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Davenport Democrat
Scott County, Iowa
1 Apr 1890

Items in Brief

Mr. J.E. MYERS, formerly PENTZER Bros. & MYERS, has opened an office at 304
Brady st., General collection agency; makes a specialty of city collection.
See card.

Simon HIRSCH of Moline, has received a letter from his daughters who are
visiting in Louisville, Kentucky, stating that they were closely visited by
the cyclone but they escaped unhurt.

It looks as though the bill proposed by the Davenport Business Men's
association, for the regulation of the tramp nuisance might pass the
legislature before long. It will prove a blessing to the whole state.

Mr. C.B. KNOX of Rock Island, who has been dangerously ill since Dec. 9 is
reported by his physician to be recovering nicely. He is well enought to sit
up occasionally, and hopes to be about again soon.

Now is the time the farmers would appreciate good roads if they had them.
Butter,eggs, and a few other commodities bring good prices, but it is worth
more than they sell for to get them to market.

Capt. George H. WHEELOCK, who has just resigned his position at the head of
Company G of the 2d regiment, as stated in The Democrat, has been appointed
to a place in the internal revenue service, with headquarters in New York,
and has left for that city to enter upon his duties.

Henry KUEHL of Long Grove has been appointed deputy sheriff by Sheriff

At 7 o'clock last evening occurred the marriage of Daniel HELMICK and Miss
Valona CUTTER at their future home, corner of Sixteenth and Iowa streets,
Rev. T.F. FLEMING officiating. A limited number of friends were present,
whose best wishes follow the newly wedded pair into their new path of life.
After the ceremony the couple took the train for Washington, Ia., where they
will spend about a week, returning to take up their residence in the house
above named.

Burglars Ply Their Trade Elsewhere but Give Davenport a Wide Berth.

A Davenporter who returned from Camanche Monday reports that on Sunday night
burglars broke through the front door of a general merchandise store there
and blew open the safe. They secured 240 in money and carried off cigars,
groceries and dry goods enough to raise teh estimated loss to 250. The
burglars escaped, and will probably start up in business with their plunder.
Davenport has been fortunate in its exemption from the ravages of burglars
this spring. The towns in this section of Iowa have been catching it pretty
heavily of late. Burlington during the past week had reason to complain of
four or five robberies, and this has been but little worse thant the story
sent in from other Iowa towns. It speaks well for the effiiciency of
Davenport's police force that with the influx of tough characters during the
past few weeks we have not had a single burglary. But the tramps have been
gathered in all the same, and the jail is full to overflowing

Davenport Democrat
Scott County, Iowa
4 Apr 1890

At 10 o'clock yesterday, at his home in Des Moines, Hiram B. HATCH died aged
66 years. He was born in Orange county, Vermont, but in 1848 came
west,settling at Rock Island. He lived across the river from this city for
six years, after which he removed to Des Moines, which place has since been
his home. He was in moderate circumstances.
Fine bananas and fancy figs at RISLEY's.
Very pretty white aprons will be found at ARNOLD's
Nice oranges at WILEY's
Try MURRAY's new shoe house this time.
Train Dispatcher Frank HORTON of the Rock Island office is in Chicago.
J.H. McGEE, who has been in the mattress business here, has taken the road
for a Milwaukee house.
John LOUGHLIN, a young man who has many friends in the city, left a day or
so ago for business in Butte, Montana.
Miss Emma Adelia RICE leaves this evening for Chicago whre she will spend a
few days with friends.
Thomas WILKINSON is at home from Ann Arbor university, called to attend the
funeral of his grandmother, Mrs. McMANUS.
P.W. BURR of Charles City, Iowa, a prominent lawyer of that place and a
former Davenport boy, is visiting his parents and other friends in this city
for a few days.
George SIMONS, formerly of this city, now a resident at Omaha, is in the
city. He will meet the Libbie Conger here and accompany her on up to Dubuque
where he will take the position of second clerk on the Mary Morton when she
comes out.

The Hibernians have spent about $700 on the old Christian chapel, in making
it over into their new hall. The lower floor is occupied by the LaSalle club
and the upper by the A.O.H.
When the Democrats named Al BEYER for alderman in the First ward they called
out a man who will make a strong run and be a live wideawake alderman. his
seat in the council will be intelligently filled.
When you vote for Gus ECKHARDT tomorrow you will vote for a solid sensible
citizen who is hand and glove with the best interests of the city. He is a
laboring man and always has been.
Lemuel PARKHURST was a good man in the treasurer's office. He will be a good
man in the council too. He has seen the city grow up from a village to its
present proportions. All that time he has been a Davenport man all over.
The fact that Frank L. DODGE is a successful lawyer won't hinder his
election. People have come to the conclusion that the mere circumstances of
having education and brains is no real bar to the naming of the position of
Col. C.W. BOUTIN of Hampton, Ia., is out among the different companies of
the Iowa National Guard on his annual tour of inspection. He will find
Company B with bright barrels and buttons, waiting for him in the attitude
of the most respectful attention.
No one questions the worth of Louis H. RIECK. As candidate for the position
of city treasurer he can have but little opposition. He has been too
faithful an officer for anything of that sort.
Among the teachers and city superintendants of Iowa, no man is better known
than R.G. SANDERSON of Burlington. He is now lying on his death bed. A
complication of serious disorders has prostrated him, and he will not

The sporting men of the three cities have agreed to give Martin BURNS,
Iowa's champion wrestler, a rousing benefit before he leaves for training at
Jack KLINE's for his match with Pat McCUE of Chicago. It will be held at the
Rock Island rink Saturday night. All the athletes will be present. Prof HARR
of Davenport, MILLER, McKINLEY of Moline, James MAUCKER, GIBSON, Jimmy
SWEENEY, and GALLAGHER will be also on hand to wrestle. BURNS will give $25
to anybody whom he cannot throw three times in an hour. Three different
wrestlers have applied for an opportunity to defeat BURNS; one is said to be
a Davenport TURNER, and he will make the first attempt.-Argus

Davenport Democrat
Scott Co, IA
5 Apr 1890

It Appears to Have Been in the Case of a Couple Old Residents of Long Grove

After having lived with Thomas MARTINDALE for 10 years Mary Ann MARTINDALE
has come to the conclusion that she will not put up with him any longer, and
so she has entered a petition for divorce in the district court.
The parties are long time residents of Long Grove, having lived there for
more than 25 years. The ground for complaint is that at various times the
defendant has threatened to blow out the plaintiff's brains, has struck her,
and has repeatedly treated her in a cruel and inhuman manner of which a
loving and dutiful husband should be ashamed. And moreover, it is alleged
that defendant has not only amused himself in this manner in private, but
has so threatened and treated her in the presence of neighbors, servants and
A story of burtality follows which is indeed startling in its exhibition of
paternal inhumanity. Plaintiff alleges that while their son, Ira, aged 13
years, a cripple,.......[cannot read line]... latter part of March of this
year, that his father dragged him an tried to gouge his eyes out, and
afterward conveyed him to a cold and distant part of the house and there
kept him until the defendant was overpowered.
Plaintiff further states that she has now been driven from her home and
allowed only to take possession of her few personal effects, wearing
apparel, etc., and is old and feeble and unable to support her crippled son.
Therefore, she asks that she be awarded a decree of divorce, 250 per month
temporary alimony, and on final hearing the sum of $2,500 permanent alimony
out of her husband's estate.

