...James and Bridget brought the
family to the area around Main & Water St's in Fayette village, Fayette County
Iowa, by 1857.
Some other Fayette.IA and Montana
linked stock raisers, breeders, traders (genealogy basics may be in the
Iowaz FTM file) :
Page Chronology: 2012Feb02, initial first draft; 2013June, material reviewed for Scobey surname project, plus info from a Cavanaugh relative supplied information on the divorce of James Jr. by wife Elnora Reed and her remarriage to William Barger, was blended into the Cavanaugh tree.
Contains webpage links to various Fayette Co. surnames and history
Iowaz Index Page
The photo hosting site contains material regarding history, maps, genealogy of Fayette, Co, Iowa
Iowaz Photo Hosting Site
...Web page objectives: share
data, jump start others, make contacts, use a simple web page format.
...Do not trust as totally valid any tree/report data...it will be my best guess at the time of working on a specific project. Often World Connect or Ancestry trees/data were utilized as a foundation upon which to add material gleamed from obits, articles, histories, biographies, stories, burials, censuses and other data collected.
James Cavanaugh line
A tree was created from online, census, burial info and personal knowledge of Fayette area families,
so there will be speculations/best guesses.
Any tree can be added too or corrected should anyone want to copy/paste/email info.
in St. Frances Cemetery, 1.5 mi NW of Fayette, Fayette Co, Iowa
|Surname||First, Middle||Maiden||Spouse or Parents||Birth||Death/Burial||Cemetery||City/Twp||Notes|
Colored rows = info/data updated; white rows = not updated, needing data.
|Cavanaugh||James||Cavanaugh||McGlade Bridget 1835/Derry.Co.IRE-1879/Westfield.Twp.||1812||18 Mar 1880||St Francis Cath||Westfield Twp||Age 68yr; Born County Dublin, Ireland. Ch; Mary Ann, Andrew, John, James, Dominic, Catherine, Allice. Would like to know parents & siblings, bz/2012.|
|Cavanaugh||Bridget||McGlade||Cavanaugh James 1812/Dublin.Co.IRE-1880/Westfield.Twp.||1815||14 Sep 1879||St Francis Cath||Westfield Twp||Age 64yr; Born County Derry, Ireland. Ch; Mary Ann, Andrew, John, James, Dominic, Catherine, Allice.|
|Cavanaugh||Mary Ann||Cavanaugh||Cavanaugh dau of James1812||18 Dec 1842||8 Feb 1861||St Francis Cath||Westfield Twp||Age 18y1m21d. Dau of James Cavanaugh 1812/IRE-1880/Fayette.area.IA & Bridget McGlade 1815/IRE-1879/Fayette.IA|
Dominic Cavanaugh's brother
James Jr. Cavanaugh 1852-1928
married a girl on an adjacent farm east of Fayette,
Elnorah Ella Reed 1858-abt1900 (dau of Wm. W. Reed 1835-1872 & Clarkey Bogue 1831-1897.
James Jr. Cavanaugh moved to ranch near Glendive.MT and is buried in Dawson.Co.Cem, Glendive.MT
Elnorah Reed divorced James Cavanaugh and moved to Linn.Co.IA where she remarried in 1892 at Marion.IA, William Barger.
The Barger's moved to Pasadena.CA by 1910, where they both died and are buried.
in Grandview Cemetery, Fayette, Fayette Co, Iowa
|Surname||First, Middle||Maiden||Spouse or Parents||Birth||Death/Burial||Cemetery||City/Twp||Notes|
Colored rows = info/data updated; white rows = not updated, needing data.
|Reed||Bert F||Reed||Reed son of WmW1872||Dec 18, 1892||Nov 5, 1921||Grandview||Fayette||Sec G, lot 229, 6' from S side, burial #1338. Co A 4th Am Tr 4 Div, WWI. Cause; effect of service overseas. Son of Wm Reed 1872-1948, Fay.Co.IA & Nettie Agnus Hamrick 1873/Nevada.IA-1946/Fay.Co.IA.|
|Reed||Charlotta||Johnson||Reed Lenor Ralph 1863/INorIA-Cedar.Rapids.IA, 1st wf; 2nd Catherine Unknown.||1864||Sep 27, 1892||Grandview||Fayette||Sec A, lot 118, burial #613. Dau of Andrew Johnson. Ch; Unknown Dau, dau Francis, Hazel.Morrison. Relative at death; Ella Reed Badgley.|
|Reed||Claracy Clarkey||Bogue||Reed Wm W. 1835/IN-1872/Westfield.Twp.||28 Jul 1831||21 Mar 1897||Grandview||Fayette||Sec A, Lot 118, burial #706. Dau Jesse Bogue 1800/NC-1884/? & Gula Thomas 1807/NC-1839/IN. Relative at death listed; Ella Reed Badgley. Ch; OrvilW, Elnorah (Cavanaugh), GranvilleE, Lenoir Ralph, AdalineM, ElectaL, William.|
|Reed||Dora Doratha E.||Unknown||Reed Granville E. 1862/INorIA son of Wm W.1835.||Jul 1879||May 1902||Grandview||Fayette||Sec G, lot 301, S end, burial #894. Age 24y, suicide, Glendive, Montana. Body returned to Fayette for burial on Oct 28, 1905, when Granville moved back from MT, bz/2012. G.E. Reed listed as relative (husb).|
|Reed||Electa L||Reed||Reed dau of WmW1835||Jun 23, 1868||26 Aug 1868||Grandview||Fayette||Sec A, lot 118, burial #110. Age 2m, 3dy; Dau of Wm W. Reed 1835/IN-1872/Westfield.Twp & Claracy Bogue1831/IN-1897/Westfield.Twp. Ella Reed Bardley listed as relative.|
|Reed||Granville E.||Reed||Unknown Dora E. 1878/Westfield.Twp-1902/Dawson.Co.MT||Dec 1859||Jan 8, 1937||Grandview||Fayette||Sec G, lot 301, 2nd from S. end. burial #1750. Cause; coronary occulsion, Son Jesse's farm SW of Maynard. Relative at death; Jesse Reed (dau). Son of Wm. W. Reed 1835/IN-1872/Westfield.Twp & Claracy Bogue 1831/IN-1897/Westfield.Twp. Ch; Jesse E.|
|Reed||Nettie Agnus||Hamrick||Reed Wm 1872-1948/, Fay.Co.IA||Jan 3, 1873||Oct 3, 1946||Grandview||Fayette||Sec G, lot 229, burial #2121. Dau of James Edward Hamrick abt 1855/BellePlaine.IA-abt 1883/? & Frances Idabell Clark 1855/Mahaska.Co.IA-1930/Oelwein.IA. Ch; Bert F.|
|Reed||William W||Reed||Bogue Claracy Clarkey 1831/IN-1897/Fayette.IA.area.||11 Jul 1835||23 Mar 1872||Grandview||Fayette||Sec A, lot 118, burial #182. Age 36y8m12d. Need parents. Ch; OrvilW, Elnorah (Cavanaugh), GranvilleE, Lenoir Ralph, AdalineM, ElectaL, William.|
|Reed||William W||Reed||Hamrick Nettie Agnus 1873/Nevada.IA-1946/Fay.Co.IA||Jan 19, 1872||Apr 22, 1948||Grandview||Fayette||Sec G, lot 229, burial $2164. Son of Wm Reed 1835/IN-1872/Westfield.Twp & Claracy Clarey Bogue 1831/IN-1897/Fayette.IA.area. Ch; Bert F.|
William Reed line
James Jr. Cavanaugh (Dominic's brother) married Wm. Reed's dau, Elnorah Reed and ranched north of Glendive, Montana.
