Flash From The Past - 1876
**ACCIDENTS - A
Norwegian, who arrived in this country
only a few months
ago, had his hands and feet
frozen in the cold snap
about three weeks ago.
He had taken a job of
getting out cedar posts, and
went to work before his
feet were quite
well. Last week he hurt
his foot in some way and was again
frozen to such a degree as
to render amputation of
the big toe necessary.
The operation was performed
by Dr. O'KEEFE, who reports
the man doing well
On the 23rd, Inst, Chris HENNING, a Norwegian in the employ of Mr. Rod GILLET of Gillett town, while tending a knot-saw had the little finger of his right hand split open from the root of the nail to the 2nd joint. Dr. O¹KEEFE dressed the wound and tried for some days to save the finger, which he thinks could have been done, had it been attended to in time. The Doctor found it necessary on last evening, the 29th Inst. to amputate the finger and reports the patient doing well.
The steamer Union was sold on Tuesday of last week at Sheriff’s sale. She was bid in by D.A. Demorest of New York for $ 2,000.
We are informed
that Anson Eldred of Stiles is negotiating
for the purchase of the England, Taylor & Co., Mill property in
Mr. E. H. Percy’s new and fine residence on his farm in the town of Oconto is completed and occupied. He has a very neat and pretty place.
We see that N. Richards has moved his meat market into the rooms formerly occupied by Mr. James Porter, barber, the first door south of the post office.
**ACCIDENT - As
Frank ROTH, was loading the top log
onto his sleigh in
Spies¹ Camp some
80 miles up river, on Thursday
afternoon, it rolled of the
opposite side of the sleigh
falling upon him and breaking
his leg off
between the knee and
hip. He is now under the
care of Dr. MORIARTY and is
as comfortable as could be
expected under the circumstances.
**Lost on the Ice.
A man by the name of Nels DOLMAN who live on the Bay Shore not far from Menekaunee, started from that village for his home a few days ago. He was on skates and pushing before him a small sled loaded with provisions. Near the evening of the same day it is supposed that he was seen on a field of detached ice, since that time he has not been seen or heard from. He must be either drowned or frozen.
** A Cut Throat
Affair. A Would Be Suicide.
Early on Wednesday morning Talbert ROUSE, who is known to all the inhabitants of Oconto, as the "Fat man of Frenchtown" attempted to put an end to his life by cutting his throat with a razor. Mr. ROUSE has for some time been subject to fits of despondency and insanity, and on Wednesday morning in one of these fits he cut his throat from ear to ear. Dr. BEEBE was sent for and found the unfortunate man lying in a pool of blood. He immediately sent for Dr. O¹KEEF who arrived in a few minutes, and they at once commenced caring for thewould be suicide. Fortunately the
accumulation of fat on ROUSE is so great that although the incision was fully two inches deep, he failed to reach the arteries. The wound presented a most ghastly apprearance, extending from the left ear completely round to the right, being fully from one to two inches in depth.
Drs. O¹KEEF and BEEBE dressed and sewed up the wound and left the patient comfortable. Had any ordinary man made such an incision it must have severed the arteries and windpipe without any hope of recovery. We learn from the doctors that they feel confident of saving ROUSE.
We learn that an other man, whose name we did not learn, a few days ago had his leg broken in Jacob Spies' camp, on this river. This the second accident of the same nature that within a few days has happened in the same
Since placing the above in type, we have learned that the man refered to is a Bohemian, named James FENCEL. His leg was broken between the ankle and the knee by a hand spike. He was brought down to Oconto and Dr. O¹KEEF was called in. He found both shin bones broken, and badly splintered, in fact so complete was the fracture that the leg could be doubled up. Dr. O¹KEEF has a method of getting fractured limbs by which he dispenses with the use of the ordinary wooden splints substituting one of plaster Paris, which has the double advantage of keeping the broken parts perfectly immovable and enabling the patient to go about the house and out of doors. In the present instance the limb was set on Friday evening and on Monday FENCEL was about town on crutches. The advantage of this method will be seen at once when it is noted that the the patient need not keep his bed for more than 24 hours, instead of lying on his back for months.
Johathan¹s College Trials.
My Dear Tom.
The sad affliction recorded in the following obituary, was actually laid upon me. You can not imagine my feelings until you have been called to pass through the same ordeal, (which, you will allow me to say, is not likely soon to occur if we measure probabilities by the innocent and feminine sweetness of your upper lip) But the startling fact that you might be compelled to part with such a treasur, will doubtless reconcile you in a measure, to the presimony of nature in her beatowments. Yet you will probably receive as truth what Queen Vic¹s poet Lorretta says:
have loved and lost
Then never to have loved at all"
I have much to
comfort me however in the sympathy of
especially of my dear chum
Tim Tickleum, I owe him
a debt of eternal
gratitude, for the
Departed this life on the thirteth day of November 1850, after a precarious and scanty existance of only a few months ---my moustache. Accompaning this effecting little missive was a short poem which he composed himself. I will say that, young as he is, no full bearded poet, unless it should be myself, could have down better. It is sentimental and pathetic and to these must be added a very rare quality in poems, --it is truthful to nature. He couldnot have bat the mark more squarely if he had been in my place. He gives you my feelings exactly. Here is the immortal poem.
Long cherished pet and must we part?
