The New Era
Humeston, Wayne, Iowa
March 24, 1897
THE NEWS IN IOWA
BURLINGTON'S BOY BANDITS
Burlington, March 20 - Archer Broderick, aged 9; Walter Calhoun, aged
18; Bert Dupree, aged 16; John Broderick 12; Archie Cunningham, aged 12;
Charley Childs, aged 14; Barney McGuire, aged 14, and Charley Kelb, aged 14,
were arrested by the police and a charge of larceny placed against them. By
the arrest of this petty gang of thieves Burlington has probably gotten rid
of one of the greatest nuisances that the city has had to contend with for
some time. They have figured in more petty burglaries in Burlington than any
other organized gang that has ever invested the city. The boys were
sentenced to terms in the reform school, most of them confessing to the
crimes charged against them.
Marshalltown, March 17 - Edward Jorpeland, a young man about 24 years
of age, was struck by a street car and received terrible injuries. The
accident was witnessed by some fifty spectators, who saw the man's danger
and warned him in due time, yet he seemed to pay no attention whatever and
walked directly before the moving car as unconcerned as possible. Jorpeland
is employed as a starch shoveler at the glucose works.
DROWNED IN BOONE RIVER
Eagle Grove, March 20 - Dr. J.H. Travis of Eagle Grove, and Oliver
Kirkberg, who lived four miles west of town, were drowned in the Boone river
near John Wasem's. The doctor had been visiting his patients in the vicinity
and had passed safely over the bridge a few hours before, but the graded
approach had washed out and the horses sank and carried the buggy and its
occupants into the water.
Dr. Bobo Indicted.
Anamosa, March 18 - Dr. Bobo, the Oxford Mills physician who has been
before the grand jury in this city for several days under the charge of
having caused the death of Miss Belle Sutliff by abortion, at Oxford Mills,
a short time ago, has been indicted by the grand jury. The bond was
increased to $3,000. This will be a hard fought trial and much interesting
testimony will be brought in on both sides, but little doubt seems to be in
the minds of the public hereabouts that he will be convicted.
Suicide at Creston
Creston, March 20 - Will Hanneman suicided by cutting his throat with
a razor. He committed the deed in a water closet, where he was found by
wife. He had been in the asylum returning home three weeks ago. He leaves a
wife and three children.
Mrs. Mains Wins
Des Moines, March 18 - Mrs. Mains, who was wedded to her husband, who
came to Des Moines from Menlo to secure a wife, has been granted temporary
alimony with which to procure a divorce.
FEARFUL IOWA TRAGEDY
Odebolt, March 19 - Dave Pennington loaded a shotgun and started out
to kill a number of people who had incurred his enmity. He first hunted for
A.P. Walter, against whom he had a grudge, but Walter saw him coming and
hid. Then Pennington went to the house of Hiram Johnson and fired at Mrs.
Johnson, seriously wounding her in the shoulder and back. He next emptied
both barrels into Luther Traver, an aged man, killing him instantly. Then he
pointed the gun at Mrs. Frank Stolt, a neighbor, who came to the door on
hearing the noise. She ran into the doorway, closing the storm door behind
her, but he fired through the door, wounding her in the abdomen. Pennington
retreated across some vacant lots, loading his gun as he went, and called to
an officer, daring him to shoot. He exclaimed: "Well, if you haven't got the
never to shoot, I have." Then he placed the nozzle of the gun to his
forehead and blew the top of his head off, scattering brains and pieces of
skull fifty feet. Pennington was undoubtedly insane. It is thought Mrs.
Stolt cannot recover, but Mrs. Johnson's injuries, while severe, are not
A Clinton County Woman's Suicide
Clinton, March 19 - Mrs. Wm. Semper, living two miles and one-half
miles northwest of Calamus, escaped the vigilance of her family, made her
way to the Wapsie river and jumped in. She was seen to jump by some boys,
who gave the alarm at once. Mrs. Semper had had a mild form of insanity for
several years, and had twice been an inmate of an insane hospital, but it
was thought she was sufficiently recovered to warrant her staying at home.
- Advices from Minneapolis bring the announcement of the death of Mrs.
Victor B. Dolliver, nee Augusta Larrabee, daughter of ex-Governor Larrabee,
who was married to the brother of Congressman Dolliver six months ago.
- Richard Ripperton committed suicide in the Draco Sanitarium at
Anamosa recently by taking morphine. He had a bone tumor growing in his
throat as large as a goose egg and he had been at Iowa City and before a
great many specialists, but none gave him any hope. He finally came to
Anamosa and Dr. Gowley began a treatment with electric needles and, it is
said, was curing him. He became despondent, and when the doctor was called
he was in terrible agony and lasted but a short time. It was a very sad
case. The doctor thinks there is no doubt that it was suicide.
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