Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
February 1885

Wednesday, February 4, 1885


-- Jack Reynolds, the desperado who shot Sheriff McCord at Marshalltown last summer gets twenty years in the penitentiary -- ten for his assault on the Sheriff, six for burglary and four for larceny.

-- George Sanders who one time carried on a dray line at this place, has recently returned from Nebraska where he has been since last summer.

-- Richard Walsh of Great Oak township will raffle off a sorrel horse in the near future.  Raffle tickets can be procured at any time from him at $1 each.  Here is a chance for someone to get a horse cheap.

-- On last Wednesday afternoon as Mr. Simon Banfill was crossing a railway track near the C.M. & St. P. depot a freight train, backing down, caught him between cars and carried him some distance before the movement of the train could be checked.  He was taken from under the cars and carried into the waiting room of the depot and afterward removed to the residence of his son Stephen Banfill.  Dr. McAllister of Spencer, who was in town, was called, and upon examination found that injuries had been received which rendered medical skill of no avail, and all attention was turned to making the remaining hours of the sufferer as comfortable as possible.  Mr. Banfill was sixty-nine years of age, he was born in Orange county, Vermont in 1816.  From there he removed a cross the line into Canada , where he resided for a number of years.  He first came to this section with his son about fourteen years ago and has since been a resident of this county with the exception of four years which he spent in Illinois, returning about four years ago, and making his home with his son in this village.  He leaves three grown-up sons and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss.  Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Snyder and in the M. E. Church today (Saturday) at 11 o'clock -- Ruthven Free Press  


            January 25, 1885 to Mr. and Mrs. Matt Joyce a son.  

            January 25, 1885 to Mr. and Mrs. A. Taub a son.  

            To Mr. and Mrs. Peter Metz January 27th, a son.



            January 27, 1885, William J. Bowden and Miss Alice E. Schoonover.  

            January 30, 1885 by Rev. C. E. Cline at M. E. Parsonage Joseph Gibson to Miss Leech.  


Call at the drugstore of Cady & Shea, and procure some of those magnificent stereoscopic views of scenery in the Yellowstone Park , on the northern Pacific and seems generally in the West.

Go to Cady and Shea’s for lead and oil  

Wednesday, February 11, 1885


-- Mrs. A. P. Jenkins, formerly of Emmetsburg, died at Sanborn on January 30 of dropsy of the heart.  Her remains were taken to Wisconsin for interment.

-- Old Mr. Stedman died at the residence of his son, in this city, on Friday, February 6, 1885.  The funeral services were held at the Congregational Church on last Saturday.  


            January 30, 1885, at Sanborn Iowa , of dropsy of the heart, Mrs. A. P. Jenkins.  

            February 6, 1885, S. R. Stedman, aged 82 years, 9 months and 16 days.  

            February 8, 1885, Thomas White, aged 84 years.

            Mr. White was born in Mayo, Province of Connaught in the western portion of Ireland , in the year 1800, of devout Catholic parents whose faith became his guiding star through life.  In 1818 he left his birthplace of the ever green Isle and following the star of empire westward, settled in Whitestown in the state of Maine , where he engaged in trade, and for several years represented his district in the legislature of Maine , with marked ability.  In 1854 after the fiends of Knownothingisom had accomplished their outrage on Father Bapst, they turned their persecution upon Mr. White and hundreds of other innopensive citizens, of his faith.  Mr. White came to Fort Dodge , Webster City, Iowa, as a refugee from those infamous persecutions.  Here he purchased land and after a few years engaged in trade in town.  About the year 1870 he moved with his family to Palo Alto County , Iowa , where they have since resided.  While in Maine , Mr. White married a sister to the Hon. R. P. Furlong, mayor of Fort Dodge .  The union was blessed by two sons and three daughters.  Mrs. White died some years ago since coming to Palo Alto County .

 Mr. White ranked far above the average of men in natural abilities was a strong man physically, mentally and morally, had a strong retentive memory, loved justice and hated vice, was an earnest democrat in politics and would have suffered martyrdom for his religious faith.

His life has been a long and useful one and full of years and honors, he is gathered to his fathers like a shock of corn fully ripe.  Peace to his ashes.

Wednesday, February 18, 1885  


First Day  

Minutes of the meeting of the board of supervisors of Palo alto County , Iowa .

Board met pursuant to adjournment at 10:00 a.m.; all members present.  Board then proceeded to an examination of bridges and bridge sites on Burn's grade and reassembled at 1:30 p.m.; all members present.

The following official bonds were approved: Edward Harrison Constable, freedom township; Samuel Smith, Justice of the peace Ellington Township; also appointment of D. W. Burlingame Deputy clerk of courts, approved; the time having arrived for the letting contracts to build bridges on Burn's grade, Board proceeded to let contracts for the same.  John Dooley being the lowest bidder was awarded the contract for building one bridge to be about 80 feet in length at $2.60 per linear foot; and also one bridge about 300 feet in length at $2.05 per linear foot the same to be built according to specifications on file in the auditor's office, it being further understood that all material from old bridge which can be used in the construction of the new bridge shall be allowed for the contractor at $15 a thousand feet.

