Flash From The Past - 1875
THE Oconto Company shut down their planing mill and box factory last Saturday, and they will not be started up much before spring. This throws some 65 men out of a situation at a time when they can ill afford to be idle. The majority of the men will go to the woods and return when work is resumed.
THE Sheriff sold 1,000 cords of pine slabs belonging to L. M. Pierce, at public sale the other day for 25 cents per cord.
JACOB Spies is already making preparations to rebuild his meat market lately destroyed by fire. The new building will be both larger and better then the old one.
SINCE the fire Mr. Fisher, has rented the small building on Superior street lately used as a bakery, and again has his harness shop in full blast.
OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
Jan 23, 1875
Twenty-one girls from Kenosha have RESOLVED that "If the young men won't come to see us, we will go and see them." The young men presented a wild hunted look, and are leaving town.
is a women in Jefferson County, 90 years old,
who has cut and
quilts since she was 85 years old.
** We note by the Marinette Eagle, that the terrible snow storm that has prevailed during last week, brought one unfortunate man to an unfortunate end. Wednesday night Boardman Russel, in company with another man, set out for a camp two and a half miles up the river. When they arrived within 60 rods of their destination, Russel overcome with fatigue was obliged to surccome to the storm and parished before assistance could be rendered. He leaves a wife and three children in Maine to mourn his sudden death.
It is said that on the second day of February,
bears wake up from
state, and come out and get a breath
of fresh air, and if
the sun shines
so that they can see their shadow,
they go back and sleep
longer; but if they cannot see their shadow,
they stay out for
that there will be an early spring. No
bear could have seen
last week Tuesday, nor anything else, on
account of the
snowstorm. So we prophesies an early spring.
** We noted by the Green bay Advocate that a Mr. Babcock, a man about 23 years old, residing with his parents in Mill Centere, died in his room last Wednesday from the effects of a wound from the discharge of a gun. When his friends reached him he was unable to give an explanation, and it will never be known whether his death was accidental or not.
A train on the C. & N. W. Railway on Friday
evening last ran over and
two miles above DePere, an Indian named
Antone James. The Indian was
about 30 years old and leaves a wife and
one child. He was
lying on the
track, probably intoxicated, and when
seen by the engineer,
it was too
late to stop in time to save his live.
The body was brought
to the DePere
on the train.
**ICE SHOVEAs the wind blew a hurricane from the north-east, and waves rolling in from Lake Michigan through the "DOOR" broke up the ice into large cakes, and the immense body came crashing in upon the shore at Menominee, ice shoved up the beach impelled by the fearful momentum obtained by the force of the wind that had an unbroken sweep of over one hundred miles, and in ten minutes the damage was done.
L M Pierce is ornamenting his beautiful mansion on Main Street with green blinds.
Mr. James O'Hare of the National Hotel has recently purchased a beautiful three-seated open bus, which he is running to and from the depot for the accommodation of his guests.
annuity was paid the Menominee Indians during the
past month by thge government,, amounting to $4 to each person. There
1,524 persons on the reservation.
ACCIDENT.- Felix Srehla, while assisting a moving car in the Oconto
Company's Yard on the 6h inst. Fell across the track and was badly
crushed. He was taken to his boarding house, and being an entire
stranger in this city and in indigent circumstances, Mr. Bransfield,
alderman for that ward called in Dr. O'Keef to take charge of the case.
The Dr. found upon examination that Srehla had received severe injuries
on the side and shoulder causing inflammation of the liver.
He is now nearly recovered and will soon be fit for work again.
**There is a straight law against selling liquor on Sunday, and also selling to minors. Several offences of this nature have been reported, and on Tuesday, one individual was fined for this offense. We have been informed by those having authority, that hereafter, these offenders will be similarly dealt with if this practice is continued.
**NEW STORE.- Messrs Verhalen & Prell have opened a store in the building owned by Richard Walsh on Main street. They have during the past week got in a large stock of Butter, Eggs, Hams and dried Beef, and expect soon to fill up with grocery's.
**SAD ACCIDENT.- On Tuesday of this week a young man by the name of Bake, employed in the shingle mill at Pensaukee, had his left hand badly mangled by its being accidentally caught by one of the saws. The fingers were all cut nearly off, and the hand split open. Dr. Allen of this city was immediately telegraphed for and attended to the case.
