COOK'S POINT CHARACTERS
News Items on Cook's Point
Extracted from Davenport Democrat and Leader
February 9, 1923
LAURA'S HOPE OF WEDDING IN JAIL VANISHES
Object of Adoration Hustled Off to Prison Without a Last Good-Bye.
Ambitions of a 17-year-old-girl to marry her 19-year-old
dance hall lover, even tho the ceremony had to be performed in the county jail
where the would be bridegroom is detained under a 10 year prison sentence for
theft were shattered late today when the sheriff's office smuggled William
Carnall out of the county jail and on board a train for Anamosa without giving
him an opportunity to bid his fair admirer, Laura Kyle, living at Cook's Point,
a last fond farewell.
The girl who first became acquainted with Carnall at a public
dance in Owl's hall, Rock Island, five months ago, startled county officials
early in the week with a request that she be permitted to marry her shiek,
pleading undying devotion and affection. She had visited the county attorney's
office daily to renew her request.
Her mother has consented to the marriage, according to County
Attorney John Weir. Carnall's mother, who lives in Boston, has been notified by
her son of the girl's request and asked to give her consent.
Should Carnall's mother consent the county attorney's office
will interpose legal objections to the marriage in the event the girl carries
her plea to the state board of parole, Mr. Weir announced today.
Miss Kyle did not learn of Carnall's departure until late
In addition to Carnall, deputy sheriffs late today
transferred F.Beck, under a 25 year sentence for the crime of incest, Henry
Stewart, under a 20 year sentence for the crime of assault with intent to commit
rape, and E.C. Fischer, under a five year sentence on a charge of embezzlement,
from the county jail to the state penitentiary at Fort Madison.
April 19, 1923
WOMAN STEALS SILK DRESS; NO USE FOR IT NOW
Unable to Pay $100 Fine, Mrs. Rose Wedeker Is Sent to Jail
When Mrs. Rose Wedeker, 44, Cook's Point resident, stole a
dress from the George W. Wichmann general store, 1842 Rockingham road, Tuesday,
she had no idea that the dress was silk, the woman told Police Magistrate Harold
Metcalf when she was arraigned for larceny this morning. The Magistrate ruled
that the testimony was insufficient to justify her theft and fined her $100 and
costs for larceny. Unable to pay the fine, Mrs. Wedeker was sent to jail for 30
Mrs. Wedeker was taken into custody late yesterday when Miss
Ruth Young, clerk at the Wichmann store, engaged her in conversation after she
had alighted from a street car. Miss Young states that Mrs. Wedeker was wearing
the dress she had stolen and that she had attempted to disguise it with a large
plaid bow. Police were notified.
Testimony of Mr. Wichmann and of Miss Bertha Hoffman, another
clerk in the store, showed today that the woman had taken the dress while making
other purchases, and that she had previously stolen fruit from the store.
Shedding copious tears, Mrs. Wedeker declared that she only
intended to steal a plain dress and that she was forced to steal because her
husband was a "dirty dog."
A charge of larceny in a building, lodged against Mrs.
Wedeker, was reduced to larceny by Magistrate Metcalf, who stated that he would
give the woman the maximum penalty - $100 and costs. Assistant County Attorney
John McSwiggin was in charge of the prosecution.
August 23, 1923
HUBBY OBJECTS TO "TOUCHING" HE IS ARRESTED
Queen of Cook's Point Makes Consort Walk Home All Alone.
Because her husband objected when she took $20 out of his
trousers pocket, leaving him only 40 cents in changes, Rose Wedeker, uncrowned
queen on Cook's Point shanty settlement, obtained his arrest by Officer James
Carroll last night.
The man, William Jones, proved a target for his wife's
vitriolic attack when he appeared in police court on a peace disturbance charge
"She didn't leave me only 40 cents," Jones
explained, in a pathetic voice.
"You're darn right I didn't!" cried Rose. "You
euchred me out of my money and I'm going to get it back! You lay around drinking
hooch and entertaining your drunken friends. From now on I'm wearing the
Stating that he believes Jones' arrest to have been
unjustifiable, Magistrate Metcalf ordered Rose to pay the court costs of $5.35,
admonishing Jones to leave the "royal" cabin at once.
