Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, January 5, 1887
- Miss Mary Goss has been spending the holidays with her parents near
- Mr. John Ray of Algona spent Sunday with his sister, Miss Maggie Ray,
- 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, March 16, 1887
- Will Black will hereafter tie up packages behind J.H. Hinckley's
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
DEATH OF MR. MICHAEL CONWAY
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
DEATH OF JAMES GREEHEY
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.
- 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.
DEATH OF MRS. JESSE STARR
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.