Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
August 1885

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Iowa, Wednesday, August 5, 1885

We believe it is something over a year since the prohibitory law went into effect in Iowa, and now the question suggest itself. "What good has it done for the people of Palo Alto County?" If it is done any good we would like to have some of our friends who would advocate prohibition, tell us where and we have received any benefit from such a law. On the other hand, we claim it has been a detriment to both our city and county and should be repealed.

-- W. J. Hoffman after spending several days in the city with his family, left for Minnesota on Wednesday last.
-- a few of our citizens have been charged recently with going out in the country and shooting prairie chickens. There is a law prohibiting this kind of work and the parties who violate it should be informed on and punished. If it is fair for one to shoot chickens, it is fair for all. Please wait until after September 1 to do your shooting.
-- Probably at no other time in history of Palo Alto County has the heat been so intense as that of the past week. Most all business in Emmetsburg was suspended for a time, and the farmer working in the harvest field found it almost impossible to endure the penetrating rays of the sun. A few cases of sunstroke are reported, but nothing of a serious nature. A number of farmers in this vicinity are reported to have lost several valuable horses, they having dropped dead in the harness while at work in the harvest fields
-- Last Saturday J. E. King, clerk of courts, received a letter from Judge James H. Macomber, stating that on account of a dangerous illness of W. P. Young, a brother-in-law who resides in Augusta, Maine, it would be impossible for him to be present at Emmetsburg on August 5 to open court. Consequently circuit court will not convene until October 20, 1885.
-- W. H. Innis is again located in his tonsorial rooms under the Palo Alto Co. bank.
-- John Godden has been enjoying a visit recently with a brother from Wisconsin.
-- J. Gunsel accompanied by Will Moore, left Emmetsburg Saturday morning for Streator, LaSalle County, Illinois, where he will reengage in the livery business. Mr. Gunsel has been a resident of Emmetsburg for a number of years and he leaves a host of friends who desire to see him prosper in his new home.
-- P. Duffy, of Great Oak, has had a large barn erected on his farm.
-- Charles Nolan lost a valuable horse one day last week, the result of over working. Five horses have been killed by the heat this vicinity so far.
-- W. H. Hayes has opened a splendid livery outfit in connection with his veterinary stable and is prepared to furnish the most stylish rigs at very reasonable rates. Mr. Hayes has gained a statewide reputation for being the best veterinary surgeon in Iowa and we venture to say that a man of that kind will succeed in the livery business.
-- W. H. Innis has moved back into the basement of Brown's Block and now has his Bath Rooms in running order. For one month he will give them a trial on Sunday forenoons with Master Charles Dorris in charge, and Thursday afternoons from four to six for ladies, with Mrs. Innis in charge. Mr. Innis now has one of the best and most complete suite of tonsorial rooms in the state, and we are pleased to note that he receives the support of a large number of our best citizens.

In Emmetsburg, on Saturday, August 1, 1885, to Mr. and Mrs. D. Rutledge, a son.

-- F. M. Congdon lost the horse last week from the effect of the heat. 
-- A little girl at our blacksmiths A. Kephearts.
-- Married at the residence of the bride's brother-in-law, Mr. D. M. Webster, Miss Lib Gard and Mr. George Thomas. Everybody joins in wishing them well.
-- C. Scipbaugh, who was working for C. Mosher, 4 miles east of town received a sunstroke last Wednesday from the effects of which he died in about two hours.

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Iowa, Wednesday, August 12, 1885

