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1899 News (January - June)

Columbus Journal Wed., June 28, 1899
Saturday evening Sheriff Byrnes arrested Frank Koch at his former home some six miles north of this city. In 1897 Koch was convicted of attempted criminal assault, and was sentenced to six years in the penitentiary at hard labor. About three weeks ago he escaped from his guards at the penitentiary.
Joseph Dodds on Wednesday last at Henry Welch's on Shell creek, was kicked by a horse, and suffered the fracture of a shoulder blade and three ribs. Dr. Baker of this city was called and the patient is reported as getting along all right.

Columbus Journal Wed., June 21, 1899
William, the 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Connor, northwest of the city, died Wednesday last, after an illness of nine days. We understand that an autopsy showed that appendicitis was the cause of the death, a grain of wheat being found lodged. The funeral took place Thursday, Rev. Mickel officiating, the M.W.A. taking charge. The family have the sincere sympathy of the public in their bereavement.
Thomas Shea died Saturday 6 p.m. at St. Mary's hospital, this city. He had been ill several days, and was brought to the hospital Saturday. Stricken with heart failure, he expired in a few minutes afterward. He was about 67 years old, and had lived near Platte Center a number of years. The remains were taken to his home Sunday morning for burial.

Columbus Journal Wed., June 14, 1899
John, the 12-year-old son of Frank Neater, was taken suddenly and seriously ill last Wednesday, but, since Friday, is reported as steadily improving.
Miss Dovie Becher has returned from Omaha, where she spent the past winter studying music with Prof. Gahm. She will open here a class for piano instruction immediately.
Miss Mamie Moore of Lindsay and Miss Josie Timothy of Platte Center, were guests of Miss Anna Kumph Saturday.

Columbus Journal Wed., June 7, 1899
John Craig has already secured his letters patent for his horse-breaking apparatus and in a few days will visit some of the eastern manufacturing cities for the purpose of either selling his right or having it manufactured on a royalty. There is no question but Mr. Craig has an invention which is far ahead of anything in its lie and will bring him in a good reward in time. He has been informed already that men of capital could be interested in it who would give him $10,000 but he expects to make more than this out of it. Mr. Craig had a request from the Oregon Horse company to come out there and break two hundred horses for them..Schuyler Sun.

Columbus Journal Wed., May 31, 1899
Columbus now has three authorized sewer companies, and before many years, the system should be made to drain the entire city. The last to organize is the Columbus East End Sewer company, designed at first for the accommodation of St. Francis academy, but of course can be made to do duty for the entire east end of the city.
Mrs. Sophia Cordwell of Lincoln, a sister of James Bell and of Mrs. Calmer McCune, both residents here in former years, died last week, the remains being taken by Mr. Bell to New York City for interment beside those of her husband in Greenwood cemetery.--David City Banner.

Columbus Journal Wed., May 24, 1899
H.S. Lathrop has disposed of his farm two miles east of Duncan to Nick Blaser, and has purchased a tract of 91 acres, near Kissee Mills, Taney county, Missouri, a tract which he purchased with one-third the crop, some hogs, cattle, horses and farm tools, for $1,000.
Jerry McGuane, one of Uncle Sam's boys, is among old Platte Center acquaintances once more, having arrived Tuesday evening. He joined the militia at Blair, was mustered in at Omaha, belonging to company E, Third Nebraska, and was mustered out a short time ago. He has seen four months' service in Cuba and says that the climate was not hard on his regiment, as they were not far from the sea and a breeze was blowing inland much of the time.--Platte Center Signal.

Columbus Journal Wed., May 17, 1899
John Thomas Clark died in Hamburg, Germany, May 15th, 1898, of what the physicians diagnosed "malarial poisoning." He was born in Germantown, O., and was 53 years old at the time of his death. His children desired his remains cremated and sent home; but nothing could be done except officially, through the department of State, dealing with the administrator of his estate hence the delay of nearly a year before his ashes were received for burial in the Columbus cemetery. Mr. Clark was a teacher, educated at Oberlin, Ohio, and went to Africa a year ago last January to engage in educational work, but not finding things as he had expected, was returning to the United States, when sickness and death overtook him.

