Tag Archives: Unsolved Tama County Iowa murders

Drinking Bout: Suspicious Death of John F. Brennan 1898

Victim John F. Brennan 35-year-old Ice Harvester, Farmhand Eagle Center Resident 1862-1898 Death Scene and Date Sweeney Home Dysart, Iowa Tama County January 30, 1898 Apparent Cause of death: Beaten __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written August 2014 During the winter … Continue reading

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The Czech Marble Cutter: Murder of Matej Straka 1878

Murder Victim Matej “Matthew” Straka 45-year-old Stone Cutter Le Grand Quarry Marshall County, Iowa 1833-1878 Murder Scene and Date Deserted Road 4 Miles West of Chelsea, Iowa Tama County August 29, 1878 Cause of Death: Gunshot __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers … Continue reading

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“Trio of Thugs”: Murder of Officer Rolland P. Smith 1901

Murder Victim Officer Rolland P. Smith 23-year-old Night Marshal Killed in the Line of Duty 1878-1901 Murder Scene and Date Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Tracks Station Street Chelsea, Iowa Tama County End of Watch: December 5, 1901 Cause of Death: … Continue reading

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Green Corn Dance Tragedy: Murder of Se-Ton-a-Qua 1897

Murder Victim Se-Ton-a-Qua 16-year-old Meskwaki Tribe Member 1881-1897 Murder Scene and Date Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Tracks West of Tama, Iowa Tama County July 26, 1897 Cause of Death: Bludgeoned With Cordwood __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written March 2013 The … Continue reading

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“No Women or Children Allowed”: Murder of Winfield Scott Rouse 1929

Murder Victim Winfield Scott Rouse 75-year-old Subsistence Farmer Eccentric Recluse 1853-1929 Murder Scene and Date Indian Village Township Montour, Iowa Tama County July 2, 1929 Cause of Death: Beaten __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written April 2011 Winfield Scott Rouse was … Continue reading

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“Belle of the Tribe”: Murder of Ma-Sha-Che 1905

Murder Victim Ma-Sha-Che “Nelly Davenport” 16-year-old Meskwaki Tribe Member 1889-1905 Murder Scene and Date Montour, Iowa Tama County April 4, 1905 Cause of Death: Bludgeoned With Large Piece of Wood __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written January 2011 In 1905, Ma-Sha-Che … Continue reading

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