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 Researched by Sue Rekkas

Transcribed by Georgeann McCure and

Sue Rekkas


Daily Gazette, August 4, 1869


A Bloody Affray


A bloody, and probably fatal, affray occurred between four and five o’clock yesterday afternoon at Ph Raguet’s saloon on front street, between Main and Brady. Three raftsmen, two of them being brothers named Kelley, went into the saloon, and after eating dinner called for the drinks. They were supplied with the fluids by Mrs. Raquet, who returned to her kitchen after giving them change. Soon, according to her version of the affair, one of the men entered the kitchen, accused her of charging too much for the drinks, and seizing her, demanded that the rightful change be given him. Just at this moment Raquet came in, and after some hard words, put the raftsmen out. The three men then left, the place, but came back soon and boasted that they could whip any Dutchman in the town. After bandying threats for a minute, the parties came to blows. Raquet seized a billy, or some similar weapons, and laid about him with great force. The parties put one or two effective blows in his face, but he defended himself so well that he escaped almost unharmed. One of the assailants, Jerry Kelley, was seriously injured. He was stretched upon the floor with his head cut in five pieces the frontal bone over the left eye was fractured; lower, and close to the eyebrow, was another wound, while another was on the top of the head, and two very bad ones just above the neck. He was taken into Holtam’s saloon, where Dr. Roundy dressed the wounds. The injured man was taken to the Infirmary on Iowa street, where he now lies in a perilous condition. Kelly’s brothers was arrested and taken to jail soon after the affray.


Davenport Democrat, August 4, 1869, page 1.

Raftsmen Hurt.--


Two raftsmen named Kelley, entered Raquet's saloon, on Front between Brady and Main streets, about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and after eating and drinking, they had some trouble about change with Mrs. Raquet, when one of them seized her.  Her husband happened to come in at the time, and put them out.  They came back in a short time, for the purpose of whipping him, and it seems one of the Kelleys was most beautifully pounded over the head, receiving five cuts and a fracture of the frontal bone.  His brother and another raftsman received a blow or two from the billet of wood, and concluded that discretion was the better part of valor.  The injured man is now at the Infirmary, and his brother is in jail.  Some of the roughs who came from the lower river this season will have cause to remember this section if they get away alive.


Daily Gazette, August 5, 1869, page 4.

The Cutting Affray.


Philip Racquet, who severely injured the raftsmen at his salon, on Tuesday afternoon, was brought before Justice Peters yesterday on charge of assault to commit great bodily injury upon Dennis Clancy alias Kelley.  The case was dismissed on the statement that Racquet proposed to pay all the costs.  This being ended.  Raquet brought information against Dennis Clancy and Michael Clancy for assault and battery, but like the other case, it was dismissed, Racquet agreeing to pay costs of suit.  The injured man Clancy is still alive.


 Researched by Sue Rekkas

Transcribed by Georgeann McCure & Sue Rekkas


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