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OCT. 1898

     Laverty.- Died at her home, near Laurel, Iowa, October 19, 1898, Margaret, wife of Thomas M. Laverty, at the age of 68 years, 6 months and 10 days, cause of death general debility. Funeral services were held at Laurel, Rev. L. Colyn, Presbyterian pastor, conducting. Interment took place in the German cemetery, Laurel.
     Mrs. Laverty (nee Margaret Paul) was born in Craig parish, Antrim county, Ireland, on March 12, 1830, and was married to Thomas M. Laverty, March 21, 1857. Several children were born to them previous to their emigration to America, in which country they arrived June 11, 1868. The family resided at other places for a time, but have  been residents of the present home for many years.
     The deceased lady was mother of nine children, six of whom survive her, three sons and three daughters, also, four brothers and two sisters of the deceased survive her, who with a devoted husband sincerely mourn their bereavement of a loving wife, mother and sister.
    Mrs. Laverty was held in the most tender respect by her family. She was a devoted wife to her husband and a loving mother, which makes the loss to her family the more severely felt, but so far no sympathy of friends may ameliorate their affliction they have it in the fullest measure. But few ladies were so highly respected by those who knew her best, and her departure from this life is sincerely regretted by many friends.
     She has gone with hope of a better life where there is no sorrow or sickness and where all may wish to follow when their time for departure arrives.




BUICK - September 15, at the residence of her son, William Buick, Moylarg, Martha Buick, aged 87 years.

CRAWFORD - September 13, at his residence, County Antrim, Samuel Crawford, aged 69 years.



 - Surprise parties are all the rage now, but one of the best of the season was last Friday evening. The company met at Mr. James Pakers to the number of twenty ????? and over fifty persons when they all went to the home of Mr. Thomas McIlrath's. When Tom saw the crowd in the yard he ran out in his shirt sleeves to see what was the matter. When he saw that it was only a few friends and neighbors he suffered himself to no led track to the house and make himself presentable. After a splendid supper which the company provided with, Mr. McIlrath was presented with a splendid rocking chair. The presentation was made in a lengthy speech by Mr. James Packer [or Parker] in his usual good style. Mr. McIlrath having got over his fright made a very nice reply. The company spent a few hours in a social chat after which they separated for their respective houses well pleased with their evening's enjoyment.


Oct. 25, 1908

     The death of Miss Josephine Suiter occurred at Walcott Sunday morning. Miss Suiter had been in poor health for some time suffering from passive pneumonia, but was able to teach up to a short time ago when she was taken ill and quietly passed away Sunday morning.
     Miss Suiter was born at Princeton, Ia., Oct. 25, 1866, and would have completed her 20th year of teaching at the Walcott school next April. it has been a faithful service that has endeared her to many Scott county people. She is survived by her mother and two sisters and three brothers.
     The funeral was held from the family home, 1913 Scott street, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment at Oakdale, Dr. Leroy M. Coffman of the First Presbyterian church having charge of the services.


DEC. 22, 1897


     A wedding of interest to many Davenport people took place at 609 Summit street, Iowa City, last Wednesday evening. The contracting parties being Miss Birdie Byrnes of that city and Dr. Ernest Kegel of Walcott. Miss Sadie Kemmerer of Eldridge, cousin of the bride, was bridesmaid and Mr. Charles Gill of Iowa City acted as best man. The beautiful house of the bride's mother was tastefully decorated with cut flowers, potted plants and holly, the latter predominating. At 5 o'clock, to the sweet strains of Mendelsohn's march, rendered by Allen Byrnes, the talented young brother of the bride, the bridal party descended the stairway and proceeded through the hall to the canopy of holly in the parlor. The impressive ceremony was performed by Rev. Mr. Hoerline, assisting Rev. Dr. Barrett. After congratulations an elegant repast was served in the dining room. The bride was lovely in a creation of cream satin, she carried cream roses. The bridesmaid was attired in ? organdy over pink silk, and carried pink roses. Numerous beautiful presents bore witness to the high esteem in which the young lady is held. Dr. and Mrs. Kegel departed on a late train for their new home at Walcott, which was also the home of the bride's childhood. Dr. Kegel purchased the Byrnes' homestead and had it handsomely remodeled. The many friends of the young couple united in best wishes for their future prosperity and happiness.