Has fate decreed the honor?
Must thy destruction read my heart?
Has fate resistless power!
Child of my youth, in manhood¹s prime
I hope that thou wouldst shine
Upon my lip through coming times,
An ornament divine.
I cherished this boyish pride,
I smoothed thy fuzzy down
My warmest love I did divide
Twixt thee and Mollie Brown
But now adieu! a last adieu!
I and my pet must part
Relentless barber, why will you
Thus wound and break my heart?
Away with your huge shears, away!
Don¹t touch my cherished child.
But no, he slashed it, lackaday!
My brain is running wild.
O barber, what a hardened wretch!
No innocence you space
You ought upon a rack to stretch
For my departed,--moustache
In the new
appointment for the Northern Insane Hospital,
Oconto County is represented:
Full No., 11 No, in Oshkosh and Madison 10; additional patients, the county is entitled to, 1/ We are rather of the opinion the statement is incorrect. From the year 1867 to the present, the following is the report of the County Judge, of Oconto county:
1867, Mrs. John
Autel, Aug. 18, discharged
1868, Anne Anderson, May 25, died
1870, Neils Wedden, April 6, died
1871, Thomas McAlpine, Dec, 19, discharged
1873, George Pinkham, Oct 13,
1874, S. H. Thomas, Jan. 23,
1874, Annie O’Neil, June 1, discharged
1874, Daniel Davis, July
1875, John Broder, May 23
1875, John Egan, Feb 23
1875, Mathias Hill, Jan.
1875, Roderick McDonald, Sept.
Peshtigo from whom no information has
been received since admission, and probably may be discharged.
the Peshtigo patients to yet be under care, we find that Oconto County
has only six patients in the Insane Asylum, leaving us more privileges
as to admission, than the new apportionment allows us.
SAD ACCIDENT - We
are pained to learn of the occurance
of a serious
accident to the pay train at the Jackson Mine Tunnel on the Peninsula Division of the C & N. W. R. R. by which the train was precepitated down an embarkment and Paymaster J.E. REYNOLDS and Road Master A.J. PEVIN were cruched to death by the safe. Both men were old and valued employes of the company.
Our townsman, Chauncey SIMONS has commenced his annual ice harvest. The ice though not as thick as it is some winters, is very good, being twelve or fourteen inches in thickness and very clear and transparent. We apprehend that there will be no trouble in securing a sufficient quantity of ice for the city market during the next summer, certainly not if next summer is as cool as the last one.
Now there is talk of a dancing school in town. We propose a teacher be engaged who will teach the boys to dance over the potato fields while the girls dance around the kitchen.
Ex-city treasurer James O’Hare is again on our streets. He looks just as natural as he did before he became a citizen of California.
Mayor O.F. Trudell
of this city went to Madison Tuesday
in the interest of the city for the purpose of securing a loan from the
state to enable the city to build a respectable high school building.
CORRECTION. - Although we stated just what we were told, we were in error when we stated that John STONE, who was run over by the cars in Oconto Company¹s Lumber Yard last week was instantly killed. The facts are that though run over in the forenoon, he lived until about six o¹clock in the evening suring which time he in his anguish, suffered more than a thousand deaths. Young STONE was a steady and industrious boy, and by his sudden and terrible death an aged mother is deprived of her sons dependence and support.
We don¹t know just when it is to come off. But we think that we could point out the place where the corpse will be found. It is at the "Log Slide" of the Orr mill, where the boys congregate daily and nightly in large numbers, and on hand sleighs, barrel staves, and pieces of board, slide down its steep incline on to the river.--This is very dangerous business, as a slight mistake in guilding their sleighs would land them against one of the two piles that stand near the lower end of the slide in which event it would be scarcely possible for the occupant to escape without serious accident or perhaps death.
***ACCIDENTS. - On Friday of the last week, a young man employed in one of the lumber camps near Shawano, was struck in the abdomen by a sleigh. He was taken to that place, where his wound was pronounced fatal. He lingered until Tuesday evening when death put an end to his sufferings. His parents conveyed his remains to their home at Neenah.***ACCIDENTS. - Friday the 11th inst., an accident of a terrible character occurred at one of Anson Eldreds lumbering camps on the North Branch of the Oconto. The scaler, named Garrett FARRELL was assisting a teamstr to unload a load of logs, one being on each side of the sleigh, when the logs on the scalers side suddenly rolled off and caught him between the load and the logs already on the ice, crushing his head, and killing him instantly.
ball given by the Turners of this city
on the evening of February 22, was quite largely attended.
ladies prize was awarded to Miss Dora Arnold; second, four seasons,
by Mary Spies, Mary Baker, L. Rolock and T. Raisky; third, by
ostler. First gentlemens prize was won by Wm. Zipple as King
afternoon about two, there occurred in this
city a circumstance that perhaps has few parallels in the history of
or any other city. At the time mentioned within three feet of
south east corner of H.M. Royce’s store, two determined
bagged a full grown and large sized lynx.
Married—At the M.E. parsonage in Little River Feb. 22, 1876, by Rev. O.B. Clark, Mr. Hiram D. Cool of Brookside to Miss Adda DeLano of the same place. At Brookside, Wis., by Squire Minnick, Mr. Nelson P. Chase to Miss Martha Ann Gossage Feb. 13, 1876.
