Iowa News from across the Country
- 1908 -

Range Ledger
Hugo, Lincoln co. Colorado
January 4, 1908

During the year 1907, Hugo, like many other towns in Eastern Colorado, had a most substantial growth, and all lines of business were very prosperous. Many new buildings were built in the town; a number of new business firms located here; the population has grown steadily .........During the year the following firms commenced business here ....
-H.A. Platt, from Ft. Dodge, Ia., general merchandise, in new two story building. H.A. Platt, Jr., with H.A. Platt dealer in general merchandise -- We commenced business in our new building about September 1st, since then business has increased steadily and has exceeded our expectations when we located here. The outlook for the coming year is very encouraging and we see no reason why it should not be the greatest in Hugo's history to date. In fact we look for a steady and substantial growth in all lines of business in Hugo for an indefinite period.
-H.E. Schultz, from Ft. Dodge, Ia., restaurant, in new building
-John Jergens, from Iowa, meat market, in new building
-Flint & Quist, from Iowa, blacksmith shop in new building
-Dr. F.W. Lloyd, from Ft. Dodge, Ia., physician and surgeon.

[Transcriber's note: only the Iowa information extracted from this lengthly article; transcribed by S.F., July 2005]


LaCrosse Tribune
LaCrosse, Wisconsin
January 27, 1908

News of Nearby Villages and Towns
Lansing, Iowa -
-Mrs. L.W. Hersey, who died at Waukon some weeks ago, left $30,000 in bequests to relatives and different societies at the county seat.
-Mrs. Howard of Lafayette is reported very ill.
-The case of Thos. Bakewell vs City of Lansing will be heard here before Judge Fellows on February 15th.
-Mrs. Thos. Tully of Dubuque was in attendance at the funeral of her aunt, Mrs. Catheryn Dempsey, Monday.
-Frank Spinner and wife were Waukon visitors last week, visiting the latter's mother, Mrs. Edward McGeough.
-Jos. Bahrer of the south side, is confined at his home by illness and was unable to attend his father's funeral Tuesday. His mother is also quite low.
-John Lowe is spending a few days in the vicinity of Buena Vista, where he has fish interests.
-John Gautenbein, Reube May and G.A. Erickson of New Albin drove down from that place Tuesday, the former taking his second degree in Masonry that evening.

The death of Mrs. Catheryn Dempsey, aged 77 years, occured Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m., at her home here, after several days illness. Deceased maiden name was Catheryn Purcell and she was born in Queens county, Ireland. She was married in Covington, Ky., fifty-eight years ago to John Dempsey, who died two years ago. They have made their home in Allamakee county for fifty years or more, part of which was spent on a farm in Lafayette township and the rest here in Lansing. Four sons survive her, P.H. Dempsey of this city, Peter of Waukon and John and Thomas, whose whereabouts are unknown. Two daughters are also left to mourn her loss, Dr. Catheryn Hyde of Chicago and Miss Mary, at home. The funeral took place Tuesday morning from the Catholic church.

John Bahrer, an old and respected resident of South Lansing, died Monday morning, resulting from a stroke of paralysis, at the home of his son, Joe. Deceased was a native of Switzerland and came to America when a young boy, residing here for more than half a century. A widow, two sons and a daughter survive him. Interment took place at Wexford cemetery Tuesday morning.

Mrs. Frank Smith died at her home in Lansing Tuesday night. She was a most esteemable lady. Deceased was 66 years old and was a native of Germany. She leaves a husband and a daughter, Mrs. A.E. Schwab of Monona, to mourn her loss. Mrs. Schwab was notified of her mother's serious condition the night before her death and at once drove from Monona here, a distance of thirty-five miles, in order to see her mother alive. Funeral services were held from the German Presbyterian church Thursday morning, interment taking place in Oak Hill cemetery.

