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Fort Dodge Man Ends Own Life

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: Sept. 14, 1906

Fort Dodge Man Ends Own Life

Jack Foster Formerly of Here Throws Himself Under Train at Mallette, S.D.

Sioux City, Iowa, Sept. 14 – (Special to The Messenger) – Jack Foster, a harvest hand, aged 47 years, formerly of Fort Dodge, committed suicide by throwing himself under a train at Malette, S.D., last night. Foster and wife separated three months ago and failure to affect a reconciliation last night prompted the deed.

(Editor’s note: There is a Mellette, South Dakota.)

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B.J. Foster is an Object Lesson

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: May 27, 1903

B.J. Foster is an Object Lesson

And the Moral is; Do Not Yield, Unlawfully, to the Pangs of Hunger

Foster Stole Roll of Bologna

Was Interrupted by Police Officers in Midst of Epicurean Banquet. Police News

B.J. Foster yielded to the calls of hunger on Tuesday and as a result, entered a plea of guilty to disorderly conduct in police court this morning. He was fined $1 and costs, and went to jail where he will play a waiting game.

Foster entered the purlieus of the Rock Island yards on Tuesday afternoon, and as he wandered about the yards trying to still the pangs of hunger which were rending his interior, he happened upon an open box car, wherein reposed a sack of succulent, appetizing bologna. The sight was too much for human eyes, at least for Foster’s eyes. Out came his trusty jack knife with one fell swoop the sack was cut open, and  Foster wandered up the platform, with his mouth full of sausage and his heart full of peace.

Station employees noticed Foster wrapped in gastronomic bliss, investigated, discovered the robbery, and called the police. This morning when charged with his crime, Foster admitted taking some apricots, but said not a word about the bologna, thus riveting the chains of guilt more clostly about him.

Henry Clark, plain drunk paid over the regular allowance into the exchequer of the city, and John Bergen, up on a similar charge, went to jail.

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Two Canine Robinson Crusoes

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: March 21, 1903

Two Canine Robinson Crusoes

Fine Gordon Setters, Marooned on Duck Island Were Rescued on Friday

Animals Were Almost Starved

Supposed That They Had Been Left There Since Going Out of Ice 10 Days Ago

If it were part of a canine’s education to read Robinson Crusoe, two fine Gordon Setter dogs might consider their positino during the past ten days as similar to that of this famous adventurer.

On Thursday, some of the workmen employed on the Great Western elevator noticed two wolfish looking dogs skulking around Duck Island. The dogs appeared to be in desperate circumstances as they had evidently been imprisoned on the island since the ice went out, which was about ten days ago, and were afraid to brave the deep icy water which lay between them and the shore.

H.J. Bryson and Otto Foster, who are employed at the elevator were moved with pity at the sight of the poor beasts, who were howling with hunger and cold and a boat was procured and the dogs rescued. Mr. Bryson says the dogs were as “tickled as a seven-year old child on Christmas Day,” and were as grateful to their rescuers as human beings in like circumstances. After appeasing their appetites the freed prisoners scampered off not being anxious to remain in the vicinity of their bondage. It is not known who is the owner of the dogs. It is thought that the animals, which are valuable ones were tempted onto the island in pursuit of rabbit, on other game and the ice going out left them in a rather unenviable position. Judging from t heir actions the dogs must have been on the island for ten days or more.

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