River Men (and Women)
Le Claire Rivermen
Lancaster Helen wife age 35 House wife
Lancaster Olive Dau age 20 cook
Lancaster Alice Dau age 17 student
Lancaster Hymie Son age 12 at school
Lancaster Harold Son age 3 at home
Lancaster Venice Son
Times - Democrat, Tuesday,
July 20, 1965, page 15.
H. Bissick, of the Vale apartments,
Born in LeClaire, the former Olive Lancaster was married to Mr. Bissick and he died in 1950.
There are no immediate survivors.
funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in McGinnis Chapel,
will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
BUCHHEIT FRANCIS A.
Bridging The Past And Present, page 117.
river boat cooks were Francis A. Buchheit, Sam Craig, George Shannon, Doris (Schickling)
Democrat And Leader, Friday Evening, July 1, 1921, page 17.
AGED LE CLAIRE RESIDENT
DIES THIS MORNING
mourn his loss are his wife, three sons, Fransie, John and Lewis, all of
LeClaire, and one sister, Mrs. Alice Cox of
arrangements have not been completed.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sunday Morning, July 3,
1921, page 3.
FUNERAL OF F. A. BUCHEIT WILL BE TODAY
The sad death of Mr. Buchiet took place following a lingering illness. He was born in LeClaire, Sept. 17, 1870, and has resided here most of his life. His marriage to Fannie Morrison took place Sept. 18, 1903.
his wife; three sons, Francis, John and Lewis, all of LeClaire; and one sister,
Mrs. Cox, of
Bridging The Past And The Present, page 116.
Fedderson held a master pilot license from the U. S. Coast Guard during the
World War II years.”
Quad-City Times, Thursday, September 9, 1999, page 2M
There will be no services or visitation.
Cunnick-Collins Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
retired in 1986 after 19 years at the former J. I. Case,
He was born
Sept. 26, 1901, in
During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard.
A memorial fund has been established.
include his caregiver, Rosemary Bolton,
* The Gault men were all rivermen
The Daily Times, November 8, 1916, page 7.
DAVID A. GAULT SUCCUMBS TO PARALYSIS AT OKLAHOMA HOME
LE CLAIRE, Ia.,
Nov 8.--(Special)--Word was received today by relatives of the death of David A.
Gault, for many years a resident of Le
Claire, at his home in Bartlesville, Okla., following a prolonged illness of
paralysis. Mr. Gault was born in Le
Claire 55 years ago and in late years had resided in
He is survived by his wife, his aged mother, Mrs. M. A. Gault, two brothers, William A. and H. D. Gault and one sister, Mrs. W. S. Adams, all of LeClaire.
H. D. Gault
leaves tonight for
The Daily Times, November 13, 1916, page 7.
DAVID A GAULT
IS LAID TO REST
Le Claire, Ia.,
Nov. 13.--(Special) The body of
David A. Gault, whose death occurred Wednesday morning at his home in
Bartlesville, Okla., arrived in Le Claire Saturday at eleven o’clock
accompanied by his wife and brother, H. D. Gault.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at three o’clock from the home of
his mother, Mrs. M. A. Gault, conducted by Rev. M. E. Krotzer of the
Presbyterian church. A Choir
composed of Mesdames J. A. Teeter,
Interment was made in LeClaire cemetery, the following friends acting as pallbearers; F. H. Kitchen, F. P. Schworm, A. H. Dawley, J. A. Meyer and C. B. Hitchcock and C. W. Disney. Floral offerings were many and beautiful.
David A. Gault
was born in
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, November 13, 1916, page 13.
HELD AT LE CLAIRE
Le Claire, Ia., November 13, 1916.-- (Special)-- The remains of D. A. Gault who passed away Wednesday morning at his home at Bartlesville, Okla., arrived in Le Claire Saturday, accompanied by his wife and brother, H. D. Gault, of LeClaire.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the home of his mother, Mrs. M. A. Gault, conducted by Rev. M. Krotzer. Hymns were sung by Mrs. J. H. Clark, Mrs. J. A. Teeter, Miss Annie Laird and James Suiter.
The remains were laid to rest in Le Claire cemetery, borne by the following friends: F. P. Schworn, F. H. Kitchen, C. W. Disney, J. A. Meyer, C. B. Hitchcock and A. H. Dawley.
Many out of
town friends of the family were in attendance.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, October 19, 1936, page
Harry D. Gault.
Harry D. Gault, 71, life resident of Le Claire and retired bank cashier, died at his home in Le Claire at 8:45 a. m. today, following a lingering illness.
For seven years he had served as the assistant cashier at the Le Claire bank, and for 18 years was cashier at the Princeton bank, retiring in 1931.
The body was
removed to the Hill and
He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Wilson Adams of Le Claire. His parents and two brothers preceded him in death.
The Daily Times, Monday, October 19, 1936
HARRY D. GAULT,
LIFE RESDIENT OF
Harry D. Gault, life resident
of Le Claire, died at his home there at 8:45 a. m., today after an extended
Harry D. Gault, life resident of Le Claire, died at his home there at 8:45 a. m., today after an extended illness.
He was born in Le Claire on March 28, 1865. He was assistant cashier of the Le Claire bank for seven years, previous to acting in the same capacity in the Princeton bank for 18 years. He had been retired since 1931.
Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Wilson F. Adams of Le Claire. His parents and two brothers preceded him in death.
The body was taken to the Hill & Fredericks mortuary. Thursday noon it will be taken to the Presbyterian church in Le Claire for funeral services at 2 p. m. Burial will be in the Le Claire cemetery.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, October 23, 1936, page 15.
