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Flash From The Past - 1883


OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
 January 6, 1883


**THE ALARM of fire Wednesday, about midnight, was caused by the rising of the moon.  Our night watchman should be provided with a pair of spectacles.

**MR. And MRS. CHARLES D. PORTER departed the evening of their marriage, for their new home at North Pacific Junction, Minnesota, followed by the good wishes of a host of friends.

** A TRAMP sharper succeeded in extracting some eighteen dollars from the pocket of an unsuspecting Swede, in one of saloons at Stiles, one day last week.  Mr. Sinnegh, the grain buyer at that place, detected the rogue, however, and made him disgorge, after which he was given permission to leave Stiles instanter.

**WEDNESDAY was quite a day for runaways.  Con. Ragan’s team took it into their heads to have a little exercise and ran from near Dillon’s, past the St. Paul track, spilling out Barney Grady who had about a quarter section of flesh removed from one of his eyebrows.  Running against a tree west of Waggoner’s they came to a halt with sudden quickness.  One of the horses was slightly injured.  In the afternoon, Don Levy & Bellew’s delivery horse made things lively on Main Street, for a short time and succeeded in smashing the sleigh and bringing up in the wash room of the city hotel.

**DICKIE HALL, son of R. L. Hall, was seriously injured by a vicious dog Friday afternoon, while skating on the river in the South ward.  The dog, a large Newfoundland, without provocation attacked the little fellow and nearly tore one of his ears from his head, drove his tushes into the side of the nose and cheek of the lad and would have killed him, had he not been beaten off.  Dr. Beebe was called and dressed Dickie’s wounds, being obliged to sew the ear to the head, and the little fellow is doing as well as could be expected.  The dog was subsequently killed by its owner as all vicious dogs should be, even before they injure people.

Oconto County Reporter
JANUARY 13, 1883

John Windross of Oak Orchard spent Sunday in this city.

Lawyer Trudell was visiting in Green Bay the first of the week.

Frank Hendricks and Pat Carley of Stiles were in town on Friday.

Hon. Alex Brazeau is at home, the legislature having adjourned until Tuesday.

H.J. Thompson, manager of Gardner's interests at Pensaukee, was in town Monday.

Geo. P. Farnsworth of Green Bay was looking up old friends in this city the latter part of last week.

A large brick block, containing several storerooms, will be built by Geo. Beyers in the spring on the site of the old Richard House, corner of Main and Section Streets.

Chas. Pahl has been suffering for the past week with a broken ankle and a broken bone in the other foot. Dr. Bold has charge of the case, and Charlie will soon be around.

The masquerade ball to be given on the 5th of Feb. by the Turners of this city, will give six fine prizes. Go to work, rig yourself up and see if you can't get one of them.

It is well enough to be prepared for smallpox. It has appeared in the large cities and is liable to find its way to the smaller towns.


Oconto County Reporter
January 20, 1883


**EMANUEL MATISON, who formerly resided in this city, but of late has been stopping at Stiles, committed suicide Saturday, by shooting himself in the mouth, dying almost instantly.  An inquest was held by Dr. Oshwaldt, justice of the peace, and the fact elicited as above chronicled.  No cause is known for the act.

**NELSON LUDINGTON, President of the N. Ludington Lumber Co. at Marionette, died at his resident in Chicago, last Monday morning.  For thirty-five years he had been identified with the lumbering interests in this region and had by his foresight and business acumen accumulated a very respectable fortune.  His funeral took place at his residence in Chicago, Wednesday last.

** SINCE JAN. 1st, 1883, the Brooksideites have been for the greater share of the time employed in cramming their stoves and enjoying the warmth inside of the houses which is denied them outside.  Vennor says, “the backbone of winter is broken,” we shall not mourn if every bone in his body is broken.  The beautiful weather to-day is a pretty sure indication that some of his bones are badly cracked.

**MRS. E. GREEN, who is nearing her 97th birthday had a few hours of very severe sickness yesterday.  She thought herself to be dying, but death had no terrors for her.  She called constantly on Jesus to come and take her, and upon her friends to let her go.  She is now better. Dec. 31, 1882, was the 75th anniversary of her marriage.



Oconto County Reporter
January 27, 1883


**A QUIET sensible wedding will take place at St. Joseph (R. C..) church, next Wednesday afternoon.

**COMRADE NICKERSON and family are in absolute want.  It seems to us that there ought to be charity enough in this city to see that nobody suffers, especially a man who has done so much for his country as Mr. Nickerson.

**JOSEPH HALL, of this city reached the 62nd year of his age one day recently.  He is a  remarkably well preserved and sprightly old gentleman for his age.

**FRANK HAZEN, the plucky stage driver between this city and Shawano, froze his nose and one of his cheeks Monday, while en-route to Shawano. Nothing less than a cyclone of fire would prevent Frank from making his regular trips.

**WE ALWAYS believe in giving honor where honor is due.  Therefore we take off our hat to Hons. Philetus Sawyer and Angus Cameron for their votes in opposition to the re-enlistment in the army of Fitz John Porter.  Philetus may be crooked, but he is a patriot.

**Justice Bailery arrested a man yesterday, and took him to the cooler. The fellows face looked as if he had been having some fun with the business end of a threshing machine, while it was in motion.

**THE REPORTER is in receipt of a communication from W. J. Crumm, formerly of this city, but now engaged in business at Fontanelle, Iowa. He says that he notes with real genuine pleasure, the boom our city is enjoying in consequence of the construction of the new railroad and prophecies great things for Oconto in the near future.




Oconto County Reporter
February 3, 1883



**HON. T. W. FERRY, United States Senator from Michigan and our popular townsman, Huff Jones, were schoolmates and play fellows together on Macinac Island, forty years or more ago, the parents of each at that time residing on the Island, the senator’s father being a Presbyterian minister and in charge of an Indian mission.


**THERE IS A CLASS of men in this city who are a disgrace to the city, our civilization and humanity.  We refer to that class who persist in selling or giving liquor to poor old demented Henry Harmser, (commonly called Lump) every time he gets out of the county jail, by reason of which he becomes drunk and is abused and misused.  The common council has forbidden any one to sell or give him liquor and those who do so, should have their licenses revoked and be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  It is to hoped, that those officers who have sworn to do their duty, do their duty in the premises, and protect the weak and demented from the rapacity of men who are destitute of honor, feeling or conscience.

** A LARGE NUMBER of the personal friends, old acquaintances and neighbors of Mr. And Mrs. Huff Jones assembled at their residence Tuesday afternoon to assist in the celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of his birthday.  A toothsome dinner was served at 6 o’clock, after which the time for several hours was most delightfully spent in social converse, and in recounting the experiences of those who settled at Oconto, a quarter of a century or more ago.  Mr. Jones located here with his father early in the forties and has resided here continuously since.  When he came where Oconto now stands was a wilderness, the only inhabitants being aborigines.  He has witnessed the growth and development of this county from and unbroken forest, to a well settled and populous community, and is full of reminiscences of the early struggles, hardship and privations of those “early times.”  He was made the recipient of many tokens of esteem by those present and absent, and the universal hope was expressed by all, that he shall live until Oconto becomes the metropolis of the northern part of state and he shall be anxious to go home.

**A FELLOW traveling under the aliases of W. T. Dickey, Fr. Chamberlain, Frank Chamberlain and Chase, was arrested in Chicago, on the 29th ult., for swindling.  In this instance he registered at the Matteson House as W. T. Dickey, of Minneapolis. And claimed to be one of the fortunate who escaped from the Newhall House with only his life at the time of its destruction by fire, being obliged to jump from a third story window which accounted for his lameness, he having a slight limp in his walk. Being a voluble talker he soon interested several commercial travelers of a sympathetic turn and as soon as he announced that he was a member of the firm of Hatch & Dickey, of Minneapolis, and had come down to purchase a stock of goods for their branch of Crookston, Minn., their interest and sympathy was greatly increased.  He was then wined and dined, not being permitted to spend a cent, and bought goods right and left and was presented with two splendid overcoats by a firm of whom he had purchase a large invoice, paying for the goods purchased by checks drawn on the First National Bank, of Crookston.  After a while the suspicious of his dupes were aroused and they caused his arrest. Upon being searched his entire capital was found to be three nickels, he claiming to have lost his pocket-book containing over $200.  A pocket-book was found however upon his person, marked, “J. W. Conniff, Oconto, Wis.,” which he had probably stolen and the whereabouts of which Mr. Conniff will learn when he has read this item.




Oconto County Reporter
February 10, 1883



O’BRIEN – NOLAN.  At St. Joseph’s church in this city, Monday, February 5th, 1883, by Rev. Fr. Sweibach, pastor of the church, Mr. P. W. O’Brien, of Plum Creek, Neb, and Miss B. A. Nolan of Maple Grove, Wis.

ORANGE BLOSSOMS.  A quite and sensible marriage occurred at the St. Joseph’s church last Monday afternoon, at three o’clock, the contracting parties being Miss B. A. Nolan, of Maple Grove and Mr. P. W. O’Brien, of Plum Creek, Neb., the marriage ceremony being preformed by the Rev. Father Sweibach, pastor of the church.  At the appointed hour, the bridal party entered the church from the vestibule, the bride leaning upon the arm of her brother, Mr. John Nolan, who acted as groomsman, who were followed by the groom accompanied by his sister Miss Nora O’Brien who acted as bridesmaid.  As the bridal cortege passed from the enterance to the altar, the organist played a wedding march.  Upon reaching the alter, bride and bridesgroom passed to the center and all knelt and remained in that position until the close of the ceremony which was brief.  At its close the happy couple withdrew to the vestibule where they received the congratulations of their friends.  The bride wore a blue silk dress trimmed with white lace, white hat and six button white kid gloves, and made a very pretty appearing bride indeed.

Mrs. O’Brien had taught school in this county several terms, and has made a host of warm friends among our people by her gentle ways, quick sympathies, kindly impulses and remarkable good sense.

Mr. O’Brien, the lucky man, is a young man of excellent character, fine business qualifications and engaged in the drug trade at Plum Creek, Nebraska, for which place Mr. And Mrs. O’Brien started the evening of their marriage, followed by the best wishes of all their friends for their happiness and prosperity.

**A GERMAN at Spaulding whose name we could not ascertain, while inebriated started for a camp a few miles from that place during the severe cold spell last week.  Three days afterwards, he was found badly frost-bitten but still alive and taken back to the village.  The doctors after consultation concluded that the only possible way to save his life would to be amputate his arms and legs which they proceeded to do, but the poor fellow did not survive the operation.  Another victim, to be charged up to Whiskey and the man who filled him full and sent him out to perish.

**LAST SUMMER, a German left the Fatherland and came to this country locating in the town of How in this county, where he had a brother residing.  On his departure from home, he left his family behind, intending to send for them next spring.  His wife becoming lonesome, concluded to take the children and follow him to the land of grand opportunities and reached here last Sunday morning, with only two dollars in her pocket and a ride of thirty miles or more, before seeing her husband.  Being without the means with which to procure a conveyance for herself and children, with which to go to How, the railroad employes of the St. Paul railroad with a few others raised the means by contribution and sent the good woman on her way rejoicing.

**DAN HANSCOMB was stricken with the palsy Friday of last week, and was by late advice in a very precarious condition.  He went into his house at noon and ate a hearty dinner, after which he went into a front room, set down in an arm chair and began to read a newspaper.  In a very few minutes he was heard to fall and the members of the household rushed into the room and found him lying upon the floor in an unconscious state.  He was placed upon a bed and Dr. Allan sent for who has done all for him, that medical skill could do.



Oconto County Reporter
February 17, 1883


DIED MRS. McDONALD, mother of Alex. McDonald, who is connected with the St. Paul road died last Sunday, at 9 o’clock a.m. of the heart disease.  She had been ailing for several days, but no apprehensions were entertained that she was so near the end of her earthly pilgrimage.  On the morning of her demise, she complained of feeling worse than usual and at 8 o’clock was taken with a fainting fit, which lasted until her death.

The deceased, was a very excellent woman and universally esteemed by all who enjoyed her acquaintance.  She was a woman of quick warm sympathies, self sacrificing in her devotion to those about her, and possessed of Christian graces that made her character one to be admired and emulated.  Her funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church, of which she was a member, the pastor preaching the sermon, in which he eulogized the deceased in befitting terms.

At the conclusion of the services, her remains were removed from the church and taken to the “silent city of the dead,” being followed thence by relatives, friends and neighbors.  The following named gentlemen, friends of the departed Christian and saint:  S. H. Waggoner, E. B. Hulbert, E. W. Gray, Ernest Rode, N. L. McCauslin and William Adams, acted as Pall-bearers.

Mr. Alex. McDonald and the other relatives of the deceased have the sympathy of all in their bereavement, for they have suffered a great loss in the death of the kind and affectionate sister and the loving Christian mother.

**DR. H. ALLAN performed a very successful operation on a man at Stiles Wednesday.  The patient was suffering with pneumonia, and from all appearances had but a short time to live, as one of his lungs had refused to perform its functions.  The doctor diagnoses the case and concluded that the lung was incased in the water, and that in order to save his life something must be done at once, He immediately made an incision between two of the patients ribs, and introducing a syphen drew out the water which brought relief.  The man is doing nicely, and will, unless he has a relapse, be out of danger in the course of a few days.

**A TEAMSTER whose name we could not learn, was killed in one of Eldred’s lumbering camps Thursday, by a tree falling on him, which killed a yoke of oxen at the same time.  The man who fell the tree, did not give the teamster notice in time to escape.

**GEN. GEORGE C. GINTY, who formerly edited a paper in this city, and who for many years has been the editor and proprietor of Chippewa Herald, one of the best papers in the western part of the state, contemplates abandoning journalism for railroad business.

**THERE IS but little hope for the recovery of the poor fellow who was injured several days since in one of the lumberman camps and brought from Stiles, to this city last week for medical treatment.  His lower limbs are paralyzed and he is terribly injured otherwise.

**SEVERAL LADS, Sunday, without “leave or license” took the handcars belonging to the St. Paul road and started up the line.  An effort was made to overtake them, but they succeeded in distancing the officers, and returned when they got a good ready.  They will have to be careful in the future, or they will be introduced to Mr. Call (jailor) by the city marshal, or some other officer.



Oconto County Reporter
March 3, 1883


Miss Nellie Goodnough was visiting in Green Bay the first of the week.

Curt Allen of Brookside was exercising his trotter upon our streets Thursday.

W. J. Scanlan came down from the woods last Saturday and remained over Sunday.

The Misses Lizzie Murphy and Allie Desmond of Stiles were in the city last Saturday.

Jos. Fischer, one of Marinette's most enterprising merchants, was in this city Wednesday.

Mrs. H.M. Royce, and son Clarence, were visiting in Fort Howard during the week, the guests of Mrs. H. McDonald.

A. DonLevy, who has been spending the winter in the Lake Superior region, returned to his home in this city Wednesday evening.

H.G. Morgan and R.J. Powers, the genial railroad magnates of Pensaukee, were greeting their numerous friends in this city during the week.

**IN OBEDIENCE to a message, Mrs. Gilbert Morrow, left here a week ago Friday morning, for Daggett, Mich, to attend her father Joseph Martell, who was dangerously ill, and who passed away from earth a short time before her arrived.  Mr. Martell died from the effect of a cancer after an illness of eight months duration, quietly and at peace with the world.  He was universally respected, and left a good name as a rich heritage for his children.  After the funeral services, Mrs. Morrow returned to her home, and is the recipient of the sympathy of all in her bereavement.

** PETER JOHNSON, the poor fellow who was so badly injured about three week ago in the woods and brought to this city for treatment, died at the residence of Mr. P. Maloney Thursday morning.  The county authority did everything that was possible for his comfort and recovery but there was no hope and he simply wasted away and died a stranger among strangers.  He was a Dane and had relatives in Chicago.

**PETER JOHNSON, mentioned elsewhere, was buried Thursday afternoon.  He left a silver watch and locket containing a picture, supposed to be his mother.  For farther information apply to H. M. Royce, chairman of the county board of supervisors, Oconto, WI.

**MRS. SIDNEY DAVEY was taken violently insane last Sunday morning, and before she could be secured, destroyed considerable bed clothing with a knife.  Dr. Moriarty was called and gave her medicines, that in a short time restored her to her normal condition.

**JOHN MATRAVERS, of Pensaukee, and H. I. Whitcomb, of Little Suamico, two of the substantial farmers of the county were in the city one day last week and both favored this office with a call.

