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Shawano County Journal

6 Jan 1877


Injured  Foot - Wm. Ainsworth, son of Henry Ainsworth, of the town of Richmond, cut his foot nearly in two the other day while chopping at Chas. Magee’s camp in Angelica.  Dr. La Count was called, and dressed the wound.  The Doctor says that it will be some time before he will be able to walk on the injured member.



Shawano County Journal

13 Jan 1877


Returned to Shawano - Prof. J. G. Perkins has completed his Oconto engagement and returned to Shawano, and is now prepared to give instructions in vocal and instrumental music.  He is also getting up a singing school, of which more particulars will be given hereafter.  See his card in today’s issue.


Untimely Death - A boy about seven years old, son of Mr. Churchill, of the town of Lessor, was frozen to death last Tuesday night.  In returning home from school he lost his way and wandered around in the woods until, finally becoming overcome with the cold, he sat down and was frozen.  Search was made for him all night, but owing to his tracks being filled up by drifting snow he was not found until the next morning.


Discover Dead Body - It is reported here that on Saturday last the dead body of a man was found in the woods on the eastern part of town 25, near the county lines of Brown and Shawano.  How true it is I cannot say, but give the story for what it is worth.  The report says that two men while hunting came across the body, laying face down between two logs.  Its appearance excited a suspicion of foul play.  Across the temple was a dark purple spot such as might be made by a blow with a heavy club, though the skull was not fractured.  There were other marks of violence on the neck and breast.  Nothing could be found about the body by which to identify it.  A double-barreled gun was found near the body, with the initials F. L. marked on the stock.  Who he was, and how he came to his death is a matter of mere conjecture.


New Home - J. L. Whitehouse again left for his future home in New Hampshire last Tuesday.  We wish him a safe journey, but advised him before he started to put his collaterals in his stocking before reaching Chicago again.



Shawano County Journal

20 Jan 1877


Died in Fire - It is with great sorrow that we announce that Jeff. Murdock, a prominent young lawyer of Oshkosh, was burned to death in the fire that destroyed the Revere House last Wednesday morning.  He was a very sociable and companionable young man, and made friends wherever he went.  His future was bright for a prosperous and prominent career, as he was steadily advancing in his chosen profession, the law.  His untimely death caused many a heart-pang among his numerous friends and acquaintances in this city.


Married - Burgess---Morris, in Belle Plaine, Jan. 13th, 1877, by Rev. Thomas Magee, at his residence.  Mr. Lester Burgess to Miss Elizabeth Morris, both of Embarrass, Waupaca Co., Wis.


The Catholic Church at South Branch

During the summer of 1875, the Indians residing at South Branch’ a settlement lying within the Reservation and on the south branch of the Oconto river, (hence sometimes called Little Oconto,) about 21 miles or thereabouts from Shawano, began the erection of a Catholic Church, in which divine services has been held occasionally ever since the 1st of November of that year.  During last spring these Indians built a sanctuary in front of their church and a vestry room behind its alter; and finally, during the present winter they have built a comfortable room and a good stable close by their Church, exclusively for the use of their priest.

How long will the Catholics residing in Shawano prevent their priest from paying them a visit on a wintry day, by neglecting to hold a house for him close by their Church?  Let each of them rent a pew in their church, or a part of one, and pay on it the arrears—in other words, let them pay a salary to their priest, such as is paid by sectarians to their respective ministers—and he himself will build them a house close by their church.


Grant – The wife of Frank Lade died last Sunday evening…..Land is being bought up in the western part of the town.


Pella – Mr. Weed is teaching school in District No. 1.  He is as good a teacher as can be found in this vicinity.  The district has adopted the Wilson readers…..the road leading south to Clintonville is in good condition, and the farmers are taking advantage of it to haul their produce to market.


Seneca – Nordwigs & Steinberg have contracted with Henry Sherry, of Neenah, to put in a quantity of pine logs on the north branch of the Embarrass, and are doing a good business, but need a little more snow…..Most of the farmers are busy chopping, preparatory to clearing the land in the spring.  The indications are that a large quantity of wheat will be sown in the spring.


