UNDER THE WHEELS
Little Guy Branshaw Falls Beneath a Freight Train
AND LOSES BOTH OF HIS LEGS
Remarkable Nerve Exhibited While Amputation Was in Progress.
Helpless For Life
ONE YEAR IN PRISON
The Check Forgers Go Behind the Bars for a Twelvemonth
At the adjourned term of the circuit court, Wednesday, Joseph Lettkovski and Antoine Klaus appeared before Judge Hastings, pleaded guilty to forgery and were sentenced to one year each in state prison.
The particulars of the crime are as follows: Lettkovski stole a blank check upon the Oconto National Bank, induced Klaus to fill it out for $30.50 and attach Foley and Reilly’s signature, presenting him five dollars for perpetrating the deed, and Lettkovski induced John Duncan to cash the check. The parties were arrested, bound over, and upon receiving sentence by Judge Hastings, on Thursday were taken to Waupun by Sheriff Quirt.
In County Court
Sold His Farm
A serious accident
happened to Mrs. Lessor of "Bordentown"
one day last week. While nailing up a window curtain she thrust an arm
through a pane of glass, receiving very dangerous wounds in the wrist
Narrow Escape From
Mrs. Ballard’s Presence of Mind.
Saturday last, while a domestic in the family of Henry Cole was taking up ashes from the coal stove, her clothes caught fire, and when Mrs. Ballard, a guest, responded to the terrified girl’s call for help, the back of her dress was a mass of flames. Mrs. Ballard caught up a blanket from a closet and succeeded in smothering the flames, but with difficulty, as the girl in her fright endeavored to enter the closet, which was filled with clothing. One hand was considerably burned. She is a daughter of Albert Giese.
Dr. G. A. Doran, of Menominee, visited at the home of his parents in this city, Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Chris. Nelson have removed to the Nelligan farm, which Mr. Nelson will run next year.
A. H. Griffith’s mother and sister have arrived from southern Wisconsin to spend the winter in Oconto.
Quarantine has been removed from the Norton household and Charlie once more mingles among men.
Miss Amanda Peterson has gone to visit relatives at Two Rivers.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Leisch have arrived here to reside and make it their home at present.
Personal and General
Town Treasurer Leigh Falls From a Moving Milwaukee & Northern Train.
Thomas Leigh, while alighting from an M. and N. train at Stiles junction last Saturday night, fell upon the rails of the Lake Shore track and sustained a serious scalp wound and other injuries. He had been at Ontonagon and was returning, accompanied by J. H. Comstock, superintendent of the Diamond Match Company, and they were riding in the sleeper. When the junction was called Mr. Leigh went toward the rear of the car to get off, but was called by the porter to come to the forward end of the car. When he arrived there the train was again in motion in jumping he fell headlong upon the track. The result of his injuries has not been learned.
Mr. Leigh is one
of the best saw mill men in the state
and he had been offered $100 a month to run a mill for the match
in Ontonagon. He has been town treasurer of his town since 1874 and is
altogether too valuable a man to drop out of life’s harness
full prime of life.
Rapid Journey of a Legal Document in Transfer of Property.
A transfer of 1,720 acres of land lying in towns 29-17, 31-16, 31-17, 30-18, of Oconto country, from E. L. Corning and wife to the Shawano Abstract, Land & Loan company, was recently made; consideration $500.
The instrument contained two acknowledgements, one being before E. B. Young, of St. Paul, where Mr. Corning was then residing and the other before Benjamin H. Ridgely, United States consul at Geneva, Switzerland, where Mrs. Corning was sojourning at the time the acknowledgement was taken. The date of the letter was Jan. 3, 1895
Bitten by a Bull Dog.
The old store building owned by G. W. DeLano, formerly occupied by Russell & North, has been purchased by O. A. Gunwald, who will fit if up for a hardware store and will take possession the first of March.
Hon. G. W. DeLano has bought a lot in San Diego, Cal. He and Mrs. DeLano will return here in June and leave again in September. This will be their last trip back here as Mr. DeLano will have a house built and fitted up, which will be in readiness upon their return. Both Mr. and Mrs. DeLano will be greatly missed by a host of loving friends who will unite in wishing them many happy years in their new home to be under the balmy skies of southern California.
Mrs. Phillips of Shawano is visiting her sister, Mrs. Kesler.
Lake Of The Woods.
Captain, W. M. Lee 24 32
First Lieutenant, W. G. Links 7 32
Second Lieutenant, G. E. Bond 15 32
First Sergeant, A. J. Cummings 27 32
Quarter Master Sergeant, James Gerhard 28 31
Ansorge, O. 16 20
Aagaard, C. 30 32
Aagaard, W. 16 32
Butterfield, W. 20 31
Burkhart, W. 16 32
Beck, Arthur 11 25
Bryant, T. 17 20
Clark, H. W. 15 32
Cota, L. N. 9 12
Crane, J. S. 11 20
Crane, R. E. 13 20
Danzer, F. 8 32
Davis, Peter 14 32
Danzel, Fred 12 16
Fumell, Wm. 4 17
Flies, John 5 31
Flanders, R. G. 13 31
Gonyou, Wm 4 17
Hall, E. J. 10 19
|Hall, R. T.
Hall, W. E. 20 32
Harris, Edwin 27 31
Harris, W. G. 17 28
Haskins, H. 14 16
Herald, J. M. 16 20
Haines, G. H. 18 24Houser, Ed 13 17
Ingram, W. A. 13 20
Johnson, Otto 29 32
Jensen, James 7 13
Jones, R. W. 9 19Koket, Antone 13 19
Krueger, Carl 26 32
Lord, E. H. 12 32
Lesperance, Joe 18 32
Maigray, P. 16 28
Mineau, F. X. 17 28
Peterson, P. 18 32
Pecor, E. 6 25
Peinorsch, J. 24 32
Runkel, G. A. 4 17
Rhode, C.A. 7 24
Rice, Frank E. 12 31
Stewart, H. 10 24
Simpson, H. 13 24
Soukup, J. 19 20
Skochpol, J. 22 32
Slattery, H. J. 20 32
Sulivan, G. 7 24
Talmadge, G. R. 26 32
Wright, G. G. 8 28
Whitney, R. R. 4 17
Young, Amos 15 17
Charlie’s New Job
Ex-County Clerk Charles Norton has accepted the position of bookkeeper and collector for the Oconto Brewing association and begins his duties next Monday Morning.
Dr. Coleman Very Much Alive.
Marinette papers this week reported the death of Dr. Coleman, formerly of this city, while at Cleveland, Ohio. A letter from Mrs. Coleman to relatives here announces that the doctor is very much alive at their home in Norfolk, Va.
To Be Organized - Petition Has Been Sent
to Assemblyman Frost
Alans C. Law, Niels Christian, Anderson Habert, Holm Christine, A. Hanson, Neils Madsen and Peter I. Hanson, residents of the towns of How and Maple Valley, have organized a reformatory social colony of the purpose of farming, lumbering, manufacturing and carrying on mechanical, industrial and educational work and maintain itself and members by the culture of the soil. All real estate acquired will be held absolutely free and clear of all mortgage or lien encumbrances and improvements to be made or work done is for the material, social and educational welfare of its members. Any person of adult age who will submit to the provisions of its constitution and by-laws and will abstain from alcoholic drink and the use of vulgar, profane and scandalous language, and will work in peace and with the members of the colony for six months, shall be accepted as a qualified member.
The object and aim
of the organization is to enhance
the prosperity of the colony and advance the value of all real estate
may come into its possession, by manual labor - not speculative.
There is a provision in the constitution to the effect that should an opportunity arise whereby the sale of any property owned by the colony can be effected for the general betterment of the members, such sale or exchange shall be made.
The name of the
corporation is "The Sunrise Social
Colony." The capital stock of $3,500, divided into 350 shares of $10
Hans Law is president and Habert Holm secretary.
In there prayer to the legislature they ask for a state grant, a donation of all or part of state lands located in town 30, range 18. A petition is being prepared which will be sent to Assemblyman Frost at Madison and a bill will be introduced authorizing the above act.
Dr. Peche is now located at Menominee, having moved to that place Friday.
Mrs. B. J. Brown, of Menominee, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hart.
John Hull, postmaster of Hayes, town of How, was doing business, Wednesday, at Oconto County’s capital.
Dr. O’Keef to Move Away
Next spring it is the intention of Dr. and Mrs. O’Keef to leave Oconto for a permanent residence in Milwaukee. The doctor has been offered the position of assistant surgeon in the Passavant hospital, and besides he will open an office for the general practice of his profession.
Oconto will miss them greatly - in society, in which both are prominent, and the doctor from a professional standpoint.
Purchased a Farm.
Theodore Hanson of Green Bay, brother of Dr. Hanson, of Abrams, purchased, on Monday last, the farm owned by George Laughlin, in Pensaukee, for $500. He contemplates moving his family there soon.
THEY FURNISH BOND
And George Beyer and Charles Quirt Go
IN COUNTY COURT
Matters Disposed of Before Judge Classon
on Tuesday Last.
Claims were examined in the estate of Frank Van Laanen.
Will of Fred Schroeder opened and read and ordered proved March 5. Notice given to creditors against estate of Wilhelmina Kimpal to file claims. A. Reinhard is attorney in each matter.
The will of Berzelus O’Hara was opened and read and order proved on the 5th day of next month. F. X. Morrow, attorney.
