NEWSPAPER ABSTRACTS BEFORE 1894
Palo Alto Pilot, Jan 7, 1880:
The following is a list of Petit Jurors drawn for Circuit Court, January
Jos. Knapp, Jr.
(Signed) J.J. Robins, Co. Auditor. T. McDonnell, Co. Sheriff. T.J. Prouty,
Palo Alto Reporter
Palo Alto County, Iowa
25 Jan 1884
This is a leap year, and the Reporter proposes to prepare the way for the
young ladies by publishing the names of all the eligible bachelors in
Emmetsburg, their personal characteristics, dispositions, incomes and other
information of an equally interesting and important character. The list is
as full and accurate as possible and it will surprise most people to see the
present advantages of the matrimonial market in Emmetsburg. Any bachelor who
is overlooked may send his name, business, etc., to us, and they will be
added next week. The ladies will please bear in mind that we do not
guarantee the qualifications of anybody, therefore it won't do to rely too
much upon the facts herein set forth, but such as they are we give them
Chas. ANDERSON, 22 years old, light hair, brown eyes, tony looking. Works in
his father's nursery, and on account of his familiarity with that business
he would be apt to make a good family man.
Chas. G. AMMON, aged 24, tall and stout. Has an interest in a creamery
business and will be a sober, industrious young man to tie to. He used to be
quite bashful but is improving some and will probably not be frightened out
of more than a year's growth if he were to receive a proposal.
H.C. AIKEN, 25 years old, dark hair and black eyes. Has the appearance of a
West Indian millionaire, is a good tinner, is sober and industrious and will
be good to the girl that gets him.
APPLEBY, aged about 21; is but lately arrived from the old country and has
lots of money. He is looking for a farm to invest it in and probably will
want a wife to help him take care of it. Is tall and slim, having the
appearance of an English noble; is also a good checker player.
N. ATKINS, cashier of the Scottish Am. bank; has a good income, is rather
fine looking, and though a thorough Scotchman is fast becoming Americanized
and is a right good fellow in every way. Is very gallant, and has been known
to ride 8 miles to keep an engagement with a lady, though he nearly froze
his feet to get there; will be a good husband.
W.J. BOWDEN, 32 years old, tall and slim and distinguished looking. Is a
stenographer and can earn $75 per month. Is known as the most upright young
man in town and is often mistaken for a minister.
C.P. BOARDMAN, 26 years old, dark hair and light eyes-has the appearance of
a Spanish grandee. Has a good position with Ormsby Bro. in the real estate
department and will make some smart girl a good husband.
W.C. BARNHART, dealer in agricultural implements, has an income of $1,000
year. Is fine looking, a graceful skater and looks as though he wants a good
H.M. BALLON, tinner, in the employ of Shaw & Jamison. Is worth $4,500 and
has a taste for literature and thoroughbred cattle. Is of a retiring
disposition and will probably fight shy of any matrimonal approach.
Wilbur BEEBE, sales in the clothing house of A.TAUB, is tall, slim, and one
of the finest looking young men in town. Has a salary of $1,200 per year and
is very tender toward the fair sex. If he can be captured he will make a
kind and loving husband.
James CASSIDY, aged 25, dark hair and eyes and one of the handsomest boys in
town. Has a good position as clerk, is sober and industrious. We hardly
think Jimmie wants a wife yet, but there's lots of girls want him.
J.J. CARNEY, 24 years old and a decided brunette. Is a clerk in Ormsby's
bank, and a sober, steady young man; looks as if he was afraid of the girl
but is not.
Mart. COONAN, 35 years old, fine looking and well preserved; worth from
$3,000 to $5,000 and is one of the boys. Has an eye for a good horse and
drives several steppers of his own; is fond of dogs, and always manages to
hold three of a kind at poker. It is doubtful if he is in the market but
there's no harm in trying.
John DONOVAN, aged about 28, black hair and elegant moustache. Is often
mistaken for an Italian count; is a great favorite among the ladies and very
gallant to the fair sex, old and young; will make a good husband for the gir
l that can capture him.
