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Shawano In The News


2 Feb 1868








Keep Good Goods and Sell the Cheapest


Always go to the People’s Store if you

want the Best Goods at the Low-

est Prices in the Northwest,

always go to the People’s

Store and get the Price before you buy.


Silk, Merinos, Poplins, Empress Cloths, Alpaeeas, Delains, Ginghams, Prints, Sheetings, Bleached Goods, Shawls, Cloaks, circulars, Cossacks, Bal. Skirts, Hoop Skirts, Cassimere’s, Broad Clothes, Sattinets, Flannels, cloaking, Shirts, Drawers, Jackets, Gloves, Hosiery, Embroidery, Boots, Shoes, Gaiters, Rubbers, Carpets, Oil Cloth, Hoods, Nubias, Scarf’s, Furs, Tea, Coffee, Sugar, molasses, &c.

WASHINGTON ST.                                                                                                                                           EMPIRE BLOCK                                                                   GREEN BAY, WIS.




2 Feb 1868





Hardware, Tin ware and Self Hardware

Stoves, Nails, Windows Sash, Putty,

Chains, Hoes, Shovels, Spades,

Buck and Hand Saws, Car-

penter’s Tools, &c, &c.


Tin ware, Copper, and Brass Ware manufactured to order at short notice.  Repairing in Tin, Copper, and Sheet Iron done promptly when brought to the shop.

Shawano, Oct. 1867                                                                                                                                                        30-Iy


Feb 6, 1868

Accidents – A man whose name we have not been able to learn, had his feet badly smashed between two logs at Mr. C. D. Wescott’s camp, a few days ago.

A man by the name of Murray, had his foot cut badly at ------ camp the other day.

A man at work in Crane’s camp, up Red River, was badly hurt last Monday. It seems that while chopping a tree down, a limb broke and falling upon him, made a deep hole in his head just above the forehead. His face was also badly tore and in some places the skin was taken entirely off.

The two last mentioned accidents were attended by Dr. Stevens, of this place, and are progressing finely.

In the Adjutant-General’s Report we find that Abe and Tim, the war eagles are properly cared for by an officer.



Apr 23, 1868

Died – At his residence, in this village, Mr. Henry Durrin, in his 51st year.


Henry Durrin, aged 51 years, after an illness of twelve days, died in Shawano, Wis. His loss is deeply felt by this community. Te void caused by his departure cannot be easily filled. His unfailing energy, persistent industry, strict temperant habits, integrity and character, honesty and promptness in his dealings has endeared him to all who became his intimate acquaintances.

He removed with his family from the State of New York to Shawano County, Wis., in the year 1858, and was elected to the office of Register of Deeds two years after, which office he filled with honor to himself and satisfaction to the people. In 1864, he was elected to the office of County Treasurer, and re-elected two years following, - his last term expiring next January. He was always found ready at his position the discharge of his official duties, dealing out Justice to all alike. His family mourns the loss of a kind and faithful husband, a prudent and indulgent father, ever ready to supply their wants and comfort them in the hour of sadness and distress.

Their loss is indeed great. We hope their grief will be alleviated as much as position by the kind sympathies of their friends and neighbors.

 Married – In this village on the 4th inst., by the Rev. E.W. Stevens, Mr. John Abraham, to Miss Harriet E Noble, all of Belle Plaine. Stick to her John, for she is a Noble gal.



May 7, 1868


Ain’t Dead Yet – On the 9th of January last we reported the death of Frank Schultz – better known as “Dutch Frank” – as having been frozen to death at a [place called Deer Ground, 170 miles north of here. We are informed that he has been seen at different times since among the Indians, in that region of the country, and we are further informed that a week previous to his reported death, he broke into a well provisioned “shanty” or “station” on Lake Superior Road, while the owner (a trader) was absent on one of his trading expedition, and helped himself to nearly all what the station contained.



May 14, 1868

Mr. P.W. Ackerman of this place is engaged to teach school in the town of Hartland during the summer. School commences next Monday morning.

