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features. The parties were H. E. Thomas and Mr-. J. D. Porter. The
bride was the widow of Porter, who had suicided on account of jealousy of
the groom, who was a nephew of Porter, and whatever their relation- had
been, now that Porter, who was much older, was out of the way, there was no
obstacle in the way and they improved their opportunity.

August 28 was a great day at Oakland. There was a reunion of veterans
and a crowd of ten thousand were in attendance. It commenced with a
parade arid after a day of enjoyment closed with a camp fire.

September 9 Rev. Theodore Lomack was arrested on a warrant i-.-ued
by Justice A T ein for defrauding Taylor Woolsey out of five cent?, which the
latter claimed was due on a meal.

The defendant had the nickel, but declined to pay, as he declared, on
principle, contending he had fully paid. Justice Vein held him to bail
in the sum of $25, which was furnished by N. M. Pusey signing the bond.

November 3 a stranger applied to Rev. Lemen at the Christian Home
to see if he could get a child admitted. Rev. Lemen made inquiries as to


age, sex and health, would prefer seeing it. whereupon the man opened a
grip he was holding and produced the child. Rev. Lemen received it.

At the state and county election held November, 1897, the following
named officers were elected: Clerk. Freeman L. Reed: auditor, R. V. innis;
recorder, Elmer E. Smith; coroner. V. L. Treynor; attorney, W. II. Killpack;
treasure!', Wm. Arnd; sheriff, L. B. Cousins^ supervisors, Jacob Hanson and
J. W. Mathews.

December 31 while hauling earth from bluff a sudden cave killed -I.

B. Black and Frank B. Krones and severely injured C. P. Reed, who were

January ii, 1898, the year just passed was reasonably prosperous, with no
serious fire and considerable building was dune. A large addition was made
to the Neumayer Hotel at a cost of $8,000, four r as added to Twentieth ave-
nue school and four to the Bloomer, besides a number of good dwellings.

March 30 Col. I>. B. Daily died. He was a lawyer of marked ability and
as a soldier had proved himself the bravest of the brave, having been shot
through the body before surrendering.

At a meeting of the hoard of supervisors an appropriation of $2,000 was
made for the purpose of building a wigwam for the Pottawattamies while at-
tending the Trans-Mississippi Exposition at Omaha the coming summer.

One of the saddest accidents happened wherein a brighi lad was killed

I a family stricken with grief as Everetl Patterson was shot by his younger

brother while playing with a revolver.

April 25 Company I. started to join it- regiment preparatory to going to
the Philippines. Throngs of friends assembled at their armory to wish them
( [odspei d and -ale return.

May 1 a tornado struck Macedonia aboul 5 p. 01., wrecked Odd fellow-
Hall and many other buildings. Fortunately no live- were lost nor anyone
seriously hurt.

At the city election for 1898-9 the following officers were elected: Mayor.

Victor Jennings; clerk. X. ('. Phillips; deputy clerk. J. R. Dietrich; special
clerk. F. T. True; treasurer, W. B. Reed; solicitor. S. B. Wadsworth; auditor,

F. 1.. Evans; judge of superior court. E. E. Aydesworth; mars! al, F. A. Bixby;
deputy marshals, Charles II. White and 1». Denney; streel commissioner, A. E.
Avery; city physician, T. B. Lacy; superintendent of market-. Wm. Ili^-
geson; poll tax collector. John Allwood; assessor, Wm. D. Hardin: chief of
fire department, John W. Hate-: capt. hose house No. !. Miles Scofield; No. 2,

C. II. Matheson; No. 3, F. G. Hitchcock; No. I. Chas. Watt-: electrician, la,.

G. Bradley; park commissioners, Wm. Arnd. A. ('. Harding ami M. 1'.

April 1. 1899, Judge W. ('. .Tame-, who had been a prominent figure for
nearly half a century, passed away, lie was county judge from E856 to 1858,
twice mayor of the city, a leading democrat, a lawyer, but rarely practic d;

April 5 news was received of the wounding of three of Council Bluffs 1'
in battle with the Filipinos, and later that one of them (Robt. Daily) had
died, thus following his father who had recently passed away from a similar


cause, for he never fully recovered from the terrible wound he had received

in the Civil war.


