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Horse Stolen on Central Avenue

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: April 8, 1906

Horse Stolen on Central Avenue

Charles Woodbury, Living Near Cemetery, Loses a Valuable Animal Today

Taken by Unknown Parties

Horse Had Been Left Tied Just West of Right Place Store. Police at Work

A horse and buggy belonging to Charles Woodbury, living near the cemetery, unexpectedly disappeared at about noon today. the horse had been hitched on Sixth street, just east of the right place store, and was taken from that place by some unknown person, and has not been seen since.

Mr. Woodbury’s son saw the horse being driven around, but thought that his father had given some one permission to use it. He saw the buggy stop at the curbing and take in another man, after which it was driven away and he has not seen it since.

The horse was a dark brown animal, fastened to a well worn buggy without a top. The matter was reported to the police and Marshal Ed Welch spent considerable time this afternoon looking for the missing property, but up to the time of going to press had found no trace of it.



Fort Dodge Loses Game to Preston

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: April 8, 1904

Fort Dodge Loses Game to Preston

Battle for Indoor Base Ball Championship Results in Victory for Visitors.

Decision is Unsatisfactory

Winning Run Follows a Decision at Critical Stage – Return Game.

Company G, the pride of Fort Dodge lovers of the game of indoor baseball and claimant for three years to the championship of the northwest is no longer unbeaten. As for championship claims for a time at least those of Fort Dodge must remain silent. By the right of victory, Preston, Minn., whose claim has been voiced just as loudly as has the claim of Company G., is now the undisputed champion and enjoys the honor of being without defeat.

Preston invaded the local camp Thursday night and in a fierce battle, in which every effort of the invaders was contested with a resistance that refused to know defeat, in the phrase of the game, took the soldiers into camp by the margin of a single run. Preston upheld and Fort Dodge lost its claim to the championship by the score of 6 to 5 in the hardest fought and by all odds the best game of indoor baseball every played on a local diamond.

The invaders went home with Fort Dodge’s scalp, it is true, but at the same time it can be said in justice to the lcoal team that the taking of the scalp will go down in Preston’s history as the hardest task it has ever performed. At several states of the game the Minnesotans saw visions of their own pelts being raised and hung in the wigwam of Fort Dodge, but the fortunes of war said no and today for the first time in its history the local aggregation realizes how it feels to be other than champions.

Preston won the game in the ninth inning when there were two out and every indication for a tie score. Unfortunately the man who made the winning run was the subject of a vigorous protest over a decision on second base, where it was claimed by Fort Dodge that he had been put out. The decision was a most important one and for that reason leaves ground ofr doubt as to the outcome of the game had the umpire called him out instead of safe.

The runner was Johnson, backstop for the visitors, who had been given a lift on Richard’s error. In attempting to make second he was touched with the ball by Colwell but the Preston umpire declared him safe. It was claimed that Colwell was directly on the base and that the runner could not possibly touch the bag before being touched with the ball. The umpire ruled otherwise however, and his decision, although it ultimately decided the game, is not disputed, as the game is such that the position of umpire is by no means the most pleasant.

Fort Dodge was at bat first, and from the appearance of things when the first three men up walked, Preston’s stock went down. It was then that Kerr, the visitors’ pitcher, demonstrated that he is almsot what is claimed for him, as he struck out the next three men and from then on pitched a strike-out game, making no less than nineteen of the locals fan.

Preston made a run in its half of the first on two singles, a stolen base, and a wild pitch. Fort Dodge was the next to score. Three locals crossed the plate in the third on a base on balls and three singles. Preston pulled down the lead in the fourth when Plorf walked, stole second and went home on a bad throw by Richards. Two errors, a wild pitch and two singles in the fifth gave the visitors another run and tied the score.

Fort Dodge took the lead with one run in the sixth on Flahterty’s double and a sacrifice. In the seventh Fort Dodge apparently had the game in hand by making a fifth run to the Preston’s three, but in their half of the same inning, an error and a single and a singe gave the visitors one more and in the eighth a double, a single and a stolen base tied the score. Then came the ninth with its disputed decision and the winning run that gave Preston the game.

The visitors demonstrated that the game is one that calls for constant practice. Fort Dodge has a strong team, which may be said to be the equal of Preston, but Thursday night the want of practice proved fatal to its chances. Preston was especially strong in its battery and team work in general.

A return game will probably be arranged between the same teams to be played in Preston.