Dan DONOVAN, aged about 25, and looks younger than he is. Has a good
position as clerk in a dry goods store and is the pet of the ladies;
approaches toward Dan, should be made cautiously with a view to guarding
Thos. P. EGAN, aged 27, is an exceedingly nice young man; is proprietor of
one of the largest general stores in the city and is a thorough business man
worth $3,000. Tommy wants a wife badly but does not dare to make a choice of
one girl lest all should be mad at him.
John EGAN, brother of Tom, and in very much the same fix, only more so; is
noted for his fine curly hair and heavy moustache. Who ever gets John must
expect to live in Dakota, as he intends to engage in business somewhere in
the alkali desert next spring.
Fred GIDDINGS, aged 21 and is still growing; is a book-keeper in Brown's
bank with a good salary; is a great musician and has few equals as a
trombone player; is also of a literary turn of mind, being a great novel
reader. It is whispered that one of the fair sex has filed a pre-emption on
Fred, but we presume he is still open to conviction.
F.E. HUBBARD, photographer, age uncertain, has a good business and is a
thoroughly good fellow in every way, except that he is very much afraid of
the ladies and doesn't like babies.
P.C. HART, aged 28, agnt of the C.M. & St. P. Ry., at this point, and won
the smoking jacket at the fair on account of his popularity. Is a graceful
dancer, a skilful skater and a real nice boy in every way. No lady need
hesitate to court Pete, because he is a railroad man and consequently not
likely to get near any danger if he knows where it is.
J.R. HUGHES, aged 26, cashier in Brown's bank and teacher of a class in
Sunday school; has long been known as the toniest young man in town and
generally takes his pick of the girls. If obliged to refuse any offers this
year he will be apt to do so in the kindest manner possible. Is quite an
artist and specimens of his work in oil painting are highly prized in some
of the best families in town. J.R. is the boss catch on the list and we
shall be surprised if 1885 finds him still a bachelor.
John JENSWOLD, Jr., aged 28, dark hair and blue eyes and a sort of
want-a-wife-if-I-can-get-her expression on his face, that should touch the
heart of every lady in town. John is a rising young lawyer with a large and
growing practice which yields a good income. He is sober, industrious and
highly respected by all who know him.
Chas. JOHNSON, aged 27, dark hair, blue eyes and a face that is fair to gaze
upon. Is a lumber merchant, doing a good business, and a right good fellow
in every way. It has been said of him that his is the finest figure in town.
There have been no end of chances for Charley to end his bachelor days but
he seems to be indifferent on the subject. The ladies will now have a fair
chance at him for a year and it is their own fault if he is not captured.
B.E. KELLEY, aged 26, auburn hair, blue eyes, light complexioned, not
especially beautiful, but smart and capable; is a good lawyer with a fair
practice and ought to do well by his wife.
W.L. LINDERMAN, aged 27, tall, fine looking, light hair and eyes. Is a
recent addition to the legal fraternity of the Burg and has scarcely become
acquainted, yet does not appear bashful, but is shy of the fair sex and
evidently thinks most of "the girl I left behind me." Not a likely
N.E. MAXON, aged about 35, light hair, blue eyes and is rather fine looking.
Has a good business and is a steady, quiet gentleman; seems to be a
confirmed single man but might be brought to see the error of his ways.
T. McCLUSKY, aged 26, blue eyes and light hair, pretty moustache; a baker by
trade and a good one. The girl that gets Tom will never to have to bother
about pies 'n things. He is financially will fixed, has a good business and
a five-acre orange grove in Florida with "millions in it".
H.A. POWERS, aged 27, blue eyes and curling hair, elegant moustache, etc. A
rising young physician with an extensive and remunerative practice. He owns
a fine lot in the best part of town and is only waiting for a wife to help
him plan a new house to be put thereon.
