Muscatine County, Iowa

1901 – 1954


~ PART 14 ~

Transcribed, as written, by Beverly Gerdts. Submitted January 18, 2020

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January 26, 1910



Gathering of Those Interested in Schools in Seventy-Six
Was Held Last Evening

    The first of the series of township school meetings planned by County Superintendent M. F. Cronin was held last evening at the Central school in Seventy-Six township. The building was crowded and the session was a distinctive success. Prof. Cronin addressed the meeting discussing questions and offering suggestions which will aid in the betterment of the school system. The following program was also presented:

"School Library and Its Uses "--Nana O'Brien.
Recitation, "My Ma She Knows "--Lawrence O'Toole.
"Necessary Supplies for Use in the Schools "--Edna Runyon.
"Quotation Exercise" Fifth reader class—Miss Agnes O'Brien school.
"Hygienic Conditions in Schools "--Dora E. Webster.
Recitation, "The Orphan Anna"--Miss Pearl Fitzsimmons.
"What Should the Teacher Expect from the Home"--Miss Agnes O'Brien, Miss Christina Karr.
Oration, "Who Patriots Are"--Edward O'Toole.
"Geography in the Rural Schools"--Miss Ruby Runyon.

Other Dates

    The next meeting will be held this evening at Olive Branch school, and the following night at Kalorama schools in Bloomington. At Conesville the school board decided to give all schools a half holiday Friday so that the attendance at the meeting would be increased. The Cedar township a meeting will be held at Conesville, Friday afternoon and all patrons of the schools are invited to attend.

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February 2, 1910



Walls Painted, Tiling Cleaned, Radiators Painted and Seats Varnished--
Appearance Pleasing

    The work of giving the union passanger a thorough cleaning was finished last evening and the force of men employed on the job left this morning for other fields of labors. The station certainly shows the result of the work done during the past two weeks while the painting, etc., has been in progress. First, the entire ceiling and part of the side walls were given two coats of paint, and then the woodwork was carefully washed and varnished. The part of the walls covered by tiling was cleaned thoroughly and every little thing which was within the powers of the men at work was done to give the interior a much-needed cleaning. Even the radiators were not neglected, each being given a coat of very becoming red paint. Last but not least, the seats were taken one by one into the ladies' waiting room, where they were varnished. With the addition of the clock and the new paint, etc., a former resident of the town would not feel at home in the depot from this time on.

March 25, 1910



Will Conduct Examinations at Ottumwa--New Rules to Take Effect
on the 1st of April.

    A one-car special left this city this morning over the Milwaukee for Ottumwa, bearing Division Superintendent J. A. MacDonald, Division Freight and Passenger Agent W. C. Parker, of the C., M. & St. P., both of whom have their headquarters at Ottumwa, and A. E. Walker, trainmaster of the C., R. I. & P. The party will inspect the Milwaukee line between this city and Ottumwa, noting the condition of the roadbed and also look over the accounts of the agents along the line, and inspect the condition of the companies' equipment in general. Upon their arrival in Ottumwa this evening, Mr. Walker, of the Rock Island road, will conduct an examination of the Milwaukee employees of that road who run over the Rock Island from here to Nahant as to their knowledge of the Rock Island's new rules, which go into effect April 1st.

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Aged Austrian Found In Dying Condition
Driven From Greek Camp Near Ardon and Crawls
Among Bushes To Die - Condition Serious

     Following an exposure of about four days, terribly emaciated by consumption and so weak that he could not walk, Anton Golbreck, an aged Austrian was found lying in the open last evening near Ardon by Sheriff Benham and Dr. G. A. Heidel and was brought to this city after 9 o'clock. The man is now confined at the county jail and will later be removed to the county farm. That the man will die as a result of the exposure is feared. The aged man has been a sufferer from consumption for about three years and has been wandering about the country. He was refused shelter by a group of Greeks working below this city and he was forced to remain in the open, crawling off into some bushes at the roadside, where he would have succumbed had not county help been offered him. Information regarding the dying man was received by Sheriff' Benham at about 6 o'clock and the two men left here immediately after the supper hour to locate the helpless invalid.



Anton Golbreck, Who Suffered Exposure, Dies

Man Was Found Lying In Bushes, Following Four
Days Exposure to Severe Weather

    Anton Golbreck, the Austrian, who was found nearly dead as a result four days of exposure to the severe weather of the early part of this week, passed away at 12:30 o'clock today the county farm to which he was removed following his removal to this city by the authorities.

    His death was due to consumption, and was hastened by the severe exposure to which he was subjected. The details concerning the discovery of the emaciated body are startling, when it is considered that the afflicted man was allowed to remain lying in the bushes at the roadside for several days, during the most inclement weather of the entire spring and the Greek section crews who drove him from their camp, made not the slightest effort to even notify anyone who might come to the aid of the suffering traveler.

    Little is known regarding Golbreck's life. He stated previous to his death that he was 31 years of age, and came to America in May, 1907 on the steamer Cecelia, sailing from Hamburg. He had two sisters residing in Europe. The man had been a sufferer from tuberculosis since his arrival in America and had wandered about the country a greater part of the time.

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May 6, 1910



Was Born in Ireland and Attained Age of 82 Years
Funeral Will Be Held Saturday

     Miss Margaret Byrne, an aged resident of Seventy-Six Township, passed away last evening at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Thomas Byrne, near Ardon. Her death was due to senility, and followed an extended failure of health. She was born in Ireland and attained the age of 82 years. She was quite well known in this locality and leaves a number of relatives. The deceased came to America 63 years ago and resided at St. Louis until twelve years ago, when she moved to this locality, making her home with her brother's family. The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock Saturday morning from St. Malachy's Church in Seventy- Six and Father Fitzsimmons will officiate. Interment will be made in the Catholic cemetary near that place.

