Lake City Graphic

April 4, 1889

Capt. FITCH sold LULL two short horn heifers on Saturday that weighed 3300 lbs. An average of 1650 lbs. each.

The M. E. Sunday School will give an easter service in their church Sunday evening April 28th. All are invited.

Messrs. T. D. MURPHY and M. I. FORD are looking for work on a farm as there is no work for them on the railroad.

Mr. H. T. ANDERSON was out of town last week. He made an inspection of Ft. Dodge and visited E. G. HOLM at Badger.

Miss Amanda MOORE began the summer tern of school in Lake Creek township three miles north of town last Monday.

HOPKINS & Son are building a house at the rear of their furniture store for their new hearse that will arrive about the first of May.

There's something loose in the big wheel of the water works engine that rattles and keeps nervous people in the vicinity awake nights.

Attention of cattle men is called to the pedigree of a fine animal recently purchased at Wet Liberty by Mr. A. H. GRANT on opposite page.

The report that Mr. LOVCHINSKY will make his new store front of 7 x 9 glass is erroneous. Nothing will do Mr. L. but full plate front like the Townsend block adjoining.

Hon. Thos. BEAUMONT returned from Burlington on Saturday afternoon. While there he was elected Senior Vice Commander and President of Prisoners War Association.

Rev. W. H. TOWNSEND and wife received a telephone dispatch on Wednesday telling them to come to Scranton at once, their daughter Mrs. WILHITE, being dangerously ill.

The LOVCHINSKY block basement walls are done and ready for brick laying, which begin in a day or two. The full bill of brick is piled up alongside so there will be no delay in completing the building.

April 18, 1889

Mr. A. O. WICK received the sad news on Monday of the death of Mr. F. N. PIERCE, the young man tha accompanied him on his western trip last fall. He died at his home near Mr. Auburn, Ia., March 25th.

Mrs. S. S. FIELD will build a residence on his quarter block in Smith's addition this spring. The foundation walls will be built quite four feet high and when all is completed it will be a neat structure.

Mr. STOPHLET had WILCOX the painter, putting a new dressing of paint on the interior of the GLINES hardware store last week and so the stock was meanwhile piled up on the floor. This was as much as a match for ATKINSON'S muddle of doing business in the street.

Mr. J. F. ATKINSON went to Lohrville last Thursday afternoon where he met his wife and children who arrived from Jamaica on the narrow gauge express. The children are a baby boy aged 17 months and a little miss six years of age. The family will be at home at the G. EASTON residence after this week, The ATKINSON family are a worthy addition to our social and business community.

The sociable given by the Presbyterian ladies at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. SACRIDER last Tuesday evening was very largely attended. About one hundred persons present who enjoyed themselves in the fullest sense of the word. The cordial features of the program were given special attention and added greatly to the evenings entertainment. The young ladies deserve special mention for their success.

Married. - At the residence of the brides parents, April 11, 1889, at one o'clock p.m. Mr. Elsworth C. McLAUGHLIN and Miss Stella I. SPRINGER. There were no invited guests except Miss McLAUGHLIN, sister of the groom, from Shelby Co. The happy couple took the afternoon train for Mapleton, their future home. Lake City looses one of her choice young ladies. The groom is an extensive farmer near Mapleton, Iowa.

EASTON & WALKER BROS. Fired up the engine for the first time last Friday. The machinery moved off nicely. The force pump which raises water from the creek below the bluff works well and the boys will be ready for business in a few days. Hereafter the clay will be drawn from the bank, forty rods distant, by steam cable. The weight of the empty car will run it from the works down the hiss to the clay beds and drag the cable, dispensing with horse power entirely.

DANFORTH Getting There! Our old store building has been on the move for some days and will finally bring up standing first door west of the corner where our new building is going up. Do not think for a moment that we suspend business while the new building is going up, or that we will fail to carry our usual spring and summer stock of goods. We are right on deck as usual and will welcome all our customers at the old store while the workmen are building new quarters for our accommodation.

LASELL & CHAPMAN Sell the best of Flour-the best of Ham and Bacon-the very best and Freshest Canned Goods and in Groceries we keep a full and complete line. This we want you to know and fully understand, so that you may make no mistake when you come into Lake City to buy goods in our line. We are here to sell goods and we want your trade. Come in and see us.

A New Highway

Steps toward the establishment of a new highway extending from the FLEECE farm north to the old T. J. SMITH are being taken. The new road will be a great accommodation to the brick and tile company and to many other people.