-- Dr. Ellis returned last week from Dakota where he had been for a short time looking after his farm interests.
-- The new drugstore of James Fitzgerald is being pushed rapidly to completion and for a wood building, will be a very pretty one when finished.
-- The boys? in town seem to have a new kind of amusement to pass away the time. A few days ago they tied an oyster can to the tail of J.T. Loughlin's dog and another to the tale of John McNally's dog and turned them loose. It is useless to say how the dogs performed, as most everyone can imagine. This may be fun for the boys but not much for the owners of the dogs.
-- James Higgins will soon remove his butcher shop to the building next south of Matt Joyce’s; it was formerly occupied by N. Koch.
-- Prohibition is working so successfully in the vicinity of Emmetsburg that some have gone out in the oat fields and slept for a few hours to get a clear idea of the term.
-- W. A. Stevens, who has been absent in Minneapolis for some time, returned to Emmetsburg one day last week. Mr. Stevens informs us that he will remove to the former city to reside in the near future.
-- J. F. Neary will open a branch store in Ayrshire about the 17th of this month. We see no reason why he should not exceed in this undertaking, and hope he may find it remunerative.
-- Frank Wrate received 3255 butter firkins from the state of Vermont last Saturday -- a whole car load.
-- J. E. Watson is enjoying a visit from her brother and two nieces from Wisconsin.
-- Truman Wilson reciting 10 miles west of Emmetsburg, is being visited by a brother from Dakota.
-- Tom Egan thinks that buttermilk puts a man in fighting trim. Pass it around,Tom, we want to fight.
-- Dr. J. C. Davis reports a newly born baby at the residence of Amos Letson, of the Blairgowrie farm, on Sunday, August night. It is a girl.
-- Saturday's word reached us that Louis Hanson and Christian Jensen had been killed by lightning. It appears that Mr. Hanson was on a load of hay pitching to Mr. Jensen who was stacking, when both were struck and instantly killed. The first knowledge of the sad affair to the parents of Mr. Hanson was, when his team came walking into the dooryard was a part of a load of hay on which lay the lifeless body of their son. Mr. Hanson is a Dane who came to this country at the age of 19 and at the time of his death was 33 years old, owner of a farm lived with his parents and manage their property for them. His aged parents, now nearly 80 years old, are greatly affected and it is feared his mother will not recover from the shock. The deceased was the brother of Mrs. Paul Jensen, Mrs. Thomas Peterson, Peter and Chris Hanson and also had a sister living in Utah. He was a man of many noble traits of character, being kind and indulgent with his aged parents, a good neighbor and honest in all his dealings. Mr. Jensen was comparatively a new comer here, owner of a farm and leaves but one relative in this county, an uncle in Walnut Township, and one uncle and aunt in Denmark. The funeral took place on Sunday last. -- Ruthven Free Press

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Iowa, Wednesday, August 19, 1885

-- The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Grattan of Ellington Twp. died Wednesday last. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery on Friday. 
-- Miss Agnes Elliott, of Stillwater, Minnesota, is visiting with the family of P. Joyce. Miss Elliott is a cousin of Mrs. Joyce and will remain in Emmetsburg some four weeks before departing for her home
-- D. C. Mesic, of Tyndall, Dakota, and formerly of this place, is here in response to a telegram informing him of the dangerous condition of his mother who resides in Emmetsburg. Mr. Mesic is engaged in keeping hotel at Tyndall.
-- the Supreme Court of Iowa has decided that a sick man has a right to diagnose his own case without the intervention of a physician, and has the right also to prescribe for himself. And now whenever an Iowa man is ailing he goes right straight to the drugstore and hands in a prescription for a demijohn of whiskey.
-- Mrs. Matt Joyce was visited by her mother, Mrs. Healey, of Fort Dodge, last week.
-- a deformed child was born to Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Rowley, who resides 6 miles northeast of here, last week. It seems as healthy and strong as any babe, but it has no hands and only one foot. -- Calliope Independent
-- H. W. Beebe, A. Taub’s efficient clerk, was setting up the cigars to the boys on Monday morning. It is a girl and looks just like its pa.
-- Mrs. Mesic, mother of D. C. Mesic Tyndall, Dakota and Mrs. H. C. Kendall of this place, his lying dangerously ill at the residence of the latter.
-- John J. Kavanaugh, the efficient clerk in P.J. Nolan & Cos’ store at Ruthven, departed last week for Ireland where he will remain during the winter.
-- The Normal Institute now in session in Emmetsburg and which convened here a week ago last Monday, has been a very successful one so far. Prof. Dudgeon is in charge this year again, and is being ably assisted byP.H. Tomlinson and Mrs. Ayers. The institute is a practical working one, and its influence will be felt for the good the coming year. The institute will close next week, and examinations for teacher certificates will be held Thursday and Friday, August 27 and 28. Following are the names of the teachers enrolled up to last Monday morning:

Mary E. Treadgold, Ella Kelly, Florilla Webster, Sadie Butler, Maggie Donovan, Nora Powers, Maggie E. White, Annie Cline, Katie R. Jackman, Vina Acres, Nellie Carman, Minnie Green, Maggie Mohan, Grace Cline, Mary J. Patton, Gertie Kelly, Janette Bryce, Anna Lannen, NellieR. Uriell, Anna Davis, Addie Moffett, Kate Darrah, Katie B. Jenswold, Allie White, Mrs. Ida Forester, Anna Mohan, Virginia Duncan, Susie A. Egan, Lettie May Lake, Mary Kelly, Lizzie A. Jones, Mary Murphy, Mary E. Black, Maria Roche, Anna E. Riley, Lottie Joyce, Mary A. Roche, M.F. Roberts, Henrietta Kelly, A. Thompson, Bridget E. Lannen, E.M. Butler, Bridie A. Walsh, E.M. Beach, Ettie M. Lake, M.A. Conlon, Lulu Anderson, P.F. Litleton, Olie A. Bostwick, E.M. Beach.

