Greene, Butler, Iowa
January 20, 1904
OF INTEREST IN IOWA
After wrestling all night with the problem whether to prosecute his
only son as a horse thief, J.M. Chambers, a wealthy farmer residing near
Knoxville, appeared in Des Moines police court and dramatically exclaimed to
the judge: "God knows I have tried to bring that boy up right and have done
well by him. Now he came to his. But, though he is my own flesh and blood -
all I have - I will let the law take its course." The old man bowed his head
and wept as he signed the information charging his boy with having stolen a
horse and buggy from his barn and sold them to a Des Moines liveryman. No
sooner had the theft been discovered than the old man started a pack of
bloodhounds on the trail. For nearly forty miles the animals kept the trail
as the old man urged them on and on, little dreaming that they would expose
the disgrace of his own son. They stopped at an East Des Moines livery
stable, where the stolen property was found. The arrest followed soon after.
Incendiary Caught in Act.
L.C. Willing, proprietor of a Waterloo department store, was arrested
when about to touch a match to his stock of goods to collect the $5,000
insurance upon it. He not only confessed his guilt, but told of two fires
started by him a year ago.
Mrs. Lewis Pleads Not Guilty.
Belle Lewis of Ottumwa, charged with the murder of her husband, William
F. Lewis, was arraigned in District Court and pleaded not guilty. She asked
for an attorney to defend her and a Sigourney firm was appointed.
*another article further down
Within Our Borders.
- Fire drills have been inaugurated in all Des Moines schools.
- The Clinton theater is to be equipped with a steel drop curtain.
- S.T. Fields, leading merchant and ex-Mayor of Mitchellville, is dead.
- A hog bit off the thumb of D.H. Baker, a farmer near State Center.
- Mrs. John Hodgson, a well-known pioneer of Butler County, is dead at
- Andrew Brown, aged 18, was drowned at Mondamin by skating through an
airhole in the ice.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ward Lamson of Fairfield recently celebrated their golden
- Charles White, one of the Quinby bank robbers, is wanted in Dakota for
several postoffice burglaries.
- Fire of unknown origin destroyed the home of C.W. Corey, at Fort Dodge.
Loss $5,000, no insurance.
- Fred W. Lerch, a pioneer business man of Des Moines, dropped dead at his
home in that city.
- A tramp printer named Ferguson passed two forged checks on Muscatine
business men, securing about $20. He has disappeared.
- C.S. Seymour of Thornburg was struck by a train and fatally injured.
- Attorneys for Mrs. Lavelleur, whose trial for the murder of her husband at
Newton, has twice resulted in a disagreement, have applied for a change of
- Detlef Evers of Denison, who killed his child by giving it carbolic acid
and attempted to kill his wife, has been declared insane and taken to
Clarinda for treatment.
- Michael J. Conroy, of Clinton, a barkeeper, was convicted of conspiracy to
burglarize several wealthy homes in Clinton and was sentenced to ten years
at hard labor in the penitentiary.
- A Chicago Great Western passenger train struck a grocer's delivery sleigh
at a crossing in Dubuque, killing Clifford and James Dunkley, 11 and 9 years
old, respectively, and injuring Edward Koch, the driver.
- Frank Benedict fatally shot his wife in the head, wounded Steve Erwin and
then blew out his own brains. Mrs. Benedict had quarreled with him and left
his home and was stopping at Erwin's place.
- In a rear-end collision of Milwaukee and St. Paul freight trains near
LeClaire Brakeman Fred Lynch was killed and Engineer Horning and Fireman
Parker, both of Dubuque, were slightly injured. Confusion in the train
orders is given as the cause.
- The little 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Howeland, who resides four
miles east of Randall, was shot and instantly killed by his half brother, a
lad of about his age. The boys were hunting when in shooting carelessly at a
mark the accident occurred.
- Murdering her helpless husband with laudanum as he lay sick in bed in
order to get his life insurance of $2,000 is the crime against Mrs. Belle
Lewis of Ottumwa, in an indictment just returned by the Keokuk County grand
jury. The couple formerly lived at Sigourney and Lewis died suddenly Oct.
10. It is known the woman bought laudanum just previous to her husband's
death. After his funeral the suspicions of the officials were aroused, the
body was disinterred and a chemical analysis of the stomach showed the
presence of laudanum.
Posted at this site with Cathy's permission.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Iowa Old Press