Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa, Wednesday, Nov 1, 1905

A marriage license has been issued to Eugene Brown and Jessie Daken.

Mr. Warren Uphoff and Miss Florence Maiden were married at the home of the bride's parents north of Ayrshire Monday evening. They will make their future home at Madison, Wisconsin, the groom being from that place. The Democrat extends congratulations. 


Mother of a Large Family at Curlew Hanges Herself. 

Friday morning the sad news of the suicide of Mrs. O.J. Gates, who lived a mile west of Curlew, reached this city. When three of her children returned from school in the evening she was found hanging in the stairway of her home. She had been alone from the noon hour. The rope, taken from the barn, was attached to a small railing on the second floor and she had evidently jumped off one of the steps. Had she made the least effort, she could have changed her mind and saved her life, as a higher step on the stairway could have been reached by her feet by a movement of but a few inches. She was evidently determined to carry out her desperate purpose. Mr. Gates is a rural mail carrier. He reached home at noon and ate dinner with his wife. He says she was apparently all right. The three children were at school and a boy, aged 15, was working on the farm. Mr. Gates drove to Curlew, a distance of about a mile, after dinner and mailed the letters he had gathered. On his return he did not go to the house, but commenced some work about the barn. When the children got home they could not get into the house. The doors were locked and the curtains down. Mr. Gates tried to go up the cellar way, but the door was securely fastened. At last he removed a window pane and sent his youngest boy through. The little fellow unlocked the window. They looked about the several rooms and at last found Mrs. Gates as stated. She had evidently been dead for some time. All the circumstances gave unmistakable proof of suicide. 

Mr. Gates was a woman of perhaps 50 years of age. She was the mother of eight children, all of whom are living. Several are grown. One son, Sophorus, is teaching in a college at Creston, this state. Two daughters are married. One is Mrs. Marie Grice, of Laurens, and the other is Mrs. Mary Johnson, who lives in Oklahoma. Miss Stella is teaching in the Clanton district in Booth township. All the three sisters were at times pupils of the Emmetsburg high school. Miss Stella graduated in this city two or three years ago. The other members of the family are at home. We understand that at times the deceased showed signs of mental excitement, though she was as a rule quite rational. Mr. Gates is perhaps the oldest rural mail carrier in the county. He is a kind-hearted and most courteous gentleman and enjoys the respect of all who know him. The blow is a severe one to the family. 

Death of Miss Marie Thoreson. 

Miss Marie Thoreson died at the home of her father, Lars Thoreson, in Lost Island township, Sunday morning at 4:40. She had been ill for about ten years and had been confined to her bed for over a year. She had some ailment of the spleen. In 1897 she went to Colorado where she remained for year and six months, but the change did not help her. Five years ago she went to the Deaconess Home hospital in Chicago. There she remained for some time, but it seems her ailment baffled medical skill. The funeral was held at her home Tuesday. The services were conducted by Rev. A.H. Gjevre, pastor of the Norwegian Lutheran church in Lost Island township. The interment was in the parochial cemetery. There was a large funeral. Miss Thoreson was 27 years of age. The surviving members of the family are the father, three brothers and four sisters. One of the brothers, John, is at present at Excelsior Springs, Missouri, for the benefit of his health. Mrs. Thoreson died October 1, 1900.

Were Married Monday Evening. 

Mr. Dalton E. Cox and Miss Florence E. Woodcock were married at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mr.s L.R. Woodcock, of Highland township, Monday evening, Rev. Joseph Tripp, grandfather of the bride, officiating. There were between 60 and 70 relatives and friends present to witness the ceremony. The happy couple were the recipients of numerous valuable and useful presents. Mr. and Mrs. Cox will make their future home at Valley Junction. The bride is a most worthy young woman in every way. She represents one of the most deserving families in the western part of the county. She has taught school for several years and has won well deserved recognition in the profession. The groom is a railroad man, being in the employ of the Rock Island company. His run is from Valley unction to Keokuk. Such as have met him consider him courteous, clever and energetic. The Democrat extends hearty greetings. 


