his family resided at the corner of Nevada avenue and Cucharas street committed suicide by shooting himself through the breast with a revolver. A representative of the Gazette who visited the house a few moment after the suicide happened learned the following facts. It seems that Duncan for a number of years has been suffering from complications of diseases and for the past few weeks has been a constant sufferer. A few minutes after seven last evening he requested his brother, who was staying in the sick room with him, to get a drink of water, which he proceeded to do. While the brother was in the kitchen at the other end of the house he heard the report of a revolver and immediately rushed to the sick room. Upon reaching there he found the room vacant and further investigation revealed the body of his brother lying on the ground directly beneath the window of the room. Blood was flowing profusely from a wound in the left breast near the heart, and death must have been almost instantaneous. The deed was committed with a large 45-caliber (horse?) revolver, and the ball passed entirely through the body. It is thought that the man was laboring under a fit of temporary aberration of mind, and either shot himself while leaning through the window or jumped out upon the ground and then shot himself. George Duncan came here from Glenwood [Mills Co.], Iowa, about two years ago for the benefit of his health. He has however gradually failed instead of improving, and although in good circumstances when he came, he has spent all his means and has been unable to earn more. Last December he went to Glenwood Springs, returning in about a month, since which time he has been sick in bed most of the time. He leaves a wife and four little children in destitute circumstances.Coroner Davis has been notified and will hold an inquest today if one is deemed necessary.

[transcribed by S.D., Sept. 2005]


New York Times
New York, New York
May 2, 1885

Dowd-Easton. On Thursday, April 30, 1885, at the Windsor Hotel, New-York, by the Rev. Chas. H. Parkhurst, D.D., William B. Dowd, of New-York, to Stella, only daughter of James H. Easton, of Decorah, Iowa.

[transcribed by S.F., October 2006]


New York Times
New York, New York
June 5, 1885

ADAMS - WEAVER - At the Victoria Hotel, on the 4th day of June, by the Rev. Dr. Robert Collyer, A. G. Adams, of Burlinton, Iowa and Laura C. Weaver, of Fort Madison, Iowa.

[transcribed by S.Y., September 2009]


The Cedarburg Weekly News
Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
June 24, 1885

DIED -- On Tuesday, June 15th, at 4 o'clock P.M., Bryan CORRIGAN, at his residence in the town of Cedarburg. The deceased, though not confined to his bed until the Saturday previous to his demise, had been gradually failing for some time past. Mr. CORRIGAN came to Ozaukee county in the year 1846, where
he remained up to the time of his death. The high esteem in which the deceased was held by the community was shown by the number of persons who followed his remains to the grave, his funeral being one of the largest seen here in years. The remains were buried from St. Francis Church, Thursday morning at 10 o'clock. Among those who attended the funeral from abroad were: William and Michael CORRIGAN, sons of the deceased, Sioux City, Iowa, David GARRILY, Milwaukee, Mrs. COONAN, sister-in-law of the deceased, Nellie and William CORRIGAN, niece and nephew of the deceased, Milwaukee, and James CORRIGAN, also a nephew, Sioux City, Iowa.

[transcribed by M.S., Oct. 2003]

Freeborn County Standard
Albert Lea, Minnesota
August 27, 1885

Serious Fatality in Van Buren County, Iowa- Is it Gray Flux or Cholera?
A Keosauqua Van Buren county, special says: Our people are considerably excited over reported cholera at Contril, a town of about 250 inhabitants, eight miles northwest of here, in Van Buren county. There were three deaths last night, two being children and the other an old lady. There have been eight deaths within the past few days and when the mail carrier left Contril this morning for Keosauqua there were five that it thought could not live throughout the day. Thirty-two are down, and thus far the deaths have averaged one to every
four afflicted. The attack is first a violent cramping in the stomach, followed by a discharge from the bowels, sometimes of a bloody nature, and spasms frequently follow. Persons who had been well during the day were taken that night, and in a few hours were taken that night, and in a few hours were corpses. Some of the physicians pronounce it cholera, while others say it is the old-fashioned flux. There are hardly enough well persons to nurse the sick. The excitement is reported intense. One of our physicians was called there to-day, and he thinks it is gray flux, but pronounces it very fatal. The cause is not known. for a couple of weeks past the disease had been gradually increasing, and about the middle of last week broke out with terrible effect. At Milton, five miles west of Contril, there was a death yesterday that the physicians say was genuine cholera.