***The Division of Oconto County
We would say to the Oconto County papers, that they tell an unmitigated falsehood, when they say that the movement to divide their county originated with citizens of this county. The petition was gotten up by residents of your county, and signed by all the inhabitants of the territory inwhich the bill proposes to detach. As far as merit is concerned, there is a great deal in favor of the division, and not any against it; and if the Legislature takes merit into consideration, they will certainly pass the bill and give the citizens of that part of your county the asked for relief which your county has so often refused them.-----Shawano Journal And we, speaking for one of the papers of Oconto county, would say to the Editor of the Journal that an impartial review of the circumstances attending the proposed division will certainly cause his ill natured, and ill-advised charge of unmittigated falsehood , to re-act upon himself. Even if our charge was false in fact, circumstances were extremely mitigating, for they pointed and they still point, to the existance of the truth of our charge, as unerringly as circumstances, in the absence of positive proof, are competent to establish fact.-- What are the circumstances? Simply these, that less than thirty inhabitants, all told, of the western part of the county, very few of whom are permanent residents, and most of whom are keepers of "Half-way" houses and whiskey hells during the winter, and hunters and fishermen during the summer, made application to the Oconto County Board to give them a town organization, which, according to their petition, should embrace many townships of territory. It is the undoubted right of the American citizen to petition for his rights, and to be heard in his defence. And the papers of the Oconto Co. did not oppose the organization prayed for in the petition--nor would they oppose it now, did not the sudden and extraordinary growth of the demand force upon us the conviction that it is no longer a demand in the interests of the bonnafide residents of the territory in question, but a diabolical and well concocted plan to steal from theterritory of Oconto County an area larger than the State of Rhode Island and the District of Columbia and attach it to Shawano County. It is no longer a petition for a new town organization, it is taken from the County Board, and brought before the Legislature in the form of a bill to detach from Oconto, and attach to Shawano nearly one and a half millions of acres.-- Said bill presented by Shawano¹s member of the Assembly, backed up and "lobbied" for by a strong delegation of Shawano Co's strongest men. Surely the Editor of the Journal must be practicing on our creduality, when in the face of these facts he can asks us to believe that Shawano had nothing to do with originating this huge injustice, not only to Oconto County, but to the persons who by this act would be transferred to Shawano county. Had Shawano county an object in sturing up this matter, or an inducement to work for the consummation of the division of our territory? Let us see, she is very anxious to secure a Railroad, and we don't blame her, and to this end the county has once bonded itself for $100,000; the project is so far a failure, but the county stands ready to execute its bonds in like amount to another company, to secure a road. The county is heavily taxed and its orders are sadly depreciated in the market. Under these circumstances, would between 50, and 60 townships of valuable tax paying territory be worth "reaching" for, we apprehend that it would, and, knowing what we do of some of Shawanos leading men we are lothe to believe that they would be at all slow in reaching for it. Now, we do not insist that Shawano county is alone in this deviltry, we know that there are some men who occupy exalted positions in certain legal institutions of the state who are owners of numberous acres of Cranberry Marsh in the western portion of the county, who after due trial have found it extremely difficult to reach their land with "top" buggies, and are therefore very anxious that the dear public should construct some highways by which they may go a berrying with less discomfort to themselves. We know that honest "Philetus" thought he saw something to reach for--but has since changed his mind. We know that a certain delegate, chosen by the county Board to go to the Capitol to guard the county¹s interest, sold himself, body and soul to the division party. Finally, Mr. Journal, we know that this whole business was conceived in iniquity, and born in sin, and that it will die at the hands of the law, and we don¹t blame you for denying your complicity, but it is useless, the evidence is strong against you.
March 4, 1876
between 12 and 1, the city was aroused
by the fire alarm. The old city Planing mill recently
Mr. Lewis Newbauer was found to be on fire. The fire had made
progress before being discovered that it was found impossible to stop
Mr. W.W. Pease,
one of our Bay shore fishermen, gave
us a call on Tuesday of this week. He informed us that the
fishing is over with for this winter in deep water and that the
are bringing their nets farther in-shore preparing for the spring catch
of Dora and Herring.
KILLED AT STILES.--On Thursday of this week Peter JARVEY was killed at one of Eldred¹s logging camps, one and a half miles above Stiles. We learn that he was loading a load of logs and becoming impatient, jumped on the load and threw his weight on the chain by which a log was being drawn up. The team feeling the extra weight threw itself into its work with increased vigor. JARVEY being unprepared for this lost his footing and was caught between the side of the load and the ascending log and was crushed between them. The deceased was a young man raised on the river, and was a brother to Mike JARVEY who was killed by the Cars in Fort Howard a few years ago.
**There is Method
in his Madness.
For a week or more the people of our city have noticed a rough and ragged tramp perambulating the streets. It was noticed tht he was a very industrious tramp, always on the move during the day, there is not a street in the city but that he thoroughly surveyed. At night he sometimes occuppied a school house, sometimes a hay loft. He found pretexts for effecting his entrance to most of the residences in the city. He began to be very suspiciously regarded by our citizens, and was generally pronounced crazy. One day this week he found a man for whom he evinced a warm regard, and instantly pressed upon his acceptance a pair of substantial and highly polished "bracelets," and requested him to take a seat in a livery rig that somehow happened to be handy just then. And the two, in company with the driver, sped swiftly away to the merry music of the gingling bells, in the direction of Green Bay. It is said that the "tramp" was from Canada and that he was in quest of a man who is charged commission of murder some three years ago.
