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legislative bodies, they see no reason why it should not prove equally beneficial
to the judiciary. It has also been suggested that he be employed to preach
to the "Spirits in prison" on Sundays. This has been objected to as being
in conflict with the provision in the Constitution winch declares that "Cruel
and unusual punishment shall not be inflicted."

But seriously, neither of these were bad men, but had their peculiarities,
and all have a host of friends that are glad to see them at any time:

Another interesting character that the old-timers- will remember was
Major Bayliss. He was a brother to S. S. Bayliss, proprietor of the Pacific
House, and became a part of the assets. His long suit was entertaining the
stranger guests of that hostelry, and it was a very unappreciative
stranger that failed to invite him to the bar. He was a picturesque
figure, perhaps sixty-five, a little lame, wore a somewhat damaged plug hat
slightly cocked to one side, and when he assured a stranger that he was a
high toned Virginia gentleman by G — sir, few would question its truthful-
ness His dignity received a pretty severe shock away back in the 60's. after
a large committee of the young men prevailed upon him to run for mayor
on an independent ticket, assuring him of their active support, when the



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returns showed that he had received eight votes. It resulted in a coolness
towards some of his most ardent admirers. No one ever knew how he came
by the title of Major, but after forming the acquaintance of Major Bag-iock,
in Dombey & Son we see the point. They were twins, but he too is gone.
He will not return like the others.

John and Hannah Ford held the front of the stage for years. He was
an Irishman of the ould stock, small in stature but long on courage, con-
sequently was frequently getting into trouble. While Hannah, who was twice
his size, usually acted as his attorney. In a civil suit before Justice Treynor
in which Hannah was an important witness, and during a rigid cross exami-
nation, in which she would baffle the attorney by witty answers, John would
manifest his approval by a cheerful yelp. The court administered a severe
reprimand, admonishing him that a repetition would result in his expulsion
from the court room. The offense was soon repeated, and the constable not
being present, tbe court proceeded to perform the office personally. He de-
liberately opened tbe door and seizing John, attempted to ejeel him, but
John turned and would have ejected the court, but for help of some of the
spectators.

CONSECUTIVE EVENTS.

At tlie city election of 1891 the following persons were elected: Mayor,
Dr. Donald Macrae. Sr.; treasurer, 1.. Kdnnehan; auditor, J. ('. Lange; engi-
neer. Thos. Tostevin; marshal, John L. Templeton; judge superior court. J. E.
V. McGee; solicitor, J. J. Stewart; assessor, W. 1). Hardin: weighmaster, A.
1>. Paris: clerk. A. J. Stephenson; chief of lire department, Frank Levin;
chief of police. Wade Carey: street commissioner, A. E. Avery; aldermen-at-
rge, Alex Wood and J. II. Pace; alderman firs! ward, I.. A. Casper; second
ward, Peter Wind: third ward, II. II. Van Brunt; fourth ward. Geo. D.
Brown; fifth ward. Peter Smith; sixth ward. Geo. Graves.

At the county and -taie election held November 4. 1891, the following
persons were elected: Representatives, W. s. Ware and 1!. \\". Briggs; treas-
urer, \V. I!. Reed; sheriff, Thos. Hazen; -el I superintendent, J. K. Cooper;

coroner, Dr. F. T. Seybert; surveyor, L. I'. Judson; state senator, Wm.
Groneweg; supervisors, J. K. Black and Win. Groneweg.

January 13, 1892, Pottawattamie my lost one of her most promi-
nent citizen- in the death of Mr. Thomas I'. Treynor. for years lie had been
in service of the public, as city recorder, postmaster, manager oi Nonpareil,
.1- an Odd Fellow had been honored with the highest position within the
gift of the stale, and politically a leader of men.

