B. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms 01.00 Per Tear.
The Three Best Write-ups of County
Fair by mile Lacs School Girls
Under Fifteen Years.
Pearl A. Labbissonniere First, Nettie
Patchin Second and Lena
Stoddard Third on List.
The Union offered $10.00 in cash
prizes for the three best 300-word
write-ups of the county fair by girls
or boys under 18 years of age. The
papers were submitted to County
Superintendent Ewingnames of
writers were unknown to himand
he decided that Pearl A. Labbisson
niere was entitled to first prize,
$4.50 Nettie Patchin second prize,
$3.50 and Lena .Stoddard, third
prize, $2.00. There were three other
competitors who wrote such meri
torious papers, especially for girls of
such tender years, that the "Prize
Editor" has awarded them consola
tion prizes'of $1.00 each. Next year
the Union hopes to again offer prizes
foi the best write-ups of the county
fair. Checks have been mailed to
the winneis. Annexed hereto are
FirstBy Pearl A. Labbissonniere.
Our twenty-first annual fair opened
Wednesday, September 11. By Wed
nesday evening all the exhibits were
in place and on Thursday morning
the fair grounds wore a very festive
air. A new horse barn, dining hall
and ladies' rest room had been erect
ed also, for temporary use, more
than half a dozen booths. These and
the merry-go-round were equally well
patronized by the fair visitors.
The honey and sugar, butter and
cheese, pastry and school exhibits
were good, those of the pastry and
schools, especially so.
In the horse and cattle barns were
exhibited a number of good animals
and the fact that the barn space was
not quite filled up is accounted for
bv having more room than last year.
The same may be said of the sheep
and hogs. In the cattle barn Henry
Webstei showed his prize herd of
Jersey cattle. They were well
groomed and a prettier lot would be
hard to find.
The poultry building was well
filled with choice specimens of some
of our best breeds of chickens, geese
The exhibits in the ait and the
agricultural and floral halls surpassed
all the otheis in quantit} as well as
in its aitistic quality.
The races on all da} were partic
ular good. The automobile race
^as gieatlj enjojed by the spec
Last, but by no means least, we
'.veie honored by a speech from Go
einoi Ebeihart on Thuisday after
noon, on Fiiday afternoon bj anothei
mteiesting speech from Congiessman
Millei, and on Satuidaj afternoon bj
a short, concise and to-the-point
speech h} Hon. L. C. Spooner.
Se\eial influential men were heard
to state that Mille Lacs.had the best
county fair in the state and we fully
believe it: jet, we lhein hopes that
our twenty -second annual fair will
be "the best ever."
SecondBy Nettie Patchin.
I as at our county fair last Fri
day and Satuiday and I was very
much pleased with the neat, attrac
tive appearance of the various build
ings, and also the good way in which
the officials handled the large number
of people who were there during
those busy days.
Some people weie heard to say,
"The fair has not the display of
formei years,'' but-1 think that
comes from the fact that there is
more room, and that it is not neces
san to bunch articles as has been
the case in former fairs.
The art hall exhibit was suiely ex
cellent as were the agricultural and
fruit displays in the main building.
The school exhibit was a new fea
ture but an attractive one and many
people, young and old, were always
thronging that department. An
other new feature this year, and one
that called forth many words of
praise, is the rest room. I think it
is one of the best things thought of
ior this year, and the ladies of this
town who started the movement and
carried it thiough have the thanks
of all, especially of those who enjoyed
a rest there during the fair.
The display the cooking and
pastry department was so attractive
that had it not been for glass cases 1
am almost certain that some of the
pretty pies, cakes and cookies would
have walked off with some of us
The speakers, who were here dur
ing the fair, were good attractions
as far as I am able to judge, are
speakers and surely added to
interest, anyway. I think the
good the fair managers did us young people a
good turn in bringing to us the men
who make and administer our laws.
I am pleased to say in conclusion
that I think it was a splendid fair
and that our fair officers should re
ceive only words of praisethat we
all, young and old, should join hands
with them and try to make next year
a still better one than 1912. Let us
ThirdBy Lena Stoddard.
The Mille Lacs county fair was
held at Princeton, Minnesota, Sep
The weather was pleasant, which
helped to make it pleasanter.
The displays were very good con
sisting of a nice assortment.of vege
tables and other farm products, also
a nice display of canned fruits and
cooking. The dairy products were
The school children, from both the
town and rural schools, had a fair
display of drawings and farm prod
The displays of fine art and flowers
were very plentiful. There was also
a good exhibit of horses and cattle,
but rather a small exhibit of sheep
and swine. A tail display of poultry
was on exhibition.
The merry-go-round was kept very
busy by its merry riders. One had
to hurry if he or she wanted to get a
seat on it.
The attractions in the way of
sports, music, speaking, etc., were
very good. The boys' band of
Princeton and the Princeton Citi
zens' band furnished the music and
each are worthy of praise.
