Fremont County, Iowa

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The Hamburg Reporter
May 1914

Hamburg, Fremont County, Iowa
May 1914
  • MAY 1, 1914

    • WILLIAM KNAPPE:
      On Monday, the twenty-seventh day of April, 1914, one of the oldest surviving settlers of Fremont county passed from this life at the home of his daughter, Lucy Knappe in Hamburg.

      William Knappe settled on a farm about five miles north of Hamburg in the spring of 1856. He lived there on the old homestead until several years ago, when the place was sold. Mr Knappe lived to be eight-eight years old. He was the last member of his family, and even at his advanced age was remarkably active and well preserved. It was due to an acute systemic disorder and to an operation that he passed away so suddenly.

      This octogenarian, last of the race of our pioneers, was born at Nettin, Germany. There he learned the locksmith's trade. He left Germany in 1848. After a stormy passage on the Atlantic on one of the old American clipper-built sailing ships, he landed in New Orleans. It required 65 days to complete this voyage. He worked as a mechanic on a large sugar plantation about twenty miles north of New Orleans for several months. Then he went up the Mississippi to St Louis and followed his trade in various machine shops. Here he met Henrietta Winkler who afterward became his wife. They were married May 23, 1853. Three years later in 1856 he bought the farm north of Hamburg where he lived until March, 1913. He grew up with this part of the state, toiling ceaselessly until about fourteen years ago, when he gave up the active work of the farm to his youngest son, William. Educated as a successful farmer in the actual experience and hard knocks, extremely conscientious and of a pleasing, kind nature, he was respected and liked by his many friends in this vicinity who had the good fortune to know him intimately.

      His wife lived until five yars ago. These old residents of our county raised a family of ten children. The eldest died in infancy. Charles F. Knappe, the third eldest child, was suddenly stricken with paralysis and died two years ago. This bowed down the old father very preceptably, the nine bereaved children who remain to mourn their father's death are: Minnie Guergens, Milwaukee, Wis; Clara Knappe, Riverton, Iowa; Lena Snow, Billings, Mont; Dona Lutz and Emma Mann, Sidney, Iowa; Lucy Knappe, Hattie Hines and William Knappe of Hamburg, and Ida Trudeau of Lexington, Nebr.

      The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the house conducted by Rev M.F. Brower and interment was made in the Hamburg cemetery.

    • Jim Easley of Waterloo is visiting his sister and friends.
    • Miles Holly returned from his trip to Belle Fourche, S. Dak., last Friday. While gone he filed upon a homestead and will move to that country next spring.

    • TEN YEARS AGO COLUMN
      • Don Wikoff of Missouri Valley [Iowa] visiting friends and relatives
      • Mrs R.D. Buchanan of Wier City, Kan., visiting mother Mrs T.C. Clark.
      • Last Friday while Mrs William Frazier was engaged in blacking the stove she had an experience which came near causing a fire. She was using a blacking thined with gasoline. There happened to be enough fire in the stove to ignite the gas thus causing a slight explosion. There was but a small quanitity of gasoline, and prompt action soon extinguished the flames.
      • Ben Brower of Ames attended the wedding of a sister in Malvern.
      • Doris Brower wed J.H. Beckwith at Malvern. Miss Doris was born and raised in Hamburg and graduated from our schools in 1909. After teaching in Payne two years she went to Malvern.

      • Word was received here Sunday of the death of Mrs Josephine Lee at the home of her daughter, Mrs Roy Harris, at Tabor. For some time past Mrs. Lee has been failing and her death was looked for at any time. Mrs. Lee was born in New York state March 14, 1849 and married R.P. Lee December 16, 1866.

        She came to Fayette, Iowa, in 1856 and made her home there for about sixty years. She saw the town grow from two little shacks to a town of some importance. About five years ago she came to live with her daughter at this place and removed with them to Tabor about a year ago. A short funeral service was held at the home Monday conducted by Rev R. Bruce West of Malvern and the body was taken to Fayette for burial. Mr and Mrs Harris have the sympathy of the entire community in their sorrow.