During this summer Mr. Maurice Woolman brought the first automobile
in the city. He had previously made one himself, but as it was not a success
he claimed nothing for it. L. A. Casper was tin 1 next to follow ami they have
continued to arrive until at the present writing they keep two repair estab-
lishments constantly at work, and if they continue to multiply the prophecy
made twenty-five centuries ago will soon be fulfilled, viz.: "The chariots shall
rage in the streets. They shall jostle one against another in the broad ways;
they -hall seem like torches; they shall run like the lightnings." (Nahum, 2d
chapter. 4tli verse.)

Another prominent man passed away. ('apt. D. F. Eicher was captain of
Co. E, 7th Iowa cavalry; a good citizen as well as soldier.

At the election held November 7. L899, the following state and county
officers were elected: Senator, A. S. Hazelton ; representatives, John IT. Jinks
and (i. M. Putnam; county treasurer. Win. Arnd; sheriff. L. B. Cousins; coro-
ner. V. L. Treynor; county superintendent of schools, 0. <l. McManus; sur-
veyor. Ernest E. Cook: supervisor, II. C. Brandes.

January 1. 1900, the new year was ushered in with blowing of whistles,
ringing of bells and firing of cannon.

January 5 Frank F. Everest was appointed supervisor of census for the
ninth district of Iowa, to commence June 1.

January Id Mrs. Wm. Geddes, daughter of II. II. Field, and sister of Mrs.
T. E. Cavin and Mrs. H. H. Glover of Grand Island. Neb., died in Washing-
ton City.

D. C. Bloomer, one of* the most prominent men of western Iowa, died
February 28 at his home on Fourth street.

At the school election held in March B. F. Sergant, republican, and Dr. D.
Macrae. Jr., democrat, were elected directors and W. E. Hooerstock treasurer
of the hoard of education.

Dr. ('has. C. Plunket died at his home at 703 East Pierce street and on
April 12 Norman Green, an old citizen, died at his home at 540 East Pierce

At the city election for 1900-1901, the following officers were elected:
Mayor, Victor Jennings: clerk, N. C. Phillips: deputy clerk. H. M. Brown;
treasurer. F. T. True ; solicitor, S. B. Wadsworth ; auditor, F. L. Evans ; en-
gineer, S. L. Etnyer; electrician, James G. Bradley; judge superior court, E.
E. Aylesworth; marshal. S. I. Albro; deputy marshals. Chas. H. White and
D. Denney: street commissioner, A. E. Avery: city physician, H. B. Jennings;
superintendent of markets, Wm. Higgeson; poll tax collector, A. Fellentreter;
assessor. F. F. Everest, chief of fire department, John Templeton ; a a s'stant
chief. F. II. Hitchcock; captain hose house, No. 1. A. H. Teller: No. 2,
C. H. Matheson; No. 3, F. G. Hitchcock; No. 4, Charles Watts; park com-
missioners, M. P. Schmidt, C. A. Tibbits and Frank Peterson.


March 15 a $7,000 fire occurred in Jacob Zoller's store, corner of First
and Broadway. Covered by insurance.

March 20 J. A. Gregory was sentenced to the penitentiary by Judge
Smith for twenty years for larceny, being his third term.

May 31 John Shannon Briggs, last of the family of Hon. Ansel Briggs,
first governor of Iowa, died in Omaha.

June 12 Judge Walter I. Smith was nominated for Congress by accla-

July 26' A. T. Whittlesey, veteran newspaper man. died at the home of.
his daughter, Mrs. W. I!. Fisher, on Vine street.

July 28 Mr-. Gallup, wife of I. N. Gallup, died at their home in Garner

August 8 Mrs. Jas. linker fell down stairs at her home at 101 West
Broadway, breaking her neck, and lived hut a few moments.

