G. F. and Thos Struble ~ Monona County, Iowa
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
- 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
- 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.
Posted at this site with Cathy's permission
Cathy Joynt Labath
Iowa Old Press