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Flash From The Past - 1892

Oconto County Reporter
News 1892
Transcribed by Maxine Nichols
Researched by Cathe Ziereis

Oconto County Reporter
1 January 1892

Cyrus Hansen, of Norway, Michigan came home to spend the holidays with his parents.

Frank Porter, of Duluth, came home Christmas day to spend a week with his parents.

Orville Hardy, principal of the high school at Escanaba, Michigan, came down yesterday morning to spend a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Hardy

Sharbonno, the burglar confined in the county jail, made an attempt to regain his liberty on Christmas night but fortunately was prevented by the prompt work of the turnkey, Chris Farrell, who tussled with the prisoner until Sheriff Hurley arrived on the scene.  On the evening in question the prisoner, who was in the corridor, was standing against the wall close by the door and just as Chris opened the door to go in, Sharbonno darted out.  Chris, however, was just as active and as the prisoner passed out he grabbed him by the coat at the same time calling lustily for the Sheriff.  Sharbonno attempted to break loose from the turnkey at the same time working his way toward the street and had just reached the sidewalk when Sheriff Hurley, who heard the rumpus arrived and got his clamps on him.  That settled it for Sharbonno, who was soon safely placed behind the bars.

Oconto Reporter
8 January 1892

A son of Frank Melchor, of the town of Little River, had two of his fingers so badly crushed in a feed cutter that amputation was necessary.  Dr. Stoelting performed the operation and the lad is at present doing nicely.

Dan Ross, who was hurt by the capsizing of a load of hay about five weeks ago, has so far recovered from his injuries as to be able to be around.  He made a visit at the Reporter office Tuesday and exhibited to us a silver watch which was in his vest pocket when the wagon wheel passed over him.  The watch case, which is one of the heaviest silver cases made, wore a deep indention which could only have resulted from a tremendous pressure.  Dan had four ribs broken – two on either side—and the wonder is that he was not killed outright.  He has an accident policy which pays him $40 a month during disability.

Mrs. O. Peterson of Pulcifer, visited at C. Henningsen’s the first of the week.  She was on her way to Florence where she and her lately acquired husband will make their future home.

Pat Cary Draws Some Money In Iron Mountain and
is Murdered Shortly Afterwards ---

Iron Mountain, Michigan – Dec 31--  Pat Cary was murdered near Sagola, a small station on the Milwaukee & Northern Road near here last night.  Cary was in this city yesterday and cashed some time checks at the First National bank.  A man named Frank Stein was with him and they boarded the train together.  Stein got off at Randville, and Cary went to Sagola, he having to walk back two miles by the track to the camp where he was working.  Stein, it is alleged, walked up the track from Randville, thus meeting Cary.  Stein struck him in the forehead killing him on the spot.  He took all the money that was on Cary, about $50, also three watches which he was taking back to camp.  The body was brought here this evening where the inquest will be held.

The remains of the murdered man were brought to this city Saturday and conveyed hence to the home of his parents at Coulliardville, about 6 miles from Oconto on the little river road and on Sunday were buried at Stiles, funeral services being held at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in that village.  The deceased was a steady and industrious young man and was highly esteemed by his neighbors and acquaintances.
The day following the murder a man was arrested at Crystal Falls but was subsequently discharged as it was clearly proven that he was not the man, Stein, who committed the dastardly deed.

Oconto Reporter
15 January 1892

J. H. Germond, of Tacoma Wash., visited his brother Harry J., in this city last week.

Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Hulbert who have resided in this city for the past nineteen years, left on Wednesday for St. Paul, Minn., where they will reside in the future.  They are followed to their new home by the best wishes of a host of warm friends.

Jas. B. Snover, of Massachusetts, is the guest of his uncle, Mr. T.F. Snover.

Miss Spencer, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Harry J. Germond, for some weeks past, left last Monday for her home at Fond du Lac, Wis.

On Friday last Marshall McGee noticed the arrival at the C.&N.W. depot of a young man whose actions caused a suspicion to arise in the minds of the marshal and station agent Garvey.  Upon inquiring the marshal learned that the young man was on his way to Oconto Falls, and when two days later he received telegrams from Summitt, N. J. instructing him to arrest a forger named James H. Edgar, whose description tallied with the young man he had seen at the depot, he had little difficulty in locating his man.  On Tuesday Marshal McGee and deputy Marshal Geo. Smith proceeded to the Falls, and learning that a stranger was stopping at the home of Mr. Bunn, they proceeded to that gentleman’s house and commenced a reconnoiter of the premises, which they were enabled to do successfully owing to the lamplight within the house.  In a corner of the parlor, behind the stove, they discovered the man they were after.  A survey of the premises revealed three avenues of escape, while there were only two officers.

After a short consultation they decided on a bold coup d ‘etat, and without knocking they opened the door and marched directly into the parlor.  Edgar sprang to his feet only to fall into the clutches of the officers.  Mr. Bunn, who was eating supper in an adjoining room hastened into the parlor and was astounded to learn that his friend was a fugitive from justice, but sensibly offered no interference with the officers.  Edgar was brought to this city the same night and placed in jail, and the authorities at Summit, N.J. notified of his capture.  The arrest was very adroitly managed and reflects credit on Officers McGee and Smith.

Oconto Reporter
22 January 1892

Word was received by Mrs. J. O’Keliher, Tuesday, of the serious illness of her husband at Ontonagon and the next morning she and her son Ambrose drove to Stiles Junction and took the 3:30 train for the north.  We trust they found Mr. O’Keliher better on their arrival.

The murderer of Pat.Carey is still at large.  It is hoped by all that he may soon be brought to answer for his enormous crime at the bar of public justice.

Mrs. E.F. Paramore left yesterday morning for Sault Ste. Marie, to accompany her daughter, Miss Maggie, home.  Miss Paramore has been quite sick since she left here, and there is little probability of her improving while in that northern climate.

Mr. Henry Cole, of Omaha, Neb., is in the city having come to visit his brother, Mr. A. Cole, who is still quite feeble.

Oconto Reporter
29 January 1892

Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Shufelt left last night for Chicago to visit their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Ford.

Detective Edward Kelly of Summit, New Jersey, arrived in the city last Friday, armed with a requisition duly signed by Lieut.-Gov. Carl Jonas for the delivery to him of the prisoner, J.D. Edgar, who officers McGee and Smith captured at Oconto Falls in a little more that a week before.  He left the same night with the prisoner for the East.  Edgar, Mr. Kelly says, is charged with several forgeries, the theft of a horse, overcoat, etc. and it is probable the young man will be given ample time in the state prison to repent of his misconduct,

Howard Knapp met with quite a severe accident last Monday morning.  He was running along the platform of the C.&N.W. depot, and in turning the corner his feet slipped, and as he fell his head struck the corner of the building, resulting in a cut about two inches long over the right eye.  Dr. Stoelting dressed the wound.

Complaints have been frequent from the residents of the South ward that the public pumps in that portion of the city are broken and useless, and the authorities are making no effort to repair them.  In consequence of this many of the people, who are too poor to pay for service pipes from the waterworks are obliged to melt snow for domestic uses.  Several cases of sickness have resulted from this use of snow, and unless the pumps are speedily repaired much sickness and suffering will be entailed upon the people.

Mrs. Patterson returned home from Iola, where she had been receiving treatment for cancer, and we are pleased to learn that the treatment proved successful in this case.

Chas. Krager was obliged to return to his home in Kaukauna, owing to an attack of measles.

Mr. Peter Christain met with a great loss Monday, as his residence was burned down without securing hardly any of the household goods.  I understand that his loss will be partially renumerated by insurance on the house.  It took fire about 11:30.  Help was prompt, but it burned so rapidly that it was utterly impossible to save much of the furniture.

The mind of a young man named Toney Smith, who was employed as a mill hand here for the past few years, became suddenly overbalanced last Sunday while out walking with a friend.  He had been acting queerly for some time, but nothing unusual was looked for.  He is working under the delusion that he is bewitched and became very violent later in the day, requiring the united efforts of three men to hold him.  The occurrence was reported to Sheriff Hurley and Judge Bailey of Oconto, who arrived here last Monday to investigate.  An examination satisfied Drs. Moriarty of Oconto and Ohswaldt, of Stiles, that the man is no fit subject to be at large.  He was taken to Oconto for further examination as to his insanity.

Antone Smith, the insane man who was brought down from Stiles Monday, was on Tuesday taken to the Northern Hospital for the insane at Oshkosh by Sheriff Hurley and Geo. O. Jones.

Oconto County Reporter
News February 1892
Transcribed by Maxine Nichols
Researched by Cathe Ziereis

Oconto County Reporter
5 February 1892

Mr. Patzke, a farmer living two miles west of Abrams, lost his house and all its contents, by fire, a few nights ago.  Mr. P. and wife were asleep when the fire broke out and only saved their lives by breaking a window and crawling out.  They lost all their clothing and about $250 in money.

Murderer Captured

Frank Stein, the man who murdered Pat. Carey, of Stiles, near Sagola, Mich., a few weeks ago was captured in Chicago last Sunday, and on Tuesday he was brought to Menominee and placed in the jail there by Sheriff O’Connell, of Dickinson county, the county in which the atrocious deed was committed.  Stein acknowledges his guilt, and is prepared to take his punishment.  He has been hiding at his brother’s house in Chicago since committing the deed, and was traced by means of the watches which he took from the body of his victim and pawned in Chicago.  It seems too bad that capital punishment is prohibited in Michigan, for if a cold-blooded murder ever deserved to have his neck stretched, certainly this man Stein does.


At about 11 o’clock last Saturday night a deadly shooting affray took place in the eastern part of the city of Green Bay, whereby Charles View was shot dead and his two companions seriously wounded by Martin von Loonen, a saloon-keeper.  At 7 o’clock in the evening Charles View arrived in the city on his “run”, being employed as brakeman on the Green Bay, Winona and St. Paul railway.  Going directly to the home of his father, Dominick View, in Fort Howard, he changed his clothes and left home to go down town.  On his way he met Joseph Brunette and Adam View and after taking a few drinks at a neighboring saloon, they started for East River, where a Saturday night dance was being held.  They left the dance and called in at the saloon of Martin Von Loonen.  They called for drinks and did not show any desire to pay.  Before furnishing any more Von Loonen requested them to settle for what they had already had, whereupon on of the young men struck Von Loonen, felling him to the floor.

Picking himself up Von Loonen called a ferocious dog, setting the brute upon the young men.  They then attacked Von Loonen and his wife, the latter being called into the saloon by the disturbance.  Both quickly fled, fearing they would be hurt.  They were followed from the saloon into the house and reaching their bedroom Von Loonen saw his revolver.  Grasping it he turned on the young men, who by this time had followed them into the bedroom, and placing the revolver to Charles View’s side he pulled the trigger and shot him.  He then fired at the others, who were vainly endeavoring to make their escape upon the sight of the revolver, but before they could get out of reach, several shots were fired, three balls lodging in Joseph Burnette’s body and one ball passing through the arm of Adam View.  Charles View who was shot first, staggered from the house and when the police arrived his dead body was found across the street.  Joseph Brunette was found close by, severely injured and lying in a critical condition.  Adam View made his escape, but later was found at the office of Dr. Coffeen, where he was having his arm dressed.
Von Loonen and View were placed in jail and Brunette was taken to his home where he still hovering between life and death.  The place where the shooting occurred is in the extreme eastern part of the city, at the limits, out of the surveillance of the police.  Martin Von Loonen is well known and has hitherto been reputed to be a quiet, peaceful man.  Charles View the man who was killed, was a half-breed, and about 22 years of age.

Oconto County Reporter
12 February 1892

A PARTY OF SIX FISHERMEN had a harrowing experience in the vicinity of Death’s Door last week by being carried out into the lake on a cake of ice.  They were six in number and after drifting about for sometime were cast on a reef where they remained three days and were rescued on Saturday by boats from Sister Bay.  Notwithstanding their perilous position they got along without much difficulty while on the reef.  They erected a shelter with blocks of ice and placing their sails over the top made quite a comfortable place.  A fire was started, their sleighs being used for fuel.

M. Bond, of Hamburg, N.Y. is visiting his son, Geo. E. Bond


On Thursday afternoon of last week the pupils of St. Peter’s parochial school gave a musical, and literary entertainment in the convent building in honor of the name’s day of Rev. Fr. Vaillant, of St. Peter’s church.  The programme was lengthy, varied and well rendered throughout, demonstrating hard and faithful work alike on the part of the Sisters and pupils of the school.  A very large audience assembled to enjoy the occasion, amoung who were the following gentlemen, guests of Rev. Fr. Vaillant.  Rev. P.J. Lochman, of St. Joseph’s parish of this city; Rev. Ed Van Hootegem, Duck Creek:  Rev. A.P. Roger, Florence;  Rev. P. Pele, Coleman;  Rev. A. O’Connor, Florence;  Rev. J. F. Durin, M.S.H., DePere; Rev. E. Schmidt, C.S. Sp., Green Bay; and Rev. P.A. McDermott, C.S. Sp., Green Bay.