    - Samuel Paul, who lives by himself two miles east of Barrett church, was robbed about two weeks ago of $55.00 in cash which he had laid away in a trunk in the bedroom where he sleeps. The robbery was undiscovered so long because the crafty thief had taken great care to so arrange the trunk that discovery would be impossible until the money would be wanted. Another case of home talent no doubt. Sam there are a whole lot of women who would be glad to watch the cash box in your absence, why don't you give them an opportunity?



     LAVERTY - Mary Laverty, aged about 23 years, died at the home of her parents, Thos. Laverty and wife, two miles south of Laurel, of consumption, Monday night, Dec. 27. The funeral will take place at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon, the service to be held at the late home of the deceased, and burial in Laurel cemetery.
    Miss Laverty was a long sufferer form the dread disease, but bore her great affliction with never-fading patience and was always cheerful and pleasant. She was a lovable young woman and all who became acquainted with her were soon her friends and had a friend with a beautiful nature and kind heart.
    We expect to be able to give more particulars next week.


     Card of Thanks - We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the neighbors and friends who showed their kindness in many ways in the sickness and death of our daughter and sister, also, to Mrs. Keohins who granted the request of the deceased by playing her favorite hymns. Their kindness will ever be remembered by us.-- T.M. Laverty and Family, Laurel, Iowa.

NOV. 8th, 1894
    Dr. Thomas Byrnes, who is well known in this city, and Miss Emma Behrens, were joined in marriage at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Behrens, in Walcott, Wednesday afternoon. The attendants were Miss Frieda Mumm of Moline and the groom's brother, Victor Byrnes, and the ceremony was performed by Rev. E.N. Barrett of Iowa City in the presence of the immediate friends. In the evening a reception was held at the residence of the groom's mother, and it was largely attended, among the guests being Mr. and Mrs. Bert Thompson and Dr. E.S. Bowman of this city. Dr. Byrnes is a graduate of the medical department of the state university and for a time was interne at Mercy hospital 
   [lines unreadable.] The couple will reside on a farm in Liberty township.


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PAUL-WOODWARD - On Wednesday evening, December 29, according to previous announcement occurred the bridal ceremonies which bound the lives of Andrew Paul and Miss Mattie Woodward in nuptial bonds.
     At an early hour Friends' church (of which Miss Woodward was a useful member) tastefully decorated was opened to the public and long before the appointed time was filled to overflowing by the many friends of the contracting parties. The crowded audience deserve credit for their cheerfulness and good order during their long wait.
     Promptly at 9 p.m. the bride and groom preceeded by Charles Woodward and wife all tastefully attired for the occasion took their places before the congregation when B.G. Nevill the pastor stepped forward mentioned the object of the evening and after a few words of earnest advice to the young couple, bid them join hands, and in the simple form of the Friends' church performed the ceremony which united them as husband and wife, then after an invocation of Divine blessing thereon introduced them to the company as Mr. and Mrs. Paul whereupon hearty congratulations were showered upon them from every side.
     Returning to the home of the bride where many testimonies of love and friendship, in numerous, beautiful and useful presents had been brought, the immediate families of the contracting parties sat down to a bountiful supper prepared by loving hands.
     The groom is the son of Mrs. Andrew Paul of Newburg, this county, and the bride the daughter of Mr. S.B. Woodward of this place.
     We will miss Mattie from our midst, for she was well known as one of our able teachers, but we bespeak for her a large place in the hearts of the community where her house will be in the future. -- Kellogg Enterprise.


NO DATE -[Probably Dec 1897]

     LAVERTY - Very rarely has our whole community been stirred as it was this week by the death of Miss Mary E. Laverty, youngest daughter of T.M. Laverty and wife. The family has lived here for more than twenty years, and is one of the best known and highly respected in the community. Three years ago Mary contracted a cold which developed into consumption, and finally ended her life December 27, 1897. She was born at Marengo, Iowa, September 8, 1873, and came with her parents to their farm two miles south of Laurel where she lived till death claimed her. During her illness she had often expressed a desire to have Rev. D. Brown, now of Perry, who supplied the Presbyterian church here when she first became ill, to conduct the funeral. So. Mr. Brown was sent for and conducted the services in the church last Thursday, assisted by Revs. Colyn, of the Presbyterian church, and Looke of the M.E. church, while a choir consisting of Mrs. Keobles, Mrs. McBroom, Revs. Colyn and Looke and T.H. Maytag led the music. The church was filled to over-flowing and many were unable to get standing room inside. The vast audience gave the closest attention throughout the whole service, and then the fair form was laid to rest in our city of the dead. Early in her illness Mary had made full surrender of herself to God so when death came last Monday night she was ready and willing to go. She leaves a father, mother, three brothers and three sisters with many relatives and acquaintances to mourn her demise.