A year or so ago the Democrat called a partial roll of old settlers of Scott
County who had passed the line of three score years and ten. They were Dr.
E.S. BARROWS, born in 1799, Wm. L. COOK, 1804, James RENWICK, 1805, John
FORREST, 1807, Enoch MEAD, 1809, James GRANT, 1811, Horatio G. STONE, 1811,
Mrs. D.C. ELDRIDGE, 1811, Laurel SUMMERS, 1812, Mrs. Mary E. MEAD, 1813,
James E BURNSIDES, 1813, Israel HALL, 1813, J.M.D. BURROWS, 1814, Johnson
MAW, 1814, Mrs. Israel HALL, 1818 and Horace BRADLEY, 1818.
The year has rolled around and but two names have been dropped from the list
of the living-Mrs. D.C. ELDRIDGE and J.M. D. BURROWS.

Bail Soon to be Furnished for Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson

The eloping parties who have been spending their honeymoon in the Davenport
jail now have a prospect of speedy release. A telegram has been received
from the father of Mr. FERGUSON, who resides at Pine Bluff, near Ottawa,
Can., in which he states he had received notice of their being bound over
under bond, and had forwarded a draft for the amount necessary for the
release of both of the parties. The draft will probably arrive today and Mr.
and Mrs. FERGUSON will be at once released.
Mrs. FERGUSON is still quite ill and unable to leave her bed. The shock
which prostrated her at the time of their arrest has left her in very feeble
condition. If she is moved from the jail when the bond arrives she will
probably have to be conveyed in a carriage. Her husband (No. 2) is as silent
and uncommunicative as ever, but is very devoted and is doing his best to
comfort and console her. Both she and her husband state that they had no
thought of being followed and arrested when they started out on their
foolish trip.

The social hour in the Y.M.C.A. gymnasium last evening proved a very
enjoyable affair. Class drills were given with dumb bells, on the parallel
bars. The specialties were a fencing exhibition by E.R. CLAYTON and Chas.
ANDERSON; a sack race won by M. PEARSON; running high jump, 3 feet 4 inches;
diving over rope, won by G.C. HAUGH, 6 feet; standing kick, won by
S.B.LAFFERTY, 6 feet 9 inches; and the following won by G.W. TALBOT; jump
and kick with both feet, 6 feet; hop and kick, 6 feet 6 inches; high kick, 7
feet 10 inches.
An audience of nearly one hundred watched with interest the exhibition and
expressed great pleasure with the evening's entertainment.

Davenport Democrat
Scott Co, Iowa
6 Apr 1890

Miss L. May BRILL and Mrs. TUNNELL of St. Katherine's Hall, are spending a
few days at the residence of W.H. SNIDER.

C.E. PLIFF, deputy sheriff of Buchanan county, was in the city yesterday on
business. His friends here are always glad to see him.

John K. STARNS left yesterday noon for Chicago and eastern points. He goes
to look up new and improved apparatus and processes for the new paint
factory that is soon to be built.

Mrs. S.F. SMITH went to Chicago Sunday night. She will visit with and
comfort her intimate friend, Mrs. David KELLEY, the death of whose daughter
in France was noted in a recent issue.

Chauncey KRUM and Andrew J. HYDE were driving about town together today
perfectly sober and enjoying the hearty greetings of their old friends, of
whom the woods are full. It makes one think of old county fair times of 25
years ago.

Wm. F. WINECKE, merchant tailor, has moved into the building formerly
occupied by McCULLOUGH Bros. at 318 Brady street. He has in stock a full
line of spring goods, and invites all parties wishing suits made up in the
latest styles to call and leave their orders. Mr. WINECKE has long been
giving the best of satisfaction to a large circle of patrons, and as he now
moves to a more desirable location it goes without saying that his business
will still further increase. His customers have found in Mr. WINECKE a
courteous and obliging gentleman, whose goods are just as represented and
whose work always pleases. Neat fitting clothes are one of the necessary
attributes of a gentleman, and no tailor in Davenport can be depended upon
to furnish a better fit than WINECKE. He will welcome all his old and many
new customers, we predict, at his new quarters, 318 Brady street.

Friday was the last day of service for this term of court, and a number of
suits were filed. Among them were three divorce cases. Ulrich L. VON MOHR
seeks divorce from Rena A. VON MOHR on the ground of adultery. Anna A.
JOHNSON charged Benjamin F. JOHNSON with adultery, cruelty, and failure to
support his family, and prays for a decree of divorce. An on account of
inhuman treatment and non-support, Emma A. MILES asks to be divorced from
Orrin E. MILES.

In numerous places out on the hill streets there are stakes that warn the
unwary traveler and his team away from places where the mud is bottomless.

A number of progressive democrats of Rock Island have organized a Tariff
Reform club over there. S.W. WOODBURN is president and R.P. WAIT secretary.

The carpenters of Rock Island have met and resolved upon nine hours as a
day's work, taking effect June 1. A circular has been prepared to be sent to
the employing carpenters of that city.

DeWitt was treated to a small tornado Thursday afternoon. It smashed light
buildings and scattered things around loosely ever quite a good sized bit of
territory. No one was hurt, but tornado insurance has greatly gained in
favor with the people of the place.

Davenport Democrat
Scott County, Iowa
8 Apr 1890

The annual meeting of the parish of Trinity church was held at the guild
room last evening. The old vestry of 13 members was unanimously re-elected,
and the unlucky number was changed to 15 by the addition of the names T.D.
EAGAL and I.H. SEARS. The meeting was too small to afford a quorum, and no
officers were elected. The treasurer made his annual report and a very
satisfactory one it was. All the bills against the parish are paid and there
is not a cent of indebtedness upon it. The church is in a flourishing

[Editor Democrat]. Referring to the advertisement of one Dr. S.E. McCREARY,
appearing in your last evening and morning issues, I wish to deny that he
has ever treated me for heart disease or any other ill. If I should need
medical aid I would apply to some reputable physician of my
acquaintance-certainly not to McCREARY, whom I do not know.

Mrs. J.L. LIES has returned home from a visit to Muscatine.
George S. SHAW put in an appearance this morning from the land of snow and
saw logs. He will bide a week in Davenport to recuperate.
City Editor Will F. MUSE of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, has been elected a
member of the school board of that place. His old friends here recognize his
Mr. BIEDERBECKE's broken collar bone is getting better very fast. He is now
able to go out in the yard and look at his vine and figtree when he likes
and in the course of a few days more will be down at the store again. His
post there on the volunteer fire department is vacant, however.
A.C. FULTON says he is not going to build another house in Davenport-having
built 39 already, after putting up 11 in New Orleans-50 in all- not counting
little ones. When all Davenporters do as well as that they can retire on
their laurels, as Mr. FULTON has.
Frank ALEXANDER, formerly a resident of Davenport, and well known here, is
here on a visit. He is stopping over on his way home from a trip through the
south; a journey of recreation and recuperation rendered necessary by his
recent experience at the hands of the grippe.
The only time payment house in Davenport- The C.F. ADAMS' Home-Furnishing
House, 322 Brady street.
No sooner is Mr. FICKE shown to be mayor-elect than he begins to receive the
attentions which are usually bestowed upon the successful candidate. Among
others is the missive of the anonymous letter writer. Here is a sample from
some man who has evidently had a ride in the patrol wagon, and which, like
all the letters of its class, will be consigned to the depths of the waste
basket in the mayor's office:
Davenport, April 6, 1890, C.A. FICKE, mayor. Dear Sir: Now you are
mayor-elect for the ensuing year I hope your administration over the city
will be a good one, as regards the police force. You will begin in the end
of the field and pluck the cockle out-letting the wheat grow. So it is with
the police. Some of them are a scandal to the city. Appoint good men-tax
payers and men who are well recommended by good citizens. If you do this you
will have the blessing of the people.

