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The Fayette County Union
West Union, Fayette Co., Iowa
November 15, 1923
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TWO ELGIN LADIES ARE CALLED TO REWARD
Mrs. John D.
Shaffer passed away Monday morning about nine o'clock after an
illness of over a year. She was the wife of Hon. J.D. Shaffer
and was sixty four years of age. She was the mother of seven
children, Mrs. Harry Gilson, Jack Shaffer, and Israel F.
Shaffer, all of Elgin; Mrs. Odell of Milwaukee; Mrs. Guy
Whitford, of Limo Springs; Mrs. John Bowers, of Los Angeles
and Ray Shaffer, of Volga City, all of whom survive. Mrs.
Shaffer was a sister of Mrs. Amy Layton, of this city. Funeral
services were held yesterday afternoon at the Methodist church
and interment made in the Elgin cemetery.
Frieburghaus passed Monday Morning at a hospital in St. Paul.
She was the widow of a former Elgin merchant and was sixty one
years of age. Six daughters and one son survive: Mesdames Carl
Hackman, Will Krueger, Fred Mueleuthale and Miss Freda, all of
Elgin: Mrs. Max Lehman, of Stillwater, Minn.; Mrs. Gus
Hackman,of Clermont, and Julius Frieburghaus of Huron, So. Dak.
The funeral services are being held this afternoon at Elgin
and burial will be made in the Elgin cemetery beside the body
of her husband, who passed away three years ago.
A HUSKING BEE FOR ED NEUMAN
Ed Neuman had his band injured
lately so badly that he was unable to get his corn husked. His
popularity in the neighborhood was demonstrated when
twenty-nine men with thirteen teams came and husked
thirty-nine loads of corn for him. Ten women came along and
prepared the big feast at the noon hour.
(?) husker was Will Mishler who husked two and a half times
around the field to Frank Glascock's once.
THE COURTHOUSE GOING NICELY
The fourth floor of the court
house was poured Tuesday and with five car loads of Bedford
stone on hand work will be rushed now to get the building
enclosed before cold weather sets in. The pillars are up and
it will not be long before the roof will be put on and the
remaining height of the wall laid.
--THEY ARE COMING
Quite a number have driven up to West Union
the past week to see the progress made on the new court house.
Work on the top story is going along fast and it is expected
the roof will be complicated this fall so that inside work can
be done during the winter. -- Maynard News
FAYETTE COUNTY RESIDENT PASSES
Alexander Clyde, a resident
of near Waucoma from 1850 until 1908, passed away at his home
in Phillipsburg, Mo. Nov. 1, aged eighty-five years. Mr. Clyde
was born in Ayrshire, Scotland. January 20, 1838. He lived
while in Fayette county on a farm between Waucoma and Ft.
Atkinson. His remains were brought to Waucoma for interment,
services being held Tuesday of last week.
ELECTS OFFICERS FOR 1924
The annual meeting of the Union
township Farm Bureau was held Monday evening at H.M.
Stafford's office and resulted in the old officers being
re-elected to their respective positions as follows: Olaf Haug,
president; Ollie Palmer, vice president and Wm. R. Halstead
secretary. Owing to the rainy weather only a small number were
present but the work of the old officers was so satisfactory
we are sure the outcome of the election would have been the
--FAYETTE COUNTY BUTTER WINS AGAIN
of Maynard won first place in the fresh butter class at the
national creamery butter makers contest held at Milwaukee last
week. Otto F. Weger of Strawberry Point, was first in the cold
storage butter competition. Fred Harms of Oelwein was a prize
winner in the butter judging contest.
Nygard, an inmate of the County Home, wandered away from the
institution last Friday and her body was found in a creek in
Frog Hollow vicinity Monday afternoon.
formerly from near Clermont, was about forty-four years of
age. She has been a patient at the county home for a number of
years. She often wandered away and had been found two or three
days later. Friday night she was numbered among the missing
but no alarm was felt. Monday afternoon, while out hunting Art
Earle and Philip Craft, two young men of this city, came upon
her body. Earle, while walking along, noticed something white
on the bank of the creek, and closer inspection found it to be
the woman's apron. Looking down into the creek he saw the body
of the woman, lying face downward, her outer apparel removed
but her underclothing on. They reported their find to Sheriff
Wright who got in touch with C.J. Wells at the county farm
where her body was taken and prepared for burial.
coroners jury impaneled Tuesday by acting coroner. Harvey
Smith returned a verdict of suicide.