      • Elder George Weaver founder and the head of the holiness association school at Tabor, died at Waverly, New York. He was 75 years of age. In 1892 he sold 160 acres of land near Doniphan, Ne., and bought land in Tabor for school, was in war, 4th Iowa Infantry. He leaves a widow and 5 daughters and 1 son, buried Mt Zion cemetery midway between Sidney and Tabor.--Sidney Herald

      • On Monday evening at the home of Rev and Mrs A.W. Tandy occured the wedding of Miss Nellie Bronson to Ed Browning, Rev Tandy performing the ceremony. Those attending the ceremony were Chance Calkins and wife and E.G. Tiller and wife.

        The bride was born and raised in Hamburg and is highly respected by her large circle of friends. For some time past she has been the chief operator at the Independent office, a position which she has filled in the best possible manner. The groom is our city marshal and street commissioner and while he has not been a resident of this place for a great while his willingness to work and his general good conduct has won him a place in the esteem of our people. The couple go to housekeeping in the rooms over the candy kitchen. The best wishes of their host of friends join the Reporter in wishing them a happy voyage down the stream of life.


      • The death of William Green occurred at his home in Thurman Tuesday morning at 7 o'clock. After the stroke of paralysis Sunday morning he wasn't able to speak. He was 80 years old last September and has lived here for a number of years and had many friends here. The arrangement for the funeral haven't been made yet.

      • A HAMBURG COUPLE MARRIED
        Andrew Jacob Jennings, 21, and Miss Ella Curtis, 16, both of Hamburg, Iowa came to the city Saturday morning, accompanied by a number of relatives and were married by Judge A.A. Bischof. The party spent most of the day in the city, returned home late this afternoon. --Nebraska City News
    • WATSON
      • Mrs. Ebb Good is the proud grandmother of a son born to Mr and Mrs Geo Heck. George and his wife have been living on a farm east of Hamburg.
      • Miss Barrington of Torono, Kan., returned to the south Monday after a visit at the home of W.A. Ford.

      • The remains of Chas Clevenger were shipped to Watson and arrived Saturday from San Bernardino, Cal., for interment in the High Creek cemetery [Atchison county, MO]. The deceased was formerly a resident of this community. He is a brother of Walter Clevenger of Rock Port [Missouri]. Rev J. C. Midgett conducted the funeral services.

      • Mr and Mrs Strait visiting in Union, Nebr., with relatives.
      • Mrs Olin Stephens and son to Gentry, Mo to visit with relatives.
      • C.D. Whetstone and family of Phelps [Missouri] visiting Whetstone family here.
      • Mrs Minnie Juergens and son, Cal, of Milwaukee were called here by the death of Wm Knappe. Mrs A.J. Trudeau of Lexington, Neb., was also here.
      • Mrs L.E. Clanton of Springfield, Ill., visiting son John who is our accomodating ticket agent.
      • A.C. Sanders of Arcadia, Ia., attended to business of property here.
      • Mr and Mrs John Bunker and family moving to Clarinda [Iowa].
      • Roy Yager moved to Shenandoah [Iowa].
      • W.A. Johnson to new job in Fremont [Nebraska].
      • Mesdames A.E. Wanamaker and Chas Clayton went to Bartlett, Monday where they met Roy Harris and wife who were on their way to Fayette [Iowa] with the remains of Mrs Lee. They accompanied them as far as Pacific Junction.
      • Born to Mr and Mrs James R. Smith, Sunday, April 26, a daughter.
  • MAY 8, 1914
    • TEN YEARS AGO COLUMN
      • Roy Cox left Tuesday for Sturgeon, S.Dak where he expects to take a homestead.
      • James Bogan left for Fredonia, Kan., last Monday. He will visit with his brother, Smith, for a time and in the meantime look up a location.
      • Herman Wildberger and mother of Julian, Neb., visiting.
      • Mrs Charles Billeen died Friday afternoon at two o'clock at her home at Locust Grove. For about six years she has suffered with a cancer of the stomach. She was a woman of rare intelligence and a very devoted christian.
      • Mary Henrietta Bricker was born in Columbiana county, O., Dec 11, 1863. She moved to Iowa in 1880 and settled on a farm in Locust Grove township. She and Charles Billeen were married Dec. 24, 1885. She leaves a husband and one daughter. Mrs Nellie Hess and a host of friends. Funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 3:00 at the Locust Grove church conducted by Rev Mead.

