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March 30 1865


Lieut. Johnson

We regret to learn that the gallant old veteran soldier, Lieut. Geo. Johnson is in a very critical situation. The rebel bullet, which lies under the soldier blade can not be extracted and is supposed to have injured the spinal column. His friends sympathize with him in his affliction.


Returning - Jerome Buck, of this village, who has been employed in the United States Quartermaster's Department, returned home last week looking "as good as new".


Horace Wescott, has moved his family out of his new Half-way House on the Green Bay road. "Hod" understands his "biz" and travelers will find him a good and attentive landlord. Success to him and the new house.

April 27 1865


Shawano County


Sheriff                  Charles Howe

Register of Deeds        Henry Klosterman

Treasurer                Henry Durrin

Clerk Board Supervisor   A G Rockwell

Clerk of Court           J M Ostroph

County Judge             Joseph Maurer

Supt' of schools         A P Knapp

County Commissioner      James Semple

Chairman's               Orlin Andrews

                         Charles Klebesadel



SCJ June 22 1865


Two Indians Shot - We learn by Mr. Robinson of the Lake Superior Route, that two Indians were killed near Rice Lake seventy miles north of this place, on last Friday. Last fall an Indian at work for Mr. Robinson was killed by another Indian who settled with the father of the murdered man by paying $60. in money and the affair was supposed to be settled, according to the Indian idea of justice, until last Friday when the father, nephew and two friends of the murdered man tool the avengers path, tracked the murder and his brother about twenty miles, to the bank of a little stream and shot them. The object of shooting the brother, who was a large powerful Indian and quite popular with the band was to prevent him avenging his brother's death. A second cousin of the brothers shot on Friday has exposed the quarrel and is on the track of their murders. The parties all belong to the Chippewa Tribe of Indians.


June 29,1865


RETURNED - We notice in town quite a number of returned soldiers. While we join with all classes in returning thanks to our honored heroes who have periled their lives in defense of the Dear Old Flag, our thoughts turn and the lips tremble, the eye fills and the heart throbs with anguish, and we think of the weary watcher and of him whose body lies in a soldiers shroud and whose grave is where he reeled with his life the principles taught by the Constitution; they cannot come, but their memory will be cherished by a grateful people and their orphans and widows provided for.

To those that have returned from the field of blood or from the hospitals and prison pens we would say

"And we thank you, Slavery's dead.

And the hosts of Wrong are fled

And the Right prevails instead;

Welcome Home!

Look out where the flag unfurls

Look out through your tears and curls

Give them welcome, Happy girls

Welcome Home!"

July 13 1865


DIED - In the town of Belle Plaine, on Monday July 10th, of Typhoid Fever, SOPHIA, wife of John Darrows a Volunteer in the United States Army.

The Shawano Aid Society when notified of the facts in the case, promptly paid the Doctor's bill and expenses of the funeral, and also provided in a measure, for the present wants of the children - of whom there is five - who are left without father or mother, for the present, and are dependent upon the kindness of friends until the return of their father. In this connection we would mention their names of Mrs. James Grimmer and Mrs. Judge Maurer who, with a sisterly feeling robed the body for it's last resting place and provided many needful article for the deceased and the children; they done what they could and their reward is just beyond the pearly gate.

We trust our citizens will remember that John Darrows is absent on a sacred mission and that we are bound by the most binding obligations to attend to the wants of the sorrowful and grief stricken little ones who are now left without a protector. We do not ask charity for them, we ask only for what is theirs by right and which we have sacredly and solemnly agreed to pay. "No soldier's family must suffer" this, by general consent, become a Nation al Motto, "With what measure ye went it shall be measured to you again".


Census of Shawano County

The following  is a correct statement of the census returns of this county as appears from the records in the office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors;


Towns               Foreign birth         Total pop

Belle Plaine        115                    820

Pella               146                    261

Richmond             21                    236

Stockbridge and       1                    187


Hartland             72                    135

Waukechon            87                    129

Shawano              29                    108

Total               421                    1871


New Hotel - It always gives us pleasure to more improvements about town, particularly those that are made on business street- and which add not only to the beauty, but prosperity of the village. It is also a satisfaction to note the rise and progress of our business men, especially those who are pioneers in any business. It shows that those who 'stuck their stakes' in Shawano had confidence in it and that their anticipations have been realized in a great degree. We have been led to this train of thought by the fact that Hiram Wescott is preparing to erect a New Hotel on the site of the old Traveler's Home, now occupied by him, which is to form a wing for the new structure which is to be three stories high and a large public Hall in the upper story.   

Fatal Accident - Rev. Mr. Hewitt informs us that in last Friday afternoon a little daughter of John Palmer, of Embarrass, named Mary and aged three years, was accidently scalded to death. She was drawing something across the floor when she fell into a pail of hot water and was burned so badly that all efforts to relieve her proved unavailing. Such accidents are altogether too frequent and more care should be used with the little ones.

