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Dog Fight Led to Fist Fight

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: March 30, 1903

Dog Fight Led to Fist Fight

Con Fogerty (sic) Was Heavily Fined for Striking Mrs. Montgomery

Was a Busy Police Court

Busy Monday Attested the Fact That Spring Has Come Again – Six Drunks Docketed.

A dog fight resulted in a fist fight Sunday afternoon and the fracas culminated in police court this morning when Con Fogarty was fined $25 and costs for striking Mrs. Montgomery a blow on the forehead which to use Mrs. Montgomery’s own words, penetrated “plumb to the bone.”

On Sunday afternoon Con Fogarty’s dog encountered Mrs. Montgomery’s canine pet and proceeded to literally eat up his adversary, being incited in so doing, it is claimed by Fogarty. Mr. Montgomery tried to make peace but Fogarty objected. Then Mrs. Montgomery appeared on the scene and Fogarty struck her with brutal force on the forehead, the wound being plainly visible when the lady appeared against Fogarty in police court this morning. James O’Hare, who was also implicated, was fined $5 and costs. both Fogarty and O’Hare being unable to pay their fines were sent to the city jail.

Besides the dog fight case, six drunks were docketed. David Fuller, who was charged with carrying knuckles besides being drunk, admitted that the knuckles were his possession, but said that he had them by accident. He was fined $7.10 and left his gold watch as security, having no cash. Simon Fodge who resides in the country was charged with being drunk but was dismissed on payment of a dollar and on promise of going home. James West, John Hanson, Sam McElroy and James Hallison were charged with being drunk. All please guilty and were accordingly given the customary $7.10 fine. West left a watch in place of cash. John Hanson was discharged and McElroy, who when asked by His Honor what was his business, replied, “I ain’t got no business,” was committed to jail. Hallison was also sent to jail.

This morning’s docket was the heaviest in some time and those connected with police court are beginning to feel that spring has really come.

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Home and Society

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: March 30, 1903

Home and Society

On Tuesday, March 24, a surprise party was successfully carried out at the resident (sic) of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Mavity on Seventh avenue north in honor of Miss Myrtle Donald who soon departs for Havelock, Iowa, to make her future home. The evening was spent in playing stock exchange and other games. The hostess was presented with a gold souveneir (sic) spoon. Light refreshments were serve.

The invited guests were as follows:

Myrtle Parsons
Kittie Flaherty
Florence Murphy
Etta Albright
Hattie Koll
Florence Wolf
Leslie Cuppett
Arthur Anderson
Hattie Bechtel
Albert McGuire
Harry Koll
Joe Magennis
Florence Rank
Ailene Flaherty
Alta Lemon
Clara Henry
Mabel Gordon
Mabel Mack
Carl Schaffer
Eva Colwell
Somerfield Parsons
James Murphy
John Magennis

■ ■ ■

Mrs. E. Olson entertained on Thursday evening for Miss Olga Christopherson of Thor, who has been visiting in this city. A delightful evening was passed, Mr. Klinehaus and Miss Oleson furnishing some well appreciated musical numbers. Those present were Messrs. –

Messrs. –
Bernard Klinehaus Frank Moeller
Misses –
Anna Halligan
Dora Oleson
Carl Christopherson
Elizabeth Moeller
Anna Heilemann
Elsie Ottosen

(Editor’s note: I think that Carl Christopherson in the second notice was accidentally put in with the Misses category or the name is wrong. I try to transcribe what I see, only making note of what looks wrong, so I left the name where it was.)

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With Spirit Lake Relief Expedition

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: March 30, 1906

With Spirit Lake Relief Expedition

Ora P. Malcom (sic), of Pocahontas, Was One of Fort Dodge Company of Rescuers

Tells Story of Experiences

Perils and Hardships Experienced by Those Who Started on Errand of Mercy

Ora P. Malcolm, of Pocahontas, was one of the members of the detachment from Fort Dodge, which braved hardship and suffering on their way to the rescue of victims of the Spirit Lake Massacre.

The story of that perilous expedition will never cease to be of interest to Fort Dodge people, and Mr. Malcolm is one of those who are best fitted to tell the story of the perilous march.

The Rolfe Reveille contains the following regarding the experience of Mr. Malcolm with the Fort Dodge relief party:

“The news having reached Fort Dodge near which place Mr. Malcolm was working, of the Spirit Lake massacre, a company was formed to go to the scene. Word having been sent to Webster City and Homer, each of these towns raised a company, and the late John F. Duncombe was chosen captain of the Fort Dodge contingent, with which Mr. Malcolm took service. Major William Williams of the Fort commanded the expedition which started on its hard tramp March 24. Snow was two feet deep on the level, and twenty in some places. Three wagons drawn by oxen contained supplies, and because of the roads, some days but six or seven miles were made. The boys at times formed themselves into two lines and tramped back and forth to beat a path so the oxen could pull the loads through.

