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Flash From The Past - 1877

Jan. 6, 1877

** A Move to Divide the County

A move is being made by some Chicago parties with the end in view of making a new county on of some 29 townships in the southwestern portion of Oconto County. The petition is signed by one Taylor.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Jan. 11, 1877


C.P. Lovell, Dodge County; T.P. Goodrich and wife,  Oconto, Geo. Hall, Fond du Lac; Wm. M. Workman, Menominee; are at the Beckwith (Hotel in Oshkosh). They were invited guests to the wedding of Mr. R.C. Brown and Miss Nellie Doe at the residence of Hon. W.H. Doe. Mr. Brown is of the firm of Cook, Brown & Co. in Oshkosh. The ceremony was performed in the presence of a few of the relatives and  immediate friends by Rev. T.G. Grassie. After the ceremony the spacious parlors which had been elegantly decorated for the occasion, were thronged during the entire evening. 

JAN. 20, 1877


Squire Wm. B. Mitchell has removed his furniture store and shop, from the old stand into the brick block owned by Klass, on Superior Street. Where he will soon be prepared to box you up for all time, to settle any little differences, or to bind you over to keep the peace, as the case may be.

** Kerosene is up to fifty cents a gallon and it begins to look as though it would cost something to blow up an old stove and hired girl this winter.

** The man who keeps a girl out on a terrace until her fingers are numb and her lips coated with ice, had the dog set on him the last time he visited 2d street. 

** The city is foraged by thieving tramps, and residents should take care and place their valuables where they will be safe.

researched and contributed by Richard LaBrosse

The new bridge at the Section street crossing is to be built on nearly a level with the street, giving it just sufficient height to permit a raft to pass under it.

Frank Elliott, young son of W. H. Elliott of St. Nathans (now Chase), in this county, caught a monster wildcat in a small three inch steel trap on last Saturday morning.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Jan. 24, 1877
State Legislature
Notes of Interest

Bill Introduced

Madison: Kast's bill to divide Oconto and create the county of Wells was introduced to legislature.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Jan. 25, 1877


Madison: Mr. Kast of Shawano, introduced today, fifteen petitions asking for a division of Oconto County. They were referred to the committee on Town and County Organizations, of which Mr. Leavens is chairman.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Jan. 26, 1877

Madison: The bill to divide Oconto County was introduced in the Assembly today. The Milwaukee supporters of the measure favored the name of Wells instead of Sawyer and consequently the bill called the desired territory the county of Wells.
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Jan. 27, 1877


Madison: O.A. Ellis and Joseph Hall, of Oconto, and W.A.Ellis of Peshtigo are in the city looking after Wells county. They are opposed to any division . At the present time it looks as if every proposed divisions of counties would be placed in their little graves by indefinite postponement, unless it should be Sawyer County to be organized on the west side of Oconto County and attached to Oconto for the county and judicial purposes until 1882. (note: this proposed west side addition later became town of How in 1879)

Jan. 27, 1877
**Funeral of Levi W. Hart

The funeral of Levi W. hart took place from the residence of  Mr. T. C. Stiles, No. 451 Prospect Street, Wednesday afternoon Jan. 8. A large number of the friends of the deceased, including relatives from Akron, were present. A profession of beautiful flowers, tastefully arraigned, lent their fragrance to the sorrowful occasion.  The Rev. Mr. Pomeroy spoke impressively of the sad event of their gathering, and thought that under the circumstances, no sermon was necessary. He was followed by the Rev. Calhoun, who made some appropriate remarks. A quartette composed of Miss Sarah Gates, Miss Walters, Mr. Stewart Chisholm and Mr. Fulkerson, sang some pieces suitable to the occasion. The Rev. F. A. Horton pronounced the benediction, after which the remains were taken to Lake View Cemetery and placed in a vault. Cleveland Leader

February 03, 1877

FATAL ACCIDENT AT MARINETTE.  We see by the Eagle that an accident resulting the death of Mr. Joseph PARENT occurred between three and four o¹clock Thursday afternoon of last week.  Mr. PARENT was at the time of his death, employed by the Boom Co., and engaged about two miles up the river hauling boom-timber.  He drove a large team of horses, using one bob on which the timber was fastened allowing the hind 1 to drag.  When just before entering the main road he encountered a rough place and in passing over it he must have slipped and the entire load of timber passed over his body about the middle, in which manner he was found by another teamster about a half an hour after the accident, which undoubtedly had caused instant death.  The deceased is a young man about twenty years of age, and is a brother of our townsman Mr. C. E. PARENT, of Menominee, at which place his father resides.

     We regret to learn that on Saturday last as W.B. SMITH of this city was placing logs on a coal pit some miles north of this city, he slipped and fell the log at which he was at work striking him in the breast injuring him very seriously by rupturing some of the internal blood vessels from which he lost a large quantity of blood.  On Sunday he was brought to his home in this city.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Feb. 7, 1877

Special Correspondent

Madison: Hon. John Leigh and A. Cole, of Oconto, arrived today, and are at work opposing the county division scheme. (see articles for Jan. 24, 25, 26 and 27, 1877 above)
Latest News Items

Monday morning the residence of David Wright, in Oconto, was totally destroyed by fire. The household goods on the lower floors were mostly saved. Insured for $1,500.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Feb. 7, 1877

Strong Fight Over the Division of
Oconto County

Special Correspondence
Oconto County

Madison. Feb. 6: The Committee on Town and County Organization, on the part of the Senate and Assembly acting as a joint committee, heard the arguments on bill No. 105, a bill to divide Oconto county and create the county of Wells. Both the advocates and opponents of the measure are agreed in one thing, at least, and that is not to let the foot of territory tributary to Wold River escape their grasp, that great thoroughfare, the United States military road, running up the Wold River Valley must be made a part and parcel of a town organization on the Bay Shore, its lands must be taxed to sustain steam fire engines, build ten thousand dollar school houses, hire the best teachers, while the children on the Wolf River, in the western portion of the county must content without schools and its citizens compelled to repair their roads out of their  private funds or go without. Whatever the merits of the division, it is in on the Wolf River to contribute to the support of villages and cities on the bay shore. O.A. Ellis, Mayor Trudell, Joseph Hall, Geo. Farnsworth, Col. Balcomb and other spoke against  the bill, while Mr. Fairchild, Ike Stephenson and Mr. Spaulding spoke in favor of the purposed division.

