Posted By:Deborah Brownfield - Stanley
Subject:Accident At Cherokee ~ Henry and Steve VanSickle ~ Iowa
Post Date:January 26, 2007 at 20:00:37
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The New Era
Humeston, Wayne, Iowa
January 26, 1898



New Orleans - Jan. 20 - Michael Ringrose, a well-to-do farmer from Des
Moines, Ia., came to this state a few years ago and, buying $10,000 worth of
land, has been doing well ever since. He received word a few days ago that a
brother had died in New York and left him $20,000. The news turned his mind.
He came near killing all the members of the family with brickbats. The
officers had a hard struggle to subdue him and get him to a retreat.

Woman Justified in Shooting.

ELDORA, Jan. 20 - The case of the state vs. Lena Ricks was tried in
the district court. The jury, after being out about forty minutes, returned
a verdict of not guilty. Mrs. Ricks is the wife of T.J. Ricks, a barber
living in Stanhope. She was living at Stanhope last fall, and when alone
late one night in her home with her small child she discovered a man
prowling around the house. She opened the door a little and fired a revolver
and inflicted a wound in the leg of a man. The man proved to be J.A. Parks,
a well-to-do farmer living near Alden.

Defaulter Adams Sentenced.

SIOUX CITY, Jan. 22 - George B. Adams, the defaulting cashier of the
local office of the American Express Company, was sentenced to serve a term
of two years in the state penitentiary at Anamosa. Adams pleaded guilty to
the embezzlement of about $2,888 of the company's money. He was brought to
Sioux City a few days ago by Superintendent Garner, of Omaha. Adams made a
plea for clemency and said liquor was the cause of his downfall.

Postoffice Robber Confesses.

FORT DODGE, Jan. 21 - The robbing of the postoffice at Pioneer, the
little station just north of Webster county line on the Rock Island road,
which has occurred at different times during the last fall and part of the
winter, has been cleared up by the confession of Oscar Webster, a carpenter
of Pioneer.


CHEROKEE, Jan. 21 - A terrible accident occurred in Silver township by
which Henry VanSickle will die and his brother, Steve VanSickle will be
maimed for life. Both young men were at the farm of Joshua McCammit, a big
farmer and cattle feeder, helping operate a horse power feed grinder. Steve
VanSickle was working at the power when a knuckle burst and a piece of it
struck him on the head, breaking his jaw and fracturing his skull. Later,
when the machine was started again Henry Van Sickle was passing near the
power when the tumbling rod flew out of place. It struck him in the forehead
with such force that the entire front of his head was crushed in. Doctors
say he will not recover, and have but slight hopes for his brother.

Arnold Murder Trial.

WAUKON, Jan. 21 - The trial of Frank Arnold for the murder of Henry
Duffy is on here and continues to excite the greatest interest. It will be
remembered that Duffy was found dead in his store with a bullet in his
brain; in his hand he grasped a revolver and it is supposed that he had
suicided. Upon close examination, however, it was found that every chamber
of the weapon contained an unexploded cartridge. Another revolver was found,
one belonging to Frank Arnold, with a chamber discharged and this
circumstance pointed to him as a probable murderer.

Sensational Sigourney Suit Ended.

SIGOURNEY, Jan. 27 - The Woods-Brunt damage suit ended by the jury
bringing in a verdict for the defendant, S.W. Brunt, thoroughly vindicating
him. Public sympathy seemed to be entirely on Brunt's side. The suit was
brought by P.L. Woods against Mr. Brunt, who is cashier of the Keokuk State
Bank, for alienating the affections of Wood's wife.

Wheeler Found.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Jan. 21 - Albert Wheeler, who mysteriously disappeared
from Cedar Falls, December 27, has been located at Bowman, S.D. He says the
team attached to his sleigh ran away and he knew nothing more until he found
himself in Bowman.

Posted at this site with Cathy's permission.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Iowa Old Press