PERSONAL - We received a call this week from LESLIE J PERRY, formerly of this office, and a four year graduate of the Army- three years in the old "Second" and one in the "Sixth" Wisconsin Infantry, as Commissary Sergeant. Perry, as we call him, had an inside view of Rebellion, having been a prisoner for nearly two years, and visited Libby Prison, felt the sufferings of Andersonville, Florence, Salisbury and other prison pens. For a long time it was supposed he had fell a victim to the privations and cruelty of the fiends who had charge of the Rebel prisons. He returns in good health, and is looking better - or better looking as the girls say - then formerly, and has received a cordial welcome by his old friends and associates.

We understand that he is preparing to migrate to Blue Earth City, Fairbault Co., Minnesota this fall, and there settle down and enjoy a quiet he so well deserves. At any rate, he will leave this section of the state, with the best wishes of our citizens for his future success, and we would cordially recommend him to those among whom he is to locate.

Perry may you never lack "sorts" and have a good supply of "quoins" in the bank.

Aug 31, 1865


D H PULCIFER has been appointed deputy U S Marshal for Shawano County. "Mighty mean men get into office up there."

Indian Statistics - From Capt. William Powell, U S Interpreter at Keshena, we obtain the following statistics in relation to Indian matters:

Number of Indians at first payment 2,500. Number at last payment, 1,665.

Number of Indians enlisted in the army during the late war one hundred and twenty-five, of whom forty were killed.

Number of cases of Small Pox during the past six months, one hundred and thirty-five of which, seventy-four proved fatal. Out of this number there was only nine cases among the Pagans three of which were fatal.

Number of Bands in the Nation, eleven, each of which has a chief one of whom is Head chief of the Nation:

Name of Chiefs and Bands

Car-row, Head Chief

Ke-she-na, Menominee River Band

Ah-cone-may, Oshkosh Band

Metah-we-na-niew, Sou-li-gne's Band

Ah-wah-sha-sah, Ak-ka-mote's Band




Where no special name is given the Band takes the name of their chief.

A son of D SCOTT, aged 15 years, in  Little Wolf, Waupaca County, was killed by the accidental discharge of a gun on which he was leaning.



The Manitowoc North Western says a party of Indians had with them a fair-haired little girl apparently about seven years of age. There was some excitement occasioned by the report that the girl spoke German, which was untrue. The Indians said her father was a Frenchman, who was killed in the war, and that her squaw mother was dead. Many doubted if the girl was not of pure white blood, but she was unwilling to leave the Indians and went with them to their home in Door County.


Sep 7, 1865



To funny not to share...................


Left my bed and board on Sunday, September 3rd, my husband, whom I have taken care of for several years - Joseph Carpenter - He may easily be known from his habit of begging tobacco and drinking whiskey, when he can either sponge or get trusted for it, and his shiftless habits which do not allow him the luxury of a clean face and hands except on special occasions - . All persons are hereby forbid harboring or trusting the above described specimen of the stronger(?) sex on my account, as I shall pay no debts of his contracting after this date. Any person returning him or giving information where he may be found will not receive the thanks of the subscriber. 

Ann Carpenter

Shawano, September 4, 1865

Sep 21 1865


Died - At New London, September seventh Emma Jane Stone, formerly of this village, aged eighteen years.

"Gone Home"


Returned Soldiers- Many persons were afraid that the army would ruin the morals and habits of the young men who joined the ranks, but the result proves that their fears were groundless, as they have returned, in almost every case, improved by the drill with their comrades in arms. In our vicinity we do not know of a single instance where a returned soldier has shown a disposition to indulge in dissipation or engage in immoral habits; in fact their record since their return shows that they are determined to be good, moral law abiding citizens and an ornament and credit to the Government they have so bravely and honorably served. We congratulate them upon their safe return and wish them all abundant success in whatever vocation of life they pursue.



We have received a call from D H Pulcifer of the Shawano Journal and Deputy United States Marshal. Also from Captain Wm. Powell U S Interpreter to the Stockbridge and Menominee Indians, and from one of the chiefs of the later tribe. These gentlemen are here in attendance of the United states Court, being interested in some cases relating to the Indians.

From Captain Powell we learn some interesting facts concerning the tribes mentioned. The Menominee Indians number 1665. About 125 of the young men went into the army, the majority of whom returned. The Stockbridge Indians number 400, and are in very comfortable condition, many of them having very fine farms. All speak the English language, and live as white men. The Oneidas, who live a few miles west of Green Bay, number 1400, having nearly doubled their numbers since they removed to that locality. They are also engaged in farming and doing well.

19 Oct 1865

Names of Registered Voters in the Town of Richmond


The following is the correct copy of the names of all voters Registered in the town of Richmond, Shawano county for the year 1865.