Wm. Reed's son Granville Reed ranched in the Glendive area of Montana.
A tree was created from online, census, burial info
and personal knowledge of Fayette area families,
so there will be speculations/best guesses.
Any tree can be added too or corrected should anyone want to copy/paste/email info.
Fayette Iowa early Montana Ranchers & Stock Traders
Scobey page contains duplicated, plus other info/data.
Murder of Sheriff Dominic Cavanaugh
of Glendive, Montana
(with some notes regarding other early Montana ranchers and stock traders from the Fayette, Fayette.Co.IA area)
...1873-1875 The rails were laid to Fayette and Fayette.Co.IA, which linked to Marion, Linn.Co.IA and villages to the east. Rails were laid northward to Calmar where the spur linked with other rail lines moving northward into MN and west through Dakota Territory. Trains from Fayette northward had to wait until 1875, when the 1st cut at Fayette, the 'abutment bridge' a half mile west, and the 2nd cut 2mi west would be finished. From 1875 on, there was a great boom in farm production and trading due to rail transportation opening the markets all over the country. Before 1875, agriculture and merchandising depended on draft horses and oxen to transport products to/from the Mississippi River ports 40-60 miles to the east and rail hubs 60 miles to the south. From 1875 to the early 1900's was a 'boom' time in Fayette.Co.IA. The established first and second generation pioneer families dominated the farms and Main.St businesses, with smaller numbers moving directly to the area from states to the east of the Mississippi. As the rails open westward, a number of Fayette.Co.IA stockman began accompanying horses and cattle to the western ranges in NE Montana territory. They were instrumental in opening up the stock trade between the western ranges and cities to the east such as Chicago, Boston, New York. Several of the families settled in Montana and western states to include CA and the pacific northwest.
...1882Nov08Fayette.IA. Moulton & Scobey of Fayette is the place to sell your oats, we want 30,000 bushels. We want them to feed and will pay the highest market price.
...1882Nov14Fayette.IA. George Scobey is off with another car load of horses.
...1882Dec12Fayette.IA, Hiram Sweet has had a big offer for his Montana investment. If he does not quit monkeying with cattle he will yet be worth more than we are. $70,000 in clean cash is a heap, but so are our personal effects, a heap of rubbish. A Chicago man is going to start a town at Donnan, the railroad crossing north of Randalia. C.W. Sperry left on Friday morning with a car load of hogs, for Chicago, and will return with a car load of new goods.
...1883Jan23Fayette.IA, James Cavanaugh (brother of Dominic) returned home from Columbia, Cal., on Wed last. So saith his brother, Dominic.
...1883Feb06Fayette.IA, Charles W. Sperry (son of Jedidiah Bushnell Sperry) left on Friday's freight with five cars of cattle and hogs. The train was in the vicinity of Edgewood at night. Where or when they will fetch up we won't pretend to say this week unless we know.
...1883Feb27Fayette.IA, The Scobey Brothers are after the horse-flesh.
...1883Apr10ChicagoHerald, The Scotch, always a thrifty race, are investing largely in American cattle ranches. During 1882 the large ranches for herding cattle were bought by Scotchmen. The profit is so much greater than from any use the money can be put to at home, that investments of this kind are sure to increase.
...1883Apr24Fayette.IA, C.W. Sperry and Geo. Scobey went north Thursday evening. Charley expects to visit St. Paul, Minneapolis, Grand Forks, Bismark and wherever he pays fare to. Their business is their own. Probably they are looking about to see if the horses they sold last fall are all dead.
...1883May22Fayette.IA, Scobey Brothers and Others are contemplating a "hoss ranche" in Montana. If they do Charles will doubtless pouch on Helena and let somebody else run night lines for Uncle Sam (Fayette postoffice).
...1883May01Fayette.IA, The entire Texas cattle drive this spring is estimated at 240,000 head, against 350,000 last year.
...1883May15Fayette.IA, The Misses Cavanaugh (Kate & Alice) sisters of Dominic, have taken rooms at J.B. Sperry's. (Dominic, Kate, Alice were out on the Cavanaugh farm. Dominic is getting ready to moved to Montana, so the sisters moved into Fayette and are rooming with the Sperry's who are also involved with the Iowa/Montana cattle business. The sisters will join Dominic in Montana after he gets established, bz/2012).
...1883May29, D. (David) Schoonmaker has gone to join T.A. (Theordore) Duncan on an expedition to Montana to look for grazing ground for horses.
...1883Jun19Fayette.IA, C.R.A. Scobey proposes to drop the mail service about the 1st of July, intending to go to Montana.
...1883Jun26Fayette.IA. It is told us, on what authority we do not know, that the mother of the Barber boys has returned from Montana vowing vengeance on this town. (The Barber Boys were Fayette.Co 'outlaws' lynched for the shooting death of Deputy Shepard of Lima, in Wadena. Fayette.Co. Sheriff Farr had deputized Shepard to go arrest the Barber Boys, who had been sighted in Wadena. This is the same Farr of the 'firm' of Scobey, Taylor, Farr, who were stock dealers with offices in Fayette and West Union, shipping between Iowa, Montana and eastern states. bz/2012).
