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.