Mr. Kast (of Shawano County which then held the
disputed land that is now town of How in Oconto County) pre-entered remonstrance of five hundred and seventy citizens of Oconto county against division of their county.
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Feb. 7, 1877

Oconto County Further Division

There is a petition in circulation among residents to sign, for the division of Oconto county, forming a new county to be called Langlade (note: Langlade, formerly New County, created in 1880 from Lincoln and Oconto Counties)

Oconto County Items
From the Lumberman
10 Feb 1877
Researched, transcribed and contributed by Cathe Ziereis
Deputy Sheriff O'Leary arrived on Wednesday evening with the notorious Madame King from Peshtigo. She attempted the life of her sister, and will board in the Cross Bar Exchange for six months to come, at the expense of the county.
Telegraph agent Mott in compliance with instructions from the general managing office, displayed on Wednesday, for the first time, the warning signal for the benefit of commerce. The chief signal office at Washington, when heavy wind storms are expected orders "up signal" contrary, "signal down". Flags are used by day, red lanterns at night. The signal floats from Music Hall
The Marinette Eagle says an accident resulting in the death of Mr. Joseph Parent, occurred between three and four o'clock on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Parent was at the time of his death employed by the Boom Co., and engaged about two miles up the river hauling boom timber. He drove a large team of horses, using one bob on which the timber was fastened, allowing the hind ends to drag. When just before entering the main road he encountered a rough place, and in passing over it he must have slipped and the entire load of timber passed over his body about the middle, in which manner he was found by another teamster about a half an hour after the accident, which undoubtedly had caused instant death. The deceased is a young man about twenty years of age, and is a brother of our townsman, Mr. Thomas Parent, as also to Mr. C. E. Parent of Menominee, at which place his father resides.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Feb. 13, 1877


Jim Orr, of Oconto, with about 1,000 board feet of logs in, has taken his teams out of the woods until sleighing is better.

Pelkey & Chamberlain, of Oconto, have out in 1,400,000 feet of logs; they were banking
(putting cut logs along the river for spring river drives to mill)  60,000 a day when the thaw put a stop to their work.

February 17, 1877

     Tuesday night last Dr. BEEBE, of this city left his horse in the barn in apparently as good condition, and with as safe surroundings as usual. Wednesday morning on going to care for his horse he found him past all need of care.  He had pranced his last prance, competed for his last prize; his mission was accomplished and in the still dark hours of night he kicked his last kick.

     A groan was heard, like a funeral note, from a toper in mud half buried, and the constable "drunk and incapable" wrote, when his form to the station was hurried.  We hurried him swiftly at dead of night, and off with our truncheons spurning, under many gas lamp¹s flickering light, through alley and crooked turning.  In rags and taters the toper was dressed, for in poverty drink and bound him, and he lay like a pig in a gutter at rest, with little pigs squeaking around him.  We lifted him up, but he fell as one dead, and we tumble him into a barrow; and the idle spectators shouted and said, "He¹ll be fined with a caution to-marrow!"  Lightly they will talk of the spirit that¹s gone, and o¹er his empty bottle upbraid him, but little he¹ll reek, as they let him sleep in the cell where the constable has laid him.  No curtain had he in his lonely den, and a rough deal plank was a pillow; he will wake with parched throat and an aching head and thirst that would drink up a billow.  Roughly, yet sadly we laid him down, that toper, worn, haggard and hoary, and wished that the dessolute youth of the town a warning might take from this story.

February 24, 1877

     By the merest accident we discovered your name.  We mean the pussillanymous, unmanly puppy who cut down the halyards from our flag staff, on the night of the 21st inst. and if he does not before the next issue of this paper make good the damage, we will place at the head of our columns his name, in letters so large that the nearsighted may read it without trouble.  It is high time that this sort of vandalism was stopped, and we pledge our word that we will do our duty in assisting to stop it.  If our demand is not complied with we will put the mark on one person, by which all other persons may know him and enabled to watch him.  Better come sir.

W. B. Smith, who has for sometime been expected to die, has thought better of it and concluded to get well.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Mar. 1, 1877
Oconto County

Madison: The bill to divide Oconto County and create the county of Wells (named in honor of Gov. Wells of Louisiana) is the special order tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Mar 2, 1877

Oconto County
The Struggle

Madison: The first struggle over the division of Oconto  county occured today in the Senate. Senator Grimmer lead the opposition, while Senator Hudd led the friends of the measure. After fierce strife for advanage ground, Senator Grimmer moved the bill indefinitely postponed and the motion was carried by a vote of 21 to 10; and Wells county (?) now slumbers with Sawyer, Manitowis, Ludington, Mitchell and Forest.

