Sioux Valley News Correctionville, Woodbury, Iowa January 15, 1885
- W.H. Buchanan, formerly sheriff of Clinton county, died at DeWitt on Tuesday of paralysis of the heart.
- Isaac Gron, of Algona fell the length of a flight of stairs a few days ago and received serious injuries.
- Robert Kennedy's little girl, at Barnum, fell into a tub of hot water and was so badly scalded that she died on Wednesday.
- Thomas Hedge, one of the wealthiest and most influential citizens of Burlington, and an early and widely-known settler of Iowa, died on the 8th.
- Dr. McClury, of Keosauqua, administered chloroform to Mrs. Abe Wilkins last Saturday, in order to extract her teeth, and she died from the effects of it.
- Edward Martin was crushed by falling slate at the Eureka mine, near Des Moines, Wednesday morning. Both legs were broken. He will probably die.
- George B. Hamilton, one of the oldest residents of Dubuque, and one of the most prominent and extensive grain dealers in the west, died. He recently lost one speculation of $150,000, which has principally been the cause of his rapidly failing health and sudden demise. He was sixty-four years of age and was a native of New York. He leaves a wife and family.
- A disastrous fire visited Iowa Falls on the evening of January 3. At about 6:30 the coal warehouse of Hoag & Steere and the Granger elevator were entirely destroyed. The Franger elevator was empty. The coal shed contained thirty tons of coal. Two cars on the sidetrack were badly scorched. The loss is about $10,000 covered by insurance and is the supposed work of an incendiary.
- The verdict of the coroner's jury in the case of the lynching of Pleasant Anderson, near Blakesburg a few days ago, was to the effect that said Pleasant Anderson came to his death by means of strangulation caused by a rope placed around his neck, by which rope his body was suspended from the limb of a tree - and said rope was so placed and his body so suspended, feloniously by parties unknown to the jury.
- A dastardly attempt was made in Monona county at a late hour on the night of the 2d on the life of Dr. W.W. Ordway, a wealthy farmer living on the Mapleton and Onawa stage road, near Castana. The robbery was made about 12 o'clock by two men, who came and woke the doctor up, saying they wanted some medicine. One man was admitted to the house, and while the doctor was striking a light the other fired a gun through the window, hitting him in the left cheek, circling around and taking off his lip and top of his nose. The doctor grappled with the man within, and during the melee the other man carried off the trunk. Saturday afternoon Sheriff Walker, of Onawa, placed under arrest a young man by the name of G.F. Struble, who lives on one of Ordway's farms, just across the Maple river, and about half a mile distant from Ordway's. A gun and mitten found at Ordway's were identified as belonging to Struble. Burnt paper was found around Struble's premises, and much evidence has been gathered against him. There has been much trouble between the two, Struble claiming that some mortgages he had given Ordway had been paid but not satisfied on the records. The trunk, containing a little money and valuable papers which were taken when the house was robbed, is believed to have contained other notes and mortgages given by Struble to Ordway. The getting of these papers and destroying them, rather than the money supposed to be in the trunk, is thought to be the motive for the robbery. Monday afternoon Thos. Struble, a brother of G.F.'s, who was living with him, Will Bell, and the hired man, McBride, were also arrested as participants in the crime. Dr. Ordway was frightfully wounded, but it is thought he will recover.