Mr. Matravers, during his visit informed us, that he had resided in the county over thirty years, coming here when there were but three houses in Oconto, and that he had packed many a sack of flour from the mouth of the river to his home on an Indian trail, there being no roads in the county at that time.

Mr. Whitcomb is opposed to the scheme to take territory from this county until our county indebtedness has been liquidated.  He thinks our taxes are sufficiently altitudinous at the present time and that those who favor such a scheme are no friends of the tax payers of the county.  His ideas are eminently sound.

**LAST MONDAY, Dr. Allan operated on Geo. C. Smith, of the Town of Oconto, for cancer of the hip.(epithelioma)

**THOS. TUNNEY suffered a dislocation of the hip last Tuesday, by a load of slabs falling upon him.  A surgeon was called and reduced the dislocation.

**MARSHAL DON LEVY, was up in Florence county the later part of last week and the earlier part of this week, looking for a man whom a girl hereabouts had love well, but not wisely.

**WE ARE SORRY to learn that, Charley Bent, of West Pensaukee, was injured one day last week, while at work in a lumbering camp on the north branch.  He was taken to his father’s house where he is receiving the best of care.  We have not learn the nature of his injuries, and hope, that they are not of a serious character.


**JOHN GILBERT, the actor, whose wife was burned at the Newhall House, and who himself was seriously injured, has sued the owners of the building and the proprietor of the house, demanding damages in the sum of $25,000.  It is said that others papers are being prepared for other like suits which will amount in the aggregate to $300,000.


Oconto County Reporter
March 10, 1883


**Dr. GEORGE A. LAMB, with whom many of our citizens were intimately acquainted and who was universally respected by all, died a week ago Thursday, at the residence of his father-in-law, Col. H. H. Eastman, Benton Harbor, Mich., of brights disease of the kidneys.  His remains were brought to Green Bay and the funeral services held in that city last Sunday, under the direction of Washington Lodge No. 21 F. & A. M., of which he was formerly a member and Past Master.  The doctor was a graduate of Rush Medical College Chicago; was assistant surgeon of the 48th Wis. Vols, and forty-sis years of age at the time of his demise. He leaves a widow and several children who will miss the society of a kind husband and affectionate father.

**A BILL relative to taking inquests of the dead has passed the legislature and become a law.  It is as follows:  “In all cases where an inquest of the dead is or ought to be taken, the same may be taken by the corner of the county, who for the purpose may perform all the duties, has all the jurisdiction and powers, and is entitled to the same fees as a justice of the peace of said county.”  Hereafter, the coroner should be notified when there is an occasion for an inquest.

**IT IS  generally known, that there are two or more parties in this city selling liquor, without having first obtained a license for the city authorities giving them that privilege.  Whose duty is it to look after such violations of the law?  If it is the city marshal’s, he ought to attend to it.  If it is the duty of the city treasurer, he certainly has been derelict in the performance of his duties.  The city pays somebody for attending to such matters, and the tax payers have a right to expect that their interests will be watched.

**A COUPLE OF OLD PEOPLE, whose ages must have been upwards of sixty-five years passed through this county one day last week, who had walked every step of the way from central Missouri.  Their destination was Peshtigo, where they have two sons residing and who will provide for and take care of the aged couple until the end of their earthly pilgrimage.  The old gentleman was dressed in homespun, walked with a cane and carried a small bundle.  The old lady wore a dress the material which, was probably made by her delf fingers, a sun bonnet of the poke pattern and seemed as clipper as if she was just returning from one of the neighbors.  God bless the old couple.  May they be happy during the remainder of lives and have an abundance of all things necessary for comfort.

**MRS. ELIZABETH McCOURT who was recently married to ex-Senator Tabor, of Colorado, has several relatives in this city.




Oconto County Reporter
March 17, 1883


OBITUARY DIED AT HIS RESIDENCE, in this city, at two o’clock on the morning of the 12th inst., Baltaser Arnold, after a long and painful illness of several months’duration.  His death was not unexpected, for he had been failing very rapidly for the past few weeks, and when death came, it case as a release from death and suffering, and was more welcomed than dreaded.  The deceased was a native of Geiseu, Germany, and was born on the 22nd day of June, 1823, and had he lived until the 22nd day of next June, he would have been sixty years of age.  He came to this country and located in this city in the year 1854, and has resided here continuously since, being engaged for a number of years as a builder and contractor, having built many of the business buildings in this city. Mrs. Arnold died some three years ago, since which time his daughter, Dora has had the supervision of his domestic affairs, and his three sons, William, Gharies and Albert comforted him in his struggle with disease and suffering.

The funeral services were held at the late residence of the deceased, Tuesday afternoon, at two o’clock, and were conducted by the Rev. J. H. Kerr, of the Presbyterian church.  At the conclusion of the services, the remains were taken to their last resting place, being followed there by the sorrowing relatives and a large concourse of friends and acquaintances.

**DURING the earlier part of the week, while Mrs. P. Gurty, of Gillett, was in the loft of her husband’s barn engaged in feeding their cattle, she fell through a hole and sustained injuries that resulted in her death Friday.  Her remains were brought to this  city Monday, and the funeral services held at the St. Joseph’s church, in the forenoon.  By her unfortunate and untimely death, a husband and four children are left in the shadow of a great sorrow.

**THE MANY friends of the Hon. Geo. W. DeLano will learn with regret, that he is very ill with the heart disease.  We are confident that we express the wish of a large majority of our citizens, when we wish for his restoration of health.

**J. LUCIA, of Little Suamico, has received his patent for his log roller for sawmills.  Those who have seen it, and who are well posted in regard to mill machinery, consider it the finest thing for the purpose intended, yet invented or patented.

**ACCORDING to the report Secretary of State of the year of 1882, there were 76 marriages in this county during the year 1881, 97 births and only 19 deaths.  If the same ration continues for a few years, this county will become one of the most populus in the state as well as the most healthy.

**A LAD becoming disgusted with parental restraint left his home at Green Bay, Monday, without going through the ceremony of bidding his parents good-bye.  His father telephoned to Dept. Sheriff McGee, Tuesday morning, to take the boy in and take care of him should he come this way, then telephone and he, the father, would come and get the lad and pay the reckoning.



Oconto County Reporter
 March 24, 1883


**A MOST DISTRESSING accident, with fatal results, occurred in the Bellanger settlement last Monday afternoon, in which Frank Racine was the victim.  It appears that sometime after dinner the deceased started for the woods to do some chopping, and, thinking that some partridges might be around, took his gun along.  A short time after leaving the house his family heard the report of the gun, but paid no attention to it.  Supper time, however, having arrived and passed, and he not making his appearance, the family became alarmed, and immediately inaugurated a search for him.  At about a half mile from the house he was found lying prone on the snow, with the whole front of his head blown off.  From the position in which he was lying, it is presumed that in wading through the deep snow he carried his gun in an upright position, nearly parallel with his side, and that his knee struck the hammer, which caused the piece to explode, the charge entering under the jaw and carrying away the entire front half of the head.  The deceased was a man of middle age, and leaves a wife and three children to mourn his untimely death.

**G. W. RUDD, justice of the peace for the town of Little River, impaneled a jury and held an inquest on the body of Frank Racine Monday evening.  The verdict of the jury was, that the death of the deceased was caused by the accidental discharge of a gun in his possession.

**HON. ERNST FUNKE, left Tuesday evening for Germany to visit the place of his birth and early manhood, and will be absent several month.  His many friends in the city and elsewhere wish him a pleasant visit and safe return.

**B. PERRUSEL, of Little River leaves for Kansas, about the first of next month.  We are sorry that he is going to leave our county for we can illy spare good citizens.

**A LITTLE GIRL about three years of age, child of Thomas Remington met with a serious and painful accident one day last week, which resulted in the dislocation of one of her hips.  Dr. Beebe reduced the dislocation since which time the little one has been doing as well ad could be expected.

**ONE DAY last week, while William McAllen was at work preparing the foundation for the new addition to Joseph Tibbitt’s shop, he met with an accident which we are sorry to learn, will result in the loss of the sight of his left eye.  His right eye is considerably inflamed and we understand that he will go to Milwaukee and place himself under the care of Dr. Houghman, one of the most successful oculists in the west.

**COL. GEO. C. GINTY denies that he is about to abandon journalism for railroading.  He says:  “That it is strange that he cannot loan a few millions of dollars to Vanderbilt or Gould for the purpose of enabling them to purchase several more railroads, without being suspected of a desire to change his occupation.”  In concluding his article he says: “No, we shall go on lending ducats to Bill Vanderbilt and other needy New York speculators, so that they can gobble up rival roads, but we shan’t part with the Chippewa Herald.

**DR. O’KEEF, assisted by Dr. Beebe operated upon Richard Johnson, at Maple Valley, Monday for sarcocele.  The patient was injured while a soldier in the Union army during the late rebellion and had suffered for many years, and was at last, obliged to submit to an operation in order to obtain relief from pain and possibly, avoid death.

**J. G. PORTERFIELD, of Oconto Falls, lost a barn, considerable hay, quite a number of farming implements and two milch cows by fire Saturday last.  His loss is in the neighborhood of $300, which would have been much greater, but for the bravery of his daughter Emma, who in the absence of her father and brother, went into the burning building while the coals of fire were dropping around her, and succeeded in getting out four head of cattle before the building fell in.  Our reporter failed to learn the cause of the fire.

**A WEEK AGO Wednesday, at one of the Oconto Company’s camps 70 miles from this city, Thomas Tracy Jr., while at work on a rollway got his left hand and fore arm badly mashed.  He was standing in front, but to one side of the logs, several of which started down the rollway before he had time to escape.  Immediately after the accident, he was placed in a sleigh and brought to this city reaching here the Friday night following, and Dr. Beebe was at once called who dressed the wound, since which time, Mr. Tracy has been doing finely.

**AN OCONTOITE IN NEBRASKA.

Mrs. P. W. O’Brien, who left here a few weeks since for Nebraska, writes the REPORTER that in the part of the state in which she is residing, near the Platte river, there has been no snow since her arrival; that the weather has been warm and pleasant; and that she was surprised to see ladies perambulating the streets of the village in which she lives, with parasols to protect them from the warm rays of the sun.  She speaks of the country as being the most delightful she ever saw, and that the inhabitants are kind and sociable to a degree never before experienced.

At the time she wrote (March 15) the farmers were busy getting in their crops, and she speaks of the contrast between that country and this, which is indeed great.  In closing her interesting communication she makes the statement, that the country is settling up very rapidly, the tide of immigration being from the eastern states.  To use her own words:  “It is immense, and they keep coming every day.”



Oconto County Reporter
March 31, 1883


**B. G. COWAN, whose team ranaway a couple of weeks ago, and throwing him out off the cutter and spraining one of his ankles quite badly, is still suffering and obliged to use crutches.  Like the old revolutionary hero, he can shoulder his crutch and show them how they fought at Bunker’s Hill.

** MR. & MRS MICHAEL SLATTERY were in the city Wednesday, making arrangements for their prospective visit to their old homes in New Brunswick.  They will leave here about the 15th day of April and be absent two months.  That they may have a pleasant visit and safe return, is the wish of their many friends.

**THE traffic manager of the St. Paul road has been presented with a pair of number sixteen wooden shoes, of artistic design and elaborate finish.  They were made by Peter J. Mollien, of Brussels, Door county, who is a workman of rare merit.  It is Mr. Mullen’s intention to attach the shoes to the wall in his office and use them for receptacles for the odds and ends that accumulate around all well regulated railroad headquarters.

**THE editor of this paper believes in according “honor to those to whom honor is due” without regard to personal likes or dislikes.  As is well known, an effort was made during the present session of the legislature to detach eight townships from this county and attach the same to the county of Marinette.  Our assemblyman, Hon. Alex Brazeau, worked early and late against the scheme, and to him, as much as to anybody else, is due the credit of its defeat.  And we feel that it is but fairness and justice to recognize his services and make honorable mention thereof.

** IT IS a mighty mean man that will send a boy to a rival printing office to steal a paper in order to ascertain the secrets of the office.  The democratic editor in this city did it to-day.  He is beneath contempt.  He’d steal.



OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
April 14, 1883


 Pensaukee Column.

Mr. Frank Moody of Brookside, took the train Monday evening for a visit ot the scenes of his youth, in the state of Pennsylvania

**THE BODY of big-hearted William Copp was buried last Sunday.  His funeral was one of the largest and most imposing ever witnessed in Green Bay, his remains being followed to the grave by delegations Knight Templars and Royal Arch and Master Masons from Marquette, Ishpeming, Negaunee, Escanaba and Menominee, Mich. and Marinette, Peshtigo, Oconto, Green Bay, Fort Howard, Depere, Appleton and Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

**ROBERT McKENNY was fatally shot at Bull Creek, a short distance above Marinette, Monday, by a man by the name of Anderson during a quarrel about lumber.

**A WEEK ago Saturday, a man by the name of Elliott, accompanied by his wife, drove from Peshtigo to their home at the Sugar Bush.  With them was an infant three months old, which they had so carefully covered up to keep it warm, that it was found to have smothered to death upon their arrival at home.


** A TERRIBLE accident occurred at the Keel Ridge mine near Iron Mountain Tuesday afternoon, by which nine men lost their lives.  The mine had played out and the men were engaged removing the machinery when the surface dropped away, taking the men, two boilers, hoisting gear and building with it.  Somebody was guilty of criminal carelessness and should be prosecuted.

**A STABBING affair occurred Friday last, in that portion of Menominee known as Frenchtown, in which Andrew Tyler, James Davis and a Frenchman whose name is unknown were the participants, and which resulted fatally to the Frenchman.  It seems that Davis and the Frenchman were engaged in an altercation when Tyler came up behind the latter and stabbed him in the back, the knife reaching through his body.  Soon after the commission of the crime Tyler was arrested and is now in custody.  The Frenchman is said to be respectably connected in Canada, his father being the mayor of a city near Montreal.

**A BARN in the McDowell settlement belonging to a man by the name of Herriman and containing several tons of hay and straw, farming implements, a span of horses and four head of cattle, was struck by lightning Tuesday evening during the storm which prevailed at that time, and destroyed by fire, the barn and contents being entirely consumed. Mr. Herriman is a hard working man who had just got started and his loss is heavy, especially as he cannot replace the stock destroyed, and he has no team with which to do his spring work.

**MRS. MINNIE DROWN, nee House, reached here from Vermont, with her husband, Friday.  We understand it is their intention to reside here permanently.

**MRS. H. D. BACON, of Ishpeming, Mich., has been in the city during the week visiting her mother, who has been quite ill.

**WALTER GRUPERT left for Appleton Sunday evening, where he will locate and work at his trade.  Walter is a young man of excellent moral character, good habits and generous impulses, who will make and retain friends everywhere.



Oconto County Reporter
April 21, 1883


**A MAN by the name of Crane was arrested Monday, for indulging in the pastime of slapping his sister-in-law in the face.  Being taken before justice Hart, he plead guilty, and the squire asked him to make a deposit of $5.00 and costs, amounting in the aggregate to $12.25 as an earnest that he would abstain from such pleasures in the future.

**THERE was to be and there was not, a wedding in the town of Oconto, one day last week.  The bride got all ready for the ceremony and waited at her father’s house, but the groom came not.  The wedding feast grew cold, but he lingered and still lingers as for that matter.  No cause can be assigned for his change of mind at the last moment.  It was probably diffidence.

**ANOTHER operation has been performed upon Charles Fay, of Stiles, who was twice aspirated some time ago for Pleuritic effusion.  It was ascertained that the effusion had re-accumulated and that it was purulent in character, accordingly last Monday, Dr. Allan assisted by Dr. Moriarty made a free incision between the ribs into the pleural cavity giving vent to a large collection of pus.  The sac was then washed out and a drainage tube inserted which will ensure the free discharge of any matter which may hereafter form.  The patient at last accounts was progressing favorably.

**HENRY RABY, an old veteran of the war of 1861- 6 was in the city Thursday, and dropped into our office and we built a small campfire and talked over old times.  There is always rations in our mess chest for those who wore the blue.

**BYRON PERRY has purchased James Cooper’s residence on First Street in the South ward.  We understand that Mr. Cooper and family will visit the Pacific coast, and probably, settle there permanently.

**THURSDAY afternoon James McMullen, of Peshtigo, was arrested by city marshal Don Levy, for having stolen the sum of $375, from John Dunn, who keeps a stopping place some ten miles west of that place.

**SHERIFF SIMPSON arrested a man by the name of Simpson James, Saturday, for having relieved the party who made the complaint of a certain sum of money one night during the winter, in a manner that demonstrated, that he was a bad man.