Herman – a new Post-office will soon be established in this town—probably Herman Zuehlke will be the P.M……Brei & Son are making preparations to lumber on Mill Creek…..The town board have laid out a new road to the village of Leopolis.


Wescott – The following are among the arrivals at the Wescott House for the week ending Jan. 16, 1877.

Hon. G.W. Washburn, J. Scott, Oshkosh; J.H.M. Wigman, E.H. Ellis, Green Bay;  G.W. Gerry, Appleton; A. Hazel, Oconto; W.H. Donaldson, Thos Savage, Green Valley; F.A. George, R.D. Willey, J.L. Curtis, Leopolis; Geo. Streeter, Leander Choate, S.W. Hollister, Oshkosh; W.S. Finley, Fond de Lac; O.F. Weed, New London; Jeff Murdock, Oshkosh; Wm. Sexton, A. Hammond, Waukechon; H. Raymond, Pella; J.H. Tourtellotte, Dells House; E.E. Breed, Embarrass; C. Bachelder, W.F. Chapman, Menasha; Geo. O. Bergstrom, A.C. Briggs, Neenah; C. Cohen, Berlin, J. A. Williams, Pine River; J.H. Porter, Lewiston; E. Hogaboom, Angelica; J.W. Martin, Manitowoc; L.O. Rumery & Son, Oshkosh, F.C. Goss, Milwaukee; P.R. Kendall, Green Bay; T.E. Craine, J.M. Nair, Oshkosh; Jus. Colliers, New London.


It’s a Girl – This time it is up to Ira Johnson’s, and it’s a girl.  Why don’t you get a logging job?



Shawano County Journal

27 Jan 1877


Heirs – The heirs of William Potts, supposed to reside somewhere in Wisconsin, will learn something to their advantage by addressing the publisher of the Register, Phoenix, N>Y>


We clip the following items of interest from the Marinette Eagle

White Oak Logs – A couple of white oak logs one of which scaled 600 feet, were brought from the farm of A.B. Phillips, in the Peshtigo Sugar Bush, to this place, one day last week, for the N. Ludington Co.


Injured – Edward McKeon, a teamster at one of the Hamilton & Merryman camps up river, was seriously injured last Monday by being caught between a load of logs and a tree, crushing him about the hips quite badly.  It is thought that some bones may have been fractured.


House Destroyed – Fred. Kruger’s house, in the town of Washington, was completely destroyed by fire last Monday, together with all its contents.  Two little boys playing with matches and setting fire to an unused stable near the house was the cause of the fire.  Mr. Kruger’s loss is about $400---no insurance.  The loss is a severe one on him at this season of the year, as all his bedding, provisions for the winter, &c, was burned.


Herman – The town board last week let the keeping of Mrs. Richards, a poor woman whose husband is in State Prison, to the lowest bidder, and also let to the highest bidder the services of the two oldest boys.  It seems hard that this should occur in the nineteenth century, and it shows that a county poor house is a necessity for this county.  Could not one be built and made a self sustaining institution, thereby relieving the towns very much?



Shawano County Journal

10 Feb 1877


Gift Enterprise and Concert – D.J. Sparks, of Angelica, is getting up a Gift Enterprise and Concert, to be held at McCord’s Hall, in this city, on March 10th, 1877.  The prize will be forty acres of land, on which there is a good house and barn.  The land is located near Upham & Bro’s mill in Angelica, and is a very desirable property and well worth the price set upon it.  Mr. Sparks takes this method of disposing of his property as he wishes to move away.  The affair will be conducted honestly and fairly, so that each ticket will stand an equal chance of winning the prize.  The price of a ticket is $2.00.  Try your luck once, and you may become the owner of a valuable property cheap.  Remember that “nothing venture, nothing have,” so pitch in, and if you don’t win the loss will be but trifling.