Ed. Griffis, who has been employed in Chicago for six months past, is home for a visit.

Mrs. Frank Hoeffel has returned from as extended visit with her parents at Whitewater.

Elisha Morrow and Joseph Hoeffel, sr., were up yesterday to attend the funeral of the late Mr. A. Cole

Mrs. H.S. Gilkoy, of Janesville came up Wednesday evening and is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Frank Pendleton.

Operator Richard Coad, of the Western Union office in this city, was called to his home near Brandon, Fond du Lac county, by the death of an uncle last Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. W. A. McKinley, of Abrams, but who are at present engaged in storing the intellects of the future generation of Stiles with useful information, were shopping in the city last Saturday.

Cap. W. M. Lee and Lieutenants W.G. Links and Geo. E. Bond of the Centennial Rifles (Co. M. 2nd Regt.) left Wednesday for Milwaukee to attend the annual meeting of the officers of the Wis. Nat. Guards.

STILES – Pat Burke, who had a leg broken and received other severe injuries by a log rolling upon him in the woods recently, is steadily improving.  It was for some time feared that he could not survive, but is now considered out of danger.  He is under the care of Dr. Ohswaldt.

Mrs. W. L. Baker, of Fort Howard, has been spending a week with her sister, Mrs. G.M. Wilson.


MILWAUKEE – FEB. 9 – Very heavy punishment was inflicted this morning upon Ambrose S. Otis, ex-postmaster at Coleman, Marinette county, who was found guilty of robbing registered letters.  Judge Jenkins sentenced him to five years’ imprisonment in the state prison.  According to the developments on his trial he began very shortly after he took the office to open the registered letters deposited in the office and take there from the money that was in them.  He kept up the practice while he remained in office, and it is supposed that he took, altogether, quite a large sum.  He was found guilty on one count, and the other counts were nulled after he had been sentenced.  Otis, who has been in jail several weeks, was very pale when he came into court, and evidently labored under excitement.  When sentence of the five years imprisonment was passed upon him, Otis was visibly affected, but he managed to maintain a degree of composure and took his seat with the other prisoners without a murmur.

Henry Strehlow of Cecil, Shawano county, found guilty of selling liquor to Indians, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in the house of correction and the payment of a fine of $100.

James Armstrong, of How, Oconto County, was sentenced to pay a fine of $150 for having taken a colt off the Menominee reservation.  The case grew out of a horse trade.  A motion for a new trial on the ground that the statue under which he was indicted did not supply to such acts as he had committed was overruled.


Milwaukee, Feb 8 – the case of Theodore Grim, charged with selling liquor to Indians, was on the calendar in the United States court this morning, but Grim had taken himself out of the jurisdiction of the court by hanging himself in his cell at the county jail.

Grim was arrested at Howe, Oconto county, Wisconsin, by the United States officers, and brought to the county jail Sept. 21.  On the 24th he was released on bail.  Grim had acted strangely about his home of late, and his bondsmen, fearing that he might either run away or harm himself, surrendered him to the authorities.  He was brought back to jail Saturday.

The officers of the jail saw Grim in his cell as usual early this morning.  They gave him his breakfast, and for the next hour were busily engaged in serving breakfast to the other prisoners.  When they returned they found that Grim had taken a sheet from his bed; made a loop and hung himself to the cell door.  The body was cut down and removed to the morgue.

Grim occupied cell No. 11 – the same in which Ferdinand Trotz was incarcerated when he hanged himself to escape sentence for arson.  It was stated that Grim told some of the other prisoners that he would kill himself, but they thought that he would not carry the threat into execution and did not tell jail officers of it.

Grim was 50 years old and leaves quite a large family in poor circumstances.  He was a shoemaker by trade.

Oconto County Reporter
19 February 1892

We are pleased to state that Allan the five –year old son of Mr. and Mrs. L.N. Heller, who has been quite sick with bronchial-pneumonia, is recovering, and will soon regain his health.

We regret to announce the continued and serious illness of Miss Nellie Heath, at Merrill.  The latest word received, however, indicates a slight improvement in her condition.

George Sexton of St. Louis, Mo., the gentleman who set up the massive clock in the new court house, is a most expert workman.  He has been in the employment of the Seth Thomas Clock Co. for sixteen years, with whom he enjoys an enviable reputation for ability and integrity.

The clock in the tower of the new court house is now in running order, and strikes the hours with the utmost regularity.  There is only one drawback to it, and that is the dials which are of wood.  On the dials the time indicated by the hands can only be seen during daylight, while if they were of ground glass with lights inside the tower, the time would be as easily distinguished at midnight as at midday.  Besides as an ornament to the building, which is the chief object of the tower and clock, it is a failure as soon as the shades of evening fall, while with transparent dials and lights it would shine out at night with a luster and would advertise the munificence of the people of Oconto county to all travelers and strangers who viewed it.  Considering the comparative small amount required to effect the change, it will be altogether too bad if the county board does not complete their handsome structure with this necessary ornament.

Mrs. G Bossard is at Manitowoc, having been called their by the death of a friend.

Misses Nellie, Jessie and Hattie Bentley, of Marinette, were in attendance at the funeral of their uncle, the late R.L. Hall.

Dr. and Mrs. Sherman and Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Sherman, of Marinette, were in the city Wednesday to attend the funeral of the late R.L. Hall.

Mrs. J.B. Fairchild, of Marinette, came down Wednesday to attend the funeral of the late R.L. Hall, and spent the night with her aunt, Mrs. Huff Jones.

Mrs. Ida Hutson, formerly stenographer and typewriter in the law office of Webster & Wheeler, spent last week in the city visiting her sister, Mrs. Geo. Waters.

Ben. Hall, of Marinette, who was in Chicago receiving medical treatment, arrived in the city Tuesday having been summoned here by the death of his brother, R.L.

A dam has been constructed by Mr. Summers on Pecor brook, where he intends to build a mill in the spring.

Abrams -- Lace Dunton was called to Marinette one day last week to attend his sister’s funeral.

Abrams -- Samuel Stone departed Monday evening for Pennsylvania where he will make his parents and friends a visit.

Abrams -- Mr. St. John met with quite an accident last Thursday evening while splitting wood.  Just as he raised the ax it caught in a clothes line and came down nearly severing one of his thumbs.  Dr. Hanson not being in town, “Dr.” Johnson was hastily summoned.  He dressed the wound, pronounced it not serious and left.  Mr. St. John is doing finely.

Mr. J. LaBelle, of Ashland, is visiting friends here; he is also looking for a partner to travel the turnpike of life with him, although on the wrong side of fifty and slightly bald, he is yet considered quite a catch; any one looking for one resembling the above described would do well by calling around and seeing him.

Lena – Ed. Monahan and Alf. Ruelle are talking of opening a tonsorial parlor in our berg:  That is right boys, go ahead; you will get a chance to operate on all the boys at least once.

Lena – George Juneau, one of our local sports, is contemplating a trip to the land of the setting sun.  George says that the weather is too cold for him here.  His girl went back on him lately, another reason for his taking this trip.

Letter List – Unclaimed letters remaining in the Post-office at Oconto, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 13, 1892, and advertised Monday, Feb., 15th, 1892.

Gents list
Burmann, Rev. H.
Bergeron, Louis
Dupius, Isaac
Gagnon, Archie
McDowell, Robert T.
Rangren, Mr. August (2)
Rosenkrans, Owen
Sanbury, O.F
Wiggenton, J.M
Young, W.E.
Ladies List
William, Miss Tilda
Dejarla, Delena
Foreign list
Edvordhoel, Mynheer
Pedersen, Anders
Seey W.R.C

Persons calling any for of the above letters, will please say advertised, Geo. R. Hall, P.M.

Deaths in the Lumber Business

During 1891 reports found their way into the Northwestern Lumberman showing that over 400 people who were engaged or employed in the lumber business had met their death in a violent and usually painful manner, nearly as many more being  injured.

There were reported 68 boiler explosions, of which 60 were in saw mills, resulting in death to 107 people and the injury of 130.  Explosion by dynamite killed 6 and dust, powder, natural gas and other explosions were fatal.  Falling trees and limbs were responsible for the death of 74, as reported, and the injury of 25.  In different ways in and around mills 67 were killed and 42 injured, a proportion of whom died after the first report of their condition.  The remorseless log killed 56 and injured 33.  Other deaths amounting to 50 were traceable to woods accidents.  Railroad accidents were responsible for 25 deaths, 15 men were drowned or killed in jams, 4 were frozen to death, 2 were killed in chutes, 4 were murdered, 6 committed suicide, 4 were killed in self defense, 5 were shot by accident, 3 shooting themselves, 5 were killed by runaways, and other deaths were caused by falling lumber, snow slides, lightening, heart disease, etc.  One death was resulting from the amputation of an injured finger and the administering of either.  Another man was killed by a scale from a steel wedge.
Injuries, as readily appears, are of all descriptions, the unfortunates being mangled by machinery in almost every conceivable manner; burned, crushed, torn, bruised and dismembered.  The astonishing tenacity of human life is often demonstrated by the recovery of men whose existence seems scarcely to hang by a thread.  It appears that during the year reports showed broken legs in 42 cases in the woods, and in 12 cases in mills, lost legs in 8 cases, lost arms in 8 cases, broken arms in 7 cases, lost hand in 13 cases and lost feet in 4 cases.  One man was scalped by a crank pin, several lost eyes, skulls fractured, brains and bowels exposed, and in one case it was proclaimed that the patient had broken his neck and still lived.

Robert Weller, of Briggsville, was so badly frozen during the cold snap that all of his fingers had to be amputated.

A child was born in Appleton Saturday that is a curiosity.  It is perfectly formed in every way except that it has no arms.  The wrists protrude directly from the shoulder, and each is provided with a well developed hand.  The infant is in good health, and promises to develop as rapidly as other babies.

Geo. S Hall returned home the first of the week.

Geo. Health, of Louisville, KY., visited his sister, Mrs. I.S. P. Hoeffel, last week.

Mrs. Wall. Phillips, we regret to say, has been quite ill for some time and has suffered considerably, but hopes are entertained of immediate relief and recovery.

Capt. C. B. Hart, who with his wife and son is spending the winter in California, writes that they are located at the home of George St. Orrs, at Ganluba, and that they are enjoying most beautiful weather and the breezes of the ocean are most exhilarating.

Letter List
Unclaimed letters remaining in the Post-office at Oconto, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 20th, 1892, and advertised Monday, Feb. 22th.1892.

Gents List
Colpoyes, Mr. F.H
Dmoe, Oliver
Hartsons, Frank
Peterson, Mr. Andrew
Strutz, Mr. Aug

Ladies List
Marer, Miss Maria
Silot, Miss Josie

Foreign List
Bruk, Mde. Antoine 
Hamerslw, Jens Jensen

Persons calling any for of the above letters will please say advertised.  Geo. R. Hall, P.M.

Ye Olden Style

Twenty-eight years ago – on Tuesday, February 9, 1864 – the writer hereof arrived in the then village of Oconto with his earthly all in a “grip.”  His “services” had been secured to assist in launching the Lumberman on the stormy sea of journalism, and the first number of that interesting paper appeared a week or so afterward.  The trip from Green Bay to Oconto was made by stage, this being before the advent of a railroad on that shore, and Capt. “Jack” Saunders operated what was then known as the “Pony Express.”  His route was nearly one hundred and twenty miles long, and as he had the contract to carry the mail time was a very essential quality.  No change of horses took place from the time the stage left Green Bay until Pensaukee was reached.  Here dinner was also taken, and soon as this was swallowed by the driver and passengers, the outfit pulled out for the north again, the distance between Pensaukee and Oconto being covered in less than half an hour by the prancing horses, which were fairly chaffing under the restraint which the driver was compelled to exercise over them.  From Oconto to Menominee was another long and almost interminable stretch of wilderness, the only habitation along the whole route being Peshtigo.  Here a short stop was made to change mail, when the team sped onward to Menominee, which was reached under favorable circumstances between six and seven o’clock.  The northern terminus of Capt. Saunder’s route was Escanaba, and the sixty miles intervening, between Menominee and the “Point,” as the former place was then called, was made during the night.  At Escanaba the stage made connection with the railroad which had been extended into the iron regions as far north as Negaunee.  It was smooth sailing as long as sleighing was good, but when the snow began to disappear in the spring the stage was frequently two days in making the trip from Green Bay to Oconto, and as much more time was consumed in going from the later place to Menominee.  After the opening of navigation the mail and passengers were carried by boat and the stage hauled off altogether.  The fare between Green Bay and Menominee was $4, while to-day it is less than half that sum by rail.  Besides this the time has been reduced from ten and twelve to one hour and forty five minutes.  Sturgeon Bay Advocate.

