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Albert City Pioneer (Newspaper) - November 21, 1901, Albert City, Iowa Albert City Pioneer. motto I Rlah.t Shall r»r®v«Il. VOL. ILALBERT CITY. BUENA VISTA COUNTY, IO\vA, THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 21, 1901. NO. XXXV THE ALBERT CITY TRAGEDY John Sandblad Bead and C. J. Lodine seriously Wounded. One Robber Killed and Two Cfeiptared. TFIE Gi^EENVlLLE BANK RDBBERS FOILED. One citi:'.on dead and another seriously wounded, one burglar dead.and two others cjiptured. Is the result of last Saturday's battle. The afternoon of November 16, will never be forgotten by the witnesses to the awful tragedy, To start with will mention that tht Greenville bank, at a small station on the M. & St. L. U'y between Sioux Riipids and Spencer, was robbed of it,'-contents Friday night, Nov, 16, and on-Saturday about 3p. m. our marshal .C. J. Lodine received a telephone message to arrest a mulatto and two white men who were suspected of the bank burglary, if found at this place, as they had last been seen coming ii: this direction. ' He immediately satis-lied himsjelf that the suspects were al the depot in our rn\iot town, and hail just liecn served with dinner at the Medlicott restauvant. His next luovi was to call to his aid John Sundbla»!, ilfred GuJbranson, W. B, GUlham, all of whom were armed, also Michael Conlin, E. L. Sphaub, Dr. D. E. Knet and others who were to assifit. aa all utMNatc'* tj(eiii.t9 ^tfT no raj^^w^f covered by four or live guiw; surprised our boys were cannot be es-' pressed, wlien in answer to the summons, "hands up" the suspects threv six guns in their faces ond unloadet; them with all the alacrity of expertt in the business. Lodine was shot ai the tirst onslaught and immediately retreated. The bullet enterecl his lefi htp at the upj)er part of the thigh ii the outer part of the leg, and the bullet has not been located. John Sund-blad was next to receive a wound ii the shoulder, and it appears that it was low enough to touch the uppei lobe of the left lung. He retreatei JOHN SUNDBLAD, Flour Merohan —shot in l^lp and shoulder—dead ftiross the railroad track to a box cui standing near the Skewis & Moen elr> Tat<;>r, not knowing that he wtM shot only that he telt some thing tingle, at hU breast, but when be came ^ Ute the gun, he foond that his left aro -was numb, and yet his determination to 4o what he had undertaken to dt VM so strong, that he Qred two shots M one of the number who had ven-) tured to the depot door, and it i» su^' posdd that he then received the other «bit, the seoottdoue being a hip wounu very similar tp the one Lodine had received, He then walked up tho dri> e-way Into the elevator and called to Ott6 Joltoison to take hij gun, as he was don^ for, Assistance did not roach hi.ta however for ten minntes, for the biitle raged fully that long after he fel\, before a shot from a ritte in ihe handd of Mike Conliii while stationed no^fh of the Willis-Dygort lumber sheds lia a position where he eou!d j. aze the.lporth end of the depot ai d >ick off 'a mail that was trying ^ o hitch up ijir, Johnson's horse to 1 is ba^gy wlkh which to make their i -oi;>e, tod'.4effeot. The said man w: s loing hy the mulatto wl.o Wds bold (jnough for a much moie worthy caluse, as he was between tho Jiiggy andi the bulk of the leaden liail t uit was being rained in their direo-iun. When one of their number had t'lus fallen fatally wounded and tbo horse got away, solhe other means pi escape had to be improvised and that s jcedîlyy as they were being soreh n-essed and the frelKbtirom the north ras into Um^ iMid they kne« llu' t ..;ii!foml l.;<,yij. 'Bjimf' ' Jouiiyn, ''the .