Iowa News from across the Country
- 1920 -

New York Times
New York, New York
January 2, 1920

Annapolos, Md., Jan. 1 - Midshipman Carroll Joy, of Keokuk, Iowa, a member of the second class at the Naval Academy, died today from a bullet wound accidentally inflicted by M. G. Thompson, a classmate, while target shooting in the woods near here last Tuesday. A third midshipman was in the party. Thompson had fired at the target, and while attempting to adjust the safety catch of his revolver the weapon was discharged.

[transcribed by S.Y., June 2009]


Sacramento Bee
Sacramento, Sacramento Co. California   
Monday Evening, January 19, 1920 page 5

A large reception at the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Deputy Assessor and Mrs. Walter PIERCE, who reside at 924 Thirty-ninth Street, yesterday celebrated the sixtieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Brinkley PIERCE of Cedar Falls, Iowa. The two guests of honor are on their seventh trip to California, having come to visit their two sons here. The calling hours at yesterday's affair were 4 to 8 o'clock, and during that time hosts of friends dropped in to congratulate the couple.

Brinkley PIERCE met his wife just before the outbreak of the Civil War and they were married in Oregon, Ogle County, Ill., January 18, 1860. Pierce served with the Ninety-second Illinois Infantry during the war and was wounded in battle. At the close of the war he and his wife began life on a large farm in Butler, Iowa, where they remained until 1893, when they moved to Cedar Falls, where PIERCE later retired from business life. The couple have six living sons out of a family of eleven children. They are the Messrs. Clayton PIERCE of Minnesota, Howard PIERCE and Harmon PIERCE of Shell Rock, Iowa, Henry PIERCE of Portland, Ore., and Walter and Leigh Burt PIERCE of Sacramento. This is the seventh visit of Mr. and Mrs. PIERCE to California in the past fifteen years.

The reception yesterday had been quite elaborately planned, the home being transformed into a Spring bower by the use of quantities of roses and cyclamen. The guests were served with refreshments by the Misses Freda and Norma STEWART and Juliet WOOD, after being greeted by the host and hostess and their two honor guests. They were entertained with recitations by Miss Margaret Evans and with music during the evening.

Those who called were the Messrs. and Mesdames Leigh Burt PIERCE, J. L. De COSTA, P. J. FORD, Eugene G. CUTTER, Edward HAYNES, M. J. McBRIDE, L. H. STEWART, Elisha DAILEY, Ray LAGOMARSINO, Robert CHAPMAN and I. ELDRED; Mrs. J. B. LAGOMARSINO, Misses Leila CHAPMAN, Justine GIROLAMI, Lucille De COSTA, Margaret EVANS and Agnes BURNS.

[transcribed by N.P., August 2005]


Winona Daily Republican
Winona, Minnesota
March 7, 1920

Olaf Ingeman Tilleraas and Thinka Natalia Gunderson from Allamakee Co., Ia. were married at the N.E.L. parsonage by Rev. H.J. Wein here May 1, The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Laura Gunderson and the grooms brother, Carl Tilleraas, also attended.

Herman Dehning of Dorchester, Ia., was on business at Caledonia Saturday.

[transcribed by S.F., March 2006]


Petersburg Weekly Report
Petersburg, Alaska territory
May 14, 1920

The people of Wrangell received a shock Wednesday morning when it became known that U.S. Deputy Marshall H.J. Wallace had passed away during the night. On Tuesday Mr. Wallace appeared to be well and in the best of spirits. He retired Tuesday night with no indication of there being anything the matter with him. A few minutes before 2 o'clock Mrs. Wallace awakened to find that her husband was breathing with difficulty. Physicians were hastily summoned, but before they reached Mr. Wallace's bedside he had passed away.

Harry James Wallace was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, March 10, 1866. He came to Alaska from the state of Montana in 1890. In 1894 he was appointed United States Deputy Marshal at Wrangell. He left here for Dawson at the time of the Klondike rush in 1897. Later he returned to Wrangell, and was married to Miss Laura Amundsen in September 1910. In 1914 he was again appointed U.S. Marshal, in which position he continued up to the time of his death. He is survived by a widow and several nieces.

[transcribed by S.F., April 2014]


The Adirondack Record
Elizabethtown, Essex co., N.Y.
Friday, July 9, 1920

Former Citizen Dies at Hawarden, Iowa
The following is taken from the Hawarden (Iowa) Independent of Thursday, June 10th:
W.L. Sumner, for twenty-five years one of Hawarden's leading business men and esteemed citizens, passed away at 6:30 Monday evening at his home in this city, after an immediate illness of nearly four months, from hardening of the arteries. He had been in failing health for several years but bravely and without complaint kept his condition from general knowledge. It was only when obliged to refrain from further business activities and remain constantly at home that his many friends realized that his condition had become serious. And through his late illness the same uncomplaining characteristics were present to a remarkable degree.

