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From The Past - 1874
January 10, 1874
The body of an
unknown man was found hanging to a tree,
a few miles north of the three mile house on Monday. Nothing to
him has been discovered.
The marriage of
Miss Milwaukee Smith is reported. She
was the first white child born in Milwaukee, in 1835. If she had been
in this locality, she would have been married twenty years ago.
The Oconto Lumberman
January 17, 1874
Jail Delivery at Waupun
Marshall’s and constables throughout the
state are notified that the notorious Pat Reggio, a one armed Italian
broke out from Waupun Penitentiary on Wednesday night last. A reward of
$250 is offered for his recapture.
OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
Jan. 23, 1874
notes from the Early Settlers
Party……………. As Mr. Gilkey was an
early settler he was enable to impart information in regard to early
times, that were new and novel to all. After Mr. Gilkey closed his
remarks, Mr. James Don Levy was called and responded by giving his
experience as an early settler. How he came here in the year 1856 and
found the place where this city now stands a "howling wilderness"
and how he foresaw, in the distant future a noble city, teaming with
life and arrayed in regal splendor - just as we behold Oconto today
providing every pioneer would do his duty.
**NARRROW ESCAPE. - Miss Stela Adams, daughter of Dr. Adams of this
city, one evening last week, let fall a lighted kerosene lamp, which
broke into atoms, enveloping her dress and the room in flames. With
great presence of mind Miss Adams extinguished the flames on her
garments, then ran upstairs, and got blankets, with which she smothered
the fire in the room. But for the strong nerve and presence of mind of
the young lady she would have been cremated and the building destroyed,
before assistance could have arrived.
The Oconto Lumberman
January 24, 1874
Death of Mrs.
We are again
called to record the death of another
worthy citizen. On Wednesday morning at 7:30, Mrs. Lydia Mathews, wife
of Ivory Mathews, departed this life after a brief and painful illness.
The deceased was a native of Goolsborough, Maine, and at the time of
death was 35 years and six months of age. On Thursday afternoon the
religious rites took place at her late residence, conducted by Rev.
of the M.E. Church, in the presence of a large number of mourning and
friends, and the remains were followed to their last resting place by a
sorrowing cortege of earnest sympathizers for the bereaved husband and
afflicted little ones. She leaves three children – boys of
the ages of
9, 5, and 2 ½ years. May He who tempers the wind for the
watch the tender orphans, and console the grief stricken father.
The three convicts
– Kinroy, Raggio and Riley – who
escaped from State Prison at Waupun, January 14th, were captured at
about midnight Saturday, the 17th. They had traveled from Waupun,
during the day and traveling nights. The weather during the night was
degrees below zero, and the convicts were badly frozen when they
at Oshkosh. They had not entered a house or eaten a morsel during the
and had become so reckless that they allowed the police to capture them
on their first arrival. Two hundred and fifty dollars reward has been
for their capture.
The President of the
Seduces a Married Women!
The case of Wm.
Hilderbrand vs. Wm. B. Ogden came up
for trial in the Supreme Court at Brooklyn, a few days since. On
of one of the witnesses for the defendant being absent, it was
until March. The defendant, Wm. B. Ogden, is the President and
owner of the Peshtigo Company, and a man estimated to be worth
Wm. Hilderbrand and the defendant were formally in partnership in
in the fur business with the Indians. It is alleged that in 1867 Mr.
seduced the wife of Hilderbrand, and desolated his domestic hearth.
it is alleged, Wm. B. Ogden libeled the plaintiff, and finally settled
by paying $25,000 in note, bonds and money. The lawyer, who acted
the two parties in the settlement, played false, and it is alleged
the bonds to Ogden, by whom they are wrongfully held. The suit is to
the property so converted, and the damages which amount to $50,000. If
it should be found that the premium on the bonds has gone up during the
past seven years, that is 1867, when it is alleged the property was
the amount may reach $70,000 or even more.
A long felt want.
A Suitable Place for Insane
The want of a
suitable place for the reception and
proper care of insane persons; while the necessary examinations and
are being made, has long been a source of trouble. The County Prison is
most assuredly not a proper place, but as no other place has been
the officers are compelled to discharge their duty and thrust the
into prison for safe keeping until orders are received to transfer them
to the State Insane Asylum; which sometimes requires days and even
The first floor of the Court House could be modeled into a suitable
at a trifling cost. We call attention to this matter and hope the
will give it the consideration it deserves.
A Man named
Ketchum, employed in one of the lumbering
camps on the North Branch, was seriously injured by the breaking of the
“binder” which he used for binding on a load of
logs on Wednesday.
The new buildings
being put in place of those destroyed
by the fire not long since, are rapidly being put in the shape and when
rebuilt ill be better then ever before. Progress is the motto of the
The Oconto Lumberman
January 31, 1874
Annie, daughter of
William and Mary A. Luby, died on
last Monday morning at 7:30, at the age of six years, five months and
days. Scarcely had the sad tidings spread when general regret seemed to
prevail the community, for the loss of someone “so beautiful,
and tributes of sympathy commenced immediately to pour in for the
On Wednesday at 2
o’clock, the sad rites of the Roman
Catholic Church took place at St. Joseph’s Church in the
presence of probably
the largest concourse of citizens that have ever before assembled on
an occasion in this city.