"Well, I'm going to ride home!" the woman
announced, after she had laid the fine defiantly on the judge's bench. "He
can walk--I hope he likes it!"
October 21, 1923
Story of Brutal Beating on Lonely Road is Being Uncovered by the Police
Mysterious circumstances which surround the finding of Jack
Black, 55, a fish peddler, in an unconscious condition at the foot of Howell
street Friday afternoon, and which resulted in the arrest of Frank Stengel, Rock
Island, and of John Walsh, Davenport, both fish dealers, are being cleared up by
police bit by bit.
That Black was brutally beaten into unconsciousness is
pointed to by C.R. Fessenden, Cook's Point, who called at the police station
Saturday afternoon to tell what he knew about the affair.
Fessenden identified Stengel as the man he had seen with his
foot on Black's stomach and Walsh as the man who had held Black's feet.
"I've got your money - you're damned right I got you
money," Fessenden says he heard Stengel say, as he bent over the
Whether or not Black was robbed of the greater part of his
money is a fact that has not been ascertained by police. When Stengel was
arrested he had $21 in his possession. Walsh had $12.44. Mrs. Fessenden, who was
near the scene of the "accident" at the time it occurred, states that
she saw one of the men giving money to children.
It was thought at first that Black had sustained a fractured
skull, but examination at Mercy hospital showed that no bones had been
broken. He had been hit on the head, however, with terrific force. Cinders from
the road were ground into his face.
Both Stengel and Walsh deny knowing anything about Black's
injury. They are being held, however, with the probability that criminal charges
will be filed against them.
December 1, 1924
OVERSHOES AND RUBBERS WANTED AT LEND-A-HAND
Anyone who has discarded children's overshoes and rubbers
which have been outgrown are asked to leave them at the Lend-A-Hand club, for
the foreign children who come to the classes there on Saturday afternoons.
Many of the little ones came to the building last Saturday,
from Cook's Point, without overshoes or rubbers and with very little sole on
their shoes. One mother came from Cook's Point after her three children and she
was so thinly clad that the cold had penetrated thru until she was suffering
severely. She was furnished with a coat by the club before returning to her
April 21, 1925
KYLE HELD ON LIQUOR CHARGE; IS BOUND OVER
Resident of Cook's Point Held to Grand Jury for Having Hooch.
Curtis Kyle, who lives on Cook's Point, was arraigned in
police court this morning on a charge of illegal possession of liquor, waived
preliminary hearing and was bound to the grand jury in bond of $300 which was
He was arrested Monday afternoon at his home where officers
found five half-pints of hooch hidden in a wall cupboard. The hiding place was
cleverly arranged according to officers and was built so the liquor supply which
it held, could easily be concealed.
Kyle was not represented by an attorney and entered a plea of
not guilty. The liquor taken consisted of about a gallon of hooch which was
bottled for sale, according to police.
Friday, April 24, 1925
Three Bound to Grand Jury as Result of Having Liquor;
Jehring Waives Examination
Charles Hawkins of Cook's Point, Waives and is Bound Over in Bond of $300 -
Had Hooch Supply Buried in Garden - Julius Jehring, Charged with Driving While
Drunk, Arraigned and Waives - Fred Sherwood, of Tipton, Waives on Transporting
Three defendants in cases in which liquor was
involved were arraigned in police court this morning and were bound to the grand
jury. Charles Hawkins, charged with possession of liquor; Fred Sherwood of
Tipton and Julius Jehring, 2022 West Tenth street, alleged to have driven a car
while drunk, were the defendants held to the grand jury.
Jehring was arrested more than two weeks ago and had received
three continuances. This morning he appeared in police court and thru his
attorney, U.A. Screechfield, waived preliminary examination. Bond, which was
fixed at $300, was furnished. Jehring was arrested by Officer Walter Snider, who
said he was nearly run down by a car driven without lights. The officer
investigated and placed the driver, Jehring, under arrest.