Died – The Marinette Eagle says an accident, resulting in the death of Mr. Joseph Parent, occurred between three and four o’clock on Thursday afternoon.  Mr. Parent was at the time of his death employed by the Boom Co., and engaged about two miles up the river, hauling boom timber.  He drove a large team of horses, using one bob on which the timber was fastened, allowing the hind ends to drag.  When just before entering the main road he encountered a rough place, and in passing over it he must have slipped and the entire load of lumber passed over his body about the middle, in which manner he was found by another teamster about half an hour after the accident, which undoubtedly had caused instant death.  The deceased is a young man about twenty years of age, and is a brother of our townsman, Mr. Thomas Parent, as also to Mrs. C.E. Parent, of Menominee, at which place his father resides.


Died – In this city, at the residence of J. Jacobs, Feb 9th, 1877 Mrs. Electra H. Butler, wife of William Butler, of the town of How, aged 36 years.


List of Letters – List of advertised letters remaining in the Shawano Post Office, uncalled for Feb. 1st, 1877:

Abrams, William               Lahart, Mrs. Julia’

Buchanan, Jyhn                             Leonard, Edward

Brunn, John                                    McGiveny, Philip

Burrows, George               Mark, Samuel

Bohol, Minnie                                 Miller, Mrs. M.A.

 Brocher, A.                         Merry, C.H.-7

Castello, John                                Noah, Mrs. Emma

Canary, Michael                             Nachtrab, Charles

Dextator, Eumise              Porter, G.H.

Deack, Louise                                 Powers, Chas. E-2

Evans, Amasa                                 Pool, William

Eunson, John                                 Peters, James

Gilbert, R.J.                                    Palmerton N.

Grunon, Miss W.               Stahnke, F

Gardiner, John-3               Sawyer, F. E-6.

Gayett, Alex                         Sweet, John

Giesseo, August                             Scott, William A.

Howe, Joseph                                Tesella, Dora

Hoak, Martin                                  Thomson, Frank -4

Kesler, August                                Wagner, John

Kanuff, Hiram                                Wekerberg, August

King, Josephine                             Willnard, August B.

Kornielus, Augusta

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

                                                                    C.L. Wiley, P.M.


Record – The State Board of Charities and Reform, in their annual report to the Governor, don’t speak very respectfully of our venerable and dilapidated building that we call a jail.  The report says:

This is one of the primitive structures built in a new county for temporary purposes of confinement, and is a hardly worthy of a notice.  With the growth of settlements in the county, a new jail will become an indispensable necessity.


County Division Prospects – The Madison correspondent of the Oshkosh Northwestern makes the following note in regard to county division prospects:

O.A. Ellis and Joseph Hall, of Oconto, and W.A. Ellis, of Peshtigo, are in the city, looking after Wells County.  They are opposed to any division of Oconto County, and will make a bitter fight against the proposed division.  At the present time it looks as if every proposed division of counties would be placed in their little graves by indefinite postponement, unless, it should be Sawyer county, to be organized on the west side of Oconto county and attached to Oconto for county and judicial purposes until 1882.


Raisler & Co.’s Store Burned, and the Barber Shop Partially Destroyed

Fire – For a long time this city has enjoyed an immunity from fires that is remarkable, considering that every building in the place is wood.  The spell was broken, however, last Wednesday night.  About a quarter past 12 o’clock, Dist. Attorney Latta, who slept in his office over Raisler & Co.’s store, was awakened by a crackling sound, which he at first attributed to fine hail falling on the roof, and thought what a blessing it was to the lumberman who want snow so bad.  Becoming fully awake, he recognized the dread crackling of fire, and getting up he went into the Templar’s Hall, adjoining his office, and found that the rear end of the building was on fire.  Hastily dressing himself, he seized an armful of his books and papers, carried them down stairs and gave the alarm; but before he succeeded in getting out all of his effects, the room got so full of smoke that he could not enter it.

