Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, January 5, 1887


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- Miss Mary Goss has been spending the holidays with her parents near Lawler.

- Mr. John Ray of Algona spent Sunday with his sister, Miss Maggie Ray, of Emmetsburg.

- Mr. Matt Kean, of Lawler, and well known to the citizens of this county, has received an appointment as postal clerk on the mail route between Calmar and Sanborn and has already rolled up his sleeves for Uncle Sam. Matt will make a good postal clerk.

- James and John Carlan, of Ruthven, and who have been confined in the county jail since Dec. 13th, on a warrant of commitment issued by Nicholas Brewer, J.P., were released from custody Monday by Judge Carr, on a writ of habeas corpus. The boys were tried before Brewer some time since and found guilty of misdemeanor and fined $10 each and costs of prosecutor, taxed at $12.85, and in default of the payment of the same, to be placed in the county jail for 30 days. The prisoners should have been released long ago, as under section 1448 of the code, they could have been committed for three days only. Highland may be thankful that Brewer's term of office as justice has expired.

- Mr. Whalen, father of Michael Whalen, of Silver Lake township, is at present lying dangerously ill.

- Mr and Mrs. Pierce, of Iowa Falls, and relatives of T.J. Prouty, spent a few days in Emmetsburg last week.

- Mr. R.E. Jones of Montrose, Dakota, and son of Peter Jones, of Great Oak township, spent a few of the holidays with his friends and relatives in this section. He returned to Montrose last week.

- The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John McNally, was seriously scalded on Monday, by overturning hot tea. Dr. Donnelly was at once summoned and the little child is now resting quite comfortably.




AUCTIONEER. I will do all kind of auctioneering at very reasonable rates. Satisfaction guaranteed.


Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, January 19, 1887

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- Robert Hedrick, formerly station agent at Lawler, has been changed to Algona. The latter city has secured an efficient and agreeable agent. 

- Born: To Mr. and Mrs. James Foy, on Wednesday, Jan. 12th, a daughter. The  boys all say that it tickles Jim to call him "dad" these days. 

- A young lady named Dora Gross, living near Ft. Dodge, committed suicide by taking a dose of morphine, last Wednesday morning. 

-DIED: On Monday, Jan. 17th, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Mulry, aged about one month. The parents have the sympathy of the community in their affliction. 

- One of the most noted weddings that has occurred in Spencer for some time occurred in the Catholic  church Wednesday, Jan. 12th, when M.M. Hines and Miss Mary E. Patton were joined in the holy bonds of marriage during solemn high Mass by Rev. Father Norton assisted y Rev. Father Smith and choir, of Emmetsburg. The scene was one not soon to be forgotten. At the hour appointed, although no invitations were issued, the church was overflowing with friends of both bride and groom. Promptly at 10 o'clock the bridal party, attended by Miss Lettie Norton as bridesmaid, and A.J. Hines as groomsman, entered and took their places where they were soon made husband and wife. After which high Mass was sung. The choir consisted of four little girls, Mary Rutledge, Cecelia Kelly, Nellie Cassidy, and Anna McLaughlin, of Emmetsburg, under the management of Miss Tillie Wyble, of the same place who acquited themselves with great credit.  The contracting parties are both well known in Spencer and surrounding country.  The groom is one of Spencer's most honorable and successful business men, a young man of ordinary education and social culture and most exemplary habits.  The bride, a daughter of John Patton, of Freedom township, is beautiful, refined, accomplished, and possessed of a most amiable and sweet disposition. On this occasion she wore an elegant yet modest and tasteful trousseau, and her appearance was very charming indeed. The News extends its heartfelt congratulations.- Spencer News 


I will sell at public auction at my residence, 4 1/2 miles west of Emmetsburg, on Tuesday, Feb. 1st, sale to commence at one o'clock, P.M., about twenty head of horned cattle - cows, steers and heifers. Terms of sale One year's time on notes with approved security.   - DAVID FINN

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, January 26, 1887

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- Mrs. P Joyce is at present very ill.

- Butter was a pretty scarce article in Emmetsburg last week.

- If the cold weather should continue all winter, John Neary will wear out every checker board in town. 

- Miss Maggie Donovan, returned from Minneapolis Saturday evening, where she had  for the past nine months been living.

- W.H. Hayes, one of Emmetsburg's efficient veterinary surgeons is now comfortably located in his quarters in the rear end of Brown's bank building. 

- Mr. F. Rosencrantz, of Elmira N.Y. and nephew of Mr. P.F. Van Gordon, is at present visiting relatives in this city. He will remain in Emmetsburg about a year. 

A Sad Occurrence

Last Sunday morning our citizens were startled by the sad news that Thomas Scully, on of the oldest residents of the county, living but a few miles north of Emmetsburg, was found dead in a hedge of willows adjacent to his own house. The immediate cause of his death is unknown, but he is supposed to have been working around the barn yard attending to his stock, during last week's severe storm and becoming bewildered, fell down exhausted and perished in the cold.  He was a man of seventy-three years of age, was unmarried, and was living entirely alone. He was seen around the house on Saturday and when found, the upper parts of his arms and other parts of his body gave evidence of his not having lain long in the snow. 

Mr. Scully was born in King's county, Ireland, in 1814. He moved to this country when quite young and was among the early pioneers of Palo Alto county. Though a man of many peculiarities, he was highly esteemed as a neighbor and friend He has a sister living in Jackson county, this state, who attended his funeral. He was frugal, industrious, was a man of good circumstances, and could have lived far more comfortably than he did. His remains were buried in the Catholic cemetery south of town on Tuesday. 

- A very sad accident occurred at Algona, on Friday. Matt Halizboar, an employee of the saw mills of that place had his forearm caught in some part of the machinery, tearing off the arm near the shoulder. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1887

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- Mrs. D.P. Roberts, of Emmetsburg, is attending her daughter, Mrs. E.J. Woods, who has been very sick the past week. - Estherville Herald.

- C. M. Clack, a restaurant keeper, of Mason City, shot and killed himself Friday morning. Financial difficulty is thought to have been the cause. He leaves a wife and two children. 

MARRIED: - At the Catholic church in this city, on Monday, Jan. 31st, Mr. Michael Dwyer to Miss Julia Leonard, Father Smith lending the necessary assistance. 

Mr. Dwyer is one of the agreeable, frugal and honest young men of the county and is certainly worthy of the respect and esteem of those who are familiar with his ways.  He is regarded as a young man who has the necessary patience, kindness and affection to perform properly the many and oft times trying duties of a husband. Miss Leonard is one of the modest and respectable young ladies of the parish and is worthy of him to whom she has entrusted her happiness and her affections. We wish the young couple a long and happy union and a rich abundance of connubial bliss. 

BORN: - To Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Davies, on Sunday, Jan. 23rd, a daughter. 

BORN: - To Mr. and Mrs. John Moncrief, on Wednesday, Jan. 26th, a son of standard weight. Hope he will grow up to be as creditable a man as his father. 

- Miss Mary Herley took her departure for St. Paul Monday where she will visit for a few weeks with her brother who is a member of the police force in that city. 

- Mr. Ezra Debolt, of West Bend, has secured the county agency for a valuable washing apparatus and is now prepared to furnish each and every house keeper in the county with one at the small price of $2. The machine he handles is a self acting washer.  It is made of tin. It is placed in the boiler with the clothes to be washed and is so constructed as to keep the boiling suds passing through the clothes thus cleansing them. The clothes are then rinsed and put out to dry. Mr. Debolt desires his washer to receive a fair trial and for that purpose he will furnish any house keeper with one. 

DIED: - In Silver Lake township, on Wednesday, Jan. 26th, Roger Whalen, aged about 65 years. Mr. Whalen was father of Michael Whalen and was highly respected by his friends and neighbors. He was a native of the county of Tipperary, Ireland, and like millions of the oppressed sons of Erin, he bade adieu to her verdant shores and sought a foothold on this broad domain of freedom. He has resided in Palo Alto county for the past seventeen years during which tie he has faithfully discharged the manifold duties of an affectionate father, a generous neighbor, and a faithful citizen. The funeral took place on Friday. A large number of friends and relatives followed his remains to their final resting place in the Catholic cemetery south of town. May his soul rest in peace. 

BORN: - To Mr. and Mrs. John Conlon, on Wednesday, Feb. 2nd, a daughter. 

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- Born: - to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bates, a son. Tom says that he has been more fortunate lately than any other man in town. 

MARRIED: At Emmetsburg, on Tuesday, Feb. 1st, Mr. George P. Wanning to Miss Mary A. Rund, Rev. Fuller officiating. The happy couple are among the most highly respected young people of Mallard. May prosperity, mirth, and happiness attend them through the remainder of life's journey. 

DIED: - At Emmetsburg, Tuesday evening, Feb. 1st, Mrs. Thomas Moncrief, aged 65 years. 

We receive the news of the above just as we go to press, and want of space forbids us to speak at length of the exemplary life and character of the deceased. She has been living in the county for a long time and was highly respected by her friends and neighbors. The funeral takes place tomorrow. 


Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, February 9, 1887

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- James McGovern, of Platteville, Wis., and Matt Kelch, of Rockwell, Iowa, have been visiting with their cousin, T. F. McGovern, of Whittemore. 

- - About ten years ago, F.C. Patton, of Mason City, sustained a very serious and permanent injury by being thrown from an engine on the Central  railway of Iowa at which time the engineer was killed. Mr. Patton was the fireman. The engine ran into some cattle and was thrown from the track, causing the injury to Patton. Patton sued the company for $15,000 and Judge Ruddick held that Patton, knowing the risk consequent upon the duties he engaged himself to perform, could not recover any damages. 


Last Monday morning the Catholic church, of this city, was the scene of a double wedding. Mr. Lawrence Conway and Miss Theresa Hickey, living several miles north-west of Emmetsburg, and also Mr. John Hickey and Miss Mary Ann Conway were made happy for life, Rev. Father Smith performed the marriage ceremony. 

After the brief rite was over the happy couples repaired to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John Conway where an unusually large number of friends and relatives had assembled to make the occasion one not soon to be forgotten. Every thing was done that could contribute towards the mirth and comfort of the numerous guests and all enjoyed themselves until the sunlight of morning broke in upon their festivities and soon guided their weary footsteps homeward. 

The happy couples are from among the most popular and respected of the neighborhood and have a large circle of friends. WE hope that the warm sunbeams of happiness will ever illumine the walls of their future homes and reflect many a shade of silvery brightness of their surroundings. 

DIED: - At Emmetsburg, Iowa, on Friday evening, Feb. 4th, Francis, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Sammin, aged 4 years and 6 months. The little fellow had been suffering for a considerable length of time. At last he became exhausted and yielded to the messenger of death. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon and was fairly attended.  The unfortunate parents have the sympathy of the community in these, their hours of extreme sorrow. 

MARRIED: - At Whittemore, Iowa, on Wednesday, Feb. 9th, by Rev. Father McCaffrey, of Algona, Mr. J. O'Donnell, of Emmetsburg, and Miss Anna Collins of Whittemore. 

The bride and groom are well known to the people of Emmetsburg and vicinity and re in every way worth of the respect of the old, into whose companionship they are now entering, as well as the best wishes of the young, who will, to a considerable extent, be deprived of their association. Mr. O'Donnell is, in every way, an honest and respectable young man, one of whom the community may well feel proud. . He has been employed as operator in the Milwaukee depot, for many months past, and is considered very reliable and punctual in his application to his duties. Miss Collins is one of the amiable young ladies of Whittemore and has many warm friends in and round Emmetsburg. We wish the young couple all the joys and comforts of the marriage state and that Jerry's recent long and lonely midnight journey over the snow clad prairies of Whittemore will soon be forgotten. 

Born: - To Mr. and Mrs. James Brennan, on Sunday, Feb. 6th, a daughter. 


- Married. At West Bend, Ia. on Wednesday, Feb. 2nd, Mr. Arthur Scott, of Grundy county and Miss Maria Ivey, of West Bend.  Long may happiness attend the worthy couple. We understand that Mr. Scot will locate here. 