 A YOUTH in the city, whose name shall forever remain a secret as far as we are concerned, recently became enamored with a married lady, the mother of a family of children, under the impression that she was an artless, guileness maiden.  When informed to the contrary, he prayed for a knothole to raise up and swallow him or for somebody to bid him in a cheap as possible.

Oconto County Reporter
April 28, 1883


MARRIED

ROADY—GREY.  At the residence of the parents of the bride in this city April 22, 1883, by  the Rev. Samuel Renyolds, pastor of Methodist church, Edward F. Roady and Ida Flora Grey, both of Oconto, Wis.

If Frank and Ida experience but a part of the joy we wish them, their domestic life will be filled with sunshine, their path strewn with flowers, and peace and plenty abide with them.

**P. B. RICHER had the misfortune to lose a good farm horse very suddenly.  It fell dead in the harness on the 14th inst.  “It seems as if he has more than his share of bad luck,” is the comment of his friends.

**FRANK PANKRATZ, one of J. Spies foremen. Was quite seriously injured one day the earlier part of the week, by getting between logs that were in motion.  He was brought to the city Thursday and placed under Dr. Bold’s care and is doing as well as could be expected under the circumstances.

**THE following named manufacturing enterprises would pay a handsome profit on the amount invested if established in this city: Match factory. Shoe-peg Factory. A wooden-ware factory.  There is an abundance of birch and maple in this county. A factory for the manufactory of barrel hoops and staves.  Our woods are full of elm—enough to last for many years. A furniture factory to use up the bass wood, curly maple and birch to be found everywhere throughout the county. A pulp mill, to convert the immense quantities of popple to be found on the Oconto river and its tributaries—into pulp. A tannery to transform hides into leather and thus save the freight on same and the hemlock bark shipped from this county to Milwaukee and Chicago. A sash, door and blind factory to supply the demand to the west and north of this city. A clothes pin factory. A wood vinegar factory. An pig iron furnace.



Oconto County Reporter
May 5, 1883


**AS WE GO to press, we learn the sad intelligence of the sudden death of Mrs. John Klemp, of Gillett.  She went to bed Wed. evening, apparently in the enjoyment of robust health.  Soon after retiring she arose and passed from her bed room into the sitting room where she expired in the arms of her husband who had followed her.  It is supposed that she died of heart disease.  She was a very estimable woman, universally loved and respected, and her sudden demise has cast a gloom over the entire community.

**THE WIFE of George O. Spear, the well-known lumberman, of Sturgeon Bay, with whom many of our citizens are acquainted, has been adjudged insane, and removed to the Northern Hospital for the Insane at Oshkosh. She is a very handsome and estimable lady, and she and her husband have the sympathy of all their acquaintances in their misfortune.

**JAMES LYON, of How, is now the guest of the sheriff of Milwaukee County.  James sold liquor to the aborigines that do most congregate upon the borders of the town of How, and the U. S. Marshall invited him in a way he could not resist, to go down to Milwaukee, and make explanation to U. S. Commissioner Bloodgood.  His explanation it seems was not satisfactory and he was ordered to the bastile where he will have an opportunity to learn to read, so he will not be obliged to sleep in the cedar swamps hereafter.

**LEVI LANE is writing a series of very interesting letters to his home paper at Brockway Centre, Mich., relative to this city and its advantages and the county of Oconto as a home.  We are confident that his letters will be instrumental in inducing many to come here, purchase property and settle.




Oconto County Reporter
May 12, 1883


JOHN RICHARDSON,  so well and favorably known on the river is dead. This community was startled when the sad news reached here Monday night.  Mr. Richardson was at Ceder River, Mich., making a personal inspection of the mill at that place, the machinery of which he had superintended in making, and while standing near the edger watching it work, was struck in the left side by the flying remnant of a plank, which in a short time thereafter caused his death.  The dreadful accident occurred at  1 ½ o’clock P. M. He was placed upon the tug Alert and the boat was started for this place as quickly as possible.  While on the way he expired at about a quarter to 3 o’clock.  Mr. Richardson had for many years been foreman of the Iron Works, and was a very competent and thorough workman.  He was about to move west, having sold out his property here, and his trip to Ceder River was wholly on business for his old company.  His death caused much sadness.  He was a noble hearted man, a good husband and had a host of friends who mourn his untimely death.

P.S.—Since the above was in type we learned that his death so affected his mother that the shock caused her death on Tuesday forenoon.  Her remains will be taken to Chicago for burial, but Mr. Richardson’s remains were interred this Wednesday afternoon by the Masonic fraternity.  We regret that our want of space forbids further mention. (--Menominee Herald).

**THE THIRD trial of Timothy Kelly resulted in his conviction of participation in the murder of Cavendish and Burke, and he was sentenced to be hanged on June 9.  When the sentence was pronounced Kelly exclaimed  I am innocent, thank you, my Lord.

**THE following named citizens have been drawn as petit jury for the May term of the circuit court, for this county, which will be held at the court house in this city next Tuesday, May 14th:

(Oconto) CITY. James McKenzie, A. McFadden, John VanAble, Ivory Mathews, Neil McKaillop, Charles Ritter, Joseph Hoeffel, Albert Hanson, Frank Wilcox, Warren Calligan and John Walsh.

PENSAUKEE James Bermingham, Samuel Bibby, B.E. Minnick, Wm. Knowles, E. R. Livermore, Joshua Snyder, C. Lince, Eugene Fitzpatrick and N. S. Chase.

STILES L. Gravel, James McKeever and Thomas Caldy.

LITTLE RIVER Richard Cashman, Robert Spice, Frank Pelkey, O. F. Chamberlin and E. L. Widger

(town of) OCONTO Thomas Simmons, Peter Rosencrans, John Caldwell and Henry L. Russell.

HOW B. G. Armstrong and Robert Chapman.

**WE are sorry to learn that, Mrs. L. B. Noyes, of Marinette, met with a serious accident at the roller rink in that place one day last week, that may result in the loss of the use of her limbs.  We sincerely hope that her injury is not as serious as reported.

**WEDNESDAY afternoon, a very perceptible earthquake was felt in this city.  It lasted about three second, during which buildings were considerably shaken.  The commotion was preceeded by a low rumbling noise, something like thunder, but more like a growl.

**WM. GUTHRIE, of Logansport, Ind. has been in the city several days. Last fall he invested in considerable land in this county and the probabilities are, that he will settle here, as he seems to like this country better than the Hosier State.  We have plenty of room for such men as Mr. Guthrie.

**JAMES HUME returned last week from Muskegon, Mich., where he had been visiting a brother who is a member of the firm of Hackley and Hume, the owners of three hundred million feet of standing pine, a well equipped saw mill, and are now engaged in building a railroad twelve miles in length into their pine lands.

** TWO of the soiled doves who hold forth out on the Pensaukee road came into the city Monday, and before their departure for home, filled their carcasses full of benzine and got into a fight between themselves as to who should drive the team home.  After they had scratched each others faces for awhile, officer McGee happened along and took the worse of the twain over to the cooler, where she remained until the following morning, when she was taken before a police justice and fined several dollars for being drunk and disorderly, and then discharged with a kindly admonition to go and sin no more.

** IT IS intimated that the railroad is about to change the name of its station now known as Maple Valley to Lucasville.  That is as it should be.  James Lucas was one of the first, if not the first, settler in that part of the county, built the first road to Maple Valley, a distance of some twelve miles, and one of four miles to Leighton, and has done much for the prosperity and development of Little River Township, and the honor of having a station named for him would be about the right thing.



Oconto County Reporter
May 19, 1883


OBITUARY
WE record today the death of our old citizen, Nicholas Dixon.  About the year 1853, he cast his lot among us.  Since that time he labored and worked with our people, an honest neighbor, and a sincere friend.  Words sometimes cannot express feelings, but we must clip from Erins native poet: “It is not the tear at this moment shed, When the cold turf has just been laid o’er him That can tell how beloved was the friend that fled Or how deep our hearts deplore him.” The funeral took place Friday forenoon from St. Joseph church, and was attended by a large concourse of sympathizing friends.


**MR. And Mrs. M. J. McCourt accompanied by their daughter Mrs. George McDonald, left Monday evening, for Oshkosh to attend the funeral of Mr. McCourt, elder brother of our townsman.

**HARRY BLAKE and Joseph Listle, left for Waupun this morning to serve their sentences in the state prison.  They were in charge of sheriff, Thomas Simpson, and deputy, John McGee.

**JOHN LUBY was treed by a she bear and two cubs one day last week up on the North branch, but eventually succeeded in getting away after having been up the tree nearly all night, with a damaged posterior.

COURT
**BRANDENMUHL et al, infant, who appears for guardian, vs. John Salcheider.  Continued.


**GEORGE   R. Marlott, Plff., vs. Harriet Marlott, deft.  Judgement for divorce.

CRIMINAL CASES. **STATE of Wisconsin vs. Samuel Cole (GOLE?) Nolle pros. Entered.

**STATE of Wisconsin vs. Daniel Donovan.   Case not called.

**STATE of Wisconsin, vs. Harvey Blake and Joseph Listle. Sentenced to state prison; Blake for one year, and Listle for six months.

STATE NEWS,
**MRS. J. M. Bingham, of Chippewa Falls, wife of the ex-lieutenant governor, is at the Madison insane asylum for treatment.  Mrs. B’s reason has been wavering for a number of years, much to the regret of her friends throughout the state.


**WE learn from the Advocate, Shawano, that James Miller of that county has some very rich specimens of iron and silver ore found on the farm of Abial Richman, in the town of Angelica.



Oconto County Reporter
May 26, 1883


OBITUARY MRS. Charles Lingren who had been a great but patient sufferer for many months, found relief in death Wednesday afternoon.  Her funeral services were held yesterday, and her remains taken to the “silent city,” there to remain until “the morn of the resurrection” when soul, spirit and body will be reunited and the suffering of earth be forgotten in joy. Mr. Lingren has been peculiarly unfortunate in the past, and in the present affliction has the sympathy of all that know him.

AT the residence in this city of his brother-in-law Henry Lemerand, Wednesday afternoon, May 23rd, Mitchell Burnett, of consumption.  The deceased  was a single man and well respected by all that enjoyed his acquaintance.  His relatives in this city consisted of a mother, a sister (Mrs Lemerand) and a brother, all of whom did all they could to restore him to health and make his life as comfortable as their circumstances would permit. His funeral took place yesterday from St. Peters church, and his body was followed to the grave by many acquaintances and friends who sympathized with the mourning relatives in their bereavement.

MAY 17, 1883, Elsie, infant daughter of Archie and Eliza Mott, aged six months. “Safe in the arms of Jesus Safe on His loving breast, Safe from a world of trial, Our darling is at rest” The funeral services were held Saturday, and the remains of the little one laid away, being followed to their last resting place by many of the friends of the bereaved parents.

LOVELY in life, beautiful in death.  Such was Mrs. Clara Sailor Hoeffel, wife of Mr. Frank Hoeffel, who left the loving and loved ones at none p. m., May 18th.  Another link in the golden chain to bind us–to draw our thoughts from earth—to heaven.  Consumption had marked her for its victim, and heeded not the tears of mother, brother, husband and friends, who stood around her bedside and tried, but all in vain, to arrest the hand of the destroyer.  He relentlessly claimed her, leaving the casket to be carried and laid beside two brothers who had gone before, taking the gem to the God who gave it.  As she had lived, so she died, with faith in her Savior’s love.  Though life was beautiful to her, death had no terrors, and she was resigned to God’s will, “who doeth all things well.”  But little more than twenty-one years of age—but fifteen weeks a bride—it was hard to look the last on earth and speak that sad, sad word:  farewell.  Conscious to the last, and with loving words for the dear ones far away, and for those present, “she drew the drapery of her couch about her, and lay down to pleasant dreams.”

ON the morning of the 23rd inst., at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Cook, the spirit and body of Mr. Fredrick Steward parted company, the former returning to Him that gave it, and the latter remaining to be laid away by kind hands and loving hearts. The deceased was born at Scarbough, Maine, than a part of the province of Massachusetts, on the 17th day of December 1798, which made him 84 years and six months old at the time of his death, he being the second oldest man in our city. The departed came to this city nine years ago, but being a quiet and unobstrusive man of simple tastes and habits, did not make an extensive acquaintances hence, his actual merit and genuine worth was known to but a few, comparatively speaking, of our citizens, but those who enjoyed his acquaintance and friendship, appreciated his worth and many kindly qualities of both head and heart. Beside the wife of his early manhood whose union covered a period of fifty-eight years, he leaves three daughters to mourn his absence, Mrs. Charles Cook, of this city; Mrs. Flood, of New Jersey and Mrs. Spears, of California.  The aged widow who is totally blind, misses the companion of over a half century and patiently waits the summons that will reunite them in the summer land. The funeral services were held yesterday, the Rev. J. H. Kerr officiating, who pointed the heart of those who mourn, to the Comforter for strength and consolation in their affliction

TERRIBLE ACCIDENT.  Last Monday, while Louis Gilman a brakeman on the freight train going north and which reaches this city at 3:57 p.m., was running on the top of the train between Little Suamico and Brookside Station, he lost his balance and being unable to recover fell between the cars upon the track, and greater part of the train passed  over his body cutting in twain just above his hips.  The train was stopped and the poor fellow was placed in the caboose where he died a few minutes after the accident, retaining consciousness to the last.  The body was taken to Escanaba, his home and delivered to his friends.

THE black robed angel of death has again visited our vicinity, and has taken from our number Mrs. R. Cleveland, one of our most beloved and esteemed friends, she was a kind mother and affectionate wife, and leaves to mourn her absence a husband and three children.   Also a host of friends. “We meet no more” her sighing words, And seeming true the words she spoke, For one bright day, from weary bed, To streets of shining gold she woke. She has gone and we dwell here, Till by and by, we meet her there.

ONE of our oldest citizens in the town, Mr. Nick Dixon, has passed from this earth of Sorrow.  We shall miss the familiar face of Mr. Dixon.  He was a kind-hearted man, and liked by everybody.

**DENNIS FITZGERALD who had an operation performed last week for the dropsy, died Monday.  He had been sick a long time and had suffered intensely, and death came to him as a relief and was welcomed instead of feared.  The remains were sent outside for interment.

MARRIED CHRISTENSON—HANSON.  By Edwin Hart justice of the peace, at his office in this city May 21, 1883, Niel Christenson, of Maple Valley, and Kavin Hanson, of Norway.  The happy bride arrived in this city direct from her home across the ocean the morning of her marriage, the bridegroom being here to receive her and to make her his wife.  After they were made one, their happiness was complete and as they left the office of the justice, their happiness found expression in many ways that were just the same in Norwegian as in English.  We wish them a life of unalloyed happiness.

**JOSEPH LISTLE who was sentenced at the last term of our circuit court to the state prison for six months for larceny, was not the immaculate individual that he assumed to be.  He had already served two terms in that institution for larceny, being sent a term each from Shawano and Waupaca counties.

**MRS. N. Shew is growing weaker day by day, and it is thought by all that her time is short.  The friends have the sympathy of all.

**ONE of the sons of W. W. DeLano was playing with cartridge and powder, on the 12th inst., and had his face and eyes badly scorched, but fortunately did not do any permanent harm.



Oconto County Reporter
June 2, 1883


MARRIED

**ORANGE BLOSSOMS.  One of the most important social events which has occurred in this city for several months took place Sunday afternoon at the residence of John Day Davis when Mr. Edward Hornibrook, of Marinette and Miss Andrewline Gordon, of this city, were united in holy matrimony.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Samuel Renyolds, pastor of the M. E. church.  There were quite a large number of invited guests present to do honor to the nuptials.  After the ceremony, the guests were treated to a bountiful supply of cake, ice cream and a good time indulged in by all.  Among those present from abroad were, Mr. And Mrs. James Hornibrook and Miss Bertha Congdon, of Iron Mountain, Mich., Mr. Thomas Hornibrook of Quinnesee, Mich., Mrs. J. J. Casson, of Marinette, and Mrs. G. Wells, of Menominee, Mich. In the evening the happy couple took the south-bound train for the east, and left, followed by the best wishes of all their friends.

** FRANK Hoeffel returned from Allegan, Mich., where he went with the remains of his beloved wife for the purpose of interment, Sunday morning.

