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Shawano County Journal

24 January 1874


MARRIED. - At Weyauwega, Jan. 20th, 1874, by Rev. C.W. Buewer, Mr. CHAS. H. DURRIN, of Shawano, and Miss MARTHA A. ROBERTS, of Weyauwega.


Shawano County Journal

7 February 1874


Murder at Weyauwega--From a special dispatch to the Northwestern we learn that on Sunday. Feb 1, a quarrel arouse between Mr. A. Livermore, proprietor of one of the hotels in Weyauwega, and a traveling doctor named Betsinger, about a sleigh which had been broken in the hotel barn. In the affray Livermore was stabbed so severely that he died in a few hours. The coroner's jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from the effects of injuries received at the hands of Betsinger, and he was promptly arrested.


DIED--At Keshena, Jan. 29th, 1874, at the residence of her son, Charles Gardepie, Mrs. CATHERINE GARDEPIE, aged about 87years.

Mrs. Gardepie came to Green Bay from Mackinaw in 1812, when the now flourishing city was nothing more than a trading post. She has been a resident of Green Bay until within the past few years, when her son removed to this village.



Shawano County Journal

14 February 1874


Brown County has a murder sensation. From the Advocate we gather the facts that August Mainsart and wife and a farmer named Soquet and wife, lived in the town of Scott. In June last Mainsart died suddenly and was speedily buried and shortly after Mrs. Soquet followed in the same mysterious manner. The marriage of Soquet and Mrs. Mainsart followed, adding to the scandal and suspicion. Last fall a brother of Mainsart appears on the scene, hears the rumors, has the body exhumed and sent on to Prov. Daniels at Madison for examination. The test reveals arsenic enough in the stomach to kill eight men, eight grains being found.  Next follows the arrest of Mrs. Alvira Soquet, late Mainsart, who is committed to jail to await trial next March. The affair creates considerable sensation, as there appears but little doubt that an atrocious double murder has been committed, and in that cool and calculating way which lends to that crime its additional horror.



Shawano County Journal

21 February 1874


MARRIED, - At the residence of the bride's father, in the town of Maple Grove, on the 25th January, 1874, by Justice O. B. Stevens, Mr. Thomas Bradnock and Miss Johanna Driscol, both of the same place.


Quite a number of strangers are in town, one of whom has concluded to stay permanently, and he can be found at the residence of Orlin Andrews. He came in the stillness of the night, and so naturally that no question will ever be raised as to his right to call Orl. "papa".



Shawano County Journal

24 February 1874


The pardon of Aconamie, the Menominee chief, is under favorable consideration by the Governor.



Shawano County Journal

28 February 1874


Personal - We understand that our esteemed townsman, S.P. Olmsted, starts for the Gold State next Monday. We shall be sorry to lose him, as he is an old resident of the county, and hope that his stay will not be permanent. We however wish him success, and a pleasant journey.


Dropped Dead. - A young man, whose name we did not learn, employed in B. Overton's camp on Mill Creek, dropped dead last evening. The cause of his death, it is thought, was heart disease. The young man is reported to have lately come from Stevens Point, and spoken of as steady and upright in habits.


Burned. - The school house in Belle Plaine was totally destroyed by fire on Monday afternoon of this week, after the dismissal of the school. Although the origin of the fire is not known, the presumption is that it originated from the stove. The schoolhouse was built of logs, and being old, the loss was not considered to be much. There is talk of a new one being erected soon.



Shawano County Journal

7 March 1874


Those about making application for pensions, should have themselves examined by Dr. LaCount. He is the regularly appointed examining surgeon for pensioners in the county.


David Krake, an old resident of this county, died at his residence in the town of Hartland, on Tuesday night of this week. He had been afflicted for sometime with putrid erysipelas, which caused his death. Mr. K. was about 50 years of are.




Shawano County Journal

14 March 1874


List of letters remaining uncalled for at the post-office during moth ending March 7th, 1874:

Brown, Wash.                                      Oisser, August

Butler, Don C.                                     Patton, Benk-2                                                                                      

Chamberlain, H.                                 La Rose, A E

Curtis, D H                                           Quaid, David

Chase, Charles                                    Reibka, John

Haynes, J C-2                                      Rnssell, Eva

Handon, Daniel                                  Schultz, Luise

Hanes, Samuel                                    Smith, Wm

Haines, T I                                           Stebe, Carl

Hill, Joseph                                          Sherry, Jas-2

Kennedy, John                                    Swartz, Peter                                                                                                        

Kedeal, Wilhelm                                Strachota, Matias                                     

Lam, Jordan C                                   Schwartz, Mr

Lade, John                                           Wright, A A

McCarty, Hank                                   Wilbur, Norman

Murray, John-2                                   Willet, Phebe

Madden, Thomas                               Willkins, Stillman

McLaughlin, I                                     Weeks, Wm I

Miller, Mike                                        Voigt, F

Meating, Geo. A                                Weevers, Peter

Persons calling for any of the above letters will please say "advertised."

C. L. Wiley, P. M.


Killed. - On Wednesday evening last, word reached this city that another man had been killed in the woods north of this place, by a falling tree. Daniel Bair, aged twenty-three is the victim. Mr. Bair was employed in the logging camp of Mr. J. C. Clark, sixty-five miles north of this place, and on Tuesday the 24th ult., was accidentally killed by the butt of a leaning tree that had lodged, striking him on the head and killing him instantly. The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church, his employer and many other friends of the deceased attending the solemn rites of interment, mourning his sudden departure. Mr. Bair was a native of the State of New York, where his relatives reside. He was a young man in good habits, and was very highly esteemed.


Married, at the residence of J. Hallam, Esq., in the town of Maple Grove, Shawano Co., on the 10th day of March, 1872 by Justice O. B. Stevens, Mr. Cyrus G. Harris and Miss Lucinda Baker.




Shawano County Journal

18 April 1874


Sudden Death.- S. O. Auchampace,  a citizen of this place, died suddenly at the residence of H. H. Wescott, in Angelica, on Wednesday night, of heart disease. He had just returned from Chicago, where he had been visiting some friends, and complained considerable of a pain in his side. During the night he was heard to leave his room and shortly after to groan as if in deep distress. Mr. Wescott immediately went to his assistance and found him dead. Mr. A. served honorably through the war; was a good neighbor and a kind friend. His wife is visiting friends east, and we learn that the funeral will be postponed until her return.