      • Miles James of Sidney and Miss Lucile Kidd were quietly married in Riverton at the home of the bride's parents Mr and Mrs A.F. Kidd. The Rev A.R. Grant, pastor of the Riverton Methodist Episcopal church, performed the ceremony. After the wedding the newly wedded pair left on a trip to western points. The bride is the daughter of A.F. Kidd of the Kidd Mercantile Co. The groom is the only son of Mr and Mrs Thomas James, the family being one of the most prominent in Sidney.

      • Doris Brower formerly of this place wed John, at Glenwood. write-up of the serenader's doings.
      • On Thursday evening of last week occured the death of Mrs T.A? Miller in Hamburg. She has been in poor health for some time and had under gone a number of operations. She was recovering nicely until the past week when it was noticed that she was gradually failing. Mrs. Miller was born in Mercer county, Missouri, and was fifty-four years old at the time of her death. She was married to John Miller and to this union four children were born, three boys and one girl: James H., Council Bluffs [Iowa]; William, Rock Port [Missouri]; Robert D., Hamburg and Bessie Everett of Nebraska City [Nebraska]. Funeral services were held at Rock Port Sunday at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev Conkley of the Methodist Episcopal church and interment was made in the Green Hill cemetery. The Miller's have the sympathy of the whole community in their loss.
    • WATSON
      • Mr and Mrs Floyd Adams are the parents of a 9 1/2 pound baby daughter born May 1.
      • On last Friday occurred the death of Miss Etta Bell at her home in the south part of town. She had been operated upon and was rapidly recovering when she took a sudden turn, resulting in her death.

        Etta was about sixteen years of age and a daughter of Mr and Mrs B.H. Bell who recently moved here from Kansas. The funeral services were held at the home on Saturday and interment was made in the Hamburg cemetery.

