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Flash From The Past - 1901

Oconto County Reporter
January 11, 1901

A. W. Moody of Green Bay with whom the advancement association has been in correspondence for some time, with reference to the location of a pickle factory in our city, spent Tuesday in looking over the grounds with a committee - composed of Messrs. Bond, Garvey and Harvey. Nothing more can be said before Mr. Moody can lay the matter before the company he represents.

At noon Monday, Robert M. LaFollett took the oath of office as governor of the state.

Douglas Burns, John Slattery, John Ingram, Alex Brabant and Hubbel Belongia started Saturday on a two months cruising trip in the vicinity of Grand Marais, Mich., for the Diamond Match Co. which has a large tract of pine on which it requires estimates.

A new school district in the northeast part of Pensaukee has been set off and preparations are being made, looking toward the erection of a new school.

T. A. Pamperin has moved the building formerly used as a power house at the electric light plant to the vacant lot directly east of the new Pierce House, where it is being repaired and put in condition for occupancy by Paul Muehrcke as a sample room.

Evening News (San Jose, California)
January 14, 1901
Noted Bovine Became Issue In Political Campaign
Madison, Wis., Jan. 14  Gov. Scofield's famouc Jersey cow, which became a political issue two years ago, has been shipped by express to the Scofield home at Oconto.

About three years ago the cow was brought here from (Madison, WI) Oconto by express and it was charged that Gov. Scofield used an express frank
(using money from government funds) to ship the cow here (to Madison)

This was denied, and for a time the whole state was torn with the dispute.

The cow was shipped in a crate bearing this legend: "Scofield's cow, returning home by express, after four years of official life, older but wiser."

Daily Register Gazette (Rockford, Illinois)
January 16, 1901

A fisherman from Oconto, Wis., rescued two men from almost certain death, they having floated out in Green Bay on a cake of ice. (no name given)

Omaha World Herald (Nebraska)
January 16, 1901

A man named Penn is under arrest at Kearney (NE) for forgery in Oconto.

Oconto County Reporter
February 15, 1901

Dr. C. W. Stoelting, with a full chorus, is preparing to furnish the Easter music for the Presbyterian church services.

Asa M. Royce went as a delegate to the state convention of M.W.A. at Eau Claire Monday.

Do not forget the meeting tomorrow afternoon in the Businessmen's clubrooms to arrange for the raising of cucumbers for the pickle factory.

Mrs. Frewerd went to Lena yesterday to supply costumes to the maskers at the C. Schoenebeck Ball.

George Bond and A. J. Caldwell returned last evening from a two weeks' trip among the lumber camps.

A party of young people enjoyed a candy pull at the home of Miss Virginia Noel in Frenchtown Wednesday evening,

A party of about 70 enjoyed the sleigh ride and social at Mrs. Quirt's home in the town of Little River Tuesday evening.

Oconto County Reporter
February 25, 1901

The funeral of Jacob Spies Sr. was the most largely attended in the history of our city. He was one of Oconto's first settlers.

Miss Maude Calligan of the Reporter force started for Dunbar Saturday where she will enjoy a week's visit.

E. J. McCall is representing the Reporter today at the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Hankurtz at Hayes.

A. J. and H. E. Lucia of the Lucia Co. of Green Bay came through from that city Tuesday on their new automobile. Their machine, the Duryea gasoline motor, is a French machine and their trip was in the nature of a test of its working under difficulties. It is a five-horse power motor and weighs nearly a ton.

The new store of the Anson Eldred Co. now under construction at Stiles when completed will be a fine structure.

Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, Illinois)
March 3, 1901

Shoots  Wife and Himself

Kewanee, Ill. March 2   Edward Vandorp, a Belgian workman, while in a fit of jealousy, shot and fatally wounded his wife. He then turned the revolver ipon himself, the bullett passing through the right side of his body. Neighbors who entered the house after the shooting saw the wound  and thought Vaandorp (sic) would die before they could secure help, but  while they were gone Vandorp, made his escape, and has not yet been captured. The doctors sy Mrs. Vandorp, who is shot just below the heart, cannot live. She is 25 years old, and was married to Vandorp five years ago at Oconto, Wis., where her parents reside. The shooting was witnessed only by the 4-year-old daughter.

