Tuesday, March 1897
The Davenport friends of William SYPHERT of Elkhart, Ind. Will regret to
learn of his demise in that city yesterday. The deceased was seventy-five years
of age and has visited here quite frequently.
The funeral of Sanford DIXON was held from the residence of his daughter, Mrs.
J. H. DAVIS, on Park avenue, yesterday afternoon. Rev. C. H. WEAVER conducted
the services and the remains were taken to the Fenno cemetery in Pleasant Valley
The remains of Claus P. STRUCK, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Fred JOCHIMS, in Dennison, Ia., arrived in the city yesterday. Mr. STRUCK was a
former resident of this city, having lived here since 1858 until about three
months ago, when he went to Dennison. He was seventy-four years of age and is
survived by three children. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2
o'clock from the residence, 112 Brown street. Interment will be in the city
Mrs. Elizabeth PRYNE, an inmate of the Cook Home, passed away this morning at
the advanced age of sixty-eight years. An illness of about one week resulted in
her demise. The deceased was a native of New York and has been a resident of
Iowa for twenty years. The remains will probably be taken to Princetown for
Last night at Mercy hospital occurred the death of Andrew EGERT from cancer
of the stomach, in the sixtieth year of his age. The deceased was for many years
a resident of this city and leaves a wide circle of friends to mourn his death.
The funeral will be held from Mercy hospital tomorrow morning with interment at
St. Marguerite's cemetery.
Roy PORTER, a Davenport student in the medical department of the Drake
University, is at home for the usual vacation.
Several flocks of wild geese passed northwest last evening, which is but another
sign that spring is near at hand.
Edison E. KING was sent up for twelve days this morning on the charge of assault
and battery. There were no other cases in the police court.
Lindsay PITTS wishes to inform an anxious public that the "colored saloon
row" narrated in the Times last evening did not occur in his establishment.
Miss WARREN of the High school faculty was back in her old place Monday after
almost a month's illness. During her absence Mrs. ROBERTS filled the position.
The friends of Henry KARWATH, who has been quite ill for the past month will be
interested to learn that he is improving.
The case of BRAMMER Manufacturing Company vs. W. C. MATTHES et al was dismissed,
as were also the cases of MUELLER Bros. vs. HAMMAN and WEYERHAUSER &
DENKMANN vs. HAMMAN.
Paul ANKERSON and Ernst WENZEL leave for Chicago this evening on business
connected with the new W. A. & O. market.
George HAVENS, a teamster in the employ of the city, was the victim of a vicious
cat at Chris JAEGER'S place Sunday. The enraged animal jumped at HAVEN'S face,
lighting on his arm and biting viciously.
Two more candidates to head the Republican ticket in the coming campaign are
being mentioned in certain circles. Notwithstanding the fact that Ald. W. H.
WILSON has stated positively that he would not accept his name being mentioned
as candidate. Friends of John L. MASON are also urging his name to head the
ticket for mayor.
Cake walks seem to be the order of the day-or rather the evening-the latest
entertainment of this nature having been given in Rock Island last evening for
the benefit of the Second Baptist church (colored) of that city. The graceful
pedestrians for tri-city colored society participated in the grand march, which
was led by Abe WARWICK of Davenport. The judges of the pedestrianistic
evolutions were C. J. SEARLE, C. B. MARSHALL, John RIUCK, H. B. SIMMON and
Charles BLADELL, and after viewing the fancy maneuvres they decided that Sarah
PIERSON and Wallace BALLARD were entitled to first prize, Mrs. Anna MERCHANT and
Oscar JONES the second and Julia HILL and James LOWRY the third. The programme
was varied with musical numbers and the affair as a whole was voted one of the
gala events in the annals of tri-city colored swelldom.
The Last of Stevenson's Masterpieces Being Published.
The world will have nothing more from the magic pen of the late Robert Louis
Stevenson after the romantic novel of "St. Ives," which began
publication in the March number of McClure's Magazine.He had the good fortune to
leave it substantially complete.
March 12, 1897
Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. EVERS and Miss DEVERS have returned from Washington where a
pleasant visit with George EVERS made more delightful the sight-seeing of the
A TREDICK will lead the afternoon meeting at the Y. M. C. A. rooms Sunday.
Licenses to wed have been issued to Charles DRUHL and Laura BEYER, Ficholas
(sic) BEHRENS and Fredericka ERICKS.
A marriage license was issued in Rock Island yesterday to Walter BOYNTON of that
city and Della WOOD of Davenport.
Fritz PAULSEN and miss Frances JADGHUBER of this city, were married yesterday at
Justice ALTMAN'S court. The young couple will make their future home here.
