Davenport, Scott Co, Iowa
Evening, June 11, 1897
Games GALLAGHER of Clinton is confined to his home in a critical condition due
to several severe shocks of paralysis. He is a brother-in-law of J. W. WALSH of
this city who is at present in Clinton.
Dr. and Mrs. A. W. ELMER are the proud parents of a handsome ten pound girl born
yesterday afternoon. When the proud father arrives home from his European trip
he will be more than agreeably surprised.
Taylor WILLIAMS, one of the most extensive coal operators in the Rock River
valley, died at his home in Sterling this week. He controlled the mining
interests in the vicinity of Rapids City years ago, and was widely known.
The marriage of Charles A. KELEHER to Miss Viola STEBBINS will take place at the
home of the bride's parents, 629 Brady street, Tuesday evening, June 15, at 8
o'clock. Rev. Father DAVIS of Sacred Heart cathedral will officiate. A large
number of invitations have been issued for the wedding.
Jim TAGUE was arraigned in Justice ALTMAN'S court today on the charge of
breaking and entering and the hearing postponed until Tuesday. The charge
against TAGUE was brought by Mrs. BLACKMAN, who alleges that he forced open the
door of her residence in West Davenport.
Andrew GREASER, a well known brakeman on the Rock Island road, was injured
Thursday night in a very painful manner at Victor Iowa. The accident happened on
a west bound freight and GREASER sustained a bad fracture of his left leg and a
number of bruises. He was taken to his home in Rock Island.
The condition of Miss Madeline SPELLETICH who has laid upon the point of death
for the past five days is unchanged. Dr. WATZEK is in constant attendance upon
At his home near Cleveland, Henry county, Illinois, last Thursday occurred the
death of John SEARLE, at the extreme age of 96 years. His demise was due to the
infirmities of his great age. The deceased was one of the pioneers of Henry
county having lived in that section from the time he was a very young man, in
fact since 1839. He was a brother of Judge E. J. SEARLE, and uncle of States
Attorney SEARLE of Rock Island and Sherman W. SEARLE of the Leader. Miss Myra
ALLEN, assistant librarian at the Moline library is a grand niece of the
deceased. Eight children also survive. The funeral will be Friday.
At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz M. STRASEN, 1420 west Third street, last
evening occurred the death of their twelve year old son, Frederick Carl, after a
short illness, dating only from last Monday. The funeral will take place Sunday
afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in the West Davenport cemetery.
The Daily Times
Evening, June 24, 1897
Ground Under the Wheels
George DUPRE, a former resident of Rock Island and well known in this city, one
of the well known east end brakemen of the rock Island road was killed at 11
o'clock Monday night at Joliet. He was coming west with Conductor Emerson. He
fell between the cars, three of them passing over his body terribly mangling it.
The burial took place yesterday at Atkinson, Ill., where the deceased is
survived by a wife and six children. He was about thirty-five years of age and
was insured for $2,000 in the Maccabees
The Daily Times
Thursday Evening, June 24, 1897
Two Hundred Pupils Graduate from the Grammar Schools.
The Interesting Event Takes Place at the Burtis Opera House This Afternoon-An
Attractive Programme Carried Out.
This has been commencement day for the grammar schools of the city and this
afternoon a class of two hundred students received the diplomas which will
entitle them to admission into the high school in the fall. It was a proud day
for the boys and girls who graduated and their friends turned out en masse to
witness the exercises at the Burtis Opera House.
By the time the first number of the programme was announced by Supt. YOUNG, who
presided during the exercises, the house was filled to over-flowing with the
friends and relatives of the graduates.
The programme of the afternoon, which consisted of recitations, music and
calisthenics, was carried out in a manner which was heartily pleasing to the
spectators, and each class carried out their part in a manner which merited the
applause which was showered upon them. The dumbbell and club exercises, which
were given by classes, made up of pupils from the different schools, showed
careful training, and were executed with a precision and exactness, which was
quite creditable. Prof. REUTER conducted this part of the programme, and he had
reason to be proud of his pupils, and the showing which they made for
The programme opened with the singing of the "Beautiful Springtime" by
the whole class, followed by the recitations of Frank HASS of School No. 1, and
Ida MILLER of School 5. After Indian club exercises a recitation by Howard
COLEMAN of School No. 2, and another song, Miss Ethel FARIS of School No. 4,
told the audience of "Something Great" in a manner which showed no
small degree of ability. The recitation was one of the features of the programme,
and was followed by a dumbbell exercise and a recitation by Lloyd LAMPHERE of
School No. 1. Miss Emma NEUMAN of School No. 8, and Miss Elsa PETERSEN of school
No. 3, were also well received, their recitations being excellent, as was that
of Fred DOYLE of School No. 5.