G.P. Duncan, C.R. Duncan, A. Scobey, D. Schoonmaker and Dominic Cavanaugh are
all "in cahoots" in the Montana cattle business. C.W. Sperry ships cattle
to the same ranch but brands in his own name.
Hank Boyce and Ern. Holmes
have gone to Montana. There were nine men and two train loads of stock who
and which left here (Fayette) Saturday for Montana via St. Paul and Bismark.
The Glendive Times (Montana) notices the opening of a cattle ranche on Thirteen
Mile Creek, by Duncan & Schoonmaker, of this place (Fayette.IA), and
influx of Iowa population in consequence.
...1883July12Fayette.IA, Charley Scobey has quit kicking old mail pounces around and throwing out maledictions and tobacco juice at every junction in Illinois between Dubuque and Chicago, and has donned a blue woolen shirt with pearl buttons, a broad-brimmed hat and sombrero, a two weeks old beard and a hungry look, a Winchester rifle and double-action revolver loaded for elephant, and when astride a cream-colored broncho, looks like a veritable cow-bow in a panic and hearts of a funeral procession. He and Dominic Cavanaugh, another wild Irishman born in American, have been into the woods daily on their bucking mustangs, striking attitudes and rehearsing their frontier speeches, so that they will not be taken for tender-feet when they appear on the plateaus of Montana. By Harris, if our hair was a little more plentiful and lengthy and we had on our ancient moccasins, it would be difficult to keep us from going on their trail and giving them a St. Regis and St. Lawrence county war whoop that would make them hunt cover too expeditiously to be seen. But is is thirty years since we came civilized, that is, what little we have left. The boys will take more comfort up in Montana than they have any business with.
went to Dawson county, Montana, with
Andrew R. Duncan, from Fayette, and entered into the cattle
business, but sold out in 1884 and invested in horses. Mr.
Cavanaugh was county assessor for two terms and in 1894 was elected sheriff, was
re-elected in 1896 & 1898.
Sheriff Dominic Cavanaugh would be murdered Dec 24, 1898 (paper
...1883Jul26Fayette.IA, A Montana firm bought 5000 head of cattle on the Sun River and Telton range about a year ago for $135,00 cash. They were sold to a Colorado syndicate recently for $235,000, the increase in the value and the increase in the head netting $100,000 in one year. Chicago Tribune.
...1883Jul26Fayette.IA, From the Glendive (Mont.) Times we learn that George Scobey was laid up with neuralgia; that the company shipped about a thousand head of cattle there, on which the freight was $3,000; that they have twenty head of find young brood mares, and the whole outfit is nicely settled on their ranch; and the Times wishes there were seventy Fayette county people there instead of seven.
...Aug02Fayette.IA, Boyce, Scobey, Schoonover had just manners enough to come home from Montana the day our last paper was out, so all the other papers for 30 miles around could get the news first just to be mean and break down a 'nasty,' newspaper. But we'll get even with them yet, we'll tell something on them they never did. Charley Scobey has commenced the study of geology and seven-up since locating in Montana. At the train containing their stock was passing through the Bad Lands, were the ground seemed to be or was smoky and burning, and desolation marked the landscape for its own, Charley stood on the hurricane deck, and with folded arms and solemn countenance imparted the following information; "boys, this used to be Hell, here, but the country got so bad they had to move it." The last that was noticed of him and Dominic (Cavanaugh) they were consulting some ancient books concerning the location of kings and diamonds and other things in that new country.
...1883Aug30Fayette.IA, Armstrong, until lately Butler's partner in the 'Union,' (West Union paper) has gone to Glendive, Montana, with a train load of cattle. Some have cheek enough to say Butler will start up salt creek on a flatboat on the 10th of Oct.
...1883Aug30Fayette.IA, (political chatter about Iowa prohibition and temperance due to Fayette and UIU being Methodist Church dominated) "The Montana Cattle Firm" are solid for Ed Rice. It is not told us whether Charlie (Scobey) and Dominic (Cavanaugh) are coming down to talk for the new "temperance ticket" or not. It will likely depend on whether the wolves tip over their jug or not. Come down, down, boys, they need thee every hour. The cause languisheth, for something to drink.
Note: Cavanaugh was murdered on Christmas Eve, 1898, while he was sheriff of Dawson County, That tragic event left his wife Lillian, with three small children to raise by herself. Born 1872July22, in Butler.Co.IA, Lillian had moved with her parents to the lower Yellowstone in 1886. About 21yrs old when she married Dominic Cavanaugh, she prove to be a resilient and self-reliant woman. The year following Dominic's death, Lillian sold her interest in the OU ranch to her b/law James Jr. Cavanaugh, and moved into Glendive. There she bought Miss Eleanor's Millinery Shop. In spring and fall, Lillina would travel to nearby communities with her stock of hats. In 1916, Esther Cavanaugh married Desmond O'Neil, the son of train driver Ed O'Neil. After some 42yrs together, Desmond died in 1958. Some time after Desmond's death, Lillian finally sold her millinery business in Glendive and moved in with her widowed daughter, Esther. Lillian was then more than 85yrs old and had been selling ladies hats all over Dawson County and eastern Montana for more than 60yrs. Lillian Cavanaugh died in 1963 at the age of 91. Esther died in 1977.
the Play, "An Uncommon Journey" (about the murder death of Sheriff
is credited with arrival in Yellowstone country "in the early '80s; p.o.