The pall-bearers were
Nellie Slating, Jennie Wright,
Nellie Clark, Carrie Richard, Emma Mathews and Avis Pulford. Next came
the parents and relations of the little one, and a cortege of over 60
At the grave yard the last
imposing prayers for the
dead were offered, and the little body was lowered to mother earth
that bourn whence no traveler returns. Her young life passed, as the
bright and blooming, but faded in the short space of the morning. The
have the entire sympathy of the community.
The White Murder
King and Francis Lyons
Found not guilty.
Migeal King and
Francis Lyons, lately tried at Menominee
Circuit Court for the murder of Thomas White, at the American House,
on the night of the 1st of last November, were acquitted by the jury
an absence of 15 minutes. The case occupied ten days.
February 7, 1874
Body Found A
Quarter of a Cord of Wood and one
Required to Thaw it.
A party of hunters
from Oshkosh found the body of an
elderly man near Loon Lake, near the head waters of the Oconto, last
His death was probably caused by exposure. The body was frozen stiff in
a sitting posture. A quarter of a cord of wood and a day and a half
required to thaw the remains before the undertaker could discharge his
dollars is offered by L. Goodman, of Escanaba,
for any information of the whereabouts of John Miller. Miller
about 5 feet 6 inches in hight. Dark complexion, black eyes black
and round face. Miller jumped bail bond.
John Kelly, the
man who was lying at the Poor house
so badly frozen, died on Tuesday evening.
A reward of $200
will be paid to any person or persons
who will give information leading to the arrest of one Daniel Wilson,
absconded, on or about the 8th of July, 1873, with the funds in the
of Grant Township, Iosco Co., Michigan.
Said Daniel Wilson is about
5 feet 8 inches high;
light blue eyes; sandy hair and whiskers; fair complexion; has lost two
middle fingers of his left hand; stands erect; is unmarried; is a
and smooth talking man; is about 35 years of age, and weighs about 150
A.D. Shepley, Co. Sheriff,
Tawas City, Iosco Co., Mich.
A Shameful Affair
The Body of a
Murdered Man Thrown into
The Green Bay
Advocate learns that by reason of some
superstition, the body of a murdered man, Youkel, in the town of Eaton,
was allowed to be buried in an out building for more than a week after
his death. Last Thursday A. G. E. Holmes, Sup’t of the poor
sent men out
there and buried it.
February 14, 1874
Alfred Jones while
chopping alone in the woods some
three miles from Negaunee, on Tuesday morning fell forward in a fit and
was smothered by the snow before assistance came. Jones was a young man
about 22 years of age.
A Jew named
Michaels, at Egg Harbor, had some family
difficulty of a serious nature and committed suicide by hanging a few
February 28, 1874
Death of a noted
Ted Burns, a noted
character of Oshkosh passed in his
checks at a lumbering camp on the Embarrass river, in Shawano County
week. His brother, T. S. Burns of this city left for Shawano, Saturday
morning to convey the remains to Oshkosh for interment.
On a Bender.
A Southsider Badly Injured
By a Fall.
Wm. White, who had
imbibed to freely in tangle-leg,
found locomotion difficult, and in crossing Section Street Bridge last
evening, not mindful of the broken railing at the west side, was
twenty feet below on the ice, where he was found in a unconscious state
by an employee at Orr’s mill. Medical aid was summoned and
though severe are not considered dangerous.
On Sunday last Mr.
James O’Hare received the sad intelligence
of the death of his aged mother at Appleton. Time will bring its sad
and to the bereaved as in the present case, is the one consolation
that the loved one has passed to a brighter and better place.
Oconto has sixty
saloons and more are promised when
the boys come down.
James Olson, the
person reported lost in the pineries
in the vicinity of lake Noc-que-bay, has turned up at Menominee. He was
in the woods four days and three nights without food or shelter.
Andrew Olsen, the
man who was so terribly mutilated
by the bursting of his gut while hunting near Peshtigo, is pronounced
of danger; but will probably suffer the loss of his left optic.
March 7, 1874
The Laws Regarding
There seems to be
a general misunderstanding about
insane people. For the information of our readers we publish the
synopsis of the law:
1. An information is filed with
the County Judge, stating that A. B. is insane, needing care
2. The County Judge then issues
his warrant ( not to confine him in the county jail – that
law is virtually
repealed) to the Sheriff to summon two physicians to proceed to examine
3. Then the County Judge ascertains
if there is room at the Insane Hospital for his admission –
being entitled to a quota of so many, and no more.
4. The Physicians file their certificates
with the Judge.
5. If there is no room at the hospital
the man is sent there under the care of the Sheriff, or his relatives
they request it.
6. If there is not room for him
at the Hospital, ( as by a law passed this winter), he is sent to the
poor house, provided his relations do not wish to take care of him, and
if there is no county poor house in the county then to any county poor
house that is willing to take him.
for the Solons to answer: If there is no other
county poor house willing to receive him must the County judge take him
into his own family, or send him by rail to Chicago?
was called upon this week to listen
to the mournful tale of a Miss Colgate who loved “not wisely
but too well.”
The judge furnished the lady with some necessary papers which were
over to the mercies of the Sheriff therefore had a ride to Marionette,
and returned with company. The cause, complaint and answer,
all come off next week at the Judge’s office. Judge Mitchell
a commodious room.
Oconto City has
eleven paupers with fair prospects
of three more. The Council has closed the Poor house. Experience proves
that it’s cheaper to pay the parties in monthly installments
off the chance for speculation among the Alderman.