At the city election of 1892 the following officers wess elected: Mayor,
X. I>. Lawrence; treasurer, L. Kinnehan; auditor. Geo. M. Gould; engineer,
E. E. Cook: marshal, John I.. Templeton: judge of superior court, J. E. F.
McGee; solicitor, A. S. Eazelton; assessor, W. D. Hardin; weighmaster, A.
B. Paris; clerk. A. J. Stephenson; chief of tire department, Charles Nichol-
son; chief of police, J. M. Scanlan; street commissioner, A. E. Avery: alder-
men-at-large, J. II. Pace and Victor Jennings: alderman first ward, Fred
Gei.-e; second ward. (J. A. Tibbitts; third ward. II. II. Van Brunt; fourth
ward. Geo. 1 ». Brown; fifth ward. Peter Smith: sixth ward. George Graves



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During this year the city hall was built, as well as several bridges over
Indian creek, and the Madison Avenue schoolhouse, and a large addition
to" the Avenue B school, and quite a number of fine residences. Abo a large
amount of work was done on the great Terminal bridge.

At the county and state election held November 8, 1892, the following
officers were elected: Clerk of district court, T. S. Campbell; auditor, J. B.
Mathews; recorder, W. M. Shepherd; supervisors, S. B. Wadswortb and John
Currie. November 11, 1893, the following were elected: Representatives, J.
K. Cooper and G. Diedrich; treasurer, W. B. Reed; sheriff, John T. Hazen;
school superintendent, A. J. Benton; coroner. Dr. II. B. Jennings; surveyor,
L. P. Judson.

In January, 1892, there was a jail delivery in which Harvey Moore,
Jack O'Donnel, Wm. Stewart. E. Ward, Ed. Fegley and a man named Doug-
las escaped by sawing off iron liars.

On February 17 occurred the funeral of Patric McCan. He had been a
soldier, and was a Catholic. The body was to he shipped, and was taken to
the church for funeral service. The casket was draped with the national
colors, and when about to enter, they were met by father O'Rourk, who for-
bade them to enter unless the flag was removed. This his comrades refused
to do. and went to the train with the body. The incident raised a howl of
indignation, and Father O'Rourk apologized, admitted that he was in error.

At the school election March 17 H. H. Field and L. E. Bridenstein were
elected members of the board of education.

On April 27 Geo. Stevens, ticket agent for the motor company, was held
up and robbed near the cast end of the bridge by two foot-pads who took
what money he had, and also his watch and revolver. They then started for
Omaha. Stevens followed them, put the Omaha police on, and they were
arrested, brought here and held for trial.

May 15 the new Broadway M. E. Church was dedicated with impressive
exercises, the great house being crowded and standing room was at a premium.

May 1 occurred the funeral of Hon. J. P. Casady. The judge came to
Council Bluffs in 1854. Was at one time county judge, was universally re-
spected.

On the same day Mrs. W. H. Robertson was buried. She was Scotch by
birth, was an excellent woman, was mother to Mrs. John Beno.

On June 5 Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Kohl, of Omaha, were instantly killed on
the motor bridge by the car making a sudden start that pitched them against
the iron railing.

July 27 Alderman Geo. Brown died, and immediately the city building
was draped.

At the spring election of 1893 for city officers the following persons were
elected: Mayor, N. D. Lawrence; treasurer, L. Kinnehan; auditor, Geo. M.
Gould; engineer, E. E. Cook; marshal, John L. Templeton; judge of superior
court, J. E. F. McGee: solicitor, A. S. Hazelton; assessor, W. D. Hardin;
weighmaster, A. B. Paris ; clerk, L. Zurmuehlen ; chief of fire department,
Chas. Nicholson; chief of police, J. M. Scanlan; street commissioner, A. E.
Avery; aldermen-at-large, Victor Jennings and S. S. Keller; alderman first



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ward, Fred Geise; second ward, C. A. Tibbitts; third ward, F. 0. Gleason;
fourth ward, U. H. White ; fifth ward, Peter Smith ; sixth ward, C. R. Nichol-
son.

