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Burlington Hawk-Eye
Des Moines co. Iowa Territory
February 8, 1844
That Keg of Apples.
On our return from Iowa City we found a keg of fine Jenitan apples, that had been forwarded to us by that fast friend to the whig cause, L.B. Fleak, Esq., of Keokuk. We thank him most cordially, and sincerely hope that he may find a ready sale for the remaining seventy barrels of the same article, which he now has on hand.

Burlington Hawk Eye
Burlington, Des Moines co. Iowa
July 5, 1849
Keokuk -- The Cholera is very bad in Keokuk. It is reported that ten persons died there on Sunday last. This must be a mistake. We have a letter from there dated Monday. It says that there were eight cases on the day previous, and that by using the sulphur remedy only two of these died, and they under Thompsonian treatment. The sulphur, the letter states, was first used on a Mr. Jones, who was in a collapsed state. By giving him a pill of 4 grains sulphur and one of Charcoal every 15 minutes for two hours, he recovered.

The Keokuk Daily Wigg
Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa USA
September 25, 1854 Monday
Vol. 1 No. 177
Public Sale
Notice is hereby given that on the 3rd day of October, 1854, commencing at 9 o'clock a.m., the undersigned Executors of the estate of George Smout, deceased, in Des Moines township, Lee County, Iowa, the following personal property of said deceased.--
Consisting of part of Horses, Hogs, Cows, and Oxen, Plows, Harrows, and other farming utensils; also a large lot of Corn, Oats and Wheat. Terms made known on the day of sale.

Burlington Hawk Eye
Burlington, Des Moines co. Iowa
DIED -May 18th, 1857, at her residence in Denmark, Lee county, Iowa, of hemorrage from the nose and mouth, Mrs. Maria Vanderpool Edwards, consort of the Rev. Morgan Edwards of the above place.

Burlington Hawk-Eeye
Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa
Wednesday, July 8, 1857
Sarah, wife of John Moran, was stabbed Tuesday morning at Keokuk by her husband's brother, Patrick Moran, and died in about three huours. She left a child four months old.

Burlington Hawk-Eye
Burlington Des Moines co. Iowa
October 19, 1858
H.G. Stuart, of Lee County, also exhibited ten head of short horns,
thorough bred. Mr. S. is one of the most enterprising and public spirited
farmers in the State. He is always on hand at Fairs, and never fails to
carry away a full proportion of premiums.

Weekly Times
Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa
Thursday, May 24, 1860
LEE COUNTY - Arresting Fugitives - The Keokuk Gate City states that a man of the name of Grab, and some accomplices recently spent a good portion of the Sabbath in storing their minds and filling their hearts with the teachings of the Doctor of the South American Tract Society and the Democratic party, and sallied forth with their rifles in the after part of the holy day to put their principles into practice by the arrest of four men who were seeking to regain their freedom. The Grubbers received a reward of five hundred dollars for the Sunday job.

LEE COUNTY - Awful Death- The Keokuk Gate City learns that a little daughter of a Mr. Fox of that city, four or five years of age, fell into the vault of a privy on the 13th inst., and was suffocated before she could be taken out.

Weekly Times
Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa
December 5, 1861
ROBERT FINARTY, of Company C, of the Iowa 7th, who was mentioned in yesterday's paper, died at the Hospital on Thursday night. His remains will be sent home to his parents in Marion county.--[Keokuk Gate City.

Burlington Hawk-Eye
Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa
March 4, 1865
OUR STATE

Dr. J. Tarbell a well known resident of Keokuk recently died in Nevada Territory.

Two young men whose names are Deacon and Ralph, were arrested at Bentonsport on Friday, upon the charge of committing a robbery at Keosauqua.

They confess, the Gate City says, to having committed the deed.

R. Buckingham's residence, at Keokuk, was entered Saturday and property carried off to the value of $300. So says the Gate City.

Burlington Hawk-Eye
Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa
March 11, 1865
OUR STATE
Christian Bauscher, postmaster at Franklin, Lee county, died on the 20th ult, from the effects of arsenic administered to him on the supposition that it was cream of tartar. The poison was taken from Mr.  Bauscher's own store by a member of his family who attempted to follow the prescription of a physician.

Daily Gazette
Davenport, Scott co. Iowa
April 10, 1873
Iowa Condensed.