May 10, 1910



Ticket for Primary Election Is Suggested and Delegates
Named to County Convention

    It is an exceptionally strong township ticket that the republi- cans of Seventy-Six have suggested for the primary election in June. The ticket which is composed of prominent residents who will make efficient officers follows :

         Trustees-~John Reed, Chas. S. Seiler and F. A. Runyon

         Assessor—R. C. Fry

         Township Clerk--John Lee

         Justice of the Peace—A.D. Timberlake, Wm Hendrix

         Constables—Ernest Meeker and Arthur Timberlake

    B. F. Brookhart was suggested as committeeman and the following were nominated as delegates to the county convention: A. D. Timberlake, C. T. McCabe, B. F. Brookhart and F. A. Runyon.

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May 10, 1910


    Ardon, Ia., May 10, 1910--Ira Lee was a Conesville visitor Thursday.

    Fred Fergeuson was in Muscatine, Friday.

    John Russell has been ill the past few days.

    Nellie Cashman was having dental work done in Muscatine the first of the week.

    Andrew Healey received a car of cattle from the north Wednesday.

    Arrangements are being made for a fine children's day program at St. John's church.

    Mrs. John Downer and Mrs. Adam Wigim, of Muscatine, attended the Ladies' Aid at Mrs. Timberlake's. All enjoyed a good time.

    Leo Summers, the Ardon agent, is taking a vacation.

    Mrs. Dave Legler and daughter were in Ardon Thursday.

    The cold weather is the general complaint of the farmers.

    Mrs. Marguerite Byrnes died at the home of her sons Thursday night. funeral services were held at the Catholic church Saturday morning.

    Ardon, Ia., May 24, 1910--Mrs. Levi Weist left Tuesday for West Liberty to visit her daughter at that place.

    Lee and wife attended the big baseball game in Muscatine Tuesday.

    Millar Riggs returned from Chicago Tuesday.

    Sara Heiser, Julia Byrne spent Thursday in Muscatine.

    Mrs. Joseph Meeker spent Wednesday with her daughter, Mrs. John Lee.

    Mrs. Isaac Lee and daughters, of Muscatine, visited at the John Lee home Thursday.

    Ira Lee and wife and Rev. Percy and family spent Thursday fishing.

    Mrs. Milholin spent Thursday in Muscatine.

    Mrs. C. Nolan and sons were Muscatine visitors Friday.

    Mrs. Robert Deam was a Muscatine caller Friday.

    Ardon, Ia., June 8, 1910--David Legler and wife spend Decoration day with Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Legler on the farm.

    Arthur Seltzer and wife spent Monday with C. Nolan and family.

    Mr. Vanzant and son received their new threshing outfit Wednesday,

    Mrs. Robert Deam and little son left for Missouri Tuesday.

    Isaac Abbot of Cone is visiting his sister, Mrs. Wilber Chapman.

    Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Lee Thursday morning, a son.

    Mrs. Abbott of Cone left for her home Monday, after a few days visit in the Anderson Chapman home.

    The St, John's Ladies' Aid met with Mrs. Clark Altekruse Thursday afternoon. All enjoyed a good time.

    Quite a number from this vicinity attended the entertainment at Cranston Thursday.

    Marie Byrne attended the dance at Letts Thursday night.

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    Mr. and Mrs. Robert Green and Mildred attended the closing school picnic at school No. 7 Friday.

    The little infant of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eutsler was taken very ill Friday morning.

    The children's day program was well attended at St. John's church.

    Miss Leola Lee, who recently came home from school, spent Sunday on the farm with her brother, Ira.

    Ardon, Ia., June 22, 1910--Miss Mary Swartz, returned to her home in Muscatine after a short stay in the John Lee home.

    Mr. and Mrs. Leo Summers, returned home from Chicago, where they were married June 8th. They will soon be at home to their many friends in the Downer property in Ardon.

    Robert Dean is visiting at the Mrs. Ann Byrne home.

    Mrs. Eichelbarger was a Muscatine visitor Wednesday.

    Mr. Lee and Mr. Foley, of Nichols spent several days in Ardon this week.

    Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fergenson and children, returned Sunday after a few days visit with relatives in Illinois.

    Rev. Hoffman and family of Letts, visited Friday and Saturday with the Rev. Percy family.

    Ardon, Ia., July 15, 1910--The Robert Lee family of Muscatine are spending the week at the farm.

    Mrs. Torgenson has been on the sick list.

    The farmers are busy in the harvest fields.

    Dr. George Miller, of Carlisle, filled the pulpit at St. John's church last Sunday.

    Mamie Torgenson, who has been visiting in Illinois, returned home Sunday.

    Mr. Summers, the Ardon agent, returned Friday from a visit with friends at Marion.

    Mrs. Ann Byrne was in Muscatine the first of the week.

    Arthur Weist returned from West Liberty on Thursday, where he had been visiting his sister.

    Ardon, Ia., August 4, 1910--Miss Gretta Hippie of Lake City, Ia., sister of Mrs. A. W. Percy is visiting at the Percy home.

    Mrs. Fergenson visited at the Tomany home Monday.

    A number from this vicinity are attending the chautauqua this week.

    John Russell went to Muscatine Monday afternoon.

    John Russell and family moved to Sioux City Thursday.

    Mr. and Mrs. Brookhart and Fred Longstreth were in Ardon Friday.

    The shower Wednesday was greatly appreciated.

    Mr. Shellabarger of Letts was in Ardon Saturday.

    Death came and claimed the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Byrne Funeral was held from St. Malachi's Catholic church Monday at 9 a. m.

    Mr. and Mrs Ira Lee attended the Chautauqua Saturday evening and Sunday.

