Davenport Daily Republican
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
January 12, 1902
Killed by Blast Explosion
Fort Dodge, Jan. 11 - James Burgess was killed and two companions injured by the premature explosion of a blast in the mines of Webster County Coal and Land company at Le High. Burgess' body was badly mangled, but the others were not seriously injured.
Held on Murder Charge
Des Moines, Jan. 11- William Smith and Morris Shea have been bound over to the grand jury by Justice Duncan to answer for the murder of Charles Johnson of East Des Moines, who was killed in a saloon brawl on Christmas eve. John Coyle and Jim Lally were acquitted by the magistrate of any participation in the affair which ended in murder and they were dismissed, their bonds being released and they exonerated from any complicity in the case. The evidence in the case against Smith and Shea, as taken down in shorthand by F.C. Walrath at the preliminary examination before Justice Duncan will be transcribed and presented to the grand jury, which will investigate and then either indict or ignore the charges against the pair.
Out of Death's Jaws.
West Union, Jan. 11 - The old saying, "while there's life there's hope," has never been more completely verified than in the case of Hon. L.L. Ainsworth of this city, who a week ago was at the point of death. The physicians had given him up to die. Every indication pointed to that end. He had passed into unconsciousness. Respiration was barely discernible. The pulse was the faintest of flutters. Suddenly, unexpectedly, he rallied. He now seems on the road to recovery, although the physicians do not consider him entirely out of danger. He is confident in the conviction that he will get well. Should no developments now unforseen arise he will probably do so. In such event he will have the experience not given to many of reading several pleasing obituaries of himself. Certain enterprising newspapers in this section, accepting the statement that he could live only a few hours, "scooped" their contemporaries by announcing his death. The announcement of his favorable condition will be received with much satisfaction throughout the state.
Boom at Cambridge.
Cambridge, Jan. 11 - Mr. Shaw of Iowa Falls has been in the city looking after the new railroad. The report is that said company has secured the old grade formerly owned by the Duluth and New Orleans railroad company, north and south of Cambridge. Mr. Shaw has gone down to Elkhart to pick out a location for a station and town site- so surmised.
Cambridge's boom has already commenced, even before the new road is here. A large hotel is to be erected by our popular hotel and restaurant man, C.H. Haronson. The ground is secured and work will commence soon. A flouring mill is also to be erected in Cambridge this coming spring by a Mr. Garlock and partner from Maxwell. A new and third agricultural store building is now being erected and near completion by L.D. Woods, formerly of Tyner, Ia. So the good work goes on. Also a rural mail route will commence February 1st. Frank Scott is the lucky man to get the late contract.
Alleged Shortage of Former Officer.
Creston, Jan. 11 - An investigation conducted by a committee of experts appointed by the board of supervisors into the books of Charles Emerson, ex-county superindendent of schools, resulted in a report from the experts that there was a shortage of nearly $300. This charge was made during the last campaign when Emerson was a candidate for the legislature from this county, and was strenuously denied.
Iowans For Hall of Fame.
Des Moines, Jan. 11- The following Iowa notable men have been suggested as worthy of a place in the Hall of Fame at the World's fair in St. Louis in 1903:
James Harlan, James W. Grimes, Samuel J. Kirkwood, suggested by Leslie M. Shaw, governor.
Samuel J. Kirkwood and Justice Miller, suggested by Hon. J.P. Conner, member of Congress.
W.B. Allison and S.J. Kirkwood, suggested by Hon. J.N.W. Rumple, member of congress.
W.B. Allison and D.B. Henderson, suggested by Hon. Gilbert N. Haugen, member of congress.
James W. Grimes and James Haglan, suggested by Hon. Walter I. Smith, member of congress.
James W. Grimes and General Samuel A. Rice, suggested by Hon. John F. Lacey, member of congress.
James Harlan and James Grimes, suggested by George E. MacLean, president Iowa State university.
James Harlan, James W. Grimes, George W. Jones, suggested by William E. King, president Cornell college.
James Harlan and Samuel Kirkwood, suggested by H.M. Remley, judge Eighteenth Judicial district.
James Harlan and Samuel Kirkwood, suggested by Charles Eldred Shelton, president Simpson college.
Samuel Kirkwood, suggested by E.P. Bartlett, secretary Iowa Baptist state convention.
James W. Grimes and Samuel Kirkwood, suggested by William Atchison.
Theodore S. Parvin and John H. Gear, suggested by E.H. Thayer, editor Morning Age, Clinton, Ia.
James W. Grimes and Samuel Kirkwood, suggested by J.L. Waite, editor Burlington Hawkeye.
George W. Jones and Senator Dodge, suggested by J.K. Herron, editor Boone County Democrat.
Samuel Kirkwood, suggested by Iowa State Register, Clarkson Bros., editors.
James Harlan and Samuel Kirkwood, suggested by the Danville News, Simeon Beardsley, editor.
Posted at this site with Cathy's permission
Cathy Joynt Labath
Iowa Old Press
June 4, 1900
West Union, Fayette County, Iowa
Lucian L. Ainsworth, head, June 1831, 68, married 40 years, New York, New York, New York, attorney
Maragaret E. Ainsworth, wife, November 1833, 66, married 40 years, six children five living, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Pennsylvania
James W. Ainsworth, son, February 1861, 39, married 13, years, Iowa, New York, Pennsylvania, solicitor
Jennie A. Ainsworth, daughter-in-law, April 1865, 35, married 13 years, two children one living, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Ohio
Mary A. Ainsworth, granddaughter, May 1887, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, at school
Do not know if L. L. and Lucian are one in the same or not, but I believe that they are.