At his home in LeClaire, early yesterday morning, occurred the death of
Jonathan ZEBLEY. Mr. ZEBLEY was in his 81st year, but was still almost an
able bodied man. He has been troubled with an asthmatic affection for some
time and his death was due to it. He felt badly for several days but Sunday
morning was somewhat better, and at noon ate his dinner as usual. He died
suddenly and unexpectedly.
Mr. ZEBLEY was one of the old residents of the county. He has been engaged
in the sawmill and boat-building business at LeClaire for a long time. He
was formerly a partner of J.W. VAN SANT and was the same age as he. The two
old gentlemen were almost inseparable, and the death of Mr. ZEBLEY is a sad
blow to Mr. VAN SANT. Three children are left to mourn the loss of a most
affectionate father. Beside the members of his immediate family Mr. ZEBLEY
leaves behind him a friend in the person of every man who knew him. He
possessed a disposition remarkable for its kindness and sweetness.
There is no one article in the line of medicine that gives so large a return
for the money as a good porous strengthening plaster, such as Carter's Smart
Weed and Belladonna Backache Plasters.

Davenport Democrat
Scott County, Iowa
9 Apr 1890

At Siems undertaking rooms this morning Coroner McCORTNEY held the inquest
announced upon the body taht was found in the river last evening supposed to
be that of Jennie WARREN. The identity of the drowned girl was fully
established. The clothing and the finger ring, with some personal
pecularities, were sufficient proof that the body found was that of the poor
girl who lost her life while skating. The jury consisted of Christopher
KRUSE, Capt. Charles FREILE, and Chris EHLERS. After due deliberation a
verdict of death by accidental drowning was returned.
Chas. SIKES, the young man who was with the girl when she met her death, was
present. Her brother, Harry WARREN, was unable to remain at the inquest. He
heard yesterday that several bodies had been found at New Boston, and went
down there in the hope of being able to recognize among them that of his
sister. From that point he went on to Burlington, hearing hte same word from
there. He failed at both places, as a matter of course. On his return last
evening he stepped off the train while it was still in motion, near the Rock
Island depot, and sprained his ankle severely. Soon after coming to this
side he was sent back to Moline, whre he works, and thence went on up to
The friends of the dead girl left the city about noon today for that place.
They took the body with them in a spring wagon, and the funeral will be held
at that place today, arrangements having been made by telephone this morning
and during last evening.

Mrs. Christina KOHL died this morning at her home, 2235 Marquette street,
aged 66 years and 11 months. Her death leaves in deepest mourning her
husband, Henry KOHL, and their five children, Henry KOHL, Jr., William and
John, and Mrs. A. SCHMIDT and Mrs. Caroline KINDEL.
The funeral will be held Friday at 9 a.m. from St. Joseph's church, with
burial at Oakdale.

Every member of this association is earnestly requested to attend, as
matters of great importance will be considered at this special meeting.
W.D. PETERSEN, President.

John B. MEYER is in Chicago for a day or so.
Mrs. F.P. BAKER of Topeka, is the guest of her cousin, Mrs. E.S. HAMILTON.
Rev. Dr. FLEMING delivers an address at Delmar this evening before the
Clinton county Sunday school convention. His subject is as brief as it is
comprehensive: "The Bible".

Desperate Characters Make A Bold Attempt for Cash at Julius LEHRKIND's

There was an amateur burglary down at Julius LEHRKIND's brewery last night,
corner of Second and Taylor streets. The pirates, who are suspected to
belong not far from here, got into the saloon through a window which is
always left open. They then bored out of a thin partition door a block of
wood large enough to allow them to put an arm through and unlock the door
from the other side and so gain entrance to the room where the safe was.
They were evidently aiming at it. If so they found it a soft mark. The door
of the safe was open, and there wasn't a cent in it. They got about two
dollars in change from the counter in front of the mirror across which they
wrote in chalk, "Rats! Where do you keep your money?" They then softly stole
away, there being not much of anything else that they could steal. The
traces of their work were found when the saloon was opened up for business
this morning. Also a blacksmith's hammer, two carpenters' chisels, a
3-eighths inch bit, a steel brace, and a mall iron rod about ten inches
Miss Kittie V. SWIFT of Chicago is at the sewing machine office of T.
RICHTER, and will remain there through the week for the purpose of giving
instructions in the operation of the new Wheeler & Wilson machines that Mr.
RICHTER is handling.
Our Old Friend FITZGERALD Finds His Way Into Print Again.

The Atlanta, Ga., Constitution of last Friday contains about a column of
weather talk from our old friend John FITZGERALD, who went down there some
time ago to take the management of the weather. The article alludes to this
city as a place called Harrisport. It also says: Mr. FITZGERALD has been
here a comparatively short time but already his ability and energy are known
and appreciated in Atlanta. The station has become a regular source of
information, and its forecasts are regarded with confidence as much so as
any weather predictions ever are. He is, in the accepted vernacular a clever
man. He is genial and pleasant, and on so short a residence in Atlanta as
any other man who ever had the good fortune to have his lot cast in these
parts. He is always pleased to give any information in his power,and takes
considerable pains to be accommodating to the public. Since his coming the
lacol service has been extended and made more practically serviceable to the
business interests of the city.
Mrs. H.B. EARL desires her lady friends to know that she has gone into the
employ of "the Warren Brown company", McCullough building.
We invite you to come to our store and bring your friends with you. It
affords us great pleasure to show you about the store and give prices and
explanations when desired.
Jens LORENZEN Crockery Co.
The Amount of Relief Afforded the Suffering During the Month of March

The report of Supervisor of the Poor Abel, for the month of March, makes the
following showing:
There were 130 applicants for relief during the month, divided among
different nationalities as follows: Americans, 32; Germans, 45; English, 4;
Irish,31; Scandinavians, 9; Bohemians, 4; colored, 5.
Relief was furnished the suffering to the amount of 795 bushels of coal, 13
1/2 barrels of flour, 350 pounds of cornmeal. Other relief afforded in cash
was as follows: Groceries, $114.85; meat, $3; milk, $4; clothing and dry
goods, $17.50; transportation, $5.35; medical aid $43.
Three applicants were sent to the poorhouse and three to the hospital. Rent
was paid to the amount of $137.50, cash relief was afforded to the amount of
$94.15 and $11 was paid for board and lodging. Fifteen dollars was paid for
care of insane and $815.22 was paid Mercy Hospital. Of this amount $684.13
went to the insane department and $131.09 to the care of transient patients
who were of sound mind but ill.
A young man going to Europe would like to meet party with same intention.
Address 25 care of Democrat.
In 10 days Quincy will have street cars running on the storage battery plan.

These searching spring rains are finding the weak spots in a good many
roofs. The carpenters are not on a strike here in Davenport.

Iowa City has been struggling along with two policemen. The safe blowers
have found it out and several robberies have recently been committed.

John McSTEEN has gone out of politics and into business. He says he proposes
to stay out of the one and continue in the other. He had bought the cigar
stand at 322 Brady street.

H.N. STONE has about half completed his canvass for the new city directory
he is getting out. He is doing the work himself and is sure that it will be

Davenport Democrat
Scott Co, Iowa
11 Apr 1890

A Change in the Well-Known House of Martin Woods & Co.

Articles of Incorporation have been field with the county recorder for the
Martin WOODS Company. The name is familiar and the business is well
established. The old firm was composed of O.C. WOODS, C.D. MARTIN, and
George NOTH. The new company is formed by the withdrawal of Mr. MARTIN and
Mr. NOTH and the entrance of L.R. ELY. The business will go on without
change except that it will be pushed with greater vigor. It includes
wholesale fruits and general commission. Mr. WOODS is too well known to the
Davenport public for an introduction. He has an intimate practical
acquaintance with the business running through several years. His partner is
L.R. ELY, a name by no means new to the business public. Mr. ELY has lived
in Davenport for 17 years. For five years he has been cashier for J.S.
WYLIE, and before that he was cashier for the United States Express company.
He identified himself with the community, shows faith in Davenport, and
decides to help his city. He will work for himself instead of for another,
and if he does it with the same zeal that he has served his employers with
in the past, the outcome will be highly successful.
Marriage licenses were issued today to:
Herman MOELLER and Mollie WITHROCK
David BROWN and Florence M. NEWTON.

