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 .
SCOTT COUNTY DEAD
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].
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
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
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1897
CRUSHED TO DEATH.
TERRIBLE ACCIDENT ON THE C.R. & N., NEAR NEW LIBERTY.
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.
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
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]
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
CARD OF THANKS.
To the kind friends who so kindly sympathized and
helped during our late bereavement, we wish to tender our sincere and
Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Paul.
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.
No Date [c. March 1905]
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
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
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
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
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.
DAVENPORTER DIES OF BURNS
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
Date c. Jan. 17, 1893
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
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.
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
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
[Cemetery records indicate 1909 as year of print]
BYRNES FUNERAL HELD AT WALCOTT
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:
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."
FREDERIC AYRES JOHNSON,
Colorado Springs, July 17.
[Cemetery records indicate 1909 as year of print]
MUSICIAN TO HAVE MUSICIAN'S BURIAL
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.