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John Walter Campbell

Making Good in the West

John Walter Campbell, better known to his Maquoketa friends as Johnny, left Maquoketa about two years ago and started west with the determination to make good. He secured a position with the Western Auto Supply Co. as clerk and steadily, step by step, he has climbed the ladder of success until he recently was promoted to the position of manager of the new store which the company has opened at Santa Anna, California. The Western Auto Supply Company is a large company at present operating thirty stores in California.
[Jackson Sentinel Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, August 16, 1921, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman] Return to top of page

John W. Campbell

Youth Testifying in Murder Case Says Captain Refused to Rescue Sailor Who Had Been Chased Overboard.

New York, June 3.-Seafaring of the sort that flourished in the early eighteenth century when a fore-mast hand was virtually a slave and his brawny skipper, armed with a belaying pin, his undisputed master, was described in federal court here today by John W. Campbell, a 22-year-old high school boy of Maquoketa, Ia., who answered the call of the sea and ran away from home to ship with Skipper Adolph C. Pedersen as cabin boy on the antiquated barkentine Puako.

Campbell was the first witness for the government, which has charged Pedersen and his son, Adolph, mate of the Puako, in an old fashioned indictment with the murder on the high seas of Axel Hansen, a seaman. They are alleged to have driven Hansen overboard by cruelty and to have left him to perish in the sea.

An old English style prisoner's dock had been constructed in the court room to match the antiquated form of the indictment which used to carry the penalty upon conviction, of hanging on a public gallows.

Campbell was asked to recite what happened on board the Puako on the morning of August 8, 1918, as the little vessel clipped through the waves with all sails set for Cape Town, South Africa.

"I came on deck at 4 a. m. to stand watch," Campbell began, "Jack Joe Henry Riley and Axel Hansen were in the same watch and were already on deck.

"The captain's son, who was in charge, told Hansen to go aloft and loose the royals'l. Hansen went and loosened the sail. He then came down and I saw him talking to the mate.

"Suddenly I heard a sharp sound as of one man slapping another's face. Then I saw the mate strike and kick Hansen and Hansen came racing down the deck with the mate close behind him. When he got to the starboard side, near the stern, he slipped under the rail and went overboard."

The mate, Campbell continued, ran to the wheel and ordered Jack Joe to bring the ship about, but a moment later Skipper Pedersen appeared; looked over the stern of the bark where Hansen was clinging to a logline and then turned to the helmsman, demanding to know who ordered him to swing the ship around.

"There is a man overboard and the second mate told me to swing the wheel about." Cambell said Jack Joe answered.

"To hell with the man overboard." Campbell declared the skipper yelled.

"Then." The witness continued, "he ordered Jack Joe to turn the boat back into its course and picking up a tiller pin, ordered both Riley and myself to go below. As I started forward I looked back in the sea and saw Hansen struggling at the end of the log line and I heard him shriek for help three times. The vessel continued on its course and Hansen was left to perish in the sea."

The Puake left Campbell at Cape Town while he was ill in a hospital he explained, and he went to the American consul and made a statement similar in detail to his testimony today.

During the trip to Cape Town, he declared, every man on board with the exception of himself and the ship's carpenter, were taken below and after being placed in irons were beaten until their bodies were covered with welts. A heavy piece of wire and a razor strop, he testified were employed by the skipper and his son to administer the punishment. They also kicked the prisoners with their heavy boots, he declared. Skipper Pedersen, he said referred to punishment as the "third degree."
[Source: Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM) Wednesday, June 4, 1919, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Marie (Swigart) Campbell


The home of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Campbell of Minneapols was gladened Tuesday evening by the arrival of a sweet baby daughter, the first daughter in the campbell home. Mrs. Campbell was formerly Miss Marie Swigart. Congratulations.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, January 9, 1920, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.]

Addison S. Carter

Addison S. Carter, of Maquoketa, Iowa, son of Erastus Carter, is spending a short time visiting the home and friends of his boyhood. He looks as though the Western country agrees with him.
[The Democratic Press, Ravenna, Ohio, January 6, 1881, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Justice Cartwright

In view of the fact that Justice Cartwright has no opposition for re-election to the supreme bench, it will do no harm to disclose the fact that he was born in Maquoketa, Iowa Territory.

[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) Saturday, March 15, 1924; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark, an Old Settler of Jackson County, residing near Iron Hill and who is also a veteran of the Mexican war, was in attendance at the Old Settler's meeting last Wednesday. Mr. Clark enlisted in Columbus, O., in Co. E, 4th Infantry in 1846 and served until the end of the war. Went down the river on a steamboat to New Orleans, and on ship from there to Mattamoras, served under General Taylor first and later under General Scott. Went as far as Pueblo where he was detained for Garrison duty, until the fall of Mexico City and treaty of Peace.

