Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on March 17, 1936 · Page 13
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 13

Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 17, 1936
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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, MARCH 17 1936 THIRTEEN Pines Opens for Business UnderDeach The Farm Operates Under New Name, Management. Pines, formerly known as the Farm, situated at 2503 Fourth street southwest, has opened under the management of J. B. Deach, former Cerro Gordo county deputy sheriff. The building has been redecorated and some remodeling done. Mr. Deach plans to make further improvements as the season progresses. . The changes to be made will include arrangements for parking space at the corner, where a stand will be erected for the serving-ot refreshments throughout the summer · months. Besides a number of booths. Pines has six private diningrooms downstairs and three on the second floor of the building. A wide variety of meals, lunches and beverages are being served. While announcement of a formal opening will be made later, Mr. Deacb has opened the establishment for regular business. Mr. Deach, besides having served as an enforcement officer in various capacities in the community, has also been engaged in the building trade. EXPLORING THE HISTORY OF IOWA By JOHN ELY BRIGGS UNIT FIVE CRIME Funeral for Phillips, Armstrong, Who Died of Heart Attack, Held ARMSTRONG -- Kdwin Phillips FIRE LOSS FOR JANUARY $327 Seventeen Fires Reported Involving Property Worth $372,417. The fii'e loss for January in Mason City was 5327.27, according to the monthly report submitted by Chief Dan Shire. The total value of property involved by fire was $372,417. The loss for the same month in 1935 was i?2,204.42. Seventeen fires occurred during January, 10 in frame buildings, four in brick and stone buildings, two ir automobiles, and one in a reinforcec' concrete building. Of these, 15 fire: ^were confined to the point of origin one to the room of origin and ont to the building. A total of 219 salvage inspections was recorded and 802 fire inspections. Several Farm Changes in V i c i n i t y of Nora Springs Are Reportec '.^ NORA. SPRINGS--Farmers of this -vicinity who have moved or 'nearly completed their moving are : Virgil Evans from the W. W Moore farm west of town to the Lars Gulbranson farm; the Geisler family from the Mrs. Pryor farm to the W. W. Moore farm; Nels Jacobson from the Lars Gulbranson farm to the Harry Clifford farm at Rock Grove which he purchased and the Krapp family from the Charley Schultz farm north of town to a farm south of Mason City. The Charley Schultz farm has been purchased by E. E. Sherman who will make many improvements Mr and Mrs. Claude Haines wil occupy the house. Ray Wipperfurths will live on the Dey Reed farm formerly occupied by the Rober Eaton family that moved to the A Pcdelty farm. Leonard Shanks o Elma moved to the Mrs. Georgi Turner farm where the Ben Sher bins lived but who have moved tc Manly. Sena Nelson has moved ti Clear Lake from the Big N. farnr and the Johnson family moved t the Big N. farm. The Roger Shanks family ha moved to the Carrol Chapman farm at Rock Grove and Ed Gas' moved to the west Worthy Bake: farm. Vergyl Draegers moved fror 5 miles south of Rockford to th Bowers farm east of Nora Spring and Richard Hostettlers from th Bowers farm to the Will Haigh farm just west of Nora Springs. W. P. Bauers moved Irom th Mary Gildner farm to a farm miles west of Mason City an Lewis Bonn of Ventura who pur chased the Mary Gildner farm ha. moved onto it.' Ole Kliven from Rockwell has moved on to the eas» Gaylord farm. Thompson Named Wright County Deputy Sheril CLARION--Tillman Thompson o Eagle Grove has been appointed b R E Wilson, Wright county sheriff a s h'is deputy, to fill the vacanc left by W. J. Evans, deputy for tw years. Evans resigned last week t announce his candidacy for sherif of the county. D. H. Leonard, wh has served a number of terms a sheriff during the past 30 year, acted as temporary deputy to Wr son until the appointment c Thompson was made. Kanawha Agent Promoted to Position at Monmout KANAWHA--M. B. Quire, loca agent for the M. and St. L. railroac accepted a position at Monmout: Dl., where he will have charge ove 12 'operators, yardmen and other em ployes. Mr. Quire expects to be o duty in his new position within lew days. Mrs. Quire will not leav until later. Mr. Quire has bee agent in Kanawha for the past years. A farewell party was held fo him in the Masonic hall with th Masonic lodge in charge. In the good old days our con- pi o.ssmrn viewed with a l a r m ; now thry alarm with views.