Columbus Journal Wed., May 10, 1899
Andrew Iverson of Creston was in the city Thursday, calling at Journal headquarters on business. Twenty-seven years seems quite a while to be a subscriber for a newspaper, but it was in 1872 that he began, and he has continued ever since. The Lutheran congregation of his neighborhood are building a new church, doing a good deal of the work themselves. If paid for, all in money, it would probably take an outlay of some twelve hundred dollars. It is frame, and 12x36 feet. The services will be in English, so we learn. The building is on Mr. Matson’s place, northwest corner of section 26.

Columbus Journal Wed., May 3, 1899
Lieutenant Lester E. Sisson, who lost his life in the battle April 23, near Manila, Philippine Islands, was born in this county on the homestead east of St. Edward, June 23, 1878. He learned the printer’s trade when quite young, in his brother’s office in St. Edward, later coming to Columbus, where he worked on the Telegram, Argus and the Times. He was a member of the Whitmoyer Rifles before enlisting in the U.S. service. He was mustered into service as sergeant of Company K, promoted to first sergeant last November, and commissioned second lieutenant of Company K in February. His parents with brothers and sisters, live in St. Edward. Lester was a gentleman in all his actions and habits, energetic and ambitious, and if life had been spared him, would have accomplished much. He freely gave his life for his country.

Columbus Journal Wed., Apr 26, 1899
George Loshbaugh and Miss Eva Gregorius, both of this city, were married at Lincoln on the 21st.
Miss Louisa Wellman has been seriously sick several days with liver and heart trouble, and today is reported no better.
We learn that Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wake, who some months ago moved to Seward, will return to the city to make it their home.
Walter Galley left Saturday for Schuyler and from there will go to Dells, Oregon, to work on the sheep ranches during the summer.

Columbus Journal Wed., Apr 19, 1899
During the high wind of Wednesday afternoon a prairie fire started on Plum creek and did considerable damage, just how much we have not been able to find out at the time of going to press. The house, barn and everything on the W. W. Tyler farm, occupied by Tom Caddy, was burned, and not a thing was saved out of the house or barn. A new house on the Allerton ranch was also burned. Joe Liebert lost a shed and some stock. Men who have been in Boone county 20 years say it was the most terrible fire they ever saw. The stubble fields and prairie was so dry they burned like powder under the high wind that was blowing.--Albion News.
W. T. McKean of Shenandoah, Iowa, returned with his son, Dr. McKean, Monday, and will remain here, moving his family to Columbus in May. The McKean family were former residents here and will be welcomed by their many friends.

Columbus Journal Wed., Apr 12, 1899
Peter Schmitt, the miller on Shell creek, got his left hand between the rollers and three of his fingers were so badly mashed that they had to be amputated. It is fortunate for him that it was no worse.
Grand Prairie township has been sorely afflicted by diphtheria the past few weeks. Several families have the disease, a few persons are dangerously ill with it, and three have succumbed to it, Ella, the 7 year-old daughter of J. Hageman, died Friday morning; the infant child of Fred Mindrup the afternoon of the same day; and Emma, the 11 year-old child of C. Heitman, died Sunday. The funeral services of the two former were held at the Shell Creek German Baptist church Sunday afternoon; that of Miss Heitman was held Tuesday morning at the same place.--Platte Center Signal.

Columbus Journal Wed., Apr 5, 1899
D. H. Miner returned Wednesday from Van Wert, Ohio, where he was called January 23, by the serious illness of his father, aged 87 years, who is now continuing to improve in strength. David says that even old-time Ohioans cannot appreciate the wonderful difference there is between the roads of Nebraska and those of the Buckeye state. There,--mud, mud, mud, without limits, and no small depth either. The good people of Ohio are all right, but more of them ought to see Nebraska.