    Mr Riggs of Muscatine has been buying wheat in the vicinity this week.

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August 23, 1910


     Michael Byrne, Sr., one of the best known farmers of Cedar township, passed away this morning at 10 o'clock at the home of his son, Michael Byrne, J r ., southwest of Cranston. His demise was due to old age. He was about eighty-eight years of age and had been ailing for some time. He was a native of Ireland. Surviving him are his wife and two sons - - Michael Byrne, Jr., of Cranston, and James Byrne, living four miles from Letts. He is also survived by two grandchildren--Agatha Byrne, daughter and Mrs. James Byrne, and Mary Byrne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Byrne. He was a member of St. Malachi's church.

     No arrangements for the funeral have been made as yet.

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September 27, 1910



For The Past Two Years Many Concrete Structures Have Been Placed
West of Muscatine

    Despite the extensive improvements made along the Milwaukee cut-off, during the past two years, the company is planning to spend at least $100,000 more on the right of way between Muscatine and Ottumwa. When the line was first built, the bridges and other structures along the route were in a measure temporary and they are now being made permanent. Hundreds of concrete culverts have been placed and during the past year several long bridges were constructed of the same material. More than a train load of cement and sand has been used by the road in the great improvement which is still under way and before the big task is completed many more cars of material will be used.

To Double Track

    That it is the intention of the company to double track the route is evidenced by the building which is now being done , for the bridges and viaducts are being so constructed that an additional track can be carried over them. Perhaps no where in the entire state is railroad work being carried on on such an extensive scale.

    The long timber treaties, which are found at many points along the line which runs through an exceptionally hilly country, are now giving way to the improved viaduct. One of these which is now in course of construction a quarter of a mile long and its cost will be many thousands of dollars. The bridge over the Muscatine Slough which is now of wood, is to be re- placed by a double track concrete structure, and before next winter, the entire road is to be reballasted.

Condemn Land

    Other improvements the nature of which have not been learned are to be made as soon as the land adjoining the right of way can be condemned according to a report eminating from Ottumwa. Because of farmers in some localities along the line do not desire to sell their land, the officials of the road have notified the state Railway Commission that extensive improve- ments are being planned, and ask permission to condemn a tracts of land near Farson, and at other points.

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December 14, 1910



Death Due to Pneumonia--Was Resident of Muscatine County All His Life

    C. D. Humphreys, a well known resident of Lake township, passed away at his home Tuesday afternoon, death following a short illness of pneumonia. Mr. Humphreys, who was 53 years of age, lived in Muscatine county all his life. His wife and four daughters mourn his demise, the daughters being Mary Gertrude, Dorothy, Elizabeth and Irene.

February 23, 1911


Miss Mabel Healey, of School No. 1, Mis-spelled Only One Word and Won First Honors

    The Seventy-Six township spelling match was held at school No. 4 on Wednesday afternoon, and was attended by many. Miss Mabel Healey, of School No. 1, was the winner of the contest, she mis-spelling but one word. Miss Elizabeth Digney, of school No. 4, won second prize and Henry Martin, of school No. 4, was third.

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July 5, 1911



Heavy Loss Sustained at William Healey Farm- -
Hotel at Ardon Is Damaged by Fire.

    The unprecedented hot and dry weather which this section has experienced is having its result in numerous blazes in both city and country. Yesterday two fires occurred in the vicinity of Muscatine. Fire did considerable damage to the hotel at Ardon, owned by Mrs. Mary Byrne, but was extinguished without large property loss. Flames last evening, due to it is believed a spark from an engine, set fire to the hayfield on the farm of William C. Healy, northwest of Muscatine on the Bayfield road, burning over fifty acres before it could be extinguished.

    The fire at the Healy place proved to be a stubborn conflagration, and as the wind was blowing in that direction, it was feared for a time that the farm buildings might be destroyed. Assisted by a large number of neighbors, the residents of the farm fought the flames with determination and succeeded in checking their spread before the buildings were reached. While no one at the Healy home could make an estimate of the damage this morning, it is certain that the loss will be heavy. The conflagration broke out yesterday afternoon shortly after the freight train on the Western branch of the Rock Island had passed the place.

Fire in Hotel Building

    Fire of unknown origin was discovered at the front of the hotel at Ardon conducted by Mrs. Mary Byrne about 6 o'clock last evening. The had its origin under the roof of the front porch. Prompt efforts kept it from spreading throughout the house and kept the loss sustained down to about $250, partially covered by insurance.

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July 15, 1911

Effective May l4th, 1911

Going East  
No. 108 Kas-City Chicago Local 8:40 p.m.
*No. 112 Southwest Ltd 2:30 a.m.
#No. 292 Local freight 3:25 p.m.
Going West  
No. 103 Chicago-Kas. City Local 7:05 a.m.
No. 105 Southwest Ltd 11:44 p.m.
#No. 291 Local freight 8:40 a.m.
# Daily except Sunday  
E. Ferguson, Agt  

September 11, 1911



Lived in Broken Bow, Neb., for 25 years, Funeral Will
Be Held At Ardon Wednesday Morning

    Henry Cashman, formerly a resident of Seventy-Six, and for the past 25 years living at Broken Bow, Neb., died at that place Sunday evening. The body will be brought to Letts tomorrow morning at 6:15 o'clock, and will be taken to the home of his brother, Thomas Cashman, of near Ardon. He is survived by two brothers, Thomas and William, and one sister, Mrs. Shannahan, of Cornell, Iowa.

    The funeral will be held 10 o'clock Wednesday morning in Ardon from the Catholic Church. Rev. Fitzsimmons and Rev. Shannahan, of Davenport will conduct the funeral, the latter a nephew of the dead mna will celebrate mass. Iterment will be made in Ardon.