Ackerman, Parmerly W Martin, Herman H
Augustus, Tuhlsdorf Martin, Peter
Bridge, William Muloote, Francis
Buck, Jerome Morgan, Edward
Barrows, Charles Olmstead, Nelson
Brooks, Ogden Olmstead, John
Branch, Thomas S Oroeide, Christian
Bulesty, John Pulcifer, John
Bowman, Edward Pulcifer, D H
Colburn, Z Clark Prickett, Talbet
Crockett, David Powell, William
Conkett, Aaron Pomerenke, Christian
Cardish, John Porlio, Paul
Clafton, Charles Peters, Ziba T
Davids, Sollomen Peters, Sterling
Fields, Harvey Peters, Livingston
Grimmer, James Pye, Paul
Grimmer, Alfred W Pye, Abram
Grimmer, James H Pye, David
Gregnow, Augustus Pye, Benjamin
Gregnow, Jerome Pye, Elijah
Gardnow, Lewis H Rockwell, Alphonso G
Gardner, William Robinson, Francis
Gardner, Obediah Robinson, George
Gardner, George Robinson, John
Gardner, Jeremiah Sparks, Dorwin T
Gardner, Daniel Slingerland, Jeremiah
Haywood, Judson A Schweers, Fred
Howe, Charles Thompson, Jonas
Hewitt, John L Tehlsdorf, A
Hendricks, John P Upham, Charles M
Jones, Charles Underwood, R
Jones, ------ Wescott, Charles D
Jorden, Timothy Wescott, Hiram
Jacops, Jacob Wescott, Marion
Lampert, Rural Whithouse, James L
Munn, James Whitehouse, J. Little
Maxfield, Fred W Wiley, John
McCord, Myron Wiley, Spencer
MaCord, Myron H Winans, John A
McGee, Charles Willis, John T
Murray, Julius A Williams, Jeremiah
Mills, John Wilber, L
Miller, James Yockon, John
Morgan, Harvey J Yutsler, William
Murdock, Edwin R Zubuly, John


Fred Schweers, who is unmarried and has an eye for the beautiful, has had a handsome new front put on his Blacksmith shop.


Ogden Brooks who doesn't know him as a first class worker in iron - having outgrown his quarters has been compelled to enlarge by putting a large addition to his Blacksmith shop.


A. Zerwas has completed his shop and is now actively at work trying to Boot all who favor him with a call, or in other words he is prepared to make boots and shoes to order.


New Saw and Shingle Mill - Hon. John Wiley, of this village, has commenced the erection of a Saw and Shingle Mill on the outlet of White Clay Lake and at the head of Lake Shawano. The Mill is to contain a first class shingle machine, an upright and a circular saw. There is an abundance of water to run the Mill the whole time and above it is a large extent of pine land of best quality and ease of access. This investment must prove profitable to the Doctor, and we congratulate him on the public spirit he has displayed in making the investment. It is intended to have the Mill ready for work early next spring.


Grist Mill - Mr. Murdock informs us that the Keshena Mill has been put in the most perfect order and everything that can add to the facilities of a first class Flouring Mill added. They are now prepared to manufacture as good a grade of flour as can be found in this section of the state. The facilities at the Keshena Mill which is easy to access will enable our citizens to flour their own wheat without going out of the county. Mr. Murdock also says the Mill is prepared to grind all varieties of course grains.


Charles Barrows, M. D. Shawano


Shawano County

Sheriff - Charles Howe

Register of Deeds - Henry Klosterman

Treasurer - Henry Durrin

Clerk of Board of Supervisors - A G Rockwell

Clerk Circuit Court - J M Ostroph

County Judge - Joseph Maurer

Sup't. of Schools - A P Knapp

County Commissioner - James Semple

Chairman - Orlin Andrews and Charles Klebesadel



Our Martyrs - On a sandy plain, in the midst of a pine forest, bounded by a murky swamp, there is a pit, filled with dead men's bones, unnumbered, unnoted, uncounted, unrecorded, unnoticed, without sepulture or sacred rights of burial. By thousands, not dead by the bullet, not stricken by disease from the hand of God, or starved to death with the cruel torture of hunger, amid such plenty that an army of six myriads, with its cattle and horses, could subsist on the surplus provisions of the country in a rapid march past Andersonville - or murdered with frost under the shadow of the fat pines, which sang sad requiem to their memories, as the winter winds moaned through the branches, whose very sighing called up in frenzy the happy homes and warm hearths of the North to the wandering minds of the dying martyrs. - Gen. Butler.

23 Nov 1865


By Judge Maurer, at his residence, on the 27th of October Alexander Ket-son to Miss Sophia We-she co-ba, all of Keshena.


By the same at the same time and place, John Peters to Miss Sha-nete Iy-a-sha, all of Keshena


The judge gave the company a good fatherly talk and in his usual gallant manner kissed the brides and bid them go "Multiply and replenish the earth".



On Wednesday, November 8th, at 10 o'clock A.M. of Diphtheria. The youngest daughter of Christopher Hill of Belle Plaine, aged four years.


"The flower fadeth"