[transcribed by S.F., January 2010]


New York Times
New York, New York
January 28, 1908

John C. Hubinger, said to be the inventor of elastic starch, died last night of pneumonia at Keokuk, Iowa. He was some years ago an extensive telephone promoter, owning numerous lines and exchanges from Keokuk to Minneapolis. He finally became interested in so many projects that he lost all his fortune.

[transcribed by S.Y., June 2009]


LaCrosse Tribune
LaCrosse, Wisconsin
January 30, 1908

Nearby Cities, Towns and Farms

Lansing, Iowa
About twenty-eight years ago a New York Orphans home sent out to this place a company of twenty-four boys in charge of Mr. Trott. These boys were taken into homes here and many of them turned out well. H. Schierholz took the colored boy, Sam Addison, who afterward became a dentist in Chicago; Capt. Bascom gave a home to Braddy Black, who is married and living in the north; Andy McLaughlin was taken by P. Kernan of Lafayette, and others were scattered in town and through the country. Wm. Wendel took home with his George Taylor and he remained with the family for eight years, afterwards going back to New York. What was the surprise of the family to receive a call the past week from Mr. Taylor, now a man grown, and for fourteen years a motorman in the city. He has only words of praise for the kind treatment he received from Mr. and Mrs. Wendel.

-Hartford Aird officiated as conductor on the Corers delivery Wednesday owing to the illness of Julius Beusch.
-Carl Roggensack was a guest of his brother Phill and wife in North La Crosse Thursday.
-Two marriage licenses have been issued the past month, viz: Jos. Bulman and Martha Verthein, and Alfred Petrehn and Anna Marti.
-Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Cooper are entertaining a son at their home since Wednesday.
-George Jacobson of Village Creek made a trip to Waverly some days ago to visit his son Gustave, who is an engineer.
-Mr. and Mrs. Hale of Waukon are entertaining a baby daughter at their home. Hrs. Hale was formerly Miss Anna Smith of Lansing.
-Editor Gus. Dietsch of Postville was a caller here the first of the week.
-Frank Roine was quite badly injured about the head Tuesday by a tree falling on him. He was cutting wood for Frank Strub of this township when the accident occurred.
-Mrs. J.H. Haines is visiting her sister at Rockford, Ill.
-Herbert Copfer of Spencer, Ia., visited his parents here last week.
-Born, on the 21st, to Mr. and Mrs. W. Bakewell, Jr., a son.
-The marriage of Bert Wittbecker to Miss Ethel O'Dell took place in St. Paul last Saturday evening. Mr. Wittbecker is a resident of Lansing.
-The bank has put in new electric lights. A new telephone has also been installed.
-Ed. C. Bellows of Iowa township was a visitor in Lansing Saturday.
-Andrew Beck and son are employed at the Rud Wagon works.
-Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Petrehu, the newly married couple, will make their future home in Austin, Minn. where the groom is a painter and decorator.

McGregor, IA
-Jack Winterlin continues to be very sick.
-Mrs. Merle Ferris has been visiting friends in Dubuque.
-Will Dornbach left Thursday evening for Ames to resume his school duties.
-Miss Regina Brennan has returned to Ames to take up her school duties.
-Mr. Leo Brennan came home from Ames Saturday to spend Sunday with his parents.
-Mrs. Deliah Vansickle is enjoying a visit from her daughter and grandchild.
-Mrs. Atall has been visiting her father, Mr. J.N. Flack.
-Mrs. Weston has returned to Chicago after a pleasant visit of several weeks here.
-Mrs. Colby of New Hampton arrived here Tuesday for a visit with her daughter, Mrs. Gus Wehler.
-Mrs. Will Giesie left for Duluth, Minn., to attend her father, Mr. Palmer, who is seriously ill.
-John Diamond, wife and daughter left last week for Monona to spend several days with their daughter, Mrs. Effie Briggs. They will leave soon for their future home at Summerfield, Kan. Mr. Diamond has been a resident of this place for fifty years.
-On Saturday evening occurred the marriage of Miss Jennie Stuhr and Henry Lutke. Mr. Lutke is a bookkeeper in Chicago. They were married at 7:30, Rev. Mann officiating. Mrs. Lutke was presented by the Royal Neighbors of this place with a [illegible] vinegar [illegible]. The young couple left for Chicago.
-Robert Theviot of Summit Hill was initiated into the Woodman last Monday evening.

