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Shawano County Journal

2 Jan 1875


Accidents - A man by the name of John Koeppen was seriously injured on Red river this week, by a log rolling over him.


A man by the name of Layman, employed in hauling logs on the Pigeon river was run over by a sleigh load of logs and instantly killed. 

A man named Frank Carter, a chopper also at work in the Pigeon river, had his skull fractured by a falling limb. A piece of the skull two by three inches in size was taken out of his head by Dr. Finny, of Clintonville. He can not recover.

Shawano County Journal

9 January 1875


Crushed to Death - Tuesday afternoon at a clay bank between Fourth and Fifth avenues, where Mr. James Ryan has a number of men at work an accident occurred which resulted in the instant killing of one man and, it is feared the fatal injury of another.  It seems the men were excavating under the bank in question, when suddenly and without warning a heavy body of earth caved in, burying both of the two laborers employed at that point.  One of them, a Pole, named Joseph Raczen, who lived on Grove street, was dead when removed, and the other, whose name the reporter was unable to ascertain, had both legs and an arm fractured, besides other injuries which render his recovery very doubtful indeed. Redsh leaves a wife and five children, it is said, in comparatively destitute circumstances.

     Corner Kupper was notified to the occurrence yesterday afternoon, by a News reporter, and at once proceeded to investigate the case.  A jury will be impaneled and an inquest held this morning. ---- Milwaukee News.


Shawano County Journal

16 Jan 1875


A. D. Gorham, for several years foreman and at one time part proprietor of the Journal Office, has accepted the position of foreman of the Lincoln County Advocate, the new paper about to be started by Hon. M. H. McCord at Jenny. Gus has been connected with the Journal so long, that it seems like losing one of the fixtures of the office to have him go away. He is a good printer and as clerk of the Court of this county for the past two years has proved himself of excellent business capacity. We wish him unlimited success in his new field of labor.


A few cords of wood will be taken on subscription, if brought immediately; and any person wishing to subscribe for either the Journal or Post can pay for the same in wood if desired.


Destructive Conflagration - The inhabitants of our usually quiet city were startled from their slumbers about 2 o'clock last Sunday morning, by the ringing of the Church bell and the cry of fire, to find that smoke and flames were issuing from the roof near the chimney of the building owned by C. L. Wiley and occupied by him as a drug store and post office. It is supposed that the fire caught from the chimney, and had gained such headway when discovered that it was impossible to extinguish it. The fire was first discovered by the clerk, Elisha King, who slept in the store. He with great presence of mind on being awakened by the crackling of the flames, seized a heavy desk containing the post office accounts and carried it to a place of safety, then gave the alarm, and immediately commenced clearing the post office. Within a few minutes the alarm became general, and many were ready to assist, but by this time the flames had enveloped the whole building. Nearly all the main and the effects of the post office were saved, but Wiley's stock of drugs were completely destroyed. His loss will amount to about $4,000 - no insurance.


Killed - A German named A. Ludwig, employed in Wm. John's lumber camp on Red river, was instantly killed last Saturday by a tree falling upon him, breaking his neck and crushing in his shoulders. He was a resident of Gillettown, Oconto county, where his remains were taken for burial. Accidents are very frequent this winter, and the men employed in the woods cannot be too careful.


Town of Grant - Philander Cary was seriously injured a short time ago, by the premature explosion of a charge of powder, while blasting rock in a well. His hands were so severely burned that he will be unable to do any work before next spring.


There are several cases of fever in this town. Two deaths have already resulted from it; and there are some others quite low with the fever, and three or four others are very sick yet.


Indian Tradition - Among the Seminole Indians there is a singular tradition regarding the white man's origin and superiority.  They say that when the Great Spirit made the earth, he also made three men, all of whom were of a very fair complexion; and that after making them, he led them to the margin of a small lake and bade them leap therein.  One immediately obeyed, and came out of the water purer than before he bathed; the second did not leap in until the water had become slightly muddy and when he bathed, he came up copper-colored; the third did not leap in until the water became black with mud, and came out its own color.  Then the Great Spirit laid before them three packages of bark, and bade them to choose; and out of pity for his misfortune in color, he gave the black man his first choice.  He took hold of each of the packages and having felt of them, chose the heaviest; the copper colored one then chose the second heaviest.  When the packages were opened the first was found to contain spades, hoes, and all the implements of labor; the second unwrapped hunting, fishing, and warlike apparatus; the third gave the white man pens, ink, and paper, ---- the engines of the mind ---- the mutual mental improvement ---- the social link of humanity ---- the foundation of the white mans superiority.


The sleighing is very good now, with indications of more snow.

Mr. Cary, who was injured by the powder explosion, is recovering rapidly, and will soon be at work again.

The wolves are very thick around the lumber camps this winter.  They are often seen in the roads and around the houses in the lumber woods.

Mr. Hehman's shingle mill is now running with a full crew.  The mill has a capacity for cutting about 20,000 per day.  Mr. Hehman has been identified with the interest of this town since its first settlement, being one of the early pioneers who came here about the year 1857.  He has a large farm in connection with the mill, and furnishes employment to a number of men the year round.

F. Martin.


Shawano County Journal

30 Jan 1875


Town of Grant - Mr. Cary, who was injured by the powder explosion is recovering rapidly and will soon be at work again.


Bought Half Interest In Store - C. J. Cheney of this city, has bought a half interest in Frank Guernscy's store at Clintonville, and intends moving there immediately.  We congratulate the inhabitants of that pleasant little burg in being able to secure as good a business man as Mr. Cheney is.  Clintonville appears to have many attractions for Shawanoites.  We wish them all success.

Whisky - When whisky freezes out west the people begin to get weak and shaky.  The Associated Press agents rush frantically to the telegraph office and send all over the country the horrifying intelligence that proof spirits have frozen in Nevada.  But when you come to consider that equal parts of alcohol, water, and pepper-sauce make proof whisky out there, is it any wonder that it freezes?

Government - We have in this country a little of every kind of government.  In the New England and Middle States they have a republic; at Washington they have an autocracy; in the southern States a military despotism and a reign on terror; in the Northwestern and Western States, a republic; in the Northern territories, a ---- well, the people raise the devil out there and run the thing to suit themselves; in Utah, Brigham Youngocarcy, with privileges to shoot the chief if necessary; in the region of the Union Pacific, the rule of three (card monte); in Arizona, every man for himself with a rifle, and over it all reign of King Alcohol.  A pretty state of affairs, brethren.




Shawano County Journal

6 March 1875


A Cold Blooded Murder - One of the most cold blooded murders on record says the Chippewa Herald, was perpetrated last week in the town of Anburn, Chippewa county. 

     "Two Germans were shot and one killed, by an Irishman named D. L. McLamar.  The dispute arose as to the ownership of some fence posts.  The murder took place in the woods.  McLamar going out with a shot gun loaded with buck shot, for the deliberate purpose of settling the matter.  After the murder. McLamar, fearing lynching, came here and gave himself up.  He was taken back on Thursday for trial accompanied by his attorney, N. W. Wheeler, of this city, and District Attorney Carr.  Great fears were entertained here that he would be lynched by the German populace last night, but no further particulars are known as we go to press."

Marriage Problems - The Chilton Times say that Mathias Braun, of Woodville, a gay and festive widower whose age in among the fifties, married a young girl of eighteen, some time last summer.  Hume describes the life she led and her "lord and master's" attempt to regain possession of her, after his crualty had caused her to leave him in the following poetic style:

    It appears, from the complaint of wife No. 2, which is filed, in which, she prays that the silken bonds of matrimony which binds her to Mathias be dissolved, that be long ere the leaves of the forest had begun to fall or assume those poetic hues so much admired by school girls and dreamy lovers, began to remind her, in various forcible ways, of the affection he bore her and of the duty she owed him, by repeated thumps and knocks about the head and face, and by shaking her on numerous occasion, and by calling her pet names ---- such as have no business in print even if brought out in the testimony of a scandal suit ---- and by threats of annihilation etc, all of which she quietly and meekly bore (?) until about the 4th of October last.  She then gently but firmly remonstrated with him in his course and intimated, in a mild way, that it were better for her never to have loved, than that affection should be piled on so thick.  Mr. Braun could not stand it to have his motive impugned, and told her to pick up her traps and leave if she didn't like his style --- which she did do and next found her domiciled under her father's hospitable roof, in the town of Russell, Sheboygan county.  This state of things existed until the long cold nights of January intervened and Mathias began to long for her return, and on the 31st of January we hear of him at Mrs. B's fathers', trying his luck at persuading her to go back to his lonely and desolated home, but without effect.  He then thought to drug her with a love powder, which he persuaded her mother to put into her coffee, and which only had the effect to make her sick and loathe him more.  Determined however to get possession of her in some way ---- having heard that possession was nine points in law ---- he induced four big strapping neighbors of his to steal and bring her to his loving arms.  They represented on their arrival at her father's house that they were deputized by the Sheriff of Calumet county to arrest and take her back to Woodville, but she, doubting their authority, refused to go, and they forced her out of the house and into their sleigh and drove off.  Her mother followed them to Chilton and laid the matter before District Attorney McMullen, who soon had the Sheriff after them, to rescue her which was done on the night of the 20th inst.  Mrs. Braun has commenced proceedings for divorce, and will make it mighty hot for somebody after she gets a deerco.