The Gault Funeral
services for Harry B. Gault were held at the Presbyterian church at Le Claire
Thursday at 2 p. m. with the Rev M. E. Crotzer officiating.
Mrs. J. W. Richards and Mrs. J. W. Clark accompanied by Mrs. Edith DuVon
sang two hymns. Burial was in
Bearers were J. J. Ryan, Tom Kennedy, Ed Davenport, E. Von Hein, Irve Morey and Gene Youngers.
Harry was a steamboat man at one
Harry was a steamboat man at one
Gault W. F. 58 Hotel Keeper …………..Penn
Gault M. J. 48Keeping
Gault David A. 28 Clerk on Steamboat….Ohio
Gault W. A. 22
Steamboat Hand ……….Iowa
Gault Harry 15 At school ……………….Iowa
Gault Carrie 6
Gault W F 78 Head Retired…………………….Penn
Gault M J 68
Wife House wife
Gault W A 32 Son
Steam Boat Engineer ………
Gault H D 34
Son Clerk on Boat
Adams Carrie 26 Daughter
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, October 1, 1930, page 5
Retired Marine Engineer, Succumbs After Extended Illness.
Gault, retired marine engineer and life resident of
Mr. Gault was
one sister, Mrs. Carrie Adams and a brother, Harry D. Gault, both of
The body was taken to the McGinnis funeral home and will be removed to the McGinnis chapel at Le Claire Friday morning where funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Friday. Burial will be made in the Le Claire cemetery.
The Daily Times, Wednesday, October 1, 1930, page 8.
WILLIAM A. GAULT,
LIFE RESIDENT OF
LE CLAIRE, IS DEAD
William Adrian Gault, a life resident of Le Claire, died today at 9:30 a. m. at his home in Le Claire from a long illness.
He was born in Le Claire on March 25, 1857. He was a marine engineer and was employed on the river boats for about 30 years.
Surviving are one sister Mrs. Carrie Adams, and one brother, Harry D. Gault, both of Le Claire.
The body was
taken to the McGinnis funeral home in
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, October 5, 1930, page 9.
FOR WILLIAM GAULT
HELD AT LE CLAIRE
services for William A. Gault were held Friday afternoon at the McGinnis chapel
in Le Claire. The Rev. C. E.
Thompson officiated. Burial was made
were James Ryan, Charles Thompson, Gene Youngers, James Brown, Ed Davenport, and
Carl A. Newton
The Democrat and Leader, Thursday, March 25, 1948, page 15.
LEROY GILBERT, LIFE
RESIDENT OF LECLAIRE, DIES
Le Roy Gilbert, 74, an engineer on the Mississippi river boats a number of years and later owner of a sand and gravel business in Le Claire, died in St. Luke’s hospital at 1:40 p. m. Wednesday. He had been ill two months.
A life resident of Le Claire, Mr. Gilbert was born Sept 25, 1873, son of the late Philip and Martha Gilbert. He attended the Le Claire schools and was married to Anna Dittmer March 26, 1900. The couple would have celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary Friday.
An engineer on the river boats many years, he later operated a sand and gravel business in Le Claire for 30 years before retiring a number of years ago.
Surviving are the widow; a daughter, Mrs. Vern McDonald, Wheatland; two sons, Robert C. and Arthur W. Gilbert, Le Claire; a brother John Gilbert, R. R. No. 1 Princeton, and five grandchildren.
The body will
be taken from the McGinnis funeral home to the Le Claire Presbyterian church at
noon Saturday for services at 2 p. m. Burial
will be in
HITCHCOCK SAMUEL R
Hitchcock Lizzie 23 F W Keeps House . .
Hitchcock Minnie 2 F W . . .
Hitchcock Willie 8/12 M W . . .
Raft Pilot's Log by Capt. Walter A. Blair
Some of the Men Prominent in the Rafting Industry, 1840-1915
Walter Blairs “A Raft Pilots Log” Clark Co.
July 28, 1881
The War Eagle,
The Jo- je (?)
The Jas. Fisk,
Jr. struck the bar in Coon slough the other day and broke her raft to pieces.
With the assistance of the Le Claire Belle the raft was reconstructed in
a day and a half, but about $850 worth of logs were lost.
friends on the
pilot, Samuel R. Hitchcock, is dead--and day before yesterday he was placed in
his lowly bed of rest and peace. Hitchcock
was pilot on the upper
HULET JAMES ‘PERCY’
Bridging The Past And The Present, page 117.
“ Percy Hulet’s name must be mentioned as he worked on
the river and helped in the building of the
Quad-City Times, Saturday, November 13, 1982, page 4.
James “Percy” Hulet, 87, of
Visitation is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at McGinnis Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the LeClaire Volunteer Fire Department, or First Presbyterian Church, of which he was a member.
Mr. Hulet died Thursday at his home.
He retired in 1956 from Rock Island Arsenal. He also was a former postmaster for LeClaire.
married Inez Cope in 1931 in
He was an Army veteran of World War I.
He was a member of Snow Lodge 44, Silver Creek Order of Eastern Star; a charter member of the Buffalo Bill Museum Board and LeClaire Cemetery Association, and former director of both; a member of Davenport Consistory; Kaaba Shrine, Davenport; and World War I Barracks.
He was a charter member of the volunteer fire department and served 10 years as chief. Mr. Hulet was remembered as the person who drove the town’s first motorized fire truck off the flatbed railroad car when it was shipped in 1924.