[transcribed by S.F., February 2010]


Bismarck Daily Tribune
Bismarck, North Dakota
March 19, 1908

Mrs. Jesse Kelley Brace; wife of O.C. Brace, died at her home near Stark Sunday, March 15 at 1 p.m. She had been sick for about three months and has been the most patient and unmocalinplt mthamthain
[note the previous two words were typed just as they appear in the paper] and uncomplaining of sufferers. Mrs. Brace was born in Ohio and moved to Iowa while a little girl where she grew up to womanhood near Rossville, Allamakee co. She was married to O.C. Brace twenty-seven years ago last November and leaves besides her husband one married son who lives in Canada and three unmarried daughters at home, the youngest being ten years old. Mrs. Brace died in perfect peace and trust in her Heavenly Father and was ready for the message to come home. Mr. Brace and family have the sympathy of everybody who knows them, and to know them is to be their friend. He will take the body to Rossville, Iowa for burial where they have one boy buried, and where they have many relatives and friends.

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


San Francisco Call
San Francisco, California
May 19, 1908

Stanford Grants Degrees to 273
Stanford University, May 18 - Degrees were granted by the academic council of the university this morning. The list of graduates includes all students who have received diplomas during the present college year - in September, January and May.
Miss L.M. Miller, Denison, Iowa, BA Germanic Languages
W.H. Tucker, Columbus Junction, Iowa, BA Pre-Legal Course
H.C. Burbridge, Manchester, Iowa, BA Physics
G.F. McEwen, Manchester, Iowa, BA Physics
E.M. Baldwin, Red Oak, Iowa, BA Electrical Engineering

[note: this transcription has been extracted from the full text of the article showing only graduates who gave Iowa as their residence; transcribed by S.F., June 2016]


New York Times
New York, New York
June 2, 1908

Reynolds-Hearne Wedding To-day.
The wedding of Frederic C. Reynolds, son of James E. Reynolds of East Orange, N.J., and Mrs. Luther E. Hearne, daughter of Mrs. J.L. Stewart of Council Bluffs, Iowa, will be celebrated at noon to-day in the chantry of Grace Church. Robert D. Reynolds will be the best man, and Mrs. R.T. Stewart, sister-in-law of the bride, matron of honor. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds will live in Hutton Park, West Orange, N.J.

[transcribed by S.F., June 2007]


San Francisco Call
San Francisco, California
July 10, 1908

Engagement is Announced - Special Dispatch to the Call
Santa Rosa, July 9 - The announcement of the engagement of Miss Irma Woodward, daughter of Senator and Mrs. Edward F. Woodward of this city, was made this morning and comes as a pleasant surprise to the many friends of the family. Miss Woodward has just returned to her home here with her mother and sister after several months in China and other parts of the orient. J. Allen Wallis of Dubuque, Iowa, is the man of her choice, and he is a prominent young businessman of the east.

[transcribed by S.F., June 2016]


Davis County Clipper
Bountiful, Davis Co, Utah
July 10, 1908

Son of the Man Who Wrote "America" in Iowa Penitentiary.
Des Moines, Ia - A case which excites genuine human interest came before the state board of parole in this city Monday. It was the application of S. F. Smith for a pardon. He is the son of Samuel Francis Smith, D.D., who wrote America, and was one of the most prominent and influential residents of Davenport for many years. He is now an old and enfeebled man. In 1904 he was sentenced to the Anamosa penitentiary for eleven years for embezzlement of $100,000.