Angelica Items - March 4th, 1875.  There was a man named Peterson quite badly injured in Oleson's mill last week, by  being caught in the edger, crushing his arm in a frightful manner.  Dr. Bertram, of Green Bay, was called and dressed the wound.

     The wife of Elmore Lee, a new settler in the Town of Green Valley, died last week, leaving five young children without a mother.

     The death of Charles Lashay, mentioned in the last Journal, is felt to be a serious loss to this town and to his family, who have the sympathy of the entire community

     John Black, senior, has been suffering with a severe attack of inflammatory rheumatism for some time past, but under the skillful treatment of Dr. W. J. Read, of Oconomowoc, he is fast recovering.  The Doctor has considerable practice about here, and I believe he has not lost a case.


High School - We learn, as we go to press, that Assemblyman Naber's bill establishing a High School in this city has passed the Legislature.





Shawano County Journal

13 March 1875


A Big Tree - Two men, working for Beech & Conley on the Upper Wolf, by the names of Wm. Smith and Samuel Gould, recently cut a pine tree that scaled at 7,979 feet.  The butt log scaled 1,840 and the top one 730 feet.  This is the largest tree that we have heard of being cut in this vicinity,  Who can beat it?

Accident - Patrick Doyle, an ox-teamster working in H. H. Martin's camp on Red River, slipped and fell while starting with a load of logs, last week, the sleigh passing over both his legs.  Strange to say, no bones were broken, but the muscles and flesh of his legs was very badly crushed, and he will be laid up for some time.

Ticket Price - C. R. Klebesadel is agent for the Anchor Line of steamers, and will sell tickets good for one passage from Germany to Shawano for $45.25.  All who wish to send tickets to friends in the old country will do well to call on him.

Mail Contract - Henry Gamble, of this place, has been awarded the contract to carry the mail between this city and Green Bay.  Mr. Gamble is an old hand at the business, having driven the stage on this route for two years, and all who ever rode with him agree that he understands how to make passengers comfortable.

Important - In buying a homestead from a husband and wife the purchaser should examine whether the wife has not been changed since the declaration of the homestead was filed.  In the case of Johnson vs. Bush the Supreme Court has decided that when a homestead is the common property of a husband and wife, who have children, it does not become the exclusive property of the husband after the death of the wife without a will, or, if he should be married again, of him and his second wife; but part of the property is inherited by the children, and a sale without their participation does not confer a complete title.

Lots in Block 32 - C. H. Kilmer, of this city, has traded ten lots in block 32, Danks & Richmond's plat, for a hotel in Morris, Ill.  He realizes $3,000 for the block.  Who dares to say that the price of lots in this city are on the decline.


Those Five Children At A Birth - It was mentioned in the Democrat of last week that the wife of E. M. Kanouse, of Watertown, several days previous gave birth to five male infants at one time, that all were born alive except one, and that the four died shortly after birth.  They were buried in that city, and remained interred about a week.  But it was very reasonable supposed that they were too much of a prize for the body snatchers, to make it probably that they would be permitted to remain long under ground.  Accordingly, they were exhumed, and brought to this city, and have since been in the possession of the Drs. Kanouse at their office.  They presented indeed a singular appearance, and the doctor's office has been thronged to see them.  They lay side by side in a square box like coffin, dressed in white, with a blue ribbon around the waist.  All of them are perfectly formed; four are of the ordinary size, sixteen inches in length, but the one dead at birth was somewhat smaller.  Their total weight was fourteen pounds.  They are to be preserved in spirits, and will doubtless be placed in the museum of the Hahnemann Medicial College.  ---- Columbus Democrat.

Married - At the residence of the bride in this city, on Sunday, the 7th inst., by the Rev. A. F. De Camp.  Mr. Henry Peterson and Miss Helen F. West.



Shawano County Journal

20 March 1875


Shawano County - Shawano County comprises an area, including the Indian Reserve of 1,368 square miles, or 38 townships, laying mostly in the Wolf River valley.  It was formerly considered one of the best counties in the State, and lumbering was the only business carried on to any extent; and for this reason many strangers are of the opinion that our county is unfit for farming, thinking that the whole county is a vast pine forest.  In this they are mistaken.  The pine chiefly grew near the streams and there are large tracts on which a pine never grew, and even the pine is generally mixed with hard wood and the soil productive.  The timber of the county includes all varieties, such as the sugar maple, beech, oak, iron wood, elm, birch, basswood, pine, hemlock, butternut, bitternut and poplar.  The soil, with the exception of about three townships, is clay or loam, and where properly tilled produces large crops of wheat, corn, oats, barley, potatoes, hops, hay ---- and in fact every kind of grain that is indigenous to the 44th parallel of latitude.  Forty bushels of wheat, one hundred bushels of corn, and two hundred and fifty bushels of potatoes, to the acre, are not uncommon yields.  Everything raised in the county finds a ready home market, on account of the extensive lumbering operations carried on in the pineries north of us, and at prices equaling, if not exceeding, the Chicago and Milwaukee markets.  Hay generally brings from $15 to $25 per ton, oats 50 cents to $1 per bushel, wheat about 10 cents above the Milwaukee market.  There are several grist mills in the county that have a large run of custom, many of the farmers having their wheat ground and selling the flour to the lumberman.

     The population of the county, according to the census of 1870, was 3,100, it is now estimated at 7,000, showing a healthy increase.  The inhabitants are composed of all nations ---- Yankees from New England, Dutch from Pennsylvania and New York, Hoosiers from Indiana, Germans, Norwegians and Bohemians from their "fatherland," and also a few Scotch, Irish, English and French, and several Icelanders direct from the hot springs and geysers of Iceland ---- all living together in harmony, and all declare that Shawano county is a good county to live and get rich in.




Shawano County Journal

3 April 1875


City of Shawano - The city of Shawano is pleasantly situated on the west bank and at the head of steamboat navigation of the Wolf river, about 35 miles from New London and 40 miles from Green Bay.  The place is built on a level plain, but high enough above the river so that floods are never known.  The soil is mostly of a sandy nature, admitting of the construction of excellent cellars, and does not "heave" through frost, an advantage which the cities of the Fox river valley do not possess.  Light as the soil is, it is remarkably fertile, producing all kinds of garden vegetables and fruit in abundance.  The population is about 1200, cosmopolitan in character, and generally peaceful and united except on the question of liquor licenses.  It may seem preposterous to some that a place of 1200 inhabitants should be called a city, but nevertheless it is a city, made so by Legislature in 1874, and if it had not been disappointed in securing railroad communication with the great lakes, the population would now be large enough to fully entitle it to the name.  Shawano is the head quarters for the lumbermen who operate in the pineries on Wolf river and its tributaries, the most of the supplies being bought here, and probably no other place in the State of its size commands so large a retail trade.

     The following is a list of the mercantile firms and business men of the place:

     Upham & Russell carry the heaviest stock of goods, and no where in Northern Wisconsin is there a single firm that does so large a retail business.  Their sales for 1874 amounted to over $200,000.  They also have a branch established at Keshena and one at Angelica, both doing a good business.  A tin shop under the management of Jos. Jackson, and a tailor shop carried on by D. Honig, are also attached to this establishment and have a good run of custom.

     H. Naber is a heavy dealer in general merchandise.  He also has a large farm, from which and his numerous hay meadows he annually cuts a large quantity of hay, disposed of mostly to the lumberman.  In addition, he is owner of a large plat adjoining the city,  which he is ready at any time to sell to actual settlers on reasonable terms

     Raisler & Thiele are a new firm who commenced business last fall, and already command a good trade.

     Andrew & Frisbie have a small grocery store and meat market combined, in both of which they do a good business.

     L. Heilbronner started a clothing and general assortment store last summer, and commands a fair share of the trade.

     Wiley & Ackerman have a neat and well stocked grocery store, and do a large business.  An oyster restaurant is connected with the establishment.