--Atlanta ·Inurnnl. ' This is the twenty-ninth story in this series of explorations into the history of - Iowa. Another topic about crime will appear in this paper next week. 4. Horse Thieves. One Saturday morning late in the all of 1860 two schoolboys started ut to spend the day hunting on the sland" between Big Lake and the Jissouri river near Council Bluffs. ·his strip of land about a mile wide jid a mile and a hah! long was eov- ·ed with a- dense growth of cotton- ood, willow and other trees, brush nd wild grape vines. It was an ideal lace for wild turkeys, rabbits, uail, raccoons, foxes, and more sav- ge animals. Late in the afternoon the boys ounded the north end of the lake nd turned homeward, hunting hrough the hills. At dusk they en- ered a broad ravine thickly wooded ·ith burr oak. About half way hrough, and hardly more than a ile from town, they came upon a umber of horses tied to the trees. Apparently these horses had been here several days. The boys realized at once that they ad discovered the hiding place of ome horse thieves. They also knew hat, though nobody was in sight, t would not be safe to seem too eu- ious. Without paying much atten- lon to the horses, they hurried ome and told what they had seen. Early the next morning the mar- hal with three good citizens start- d with one of the boys for a guide o find the thieves. They were too ate. The rustlers had gone during he night. Their trail led out to he lake, around the south end, over he island and "by way of a. sand- ar across the Missouri river into Nebraska. It was a dangerous cross- ng but the only way to avoid the owns above and below. From this point the boy returned ,ome but the posse crossed the river n .the ferry between Council Bluffs nd Omaha, found the trail of the hieves on the other side, and fol- owed them. The scoundrels seemed o be heading for the Indian coun- ry to the north. After going around lorence, they returned to the iver. About two miles above the illage of Fort Calhoun, the trail ended where the thieves had camped, eaten breakfast, rolled up n their blankets and gone to sleep. There the marshal and his men mind them. Their guns were taken and they were awakened. Soon afterward the officers started back to Council Bluffs with the stolen horses. When asked about the thieves, the marshal replied, "No, we didn't bring 'em in, but we know where they are." A few days later a hunter reported seeing the bodies of three men hanging in a tree beyond Fort Calhoun. Horse stealing was a. common crime on the Iowa frontier. Bein; scarce and very useful in the new country, horses were valuable. Besides, the thief could escape on his stolen property. Perhaps there was a thrill in it also. Some men may lave stolen horses for the same reason that boys steal watermelons. But it was dangerous. Death was the penalty if the thief was caught --and sometimes if only suspected of stealing. Usually several horse thieves worked together. Some of these gs had members in more than one state. Horses stolen in Iowa were passed along from one' theif Constitution and By-Laws -OF -THE- GBAND RIVER VIGILANCE COMMITTEE INSTITUTE, APBIL 1st 1876.. PREAMBLE".' "Wei" whose names are annexed^ desirS OU3 of formiug a aociety. to shield us from, the depredation of thieves and robbers, ; counterfeiters, incendiaries and all other,' criminal acts,' and to afford mutual aid in) reclaiming stolen property, and arresting thieves, c., c., do pledge ourselves to be' f jverned by the following Constitution and. y Laws, CONSTITUTION. ARTICLE 1. This association shall be known by the, name and style of THE GRAND RIVER (DECATUB COUNTY, IOWA.) V1U-. LANCE COMMITTEE. This is the firs! page of a vigilance committee constitution. Such records are very rare. to another until safely out of reach in, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, or Nebraska. Hiding places were plentiful in the woods along the rivers. The Brodys in Benton and Linn counties, Brown's Bellevue gang, and Garrett Thompson's outlaws in Monroe County were probably the worst bands of