Greene, Butler, Iowa
May 9, 1906
Forger Gray Duped Miss Trixie Shapcott of Marshalltown
Information has been received in Marshalltown to the effect that the
marriage of Forger Gray to Miss Trixie Shapcott of Marshalltown was a mock
affair, the girl being duped. No license was issued the couple at Dubuque,
where the mock ceremony took place. Gray was arrested in Des Moines but
eluded the sheriff by jumping from a hotel window. Later he was recaptured
at Kansas City and returned to Marshalltown where he was sentenced for
forgery. Gray has a wife and family in Indiana and it was proposed to
prosecute him for bigamy when the alleged mock marriage was discovered.
Part of Finger in Cigar.
George Lonbard of Memphis, Tenn., while visiting relatives at Fort Dodge
was taken suddenly ill while smoking a cigar and breaking it open, he
discovered a portion of a man's finger, showing distinctly a piece of the
nail. It is believed some workman's finger was caught in the machinery and
the severed portion became accidentally mixed with the filling.
Face Badly Disfigured.
By a fall from his wagon from which he was pitched while descending a hill,
Thomas Bowen, a Mason City painter, crushed the bones of his face and was
otherwise seriously bruised. He was taken to the hospital where his wounds
were dressed and an effort made which was only partially successful in
adjusting the bones of the face.
Eats Peanuts and Dies.
Herman Johnston, the 3-year-old son of Gustav Johnston of Des Moines, found
a sack of peanuts and two packages of gum. He promptly ate them and died a
few hours later, the mess having clogged his stomach.
Boy Killed in Cave
Lawrence Gray, the 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gray of Lehigh, lost his
life by the collapse of a cave into which he had gone to play. The cave was
built of brick and stone and had been used for a vegetable cellar.
Suicide at Hazel Green
Fred Files, of Hazel Green, committed suicide at his home by shooting
himself in the head, dying almost instantly. No cause is known for the act.
Files leaves a wife and one or two children.
Woman Burned to Death
Mrs. Williams Patrick burned to death at Unionville. Her clothes caught
fire while she was burning trash and she died within a few hours.
Drops Dead over Dying Wife.
M. Stegner, a well-known veterinarian of Fort Dodge, stooped beside the
bedside of his dying wife to catch her last words and dropped dead beside
- Judge Burnham of Marshalltown has sentenced "Blinky" Morgan, convicted of
larceny from a building, to one year in the penitentiary.
- Henry Musser, a young lad of 19 years old, who lived on a farm near Odds,
shot and hung himself in the barn of his home. No cause can be attributed to
the rash act.
- In an attempt to remove a horse from a barn which was burning, Mrs. Adam
Wunderlich of Burlington was frightfully burned about the hands and face.
Her condition is serious.
- Rev. William C. Stewart, for eleven years a resident of Dubuque, died at
his home in that city of heart failure. He was a veteran of the Civil War,
having enlisted with the Third Vermont. He was a Baptist preacher with a
long and useful career.
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