Oconto County Reporter
March  29, 1901

Last Saturday evening the local lodge of IOOF had an enjoyable evening on the occasion of the return visit of the Menominee lodge. Thirty-two members of the latter came down on the 7:13 train. They exemplified some lodge work. A dinner was served by the local lodge by Mrs. Gregor Rath. The guests returned home on the 3:00 a.m. train.

I have just returned from Chicago with a large line of millinery goods including a number of Pattern Hats - David Turner, one door east of Beyer House.

By a clever ruse General Funston, who with 10 American companions was taken as an apparent prisoner of a company of trusty native scouts in insurgent uniform, the Arguinaldo's headquarters, but at the proper moment, the scouts assumed their real character, seized the insurgent leader and now have him a prisoner in Manilla and the end of the rebellion will follow soon as he has already advised his followers to surrender to the Americans and end the fight.

A surprise party was held at the home of Charles Vendt last Sunday evening in honor of his 16th birthday and about 40 attended.

Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee)
April 4, 1901

    Oconto Residence Broken Into and the Furniture and Valuables Stolen

Oconto,Wis., April 3 [Special] Ex-Gov. Scofield arrived in the city yesterday from Superior to vote and also to place his residence in order to again reside here. Upon going into the house this morning he discovered that it had been broken into, the furniture and all their caluables reansacked and many things carried away. No clue of the guilty parties has been as yet obtained. The extent of the loss is not known.
Oconto County Reporter
April 5, 1901

When ex-governor Scofield entered his house last Wednesday morning preparatory for putting it in condition for their early occupancy, he found it had been entered by thieves and articles of much value had been carried away.

Ms. Wittke, late of the canning factory in Oconto, was in Lena this week looking up chances for starting up a factory,

On account of ill health, Grant C. Birmingham, formerly of Abrams, who served over seven years as railway postal clerk on a night train during the Spanish-American War in Military postal service and since then as a distributing clerk in Washington, D. C. has resigned his position.

The young people of Little River enjoyed a sleigh ride party to Oconto to the home of Mr. and Mrs. August Noack last Saturday evening. While going home they had the pleasure of tipping over, but received no injuries.

Paul Schedler, Victor O'Kelliher and Ward Westcott are home from Madison for a few days.

We were pleased to see T. H. Phelps so far recovered from his recent illness to enjoy a buggy ride Monday.

Oconto County Reporter
April 12, 1901
Last Saturday night a resident of this city since 1854, quietly joined the great majority. He was born in Prussia in 1820. He and his family came to Little Suamico in 1853 and to Oconto the following year. Besides holding other offices of trust, the deceased was coroner of the county and court crier for over 30 years and was a member and surgeon of E. A. Ramsay Post No. 74 since 1883. (no name given in the article)

Former Conductor Triebel has purchased the Olsen pop factory.

Charles Vendt left for Escanaba Saturday to work for Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reed in their hotel.

Three Little Suamico farmers undertook a trip to Green Bay last Saturday, but when they got as far as Duck Creek they had to turn back as it was impossible to go any further on account of muddy roads.

Paul Schedler, one of the Oconto students at the State University in Madison, was home over Sunday with his parents.

Ernest A. Watterich is now associated with the Citizens National Bank in the capacity of stenographer and general clerk.

Oconto County Reporter
April 19, 1901

About $1,080 was cleared by the ladies of St. Joseph's church at the fair held last week.

Mrs. W. M. Comstock and children are enjoying a two weeks vacation with relatives in Milwaukee.

Adam Steadl drove into the city last Friday with his daughter, Anna, who had fallen and dislocated her arm. Dr. Armstrong placed the injured member in proper position and they returned home Saturday.

R. S. Waters will open a grocery store about May 10 on Superior Ave. in the building formerly occupied by Mrs. Millbery as a millinery store.

Fire on the steamer Fannie C. Hart on a trip from Escanaba to Menominee caused panic among 200 excursionists.

Muskegon Chronicle (Michigan)
April 24, 1901

Went Safely Through Death's Jaws

Marinette, Wis., April 24  John Slater of Oconto, Wis., was carried over Meyers Falls, on the Pine river, and escaped death. He went over with a big log jam. The falls consist of a steep, racky gorge abour 100 feet long, and through this Slater plunged with the logs. He came up in the rapids below and managed to grab a log, with which he floated ashore. He was taken to a hospital, badly brused, but otherwise uninjured.

Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, Illinois)
April 25 1901

George G. Sherman, president of the Homestead Land company, returned home last night from Sweden and Finland, where he has been for the past two months securing emigrants. He brought back nearly 100 Swedes with him, who will b e settled at once in Oconto county.
He expects to return to Europe immediately and will accompany the colony of 1,500 Finns back to Wisconsin, where a tract of 25,000 acres will provide homes for them in the northern part of the state. The Homestead Land company, of which Sherman is the European agent, was organized a year ago for the sole purpose of bringing settlers into the state and had secured over 150,000 acres of farm land for their use. All immigrants being brought over have money with which to purchase farms.

Oconto County Reporter
May 10, 1901

R. C. Whiting has resigned his position at the Oconto National Bank and will soon go to the state of Washington to engage in business for himself.

There are three cases of smallpox in the area. They are Felix Courtois of Stiles, Miss Annie Johnson of Little River and one in Gillett.

Miss Cora Walsh, who teaches at Keegan spent Sunday with relatives in this city.

Henry Pettigrew went to Suring Tuesday to scale logs for the Holt Lumber Co.

Almond E. Bostwick of Oconto Falls was granted a pension Tuesday of eight dollars per month.

Work is progressing rapidly on the Hart - Smith block on Main Street and it has been decided to build two stores instead of one. The local camp of Modern Woodmen have leased the second floor for a period of 10 years.

Oconto County Reporter
May 17, 1901

The Premonstratensian Fathers, who established St. Norbert College at DePere two years ago, will at once commence the erection of a large and commodious new building, costing about $25,000.

C. A. Best and family will hereafter reside on East Main Street. They having moved yesterday into the house Mayor Spies has been remodeling and repairing for them.

Robert Jackson has gone to Norway,, Mich, to take a position as clerk in the railroad office where his brother is agent.
Jos. E. Keefe resigned his position as receiving and shipping clerk at Madison Tuesday, and it is understood will return to this city to reside in the near future.

Jessie, seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W, M. Lee, is very ill with appendicitis and at this hour it is not thought she can long survive.

Rev. J. R. Macartney started Monday for Philadelphia where he will attend the Presbyterian general Assembly as a delegate.

Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee)
May 21, 1901

Oconto, Wis  May 21 [Special]  A head-end collision on the Milwaukee railway at Oconto Junction yesterday resulted in the death of the engineer on the Oconto branch, Thomas McCrea of this city, age about 70 years, and the wreck of two engines.McGrea lived to get home in this city.

Oconto County Reporter
May 24, 1901

My Bakery will be open for business Tuesday, May 28, in the Phillip's building, third door east of the post office. Andrew Meyer.

D. B. Bouder of Abrams was in the city last Saturday introducing his newly patented automatic pocket door lock and self-supporting window sash. Mr. Bauder's inventions have merit and he left for Buffalo Monday where he will spend the season at the Pan-American exposition pushing his sales.

The Wisconsin Telephone Company has put new telephones into the following places this week: Knapp and Sons store, Gen. E. Bond's tailor shop, Royce and Frank's insurance office, Water's and Gowell's grocery and ex-governor Scofield's residence.

For Sale - Women's suits, all wool homespuns, silk-lined jackets - $8.50; Men's spring suits of all wool, cashmeres and worsteds, our regular $8.50 suits, $6.70. Good-rich & Martineau Co.

E. F. Wickert of Neenah closed a deal this A.M. with Robert Hintz for the latter's mill and 10 acres of land and will ship the products of this mill to Neenah to supply the needs of his planing mill at that place.

Cleveland Leader (Cleveland Ohio)
July 24, 1901
Will Raise the Tug

Menominee, Mich.,  May 28  (Special)   Hart Bros. owners of the steamer Moore, which sank the tug Constance in the river last week, have reached a settlement with the tug's owner, Captain Knute Knuteson of Oconto. They have agreed to raise the tug and make complete repairs. The Constance is an obstruction to navagation, and the work of raising her will begin tomorrow.

Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee)
May 30, 1901

W.P. Higgins, Oconto, and W.A. Owens, Dodgeville, Dismissed
Madison, Wis., May 28 [Special]  The weeding out process at the capitol continues gradually. W. P. Higgins of Oconto, state carpenter, and W. A. Owens of Dodgeville, messenger in the railroad commissionwe's office, have received notice that their services will not be required after the first of the month. Their successors have not yet been announced.

Oconto County Reporter
May 31, 1901

L. Breakstone vacated the house recently purchased by J. H. Carr on Monday and will reside in one of the Burdick houses in the east ward for a few months until he can build his own residence.

George Waters left last Monday for Duluth where he has engaged in the lumber business. Mrs. Waters and daughter will follow soon.

Last Sunday afternoon the St. Paul Evangelical church of Oconto laid the cornerstone of the new church edifice which is now in course of construction.
At the meeting of the executive committee of the county fair association held last Saturday, it was decided to hold a four-day fair early in September.

The Memorial Day exercises throughout the county were of the right kind. In several schools the special program was blended with school closing exercises.

Oconto County Reporter
June 14, 1901

The Tug Sunbeam and the Rambler of Sturgeon Bay were at Spies dock taking on lumber Wednesday.

Drs. Stoelting, Atwood and Armstrong performed the third operation on the foot of Albert Schultz last Saturday.

Ex-governor Scofield is building a new porch on his residence on Main Street.

Miss Stella McFadden, who has been attending Oshkosh Normal, is home for summer vacation.

L. C. Harvey returned yesterday from the Masonic grand lodge at. Marinette.

We are in receipt of a program of the commencement exercises of the Wisconsin School for the Deaf at Delafield. One of the graduates of the class of 1901 is George Gilkey of Oconto, who delivered an oration, "The Lumber Interests of Wisconsin". There were seven graduates.

Charles A. Smith, H. C. Keith and F. C. Hanson formed a sailing party who went to Green Bay yesterday in Henry Frewerd's boat, "Mischief".

A very pleasant time was had by those present at the "Swap Social" at Guild Hall last evening.

Oconto County Reporter
June 21, 1901

N. G. Valryg, who has been farming near the city for a few years, started for his old home in Norway this week.

Rev. H. Eisenbach left for St. Paul Monday where he will attend a meeting of the board of trustees of the Lutheran Seminary in that city of which board he is a member.

F. C. Hanson has accepted a position as a general agent for the Columbia Publishing House and has commenced his duties appointing agents for the sale of that company's publications.

The Oconto baseball team was defeated at Menominee Sunday by a score of 10-9. It is said to have been a well played game, and highly appreciated by the thousands of people on the grounds.

Mrs. E. J. McCall returned Tuesday from a month's visit with relatives in Breckenridge and Ithaca, Mich. She was accompanied home by her parents,

Dr. and Mrs. C. S. Watson, who will enjoy Oconto breezes for a week or two.

Allan Vain Classon of Oconto was graduated from the State University at Madison with a degree of Bachelor of Laws.

Oconto County Reporter
July 5, 1901

Miss Ella Jennings, a guest of her sister, Mrs. A. M. Martineau, and Miss Lulu, Anthony, Helen Claire and Edward Martineau were enjoying a ride and stopped to water the horse at the Christain Science church. W. A. Phillips was driving a team hitched to a heavy wagon, the team became frightened and began running. It ran with the carriage overturning and making a complete wreck of the vehicle. The occupants although bruised, had no broken bones.

Bostedt's Park is now open with its many attractions. Admission to park during the day, 5 cents; children under 10 free. Bathing suits, row and sailboats to rent. Refreshments at all hours.

A lawn tennis club has been organized during the week, which will play on the lawn north of Rev. Macartney's residence.

The Oconto Canning Company is now running to its full capacity.

Carl Webster has returned home from his year's work at Harvard University.

Oconto County Reporter
July 19, 1901

Last evening a special meeting of the city council was called to meet Milton Bryce of Detroit, who is seeking a franchise to build an electric line of railroad from Marinette to Green Bay through Peshtigo and Oconto and intervening country and small towns.

