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Daily Iowa State Register, Des Moines, Iowa
August 07, 1868

Transcribed and Contributed by: Cathy Danielson

On Thursday last a little daughter of Philander Ingersoll, Esq., of Lafayette township, Bremer County, fell into a tub of boiling water, scalding her so badly that although medical attendance was promptly procured, she died on the following morning.Mr. Moses Goodwin of the same county had his leg nearly cut off the other day in a reaper.

Glenwood has a whopping big Grant & Colfax Club. The new Orphan’s Home building at that place is up to the second story windows, and is still in the rise. Their new public school is nearly finished, and the new county jail is progressing rapidly. All of which we learn from the jam-up good paper, the Opinion.

We find one item in Eldora Ledger: “Several women have driven reapers all through harvest. Mrs. Oliver Osborn, was chief engineer of such a machine for fifteen days during the hottest of the heated term, and got one dollar per day. Our opinion is women when they do men’s work, should receive men’s wages.”

The local of the Bugle describes Council Bluffs: “The central point between the Alleghany Mountains of the East, and Rocky Mountains of the West, is Council Bluffs. Through by rail either way. All aboard and let her go. Buffalo meat and oysters, both fresh, and served upon the same table, walk in gentlemen when the “bell rings,”“you pays your money and takes your choice.”

The Franklin County Reporter has found a curiosity: “We are told of a rather singular lusus nature in Ingham township. Mr. Jacob Woodley has raised a duck the present season, which had a well developed toe on the top of its head. The toe is perfect in form, with the nail on the end as on its other toes.”

According to the Constitution, “two souls with a single thought” went to Keokuk to get married, succeeded, then perambulated the streets arm-in-arm awhile, until admonished by hunger that no amount of love would satisfy, inquired of a hotel clerk for a place to get a dinner. The clerk suggested a hotel. The bridegroom said no, crackers and cheese was all they wanted. Crackers, cheese and love would suffice. They will succeed. No foolishness there.

It is said that the machine shops of the C. R. I. & P. Railroad are to be removed from Davenport to Wilton.

The Sioux City Register tells of an attempted suicide: “On Monday, a young woman, a “beer-jerker” in an institution of that class in our city, undertook to “jerk off this mortal coil” by swallowing a dose of arsenic, but failed to connect. Prompt medical assistance defeated the effects of the “cold pizen,” and in a short time the would be suicide was all right again, and went on her way a jerking.”

The Grundy County Atlas tells how a cow-catcher really caught a cow: “A week ago last Tuesday morning, as the five o’clock train was going west, about a mile east of New Hartford the cow-catcher picked up a cow that happened to be on the track, she rolled up in front of the smoke-stack and was carried up to the water tank in New Hartford, and to the utter astonishment of the bystanders, she jumped off and ran away without apparent injury, except a little claret from the nose.”

While A. F. Willoughby, the tip-top Recorder of Grundy County, was driving his team of fine bays across a brush bridge the other day, a stick flew up and struck one of the horses in the abdomen, disemboweling the poor creature so completely that Mr. W. was forced to shoot it on the spot.

On the 7th of July, Mrs. Eliza Jane Brown, residing near Hopkinton, left home in company with, and through compulsory demands of a man of ill repute, and who gives no satisfactory answer as to her whereabouts. The missing woman is 32 years old, large and fleshy, and at times appears somewhat deranged. Foul play is suspected, and there is intense excitement in that vicinity concerning her disappearance. Any information concerning her whereabouts, will be most gratefully received by an aged and grief-stricken mother. Address Jonathan Pownell, Hopkinton, Delaware County, Iowa. Papers throughout the State will confer a great kindness as wells as perform an act of humanity by copying or giving notice of the above.

The Dubuque Times has a column account of a poor, dreamy, and young student who went into the woods near Dubuque one day last week to have a nice time all alone in the shade reading Tennyson. While lying on his back, lost in the glories of the poet-laureate, he suddenly felt that he had a visitor near at hand, and to his horrors found out it was a rattlesnake eight feet long, and a short distance off. When first seen its head was raised, fangs protruded, and rattles rattling. The student paralyzed with terror remained transfixed. Gradually the snake, with a wonderful sort of music, moved forward. Student thought his time was come (too dignified, probably, to run) and so he closed his eyes and waited for death. On came the serpent, but instead of biting the poor cuss, it only nestled down between his legs, and very lovingly kept still. The student was spell bound with horror. Just at that moment a deliverer in the shape of a hunter happened along, saw the situation at once, slipped up to his snakeship, and blew his head off. The young man fainted, and fell on the bosom of his preserver.They had a big fire in Iowa City last Sunday night. From the Republican we take an account of it: “Near 9 o’clock Sunday evening the bells of the city rang out the alarm of fire. The fire proved to be in the roof of McInnery & Co.’s small one story wood building. His stock of dry goods and groceries were entirely removed. The fire engine was promptly on hand, and did as usual, no good, for lack of power. It wheezed and spit and sputtered and let the fire burn right on. A good engine would have put it out in ten minutes. McInnery’s building was burnt down. The building on the east of it was Chas. Boye’s brick, the wood cornice of which was scorched and the walls heated and somewhat damaged. The fire passed west in Charles Weldon’s hat store, and burned that down. It was a two story frame. The next building on the west was John Schneider’s furniture store, which was also burned. This was a two story frame. The goods had all been removed from Weldon’s and Schneider’s buildings. Here the fire, for the third time in less than five years, ran against the brick walls of P. P. Freeman’s store, and was stopped, but the much damage to the walls. They have been thrice very severely scorched within a short time and show the effect very plainly. The actual loss of property by the fire is not large, considering the number of buildings burned in the main business part of the city. McInnery’s building was worth some eight hundred dollars and was insured for five hundred. Weldon paid twelve hundred for his and was insured for six hundred. Schneider’s was perhaps worth fifteen hundred and was insured for nine hundred. The only damage to the stocks was the damage of hasty removal, which is fully covered by insurance.”

The Clarke County Sentinel tells of a land swindler being nipped in the bud: “A man named O. F. Knapp was arrested here a short time ago, charged with forging deeds to lands. We learn that he had written to a friend in Indiana to send him blank deeds and certificates with the seals of the County Court affixed. His letter was intercepted by the Sheriff of Steuben County, Indiana, and the blanks were forwarded by him to the Sheriff of our county, properly post marked and directed to Knapp. The Sheriff, after examining and marking the blanks, deposited them in the postoffice, and watched him (Knapp) get them out. He was arrested shortly after the blanks were found in his possession, filled up and signed, ready of delivery. We believe he proposed defrauding parties in Winterset. We understand he admits his guilt. He was held to answer in the sum of five hundred dollars and in default thereof was committed to the jail in Polk County to await his trial at the October term of the District Court of this county.”


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