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Morning Democrat
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa
2 May 1890

The police made a raid on a disreputable house on Iowa and Front streets
about 10 o'clock last night, and lodged Nora GIBSON, the keeper, adn Lizzie
ECKMAN, an inmate, in the house of detention. The ECKMAN girl is only 17
years old, and several attempts to reclaim her have been made by her mother
without success. Goerge ANDERSON and John W. KANE were in the house at the
time and were taken to the station, where KANE put up security for his
appearance, and ANDERSON was given a private room, where he will still have
a chance to meditate on the vicissitudes of life until his appearance before
the police magistrate this morning.

Margaretha HELL was examined by the insane commissioners yesterday
afternoon. She has been subject to crazy spells for some time. Eight years
ago she cut her wrist badly with a razor when she was "sick in her head" as
her husband expressed it. A couple of days ago she became violent and
attempted to kill everyone within reach. She wanted to clean out the court
house yesterday and had to be held much of the time. The commissioners
consigned her to Mt. Pleasant as a public patient.

The will of Robert BAENZIGER has been probated. All his property is
bequeathed to his wife.

The records in the office of County Treasurer STRUCK shows total collections
for last month of $7,053.17

Charles RAMBO, one of our efficient and popular mail carriers, and Gusta VAN
VLEET were married last evening and left for a short visit to St. Paul.

Marriage licenses were issued yesterday to:
Charles F. RAMBO and Gusta R. VAN VLEET

Boats down yesterday: Ben Hershey with 14 strings of logs, and Verne Swain.
Boats up: A.J. Whitney with one barge and Verne Swain.

The Iowa coupier law provides that after Jan. 1, 1893, all locomotives
operating in the state shall be equipped with an automatic or power brake,
and that after Jan. 1, 1895, all cars shall be equipped with a safety
automatic coupier.

President Gustave KLOTZ of the Rock Island Carpenter's union states that the
carpenters of that city will make a determined and united strike for the 9
hour day on June 1, and will cease work if the demand is not complied with,
and the contractors so understand.

The marriage of William S. McCOMBS and Miss Ida TREMANN occurred in Rock
Island Wednesday evening. The bride was born and raised in Rock Island, and
has numbers of friends in all of the tri-cities. About fifty of them were
present at the wedding.

L.F. KIMBALL, for several years general freight agent of the Minneapolis &
St. Louis, has resigned that position to become assistant general freight
agent of teh Rock Island west of the Missouri river, with headquarters at
Denver. His appointment by the Rock Island takes effect May 12. G.A.
KIMBALL, who now occupies this position, will be transferred to Topeka.

Rumors having gained circulation that the recent sickness at Augustana
college was caused by the well on the premises, the authorities have had
samples of the water tested, and find that there are no impurities contained
in it. All the physicians in attendance upon the sick students agree that
sewer gas ws the sole cause of the trouble.

Mrs. Theodore PERRY of Muscatine is visiting Mrs. I.T. DAVENPORT.

Mrs. J.E. VAN PATTEN came home yesterday from her trip to the southwest. Her
son, John N., went on to Denver and will be among the mountains for some
time. He is feeling better and will come home much stronger than when he
went away.

Hugo G. BRAUNLICH, son of Prof. BRAUNLICH and Laverius W. PETERSEN, son of
L.W. PETERSEN of this city, graduated in April from the college of pharmacy,
New York. The former accepts a position and has charge of a drug store in
Brooklyn, N.Y. and the latter at Yonkers, N.Y. They are both good boys and
will win success.

Gov. BOIES has made no better appointment, nor one that will  be more
heartily endorsed by the profession than that of J.H. HARRISON, of
Davenport, as one of the commissioners of pharmacy. He is a high minded,
clean business man, of fine ability; lon a resident of Iowa, and a
pharmacist from his youth up. He is modestly devoted to his profession, and
it was almost under protest, and only at the earnest solicitation of friends
and pharmacists, that he consented to accept the unexpected and unasked
appointment. It is a choice for which the governor will never be
criticized.-Iowa City Press.

In yesterday's Chicago Herald appeared the following Joliet dispatch:
The wealthiest convict who ever wore stripes at Joliet was discharged this
evening and left at once for New York to sail for Switzerland. He carried a
roll of bills amounting to $1,000, after giving away several hundred dollars
to convict associates. He has recently fallen heir to over $500,000 in one
of the principal cantons of Switzerland. He is a handsome and cultured man,
25 years of age, and is highly connected in his native land. There is much
mystery surrounding his record, and all that could be learned from the
officials was that he was sent up from Rock Island for one year for forgery.
He worked as an artist in the granite department on designs.
The prisoner's name is J.C. FULVER, and he was sent up from Rock Island
county March 25, 1890, for forgery.