Henry Brauer who occupied the adjoining building, belonging to H. Naber, as a barber shop and dwelling, heard the cry of fire and looking out of the door, saw at a glance that he must prepare to make a hasty move of his effects.  By this time the rear of the burning building was all in a blaze, and the barber shop had begun to smoke.  A few persons had arrived and at once broke in the front door of the store and carried out some of the articles to the amount of perhaps $150, while others got out the old engine and after considerable delay got a stream of water on the Barber shop which was beginning to blaze.  By this time a large crowd had collected and the barber shop was soon cleaned of its effects.  The store fell in, falling toward the barber shop, thereby greatly adding to the heat, and setting fire to the cornice in the rear end of the store occupied by L. Heilbronner.  The boys worked like beavers and after repeated failures, succeeded by the aid of the engine and pails of water, in getting the fire under control, after the barber shop was badly damaged, and the cornice of the Heilbronner store was somewhat injured.

The origin of the fire is supposed to have caught from a defective chimney, but there is half a dozen stories in regard to it.

The losses are as follows:  Reisler & Co.’s store, on building and stock $5000, insured for $3000, in the Faneuil Hall of Boston  and Home, of Columbus, Ohio.  Temple of Honor and Good Templars societies, $300. No insurance.

Barber shop building $400, insured for $250.  Henry Brauer got nearly all of his things out, but in a damaged condition.  No insurance.

Geo. W. Latta, law library, and other articles $300. No insurance. 

The furniture belonging in the Masonic Hall, was somewhat damaged by a two hasty removal.

On the whole it was a good night for a fire, as there was very little wind stirring, but, had there been a strong wind the whole east side of the Main street would, undoubtedly have burned.

Raisler & Co., will commence the erection of a new store as soon as they get their insurance adjusted.


Pella – Farmers are anxious over the disappearance of the snow, and fear that winter wheat will be injured.  Although but a small crop was harvested last year that did not stop them from sowing a large area last fall.  Some o the farmers sowed forty bushels, which looks very good now.  If snow does not fall soon, some of the farmers ware going to cover their wheat fields with straw, as an experiment….Wm. Moldenbauer’s is hauling lumber, preparatory to building a house next summer.  He intends to build something similar to Wm. Pendleton’s house in your city…..Palmer & Raymond have platted a portion of their land, called it Raymondsville, and have a city in embryo.  Their grist mill is doing  a good business this year.  A.P. Knapp does the store keeping, and does it to the satisfaction of all who deal with him.  A blacksmith shop has been started here, and a good workman is in charge of it.  This would be a good point for a wagon maker.

H. Raymond keeps a hotel, where travelers can get a good square meal.  Mr. Palmer has made the village his permanent home.  He is a very clever old gentleman, and delights in having a little fun at the expense of the boys…..All of the western part of the county is going to be thickly settled one of these days, as it contains excellent land and a large amount of water power.


Belle Plaine – Dr. J.W. Perry has rented his saw mill on the Embarrass River, and is now keeping a store near the mill.  The Dr., like many others, is disappointed in regard to snow, but still thinks that Hayes will be our next President.


Herman – Leopolis is a pleasant little village located on the north branch of the Embarrass River, on section 31, two miles from Raymondsville.   It contains a sawmill and a store owned by N.M. Edwards, of Appleton, but under the charge of F.A. George.  The surroundings of this little village are very beautiful in the summer time.  The land around it is of excellent quality, gently rolling, and well adapted for cultivation.  The price of farming land is from $3 to $10 per acre.  A large quantity of grain is raised in Herman, Pella and Grant, and considerable in Seneca and Almon, which has been but recently settled.  If there was a railroad anywhere near, a large amount of maple, elm, ash, birch, butternut and basswood lumber and wood could be sold, which the farmers are now compelled to burn to get rid of it.



Shawano County Journal

17 Feb 1877


Married – At the residence of Mr. C.R. Klebesadel, in this city, Mr. Wm. Reinke, of Pella to Miss Augustina Plageman, of Belle Plaine, on the 15th of February, 1877


Died – At his residence in the town of Lessor, Feb. 3rd, 1877 of consumption, Mr. Steven Johnson, aged 49 years and about 6 months.

Mr. Johnson was an honest, hard working man, and was respected by everyone who knew him.  He exhibited unusual Christian patience during his last illness, lingering  and painful as it was.  He left a wife, a nearly grown up son and daughter, and four younger children, to mourn his death.