     Through all pain at times she'd smile,
          A smile of heavenly birth,
     And when the angels called her home,
          She smiled farewell to earth.

     Heaven retaineth now our treasure,
          Earth the lonely casket keeps,
     And when the sunbeams love to linger,
          Where our sainted sister sleeps.

                               REV. D. BROWN.


NO DATE [Looks like December 1897]

     PAUL - Died at St. Joseph's hospital, December 10, 1897, at 3 o'clock p.m., Mrs. Belle Paul, wife of David Paul, aged 50 years. The funeral services were held in the M.E. church, Gilman, Iowa, Monday, Dec. 13, at 10 o'clock a.m., conducted by Rev. R. F. Lavender, assisted by Rev. A.A. Mason.
     Belle Parker was born in County Down, Ireland, in the year 1847, emigrated with her parents - Robert and Susanna Parker - to America in the year 1861 and settled in Durant, Scott county, Iowa, where she was married to David Paul, on December 29, 1870, and in 1871 moved to Jasper county and settled on their farm, seven miles north of Kellogg, where they resided until 1882, when they moved to their farm near Gilman. January 1, 1882, she and her husband united with the Cong'l church of Gilman under the pastorate of Rev. Fred H. Magoun. They resided here until failing health of Mr. Paul seemed to demand a change of climate; they went to Colorado and spent a year in Denver, and in 1888 went to Ireland, where they stayed one year, returning to America, and spent another year or more in the west trying to regain Mr. Paul's health. In the fall of 1892 they took up their residence in Chicago, where they have since resided, except four months they spent in Ireland in 1896.
     Mr. and Mrs. Paul spent a part of last summer in this vicinity visiting their friends while Mr. Paul superintended improvements being made on his farms. They returned to Chicago about the last of September and soon after Mrs. Paul became ill of what proved to be a tumor on the brain and was unconscious for five weeks, only when aroused by friends asking her some question, and when the end came passed peacefully away.
     Mrs. Paul's life was a singularly happy one, her disposition was cheerful and at the same time grave and serious this gave to her countenance and bearing a quiet dignity. Her religious character was not of the emotional or demonstrative kind but impressed one more and more, on longer and better acquaintance, on being real and genuine, the most prominent feature being her conscientiousness. The fear of the Lord, a supreme regard to His will, was her rule of action in everything, in every relationship of life she was true and faithful, wherever she went she was treated with marked respect and affection.
     The services in the church were largely attended, the great company of friends and neighbors paying their last tribute of respect to the departed and showing their sympathy for the bereaved, could not but realize that after all "tis better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting."
     Sister Paul leaves a husband, six sisters and three brothers and a host of friends to mourn her demise.
     She was buried in Prairie View cemetery

     All the ties of friendship severed,
          Hushed the voice once fondly heard.
      Breaks thy heart with weight of anguish,
          Cast they burden on the Lord.

     He will hold thee up from falling.
          He will guide thy steps aright.
     He will strengthen each endeavor,
          He will keep thee by his might.



OCT 10, 1900

     Two young people of New Liberty, Louis A. Lensch and Miss Dora Thierring, were married Wednesday at the office of Justice Altman. The couple were reared in Liberty township and the groom is one of the thirfty farmers of that part of the county.

[Sherring/Thierring transcribed as in article]



Broksieck - Kroening
     At 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, at his office in the city hall, Justice S.A. Finger united in marriage Henry Broksieck, Jr. and Miss Dora Kroening...[rest of article gone]

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NO DATE [c. Jan 1905]