Charles Hawkins, who lives on Cook's Point, buried his hooch
in his garden, according to testimony of Detective Peter Kuehl, who testified in
the Hawkins case this morning.
Detective Kuehl and Officer Witt sent to Hawkins' home and
searched the place for liquor. Finding no liquor in the house, they started
digging in the garden, and there unearthed three jugs which contained in all
about four gallons of hooch which Hawkins declared was his property. The
defendant furnished bond of $300.
Fred Sherwood, who was arrested Thursday afternoon by
Officer Walter Schroeder, gave his address as Tipton. He was arraigned this
morning on a charge of transporting and having in his possession intoxicating
liquor. He was not represented by an attorney but told the court he wished to
waive examination and be bound to the grand jury.
He furnished cash bond of $500 when arrested yesterday
afternoon. The bond was allowed to stand.
July 28, 1925
CHARGE AGAINST MELIUS DROPPED; WILL BE REOPENED
A charge of assault and battery filed against Walter
Melius, of Cook's Point, was dropped this morning, but is to be filed again
later. E.M. Scheckler, who preferred the charge, is at the University hospital
in Iowa City, where he is receiving medical aid and treatment following a fight
in which both lower jaw bones were fractured by blows struck by Melius, who
claims Scheckler insulted his wife.
September 13, 1925
POLICE SEIZE BEER IN RAID; FIVE ARE HELD
William Jones, Cook's Point, Arrested; Guests are Held
William Jones, of Cook's Point, is in jail on a charge of
keeping a disorderly house and four others who were his guests when Officers
Lamont, Cates and Hoyt raided his shack early last night are held as inmates.
The officers found more than 100 bottles of beer in Jones'
shack. This was seized.
Those booked as inmates of a disorderly house were W.R. Bolan,
James Green, Frank Kline and Ed Powers. Powers was released in bond, but the
others are in jail.
Sept 17, 1925
MELIUS, HELD AFTER FIGHT, IS DISMISSED
Charge Against Fisherman Who Broke Enemy's Jaw is Set Aside.
Walter Melius, charged with assault and battery on E.M.
Sheckler in information filed by Sheckler, was discharged by Magistrate Metcalf
this morning at the conclusion of a hearing in police court.
Sheckler suffered a fractured jaw in a fight with Melius on
July 26. Both men live on Cook's point.
Melius charged Sheckler circulated slanderous reports
concerning his wife and his sister-in-law and that when he went to Schecker's
home to remonstrate with him and deny the alleged slanderous stories Sheckler
tried to strike him. Melius admitted hitting the complainant who recently
returned from the University hospital in Iowa City where he spent 48 days
recovering from the effects of Melius' blow.
The defense introduced testimony to the effect that Scheckler
did tell slanderous stories to neighbors who informed Melius.
October 5, 1925
Caught Stealing Coal; Sentenced to Month in Jail
Jefferson D. Baker, of Cook's Point, was sentenced to 30 days
in jail by Magistrate Metcalf this morning when he was found guilty of stealing
coal from the C.M. & St. P. yards. Baker, who has been in police court on
numerous occasions for petty offenses, was arrested late yesterday afternoon by
George Johnson, special railroad officer.
Baker was wheeling away a two-wheeled cart in which he had
loaded about 350 pounds of coal when Johnson caught him.
December 20, 1925
Strike Wife, Runs as Police Come; Returns to House, Drops Dead
August Mohring, 61, a resident of Cook's Point, died suddenly
at 9:25 last night under strange circumstances after he had engaged in an
altercation with his wife a few minutes before his death, which was due to heart
Mrs. Mohring told police and Coroner Cantwell that she and
her husband quarreled Saturday morning. Last night she came home, but when she
prepared to eat supper she said her husband refused to allow her to eat. An
argument followed. Mohring struck his wife, she said.
"I'll not stand for this any longer," she told him
as one of their children ran to a neighbor's home to call the police.
Mohring ran from the house. Officers Lamont and Schlueter
came a few minutes later and searched for the man in a a tangle of underbrush
and weeds near the Mohring home. He could not be found, so the officers left.