Glendive; brand OU; range Thirteenmile Creek." Hoopes also showed a
partnership of Cavanaugh and Duncan in 1885 (Dr. Andrew R. Duncan, the first
NPRR physician in Glendive). The 'Glendive Independent on 1885Aug01
reported on the "Duncan and
Cavanaugh" partnership on Thirtteenmile Creek. The
OU Ranch of Duncan & Cavanaugh was one of the first in the Montana area. Cavanaugh was
primarily interested in horses, consequently his ranch survived the winter of
1886-1887. In 1893, Dominic married
Lillian Walmsley, whose family had
homesteaded on nearby Morgan Creek in 1888. They had three children;
Dominic Jr, Ray/Raymond and Esther
.....In 1893 Major C.R.A. Scobey bought the Snyder & Hodgson butcher shop in Glendive. In 1894, C.R.A. Scobey was elected superintendent of schools for Dawson County. He came back to Glendive from the ranch to work in that capacity until 1898, when he (C.R.A. Scobey) was appointed Indian Agent at Fort Peck by Wm. McKinley's administration. He was re-appointed in 1902 by Theo. Roosevelt, who Charles knew personally, inviting Charles to the Whitehouse to receive the commission. He served in that capacity until 1904. 'Major' C.R.A. Scobey and his wife, Elizabeth, had seven children: five dau's and two son's. One girl and one boy died young. In 1905, Scobey and family left Montana, moving to a farm by Lake Pomme de Terre, Stevens.Co.MN. In 1908, he was a rural mail carrier until months before his death. In 1912, the Scobey family moved into Morris, Stevens.Co.MN. Charles R. A. Scobey died 1923Sep02, Morris.MN, age 72. His wife Elizabeth, died 38yrs later, 1961Oct26, age 91. Scobey village, the county seat of Daniels.Co.MT, was named after him (by close friend from the Ft.Peck Agency, Mansfield Daniels, whom Daniels.Co.MT is named after) although C.R.A. Scobey never lived there.
...Fay.Co.IA.Bio.1891, Having farmed until 1876, Mr. Almon Rawson removed to Brush Creek and with his brother-in-law, G. E. Rice, started the Brush Creek Bank, which they carried on together for ten years, when he purchased his partner's interest is now sole proprietor. He also has a large horse ranch on which he keeps thoroughbred Clydesdales and other high grades of horses, having about sixty in all. He has made several importations. In former years, in company with Mr. Rice, Almon dealt extensively in cattle, one deal with Hiram Sweet amounting to $14,300, and another in Montana to $18,500. He was one of the organizers of the bank at West Union and was a member of its first board of directors, and in the Brush Creek Creamery Company with which he is connected he holds the position of treasurer.
...1887 George P. Scobey of the
firm of Scobey, Taylor & Farr,
dealers in horses and other live stock, is a resident of Fayette. The
firm has an office in West Union, and also in Fayette. Mr. Scobey was born in
Litchfield County, Conn., April 27, 1851, and is a son of Z. D. and Eleanor E.
(Anderson) Scobey. With them he came to Iowa, in March, 1859, and the
succeeding ten years of his life were spent in Delaware County, when the family
came to Fayette. His education was acquired in the Upper Iowa University, after
which for three years he was employed as merchant's clerk in Fayette, and then
engaged in merchandising in that town for himself (George Scobey) in company with his brother,
C. R. A. Scobey, under the firm name of Scobey Brothers, which connection
continued some seven or eight years, when they sold out. Mr. Scobey then
engaged in his present business and formed the existing partnership with Messrs.
Taylor & Farr in 1887. This firm does the largest livestock business of any
in the country. Their annual business amounts to $250,000 and upwards. In
addition to their usual shipping trade, they import and keep constantly on hand
a number of fine Norman and French coach stock horses. Mr. Scobey is the
resident partner at Fayette, and does much of the business of the firm at home
and in Eastern markets. 1891 Bios/Fay.Co.IA.
...1887Nov05Fayette.IA, H. Sweet has been gone Montana-wards for about ten days. Scobey has shipped, recently, more cattle to Montana. There appear to be about as many cattle going up there as coming down.
...1887Nov26Fayette.IA, Ensign Sweet (son and partner of Hiram) and wife came down (to Fayette) from Montana last Sat. night. We understand he intends running the Ransom farm next season. H. Sweet has settled down for the winter after having sold $8000 worth of his Montana cattle in the Chicago market. He has enough stamps to take him through the winter at the present prices of fuel.
...1888Feb09, The winter of 1887-1888 was reported severest in ten years. Many people and cattle perished in Montana.
...1888Feb18Fayette.IA, Geo. P. Scobey
paraded five Norman stallions on the streets (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish-Norman_horse )where many stock-raisers, who
chanced to be in town, had a chance to look them over. He is getting out a
catalogue of his stock horses, with history and pedigree, we presume. They
will be printed we hear, at Bro. John's office in Chicago.
...1888Feb25Fayette.IA, G.P. Scobey ships next Tues. a car-load of mare colts to Montana. He embarks at Sumner over the Chicago,St. Paul & Kansas City, saving $25 a car on freight.
...1888Mar03Fayette.IA, George Scobey left on Tuesday for Montana. Dominic Cavanaugh returned to Glendive.MT with him.
...1888Mar10Fayette.IA, G.P. Scobey did not and now will not sell "Bertrand" (stallion) this season. he will son be billed for the season.
...1888Mar17Fayette.IA, Geo. Scobey is in New York with horses. Geo. Scobey's horse doctrine is out in pamphlet form (stallions and breeding stock).
...1888May05Fayette.IA, Geo. Scobey is home from a protracted stay in New York city and state.
...1888May12Fayette.IA, We have had an invitation to move the Postal Card (paper) office to a town in Montana (Glendive). Not yet; our mission is not ended. Ensign Sweet (partner with father Hiram Sweet in stock trading and ranching) started on Monday evening for Philbrook, Mont. His wife has been east on a visit, and will join him somewhere up the line, St. Paul or Minneapolis.
...1888Jul07Fayette.IA, W.A. Hoyt & Alex. James Duncan, law, collection, loan, real estate, office over the bank, Fayette, Iowa. Bank of Fayette, A.W. Lken, W.A. Hoyt, Dr. Marcus Young Baker, Theodore A. Duncan (bro of Alex).
...1888Jul14Fayette.IA, Arthur Crawford, of Maynard, sold a 2 1/2 months old colt, sired by "Austerlitz," Geo. P. Scobey's Norman stallion for $100.
...1889Feb18Fayette.IA, Dominic Cavanaugh, of Glendive, Mont., dropped in on us Friday morning, as hale and hearty as a jack rabbit, and about as good for a long race. He reports his sister Alice well and contented, following her profession of teaching.
...1889Oct18Fayette.IA, C.R.A. Scobey and family came down from Montana last week. Charles weighs about 200 pounds since he was appointed Indian agent at Fort Peck.
...1889Oct25Fayette.IA, Chas. Scobey has returned to Montana.
...1889Nov01Fayette.IA, Dominic Cavanaugh and his sister Alice were both candidates on the Democratic ticket for county office in Dawson.Co.MT, at the recent election, and both were elected. He was elected assessor, and we presume she was elected school superintendent, although the newspaper tabulated statement did not say what anybody running for or after.