West Bend.
Ella A. Thatcher, Ada Seaver, Orra A. Thatcher, Addie Carter, Esther H. Underwood.

Mary Washington, Annie Doyle, Emily Washington, Mrs. B. Young, Addie McCune.

Lillian J. Curtis, C.F. Curtis

Mrs. S.J. Hutchinson, Belle Said, Ida Webster, Carrie Lyon, Jessie Brown.

Bertha L .Keepers, Anna Torney

Grace Miller

Martha McComb

Julia M. Lamb, Ella Lamb, Helen B. Cooper.

On Wednesday, August 12th, 1885, to Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Ballou, of this place, a son.
On Sunday, August 16th, 1885, to Mr. and Mrs. Beebe, a daughter.

On Wednesday, August the 15th,1885, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gratten of Ellington township.
At West Bend, Monday, August 10, 1885, Mrs. J. Conover, aged 57 years.

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Iowa, Wednesday, August 26, 1885

-- A well-known character of Dubuque, named James Flynn, a butcher by trade, and formerly well off, shot himself and will probably die. His brother John, who lived at Fort Dodge, committed the same act a few years ago.
-- Martin Hull, who recently removed to Dubuque from Chicago to become superintendent of the Iowa Iron Works, inflicted injuries upon himself with a pocket knife that will probably prove fatal. Temporary insanity induced by sunstroke was the cause.
-- Charlie Cunningham, an 18-year-old son of a deputy clerk of Jasper County, was drowned in Skunk river, 5 miles southwest of Newton, while out with a picnic. At last accounts they were still searching for the body.

-- H. S. Nissley took his departure from the city last Wednesday to make his future home in Kansas.
-- Judge Thayer, of the Clinton Age, was elected president of the democratic editor’s association, held at Cedar Rapids last week.
-- W. G. Henry and wife are visiting with relatives in Burlington.
-- Mr. Rice, formerly stationed agent at Livermore, succeeds A.F. Pilcher as agent at this place.
-- Miss M. A. White is visiting with her sister, Mrs. Edward Sherman, of Humboldt County. She will be absent several weeks
-- J. D. McCarty, formerly section foreman on the Milwaukee Road, has leased the Koch building south of J. M. Hefley's livery stable and has opened a billiard hall therein.
-- Commissioners of insanity, Dr. H. A. Powers, D. E. Kelley, and J. E. King, were called to West Bend, on Thursday last, to investigate the case of Mrs. Ella Franklin, wife of Benjamin Franklin, of that place. For over a year last past, Mrs. Franklin has been in a bad condition, and was admitted to the hospital, at Independence, last fall, for about four months and seemed to have been almost entirely cured. For the past few weeks, however, she has become very bad again and is now entirely out of her mind. She will again be committed to the hospital for the insane at Independence, where it is sincerely hoped by all her friends she may speedily recover. Mr. Franklin has had a great deal of care and troubles with his wife during her long insanity and sickness and has a expended hundreds of dollars to have her cured and has paid all the expenses himself at the insane hospital during her stay there. He has the deepest sympathy of the entire community in his bereavement and all join in wishing his wife a speedy recovery.

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Iowa, Wednesday, September 2, 1885.

-- W. A. Weaver, our popular stationer, was in Grundy Center last week visiting with his aunt.
-- During the past week quite a change has taken place in the management of the Waverly Hotel. What the trouble was between Mr. Rowse and his morrtgagee is none of our business and we neither know or care to know, anything about it as it is a private business matter and not an affair for outsiders to quiz about. The tide in the affairs of business however, has as before stated, caused the change of managers in the Waverly, and henceforth it will be under the control of the trustees of the Palo Alto Banking and Investment company. The company has engaged as their manager, Mr. J. R. Clarke of Evanston Indiana, a man of much hotel experience, who will do his utmost to keep the Waverly not alone up to its former good style, but to exceed its record if possible. The managers propose to give the hotel their strict attention and hereafter to make it the leading hotel of the North West.
-- Willie McNally, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. McNally, has been quite ill for the past few days.
-- C. E. Cohoon is now the owner of one of the finest dwellings in Emmetsburg, having recently purchased the one formerly owned by Nick Koch. C. E. is one of our most enterprising citizens.
-- Married: in Emmetsburg, Iowa, on Tuesday, September 1st, 1885, by Rev. J. J. Smith, Mr. James White and Miss Marcela Lowery; both of this place. [Transcriber note: This may be a mistake and is the marriage of James Foy and Marcella Lowery]
-- Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Potts received a telegram on last Friday to the effect that their daughter, Mrs. Charles Higley, who had been residing in Spencer for some time, was dangerously ill. Just as the family were about to take their departure to Spencer in response to the telegram, they received another telegram announcing their daughter's death. The funeral took place here Saturday.