Died – At his residence in this city, Feb. 9th, 1877, Henry Howe, Esq., aged 66 years.

Mr. Howe was a native of Connecticut, born in 1811.  He was married in New York City at the age of 22, and emigrated to Ohio in 1835, residing in that state until 1854 or 5, when he moved with his family to this state, settling in Weyauwega, Waupaca County.  From that place he removed to this city, and has been a resident of the 1st Ward for the past four or five years, filling the office of Justice of the Peace to the time of his death.  Mr. Howe was a fair type of the New England man---intelligent, sociable, and honorable in the affairs of his life.  His sound sense and general legal requirements fitted him for the position of justice, and in this capacity he enjoyed the respect and confidence of the whole community.


Report Events – All ministers of the gospel and physicians in this county should report the marriages, births and deaths to the Register of Deeds.  There is a law compelling this to be done under severe penalty for non-compliance.


Injured - Mr. Tom. Darrow, while running a hay-cutter in Rumery’s Camp, Wednesday last, had two of his fingers so badly smashed that he had to have them taken off.  Dr. La Count fixed him up as well as medical science would permit.


Missing Cow – Our respected Co. Clerk, J.M. Schweers, found himself short a cow last Wednesday morning, and what had become of her was a perplexing mystery for about an hour.  He remembered shutting her up in the barn the night before, and found the barn door fastened when he went to milk her that morning.  She couldn’t have got out through the manure hole in the manner Pete suggested, but where was she?  The neighbors were interviewed---they hadn’t seen her.  During all this time no one had thought of the hay loft, for the reason that the idea of the cow going up those stairs appeared ridiculous; but Pete went up, and there was the cow, contented as could be.  With a little trouble she was lowered from the loft, and Pete says the next time she comes up missing, his first look will be up a tree.



Shawano County Journal

24 Feb 1877


Died – In this city, on Tuesday, the 13th day of February, Charlie, only child of Dr. L.B. and Olive La Count, aged 5 years and 8 months.


Come, let us look with Faith’s gentle eye,

Heavenward, to our home on high,

Among the angel’s near Jesus’ throne,

Raising his eyes to the Savior’s own,

Lighted with joys earth cannot know.

In the face we miss from our home below,

Entranced his soul with heavens refrain,

Listen, Faith’s ear can catch a strain,

A voice we miss from our music here.

Combined with the notes of heaven’s sphere.

Of this view faith unto us hath given

Unites and draws our hearts toward heaven,

Nearer that home hope tells us we’ll be

‘ till we enter, solving death’s mystery.

                                 By his aunt,

                                               Anna La Clair


Died – Burley Follett, an old resident of Green Bay, died in that city Feb. 16th, aged 70.  Mr. Follett has been engaged in the mercantile business in Green Bay since 1880, and was a man generally esteemed.  Soon Green Bay’s “old Settler” list will have dwindled to a mere record among the archives of that ancient burg.



Shawano County Journal

9 Jun 1877


A Sensation is Spoiled – We will however relate as all faithful and enterprising journalists should.  The sensation and what spoiled it.  Two men working for Hon. J.D. Kast, were hauling sand to repair the mill dam.  While shoveling in the sand pit one of them struck his shovel on a small box.  The box may contain gold, was his first thought—he had undoubtedly read of the seekers after Cap. Kidd’s hidden treasures in New Jersey—and it was speedily unearthed and the lid pried off.  Horror of horrors, the box contained a bundle carefully wrapped in a cloth.  Small bones were seen to protrude and one of the men exclaimed, it is an infant’s bones.  The box was thrown to one side and they said nothing to Mr. Kast about it.  Bur in a few days a story was circulated that the body of an infant had been found in Kast’s sand pit—a clear case of infanticide was pictured out—the person who must have done the deed was mentioned, and nearly all the women in the city were talking about it. Especially after reading an account in the Green Bay papers of two cases of infanticide in that city.  Finally the story reached Mr. Kast’s ears.  He immediately got two men and proceeded to investigate.  The box was found—the cloth carefully removed, and the remains of an old cat was found.  And thus is the great sensation explained.