     The spirit of Mrs. W.J. Paul, who had been many years an invalid and critically ill several weeks, passed away Monday  morning, Jan. 2, 1905, at 6 o'clock, the cause of death being old age complicated with other ailments, deceased being 80 years, 5 months and 19 days of age at death.
     Martha Buck was born July 13, 1824, in Antrim county, Ireland; she was married to W.J. Paul Feb. 20, 1852, who survives. There were six children born to this union, five of whom survive their mother and with their father were at her bedside when the death angel came, one child dying when but fifteen months old. The other children are Mrs. Richard Parker, Mrs. Thomas Mellrath, of this vicinity; James and John S. Paul of near Laurel; Mrs. John E. Clark, Diller, Neb. Mrs. Paul, with her family, emigrated to the United States in 1856 and lived five years in Scott county, Ia., and have been residing in this vicinity thirty or thirty-three years, the past twelve years in Gilman. The five of her children who survive her were born in Ireland and were baptized by Rev. Hugh Hamilton, Presbyterian minister of Cullybacky, and are members of the Presbyterian church of Laurel, Iowa, and their parents have been members of the Congregational church of Gilman a number of years.
    Mrs. Paul was a woman of high character. Possessed of a tender heart and loving nature and at all times had the welfare of her husband, family and friends apparent in her mind. All who knew her mourn an irreparable loss, but can rejoice in the noble womanhood which for so many years had been associated with them in her person. She was ever for the right and never said aught against her fellow beings, a truly good woman, an invaluable blessing to mankind, has gone to her reward, which her friends trust will be life eternal.
     The funeral which was largely attended, was held Wednesday forenoon, services being conducted at the Congregational church, at 11 o'clock .


APRIL 1910

     Marshalltown, Ia., April 12 - (Special to the Democrat) - William J. Paul, one of the pioneer settlers of Scott county, is dead at Gilman, in this county, of infirmities incident to old age. Mr .Paul settled near Davenport on a farm when he first came to this country from Ireland and later came to Jasper, and then to this county, buying a farm near Gilman. He prospered and acquired vast holdings of valuable farm property which he had apportioned out among his several children before his death. Mr. Paul's children are Mrs. Richard Parker and Mrs. Margaret McIlrath, of Gilman; Mrs. Nancy Clark of Cutler, Neb.; James and J.S. Paul of Laurel. One daughter, Mary, died in Scott county before the family came here. Mr. Paul was 78 years old.



New Liberty Girl Bride.
     At 1:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Lenz Photograph studio took place the marriage of Miss Lillian Luettgens, daughter of Miss Lillian Luettgens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Luettgens and Frank Wehde, son of Mr. and Mrs. Detlef Wehde of near Tipton, Ia. Rev. Carl Holterman of the Zion [rest of article missing].


 Sept 1891.

     At 7:50 p.m. last Thursday occurred the death of Dr. Thomas Byrnes of Walcott, at Mercy hospital in this city. The circumstances leading to the death are as follows:
     Tuesday, Sept. 8, the deceased was in Davenport viewing the Carnival glories. At 1:45 the next morning he was struck by a west-bound Rock Island train near the city limits and was conveyed to Mercy hospital. His right leg was found to be seriously injured that it was amputated above the ankle and there were bruises upon various parts of his body and his head.
     Dr. Thomas Byrnes was born at Pittsburg, Pa., March 9, 1842 and was therefore 49 years of age at the time of his death. He received his education in the city of his birth and at the breaking out of the war enlisted as a private in Company F, 62d Pennsylvania volunteers. He was honorably discharged on account of sickness  in 1862, and reenlisted as a hospital steward and was stationed at Carver barracks in Washington. Here he improved his opportunities for study of medicine and surgery, and left the hospital to take the course in Georgetown Medical college, graduating and removing to Walcott in 1864. There he has continued to reside ever since.
     For the past 20 years or more Dr. Byrnes has been an active and valued member of the Scott County Medical society. He was a gentleman of culture, one who read all the current literature of the day and was noted for his devotion to certain lines of science which he delighted to take up at times, carrying his study to exhaustive lengths and then dropping it to turn his attention to something else.
     At Williamsport, Pa., in 1863, the doctor was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Allen, and she mourns his death to day, with the seven children that have been born to them - Sadie, 22 years of age, Thomas, next in the point of years and a student in the medical department of the state university, Victor, Birdie, Ralph, Ross and Allen, the youngest who has lately passed the 7-year mark. Besides these the living relatives are: His mother, 74 years of age, now residing in Pittsburg; three brothers, A.F. Byrnes, an attorney at Pittsburg, William, the editor and proprietor of the Lock and Bell, a trade journal of New York and Dr. R. M. Byrnes of Cincinnati; and three sisters, Mrs. S.H. Kennedy and Mrs. E. Knowlson of Pittsburg and Mrs. Dr. Kemmerer of E???.
     The funeral of Dr. Byrnes was held from his home at Walcott Saturday and was an event that will long be remembered there. It was such a funeral as few men have when their life work is done.
     Long before the time announced for the service people began to arrive from all directions. By the time the hour had come the house was overflowed and the yard was full of people. Farmers drove many miles to attend the obsequies of the man who had driven miles to attend them in illness and distress. The service,  conducted by Rev. M.A. Johnson, D.D., rector of Trinity church of this city, was very touching but the procession to the Walcott cemetery and the services at the grave were especially so.
     Such a funeral there was never seen there before and it is questioned by the residents of that place if there is another citizen of the region who would have such an outpouring of affectionate regret, or whose family would be comforted with such assurances of sympathy. Not less than 1000 people walked behind the casket to the grave. No teams were used, the remains being carried by the pall bearers, while the friends followed on foot. The people walked closely, four and six abreast, and the line was two or three blocks long. The throng at the grave was one such as has never been seen before. No finer testimonial of the estimation in which Dr. Byrnes was held by those who knew him could possibly be had. He had ministered to these people, their parents and their children for a quarter of a century. His life had been among them, he had sympathized with them, relieved them in suffering, and been one of them. The outpouring was natural under those circumstances, but how many men there are who fail of this final meed at the hands of greatful fellowmen. As long as the present inhabitants of Walcott have a place among their fellows they will cherish the memory of their physician.