Harry Smith, who was employed as shingle sawyer in the mill of the Maple Valley Lumber Co., in Maple Valley, had three of the fingers of his left hand sawed off week before last.  Dr. Ohawaldt, of Stiles, dressed the wound.

Judge Hastings, at the special term of circuit court, Thursday of last week, appointed R.L. Hall to the position of clerk of court made vacant by the death of the new appointee’s father, R.L. Hall.  Lou had been his father’s deputy for some years past, and his appointment is a merited recognition of his efficient services.

D.M. Harteau, of Green Bay, has just completed plans for a residence which John Campbell will erect on Section Street this spring.  The house will contain twelve rooms, each room to be finished in a different kind of hardwood, natural color.  The foundation will be made of coursing stone, and the building, when completed, will be one of the handsomest in the city.  The cost will be in the neighborhood of $6,000.

Geo Bond, who has been confined to his bed with sickness for a week past, is slowly recovering, and expects to be able to attend to business in a few days.

Rev. Fr. Swibach, of St. Joseph’s church, who in now well advanced in years, has been ailing considerably of late, but a surgical operation which he underwent the first of the week has greatly relieved him, and we earnestly hope he may soon recover his health.

Oconto County Reporter
News March 1892
Transcribed by Maxine Nichols
Researched by Cathe Ziereis

Mr. and Mrs. E P. Royce of Escanaba, Mich., spent Sunday with their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Royce of this city.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones went to Green Bay Friday, where they were summoned on account of the serious illness of Mr. J’s sister, Miss Mary Jones.

Serious Accident –

On Friday of last week Capt. Charles Appleby, of this city, met with an accident while working in one of the Holt Lumber Co’s. camps that was quite serious, and will confine him to his home for some time.  On the day in question one of the teams became stranded with a load of logs on a bare piece of ground, and after several unsuccessful attempts by some of the crew to get it off the foreman told them to throw off the load.  One of the men instantly struck the grappling hook loose with his peevie when the logs rolled rapidly off the load.  At the time the chain was loosened Capt. Appleby was bending partly under the load trying to pry one of the sleigh runners forward, and before he had time to withdraw from his perilous position one of the descending logs struck him with tremendous force between the shoulders at the base of the neck.  He was picked up unconscious and carried to the camp, and on Sunday was conveyed to his home in this city.  He is now resting easily, but his recovery will necessarily be a slow process.

Card of thanks –
The undersigned desires to extend their sincere thanks to all friends and neighbors for kindly acts and sympathy tendered us during the sickness and burial of our daughter.  – Mr. and Mrs. John Cain

Dr. Hanson brought his family from Green Bay to reside permanently among us.  Abrams ha gained a good citizen.

Stiles – Wm. Valentine, and employee in Eldred’s saw mill, had a finger badly lacerated while trying to shake hands with a circular saw in motion.

Gillett – Miss Maggie Crowe, who has been visiting her folks in Manitowoc county, spent a few days with friends here last week.  She left Sunday for Pulcifer, where she is teaching school

Oconto County Reporter
March 11, 1892

Seventy Seventh Anniversary

Last Wednesday, March 2nd, being the seventy-seventy anniversary of the birth of Rev. S.W. Ford the members and congregation of the M.E. church had arranged to give him a surprise on that evening.  Accordingly at the close of the evening service at the church they repaired in a body to the home of Mr. Ford where he was entertaining a few friends in blissful ignorance of the crowd that was planning to invade his home.  It proved to be a genuine surprise to him indeed.  Several hours passed quickly and pleasantly away, during which refreshments were served.  Mr. Ford was then presented with a handsome gift from the friends present as a slight expression of their appreciation of his work among them, accompanied by a few appropriate words by Rev. W.D. Cox, to which Mr. Ford very feelingly responded.  As the hour was then quite late the friends departed for their homes leaving their wishes for many happy returns of the day to Mr. Ford.

Mr. Revene is now cobbling in the rear of F.P. Elliott’s shop, and is doing a thriving business.  If you want some very fine patching done, give St. Peter a call.

We regret to announce that Mr. Joseph Hall is quite ill, but hope soon to be able to chronicle the complete recovery of the gentleman.  (Should read Holl of Gillett, Underhill and Mosling)

Mrs. Curry, of Ironwood, Mich., spent Sunday with her cousin, Mrs. M. C. Wright.

Card of Thanks – I desire to express my sincere thanks to friends and neighbors for their many kind acts during the sickness and death of my beloved wife.  H.J. Watts – Gillett, Wis.

Card of thanks -- I desire to return my heart-felt thanks for the many kind acts and courtesies extended to me and mine during the illness and burial of my beloved wife, and especially to Dr. Lawrence for his untiring and skillful attention in battling against the inevitable – Ed Fitzgerald

Oconto County Reporter
March 18, 1892

Mr. George Brewster, of Appleton, was the guest of his sister, Mrs. Richmond, over Sunday,

Hiram Largux, who has been a faithful employee of the M.F. Co. this past year, started for his home in Canada Monday.  We will miss his smiling face.

Mrs. Wm. Greenman has returned from Peshtigo, where she has been visiting her daughters for the past two weeks.

OCONTO FALLS -- Caldwell Hotel was very near destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon.

OCONTO FALLS -- Levi Lane, who has been sojourning this past six months at Boot Lake, returned home last week, and on his way down stopped at Mountain to witness the marriage of John Hind.  The marriage ceremony was performed by A.C. Frost.  Mr. Lane claims Mr. Frost would make a number one Chairman, as he has made wonderful improvements in the Town of Armstrong.

We regret to note the continued serious illness of Ernest Rhode, who is suffering from an attack of pneumonia.  He is in a critical condition, but we trust he may be able to weather the storm and recover his health.


A stage party was caught in a snowstorm between Menominee and Sturgeon Bay Thursday of last week.  The horses broke through but were rescued, the stage and contents going to the bottom of Green bay.  The travelers started to walk to Menominee but got lost.  Two arrived at Peshtigo with the team Thursday night and three got there Friday morning.

Ed Gillen, of Racine, a woman and a little girl of 7, and an old man wandered about and finally sought shelter in a fish shanty.  They were nearly frozen to death but managed to reach shore Friday morning.

DESTROYED BY FIRE – Fire broke out in the one-story frame building on the corner of Section and Oconto streets, owned and occupied by Peter McGovern, a little after midnight last Friday.  An alarm was turned in from box, 14, and the fire department promptly responded, and succeeded in extinguishing the flames, though not until the interior of the house and all furniture had been charred and destroyed, though not consumed.  The fire is supposed to have originated from a defective chimney between the ceiling and roof, and must have gained considerable headway before it was discovered.  Mr. and Mrs. McGovern and their niece, Mrs. Nellie DeLano, and her baby, narrowly escaped with their lives and had no time to save any of their effects.  The entire contents of the house, including $110 in paper money, were a total loss.  The insurance, we understand, was $250 on the piano and $800 on house and contents.

Oconto County Reporter
March 25, 1892

Walter, eldest son of Robert Burk, had one of his hands badly crushed while coupling cars in the Lake Shore yard Wednesday morning.  It was found necessary to amputate the thumb of the injured had.

Joseph Fisher, after about a quarter of a century of industry in his blacksmith shop on upper Main street, has decided to retire from his labors, and has sold his business to Herman Tiedke, a capable workman who has been employed by Mr. Fisher for four years past.

George Phillips, of Hartland, Iowa, and Joseph Phillips, of Perry, Iowa, have been in the city for some time past, the guests of their brother, W.H., having come to attend the funeral of their sister-in-law, the late Mrs. W.H. Phillips.

During the early part of last winter, Patrick Burke, of Stiles, was severely injured in the logging camp, and since that time has been unable to perform any kind of labor.  To aid in meeting the necessary domestic expenses of the family he decided to dispose of his horse in the fulfillment of which plan Mrs. Burke has been very successful in selling tickets, and desires us to return her thanks for the liberality thus far extended to her in the matter.

Transcribed by Maxine Nichols
Researched by Cathe Ziereis

Oconto County Reporter
April 15, 1892


 Abrams - Mr. and Mrs. Net Chase are contemplating moving to Amberg in about two weeks where they will run a hotel.  They will be greatly missed in our little burg.

Abrams - R. E. Richer cut one of his fingers off in a saw mill at Pound, where he was engaged at knot sawing one day this week.  His eye sight is very poor and we have wondered at this not happening before.

J.H. LeClaire, editor of the Express, Gladstone, Mich., visited relatives here Sunday and Monday.

W.H. Alexander, who is now engaged in the real estate business at Duluth is visiting his family this week.

Frank Prickett Bound Over -- The examination of Frank Prickett, against whom the charge of “shooting with intent to kill” had been changed to “assault with intent to do great bodily harm,” took place Friday last before Justice H.F. Jones.  The evidence was conclusive and the prisoner was bound over to Circuit Court, his bail being fixed at $800, in default of furnishing which he was remanded to the county jail.

Letter List – Unclaimed letters remaining in the Post-office at Oconto, Wis., Saturday, April  9th, 1892, and advertised Monday, April 11th, 1892.

Gents List – Charlie Friend; Mr. C. H. Gay;  John LIght;  Frank Otradnek (Otradovic)Adolph Urbanek.

Ladies List – Mrs. E. Pottle;  Mrs. Frank Smith

Foreign List – Mr. A. E. Tunstrom

Persons calling for any of the above letters, will please say “advertised.”  Geo. R. Hall., P. M.

The case of Frank Stein, who was charged with the murder of Pat Carey, near Sagola, December 29 last, came up before Judge Stone, at the Iron Mountain, Thursday.  The prisoner pleaded guilty of murder, in the second degree and was sentenced to Marquette prison for twenty-five years.

Mathias Van Laanen, of Green Bay, who was tried for the killing of Charles Vieu several weeks ago, has been acquitted.  The killing was the result of a saloon row

Oconto County Reporter
April 22, 1892

The monument for the late William J. Gierke was erected in the cemetery at Little Suamico last week.  It is one of the handsomest in the vicinity. 

A. L. Adams & Co.  who have handled the cut of the Oconto Company’s mill in the city for some years’ past, are closing up their business here and will remove to Fort Howard about the first of May, where they will enter largely into the lumber business.  The company has purchased the Tank property and are having the buildings removed and the ground cleared up for the purpose of obtaining piling ground.  From both a social and business point of view we sincerely regret to see the gentlemen connected with this company leave Oconto, and can heartily commend them to the people of Fort Howard as active, pushing and thoroughly upright gentlemen who will prove worthy citizens in any community in which they may cast their lot.

Perley Lowe & Co. who have purchased and handled the lumber cut of the Holt Lumber Co.’s mill for the past two seasons, are narrowing down their business here, and after May 1st the office force in this city will be transferred to Marinette, at which place Mr. Lowe will operate extensively.  We regret to lose the genial Geo. W. Taylor, the local lmanager of Mr. Lowe’s business, as well as his able and gentlemanly corps of assistants, and are only consoled by the knowlenge that we will have frequent opportunities for keeping alive such pleasant acquaintances. 

Stiles -- Mrs. Peter Glondeman was taken to the insane asylum at Oshkosh by county sheriff Hurly, last Sunday.  She was examined by two physicians, who pronounced her insane.  The parting with her large family of small children was very sad indeed.  She did not show the least signs of insanity, and embraced the little ones tenderly, who clung to their unfortunate mother weeping bitterly.  Public opinion was strong against taking the woman to the asylum. 

Curt Hollopeter, who is engaged in cigar manufacturing at Lake Linden, Mich., visited his parents in this city curing the week. 

B.G. Grunert, ex-county clerk of Oconto county, who is now occupying a lucrative position at Escanaba, Mich., spent several days the first of the week with his children and friends in this city.

Miss Rose Gierke has returned to her home on a visit for the summer in Little Suamico. She has been employed as a stenographer in a law office in Milwaukee for two years and expects to return in the fall.

Oconto County Reporter
April 29, 1892

The Beyer House.   The sale of the Beyer House by Mr. Geo. Beyer to Mr. J. Steenbock, of Marinette, the preliminaries of which were entered into some weeks ago, was consummated last week, and Mr. SteenBock becomes the proprietor of this valuable hotel property.  Mr. Burnaide, who has conducted the hotel the past year, will vacate the premises the first of next week, when the new proprietor will enter into possession and at once commence a thorough overhauling of the building.  It is Mr. Steenbock’s intention to lay new hardwood floors throughout the lower story, and lower all the windows in the front of the building and place over each one a transom of stained glass.  Every room in the house will be newly furnished, all modern conveniences and appliances will be introduced and nothing will be left undone to make the Beyer House a first-class hotel in every respect.

One of the most important features of the good hotel—the table—has received special attention, and will be supplied under the direction of an expert cook from Chicago.  Bills of fare will be used and skilled attendants will wait on the guests in the dining room.

