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Policeman and Prisoner Mix

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: Aug. 7, 1903

Policeman and Prisoner Mix

Officer Andrews Has Strenuous Time Thursday Night

Only Subdues His Prisoner by Sitting Upon Him Until Patrol Wagon Arrives

Policeman Gust Andrews, who enjoys the privilege of maintaining the dignity of the law in West Fort Dodge, is in poor shape for a foot race, as a result of an encounter on Thursday night with one Peter Swanson. Swanson, who was drunk, was kicking up the dust in great shape and didn’t give a rap for the dignity of the law, nor was he a bit sensitive about puncturing the officer’s feelings when the custodian of the peace placed him under arrest. Marquis of Queensbury rules were disregarded when the officer and his unwilling prisoner started to mix. In police court this morning, Andrews testified that Swanson had him down at least fifteen times, and it was not until he pinned his prisoner to the earth and sat upon him that he was finally subdued. When the patrol wagon arrived, the policeman arose from his seat, and even then Swanson was reluctant about taking a ride, but with the assistance of Officer Weiss was persuaded to go.

This morning he was fined $10 and costs, and went back to jail in default of paying his fine.

Police Andrews told the court this morning that Swanson is peaceful enough when sober, but a bad man when under the influence of liquor. Thursday night he was drunk and a complaint was lodged against him by a woman who said he had frightened her.

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   Posted by: admin    in Accident, Callender, Clare, Disease, Gowrie, Lohrville, Paton, People, School days, Society news

The Fort Dodge Messenger: May 1, 1905


John Swanson, one of the hands who are employed on the bridge gang, was quite badly hurt by a falling plank one day last week. The plank struck him in the face and resulted in breaking his nose and bruising his face in general.

Little Pearl Chase, of Trenton, North Dakota, arrived in Gowrie Monday  morning. Pearl is going to make her home with her aunt, Mrs. F.N. Brunson and attend school here as there is no school convenient where  her parents live.

Miss Ruby Osborn is sick at present with tonsilitis.

Mrs. Clark left here for Minneapolis Monday evening where she expects to visit with friends for a few days.

Little Gladys and Helen Spangler have been on the sick list lately.

Mr. and Mrs. Chase of Fort Dodge visited with their daughter, Mrs. T.N. Brunson, the fore part of the week.

Wedding bells are ringing. Have you heard their chimes?

Miss Lucy Chock who has been attending school in Clare, is visiting with her parents at present.

Walter Evans of Worthington, Minn. who has been visiting for a few days with his mother, Mrs. O.E. Evans, returned home Monday, accompanied by his two children who have been visiting with their grandmother for sometime.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Johnson of Callender were visiting friends in Gowrie Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. L. Burgoon of Paton were transacting business in Gowrie last Saturday.

The E.L. social held at the home of Mrs. and Mrs. Wertz was quite well attended in spite of the inclemency of the weather and about $9 was raised (about $216 today).

Mrs. Hibbard of Lorhville is visiting friends and relatives in town this week.

Oscar Lungren who is attending the Ames Agricultural college is home for the Easter vacation.

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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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