robbers in the early days. The owner of a stolen horse seldom recovered his property from such a gand. Even if he traced the thieves, he could not always prove his ownership. Horses were often disguised by dyeing white spots brown or bleaching the hair on the foreheads of dark horses with nitric acid. Timid sheriffs were not very helpful. What the early settlers could not do separately, 'however, they did accomplish together. Where the thieves defied the law and the sheriffs were helpless, honest men in the community organized clubs to protect their property. If the government was not strong enough to prevent crime the people themselves took justice into their own hands. They joined to make their neighborhood safe. Like the claim clubs, these protective associations had constitutions, officers, and regular rules of action. Their purpose was expressed by the name, such as -the Iowa Protective Company of Benton County, the Mutual Protective Association of Linn County, the Anti-Horse Thief Association in Jones County, or the more popular title of Wapsie Rangers. Usually, however, they were known simply as Regulators or the Vigilance Committee. Such committees were organized where- ever they were needed. The headquarters of the main body of Vigilantes in eastern Iowa was at Big Rock in Scott County. It had no less than 700 members. Most asso ciations were much smaller. As late as 1876 the Grand Rive: Vigilance Committee was formed in Decatur County. According to the constitution of this committee al meetings were secret. The regula: meetings were held "at one o'clocl p. m.. on or before the full moon on Monday, in December, March, Jun and September" and all member had to attend. "No frivolous excuses such as forgetting the time, attend ing to ordinary business, c" wer accepted. Members could be expelle for protecting "thieves robbers, o counterfeiters" or for "playing card for money or gambling." If necessary, the president coul appoint 20 men whose duty it wa "to pursue, and use their utmos exertion to apprehend" any perso suspected of theft or other crim Moreover, "every able bodied ma member" of the committee had t help catch a thief or recover stole property if ordered to do so. After the vigilantes caught a thief they were not always sure that he would be punished. Officers of the law were sometimes friendly with or afraid of the criminals, and witnesses against the desperadoes dared not tell all they knew. The thieves hired the best lawyers. Trials were delayed and the outlaws frequently escaped punishment. Disgusted with this kind of jus- .tice. the vigilance committees sometimes tried horse thieves in their ,\vn way. H a thief was caught in ic act of stealing he was shot or inged at once. But if there was ly doubt of his guilt a "trial" was eld. usually at night under a tree. died Saturday mornin a I. his home itnesses explained what had hap- ened. No one defended the prison- The jury announced the verdict, hen the assembled vigilantes de- ded whether the thief should be anished, tarred and feathered, shipped, or hanged. As the country became more hickly populated, the claim jump- rs and horse thieves moved away, aw and order spoiled their busi- ess. No doubt the vigilance com- ittees hastened their departure. In lost parts of Iowa this kind of rime went out of fashion soon aft- r the Civil war. The last professional horse rnb- ery in Hamilton county occurred bout that time. Anders Tjernagel .·as living about three miles north- ast of Story City. His brother nd family had just arrived from II- inois with a team of handsome lack geldings. There was no room n the little stable and so during he day they were turned out on he prairie. One day toward dusk as the horses were coming in for the ight, three strange horsemen rode by. They noticed the sleek, high- headed pair but went on withouit stopping. That night, after everybody was asleep, the dog barked jut no one answered his alarm. In he morning Anders found his barn empty, but the dashing span which lad attracted the thieves had been overlooked. They were safe in a small shed with the cow and pigs, rlorses had been stolen from two neighbors, however. At once the farmers started in pursuit. The trail led toward the lorth. Near Larkin's Grove one of the Tjernagel horses was found. Apparently he had escaped from the robbers. From some land buyers ;he searching party