Iowa News from across the Country
- 1906 -

Sacramento Bee
Sacramento, Sacramento Co. California   
Saturday evening January 13, 1906  

DIED (page 5)
THORNTON -- In West Point, Iowa, January 4, 1906, Frank C. THORNTON, formerly of Sacramento, brother of James Thornton of San Luis Obispo, aged 38 years and 15 days.  

[transcribed by N.P., August 2005]


Big Valley Gazette
Bieber, Lassen co. California
Thursday, January 25, 1906

The following from the Danville (Iowa) News, will be of interest here, James Packwood being the grandfather of W. D. Packwood of this place: "Mr. James Packwood having reached the age of eighty years, he signalized his retirement from the stock business by raising for the market a roan shorthorn Durham steer weighing 2580 pounds also two other steers, a grass fed two-year old weighing 1470 pounds and one weighing 1800 pounds. Mr. Guy Semour bought the cattle and he and Mr. A. J. Packwood accompanied the
shipment to Chicago.

[transcribed by B.R., August 2005]


San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco, California
May 29,  1906
page 5  

LOBOHM -- In this city, May 28, William J., beloved son of the late Henry G. and Martha A. LOBOHM, and believe beloved brother of Mrs. Thomas H. CORBIN and Mrs. William GOHL, a native of Burlington, Iowa, aged 43 years, 8 months and 4 days.

[transcribed by N. P-M., August 2005]


The Evening Bee
Sacramento, California
Wednesday, June 13, 1906

Former Sacramentan Dies in Iowa City
Word reached this city last night of the sudden death in Iowa City, Iowa,of Bert Townsend, a former Sacramentan, and son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Townsend, of 2010 K Street. He had been visiting his parents in this city, and left but a week ago for Kansas City. He reached the home in Iowa City of his uncle, Dr. Schrader, dean of the State University, where he was suddenly taken ill and passed away. Heart disease is believed to be the cause of death. Deceased was reared in Sacramento and was 27 years of age. He was at one time a student of the Sacramento High School, but left for Iowa City before he completed the course. He finished his education at the State University of Iowa, and graduated with a B.A. degree. He afterward took up newspaper work, and became the editor of a daily journal in Iowa. He also contributed articles to magazines. He was a young man of bright intellect and his sunny disposition won him hosts of friends. Besides his bereaved parents he leaves a brother, Louis Townsend, of the Wells-Fargo-Nevada Bank, of San Francisco, the mother and brother left last night for Iowa City to attend the funeral.

[transcribed by L.P., July 2010]


Democrat & Chronicle
Rochester, Monroe co., NY
July 6, 1906

Clyde, July 5 - The funeral service of Job SLY was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from his late residence, two miles south of Clyde. Mr. SLY was 85 years of age and has always resided on the farm where he died. During the past two years he has been stricken with paralysis four times. On Friday of last week he was generally paralyzed, which terminated in death on Monday night. Mr. and Mrs. SLY have had thirteen children. Mrs. SLY died about ten years ago. Decedent leaves the following children. Job, Elizah, Julius, William and Isaac, of Clyde; Dewitt, of Independent; Iowa; Allen, of Buffalo; Mrs. Minnie ROGERS, of Syracuse; and Mrs. Rachel MELLON, of Clyde.

[transcribed by G.S., August 2003]


Los Angeles Herald
Los Angeles, California
July 24, 1906

Former Citizen Buried at Pasadena
Pasadena, July 23 - The body of the late Joseph Bailey was brought to this city tonight and is at the funeral parlors of Adams, Turner & Stevens awaiting arrangement for the funeral. The deceased was a prominent resident of Pasadena until a few months ago, when he removed to Los Angeles. He died there at his home on Hayden street at noon today. He came to Pasadena over sixteen years ago from Marshalltown, Ia. Until his removal to Los Angeles he was active in business circles and a well known member of the First Methodist Episcopal church. Three sons survive him, all of them residents of Pasadena.

[transcribed by S.F., November 2015]


Emery County Progress
Emery county, Utah
August 11, 1906

Tragic Death of Noted Pioneer
Bozeman, Mont. -- James H. Kennedy, aged 74 years one of the most picturesque pioneers not only of this state but of the entire west, reaching to the Pacific coast, met a violent death at Belgrade near this place. He had been assisting his son Benjamin Kennedy in a wheat field and had been left with a team and reaper while his son returned to the house for some binding twine. The latter had barely reached the house when he was followed by the horses and reaper, dragging in their wage the dead body of the aged pioneer. The old man had evidently had a partial paralytic stroke while on the seat of the reaper and had fallen his foot catching in the trip.

Mr. Kennedy was known as one of the most unique characters in Montana. He was born in Grant county, Wisconsin and was taken by his father to Clayton county Iowa the following year, where he remained until 1853. At that time he started overland for Oregon walking the entire distance and swimming every river from the Mississippi. He arrived in Oregon the same year and joined the forces in the Rogue River war, for his services in which the Oregon government still owes him $180. He carried the first Indian scalp into Yreka, Cal. and received a bounty of $250. He went from California to South America thence to New York and later to Kansas where he served in the second batalion Kansas volunteers during the war. He came to Montana in 1864.

[transcribers note: the Ambrose Kennedy family can be found on the 1838 Wisconsin territory census, which included Clayton co. In 1838, Iowa had not yet gained Territorial status. On the 1880 census, James H. Kennedy is enumerated in Bozeman, Montana territory, with his wife Clara and 8 children, aged 21-3 yrs. old; transcribed by S.F., December 2004]


New York Times
New York, New York
August 17, 1906

Ratcliffe - Gurnett. - On Wednesday morning, Aug 15, at the home of the bride's parents, Waukon, Iowa, Ruby Knapp, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Ratcliffe, and Charles Harcourt Gurnett of Chicago.

[transcribed by S.F., January 2008]


Breckenridge Bulletin
Breckenridge, Summit County Colorado
December 8, 1906

At Grand Junction on the morning of Thanksgiving day, Joseph M. King, son of J.B. King of Red Oak, Iowa, aged twenty-two years, and heir to half a million dollars, was asphyxiated by the fumes from a burning gas heater in the bath room adjoining his bed room, being found dead when his room was entered about 8 o'clock in the morning.

[transcribed by S.F., May 2006]

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