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Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1897

Fred Lausen, Section Boss at Bennett, and Miss Mattie Schulsen Run Down and Killed by a Freight Train--Particulars in the Tragic Affair.

  From Saturday's Daily.

     A terrible accident occurred on the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern road one mile west of New Liberty near the Scott county line, shortly before 8 o'clock last evening, and as a result one man and a young girl were killed.
     From the particulars of the disaster received in this city, it seems that Fred Lausen, who is employed as a B.C.R. & N. section foreman at Bennett, secured a three-wheeled railroad velocipede, and, accompanied by Misses Mattie and Annie Schulsen, started for New Liberty, where they proposed visiting Mrs. Graffing, a sister of the young ladies. All went well until they had reached a point west of the latter town when they were overtaken by a special freight train, which crashed into the velocipede and left death and destruction in its wake. Mr. Lausen and Miss Mattie Schulsen were both killed, but Annie Schulsen, the third member of the party, fortunately escaped without serious injury. The bodies of the victims were removed to their homes in Bennett and the frightful fatality three a pall of gloom over the entire village.
     At the offices of the company in Cedar Rapids it is claimed that Mr. Lausen, in taking the velocipede did so against one of the rules of the road, which prohibits any employes excepting linemen from using these machines. This order is said to be very strict, and last night's deplorable accident will have a tendency to make it even more so.

No Date

Prominent Real Estate man Died Unexpectedly Saturday Night.

     The sudden and unexpected death of Claus Bischoff at 11 o'clock Saturday night was the topic of much conversation in the down town district Monday. Bischoff was very well known among business men in the city and also had an extensive acquaintance with other classes. In Republican political circles he was a prominent figure for years and always took a very active interest in public affairs. In a business way he was associated with his brother, William Bischoff and Rudolph Rohlfs, under the firm name of Rudolph Rohlfs & Co., in the real estate and insurance lines.
     About six weeks ago he underwent an operation for hernia at St. Luke's hospital and a little over two weeks ago had recovered sufficiently to return to his home, 2148 West Second, where, however, he was still under a doctor's care and not allowed to exert himself to any great extent. His progress toward complete recovery was so rapid that the physician in attendance promised his patient that the latter would be able to go up town and attend to business matters at his office by Tuesday of this week. The outlook was cheerful and Mr. Bischoff expected a speedy release from his tedious confinement. Saturday morning several friends called on him and he conversed in a lively way for several hours, and smoked a cigar as usual.
     But at 9 o'clock he complained of difficulty in breathing and grew worse steadily, expiring at 11:15 o'clock. Two physicians worked with him for an hour before he died. Heart failure is the cause assigned.
     The deceased was born in Marne, Holstein, Germany, and came to America and Scott county when he was seven years old. He was 46 years and six months of age when he passed away. His early life was spent farming at New Liberty. Eight years ago he removed to the city, where he had resided ever since. 
     He is survived by his wife, Amelia, and six children, namely, Maggie, Ed, John, Anna, Laura, and Lucy. Ex-Alderman William Bischoff is a brother of the deceased, and another brother, Henry, lives on a farm on the Locust street road, near this city. His three surviving sisters are Mrs. Celia Johannsen of Los Angeles, Cal., Mrs. Amelia Rascher of Riverside, Iowa, and Mrs. [rest cut off]


No date
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     Elmer Alexander, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Paul, on Jan. 23, 1901, of lung fever, aged 1 year, 5 months and 23 days.
     The funeral services occurred at the Christian church Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A.R. McIntosh and the interment took place in the Concord cemetery. A large circle of friends and neighbors attended the funeral and expressed sympathy for the sorrowing parents and relatives.