Columbus Journal Wed., Mar 29, 1899
Mrs. A. L. Samuelson, formerly of this city, was among those injured at the disastrous fire in Omaha, suffering with a broken arm, burned hands and face, a fractured ankle and a ruptured kidney. May, her 4-year-old daughter, was burned about the hands. Mr. Samuelson, when here, was agent for the Standard Oil company. The last heard here from Mrs. Samuelson and her daughter, they were improving as well as could be expected.

Columbus Journal Wed., Mar 22, 1899
Last week’s Journal contained a mention of the death of David Carrig, senior, on Saturday, March 11. He died at the residence of his son David. He was born in County Limerick, Ireland, in 1820. He came to Platte county in 1859, settling on good land in the rich Shell creek valley, where during all these forty years he has been an industrious farmer and stock raiser. The older settlers will remember the three Carrig brothers, Henry, David and James, the latter now surviving, with their sister, Mrs. Ed. Hays of Genoa. Mr. Carrig leaves his son David. His first wife died some thirty years ago, his second wife about two years ago. The body was laid to rest at the Gleason cemetery, near his old home.

Columbus Journal Wed., Mar 15, 1899
S. E. Marty attended the funeral at Chicago of his relatives who perished in the fire there three weeks ago. Their bodies were found in a corner of the basement, when they had evidently sought an exit from the burning building. The young child was in its mother’s arms and the husband and father protecting both as best he might, all in a death embrace, probably meeting their fate by suffocation before the flames reached them. The funeral was attended by at least a thousand people, and it was an unusual sight--one funeral, three hearses, father, mother and little child, a whole family, whose spirits had doubtless left their mortal bodies together, and now the remains of these were being laid to their final rest. It was indeed a sad funeral.

Columbus Journal Wed., Mar 8, 1899
The High School contest is to take place at the opera house Friday evening, March 10, beginning at 8 o’clock. The program is lengthy, interspersed with music, and will doubtless be very entertaining. We are informed that the contestants will be: Emily Rorer, Fred. Saffran, Louise Tomlin, Will Hensley, Zo Schrack, Vera Kramer, Rena Turner, Tena Zinnecker, Florence Kramer, Mae King, ten in all. Admission 25 cents; children 10 cents.

Columbus Journal Wed., Mar 1, 1899
E. H. Jenkins, John McDonald, L. A. Ewing, John Tannahill, H. L. Adams, J. B. Tschudy and E. P. Dussell went to Osceola Wednesday to attend the State encampment of the Sons of Veterans. They had, it seems, a very enjoyable time, going, while there, and coming back. Ask any of them how far it is to Shelby and see what they will say. J. Howard Heine was elected colonel. Mr. Dussell was appointed surgeon.

Columbus Journal Wed., Feb 22, 1899
Messrs. Joseph Rya and Fritz Asche opened out Thursday last in the Henry building, corner of Eleventh and Olive streets, in the grocery business. They are young men well known in the community, and will make a good business team.

Columbus Telegram Thurs., Feb 16, 1899
The flippant manner in which the Argus editor uses the expression "Little Joe," is a source of sorrow to this item [??] at friends who had hoped the judge would keep corked up in secrecy his intense proclivities for the undignified game of "craps." This unfortunate admission of his familiarity with the darkies’ favorite game will lower the judge several degrees in the estimation of the public, and will no doubt result in his ostracism from the society of the fairer sex, with whom he has heretofore been a general favorite.
E. M. Sparhawk received a telegram from Oberlin, Ohio, announcing the death of his aged mother there Monday morning. He started for Ohio Tuesday morning.