[irinter, had orossedtht railroad<1» hundred yards to the north >>r the depot and was making out into t le open field with a long range rifle. iVhen they saw their shelter by the torn crib was thus about to be ui:-o >vered, they made a bold dash to the s>utheast after having rân to the man irho lay sweltering in his own blood and relieved him of his guns and ctir-tridges. Chas. Peterson, a farmci trho lives five miles northeast of to%\ u tad stopped his team near the corner a lout 200 yards east of the elevators vaiting for the smoke pf battle to jlear away before venturing backward >r forward. This was a lucky strike t)r them as he was impressed into sei-7ice to haul them northward, and ac-( le owner, did not drive to suit then hi was duiyped out at the end of a halt aile, ^hen they reached the flri:t r jad east they turned that way, art !3on met Vrank Newlan'd's boys iu a, oirt; as their wish was law the outl t >'as ajipropriated tp their use, and t c 0 ) the next. From here their directii n Tds east and south, at one time driv- 1 ig a wpraan and babies frpui a bugfi) i I prder to get a fresh steed. The laM. change wus a farm team taken frpm n aan who lives about a mile south ol tarshal~Center. One of these hors« t hid not been ridden, but the darkej tried to do that act and became frut> ^ .-ated thereby. The white man had a ¿}od fresh horse now, and oould havt mwle a hud fight for liberty had 1« bs'ià willing to desert the oomri4<, bilt.oiroumstanoes were going against them. .BTABXING THÉ CfHASE. As liMn as our people saw that tv, o of the three had flown and the other wai wdlowlBg In his blood« they batt-Uj sleied four conTejapoea and start, ad in pursuit. ïhe constant «haoge pi hoA«i gave the pursued ft lùtié ad. vantage over the pursuers, but that wai largely OTereom« by the time U-ken in making the exobangaa.. They bad traveled eight miles and were six and one-half miles from the staring ■point wheu the darkej Vas "thfrown as before related, ^hls • oBèurred just east of Mr, î>gerland's farm. -It .vas npw after four, o'clock, and as darkness would have been a great boon- to the ileeing ra^^s. it was no il»ubt their hoiie to elude the"'traileis until that time, when escape migl.t hove been poasil)le. But, alas, Mil e tlonlin and Johu bygert on one sua of the cornfield where thiiy were mah-in their fiuâl stand, ati't Alfred Gul-bransou, Adolph Paulson^ ,W. W. Kal-iliff, J. 1', Linilgrcft, Wii>. J, Adams, Vugust Lundgren and Oi-cnr Bergling slosing in on tiiom, tha.lf situaticn .vas T. ell nigh hopelesîi iio th« white rtfig was displayed and oui boya invited to them. Tile truce ii^al was re-•ipeiiti'd, but tlie request declined; biii i:n the other hand, thoy wore ii -orniod that thi^y wore Ui come for-I'ivrd, but to first throw tlown their weapons. It was now a cass of HA^ E ro so they obej etl. THE RE'igfHCç—□ Just as the shades of night were on, the viotorioi-s party can'e sh^- nñiiMi/ip^r^ rushing.into (jOwn. Tie pfsonors had been quite jovia. on th#return trip until they heard the i roa< of thf crowd, which by that time Ìad been augmented by adventurers.i^m Marathon, Laurens and Siouf'^apldii, and the jokes all vanished an" the guilty culprits were not a fiiifc nervous. They were taken to the ¡-me room in the Hotel Cummjings 1 which thiir dying comrade was 8)wly ebbing away; soon after, Shtifi Parker of Storm Lake Arrived and a complete search revealeil a raxi' suspended from the darkey's neck ')y a string and a rubber bag contining nitro-vlyceriue in an inside poket, besides two small steel saws .ewed in the other prisoner's 8hirt;vnpther razor had hlreacly been taken tom the pocl -dc of thji wounded man There wus about $500 in cash fount on the three [)risoners. They were tiily desperate jharacters, INCIDENTS THAT^F(LL0WE1).C No sooner had the rolt>ers left the 0 .