**Gone to Reform
Two of Oconto's fast young citizens on Wednesday started for Waukesha to get some schooling at the State expense. It will take about six years for Mr. Napolion FISETTE to finish his education, and about eight years to polish off Mr. Pope BIRD. It is hoped that when they return as men they will evidence the possession of better principles than ever actuated them as boys.
March 29, 1876
The reporter of the Green Bay Gazette was informed by a gentleman Thursday of a remarkable arrest which was made by a detective at that place.A man has been in Oconto some three weeks past whose action have been somewhat remarkable. Dressed as a begger and begging door to door, this man has had access to a number of houses; and being quiet and unoffensive no shadow of suspicion was raised that he was anything more that he represented himself. He would sleep in barns and take what shelter he could from the weather during nights, and many times during the day he was a target for the youngsters to snow ball.
Tuesday a despatch was put into the hands of under sheriff Mosher requesting the arrest of a man who has for some time been in the employ of W.B.Smith, this city. The man it appears is a resident of or near New London Ohio, where he owns a farm. Some Time ago a R.R. company without his consent, and contrary to his wishes, laid a track through his land. In retaliation the man foreably entered the company¹s cars and removed there from and converted to his own use a considerable amount of property. But the company entered an energetic protest against this proceeding, and the man became frightened and cast about him for knowledge of a community supposed to be made up entirely of honest men, in which a scoundrel would be comparatively safe by reason of his respectable surroundings. Hearing of Oconto he cried "Eureka" and straightway hastened to our hospitable city. But alas, by some--to him unknown agency his where abouts was made known to the officers at his former place of residence. And the result was the forwarding of the request for his arrest and detention until the necessary papers could be procured for his transfer to Ohio.
ATTEMPED SUICIDE. - A Mrs. ENGBURG living about two mile south of Pensaukee attempted suicide on Wednesday evening last by drinking a cup of lye. It is supposed that she can not recover. Domestic trouble is the probable cause.
The interment in our last issue of the decease of our townsman, Joseph WHITEBREAD was somewhat premature. We gave undue credit to a groundless rumor, from the fact that his death was daily expected. His death took place, however, on Tuesday of this week, which statement we regret to say is correct. That another old settler is gone.
Early on Wednesday morning, a Gentleman of this city going towards the School Section, when in the vicinity of Mr. Peter ESSEN's residence, was beaconed a short distance from the road into the field by an Indian. On coming to the place indicated, he found another Indian lying on the ground who, on examination he found to be quite dead though apparently life had not long been extinct. There were but slight indications of violence about the body. The Authorities of this city were notified, and an inquest held over the remains by Justice MITCHELL.
The following are the returns from Maple Valley. Supervisors--John ERICSON, chairman, Theodore CHRISTISON, John KELLEY. Clerk--John C. GILLIGAN. Treasurer--Christian JOHNSON. Assessor--Pat KELLEY. Justices of the Peace--John C. GILLIGAN, Mike PETERSON, Pat KELLEY. Constable--Gustave YANTZ, John E. RASMUSSON.
The steamer Northwest will run between Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay the coming season, stopping at this point coming each way. Her captain, Henry Hart, has refitted her for the seasons travel, adding much to her cabin facilities.
Wm. Van Able has just opened a new grocery store on Main Street opposite Funke’s Hotel.
SUICIDE. -- This community was startled
Wednesday evening by the report that a woman had hung herself at
Inquiries proved that the
report was true. The
victim was Mrs. Anna J. OLSEN, wife of William OLSEN, a resident of
It appears that a boy of the deceased, while at school a few days
the sad event, had been accused of finding or stealing a handkerchief
five dollars, the fact being that he found one worth a few cents
Some gossiping neighbors magnified this into a heinous crime, for which
the whole family was to suffer punishment. The deceased, who
not read in English or understand but little of it, was greatly
by the matter, and although assumed by her husband that no
be done them persistent in believing that they would be made to suffer
for it. It preyed on her
mind so much that her
husband went to the school teacher,
who assured him
that there was nothing in
matter worthy or notice,
but even this assurance
failed to satisfy Mrs.
On Tuesday afternoon some boys were around leaving bills for the Blitz entertainment One of which was left at her house, and which she, unable to read, immediately construed into a warrant of arrest. It was with difficulty that her husband removed this impression. Wednesday morning she saw a man going up town and told her husband that he was going up to get a warrant. The husband left the house towards noon and did not return until three o¹clock in the afternoon, when he found the body of his wife in the wood-shed, suspended by a cord to the end of the rafters. He called for help and cut the body down. The unfortunate woman had taken a stool, stood upon it, tied the rope around her neck and kicked the stood down, but finding that her feet touched the ground must have drawn them up sufficiently to strangle herself. Another rope was alongside of the one she used, which she evidently intended for her husband.
Justice HOLGATE was notified and made arrangements to hold an inquest on the body.
From the testimony taken before the jury we give that of her husband, which gives the fullest particulars of the sad event.