After the singing of a selection by six girls from each school, Miss Stella
MOREHOUSE of No. 1 told the story of "The Chambered Nautilus" and in a
very acceptable manner. (Illegible) was the subject of Bert BAWDEN'S unique
recitation, while Miss Gertie SCHMIDT of School No. 5, declaimed "The Brave
Man." The pleasing recitation of Carl WIGGERS of School 8, was followed by
the presentation of the diplomas by Prof. YOUNG. The programme was closed with
the singing of the Star Spangled Banner and America.
The following are the names of the pupils who were awarded diplomas this
School No. 1.
Boys-Oscar H. WINCKLER, Ed L. WILLEY, Mac M. TORBERT, Byron PETERSON, Roy L.
PAUL, John J. MOFFATT, Avery C. MCCUNE, Dick R. LANE, Lloyd C. LAMPHERE, George
KNOSTMAN, Ludwig P. JOHNSON, John T. HES, William E. HAUGHTON, Marcelus
HOLSAPPLE, Wilhelm HARMS, McDonough GRANT, Walter F. DRIFFILL, L. Benjamin
DRIFFILL, Albert W. CROUCH, George H. CLARK, Otto CARSTENS.
Girls-Alma WILHELM, Addie C. VERDER, Grace C. TYLER, Nettie SHARP, Wilhelmina
RUSCH, Jessie M. RICE, Amy J. PAULSON, Stella G. MOREHOUSE, Dorothy HILDEBRAND,
Laura E. FULLER, Rose M. FINK. Maud ELDRIDGE, Maud R. CAMPBELL, Othilda M.
BOETCHER, Margaret BOENIGER, Cora A. BERTRAM and Bessie G. ADE.
School No. 2
Boys-James G. BENNETT, Charlie CESSNA, Howard S. COLEMAN, Howard s. COLEMAN,
Arthur M. COMPTON, Lewis J. DREW, Thomas H. GOULD, Wm. A. HICKEY, Wm. L.
HUMPHREY, DeWitt C. HUNTLEY, Francis J. IGOU, Eddie LANG, Edwin MORITZ, Jesse
MORITZ, Jacob PINKUS, George H. TUERK and Laurence J. WYNES.
Girls-Bertha E. DAY, Amy G. COLINS, Louise R. DALZELL, Mary A. GLUKE, Grace H.
GOLDSMITH, Mary H. HICKEY, Anna B. LAVENTURE, Louise HELLIG, Lena LOVETT,
Charlotte M. MITCHELL, Olive A. MAUS, Josephine NYE, Hattie OCHS, Elsa C. PLOEHN,
Gertrude C. SCHMIDT and Ruth YOUNG.
School No. 3
Boys-Hans F. REESE, John KOCH, Frank HASS, Fred H. JEBE, Walter LUCHT, George
THODE, Carlton W. SCHOENIG, Otto MEISNER, Willie PULS, Frank E. WICHELMANN,
Walter THOMSEN, and Otto THOMSEN.
Girls-Paula STELLING, Mary M. KARSEN, Elsie HENTZELMANN, Laura HENTZELMANN,
Grace A. BARLOW, Johanna SCHROEDER, Bertha A. STRUEBEN, Elsie G. PETERSEN, Hilda
LORENZEN, Emma SCHULTZ, Tillie HASCH and Josephine HUBER.
School No. 4
Boys-E. Roscoe ALLEN, Lawrence C. AUSTIN, James A. BAWDEN, Louis B. BOECKELMANN,
Luis L. CORRY, John H. DANIELS, Franz P. DENGLER, M. Paul DOUD, Adolph EVERS,
John P. JUGENHEIMER, Ralph V. MCCORMICK, James C. MCGREGOR, Willie MOORE,
Matthew O'DEA, Walter N. SCHROEDER, William WESTPHAL, Arthur G. LEFLER
Girls-Georgia E. BAKER, Helen M. BEHRENS, Maud E. BENKERT, Paula H. BRUCK,
Nellie M. BOUDINOT, Janet A.BURRES, Lillie M. DOWNS, Marian F. EVANS, Ethel L.
FARIS, Fannie M. GIFFORD, Amy T. HENDER, Melissa E. HYATT, Mary W. HYATT, Annie
T. HYNES, Laura JOHANNSEN, Lucilva C. KARWARTH, Laura B. MCCARL, Joe MCCLURE,
Mabel M. METZGER, Alice E. NAGEL, Jennie B. REED, Margery H. RONABACK, Greta
SCHELLHORN, Sadie SILK, Earna W. STECKEL, Mary M. TAYLOR, Bertha L. WALTERS,
School No. 5
Boys-Wm. BUERGEL, Oscar DENKMANN, Joseph DAHM, Fred DOYLE, Arthur H. EBERLING,
Elmer GERDTS, Edward A. HALL, Wm. J. HOUSMAN, Joseph LAMB, Carl OLDSEN, Henry
SCHMAHL, Harry WAGNER, and Henry WITT.