     To the kind friends who so kindly sympathized and helped during our late bereavement, we wish to tender our sincere and heartfelt thanks.
     Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Paul.


No date
Newspaper Unknown

     A daughter was born last Friday to Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Barbee who reside five miles southeast of Laurel......A daughter was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. F. Pratt of St. Peter. Mr. Pratt does his trading in Laurel and was here Monday making some purchases for the little lady......The eighteen month old son of Wm. Paul who resides one mile east of the Tip Top school house, died this week from pneumonia. The funeral was held this afternoon, conducted by Rev. A.M. McIntosh.--- Laurel Advocate.

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No Date [c.  March 1905]
Newspaper Unknown

     There was a quiet country wedding at the Misfeld farm, one and one-half miles southwest of our town Wednesday evening, March 8, 1905, where Henry Misfeld and Miss Tena Stockmann were united in wedlock. Only relatives and immediate friends were present, but according to an ancient custom the boys did not forget them as he had been one of their number on many like occasions, and therefore tendered him with a serenade where shot guns took the place of base drums, after which a bountious wedding repast was served and refreshments galore were partaken of. Headache wafers constituted the last course of the bill of fare.
     We all join in congratulations, wishing the happy young couple a long and prosperous married life. They will make their future home on the Misfeld farm south of town.


Sept. 19, 1908
Newspaper Unknown

     Fred Misfeldt, a retired farmer living at New Liberty, died at his home Saturday night at the age of 67 years, 6 months and 21 days. Deceased had been in poor health the past year. He leaves a wife, two sons and five daughters to mourn his loss.


August 13, 1908
Newspaper Unknown

     John Hell, a pioneer resident of Scott county, died at his home in New Liberty Thursday night of heart failure. The deceased was born in Germany, March 27, 1833, and was one of the pioneers of Scott county. He came to the county in 1853, settled in the western part and engaged in farming until about 20 years ago when he retired and moved to New Liberty where he has since lived. He is survived by his wife and five sons, John Jr., of Hankinson, North Dakota, Charles of Grundy Center, William of Davenport, George of Sunbury and Henry of New Liberty.
     The funeral was held at the home in New Liberty Sunday at 1 o'clock p.m. and the interment was made in the Durant cemetery.


June 1905
Newspaper Unknown

    Word was received in Davenport Saturday of the death of Mrs. Sarah Johnson which occurred at Clay Center, Kan. The funeral was held a few days ago with burial at Kansas City.
     Mrs. Johnson was formerly a resident of Davenport and also of Walcott. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were well known in this vicinity having been one of the earliest settlers in Walcott. The couple lived in Davenport for a number of years; her husband Robert Johnson was in the grain business. The deceased was about 80 years of age. She is survived by a number of nephews and nieces, her husband having passed away three years ago.
     Mrs. Johnson was a sister-in-law of William Johnson of Davenport, Robert E. Johnson and Mrs. E.T. Parmele both of Davenport are nephew and niece of the late Mrs. Johnson.


Date Unknown
Newspaper Unknown

Miss Therese McMahon Passes Away at Sioux City Hospital.

     Miss Therese McMahon who was badly burned as the result of an explosion of kerosene, last December, died Friday of last week at a Sioux City hospital.
     Miss McMahon was a former resident of this city and had gone to Merrill, Iowa, to keep house for her brother. She was lighting a fire in the kitchen stove when the explosion occurred. She was able to extinguish the flames only after having been badly burned, and phoned to neighbors for assistance.
     She was rushed to a Sioux City hospital and has been under care there since that time.
     The deceased was 40 years of age, and is survived by two brothers, John and Frank, both of Merrill. Funeral services were held at Al....[paper cut off]...Wednesday morning. [rest of article missing.]