In the city election at Keokuk last Monday D.F. Miller, Democrat, was elected Mayor.

Mr. T.N. Pond, who was killed during the tornado at Burlington, was properly a resident of Keokuk and was buried with Masonic honors at the latter city on Monday.

Besides Mr. Pond, Mrs. Steiger, and the latter's two children, there were killed in the fall of Pond's warehouse at Burlington on Saturday Joseph Trainer, who leaves a wife and four little children in destitute circumstances; J.P. Pendergrast, lately married and a resident of Keokuk; and Israel Neff, also married, whose family is left without means of support. A dozen other persons were more or less injured by the accident, two of whom, Mr. Benj. Swigert and a babe named Burkman, died, making nine deaths in all.

Daily Gazette
Davenport, Scott co. Iowa
Saturday morning, April 12, 1873
Iowa Condensed.
John Orm, while crossing the river at Fort Madison, on Wednesday, was drowned by the upsetting of his boat, which got into a swell caused by a passing steamboat. He leaves a wife and two children.

Burlington Hawk-Eye
Burlington, Des Moines co. Iowa
February 19, 1874
Mr. J.P. Yates, a well-known citizen has been arrested and confined in the jail at Keokuk for having one wife in that city and another in Illinois.

Burlington Hawk-Eye
Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa
Jan 11, 1877
The first fatal railroad accident in Denmark occurred on Wednesday. Nine persons were killed and thirty injured.

Burlington Hawk-Eye
Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa
Thursday, Jan 25, 1877
Eight prisoners walked out of the Lee county jail on Wednesday evening, among them, Mike Flynn, confined for murder.

Monday, Jan. 22
Thomas Fagan, Frank Martin, and James Keller, three of the recently escaped prisoners from the Lee county jail, were arrested at West Point, Illinois, on Saturday.

CAUGHT
Burlington Police Nab the King of the Crowd Who Broke Out of the Lee County Jail.
Yesterday morning the dispatches in THE HAWK-EYE announced that a jail delivery had occurred at Keokuk, whereby eight prisoners were set at liberty, and among them Mike Flynn, and old offender and desperate character, who had served one term in the penitentiary for murder and was in jail under indictment for another. While THE HAWK-EYE readers were perusing their favorite paper over their breakfast coffee the sequel was transpiring at the union depot in this city.
Conductor Dave Blackburn, of the Keokuk branch of the C.B. & Q. recognized Mike Flynn among his passengers on the up train yesterday morning and telegraphed to John Rider, the depot policeman, to look out for him. John called to his aid the faithful Mike Lavelle the two cops prepared for business. So confident was Flynn that he would reach Burlington unnoticed that he remained in the car through the yards and the officers had a fine opportunity to take him, which they did not hesitate to improve. His arrest was a decided surprise to himself and gives the sheriff of Lee county considerable occasion to rejoice. Charles Cullaton, another of the jail birds, was on the train also, and Rider and Lavelle gathered him in too, and together they will go back this morning in charge of Sheriff Higgins, of Lee county, and will, let us believe, be kept in a safe place.

Davenport Gazette
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
March 31, 1877
IOWA CONDENSED
Keokuk is honored.  Longfellow has written to a Mrs. Winslow, speaking in terms of praise of the poems of her son Herbert. He regards them as "remarkable productions for one so young."

ACKWORTH, Iowa, Jan 24, 1879.
I have been personally acquainted with Dr. Wiggins and his practice as a physician in Lee and Henry Counties and consider him pre-eminently successful. His skill in the management of difficult chronic cases, would have given him a state reputation had he been identified with the so-called regular practice. As an act of kindness to suffering humanity I take pleasure in recommending him to the confidence of all requiring the attention of an intelligent and skillful physician.
E.W. BEARD, Prin. Ackworth Institute.

We concur in the testimonial of Prof. Beard:
Elisha McMillan, Pilot Grove, Lee county.
H.L. Hicks, Pilot Grove, Lee county.
T.J. Osborn, Pilot Grove, Lee county.
J.L. Lessenger, Pilot Grove, Lee county.
Henderson Hampton, Pilot Grove, Lee Co.
Jonathan Phelps, Pilot Grove, Lee county.
J.A. Frazier, Salem, Henry county.
Elizabeth Hampton, Salem, Henry county.
M.F. Clauson, Salem, Henry county.
Nathan Bond, Salem, Henry county.

