An Example of Schadenfreude?

Hannah Warburton nee Walton of the Warburton Village clan, and 4 of her sons (Samuel, Peter, Joseph, and Mark) emigrated to the USA on November 1st 1849 arriving in New York on January 12th 1850 on the ship ZZ before moving on to Iowa and Minnisota.

 Peter was resident at Rock Grove, Floyd, Iowa in censuses from 1856 to 1900. He died in 1905.

Jim Maddox sent me the following newspaper cuttings.

The Nashua Reporter September 28th 1911:

An effort on behalf of four sons and daughters, children of the late Peter Warburton, of Nora Springs, who died leaving an estate of $60,000 to his second wife Mrs Ella R Warburton-Hefner, is being made to set a side the will and a contest the warmest known in Floyd County litigation is imminent. The sons were cut off without a cent. Since her husband’s death, Mrs Hefner married CA Hefner of this place and has also deeded considerable of the property left her by Warburton to other parties, Warburton being her second matrimonial adventure.

Jim has been unable to find evidence of the result of this litigation, but as it was nearly 6 years after Peter’s death it would appear that the horse had bolted.

Mason City Globe-Gazette March 28 1935:

Home Destroyed at Nora Springs

Firemen are Unable to Stop Blaze Because of Lack of Water

Fire which broke out Thursday morning on the roof of the Wilmer Fingleson home on the south edge of Nora Springs burned the house to the ground while firemen, helpless because of the lack of water, looked on.


Neither the origin of the blaze nor the amount of damage covered by insurance could be learned Thursday. The furniture and some household equipment were saved and the Fingleson family made plans to stay with Mrs Joe Heffner, a relative, in Nora Springs until permanent arrangements could be made.

The Fingalson place is known as the old Peter Warburton home, named after one of the early settlers in this vicinity.

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