...1889Dec13Fayette.IA, Geo. Scobey was in Boston last week with a car load of horses.
...1889Dec27Fayette.IA, Geo. Scobey is home from his third trip to Boston this fall and winter, with horses.
...1890Apr04Fayette.IA, H.E. Burch, of Helena, Mont., came to town on Saturday night last week. He will visit a short time in Nebraska before returning to Montana. Geo. Scobey and son Ed. are east with a shipment of horses.
...1890Apr11Fayette.IA, Chas. Gaynor and Chas. R. Noble started last Sat. for Montana, taking their families and household goods. They are interested in a horse ranche near Glendive.
...1890Apr25Fayette.IA, Geo. Scobey went east again on Tues. He is getting more railroad rides than anybody. Geo. Scobey returned on Mon. from another horse trip to Boston. A portion of the train he was on going down was wrecked although it did not include his cars of stock. Look Here: The standard bred stallion, Grimes, No. 5274, weight 1300 pounds, stands at Scobey's barn Thursday and Friday. Also Prince McCord 1100 pounds. Some and see them. Taylor & McCord of West Union.
...1890May16Fayette.IA, Montana cattle shipments this year will reach nearly 100,000 head, an increase of at least 30,000 head over last year. Geo. Scobey made a double trip to Boston, this time, without returning home.
...1890Jun20Fayette.IA, J.M. Edmunds went on Tues. with Geo. Scobey towards Buffalo.NY with horses. Jim will look farther and beyond and come home later.
...1890July04Fayette.IA, Ed Bray is home from sheep shearing in Montana. Indian outbreaks continue.
...1890July11Fayette.IA, Scobey started a car load of horses Thus. morning for Rawlings.NY, where we believe, has sold, with the present shipment, 240 horses.
...1890Aug22Fayette.IA, H. Sweet staid in Montana very briefly, arriving home one week ago. Two of Geo. Scobey's Norman stallions had a meeting on Wed. morning about dayling and had one of the worst fights on record. John Fryer, their groom, was out among them as soon as possible, but had several narrow escapes before they were corralled.
...1890Sep05Fayette.IA, Chas. Gaynor arrived home from Montana on Monday evening, bringing his household goods with him. They remained at the outposts of civilization about as long as one could expect.
...1891Jan30Fayette.IA, A car load of horses left here yesterday morning for "Taylor, Scobey & Farr's ranch" at Buffalo (NY).
...1891Mar13Fayette.IA, Dominic Cavanaugh, of Glendive, Mont., is in town this week, younger and livelier than ever. He thinks Montana is far superior to Iowa for a young man to get a start in the world. Don Palmer of Brush Creek, has gone to Buffalo.NY to sell horses for Taylor, Scobey & Farr.
...1891Mar27Fayette.IA, Dominic Cavanaugh started home to the wooly wilds of Montana on the 10:22 passenger, Wed.
...1891Aug28Fayette.IA, Geo. Scobey has had 600 large sale bills printed, announcing a public sale of all his portable property, including household furniture. He will sell those noted horses, Bertram and Partos. He contemplates a removal of his family to Buffalo.NY, if everything proves auspicious.
...1892Jan15Fayette.IA, Geo. Scobey is "making dates" when he will be at various towns (in Fayette.Co.IA area) to purchase horses regardless of grades, sizes or pedigrees.
...1892Jul07, Miss Alice Cavanaugh, a former well known resident of Fayette county, now Supt. of Schools at Glenville, Montana, has been visiting Miss Delia Blunt and other old time friends at West Union and attended the 4th of July celebration in Fayette.
...1892Aug05Fayette.IA, Hiram Sweet reports a drunken row and fight on or near his Montana cattle ranche, in which two or three men were killed and a half-breed range-rider cut up so badly he looked as if he had come from a dissecting table. The boys have to have their amusements even in the great and free northwest. Geo Scobey went northwest (Montana) with a car load of horses last Saturday.
...1892Nov25Fayette.IA, Generally reported that Geo. Scobey has purchased the stock in trade in Pooler's building (grocery and general merchandise).
...1893Feb10Fayette.IA, Geo. P. Scobey wants to buy horses
...1894Mar, Stories of Eastern Montana's Pioneers, Dominic Cavanaugh's wife Lillian, when ready to give birth to their first child Esther, chose to stay with her mother Mrs. John Walmsely, at her Morgan Creek ranch rather than come from the OU Ranch to Glendive to the doctor. Mrs. Walmsley, was a 'mid-wife' that had helped deliver many babies. Dr. Hunt agreed that would be okay if there were no complications. There were complications, so on a stormy March day, Dominic Cavanaugh set out to fetch the doctor from Glendive. The Yellowstone bridge had previously washed out, leaving a ferry crossing in warmer weather. In winter the crossing was made on the ice. At this time the ice was breaking up and not safe, nor could the ferry operated, so Dr. Hunt refused to return because of the river conditions at the crossing. With his wife's life at stake, at the point of Dominic's gun, Dr. Hunt safely reached the other side of the river, and in spite of blizzard conditions arrived at the Walmsley ranch in time to save Lillian who lived until 1963 and the baby (Esther, Mrs. O'Neil) who lived until 1977. Dominic moved the family into Glendive about the same time he ran for sheriff in early 1894. The county jail/sheriff's office was located in the courthouse, with the sheriff's residence behind the courthouse. The stable were nearby, with 'trustees,' in jail for up to six months taking care of the horses and doing chores. The sheriff's deputy (Joe Hurst) wanted to run against Dominic in the election of 1898. Dominic had urged Joe to wait another term before running because he was too young. Dominic promised his support in the next election (1900) when the Cavanaugh's would go back to the ranch. But the deputy could not wait and lost the election. Joe nursed his bitterness until Christmas Eve 1898, and as Sheriff Cavanaugh was returning back to the residence from shopping and checking on the stables, the deputy followed him into the stable barn, hit him over the head killing Dominic. Joe Hurst would be tried, convicted and hung Apr 1900.