     J. M. & A. Schweers are dealers in all kinds of hardware, and have an extensive trade, being the only firm in the city and county who make a specialty in this line.

     A. Leig and A. Zerwas each have a small grocery store.

     C. J. Wiley has the only drug store in the place.  He has a fine stock of drugs, and supplies the whole county with medicines.  He lost his whole stock by fire last winter, on which there was no insurance, but Phoenix-like he has arisen from the ashes, and is still the same smiling Charley and Postmaster.

     H. Klosterman and H. Netzel are extensive manufacturers of and dealers in all kinds of furniture.

     J. Whitty and H, Small are the harness makers for this vicinity, and enjoy a flourishing trade

     O. Brooks, H Field, F. Schweers and Wm. Samp, are the blacksmiths of the city, and each have all the work they can do, and employ several assistants.

     M. Sutton and H. Cattau shoe the people, and it keeps them busy all the time to do it too.

     Andres & Moarn and F. Schweers each have a wagon shop, and do a large business in the manufacture of heavy wagons and lumbering sleighs.

     There are five hotels in the city, all of which do a flourishing business.  Jennings Hotel probably receives the most patronage, although the Delvin House, Shawano House and Achten's Boarding House, are excellent public houses and are well patronized.

     One saw mill, owned by M. Miller, is all that the city can boast of at present, which is wholly inadequate to supply the lumber wanted.  We know of no better place to build a good custom saw mill than here, and we hope that before the end of another year we shall chronicle the event.

     J. D. Kast has as fine a grist mill as there is in the county, and grinds out a large quantity of wheat n the course of the year.

     The Bar of Shawano consists of K. M. Phillips, who is District Attorney, Jos. Maurer, D. P. Andrews and Geo. W. Latta.

     There are four churches ---- Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran and Catholic --- two school houses, a Masonic and an Odd Fellow Lodge, all of which are in a flourishing condition

     On account of the prospective Railroad in this place from Green Bay, the population and number of houses have rapidly increased within the past two years.  Building lots are worth from $25 to $100, and generally the actual settler can obtain all the time he wants in which to pay for them.


The Angelica Ghost - For the past two weeks, the saw mill at Angelica, owned by J. P. Laird & Co. has been visited nightly by a ghost(?)  All will remember that this is the mill that exploded with such fearful effect the fore part of the winter, killing six men instantly and wounding several others.

     The story as told runs as follows:

     The night watch was sitting in the mill reading when his attention was called to the dimness of the light in his lantern, and shortly after he says he heard groaning near the place where the men were killed by the explosion, then he heard something thrown against the heater in the packing room.  This has been kept up nightly ever since, and although the mill has been surrounded by men at night ad several men stationed inside, the same thing happened as before.  Last Wednesday night, as one of the watchmen went on top of the boilers to turn a stop-cock, that lets the water into the boilers, he saw a man lying on top of the arch.  He immdiatly drew a navy revolver and shot at him, and he said he is certain he hit him, but, although they searched, they could find nothing of him, but claim they found blood.

     The whole country around Angelica is terribly excited, and many believe that the mill is really haunted.

     We have taken considerable pains to learn the truth of the matter, and the above is a true version of the affair as reported by several who have visited the mill from this place.

     It is their opinion that if the present watchmen were closely watched, the ghostly manifestations would disappear and would no more be heard of.


"Uncle Tim" - "Uncle Tim" as T. E. Crane is familiarly hailed by the pinery boys, is a character.  Born at Bangor sixty years and more ago, and bred on sterile soil of Maine, inured to hardship on the "log drives" of the Kennebee, his early education was certainly limited, if not neglected.  Yet it was better than none, for it fitted him for the "rough and tumble" life which awaited him here among the pines and on the rivers of Northern Wisconsin.  Boxing the compass nearly in reaching this region nineteen years ago, his labor of love did not cease with his advent, the country must be opened to settlement, the channel for trade and commerce must be built, rivers must be cleared, dams and booms constructed, for highways on which to float out the wealth of the pineries.  To these several objects he addressed himself with his customary energy.  Railroads were built, the Beef Slough boom was conceived and executed by him, the Wolf river boom Company called for his services and constructed the Upper Wolf river improvement.  The Pickerel needed a dam and he put that in.  Today we find him high up the Wolf river in town 34.  Still on the "border" eating sleeping, living in the logging camp much of his time and enjoying it.  Those who have visited him at his elegant residence in Oshkosh and enjoyed his hospitality, express some surprise at his frontier habits.  But the fact is this love for adventure among the pines, was born in him and he cannot help it.  Elsewhere he would be unhappy much like a fish out of water.  Few men living have contributed so much as he to the development of the resources of this portion of our state.

Logger - "Dick Wellington is one of the genial fellows who know how to make money out of lumbering and can make people happy at the same time.  Always welcome. because always cheerful and courteous, he seems to live not so much for himself as for others.  One of Winneconne's solid men she may well feel a pride in him.

Business Man - John A. Williams of Pine River is in the supply business furnishing camps.  He is a leading man in Waushara County and contributed not a little to the election of his friend, Mr. Kimbal to Congress.  Mr. Kimbal the boys say has the most money, but Williams the most brains.  However this may be, they are both reputed to be energetic and successful in business.



Shawano County Journal

10 April 1875

Seriously Ill - We are sorry to learn that ex-Sheriff O. E. Harris is lying seriously ill, but we hope not dangerously so.

Dangerously Ill - Mr. Keeler, of Keshena, is lying dangerously ill at the Wescott House.

Town of Lessor - The town meeting in the town of Lessor, passed of very quietly.  There was 87 votes cast.  At our first town meeting in April, 1871, only 14 votes were polled, and at a subsequent meeting only 11.  The Chairman elect, Mr. G. B. Cole, is a man whose personal appearance and age seems to indicate a through acquaintance with town affairs; he received every vote cast.

     For side supervisors there were several candidates in the field, J. Peterson and G. Johnson, both good men were elected.

     Geo. Frazer and S. E. Pearl received every vote, except their own, for the office of Town Clerk and Treasurer.

     G. B. Cole and S. E. Pearl were also elected Justices of the Peace.

     In consideration of the heavy local and county taxes heretofore levied, and which have become almost unbearable and as the latter is likely to continue so, there was only $350 voted for all town purpose.

     Some dissatisfaction in regard to our relation to the county was expressed and we think not without reason.

     There were no votes cast for the Justice of the Supreme Court because we did not have tickets sent us.

     The snow is disappearing very fast, leaving plenty of water in the streams and low lands

     Many of the settlers are engaged in making maple sugar, and as the season has but just commenced no estimate can be made as to the amount that will be made.


Elected - A. D. Gorham, formerly of this place, was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lincoln county last Tuesday without opposition.  A merrited compliment, to a worthy young man.

City Election - The city election passed off very quietly, last Tuesday.  C, M. Upham was elected Mayor, C. H. Durrin City Clerk, and H. E. Howe Treasurer,  In the first ward John Evans, Herman Krause and Fred. Schweers, were elected Aldermen; and in the second ward. Andrews, J. D. Kast and Geo. Farnsworth, were elected for the same office.  H. Naber and D. P. Andrews were elected Supervisors; A. Zerwas and H. H. Martin were elected Assessors.  All are good men; and we have no doubt but the affairs of the city will be conducted in an honest and business like manner.


A Brave Boy - A young son of J. D. Kast's fell into the mill pond the other day, and would have drowned, had it not been for the presence of mind of another son, aged 10 years, who was at the barn, some distance off, when he saw his little brother fall into the mill race.  Instead of becoming excited, he immediately ran to the rescue and succeeded in pulling his brother out of the water before anyone else could reach him.

Married - At the residence of the bride's father, in the town of Pella, April 2d, 1875, by Rev. John Diehl, Theodor Buettner and Emilie Netzel.

     In the town of Richmond, on the 5th of April, 1875, by Justice Ed. Schoenfeld, Mr. Richard Myer and Miss Louise M'Court.

     In the town of Richmond, April 10th, 1875, by Justice Ed. Schoenfeld, Mr. Joseph Powbry and Miss Theresa Ketz, of Keshena.




Shawano County Journal

24 April 1875

Painter Hurt - Mr. F. Klunder, painter of this city, went to Oshkosh to work a few weeks since, met with an accident while at work at the Tremont House, last week, which will disable him for a time.  The ladder upon which he was standing slipped and threw him to the floor, dislocating his ankle and breaking one of the bones of his right leg.. At last account he was doing well, and will start on his contemplated trip to Germany, to bring over his little daughter, as soon as he can travel with comfort.