After they departed, Mohring returned, knocked on the door
and begged to be allowed to come in. The door was opened. He staggered into the
room, his face drawn and white, his hands over his heart.
"Get me a salt bag," he ordered as he made his way
to a room in the rear. Then he toppled over on the floor and died.
Police were called for the ambulance, but the man was dead
when the officers arrived. Coroner Cantwell was called and after a brief
investigation decided an inquest was not necessary.
Mohring had been in ill health for several months and was
under the care of a physician for some time last summer. One of the strange
things about the case and one that would indicate that the man had a premonition
of what was to happen was related to a police officer. Mohring called all the
children together about 6 o'clock last night and talked with them and a chance
remark, at least it was taken to be a chance remark by the older children,
indicated that the man had a belief that he was not to live long.
An old house boat is the home in which the Mohrings have
lived for eight years. The husband and father was not able to work so his
daughter has been supporting the family.
The widow, Mrs. Margaret Mohring, and six children survive.
They are Florence, George, Richard, Lillian, Effie and Mabel Blanche. The oldest
is 17 and the baby is 7 months old. The body was removed to Nissen & Hartwig
mortuary and funeral arrangements will be made later.
March 3, 1926
Raid at Cook's Point
Following the arrest of Lau, Federal Prohibition Agents Muhs
and Cronkhite, accompanied by Sheriff Frank Martin and State Agent George Atkins
raided the home of Charles Boatman at Cook's Point, west of the city.
Boatman was arrested and lodged in the county jail following
the discovery of a gallon of moonshine whisky hidden in his home.
After waiving preliminary hearing in Justice of the Peace M.I.
Petersen's court in Bettendorf, Boatman was taken into district court where he
pleaded guilty to the state charge and was sentenced to three months in the
county jail by Judge W.R. Maines. A $300 cash fine imposed along with the jail
sentence was suspended by the court.
May 10, 1926
MANY TRIED ON MINOR CHARGES; SEVERAL JAILED
Police Pick Up Large Group of Minor Offenders During Week-End.
More than a score of persons were arraigned in police
court this morning on charges ranging from drunkenness and vagrancy to
disturbing the peace and violating traffic and speed laws. Several of those who
appeared today were sent to jail.
Jim Crowell, aged resident of Cook's point, was sent to
jail for 15 days after testimony of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Bass was heard.
Crowell, according to their statements, became intoxicated, quarrelsome
and abusive yesterday.
Mose Patton and "Cap" Ross, both colored, arrested
while intoxicated, were given two day jail sentences and a like penalty was
imposed on Bert Patch, charged with intoxication.
Mrs. Albert Wagner and Miss Emma Faulkner, who live at 225
1/2 Perry street were sent to jail for five days each when found guilty of
vagrancy. Their conduct, an officer testified, has caused many complaints. John
Fisher, of Chicago, and William Ferguson of Petersburg, Ill., were each given
five days in jail on being found guilty of vagrancy.
Ralph Smith, arrested on numerous occasions for intoxication
and vagrancy and who was recently given a 10-day suspended sentence, was in
court again today and sent to jail for being drunk. Ed Orth and Orn Loving, both
charged with drunkenness, went to jail and Henry Whipke and William Anderson
paid small fines. William Beck, charged with intoxication, was ordered to pay a
trial fee of $3.
Louis Shore, charged with operating an automobile without
license plates, paid $3 and Leon Perry, who drove past a traffic signal,
forfeited bond of $10 when he failed to appear.
Everett Christiansen was fined $1 and costs for speeding, and
Cecil Longshore and Charles Bonkidis, charged with failure to stop on traffic
signal, were fined.
June 27, 1926
POLICE HUNTING HOOCH PEDDLER;
Police are hunting for the peddler who sold
poisonous hooch to three men whose lives were endangered by drinking the home
brewed liquor. Officers believe the poison liquor is coming from a distiller on
James Meiers, found Saturday morning lying in an unconscious
state in the City cemetery, had been drinking poisonous liquor. He was taken to
Mercy hospital. Lawrence Berrigan, who was found lying in Washington park
Friday, suffered from acute alcohol poisoning and his condition was serious. He
refused to make known the source from which he obtained the liquor.