August L6 new.- was received of the death of ('apt. Will II. Murphy,
killed in battle in the Philippine war, casting a gloom over the whole com-

August 2 "> John Clausen, a leading merchant and one of our best
citizen-, died al his home on East Broadway.

September County Fair was held at Avoca and was well attended
and the display was immense.

James Stageman, an old settler of Garner township, died this month.
October 3 robbers attempted to rob the express on the K. C. & St. Joe
road. Messenger C. E3. Baxter shol and killed one of them. The others
made their escape in the dark.

The remains of Capt. Will II. Murphy arrived and were buried in
Fairview cemetery with military honor-.

October I the contract was let for the new high school building to

Geo. K. Hughes for $57,

September 12 Thomas Officer died, and on the 10th his partner. W.
II. M. Pusey, was committed to the insane asylum at Clarinda.

October 8 application wa- made for appointment of a receiver for the
Officer & Pusey hank by J. -I. Stewart, administrator for tin estate of Col.
Adison Cochran.

November 12 Mrs. Adelphia Sylvester of Garner died at the homestead
where -he had lived for nearly a half century, and on the same day in the
city Dr. W. L. Patton died at the W. G A. Hospital.

November 15 W. II. M. Pusey died at the asylum at Clarinda and his
remains were brought home for interment.

No event since the settlement of Council Bluffs has caused the aston-
ishment that was occasioned by the closing up of the affair- of the banking
house of Officer .V Pusey. When the first breath of suspicion was whispered
that there might he something wrong, everyone that had, known them longest
ridiculed the idea. Few people that were acquainted with their conservative
business methods, plain, even frugal domestic habits, and almost severe
piety, hut believed something like a million in their own righl slumbered in
the vault of that hank and that of their correspondent in New York.


This hall was built of cottonwood logs, was Located at the east end of
the present Neumayer hotel, ami was for many year- the principal hall in
the city. The front of the structure was weatherboarded, which, in those
days, was considered quite a distinction.


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Among the heavy depositors with Officer & Pusey were J. H. Gregg,
$42,550 and W. H. Kuhn, $31,109; Fred Miller, $14,800 and John Linder

At the election for county officers held November 6, 1900, the following
persons were elected: Clerk of the court, B. L. Reed; auditor, R. V. Innis;
recorder, E. E. Smith; attorney, W. H. Killpack; supervisors, Perry Kearney
and B. G. Auld.

During this year much attention has been given to the public highways.
Miles of paving have been made on the streets of Council Bluffs and twice as
many of brick or cement sidewalks, besides a large amount in the other
cities and towns of the county, while the country roads have been greatly

January 1, 1901, J. J. Crowe was arrested on request of Omaha's chief of
police as an accomplice of Pat, but nothing came of it.

January 24 Alex. Prentice, a pioneer of Crescent, died. He was born in
Lanarkshire, Scotland, December 21, 1829.

February 5 Isaac Smith and Joseph Coofman were killed and a boy
badly injured on the crossing of the Northwestern railroad and Avenue E.

Mrs. Martha Knepher, widow of Samuel Knepher, one of the pioneers,
died at her home on Glenn avenue. She was a native of Wayne county,
Ohio. They came to the Bluff's in 1854. Mr. Knepher was a merchant of
the early da>>.

On February 12 Arthur Goff, the musical prodigy, mention of whom is
made in another part of this history, died at the age of twelve years.

March 6 Mrs. Martha Spetman died of paralysis at her home on Fourth
avenue, at seventy-one years of age.

April 23 Mrs. Mary Huffman, aged seventy, and Mrs. Elizabeth Jeffries,
aged eighty-seven, died. Both had been residents of Council Bluffs for forty

For the past three months there were many cases of smallpox, but few

June 19 Mrs. Burchard, wife of N. C. Burchard, died at her home in
Hardin township.

Also Mrs. Mary Roberts, aged eighty-four, at her home in Hazel Dell.