P.O. REFSELL, 27 years old, light hair, blue eyes, rosy cheeks and blushing
nose. A great favorite among the ladies and a genuine good fellow in every
way; is cashier in Ormsby's bank with a good salary. Pete will make a good
husband for the girl that succeeds in capturing him alive.
Palo Alto Pilot, Emmetsburg, Iowa June 19, 1886
Marshal [John] McNally has had one case of "top heavy" that had to
be carried to the cooler. $12.50 to the city next morning added to the
bitterness and humiliation.
From Emmetsburg Democrat 2 Feb 1910:
A Few Items From the Democrat of January 29, 1890
Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joynt Wednesday, January 22, a daughter
Fred Roberts of Estherville spent Sunday with his parents and relatives of
P.O. Grady, the efficient telegraph operator at Ayrshire, was quite sick with
la grippe the latter part of the week.
N.C. O'Connor of Minneapolis, formerly of this place, is now secretary of the
Hibernian Rifle Club of that City.
Court Hovey, who had been visiting his mother at Jesup, Iowa, returned to
this city yesterday morning.
George Bookman left last night for Dixon, Illinois, whre he will take a
business course in the Illinois Normal School located at that place.
T. Lane is confined to his room with la grippe.
Hurrah for Nellie Bly! She wins the prize in the race around the world.
Moore & Olson are erecting an addition to their blacksmith shop.
Dr. E. W. Bachman of West Bend was an Emmetsburg visitor Monday.
Tuesday M.F. Kerwick shipped 17,000 pounds of dressed turkeys to Boston.
Patrick Eagan has opened a new grocery store at Ayrshire.
J.G. Dempsey of Booth township was doing business in this city Saturday.
We are told that a shooting match for $50 a side has been arranged between
H.J. Wilson of this place and Mr. Grim of Clear Lake.
Died: At her home in Correctionville, January 22, Mrs. A.F. Transo, aged 19
A coal famine is threatened among the soft coal consumers of northwestern
Bert Roberts was at Des Moines last week and passed one of the best legal
examinations that has come to the notice of the supreme court for some time,
receiving 98 per cent.
M. Gossman informs us that he has been the father of another voter since
Married: In this city, Saturday January 18, by D.W. Burlingame, J.P. ,
Mr.Walter A Nunn and Miss Anna Volk, both of Graettinger.
W.H. Innis has added a billiard table to his barber shop outfit.
W.F. Nolan and James Millea retruned from Hay Springs, Neb last week. They
will spend a short time with friends in this section.
Chris Beckman, of Des Moines, a brother of our worthy townsman, Henry
Beckman, spent the latter part of the week visiting friends in this city.
T.J. Duffy came down from St. Paul Friday. He returned Sunday evening.
Samuel E. Ayers and Miss Jesse I. Black, both of Curlew neighborhood were
married in this city a few days ago. Justice D.W. Burlingame rendering the
Mr. W.T. Obberst and Miss Carrie Billingsworth were married yesterday evening
at the residence of the bride's uncle, Mr. G.T. Basette No 129 Fifth street,
Chelsea, the rev. Dr. Burford officiating.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Kelly Tuesday, January 21, a daughter.
Miss Leola Lilliard was a passenger to Emmetsburg Tuesday, returning
Miss Refsell was a passenger to Wallingford Friday afternoon.
Miss Walsh was a passenger to Estherville Friday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Sid Howard came up from Rodman Thursday afternoon.
Miss Julia Montgomery was a passenger to Emmetsburg Tuesday evening returning
Misses Esther and Blair Gremmels were passengers to Estherville Friday
The Misses Clare and Freize came up from Emmetsburg Friday, returning Sunday
Elmer Myhre came up from Emmestburg Sunday morning.
Mrs. Gremmels was a passenger to Estherville Thursday.
M.L. Eidsness and son Lars returned to Washington, D.C. Sunday evening.
The dance given Friday night was well attended.
Miss Vivian Gremmels Sundayed at home.
Miss Pearl Kent left for Indianola, Iowa Friday evening accompanied by her
father where she will attend school.