The Foresters are holding their regular monthly shoot at the park this
afternoon. None but inanimate targets are used. The attendance is very good.

Madame JANAUSCHEK is playing another farewell tour through Iowa. She is also
playing all around Davenport.

The farmers are busy in their fields, and the earth is being tickled with
the plow in a manner that will make it laugh with the heartiest of big

The hunters are going out after snipe now. Such days as this are just the
sort for this kind of sport. The birds are reported quite plentiful in some

Prospectors have discovered a vein of coal at Cedar Rapids. What has become
of the find that was reported on Duck Creek north of this city last summer?
John McSTEEN has purchased the cigar store at 327 Brady street. He will
continue the insurance business just the same. Call and see him.
A Happy Social Event

The post-lenten hop given at the HARPER house Wednesday evening by messrs.
T.R. and Stuart HARPER, F.J. KINNEY, and John GALT, was an exceedingly
enjoyable event in tri-city society circles. The spacious dining hall of the
hotel has been transformed into a ball room for the evening and a scene of
merry music and terpsichorean joy. SCHILLINGER's orchestra, stationed in a
bower of green plants in the south end of the room, had charge of the
musical features of the program. The list of those present is appended:
Rock Island-Capt. and Mrs. THOMPSON, Mr. and Mrs. Adair PLEASANTS, Mr. and
Mrs. C.C. TRUESDALE, Maj. Alex MACKENZIE, Mrs. CALL, Misses Margaret DART,
Grace DART, Miss EDSON, Miss Lucia MACKENZIE; Messrs. T.R. HARPER, Stuart
Moline- Miss CALKINS, Miss VELLE, Miss BARKER; Messrs. CADY and HOFFMAN.
Davenport-Dr. and Mrs. ALLEN, Mr. and Mrs. SWINEY, Mr. and Mrs. Ed VAN
Little Rock- Miss DILL.
Dancing was the order of the evening of course, and the elaborate
refreshments were served at the proper season, the entire event being
pronounced one of the most successful that has been given in the tri-cities
this year.-Rock Island Argus.

Plans are on foot for the opening of a mission in that portion of Davenport
known as Bucktown, on the presumption that everybody in that part of town
isn't bad beyond redemption. Different pastors and Christian workers have
signified their willingness to assist in the work, and as soon as a suitable
building can be obtained operations will commence in earnest. Meetings will
be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights, and on Sunday. If possible a
Sunday school will be made a part of the work. Certain prominent citizens
have volunteered to bear the expenses of the movement. According to the
present plan the meetings will be continued for a month and perhaps longer.

The Bill Making Appropriations for it Passes the House.

Inasmuch as all good and patriotic Davenporters are interested in the
perpetuity and success of all our worthy institutions, including those of
the state, the following bill, which passed the house of representatives
yesterday, will be noted with attention:
A BILL for an act making appropriations for the Soldier's Orphans Home, and
Home for Indigent Children at Davenport, Ia.
Be it sugested (sic) by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:
Section 1. That there is hereby appropriated for the Soldiers' Orphans Home
and Home for Indigent Children, at Davenport, Ia., out of any money in the
state treasury, not otherwise appropriated, $46,000 or so much thereof as
shall be necessary in the following sums, and for the following purposes, to
For main central building..........$30,000
For furniture and steam heating....5,500
For water supply.........................6,000
For contingent expenses and repairs......3,000
For library...............................................500
For outhouses.......................................1,000

Sec. 2 The money herein appropriated may be drawn and paid on the order of
the trustees of said home, at such times and in such sums as they may deem
necessary provided that no more than one-third shall be drawn during 1890,
and the balance in two equal installments, the first on or after May 15,
1891 and the second on or after October 15, 1894.

Sec. 3 This act, being deemed of immediate importance, shall take effect and
be in force from and after its publication in the Iowa State Register and
Des Moines Leader, newspapers published in Des Moines, Iowa.

Davenport Democrat
Scott Co, IA
13 Apr 1890

Death of Mrs. Jno. A SMITH.

At her home, five miles north of Long Grove, Wednesday afternoon, occurred
the death of Mrs. John A SMITH, after long suffering from heart disease.
Mrs. SMITH's maiden name was Martha MICHAEL, and she was born in Columbus,
O., December 5, 1837. She moved to Richmond, Ind., in April 1855. December
28, 1855, she was united in marriage to Mr. John A. SMITH. In March, 1856,
they removed to Iowa and settled five miles northeast of Long Grove, in
Scott County where they have since resided. For the past two years her
health has been very poor, gradually declining despite all that could be
done for her.
The funeral services were held Friday, April 11, with brief service at teh
home at 10 o'clock, after which the remains were taken to the Mt. Joy
church, followed by a large concourse of neighbors and friends, where the
Rev. F.J. NORTON, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of DeWitt,
conducted the service. The interment was at the beautiful Mt. Joy cemetery.
Mrs. SMITH leaves one daughter and one son, beside her aged husband to mourn
her loss.

Two Petitions Filed for Injunctions Against LeClaire Liquor Dealers.

Rebecca HAWTHORNE has filed a petition for an injunction against T.W.
CHAMBERS, a saloon-keeper of LeClaire, Hugh POLLOCK, who gives his place of
residence as Carl Junction, Mo., but at present residing in Rock Island,
Ill., makes affidavit in support of the petition, that April 7 he purchased
and drank in CHAMBERS' saloon a glass of beer and also purchased a bottle of
A petition for an injunction has also been filed against John W. BAILEY of
the same place by Abigail COLLINS, on the ground that Melville E. BLAKE, on
Feb. 10, 1890, examined record 10 in the office of Louis WEINSTEIN,
collector of internal revenue for the Fourth district of Iowa, and the
record shows that on Feb. 2, 1890, John W. BAILEY paid a government tax as a
retail dealer in liquors in the town of LeClaire. The tax is for the term
from said date to April 30, 1890.
Both petitions ask that the saloons be closed under prohibitory law.

At Davenport cathedral today inesting services will be conducted in
connection with the ordination of Rev. H.P. SCRATCHLEY to the ministry. The
following will be
Processional 103..."The Strife is O'er"
Ordination Service
"Blessing and Honor and Glory"
Kyrie Eleison........Garrett
Gloria Tibl............Hodges
Hymn 137............Come Holy Ghost
Nicene Creed in F.
Hymn 241-Lord Shall Thy Children Come to Thee...

C.H. HOOD left last evening for Minneapolis
W.H. CONNOLE is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.P. CONSOLE.
George E GOULD will attend church a couple of times today in Chicago.
Mrs. E.E. MILLER is in Burlington.