Green Beans - We were handed by our old friend Pete Schweers, on Wednesday last, a mess of string beans, picked on that day from the vines in the garden of Charles Singer, Town of Hartland.  One of the pods was five inches long.  California ain't much ahead of Shawano County after all, and we don't want to go there as bad as we did.

Baby Born - This time it is Charley Raisler, and the genial smile with which he passed around the box of cigars showed plainly that the boy was duly appreciated.  Good luck to him, Charley, and to all concerned.

House Destroyed By Fire - Wm. Hehman's house in the town of Pella, was entirely destroyed by fire last Thursday during his absence from home.  All his household effects were destroyed together with about one hundred bushels of wheat.  We did not learn the amount of his loss.

Married - In this city, on the 22nd inst., by Henry Howe, Esq., Mr. William Ewald and Mrs. Johanna Ewald, both of Pella.

Personal - Phil. Besnah, of Oshkosh, was around this week.  He called on us, and remarked that he was making arrangements to fit up his building on Green Bay Street as a wholesale grocery store.  Phil means business, and he will be a literal and straight forward addition to our list of merchants

Personal - Prof. Graham was appointed to conduct the Teacher's Institute at this place, but for reasons best know to himself he failed to put in an appearance.  He has disappointed the teachers of this county several times before, and they have come to the conclusion that he does not want to come here, which conclusion we think is about right.  Our educational interests will survive, however, under the management of our worthy Co. Superintendent and Mr. Hamilton and Miss C. A. Magee.

Killing a mouse - A Keonk lady, while engaged in the pursuit of her domestic duties, encountered a mouse in the flour barrel.  Now, most ladies under similar circumstances would have uttered a few feminine shrieks, and then sought safety in the garret.  But this one possessed more than the ordinary degree of feminine courage.  She summoned the hired man and told him to get the shot-gun, call the bull-dog, and station himself at a convenient distance.  Then she climbed half way up stairs, and commenced to punch the flour barrel vigorously with a pole.  Presently the mouse made its appearance, and started across the floor.  The dog at once went in pursuit.  The man fired, and the dog dropped dead.  The lady fainted and fell down the stairs, and the hired man, thinking that she was killed, and fearing that he would be arrested for murder, disappeared and has not been seen since.  The mouse escaped.


Shawano County Journal

15 May 1875

Almost Drowned - Last Monday afternoon, two of J. D. Kast's children ----- a girl aged 13 named Pasens, and a boy aged 10 named Jacob ---- while paddling a canoe on the mill pond, were upset and came very near drowning before assistance could reach them.  The boy fortunately had a chance to cling to the canoe, but the girl was thrown out of the reach and was soon helplessly struggling with death.  Their cries attracted the attention of Geo. Heyatt, a young man of Parfreyville, who was plowing Mr. Kast's field near by, and he gave the alarm and ran to the assistance of the children.  He plunged into the water and succeeded in seizing the drowning girl and started for the shore, but found his strength unequal to the task, and had to let her go to save himself, she sinking where he left her.  In the meantime Mr. Kast had reached the spot, and being unable to swim, his feeling can be imagined when he saw his little daughter sink for the last time., and he powerless to save her.  But help was coming with rapid strides, and it arrived just in time.  S. P. Wescott (son of Hiram Wescott, of this city,) had just reached the northern end of the pond bridge on his way to town, when he heard the despairing cries of the father, and immediately put himself on his best time for the scene of trouble.  He had to run about a quarter of a mile, but on arriving he lost no time in divesting himself of coat and boots and swam for the children.  First sending the boy ashore, he next pulled the inanimate form of the girl from where she lay at the bottom of the pond, and soon placed her in the arms of her sorrowing parents.  She was to all appearance past recovery, having been under water full five minutes, but by prompt and energetic treatment he was slowly brought to life. and the heavy sorrow of the family and friends was changed to smiles and congratulations for the hero of the occasion.  The girl came out all right in the morning, having put a faint idea of how near she had been to "the other shore."

Personal - Judge H. Klosterman has been laid up for the past three weeks with his diseased leg, which has kept him crippled for a number of years.  We hope to see him up and in his usual place of business before long.

Personal - A. D. Gorham, of the Lincoln Co. Advocate, was in town the past week, making arrangements to move his family to Jenny, his adopted place of residence.  We shall see less of Gus. and Kate in the future, but their many friends and relatives here will think the more of them, and fall back on the consoling fact that they are not the first young couple to have left the large cities to populate and thrive in the Far West.  Success attend them.

Married - At the residence of the bride's father, in the city of Chicago, May 11th, by Rev. C. E. Sumner, Darwin P. Andrews, Esq. of this city and Miss A. Maria Payzant, of Chicago.

At the residence of the officiating officer, A. M. Andrews, Esq. in this city, May 10th, Mr. Jessie Brooks and Miss Mary Winans, both of this city.

At the residence of the bride's sister, Mrs. H. A. Small, in this city, May 13th, by the Pastor of the M. E. Church, Mr. Albert N. Fosdick, of the town of Shawano, and Miss Susie C. Fish, of Genev, WI.

Friend "Ab.," as he is familiarly called, is a flourishing farmer and a rising young man, and is deserving of just the kind of wife he got ---- bright, good looking and industrious.  May their success in life be unbounded and as sweet as the wedding cake left with us.


List of Letters- Remaining uncalled for at the Shawano Post Office, May 1st, 1875.

Brown, Philo W.                         Lakey, Frank

Bushel, Hy                                    Mussaeus, H.

Baxter, Leslie                              McGinnis, C.

Blossam, O. P.                             Powderlep, James

Bollinger, John                          Rollins, William

Drawger, John                            Robbins, Eber

Fitzgerald, Peter                      Wilbert, Mrs. Sarah

Gannon, Dr. S. H.                      Wilcox, W. H.

Gadeliz, Charley                       Wakefield, Mrs. O.

Hargraves, Matt.                       Wakefield, Mrs. O. J.

Klitz, Gottliet                             C. L. Wiley, PM

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

A Card - Shawano, May 11th, 1875.  Feeling that myself and family are indebted to the citizens of Shawano for their kindness and services in aiding us in the hour of trouble, we desire to return to them our sincere thanks, and hope that none of them may be called upon to pass through the sorrow and anguish that filled our hearts, on yesterday, when our little ones were taken from the water in a life-less condition, but afterward restored to life and health by your kind attention.

We desire particularly to return our thanks to S. P. Wescott, who so blindly and promptly came to our assistance, and by plunging into the water brought back to our arms the dear child, who, to all appearances lay dead in the water.  May the blessings of a grateful and thankful family follow him through life, and may the Good Father above award him the choicest gifts of His love. 

A Little Girl - A little girl, nine years old, has gone all the way from Farmington, Minn., to Searsport, Maine, her only credentials being a letter from a Masonic Lodge, stating that her father, when living, was a member, and that she was an orphan.  On reaching her destination she was asked how she got along and her reply was as eloquent and touching tribute to human nature.

"Everybody I met were Masons," she said; and from one end of her long and tiresome journey to the other, she found no one who was not Mason enough to provide for and help the fatherless and motherless child upon her way.


Married - Our readers will notice in our marriage list that D. P. Andrews has deserted his numerous bachelor friends and joined the noble order of Benedicts.  He was married in Chicago, last Tuesday, to Miss A. Maria Payzant.  The happy pair immediately started on an extended bridal tour to Washington, New York City, and other parts of the eastern states, after which they will return to Shawano.  We wish D. P. and his bride a happy voyage through the journey of life.




Shawano County Journal

22 May 1875

Birth - A. D. Gorham, foreman of the Lincoln County Advocate, left for Jenny Wednesday morning.  When he left he was simply an ordinary married man, but at some place on the route, on the same day, he became a "family" man, and if he didn't treat somebody to the cigars etc. he is to blame.  It's a boy, may be added to the census of Jenny  for school purposes. 

Town of Pella - The Town of Pella comprises one township of land, (T. 26, R. 14,) and is situated in the southern middle portion of this county, the principal settlement being about fifteen miles from this city.  the inhabitants are almost all Germans, who have unaided except by their own hands, cleared large farms, and are now among the most substantial citizens of the county.

The land is this town in good, but somewhat stony.  The crops are always abundant, and consist of winter and summer wheat, corn, oats, barley and hay.  The timber consists principally of hardwood, such as maple, (a large portion of which is (bird's eye") oak, rock elm, beech and bitternut; there are also large tracts of hemlock, basswood and cedar, enough to supply the wants of the town for years.  The price of wild land is from $1.25  to $5.00 per acre.  There is also considerable land in the town owned by the county, which can be purchased cheap and on time.