Herman Sheckloth was instantly killed about two miles east of Neola
by a Milwaukee train.

July 9 David DeVal, aged ninety-five, died at the homestead of half a
century on South First street.

July 10 Mrs. McMullen, wife of Solomon McMullen, died at her home
in Crescent.

July 24 the torrid spell of weather that lasted twenty days in succession,
in which the heat reached one hundred degrees, was broken.

July 25 Riley W. C. Luce, foreman in employ of the Illinois Central
Railroad Company, was instantly killed while on duty. The coroner's jury
rendered a verdict censuring the company.

August 10 a young man named Carl Stoner, from Lincoln, Neb., was
drowned in Manawa.



August 20 there was a destructive fire at the U. P. freight transfer,
entailing a loss of from $50,000 to $100,000.

September 6 Henry Clay McMullen, of Crescent, died at the age of


On the same day the people were shocked by the news of the assassina-
tion of President McKinley while at the Buffalo Exposition.

September 24 Charles T. Officer was indicted for fraudulent banking.
At the election held November 5, 1901, the following officers were
elected: Representatives, John H. Jinks and W. O. Freeman; sheriff, L. B.
Cousins; coroner, Dr. V. L. Treynor; school superintendent, O. J. McManus;
surveyor, E. E. Cook; supervisors, D. F. Dryden and W. F. Baker.

November 3 three men were killed in the Northwestern yards at different
times. Their names were A. J. Headlee, Thomas Green and Chas. Anderson.
December 18 John Schemerhorn, a veteran newspaper man, died.
January 1, 1902, Wm. Tompkins, of Macedonia, suicided after shooting
and wounding his granddaughter.

On the 17th Geo. F. Smith, an old settler, and father of Hon. Walter
I. Smith, was found dead in his room at the Ogden House, supposed to have
been suffocated by escaping gas.

February 5 A. B. Smith, superintendent of Refining Company, dropped
dead at the corner of Main street and Seventh avenue from heart disease.
On the same day G. A. Robinson, an old pioneer, the first county judge, died
at his home on Thirty-fourth street from the infirmities of old age.

At the school election held March 10 J. J. Hesa and Mr. Gorman,
republicans, were elected directors, and Geo. S. Davis, democrat, treasurer.
At the city election for 1902-:'. the following officers were elected: May-
or, Dell G. Morgan: clerk. X. C. Phillips; treasurer, F. T. True; solicitor,
S.'b. Snyder; auditor. I'. I. Evans; engineer, T. L. Etnyre; electrician, Jas.
G. Bradley; judge of superior court, < teo. H. Scott; marshal, C. A. Tibbits:
street commissioner, <;. C. Taylor; city physician, F. W. Houghton; super-
intendent of markets, Wm. Higgeson; poll tax collector. A. Fellentratter;
assessor. F. F. Everest; chief of fire department, John L. Templeton.

April 10 Dan Carpenter, one of the first printers of Pottawattamie
county, and at one time interested in the Council Bluffs Bugle, died at the
Printers' Home at Colorado Springs, Colo.

July 20 a man named Roderick was held to the grand jury by Justice
Bryant for the murder of a man named Mover.

August 20 Peter Jacobs, a lineman in the employ of the telegraph com-
pany, while shifting wire-, was electrocuted and instantly killed.

Peter Boogs, while working on the building of the wholesale grocery of
Gronewes & Schoentgen, fell through an opening, striking on hi- head and
died within half an hour.

September 7 Robert A. Johnson, a boarder at the Revere House, hecame
infatuated with a woman and suicided on her account.

At the -tate and county elections held November 4. 1902. the following
officers were elected: State senator, C. G. Saunders; attorney. W. II. Kill-


pack; clerk, Freeman L. Reed; auditor, R. V. Innis; recorder, Elmer E.
Smith; supervisors, H. C. Brandes and Allen Bullis.

December 1 a man named Clay Hudnall was killed and three others
injured on the Wabash railroad near the city, the wreck being caused by a
cow being run over on the track.