Postmaster Hall has been advised by the post office department at Washington that the rural free delivery route running out of this city through the towns of Oconto and Little River will be started Monday, Sept. 2. Two receiving boxes will be placed on the route - one at the creamery at Spice's corner and the other at Fabry corners. Thirty-six square miles will be served by this route.

A. T. Frisby's report of the census of the city schools show males 1,073, females 1,059.

Having recently taken a course in embalming and funeral equipment in Chicago. I am prepared to do anything in that line with the most improved methods. We also have own funeral car, new lowering device and church Truck. Donald MacQueen with N.B. Mitchell.

Cleveland Leader (Cleveland Ohio)
July 24, 1901
To Raise the Oconto

Toronto Ont.  July 23   The steamer Oconto, which sank upon Rock Island shoal fifteen years ago, has been sold to a Buffalo wrecking company, and arrangements are being made to commence the raising at once. Her Cargo consists of silk and cotton goods, and is supposed to be in good condition yet. It was valued at $125,000, when she sank. She lies in 117 feet of water. (The steamer Oconto was on her first trip carrying silks, cotton, boots and 15 pssengers. She struck Granite State Shoal in July 1886. There was a unsuccessful salvage attenpt and the Oconto slid down the steep side of the channel and eventually broke in two. She presently lies at a depth of 175 feet in the Saint Lawrence River just downstream from Kingston, Canada)

Evening News (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan)
August 1, 1901

Mrs. C.M. Boss returned yesterday from Oconto, Wis., where she attended the funeral of her mother. Miss Nellie Mitchell accompanied her.
(The funeral was for Nellie B. Mitchell, [1825 - July 21, 1901]. Husband of the deceased was William Blair Mitchell who had died 4 months earlier [Nov. 8, 1824 - March 3, 1901]. The couple are buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto, WI.)
Latitude:   44° 17' 0.4812" N      Longitude:   -76° 0' 57.1788" W


The steamer Oconto was on her first trip carrying a cargo of silks, cotton, boots and 15 passengers.  She struck Granite State shoal in July of 1886.   There was an unsuccessful salvage attempt and the Oconto slide down the steep side of the channel and eventually broke in two. - See more at:

Kalamazoo Gazette (Michigan)
August 9, 1901

J. P. Frank of Oconto Wisconsin, is the guest of his sister, Mrs. Samuel S. Mttenthal, for a few days.

Saginaw News (Michigan)
August 15, 1901

Editor McCall and family have gone to Oconto, Wis., to visit his brother.

Oconto County Reporter
August 23, 1901

A new road is to be built at once connecting Little and Big Suamico and the cost will be paid by the businessmen of Green Bay.

Mr. and Mrs. George Hall and children, accompanied by Paul Hoeffel and Robert Sharp, are camping at Idlewild this week.

The picnic at Bostedt's park Sunday was not very well attended but what was lacking in numbers was made up in enthusiasm. The County Line band furnished the music.

A Chinese war is raging in this city. Be sure to take advantage of reduced laundry rates.

Oconto Milling Company filed articles of organization at the registrar's office Wednesday.

Frank Miller has again returned to his duties at Germond's store. Frank spent a few days last week at LaCrosse taking the examination for a pharmacists license, and was one of the successful applicants.

Miss Ann Mann, who has been taking a trip through Holland, Belgium, Germany and France, will return to Oconto next week.

St Albans Daily Messenger (St. Albans, Vermont)
September 12, 1901

The Oconto County Reporter, published at Oconto, Wis., announced the marriage of Cleveland R. Keith, a well known merchant of that city, to Miss Charlotte R. Carlisle, of Waddinton, N.Y. at the home of the bride Monday, August 26. Both were former residents of this county and were born in Sheldon (Vermont).

Duluth News-Tribune (Minnesota)
September 17, 1901
Fire at Oconto
Oconto Falls, Wis., DSept. 15 - The Falls Manufacturing company today suffered a loss by fire of $75,000. The first started in the beater room and spread to the wet machine room. These were distroyed with all machinery. No statement of insurance is given. The plant will be rebuilt at once.
Cleveland Leader (Cleveland Ohio)
October 6, 1901
The Balcom Launched
Menominee, October 5  [Special]  the tug Balcom, owned by the Oconto Lumber Company, was launched this afternoon. She will be used in towing pulp-wood rafts on the Fox River (Green Bay, WI).

