Davenport, Scott Co, Iowa
July 12, 1897
At 10:30 o'clock Saturday night at the home of her son, Henry, 631 Park
avenue, occurred the death of Mrs. Fredericka FISHER. The deceased was sixty-six
year of age and is survived by her son Henry and Dr. J. W. FISHER of this city
The remains will be taken to Muscatine for interment.
Dr. MILLER in Trouble
Performs a Very Censurable Operation
Dr. William MILLER of 724 Harrison street is likely to lose his certificate of
practice, all on account of the performance of an unwarranted operation.
On Thursday of last week Dr. MILLER was called to the home of Mrs. SMITH, a
colored widow, who resides at 729 Harrison street, to look after her travails in
confinement. The doctor responded and found the woman in great labor. He
remained ten or twelve hours at the end of which time he declared that the child
should have been nascent three months ago, and at once proceeded without
consultation or assistance to perform the operation of craniotomy, which of
course means the death of the child.
Saturday morning application was made to the overseer of the poor for county
help in the burial of the infant. The overseer of the poor reported the
application to Dr. DE ARMAND, the county physician, who in turn notified the
coroner. The three officials made a visit to the house on Harrison street where
matters were found to be as above described.
The authorities are greatly wrought up over the affair. It is a highly
censurable act although beyond the reach of the criminal law. The doctors say
that although craniotomy is resorted to as an heroic measure to save the life of
the mother when there exists no possibility of saving that of the child, it is
never employed in such a hap-hazard manner as Dr. MILLER had used it, and in no
case without definite and exhaustive consultation, except in extremes.
The dead child showed no abnormal growth, it was not ill-formed, and it had not
been dead prior to the performance of the operation, and the act of the doctor
is considered to be reckless and criminal by the coroner, the county physician
and the overseer of the poor.
It has been decided that Dr. MILLER'S act be submitted to the board of health
with the recommendation that the findings of the local board be referred to the
state board to health with the request that Dr. MILLER'S certificate of practice
as a physician be revoked. Dr. MILLER himself could not be reached today, a
Times reporter not finding him at home when he called. Had he been seen his side
of the story might have been furnished. The chief facts in the case, however,
are narrated above.
Too Much Eagerness
Displayed By an Attorney in Suing Upon an Alleged Case
Sam G. SMYTH, the genial clerk of the W. O. W., who has received a merited
promotion in the ranks of the Woodmen at Omaha, being appointed private
secretary to J. C. ROOT, sovereign commander of the order and a member
concerning the suit for attachment filed in the court house by Attorney W. J.
BIRCHARD, claiming of him $100 and some cents for rental alleged to be due under
Mr. SMYTH, whose honesty is beyond question, says that he had taken out a lease
from April 1st, 1896 to April 1st, 1897, with Mr. BIRCHARD but upon its
expiration he refused to renew it, stating that he expected to obtain a position
which would necessitate his removal from the city. Mr. BIRCHARD thereupon
allowed him to remain a tenant at will. His rental has been paid up to August
1st, under this agreement and immediately upon his giving up the keys his
landlord brought suit to recover rental from August 1st, 1897 to April 1st, 1898
As Mr. SMYTH did not sign any papers, nor renew the lease, according to legal
opinion solicited upon the subject, he is not liable for the amount claimed. The
genial Sam is not worrying and in the final outcome doubtless, the plaintiff
attorney will be discomfited.
At the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary F. STOETERAN, 12 west Second street,
where she had resided for the past two years, occurred the death of Mrs. Sophia
M. MOELLER, at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the advanced age of eighty
years. The deceased was born in Schwarzenbeck, Holstein, in 1817, and shortly
after marriage emigrated to this country. Her husband, Gasper Christopher
MOELLER, passed away eighteen years ago. The newly married couple landed in New
York in 1846 and three years alter came to Davenport. The husband for some years
operated a meat market where the Klug-Hasler building now stands and later in
the Schleswig-Holstein house, where the Bettendorf steel axle works now stand.
Later he opened a dance hall on Warren street, between Seventh and Eighth
streets. Both were old and respected citizens. In 1879 Mr. Moeller died, having
become the father of fourteen children of whom five survive his widow. These are
John and Edward MOELLER and May F. STOETERAU of this city and William and Henry
MOELLER of Baker City, Oregon. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 4
o'clock from Miller's hotel 712 west Second street with interment at the city
Chauncey Lamb Dead
Millionaire Lumberman of Clinton Passes Away
Word was received from Clinton this morning bringing the sad news that Chauncey
Lamb, the pioneer millionaire lumberman, had breathed his last. Death came at an
early hour and was not unexpected. Mr. Lamb was suffering from no particular
disease but gradually sank into the sleep from which no one ever awakens in this
world. Since his wife's death some months ago, he failed from day to day. They
were devotedly attached to each other and notwithstanding his love for his
family he aged rapidly. His family and friends hoped that he might rally but the
hope was in vain. Until but a short time before his death the sufferer retained
his mental facilities.
Chauncey Lamb, the dead millionaire, was seventy-seven years of age at the time
of his death. In his life were exemplified all of those qualities which go to
make up real manhood. Coming here in the early '50's, the deceased with a dower
of energy and perseverance rarely equaled succeeded in establishing a small
water power saw mill which earned for him the means of purchasing some northern
timber land which became afterwards the leaven of his fortune.
