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Cap Baker

Visits Old Home After 30 Years Absence

”Cap” Baker, a former Maquoketa boy, but who has made his home in Los Angeles, Calif., the past thirty years, arrived in our city Tuesday evening, the first time he had returned to the old home town since his departure in 1891.

Although Mr. Baker is now totally blind, he finds no trouble in locating business places and homes where old acquaintances are to be found, and how under the sun he does it is altogether too deep for us. Mr. Baker gets his bearings at the old landmarks in the city and can follow a direction given him to any point with the ease of a keen-eyed boy. “I find no trouble in getting around although many of the old haunts have disappeared and others have been transferred entirely,” he said.

Mr. Baker expects to remain here for several days – “until I have found what’s left of the old bunch,” as he puts it. [Jackson Sentinel – Maquoketa, Iowa, Friday, August 19, 1921, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman] Return to top of page

Archie Banks

The livest, the most up-to-datest farmer we have heard about anywhere is Archie Banks who lives in the snow-covered region of Maquoketa, Iowa. He has got them all beat for "going some."

Mr. Banks has two hobbies, electricity and bees. And he uses the one to push the other. What has he done but rut up a government licensed wireless station from which he receives messages from all parts of the country, even as far south as Key West, Florida.

These messages he gets daily and copies them for his special bulletin board that he has rigged up for the benefit of all the folks from the country around. He puts up the weather reports, the market quotations on grain and the news items of unusual importance. It is just like being in a city and reading newspaper bulletins. The neighbors naturally come, every day and read what oats and corn and wheat and cattle and hogs are selling for in Chicago, whether the mercury is going to drop again and what the German subs are doing.

Incidentally, Mr. Banks ruts up little bulletins like "Eat Banks Honey" or "Banks Has Fine Honey-Get It Today." It is a big business booster. The people appreciate the service Mr. Banks is giving them and they not only buy his honey themselves but boost it among the friends.

The influence of Farmer Banks progressive spirit has spread over Iowa and Illinois. Due to Mr. Banks' effort both states now offer free wireless service daily to any farmer who will install a receiving set. And installing such a set doesn't cost much.

When you read about these things going on up there in the Central West it makes you want to shake yourself and other folks too. An Alabama farmer could receive messages just as well as an Iowa and Illinois farmer. And the State of Alabama could offer such a service just the same way, couldn't it? Or could it?

[Source: Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL) Sunday, March 25, 1917, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Jennie Barnes
Mrs. Helen Sleigh

Mrs. H. L. Emerson of Dixon, Ill., spent the past few days with her mother, Mrs. Helen Sleigh and aunt Miss Jennie Barnes, expecting to return to her home Wednesday morning. [Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, published Tuesday, March 30, 1920, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.]

Dora Risden
M. D. Barrows

A New Year Wedding. New Year’s day at high noon, Miss Dora Risden and Mr. M. D. Barrows were united in marriage by the Rev. J. Waterson, pastor of the Free Methodist church. The ceremony took place at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Risden on N. Dearborn St. in the presence of the immediate relatives of the bride and groom.

After congratulations and the wedding dinner, the newlyweds departed for Davenport where the groom had a cozy flat in readiness for his bride. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Risden of this city and will make a helpful mate to the husband of her choice.

The groom is employed at the Rock Island Arsenal and was one of our soldier boys who enlisted and served many months overseas with the 3rd Division.

The Sentinel extends congratulations and best wishes for a bright and prosperous future. [Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, January 6, 1920, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman] Return to top of page

John Beck
Paul Hindal


Five Boys Drowned While Bathing in the Maquoketa River in Iowa.

MAQUOKETA, Ia., June 7. – Five boys – three of whom were sons of John Beck and two of them sons of Paul Hindal – whose ages ranged from 9 to 16, were drowned in the Maquoketa, seven miles east of here, yesterday. Three of them while in swimming plunged off a sand bar into the water beyond their depth. When another boy saw they were drowning, he plunged in to rescue them. Another boy who had his clothes on, noticing the failure of the first boy, also plunged in, and all were drowned together. Another boy, however, being by this time undressed, plunged in after them, but failed to rescue them. None of the bodies have been recovered.

[Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, Wednesday, June 8, 1887, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman] Return to top of page

"Hi" Beedle

Among the many immigrants in the city yesterday was "Hi." Beedle, his three sons and four companions, from Jackson county, Iowa, bound for Crookston, in the vicinity of which they proposed to settle down in granger pursuits. "Hi" Beedle is an old time upper Mississippi river pilot, having commenced manipulating the wheel in the palmy days of the old Minnesota Packet company, times dear to the memory of every river man of those days. The river business now is not what it was then, and so Mr. Beedle gives the wheel the go-by for the plow and harrow, and as a sensible man he comes to Minnesota to exercise his new calling. The party are well prepared for business, having forty-seven head of horses and first-class machinery, and not being afraid of work are bound to succeed.

[Source: Daily Globe (St. Paul, MN) April 26, 1879, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

W. R. Beggs

ANDREW NEWS. - Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Beggs left for Nebraska last week to visit the formers brother Leonard, who is in feeble health. [Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, January 26, 1893, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

James Betts

Miles Lad Hurt. Last Monday afternoon, while Master James Betts, a little tad of some four years, was playing in the lumber shed where they had strolled without being noticed, some lumber fell and in some manner caught Master James by the foot and pinched it very badly. He will not be able to walk upon it for some time and we will all miss him with his merry, hello there! [Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, published Tuesday, March 30, 1920, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.] Return to top of page

Rev. Bies

The Very Rev. Father Bies of Bellevue departed Wednesday for Europe, expecting to visit Belgium, France, Switzerland and if possible points in Germany. He intends to be absent about six months. [Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, published Tuesday, March 30, 1920, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.] Return to top of page

A. C. Blair

A. C. Blair met with a very painful accident last Friday at his mill. In stooping over and holding a piece of ice against the saw to cool it a little, he accidentally put his left hand upon the log in front of the saw, inflicting a flesh wound and had a very narrow escape from losing his hand. He has been very careful, but the best one will get caught once in a while. [Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, February 2, 1893, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

William C. Boardman

Mr. Wm. C. Boardman of Maquoketa, Iowa, was in town a few days last week. Mr. Boardman built and lived in the house at the south end of Main street, now occupied by Mr. James M. Warner. More than twenty years ago he sold out and moved west, and has not been in town since until last week. He found the village so changed as to scarcely recognize it, and the same is true of its inhabitants.
[St. Johnsbury Caledonian, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, August 1, 1879, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Henry Bollinger

Henry Bellinger, daughter, Mrs. Ray Morehead and children will return to their home at Crookston, Minn. Saturday after a three weeks visit with relatives in Maquoketa and vicinity. [Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, January 9, 1920, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman.] Return to top of page

Grace B. Boston

Former Maquoketa Girl President of Business Woman’s Club

Miss Grace B. Boston was elected president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Cedar Rapids, by unanimous vote of the members at that annual meeting of the club in the Chamber of Commerce building. She takes office, succeeding Miss Ruby M. Byers, the first of the year.

At the conclusion of the election, Miss Boston took the chair thanking the members and expressing her desire to devote her best efforts to the interest of the club.

The president-elect has served an efficient term as vice president, and has given devotedly of time and effort in behalf of the organization. Her election to the post of chief executive was a source of pleasure and gratification to the membership.
[Jackson Sentinel – Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, January 11, 1921, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman] Return to top of page >

Mrs. Ben Bowman

Local Pencilings. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pool and daughter, Miss Florence, and Mrs. Cameron of Pekin, Ill., spent the week end with the former’s sister, Mrs. Ben Bowman, departing Monday for Tipton to visit another sister.
[Jackson Sentinel – Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, July 20, 1920, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman] Return to top of page