Patient Over His Misfortune
Dan Mulhaney Paralyzed
Miss Jennie Arnold is a guest of Mrs. George Scofield.
Mrs. West, of Appleton, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Charles Keith.
returned to his home in Marinette after
a brief visit with friends and relatives.
CROSSED THE BAY
On the Ice in a Blizzard - a Chilly
Sergeants B. D. Brophy and E. J. Delaney, and Musician George Runkel, all members of Co. M, have received their honorable discharge for five years’ service, the first two, continuous. Mr. Runkel was one of the company when it was mustered in 1889.
Justice Sol. G. Pelkey.
The name of Sol G. Pelkey is mentioned in connection with the office of Justice of the Peace next spring.
Wildcats and Wildcats
O. W. Bloch, county clerk, received five wildcat scalps from town of Spruce on Tuesday and four from Gillett, Wednesday. These varmints seem to be quite numerous in the county this winter, as Mr. Bloch is the recipient of from one to five almost every day. Perhaps some one has started a ranch in some backwoods place for the cultivation of the wildcat industry. If so it would pay the county board to do a little detective work and look the matter up.
Card of Thanks.
Near the Century Mark.
Old Mr. McDowell, over in the town of Grover, is nearing death’s portal. About two weeks ago he suffered a paralytic stroke, which, combined with extreme old age, he is 91 - may result fatally.
Fred Christenson is clearing ten acres of land for C. D. Post, back of the mill.
The result of the fisticuff between William Murphy and John Sargent, jr. was a sentence for the latter of fine and costs or ten days in jail. He now behind the bars.
Miss Lizzie Jennings, daughter of Hon. D. J. Jennings, of New London, is visiting her cousin Mrs. A. M. Martineau.
Mrs. W. J. McGee left Thursday morning for Madison, where she will reside in the future. Her departure is regretted by her many friends.
Miss Birdie Frank is visiting in Milwaukee. At the end of another week she goes to Chicago to visit relatives during the remainder of February.
Miss Allie May, who for some time past has been visiting in Chicago, returned home last week. Her sister, Mrs. Elliott, of Milwaukee, is also in the city, visiting her parents.
W. Greene, of Marinette, ex-clerk of the court, was in Oconto Saturday last looking up old records affecting territory now embraced in Oconto County that was once upon a time a part of Menominee county.
Dr. J. E. Piche, of Frenchtown, has located at Marinette. He succeeds Dr. Fortin at that place.
Frank LeRoy, of Little River, had business at the court house this week. He left for Norway, Mich., Tuesday.
Enlarging Its Plant - Jacob Spies and Son
Now Sole Owners.
They have in contemplation another story to the brewery, and addition to the malt house and the enlargement of the dry kiln. One new ice house has just been built and another much larger begun, which will give them three ice houses with a capacity of 800 cords - 100 greater than last year.
Jacob Spies, jr., will soon begin the erections of a residence on the premises fronting Superior street, and give his personal attention to the business. Charles Norton is bookkeeper, collector and general solicitor, and Ernst Siebert, brewer.
They are preparing to manufacture an article equal to any in the United States, and every retail dealer in Oconto should have it on tap. There is no occasion whatever to send to Green Bay or Milwaukee for beer. Patronize home industry.
Dan Mulhaney Goes Home.
A hard cold, resulting in the bursting of a blood vessel, caused paralysis along Dan Mulhaney’s entire left side. He was taken to his home in Brillion, Wis. by his father and mother last week. He had been stopping at the City Hotel since coming down from the woods.
Joseph Volk is making preparations to go to California last fall writes back that he is in love with the country and advises everybody to go out there.
J.J. Hof of Milwaukee and Mrs. J. A. Burtis of Okauchee, Wis., were married at Washington D. C. Mr. Hof is president of J. J. Hof Land Company of Milwaukee which owns about 60,000 acres of land in central and eastern Wisconsin, including a large acreage in Oconto county upon a portion of which is located the village of Sobieski. Mrs. Burtis is well known all over the United States as the successful and genial proprietress of that beautiful summer resort, Spring Bank, along the shore of Oconomowoc lake.
Thomas Leigh of Stiles, whose services as clerk of that town date back a quarter of a century, was one of the REPORTER’s welcome callers this week.
C. A. Mack has returned from his winter’s sojourn in New York and once more entered upon his missionary work in Oconto and neighboring counties.
J. B. Grunert has returned from his trip south. After Mr. Beyer left him at New Orleans he went to Mobile and ten days later started for home. "Fine country, but to a northern man uncomfortably warm," said J. B.
G. T. Porter received a telegram from Chicago, Sunday, announcing the sudden death of his wife’s cousin, A. Jamison. Mr. Jamison was on the police force at the time of the Haymarket Tragedy and received wounds from which he never recovered, but for eight years past had been on the retired list. He had numerous friends in Oconto.
Geo. M. Breed, postmaster at Breed, and chairman-elect of the new town of Waupee, was one of the first settlers in that part of Oconto county. With his wife and two babies he moved to his present home eleven years ago, and had to cut seven miles of road to get there. He also carried the mail without charge for one year, to get a post office established. Now he has many good neighbors and rejoices in a town organization and the success of the republican ticket.
HELD UP AND ROBBED.
Two Footpads Make a Successful Demand
Another Physician for Oconto.
Vina Hodgins went to Oconto last Thursday and came back Friday. Some attraction down that way. Eh, Vina?
Rosin of Shawano
County Given Time for Reflection.
A MARITAL TIE ‘TWAS NOT A TIE.
Divorce Case Tumbled Out of Court.
Other Circuit Court Proceedings.
Upon announcement of the jury’s verdict, Attorney Wallrich moved for a new trial, and next morning submitted the fact that the records of the Shawano circuit court did not show that Rosin had been arraigned or entered a plea. Sentence was withheld till Mr. Cady could repair to Shawano and have the record perfected. Returning, on Friday, with the perfected record, Judge Hastings pronounced sentence of eighteen years. The condemned man is stout of frame, but ignorant. He manifested neither emotion or sensibility of his crime. His victim had been an invalid for a dozen years, which marks the crime as uncommonly brutal. The Rosins were of a neighborhood known as Pummer Dutch.
Mary Brehmer vs. Carl Brehmer resulted in favor of defendant. It was proved that the plaintiff had a husband living at the time she married Brehmer.
J. Hemmingsen vs. Andrew Dillon, debt, held under advisement by court.
Mrs. Orr Very Ill
Mrs. Valecka Insane
George Hubbard of Crivitz was sunning himself on our front street last week. He had been outside to attend a wedding. We think it is about time he attended his own.
Miss Lina White, one of our teachers, will spend her vacation with her sister, Mrs. Austin of Port Washington.
Frank Porter is home on a visit. Glad to see you Frank.
by J. H. Waggoner.
The woman voter is probably coming to stay. She voted for the first time in Ohio, at the late election, for members of school boards, and voted early, furnishing a large proportion of the total vote. An incident of note at the polls in Cleveland was the appearance of a woman on a bicycle, smoking a cigarette, and in bloomer attire. It is not believed that the votes of the women materially changed results.
A couple on their marriage morn in Oconto drove their conveyance into a ditch, breaking the pole of the carriage. Noting their dilemma, a gentleman attending a funeral loaned them his carriage and their joy was complete.
Judge L. B. Noyes,
founder of the Marinette Eagle,
died on Thursday morning, aged 64 years. A suitable obituary will
in THE REPORTER next week.
State of Wisconsin, County Court for Oconto County.
Dated April 25,
1895 CECELIA SURPRISE.
Guardian of the minor heirs of John Baptist Surprise, deceased
[First Publication April 27, last May 11.]
Dr. Albert Dufresne of Montreal has located in Oconto for the practice of his profession. The Doctor was graduated from the university of Lavel, in medicine and surgery. He has opened an office opposite St. Peter’s Church. Dr. Dufresne is accompanied by his wife and they expect to make their permanent home in Oconto.
Miss Birdie Frank had returned from a ten weeks visit in Milwaukee and Chicago - in the former city the guest of her cousin and in the latter of her sister.
Wm. E. Digan has decided to return to Ellis Junction, where he is with Mr. Dunn and offers his farm, near Oconto Falls, for sale. See ad.
George W. DeLano has returned from San Diego, Cal., and is again at his home in Abrams.
Thomas Rymer sold a pair of nice horses to Ben Wilson a few days ago. Mr. Rymer is one of the best sugar and maple syrup makers in Morgan.
Miss Nellie E. Slattery finished the school term of seven months voted for in District No. 6, and is now engaged to teach the spring term of three months at this place.
Miss Hattie Rifenberg began her spring term of school, Monday.
The Oconto high school has adopted for its color, light pink and dregs of wine.
Albert Topel is building a large barn, 20x80, in connection with his hotel at Pensaukee.
Guilty Parties Discovered
There are two sets in operation at the Oconto Company’s mill and another set ready for shipment to the mill at Bay de Noquet. Its success is assured and in it lies a small fortune for the inventor.
AN OLD SERVANT
It Had Sheltered Many a Weary Wanderer.
A Home for Everybody.
How It Occurred.
No Succor Near.
A crowd soon lined both banks of the river and covered the bridge, and boats filled with searchers for the body floated in the vicinity of the spot where he was supposed to have disappeared. Ordinary means failing, dynamite was resorted to, and three cartridges were exploded in mid-stream, the concussion bringing the body to the surface.