Murray, April 30. Editor Democrat: On April 24, 1890, my son Frank left
home. Age 13 years, heavy set, light hair shingled close, fair complexion,
small dark blue eyes, some freckles on face and sore on lower lip, has full
round face and red cheeks. When he left home he wore a black slouch hat,
brown waist with blue stripes, lead colored overalls and boots. Any person
knowing of this boy's whereabouts or any person having him in their employ,
will confer a great favor by notifying H.V. BELL, Murray, Ia.

Sunday evening Rev. E.C. PAGET, rector of Trinity church, Muscatine, will
leave, accompanied by his sister, going to Canada and thence to England and
the continent.

There has never been such a crop of wolves in Iowa since it became a
settled, civilized state, as there is this year. Bounty is being paid on
scalps in all directions by the county supervisors.

C.L. BARNARD, the check forger who was arrested here some time ago, has been
sentenced by Judge WATERMAN to the Ft. Madison penitentiary and has already
taken his place in the shoe shop. He was identified at Burlington on his way
there as the man who worked the same game there not long before he did it in

The concert at the First Baptist church last evening by the Amphton
Quartette of Davenport was a most enjoyable entertainment and was attended
by a good sized audience-more than two hundred people. The quartette is
composed of some talented young people, C.F. MASON tenor, Miss Alice COLLINS
soprano, Miss Anna ELDRIDGE  alto, Mr. E.C. CRAIG basso, with Miss Retta
HICKMAN as accompanist. The program was a delightful one.-Dispatch.

Morning Democrat
Davenport, Scott Co, Iowa
3 May 1890


Yesterday morning at 9:30 o'clock occurred the death of Mrs. E. PRIESTER,
mother of Rudolph PRIESTER, at her residence, 711 west Sixth street. The
deceased was 83 years old. With her husband she came to America in 1857, and
until 1866 they lived on a farm in Lincoln township. Then Mr. PRIESTER died,
and his wife removed to Davenport.
Of her sons Adolph and Rudolph live in this city. Theodore is in Aurora,
Fritz in Lincoln township, and another is in Montana or elsewhere in the
west. One daughter is living, Mrs. KUEHL. The wife of Sheriff Harvey JONES
is a grandchild; the wife of Assistant County Treasurer BERGER is another.
The deceased was an estimable old lady, and her death will be sincerely
mourned by all her relatives and friends.

August HEYER died at his home on West Second street, last evening. Last
Sunday as the deceased was on his way to a butcher shop he fell and broke
his hip, and death resulted from this injury as stated. He was 75 years of

The water will be shut off Sunday morning, May 4, at 7 a.m. on Second street
from main to Warren streets, for the purpose of renewing gates on accout of
paving streets. The water will be off about six hours. All water consumers
will please take notice and govern themselves accordingly.
Davenport Water Co.
James P. DONAHUE, Secy.

The case of Gustav A. DOLLINGER vs. Otto CLAUSSEN et al was dismissed
yesterday at plaintiff's cost.
All the afternoon was consumed in trying the case of D.C. LEONARD vs.
Charles FAULKNER. The examination of witnesses had not been completed when
court adjourned.

Three drunks were lodged in the station last night, and Walter PASCH is in
for larceny.

A marriage license was issued yesterday to:
John F.C.R. GRABBE and Ida HENSEN.

KAVANAGH, the boy soprano, will sing in the Congregational church next
Wednesday evening, May 7, for the benefit of the Lend-A-Hand Club.

Manager LUCAS of the Tacoma, Washington, club has written a letter of
inquiry concerning the Rock Island crack pitcher, "Kid" BROWNER, now with
the Monmouth club. LUCAS wants to sign the "Kid" if he can get him.

Two disreputable houses were entered by the police last evening and their
inmates arrested. At one of them were found Mamie McGEE, keeper; Bessie
STEVENS, Arthur FRAZIER, James GILMAN and John REED; at the other, Lottie
JONES, keeper; Lou BERRY, Peter BROWN, Willie MASON, John SCHMIDT, and John
SULLIVAN. They will be tried by Justice KAUFMANN this morning.

At the Sixth ward republican caucus last evening, Joe R. LANE was nominated
for alderman. Ex-alderman HOPKINS was chairman and M.R. PARKHURST secretary
of the meeting.

D.W. ARCHER of Council Bluffs spent yesterday in the city.

Miss Irene GOLLEWAY left on the Pittsburg yesterday for St. Louis and from
there goes to Kansas City to spend a few weeks with friends.

Postoffice inspector George F. SMITH passed yesterday in the city in the
interest of the delivery system, which is being improved and extended.

John W. BURDETTE and G.H. WALDIN, of Burlington are in the city on business
connected with the Electric Light and Power company of that place.