The delegation from Oconto county in favor of the division and opposed to it was the largest and most wealthy that has visited Madison this session. If they had only been united in sentiment they would have been a power which would have made short work of any just measure intrusted to their case.
Forest County

While the Senate was disposing of the Wells county bill, the Assembly was engaged in the same work for Forest county, the last county division scheme on the calendar. (note: Forest county was eventually created in 1885 from Langlade and Oconto County)

March 03, 1877

     In the City of Oconto, or on the Pensaukie Road on Thursday Feb 22nd a Morocco Sewing Machine Needle (Pocket) case nearly full of Needles.  The finder will be suitably regarded by leaving it at the Reporter Office in
Oconto.     J.C. BANTA

    On Wednesday forenoon the bill to divide Oconto county was defeated in the Senate by a vote of 21 to 10.
     The thanks of the taxpaying and honest portion of the citizens of Oconto county are due to the Senate of Wisconsin for the honorable and just action of the majority of that body in refusing to assent to the unjust
division of the territory of this county, as attempted by the Assembly. More especially are their thanks due to Senator GRIMMER of this district, who (in marked contrast to another official of the district) refused to forget his pledges to those who elected him, and firmly and bravely defended the interest of his constituents.  We take pleasure in assuring the Senator, that in as much as he remembered, and defended Oconto county, Oconto county will remember him.  So also are Messrs. George FARNSWORTH, Uri BALCOM, R.W. HUBBELL, O.A. ELLIS, O.F. TRUDELL, J. HALL AND R. A. JONES, entitled to many thanks, and much credit for the public spiritedmanner in which they met and defeated this iniquity.

March 17, 1877

     At the session of the County Board the town organization of Maple Valley was annulled, and its territory divided and annexed to the towns of Gillett, Stiles and Oconto.--The Town, during the past two or three years had fallen into the hands of a few ignorant Sweeds, who held the balance of power at the town elections and through their blundering ignorance were unable, through gross illegalities, to collect any tax, and as a natural result the town became bankrupt.  Thus this action on the part of the Board.

     On the first day of this month, Mrs. Tho¹s TRICURTEN, of Maple Valley, was severely and dangerously burned on the face and right arm.  A kettle of pitch which was being melted on the stove, caught fire and Mrs. TRICARTEN thoughtlessly attempted to extinguish it by casting cold water on it.--The result was that the hot pitch flew out of the kettle and on to her, burning her as above stated.

At the session of the County Board, the town organization of Maple Valley, was annulled and its territory divided and annexed to the towns of Gillett, Stiles and Oconto.

A call for O.F. Trudell for Mayor is being circulated and extensively signed by our citizens.

Mr. Geo. McConnell has leased and occupied the John Classon building just across the street from the foundry.

At about midnight Monday of this week, our citizens were roused by the shriek of the fire whistle.  The fire was found to be in the residence of Mr. R.W. Rouse, corner of Section and Second streets.  Mr. G.T. Porter was just passing the house when the alarm was given and it is chiefly owing to his prompt and energetic action that all the effects in the lower story were saved.

March 24, 1877

     Rutherford B. HAYES will be 56 years old October 4, 1877.  William A. WHEELER is in his 57th year.  Samuel J. TILDEN is in his 64th year.  Thomas A. HENDRICKS will be 58 September 17th 1877.  Ulysses S. GRANT will be 54 April 27, 1877.  Thomas W. FERRY, President of the Senate, will be 50 June 1, 1877.  Simon CAMERON will be 78 March 8, 1877.  William Maxwell EVARIS is 59 this month, February, 1877.  Oliver Perry MORTON will be 54 August 4, 1877.  George F. EDMUNDS was 49 February 14, 1877.  Fredrick T. FRELINGHUYSEN will be 60 August 4, 1877.  Allen G. THURMAN will be 64 November 13, 1877.  Thomas F. BAYARD wll be 49 next October.

March 31, 1877

     Mr. J.H. RYMER an enterprising farmer of the town of Little Suamico, met with a serious accident o Monday afternoon of this week.  He was chopping off a log and the ax glanced and split the big toe of his right foot, and the cut extended nearly half the length of his foot, this is very unfortunate as the busy season of the farmer approaches.  We hope his neighbors will give him a call.

April 14, 1877

     On the night of Thursday the 5th inst. a man by the name of McDONALD, an employe of the Oconto Company, when on his way to the Theatre stopped in a saloon and indulged in some of the poison sold there; under its warning influence he was induced to engage in card plaing, each game was followed by drinks, and with each drink their recklessness was increased.  McDONALD being the only one in the game who was supplied with money, it was not at all surprising that he was the only one beaten.  The Theatre was forgotten, midnight came and still the game went on.  McDONALD had bought and helped to drink $6.40 worth of ROT GUT.  Becoming tired of the game and disgusted with his bad luck McDONALD started for home, never dreaming that the three ten and one twenty dollar bills which he had displayed in his settlement at the bar would get him into trouble before he reached it.  Shortly after McDONALD left the saloon, one NELLIGAN,who had been a party in the game was observed to leave the saloon and go in the same direction in which McDONALD had gone.
   McDONALD had reached the vicinity of the Scandinavian Church when a man approached him hurriedly from behind, clasped him tightly about the neck, put his fingers in his mouth betweeen the jaw and cheek, and forcibly threw McDONALD on his side lacerating his cheek badly, and otherwise injuring him, holding him in this possession until he secured McDONALD¹s pocket book containing the afore mentioned money.  The robbed man claims to have identified NELLIGAN as the robber, and circumstances go far to confirm the truth of the identity.  The accused was araigned before Justic MITCHEL, but a stay was taken in the examination and NELLIGAN was put under bonds to appear for examination on to-day.

researched and contributed by Richard La Brosse

We thought there was an eclipse of the sun, but there wasn’t, it was the shadow of our old friend, Eli Urquhart, about two minutes after the shadow appeared Eli came also and nearly wrung our arm off at the elbow.  Eli is located at Westboro, on the Wisconsin Central and reports business as pretty brisk out there.