The funeral of the late Dr. J. H. SALE of Moline, who passed away suddenly on
Wednesday night, will be held from his late residence at 2 o'clock Sunday
afternoon with service at the First M. E. church of Moline.
Capt. James G. CRANE celebrated the eighty-seventh anniversary of his birth
yesterday, and was kept busy receiving the congratulations of his many friends.
Capt. CRANE holds the honor of being the oldest living soldier in Iowa, and
bears well the years of his ripe old age.
John RADCLIFFE, a Moline blacksmith, was painfully injured Wednesday while on
his way to work in Rock Island. He was on a car which ran off the track, enroute,
and before the current had been turned off RADCLIFFE grasped both hand rails
with the intent of hanging on.
Benj. PAINTER, a well known resident of Hickory Grove township, passed away at
his home three miles south of Donahue about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The
cause of death was due to old age. The deceased had reached the ripe old age of
eighty nine years, and has made his home in Hickory Grove township for the past
thirty-eight years. Mr. PAINTER was a native of Westmoreland county, PA., and
came to Iowa in 1857. After years of practical life on a farm, Mr. PAINTER has
led a retired life for sometime past. Mr. PAINTER was a member of the Masonic
order and Davenport lodge of this city. He is survived by three children-C. C.
of Spirit Lake, B. F., of this city, and Mrs. Alice STOKES of Donahue. The
funeral will be held from the late residence Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, under
the auspices of the Masonic order. The interment will be made in Oakdale
***The entrance into the office building was effected by breaking the lock off
the front door. The job was a quick on and cleverly as well as boldly done. Less
than ten minutes was occupied in the breaking into the office, forcing the safe
and getting away with the money. Alderman William KLEIN, foreman at the works,
was in the office until a late hour and locked up shortly after 1 o'clock this
morning. He then proceeded to the works, about half a block away and went down
into the boiler room. He had been there less than fifteen minutes when Night
Watchman Henry KRACK told him that something was wrong at the office. Together
the two men hurried to the office building and found the door open.
On entering, a glance at the safe showed that burglars had been there and $300
was missing. The police were at one notified. The investigation of the police
resulted in the finding of an outfit consisting of two sledges, one a 25 pound
affair, two cold chisels, four punches and a pair of long handled tongs. These
were stolen from a neighboring blacksmith shop and are the property of John
The office of the Glucose works was not the only establishment visited by the
cracksmen last night. Sometime after midnight Henry F. GOSCH, who runs a butcher
shop at 2047 west Third street, was awakened by the rays of an electric light
shining through his bed room window in the rear of his market, and on the first
floor. He heard a noise, and turning saw a man's leg protruding over the window
sill in the act of climbing in Realizing that burglars were trying to enter, Mr.
GOSCH greeted them with a blood curdling yell which shook the rafters above him.
In an instant the foot disappeared and the thieves skedaddled away.
The police are hard at work today with little if anything to work upon. Two men
were seen in the neighborhood around midnight but any description of them was
rather vague in the darkness.
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
March 12, 1897
Two Local Divisions Will Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
The two local divisions of the Ancient Order of Hibernians have completed
arrangements for their banquet and celebration of St. Patrick's day at the
Hibernian Hall next Wednesday evening. Invitations have been sent out to the
friends of the two divisions, and the gathering will be quite a large one.
The supper will be served by the Ladies Catholic Union, after which a toast
programme will be carried out, attractively varied with vocal and
Mr. A.J. SMITH will officiate as toastmaster, and will announce the
following attractive programme:
Piano Solo.....Mrs. Wm. LILLIS
"The Day We Celebrate".....A.P. McGUIRK
Vocal Solo.....M.V. KELLY
"The Duties of Citizenship"...A.E. CARROLL
Piano Solo.....Cleo McCORMACK
"The Ladies".....J.M. CASH
Piano Solo.....Miss Stella GORMAN
Quartette.....Selected Alice O'CONNOR, James A LINDLEY, Mary LINDLEY, Joseph
Guitar and Mandolin Duet...DAVENPORT and FLYNN.
Davenport Daily Times
Monday, March 22, 1897
Mr. and Mrs. F. M. RHODES, of 602 east Fifteenth street, are mourning the
death of their infant son, who passed away yesterday morning at the age of two
days. The remains will be sent to Wyoming, Ia., for interment.
Joseph H. PINCKNEY, residing at 2312 Farnum street passed away at about 5
o'clock yesterday afternoon, his demise being the result of a spinal trouble of
several years standing. The deceased was forty two years of age and a native of
Illinois. He came from Cambridge in that state about eighteen years ago and has
since made his home here. He is survived by his wife, four brothers and one
sister. There are no children. The funeral will be held tomorrow with interment
in Oakdale cemetery.