Miss Myrtle Franklin and Agnes Spies were passengers to West Bend Saturday,
returning home Sunday morning.
Guy Pilcher left for the sourthern part of the state Wednesday.
Miss Harrison came up from Emmetsburg Friday afternoon.
Tom Bigley came down from Wallingford Friday evening.
Miss Flood was a passenger to Emmetsburg Friday evening.
Martin Jenswold has sold his home in Oregon. We understand that he and his
family will return to Graettinger.
Cards are out announcing the approaching marriage of Miss Myrtle Agnes Wilson
to John H. Kathman on Monday, February 7.
Last week Chris Pierson bought the building of E.C. Kent in which the latter
has his real estate office. Mr. Pierson is going to go into the land business.
The Catholic Ladies aid meets with Mr. Thos. McDonald on Wednesday.
The Mothers club gave a reception for the fathers at Mrs. Fahnestock's on
Ed Merriman and wife and baby were Emmetsburg visitors Thursday.
Joe Benson and John Jensen were passengers to Emmetsburg Thursday evening.
Jehard Avelton and Bernie Roberts went to Chicago Monday evening.
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa
3 Feb 1890
TOO MUCH MATRIMONY
A Former Resident of Davenport Awaiting the Grand Jury at Emmetsburg
A special from Emmetsburg, Iowa, tells of the arrest at that place of N.H.
MILLER, a photographer, on the charge of bigamy.
It appears that he was formerly married at Beckmantown, New York, February
16, 1878, after which he moved to Davenport, Iowa, and lived with his family
and mother, during which time a little girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. MILLER.
>From Davenport, they moved to Des Moines, where they lived for one year,
after which they moved to Rock Island. They then moved to Cherokee, Iowa, in
1884. All this time Mrs. MILLER number one says that he used her well and
provided amply for his family. He employed as an assistant a young lady
named Helen ROSE. An intimacy arose between this woman and MILLER,
terminated in September, 1888, by an elopement.
MILLER produces a certificate of marriage with the woman dated Canton, South
Dakota, October 18, 1889, and a divorce obtained from his first wife in Bent
county, Colorado, October 8, 1889. The case against the couple seems quite
strong and they are bound over to the grand jury. The wronged wife has a
little girl and sympathy is with her.
Scott County, Iowa
14 Feb 1890
Emmetsburg and It's New Pork-packing Establishment
John J. Robins of Brown & Robins, the well known bankers and real estate
agents of Emmetsburg, is spending the day in Davenport. Missing the stage at
Fort Dodge, one day some twenty years ago, Mr. Robins walked to the town he
has since so largely helped build up. He doesn't have to walk now, though he
is as hard a worker as he was when he began to develop northwestern Iowa.
Mr. Robins is on his way home from New York state where he has been for
recreation and a visit to his aged parents, whom he felt hale and hearty.
He thinks the establishment of a new pork-packing house at Emmetsburg will
be of great benefit to the farmers of that locality. The capacity of the
packery will be 200 hogs and 50 beeves daily, besides a soap works plant of
considerable size. The two nearest points where hogs are slaughtered in any
number are Fort Dodge, 125 miles away on one side and Cedar Rapids, 180
miles distant on the other. Ice has already been stored, the buildings will
be erected early, and everything put in readiness for next season's work.
Emmetsburg offered an inducement of $20,000 for the industry and it will be
advantaged a hundred times that amount. Emmetsburg is coming to the front in
several directions, a new system of water-works being in the contractor's
From the Emmetsburg Democrat, 31 Jan 1912:
News of Twenty Years Ago
A Few Items Taken from the Files of the Democrat of January 20, 1891:
Little Mildred Scott has been quite sick during the past few days.
J.J. Shaw spent last week with friends at West Union.
J.C.Baker was a Des Moines visitor last week.
C.J. Mikesh was at Cedar Rapids Saturday.
The water works tank at Spencer bursted a few days ago. Fears of fire are
Capt. E.B. Soper returned from Hot Springs last week.