He also had
been a member of the first organized basketball team at
In 1978 he was honored by the LeClaire Business Men’s Association for 68 years of community service.
include his wife, nieces and nephews.
This is the link to a picture of Elmer Mc Craney from Le
Bridging The Past And Present, page 117.
river boat cooks were Francis A. Buchheit, Sam Craig, George Shannon, Doris (Schickling)
Quad-city Times, Friday, October 13 1989, page 39.
Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday at Nelson Funeral Home, LeClaire.
married Russell McCauley in 1946 in
She and her husband owned and operated the Lone Star Inn, LeClaire, from 1956-1977.
She was a
She enjoyed bowling and was an avid card player.
Memorials may be made to the family.
include her husband; daughter-in-law, Sharon Schlickling,
Camanche; two grandsons; two great-grandsons; and a brother, Edward,
Her son, Richard “Wimp” Schlickling died in August and her sister, Lois Henson, died Dec 13, 1988.
Bridging The Past and the Present, page 117.
“Russell McCauley is still actively engaged as master pilot on the “James P. Pearson,”
He began working on the river in 1944. He was issued a Mate license on steamboats and now operates on diesel powered boats.”
Visitation is 3-6 p.m. today at the funeral home with a Masonic service conducted at 6 p.m. by Snow Lodge 44 AF and AM.
died Thursday, January 30, 1997 at
He owned and operated the Lone Star Inn, LeClaire, from 1956-77. He then was employed by Moline Consumers as a barge pilot from 1977-89.
He was born
August 25, 1924, in LeClaire, to James and Myrtle (Roberts) McCauley.
He married Doris Thompson in 1946 in
He was a member of Snow Lodge AF and AM, LeClaire. He enjoyed fishing and golfing.
Survivors include his wife, Eugenie McCauley, Moline; step-daughters, Marilyn Arp, Davenport, Paula Lang, East Moline, Karen Poquet, Moline Il., and Teresa Carver, Milan, Il.: two grandsons: 11 step-grandchildren; sisters, Winifred McKannon, Milan, Betty Burkhamper, Princeton, Iowa, and Mary O’Brien, Kewanee, Il., and brothers, Wilford “Bob” McCauley, LeClaire, and Daniel McCauley, Vancouver, Wash.
preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris, a sister and a brother.
Davenport Morning Tribune, April 18, 1891, page 4.
SHE MEANT TO KILL
MRS. NEWTON NESBIT
ATTEMPTS TO COMMIT A DOUBLE CRIME
A Sensation for Le Claire -- A Woman Shoots Her Husband
and Then Turns the Revolver on Herself.
Nesbitt is a riverman and last year was employed as a
fireman on the rafter
Nesbitt is 24
years of age and was born in Le Claire. His
wife is about the same age and has lived here in all but twelve years.
Nesbitt Lawrence (Larry)
The Daily Times, July 30, 1926, page 28.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, page 2.
AGED LE CLAIRE
will be held from the home, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
Interment will be made in Le Claire.
The Daily Gazette,
January 27, 1871, page 4.
DEATH OF WM. RAMBO
Wm. Rambo, one of the oldest settlers of the county, died
at his residence in Le Claire, last Wednesday evening.
He was about sixty years of age, a good neighbor and an exemplary
citizen. He had been twice married,
the last time about one year ago, and was the father of a numerous family.
He was a skillful Rapids pilot, having been engaged in that business more
than thirty years. At times he was
somewhat conspicuous in local political matters, having been an ardent Democrat.
Many citizens of Scott county will be grieved to hear of his decease.
The Daily Gazette, January 30, 1871, page 4.
of Le Claire were gathered by the toiling bell to the
born December 30th, 1814, in Beaver county,
Bilious colic, malignant and baleful from the start, not only baffled the skill of the four physicians called, but fixed upon his mind the belief that it was the clutch of death. But he declared himself ready, ready thought the merit of his redeemer. Six of his children, with sons and daughters-in-law gathered with his wife around his death bed. He spoke to them severally; admonishing, advising and encouraging them to a pious life and a reunion in heaven. Having prayed for them, he delivered to them his dying charge. His last words were. “We are going.”
He had become
a member of the M. E. Church in
Mr. Rambo was a man of strong physical constitution, was regarded by his fellow citizens as a quiet, honest, dignified gentlemen, and as an affectionate husband and father commanded the love and reverence of his family to the last.
A crowded audience attended the funeral solemnities, and the universal sorrow of the community attested the attachment of the “old settlers“, the reverence of the young, and the unnamed grief of his family circle. Whatever were his good acts and qualities, he trusted, not in them, but in the Savior of sinners, in whose name he sleeps by the grave of his sainted wife, awaiting the “better resurrection.”
RESDIENT OF LE CLAIRE
William J. Sanford,
Marine Engineer for 20 Years, Passes Away.
Sanford, 49 year-old resident of Le Claire, and for 20 years a marine engineer
connected with the Mississippi river boats, died at St. Luke’s hospital,
He was born October 15, 1874 in Le Claire, and received his education there. In December, 1896, he was married to Miss Laura M. Thies in Le Claire.
Deceased was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, the Mystic Workers and of the Modern Woodmen.
the wife, one son, Charles and a brother, Benjamin Lee Sanford, all of Le
Claire, and one sister, Mrs. M. L. Hire, of
services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home in Le
Claire. Interment will be made in
The Daily Times, Wednesday, June 18, 1924, page 6.