An act of criminal carelessness in the handling of a gun occurred on our business street yesterday. A “tightually slight” riverman picked up an Indian’s gun standing up against Mr. Naber’s store fence, and while fooling with the lock the gun went off, sending the bullet with which it was loaded across the street into the front window of Jas. Whitty’s harness shop. The ball passed directly over the work-bench, about a foot above the heads of the workmen.



At Leopolis, Shawano Co., April 15th, by I. Jameson, Esq., Mr. JULIUS SCHWARZKOPF and Miss GETTE KRAMER, all of the town of Herman



In the town of Richmond, April 17th, after a protracted illness, Miss SARAH MAXFIELD, aged 33 years.

The funeral services will take place at the M. E. Church to-morrow, at 2 P.M. Relatives and friends of the family will gather at the residence of Mr. DAVIS MAXFIELD at 1 P.M.



Shawano County Journal

25 April 1874


INCEST. - A farmer named Brandt, of the town of Grant, was arrested on Thursday last, charged with the crime of incest. He waived examination before Police Justice Howe, and in default of bail was yesterday committed to jail. This makes the second case of this revolting nature to be tried at the next term of the Court.



In the town of Belle Plain, April 20th, by Joel Larned, Esq., Mr. A. SPENCER and  Miss ELLA ROBACK, all of said town.



Shawano County Journal

2 May 1874


Rev. O. W. Brewer, of Weyauwega, was in our city this week, called here to officiate at the funeral of Mr. H. C. Russell’s child yesterday.



In this city, April 28th, 1874, CURTIS H., infant son of Hiram C. and Mary E. Russell, aged 1 year 5 months and 3 days.

Shawano County Journal

9 May 1874

Fires are raging extensively in the woods around this neighborhood, burning up considerable timber and cord wood, making it lively for the fences of the farmers. The absence of rain for the past month has put the woods in excellent condition for fires to sweep through them, and we fear that more than the usual amount of damage will be the result this spring.

 August Schweers wedding, yesterday, at the residence of Capt. John M. Schweers, was quite largely attended, as he had given many invitations; but of course it was not to be expected that a young man who has as many friends as August could invite them all. We wish him and his fair young bride a long, prosperous and happy life.  


This week a man died who for thirty years had spent the greater portion of his hard earnings at saloons. He was a kind husband and affectionate father, and he left a widow and nine children in destitute circumstances. “This is rather hard on widows and helpless orphans.”

A. Zerwas is the champion sturgeon demolisher of the city. He has speared from two to four every day for the past three weeks.

Josf O’Brian, aged 55 years, died at the Wescott House on Monday last, of congestion of the lungs. He resided in Oshkosh, and has been on the river for the past 27 years. His wife took the remains home.

Henry H. Robinson, of Galesville, was so unfortunate as to have a girl love him to such an extent that she gave birth to a young Robinson. He was tried for seduction, sentenced to the county jail for a short term, and now he has escaped.

            Terrible Accident on the Upper Wolf

-Four men Drowned, and another has an arm broken-

About 12 o’clock Thursday night, the men in charge of what is known as the Beecher dam, on the Wolf river some thirty miles north of this city, were awakened by the roaring of the waters, and soon discovered that a big flood from the Post Lake dam was upon them. They immediately went out to hoist the gates. It was a very dangerous undertaking, as the dam at that time was trembling to its very foundation from the force of the flood. Some of the men were disposed not to venture upon the dam, fearing the consequences; but others insisted upon going, and leading the way, all went to the number of nine. They had succeeded in partially raising the gates at one of the waist-ways, when the whole bulk-head gave way, carrying the men and a large amount of timber and logs with it. Four of the men were drowned, and another one had an arm crushed; the rest very miraculously escaped with their lives. The names of the drowned men are T. Parks, (brother of John II Parks, the foreman of the drive,) Jerry Casey, of Freemont, Nicholas Nutz, of Shiocton, and Charles Ma-be-ka-wo, an Indian. The man injured was an Indian, whose name we did not learn. At this writing, but one of the bodies had been recovered, that of Casey, which was brought to the city yesterday for burial.


The fires on the west side of the Wolf river, last Saturday, not only destroyed much valuable standing timber and cord wood, but invaded the premises of the farmers and the shanties of the drivers on Red river. The shanty of Mr. W. R. McCord was destroyed, with its entire stock of provisions, the men having barely time to save a few clothes. By hard labor the farmers succeeded in keeping the fires from their fences and buildings until Sunday evening, when a lull in the wind and a smart shower put them out of immediate danger.


Shawano County Journal

16 May 1874


Married - At the residence of Capt. J. M. Schweers, in this city, May 8th, 1874, by Rev. P. H. Dicke, Mr. AUGUST SCHWEERS and Miss AUGUSTE KRUGER, both of this place, both of this place.

At the residence of Wm. M. Bridge, Esq., in this city, May 13, 1874, by Rev. Thomas Peep, Mr. AUGUSTUS D. GORHAM and Miss KATIE M. BRIDGE.

Gus. has been so long on the Journal staff that we somehow feel as though we had an increase in the family. We gladly welcome Katie onto our staff, and hope that the present happiness of the pair may never grow less, but last them to a good old age.


Shawano County Journal

23 May 1874

Farm Dwellings Burned.- Last Tuesday morning, the residence of Mr. Thomas Ainsworth, in the town of Richmond, was destroyed by fire, which caught from a stove pipe running through the roof. The family saved the most of their furniture, but the building is a total loss, there being in insurance on it.

While the fires were raging in the town of Belle Plain, May 9th, the house, barn and fences of a German farmer of that town, were entirely swept away during his absence. He was a new settler, and had but recently purchased the farm and buildings from Mr. Dettberner.

The bodies of all the men drowned in the late accident on the Upper Wolf were recovered the next day, and, with the exception of that of the Indian, which was left at Keshena, were brought to this city. The remains of young Parks were immediately forwarded to his relatives at Shioc, where he was buried on Monday last, attended to the grave by the people from miles around, forming the largest funeral procession that ever assembled in that place. Casey and Knodt were buried here on Sunday afternoon, a large procession of our citizens following their remains. Both had many friends and acquaintances in this section.

The Indians who have moved on to the timbered lands in the eastern part of their Reserve, near the Oconto river, show unmistakable signs of thrift and industry. Many of them have large clearings, considerable stock, and live in substantial log houses.

