Iowa News from across the Country
- 1887-

The Hollister Free Lance
San Benito Co., CA
January 14, 1887

Lone Tree
Mr. Lewis SNIBLEY and son, Frank, of Iowa, are visiting the family of Mr. Dan SNIBLEY, of this place, and John and Jake SNIBLEY, of Fairview. They are very much pleased with San Benito county. Mr. SNIBLEY intends to move his family here to reside permanently.

[transcribed by D.S., August 2005]


Atchison Daily Globe
Atchison, Kansas
January 15, 1887

The Town of Le Mars.
An Iowa Colony of Englishmen Described by Kernan.
Striking Individuality of the Place. Teaching Aristocrats FArming at $600 a Year -- Days of Anarchy and Bloodshed -- Some Reminiscences
[Special Correspondence] New York, Jan 3 -

I have lived in many communities in my time, but in none that possessed a more striking individuality than Le Mars, the English colony located in northwestern Iowa, twenty-five miles east of Sioux City. Picturesquely situated on the banks of the Floyd river, and surrounded by a seemingly limitless prairie, its spires and housetops can be seen for a distance of thirty miles on any of the bright, clear, wonderful days that make the climate of imperial Iowa the most pleasant in the world.

The Duke of Sutherland, traveling through the west when le Mars was a nameless shanty settlement, saw the potentialities of the place, and bought 67,000 acres of land in the vicinity. A little later a London syndicate of fabulous wealth purchased great tracts of territory in the county, and advertised its advantages throughout England. The present colony was the result, a colony consisting of several full-fledged lords, a whole raft of the younger sons of British noblemen, and many representatives of the middle classes, with a small sprinkling of what is known as the peasantry.

The more substantial members of the colony bought farms of the syndicate, built handsome farm houses and undertook the cultivation of the soil. They certainly introduced new methods in that direction -- methods that made the average American look on with a curious smile. To illustrate: Captain the Honorable So-and-So advertised in the English papers that he would teach thirty young men the science of farming for the sum of 120 ($600) each a year. The result was that the farm of Captain the Honorable was soon supplied with aristocratic laborers. Wealthy young men from the middle classes also flocked over to take advantage of similar offers, until Le Mars had at least 800 agriculturists in its vicinity who couldn't tell a plow from a pumpkin.

Then the fun began. The boys would do little drills of work, and make up for it by coming to town and painting it a ripe, staring red. Many of them were spendthrifts; money flowed like water, and Le Mars began to boom. Fine business blocks sprung up as if by magic; immigration poured in , and the town became the center of commerce for a vast area of country.

But it had its dark days, with which to contend when the lawless element gamed the upper hand. It was during this period of anarchy that thirty-one attempts were made, inside of a year, to lay the town in ashes. Who, was the firebug? Suspicion finally centered upon a member of one of the oldest families of the aristocracy -- a young man whose father at that time held a position second to that of no judge in England. The young man was arrested, tried, acquitted, and then distinguished himself by marrying a woman of the pave and becoming a well digger by profession.

Le Mars is ceelebrated for its horse races and other outdoor sports. It has its regular Derby week, when the english take complete possession of the town. Hundreds of men can be seen in jocky caps, flaming scarlet shirts and black knickerbockers, on high mettled horses. English ladies drive trough its streets in queer little carts, or, if on foot, they invariably carry canes, and are followed by a parcel of dogs, generally greyhounds. The English flag loats everywhere, English airs are tooted and drummed in all directions and the English accent is heard on every hand.
Will Hubbard Kernan.

[transcribed by S.F., May 2006]


The Hollister Free Lance
San Benito Co., CA
January 21, 1887

Wes. INGELS is perfectly happy, and has a good opportunity to illustrate his hospitality. At present he is entertaining relatives from the East, viz: F.W. McCALL and wife, of Oskaloosa, Iowa; Joseph BURGESS and daughter, of Streeter, Ill.; his daughter, Annie INGELS, of Oakland and his sister-in-law, Mrs. HOLDRIGE, of San Francisco.

[transcribed by D.S., August 2005]


The Hollister Free Lance
San Benito Co., CA
January 28, 1887

Mr. Frank McCALL, who, with his wife, is visiting the various, many and hospitable branches of the INGLES family, in this valley, dropped into our office the other day and gave us some pointers. Mr. McCALL is here from Oskaloosa, Iowa, and on the way stopped at Los Angeles.

[transcribed by D.S., August 2005]


The Hollister Free Lance
San Benito Co., CA
March 4, 1887

-J. SHADE, of Rock Rapids, Iowa, is visiting his brother, G.W. SHADE, of Sargents. The brothers had not seen one another for 30 years. Mr. SHADE is much pleased with the outlook and will probably settle here.
-Mr.& Mrs. Wesley INGLES, and Mr.& Mrs. Frank McCALL, of Oskaloosa, Iowa, went to San Jose on Thursday. From that place they will visit San Francisco and Fresno.