William OLSON, swon, says I am the husband of the deceased. She was 48 years old; we were marrid 20 years ago this fall in Norway; we have had three children; two of them are now alive; they both live here at home; the girl is 17 and the boy is 9 years old. I last saw my wife alive between 11 and 12 o¹clock this morning, when I left the house and went down town; I came back at 3 o¹clock this afternoon; I left my wife alone; the boy was at school, and the girl was at Marinettte; there was no one at home when I came back; I staid in the house a short time, went out in the yard, saw my wife was not there; then went to the wood shed; saw my wife there; went up and I took hold of her arm and asked her to come into the house; she did not speak, and looking up I saw the clothes line, and saw that she was hung; she was standing up with her feet on the ground; there was a bench behind her; it was tipped over; I scarcely know what I did then, but went out in the yeard and halloed and called Mr. Ole THOMPSON from his house, we then took her down and tried to bring her to, but she was quite dead; we untied the rope; did not cut it. She complained this morning of feeling unwell, but not much; she was worried a good deal about it haing been said that the boy had stolen a handkerchief worth $5; the boy had not done so; he had found a small handkerchief worth 5 cents, and when the bill carrier left a bill at the house the other day for a show at Marinette, she thought it was a warrant as she could not read English, and that worried her a great deal.
She saw a gentleman going towards Marinette yesterday morning; the next day the hand bills came around; she said it was just as she thought it was going to be; I told her it was no such thing; she said the she would depend upon me, and I must depend upon her and we would both go together; that was this morning, and was the last words she ever spoke to me. My dinner was on the table all ready for me when I came home; the tea was kind of lukewarm.
** The new bridge placed across the Pensaukee river last spring where the Stiles and Green Bay road crosses it has been carried away by the jam of longs and ice. It has been secured in two parts a short distance below.
** Arm Broken
On Thursday evening as some little boys were playing in the street they got into a tussle, and during the melee one of them, Charley HANSEN, was thrown so that one of his arms was doubled under him in such a manner as to make a very bad break. Bothe bones of the arm were broken at the wrist. Moral--Keep your boys off the street.
DEATH BY ACCIDENT.
- On Friday morning of last week
Mr. Micheal LOON of this city, employed by Messrs, Lynes, Sargent
Jennings, on the drive up the river, while engaged in driving the logs
over the rapids, was thrown from
the log on which he was
riding, into the river, and
though he made heroic
efforts to save himself,
the logs came down upon him
with such force and
rapidity, striking him from
every quarter, and probably
disabling him, that every
effort was in vain, and
he was drown. Those who
are familiar with driving
logs will understand the
occurred about 9
o¹clock in the morning, and
the remains arrived in town
early Saturday morning, and
were deposited in the
Waterloo House. His
brother and family, who we
believe are his only relatives
here, took charge
of the remains.
The Good Templars, one of whom
he was, made immediate
preparation to attend the
funeral which occurred on
Sunday, in a body, and
did so, performing the last
sad service for their
departed brother in an
manner. The funeral service was held
at the French Catholic
Church Sabbath afternoon,
and was attended by a very
large concourse of
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
May 11, 1876
Oconto County Reporter
A popular ballad in Oconto just now is “Little Low Log Cabin in the Lane.”
Mr. and Mrs. Napoleon Richards gave a social party at their residence on Wednesday evening which was much enjoyed by those in attendance and is spoken of as being a very enjoyable affair.
The schooner Richard Mott, Capt. Soyer, carrying lumber for Holt & Balcom, cleared for Chicago on Monday on her second trip which we venture to say is in advance of anything afloat.
The teachers of
the Douglas school, Misses Barlow and
Beyer, have set a commendable example in the way of planting centennial
trees. They with the aid of their scholars have set out 25
evergreen trees in and about the school grounds.
VIOLENT DEATH. -- A dispatch was received here on Wednesday evening stating that Mr. Louis TAGGART for several years a resident of this city and recently employed by Thos McGOFF in the livery stable, was killed at Worcester Wisconsin whither he had gone we believe to work in getting out railroad ties. The dispatch gave no particulars. Mr. TAGGART was generally known having been some time in the employ of Mr. H.L. BARLOW. He had no relatives here we believe, his parents and other relatives we believe live in New Jersey.
FAIR PLAY--Oconto May 2d:--A little disturbance took place at a funeral, in the Roman Catholic Cemetery last Sunday afternoon, that might have proven disasterous in the extreme. A man by the name of Frank LOON was drowned last Friday; he was a member of the French Catholic Church, and also of the I.O.G.T. Lodge. The friends of the deceased consulted with the Rev. Father VERMER of St. Peter¹s Church, and he reluctantly gave his consent to officiate at the funeral, and granted the members of he lodge the privilege of conducting their burial services at the grave. The plans were duly executed until after the arrival of the cortage at the grave. After the Priest had concluded his services, the members of the fraternity were just on the verge of beginning theirs, when an officer that was standing near the Priest under his direction, prevented them from proceeding. They then requested that a chant might be sung, but he like wise refused to grant that request. The brothers and sisters of the order, seeing that if they persisted in carrying out their designs, trouble was inevitable, sorrowfully relinquished their project, and wisely dispursed.
DROWNED AT MENOMINEE. -- On Sunday night last, four men in attempting to go from the shore to a vessel lying in the bay in a small boat, were all drowned. The waves were running high at the time, and it seems that the men were not in a condition to manage the boat, having been drinking hard during the day. The Journal gives the names of the men as follows, the last named being a sailor; the rest being residents of Menominee: John VANDERLIN, Harry SHIVERS, Oliver LaCOMBE, and Louis KERNIG.