Coroner’s Jury Summoned.
Saw the Men Struggling.
Mrs. Henry LeClaire, whose home is on the south bank of the river, heard a distressing cry and saw a man with head and shoulders visible, holding fast to an oar, he be immediately sand beneath the waves.
Albert Whittaker, engaged in hauling fuel for the electric light plant along the road skirting the bank of the river, as he emerged from behind the round house, saw one side of the man’s face and arms extended as he went down for the last time.
Tilbert Morrow, Jr., and Dick Follett reached the spot after he went down, jumped into the same boat which had overturned with the unfortunate partner, and in a twinkling they, too, were floundering about in the water, the frail craft having again overturned, and they waded about for a half hour in a vain search for the drowned man.
Adam Stadl of this city, another brother in Shawano and a sister at Spruce are the only known relatives of deceased in this country.
The funeral was held Thursday.
TO HER LONG REST
Profound Sorrow Expressed Throughout
The City. - A Patient Sufferer.
Eight weeks ago she went to Indianapolis to submit to a delicate operation by Dr. Eastman, of a renowned surgical institute. The operation was successful and she promptly rallied; but a relapse followed during the third week, and Mr. and Mrs. Knapp repaired to her bedside.
A week later it became apparent that her recovery was more than doubtful, and she was brought home. Here she received most loving care and skillful attention, and she struggled with uncommon power against fate; but death was the victor at last.
Funeral services were held at the Knapp residence on Thursday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Bossard, of the Presbyterian Church. A large concourse of friends testified to their esteem for the deceased and their sympathy for the bereaved family by their presence at the home and on the burial ground.
Mrs. Orr was born in Pensaukee on January 4, 1857, and in 1874 was married to Samuel C. Orr, whose untimely death, by drowning, occurred five years ago. Two daughters survive their parents - Myrtle and Edna, the former a pupil in the Commercial College at Appleton, and the latter a pupil in the Oconto high school. Pupils of the high school expressed their sympathy by the contribution of a beautiful floral anchor, procured from Fond du Lac. The floral tributes at the funeral were numerous and suggestive of the love of friends and neighbors.
The singing was
exceptionally fine and consisted of
two numbers - "Only waiting till the shadows have a little longer
and "Rest in Heaven." Those who took part in this service were Mrs. S.
W. Ford, Mrs. C. S. Hart, Dr. C. E. Armstrong and Ralph Flanders; Mrs.
The pall bearers were Messrs. Frank W. Heath, W. A. Hold, Edward Millidge, W. G. Links, Fred W. Wright and Edward Links. Relatives present from other localities were Judge G. N. Orr of St. Paul and Ross Orr from Pensaukee.
George High and Dan McDonald were in town from Gillett, Wednesday.
David Turner was in Marinette, Monday, attending the funeral of George Gagnon.
Mrs. C. M. Boss and son are visiting the family of Mayor J. W. Wells at Menominee.
Burnside returned to her school at Bear
Creek on Saturday, after a vacation
of four weeks.
T. A. Pamerin is ever a busy man. He returned from Chicago on Thursday morning and went back again on Thursday night, on business.
Judge Grier N. Orr of St. Paul, brother of the late S. C. Orr, was present at Mrs. Orr’s funeral. The Judge was one of the boys of Oconto 20 years ago and has resided in St. Paul ten years. A year ago he was elected one of the three municipal judges of St. Paul; salary $4,000 a year.
Fred. Klass, of Norway, Mich., who has been in Milwaukee for some time receiving instructions in engraving, arrived here Thursday night, and will visit his parents for a week or ten days.
Jesse Birmingham of Abrams did business in Oconto this week. Mr. B.’s wife is a daughter of the late Hon. Joseph Harris of Sturgeon Bay, who was for many years the private secretary of Ex-Senator Sawyer; and by way of closer relationship, the second wife of Mr. Harris was a sister of Mr. Birmingham. She died last November. Mr. B. came from Door county to Abrams in the early 60s.
Gone to Sweden.
Postponed the Ball.
Sold His Farm.
John Krammer vs. William Sloan. Action for damages, assault and battery. Not tried.
J. Hemmingsen vs. A. Dillon. Debt: judgment for the plaintiff for about $350.
A. C. Frost vs. J. A. Van Cleve. Action for damages for breaking into the post office at Mountain. Removed to Marinette county.
Mary A. Dillon vs. A. Dillon. Divorce: granted
Clarrisa Wilson vs. Henry Wilson. Divorce: granted.
FIVE FOR, ONE
Ferdinand Radke Will Have Another Trial
Before Justice H. F. Jones.
PRANKS OF THE WIND
HOUSE BLOWN OVER CONTAINING
Two Men Riding Along the Highway Near
Pensaukee Are Thrown Into the Ditch
and Their Carriages Overturned - Trees
Snapped Off Like Pipe-Stems.
Following the hail storm came a heavy rain and high winds. John Quimby’s residence, five miles this side of Pensaukee, was blown down and his wife and two children considerably injured - the oldest one escaping unhurt. They were upstairs at the time.
Mrs. Quimby was quite seriously injured by bricks falling from the chimney and stricking upon her head, and her limbs were badly bruised.
Two men, each occupying a carriage by himself, were riding along the road about four miles from Pensaukee, when the hail-storm overtook them. The man in the front conveyance had turned around in his seat and was conversing with the gentleman in the rear, when the carriage of the latter was suddenly overturned by the wind and the occupant thrown into the ditch. No sooner had he landed than he was joined by his companion, for the same gust of wind had overturned both vehicles, no serious injury resulting to man or beast.
Trees in that vicinity, six inches in diameter, were snapped off as though they had been pipe-stems.
THE REPORTER thermometer registered 82 degrees above zero yesterday noon, and 70 degrees above today at noon. It hangs at the front door, where it may be conveniently inspected by the passing throngs.
D. G. Classon was in Marinette on Monday, before the circuit court.
Mr. and Mrs. B. Spencer of Fond du Lac are visiting their daughters, Mrs. H. J. Germond and Mrs. J. G. Campbell.
Mrs. W. H. Young, Mrs. H. M. Royce and Mrs. J. H. Kerr and children recently drove out to Holt’s farm near Peshtigo Brook and were absent from the city two days.
W. E. Congdon has "packed up" for Chicago. He has obtained a beautiful location, 3239 Michigan ave. The office of the Congdon Lumber Co. is No. 529 Marquette building, corner of Adams and Dearborn streets.
Albert Thario, one of the enterprising farmers of Maple Valley, did business in Oconto last week. He had not been in the city for five years. He has cleared up sixty five acres of a 120 acre farm in fourteen years, and counts himself fortunate in having exchanged the life of a carpenter for that of a farmer.
Oscar Butler Insane.
LOCAL IN BRIEF
Joseph Kampfer dislocated his right shoulder joint by falling from a pile of lumber in the Holt yard. Dr. Armstrong, assisted by Dr. Atwood, replaced the truant joint.
Our young people and a few older ones are busy preparing their parts for the negro minstrels, which will take place soon. We expect to be treated to something unusually fine in this. The date and a fuller account will be given soon.
Reny Kesler has been quite ill for the past week with Pneumonia and is recovering slowly.
Mrs. Reny Kesler returned from Shawano the first of the week.
Gus Wollenberg was injured quite badly by his oxen running away.
Joseph McMahon has bought the M. E. parsonage.
morning Bart Kelly had the sad misfortune
to get both hands caught in the calendars of the paper machine, and the
right hand was severely crushed. He will only loose the end of the
finger on the left hand, but the right hand is so badly crushed the he
will probably be maimed in it for life. He has the sympathy of a large
number of friends. Drs. Oshwaldt and Berry attended him.
The snow fall was about six inches and was of vast benefit to small grains and for corn and potatoes to be planted, but more or less damaging to small fruits and vines. Mercury remained above freezing point most of the day, yet, from the warmth of the earth, the snow was nearly out of sight by evening.
L. C. Warner of Brookside recalls a fall of twelve inches of snow on the 12th of May, 1878 - seventeen years ago.
Mrs. Mary Kane and granddaughter May Kinney are visiting relatives in Bessemer.
Mrs. Frank Pendleton and children arrived from Janesville, Saturday evening to spend the summer.
Miss Gertie Smith of Maple Valley has been visiting her cousin, Miss Ida Porter, the past week.
Mrs. John Coughell and son from Embarrass were visiting relatives in Oconto from Friday until Monday.
Thomas Hodgins from Kelly Brook was in the city on Wednesday. He came to look up the ownership of a piece of land.
W. H. Orensdorf and wife, of Canton, Ill., the latter a daughter of G. T. Porter, have come up for a visit in Oconto, which will include also a stay at Kelly Lake.
Mrs. Zillioux of Marinette, well known in Oconto, where she has many friends will locate permanently in Kewaunee, where she has a large class in instrumental music.
The Fire Quenched.
OCONTO COUNTY NEWS
NARROW EXCAPE FROM DEATH AT
Caleb Thompson left on Monday morning for Kentucky, where he will make his home with his son.
J. C. Volk’s new residence will soon be ready for occupancy. It is a commodious three story building and will add greatly to the appearance of the town.
The Falls Manufacturing Co., has purchased a new engine of 125 horse power, and it will be here in a few days. It is for the purpose of running the paper machine, as the power from the water wheel is not steady enough, and causes the paper to break frequently. It will be placed in the basement of the mill.
