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Description: Another reaper accident occured last Saturday morning...

Date: July 30 1873

Another reaper accident occured last Saturday morning. Mr. Wm. CAMPBELL, residing one mile west of Postville, met with a most terrible accident. It appears that he had just started his reaper, when he was thrown in front of the machine, his head striking one of the sickle guards and producing a very extensive fracture of the skull, driving in considerable portions of the bone and exposing the brain to the size of a half dollar. Surgical aid was summoned, when it was seen that there was little grounds for hope. The operation of trephining was however successfully performed by Drs. LEWIS and BROWN, removing the crushed bone. We are informed by his medical attendant that his condition is at this time (Monday) more favorable than could be expected, and that there is now thought to be a slight chance for his recovery. Mr. CAMPBELL being an extensive farmer with large crops to gather, doubtless the good people of Postville and vicinity, will see that his crops are taken care of.

Sugar cured Hams, dried beef, and shoulders at ROBERT's Bros.

Full line of groceries at E.J. STEVENON & Co.'s.

Remember next week Dr. KELLOGG will be at the Union Hotel in this place.

Congregational Sociable will be held next Wednesday at the residence of Mrs. J.T. MOTT.

A Brewery costing from twelve to fifteen thousand dollars is being built in Postville.

Miss Ella HAYWARD, of Waukon, is visiting her numerous friends at this place.

On the evening of the 22d, near New Albin, a [illegible] man named MORGAN was assaulted by a highwayman, and is in very critical condition. It is reported by the Lansing 'Mirror', that MORGAN was in town during the day, dis[illegible] considerable money..[illegible]..on his way home and was overtaken north of town, suddenly [illegible] in the face by a club and knocked senseless. He was robbed of the money in his possession, but no clue to the [illegible]..the dastardly deed has been found. MORGAN's jaw was broken and his face greatly mutilated, making his condition extremely precarious.


On Monday last, the remains of Samuel BOSFORD was brought here from the poor house for interment; it being his request to be buried by the side of his wife.

Samuel BOSFORD became a permanent settler of this town, in the spring of 1853, and went to work for John THOMPSON quarrying rock for the cellar and foundation of the "Brick City Mills". Having some money coming to him from his relatives in Illinois, he employed M.W. STOUGH to go there and settle up his affairs which was done satisfactory, and the money invested in what is now the Bosford place, situated three miles from Clermont on the West Union road. He also bought of Edwin STEDMAN his famous oxen "Tip and Tyler" and a few other yoke and went to work in good earnest breaking up and improving his land, working almost day and night to get his farm into proper shape whereby he could support his family respectably. This he successfully accomplished, receiving in compensation a fair proportion of this worlds goods. Being a man of large liberality he culd not say no to anybody, but would make promices without taking into consideration if he was able to perform them, this quality of his nature made him enemies that should have been friends. Thus time passed on without anything to disturb the happiness of himself or family than that which is common to us all, until about five years ago, when he was called to mourn over the death of his wife. The family at that time consisted of two girls and four boys. Being left in these discouraging circumstances he tried to drown trouble by indulging freely in that soul degrading beverage "Whisky" which soon hardened him till he was lost to all feelings of shame. Becoming dissipated and reckless to the extent that it was impossible to get a woman of any degree of respectablility to keep house for him, consequently hired one of questionable virtue. From this time forward his downfall was rapid and certain, using up in less than two years in strong drink and other ways, the hard earnings of the best of his life. Being without money or friends, with health ruined he became a county charge and was removed to the infirmary where he paid the penalty of his sin (so far as this world is concerned) in suffering and death. A short time before he died it was his wish to be baptized and buried by the side of his wife, this last, although dying request, was absolutely denied him by his relatives, they refusing to attend his funeral or allowing him to be buried by the side of her whom he once loved. Rev. Sidney SMITH of this place, performed the ceremony of baptism in accordance with the P.E. Church of which he is rector. -- We have no comments to make on the sincerity of a dying man viewing eternity in all its awfulness, but will leave it to a just and merciful God before whom he is summoned to appear.


Otto BROSKEW [or BROCKEW], baggageman on the B. & M. R.R. was killed by falling from a car near Creston, on the west bound mail train recently.

Mr. George RANSOM, of Rockford, Floyd county, was instantly killed on Wednesday the 23d inst., by being thrown from his wagon, drawn by his runaway horse.


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