NICHOLAS KNODT, the German lately drowned at the Gardner dam; left clothing, tools, etc., at the house of O. G. Yates, Langlade, where they can be had by his relatives. He had been at work at Langlade for the past year.


Shawano County Journal

6 Jun 1874


At his residence in Hartland, this county on the 3d of March, 1874, DAVID KRAKE, in his 55th year.

Mr. Krake was one of the first settlers of this county. He came here poor, and at a time when the opening of a farm in this section was attended with every privation; but by hard work and industry he managed to support a large family and leave them in comfortable circumstances. He was a good citizen, and in him the town of Hartland has lost one one of its ablest and most energetic farmers.

At Stockbridge, in this county, on Monday night, June 1st, 1874, after a lingering illness, LIVINGSTON PETERS, in his 30th year.


            Drowning Casualties

Oshkosh, Wis.,-A special from Fremont, Waupaca county, says that two girls, one a daughter of Joseph Collier; and the other a daughter of Amos Lamore, aged 12 years, were out in a skiff this afternoon, on Wolf river, near the outlet of Patridge Lake, when the boat was capsized and both were thrown into the river. Their cries were heard by Lyman Wright a boy about 17 years of age, who promptly went to their assistance, and succeeded in saving Mr. Collier's daughter, but the other was drowned while they were in the water, calling for help. Mrs. Collier, hearing the screams of her daughter, frantically rushed to the river, waded in until she got in deep water, when she, too, was drowned. The bodies were in the water nearly an hour before being recovered.


Shawano County Journal       

13 Jun 1874

Accident - A young son of D. J. Sparks of Angelica, fell and badly fractured his arm on Saturday last. He was brought to his city for surgical treatment.

Ed Sommers, late of the Hartland steam sawmill has become the proprietor and landlord of the Shawano House in this city, formerly kept by Chris. Schmall. Ed has lately got married, and commenced housekeeping on a large scale. The house has been thoroughly renovated and improved, and the traveling public will find every accommodation required and a pleasant young couple to attend to its wants.                


Shawano County Journal

27 June 1874


In this week's paper appears a new advertisement of H. Field, calling upon the farmers to fetch in their old worn out steel plows and have them repaired as well as new. Mr. Field makes a specialty of this kind of work and warrants total satisfaction. Shovel plows kept on had and for sale cheap. Give him a call.


An OLD MAN about 74 years of age, named Philip Rector, who for some time past has led a hermit life on the Wolf river several miles from any settlement, was found in his shanty nearly dead from exposure and starvation. He was immediately cared for but died soon afterward. He said he had relatives in Fond du Lac county, but would not give their names or say anything about himself.


Married, in this city, June 23rd, by H. M. Loomer, J. P., John Ma-che-o-pa-tak and Miss Madeline I-ah-siew, both of Keshena. By the new Wisconsin law, was this Indian married to his squaw. This being the first marriage ceremony perpetrated by Squire Loomer, his friends who witnessed it escorted him to the Wescott House and Pulcifer was soon $1 ahead for cigars.


 W. B. Brainard commenced work on the first city reservoir last Tuesday, and has it nearly completed. It is located on the west side of Main street, between the Wescott House and H. Naber's store, and if successful will supply more water than could be secured by the cistern plan first proposed. At this depth of eight feet snail shells were thrown up with the sand, which would seem to substantiate the theory adduced by a portly bystander that the spot now occupied by our young city was once a lake. Wondering audibly how the lake came to be dried up another bystander told us that it was exhausted by the first Indian traders in reducing whiskey for their copper colored customers. It is lucky for us that there are people in our city willing to give information.


Police Court.-Dennis Turkey, a Stockbridge (citizen) Indian, was found on Saturday evening last by the City Marshal in a happier state of mind that Ordinance No.2 is supposed to allow to any citizen of this city. He was provided with quarters in the jail for rest and meditation until Monday morning, when he was brought before Police Justice Howe for examination. The "Turkey" testified that he had gobbled his liquor at the Shawano House, kept by Ed. Sommers, and that gentleman was summoned to show cause why he had not violated the provisions of the Ordinance aforesaid. He acknowledged that he had given Turkey some bitters, for which act of kindness the Court fined him $50 and cost of guilt. Mr. Turkey had to pay $6.50 for his fun and accommodations.


The June Term of the Circuit Court for Shawano County convened promptly in this city Tuesday forenoon, his honor Judge Ellis having traveled all night from Green Bay and arrival in this city at 3 A. M., when the majority of the jurors, no doubt, were yet fast asleep and dreaming of anything else but court work. The Judge appears in excellent health, and we hope he may long enjoy his deserved popularity as a man and a lawyer. The Court adjourned yesterday afternoon, and we are indebted to A. D. Gorham, Esq., Clerk of Court, for the following list of the cases disposed of:


Cases tried before Hon. E. H. Ellis, Judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit, at a term of Circuit Court held in and for the County of Shawano, at the City of Shawano, commencing on the 23d day of June and ending June 26, 1874:

          Anson Eldred ag't Walter Phillips. Action of trespass, for cutting pine timber.

          Verdict for the plaintiff in the sum of six cents and costs.

L. Crain ag't J. D. Dodge, et al., Judgment for the plaintiff against J. D. Dodge in a the sum of $153 65, $90.23 of which amount is a lien upon logs belonging to defendants.

F. O. Perry ag't J. D. Dodge, et al. judgment for plaintiff against J. D. Dodge in the sum of $332.12, $220.58  of which amount is a lien upon logs belonging to defendants.

          State of Wisconsin ag't Frank Richards, for incest. Prisoner plead guilty, and sentenced to State Prison for six years.

          State of Wisconsin ag't Geo. Brandt, for incest. Prisoner pleaded guilty, and sentenced to State Prison for eight years.

          Levi Hill ag't Town of Waukechon. Injunction suit. Withdrawn by agreement.

Henry Smith ag't Town of Waukechon. Injunction suit. Demurrer overruled, and leave granted to answer in thirty days.

         Geo. Robinson ag't Geo. R. Andrews. Suit revived against Louisa Andrews, executrix of Geo. R. Andrews, deceased.

          Frank Kipp ag't W. H. Murdock. Verdict for plaintiff in the sum of $59.

          Mat. Miller ag't Thomas Jennings. Verdict for plaintiff in the sum of $164.78.