Mrs. Lille COCHRANE-BEALE, from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, is in Iowa City
attending the meeting of the Women's Home and Foreign Missionary societies.

Rev. W.E. SHAW left last evening for Monroe, Ia., his former home. He
remains there visiting old friends until Monday. Rev. PINKERTON of Iola,
Ill., will occupy his pulpit this coming Sabbath.

Mrs. Ann M. McKOWN of east Thirteenth street, is very ill with a low form of
fever. She is 88 years of age and till taken sick has been very active and
lively for one so old. She is one of Davenport's oldest settlers, and many
will be saddened to hear of her illness.

Mr. J.H. HARRISON left for Washington last night as a delegate to the
national pharmacoepical convention that convenes on the 7th and 7th insts.
The state pharmacy delegates besides Mr. HARRISON are Prof. BOERNER of Iowa
City, who also represents the Pharmacy department of the State University
and C.H. SHAFER of Fort Madison. The state medical society is represented by
Dr. Rosa M. UPSON of Marshalltown.

Morning Democrat
Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa
9 May 1890

Sulphur water has been struck in MITCHELL & LYNDE's artesian well across the
river at a depth of 760 feet, and the water is flowing freely.

The police of Rock Island have a case of arson to investigate. Some nights
ago a house was broken into, a hole cut in a plastered wall; the place
saturated with oil and then set on fire. The lady of the house was awakened
by the slam of a door. On getting up to investigate she found her house in
flames. She was just in time to extinguish the flames and save herself and
children, and also saved a thickly settled neighborhood from being consumed
by fire as the wind was blowing at a furious rate on the night the deed was

Capt. John STRECKFUS of the packet Verne Swain says there is not a finer
place to camp out on the upper Mississippi that at the mouth of the Wapsie,
and that fish are starving for bits and will nip at one befoe it hardly
touches the water. The captain says that he stops at the mouth of the Wapsie
each way and will not only land passengers and take them on but will carry
them provisions from either Rock Island or Clinton as the case may be after
they are in camp. Here is indeed a gay opportunity for those who may desire
to revel in the pleasures of nature simon pure and with all the trimmings
thrown in.

About 1 o'clock this morning an alarm was sounded for fire in a frame
storehouse in the rear of HASSELMANN & THOMSEN's store at 316 west Second
street. Hose companies 1 and 2, the Hooks and Chemical responded. Two
streams were soon playing on the flames and they were speedy extinguished. A
lot of fireworks were stored in the building and considerable noise was
caused by the explosion of the firecrackers and other Fourth of July
perquistes. The structure was totally destroyed.

Charles ASWEGE at Deere & Co's blacksmith shop in Moline, is the victim of a
painful and serious accident. He was about to weld a couple of pieces of iro
n when a quantity of the hot borax used in the process flew into his eye,
lodging underneath the lid. It caused him intense pain and it is feared may
cause the loss of sight, which would be particularly unfortunate. Mr. ASWEGE
lost his other eye some five or six years ago by having a piece of steel fly
into it.

Hon. J.J. DUNN, chairman of the democratic state central committee and
recently appointed state oil inspector by Gov. BOLES, is in the city. He
leaves this morning for Clinton.

Division superintendents John GIVEN, C.L. EWING, R.H. CHAMBERLIN, and C.N.
GILMORE of the Rock Island road are in the city for consultation with
General Superintendent H.F. ROYCE.

Tom GLENN was arrested last evening for disturbing the peace.

The crusade against disorderly houses was continued. The place of Belle
WAFFAR was entered and she and one inmate arrested. Maggie BARKER and three
inmates who had reported to her house met with the same fate.

"I am in favor of annexation," said Charles BEIDERBECKE. "I haven't given
the matter of the proposed limits much study, but I think they are fair to
all as they now stand. The act of annexation is a forward movement of the
best sort, and it will increase our population by a considerable amount.
Those two considerations are enough with me to induce me to give the
movement my support."
People who know Mr. BEIDERBECKE, and evey man in Davenport knows him, are
well aware that he does not lend himself to schemes that work injury to the
city, or that prejudice the interest of his neighbors. When he favors a
thing of this sort he does so because he thinks there is merit in it. He is
one among many business men of this city who think in that same way.

Suit has been entered in the district court by W.M. CHAMBERLIN, guardian of
Charles J. HUBBARD, minor heir of Jeremiah HUBBARD, deceased, vs. Harriet B
HUBBARD, et al.
The plaintiff alleges that said Harriet B. HUBBARD has elected to take a
homestead right in the property of her husband, Jeremiah HUBBARD, deceased,
and that she is not entitled to dower or other statutory right, except
homestead, in any of said real estate. That the plaintiff and Mrs. Mary E.
SEAMAN and Mrs. Esther A. SCHAEFFER are each entitled to an undivided
on-third of said real estate, subject to the homestead right of the widow.
Petitioner prays for a partition of the property in question, subject to
said homestead rights.

