DeWitt Observer DeWitt, Clinton, Iowa Friday, May 13, 1887
- In Mason City the other night the sheriff arrested two men, giving their names as Smith and Sivers, for complicity in the safe robbery at Sumner April 19. They were almost positively identified.
- Mrs. Ben Hill has resigned as trustee of the reform school.
- The oldest Federal Judge, in point of service, in this country is J.M. Love, of Keokuk, who was appointed by President Pierce in 1856.
- The manager of the Des Moines base-ball club gets $300 per month salary.
- Ottumwa street-cars, it is expected, will be supplied with electric power.
- The new college building at Tabor, Fremont County, was dedicated the other day.
- At the State oratorical contest held at Waterloo a few nights ago Miss Florence Musson, of West Des Moines, took the first prize in the oratorical department; Miss Grace Crouch of DeWitt, the first in dramatic, and Miss Ettie Nichol, of East Des Moines, the first in humorous.
- An aged man named Sumner, residing four miles south of Rockwell City, Calhoun County, attempted suicide the other day by taking strychnine. The doctor gave antidotes, but it was doubtful if he recovered. Melancholy was the supposed cause.
- The Governor has had one hundred "No smoking" notices posted about the capitol building.
- Charles D. Wiggins, of Laurens, Pocahontas County, eighteen years old, while hunting a few days ago accidentally shot and killed himself. The whole charge entered his head, blowing his brains out and killing him instantly. He was the son of the landlord of the Laurens Hotel.
- The clerk of courts of Pottawattamie County refused a colored man and a white girl a license to wed a few days ago.
- Rev. T.H. Dabney of Floris, Davis County, eloped the other day with Miss Anna Lang, the seventeen-year-old sister of his wife. He told his wife that he was going to baptize some converts at Dunnville. His wife had known of improper relations between the two, and he had promised to do better.
- A $1,500 school building will be erected in Ireton, Sioux County, this season.
- A lengthy petition was recently sent to the Governor from Dubuque asking for the pardon of Katie Walsh, the vitriol-thrower.
- A rumor is exciting the people of Emmetsburg to the effect that a Methodist seminary and a Catholic school are to locate there.
- J. Wright Wilson, a prominent citizen of Newton, Jasper County, died the other night of paralysis of the brain, aged fifty-four years. He was in 1878 Grand Master of Iowa F. and A.M. The disease which ended his life has been several years in progress, affecting his mind.
- Mary Lahie, a young lady aged about twenty-six years, of Burlington, about four o'clock the other afternoon, during the absence of the family, went to the cellar of her parents' residence and hanged herself. No cause for the act was known.