“Advertised” Letters – List of letters remaining in the Shawano P.O. uncalled for June 1st, 1877.

Amell, Peter                           Krohlow, August

Bieberitzm, Miss F                Krumbach, Fred                               

Baartz, Miss E                                    Kohler, Fred

Bmor, Miss Susan                 Pooler, James

Cameron, James                   Snell, James H

Dickson, J                               Sawyer, E P

Dietrich, Christ                                  Voltz, Ernst

Huls, Hulda

Persons calling for any of the above-named letters will please say “advertised.”

                                                                    C.L. Wiley, P.M.


Bella – Wm. Wolf is making preparations to repair the bridge across the Embarrass river at Perry’s Mills.  The Co. Board should not allow the bridge to be used as a landing for the logs if they wish to keep it in good shape…..Mr. Jones has a new fashioned churn, which is a good thing for a man to have that wants to make butter.


Grant - Wm. Ricke, an old resident of this town, has disappeared, leaving his wife and children in a bad condition…..The Lutheran Church Association had their church dedicated last Sunday.  This is the second church of the same denomination in this town.


The Indian Question

Shawano, Wis., May 28, 1877

Editor Advocate – Much indignation is manifested by our citizens, and in fact by everyone who knows of the transaction.  At the course of Indian Agent J.C. Bridgman who prosecutes, in the United States Court, every person who purchases of the Indians (?) of wood and stage bolts, which the poor, half-starved Indians has hauled to market in order to provide food for his wife and little ones.  While he is acting as Indian Agent, and representative of the Christian Commission, he is selling lumber at retail, from the Keshena Indian Mill, at lower prices than any lumber dealer can afford to furnish the same class of lumber for; is proof of which latter fact one of the purchasers who was hauling on Saturday, the 26th inst., said he “paid only eight dollars per thousand, and about one-half of his load was clear stuff.”  Isn’t it about time this Agency was looked after?

                                              Yours &c                D. J. Pulcifer



Shawano County Journal

23 Jun 1877


Visitor – Frank Hanson, of Beaver Dam, is visiting his sister Mrs. T.H. Dodge of this city.  Frank and your editor were for a couple of winters connected in business---that is to say, we worked in a logging camp together.  We acknowledge a pleasant call.


Married – At the residence of the bride’s father, in the town of Washington, Shawano Co., Wis., by Joseph Maurer. Esq., Mr. Gustave Kesler to Miss Minnie Kruger, both of the town of Washington.


Died – At the residence of her daughter, Miss Helen Milligan, in Shawano, on the 10th inst., Mrs. Sarah Milligan, aged 86 years.

Mrs. Milligan was born in Massachusetts in 1791, of that Puritan stock, which has had so important a part in forming the character of our country.  In her childhood she removed with her parents to Saratoga, N.Y. where she married Mr. Robert Milligan.  In 1943, soon after the death of her husband, she left Saratoga and made her home in Racine, where for thirty years she devoted herself to the care of her children and every god work.  Four years since she came to Shawano to reside with her daughter, Miss Helen Milligan.

Here, as elsewhere, by her strength of character, her Christian courtesy, and unusual intelligence she won the cordial esteem of all her acquaintance.

Mrs. Milligan was a woman of remarkable force of character.  She had decided opinions, and was able, if occasion required, to give a reason for them.  While in Racine she united with the Baptist Church, in which she held her membership at the time of her death.  While catholic in spirit, she had a strong attachment for her denomination and read its leading organ with deep interest to the rest of her life.  For years she had read largely, retaining her intellectual faculties almost unimpaired.

In connection with her energy and decision of character, there was much of gentleness.  Few things have seemed more charming to the writer than the strong affection which existed between her and her little grandchild, “Robbie.”  Their mutual love was something quite extraordinary.  Independent in spirit, and preferring to serve herself rather than to be served, she at the same time gratefully treasured up in her heart the kindness of her friends.  Among her last words were affectionate testimonies to their unwearied goodness, and desire for welfare.