On account of the deep washout at the site of the 300 foot bridge, it was deemed advisable to change the location of the bridge to a point about 75 feet to the south of the present site; and on motion be made to make the change the ayes and nayes were called.  The motion was carried.  Egan, Anderson and Ruthven, voting aye; Amos voting nay.

Board adjourned until 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 3, 1885.  

Second Day  

Board met pursuant to adjournment.  All the members present; business for closing of contracts for bridges.

Board adjourned till 1:30 o'clock same day.

Board met pursuant to adjournment.

All the members present.  The contract for grading the approaches to the two bridges to be built on Burn's Grade was awarded to Philip Daily, at 15-cents per cubic yard, the same to be surveyed and estimated by the county surveyor.

The report of the appraisers of school lands on section 16, Township 97, range 33, approved, and the auditor instructed to advertise the land embraced in said appraisal and those of Emmetsburg, Lost Island townships, according to law, and the sale of said lands to be made at the auditor's office, on the first Tuesday in April, 1885, at 1:00 p.m.

Motion was made and carried that Gibbs and the Egan be a committee to supervise the repair a broken chords on River bridge west of Emmetsburg, and the construction of bridge and grading of approaches on Burn's grade.

Petition of P. V. Nolan Sheriff for increase of his salary to $400, rejected.  The approval of the bond J. Dooley contractor on bridges coming before the board was objected to by Amos and on the ground that the sureties had not qualified according to law and a vote being called the bond was approved.  Egan, Anderson and Gibbs voting for approval and Amos and Ruthven against.

The following resolution was adopted.

Resolved, that the trustees of Emmetsburg township, be instructed to warn G. H. Barker and his father to leave Palo Alto county from the fact that they have not gained a residency in this county.

The following resolution was presented by J. B. Anderson who moved its adoption.

Resolved, by the board of supervisors at the clerk of the circuit and district courts of the State of Iowa in and for Palo Alto county, shall have for our consideration of his services as clerk of said courts all probate, juror and marriage license fees which may come into his hands as such clerk, and that the former clerk D. W. Burlingame, be and is hereby entitled to the benefits of this resolution.  Resolution rejected.

The following bills were allowed:

                                                            cld      alld

John Boddy, bounty on wolf             2.00     2.00

J.R. Brennen, trustee Highland         4.00     4.00

D.G. Grier, clk by app Rush Lake      2.00     rej

Egbert, Fidlar & O, blank books      73.20    71.20

D.G. Morris, trustee Silver Lake         2.00    2.00

J.B. Martin et al justice fees               6.55    6.55

D.W. Burlingame, fees for transc    39.50    ld ovr

Thos Walsh making transcrips        21.10     21.10

P. Daily, team hire                             1.50     1.50

Reporter, county printing                 62.82    62.82

Iowa Homestead subscription            2.00     2.00

Pilot Co. Printing                             45.00     45.00

J.B.Haman, bounty on wolf              2.00     2.00

J.B. Anderson, co work                   26.62     26.62

J.B. Anderson, supervisors serv        8.12     8.12

W.M. Amos, supervisors serv           9.92     9.92

Chas Gibbs, supervisors serv            8.38     8.38

Chas Gibbs, committee work         20.00     20.00

Thos Egan, supervisors serv             8.60     8.60

Alex Ruthven, supervisors serv        9.44     9.44  

Upon motion the board adjourned.

                        W.H.H. BOOTH, Auditor  


-- Dave Wilson, who is working for Thomas J. Duffy in the City Meat Market, was in Britt a few days last week on a visit to his brother.

-- Blossom Brothers of Algona have erected an icehouse near the old Catholic church building and are filling the same with pure river ice, to be used next season in connection with their creamery.

-- E. F. Jones has gone to Montrose, Dakota, where he is interested with his brother in the hardware business.  His happy countenance will be missed till spring, when he will return again on business here.

-- Dan Coonan has removed from Estherville, and is now nicely ensconced in the house recently occupied by Dr. Thomas



-- J. Gallagher has sold out his alone and rented his building to William Willie for one year.

-- J. E. Lacey and J. Gallagher have made a trade.  Gallagher takes four lots in Dakota and Lacey the skating rink.

-- The Ladies Social Union held their last meeting that Mr. Daniel Webster's.  The fact that the gentleman were to attend to the culinary department, brought a large attendance.  Eighty-six partook for supper.  It was quite laughable to hear the ladies call for some of Webster's goose, pass up Bachman’s biscuits, Mr. Johnson's butter if you please, any more of Herbert's rolls?  Jacobs makes good oyster soup of little more if you please, how is Bagley's chicken?  Before and after supper the Rink was open and the young folks availed themselves of the opportunity of a roll; as the old folks could not venture on the skates, they were left alone to play "heavy heavy hangs over your head".  Nearly ten dollars was collected and passed over to the treasurer.  


            In Great Oak Township , Sunday, February 15, 1885, Mrs. Thomas Martin, aged 70 years.  The funeral services were held in the Catholic church yesterday.  

