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Re: Mary Lahie ~ Burlington, Iowa
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: May 20, 2007 at 15:04:37
In Reply to: Mary Lahie ~ Burlington, Iowa by Deborah Brownfield - Stanley of 334

DeWitt Observer
DeWitt, Clinton, Iowa
Friday, May 20, 1887


- Rev. J.W. Taylor, pastor of the African M.E. Church at Des Moines, died a
few evenings ago, aged forty years.

- The hotel, livery and food stables at Kenset, Worth County, belonging to
Owen Pergins, were burned the other night. But little of the hotel furniture
was saved. Loss, about $15,000.

- Fireman Lynch, of Des Moines, who rescued a young lady from a burning
building the other night, has been voted a handsome gold medal by the City
Council as a reward for his bravery.

- William Holdschneider, of Harlan, Shelby County, was found dead in bed the
other day at a hotel in Omaha, Neb., with his throat cut. He left a note
stating the cause of suicide to be that he was driven home by his wife, who
took up with another man.

- Peter Preaulix, a wealthy farmer living six miles southeast of Knoxville,
Marion County, was kicked in the forehead by a horse the other evening and
died soon afterward. He was rendered unconscious by the blow and never

- Richard Cox, an old settler of Dubuque, expired the other day, aged
seventy-five years.

- John Menen, the sixteen-year-old son of a farmer living three miles west
of Burlington, went bathing near his home a few afternoons ago and was

- At Iowa City a few afternoons ago several little boys, none over seven
years old, accidentally set fire to the barn of Mrs. Fairall, and Kirk, the
five-year-old son of Herbert S. Fairall, editor of the Daily Republican, was
burned to death. The little son of Prof. E.M. Booth was badly burned about
the head and breast.

- Miss Mary Lahee, a young lady of twenty-six years, daughter of John Lahee,
a prominent insurance broker and notary public of Burlington, committed
suicide by hanging the other night. She was a highly cultivated lady, and
devoted much time to reading of heavy tragedies of late, and as she had been
in ill-health for some months past, it was thought that her mind gave way to
the strain produced by her reading.

- Charles Williams, a convict at the Anamosa prison, sent from Cedar Rapids
for shooting a policeman, made a break at the deputy warden a few days ago
with a knife and was shot dead by the guard. He also attempted to kill
George Bruner on the night of October 7, 1886.

- James W. Thompson died in Mason City a few days ago. He was with but one
exception the oldest locomotive engineer in the service in the United
States, and stood first on the record in freedom from accidents. He pulled
in the first train of cars that ever ran into Mason City.

- Will Deyse, a former student at the schools at Mason City, drowned himself
in the Wisconsin river recently. A telegram received at Mason City announced
that his body was found. His father is an influential resident of Cerro
Gordo County, and expected to start him to college next fall.

- The other night the wife of S.D. Border, living nine miles south of
Manning, Carroll County, was struck by lightning and instantly killed.

- George Colley, a Rock Island railroad conductor, was crushed to death
between cars at Des Moines a few days ago.

- The Iowa State Railway Station Agents closed their annual meeting at Iowa
City a few days ago. The officers elected were: President, F.D. Lindsley,
Iowa City; Vice-President, Walker of Wilton; Secretary, Fisher, of Spencer;
Treasurer, Deldrick, of Independence.

- About nine o'clock the other morning the house of John Beal, three miles
south of Missouri Valley, Harrison County, was burned to the ground, and his
infant child perished in the flames. The house caught fire while Mr .and
Mrs. Beal were in the field working.

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