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Iowa, Wednesday, September 9, 1885

-- Jasper Woodcock, aged about 18, was thrown off and run over by the Knoxville freight in the yard, at Knoxville and instantly killed.
-- A Sunday school for Chinamen was formed at Dubuque August 30 at the M. E. Church, by Reverend Dr. Ames, the pastor, Mrs. J.B. Powers and Mrs. D. N.Cooly. Eight Chinamen joined the class, all laundrymen of that city. The first lesson was read from the Bible in parallel columns, printed in Chinese and English letters. The leader, who was a Chinaman, made the translation.

-- Henry Guerdet, of Dubuque, is visiting with his brother, Stephen J. Guerdet, for a few days.
-- Mrs. Thomas Egan, of Great Oak, was afflicted on Monday with what is termed a stroke of paralysis. At one time her life was despaired of but at present writing she's improving.
-- Mrs. J. H. Hinkley and children returned from their extended visit with relatives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on last Thursday evening. Mr. Hinkley will return home within a few days.
-- Married -- at the home of the bride's parents in this city, on Tuesday September 8, 1885, by Rev. G. M. Mueller, Dr. H. A. Powers and Miss Anna Roberts, both of Emmetsburg. Immediately after the marriage ceremony was performed the happy couple took their departure to Des Moines where they will visit the state fair.
-- A. J. Powers is enjoying a visit from his brother who resides at Mount Vernon, Iowa
-- A. J. Powers has leased the house owned and recently occupied by C. E. Cohoon, and W. A. Robins takes possession of the Steven's house just vacated by Mr. Powers. We are informed that Mr. Ballou will move into the house made vacant by the change of location of Mr. Robins, but on account of a sudden interruption to our eves dropper, he failed to learn who takes possession of the place vacated by Mr. Ballou.
-- W. A. Stevens having disposed of his property here, has gone to Minneapolis to make that place his home here after.
-- We gladly note the good success with which the St. James Hotel is meeting lately. Since Mr. VanGorden took control of that house it has ever been a popular place, both for transient custom and commercial men and it would seem, from the way it is being patronized that it grows more popular every day


In this city September 3, 1885, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. C. Kendall, Mrs. Sarrah A. Mesic, aged 62 years. The funeral services were held at the Congregational church on Friday at 2:00 p.m. and conducted by the pastor, Reverend O. P. Champlin.
Mrs. Mesic was born in Minden, Herkimer county, N.Y., in 1823. She was married in 1847, and came to Wisconsin in 1855, and to Iowa in 1881 to live with her son Charles. For several years she had been in poor health; and in the spring of 1884 she had an attack of pneumonia from which she never fully recovered. For nearly a year she had been confined to the house, and for most of the time up to her death was a great sufferer. She fell asleep in Jesus early on Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Kendall in this city where she had been living the past few months. Her disease was consumption. Her pastor, Reverend O. P. Champlin, discoursed from Acts 7:55, 56, on "the reality and nearness of the spirit world". She leaves one son and daughter to mourn her loss. Her only other child, a son, died in 1861. Aside from her friends here she leaves an only brother in Michigan, and two sisters, one of whom was with her a long time in her last sickness in Wisconsin.

Mrs. Mesic leaves many friends both in and out of her church communion. She longed for the worship of God, and especially for one more season of communion in the church. She greatly enjoyed the pastoral visits of her pastor, and, also, of the M. E. minister who occasionally called to see her.

We feel that she has entered into the joy of her Lord and behold the glory which he prayed the father his disciples might see. Death came to her as the night comes to the weary child who is so tired it asked if not for food, or toy, or play; but that it may lie down and sleep. Pastor.