          E. Ford ag't Town of Belle Plain. Case dismissed for want of jurisdiction.

                                                                                                                        A.D. Gorham, Clerk


          Taber House, Milwaukee, Wis. June 18th, 1874.

Dear Journal:- Dr. Houghman, of the Eye and Ear Infirmary in this city, removed a cataract from the right eye of Mrs. Sarah J. Pearl, of  Shawano County, yesterday. So far as we can judge, the operation was skillfully performed, although the difficulty was increased by it being what is termed a soft cataract instead of a  hard one. The patient is doing as well as can be expected for so short a time after the operation.                       Sam E. Pearl.

Shawano County Journal

25 July 1874

Married in this city, on the 13th inst., by H. M. Loomer, Esq., Michael Blizblau and Sophia Grignon, both of Keshena. The 'Squire cheated the boys and "ye local" out of the cigars this time. Can't come that again!

As we go to press we learn that a man named Wm. Bortz, at work on Mr. Klunder's new house, was very seriously hurt this forenoon. He was engaged in carrying shingles up on the roof of the building, and was on the point of going up a second time when the first bundle slipped off and struck him on the head and right shoulder, in a slanting manner. Fortunately, no bones were broken.



Shawano County Journal

15 August 1874

Death of O. D. Fowler - We regret to announce that O. D. Fowler Esq., one of the Head Men of the Brothertown People, died at his residence in this county on Tuesday the 4th inst. For some time he has been afflicted by a multiplicity of diseases and his death was not unexpected. As he played quite a prominent part in the history of this county. we hope to be able to lay before our readers a short sketch of his career in our next issue. - Chilton Times.

Sad Accident at Menasha -

From E. D. Smith. Esq., of Menasha, we learn the particulars of the sad death there of two boys, on Monday last, by being suffocated in the wheat elevator near the Depot on the Island. One of them named O'Brien, was the son of a man engaged at the Depot, and the other, whose name we did not get, was the son of the engineer in charge of the switching engine at that station. They were from 12-14 years of age. It is not ascertained how they got into the bin, and they were first discovered from the outlet being clogged, when they were found dead, having been drawn down into the passage through which the grain was being discharged.


In this city, Aug. 15th, CHARLES E. PULCIFER, aged 1 year and 18 days. Services at the House Sunday, to-morrow, at 4'clock P.M. All friends of the family are invited to attend.



Shawano County Journal

29 August 1874

Curious Mal-formation. - The wife of Joe Oscanieuw, a Menomonee Indian resident at Keshena, gave birth to a male child last week, having two naturally formed mouths, one on each check, but none where the mouth ought to be. The child was perfectly formed in other respects, but this mal-formation probably interfered with its breathing, for it died in about three hours after birth.


Shawano County Journal

12 September 1874




On Monday, Sept. 7th, BELLE, youngest son of Jerome and Harriet Buck, aged 3 years.


On Tuesday, Sept. 8th, 1874 FREDERICK, INFANT SON OF John M. and Theresa Schweers, aged 1 year 7 months and 19 days.


On Wednesday, Sept. 9th,  MAMIE, only child of P. W. and Dora Ackerman, aged 1 year.

Last Sunday, as J. M. Schweers and family were returning home from a visit to there friends in Hartland, one of the bolts holding the wagon tongue to the axle came out, letting the whiffletrees fall against the horses' heels. they at once became unmanageable and started to run, overturning the wagon, braising Mrs. Schweers' shoulder severely; and the Captain hung on to the lines, but after being dragged a short distance, and thumping his nose on a log, he concluded to let them run, which they did for about a half a mile when they were stopped by Chas. Sumnicht, who happened to be on the road at the time. No further damage was done. Several additional families of Icelanders arrived in town Tuesday and contracted for farms with the County Clerk. They appear to be a neat, good looking race of people, anxious to get homes of their own.

Chris. Hill, the genial proprietor of the "Log Cabin Hotel," 27 miles north of this city, made us a pleasant call to-day. Chris. keeps a good hotel, as all testify that have stopped with him.

Cholera Infantum has been making sad havoc in many households in this city during the past three weeks. Ten burials have taken place up to this date, and on one occasion, last Thursday, two funeral processions could be seen winding their slow lengths to the cemetery in one day. Ten deaths within three weeks in unprecedented for such a healthy place as Shawano, and we fear the end is not yet.

Pardoned - ACONEMIE OSHKOSH, Chief of the Menomonee's, who has been recently pardoned out of State Prison, passed thro' our city last Monday on his way home. Aconemie was sentenced in 1872 to three years imprisonment, for causing the death of a white man named Grignon in a drunken fight. The Indians had a celebration and feast in honor if his return.

Business Change - CHARLES DURRIN has sold his harness stock and business to HIRAM SMALL, an experienced harness maker who has long been in his employ. Mr. SMALL is a skillful workman, and anyone wanting anything in his line, from a lumber harness to a gold plated one, can be accommodated at Hr.'s shop.

Women vs. Lynx - Last Monday, on the Green Bay road this side of Capt. Powell's place, two Stockbridge women, who had been visiting friends in Maple Grove and were waiting on the road for the stage to return to Green Bay, while walking along leisurely were suddenly confronted by two full grown lynxes, who seemed determined to bar their further progress. Instead of fainting and otherwise exhibiting the usual weakness of their sex, the two plucky women proceeded to persuade the lynxes with clubs, but the varmints stood their ground and snapped derisively at the missiles. At last one of the women proposed to stay and watch the animals while the other went back to the house for assistance and a gun, which was agreed to. Pending the absence of the woman and the cessation of hostilities, one of the lynxes retreated into the woods, leaving its mate to face the coming trouble, which soon arrived in the shape of a man and gun. The lynx was killed, and the two brave women went on their way rejoicing that there was a "link" less in the animal chain which makes forest roads dangerous.


Shawano County Journal                                                                                                                                                                                           

26 September 1874

 New Town - Chas. Larzelere informs us that an effort is being made to organize a new town in his vicinity, to be called "Langlade." The settlers could then make a decent road out of the old Military Road. As is is, all the money paid for taxes are used by  Pensaukee, a distance at least 50 miles away.

Abel Tourtillette, a former citizen of this place, and now of Oconto, followed Greeley's advice sometime ago and "went West"-as far as California, we suppose. He returned recently, and the local paper says that Abe's "memory of H. G. is not purely of the Christian type." The disaffected sought to profit by this little information.