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November 24, 1911



Had Been In Failing Health for the Past Year~-Was a Survivor of the
Pioneer Days

     In his 79th year, Samuel Wigim, one of the most generally and favorable known of the pioneer residents of Muscatine county, passed away last evening at his home on West Hill in this city. The announcement of the demise of the well known man was received with surprise by many of his friends, as it was not known by all that his death was imminent. For the past year, the survivor of the pioneer day, had been in failing health and his rugged constitution became greatly enfeebled. On Monday, he became quite ill, and yesterday morning he lapsed into unconsciousness, remaining in a comatose state until dissolution occurred last evening at 7:10 o'clock. Mr. Wigim's death marks the passing away of another of the sturdy pioneers, whose activities in the days of long ago made it possible for the people of this country to enjoy the comforts of an established civilization.

Born In Ireland

     The decedent was a native of the Emerald Isle, having first seen the light of day in County Tyrone, Ireland, on March 17, 1833. His boyhood was spent on his native heath but he early decided to cast his lot in the new world and when seventeen years of age emigrated to America. In 1850 he crossed the ocean, the trip from Belfast to New Orleans being made in a sailing vessel which was almost wrecked in a stormy and tempestuous voyage which lasted seven weeks. Coming north by boat he landed in Muscatine in June, 1850, at which time this place was still known as the town of Bloomington.

Comes To County

     Being reared to the pursuits of the farm it was not long until he purchased a wild and timbered tract in Seventy-Six township living in a log cabin meanwhile. By untiring energy he converted the place into a highly im- proved farm and gradually increased his holding until he became known as one of the prominent and successful farmers of the county, raising many cattle and horses of which he was particularly fond. His unflagging industry won him a competence as he actively followed the pursuits …

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… of agriculture until 1893, when he moved to Muscatine to enjoy well earning retirement.

Those Who Survive

     In 1851 Mr. Wigim was united in marriage with Miss Martha Beatty whose parents had located in this region as early as 1842. This union was graced with six children, one of whom died in infancy, the survivors being Adam Wigim, of Muscatine, Samuel Wigim of Lone Tree, Robert Wigim, Mrs. Henry Nyenhuis and Mrs. Daniel Caple, of Muscatine, Mrs. Wigim passed away December 30, 1874.

     Subsequently Mr. Wigim was again united in marriage to Miss Margaret Trueman on October 29, 1877. Three children were born of this union-- Hugh W., of Muscatine; James G., who died in 1895, and Trueman I. Wigim, now of Chicago.

     Religiously, decedent afilliated with the Presbyterian Church. He was widely and favorably known and friends will extend their sympathy to the mourning widow and children.

Funeral Saturday

     The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. W. H. Tomlinson on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence, 905 West Third street, Funeral private. Friends invited. No flowers.

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February 9, 1912



Was a Native of Ireland and Came to This Country Sixty Years Ago --
Was Well Known

    John M. O'Brien, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed resident of Seventy-Six Township, passed away last evening at his home unexpectedly. He has been a resident of Muscatine county for sixty years and his death brings grief to an extensive acquaintanceship. His death came in the 82nd year and brought to a close a life of usefulness and sacrifice.

    Mr. O'Brien not only attained success as a farmer but by his public spirit and generousity assisted others on the road to prosperity. He was born in County Carlow, Ireland, October 31, 1830. In 1847 he came in sailing vessel to America with his parents and located in St. Louis. In 1848 he came to Muscatine county and followed the pursuits of the farm and the following year purchased a farm on sections 19 and 20. The stories of great fortunes acquired quickly in the gold mines of California aroused his interest and in 1854 he started for the west. He went by ship from New York to the Isthmus of Panama, crossed the isthmus on a mule and from the west coast took ship for San Francisco. Journeying up the Sacramento river to the mountains he secured enough yellow metal to give him a good start as a farmer in Muscatine county. After the death of his parents he bought the old homestead and at one time owned 400 acres of good farming land.

    In 1864 Mr. O'Brien was married to Miss Margaret Byrne, who passed away in 1901, at the age of fifty-eight years.

    The surviving children are Frank, of Denver, Colo; James S., at home; John, of 76 township, and the Misses Nannie, Agnes and Kate at home Two brothers also survive, they being Dennis, of Muscatine Island and Daniel, of 76 township. Another brother, Michael, died in San Francisco last November.

    Mr. O'Brien always stood for what he believed to be right and true. He was greatly beloved by his friends and a wide circle of acquaintances who will regret to hear of his demise.

    Religiously he was since childhood an adherent of the Catholic faith to whose teachings be yielded devout assent.

    The funeral will take place at 10 o'clock on Sunday morning at St. Malichi's church near Ardon, Ia.

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April 11, 1912


Milwaukee Bridge Over Cone Lake Gives Way -- Engineer is Killed.


Pier Weakened By High Water Gives Way When Engine Is Sent Across
Bridge Ahead of Train to Test Strength of Structure.

    Engineer John Adams, of Ottumwa, is dead, and Fireman John Moriarity, also of Ottumwa, suffered the amputation of his right leg below the knee as the result of an accident which occurred at 10 o'clock this morning, when Milwaukee engine No. 275, plunged through a weakened bridge into the waters of Cone Lake.

    Adam's body still lies under the engine, which is completely immersed under 34 feet of water. Moriarity probably owes his life to the loss of the leg, as it is believed that had not the limb been completely shorn off he too, like his companion would have been carried under the waters of the lake to certain death,

    The high waters of the recent period had greatly weakened the bridge across the lower end of Cone Lake, one mile east of here since the lake has been overflowed by the backwaters from the Cedar river, and yester- day the middle pier of the bridge settled some. The morning west bound passenger train passed over the bridge in safety, but two hours before the accident, as also did the work train bearing the bridge gang that was at work upon the bridge at the time of the accident. When the east bound freight running as second No. 66 approached, it was decided to test the bridge thoroughly before attempting to run over the heavy freight train, The train was a double header, and the first engine, the ill fated No. 275, was uncoupled and sent across the structure as a pilot.

