|Cherokee County News Articles
The Alta AdvertizerThe following items that appeared in
the Alta Advertiser of Buena
Vista County, Iowa, contain Cherokee County references.
February 2, 1906
Death of Mrs. Madsen--Mrs.M. S. Madsen, Aurelia, died there on January
6th. Her husband was the son of Soren Madsen, of Elk township.
March 2, 1906
Mr. Hovenburg Dead--The community was shocked to hear of the death of
Mr. J. A. Hovenburg which occurred on Tuesday at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. Alice Farr near Aurelia. He and his wife had been there
for some time for a visit and he had fallen ill there. His two sons,
Clinton and Burton, came from Des Moines on Tuesday morning and were
present at his bedside when he passed away. John Andrew Hovenburg was
born in Ulster County, New York, August 12, 1832, and died Tuesday,
February 27, 1906, age 73 years, 6 months and 15 days. In October,
1862, he removed from New York to Lee County, Illinois, where on
January 24, 1876, he was united in marriage to Mary A. Ackert. In May,
1876 he removed to Buena Vista County, Iowa, where he resided until the
time of his death. On November 3, 1890, he united with the Church of
Christ and was a faithful and consistent member during the remainder of
his life. He leaves a wife and three children, Mrs. Alice H. Farr, of
Aurelia, and Clinton Edward and Burton Charles, both of Des Moines. The
deceased was for many years a farmer in Maple Valley township and moved
to town about five years ago. He was a good man, one who was loved for
his kindness and his quiet and unassuming ways. He was a member of the
Church of Christ and his former pastor, Rev. LeGrand Pace conducted the
funeral services which were held here yesterday afternoon. The service
was attended by a large number of intimate friends of the family.
March 30, 1906
Mrs. L. A. Ballard and baby of Cherokee arrived Tuesday for a visit
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Jones.
June 15, 1906
Miss Lydia M. Smith died at the Cherokee hospital on Wednesday, and her
remains were brought here for burial. Miss Smith was born in October,
1850, and has made her home here for many years. She was taken to the
State Hospital in Cherokee in January of this year and has been under
the care of state physicians since that time. She leaves to mourn her
loss, two brothers and three sisters.
June 22, 1906
P. C. Wilby, an old resident of Aurelia, died at his home last Friday;
interment took place Sunday. The deceased was the father of Mrs. James
Hayes, formerly of this place and also of Mrs. C. J. Mitchell and was
well known to many Alta people.
August 24, 1906
Another Old Settler Gone--Augustus Potter died at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. J. L. Bennett, at Mapleton, Iowa, August 19, 1906, and
the funeral services here held at the Unitarian Chapel in Cherokee on
Tuesday. He was born in Lloyd, N. Y., June 7, 1812, his age being 94
years, 2 months and 12 days. He was married to Jane Potter on May 8,
1838. To them were born four daughters, the late Mrs. Julia Cowles, of
Cherokee, Sarah, who died in infancy, Mrs. T. E. Sprague of Alta and
Mrs. J. L. Bennett of Mapleton. Mr. Potter with his family moved to
Jackson County, Iowa, in 1854, residing on a farm. In 1869 he moved on
a homestead six miles northwest of Alta where he resided several years,
moving from there to Cherokee where he remained until the death of his
wife which occurred on October 9, 1901. Since then he has been making
his home with his daughters. Mr. Potter was a man who was highly
respected and will be sadly missed by many old friends. T. E. Sprague
and sons, Gus and Ed and daughter, Mrs. Carl Larsen attended the A. M.
Potter funeral (Mr. Sprague's father in law) at Cherokee on Tuesday.
September 28, 1906
Mr. Thomas P. Griffith and Miss Ethel Demorest were married last week
at the home of the bride in Cherokee county. The young couple will make
their home on a farm northwest of Alta, where the groom has been
working the past year. Their many friends offer congratulations. Mr.
and Mrs. A. A. Dingman of Aurelia are the proud parents of a baby girl
born the 14th. Their many Alta friends extend congratulations.
