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Willard Friend ~ Iowa
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: January 23, 2007 at 13:14:45
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Sioux Valley News
Correctionville, Woodbury, Iowa
January 21, 1897

Iowa State News

Captain Isaac W. Griffiths, one of the oldest residents of Des Moines,
is dead, aged 78 years. He was a member of the second Iowa legislature in
1848 and a lieutenant in the Mexican war. After the civil war he was deputy
United States marshal of the western district of Tennessee for four years
returning to Iowa when his term expired. He has been sheriff of Polk county
twice and has held other offices.

Fred Floyd, while hunting in the woods about fifteen miles northeast
of Atlantic, accidentally wounded a wild sow. The cries of the animal
brought two others and the three rushed upon Floyd. A fierce struggle
ensued, in which he broke his gun barrel and was then overpowered by the
brutes. The beasts then literally chewed Floyd to pieces. His body was found
in a terrible mutilated condition.

Five members of the family of R.S. Paris, who live in Wayne county,
not far from Confidence, were poisoned from eating buckwheat cakes. It seems
that a small portion of rough on rats had become mixed with the buckwheat

Benjamin Woodrow, one of the oldest settlers of Jasper county, died of
old age. He was 92 years old, a leading owner of the Jasper county bank, and
lived in Iowa for over fifty years.

John Griffin, a horseman of Albia, was struck by a Chicago, Burlington
and Quincy train at Ottumwa, while walking along the track, and instantly

In 1896 there were 342 marriages in Clinton county, as against 325 in
1895. The oldest groom was 84 and the youngest 19; the oldest bride was 72
and the youngest 16.

The city overseer of the poor at Fairfield has made his annual report.
He has aided 659 persons during the past year at a cost of $1,892.58.

The Campbell Power company, a concern proposing to manufacture a new
smokeless gun powder, is a new corporation at Adel.

Paul Correl of Vinton, owned $5,000 worth of stock in the Atlas
National bank of Chicago, which recently failed.

Samuel H. Kinney, a well to do farmer at Humboldt, hung himself
because he had signed too many notes as surety.

Hundreds of thousands of bushels of corn are heaped on the ground in
Woodbury county for lack of crib room.

R.R. Fenner, engineer of the waterworks at LeMars, dropped dead from
heart failure while taking a bath.

The draw bridge at Dubuque reports the passage through it during the
past season of 1,947 steamboats.

Cline brothers, grocers, of Des Moines and Bondurant, have assigned
for the benefit of creditors.

One hundred and seventy-six marriage licenses were issued in Henry
county during 1896.
Corning will have a 200-pound fire bell which will be placed on a
forty foot tower.

An Iowa Falls Couple Celebrate Their Sixty-First Anniversary.

Iowa Falls, Jan. 18 - Today Mr. and Mrs. William Jones of this city
are celebrating the 61st anniversary of their marriage. Over three score
years ago they were wedded at their home in Centerville, O., and spent
several years in that state and in the east. In 1855 they came to this place
which then consisted of but two human habitations, one being a dwelling near
the river bank and the other a tavern situated in a clearing in a dense
forest that then covered the present site of this city. This couple was
closely identified with the early history of this section, and have lived
here continuously with the exception of a few years spent with their
children in Dubuque. Mr. and Mrs. Jones are both in good health and
apparently destined to spend several more such anniversaries as this before
obeying the behests of death. The children of the couple reside in Waterloo,
Marshalltown and in this city.

Charged with Wife Murder.
Creston, Ia., Jan. 18 - Willard Friend was arrested at Bradford with
poisoning his wife. Friend is a farmer residing in the vicinity of Bradford.
His wife died very suddenly and mysteriously Jan. 2, but it was thought at
that time to be a case of suicide and the coroner's jury brought in a
verdict to that effect. But there were people who were not satisfied, and
detectives were put to work on the case.

It develops that a few days previous to the death of his wife Friend
purchased some strychnine at Hopkins, Mo., claiming he wanted to kill mice,
and a day or two later purchased some headache capsules from a physician of
the same place saying his wife was subject to attacks of headache.

On the day of her death Friend claims he took one of the capsules when
he started for work and advised his wife to do the same. She took one and
almost immediately was thrown into convulsions. She was alone with a
6-year-old child, whom she sent to the nearest neighbor for aid, and to whom
on their arrival, she told she had been poisoned. She was past aid and died
within half an hour.

Friend was brought to Bradford and turned over to the sheriff to await
further developments.

Young Man Missing.

Ackley, Jan. 18 - "Is Frank Kessler of Macey alive?" is a question
that no one seems to be able to answer with any certainty. Young Kessler
resided at Macey, the first station west of this city, and several weeks ago
started for Minnesota on a visit to relatives. Reports have been received
that he has been killed by the cars, one report claiming that the accident
occurred near Webster City, while another located the scene of the accident
at some point in Minnesota. No one, not even his relatives and friends seem
to be able to locate the young man and thus ascertain whether or not he is
alive or dead.

Did She Want to Die?

Alden, Jan. 1? - The past week Mrs. N.B. Newton of this place has been
hovering between life and death, suffering from laudanum poisoning but
whether taken with suicidal intent or not cannot be ascertained. She called
on a relative a few nights ago remained while the neighbor and his wife were
at church. A short time after the woman was found near her own home in an
insensible condition. A laudanum bottle at the neighbor's had been disturbed
and part of the contents taken which shows where the woman obtained the
poison. No reason is known for the act and many are inclined to thing that
the medicine was taken and she received an overdose.

Ex-Sheriff Wilson Stabbed.

Rock Rapids, Jan. 18 - Ex-Sheriff J. O. Wilson was seriously stabbed
by Jessie Whipkey at a dance in Mr. Wilson's hall. The wound is pronounced a
dangerous one, being near the heart. Chas. Wellington, deputy marshal, in
attempting to arrest Whipkey, was seriously cut on the arm. Whipkey escaped
and is still at large. He was arrested a short time ago for raising a row at
a dance, and was allowed to go on promise of good behavior.

Posted at this site with Cathy's permission
Cathy Joynt Labath
Iowa Old Press

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