T.J. Duffy has taken in James B. Sherlock as a partner. They will handle real estate, loans, and insurance. The Democrat wishes the new firm success. Both are hustlers and are widely and favorably known. 

Mrs. E.A. Morling and children and Mr. and Mrs. Hough and family went to Ruthven Monday evening to be present at the marriage of Mr. D. E. Cox and Miss Florence E. Woodcock. The bride is a niece of  Mrs. Morling.


Mrs. Hayman went to Mason City Friday to visit her sister, Mrs. Slagle.

Mrs. Albert Johnson, of Graettinger, visited her sister, Mrs. Bauck, of this city, Wednesday.

Mrs. Ella Burke came over from Whittemore Saturday to visit her sister, Mrs. John Ryan.

Ed, son of Peter Collins, of West Bend, has gone to Saylor, Iowa, where he will work in a depot. 

Mrs. W.E. Stein was called to Jewel Junction Wednesday by the serious illness of a sister who lives at that place. 

Dr. and Mrs. Houghton, of Valley Junction, visited the latter's parents, Mrs. and Mrs. A.E. Harrison of this city, several days during the past week. 

Miss Hough returned from Ayrshire a few days ago. She had been teaching in the place of Miss Della Gregg, who was at White Earth, South Dakota, filing on a homestead. 

Mr. Aukema, of Sheldon, came to Emmetsburg Friday to visit his daughter, Mrs. John Treadgold. 

Melvin Fisk, of Curlew, was in Emmetsburg Friday. He was a guest at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.E. Williams, while here. 

J.P. Hunter, of Curlew, was recently called to Hubbard, to attend the funeral of his father, who recently died in Kansas. The old gentleman was 84 years of age. He was a clergyman.

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa, Wednesday, Nov 8, 1905

A week ago last Saturday J.D. Higgins lost a goat skin robe between C.J. Berger's store and the J.P. Downs home in Nevada towship. The finder will please leave at Mr. Berger's store where he will be rewarded for the return of the same. 

H.C.Nichols will open a candy business at Sibley in a week or ten days. He will take charge of it himself. His son will conduct the Emmetsburg kitchen.

Mr. R.E. Kendall and Miss Anna Kirtz, of Mallard, will be married at the Catholic church at that place tomorrow morning.

This year Wm. Jackman raided an ear of corn that weighs one and three-fourths pounds. It can be seen in the First National bank. It is a mammoth sample, though it is not a beauty.

John Orres and Frank Fickel will open the Branagan Bros. livery barn November 15. No charge will be made for stabling teams on that day. They colicit the patronage of the public.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Doyle will move to Cedar Rapids this week. They will be greatly missed by all who have known them so long and so favorably. May good fortune accompany them to their new home.

Prof. Floyd was  in town Thursday. He is organizing a band in this city and will be here three times a week to give instructions. Percy Godden and Michael Brennan are two of the officers of it. We shall give full particulars next week. 

Mr. Charles A. Reely and Miss Mattie S. LeClair were married at the Congregational parsonage in this city last Wednesday. They will make their home on a farm south of Ruthven. The Democrat extends its heart greetings. 

Mrs. Anna Kendall, who has been in Chicago for the past two or three years, is visiting her brother, Phil Duffy, and other relatives near Mallard. She has decided to remain there until spring. She has property interests at that place and at Pocahontas. She was an Emmetsburg visitor Friday.


John Jones sold his livery barn and outfit to Ben Meredith. Mr. Jones will go to Dakota in the spring. 

On Friday Harrison & Bradley had an automobile running from their store out to the Carney farm and a good many people went  out and saw the corn husking machine working at that place. The corn was blown nearly flat and the machine husked 95 per cent of it. Mr. Carney is well pleased with the machine. 


Mr. Seve Karafa and Mary Serenche were married in this city the last of the week, Rev. P.M. Dobberstein officiating.  We extend congratulations.