At Raymondville there is a good grist mill owned by Raymond & Buettner, and a store owned by Guernsey, Cheeny & Knapp, which is under the charge of A. P. Knapp and does a good trade.  There is also a saloon, and we believe a blacksmith shop.

Among the live men of the town is Wm. Wolf, who is serving his fourth term as chairman of the town board; Julius Schilling, the town clerk; H. Raymond, an enterprising business man; John Mansee, who is postmaster and keeps a store about the centre of the town, and also has a fine farm.

The great want of this town, as well as the other towns of the county, is a railroad.  A large amount of the finest hardwood timber, such as oak, rock elm, bird's eye maple, etc. is out every year in clearing up farms and burned to get it out of the way, which would bring a good price if there was a railroad to get it to market.  The surplus wheat raised has to be hauled many miles to market, but, thanks to the large amount of lumbering still carried on in the vicinity, it can mostly be marketed at home, but a railroad will soon become a necessity, for the large amount of produce raised will have to find another market.

This is a good town to settle in, and any one desiring information will receive prompt attention by addressing a letter to WM. Wolf, Pella, Wis.

Personals - S. P. Wescott left for the thriving village of Jenny, Lincoln county, last Monday.  He intends to hang out in that virgin county this summer, and perhaps permanently.

 We are glad to see under-sheriff O. E. Harris about the streets again.  Although yet feeble, he is rapidly recovering from his late severe illness.

The genial face of Fred. Ward, of the Larrabee House, Clintonville, beamed in upon us the other day.  Fred. knows how to tell a great story as well as to keep one of the best hotel in the county.

Judge Klosterman has so far recovered as to be able to be around by the aid of crutches.

Eoren Peterson, of the town of Hartland made us a pleasant call on Thursday.  He reports that the wheat crops promises well in his town.




Shawano County Journal

26 June 1875


Woman Burned To Death - A maiden lady, by the name of Elizabeth Pratt, was fatally burned by her clothes catching fire in Oshkosh, one day this week.  Her hair and clothes were entirely burned off and her body was perfectly raw.  Two other ladies, by the name of Mrs. Smart and Mrs. King, were severely burned in trying to extinguish the flames.  Mrs. Pratt suffered the most intense agony before her death, and begged her friends to put an end to her misery.


Murder and Suicide - Marinette, Wis., June 21, --- Last night, while John Hagard, daughter and son were returning home from the fisheries, they were stopped by one Nelson Burr, a Swede, who asked permission to ride.  Burr being heavily under the influence of liquor, the father and son were obliged to assist him into the wagon.  Burr has for some time past been paying attention to Miss Hagard, and has been several times refused, on which occasions he has made dire threats against Miss Hagard and against himself.  On the present occasion, after becoming seated, he drew a revolver, cocked it, and pointed it at the girl, who pushed the pistol to one side, whereupon it was discharged, the ball taking effect in Mr. Hagard's left side, near the arm-pit, and ranging upward.  Burr immediately cocked the pistol a second time, but before it could be used, the old man, wounded as he was, took the revolver from him, and dealt him a blow which knocked him from the wagon.  Burr now asked "Are you shot, Mr. Hagard?"  On being answered "Yes," he asked Hagard to shoot him.  We are informed that the son wished to perform the act, but was restrained by the old gentleman.

Burr was left standing in the road and the wagon drove off as rapidly as possible to the residence of Mr. Hagard, where he was made as comfortable as possible.  The wagon was immediately dispatched for some absent members of Hagard's family, but the horses gave out near the house of a farmer named Cavanaugh, who offered to go with his team the balance of the distance, which offer was accepted.  While passing the pile driver now at work at Peshtigo harbor, Mr. Cavanaugh saw a man up among the rigging and thought it queer.  He reported the fact as soon as possible Drs. Phillips and Lang, who were then probing for the bullet in Hagard's body.  Those gentleman repaired as quickly as possible to the pile driver and found Burr hanging by the neck, dead.  Constable John J. McGillis was promptly on the premises and notified the coroner without delay. 

We are informed by Dr. Lang, although the wound is very serious, Hagard will probably recover. --- Evening Wisconsin.


Party - The party at the residence of W. H. Murdock, the other evening, was an enjoyable one, and every one present appeared to be happy.  The music furnished by Messrs. Perkins and Lonagan was excellent, as was also the several songs by Perkins and O. Andrews.


Plaining Mill - Attention is called to the advertisement of Daniel Jones, Sash Door and Blind Factory, at Perry's saw mill. on the Embarrass River.  This is the only mill of the kind in the county, and should receive the patronage of the people. Mr. Jones s an experienced workman, and all work will be of the best kind.  He also has a turning lathe, and will do all kind of wood turning to order.




Shawano County Journal

17 July 1875

Married - At the residence of the officiating Justice, in the Town of Richmond, by Edward Schoenfeld, Esq., Mr. She-She-Quan to Miss Kah-Y-Ash-Bash. both of Keshena.  No Cards.



Shawano County Journal

24 July 1875


A day in Shawano - The Fourth ---- Festivities ---- Farming

We find the following in the Green Bay Advocate, which we think is from the pen of Hon. M. P. Lindsley:

If you wish to see the beauty and chivalry of Shawano, attend a church Festival or Martha Washington Reception, as we did.  "Fine feathers make fine birds," is an old saw, sadly too true. ---- No, not sadly, for there is nothing sad about it, unless the moral aspect makes it so.  And, for one, we take no such somber view of that just pride which prompts us to wear as clean clothes and as tastily and costly ones as our judgment and purse will permit.  Be that as it may, however, this much may conscientiously be said of Shawano society, that its fine appearance on gala days is not all attributable to good clothes.  the true lady or gentleman can be distinguished with or without them, and so your reporter was not alone dazzled by the array of "purple and fine linen," But by the manifest courtesy and true gentility of the people.

Not having had the honor of an acquaintance with Mr. or Mrs. Geo. Washington, I was of course pleased to be presented to them, whom I found to be very agreeable and entertaining, in the personages of Mr. Jackson and Miss Milligan.  General Jackson had also been spirited away from his long and peaceful rest, for a quiet reunion with his old companions, on the banks of the Wolf river.  The old fellow seemed a good deal rejuvenated and entered with the zest of youth into the mimic days of 1812.  John Jay and lady had also taken a summer tour north, as if on purpose to be present at this reception, and Alexander Hamilton came up, no doubt expressly to reconnoiter the country and spy out some feasible place for a canal from the waters of the Ocean to the Wolf river, for the convenience of the Wolf river lumbermen.  There were several other distinguished guests present, whose names I do not now recall.  But altogether it was an enjoyable evening and profitable withal to the church society.  Sunday morning the 4th, the good pastor, cheered no doubt by the Saturday evenings results, rehearsed some of the stirring incidents of the Revolution and gave the American bird a prominent place among the civilizers of the century, not forgetting, but emphasizing the fact that God was all over and in all.

On Monday, the 5th, came the formal celebration and with it a host of goodly people to see, hear and commemorate.  The Declaration was read, an oration pronounced, sweet music discoursed, friendly greetings exchanged and the hearts of all seemingly made happy by the day and its festivities.

At Raymond's Mill, a magnified pepper box, twelve miles southwest of Shawano, on a branch of the Embarrass river, was another celebration.  Here, apparently in the woods, came together as by magic, a hundred or more of the settlers of nearly every nationality and joined their voices and their hearts in praise of the American Eagle.  Raymond is of Yankee stock ---- full of energy.  He set his stakes here for a Grist mill only about four years ago, yet with pioneer persistence, and American pluck, he built a dam, erected a mill, created a dwelling house and store, swept back the dense, black thick forest and has marlo,  as the boys say, a handsome fortune already from custom work.  His mill is a god send, a real blessing to the settlers about, and a hearty good will reaches out to him from all their log cabins.  Raymond had put his house in order and made suitable preparations for the day.  In the thickness of the forest, where no ray of sunshine could penetrate, a delightful cool, shady grove, he had laid a substantial dancing floor, and extemporized a cannon out of an old anvil, built an arbor of deep shade around his store and house with forest bows, and generally ornamented with nature's richest foliage his whole grounds.  Talk about celebrations, about enjoyment, about real heart lifting to the pilgrim fathers and their God, in town and cities and it is sheer mockery compared with the genuineness and the heartiness of this forest home celebration here in the woods.