** We are happy to
state that our legal friend Mr.
J. McNARNEY has taken a
bath. Although It
was involuntary, it was in
a good cause and none the
less refreshing, as much to
his friends and lookers
on as it was to himself.
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
May 11, 1876
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
May 27, 1876
New York Circus
Coming To Oconto
The Grand Street Pagent
Nearly Two Miles Long
Entering The City!
One of the demt mende living just outside of the city on the Pensaukee road, having apparently become tired of the things of this life tried the experiment of stepping down and out at her own dictation by taking about 10 grains of morphine, on Tuesday night.-- A Physician was called and succeeded in saving her life after a very narrow escape from failure. She is a woman about 25 years old, and the mother of two children, one of whom is with her. The only reason assigned for the deed is a quarrel with some one having the semblance of a man.
One of the fiercest storms ever known in Northern Wisconsin visited this county last Sunday afternoon. As usual with such storms, its extreme force was felt through only a narrow strip of the country--no more than five miles wide, and this was divided up into narrow "streaks", from a few rods to a half a mile wide, and all that happened to come within these pathways had to meet its fury. That fury was searching in the highest degree. It seemed as though the elements were trying to get at the "true inwardness" of things and not hurt any body. The hurricane traveled from southeast to northwest and did the most damage in the town of Gillett and that vicinity.
Rodney GILLETT had one barn
and one unroofed. Matt FINNEGAN's house and barn were blown
the latter, a very substantial structure lost three tiers of timber all
the way around and yet none of the family injured. Thos.
house and barn were torn down. The house which was built of
hewn timbers, was blown down to within two legs of the ground, and some
of the bedding blown full three miles away. It
seems most remarkable that
some of the family were
not injured or killed.
Even the baby which was in
the crib, was unhurt, though
one of the rockers
was broken by falling
debris. A Mr. BRUSE's
buildings were blown down.
Mr. Thos. JOHNSON's house
was unroofed, and we learn
that he was sleightly hurt. At the McDOUGALL farm, the Oconto
barn was blown down, and though the barn was only about five rods from
the house, the latter did not feel much of the force of the
In one place, a table was blown across quite a large lake and landed
another man¹s barn which was also demolished. The
had two young cattle killed and in some cases many trees had to be cut
away to release some that were shut in by fallen trees. The
stack of Gillet's mill was blown down. Mr. John VOLK and wife
were returning from Gillett to the Falls in a buggy narrowly
escaped death. A
tree fell just in front of
them killing their horse. The
damage to green timber will
Those who were so unfortuate
as to lose their homes,
were aided by their neighbors
who turned out
genrally and helped to
rebuild and ere this they are
rehoused. The main
force of the storm did not
touch this city, consequently
no damage was done
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
September 9, 1876
On Saturday night, of last week, Mr. Wm. PHILLIPS met with a narrow escape from what might have been a violent death, at ELDRIDs mill. He was employed on the night tour. The man who "dogs" the logs at the foot of the slide where the logs are drawn up into the mill, having got wet went to change his clothes, and Mr. PHILLIPS took his place.--Having got the logs into position and driven the dogs into the logs, he took the other end of
the chain to hook it into the bull-chain which draws the logs up; before he had completed it, the man in the mill, who operates without coming to see that all was ready, as is customary at night, started up the chain, catching three fingers of Mr. PHILLIPS in the hook and dragging him up, partly under and between the logs; his feet fast between, and his fingers being crushed at the hook, it was not an enviable position. Knowing that death was sure if he did not get loose before he reached the bark hole at the top, the logs spreading a little, he freed his feet and was then able to jerk loose from the chain by jerking off the end of one finger.--Aside from bruises no other damage was done. He will soon be all right again.
About half past five, on Tuesday evening fire broke out in the hayloft of Jacob DUNTON¹s Livery Stable. The wind was blowing almost gale from the northwest, and the flames spread almost as quick as thought over the entire structure. The alarm was given as soon as discovered, and the engines were soon on hand. It was evident from the first that Geo. McCONNELL¹s house and saloor towards which the wind blew, must go, and so rapidly did the flames spread, carried by the wind, that the contents of the house were not entirely removed by the many who offered their services, ere the whole was lapped up by the flames, and other buildings across the street and the Millidge building a little to the south, where threatened. But the fire department which in the hurry seemed slow in getting up steam, now got to work, and began playing upon the fire, and upon the other buildings in danger among which were the REPORTER office, and the fire was stayed from further damage.
The roof of Mr. MILLIDGE's building took fire from the sparks, but was promptly extinguished. The wind blowing so strong carried the sparks to a great distance and necessitated sharp vigilence on the part of property owners in the vicinity. Sparks were carried across the river, and the jail and the Sheriff¹s residence took fire but were extinguished before any damage was done.--The door of the Court House having been left open fire caught in the shavings inside, but was discovered in time.
Mr. DUNTON¹s horses all being out and plenty of help at hand his stock of buggies cutters and harnesses, etc. were all saved save perhaps a single harness or so, and a pair of bob-sleds. His loss, aside from the building and being thrown out of business, will not exceed a hundred dollars. No insurance.