Personal -G. W. Parish, Esq., one of the pioneer settlers of Green Bay, made his first visit to our young city Tuesday. He expressed himself surprised to see such a thrifty place, considering the fact that is has no connection with the outside world only by stage roads. Mr. P. Was at Keshena making extensive purchases of fur

Wolf Killed - John Holm, of the town of Waukechon, this county, was in Town 26; Range 12 last week, "land-looking," and returned on Tuesday last. He informed us that the township is inhabited only by one man and his family, named Fairbank. On Wednesday of last week, while looking over some land in the vicinity of this man's house, Mr. Holm was attracted by the loud bellowing of a steer, as he supposed, but the forest was so thick that he was not able to ascertain the cause of the uproar. In the course of the afternoon he went to Fairbank's house, and while there the cattle came home. Mr. F. proceeded to enclose them and subsequently informed Mr. H. that a yearling heifer was missing, and expressed his fears that the wolves had killed her. Mr. Holm then told him what he had heard in the woods, and repairing to the spot they found the body of the heifer and three large wolves, which were devouring it. Holm having a rifle in hand, fired at them with the intention of killing two at a shot, but only one was killed; the others scampered off.

Mr. Fairbank said that he had been troubled for sometime past by these animals, and it was but the night previous that twelve of his sheep had been killed by them. They are quite numerous in that vicinity, and in view of the reward offered by the State for every wolf killed, we should think it would pay for some of our sportsmen to go out there and make "mince-meat of a few.                

A Correspondent, who has evidently been traveling through the western part of our county, writes us as follows about the several towns:--

Belle Plaine - Daniel Noble is one of those energetic Englishmen who believes in cultivation and improvement. He has one of the finest gardens in the county, and a profusion of flowers and vegetables can be seen. His farm consists of what is known as plains, but by good cultivation it is made very productive. His wheat, this year, was of the very best, and is sought for by all the farmers in his vicinity for seed; he has also a fine field of corn, which he estimates will yield 50 bushels to the acre. At Perry’s Mills, on the Embarrass, we see that a building is being put up by a Mr. Jones, of Hortonville, for a sash, door and blind factory. The machinery is on the ground, and will be in running order sometime this winter; this will be the first enterprise of the kind ever started in the county. At present, J. M. Perry’s saw mill is being repaired, and will not be ready for operation in some time. Alex, Peterson, the Belle Plaine postmaster, has a store connected with his farm, and is doing a lively trade. In regard to politics, the general feeling is for Reform and A. K. Porter for Sheriff.

Pella. – The Lutheran Congregation have built a neat little parsonage, and will soon have a minister for their church. A large number of new houses and barns have bee built this season, which shows that the farmers are getting rich. Old Uncle Palmer, of Embarrass, has sold his interest in the grist mill at New Pella, to a Mr. Buettner, formerly employee in Kast’s mill of our city. H. Raymond has sold a half interest in his store to A. P. Knapp, also from your city; we wish the new firms success. Mr. Raymond has a large force of men at work on the town line road, and it will be completed within a few weeks. The wheat sown in this town looks better than usual; potatoes are not very good, but the corn crop is excellent.

Seneca. – This town is attracting the attention of emigrants, who are settling up its vacant lands very fast. The south part of the town contains some very excellent land, while the northern part is not as good, and is somewhat stony.

Herman. – The village of Leopolis is going ahead, and within a few years expects to be the leading village of the Western part of the county. An addition is being built to the store of N. M. Edwards, and extensive repairs made on the saw mill and dam. These western towns, as far as I could learn, are in favor of the Reform Party.

Almon, - This is a new town organized but a year ago, and has improved very rapidly; but are deprived of roads, which they need very much. The County Board, I understand, has appropriated $500 to open the old Wausau road that runs from your city to this town, but it is not enough. If this road was opened to the Marathon county line it would be a great benefit to the settlers in T. 28, R. 11 and 12, and T. 20. R. 11 and 12. There are settlers in those towns that never have seen the city of Shawano, and probable would never have known that there was such a place if it was not for their tax receipts.

But, I have already spun this letter out to some length, and will stop; if this proves acceptable you may hear from me again. C. K.


In Shawano, Sept 21, 1874, Little LILLIE, only daughter of Geo. W. and Anna Gibs, aged 18 months and 2 days.


Well was the little one named. Her sweet, bright face spoke of a purity quite as spotless as the lily. Her meek eye and retiring ways told of a modest nature, surpassing even the flower hid in the valley. The delicate softness of its petals is but a faint emblem of her gentle and patient endurance of suffering. The strength with which it holds to its native bed but feebly reflects her clinging love for the hearts that had grown to her own. It is no marvel that she was so tenderly loved by all; and as we mourn with the sorrowing ones we cannot but sigh with them. Oh! That such a rare bud could have been spared to bloom in its sweet and blessed fullness! But----

“From the group of little faces

 She is gone:

In the old familiar places

 Sad and lone,

Father, mother, friends and brother

Sit and moan,

Yet weep not when ye tell the story

Of  the dead.

Tis a sunbeam joined the glory


For of such sweet babes is heaven

Jesus said.”

J. F. F.



Shawano County Journal

3 October 1874


John Hedge’s house, in Belle Plaine, was entirely consumed by fire last Friday. This is a sad blow to John, but with his characteristic energy he has another under way, and will be into it in a few days.



At the residence of bride’s mother, in the Village of Friendship, Allegany Co., N. Y., Sept. 23d, by Rev. J. White, DAYN E. WESCOTT, of Shawano, Wis., to Miss HATTIE E. COON.

We congratulate “Doc.” On securing a help-meet for life, and wish the happy couple a pleasant and prosperous journey through life.


Chas. L. Wiley, our good looking druggist and postmaster, who for the last year has been studying medicine with Dr. LaCount, started Monday for Chicago where he intends to take his first lesson in cutting human flesh at the Rush Medical college. Dr. LaCount accompanied him to revisit his alder motor, from whence  he graduated several years ago.



Shawano County Journal

10 October 1874


Close Call.-Dick Bonsul, at work in J. M. Schweers’ tin shop, came very near being blown up to “Kingdom come” with powder the other day. He was standing about eight feet from the stove, and held in his hand a can of powder, containing about three pounds. By some reason or other some of the powder got wet, and was caked. He took out a small piece and tossed it into the fire, which of course exploded, and with it the can-full in his hands. Dick thought at first that his last day had come, and another fellow in the shop was sure his had. No particular damage was done except blistering Dick’s hands and face badly which will lay him up for a short time.


