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Fremont County, Iowa


May 10, 1895

--Dilts.--At her home in Randolph, Tuesday, May 14th, 1895, of consumption, Mrs. J. W. Dilts, aged 36
years, 1 month and 17 days.--Frena L. Ambler was born in Belmont county, Ohio, March 27th, 1859, and came to Sidney, Fremont county, Iowa, in June 1880. She was married to John W. Dilts, Feb. 26th, 1865. Since this time she has continued to live in Randolph, Iowa, excepting the time spent in the west and south for her health. To her and her husband were born two daughters. The younger one, Dollie Viola, having died Sept. 1st, 1891, leaving a husband, one daughter, a father and four brothers to mourn her loss, her mother having died in February, 1876. She was buried Wednesday at 2 o'clock and all business houses were closed and the school was  dismissed. The immense crows of sympathizing friends who listened to the semon at the M. E. church, followed the corpse of her who had been a loving wife, a careful mother and kind and sympathetic friends to the cemetery where the last sad rites were performed and the clay which so lately had been inhabited by a lovable soul, which shone out the luster of an honest christian purpose, was consigned to the God who moulded it.


May 23, 1895

GIRLS BODIES IN THE RIVER. Two Iowa Maidens Drowned in the Missouri -- Suicide Suspected
--Oregon, Mo., May 22. --The bodies of both the Chambers girls, drowned in the Missouri river at Bartlett, Iowa, some ten days ago, have been found. The body of Charlotte, aged 17, was caught by Dan Elishire, a fisherman, in his net, and the body of the 10 year old girl, May, was caught about thirty miles south of here. These girls were half sisters, both daughters of C. M. Chambers, living near Bartlett, Iowa, and the youngest was a daughter of Mrs. Wolfenberger, of this city, who formerly was C. M. Chambers' wife. The girls were very mysteriously drowned, but their friends think it was a case of suicide on the part of the older girl, and that she drew the younger in with her purposely. Charlotte's clothing was found securely pinned together near the knees, and the sleeves of her dress were securely pinned to her shoulder, indicating either that she had thus secured them herself to avoid involuntary escaping drowning when she should make the fatal leap in to the water, or else that foul play was had with her and that her clothes were so pinned by some one to deceive others and to conceal their crime.

LOST In a Snow Storm. Dec. 11th, 1857.
Last Saturday evening during that severe snow storm a man by the name of Charles Knox attempted to cross the Missouri bottom from Leeka's Mill to Civil Bend. The snow fell so fast that when darkness came on he could no longer keep the road and consequently became lost and after wandering for some time got into slough and his horses mired down. In extricating his team Mr. Knox got into the water waist deep. Finding himself in the perilous condition he saw no possible chance for saving his team and but little better prospect for preserving his own life, but resolved to not perish without an effort at escape; leaving his horses to take fare of themselves, he endeavored to find his way out of the bottom. The horses attempted to follow him but soon mired down and drowned. He wandered around, occassionally hollowing to attract the attention of any one who might chance to be within reach of his voice. About 10 o'clock he succeeded in attracting the attention of a man living at the foot of the bluffs about two miles distant. The neighbors were aroused and started in the direction of the voice, knowing that it was a cry of distress. They found him almost perished and so cold that he could no longer walk alone. They supported him as they made their way back to the bluffs, which they reached about 2:00 o'clock. Mr. Knox was taken home Sunday evening and is recovering quite as fast as could be expected.

[coordinator's note: the date given on this article is as submitted, perhaps the article is from a "remember when" type column]




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