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West Fort Dodge Protests

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: March 16, 1904

West Fort Dodge Protests

Against Location of the Pest House on That Side.

Board of Health meets and Revokes its Action Taken Monday Night.

The residents of West Fort Dodge were up in arms Tuesday and this morning when they learned of the arrangements made by the board of health for the location of a temporary pest house on the west side of the river. The West Siders were so vehement in their protests against such a step that a special meeting of the board of health was held this morning and its action of Monday night revoked.

Following the council meeting Monday night the board of health made arrangements by which a house near the river bank, just west of Duck Island was to be used as a temporary pest house in which the health officers were to place Harry Kettering, the man now at the Merchant’s Hotel suffering from smallpox. The house is owned by August Swanson. John Nelson, the agent of Mr. Swanson, secured the consent of the owner of the building and made arrangements with the city for the removal of Kettering. When the residents of West Fort Dodge learned that a pest house was to be maintained so near their homes they arose in protest and great was the indignation that descended upon the head of Mr. Nelson.

Protests were made to the mayor and this morning a meeting of the board of health was called, with the result that the disposition of the smallpox patient is still a matter that is worrying the health authorities. Mr. Nelson says that he would have refrained from offering the house had he thought there would be any objection on the part of the West Side citizens and when he learned of their objection he was one of the first to request the board to revoke its action.

(Editor’s note: The original article is located here: Afflicted Persons Allowed Freedom.)

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New Millinery Styles

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: March 16, 1907

New Millinery Styles

Mrs. E.M. Phillips Talks on the Prevailing Fashions in Spring Headgear

Will Be Loaded With Flowers

Mushroom Effects Will Dominate. “Picture Hats” Modeled After Styles of the Empire and Louis XVI Periods.

“The principal shape for hats for this spring is the mushroom effect,” said Mrs. E.M. Phillips, of the Sturges dry goods company, when interviewed yesterday by a reporter of The Messenger. “It is remarkable how this demure, drooping brim has caught the fancy of the trades. Picture hats will again be in vogue. The styles for these have been ddrawn from famous paintings of the Empire and Louis XVI periods.

“A hat that promises to be very popular for early wear is called ‘Cheyenne.’ This shape is an attractive modification of western styles of headgear for men. With the brim bent up in front, and trimmed with a quill or a fancy wing, it becomes very piquant and jaunty. Then there are the mushroom sailors, nobby outing hats, hats with short fronts back, leghorn flats cleverely (sic) manipulated and hundreds of others. The late wrinkle in braids is a narrow, rough braid which is utilized in all shapes.

“Every hat will be a flower garden. They will contain roses in bunches, sprays and garlands there will be grass, moss and wild flowers, most of them arranged in long trailing effects. The orchard, too, has been invaded, for cherries are very popular and currents (sic) and grapes scarcely less so.

“Ostrich plumes have have (sic) not been neglected, the long willow plume still waves upon the most fashionable hats, and there is a great variety of Maribout plumes and pompons being used. Some novel conceits are shown in long pins with china heads, and buckels in rhinestones, steel and jet are very much in favor.

“As to colors, champagne and burnt or leather shades are in the lead. Mais or the lemon shades are highly thoguht of, and Copenhagen blue, a sort of Delft, is developing strongly. Plaids are in strong demand.

“Ribbons, chiffons, melines and fancy silks are being used to freely that there is already a scarcity of the goods in the market.”


Marriage of Cyrus Carpenter

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The Fort Dodge Republican: March 16, 1864


On Monday, the 16th inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, in this place, by the Rev. S.W. Ingham, Captain Cyrus C. Carpenter, of Gen. Dodge’s Staff, to Miss Susan C. Burkholder, all of Fort Dodge.

The newly married pair will please accept our thanks for the token of good will to the printer which accompanied the foregoing notice. We wish them all the pleasure that a long life of happiness can afford.

(Editor’s note: Cyrus C. Carpenter was Webster County surveyor in 1856. He accompanied the relief expedition to Spirit Lake to aid the settlers after the Spirit Lake Massacre. He was a representative in the Iowa Legislature from 1858 to 1860. During the Civil War, he was on the staff of generals William Rosecrans, Grenville M. Dodge and John A. Logan. He later became governor of Iowa. He died May 29, 1898. There is more information in the Wikipedia article.)