Deeply conscious of her need of a Devine Saviour, she trusted in His atoning blood, and committed herself calmly into His hands, and so entered into her rest.


Shawano County Journal

30 Jun 1877


Court Case – A change of venue was taken in the case of Aug. Lango the accused murderer of Pluderman.  The case will be tried at Appleton in November.  Considerable dissatisfaction is expressed by our citizens that it should have been taken out of the county, as many of the witnesses are poor and can ill afford to spend the money that a trip to Appleton will cost, and the it will be an additional expense to the county.


Attempted Rape – Quite an excitement was caused in this city yesterday by the arrest of John Joyce, a lad of 17 years of age by Sheriff Geekie, charged with an attempt to commit a rape upon a little four year old daughter of one of our most respectable citizens.  The prisoner had been employed for some time in taking care of the plaintiff’s horse and doing chores, and when questioned concerning the dastardly act, acknowledged to have made an attempt to carry out his hellish design, but was frustrated through fear of exposure by the child.  At his examination before Justice Hart this morning, the evidence seemed conclusive, and he was committed to jail to await further examination before the court --- Oconto Lumberman.



Shawano County Journal

28 Jul 1877


Leaving State – W.J. Perry, of Belle Plaine, has purchased a large farm in Kansas and removed to that state.  We wish him success in his granger pursuits.


Whipped – A son of Jos. Bowen’s, while picking berries somewhere near Red River, was ordered to leave by Wm. Ross’s wife, and because he did not go in the direction that she had told him, whipped him severely---leaving black and blue ridges all over his back.  Mr. Bowen swore out a warrant for assault and battery, but the trial has not yet taken place.


Seek Pardon – Notice is hereby given that Leonard Grittir will apply to the present Governor of the State of Wisconsin, for the pardon of George Brant, who at a general term of the Circuit Court, held in the Court House of the city of Shawano and state of Wisconsin, was convicted of the crime of incest, June 24, 1874, and thereupon was sentenced to imprisonment in the State Prison for a term of eight years.

                                                                                              21w2                             M.F. Davis, Attny.



Shawano County Journal

4 Aug 1877


Fire! Fire! – For the past four days our citizens have been considerably excited over the fires which have been raging about three-fourths of a mile north and north-west of this city.  On Thursday a strong north-west wind spread the fire very rapidly causing a big scare.  Word was received that help was needed to keep the fire from crossing the river near C.D. Wescott’s and from crossing the road near Chas. Magee’s.  A large number of our citizens turned out with pails, shovels and hoes.  About eighty rods up the river from C.D. Wescott’s house on the west side the fire fanned by the strong wind, ran with almost lightning speed through the old pine slashing, and hundreds of coals were blown across the river and caught in the grass on the east side.  Willing hands put them out, and the fire was finally stopped.  If it had not been, nothing could have saved Wescott’s house and barn as the fire would have run through the dry stubble with great speed.  John Montour’s house was for a while in great danger, but the fire was kept from crossing the road and that saved him.  The fire near Chas. Magee’s house was also controlled, and no damage done.  If the fire had got into the dry stubble it would have been hard work, with a strong wind to have saved the city from total destruction. 

There are fires raging in the woods in almost every direction, and an immense amount of damage will be done unless rains fall soon.


Belle Plaine, July 31, 1877 – Our farmers are truly “earning their bread by the sweat of their brow,” this hot weather, but with prospects of having many loafs.  The crops of wheat and rye are good.  The dry weather is injuring the potato crop, but the prospect for a large corn crop is good.  The blueberry is not with us this year and  the blackberry is nowhere to be seen, consequently berry pickers are disconsolate.

Hot and dry says everyone we meet and if this is no news we will state that the Embarrass River has not been so low for years.  The grass on the plains, crumbles when you tread on it.  Fire will run anywhere after it gets a start.  Last week the ridge north of Perry’s Mill burned over, but there was no wind and no damage done before the fire was put out.