WILLIAM J. SANFORD OF LE
CLAIRE DEAD; FUNERAL ON FRIDAY
Sanford of Le Claire, for the past 20 years an engineer on the
He was a
member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Le Claire, the Mystic Workers of the
World, and Modern Woodmen of America. The
survivors include his wife, his son, Charles Sanford, at home; a brother,
Benjamin Sanford of Le Claire, and a sister, Mrs. M. L. Hire of
Mr. Sanford was well known in Le Claire and his death is a shock to a large number of friends. He was at work until a few days ago and his condition had been critical only since Sunday.
services will be held from the family residence at Le Claire Friday afternoon at
2 o’clock. Internment will be in
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sunday Morning, June 22,
1924, page 15.
services for William J. Sanford were held from the home in LeClaire, Friday, at
2 o’clock. Interment was made in
were Jake Meyers, Andy Slichter, Joe Bissick, W. Adams, Edward Stichter and
Bridging The Past And The Present, page 117.
“Pete” Scharff was with the Corps of Engineers from 1921 to 1964, a licensed
launch operator, for channel inspection. He
is also licensed for 15 years, 1st class all gross tons operator.
Pete positioned buoys for a section of the rapids before the dams were
-- Services for Frank P. “Petey”
Scarff, 89, will be 1 p. m. Friday at McGinnis Chambers and Sass Funeral Home,
Bettendorf. Burial will be in
Visitation is 4-8 p. m. Thursday and noon to 1 p. m. Friday.
Mr. Scharff died Tuesday at his home.
He retired as
a navigator specialist after 43 years at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Sylvia Fritz in 1927 in
He was a member of National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He enjoyed hunting.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Red Cancer Society or Bettendorf Red Cross.
Survivors include daughters, Phyllis Haecker, Santa Barbara, Calif., and Nancy Snyder, Phoenix; a son, Pete, Davenport; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a half brother, Ralph Siebel, Stockton.
He also was
preceded in death by a granddaughter, Judy Haecker.
George Shannon and his wife,
The Daily Times, Tuesday, May 6, 1958, page 4.
MRS. ADA MAY
Mrs. Ada May
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Ethel Newland, Davenport, Mrs. Letha Couch, Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Viviane Craig, LeClaire, and Mrs. Gladys Cade, Dundee, Ill.; two sons, Lawrence M. and George W., both of Davenport; one brother, Emery Fuller, Marquette, Ia. 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the McGinnis Funeral Home,
afternoon, Sept. 10th, at four o’clock at his home in the north
part of town, occurred the death of John Shannon after a lingering illness from
stomach trouble. He was born in
He is survived
by three sons and one daughter as follows: George W. of Le Claire, James of
North McGregor, John and Kate of
services were held at the home Sunday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. O. B.
Chassell of the
The out of town
relatives in attendance at the funeral were Hugh Shannon, Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Dodds and children, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Shannon of
The Daily Times, Monday, September 17,1951, page 2 A
George Shannon, Sr.,
Oldest Native, Dead
Shannon, Sr., 83, believed to have been the oldest native of LeClaire residing
in that community, died at 9:35 p. m. Saturday in
LeClaire Jan. 15, 1868, Mr. Shannon married Ada McGowan Dec 18, 1899, in Prairie
Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Eythl Newland, Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Letha Couch, Cincinnati; Mrs. Vivian Craig, LeClaire, and Mrs. Gladys Cade, Princeton; two sons, Lawrence, of Davenport, and George W. Shannon, Jr., of LeClaire; 20 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The body was
taken to McGinnis funeral home, and will be taken to LeClaire Full Gospel
Tabernacle at noon Wednesday, where services will be held at 3 p.m.
Burial will be in
The Democrat And Leader, Monday Evening, September 17,
1951, page 9.
George W. Shannon, 83,
LeClaire Resident, Dies
Shannon, Sr., the oldest native of LeClaire, died at 9:35 p. m. Saturday in
LeClaire, Jan. 15, 1868, he was a stone mason his entire life, until recent
retirement. On Dec. 18, 1899, he
married Ada McGowan in Prairie du Chien,
Surviving besides his widow are four daughters; two sons; 20 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.
The body was
taken to the McGinnis funeral home, where it will remain until noon Wednesday.
At that time it will be taken to the Full Gospel tabernacle, LeClaire,
for services at 3 p. m. Burail will
The Democrat And Leader, Wednesday Evening, September 19, 1951, page 15.
services for George W. Shannon, Sr., oldest native-born resident of LeClaire who
died Saturday in Mercy hospital, were held at 3 p. m. Wednesday in the LeClaire
Full Gospel tabernacle, with the Rev. K. E. Matscholat officiating, Finley
McGinnis sang, accompanied by Vivian Moore.
Burial was in
Bearers were Roy Long, Earl Tipzenberger, Ben Youngers, Jim Roberts, Francis Buchiet and Arthur Newton.
* Note from Larry Shannon about his grandmother
my gosh, thanks for the picture of my grandmother. She practically raised
me, and when I saw the picture it brought tears. She was a little woman,
but the absolute strength of the family. Stood about 4ft 10inches tall and
never topped a 100 pounds in her life. When we were growing up we knew
we'd reached a milestone when we got bigger than grandma. Everybody did,
of course, but the real thing is that whenever anyone had a problem we could
talk to her and go away with a wise solution. Every human being needs an
So far, we haven't figured out how to open the obit, so maybe we can ask for it
again. Will let you know. I remember her and my grandfather cooking
on a steamboat while on their honeymoon---maybe not the cruise most folks would
think as a honeymoon, but what works works.
The Daily Times
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1910
James Jefferson Van Duzer, for many years a resident
of Le Claire, Ia., but for the last two years living in the tri-cities, died at
10:30 o’clock last evening at St. Luke’s hospital after a few days’
illness. He was taken sick last Sunday, and went to the home of his brother, E.