- E. Debolt has secured the county agency for a washing machine that is giving the very best satisfaction to washers. The clothes are washed by forcing hot water through them. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, February 16, 1887

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- Tom Tracy and family have moved into the dwelling formerly occupied by  by Mr. and Mrs. T. Daniels. Tracy's constitution is proof against cold, so he has fixed his abode on the top of a nice little knoll where he can get the benefit of all the breezes that pass his way. 

- Last week Mr. Michael Jackman, living north of town and who, by the way, is one of the most successful farmers in Northern Iowa, sold to a drover ninety large steers and has almost as many more left, which he will sell in the near future. 

- The friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. James Dunnigan rushed in upon Jim yesterday afternoon, and to his great surprise, told him that they had come to celebrate the fifth anniversary of his marriage. They were somewhat disappointed on not finding Mrs. Dunnigan home as she was expected last Saturday. Nevertheless they were determined to have a good time. The bride and groom were given a beautiful extension table, a nice hanging lamp, and a rocking chair. The new table was immediately set and covered with the choicest victuals, which the many friends and neighbors had brought with them, and all sat down to partake of the tempting viands. Songs and speeches were next in order. All enjoyed themselves heartily, after which the gathering dispersed, leaving Jim highly pleased over the surprise. .

MARRIED: - At Emmetsburg, Ia., on Monday evening, Feb. 14th, Dr. James F. Averitt, of Mallard, to Miss Emma Cantrovitz, of this city, Squire Steuhmer, performing the ceremony. The marriage took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Taub. Immediately after the young couple were made happy for life. , a sumptuous repast  was served to the many invited guests, who had assembled to make the occasion one of mirth and enjoyment. 

The happy couple are highly respected in and around Emmetsburg and possess many of the qualities necessary to insure the strength and harmony of their union. Dr. Averitt is a young man of good standing and veterinary skill and has good judgment especially in the selection of a life long companion, for Miss Cantrovitz is certainly one of Emmetsburg's most amiable and accomplished young ladies. She is a sister to Mrs. A. Taub and since she has lived in Emmetsburg, she has made a host of friends. 

We wish the happy pair a sweet and sunny voyage over the hymeneal sea. 

DIED: - At Emmetsburg, on Wednesday, Feb. 9th, the four year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Vogel. Typhoid fever was the cause of its death. 

- Last Thursday night the Des Moines passenger got stalled in Caldwell's cut about three miles south of this village. As there were no hopes of getting out for two or three days, at the least, the conductor walked to town to see what he could do for the relief of the passengers. Early Friday morning, Mr. Caldwell went over to the train, took all hands to his house nearby, where his good wife set before them a tempting breakfast. As but few of the passengers had tasted food since the previous noon, you may imagine that a good breakfast was appreciated. Soon after breakfast, Ed. Groat and Jim Phoenix drove out and brought the passengers to the village. In the afternoon, r. Caldwell drove into town with the mail and route agent. The engine is dead and the train is badly snowed in that there is little hope of getting the road open before Sunday night. - Ruthven Free Press.

MARRIED: - On Wednesday, Feb. 9th, by Rev. F.A. Morrow, Mr. Arthur Campbell , of Ayrshire, to Miss Ida Hovey, of Ruthven. 

Mr. Campbell is one of the intelligent and agreeable young men of Ayrshire and is worthy of the respect and esteem of those who know him. Miss Hovey is considered one of the most refined young ladies of Ruthven and is in every way worthy of the love and protection of her sterling young husband. 

- James Centerfield, alias Wright, who has been confined in the county jail for the past twenty days for larceny of a watch in Pocahontas county, was released yesterday afternoon, but was immediately taken in charge again by Sheriff Jacobs on a warrant issued by Squire Roberts, he having been charged with stealing about eighteen dollars in cash from the money drawer of F. Crouch, on the 11th of last October. He was tried, found guilty ad sentenced to 20 days in the county jail. 


Notice is hereby given that I will pay no bills contracted by my minor son, James Cahill, Jr. after Feb. 16th, he having left home without cause or provocation. - James Cahill, Sr. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, February 23, 1887

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MARRIED: - At the Catholic church, in this city, on Monday, Feb. 21st, Mr. P.C. Neary, of Nevada township, to Miss Mary Killion, of this city, Father Smith performing the marriage ceremony.

Immediately after the brief rite was performed, the happy couple and a number of invited guests repaired to the residence of Mr and Mrs. Robert Shea, the home of the bride, where everything was in readiness to make the affair as pleasant as possible. A bountiful repast was served to the invited guests and nothing that would add to the mirth and the comfort of those present was left undone. All seemed deeply interested in the festivities of the occasion and extended to the happy pair many a token of respect and appreciation of their various redeeming qualities. 

Mr. Neary is one of the energetic and prosperous young farmers of Nevada township and from a social and moral point of view, is a model young man. Exemplary in his habits, unpretentious in his demeanor, and kind and generous in his disposition, he is a credit to his people and to the community. Miss Killion is known to the people of Emmetsburg and surroundings as a young lady of popularity and refinement and possesses, to a corresponding degree, the many excellent qualities that adorn her pure and honorable young husband. She is a niece of Mrs. Robert Shea with whom she has lived the past few years. We wish the young couple the choicest blessings of a long and prosperous life and that the crystal sunbeams of happiness will long attend them on their journey through life. 

- F. Wright, of Ayrshire, Ia. is making extensive preparations for the manufacturing of brooms. This indicates a fall in the price of brooms. 

MARRIED: - At the Catholic church, in this city, on Monday, Feb. 21st, Mr. P. Hanihan to Miss Katie Namer, Father Smith officiating. 

Mr. Hannifan is one of the agreeable and generous hearted young men of the county and the many and laudable actions of his past life are the best signs of his capability to perform properly the duties of a kind and faithful husband. His chosen companion is to many of us an entire stranger but we have too much faith in Mr. Hannifan's idea of the requisites of true womanhood to believe that he would make a poor selection. 

We wish the happy couple health, strength, prosperity and happiness through life. 

- The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Kidder assembled at their residence, yesterday afternoon, and though Mr. Kidder was many hundred miles away, they told Mrs. Kidder that they had come to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of her entrance into matrimonial life. We have been unable to learn the particulars of the affair, but it will be safe to conjecture that all enjoyed themselves heartily and that the surprise recalled to the mind of Mrs. Kidder many a happy thought. 

DIED: - At Emmetsburg, Wednesday, Feb. 23rd, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. M. Gossman, aged 13 months. 

- The latest rumor circulating around town is to the effect that James Higgins contemplates buying the St.. Paul Ice Palace and moving it to Emmetsburg. Give us Jim for a grand effort every day in the week. 

- We understand that John Boddy, of Silver Lake township recently purchased some very fine blooded cattle in Illinois, which he has now on his farm near Ayrshire. This is a move in the right direction, Mr. Boddy. It would be well for many of the farmers of this county to imitate your example. Our farmers should pay more attention to the raising of blooded stock than they are doing. There is great room for improvement in this direction. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, March 2, 1887

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- Mr. P. Joynt is the owner of a two year old heifer that has recently given birth to a pair of twin calves. You have the right kind of stock, Mr. Joynt. 

- Mr. Schirmer has sold out his interest in his refreshment establishment to Isaac Perry, who, has in connection with this business, opened up a lunch room in the Ruthven building formerly used as a meat market. 

- Mr. P. Hester has rented the Matt Joyce store building and will engage in the drug business about Apr 1st. 

- Pocket warmers are a new device for keeping the hands warm. A warmer is composed of a tin box about six inches in length, holding a fuse of slow-burning material, which burns for more than an hour without smoke or gas. The warmer is carried in the pocket or placed in a muff. We wish Emmetsburg has a few of these useful articles these cold winters. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, March 9, 1887

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- Mrs. J. Root, Jr. is visiting her daughter, Mrs. T.T. Shaull. 

- Mrs. Evans, who has been spending the winter with her brother, Prof. Peasley, returned to her home in Illinois, yesterday morning. 

- The following are the names of the city officers elected on Monday: Mayor, Thos. Moncrief; trustees, P. O. Refsel, H.C. Shadbolt; treasurer, Fred Giddings; recorder, John Moncrief; assessor, Daniel Rutledge; street commissioner, John Donovan. The selection is a good one. These will, no doubt, transact the business of the city in a creditable manner. There was no opposition whatsoever to the officers elected and everything passed off very quietly, which is to the credit of the good feeling and harmony existing between our citizens. 


Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, March 16, 1887

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- Will Black will hereafter tie up packages behind J.H. Hinckley's counters.

- Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Armstrong are happy over the arrival of a boy baby who came to their home last Wednesday.

- BORN: To Mr. and Mrs. Phillip O'Connor, on Thursday, March 10th, a son of standard weight. May he be as honest a man as his father.

- A. Taub wishes us to call the attention of our many readers to the grand assortment of neckties in his store window. He sells them for 25 cents each.

- Miss Mary E. McCarthy has purchased the building, formerly used as an office by Chas. Johnson and will immediately have the same fitted up for millinery and dressmaking rooms. Miss McCarty has had considerable experience in this line of trade and will, no doubt, be very successful.

- John D. McCarty informs us that he is now doing as well as could be expected with his eating house. J.D. sets a first class table, makes and agreeable and whole souled landlord, and is, in all respects, a reliable man. Al desiring a first class meal should not forget J.D. McCarty of the Shamrock House.

- DIED: On Thursday, March 10th, Mrs. W.H. Kelly, living several miles east of Emmetsburg. She was in her 31st year and leaves a husband and small family to mourn her loss. She gave birth to a daughter too [sic] days prior to her death but her confinement was not the cause of her death. Her death occurred from heart disease. Mrs. Kelly had been a resident of New Hampshire until about a year ago, when she moved with her husband to this county for the purpose of improving her health. The desired change of health was soon experienced but her days were numbered and she was compelled to answer the dreaded summons. Her body was taken back to New Hampshire for interment. May her soul rest in peace.

- Mr. Nicholas Finnigan, of Vernon township, met with a very sad misfortune, Thursday afternoon, in the destruction by the savage fire fiend of his house and all the furniture and other articles that it contained. In company with his wife, he came to Emmetsburg to do some trading, little expecting that when they returned they would find their dwelling in ashes. The fire is supposed to have caught from the stove pipe. His hired man was working a short distance from the house but did not notice the flames until it was too late to make an effort to save anything. The house was insured, but the insurance is not sufficient to cover the loss.

- A very sad accident occurred at Ruthven last Wednesday. While Messrs. Lynch and Herley were boring a well as short distance north of the Milwaukee depot, their auger suddenly struck a vein of what they supposed to be some kind of gas, which at once began to escape through a small quantity of water in the bottom of the well, making a rumbling noise that could be heard a distance of several rods. A young carpenter of Ruthven named Stanley was determined to go to the bottom of the well to ascertain the cause of the strange noise. The young men in charge of the well at first refused to allow him to go down into the well until they should lower a light to see whether it was safe or not,  but being and adventurous fellow, he persuaded them to allow him to descend without delay. He made a loop on the end of the rope, placed his foot in it, and was soon descending to the bottom of the well. When lowered about fifteen feet, he shouted to the young men to draw him up, but before they could reverse the action of the windlass, the impure air smothered him and he fell, clogging in the well about fifteen feet from the bottom, at which point a small sized auger had to be used. It took about an hour to remove his body from its position. The well was about forty feet deep and had six inches of water in it.

The occurrence is a peculiar one and should be a warning to such as are in the habit of running the risk of losing their lives for the sake of gaining a little notoriety.

- The following are the names of the city officers elected at Ruthven last week: mayor, Alex Ruthven; treasurer, P.J. Nolan; recorder, A. M. Illias; trustees, W.H. Barlow and T.F. McCormick; street commissioner, T.J. Davey. This selection is a good one and will, no doubt, be satisfactory to the citizens of Ruthven the coming year.