Nov. 2, 1906
Man Drowned at Peterson--The Peterson community was shocked Sunday
night when the report was given out that Joe Glaspy had been drowned in
the Little Sioux River about three miles west of town.
November 30, 1906
Mrs. R. C. Seaman and Mrs. M. Pettit of Cherokee visited at the home of
their parents, Mrs. and Mrs. John Johnson yesterday.
December 21, 1906
Miss Edith Swanson and Henry Todd were married at Cherokee last Tuesday
afternoon. The young couple sprang a complete surprise on their parents
and all their friends, and left the evening of the wedding for Wilcox,
Canada, where the Todd family are making their home. The bride is a
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Swanson who live northwest of town and
is a young lady of fine personal appearance and possesses many good
qualities. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Todd who formerly
lived here but now make their home in Canada, and is a hard working
young man who is well liked by those who know him best. While the
affair was rather sudden The Advertiser extends congratulations and
hope the choice the young people have made will prove a wise one.
Tragedy at Peterson--A serious fire occurred at Peterson on
Saturday night of last week. A party of men were enjoying a keg party
in the basement of a new hardware store and during the night when the
oil in the lamp burned out, one of the party went to the tank to
replenish it but presumably left the faucet turned on. A little later a
lighted match was thrown on the floor and instantly the oil on the
cement floor ignited. The party escaped, but on Sunday morning when the
proprietor went into the basement he stumbled over the lifeless form of
William Hatfield who was a member of the crowd the night before. The
unfortunate victim leaves a wife and family.
January 4, 1907
C. G. Anderson, who is in the dispatchers' office at Cherokee visited
with his parents a short time Sunday.
Herman Kruse, one of the oldest settlers in Aurelia, died at
his home recently. He has been a resident of Aurelia since 1876.
February 8, 1907
Ray Clemons and Dorothea Nordstorm, two of of Diamond township's
(Cherokee County) popular young people, were married at the home of the
bride on Tuesday of last week. About a hundred neighbors and friends
witnessed the ceremony which was performed by Rev. J. G. Waterman.
Among those who attended from this vicinity were Nels Anderson and son
Oscar, Mrs. H. A. Helberg and son Elmer and daughter, Esther, and
Mrs. Chris Knudsen of Aurelia visited with her sister, Mrs.
Bertel Nelson at this place yesterday.
Miss Hulda Wilson returned home from Cherokee Monday evening
after a three weeks visit with her sister, Mrs. Gust Lundgren.
Alta Advertiser, April 12, 1907
From the Aurelia Sentinel, April 12, 1907--The death of Elsie Jordan,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Jordan, was announced last Sunday
morning, death coming at the family home just north of the city during
the previous night. The death of this beautiful young girl, just
entering young womanhood, is an extremely sad event and the sorrow of
the parents is almost pitiful. The whole community seems to share in
the sorrow and extend their sympathy. At the funeral services flowers
in memory of the departed one abounded everywhere. Room-mates at the
city school helped to contribute these. Four girl friends dressed in
white followed the casket carrying wreaths of flowers. Six young boys
were also pall bearers. Elsie was born in Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 20,
1892. When a child she was baptised in the Evangelical Lutheran church
and in 1906 renewed her baptismal vow in confirmation. Four weeks ago
she took sick and died April 6, 1907, the cause fo death being abcess
of the lungs. Her age was fourteen years, four months and seventeen
days. The departed is mourned by her parents, two brothers, Frank and
Fred, and other relatives and a host of friends. The funeral was held
at the German Evangelical church Tuesday, April 9, 1907, at two o'clock
p.m., conducted by Rev. Benkendorfer and Rev. Bond. Interment was in
the Aurelia cemetery.
April 19, 1907
Quinn-Hay Wedding-Edward D. Quinn and Mrs. Anna Hay were married on
Monday night at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. A.