Mr. Steenbock was interviewed yesterday morning, and stated that he intended to put a sufficient force of men at work to effect the changes and improvements in from ten to twelve days, and he thought that by May 16th the house would be ready for the reception of guests. 

Mr. Steenbock is thoroughtly conversant with the requirements of a first-class hotel having had large experience in the business in several of our populous cities, and he proposes to place this hostlery on a level with the best in the land.


The Reception – The reception given by Mr. and Mrs. James Bellew last Wednesday night in honor of their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. M.P. Bellew, was attended by about one hundred and fifty guest.  The evening was on of rare pleasure, and no efforts were spared to provide everything that could contribute to the enjoyment of the brilliant assemblage.  After the supper, which was the some of the cuisine art, Prof. Kosminski’s band poured forth strains of sweet music, and soon the spacious floors were alive with happy dancers, who yielded to the enticing pleasure until after midnight.

If number and quality of presents be a true indication of regard, then may Mr. and Mrs. Bellew well feel proud of the high position they occupy in the estimation of their friends, for the gifts were numerous and of the choisest and most costly quality.

Committed for Trial – Henry and Jones, the men charged with the murder of Barber at Marinette a few weeks ago, and who were arrested at Omaha and brought back in charge of Sheriff Hitchon, have had their preliminary examination and were committed for trial at the circuit cout which convenes next Monday.


The Circuit Court – Henrietta Echlebracht vs. Bernard Echlebracht – divorce

Angeline M. Race vs. Harley W. Race – divorce

State of Wisconsin vs. Rob’t Schmidt – bastardy – continued:

State of Wisconsin vs. Nathan McClure – bastardy—continued.

State of Wisconsin vs. Frank Prickett—assault with intent to do great bodily harm—continued


The New County Board --  The new County Board of supervisors for Oconto County convened in the assembly room in the court house Tuesday morning at ten o’clock and organized by the almost unanimous re-election of Supervisor Chs. Quirt, of Little River, as chairman.  Four new members took their seats, as follows:  Thos. McGoff, East ward, city;  O C  Madson, Chase; E.A. Edmonds, Oconto Falls; and Henry Johnson, How. 

Abrams – Mr. N. Chase and family moved to Amburg last week, where they will keep hotel.  Hope they will be successful.

Stiles -- Mike Sullivan, who has resided here for the past 11 years, moved to Menominee last Saturday.  He will engage in the hotel business.

Stiles -- The apron part given by Miss Daley and Miss McClaskey at Curley’s Hall last Tuesday night, was a pleasant affair.  Excellent music was furnished by the Merline Bros., of Oconto, and dancing was the most prominent feature of the occasion.

Stiles – Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Macey have moved their household effects from Green Bay to Stiles and are now pleasantly domiciled in the McMahon Cottage.


Birnamwood – Perhaps a few lines from this wooden town will not be uninteresting to your readers.  We are in the north western corner of Shawno county, right in the woods.  Village lots in the timber sell for a higher price on account of fine shade and handy supply of firewood.

There are three large saw mills, all within a few rods of the depot—one north one south and one east of it.

The town lies west of the railroad and supports three hotels, three general stores, four saloons, tailor shop, meat market, two blacksmith shops and several  smaller establishments.

Basswood, helmlock and rock elm are the principal woods sawed;  some birch and pine are obtainable, and a great deal of cedar is shipped from here.

We have one of the prettiest little churches in Shawno county, and a very able and attractive lady to preach to us, Mrs. Elliot, formerly of Washington.


Miss Mary Detiege, of Little Suamico, was visiting her sister, Mrs. Chas. Jacques last week.

Mat. Nemitz and family will move to Milwaukee this week and will in future reside in that city.

Jacob Weber, of Watertown was in the city the first of the week, visiting his sister, Mrs. John Runkel, and other relatives.

Mrs. A.J. Bradley, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Heath, for some weeks, left Saturday to join her husband at Crystal Falls.

NEARLY BURNED WITH THEIR BARN --  Narrow Escape of Mr. and Mrs. Krueger of Stiles – An Incendiary Fire. – Stiles, Wis., April 27. – Fred Krueger and wife narrowly escaped a horrible death last night.  Their barn was burned to the ground and while removing the animals they were overcome by the smoke, and had it not been for the timely arrival of neighbors, who dragged them from the burning building, they would have been suffocated.  They were badly burned, but will recover.  Seven cows were burned besides considerable hay and grain.  The fire was evidently the work of an incendiary and an effort is being made to locate the guilty party.  There was no insurance whatever.

Oconto County Reporter
May 6, 1892

We regret to announce that Fred Ellner, one of the prosperous farmers of Brookside is quite ill.  We trust he may soon be restored to health.

Mr. Edwin Hart celebrated his eighty-fifth birthday yesterday.  Mr. Hart is a remarkably well preserved gentleman for so advanced an age, both physically and mentally.  The Reporter joins with his numerous friends in tendering congratulations, and hopes that many more years may be granted him in this life.

STILES - John Foley, proprietor of the half way house near the head waters of the Waupee experienced a most sad mishap a few nights ago, which he will not forget for some time, at least not as long as the boys have a chance to remind him of it.  Coming home slightly after dark the other night he missed his wife, and also his two brindle cows.  Mr. Foley at once came to the painful conclusion that his wife, while hunting for the cows, lost her way in the woods.  A searching party was quickly organized, consisting of a number of log drivers and teamsters and the work of rescue begun at once.  The searchers were obliged to push their way through thick underbrush, making the work terribly hazardous, but the brave men traversed the woods for fully an hour, shouting at the top of their voices.  Suddenly someone in the rear ranks called a halt, claiming he heard the bellowing of cows somewhere near the starting point.  Hurrying back they found Mrs. F. milking the cows sweetly humming her favorite son, “Wearing of the Green.”  Mrs. Foley had heard the tumult but supposed the gang was out on a deer chase, but when she beheld the pitiable condition of her husband with his clothes almost torn to shreds, and the tears of sweat rolling off his face in drops as large as Dakota hail-stones, she nearly fainted, and falling upon his neck both wept long and loud.

COUILLARDVILLE – Mr. Harry Birmingham, of Kitchi, visited the home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Rosencrantz, Thursday and Friday.  Miss Minnie accompanied him home.

COUILLARDVILLE -  Mrs. L. Folsom and daughter, of Gladstone, visited their relatives here this week.

COUILLARDVILLE – Miss Jeannie Davis was the guest of her sister, Mrs. Knisley, one day this week.

MORGAN – Albert Martindale and family moved away Monday.

 Oconto County Reporter
May 13, 1892

Our enterprising and genial nurseryman, Mr. O.C.Cook, of the town of Oconto, has sold this spring $5,000 worth of fruit trees.  The Cook Bros. having purchased some 2,000 for their farms north of this city, and within five years they will have the largest nursery in the state.


Mrs. Frances Cole, accompanied by Mrs. Holcomb, left Monday for Omaha, Neb., to visit her brother-in-law, Mr. Henry Cole.


R.P. Smith, of the Reporter force arrived home Wednesday night from Guelph, Ontario, to which place he had been summoned last week to attend the funeral of an only sister.


Theodore Jungerman and wife of Peshtigo, were the guests of his brother Frank at the Bay Shore last Sunday.

 Oconto County Reporter
May 20, 1892

Mrs. A. Larqux continues to be very ill.

Alive and Healthy.  On the strength of a rumor that was current in the city  we last week published an item stating that Mrs. L. T. Crabtree, nee Miss Alice Bailey, of this city died at Ripon.  We are pleased to say that the rumor was utterly without foundation and that Mrs. Crabtree is alive and enjoying the best of health.  The following letter, received Wednesday from Mrs. C. is pretty good evidence that that lady is far from ”hovering on the brink of death” says:

       New London, Wis., May 17, 1892

            Mr. C. S. Hart, Oconto, Wis.

            Dear Sir;  In the last Reporter is a notice of my death, which will you please correct in next issue?  I have received several letters in regard to it.  I never enjoyed better health than at present.  I have just returned from the South where I fully regained my health.

            Your most resp’y – Mrs. L. T. Crabtree

We are unable to trace the rumor to its source, but are sincerely glad that we have an opportunity to “take it back.”


LENA - Mr. Fisher, of Oconto, passed through here Sunday while on his way home from Kelly Lake.  He had with him a fine blue heron which he trapped up around the lakes; while he was taking one of the birds out of the trap, he had the misfortune to get one of his eyes pecked out by the heron.


STILESGust. Lence, who apparently died here one night last week, and for whose wake preparations were already being made, was brought back to life by Martin VanKielen, who has lately attained a remarkable degree of proficiency in the line of business.


Mrs. Helen Jones, of DePere, visited her cousin, Miss Lil. McClure, during the week.


Miss Nettie Appleby visited her sister-in-law, Mrs. DeLude at Marinette, last week.


Mrs M.C. Wright and daughter, Mrs. Chas Jones, left Wednesday for Detroit, Mich., where they will visit relatives for a few weeks.


Miss Emmeline Whitney, of Green Bay, was the guest of her mother, Mrs. E. Funke, the first of the week.


Letter List. – Unclaimed letters remaining in the Post-office at Oconto, Wis., Saturday, May 14th 1892, and advertised Monday, May 16th 1892

Gents’ List

Emile Breudelund                                      Mr. John Brycer

Joseph Bure                                                H. C. Carpenter

Jens Jenseu                                                 Tedk Marhune,

J.M. Pederson                                             John S. Tappan

Ladies’ List

Mrs. Wm. Bodans                                       Mrs. Geo. Bornehard

Mrs. Wm. Knock                                         Miss Olive Price

Miss Maggie Smith

Foreign List

Miss Christee Paster                                    Mr. Brian LaPoint

John C. McNair                                           Mr. Alex McNeil

Mr. Nile Nilsen                                             John Wood

Persons calling for any of the above letters, will please say advertised.

Geo. R. Hall, P.M.

Oconto County Reporter
June 3, 1892

Frank VanBoven  and Jake Bloomis, both of the town of Little River, quarreled last Wednesday evening over some cattle transaction, when the latter struck the former a blow over the head with a heavy club inflicting a serious wound several inches in length.  Van Boven jumped from his wagon and closed with Bloomis, preventing him from doing any further injury.  Van Boven came into the city and had his wound stitched and dressed.  It is probable that no serious results may ensue, with a careful treatment, though the wound is a bad one.


BIRNAMWOOD – On Monday last a little child of G.S. Collin’s was badly bitten by a dog with which it was playing.  As the dog was young and the wound received prompt attention, no serious results are apprehended.


STILES -  Another amusing incident occurred here one day last week.  Chas. Ingram, foreman of the boom crew, while making his daily rounds on the booms giving instructions to the boys, made a misstep and disappeared under water.  A number of men who were close at hand became so paralyzed with fear when the horror of his situation burst upon them that they were unable to render assistance, and had it not been for the coolness of Geo. Merline, who only recently had occasion to fathom the depths of the channel and the swiftness of the current, Mr. Ingram’s career undoubtedly would have ended.  Hurrying down stream about 20 rods, close to where the water enters the sluice, he spied the bottoms of a pair of boots just above the water and within his reach, and in less time than it takes to tell the story had the struggling man on dry land and after digging the mud out of his mouth and ears, and pumping about 2 gallons of water out of him, he scampered to his feet, and to the great surprise of all sputtered out ”no one can beat me swimming.”


OCONTO FALLS, WIS., May 31 – Charles Sagle and Sim Johnston were arrested here by Sheriff Hurley on suspicions of having been implicated in the robbery last Friday night.  Both are young men under age whose families reside here.  In addition the three stores robbed, the post office was also entered and $25 taken.  Others are supposed to be implicated in the robbery, as a necktie and coat found, are recognized as belonging to a party who was recently seen in town and who has disappeared since the robbery.

LATER – Both young men have been discharged for want of evidence and are believed to be innocent.

Miss Alice Burke, of Depere, spent the past week with her sister, Mrs. B. Campbell, and friends in the village.


Harry Olmstead, of Wilton, a youth of 22 years distinguished himself recently by getting drunk and trying to thrash William Sturges, aged 60, because Sturges had whipped his father when the latter was a boy and went to school to him.  The aged pedagogue gave Harry a severe whipping and then had him arrested for assault and battery.  The justice fined him $25.


Mrs. Geo Beyer, accompanied by her niece, Miss Fanny Wilcox, left Tuesday night to visit her parents in Minnesota


W. A. McKinley, of Abrams, was amoung the veterans who decorated the graves of their comrades who have answered their last roll call.


Oconto County Reporter
June 10, 1892

The case of Frank VanBoven against Jacob Bloomer, for assault and battery, was on trial before Justice Jones yesterday.  We go to press too early to learn the result.