**A MAN SEVERLY HURT BY BEAR.- A few days after Peter Reynolds and Levi Reynold, while working in the woods on the North Branch of the Oconto River, saw a black bear with two small cubs. Mr. Peter Reynolds being desirous to possess himself of one of the cubs, made an attempt to pick it up, when the mother bear in protection of her young struck him a blow in the face near the ear and literally tore the flesh from his cheek, neck, arm and side, lacerating him in a most horrible manner. He was taken to Shawano where he received medical attendance. His recovery is considered quite doubtful. Mr. Reynolds is a resident of Langlade, where he has a wife and three children.
**MINUS AN EAR.- On Monday last, Richard Burke and Pat O'Brien, having partaken too freely of forty rod-whiskey, engaged in a quarrel which ended in a rough and tumble fight, O'Brien coming off second best. A short time after - they renewed the fight, and Burke again would have got the better, but in the scuffle O'Brien bit off a large portion of Burke's ear which seemed to satisfy both combatants, and the fight was brought to a close by mutual consent. The ear was skillfully repaired by Dr. O'Keef, who informs us the wound is doing well and that Burke will not be as much disfigured as might have been expected.
researched by Richard LaBrosse
George Farnsworth, president of the Oconto Company, was in town this week.
Joseph Noel was slightly injured at his work Tuesday.
Jerry Corboy, in the employ of George Lynes, fell into the water while driving logs, and was drowned. He is survived by a wife and three children.
Propeller Trusdell arrived from Chicago Thursday
with goods for Leigh, Hall, Waggoner, Millidge, Pahl, Schedler, Wllman,
Knapp, Casson & Col., Luby, Zipple, Eldred, Gregor. Verhalen
Prell, and England & Taylor.
Marinette Eagle says that Mr. H. M. Ingallsbee, of Menominee, came to
his death last Friday evening in a very sudden and terrible manner. It
appears that he was unloading cedar posts from a wagon at Bird's dock.
A spirited team was attached to the wagon, which became frightened from
some cause and startled suddenly. Mr. Ingallsbee either was thrown from
the wagon, or in attempting to get off, he fell under the wheels, which
being in rapid movement passed over him. He was struck in the region of
the stomach, and the heavy load of cedar posts crushed him. He was
picked up immediately, but only groaned once or twice and expired. He
leaves two children to mourn their sudden and sad bereavement.
** Found drowned Edgar Spaulding, little son of Mrs. and Mr. Chancy Simons, who fell from Hart's Dock into the Oconto River and was drowned, on the 22nd of April last, was found in a slough near Spies' Steam Mill, on Monday, May 31st.
** "Talkin about cattil," said the farmer from Brookside the other day, "you ought to see a bull down on my farm. Great snaix! When a red headed woman peeks over the fence he just tars around enough to take the roof off'n creation. He goes by gingo."
** A Nugget of Solid Gold Worth $2,000. We note by the Ahnapee Record that a nugget of solid gold worth $2,000. Was recently found by Mr. Martin Kroeger, on his farm west of the village. We make this statement on the authority of John Culligan, who says the specimen is pronounced genuine by all who have seen it.
** Modesty is a Jewel. One of our River Drivers gave an attorney his time to collect, amounting to $30. Calling for it, after awhile, he inquired if it had been collected. "Oh, yes" said the lawyer, "I have it all for you." "What is the charge for collecting?" "Oh said the lawyer laughing, I'm not going to charge you much-why I have known you since you were a boy, and your father before you; $20. Will be about right." Handing over $10. "Well," said the driver, as he meditated upon the transaction, "It's a good thing you didn't know my grandfather, or' shouldn't have got anything!"
Last week one of our fishermen brought to market a sturgeon that weighed 478 pounds and measured nine feet, two inches in length. This is the largest fish we have ever heard of being caught in the waters of Green Bay
Tuesday night Francis Van Boven, a German farmer living in the town of Oconto, lost his barn containing his farming utensils and a calf by fire.
On Monday night the residence of Mr Cury on Superior street was enetered by burglars and $180 was stolen.
Hanson took the census of Oconto during the
past two weeks. The population is 4, 431. In 1870 it was 2,655, showing
a gain of 1,776 on the past five years.
Thursday morning of this week, two men were arrested who gave their
names as George Williams and Thos. Durnam, at the Waterloo House, on
suspicion of passing counterfeit money. It appears that on Wednesday,
two strangers made their appearance in this city, about six o'clock in
the evening, one of them entered the Hardware store of Mr. Chas. Hall,
and purchased a cork-screw the price of which was 25 cents, in payment
of which he handed out a five dollar note on the National Bank of
Canton Illinois, and received $4.75 in change. Mr. Hall was suspicious
that the men were safe robbers, and he, with Mr. Jason Underhill,
concluded to watch the movements of the strangers during the night.
