The Winnebago County Republican Volume VI Forest City, Winnebago County
Iowa, Wednesday, December 11, 1907 number 51
Jimmie Daddell, aged 12 years, was drowned in the ice rink in the Oelwein
city park. There were six young boys skating when the ice gave was and all
were precipitated into the water. Five of them escaped, but Daddell lost
While playing with some boys at school, the 6 year old son of J.O.
Patterson and wife, southwest of Moulton, was thrown violently to the ground
by one of the larger boys and a sharp weed penetrated his left ear. The ear
drum was bursted and death followed.
Practically every motion made by the counsel of Rev. Mr. Moley, a
defendant in a libel suit at Waterloo, was sustained by Judge F.C. Platt,
who is hearing the case. The suit was brought against the minister by Mrs.
Hamilton, the wife of a minister of the United Evangelical denomination.
Horace S. Rand, the wealthy lumber merchant of Burlington, who is also
identified with local banking, received a communication from the United
States department of justice conveying the intelligence that the suit
instituted against him for alleged timber frauds in connection with the case
of Senator Borah at Boise, Idaho, had been dismissed because the department
was satisfied of his innocence.
Thieves entered the coop where thirty fat turkeys were penned up for
Thanksgiving and stole all of the fowls for the next day's feast except one,
too lively to be captured. The loss was not discovered until the next day
wand it was found necessary to scour the farming communities in automobiles
to secure a supply of national birds for the guests of the hostelry.
Jacob Stober, a well known farmer near Moulton, was frightened by the tale
of the financial flurry, and recently withdrew his money from the bank and
hid it in a mailbox under his bed. Soon after, while he and his family were
out doing their evening work,some one entered the house and took the money,
amounting to $310. There is no clew as to the thief, but it is thought that
it was some one who was familiar with Mr. Stober's plans.
Mrs. John Flanders died at Lamont as the result of severe burns sustained
from her clothing accidentally catching fire. Mrs. Llancher, and aged
pioneer of 73 years, was working at her kitchen range. Smelling smoke, she
went out into the yard to ascertain whether her home was on fire. Her
skirts immediately blazed up, enveloping her in a sheet of flame and
literally burning the clothing from her body before aid could reach her.
She lived but a short time, suffering the most intense agony.
The city officials of Iowa City are temporarily deprived of their
salaries. The city treasurer has refused to cash warrants on the general
fund, as it is overdrawn by about $7,000. It is understood the banks also
hesitate about accepting further overdrafts. A bond issue will probably be
made soon to relieve the stringency and the official, including the members
of the police force, are not worrying over the situation. During the past
few years the city has expended a great amount of money on paving and other
improvements, and this is largely responsible for the situation.
Eight hours were required by the jury in the $35,000 personal injury suit
brought at Creston by John Hall against the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
Railway company to reach a verdict, and by their decision Mr. Hall will
recover but $3,000 as damages for the injuries which he sustained. It was
shown that the small bones of the spine were broken, his shoulder blade
injured, nearly all the ribs of his left side were broken, his breast bone
split, and his left lung punctured, as the result of having been rolled in a
seven and one-half inch space between a box car and a platform.
Did Patrolman William F. Jones tip off to Sioux City saloonkeepers
plans of the United States marshal for their prosecution? This question has
to be decided at a hearing of the board of the police and fire commissioners
at the city hall. While no formal charges have been filed by Chief of
Police John C. Dineen against the officer with City Clerk A.A. Smith, who is
secretary of the board, the commission was called to make an investigation
in view of the publicity given a charge by United States Marshal J.A. Tracy
that an officer of the police department had given away his plans relative
to certain liquor prosecutions.
Merrill Buckley, until recently a member of the soldiers' home at
Marshallton, was arrested at State Center by Constable Walter Wilson for
stealing a horse valued at $100, owned by William King, a member of the
home. Buckley pleaded not guilty in Judge Millard's court. His preliminary
hearing was set, and being unable to furnish bond for $500, he was lodged in
jail. The constable tracked Buckley in the direction of State Center on
foot along the Northwestern railway. Buckley was discharged from the home
for insubordination. He entered the institution from Clinton.
At last the big Polk-Story drainage ditch is finished. The board of
supervisors from Story county met with the Polk board at the Polk county
court house and final arrangements for the acceptance of the canal were
made. The boards visited the ditch last week and inspected it thoroughly.
The Polk-Story ditch is 5 miles long and cost about $15,000. It drains
hundreds of acres of land that has heretofore been useless. Work on the
ditch was started over a year ago. The ditch extends across the northeast
corner of Polk county, and drains land in both Polk and Story counties,
which accounts for the name.
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