The score:

Fort Dodge AB R H PO A E
Hedman, 3b 3 1 0 0 1 0
Bergman, c 4 1 2 8 2 0
Fiene, 1f 3 1 1 0 0 0
Kehm, rf 5 1 0 0 0 0
Richards, 1s 4 0 1 1 2 1
Colwell, 2b 4 0 1 0 0 1
Flaherty, rs 4 1 2 5 2 0
Peterson, 1b 3 0 1 11 0 1
Frost, p 4 0 0 1 3 2
Total 34 5 8 26* 10 5
*Two out when winning run was made.
Preston AB R H PO A E
Johnson, c 5 3 1 20 0 1
C. Kerr, p 5 1 0 1 2 0
Schoenbaum, rs 5 1 3 0 1 0
Joseph, 1f 4 0 0 0 0 0
Vickerman, 1b 4 0 1 5 0 1
Love, 3b 4 1 1 1 1 0
Plorf, 1s 3 1 1 0 0 0
Foote, rf 4 0 0 0 0 0
A. Kerr, 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0
Total 38 6 8 27 4 2
Runs by innings
Preston 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 -6
Fort Dodge 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 -5



School Officers are Re-elected

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: April 8, 1903

School Officers are Re-elected

Superintendent G.H. Mullin and Principal I.H. Warner Will Remain With Schools

Given Increase in Salary

Board Discussed Advisability of Fire Escapes for Lincoln Building. E.G. Larson Sworn In.

G.H. Mullin, superintendent, and Professor I.H. Warren, principal of the high school, will be with the Fort Dodge schools another year. The Fort Dodge school board, at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening re-elected both at an increase of salary, and it is understood that both propose to remain by the schools in which they have made so good a record during the year which is just drawing to a close.

Superintendent Mullin is elected as a salary of $2,000, an increase of $200 over the salary which he has been receiving, and Professor Warren is to receive $1,400, an increase of $100. both gentlemen have made an enviable record during their connection with the Fort Dodge schools, which began with the present school year, and the news that they have been re-elected for another year will be generally approved.

The board also discussed the matter of providing additional fire escapes for the Lincoln building, which is recognized as being the most dangerous building in the city in the event of a fire breaking out, being three stories in height and of old style construction. Some action will undoubtedly be taken with regard to placing fire escapes on the Lincoln building and on such other buildings of the city as the board shall find advisable during the coming summer.

E.G. Larson presented his certificate of qualification to the board, and was sworn in. This was the first meeting which the board has held since Mr. Larson returned from his western trip.

Mr. Larson was sworn in with the understanding that he will serve for one year, and if the law is found to mean that qualification within ten days after the third Monday entitles him to his full term, he will serve that length of time.

(Editor’s note: According to this website, 1903 dollars adjusted to 2010 dollars [the latest year offered on the site]  would mean the superintendent’s $2,000 salary would be worth around $47,899 today. The $1,400 for the principal would be approximately $33,529 today. It’s interesting to see that the current salaries for these positions are not a simple cost-of-living increase – the current superintendent was hired in July 2010 at a salary of $146,655.)

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The Dog Paid the Price

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: April 8, 1904

The Dog Paid the Price

A Sad Lesson About Handling Unloaded Guns.

Young Woman in Somers Takes for Granted That Gun is Unloaded and Mourns Pet Dog.

The Somers’ correspondent of the Messenger repeats the oft given and much needed advice to the effect that even if you know a gun is not loaded don’t be too sure of it and govern yourself accordingly. He sends the following sad account of how a poor little dog was offered up as a sacrifice that a human being might be taught a lesson:

“The daughter of a prominent farmer living near here a few days ago had an experience which taught her a lesson she will not readily forget. Her brother had been out hunting and returning home had carelessly left his gun standing against the wall. Thinking the weapon was unloaded his sister picked it up and idly pulled the trigger. There was a report and when the smoke leared (sic) away the girl was alone in the room. She had entered with the family pet, an English terrier. The unfortunate canine was standing near the muzzle of the gun when the girl pulled the trigger and his life went out that she might next time be sure that the gun was unloaded or that no little doggies were near the muzzle when she pulled the trigger.”



Price of Shaves Has Gone Up

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: April 8, 1903

Price of Shaves Has Gone Up

Climbs 5 Cents in Ladder of Prices as Result of Meeting of Barbers’ Union

New Rate Card Formulated

No Charge Will be Made by Barbers for Neck Shaves Under New Price System

Hereafter the Fort Dodge citizen who takes pleasure in reclining in the barber chair, while deft fingers remove the hirsute growth which adorn his manly cheeks, will pay fifteen cents for that privilege, instead of ten cents, as has been his custom heretofore. To counterbalance the increase in the price of shaves, the tariff on the neck shave is taken off, and the customer can have one when desired, without cost.

This is the most important action taken by the barbers union at their meeting on Tuesday evening, at which a new rate card was formulated. The new prices go into effect just as soon as the rate cards are printed.

The barbers also decided to close at 11 o’clock on Saturday night hereafter.

“The barbers raised the price of shaves because everything else has gone up,” said one of the barbers today. “It costs us more to live, and we have not been taking in any more than we did in the days when things were cheap.”

The prices as published on the new card, which was issued today, are as follows:

Union Price list –
Shave, with or without neck shave
Hair cut
Hair singe
Sea Foam
Beard trim and neck shave
Beard trim, Van Dyke or senator style
Beard trim, plain
Mustache curl
Shampoo, ladies, at shop
Shampoo, ladies, at house
Ladies, hair cut
Shaving corpse
Extra work, extra charges