On July 1 James Burdutha, an old and respected citizen died.
The Fourth of July was celebrated by the Young Men's Christian Asso-
ciation at the Driving park, where all kinds of athletic sports were engaged
in. Ernest E. Hart, I. M. Treynor and J. C. De Haven were the judges. It
was also celebrated at Manawa, Fairmount park and Courtland beach. Only
one accident was reported, that being at Courtland beach, where there was a col- -
lision of motor cars in which conductor John Patton sustained serious injury
and all the passengers severely shaken up.

On July 8 Frank Saunders was caught in the Rock Island yard by a
switch engine and both legs cut off, from the effects of which he died.

On July 3 Christian Bock, in Keg Creek township, suicided by shoot-
ing; no cause was assigned.

On September 7 the body of F. E. Burdick was found at Courtland beach,
supposed to have been robbed and thrown into the lake, as no money was
found in his clothes.

September 8 Wm. Mowhor, who was on trial at Avoea for the murder of
his wife, was acquitted. John P. Organ assisted by W. E. Mitchell were for
the state, and L. T. Genung ami Attorney Keenan were for the defense.

September 12 J. W. Hemingway, of Clarinda, was held up and robbed
of $50 on Main street, near Brown's drug store. It being dark he could give
no description of the robbers.

September 8 the Old Settlers of Pottawattamie, Mills and Fremont coun-
ties had a rousing celebration in which oratory and good feeling abounded.

September 14 the longest draw span in the world was placed in position
on the great Terminal bridge, which was opened for trade on the 29th.

September 21 the Medical Society of the Missouri Valley convened and
was largely attended and closed with a banquet at the Woman's Exchange
on Pearl street.

October 31 A. B. Enderton suicided in Fairmount park by -hooting.
He left a statement providing for his family by commending them to the
care of God.

November 11 Alex Olson suicided at saloon. No. 307 West Broadway
by shooting. No cause was assigned.

November 26 Peter Johnson was found dead from suffocation in a
trench, where he had been endeavoring to tind and repair a leak in a gas
main.

There had been a long contest between Mr. Hazen and Mr. Scanlon.
The returning board declared Mr. Hazen elected by quite a large majority,
but after a recount Mr. Hazen's majority was reduced to nine votes, while
the costs amounted to $268.

After a lively contest between S. B. Wadswortb and Arthur Reikman
neither one received the appointment.

Constable J. C. Buker was beaten by thugs he was trying to arrest and
although $50 reward was offered for their arrest it failed to bring them in.



HISTORY OF POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY 89

On January 25 Leon Lozier was arrested for criminal assault on a
young girl. Leon was a foot-racer of unsavory reputation. It caused great
excitement and an immense crowd assembled at the jail for the purpose of
lynching him, but lacking a leader and the sheriff being prepared to resist
the mob the necktie party failed.

January 31 Mrs. William Seidentopf suieided. Poor health and des-
pondency in consequence of the death of her husband was the cause. She
effected it by taking poison at night. Sbe was highly respected and its
occurrence gave a shock to the community.

February 18 Christian Schroder fatally shot himself while hunting.
He was but fifteen years of age. When brought home the doctors pronounced
his case hopeless and in a few hours he died after intense suffering.

At the regular city election the following persons were elected to lill the
several offices, were declared elected: Mayor, J. II. Cleaver, republican;
alderman-at-large, F. W. Spetman, democrat; judge of superior court, J. E.
F. McGee, democrat; solicitor, A. S. Hazelton, republican; treasurer, L.
Kinnehan, labor; auditor, George M. Govdd, democrat; assessor, William D.
Hardin; engineer, S. L. Etnyer, democrat; marshal, Ed Canning, republi-
can; park commissioner, William Arnd, republican; weighmaster, Thomas
Johnson, republican.

At the school election S. B. Snyder and E. R. Fonda were elected mem-
bers of the board of education.

March 21 Samuel Theodore, manager of the Standard Oil Company
for this place, suicided. Was defaulter to between $4,000 and $5,000. Had
been drawing salary of $2,500.