Bridge Spans Give Way.

    Creeping slowly over the bridge the engine approached the weakened spans which had previously borne whole trains without disaster, its crew little thinking of any possible disaster to their locomotive but intent on judging the possibilities of the bridge safely bearing the long heavy train behind. When the locomotive reaehed the center spans the structure gave way with a crash, so suddenly that the engineer and fire- man had no time to leap for their lives. Down into the swollen waters of Cone lake the engine plunged carrying with it its human freight. Both men were carried under, Adams' body, it is believed, being still pintonee beneath the weight of the locomotive at the bottom on the lake. Moriarity was also carried under and in some manner in the crash of …

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… the disaster, his leg was shorn completely off just below the knee. Thus freed, his body rose to the surface of the water tha though suffering from terrible pain and weakened by the shock of the accident and his injury, he retained sufficient presence of mind to grasp a box which floated out from the wreckage of the engine and fallen span, to which he clung until members of the horrified bridge crew could secure a boat and row hastily to his aid. When the boat reached his side Moriarity was able to pull himself into the boat and was brought ashore. Hasty and crude, but effective steps were taken to staunch the flow of blood from his limb and he was hurried to the office of Dr. English here. The physician at the time was on a call in the country and another half an hour passed before he could be located and summoned to the office. By virtue of the rude bandages and torquinet applied at the bridge, however, the flow of blood had been staunched and though the loss of blood was sufficiently great to weaken the victim his condition is not regarded as by any means critical. Following Dr. English's arrival he summond Dr. Hubbard from Columbus Junction to assist in giving the wound the medical attention demanded. Moriarity at noon was still at the local physician's office but will probably be taken to Ottumwa-as soon as his condition is such as to warrant the trip.

Engineer's Body Under Engine.

    It is not believed that Engineer Adams' body will be recovered for several days at least. Men who visited the scene of the accident this morning and talked with the railroad men at the bridge declare that it will be necessary to build a temporary span connecting the severed parts of the bridge to hold the derrick which will be needed to raise the engine and not until the engine is raised will there be any possibility of recovering the body of the unfortunate man, which is thought to be at the very bottom of the pile of submerged debris. Something of the magnitude of the task confronting the rescue workers will be realized when it is stated that the uppermost part of the wrecked engine is eleven feet under the surface of the water and that the current under the bridge is of terrific velocity, as is evidenced by its weakening of the pier yesterday.

    So undermined was the pier by the force of the water that when the engine this morning attempted to pass over the bridge it gave way. Normally Cone lake, over the lower part of which the wrecked bridge passes, is about a quarter of a mile east of the Cedar river. During the recent high water, however, the Cedar has overflowed its banks covering all the lowlands in the vicinity, being at places in this section five miles wide. The water spreading over the lands north of the track between the Cedar and Cone lake in flowing southward is of course compelled to pass under the Cone lake bridge, as the high embankment of the Milwaukee track prevents any other egress. The bridge being not unusually wide, a big volume of water has been flowing at great speed under the bridge since the beginning of the high water period and this current has scarcely lessened since the water began to fall, the railroad …

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… embankment acting in a measure as a dam in holding back the water that is attempting to flow back to the Cedar since the river began to recede. For days the bridge has been closely watched and since the settling of the pier yesterday the utmost caution has been observed. It was as a precautionary measure that the ill-fated engine was sent across the bridge in advance of the freight t r a in this morning, there being no belief but what the structure retained sufficient strength to bear the weight of the single engine, having to lately upheld the weight of an entire passenger train.

Reported Bridge in Good Shape.

    Superintendent J. A. MacDonald of the Milwaukee railroad, today declared that not half an hour before the accident at Cone lake, he and received a report from Foreman Kiburtz of the pile driver gang that the bridge was in good shape for trains to pass over it. Yesterday afternoon, according to the railroad report pier No. 4 settled two inches and the wreck crew had been at work strengthening this pier by driving piling about it.

    Superintendent MacDonald and three sons of Engineer Adams left here today for the scene of the wreck. Mr. Adams had been in the employ of the Milwaukee railroad for thirty years. For the last 14 years he had been an engineer. He was a native of Germany, where he was born in 1861. He is survived by a widow and seven children.

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April 12, 1912


Report of Fireman's Death is Erroneous, Body of Engineer
Arrives in Ottumwa -- Work of Repairing Bridge and
raising Engine Rushed.

    The remains of Engineer John Adams of Ottumwa, who was carried down to his death when a Milwaukee engine broke through the Cone lake bridge yesterday, were recovered at 11 o'clock last night after Captain Ferris, of Davenport, a professional diver, had made five descents in an effort to locate the body.

    The diver found the body wedged tight under a piling from the pier of the bridge and it was necessary to make another descent and fasten chains to the piling so that it might be lifted out before the body was freed and could be brought to the surface. After the body had been recovered it was turned over to an undertaker and in his charge and accompanied by three sons of Mr. Adams, taken to Washington, from whence it was taken to Ottumwa, where it arrived at 10 o'clock this morning.

    One wrecking crew arrived at the scene of the wreck about 7 o'clock last night and another arrived late today. Work of repairing the bridge and preparing to raise the engine is being rushed, the crews working all night last night. At noon today, however, there was little prospect of an immediate resumption of traffic across the bridge.

Report of Death Erroneous.