learned that the outlaws were probably going to the cabin of an old hermit in Wright county. The posse rode directly to this place with the sheriff and, sure enough, there were the horses. Some were caught, but a few of the best horses were tied close to the door. Before the owners could get them the outlaws dashed out, jumped on these horses, and galloped away. A few shots were exchanged. One member of the posse was killed. The battle was over before the settlers could think what to do. The thieves, being better mounted than their pursuers, were soon out of sight. To continue the chase seemed useless. Tjernagel never saw his best mare again. Neither was his neighbor's team recovered. . After this raid the farmers of that community formed a protective association to guard against further crime. Scarcely a horse has since been missed in that part of the state. Activity Hints. 1. Compare horse stealing in pioneer times with automobile stealing now. 2. Tell how thieves change the appearance of automobiles to escape beino- caught. 3."Explain how the telephone and radio help in catching criminals. 4. Find out whether there is any need for vigilance committees now. here of heart trouble. Mr. Phillips was in poor health more than a, year. Edwin Phillips or "Curlcy," as he was generally known, was born Aug. 2. 1SS3, at Hebron, Ind.. where he "grew to manhood. On Jan. 8, 1913, he was married to Charlotte Hill at Forest City, where they made their home until 1915 when they moved to Armstrong. He leaves hifl wife, his stepmother. Mrs. Ivy Phillips, and three half brothers, all of Indiana. Funeral services were held al Hie Methodist church here Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. John D. Wofcott conducting the services, assisted by the Rev. C. B. Mitchell of Burl. Postoffice Clerks at Davenport Find Pearl DAVENPORT. I.Tl--Local post- office clerks turned treasure hunters and found a 21 grain fresh water pearl rolling about among the mailing matter.'Nick Plunk. Davenport hotel merchant, had mailed it in a letter to a Chicagoan who advised he received the envelope, with a hole in it, but no pearl. Next week: "A Train Robbery." To Attend Tuberculosis Meeting at Fort Dodge Cerro Gordo Group to Participate in Convention. Officers and committee heads of the Cerro Gordo County Tuberculosis association are making plans to attend the twenty-first meeting of the Iowa Tuberculosis association at Fort Dodge Wednesday and Thursday. Heading the panel of speakers at the convention will be Dr. J. Arthur Myers, Minneapolis. Dr. Myers, an associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Minnesota, won national distinction for his services as medical director of the Lymanhurst school, a pre- ventorium for children. He is the author of several text books on tuberculosis, among them being "The Vital Capacity of the Lungs," "The Care of Tuberculosis," "The Normal Chest of the Adult and Child," "Diagnosis. Classification*, and Treatment of Tuberculosis" and "Fighters of Fate." In Fort Dodge he discuss "Modern Treatment of Pulmonary Tuberculosis." W. R. Hamilton, president of the Cerro Gordo county organization, will appear on the program Wednesday afternoon. Others planning to attend include Leo Swecsy. chairman of the county seal sale; Mrs. T. B. Ferguson, in charge of the seal sale in Mason City; Mrs. E. W. Sinnott, active in the county seal sale: Dr. E. L. Wurtzer, Clear Lake, chairman of the program committee; Miss Edith May, in charge cf clinical work; Dr. L. R. Woodward, and Miss Hattie Lymenstahl, public school nurse. 150 Honor Forest City Couple on Anniversary FOREST CITY--Mr. and Mrs. Walter Porter of Forest City celebrated their silver wedding anniversary Sunday at the Lutheran parish house where 350 guests were present. Miss Jean Nelson and Mrs. Joe Boman sang solos, accompanied DK. J. ARTHUR MYEKS by Miss Geraldine Boman on the piano. The Rev. J. A. M. Hinderlie acted as toastmaster. Mr. and Mrs. Porter were again united in marriage in a mock wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Poster have three children, Wayne. Kathleen and Elaine. Wayne, the only boy, resides at home with his parents, Kathleen is a. student at the Mason City beauty school. Elaine, the oldest daughter, is employed by her uncle in St, Louis. Mo. Mr. Porter is a barber in Forest City. Canadian Goose Is Caught in Crotch of Clinton