On December 15 John L. Howe accidentally shot and killed a friend
named C. J. Gordon at the U. P. transfer. They were both in the employ
of the express companies.

January 11, 1903, Leffert's jewelry store was robbed of watches of the
value of $500 by the breaking of a show window. The noise attracted notice
and officers gave chase, exchanging shots, and the robbers dropped most of
the plunder, which was recovered, but they escaped in the darkness.

At a meeting of the Grape Growers' Association it was resolved to erect
a warehouse of their own of the value of $10,000.

January 13 Henry Stacy of the city was hauling in a load of wood and
was run down by a Rock Island train on the crossing near the school for the
deaf. He and his team were instantly killed.

Otto Barnhart, of Avoca, suicided by cutting his throat on account of
unrequited love of his sweetheart.

Through correspondence with Andrew Carnegie and the assistance of
Gen. G. M. Dodge and Hon. Walter I. Smith, the library association secured
a gift of $70,000.

January 18 a horrible double tragedy occurred some three miles north-
east of Oakland. Mrs. John Hanna cut her husband's throat and then her
own. It was not discovered until morning. She had left a note saying she was
going to do it.

January 24 the Christian Home received a donation of $30,000 from
Mrs. Mary E. Robertson of Sheboygan, Michigan, and $25,000 from another
benefactor who gave no name.

Marshal Sherman, who had the care of Mr. H. H. Van Brunt's team,
was found dead in the barn. The doctors pronounced it heart failure. He
was a member of the G. A. R. and Knights of Pythias.

A sad accident occurred at Carson. Eddie Conrad, thirteen years of
age, was drowned while skating on the Botna river.

February 16 Mrs. Barney McDaniels and Bert Levix were arrested
at Macedonia for the murder of Barney McDaniels, husband of the woman.
They were taken before Justice J. C. Ray burn, who held them to the grand
jury. Sheriff Cousins took them to Avoca, but the jail there not being con-
venient, they were brought to the Bluffs and placed in the county jail.

March 21 U. S. marshal W. A. Richards, accused of robbery, and after
giving bail and disappearing mysteriously, finally returned and surrendered.

Oscar Cattleman, a little four-year-old boy, while playing in the street,
was run over and instantly killed. It was the result of accident, unavoida-
ble by the driver and the coroner's jury acquitted him of blame.

March 26 a little old brick house being torn down on North First
street while a family named Cozad were living in it, and was the subject
of an article in the Nonpareil, had a history. It was one of the first brick


dwellings in the city. It was built in 1854, owned and occupied for many
years by J. Smith Hooten, at one time banker and later mayor of the
city. And many a swell party has been entertained in that little house.
Mr. and Mrs. Hooten were most generous host and hostess. But times
changed. They became poor and after his death, even that little home had
to go. This is another case almost, as pathetic as that of the Bayliss family,
and further along we shall relate another similar one. It seems hard that
such things must be.

On the 31st of March a well appearing stranger came into the Grand
Hotel, walked around in the rotunda a few minutes, then went out and
started down Pearl street, stopped and shot himself, dying instantly. He
proved to be a Mr. MeNew, of Riverton. Poor health was supposed to be
the cause.

April 1 the clerks at the postoffice had a very pleasant surprise — unusual
for the first of April, viz.: that each one would have a raise of $100, com-
mencing July 1.

A sad accident occurred at Honey Creek lake when Loyd Kirkpatrick,
seventeen years did, was accidentally shot while hunting ducks.