    The body of Engineer John Adams, who was killed at the Cone lake bridge yesterday, arrived here this morning at 10 o'clock. Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been completed.

    Dr. J. E. Newell, who yesterday at Washington operated on Fireman John Moriarity, the other victim of the accident, also returned to Ottumwa today. Dr. Newell was surprised at the reports from Muscatine that Moriarity had succumbed, declaring the operation when Moriarity's leg was amputated just below the knee, was entirely successful and that the patient's condition was as good as could be expected from the nature of his injuries.

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One Horse Killed and Two Others Are Stunned

Storm of Brief Duration This Morning Plays Havoc With Chas. Fletcher
and 12 Year Old Son

     A well known farmer of Ardon and his son were rendered unconscious, a horse killed and two others fell to the earth, stunned, when a freakish play of lightning during this morning's brief storm struck the farm of Charles Fletcher. The latter, with his 12 year old son, Charles Jr., were working on his land this morning when the storm overtook them.

     They were on the point of hastening for shelter when an unexpected bolt struck one of the horses near them. The animal was killed instantly. Two others were knocked to the ground while a fourth was untouched. Mr. Fletcher and son were both down and lay in a stupor while the rain beat down upon them for some time.

     The lad was the first to revive. Seeing the unconscious form of his father lying upon the ground, he feared that death had overcome him and ran to the farm house, giving the alarm. Aid was swiftly brought to the injured man but he had already recovered his senses when help arrived. The shock received by him was severe but not serious. Throughout the day he experienced a tingling sensation, his body being surcharged with electricity.



Mrs. Ellen Haragon Succumbs
At Hershey Hospital

Long Illness Ends in Death Soon After Midnight This
Morning - Hold Funeral On Wednesday

    The shock which resulted from the severance of a limb, caused the death of Mrs. Ellen Haragon, widow of Patrick Haragon, shortly after midnight this morning at Hershey Hospital, at which institution she had been for the past several months. Gangrene affected the limb. Heart trouble, aggrivated by a complication of disease, were indirect causes of her demise. She was 73 years old.

    Mrs. Haragon was a resident of 76 Township. Her long residence there was resultant in winning her a large acquaintanceship and she was one of the best known of the older generation. The remains were taken to the undertaking establishment of Meyers & Gettert today, where the body will be held until tomorrow morning, when the funeral will be conducted. Services will be held from St. Matthias Church, of which she was a mem- ber at 9 o'clock. The body will be taken from the undertakers at 8:30. The decedant was a native of Tralee, Ireland. Her husband preceded her in death ten years ago. Three children survive her death, they being Mrs. Ellen Reynolds, of Cripple Creek, Col.; Mrs. R. Swift, of St. Louis, and Patrick Haragon of 76 Township.

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Successful Term's End Marked By An Excellent Program-
Mrs. Lille Hopkinson

    The closing day of the High Prairie School in Seventy-six township, taught by Mrs. Lillie Hopkinson, 904 Cedar Street, this city, was marked by the presentation of an interesting program as follows:

Song, "America" —School.
Recitation, "Suppose" —Jennie Tammenga.
Dialogue, "Helping" —Levi Elchelberger, Zelda Verink,
Jennie Tammenga, and Velma Gertenbach.
Song, "Teddy Bear" --Clara Tammenga.
Recitation, "The Dandelion Boy" —Howard Healey.
Recitation, "Farmer Girls" —Zelda Verink.
Recitation, "Verses" —Helen O'Brien.
Song, "My Bonnie" —School.
Dialogue, "Days of the Week" --Anna Gertrude Riggs, Beatrice
Healey, Jennie Tammenga, Zelda Verink, Velma
Gertenbach, Levi Eichelberger, Howard Healey, and James Furlong.
Recitation, "Little Kitty" —Beatrice Healey.
Song, "Little Gypsie Dandelions" --Jennie Tammenga.
Recitation, "A Little Boys Thoughts" —Levi Elchelberger.
Recitation, "The Dead Dolly" —Velma Gertenbach.
Dialogue, "The Train to Mauro" --Helen M. O'Brien, Anna
Gertrude Riggs, and Levi Eichelberger.
Song. "Twenty Froggies" --School
Wand Drill —By School.
Song and Recitation. "Jesus Lover of My Soul" —Anna G. Riggs
Recitation, "Good Night and Good Morning" —Clara Tammenga.
Recitation, "Sister Susie's Beau" —Helen O'Brien.
Dialogue, "What We Learn At School" —James Furlong, Beatrice
Healey, Monica Furlong, Howard Healey, and Clara Tammenga.

    The program was well presented by the children and enjoyed by the parents and friends of the scholars.

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June 26, 1912

Miss Ruby Runyon The Bride of John O'Toole.

Groom Is Resident of Seventy-six Township
-- Being A Son of Mr. and Mrs. P. O'Toole.

Letts, Ia. June 26.

    An interesting marriage took place this morning at 9 o'clock at St. Malachy's Catholic church in Seventy-Six township, when Miss Ruby Runyon, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Runyon of this place, became the bride of John O'Toole, of Seventy-Six township. The Rev. Father Fitzsimmons of Nichols, performed the ceremony. The bride was attended by Miss Mollie O'Toole, and the groom by Jamie O'Toole, sister and brother of the groom. The bride wore a handsome gown of white lace and embroidery and carried a bouquet of roses. She wore a long tulle veil held in place in her hair with blossoms. The brides- maid's gown was of sky-blue material. The church was beautifully decorated with palms and roses. Miss Margaret O'Toole, another sister of the groom, played the wedding march.

    A wedding dinner was served the guests at the home of the bride's parents at 12 o'clock.

    Mr. and Mrs. O'Toole leave for Fosston, Col., where they will make their future home. Both are members of prosperous and prominent families.