H. Van Duzer in
He was born February 23, 1858, and hence was 52 years, 9 months and 28
days of age at the time of his death. His birthplace was in Le Claire Township,
and there he lived continuously until about two years ago, when he came to the
tri-cities. For many years, Mr. Van Duzer was employed on the steamboats on the
He is survived by one brother, E. H. Van Duzer of
deceased was a member of Trinity cathedral parish in
The funeral arrangements have not been completed but it is thought that
the body will be sent to Le Claire tomorrow morning for burial.
Wednesday Dec. 21, 1910
James Jefferson Van
Duzer, brother of Harry E. Van Duzer of
He was born in Le Claire Dec. 20, 1858, and ha lived in
The body will be taken to Le Claire tomorrow morning, where interment
will take place in the afternoon.
The Daily Times
The remains of James J. Van Duzer, who died at St.
Luke’s hospital Tuesday morning were sent over the I.& I. to Le Claire
yesterday afternoon where the funeral services were conducted at 2 o’clock by
Rev. B. S. Bailey, of the M. E. church from the home of Wm. H. Long. Music was
furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. Alice Trombly, Miss Anna Laird, Jas. P.
Suiter and Wm. Laycock. Burial was made in the Le Claire cemetery.
RECIPE FOR MURDER
Researched and Transcribed
By Sue Rekkas
MURDER AT LECLAIRE
A Quarrel Between two
River Men, Which ends in the Murder of one of Them.
A couple of river men, named respectively James Russell and Charles Herman, both of whom reside in Le Claire, were in this city Tuesday, and it is believed were on a little spree together. Both took passage on the Red Wing, which left here for the north, about noon the same day. During the trip up they both got into a quarrel, and a short time before the boat landed at Le Claire, their quarrel culminated in Herman sticking Russell in the face. When the men went ashore at Le Claire, about 7 o’clock, Herman proceeded to the Galt House, took a chair on the porch and went to sleep, and Russell soon after reached the hotel, and went up to his room but returned to the porch where Herman was very soon afterwards. How the scuffle that ensued commenced, no one appears to know at present, or who was the attacking party, the first intimation of it to Mr. Galt and others in the hotel was hearing the report of a pistol shot, and a voice saying, “I’ll shoot you now,” followed by another pistol shot. These shots soon attracted a crowd to the scene of the scuffle on the porch, where Russell was seen lying, and Herman with a pistol in his hand pointing right at him. As soon as the latter saw Mr. Galt come to the door he started and went down street. Russell was then picked up and borne into the hotel, when it was found that he was dead. Dr. Gamble was immediately sent for, who examined the wound, and it was found that he was shot though the neck--the jugular vein being severed. When picked up, the blood was pouring from him in a stream and running off the porch on to the sidewalk.
Officer Van Duzer soon after arrested Herman on the street, who was also wounded, a pistol shot having taken effect in the nose, the ball going downwards. The wound was probed, but the ball had not been found up to the last accounts. When arrested, Herman said to the officer, “When you shoot a man, shoot him dead!”
Russell had been employed as a cook on the raft steamer Le Claire Belle, was well known on the river, and had resided for sixteen years in Le Claire, and is spoken of as a quiet, peaceful man.
Herman was cook on the raft steamer, Van Sant, and made his home for the past season or two in Le Claire.
he had a pistol on his person, with two empty chambers.
No pistol was found on the person of Russell, and there seems to be a
mystery connected with the shooting of Herman--whether he accidentally shot
himself, or whether the pistol belonged to Russell and he fired the first shot,
and then the pistol was taken from him by Herman.
Some incline to the later opinion. Coroner Grant was notified of the
affair last night, and went to Le Claire this morning to hold an inquest.
(Note-the spelling is the
way it was written.)
The Davenport Daily Gazette, Wednesday Morning, October 6,
1875, page 4.
A DEADLY DEED.
Fatal Quarrel in Le Claire.
One Man Killed
Instantly-The Slayer Wounded.
When the steamer Red Wing put out from this port for the north yesterday noon, she had two passengers named James Russell and Charles Herman, who went on board here, ticketed for LeClaire, where they were residing. Herman had been cook all season on the raft steamer Van Sant, and Russell was cook on the raft steamer LeClaire Belle until about four weeks ago when he left and took board at the Galt House. It is believed both had been drinking in Davenport--at any rate, they had a quarrel on the Red Wing just before they landed at LeClaire, and Herman slapped Russell in the mouth. They left the steamer separately. Herman went into Hitchcock’s salon, drank a glass of beer, went on up to the Galt House, took a chair on the front porch and fell asleep. Russell called at Hitchcock’s twenty minutes after Herman did, and also took a glass of beer and walked to the Galt House, to his room upstairs but came right down and went on the porch.
This was about half past six o’clock.
Soon Mr. Galt and others in the house heard a scuffle on the porch, followed by a pistol shot. Then a voice said,
“I’LL SHOOT YOU NOW,”
and another report was heard. Mr. Galt stepped to the front door. There was Herman on the porch with revolver in hand, pointing right to the door, and muttering a threat, while Russell lay right along the front of the still. Herman turned, when he saw Mr. Galt, and went down the street. Mr. Galt stooped to Russell, and saw the blood running from him in a stream, and flowing across the porch; he felt of the prostrate man, and found that
HE WAS DEAD.
Other parties came out, and the corpse was borne into the house. Dr. Gamble was sent for, and it was found that Russell had been shot through the neck, the jugular vein being severed.