Sad and Fatal Accident – A Mr. Rieke, a German, who removed to the town of Hartland, in the county, from Mayville, Dodge Co., Wis., met with an accident last Saturday, which resulted in his instant death. It appears that the deceased was looking up a site for a building, which was soon erected. Having found a suitable spot for that purpose, the deceased commenced clearing it of trees. Etc. While chopping a tree, he told his wife – who had accompanied him – to go out of the way, as he was not certain which way the tree would fall. By the time she got at a safe distance, she heard a terrible crash and upon looking back she beheld an agonizing spectacle. Her husband lay on the ground, face downward, and a heavy branch of the tree was laying across the back of his neck, nearly crushing it. Upon examination it was discovered that his neck had been broken, causing immediate death.


14 May 1868


GREAT FIRE---We reported last week a fire in the woods, south of this place.  It was about two miles away, and as the wind was blowing pretty strong from the north, we had no fear of it coming in this direction, until Monday noon, when the wind suddenly changed, blowing from the south.  The fire advanced very rapidly through the woods, making dense clouds of smoke.  In half an hour the fire had advanced to near the village, as to put the dwelling house of Mr. D. Houle, late of DePere, Wis. and a barn belonging to Mr. H. Naber, in immediate danger.  A large party of our citizens gathered and for four hours, unceasingly they fought against the fire, to prevent its progressing any further, which was finally accomplished.

It is evident that the greater portion of our village would have been laid to ashes, had not the prompt resistance of our citizens prevailed.  Most of the land over which the fire swept was owned by Mr. Naber.  Besides the large amount of pine timber destroyed, about twenty-five or thirty cords of shingle bolts, and one hundred and fifty or sixty rods of fence were also destroyed.  The damage done by the fire is said to be over $1,500.  On Tuesday morning early, rail fell, which did much to alley the fire.



Jun 4 1868

Accident – About two miles north of here, on Tuesday evening last, Mr. Henry Strauss – a station – keeper on the Lake Superior Road – received a kick from his horse, which cut up his chin very badly, besides severing an artery. He went up to Keshena, which was four miles distance from the place where the accident happened, and not finding anybody was able to dress his wounds, came to this place and then dressed by Dr. Stevens – having traveled fourteen miles for that purpose. During all the time he was traveling he made no attempts to stop the flow of blood from the artery, and lost a great deal in consequence.


18 Jun 1868


Almost Drowned---a drunken Indian was chased into the mill-pond last Tuesday by several lumbermen, and was saved from drowning by the employees in Mr. Kast’s grist mill.  It is said that when he perceived he could not save himself, he called upon God to save him.  Was not that prayer answered, say?




9 Jul 1868


A Warning---The Madison Journal says that two women living near Chaska, Minnesota, died Monday, the 29th, ult., from the effects of poison received while killing potato bugs.  One ate her dinner without washing her hands after killing the vermin, and died in most terrible agony.  The other received venom through sores in her hands, and died immediately.  A number of cases of poisoning from the same cause have occurred. 


A “Big Indian” Slain---A St. Paul dispatch states that the famous “Hole-in-the-Day,” head Chief of the Chippewa nation, was shot by three Leech Lake Indians, on Saturday the 27th ult., while riding in his buggy, near his residence in Crow Wing, Minn.  They went to his home and got some guns from his wife by false pretences and waylaying him, shot him dead, afterward stabbing his body in several places.  The cause was probably an old grudge.  He leaves six Indian wives and one white.




30 Jul 1868


Needs Repairing---We desire to call the attention of the County Board of Supervisors to the condition of the county jail.  It is in a deplorably wrecked and dirty condition, and is a disgrace to the county.


Arrest---Three lumbermen were arrested by deputy sheriff Ackerman, on Tuesday last, charged with stealing a boat, and brought to this place for trial.  The party pleads not guilty, and after hearing the evidence the jury summoned to try the case acquitted them.


The Governor has appointed C. R. Klebesadel, of the town of Pella, Immigrant Commissioner, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of H. Durrin.  Mr. Klebesadel is an active German citizen, and will undoubtedly render valuable service in the immigration cause.