- Last week, through some oversight, we failed to chronicle the death of Mrs. Viola Sterner, which sad event occurred March 7th. She was in her 68th year and leaves a number of grown sons and daughters to mourn her loss. She was a generous and highly respected lady and will be sadly missed from the community.

- Charles Barringer, who has for several years been living in the neighborhood of Ruthven, has gone to Dakota where he will work, the coming summer, in the interest of the Scottish American Land & Investment Co. The company has made an excellent selection.

- W.H. Innis is scarcely able to fill orders that he is daily receiving for his "Shampoo paste". This we are gland to note. Mr. Innis has struck a rich mine and we are glad to see him working it so well.

- Mr. H.P. Moffett has purchased a half interest in a drug store at Mankato, Minn. MR. Moffett will not leave Emmetsburg, although he will spend part of his time in Mankato.

- Mark Hubbard and wife, of Ruthven, moved to Emmetsburg, Thursday, where Mark will work in a blacksmith shop the coming summer. - Ruthven Free Press.

- One of the enjoyable events of the season was a grand birth day party given by Mrs. Lucinda Moore, last Monday afternoon and evening. A large number attended and report a splendid time. Mrs. Moore is fifty-six years of age. May she be spared for many, many years to come.


     Last Monday forenoon our citizens were startled by the announcement that Mr. Michael Conway, on of our oldest and most respected citizens, had been found dead near his own house. He arose as early as usual, ate his breakfast, and was apparently in good health. Nothing was noticed of him until about nine o'clock when one of his sons, not seeing him around, immediately made search, and found him lying dead on the ground a short distance from the house. Heart disease is supposed to have been the cause of his death. He had for years been complaining of a stitch in his side. He leaves a wife and eight sons to mourn his loss. The funeral took place this forenoon and was fairly attended.

     Mr. Conway was born in St. Catherines, Ontario, in the neighborhood of which he spent the greater part of his life. He came to this county about fourteen years ago and since that time he has labored patiently and earnestly to provide for his large family and to lay something in store for a rainy day. He was regarded as a true husband, a kind and tender father, and a warm-hearted citizen. The suddenness of his death is a sad reminder of the uncertainty of the approach of life's last agonizing hour. This man who but Monday morning arose in health, strength, and vigor, now lies cold and lifeless in yon cemetery. May his soul rest in peace.

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, March 23, 1887


     The busy hand of death seems very active in our midst. This week it becomes our painful duty to chronicle the death of James Greehey, which melancholy event occurred at his home in Great Oak township last Sunday morning. He was in his 18th year. The funeral took place yesterday and was largely attended.

     Death at any stage of life brings to the bosoms of the friends of the stricken one all the sorrow and bitterness that weak humanity is able to bear, but coming in the buoyancy and the freshness of youth, the clouds of anguish seem still more dark and gloomy. The flower of youth had just begun to blossom when the chill of death pierced its slender form and left it to wither and decay.

     The young man had been suffering for a considerable length of time from that lingering disease, consumption, and at last he yielded to its oppressive influence and peacefully sank to rest. This is the fifth time, within the past few years, that Mr. Greehey's home has been darkened by the shadow of death. The deceased was well respected and will be sadly missed by his friends and companions. May his soul rest in peace.

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- DIED: In Fairfield township, on March 18th, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Davidson.

- DIED: At Estherville, on Thursday, March 17th, Mr. Patrick Griffin, aged about 55 years. The funeral took place on Friday. His remains were brought to Emmetsburg for burial, there being no Catholic cemetery at Estherville. The deceased had been an employee in the railroad shops at Estherville. May his soul rest in peace.

- BORN: To Mr and Mrs. A.D. Darnell, on Saturday, March 19th, a son. Mr. Darnell will doubtless make an attorney out of him.

- DIED: - At Whittemore, Iowa, on March 16th, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. McGovern.

- Mr. and Mrs. James Currans, living near Ruthven, are happy over the recent arrival of a pretty little girl at their place.

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, March 30, 1887

- A man named Peter Miller, living several miles north of Spencer, committed suicide by shooting himself through the head, early last week. Despondency is said to have been the cause of the rash act.

- MARRIED: At Ayrshire, on Thursday evening, March 24th, by Rev. E. A. Morrow, Mr. Herman O. Snow to Miss Arminnie Wright. We wish the young couple all the joys and blessing of a hymeneal life and that nothing will ever rise to mar the strength and harmony of the union.


     This week it becomes our task to record the death of Mrs. Jesse Starr, which occurred at the residence of Mr. J.C. Barker, about three o'clock Monday morning. She was 76 years of age. The funeral took place Tuesday and was well attended. Her remains were interred in the Evergreen cemetery south of town.

     Mrs. Starr met with a very severe accident, early last fall, which was chiefly instrumental in bringing to a close her long and well spent life. She had the misfortune to break one of her legs, which since the time of its occurrence, was to her a source of great pain and misery;; but she bore her affliction with Christian resignation until Monday morning when death relieved her of her suffering.

     Mrs. Starr was a lady of many excellent and redeeming qualities and was ever active in the performance of her duties as a true wife and mother. She was the mother of two of Palo Alto county's most prominent citizens, J.C. and David Baker, and was step-mother to David Starr. She spent many of the years of her life in Delaware county and has lived in this county for about five years. She will be sadly missed by her friends and neighbors but more so by those who were near and dear to her, who, although they have reached the years of long-experienced manhood, will oft recall the faded hours when maternal kindness rocked their childish sorrows to rest. Peace to her ashes.

LATER: - Just as we go to press we learn that Mr. Starr, husband of the deceased, died Monday evening and was also buried on Tuesday. It is very seldom that the husband and wife are buried on the same day.

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, April 6, 1887

BORN: - To Mr. and Mrs. James Cavannaugh, on Wednesday, March 30th, a son

- Mr. P. Hester is at present putting in his stock of goods and will be ready to open up his store in a few days.

- H.H. Constables of Ruthven has opened up a store in that town, in which he will buy butter and eggs exclusively and will pay cash for the same. 

- John F. Neary will soon begin the erection of a dwelling on his lot adjacent to the Catholic church. John is a splendid business man and is a help to any town.

- William Collins, of Whittemore, has taken the place of Mr. Tomlinson, as foreman on the Milwaukee section running east from Emmetsburg.

- Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jones, Sr. started for Montrose, Dakota, this morning, where they will visit for a couple of months with their sons and daughter. 

DIED: - At her home, two miles north of Ruthven, on Sunday, March 27th, Mrs. Sarah Scott, aged 60 years. The deceased is said to have been a woman of many praiseworthy qualities and was well respected by her friends and neighbors.

- Mr. J.P. Kirby, who has for the past few weeks been stopping in this city, is now an assistant in the First National Bank. A better selection could not have been made. Mr. Kirby is an exemplary young man and is in every way worthy of confidence. Two such energetic and agreeable young men as Messrs. Watson and Kirby are a credit to any institution. 

MARRIED: - At West Bend, Iowa, on Wednesday, April 6th, Mr. B.F. McFarland to Miss Maggie S. Walker. The young couple are among the most highly respected young people of the county and are in every respect worthy of the respect of those who know them. Mr. McFarland is one of the most frugal, honest and industrious young business men in the county and is a model young man. He is engaged in the mercantile business with his father and has a host of friends and well wishers. His past record is certainly a good guarantee to his fair young companion of his love and his devoted and constant fidelity as a husband.  We are not acquainted with the young lady whom he has chosen to accompany him on life's journey, but we have heard her spoken of in the most flattering terms. She is said to be a young lady of amiability and refinement, one who is in every way worthy of her sterling young husband. We wish the young couple many, many hours of the brightest and fairest sunshine on life's voyage and that the sweet and smiling countenances of a happy little group will gladden their hearts as they descend the rugged hill of life. 

- Miss Berry and Miss Kelly of Estherville, visited with their cousin, Miss Mary Patton, of this city, several days last week. 

DIED: - At the residence of G.R Clifton, on Monday morning, April 4th, 1887, Willie, the infant and only son of Mr. and Mrs. Nannie B. Sharp, aged one year and ten months. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, April 13, 1887

Home News

- BORN: - To Mr. and Mrs. P.R. Wells, on Monday, April 11th, a daughter. 

- Mr. H.M. Finch and Miss Ella L. Culver, both of Ruthven, were united for life one day last week. 

- Mr. and Mrs. John Hammond, of Ruthven, are happy over the arrival of a pretty little boy at their home. Make him attend to your livery stable, John.

MARRIED: - At Emmetsburg, Iowa, on Thursday, April 7th, by Thomas Moncrief, J.P., Jens Peter Thompson and Cecelia M. Olfsen, both of Walnut township. The DEMOCRAT extends congratulations. 

- Mr. Theodore Reinders, of Mallard, informs us that he has bought harness east, west, north and south of this place but says that he never got the worth of his money until he purchased a set of T.F. Joyce, some years ago. They are yet as good as new. He also states that at the same time he bought some harness oil of Mr. Joyce and used it on his old harness, which he was about to throw away. Ever since that time they are almost as good as new. 

BORN: - To Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Nolan, on Monday, April 11th, a son.

- Mrs. Mackin, of St. Paul, and a relative of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. McLaughlin, is visiting in this city. 

- Mrs Antin Reierson, of Lost Island township, died last Monday morning. She had been quite ill for about a month. She leaves a number of small children several of whom are too young to realize their great loss. We have been unable to learn particulars. 

- Miss Maggie Cullen, daughter of William E. Cullen, of this place, died at Minneapolis, Sunday morning. She had been sick but a very short time. She was a sister to Mrs. Jas.. Tobin and also Mrs. Wm. Kelly and has a large number of relatives and friends in this community. She was 22 years of age. Her remains were brought to this city, yesterday morning, and were immediately interred in the Catholic cemetery south of town. May her soul rest in peace. 

DIED: - In Vernon township, on Monday, April 11th, Mr.. L.P. Stillman, aged 44 years. The funeral took place yesterday and was conducted by the members of the G.A.R. of this vicinty, of which large and praiseworthy organization the deceased was an active and faithful member. The funeral services were held in the Methodist church, after which his remains were borne to their final resting place in Evergreen cemetery. The funeral procession was quite large and presented a respectable appearance. Mr. Stillman was an old resident of the county and was highly spoken of in the neighborhood in which he lived. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss. Peace to his ashes. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, April 20, 1887

- Myles McNally, Sr. has moved into the house formerly occupied by Mr. Tomlinson.

- Mr.. James Higgins and family have moved into their new residence adjacent to the fair grounds. Jim is said to be as proud of his new home as is the Irish landlord of his spacious mansion. 

- John Johnston, who was arrested and imprisoned for stealing one of Mr. McGovern's horses, a few weeks ago, plead guilty. Saturday morning Judge Carr sentenced him to one year's confinement and hard labor in the penitentiary at Anamosa.

MARRIED: - In this city, on Thursday, April 14th, by Rev. G.E. Fuller, Mr. Lewis O. Gusland, of Emmetsburg, to Miss Christene H. Anderson, of High Lake. Mr. Gusland has, for a considerable length of time, been in the employment of Mr. M.F. Kerwick and is regarded as an honest, industrious and obliging young man. The young lady whom he has chosen to be queen of his household is, to most of our readers, an entire stranger but she has the reputation of being a modest and intelligent young lady. May enjoyment, prosperity and happiness attend them through life. 


Last Saturday forenoon our citizens were startled by the announcement that Charles Maguire, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Maguire, of Booth township, had been found dead by the roadside a short distance from Curlew. It appears that the young man had been working on the railroad near Curlew and that at a rather late hour Friday evening he started on foot across the prairie to attend a party at the residence of a neighbor a few miles distant. Nothing was seen or heard of him until early Saturday morning, when Mr. Sanford, on awakening and happening to look towards the road, which passed by his house, saw the young man lying dead on the ground but a few rods from the door. Apoplexy is said to have been the cause of his death.