Miss Edith Campbell of Marinette has opened a millinery store with her sister, Mrs. Gove, and is prepared for all kinds of work that falls in her line.
WHERE TO TRADE.
OCONTO COUNTY NEWS
ABRAMS PEOPLE WANT TO MOVE
John Peters, Jr., has fitted up a store room and will run a first class grocery store in connection with his jewelry store.
The entertainment given by a representative darkey troupe, Saturday evening, for the purpose of raising money to move the Methodist church to the village, was a grand success. People came from Stiles, Little Suamico, Morgan, and Brookside. Sheriff Whitcomb, from Oconto also attended. The rink was crowded, and all seemed to enjoy themselves hugely. The proceeds amounted to about $56. Who doesn’t want the church moved? Those who discountenance the movement should stand from under the horoscope of public opinion and not trouble our good citizens who desire to make Abrams a thoroughly representative village. A nonsensical petition was passed around among our citizens Saturday, and many signed it before they were aware of the injustice. People should be a little careful about signing such papers until they have fully informed themselves of their genuine beneficence.
Adjourned Till June 12.
Herman Peters Out Again.
Sheriff Whitcomb arrested a Bohemian at Little Suamico for using abusive language at a dance. Justice George Kelly imposed fine and costs.
William Matheson, while adjusting sewer pipe at the bottom of a seven foot ditch on lower Main street, was buried by a cave in up to his neck. Companions dug him out, but he was considerably bruised and necessarily limps in his perambulations.
The teams of Dr.
Stoelting and another person stampeded.
The occupants of their carriages were thrown out, one horse released
from his harness, and a wheel of Dr. Stoelting’s carriage was
by the collision. No other material damage was done. Mrs. Stoelting
miraculously escaped injury.
NO MONEY IN BANKS.
NOTHING TANGIBLE FOR OFFICER
TO WORK UPON.
Facts Pertaining to Mr. Baumgaertner’s
Business Affairs Made Public for the
First Time - Friends Claim That He
Must Have Had Money.
Baumgaertner murder mystery, the fact
that the safe had not been opened for a long time, as stated by Expert
Bertles, and that it contained no valuables of any kind, not even one
in money, and that Mr. Baumgaertner’s license became due
twenty three days
after the tragedy, is suggestive that there must have been enough money
elsewhere to pay for the license and to meet the ordinary expenses
with the business.
It is learned that the Citizens’ National bank, the Kellogg National band and McCartney’s bank, all of Green Bay, had no money on deposit belonging to Michael Baumgaertner, and have never done any business with him, whatever.
It is the opinion of neighbors that there is a large sum of money deposited in some banking institution, or in the hands of private parties.
Paid His Bills Monthly.
Must Have Had Money.
A Prophecy That Came True.
DEATH IN THE BAY.
THE SAD ENDING OF
EXCURSION LAST SUNDAY.
Baumgaertner Falls From a Scow
While Returning From Zipple’s Grove-
Body Lies in the Water From Sunday
Night Until Tuesday Afternoon
An accident which ended a human life, with wife and children helpless witnessess, and brought consternation to a boat-load of excursionists returning from a Sunday school picic, was the lamentable termination of the German Lutheran outing at Zipple’s grove, near the bay shore, last Sunday.
Helpless to Save.
The Scow Was Unsafe.
A Persevering Search.
Frugal and Industrious.
Eloped With His Pupil.
Fined Ten Dollars Each.
Mrs. Snover’s condition is somewhat improved and greater hopes entertained for her recovery.
Stephani spent a few days last week with
his parents at Manitowoc.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J.
Classon of Oconto
Were Married in 1857.
happy moment it is for parents, when,
after their children have grown up and departed from the them to seek
own livelihood, to have them again assembled at home and to recall the
happy events which took place in their younger days.
Such a gathering occurred last Sunday afternoon at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Classon on Superior Street, it being the occasion of Mr. Classon’s sixty-second birthday and the thirty-eighth anniversary of their marriage. The entire family of six children being present, made fit a most enjoyable occasion.
Those present were: Their only daughter, now Mrs. John (Abigail) Moody, and her husband, of Brookside; Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Classon of Couillardville; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Classon and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Classon, Jr., Judge D. G. Classon and a number of intimate friends of the family.
Mr. and Mrs. Classon were married thirty-eight years ago at Manitowoc, and though they have labored hard during all these years, yet they are hale and hearty and all predict for them many happy returns of the anniversary of their marriage.
(NOTE: Article says “The entire family of six children being present”, however, it only lists five. Missing child is Alan V. Classon.)
BACK TO OCONTO
M. G. Murphy of
Chicago is Greeting
Old-Time Friends Here.
since 1864 has M. G. Murphy, now a resident
of Chicago, visited Oconto until this week, having arrived in the city
on Wednesday morning.
He first saw Oconto in 1854, when 18 years of age, cooked for mill crews and in the woods and in 1859 went to Chicago by foot.
Oconto had no streets then, and there were few settlers here. Among the latter were Edwin Hart, James Don Levy, Huff and Robert Jones, G. T. Porter, the Lindseys and a few others.
He is a brother of Maurice J. Murphy, foreman on the river for the Oconto Company and served in the Civil War five years.
UNKNOWN MAN FOUND
Nothing to Identify Him Except the Letters
“E.D.” Pegged in the Soles of His
Shoes - Case as Mysterious As the
Baumgartner Tradedy at Pensaukee.
afternoon, about 4 o’clock, the body of
a man was found in the underbrush near the Northwestern depot at
by Mrs. John Bringleson and daughter, under circumstances pointing to
commission of murder.
The man was clothed in a woodman’s garb, a blue mackinaw and shoes with calks. Very little flesh could be seen on the bones, his skull was fractured in several places and his position showed that he had been dragged to his resting place by one of his arms. His driving shoes had the letters “E.D.” pegged in the soles and are the only marks that might lead to his identification. His pockets were turned inside out and a pair of cotton socks wrapped in brown paper was found by is side, which had evidently dropped from his pocket. His height was about 5 feet 10 inches and the hair was light brown.
An undertaker took charge of the remains which have since been interred.
DEATH OF MRS. COLE.
FRIENDS WITNESS THE BEAUTIFUL
LIFE GO OUT
Conveyed to the Hospital at Menominee
For Treatment, That Her Life Might Be
Prolonged, Her Condition Suddenly
Changes and Death Comes to Her Relief.
similar event ever came to the people of Oconto
with keener sorrow than the death of Mrs. H. U. Cole at the hospital in
Menominee on last Monday evening, where she had arrived for treatment
a few days before. Friends knew of her illness, but were not
for the sad news which has cast so universal gloom over the community.
Mrs. Cole was born at Green Bay, December 23, 1859, and when but a child, came with her parents to Oconto. In the autumn of 1881 she became the wife of Henry U. Cole, the wedding being a most prominent social event, for the date - October 9 - was the twenty fifth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. Cole’s parents, and both were celebrated together, Rev. Fr. Swiebach conducting the ceremony at St. Joseph’s church, where the people came out in great numbers, and the reception which followed was an occasion long to be remembered. Five years later they moved into the Luby house, on Section street, where they have since resided and where eight children were born to them - the eldest, Fannie, now twelve years of age, and the youngest, the baby, thirteen months. Two years ago they lost a little girl at the age of two years and six months.
Mrs. Cold was an artist, an accomplished musician, a model wife and mother, devoted to her children, self sacrificing, and seemed to live for others, finding happiness in the enjoyment of those about her. She was a most devout Christian, and her religion was a joy ever constant and which made her last moments so beautiful. She was conscious to the last and bade loving adieu to those who stood by her bedside, watching the ebbing life tide.
funeral of John Ferren, a brother of Mrs.
L. H. Brown, occurred in Milwaukee last Sunday. He was one of the
conductors on the Northwestern road and died after a lingering illness.
BARBER IS INSANE.
RELEASED FROM JAIL
Bold Effort to
Escape the Officer While
Alighting From the Hack in Front of
the Court House - George Cook Gets
Fifteen Days - Man Held Up.
Sheriff Gleason arrived in Oconto, Thursday
afternoon, with Will Barber in custody, the latter’s release
from the Marinette
jail having been effected by an order of the court. He was
before Judge Classon at the courthouse, and a physician pronounced him
insane, and this morning he was taken to the asylum at Oshkosh.
When the hack, which conveyed the officer and Barber from the depot stopped in front of the court house, and the former was about to alight, Barber quickly opened the door on the opposite side of the hack and struck out for liberty, but he was stopped short when the officer pulled is revolver and called for him to halt or he would shoot.
Carried a Loaded Gun.
Held a Man Up.
OCONTO COUNTY NEWS
Miss Ethel Whitney has gone to Amberg to visit her sister, Mrs. Will Trask, and will remain about six weeks.
Crops in Nebraska Drives
People to the Badger State.
A Close Call.
Fractured His Skull.
COUNTING THE PEOPLE
From Some of the Towns
in Oconto County.
IN A WATERY GRAVE.
JAMES KILCOYNE WAS DROWNED
AT OCONTO FALLS
Quite Well Known in This City, Where
He Made His Home When Not Regularly
Employed - Last Seen at Connerton’s
Farm, Two Weeks Ago.