•lbs than the work of''ellef was l,e-¿un. Lodine had hobbld up to Lr. U-idgo'fi office'and was teing treated t >r the wound in hiii thifh, which is distressingly sore as yei but he will reoover if no unforseeii tlrn sets ii . cot was taken to theelevator aita fr. Sundblad carefully ts^ tP hi^ ume and the news brpk<nlP his wife vhp was ill prepared fpr tuoh tidin^'N a id his thought was all for her, as le said "break it to her geitly boys ' Or. Delihunt of Marathon and £r. Jotinson pf Webb assist<d in the sur» gioal work, and all was done tor the man that skill opuld dp, yet he peace* fully passed away at 4 o>olopk Suqday. .afternoon, Nov. 17,- and thè funeral was held at the Free MUsion -ohuroh Taesday at 2:30. All the business houses of the town were .closed front till 4 p. m. The writer was more hr.n anxious to get ntp the depot af-■at' hearing the alarm bemuse that our hiiby Grace was at the depot playing with Agent Knee's little girl, and they had been downstairs just a minute before tlu battle began. But the forer tliought of Marshal Lodine prevevent-ed danger to them, as he called the anient out and told him to send his wife and ohild out of danger if they wjre downstairs, but the family were s'^creted as fJir far from the flying bullets as they could get when we found tha three year old tot, who seemed to realize that soniething awful had happened. The last one cared for was the strancor who fell in the act of o hitching the Johnson horse. Fr-ora the Krst it was known that his wound would prove fatal, and he implored some one to shoot him; but humanity said ho, you're down, and we'll treat fou likh any other prisoner of war. Iu wai taken to the hotel and there ared for until the death sum.Tions ame to his relief the following morn-g at n. He was repeatedly a.sked i-i name and where his relatives or riends were, but all to no avail, he 'Id us nothing that would I'snd a !ew to his Identity, It remained for ir', and Mrs. llagerman wlio live 3 ile.s east of here auJ one and a half uth of Ware, to identity him just • 'fore he was buriu 1 on Monday. : hey say he' worke.I for then) as a 'iirm lyind this fall and left there i out. a wtjek ago, they also su^pi-iioned him as having had .-ioniothing t ) do with thUj tho postolHce vobbory t vo mouths',ago. He W.iut by the name of Charley Dolan. He was ' aliout 5 feet 6 inches in heii^ht and A^eighed about 150 iwinds, hai a oroiuiueul lirow and vtfvy sloping; :.')M'li(>a(l and a slnl)1)y lirown mu.'«-tiuiie. He was doiiUtless a tlescead-v It from tho Kmerah' fole. It is noi b > istin;r to say that he ijWill rob | am sh !Ot no more. " THE IXQUKST. J .\n nnnoceppury expi'ii'^.. i-ourredin the holding of an inquest' npòn the body of John Sundblad. Ppme one was responsibile for sending; for Coroner Lawrence to hold an in-qnest over the robber, when nothing could be clearer than that he came to bis death from lawful means and woiild not come within Sec. D75 of the Code of Iowa, which says: "The cor-oaor shall hold an inquest on the dead tiodies of such persons only as are sup-o»ed to have died by unlawful oieans." So when the coronor did reach bere at 7 p. m. ha did not give the stranger's case the benefit of the lottbt, but directed Mr. Cballstrom the Albert City undertaker to ship the body to the Dean pf the Medical Fac-i:ty at Iowa City, but by the time ht tried to handle it decompositipn had It t iu and he procured an prder frpm t e ti'ustees tP bury him. iu Fairfield o metery where he was laid away on .Monday afternoon, with none to mourii disUuDored grave. There was nc ipubt in the minds of any pne as to the unlawful means whieh prpduoe< c e death pf pur- belpved friend am naigblpr Jpfan Sundblad, and yet at-su aid to the grand jnry which is upw in session the cprpnpr thpught best ti s unmou u jury and make a formal rt-j.a t. So alter viewing the remains hi told Mr. Chalistrom to take oare of tbt >ody .tt once. The sorrowing familj .vere sparud thè sonw of an iuquest ii t eir prcseuoe, as the writer invitei the uuronur to this office aud a jur.