Mrs. P.A. Martineau and Miss Ora Simpson left last Friday to visit relation and friends at Madison.

Clarence Brooks who recently moved to Marinette with Perley Lowe & Co., was in the city Monday.

Mrs. Thomas Smith, of Oshkosh, came up Friday last and is visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. Z. Pulford.

Mrs. Frank Rice and Mrs. W.M. Lee visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frewerd, at Green Bay over Sunday.

C.A. Brigden left Saturday night for Chatham Valley, Pa., in response to a telegram announcing the dying condition of his father.

Mrs. Fred. Bartels and children visited relatives in the city during the week.  Mrs. B. has just returned from a visit to her daughter in Washington.

Joseph Tappa had quite an accident happen him a week ago Saturday.  While on his way home from Oconto one of the horses he was driving, owned by Ed. Bigelow, dropped dead in front of Wm. McAllister’s residence.

Mrs. Wm. Greenman is visiting friends and relatives at Mills Center and Green Bay, this week.

 Oconto County Reporter
June 17, 1892


C.A. Brigden returned Sunday from Pennsylvania, whether he had bee called on account of his father’s illness.  He found his father much improved upon his arrival.

A pre-Historic Relic
– We have had the pleasure this week of viewing a pre-historic relic in the shape of a Mastodon’s tooth, which is in an excellent state of preservation not withstanding the three or four thousand years that must have elapsed since the animal in whose mouth it once was, ceased to browse on shrubs and trees.  The tooth was excavated in California by Tom Casey, formerly a resident of Oconto, and was found 43 feet below the surface of the ground.  Mr. Casey, knowing A.W. Ellis, (Uncle Peter) of this city, was quite a geologist and antiquarian, forwarded the relic to him and he still owns it though it  is in the keeping of Miss Etta Thompson.  The tooth is not entire, a pound or more having been chipped off by the pick of the workman who unearthed it, but the larger portion now before us weighs eight and one quarter pounds.  The enamel on the grinders on the lower side of the tooth is in perfect condition and as bright and hard as when in use by its mammoth owner.  The Mastodon existed during the Quaternary age, or just after the second glacial epoch.  The Mastodone Americanus, the earlist and best known species has been very fully described under the name “Mastodon gigantens by Dr. J.C. Warren , the description being mostly drawn from a very perfect skeleton discovered in a swamp at Newburg, N.J.  This skeleton measures eleven feet in height and seventeen feet in length to the base of the tail.  The entire length of the tusk is ten feet eleven inches, about two and one-half feet being included in the socket.  The fore foot measures nearly two feet across.  The bones were massive compared with those of the elephant.  When alive this animal must have been twelve or thirteen feet high and including tusk twenty-five feet long.  Other skeletons more or less complete have been found in Orange County, N.Y., in New Jersey, Indiana, and on the banks of the Missouri, while isolated bones and teeth have been found in nearly all parts of the United states and Canada.  This species seem to have been confined to the Quarternary.

An ovarian tumor was removed from Mrs. Habol, of the town of How, at Dr. O’Keef’s hospital last Monday.  The difficult and delicate operation was performed by Dr. O’Keef, assisted by Drs. Brett, of Green Bay, Ohswaldt, of Stiles, Paramore, Moriarty and Smith, of this city.

Messers. Cullen & Kanp have established a livery business in the stable on Huron st lately vacated by Wm. Classon, and are making a fair bid for a shore of public patronage.  They have a fine lot of horses and an entire new outfit of vehicles of the latest styles.  Give them a trial.

W.P. Cook & Bros. are erecting one of the finest barns in the State of Wisconsin on their farm known as the Comstock property.  The barn will have a stone foundation and will consist of a main building and two wings.  The main building will be 58x112 feet in size and each of the wings will be 38x40 feet.  The entire building will be constructed of the best material, in the latest style, and be supplied with all modern conveniences.  The Cook Bros. property surrounding the new barn comprises about 800 acres, most of which is under cultivation.

Mrs. Geo Waters visited her sister, Mrs. Ida Hutson, at Marinette, Wednesday. 

Mr. and Mrs. John Small, of Green Bay are visiting relatives in this city this week.

Mrs. Geo. Arnold, of Marinette, was the guest of her aunt, Mrs. E. Scofield during this week.

Mrs. Geo W. Taylor and son Jack were the guests of Mrs. O.A. Ellis Saturday and Sunday.

Another accident occurred here recently.  As Mr. and Mrs. Oleson were coming from Oconto, their horse ran away and they were thrown from the rig.  Mrs. Oleson had her leg broken and Mr. Oleson was badly injured.

Miss Alice Williams, who has made her home at Sagola, Mich., for the past five months, is visiting her brother’s family.

A.E. Pelkey and J. J. Dionne left Monday for Michicott, where they intend to visit friends and relatives for a couple weeks.

 Oconto County Reporter
June 24, 1892


Stole a Horse -  On Sunday morning a well-dressed stranger hired a horse and buggy from the livery of Ald. D.H. McArthy and said he wanted to use it for an hour or so.  The rig not being returned at noon time, Mr. McArthy became alarmed and commenced an investigation  at once, resulting in the discovery that the man had driven towards Peshtigo.  The warrant was at once sworn out and placed in the hands of Undersheriff Walsh, who followed the man to Peshtigo, Marinette, Menominee and finally to Cedar River. Mich., 22 miles north of Menominee where he found the animal loose from the buggy and grazing hungrily, but the late driver was nowhere to be found.  In Menominee he learned he was being pursued, so he drove the animal as far as endurance of the horse would permit, and then, most likely, took to the woods.  The horse, which is a very fine one, was much abused, but the injury is slight compared to that that will be inflicted upon the would-be thief if Ald. McArthy gets his hands on him.

The case of Frank Van Boven against Jacob Bloomer for assault and battery, which was heard before Justice H.F. Jones two weeks ago, was tried before a jury, who rendered a verdict against the defendant,  Bloomer was fined $14.00 and costs.

Jack Dougherty, a well known woodsman in this city, was accidently struck by a C.& N.W. train last Saturday night and quite seriously hurt.  He is now resting well, with every  prospect for a  speedy recovery. 

Coroner Bentz summoned a jury and held an inquest yesterday afternoon in the office of Justice O.W. Block over the death of the late Chris. Krueger.  The verdict of the jury was to effect that the deceased deliberately committed suicide, and that the railway employes were entirely blameless in the matter.

Edward S. and Evan B. Hill of St Louis, Mo., were in the city this week, attending the funeral of their mother, the late Mrs. Hill.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben. Hall and Mrs. John Sherman, of Marinette, attended the funeral of the late Mrs. Hill this week.

Miss Myrtle Gilbert, who has been guest of Miss Ina Young for a week past, left Tuesday for her home at Sherman, Mich.

Chas. McGee, of Two Harbors, Minn., spent Saturday and Sunday in the city with his parents.  He was on his way home from Fort Howard where he had just buried his wife.

W. H. Mullane, editor of the News, Ogalalla, Neb., was in the city during the week visiting the family of his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Mitchell, Sr. The Reporter acknowledges a pleasant fraternal call.

Mrs. J.R. Underwood and daughter Carrie, of Aurora, Ill., arrived in the city Wednesday, and will remain the guest of Mrs. U’s sister, Mrs. C.S. Hart, for a week and then proceed to Kelly Lake for the summer season.

Miss Jessie Holmes, of Denver, Colorado, is the guest of the family of her uncle, C.T. Pendleton.


Mrs. Thos. Ryan and children left Wednesday for their home at Oshkosh.


Edward Wiese, of DePere, is spending his vacation with his sister, Mrs. Husman.


Mrs. Louis Tappa had quite a accident occur to her last Sunday evening.  While walking overhead in the barn she fell and had one of her legs badly broken.


Chariman Quirt was doing official business in Lena, Monday.


J.R. Underwood, of Aurora, Ill., is erecting a boarding House at Kelly Lake.  We understand that there are to be several cottages built there this summer.


Forth of July at Little River -   An opportunity will be given the people of Little River to enjoy the great national holiday at the new hall recently erected by Robert Spice on his farm on the Maple Valley road.  The new hall is 32 x 60 feet in size and is comfortable and airy.  In this hall Mr. Spice proposes to hold a Fourth of July celebration, with dancing during the day and evening as the chief amusement, for which he has secured first class music.  Regular dinner and supper will be served as well as all kinds of refreshments throughout the day and night.  This place has proved a popular resort for years past and now that the accommodations have been improved there is little doubt that it will received increased patronage.  The dance will be managed by Chas. Quirt and Jas. Lucas.


Oconto County Reporter

July 1, 1892

Fire broke out in the saloon of John Strack last Friday evening about 5:30.  An alarm was quickly turned in from box 23 and promptly responded to.  The fire was between the walls and had evidently been smouldering for some time, but three streams of water soon deluged it and prevented it from breaking out.  Two pool tables were gotten out of the saloon all right, and little damage was done to the property in the lower story, but Geo. Frewerd’s cigar factory, which was located in the upper story was about destroyed by water.  The loss on the cigar factory was quite heavy, but was partly covered by insurance.

Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Pendleton gave a party at their beautiful residence last night to a large number of young people.  It was the most brilliant affair of the season and was given in honor of their nieces, Miss Jessie Holmes, of Denver, Col., and Miss Josie Miles, of Whitewater, Wis.

Mrs. Knisely is visiting her brother, Joe. Davis in the southern part of the state.

CouillardvilleMr. and Mrs. Oliver Couillard, formerly of Brookside, moved to our burg last week .     

Henry Raby had quite an accident occur to him Tuesday.  While feeding the horses hay at Stiles in Mrs. J. McIver’s barn, he fell through a hole and was severely injured.

Joe. Brennan has been very ill the past week, but we learn that he is now in a fair way for recovery.  Dr. Pinch is attending him.

Miss Carrie Orr, of Akron, Ohio, is spending the summer with her sister, Mrs. W.H,Grunert.

Mrs. Paul Thom and children, of Watertown, who have been visiting relatives here for two weeks past, left Wednesday for Oshkosh.

Guy Ramsay came down from Nahma, Mich., Sunday night, on his way to Oconto Falls, stopping a few hours to visit his sister at W.H.Youngs.


In the winter of 1877 a comely woman named Carrie Wright came to San Antonio from St. Louis, Mo.  She was about 28 years of age, industrious and highly respected.  In May 1878 she married a man named Allen of San Antonio.  In 1884, Carrie Allen died without leaving any will or any trace of her people in the Northern State where she came from.  At her death she owned a very comfortable home and a good lot, all paid for.  As there was no one to claim it, a man who is now a city council man took possession of the property and has ever since collected rent for it.  It is the intention of this man to hold the property until it becomes his by the statutes of limitation.

   It is known that Carrie Wright came to St. Louis, Mo., from either Michigan or Wisconsin.  She left at her home two sisters who are entitled to the home and lot.  Any one who can give any information of Carrie Wright’s home or the address of her sisters is requested to communicate with the Sunday Sun at 315 Dearborn street, Chicago, Ill., and the matter will be put in the hands of competent persons who will see justice done.


Oconto County Reporter
July 8, 1892


E.W. Monahan,  who has just completed his second year of teaching at Jones Creek, was in the city yesterday and made us a friendly call.

Miss Clara L. Clarke, of this city, left Saturday evening for Marinette and Menominee where she will spend a few weeks visiting relatives and friends.

Mr. Pamperin and daughter, Miss Pamperin, of Duck Creek were the guests of their son and  brother, T.A. Pamperin over Sunday and Monday.

Mrs. Jessie Birmingham and daughter Miss Edith, of Abrams, were the guests of their daughter and sister, Mrs. T.A. Pamperin, the first of the week.

Mr. T.B. Goodrich arrived home Wednesday night from Chicago, and his many friends will be pleased to learn that he is greatly improved in health.

Rev, F. Martin Regan, of the faculty of Notre Dame College, South Bend, Ind., was the guest of the family of is brother, Patrick Regan, over the Fourth.

Mrs. H.M. Royce was called to Chicago Tuesday night on account of the serious illness of her son, Edward and returned Thursday morning bringing him home with her.

Miss Edwards, of Waukesha, is in the city visiting her brother, G. Steve Elliott

Robert Armstrong returned to his home in Marinette to spend the 4th.

Mr. and Mrs. Asa Hicks, of Clintonville, are the guests of their daughter, Mrs. E. Mayberry.

Mrs. Ida Hutson, of Marinette, was the guest of her sister, Mrs. Geo. Waters, the first of the week.

T.A. Harrison left for Elkhorn, Thursday morning to spend the 4th with “the old folks at home.”

J.S. Ford, of Chicago, came up the first of the week to visit his wife and children, who are summering here.

Miss Clara Sharrow has been confined to her bed by illness for the past two weeks.  She is now convalescent.