Accusations Made Against the Mt. Pleasant and Davenport Hospitals that Lack

What is the matter with the insane management of the Davenport hospital of
the Sisters of Mercy?
A committee of three from pottawattamie county has been visiting various
asylums for the insane in Iowa and on their return reported as stated in the
Nonpareil that at Clarinda the condition of the patients is alarming. They
are packed and crowded like sardines in a box; the classification is
wretched and everything considered, the commissioners think it a disgrace to
the state the manner in which the patients there are compelled to live. At
Mt. Pleasant they found the same crowded condition, but as the institution
there is much older and better established than at Clarinda, they expected
to find the patients faring much better which expectation was fulfilled. But
even here they discovered that patients from this county should be better
treated. At the asylum at Davenport the same discovery was made, and the
committee, upon its return home, made up a report recommending that
immediate steps be taken to provide a suitable institution in the county for
the accommodation of Pottawattamie's insane.
That the condition of Clarinda is not what it should be is pretty well
understood. But if the Pottowattamie officials think they can do better by
their incurable insane than is done for them at Mt. Pleasant and Davenport
for the same expenditure for support, then are they right to try it. They
have contracted with the Sisters of Mercy of Council Bluffs to provide for
their 64 incurably insane at a lump sum of $10,000 a year.
If this connection, however, it is but proper and right that the
Pottawattamie committee should definitely state in what respect the insane
of Mt. Pleasant and at the asylum of the Sisters of Mercy in Davenport are
not treated as well as they should be. This is a matter that demands
attention. Scott county has many incurable insane at Mt.Pleasant and
Davenport and our county officials have rather prided themselves on the
excellent treatment obtained for their unfortunates at these places. But if
the Pottawattamie officials have found something wrong, will they not give
the facts, fully and plainly? The state has a deep interest in knowing what
is at the bottom of this accusation. The Democrat takes no stock whatsoever
in the assertion.

Davenport Democrat
Davenport, Scott Co, IA
14 Apr 1890

Rev. Dr. Thomas E. GREEN, rector of Grace church, Cedar Rapids, is a
fortunate man. And likewise the people of his parish are well favored. As a
partial recognition of the self-denying and arduous labor performed by Rev.
Dr. GREEN his friends left a fine driving horse attached to an elegant
phaeton at his door the other evening. Col. Charles A CLARK happened arount
at the right time and told the surprised man how it all happened. At this
season of the year, after a winter's indoor work, Dr. GREEN's congregation
know what he most needs, and that is a daily outing. The doctor's Davenport
friends have only one comment to make and that is this: He deserved the
Spalding's baseball goods at the well known house, H.BERG & Son.
The early morning whistle nuisance is still worrying a number of the light
slumbering residents of our city. There re others who can sleep through the
rattle of the alarm clock or the roar of the cyclone, and they don't pay
much attention to it, but some of their neighbors do. There is some justice
in their complaints, and some reason in the arguments of the men who own and
blow the whistles. The suggestion that whistles be used that are high-keyed
and shrill instead of deep and heavy in tone and volume is not, without
merit. The sound would be heard as far, but it would not be so disturbing.

Rev. F.D. JOUDON of Charlton, arrived this morning, and will  remain a few
days with Mrs. BERRYHILL.
Jeff CARSON and Henry JAGER of the Davenport Lumber company are looking over
the lumber districts of Beef Slough and Stillwater. Teh mill of this company
will be ready to begin the season's work next Tuesday.
Ed. H. VAN PATTEN and nick KUHNE are down among the ducks in Boston Bay,
some fifteen miles below here. They have dogs, guns, a house boat and all
the other accoutrements needful to the chase. Their friends are waiting to
see whether they will have ducks when they come home.

Another Davenport man has risen to honor. This time it is J.H. HARRISON,
some time ago president of the Iowa State Pharmaceutical association,
recently appointed by Gov. BOIES to succeed C.A. WEAVER of Des Moines as a
member of the board of commissioners of pharmacy. Mr. WEAVER's term will
soon expire and Mr. HARRISON will reign. In his stead for the space of three
years. As the outgoing member has been and now is the secretary of the board
it is fair to presume that Mr. HARRISON will be chosen by his compeers to
the same position, though he .....[can't read line]... The other members of
the board, as then constituted, will be John H. PICKETT, of Oskaloosa, and
H.K. SNIDER of Grinnell.
We can only add that Gov. BOIES has done a very proper thing in conferring
this appointment upon Mr. HARRISON, not alone in that it honored a good
democrat but also in the fact that it placed in a position of no little
responsibility a man whose good sense, sound judgment, long experience and
unblemished integrity guarantee that the position will be filled with honor
and credit to the incumbent, the governor and the state.

Mrs. NURRE has been taken to Clinton that she may have better medical
attention than could be given her at her home at Brown's station. So far as
known nothing has been learned from her or is any other way, concerning the
men who committed the murder of her husband and so fearfully injured her. It
begins to look as though the crime would never be ferreted out.
Fruit, shade and ornamental trees also a fine line of roses and clematis.
Call and see us. NICHOLS & LORTON.
Cor. 3d and Ripley streets, Davenport, Iowa.
Little Harry SEARCY, the 3-year-old son of John SEARCY, living at the corner
of Sixth and Farnam streets, started out for a walk this morning. A
policeman picked him up near the station and he was kept there until his
father called for him, about 1 o'clock. The child may be young, but he has a
roving disposition.
Mothers are especially invited to call and see our large stock of baby
carriages which we have just received. They are of the latest styles and
patterns and at prices that will astonish you. HASSELMANN & THOMPSEN

Davenport Democrat
Davenport, Scott Co, IA
16 Apr 1890

So Thought Poor John Barofsky at Any Rate.
Gone From Home, All Day Yesterday He was Found this Morning Hanging dead
Behind his Brother's Saloon-The Inquest and Funeral.

This morning when Johnnie BAROFSKY, son of Claus BAROFSKY, who keeps the
saloon at 214 Harrison street, went into the shed immediately behind the
place to get sawdust for the floor, a few minutes after 6 o'clock, he came
face to face with an object that filled him with horror. It was the stark,
stiff body of a man hanging by the neck, suspended from a beam above the
sawdust pile. He ran in and told his father. As soon as Mr. BAROFSKY entered
the place he saw that the body was that of no one else than his brother,
John BAROFSKY. He was too grieved and frightened to fairly know what he was
about, but seeing that his brother was dead and cold he sent his son to the
police station. Officer HALL responded to the call, and Coroner McCORTNEY
was soon on the ground. The jury empaneled comprised Jergen ANDERSON, Simon
KOCH and Jack LUDEWIG. After a full review of the facts in the case as far
as they could be learned, the jury returned a verdict of suicide by hanging.
John BAROFSKY, the man who thus died by his own hand, was born in Holstein
in 1841. He was for many years a sailor. He came to America and Davenport in
1868, remaining here till about seven years ago when he went to California
and Oregon. He failed to find the fortune he was seeking and about ten
months ago wrote to his brother here that he was unable to make a living out
there and wanted to come back here. Mr. BAROFSKY sent him money to come home
with, and he arrived here July 26, 1889. Since that day he has been a member
of the family here. He did some light work around the saloon in the
mornings, but was considerably troubled by an old injury in the region of
the hip, received when he was a sailor, and could do no regular work. He was
ordinarily cheerful, and was never heard to intimate that he was tired of
life. He was gone from the saloon all day yesterday after his morning work
was done, and did not come home last night to sleep. The family went to bed
without going out to hunt him up and this morning he was found in the manner
The funeral will probably be held tomorrow afternoon from the address given
Men's suits, strong and well made, $2.48.
Men's pants in checks and stripes, 85c.
Men's heavy overalls 35c, 45c, and 50c.
Boy's suits, $2.10 and $2.25.
Call, examine and compare.
A. MORITZ & Bro.
At Iowa City yesterday morning the prelimary examination of Albert, the man
who murdered poor John MAYER last Thursday night, was conducted before
Justice DODDER, in the presence of an immense concourse of people. There was
a good deal of suppressed excitement and the prisoner seemed to be greatly
agitated. He was held without bail to the grand jury, having waived
The authorities at Iowa City seems to have accumulated a good deal of
damaging evidence against the man during the time they have been looking him
up. He is positively identified by numerous people of the town as the man
was with MAYER on the occasion of his visit there, and the only evidence
that is lacking is the very essential testimony of some good witness that he
actually committed the crime. All is still but circumstance. It is strong
and quite convincing but not absolutely conclusive.