In March, Judge Woolson opened term of United States district court-
April 11 at a meeting of the Pottawattamie County Bar Association a
resolution was passed recommending Judge Deenier for appointment to the
supreme bench.

Sunday. 12. Kelley's army entered the city. Some apprehension of
trouble existed and the Light Guards were held in readiness, but all went
along smoothly. Citizens turned out and gave them a lunch, and they went
away and camped at the Chautauqua grounds.

April IS John Frese, J. B. Allen, S. P. Vannetta and G. II. Gable
were fined by Judge Woolson for being engaged in bond maturing companies,
holding that they were lotteries.

On April 26 great excitement was caused by the coming of an im-
mense crowd of men coming from Omaha and South Omaha, demanding
justice in the name of God and humanity. What their real grievance was,
if any, has been forgotten, but was probably only a manifestation of the
unrest peculiar to hard times by the unemployed. No serious trouble oc-
curred.

May 13 James Kelley, of Silver Creek, was killed and his wife seri-
ously injured by a collision with train at the crossing of track and Eleventh
street.

May 30 Decoration Day was observed by the largest attendance since
the custom was established. E. L. Shugart presided at Fairview cemetery.



90 HISTORY OF POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY

where an iminen.se concourse assembled, and suitable exercises were con-
ducted.

Almost as many assembled at the cemeteries on Walnut Hills, notwith-
standing the distance, and fitting exercises were held here also. No accident
occurred to mar the occasion.

Peter Stocksberry, a bral?eman on the O, B. & Q. Railroad was shot
and thrown from the cars a short distance below tin.' city.

June 6 Mrs. George Smith, living near Underwood, was assaulted by
a tramp finding her alone at her house. The citizens turned out with the '
intention of having a necktie party if successful in finding him.

Mrs. Emma S. Bennett was burned to death by gasoline explosion at her
home. She was a member of Trinity Methodist church and of Women's
Relief Corp.- and Iowa Legion of Honor.

June 28 Judge Lewis sentenced Adolph Rockweitz to penitentiary for
three years for burglary at lien Mark's house at Manawa.

July 5 C. F. Connolly., a farmer hermit, was found dead at his home
in Boomer town-hip. The coroner pronounced it heart failure.

A citizen of Silver ''reek, while driving home from town with his little
boy, was struck l>v lightning, killing him and the team. The little fellow
got home crying and saying papa is dead. Neighbors found the body and
brought it home.

A woman named Sarah [kes; who had Keen at St. Bernard's Eospital for
some lime under an assumed name, committed suicide by banging. She
left a note stating her real name and gave the address of her father in Seward
county. Nebraska. Despondency was the cause -lie assigned.

July 18 at republican convention ninth congressional district Ilager
was nominated for a second term.

August - a terrible lire destroyed A. Melcher's barn on Broadway be-
tween Ninth and Tenth. Fourteen horses perished and their cries were most
pitiful. Everything was burned hut a lew buggies.

W. C. Waklev. son of Judge Wakley, of Omaha, was at Manawa accom-
panied by a lady. They crossed over to the beach and while there he con-
cluded in take a hath. Before going into the water he handed his watch to
the lady and also a half dollar, which he told her would pay her fare to
Omaha, then went into the water and .-hot himself dead. He left no cine to the

cause.

August Frank Roper was killed Irvine- (,, hoard a moving train.
His foot slipped and he was horribly mangled.

August 1f> the entire community was shocked by the awful death of
three of our citizens near Lincoln. Nebraska, by the burning of cars in a
smash-up on the Rock Island road. Henry Stannard. conductor. Ike De-
Puis, engineer, and Doctor Pinney. all of this city, were among the killed.
Doctor Pinney's body was so burned that only some papers on his under side
enabled friends to recognize his remains.

At the election held November <!. 1894, Ihe following persons were
elected: Clerk, F. L. Reed: auditor. J. M. Mathews: recorder. W. M. Shep-
herd; attorney, C. G. Saunders; supervisors, B. G. Auld and Perry Kearney.



