|April 28, 1879
Chicago, April 27. An indictment has been found against Mark Gray, the
young man who attempted to kill Edwin Booth. Mrs. Gray, his mother, who
lives in Keokuk, Iowa, says she was never on the stage and never say
Mr. Booth. She said she had been 32 years in this kounthry and niver
was I inside a thayater or circus." The mother utterly repudiates the
insinuation in regard to the existence of any relationship between Mr.
Booth and his would be murderer. As for her son, she pronounces him
May 22, 1882
Keokuk, Iowa, May 1. A special dispatch from Fort Madison, Iowa, says
that Polk Wells, the train robber, escaped from the penitentiary this
morning with two accomplices named Fritzgerald and Cook, by
chloroforming the attendant in the hospital, breaking through the iron
roof and overpowering the hospital guards. John Elder, one of the
latter, died from the effects of his injuries and the chloroform.
Pursuit has been organized, but no trace of the fugitives has been
June 5, 1885
ADAMS-WEAVER At the Victoria Hotel, on the 4th day of June, by the
Rev. Dr. Robert Collyer, A. G. Adams, of Burlinton, Iowa and Laura C.
Weaver, of Fort Madison, Iowa.
August 25, 1886
DARLING. At Fort Madison, Iowa, Aug 11, H. Glassford, son of Thomas
and Isabella Darling, Aged 34 years.
July 22, 1889
Kirksville, Mo., July 21. About two years ago James Sylva and Miss
Buckalew, daughter of a well known citizen of Kirksville, were married
and removed to Keokuk, Iowa. About six months ago, Mrs. Sylva returned
to the parental home, stating that her husband would not support her.
Yesterday she received a telegram from Sylva saying that he would be
there today to kill her. He kept his word, arriving this morning and
going to his wife's father's house. His wife came to the door, and he
said "Allie will you return to me?" The young women replied in the
negative, whereupon Sylva fired at her and she fainted. Thinking that
he had killed his wife, Sylva turned the weapon upon himself and sent a
ball into his brain. He will die. Mrs Sylva was not hurt.
October 18, 1890
The funeral of the Hon. John Van Valkenburg, Past Supreme Chancellor of
Knights of Pythias of the world, will take place at Fort Madison, Iowa,
tomorrow afternoon under the auspices of the Order of the Knights of
Pythias, assisted by the fraternity of Odd Fellows.
August 14, 1891
Keokuk, Iowa, Aug. 13. _ A terrible wind and rain storm visited Keokuk
this afternoon. Half of the shade trees of the town were blown down,
and the small buildings moved from their foundations. Lighting struck
the amphitheatre at the fairgrounds. Ben B.. Jewell, bookkeeper of the
savings bank, received a shock, at first thought to be fatal. There was
a general panic throughout the city.;;;;
December 30, 1897
Ottumwa, Iowa, Dec. 29. At Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, in the
south eastern part of the State, "Abe" Balm was shot and killed in an
encounter between a mob and the three Balm brothers. It has been
charged that the Balm boys ill treated their aged father, who lived
by in abject poverty. A few days ago he died,, it is said, of
The refusal of the sons to succor him or even to go to his funeral or
pay the expenses, although they are well to do, angered the neighbors,
and last night twenty masked men went to the sons' house and knocked
for admission. When the brothers saw the mob they locked the front
door, and, arming themselves, went out by the back door and opened
fire. Three men were hurt, none mortally. The fire was returned and
"Abe" Balm fell fatally wounded. The mob went away.
Before "Abe" died this morning he named seven men whom he said he
recognized. His brothers got warrants, but they have not yet been able
to have them served. The county is much excited over the affair, and
the two Balm boys say they will avenge their brother themselves if the
law does not do it for them.
December 31, 1897
Ottumwa, Iowa, Dec. 30. Further particulars from Pleasant Ridge
Township, Lee County, regarding the Balm boys for alleged ill-treatment
of their father state that "Abe" Balm, who was shot, is still alive,
but cannot recover.
The seven men who he identified as among the assailants of himself and
brothers are John Schantz, William Schantz, Joseph Sanderson, William
Van Sycle,John Wellington, Tice Enslow, and Frank Fonner, all prominent
and wealthy farmers. They were arrested and will have a hearing
tomorrow at Denmark. All these men proclaim their innocence, and it is
doubtful if a jury ever could be secured in this county to try them.
The trouble between the Balm boys and their aged father started four
years ago when the father married the third time against the boys
wishes. At that time the old man was wealthy, and owned a fine farm.
The boys had him sent to an insane asylum and compelled to deed to them
his property, which they appropriated, throwing the wife out in the
At the end of fourteen months Mr. Balm was released and returned to
live with his wife at the old home. The boys had taken away all of the
furniture, and damaged the house so that Mr. Balm and his wife hardly
could live in it.
For three years Mr. & Mrs. Balm existed on food given by charitable
neighbors, the boys positively refusing to give any help.
Sunday, Mr. Balm died from paralysis, and the sons refused to take care
of the body. The enraged neighbors, decided to rid the neighborhood of
such ungrateful creatures , and Tuesday night,s
tragedy was the result..
November 5, 1898
London, Nov. 4. Mr. Frederick B. Norman of Keokuk, Iowa, was run over
and killed yesterday evening in Holborn. The body of the deceased is at
the King's College Hospital. An inquest will be held Monday, after
which the U.S. Consul General will bury the body, unless Mr. Norman's
friends are heard from in the meantime.
August 19, 1899
Keokuk, Iowa, August 18. John N. Irwin, who was the most popular
Mayor Keokuk ever had, will accept the appointment of Minister to
Portugal tendered him by President McKinley and is preparing to leave
on his mission. He will be accompanied by his family. He was Mayor for
several terms, is an ex-member of the Iowa Legislature and was twice
Territorial Governor by Presidential appointment, one of Idaho and
another time of Arizona.
September 28, 1904
LOSSES BY FIRE
Keokuk, Iowa. _ The Collins-Healslip wholesale carpet house was
destroyed by fire today, the origin of the blaze being a bolt of
lighting. Loss was $250,000.
January 28, 1908
John C. Hubinger, said to be the inventor of elastic starch, died last
night of pneumonia at Keokuk, Iowa. He was some years ago an extensive
telephone promoter, owning numerous lines and exchanges from Keokuk to
Minneapolis. He finally became interested in so many projects that he
lost all his fortune.
February 16, 1916
The wedding of Miss Mildred Anne Joy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde R.
Joy of Keokuk, and Hugh J. Robertson of Iowa took place yesterday
afternoon at the Hotel St. Regis.The Rev. J. T. Stocking of Upper
Montclair, N.J. officiated. Mrs. Ralph B. Joy was the bride's
attendant. Harold Covington Pond was best man. A dinner, followed by
dancing, was held after the ceremony. The couple left for California on
January 2, 1920
Annapolos, Md., Jan. 1. Midshipman Carroll Joy, of Keokuk, Iowa, a
member of the second class at the Naval Academy, died today from a
bullet wound accidentally inflicted by M. G. Thompson, a classmate,
while target shooting in the woods near here last Tuesday. A third
midshipman was in the party. Thompson had fired at the target, and
while attempting to adjust the safety catch of his revolver the weapon
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