Correctionville, Woodbury, Iowa
May 30, 1912
MASON CITY - For failing to report statistics to the state board of vital
statistics, seven prominent physicians along the border of Iowa and
Minnesota were arrested and fined. Chares were filed by Dr. Watkins. Those
who were arrested were Dr. H.W. Emmons, Burr Oak, Ia; Dr. G.A. Plummer,
Cresco, Ia; Dr. J.T. Dunn, Albert Lee, Minn; Dr. W.B. Grinnell, Preston,
Minn; Dr. F.A. Gowdy, Harmony, Minn; Dr. J.D. Utley and Dr. W.M. Kendrick,
Spring Valley, Minn and Dr. C.M. Cooper, Chatfield.
IOWA CITY- Leo Blakeman, a freshman liberal arts student at Iowa university,
was drowned while swimming in the Iowa river. He was taken with cramps.
Ralph E. Gray, of Eldora, a crippled student, attempted a rescue and was
pulled under, barely saving himself. The body was recovered 50 minutes
afterward but attempts at resuscitation failed. He was a son of Herbert
Blakeman, of Jessup, Ia., a farmer.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Iowa pensions granted: Harry D. Babcock, Afton, $24; Earl
W. Frazee, Des Moines, $12; Mary Christy, Floris, $12; Mary R. Dusnmore,
Oskaloosa, $12; James W Gardner, Sioux City, $15; Henry Bolte, Bettendorf,
$15; Marquis A. Hillis, Des Moines, $20; Joseph Blades, Mapleton, $20;
Albert A. Worrell, Perry, $15; Julia H. Ross, Whiting, $12.
DENISON - The funeral of Edward H. Blackman took place yesterday at the
Baptist church. He was a rural mail carrier out of Denison, who broke down
his health trying to serve his entire route during the severe cold and snow
of last winter. The Woodmen and Red Men lodges and all clerks and carriers
of the Denison office attended the funeral in a body.
DES MOINES - Arthur Drencher of this city, a negro and former slave, will be
100 years old tomorrow. He served through the Civil war and draws a pension.
His first vote was for Abraham Lincoln for president. In spite of his years
he does not use a cane nor does he wear spectacles and he says he is
MANSON - Swan Nelson, a prominent insurance man of Manson, will depart for
Sweden, his native land, the first of June, to be absent for two or three
months reviewing scenes of his youth. Mrs. M.E. Griswold and sister, Miss
Anna Funk, will also go abroad in June. Their trip takes in several foreign
CLEAR LAKE - James G. Hamlin is dead, according to information received from
Spokane, Wash. For years Mr. Hamlin was one of the best known newspaper men
in this section of the country. He was the founder of the Mason City
Express. About a year ago he went to Spokane, where he engaged in newspaper
work until his death of pneumonia.
OLDFIELD ESTATE SUED FOR BREACH OF PROMISE
Des Moines, Ia., May 25 - A $10,000 breach of promise suit was begun in
Judge Smith McPherson's United States district court yesterday afternoon.
Mrs. Elvia Parsons, a widow, 51 years old, of Sioux Falls, S.D., is suing
William Trowbridge, executor of the estate of the deceased, Edward A.
Oldfield, who died a widower, 53 years old, December [?], 1910. The estate
of Oldfield is claimed by the plaintiff to be worth $30,000 and she wants a
third of it. Mrs. Parsons is represented by B.J. and L.H. Salinger,
attorneys of Carroll, and the estate by Charles G. Saunders, former state
senator, of Council Bluffs, and Charles C. Helmer, of Carroll, Ia.
Mrs. Parsons alleges that Oldfield and she were engaged to be married
in 1909 and the marriage was arranged to take place at Thanksgiving time of
that year. She says he refused to marry her according to promise.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Iowa pensions granted: Charles J. Hawkins, Ames, $16;
Thomas Doke, Bloomfield, $20; Seth Heald, Davenport, $20; William Creeden,
Greene, $15; Elizabeth Argent, Hampton, $12; John Beatty, Knowlton, $20;
Michael Mush, Marengo, $20; John F. Bishop, Sheldon, $15; Sophorana Detrick,
Storm Lake, $12; Joe Ingman, Villisera, $15; George Stor???, Woodward, $20.
FORT DODGE - Oscar Robeson, of Carroll, formerly of Fort Dodge, has buried
his father, wife and a daughter here within six months. The 2-year-old
daughter was buried yesterday afternoon. Five weeks ago he buried his wife
IRETON - The graduating exercises of the class of 1912 of the Ireton high
school will be held Thursday evening of this week in the Methodist Episcopal
church. The members of the class are Howard A .Weis, Arthur Karr, J. LeRoy
Chinhall, Geo. T. Hemmingson, Mildred M. Irwin and Elizabeth S. Steele.
DUNCOMBE - C. Jacques, a wealthy farmer of Duncombe, was asphyxiated in a
hotel in Chicago, according to advices that finally have reached his
relatives. Jacques took in a shipment of stock and was to have come home
Sunday. It is thought his death did not result from a suicidal motive, but
from accidental opening of the gas jet in his room.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Iowa pensions granted: Lydia J. Elliott, Carlisle, $12;
John R. Watt, Cedar Rapids, special act, $30; Milton G. Wiggins, Dow City,
special act, $30; Job A. Miller, Galva, $15; Susan A. Roberts, Knoxville,
$12; Thomas J Scott, Moravia, special act, $30; Martha Black, Oskaloosa,
$12; Mary E. Kibben, Red Oak, $12; Henry Line, Sioux City, $15.
FORMER IOWA CLERGYMAN COVETS BLIND MAN'S WIFE
Iowa City, Ia, May 23 - Word reached Iowa City from Minneapolis today to
the effect that Rev.T.J. Dow had been sued for $25,000 damages, the charge
being alienation of a wife's affections. The plaintiff in the case is a
blind man, named Dr. Fred Woodward, of Minneapolis. The Rev. Dow was pastor
of the Grand Avenue Christian church, of Minneapolis and is well known in
Iowa City and Des Moines, where he was formerly active in church work.
By Dr. Woodward's petition he avers that he crept through a cellar
window and listened while the preacher coaxed Mrs. Woodward to elope with
him and she agreed. The day following this alleged clandestine visit,
Woodward alleges, Mrs. Woodward eloped with the clergyman. Emilie Mosse, an
invalid boarder at the Woodward home, testified that he knew the minister
kissed the doctor's wife behind the door and called her "dearie."
Among the letters introduced in the case is the following epistle from
the clergyman to the doctor's wife:
"My dear little sweetheart:
"Your letter was so dear and sweet. I just must answer it. You need not
fear about anyone getting your place on my lap. You looked so sweet today,
dear heart, it was dreadful to think I could not squeeze you every time I
saw you. I would go through fire and water to get you. It seemed like an age
since I loved as I want to. I have found my heart's ideal."
The case has caused not a little sensation in Iowa City where Dow
INFATUATED TRAMP MADE LOVE TO MISSION MATRON
Des Moines, Ia., May 23 - A startling story of how George Robbins, a tramp,
became so infatuated with Mrs. Joseph Evans, matron of St. Benedict's home,
that he insisted upon grasping her and kissing her at every opportunity, was
related today to Chief of Police Jenny by Rev. Joseph Evans, husband of the
well known missionary worker. Robbins some days ago shot Mrs. Evans and
tried to kill himself because he was jealous of her when she sent him away
after his repeated efforts to embrace and caress her. This morning he was
arraigned on charges filed by Evans. Mrs. Evans is recovering. She took
Robbins into the home to save him from a drunkard's fate, she says.
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