[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society 1906, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Mary Ann Cleveland

Mrs. Mary Ann Cleveland, of Maquoketa, Iowa, has sued ten saloon keepers of that city for $5,000 damages done her by furnishing liquor to her husband.
[The New North-West, Deer Lodge, Montana, August 26, 1871, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Mrs. Joseph Clissold

On Account of Which Mrs. Clissold Takes Laudanum.
Yesterday morning, says the San Bernardino Courier of Tuesday, at about half-past 7 o'clock Mrs. Joseph Clissold was discovered lying on her bed, to all appearances dead, with an empty vial marked laudanum lying near. The lady has been very despondent since the death of her husband, which occurred about three years ago, her boarders and friends often finding her weeping and bewailing her lonely condition. Yesterday morning after going to work Fred Cooley, who has a room in the residence of Mrs. Clissold, remembered that a letter which he wanted was left in his room and went back to the house to get it. On passing the door of Mrs. Clissold's room he was surprised to see a bright light streaming out through the space under the door, and at once opened it to discover the cause, fearing fire. On opening the door he was horrified to discover the lady laid out upon the bed as though ready for burial. Everything in the room was in the most perfect order, and the lady herself was dressed in a manner that showed the intention at a glance, as she had even taken the precaution to tie a silk handkerchief around her head and under the chin to keep the mouth closed. The alarm was at once given and Drs. Dickey and Fleming summoned, who have been working very hard ever since to save the lady's life, but up to a late hour last night with very little prospect of success.

That the suicide was premeditated is beyond question, for not only was the lady herself and everything about her prepared for the sad event, but she had, no longer ago than Friday of last week, made her will in anticipation of her death. Mrs. Clissold came originally from the state of Maine. She lived for a number of years in Maquoketa, Iowa, from which place she, in company with her husband, came to San Bernardino some years ago.
[Source: Los Angeles Herald (CA) Nov. 25, 1891; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

W. F. Comer

Colonel W. F. Comer, of Maquoketa, Iowa on Monday afternoon was assaulted by six men with clubs, knocked down and beaten so badly that his life is despaired of. The assailants were saloon keepers and Colonel Comer an outspoken temperance man.
[Connecticut Courant Hartford, Connecticut, Saturday, April 1, 1871, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

John Cook

Chris Cook, formerly of Oklahoma, visited the latter part of the week with his brother John Cook and at the J. H. Greger home and with his sister, Mrs. Naoma Pithan at Lost Nation, leaving Monday for Alberta, Canada.
[Jackson Sentinel Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, January 11, 1921, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Curtis V. correll

Possible Kidnaping or Certain Unjustified Persuasion

$25.00 CASH REWARD $25.00

and no publicity to the informer for information that leads to the discovery of the present whereabouts of my son, Curtis V. Correll, who has been induced against his will to leave town without informing me. He was staying a part of the time with his mother, Pearl E. Correll, and may be with her now or sent away in some one else's care. I am informed she was in part unwelcome by her people where she had been staying and she has left, town.

He was last seen at noon Friday July 9, when he left me, saying he would be back in one half hour.

Chester H. Correll, Lock Box 433, Maquoketa.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, published Friday, July 20, 1920, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

John Cotton

IOWA IN A NUTSHELL John Cotton, a wealthy Sabula stockman, who went to Chicago recently, has mysteriously disappeared.
[Omaha World Herald Omaha, Nebraska, Friday, May 11, 1900 submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

John Coverdale

H. F. Patterson of the Better Farming association is in receipt of a letter from John Coverdale, a successful farmer at Maquoketa, Ia., who encloses a set of plans of his model seed corn storage house. Farmer Coverdale sells about $2,500 worth of seed corn every year from his 160 acres of land and the seed is much sought after. Mr. Patterson is hoping to see such storage houses in Brown county before long and will use the Coverdale plans in his lectures during the Brown county seed corn week.

[Aberdeen Weekly News (Aberdeen, SD) Thursday, August 28, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

E. E. Craig

Maquoketa, Iowa, April 15.-E. E. Craig, the aeronaut, attempted two ascensions here Tuesday. The first one the balloon dragged over the trees and Craig fell about seventy five feet, without injury, into a treetop. The second trial he attempted a parachute leap at a height of 900 feet, and fell upon a fence and was picked up senseless. He will try it again.

[Kalamazoo Gazette (Kalamazoo, MI) Friday, April 17, 1891, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Frank Cundill

Frank Cundill of Firesteel, S. D., arrived the latter part of the week for a visit with parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Cundill.
[Jackson Sentinel Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, October 21, 1919, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

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