Correctionville, Woodbury, Iowa
March 26, 1914
IOWA STATE NEWS
John O'Neil, foreman of a Rock Island section gang at Fairfield, shot
and killed a laborer named Ernesto Reyes. Reyes and a number of other
Mexicans had been discharged by the company, but for a week or more had
refused to leave the bunk cars. O'Neil went to the car and told them to
leave. Reyes and another Mexican are claimed to have seized an ax and spade
and started off for O'Neil, who jumped from the car and fired at the men as
they came to the door, killing Reyes. O'Neil was acquitted by the coroner's
Lack of money and a position with which to support his wife and baby
was given by Archie Hayes of Fort Madison as a reason for ending his life
with a bullet through his brain in his home there. His wife and child were
in an adjacent room while he penned the note and pulled the trigger of a
Charles W. Lockard of Wadena was taken back to the Fort Madison
penitentiary after losing a habeas corpus case. Lockard had served several
months in the penitentiary. Lockard's contention is that his attorneys
persuaded him to consent to a plea of guilty in order to get a light
A man supposed to be Albert Dalton of Creston, Ia., was murdered on
the "O" street viaduct in South Omaha. His body, with the throat cut, was
found by an officer, but there is no trace of the murderer. Dalton was a
railroad man about 40 years old.
W.E. Young, managing editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, who has been
connected with the paper for twenty-five years, lies dangerously ill at his
home in that city. At a consultation of physicians it was declared he may
The body of John H. Janke was found floating in the river at
Burlington. It was identified by papers found in the clothing. Janke
disappeared Nov. 24, 1913. He was a member of the fraternal order of Eagles.
Mrs. Katherine Korab, the mother of Paul A. Korab, cashier of the Iowa
City State bank, and one of the first Bohemians to come to America, died
recently at Western. She was 82 years old. She and her husband came from
Bohemia in 1854.
Peter Frye, a farm hand, aged 50, died at Burlington as the result of
a fractured skull. He was knocked down by John Hedge, a negro, and his head
struck the sidewalk with terrific force.
The infant child of Mrs. Herman Waller is dead at Allison and the
mother probably fatally burned as the result of an explosion when a bottle
containing alcohol fell on a hot stove.
One of the most bitterly contested legal battles that has come before
the bar of Henry county was ended when the jury in the case of Hannah
Obermier and Lizzie Philpot against the Anton Totemeir estate returned a
verdict awarding $8,967.88 to the two plaintiffs, who claimed that they
worked for the dead man for a period of years between 1892 and 1902.
L.S. Coffin of Fort Dodge has filed an action in district court to
dissolve the guardianship appointed some time ago by Judge Albrook. Mr.
Coffin declares that he is now of sound mind. He also charged that C.V.
Findlay, his guardian, is not a proper person for the position. Mr. Coffin
fought the appointment of a guardian when action was brought by Mrs. John
Rutledge, his only daughter, in 1913. The action followed the adoption by
Mr. Coffin of a woman as his daughter, who since has married.
Claude Henninger, who entered a plea of guilty to violating the Mann
white slave act in transporting Mamie Adams from Allentown, Pa., to Missouri
Valley, was sentenced to serve sixty days in the county jail at Logan. The
court was lenient with the young man when it was shown that his wife had
left him and he and the girl came to Iowa to make their home and marry when
Henninger had secured a divorce.
If William Dobson, formerly of Tama county, happens to put in an
appearance within the next ten years he will find himself possessed of
$5,207 and its accumulated interest as a result of the will of his father,
the late Sumner Dobson. William Dobson disappeared and his whereabouts are
not known. Before his father died he divided up the property among his
eleven children, each share being $5,207.
An unusual case is being tried in the district court at Boone in which
children are suing grandchildren. The will of the late James Irving gave all
of his property to his grandchildren and omitted his children, who had had a
guardian appointed for him. The children, who number five, are suing all
their children and much interest is being aroused over the outcome.
There is a good deal of excitement in the southwestern part of
Humboldt county over the report that gold has been found on the farm of Rolf
Hanson, one mile west of Thor, by well drillers. There were two layers of
the metal, one about 150 feet below the surface in a hard rock formation,
and the other in black sand.
Dr. W.M. Scott of Centerville has a rival for honors as having lived
longest in Iowa, in the person of J.P. Alfrey of Farmington. Mr. Alfrey was
born at Farmington in January, 1836, and has resided there continuously
during the seventy-eight years of his life.
Chester Davidson, 16 years old, accidentally was killed at a dance at
Percival. He sat down on a window sill on the second floor, lost his balance
and fell backward to the ground, breaking his neck.
John D. Reed, 95 years old, for fifty years a resident of Dubuque, is
dead. He was born in England. In his early life he followed the sea, later
engaging in railroad work.
Hal Wheeler, the 21-year-old son of Mrs. James Lee, living near
Audubon, committed suicide at the home of Tom Newell, where he had lived for
two years. Wheeler shot himself in the forehead. In searching for a motive
for the suicide it was found that Wheeler recently had been told that his
frequent visits at the home of a young girl near the Newell's must cease.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Iowa Old Press