A special from
Shawano says Frank Richard, a German,
was arrested by the Sheriff on Wednesday, on a charge of incest with
daughter, a buxom lass 15 summers. The Shawanoites are in a state of
March 21, 1874
died yesterday, March 20th, at the residence
of his son, in this city. He was born March 29th, 1794, and was
eighty years of age. He was married in Canada, and leaves three
living of a family of 16. The deceased came to this place in 1872, from
Bailey’s Harbor where the years he held the office of keeper
of the light
house, at that point. He was sociable, kind and generous gentleman.
summers of his life leave little hope for many more on this side of
and his death of course was not expected. During the last months of his
sickness his son, Oliver, watched over him with the tenderest final
neglecting no means that could provide by labor or money to render
the fading days of his fathers life. The community heartly sympathizes
with the young gentleman.
A small child, of
the family of Mr. Crane, about 3
years old fell into a tub of hot scalding water on Tuesday afternoon,
was so injured that it died during the night.
May 2, 1874
Killed On The
We regret to learn
the sad news of the death of Mr. William Riley, so well known to many
of our citizens. He was employed on the South Branch of the main river
drive, and while engaged in breaking a rollaway on Monday, was crushed
by two logs passing over him. He was brought to the First National
Hotel in this city, where he received good medical care but to no
purpose, and after lingering four days, expired. Mr. Riley was a young
man of exemplary habits, good integrity, and loved and respected by all
who knew him. He leaves a large circle of warm friends to mourn his
Cut out before he was hardly in the prime of life, it must fall with a
crushing weight upon his relatives. His acquaintances in this place did
not realize when he left them a few weeks ago, that he would be
journeying to that undiscovered bourn from whence none ever return.
Topeka, Ks., April 27. - The old man arrested at salt lake and supposed
to be Bender, has been brought to this city, and has been viewed by
hundreds of curious people. There is not a doubt but he is the true
Bender. He is being held here until persons from the scene of the
butcheries can come here to identify him.
May 6, 1874
THE funeral of Mr.
William Riley, which took place
last Sunday, was the largest one ever witnessed in this city. In the
there were seventy-four carriages.
Since his arrival
in Oconto some few years ago, in
truth it may be said, he was an exemplary young man, sober, generous
affable by the citizens, irrespective of creed, on the day of his
In truth the procession was solemnly grand. He was a native of the
of New York but for years has resided in Dumbarton, Ontario, Co.,
West. He leaves a loving mother, two sisters and five brothers to mourn
his untimely end.
photographer over the way, G.W. Wilcox,
photographed the funeral procession last Sunday. The sketch was taken
the steps of Funke’s Hotel and included the entire procession
point down to the post office corner. He has printed quite a number of
copies and has them for sale at his gallery in the rear of Don
A MAN calling himself James
Burns was arrested on Friday
last for a murder committed in Colorado. He came here about two weeks
his arrest and went to work in L.M. Pierce’s shingle mill. He
working there but a short time when a detective, dressed in a course
of working clothes, fell in with him, who Burns took as an associate,
after associating a few evenings together the detective arrested him
took him to Colorado where there was a $1,000. Reward offered for his
MRS. Francenay, of
Manitowoc, was struck on the head by
Geo. Edwards recently, and died on Sunday from the effects of it.
was arrested and lodged in jail to await his trial.
May 16 1874
of John O’Neill, who left Ireland
about 20 years ago,
son of Charles and Mary
O’Neill, maiden name Mary
Smith, of the Townland
of Corologhan, Parish of
Castletarrh, County Cavan,
Ireland. He is
supposed to be in
Wisconsin, and if he or one of his
children should see
this they will confer a
great favor by addressing
Mrs. Bridget Keogan,
No. 471 Morgan Street,
I. A. copy Chicago, Ill.
vs. James Garvey Judgment of Divorce.
Martin Heck vs.
Martha Heck. Judgment of Divorce
The funeral of young William Riley,
whose flower of life was so suddenly nipped as it began to blossom into
view, was one of the most imposing, and most numerously attended
perhaps ever witnessed in the city. The corpse was born from the
National Hotel to the Roman Catholic Church. It was encased in a
handsome rose-wood coffin richly decorated with silver mountings.
Arrived at the church the sad and solemn rites of the church, of which
he was a member, were performed by the Rev. Mr. Sweibach in the
presence of over 500 persons.
The cortege from the church attracted
so much attention that Mr. beverage was requested to photograph it on
Section street and Mr. Wilcox from the corner of Superior and Main. At
the cemetery the last rights were performed and the young man was laid
by his friends in an untimely grave, whom only a few days before was of
blooming form and promising hopes.
“Oh fleet and transient life,
Vane and inconsistent world, thus it passes away. One generation
passeth, and another generation cometh; and this great inn is by turns
evacuated and replenished by troops of succeeding pilgrims.”
The Oconto Lumberman
May 23, 1874
OCONTO STAGE LINE
Leaves for Shawano every Monday at 6 a.m.
Arrives from "
" at 6 p.m.
Leaves for Pulcifer every Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m.
Arrives from Pulcifer ever Thursday and Satuday evening.
Dan Hall, Proprietor
On yesterday afternoon Moses, aged
four years, son of David Charles, of the water mill was drowned in the
river at that point. He was missed by his parents, and diligent search
entered into for him. Some workmen, in the vicinity, for hours dragged
the river but in vain. The father at last, frantic, determined to find
his child. Satisfied that he was in the river, he made alone, a more
thorough search, and discovered the dead body of his beautiful child on
the water a short distance from his home. The funeral will take place
The little fellow was the pride of his
parents and the cherished of all who knew him. Besides being of the
kindest habits, he possessed an uncommon share of youthful beauty. We
heartly sympathize with the bereaved parents.