Soon after the purchase of the cork-screw, Mr. Hall stepped into Felix
Johnson's saloon, where he saw the same party call for a glass of beer
and cigar, for which he gave Mr. Johnson a five dollar note on the same
Bank, and received in change $4.85. Mr. Hall then became suspicious
that the money might be counterfeit, and he with officer Don Levy, Levi
Urquhart Esq. Mr. J. Underhill, and others visited several places of
business, calling up those who had retired for the night, and in nearly
every instance found they had been victimized to the amount of five
dollars at nearly all the saloons they bought a cigar and a glass of
beer, at Mr. Schonfield's they purchased a pair of socks. As far as can
be ascertained they have passed in this city about $100. All bills of
the same denomination and on the same bank. They were arrested in bed
upon searching the bed was found $200. Good money, on the springs under
the tick, and $150. of counterfeit on their clothes.
On Thursday morning they were arraigned before Esquire Urquhart, but upon a demand being made for a change of venue, they were taken before R. W. Hubbell, assisted by Esquire Mitchell. We are unable to give the decision of the court, as the examination is still in progress, but it is next to a certainty that they will be bound over to stand trial trail at the next term of the circuit court.
Everybody and his neighbor can be seen early in the morning with pails in their hands making for the primeval forest in pursuit of huckle berries; and at eventide the aforesaid everybody and his neighbor may be seen dragging their weary lengths along with their pails well filled. These berries sell in the market for 7 cents a quart.
Mr. H. W. Waldron and lady of West Pensaukee made us a pleasant call last Saturday. Mr. Waldron was the first farmer to bring new potatoes into the market this season.
were pleased to receive a call this week from our
worthy citizen, Mr. William Zipple, who has just returned from Germany
after an absence from this country of three months, seven weeks of
time he spent in the country of his nativity.
Mr. And Mrs. James Mathews with their
daughter Emma started
Meeting with horse and buggy, and when near
the water mill the
breaking the dash board, the frame of
which hit Emma in the
her so severely that she fainted and
fell striking her
face upon the
wheel of the buggy, causing serious
wounds and bruises.
immediately brought home and placed under
the medical care of
Although severely hurt she is now considered
out of danger.
The livery stables could scarcely meet the demand for horses last Sunday.
Number of pupils enrolled in our public schools in this city at the beginning of the present term was 417.
The Oconto Company is placing a mammoth sign over their planning mill and extending its entire length which will give this extensive establishment a more business aspect, if possible, than ever.
the past week as a Mr. Safield, a Sugar Bush
Farmer was driving
to the village
of Peshtigo, his wagon run over one
end of a long sharp
it to fly up in such a way as to strike
him on the lower
part of the
abdomen and passing entirely through his
body protruded from
inflicting a mortal wound, although he was
still alive up to
Mr. Isaac Elliott, residing near Well's mill, eight miles north from this city, in the town of Peshtigo, while out hunting on Monday last shot five lynx and one deer.
Mr. James A. Glynn, one of the Town of Oconto farmers, brought in four potatoes that weighed four and one half pounds.
The St. Joseph's T.A. B. society have formed a debating club which meets at their reading room on the first and third Wednesday evenings in each month. The following are the officers elected for the ensuing six months; President, Wm. J. Pope; vice president, Chas. F. Sharp; treasurer, George Davis; Rec secretary, Jos. Cox, Jr.,; financial secretary Dan. O'Keef.
steamer North West came up to her dock at the foot
of Section street, this city, on Tuesday last, from Green Bay. Since
close of the spring fishing, she has been in summer quarters; as the
fishing is now opening she comes out from her long seclusion looking
as bright and business like as ever.
The C.T.A. and B. society distributed their band instruments amongst their members who will form the band on Friday evening. On next Thursday evening the society will hold their Sociable at the residence of Mr. Geroge Davis in the East Ward.
The Reform convention met at the court house, this city, on Friday Oct. 8 with the largest delegation that the county has ever seen. The following ticket was unanimously nominated; Member of Assembly, Louis Pahl; Sheriff, Richard Raleigh; District Attorney, O.F. Trudell; Clerk of the court, Mike Cunningham; School superintendent, Mary A. Jones; coroner, John Merline.
On Monday morning last about 1 am, our city was visited with another destructive fire by which the National Hotel on Main street was totally consumed together with most of its contents.
are pleased to learn that John Doran has made and
amicable settlement of his business difficulties and has resumed
in the manufactoure of cigars at his old stand.
stabbing Affray that occurred near Stiles as noticed
in our last
issue is not
likely to terminate in a loss of life
as was feared.
that the two parties Bob Johnson and George
cards in the bar room of the Hotel and
at the conclusion of
the game there
was some altercation about who was
to pay for the drinks.