Morning Democrat
Davenport, Scott Co, Iowa
14 May 1890

While on their wedding tour the latter part of last month Will JOHNSON and
wife were robbed of $2,500 worth of diamonds. The thief was a negro named
BABCOCK, and the robbery occurred at McFarland, Kan. While the newly married
couple were walking back and forth upon the depot platform BABCOCK slipped
into the sleeping car, grabbed the diamonds, and skipped. The matter was
reported to J.T. SMITH, chief of detectives for the Rock Island system, with
headquarters in Chicago. He came here, and in company with Detective
GARTLAND, started out in search of the criminal. The latter, becoming
scared, turned the jewels over to another negro, named Scott HOLT, who hid
them in a sewer. The officers located their men in Pueblo, and there
captured them and obtained the diamonds. BABCOCK and HOLT had their
examination in Alma, Kan., and were bound over in the sum of $1,000 each.

A post mortem examination of the remains of the Moline suicide, L.H. BARKER,
developed the fact that the deceased was troubled with fatty degeneration of
the kidneys, which had affected his mind.

Cards have been received by Davenport friends announcing the marriage of
Willard Lamb VELIE and Miss Annie FLOWERREE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel
FLOWERREE of Helena, Mont. The happy event is to take place Wednesday
evening, May 21. Mr. VELIE is the son of S.H. VELIE of Moline.

The sale of the personal effects of the late Hon. Bailey DAVENPORT was
commenced by Administrator PEETZ yesterday afternoon, Street Commissioner
HARRIS acting as auctioneer. About $1,200 worth of property was sold and the
sale continued over until today. Mr. Louis EINFELDT bid on the carriage
which Mr. DAVENPORT used for $17; the best team sold for $240; Capt. PEETZ
bought a hourse for $85; C H LAMP bought one of Mr. DAVENPORT's carriage
horses for $52 and Geo. F. WAGNER the other for $129. The Jersey cattle sold
for from $20 to $32.-Argus, 13th.

S.P. BRYANT is in Boston.

W.B. DARLING is in Indianapolis on business.

Mrs. W.E. SHAW and mrs. M.A. BLAIR are in attendance at the convention of
the General Ladies' Missionary society of the United Presbyterian church, in
session at Washington, Ia.

Ben WOODWARD and C.S. COWLES, special insurance agents, are in the city.
They are heavy men, financially and otherwise, the two companies they
represent being backed by about $50,000,000, and the combined weight of the
gentlemen themselves being in the neighborhood of 500 pounds.

Rev. J.S. McCORD, the old time pastor of the first M.E. church, is in the
city, the guest of J.B. PHELPS and family. Dr. McCORD is slowly recovering
from his recent severe illness, from which his friends here were led to
believe he would not be permitted by a gracious Providence to emerge, and
has hopes of growing quite strong again. He was a great sufferer from the
worst sort of nervous prostration and is much reduced, but is beginning to
feel more like himself again. It will still be several days before he will
do any old fashioned Methodist preaching.

Morning Democrat
Davenport, Scott Co, IA
15 May 1890

A marriage license was issued to-day to:

P.J. LAUER, who lives about a mile from town on the Middle road, is
exhibiting to his friends a Holstein calf four days old which weighs  105
lbs. A number of our oldest farmers have pronounced it the largest calf they
have ever seen.

The building on the northwest corner of Brady and Fourth streets, 20 by 100
feet, has been sold by James P. DONAHUE to J.E. DRISCOLL for a cash
consideration of $6,000. With the exception of the Brady street store, which
Mr. DRISCOLL will use for his business, the present occupants will remain,
their leases running some three years. The lot upon which the building
stands does not enter into the transaction.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. WAFER mourn the loss of their daughter Anna, which
occurred last night at 10 o'clock from diphtheria.

Nest Saturday the junior Y.M.C.A. gymnasium class will visit the Rock Island
arsenal by special permission of Col. WHITTEMORE, Superintendent CLAYTON
will accompany the boys.

To-day is Ascension day, one of the most important days on the church
calendar. There will be service at Trinity church at half past 10, Rev. D.
C. GARRETT officiating, and a full choir being present.

The difficulty in regard to grading Fourth avenue across the river has been
adjusted, and Supt. SCHNITGER has been authorized by the mayor to lay his
track to grade, the city to follow up with a fill of the entire street.

A large attended social was given at the Guild hall last evening by the
ladies of the Trinity church. H.C. FULTON gave a short talk on "Pottery," a
fine musical program was rendered, and the occasion was voted a very happy
one by all present.

