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R. E. Eckhoff ~ Merservey, Grimes Township, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: April 02, 2007 at 05:21:01
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Nashua Reporter
Nashua, Chickasaw, Iowa
March 30, 1922


- F.M. Nebe of Atlantic was elected president of the retail shoe dealers of Iowa.

- Walter Olin, 45 years old of Muscatine refuses to tell where he
got the hooch which has left him totally and permanently blind.

- Thomas Birtles, 67 years old, of Creeton, was found dead in the
cemetery with a gun shot in his side and a gun at his feet. He was the

- Albert Roche, 6 years old, of Mason City, was killed by being run
over by a truck driven by C.F. Beaver. The boy ran in front of the truck.

- F.G. Rolfe of Burnside, probably owes his life to the courage of
his wife who submitted to blood transfusions in order to save him from

- Mrs. Caroline Pothast, 86 years old, of Waverly, unable to take an
anaesthetic, recently, watched the doctors operate on her. She was given
local anaesthetia.

- Abe Pierce, pioneer of Winneshiek county, was kicked and trampled
to death by a cow recently. He was alone at the time and details of the
accident are not known.

- O.L. Wickens of Estherville is believed to be the champ wolf
hunter of Iowa. He has killed nearly 100 wolves and foxes since he has
resided on his farm at Gruver.

- James Bloemendaal of Atlon is in a serious condition on account of
swallowing a large quantity of gasoline while trying to siphon the fluid out
of a tank with his mouth.

- Mrs. Catherine Anderson, 28, is in a critical condition at a
Waterloo hospital, following an attempted suicide by drinking carbolic acid.
She assigned domestic troubles as the motive.

- H.F. Frerike, manager of a lumber yard at Hospers was fatally hurt
when a locomotive struck him. He was sitting on the end of a tie and made no
effort to get out of the way.

- J.E. Jones, 10-year-old, is dead in the hospital in Sioux City.
His brother, throwing skates over his shoulder struck the boy in the temple
accidentally, fracturing his skull.

- Officers who killed Joseph McDonald and Ted Steinhagen at
Marshalltown were exonerated by a coroner's jury which found that the men
died while resisting arrest. They were both box car robbers.

- R.E. Echoff, 76, deaf, a retired farmer, was instantly killed at
Meservey, recently, when he failed to hear the whistle of an incoming train
and was struck. Many witnesses saw the accident. The engineer was unable to

- A.T. Marshall, Keokuk, attorney, died at his home recently
following an acute attack of illness. He was stricken while seated in his
office. He was a member of the Keokuk Bar Association and one of the
commissioners for the insane for that county.

- Falling from a court window on the fourth floor of a Cedar Rapids
hotel, William G. Brock, of Matelle, was picked up unconscious and died an
hour later at a hospital without recovering consciousness. In the fall of 40
feet his skull was fractured, right shoulder broken a number of ribs crushed
in and he suffered internal injuries.

- Accidental deaths caused from violence and suicides in Iowa in
1921 totaled 1412 according to a report made public by secretary of the
state board of health. One hundred and fifty-four persons took their own
lives by shooting themselves; 102 hung themselves while 17 others used a
knife or other means of committing suicide. Railroad trains killed 179
during the year and automobiles proved an almost equal running mate with

- Following an operation performed at a Grinnell hospital, little
Dale Hall, 5 year old boy from Brooklyn, passed away after he apparently was
well on the road to recovery. The little boy strangled on a grain of corn
some time ago and in some manner the corn became lodged in his lung.
Complications developed and he was taken to the hospital for an operation,
which for a time brought relief. He seemed to be improving until he was
suddenly seized with a violet [sic] paroxysm of choking and inflammation
soon developed resulting in his death.

- Jacob Bossert, one of the earliest settlers of Webster City passed
away following an illness of nearly eight weeks with pneumonia. He was 78
years old. Mr. Bossert was one of the best known and most highly respected
citizens of that city. He came there in 1866 and had lived there
continuously since that time.

- Mr. and Mrs. Alex Duncan, living two miles northwest of New Market
celebrated the seventy-third anniversary of their wedding recently. They
have never moved, having entered the farm on which they live in 1849. They
had eleven children, ten of whom are living. Mr. Duncan served in the civil
war. He is 96 and Mrs. Duncan is 91.

- Mrs. Barbara Lance of Mason City, has been given a five year
sentence in the reformatory at Rockwell City. She had stolen jewelry
amounting to $500 from the home of W.J. McCahill. She was given a like
sentence two years ago but it was suspended because she was about to become
a mother. Her husband got a divorce and took the baby boy because she was a

- Frank Ridgeway, 65, of Swan, a wealthy retired farmer and
president of the Swan Savings Bank was fatally injured recently when the
auto in which he was driving struck a car driven by Frank Berry of Carlisle.
Mr. Ridgeway died after he had been removed to Carlisle. Frank Oswell,
driver of the car in which the banker was riding, received minor injuries.
Oswell's car turned over and pinned Ridgeway beneath it crushing his chest.
Berry, his wife and another man named Beebe were uninjured.

- With the forty-year sentence on Harry Dean, the Pleasantville bank
robber gang has been cleaned out. Hank Hankins was killed, Joe Welch is in a
Nebraska pen for thirty years and Martin, Dean and Davis are in Fort Madison
for forty years.

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

June 22, 1900
Wisner Township, Franklin County, Iowa
Sheet Number 11B Enumeration District Number 140
Line 64

Reint E. Eckhoff,head, April 1853, 47, married 17 years, Germany, Germany, Germany, farmer

Hanke Eckhoff, wife, February 1856, 44, married 17 years, 8 children 8 living, Germany, Germany, Germany

Ellen Eckhoff, daughter, August 1885, 14, single, Iowa, Germany, Germany, at school

Annie Eckhoff, daughter, September 1887, 12, single, Iowa, Germany, Germany, at school

George Eckhoff, son, February 1890, 10, single, Iowa, Germany, Germany, at school

Earnest Eckhoff, son, March 1892, 8, single, Iowa, Germany, Germany, at school

Simon Eckhoff, son, July 1894, 5, single, Iowa, Germany, Germany, at school

Karl Eckhoff, son, January 1897, 3, single, Iowa, Germany, Germany

Mary M. Eckhoff, daughter, May 1899, 1, single, Iowa, Germany, Germany

both parents immigrated in 1883

April 21, 1910
Grimes Township, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Sheet Number 8B Enumeration District Number 25
Line 98 159 140

Reint Eckoff, head, 57, married 25 years, Germany, Germany, Germany, farmer-rented farm

Hanke Eckoff, wife, 53, married 25 years, Germany, Germany, Germany

George Eckoff, son, 20, single, Iowa, Germany, Germany, farm hand-rented farm

Ernest Eckoff, son, 15, single, Iowa, Germany, Germany

[could barely read the rest of the census record, I can say that there were (2) more sons listed and a daughter Mary that I could see her name.]

January 21, 1920
Meservey, Grimes Township, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Sheet Number 12A Enumeration District Number 27
Line 8 3 3

R. E. Eckhoff, head, 66, married, Hanover, Hanover, Hanover, occupation-none

Hanke Eckhoff, wife, 63, married, Hanover, Hanover, Hanover

Earnest Eckhoff, son, 27, single, Iowa, Hanover, Hanover, mechanic-engine

Simon Eckhoff, son, 25, single, Iowa, Hanover, Hanover, laborer-?

Earl Eckhoff, son, 23, single, Iowa, Hanover, Hanover, sales person-hardware

*The article itself has the surname listed as 'Echoff' but Eckhoff is probably correct?

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