We have heard several persons mentioned for County Superintendant.  We want to see the best and most experienced educator in the county elected.  One who can and will elevate our schools to a higher standing.  Many of the citizens of this town seem to think that L.D. Roberts is just the man for the position, and I shall second this motion for his election.  The question is asked will he accept.  Will he please arise and tell us.  We believe in getting the best we can for the people’s money---for this office especially. 



Shawano County Journal

11 Aug 1877


Forest Fire – Twenty-five families were burned out by forest fires in the town of Eaton, Brown County.  Luckily, no lives were lost, but the poor settlers lost nearly all they had.


Insane – Sheriff Wescott took old Mr. Sears, of Richmond, to the Insane Hospital, at Oshkosh , this week.  For some months past he has been mildly insane, and wanted to wander in the woods.


Forest Fire – James Norton’s house, in the town of Richmond, was in much danger from the forest fires Sunday, but by the exertions of some of our citizens the fire was confined to his fences, a large amount of which was destroyed.


“Advertised” Letters – List of letters remaining in the Shawano Post Office uncalled for Aug. 1st, 1877:

Allen, Walter B                               McLean, Duncan

Bush, Mrs. R.E.                              Moon, Jerry

Brownell, T.W.                               O’Brine, Martin

Champion, William                       Peters, James S

Dunn, Richard                                Quaid, David-3

Fay, George A.                                Wegner, Albert

Mallen, Frederic                Wendler, David

McBean, James-4              Weisnicht, B

McEnter, George

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

                                                          C.L. Wiley, P.M.


Shawano County Journal

18 Aug 1877


Married – Perkins—Foadick, married at the residence of the bride’s father, W.L. Foadick in the town of Waukechon, Aug 15th, by M.M. Loomer, Court Commissioner, Mr. Joseph G. Perkins and Miss Rose M, Foadick.

Joe’s many friends in this city unite in wishing him and his fair bride a long and happy life.

They will reside in Marinette, of which place Prof. Perkins is the leading musician.  



Shawano County Journal

25 Aug 1877


Married – Heissinger---Mueller, married at the residence of the bridegroom, in the city of Shawano, August 19th, 1877, By Edw. Schoenfeld, Esq., Mr. Moritz Heissinger, of this city, to Miss Bertha Mueller, of Bear Creek.


Died – At the residence of her father, Mr. H. Field, in Shawano, on Wednesday, the 22nd day of August, 1877, Mrs. Lizzie T. Jaeger, wife of P.A. Jaeger, of Maple Grove, Shawano Co., aged thirty-two years and three months.

Mrs. Jaeger was born in New Jersey, and at the age of twelve, came to this county, where she has since resided.  Her last days were full of peace, and she passed from this world in sweet confidence in her Lord and Savior.  For some time she had desired to publicly acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as her only hope and deliverance from the power and penalty of sin, but it was not until recently that the opportunity was granted to her in the way in which she desired.  

She died of consumption, and left behind a husband and three children to mourn her loss.  Her funeral was largely attended.  R.


Teacher’s Examination – The usual Fall Examination will be held Sept. 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th, 1877, in the following towns:

     Pella School House, Dist. No. 2, Sept. 24th.

     Belle Plaine, Magee School House, Sept. 25th.

     Shawano, Wescott         “            “         “     26th.

     Hartland, Bonduel          “            “         “     27th.

     Angelica, Dist. No. 1,                                     28th.

Applicants will be promptly on hand at 9:40 A.M., and will provide themselves with suitable writing materials and reading books (fifth readers and legal-cap paper.)


70 percent required in order to obtain a certificate.

                                                        C.A. Nager,

                        26w4                          County Superintendent



Shawano County Journal

15 Dec 1877


Died – In this city, Dec. 20, 1877, of scarlet fever, Louis G. aged 9 years and 4 months, youngest son of David and Emily Gorham.

We would tender our heart-felt thanks to the kind friends who sided and sympathized with us in our affliction and who have so nobly assisted us in every way during the illness of two more of our children, now happily out of immediate danger.     

                                                                                    D & E Gorham




Died – We learned that C.R. Raisler’s infant child died this morning, after a brief illness.  The family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.