FOUR MEN KILLED
The bulkhead in Gardener’s dam,
on the Upper Wolf river, Shawano county, gave way last week, carrying
off nine men, of whom four were killed and the rest reached shore more
or less bruised. The names of the killed are Nathaniel Parks, Jerry
Casey, Nicholes Notts and Charles Makaka. The men were on the dam
attempting to raise the flood gates, when the accident happened. The
body of Casey has been recovered.
The Oconto Lumberman
May 30 1874
Painfully we are called upon today to
record the death of an estimable lady, Mrs. John Doyle. She departed
this life at 3 o’clock this morning, after a painful and
She was a native of Carlow, Ireland,
and at her death was 40 years old. She accompanied the Hubbel family
from Milwaukee, some twenty-one years ago. Shortly after Miss Kehoe and
N. Redmond, were employed by David Jones, at the mill known as the
lower steam mill. Mr. R taking charge of the rafts at the mouth of the
river, and the deceased was in charge of the Jones’ Boarding
In 1855 the parties married while yet
in the employ of David Jones, and by the honest industry, and earnest
toil accumulated, a sufficient sum to purchase a homestead at the point
now known as the Redmond farm.
David Jones aided the young couple, and in a short time they secured for themselves a comfortable home.
Mr. Redmond died in December 1869. In
1872 the deceased married John Doyle, and up to her death continued,
with her usual energy, to add to her earned wealth.
Her loss is mourned by a large circle
of friends. The funeral takes place from her late residence, at about
noon to-morrow. She will be buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery.
The Oconto Lumberman
June 27, 1874
A FALSE RUMOR
Deputy Marshal Guck did not Elope with Mrs. Robinson.
There is an idle rumor on our streets
that deputy Marshal Guck has eloped with Mrs. Robinson, late of this
city. It is a mere fabrication, as Mr. Guck sailed from New York for
Scotland, before the lady left her home at Dubuque; Talk is cheap.
A large circle of friends and
acquaintances will regret to learn of the sudden death of Mr. John
Sutherland at Charles’ Hotel on Monday last.
Willie, the son of Gilbert morrow, was
drowned while bathing in the river, near Albert Richard’s Hotel
on Saturday last. Through the exertions of A.P. Call the body was found
in a few hours after the accident, and conveyed it to his
father’s house, in Frenchtown. The funeral took place on Sunday
from the French Roman Catholic church, as was largely attended by
sympathizing friends. The little fellow was gone to his repose and has
been committed to the care of a wise Omnipotence, waiting for the
morning call to enter we hope, into eternity of happiness.
********************** We learn that there is no apparent change in
Mrs. O’Neil who was sent to the Oshkosh Insane Assylum a few
weeks since. ********************** Hereafter the ordinance prohibiting
bathing in the river between Spices mill and Mrs. Nealy’s Hotel,
between the hours of 6 a. m. and 8 p. m. will be strictly enforced. The
Oconto Lumberman July 4, 1874
LAUDANUM AND CHLOROFORM
An Ocontoite Commits Suicide down in Georgia
Camp Sycamore Grove, Great Southern R. R. near Jeffersonton, Camden Co., Georgia
Monday, July 21st, 1874
Mr. Editor; With the sounding of the Church Bell for the early
morning prayers, this quiet Sabbath morn, came the announcement that
there was a “death in Israel.” A stranger who had came to
the village the day before had committed suicide, curiosity was on tip
toe to know who it was that had disturbed the quietude of this peaceful
hamlet, and the whisper ran from one to another of the villagers with
eyes askance and a thousand inquiries as to who the stranger could be,
who it was that was weary of life’s burdens, and would seek this
secluded corner away from all strife, stir commotion and jostling of a
crowded world, who it was that tired of treading the paths of life
alone perhaps, would shorten his road and seek the company and
companionship of these gone before, who it was that would “Lay
him down to sleep, And pray the Lord his soul to keep.”
Following the guide we are ushered into a lonely grove of evergreens,
magnolias, live oaks, Sweet bays, and scattered here and there the
familiar old sycamore, a crowd of southerners holding an inquest over
the stranger the Foreman Col. Duncan L. Clinch, of confederate fame.
From examination it was ascertained that the suicide was Samuel Dunham,
of Oconto, Wisconsin, that he had gone to the village store and bought
the day before two one ounce bottles of laudanum, and drunk the
contents of both. An empty chloroform bottle was found near; it is
supposed that he had inhaled it to make smooth the path of death, as
the body lay in perfect composure with arms fold across the breast
seemingly to have died without a struggle.
I was told that he was perfectly rational to all knowledge of those
with whom he conversed, and spoke not a word of his intentions when
buying the laudanum other to say he was getting it for another, and
inquired what quantity one should take for a dose, and if a certain
quantity would kill a person, was polite and genteel in his deportment
and conversation and talked intelligently on several topics, machinery
saw mills & c., he seemed to be without money as none was found
upon his person, he had a pocketbook and some papers that identified
him. So secluded was the place where he choose to die that non
disturbed him until the coroner’s jury examined him, after they
had got through a good coffin was made, he placed in it and carried
forth through shade and sun, followed to the grave by the villagers
sad, and wondering at the vicissitudes of life, that a stranger would
have left his home, the home of his friends, and go to a land of
strangers and die.