During the latest storm in Quincy, Ill., a hailstone was picked up by Mr.
E.C. NICHOLF, which measured 2 1/4 inches in diameter and weighed 2 1/2
ounces. Another was picked up down town of similar proportions. Let us again
give thanks that we live in Iowa.

An accident occurred on Second Street, between Perry and Rock Island
streets, which caused by standers to declare that they would not have given
a dollar for the victim's chance of life. Manager SUNBEEM of the Survey
Commercial Union grocery of Moline was over here with a delivery wagon of
the firm, his brother, a youth of from 10 to 15 years, being upon the seat
beside him. In turning the team the wagon was tipped so as to throw the
youth out over the dashboard behind one of the horses. Fearing that he would
be kicked the boy attempted to jump to one side, but caught his foot in such
a manner as to tear loose the sole of his shoe, and went down beneath the
wheels, which passed over him. He was assisted to his feet and seemed much
distressed at first, but after being conveyed into the store of the
MARTIN-WOODS company and resting a short time he declared himself not
seriously hurt, mounted the wagon and left.

C.F. STEIN is visiting for a few days in Maquoketa.

WAFER-At the residence of her parents, 1631 Main street, at 10 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14, Annie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James W. WAFER, aged 8
years and 9 months.
Funeral this Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Private.

An Instance of Which There are Few F????-The Cruel Wrong Done a Young Girl
of Scott County and Her Friend Under Misapprehension.

There are frequent demonstrations of that oft used aphorism, "Truth is
stranger than fiction." It might be reinforced with another to the effect
that the truth is oftimes sadder than fiction. Such a case as this is one
that has recently come to light in this country.
Some five miles northeast of Davenport, on the Jersey Ridge road, lives
Henry WIESE. He is a wealthy and respected farmer, and well known throughout
a large portion of the county. A member of his family is a young lady
daughter, Bertha; a prepossessing girl just fairily entering womanhood. She
has always lived at home, and has been highly honored and respected by her
companions and acquaintances.
Fro some time past Miss WIESE has been the recipient of attention from a
young man of the neighborhood named Gustav ECKERMANN, Jr. He paid
considerable attention to the young lady and was evidently highly regarded
by her.
Sometime ago, however, a cloud came over the sunshiny home. The parents of
Miss WEISE [note: spelled differently here than previously] became the
victims of a most unhappy suspicion touching their daughter, but she
strenously denied that she had been indiscreet in any degree. Her innocence
was so strongly maintained that her mother, who alone had tasked her with
error, was, for the time, overborne and fairly compelled to believe in her
truthfulness and innocence, but, at length, what seemed insuperable evidence
compelled the father and mother, however much against their wills, to
believe that she was deceiving them.
As a measure of safety Mr. and Mrs. WIESE brought the girl to Davenport,
where they consulted a physician. He confirmed their worst fears. They
returned home with hearts too full for utterance. The poor girl declared
with every breath between her sobs that she was innocent of any wrong doing.
Her parents listened with breaking hearts to a tale which they could not
receive or believe.
Young ECKERMAN, the girl's friend, was summoned and told of the situation.
He maintained with a degree of positiveness and pertinacity that was only
equalled by the declarations of the young woman herself, that they had been
friends and nothing more; that they were in no way culpable.
The young people were informed that they must marry. The girl implored in
the most heartrending manner that she not be forced to take this step. Young
ECKERMAN protested against being forced into an alliance which he felt was
in the nature of a sacrifice on his part which was not due, but finding the
parents adamantine in their determination, and observing the girl herself to
yield amid her protestations, he was too gallant to desert her; the justice
was summoned and the ceremony was performed. The indisoluble vows once
spoken the unwilling groom returned to his home, the tearful bride remained
at hers.
As time passed on, however, the parents began to think that after all there
might have been a mistake in forcing this marriage on the girl. It began to
be evident that she was distressed by some malady concerning which they were
thereof and that something must be done o procure relief for her. She was,
accordingly brought to Davenport again and placed in the charge of one of
the foremost physicians of the place, Dr. W.F. PECK. His diagnosis of the
case was a startling one. It freed the hearts of the sorrowing girl from a
heavy burden.
The girl was taken in careful charge and a few days ago passed through an
operation of a delicate and dangerous character, but from which she is
happily recovering. A tumor of sixty pounds weight was removed from her
stomach by the surgeon's knife, whe revived, and there is good prospect that
she will soon be well.
The father of the girl is less demonstrative, but the mother is almost
crazed with grief and her self-reprovings are ceaseless. Her daughter is
freed from the blame that she imposed upon her, but the memory of her own
unbelief in the poor girl's innocence is driving her almost to distraction.
The course that the young man will take in the turn of affairs is not known.
There is little doubt that he can be freed from the bonds which were forced
upon him unjustly.