A.H. Kellar has been appointed assistant cashier of the First National Bank.
James Pendergast, Sr., was very ill last week. He is quite advanced in years.
Mrs. M.B. Ayers is visiting friends at Anamosa.
Mr. Terwilleger has sold his store building and stock of goods at Cylinder to
Sheriff Madden of Spencer has been appointed warden of the Anamosa
Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Doyle recently moved into the Carmody residence.
Attorney Sullivan of Algona was in Emmetsburg Monday. He was on his way to
Estherville to try the attempted murder case in his home town a short time ago.
The Andrews Opera Company was in a wreck on the Northern Pacific road last
Friday. Mrs. Andrews was burned to death.
Mr. Furlong of Fort Dodge visited Mr. and Mrs. Dealy Sunday.
Mrs. Bates died at her home near Rodman last Saturday.
From Emmetsburg Democrat, 21 Feb 1912:
News of Twenty Years Ago
A Few items Taken From the Files of the Democrat of February 17, 1891
A few days ago Elder Higbee fell and broke a rib
The Catholics of Graettinger are taking subscriptions for a new church.
Father Curran, who is at present in this city, will succeed Father McCauley
as assistant pastor of Assumption parish
Friday morning the clothing store of Paul Ackles was closed by Sheriff
The other day Mrs. Millerke of Ruthven horsewhipped C.D. Mesick of that
place. She was arrested and fined $20 and costs.
S.D. Williams and his brother in-law, Mr. Mitchell of Elizabeth, Illinois,
have rented the Fisher farm south of Emmetsburg. They will move into it in
Dr. R.C. Molison is making arrangements to move to Kentucky.
John Rashford died last Sunday morning.
P. Branagan spent the last of the week at Lawler
Monday Chris Pesch moved his family to Whittemore.
Mrs. Dr. Nolan and children returned from Allamakee county last week.
Monday morning the thermometer registered 30 below zero.
Mr. George Knox of Silver Lake is visiting relatives in Northumberland
County Attorney B.E. Kelly made a professional trip to West Union last week.
W.L. Hoffer of Cedar Rapids, the well known base ball artist, was in
Emmetsburg last week.
Last week Judge Thomas and Judge Carr each held separate terms of court at
The Algona Republican has put in a fine new Campbell printing press.
Michael Fleming and P. Radigan of Highland township were Fort Dodge visitors
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto Co, Iowa
24 Feb 1891
Bert KINGSLEY was a Chicago visitor last week.
Mrs. L. ABBOTT went to Chicago a few days ago.
A.K. of P. lodge will soon be instituted at Ruthven.
Mr. and Mrs. HUDSON of Fairfield township mourn the loss of their little
A son of O.O. WILLIAMS is learning the printing trade in the Reporter
Mrs. L.J. MURPHY, who has been quite ill for several days is some better.
James LYNCH of Fort Dodge is visiting his daughter, Mrs. SHERLOCK of Great
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. DEAN will move into one of the GODDEN houses.
A new girl is reported at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bert ROBERTS of Jackson,
J.H. GODDEN will build another residence west of his marble factory.
P.JOYCE is preparing the record for another addition to Emmetsburg.
Julius JACOBSON of Highland township and Miss Anna ADAMSON of Walnut
township were married in this city Thursday.
A few days ago Brother Al ADAMS of the Humboldt Independent had the
misfortune to dislocate one of his shoulders.
John RASHFORD of this city died last week.
Mr. James JENNINGS and Miss Josie CAHILL were married in this city
Fred ROBERTS was down from Estherville Friday night to attend the K.P.
Judge CARR was called to Spencer Monday as a witness in a case.
Timothy McGUIRE of Rossville, Iowa, is visiting his sister, Mrs. John
O'BRIEN of Great Oak.
George NELSON is trying to rent a house. This looks suspicious, George.