April 21, 1877

One of our oldest settlers, Mr. Bernard Brophy has sold at great sacrifice his fine premises on Main street to James Bellew for $ 1,600, and will soon start with his family for the plains of the Lone Star State.

Mr. A.G. Cowan for many years business manager for Anson Eldred is soon to leave the city to engage in business for himself in Chicago.  It is said that Howard Eldred is to succeed to the management of his fathers business in Oconto.

     The lumbermen are ready for the drive, but are unable to do anything until a rain storm raises the water in the river.  The water is lower than ever before known at the breaking up, so low that it is useless to drive. A heavy rain storm is needed at onec.--Marinette Eagle.

     The river is very low and there is said to be no water in the swamps and no snow in the woods, so that the outlook for the drives is not encouraging.  The ice is thawing rapidly and in a few days will probably be
all out of the river.  The weather has been quite warm for the past few days, but the main stream has as yet not been effected by it.  We do not remember to have ever seen the Menominee river so low at this season of the year as it is today.  Opperations feel confident that all their main river logs will be secured, but to get them they must have more or less rain, in fact it all depends on that.  It usually takes from 30 to 40 days to drive logs to the main boom, but as many of the logs are in the main river, there will be plenty of stock in the boom as soon as the ice goes out and the mills will start up at once.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
May 1, 1877


The Waterloo House at Oconto was partially destroyed by fire Wednesday.

May 05, 1877

     A son of Felix PECOR, who ws in the employ of HOLT and BALCOM while scuffling at noon on Monday of this week, was thrown, and in the fall in some way had one of his legs broken below the knee.  Dr. O¹KEEF reduced the fracture.
     Wm. DORAN at the planig mill got his hand badly torn of the circular saw, Monday afternoon.  He is under Dr. BEEBE¹s treatment and will soon be able to be at work again.
     A little daughter of Lewis BELLONGE while at play Monday of last week fell and hurt her arm.  Dr. BEBE was sent for and found the elbow dislocated, instead of broken as they supposed.

     Mr. T.H. MILLER arrived here last wek and is engaged in putting up a light house on the end of the north pier.  The building will be constructed entirely of iron and wll be octagon in shape, 84 feet high and 14 feet in diameter.  The light will probably be what is known at "4th glass", and will be visable about 12 miles.  The position of the light will make it very convenient for shipping as the main channel passes very near the end of the north pier.  The attention of the government was directed to the matter by a joint resolution of Legislature indtroduced by the member from this district, and the work is being done under the direction of Light-House Board.  Menominee Herald.

     W.B. ROUSE, for some years a resident of our city, and whose dwelling was recently burned started by the steamer North West on Thursday last, for the central portion of the State.  He took with him his team and intends to drive it from Green Bay, leasurely examining farms on the way, and when one is found with which he is satidfied as to price and location, he will purchase, and hereafter devote him self to farming.  Mr. ROUSE¹s family during its residence among us made many friends who will regret to lose them.

     Now is the time of the year for Pueumonia, Lung Fever, &c.  Every family should have a bottle of BOSCUE¹S German Syrup.  Don¹t allow for one moment that cough to take hold of your child, your family or yourself. Comsumption, Asthma, Pneumonia, Croup, Hemorrhages, and other fatal disceases may set in.  Althoughit is true German Syrup is curing thousands of these dreaded diseases, yet it is much better to have it at hand when three doses will cure you.  One bottle will last your whole family a winter and keep you safe from danger.  If you are consumptive, do not rest until you have tried this remedy.  Sample bottles 10 cents.  Regular size 75 cents.  Sold by your Durggist, S.W. FORD.  

May 12, 1877

     The heavy snow storm has as yet had no log driving.  The dry ground has about absorbed all the mosture from the melted snow so far.  The cold nights have materially retarded the melting of the snow, and almost spoiled the good effect it would otherwise have.  The driving crew sent up the river by N. LUDINGTON Co. quit work for a few days this week on account of the low water.  About 3,000,000 feet of logs have been received in the main boom, which is the extent of the drive so far.  Warm weather will melt the remainder of the snow and raise the river, but not near enough to bring down near all the logs.--Marinette Eagle.

     On Wednesday evening about the hour of 8 o¹clock Mrs. Geo. W. BOWER's residence in the South Ward was discovered to be on fire.  The alarm was promptly sounded and after the usual delay, waiting for teams the engines commenced work, but to late to save the burning building.  The fire originated by the explosion of a Kerosene Lamp.  Loss about $1,200 Insurance $1,000.
     Also on the same evening about 11 oclock the vacant building of Mrs. LINDSEY in the South Ward, on the old LINDSEY place, was burned.

     In order that our readers may know who purchased canal pine lands on this river and how much they paid for them, we give below the names of the purchasers and the amount paid by each:
URI BALCOM,Oconto......$ 15,655
S. A. COLEMAN  ....   2,654
JOHN LEIGH  .... 205
Peshtigo Co., Peshtigo...13,325
ELLIS & McGREGOR .....4,080
F. ARMSTRONG ....   570
JESSIE SPALDING, Chicago.... 450
J.S. McDONALD,  Fon du Lac...13,301

Total..  $50,231
---Marinette Eagle

May 19, 1877

     Our old friend Chase LOWELL of West Pensaukee has been promoted.  The authorities having appointed him Constable to fill vacancy caused by the failure of the constable elect to qualify.  For our part we will be very civil to CHASE, for we have a distant recollection of having seen him make an arrest years ago.  We know just how he does it.