J. D. Bowman

Local Pencilings. Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Banks and children, of near Delmar, accompanied by the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Bowman, will depart to-morrow morning by auto for Clarion, Ia., a distance of 200 miles, for a visit with Harry Bowman and family.
[Jackson Sentinel – Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, July 20, 1920, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman] Return to top of page

S. H. Bowman

Local Pencilings. Mrs. C. L. Goldin, little son and daughter, departed Friday morning from Chicago to join the husband and father in making that city their future home. Mrs. Goldin has been making an extended stay with her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. S. H. Bowman.
[Jackson Sentinel – Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, July 20, 1920, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman] Return to top of page

Dr. Stewart Bowman

Will Practice Here. Friends of Dr. Stewart Bowman will be pleased to learn that he has decided to locate in this city and will establish a medical and surgical practice here, having secured an office in the new Cook building adjacent to Dr. L. B. Carson both physicians using the same lobby and waiting rooms. Dr. Bowman has just returned from Chicago where he completed his post-graduate course in general practice and his long experience in the medical department of the military service will undoubtedly be of immense value to his practice here. We are glad to have the doctor hang out his shingle in the old home town. [Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, January 6, 1920, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman] Return to top of page

Mrs. Walter Bowman

Mrs. Walter Bowman departed Monday evening for Wynot, Nebraska for a visit with her sister Mrs. Arthur Noyse. [Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, published Tuesday, March 30, 1920, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.] Return to top of page

Mrs. Charles Boyles

Failed to Destroy. Mrs. Charles Boyles, who attempted to take her own life by shooting, several days ago, is said to be improving and the prospects of her recovery are favorable. It is hoped that the failure at self destruction will serve as a lesson to the unfortunate woman, and she may realize that it is as criminal to take one's own life as it is the life of another. [Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, published Tuesday July 27, 1920, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.] Return to top of page

Amelia Madlan Heneke
Willard Paul Bradley

Young Couple Wed

At the very beautiful home of William Heneke on January 12, at 1 p. m., one mile east of Maquoketa, their younger daughter, Miss Amelia Madlan, was united in holy wedlock to Mr. Willard Paul Bradley by Rev. D. F. Boomershine, using the beautiful impressive double ring ceremony. Ray Bradley, a brother of the groom, and Miss Marie M. Heneke, a cousin of the bride, stood up with them.

At the appointed hour Miss Carrie Lamp of Charlotte, a cousin of the bride, played the beautiful Lohengrin bridal march, and the bridal party took their places in the parlor in front of a large white paper wedding bell and lace curtains decorated with a festoon of similax and white wedding bells and festoons of blue and white crepe paper. There were also festoons of blue and white crepe paper from the center of the ceiling to each corner of the room. Here the words were spoken and vows taken that made them husband and wife.

After the happy congratulations were tendered by the 25 assembled guests and members of the contracting parties, the bridal couple led the way to the dining room where a bountous three-course wedding dinner was served and enjoyed to the full by all privileged to be present.

The bride is a charming and amiable young woman and her father’s housekeeper since her mother’s sickness for three years and since her death some over a year ago. By nature and experience she is well equipped for the duties and making of a new home for which she was wooed and won by a gallant young soldier of Jackson County, a prize truly worth the effort.

She wore an elegant wedding gown of white satin with beaded bodice and accordion pleated skirt, pearl beads necklace, white beaded satin slippers and carried a bouquet of white roses and ferns.

The groom is a son of Melvin and Ida Bradley, and exemplary and thrify young man and one of Uncle Sam’s soldier boys who did the part he was called for to do and is now planning a new home and take up the full duties of citizenship, and with his faithful helpmate we think he is certain of success.

He wore a nobby suit of blue serge. The bridesmaid wore a neat gown of blue taffeta. The groomsman wore a business suit of blue serge.

The bridal gifts of cut glass, china, aluminum and other articles were beautiful, valuable and expressive of the esteem in which they are held by their many friends.

These worthy young people will be at home after Nov. 1st on a farm 3 miles northwest of Maquoketa which the groom has rented where their many friends all join in sishing them a long, happy and useful life. [ Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, published Tuesday, January 18, 1921, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman .] Return to top of page

Otto Breeden

Otto Breeden, a Maquoketa Horsethief Surrenders.