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Iowa, Wednesday, September 16, 1885

-- Michael McEvoy, of Walnut, left on last Thursday evening for Lassen County, California. Mr. McEvoy has been suffering for several months with dyspepsia and goes to California with the hopes of regaining his health.
-- Cards are out announcing the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. James Scott. Occurrences of this kind are so rare, that it is with pleasure we note becoming happy event, and hope that this hale old couple may live to celebrate their diamond wedding with the prosperity and good health they now enjoy.
-- Edwin Andersen received the appointment of postmaster at Ruthven a few days ago. Anderson has only resided in this county a little over a year, has always been a Republican, and has very strong inclinations in that direction yet. If he was a "mugwump" we would not be surprised at the appointment. Steps are now being taken to have his commission revoked.
-- Father Smith informs us that the contract to furnish the new church with 154 pews, has been let to Messrs. Foulke and Co., of Chicago, for $1242. The pews will be magnificent ones, the seats and ends consisting of black walnut and the backs of ash. They will also furnish the altar rail which will cost in the aggregate nearly $150.
-- "Peck’s Bad Boy" At Music Hall this (Tuesday) evening: go see him play his antics on his pa and the grocery man.
-- Sheriff Whelan, of Estherville, passed through this city on Friday morning on his way to Independence with a man by the name of Peter Rels who was adjudged insane by the commissioners of insanity, of Emmet County.
-- Will Higley left last Sunday for Memphis, Tennessee, to accept a position in a lumber yard in which his brother E. H. is interested. His brother with wife and family have been visiting here for some few weeks past but expect to return to their home in Tennessee today.
-- Mrs. William Gallagher's residence in Freedom Township was totally destroyed by fire on Monday. How the fire originated is not known what it is supposed that during the absence of Mrs. Gallagher the outer door of the dwelling blew open striking a shelf on which there was a box of matches, and then falling on the floor ignited.
-- A gentleman by the name of Priest with his wife was looking over town the fore part of last week with the view of settling here permanently. Mr. Priest hails from Davenport and we understand rented Mr. Cohoon's house now occupied by Mr. Horton and has also leased the up stairs over Mr. Fitzgerald's new drugstore to be occupied by his daughter as a millinery and dressmaking shop. He will arrive with his family about October 1, when he will probably buy some farmland and city property.
-- Whilst in the jewelry store of C. A. Smith Monday last week, we were shown some of the prettiest line of jewelry it has been our pleasure to gaze upon in some time. His ladies gold watches are unique in design, excellent and manufacture, and we think it's as fine a lot of watches as was ever brought to Emmetsburg. In clocks, he has large ones, small ones, odd ones, old ones, handsome ones, plain ones, ancient and new ones. Just as we were to take our departure, the clocks began to strike, and Mr. Smith to say something at the same time, but for the life of us we could not tell whether he said, I warrant all the goods I sell, or Whiting will be elected sure as h___sheol.
-- Last week some hunters from Chicago were hunting down in Silver Lake Township, and in some manner lost a valuable bird dog. The dog came to the house of John Hand and he seeing no signs about it, that he thought would indicate usefulness, drove it away, and would not allow it on his plantation. Seeing an advertisement in the Democrat tossing offering a reward of $10 for the dog, Mr. Hand changed his mind as to the qualities of the stray and brought him to town Saturday and received the $10 reward. We merely mentioned this to show what an advertisement of five lines will do.

     The report having been circulated to some extent, that I am not a candidate for county treasurer, I desire to state that such report is incorrect. True, I have not canvassed the county for delegates or will I, but shall come before the convention next Saturday, on my merits as a man, and if it is the pleasure of the convention to tender me the nomination in this manner, I will accept, and if elected, serve to the best of my ability. I have been a resident of this county before the county was organized, and at this stage have no desire to secure a nomination through political tricks or jobbery.
     Respectfully yours,
     Charles McCormick

September 5, 1885, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mathers.
How we miss thee darling Nellie,
Now our hearts are full of pain;
How we listen for thy footsteps
We shall never hear again.