MORAL.-Beware of throwing powder into the fire, as it will certainly “bust.”



Will furnish customers on short notice with anything or everything in the line of Fancy Candy and Fruit of every kind always on hand.

Store one door south of Mr. Klosterman.



Shawano County Journal

17 October 1874




The ticket placed in nomination by the Reform Party last Saturday, is one that commands respect, and cannot be easily beaten. All the gentlemen nominated will make efficient and trustworthy officers. Some of them have for the last two years served the people faithfully and efficiently, with credit to themselves and honor to the county.


Everybody knows and respects Albert K. Porter, who received the nomination for the important office of Sheriff. “Al.,” as he is familiarly known, came into this county many years ago, and has always been known as an honest, hard-working man; he served his country faithfully during the rebellion, and was always found with his face toward the enemy. There is no question about his ability to fulfill the duties of Sheriff as faithfully as he did his duty to his country, and be equal to any emergency.


Edward F. Sawyer, who has so acceptably filled the office of County Treasurer for the last two years, was nominated without a dissenting vote. Mr. Sawyer has handled the financial business of the county with marked success. When he took possession of the office two years ago, county orders were worth about fifty cents on the dollar, and there were judgments to the amount of several thousand dollars against the county. By his judicious management county orders are now worth their face, or nearly so, and all the judgments have been paid and the county is in better shape, financially, than it has been since its organization. There is no doubt but that he will be elected by a large majority.


For County Clerk, J. M Schweers, the present incumbent, was nominated without a dissenting vote. Mr. Schweers has discharged the duties of the office honestly and to the satisfaction of all, and if it is honest men that the people want in office, they should see that the name of John M. Schweers is on their tickets.


Mr. Dayn E. Wescott, of the town of Richmond, was nominated for Register of Deeds. “Doc.” Is the present incumbent, and during the two years he has held the office has discharged the duties faithfully, and it is due to him that he be re-elected. He is a good penman, and all his books are kept in order. He is eminently qualified to discharge the duties of Register, and will without doubt be elected.


Mr. Charles A. Raisler, one of the Aldermen of the First Ward of this city, and a rising young merchant, was nominated for Clerk of the Circuit Court, an office that he is well qualified to fill, and if elected will honestly perform the duties of the office to the satisfaction of all.


K. M. Phillips was nominated for District Attorney by acclamation, and was as good a choice as could possibly have been made. Mr. Phillips is well versed in law, has a pleasing address, and will make in the future as in the past an efficient and worthy officer.


John Melendy, the most accurate and trustworthy Surveyor we have had for years, was nominated by acclamation for County Surveyor. He has made a faithful and accurate officer in the past, and pledges himself to be the same in the future.


O. E. Harris, of this city, was chosen Coroner. Mr. Harris has been the Sheriff of the county for the last tow years, and will now be elected to arrest his successor when necessary.


Shawano County Journal

24 October 1874


Accident.- A boy living with Jos. Ganchild on the Keshena road, went duck hunting on the lake last Sunday and accidentally shot himself through the fleshy part of the arm. This should be a warning to Sabbath breakers, and especially to those who go hunting ducks.


Bitten,- Yesterday, a little girl about 12 years old, living with J. M. Schweers in this city, was badly lacerated  by a pet bear belonging to him. The girl was after a pail in which the bear was fed, when he grabbed her and bit her severely about the hands, arms and other parts of her body, before she could get away. All are flesh wounds, and she will be all right in a few days.


Ted. Burns and three others have made their escape from the county jail. Sheriff White has offered a large reward for their capture, and it is earnestly hoped that they will again soon be quartered in their late place of abode; for such characters are dangerous outside of strong cells.


Indian Fair.- The Menominee Indians, in imitation of their white brothers, held a fair at Keshena last Monday. A large number of our citizens attended, and all expressed astonishment at seeing the large amount of vegetables displayed, consisting of several varieties of potatoes, turnips, beets, carrots, radishes, squashes, corn, etc. There was quite a display of needle-work by the squaws of the tribe. The premiums awarded amounted to about $140. Mr. Maurer, of this city, delivered the address, which was interpreted to the Indians by Joseph Gauthier. Mr. Maurer gave them many valuable suggestions, which we hope they will remember. Many of the Indians, during the last two years, have settled down and gone to farming, and have good farms under cultivation.


OSHKOSH, Oct.- The notorious desperadoes, Arthur Elsie, Ten Burns, Kelly the counterfeiter, and Miller held for murder, broke jail at 3 o’clock p. m. to-day. The affair has caused intense excitement. A stone-mason, James Doyle, was working in the jail, repairing the walls, when the four men pitched on him, and taking his tools, lowered themselves into the privy vaults and dug a hole through the outer wall, and escaped. Two of them ran to the lake and started out in a small boat; the other two grabbed a horse and buggy hitched on the street and drove at full speed to the woods north of the city. They were closely followed, and cornered in a marsh near the lake shore. Bus-loads of people hastened to the scene to help capture them, but in the thick swamps they could not find them. It is feared they will yet escape in the darkness.




Shawano County Journal

31 October 1874


R. W. Lambert and family left for San Jose, Cal., this week, where hereafter they intend to reside. They were old residents of this place, and many will miss them. We wish them bon voyage.


Early days in Oshkosh and Shawano.


There are very few in this part of Wisconsin who do not know Steve Hicks, of New London, either personally or by reputation, as he is a decided character in his way. He is but 42 years old, and therefore he is hardly the man one would select from whom to obtain the facts as to the early settlement of this part of the State, but there is where the enquirer would be very likely to be mistaken. In these days when history very rapidly becomes ancient. Interviewing Steve the other day we learned from him the following facts:


The Hicks family came to Wisconsin in the Fall of 1843 and stopped at Oshkosh. The population there and within eight miles of that point at that time was about as follows:  Mr. Stanley had a tavern in the log part of a building and Amos Dodge and Jas. Osburne had a trading post in the frame part of the same house. There were also Jos. Jackson, Henry Gallup, John Gallup, Amos Gallup, old Mr. Wright, George, Philip and Wm. Wright, and two miles from there, at Ford’s Point Chester Ford and family. Within eight miles were the Brooks family, A. Dickenson, Dr. Lindley, Messrs. Luce, Aikens and Cooke, Henry Hicks and Thomas Hicks.


