News from Around the State


State Brevities

Happenings in Iowa of Late Occurence
Condensed into Short Paragraphs

Daily Iowa State Register, Des Moines, Iowa
April 09, 1868

Transcribed and Contributed by: Cathy Danielson

Hon. Hiram Price is at home, in Davenport.

John Ham fell from a raft at Clinton the other day and was drowned.

A big cheese factory is being built in Byron Township, Buchanan county.

Burlington has a new City Hall, and the folks of that city say that their business accounts last year amounted to $27,000,000.

A serious difficulty in the Public Schools of Lyons has arisen out of the hostility of Catholics to the utterance of the Lord’s Prayer at the opening of the schools.

Says the Buchanan county Bulletin: “The cars upon the D. & S. C. R. R. are constantly crowded with emigrants, seeking new homes in our favored State. A great majority of them go through to the western counties.”

A freight car loaded with household goods, was consumed by fire at Waverly, Bremer Co., on Friday night. The origin of the fire is supposed to be sparks from the locomotive, which ignited a straw bed stowed among the furniture, and destroyed all the combustible portion of the car. See Dubuque Herald.

A little female child, only one or two weeks old, was left at the door of a family in Marshalltown last week, accompanied by a note saying that the mother had come hundreds of miles to give her to them, and enjoining upon them to teach her to read the Bible. The note concludes: “She is a dear little thing and God knows how it almost breaks my heart to give her up, but I must, for it is for her own good I do so. As you hope for Heaven, deal kindly by this innocent babe. May God bless you and her is the prayer of her MOTHER.”

The Lyons Mirror gives the following account of a husband’s chase after his wife and children: “A few days ago, Capt. Peterson, commander of an ocean liner, arrived in this city in search of his family. His wife left her home in Hamburg, Germany, last year, taking with her their two children, and came to Iowa. She with her sister have been living in the house of a man named Hensen some miles back in the country, and with whom it is said, she has cohabited as his wife. Capt. Petersen secured the services of Marshal Henle, who paid the parties a visit last Tuesday. The arrival of the husband had been heard of, and when the Marshal presented himself, he found only Hensen and the sister of Mrs. Peterson. Henle had a photograph of the runaway wife, and there being some resemblance between the sisters, asked the one before him if she were Mrs. Peterson. Then he produced the photograph and asked if she knew the original. This was denied; but when she was told that in such case she must go along with him the real culprit appeared. The children being demanded, all three declared they knew nothing about them. Henle gave them five minutes in which to produce the boy and girl, failing in which he assured them all that he would promptly take them all to jail. This had the desired effect, and the children were brought in. When Capt. Petersen prepared to return with his children, their mother begged so hard to go with him—not as his wife, but to be near her offspring—that he consented and paid her way back. The wages of her sin are worse than death.”

(Note: The spelling of the surname Peterson or Petersen was used throughout the article.)


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