     Allowing young children unlimited control of their own time and actions frequently leads to very serious consequences as is well proved by two incidents in this city within the past week.  On Sunday last several boys were observed to come out--in a hasty manner--the barn of Frank BENNEHOFF, almost immediatedly thereafter flames were observed to issue from the barn. The unavoidable inference is that those boys intentionally--or otherwise--fired that barn.  At anyrate those boys had no business there, and if they had been with their parents, at home or at church, the probabilities are that the fire had not occurred.  The barn was totally destroyed.  The engines were on the ground and prevented the fire spreading.
     On Tuesday morning about five o¹clock some children who had a play house arranged in Mr. LAMPKEY¹s barn, repaired there for an early morning romp; in a short time they had managed to fire the barn but by prompt action the fire was extinguished before much damage was done.  It strikes us that a barn is not just the place for the construction of a play house, and further, that five o¹clock in the morning is quite an early hour for children of play house age to be out of bed, and out from under the supervision of their parents.

     On Sunday afternoon last a seven year old son of Joseph PECOR, fell into the river at the Brunquest dam and was drowned, up to date of present writing (Tuesday) the body is not recovered, though parties have kept up an almost constant search for it.  The parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

May 26, 1877

     The Anchor Line steamship Sidonian, from New York, April 20, for Bristol, Eng., which exploded her boiler April 29, killing her captain, three engineers, two firemen, and one coal trimmer, arrived in the British Channel, Sunday, the 20th inst.  The board of trade will shortly hold an inquiry on the accident.

DEATH OF M.D. PEAK. President STRONG of the First National Bank of Green Bay is in the receipt of a dispatch this morning, announcing the death in Paris of M.D. PEAK, Esq., for many years cashier of the bank.  Less than a year ago he went to Europe with his wife, hoping that rest from business and breathing the Continental air would restore him to health, but he died on Saturday in Paris.  He was one of the most prominent and enterprsing citizens of this section, aside from his connection with the bank, having for years been Vice President of the Green Bay Hide and Leather Company, and stockholder in various other industrial concerns.  He had life insurance for $25,000 in the Equitable, Mutual life, Phoeniz and Universal.  His estate will amount to $100,000, and his widow and one daughter probably the sole legatees.

**HUNG UP. Owing to the contined dry weather the water in many of the logging streams has fallen to so low a stage as to render driving not only unprofitable, but imposible.  The drives on McCauslan and Peshtigo brooks as well as on other small streams tributary to the Oconto are hopelessly hung up, and the water in the Main river is lower than it was ever before known to be at this season of the year.  Men are still at work on the main river, but find the work slow and tedious as they only can make progress by aid of the several dams, in which three fourths of the time is lost in waiting for heads to rise. On the Peshtigo River the most of the main river dirve will be got down, but some of the branch drives are undoubtedly hung up for the summer. James K. CROOKS, has just returned from that river on which he has left his drive of 4,500,000 hard aground. From the Menominee we hear only dicouraging reports, water constantly falling, and logs aground.  The worst feature of this business is, that the ground is dry and the swamps destitute of water, so that it is evident that no ordinary storm will give a working stage of water, nothing but a storm of such force and duration as to very materially interfere with the agricultural, and other interests of the county, will be sufficient to bring down the logs, we therefore conclude that the interests of the majority of the inhabitants of the county would be best served by moderate rains, which would enable our farmers to secure their crops without damge from rains. True; if the logs do not come down the times will be fearfully hard for a portion of our people, but, if to get them down willrequire rain enough to greatly endanger the crops, then better that there be not a log driven for a year to come.

AN OLD RESIDENT GONE. Wm. B. Smith, who died in this city on Friday of last week, was a resident of this place for nineteen years.  An Englishman by birth, he was compelled to emigrate by reason of becoming involved in some political trouble.  Landing in New York in the year 1849, he remained in York State a few years, when he came West, locating first in Fort Howard, alternating his residence between that town and Big Saumico until the year 1858 when he removed to Oconto, and engaged in house painting, and tin-smithing which occupations he, with some short interruptions, followed until last fall, when he engaged in the extensive manufacture of charcoal for use in Iron furnaces.  It was while engaged in the prosecution of this business and while filling a pit with wood, that he received a blow in the breast from a stick of wood, from the effects of which it is supposed he died.  For a considerable portion of Mr. SMITH¹s life he was addicted to the use in greater or less degree, of intoxicants, but for the last year of is life he was a member of the order of the Temple of Honor, and was buried by that order.  At the time of his death he was about 60 years of age. The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church, the sermon being preached by the Rev. Mr. WOODHULL, of Marinette.

June 02, 1877

SAD POISONING CASE. Louis SCHUTTA, of Pensaukee, and family, consisting of wife, two children and hired girl were on Sunday last, poisoned by eating of wild parsnips.  The man was dead within an hour of the fatal meal but by the prompt use of remidies the other members of the family were all saved. It is strange that with a knowledge of the many fatal cases of poisoning from use of the parsnip, that people still will use it.

ONE BY ONE THEY PASS AWAY. J.S. FISK, for many years a resident of Brown County, and widely known throughout the state by reason of his extensive business connections, died at the residence of his son in Depere on Sunday moring last.  Mr. FISK¹s admirable social qualities, and his strict integrity as a business man, and his unswerving observance of the honorable in all relations of life endeared him to all with whom he came in contact.  A large circle of his friends will mourn his death.