Lowered into the bossom of the warm South, the prayers of strangers
went up to God to graciously remember this man of his own image and
forgave his waywardness and make him one of the fold of the happy, in
that promised land where the weary cease from trouble. After the burial
service were gotten, through with, not the cold clods rolled in upon
the coffin, but the warm earth of a Southern soil, and the sympathetic
tear of strangers watered his grave, and now under the genial rays of a
warm southern people the stranger rests from earthly ills. Death unto
all is given so cheap. There is nothing to pay for falling to sleep.
Save closing the eyes and ceasing to weep. I. I. Thompson
If Samuel Dunham has any friends they
can correspond with Col. Clinch, post office Waynesville, Georgia, who
has his pocket book and papers.
A MISSING WOMEN AND CHILD.
On the 14th of April last Mrs. M. W.
Coulter, accompanied by her little son, left her home in Muskegon to
visit friends in Kalamazoo. Upon arriving in Kalamazoo, she was
informed that her friends had removed, and Mrs. Coulter was obliged to
seek lodging at the Sheridan house, Kalamazoo, leaving there on the
following morning, since which time nothing has been seen or heard of
her. The lady is 27 yrs of age, though appearing much younger, is of
medium height, has light hair, and is rather slim. The first joint of
the first finger of the left hand is disfigured by a felon. The boy is
five years of age, fair complexion, is bright and intelligent and
readily answers to the name “Freddy,” Any information
concerning either of the above parties will be thankfully received and
liberally rewarded by M. W. Coulter, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Oconto Lumberman
July 11, 1874
Dick Johnston, of the “bee
tree” fame, has disposed of his farm in Maple Valley to John
Sheridan. Dick was the pioneer settler of Maple Valley, and the people
of that place have lost a true friend and enterprising Granger.
my wife Caroline Rodloff has left my bed and board without just cause
or provocation, I hereby warn all persons from harboring or trusting
her on my account, as I shall pay no debts of her contracting.
June 8th, 1874
The Oconto Lumberman
July 18, 1874
A man from Appleton named Spenster was
in this city yesterday looking for his son John who has been missing
since the 12th of April. He is 11 years old light hair and blue eyes.
Any information of his whereabouts will thankfully received by his
A brutal assault was committed
yesterday afternoon near Dodge’s farm in the town of Pensaukee
upon the person of Peter Shoffer, by some unknown rowdies. Mr. S. was
so dangerously injured that medical aid was sent for to this city. The
villians beat a hasty retreat to Doyles and thence to Shawano.
Our columns have to record again today
the death, after a painful illness of one of our best citizens. William
Schane, died on Saturday afternoon, the 11th at his residence in
The deceased was a Canadian by birth,
and arrived in this city some 16 years ago. Since his arrival among us
he engaged in the lumbering business, and lately has been chiefly in
the employ of Holt, Balcom & Co., whose confidence he gained by a
straightforward business life and as zealous laborer for his employers
interests. He married 13 years ago, a Miss Ardwick, and leaves a widow
and four children. He was interred on Monday in the Roman Catholic
burying ground. His funeral gave evidence of the high estimation in
which the deceased was held. A large procession was formed at the
house, the coffin being borne to the church by six chief mourners. The
procession was headed by the officiating clergyman, censor and cross
bearer. When the remains arrived at the church, they were placed on a
catafalque, and the last solemn rites of the church of which he was a
zealous member, were performed. After the ceremonies the sad cortege
repaired to the burial ground, and all that was mortal of a good man
consigned to a cold grave, amid the weeping, the sobbing of fatherless
babes, and the tears of a sympathizing assemblage. His spirit has
returned to his Maker, and no doubt a happy immortality has been
secured for it, by an honest religious and blameless life,
P. Tracy, late of the Schooner Minnie
Slausen, but more recently in the lumber shoving business, was drowned
on Wednesday night at the mouth of the Oconto river. A party of
friends, of which he formed one, left the bridge about 11:00
o’clock, for their shanties at the mouth, and while on the
downward trip Tracy jumped overboard twice, and each time was hauled in
by one the crew. As the boat landed at the mouth, the unfortunate
fellow seized an oar and jumped for the third time over board. He was
dragged by the current under a raft, rendering assistance impossible.
Marshal Don Levy in the morning proceeded with grappling irons to the
place of the accident and up to this present writing the body has not
been recovered. It is only three weeks since he left his vessel and
hailed from Milwaukee. Some time before he lived in Detroit. He leaves
a wife in Ogdensburg, New York. The body was found this Saturday
morning, floating outside the vessel moored in the harbor, and upon the
notification of the recovery, City Marshal Don Levy procured a coffin,
and repaired to the Pier, where the remains were brought to, and
conveyed them for Coroner’s Jury verdict and burial to this city.
While the Steamer Union was landing at
the pier on Tuesday, John Shepherd, the fireman, came to his death in a
very sudden manner. The boat was blowing off steam at the time, and the
noise thus made prevented the orders of the Captain from being heard by
the Engineer. The fireman was passing the order, and while so engaged,
had his head in a side window of the boat, but protruding rather far.
As the boat backed to bring her gangway abreast of the warehouse door
Shepherd’s head was caught between a spile and the boat’s
side and was literally crushed to atoms. The body was conveyed to Green
Bay, where the necessary arrangements were made for its decent
The Oconto Lumberman
August 1, 1874
Death of an Old Hermit
A man about 74 years of age named
Phillip Rector, who for some time past, has led a hermit life on the
Wolf river, several miles from any settlement, was found in his shanty
nearly dead from exposure and starvation. He was immediate cared for
but died soon afterward. He said he had relatives in Fon du Lac, but
would not give their names or say one word about himself.
