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Date: December Various 1895

Newspaper published in: Davenport

Dec 18, 1895


Word was received in the city yesterday afternoon announcing the death of August Pieper, a well known former Scott county resident, which occurred at his home in Stockton Monday evening. The deceased was born in Hamburg in 1813 and before leaving the Fatherland, he joined the Icarian community which settled near Nauvoo, Ill., but a couple of years later he left the settlement because of some dissensions and after a short stay at St. Charles, Mo., he came to Davenport in company with his wife. While here he was connected with the Washburne hardware store for a time and later with the Beiderbecke-Miller establishment. Mr. Pieper was one of the founders of the Davenport Maennorchor and an active member of the Turner Society. During the civil war Mr. Pieper enlisted in the "gray beard" regiment but never saw active service as they were not sent to the front on account of the advanced years of some of its members. For several years past he has resided in Stockton where his death occurred. In 1858 his first wife died but he remarried and the present Mrs. Pieper survives him with two children, Mrs. Charles Beiderbecke of this city and a son, Adolph Pieper. The remains will be brought to Davenport for incineration in accordance with the expressed wish of the deceased, and the funeral will take place from the B.C.R. & N. depot Thursday morning going directly to the crematorium.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Ekhardt has been darkened with grief over the death of their son, Charles, which occurred this afternoon after a month's illness from lung fever. The deceased was seven years of age and the light of the parental home. The funeral will be held from the family residence 1129 West Fourth street, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in the West Davenport cemetery.

A telegram received by Walter Hender this morning announced the death of his brother, Mr. Frank Hender which occurred this morning at his home in Ballflower, Ill. The deceased was sixty-nine years of age and was a prominent citizen of Ballflower owning a large farm in that vicinity. His wife together with three daughters and two sons aside from Walter Hender residing in Washington and a sister in DeWitt, survive him. Mr. Hender left at once for Ballflower and will be present at his brother's funeral which occurs tomorrow afternoon.

At the family residence, 709 East Sixth street yesterday afternoon occurred the death of Mrs. Ella T Byrne, wife of Edward Byrne, aged forty-three years. The deceased is survived by her husband and a daughter, eight years
of age. She is also survived by five sisters, one of whom is a sister of charity in Milwaukee and one brother, who resides in Memphis, Tenn. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock with services at St. Anthony's church and interment in St. Marguerite's cemetery.

The board of education has decided to close schools for the Christmas vacation next Friday evening and after a week's vacation will reopen them on Monday the 30th for the winter term with Wednesday, Jan. 1, observed as a holiday. This is the practical way to handle the holiday vacation question but will hardly meet with the ideas of young America, especially if skating and coasting are good.

"Modoc" finest smoking tobacco, two ounces for 5 cents. For sale by all dealers.

The city council of Rock Island is on the trail of the Tri-City Sprinkler Company and it is due to the claim that the latter continues to blissfully ignore its indebtedness to the municipality. The company is said to owe the city $500 for water and as it does not appear to be making any frantic endeavor to settle the obligation City Attorney HAAS has been instructed to interview the delinquent as to the why and wherefore of its unpatriotic behavior.

Thomas KIMBALL, who stabbed a Mississippi river raftsman named Frank HAMILTON and who has been confined in the Iowa City jail, has made a successful break for liberty. During the early morning hours when a funereal quietude prevailed in that Bastile, KIMBALL succeeded in prying out the bars of his cell and getting away. He is still at large while the man whom he knifed is in a precarious condition, although he will probably recover.

Call and see our fine rockers for only $3.50. WALL & SPICER, 319 Brady.

A valuable horse belonging to Tom REGAN was badly injured on the Fifth and Main street railway crossing yesterday afternoon and will probably be maimed for life. The animal was being driven across the track when its front hoof caught in between the rail and flooring, throwing the animal violently to the ground. This is not the first horse that has been injured on this crossing and the railway company is busy to-day having it properly repaired.

If you are sick, nothing renovates and invigorates like Dr. KAY's Renovator. See advt. Price 25cents and $1.

The Sons of Veterans and Ladies Aid Society will give a masquerade ball at the G.A.R. hall tomorrow evening which promises to be an affair of unusual social enjoyment. The committee on arrangements consists of E. S. ARNOLD, E. WEINGARTNER and Frank DOW, and Misses Kate RIGBY, Minnie SCHUMAN and Sadie TILLOTSON. These two organizations have given quite a number of pleasing entertainments and the affair tomorrow evening will probably excel all past records.