Girls-Nora V. GLANNIGAN, Clara FRIEDHOLDT, Freda HOEDE, Mina HENNINGS, Emily
HOFFMAN, Minnie KARG, Emma KRACK, Clara LAMBACH, Ada C. MCHART, Ida S. MILLER,
Anna D. MUSTAPHA, Elsie NICKELS, Minnie OHLERS, Rosa PETERS, Hattie ROBER, Ella
ROHLFS, Mary ROMBOUT, Frieda THOEMING and Emelia C. WULF.
School No. 8
Boys-Alfred BRANDT, William O. EGGERS, Berthold C. FRAHM, Bernard J. FRIEDHOLDT,
Bartlett J. PALMER, Carl J. WIGGERS and George P. TUBBS.
Girls-Lillie O. BREEDE, Olga ENGLAND, Paula A. FRAHM, Geneva A. GROBE, Clara E.
HERSCH, Alice E. KAUFMANN, Alma KUEHL, Bertha C. NEIMAND, Philomena C. MOORE,
Fannie ROTHSCHILD, Augusta L. RUNGE, Irma C. RUSER, Hilda R. REINHOLD, Annie
STENDER, Adela C. SUELAU, Ella E. WRIEDT and Annie C. WHITING.
(* There apparently were no Schools No. 6 or No. 7.-The transcriber.)
The Schubert's Feast
The members of the Schubert Glee club to the number of about twenty-three
gathered at the Schuetzen park last evening, and enjoyed an informal social
gathering and banquet, which marked the close of a very successful season.
The feast was pleasantly passed in a social way, the leading feature of the
affair being a banquet served in the most approved style by the management of
the ark pavilion. The feast was followed by a programme, during which time the
members present responded to the announcements of Dr. J. R. KULP, who acted in
the capacity of toastmaster. Among other responses, Prof. TOENNIGES responded
with a neat speech, while Hugo KROHN replied to the toast, "The
Ladies." Louis SUSEMIHL was also called upon, and took occasion during the
course of his remarks to thank the press for the assistance and courtesies which
had been extended to the club.
At his home, 1304 West Seventh street at 8:15 o'clock last evening occurred the
death of Patrick Killeen, a veteran drayman, from a complication of ailments, in
the sixty-eighth year of his life. The deceased was born in County Roscommon,
Ireland and came to this country and city fifty years ago where he has since
resided. He is survived by his widow and one daughter, Mary. The funeral will
take place tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from the late residence 1304 west
Seventh street with funeral services at St. Mary's church and interment in St.
Verdict of the Jury Finds that ALDAY was Poisoned With Arsenic.
No Specific Mention of by Whom Administered-Mrs. GABAR'S Testimony-The
Strictures of Witness OCHS Upon William ALDAY-The text of the Verdict.
The celebrated inquest, which has been in progress for several weeks for the
purpose of ascertaining what caused Adam ALDAY'S death, was concluded late last
evening, when the coroner's jury returned a verdict declaring that ALDAY'S death
was due to arsenical poisoning. The session of the jury was held in the
coroner's office in Rock Island and five witnesses, including the dead man's
wife were examined.
Mrs. Mary OSBAR was sworn and said that she was the former wife of the late Adam
ALDAY. She said she was married to Adam ALDAY in November, 1890, and lived with
him until he died, on November 7, 1894. She was in the house but not in the
room. He was sick about two years. The trouble with him when he first took sick,
she thought was too much drink. He was sixty-three years and eight months of age
when he died. He drank whisky, beer and other liquors, and used about two
gallons of alcohol a year to mix with other drinks.
He first complained of pain in the region of the stomach after he had the
trouble with the police. He took to his bed about nine days before his death.
She did not know what was the matter with him and he did not appear to know
either, although he said at times that he thought he was paralyzed. The pain did
not seem to become much worse, but he simply could not help himself. His
eyesight appeared to be affected during the last illness, as he sometimes
thought he saw two or three persons in the room when there was only one. She
said they had one and as many as three physicians in one day. ALDAY liked to
have the doctors about him, but he refused to take the medicines saying that
they would do him no good. He had some medicine which he brought from Minnesota,
which he seemed to think was good for him. It was first obtained from a druggist
named Hollister in **kefield, Minn., and was afterwards filled at Sohrbeck's in
Moline. During his last illness she gave him medicine, when !
he would take it, and also gave him whisky and Kipp attended to him sometimes.