For a quarter of a century W.L. Sumner gave his best efforts to every forward movement in Hawarden and he leaves a name honored for integrity, uprightnes and square dealing, as a heritage to his family. He took an active part in civic and church affairs, and while he had strength, never shirked any duties that were delegated to him. He served as a member of the city council and was always active in all city affairs. He was a prominent member of the Odd Fellows order and was treasurer of the local lodge for many years. He wa an active member of the Congregational church, served on the board of trustees, and was a member of the building committee which was largely instrumental in the erection of the handsome new church which is now nearing completion. Universal expressions of sorrow and regret are manifested at his passing and condolence is extended to the bereaved wife and children.

Funeral services were held at the home at 2 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. J.P. Burling of Des Moines, former pastor of the Congregationsl church of this chity, preaching the funeral sermon. Interment was made in Grace Hill cemetery. IN respect to the deceased and in sympathy with the family, the business houses of the city were closed during the funeral hour.

Wendell Lansing Sumner was born in Upper Jay, N.Y., Sept. 5, 1863. It was here that he spent his boyhood days, later completing his education at Elizabethtown, N.Y. He came west when about 23 years of age and located at Minneapolis. It was while here he met Miss May Hoskins. They were united in marriage at St. Paul June 19, 1890. After their marriage they returned to New York where they remained for about two years and a half, then came back to Minneapolis where they made their home for about the same period of time. A little over twenty-five years ago he purchased the furniture store in this city owned by G.W. Froelich, taking possession January 10, 1895. He has continued in the same business during all these years and built up the store from a small beginning to one of the best in this section of the state. Besides his wife he leaves three sons, James, Manville and Wendell, and one daughter, Flora, to mourn his death.

Among the out of town relatives and friends in attendance at the funeral were Mrs. J.M. Hoskins, Miss Daisy Hoskins and O.A. Hoskins of Sioux Rapids, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Hoskins of Beresford, S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Manville Sumner of Okmulgee, Okla.; and Ira L. Foster of Fort Dodge, Iowa.

[transcribed by S.F., February 2008]


Newton Evening Kansan-Republican
Newton, Harvey co., Kansas
October 5, 1920

Former Newton Man Victim of Fatality in Iowa
Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Ogle received a message Monday afternoon containing the sad tidings of the death of their son, Marion, which had occurred at Cherokee, Iowa. The message read "accidently shot" but contained no particulars of the accident. Mrs. Ogle and daughters, Alice and Sadie, left for Cherokee last evening and it is expected that the funeral and interment will be in that city. Mr. Ogle was 32 years of age and had resided here until a little over a year ago. Besides his parents he is survived by a brother and sister, Colvin and Daphne at Cherokee, brothers Herman and Arthur whose homes are in Wyoming; Emmett who is at Milton, Iowa; and Alice, Sadie and Ernest who are at the family home in Newton.

[transcribed by S.F., August 2015]


New York Times
New York, New York
October 6, 1920

The marriage of Miss Dorothy Elmendorf Teel, daughter of Mrs. Cora Depew Teel of 609 West 114th Street, and Dr. James Risley Reuling of Davenport, Iowa, took place at 8 o'clock last evening in the Church of the Divine Paternity, the Rev. Dr. C. Thurston Chase of Lynn, Mass., officiating. The bride wore a gown of white satin, trimmed with real lace, and carried a shower bouquet of bride roses and lilies of the valley. Her uncle, H. Depew Elmendorf, gave her in marriage. She was attended by Mrs. Frank Hedley as matron of honor. The bridesmaids were the Misses Evelyn Peck, Elvira Schweers, Beatrice Cochran and Evelyn Rose. Dr. Harold Reuling served as his brother's best man and the ushers were Lieutenant B.V. Errah, U.S.N., Dr. ?.M. McCormick, E.A. Franklin and Frank C. Hedley. Dr. and Mrs. Reuling will be at home in Davenport, Iowa, after Nov. 1.

[transcribed by S.F., Feb. 2011]


Petersburg Weekly Report
Petersburg, Alaska Territory
November 5, 1920

Sergt. Clarence M. Johns, for twenty-five years in the service of the signal corps in Alaska, has received his discharge. He is going to his old home at Essex, Iowa. Sergt. Johns has for many years been in charge of the crews that kept the telegraph lines in shape out of Valdez to the interior of Alaska.

[transcription note: Essex is in Page county, Iowa; transcribed by S.F., October 2014]


Decatur Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois
November 12, 1920

Argenta, Nov. 12- The funeral of Mrs. Samuel Ferris was held Wednesday morning in the United Brethren church, conducted by the pastor. Burial was in Friends Creek cemetery. Mrs. Ferris died last Saturday at her home near Emmetsburg, Iowa, aged seventy-eight. She was a native of Switzerland, and came to this country when nine years old. She spent most of her life near Argenta. She leaves her husband and nine children.

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

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