Miraculous Cure---Mr. Charles H. Newton, who lives on the Green Bay road, informs us that while he was engaged in knocking potato bugs off his vines the other day; he accidentally smashed one, the matter of which flew into his left eye.  From that instant he felt a terrible pain through his eye, and a feeling of dizziness came on.  He had, at the time, a quid of tobacco in his mouth, which he took and slapped it into his poisoned eye, and in an incredible short time he was gratified by the pain leaving his eye entirely, and felt alright.  Had it not been for his presence of mind, he is inclined to believe that he would have lost the use of his eye.


The Gazette says that Mr. Patrick Hunt, an old resident of Fort Howard, died very suddenly last Friday morning.


The Rev. Joseph Melcher was consecrated at St. Louis Saturday.


Burglars are still infesting Green Bay and vicinity.  Several arrests have been made.


The weather in uncomfortably warm in that region.


State News---A man, named Peter Christman, who is very deaf, had a leg broken in two places, an arm was also broken, and his face badly cut, by an engine of a train near Kenosha.    


The Catholic Church at Elkhorn was struck by lightning on the 7th, but was only slightly damaged.


Two persons have recently suffered from sun stroke at Whitewater; their names are H. Clausen, and a young man named Welch. 


A Lynx was killed five miles north of Kilbourn a few days ago.


John Cant, living near Westfield, was badly injured by being thrown from his wagon.  He lived but an hour or two from the accident.


A boy named Childers had three fingers sawed off in Lacrosse recently.


A hurricane swept over Omro recently, which did much damage to the buildings.




6 Aug 1868


From Oconto---The Lumberman says that on Monday night of last week the Oconto House was totally destroyed together with all the contents.  The fire supposed to be the work of an incendiary.  The loss of building and furniture is estimated at $1,200.  No insurance.


Tax Pension Appropriations---The sum of $30,350,000 has been appropriated by Congress for the payment of invalid and other pensions for the year ending June 30th, 1969, of which $10,000,000 are for invalid pensions, $20,000,000 widows, children, mothers, and others and the balance for navy pensions to invalids, widows and other relatives of officers and seaman in the navy.




Aug 27, 1868

Stolen – On Sunday night last between the hours of 10 and 12, a person entered the barn of Mr. M. H. McCord – editor of this paper – and took there from a beautiful dark bay mare, and started off on the new London road. Next morning, (Monday), Mr. McCord having discovered the theft, started after the horse thief, and traced him to New London, where he was informed that a horse answering his description, and a rider, had passed through the village that morning. On Tuesday morning, having procured the services of a sheriff at that place, Mr. M started in pursuit of the thief and for aught we know, it is still in pursuit, as we have heard nothing from him since Tuesday morning.



Sep 4, 1868

Personal  - Mr. R. W. Lambert returned home last Wednesday looking hale and hearty, from a visit to his relations and friends east, many of who he had not seen for twenty years. We hope he is good for another twenty year’s alienation from his eastern friends.

 Parlan Semple accompanied by his wife and mother, left here last week on a visit to their friends in the East.



6 Sep 1868


Personal---Parlan Semple, accompanied by his wife and mother, left here last week on a visit to their friends in the East.

They go first to Granby, Canada East, where they will spend a couple of weeks.  From there they will go to Lowell, Mass., and thence to Maine, their native state.

Mr. Semple expects to return in time to canvass the district this fall, in the event of his receiving the nomination for the Assembly. 

We wish them a pleasant journey, and especially hope that the health of Mrs. Semple may be lastingly benefited by the trip.


Sep 17, 1868

County Officers – As election draws near the question who shall be the county officers for the next two years has been discussed. There is as is generally the case, no lack of candidates to choose from.

We have heard that the following named gentlemen are willing to be sacrificed;

For Sheriff – Fred Dodge of Belle Plaine, A. M. Andrews of Richmond, and D. H Pulcifer of Shawano.

For Clerk of Board of Supervisors; Marion Wescott, Orlin Andrews and Henry Klosterman.

For County Treasurer, Edward F Sawyer, Rev. E W Stevens, and present incumbent M. H. McCord.