Notice of Co-Partnership

            According to previous arrangement, Mr. P. C. Hart of this city and Miss Kitty Moran of Ft. Howard Wisconsin, at the home of the young lady did on last Saturday the 15th, inst., enter into a partnership to last during life, the chief object being to love, cherish and obey (the last clause, PC says, is not binding on his part) each other through life's journey.  May the young couple lead a happy, pleasant and prosperous married life, is the wish of the Democrat.  


            On February 1st, there came to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Crowley a little visitor about a minute old.  J.P. says he can stay with him till -- well till sweet sixteen.  

            February 6, a pretty little baby girl came to the house of Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Gibbs.  It's the image of its pa and is ma's darling.  All happy  

            Street Commissioner Sammin is noted in his official capacity as for ever drumming up boys, but in private life, he has a hankering for girls.  Girls know this and for this reason a pretty Miss about 10 inches high came to his house February 10, inst., to ask for board and clothes for a short while, which request was cheerfully granted.  Mother and daughter doing well.  

Wednesday, February 25, 1885


-- Dr. Whitney reports W.H.H Booth in a critical condition with pneumonia.

-- J. M. Dooley who was selected by the Board of Supervisors to build four bridges on Burns ‘grade, has been in Wisconsin for a few weeks passed procuring the necessary timbers and lumber for the construction of the same.  He returned home on last Friday night.

-- Miss Anna Fitzgerald being 10 years old on the fourth of March, the same day that a democratic president takes his seat in the White House, she tells us that as the anniversary of one, and in honor to the other, she will give a party at her father's house (Mr. James Fitzgerald) that day to which she invites all of her young friends to be present.

-- We unintentionally forgot till now, to make mention of the new firm of Beckman Bros., who have opened a store in the building north of the post office, recently occupied by W. A. Weaver.  We understand they have a good trade.

-- J. E. King and Co., have disposed of their stock of dry goods, groceries, etc., to Charles W. Johnson who is now in possession thereof and selling goods like any old knight of the yardstick.  Mr. Johnson will probably have another man soon to help them, thus giving him more time to look after his lumber trade, which he is still heavily engaged in.  Mr. King has virtually been out of the store since the first of the year on account of his official duties.  Mr. Maxon will remain for some time in town and perhaps remain here, entirely.  As his mind is not fully made up yet we hope he will conclude to remain.  The new firm should do well, and that it may, is all the harm we wish them.

-- Since our thermometer froze up we cannot tell the exact temperature of the weather but to give our readers an instance of how cold it has been, we will state that one day during a recent cold snap, James Green let the fire go down in the furnace, ( or engine room)  making our rooms so cold that we were compelled to seek some warmth by lighting the gas.  James, seeing the gas burning came in to inquire the reason and attempted to play a trick on us by turning it off, but alas for James, the flame had frozen solid.  Mr. Green not to be out done, broke it off and carried it to a drummer's room in the " Waverley ."  The drummer had left the day before but to his consternation, after the room began to get warm, unterified oaths and most blasphemous curses began to fill the room and it took no little trouble to explain that it was the language of the drummer, used the day before, but which was now being thawed out.  We could relate several stories as truthful as the above, to illustrate how cold it has been and will, if called upon to do so.

 -- That old pilgrim and pioneer well known to every old settler of this region, A. D. Gallop, was at the Tremont House last Monday and Tuesday.  Several years ago he lived in Emmetsburg, and was the proprietor of nearly all the stage lines in this part of Iowa .  Perhaps some of our "old boys" will remember the time he had a driver, passenger and team all frozen to death while going from Sibley to Sioux Falls .  Four years ago he had 250 head of cattle killed by the falling in of a shed.  "Gallop" is a becoming name, for he is a firm believer in the "hoss," and when it comes to a "dicker" he always gets there with both feet.  His stables are always filled with the best in the country.  He now has a large ranch at Centerville , Dakota, and was taking some horses through.  The storm caused him to remain here a day longer than he intended, but Gallop cares little "whether school keeps or not."  He is about to erect a mill on his farm, a creek of goodly proportion to furnish the power.  -- Rock?  Register

-- During the funeral services of Mrs. Nolan last Tuesday, Mr. John Conway had a bed comforter lost from the seat of his sleigh, which he would be pleased to have returned to the store of P.  Joyce

-- J. S. Knapp of this city has taken a contract to fill several ice houses in Estherville.  Mr. Knapp has what is called a snow plow, which is just the thing for this kind of work.  


            Tuesday February 3, 1885, Mrs. Anastasia Nolan aged 63 years.

            Mrs. Nolan was the wife of James Nolan who died here about eleven years ago and was the sister of James Fitzgerald.  Deceased was a native of the parish of Kilmanuck, county Kilkenny , Ireland , and came to this county with her husband in 1849 settling in this country some thirty seven years ago, enduring all the hardships that the early pioneer is subject to.  She leaves a family of five children grown to manhood and womanhood, Bridget, John, William, Patrick and James who have the sympathy of all in this their sad bereavement.  The remains of Mrs. Nolan were taken to the Catholic cemetery last Wednesday followed by a large possession of mourning friends.