**ALMOST FATAL.  Last Monday forenoon, N. W. Goodell, a young, unmarried man from Sheboygan Falls, while at work on the pile driver belonging to the Green Bay Dredge Co., which was driving piles on the south bank of the river nearly opposite Spies’mill, was seriously injured by the falling of a piece of iron one and a half inches in diameter and seven inches long, broken from the shaft of the upper pulley, which struck him upon the top of his head, fracturing the skull quite badly.  He was immediately taken to the Roth House, and his father, Mr. N. S. Goodell, who is deputy sheriff of Sheboygan county, informed by telegraph of his son’s misfortune.  In the meantime, Dr. Beebe was summoned and dressed the wound, and everything possible done for the comfort of the patient. On the evening of the accident his father reached his bedside and has remained with him since.  Under the care of his father and the attending physician he is doing well and will, it is thought, recover.  Mr. Charles Berner, one of the owners of the pile driver is untiring in his attentions, and bears all the expense attending his injury.  The poor fellow reached here the night before the accident and at the time of its occurrence had only been at work a couple of hours. Just before going to press, Mr. Goodell informed us, that his son had so far recovered that he would remove him to-day to his home, at Sheboygan Falls.

**MICHAEL Ryan and James Gleason left Tuesday morning, for Ottawa, Canada, for the purpose of visiting relatives.  It is intimated that they went for another purpose, which if true, will be known when they return.

**WILLIAM McDONALD was arrested Sunday, for being drunk and disorderly and taken over the river to become the associate of other lunatics. Monday morning, justice Hart assessed him $10.50 for the trouble he had made, which he paid and went his way to get more liquor with which to make a fool of himself.

**D. W. BLOSSOM was paralyzed Saturday, and officer Smith took him down to the “cooler” to recover the use of his limbs.  Monday morning he was taken into the awful presence of justice Bailey, who lectured him upon his fondness for that which not only cheers but inebriates, and discharged him with an admonition.

**J.W. Leigh was in town Tuesday, bidding his many friends good-bye, as he is soon to start west.

***REV. AND MRS. WILLIAM DAFTER, Mr. And Mrs. Huff Jones, Mr. And Mrs. T. B. Goodrich, Mrs. A. P. Call, Miss Julia A. Magee and Cleveland Keith, went to Marinette Wednesday to assist in the consecrating services of the new Episcopal church at that place.  In the evening, a reception was given at the residence of Dr. Marin, which was an elegant affair and enjoyed by all who attended.

***LAST Tuesday, James Henningsen who is the circular sawyer in Holt & Balcom’s mill, cut 519 logs which scaled 48,000 feet.  It is the largest cut ever made in that mill in one day, and we very much doubt, if in any other.  Mr. Henningsen understands his business thoroughly, and we anticipate that before the close of the season, he will even do better than he did Tuesday.

***G.A.R.  The undersigned soldiers of the U.S. Vol., service are desirous to re-establish the G.A.R. Post of this city and would anxiously meet all comrades on the 7th day of June, at Engine House No. 1, at 7:30 p.m. for that purpose.  The sole object of the post is one of benevolence, and to help the fostering of the kindly feelings that should warm the hearts of old soldiers.  Let the ashes of the old campfire be stirred up, and the thought of our past dangers awaken us to the necessity of avoiding many that may come.  P. H. Swift, L. S. Bailey, D. P. Moriarty, Robert Spice, M. Cunningham, B. Wiedner, Geo. Beyer, Fred Ellman, Chas. Bagley, E. L. Widger, W. H. Young, Chas. Hall, Homer DonLevy Jos. Tibbitts.

***H. L. Farr, of Madison, an old schoolmate of the editor, and a comrade with him in the 33rd Wis. Inft. Vol., was in the city Wednesday.  It was a joyful meeting and the next time he comes, Peter Jamison will be sent for.



Oconto County Reporter
June 9, 1883


MARRIED STELLER—BRECKL. In this city June 2nd, 1883, by Frank Deimer, justice of the peace, Mr. Anton Steller and Miss Anna Breckl, both of Oconto.

Brookside Mr. Frank Moody arrived home safely from his visit in Pennsylvania

**OF MAJOR E. W. Smith, recently deceased, the New York Times has this record:  He was born in Vermont and entered the army from Illinois on May 14, 1861.  He was made captain Feb. 1, 1863, and on Sept 21, 1866, was transferred to the Twenty-fourth Infantry.  On March 4, 1870, he was assigned to the eighteenth Infantry, and Feb. 20, 1882, to the Twenty-second Infantry.  When mustered out of the volunteers in 1866, he held the rank of Brevet Brigadier-general.  He participated in the assault on Fort Wagner, South Caralina and was made lieutenant-colonel April 2, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services in front of Petersburg, Va. The deceased was an older brother of our popular banker, W. K. Smith.

**HERBERT, son of John Noonan, met with a painful accident Wednesday while at play with his brother, by which one of his eyes was injured. Dr. Beebe was called and dressed the wound, which is doing well.  It was a lucky escape from the total loss of the sight of the eye.

**JAMES B. ARCHIBOLD’S children refused to recognize him when he returned home last week from the cruise.  We were not surprised, when we learned of the fact, for we passed him on the street and did not know him from Adam.  The loss of his whiskers and mustache made the change.

**LAST Saturday, two men in the employ of Holt & Balcom at their mill in this city met with a peculiar accident, which very fortunately for them was no worse.  They had pushed a car load of edgings over the river to the “fire bank” and having dumped the same were on their return to the mill, when all at once the car and themselves were precipitated into the river, falling a distance of some twelve or fifteen feet.  While they were at the “fire bank” in the smoke, the bridge over which the track passes had been hoisted in order to let a tug pass up the river and had not been lowered, and it being smoky they did not discover the fact, hence pushed the car into the river and followed it.  They were rescued with considerable difficulty and taken care of.

**LAST Sunday, John Timm a palm of the hand fortune teller from somewhere, probably Green Bay, was in the city, and while wandering around, visited several saloons, the keepers of which are good law abiding citizens, filled his hide with “bug juice” and made a nuisance of himself.  The city marshal coming along invited him over to Call’s house, where he was provided with quarters until Monday morning, when he was taken before squire hart who asked him as to his occupation.  Being informed it was that of a fortune teller He looked at his hand a few seconds and remarked; about ten days.  The justice informed him; that was the number perzacly and ordered the marshal to give the prisoner the benefit of his company over to the place called a jail by those who do not know any better.

**NATHANIEL Shew had the misfortune to have an ear taken off while at work in the mill for E. R. Chesley, one day last week, and went to Green Bay for treatment.  His mother still continues very ill.  We feel very sorry for him and his.



Oconto County Reporter
June 16, 1883


**MAXIMILLIAN RAUNER, one of the first settlers of Marinette township, died last Friday night under very melancholy circumstances.  He had worked during the day for Mr. Charles Lenz, and left there about 6:15 p.m. for the purpose of finding and driving home his cows.  He was seen about 8 o’clock driving the cows on the new Peshtigo road.  Not returning that night, search was made, and on Sunday morning his dead body was found about a mile from the city of Marinette.  His dog was with him, standing faithful guard over the corpse.  Yesterday, a large concourse of sympathising neighbors testified their esteem by accompanying the remains to their last resting place.

** LAST Saturday night, there was a dance at George Branshaw’s saloon in Frenchtown.  Among those in attendance at the dance was an individual bearing the cognomen of Camello Ogiar who for some reason was simple known as “Camel.” a recent importation from Ottawa, Canada.  Thinking that he was in high-toned society he got full of “budge” and danced so hard that he broke one of his legs.  Mr. Branshaw instead of taking care of him hustled him out and he was taken to the Roth House, where the fracture was reduced by Dr. Bold and where he remained until Tuesday when he was taken to Elliott’s to become a county charge, he having spent all his winter earnings for whiskey.

**SOME time since, a man in this city won and wed a young damsel against whom, the tongues of scandal had never wagged.  In the course of time, they went elsewhere in the county to reside and after a few months of happiness, there was a change.  The green eyed monster took possession of the husband and he insisted that the wife should go before a priest and swear on bended knee that she always been chaste previous to their marriage.  Like a sensible woman, she refused to do anything of the kind, whereupon the husband came to this city, squared up accounts, sent them and had his wife taken to her fathers house and then he left for Manitoba.  While there he wrote a letter to a lady friend, which by some means fell into the hands of his wife, who took it to the priest and told the father of her troubles.  It seems that quite a number of individuals had told the husband stories about his wife, which had poisoned his mind against her and the reverend father informed them from the altar that unless they made reparation to the injured wife, they would be censured from the pulpit.  Fearing the wrath to come, they sent for the husband who reached here last week, and sought his wife who informed him, that if it would be any satisfaction to him she would swear that she had always been chaste, but that he must also swear that he had lied most grievously respecting her character.  Neither have sworn and they remain apart, but it is to be hoped that they will soon be living together again, and that the husband will annihilate the man or woman who speaks ill of his wife.




JUNE 23, 1883

Frank Bruns has about completed Mrs. C. Hansen's cottage on Oconto street. It is a neat and well arranged building.

Warren Culligan has built a neat fence in front of his premises on Oconto street and has given his residence a fresh coat of paint.

Thos. Porter is making a good store-building out of the old "wreck" that used to stand back on Section street, near Water street.

Johnny Payne, foreman of the North Star office Marinette, was visiting in this city last Saturday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith, of Waterloo, NJ, are visiting in this city, the guests of Mrs. Smith's sister, Mrs. C.S. Hart.

John O'Neil, Jr. returned yesterday morning from Watertown where he has been a student for some months past.

D.L. Bush was in the city Monday settling up with his crew. His drive is hung up at the mouth of the Paint River.

Fred Clap, D.L. Bush's bookkeeper was in the city Monday. Judging by his looks a winter in the woods has agreed with him.

Oconto County Reporter
June 23, 1883


SAD DEATH.  A most distressing death occurred at the jail in this city on Tuesday last.  On the Saturday evening previous, one Edward Laffin, who had been temporarily stopping at the Dillon House, was seized with delirium tremens, and was removed to the jail, where it was supposed he would be safer from doing harm.  On Monday morning, his condition not having improved, Dr. Allan was summoned, and did all in his power to relieve the sufferer, but without avail.  His condition continued delirious and calm by turns until about five o’clock Tuesday evening, when death mercifully interfered and put an end to his agonizing struggles. The deceased had been on the drive this spring, and through exposure, contracted a cold which had settled on his lungs, and this, aggravated by copious draughts of adulterated and inferior whiskey, had the effect of terminating his earthly career and adding another to the list of King Alcohol’s victims. Ed. Laffin was a native of Ellsworth, Maine, and was a comparatively young man, being only about 28 or 30 years of age; was recognized as a good worker, and through his genial ways and kind-heartedness was a general favorite among his fellow workmen, who manifested their sympathy for the departed by generously and promptly contributing the funds necessary to defray the burial expenses.  The funeral took place at St. Joseph’s church on Wednesday afternoon, and the remains were followed to their last resting place by quite a train of sympathetic friends.

BROOKSIDE, June 18, 1883.  Passed to the higher life, June 18, 1883, Mertis, beloved daughter of Cornelius and Elizabeth Lince. The deceased was a beautiful child of thirteen years and it can be truly said:  “None knew her but to love her—none named her but to praised.” The pet of the family and of the whole neighborhood, she leaves many sorrowing hearts, and the stricken parents and sisters have the sympathy of the whole community.  He illness, diphtheria, was of only six days’ duration, and all that medical skills and loving kindness could devise was done for her, but in vain.  He who gave the sweet life but to brighten our earthly home has transplanted it to fairer fields, there to blossom into full and glorious beauty ‘neath the care of Angels. “Out from the depths of human pain, Out from all woe and sadness, Up from the strifes of a mortal life, The soul has soared in gladness.

  “That soul unto this mortal earth By laws of life was given But through the change of its spirit-birth Its earthly bands are riven.

  “Out from the depths of human pain, Out from its lowly prison, Up from the strifes of a mortal life The ascended soul has risen.

  “Out from all sorrow, out from night, To a world of love supernal, Out from all darkness into light; To a home of life eternal.

  “A beautiful home of peace and love, To the new born soul is given; Up from the strifes of a mortal life, Unto the highest heaven”   MAE

**TOO BAD.  Last Friday night, between the hours of eleven and twelve, the residence of Patrick Digan in the town of Gillett, about three miles west of the Falls, was with its contents destroyed by fire.  The fire caught between the chimney and partition from a defect in the chimney and before being discovered was under such headway that but little or nothing could be saved.  The entire family would probably have perished in the flames, had it not been for Mrs. Digan, who was suffering with a nervous headache, and had not gone to sleep.  The loss is in the neighborhood of $2,500 covered by an insurance of $700.  Mr. Digan is a hard working man and his loss is great, as it is the earnings of many years of toil, which he had put into comforts for the years to come when labor will be out of the question.  His friends in the city are glad that it is no worse, seeing that it has happened.

**FRANK Pelliessiers starts for Switzerland next Monday, to re-visit the land of his nativity and bring back his sister, whose husband lately died.

**THE many friends of Hon. Geo. W. DeLano will be sorry to learn that he is seriously ill.

**MR. Chesley is the happy father of another son.

**WILLIE Shew started for Iowa, last Friday, to attend the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Henry Morrison, who died very suddenly on Friday morning.  Mrs. M. was formerly a resident of this place, and had many friends who deeply sympathize with the bereaved family.

**A GENTLEMAN from Pensaukee called on us one day this week inquiring for a lost boy.  We had seen him, but only a glimpse as he flew by. Anybody finding a stray boy of blonde complexion, with a felon on his finger, will be suitably rewarded by returning the same to his bereaved parents at Pensaukee.



Oconto County Reporter
June 30, 1883


MARRIED ** A PLEASANT WEDDING.  A happy wedding was solemnized at the residence of the brides parents in this city Wednesday afternoon, June 28, 1883, the contracting parties being Miss Bert Adams and Mr. David Doty.  A large company of relation and friends were present to witness the ceremony which occurred at 5 o’clock, the Rev. J. H. Kerr of the Presbyterian church officiating.  Miss Mollie Slattery acting ad bridesmaid and Mr. Irving Pendleton as best man, and with the happy couple looked very nice indeed. The bride was handsomely attired for the occasion and with the man of her choice received the best wishes of all those who were present and all that enjoy their acquaintance, none more hearty and sincere than those of the writer.  The present were very appropriate, and were useful and ornamental, and testified of the esteem in which the happy couple are held by their friends and acquaintances here and elsewhere.  A reception and supper followed the ceremony.  In the evening, Mr. And Mrs. Doty left for the outside on a short visit among friends.

DUKET—SMITH. At the residence of the brides parents in the town of Oconto, by the Ref. Wm. Rowbotham, Mr. Eber E. Duket, of Peshtigo, and Miss Kate Smith, of Oconto. The happy couple have our best wishes for their domestic felicity and financial prosperity.


MRS. SARAH A. LEWIS, wife of E. B. Lewis of Marinette, died in that village on Tuesday, June 19th, at the age of thirty-three years.  She was a highly respected and much beloved lady.

** MRS. P. W. Freeze who went to Brooklyn N. Y., during the winter to attend a sick daughter who finally died, came back Tuesday morning.

**MR. AND MRS. W. T. Ullman who formerly resided here and have many friends in this city, are at present the guests of Mr. And Mrs. O. A. Ellis.  Their home is in Colorado, but they have been spending the winter at Clifton Springs on account of Mr. Ullman’s bad health, which has been quite poor for some time past and which has improved somewhat under the treatment received at the sanitarium at that place.

**WE ARE sorry to learn that Richard Johnson of Maple Valley, is very ill and that his friends despair of his recovery.  “Dick” was a federal soldier in the rebellion brave and well liked, and contracted the disease which is about to take him from his family and friends.

** MRS. JAMES McCurdy was arrested Monday, at her home in the town of Oconto, and brought to this city to answer to the charge of selling liquor without having first obtained a license from the proper authorities.  She plead guilty and poverty, and the justice let her off by the payment of the costs, she promising to take out a license.