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Iowa, Wednesday, September 23, 1885

-- Born: -- September 21, to Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Geshweller, of Fairfield Township, a son.
-- J. T. Watson, who is now acting as deputy auditor, received the sad intelligence one day last week that his sister who resides in New York City, was lying at the point of death. He responded to the telegram by taking the first train for the East.
-- The professional card of Charles Hardie, veterinary surgeon, will be found in this week's issue of the Democrat. Mr. Hardie has permanently located in Emmetsburg and those needing his professional help will find him in his office at John Hammond’s livery barn.
-- Died: -- In Emmetsburg, Iowa, September 15, 1885, Thomas Maher aged 55 years. For some time past Mr. Maher has been suffering with what physicians termed necrosis of the cheek bones, and with the hopes of saving his life, the doctors a few weeks ago performed an operation on him, but it was all in vain and death put an end to suffering. His remains were interred in the Catholic Cemetery on last Wednesday.
-- We have been informed that the Waverly Steam Laundry has been opened. Mr. R. J. Clarke having secured to first class laundresses, is now prepared to have bundle washing done at most reasonable rates.
-- Emmetsburg seems to contain some of the fastest horses that can be found anywhere in the state. On last Friday J.T. Loughlin took first money at the trotting race held at Spencer, and it did not seem to trouble his horse much either. At Algona, on the same day, M. F. Coonan captured the prize with but little difficulty, with his trotter. James Foy also took first money at Algona with the Pike pony. This speaks remarkably well for Emmetsburg as the above horses are matched against some of the fastest in Iowa.

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Iowa, Wednesday, September 30, 1885

-- Mr. Philip Daily is dangerously ill with consumption.
-- Mrs. A. J. Powers returned Tuesday evening from her extended visit with relatives in the state of New York. A.J. accompanied her home from Chicago.
-- Last Friday, Albert Brewer, who is working for W. H. Hayes and his livery barn, swore out in information before Squire Moncrief charging one J.W. Mason with having stolen his watch. Deputy Sheriff McNally arrested the fellow and brought him before his honor for trial. He pled guilty, however, and was sentenced to pay a fine of $30. Not being possessed of the necessary ‘scads’ with which to pay his fine he was given 10 days in the county jail.
-- It is with pleasure recall your attention to the new advertisement of James Fitzgerald’s. Mr. Fitzgerald is now nicely situated in his new drugstore and that prince of good fellows, J. T. Stemets, his drug clerk, informs us that their stock is all new, well selected, and will be sold at honest prices. Mr. Stemets has had much experience as prescription clerk, is a first-class druggist and a clerk who can be relied upon to fill prescriptions as ordered. That he and Mr. Fitzgerald may long enjoy a good share of trade is all the harm we wish them.
-- Mrs. William Jackman, of Walnut Township, is visiting with her sister at Grand Island, Nebraska. She will be absent several weeks.
-- You ought to have heard William Jackman laugh at what the Ruthven Free Press said about him running away from the draft. Billy, like everyone else, says that Teed hasn't got brains enough to think of one half of the political rubbish that appeared in that paper last week. The articles were written by a party in Emmetsburg and sent to the Free Press for publication. The editors of the Reporter are manly enough not to allow such trash in their papers.
-- Last Thursday evening about nine o'clock the alarm of fire was given which created quite a stir for those attending a play at Music Hall at the time. It was soon ascertained that John Steil’s dwelling in the southwest part of town was on fire, and on very short notice, the fire department was on the grounds with their engines and quickly extinguished the flames. It is not known definitely how the fire originated, but the probabilities are that it accidentally took fire on the inside. The damage to the building and furniture is very slight.
-- D.T. Sterner swore out an information before T. J. Prouty on last Friday charging John Wilgus and his sister, Mary Wilgus, with having set fire to John Steil's dwelling on last Thursday evening. Squire Prouty immediately issued the warrant for the arrest of the parties, which was made by Deputy Sheriff McNally, at Ruthven, where Wilkins is running a saloon. The preliminary examination was held before Squire Roberts on Saturday, the defendants having taken a charge of venue from Squires Prouty and Moncrief. Cassidy & Cohoon appeared for the prosecution and Carr & Jenswold for the defense. After hearing the evidence the court came to the conclusion that John Wilgus was guilty as charged in the information and he was accordingly held to await the action of the grand jury at the next session of the District Court which meets here on November 3. Mary Wilgus, the other defendant, was discharged for reason that the court found no evidence sufficient to warrant him in finding her guilty.
-- Albert Wolfgang formerly of Emmetsburg and now of Wisconsin is spending a few days in the city.
-- Mrs. C. A. Smith, accompanied by her little daughter, left on Tuesday morning for several weeks visit with relatives in Winnebago City, Minnesota.
-- Miles McNally Sr. of Great Oak Township, father of our deputy sheriff, is lying dangerously ill at his home and little hopes are entertained for his recovery.

To Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Whitford on Sunday, September 27, 1885, a girl.