From: "Cathy Joynt Labath" <labaths(a)celticcousins.net>
Subject: [IOWA] Iowa News March 27, 1913
Correctionville, Woodbury, Iowa
March 27, 1913
IOWA NEWS IN BRIEF
COUNCIL BLUFFS - Two fatal accidents to children under exactly the same
circumstances, but in separate sections, occurred yesterday. At Blanchard
the year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Draper fell backward into a tub of
boiling water and was so badly scalded great pieces of flesh came away with
the clothing. At Elliott the 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd
Baldwin died from burns received by falling into a bucket of hot water the
mother had set out to use for scrubbing.
FORT DODGE - Elizabeth Williams, a Green Wheeler shoe factory employe, went
to Ames to meet Mrs. Ohner, of Missoula, Mont., who was to become his bride.
She was not there and, mystified, he returned to Fort Dodge, picked up a
paper on Sunday and read her name among those killed in a wreck in Nebraska.
Hurriedly investigating he found the report accurate. He hurried to Nebraska
and claimed the body.
MARSHALLTOWN - All of the injured in the hospital here as the result of the
Minneapolis & St. Louis wreck north of this city Tuesday, are doing well and
give further promise of effecting complete recoveries. Baby Gertrude Crist,
a 1-month-old daughter of Mrs. James Crist, of Hanna City, Ill., who had her
scalp torn off, may become a victim of pneumonia as a result of the
BRIDGEWATER - The terrible results of water contamination are shown in the
home of Mr. and Mrs. William Sickles. Mrs. Sickles is dead and four children
in the family are now so ill they are unconscious and probably all will die.
The cause of the trouble is water that was piped from the pasture to the
house and which now is found to have been alive with typhoid fever germs.
CENTERVILLE - Fire during the night at Plano destroyed the Farmers and
Merchants Savings bank, the Burt-Stone grocery in the Odd Fellows' building
and the Samuel Ball restaurant, with a loss of $15,000, and insurance of
$8,000. The Odd Fellows' building was once occupied as a school house. The
cause of the fire is unknown.
ROCKWELL CITY - Herman Harm, a young man residing at Lavin, Ia., fell dead
last night on the porch at the home of John Beam, where he had gone to
telephone for a physician to attend his wife, who is seriously ill. The
couple had been married but a few weeks. It is supposed excitement and worry
caused heart failure.
FORT DODGE - "Billy" McEwan, an old Scotch coal miner and a pioneer of
Webster county recalling with pride the days when he and "Billy" Wilson, the
new secretary of labor, were chums and worked together in a coal mine at
Merrill's Ford, near Fort Dodge. Wilson had come west because he could not
get work in Pennsylvania mines.
DAVENPORT - Grief over the death of his wife, who died a week ago, caused
the death of Isaac J. Secoy yesterday. He was 76 years old. Secoy came home
from his wife's funeral and suffered a collapse from which he never
recovered. He had been a resident of Davenport for more than 50 years.
MARSHALLTOWN - A telegram received here from Oakland, Cal., was to the
effect that Geo. B. McCord, a former sheriff of this county and a prominent
citizen, was dying at his home in Oakland. Mr. McCord's illness is due to a
tumor on the kidney.
MERRILL - Indications are that the building boom which struck Merrill a
couple or three years ago is to continue for some time. This week Dr. W.E.
Wolcott broke the ground for a fine new residence, and Elmer Brown began
work on a new cottage.
EMMETSBURG - Mrs. Janes, of Ruthven, this county, attempted suicide last
evening by taking a dose of poison. Medical aid was summoned and she will
perhaps recover. Her husband committed suicide by taking poison at Mason
City a year ago.
DUBUQUE - David G. Scott, 86 years old, a native of Perth, Scotland, and a
resident of Dubuque since 1845, banker and general merchant, one of the
oldest citizens of Dubuque, died yesterday.
COUNCIL BLUFFS - C. Victor Nelson, 36 years old, shot himself through the
heart at his home here this afternoon. He was a cripple and is supposed to
have become despondent.
CHEROKEE - The March term of the District court is under way with Judge
Boles on the bench. The case of the State of Iowa vs. James Chinn for the
murder of Tom Cummins is set for the first jury trial next Monday. This case
grows out of the shooting and killing last fall of Cummins at the defendant's
home near Meriden. Chinn took down a gun from the wall and it is claimed
that another grabbed the gun and changed the direction of the muzzle. At any
rate Cummins received the charge in his shoulder and died in a short time.
