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The Alta Advertizer

The 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 Martin Poulson.

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. P. Nelson.

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 neighborhood.

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 this evening.

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 citizen.
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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