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


The Washington Post
Washington, D.C.
August 9, 1908

Something Doing in the Country (a regular column in the Post)

Washington (Iowa) Democrat - Fred Anderson was trying to unscrew or bend a piece of gas pipe and in order to find how hard it was he hit himself a terrible sick on the nose Saturday. He found out, and also came pretty near to breaking his nose. He isn't as pretty as he was, but he knows the hardness of gas pipe.

Lynnville (Iowa) Star
- Ross Moore, of Scarsboro tended customers in the city meat market last week.
- Uncle Jeff Trease caught a nine-pound fish in the river Monday.
- Uncle Jimmy Whitlock has again been staying in with the rheumatism.
- John Quaintance was able to ride out a little Sunday.

Allamakee (Wis) Journal
- Charles McMillin had a very sick horse last Sunday.
- Ida Buntrock visited her friend, Miss Wild, Sunday.
- Fred Buntrock was visiting with home folk Sunday.
- Mrs. John Buntrock visited Mrs. J. Ashbacher Sunday.
- Ed Moore spent Sunday on the Bench with relatives and friends.
- John Smith called on the John Dowling and C.W. Lane families Sunday.
- There will be a game of ball between the New Albin and English Bench nines next Sunday afternoon in the Weyermiller pasture.

[transcriber's notes: This paper was published in Lansing, Allamakee co. Iowa, not in Wisconsin; and "the Bench" refers to English Bench, a locality in Allamakee county Iowa. Transcribed by S.F., December 2007]


Rio Grande Republican
Las Cruces, New Mexico Territory
August 29, 1908

Died - Nellie Tate Bayner, at half-past two o'clock, Wednesday afternoon, August 19, 1908, of blood poisoning. Mrs. Hayner was born at Low Moor, Clinton county, Iowa, January 4, 1874. She passed her girlhood there, graduating from the high school at that place. Afterward she took a course at the Iowa State Normal, at Cedar Falls, Iowa. She joined the Methodist church in the year 1889.

On August 29, 1900, she was married to Mr. Franklin M. Hayner. The first six years of their married life was lived in Lucas and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two yaers ago they came to Las Cruces to make their home. Mrs. Hayner at once took her place in church work and social life of our little town. Her bright, cheery disposition and kind heart won for her many warm friends. Just three weeks before her death, on July 27th, a baby boy arrived in the home.

In the death of Mrs. Hayner, Las Cruces has experienced a great shock - it being wholly unexpected. She had apparently recovered from her confinement - the baby being two weeks old - when her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Tate, left for a visit to their old home in Iowa, accompanied by their daughter, Miss Fide Tate. They had been absent but ten days when recalled by a telegram announcing Mrs. Hayner's serious illness. Starting at once for Las Cruces, they were joined at Kansas City by Mrs. E.J. Heilman, another daughter, who with her husband, accompanied them on the anxious trip home. But the swift messenger - Death - preceded them, and the spirit of their beloved one had already taken its flight ere they reached here.

Last Sunday morning at eleven o'clock, at the family home, services were conducted by Rev. Lallance, whose address was one offering Christian consolation and comfort in the bereaved family. Singing was by a sextette. Sympathyzing friends filled the home and followed the Odd Fellows cemetery, where Mrs. Hayner was laid at rest near her sister, Elizabeth; the grave with loving hands was massed with beautiful flowers.

Little more than two months ago, we chronicled the passing of Elizabeth Tate, her parents being then recalled from an eastern trip. Now we find we are at a loss to express the deep symphathy for a household doubly bereaved within so short a time. When Mr. and Mrs. Tate left for the east, to complete their sadly-interrupted arrangements, it was with the expectation of finding Mrs. Hayner in fully recovered health upon their return. Her passing so swiftly came as a prostrating blow to parents, a second time recalled home by shocking news; and the entire community has been saddened by the event. To the sorrowing husband, to the motherless babe, and to parents and sisters so stricken, we can only repeat [cuts off here]

[transcribed by S.F., Sept. 2013]


Winona Daily Republican
Winona, Minnesota
September 4, 1908

Entertains Old Friend.
C.G. Maybury this week had the pleasure of entertaining a playmate of his childhood days, Dr. N.W. Nesmith of Waukon, Iowa, who came on here to visit him and departed for his home again last evening. They were boys together on adjoining farms near Solon in New York state. Dr. Nesmith came west first and for more than fifty years they did not see each other, but in the past few years they have had several happy visits together.