A necessary dish: "Friends' Oats,"

West Third street was the scene of an exciting runaway yesterday which nearly resulted in the serious injury of Mrs. Rev. C. A. FINGER and a couple of ladies who were in the carriage with her at the time. The horse which Mrs. FINGER was driving became frightened at a passing car near Third and Vine streets and indulged in a lively run until it was turned in an alley near Third and Marquette and brought under control. The carriage rocked to and fro considerably and it was decidedly fortunate that the ladies were not thrown out.

Ladies interested in china decorating should not fail to see the elegant line white china at The Jarvis WHITE Art Co. Lessons given and firing done.

The ladies of the Calvary Baptist church are completing arrangements for their Christmas entertainment which is to be held in the assemblage room of the church next Monday evening. Forty-four dolls are being fitted up for the tree and later will be distributed among the forty-four girl members of the infant class; the twenty-three boys of the class will also be remembered with something appropriate. The other members of the school will also be remembered and a fine programme carried out during the course of the evening.

We show the largest line of chamber sets in the city. Prices very reasonable. HINRICHS Crockery Co.

Dr. H. A. GILMAN, superintendent of the Mt. Pleasant insane hospital has notified County Clerk Balluff that the hospital board of trustees has found the following cases incurable and ordered their removal:

Theo. POHLMAN, Thomas TRAYNOR, Madison T. LONG, Wulf MOELLER, John O. TEEGEN, Wilbur BARNHARDT, John HAINS, James O. SCHAEFFER, Nellie LUNSFORD, Eliza WRAGGE and Lizzie DOYLE.

Fritz KANN, one of the deputies in Sheriff JONES' office, accompanied by several assistants, left for Mt. Pleasant this afternoon to bring the male patients back to this city. They will arrive here tomorrow night and Friday morning at 8:30 the commissioners of insanity will meet to determine what disposition to make of them. Unless the relatives desire some other arrangements made, the unfortunates will probably be committed to the insane department of Mercy Hospital for safe keeping. The women will not be returned until next week.

J.C. WALLACE has all of the standard goods and all the novelties in musical instruments. Have you seen the mandolin attachment for pianos? Look over Mr. WALLACES fine stock, at 116 West Second street, and get his prices. They are the lowest.


A KIMBALL Resigns the Vice-Presidency of the R. I. & P.

President R. R. CABLE, of the C. R. I. & P., was in the tri-cities yesterday, his visit being occasioned by the semi-annual meeting of the directors of the R. I. & P. which was held in Rock Island. The others in attendance were H. B. SUDLOW, A. KIMBALL, and Phil MITCHELL. One of the principal acts was to declare a dividend of 2 per cent on the business of the past six months, Mr. KIMBALL, who has been the vie-president of the company, presented his resignation, which was accepted. H. S. CABLE, son of the president of the Pike's Peak railway, was unanimously elected to succeed the veteran railroader who desired to retire.


Our store will be open evenings until after Christmas. Aug. STEFFEN.

Malicious Mischief
The management of the local U. S. express agency were somewhat chagrined this morning to find the expensive covering of their express wagons practically ruined at the hand of some ruthless villain who had maliciously cut up the cover with a knife or some other sharp instrument. The wagon was left standing in the alley back of the Eldorado saloon last night and this morning it was found with the cover in a badly mutilated condition. The matter was at once reported to the police but as yet no clue has been found to the perpetrators. The express company will deal severely with them if caught.

One of the best stories ever written by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps WARD is the illustrated novelette, "The Veteran" which will appear in next Saturday's Times.

E. M. DALZELL, practical plumber, 832 east Sixteenth street. Jobbing and repairing reasonable and promptly done. Close estimates on plumbing, gas fitting, water service and sewer work. All work guaranteed.

Northern Witches
In Modern Times Belief in Them Has Been Quite Common

So lately as the middle of this century a girl of Louisburgh, near Wick, was accused of being in league with the "pooers o' mischief," and a remedy akin to that recently practiced with such tragic results in Ireland was devised. She was placed in a basket, lined with shavings of wood, which was then hung over a fire. The issue in this case was not fatal, but the folk averred that she was not "half so witch-like" after she had been singed. A hag of the northern isles was at times thought to be meta-morphosed into a porpoise, and in fair weather she would dive under and over-turn a fishing boat, against whose skipper she bore a grudge. On one occasion she was made to place her hand on the bodies of several men who had met their death in such a way, and in the words of the old chronicler, one "bled at the collir bane," another "in the hands and fingers, gushing out bluid thairat, to the great admiratione of the beholders and revelation of the judgment of the Almychtie."