A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Jackman Thursday.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Palmer, Sunday, October 29. 

There has been a new boy at the home of Mrs. and Mrs. V.R. Clark since Wednesday.

Mr. Bert Haulman, a brother of Mrs. A.W. Wagner and Miss Pearl Wagner, a sister of Mr. Wagner, were married at Manning Wednesday. They arrived in this city Thursday. That evening Mr. and Mrs. Wagner gave a six o'clock dinner in their honor, a number of guests being present. Mr. and Mrs. Haulman left for Ankeny Monday evening where they will make their future home. They are bright, clever young people and impressed most favorably those who met them during their brief visit to our community, all of whom join their Emmetsburg relatives in wishing them health and happiness. 

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa, Wednesday, Nov 15, 1905

Mr. J. Salisbury Dead.

Last Wednesday morning, at the home of his son, James, at Cylinder, occurred the death of M.J. Salisbury. He had been ill for some time. He was 72 years of age. He was married in 1861 to Miss Mary Vanata. he lived at Rolfe for a number of years but since the death of Mrs. Salisbury a year or so ago, he had been making his home with his son at Cylinder. He leaves six sons and three daughters. The funeral was held at Cylinder Thursday morning and the remains were then taken to Rolfe for burial. The sympathy of the community is extended to the relatives of the deceased. 

Miss Moran is Dead

A Miss Moran, who lived with her brother, J.P. Moran, of the Graettinger neighborhood, died Friday. The funeral was held at Graettinger Sunday. Her brother, Father Moran, of St. Paul, who is conducting a mission in Nebraska, was present at the funeral. We have not been able to learn any more particulars.

Floyd's Military Band.

The following are the names of the members of Floyd's Military band, which was recently organized in this city:

Percy Godden, Michael Brennan, Frank Brennan, Joe Peddie, Scott Peddie, Hugh Meade, Leo O'Connor, Harry Godden, Will Wells, Alpha Muir, Bee Vest, Harry Nichols, Ralph Wilcox, P.R. Wells, Harry Beck, Geo. Beck, Curt Rindy. Tom Coonan, Will Beck, Michael Johnson, Clarence Johnson.

Prof. Floyd will be here this week to give the boys their first instructions under his management. He is one of the best musicians in Iowa. Success to Floyd's Military Band.

Were Married Yesterday.

Mr. H.M. LeGrand Goff and Miss Josie M. Nolan were married at the Sacred Heart church at Ruthven, Tuesday, November 14, at 7 o'clock. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Loretta Nolan, and the groom by Mr. Edward Washington. The wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride's father, Mr. James F. Nolan. Only the immediate relatives of the contracting parties were in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. Goff will be "at home" after December 1 on their farm northeast of Ruthven. The bride is perhaps one of the most widely known young ladies in the county, having lived at Ruthven since childhood. She graduated from the public schools of that place several years ago. During the past year she has been teaching. Her relatives and friends, as well as the members of her family, are, or course justly proud of her, for there is much in her personality and in her demeanor to merit for her the esteem of all who know her. The groom is a son of Mr. Dwight Goff, who has been one of the substantial farmers of the Ruthven neighborhood for nearly forty years. He is a young man of good presence, of most exemplary habits and of sterling integrity. He possesses energy, perseverance, and tact and will doubtless maintain the creditable standing he has already attained the in the community that has known him since boyhood. Mr. and  Mrs. Goff commence life's journey under most favorable circumstances. The Democrat hopes that the many blessings that crown the lives of the dutiful and the worthy may be theirs. 


Mr. Thomas McCaffrey, of Truesdale, Iowa, and Miss Catherine O'Neill, of this city, were married at Assumption church this morning, Very Rev. J.J. Smith officiating. The groom was attended by Mr. Charles O'Neill and Miss Margaret Pender was bridesmaid. After the performance of the brief rite the bride and groom repaired to the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John O'Neill, of the Fourth ward, where a sumptuous wedding breakfast was served. Only a few relatives and friends were in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. McCaffrey will leave this evening for Truesdale, Buena Vista county, where they will make their future home. 