[transcribed by C.J.L., Sept. 2003]


Freeborn County Standard
Albert Lea, Minnesota
September 3, 1885

Miss Julia Nagle, of Chicago, and John Reardon, of Emmetsburg, Iowa, the latter a nephew of D.E. Dwyer, are making the family of Mr. Dwyer a very pleasant visit.

[transcribed by C.J.L., Jan. 2004]


Salt Lake Democrat
Salt Lake City, Utah
October 26, 1885

Excursionists To California
The chief of California excursion parties this season arrived last evening over the Union Pacific in six special Pullman cars, and are quartered at the Walker, Continental and St. James. A Democrat reporter, in search of a familiar visage among the "far-fetched" tourists, had the pleasure of meeting the genial conductors of ceremonies, Messrs. J.O. Prescott, excursion manager of the N.Y., L.E. & W.R.R., and George E. Allen, proprietor of the Raitway Magazine, both of Buffalo, N.Y. These gentlemen stated that the party headed West from Buffalo with two private cars, adding a third one at Minneapolis, and leaving Omaha Thursday, Oct. 22d, with the present large party, en route to San Francisco, where they will arrive Wednesday morning. Mr. Hoyt Sherman, Jr., special agent, accompanies the sight-seekers. Before the sun rose over the Wasatch this morning the streets were alive with carriages and bunches of the visitors, in pursuit of anything and everything characteristic of Salt Lake and Mormondom. They left for the Golden Gate on this evening's train, and will be given an opportunity of crossing the Sierra Nevada mountains in the daytime. At San Francisco the excursion disbands and returns east any time within six months. Mr. John Deere, manufacturer of the famous farming implements, is among the party, from Moline, Ill. and F.G. Woodberry, president of the Marshalltown (Iowa) Bank, as well as many other enterprising business men, compose the intelligent party. The following is a complete list of the excursionists:
[transcription note: only the Iowans on the list were extracted from the article]

Mr. and Mrs. Delos Arnold, Marshalltown, Ia.
Miss Emma Briggs, Grinnell, Ia.
Mr. and Mrs. Eli Clayton, Walnut, Ia.
Mrs. E.D.F. Fisher, Council Bluffs, Ia.
Mr. and Mrs. H.S. Metcalf, Council Bluffs, Ia.
Mrs. George McCord, Marshalltown, Ia.
Miss Julia Perry, Odebolt, Ia.
Mrs. O. Perry, Odebolt, Ia.
Miss Mary Park and niece (child), Grinnell, Ia.
Mr. G.W. Sharp, Farmington, Ia.
Miss Martha Tuttle, Des Moines, Ia.
Mr. F.G. Woodberry, Marshalltown, Ia.
Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Woodworth, Marshalltown, Ia.
Mr. Jas. L. Williams, Marshalltown, Ia.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Willigrod, Marshalltown, Ia.
Miss Alice Wilson, Marshalltown, Ia.
Mr. W.L. Wilkins, Sioux City, Ia.

[transcribed by S.F., October 2014]


Mitchell Sunday Republican
Mitchell, Dakota Territory
December 6, 1885

The president today appointed the following postmasters: Perry, Iowa, D.C. West, vice C. Rude, resigned.

[transcribed by S.F., Nov. 2003]


Mitchell Daily Republican
Mitchell, Dakota Territory
Wednesday, December 16, 1885

A Set Back for the Pill Foundries.
Des Moines, IA., Dec 14. -- The Supreme Court to-day decided against the druggists in the test case brought from Harrison county by the State Pharmaceutical Association. The decision held that druggists who wish to sell liquor for medicinal purposes must obtain a special permit the same as any other dealer.

[transcribed by C.D., October 2006]


Mitchell Sunday Republican
Mitchell, Dakota Territory
December 20, 1885

Wolsey Happenings.
Mr. Will McClanahan, of the firm of R.D. Whorton & Co., was married to Miss Maud Law, in Congdon, Iowa yesterday. His many friends wish him the best of success in his new enterprise.

[transcribers note: I can't find a Congdon, Iowa -- could it be Coggon, Linn co., Condit, Jones co., Coyton, Buchanan co. or Corydon, Polk co.?; transcribed by S.F., Nov. 2003]

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