Mr. McCONNELL¹s goods were mostly saved though in a rather mixed condition. And although he had insurance to the amount of $800, the fire is quite a disaster to him. He is thrown out of home and business in the worse time of year, and his garden and fruit trees--improvements of a permanent nature--were entirely destroyed.
The fire department did good service and were on hand as soon as could be expected considering the disadvantage they are placed in having no teams of their own to depend on. Engine No. 1 was working in about 15 minutes after the alarm was given, and No. 2, having a greater distance to go, in about 20 minutes.
The little hand engine belonging to HOLT & BALCOM did some good work before the other engines were in working order, and is credited with having saved Mr. LAMPKEY's barn and probably his residence, joining the livery stable. Much credit is due our brave Firemen for their succesful efforts in keeping the fire under control during such a fearful gale.
On Friday morning of last week, the dwelling house of W.W. DeLANO at Brookside Station caught fire and was burned to the ground. Mr. DeLANO being absent at the time and Mrs. DeLANO and family being alone until the flames had made great headway, that little of the household furniture etc. were saved. The fire is supposed to have caught from a defective stove pipe. The house was insured for about $800.00 while the loss was about $1000.
On Saturday of last week a shocking accident occurred to Rodney, a 16 years old son of Mr. Rodney RICE, living a short distance above the Falls. It seems his brother had set a trap gun, a double barrelled one--one rifle, and one shot-gun barrel. The victim having it in his mind that the shot barrel was loaded, in coming up to it saw it was not, and carelessly put his foot on the line when the ball from the rifle barrel struck his leg a short distance below the hip, shattering the bone of the limb in a fearful manner.--The attending Surgeons, Drs. ALLEN and MORIARTY thought at one time that amputation would be necessary, but now hope to save the limb.
On the 24th day of September, Mr. G.J. TISDALE, a lawyer, who has been a resident of this city about two years, and more or less prominent among business men, also agent of the Sturgeion Bay Canal Company here took the train south, having previously stated to his wife, a bride of about two months, and to his brother-in-law, Mr. VANAVERY, who has charge of his office in his absence, that he intended going to Madison, then to Milwaukee, thence by boat to Washington Island, thence to Sturgeion Bay, and thence home, intending to return on the boat Oct. 5th. The next morning, the 25th, he addressed a letter to his wife dated and post marked Chicago. Stating that he failed to make connection at the junction for Madison and bought an excursion ticket with small extra expence direct for Chicago, and that he intended starting the same evening for Madison. Nothing has since been heard from him. He has not been to Madison, nor indeed any of the places he contemplated visiting. It is known that he had considerable money with him on going away, and fears are entertained that he has been a victim of foul play. So far as known at the present writing, his business transactions are "square" and if his disappearance from this community is voluntary and premediated on his part it is yet to be proven. Every effort so far, to obtain a trace of him has proven fruitless.
SUICIDE. On Monday morning and old man
by the name of McGIONE, living near Well¹s station about six
from town, attemped to take his own life by cutting is throat with a
No cause is known for the act
except he was out of is
right mind as he is provided
against want. His
wound which was not fatal
was dressed by Dr. O¹KEEF
of this city. He has
since said that he did not
know what he was about.
Great age had probably
weakened his mind.
DEATH OF H.L.
BARLOW. -- A private letter from a recent
business partner of Mr. H.L. BARLOW recently of this city brings the
intelligence that Mr.
BARLOW died on last
Saturday, the 4th inst. at his
residence in Neenah.
His remains were taken to
Janesville and buried on
Monday. Mr. BARLOW was a resident of the city for quite a
of years, being at first in the
employ of the Oconto Company, and afterward engaged in the retail Hardware Business for about six years then disposing of his business, removed to Neenah where he has since resided. He was most intimately known here among all classes who will most sincerely sympathize with his sorrow stricken family and relatives some of whom reside here. Mr. BARLOW was about 40 years of age and leaves a wife at present quite ill, and three young children.
**A BROKEN ARM.
One day early this week a young daughter of Mr. Mike O¹NEIL, of Little River about 13 years of age, while playing at school was so unfortunate as to have both bones of her left arm broken between the elbow and wrist.--It seems she fell down where there was a small hole in the ground, and some other scholars, in their play, piled on top of her. When this melee was over it was found her arm was badly broken. Dr. ALLEN was called and the patient is doing will. This story furnishes a valuable moral for some other schools.
**A BLOOD CURDLING
Not many weeks ago, just as the shades of evening were gathering about the earth, two ladies, while coming up Section St., and just this side of Mr. G.T. PORTER¹s residence, were startled by hearing most horrible noises coming from the direction of the few trees in Thos. MILLIDGE¹s vacant lot, where that man was hung some time ago, which they were about to pass. For an instant they were petrified and stood as if rooted to the spot, thinking of hob-gobblins, or that some raveous beast, which was about to set upon and devour them, was lashing itself into a frenzy of rage and bloodthirstiness. Above their fears, however, they were enable to make out the tones of what once had been a human voice and the horrible truth forced itself upon them that the sounds which reached their ears were the ravings of a maniac. In terror they fled the spot, and upon reaching home related what had occurred, to their friends and neighbors. A large party immediately organized, and armed with guns pistols, pitchforks etc, proceeded in column at once to the spot in order to effect the llunatic¹s capture. The ground was surrounded and grand rush was made, and the madman secured. When lo! It proved to be only a young man who went to the centennial, and seeing Booth play Hamlet, suddenly took a foundness to stray away by himself, and recite the works of Shakespere.
