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Birnamwood News

4 Mar 1914

Amputation Necessary

An operation was performed this morning by two doctors from Antigo, the Donahue brothers and Dr. Cady of this village on Sam Hunter, for the removal of his right foot, which has been in a serious condition for some time.

The trouble started from an infection in the toes, which was gradually working upward, affecting both the flesh and bone, and there seemed to be no means of staying its progress. Amputation was made about four inches below the knee, high enough it is thought, to check all further progress. The patient stood the operation well, no unfavorable symptoms being manifest on account of the shock. Mr. Hunter's many friends hope that he will soon be on the road to recovery, and that there will be no more reoccurrence of the trouble.


Birnamwood News

18 Mar 1914

Second Amputation Necessary

The condition of Sam Hunter whose leg was amputated below the knee about two weeks ago, did not seem to improve as the leg above the knee became affected, Dr.'s M. J. And E. J. Donahue of Antigo, were here Monday, with the attending physician, Dr. M. P. Cady, drove out to the Hunter home and performed a second operation, cutting off the limb well above the knee. The patient again stood the operation well, and seems to be getting along nicely. 

Shawano Advocate

7 Apr 1914


Jacob Chicks, a Stockbridge Indian, an old veteran, was buried last Tuesday at Red Springs. The deceased was well known in this city and had made his home at Red Springs for many years.

Shawano County Journal

April 23 1914


Old Resident Gone

James Allen is Dead at his California Home

Word has been sent to us by J. Charnley from Alexandria, Louisiana, that James A Allen, an old resident of Shawano resident is dead at the age of 74 years. Death came to him at his home in Monrovia, California, where he has lived for many years past. He was born in Watertown, NY and spent his young manhood in that state.  He was one of the earliest to answer Lincoln's to arms, and enlisted in Co. I  New York 92 Reg. After the war he came to Shawano, and lived here for several years. He helped to build the Presbyterian church in this city, and was for many years an elder in this church. The funeral was held in the Renaker parlors. The G A R members acted as pall-bearers and the Sons of the Veterans served as honorary pallbearers. The Relief Corps furnished the music. Mr. Allen is survived by his Widow, Mrs. Alta Collins Allen, as well as a brother and sister and several younger half-brothers and sisters.

Shawano Advocate

16 June 1914

Two Adjudged Insane

Last week two people were examined before Judge Jackel and declared insane. Anna Duczynake of Pulaski, aged 23 years, was taken before the court on Saturday, and George Traeger, aged 31 years, on Friday. Several years ago Mr. Traeger was kicked on the head by a horse, and last year he had an operation, which gave him relief for a short time, but the past few months he has been getting worse.



Granma Raether, passed away on Thursday morning at 8 o'clock at the home of her son, Mr. Otto Reather at the age of 81 years. She has been a resident of this vicinity for the past 25 years. She was a kind mother and was loved by all who knew her. Those left to mourn her untimely death are her aged husband, and four sons and two daughters. Besides her many friends.


Shawano County Journal

June 25 1914


Cards announcing the marriage of Walter Dickson of Underhill to Miss Jessie Rummels of Hancock. The bridal couple will be home after July 1st.


Shawano Advocate

30 June 1914

Death of Fred A Dodge

Died Yesterday at Priest River, Idaho

Formerly of Shawano County


Mrs. A C Weber received a telegram Monday evening, stating that her father had died that afternoon. Frederick A Dodge died at Priest River, Idaho, on Monday, June 29th and was born at Seneca Falls, New York, Jan. 17th 1843. He was the youngest of thirteen children, and came to Shawano county about 1860 with the parents who lived many years on the farm at Belle Plaine. He enlisted in the war and served one year. He was married to Miss Ida Gumaer and resided in this county until eight years ago when they moved to Priest River, Idaho. Besides his widow he leaves ten children, William L, Walter and John Dodge and Miss Helen Dodge of Priest River, Mrs. Charles Kellogg of Newport, Washington, Mrs. E J Ford of Milwaukee, Fred Dodge of Munesing, Michigan, L H and Frank Dodge and Mrs. A C Weber of this city. The funeral will be at Priest River on Wednesday of this week.

Mr. Dodge was very well known in this county and had a great many friends here who will regret to learn of his death. He was greatly liked by his scores of friends, and was a good neighbor and loving father. He was a mail carrier here for years. The sympathy is extended to the bereaved relatives in this hour of sadness.



Shawano Advocate

14 July 1914

Boy Accidently Shot

At Neopit by his Brother Thursday

Taken to Oneida for Burial

Reginald Elm, aged eleven years and six days, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Elm, was accidently shot at his home in Neopit last Thursday, by his young brother. They were playing together with a revolver, and probably did not know the weapon was loaded, and the bullet hit the little fellow. Dr. Gordon was called, and all that was possible was done, but to no avail, the little sufferer died at 9:30 that evening. The remains were taken to Oneida on the Saturday afternoon. Besides his parents, the deceased leaves three brothers and two sisters. Mr. Elm resides at Oneida, but has worked at Neopit the past four years. His many friends sympathize with him in this sad hour, and the sudden taking away of a loved one.



Shawano County Journal

16 July 1914

Boy is Shot

Hammers Cartridge Into Gun and Bullet Goes Into Lungs Causing a Fatal Wound

Last Friday two boys at Neopit were playing with a gun shooting at a mark. When their cartridges ran out, they went to the house to get some others. The gun they had was for a 32 short bullet; they had some 32 longs and tried to push them into the gun. Failing in the attempt, they pounded the cartridge with a hammer. When the cartridge exploded it went into his lungs and knocked him unconscious. The boy is Reginald Elm. He was carried to his home, where on Saturday he died. he was eleven years of age son of John Elm, of Neopit and was part Indian. The body was shipped to Oneida, the boys old home where the funeral was held last Sunday.


Shawano County Journal

16 July 1914

Mrs. Wm. Raether Passed Away this Morning


Mrs. Wm. Raether, a pioneer of Briarton, died this morning just after breakfast from old age. The had been  fast declining for the past two years. Her maiden names was Mary Malzahn. She was born in Germany in 1833, grew up and was married the Fatherland. All of her children were were born in the old country. Not until she was nearly 50 years old did the family move to America, when they came to Briarton and went upon the farm which they have since made their home. The deceased is survived by her husband and six children. Ferdinand lives near Briarton, William lives in Oshkosh, Herman in Bowler, Otto on the old homestead, Mathilda who is Mrs. Herman Ruechel, lives at Oshkosh, and Bertha is Mrs. August Bucholtz of this city. The funeral will be held next Sunday in the church at Cicero when Rev. Prehl will officiate.

Shawano Advocate

28 July 1914


Gerhart Klosterman, brother of H. Klosterman of this city, died at his home in Bonduel on Friday last and was buried on Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Klosterman and H. Klosterman attended the funeral. He was one of the early settlers of the town of Hartland and was highly respected citizen.