Iowa News from across the Country
- 1895 -

Arizona Republican
Phoenix, Arizona Territory
February 5, 1895

H.T. Chapin of Anita, Ia. [Cass co.], arrived in the city Sunday morning. Mr. Chapin is one of the prosperous business men of Anita and came to Phoenix with a view of locating. A large colony of Iowa people from his section are to arrive shortly.

[transcribed by S.F., February 2007]


Los Angeles Herald
Los Angeles, California
February 10, 1895

Marriage Licenses Issued
Henry K. Bradley, Dubuque, Iowa, age 22 and Frances E. Waldron, Hillsdale, Mich., age 22.

[transcribed by S.F., October 2014]


Decatur Daily Republican
Decatur, Macon County, Illinois
March 6, 1895

Exodus of Farmers and Families for the West
A train load of farmers with their families, household goods and stock, started from Decatur this afternoon for points in Buena Vista County, near Storm Lake, Iowa. The train was made up of 20 freight cars and two passenger coaches, and streamers on the coaches read "HO for Storm Lake, Iowa, the Great Corn Belt". Families on the coaches as follows: Divan, Miller, Murphy, Barnes, Adams, Ellrich, Bitter, Glass, Walker, Sweitzer, McComb, Richardson, Oakes, Lambert, Steel, Herbert, and Parr.

These farmers last fall through the Northwestern Land Agency of which E. R. Sisson is general manager, and George Fleming of Decatur, local manager, bought land in Iowa at $17.00 to $50.00 per acre. The average price was $37.50 per acre, and the average size of the farms bought was 210 acres. The farmers go west to take possession of the land.

In the freight cars of the train were loaded 125 horses, a number of cows, farming machinery and goods generally, so that when the party arrives at its destination on Thursday, all will be prepared to go to housekeeping and farming.

We are sorry to note the departure of the families named, and the REPUBLICAN wishes them prosperity and happiness. We commend them all to the kindly consideration of Iowa people.

[transcribed by K.S., July 2005]


Steven's Point Gazette
Steven's Point, Wisconsin
March 27, 1895

An Iowa Woman Boldly Enters Upon a Legal Career.
Dubuque (Iowa) Correspondence.
Mrs. John B. Utte of Dyersville, Dubuque county, recently admitted to the practice in Iowa courts, was born in this city. She is the daughter of one of Dubuque's first settlers and most esteemed citizens, ex-Mayor John D. Bush. Her maiden name was Annie M. Bush; she was married to Mr. Utt in 1886. Her husband was a practicing attorney at Dyersville, and being much of his time absent Mrs. Utt began to study law to enable her to attend to her husband's business when absent. Becoming interested she extended her studies to every branch of the legal profession, and having a liking for it, knowledge came easy. She decided to study for admission to the bar, and having prepared herself appeared before the committee of the Supreme court at Des Moines Jan. 14 and 15 last in a class of thirty-four applicants. The examination was very strict, lasting two days. Of the class ten were rejected, some of whom were graduates of law schools. When her name appeared among the successful applicants there was a general applause. Mrs. Utt is a brunette, of fine appearance and pleasing manners. She will devote her attention to equity cases, preparation of papers, and pleadings before the judges, and will undoubtedly make her mark among the lady lawyers of the country.

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


Los Angeles Herald
Los Angeles, California
April 25, 1895

Died. In this city, April 24, 1895, at 7 p.m., Major Otto Brodtbeck, aged 50 years. Funeral notice will be published later. St. Louis, Mo., and Dubuque, Iowa papers please copy.

[transcribed by S.F., October 2014]


Alexandria Post News
Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota
Thursday, May 9, 1895, page 5, col. 2.

From Iowa.
Mrs. Dora Simmons is one of the graduates of Elsworth college, Iowa Falls, Iowa. Mrs. Simmons was formerly Misss Barrick of Alexandria.

Mrs. L. A. Barrick of Iowa Falls, Iowa, formerly of Alexandria, is the happy father of a nine pound baby girl. He reports crops as fine in Iowa.