First Ward...Herbert STRATEMAN
Second Ward..Robert DOERING
Third Ward..Henry NAGEL
Fourth Ward...J. W. BALLARD
Fifth Ward...Geo. W. BAWDEN
Sixth Ward..Henry TRUENEN, Jr.
Miss Helen HAMM of Dubuque is a guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. WALZ.
Dr. E. S. BOWMAN returned from Andalusia this noon where he spent Sunday
Rev. and J. B. LITTLE of Shenandoah, Ia., are here to attend the funeral of the
latter's mother, Mrs. MCALLISTER.
Prof. R. P. Redfield of the high school has been called to his former home,
Middleton, N. Y. on account of the illness of relatives.
E. R. Care, who has spent the past month or so in the south, has returned home.
He spent several weeks in Florida and was as far south as Florida Keys.
Mrs. Mary L. D. PUTNAM and daughter, Miss Lizzie PUTNAM left today for
Washington, en route for New York. They will sail early in April for Paris and
spend the summer in Europe.
Licenses to wed were issued today to Harry J. WILLIAMS and Dora HOWE.
The Bay View Literary society will be entertained this evening at the home of
Rev. J. T. MELOY on Fifteenth street.
Wedding rings at cut prices at KOCH'S jewelery store, 406 W. Second.
An alarm from box 22 on Fourteenth and Gaines streets called out the fire
department about 10 o'clock this morning. The blaze was in some grass and
rattlings was quickly extinguished.
Cards are out announcing the marriage of Miss Amy WRIGHT and Mr. Charles B.
POWELL which will be celebrated at the home of the bride's parents, 1026
Arlington avenue, Wednesday evening, march 31st.
Two engagements which are of local interest have been announced. One is the
engagement of Dr. Raymond E. PECK and Miss Myra RORABACK, and the other, Robert
C. FICKE and Miss Madeline SPELLETICH. Both couples are well known and
congratulations will be general.
Martin GILLEN, Frank DUNCAN, Ed MOONEY, Frank MARONEY and William SPRAGUE, Rock
Island engineers, have been temporarily set back to firing on account of a lull
in business. In consequence of this change Firemen Ed YODER, Merwin WYNES, Carl
ODEN and George WEYRAUCH have been laid off.
Fire Chief REESE of the Moline fire department underwent an operation Saturday
which resulted in the removal of a splinter of wood an inch and a half long from
his hand. Chief REESE injured his hand at a fire about two months ago and while
the wound healed it remained very painful. An X-Ray photograph told the story
and located the splinter.
Michael NAGLE, who so gracefully handles the ribbons o'er the dashing steeds of
the hook and ladder company, has gone for a day's outing to the classic Wapsie
bottoms to take shots and snap-shots with gun and camera.
Last Wills of Henry TECHENTIN and Barbara HOFFMANN
The last will and testament of Henry TECHENTIN was filed today for probate. The
testator bequeaths his entire estate to his son, Henry w. TECHENTIN, appointing
him executor of the estate. The following legacies are also make in the event of
the death of the son:
To Heinrich BUSCH of Hamburg, Germany, grandson of a deceased brother, Fritz
TECHENTIN, who died in Neu Kloster, Mecklenberg, Schewerin, $5,000.
To Mrs. Julia NNIEF, a daughter of a deceased sister in Germany, $2,500.
To August KIERSCHNESTEIN, a son of a deceased sister in Germany, $2,500.
Bequests of $1,000 each are left to Carl LEONARD, Wihelmina MEYER and Louisa
VICK, all of Germany. Fritz TECHENTIN of this city, Henry G. TECHENTIN of
Indianapolis, Ind., and Julia FICKE of Fremont, Ohio, children of a deceased
brother are also left legacies of $1,000 each.
Wilhelmina RAHM and Louisa ENGHOLM, the former of Chicago, the latter of
Evanston, both daughters of the deceased brother, John TECHENTIN, are bequeathed
$1,000 each. One thousand dollars is bequeathed to the Mississippi Valley
spiritualist association of Clinton, Ia. The same legacy is left to the
Schuetzen Verein for the beautifying of the park. To the Davenport Turngemeinde
$750 together with a ten shares of the building stock of the society is devised.
A "Henry TECHENTIN Poor Fund" is created with the German Trust company
as trustee, the fund to be distributed to the deserving poor of the city through
the offices of the charitable associations. When the German Trust company shall
cease to exist the trusteeship shall be vested in the judge of the district
court who is empowered to appoint three commissioners to administer the fund.