Ed. Royce arrived home yesterday morning from Chicago suffering from an attack of Typhoid fever.  The fever is believed now to be broken and the probability for a speedy recovery is good.  He was accompanied on the trip by his mother and experienced nurse.

Fire destroyed the barn of Mr. E. Surprise, in the rear of his residence on Pecor Street, Monday afternoon.  The barn was old and of comparatively little value. 

On Wednesday afternoon the barn of a man named Bateman, residing in the northeast corner of the city, was totally destroyed by fire.


Oconto County Reporter
July 15, 1892


Mrs. R. L. Hardy, in another column, offers her household goods for sale, as she intends moving with her family to West Virginia, where Mr. Hardy has been employed for six months past in superintending the construction of a large sawmill.

Mrs. Wm. Doran and son John L., of Milwaukee, are visiting relatives in this city.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. E. Bond and children left Monday for a  month’s visit at their old home near Buffalo, N.Y.

Mr. and Mrs Cregan and daughter, of New York, arrived in the city Wednesday night, and are the guests of Mrs. C.’s sister, Mrs. R.L. Hall and Miss Kate Hall

Mrs. Rosencrantz is visiting her brother in Kewaunee this week.

Mr. C. Glynn visited relatives at Maple Valley Sunday.

Thomas Caldie who received a severe kick from a horse some time ago, is able to be around once more.

Robt. Telford, who was visiting relatives in Appleton for the past week, returned home Monday.

Mr. Arthur Dodds, who has been making his temporary abode in Menominee, Mich., for the past year, came home to spend the Fourth.


Oconto County Reporter
July 22, 1892


We understand that P. Nelligan, proprietor of the Richard House, has been quite sick during the week, though we have not learned the nature of his ailment.  He will leave this week or early next week for Hot Springs, Ark., in the hope of receiving benefit  from the waters of that famous resort.

The M.& N. north-bound freight train struck and killed two horses a short distance north of this station, last Saturday.  The horses were owned by Phil. McGovern, of Abrams, and they had strayed away from his premises a few days before the accident.

Mrs. Bacon, of Green Bay, is spending a few weeks with her sister, Mrs. Glynn.

Mr. H. Cooley has a brother from Ohio, and two sisters from Michigan visiting him.

Mrs. Sheldrick, of Marinette, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. T. Trecartin.

Miss Clara Glynn is visiting her mother at Watersmeet.

Harry Lord is home for a few weeks.  He expects to start east soon.

Mrs. O.B. Watson, of Warren, PA is visiting her sister, Mrs. F.F. Wheeler

Miss Kittie Simmons, of Milwaukee, is visiting her sister, Mrs. W.D. Cox.

Nate Fisher, of Chicago, was the guest of his relatives,  Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Heller, Monday.

Mrs. S. A. Coleman and son Ray, of Cleveland, O. are visiting Mrs. C;s parents, Mrs. And Mrs. Edwin Hart.

Mrs T. A. and Miss Pamperin spent Sunday with Mrs. P’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Birmingham, at Abrams.

Mrs. Cyrus Stanley and two children, of Cleveland, Ohio, nee Lizzie Coleman, arrived on the steamer Eugene C. Hart, are guests of Mrs. S;s grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hart.

Mr. and Mrs Frank Pendleton and children spent Sunday with Mrs. P’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Runkel, at Gillett.


Oconto County Reporter
July 29, 1892


Accidental Shooting – The six year old daughter of Mr. J. M. Burbank was shot in the shoulder by her brother, who is a little older than herself, last Monday  morning.  Mr. Burbank had laid a loaded revolver on the shelf and left the room, when his son took down the weapon and was examining it’s mechanism when it suddenly discharged, the bullet lodging in the shoulder of his sister, who was standing a little distance from him.  Dr. Robbins, who is summering at Kelly Lake, was hastily summoned and dressed the wound, and at last accounts the child was resting easily.

Herbert Good suffered a compound fracture of his left leg Monday afternoon while at work in the lumber yard of the Holt Lumber Co.  He had just loosened the grab hook of the chain which bound the load of lumber on a truck when the tier of lumber on the side next him fell over and crushed him beneath it, breaking both bones of the leg about six inches above the ankle.  He was hastily conveyed to the home of his father, Mr. George Good, on Second street, where the fractured member was set by Dr. Lawrence, and he is now resting easily.


Mrs. W. Carey’s sister and daughter, of Buffalo, are the guests of their relative.

Mrs. Folsom departed Monday for Gladstone, where she will visit for some time with her son.


Oconto County Reporter
August 5, 1892


Artie Johnson, the fourteen year old son of Mrs. N. Johnson of this city, was seriously injured by a bullet from a rifle in the hands of Leo Steenbock last Monday morning.  The boys had been preparing for an outing at the bay shore, and amongst the paraphernalia had supplied themselves with a 23-caliber breech-loading rifle, but before proceeding to the bay shore had gone to the bank of the river to test the shooting qualities of the rifle.  For this purpose Artie had run out into the river on some logs and set up in the water a piece of board for a target.  In the meantime Leo was loading the rifle, having it pointed down stream and as he supposed out of range of Artie, but the latter in returning to the shore passed in front of the gun when it suddenly discharged, the bullet striking Artie on the collar bone and passing downward and backward through his lung lodging under the shoulder blade.  The wounded boy was able to walk home where he was attended by Dr. Lawrence who dressed the wound, though he did not consider it safe to remove the bullet as yet.  He is now resting easily with good prospects for a speedy recovery.

   The rifle which caused the accident is the same one with which Earnest Baldwin was recently shot, and we learn that the lock-catch holding the trigger has been filed down to a dangerously fine point in the endeavor to make it what is know as “hair-trigger,” and that the least possible pressure upon it will set it off, and to this cause the accident is most probably due, as it is likely that Leo’s finger accidently touched the trigger after he had placed the cartridge in the piece.  Leo deeply regrets the accident and has suffered considerable anguish in consequence of it.  Artie has manifested a good deal of manly pluck in his misfortune, and submitted to the examination and dressing of his wound by the doctor in most heroic manner.


Mrs. M. J. Berkson who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. Frank, for six weeks, returned Tuesday to her home in Chicago.

Roy Hardy left Tuesday night for West Virginia, where he has been offered a position in the mill of which his father is superintendent.

Jas. Rosencrantz returned last week from a trip to Port Jervis, N.Y. and Meadville, Pa., where he went to visit sisters whom he had not seen for thirty years.  The Port Jervis (N.Y.) Index, referring to the reunion says: “Mrs. D. B. Canfield, of Meadville, Pa., Mrs. J. Terns, daughter Annie and grandchild, of Catskill, N.Y. and James Rosencrantz, of Oconto, Wis., are visiting their sister in this village, Mrs. T. J. Gray.  This is their first reunion with their brother for thirty years.  They last saw him just before he enlisted in our late war, after which he went west to Wisconsin and has since made that state his home,”

Mrs. F. H. Richmond returned from Appleton last Friday evening after a week’s visit with her parents.

Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Macy have returned from a week’s visit in Chicago.  They were accompanied home by their daughter, Miss Bertha, who met them in Chicago on her way home from Albuquerque N.M., where she held a position as teacher in the government Indian school for the past two or three years.


Oconto County Reporter
August 12, 1892


Mrs. Harry Birmingham and sister, Minnie Rosencrantz, of Kirche, Mich., arrived in our village Friday and are the guests of relatives.

Mr. Charles Couillard, of Fort Howard, visited the old folks here Thursday.

Mr. Wm. Williams, of Oconto, spent Sunday visiting with the family of Mrs. Rosencrantz.

Miss Minnie Rosencrantz returned home last week.  She was accompanied by her sister, Mrs. H. Birmingham.

Frank Porter, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Porter, of this city, has commenced to make his mark in the musical world, and has secured an engagement as a tenor singer that reflects credit on himself and the city of his birth.  Frank is gifted with a very fine voice which he has greatly improved the past two years during his residence in Duluth, to such an extent that his fame attracted the attention of the Oesterman-Renan Concert and Opera Company, who closed a contract with him for a two years engagement at $1,000 a year and expenses.  The company is at present summering at Duluth, but will open the season at San Francisco, Cal., in September, and after doing the United States will make a tour through Europe.  There is little doubt that with the advantages which this engagement will afford Frank he will develop into one of the famous tenors of the day.

Artie Johnson, who was shot in the collar bone on Monday of last week, has sufficiently recovered to be out again.  We are glad to note his rapid recovery.

We are pleased to state that Ed. Royce, who has been very low with an attack of typhoid fever, has passed the worst stage of the disease and is steadily recovering.  He has been able to sit up a few hours each day for a week past but is still very weak.

Miss Maggie Paramore, who has been confined to her bed with sickness since last fall and at times was so low that her life was despaired of, seem to have passed the turning point in her sickness and is steadily regaining her health.  We join with Miss Paramore’s many friends in the hope that she may soon be entirely recovered.

Miss Agnes Burnside, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Burnside, of this city, narrowly escaped drowning at Berry Lake last Sunday.  The young lady had been in bathing and had subsequently taken a seat on a box at one end of a raft while at the other end of the craft George Ellis sat fishing, and in making a sudden move to pull up a fish, the raft was jolted and Miss Burnside fell backwards into the water.  The relief of her weight caused the raft to tip up and dump Mr. Ellis into the lake but retaining his presence of mind he hastily swam to the assistance of Miss Burnside, who had already sunk beneath the surface twice, and diving down brought her up and supported her by means of the raft until a boat reached them and brought them ashore.  The water where the accident occurred was about eight feet deep.  Miss Burnside suffered more or less from her sudden dip during the balance of the day, having frequent attacks of vertigo, but is now as well as ever.  Mr. Ellis is entitled to much credit for his cool courage, which alone prevented a fatal termination of the accident.

L.B. Sale
, of Green Bay tries to rescue his boys and loses his life.

Green Bay, Wis., August 10.—A shocking accident occurred here tonight.  L. B. Sale and his two sons were drowned in Fox River at Grignon’s point.  The two boys were in bathing and it is presumed got out a little beyond their depth.  They called to their father, who was on shore, that they were in danger.  He told them to hold on to each other and, pulling off his coat and hat, jumped in to rescue them.  Mr. Densman, who was in a boat across the river, heard the boys call and saw the father leap into the water, but did not see any one of the three come to the surface of the water.  He rowed with might and main to the scene, but was too late.  At 10 o’clock the bodies had not been recovered.  Mr. Sale is a son-in-law of Alzona Kimball of this city, and brother-in-law of A. W. Kimball, of Milwaukee and Matthew Kimball of Ravenswood. Ill.

Mr. Sale was a member of the law firm of Vrooman & Sale, and was well known in Oconto, and has many friends here who will regret this sad termination of a life that gave promise of so much usefulness.


Oconto County Reporter
August 26, 1892


J. J. Nechodom, who some time ago opened a cabinet shop on Oregon Street, has met with good success and is enjoying a steadily increasing patronage.  Mr. Nechodom is an expert workman, and all orders entrusted to him receive prompt and careful attention.

Frank Pendleton has sold his horses and camp equipage and offers his house for sale, as he intends to move to Janesville about Oct 1st, where he will form a co partnership with H. S. Gilkey, for the purpose of conducting a wholesale lumber business.

We were informed this week that John Holl, of the town of Armstrong, will embark in the mercantile business in the building erected this summer by Robert Spice in the town of Little River.  The location is about five miles from Oconto on the Lena road, in a fairly well settled country, and we believe that the venture will prove successful.  The store will be opened about Sept. 15.

Thos. St. Peter has leased the building and machinery which was formerly used by Geo. S. Hall for the manufacture of barb wire spools, and has several men at work overhauling it preparatory to commencing the work of making spools.  Mr. St. Peter is a good mechanic, and we believe he will make a success of his venture.  He expects to blow the work whistle in a few days.

On their arrival home from a drive to Oconto last Monday, Mrs. G. Zuesmer, and Mrs. J.E. Friess narrowly escaped an accident.  Their horses suddenly reared and kicked so viciously that both ladies were obliged to jump from the buggy.  The next instant the horses made a break for liberty but was prevented by the timely arrival of a neighbor.

Mr. Chas. Zipple and wife were the guests of his brother at North-Branch-Siding.

Mrs. F. Gamash, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. J. Gamash, has returned to her home in Waukegan.

Mrs. Wm. Dudy, of Little Suamico, was the guest of her daughter, Mrs. C. Zipple.

Mrs. A. McDonald, of Chicago, is the guest of her father, Mr. K.G. House

Fred Runkel,  who  had been visiting relatives here for ten days past, left Wednesday for his home at Minneapolis, Minn.

Miss Emma LeClair, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. B. F. Michaels, at Chicago for two months past, arrived home Monday.

Mrs. C.S. Hart returned last Friday from a trip to St. Ignace, Mackinac Island and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.  At the latter place she was the guest of Rev. and Mrs. G.W. Luther, formerly of this city.