A Move on the Hub.

Rockwell City is building a creamery "right now" and they want everybody to know that it will be ready for business in thirty days. Mr. Thos. TENNANT is the proprietor.

We Have Come.

We want to inform the people of Lohrville and vicinity that the portable car photograph gallery, owned by HAWKINS BROS., is established west of the post office and we are prepared to do first-class work in our line. Give us a call and we guarantee satisfaction.

Uncle Robert SHIDELER died on Tuesday morning last. The funeral will take place under the suspices of the Masonic fraternity, at or about 2 o'clock p.m. from the Presbyterian church tomarrow, Friday. Rev. D. G. YONKER, of Gowrie or Rev. SKINNER, of Manson, will officiate. The circumstances attending the demise of Mrs. and Mr. SHIDELER are heartrendering in the extreme. The obituary will appear next week.

Mr. HEEFNER Sure to Build

Mr. HEEFNER of Goshen, Ind. telegraphed Dr. McVAY on Tuesday to purchase the sand for his new brick building and have it placed on the ground at once. This will certainly remove the doubt from the minds of the people who have been thinking that possibly Mr. HEEFNER would not build this summer.

April 25, 1889

Al EVANS says that he objects to having the roof of their Meat Market used as a gallery for the opera hall while a show is taking place. He thinks at least they might provide it with seats.

The BRADLEY moving outfit will move the W. D. COOK barn to the rear of the lot as soon as they complete the job they have on hand at present.

Foundation stone are being place on Mr. Chas. ARNOLD'S lots in Railroad Addition, preparatory to the erection of a dwelling house there this summer.

A letter from Geo. SCOTT'S outfit dated the 20th, reports them as in a crowd of four thousand boomers at Red Rook, twenty-five miles from the Oklahoma line.

People receiving circulars from the excelsior Portrait company, Chicago, have through the channel proposed an excellent chance to be "strung" as suckers.

Miss Minnie TAYLOR will teach the summer term of school at Prairie Hall. The director, is to be complimented for securing the services of such a thorough teacher.

Fishing at Coon river is pretty good, say the boys. The delegation of merchants who went to Oxenford's mill for fish didn't get many fish but started up a nice shower.

Little Ada WILHITE, of Scranton, a grand-daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. TOWNSEND, aged 8 years, died at her home on Thursday, April 18th, 1889. The funeral took place Sabbath.

Mr. W. D ENGLESBY, of Henry, Dakota, a brother-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Townsend, has been visiting with them the past week. Mr. ENGLESBY thinks some of locating here.

Miss Rubie WICK, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wick, has been dangrously ill the past few days. Dr. WRIGHT, of Carroll, was called in consultation with Dr. McVAY, the attending physician, on Monday.

It is to the interest of every man who has small children to send to school in Lake City to vote the tax tomorrow. The large scholars will get along just as well without more school room, but the "little tads" will suffer if the tax is defeated.

The SHIDELER homestead farm is to be kept in the family. There is grain enough in store on the farm to pay all indebtedness against the place. For this summer, the son and daughter who lived at home with their parents, will have charge of the place.

A scaffold gave way with Mr. Nathan BALES on Tuesday, while working on a building in Elm Grove township and he fell to the ground a distance of about eight feet, crushing his left ankle very badly. He was brought home and Dr. McVAY set the fracture and Mr. BALES was made as comfortable as possible.

April 25, 1889

NOTE-By urgent request of many people who want copies of the Graphic to send abroad, we reproduce the article from the JOURNAL detailing the Shideler accident. From the Manson Journal.

FATAL ACCIDENT! Mrs. Robt. Shideler Burned to Death and her husband seriously injured - a singular and heartrending accident, caused by a spark from a pipe.