The bride is one of the deserving young ladies of our city. Her parents moved to Emmetsburg from Livermore last spring, but during her short residence in our midst she has by her womanly prudence and true worth won the esteem of those who have formed her acquaintance. The groom is one of the active, influential, successful business men of Truesdale, being engaged in the lumbering business at that place. The Democrat extends hearty congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. McCaffrey.


Mr. and Mrs. James Williams are the proud parents of a baby girl since Saturday.


- A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson Thursday.

- Matt Archer, Frank Miller and Fred Williams, of Estherville, have died of typhoid fever within the past few days. The health problem is really becoming serious in our sister town.

- Mr. Cliff Halleck and Miss Melinda Johnson, were married in this city Monday, Justice S.R. Stedman performing the ceremony. Mr. Halleck is a fireman on the Rock Island rail. The bride is a daughter of Knut Johnson, who lives near Graettinger. The happy couple will make their home at Estherville. The Democrat congratulates. 

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa, Wednesday, Nov 22, 1905


- A twelve pound boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Murphy Saturday.

- A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Stratemeyer Friday. All concerned are doing nicely.

- Mrs. Bestlebner, and old and respected Algona lady, was found dead in bed Thursday morning.

- Mr. and Mrs. Edward Thompson went to DeWitt Sunday evening to attend the marriage of the latter's brother, Ambrose Hester.

- John Scott was over from Algona Wednesday. He came to attend the marriage of his cousin, Miss O'Neil. He is an excellent violinist.

- A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. L. Rheisen Monday. Mr. Reihsen has been thinking seriously of calling him Theodore Roosevelt Reihsen, but may be prevailed upon to give him some other name. [Note: spelling of surname as spelled in article]. 

- Matt, John and Miss Lena Adams and Mrs. John Gallager left for New Hampton Thursday to attend the funeral of their uncle, John Adams, who died Wednesday and was buried Friday. The deceased was 84 years of age. He was among the pioneer residents of Chickasaw county.


John Nolan Called to His Reward Monday Evening.

Monday evening about seven o'clock John Nolan died at his home just north of this city. He had been ailing for several weeks and it was evident for some time that he could not recover. He was 78 years old. The funeral will be held this forenoon. Services will be conducted at Assumption church at 10:30. The interment will be in St. John's cemetery.

The deceased was born in the county of Kilkenny, Ireland, March 17, 1827. In 1850 he came to America. Soon after arriving in this country, he worked on the first railroad that was under construction across the Isthmus of panama. Mr. Beach, of this city, was also employed in the same line of work with him. Later he worked on a vessel hat made regular trips from Aspinwall to New York. October 20, 1854 he was married in Chicago to Miss Bridget Conway. In 1854 he and his family, his brother, James Nolan and family and a few others drove from Elgin, Illinois, to this county and settled on the "Patch" northwest of this city. They were members of the original Irish colony, about which so much has been said and written. In March, 1857, they temporarily moved to Ft. Dodge, because of the Indian difficulties at Spirit Lake, which made living in this locality rather hazardous. The deceased was a member of the relief expedition that was sent to Spirit Lake from Ft. Dodge, in which the late John F. Duncombe and others figured prominently. Mr. Nolan's name, together with those of the other members and officers of the company, is inscribed on the Iowa Soldiers' monument that stands on the south bank of West Okoboji lake. He assisted in organizing the county, participated in the first election, attended the first public worship, and was a sharer in all the trials and pioneer experiences of that time. The first sheriff of the county was T.H. Tobin; the second, A.B. Carter; the third, Mr. Nolan. The deceased's son, P.V. Nolan, well known to most of our readers, served as sheriff 20 years ago and was later elected county auditor. 