A host of stories tell of northern witches who have given diseases to horses, oxen and flocks of moorland sheep. Herdsmen to this day distrust unknown persons who touch the food of their kye, lest it be poisoned. In Shetland the cat or vaneja is regarded as an animal which brings good luck; if she is seen to run toward the boat's mast there is sure to be a good catch. In Chaithness, on the contrary, witches frequently appear in the form of cats. A carpenter of Scrabster in the olden times was systematically robbed of his meal and cakes. He thought it "cu'nu be cannie," and one night as he watched he saw a number of cats devouring his property. In a trice he cut off the right leg of one of them, whereupon they made their escape with a rapidity which confirmed his former suspicions. Shortly afterward an old woman, who had always been looked upon with disfavor, was found dead in her lone cottage, bereft of her right leg..-Scottish Review.

The C. B. & Q., 108 west Third street, are selling the slickest playing cards in the country for the money, 15 cents a pack. Don't fail to drop in and buy a pack.

Dec 19, 1895

Patrick J Halligan, who has been a resident of Davenport for the past forty-two years, passed away at the family residence, 725 Perry street, at 1:40 this morning. His death resulted from pneumonia, which developed from an accident of which he was the victim and which occurred last Saturday afternoon. While crossing the street on Harrison and Fourth, he was run down by a buggy driven by an unknown woman and severely hurt. He was thrown upon the pavement with such force as to inflict an ugly gash over his right eye and crush his right lung, from which pneumonia resulted. Mr. Halligan was a native of Ireland and was seventy years of age. He came to the United States in 1850 and to Davenport in 1853, residing here continually since that time. For about thirty years he held the position of general foreman for the Davenport Gas company, retiring from that occupation several years ago. He is survived by his wife and six children-John, James, Thomas, William, Joseph and Mary-all resident of this city. The funeral will be held from the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock, interment to be made in St. Marguerite's cemetery.

Dec 30, 1895

At noon yesterday occurred the death of Mrs. Frederica Christina Marie Voss at the residence of her son, John A Voss, 1442 west Seventh street. Mrs. Voss has for some time been troubled with lung disease and this was ultimately the cause of her death. The deceased was born in Wallo, Germany and had reached the advanced age of seventy-six years. For the past twenty-two years she has been a resident of Davenport and her many rare qualities and sterling character have made numerous friends in this her chosen residence. She was greatly beloved and a large number of friends will mourn her death. Her husband died about sixteen years ago but three sons; John A, William H,
and Fritz P, all active members of the Voss Manufacturing company of this city survive her. The funeral will be held from the residence of John A Voss Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in West Davenport cemetery.

This morning shortly after 10 o'clock occurred the death from old age of one of Scott county's oldest residents, Michael O'Dea, at his home, 1428 Marquette street. Mr. O'Dea was born in County Limerick, Ireland in 1820. Like a good many of his countrymen he decided to come to America, arriving in this country in 1850 and settling in Princeton county, Kentucky. In 1855 he again moved coming to Scott county and engaging in farming near this city. This occupation was followed for twenty-six years, Mr. O'Dea becoming very prosperous and widely known for his thrift and good management. In 1881 he decided to give up the active life which necessarily falls to the lot of the farmer and retired, moving to Davenport for residence. He purchased a home on Marquette street where he has ever since lived. To mourn the death of the deceased are his wife, one son, John O'Dea, a sister, Mrs. Thomas Barron, and two brothers, Patrick and James O'Dea. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock with services in St. Mary's Church and interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Last evening at 8 o'clock occurred the death of Heinrich Grimm, a Scott county farmer. Mr. Grimm was fifty-eight years of age. He was born in Holstein Germany coming to Iowa thirty years ago. His residence is a farm near Oakdale cemetery. Jochim Grimm and Mrs. Walbort Wiese, brother and sister of the deceased survive him. The funeral will be held on Jan. 1 from the residence with interment in Oakdale.

At 3:30 yesterday occurred the death of the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Matzen aged four years and six months. The little lad was taken sick one week ago. The disease soon developed into croup which finally caused his death. His parents moved here from Muscatine where the little fellow was born about three mouths ago and are living at 708 west Seventh street. The funeral was held this morning with interment in Holy Family cemetery.