...1894Apr14Fayette.IA, Vermont Boy (stallion), by Jack Sheppard, he by Rysdyk's Hambletonian. Jack Sheppard's dam Laura Keene by Seely's American Star. Vermont boy's dam by Wicked Will by Hill's Black Hawk; second dam by Vermont (Rysdyk's) Hambletonian. Vermont boy can be found at all times on the farm of John T. Fockler, 3 1/2 miles sourth of Fayette, by parties desiring to use him. Terms, $4.00 single service, $7.00 for season, $10.00 to insure. Parties parting with mares will be held for service fees. No responsibility for accidents. John T. Fockler.....Vermont boy, owned by John T. Fockler, is a dark bay horse with black points, the best of style and make up; a sure foal getter and can show the finest styled horses for carriage drivers of any stallion in northeastern Iowa. We have been buying his colts for the past two years. They are of the best disposition, bring the highest market price. They are up-headed, best of necks and will please the eye of any good horseman for style, size and general make-up. Geo. P. Scobey, Peter G. Widger, Fred Holmes, J.J. Schrack (these were major stock dealers/breeders in Fayette village, bz/2012).
Cavanaugh, of Glendive Mont., stopped off here a couple days last week
way home from New Hampshire, where he had been to sell some horses raised on his
north ranche. He is the same Dominic as when he used to farm it in
...1895Mar14Fayette.IA, Dominic Cavanaugh sends us a "note" from Montana which we appreciate.
...1896Mar05Fayette.IA, Geo. Scobey shipped a car load of fine draft horses to St. Paul Monday afternoon, which was accompanied by Ed. (Geo. Scobey & Duncan went into the grocery, hardware, general merchandise business on Main.St Fayette.IA but continued feed and horse buying).
...1899Dec29Fayette.IA, In the St. Paul Pioneer Press of Sunday was found the following dispatch from Glendive, Mont., dated the 24th inst: Dominick Cavanaugh, sheriff of Dawson county, was murdered during the night. His body was found in the rear of the county building, where he lived, at an early hours. From the broken skull and indentations on his hat and the back of his head the blow as probably from behind. There is no clue to the murderer. Mr. Cavanaugh was raised in this county and vicinity of Fayette and left here more than a dozen years ago and for a number of years was part owner in a horse ranch. Later he became sheriff of Dawson county. If we remember rightly he missed a term or two but last Fall was again elected. The natural supposition is that some outlaw who should long ago have been hanged, had a grudge against him and being a coward took him by surprise and at a disadvantage. Dominic has been a subscriber to this paper for sixteen years. We very much regret to thus chronicle his death, and especially by the hand of a villainous and cowardly assassin.
...1899Jan05Elgin.IA, A dispatch in 'The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec 25, was a shock to many Fayette people who knew the victim in days gone by, Mr. Dominick Cavanaugh having lived in this county. The dispatch is dated at Glendive, Mont., Dec 24, and says: Dominick Cavanaugh, sheriff of Dawson county, was murdered during the night. His body was found in the rear of the county building, where he lived, at an early hours. From the broken skull and indentations on his hat and the back of his head the blow as probably from behind. There is no clue to the murderer.
...1899Jan05Fayette.IA, Dominick Cavanaugh, From the Glendive MT Independent. The citizens of Glendive were never more shocked than this morning when the news spread of the finding of the body of Sheriff Dominic Cavanaugh, who was foully murdered in front of his stable door and within fifty feet of his residence. The body was discovered about daylight by J.H. Ray, Jr., while on his way to his place of business, who, not recognizing the features, went at once to the sheriff's residence in the court house and inquired for the she\riff. Mrs. Cavanaugh answered the summon at the door, and in answer to the question of his whereabouts, stated that she remained up all night waiting for him, and then inquired of Mr. Ray whether he has seen him, and in answer that he had not and wished to see him on business. He next went to the residence of Dr. J. Hunt, and in company with the doctor returned and examined the body, which was lying face downward in a large pool of blood. When the body was turned over an imprint of one hand with a glove on was plainly visible. Two large holes, both fracturing the skill on top of the head, made with a shovel, the handle of which was wrapped with wire, showed how the crime was committed by the assassin. The hat worn by the sheriff, a soft one, showed the impression of the wrapped wire handle. It was is habit to visit the stable before going to the house every evening, and he was last seen at W. B. Foster's store where he made a small purchase for one of his children, and this bundle was found near the body. He was next reported as being seen passing the livery stable, closely followed by a man who was not recognized about 8:30pm, on his way home. The murder must have taken place about this time, as the body indicated that it was exposed to the frost at least ten hours before it was discovered. Thos. F. Hagan, who was visiting Dr. Hunt, shortly after 8:30, heard a sound which resembled a wail or moan coming from the rear of the house, but thinking it was made by some boys playing, paid no attention to the sound.
......Dominick Cavanaugh was born at Hamilton, Canada, April 5, 1854. When he was two years old his parents located in Fayette county, Iowa, and he was educated there. In 1883 he came to Dawson county and entered into the cattle business, but sold out in 1884 and invested in horses. Mr. Cavanaugh was county assessor for two terms and in 1894 was elected sheriff, and giving such excellent satisfaction to the tax-payers was re-elected in 1896, and again at the last election. As an officer was fearless in the discharge of his duty and was respected by all suspicious characters and law-breakers.
......The entire county mourn with the bereaved wife, three children and brother and sisters, the last two being absent in the east, but have been telegraphed for. Mr. Cavanaugh was a believer in beneficial orders and belonged to the Knights of Pythias, Woodmen and A.O.U.W. The Independent is in possession of several facts and rumored suspicions not published, to aid justice in apprehending the murderer.
...1899Jan12Bismark.ND, Hurst arrested. Former resident of Mandan (Morton.Co.ND, east edge, NE corner) arrested charged with the murder of Sheriff Cananaugh. Had been an unsuccessful candidate against him (Cavanaugh). Evidence said to be strong. Cavanaugh's murder occurred shortly before Christmas and the arrest recent. Joe Hurst a former resident of Mandan.ND and well known in this city as a member in the hose company engaged in several tournaments, has been arrested at at Glendive, Mont. (Dawson.Co.MT, east central), charged with the murder of Sheriff Dominick Cavanaugh of Dawson city, a day or so after Christmas. Cavanaugh had been sheriff of Dawson county for a number of years and had been re-elected. He was found dead at the rear of his house near the entrance to the barn, his head crushed in. Hurst had been a candidate for the office and had been defeated and it is said had made threats against the victim. After the murder of Cavanaugh he (Hurst) applied for appointment to fill out his (Cavanaugh) unexpired term and secured it, and came nearly being appointed as sheriff for the full term, losing the appointment by only two votes. suspicion was directed to him shortly after the murder and it is reported that a suit of clothing belonging to Hurst has been found covered with blood and there is other evidence tending to establish his guilt.