      • Fred Parker of Colfax, Wash., is here visiting his sister, Mrs Frank Derr.
      • Chas Hayward shipped household goods to Hyanis, Neb.,.
      • Charles Hinsley passed through town Wednesday with the remains of his son which were laid to rest in the High Creek cemetery [Missouri]. Hinsley is now living in Omaha, but was at one time employed by R.E. Clark.
      • Mesdames Ira B. Dow and E.J. Rice visiting home of H.E. Dow.
      • The infant child of Elmer White died on Sunday and was buried in the Mt Zion cemetery. The parents are deeply grieved over the short life of their little one.<
  • MAY 15, 1914
    • WATSON
      • Mr. and Mrs. John Hartman are the parents of a baby daughter born May 5,.
      • Beach Adamson and bride arrived Wednesday for a visit at the home of his parents, Mr and Mrs John Adamson. On Tuesday evening Beach was married to Miss Lulu Miller of Larmie, Wyo., at the home of his brother Horton, in Omaha, the ceremony being performed by Rev H.E. Lehmann of the Presbyterian church. The bride is not known here but was a nurse in a hospital and it was there he met her, resulting in Beach loosing his heart. The groom has lived in Hamburg most of his life, but for the past four years has been in the army and is stationed at Fort Logan, near Denver [Colorado]. He is a member of the medical staff at the post. The Reporter joins their many friends in wishing the young couple a happy voyage through life.
      • Orlin Stephens departed last week for Washburn, Mo., where he will go into partnership with his brother in farming and hog raising. Orlin is some man with hogs and this new combination will sure make good.
      • Word has been received here of the approaching wedding of Miss Charlene Clark which will be solemnized at her home in Bozema, Mont., Jun 4. She is a daughter of Mr and Mrs John Clark.
    • TEN YEARS AGO COLUMN
      • Harry Clay an old Hamburg boy who has been making his home in Denver for the past few days spent several days in this city calling upon old friends. He stopped over while enroute to Chicago where he will associate himself with his father in business.
      • Mrs Henry Clayton and Mrs Charlotte Frazier left Saturday morning for Seward, Neb., whether they were called on account of the serious illness of their father who resides near that place.
      • Born to Mr and Mrs Roy Judd, Sunday, May 10, a daughter.
      • Born to George Liess and wife, Tuesday, May 12, a daughter.
      • Mrs. Dave McNeal of Watson and Miss Orleana Fox of Norton, Okla., are visiting the Dave Crumley home.
      • Mrs. Flossie Culley of Woodale, Okla., is the mother of a daughter born to her May 6. Mrs Culley is a daughter of Mrs H. Clarey of this place.
      • John Batdorff left Monday for Kansas City. On his way home he will stop at his old home in Newtown to visit for a short time.
      • Mrs E.B. Wingate went to Crete, Neb., Saturday for a visit with F.L. Stoneman and family.
      • Oscar Adamson came in from Hitchcock, SDak Tuesday for a visit with his parents, Mr and Mrs John Adamson.
      • Joe Mohler is visiting relatives in Northboro, Ia and Fairfax and Corning, Missouri.
  • MAY 22, 1914
    • TEN YEARS AGO COLUMN
      • Miss Ethel Davis who has been making her home with her brother, Roselle, at Shenandoah, since her mother's death, came down Friday morning to visit with her father a few days. She returned to Shenandoah Wednesday.
      • On Thursday, May 14, occured the death of N.S. Talbert at his home in the north part of town. Death was caused from paralysis, from which he has suffered some time. For about fifty years Mr. Talbert has been a resident of this place with the exception of times when he would be in the west for extended visits. He followed the trade of carpenter at which he was a master, and many of the buildings in Hamburg show today his fine workmanship. Some three years ago he gave up active work and has been enjoying the fruits of his labor.
      • Nathan Stubbs Talbert was born in Ohio, December 11, 1839, and was 74 years, 5 months and 3 days old at the time of his death. He was married to Martha Trotter some fifty years ago, to this union six children were born, two having departed this life. Those living are: Mrs Agnes Lovelady of Thurman, Cal., Miss Eve, George and Will of Los Angeles. The funeral service was conducted from the home Tuesday at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev B.H. Coonradt and interment was made in the Hamburg cemetery. He leaves a wife, four children and a host of friends to mourn his loss.
      • Word was received here this week of the death of A.D. Loose at the home of Cal Fletcher in Council Bluffs [Iowa]. A.D. Loose was 82 years old and died at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning at Mercy hospital from infirmities incident to his age. He was born in Pennsylvania, March 9, 1832. He is survived by one son, I.A. Loose, of Thurman, and two daughters, Mrs G.E. Draper of Sidney and Mrs Carroll Fletcher of Council Bluffs. The body was taken over the Burlington to Sidney where funeral services were held Thursday.
      • Mr. Loose was one of the early settlers in this county and for a number of years made his home here, in fact this was still his home as he and his wife were spending the winter with their daughter, Mrs Cal Fletcher.
      • F.R. Porter and J.E. Workman of Des Moines were in Hamburg Monday between trains completing the arrangements for the new telegraph office. Every convenience will be provided and Miss Cumberland will then be better able to do her work promptly.