Shortly after 7 o'clock at the family residence, 1330 Ripley street, occurred the death of John Ternesky, a well known resident of this city, at the age of forty-four years. The deceased was born April 26, 1852 in Cleveland, Ohio, but later removed to this city where he followed the occupation of a compositor, being foreman of Der Demokrat composing room for many years. About two years ago he retired from that position and since that date has not been actively employed. His wife, formerly Miss Anna Dolansky, and five children survive him, together with six sisters, three of whom reside in this city and the otehrs at Wilber, Neb. The funeral will be held from the late residence Wednesday afternoon Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock with services at St. Joseph's church and interment in St. Marguerite's cemetery.

Dec. 30, 1895

James DEMPSEY and Tom FARRAN,who were found guilty of attempted highway robbery in the district court some time ago, came in this morning and after a consultation with their attorney, C.T. COOPER, the two men decided to work out their fine of $50 each on the jail stone pile. They accordingly reported to Turnkey MARTENS this noon and will spend the next fifteen days in the county bastile. DEMPSEY and FARRAN evidently think that this is the easiest way for them to earn $50, especially at this season of the year.

Among other questions the supreme court recently cleared up a point which has caused much dispute at times in a decision which is of special interest to owners of horses. The question is often asked what if a team runs away and does damage or what if a persons vehicle is run into by another and in reply to this the supreme court says the decision to which reference has been made: It is not necessary that the horse should be vicious to make the owner responsible for injury done by him through the owner's negligence. If the most docile horse be driven, yet so negligently as to do injury to persons or property, the owner or driver is responsible. Certainly no less so if the horse be negligently turned loose in the street without restraint or control.

Taken Ill in a Restaurant.
While waiting for a car in a Brady street restaurant about 10 o'clock yesterday morning, Francis McCULLOUGH, Sr., was taken violently ill and sank back in his chair in a fainting condition. Dr. CANTWELL was hastily summoned and after working for nearly a half hour over the prostrate man at last succeeded in reviving him sufficiently to take him home in a carriage. This morning Mr. McCULLOUGH was still very weak, but his condition some what improved.

The Successful Bidder
The contract for the new storage house and office building of the Martin-Woods Company on Front and Perry streets has been let by T.W. McCLELLAND & Co. as architects and superintendents, to Henry BUCK. Mr. BUCK has long been associated with the firm as master builder. The contract sum is $5,625 and it is expected that work will be begun at once so that sixty days, providing the weather allows, will see it completed. To the portion of the town in which the building is to be erected it will be a very welcome addition in the way of improvement. The building has been fully described in THE TIMES as an entirely up-to-date structure. What modern knowledge can add in the way of convenient equipment will be utilized.

Merely a Holiday Trip.
Dr. W.G. McDAVITT, the proprietor of the Boston dental parlors and who according to Dame Rumor, has left town to evade a settlement with creditors, returned this morning from Quincy, where he had gone to spend Christmas with friends. The doctor was somewhat aggravated by the reports which had been circulated relative to his holiday trip and most emphatically disclaimed any intention or inclination to evade any honest obligation which he had contracted. The report had its foundation in an attachment suit filed against the doctor by a former employe for a balance alleged to be due on wages and which was instituted just prior to the departure of Dr. McDAVITT for Quincy. The doctor claims that the employe had no just basis for his
action, as he had been amply recompensed for all labors that his services merited. The matter, however, was satisfactorily adjusted and the doctor was somewhat incensed later on ascertaining that it had given rise to derogatory reports. Dr. McDAVITT asserts that he makes it a point to liquidate for every debt contracted by him and neither had, nor has, any intention of evading any of his financial obligations. In response to his request, THE TIMES gives him the benefit of the fore-going statement which as far as investigation shows, seems founded on fact.

A Deserved Promotion
The many Davenport friends of Charles ANDERSON, formerly ticket agent at the Perry street depot, will be interested in the announcement of his recent promotion in the Rock Island and railway circles. About a year ago Mr. ANDERSON was transfered from this city to Des Moines and now the officials of the Rock Island have notified him that after the first of the year his duties will be to look after the interests of the company at the Omaha office. The change is quite a pleasant surprise to Mr ANDERSON and his friends will congratulate him heartily on his success. Mr. ANDERSON is at present visiting in Davenport with friends and expects to leave in a few days for his new headquarters at Omaha.

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