Jones, with Rev. G. W. Southwell officiating. The bride is well known
here having made this place her home until about three years ago when
she moved to Cherokee. The groom is employed in a harness shop in Storm
Lake and while we are not acquainted with the gentleman we understand
that he is an industrious young man of good habits. The couple will
make their home in Storm Lake.
Mrs. Mark Petit who has been visiting at the home of her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson for the past month returned to her
home at Cherokee on Friday.
Miss Olga Olson is in Aurelia visiting with her sister Mrs. L.
July 19, 1907
Young People Wed-W. E. Willfong and Marcia E. Jenness were married on
Wednesday by Rev. E. E. Gilbert, at the parsonage in Cherokee. The
bride while a stranger to the writer is well known in Maple Valley
township having made her home there for some time, and is a young lady
of attractive personality who has a host of friends. Her parents reside
on a farm two miles west of Aurelia. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs.
Will Willfong of this place and is a good hearted, whole souled young
fellow who has many warm friends. He was formerly rural mail carrier
but the last year has been working on a farm. The young couple will
make their home in Maple Valley township.
July 26, 1907
The remains of Martin Erickson, who was killed in Aberdeen, South
Dakota a week ago Sunday, by falling down stairs at his lodging place,
has been taken to Cherokee for interment, his stepson, Ray Kieler,
coming to Aberdeen after the body. Erickson belonged to the
bricklayer's union in Omaha. Erickson was a somnambulist and it is
believed that while walking in his sleep he stepped from the head of
the stairs and fell headlong to the lower floor.
From the Aurelia Sentinel, July 19th--Considerable damage was
caused by a wind storm at Mrs. Sansen's farm east of town last Saturday
night. A small tornado visited that vicinity about 10 o'clock wrecking
the windmill and some sheds and breaking a new buggy to pieces. A hay
rack on a wagon near the barn was picked up and turned upside down near
the house. Large limbs were broken from trees and other damage was
done. The loss will amount to several hundred dollars but Mrs. Sansen
has sufficient insurance to cover it. Mrs. Sansen and two daughters
were at home, the boys being in town and they passed through a dreadful
experience, feeling thankful after it was over that there was anything
left on the farm. The wind roared and screeched and the noise caused by
falling lumber and other things outside was terrible. The tornado came
up a ravine from the southwest and did some other damage in the
From the Aurelia Sentinel, July 19--G. W. Johns and Oscar
Cottong of Diamond township each lost a steer by lightening last Sunday
night. Both were insured in the Maple Valley Mutual Insurance
Association. Mr. Cottong lives on the Swan Peterson farm.
From the Aurelia Sentinel, July 19-- P. D. Wine is now the
owner of an elegant five passenger touring car, having received same
early this week from the factory at Auburn, Indiana. The new auto is an
"Auburn", a 1907 model, of 24 horse power, and one of the best makes of
machines. The color of the car is another very attractive thing about
it, being a dark maroon or purple lake. A top for the car will arrive
in a few days. Mr. and Mrs. Wine will derive a great deal of pleasure
and satisfaction from the automobile and we know that no one is more
worthy. This is five autos owned in Aurelia people and another one
coming next week will be six. Henry Johnson purchased one at Des Moines
last week which will be here in a few days. Henry;s will contain one
seat with room for a detachable seat.
August 2, 1907
The Cradle--Born to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Christensen of
Cherokee, on Monday, August 19th, a son.
Another New Teacher Named--The school board at their last
meeting elected Miss Mabel Peyton of Cherokee to succeed Miss Ethel
Miller as assistant principal in the high school. The new member of the
corps of instructors of the school is a graduate of the Iowa State
Normal of Cedar Falls and has had several years experience in school
work. Last year she was at Shenandoah, Iowa. She is a Cherokee girl
being a graduate of the schools and has grown to womanhood at that
place. She will be welcomed to Alta and we trust she may have a
successful year's work here. Miss Miller was an excellent instructor
and has been elected for another year but for some reason she resigned.
Her many friends will wish her success wherever she may decide to go.