Morning Democrat
Davenport, Scott Co, IA
20 May 1890

A marriage license was issued yesterday to:
Henry WOLTERS and Bernardina TILLMAN.

DAVIS & Co. of Rock Island have formed a new gas company with a capital of
$150,000 which will adopt the EVANS gas process.

Canon C.H. KELLOGG of Davenport has been secured to preach at Trinity church
during the first five weeks of Rector SWEET's absence in Europe.

News has been received of the death of Wm. C. HAMILTON at Independence, Ia.
He was well known in this city, where he attended school a number of years
ago. He was 32 years of age.

Bert MALCOM of Moline accomplished the feat of walking from that city to
Geneseo, 19 2/3 miles, in seven minutes less than five hours, and by so
doing won a bet of $25. Considerable money changed hands on the result.

The court house lawn is being cut and presents a beautiful appearance. Some
good work has also been done with the knife on the dandelion roots and other
varieties of weeds and "greens" which tend to add disfigurement.

The contract for the cemetery building has been awarded to S. SCHEAL of this
city, the price being $2,900. The oven will be built by Dr. DAVIS of
Lancaster, Pa., who is a man of experience in ths line, having supplied
Detroit and other places. The work is to be completed by Aug. 1.

George E. COPELAND has returned from a business trip to Springfield, Ill.

Mrs.S.F. SMITH, after a prolonged visit to friends in Chicago and eastern
cities, has returned home.

business men of Fort Scott, Kan., are in this city.

Miss S.E. TOLLER, Mrs. C. NEWFELD, Mrs. R. DOW, John BERWALD and family sail
together on the Ems May 24th. They will make a merry company on the water.

Mrs. A.D. LUDDEN and daughter, Miss Violet, who were visiting Mr. and Mrs.
G. TREFT of Gilbert, left for their home in Tacoma, Wash. Mr. LUDDEN
preceded them.

The many friends of the family of Judge John F. DILLON in this, his old
home, will be interested in learning of the marriage of his second daughter,
Miss Annie Price DILLON, to William Bentley OLIVER, Jr., at the residence in
New York. Davenport acquaintances will send congratulations in their minds
if not by mail.

The business men of Des Moines are considering the matter of parks and how
to get them. It is an interesting question in the towns that have done as
Des Moines has, and neglected the opportunites for securing good public
grounds till they are not to be had. Davenport has been more thoughtful. Her
park commissioners have something to work upon, and they will make good use
of the means at their command.

Henry RUSCH, a lumber piler at WEYERHAUSER & DENKMANN's yard, met with a
quite serious accident at about 11:30 a.m. Monday. he was standing upon the
elevated staging engaged in pulling up a piece of lumber, when he stepped
backward off the platform and fell to the ground below, breaking his right
leg just above the knee. He was conveyed to his home on Spring street.

Gas Main
What might have been a serious accident occurred at the corner of Third and
Rock Island streets yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock.
At that point an excavation had been made by a force under the direction of
Foreman Frank QUEEN, which uncovered the gas main. Before proceeding with
some work upon the pipe, a man was sent to the Gas works to see that the
flow was cut off that line of main. The man came back and reported that this
had been done, whereupon a workman, John McCARTHY, went down into the trench
and uncoupled the pipe. In an instant a tremendous volume of gas shot up
into his face and almost immediately he fell down, unconscious.
His fall was witnessed and help being at hand, by a very fortunate
circumstance, he was rescued from the dangerous  ditch in which he was
lying. He was carried, limp and helpless, into BILLIP's saloon immediately
at hand, where after a time he revived so that he was able to sit up and
later so that he could proceed to his room at Joe TRAEGER's boarding house.

Morning Democrat
Davenport, Scott Co, Iowa
23 May 1890

It was uncomfortable, to say the least, at the residence of Charles E.
BURRALL,224 Mississippi avenue, for a minute or so during yesterday's heavy
storm. A bolt of lightning struck the house, running down the water spout
into the cistern and melting the spout on its way, and then continuing up
the spout that leads to the pump into the kitchen. Here it came out into the
sink, making a hole about three inches in diameter. Mrs. BURRALL was in the
kitchen at the time and saw the whole performance and didn't enjoy it
either. The measly thing wasn't content with melting water spouts and boring
a hole in the pump. It went off right in the sink with the noise of a
cannon, and the pictures dropped off the walls all around the room, the
dishes rolling off the table and joining in the chorus on the floor. Mrs.
BURRALL stood in chaos uninjured, and considers herself very fortunate in
her escape.