[Transcribed from microfilm at Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN by J.W., April 2004]


Hawaiian Gazette
Honolulu, Hawaii
June 25, 1895

Henry Johnson Arrested -- Charged With Having Committed Forgery in Iowa
(From Saturday's Daily) Henry Johnson, proprietor of the Palace candy and book store on Hotel street, was arrested shortly after 1 o'clock yesterday by Captain Scott, marshal Hitchcock and Captain Kanae being present. The crime charged against Johnson is that of having committed forgery at Muscatine, Iowa.

Sheriff Wyllie of that place arrived by the 'Australia' with extradition papers for the arrest of Johnson on the charge named, which was executed without delay. It was believed the accused would make strenuous resistance against arrest, owing to the supposed magnitude of the crime, but such was not the case.

When questioned at police headquarters Johnson admitted he was the party wanted, and would return to the States without contesting the case. From a reliable source it was learned that Johnson was for several years, and up to about a year and a half ago, treasurer of Muscatine County, Iowa, being held in high esteem as a public servant. In his official position Johnson was custodian of immense sums of money. At one time he saw an opportunity to make a fortune by investment of considerable funds. With the supposed consent of one of his bondsmen the treasurer used some $80,000 of money belonging to the county, hoping, as many good men had before and since, to realize profitably thereby and make full restitution. The venture failed and with it was lost the good name of both official and bondsman. Seeing no other alternative, Johnson fled west into Kansas, thence to California and Hawaii. He is said to have carried away none of the money taken from Muscatine County, and landed at San Francisco with but fifty cents in his pocket. Through the sale of his household effects by Mrs. Johnson, $700 being realized, the supposed defaulter was able to reach Honolulu on $200 forwarded by his faithful wife.

The remainder is easily told. After being in the islands but a short time, Johnson secured a position on an afternoon paper as collector and solicitor. Strict attention to business soon brought its reward, and the more lucrative work of bookkeeping in the newspaper office was secured. In the meantime Johnson had associated himself in the stationery business as partner of a blind man named Scharf, afterward succeeding to the sole ownership and purchasing later the Palace candy store, both being now conducted by him.

Mrs. Johnson arrived here a few months ago and, from the exemplary manner in which her husband had conducted himself since coming to Honolulu, was well received in social and religious circles. The supposed defaulter was known here as Henry Johnson, having dropped William from the name he bore while residing in Iowa. He rendered active support to the Government during the late insurrection as a member of the Citizens Guard, besides taking a prominent part in religious work.

Johnson is said to have embezzled over $30,000. He claims the amount to be much less, and that his bondsmen have liquidated the shortage. Political reasons are assigned as the cause for his arrest. A party from Iowa was recently in Honolulu and conversed with Johnson, who, he claims, betrayed his whereabouts for a slight reward. Sheriff Wyllie and his prisoner will leave by the 'Australia' Monday. Mrs. Johnson and son will remain and, assisted by C.H. Ramsey, carry on the business acquired by the husband and father. The arrest was the talk of the town yesterday and created more comment than has been heard in Honolulu for some time.

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


Davis County Clipper
Bountiful, Davis County, Utah
June 25, 1895

An Iowa Tornado
Dennison, Ia., June 17 - About 3 o'clock this morning Dennison and vicinity were visited by a tornado, which did damage estimated at $15,000. The storm was worse about eight miles west in Paradise township. The house of John Rose was demolished, and Mrs. Rose has died from injuries received. Their baby was carried some distance from the house but was found wrapped in a quilt unhurt.

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


Steven's Point Gazette
Steven's Point, Wisconsin
July 10, 1895

-Ed Murdock, of Emmetsburg, Iowa, has been spending a few days in this city visiting his boyhood friend, S.C. Wakely. Mr. Murdock was a resident of Stevens Point in the early '60s, leaving here about thirty years ago, and is now the possessor of a fair share of the world's goods. He will remain here until next week.