At the city election for 1903-4 the following officere were elected:
Mayor, Donald Macrae, Jr.: clerk. L. Zurmuhlen: treasurer, F. T. True;
auditor, P. J. Smith: engineer, S. L. Etnyre; electrician, C. A. Atkins; judge
of superior court, Geo. H. Scott; marshal, Geo. H. Richmond; physician,
M. A. Finley; superintendent of markets. Win. Higgeson; poll tax collector,
P. G. Mikesell; assessor W. D. Hardin; chief of fire department, Charles
Nicholson; captain of hose company No. 1, A. H. Telfer; No. 2, C. II. Math-
ewson; No. 3, F. II. Hitchcock: No. 4. Robert Jones; park commissioners,
A. C. Graham, J. J. Brown and Frank Peterson; aldermah-at-large, A. G.
Gilbert and John Olsen; adlerman first ward, 0. Younkerman; second ward,
Thos. Malonv; third ward, M. II. Tinley: fourth ward. J. P. Weaver; fifth
ward. Jas. McMillen; sixth ward. C. M. Crippen.

On April 4 Bert Forney was shot and killed : it hi- sal at L028 West

Broadway by masked robbers who made their escape.

April 10 Irvin Moore, driver of a coal team of Steepy & Steepy, dropped
dead on his wagon on East Pierce street of heart failure.

On April 21 one man was killed and one probably fatally injured
in collision of switch engine and freight train at P. P. transfer.

One of the most horrible- tragedies of modern times was the murder of
Mr. and Mrs. Church, two of Council Bluffs' best young people. They had

gone onto a ranch near the town of Gillette, Wy ing, ;ind comfortably

situated. A man named Clifton, who had been with them, brutally mur-
dered them both and buried their bodies in a manure pile. The first sus-
picion was raised when Mr. Clifton's mother went out to s e e them and their
absence set the neighboring ranchmen to investigating. Clifton was arrested
and finally confessed, but claimed it was in self defense. He was placed
in jail at Gillette, but a mob of ranchmen came and took him out to a high
bridge and buns; him. giving him a drop of forty feet, which entirely severed
his head from his bod v.


The remains of the Churches were brought to the home of Mrs.
Church's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Foster, on Fifth avenue and the double
funeral was held at the Fifth avenue church, but not a fourth of the friends
could enter, so great was the sympathy of the entire community.

On April 22 Andrew Thompson, convicted of robbing the Curry store
at Underwood, was sentenced to six years at Fort Madison.

On the 26th Lozier and Moore, the fake foot racers, convicted of swin-
dling Chas. Huber out of several thousand dollars, were given three years
each at Fort Madison.

May 2 Mrs. McDaniels and Levix, who were tried at Avoca fur the mur-
der of Mr. McDaniels, were acquitted, but the feeling at Macedonia was such
that they were advised not to return there.

It seems that there was a carnival of crime about this time, as on the
10th of May Wm. C. Rogers was held to the grand jury for the murder of
Bert Forney.

The season opened up at Manawa with a full line of attractions, chief of
which was Covalt's band of thirty pieces.

A large amount of sidewalk was constructed. The street fair and car-
nival was a great success, the admissions for the week being over 70,000.

At the election held November 3, 1903, the following named officers
were elected: Senator, C. G. Saunders; representatives W. IT. Freeman and
Robert J. Martin; treasurer, L. G. Consigney; sheriff, Edward Canning;
coroner, V. L. Treynor; school superintendent, O. -I. McManus.

On the 5th of December, 1903, Council Bluffs was called upon to part
with one of its best citizens in the person of .1. B. Atkins, who had been in
poor health for quite a while. Mr. Atkins, like thousands of others, rushed
to the mountains at the first of the Pike's Peak excitement, and about the
same time Henry Allen, who at the time was postmaster here, resigned and
went, taking his family, consisting of wife and two daughters. Mr. Atkins
and the eldest were mutually attracted but there was no clerk to issue license,
but a preacher was found in a prospect hole who proceeded to tie the knot
that held them until parted by death. This was the first marriage of a white
couple in what is now the great state of Colorado and city of Denver. Mrs.
Atkins' mother and sister were the only women in the camp to witness the

The new year of 1904 brought the sad intelligence of the death of Mrs.
Mendel, wife of Herman Mendel, of Neola, being crushed to death in the
panic that occurred in the burning of the Iroquois theater in Chicago.

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