HISTORY OF POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY 91

January 6, 1895, Thomas Jeffries, an old pioneer, died. He was a char-
acter. He came from Delaware. He and his brother started a .-team mill
on their land near the Missouri river. In process of time the brother, Ed-
mund, settled on land just east of the city, but Thomas retained that near
the Missouri. During one of its freak- the Missouri cut a new channel,
leaving it mi the west side, but the state line between Cowa and Nebraska
had been fixed by act of congress at the channel of the river a- it then was.
Omaha real estate men were quick to jump on to tbis new land, and imme-
diately laid it off and platted it as an addition to Omaha. Jeffries followed
Ins land, squatted on it, and as fast as they would evict him. return, and
commenced proceedings in the United State- court and at last won out, and
that piece of hind with the resort of Portland Beach form- a precinct of the
sixth ward of Council Bluffs, although on the west side of the river and
almost surrounded by Nebraska. In later years he settled and built an ele-
gant home in the Bluffs. Discovered an almost infallible cure for diphtheria.
added M. D. to his nana'. He was also a great spiritualist, a most agreeable
man socially and liked by everybody.

On the 18th of January Mrs. A. It. McCune was attacked at her home
on First avenue by burglars, who knocked her senseless, secured some jew-
elry and nineteen dollars in money and jumped out the back window and
escaped in the darkness.

On the 25th Bobby Burns' birthday was celebrated in good style with
a banquet and ball, with toasts, Scotch ballad- and dancing in costume.

January 30 Conductor Creel was held up on the motor line between
Thirty-sixth street and the bridge. The robber goj but $3 however.

February 25 Deputy Sheriffs Nick O'Brien and Hooker located two burg-
lars, who had robbed the Griswold bank, at a room in the Keil Hotel and
arrested them without any trouble, they submitting gracefully, and each one
with his man started over to the courthouse.

When at the steps at south front O'Brien's man shot him and then both
ran. The officers returning shot- and hitting one. O'Brien was so badly
hurt that his recovery was doubtful. The alarm was given and the robbers
were run down, tried, convicted and landed in Fort Madison. O'Brien re-
covered and is all right to-day.

At the city election March 4. 1895, the following officers were elected:
Mayor, J. H. Cleaver; treasurer, J. A. Gorham; auditor, G. M. Gould;
engineer, 13. L. Etnyer; marshal. Ed Canning; judge of superior court, J. E.
F. McGee; solicitor, A. S. Hazelton ; assessor, W. D. Hardin; weighmaster,
Thos. Johnson; clerk, N. C. Phillips; chief of fire department, John L.
Templeton ; chief of police, J. M. Scanlan ; street commissioner. W. J.
Sneethen.

Aldermen-at-large, F. W. Spetman, J. P. Greenshields; alderman lir-t
ward, Henry Rishton; second, B. Grahl; third, W. R. Brown: fourth. J. M.
Barstow; fifth, T. A. Brewick; sixth, L. M. Shubert.

On March 19 Peter Fulfs, a farmer on the Macedonia road, suicided by
hanging. Despondency from drinking was the cause.



92 HISTORY OF POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY

March 22 the residence of Lucius Wells on Oakland avenue was burg-
larized and a gold watch and a pair of diamond ear-rings stolen.

March 24 Seifert Reif, of Reel, secured $1,500 by forging and negotiat-
ing notes, and was traced to Columbus, S. O, arrested and brought back
for trial.

May 24 great excitement was created by the finding of seven human
bodies in a gully just north of the city, but on investigation they proved to be
what was left of "subjects" from the medical college that a good-for-nothing
janitor had dumped there.

May 24 the body of Mrs. Ida Remmington was found in the river with
the bodies of her two children lashed to hers. They were taken to Estep's
undertaking rooms, and friends came ami took them to Omaha, that being
her home. She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church and Women's
Relief Corps. She had been promised a position and was disappointed. In
debt, and became despondent was what her friends supposed led to the triple
tragedy.