Columbus Journal Wed., Feb 15, 1899
Leonard Anson was born in Cattaraugus county, New York, October 15, 1815, and died in Platte county, Nebraska, February 6, 1899, aged 83 years 3 months and 22 days. He was for many year a member of the Methodist church. In the early history of Platte county, Mr. Anson preached the gospel quite frequently. He died in the triumphs of a living faith in Christ. Just before he passed away he sat up in bed and repeated selections from I Cor. 15.--Creston Statesman.

Columbus Telegram Thurs., Feb 9, 1899
Ernst Franks, a German aged about 28 years, was taken before the commissioners of insanity Monday afternoon and adjudged insane. The unfortunate man has lived in the city for several years. He is partly deformed and has been subject to epileptic fits since childhood, but they have become so frequent of late as to begin to impair his reason. His mother and brothers reside here and they hope that a course of treatment may restore him to a normal condition. Sheriff Byrnes took him to Norfolk Monday evening.
William Novell expects to move into the John Huber property on Thirteen street just as soon as the weather moderates a little.

Columbus Telegram Thurs., Feb 2, 1899
Henry Zybach, aged about 46, died at his home about three miles northeast of the city Friday morning. Mr. Zybach had lived in this county for about ten years and leaves a large family to mourn his departure. The funeral was held Saturday at the German Reformed church, Rev. DeGellar officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Columbus cemetery.
Fred Roberts has accepted a position with Greisen Bros. Filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Joe Ryan. Mr. Ryan will probably engage in business for himself.
J. H. Johannes, editor of the Biene, was in Omaha Friday. He says he noticed large numbers of people who carried their arm in a sling—an evidence of a recent vaccination.

Columbus Telegram Thurs., Jan 26, 1899
Paul H. D. Hagel, the piano tuner, is lying ill with the grip over at Shelby. His many friends here will be pleased, however, to learn that his case is not serious.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lachnit and the three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. O. N. Lane are both seriously ill with bronchitis.
Mrs. Joseph Schook and two children left Monday morning for Germany. Her husband, a former resident here, went back to the Fatherland just about a year ago ostensibly on a short visit, but has since concluded to remain and so sent for his family.

Columbus Telegram Thurs., Jan. 19, 1899
Bert J. Galley, Chas. Segelke, Chris Schmitz, W. J. Gregorious, Fred C. Gottschalk, Carl Hoehn and others are at Beatrice this week as delegates to the State Firemen’s annual convention.
The remains of Jacob Korth, who died at Humphrey last Sunday, passed through the city Monday enroute to Portsmouth, Iowa, for burial. Mr. Korth had been a resident of the county for a number of years.
Frank McCone, who lives in the southern part of the city, was a little surprised when he went to his stable last Saturday morning and found that one of his horses had been shorn of its tail by some miscreant during the night. It had been cut and hacked off by someone and lay there under the horse’s feet. Frank says that a joke is a joke, but if he finds the perpetrater of this deed he must suffer the consequences.

Columbus Telegram Thurs., Jan. 12, 1899
Mr. Thos. N. Dischner returned from Omaha one day last week, where he went to visit his sister who is confined in the private hospital of Dr. P. Lieber. Mr. Dischner informs us that his sister, Miss Minnie, who has been unable to walk or sit up for the past six years, could now walk and get around very well. Many of our readers, no doubt, know Miss Dischner and will be pleased to learn that she is getting better.
The aged mother of Mrs. August Helb, living in the eastern part of the city, died Wednesday morning. We are unable to give any further particulars.
The little five-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Hockenberger, has been seriously ill for a number of days.

Columbus Telegram Thur., Jan. 5, 1899
J. W. James has been awarded the contract for the county’s poor farm for another year. Mr. James has given good satisfaction in conducting the affairs at the farm and we are of the opinion that the committee has made a good selection in again choosing him.
With the close of the old year John Stauffer severed his connection with the Columbus State bank. Mr. Stauffer had been with the bank about four years, and his object in leaving the institution is to enable him to give his entire time to his farm near town. He will, however, continue to remain in this city which has always been his home.

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