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January 30, 1913


     The nuptials of Miss Grace Grosjean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Grosjean, prominent residents of Seventy-Six township, and Glen Will, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chet Will, well-known residents of Lake township, were solemnized Wednesday at the rectory of St. Mary's church here by the Rev. Father Fitzsimmons, pastor of the church.

     The celebration was a simple one, owing to the serious illness of the bride's father. Following it the young people left for Chicago on a short wedding trip, and after their return will make their future home on a farm near Nichols.

April 5 1913


    Although enthusiasm marked the meeting of the farmers of Seventy-six township, held last evening at Ardon, the organization of a subordinate branch of the county crop association was postponed until a future meeting. County Crop Advisor Kirkpatrick was present and his remarks were heard with undivided attention. It is planned to hold a meeting in the near future, at which F. D. Steen, of West Liberty, the president of the conunty organization will speak.

    The meeting last evening was marked by a large attendance and it would appear that the value of a township organization is recognized by those active in farm activity in that locality.

May 30, 1913


    Perhaps the most successful township meeting held in connection with the present campaign was that which had its scene the No. 4 school in Seventy- Six township last evening. Prof. J. W. Coverdale of Ames College and County Crop Advisor Kirkpatrick spoke of the organization plan and of the benefits of co-operative effort after which a business session was held at which the following officers were named:

         President - - - Thomas McCabe.

         Vice Pres . - - - J. T. O'Brien.

         Secy. Treas. ---- L . E. Downer.

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June 9, 1913

An interesting program which will be presented at the High Prairie school in Seventy-Six township on Thursday evening, June 12th, has been arranged. The affair promises to be one of the most attractive ever held at the school house. On Friday, June 13, Mother's day will be observed there. The following program will be offered Thursday:

Song - M r . Bob White--School
Recitation--The Duckling--Zelda Verink
Song-- The Dairy Maids--Three Girls
Recitaion--The Busy Little Maiden--Beatrice Healey.
Recitation--Iowa--Velma Gertenbach
Solo-Where the Riber Shannon Flows--Levi Eichelberger
Recitation--Which Loved Best--Nellie Peterson
Flag Drill--School
Recitation--Dapple Gray--Reuben Gertenbach
Solo -The Shell-Velma Peterson
Dialogue--The Model Less on--School
Song --Two Little Sailor Boys--Levi Eichelberger and Howard Healey
Instrumental Solo--Anna Gertrude Riggs
A Flower Masque or the Queen of Hearts and the Enchanted Flower Garden--School

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June 10, 1913



Exercises Will Be Held at the Muscatine High School on Saturday, June 21
Arrange Program.

    Forty-five pupils in the rural schools of Muscatine county will be awarded common school diplomas at the commencement exercises to be held at the Muscatine high school on Saturday, June 21. County Superintendent E. D. Bradley today announced the personnel of the class. The examination papers which were just corrected were quite encouraging. The members of the class follow:

Emma Bockwoldt, Fulton
Dorothy Birkett, Wapsie
Ruby E. Balmos, Goshen
Esther B. Buser, Orono
Gertrude Florence Bermel, Sweetland
John Shakespear Coxen, Wapsie
Harry L. Cashman, Seventy-Six
Fern Louis Criger, Orono
Eugene Cook, Sweetland
Mabel Carpenter, Orono
Mildred B. Coder, Lake
Hallie L. Dusenberry, Sweetland
Merle Dodder, Seventy-Six
Milton Eichelberger, Seventy-Six
Mildred Greene, Lake
Alice H. Gay, Orono
Florence Lillian Gettert, Sweetland
Guy E. Harp, Montpelier
Milton A. Hunter, Cedar
Guy V. Hafner, Cedar
Elsie Pearl Kirchner, Pike
Emma L. Moser, Bloomington
Stella M. Metheny, Pike
Reefa Goldie Meeks, Goshen
Mervil Ellen Nolan, Seventy-Six
Benjamin F. Nichols, Pike
Helen O'Brien, Seventy-Six
Stella O'Connor, Sweetland
Marie Ratcliff, Orono
Lillie M. Ogden, Sweetland
Elsie Ruth Odgen, Sweetland

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January 19, 1914



Playing and Accurate Attempts At Goal Give Cranston Lads
An Easy Victory

    Cranston, Iowa, Jan. 19. -- Cranston High School again added a scalp to its belt Sarurday evening, when, before an enthusiastic crowd of rooters, Columbus Junction's second team, west down to defeat 24 to 18. One week ago, a similar trick was pulled by the locals on the second team from Muscatine High school.

    While the guarding of both teams was carefully and systematically done, Cranston's steller pair, P. Cashman and Swickard, were able to locate the netting on numerous occasions. The totals show five field goals for P. Cashman and four for Swichard.

    The line up and score follows:

Cranston (24)   Col. Junction (18)
Lieberknecht R. F. Hanft
Swickard L. F. Patton
P. Cashman C. Darrow
H. Cashman. R. G. Roberts
Hafner L. G. Parks

Goals from Field - - P . Cashman 5, Swickard 4, Hanft, 3, Lieberknecht 2, Roberts, Parks,
Free Throws - - Hanft, 8; Lieberknecht,2;
Referee - - Prof. Weber, Columbus Junction.

