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Shawano County Journal

4 May 1871

Death of an Old Settler


A fatal accident occurred last Monday, whereby Jas. Grimmer, one of the first settlers of this county lost his life. Mr. Grimmer was nearly seventy-five years old, and enjoyed very good health for a man that age. It has been his custom for several years, when he had a little leisure time, to take his gun and wander off into the woods for the purpose of passing away the time. Last Monday afternoon he took his gun and told his son Henry, with whom he was living, that he would go out and shoot some pigeons. He had not gone far before they heard a report of a gun. They thought nothing more of this until dark when Mr. Grimmer, not coming home, they started in the direction that they heard the report and there soon found him dead; having been shot - the charge entering the body just back of the collar bone and passing of course, directly to his vitals. Near by where he was found there was a stick about two feet long, against which he caught his foot and fell the hammer of the lock striking a stone and discharging the contents of his gun as stated above. A coroner's inquest was immediately summoned, who returned a verdict in accordance with the facts given above.


He leaves a with a large family of sons and daughters, a life of kind care and devotion of their welfare and happiness. To them - whether residing hear or abroad - it has been a pleasure to think that their father lived. Now it will be pleasant to think that he has lived and to remember his many virtues. The writer has known him seventeen years; has been in his employ and received many kindnesses from him, and although he was not entirely exemplary in all his walks of life yet, there were few better men.

Mr. Grimmer settled in this county nearly twenty years ago and has been actively engaged in lumbering and farming, until two or three years ago, since when he has lived with his sons and daughters. 


Personal - Thos. D. Grimmer, who was summoned here to attend the funeral of his father, arrived in time to meet the procession  bearing the corpse to the cemetery.

He received the sad intelligence in the evening too late to take the eight o'clock train, consequently could not get to Green Bay until the next morning. he left Green Bay at 8 o'clock and arrived here at 4, which was making extraordinary good time considering the horrible condition of the roads.




In this village, May 1st at the residence of the bride's mother, by Rev. L. B. Bullock, Mr. Marion Wescott to Miss Maggie A. Crone, all of Shawano, Wis.

We congratulate Marion and Maggie on the favorable auspices which they begin the journey of life, and hope, all they pass along down the stream of time, there will no storms gather (a few squalls will do no harm) to darken their pathway, but that they may enjoy their full share of connubial bliss.


Shawano County Journal

May 11, 1871


Amputation - Mrs. Oleson, wife of John Oleson, residing in the town of Waukechon, had a diseased leg amputated just below the knee, on Monday last. The operation was performed by Dr. LaCount, assisted by Dr. E W Stevens. The ankle joint and the bone for some distance above was entirely destroyed by what is known as necrosis, or death of the bone, thus rendering amputation necessary in order to save the woman's life. She was much reduced by long suffering (five years we believe) thus rendering caution and good care doubly necessary. From latest report she was doing well, with prospects of speedy recovery.



Shawano County Journal

May 25, 1871


Fatal Accident - A heart rendering accident attended by fatal results, took place Wednesday noon upon the School Section at the house of Phillip Strassburg. It appears that his little girl, aged about three years, was playing in a room with the other the children, and in their childish sports this little one accidentally fell over into a tub of boiling hot water that had just been placed on the floor.

Before she could be taken out she was frightfully scalded, beyond all possible hope of recovery. No pen can portray the agony of that mother's heart at thus beholding the intense suffering of her little darling, as she carefully and tenderly did all in her power to relieve the pain of the little one.

Medical aid was called immediately but their efforts were without avail. She breathed her last about 12 o'clock at night.

Racine Advocate 20th


Another butcher shop is to be started in this village soon, by a resident of Pine Grove, Brown County, whose name we learn is John Bieblehouse.


A Menominee Indian lad was arrested in the town of Waukechon, last Sunday, on the charge of house breaking and attempt to commit rape on a woman 64 years old. He has been lodged in the county jail.


Mr. S. O. Auchampach, the new harness maker, has established himself in the store door south of H. Naber's, where he is now ready to do all the work in that line he is required to do. All ye who have a harness that needs repairing give him a call.


Narrow Escape from Drowning - A five year old child of Mr. John Parant, living at the head of Lake Shawano, strayed from home last Monday afternoon and got lost in the woods. Search for him was immediately made by the family, which was extended far into the night, when they at last found him in a swamp, a considerable distance from the house, up to his arms in water and endeavoring to hold himself as far out of the water as possible by the aid of a small tree which happily was near him. He was immediately taken home and properly taken care of. Had he remained there much longer he must have drowned, so entirely exhausted was he when rescued, being out during the heavy thunder storm of Monday night.



Saw Mill Burned - Robt. McLaren's steam saw-mill, at Angelica, was burned down on Monday last, at noon, while Mr. McL was in this village on business. The fire caught from the furnace while the mill hands were at dinner. Eight hundred thousand feet of sawed lumber was destroyed. Mr. McLaren's loss we understand over and above the insurance on the mill, $2,000. is not less then eight or nine thousand dollars.



Shawano County Journal

June 1, 1871


Escaped - The Indian arrested in the town of Waukechon two weeks ago, for house breaking, etc, of which we made mention in our last issue, escaped from the county jail last Friday forenoon, since  which time he has not been seen or heard of. Sheriff Robinson went up to Keshena on Tuesday, hoping that he would find him there during the Indian Payment, but he was nowhere to be found. The impression is that he is on the reservation.



Shawano County Journal

June 7, 1871


Judge Lynch at Oconto - A dispatch to Green Bay Advocate states that at a ball in Oconto on Monday evening of last week, a row occurred, in which a German butcher named Niber, drew a revolver and fired twice into a crowd, shooting a young man named Ruell in the head, and then drew a butcher knife and cut another man badly in both arms. The crowd then took Niber and were about to lynch him, when the officers interfered and took him to jail, closely guarded.

The young man Ruell who was shot died at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning. Several attempts were made by the citizens during Tuesday to lynch Niber, but did not succeed until half light in the evening, when, with a big beam, they smashed the jail door down, and took the murderer and hung him to a tree about eighty rods from the jail. Niber was a desperate character and shot a man in Green Bay about a year ago.



Shawano County Journal

June 15, 1871

Arthur E Allen, who is well known in this section of the state as an old Indian trader, and still later as a wounded Union soldier, died at the Wescott House on last Monday evening (the 12th) after a brief illness. The funeral services were held at the M.E. Church and conducted by the Rev. L. B. Bullock, who preached a very effective sermon from the words "Consider thy ways." "Yet not thus buried, or extinct, the vital spark shall lie: For o'er life's wreck that spark rise, To see it's kindred sky".

Shawano County Journal

22 June 1871

Stabbing Affray


Mr. Augustin Grignon, and old resident of this county, residing near Keshena, was stabbed last evening at his home by

Ah-qua-no-mie, the head chief of the Menominee Tribe of Indians. He was stabbed in the bowels, near the naval with a common pocket knife. and we learn from Dr. LaCount, that there is little hopes of his recovery. The chief stopped at Grignon's house yesterday on his way to Keshena, somewhat in liquor, and Mr. Grignon had made preparations for his staying all night. What the trouble was we did not learn. Sheriff Robinson arrested him this morning and confined him in jail.


Shawano County Journal

6 July 1871


Ah-qua-no-mie, the Indian Chief who stabbed Mr. Grignon, was released from confinement last Monday, on bail. Mr. Grignon remains in about the same condition, quite comfortable, but helpless.


N.B. - Since writing the above we learn that Mr. Grignon died last evening. Funeral takes place to-day.