Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
May 1885

Wednesday, May 6, 1885  


-- West Bend has a new bank at last.  Mr. A. F. Lacey of that town and Mr. Morris of Grundy Center are the proprietors.  This is what West Bend has badly needed for some time and it will be a great accommodation to her merchants.  We wish the new institution success. 

--  E. P. McEvoy of Walnut Township returned from Council Bluffs on Saturday morning.  He was attending the funeral of his cousin, Mrs. Edmund McEvoy, in Harrison county.  

West Bend

-- A. B. Carter furnishes the people of this village and surrounding country with honey.  


            In Booth township Thursday, April 30, 1885, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Fitzpatrick, aged one year and six months.  

At her home in Harrison county, Iowa , on April 27, 1885, of heart disease, Mrs. Edmund McEvoy, aged 51 years.  Deceased was a first cousin of E. P. McEvoy of Walnut township.  

At the home of her father in Great Oak township, on Friday, May 1st, 1885, of consumption, Miss Margaret Greehey, aged about 21 years.  The funeral services were held in the Catholic church on last Sunday, and the remains were followed to their last resting place by a large procession.  

Wednesday, May 13, 1885  


-- James Tobin of Ruthven is a candidate for postmaster of that town and should he received the appointment would make a good officer.

-- H. P. Christenson formerly of West Bend has bought out the photograph gallery of J. M. Harris and will be pleased to have all needing work in his line of business to call on him.  Mr. Christenson had a very good trade in West Bend but concluded he would rather live in Emmetsburg where he would have a larger field to work in.  We understand he is a splendid workman.  His card appears in another column.  Read it and when you want anything in his line, call on him.

-- The Star Barber Shop has been removed to rooms over the drug store of Cady & Shea and the situation is a very pleasant one.  Mr. Metz the proprietor has fitted up the new shop in a manner that would be a credit to any town and to say that everything is in tip top style, is putting it very mildly.  Mr. Metz being a splendid workman has naturally built up a large practice and it is with pleasure we note his improvements in his line of trade.

-- Mr. A. W. Utter of this place, has purchased one half interest in the Reporter and will soon abandon his position as postal clerk on the Milwaukee Road, and devote his entire time in the future to journalism.  Mr. Utter has resided in Emmetsburg for a number of years. He is a gentleman in every respect and the possessor of fine abilities.  He was, in times gone by, the editor of the Reporter, and during that time the paper was respected by everyone in the county.  For some times past, the Reporter through ignorance, stupidity and dudeism, has almost sunk into oblivion, being discarded as entirely worthless by a vast number of our citizens.  Mr. Utter, when he takes possession, will act as a balance wheel as it were, and will then proceed to resurrect that paper from the gutter where it has fallen, and place it once more in a position that the brethren of the press will not be ashamed to recognize it.

-- D. W. Burlingame will take A. W. Uttterís position as postal clerk on the Milwaukee road when the latter gentleman resigns.

-- C. E. Cohoon's dwelling in the southwest part of town was destroyed by fire on last Thursday night.  The building was formally occupied by C. R. Graham, and since Mr. Graham's absence from Emmetsburg has been wholly unoccupied.  The deed was perpetrated, in all probability, by some heartless fiend who had a personal grudge against Mr. Cohoon, although it was supposed that Mr. Cohoon had few if any enemies in Emmetsburg.  A person who will set fire to your neighbor's property, poison his dog and maim his domestic animals in order that he may "get even," is a person that would commit murder if he had an opportunity.  We sincerely trust and hope that the party who committed this heinous crime may be caught and full justice meted out to him.  

West Bend

-- M. L. Brown is building another house to rent in the north part of town is the depot.  He has several now, and keeps building as fast as homes are required.

-- J. T. Lacey is talking of moving the skating rink down on his farm.  


            At the home of her parents in Emmetsburg , Iowa , on Friday, May 8th, 1885, of consumption, Miss Anna Patton, aged 17 years.



Adjourned Session of the County Board  

Board of Supervisors convened at Auditorís office in Emmetsburg, on the fourth day of May 1885, as per adjournment.

Members all present.

Minutes of February and April sessions of Board were read and approved.

Widow A. Dunnegan appeared before the Board requesting them to assist her support, and on motion she was allowed $5.00 per month for the months of May, June, July and August, and the auditor instructed to issue warrants on the relief fund monthly.

On motion of adjourned until 1 p.m.

Afternoon: Board met pursuant to adjournment.  All present.

The hour having arrived for the final hearing on the application of Benjamin Franklin for a permit to sell intoxicating liquors, and there being no objection, it is hereby ordered by the board of supervisors of Palo Alto county, that Benjamin Franklin be, and he is hereby permitted to sell intoxicating liquors in accordance with law, in the building occupied by him, situated on lot No 9, of block No 7, in the village of West Bend, in Palo Alto county, State of Iowa.

Board granted petition of citizens of Fern Valley township asking the county to build a bridge over Prairie creek, near J. B. Martinís Farm and appointed W. M. Amos, committee to accept the same when completed -- provided said bridge does not cost the county more than $100, warrant to be drawn on the bridge fund, on the order of Mr. Amos, when completed.

On motion of adjourned sine die.


W H H Booth, Auditor.

Charles Gibson, Chairman.


Wednesday, May 20, 1885  


-- We understand that John Hammond has leased the livery and feed stable owned by John Beggs and will take possession of the same about June 1st.  This barn is in a fine location and Mr. Hammond should receive a liberal patronage from our people.

-- Fred Brown who resided with his parents on Jack creek, Vernon township, died Saturday morning of lung affection.  About one week ago his team ran away with him and in his efforts to stop them was precipitated to the ground.  He received some internal injuries, in all probability, which caused his death.  The funeral was attended here from the Congregational church last Sabbath, the Reverend O. P. Champlin officiating.  


            In Vernon township, on Saturday, May 16, 1885, Fred Brown, aged 18 years.  

            In  West Bend on Monday, May 18, 1885, George Baker, aged 60 years.  


            Miss Anna Patton died at the home of her parents at Emmetsburg, May 8th.  Miss Anna was a bright and intelligent girl, a smart scholar and a true christian.  She left a fond father, loving mother, three brothers and four sisters, besides a host of friends and acquaintances to mourn her death.  She was one of Emmetsburg's fairest daughters.  She had lived a virtuous, mild and gentle life, and died a happy death.  She was a model young lady and it would be well if all would follow her example through life.  She had been respected by all who knew her.  Her remains were born to the cemetery by a very large procession.  The funeral service was conducted by Rev J. J. Smith.  May her soul rest in peace.


West Bend

-- Ben McFarland has traded for the property owned by Frank McGinnis.  Frank contemplates going to Dakota.


Wednesday, May 27, 1885  


-- P.C. Hart will soon occupy the DeShields house on the south side of the track.

-- At the last meeting of the Northwestern Medical Association, Dr. J. C. Davies was chosen president.  The next meeting will be held at Spirit Lake , July 14th.

-- A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Terwilliger, of Fairfield township, on the 19th inst.

-- It is rumored that Capt. Wildrick, formerly of Emmetsburg, is now in jail at Pierre, Dakota, charged with bigamy.

-- One evening last week as Mr. Frost's little boy was trying to climb on a heavily loaded wagon, he slipped and fell, one of the wheels of the wagon passing over him.  At first it was thought he had been killed, after a while he showed signs of life and Dr. Powers was sent for, under whose care of the little fellow is now getting along nicely.