Mr. Wells reports
that Mrs. Nygard was a model patient at the county home, but
in her condition her pet theory was that of running away. Mrs.
Nygard has many friends near her old home who sympathize with
this left to mourn her passing.
--LOCAL BOY IS MARRIED
IN ST. PAUL
Miss Helen McAndrews, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
M.J. McAndrews, of this city was married in St. Paul to Mr.H.B.
Schwestka, of West Union, on October 31st. Mrs. Schwestka has
been living in St. Paul some time past and has had a position
as stenographer with the Local Loan Company. She is a highly
esteemed young woman and has many friends here and all join
with us in extending congratulations and best wishes. They
will make their home in St. Paul. -- Decorah Public Opinion.
-- ISAAC JOHNSON COMPLETES HIS 47TH YEAR
testimonial in his honor over one hundred people of Dover
township gathered at the home of Isaac Johnson Sunday for an
all day celebration. The reason for all this was the fact that
Mr. Johnson had completed forty-seven years of service as an
instructor in the Norwegian Lutheran parochial school at
Eldorado. Following a feast and social time, Mr. Johnson was
presented with a purse of silver, the gift of his friends.
Rev. Mr. Kvamme who presented the purse made a nice speech.
--OELWEIN MAN DEAD THE WOMAN INJURED
at Strawberry Point Sunday Eve
About Six O'clock.
O.B. Eales, 35 years of age, proprietor of the Saratoga barber
shop at Oelwein, committed suicide at Strawberry Point Sunday
evening about six o'clock, after be had shot and injured Mrs.
B.B. Braycon, of that city.
It seems that Eales, who
was married, was deeply infatuated with the Braycon woman, who
was also married. They had been together quite a good deal and
only lately had been in an auto mishap near Oelwein. Eales
drove to Strawberry Point Sunday evening and went to the
restaurant conducted by Mrs. Braycon and her husband, and so
the report goes, asked her a question to which she replied
"no." Eales pulled out a gun and shot her, the bullet striking
her in the temple and she fell. He then turned the gun on
himself and fired two bullets into his head, just back of the
eyes, dying almost instantly.
Eales was the husband of
Miss Craig, of Maynard, but they were living apart. The
deceased had been married before and leaves a daughter in
Illinois. His parents live in Hannibal, Missouri, and he had
written them last week what to do with his body—showing that
his deed was a sort of per-arranged affair. He was a world war
veteran and a member of the Legion and the I.O.O.F.
Mrs. Braycon was not seriously injured. Thus endeth another
triangle love affair.
--FARMERS LOSE TWO VALUABLE BARNS
While shredding at the Phillip Lauer farm; three miles
northwest of this city, Thursday afternoon, fire in some way
started around the shredder and was blown into the barn,
starting a fire that consumed Mr. Lauer's hay, straw, corn
stalks, with the exception of five acres. The machinery and
harness were gotten out of the basement before the fire
reached it. The separator house was burned also. The chemical
wagon of the local fire department was sent out to assist in
checking the fire. Mr. Lauer received a check for $2,319 from
the Eldorado Mutual, but this will not cover his loss. Will
Domke lost a good sized barn Monday evening by fire. Miss
Domke, his sister, discovered a small blaze in the barn and
after failing to put it out ran to the neighbors for help.
By the time help arrived the fire had gained too much
headway to be put out. The hay crop was burned, but the small
grain and other articles were gotten out.
EXAMINES THIRTY AT CLERMONT
Thirty babies were examined
last Wednesday at the baby clinic held at Clermont, held under
auspices of the Red Cross. Twenty-seven of the babies were
from Clermont, two from Postville and one from Elgin.-- The
doctors and nurses, present were the same that held the,
clinic, at West Union. Twenty-six mothers were given
instructions in maternal care. Seven of the children examined
were found normal in every way.