Officer Van Duzer was called, and he soon found Herman on the street and arrested him. He was
COVERED WITH BLOOD
and it was still flowing from a wound in his nose, just between the eyes. Dr. Gamble examined the wound. It had been made by a pistol shot, the ball going downward. It had not been found when our informant left. All that Herman said after being caught was when in the doctor’s office, “When you shot a man, shoot him dead.”
to the deadly affray were single white men. Russell was well known on the upper river, having been employed on steamboats for sixteen years. He has made Le Claire his home when not thus engaged, for several years. He was about thirty years of age. He was a quiet, peaceful man, and was well liked in Le Claire.
Herman is not considered a resident of Le Claire, but has been stopping there now and then during the season.
Of course the town was very much excited last evening.
NOBODY SAW THE AFFRAY,
nobody knows the cause. All that is known is that a citizen has been killed.
No revolver was found on Russell, but Herman had one with two chambers discharged: Did Russell shoot Herman first, and have the revolver taken from him and get shot in return? That was the supposition last night.
and Jacob Berger came to
Davenport Daily Gazette, Thursday morning, October 7, 1875, page 4.
The Coroner’s Inquest.
All About the Affray and
The Murderer’s Statement.
Verdict of the Jury.
Yesterday morning Coroner Grant went to Le Claire and held an inquest over the body of James Russell, an account of whose death, on Tuesday evening, at the hands of Charles Herman, was given in yesterday’s Gazette. And the testimony showed that Gazette’s report was correct in the main, the only point of difference being in the fact that Herman contradicted his assertion, made after his arrest, that Russell shot him first.
Coroner’s jury was composed of three prominent citizens of Le Claire--W. B.
Hall, C. C. Applegate and
The inquest was held at the Gault House, where Russell’s body was lying. The room was crowded, and a large number of people gathered about the hotel.
was listened to with a great deal of interest.
The first witness was W. F. Gault; proprietor of the Gault House. He testified that Russell had boarded with him about a month; that he left for Davenport Tuesday morning, and returned in the evening, on the streamer Red Wing; that Herman came to the house at 6 p. m., and went to sleep on the porch, witness supposing him drunk; he said he wanted no supper, and would rather sleep, but was not ready to go to bed. Russell had been there, and returned in about twenty minutes. About 6:30 witness heard a pistol shot which seemed to be on his porch, and in a few seconds heard another. There was a little noise on the porch, and he opened the door and Russell was lying across the still. Herman was standing against a post on the porch, with a revolver in his hand. Witness told him he had better put up his revolver. Herman said, “He struck me first, and I shot him“ Marshall Van Duzer appeared now, and arrested Herman.
who keeps a saloon in Le Claire, testified that he came up from
Captain Sam Van Sant testified that he was a passenger on the Red Wing; that both were drunk, and were constantly engaged in talking about cooking, but observed no bad feeling between them while they were playing cards. They played for the drinks.
Dr. McCleery testified as to seeing Russell’s body, and described the wound.
George Williams said he heard Russell say, in Hitchcock’s saloon, between 6 and 7 Tuesday evening, that he would “be even with that man that struck him, if it cost him his life.” Russell drank a glass of beer there.
Sam R. Hitchcock testified as to Russell’s calling at his saloon. Russell said a man struck him in the mouth on the boat, and he would have his satisfaction.
Marshal Van Duzer testified as to Herman’s arrest. He was hurt, and said he was shot by Russell and then shot Russell. Herman said he had made his will. He was out of his head.
Charles Lillabage testified that he saw Russell before he was shot, and he said a --- --- - ----- struck him in the mouth, and he would get even with him. Witness found $20 in Russell’s pockets.
D. A. Gault testified that after the firing he found two pieces of brick on the porch, about 1 ¼ inches thick.
HERMAN’S OWN STATEMENT
before the Coroner will be read with interest. It was as follows:
Charles Herman, sworn: I am aged 23; live at St. Louis; father and mother are from Switzerland; mother living in Missouri; I have known James Russell about four years; known him intimately for two years; up to this time I have been cook on the steamer Van Sant; left Davenport for this place yesterday; James Russell and I came up here on the Red Wing as passengers; we had a quarrel about cooking; he said he was the best cook on the river; I laughed at him, and he hit me with his fist and kicked me; I returned the blow with my hand, striking him in the mouth; the barkeeper and Capt. Hight parted us, and we all drank together, and we had not more trouble on the boat.
landed I came to the Gault House--put my carpet sack away or rather handed it to
Mr. Gault, and then went out on the porch and sat down in a chair.
I was about half asleep and in about 15 minutes Russell came up and
struck me with a brick or rock, I should judge, which knocked me off the chair,
and struck me again after I fell. As
soon as I could pull my pistol from my pocket, he standing near me, I shot him.
He at once started to run and I arose and shot him again, and he fell in
the doorway. Neither of us said a
word during the whole time. I gave
myself up to the
Herman was unable to write his name, and so made a mark.
of the jury was that James Russell came to his death “by a pistol shot in the neck, severing the carotid artery of the right side, at the hands of Charles Herman, and feloniously.”
Duzer had Herman in charge, and will bring him to
The theory that Russell shot Herman first is dispelled--Herman did all the shooting. Russell may have hit him with a brick. He is a large, coarse, heavy man and has a bloated, repulsive face.
Coroner Grant made search for the ball that killed Russell--opening to the right carotid artery; but the ball could not be found.
THE MURDER AT LECLAIRE
The Coroner’s Inquest--
Herman Held for the Murder--His Statement.