Evening News (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan)
October 18, 1901
James Urquhart of Oconto, who is well known as a foreman of the Oconto River Improvement Co.'s log drive, had the misfortune to swallow a silver dollar last Sunday. He was playing with his children and put the coin in his mouth to hide it, and it slipped down his throat, where it lodged. Three physicians were soon in attendance and in probing for the dollar, forced it down into his stomach. It is now thought a surgical opertion will be necessary to remove it.
Duluth News-Times (Minnesota)
November 13, 1901

Open Season for Shooting Hunters
Is Now On.

Milwaukee, Nov. 12   The first day of hunting season in this state was marked by three casualties, in which one of the victims will die and the other two will be crippled.
The wounded:
Irving Seymour. Dover Station, Wis., fataly wounded.
William Fremend. Oconto, Wis., hit in the leg, amputation necessary.
Henry Belangia. Sturgeon Bay, Wis., wounded in the left hand, amputation necessary.
Besides this, two hunters have been killed and four wounded who gor into the woods before the season opened. Last year, during the season, the number of hunters killed by being shot in mistake for deer averaged more than one a day.

Duluth News-Tribune (Minnesota)
November 14, 1901
Hunter Losses Leg

Oconto, Wis., Nov. 13  William Fremert, while hunting, accidently short himself in the leg. Amputation will be necessary.

Oconto County Reporter
December 6, 1901

Frank LePage, Jr., and sister, Mrs. Fremont Jeffers of Wild Rose, visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank LePage, Sr., last Saturday and enjoyed a family gathering.
Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee)
December 23, 1901

Oconto Wis., Dec. 23  [Special] A wreck occurred yesterday morning at 2:40 o'clock at Little Suamico, a stateion on the Chicago & North-Western railway fourteen miles south of this city, which resulted in th death of two persons and seriouly injured a third.
The killed:
NPAOLEAON DELARIA, North Western baggageman, of Green Bay, body burned.
LOUIS GILMETTE, North-Western brakeman, of Green Bay, body burned.

Delaria was a baggageman and leaves a wife and eight children. Gilmette, who was 19 years of age, lived with his father here (Oconto).

Former Conductor A.J. Burnery of Escanaba, a brakeman, was badly burned. He is now at the general hospital in Green Bay, with good chances of an ultimate recovery. His wife arrived last night from the North to be with him.

A special freight train in charge of Conductor Green and Engineer Oliver had pulled into the station from the North and Mr. Green had gone ahead to get orders, and while there another special freight from the same direction crashed into the rear, of the first train, killing and burning to a crisp the brakenman and baggageman, who run regularly on the passenger arriving at Menominee at 10:40.a. m. They were getting back to their homes at Green Buy to spend Sunday when the accident occurred. - The brakeman on the freight was badly injured and burned, but it is thought that he will recover.

The second train was in charge of Conductor Kilpntrick.

Both trains were on the main line, and only evidence to be introduced at the inquest can reveal the blame or responsibly for the accident.. Back of the locomotive were several cars loaded with coal, and five of them telescoped and caught fire, and with the caboose; were entirely consumed. Conductor Green of the train taking water was in the depot, at the time of the collision. The engineer and the fireman of the locomotive that van into the caboose remained at their posts and both escaped injury.

The wrecking train from Escanaba went down to the scene of the wreck at 10 o'clock this morning and at 6 o'clock had the track cleared. It did not interfere with the traffic on the road, A sidetrack west of the wreck was clear and permitted the trains to go around the wreck. The telescoped cars were piled up and jammed together in a most peculiar shape. One coal car stood almost upright, and under it were eight pairs, of trucks. The cars under these had been either burned or jammed into kindling wood. Nothing was left but the trucks and rods to show that there had been any cars there.

Muskegon Chronicle (Michigan)
December 28, 1901

Oconto, Wis., Dec. 28.  Ex-Governor Scofield was taken ill on Tuesday on his return from a business trep to West Superior and Oconto, and he is reported to be in a serious condition and much alarm is felt by his friends. He caught a cold while at Superior, but reached home, when it was dicovered that he had pneumonia. (there were no antibiotics yet and pneumonia was very often fatal)