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May 2, 1880

Workman have been engaged for a few days in putting in a substantial culvet and crossing at the intersection of Main and Orange Streets, at the south-east corner of the court house square.  A needed improvement.

‘School marms’ are needed in Dekalb County schools. Wages are $15.00 to $17.00 per month.

Bad roads. High waters. Thunder storms are frequent. Fruit yet uninjured. Election on Monday. There will be three polling places in Albion.  One in each ward.

The fishing season had commenced. Corn planting will soon be here.  Rome City is to have a newspaper.

This has been a remarkably quiet week in Albion, as far as items of news are concerned.

A force of workers have been engaged in putting up several additional wires on the line of telegraph along the Baltimore & Ohio rail road.

The Universalist society will meet at Mr. and Mrs. Austin Taylor’s on the afternoon of May 12 and on Friday May 17, Rev. Wm. Tucker, Universalist, will preach in the school house near E. B. Spencer’s west of Avilla.

Wolcottville is lively and business brisk….Don’t fail to attend the Assembly at Sylvan Lake, as it will be the grandest affair in the state.  It commences June 23 and closes July 8…. Wheat looks well and a fine prospect for bushels of peaches.



Pierce Shambaugh sold the Albion dray line to John Scarlett, taking part payment an interest in the Nicodemus property on South Orange St., now the Dale Guthrie residence.



January 2, l884

John F. Hunt and his son, Frank, started for Kansas, with a car load of goods on Wednesday night and Wilson W. with the rest of the family left on Sunday night for that state, where they will make their future home.

Charley Haney has gone west and will accept a position on the Rock Island railroad as brakeman.  Charley is one of the square, jolly, good fellows of Albion, and we dislike to lose him. 

April l6, l884

Mr. Johnston left for Dakota on last Monday night.  It is expected that a number of Albion’s accomplished young ladies would – pshaw!  Just ask them when they are going to Dakota, if you want to be snatched bald-headed.

April 23, l884

Mr. Riley, of Colorado, is at present in the city.  Mr. Riley and wife will leave for the Centennial state next week to take up a permanent residence there.   He owns a good paying gold mine.

May l4, l884

Alvin Skinner, formerly of this place, but now a merchant of Mendon, Michigan, was in the city, the past week visiting “home sweet home “

May 2l, l884

Mr. and Mrs. Riley started for Colorado last week, on the footsteps of their son, who left a couple of weeks ago.

Freeman Shaffer, the pleasant clerk of JD. Berger’s, left on Wednesday for Wisconsin and Dakota.  He will, no doubt, locate some where in the “West.”    The Democrat’s best wishes follow him

June 25, l884

John Rensch, of Trenton, Missouri, has been the guest of Reverend Shaffer the past few weeks.  He is the father of Mrs. Shaffer.



March l9, l885

Ed Williams, son of Richard Williams, of the Williams House, returned from the west on Thursday last, after an absence of about five years.  Recently he has spent the greater portion of the time in Idaho, but has been in Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, as well as in Idaho since leaving Albion. He is looking as if life out on the border in the territories had agreed with him.

October 28, l885

Mr. J P Molen has sold his interest in the drug business to his partner, Mr. T.A. Huston and contemplates making a trip out west some time in the future with a view to looking up a location.  Mr. Molen is one of our best businessmen and we are sorry to lose him from our town.  He and Mrs. Molen have made a host of warm friends during their residence here, whose good wishes will follow them wherever, they may go.

Mr. Steel of Missouri paid a visit to his son, J.G.Steel of York township, this past week.



February l7, l886

Miss Snyder of Pennsylvania was visiting with her cousins Misses Ella and Lillie Marshall the past week.   Mrs. George W. Simpson and Miss Belle Huston of Mount Vernon, Ohio, are visiting with their brother and sister, Mrs. J. P. Molen and T. A.  Huston at this time.

February l8, l886

Hiram Baker will leave for home in Reno County Kansas next week, but did not forget to call and order the Democrat sent to his new address.

March 3, l886

I. J. Strobridge,  now of Burton, Kansas, sends us his greeting  with the cash, for his renewal for l886

March l7, l886

Mr. William Baker of Topeka, Kansas, took his departure for home, Thursday night.

March 3l, l886

Thomas J. Ryan has moved his family to Baxter Springs, Kansas.  We wish  Mr. And Mrs. Ryan success.

April 7, l886

Mrs. Julia Kuhlman, of Kansas City, MO.  Is visiting with her mother, Mrs. Daniel Hines, at this time.

Raymond, Kansas, March 28, l886 – Editor Democrat:  You will please send my paper to Raymond, Kansas and oblige.   Yours truly,  J.W. Gaff.