Police were informed today that Jess Van Ausdall, 511
Harris street, was partially paralyzed from effects of liquor supposedly
obtained at Cook's point.
July 25, 1926
JAIL SENTENCES IN POLICE COURT
John Schesser, charged with being intoxicated, and Albert
Boatman of Rockingham, charged with disturbing the peace, were given jail
sentences of 15 and 30 days respectively by Police Magistrate John McSwiggin
Saturday morning. Boatman's sentence was suspended. Elmer Eggers was also given
a 15 day suspended sentence as a drunk.
Frank Winfield, arrested on a charge of illegal possession of
liquor in a raid by deputy sheriffs on Cook's Point, were held to the grand jury
on $300 bonds.
September 23, 1926
FALL INTO QUARRY CAUSES DEATH OF MAN
G. Schluenz Meets Accidental Death by Drowning While Fishing.
Gustav Schluenz, about 60 years old, 1321 West Third
street, whose body was found in an old water-filled quarry just east of
Schmidt's road near the C.R.I. & P. tracks this morning, is believed to have
fallen into the water and accidentally drowned. His body was found by E.P.
Hoffman, Hamilton O., who notified railroad men who in turn notified police and
called Coroner J.D. Cantwell.
After making a brief investigation, the coroner found facts
which indicate that Schluenz fell into the old quarry where he had been fishing.
He was at the home of C.H. Hawkins, Cook's point, about
2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. He was carrying a fishing rod and a can of bait
and set off in the direction of the quarry where he fished frequently and near
which it had been his custom to gather wild flowers which he plaited into
wreaths and sold in the west end.
The body was found near the water's edge with the feet
close to the bank. Nearby was found a cluster of flowers which had evidently
been dropped by Schluenz who is believed to have lost his balance as he stood
near the water and to have pitched into the pool face downward.
The coroner will not hold an inquest. The body was
removed to the Horrigan funeral parlors pending funeral arrangements.
Mr. Schluenz has resided in Davenport the greater part of his
life. He had operated a small repair shop in the western part of the city. He is
survived by his widow, two sons, Edward H and Fred C, both of this city and a
daughter, Mrs. J.L. Ritzenphaler, residing here.
November 8, 1926
JUDGE HEARS MINOR CASES; SOME JAILED
Petty Offenders Arrested Over Week-End Have Hearings Today
A number of minor offenders were arraigned before
Magistrate John J. McSwiggin in police court today when some of the defendants
were ordered to jail.
Elmer Neumann and Herbert Peters, who were hunting in the
vicinity of the Independent Baking Co. Sunday afternoon, were given today
suspended jail sentences and ordered to pay costs when they pleaded guilty to
discharging firearms with the city limits. They were arrested after Peace
Officer William Schwinden chased them several blocks and finally fired several
shots before they halted.
Frank Detweiler, Cook's point, in whose home officers found
23 gallons of moonshine whisky, was granted a continuance to Wednesday morning.
He is charged with illegal possession of intoxicating liquor.
Edwin ("Mickey") Powers was sentenced to 20 days in
jail on a charge of drunkenness and suspended sentences were given out in cases
of Thomas Malome, Tom Edwards and George Young. R. O'Hara, John Hockett and John
Privia were fined $1 and costs each and Harry Ehlers, Thomas Stark and M.S.
McKay forfeited bonds of $10 each posted when they were arrested for
November 9, 1926
CHICAGO MEN WITH HOT CAR JAILED
William L. Krase and Peter Gordon, arrested on Cook's point
Monday, were sentenced to five days in the county jail on charges of vagrancy
while police look up a Ford car which they believe is hot. There are no numbers
on the motor and the stores the men tell do not sound good to police.
Both men claim Chicago Heights as their home. They were
arrested in a shack on Cook's point and were without funds.