Still another celebration was held at Keshena by the Indians and some of their pale-faced brothers.  It is said to be a grand affair.

Shawano county winter wheat is noticeable excellent, many fields bid fair to yield thirty-five bushels to the acre. ---- Spring wheat is sown here.  Many fine lots of rye attract attention, especially west of Shawano.  The clover fields too, now in full blossom, tickle the nose with fragrance and please wonderfully the eye of the farmer.  In a country of cereals, this fertilizer and choice food is most indispensable.

Not hundred years hence, the Wolf river valley, far up under the state line will have been subdued and settled, and counted one of the richest portions of the State in agriculture.  And, touching the matter of manufactories, there is water power enough, between Shawano and Strauss' place, a distance of fifty miles, to grind all the wheat in the northwest.

Great possibilities lie hid under this belt of hardwood and famous pine forest.


The Militia Company - Pursuant to a call, signed by 70 of our citizens, for the organization of a Militia company, Judge Klosterman appointed M. H. Moarn to organize the same.  A large number of those interested, met in the Court House last Wednesday, and under the direction of Mr. Moarn the company was organized, and the following officers elected by ballot, according to law.

Captain, J.M. Schweers

First Lieut., M.H. Moarn

Second Lieut., A.K. Porter


P.W. Ackermann

Wm. Wagner

Wm. Wolf

Henry Luecke

August Koepen


J.H. Loan

D. Gorham

Fred. Schweers

D. Noble

Otto Scherk

Wm. Samp

A.N. Fosdick

Fritz Krueger

Drummer, D. Sullivan

Fifer, John Thim

Wagoner, J. L. Lonagon

The prospects are that in a short time we can boast of as fine a company of Militia as any town in the state.  The most of the officers are old soldiers, and will take pride in an organization of the kind.  There is still a chance for a few more to join if they wish to, by making application to any of the officers.  Due notice will be given, when the company is to meet again.


Shawano - Its Location- Scenery.  A thriving little city is Shawano, situated on the banks of the Wolf river, and surrounded by a tract of country particularly adapted to agriculture.  This young city looks forward to a bright future.  Your correspondent dropped down here this week and decided to give you a few notes relative to the place.

Shawano is a city with about 1,000 inhabitants, having its Mayor, Aldermen, and other necessary legislature and executive officers.  The hopes of the inhabitants a short time ago were however far more sanguine, as to its prosperity, than at the present time.  The projected Railroad was looked to as an important item towards future success, and no doubt had the project been carried out the city would today be double in population.  While here I called upon the Journal office and found the Editor in a cozy little sanctum.  After the usual necessary formalities ---- how are you? ---- how is business in Oconto? ---- how is business with you? ---- etc. etc.  I learned the following facts.

The county is peopled chiefly by Germans, Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, Bohemians, Icelanders, and settlers hailing from the State of Maine.

Daily new farms are being cleared, and in a few years there will be enterprising and wealthy farmers for 40 miles North, South, East, and West of the place.  The Icelanders are numerous, and it is supposed that the inhabitants of that frigid region will cn masse to the inviting lands of North Western Wisconsin and choose sites for future homes.

The late frequent volcanoes with their destroying crater, and clouds of suffocating ashes compel the natives to seek more propitious havens; more desirable locations.  Your correspondent had the honor of meeting the Hon. Herman Naber, who represented the Assembly district of Shawano, in our State legislature.  His is the handsomest residence in the place.  Surrounded with gardens of unique taste; perfumed with flowerets of the richest odor; shaded with stately oaks, sheltering maple, and tastefully trimmed evergreens, the grounds present an appearance seldom equaled in localities of maturer years.  Add to this the hospitable entertainment of the estimable lady proprietress and her marked amiability, scarcely can one find an opportunity of passing a few short hours in a more agreeable and interesting manner.



Shawano County Journal

26 Jul 1873


Visit - W. H. Murdock, agent for the Remington Empire Sewing Machine, was in town yesterday.  The Remington is receiving popular attention by the people, judging by the large number already sold.

New dwelling - Charley Durrin has up and enclosed a large dwelling house on Sawyer Street.  Its exterior appearance is something like H. M. Martin's house, and will be one of he best looking structures in the place. 

Change In Proprietorship - This  week we have to record a change in proprietorship of the new meat market.  The new firm, Casey & Lambert, are deserving young men, and will do all the can to merit the patronage of the citizens of Shawano and vicinity.  Read their advertisement in this issue. 

Errata - In our mention last week of the change of proprietorship of the Shioc Stage, we omitted the name of Thos. Prickett, one of the purchasers.  Now we don't make a point to slight anybody, much less such a big fellow as Tom.  But he's got the best of natures, and tries to please, and we wish him success.



Shawano County Journal

31 Jul 1875

A Stockbridge Scandal. ---- The Chilton Times says that the village of Stockbridge, in that county has been trying to ape Brooklyn.  It seems that a civilized Stockbridge brave named Job Boman, alias Chicks, was arrested on complaint of another Stockbridge, by the name of Jacob Moor, for violating the Seventh commandment with his (Moor's) wife.  The case was tried before Justice Green, and resulted in the acquittal of the accused.  The husband of the defendant is 51 years old and is a well built and powerful looking man of whom any Indian princess might feel proud were it not for his partiality for the flowing bowl.  The partner of his past joys and present sorrows is aged 43, and in her girlhood days was recognized as one of the belles of the Stockbridge people and an Indian Princess by birth  being a daughter of a Quinney Chief.  She is possessed of a fair education the principle portion of which was received at Menasha where rumor says that she had a devoted admirer in the person of a clergyman named Clinton.  The accused on the male side is a powerful well built young man over whose head thirty summers have passed.  He has an open ingenious and intelligent countenance such as would win the affections of a dusky belle or place him in the front rank, if he was a warrior of the plains, or make him an elder in a Plymouth congregation.  The complainant swore that his wife left with Chicks last fall and went to the Stockbridge reservation near Shawano, and lived with him all winter; and that previous to this Chicks had knocked him down and had been too intimate with his wife; but on cross examination Moor got off a lot of balderdash, and contradicted himself upon so many points that it left no doubt in the minds of the Court, the Bar and the audience but that the plaintiff was as big a fool as Theodore Tilton while Martha managed her vineyard with more discretion then Elizabeth or Bessie did, and that Job displayed more patience in the matter than his time honored namesake did in his case, and it was also shown that he can cover up tracks better than Henry Ward Beecher or Sam Weller.

Brevities - The body of a young man was found two miles out of Appleton on Thursday.  He had been dead about two months, and had on nothing except a pair of pants and one boot.  There was no evidence of foul play.  He has light hair, and was not over 35 years old.

During the violent storm a week ago Thursday night, a small yacht containing three young men named Wilkinson, Stowe, and Johnson, was capsized on Lake Winnebago.  The accident happened at 8:30 in the evening, and the shipwrecked men clung to the bottom of the boat until noon Friday, before they were taken off, making nearly fifteen hours of exposure to the elements.  The men were so exhausted that they became unconscious before the rescuing boat reached the shore.

Simon Randall accidentally shot himself with a rifle at Falls Creek, near Eau Clare, on Tuesday.  The ball entered just above the knee, ranging upwards, and came out through the hip, shattering the bone the entire distance.  Mr. Randall barely lived through the operation, but at present is doing as well as could be expected. 

A well digger named Curler was buried in a well at Waupaca, last Saturday, but was rescued without injury.

A military company styled the Governor's Guard has been organized in Madison with the following officers: Captain, August Bartsch; First Lieutenant, John Stoeck; Second Lieutenant, Philip Hienkel.

The chinch bug is making such depredations upon wheat in the vicinity of Whitewater as to threaten its entire destruction.

Personals - Dr. Tites Homeopathic Physician, has decided to locate in this city, and can be found at the Wescott House. 

M. H. McCord gave a private farewell party in his Hall last Friday night.  A large number of his friends and acquaintances assembled, and a very pleasant evening was spent in conversation, and tripping the "light fantastic toe".  He with his family left Monday for Jenny, their future home.

K.M. Phillips has returned from his visit, to Calumet county, looking refreshed and hearty.  We find the following "Personal," in regard to him , in the Chilton "Times" ---- The numerous friends of K.M. Phillips, Esq., Attorney Generalof Shawano County, was pleased to meet and greet him here this week, and yet we regret to state that our marriageable ladies failed to throw at him the usual glances of admiration as the story of his engagement to a belle of brown county had got bruited around.  Financially friend Phillips is doing well in the home of his adoption and we believe the day is not far distant when he will be recognized as one of the shining lights of the Wisconsin Bar.