WEST POINT, Lee Co., Iowa, Feb. 1, '79.
I hereby certify that my wife had been afflicted with piles, growing worse for twenty years. Employing a number of physicians and using various patent medicines until nine years ago, she then being reduced almost to a skeleton and had to take to her bed as we supposed for the last time, we almost gave up in despair; when through the advice of friends we were persuaded to send for Dr. Wiggins with the following result: In one week she was able to sit up a part of the time, and in two weeks she could do light work.- Advice for treatment was kept up from that time to time for four years. Since that time she has been very well. Respectfully.
GEO. S. BOUGHTON

My treatment of all cases is strictly hygenic. No charge for consultation. Circulars and terms for treatment will be sent to any person on applying.
Respectfully, W.C. WIGGINS, M.D.

The Free Press
Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa
May 8, 1879
Mark Gray, a young man about 23 years of age, who with the exception of a slight interval has been for the past five years an employee of Younkers Bros, Keokuk, on Wednesday night last at McVicker's Theater, Chicago, attempted to assassinate Edwin Booth. He fired two shots from a revolver, neither of which were successful. He was then arrested and is now held under $20,000 bail to answer the charge. He is undoubtedly insane.

Mark Gray, a young man about 23 years of age, who with the exception of a slight interval has been for the past five years an employee of Younkers Bros, Keokuk, on Wednesday night last at McVicker's Theater, Chicago, attempted to assassinate Edwin Booth. He fired two shots from a revolver, neither of which were successful. He was then arrested and is now held under $20,000 bail to answer the charge. He is undoubtedly insane.

The Free Press
Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa
May 15, 1879
TESTIMONIALS
To the Citizens of Mt. Pleasant and surrounding country, I offer the following testimonials:
Medical College Hall, Iowa University,
Keokuk, Iowa, Feb. 11, 1864.
This will certify that the bearer W.C. Wiggins, M.D., attended two full courses of lectures in this institution and graduated creditably and honorably.
He is a gentleman of excellent moral character and of good talents, which with application will yet place him prominently in the profession.
Let me bespeak for him that confidence in him as a man and physician which he so richly deserves and which he will repay. Very truly yours,
D.L. McGUGIN, M.D.
President of the Faculty.

The Free Press
Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa
May 22, 1879
A SAD ACCIDENT
Death of Eli McMillan
Caused by a Kick from a Horse
On last Saturday, May 17th, Elisha McMillan, of Pilot Grove, came up to Salem and after stopping awhile in town, drove to his brother Eli's, where his horse, a very good natured, gentle animal, was stabled and fed. Shortly after 1 o'clock on stepping into the porch they noticed two of their horses out of the stable; whereupon they went out and each caught his own horse and was leading them to there places in the barn, engaged the while in pleasant conversation. The first stall being occupied, Elisha led his animal into the second; but just as he was going to tie it, it gave a high, hard kick with both feet, speaking to the animal he led it forward and tied it before knowing that his brother, who was passing into the next stall, was struck and was lying unconscious in the passage way. So sure had been the blow that no sound was made. After trying in vain to rouse him, he dragged him from the stable, then found that the wound was on the left side of the head just above the ear, and was bleeding freely. Fortunately a neighbor was passing on horseback and speedily went for relatives and medical aid. Upon examination Dr. Pharr found that the skull was broken and Dr. Siviter was sent for to assist in dressing the wound. The readjusting of the fractured part failing to give relief, he remained unconscious until a few minutes before 10 o'clock and quietly passed away.

The funeral services, held at the house, on Monday 19th, was largely attended. After prayer by Mrs. Hart, of Mt. Pleasant, Rev. Jonathan Ozbun addressed the audience from the text, "They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed but abideth forever-" Psalms cxxv:1, after which James Maddock engaged in prayer. Then after leave taking the large procession moved to the Cemetery south of the Friends church, where the remains were interred in the family lot.

Mr. McMillan was born Feb. 19th, 1799, in York county, Penn., where he resided until 1829 when he moved to the Wabash Valley Ind. and engaged in merchandising and grazing for five years, then he moved near Primrose, Lee Co., Iowa, and engaged in farming and stock raising, which he continued with good success until 1866 when he moved to Mt. Pleasant Iowa and lived a retired life until the spring of 1874, when he removed to his late residence one mile south of Salem. In anti-slavery times he was an active worker in the cause often having many fugitives concealed on his premises at the same time.