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Nolan - Charles F., Patrick V., Richard and John. Only the first named two survive. Mrs. Nolan died December 5, 1901. Charles lives on the old homestead on the west side of Medium lake and P.V. resides in this city.

One by one the members of the old colony, whose history is so interesting, are passing away. During the past twenty years the Democrat has chronicled the demise of most of them. Of the old gentlemen who settled here in 1856, only three remain. They are John Neary, Sr., P.R. Jackman, and James Hickey, though the last named was not a member of the first settlement that was made near the location at present known as Riverdale, he having come from some other locality and settled in Great Oak township. Several who were children at that time are among our respected citizens, but the old timers, with the exception of those named, are resting beneath the sod o'er which they trod, though flowers and meadows, nearly fifty years ago.

The deceased was frugal and industrious and toiled faithfully and zealously for practically half a century for the upbuilding of the community he helped to found. He was as rugged as an oak and was very seldom a victim of physical ailments. Beneath his humble roof many a weary, saddened traveler found shelter and hospitality when the face of a white man could be seen only occasionally by the emigrant who journeyed with difficulty across the broad expanse of bleak prairie now known as prosperous northwest Iowa. He was blunt and frank, but he was kind and dutiful to his family, was a friendly, agreeable neighbor, and an upright citizen. He lived to a ripe old age. The sympathy of all is extended to the surviving members of the family.

The Candy Kitchen Closed.

The Candy Kitchen is in the hands of the sheriff, the creditors of Mr. Nicholas having deemed it best to get what they could out of the establishment. Mr. and Mrs. Nichols went to Rock Rapids about a week ago to keep a restaurant and after they had done it was quietly whispered about that they would not return. They have left quite a large number of disappointed creditors the same as they did at Spencer when they came to Emmetsburg. Among the mourners are the Democrat and other newspapers of our town. Mr. and Mrs. Nichols did a pretty fair business while here but, like many others, they believed in having what they wanted no matter how their creditors fared. If they do well at Rock Rapids, we hope their conscience will direct them back to Emmetsburg to square up with those who trusted them when they needed help. 


Mr. Ambrose Hester, of this place, and Miss Anna Theresa McGinty were united in marriage this morning at the Catholic church at DeWitt, Clinton county, the pastor, Father Nelson, officiating. The groom was attended by his friend, Wm. Dunigan, and the bride by her sister, Miss Kate McGinty. The wedding dinner will be served at the home of the bride's parents, who reside at that place. Mr. and Mrs. Hester will leave this evening for St. Louis where they will spend three weeks with relatives. On their return they will be at home on their farm northwest of this city. 

The bride is one of the experienced and successful school teachers of Clinton county. Those who have met her have formed only the most favorable impression of her, she having visited friends in this locality some time ago. The groom is well known in this locality. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hester, who are among the most thrifty and esteemed farmers residents of our county. He is bright, genial, courteous, and ready and is one of the most hustling young gentlemen of this locality. He starts out in life under most promising circumstances. It is the wish of his many friends, including the Democrat, that the future may be generous to him and his bonny bride. 

A Correction Notice.

Last week we mentioned the death of the mother of B.A. Benson. Her name was not Benson but Skogen. Mr. Benson sends us the following particulars concerning her life:

Mrs. Josend Skogen was born in Nosdre Ausdal, Norway, Sep 22, 1822. She died November 8, 1905, having been ill one month. She lived at Blue Mound, Wisconsin, for some time. She lived near Cylinder for fifteen years. The funeral was held Saturday, November 11, at 2 o'clock p.m. The pastor, Rev. A.H. Gjevre, officiated. The deceased was married twice. Her first husband, Andrew Benson, died in 1853. Her second husband's name was Andrew C. Skogen. He died fifteen years ago.

Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa, Wednesday, Nov 29, 1905

Ole Simonson of Lost Island township, aged 72, was judged insane Thursday and taken to the Cherokee asylum.

Miss Clara Newman, aged 16, died at her home near Ayrshire Thursday morning. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Newman. She had been ill for about ten days.