...1899Mar30Fayette.IA, Hurst, the man arrested for murder of Dominic Cavanaugh, has had his trial, been convicted, and sentenced to hand on May 19, 1899, at Glendive, Montana. Hurst was the republican candidate for the office of sheriff, in opposition to Cavanaugh but was defeated, and the only one on his ticket who was beaten. By killing Cavanaugh he expected to get the office by appointment from the county commissioners, and was so appointed, holding the office about a week before he was arrested on suspicions and condemnation. It is said Hurst has always borne a good reputation and that his family connections are good, but his avarice and greed for office have done him up, unless some obstacle intervenes not now known.
Hanging. Why the Governor refused to commute the death sentence of Joe
Hurst. An account of the hanging of Joe Hurst at Glendive.MT says:
Rev. Pacher Cluade of Dickinson was with the condemned man on the scaffold.
He accepted the Catholic faith and expressed implicit faith in the hereafter.
He marched to the gallows along, saying to Deputy Twihle, "you needn't hold me,
George, I can stand along." After the noose was placed around his neck, he
said, "Gentlemen, this is a terrible mistake. I forgive you all as Jesus
would do." At 2:43pm the body was taken down and delivered to is friends.
Rev. Henry Warman made public a statement this morning in which he claims Hurst
admitted that he killed Cavanaugh. The Helena Herald of Wed., published
the following synopsis of Governor Smith's letter to Hurst's attorneys wherein
he declines to commute the condemned man's sentence: Governor Smith has
declined to interfere with the judgment of the courts in the case of
Joesph C. Hurst, under sentence of death in Glendive for the murder of
Cavanaugh, sheriff of Dawson county, on December 23, 1898. The governor
announced this decision at noon today by making public a long letter he had
written to C.P. Connelly, H.J. Gaskell and G.W. Myers, Hurst's attorneys, who
recently appeared before the governor in behalf of executive clemency.
......The governor reviews the leading contentions of Hurst's attorneys as to there being ample grounds for executive clemency on account of the circumstantial character of the evidence and the absence of evidence connecting Joe Hurst with the crime except the testimony of witnesses Gilmore and Ward and concludes that the showing made by the attorneys is not sufficient for the Governor to warrant his interfering. The governor criticizes severely the articles that C.P. Connelly printed in the Anaconda Standard reflecting upon the trial of Hurst and attacking the citizens of Dawson county. Referring to his belief in Judge Lord's sincerity and fidelity to his sworn duty in over ruling the motion for a new trial the governor says: "I cannot be forced into the belief that Judge Loud would sentence any man to be hanged unless he was thoroughly satisfied with the verdict rendered by a jury in his court." The governor reviews the supreme court opinion and comments upon the pardoning power, saying in effect that if he allowed sympathy or personal feeling to control his actions there would be no necessity for courts and juries. "Such exercise of power would be legal and judicial anarchy," says the governor. Concerning Gilmore's testimony, the governor says it stands unshaken from the first to the last.
......There is a sensational feature of the governor's letter in which he makes public a letter written by Attorney Myers to C.P. Connelly, explaining why Hurst did not take the stand. and also why evidence was not introduced as to his good character because it was feared that evidence would be introduced attacking his reputation, the defense learning there were witnesses ready to testify that Hurst's reputation was bad. The governor says in conclusion that after patient examination, he cannot believe that he would be justified in interfering with the judgment of the courts and that the law must take its course.
......Referring to the opinion of the supreme court, State vs Hurst, the governor recites: "We have given our attention carefully and patiently to the examination of the whole of the evidence and we cannot say that the result reached by the jury is not justified by it, or that there is upon the whole of the evidence a reasonable doubt of the defendant's guilt." Here the supreme court of the state says that they have carefully and patiently examined all the evidence and that they find that the verdict of the jury was justified by that evidence, nor are these men able to say that the evidence did not prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
......The counsel claim not that the reason they did not put Hurst on the stand was that they did not think any case has been made against him and in referring to this the governor says: "The true reason, however is to be found in the letter written by C.W. Myers to C.P. Connelly, dated Mar 2, 1900. Among other things in that letter, Mr. Myers says: "I do not believe Hurst could have been safely put on the stand in his own behalf, owing to the number of people who would have contradicted him as was explained to you by Ben. Haskell while you was as Glendive. Now, as to why Hurst's good character was not put in evidence, under the feeling existing at the time of the trial it would not do, while we could find a number of people that would swear they knew Hurst for a number of years and that he had a good reputation for honesty and integrity , but we learned upon investigation that there was a number of leading citizens that would say that his reputation was bad. So we rested that point on the fact that he had been nominated for sheriff." This letter gives the true and exact reasons, no doubt, why Hurst was not put upon the witness stand. This letter is among the papers files with me by Mr. Connelly.
...1900Apr05Fayette.IA, Joseph C. Hurst, the man who was convicted of the murder of Sheriff Dominic Cavanaugh at Glendive, Mont., was hanged there the morning of March 30, 1900. Cavanaugh, as our out people know, was murdered in the fall of 1898 after being elected to the office of sheriff, and his opponent in the race was arrested for the crime and convicted on purely circumstantial evidence. The case was appealed or something of that sort, but no change was made in the decision of the trail court, and no interference on the part of the governor. Hurst declared he was innocent from the first to the last, and on the scaffold said it was all a mistake. But it is said he made a statement, or confession, to a priest on condition that it sho'd not be made public until after his execution. Cavanaugh's friends here where he was raised and known, will now be anxious to know if Hurst did confess, or if there are still any doubts who was the murderer.
...1900Apr05SanFranciso, The Weekly
Examiner, Confessed and talked about the murder. Young Hurst Told a Clergyman
of His Crime. Glendive (Montana)March 30, 1900, 3:30 a.m. - Jospeh Hurst was
hanged here shortly after 3 O'clock this (Friday) morning. He met death
unflinchingly, protesting innocence. Butte (Montana) March 30 - The execution by
hanging of Joseph C. Hurst for the murder of Sheriff Dominick Cavanaugh, on
December 23, 1898, took place at 2:26 o'clock this morning at Glendive, as
announced in "The Examiner" this morning.