The occurrence is an unusually sad one. The parents and relatives of the deceased are among the most highly respected people of Booth township and have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in this their hour of painful affliction. The young man was in his nineteenth year and is said to have been a young man of good habits. The funeral was largely attended. His remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery south of town. May his soul rest in peace. 

- Col. Harrison and wife are happy over the arrival of a pretty little boy at their residence. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, April 27, 1887

BORN: - To Mr. and Mrs. John F. Neary on Tuesday, April 19th, a son. John seems to think he is in need of some clerk help, this summer, but will not have to hire any one.

- Mr. J.R. Gibson, living three miles from Algona, died of heart disease, last Wednesday evening. Sudden deaths are becoming very numerous these days.

- We are requested to state that the body of the late Charles Maguire was found by Charles Richardson instead of Mr. Sanford, as stated by us last week. The party took place at the residence of Mr. Sanford.

MARRIED: - At Emmetsburg, Iowa, on Wednesday, April 27th, Mr. Thos. Comfort, of Sanborn, and Miss Ella Powers, of this city. Father Smith performed the marriage ceremony. Mr. Comfort is freight engineer on the division of the Milwaukee road running west from Sanborn and is a favorite among his associates. Miss Powers is a sister of Miss Nora Powers, of Ruthven, and also Mrs. James Flood, of West Bend, and has a host of friends and well wishers. She is an intelligent and industrious young lady and will certainly have Comfort and enjoyment through life. May the brightness of a long, a prosperous and a happy union shine, like a star on life's wave, o'er their future pathway.

BORN: - To Mr. and Mrs. Peter Martini, on Tuesday, April 19th, a son.

- Messrs. Edward Murphy, Michael Joynt, John Joynt, and others lost cattle in Friday's storm.

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, May 4, 1887


This week it becomes our task to record the death of Mrs. Edward Mahan, which  occurred at her home in Walnut Township, Saturday morning, April 30th. She was in her 65th year and leaves a husband and several grown sons and daughters to mourn the close of her long and useful life. She had been sick for a long time; but she bore her sever affliction with that tranquil fortitude which characterizes the life of the true and firm Christian until about six o'clock Saturday morning, when her spirit passed from its earthly abode to that land where the joys of this world are but dim shadows compared with the never fading brightness and glories that illumine its golden shores. The funeral took place Monday forenoon. A large concourse of friends and relatives followed her remains to the Catholic church where high Mass was offered up for the eternal repose of her soul after which all that remained mortal of a loving wife and tender mother was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery south of town. 

Mrs. Mahan had been a resident of this county for over thirty years, having moved here when the vast prairies of Palo Alto, which are now decked in all the attractive features of a thriving farming community, presented to the sorrow laden emigrant nothing save the cheerless solitude of the wild and distant West. She has been regarded as a generous hearted and hospitable women and was a Christian mistress of her household. Her death will be sadly regretted by those who are near and dear to her, who have lost forever the center of fireside affection and tenderness. She will also be missed by such as knew her only as a true friend and neighbor. May she rest in peace. 


- Mr. John Walsh Jr. and family took their departure Monday for a station on the Northwestern road a short distance below Rolf, where they will take charge of a boarding car for that company.

- Joe Bigley now occupies the position behind Peter Reither's counter. He wishes all his friends to call on him and assures them that they will get splendid beef and square treatment. Give him a call and you will not regret it. 

- Monday's funeral procession was one of the longest witnessed in Emmetsburg for some time. It numbered over seventy teams. 

- Last Friday Mr. E.P. McEvoy received a telegram announcing the death of his aunt, Mrs. Catherine McShane, who lived in Boston. She was 67 years of age. Her death has been the source of much grief to Mr. McEvoy, as she was to him a very kind and generous relative. 

- The sale of the property belonging to the estate of the late Thomas Scully, which took place at the Milwaukee stock yards, last Saturday afternoon, was well attended. Everything was sold at about its appraised value except the tea pot, which was sold to Tom Tracy at an extraordinary high price. 

- Pat McGarry's customers are a little too hard on him. They keep him at the needle early and late and urge him so much that he has hardly time to breathe. This we are glad to notice, although we want to see our worthy tailor get fair play. Still, Mr. McGarry knows what he is working for. He knows how to keep his patronage. He is no spring chicken. 

-Last Saturday evening our city had a very narrow escape from destruction by fire. While Mr. M.L. Brown was burning some rubbish on his block near J.F. King's residence, the fire got the better of him and, under a high south wind, soon darted across the marshy block belonging to Mr. DeShields. In a few minutes, the fire alarm was sounded and all rushed to fight the fire, but before anything could be done, Mr. DeShield's barn and out houses were wrapped in flames. The contents of the house which is occupied by Mr. J.G. Schmidt, had been quickly removed and it soon became apparent that it would be difficult to save the house and Shadbolt's lumber yard as the wind was blowing unusually hard and sparks were flying in every direction, but fortunately the savage flames were gradually subdued. The loss is not very heavy but had the lumber yard once caught on fire, the business portion of the city would to-day be in ashes. 

- Mrs. M.F.. Kerwick and children visited several days last week with her sister, Mrs. James F. Nolan, of Ruthven. 

- D. Wiggins, of Laurens, Pocahontas county, a son of the proprietor of the Laurens Hotel, accidentally shot himself while hunting, Sunday afternoon.. His brains were blown out. 


West Bend Items

- Dick Wright is going to Laurens to haul cream for Wallace & Co., of that place.

- Will Ball has hired with A.A. White for the season, so bring your leaky pans. We like to see him work. 

 Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, May 11, 1887



Tuesday morning the people of Emmetsburg and surroundings were startled by the announcement that Miss Mary V. Weibel, one of the most amiable and popular young ladies of this city, had died at eleven o'clock the previous evening. At first none could credit the sad news. She had been teaching in one of the departments of the Spencer public schools and returned to Emmetsburg Friday evening to spend Sunday at home. She had not been feeling well for a few days previous but had not the least consciousness of her condition being serious. Sunday morning she walked with her sister to church, but shen there a few moments she became so sock that she had to be carried home in a buggy. She was soon taken with a severe attack of peritonitis and at eleven o'clock Monday evening, she expired. Her remains were taken to Ackley last night for interment. 

The occurrence is one of the saddest that has taken place in our midst for some time and to add to the bitterness and the affliction of her sorrow laden relatives, they are as yet comparative strangers to the community. Though our citizens may not be backward in manifesting sympathy for the afflicted; still, the friendship and the assistance of friends and neighbors are of little avail in dispelling the shadow of indescribable gloom that lingers o'er the home where death has severed the sacred tie of fireside companionship. When she closed her week of successful labors in the school room, at Spencer, Friday evening, little did she think that she was leaving it forever and that she was directing her footsteps homeward only to witness death's last agonizing hour. How bright, how attractive are the hopes and the aspirations of life; but, ah, how rapidly, yes, invisibly, as it were, they pass over the rugged precipice of time and disappear into the foam of eternity. A few days since a fair young maiden drank freely and hopefully from life's joys and attractions - to-night she sleeps quietly in the churchyard near Ackley. 

Miss Weible was a young lady of culture and refinement and was held in high esteem by such as had formed her acquaintance. She was a true and sincere Catholic and was never unmindful of the duties and the responsibilities of the Christian lady. She will be sadly missed by her friends and associates, but more especially so by a father, two sisters and two brothers, who will long for a tender sister and daughter stricken down in the morning and freshness of life. May her soul rest in peace. 


- Mr. John Hand, who has for the past year been visiting in Ireland, will soon return to this county. He sailed from Queenstown May 1st. 

BORN: To Mr. and Mrs. James F. Nolan, of Ruthven, on Wednesday, May 4th, a son. It will be unreasonable to suppose that Jim will sell hardware at half price within the next ten days. 

- Mr. E.F. Jones has purchased from J.F. Neary, the residence block situated just south of the one belonging to Mrs. White.. Some will say that this looks suspicious on the part of Frank but such is not the case. His parents will soon move to Emmetsburg and hence Frank's motives for purchasing the lot. 

- A very sad accident occurred at Algona Sunday morning. Vincent Robinson, only child of Lewis Robinson, in company with two other small boys, was taking a ride in a sailboat on the Des Moines river, when a blast of wind upset the boat, quickly sending the little fellow to a watery grave. He was fifteen years of age. 

- Mrs. Mary Duncan, mother of C.S. Duncan of Ellington township, died at the home of her daughter at Madison, Wis., April 23rd. She was a resident of this county for sixteen years. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, May 18, 1887



- MARRIED: At Emmetsburg, on Friday, May 13th, by Rev. E.P. Crane, Mr. John Scott and Miss Agnes Grier, both of Emmetsburg. The future prospects of the happy couple are apparently very hopeful, as they both possess such qualities as are calculated to add to the strength and harmony of their union. Mr. Scot is one of the good and industrious young merchants of this city and is comfortably situated. He may well be congratulated on the good judgment he as exercised in the selection of a wife, for Miss Grier is certainly one of the most handsome, agreeable, and refined young ladies in the county. We hope that they will long bask in the glad sunshine of hymeneal happiness and that their experience of life's enjoyments will brighten and beautify their social surroundings. 

- Miss Mary McCarty, who recently opened up millinery and dressmaking rooms on Broadway, wishes the ladies of Emmetsburg and vicinity to give her a call. Miss McCarty has had considerable experience in the dressmaking line and will give satisfaction. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, May 25, 1887

Farmers of Great Oak Township.

Believing it to be to our interest to organize and maintain in our midst a branch of the Farmer's Alliance, there will be a meeting held at the Conlon school house, on next Thursday evening, May 31st, at 7:30 P.M. for that purpose. One or two members of the alliance outside of the township will be present to address the meeting on the subject, the necessity, and the advantages of such organizations to the farmers. Turn out, farmers, and let us unite for the purpose of advancing our interests and those of the farming community. 




- At present writing Miss Theresa McNally is unconscious and is beyond all hopes of recovery.

BORN: To Mr. and Mrs. John T. Loughlin, on Sunday, May 22nd, a son. 

- Mr. Charles McNally and wife, of Rockwell, have been spending the past few days in this city. Mr. McNally came to Emmetsburg to be present at the bedside of his sick sister. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, June 1, 1887


- Mrs. P.C. Neary is dangerously ill with diphtheria. 

BORN: To Mr. and Mrs James Sammin, on Friday, May 27th, a son. We hope Jim will make a minister out of him. 

- Messrs. Donlon and Jackson have requested us to announce that they will give a first class dance at the rink in Ruthven next Friday evening. They will furnish the music themselves and no pains will be spared to make the affair a pleasant one. These gentlemen are splendid musicians and fairly competent to satisfy the dancers. Tickets 50 cents. 

- Pat Laughlin is really the most practical genius in town. The machine he has constructed for pumping water for his street sprinkler may not be one of exquisite beauty but it is, nevertheless, a splendid labor saving concern. The stream of water it throws is large enough to drown the meanest politician in Emmetsburg in less than fifteen minutes. The tank usually carries fifteen barrels of water, but Pat fills it in less than nine minutes. 

MARRIED: At the residence of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Armstrong, on Sunday, May 28th, by Rev. E.P. Crane, Mr. C.E. Musser, of Iowa City, to Miss Amanda Armstrong of this place. 
     Mr. Musser is to most of us a stranger, but he has every appearance of a gentleman. He is at present taking up the civil engineering course in the State University at Iowa City and is giving the science of geology special attention. He is to be congratulated on the selection he made. Miss Armstrong's many excellent qualities and acquirements are highly appreciated by all who know her. We trust that this happy couple just starting out on life's journey will have a good time and many days of sunshine. 

- Mr. James Dunnigan is being visited by a brother from the state of New York.

- Mr. P.H. Owens will spend the net few months traveling throughout the county selling machinery for John F. Nolan. Mr. Owens will undoubtedly make it win. 