***REPORTER ABROAD.   The rapid and substantial growth of this county in settlement and material wealth is wonderful.  But a few years ago, most of the territory west and northwest of this city was a wilderness with a clearing here and there made by these engaged in logging.  Now the county is well settled and large and well cultivated farms indicate the prosperity of the settlers.  Our reporter left the city a week ago Tuesday morning for a run through the western portion of the county and upon his return a week later, expressed himself as being happily surprised at what he saw during his absence.  His journey took him through a part of the town of Oconto, passing many fine farms on his way as he also did in Little River.  At Maple Valley, the new station on the Wisconsin & Michigan railroad, he found a wide awake thrifty little village containing two first class hotels, the Hale and Payant houses, a store, doing a cash business of $60, per day with John Scanlin as head salesman and deputy postmaster, blacksmith shop, steam saw mill owned and operated by Chesley & Hale and several residences completed and in course of erection.  From the railroad, his journey took him through a country that lass than two years ago, was an almost unbroken forest, but now openings, good and substantial buildings, school houses and evidences of civilization and comfort, greets the traveler upon every side.  After entering the town of Maple Valley, the landscape changes, the dull monotony of burnt timber giving place to a live forest rich in foliage which is a relief to the eye and the senses.  The town can well be called the garden of the county for here are found many farms that will compare favorably with any in the state.  From the north branch of the Little river into the Trecartin settlement, the road passes by the farms of John Rasmussen, Henry Brooks, James Gillighan and many other the names of the owners of which were unknown to the reporter.  On the road is located the mill of the Mill’s Bros. Who are doing well and making money as they deserve, and will soon make more as they are about to add a shingle mill to their establishment.  From here the attention of the reporter was drawn to the splendid farms of Mr. Clark, Thomas McMahon, Joseph McMahon, Joseph Haine’s, Wm. Smith, George Trecartin, Patrick Kelly, Charles Post, W. H. Gilkey, Thomas Mills, Lorenzo Lord, Harrison Cooley, W. Cooley, and Peter Jamison.  At Frostville our reporter made the acquaintance of A. C. Frost who is a multitude in himself, being a merchant, farmer, hotel keeper, postmaster, justice of the peace and member of the township board of supervisors.  Frostville is named in honor of the postmaster, contains a hotel, store, post-office, school house, black-smith shop and residence.  Henry Anderson is the smithy and a more genial generous and accommodating man it would be hard to find.  To the south of the above named village live the Hansons, Andersons, and Magnus Iverson, who has one of the best farms in the township, keeps a stopping place, is making money and happy.  After leaving Mr. Frost’s cheer, our reporter in company with friends started for the wilderness, passing Chris Johnson’s boss farm, Holt & Balcom’s Maple Valley homestead, which is in charge of Paul McDonald, one of the salt of the earth.  For the next fifteen miles or more the road was through an uninhabited forest and the first evidence of civilization that blessed their vision was Patrick Delaney’s cheerful, convenient and hospital “stopping place” near the mouth of the Waupee.  Here the weary travelers met with a hearty welcome, tarried rested.  During the logging and driving season Mr. Delaney’s place is the scene of activity and life it being the distributing point for Sargent’s & Jennings who have a supply depot there and who must do an immense business as there is stored at present time goods to the value of over $2,000.  Between Maple Valley settlement and the Waupee there is much good agricultural land which will at no distant day be cultivated and the desolate places be made to blossom like the rose.  Our reporter continued his journey to Thunder river and may at some future time give a description of the country traverse.  He is under many obligations for favors received during his wanderings and desires us to give thanks to each and all.



OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
July 7, 1883


J. Stern, of Chicago, was visiting his brother in this city the fourth. Walter Grunert, of Appleton, spent the fourth with his parents in this city.

Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Powell, of Coleman city are visiting at Oak Orchard.

Miss Cora Allen and Mrs. Frank Wood, of Brookside, were shopping in this city last Saturday.

Mr. C.L. White, of Horicon, who drove Maj. Scofield's mare here on the fourth is undoubtedly the best horseman that ever drove over the Oconto track. He is quiet and unassuming in manners, but when he takes the reins it is very apparent that he is at home.

**DESIRE DEION who had one of his leg broken at the Oconto company’s mill two weeks ago Wednesday night, died early Sunday morning and was buried Monday.  O. A. Ellis, superintendent of the company, did everything possible for the relief of the sufferer, but it seems that the unfortunate did not possess sufficient vitality to recover from the shock to his nervous and system.

**IT IS reported that a man was poisoned at Pensaukee last week.  We have been unable to learn the facts, hence infer, that he was poisoned as many in this city are every day, by drinking poor whiskey.

**GEORGE BUTTERFIELD, after an absence of twenty-two years, left for Ottawa, Canada his former home, Tuesday evening.  Upon his arrival in this country he at once enlisted in the 16th Reg’t Wis., Inftry Vols., and served his term of enlistment receiving an honorable discharge at the close of the war.  He is a good and quite citizen and we hope that his visit will be pleasant and that he will return safely.

**SING YAN, an almond-eyed celestial from Fond du Lac, is about to engaged in the laundry business in this city.  He was here Monday and rented the lower story of the Porter building on Section street, just north of P. Maloney’s saloon and store, and expects to have his laundry in operation within the next two weeks.  Sing Yan speaks the English language quite fluently, is quite gentlemanly and will, we hope, do a successful business.

**MRS. MARIA WARDWELL, of Minneapolis, Minn., is with her son, Cyrus Wardwell with whom she will reside permanently.  She is seventy-nine years of age and a lively as a cricket.  More so, than most women twenty years younger.  She came with her niece, Mrs. Elnora Merrill, who is also the guest of Mr. Wardwell, her uncle.

**MR. AND MRS. SEYMOUR SMITH, who had been visiting Mrs. Smith Parent, Mr. And Mrs. T. F. Snover, the past few weeks, left for their home at Waterloo, New Jersey, the evening of the 4th.

**POOR old George Chamberlin was arrested on the Fourth, for singing smutty songs on the streets and being disorderly generally.  He was taken “over the river” where he remain until the next day, when squire Hart assessed him $5, and costs for being that kind of a minstrel, which he paid, and went his way feeling that he had paid well for his indulgence in the symphonies.

**A STORM which came very near being a cyclone, passed over this county Monday morning, between one and two o’clock.  In portions of the county trees were uprooted, fences blown down and houses badly shaken.  At Stiles the warehouse near the depot on the Wisconsin and Michigan railroad was taken from its foundation and placed crosswise of the switch.  As far as it has been able to ascertain no person was injured and no very serious damage done.



Oconto County Reporter
July 14, 1883


**JOHN B. SALSCHEIDER, of Big Suamico, was killed by lightening during the rain storm of Tuesday of last week.  He was lying upon the floor in one of the rooms of his house at the time, and the lightening struck the chimney and passed through the roof, then jumping several feet dropped through the ceiling of the room in which he was lying, falling upon one of his legs and tearing up the floor for a space of about two feet square, throwing splinters in all directions.  His wife, who was sitting in the room, just after he was struck, asked him if he was hurt.  He replied “yes, and I am going to die,” and expired at once.  He had been married only thirteen days.

**LATE  Friday afternoon of last week, Mr. M. J. McCourt received a telegram from Fort Pierre saying:  “Dolly is dying—come.”  In the evening, Mrs. McCourt left for the bedside of her sick daughter, who with her husband, Charley Tinney, have been residents of Dakota but a short time.  The message cast a shadow of sadness over the hearts of all who knew “Dolly.”  And when a later telegram was received announcing that she was out of danger and there were hope of her recovery, there was gladness in the hearts of many of our citizens.

**FIRE AT STILES.  Two buildings at Stiles, one owned by Joseph McCloskey and occupied by himself as a butcher shop and tenement, and the other owned by Archie McNair who used the lower part as a grocery store and occupied the upper story as a tenement, were destroyed by fire Tuesday morning, between one and two o’clock.  The fire started in McNair’s part of the building and was under such headway when discovered that nothing could be saved.  Mr. And Mrs. McNair were absent at the time, and it is a wonder how the fire ignited as they had been gone several hours when the fire broke out.  McCloskey saved nearly all of his household effects, but his loss is quite heavy as he had little or no insurance on his building.  McNair’s loss will be light, it being nearly covered by insurance.

**GEORGE COOMBS, of Chicago, who left here as a member of H. Co. 4th Wis. Inftry on the 27th day of June  1863, was in the city Tuesday, the guest of A. P. Call.  It is the first time that he has visited the city since his departure for the south, twenty-two years ago.  Upon his return to his home, he took along one of the pevees carried by the company while they were in rendezvous.

Oconto County Reporter
July 21, 1883 


The churches prefer the dollar bearing the inscription "In God We Trust".

Homer DonLevy has commenced work on his new residence on Superior street.

An excursion on the bay was enjoyed by a number of young folks Thursday evening.

There are evidences of a good yield of blackberries this year. They are about half grown now.

Mrs. Ed Scofield and Mrs. Robert Ellis were visiting in Peshtigo last week.

M.P. and Ed Bellew of this city were visiting friends in Appleton last Sunday.

C. Schwarz of Fort Howard was looking after his interests in this city Tuesday.

Col. Uri Balcom, of the firm of Holt & Balcom, was in the city a portion of the week.

DIED.  On Saturday, July 14th, Mrs. Peter Schufelt  departed this life after months of lingering illness.  Her demise was not unexpected by her large circle of friends who constantly tendered to her all the consolation that friendship could afford.  She was long a resident of our place, and by her many kind acts won the general affection of our people.  Her remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. The bereaved family have our utmost sympathy. She has only left us for a little moment, left us on earth to visit her Maker in Heaven. Oh! T’was enough, poor wanderer of an hour To touch times verge, and breath its very sigh! To make the pass death’s vale, whose darkening lower Must open up the petals of the  sky.

**FRANK BURBY and bride arrived here on Saturday.  May they live long and happily in their union.  We extend to them our congratulations and best wishes.

**THE FOLLOWING we clip from a Chicago paper:  “ A farmer at Oconto, Wis., reports that the hailstorm last Friday, was so severe as to knock the horns off a yearling steer in his pasture.”  We do not know the name of the farmer who made the statement, but we do know that he would make a superb correspondent or editorial writer for a democratic paper.  His imagination would be of invaluable service in instructing the “unterrified” as to their political duties.  And as they implicitly believe everything that emanates from democratic sources, they could be filled to overflowing with truthless trash and think all the time that they were wise.

**A YOUNG MAN, a resident of this city insulted the colored chamber maid on the Welcome Sunday, during the excursion.  She smote him hip and thigh. And would have broke his neck, had his friends not got him out of the reach of the irate woman of color and virtue.



Oconto County Reporter
July 28, 1883



A QUIET wedding was solemnized at the residence of John Runkel, the bride’s father, Wednesday evening, July 25, 1883, the contracting parties being Miss Etta Runkel and Mr. Rowland P. Smith, the marriage ceremony being performed by the Rev. J. H. Kerr, pastor of the Presbyterian church. The marriage was witnessed by the relatives of the bride and a few invited guests, who after the ceremony sat down to a sumptuous repast provided by the mother of the bride.  The happy couple were the recipients of many tokens of regard from their friend and acquaintances, and if they are as happy through life as their friends wish, life will indeed be a joy. The bride has lived here but a short time comparatively speaking, and has made a host of friends by her industry, quiet and lady like demeanor and gentle winsome ways.  Mr. Smith, the lucky man, as resided in our midst nearly two years during which time he has been foreman of the REPORTER office.  He is a young man of excellent habits and thorough printer and gentleman, who has by his upright and manly deportment made a multitude of friends in this city.  The REPORTER wishes the young couple all the joy imaginable.

MADE HAPPY. Ed. Maher, of Bay City, Mich., and Maria Fitzsimmons, of this city, were united in marriage at St. Joseph’s church in this city on Tuesday, July 17, 1883, Rev. Father Swiebach officiating.  After the ceremony a bountiful repast was served at the residence of the brides family.  The happy couple left on the evening train for the home of the groom.  They were followed by the best wishes of their many friends in this city.

**FRANK DON LEVY and bride returned Tuesday evening from their wedding tour.

**N. S. CHASE has gone to Maine, accompanied by his aunt, who resides there, but who has been making an extended visit among her many friends and acquaintances in Wisconsin.  We hope Mr. Chase will enjoy his visit to the scenes of his childhood.

**THE STORM which was so distinctly seen and heard in the city Thursday evening, caused great damage and destruction of the property in the towns of Oconto, Stiles and Maple Valley.  Houses and barns were unroofed, blown down and quite a number of head of cattle killed.  The loss cannot be estimated at this time, but it is heavy.

**TERRIBLE ACCIDENT.  Last Wednesday afternoon, while Geo. Smith Jr., was at work on his father’s farm near the city mowing grass with a mower, the team he was driving became frightened and ran away, throwing George from his seat and in front of the sickle.  Before the team was stopped his right arm was terribly cut and lacerated and both of the bones in the forearm broken.  He was brought to the city with all possible haste and Drs. Allan, Beebe and Moriarty summoned, who upon consulting decided that the arm must be amputated and the operation was performed at once.  George passing through the operation with heroism that was surprising, considering his weakened condition resulting from loss of blood.  There is probably no young man in the city more popular, and who has a greater number of friends than the unfortunate young gentleman, who has the universal sympathy of all our citizens in his misfortune.



Oconto County Reporter
August 4, 1883


DIED.  Monday afternoon, H. F. McCarty, popular known as “Chub.”  He had been sick a year or more wasting away with the consumption.  His death was easy and peaceful, passing away so quietly that the departure of the spirit was not noticed.  The deceased lost his wife and child by death, about a year ago, after which he seemed to have lost all interest in life.  “Chub” was mortal and like all men had his good and bad qualities, the former greatly outnumbering the latter however.  He was kind-hearted and companionable and did fully as well as those whose opportunities were better and made greater pretenses.  His funeral took place at the M. E. church Tuesday afternoon and the audience room being will filled with the relatives, friends and acquaintances of the departed, and his remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of people.  The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. S. Renyolds, who preached an excellent and appropriate discourse, and the music for the mournful occasion which was furnished by the Presbyterian choir, was very appropriate indeed.

**MONDAY last, Drs. O’Keef and Moriarty examined Frank Adams as to his mental condition and pronounced him insane.  He will be sent to the Asylum for the Insane at Oshkosh, where it is sincerely hoped, he will recover his reason.

**A SCANDAL culminated in a shooting affray at Marinette, on the 31st ult.  The parties interested are, S. Terrien, a boot and shoe dealer, and Azra Picard, a tailor, both residents of that place.  Neither of the parties are hurt, although Terrien had a close call, a bullet passing through his hat.  Picard was arrested and bound over in the sum of $500 to appear at the next term of the circuit court.

**SUNDAY morning, between the hours of one and two, the large barn belonging to A. D. Washburn, near his residence in the North ward was totally destroyed by fire, with considerable other property that could not be saved from the flames.  Mr. Washburn estimates his loss at $1, 200 and thinks the fire must have been the work of an incendiary, as neither he nor any of his family had been near the barn before the fire.

**WEDNESDAY night, there was trouble in Casper Stieger’s household. When it became time to retire for the night, Georgie their little toddler was missed.  Search was made in almost every conceivable place without avail, which thoroughly alarmed the parents and the older brothers and sisters who cried singly and in concert.  An hour or so after the little fellows absence was discovered he was found fast asleep under one of the counters in the store.  It is quite unnecessary to remark that there was great rejoicing when the lost was found.

**TUESDAY  evening, John Mulligan was arrested for threatening the life of the city marshal and spent the night at the Lunatic’s Retreat, once in a while alluded to as the county jail.  The next morning he was tied loose, and told to go and sin no more.  Mr. Mulligan is said to be a very pleasant and inoffensive man, and if he made any such threats, he must have been talking for fun.

**LAST MONDAY night, while John Mulligan the bruiser was sitting in front of a saloon on Main street partially asleep three men approached him and without a word of warning dealt him several blows on the head with either a club or slung-shot.  Thinking that his assailants were about to kill him, he cried murder and they fled, not however, before going through his pockets in search for  “a gun” as they claimed and taking his silver mounted cane.  After the assault Mulligan in a dazed condition wander up Main street a block or two and meeting a gentleman, told him of his misfortune.  The gentleman took him to a doctor who dressed his wounds and then took him to a hotel.  The assault was brutal in the extreme and seems to have been entirely unprovoked.  Mulligan may be a prizefighter and a bad man generally, but that gives nobody an excuse for taking advantage of him and doing him great bodily injury, when he is not in a condition to defend himself.

**NOTICE  My wife, Mrs. Ricky Ansorge, having left my bed and board without just cause or provocation, I forbid anybody harboring her or trusting her on my account, as I will pay none of her bills.  She having left a number of small children uncared for, I take this opportunity to request their respective fathers to call and identify their own and take them away, as I feel that I  have supported them long enough.  GUSTAVUS ANSORGE.

***EDWARD LABOUSSIERE a lad thirteen years of age, living with his parents in the town of Oconto, met with a painful and serious accident last Monday afternoon, while engaged in mowing hay with a span of horses in his fathers field.