In the spring of 1844, Mr. and Mrs. Hicks, Steve’s parents, were employed by Samuel Farnsworth, of Green Bay, who had just built a mill at Shawano, Mr. Hicks to work in the mill, Mrs. Hicks as cook and Steve's as chore boy. They went up the river in a Durham boat, Mrs. Hicks being probably the first white women that ever ascended the Wolf. The mill and the dam at Shawano was just finished, and the day of the arrival of the Hicks family Mr. Farnsworth had started down the river to take back to Oshkosh the men he had employed and also to get provisions. They started down the river on Monday morning and on the same day the new dam went out. The only white person there were Charles Wescott, Thomas Hicks, Mrs. Hicks and Steve.


When the accident happened, Charles Wescott started on foot by an Indian trail to Green Bay, and from there by trail to Oshkosh, reaching Oshkosh the same night that Farnsworth and party did. Farnsworth returned to Shawano with his crew, and Wescott returned to Green Bay, got 15 or 20 Indians at Duck Creek, and returned to Shawano by trail. – G. B. Advocate.


Eighty-four persons stopped at the Jennings Hotel Monday night, and this is not an unusual thing either. Travelers always prefer to stop at a house where the landlord attends to his own business, and where he is not obliged to listen to a lot of sully stories about things that do not concern him at all. The Jennings Hotel is be far the most popular house in Shawano.



In this city, at M. Achten’s Hotel, by H. M. LOOMER, Esq., Oct. 31st, LEONARD ACHTEN and Miss MARIA KARDA, both of Shawano.



In this city, Oct., 30th, IDA, oldest daughter of ANTONE and IDA ZERWAS, aged 14 years.



Shawano County Journal

14 November 1874



In Belle Plain, Wis., Oct.18th, 1874 a the residence of her son-in-law. RICHARD EVANE, Mrs. MARGARET CARPENTER, of Trenton, N. Y., aged 72 years 11 months and 8 days.

(Utica and Rome papers please copy.)


Lines on the Death of Mrs. M. Carpenter,



Gently lay her down in slumber,

Fold her still hands o’er her breast,

For she now doth join the number

Where the weary are at rest.

Still her form and closed her eyelids,

Cold her brow and hushed her breath,

Mute her tongue and calm her sleeping,

Tell, oh! Tell me, is this death?

Is she dead, or only sleeping

Peaceful on the Savior's breast,

Where no sighing is nor weeping,

Dwells she now among the blest?

Yes, we trust that now to glory,

Crowned with joy and robed in white,

She doth tell the gladsome story,

And with loved ones now unite.

May we be prepared to meet thee,

Join thee on the other shore;

With what joy we then shall greet thee,

Never to be parted more.




I hereby give notice, that hereafter I shall pay no bills contracted by my wife, AURILIA PERKINS, and I warn persons not to harbor or trust her on my account.



Shawano County Journal

14 Nov 1874



A Meat Market has been started in the rear of O. Andrews’s store, where the undersigned will always keep on hand FRESH MEAT of all kinds, and hope to merit a fair share of the public patronage.

The highest cash market price will be paid for Fat Cattle, Sheep and Swine; also for Hides and Sheep Pelts.

Andrew & Frisbie

                                                         Shawano, Oct 1, 1874                           31-tf


Harness Shop


James Whitty has opened a Harness Shop on Main Street, opposite H. Naber’s store, where he keeps constantly on hand a full assortment of

Harnesses, such as PINERY, FARM and SINGLE Harness.

I take great pains in making my Pinery Harnesses.  Repairing attended to promptly and at short notice.

Having secured an experienced workman, I am now prepared to do all kinds of Upholstering, Carriage Trimming, etc.

Thankful for the liberal patronage extended to me in the past by the citizens of this county, I hope by my work to continue meriting the same.                                              JAS WHITTY

                        Shawano, Sept. 12, 1873                                                       13-8-ly




Main St., opposite McCord & Wiley’s Livery Stable



I would respectfully inform the people of this county generally that I have opened a first-class Boot and Shoe Shop in this city, and intend to manufacture nothing but first-class boots and shoes.

Best repairing done on short notice.

Give me a call.

Shawano. Oct 1, 1874                                                                       31-6m


Shawano County Journal

28 November 1874



At the residence of the bride’s father, in the Town of Seneca, Nov. 1st, by ISAAC JAMENON, Esq., Mr. EDWARD REITER, of Seneca, to Miss ANESKA, daughter of Mathiam and Anna Ticuacer.



In San Jose, Cal., November, 1874, of quick consumption, Mrs. MARY SWAIN, wife of  HENRY SWAIN and only daughter of S.P. and ALMIRA OLMSTED, aged 20 yrs.

Mrs. Swain was a resident of this place nearly her whole life, and her premature death saddens many hearts in this vicinity. She went to California on the earnest solicitation of friends, in hopes of regaining her health, and was there but a short time before that foil destroyer, Death, called her away, and she was laid away in the earth, among strangers and far from her friends and early playmates.


A. G. Rockwell and wife, of Oshkosh, have the past week been visiting their numerous friends in this city, their ancient home.


Indian Agent. – We have neglected to notice the arrival of Jos. C. Bridgman, the newly appointed Indian Agent, partly because when he first came in on a back street, took supper with an Indian woman, and then went through to Stockbridge after dark, and put up with another Stockbridge who was at that time and is yet living in adultery with a woman, thus contemptuously ignoring our hotels and business interests, - and partly because he arbitrarily and foolishly insisted upon making the payment at Green Bay and Stockbridge, Calumet county, both places being about fifty miles away from the Reservation, when common sense at least would have dictated the payment should have been on the Reservation where the Indians lived, thus depriving this section of the country of the benefits it was justly entitled to, and which it would have received by having the payment made here. This, however, is about on a par with the entire management of Indian affairs under this administration, which has cost more than under any other since the commencement of the Government; but what else or better can be expected, when the Government sends Hotel Clerks, played out preachers, and insignificant nobodies of the Chase stamp, to manage their business. We feel however, like thanking Bridgman for the good he rendered the Reform cause in this county, by taking away from home for ten days before the election two of the most active and efficient workers in the Republican party of this section, which, together and with his treatment of parties having claims against the Indians, greatly assisted the Reformers in giving Judge Cate 555 majority. If Mr. McDill, the Republican candidate for Congress, is defeated, he can thank Esq. Bridgman, W. S. Indian Agent.