Hiram P. Baker had the misfortune to have his barn burned, since his arrival at his  Kansas home, and lost two head of horses,  and all his hay and grain, and Mr. I.J. Strobridge lost his team, harness and grain.  It is thought to be the work of an incendary, who desired to plunder the dwelling for money, but they failed in this as he did not forget to have it guarded.  The loss is considerable to both men, and will fall particularly heavy upon Mr. Strobridge.  The scoundrel who did the act, is said to live in their vicinity, and if positive evidence of his guilt is had, would be a proper subject for a “neck-tie” party.

James T. Ryan called Wednesday evening before starting for his new home at Baxter Springs, Kansas, and ordered the Democrat continued to him.  

May 1886

Obituary of Fielding Prickett

     Noble CO. lost one of her best men in the death of Fielding Prickett, last Friday May ? 1886. His death occurred at the residence of his brother-in-law, John Thompson, in Elkhart county, in the neighborhood where his parents brought him in 1831, a mere chld of four years of age. He was educated in the county schools, studied law at Goshen, graduated in the Law Dept. of the State University, and settled in Albion in 1854. His personal acquaintances, and they most to the people of the county, will cordially endorse the personal encomium, of the Goshen News.

     “He was a man of uncompromising integrity, and honesty shone out all through his life like the mid-day sun. In the practice of law he was honest and fair to a fault, and no man ever went to law upon his advice only after all honorable means to effect a settlement had been made, and only upon the most rigid necessity.  The courts, the last resort was always his advice, and he honestly won the title which was bestowed upon him           of the “Peacemaker.”  Either in public or private life, as a husband, father, neighbor, or friend, Fielding Prickett won and held the highest esteem of all who knew him. He had at all times a kind word for the unfortunate, and was as ever ready to condemn the wrong as he was to uphold the right. The worlds is et3er for his living, and his life was an exemplary one of the younger generation and scores of people will remember and treasure his golden words of advice and like our self, keenly feel the loss of a kind and true friend, whose loss is irreparable, May everlasting peace and joy be his after his well spent life.”

June l6, l886

Jacob Baker of Kansas, son of the late  George Baker of Jefferson township, was visiting friends here the past week and paid us a pleasant call.

July l4, l886

The Baxter Springs, Kansas News says of a former Albion boy: Harry Strough, while trying to jump out of a wagon last Saturday, lost his balance and fell under the wheel which barely missed his face and passed downward over one leg, but fortunately no bones were broken.   

October 20, l886

Mrs. Madison Diffendarfer of Kansas arrived here on Wednesday night on a visit to her parents, Mr. And Mrs. O’Neals, and other friends here.   

November l7, l886

Mr. And Mrs. Samuel Prickett returned to their home at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last week

December 22, l886

Thomas Andrews, son, of Herman Andrews, late of Jefferson Township, deceased, was here in attendance at the funeral of his father.  He informed us that, as soon as he could sell his farm in Michigan, he would return to his old homestead.



February 9, l887

J. B. Alexander of Allegan County, Michigan, called upon us last Wednesday in company with his nephew, Jonathan Seymour.  Mr. Alexander is a brother of Mr. Seymour’s mother whose death was caused by a Stroke of lightning, about the year l853.  McIntyre Seymour, her husband, died many years afterward. He is well remembered by the older citizens of Wolf Lake and vicinity, and of Albion.

March l6, l887

Mrs. Paul Vestian, who had been the guest of Mrs. Klussman, her sister, for a week here, left on the noon train last Thursday for her home at Grand Crossing, Illinois. 

May l8, l887

We had a pleasant surprise last week in a call by Mr. Jacob Hosler, of Washington Territory, accompanied by his brother, Levi H. Hosler, of this county.  Jacob Hosler was formerly a resident of Noble County, but had not been here before in twenty-two years.  He has held the office of Sheriff of his county for two terms. His present visit to his old home shows him great changes and improvements

June 8, l887

Mrs. F.P. Higgins, of Harper, Kansas, with her daughter, visited the family of J.J. Lash last week.  Mrs. H. was the widow of ________ Bruce, of Kendallville, and is a cousin of Mr. Lash.

July 20, l887

F.D. Spencer, of Wolf Lake, returned last week from a visit to his sister, formerly Mrs. Sarah Lossing, many Years a resident of Albion, but now residing in Michigan.  Mrs. Spencer accompanied him. Thomas J. Stults, until recently a citizen of Washington Township, this county, writes from Girard, Kansas, his present home.  We have his promise to give the readers of the Democrat weekly news from that section.

July 20, l887

From a letter received by us from Mr. G.W. Potts, of Marne, Iowa, we take the following:  Enclosed find $l.50 postal note for Noble County Democrat.  Can’t do without the Democrat.  We consider it about the same as a letter from home each week……. Wash Potts

September l4, l887

Miss Jennie A. Brackney, of Kansas City, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. And Mrs. J.N. Brackney, of Jefferson township, and other friends and relatives in this vicinity, returned to her western home last Monday

Sheriff Williams showed us a letter from George Hull, of Plymell, Kansas, formerly of southern Noble County.  Mr. Hull is well fixed, with 320 acres of good land and rising

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