This morning William BROWN, 416 East Third Street, awoke to find that his
hennery had been broken into and a number of his fine Plymouth Rock and
Black Spanish fowls taken therefrom. He subsequently discovered the missing
chickens in the barn of a neighbor. It is but fair to state, however, that
this neighbor is not suspected of the theft. The act is imputed to a
suspicious looking darkey, who seems to have a bad mouth for chicken, and
who has been seen in dangerous proximity to Mr. BROWN's hen-house for some
time. It is thought he put the chickens where they were found till he could
safely return for them.
There is a great deal of thievery of this sort in the city now. Cases such
as this are coming up all the time. The other day a man came into the police
station and reported that he had lost a lot of chickens which would run as
high as $7 apiece in value. it goes hard to have your riches take to
themselves wings and fly away in that manner.

At St. Marguerite's church on the evening of April 27, Archbishop John
Ireland will lecture on the subject, "God in Nature". The proceeds of the
evening will go into the building fund of the new cathedral.
Archbishop IRELAND is a scholar and an orator of more than ordinary
attainments. His appearance here upon the occasion of the consecration of
Bishop McMULLEN, will long be remembered by the people who heard him then,
and all such will appreciate the favor conferred upon them in being again
privileged to listen to his utterance.

The Congregational Minsister who was Formerly Stationed at this Place goes
to His Reward.

Rev. Daniel H. LANE, one of the pioneer Congregational ministers of Iowa is
no more. Though out of active service for some time he is well remembered,
especially here in Davenport where he labored. He was the warm friend of Dr.
A.B. ROBBINS of Muscatine and Dr. Wm. SALTER of Burlington, who came west
with him in the days of their young manhood. Both these good men are drawing
nigh to the fiftieth year of their labors in their chosen places, but their
comrade is at rest.
Of the deceased Rev. Dr. MAGOUN writes in the Grinnell Herald:
This blameless and most noble man, an Iowa pioneer, a founder of Iowa
college, and one of its first faculty, died at his home in Freeport, Me.,
April 3. he was feeble last summer when the writer saw him there, yet busy
as usual. Three times he has been treated for cancer in the face, though not
surgically. He was universally respected in Maine, as he was in Iowa,
Keosauqua, Davenport, Eddyville, Bell Plaine, and Oskaloosa, where he had
lived. No purer, truer or better man ever lived in our state, noe of more
genuine simplicity and truth of character, or more single-hearted Christian
devotion. He was an excellent scholar and a teacher of tact and success. Dr.
LANE was born at Leeds, Maine, March, 1813, and died at the age of 77; one
of the three oldest of the "Iowa band". He graduated at Bowdoin college,
taught as principal of an academy at Yarmouth, entered Andover Seminary in
1838, and came west with the "band" in 1843, and was one of nine ordained at
Denmark, Nov. 5 of that year. He was home missionary and classical teacher
at Keosauqua, professor at Davenport, and pastor at Eddyville and Belle
Plaine, residing last at Oskaloosa.

Davenport Democrat
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa
19 Apr 1890

Two new policemen being needed to bring the force up to full number. Mayor
FICKE has appointed Julius H. JANSEN and Adam F. STAFENBIEL. The former has
been prominently connected with the fire department in a responsible
position for a long time, and was tendered the appointment by Mayor FICKE as
soon as it was known that he intended leaving that service. Mr. STAFENBIEL
has been with the American Express company here for ten years, and is a
trusty man. Both appointments are good and the police force is the gainer by
them. There were 25 applications on the force, but the mayor used his
judgment in selecting his men.

A sad case is that of the afflicted family of Edward EWERT, 1128 west Second
street. A week ago a child of the family died of diphtheria, and Friday
night another one yielded to the terrible disease. Mrs. EWERT and another
little one are both prostrated with the same malady, and are very sick. The
mourning family are deeply afflicted.

SOLLER Bros., the firm that has been at work for some time on the new
brewery in Black Hawk, has completed the work on the building, and Saturday
sent around the city to its customers its first delivery of beer.
Connoisseurs who have made the article a matter of careful and considerate
experiment say it is good, and ranks well with the best St. Louis product.
SOLLER Bros. used to operate the malt house at Black Hawk.

Ed POWERS, Matt and James MAGUIRE were up before Justice KAUFMANN yesterday.
They were charged with stoning William LAMBACH, and POWERS was fined $10 and
costs and the MAGUIRE boys $5 and costs each. An appeal was taken and bond
was placed at $50 in each case, furnished, approved by the "Squire" and the
boys turned loose. They make no denial of the fact that they are guilty of
the charge.

Davenport Democrat
Davenport, Scott Co, Iowa
22 April 1890

Dr. A.W. McCANDLESS is in Chicago looking up electrical dental apparatus.
M.C. SMITH, S.B. LAFFERTY and M. BUNKER are away up on the Cedar on a
cruise. They took their canoes.
Mrs. M.W. ILES returned to her home in Denver last evening. Mrs. James LANE
went with her....Denver her home for the present.
J.H. HARRISON goes to Des Moines to-night. The board of pharmacy
commissioners will organize there to-morrow and he will take his seat as a
new member.
His many friends will be glad to learn that Charles PIERCE is on the road to
recovery from his recent severe illness.
Miss Minnie SHARON left yesterday for Jefferson county, New York, where she
will spend several months visiting relatives and friends.
Mr. August BUCHNER and family left yesterday for New York, where they take
the German Lloyd steamer Dresden for Europe, having purchased their tickets
through John BERWALD.
Mrs. J.B. MASON and Miss Anna MANNING have gone to Lincoln, Neb. where they
will attend the annual meeting of the Women's Board of Home Missions of the
Presbyterian church.
Henry PAUL has gone to Seattle, or will go to-night. He intends to take a
little trip out to the second Davenport and see a few of his old friends and
neighbors. He is in the mean time keeping an eye out for the main chance,
and it need surprise no one if it should be a long time before he is seen
We have just added another open stock pattern to our large assortment of
dinner sets. It is very pretty in an entirely new shape, and sure to please.
OCHS Bro.'s rebate sale of suits, 212,212 1/2, west Second street.
The board of equalization is now in session pursuant to adjournment at 118
Main street. H.L. RISLEY, Township clerk.
The postoffice at Mt. Joy, discontinued in March, has been re-established,
with Henry HORST as postmaster. His key came by register this morning, and
he will at once enter upon his duties, having filed his bond. The
re-establishment of this office will be a great convenience to the people of
that neighborhood. Its discontinuance was sorely regretted.
Yesterday afternoon occurred the marriage of Cornelius STROTHERS,
Davenport's first baseman last year, and Miss Julia E. ANDREWS, daughter of
O.H. ANDREWS of Brady street. They left the city on the evening train for
Tacoma, where Mr. STROTHERS is under contract with Manager LUCAS for the
season in his old position.
There have been many rumors about the marriage tending to give it the savor
of an elopement, but this seems to be hardly the correct way of stating the
case. The family of the young lady were opposed to the match but they were
devoted to each other and were determined to live their life together. That
there was anything more than this opposition does not appear. The family of
the bride in this city are highly esteemed and the young lady was entirely
prepossessing and had numerous friends who are sorry to see her lot cast so
far from them.

Burke LYNCH, one of the escaped prisoners, has been captured. He heard that
there was a vacant spot in the jail about the size of a man's hand, and came
and filed his application for it. When a man begs to be re-captured and
jugged as hard as Mr. LYNCH does it is a matter of difficulty to refuse him.
It is a very difficult feat to keep him outside of prison. The other two
prisoners who got away at the same time, the man BURNS and Charlie GAY, are
less infatuated with life behind the bars and have so far remained at large.