Date c. Jan. 17, 1893
Newspaper Unknown

     Died, near Gilman, Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, 1893, of neuralgia of the heart, Mrs. Sarah McIlrath, aged 63 years, 6 months and 24 days. The funeral took place Friday, Rev. Adams, Presbyterian minister of New Sharon, officiating.
     The deceased was a native of Antrim county, Ireland, born June 29, 1829, was married to Andrew McIlrath in 1852. Seven children are now living to sorrow for a kind and loving mother. After the death of her husband, with her children she emigrated to this country, arriving November 26, 1883, and resided in this vicinity since until her death, revered by her children and respected by her neighbors. She was a good mother and kind friend.


     Died, Monday, Jan. 23, Hazel, infant daughter of Rev. and Mrs. R.F. Lavender, aged over one year. The cause of death was diphtheria and burial took place same evening.


Date Unknown but probably c. 1902
Newspaper Unknown

     Word of the sudden death at Kansas City of Robert Johnson has been received by Davenport relatives. Mr. Johnson was a former resident of this city and county. He came to Davenport in 1847 and farmed near Davenport for many years, afterward coming to Davenport and entering the commission business. Eighteen years ago he went to Kansas City where he has been in the real estate business. He is survived by his wife. The funeral occurred in Kansas City.


Date Unknown 
Newspaper Unknown


     Rev. J.C. Johnson, for the past four years until a few months ago a familiar figure on the streets of this city, being known as "the old spectacle man," died quite suddenly Sunday morning at 5 o'clock at the county farm, where he has been since Aug. 14 last. Rev. Johnson's death was caused by an attack of apoplexy, induced in all probability by heavy eating and the lack of exercise. Rev. Johnson was an enormous eater, his habit in this regard having oftentimes caused comment by those who were familiar with his daily life. He occupied a dining room for his meals in company with seven other members of the farm, and his rations were more, by considerable, than the other seven combined. Another illustration of his capacity and capability to store away edibles might be given in the fact that, after eating an ordinary breakfast, he would top off on a gallon of oatmeal.
     For the past several days the old man has been failing, and during the past few days he has been addled somewhat and appeared to be bewildered and partially unconscious of his surroundings. He was up and about as usual Saturday, but died suddenly the following morning.
     Rev. Johnson was a Scotchman, 73 years of age. He came to this country when but a lad, and entered the ministry in later years. He was a Baptist minister in Iowa, at various points, for thirty-five years, but for some time has been out of active work and has devoted his time to attempting a livelihood by selling spectacles on the street corners. He had been in Marshalltown for about four years and for some time prior to that had resided at Oskaloosa. He was never married and his only living relative is known as a brother, R.B. Johnson, of Kansas City. A telegram from the latter, in response to one announcing Rev. Johnson's death, asks that the remains be sent to Kansas City for interment.

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Date Unknown
Newspaper Unknown
[Cemetery records indicate 1909 as year of print]

Fine Tribute Paid to Allen Byrnes, at Walcott and Colorado Springs.

     The funeral of the late Allen Byrnes was held Monday afternoon at Walcott, his former home, the remains having been brought there from Colorado Springs, where his death occurred last week. In recognition of the musical temperament and attainments of the deceased, the services were largely musical in their conception and execution. They were marked by a large attendance of the friends of the family from that neighborhood, the boyhood home of the deceased. Miss Profittt of the Iowa City Conservatory of Music sang "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth," from the Messiah, and Prof. Lawton from the conservatory rendered Chopin's Etude in C sharp miner, and played the Chopin funeral march. Rev. McAuley of Lyons had charge of the services. 
     The Colorado Springs Gazette brings the following tribute to the deceased, from a composer of note who knew him well there:
     Allen Byrnes.
     To the Editor of The Gazette:
      In the death today of Allen Byrne, a true artist has commenced the next stage of the infinite and eternal journey. Sensitive to an extraordinary degree to all manifestations of beauty he possessed the power of expressing through the tones of his instrument a personality such as appears only at the rarest intervals, and then but for a little time. Because of his long illness the exquisite quality of his art and of his personality were known to but few, and therefore but few realize that the loss of a genius of the pianoforte a tone poet-
     "Possessed by some strange spirit of fire,
     Quenched by an early death."
     Colorado Springs, July 17.


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[Cemetery records indicate 1909 as year of print]

Death of Allen Byrnes of Walcott, Closes Life of Brilliant Promise.