\ vras impaneled and sworn. Only (oui vitnesses were ezemined, viz: W. h. lillham, D. E. Knee, E. L. Schaul and C. L.Marmen, after which they rt-turned the following verdict, tpwit: State of Iowa, Bnena Vista County. An inquisition holden at Albert City, in fiuena Vista county, on the ITth day of November, laoi, before J. H. Law re ice, coronor of said county, ott th< body of John Swndblad there iyin,i deiid, by the jurors, whose namea ate hereto subscribed.' The jurors upou oath do say: After having heard tht evidence and examii)ed said body; wt do find that the deoeased came to his death by gunshot wounds received at the hands of persons whose names lure supposed to be as follows: Jack Johna, Lewis Drooks, and a man no« deoeasod whose name is unknown. Mr. Snudblad received his wounds while oi ting as a deputy marshal and aasisting to arrest the aforesaid parties who W'.i.e charged with burglary. Given nnUjr our hands at the aforesaid time au J ijlsce. Thomas M. Olson. Hbmbt Kisoheb, August AirnERaoN. AFTER THOUGHTS. Tbero vrasM of the 38-caUbre shells picked 1). in the depot after the battle. The marl <: remain, as though it were a battle scarred fort. The~r)bbers gave ¡JIG to Charley PeternoD, 115 to the Newland boys, !|U to tha woman, but it was scanlTcom-pensRtion for the fright received. CZZl Thri bravery and good judgment of the A lliei t City boys is no longer called in qp-istion. Soiho may have said that onr boya ou?ht to have stood in the depot door and been shot da.wn like l eoyas, but the after sober thought of tho poople juKijfles their retreat, and in faot .their every oct. :-iomi> of the daily papers have con-ta'iu.Md .7lariii<t Biiarepresentations such as tl-11'larshal from Sionx Rapids tnk-i »g ♦^prisoners there to avoid a mob, Mt-A^ they have not seen Sionx Rupids I ui'. likely now never will. And (hot a crowd from Laurens headed t liera osY iu the chase and thus com-i eliod a surrender, and many similar ftnte' leuta all of wbioh arc false. ■i'iii.; e was some talk of lynching the irironere, aud had John Snndblnd •Hi'il Saturday evening, or had any AI-liei t (ity man said the word, their life li-i^bt have been perceptibly short-rned. As it is, we are proud ofAlbert • 'iiv that no suob b'ot has stained her 'uir i-nnie, bnt we Bonnd a. warnnij; thnt in ft future recei>tion, snob e\il l-ierRiunv be move sevirely dealt, nith 'mil were these. For now wp huve ieveral veternus who have seen stu-vfce, »iiii Hint counts for a great deal in h.»ttle..' Dr. Hovnibrook of (herolcee wus .M.uoiied in -.riih J)r. •''•iilee'on the cas« oj^tJharley I.odiue, •II Tni.idav. , .-.^treed. wi»!i lii. Bridire i:.- t<-tJ'. i. r.'aosisof tue ¿a«*; that thb bulled muj»t have glanced in. wordly and is now in the region of the proin. The patient had uot been able to retain anything on his stomach since wouuded, aud now the treat-oient is to be a spoonful of water with a little sugar when wanted. No recent ittempt has been made to probe for he bullet, and such an operation would doubtless be attended with i;reat hazard now, eveu thougn the •esd be located by the x ray. Judge Helsel was one of the many rom Sioux Rapids that were here last Sunday. He bad hopes of identifying 'he prisoners or the money. He generously banded the stricken wife, who 'n a few hours was a Widow, a |50 bill, tnd assured her that she should not snlTer. That act has been followed up >y a subscription of oyer fjOO^in Albert City alone. ^ .. Wbeu Sheriff Psarker was in town ^nday be made arrangements for the v'itueBses.whp were tp testify as to tho hooting affray to appear before the ¡land jnry on Tuesday but on ao-onnt of the funeral they were excused 'Util the next day. So Wednesday norning about 8 p'clpck Alfred Gtil-iransou, John Lindgren, John Dy-.urt, Aduiph Paulsen, Walter RatclitT, J. E. Knee. Wm, Adams, Oscar Berg-ing, W. B. Oiliham and August, started fur the county seat, like Coniin was already there, baviug one U|> Tuesday That crowd should ave been able to settle any case, but . seems uot for about noon they t( le-tihoned fpr reiuforcemeuts snd Dr. ridge and 0. L. Marmpu responded, .eparting immediately. No doubt an ndictment will bo returned by the ,rand jury today aud a speedy trial «il 4Pun follow. Dear Madan:—It is the most re ^retable incident of my life that we «t'le compelled to make you evacuate hu rig. but under the stress of the it cumstancts, won't yon please par' .on me." Signed, The-?- ( ). The above note waa. found enclosing .11 crumpled up under the seat cnsh-od in the buggy the robbers took from he woman and children. Next weeks Pioi«MB will conUln a jut of the robbers, and court news. ;