PAULLINA - Al Falb, a barber who came here last Wednesday from West Bend,
Ia., was found dead in his room. Examination showed he had been dead several
hours at least. The man was known to be despondent over family troubles,
having told that his wife was suing for a divorce. He was 42 years of age
and leaves a wife and four children at West Bend.
SHENANDOAH - Margie Ellen England 16 years old, didn't know until yesterday
that Mrs. Etta A. Branson, of Shenandoah was not her mother. She was adopted
by Mrs. Branson when a baby. Her mother, who lives in Milwaukee, found her
whereabouts following a long search, made when she again became affluent.
She will go to Milwaukee.
MASON CITY - The Sheldon Mail has changed hands, C.M. Stearns, editor and
proprietor, having sold to C.C. Button and W.A. Edgington. These new
proprietors are old residents but take hold of the plant with no experience,
but with a whole lot of push and energy. Mr. Stearns will remain with the
new company for a while.
COUNCIL BLUFFS - Mrs. Thomas Butler died at Malvern a few hours after the
receipt of news of the death in a Council Bluffs hospital of her husband,
and both will be buried together at Malvern Sunday. Mr. Butler had been ill
and the shock killed her. She was 61 and he was 62 years old.
CONCORD ACCEPTS THE HAND OF HIS ACCUSER
Des Moines, Ia., March 22 - Mrs. Kitty McKim, of Des Moines, today
positively identified "Tom Concord" of Omaha, as Guy C. Concord, a notorious
police character ,for whom the police have been seeking on a charge that he
murdered Charles Hickard at Cherokee in 1911. He carried the body for three
days in his wagon and interred the remains near Ottumwa.
Concord is one of four men arrested in Des Moines for safe blowing in
They were handcuffed together at the depot, awaiting the arrival of
the train which would bear them to Omaha, when the woman made her
astonishing statement. Mrs. McKim told Concord that she was his playmate at
Denison when they were children together.
Concord denied it at first but finally extended his hand and shook
hands with the woman.
Des Moines, Ia., March 22 - The following patents were granted to
Iowans as reported from the office of Wilfred C. Lane, patent attorney, 505
Crocker building, Des Moines, Ia.:
Convertible flat bottom freight car and dump car, William P.
Bettendorf, deceased, Bettendorf, J.W. Bettendorf, administrator, Davenport,
Ia.; curtain holder, Albin Dahlberg, Des Moines, Ia.; bed plate adjustment
for printing presses, John Cottle, Des Moines, Ia., assignor of one-half to
F.V. Hellen, Des Moines, Ia.; automobile wheel, Glade L. Griffith, Blockton,
Ia.; neck protector for draft animals, David A. Kent, Jewell, Ia.; ironing
board, William D. Neils, Davenport, Ia.; relay system, Edwin W. Preston and
G.L. Nickerson, Sioux City, Ia.; insect trap, John Reinhart, Early, Ia.;
sprocket gearing, Geo. M. Webster, Fort Dodge, Ia.
EXPLOSION OF EMPTY GASOLINE TANK FATAL
Treynor, Ia., March 22 - Charles Springer, a well known farmer living
six miles east of Treynor, was so badly injured by an exploding gasoline
tank that he died less than three hours later. Preparatory to refilling his
large automobile supply tank he was working around it with solder and a blow
pipe. The tank was empty, but the vaporous gases exploded. The end of the
tank, as it was hurled through the air, struck Springer in the face,
crushing his head.
DRIVEN BY PAIN TO ATTEMPT SUICIDE
Hawarden, Ia., March 22 - Albert Searle, a young farmer of this
vicinity attempted suicide after having been ill for a few days with pain in
the back of the neck. When questioned as to the motive for his act he said
that the pain was so great he was unable to bear it. The bullet entered at
the back of the neck and had it pursued the intended upward direction would
undoubtedly have been fatal. His condition is very serious.
TIMELY SUICIDE ENDS WIFE'S DIVORCE SUIT
Emmetsburg, Ia., March 22 - By the timely suicide of her husband at
Paulina, O'Brien county, March 15, Mrs. A. L. Falb, of West Bend, will not
need to apply for a divorce before Judge Coyle in this city next week. Falb
was a barber at West Bend for many years. He brooded over his family
troubles and left home on March 12. Nothing was heard of him until the news
of his self destruction at Paullina. Besides his wife he leaves four
CHILD'S DEATH FOLLOWS EATING OF RAT BISCUIT
Emmetsburg, Ia., March 22 - The funeral of the 6-year-old child of Mr.
and Mrs. Weir of this city will be held at Graettinger today. The little
fellow got hold of a rat biscuit in the basement of his home and ate it.
Prompt medical assistance was of no avail.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Iowa Old Press