Oconto County Reporter
August 11, 1883


**FATAL ACCIDENT.  On Monday morning, shortly after A. Eldred & Son’s mill at Stiles, started up, a most distressing and painful accident occurred, which resulted in the loss of a life.  It seems that for some reason the shingle mill shut down temporarily and after a few moments had elapsed one of the known sawyers proceeded up stairs to ascertain the cause; but while on his way the mill started up again.  Willie Daily, a young lad of fourteen, who was employed to clear the waste from the knot saws, stepped out to call his attention to the fact and in doing so leaned over a shaft which was revolving at the rate of 300 revolutions per minute.  The boy’s clothing became entangled on the shaft and carried him around at a tremendous speed, his feet striking the floor and the waste elevator, which runs a few feet from the shaft, at each revolution.  As soon as it became known the mill was shut down and the boy was disengaged from the shaft and taken home.  Dr. Ohswaldt and Dr. O’Keef were sent for, but it was soon found that the boy was injured beyond recovery.  His right foot was terribly mangled, the bones of the ankle and foot being scattered some distance.  The right knee was dislocated and severely bruised.  There was a double fracture of the left thigh and a compound fracture of the leg.  The left arm was broken in three places and the forearm in two places, the skin and muscles being stripped off almost the entire length.  But with all this mutilation the little fellow bore the pains with remarkable fortitude, until the merciful messenger of death relieved him of his suffering, three hours after the accident. Mr. Cowen, the superintendent of the mill interests here, did all that lay in human power to afford every means of relief to the sufferer, and to comfort the afflicted parents.

**PETER CHRISTIAN lost a babe by death last week.

**HUFF JONES, (as strange as it may seem) and Rev. William Dafter went to the Peshtigo river on a trout expedition Tuesday and Wednesday.

**A. B. LAWRENCE  (Banty) was in the city Tuesday.  The little old man with grey hair and a black goatee, now hails from Green Bush, Sheboygan county.

**FRANK ADAMS was taken to the Asylum for the Insane at Oshkosh Wednesday evening, where it is hoped that he will regain his reason and be restored to health at an early date.

**J. D. RHODES, a former resident of this city proposes to undertake the foolhardy attempt to swim Niagara Rapids, the same where Capt. Webb recently lost his life.  Should he succeed, it will amount to nothing, and if he fails and loses his life, nobody will be the loser—provided he is an unmarried man.

Oconto County Reporter
August 18, 1883


**A ROCK containing silver with traces of gold, which assays from $50 to $60 to the ton, has been found in the town of How.

**INTEREST in the mysterious disappearance of little Willie Dickinson, of Florence, during the month of November, 1881, has been revived by the statement of a little boy named Dunn, living at Commonwealth, to the effect that while picking blackberries one day recently he was horrified by the discovery of a heap of boys clothing and a small human skeleton.

**SEVERAL weeks since, a celestial by the name of Sing Yan, who is a naturalized American citizen, came here and rented a building for the purpose of engaging in the laundry business.  While here, he was met on the street by a party of naturalized citizens, who informed him that if he located here they would cut his throat as they did not want any Chinese here.  Sing Yan is a quiet, gentlemanly fellow, speaks the English language fluently, and would be a far more valuable citizen than any of those who objected to his coming.  He paid four months rent in advance which he will lose in case he does not return of which amount, they might as well have robbed him.  They profess to be Christians, and liberty-loving Democrats—further comments are unnecessary.

**PERSONAL MENTION.  Hon Geo. H. Buckstaff and Major A.A. Bunting, of Oshkosh, spent several days last week in this city, the guests of Thomas and Samuel Simpson, with whom they grew up away back in the East, and whom they had not seen for many years.  Buckstaff and Bunting were members of the gallant 1st Wis. Inft. Volunteers, both were wounded during the rebellion, and both are men in the fullest and broadest acceptation of the term.  Their hearts is the largest part of them.


Oconto County Reporter
August 25, 1883


McDONALD—CHEFFINGS.  A quiet wedding was solemnized at the residence of Mr. Frazier McDonald Monday evening, August 20, 1883, the contracting parties being, Miss Hannah Cheffings, of Maple Valley, and Melville McDonald of this city, the marriage ceremony being performed by the Rev. Wm. Dafter rector of St. Marks, Episcopal church.  The marriage was witnessed by many of the relatives of the happy couple and a few invited guests who after the ceremony, sat down to a most sumptuous repast which was all the heart could wish. The bride who recently came from England, is a most estimable lady, endowed with good judgment and will make a grand and noble wife. Mr. McDonald has resided in this city many years and is universally respected.  He is a gentleman of excellent habits, quiet and unassuming, and has a host of friends who wish him and his wife all the joy that the most enthusiastic could desire. That they may be happy and prosperous is the earnest wish of all connected with the REPORTER.

**UNDER SHERIFF McGee took Mrs. Margaret Burke, of Pensaukee, to the asylum for the insane at Oshkosh Tuesday.  She was violently insane, so much so, that he experienced considerable trouble with her while enroute to that place.

**A LITTLE four year old boy, the child of J. H. Driscoll, while at play with a number of other children on the bank of the river in front of his parents residence Saturday afternoon, fell into the river and would probably have drowned had it not been for Mr. John Foley who hearing the shouts of the children went to the rescue and saved the little fellows life.



Oconto County Reporter September 1, 1883

**A FEW weeks since, C. E. Anderson while at work had the misfortune to meet with an accident by which his left eye was badly injured.  He went to Chicago and placed himself under the care of an oculist in that city who insisted that there was a foreign substance in the eye and began a treatment calculated to remove it.  Feeling that the oculist was mistaken, Mr. Anderson went to Milwaukee, and placed himself under Dr. Charles Houghman’s care, who after examining the eye informed him that the sight was entirely gone and never could be restored, but that he could save the eye ball so as to prevent disfigurement.  Mr. Anderson has returned and should a person not be informed to the contrary, would never mistrust that he was totally blind in the left eye.  He speaks in the highest terms of Dr. Houghman who is undoubtedly the most successful oculist in this country, as many in this county can testify who have received great benefit from his skill and treatment.

**WE learn as we go to press, that the planning mill and lumber yard at Fort Howard belonging to A. Eldred & Son, were destroyed by fire, yesterday morning.  The loss is heavy.

**ARRANGEMENTS are being made for an excursion from this city to Appleton on the 27 inst., the day that Barnum’s mammoth show and circus visits that city.  The train will be run over the St. Paul Eastern and Milwaukee Northern roads, leaving here in the morning and returning in the evening.  Tickets entitling the holders to railway fair, dinner and admission to the circus, will be sold at the lowest possible figure.

**THE REPORTER learns from reliable resources, that the insane belonging to this county and kept at the Waupaca poor house, are not receiving such care treatment as they should. Whose duty is it to see that they receive good care?

**AT the present time, this county is supporting three insane persons in Waupaca county, at an annual expense of something like $785.  They could be supported at home just as cheaply and more comfortably than they are over there and the money paid at home instead of being sent away to benefit another community.  The REPORTER would suggest to the county officer whose duty it is to look after such matters, that it would be for the best interests of the patients and this county to have them brought home.


Oconto County Reporter
September 8, 1883


PLEASANT EVENT.  A pleasant wedding occurred at the Presbyterian church in this city, Tuesday afternoon, September 4th, 1883, the contracting parties being Mr. William Alexander and Miss Sophia K. Good, Rev. J. H. Kerr, pastor of the church performing the ceremony.  The happy couple were attended by Charles Good a cousin of the bride and Miss Jessie Parker, the bride entering the church which was well filled by the friends to the party, leaning upon the arm of her cousin followed by the bridegroom escorting the bridesmaid, in the meantime, Doctor Wilcox  the organist playing a wedding march. Mr. Alexander is a very excellent young man, and the bride a very estimable lady, who have many friends here and elsewhere, that wish them all the happiness imaginable.

**W. F. JOHNS, of Gillett, the happiest man in the county, is becoming a very extravagant.  He now wears wooden shoes about the size of Chinese junks.  Charley McKenzie who is envious of William’s prosperity, threatens to split them open with an axe the first opportunity he has.

** CHAUNCY W. Barnett, of Pensaukee, was in the city Tuesday.  Being an old soldier he called at the REPORTER office to commune with the editor who is always glad to make the acquaintance of those who stood by their country in time of need.  Mr. Barnett was a member of the 5th New Hampshire Infantry Vols. Was shot through the left lung at Fair Oaks, VA., the bullet entering just above the heart and passing through his body leaving between the eighth and ninth ribs, on and one half inch from the vertebra; he hovered between life and death for months, but lived to suffer until the end of life.  The country owes such men an eternal debt of gratitude which will be paid in full when patriotism is more highly valued by the people.

**THE following is a list of the jurors drawn to serve at the term of the circuit court to be held at the court house in this city Monday, September 17th: T.G. Gilkey, Jno Kuhapt, W.M. Underhill, Chas. Hall, James Kent, E. S. McKinney, B. Barker, W.W. DeLano, Con.Morrell, R. E. Bowman, N.S. Chase, S. A. Knowles, L. W. Milbury, Frank Moody, John Petty, William Grade, Nicholas Loring, Antone Conrad, David Lenneville, Ernst Surprise, Ruben Treadwell, Wm. Kuger, James Wall, Michael O’Neil, James Hall, Michael Exford, R. Watters, Joseph Nails, Chas. Vallier, J. F. Mathews, O. L. Edwards, James Heath, Levi Sargent, Con Keifert, Alex. Urquhart, John Struck.

**ON Aug. 30th, as August Keneger was running a slab car to the fire bank at Eldred’s mill at Stiles, he slipped and fell under the car.  One wheel of the car ran over his face fracturing the lower jaw, and the car was only stopped by the hind wheel striking the boys neck.  The boy is doing well and has continued to work in the mill.

**J. CHASE who recently came to this city from Logansport, Ind., while out examining land last week in the town of Maple Valley with Mr. William Guthrie, got separated from him and straying away became lost. The settlers were notified and parties at once began search for him going in all directions where it was supposed he would be found.  He became lost Thursday and was not discovered until Saturday, he having been in the woods 48 hours.  He was found by John Kelley and a companion in an almost exhausted condition from travel and the want of rest and food.  Since Mr. Chase settled here, he has made many friends who are glad, that his experience was no worse.

**THE OCONTO REPORTER published last week a short article telling of the impudent and ungentlemanly treatment received at the hands of one of the puke promoters at the Oshkosh Insane Asylum by a local official who took a patient there.  The statement confirms exactly with the story told by several of our county officers of the manner in which they were treated when business called them thither.  If the papers of the state do their duty, the people will soon learn that while they have contributed liberally towards the erection and maintenance of this great benevolent institution, that it is made a sort of soft political infirmary for the especial benefit and pleasure of an assortment of snobbish medical dudes, who, if reports are true, evidently lack the very first elements of gentlemen.  But unless Divine Providence graciously interposes there is small grounds for any reasonable hopes of a reformation through the Board of Supervision so long as the very existence of the Board, and the tenure of office of the alleged medical assistants rest upon the same basis.  If Dr. Kempster when he occasionally visits the Asylum to draw his salary could possible spare the time to discharge “me too” Burchard, and to give his so-called assistants a hypodermic injection of equal parts of common sense and ordinary decency diluted with a weak tincture of brains, the people might be induced to overlook the accident of their birth and lack of medical knowledge.—Telephone, Juneau



OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
September 15, 1883


OBITUARY Died at her residence in the town of Gillett, near the village of Pulcifer, Tuesday night, Mrs. Eliza Tibbitts, wife of Hillman Tibbitts, aged 34 years, 9 months and 15 days.  The remains were brought to this city Wednesday night, and the funeral obsequies were held at the Methodist church Thursday afternoon, the services being conducted by the Rev. J.H. Kerr, pastor of the Presbyterian church, the pastor of the M. E. church being absent.  The music for the sad occasion was furnished by members from both choirs and the following gentlemen, members of the Odd Fellow’s Lodge in this city with which the bereaved husband is connected:  George Beyer, George D. Knapp, J. F. Renyolds, Al. Parker, H. Thiele, and Felix Johnson acted as pall bearers.  The church was crowded by the friends of the deceased, who with her husband resided in this city many years and was universally beloved and respected by all who enjoyed her acquaintance.  She was an earnest temperance worker and advocate, and while not a communicant of any church was in sympathy with every good word and work., and encouraged by her words and action every effort tending to the up lifting of men and the making of society purer and better.  The deceased was a daughter of Cyrus and Maranda Folsom of this city and was born at East Mathias, Me., from which place her parents moved about 17 years ago.  By her death her parents lose a dutiful and affectionate daughter, the husband a loving and devoted wife, the children (seven) a fond and tender mother, and society one who was kind hearted, sympathetic and a warm friend.  The aged parents, the heart broken husband and the little ones left without a mother’s care, have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.  The remains were interred in the Oconto Cemetery, being followed there by a large concourse of people as a last sad token of respect for one they had loved in life.

**LAST Saturday afternoon, Claus Vollmer who had been doing chores for the past two years for George Beyer died suddenly of the heart disease at the residence of the latter.  The deceased was a native of Germany, in the 70th year of his age, somewhat peculiar in his tastes and manners and without relatives in this country.  His funeral took place Tuesday, the sermon being preached by the Rev. J. H. Kerr of the Presbyterian church.

**MR AND MRS. E. C. WHITNEY lost their babe by death, last Monday evening after an illness of short duration.  The funeral took place from their residence Wednesday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. J. H. Kerr, pastor of the Presbyterian church.  The remains were interred in the cemetery near Brookside, beside the body of their oldest daughter who died abut two years ago.  The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all in their bereavement and love.

**DAN ROSA carries one of his feet in a sling and get around with the aid of a crutch and cane.  In a few days he will be able to shoulder his crutch and show them how they fought at Bunker Hill—and will not scuffle any more.

**FRANK BIDWELL, of Brookside, met a big black bear on the road near the town hall.  He emptied the contents of his gun into his bearship and they then parted company. Bruin is probably going, wondering what tickled him so.

**ONE DAY last week, J.J. Porter shot a skunk in his yard that weighed 54 pounds and stunk a ton.  Since then, Mr. P. has been obliged to carry chlorate of lime home by the pailful to sweeten the atmosphere in the vicinity of his residence.

**A COLORED individual answering to the historical name of Jefferson, but commonly called Jim, was arrested at the Smith farm in the town of Oconto Tuesday morning, by city marshal Don Levy, upon a warrant charging him with threatening to annihilate the several members of the Smith family, but more especially George Sr., who he averred, he would convert into a strainer by puncturing his corpus with bullets from an arsenal which he carries around upon his person for just such amusement.  After his arrest, the officer brought him to the city and introduced him to jailer Call, who granted him breakfast, after which, he was escorted before Squire Hart who granted him an adjournment until Friday, after he had plead “not guilty” to the charge contained in the complaint.  No one appearing to go his bail he was again accompanied to the bastile, there to remain until the day of trial, which occurred Friday, and was permitted to “skip” out to save the county cost.



OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
 September 22, 1883


MR. AND MRS. ISAAC Dickey have the sympathy of the community in the death of their son aged 15 months, which occurred last Thursday afternoon.  The child was running around and was finally missed.  Search was instituted and in about half an hour it was found in a vault where it had accidentally fallen.  All efforts to resuscitate it proved in vain.  The funeral took place from the residence on Saturday.

**BELLE ROBARGE  vs  John Robarge, case from Florence county.  Degree of divorce granted.

**LAST Wednesday evening between the hours of eight and nine, while James Alder, of Escanaba, was returning from Frenchtown where he had been on business, he was attacked by four ruffians as he was passing along that portion of Oregon street, which passes through the Oconto Company’s lumber yard.  As soon as he discovered that his assailants were about to “hold him up,” he pulled his revolver and told them to git and they got, as they wanted to preserve their worthless lives a while longer.  It is reported that several parties have been robbed of late in that part of the city.  There is an officer hired by the city authorities expressly for the purpose of protecting citizens, but it seems that he is never around when his services would be of value.  The city marshal should go up there and gather up a few toughs, among them, one Smith, and escort them outside the city limits and set them adrift with the cheering information if they ever return, they will be shot on sight.

**CIRCUIT COURT
D. CORNISH vs. Ellen E. Cornish.  Decree of divorce granted. FRANK RICE vs. Rose L. Rice. Decree of divorce granted.




OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
September 29, 1883


MARRIED. LINDER—AHLBORG.  A pleasant wedding occurred at the Lutheran church in Marinette, Friday evening, at 8 o’clock September 21st 1883, the contracting parties being Rev. F. A. Linder of Marinette and Miss Alma C. Ahlborg, of Oconto, Rev. M. Frykman, pastor of the church performing the ceremony.  The happy couple were attended by A. F. Esson, of Oconto, a cousin of the bride, and Miss Minnie Glynn of Oconto, the bride entering the church which was well filled by the friends of the party, leaning upon the arm of her cousin followed by the bridegroom escorting the bridesmaid, in the meantime Miss Amanda Olson the organist playing a wedding march. Rev. F. A. Linder is a very excellent young man, and the bride a very estimable lady, who have many friends here and elsewhere that wish them all the happiness imaginable.

AT REST FARLEY.—Passed to a higher life, September 21st 1883, Owen Farley, aged 71 years. Mr. Farley came to Pensaukee, Oconto county, Wis., in 1853, and has resided here ever since.  He engaged extensively in the lumber trade, in which he was very successful.  He also purchased a tract of wild land, which he cleared, and upon which he erected buildings that were second to none in the county.  He was a kind husband, a fond father, and an accommodating and obliging neighbor.  During his long residence here he was known to almost every one in county, and was universally liked for his genial disposition and affable manners, which won him friends wherever he went. The funeral obsequies were held at Brookside, the sermon being preached by the Rev. J. h. Kerr, of Oconto.  The large concourse of people who came to pay their last respects to the departed and drop a tear of sympathy with the bereaved, attested the respect of the community for him who had laid down life’s burden and entered in at the pearly gates to enjoy life in a higher and more exalted state. Mrs. Farley, wife of the deceased, says words are inadequate to express her thanks to the many friends for the kindness and sympathy manifested during the sickness, death, and the last rites for the departed husband and father.  M. SUTTON.  Brookside, Sept. 25, 1883.

**THE funeral of Owen Farley, on Sunday last, was the largest ever held at this place, and attested the high esteem in which he was held by all.

**A FATAL accident occurred in the Peshtigo Co.’s mill, at Peshtigo, on Monday forenoon, a German by the name of August Schroeder while operating a butting saw, being struck from behind by a heavy slab and knocked over into the saw, severing his left fore arm and cutting an opening eight or ten inches long into the abdominal cavity, from the left side, from which his bowels protruded.  The bowels and the hip bone of the left side were frightfully lacerated by the saw.  Death relieved the unfortunate man from his sufferings in three hours after the accident.

**ON MONDAY afternoon, a German named Aug. Bubletz, in the Peshtigo Harbor mill,  was caught between two cog-wheels in such a manner as to relieve him of a patch of skin and superficial fat, four or five inches in diameter from the left leg just behind the knee joint.  The accident is not serious.  The man is doing well and will recover.

**THREE or more insane persons, who are quiet, are to be returned from the Asylum at Oshkosh to this county, on account of this county having more than its quota in that institution. They will be kept at the county jail.

**LAST Saturday morning while Clarence Halbert was at work in the Oconto company’s box factory, his right hand came in contact with a buzz saw and his thumb was severed and fingers considerably mangled.  The wounds were dressed and though painful, are doing as well as could be expected.

**PETER CONNACHER, of Canada, has settled in this city with his family. He is a hardworking, industrious man, just the kind we need.  They will live on Section street south.

**WE learn through a gentleman who has seen the individual, that there is a man living the life of a hermit near Death’s Door or Kewaunee point, whose vertebra is so right that he cannot turn his body either to the right or left, nor bend forward or backward.  During the summer the poor fellow subsists on roots and berries, and in the winter upon fish which he manages to catch through the ice.  It was impossible to ascertain the man’s name or nationality as he does not seem to have the least comprehension of anything that is said to him in a half dozen different languages.  He lives quite a distance from any neighbor or settlement, and is an object of charity that should be looked after by the proper authorities of Door county.

**THE REPORTER learns from a communication from St. Nathans (Chase), that squire Ed. Lane, of that place is losing his eye sight, the sight of one eye being entirely gone.  Having rented his farm, he started Tuesday for Michigan, where he will place himself under the care of  a skillful Oculist, who thinks that he can save the sight of one eye, if not restore the vision of the other.  It is to be earnestly hoped that he will be successful and that friend Lane will return with his eyesight fully restored.  It is also learned from the same communication, that there has been quite a revival of religion in that vicinity, under the ministration of the Rev. Mr. Dickey, of the Methodist Episcopal church. Many have accepted of the overtures of mercy, and many are inquiring the way to light and life. And that the crops in that part of the county have been seriously injured by the frost, so much so, that the farmers do anticipate more than a half crop of corn and vegetables.

**SOME WEEKS since one of the Oconto papers made some damaging charges, if true, against the Northern Hospital, which it printed editorially.  A few days after a citizen of Oconto called on the Advocate, stating that he was the author of the article, that he had been an inmate or patient in both the State Asylum, &c.  After talking quite rationally for a while, this man suddenly became “wild as a hawk” and we as suddenly parted company with him, feeling that he was not a safe man to be at large, much less to furnish editorials for newspapers.  We now learn that he has been again returned by the Oconto authorities to Asylum, being considered dangerous. Most of the charges against the Northern Asylum have been traced to insane people, either inmates of the Asylum or those who have been inmates and returned to the counties from which they were sent, as uncurable, to make room for more recent cases, and the papers that give currency to their crazy statements show a great want of self respect and a reckless disregard for truth.



OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
 October 6, 1883


**SHERRIF Thomas Simpson went to the Northern Asylum for the Insane Monday, and returned on Tuesday with Theodore Prohl, Chris Meyer and William McDowell, the quota in the Asylum from this county being more than full.  The patients are quite and peaceable disposed and it is just as well that they should be kept at home as at the Asylum.

**TERRIBLE ACCIDENT. Wednesday last, John Bureby who lives near the Maple Valley Station on the Wis. & Mich. Railroad, met with a terrible accident that may prove fatal.  He was engaged in chopping off the top of a large maple tree that had blown down and when he severed the top the trunk flew up throwing him quite a distance, and in falling he fractured the vertebrae between the base of the skull and the shoulders and injured the spinal cord.  His limbs are paralyzed and he lays upon his back unable to be help himself in the least.  He is about forty years of age, married, and the father of several children who depend entirely upon his labor for support.



OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
October 13, 1883


NOT THE END. DIED at the residence in this city of her daughter, Mrs. J. S. McKenzie, October 5, 1883, at 11 o'clock a. m. Mrs. Laura A. Purse, aged 43 years, 10 months and 5 days. The deceased was born at Poltop, Vt., where she resided with her parents until 1849, when they moved to this state settling at Oshkosh, where she resided until her marriage.  Her husband died at Springfield, Ill., in 1860, leaving her with two children, a son and daughter at the early age of 21, who she provided for until they were able to care for her.  In 1874 she came to this city and made her home with her daughter Mrs. McKenzie until her death with a cancer, and bore her sufferings with fortitude and Christian resignation and died calmly and peacefully, trusting that all would be well. The funeral services were held at the M. E. church Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Yarwood officiating in the absence of a regular pastor and her remains were followed to their last resting place by many who know her and appreciated her social and Christian worth.

**JAMES ELLIOTT, who had run camps for the Oconto Company for many years, but who for the past few months had conducted the Lafayette House in Frenchtown, died last Monday, after a short illness of a fever.

**SHERIFF Thomas Simpson returned Thursday afternoon from the Northern Hospital for the Insane with the following named incurables:  Charles Sorenson, Nelson Birmingham and Herman Signitz who were sent back on account of the crowded condition of the hospital.  There are now nine insane persons confined in the county jail who will probably remain there, until they die or are removed to other quarters to be provided for them by the county, which should be done at the earliest possible moment.



OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
October 20, 1883


MARRIED BERRY — POUSE.  At the residence of the bride's parents in the city of Marinette, on the 17th day of October, 1883, by the Rev. J. D. Cole, pastor of the M.E. Church in that place.  Mr. Ed Berry and Miss Ella Pouse, both of Marinette. Mr. Berry resided in this city for many years, in fact spent his boyhood here.  He is a young man of sterling principles, fine morals and business acumen, and has a host of friends here who will wish him joy and prosperity in his new departure.  The bride is a most excellent young lady, accomplished and popular.  Both are fortunate and both have the kindest wishes of the REPORTER for their success in life.  Mrs. L. F. Berry, the grooms mother, and Miss Henrietta Lamkey, were in attendance at the wedding.

OBITUARY DIED, at her residence in this city, Oct. 9th, 1883, Mrs. Archie Mott, aged 32 years.  She was born at Armstrong’s Brook, N. B., where she resided until 1869, when she moved to this city which was her home until her death.  She was a communicant of the Methodist Episcopal church, and had so lived that when called to “pass through the dark valley” it was without fear or misgiving, her trust being in One Mighty to save.  Mrs. Mott was a kind neighbor, a sympathetic friend, devoted mother and an affectionate wife.  By her death a happy home circle is broken and five children, two boys and three girls, all of tender years, lost the care of a thoughtful and self-sacrificing mother, and a husband the counsel and affection of a true wife and woman, who in their bereavement and grief, have the sympathy of all who know them. (transcriber’s note: N. B. is what was printed in the newspaper)

**MR. AND MRS. JOHN FOLLETT lost their babe by death, Saturday morning of last week.  It was buried Sunday afternoon, the funeral services being held at their residence on Court Street.

**C.B. KNOWLTON, formerly a resident of this city and of the range, but now of the new and thriving town of Crivitz, on the junction of the Wisconsin and Michigan railroad, received a telegram one day this week announcing the death of his wife sister living in Maine, at the hands of a man who in vain sought her hand in marriage.  Her refusal to wed him turned his head and in a wild moment he shot and killed her, afterward killing himself.  The lady was highly respected and well known and her violent death has called forth many expressions of sympathy. (From the EAGLE)

**VIC SCHONFIELD has been appointed local agent in this city for the State Steamship company, whose vessels ply between Glasgow and New York, and is prepared to sell tickets to those going to or returning from Europe.

**A YEAR ago last November little Willie Dickinson was stolen from his parents at Florence, since which time every effort possible has been made to discover his whereabouts, but without avail.  Recently, a clue was discovered that led his parents to believe that their child was taken to Cornwall, England, and Captain Dickinson has offered a reward in that country of 500 pounds sterling for the recovery of their lost child.

**Leroy Bennyhoff who resided in this city a number of years ago, but now a resident of Logoodtee, Ill., is here visiting his sister, Mrs. A. D. Washburn.

**ON WEDNESDAY evening last, while Wm. Thielena, a juryman, was driving out to his home in Humboldt from this city, he fell from his wagon and sustained such injuries to his back as to paralyze the lower portion of his body.  Dr. Rhode was called.  The case is a desperate one.

**WE LEARN that the young people of Marinette are considerably exercised over the reported marriage, soon, of the second daughter of Hon. Isaac Stephenson.  It will undoubtedly be a brilliant affair.

OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
October 27, 1883


**CHARLES (WILSON) LINGREN and August Johnson were arrested Wednesday afternoon by Sheriff Simpson, upon a complaint charging them with stealing and butchering a cow, the property of Henry Sherer.  Upon their arrest they were taken to the county jail, where they remained until Thursday forenoon, when they were taken before Justice Bailey, who, after an examination bound them over to the circuit court, fixing bail at $500 each.

**COMMUNICATION.  LOWELL, WIS., Oct. 25, 1883. EDITOR REPORTER:--Our only son (very dear to us) being partially insane, was sent to the northern hospital for the insane, for calm and medical treatment.  We intrusted him, our dearest earthly treasure, to the officers of that institution, thinking that he would be well cared for, but, for some reason, he was so neglected as to admit of his escape from the asylum, and two weeks have elapsed since he went away, yet no effort, as far as we have been able to learn, has been made for his capture and return to the asylum.  We have written to the officers of the hospital and have made a visit there in person, but all the satisfaction we could obtain was, “As soon as he is found we will let you know.”  Such a cold, mechanical answer is enough to almost break our hearts, which are already bowed to the earth with sorrow because of the terrible affliction that has fallen upon our only son, upon whom we expected to lean in our declining years.  Now this terrible suspense seems more than we can bear, and what makes it more painful is that he escaped through the neglect of those to whom we intrusted him. We feel, that as this is the case, that as little as they can do is to make every effort in their power to find him, and we ask all to aid us in the recovery of our son.  His name is O. A. Runyan. He is rather above medium height, dark hair and eyebrows, dark grey eyes, with fair complexion.  He is very slim and 29 years of age.  When he left the asylum he wore a dark, mixed suit.  Any information as to his whereabouts will be liberally rewarded by Yours, &c, M. A. RUNYAN, S. RUNYAN



OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
November 3, 1883


A SAD ENDING.  Last Wednesday night George Daniels, who had worked in this city as a tinsmith for the past three years, retired to rest at the City hotel, in good health.  The next morning, he not appearing for breakfast, his room was visited and the discovery made that during the night he had died, either a natural death or by his own hand. The county corner, Carl Bentz, empaneled a jury, and an inquest was held which resulted in a verdict to the effect that the deceased came to his death by a draught of laudanum administered by his own hand with suicidal intent.  The evidence adduced before the jury established the fact that he had purchased an ounce and a half of laudanum which he had taken, the bottle which contained the same being found in his room. The deceased was very intemperate and had, through his fondness for intoxicants, lost several situations of late, which evidently influenced him to take his life. He was a native of Kalamazoo, Mich., where his parents reside, who are very respectable people, and George, when sober, was a man of considerable intelligence and a gentleman in his deportment.  Liquor was the cause of his downfall and indirectly the cause of his death. His remains were buried Thursday afternoon with unseeming haste and without the rites of Christian burial, although in a Christian community.  It was probably as well as could have been done under the circumstances. George, although a young man comparatively speaking, had seen considerable trouble, which may have influenced him to drink.  Had his “lines been cast in pleasant places” it is very probable that he would have been a good citizen and member of society.  Will E. Barlow, for whom he had labored in the past, generously bore a part of the expenses of his burial, and followed his remains to their last resting place in the “silent city of the dead.”

**A PARTY of deer hunters from Chicago, while hunting on the Menominee river one day last week, left their camp unprotected, and upon their return discovered nothing but ashes, the camp having been destroyed by fire during their absence.  The fire is supposed to have been set by Indians.  Loss $1,000 in arms, clothes and camp equipage.

**THE REPORT of A. O. Wright, secretary of the state board of charities and reform for the year ending September 30th last, will contain the following in regard to Oconto and its jail: “Oconto county is still satisfied with its fire-trap of a jail and keeps eleven insane men constantly, together with forty-four different prisoners during the past year, in a jail constructed wholly of wood, with a single narrow staircase and heated by wood-stoves.  The insane men are well treated by the jailor.”

**SUNDAY morning the 8:30 passenger train going east from Iron Mountain, Mich., ran over the body of a Swede by the name of John Peterson, about a mile east of that place, who had previously been murdered and placed there to carry the impression that he had been killed by the train.  His cousin, Frank Peterson, who was with him the night previous, has been arrested on suspicion of having murdered him for his money, he being a timberman at the Chapin mine and possessed of considerable money.

**CHAS. S. McKENZIE, the leanest man, and Will F. Johns, the fattest man in Gillett, were in the city Wednesday.  They are a jolly pair, and it takes threes to beat them for fun, good nature, good sense and worth as citizens.

**MRS. THOMAS SCRIPTURE, of Stiles, has been seriously ill during the week, and no hopes are entertained for her recovery.

**THOMAS TUNNAY, who was injured last February while at work at the Oconto Company’s mill, still walks with the aid of crutches.

**SEVEN deer hounds belonging to N. L. McCauslin and his son Henry, were burnt to death recently in a hovel on the farm of Holt & Balcom on McCauslin Brook.  It seems that a party of Indians came to the farm during the day and were ordered away and left, but returned during the night and set fire to the hovel in which the dogs were confined and it and they were burned up.

**THE following is a list of new inventions for which patents were recently granted to Wisconsin inventors, reported by Erwin & Benedict, patent attorneys, 304 East Water street, Milwaukee, Wis.: Sand band for vehicles, W.Cole, Menomonee; seed-bar tooth, G.D. Rowell, Appleton; reversible cultivator tooth, G.D. Rowell, Appleton; Crank-plate for bolster springs, J. Smith, Caldwell Prairie.

**C.L. WARNER caught a silver eel in the bay last Monday morning.  It was two feet and seven inches in length and weighed four pounds, and was the first ever caught in the bay or any of its tributaries.