[transcribed by S.F., November 2005]


Summit County Journal
Breckenridge, Summit co. Colorado
September 5, 1908

A Carnegie medal has been recently received by Marjorie Coast, the eleven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.C. Coast of Iowa City, Iowa, who leaped into the Iowa river and saved the life of Margaret Hayes, daughter of Prof. and Mrs. Samuel Hayes, last summer.

[transcribed by S.F., May 2006]


The Chillicothe Constitution
Chillicothe, Missouri
Friday October 23, 1908

Centerville, Ia., Oct. 23.-Dr. J.L. Sawyer of Centerville, a prominent physician and surgeon, was summoned to Paris today to attend the Duchess of Chaulness, who is expected to become a mother soon after November tenth. The Duchess is the daughter of T.B. Shonts and was formerly a Centerville girl.

[transcribed by P.E., August 2006]


Watertown Herald
Watertown, Jefferson Co. N.Y.
Saturday, October 31, 1908

Miss Elizabeth Clark of Hawarden, Iowa, daughter of the late Cyrus Clark of this city, recently sold her quarter section, secured in a land drawing in South Dakota two years ago, for $45, an acre, or $7,000.

[transcribed by S.F., March 2008]


Beatrice Daily Sun
Beatrice, Nebraska
December 16, 1908

Theo. D. Bradley, son of Dr. and Mrs. C.A. Bradley of this city has recently been promoted to the position of associate editor of the Manchester (Iowa) News. Young Bradley started in as reporter on the Iowa paper last June and is making good, which his Beatrice friends are glad to hear. The Des Moines Register of last Sunday contained an nteresting full-page article by Mr. Bradley upon the work of the government to reestablish the pearl fishing industry in the rivers of that state. The rivers of Iowa have been productive of fresh water clams for some time. The propagation of the clams has been dimished and this led the government to investigate. The investigation brought out some interesting facts, which are dealt with in Mr. Bradley's article upon clams and the pearl industry. It was learned that the clam originates from a very small form of life in the gills of a certain kind of fish. At a certain stage of development this little body is dropped from the fish's gills into the water where it develops and becomes a clam. The dying out of the clams led to the investigation by which the antecedents of the pearl-bearing clams were discovered.

Lincoln, Dec. 15 - Receiving a letter from Gus Crooks, an alleged swindler, relating to the death of her husband, Mrs. Carrie Foland, of Creston, Ia., today sent the police a letter asking that they take proper care of the body of her husband as she had no money. Crooks asked her to send $50 to pay for the embalming on the body. The police found on investigation that Foland was not dead and that Crooks has tried to swindle the Iowa woman out of the money. Crooks formerly ran an employment bureau in Lincoln which was discovered to be a fake institution.

[transcribed by S.F., February 2014]


Ogden Standard Examiner
Ogden, Utah
December 24, 1908

Officers Learn True Name of "Sammy Williams"
Butte, Mont., Dec. 23 -- A Miner special from Bozeman, says: Justice O.J. Odell of Manhattan, today received another letter from Chief of Pollco O'Brien of Eau Clair, Wis., which finally clears up the mystery regarding the life and habits of "Sammy Williams," the 80 year old woman who died in Manhattan a couple of weeks ago. The letter states that "Sammy's" right name was Ingeborge Wekan. "Sammy" was jilted by her lover because of his mother's opposition to her, in a love affair which started in Norway and later developed in Allamakee county, Iowa, and Eau Claire. In her sorrow she decided to conceal her identity from all the world and for over half a century she masqueraded as a man.

[transcribed by S.F., December 2004]

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