At Eldreds mill, Mr. Cowan, the superintendent, has Mr. Salcheider, the mill wright, employed with a large force of men busily engaged in overhauling the mill. The work has been going on ever since the mill shut down, about a month ago, and is but little more than fairly begun. The mill is being greatly enlarged and its capacity increased in almost every direction.
As announced last week, the dedication service, dedicating the Presbyterian church edifice to the service of God, and the installation of the Rev. R.C. Burdick as pastor, took place on last Sabbath, morning and evening.
Master Harry Wilson, for the past year a student in the city telegraph office with Mr. Malt, has passed the requisite examination, and has been duly installed manager of the office at DePere, for which place he took his departure on Thanksgiving day.
We are informed by Station Agent Mullen that the present prospects are very flattering for the erection of a new depot in this city. The present structure is entirely inadequate for the business of the place, and its appearance is far from creditable to either the city or railroad company.
Deer hunting this fall has brought small returns. The deer are said to be plentiful but difficult to get near them, because of there being no snow.
Lumbermen are still waiting and watching for snow. We are less favored in this respect than any of our southern neighbors. Deer hunting this fall has brought small returns. The deer are said to be plentiful, but difficult to get near them because of their being no snow.
We are informed by Station Agent Mullen that the present prospects are good for the erection of a new C. & N. W. Ry. In this city.
F. Deimer has just received a new and full stock of photograph frames, fancy brackets, pictures, etc., for the holiday trade.
The Oconto Companys planning mill is the only mill in operation, and will probably run all winter.
**A SERIOUS FALL
On Sunday night a man by the name of Preston WILEY, in the employ of Levi LINDSEY, on his way to this city, with a team, from the Waupee, put up at the Falls. While taking care of his team in the dark he went up into the hay mow, and being ignorant of a large opening in the middle of the floor where hay had been put up, walked off, falling to the floor below with great force, striking across a wagon tongue, breaking one of his legs about halfway between the knee and hip. He was brought to this city very early Monday morning, and was cared for by Dr. ALLEN.
On Tuesday evening, as Mr. Wall PHILLIPS started to return from Stiles,driving a spirited two horse team, hitched to a buggy, the king bolt gave way suddenly letting the forward wheels out, and throwing Mr. PHILLIPS headlong to the ground in the vicinity of the horses heels. Striking on his head on the frozen ground, and the team running at a breakneck pace with the front wheels attached, was not the most pleasant position to be placed in. Mr. PHILLIPS held on the lines like grim death and stopped the horses after being dragged some three or four rods. It was a narrow escape from death, at least. The injuries received was a bad blow on one eye nearly closing it and the cords of the neck badly strained, which is however, preferable to a broken neck, and a general banged up condition.--This will pass off in a few days.
A sad accident occurred last Wednesday evening at the Pensaukee
Planing Mill by one of the employes named John WARSCHKOW getting his right hand caught in one of the planers. The hand was so terribly mangled that Dr. ALLEN, who was immediately summoned, found amputation at the wrist to be necessary. The opperation was at once performed and the patient is now
KILLED BY THE
CARS. On Saturday morning of last
week, as the southern
bound freight train neared
Peshtigo, Brakeman Thomas
BURKE, lost his footing and fell between the cars, and was instantly
Five loaded iron ore cars and the caboose passing over his body,
it nearly in two,
mutillating it in a most
horrible manner. The
particulars of the sad
affair are as
follows: As the train neared the
station, young BURKE and another brakeman, as was the custom, started
of the caboose; BURKE going forward and his companion stopping at the
on the platform of the caboose.
The weather, it will be
remembered, was very cold
and rough, and the ore car being covered with ice and snow, were
but safe. It being before
daylight necessitated the
carrying of a lantern.
The ill-fated young man
had passed on but a few
moments when his partner looked
up and failing to see the lantern knew that he must have
At that very moment he was
horrified to see the form
of BURKE pass under the
caboose on which he
The horror stricken
employes of the train gathered
up the remains of their
late companion and brought
them to this city where
the parents of the
unfortunate young man
reside, his father being employed
on the railroad in
the capacity of Section
Young BURKE was 21 years of age and was well known, especially among railroad men, was considered to be one of the most effective brakemen on the route, and a general favorite. Less than a year age he was married, and lived at Marinette with his young wife whose side he had left but a short time before the accident, and whose mind it is feared is seriously impaired from the shock the accident caused. The funeral occurred at the St. Joseph¹s Catholic church in this city on Monday.
H.C. Sweet of this city has purchased the stock and fixtures in the grocery and provision store formerly occupied by A.W. Pierce.
The new road running from this city to Maple Valley, by the way of Leighton, is now open, and all that is needed to make a good road of it is a snowfall. Nearly nine tenths of the travel from the city to lumbering camps on the North Branch will go over this road as soon as there is snow enough.
The city council has closed a contract with the Burnham Bridge company of Cleveland, Ohio, for the construction of an iron bridge at the Section street crossing. The bridge is to contain three spans, one of 75, one of 55, and one of 45 feet.
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