A most peculiar and up to this time unaccounted for accident occurred at
YOUNG & HARTFORD's carriage works yesterday afternoon while the storm was at
its height. Gus KOOS, an employee, was standing about 20 feet from the
double door which opens onto the alley, surrounded by fellow workmen, when
suddenly he dropped to the floor in a heap, and with a force which was heard
by workmen on the floor above. The other employes [sic] rushed to him and
found the blood streamin from two holes, or cuts, on the left side of the
head. Dr. CRAWFORD was summoned, a boy sent for a pail of water, and the
head bandaged up. The victim of the accident was not rendered unconscious,
and was soon walking around wonder [sic] what had struck him. And that is
something nobody knows. If it was lightning, it left no other marks and no
one else felt the shock. If someone threw a piece of iron or rock from
outside the alley door they would have had to have appeared in plain sight
of those in the room, and no missile has been found, and KOOS and his fellow
employes [sic] say nothing dropped to the floor but KOOS himself. KOOS was
not unpopular, and it would have been practically impossible for anyone in
the room to have struck him or have thrown something at him without being
seen by others. So the accident may have to be relegated to that class of
mysterious things which often happen for which there is no explanation.
Possibly it was a freak of lightning; if so it was one which is worthy of
going upon record.

The many friends of Benedict T. KENNEDY will be saddened and shocked to hear
of his sudden death, which occurred shortly before noon yesterday at his
residence, 1518 Harrison street.
The deceased has been a resident of Davenport since 1857, was a plasterer by
trade, and was held in respect and esteem by all his friends and
acquaintances. He has been ill for some time and continued to his bed for
about six weeks, but death was not looked for. Yesterday morning between 11
and 12 o'clock he called for a drink and the servant girl gave him a glass
of lemonade, and then went into another room to continue preparations for
dinner. Shortly after this he called again. Just then his daughter, Emma,
teacher at school No. 8, entered the house, and was told that her father
wanted someone in his room. She went in and found her father dead. The
deprivation comes with a terrible suddenness to her, and insures her the
sympathy of the entire community.

Miss France WORKER is here from Chicago to attend the wedding of her sister.

Benj. THOMPSON, a prominent physician of Tama City, is visiting his brother,
Thomas Thompson.

The little daughter of Ferdinand BUEGE, janitor at the court house, is down
with the diphtheria.

Sheriff JONES yesterday sold the PEASE farm in Butler township. It went to
C.W. WICKS, and the purchase price was $4,500.

Davenport Democrat
Davenport, Scott Co, Iowa
28 May 1890

Deaths and Funerals That Sadden Davenport Hearts To-Day.

As is stated by the announcement elsewhere, Walter, the little 3-year old
son of Mr. and Mrs. E. BERGER, died to-day at their home, after an illness
of a few days with diphtheria. The funeral was held this afternoon. It is a
sad blow to the parents of the little fellow who was the center of their

The remains of Miss Mary C. MITCHELL, who died a few days ago at Stormsburg,
Neb., arrived this morning from the west, and the funeral was held this
afternoon from the residence of her brother, Col. MITCHELL, corner of
Thirteenth and Rock Island streets. Miss MITCHELL was well known here and
her death has saddened many hearts. She was followed to the grave with the
sincerest grief by her friends and former neighbors.

Yesterday afternoon at 1 o'clock, at his home 1001 west Third street,
occurred the death of August HASS, the well known contractor, after an
illness with inflammation of the brain of only about a week's duration. Mr.
HASS has been a resident of this county and city for more than a quarter of
a century. He was born in Ahrensboeck, Holstein, and was 47 years of age. He
has always been known to his townsmen and associates as an industrious and
respectable workman and employer. He formerly held the bridge contract for
this county for several years, and this year was again chosen to do that
work by the supervisors. His surviving family consists of  his wife and five
sons and three daughters. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. from the late
residence at the place named above.

At her residence, 2011 Main street Monday evening at 8 o'clock, occurred the
death of Mrs. Elizabeth WALDIE. The deceased was a native of Scotland, was
born in that country in 1802, and has been for a long time a resident of
this city. She was a member of the Christian church, and all her friends
were devoted to her. A son residing in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a daughter,
Mrs. Margaret ABERCROMBIE, of Gaylord, Kas., are left to mourn her death.
Her remains will be taken to Gaylord, Kas., for interment.

Judge WATERMAN is now holding court at Clinton.

ALLEN & SWINEY expect to have their line at Dubuque in operation by next

Marriage licenses were issued to-day to
John T. TUEISON and Matilda PETERSEN

Horace ANTHONY, for many years connected with the sawmill at Camanche, died
at his home at that place Monday.