LABORER HURT WHEN HE JUMPS OFF MOTOR CAR
Thought Car Was Falling to Pieces - Badly Cut on Head
Thinking the railroad motor car on which he was riding was
about to fall to pieces, Mike Humana, Mexican section hand, jumped off the
car on the C.D. & M. interurban tracks yesterday afternoon and was badly cut
about the head on striking ground. He is now at Mercy hospital in a serious
condition but is expected to recover. He is about 30 years old.
The accident happened at 4:20 p.m. and at Petersen's
crossing, two miles west of the city. Humana and three other laborers were
riding on the motor car. A bar fell out of the machinery and Humana became
excited and jumped off. The other men remained on the car and were uninjured.
Humana lives at Cook's Point. He is under the care of Dr. P.A. Bendixen.
November 10, 1926
DETWEILER HELD TO GRAND JURY ON HOOCH CHARGE
Frank Detweiler in whose home on Cook's point police officers
found 23 gallons of moonshine liquor appeared in police court today and waived
preliminary hearing. He was bound to the grand jury in bond of $1,000 which was
The booze was found hidden under the floor of the kitchen in
his home Saturday night by Police Officers Otto Kuehl and Herbert Cates.
January 28, 1927
Henry Rea, Age 82, Civil War Vet, Is Discovered Dead
Henry Rea, age 82, a Civil war veteran and for over 20 years
a resident of Davenport, was found dead this morning in his home near Cook's
Point. A neighbor who called at the old soldier's home, made the discovery.
Coroner J.D. Cantwell was called and after an examination
said that death was caused by bronchial asthma combined with the fact that
advanced years had weakened Mr. Rea's heart. No autopsy will be held.
Mr. Rea who has followed the carpentry trade in the score of
years he has lived here has no immediate survivors and neighbors had never heard
him speak of relatives in this vicinity. It is recalled that Mr. Rea recently
remarked he would celebrate his 83rd birthday on March 23 if he lived.
The body was removed to the Runge mortuary pending funeral
June 29, 1927
CHARGES NEIGHBOR CURSED CHILDREN; HAS HIM ARRESTED
Charging that Gus Krebs, Cook's Point, swore at her children
and then called her vile names, Mrs. Ella Bullis, a neighbor, caused Krebs to be
arrested Tuesday night on a charge of disturbing the peace. Krebs denied that he
used improper language in addressing the children and said he did not call Mrs.
Bullis the names which she testified he applied to her.
Because Mrs. Bullis had neglected to bring her witnesses with
her, the case was continued for one week.
September 28, 1927
HEIDT BOUND OVER; CHARGE HE TOOK MONEY
Accuser Declares He Snatched Purse and Ran Away with It.
Charles Heidt, who lives on Cook's point, was today
ordered held to the grand jury under bond of $1,000 following arraignment in
police court on a charge of larceny from person. Carl Haagen, who accused Heidt,
testified he was walking near Heidt's home on South Howell street Saturday
evening when Heidt asked him for a quarter. Haagen took out his purse, gave
Heidt the sum for which he asked and then before he could return the purse to
his pocket, Heidt grabbed it and ran, Haagen said.
Heidt denied any connection with the case, said he did
not see Haagen until late Saturday night and asserted he had no reason for
stealing his accuser's purse.
However, there was some variance in certain details of the
testimony so Heidt was ordered held to the grand jury.
May 11, 1928
COOK'S POINT RESIDENT DIES OF ALCOHOLISM
Lou Rohan, 55, a houseboat inhabitant in the boat harbor near
Credit Island dam, died suddenly at 8 o'clock this morning in a shack occupied
by Henry Brugmann on South Howell street. Coroner J. D. Cantwell and police were
called to investigate. The coroner pronounced the cause of death due to
Rohan had spent the last two days before his death in
Brugmann's shanty and had been drinking heavily. He awoke this morning and later
returned to the bed where he died without regaining consciousness.
He was a fisherman and clammer. Surviving are a sister, Mrs.
Clara Miller of Montpelier, Ia.
The body was removed to the M.V. Boies mortuary pending