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


Inter Ocean
Chicago, Cook co., Illinois
August 9, 1895

The funeral of George W. Sackett of the hardware firm of Trout and Sackett, No 216 Lake Street, took place yesterday at No. 1564 Fulton St. the residence of his partner. The family home, opposite, has been closed since early spring when Mr. Sackett was taken to the Rocky Mountains for the benefit of his health, his wife and son George, accompanying him. Last winter the family spent in Florida and Southern Georgia. However, the ravages of consumption were only delayed somewhat, and Mr. Sackett passed away last Sunday in New Mexico at Watrous. The remains reached Chicago Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Mr. Windsor of Geneva, Ill., officiated at the funeral, and the choir of the Church of the Redeemer, Warren St. where is the family pew beautifully rendered the music. The flowers were exquisite, the deceased having attached to himself, through his rare geniality and sociability, an unusual number of friends. His late partner, George W. Trout, whose wife is a sister of Mr. Sackett, was the chief pall bearer, assisted by a number of young men from the store. The interment was a Graceland. Mr. Sackett was born twenty nine years ago in Geneva, Ill. His late father, George Sackett, was a well known merchant on the south side, and since early boyhood, the son had lived in this city, graduating from South Side High School. He began working as a boy for A.F. Seeberger & Co. and at the age of 18 was a successful traveling salesman. When he was 22 he began traveling to the Pacific coast on his own account as a manufacturers agent, representing among other factories that of Fayette R. Plum of Philadelphia, with whom he was in close business until he died. Three years ago he was with his brother-in-law George W. Trout, started the wholesale hardware firm of Trout & Sackett at No, 216 Lake St. (Chicago). He leaves a widow, Ms, Belle Wilbur of Maquoketa, Iowa, and a 3 year old son. He always bore the highest esteem of those who knew him, either in business or a social way and leaves many sorrowing friends.

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


San Francisco Call
San Francisco, California
September 15, 1895

McDonald - Andrew Marriage
At the residence of the bride's parents, 646 Fell street, last Wednesday evening, took place the wedding of Miss Mary Deane Andrew and John Manderson McDonald. The groom is a resident of Dubuque, Iowa, where he holds the responsible position of treasurer of the A.G. McDonald Manufacturing Company of Chicago and Dubuque. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, where they have extensive interests. Miss Edith T. Andrew, the sister of the bride, acted as maid of honor, and the bridesmaids were Miss Mary H. McDonald, sister of the groom, and Miss Mabel V. Smith. Andrew Morrison of Chicago was the best man. Rod Guyett and Frank Hunt were the groomsmen and Lewis Hunter and Percy Morse the ushers. Mr. and Mrs. McDonald will spend the next three or four weeks visiting points of interest on the coast and will then proceed to their new home in Dubuque, Iowa, where they will receive after November 15, at 969 Iowa street.

[transcribed by S.F., October 2014]


Atlanta Constitution
Atlanta, Georgia
October 12, 1895

From Far Off Iowa
Editors Will Arrive Here Today They have been Taking in Several of the Southern Cities During their Trip

