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Daily Times
Daily Times
Contributed by Cathy_Labath

Description: Various

Date: August 14 1900

Newspaper published in: Davenport


Eldridge, Aug 13-
-Miss Sadie Steffe returned to Davenport last Tuesday.
-Cyclone company of Long Grove did a lot of work for Dr. Kemmerer last week.
-Mrs. Birdie Nichols of LaCrosse, Wis., is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bell this week.
-Archie and Nellie Clapp, of Davenport were here Sunday.
-Miss Flora Ramsey is a telegraph agent at the water works in Davenport. She expects to remain four weeks.
-Gust Black returned from Carroll county last Saturday. He intends to move his family there next spring.
-The Miss Lookboro, Miss Haney and Miss Mud of Welton, Ia. spent Sunday here.
-The crowds at the gospel meetings in the tent are gradually increasing in size. The services Friday night were devoted exclusively to singing.
-The C.E. society of Long Grove will hold their meeting in Eldridge next Sunday evening.
-Dr. Kemmerer is fixing up the old butcher shop for a restaurant.
-The Democrats at their caucus last Thursday elected Herman Oetzman as a delegate to their county convention. Mr. Oetzman is a dyed-in-the-wool Republican and is running for township clerk on the Republican ticket. Mr. Oetzman regards their action as an insult and is very
indignant about it. The Democrats of Sheridan township are very hard up when they have to elect a Republican to fill out their delegation.

New Davenport Institution That Will Advertise in the Times
-Dr. G.M. Brown and Prof. S.H. Melott of Nevada, Mo., have leased the suite of front offices on the second floor of the McCullough building at 124 West Third street, where they are opening a school for the purpose of teaching the science of Metaphysical healing and curing such other diseases as other means have failed to reach. The doctors today signed a contract for advertising in The Times and will use this paper to introduce their methods to the people of Davenport and vicinity. This is the quickest, surest and a perfectly legitimate way of obtaining the publicity necessary for the success of their new institution. Their advertising will acquaint the people with what they are doing and their methods of treating disease. Dr. Brown states that he has perfected a system from Metaphysical principles which many noted physicians claim to be the most powerful curative agent know to mankind for all functional and a great many incipent organic diseases, a statement which he has numerous testimonials to bear out as fact. They are highly recommended as they bring endorsements with them from all the county and city officials, all the banking houses and financial institutions, the leading business men, quite a number of clergymen, lawyers and other professional people including some fourteen or fifteen of the leading physicians of their home city. They are both pleasant gentlemen to meet and their Davenport enterprise proves to be successful from the start.
John Riley and John Collins, Therefore Figure in Police Court
-The police last evening arrested a worthy pair who gave their names as John Riley and John Collins. The parties were charged with the larceny of pitchforks from the street car barn. Both parties were given a hearing on the charge before Magistrate Finger this morning. Collins was found to be guiltless of the charge of larceny, but Riley was positively identified by one of the street car barn employees who saw him take the forks. Magistrate Finger accordingly dismissed the case against Collins and sentenced Riley to 12 days on the county rock pile.

Another Charge Pending
-Riley is also wanted upon another charge, that of assault with intent, he having been positively identified by Bill Burke as the man who gashed his throat with a knife in an East Side saloon at about 2 o'clock Sunday morning. Burke was with a fellow named George Patton in a saloon when he got into an altercation with Riley, who whipped out a knife and grazed Patton's cheek with it, while he narrowly missed severing Burke's windpipe and jugular. Burke walked to the station and showed himself to the Night Desk Sergeant Bailey Cook, who at once sent for Dr. E.S. Bowman, who quickly responded and took up 12 stitches to close the wound. Riley will be arraigned on the charge of assault with intent as soon as he shall have served his 12 days in jail. He will without a doubt be sent to the September grand jury.

-William Hulslander, who was being tried yesterday afternoon on the charge of violating the license ordinance by doing a pawn broker's business without the necessary administration permit, was assessed a fine of $1 and

-Charles Lispius arrested by the Captain for disturbance of the peace, paid the costs.

-Wm. Fox arrested by Mullane for vagrancy, was sent to the rock pile for 10 days. So also was William Johnson, arrested by the same officer.


At about 4 o'clock this morning the rumblings of a distant thunder forecasted a storm. The battle of the elements began shortly before 6 o'clock this morning with a stiff gale from the northwest. Heavy, smoke-like clouds passed east by southeast, and for a time it looked as though not only Electra but Boreas as well would assist Jupiter Pluvius in his attack upon the earth. A hurried closing of windows-and the gale gave way to rain, which fell in torrents through the space of an hour between 5:30 and 6:30 o'clock. After a hiatus of half an hour the rain again started and the situation was seconded.

Splendid Electrical Display
The early riser this morning was treated to a spectacle of the sublime in nature. Who could deny the existence of an Omnipotence when standing on his porch this morning in the half light as he watched the sheeting rain bent to earth and the lightning played and the thunderous artillery of the heavens crashed above his head? Verily a master had cast those zig-zag flashes and the voice of the Diety was heard in the solemnity of the thunder.

Struck by Lightning
Hose No. 4's quarters in Mt. Ida at the head of Mississippi avenue, was struck by one of the bolts, which also burned out a street car standing near by. The drying tower wherein the hose is hung to dry it, was the pinnacle point which caught the bolt shortly after 6 o'clock this morning. The tower was badly riven and the electric wires hopelessly tangled until Lineman Brewbaker got to work upon them. The tower of the house is a complete wreck, and the building itself is considerable damaged. Fragments of the tower were carried for three-quarters of a block distant. Wires were melted and other damages were inflicted. Several jagged holes in the southwest and southeast corners of the building were caused by the freakage of the lightning. Luckily there was no fire and no physical damage was done. Captain Trainor was knocked down and the other laddies were somewhat shocked. Lineman Brewbaker says that he saw kindling splinters from the tower all over the streets. A piece lodged in the roof of the Cindar home in the rear of the fire house. Mrs. Wenzel Heick, who resides a block distant to the north from the hose house was shocked by the electric fluid and was rendered insensible. She recovered, however, in a short time.

A Tree is Riven
A large tree on Third and Division streets was riven by a thunderbolt and the falling badly damaged some wires. The linemen are hard at work today repairing circuits.

Barn Burned.
During the storm lightning struck the barn belonging to August Rolff and located on Rockingham road. The structure was valued at about $200 and was totally destroyed. The insurance was $100. Lightning also struck at the rear of the Jager livery barn on East Fourth street, but no damage was done.

Wind and Rain
The maximum velocity of the wind reported at the Davenport weather station yesterday was 30 miles and .96 of an inch of rain has fallen during the past 24 hours.

Submitted: 05/26/05

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