The Oconto Reporter says ---- The Oconto and Shawano Counties Agricultural Association will hold their Third Annual Fair at the Oconto Driving Park, on the 14th, 15th and 16th of September next.


Shawano County Journal

7 August 1875


A Dog Takes A Brood Of Chickens In Charge - Mr. Ed Walsh, a well known farmer residing about one mile south of this village, had a hen and a nice clutch of chickens this spring.  One day the hen drooped and died, the little chicks became orphans and were a pitiable sight to behold clustered around the dead mother.  The dog in question, a black shag, seemed to take quite an interest in the little things, kept an eye on their operative movements, and when night came gathered them together from weeds and underbrush until he had the entire clutch collected in a corner of the fence.  He than laid down outside them, and if any tried to escape from the guardianship of their singular protector, he took them gently and tenderly in his mouth and replaced them, sometimes using his feet and caudal appendage to keep them together.  In the morning he liberated them, repeated the same thing every evening until they became quite accustomed to his guardianship, and would nestle securely between his legs and on his back; and this strange scene was repeated night after night for several days.  At length Mr. Walsh was obliged on account of garden seeds, to house his hens and chickens, and the dog for several days seemed inconsolable, howling and whining around the barn door.  But at length he forgot the entire occurrence and so did the chicks.  Who can beat that  for a dog story. ---- Ozaukee Advertiser.


Stacy House - Geo. Bemberton the "pump man" who has traveled through this section for the past two years, has leased the Stacy House at Embarrass, of F. C. Webster and will hereafter keep the house.


Bridge - The bridge across the pond is being thoroughly repaired under the direction of Alderman J. D. Kast and John Evans.  Cribs filled with stones are being sunk in place of the piles, and when completed it will be a good substantial structure and a credit to the city.


Man Drowned - William Allison, one of the oldest residents on Wolf River, was drowned on Monday morning.  He was in a canoe on the river, near Snyder's and in some manner the boat tipped over, throwing him into the water.  Being quite a large man, and very corpulent, he floated like a cork down the river.  Some parties on the shore heard his cries for help, and ran to the rescue, and succeeded in putting a plank into the river, which Mr. Allison seized, but almost immediately let go of and sank to the bottom.  His body was shortly after recovered, but life had fled.  He was one of the pioneers in the lumber business on the Wolf, and consequently had many friends and acquaintances. --- Oshkosh Times.




Shawano County Journal

14 August 1875

Leg Amputated - Mr. M. Doyle who has been confined to his bed all summer with a broken knee cap, which would not heal, had his leg amputated above the knee last Sunday, as a last resort to save his life.  Dr. La Count performed the operation, assisted by Dr. Finny of Clintonville and C. L. Wiley.  The Dr. Amputated the leg in true professional style, and we are glad to announce that under his skillful treatment Mr. Doyle is rapidly recovering.


Appointed - Mr. John A. Winans has been appointed by the Common Council as Supervisor for the 2nd Ward in place of D. Andrews, who had removed from the ward.


Trouble on Lake Shawano - Paul Moser and a young son of David Gorham, while crossing Lake Shawano in a small canoe one day last week came very near going to the bottom.  A squall came up when they were in the middle of the Lake, and for several hours he had to use his utmost skill and strength to keep the boat right side up.  They finally landed at Nabor's haying camp about 10 o'clock at night, wet to the skin and nearly exhausted.


Fire Balloons - Dr. Titus and J. L. Lonagan have been amusing themselves and large crowds, for several nights past, by sending up mammoth fire balloons.  The first one came to an ignominious end by burning up, after it had ascended about 300 feet.  But the others sailed majestically along, and were up in the air a long time before coming down.



Shawano County Journal

25 August 1875


Grant News - Grant, Aug. 13, 1875 ---- We are now in the midst of harvesting.  The winter wheat is cut, and we are now cutting the spring wheat and oats.  The rains of the past week have some what delayed us, but we will rush things when it does clear up.  Crops are all good, especially the hay crop which is extra heavy.  James B. Churchill cut 55 tons on his farm; he also has 25 acres in wheat and oats.  He is preparing to build a house that is to eclipse anything in our town, and whatever Jim undertakes he generally carries through.

John Hehman intends to start his steam threshing machine next week.  He will operate in this town and in Pella and vicinity.

The Oconto Fire - Oconto, August 4th, 1875.  I was aroused from my sleep this morning about 4 o'clock, by hearing an alarm of fire in the street, and was somewhat surprised to find that it was just across the street from the Commercial House, where I am boarding.  The fire broke out in a barn that belonged to the Richards House.  The latter had just undergone a through repairing, and newly furnished throughout, and opened to the public by Mr. A. Reinhart, a short time ago.  The barn and house were burned to the ground, together with three horses, one colt, two carriages, and a lot of sleighs and cutters.  The fire rapidly spread to the adjoining buildings, a store, tailor shop, wagon shop, blacksmith, dress maker shop, a dwelling-house, and a part of another store were destroyed by the fiery element.  It also scorched the front of Davis boot and shoe store, blistered the Post office, and heat the front of the Commercial House so as to completely spoil the paint.  The fire department did not get water onto the fire until one of two houses had burned up.  I suppose that the cause of the delay was that several sections of hose had to be taken out and new put in, as the old was so rotten that it could not stand the pressure,  The wind was not very strong, luckily for the city, or a very large amount of property would have been destroyed.

Chas. C. McNichol

Candidate - J. J. Knowlten of Seymour, is a Reform candidate for the nomination for assemblyman this district, and a good  choice it would be to nominate him.  We all have more to say about him, and the rights of that part of the district to the nomination, next week.


The Latest Gem of Music - We are in receipt, with the compliments of the composer, Mr. Chas. T. Kimball of Green Bay, WI., of a new piece of music entitled "Yes, I'll love you when your old," a companion piece to "Will you love me when I'm old?"  The music is beautiful and attractive and well adapted to the words.  The chorus especially deserves mention for its brilliant and variety in arrangement.  It is a perfect gem for the parlor and every music rack should posses a copy.  Published by Neese &  Kuster, Green Bay, Wis.


Lessor Items - Lessor, Aug. 16, 1875.  There is no exciting news in our town except that the treasurer of School District No. 1 may become a defaulter to a small amount due the district.  He excuses himself by saying "that a Yankee would have done worse.."  Crops are good and those that have been harvested are all the farmers could reasonably expect.  Corn and potatoes are looking finely since the late rains.  Foxes are making sad havoc among the poultry in this vicinity, and we hear of numerous complaints of their depredations.  Not long ago a bear under-took to carry off a large pig belonging to John Peterson, and in sight of the whole family, but a dog came to the assistance of the pig, and both of them were to much for bruin, and he had to drop the coveted prize.    S. E. P


Shawano County Journal

2 October 1875


Amputated - Mike Doyle has so far recovered from the effects of having his leg amputated, as to be able to walk around a little by the aid of crutches.


Visits - Mrs. R. W. Lambort, accompanied by her son John, who went to California a year ago returned last Tuesday evening on a visit. 

John Spencer and family have also returned to their old home in Belle Plaine, to remain, they not liking California.

H. Brace has returned home from Jenny, but he is so infatuated with the name, that he will go back in a few days.


Settlers Death - The Shiocton correspondent of the Appleton Post writes to that paper as follows:  Yesterday Mr. Parks, one of the oldest settlers in this part of the county was buried.  He had been sick for some time.  He was well known to most of the early settlers of the county, and was universally respected as an honest, kind-hearted man.  He was buried under the auspices of the Odd Fellows, of which order he was a highly esteemed member, and the attendance of people from far and near showed how much he was respected by his old friends and neighbors.

Mr. J. H. Parks, his son, well known as one of our most enterprising lumbermen, arrived home from Fond Du Lac, where he has been spending some weeks for his health at the mineral springs there, a day or two before the death of his father.  He is improving very slowly, and his disease, which is a sort of rheumatism, obliges him to walk with the aid of crutches.

Blacksmith and Horse-shoer - Mr. McDonald, of Green Bay, a first-class blacksmith and horse-shoer, has rented Jessie Brooks' shop near the mill pond bridge.  Jessie will remain in the shop with him.

Sick - A. J. Pearl is quite ill again; his disease seems to return yearly, at the beginning of autumn.



Shawano County Journal

9 October 1875


Special Election - The special election held last Saturday, to select a Mayor, and an Alderman for the second ward, to fill vacancies.  H. Nabor was elected Mayor by 32 majority; and John H. Lonn was elected Alderman by 11 majority.  Both Nabor and Lonn are in favor of granting licenses.  it is evident from these majorities that the people are opposed to any more free whisky ---- that is allowing the saloon-keepers to sell without license.