- Mr. T.J. Hughes, of Highland township, made a trip to Galena last week to attend the funeral of his brother who recently died in that vicinity

- Thos. Daly, father of Peter Daly, and well known to the citizens of Emmetsburg and surroundings, met with a very sad misfortune at Canton, Dakota, last Saturday evening. It appears that he had been working on a railroad bridge adjacent to Canton and about quitting time, Saturday evening, he fell from the top of the bridge, which was very high. Latest reports are to the effect that he is unconscious and will hardly recover. His son Peter and his sister, Mrs. Wm. O'Brien took the Monday morning passenger for Canton.

- We have received information from a pretty reliable source that P.V. Nolan was recently offered $3,500 by the Des Moines base ball club to pitch for the remainder of the season. It appears that Paddy considered himself too old and stiff to accept the offer. 

- Mrs. Higley of Dubuque and mother of Mrs. H.P. Moffett, is visiting in this city. 


Last Wednesday afternoon about two hours after we had gone to press, we received the sad intelligence that Miss Theresa McNally, who had for several days previous been lying unconscious, had expired. She had been quite sick for three or four months, but little supposed that her remaining hours were so rapidly drawing to a close and that she would so soon be called upon to appear before the great tribunal. She was well aware that consumption had laid its heavy hand upon her, but little thought it would claim its victim so soon. About a week before her death, her friends had given up all hopes of her recovery and from that time till the hour of her death, the cloud of life's expiring agony seemed constantly hanging o'er her wasted form. She was about twenty years of age, and leaves an aged father and mother and several grown brothers and sisters to mourn the early departure of an affectionate sister and daughter. The funeral took place on Friday and was very largely attended.

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, June 8, 1887

-Mr. C.R. VanGorden started for Valparaiso, Indiana, Friday morning, where he intends to take a commercial course in the Northern Indiana Business Institute.

- Mr. Thos. Daly, whom we mentioned last week as being in a very precarious condition at Canton, Dakota, died at that place, Thursday morning, and was brought to this city for interment, on Friday. He leaves a son and several relatives in this neighborhood to mourn his loss. His death was caused by falling from a window instead of from a railroad bridge as was first reported.

- Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Rogers met with a very sad misfortune, last Friday, in the death of their only two sons. As they died of diphtheria, their remains were quietly taken to the Catholic churchyard, Saturday morning, and buried. Thus has the dark messenger of death invaded a humble home and snatched from a tender father and mother their only hope of protection and comfort in their declining years. They have but one little girl left and she is so low with diphtheria that very little hopes are entertained for her recovery. To add to their distress, they are in very humble circumstances and are quarantined until all danger of the disease is past. They have the earnest sympathy of the entire community in their severe distress and bitter affliction. 

- A meeting of the farmers of Great Oak township was held at the Conlon school house, Thursday, June 2d, for the purpose of organizing a township branch of the Farmer's Alliance. Quite a number were present and an organization was effected, with James Brennan as chairman and John Doran secretary. Ten names were handed in for membership. The meeting then adjourned to meet again Saturday evening, June 18th. 

- Last Sunday evening C.E. Larson, who resides south of this village, met with a very serious accident while returning on horseback from Emmetsburg. He was riding along at a lively rate when his horse ran into a barb-wire fence, throwing both horse and rider to the ground. Mr. Larson was badly cut about the face and both bones of the lower part of the left leg were broken. This was about ten o'clock in the evening, and Mr. Larson being unable to make any one hear his cries for help, was obliged to lay on the damp, cold ground for the remainder of the long cold night. The agonies he suffered are known only to himself. Dr. Baldwin reduced the fracture and made his skilful treatment, the patient will probably recover although the exposure of that night must have been enough to wreck any constitution. - Free Press


The rather sudden death of Mrs. P.C. Neary, which occurred about five o'clock Sunday evening, has thrown a deep shadow of gloom o'er the entire community and has awakened for her surviving companion a tender chord of compassion and sympathy in many a heart. Death at any time or at any stage of life is attended by the deepest sorrow and disappointments experienced on life's dreary pilgrimage; but death under the circumstances that surrounded the departure of Mrs. Nearly leaves on the memory of friends and acquaintances on impress ever dismal and long lasting in appearance, ever remindful of the sudden withering of a favorite flower that had just blossomed forth in all its youthful strength and beauty. She became the wife of Mr. Neary about three and one-half months ago, but ah, little did she think as she knelt at the altar and promised to share with her sterling young husband the joys and duties of life that she would so soon be called upon to leave him weeping o'er his departed bride. On the morn of February 21st, the cheerful sounds of the marriage bells filled her youthful heart with gladness; June 6th her funeral cort3ege silently wound its way to yon cemetery and left her remains to moulder in the dust. Such is a sad reminder of the uncertainty of life, such is the source of the anguish of a young husband whose recent bright and hopeful prospects rendered his heart scarcely able to carry its present painful burden. 

Mrs. Neary's sickness was of rather a short duration. She was taken sick with diphtheria just a week before she died. For awhile her recovery seemed probable but at last her sickness settled down in all its severity and on Sunday evening she yielded her soul into the hands of the Maker.  [rest of page torn]. 

- What brings Johnny Gallagher up from West Bend so often? By the way, Johnny is a farmer now and wants a house keeper. 

- The public schools were closed Saturday on account of the breaking out of diphtheria in town. There was but one week of the term left. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, June 15, 1887


- Miss Nellie Killion, sister of the late Mrs. P.C. Neary, has, for the past eight days been quite sick with diphtheria but is not considered dangerous. 


Last Monday afternoon the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Lake was the scene of a double wedding, the contracting parties being Charles B. Lambkin of Inwood and Miss Etta M. Lake and Mr. Arthur E. Stiles of Calmar and Miss Lettie M. Lake, Rev. G.E. Fuller assisted the bridal parties out on life's journey. Shortly after the marriage took place the happy couples started for their respective homes at Inwood and Calmar, carrying with them the esteem and best wishes of their many friends in and around Emmetsburg. 

The brides are among the most highly respected and refined young ladies of Emmetsburg. Miss Etta has for a long time been teaching in one of the departments of the Emmetsburg public schools while Miss Lettie attended school at Calmar the past year. Mr. Stiles is one of the popular druggists of Calmar and Mr. Lambkin one of the prosperous and intelligent young farmers of Inwood. We wish the happy couples the richest and choicest graces of hymenial life and that while wandering along life's sylvan strands the heavy wave of grief may seldom look upon the shore. 

- John A. Stewart started for Scotland a few days ago, having received a telegram from his mother, requesting him to return. 

- John Oleson has ended his labors at the Milwaukee depot. A gentleman from Spencer has taken his place. 

- The graceful countenances of Johnny Gallagher and the senior quill pusher of the Tribune adorned a few of our street corners, Friday evening. 

- The last and only child of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Rogers, which had for about ten days been suffering with diphtheria, died last Sunday morning. The affliction of these unhappy parents is indeed severe. 

- It is very probable that James Shortall has by this time landed on the green shores of his native land. Jim has spent a great many years of toil and hardship in this country and now that he has succeeded in accumulating considerable property, it is wisdom on his part to take a trip to his beloved native land for the purpose of seeing his aged mother and visiting his numerous friends across the Atlantic. We hope he will enjoy his trip. 

BORN: To Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lafferty, of Walnut Township, on Thursday June 9th, a son. 

- Mr. M.W. Murphy, a cigar manufacturer of Chicago, is visiting with his cousins, the Misses Donovan. 

- In about ten days, Mr. J.R. Clark will give up the management of the Waverly hotel. A Mr. McCullough of Pipestone, Minn., will succeed him. Mr. and Mrs. Clark will remain in Emmetsburg during the summer. 

- Last week, just after we had gone to press, we received the sad news of the death of Wm. Kay of Great Oak Township. He was about 22 years of age. He came to this country from Scotland about one year ago and had been living with his parents but a short time. The funeral took place on Thursday. 

- The other day Mr. J.R. Clark, the generous hearted landlord of the Waverly Hotel, presented Mr. Patrick Rogers with a $10 bill, part of which was given him by a stranger, while Mrs. Clark presented Mrs. Rogers with a very handsome black suit. This is very generous indeed on the part of Mr. and Mrs. Clark and shows that they are keenly sensitive to the anguish and distress of those who have so recently been so sorely afflicted. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers wish to return to them their heartfelt thanks for their generous donations, as well as to others who assisted them during the sickness of their children. 

DIED:  - At Emmetsburg, Iowa, on Sunday, June 12th, Mr. George W. Ammon, aged 68 years. Although considerably advanced in years, the death of Mr. Ammon was a shock to the community. He had not been feeling well for some time but it was little expected that his death was so close at hand. The funeral took place yesterday and was fairly attended. 

Mr. Ammon has been a resident of this county for several years, having moved here from Decorah, Iowa. He was for years connected with the well known firm of Ammon, Scott & Co., of Decorah. Since his residence in this county, he has been engaged in the creamery business. Although we were not acquainted with Mr. Ammon, we have always heard him spoken of as an honest and industrious citizen, one whose sudden death will be sadly missed by the community. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, June 22, 1887

Home News

- Mrs. Van Tassal, of Fredricksburg, and sister of Landlord VanGorden, is at present visiting in this city. 

- Mr. Dunn, of Dubuque, was visiting, last week, with his daughters, Miss Dunn and Mrs. Lawrence Murphy, of this place. 

- Mrs. Littleton, mother of P.F. Littleton, died at Marshalltown, Friday and was brought to Emmetsburg, Saturday morning, for interment. She was a former resident of this county and has a number of relatives in and around Emmetsburg. She leaves several sons to mourn the loss of an affectionate mother, three of whom attended her funeral. We have been unable to learn particulars. 

- Mr. Page of Delhi has been spending the past few days visiting with his sisters, Mrs. Thos. McLaughlin and Mrs. E. Dimler. 

- A very sad shooting affair occurred in this city, Monday evening, about seven o''clock, in which a neighboring boy of about nine years of age shot and killed the little and only child of Mr. and Mrs. J. Anderson. It appears that the parents were outside of the house at the time and that the little neighboring boy was taking care of the baby, which was about four months old. He was carrying the child around and happening to peep into a bureau drawer, he discovered a loaded revolver. He then held the child in one arm and the revolver in the other hand, when by some means or other the weapon was discharged, the bullet passing into the baby's mouth and out through the back part of his head. Its death was, of course, instantaneous. When Mrs. Anderson heard the report of the revolver, she rushed into the house an found the child still in the arms of the boy, and the blood gushing forth from the gastly wounds. This should be a warning to all parents who are so careless as to leave loaded weapons with the reach of small children. Children, as a rule, are not only inclined but are generally anxious to play with deadly weapons. A little caution in this respect does not require much effort, while it frequently keeps the cloud of anguish from many a parent's heart. 

- Mrs. Burk of Huron, Dakota, and wife of Supt. Burk, of the Northwestern railroad, visited with her sister, Mrs. Matt Ryan, of this place, a few days last week. Mrs. Ryan was also visited by her mother. Mrs. Burk and mother returned to Huron, Friday. 


Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, June 29, 1887


- Dr. Powers and wife are happy over the arrival of a pretty little girl at their residence and the doctor now wears the most cheerful looking countenance of any man in Emmetsburg.

- Mr. Myles McNally, Jr., is erecting a large and substantial cattle barn. The building, when complete, will be 36 x 48 and have twelve ft. corner posts. Mr. McNally is a practicl farmer and knows the value of good buildings for the protection of stock.

- John E. Mulroney of Ft. Dodge and Mrs. Edward C. O'Connell, of Bloomington, Ills. are visiting their cousins, the Misses White of this city.

- Mrs. Brooks, of Britt, visited over Sunday with her sisters, the Misses Osborne of this city.

- Last Thursday morning we received the sad news of the death of Mrs. Ed. H. Love, which occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Young. About four weeks ago, she, in company with her husband and only child, returned to this city hoping that she might gain some relief from that disease which was slowly but surely pointing out to her the close of life's journey - consumption. She bore her affliction with Christian resignation but at last she yielded to its depressing influence. Her remains were taken to Silver Lake cemetery, Thursday afternoon, for interment. She leaves several relatives in this neighborhood to mourn her untimely death.