Last Friday forenoon Uncle Robt. Shideler and his good wife started for Manson to market, as they had done numerous times before, little thinking of the terrible accident soon to befall them. Uncle Robt. Lit his pipe before starting. Soon after passing Geo. Zell's place, on the long grate south of his house, he knocked the ashes out of his pipe on the wagon stake, where the fire would fall in the road. The team had not gone ten rods before the hay in the bottom of the box was discovered to be on fire, as was also Mrs. Shideler's clothing. The horses were stopped and Mrs. Shideler jumped from the wagon, her husband following her with two blankets, which he at once wrapped around her and endeavored to smother out the flames, but the blankets burned like tinder and his wife was suffering so from the burns she could not remain still. Finding the blankets of no use he took off his overcoat and succeeded with it in nearly subduing the flames, but in her struggles she had got off the grade and into the long slough grass by the side of the road, which soon ignited and both husband and wife were, in a moment, wrapped in a sheet of flames from the surrounding grass. Joe Moore, who happened along the road afoot, was, the first to discover the trouble and arrived in time to see Mrs. Shideler in the throes of death and Uncle Robert, half crazed from the terrible struggle he had gone through, the sight of his dying wife, and hands burned to the bone, in the terrible struggle with the flames. Gus Zell and wife arrived soon after, and other neighbors followed. Nothing could be done except to care for the dead and take Uncle Robert to medical assistance. He was brought to town and placed in the care of Mr. Martin, who set about at once to dress his wounds and to alleviate the pain by opiates. He could check the pain of body, but not the terrible heartrending mental suffering endured by the patient, over the loss of his wife, and for which he blamed himself wholly. It is one of those accidents of life that cannot be accounted for. One look at Uncle Robert's hands is proof of the life struggle made to save her, and, if laying down his own life would have sufficed, how quickly would he have done it. Uncle Robert may blame himself, but there is not another living soul who is cruel enough to make such a charge. Mrs. Shideler, after falling from the grade, no doubt breathed the fire into her lungs, and this is what caused her sudden death. The whole time of the accident from the beginning of the fire to her death, could not have been over ten minutes.

The body was taken to Lake City, Saturday and interred by the side of two of her children. The funeral services will not be held till later.

Susan HAIN was born in Miami county, Ohio, March 25, 1825, and was at the time of her death, 64 years and 11 days old. She was married to Robert SHIDELER, October 7, 1845. April 2d, 1862, she moved to Lake City, Calhoun county, Iowa, with her husband and family. About twenty years ago they moved upon the prairie where they have resided since. Nine children blessed this happy union, seven of whom are still living.

The daughters are Mrs. Rosina SMITH, living in Chicago; Levina SHERMAN, at Lake City; Victoria FISH, Glendive, Montana; Mary the youngest daughter is at home. George and David SHIDELER are living in Lake city, McClellan and Chester are in Colorado, Moses, the youngest son is at home. Sabrina and Nancy died in infancy. Mrs. SHIDELER was a God fearing women and brought up her family under the influence of the sacred altar. For fifty years she and her husband had been members of the Christian church, and lived up to its teachings in their every day life and though her taking off was sudden she was prepared in heart years ago. No family in the county was more widely known or more universally loved and respected than they, and the loss will be deeply and sincerely mourned by the entire community.

The mind cannot express, nor the pen portray the terrible suffering of mind and body that Uncle Robert endures. The horrors of that life struggle, and the picture of the body of his cherished and prostrate wife is always before him. A hundred deaths in their most horrible form have been suffered by him since the accident. Even though 70 years of age, he has a strong and robust body and mind, and this alone may pull him through the terrible ordeal that must have killed a more delicate person. The deepest sympathy is expressed for the family and the stricken husband, and everything that human aid can di is being done to comfort him, and relieve him as much as possible from the terrible strain. No man in the county is more highly respected and loved than Uncle Robert. He is a Mason of fifty years standing and practices its principles to the letter,. He is one of the oldest Masons in the state and was one of the early founders of that society in this county. We doubt if there is a member of that society in the county who would not go to the end of his cable tow to assist him. Kind neighbors and brethren will see that his every wish is cared for.

The daughter from Chicago arrived Sunday and the two sons from Colorado Monday evening.

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April 25, 1889

Manson Journal:


Uncle Robert SHIDELER, after Twelve Days of Suffering, Joins His Loved Companion on the Eternal Shore.

Robert SHIDELER died at his home in Center township, Tuesday morning, March 16, after an illness of twelve days; aged 67 years, 6 months and 22 days.

On the 5th day of April, as he and his wife were coming to town, and while on the grade north of G. ZELL'S, Mrs. S.'s clothing took fire; the later caused by a spark from Mr. SHIDELER'S pipe. In his desperate efforts to save her from the flames his hands were horribly burned. This, together with the loss of his wife in such a cruel manner, causing intense mental suffering, as well as physical, were the direct causes of his death. After his wife was buried he appeared to rally for a time, but could not throw off the terrible feeling that continually haunted his every hour.