Saturday, while three boys - Phillip and
Paul Wagner and Willie Kelly - were bathing in the river at Oconto
they discovered the body of a man among the pulp wood in the stream,
upon the left side with the right arm resting over a log.
Mr. Wagner, who informed Deputy Sheriff Bassett, the body was taken
the water and a coroner’s jury summoned, consisting of
Messrs. Joseph Frank,
Dr. Briggs, Frank Thomas, Barney Campbell, O. D. Halsted, with H.C.
The body was stripped of clothing and examined, but no marks denoting violence, sufficient to produce death, were found - a bruise upon the left arm and upon one side of the head thought to had been caused by contact with logs in the river.
How He Was Dressed.
He had on a dark-checked coat with the name of Hoffman the Green Bay tailor, attached, kersey pants - brown and gray stripped - and in his pockets were found a purse, a pipe, and a quarter-pound package of smoking tobacco. He was 5 feet, 5 1/2 inches in height, weighed about 130 pounds and in the neighborhood of 40 years of age. Unidentified, he was buried at the expense of the town.
Known in Oconto.
since been learned that the drowned man
is James Kilcoyne, and for the past year had made Oconto his
boarding at the City hotel. One year ago last spring, Mrs.
presented him with a purse which corresponds, in description, with the
one found upon his body.
Last spring he was employed upon Holt’s farm, afterward remained for a time at the City hotel, and about two weeks ago left for Connerton’s farm. Mrs. Connerton noticed his strange behavior and thought his mind had become affected from the habitual use of strong drink. He remained there a day or two, remarking that he was going back to the city. That, so far as known, was the last seen of him alive. Of his relatives, nothing is known is this city.
STORY OF A RUBBER
Baumgaertner’s Death Still
Unavenged - Who is the Murderer?
weeks ago tonight Michael Baumgaertner
was shot at his home in Pensaukee and his murderers have not been
to justice, yet every clue has been investigated. Some are
to assert that parties residing within a half mile of the scene of the
tragedy could shed light upon the mystery, and that the octopus of
is gradually closing about them and a sensation may be precipitated at
August Knoeller, of Depere, son-in-law of Michael Baumgaertner, was in the city on Saturday, consulting an attorney in reference to the estate. He said that Mr. Baumgaertner had told him of a Will, last summer, and that it was deposited in the safe, yet no Will has been discovered and the safe has been thoroughly examined. When Mr. Knoeller went into the hotel at Depere, Mr. Baumgaertner offered him financial assistance to the amount of $600, which offer, however, Mr. Knoeller declined.
It will be remembered that an old black slouch hat was found in the bushes near the saloon soon after the tragedy. A few days later, a rubber coat, rolled up, with the gray side visible, was found not far from the spot where the hat was discovered. Both garments tally with Mrs. Baumgaertner’s recollections of that terrible night.
THEIR MINDS WANDER.
Two Oconto Women
Taken to the Asylum
Charles Weiss, from Shiocton, visited his brother Sig in this city during the past week.
Mr. and Mrs. Atwood, of Dane county, parents of Dr. and District Attorney Atwood, are guest of their sons.
Miss Nellie Perkins has been called to her home in Waterloo by a telegram announcing the serious illness of her father.
Mrs. C. T. Pendleton and son and daughter, Harley and Allie, left last week for Everett, Wash., where they will reside in future.
A little fellow in Frenchtown, aged about three years, fell in a lumber yard, striking upon the edge of a board and cutting an ugly-looking gash under his chin three inches in length and half an inch deep. Improving.
Leclou, a farmer four miles from the city,
had three ribs broken in a run-away. Will be laid up three or
After the boys had whiled away a few moments in shooting at a mark, up near the water mill, they entered the old building, as is the custom of young lads when frequenting that locality.
Shortly afterward Ray and Randall left the mill, expecting that Charlie would follow. Two reports of a gun, in quick succession, were heard, and in looking into the mill Ray saw Charlie fall through the rafters into the basement. Hastening to his side, the poor boy breathed but once and died.
At the inquest before Coroner Bentz the verdict was in accordance with the above facts - that he came to his death by the accidental discharge of a gun in his own hands. The jury comprised of E. C. Whitney, John Hearld, James Sargent, James Kelly, George Duncan and H. Folsom.
The boys, interviewed, were of the opinion that Charlie accidentally slipped, sticking the hammer of the gun upon the timbers over which he was walking, causing its discharge.
Charlie was 16 years of age last April, an unusually bright boy, of lovable disposition, a member of the the Presbyterian church, and was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sorenson an the chief comfort in their old age - nine children having preceded him to the home beyond. Had he lived he would have been a member of the high school graduating class of ‘96.
The funeral will be held from the Presbyterian Church tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock.
John Grosse, merchant at Little Suamico, is remodeling his store, building an addition on the rear and putting an office in one end of the structure.
OCONTO COUNTY NEWS
FOUR YEARS’ CONTRACT FOR
MOUNTAIN STAGE ROUTE.
Dr. Oshwaldt and Walter Green Cover
Thirty-Two Miles in One Hour Fifty-
Seven Minutes on Their Wheels
Notes From County Reporters.
On Tuesday, Judge Jones sentenced Joe Murphy to the same bastile for two months for assaulting Frank Wheeler.
Oconto County News
T. F. Bunting, a brother of Mrs. B. B. Maxfield, returned to his home in Milwaukee last Tuesday, after a short visit.
Misses Vergowa and Wordis - latter a sister of Mrs. S. C. May - were guests of the latter, recently. They reside in Milwaukee.
Mrs. H. L. Russell of the town of Oconto has gone to Hunspur, Mich., to visit her daughter, Mrs. C.C. Rice. She will be gone until the first of September, when her husband will meet her there.
Lois Tuttle has returned home from Oshkosh......
Mrs. Beebe is
packing up her goods to go to California.
A son recently born to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Nelson has two perfectly formed thumbs on his right hand.
Mrs. J. S. Ford and children arrived this morning from Chicago. Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Shufelt are sisters.
O’Keef, about the first of September, will move
to Menominee for a permanent residence. Oconto friends very much regret
the departure of the doctor.
George A. Gilligan , 20 years of age, became violently insane at his home in the town of Maple Valley, requiring the strength of several men to control him. He has been taken to the asylum.
A Successful Colonizer
The President of the Hoff Land Company a Hustler
J.J. Hoff, manager of a land syndicate owing a large acreage in Oconto and Shawano counties prefers Poles to any other nationality, as colonists because they are thrifty and make excellent farmers. They come, chiefly, from eastern cities. Originally the syndicate owned all the uncultured lands in ten townships, and over 700 families have been located upon these lands within a few years by Mr. Hoff’s efforts.
F. Schrader and wife of the sugar bush, are in jail at Marinette awaiting trial on the charge of attempting to murder their six-year-old son. The little fellow, who is now at the home of sheriff Hitchon, was pounded almost to a jelly and left in the cellar to die, where he was discovered by some boys.
A Horrible Death
Young lady sets fire to her clothing
Miss Josephine Fisher Loses Her Life While Cleaning a Pair of gloves – Gasoline Ignites, Burning Her Clothing and Body – Had Relatives in Oconto.
Last Saturday night, while Miss Josephine Fisher, niece of Joseph and Frank Fischer, of this city, was cleaning her gloves with gasoline, at her home in Chicago, she approached a lighted lamp, when the gloves suddenly caught fire, burning her hands in such a manner that the flesh dropped off. Rushing into the street, she thrust her hands into her clothing, setting fire to her garments and burning one side of her body before the flames could be extinguished.
She lingered in intense suffering until 12 o’clock, Sunday, when death came to her relief, although as late as 7 o’clock in the morning she expressed the thought she would recover.
Relatives Were Visiting in Oconto
Mrs. B. Schimek and daughter Celia, and Mrs. Joseph Schimek, of Chicago, relatives of the unfortunate girl, were visiting in this city when the accident occurred and notified by telegram, they left on the first train for home. Miss Fisher was 18 years of age.
Culbert In Training
Walk to Oconto to Stretch Himself
Accomplish the journey from Peshtigo to New
York in Sixty-Four Days
He Will Receive Five Hundred dollars from Richard K. Fox.
Fred Culbert of Peshtigo, who has accepted a challenge from Richard K. Fox, of the National Police Gazette, New York, to walk from Peshtigo, Wis., to New York, in sixty-four days, will start on his trip next Sunday, September 1. The distance is a little less then 1,300 miles, necessitating an average of twenty miles a day to accomplish the feat. It looks as though the walk would be easy of accomplishment, but when it is understood that Culbert is to start without a cent of money, or it’s equivalent, and earn his living as he progresses, the task will be seen to have less of pleasure and more of real hard work. Should he make the distance in time specified he will receive from Mr. fox $500.
Culbert is in daily training for the event, and last Sunday morning he walked from Peshtigo to this city – sixteen miles – in two hours and fifty-three minutes. He expects to cover forty-five miles a day, Green Bay being his objective point.
Mrs. P. Jamison, accompanied by her father, Mr. Brownell of Hayes, started on a visit to Michigan, Monday last.
Dr. Briggs and wife spent Sunday with Mrs. B.’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Trocartin.
Gertie Bowman, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Harry Cooley, returned to her home at Brookside, Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Windros were the guests of Mrs. W.’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. S. Chase.
We learn that Miss Ida Lince has her contract for teaching the Oak Orchard school for the coming year.