At the time of his death, Mr. Lamb was the owner of several saw mills in
Clinton, or at least had a controlling interest in them, having at least
one-half of the lumber cutting industries of that up-river city directly under
Neither did he abuse his authority. Notwithstanding hard times, he kept his
mills running, and always and on every occasion proved himself to be a friend of
the poor man, and the more particularly of the wage earner.
The deceased is survived by three children, Lafayette and Artemus, of Clinton,
and Mrs. F. H. WARE of the same city. His wife, to whom he was devotedly
attached, passed away last fall. The funeral will take place at Clinton.
The Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Evening, July 29, 1897
Escapes a Sentence
A Former Tiskilwa Dentist Acquitted of Wife Murder
Dr. J. GOODMANSON, a former resident of Tiskilwa, Ill., who was accused of
murdering his wife at Pender, Neb., and who was convicted on the occasion of his
first trial, has at last been acquitted.
GOODMANSON was formerly a dentist at Tiskilwa, and his wife was Laura IODER of
that place. Several years ago he settled at Pender, and it was there that his
wife died under peculiar circumstances. For sometime previous to that occurrence
Mrs. GOODMANSON had been jealous of a Kansas City girl with whom her husband was
One day last fall, Mrs. GOODMANSON walked into her husband's office healthy and
in ten minutes was dead. The doctors at the time pronounced the case one of
heart disease, but a brother of Mrs. GOODMASON worked up a charge of murder
against the husband. The post mortem detected the presence of strychnine in the
victim's stomach, and GOODMANSON was arrested The trial developed some evidence
of suicide, but little to sustain the charge of murder except the possible
desire of the husband to get rid of his wife in order to marry the girl at
Throughout the affair the name of the woman remained a mystery, though the state
employed detectives to hunt her up with the idea that she might add testimony to
the murder theory. GOODMANSON said repeatedly that he would die before he would
reveal her identity.
Matters, Asking For the Attention of the September Term
In the case of Mary E. THOMPSON vs. August HAMANN, the defendant has filed an
answer in which he states that he made a contract with John PORT, the authorized
agent of the plaintiff, to the effect that he should not pay the rent for 1896
and that the two notes which were given for said rental in the sum of $500
should be canceled and returned provided that the defendant would sign and
execute a lease for five years with a yearly rental of $500 with a yearly rental
of $500 and that the defendant did comply with these same conditions. By way of
a counter petition the sum of $2,000 damages by reason of mental worry, etc., is
asked for. C. J. RUYMAN is the attorney for the defendant.
John H. DAVIS' Sons have entered suit against J. H. SPRINGER, Rodney L. WELLS,
Geo. A. WEBB, John T. EVNOTHER, A. L. MORRICAL, Henry W. REES, ET AL, UPON A
PROMISORY NOTE FOR $375.50, EXECUTED July 20th, 1892. Judgment is asked for
together with costs and attorney fees.
VAN TRESS Bound Over
The Grand Jury Will Consider His Assault on MCMAHON
The preliminary hearing of Charles VAN TRESS, who knifed "Free"
MCMAHON some time ago, was completed in the police court about noon today. At
the close of the trial Magistrate HUBBELL bound VAN TRESS over to the grand jury
under $500. These were afterwards reduced to $100.
Yesterday afternoon, at the family residence, 317 LeClaire street occurred the
death of Mrs. Rebecca SNYDER, wife of Henry SNYDER of this city. The cause of
her death was typhoid fever, from which the lady had been suffering for some
weeks past. The deceased was a native of Dubuque, and had attained her
thirty-second year. The family have resided here the past six years. Henry
SNYDER, the husband and a child of eight months survive.
Word has been received from Buffalo announcing the death of Mrs. A. GROBE, which
occurred last evening, at her home in that place. The deceased was a native of
Switzerland and eighty-nine years of age. She as been a resident of Buffalo
nearly forty years, being an old resident there. Her husband died some thirty
years ago. The nearest surviving relative in this country is a brother residing
in Hickory Grove township. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday
afternoon with interment in Buffalo cemetery.
At her home, 421 east Ninth street, at 9:30 o'clock last night occurred the
death of Mrs. Bridget HIGGINS, relict of Patrick HIGGINS, from heart disease
of three years duration.
Mrs. HIGGINS died suddenly. She was taken ill shortly after supper and by 8
o'clock was extremely faint. A physician was sent for and when he arrived he
did all he could to withstand the inroads of the cardia ailment from which
she suffered for the past three years. At 9:30 o'clock she passed away into
that dream land from which there is no exodus.
The deceased has reached the advanced age of seventy years, having been born
in Ireland in 1827. She was a resident of this state for the past 40 years,
and was well known and respected throughout this city where she has resided
for about 35 years.
She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. James NAVIN and Mrs. Mary KIVLIN; a
brother, James FOLEY; and four children, Mrs. John KROPP, Mrs. Sarah GILLEN,
and John F. and Henry W. HIGGINS all of this city.
The funeral will take place from the late residence at 9 o'clock tomorrow
morning to the Sacred Heart Cathedral, with interment at St. Marguerite's