      • FRANK GILLMAN DIES WEDNESDAY
        While the news was expected at any time, when the word was passed that Frank Gillman had left this world on Wednesday morning it came as a shock. For some time past he has been suffering from a cancer and all that medical aid and loving hands could do was done but without avail.
      • Frank Gillman was born in Brunsweich, Germany, September 10, 1838, and at the age of nine years came to this country with his parents and settled at Carinvale, Illinois. He came to Hamburg about fifty years ago and was employed in the general store of Mr Walker and afterwards purchased a half interest.
      • On July 22, 1866 he was married, his wife passing away some thirty years ago. To this union eight children were born, four dying in infancy, those living are Mrs Iona Beyschlay, Los Angeles; Mrs Luetta Stow, of Monte Mista, Colo.; Miss Emma, of Los Angeles, and Ed of San Francisco.
      • December 1, 1897, he married Mrs T.E. Cross, who survives him and to this union two children were born: Gilbert and Fae.
      • He represented Fremont county in the Twenty-fourth General Assembly.
      • The funeral services will be held at the Methodist Episcopal church, Friday afternoon at 1:30, conducted by the pastor, Rev A.A. Walburn. Interment in the Mt Olive cemetery. The family have the sympathy of the entire community in this their hour of sorrow.
      • Sallie Finnell and Lina West arrived Wednesday from Los Angeles where they have been spending the winter.
      • Bob Engleman, wife and daughter of Parkville, Mo., are visiting his parents.
      • Frank Stow arrived Wednesday from Monte Vista, Colo for father-in-law Frank Gillman's funeral.
      • Mrs Ed Maupin of Ashley, Neb., visiting at home of daughter Mrs Chas Fisher.
      • Marriage license issued last week to Joseph Bennett and Mary Dankoff who live south of town.
      • Mrs H.A. Seltson of Pilot Mound, Mo visiting brother Marvin Anderson
      • Mrs R. Beyschlag, son Frank, and Emma Gillman of Los Angeles arrived Sunday, having been called by the sickness of their father.
  • MAY 29, 1914
    • On Sunday the remains of Jesse Thomas Fletcher, Sr., were brought from Omaha and laid to rest in the Hamburg cemetery. He was born in Gentry county, Missouri, May 30, 1855, and died at his home in Omaha May 22, 1914, at the age of 58 years, 11 months and 22 days. For some thirty years he was employed by Henry Lloyde in the bridge building business. A few years ago he moved to Omaha, which has since been his home. The funeral services were held at the grove Sunday at 12 o'clock, conducted by Rev M.F. Brewer. Jesse Fletcher is survived by his wife and children, Cal, Ethel, George, Francis, Jennie, Jess and Frank.
    • Mrs. Eva Clark who has been employed in the Reporter office for several years, left yesterday for Des Moines [Iowa], and from there she will go to Whitehall, Mont., where she has accepted a position with the News of that city.
    • T. J. Connolly, formerly of Michigan arrived last Saturday to take up his work with the Reporter.

    • DEATH OF BABY:
      Cecil, the eleventh month old son of Mr and Mrs Bruce Fletcher, passed away at its home on Monday after a sickness extending over several weeks. Baby Doll, as Cecil was called, was a child to whom all took an instant liking and his seemingly untimely death has brought gloom not only to his parents, brothers and sisters, but to all who knew him. Cecil was born Jun 14, 1913, and died Monday, May 25, being eleven months and eleven days old. The funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday by Rev A.W. Tandy and interment was in the Hamburg cemetery. The sympathy of the whole community is extended to the bereaved parents, brothers and sisters.
    • Mrs. Bess Danforth and children returned to Wymore, Neb., yesterday. They were accompanied by her sister Olive.
    • Tom Mitchell departed last Friday for Brentford, SDak, where he will be employed on the farm of his uncle.
    • Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Milsap, Sunday, May 24, a son.
    • J.D. Lankton funeral at Sidney Tuesday.
    • Mrs. H.O. Bailey of Shawnee, Okla., Mrs Vet Hutchens of Smith Center, Kan., and her daughters, Mrs Pearl George and two children are here for a visit with their parents, Mr and Mrs Eli Jones.
    • Born to Mr and Mrs Walter Baker, Sunday, May 24, a daughter.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Sherm Smith of Riverton passed through town Tuesday on their way to Crawford, Neb.,
    • Freda Aldrich visiting her aunt, Mrs Waldo Lowe in St Joe [Missouri].
    • Mrs. Wm Belveal and daughter of Pleasant Hill, Mo are visiting at the home of her parents, Mr and Mrs J.E. Whetstone.
    • Thomas Ross was down from Shenandoah Sunday to get acquainted with his new granddaughter which was born to Mr and Mrs Clyde Hatch on Thursday of last week.
    • Mrs. Joe Egermeyer and son arrived from Los Angeles to visit her parents Dr and Mrs D.W. Swiggart.
Source:News items from The Hamburg Reporter, Hamburg, Iowa - 1914-1915

Glenn Beall of Logan, Iowa (gbeall@loganet.net) bought this newspaper on E-Bay and ask me if I could use data out of it on the website. I certainly could. Many thanks to Glenn for the loan of the newspaper. Pat

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