DIED FROM FATIQUE AND EXPOSURE. One week ago last Saturday a shabbily dressed and care worn traveler with satchel in hand, called a CORORAN¹s mill about 8 miles from this city and asked permission to stop there stating that he was sick and unable to travel further.  He was told that there was no room for him, and started on his lonely journey towards this city.  When about half way here, overcome by fatique and sickness, he fell by the wayside and remained in an unconscious condition until discovered by some good samaritans a few hours afterwards, who procured a hand car and removed him to the house of Geo. W. HUGG. Medical aid was summoned but too late to avail, for he died on the following Wednesday, and was burried at the expense of the County.  He gave his name as Andrew HOVERS, is a native of Germany and has no relatives in this country.

**PERSONAL. Joseph S. FORD, for some years drug clerk fo S.W. FORD of this city, is the latest reported case of "Yellow Fever", he¹s got it bad, Œtwill carry him off the first of next week, and if we ever hear from him the letter will be post marked in Colorado.

     A young man, Chas. PERKINS, living with his folks in the upper Sugar Bush, started from home last Sunday afternoo, and when he came to the farm of Aug. PENSKI, in the lower Sugar Bush, he deliberately walked into the field and putting a rope on one of Mr. PENSKI¹s oxen, and marched it over to Menominee, sold it to Mr. RASOR the butcher there, pocketed the money and was on his way outside when he was nabbed by the deputy Sheriff of Marinette.  He was taken before Justice HOLGATE, of this place, waived examination and was bound over in the sum of $300 for his appearance at the next term of the Circuit Court.  Failing to give bail he was sent to Oconto Tuesday evening.--Marinette Eagle.

June 09, 1877

ANOTHER VETERAN MUSTERED OUT. On Saturday the 2d inst., Alexander J. McDONALD, after a painful illness of many years duration died at the residence of Mr. Daniel CHARLES near this city.  Mr. McDONALD was a native of Prince Edwards Island N.S., was of Scotch decent, and at the time of his death was in his 44th year. He came to Oconto 20 years ago and engaged in lumbering, which pursuit he followed until Nov. 1861.  When he was recruited by the late Capt. STORES, then 2d Lieut. of Co. "H" 4th Wis Vols., and joined his Co., the River Drivers, then with its Regiment making the first "Peninsula Capaign" in Virginia.  In the spring of 1862 the 4th Wis. was attached to Gen. BUTLER¹s expedition against New Orleans, which was rendezvoused at Ship Island.  It was here that in executing the brutal orders of Gen. WILLIAMS by which the men were compelled to have knapsack drill, and fight sham battles in the heavy sands, under a tropical sun, that the seeds of desease were sown in Mr. McDONALD¹s constitution which finally developed into a fatal Dropsy.  Mr. McDONALD served faithfully with his company during the full three years term, being with it at the capture of Ports Jackson, and St. Philips, New Orleans, the first seige of Vicksburgh, through the Red River campaigns, and at the seige and capture of Port Hudson, at which place he on the 14th of June 1863, advanced so near the enemy¹s works that they compelled him, to go inside, when he was held a prisoner until the surrender of the works on the 8th of July, living most of the time on one ear of unshelled corn a day.  No better, or true soldier than A.J. McDONALD, ever bore arms in Federal or Confederate army. Returning home in the fall of 1864 he took up the business of "Cruising," which business he followed until about three years ago, when his disease had made such progress as to compel him to desist from its further prosecution, and he steadily failed from that time until the day of his death.  Mr. McDONALD¹s generous nature and sterling integrity were recognized and appreciated in the community in which he lived and died. And though no relative was near, his remains were followed to their last resting place by warm friends, whose hearts were and at the final parting.

June 16, 1877

     We are indebted to Geo. BARMINGHAM of Pensaukee for the followng which seems  wrapped in deep mystery.  Two weeks ago last Saturday, while two men were traversing the woods between Pensaukee and Little Suamico, they discovered crowded into the hollow of a stump, an old coat which they examined and found marks of blood around a hole made through the coat in the vicinity of the breast, by a gun shot, and also on the sleve as if the arm had been drawn over the wound inflicted in the moment of pain.  The question is who ownes the coat, and why was it hid there to moulden and decay.

researched and contributed by Richard La Brosse

A gentleman from Appleton, whose name we have not learned, is negotiating with Mr. W.L.Davis for the renting of his store building in the South Ward, with the view of starting a restaurant.

Our young friend, Charles Keith, Left on the train Friday for a visit to the Green Hills of Vermont, the home of his childhood.

The juvenile singing class, conducted by Mr. McNeel, closed the term on Thursday evening of last week with an “open school”.  A large number of the parents and friends were present and listened with great pleasure to the music recitations of the class.

June 23, 1877

**The county is remarkably free from accidents and casualities.  Let us hope it will remain so this season.

**Says an exchange:  "Never go into a store where you are not wanted.  If a man wants you to come to his place of business he will invite you through an advertisement in your home paper.  It is wrong for you to intrude upon his privacy, so don¹t do it.

**TRAMPS. Keep your windows and doors well secured, for at present our city seems to be infested by a gang of tramps.

**ABSCONDED. Joseph DuLAY, well known by our citizens as a clerk in the Grocery House of C.S. PIERCE, not long since, was appointed by Dr. COLEMAN as his agent to take charge of the Pier.  Last week he mysteriously disappeared. As his accounts are short some thing over $100, the supposition that he has absconded generally prevails.