He appeared to loose all desire to live, and asked only to join the loved one who had been so cruelly snatched from his grasp. No material change was noticed in his condition till Sunday, when he became very restless. When the doctor visited him Monday, he soon detected signs of a total collapse of the nervous system. After his hands had been dressed at 8 o'clock, he passed into a deep slumber, and waked not again on this earth. He gradually sank away 'till 8 o'clock Tuesday morning, when the spirit took its flight, and nothing but cold clay remained of the strong, robust man of two weeks before. His children who were with him, prayed that he might awake, if for only long enough to bid them all a last farewell, but in this they were disappointed.

The spirit of Robert SHIDELER has gone to its Maker. In early life he prepared himself for the great change that comes to one and all, sooner or later, and he died in the firm belief of a future happiness, where (paper smudged) rows of earth enter not. His whole life was an example of unselfish interest and love for mankind. He adored his wife and family and devoted his interests to their welfare and happiness. During his illness his neighbors, who looked upon him and his estimable family as dear friends, have vied with each other in trying to make his suffering and sorrow as light as possible (ink smudge) one of whom would have been glad to have borne a share (ink smudge) is irreparable, and the deepest sympathy is extended to one and all in this the hour of their great and overwhelming grief. A feeling of sadness has crept over the entire community, that time alone can only efface. The kind faces and cheerful words of both Mr. Shideler and wife, will live in many families always.

Robert SHIDELER was born in Miami County, Ohio, September 24, 1821. Was married to Susan HAIN, October 1, 1845. Moved to Cass county Michigan, in 1848. In April 1865, they moved to Lake City, Iowa and to Manson in the fall of 1870.

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It is one of those accidents of life that cannot be accounted for. One look at Uncle Robert's hands I proof of the life struggle made ot save her, and, if laying down his own life would have sufficed, how quickly would he have done it. Uncle Robert may blame himself, but there is not another living soul who is cruel enough to make such a charge. Mrs. Shideler, after falling from the grade, no doubt breathed the fire into her lungs, and this what caused her sudden death. The whole time of the accident from the beginning of the fire, to her death, could not have been over ten minutes.


Oats are doing splendid.

Miss Mary McVAY is sick again.

Spring plowing nearly all done.

The young lady at Mr. GORMAN'S is better.

Lige. RUSTON is building a house in Farnhamville.

Frank GILBERT has built a nice pig pen and ornamented it with a fine pig.

Our young friend, Ed. RICHER has a good job with a Marshalltown firm. Success to you Ed.

The readers of the Graphic will excuse me if some items are a little stale, as I don't go to town very often.

George SUMMERS lost his oldest boy with brain fever last week. The family have the sympathy of the entire community.

I saw in a newspaper the other day a piece on township correspondence that claimed they were a nuisance and a detriment to a paper. Now My Editor I would like to hear from you on the subject. If they are a detriment To the Graphic, say so and oblige.


Mrs. RASMESS lies dangerously ill with inflammatory rheumatism.

LUMPKIN'S orchard looks nice and green after the fire.

JOHNSON set out several hundred forest trees directly west of his house

Clem. ROBERTSON runs the plow on Saturday to harden up his muscle and give his father a rest. Good boy.

We notice Mr. David FOX has set out a lot of trees and given his house-yard a general cleaning up

Prof. COREY'S residence looks quite bachelorfied with a board off the roof.

Prairie View school house sports a new floor at the cost of $40.90.

J. L. HIBBS has a fine lot of oak and walnut posts on hand to fence his croquet ground.

Moses SHERMAN assisted your correspondent and surveyor McCLURE to lay out a road 243 rods long commencing at the southeast corner of section 5 and running due west over the lands of J. RUSSELL and J. J. HUTCHISON.

Our friend A. G. MILLER is quite a sporting character having kept his larder well stocked with wild game this spring. Owing to his modesty in not mentioning it in print, we hasten to record the same.

John RUSSELL beat all his neighbors done plowing for corn ad expects to plant this week

Mr. HOLME'S horses are afflicted with the distemper. He expects to start west soon.

Frank McCAULLEY has a contract to break all the tillable land on the quarter section south of the water tank.

Jas. RIDER, like unto your scribe has stuck his pants in his boots and rolled up his sleeves, there-by dispensing with a hired hand.

Miss Lizzie COOK is teaching her third term of school in district No. 6. She is well liked here.

John WARELINE is planting corn

GOODALE and CLARK dehorned their own cattle equal to a professional

There was a good crowd at the Pender sale and everything sold well.

Hans MADSEN is helping his father

Nancy and Alice McCAULLEY are on the sick list.