Frank Shew is ill
with dropsy and fears for his recovery
L. C. Warner has sold his store at Brookside and gone to farming. The first crop he reaped from a new made farm was about 2,000 bushels of oats and cut 100 tons of hay.
Fred Kirchner has returned from the soldier’s home to stay with his brother John.
Mr. Cushenant soon tired of his job of carrying the mail to Mountain and Mr. Davis, of Maple Valley, has the job.
dressmaking and perfect fit invariably
guaranteed. – Louise Brown
OCONTO COUNTY NEWS.
Sometime during October, Rudolf Grunert will leave Oconto for a winter residence in Arizona, where the climate is less rigorous and where his host of friends hope that he may be benifited. His sister, Mrs. Pendleton, and Eva, will accompany him.
All wish Mr. and
Mrs. Wheeler long life and continued
OCONTO COUNTY NEWS.
received word Monday of his father’s death
at Riedville. He and his daughter Emma attended the funeral.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Christeson accompanied their son Fred, who is attending school at Delavan, as far as Oconto, Monday.
Aug. Johnson, with
his family, left on Monday for Mavarino,
where he has secured 180 acres of land which he intends to cultivate.
Herman Bast has gone out of business and will start farming on forty acres of land which he bought from John G. Anderson, Monday.
Wenzel Wondrash was kicked in the face by a colt and hurt quite badly.
Arrested on Suspicion
Sheriff Whitcomb drove out to the town of How on Wednesday night, and yesterday morning arrested W. Bashaw on complaint of Rohlman, of Shawano, for stealing a revolver valued at $11. Mr. Rohlman was stopping at Henry Johnson’s and the revolver was in his satchel, in Johnson’s barn. Young Bashaw had been working for Johnson and Rohlman. Missing his revolver, Bashaw was suspected of having stolen it.
The sheriff brought Bashaw down in the dust on Thursday, caused by the extraordinarily high wind, which nearly blinded both of them, and Bashaw was arraigned before Judge Jones. He pleaded not guilty and hearing was postponed till next Thursday at 9 o’clock.
Dr. J. S. McNeel of Waterloo has come to Oconto as the successor of Dr. O’Keef and now occupies the offices vacated by the latter in the O’Keef residence on Superior street.
OCONTO COUNTY NEWS
Geo. Pancratz and wife, of Hunt’s Spur, are visiting Mrs. P.’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Christian.
Mrs. George Wilson is visiting her mother and other relatives in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Adolph Wilson, one of the oldest settlers is dead.
City Engineer Shaw favors and Iron bridge of across the Menominee river at this point.
Sent to Jail
William Bashaw of
the town of How was sent to jail
for forty-five days by Judge Jones upon conviction of having abstracted
a revolver from a valise owned by Louis Rollman of the Bay. The theft
on September 13, evidence having been worked up during the interim.
THE PESHTIGO FIRE
Twenty-Fourth Anniversary - A Memorial Organization Suggested
The following, from an article in the Peshtigo Times, will be contemplated by the survivors of that terrible holocaust, and their friends, with interest and sadness:
"Twenty-four years ago on Tuesday, October 8, the then thriving city of Peshtigo was a mass of charred and blackened bodies of human beings and smoking embers. On that day nearly a thousand souls were suddenly placed before their maker without a moments warning by that terrible agent of death, fire, which like a demon with a tornado’s strength swept over peaceful homes, licking up lives and dwellings as though they were leaves and twigs. The desolation that reigned supreme on that ever-memorable day can best be described by the survivors, who suffered untold agony until relief came.
"As years roll on and the survivors grow less, the tie that bound them on that terrible day grows stronger and stronger. Why not organize a Survivor’s club, for the sake of good fellowship and sociability? Every old-settled community has its old settlers’ club, and why can’t Peshtigo have a club composed of those who passed through that terrible ordeal?"
The following verses, also, from what the Times understands to have been the only poem written upon that sad event, and published by the Marinette Eagle, are worthy of reproduction:
On swept the
tornado, with maddening rush,
Uprooting the trees o’er the plain, thro’ the brush:
And the sky-leaping flames, with hot scorching breath
Gathered parents and children to the harvest of death.
As the years roll
along and the ages have sped
O’er the charred, blackened bones of the Peshtigo dead,
And the story is told by the pen of the sage,
In letters immortal on history’s page.
No fancy can compass the horror and fright,
The anguish and woe of that terrible night.
The suggestion of a memorial organization is a good one. Oconto has its mourners, as well, and every sympathizing heart would encourage the project.
The Green Bay Advocate seconds the suggestion by the Times, and adds:
"The writer will
never forget being in a Marinette
hospital one day and, seeing a poor fellow swathed in bandages
head to foot lying there, said, calling him by name, "Well, how do you get along?" "O, d---- staving bully, how are you?"
The incident has always lingered in the mind of the writer as an illustration of how a cheerful mind will help an enfeebled body to overcome the ills of life. It required much more will power in his case to answer cheerfully than to give up and die."
PERSONAL AND SOCIAL
Miss Cora Bertram of Marinette is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Antoine Sharrow.
Miss Mame O’Connor left, Monday to take charge of her school at Carbondale, Mich.
Charles Beck and family will move to Sturgeon Bay where Mr. Beck will start a cigar factory.
Frank Hanson, lately a resident of Oconto, now of Negaunee, Mich., has been visiting old friends this week. His brother-in-law, J. D. Campbell, is station agent at Negaunee. Mr. Hanson remarked many attractive changes in this city.
OCONTO COUNTY NEWS
We lose a good
family in the departure of John Bergman
and family who go to Milwaukee to Live. He has rented his farm to Wm.
OCONTO COUNTY NEWS
On Monday evening of this week Mrs. Kelly bade adieu to her many friends, and accompanied by her children Alma, Ina and Roy left for Milwaukee, where she will make her future home. Bart and Billy will remain here for a week of two to settle up their affairs and then join their mother in Milwaukee.
Charles Tuttle Sundayed with his brother Louis.
Ida Lince has returned home from Fond du Lac, where she visited her sister, Mrs. Hodgkins.
Mr. and Mrs. W.
Windross Sundayed with Mrs. W. Windross’s
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chase.
Sold his Farm.
W. H. Burnside of Stiles has sold his farm of 130 acres to James Bedore of Little Suamico for $3,100. Mr. Burnside will remove his family to Oconto, where they will reside in their own cottage, and Mr. Bedore will take possession of the farm at once.
Horrors of the Peshtigo Holocaust Recalled at Marinette
Tuesday, October 8, was the twenty fourth anniversary of the awful fire that swept over Peshtigo, Menekaune, part of Menominee and Birch Creek in 1871. Many are living here today who still recall the horrors of that awful conflagration very vividly. It was shortly after seven p.m. Sunday that the fire was first noticed in Peshtigo. It spread with alarming rapidity and people had not them to leave their homes and seek safety in many instances. The heavens seemed a mass of flames and hundreds thought the Day of Judgement had come. On this account seventy five people were burned in one boarding-house in Peshtigo. They did not try to escape.
The flames left
only one partially build house and
swept over this place at 9:30 o’clock. The upper and lower
parts of the
city were visited. Menekaune was burned and the fire raged as far as
Catholic church which was also consumed. It went across the river in a
single leap and licked up the old Gilmore mill also roared
along the northern districts of the city and burned down Henry
house. Its course then lay toward Birch Creek and seventy five lives were lost there.
There were 800 bodies identified after the fire and hundreds were burned beyond recognition, making the total loss from 1,000 to 1,200. The state instituted hospitals and organized corps of physicians and nurses in this city, and the public schools and churches were filled with the burned and dying. For months the streets were filled with bandaged and blackened faces, people with stumps for arms and miserable beings whose days were numbered. Not a few citizens put off in a boat from Menekaune but the wind would not permit them going out into the bay.
The great Chicago fire was raging at the same time.
Some of the Victims Were Once Residents of Oconto.
A partial list of those who perished in the terrible fire at Peshtigo in 1871 given in a Marinette paper, suggests that several families who at one time resided in this city were among the victims, Charles Tousley, wife and three children being of that number. Mrs. Tousley was a daughter of Mrs. Marion Fisher, now a resident of the East ward, and beside her body was found a bible with plush and clasps burned away, and other relics of that sad time are in Mrs. Fisher’s possession.
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Pereault and thirteen children, once residents of Depere, also perished. Mrs. P. was a sister of Mrs. Eleanore Martineau - the later the mother of Antoine, John and P. A. Martineau.
Under-sheriff Connors will remove his family from Underhill to Oconto next week.
Wall. Phillips and step daughter, Miss Carrie Warner, are in Ohio, where they will visit about two weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Tistman, an aged couple residing one mile north of the city, were pounded into insensibility by two ruffians who broke into the house. No clue.
While playing at a
stump fire near her home, the six
year old daughter of George Bader, of Green Bay township was burned to
THOMAS THOMPSON DISAPPEARS FROM HIS HOME
Started for Marinette to Meet a Green Bay
Contractor Had Considerable Money -
Fears That He May Have Been Foully Dealt With Are Entertained
Thomas Thompson left Oconto one day last week with Marinette his destination, since which time his whereabouts have been a mystery. His wife is a daughter of Paul McDonald of the South ward.
His expressed object in going to Marinette was to meet a man from Green Bay who had a contract to build a bridge and he was to be given employment. He is said to have had $600 in his possession and foul play has been suggested.