**THE REPORTER is in receipt of a communication from a gentleman residing in the town of Pensaukee in which he desires that the attention of the County Board he called to the fact that he will take Nelson Birmingham, an insane person now supported by this county and keep him as long as he shall live, in consideration of the county giving him a clear title to the farm in Pensaukee owned by said insane person. Probably Mr. Birmingham has relatives who would be willing to do the same thing for the same consideration.

**CHARLES ELLNER and S. C. Orr have located permanently in Oregon.  Mrs. Ellner will leave for her new home in the far west on or about the 1st of December next.

**MRS. O. F. TRUDELL visited friends at Green Bay, the early part of the week, and will in a few days leave for the southern part of the state where she and Eva will tarry during the winter.



OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
 November 10, 1883


AN OLD MAN by the name of Trudell who had lived in the north-eastern portion of this state for many years, but who for the past few years had been a resident of Green Bay from which place he made begging expeditions to neighboring villages and cities will visit this city no more, unless he comes in the spirit form to plague those who sold him villainous whiskey and then turned him out of doors on a cold, wet, dismal night to die in the street.  Last Thursday morning, he was found lying in one of the streets in Frenchtown in an unconscious condition and died soon after being removed to a house near where he had lain during the night.  His death was undeniably caused by excessive dissipation and adds another victim to the long list of deaths for which liquor is responsible.  The deceased has sons residing in Green Bay and Marinette and many relatives living in this part of the state who occupy good positions in society, and who are in comfortable financial circumstances who would have been glad to have taken care of the old man had he consented to have remained with them.  But he preferred a nomadic life the better to satisfy his appetite for intoxicants which caused his death.

**A MISTAKE was made last week in stating that the silver eel mentioned was caught by C. L. Warner.  The eel was caught in a net belonging to K. G. House and lifted by men in his employ, among whom was Mr. Warner.

**THE GREEN BAY ADVOCATE corrects us in regard to the statement that the silver eel caught last week was the first ever caught in the bay or any of its tributaries.  It says that one was recently taken in the Fox river, and at the time when the Wisconsin river overflowed into the Fox, a couple of years ago, several varieties of Mississippi river fish evidently came over with the flood and have been caught there since.  We stand corrected, Frank, but want more eels.

**DR. BOLD amputated the end of his left thumb Monday morning, while attempting to decapitate a chicken.  The fowl wiggled at the wrong time, and the hatchet fell upon the Dr’s. thumb instead of its neck, much to the medicine mans disgust.



OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
November 17,1883


ORANGE BLOSSOMS OLIVER—LINKS.  At the Presbyterian church in this city Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1883, by the Rev. J. H. Kerr pastor, Mr. W. G. Oliver and Miss Carrie Links, both of this city. The bridal party entered the church a quarter to 12 m. in the following order:  Mr. Joseph Ford and Miss Alma Links, the bride’s sister, Mr. Edward Links, the bride’s brother and Miss Dora Arnold, Mr. Will Links, the bride’s brother and the bride, W. G. Oliver the bridegroom and Mrs. Links, the brides mother and Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Gilkey, of Green Bay, uncle and aunt of the bride.  As the party entered the auditorium of the church, Doctor Wilcox the organist played a wedding march during which the bridal cortege passed up the central aisle to the alter where they were met by the officiating clergyman who married them according to the short simple and beautiful service of the Presbyterian church.  At the close of the ceremony the happy couple retired from the church, and were at once driven to the depot of the St. Paul Eastern railroad where they took the 12:35 train for Chicago, where they will visit until the earlier part of next week. The bride wore a traveling suit which was very becoming indeed, and looked exceedingly pretty as she stood at the alter. Mrs. Oliver has resided in this city nearly all her life and has a multitude of friends who wish her every joy imaginable in her new relation. Dr. Oliver has resided in this city a number of years, and has been successful in making many friends. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver were the recipient of many elegant presents. The REPORTER extends to the happy couple its blessing.

**ON THE 6th inst. Harry J. Brown and Miss Chippie, second daughter of Hon. Isaac Stephenson, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony at the elegant residence of the bride’s father.  Harry is lucky, Chippie is fortunate and both should be happy as long as life shall last.  The REPORTER pronounces its benediction “May the Lord bless you and cause His face to shine upon you.”

**FRED KIRCHMAN, chief of the engineer corps of the St. Paul Eastern railroad slipped away very quietly one day last week and went to Milwaukee where he was married to a most estimable lady, a resident of that city.  After the happy and auspicious event, Mr. Kirchman and bride tarried with friends a few days and then came to this city, reaching here last Sunday morning.  They occupy a delightful suite of rooms in the Watterich block and are at home to their friends.

**W. N. GRAY, who eloped from Marinette with a pretty school-marm, has returned and has been forgiven by his wife.  The school-marm, who left her school and character, has returned to the home of her parents, where she will be shunned as were the lepers of old.  The public may draw the mantle of charity over the action of the man in leaving a devoted wife in delicate health without means among strangers, but will it be equally as charitable toward the misguided girl? We hope so.

**LATE TUESDAY NIGHT, WHILE Charles E. Weidner was returning home from the business portion of the city, he was met on Superior street bridge by two footpads, who held him up and after robbing him threw him off the bridge into the river.  He would have drowned, had it not been for his overcoat, which kept him afloat until he reached Hold and Balcom’s draw bridge, where he managed to crawl out.

**ON THE 11th inst., Jack Parish a well known young man of Green Bay, while drunk, entered the apartments of a Mr. Ingersoll, saying that he wanted to see a disreputable woman who had formerly lived in the house. Ingersoll told him that the woman did not live there and ordered him out.  Parish drew a knife and attempted to assault Ingersoll who drew a revolver and shot him, the ball making a flesh wound only.  Ingersoll surrendered himself to the police and he and Parish were lodged in the county jail.

**THE LAST NUMBER of the Green Bay Advocate contains an account of the death at Marinette a week ago Friday of Mrs. Elizabeth A. Follett, with whom many of the old residents of this city were acquainted, she having resided at Green Bay upwards of forty years.  It says:  A few months ago she submitted to a surgical operation for the removal of a cancer and had never fully recovered.  She died peacefully and calmly while sitting in her chair.  She was a lady most known in the domestic circle, quiet and unobtrusive, of good mental endowments, patient in the extreme, kindly, charitable and self-reliant.

**AUGUST JOHNSON, one of the parties confined in the county jail for stealing and butchering a cow, the property of Henry Sherer, escaped Wednesday morning, since which time he has been at liberty  He is probably in haste to leave as much distance between this city and himself as he can in the shortest period of time.

**ANTONE LAZHONSKY (?) while hunting on the Peshtigo river, Wednesday, was accidentally shot by a Mr. Holmes of Green Bay.  He was shot in the face, shoulder and chest, an entire load of buckshot entering his person.  His face was badly lacerated, but none of the wounds are dangerous, which was a miracle, as one of the shots struck in the forehead and passed around his head to the nape of the neck, and another struck just in front of a jugular vein.



OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
November 24, 1883


DIED.  Last Saturday forenoon, John H. Goddard, Sr., of Brookside, died very suddenly of heart disease on the road while returning from Pensaukee, where he had been for the mail.  It seems that he had purchased a fractious horse a few weeks ago and the morning of his death, drove the animal over to Pensaukee and had experienced considerable trouble.  On returning, it would appear from circumstances, that the horse had become unmanageable.  Mr. G. not feeling well had stopped to tie the animal to a telegraph pole and had fallen down while engaged in doing so. The deceased was 62 years old, thirty years of which he had passed in this county, except the three years he spent in the army during the rebellion as a soldier in the 12th Wis. Infty, Vols.  He was a good man and universally liked by his neighbors and acquaintances, and stood high in the estimation of the leading men in the county. His funeral obsequies took place Monday in the school house, at Brookside, the Rev. S. H. Couch, of the M. E. church officiating. The house was crowded with the relatives and friends of the departed and a procession of 60 teams followed his remains to the grave. In the death of Mr. Goddard the community loses a kind neighbor, society a worthy member and the state a valuable citizen.

**THE SAD NEWS was brought to the city Tuesday afternoon that Hunter Orr, of West Pensaukee, had been instantly killed on the forenoon of that day by reason of his team running away and throwing him from his buggy upon his head and breaking his neck.  It affords us pleasure to be able to inform our readers and the many friends of Mr. Hunter here and elsewhere, that he is in the land of the living, in the enjoyment of good health and that the prospects are favorable for his living a good many years to come.

**NELSON CHRISTIANSON, a Norwegian about 40 years old, fell from the platform leading to the cupalo in Delaney’s foundry at Fort Howard, one day last week, and broke his neck.

**IN VIEW OF THE FACT that he has become quite infirm, being in his 78th year, and the further fact that he may be absent from the city the most of the winter, Mr. Edwin Hart has concluded to resign as justice of the peace for the East ward.  His resignation, we understand, has been placed in the hands of the city clerk, and is to take effect immediately.  Mr. Hart has held the office twenty years or more, and has given general satisfaction, and administered the law with justice to all.



OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
 December 1, 1883


A VERY QUIET WEDDING was celebrated in Abrams on Tuesday, Nov. 27.  The parties most interested were Miss Carrie Delano and Mr. Lawrence Bell. The marriage ceremony was performed by Hunter Orr, justice of the peace.  The bride was the recipient of many handsome presents.  Mr. and Mrs. Bell will take a short trip to Milwaukee, where Mr. Bell’s parents reside.

**COMPLAINTS HAVE BEEN MADE to Justice Orr, against E. Signor and his wife, for cruelty to Mr. Signor’s children.  It has long been known to many that these children are half clothed, half starved and cruelly beaten, especially by Mrs. Signor, who is step-mother to the children; still it has been allowed to go on, unnoticed until scarcely a day passes that the little girl does not come to school with fresh marks of violence on her person.  It is to be hoped that something may be done to ameliorate the condition of these children.  The vicious effects of neglect and ill treatment are plainly visible, both in the face and manner of the little girl, who is naturally bright and good tempered.

**N. C. GILKEY, met with a painful accident one day last week, while in the woods on an exploring expedition, cutting one of his limbs quite badly with hand axe, which he was using.  He came to the city and sent for Dr. Beebe who dressed the wound which will keep N. C. in the house for a few days.

**LAST MONDAY  EVENING John Daly of Gillett, left this city about dark to return to his home.  When just outside of the city limits on the main river road, he overtook a traveler who asked him for a ride and he took him in.  A mile or so further on he overtook two more travelers whom he also took into his wagon.  After passing the Comstock farm one of the party struck him upon the head with some blunt instrument which rendered him insensible, and robbed him of what valuables he had upon his person and then threw him out of the wagon upon the ground.  After throwing Mr. Daly out of the wagon, they unhitched the horses from the wagon and tied them to the rear end of the same, not before however, throwing the whiffletree over the fence into a field.  Mr. Daly remained where he was until the next morning when he was discovered and taken to the residence of Mr. Johnson, who came to the city after medical aid.  Mr. Daly’s hands and feet being considerably frost bitten, Monday night being as all will remember terribly cold.  Dr. Beebe visited the unfortunate man and applied such lotions and remedies as was necessary to remove the frost from his limbs.  He had recovered sufficiently to admit of his removal to his home Thursday, but it will be a long time before he will be able to perform any labor.  It being dark,  he did not recognize the parties whom he so kindly gave rides and the probabilities are that they will escape all punishment but more especially the punishment they deserve—hanging.

**JOSEPH PECOR, who was reported dead about a year ago, was in the city Sunday visiting his family.  He looks as if he would live always, being fat healthy and jolly.

**A LITTLE SON of Samuel Talmedge came very near getting drowned Thursday. While skating on the river, he broke through the ice and was rescued by Rudolph Grunert.

**A LITTLE SON of David Wedgewood, of Little Suamico, Saturday last, was kicked on the left side of the head by vicious colt, making a bad and painful wound.  Drs. Brett and Beck, of Green Bay, were sent for and dressed the wound and are now attending the little fellow.



OCONTO COUNTY
REPORTER December 8, 1883


**GEO. F. KELLY, of Florence, was a passenger to Oconto Monday, where Mrs. K. has been residing for several weeks with her parents.  He was in a great hurry, and had but time to express the wish that he hoped it would be a boy.  Mr. Kelly has dissolved partnership with R. B. Webb at Florence, and will go into business for himself.—Star, Marinette.

**PETER DON LEVY our wide awake city marshal was called to Milwaukee the earlier part of last week by the death of a relative; and tarried in that city until Saturday.

**WE HAVE TAKEN pains to ascertain the facts in regard to the matter of the Signor children in the town of Pensaukee, and find that our correspondent labored under a misapprehension of the facts, and that there has been little or no cause of complaint in regard to the treatment of the children by their parents.

**WE ARE IN RECEIPT of a circular letter from the Secretary of the State Board of Health in which lumbermen are urged in the interest of humanity and economy, to insist that all their employees be protected by efficient vaccination from all risks of the small pox, which is more prevalent in lumbering camps than in other places.

**SOMETIME since, a man giving the name of Gus. Johnson was arrested for being implicated in stealing and butchering a cow, the property of Henry Scherer.  His right name was G. A. Oliver and our townsman August Johnson who is one of our best citizens has been considerable annoyed by the confounding of his name with that of the criminal, he having received several letters asking him about the matter.



OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
ecember 15, 1883


**EDWIN HART ESQ., who for the past few weeks has been visiting at LeMars, Iowa, has been quite ill of late, but has recovered sufficiently to admit of his going to Pennsylvania, to attend to important affairs in the interest of his brother.  Upon his return March 1st next, he will come direct to this city and answer all charges against him, and at the same time vindicate his character and attend to those who have maligned him during his absence.

**PATRICK FLINN, of this city and Mrs. John Driscoll, of Gillett, were taken to the Northern Hospital for the Insane Monday morning.

**MR. CALL who has charge of the county jail, has experienced considerable trouble with the insane under his care, arising from excitement on their part, caused by conversing with outsiders while outside the jail.  If people knew what trouble they occasioned they would refrain from talking with the unfortunates.



OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
December 29, 1883


**MRS. CHARLES ELLNER, of Brookside has left for Echo, Oregon, with her children, where she will join her husband who has purchased a thousand acre farm near that place.

**ACCORDING TO THE REPORT made to the Secretary of State, there were in this county during the year of 1883, 104 marriages, 103 births and 27 deaths as against 76 marriages, 97 births and 19 deaths in 1882.

**MRS. STEWART,  Mrs. Charles Cook’s mother, lingers between life and death, but bears up with a Christian fortitude and resignation that demonstrates that there is a reality and power in the Christian religion.

**A WEEK AGO Tuesday night, a man by the name of Alexander H. Crooke, committed suicide by hanging himself in a grove of small pines near the north end of the road bridge between Marinette and Menominee.  He was a hard drinker, and it is suppose that despairing of conquering his appetite and being a man among men, he made his exit from this world by his own hand.

**ON  CHRISTMAS MORNING Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Oliver awoke to find themselves almost powerless to move.  Their condition was caused by gas escaping from a coal stove in the room in which they slept.  After several efforts the doctor succeeded in reaching the stove and opening the cut-off, and in opening a door leading into a hall, which allowed the gas to escape and admitted fresh air.

**JAMES A. HINES whose home is in New London, but who is now living at St. Nathan (Chase)  in this county, was in the city Thursday and being an old soldier and a member of the G.A.R., dropped in and made us a friendly and fraternal call.  Mr. Hines entered the army when but nine years of age and served until the close of the war being one of the youngest to wear the blue.

**ONE OF THE INSANE men confined at the county jail, but who is permitted to roam around at pleasure, went to Stiles the earlier part of last week where he got drunk, in which condition he was shipped back to this city and in which condition he remained until Thursday night, when he was taken back to the jail.  Such conduct should not be allowed, and the man that sold him the liquor should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

**MR. JOHN OLESON, of the Bay Shore, has moved.  He now lives 1 ½ miles east of the switch to take charge of a gang of men for Mr. R. B. Taylor his wife does the cooking for them.

**MISS ELLA BENT, met with quite a serious accident Friday evening. While trying the short cut from the depot to the store, she fell on the railroad track and dislocated her shoulder.  Doctor Oshwaldt was called and reduced the dislocation, and she is doing nicely.  Her Abrams friends made her a Christmas present of a receipted doctors bill.  By the way, the doctor is winning golden opinions in this community.

**THE MANY FRIENDS in this city of Miss Lillie Reinhart are pained to learn of her continued illness and the further fact that her improvement is very slow.

**MR. AND MRS. L. COLEMAN of Waukesha Wis. Spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Morgan, returning home Thursday morning.
 



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