Geo. J. Stephans, in a drunken frenzy, was threatening to kill his wife,
when his son. a lad. shot him in defending her. He was taken to the hospi-
tal, where he died from the effects. Such boys should be encouraged.

June 14 Miss Maud Warier, at the W. C. A. Hospital, suicided by tak-
ing morphine. She had evidently contemplated it for some time and made
every preparation for it.

The graduation exercises of the high school class, numbering forty-five,
were conducted at the Opera house, which was packed to its utmost capacity.
The decorations were elaborate and the program very interesting.

At tlie state and county election held November S. INO.I, the following
officers were elected: State senator, \. M. Pusey; representatives, L. F.
Potter and G. M. Peterson; county treasurer, Win. Arnd; sheriff, John S.
Morgan; surveyor, E. E. Cook: coroner. II. B. Jennings; supervisors, W. F.
Baker and Jacob Hansen: county superintendent, W. S. Paulson.

At the city election in March, 1908, the following officers were elected:
Mayor, Geo. Carson; treasurer, J. A. Gorham; auditor. II. Stephenson;
engineer, Thos. Tostevin; judge of superior court, J. E. F. McGee; solicitor,
A. S. Hazelton; assessor, W. I). Hardin: clerk, N. C. Phillip - : weighmaster,
Wm. Higgison; chief of tire department, John L. Templeton; marshal. Ed
Canning; street commissioner, W. G. Morris. Aldermen-ai-large, J. P.
Greenshields and 0. W. Graham: alderman first ward, L. A. Casper, second,
J. H. Pace; third, W. R. Brown; fourth, J. M. Barstow; fifth. John Brough;
sixth, L. M. Shubert.

April 2 news was received of the death of Henry Mstcalf in California.
He was a prominent citizen here for years, a native of Chardon, Ohio, volun-
teered in the Seventh Ohio, was in twenty battles, among which were Antie-
tam, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, was at Atlanta and marched with
Sherman to the sea.

On April 9 a young woman named Amanda Bidler suicided by -hoot-
ing at the home of her sister, Mrs. Elsie Harris, at 14:! Vine street. No
cause assigned.



HISTORY OF POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY 93

The Southwestern Teacher. - ' Association met at Council Bluffs. The
attendance was very Large. Rev. I>i\ A-ken delivered the address of welcome
and Dr. W. M. Brooks of Tabor responded. The meeting was a great
success.

May 31 W. H. Deal, of Hazel Dell, became insane and was sent to the
asylum at Clarinda. He was sixty-two years of age. His wife died some
months previous and he had been despondent ever since.

June 20 a very destructive fire occurred at Walnut, involving a loss of
$15,000 to $18,000, mostly insured.

At the congressional convention alter a lively contest Mr. Hager received
the nomination.

April 26 the seventy-eighth anniversary of founding the order of I. O.
O. P. in America was celebrated. The occasion was the dedication of the
new hall. Committees met the visiting delegates at the different trains and
escorted them in. Mayor Carson delivered the address of welcome, to which
Deputy Grand Master J. C. Koonz responded. One of the features was a
parade, in which five hundred marched, after which the new hall was
formally dedicated with appropriate ceremonies.

May '_'•'! Wm. Burbridge, of Boomer, suicided by hanging. There was
no known cause. He had told his wife and parents of bis intention to do
it, but they paid little attention, not thinking him in earnest.

July 5 George Immerine was arrested for asault on thirteen-year-old
daughter of S. W. Crabtree, and was committed to jail in default of $1,000
bail. There was strong talk of lynching, so strong that Sheriff Morgan re-
quested Captain PrVor to hold his company in readiness in case of need,
but the excitement subsided and the troop- were not needed.

Augusl IS the Odd Fellows held a picnic at Manawa in which good
music was discoursed and games of various kinds indulged in. and had a
good time generally.

August 21 a wedding occurred at the Bluffs that had some peculiar



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