Henry Cole is moving into the house so long occupied by his mother, now deceased.
Chris. Bennin, assemblyman from Shawano county, who recently attempted suicide, was a guest at the Beyer house a few days before he attempted the deed.
James Bohan, formerly of this city but latterly employed in a Green Bay area machine shop, was arrested at the Bay for sending an obscene letter through the mails last March to Miss Minnie E. Clapp, Rochester, N.Y.
But little more than a skeleton and a few articles of feminine apparel were found under a bush heap on the Oneida reservation. It was unmistakably a white woman, young, and supposed to have been murdered. There is no positive clue to her identity.
Burgundy Wine in Door County
Sturgeon Bay Advocate
An old gentleman, a native of France, informs the Advocate that the soil and surface of Door county are almost identical with those of the province in the old country which grows the grapes from which the celebrated Burgundy wine is manufactured.
It will also surprise most readers that the latitude in which this part of Wisconsin is located is a couple of degrees further south than the wine district of Sunny France, and our informant thinks there is no doubt but what grapes can be as successfully raised here as across the water.
ESCAPED FROM JAIL
HE PREFERRED FREEDOM TO BOLTS AND BARS
William Houch Takes His Departure from the County Jail in a Manner Mysterious and Past Finding Out - "Tracers" Have
Been Sent and Reward Offered
William Houch, imprisoned in the jail in this city for the larceny of a watch and several articles from a satchel owned by Gus Johnson, sentenced several weeks ago, and who was awaiting trial at the November term of the circuit court, made his escape on Sunday night, leaving not the slightest clue as to the manner in which he gained his freedom.
There are two other prisoners in the jail. William Bashaw of the town of How is in for forty-five days for stealing a revolver from L. Rollman of Shawano, and Michael Kaufmann, for contempt of court, have refused to pay his wife $10 per month alimony, and Judge Hastings had sent him to jail, with privilege of jail limits - a radius of one mile - until such amount was paid or he discharged.
All the prisoners
went into their cells at the usual
hour, Sunday night, and all lights were turned out.
Early Monday morning, Sheriff Whitcomb left the city for Maple Valley, but it was not until after his departure, and when the prisoners were taken their breakfasts, that the absence of Houch was discovered. His bed had not been slept upon, bars had not been sawed - for it was not necessary, as the cells were never locked except to secure desperate and hardened criminals - every outer door in the building was securely fastened and the keys hung upon the wall, and the prisoners claim no
knowledge of the going until the morning revealed his departure. He had taken the sheriffs black slouch hat, left his own cap and took his three shirts with him.
Outside Assistance Presumed
The only explanation that can be given by the sheriff and his assistants is that Houch was liberated by some one from without, for the possibility of his having improvised a key to the outside door seems improbable, as he had nothing with which to fashion it. There was firewood in the box, but he had no knife with which to reduce it.
cards were sent out, Monday morning,
announcing the escape, to officers in neighboring cities, which also
the following description:
"About five feet seven or eight inches in height, weight about 175 pounds, thick set, hair long
and light in color, heavy mustache, black slouch hat and black coat, bicycle shoes, considerably worn.
A reward of $25 is offered for his arrest and detention in any jail."
Houch came to Oconto in a car containing horses, and is said to have flown from the officers in Nebraska.
Another Criminal at Large
Sheriff Whitcomb, on Monday, received a telegram announcing the escape of a prisoner described as follows, for whom a reward of $50 was offered: "Had on black clothes, hob-nailed shoes, wore sandy mustache, three weeks’ growth red beard, has blue eyes, is five feet six inches in height and weighs about 160 pounds."
The man is a
desperate criminal and was in custody
of the sheriff of Marquette county and eluded the latter at Pound,
morning, while the official was asleep, and quietly left the car. When
the train reached Ellis Junction the sheriff awoke, secured a handcar
pumped it back to Pound, but found no trace of his man. The prisoner
from Marquette three years ago and had recently been located in North
and the officer was taking him back.
OCONTO COUNTY NEWS
Mrs. M. Arverson is quite ill from the effects of a stroke of paralysis.
Mrs. Henry Johnson has been quite ill.
Matt Leonard accidentally shot off one of his toes last week. Children should be more careful with guns.
Mrs. Nathaniel Nutt is quite ill with typhoid fever.
Robert Bellingham has sold his farm for a consideration of $800 and will leave for Wausaukee soon to reside with his family.
Mrs. Weiting, nee Hattie Riffenbergh, returned to her home at Adell, Monday, after a week’s visit with friends and relatives here.
Miss Bessie Matthews was ill last Monday and unable to teach. Miss Myrtle Gillett officiated as school ma’am during her absence.
Miss Alma Schweers spent the latter part of last week in visiting her sister, Mrs. G. H. Sohr. She returned to her home in Shawano, Monday.
Mrs. George Elkey has gone to Seymour to visit her parents for a few days.
Miss Etta Bowen has been on the sick list for the past two weeks.
Mrs. Peters has gone to Marinette to spend the winter with her daughter, Mrs. Shedrick. She was accompanied by Mrs. T. Trecarten.
Maude McMahon is ill.
Mr. Bowman of
Brookside called on his daughter, Mrs.
H. Cooley, Monday.
THEIR DEPARTURE REGRETTED
An Esteemed Family About to Leave Oconto for a Jersey City.
of I. N. Heller and family, next
Tuesday, for a new home in Elizabethport, New Jersey, a city of about
people will be regretted by every inhabitant of Oconto. Mr. Heller
a successful mercantile business here seventeen years ago and has grown
even more solidly in the public confidence and esteem than in worldly
and the members of his family have also enjoyed the respect and esteem
of their neighbors. Though separating them from Oconto friends, the
of the family will not sever the warm ties of friendship that have been
made here. Earnest wishes for their continued happiness and prosperity
will follow them, and their frequent returns to visit relative and
will be anxiously looked for. Miss Laura will remain to complete her
at the high school, and will make her home with her grandparents.
OCONTO COUNTY NEWS
Miss Gertie Russell of School Section is visiting her sister, Mrs. J. H. Sylvester.
Gertie Brooks and Sarah McMahon visited Keegan several days.
ESCAPED FROM THE ASYLUM
He spent Less Than A Month in Confinement
Henry Neal of Oconto, sent to the insane asylum at Winnebago in October last escaped on Tuesday. Judge Classon was notified by telegram.
Little Boy Falls Dead in His Mother’s Arms
Edward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lindeman, at Brookside, and nearly nine years of age, and who had been ailing for a few days, on Wednesday morning called for a drink of water, which his mother gave him, and dropping back upon the pillow he immediately expired.
Mary Kaufman vs. Michael Kaufman.
claims cruel and inhuman treatment, such
as driving her from the house at the point of a revolver, threatening
life with an ax and of her fear to return home for three weeks
Case called this afternoon.
Joseph Nechodom, who recently left Oconto for a permanent residence at Lena, contemplates the erection of a dwelling house and work-shop in the spring.
County Treasurer McAllister’s family are now comfortably settled in their new home in this city and are heartily welcomed by many friends and acquaintances.
The vandal who destroyed portions of Dr. Bentz’s fence, if discovered, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and besides will receive one hundred and forty stripes upon the bare back from the doctor’s stout walking stick.
ON THANKSGIVING DAY
James Sullivan of Menominee visited his sister, Mrs. John McDonough.
Major Scofield came down from Marinette to eat dinner with his family.
Mrs. Jennings from Shawano was the guest of her daughter, Mrs. A. M. Martineau.
O. A. Ellis joined a family reunion at the home of George Farnsworth in Chicago.
Mrs. Dan O’Hara of Marinette arrived and is the guest of her sister, Mrs. John McDonald.
Mr. and Mrs. Decker from Embarrass were guests of Rev. and Mrs. Bossard. The ladies are sisters.
Herman Godrest, taken from Peshtigo to St. Joseph’s hospital, suffering with blood poisoning, has since died from the effects of an amputation of one of his legs.
Mrs. Swanson, who
sued the Menominee Electric Light
Company for $10,000, for causing the death of her husband,
a judgement and verdict for $4,500.
A MYSTERIOUS DEATH
CHARLES B. ALVORD FOUND DEAD IN BED
His Wife Playful
Entering His Room to Arouse Him Is
Horrified to Discover that Life Has Departed
Motive for Suicide Advanced - Funeral Tuesday
Charles B. Alvord, a resident of Oconto county for the past twenty years, was found dead in bed at his farm, seven miles from the city, in the town of Oconto, last Saturday morning.
He had arrived the night previous by team from Green Bay, reaching the farm about 5 o’clock. The place is rented to John Williams, and at the request of Alvord, Williams drove the team back to Green Bay that night.
During the evening while visiting with the family at the farmhouse, Alvord complained of a severe headache, and retired about 9 o’clock.
Williams returned on the early train, the next morning, from the Bay, accompanied by Mrs. Alvord, both arriving at the house before the family had arisen. Entering, Mrs. Alvord inquired of Williams the room to which her husband had probably been assigned, which she entered, with the intention of giving him a surprise. Stepping to the bedside and lightly touching him to awaken him, she sprang back in horror when she saw that he was dead.
Verdict at the Inquest
At the inquest
held before Edward Couillard, justice
of the peace, in the presence of Drs. Stoelting, Atwood, and Oshwaldt,
the jury composed of Henry Russell, John Couillard, Archie McAllister,
James Farquer, Samuel McAllister, and Edward Matravers, the verdict was
that deceased came to his death from natural causes, there being no
that he had committed self destruction.