ALDAY told her about four months before he died that he made the will, but she
did not see it until some days after his death. She did not instruct the
undertaker to embalm the body, and did not know it had been until the body was
disinterred. Mr. LAGE sent for an undertaker. She had the body taken up on
account of the talk started by the children. First, Mrs. PETERSON gave currency
to a story that her mother, ALDAY'S first wife, had been poisoned by the
witness, and when she heard of this she wrote to her son Ed, in Minnesota about
a year ago to see the doctors who attended Mrs. ALDAY and get the papers so that
her innocence might be established. The talk in regard to the poisoning of her
husband was started by her sons William and Edward. The witness, who had
maintained her composure while the examination was in progress, broke into tears
and wept bitterly, when this point was reached as she told of the efforts of her
sons, as she termed them, to trample her in the mud, an!
d the ingratitude of their conduct. She told of the money and property she had
given to her sons at various times in the hope that they might become
self-supporting. Neither of the boys, although they are 25 and 23 years of age
respectively, had ever supported himself, and when she could not give them more
money unless she succeeded in disposing of some of the real estate left by her
husband, they commenced the suit to break their father's will and later started
the story that she had poisoned him.
In speaking of the whiskey which her husband drank in his life, Mrs. OSBAR said
that it was ordered from J. H. MUELLER and cost $2.50 a gallon.
Dr. E. L. EYSTER gave some expert testimony bearing upon arsenic poisoning,
stating that its symptoms would be much like death through alcoholism.
The next witness was Mr. J. OCHS, who was accused by William ALDAY at the last
session of the jury, of offering him and his brother Edward, $200 apiece to drop
the civil and criminal cases against Mrs. OSBAR. Mr. OCHS, after he was sworn,
said the statements made by William ALDAY were false, and he denounced that
worthy as a liar and a perjurer. Having unbosomed himself of his opinion of
William, Mr. OCHS made a statement of all that transpired between himself and
He said he knew Adam ALDAY for many years and saw William ALDAY for many years,
and saw William ALDAY for many years and saw William ALDAY once. He said that
his firm negotiated a trade for a Davenport party who desired to exchange some
property in that city for thirty-one lots owned by Mr. and Mrs. OSBAR in ALDAY'S
third addition to Moline. Both sets of deeds were made out, when it was
suggested to their client that the cloud on the will might prove a cloud on the
property which he was to get from Mrs. OSBAR. The client came to Rock Island to
seek legal advice. He informed his agents, the Messrs OCHS, that he would like
to have a quit claim from William and Edward ALDAY. The witness thereupon spoke
to Maj. BEARDSLEY, one of the attorneys for the two, in regard to getting a quit
claim from the young men. Maj. BEARDSLEY later informed him that William ALDAY
considered the property in question worth $10,000, and that his clients would
not quit claim it to anybody for less than!
a third of that sum. Mr. OSBAR, the week following this occurrence, told
the witness that he had seen Ed ALDAY in Rock Island and had been informed by
him that for $200 apiece he and William would assign their interest in the
property, and they would also want $100 for services rendered by C. J. SEARLE in
the will case up to the time he withdrew from the case. Mr. OSBAR was anxious to
consummate the deal, as he thought he had made an advantageous trade and was
therefore willing to pay $100 or $500 to effect it. As for himself, the witness
said, he desired to bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion because
his commission depended on that result, and he knew nothing about the criminal
proceedings against Mrs. OSBAR beyond what he read in the newspapers, and didn't
care anything about them, because his client had been assured by Rock Island
lawyers that this could not, in any way affect the title. The witness
accordingly sent one of his partners to William ALDAY'S ho!
use. As William was not at home the messenger left word requesting him to come
to the office. Mr. OCHS said he never wrote a line to William. When the latter
came to the office the witness opened the conversation by repeating what Ed had
said and also stating that Mr. and Mrs. OSBAR were willing to pay the sum
specified to get a quit claim deed. William replied that he wouldn't quit claim
the property for less than a third of its reputed value, and the witness
thereupon told him that in that case there would be no use of further talk. Mr.
OCHS, in answer to the questions of the jury emphatically denied following
William out of the office to make offers looking to the settlement of the
criminal cases. They were not mentioned either directly or indirectly and Mr.
OCHS closed his testimony with a reiteration of his former assertion that
William ALDAY had perjured himself in his statement before the jury. After Dr.
C. G. CRAIG had rendered an expert opinion upon the presence of !
the arsenic in the embalming fluid in the liver, stating that that organ is
non-absorptive after death, the case was given to the jury at 5:30 o'clock, and
an hour later the following verdict was rendered and returned to Coroner
"We find that, from the evidence adduced, Adam ALDAY came to his death by
arsenious poison; the arsenious poison found in the liver by the examining
chemist and from the expert testimony of the physicians, does not appear to be
accounted for by the introduction of the embalming fluid after death.
A. T. FOSTER, Foreman
T. W. RENO
Wm. P. BARTLEY
T. G. MCGRAW
T. I. STANLEY
It now devolves upon the state's attorney to bring the matter before the
attention of the next grand jury, in the hope of clearing up the mystery.