It seems that
this was apparently settled and they
took a drink. Johnson
went out of
doors, and was soon followed by Clair.
Soon a noise was
heard, and on
going out other parties found Johnson
attacking Clair with
a knife. Clair
was stabbed nine times on all sides
of his person. It
seems that he
was struck or thrown down, and as he
rolled over to evade
the knife, the
cuts were given with a pocketknife.
secured by parties stopping at the hotel,
tied up and kept
arrived from this city who took him
into custody and
brought him to
this city where he's confined in the
attended the wounded man and now reports
him doing well and
learn that more of our old settlers have been taken
suddenly with the western fever and are making arrangements to emifrate
in the early Spring. The party will consist of Messrs. Roscoe and
Gilkey and Mrs. Antone Links. Thei destination will be the Goilden
of the Pacific.
For Sale - My residence on Collins Street, south side, and a good farm consisting of 40 acres, one and a half miles north of Albert Richards Hotel. For sale cheap for cash - T P Gilkey
Monday last, our attention was attracted by the
distant sound of a band of music appraoching and as it passed our
was not a little. The band was followed by a truck laden with a
square box of large dimensions, fashionably decorated with silver
and drawn by four horses. Then followed some 20 teams, laden with about
100 persons. It was nothing more nor less than a horse funeral and the
subject, W W Phillip's old grey "rob" who depated this life on that
The was mr. Phillip's favorite horse, one he had owned for 20
and animal who endeared himself to his master for long and faithful
It was buried in it's coffin at the rear of the Phillip's barn. A
oration was pronounced over the remains.
We learn that a two-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Hart of this city on Wednesday of this week, had the second finger of the left hand badly crushed by introducing it between the cogged wheels of a wringer while it was in motion.
Orr mill at the foot of Section street bridge,
south side, was sold at auction on Saturday of last week for the sum of
$ 3,700. Lenz and Brauns were the fortunate purchasers.
A regular meeting of the common council was held this evening, Mayor Trudell presiding. Present weree Ald Youngm Lynes, Porter, McGee, Tibbitts, Branfield, DonLevy, Washburne, Richards, Gravel and Pecor.
second Grand Ball will held at the Turner Hall
on the evening of Dec 31.
Mr. O.A. Ellis informs us that the Oconto company are running a camp this winter several miles nearer the head waters of the river than ever a camp was located before. The company expects to occupy the same camp while cutting some 16,000,000 feet of logs. The present crew is under charge of Mr. J. Sheridan and is and has been for some time barking 40,000 feet of lumber per day.
evening of Tuesday the 21st inst. The 50th anniversary of the marriage
of William and Miranda Ellis was celebrated at their residence in the
village of Peshtigo, and was made the occasion of a joyous, and joyful
meeting of friends and re-union of relatives. At about 7 p.m. the
guests began to assemble, and at 9 there has come together nearly one
hundred of the relatives and friends of the venerable couple. After the
interchange of hearty greetings and pleasant congratulations, the Rev.
Mr. Winslow, in an eloquent and happy manner reviewed, for the benefit
of the assembly, the family history for three generations past,
touching beautiful on that portion where in was described that scene
that was enacted just fifty years ago, when this aged couple
voluntarily assumed those obligations of love and constancy which they
have so faithfully observed for the half century. The Rev. Gentleman,
in a touching manner, pointed some valuable lessons from this half
century union, for the benefit of their children and assembled friends.
Mr. Ellis is 74 and his wife is 78 years of age. They are the parents
of seven sons, two of whom are dead, and one living in St. Johns N.B.;
the other four are residents of Oconto County. Two are residents of
this city. Robert, County Clerk and Attorney at Law, and Oak A. who is
general superintendent of the Oconto Company's affairs, and W. A. who
is a resident of Peshtigo, and C. J. a resident of Marinette. These
last four with their family's were present. At 10 o'clock the company
was seated to an elegant collation and, what with the delicacies before
them, and the social atmosphere around them, with wit and jest, an hour
sped quickly by, and with many hearty congratulations, and many
earnestly uttered prayer that time might deal as gently in the future,
as it had in the past, with the aged couple in whose honor the company
has assembled, the guests took their departure. At the request of the
couple the usual ceremonies and presents were omitted. The guests of
the city of Oconto feel that much of the pleasure that they experienced
on the occasion is due the forethought an courtesy of Mr. W.A. Ellis of
Peshtigo, and they hereby tender their acknowledgements for the same.