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Sad Death at North McGregor, 1902


Posted By: S. Ferrall
Date: 6/19/2004 at 18:51:39

Last Friday John Gleason, of Mason City, was in town spending the day with friends. At supper time, and while considerably under the influence of liquor, he went into the Wells Bros. restaurant and ordered supper with extra dishes, which Mr. Wells prepared for him which ammounted to more than the cost of the supper.

After eating his supper he left the restaurant, refusing to pay for same, although having plenty of money with him, and went down in front of the Hotel Annex. Dot Wells, proprietor of the restaurant, followed him and asked him to settle for his supper, which he again refused to do, saying "I will eat you too" and other ill tempered words, [illegible] it is reported, striking at Wells, when Wells struck back, then he returned to the restaurant. Gleason fell off the porch, then got up and sat down on a chair, when in a few moments he was seen to fall over. He was carried to a room in the Annex, placed in bed. Dr. Hall called, but Gleason died before help arrived. After careful and thorough examination the doctor pronounced his death due to heart disease and alcoholic stimulants.

The coroner's jury returned the verdict "The cause of death was heart disease, alcoholic stimulants and a blow." Mr. Wells was arrested Monday and taken before Justice T.J. Sullivan who put his bonds at $1,000, which were promptly furnished by four prominent business men.

Mr. Wells has the sympathy of this community. He was in our employ at one time, always found him of a quiet but friendly disposition, would intentionaly harm no one. --
McGregor News.
Dot Wells is a son of Noble Wells, for many years baggageman at the Milwaukee depot here, and the case will be watched with interest by
Postville people.

Postville Review; Postville, Allamakee county Iowa; October 17, 1902


Dot Wells Acquitted.
The grand jury of Clayton county, Iowa, failed to find an indictment against M. H. Wells, the North McGregor restaurant man who was charged
with manslaughter, an account of which appeared in these columns last week.—Pearl City Record. This will be glad news to Dot's Postville

~Postville Review, October 31, 1902

Added by Mary Black, 8/2/2011:
Dot Wells' given name was Mutius H. Wells.

Iowa Old Press

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