Mrs. MILLERKE of Ruthven has sued Mr. MESICK for $5,000 for defamation of
Daniel BLACKWENN of Fairfield township celebrated his 72nd birthday February
T.J. COLLINS has been quite ill for several days.
James SCOTT, Sr., is recovering from a severe attack of the grip.
Mr. L. HYNES and Miss Clara LOGAN of Spencer were married at Ruthven
yesterday by Father CARROLL.
Mr. and Mrs. McNALLY's little girl died last night. She was 16 months old.
Mr. MULRONEY of Ruthven is planning on building a new brick store.
Marrriage licenses have been issued to P.P. SWIFT and Mary CARROLL, T.
MONSAGER and Mary J. THOMPSON, Charles E. GRAVES and Mary E. PEASE, Charles
E. RUEHLE, Jr. and Clara WESSAR.
Mrs. Ann ALLERTON died last Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.C.
Mr. James PENDERGAST and Miss Catherine ROACH were married at Whittemore
Mr. J.H. UNDERWOOD and Miss Josephine DUNCAN were married in this city
Palo Alto Reporter
Palo Alto County, Iowa
Friday, 26 Feb 1892
Nelson BOWEN has built him a new house, just south of the Baptist curch
[sic], and will move into it the first of the week.
HUNDERSON [May be HENDERSON] Bros. have sold their meat market to T. PATON,
and will give possession on the 1st of March.
FITZGERALD had an auction sale on the 23rd and they had a lively time. They
had about two gallons of poor whiskey and about all got drunk.
The Methodist people are having a series of meetings at their church with
fair sucess [sic]
Mr. HENRY has been up north and bought a large lot of lumber to fill up his
Since February 15, the average temperature has been 22 above zero.
Mrs. Nellie THOMAS will keep house for her brother, S.J. HUBBARD, this
Walter LIGHT is at Okoboji getting his boats ready for the summer.
The Star creamery receives about 3,900 pounds of milk for each churning.
They run three days a week.
C.E. SMITH has gone to Poweshick [sic] county to visit his mother, who is
Married, at the residence of Wm. WUNN, Saturday evening, February 20, by
T.H. JACKSON, J.P., Mr. Chas. GRAVES, of Spencer, and Miss Mary PEASE of
Miss Lillie TREADGOLD is visiting at Eagle Grove.
J.R. CLARK and wife are now at San Jose, California.
Mrs. W.S. BEALS has been quite seriously ill with the quinsy.
Wm. DICK-PEDDIE and family have moved into the BURLINGAME residence, in
L.A. RUFINOT has been in Minnesota and Dakota, this week, looking up wheat
for the Model Mills.
Homer CUMMINS is down to Eagle Grove, this week, and the boys and girls say
he has gone to take the Keely cure.
H.C. SHADBOLT and H.J. WILSON attended a shooting tournament at Oskaloosa,
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Messrs. H. HOAGLAND and M. BROWN of Emmetsburg were in Algona Wednesday
looking over the new safe of the Algona State Bank. They intend to get a
safe for their bank at Ruthven and we hear, were very well pleased with the
one they saw there.
Louis VOGEL is confined to the house with lung trouble.
The Chautauqua Circle meets Tuesday evening, March 1st, with Mrs. E.B.
A little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jno. McNALLY died on Wednesday. She was
about 15 months old.
Two young men and two ladies hoofed it through the road to Blairgowrie, last
Sunday. It has not been reported whether it was a pleasure or business trip.
Graettinger town property is advancing at a wonderfully rapid rate. Lots
that could have been bought six months ago for $30 to $50 are now worth $150
W.J. BROWN has been having excellent success in selling lots in his addition
to Emmetsburg, south of the packing house. He has now laid out plans for his
second addition, 80 acres in all, and is finding purchasers all the time.
DIED. At the home of B.C. TAYLOR, Thursday, February 18, from paralysis,
Mrs. Anna ALBERTSON, aged 75(??) years and nine months. The deceased leaves
one daughter, Mrs. B.C. TAYLOR of this city, and one son of Illinois to
mourn her loss.