Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa

Emmetsburg Democrat ; Wednesday, January 5, 1887


Home News

- 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, March 16, 1887

Home News

- 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.

Home News.

- 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.