Tree, Killed CLINTON, (.Tl--The goose hangs high, opines Dr. T. B. Charlton. The Charltons Tuesday prepared to feast on roast wild goose even though it is out of season. Bewildered by lights O f the city a large Canadian goose flew into a tree, became wedged in a crotch -10 feet above the ground and struggled until it broke its neck. A venturesome boy climbed the tree and removed the fowl for Dr. Charlton. Woman Nominated for Mayor of Luverne LUVERNE -- With two tickets, citizens' and people's, and a young woman nominated for mayor for the city election an interesting time is anticipated here. The citizens' ticket includes for mayor: George Tiedc; treasurer. Harry Lichty; assessor, Dan Ellis; councilmen Lloyd Smith. Harold Sorenson, Charles Wolf, P. C. Lichty, J. L. Eustace. The people's ticket consists of; For mayor. Miss Consuelo Hanna: treasurer. Cecil Williams; assessor. D. C. Ellis; councilmen, D. C. Toohey. Arthur Rilcy, Dr. H. D. Meyer, Arthur Ramus, A. D. Burtis. I wo Tickets in Field for Crystal Lake Posts CRYSTAL LAKE -- The town election here will be March 30 with the following tickets in the field: On one ticket, for mayor, A. O. Christenson; councilmen, E m i l Damm. Mike Nelson. Charley Powers. Albeit Soncrholm. J. Peter Johnson; assessor, A. B. Davenport; treasurer. Dillivan Willis. On the other ticket are: For mayor. Andy .lanssan; councilmen, George Helm. Ray Drake and Cliff Stewart. BUY DECKER'S MEAT? Wear For the Ides of March That Heavy Feeling You're Noticing is Your Winter Overcoat Highly improbable, we know, but if the Roman winter of 45-44 B. C. was as tough as some of ours in the North American snow-belt, we can discern an underlying cause for the boys ganging up on Julius that the historians failed to record. They were just fed up with it all by the time the Ides of March arrived, taking it out on poor Julius, who was getting a bit too upstage to be bearable. Excluding those fortunate dwellers in the southern sectors, where winter has already been packed into the cedar chest or where it never has made its appearance, the sooner we get into topcoats and clothing with a touch of spring about them, the better we're going to feel, depending on the weather, of course. That heavy feeling that comes over you, as winter nears its close, may be nothing more than your winter overcoat, wearing you down. Old Doc Fashion recommends a change to a smart and practical topcoat, which will immediately relieve some of the burdens of winter. We don't want to pass up the opportunity of calling your attention to the cable-striped, double-breasted suit on the gentleman with the derby hot. Stripes are "tops" for Spring, and white cable-stripes on black, blue or grey flannel, lead the field. And notice the model, with its long rolling lapel and plenty of ease below the arm scyes. At the right, the topcoat shown is a double-breasted covert cloth, and the Glen Urquhart pattern in the suit is second only to stripes in fashion importance. 1. Early Spring smartness in town calls for continued wearing of either the derby or the black homburg. 2. These simple design town shoes will take a load off your feet and your mind. They'll be pleasant to wear .and you may be assured that they're correctly smart. 3. This thick and thin stripe shirt is made with the new, always neat- appearing, slotted collar. The tie is a typical Macclesfield pattern in woven silk. 4. The smartness of deeper shades in shirtings is enhanced by the use of a white collar. The tie is a Glen plaid woven silk. 5. You may not go in for walking sticks, but you'll certainly need o smart pair of gloves. These are of chamois, with the button and buttonhole at the wrist. 6. Most important in the way of new fashion, although a detail, is the sporting figure scarf pin. The one we've shown is a running fox. The handkerchief is of linen with a colorful woven border. IMPORTANT NOTE: In case you have any doubts about what to wear and when to wear it, we should be happy to send you a "Chart of Correct Dress -- Approved by Esquire" Just send us a stamped, self-addressed envelope. ESQUIRE will answer all questions on men's fashions. Write MEN'S FASHION DEPARTMENT, THE MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE and enclose o jelf-ad- ·dressed stamped envelope for reply. COPYRIGHT 1936, ESQUIRI, INC,

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