Four of the men working on the front platforms of cars on the Third street
line of the Holmes system have left their posts and their places have been
filled with new men. It was reported some time ago that there had been an
organization formed among the drivers in this city, but the movement never
became general. The active men in the agitation were dissatisfied with the
wages and the hours, or rather with the wages based upon the hours as they
were. The agitators eveidently deemed it useless to endeavor to precipitate
a strike. There were other employes [sic] who did not favor methods of that
sort. It is understood that the men who left the line, in addition to one
man employed at the barn, are going to take up other positions that will pay
them better and be more interesting.

Davenport Democrat
Davenport, Scott Co, Iowa
29 May 1890

To-morrow morning Messrs. SMITH, LAFFERTY, BUNKER, RICHARDSON, SNIDER, and
PARKER, all members of the Irrawadi Canoe club, will leave with their canoes
and ladies for their regular Decoration day cruise. They will go by the Rock
Island road to Green River whence they will paddle and float down teh Rock
river to Blackhawk's watch tower. There they will take to the rails again
and come home. The jaunt will occupy the full day. It is expected to be a
very pleasant affair.

Silk umbrellas guaranteed for years-sold at very low prices at ARNOLD's
Bazaar, choice variety of handles. New covers furnished and umbrellas
recovered on short notice. M. ARNOLD.
Anything and everything in the line of building material at McCOSH & Co. 308
to 312 east Third street.
Mrs. Minerva WOLFE is in the city the guest of her niece, Mrs. C.E. HALL.
Mrs. Nicholas KUHNEN and Mrs. H. VAN PATTEN have returned from a visit to
Mrs. William RENWICK and Miss Margaret RENWICK start for Europe today.
J. Randall LOWRY of Chicago has been visiting old friends in the city for
the past few days.
Dr. F.L. WILKINS, pastor of the Calvary church, returned from Chicago this
morning, and this evening holds the first mid-week service in the new house
of worship.
W.K. WHITE is out among the census clerks at Atlantic and Denison. He will
be back in a few days with another lot of fresh information about the
mortgage indebtedness of this great state.
Miss Susie ALLING, a former resident of the city, but now of New Haven, Ct.
is on a visit to old friends, her headquarters is with Mr. and Mrs. Henry
WILLIAMS, corner Rock Island and Locust streets.
D.G. SPAULDING, a special revenue agent hailing from some town in Michigan,
was here yesterday counting up the revenue office of this place. He has been
in the service for a great many years and is well known to the clerks in the
offices all over this part of the country. He found the Davenport office all
Mr. James BOWER, of Portland, Ore., is in the city on a brief visit to her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.Y. SCOTT. She is on her way to Paris to complete her
art studies. Mrs. BOWER's work is among the best on the Pacific coast, and
she hopes to still further improve it during her stay in the salons of the
gay French capital.
W.T. REID, of San Francisco, is in the city, the guest of his relatives, Mr.
and Mrs. S.F. SMITH. Mr. REID is proprietor of one of the finest private

The Omaha Bee tells of the death of James E. WEBB in that city last Monday,
of apoplexy following two years of paralysis. He was 57 years of age, and
some years ago was a resident of Davenport, where he worked as a printer on
the daily papers. He is remembered by the older members of the craft here
very well, quite a number of them having worked at the case with him.

While Rev. A.W. ARCHIBALD was attending the Congregational convention at Des
Moines last week a telegram came that told of the death of his aged and
invalid mother, at her home far in the east. Mrs. ARCHIBALD, knowing that he
could not reach the place in time for the funeral did not apprize him of the
sad event till he had returned from Des Moines. The shock was a sad one to
him though he had been expecting some such news for a long time.

Tennis belts and satchels to match. A variety of colors. Also new things in
leather belts and undressed leather shopping bags, just received. M. ARNOLD.
It was not Lightning, but a Bolt of Iron that Struck Gus. KOOS

The mystery surrounding the accident which befell Gus KOOS, an employe in
YOUNG & HARTFORD's carriage works, while the great storm wa raging last week
Thursday, has at last been lifted. At the time all his fellow employes
professed ignorance at to the cause of the accident; but it has now
transpired that one of them, a boy, was trying to draw the attention of
another boy, about 50 feet away, and failing picked up a piece of iron and
threw it at him. Had he hit the boy at whom he aimed probably little harm
would have resulted as the force of the missile would have been spent. But
instead of this his aim was so poor that KOOS, who was standing but 15 or 20
feet away, was struck upon the side of the head by the flying bolt and
felled to the ground. Another boy saw the bolt thrown but kept silent until
now,and from him the revelation comes. A compromise has been effected by
which the doctor's bill will be paid by the youth at fault, and peace
reigns. It was, to say the least, a case of gross and criminal carlessness.
Summer corsets made of gauze and netting can be found in most comfortable
shapes. At ARNOLD's.
We have just added some new things to our black lace department. It will pay
all interested parties to examine these before purchasing as they constitute
the latest imported patterns in black laces, skirtings and drapery nets. M.


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