It is directed that the business of Henry TECHENTIN & Co., be purchased by
A. KNUEFFEL and Fritz OTT upon terms satisfactory to them.
The last will and testament of Barbara HOFFMANN was filed for probate with the
clerk of the district court today. The testatrix bequeathes to Hazel Martha
HOFFMANN the sum of $1,000 payable to her as legatee when she attains her
eighteenth birthday. The husband, Frank HOFFMANN, is appointed the trustee with
instructions to make such payment when the heir-at-law attains her maturity. All
the rest, residue, and remainder of the estate is bequeathed to the surviving
husband, Frank HOFFMANN, who is also appointed executor without bond.
Attempts His Own Life
John B. FIDLAR Turns A Pistol on Himself
The Rash Deed Committed at His Office in Masonic Temple Saturday Evening-The
Wound Will Result in Death-A Sad Case.
Despondent over poor success in business and weary of life's struggles John B.
FIDLAR retired into a closet opening from his office in the Masonic Temple
Saturday evening and sent a bullet of heavy caliber crashing through his brain.
The fatal bullet did not do its work at one and he was taken to his home in an
The rash act was committed some time between 6 and 7 o'clock in the evening but
the exact time is not known. Mr. FIDLAR was seen about the building at 6 o'clock
and it was not until 7 o'clock that Henry MCGAW, the assistant janitor, went
into his office and learned the true state of affairs. On entering the office
Mr. MCGAW heard heavy breathing and going to the closet Mr. FIDLAR was found in
an unconscious condition. Two revolvers in Mr. FIDLAR'S lap and a wound just
above the right ear told the story of an attempted suicide.
Mr. MCGAW raised the alarm and the unfortunate man was lifted to a couch. He was
breathing heavily and unconscious and medical assistance was quickly summoned.
Dr. FRENCH responded while a telephone message informed W. F. FIDLAR of his
brother's condition. Several other friends were also notified and hastened to
the temple. Dr. FRENCH probed for the ball that did the work but could not find
it and gave his opinion that Mr. FIDLAR'S death was only a question of time. The
city ambulance was summoned, and Mr. FIDLAR was taken to his home on Arlington
avenue. His brother, W. F. FIDLAR, a and John HOYT proceeded to break the news
to Mrs. FIDLAR and other members of his family at home. Dr. WATZEK was called
but could give the sorrowing family no hope.
John B. FIDLAR is fifty-nine years of age and a native of Licking county, Ohio.
He served in Company D of the Twenty-fifth Iowa infantry and was connected with
the American Express company from the close of the war until 1870 when he became
cashier of the First National bank. Mr. FIDLAR retired from this position about
three years ago. During the past year he has been secretary of the Business
Men's association. His family consists of his wife and one son, William. There
are two brothers, W. F., of this city, and Solon H. of Dubuque.
Mr. FIDLAR has been in an unconscious condition since the shooting, and at noon
today he showed signs of growing somewhat weaker. The attending physician is of
the opinion that a few hours at the outside will see the end. At last reports,
late this afternoon, he was still alive.
Mrs. Maria HUCKSTAEDT, a well known resident of this city passed away at her
home, 1315 Leonard street Saturday evening. The deceased had attained the
advanced age of eighty years and was widely known throughout the city. She had
earned the appellation of mother of the Turner society of Northwest Davenport
and was highly respected by all who knew her.
Mrs. HUCKSTAEDT came to this city about forty-five years ago and has since made
her home here. She is survived by her husband, George H. HUCKSTAEDT, and six
children, together with several grandchildren. The funeral service will be
At her home in Joslin, Ill., Saturday morning occurred the death of Lillie HEALD,
a former resident of this city. The deceased was born at Lockport, Ill., March
10, 1859, and the family resided in this city for about twenty years. About four
years ago, the family removed to Joslin. She is survived by her parents, three
brothers and three sisters.
Agnes FRITSCH, a six-year-old inmate of St. Vincent's home on east Fifteenth
street, passed away at an early hour yesterday morning after a short illness
from diphtheria combined with measles. The funeral was held yesterday, with
interment at St. Marguerite's cemetery.
At the residence of her nephew, O. P. JUDD, on Grand avenue yesterday noon,
occurred the death of Mrs. Hannah ANTHONY, late of Denver, Col. For the past two
weeks she has been a guest at the home of her nephew where she was taken ill
about a week ago.
The deceased was a native of Melford, Con., and had reached the age of
seventy-three years. The family formerly resided at Camanche, Ia., but for
sometime past Mrs. ANTHONY has made her home in Denver, where two sons are in
business. The remains will be taken to Camanche for interment.