“When they had finally reached the vicinity of the lakes, they found a detachment from Fort Ridgley had secured the country for the Indians, who were gone. The men were then told off in fours, every fourth man to go to the lakes to help bury the dead and the rest starting homeward. Mr. Malcolm was among the latter. It had started to rain and when they reached Cylinder creek in Palo Alto county the stream was hald (sic – should be half) a mile and filled with floating ice.

“All the party were wet to the skin, and when at night the rain turned to snow and a howling blizzard set in, they found themselves not only in discomfort but in danger. A wagon box had been placed on the ground for shelter and Duncombe and others caulked this with blankets town into strips, proposing to cross the stream in it. He and three others, among the A.N. started across the others declining to trust such a craft.

“The four passed safely, but it being impossible for one or two to take the awkard (sic) craft back in such a gale, they went on a couple of miles to Shippey’s cabin where they found food and shelter.

“Returning the next morning to the stream they found it frozen over excepting a narrow channel. they could see nothing of their friends on the other side, and so Mr. Malcolm, being the lightest of the party, was chosen to go across and investigate. Taking a board from the wagon box, he went carefully out on the ice, placed it across the channel and crawled over.

“He found the men but none would cross the channel on so frail a bridge., and he returned. The next morning it was frozen over and all crossed, and the rest of the homeward journey was without event. the trip lasted seventeen days, and Mr. Malcolm says that no tiem during his service in the war of the rebellion did he experience seventeen days of such hardship as came to him on the Spirit Lake expedition.

“Of the party left to bury the dead at Spirit Lake two perished in the storm and their bleaching bones were found on the prairie long afterward. When the blizzard struck this company they disagreed as to the direction to be taken, and the two who lost their lives struck out with the conviction they could reach a cabin, but they lost their way. The balance of the company stood their ground until morning when they reached timber and were safe.

“When spring had opened Mr. Malcolm came to Pocahontas county with a man named Smith, and the farm now owned by Lot Fisher and the quarter west of it were pre-empted. Later W.H. Hait, Robert Struthers, Perry Nowlen and others arrived, and Pocahontas county had gained some of its best of citizens. Robert Struthers has passed to the great beyond, W.H. Hait is a progressive and vigorous stock raiser and farmer, while Mr. Nowlen and Mr. Malcolm with their good wives are living in Rolfe taking the ease they earned in those early days and the years since.”

(Editor’s note: The Spirit Lake Massacre occurred March 8-12, 1857. Word reached Fort Dodge days later, and a relief expedition was formed. The men faced physical hardships on the way to the scene and on the way home, and two men died in a blizzard while returning. Because of the mass amount of coverage of the expedition, it will have its own page – or pages – which will be a work in progress for some time.)

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Stranger Needed Friend

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: March 30, 1906

Stranger Needed Friend

Unsophisticated Pair Have Trouble in Getting a Marriage License

Tall and gaunt, and beyond a doubt from the rural districts one Joseph Stupka leaned across the desk of the clerk of courts at nine o’clock this morning and asked for a marriage license, stating that his girl was by his side and all arrangements were complete except the securing of that important document. He was asked if he had a witness who could identify him and then it dawned upon him that trouble might yet be in store.

A skirmish of the town was made, and being acquainted but little he was unable to find a person whom he knew. A return to the waiting and anxious bride found her in tears. The groom full of determination this time started out once more on his quest. Fortune favored him for he happened to remember the clothier from whom he had purchased the wedding clothes. A quick return in company with this gentleman was made, and this time the license was secured.

The groom resides in Fulton township. The bride’s name is Miss Maragaret (sic) Thomas. She lives at Town Hill Illinois.

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Mad Dog in the East End

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: March 30, 1906


Mad Dog in the East End

Police Shoot Animal Taken With Rabies at Two O’Clock This Afternoon.

An excited telephone call from east end residents received at the police station shortly before two o’clock this afternoon made known the fact that a dog evidently mad was running around at fourteenth street and fourth evenue (sic) south, foaming at the mouth and snapping viciously at other canines and pedestrians.

Chief Tullar and Captain Grant made a trip post haste to that part of the city and found the report true to detail. The animal was a terrier and showed unmistakable signs of rabies. he was instantly shot by the officers. It is not thought that any other animals were bitten.

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