Shawano County Journal

19 December 1874


On the 14th inst., at the residence of W. E. McCORD, in the city of Shawano, Wis., MARGARET WILEY, in the 71st year of her age.

She was born in Argusville, Schoharie Co., N.Y. In the year 1846 she removed to the northern part of Illinois with her husband, who died the following year. In the year 1863 she again removed to this city.

For thirty-two years she has been an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her life was one of untiring devotion to her family and her God-sweet resignation to her Master’s will.

Amidst the trials and bereavements of her widowhood, it was evident that she possessed that faith—

“That will not murmur or complain

Beneath the chastening rod,

But, in the hour of grief or pain,

Will lean upon its God.”

As she neared the last great trial, she possessed that calmness characteristic of the pure in heart and life, and with an unwavering trust in her Savior, she sweetly breathed her last.

The funeral was held at this house of her son-in-law, W. E. McCORD. A large circle of friends were present. The services were conducted by the Presbyterian and M. E. ministers. The discourse was in reference to the triumph of the Christian’s death, from Rev. 14th and 13th, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord,” &c.

And her works will follow. “The grave can claim no part, save that on which there falleth our sad tears.”


Shawano County Journal

26 December 1874


Angelica, Wis., Dec. 22d, 1874

Dear Editor:-Yesterday, the 21st day of December 1874, was a day long to be remembered by all in this community, and never to be forgotten by your correspondent. The bursting of the boilers in J. P. LAIRD & CO.’s Mill in this place, involving the loss of six valuable lives and the wounding of several other persons slightly and one very seriously, and making a complete wreck of the large mill, will mark the day in the memory of the people of this town as one of terrible disaster.

The mill was started as usual in the morning and run until within a few moments of the explosion, when it was shut down for the purpose of adjusting something about the engine. At the time of shutting down there was a high pressure of steam on, but at the moment of the terrible occurrence it is a matter of mere speculation as to the amount carried; by most men it is thought to have been among the hundreds. In consequence of the mill not running at the time, the men were scattered about in various places from their posts of duty, and the loss of life is probably much less than it would have been had the mill been running; and dreadful as it is, we can but think it might have been worse.

Today services were held over the bodies, and a Coroner’s jury summoned, who, after hearing the facts in the case; place the whole blame on the shoulders of the engineer, and the people of the place with one voice censure him, and him only.

The names of the killed are as follows:

Eugene Thompson, a young man who was a recent acquisition among us, but who bore an excellent character among those who knew him at home. He suffered terribly for a few moments after the crash, as he was not killed instantly, but he died before they could with every effort remove the debris from about him. As long as he breathed he begged for help, but there could have been none for him. His parents live in Waukau, Winnebago county, where his body was taken by his friends to-day.

George Bristol, also comparatively a young man and single, who has been in the employ of this firm, and members of the firm, for several years past, and had their confidence and esteem to the fullest degree. His people live in Fort Howard, where his remains were removed to-day.

Fred. Mering. a stranger among us, who was fireman; and has been with this man Gardner, the engineer, for three years past. He came with him a week since, and has conducted himself as became a man since he has been with us, creating an impression in his favor with all who met him. He was a German by birth, a single man, and is supposed to have an uncle living in or near Oshkosh. His remains were taken charge of by Mr. Kropp, of Laney, who was somewhat acquainted with him.

Elbert Volkman, a man hardly in middle life, and a hard-working, honest, sober German, who leaves a wife and five children in the town of Hartland, the eldest being but 9 or 10 years of age. Surely the wife deserves and should have the substantial sympathy of all in the community. His remains were taken to Hartland for burial this A. M.

James M. Bennett, who was employed as setter at the time, and has been in the employ of the Co. at this place for the past two years, was also a man in the prime of life. He had, by his uniform gentlemanly and honorable course while here, endeared himself to all, without one exception. No man stood higher by the esteem of his neighbors and friends with whom he came in contact. During his short residence here he had found many friends and not an enemy. None knew him so well as myself. He was not without faults, but his virtues were largely in excess-so much so, that we hardly saw him a fault. Honest, sober, industrious, generous to a fault, a dutiful son, a kind brother, an indulgent father and affectionate husband, he leaves a wife and one child, a bright little fellow of four years, who were as the apple of his eye. They deserve and have the sympathy of every one in their dreadful affliction. His and her friends live in Northern Pennsylvania and Southern New York, with the exception of a brother of his who lives here. His remains were temporarily deposited here.

This neighborhood has earned laurels in this frightful visitation, and it is one tho’t of consolation that such as occurrence brings us out, and has in this instance developed a show of traits of character that do a lasting honor to the whole community. We know people as we never could have known them, but for this sad, sad day.

Among the injured there is but one seriously, Ferdinand Klover, a hard-working, honest German, who has been in the employ of the Company for several months and all are ready to take hold and assist him and his family, a wife and one child. He is very badly injured and is suffering a great deal, but how badly we cannot at this time tell. He has been visited by Drs. Lamb and Brett, of Green Bay, and they are hopeful that he will live.

Among the slightly injured are Thomas Scuton, filer, William Dunn, knot sawyer, Horace Closser, knot sawyer, and John Borden, but all will be well in a few days. The Company have done and are doing every thing in their power to relieve and assist the afflicted, and meet with praise on all hands.

They intend re-building at once, and the work of removing the debris and clearing the site will commence immediately. They hope to be running in six or seven weeks, though it will be almost entirely a new mill, as there is hardly a stick left unbroken. No man who has seen it ever saw so complete a wreck of the kind, and all pronounce it a miracle that one escaped, as about twenty did. The logging operations will go on as usual, and the cut will be the same as intended, if the winter is favorable.     J.


Death of Mrs. W. Layhart.

Maple Grove, Dec. 24th, 1874

Mr. Editor: - It is with heart-felt sorrow that I am called upon to announce the unexpected death of the estimable wife of Mr. Wm. Layhart, chairman of the Board of Supervisors or this town. She died in child-bed yesterday, after giving birth to twin daughters.

Mr. Layhart has the sympathy of every one in this his great bereavement. She was a noble woman, a true wife and friend, and will be much missed in the community. She leaves two little boys besides the little girls, whom we hope will be spared to comfort the bereaved father.    O.B.B.