The Iowa Press Association will reach here today at noon if their schedule is carried out. The members of this association have been expected for several days, but they have made two unexpected stops on the way. A stop over of a day was made in Nashville Thursday. There the visitors were properly entertained and a number of speeches were made. They also visited the Belle Meade stock farm. Another stop was made by the members yesterday at Chatanooga. At his city, to, they were entertained delightfully and shown the different points of historic interest. The party is under the leadership of Secretary A.B. Shaw. the following is the list of those expected today:
Leon Reporter, E.W. Curry
Linn Grove Independant, Wm. Lewis
LeGrand Recorder, G.W. Harris
Marshalltown Daily Times-Republic, J.O. Adams and C.R. Speers
Marshalltown Register, H.W. Evans
Marshalltown Reflector, Wm. Hodges
Marshalltown Statesman, Chas. J. Burkart
Marshalltown Beobachter, E.C. Wild
Manson Journal, T.D. Long & wife
Mapleton People's Press, H.V. and B.E. Chapin
Malco Leader, J.E. Latchem & wife
Northwood Index, Frank Scammon & wife
Northwood Anchor, E.W.G. Vogetnity
New Sharon Star, E.G. Vail and J.A. Maitland
Oskaloosa Herald, Chas. H. Ralston
Oskaloosa Globe, T.M. Shockley and J.W. Moreland
Odebolt Chronicle, W.E. Hamilton
Ogden Messenger, J.W. Thompson and T.S. Ashford
Ottumwa Daily Courier, Mrs. Lillian D. Muse and Miss Caroline H. Holman
Postville Volksblatt, Gustav Dietsch
Panora Vidette, A.T. Whitmer
Pocahontas Record, Port C. Baron & wife
Pleasantville News, B. Freel
Rolfe Reveille, A.R. Thornton
Red Oak Baptist Herald, F.P. Leach
Sumner Gazette, G.P. Linn & wife
Soan Star, S.L. Frisbie
Salix Chief, S.K. Williamson
Spirit Lake Beacon, Chas. T. Chandler
Sac City Sup, H.H. Fitch
Sioux Rapids Republican, W.E. Brown & wife
Sioux City Journal, H.E. Cody
Traer Clipper, E.E. Taylor & wife
Vail Observer, R.A. Nicholson
West Liberty Index, Jont Maxon and William McMillan
Waterloo Reporter, L.G. Parrott & wife
Waterloo Rural Life, Mrs. ?
Advocate, Henry Herman
Boone News, John T. Herman
Boone Democrat, J. Hornstein & wife
Boone Standard, Charles Aldrich
Blockton Leader, Charles M. Steele
Burlington Daily Gazetter, Thomas Stivers & wife
Carroll Daily Sentinel, C.C. Colclo & wife
Carroll Farm Journal, H.H. Nolen
Carroll Germania, V. Hinrichs & wife
Centerville Iowegian, J.C. Barrows & wife
Cedar Rapids Saturday REcord, E.A. Sherman & mother
Creston Daily Advertiser, E. Derr
Creston News, Mrs. R.E. Ewing
Corydon Democrat, John Stirling Jr. & wife
Corning Free Press, H.E. Westrope
Corning Union, A.B. Shaw
Des Moines Record, C.S. Wilson and Mrs. Fanny Reichard
Des Moines Saturday Review, Alice Cary Wilson and J.E. Clarey
Des Moines Capital, Lafayette Young and Mose Jacobs
Des Moines Semi-Weekly Globe, John Brier & sister
Des Moines Svithoid, W.A. Wilkins
Des Moines Spirit of the West, W.W. Robinson
Dubuque Iowa Norma, James A. Edwards and C.A. Sibley
Emmetsburg Democrat, Mrs. James Taylor
Estherville Democrat, Mrs. J.W. Tennot
Farmington Herald, F.H. Rockwell
Fairfield Ledger, C.M. Junkin & wife
Fontanelle Observer, Mrs. Annie McDermid
Fort Dodge Daily Messenger, Mrs. H. Wilson
Fort Dodge Post, J.W. Butler and C.W. Mahan
Guthrie Center Guthrian, Charles Ashton & wife
Grinnell Herald, R. MacDonald
Griswold Advocate, C.S. Patterson & wife
Gravity Independent, Ed E. Cass & wife
Holstein Advocate, J.C. Krantz
Ida Grove Pioneer, George T. Williams & wife
Ireton Clipper, W.W. Overholser & wife
Jamaica Joker, James H. Cross
Lansing Mirroe, George W. Metcalf and Will Clancy
Le Mars Sentinel, Guy Ragsdale
Lisbon Sun, Albert M. Floyd
Leon Review, J.A. Caster
Des Moines Daily News, Ella Hamilton Durley and W.W. Wise & wife

[transcribed by S.F. November 2004]


Hawaiian Gazette
Honolulu, Hawaii Territory
Tuesday, November 5, 1895

Now it's Judge Magoon
To Succeed Judge Henry E. Cooper
(From Monday's Daily) - J. Alfred Magoon has been selected by the Executive to fill the vacancy caused by the appointment of Judge H.E. Cooper to the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs. Judge Magoon is one of the best young men practicing at the bar. He is thoroughly versed in laws and there seems to be no doubt of his ability to fill the position impartially and with becoming dignity.