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February 20, 1914


     Amount on hand and received from Treasurer, $2,440.73. Expenditures, Mr. Wigim, hall rent, $17.50; Ed. Herlein, labor, $210.06; F. Runyon, dragging, $49.52; Jas. Hackett, labor $12.06; Keve Lbr. Co., lumber, $6.66; la. Culvert Co., culverts, $215.35; Mike Yunch, labor, $1.00; J. E. Furlong, labor, $18.37; M. J. Shellabarger, labor, $16.70; J. S. McBride, labor, $141.56; Ed. Ryan, labor, $14.87; J. Hackett, Labor, $61.62; C. Plowman, labor, $76.67; M. C. Ross, repairs, $5.00; C. Nolan, labor, $39.51; H. Hoqmeyer, labor, $16.19; Wm. Fletcher, labor, $16.76; F. A. Runyon, labor $57.85; H. H. Fullerton, labor, $122.96; Jas . O'Toole, Clk. Com., etc. $51.40; E. J. Coady, labor, $2.50; Russell Grader Co., Graders, $73.77; Kelley Mfg. Co., draggs, $67.16; Geo. Viner, labor, $16.00; Mike Tomney, labor, $27.74; L. Grosjean, labor, $12.86; Merie Runyon, $6.00; Thos. Cashman, labor, $16.00; Wm. Hackett, labor, $21.98; P. O'Toole, labor, $15.70; Fuller & Hillier Hdwr. Co., iron, $25.60; Ed. Hendris, labor, $47.18; P. O'Toole, labor, $15.70; Fuller & Hiller Hdwr. Co., iron, $25.60; Ed. Hendrix, labor, $47. 18; P. O'Toole, dragging, $23.36; O. Blake, Dragging, $4.55; H. C. Hendrix, dragging, $10.55; C. F. McCabe, dragging, $4.00; W. C. Hendrix, dragging, $4.87; John Verink, dragging, $7.80; A . E . Brookhart, dragging, $4.87; E. Meeker, dragging, $3.24; E. E. Eichelberger, dragging, $2.16; A. Nau, dragging, $33.80; J. O'Brien, dragging, $9.75.
Total Expenditures, $1, 591. 05.

Page 459

August 31, 1914


     Miss Sarah Byrne, a well known resident of Seventy-Six township, passed away at her home at 12:30 o'clock on Sunday morning. Her demise followed a brief illness and to many of her friends the announcement of her death was unexpected.

     She leaves to mourn her death two brothers, Joseph P. and Lewis F. Her parents preceded her in death some years ago as did an only sister less than a year ago. Miss Byrne never recovered from the shock of the latter loss.

     Funeral services will be held from St. Malachy's church at Ardon at 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning.

October 1, 1914



Will Re-Lay Steel On the Milwaukee Road From this City West
--Are Now At Work.

     An extra gang of more than fifty men was started to work near Culver yesterday on the Milwaukee railroad. They will re-lay the steel from the city west, putting in 90 pound steel and taking out the 85 pound steel. When completed the track will be in as good condition as any single track in the west and a heavier class of locomotives will probably then be used on this division. During the past year business on this division of the Milwaukee has greatly increased, and has gained such proportions that it is hard to handle with the smaller type locomotives. The work of relaying the steel and putting the track in good condition will probably take the greater part of the winter.

Stationary Houses

     A new type of bunk houses are being used by the gang of men who are working here. Instead of using old box cars which are unfit for service, new bunk houses, which can be transported on flat cars, and then unloaded upon a stationary foundation are being used. The bunks are all clean and in the best of condition, and afford the workmen much better living quarters than the old box car bunks.

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         Seventy-Six Township

         Clerk—James O'Toole

         Assessor—H. H. Fullerton

         Trustees—Ed. Herlain, E. E. Eichelberger and Mike Tomney




Funeral Services To Be Held at 9 O'clock Tomorrow Morning
at St. Mattias Church

    James J. Gorey passed away about six o'clock last evening at Bellevue Hospital, after an illness of about three days. Mr. Gorey's condition was not regarded as serious until almost 24 hours before his death and at this time he was taken to the hospital. Tonsilities was the first cause of his illness and a complication of disease caused the demise.

    Mr. Gorey was 44 years old at the time of his death, and had resided during his entire life in this county. He was born near Ardon, and moved to this city shortly before his marriage about 12 years ago. He was a member of the St. Matthias Church. Mr. Gorey was an employee of the Citizen's Railway and Light Company here for nearly nine years and later was employed by the Muscatine Lighting Company.

    He is survived by his wife, three brothers, Paul, John and William Gorey, all of this city, and three sisters, Mrs. Frank O'Brien, of Denver, Colorado} Mrs. Charles Humphries of Chicago; and Miss Elisabeth Gorey of Chicago.

    Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Saturday morning at St. Matthias Church. The Rev. F. J. Leonard will officiate and the remains will be interred in St. Malachi's Cemetery, Ardon.

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November 13, 1914



Pioneer Resident of Muscatine Succumbs At Home In Seventy-
Six Township Last Night

    John Hickey, a pioneer resident of this county, and one of the early settlers in this part of the country, passed away at his home in Seventy-Six Township about 11 o'clock last night, following an illness of more than two years. Senility was the cause of his death. Mr. Hickey was well known throughout the county and especially in and near this city, having resided in Seventy-Six Township continuously for the past 68 years.

    Mr. Hickey was born in the County of Kilkenny, Ireland, June 24, 1833. He came to this country, locating at Chilocothe, O., March 1, 1851, and came to this county about five years later. Mr. Hickey came to this county overland in a prairie wagon, which was the common method of travel at that time. By industry he soon saved enough to purchase a homestead in Seventy-Six Township and it was on this homestead that he passed away. He was united in marriage with Margaret Dalton, April 27, I863. To this union were born six children. The children are Catherine, who passed away in infancy; Joseph, of Seventy-Six Township; Mrs. W. C. Healey, of Lake Township; Mrs. Joseph O'Brien, of Seventy-Six Township, and John of Creston, Ia. His wife preceded him in death about 23 years.

    No definite funeral arrangements have yet been made, other than that the funeral will be held at St. Mary's Church and the remains will be interred in St. Mary's Cemetary.

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