In 1839 he married Caroline Vale of York Co Penn. who survives him. They had two children, one of whom is now living, Mrs. Emily D. Bell widow of the late John M. Bell, who died last August, and two grand-children also four brothers and one sister, Mrs. Edward Wichersham of Summitville Lee Co., all of whom by their silvery hair show that they have stood the frost of many winters.

He was a member of the Society of Friends and in his own quiet, unpretentious way, did his alms, not to be seen of men, but we trust, recognized by God to whom he often said he felt nearer when alone among the trees of his orchard, than in the crowded church. Lee county papers please copy.

The Free Press
Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa
June 5, 1879
Obituary.

KETCHUM- may 21st 1879, of consumption, Edward Ketchum, in the 52nd year of his age.
Mr. Ketchum began suffering about nine months since, with that insidious disease consumption. During the last month of his life he was unable to quit his bed, suffering severely at times. About a month previous to his death, he professed faith in Christ, accepting him as his Savior, uniting with the M.E. church, the Rev. Dr. L.J. Rogers coming to his house and administering the rite of baptism.

The funeral discourse was delivered by Dr. L.J. Rogers from Psa., 34:6 to a large concourse of friends. The remains were then taken to Pilot grove, Lee county Iowa and interred, followed by a number of friends from this community, and was met by a number of sympathising friends of Pilot grove, who united in paying the last tribute of respect to our deceased friend and neighbor. Deceased leaves a wife and four children t o mourn the loss of a husband and father.

Iowa State Register
Des Moines, Polk co. Iowa
October 10, 1885
FATAL BOILER EXPLOSION
Keokuk, Oct. 9. -- Special to the State Register. -- A flue in one of the six boilers of the Anderson, Felt & White saw mill, Montrose, gave way this afternoon and steam and water were carried 200 feet by the force of the explosion. The brick wall of the boiler room was thrown down and John Baten, of Nauvoo, was scalded so badly that he will die. Another man was also injured.

The New Era
Humeston, Wayne co. Iowa
February 18, 1886
The First and Last Criminal at Ft. Madison The prisoner longest in service is No. 730, Samuel Trogden, sent June 29, 1867, from Wapello county for life, for murder. He has been a good soldier, and had served a term in this prison before the war for horse stealing.  The next 'veteran' is No. 823, J.B. Mathews, committed May 1868, from Washington county for murder. Both were well behaved and Mathews is too old to work. The youngest recruit came to-day, bears the name of Johnson, and gets the number 4,277, which represents the total number of men who have been confined here since the prison passed under state control in 1849. The first prisoner, or No. 1, was Isaac Grimes, of Cedar county, committed September 22, 1849, under a sentence for sixty days for "assault with intent to commit great bodily injury." Grimes was a native of Indiana, 32 years old, and some man had probably called him a liar, which no Indiana man would take. He was pardoned after languishing eight days. This prison was began under federal auspices in 1839, but there is no record beyond "No. 1" as aboveR

The New Era
Humeston, Wayne co. Iowa
February 25, 1886
David W. Blackburn died at Keokuk last week. He was a conductor on the first road built north of Keokuk, now owned by the Burlington route, from 1858 to 1881. At the latter date he was elected County Treasurer, and at the end of his second term an examination ofhis books showed that he was short about $15,000. A suit, pending ever since, has been continued on account of Blackburn's bad health, the last continuance being last week.

-F.P. Moore went to Keokuk this week to visit and attend the conductors ball. -Mr. and Mrs. Homer Bean, Elmer and Miss Clara Markley attended the conductors ball at Keokuk, this week.

DeWitt Observer
DeWitt, Clinton, Iowa
Friday, May 13, 1887
- The oldest Federal Judge, in point of service, in this country is J.M. Love, of Keokuk, who was appointed by President Pierce in 1856.