Last week at the home of the bride at Englewood, Ill., occurred the marriage
of A.S. JOHNSON and Miss May MIDDENDORF. The groom is the son of General
Freight Agent JOHNSON of the Rock Island road and is well known here, while
his bride has quite often visited in this city and has numerous
acquaintances here. They received many handsome and substantial presents,
and are now on their wedding tour in the east.
Sewing machines at the following prices: Wheeler and Wilson $45.00; Domestic
$45.00; White $40.00; New Home $40.00; and a 4-drawer latest style vibrating
shuttle $35.00, the latest style oscilator Singer $30.00. All above machines
guaranteed for five years. Instruction how to use all attachments free. Call
and examine.
T. RICHTER Fur Parlors, 323 W 2d street
Davenport Democrat
Davenport, Scott Co, Iowa
21 Apr 1890

A peculiar and terrible affliction is that which visited the family of H.
BRANDT living out near P. JACOBSEN's on west Locust street, last Friday. In
one day he lost two children from diphtheria and another, an 8-year-old
daughter, was burned to death while playing around a bon-fire of cornstalks.
It is reported that other members of the family are down with diphtheria.

The Home for Scott's Invalids and Indigent

The County house, or as it is more commonly called the "Poor house," is
situated on the county farm on Brady street road five miles from the city.
This farm contains 190 acres of excellent land all under cultivation. The
county house is built of brick, is two stories in height, and consists of a
central building with wings extending to the east and west. The main
building is occupied by the steward of the farm and his family. The east
wing comprises the women's living and sleeping rooms, while the west wing is
devoted to the male members of the institiution.
The present steward of the Poor farm is Henry VOSS. Mr. VOSS has held this
position for several years and his work has always been very satisfactory,
adn the care and attention the inmates of the County house receive at the
hand of Mr. VOSS and his wife and daughters is of hte very best character.
Many people regard a poor house as a sort of a shed where the poor are
frozen and starved. Whatever may be said of other county houses this cannot
be said of ours. The building is heated throughout by steam and all the
rooms are comfortable at all times. The floors and all the woodwork is kept
scrupulously clean and neatly painted. The bedding and clothing is kept
neat, clean and in good repair.
The sleeping rooms are large and airy. The dining room is situated north of
the main building and between the east and west additions. It is large and
roomy. The food, while not remarkable is varied, is well prepared and
substantial. About five barrels of flour are consumed each month in winter
and four in summer. Fourteen hundred bushels of potatoes, onions, and other
vegetables are stored in the cellar every fall, while 25 to 35 hogs and
several beeves raised on the farm are slaughtered each year for the inmates.
>From the above it will be seen that the inmates get an abundance to eat.
With warm rooms where they can read, play cards, checkers, etc., or sleep,
they have a most comfortable home, which the bounty of Scott County offers
to its indigent and decrepit population.
In the way of medical services County Physician DeARMOND visits the
institution every week, and oftener when necessary. Through the kindness of
The Davenport Democrat, and Mr. WHITE, the Brady street newsdealer, a couple
of bundles of newspapers and magazines are made up each week adn taken out
by Dr. DeARMOND.
Take it all in all the county house is a mode of its kind, and it is a truly
comfortable home for those to whom fortune has been unkind. not one in fifty
of them who goes there fails to find everthing connected with the
institution an improvement on what he had been accustomed to.
Too much credit cannot be give to Lorenz ROGGE, chairman of the county house
committee, under whose immediate supervision the farm and institution are.
Mr. ROGGE takes particular pride in having everything about the farm, farm
buildings and county house, and the workings of the latter as near perfect
as they can be made. He devotes not a little of his time to this work and
the very finest and best arranged county house in the state is all the proof
that is needed that Scott county has in this painstaking official and his
assistants on the committee a model board.

County Recorder Fritz SUSEMIEHL The Victim
He Planted a Ball Near his Heart at his House Sunday Morning-The Coroner's
Jury Investigating the Case with Closed Doors.

Early Sunday morning a distressing tragedy was enacted at the home of Fritz
SUSEMIEHL, recorder of Scott county. By his own hand the master of the house
lies dead. There is a mystery surrounding the act that the coroner's jury is
now endeavoring to fathom.

The story of the shooting is brief, and runs as follows: Between 5 and 6
o'clock in the morning Mr. SUSEMIEHL arose from his bed, at his home, 1034
West Ninth street, drew on his trousers and started down stairs. The action
was unusual, and Mrs. SUSEMIEHL asked him where he was going. He replied
that he was going down, speaking in a usual tone of voice and suggesting
nothing out of the ordinary in any way. In a few minutes the half muffled
report of a revolver was heard. Peter, the son who is at home, ran down
stairs, and in the sitting room found his father lying in the last agonies
of death. His revolver, a 38 caliber Smith & Wesson double action pistol,
and the one he carred for years in the discharge of his official duties, was
near the foot of the sofa. Mr. SUSEMIEHL's position indicated that he had
fired the shot with great deliberation while in a recumbent position, and
then thrown the weapon from him.

Dr. H. MATTHEY was called as soon as the young man could summon him, and
responded at once. When he arrived, about 6 o'clock, life was extinct. Word
was also carried to the police station at once, and Chief KESSLER reached
the scene as soon as he could get there. he found the body in the posititon
in which the act had been committed. Coroner McCORTNEY was summoned and soon
arrived. He impannelled Messrs. Jacob NABSTEDT, Carl F. HASS, and Heinrich
DUNKEN as a jury and proceeded to investigate the scene of the tragedy. The
body was subsequently taken in charge by Undertaker NISSEN and prepared for

An investigation of the remains showed the act was done with the greatest
deliberation. This was indicated in the first place by the attitude in which
the body was found and by the appearance of perfect repose which it bore.
The dead man looked as though he might be simply asleep. Closer examination
revealed an opening in the man's shirts; both the linen and the
undergarment. One tear extended in a vertical direction, the other
transverse to it, and the intersection of the two slits was almost directly
over the heart. Through the opening thus made was inserted the muzzle of the
revolver and the end of the barrel seemed to have been fairly against the
skin. The flesh was burned by the explosion and so was the cloth on the
inner side. The wound was not as large as might have been expected with the
weapon so close, and the amount of blood that flowed from the wound was not
large. The heart was probably touched by the bullet, but is not thought to
have been pierced by it.

It is not known clearly what inspired the act, and it probably will never be
fully shown. There are rumors on the streets and many surmises, but exact
knowledge of the cause is not to be had. Mr. SUSEMIEHL had an estimable
wife, who was devoted to him and ...[can't read line]...the idea that any
domestic trouble is traceable to her. His accounts were all straight. in
fact, as county recorder he handled no money but his own, and was
responsible to no one. He was owing some money but the amount was too small
to make it a source of any uneasiness to him. He had no enemies as far as he
or anyone else knew, and had had no unpleasant relations with any of his
associates in business or neighbors.

This morning the coroner's jury went to work on the case at the desolate
home where the tragedy occurred. A guard was posted and no one was admitted
except upon the order of the coroner. The witnesses were admitted separately
and saw nothing of each other. The matter was conducted in strict star
chamber fashion. It had a mysterious look, and the rumors connecting the
name of the dead man with those of other persons in an unpleasant manner
were wildly magnified by all this attempt at concealment.

"Why do you conduct this investigation in a secret manner?" wa asked of
Coroner McCORTNEY by a representative of the Democrat.
"It is done at the request of the jury and family," said the coroner.
"What is their reason for proceeding this way?"
"Well, they think there is something to be found out"
"That implicates someone else then, does it?"
"We have heard some things that we want to look up before we make anything
public in such a way as to interfere with our plans."
The coroner refused to divulge anything more concerning the names of the
people who are suspected of implication in the matter, but added tha the
fact that Mr. SUSEMIEHL fired the fatal shot himself was not clearly shown
by the evidence so far adduced. That evidence consisted in the view of the
body made by the jurors, testimony of Peter SUSEMIEHL, the son, of Dr.
MATTHEY, of chief KESSLER, and of Henry ABEL, overseer of the poor, and
always a firm and confidential friend of the deceased.