Ellington Items.

BORN:- To Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Smith, Wednesday, June 22nd, a daughter.

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, July 6, 1887

Home News

- Last Wednesday afternoon Mr. Patrick Rogers, while working on the railroad, was sun struck, from the effects of which he was laid up for several days.

- Mrs. E.T. Leek has gone to Wilber, Nebraska, to visit for a few months with her brothers, who have been visiting with friends in this city the past two weeks. 

- In a drunken row, last Sunday, near Cedar Rapids, John Black, a farmer, took his younger brother's life with a revolver. He was quarreling at the dance near the city, and when his brother interfered, he turned and shot him in the stomach. Being asked why he committed the crime he stated that he had the revolver in his hand and that it was accidentally discharged.

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, July 13, 1887

Home News

- Mrs. John McNally is visiting with her sister, Mrs. Maguire, of Booth Township.

- Miss Katie Klonus, of Manchester, is visiting with her sister, Mrs. Wm. Donnelly, and will remain in Emmetsburg for several weeks. 

- The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, which was recently taken sick with diphtheria, died Sunday afternoon. She was five years of age. The other children of this much afflicted family have about recovered which change for the better we are glad to note. Mr. Bradley's family has had a severe time of it and has the earnest sympathy of the community in their sorrow and affliction.

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, July 20 1887

- Mrs.J.E. Robins of Lost Island township, who was so severely burned by lightning the latter part of June, died last week. Her sufferings are said to have been very painful.

- The Misses Osborne returned from New Hampton Wednesday evening where they had been attending the funeral of their father.. 

- John Stemets steps around town these days as light as a man who had just been presented with a million. A pretty little girl was a welcome caller at his home Wednesday morning and John says he wouldn't take a million for her. 

- Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Mahan are the happiest two in Great Oak township. Their harvest gang is larger this year than ever before. A handsome little boy arrived at their home last Wednesday morning and Jim says he is going to make a practical farmer out of him. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, July 27, 1887

Home News

- A Mr. Murphy of Dakota is at present visiting with his cousins, the Jones Bros. of Great Oak township.

- Miss McEvoy and Mrs. O'Connor, of Ottowa City, Canada, and sisters of Mr. E.P. McEvoy, arrived in this city last Thursday evening. They expect to remain in the vicinity of Emmetsburg for a considerable length of time, visiting with their brother and other relatives. 

BORN:- To Mr. and Mrs. Myles Ryan, on Monday, July 25th, a son. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, August 3, 1887


- Mrs. Honeck and children moved to New Hampton yesterday where she will make her future home, Mr. Honeck having secured a situation in a mercantile establishment of that place. 

- Will Joyce was somewhat under the weather last week but is again at his post. Will is thinking some of capturing for life the affections of some old maid, and timidity and anxiety are said to have been the causes of his illness.

-- One of Anthony Finn's little children was taken sick with diphtheria last week but has about recovered. Another one was taken down with the same disease a few days since. It is hoped that the disease may not spread. 

- Just as we go to press we learn that Mrs. D. Rutledge's father, who lived in Wisconsin, is dead. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, August 10, 1887


-Mr. Grady of Green, Iowa, and cousin of P. Hester, is visiting with relatives in and around Emmetsburg. 

- The Kossuth county institute was opened on Monday of last week and is said to be progressing nicely; but this week the Palo Alto county school ma'ams come to the front and the young ladies of Kossuth are left in the shade, so far as good looks and intelligence are concerned. Last year Kossuth boasted of the large number of teachers attending her institute, but Palo Alto prefers to boast of quality instead of quantity. 

The following is a list of the names of the teachers attending the institute: 

Addie Moffett Mary Murphy
Lulu V Anderson Jane McDonnel
Gertie Kelly Lillie Jack
Mollie Kelly Lizzie Imrie
Mollie Black Anna Severson
Mollie Patton Lizzie Mohan
Allie White Katie Toole
Bridget Donahue Lulu B Starr
Annie Bargstrum Ines Cornwell
Susie Egan Bessie Larsen
Kittie Allen Jesse Scoular
Edith Starr Libbie Jackman
Annie Mohan Mary E Jackman
Lilian Madden Pauly Peterson
B W Pilkington Eva Randall
Ora Thatcher Inis Randall
Maggie E White Bridie Walsh
Luisa Yager E Washington
Annie Doyle Kittie Donovan
Katie Meehan M Washington
Christina Scoular Alice Cullen
Jessie Duncan Maggie Mohan
Lizzie Hughes A B LaBar
Katie V Rutledge E H Underwood
Nellie R Uriell Ella Sawyer
G L Hibbard Myra Albright
Sadie A Butler Wm O'Brien
Etta Butler Nellie Mead
Mary Magure F Cornwell
Dora Ratzburg Edith Hubbard
Ollie Hayes Sadie Haman
Julia Sever Minnie Kerchner
Florilla Webster Daisy Kerchner
Ida L Webster Agnes Jack
Rose E Dooley Mary Lummery
Stephen J Hubbard Nellie Carroll
Carl W Larsen Celia Kelly
Maggie Donlon Myrtle Freeman
Katie Dawson John P Bigley
Edith Black Nellie Donovan
Anna Donovan Lelia Sherwood
Jane Currans Virginia Duncan
Sadie White Min'e Alexander

- Mr. Hogan, brother of Mrs. Hickey, visited friends in this neighborhood several days last week.

- Miss Ola Riley of Toledo, and sister of Mrs. Thos. O'Connor, arrived in Emmetsburg Thursday evening and will remain for some time. 

- Mr. and Mrs. Linderman are just now the happiest couple in town. The sweetest little girl in the Northwest arrived at their home, Monday, and proposes to remain. 

- One of the most noticeable family reunions that has for years taken place in this county was that of the Lynch family of Highland township, which occurred last Saturday afternoon. Bernard returned from Virginia, Patrick from Omaha, James from Kalo, and a sister, Mrs. Keeffe, from Ft. Dodge. This is the first time that the entire family of twelve sons and daughters have been at home for the past sixteen years. Mr. and Mrs. Lynch are indeed fit subjects for congratulation. 

- We are glad to inform our readers that Mr. D.E. Collins, D.V.M., formerly of Emmetsburg, but now of Kimball as been appointed assistant territorial veterinarian for Dakota.  Dan is getting to the top of the ladder in a hurry and he is highly worthy of the success with which he is meeting. 

- Mrs. O'Connor and Miss McEvoy, sisters of Mr. E.P. McEvoy, of Walnut township, who have for the past three weeks been visiting friends in this county, left for their homes in Ottawa, Canada, on Tuesday. They expressed themselves as being highly pleased with the West and will long remember the kindness of the many acquaintances they made during their short visit. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, August 17, 1887


- Mr. and Mrs. Stahl, of Independence township, are happy over the recent arrival of a twelve pound boy at their home. 

- They call Ben Schroeder papa now. A little girl arrived at his home last Wednesday. 

- Last week we omitted to state that Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Daniels were happy over the recent arrival of a little girl at their home. 

- The following named teachers, in addition to those named in our last issue, are attending the institute: 

Mary A. Conlon, Anna Davis, Hattie Acers, Carrie E Lyon, Maggie Meehan, Maggie Malloy, Delia Waldron, Katie Jenswold, Minnie E Green, Mary E McEvoy. 

- Mayor Moncrief is visiting with his daughter, Mrs. Martin, of Fern Valley township. 

- Mr. Michael Washington informs us that he has been called papa for the last month. 

- Landlord VanGorden has rented the railroad hotel at Iowa Falls and has already taken charge of the same. He will, however, manage both houses until October 1st, when he will moved his family to Iowa Falls. We regret to see Mr. Van Gorden leave Emmetsburg. He was a very successful landlord and has many warm friends in this section. We hope that he and his estimable wife will meet with as good success in their new home as they did in Emmetsburg. 

- Mr. George Washington, of New York City, who has since April been visiting with his sisters the Misses Washington, of Highland Township, returns to the metropolis next Monday morning. 

- Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jones, Sr., returned from Montrose, Dakota, Tuesday evening, where they had been spending the summer with their sons and daughter residing at that place. 

- This week it falls to our task to mention the death of Mr. Charles Toole, which event occurred at his home several miles north-east of Emmetsburg, last Friday. He was buried at Whittemore, last Sunday afternoon. We have been unable to learn particulars, but we understand that he was in the neighborhood of forty years of age, has been a resident of this county for the past ten or twelve years and was a good citizen. He was unmarried. Peace to his ashes. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, August 24, 1887


- We are told that the sweetest little girl in sixteen states is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Donovan. Dan says it seems rather strange to be called papa. 

- The Misses Priest are now comfortably located in the building one door east of Clint Smith's jewelry store and wish all who desire anything in the millinery line to call on them. 

- Last Friday night some light fingered fellow entered the house of Mr. John M. Hefley and relieved our genial livery proprietor of $55 in cash. The screen on the window was cut in order to effect an entrance into the bedroom. 

- Last Saturday morning K. Thoreson was hooked through the thigh by a cow and before he was discovered had lost so much blood as to be in a very weak condition. Dr. Baldwin dressed the wound and expresses hopes for his recovery.

- Mrs. VanGorden went to Iowa Falls Monday morning to take charge of the railroad hotel at that place until Mr. VanGorden is ready to close business at the St. James, although he will not give up possession until October. Mr. VanGorden was accompanied by Miss Mary Goss who will visit in Iowa Falls for a few weeks. 

- Last Thursday morning Treasurer Hartshorn was called upon to mourn the death of his bright and promising young son Charles. The unfortunate little fellow was taken down with inflammatory rheumatism a few days prior to his death. It was soon discovered that his condition was so dangerous that his recovery was extremely doubtful. He was thirteen years of age. His departure but adds another shade to the cloud of gloom that has of late hovered around the home of Mr. Hartshorn. This is the fourth time within the past few years that deep rooted and lasting anguish has presided upon the tender affections of this once happy family. A father and one little son are left to recall the memories of fond and cherished associations. The funeral services were held at the family residence Friday afternoon and were largely attended. 

- Miss Matilda Klonus, who has been spending the past few weeks with her sister, Mrs. Donnelly, departed for her home at Manchester Monday morning. 

- The following are the names of the teachers employed for the Emmetsburg schools this coming year: Pof. Peaseley, Miss Anderson, Miss Acers, Miss Kelly, Miss Moffett, Miss Donovan and Miss Washington. 

- The new town in Walnut township is taking quite a boom. Mr. Keenan and family are comfortably located in the new house at the station. The Burlington Co. has put up a good stock yard and shoot to accommodate those who wish to ship stock from this locality. The carpenters are building two dwelling houses for the section men. 

- Thomas Leary, a brother of Dr. Leary, of this city met with a sad and painful accident in the yard here on last Thursday night. While attempting to make a coupling he stumbled and fell. By an extraordinary effort he managed to throw his body outside the rails but his feet were caught in the wheels. Heavy soles on his shoes somewhat protected his feet, but they are both badly crushed and it will be extremely fortunate if both feet are not lost. He was removed to his brother's residence where the best medical aid will be employed. Today he is resting as well as could be expected, and considerable hope that his feet may be saved is entertained. - Sanborn Journal.

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, August 31, 1887


- James Downs steps off as rapidly these days as a man who had just received a fortune. The recent arrival of a twelve pound boy at his house is the cause of Jim's sprightliness. 

- MARRIED: At the Catholic church, in this city, by Rev. Father Murphy, on Friday, Sept. 2nd, Mr. George Steil to Miss Mary McBride, both of this place.  Both bride and groom have a large circle of friends and acquaintances who wish them success on life's journey and that the cloud of sorrow will seldom, if ever, throw its shadow across their pathway. The DEMOCRAT joins in wishing them a joyful and happy reunion. 