Nothing has occurred in Montana in
recent years that has aroused so much public feeling as the conviction and
execution of young Hurst. Fully two-thirds of the people of the
State believed in his innocence and had petitioned the Governor to save him.
Their belief in his innocence, however, was badly shattered today when the
Rev. Henry Warman of Glendive gave out the following concerning a confession
Hurst had made to him. The confession bears the stamp of truth, as it
agrees with many facts and makes explanations that had previously been
wanting: Now that Joseph C. Hurst has passed into eternity and died with a
quotation on his lips from Sheldon's book, "In His Steps; or What Would Jesus
Do?" which neither admitted his guilt nor denied the same. I therefore feel that
in justice to all parties concerned I should make known the fact that
admitted to me that he killed Dominick Cavanaugh. In his cell, on Tuesday, March
27, he stated to me that he followed Cavanaugh through the alley on December 23,
1898, and after conversing with him in a friendly manner, when he turned to shut
his stable door he struck him with an iron bolt. Cavanaugh fell to the
ground, uttering two cries. A woman in the alley near Steele's house uttered
some kind of an exclamation and in looking over his shoulder toward here, he
missed his second blow at Cavanaugh's head, and striking the ground, broke the
end off his bolt. The woman disappeared and he struck the man several times.
While looking for the end of the bolt he saw the Meyers boys at the end of the
alley, and he fled. When urged to give to the officers the same statement he
gave me, he replied: "Damn them, they have thirsted for my blood, and I won't
satisfy them to tell them." When I asked him if I could be of any consolation
to him spiritually, he replied: "No; this book you gave me" referring to
Sheldon's book, "is good enough for me. But I want you to keep this statement
from the public until I am dead, and not to contradict anything I may say on the
scaffold if you are present. Perhaps I may tell the whole story then, but not
until I am sure that the last moment has come, for my attorneys might be able to
save me at the last moment. I may ask you to be with me if I must hang, but I
will think about it." I have been the only clergyman to visit him during his
imprisonment to my knowledge, and I stated to him when first I visited him that
if any facts came to my knowledge that would help vindicate him I would be
delighted to bring them before the proper authorities; and on the other hand if
I became aware of his guilt I would not hesitate to give it to the public. Rev.
......Pastor M. E. Church, Glendive, Montana, March 30, 1900, 10 p.m. The condemned man was accompanied to the scaffold by Father Claude M. E. Benner of Dickinson, North Dakota who was telephoned for yesterday afternoon, and who has baptized him yesterday afternoon and who ministered the last rites of the church. The father, mother, brothers an sisters, wife and two children, and other relatives, visited the condemned man yesterday afternoon for the final leave taking. The scene as the member of the family came into the jail was heart-rending, and the final leave takings and farewells were very affecting. From the rumors circulated the past few weeks trouble was anticipated, and Sheriff A. E. Aiken appointed a number of special deputies to guard the jail and town, but the rumors were groundless and a more orderly execution is not chronicled in the Northwest.
......At 2:20 Hurst, accompanied by Sheriff Aiken and Deputy George Turble, emerged from the jail and advanced to the gallows, Hurst bareheaded and apparently cool and collected. When placed under the drop he requested permission to say a few words: "This is a great mistake," he said. "I will forgive all here present, as Jesus did." "Have you anything further to say?" asked the Sheriff. "This is a great mistake. I forgive all, as Jesus did" he repeated. The black cap was drawn, the drop sprung at 2:26 and in eleven minutes the physicians announced to the Sheriff that Hurst was dead. The reason for the unusual hour for the hanging was that there were reports that Hurst's friends would attempt by force to prevent it and also the fear that the Governor might at the last moment grant a reprieve. The body was taken to Wadena, Minnesota for burial.
...1900Apr19Fayette.IA, We were somewhat surprised yesterday to receive a visit from Alex. Wandell, who had just arrived from near Glendive, Montana, where he has resided for seven years (since abt. 1893). He had been absent from this region four years. He gave us a thorough history of the Cavanaugh murder case. Mr. Wandell is in the horse raising business (in Montana).
....1906Aug30Fayette.IA, Sunday a train of 83 cars loaded with Montana cattle went through Oelwein enroute to Chicago. Those who got a glimpse considered them the finest they had seen in a long time, and it was estimated that they would bring about $60,000.
...1908Jan02Fayette.IA, On account of a whirligig rush at this office last week we forgot to mention the arrival in town of James Cavanaugh, of Glendive, Montana. He is a brother of Dominick Cavanaugh who was murdered at Glendive a number of years ago while sheriff of the county by a neighbor who wanted the office of sheriff. The Cavanaugh brothers were residents in the Fayette vicinity thirty years ago. James was a resident of North Dakota a number of years before going to Montana. He has been absent 25years. His daughter Clara, came Monday from Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she is attending the state Normal School, to join him.
...1922Nov15Fayette.IA, The stock car situation will ease up after the 15th of the months, when the Montana cattle are out of the way. There are, however, about 1700 carloads out there to move yet.
...1935Apr23Butte.MT, Cities Old Case, In a Montana paper of April 21, 1935, I have read of the case of Joseph C. Hurst, who was found guilty of the murder of Sheriff Dominick Cavanaugh in Dawson county in 1898. Hurst was convicted on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to hang. Petitions requesting commutation of sentence were sent to Governor Smith. The question of the propriety and effectiveness of capital punishment was raised. It was brought to the attention of the governor that the defendant had a wife and two small children. If the people of Montana are opposed to capital punishment hey have had ample opportunity since then to bring about its abolishment. This in a measure is parallel case to the Hurst case. It has been said that other criminals who have been properly convicted and sentenced have received favorable consideration at the hands of the executive. But each case must be judged by its own peculiar facts. I am in agreement with the argument of former Governor Smith, who in 1898 took a position similar to that which I take now. "This, then does not appear to me to be a proper case for the exercise of executive clemency and in this view I am fortified by the action of Governor Cooney, who on a former occasion refused to commute or reprieve."
Sunset near the Milk River in Montana, 2008.
The Murder of Sheriff Dominic Cavanaugh
and hanging of Joe Hurst
in Glendive, Dawson.Co.MT,
On the eastern border of Montana. Population in 1898, abt. 1200.
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