The Oconto Lumberman
August 8, 1874
John Daily, who hails from Peshtigo,
was found sleeping in an old smokestack in fort Howard, being overcome
with the effects of whiskey. Justice Hunt held a confab with him, and
requested $5 for city lodgings, which was $4.60 more than said Daily
had, and he went to the county jail for three days.
After a lingering illness of many
months, Rev. W. B. Hamblen of the Free Baptist Church passed away
quietly and peacefully into his eternal rest. He died on the morning of
August 6th. Rev. Mr. Couch of the M.E. Church preached the funeral
sermon at Couillardville on Friday P.M.
The Oconto Lumberman
August 15, 1874
On Thursday afternoon of last week,
another of those fearful accidents from the careless use of kerosene
oil, which it seems that no amount of warning will prevent, occurred in
this city. The victim was a girl nearly eight years old, named Ida
Kurtz, living on the corner of Webster and Pine streets. The father was
at work in Fort Howard and the mother had gone out berrying, leaving
the children at home. The child attempted to light the fire in the
kitchen stove, pouring kerosene oil on the kindlings, and leaving the
can on the stove hearth. The flame sprang from the oil in the stove to
that in the can, the can exploded and she was enveloped in flames. A
carpenter, Mr. Bauerfeint, at working on the building, rushed to her
rescue, and wrapped her up in a piece of carpet, but her clothes were
all burned off, she had inhaled flame, and her flesh was terribly
burned. She survived but a short time.
young German named Albert Hawn, in the employ of Comstock &
Simpson, was killed while engaged about the edger. He was struck in the
abdomen by a board thrown from the saw, and expired within ten minutes
after the accident. His body was sent to his parents at Watertown for
can read without emotion the story of the little girls in Green Bay.
The eldest was seven years of age, the youngest five. A drunken father
left them alone in their room for six days, with only a small loaf of
bread for food. When the children were found the eldest sister was
nearly dead, having refused to eat of the bread, so that her little
sister might not suffer. We hear a great deal of heroines. Does history
furnish an example equal to this?
James Conners bid his friends of this city farewell on Tuesday, and
left with his family for their new home at Stillwater Minnesota.
Oshkosh woman had her foot cut off by a reaper day before yesterday.
The only remarkable thing about the occurrence was that it took two men
to carry the foot out in the back lot and bury it.
The Oconto Lumberman
August 22, 1874
Death of an Old Resident
On Thursday afternoon, after a
lingering illness, which she bore with Christian fortitude, and
surrounded by many members of her family and sympathizing friends. Mrs.
Caroline Gilkey, departed this life at the ripe age of 63 years. The
lady was one of our old residents, and always earned for herself an
invaluable standing among her acquaintances. She died at the residence
of her daughter, Mrs. Links, where in her last days she received all
the kindness and care that faithful children could procure for her, all
of whom she had the happiness to know, before bidding them a last
farewell, were happily provided for. The funeral will take place, on
tomorrow, in the forenoon.
Manitowoc has been visited on the 20th
with heavy thunder and vivid lightening continuing with little
intermission for fourteen hours, resulting as far as heard from in the
burning of two barns and the killing of two young women named Murphey,
in the southern part of the county. The storm commenced about 1:00 am
and lasted until 3:00 p.m.
heavy rains of Friday has a great extent extinguishing the many fires
raging in the woods. The fire between this city and Pensaukee is now
son of Israel came to grief this week in the honors of Justice Hart. He
was detected in stealing copper from the blacksmith shop of Holt &
Balcom and received a just reward, - 15 days as a boarder with jailor
The Oconto Lumberman
Sept. 12, 1874
(Previously printed) Whereas, my wife,
Martha Ellman, has left my bed and board without just cause and
provocation, all persons are hereby forbidden to trust or harbor her on
my account, as I will pay no debts of her contracting.
August 17th, 1874
above which was published in the Times to prejudice and public against
me. That facts in the case are that on Monday evening the 20th of
August, my husband left me for parts unknown, without just cause or
provocation; but not before he beat and maltreated me in a most
shameful manner, turning me out of doors, upon the manner, turning me
out of doors, upon the cold charities of the world. He deprived me of
my clothing, leaving me destitute of a second dress or garment of any
description. This is a sad tale for a wife of seventeen to have to
relate at the expiation of a two months marriage with a man of 38
years. I am a stranger in this city with the exception of my sister's
family and I defy any person to say ought against my character.
Trotter who was committed to jail some time since for burglarizing Hall
and Luby’s stores was released on bail yesterday.
The Oconto Lumberman
Sept. 26, 1874
Big Shell and a Party of Roughs Beat a Man and Leave Him for Dead!
A serious row took place on Sunday
evening last at the west-end of the Pier. A party of roughs entered the
saloon of Larsmus Lorsen and with no provocation assaulted and brutally
mal-treated him. He was found in a senseless condition some tow hours
after the affray, bleeding and terribly mangles. He did not receive
medical aid until next morning, and is now doing well. Such lawless
deeds deserve general condemnation and should receive the strictest
punishment known to law. These salbath orgies are becoming too
numerous, and seem to pass unnoted.