**POISONING FROM WILD PARSNIPS A severe case is reported from the town of Glenmore, where three childrean and a brother-in-law, of Mrs. PETERSON, were poisoned by eating wild parsnips on Thursday of last week.  One of the children, a boy of six years, died; and the lives of the others were in doubt at last accounts.--Green Bay Advocate.

**ACCIDENT During the heavy sea of Saturday, while the Tug Annie, of Muskegon, was making this point, with the advance Agent of the Great Australian Circus, shortly about to visit Oconto, Mr. W.H. SIMPSON, Chief agent, received serious injuries, being thrown by a lurch of the boat, on her side railing. Immediately upon her arrival at the pier medical aid was procured, and the gentleman was favorably progressing when the Annie steamed out during the evening for Green Bay.

**EDITOR REPORTER: For a few Sabbaths past a large number of boys have congregated on the common in the South Ward and played ball, much to the annoyance of residents in that vicinity.  Is there any law, or whose duty is it to prevent them from disturbing the peace of that holy day?--SOUTHLIDER. [Editor]--Any person who shall take any pair in sport, game or play, on the day commonly called the Lord¹s day, shall be subject to a fine of not less than $2,00.  Revised Statutes, chapter 183, sec.5.

June 30, 1877

DROWNED. A little son of David VAN ALSTEIN aged 7 years, while playing on some logs near the Anson ELDRED mill last Monday, fell into the river and was drowned.  The body was recovered about ten minutes after the accident.  The funeral took place the next day at the Presbyterian church.

**WHO DRIVE ON THE OCONTO. There is no prospect, as yet, of starting the hung up drives on this river. We do not expect to do much except in two places where we are building dams.  We are having wet weather, but no unusually heavy rains.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
July 9, 1877

Terrible Episode Up North
The Town of Pensaukee Entirely
Seven Persons Killed and Forty
Seriously Injured.
Ravages of Wind and Rain in
All Sections
Graphic Account by 'Northwestern'

Special to Northwesterners.

Marinette, July 8 - Your informant reached this village last evening just in time to witness the most severe thunder and wind storm this section had known for many years, and of its severity, will send you a brief account. No indications of the storm were visible until half past five, when dense b lack clouds were seen rising from the northward, directly against the wind, which was glowing form the south, from which direction it continued for the space of thirty minutes, when suddenly it changed and cake with the storm in indescribable fury and speed, being upon us in a few seconds, the sky assuming a most terrible appearance, the clouds turned brown black to dark green, and were brilliantly illuminated with lightning which was almost incessant. At six o'clock the storm was at its height and the rain fell in torrents for an hour; street assumed the appearance of rivers and sidewalks were in many instances carried blocks away. Great fear showed itself among the fair sex and many of the bold river men seemed temporarily inclined to regard prayer as the possessor of more virtue than whiskey. At seven or a little after the storm had passed to the southward, closing up its performance at Marinette and doing but little damage to the town. Pensaukee seems to have been the next town in its route,  where great damage was done, in fact the town was completely destroyed. The number of lives lost is not yet known. At time of writing seven bodies have been found and some forty wounded have been cared for, some of whom are pronounced fatally injured. The principle structures destroyed was the hotel known as the Gardner House; this building was about the size of our old Revere, and was built of solid brick, though it now [resents not better appearance that the wooden buildings which stood by its side before the storm. 

All have shared the same fate. Dead cattle, pigs and horses lie in all directions, and what was the town presents now a most terrible picture pf destruction. The only living animal which was seen from the train this morning, was a horse that seemed wonderfully ssurprised with his situation; he was tied to his accustomed place, where many nights had been passed by him in comfortable repose, but on this occasion, his sleeping apartments had been suddenly taken from him and he was left with no thing but a shattered manger, not far from him lay and unfortunate cow that had been cut almost in tow by a passing sewing machine; both were very injured. Financially the lumbermen have doubtless lost the heaviest. Owning to the low water, they, at great expense, had just succeeded in getting a sufficient supply of logs to enable them to start their mills, which they intended doing on Monday, the 9th inst., but they will probably defer the start for at least a few weeks. It is reported they will commence rebuilding at once. Pensaukee is a village of about twelve hundred inhabitants, situated in Oconto county, almost twenty-five miles north of Green Bay. It is a lumbering town, being supplied with logs from the Pensaukee river, which empties into Green Bay. At that point F.B. Gardner & Co. are the principal mill owners. There are now only three or four houses left standing.


Green Bay, July 9 - The killed at Pensaukee are: Louis Santo, age 65, Herman Baumgartner, age 9, Emma Chestry, age 28; Albert Blackbird, age 6, George Foley, age 2; missing, Lizzie Santo, an infant. About 30 are wounded, one perhaps fatally.

Oconto County Reporter
August 11, 1877

John McGee arrived home last Sunday from Colorado, whither he has been in quest of gold.

Wednesday last about noon, fire was discovered on the roof of the residence of Mr. J.K. Crooks on Superior Street, and with the aid of a few pails of water it was supposed to have been subdued.  But the fire broke out again about three and a general alarm was given, calling out the engines and citizens.  By prompt work the building was saved from total destruction and the damages will not exceed $ 500, fully covered by insurance.

The tug “Oconto” took out a large excursion party from Suamico Saturday evening and returned safely after making a harbor among the rushes and tripping the light fantastic on the upper deck until after midnight.  Capt. Cliff speaks highly of the party.

The Eldred warehouse at the mouth of the river burned Friday.

Oconto County Reporter August 18, 1877 researched by Richard La Brosse

W.T. Ullmann has sold his stylish phaeton to Dr. O’Keef.