     Allen Byrnes, brother of Dr. Thomas Byrnes of Davenport, and remembered in Davenport for the brilliant musical attainments he showed as a boy, passed away at Colorado Springs Friday and will be buried at Walcott, his childhood home, Monday afternoon. The funeral services will be appropriate to the musical life which had seemed to open with such largeness to the deceased before he was stricken with tuberculosis, which has limited his life span to a brief 26 years. Miss Proffitt, vocal teacher in the conservatory at Iowa City, will sing "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth," and Prof. Lawton, also from the conservatory, will play the Chopin Etude in C sharp minor, and the chopin funeral march. There will be no sermon, Rev. McCauley of Lyons, formerly of Wilton, officiating at the simple services. The services will be at the home of Dr. E.T. Kegel at Walcott at 2 o'clock Monday.
     Allen Byrnes was a son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Byrnes of Walcott and was born there Aug. 21, 1883. Gifted with an exceptionally brilliant intellect, he early manifested rare musical tendencies, even in babyhood marked by his denotation of rhythm and harmony. Progressing with time and by careful guarding of his genius with the guidance and tutorage of his elder sister he accomplished musical feats on the piano at the age of five years, while a few years later when at the age of 12 he appeared in concert as a pupil of Mrs. Alice Dutton-Atwill evoking much favorable criticism and comment. From this date on his education both musical and general was more rapid.
     Iowa City became his home for a time, Mrs. Byrnes having removed there since the demise of her husband in 1891 to better afford her son advantages befitting the talent he had shown.
     In 1901 he became a pupil of the famous Theodore Leschetizky of Vienna, Austria, after first having had preparatory work with Malvina Brew and Frank LaForge. The latter will be remembered in this city as the accompanist of Gadski. Here his opportunities were complete and his cherished hope and ambition was realized that of becoming Leschetizky's pupil with the advantages of opera and musical art of every description. For one year he lived and thrived midst these "lofty circles," his cup of life full to overflowing; then he returned home in October, 1902, no longer physically able to cope with the strenuous requirements of the career he had hoped to have. He was not without literary as well as musical ability, and some of his articles written after his return were printed by local papers in 1904.
     Vainly seeking recuperation in Phoenix, Ariz., and a continued residence in Colorado Spring, Colo., his exitus was marked by the same manly characteristics as was his past life. His trust in Him who doeth all things well and devotion to his family and friends  was unbounded many of his personal friends being numbered among those of prominence in  both Europe and America.
     Left to survive and mourn their loss are his mother, Mrs. Jennie Byrnes of Colorado Springs, Colo., two sisters, Mrs. W.L. Dierring of Iowa City, and Mrs. E.T. Kegel of Walcott, and four brothers, Dr. Thomas Byrnes of Davenport, Ia., Dr. V.W. Byrnes of Durant, Dr. R.L. Byrnes of Avoca and Dr. R.C. Byrnes of Lake Park, Ia.

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     Mr. and Mrs. George Hamann celebrated the fifty-fifth anniversary of their wedding at their home in Durant Monday February 16. The day was observed with a family gathering of the children and grandchildren with a dinner served in the evening.
     The wedding of this estimable couple was celebrated in Davenport 55 years ago, February 16, 1876. For many years they lived on a farm near Sunbury, being among the pioneer residents of this section. Since retiring from active work on the farm they have made their home in Durant.
     The children of Mr. and Mrs. Hamann are Mrs. Amanda Trede of Durant, Mrs. Erene Schlunsen of Sunbury, Mrs. Regina Langmann of Davenport, Mrs. Sophie Anderson of Tipton, Miss Norma of San Jose, California and George, of Davenport. In addition to these children there are 19 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
     Mr. and Mrs. Hamann both enjoy good health and their many friends wish them many more happy anniversaries of their wedding day.
     The day was also the birthday of their grandson, George Hamann of Davenport, and the occasion was also made a celebration of his birthday.


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     Funeral services for Harvey Bachus, Cedar county farmer residing near Bennett, who died Wednesday, were held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Runge chapel with the Rev. Fred Rolf officiating. Burial was in Inland cemetery, near Bennett.
    Bearers were Otis Geabelmann, Floyd Stuhr, Harlan Baunick, Chester Schnaack, Lawrence Belter and Ernst Reidesel.


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Long Grove Man on Trial Monday

     Trial of William Goings of Long Grove, arrested after a four year investigation by postal inspectors, will start Monday in U.S. District Court in Davenport.
     Goings is charged with mailing obscene letters to more than 20 women in Iowa and Illinois.


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