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Walter E. Croak ~ husband of Mary J. Croak ~ Iowa
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: May 30, 2007 at 10:20:01
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Correctionville News
Correctionville, Woodbury, Iowa
May 29, 1913

MARSHALLTOWN Society circles of this city were shocked when it became known
that Mrs. Cora Hambel Wiley, prominent socially had filed suit for divorce
in the district court from her husband, Charles R. Wiley, a traveling man of
this city. Mrs. Wiley's suit charged cruel and inhuman treatment.

SOLON - Rev. Father J.H. McCarville, pastor of the local Catholic church,
died Tuesday, aged 50 years. He was born at Clare, Ia., and a number of
family relatives reside there. Funeral services will be held at Clare today.

CEDAR RAPIDS - A.C. Taylor, one of the leading jewelers of the city and for
40 years a local business man, died Wednesday night. A daughter passed away
just one hour before the father.

LAKE VIEW - The graduating class of the Lake View high school, comprising
Noma Therkelson, Frances McCarter, Paul Stevens and Raymond Erickson, held
class day exercises last night. On the evening of May 30 the graduating
exercises will take place, Professor G.W. Walters, of the Iowa State Teacher's
college, delivering the address.

CEDAR FALLS. Missing from Cedar Falls for more than 23 years, William E.
Croak will be declared legally dead if he does not appear on or before Sept.
15, 1913. His wife, Mary J. Croak, today filed a petition for administration
of his estate. Croak left her for the west and has not since been heard

STRUBLE. The Struble public schools closed yesterday with appropriate
exercises. The graduates are Miss Nellie Nicholson, John Ahlfs, Ben
Nicholsen, and Henry Edwards. Miss Mayme Burns, of LeMars, was re-elected as
principal and Miss Mayme Gustafson, of Sioux City, primary teacher.

Council Bluffs, Ia., May 26 - James Arthur Baker, arrested Tuesday night in
Kansas City, who later confessed to having passed much of his life posing as
a woman, for many years was a resident of Harlan, Ia. He was a school
He relates that after teaching in this state for a few years he went to the
Pacific coast, where he found that male teachers were not in demand. He then
disguised himself as a woman and secured a position in an Idaho school as
Miss Alice Baker.
In 1910, still garbed as a woman he went to Los Angeles, where he met a
young attorney who became infatuated with the teacher and a few months later
"Baker" and the attorney went through the ceremony of marriage.

Marshalltown, Ia., May 26 - Because Charles R. Wiley, the traveling man who
yesterday was sued for divorce by his wife, Mrs. Cora A. Wiley, is alleged
to have created a disturbance in violation of the mandates of the injunction
and restraining order, issued by the district court, the police visited the
Wiley home armed with a warrant for his arrest.
The police were unable to secure an entrance into the Wiley home
without forcing one and were advised not to attempt that. The police believe
Wiley has barricaded himself in his own home and is trying to defy arrest.
The house is being watched.

Milwaukee, Wis., May 26. John A. Steele, who claims to be the son of John
Steele, a teamster, who died suddenly last March, has arrived here to
contest the will of Steele, who left an estate valued at $15,000. Steele
came to La Crosse 30 years ago and married two years later. His wife died a
year ago leaving two children. The woman who alleges she was the first wife
of Steele married again and is now Mrs. Dan Wootan, Carroll county, Iowa.
The La Crosse children of Steele will fight the contest.

GLIDDEN- W.E. Potter, one of the few remaining pioneer merchants of Glidden,
died here Monday at 4 o'clock. His death was due to a natural wearing out of
the vital forces. Some three weeks ago he was down to his place of business
for the last time. Since then he has remained at his home and in bed but
suffered very little pain. He was about 76 years of age.

LEMARS - Word has been received here that "Eddie" Harding, a former well
known resident of Plymouth county, was accidentally shot and killed by his
wife near Libby, Mont. Mr. and Mrs. Harding were out shooting gophers when
the tragic accident occurred.

DUBUQUE - The jury in the case of Louis Christopher, colored, aged 23,
charged with contributing to the delinquency of several young white girls,
returned a verdict of guilty after being out 45 minutes. A life penalty is

LAKE VIEW - Mrs. Margaret Paulus, aged 74 years, died Monday at the home of
her daughters, Mrs. W.D. Irwin, near Lake View. She is survived by son and
three daughters.

RELIANCE - Robert Muzzy, owner and publisher of the Lyman County Record,
died at the home of his sister in Chicago a few days ago, having gone there
from Reliance for medical treatment. He was unmarried and 44 years old.

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Iowa Old Press

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