Oshkosh, chief of the Menomonees, who killed a man in a drunken frolic,
in 1872, has been pardoned and gone home to his tribe. The Indians
celebrated his return with a great feast.
The Oconto Lumberman
Oct. 17, 1874
As Hunter Orr and John Lesperance were
crusing through the woods about one and a half miles South of the
Ox-Bow road on the Oconto river, they came on the skeleton of a man who
evidently been hung as the rope was in a noose around his neck, his
coat and shoes can be seen at the store of Hunter Orr & Co.
Whereas my wife, Matilda Challender,
has left my bed and board, with out just cause or provocation, I hereby
forbid all parties to trust her on my account. Nicholas Challender.
Careless Driving --- Narrow Escape.
A teamster named Williams, and two
young men from Stiles, whose names we were unable to learn, were thrown
from a lumber wagon by the rear end of the vehicle coming into contact
with a locomotive of the up bound freight this morning, at the Main
street crossing. Fortunately only one of the party was seriously
OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
October 31, 1874
The German Lutheran church is completed and service will be held there tomorrow.
Charles Quirt has recently built a new house on his place; we found
about 20 of his neighbors assisting him in clearing land, much interest
is being manifested by all in improving their farms and husbanding
- In clearing away the rubble from where Mr. Mitchell's barn was
burned, it was impossible to find a buckle. Back-pad or harness - which
were of iron - on the premises. This is, certainly very
conclusive that the harness must have been stolen before the building
- On Monday afternoon a party of our citizens, consisting of Hunter
Orr, Wm. M. Underhill and Dr. Beebe, started out after the remains of
the man that Hunter Orr had discovered in the vicinity of the Big Bend
on Friday last. The remains, as we before stated was found 1 ½
miles southwest from the Big Bend of the Oconto River. Further
discoveries that this brings it about ½ miles west of Wm.
Nason's place between this city and Pensaukee. Upon examining the
remains it was ascertained that the rope was not more than 5 feet long
with a noose at each end and both them around the neck. It was also
noticed that the body or skeleton was not laying directly under any
tree, but on the contrary there were no trees within several feet of
it's vicinity, as both ends of the rope round it's neck, and the loop
naturally formed by doubling the rope was only two feet long, which
would not admit of tying to any limb of sufficient size and strength to
hold such weight. Upon examining the skeleton at the office of Dr.
Beebe, where it was brought, it was proven beyond a doubt that the man
had meet with foul play, as his shoulder blade had been broken, besides
the fractured skull that we spoke of in our last issue. And it was the
opinion of all present that the rope had been placed around the neck
for the purpose of dragging the body to the place where found, from the
place it was murdered. Another thing we had almost forgotten to state,
was that no hat was found in the vicinity of the body, which is another
proof that it was drawn there, If it was the case of suicide the hat
would have been found as all the rest of the clothing was unmolested.
The question is, who was the man and who was the murder.
**Last week we made the trip to the
settlement in Maple Valley and were much pleased to note the
improvements since our last visit to that fertile township one year
since. Between two and three years ago, George Trecartain, Mr. Post,
Lorenzo Lord and a few other preserving men commenced felling the
mighty forest and preparing for themselves future homes. They were
obliged to encounter many difficulties; none were men of means; they
were thirty miles from market, with no roads, no mills and not even a
Physician in their midst; but they were by no means discouraged, or
disheartened, but like true pioneers with strong arms and determined
will, they opened roads, built cabins, cleared a few acres and
commenced raising crops. Where three years ago all was a vast
wilderness, now, hundreds of acres are under cultivation, from which
large crops have been gathered the past season. There is no better soil
in the State of Wisconsin, nor any place in the America, we believe,
where vegetables yield more plentiful, or grow to a greater size than
in this most beautiful valley. We were permitted to visit the cellars
of Mess's Post, Lord and Martain, and found them well filled with every
conceivable king of vegetables of the finest quality and largest size.
We also noticed many fine specimens of hogs and sheep; of the latter,
Mr. Lord has some which he assures us sheared 9 1/4 lb of wool
each season. We made call at the cabin of Mr. Simon Buttler, where we
found three men at work clearing and fencing land. Mr. Buttler has a
beautiful tract of land, a few acres of which he cultivated the past
season. The McMahon, Smith, Rabe, Johnson and other families are making
extensive improvements, and the day is not far distant when Maple
valley will be one of the richest and most productive towns in our
Oconto County Reporter
November 7, 1874
Mr. J.S. Dolan, late of the Commercial
House, has annexed a first class meat market to his grocery store in
Wal Heath’s old stand.
The different soda fountains in town are now being stowed away. The business don’t pay.
fishing season bids fair to surpass any previous one for a number of
years passed. The catch until quite recently, has consisted
principally of herring. But now white fish, the pride and joy of
a fishermans heart, are beginning to run in large quantities.
The Oconto Lumberman
Nov. 14, 1874
A Famine Within 15 miles of Oconto.
The Kewaunee Enterprise states, on the
authority of Joseph Wery, chairman of the town of Red River, that in
consequence of the almost total failure of the crops in that town,
sixty-two families have applied to the authorities for relief, and that
the same condition of affairs, to a greater or less degree, exists in
Brussels, Gardner, Union, and other towns of Door County.
Mr. John B. Salscheider died last
Thursday about three o’clock, at his residence in Duck Creek. Mr.
Salscheider was an old and respected citizen, and his loss will be
regretted by many friends, among whom he was extremely popular.