Ed. Lord, Geo. Hall, Geo. Williams and Phil. Masher went fishing on Thunder Lake, the head waters of the Peshtigo river, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Dr. Coleman, W.H. Webster, Peter Essen and Robert Jones started for the same destination.

Fishing and camping out parties are getting to be quite fashionable.  Monday a party consisting of Deli Pierce and wife, Will Waggoner and Mr. Sullivan, went up the Oconto, expecting to be gone several days.  Sorry they couldn’t make room for one more.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
September 26, 1877


Serious Accident - An Elopement - Religious Revival.

Oconto Wis., Sept 26 - Frank Sawyer, a son of Captain Sawyer, was badly hurt at Eldred's mill Wednesday. (Editor's note: there are no recorded readings for  cemetery markers for Sawyer family deaths in 1877 or 1878)

John Aben, head sawyer in Oconto Company's mill was seriously injured by having his thumb cut nearly off by the circular.

Elopement took place the first of the week. A young man by the name of Prouty absconded with one Mrs. Snell, he, with her husband, has been at  work at the Spies steam mill.

Quite a religious revival is going on among the Methodists in the city, and among the inhabitants of the bay shore.

Oconto County Reporter
October 6, 1877

A four year old son of Joseph Scott had a narrow escape from drowning, by falling into a cistern, at a time when attention was attracted by a team, owned by Nelson Loucks, which had broken through a covering over a ditch some five feet deep.

E.W. Talmadge returned from Milwaukee on Sunday last.

A little row occurred in Pensaukee over a bottle of whiskey, in which Jos. Decker ran against Geo. Allen’s fist and fell into the river before he could recover from the rebound.

The Pensaukee mill ran out of logs on Friday last and shut down until more can be obtained from Peshtigo.

Mat Finnegan, the busy secretary of the agricultural society was a welcome caller on Monday.

Calvin Gale of Maple Valley made an agreeable call at our sanctum on Monday.

We notice George Farnsworth of the Oconto Company on our streets again this week.

Our friend, Paul McDonald, contemplates passing the winter in Switzerland.

Female tramps are now fashionable.

In the thunder storm of Friday night of last week, a barn owned by one Johnston was struck by lightning and consumed.  A horse in the barn was killed by the same stroke.  A cow was rescued.

Oconto County Reporter
October 27, 1877

Miss Mary Barlow gave a social party at her home in the west ward on Wednesday evening.  Her many young acquaintances found it a pleasure to be there.

E.S. McKenzie of Gillett and M. K. Wellington of West Pensaukee made us a call on Monday last.

Miss Abbie Millidge returned home from Ishpeming on Wednesday last, where she has been sojourning for some time past for her health.

W.W. Whitcomb and C. Powell of West Pensaukee called at the Reporter office on Wednesday.

Capt. Hart of the tug Oconto informs that the “catch” among our fishermen is not very heavy as yet this fall.

Eldred and Son contemplate having sawed at the Orr mill this fall, as soon as Major Scofield finishes his sawing, about one million feet of logs.  They will be manufactured into lumber and shingles.

The tin wedding (anniversary)  of Mr. and Mrs. Luke Balcom on Monday evening was a most enjoyable affair, and largely attended.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
November 6, 1877


Quite a Disastrous Blaze in Oconto.

Green Bay, Nov 4 - Fire broke out in Oconto, yesterday morning, in the saloon of George Lines (Lynes). A number of buildings were destroyed. Edward Tobin, loss on building $2,000; insured for $1,200. George Lines 
(Lynes) , loss on saloon stock $600; no insurance. Victor Schoenfield, dry goods, loss on stock, $6000: insured for $4,000. Building owned by Charles Hall, loss $1,000; insurance, $500.  P.J. Williams, dry goods and bakery, loss on building and stock $1,800; insurance, $1,000. William Luby, groceries and liquors, loss on building and stock, $2,000; insured for $1,200. Ed Davis, boots and shoes, loss on stock $200; not insurance. O. F. Trudell, law office, loss $700; no insurance.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
November 9, 1877

A. Cole of Oconto raised from one pumpkin seed this year, 23 pumpkins, aggregating 2,130 pounds in weight, the largest one weighing 210 pounds.

Oconto County Reporter
November 10, 1877
researched by Richard La Brosse

G.W. Wilcox was among the fortunate ones last week.  A good sized venison was what he brought home from a hunt.

C.J. Ellis has been appointed Postmaster at Marinette.

J.N. Johnson brought into our sanction the other morning one of the largest herring ever caught in the bay.  It weighed a little more than three pounds and was caught by L.W. Reed.

Several clotheslines have been robbed lately in the south ward.

A.D. Washburn’s boy, who was missed from home lat week, returned home safe and sound, having been in DePere in company with another boy with whom he went away.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul McDonald, accompanied by Miss Abbie Millidge, expect to start on the 19th for the Pacific coast where they will spend the winter in the mild climate of California.

Oconto County Reporter
 December 14, 1877

A fall of about four inches of snow occurred Sunday night last.  On Monday a goodly number of cutters filled with fair freight, each with a “flyer” and merry sleigh bells attached, were out enjoying a sleigh ride, something which had become a novelty to us, as we haven’t had as much snow before in some twenty two months or more, something unheard of before in this latitude.

Mr. Dell Wilcox, the dentist, arrived on yesterday morning and may be found at the photograph gallery.

Capt. Cliff Hart returned from Green Bay Friday, having laid up his tug there after a very successful and busy season.

Mrs. B.J. Brown of Menominee, is visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hart, for a few days.