E.J. Johnson, the popular principal of the Abrams school, called upon us yesterday.  Mr. Johnson informed us that he has accepted a position as principal of the High School at Eagle River, Wis., at a salary of $100 a month.


Oconto County Reporter
September 9, 1892


D.G. Oliver, of Chicago, is the guest of his brother, Dr. W.G. Oliver.

H.E. Doran is in Milwaukee visiting relatives and attending the exposition.

J.W. Wells, of Menominee, was the guest of his sister-in-law, Mrs. John Crawford. Tuesday.

Mrs. George D. Knapp left yesterday morning for Oshkosh to attend the wedding of her son Frank.

Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Calligan, of Florence, are the guests of Mr. C’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Calligan.

Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Bradley of Crystal Falls, Mich., are the guests of Mrs. B. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Health.

Cap. Soyer who left about two months ago to visit his orange plantation in Florida, arrived home last Saturday.  The captain says the weather has been excessively warm in that section of this great Republic.

Mrs. C.R. Keith and son Walter, were guests of Mrs. K's sister, Mrs. J.F. Conant, at Kaukauna, arriving home Tuesday night.

Mrs. Frank Pendleton and children left Monday for their new home at Janesville, intending to visit relatives at Oshkosh on their way. 

Mrs. H. Benson and daughter, Miss Edna Benson of Buffalo, who are summering at Menominee, spent last Saturday in this city with Mrs. B’s cousin, Mrs. M. McLeod.

Arthur Holt, accompanied by his sister, Miss Holt, his sister-in-law, Mrs. Albert Holt and Miss Reed, all of Lake Forest, spent the week trout fishing at McCauslin Brook.

Ed. Royce left Tuesday night for Chicago having so far recovered from his recent attack of typhoid fever as to be able to resume his duties in the law office in which he was employed.


Oconto County Reporter
September 16, 1892

Post office officials have no fear that cholera may be introduced into this country through the foreign mails.  A great deal of mail is received from Hamburg and Harve, but wherever  there is any danger that the mails may contain germs of disease they are thoroughly fumigated at the seaboard.  All letter, papers, and packages are taken out and put in compartments filled with sulphur and carbolic smoke.  This effectually destroys all germs.

Mrs. H.J. Germond and children and Mrs. John Campbell left Wednesday for a few days visit with relatives at Fond du Lac.

Harry J. Germond accompanied his wife and children and sister-in-law, Mrs. John Campbell, to Fond du Lac, Wednesday.

Misses Ella Deubel and Minnie Sproesser, of Watertown are visiting their relatives, the family of Mr. and Mrs. John Runkel.

O.A. Ellis and sons George and Fred left Friday of last week for the East.  Mr. Ellis will visit friends at this old home in Maine and the boys will enter Amherst college.

F.J. Smith, of the Mesaba Range, Lake Superior, visited his wife in this city during the week.  Mrs. Smith has been in Oconto for several weeks past receiving medical treatment. 

Mrs. W.E. Congdon and daughter, Miss Mildred, left Tuesday for Lake Forest, Ill., where the latter will enter the seminary.  Mrs. Congdon will visit friends at Chicago for a week or two before returning.

Rev. Geo H. Bailey and family of Burlington, Vt., were the guests from last Friday until yesterday of the relatives, Messrs C.L. and C.R. Keith.  Mr. Bailey is on this way to Carthage, Mo., where he has accepted a call from Grace Episcopal church

Mr. and Mrs. LaPorte came down from Mountain Friday to attend the wedding of Mrs. L’s sister.


Oconto County Reporter
SEPTEMBER 23, 1892

Mrs. Geo. Beyer and Mrs. H.M. Royce both  of whom have been quite low with typhoid fever, are recovering, much to the gratification of their many friends.

Mrs. Chas. Forrestal, wife of Ald. Forrestal of the East ward, met with quite a serious accident last Friday which laid her up for several days.  While alighting from a vehicle some of her garments were caught thus throwing her on her side so violently as to severely bruise her hip.  It was at first thought that a bone was fractured, but fortunately the fear was groundless.  The bruise was so severe, however, as to compel her to occupy a sitting position in a chair for several days and nights before the pain was allayed.  She has now almost recovered, we are pleased to state.

Greenwood -- Mr. Wm. Greenman, who has been on the sick list for the past six weeks, is no better, but worse.

StilesHerman Fricke, who has been receiving medical treatment in Milwaukee for several weeks, returned home last Sunday.  He is very low with dropsy, and the doctors entertain but very slight hopes for his recovery.

Mrs. Theodore Stern is visiting her sister, Mrs. Thos. Doran, in Appleton.

Mrs. W.J. Wilde, of Green Bay, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. M.P. Bellew.

Mrs. S. Frank left for Chicago and Waukegan last Saturday to visit her daughter, Mrs. M.J. Berkson and son Simon.

Misses Ella Deubel and Minnie Sproedeer, of Watertown, who are visiting relatives here, spent Wednesday and yesterday with friends at Gillett.

Miss Susie Hubell, who has been visiting her grandparents and other relatives here for some weeks past, left yesterday for her home at Aurora, Ill.

 Mr. and Mrs. Frank Van Auken, of Chicago and Mrs. John Vanderlinden and daughter Nellie, of Appleton, are visiting with relatives in this city this week.

Miss Frankie Phelps, who has been confined to the house with a sprained ankle for the past ten weeks, has so far recovered as to be able to go about again.

Mrs. Irvine Pendleton, who has spent the past several weeks with her husband, who has a contract grading streets in Milwaukee, arrived home last Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Philipp Runkel, of Reeseville, and Mrs. Kate Voedisch, of Aberdeen, Dak., who have been visiting relatives here and in Gillett for some weeks past, left Tuesday for Reeseville.


Oconto County Reporter
September 30, 1892


Dr. D.M. Wilcox of Menominee, spent Sunday with his relatives in this city.

Misses Hattie and Belle Porter, who have spent the past six weeks with relatives at Duluth, arrived home Tuesday.

Mrs. Harry J Germond and Mrs. John Campbell arrived home Thursday of the last week from a visit to their parents at Fond du Lac.

Gay A Spencer, of Russell Kansas, was in town Monday morning last making a brief visit with his sisters, Mrs. H. J. Germond and Mrs. J. Campbell.

Misses Ella Deubel and Minnie Sproesser, of Watertown, who have been visiting friends here for some weeks past, left Wednesday for their home.

Mr. O.A. Ellis returned last Sunday night from his visit with the friends of his boyhood in the East.  He was accompanied by Mr. Foster, a young gentleman from Boston, who will make his home in Oconto for the future.

Mrs. Geo. H. Bailey and children, late of Burlington, Vt., who have been visiting the families of their relatives Messrs, C.L. and C.R. Keith, left Tuesday evening for their home at Carthage, Mo., whither they had been preceded by Mr. Bailey, who had accepted a call at that place from Grace Episcopal church.

100 Men Wanted. – For saw mill and lumber woods.  Steady work the year around.  Also cedar cutters wanted.  Whiney, Tuttle and Smith, Hunt’s Spear, Mich.

Stiles Junction – Henry Raby, who dwelt among us for the past few years, moved to Oconto two weeks ago, where he intends to make his future home.


Taken to OshkoshThos. McNanny, a single man of about 28 years of age, who has been a resident of this city from his youth, was on Saturday last taken in charge by Sheriff Hurley and subjected to an examination by Doctors Paramore and Moriarty, who pronounced him insane.  On Monday the sheriff took him to Oshkosh, where he was placed in the Northern Hospital for the insane.

Much sympathy is entertained for the unfortunate young man, who was quiet and inoffensive and not addicted to any bad habits.  His strange actions, however, gave cause for serious alarm and it was deemed safest to place him in proper keeping.

Oconto County Reporter
News October - December 1892

Transcribed by Maxine Nichols
Researched by Cathe Ziereis

Oconto County Reporter
October 7, 1892

Maple Valley StationMrs. Snyder, of Cooperstown, Manitowoc Co., returned home after a week’s visit with her daughters, Mrs. Kriescher and Mrs. Schlosser, of this place.  She was accompanied by Casper, of that place.

Mr. Fred Hubbard was quite seriously hurt Tuesday by the bursting of the cylinder of the threshing machine of Rifenburg, Winans & Co.

Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Ford visited relatives at Ahnapee the first of the week

Peter Stewart, lumber scaler at Fort Howard, spent Sunday with his brother here.

Miss A. McGahn who has been visiting her parents at Neenah, returned during the week. 

Edward Fitsgerald, of Wausaw, attended the funeral of his aunt which took place here last Saturday.

Mrs. R.P. Smith and Mrs. R.R. Ellis are spending the week with their sister, Mrs Thos. Ryan, at Oshkosh.

Mrs. M.J. Flood, of Vineland, N.J. is with her sister, Mrs. Chas Cook, being summoned hither by the illness of her mother, Grandma Stuart.

Miss Hunter, who has been the guest of her friend, Miss Allie Jackson, for a couple of months past, left last Saturday for her home at Chicago.

Mrs. Fisher and two children, of Chicago, who have been the guests of Mrs. F’s sister, Mrs. O.A. Ellis, for a couple of weeks, left for her  home on Saturday.

Mrs. W. H. Barlow, of Nahma, Mich., arrived in the city Wednesday night, called hither by the illness of her daughter, Bessie, who is quite sick at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and (Mrs.) G.J. Flanders

Herman Heller, who has been employed in a store in Bessemer for some months past, spent a few hours with friends in the city last Friday.  He was on his way to Milwaukee where he will embark in the clothing business on Winnebago street.

Oconto County Reporter
October 14, 1892

Wm. Bertram and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Pecor met with an accident last Sunday that was a narrow escape from having a fatal ending.  While driving up Main Street in a double carriage, from Cullen & Kane’s livery stable, one of the horses switched his tail over the line and at once commenced kicking viciously.  Both horses soon became unmanageable and started to run, and Mr. Bertram losing control of them jumped from the rig, leaving Mr. and Mrs. Pecor on the back seat.  In front of Mrs. Goodrich’s the vehicle struck the horse block and was literally smashed to pieces and the occupants thrown on the sidewalk, fortunately, and miraculously, receiving only a few scratches and bruises.  The released team ran on some distance, but was finally captured near the brewery.  It is a matter for wonder that Mr. and Mrs. Pecor escaped with their lives.

Mrs. H.R. Bruce, nee Nellie I. Heath, formerly of this city but now of Tomahawk, who has been very ill for the past month or so, is now rapidly recovering.

Miss Lizzie Breckenridge returned yesterday from Indianapolis, where she has been for some months past.


Oconto County Reporter
October 21, 1892

George McQueen, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Q McQueen, was bit in the face by their dog one day last week.

Archie Belanger, the blind carpet weaver has just received a new carpet weaving machine, and is prepared to do all kinds of rag carpet weaving.  He weaves silk, cotton, and wool rags and re-weaves ingrain carpets.  Satisfaction always guaranteed and work delivered promptly.  Several pieces of rag carpet for sale in any quantity you may desire.  Please call upon him at his residence near Pecor school house, and examine his carpets and work.


Oconto County Reporter
October 28, 1892

Rev.  A.M. DeFord, who was sent to Waupun for raising a bank note, but was pardoned out some time since, is engaged in circulating a petition for the pardon of a convict he got acquainted with while in prison.  He states that the convict, when he learned that DeFord’s wife and four children were in want, took all the money he had and sent it to the woman, unknown to anyone else.

Notice to the Public – My wife, Mary Brehmer, of Little Suamico, Oconto county Wis., has left my bed and board without just cause or provocation, and I hereby forbid anybody from harboring or trusting her on my account, as I will pay no bills she may contract.  Carl Bremer, Little Suamico, Wis., Oct. 22, 1872.

Mrs. Herman Pecor spent last Sunday with relatives at Peshtigo.

Mrs. A.J. Bradley, who has been in the Trinity Hospital at Milwaukee, is rapidly recovering.

Mrs. A.B. Collins, of Milwaukee, came up last week to visit her relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Huff Jones.

Wm. Bertrand, who has been employed in Antone Sharrow’s barber shop for some months past, left Wednesday for his home in Fond du Lac.

Got his Watch – On the evening of fourth of July last, Walter H. Grunert sent a balloon up from the front of his jewelry store and attached to the balloon was the following note:

Oconto, Wis., July 4, 1892.

Take this in person to Walter H. Grunert’s jewelry store and I will give you a watch for it

Walter H. Grunert.

The balloon was lost to sight in a northeasterly direction, and nothing having been heard of it for some weeks, Mr. Grunert thought it must have been lost in the bay.  On the 16th of the present month, however, Mr. Joseph Krumpos presented the note having found it with a remnant of the balloon lodged in a tree in Thomas’ slough, a few miles northeast of the city.  He was made happy by being given the watch promised.