- Miss Maggie H Nolan, formerly of Emmetsburg but now of Morris, Ill., visited with friends in Emmetsburg last week. 

- John Doran, of Great Oak township, has sold his farm to some stranger and James Cahill, has purchased P.R. Wells' farm and also Patrick Keenan's farm. Mr. Keenan, we are told has moved to Des Moines. This makes considerable of a change in Great Oak. 

- Friday afternoon two men from the western part of the county came to Emmetsburg and after taking a little too much prohibition, lay down on the sidewalk and fell asleep. Marshal McNally put them under cover until Saturday morning, when they were taken before Mayor Moncrief and fined $10 apiece and costs. Not being able to pay the bill against them, they were given an opportunity to measure the several apartments of the county jail for three days. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, September 21, 1887


- Chief Policeman Whelan, who, but a few days ago, was killed by the "moonlighters" at Ennis, county Clare, Ireland, was a brother of Sheriff Whelan, of Estherville. While we sympathize with the latter and consider it the height of impropriety to rejoice over the death of any person, we believe that Policeman Whelan was a traitor to his country and, as such, had no claim to the respect or friendship of his fellow countrymen. Any individual who has no higher aim in this life and has for far forgotten the duty he owes to himself and his country as to to help, for a miserable mess of pottage, in keeping the land of his birth in bondage most cruel is a curse to the community in which he dwells and his final departure from this land of contention and strife will contribute but little to the ever flowing stream of earthly grief. 

- MARRIED: At the Trinity church, in this city, on Monday, Sept. 14th, by Rev. Percival, of Waterloo, Mr. Lewis E. Jones and Miss Jessie A. Roper, both of Iowa Falls. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, September 28, 1887


- Last Wednesday afternoon two sons of Kettle Larson, who reside about seven miles north of this village, were out hunting and while fooling, the gun was accidentally discharged, while in the hands of the elder of the brothers, the entire charge passing through the body of the younger, a boy of about ten years of age. Dr. Baldwin was immediately sent for, but the unfortunate victim of the accident was dead before he arrived. - Free Press. 

- DIED: - At her home in Vernon township, Wednesday evening, September 21st, Mrs. C.T. Allen, aged 58 years. 

The death of Mr. Allen, though deeply regretted by the entire community, was not altogether a surprise. She had been suffering about a year from dropsy and cancer of the stomach and it was apparent to all that she could not long withstand the oppressive influence of her ailments. About three months ago she began to fail rapidly and on Wednesday evening, death came to relieve her from her earthly bondage. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn her loss. 

Mr. Allen came to this county many years ago and experienced the trials, the inconveniences, and the hardships of pioneer life. She was a woman of many redeeming qualities and was highly regarded as a friend and neighbor. The funeral services ere held at the Catholic church, Friday. The holy sacrifice of the Mass was offered up for the eternal repose of her soul, after which Rev. Father Murphy preached a very able and impressive sermon. The funeral procession was quite large. May her soul rest in peace. 

- MARRIED: At Spencer, September 1st, by C.A. Dunwell, Esq., Mr. Chancy H. Root, an active and spirited lad of 65 to Mrs. Mary Veasey, a graceful and pleasing lass of 70. - Spencer News. 

The bold adventurers are not altogether young, but if their courage does not fail them, they'll surmount every obstacle before them. 

- DIED: - In Great Oak township, on Monday, Sept. 26th, '87, Wm. F., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Buttimore, aged four months. The funeral took place yesterday. His remains were brought to this city for burial. The unfortunate parents have the sympathy of the community in their affliction. 

- Rev. D.H. Murphy, the scholarly and popular priest of Emmetsburg, Iowa, returned to his home this morning. He came here Tuesday and performed the ceremony which united in matrimony two former members of his congregation, Mr. John F. Lydon, of Lourdes, Iowa, and Miss Maggie Coyle, of this city. The ceremony occurred in the Catholic church at 8 a.m. , September 14th, Rev. Murphy, during his short visit, was favorably impressed with the capital city and the elegant reception tendered him by friends. e preached a very feeling and eloquent sermon during the services alluded to, in which he spoke in the highest terms of the estimable young couple who have already embarked on the matrimonial sea.. - Lincoln, Neb, Daily Democrat. 


Mr. M. Loper, who had for some time been suffering from consumption, died at her home in this city about 5 o'clock yesterday morning. For a year or more she had been so low that death seemed constantly staring her in the face; but at times apparent changes for the better seemed to revive her animation.  and she constantly but vainly entertained hopes of her recovery. She was 33 years of age and leaves two small children, a boy and a girl, to mourn the loss of their tender and affectionate mother, their father having died several years ago. The funeral takes place tomorrow. 

Mrs. Loper will be sadly missed not only by those who will oft think of her as a tender mother and relative, but also by those who knew her as a true Christian friend and neighbor; for she was a woman of many excellent and redeeming qualities and a Christian mother in the broadest sense of the term. Though early deprived of her compassion, bending beneath the oppressive influences of that dreaded disease, consumption, and surrounded by anything but favorable circumstances, she bore her trials and afflictions patiently and endeavored as best she could to keep herself and her weak little family above want. At times she was generously assisted by parties, respect for whose feelings of humility and whose indisposition to make a public display of heir charity, forbids our mentioning their names. May her soul rest in peace. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, October 5, 1887


- Frank Freeman is the happy father of another bouncing bay boy whose birth dates from Wednesday last. 

- John Eaton is a stout man but he is tired farming. He is now tying up goods for Tobin & Shea and makes a good looking man behind the counter. John has many friends and will make an excellent clerk. 

- Matt White returned from St. Louis, Friday, where he had been attending the national encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic. He says the rest of the Emmetsburgers remained behind to take in the city novelties after the regular exercises were finished. 

- Mr. J.M. Crowley has sold his farm in Walnut township. We have not learned the name of the purchaser. 

- Dan Donovan has sold out his draying outfit to Jos. J. Steil, who has already taken charge of the same. Joe is a good fellow and is well able to handle everything in the draying line. 

- The Sweeney Bros. and families, late of Allamakee county but temporarily of West Bend, moved to Emmetsburg, Monday, and will reside here permanently. Mr. and Mrs. Sweeney, Sr. are also among the new residents of Emmetsburg. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, October 12, 1887


- Last week, in our haste to get to press, we unintentionally neglected to mention the marriage of Mr. Henry Koch and Miss Irene Steil, which took place at the Catholic church in this city last Wednesday morning, Rev. Father Murphy officiating. We wish the happy couple all the joys and comforts of hymeneal life and many, many days of prosperity and sunshine. 

- Tuesday Mr. and Mrs. David Baker celebrate the fifth anniversary of their marriage. 

- MARRIED: - At Emmetsburg, on Monday, Oct. 10th, by Thos Moncrief, J.P., Mr. W.J. Rice and Miss May Holmes, both of Ralph, Pocahontas county. 

- Mr. A. Lake took the westbound passenger yesterday morning, for Inwood, this state, where he will visit for a few days with his daughter, Mrs. Chas. B. Lamkin. 

- Michael Dooley, brother of John Dooley, returned to this neighborhood Friday to visit a few days with relatives and friends. He returned to Austin, Minnesota, Monday morning. 

- Lute Hutchinson, living near Ayrshire, has purchased the Henderson farm, while a gentleman named Gates, from Wisconsin, has purchased F. Wright's farm in the same neighborhood.

- We regret to state that Mr. J. G. Watson, formerly of this place, but late of Nebraska City, Nebraska, died, last Sunday afternoon. He was ill but a very short time. Mr. Watson spent several years in Emmetsburg and was considered a good and responsible citizen. He was for several years township clerk of Freedom township. He went to Nebraska last fall and was joined by his family a few weeks ago. His many warm friends in this neighborhood will regret to learn of his death. His son, J.J. Watson, of the First National Bank, and his daughter, of the American Investment Company, started for Nebraska Monday night to attend the funeral. Peace to his ashes. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, October 19, 1887

- We regret to state that Mr. T. B. Stokes, of Ruthven, died at his home in that village last Saturday morning. We were unable to learn the particulars of his death. He was for several years postmaster of Ruthven and had many friends. 

- Mr. John Dunnigan will start for his home in the state of New York next Saturday. he has made many friends in this county during the short time he has lived here. He is favorably impressed with this county and would like to have been able to make it his future home, but he is called home to take charge of the old homestead and take care of his parents in their declining years. 

- Mr. J.R. Clark, formerly of the Waverly, was recently naturalized and will cast his first ballot for the success of democracy. Mr. Clark knows the history of both parties well and will act accordingly. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, October 26, 1887


- Mr. Thomas Mulry leavs this week for Chicago where he will make his future home, having quite recently disposed of his personal property in this neighborhood. Mrs. Mulry leaves for Chicago the latter part of the week. We are sorry to see this family leaving Palo Alto county. We can ill afford to lose such good people.

- The prohibition crusaders have again begun their periodical attack upon the saloons. This time they have commenced proceedings, to punish for contempt, against John Steil and Rosanna Steil, Sarah E. McDonnell and P.J. Murphy, John D. McCarty and Catherine McCarty, William Priest and W.H. Coon for violating an injunction issued on the 22nd day of October, 1886, at the instance of O.P. Chaplin. Also petitions for the issuance of injunctions have been filed before Judge Carr against P. Hester and M. McDonnell to restrain them from an alleged violation of the prohibitory law.  The witnesses upon whose affidavit the contempt proceedings were commenced are J.C. Bennett, E.S. Ormsby, J.L. Martin, J.H. Hinkley, Geo. G. Schlegel and John J. Robins. The petitions in the injunctions suits are entitled "Geo. E. Fuller vs. M. McDonnell" and "J.S. Atkinson vs. P. Hester". The papers in all the cases were served late Saturday evening by Deputy Sheriff VanGorden, who cited the defendants in the contempt proceedings to appear before Jude Carr, at 2 o'clock p.m. , Monday, Oct. 24th and to show cause why they should not be punished for contempt. The defendants in the injunction suits were cited to appear before Jude Carr, on Saturday, Oct. 29th, and show cause why temporary injunctions be not issued against them. The defendants in the contempt proceedings all appeared before Judge Carr at the appointed hour and had their cases continued until next Friday to prepare for defense. A majority of the defendants in the contempt proceedings claim that they have not violated the injunctions, hence cannot be punished. In the event of being found guilty, the least punishment that can be inflicted is a fine of $500 or imprisonment in the county jail not more than six months. John Jenswold, Jr., is attorney for the prohibitionists, and he kept Squire Roberts busy, Saturday and Monday, taking the testimony of a large number of witnesses relative to what they know concerning the alleged sale of intoxicating liquors in town.  The parties proceeded against claim that they are not the only violators of the prohibitory law; but that all of the drug store proprietors are as deep in the mire as themselves. 

- Mrs. McGrath, of Milwaukee, is visiting with her nephews, J.F. and P.C. Neary. 

- John Roach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Roach, of Independence township, died last Thursday morning, aged seven years. 

- Mrs. Vermilya, of Olwein, who has been visiting the past few days with her brother, Mr. Hoagland of this place, departed for her home yesterday.

- Mr. George F. Bates, who lived with his uncle, nine miles east of Emmetsburg, died last Thursday morning. He had been quite sick with typhoid fever, for some time,, but was rapidly recovering when he was taken with a relapse, which proved fatal. He was twenty years of age. The funeral services were held at Whittemore. 

- Why were W.J. Tyson and P.V. Nolan subpoenaed as witnesses in the injunction proceedings while H.H. Jacobs and Edward Joyce were not asked to appear?  Does Mr. Tyson use more intoxicants than Mr. Jacobs, or Mr. Nolan more than Mr. Joyce? Is it not the aim of some of these petitioning parties to make political capital out of this affair. 