August 30, 1907
From the Aurelia Sentinel, August 23, 1907- Mrs. Fred Kolpin died at
her home in Afton township, Tuesday, August 20, 1907 at 8:30 a.m., of
dropsy, after a week's illness. Mrs. Kolpin was born in Germany and was
63 years, 7 months and 10 days old. She had lived with her husband in
Afton township for twenty-three years and raised a family of four
children as follows: Henry, Frank, Albert and Mrs. Pingel. The funeral
was held yesterday afternoon at the German Lutheran church in Afton
township, conducted by Rev. Hartman. burial at the church cemetery.
September 12, 1907
L. P. Nelson of Aurelia and Bertel Nelson of this place received word
last week of the death of their father at Bislev, Denmark. The old
gentleman was seventy years old.
September 27, 1907
Mrs. O. C. Finch, formerly Miss Grace Rutherford of Aurelia died at her
home in Woodson, Kansas last week. The lady was quite well known here,
and the many friends of the family extends their heart felt sympathy.
October 11, 1907
Cherokee Children Burned--Mildred, the little daughter of Charles
Scholander of Cherokee was badly burned last Saturday afternoon. The
children built a bonfire to amuse themselves and the little girl got
too close allowing her clothing to catch fire. On Monday of this week
little Lois Ausman of the same town was scaleded from a bucket of hot
water her grandmother was carrying. The children mentioned are quite
well known to many of our readers.
October 25, 1907
Arthur F. VanBuskirk and Edith Barnes were married on Wednesday at the
home of the bride in Cherokee, with Rev. W. O. Tompkins officiating.
The couple thus united are well known in this county, the bride having
been operator of the Storm Lake telephone exchange for a long time
before coming to this place to make her home with her sister here, Mrs.
F. S. Ash. The groom is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. VanBuskirk
who live south of town and is a young man who is held in high esteem.
He is at present in the employ of the Northwestern railroad as a
fireman and make his home at Eagle Grove. Both of the young people are
popular and it is with pleasure that The Advertiser extends
congratulations. A reception will be given by the parents of the groom
November 1, 1907
Ludwig Peterson Passes Away After a Lingering Illness--One of the old
time residents of this county died at his home in Elk township, last
Friday after a long illness. His disease was a cancer and for several
years he has been failing. A couple of months ago he was taken to Sioux
City, where he entered one of the best hospitals in the city, but in
spite of all that medical aid could do the cancer slowly but surely
caused his death. The deceased was born in Lolland, Denamrk, March 12,
1846 and at the time of his death was 61 years, 7 months and 19 days of
age. He was married in August of the year 1871 to Marie Anderson and in
1882 the couple came to America, coming direct to Buena Vista county.
To this union was born ten children of which nine are living: Mrs.
Hannah Iverson, of Aurelia; Mrs. Christine Hansen of Scott township; C.
C. Peterson; Mrs. Nina Reece; Mrs. Julia Lauridson; Miss Minnie
Peterson; and Frank, Albert and Mary Peterson who make their home with
their parents. All but two of the surviving members are residents of
Elk township. The funeral was held in the Elk Methodist church the
services being conducted by Revs. Rasmussen of Marcus and Kidder of
this place. The former being a Lutheran preacher of which denomination
the deceased was a member, made the funeral address in the Danish
language, with Rev. Kidder making some remarks in English. Interment
was made in the Scandinavian cemetery just north of town. The pall
bearers were L. A. Nelson, Peter Johnson, George Lauridsen, Jorgen
Larson, Chris Erickson of this place and Ole Olson of Aurelia, all old
friends of the deceased. The bereaved family have the sincere sympathy
of their many friends in this vicinity who feel with them the loss of a
kind and loving husband and father as well as the removal of a good
Card of Thanks--We wish to thank our many
friends and neighbors who so generously helped and sympathized with us
in the hour of our affliction, the death of our beloved husband and
father. Thanks dear friends for your calls, thanks for your comforting
words, and thanks for your prayers. May the Lord bless all.--Mrs.
Ludvig Peterson and children.
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