Otto Breeden of Maquoketa, Iowa surrendered himself to Officer McGrahan yesterday and insisted on being jailed for horsestealing. He told the officials he had taken a horse belonging to his father, who resides in the Iowa town, and sold the animal for $30. He came to Chicago, where he spent the money, and now he wants to be taken home to pay the penalty of his misdeed.

In accord with his request he was locked up, and a message was sent the officials at Maquoketa. A reply was received late in the afternoon saying an officer would arrive in the city for the prisoner today.
Breeden is about 35 years of age, and was coarsely dressed. He had the appearance of having led the life of a tramp, and it was evident that he had found the way of the transgressor hard. When he struck Rockford his conscience couldn't stand the strain any longer. Officer McGrahans form struck his eye as representative of the majesty of the law, and clinched his determination to break into jail.

[Morning Star (Rockford, IL) Wednesday, January 5, 1898, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

J. P. Broderson

J. P. Broderson Hurt. J. P. Broderson was severely hurt last Sunday evening by being struck by an auto in front of his residence on West Platt street. The accident was somewhat singular in nature and while Mr. Broderson sustained a badly bruised body and head, it might have been far more serious. “Pete” as he is familiarly known was burning a small pile of leaves in front of his home and the smoke coming there from obstructed the view of two men who were coming toward him in an auto. The men were unable to see Mr. Broderson and driving rather close to the bon-fire, the machine struck Mr. Broderson. It was an accident pure and simple and no blame is attached to the drive or the victim of the unusual incident. Pete is getting along nicely and will soon be at his place of business again. [Jackson Sentinel – Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, October 21, 1919, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman] Return to top of page

Mrs. C. Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Chad Bull of Oak Park, Ill, are expected here the latter part of this week, to visit over Labor Day at the home of the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Brown and upon their homeward journey they will be accompanied by their neice, Miss Lena Seeley of Decatur, Ill., who has been spending the summer with her grandparents. [Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, published Tuesday August 31, 1920, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.] Return to top of page

Carlyle Brown

Fractures Arm. Carlyle Brown, the 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Brown, while playing Sunday in the cellar of the Ben Jacobsen house, which is being erected, fell and fractured the right arm at the elbow. Dr. J. C. Bowen reduced the fracture and the fellow is getting along nicely.
[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, January 6, 1920, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman] Return to top of page

Mrs. A. Broxam

Mrs. Edith Behrens, who is nursing her sister, Mrs. A. Broxam of Maquoketa, was in town the first of the week on business.
[Source: Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, January 6, 1920, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Pearl Bennett Borxam

(Special to The Morning Star)
WASHINGTON, D. C., Feb. 4.-National Drama week, sponsored by the Community Drama committee of the General Federation of Women's clubs, and the Drama league of America, will be celebrated this year, February 12-18. This week has been inaugurated in an effort to educate the public to appreciate and demand good drama, and to awaken the public to the importance of the theater as a social force and as a great educational movement.

"The general Federation of Women's clubs believes that the drama has a definite and direct bearing on civic betterment and good citizenship." Said Mrs. Pearl Bennett Broxam of Maquoketa, Iowa, chairman of the community drama committee. "And we are encouraged to note the new interest that is everywhere manifest in community drama.

"People, particularly those in smaller towns and rural districts are discovering their own creative talents and, resources and they are finding that they not only do not have to depend upon the outside world for entertainment, but that they enjoy doubly the plays in which they themselves are the players.

[Source: Morning Star (Rockford, IL) Sunday, February 5, 1928, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Hattie Brush

Miss Hattie Brush, who was one of the choristers in the Methodist Episcopal church at Maquoketa a few years ago, is studying vocal music in Florence, Italy, and in a recent public appearance received high praise for her beautiful contralto voice and fine singing.
[Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Tuesday, April 7, 1891, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

H. Gale Buchner

H. Gale Buchner, Maquoketa, Ia., with Mrs. Buchner and their son and daughter are visiting at the home of Mrs. and Mrs. Frank Barr, Loves Park. Mr. Buchner is president of the Kiwanis club in Maquoketa which has a membership of 45 in a city of 4,000.