Judge Magoon was born in Algona, Kossuth County, Iowa, July 22, 1858, but soon his family moved back to their old home in Maine and Alfred had an opportunity to take coasters down the highest hills in the vicinity of his home every winter during the next nine years. But his father was then a young man and California offered greater inducements to him than did Maine, and he moved out there and the young man was placed in Heald's Business College remaining there until he was graduated. He entered mercantile life immediately, filling the position of bookkeeper with several well known firms. He was engaged for a time in the office of the Santa Rosa Democrat where he learned the "art preservative."

His parents moved to Honolulu in 1876, and their son joined them shortly afterward and secured a position as bookkeeper on the Halstead plantation at Waialua, on this island. It was during this engagement that he decided to adopt law as a profession, and spent what spare time he had from his books in reading Blackstone and Chitty.

He remained on the plantation for a year and then entered the office of Benjamin H. Austin, where he remained for a year, when his straitened finances compelled him to abandon it for the more lucrative postion of deputy sheriff at Makawao, Maui. He afterward resigned and took the position of bookkeeper at Paia Mill and pursued his study of the law as the opportunity was offered. In 1883 he resigned and went to Ann Arbor University, where he took a law course. Upon his graduation two years later he returned to Honolulu and was admitted to the bar.

He has, perhaps, the largest practice of any of the members of the Honolulu bar, and it was this fact that compelled him to refuse the judgeship when he was first called upon to take it.

[transcribed by S.F., May 2009]


The Lake Review
Osakis, Douglas County, Minnesota
Thursday, November 7, 1895

Page 3, Col. 3.

Mrs. Rhoda Moore, mother of Messrs. Clay and J. W. Moore, of this village, died at her home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Oct. 25th, aged 78 years. Mr. Clay Moore was present at the funeral.

[transcribed by J.W., February 2006]


San Antonio Daily Light
San Antonio, Texas
November 16, 1895

Mrs. Katherine McMichael, age 27 years, died yesterday at Argyll hotel, Alamo Heights, from consumption. The remains were sent to McGregor, Iowa.

[transcribed by S.F., November 2011]


New York Times
New York, New York
November 21, 1895

Fort Dodge, Iowa, Nov. 20. -- Jonathan Prentice Dolliver, member of Congress from the Tenth Iowa District, and Miss Mary Louise Pearsons were married this evening at the First Presbyterian Church. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J.M. Greene, assisted by the Rev. J.J. Dolliver, the aged father of the Congressman. Many prominent guests were present, including Gov. Jackson. The bride is a daughter of George R. Pearsons, a pioneer of this section. She is a graduate of Wellesley College.

[transcribed by S.F. November 2006]


Rolla New Era
Rolla, Missouri
November 23, 1895

Local & Personal
-Messrs. W.H. Felton and C.E. Felton, of Warren county, Iowa; were in Rolla yesterday. They have come to this section with a view of locating.

[transcribed by S.F., December 2005]


San Francisco Call
San Francisco, California
December 3, 1895

Perished Near Rock Springs - Hunters Find Body of Dubuque, Iowa Man
A party of hunters four miles west of Rock Springs, Wyo., yesterday found the body of Henry Fisher of Dubuque, Iowa, lying in the sagebrush. In his pockets was found $975 in drafts, $69.30 in cash and a through ticket from Dubuque, Iowa, to Los Angeles, Cal. From papers on his person it would appear that Fisher had one son living in Los Angeles and another son, a banker, in Dubuque. It is supposed that the high altitude affected his mind and that he left the train and perished in the cold.

[transcribed by S.F., October 2014]


Daily Times
New Brunswick, New Jersey
December 21, 1895

Sioux City, Ia., Dec 21 - Particulars have just been received here of a double murder and suicide near Castara, Monona county. George Wolf and his wife quarrelled, and she went to the home of William Ratledge to live. Wolf went to the Ratledge farm and shot Mrs. Ratledge through the heart. Then he shot his wife fatally. Being unable to find Ratledge he fired a bullet into his own brain.

[transcribed by S.F., August 2009]

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