For Clerk of Circuit Court, Charles Klebesdal, Fred Crumbach, and J. A. Murray.

For Register of Deeds, August Koepen, James Miller and A. A. Adams.

For District Attorney, D. P. Andrews, and Joseph Maurer.

For Coroner – James Moon.



Sep 29, 1868

Capt. John M Schweers is putting up another building beside his store, to be the same size of the one at present used by him for a store. We are glad to see our merchants enlarging their places of business, for it indicates that their business is in a flourishing condition. Schweers keeps constantly on hand a large and well selected assortment of stoves, hardware, tin ware etc, which he proposes to sell for cash at a small profit. Give him a call.


In mentioning the candidates for the different offices we omitted the name of Albert Porter (for Sheriff) of Belle Plaine, who, we learn is a candidate, for a very good reason that we had not then heard that he was in the field – Such however, we learn is the fact. All we have to say is, go in Al, and if elected we don’t think the people will have cause to regret it.



Oct 16, 1868


Killed – A young man by the name of Hiram Giffin, who was in the employ of Tim Crane, was killed last week by a tree falling on him. He was brought to this place and buried last Sunday. He was much respected by his comrades and acquaintances and his loss is deeply felt.

Died – At Green Bay, on Friday, Oct 9th, 1868, in the 30th year of his age, Joseph Cochawan, of this place.

The deceased for the past seven years has been in the employ of C. M. Upham, and by his honesty, affability and strict attention in business had endeared himself to all who knew him. He enjoyed to the fullest extent the confidence of his employer, and his loss is deeply mourned by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.




Oct 22, 1868

Orlin Andrews has opened his new store, and is now ready to accommodate the public with anything thy May desire in dry goods, grocery or provision line, at moderate prices. Look him over.

Representative from Oconto and Shawano – The Republican Convention at Oconto, last week, nominated Parlan Semple, Esq., as their candidate for Representative to the Legislature.

Mr. Semple is a resident of Shawano County. He is a farmer and a man of fine abilities, and we hope he will be elected by a large majority. He has been for a long time a resident of that county, and is well posted as to the wants for the people of this district, and we think the interests of his constituents will be represented by him by the legislature. We hope our Wisconsin friends will turn out and give him a rousing majority.

Chas. Howe has resigned as candidate for Sheriff of this county, and Al Porter, of Belle Plaine, takes his place.




Oct 29, 1868

Mr. Giffin, a brother of Hiram Giffin who was recently killed in the woods, while in the employ of Tim Crane, wishes to return his thanks to the people of this place for the marked attention shown in caring for the deceased, and the respectable burial which they gave him.

He left here last Tuesday with the remains for Ogdensburg, New York, where his friends and relatives reside.



Nov 6, 1868

Indian Murder – Trial and Conviction – On the 16th inst., last, at Oneida Settlement, Jacob Prowles shot Arram (Aaron or Abram?) Antone, (both Oneida Indian’s) in cold blood killing him almost instantly. Antone was in Prowles house at the time of the murder. Prowles was immediately arrested and a court instituted by the Indians for the trial of the murder. J.L. Doxtator acted as Judge, Henry Cooper as Councilor for the prisoner, and Baptiste Doxtator, as councilor for the Government, (the Indians) as Commissioner of Indian Affairs, when he was here several days ago, informed the Indian’s that they must manage their criminal affairs their own way. After a very long and through examination and trial, Prowles was convicted, and sentenced to be hung at the Settlement on Friday, Nov. 13th, at 2 o’clock p.m., and the prisoner was brought to the Brown county jail, in this city, until the time. The chief’s and head men of the nation acted as jury in this trial, and we are informed they were unanimous in declaring the prisoner guilty. This is the first trial of the kind, we believe, and among the Indian’s, and they inform us they intend to make thorough work with the scamps in the Nation in the future.

Green Bay Advocate.

Harvey Field Blacksmith


Shawano County Journal

Dec 30, 1868

Fire - We learn by a gentleman who came up from Weyauwega yesterday, that seven buildings were destroyed by fire in that place on Monday last