Coroner Grant proceeded to LeClaire Wednesday morning to hold an inquest over the body of James Russell, the cook, on the raft steamer LeClaire Belle, who was shot on Tuesday night on the porch of the Galt House by a man named Charles Herman, a cook on the steamer Van Sant. The details of the tragedy were given in the Democrat last evening, and very little additional was elicited at the inquest.
The jury was composed of W. B. Hall, C. C. Applegate and Hon. Laurel Summers. There was a large crowd in attendance at the investigation, which was held in the Galt house, where the murdered man boarded, and which was the scene of the tragedy. J. Davenport and Capt. Van Sant, who were passengers on the Red Wing with the murderer and his victim, testified as to the quarreling of the parties on board between this city and LeClaire, and to the striking of Russell in the face by Herman. They had been playing cards on the boat, but the quarrel did not originate in that, but they believe, over the merits of each as cooks. S. R. Hitchcock testified as to Russell’s coming into his saloon, and telling him a man struck him in the mouth and he would have satisfaction for it; and George Williams testified that he heard Russell say in Hitchcock’s saloon that “he would be even with that man that struck him, if it cost him his life.” Dr. McCleery testified as to the nature of the wound that caused death.
D. A. Gault testified that after the firing he found two pieces of brick on the porch. After some further unimportant testimony, the prisoner made the following statement:
Am aged 23; live in St. Louis; father and mother are from Switzerland; mother living in Missouri; I have known James Russell about four years; known him intimately for two years; up to this time I have been cook on the steamer Van Sant; left Davenport for this place yesterday; James Russell and I came up here on the Red Wing as passengers; we had a quarrel about cooking; he said he was the best cook on the river; I laughted at him, and he hit me with his fist and kicked me; I returned the blow with my hand, striking him on the mouth; the bar-keeper and Capt Hight parted us, and we all drank together, and we had no more trouble on the boat.
landed I came to the Gault House, put my carpet-sack away, or rather handed it
to Mr. Gault, and then went out on the porch and sat down on a chair.
I was half asleep, and in about 15 minutes Russell came up and struck me
with a brick or rock, I should judge, which knocked me off the chair, and struck
me again after I fell. As soon as I
could pull my spitol from my pocket, he standing near me, I shot him.
He at ounce started to run, and I arose and shot him again, and he fell
in the doorway. Neither of us said a
word during the whole time. I gave
myself up to the
The jury returned the following
That James Russell came to his death by a pistol shot in the neck, severing the carotid artery of right side, at the hands of Chas. Heramn, and feloniously.
Her was brought to this city this afternoon, and turned over to the Sheriff. He is somewhat reticent, but feels confident that he will be acquitted. The papers in the case were given into the hands of the grand jury and they will proceed at once with their investigation.
Davenport Daily Gazette, , Friday Morning, October 8, 1975,
Herman, who killed James Russell at Le Claire, and was adjudged guilty of murder
by the Coroner’s jury, was brought to jail yesterday morning by Marshall Van
Duzer of Le Claire. He has engaged
W. A. Foster as counsel.
The Murder of James
Russell--Arrangement of Charles Herman, Account of the Crime--He Pleads “Not
Guilty”-The Names of the Jury.
At 2 P. M. the case of Charles Herman, indicted for the murder of James Russell, was called. The prisoner with his counsel, Mr. W. A. Foster, was in court. On being arraigned, a plea of “not guilty” was entered.
The work of empanelling a jury was at once begun, and there being but little objections offered, and only a few challenges, twelve men were secured by three o’clock. Their names are as follows:
Leander Lambert ………………………..
Henry Madden ……………………………Winfield
Adam Abt ………………………………..
Wesley Van Duzen ……………………….Princeton
C. E. Pickering …………………………..
G. F. Kuestmann …………………………
Jno. Brosck ………………………………
Herman Trimer …………………………..
T. T. Manbe ………………………………
Chas. Bell ………………………………...
Dexter Yale ……………………………….Davenport
Frank Mason ……………………………..
Our readers will recollect that the deceased and Chas. Herman--both of them cooks on raft steamers,--were on the day of the murder last summer, drinking together in this city, and towards evening, both went aboard of one of the packet steamers to go to their homes in Le Claire. On the way up they had a quarrel as to which of them was the best cook on the river, resulting in the lie being passed, and a blow being struck. The parties boarded at the Galt House in Le Claire and it was on the front porch of the hotel that the final rencontre took place, ending in the death of Russell. The coroner’s jury rendered a verdict that death was caused by a pistol ball fired from a revolver by Chas. Herman, and the prisoner was removed to the jail in this city. He was subsequently indicted by the grand jury--they finding a true bill.
The District Attorney, Ellis, read the indictment to the jury at 3 o’clock, and made the opening speech for the State.
was examined by the prosecution to show the death of defendant, and the cause of
the same. He also testified to an
injury received by defendant, his nose being broken with some blunt instrument,
probably a brick or stone. At the
conclusion of his evidence the court adjourned till to-morrow morning at 9 A. M.
Davenport Daily Gazette, Wednesday Morning, February 2, 1876, page 4.
THE HALLS OF JUSTICE
Opening of the February
Term of the District Court-
Prompt Commencing of business-
Docket Called-Juries Impanelled.
TRIAL FOR MURDER
A MURDER TRIAL was then commenced--the case of the State vs. Charles Herman, indicted for the murder of James Russell. The tragedy occurred at LeClaire on the night of the 5th day of last October. Full particulars were given in the Gazette of the next morning, and the facts are familiar to nearly all our readers.
