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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
** 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
**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
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
H.J. Thompson, manager of Gardner's interests at Pensaukee, was in town
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
** 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
**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
**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
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
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
**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
**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
**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
**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
**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
**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
**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
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
**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
OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
April 14, 1883
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
**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
**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
**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
Oconto County Reporter
April 28, 1883
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
**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
**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
**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,
**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
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
**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
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.
**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.
**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
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
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.
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
**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
***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
**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
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
“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
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
** 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
**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
**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
**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
**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
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
**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
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
**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
**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
**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,
**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
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
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
**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
**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
**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
**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
**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
**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
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
OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER
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
**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
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
**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
**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.
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
**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
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
**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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