Theodore BERGERT, proprietor of the livery stable on west Second street,
tells a story which bears uon the case. Mr. BERGERT is an important witness
before the coroner's jury this afternoon. His narration to a represtentative
of this paper follows:
Saturday evening last, about 11 o'clock, he was called to the home of Mrs.
Nat LEONARD, the widow of our late sheriff, at the corner of Twelfth street
and Western avenue. A boy had fallen and hurt himself and a carriage was
wanted to take him home. Mr. BERGERT answered the call himself. The lad's
injury proved to be of a trifling nature, but it was painful and he was not
yet ready to go. Mr. BERGERT sat down and waited for him, and in the
meantime another lad , a companion of the injured boy, was sent out after
some refreshment. Perhaps twenty minutes had passed when all in the room
were startled by a man rushing into the room from the rear. Mr BERGERT
thinks he burst through the light door without stopping to unlatch it. It
was Mr. SUSEMIEHL. In his right hand he held a cane, and with it he made a
violent assault upon Mrs. LEONARD. Mr. BERGERT warded off one blow,
receiving a trifling injury to his hand as he did so. The attack was
continued upon the woman accompanied by a volley of violent imprecations
from the excited man, who seemed to be nearly crazed. By the time the second
blow had fallen upon the woman Mr.BERGERT noticed that in addition to the
cane in the right hand Mr. SUSEMIEHL held a revolver of large caliber in his
left. Without waiting to see what the outcome of the disturbance might be he
beat a discreet retreat. He left the premises, and knows nothing more of the
outcome of the trouble. He was thoroughly convinced that Mr. SUSEMIEHL meant
to do some one damage. His attack was primarily directed upon the woman, and
he thinks that she was the party with whom the excited man was specially
angered. He has no knowledge of the cause of the outburst. Mr. BERGERT
states that Mr. SUSEMIEHL was at Turner hall late Saturday evening, and
thinks he must have gone directly and with considerable haste from there to
Mrs. LEONARD's house.
It is well known among the dead man's friends that the circulation of his
name in connection with that of this lady has been a source of uneasiness
and anxiety to him. It is not know that his family relations had been
disturbed by these reports, but friends state that things were pleasant at

Fritz SUSEMIEHL, the victim of this sad piece of work, was born in Germany
about fifty-two years ago. He was married there 25 or 26 years ago and his
three sons, Magnus, Peter and another younger were born there. Magnus is a
brewer in Cleveland, O., the youngest is studying law in Quincy, Ill., and
Peter is at home. It was something like 18 years ago that Mr. SUSEMIEHL came
to dAvenport, bringing his children with him. His wife remained behind for
several years. He first was employed as a day laborer, and afterward became
the proprietor of a saloon in the basement of a building on Second street.
He afterward became ill and spent some time in Mercy hospital. Upon his
recovery he became deputy sheriff under Harvey LEONARD in March 1880. When
Nat. LEONARD succeeded his father as sheriff he made Mr. SUSEMIEHL his
deputy. In the meantime the latter had become United States deputy marshal,
and after holding the two offices for a time he resigned as deputy sheriff
in order to devote himself to the other office. He was elected recorder in
the fall of 1886 and was re-elected a year ago last fall, his term expiring
in the coming autumn. He was a brave officer and an excellent county
official. His office was always well conducted and he gave satisfactory
service in his capacity as a recorder.
Mr. SUSEMIEHL was a member of the Iowa Legion of Honor, in which he carried
insurance to the amount of $2,000 and had $5,000 more in the Northwestern
Masonic Aid Association of Chicago. He was also a member of the Fraternal
Lodge of Mason of the Turn VEREIN, the Allemania Society, the Teutonia Sick
Society, and was prominent in other ways among his countrymen.
According to the provisions of the recently enacted statute Auditor CAMPBELL
has taken possession of the office thus vacated, and placed in it as his
deputy, Ignatz SCHMIDT, some time deputy under Mr. SUSEMIEHL. Mr. SCHMIDT
will hold the office till the supervisors fill the office for the remainder
of the term at their May meeting. Candidates for the position who have so
far appeared are H. VOLLMER, Sr., F. ASCHERMAN, J.M. DeARMOND, N.C. MARTIN,
The funeral will be held at the home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The
sons will be present.

Davenport Democrat
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa
28 Apr 1890

The Regular Variegated Monday Morning Docket of Minor Offenders.

Yesterday was quite a lively day in certain circles.
At police court this morning Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O'HARE were up for
disturbing the peace of Bucktown yesterday by fighting. Mrs. O'HARE was sent
up for ten days. Her husband will be tried later.

James SMITH, for offense of like nature, was fined $5 and costs.

Frank FISHER, the notorious, was in again. he had a fight with some one and
got caught at it. He will work out a 20-day sentence instead of paying a
fine of $30 and costs.

Mose DEBARR, the colored man whose name has been in the police records with
a regularity and constancy that is phenomenal for time beyond memory was
held to the district court in the sum of $300 as a professional vagrant. It
might as well have been three millions. he is in the innermost dungeon
beneath the castle moat.

Henry ROSS and Annie PATTEN, two as tough colored people as the city holds,
are in the calaboose for disturbing the peace. The woman has been furious
and half demoniacal all day. The man, who claims to be her husband, has been
more docile. They are connected with a somewhat misty story of personal
robbery, said to have occurred last night. They will have a trial later.

Owls in large numbers are to be found on some of the islands below the city.

The Quakers of Muscatine and Cedar Counties will hold their quarterly
meeting at Muscatine commencing next Saturday.

SCHILLINGER's orchestra will play for the regular May party of the Muscatine
Rifles early in the coming month. The boys of Co. B will be there.

The family of J.B. HOLLAM, 2136 Ripley street, was cast into grief to-day by
the death of their son Jesse, 11 years old, from diphtheria.

The Dubuque Telegraph says that 17 of the experienced men employed in
tracklaying in that city by ALLEN & SWINEY are from Davenport.

The. T.K.'s are arranging with Mrs. Minnie METHOT of Chicago, the celebrated
lady whistler, for her appearance at their entertainment about three weeks
from now.

There was nothing doing in the district court this morning. The afternoon
has been taken up in the taking of defaults. To-morrow at 9 o'clock the
trial of Noel BRADFORD is set to begin.

The bakeries of this city do a good business with the little towns out along
the various lines of the road. Every morning's train on each one of them
takes out big hampers of the fine loaves and rolls for which the bakers of
this city are famous, to supply the people of those places that are too
small to afford bakeries of their own.

There were two fires last night, both of which appear to have been of
incendiary origin.
The first one broke out a minute or two after 12 o'clock, in the cattle
sheds of the Milwaukee road, at the foot of Harrison street. It seems to
have been started by tramps or some one else. The department responded
promptly and put it out after damage had been done to the amount of $15 or
The other was the barn in the rear of 410 Brown street, owned by Henry
REGINNITER. It is, to all appearances, a clear case of incendiarism. It
broke out about 2:30 this morning, when all was still and when there was no
fire in the region from which a conflagration could start. The firemen got
to the scene of the blaze without loss of time, and it was extinguished
after the roof and loft had been damaged to the extent of perhaps of $100.
The loss is fully covered by insurance.
In several places within the past few weeks there have been incendiary fires
in considerable number. Clinton has been troubled this way for some time,
and the villains seem to be as far from detection now as ever. If we are to
have such acts of lawlessness here it will be well to call out the


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