The New Era
Humeston, Wayne, Iowa
May 10, 1899
THE NEWS IN IOWA
MORE ABOUT IOWA'S STORM
Ute, May 2- No more victims have been added to the list of dead as the
result of the cyclone in the Soldier river valley, but a number of those
thought to have been but slightly injured are now known to be in a dangerous
condition. Among them are Maud and Charles Peters, who were struck by the
debris from their home. Nothing larger than a widow sill has yet been found
of the big Peters home. The very foundation stones were torn up by the force
of the twister and carried along several hundred yards. John Moore and his
aged wife, cut about the head, and at first placed on the list of slightly
injured, are now known to be dangerously hurt. Through the length of the
country devastated by the tornado, about fourteen miles, there were about
fifty-seven persons in all, hurt more-or-less. Of this number, the five
reported dead are the only fatalities thus far, but the five Furne girls can
not live. Their bodies are filled with great splinters., pieces of their
home, which were driven into their nude bodies as they were lifted from
their beds and sent flying into space. From the point three miles from
Morehead, where the twister first touched the ground, to the Crawford county
line, where it annihilated a grove of great trees and disappeared, the
ground is one mass of wrecks of trees, wagons, carriages and farming
implements. The width of the tornado in some places was cut down to a few
rods, and at other points it broadened to half a mile. At those points where
the full force of the twister was confined to a smallspace, the very ground
seemed to have been ground up and carried away. The home of Rev. H. J.
Hjorlhelm, with the family inside, was taken up into the air and turned
completely around and deposited several yards from the original site,
without much damage being done. The small houses adjoining were scattered
over adjoining farms.
LUCKY IN GOLD FIELD.
Clinton, April 30 - William McMillan, for several years freight agent for
the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway company in Clinton, departed for
Idaho Springs, Col. ,where he will look after his mining interests, having
resigned his position here with the railway company. McMillan is one of the
lucky persons who has made a strike in the Colorado gold fields. Several
years ago he invested few hundred dollars in a gold mine in Colorado
Springs, but never considered the investment a paying one. About a month ago
he visited the mine and learned that his little investment had made him a
rich man, as a gold ledge of great value has been struck. He was offered $50
for every $1 invested, but declined to sell. He returned to Clinton and
closed up his business affairs and has gone west to give his entire
attention to the development of his mine.
Wedding of Iowa Pioneers.
LYONS, May 5 - At the residence of Justice Alva McLaughlin, that officer
united in marriage, George A. Griswold of Almont, aged 74 and Mrs. Viola
Rasmussen, of Clinton, aged 56. The groom has been a resident of Clinton
county since 1839 and for years president of the Territorial Pioneers and
Old Settlers Association of Clinton County. Justice McLaughlin, who married
the couple, is 70 years old, and performed his first wedding ceremony in
Clinton county as justice of the peace in 1855.
Secretary Walsh Struck it Rich.
OTTUMWA, May 3 - Charles A. Walsh, secretary of the democratic committee,
who has for the last year been digging gold in the Klondike, has arrived in
Seattle en route home. From letters he has written, it is believed he has
cleaned up between $50,000 and $100,000 during the winter.
Fatal Accident Near Woodward.
WOODWARD, May 6 - Edward Fallin, the engineer for a pile driver working a
mile east of here, fell between the pile driver and the tank car. He was run
over by the tank car and the engine and his body cut in two. The body was
terribly mangled, being picked up in pieces.
Child Burned to Death.
BURLINGTON, May 1 - At Morning Sun the young child of James Reynolds, which
had been left tied in a chair near the stove, was burned to death by its
clothes catching fire. The wind blew a bit of burning paper against the
child's clothing igniting them.
BOUDEWYNS A PRISONER.
Des Moines, May 2 - Fred Boudewyns, a private in Company H in the
Fifty-first Iowa regiment, is, according to the latest reports, an prisoner
in the insurgent lines at Manila. Information to this effect was received by
his brother, Frank Boudewyns, of this city, in a letter written by Ben
Willis and Dan Spry, both of the same company. It was on March 28th that
young Boudewyns, together with nine or ten other privates and several
officers, left their station near Laguna de Bay, about twelve miles east of
Manila, on a reconnoitering expedition. The Fifty-first Iowa was at that
time stationed near the Pasig river, with Overshine's brigade. The squad of
men had left the camp some distance behind them and were working toward the
foothills to the northeast when they came upon a battalion of insurgents.
They had just crossed a small creek, when they came upon the rebels and were
at once ordered by the captain to retreat and not to fire unless it was
necessary to save the life of any of the men. Boudewyns became separated
from his command and although search was at once made for him, no trace
could be found. The supposition is that he was captured.
A HEINOUS CRIME
CLINTON, May 6 - In the district court yesterday one of the most
sensational cases ever tried in the Clinton county courts was commenced.
Reference is made to the suit of the state of Iowa vs. Frank Peterson of
Teeds Grove, this county, who is charged with criminally assaulting Mary
Block, the 14-year-old daughter of John Block. Aside from the usual interest
taken in such cases, the accused is suspected of having murdered a farmer,
by the name of Wessel, about nine years ago. He is the son of wealthy
parents, the family being worth in the neighborhood of $100,000. The alleged
crime was committed several months ago, and since then Peterson has been out
Sudden Death at Atlantic.
ATLANTIC, May 5 - Dr. Newton Richards died at his home in Atlantic. He
arose at his usual time and was engaged in some light work in the garden,
when he was stricken with apoplexy and when discovered a few moments later
was dead. Dr. Richards was one of the oldest residents of Atlantic, and at
an early day was prominent in the development of the city. Up until a few
years ago he had been engaged in the drug business.
Prominent Iowa Falls Man Dead.
IOWA FALLS, May 1 - J.A. George, a well known business man of this city for
several years, died here after a prolonged illness. He has been in poor
health for several years and for the past few month has been a terrible
sufferer with a cancerous growth of the intestines. He was engaged in the
jewelry business for many years. Mr. George was a prominent Odd Fellow. He
leaves a wife and two children. He was about 35 years old and was very
An Air Gun Accident.
LEMARS, May 5 - John Ivey, aged 12 years, while playing with an air gun,
shot Alvin Goettel, aged 11, striking him in the left eye and destroying the
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