[transcribed by D.S., August 2005]


Steven's Point Journal
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
May 21, 1887

Many Buildings Burned.
DUBUQUE, Ia., May 13- Almost the entire business part of Earlville, a town of 1,000 inhabitants, thirty-seven miles west of Dubuque, was wiped out by fire Wednesday night. The fire spread so rapidly that almost nothing could be saved. Twenty business houses, four dwellings, one church and several barns were
burned. Only two elevators, a hardware store, a bank and a Masonic building were saved in the business part of the town. Loss, $150,000; insurance, $53,475.

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


New York Times
New York, New York
June 5, 1887

Des Moines, Iowa, June 4 - Fountain George, the murderer of Dr. Epps 12 years ago, died in the penitentiary yesterday. He was sentenced by a jury to be hanged, but appealed to the Supreme court, which affirmed the verdict of the jury. the day fixed for the execution having passed, it devolved upon Gov. Sherman to fix a day, which he refused to do.

[transcribed by S.F., December 2007]


Dallas Morning News
Dallas, Dallas co., Texas
June 8, 1887

Five Boys Drown Attempting to Save One.
Maquoketa, Io. June 7. Three sons of John Beck and two sons of Paul Hindel, whose ages ranged from 9 to 16 years, were drowned in the Maquoketa River yesterday. Three of whom plunged off the sandbar into the water beyond their depth. When another boy saw they were drowning he attempted to rescue them. His brother noticed the first boys distress tried to assist him and all were drowned together, while a sixth boy failed in a gallant effort to rescue them.

[transcribed by M.J.M., April 2009]


Freeborn County Standard
Albert Lea, Minnesota
August 24, 1887

Iowa News
- A cyclone played its zephyrs upon St. Paul, Iowa, Saturday evening and much damage was done including the destruction of the Catholic church.

- At Storm Lake, Tuesday, the steam flouring mill and contents, Skell's blacksmith shop and Cuilford's outbuildings were destroyed by fire. Loss, $17,000; insurance, $11,000.

- A special from Strawberry Point says a house and barn, Snyder's barber ship, R. Hanson's dwelling, Kleinlem's two-story dwelling and Porter's blacksmith shop were destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. Only by strenuous efforts was the business portion of the town saved.

- John Nicols, a brakeman on the Minnesota & Northwestern railroad, died at Elma, Iowa, Friday morning, from injuries received two days before. His leg had been crushed by a car running over it. Amputation followed, with the above result. His parents reside at Austin, Minn.

- Valuable discoveries of iron ore have been made near Waukon, Allamakee county, and a company has been formed with a capital of $4,000,000 to operate and develp the same. The incorporators are Henry W. Price, George D. Roper and John H. Sine. Large tracts of valuable ore are already located with flattering prospects of almost unlimited resources.

- At Walnut, in Pottawattamie county, Tuesday, fire destroyed 13 buildings. The toiwn has no fire appliance, but one hand engine and in two and a half hours the Rock Island depot, three large grain elevators, a large barn, and a number of shops and dwellings were destroyed. The value of the property destroyed was $60,000. Clayton & Schofield's and Sprangler's elevators were among the buildings burned.

- Constable Potts, at Des Moines, found a keg of beer in the barn of Thos Hardy, and though it was not claimed it was for sale but held for consumption by Hardy and others who had bought it, a warrant was issued for Hardy's arrest. Potts met his man on the street in conversation with a friend, read the warrant, and commenced firing, hitting Hardy twice, whose wounds may prove fatal, and seriously wounding a passerby. The constable is in jail.

[transcribed by S.F., July 2005]


The Alexandria Post
Alexandria, Douglas Co. Minnesota
Friday, November 25, 1887
page 1, col. 3.

Mrs. Dr. Boyd started for Postville, Iowa, Monday night in response to a telegram announcing the fatal illness of her uncle, Hon. S. S. Powers. We used to know Mr. Powers in Iowa and sincerely regret this sad news.

[transcribed by J.W., March 2004]


The Alexandria Post
Alexandria, Douglas Co. Minnesota
Friday, December 2, 1887
page 6, col. 1.

Hon. S. S. Powers, Mrs. Dr. Boyd’s uncle, of Postville, Iowa, died last Tuesday age 51 years. The local paper, the Postville Review, speaks in high praise of Mr. Powers as a leading lawyer, public spirited citizen and warm-hearted and true man.

[transcribed by J.W., March 2004]

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