MARRIED: - At the Catholic church, in Emmetsburg, on Tuesday, October 25th, by Rev. Father Smith,  Mr. J.B. Graettinger and Miss Anna Mahan, both of Walnut township. The young couple are among the most industrious and highly respected in the community and have a host of friends. Mr. Graettinger is an honest, frugal and hard working young man and has the patience and forbearance to perform properly the manifold duties of a husband. Miss Mahan is the daughter of Mr. Edward Mahan, one of the most honorable and respectable farmers in the county, and is a Christian lady. We trust the blissful rays of happiness may long brighten the pathway of this adventurous couple and lend warmth and cheerfulness to their future surroundings. 

- Miss Mollie Roach was called home from Algona, Thursday, to attend the funeral of her brother. 

- Mr. Kay, of Great Oak township, was stricken down with paralysis while husking corn last Wednesday and died in a few moments afterward. He was comparatively a stranger in this section having moved to this county from Scotland about a year ago. He was a hard working man and was generally respected by those who knew him. The funeral took place Saturday forenoon. 

- Last Wednesday, just after we had gone to press we learned of the marriage of Mr. W.E. White to Miss Cora D. Garthwaite, both of West Bend. The marriage ceremony was performed at the St. James Hotel, Rev. Crane rendering the necessary assistance.  Hereafter should any marriage take place on Wednesday, we would advice the contracting parties to tie up early in the forenoon. We go to press early in the day. 

- Friday morning the sad news reached Emmetsburg that Mrs. Farrell, of Alexandria, Dak., and daughter of Mr. Greehy, of Great Oak township, had died but a few hours before. This is the sixth time in two years that this unfortunate family has been called upon to mourn the loss of a loved one. And to add to the darkness of the gloom that overhands that humble home, another son is lying dangerously ill.  These sorely afflicted people certainly deserve the sympathy of their friends and neighbors in this their hour of of grief. The body of the deceased was brought to Emmetsburg Saturday morning and buried in the Catholic cemetery at this place. 

- Mr. Theobald Weisser is making arrangements to sell all his personal property in order to secure means to start prospecting for coal on his farm. A short time ago while digging a post hole, he discovered an eighteen inch vein of good coal. He believes that he has struck a fortune and is determined to investigate. Should he be successful, Great Oak township is liable to become a vast coal mine. It would be a great advantage to Emmetsburg and surroundings to have a mine so close by, but it will not do to get excited over this discovery until a better idea of the extent of the vein is known. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, November 9, 1887

Home News

- Mr. J.R. Clark has purchased the Estherville foundry and will take charge of the same in a few days. Mr. Clark has had considerable experience in the business and will unquestionably make a success of it. His many friends will regret that he was not given some inducement to remain in Emmetsburg. 

- Mr. T.W. Harrison returned home from Topeka the latter part of the week, in tending to move his family, Tuesday; but when he arrived home, he found several of his children down with measles, and of course he is compelled to postpone his final departure from Emmetsburg. 

- John D. McCarty wishes us to state that he is still prepared to keep boarders and furnish meals at reasonable rates. is building has not been closed as was reported. He has paid his fine in full and has a receipt for the same. He intends to keep a first class boarding house and deserves a liberal share of public patronage. 

- Mrs. James Mulry went to Oconomowoc, Wis., a few days ago to attend the funeral of her brother who was killed by a runaway team. 

- Mr. John Gallagher and Miss Mary Adams, both living a few miles east of town, were married at the Catholic church last Thursday morning, Rev. Father Smith officiating. Mr. Gallagher has resided in this county for the past fifteen or twenty years and is a well to do farmer. Miss Adams is said to be an excellent young lady. Although you postponed the affair a little longer than you should have done, John, we congratulate you on your wisdom and wish you and your estimable partner many years of sunshine and happiness. 

- The little daughter of Mr. Thompson, living just south of the Milwaukee depot, died last Thursday morning. Typhoid fever caused her death. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of their friends and neighbors. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, November 16, 1887


BORN: - To Mr. and Mrs. Edward Joyce, on Saturday, November 17th, a daughter. 

- Mr. J.M. Crowley is now agent for the Iowa Mutual Aid Association of Ottumwa, one of the most substantial life insurance companies in Iowa, and is traveling through the country in the interest of the same. Mr. Crowley is an energetic fellow, is a ready talker and is fully capable of mastering the business he is undertaking. He is also canvassing for a valuable and useful book. 

MARRIED: - In this city, Nov. 14, by Rev. Geo. E. Fuller, Mr. S.N. Strong to Miss Eliza C. Strong, both of Rolfe. 

DIED: - In this city on Saturrday, November 12th, Effie, daughter of Mr. Gifford, aged 8 years. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the community in this their sad bereavement. 

- Jim Shortall writes to Emmetsburg, from Castlecomer, county Kilkenny, Ireland, that he is having a splendid time with his friends but that he is getting very homesick without the Democrat.

- In the session of the district court just closed, permanent injunctions were granted against M. Hester & Co. and M. McDonnell, restraining them from selling intoxicating liquors; also against the building occupied by McDonnell. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, November 23, 1887


MARRIED: - At the Catholic church, in this city, Monday, November 21st, by Rev. Father Smith, Mr. John O'Connell and Miss Maggie Mahan. The groom is one of the successful farmers of this section and has a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. The bride is a daughter of Mr. Edward Mahan, of Walnut township and is a refined and popular young lady. Long may the effulgent rays of hymeneal joy brighten the surroundings of their future home. 

- Mr. Fred Giddings and Miss Addie McCune, of Ruthven, were married last Thursday. The long long threatening came at last. Mr. Giddings is one of the most popular young men of the county and has, considering his age, considerable of a start in life. His bride is one of the educated and popular young ladies of Ruthven and is highly spoken of by those who know her. May many a day of sunshine brighten their journey though life. 

- A very sad accident occurred seven miles southeast of Britt last Thursday. John Nelson, a Swede, who was helping to bore a well with a sweep auger struck a rock. The team stopped so suddenly that they were thrown back. The sweep flew back with awful force, striking Nelson on the jaw, tearing his cheek open, driving a linchpin into his head and breaking his neck. He died instantly. He had been but a few months in America prior to his accident. 

MARRIED: - At the Catholic church, in this city, Wednesday morning, November 23rd, by Rev. Father Smith, Mr. C. Conlon and Miss Maggie Molloy, both of Great Oak township. Another long threatening has come at last. Mr. Conlon is one of the most temperate, frugal and industrious young farmers in the county, while his bride is one of the refined and estimable teachers of this section. That the future experiences of this happy couple may be both pleasant and agreeable is the wish of the Democrat. 

MARRIED: - At the Catholic Church, in Emmetsburg, Monday morning, November 21st, Rev. Father Smith officiating, Mr. Patrick O'Brien and Miss Bridget Hand. The groom is a son of William O'Brien, Sr., of Great Oak township, is an honest and industrious young man and has many warm friends. His chosen companion, Miss Hand, is a daughter of Jas. Hand of the same neighborhood and is considerable of a favorite with her friends and associates. The Democrat wishes the happy pair an abundance of life's joys and comforts through life. 

- Mr. P.V. Hand formerly of this place but now an attorney of Montrose, Dakota, is visiting with his parents in Great Oak township. 

- Mr. Edward Corley, of Highland township is the happy father of another pretty little girl that arrived at his home quite recently. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, November 30, 1887


- This week it becomes out task to speak of the death of Mr. Bernard Quigly, which occurred at his home in Great Oak township, last Wednesday evening. His death was very sudden. A short time before he died, he left the house apparently hale and hearty and walked out into the yard. Happening to catch hold of a mower, that was standing in the yard, he called to his son, but when the latter reached him he found him holding the mower with a deathlike grasp. He was at once taken to the house, but before either medical or spiritual aid could be obtained, he expired. His funeral took place on Friday just one week after the day on which the remains of his wife were laid to rest. He leaves two sons to mourn his loss. May his soul rest in peace. 

- Mr. John Kirby took the southern bound train for Tipton, his former home, last Wednesday evening to spend a few days under the parental roof and visit among his old acquaintances. 

- A young man named Henderson, who lives near Rolfe, slid off a load of hay, Monday of last week, and fell upon a hay knife, the blade passing through his breast. It is said that he cannot recover. 

- Jas. Peterson, a Swede, of Pocahontas county, committed suicide a few days ago by taking a dose of paris green. He as about thirty years of age and unmarried. 

BORN: - To Mr. and Mrs. P. Laughlin, on Tuesday, November 22nd, a daughter. Though pat is absent, the number of his household remains the same. 

MARRIED: - At Ruthven, Wednesday, November 23rd, Mr. William Hovey and Miss Sophronia Smith. 

BORN: - To Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Duffy, on Friday, November 25th, a daughter. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, December 7, 1887


- Yesterday Henry Steil and John Murray were arrested and brought before Mayor Moncrief charged with disturbing the peace and quiet of Mrs. P. Maher, last Sunday night. They were found guilty of the charges brought against them, but immediately filed a notice of appeal to the district court. 

- A daughter of standard weight arrived at the home of Mr and Mrs. Martin Brennan last week. 

- Mr. and Mrs. Martin Friar of Great Oak township, mourn the loss of their infant daughter whose death occurred last week. Their many neighbors extend to them their sympathy. 

- Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Brennan of Emmetsburg township, started Monday morning for Stratford, Ontario, where they will visit for a few weeks with friends and relatives. Stratford is their former home and they have not seen their friends in that section since the day of their marriages which was about twenty years ago. Their many friends wish them a safe and a jolly good time. 

- A very sad affair took place near the Des Moines bridge, a short distance northwest of Emmetsburg bout six o'clock last night. It appears that an old gentleman named James Casey, was riding along in a cutter in company with Edward Mahan and Joseph Mulroney, towards the home of the former and that he was standing in the back part of the cutter and the others sitting down. As they were driving along the grade, the team turned to reach the top of the turnpike when Casey fell out of the cutter, a corn sheller which was in the cutter falling on top of him and crushing in one of his ribs adjacent to the heart. He was immediately picked up and carried back to town but died on the way. The coroner's inquest was held shortly after reaching town. The verdict of the jury was that he came to his death by injuries received in falling from a cutter. Mr. Casey a about 55 years of age and has several grown sons and daughters living in the neighborhood of Tama county. The news of this accident reaches us just as we go to press, and want of space forbids our giving further particulars. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, December 14, 1887


- Mrs. Weirs, who has been spending the past year with her sister, Mrs. R.E. Clark, of this town, took her departure the latter part of the week for Illinois. 

- Mrs. Michael Hester mourns the death of a sister in Butler county. The deceased came to her death in a very peculiar manner. She was carrying a can of milk when she slipped and fell, the edge of the can striking her in the region of the heart and killing her almost instantly. 

- Mr. Dunn father of Mrs. Lawrence Murphy and Miss Dunn, of this place, started for Dubuque last week in response to a message stating that his son, while riding on horse back was thrown to the ground, the horse falling on top of him and crushing him so badly that little hopes were entertained for his recovery. 

- John Steil, Jr., has been in jail, the past six days, for assaulting C.E. Cohoon. 

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, December 21, 1887


- Last week we did not learn of the death of Mr. John Body of Silver Lake township until after we had gone to press. His death occurred on Monday evening of last week. Mr. Body was among the early settlers of Silver Lake township and was a systematic farmer as well as a good citizen. He will be missed very much by his friends and neighbors. Peace to his ashes.

- Last Friday John Steil, Jr., and Patrick Dooley were arrested on charge of having, on Wednesday night of last week, maliciously broken the windows and otherwise damaged the dwelling of Mrs. C. Heitzman. in the case of Steil, the matter was brought before Squire Steuhmer, County Attorney O'Connor appearing for the prosecution and A.D. Darnall for the defense. Steil was held, under a $500 bond to await the action of the grand jury. No action has yet been taken in Dooley's case.

- Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Finn mourn the death of their infant child, which sad event occurred last Saturday. The funeral took place Monday. They have the sympathy of their friends and neighbors in their sad loss.

- Miss Corcoran, who has been spending the past few weeks with her sister, Mrs. Dennis Flynn, of this place, departed for her home in Wisconsin last Friday.