- A letter from A. Scott Ormsby states that Mrs. Ormsby is quite ill in Chicago with typhoid fever.

- Helgen Bros., report the sale of the Moses 80 acre farm in Vernon township to Lewis Grimes, of Ayrshire for $57 per acre. It is well improved.

- Miss Loretta McNamara returned from Bloomsfield, Indiana, Thursday where she had been visiting her sister, Mrs. C.J. Seymour for several days. The latter accompanied her home and will visit her parents and numerous friends in this locality for a short time.

- A little child of Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Pollard, of Ruthven, died Monday.

- Myles McNally went to Ft. Dodge Monday to attend the funeral of his old friend, James Lynch.

- John Galliger has purchased a new piano for his daughters. He will never regret the investment.

- A marriage license has been issued to Otto H.W. Strucker and Miss Mary C. Hippert, of West Bend.

- At a late hour we learn that the mother of Dr. Scribner, of Curlew, who was quite aged, died Monday.

- John and Leonard Sherlock went to Ft. Dodge Monday to attend the funeral of their grandfather, James Lynch.

- We understand that John W. Robins and Miss Lodens Cameron, of Graettinger, are to be married this afternoon. Rev. Stevens will officiate.

- Mr. Charles W. Spencer and Miss Ethel Elkins were married at the M.E. parsonage at Curlew Tuesday of last week. Rev. J. Hill officated. The Democrat extends congratulations.

- Miss Mary O'Connell, who had been visiting her cousins, Wm. O'Brien Jr., Mrs. Ray Jackson and other relatives in this locality for three weeks returned to Chicago Monday evening.

- James Doyle, who came to this county from Ireland a year or two ago, left for New York the first of the week. He will make his home with a cousin in that city. He worked for J.N. Phillips for a while here.

Wedded Monday Morning.

Mr. William Higgins, of Whittemore, and Miss Elizabeth Bigley of Emmetsburg, were united in marriage at Assumption church in this city Monday morning, REv. N. McNerney officiating. The groom was attended by his brother, Mr. Michael Higgins, and the bride by Miss Mary Crowley. The wedding dinner was served at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bigley. Only the immediate relatives and friends of the contracting parties were in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. Higgins left for Chicago on the evening train to remain for tend days. On their return they will commence housekeeping on their fine farm in Fairfield township. Monday evening a dance was given in the hall at Whittemore at Mr. Higgins' expense, to which all the young people in that vicinity were invited. It was largely attended and all had a good time.

The bride is one of Emmetsburg's best young ladies. Her parents are among the oldest and most deserving people of our community. She was educated in St. Mary academy and has been teaching for several years. She is bright, pleasant and prudent and is a young lady who makes and retains friends.

Mr. Higgins is one of the leading farmers of the eastern part of the county. He is energetic and wide awake and is comfortably situated. He deals extensively in live stock and has the best of standing in business circles as well as socially. The writer has known him since boyhood and has always regarded him as a young man of exceptional worth. The Democrat extends hearty congratulations to the happy couple.

James Lynch is Dead.

James Lynch, who formerly lived in Highland township, died at Ft. Dodge Sunday. The funeral took place in that city yesterday. Six of his grandsons were his pall bearers. The deceased will be remembered by many of our citizens, as will also his sons and daughters. One daughter, Mrs. P.H. Sherlock, resides in Emmetsburg township. She and Mr. Sherlock went to Ft. Dodge Monday to attend the funeral. Mr. Lynch was a prudent, exemplary, conscientious old gentleman and enjoyed the esteem of his neighbors in Highland township. He was 84 years old, if we are not mistaken. Mrs. Lynch died several years ago.

H.C. Nichols Heard From.

Rock Rapids, Ia., Nov. 24, 1905

Editor Democrat: I will say that there is not a word of truth in what you wrote. Now as to Spencer: I broke up there and they sold the stock out and paid as far as we could,