There is now every reason to suppose
that the skeleton found near Nason’s Hotel de swamp-Angle some
few weeks since are those of Julius White, as his friends have received
information that he never reached his relatives in Minnesota.
Thursday night late as William
McDowell was proceeding with a load of supplies for logging purposes on
the Little river, because of the darkness of the night, and rough
character of the road, his wagon was overturned throwing him under the
wheels, which passed over his head, crushing his skull, and causing
immediate death. One or two companions escaped unhurt, and gave every
attention to the injured man, whom they immediately conveyed to his
home. A wife and six fatherless babes were left to mourn his untimely
OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
Nov. 21, 1874
There is a suspicion that the skeleton of the supposed murdered man
found about two weeks ago, was that of Louis White, who lived in the
town of Oconto. He was married to a squaw. He left her about two years
ago, saying he was going to Minnesota, but has never been heard from
Thomas Simons of the town of Oconto raised potatoes that will weigh
over three pounds each and they averaged or 12 pounds to the hill.
Thomas Morrison has added a trimming and upholstering department to his
carriage shop and is now prepared to do all work in this line at
reasonable rate and in the most workmanlike manner.
James Porter has finished his new residence and expects to move into it this week.
old friend George Knapp has a well filled store on the south side where
he is always to be found with a smiling countenance, ready to attend to
the wants of his customers.
warming—Mr. M.C. Beverage gave an opening entertainment at his
new photograph gallery in Funk’s block on Monday evening,
Oconto County Reporter
November 28, 1874
Navigation has closed on the Oconto
River. Our tugs and the steamer Northwest have laid up and are
preparing for a long and tedious winter. No more vessels are
expected to this port, therefore no more lumber will be shipped.
steamer Northwest took into Green Bay lately 1060 packages of fish
which weighed 88 tons. This is the largest load of fish ever
taken into that city at one time.
A pauper, known as “Whiskey Bill” died at the Richard House Saturday afternoon.
Wall Heath is sufficiently recovered to be able to walk about. Mr. Heath has been confined to his home for a long time.
Ida Jones, the daughter of Robert A. Jones of this city, is dangerously ill with typhoid fever.
— The dwelling house owned by P.T. Williams, Oconto, and in the
rear of his store, occupied by Mrs. DesJarles, was consumed by fire
about three Wednesday morning. Loss was about $ 2,000 and
insurance $ 1,300. Mrs. DesJarles lost about $ 20 in money and $
50 worth of goods. The fire was caused by a defective chimney.
The Oconto Lumberman
Nov. 28, 1874
We learn that a man named Dow was shot
near Peshtigo on Friday afternoon. He had a trap gun set for deer and
upon going out to examine it he accidentally tripped and fell across
the string, causing the discharge of the gun. The entire contents of
the piece lodged in the unfortunate man’s breast. He was still
alive at last accounts, but there was no hope of his recovery.
Berry, aged 96, the oldest printer in the United States died on
Wednesday last in St. Louis. His first “take” was
from the Oconto County Reporter) On Thursday afternoon our Devil on
going up Main Street, picked up a bundle of papers in front of the
bank, which he supposed were used as a bustle. He thinks the young lady
has been trying to fix herself up a little, as he has seen several
others do when going by the windows of the bank. It is composed of
ledgers, Saturday Nights, Days doings, Lumberman, and Police Gazettes.
We could never before imagine what the Lumberman was good for. But we
admit that it can be made in this way to serve a purpose.
from the Lumberman) ---Oconto Reporter Keep on Mr. Reporter, use the
Lumberman on the part you speak of, and in a short time that special
part will be better instructed then your noodle.
Oconto County Reporter
December 5, 1874
One of our Justices the other day received two pecks of onions as a marriage fee.
O’Connor, better known to our citizens as Red-Handed-Mike, is
doing Duluth. The Duluth Herald in speaking of him says,
“Mr. O’Connor is an agreeable gentleman, as easy and smooth
in his manners as a lawyer.”
The Oconto Lumberman
Dec. 5 1874
George Merline, who has spent the
summer in his German home, writes from Baltimore that he will reach
his, adopted one, Oconto, in short time.
The Oconto Lumberman
Dec. 12, 1874
That Skeleton Again.
A gentleman from Upper Pensaukee was
in town this week, and expresses his belief that the skeleton, lately
found in the woods, a few miles outside town might have been that
person named McKnight who lived with his family near that place. He was
in this city last spring, and had in his possession the proceeds of the
sale of stock, and other products of the farm, some $400. He was also
accompanied by a dog, neither of which have been heard from. He left
this city on foot, for his home in Pensaukee. He is reported as being
given to intoxication. It seems that ordinary diligence might throw
some light on this dark deed, and the perpetuators of it brought to
justice, for murder will out.
Nelson Perrigo, was killed this week in Tom Nelson’s camp by a falling tree. Mr. Perrigo was an old settler.
The Oconto Lumberman
Dec. 19, 1874
And Yet that Skeleton
It Turns out to be Mcknight -
The Remains of his Dog Found
Mr. Hunter Orr, who was one of the
parties that discovered the skeleton of a human being, in the woods
near Hotel de Nason, called upon us this week to state that a dog was
also dead near the man’s remains, with skull and foreleg broken -
evidence of course of brut force. Mr. Orr, can give a description of
the animal. We reiterate:- let the authorities act and the criminal may
be discovered. It is more then certain that McKnight was the victim.
His friends should see to the matter. We have officers paid for the
transaction of such business, and these officers should not be
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