LeMars Sentinel
August 28, 1893

OBITUARY:
Frank C. Brown, whose sad death was mentioned in this paper, was born in DuPage county, Illinois, September 23, 1848, moved to Lee county, same sate,
where he lived on a farm with his parents, Daniel and Adelaide J. Brown, until February, 1865, when he enlisted in the 43rd Illinois Cavalry, remaining to the end of the war, after which he accompanied his regiment to the far west, engaged in Indian warfare. He was mustered out of service at Springfield, Illinois, November 1865; returning home, he soon after married Miss Jennie Hathaway. After residing in Illinois three or four years, he moved to Ellsworth county, Kansas, and took up a homestead, where he resided
until he came to Seney, Plymouth county, in 1889.

CARD OF THANKS.
Mrs. Frank C. Brown and family desire to return their sincere thanks to the members of the Grand Army and to other friends who aided them during their last sad bereavement, and for the many attentions shown to Mr. Brown during his last days of life.

Sioux Valley News
Correctionville, Woodbury, Iowa
January 13, 1898
Mr. Ed Calloway has been arrested at Keokuk on the charge of passing counterfeit money.

Fredericksburg News
Fredericksburg, Chickasaw co. Iowa
February 3, 1898
The News in Iowa
Double Iowa Murder
Burlington, Jan. 31 - The dead bodies of Mrs. Fanny Rathburn and her 12-year-old daughter Mary were found frozen stiff in pools of blood at their home just west of the city. The woman had been struck in the head with an ax, which was found leaning against a near-by wall. Her head was split open. The body of the child was found in a bedroom with her throat cut from ear to ear. Proof of a terrible struggle for life was visible on all sides. It is thought the crime was committed nearly a week ago, as the woman had not been seen since that time, the neighbors thinking they had gone to the country. Four men have been arrested, being men who had visited her from the neighborhood of Greenbay township. (Lee County)

Unknown newspaper published in Lee County
Sept. 21, 1898

A SOLDIER'S FUNERAL
Fort Madison Turns Out En Masse to the Obsequies Over Herbert Forney. The funeral of Herbert Forney of Company G. Fiftieth Iowa, who died at Jacksonville, occurred at Fort Madison Sunday afternoon, and the whole city seemed to be attending the obsequies. The services were held in the Santa Fe Avenue Methodist church. Interment being in the Atlee Cemetery. Long before the hour announced for the services, the church was completely filled, and when 2 O'clock arrived, the crowd surrounded the church in a dense mass, the building being merely an island in an ocean of people. After the services, the procession to the cemetery was formed with the Grand Army post and the soldiers of the present war who happen to be at the home in front, followed by the city officials, the police department, the employees of the Santa Fe road, and the fire department of the city, in the order named. Forney was a very popular young man who was hearty and a fireman when he went to the front. He died of fever in a hospital in Jacksonville, and his father brought his body home for burial.

Unknown Paper
Jan 7 1899
Officers Hanson and Broadus of the Keokuk police force, who were suspended for fifteen days for drunkenness have been requested by the mayor to resign.

Unknown newspaper published in Lee County
March 16, 1899

Peter Coleman, an aged colored man died at the county house Sunday night. He was about 75 years old and was born and reared in Virginia. He came to this city at the close of the rebellion from Helena, Ark., with a number of freedmen brought north by General Curtis. He lived for a time at Eddyville and Knoxville. For thirty years he was employed in the family of Samuel Klein. He was faithful and industrious and had many friends. On account of the infirmities of old age which rendered him almost helpless, he was taken to the county house.

Keokuk Daily Gate City
August 12, 1899
(Terry Altheide)
A colored man by the name of Goins came to the police station yesterday afternoon and made the force a present of a large human skull which he had dug up in a barn at 1519 Franklin Street. The article is in excellant condition and after it has been polished will make a pretty piece or ornamentation for the desk in the office at the station.

The New Era
Humeston, Wayne, Iowa
March 22, 1899
THE NEWS IN IOWA
One Man's Sad Ending.
KEOKUK, March 17 - Henry J. Luder, once a prosperous shoe manufacturer of Keokuk, died in the city jail. He had been taken there in the patrol wagon early in the morning and was placed in a cell until he could be sent to the county poor farm, but death claimed him before the superintendent arrived. He was once possessed of considerable means, but he died friendless and alone, after subsisting on charity for a long time. His wife is now an inmate of the insane ward at the county house.

Submitted by S. Ferrall, transcribed by S. Ferrall and other volunteers from Iowa Old Press


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