The body lay as though in peaceful slumber- the features in natural repose. Around his forehead was a black cloth, placed there as though to ease pain.
On the back of his right hand an inch and a half of skin had been scratched away, which lay embedded beneath the nail of the middle finger of the left hand.
On the table near the bed were tow empty cups and in the bottom of one a sediment analysis of which showed it to have been headache powder and harmless.
Charged With Forgery
Saturday night, after the Western Union telegraph office had closed, a dispatch came over the railroad line to City Marshall Smith from Chief-of-Police Nolan of Green Bay, requesting him to arrest Alvord for forgery, giving a description of the team with which he had left the Bay, and another message came Sunday morning, but before the marshal has arrived up-town he learned that the unfortunate man had passed away.
Resided at Green Bay
For some time past Mr. Alvord had resided at Green Bay, and conducted a stage line between the city and outlying points.
It seems that on last Saturday he was arrested at the Bay, charged with having passed a forged check for $125. In order to show the party to whom the check was presented, that he was acting in good faith, he gave him a chattel mortgage, as guarantee, on some property in Marinette.
Then there is another story that when about to be arrested he gained time by informing the officer that he would arrange matters satisfactorily later in the day, soon afterward securing the team and driving out to his home in the town of Oconto and ending his life.
An Old Resident
Charles Alvord had been a resident of this county about twenty years, coming here as an acrobat in a circus. He engaged in logging and later became the owner of a farm upon which he erected fine buildings. One year ago last October his wife - in maiden life, Miss Couillard died. They had eleven children - one daughter now Mrs. John Lucas, of this city; Josie, Edna, Nellie, Nina, Pearl, Frankie, Cappie, Guy, Charles, and Adlebert. His second wife was Miss Laura Delorm and her home in Frenchtown. He was a member of the Royal Arcanum and carried life insurance to the amount of $8,000 in the order, and shortly before his death he took out $6,000 insurance for the benefit of his boys at the Green Bay orphanage.
Mayor Cook is said to have taken possession of the eleven horses and conveyances used on the mail route between Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay on a mortgage, but will permit the bondsmen to use them until they can make other arrangements.
The funeral was held under the auspices of the Royal Arcanum Tuesday forenoon, the services at the church, for the family, conducted by Rev. Mr. Blakely and at the cemetery in Couillardville by Rev. G. Bossard as chaplain of the order, the following members serving as pallbearers: J.J. Porter, Robert Burke, W. G. Links, George Jones, Fred Wright and C. A. Brigden. The interment at the Oconto cemetery.
Thomas McGovern charged William Dickie with robbing him of $50.
Adolph Wilson bequeathed to his second wife $17,500 in property and his children, four in number, will contest that part of the will.
OCONTO COUNTY NEWS
Last evening Mr. McLean received by wire the sad news of his mother’s illness. He and Mrs. McLean left immediately for her home in Dodge county.
Ed Brooks, postmaster, is sick with quinsy.
Rev. A. B. Soule, who was badly injured from the kick of a horse, last week, is doing quite well.
Mr. and Mrs. Gus Hartman arrived home last Tuesday from Morgan, where they were called by the death of Mrs. H. Mather.
Mr. and Mrs. Couillard attended the funeral of Mr. Balard, brother in law of Mr. Couillard, at Morgan.
We are glad to
report that Mr. Hoar is improving.
HE KILLED THE GIRL
SUICIDE AND MURDER
NEARVILLAGE OF PESHTIGO.
August Nikleen, a Swede, Incensed by a Girl’s Refusal to Marry Him
Shoots Her and Kills Himself - Death not Instantaneous
The county three miles west of Peshtigo was thrown into the wildest excitement Monday afternoon, by the report that August Nikleen, a Swede, and carpenter by trade, had dangerously shot 16 year old Annie Bundy and killed himself through the medium of a bullet.
Although they had been keeping company, she had repeatedly refused to marry him. Incensed by her decision he purchased a revolver from a Peshtigo dealer and drove out to the home of the girl.
Upon his entrance hot words ensued, he was ordered to leave, which he would not do. He then drew the revolver and fired at the girl, the ball cutting off a finger and entering her skull above the right temple, passing downward and coming out below the right eye, near the nose. He then turned the muzzle toward his right breast and fired three shots and fell dead beside the girl who lay unconscious on the floor. Her death resulted shortly afterward.
OCONTO COUNTY NEWS
Mrs. Beggs (nee Maggie Gould) of Stevens Point has returned to her home.
Mrs. Chas. Paul was called home by the sickness of her mother, Mrs. W. John.
Mrs. Hickey and Miss Maud Callan of Dakota and visiting their sister, Lottie Callan. Mrs. Hickey expects to return on Monday and Miss Callan will spend part of the winter here.
A middle aged man
from Hartland came to town last Tuesday
with the startling intelligence that he was looking for his runaway
He claims she eloped with another man some months ago. He also stated
he had just learned that the couple were living together here. That he
found to be the case. Soon as his faithless spouse learned that hubby
1 was in town she left for parts unknown. There is now an aching void
the bosom of the Stiles man, while the face of the Hartland man is
beaming with a self satisfied smile. Full particulars later
ARRESTED HIS MAN
SHERIFF FINDS WILLIAM HAINES
Suspected of Having Entered the
Baumgartner Saloon at Pensaukee Last Week.
The Party Arrested for Safe-Blowing
Given His Freedom.
Sheriff Whitcomb returned from Oconomowoc, Monday night, with William Haines, suspected of having entered the Baumgartner saloon at Pensaukee, one night recently, and stealing a pair of ladies gold bracelets, a breast pin, four watches and $21 in money.
Arriving in Oconomowoc, the sheriff, with assistance of local officers, made use of three search warrants in his investigations and found evidence sufficient to warrant him in making the arrest. He will appear before Judge Jones for examination tomorrow afternoon at 9 o’clock.
Bashaw Again in Trouble
William Bashaw, who served a forty five days’ sentence in the Oconto jail last fall, for the larceny of a revolver from Louis Rollman of Shawano, was again behind the bars this week charged by Darwin Gilmore, of the town of How, with assault and robbery on Dec. 15. Case adjourned until Jan. 31.
Blew Open the Safe
The meat market of J. Anderson & Co., was entered by burglars, last Friday night, through a side window, the safe blown open and between $40 and $50 taken. The money drawer was broken into, but the funds had been removed and placed in the safe before closing the store that night. The safe costs $75 hence the entire loss is about $125. The man arrested in Marinette by Officer Jones, on suspicion, and brought to Oconto, was given his liberty.
EDGAR STILL ALIVE
REPORTED KILLED IN THE WOODS
THREE YEARS AGO
Mistaken Identity Leads to the Error
Mr. Duffano in Arizona with a Medicine
Company at the Time Turns up Hale and Hearty.
Edgar Duffano, who recently returned to the city after an absence of five years called upon THE REPORTER and wished to have corrected a statement which appeared in this paper three years ago, to the effect that he had been accidentally killed. The party who really did meet his death, being of similar name, hence the error.
At the time of the accident, Mr. Duffano was in Arizona as general agent for a medicine company.
OCONTO COUNTY NEWS
Ralph Ruelle, of Seattle, Wash., has returned home. This is his first visit to the old home in five years. On his return, his brother, Alfred, who is associated with him in an extensive lumber business, will make the old home a visit, after an absence of two years. The latter was deputy clerk of court under Sol Pelkey.
Joe Furlav of Canada has come to attend the wedding of Henry Bennett, and will act as best man.
Mrs. J. R. Campbell and children have gone to Campbelltown, New Brunswick, to spend the winter with relatives and friends. Mr. Campbell is logging for the Fence River Company.
Abial Richmond of
Gillett, 81 years old, bright as
a dollar and agile as a boy, did business in Oconto on Wednesday, and
was a guest of the New Pierce House. Mr. Richmond left his farm a few
ago to spend his remaining years in Gillett. He was one of Uncle
defenders from 60’ to 65’ and is ready to stand by
the old flag again.
STILES MAN KILLED
JOSEPH DENKENSKY MET DEATH
UPON THE TRACK
Perhaps Fatally Injured
They Are Said to Have Been Under the Influence of Liquor
Employed in Northern Michigan Camps.
Last Sunday morning three men - Joseph Denkensky and John Powlak of Stiles Junction, and Frank Wachowsky of Pulaski – were run over by a freight train on the Superior division of the C. M. & St. P. road, one mile from Balsam.
They had been at work for J. E. Nelligan and partners in a lumber camp, had been given their time and were on their way to Witbeck to draw their pay.
Denkensky was the first man struck. He was lying directly across the track and was literally cut in pieces. Powlak was lying partly on the track, and one foot crushed badly. Wachowsky was lying near Powlak, and when the cowcatcher struck the latter, he was thrown to one side and escaped with but few bruises. The body of Denkensky was taken to Amasa.
The accident occurred about 7:30 o’clock. The timber being heavy on both sides of the track, rendered it impossible for the engineer to see any considerable distance in advance of the engine, and when the men were discovered it was too late to bring the train to a standstill, though running at a slow rate of speed.
Crushed by a Log
employed by the above firm, was killed
by a log rolling over him while at work in the woods. His neck and jaw
were broken. He resided at Brookside.
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