Oconto County Reporter
November 18, 1892

Attempted Murder at Gillett -  Robert Newton Sends Five Bullets into the Body of Richard Kingston – The village of Gillett, 24 miles west of this city, on the M.L.S.& W. R’y, is ordinarily a quiet little place, and beyond an occasional assault and battery case it is seldom that a ripple of excitement is experienced by its inhabitants.  On Tuesday night last, however, a shooting affair took place that stirred the little hamlet to its depths, and will furnish a theme for gossip for some time.  On the evening in question Mrs. Geo, High met Richard Kingston at a store in the village and asked him to return some blankets she had loaned him some time previous to use in his logging camp.  Mr. Kingston replied that he had sent the blankets, with some other articles, to her house by her brother, Robert Newton.  Mrs. High said the other articles had been delivered but not the blankets, whereupon Mr. Kingston said he would go at once to Newton and see about it, and immediately started for Mrs. High’s house, where Newton was at the time, accompanied by a son of Mrs. High, a lad about 17 years old.  Upon entering the house Mr. Kingston took a seat and at once commenced talking to Newton.  Scarce a dozen words had passed when Newton drew a .38 caliber, Smith & Weson self-cocking revolver and commenced firing at Kingston.  He emptied five chambers of the revolver, one bullet shattering  Kingston’s right arm at the elbow, a second passing through the fleshy part of the left arm, two others inflicting a flesh wound in either leg, and a fifth entering the body over the right hip and passing diagonally through the stomach.  When he had emptied his revolver the enraged man seized a wooden chair and began pounding the head of his victim who was prostrate on the floor, and only desisted when the wounded man begged for his family’s sake to have his life spared.

    After the third shot was fired, young High ran out of the house and down the village street for assistance.  In a few minutes a crowd of men had arrived at the scene and found Kingston across the street where he had managed to crawl and at once conveyed him home.  Dr. O’Keef, of this city was summoned and went up on the early train Wednesday morning and made the wounded man as comfortable as possible, but entertains little hope for his recovery.

   Newton made no effort to escape, and was apprehended soon after committing he deed, and was brought to this city Wednesday afternoon by special constable McDonald and placed behind the bars in the county jail.

   Newton is the man who, about ten years ago, shot at city marshal Frank LeRoy when in obedience to instructions from the city council the city marshal and Wall Phillipps took Newton’s small children  from his house and conveyed them to the Boy’s Home Industrial School at Milwaukee, where they might receive the attention which their parents either could not or did not give them.

Stiles Junction – Quite an accident occurred to Michael O’Neil Nov. 9th.  While returning home from Oconto he fell from the rig when crossing the railroad track, and sustained severe injuries about the face and body.  His face was badly cut and he was hurt more or less about the shoulders.

Mrs. E. Leigh, who was severely ill, is able to sit up once more.

 Wisconsin’s First Lumberman – Jefferson Davis, one of the foremost champions of the lost cause, and president of the Southern confederacy, was the first lumberman in Wisconsin.  When Mr. Davis engaged in the lumbering business in the Badger State, he was a lieutenant in the first regiment of the United States infantry, and was stationed at Fort Crawford, now Prairie du Chien.   This was in 1829, before gang, circular or band mills had been invoked to create the primeval forest into an article of universal domestic consumption, at a period when the rude log cabin was a “mansion” in the rowdy West, and the individual who would have had the temerity to predict a time when the saw mills of the Northwest would produce 8,000,000,000 feet of boards in a single season, would have been regarded as mentally out of Whack.  Northwest Lumberman

Mrs. Thos. Smith of Oshkosh, came up Monday morning, having been summoned here on account of the accident which befell her brother, Herbert Pulford.

Thomas Sanders, who was serving a three-years’ sentence in the state prison escaped from that institution Monday morning of last week by scaling the walls with a rope made of towels.  He was seen walking south on the railroad tracks by a passenger on an incoming train.  He had been working in the prison office.  Sanders was convicted of burglary in Eau Claire county in 1890, and his term would have expired in February.  A reward of $100 is offered for his return.  He is 38 years old, 5 feet, 6 inches in height, weighs 155 pounds and has a light complexion.

Another Runaway – On Monday last another of the fire department teams ran away but this time were fortunately stopped before anyone was hurt.  The teamster, James Rasmussen, was shoving a gravel box on the wagon when he lost his balance and fell against on of the horses and so frightened the team that they instantly started to run. Jimmy had presence of mind, as the wagon was passing over him, to catch hold of the evener and gradually pulled himself up until he got hold of the lines and stopped the frightened animals.  This he did not accomplish, however, without a great deal of work and risk, and twice dropped back before he could accomplish his purpose.  It was remarkable, indeed, that he succeeded at all in retaining his hold on the wagon and researching the lines.

Seriously Hurt.  Herbert Pulford met with an accident a the mill of the Hold Lumber Co. last Saturday evening about four o’clock that narrowly escaped being fatal in its consequences.  He was engaged in driving the lumber trucks from the mill to the piling grounds and having moved a loaded car onto the side track stooped down and put a block before the wheel to stop the car when the sudden jar caused the lumber to topple over on him.  The lumber was removed by other yard hands in a remarkable short time, when Herbert was found bleeding and insensible.  He was at once taken to his parents home where he was examined by Doctors Lawrence, Stoelting and Schmit, who pronounced the injuries serious but not necessarily fatal.  His right hip was broken a painful cut was inflicted under his chin, and some injury either to his chest or spinal column prevented him from speaking for a considerable time after he had regained consciousness.  His hip was set and he is now in a fair way toward recovery.

   Inquiry with one of the officials of the Holt Lumber Co. revealed  the fact that a chain is provided to bind the lumber on each truck loaded, and the employees are instructed to use chain, but frequently they become careless or indifferent and neglect to take this precaution.  This is the fifth accident of similar kind this season, and all might have been avoided if instructions had been obeyed.

Oconto County Reporter
November 25, 1892

Miss Anna Baldwin visited friends at Green Bay last week.

Mrs. G. Bossard and children went to Embarrass Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with relatives at that place.

Miss Ina Young arrived home Wednesday night from Lake Forest Seminary to spend Thanksgiving with her parents.

Frank Porter, who is now engaged as tenor singer with the Ohrstrom-Renard Lyric Artists, spent Monday visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.T. Porter, and maid his first appearance that evening before an audience in this, his native city.

Mr. and Mrs. R.N. Hawkes who have managed the telephone exchange in this city for a couple of years past, have been transferred to the Waukesha exchange and left this week for their new post.  Mrs. Hawkes is a native of this city and has a host of friends who regret to have her leave, and Mr. H. during this four years’ residence in this place has formed many warm friendships. It is the wish of their friends, in which the Reporter heartily joins that their new location may prove pleasant and lucrative.

We regret to announce that George, eldest son of Major and Mrs. E. Scofield, is very sick, and his symptoms have not been as encouraging as his many friends would desire.  A celebrated physician from Milwaukee arrived Wednesday night, and after a diagnosis expressed hope for recovery of the patient.


Oconto County Reporter
December 2, 1892

Ed Delaney was seriously injured while playfully scuffling in H.U.Coles one day last week.  He was thrown to the floor and received an internal injury which has since confined him to his home.  We did not learn how seriously he is affected, but hope he will be able to attend to business in a few days. 

At this writing there is little change in the condition of George Scofield, who has been lying ill at the home of his parents, Major and Mrs. E. Scofield, for some weeks.  He is suffering from a combination of ailments that seriously test his constitutional vigor, but with his many friends we hope for the best, and trust that he may again be restored to the enjoyment of health.

Charlie, the 15 year old son of Chas. Jacques, had the misfortune to break his arm while at work in the spool factory last Friday afternoon.  He was adjusting a belt on a revolving pulley when his arm was caught between the belt and pulley and instantly broken.  The fracture was reduced and Charley is now rapidly recovering from his injury.

Mrs. B.J.Brown, of Menominee, was in the city yesterday visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hart.

Miss Effie Dunn, of Pembine, has been visiting relatives and friends in this city for more than a week past. 

Mr. and Mrs. P. Shufelt and children returned Tuesday morning from a week’s visit with friends at LaCrosse. 

Mr. and Mrs. John Small, of Green Bay, visited relatives here during the week.

Mr. B. Spencer, of Fond du Lac, visited his daughters, Mrs. H.J. Germond and Mrs. John Campbell, in this city over Sunday.

Chas. Eparvier, of the West ward, returned Wednesday morning from France, having left two months ago for a visit to his native country.  Mr. Eparvier enjoyed his trip across the ocean and was highly delighted with his stay in the land of his nativity, but was nevertheless quite satisfied to return to the country of his adoption, and considers Oconto as good a place as any to live in.

Ex-supervisor J.M. Armstrong, of the town of How, was arraigned before the United States Circuit Court at Milwaukee Last Tuesday on a charge of removing property, which he claims as his own from the Indian reservation at Keshena without the permission of the Indian agent.  The jury brought in a verdict of guilty, when Mr. F.F. Wheeler, of this city, the defendants attorney made a motion for a new trial, which will be argued to-day.  Should another trial be denied Mr. Armstrong will receive his sentence to-morrow.  The penalty for the offense charged is fine or imprisonment, or both, in the discretion of the court.

Abrams - Mr. Chase, a former resident here, but now a hotel keeper at Amberg, was here on Friday last. 


Oconto County Reporter
December 9, 1892

Mrs. Luke Balcom, of Garden Bay, Mich, is the guest of Mrs. H.M. Royce.  Mrs B is on her way to New York where she will spend the winter visiting friends and relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Jennings on Monday removed to Neenah, where they will reside in future in the elegant home recently built for Mr. Jennings on the island in that city.

Capt. W. Ackrill, who has been in command of a steamboat plying on the north end of Green bay, arrived home last week for the season and is at present confined to the house by an attack of rheumatism.

Anton VanGaal, night engineer in the mill of the Holt Lumber Co.  left last Saturday for a trip to the home of his birth in Holland, where he will visit his parents whom he had not seen for more than twenty years.

Miss Mamie Guthrie left Wednesday evening for Logansport, Ind., where she will spend the winter with relatives.

Abrams - Mr. David Tripp took a little vacation last week and spent a few days with his family here.  He returned on Tuesday to Amberg where he is engaging in varied interests.

Abrams - Mr. R.B. Yeaten is still sojourning in Oregon.  His many friends will be pleased to know that he is hale and hearty and having a good time.


Oconto County Reporter
December 30, 1892


Miss Frances C. Lloyd, of Milwaukee, is visiting her sister, Mrs. M.P. Bellew.

Roy Solway, who is now employed in a drug store at Neenah, is home for the holidays.

Mr, and Mrs.  Decker, of Embarrass, spent Christmas with Mrs. D’s sister, Mrs. G. Bossard.

Mrs. Carlin and daughter Annie of Milwaukee, are in the city visiting relatives and friends.

John Crawford and daughter, Miss Ella, visited relatives at Menominee Tuesday afternoon.

B.G.Grunert, of Escanaba, Mich., came down last Saturday to visit his children for a few days.

F.R. Pendleton, of Janesville, came up last week on business, and was the guest of his parents over Christmas.

George Crawford came home from the Green Bay Business College to spend the holiday vacation with his parents.

Nelson Brazeau, who is a student at the Chicago Medical College, is home enjoying the holiday vacation with relatives.

M.H. Lloyd and daughter, of Milwaukee, father and sister of Mrs. M.P. Bellew, were the guests of that lady over Christmas.

Mrs. E.G. Mullen, and son Edward, of Milwaukee, came up last week and are the guests of Mrs. M’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Huff Jones.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hart left last Saturday for Green Bay, whee they will visit their sons, Captains H.W. and C.B., for two or three weeks. 

Mr. and Mrs J.S. Ford and children, of Chicago, have been the guests of relatives here during the past week, having come to spend Christmas.

Messrs. A.D. and Antone  Sharrow and Mrs. Wm. Fabry, went to Appleton Tuesday to attend the funeral services of their father who died at that place Sunday.

Miss S. Pamperin visited her parents at Duck Creek over Christmas, and on her return the first of the week was accompanied by her sister, Miss Emily Pamperin.

Ed Keef, who has been employed in Chicago, for the past eighteen months, came up Saturday to spend the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Thompson.

Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Keith and children and Mrs. Keith’s mother, Mrs. Fenno; and nephew, ? Knight, went to Appleton last Saturday to spend Christmas with relatives in that city, returning the first of this week.


Oconto County Reporter
November 25, 1892

The stage line between Gillett and Mountain is a great convenience to the traveling public (Owner Joseph Holl of Gillett).

W.A. McKinley of Abrams, county superintendent elect, was over last Saturday and qualified for the office to which he had recently been elected.

Oconto County Reporter
December 23, 1892
researched and contributed by Richard La Brosse

M. Ullman received last week at his stables on Huron street, a consignment of the finest draft horses ever brought to Oconto.