Shawano County Journal

16 October 1875


Personal - J. B. Reynolds, has sold his interest in the Omro Journal to his partner, who has employed A. F. Worcester to take charge of it.

E. W. Frisbie and wife of Plymouth, Sheboygan county, are visiting their son, S. W. Frisbie, of this city.  Mr. Frisbie is over seventy years old, and has lived in Plymouth for twenty-five years.  He was born in the "Land of wooden nutmegs," and delights to relate incidents of his boyhood happening in that state.  May he live to enjoy many more years, is our sincere wish.

Capt. Whitney, of Green Bay, Deputy U.S. Marshall, was in town this week.  Every time the Captain is seen around some one of our citizens has urgent business at Milwaukee for a few days after-wards.

Capt. P. H. Mcnichol, of Oconto, made us a pleasant call Wednesday.  He is well satisfied with Oconto, and says that it is live business place.

Angelica items - J. P. Laird & Co., have cut out their logs, and the sound of the whistle will be heard no more until the earth resumes its winter clothing.  They contemplate quite extensive logging operations this winter, and have already let jobs for five or six million feet ---- one job to Cornelious, of New London, and others to H. H. Martin, of this place, and Colson, of Mill Center.

C. M. Upham & Bro. expect to commence operations in the woods in a few days.

J. P. Laird & Co., have been unable to get the boiler and machinery for the completion of their planing mill, on account of the bad conditions of the road.

Five bears have been killed within a few miles of us, since my last writing, and they are plenty yet.





Shawano County Journal

23 October 1875


Serious Accident - Andrew Leyman, of Maple Grove, while engaging in assisting in raising a barn frame for Martin Keating one day last week, fell from a beam, a distance of about fifteen feet, striking the ground flat on his back.  A maul that he was holding in his hand, fell after him striking the ground, and bouncing, struck him in the stomach.  Although seriously injured he will recover.


Opposition Stage Line - Some one in Shiocton, has put on an occasional opposition stage line between that place and this city, which is rather a mean piece of business, to say the least.  Thos. Allender, the proprietor of the regular line, has run his stage every day all summer, and now that the travel is increasing, and the business begins to pay, they try to cut under him.  As Mr. Allender is a Shawano County man, he should be patronized by every resident of the county who is in favor of justice.


Ancient Mounds - Scattered along the river near this city, and around the head of Lake Shawano, are mounds, the most of them circular in form, and on top of which are growing trees three feet in diameter.  There are also among the trees, on the adjacent level of ground, regular rows and hills equal distant apart, looking as though corn had, at some time, been planted and the ground never disturbed afterward.  Dr. Titus, of this place, who is a member of the Historical Society of Michigan, has for some time past been examining these mounds, preparatory to writing an article for the society.  He has dug into the mounds on Lake Shawano, and found charred human bones and wood, showing that the inhabitants of this section, years ago, believed in cremation.  He also found a stone knife and some pieces of pottery.  He has also examined the mounds near the city, in one of which he found a skull with three holes in the side of it, looking as though a three-pronged spear had made them.  The skull is in a fair state of preservation, although the other bones were nearly all decayed.  On top of this mound was a decayed pine stump three feet in diameter, showing that the mound was made many years ago.  Much might be written about these mounds, but at present we have neither time nor space, but will sometime in the future endeavor to give a more graphic description of them.


Nominated - Marion Wescott, formerly of this place, has been nominated by the Republicans of Burnett County, for County Clerk.  Marion served this county acceptably for four years in that position, and if elected by the inhabitants of Burnett county, they can depend on having an efficient faithful, and gentlemanly officer.  The only serious objections that we ever had to Marion was his politics, as he has always been a rock rooted Republican, and is yet.


Bears - Helge Oleson and his son Harmon, shot two bears a few days ago.  The found them in their corn field, helping themselves to corn.  Bears are numerous and bold around here,  Fraser, Doughty and Champion also killed one not long ago.  Also a big one visited the pig pen of Niels Peterson last Saturday night, and killed a porker in the most approved style, and proceeded to drag him off.  Mr. Peterson hearing the noise, seized his gun and shot at him, which had the effect of frightening the bear from his prey.  Mr. Bruin then proceeded to Mr. Sherbacks residence, who has a large 300 pound hog, where the tracks shows, he walked around the pig pen, bur did not attack the inmate, probably owing to its being too large.  Truly he likes pork.

S. E. P.


Died - In this city on the 21st inst. of cancerous affectation of the breast, Mrs. James McCloud aged 33 years.



Shawano County Journal

30 October 1875


Married - At the residence of the bride's parents in Waukechon, Oct 23, 1875 by Rev. A. F. DeCamp, Mr. Andy Ruby of Oshkosh, to Miss Mary Gibbs of Waukechon.  May their wedding bliss always be as sweet as the wedding cake that was sent to the employees of this office, is our sincere wish.


Shawano County Journal

4 December 1875


Found Dead - The body of an unknown man was found in a deserted lumber camp near the Shioc, in the town of Mayville, last Tuesday.  From his emaciated condition, it is supposed that he had started for some lumber camp and lost his way, and after wandering around, without food, entered this deserted camp, where he went to sleep and froze to death.  No clue to his name or place of residence, apparently, could be found upon his person.

Name Change - the Co. Board have changed the name of the town of Mayville to Navarino, and a post-office by that name is to be established in the town, which will be a great connivance to the inhabitants living in that section of the county.

Found While Digging A Well - Mr. H. Leucke, of Hartland, while digging a well near his residence lately, and after working through some eighteen feet of hard clay struck the branches of what we take to be a balsam fir tree, in a good state of preservation, and soon after came to a large vein of water which filled up the well to within two feet of the top in the course of a hour.  The ground on which Mr. Leucke's house stands is some twenty feet higher than the neighboring land, the owners of which have often to dig twenty feet before reaching even a small supply of water.  We have a piece of the tree in our possession, which was probably flourishing about the time Noah was getting out the stuff for the Ark.  Whether it belongs to the eoceno, miocene, or pliocene period, we beg to be ignorant; but it certainly does not belong to the kerosene, for it is the wettest piece of wood we have ever seen.

Married - In Shawano, Dec.3d, 1875, by H. M. Loomer, Esq., John F. Meisner and Miss Minnie Folkmann, all of Clintonville, Wis.  We wish John and Minnie a full cup of happiness through life's eventful journey, and may they live long to enjoy it.

House Burned - On Tuesday evening last, between 9 and 10 o'clock, a log home occupied by B. Huntington and family, was destroyed by fire, with its entire contents.. Mr. H. was absent at work in the woods, and the family were visiting a neighbor's when the house was discovered to be in flames, too late to save anything.  Nothing is known as to the orgin of the fire, but there are good grounds for suspicion that it was the work of an incendiary.

Death - Wm. Papendorf, one of the first settlers in the western part of our county, and who has been alternately treasurer of the town of Pella and Grant for the last thirteen years, died of consumption, at home in the town of Grant on the 23rd inst.  He was buried on Sunday, his remains followed to the grave by a large procession of friends from both towns.  He was a farmer of considerably ability and strict integrity, and the farmers of Grant will long feel that they lost in him one of their ablest officers.

Accident - Mr. Mallow, an aged farmer of the town of Grant, when in town with his team, last Monday, met with an accident which came near being fatal.  In turning somewhat swiftly the corner of Green Bay and Sawyer street, he was thrown from his wagon, his head striking the frozen ground.  He was picked up senseless, and remained unconscious several hours from concussion of the brain.  Dr. La Count attended him, and he is now about as well as ever.

Married - In this city, on Nov. 30th, by Henry Howe, Esq., Mr. John Hahn, and Miss Frederica Whitstock, all of Hartland.


11 December 1875

Welcome Back - Robert Heald, who left this place for California, last spring, returned last Thursday.  He says that although the "Land of the setting sun," is a fine county, he prefers to live in Wisconsin.

A New Enterprise - Olmstead & Peterson have built a neat building, near the residence of the latter on the Green Bay road, for the purpose of carrying on a Blacksmith and Gun shop.  A gun shop is what has been needed in this place, and we have no doubt but what the proprietors will have a good run of customers.

Jennings House - The Jennings House is not only an agreeable place to stop at, but you will not be quizzed, and made to tell all of your business, how much money do you have, what your grand mothers name was, and how many aunts you have either, as you will at another hotel in this place, that puts on lots of style.  And the reason why the Jennings House is constantly crowded.