Herman and Russell were both professional cooks--on raft steamers. The afternoon on the day named, they left this city on the steamer Red Wing for Le Claire. Both became intoxicated and had a fight on the boat. After dark, Herman took some drink at a saloon in LeClaire, and soon after went to sleep in a chair on the porch in front of the Gault House. Soon the inmates heard a pistol shot, the landlord ran out, and there was Russell lying across the door still, dead and Herman standing facing him, covered with blood, and with revolver in hand. He was arrested, brought here to jail next day, and has been confined ever since.
The jury was empanelled and sworn as follows:
Frank Mases Dexter Yale
Herman Trimer John Branch
Geo. F. Knostman C. F. Pickering
Wigley Van Duzen Adam Abt
Benny Madden Leander Lambert
District Attorney Ellis presented the theory of the prosecution. W. E. Foster, counsel for the prisoner--with Jackson Hirschl as associate--presented the theory of the defense, which was that the killing was done in self defense; that Russell came up and commenced an assault upon Herman, with a brick.
The first witness was Dr. McCrary who was at the Gault House a few moments after the deed was committed. He testified as to the pistol ball wound in Russell’s neck, which killed him, and as to the wound in Herman’s nose--a three cornered hole, the bones being fractured so that he could run his probe right down through the nostrils. The wound might have been made with a brick.
Court adjourned till 9 this A. M.
Three witness were examined up to the noon adjournment, in the Russell murder case, vis: W. G. Gault, John Davenport, and Jacob Bergan. The testimony enlisted was relative to the quarrel of the men on the “Red Wing,” what was said by Russell and Herman in the saloon at LeClaire on their way to the Gault House; the fact of the shooting, and Herman’s admission that “I shot him because he shot at me, “ and a few other points, as to Herman being sitting on the porch in front of the Gault House, asleep, when Russell came down stairs, etc.--all of which is about the same as published in the Democrat at the time of the tragedy. It was expected that the testimony for the State would be concluded this evening.
The Davenport Daily Gazette, Thursday Morning, February 3, 1876, page 4.
THE TRIAL FOR MURDER!
The Character of the
Evidence Yesterday--Herman’s Innocence of the Crime Made Very Clear--The Jury
Render a Verdict Without Leaving Their Seats.
The trial of
John (Charles) Herman for the murder of James Russell was resumed yesterday
morning, with the court room full of spectators.
The prisoner, a well built, fine looking man, was accompanied by his wife
and young child, who had arrived from
There is no need on giving a synopsis of the testimony. The facts were detailed by the witnesses for the State substantially as heretofore given in the Gazette. None of the witnesses offered any evidence of deliberate, premeditated killing--on the contrary every fact stated was against such theory, while the testimony made it very clear that Herman shot Russell in self defense. It was shown that Russell, ugly drunk, had pondered over the quarrel on the steamboat till thoroughly enraged, and then went in quest of Herman, utter threats against him in the ears of all his acquaintances who met him. For instance, Wesly Rambo testified that he met Russell near the Gault House, and that the latter said, “I’ll fix the --- -- - -----, or similar words; witness went into the Gault House, and two minutes after two shots were fired, and then followed the discovery of Russell dead on the porch, and Herman standing over him. All the circumstances went to prove Herman’s statement--that he was asleep in a chair, that Russell came up and either shot him or mashed his nose with a brick; that he started up from his sleep, pulled his revolver, and fired at Russell, not knowing who he was, for it was quite dark.
At the conclusion of the testimony, at 4 o’clock District Attorney Ellis said to the jury that no evidence had been offered that convinced him that Herman was guilty of murder, and he shouldn’t ask the jury to bring in a verdict of guilty. He hinted that he believed that Herman did what he did in self-defense. Judge Hayes said there was no necessity of any instructions from him, he presumed they were unanimous in their opinion; each member of the jury responded affirmatively, and the verdict of not guilty was returned forthwith, none of the jurors leaving their seats. Mrs. Herman’s face lighted up with joy--in two minutes she seemed different from the woman who entered court in the forenoon. Herman’s acquaintances crowded up for “a shake” which was given heartily, and everyone seemed pleased.
Herman and his
wife left for
CHARLES HERMAN ACQUITTED.
It was very
evident to all who heard the testimony in the Russell murder case yesterday,
epically in the afternoon, that Herman would be acquitted on the grounds of self
defense, of the murder of James Russell, in LeClaire, on the 5th of
October, 1875. There was nothing
tending to show that it was a premeditated affair, but strongly pointing to the
deceased as the aggressive party in the fatal recontre which resulted in his
death. At 4 o’clock, when all the
testimony for the prosecution was in, and before a single witness for the
defense was called, District Attorney Ellis addressed the jury, telling them
that as no evidence had been elicited tending to establish the crime of murder,
it was unnecessary to proceed further in the cse.
They did not need any instructions from the him.
Judge Hayes also thought it was unnecessary for him to charge them, under
the circumstances, as he presumed they already had their minds made up, to which
they responded in the affirmative. Without
leaving their seats they returned a verdict of “not guilty,” and Charles
Herman was declared a free man once again. His
friends immediately crowded around to congratulate him, prominent among them
were his counsel, Messrs. Foster and Hirschl, while his wife, who, with the
their little daughter, sat beside him during the trial, was almost overcome with
the sense of relief, joy beaming in her face, while tears of gladness streamed
down her checks. Mr. Herman and
family left for
Davenport Daily Gazette, Tuesday Morning, October 5,
1875, page 4.
June 28, 1924
Bledsoe Dies In
Well Known on Boats All Down the