[Source: Morning Star (Rockford, IL) Sunday, August 8, 1926, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Vernon (Buckley) Buckles

George Rutledge

A Near Tragedy At Bellevue

An accident that came near proving fatal occurred one evening last week when Vernon Buckles and several, other youngsters came near being drowned, at the swimming hole in Mill Creek.

Mrs. J. R. O'Neill, of Chicago; who was spending the summer months here, had accompanied eight boys and girls to the creek to go wading. The children all got aboard a raft which floated out into a deep hole and being overoaded tipped over and threw them all into the water.

Mrs. O'Neill jumped into water over her head and with the aid of George Rutledge, managed to rescue all the youngsters but Vernon Buckley. The latter had gone down for the second time when young Rutledge managed to get ahold of him and pulled him ashore with the assistance of Mrs. O'Neill. He was unconscious, but came to soon after being rolled on the bank.

It was a close call and Mrs. O'Neill and young Rutledge deserve much credit for their heroic work in rescuing the youngsters. —Bellevue Herald. [Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, published Friday, July 20, 1920, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman] Return to top of page

Agnes Burke

Edward J. Murphy, a prominent and much respected resident of Felton, Minnesota, was born in New York, and was a son of John Murphy, also born in New York, but of Irish parentage.

Edward J. Murphy was reared in his native state, where he had his education in the common schools. He remained at home until he was twenty-one, when he came west to Iowa, where he settled in Cerro Gordo county, on land which he bought from his father. He remained in that section three years, and then removed to Wisconsin, where he spent one season in the lumber woods. For some time he was quite unsettled, living again in Iowa, and also in Canada, where he was employed on the Canadian Pacific Railroad for some months. In 1882 he effected a homestead settlement in Clay county, put up a shanty, 12x16 feet, and kept house alone for years. For a few years he did his farm work with oxen, and gradually made his way to comfort and ease.

Mr. Murphy was married, in 1891, to Miss Agnes Burke, of Jackson county, Iowa, a lady of pure Irish blood. Her father was a farmer and a merchant, and she was educated to become a school teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Murphy have five children, all born in Clay county: Annie L., Mary E., Joseph B., Edward A. and Leo J.

Mr. Murphy has been on his farm some nineteen years, and now owns a magnificent estate of seven hundred and twenty acres, all lying in Felton township. It has good buildings, ample farm machinery and is being more largely devoted to stock with each passing year, although at the present time it makes a fine showing as a grain farm. It has three flowing wells, and affords every convenience for profitable and successful farming.

Mr. Murphy moved to the village of Felton in the spring of 1901, where he is filling the position of deputy sheriff, which he has held since 1891, with the exception of about a year. In 1898 he was appointed game warden for the state, and has done some very effective work in different parts of the state. He was the warden at the capture of twelve hundred dollars worth of game in Marshall county, near Thief River Falls. This was a thrilling experience. Mr. Murphy had to face the guns of a special policeman and his two assistants, who tried to interfere with his operations. He captured them and took them to prison, and then secured the poachers in whose interests they were working. This is known in the history of the criminal proceedings of the state as the Thief River Raid, and was the most successful ever accomplished in the confines of Minnesota.
Source: History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1904. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Joe Stender and Henry Bush

Attention, Doc Osler. That Doc Osler, the scientist who advocates chloroforming people when they reach seventy, is a finicky old crab, is evidenced by the recent feat of Joe Stender and Henry Bush, of near Nashville, and who are both past the three score and ten milestone, these two veterans of the old school unassisted, cut and put in the barn one hundred tons of hay up until last Saturday night, and say they are feeing fine as a fiddle. If any of the young cubs want a few pointers, they will be accomodated,- providing Joe and Henry have the time. [Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, published Tuesday July 27, 1920, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.] Return to top of page

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