There were also some very interest
ing speaking on Thursday, by Gov
ernor A. O. Eberhart Friday, by
Congressman C. B. Miller and on
Saturday by Hon. L. C. Spooner.
The following races were ran:
The automobile race, horseback
races, trotting races, boys' sack
race, hurdle race, slow race, etc.
There was also a contest for the
ladies who could throw the ball the
farthest. Each of these were very
A large crowd was in attendance
each day and many exhibitors were
seen with broad smiles and premium
Incubated a Joke.
The committee of 50 censors of the
will of the people, after ponderous
labor, biought forth P. V. Collins.
It was like putting an encyclopedia,
a book of synonyms, an unabridged
dictionary, 'Pilgrims Progress,''
"The Li\es of the Saints" and
"The Ladies' Handbook" in an in
cubator to hatch a joke.
The only person in all Minnesota
who ever took P. V. Collins seriously
was P. V. Collins. Nor is this at all
his fault, as he is always theie with
a full assoitment of opinions and
unquestioned confidence that the only
mistake the Creator made was in the
failure to consult him as to the gen
eral plan and all the details of the
But, some way, no one ever listens
to him, unless they have to, and
then forgetting is easy. E\ery chair
man of every meeting avoids seeing
him if possible, as he can empty a
hall quicker than a fire alarm.
If the desire was to make the
Roosevelt party in Minnesota a joke
the committee selected the correct
title page if the desire was to see
how many votes could be cast with
clothespin attachments, or how much
of a burden the colonel can bear, the
committee made no mistake. Du
How Things Looked in the Morning.
"Becker" was the legend which
came into view as Clair Caley,
George Rice, P. J. Wikeen and L. E.
Fox swung around a curve in an
automobile on a country road one
morning last week just as the sun
came up. "Becker!" ejaculated
Rice, "by the smoking jumpups this
should be Princeton." Caley and
Fox each glared at the depot sign
board and uttered phrases in French
which are unprintable as they rea
lized that they had been driving all
night at a terrific speed and were
only ten miles from their starting
They had gone to Clearwater to at
tend lodge and, at its close, entered
their car for the return trip to
Princeton. The night was dark and
the road they took was the wrong
one, hence it transpired, when they
sized up the situation in the morn
ing, that they had been running in
circles throughout the night.
Although each of the occupants of
the car was sworn to secrecy, the
storytoo good to concealleaked
out. And now each is accusing the
others of treachery.
Will Be a ilagnificent Building of
Which the People of Prince-
ton Should Feel Proud.
The Interior Will Be Commodiously
Arranged and Equipment flod-
ern in' Every Detail.
Herewith is printed a cut of Com
pany G's armory, as it will appear
when completed, which has been
kindly furnished the Union by Lieu
tenant Alfred H. Johnson. As will
readily be seen from the illustration,
the structure, to be built of stone
and brick, will present a magnificent
appearanceit will be a building of
which every person in Princeton
should feel proud. Schlegel &
Drescher, the contractors, are push
ing the work ahead as rapidly as
possible but, owing to the nonarrival
of the specially sawn Oregon floor
joists and some ot the steel work, a
PRINCETON, MILIE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1912.
NEW ARMORY OF COMPANY
slight delay has been occasioned.
However, it is confidently epxeeted
that the structure will be roofed in
by November 1.
The buiding is 62 by 133 feet 6
inches, and there is a basement un
dei the entire structure. In this
basement will be located the indoor
rifle range and ordnance room, as
well as a bath room with the most
modern equipment. There will also
be a kitchen, and dining room
sufficiently laige to seat a companj
of 76 men at one time.
On the main, or first floor, will
be tne ticket office and check
rooms, men's club loom, ladies' rest
room, locker room, quarteimaster's
room, and drill floor, or auditorium,
60 bj 80 feet, as well as a large stage.
The ladies' rest room will open
directly into the auditorium, and
will be equipped with a .full-length
mirror and other conveniences which
theater and dance-going femininity
will no doubt appreciate.
The exterior ol the building will be
of Princeton brick above the belt
course, while the tiim will be ot nat
Greater activity has manifested
itself in the local potato market this
week and warehousemen were kept
busy until esterday morning, when
rain placed the roads in such condi
tion that hauling by the growers
received a check. Prices have
fluctuated during the past week,
ranging from 30 to 38 cents, and a
few loads of especially good quality
were sold for a few cents higher than
the last figure, but the general run
has been around the 35-cent mark
for table stock. Some loads of Tri
umphs brought as high as 60 cents
Shipments have been particularly
light in consequence of the fact that
a scarcity of foreign cars has pre
vailednot a car ot this description
could be obtained here for several
days. The foreign car shortage this
season promises to be greater than
that of several preceding years.
Girls of the Sixties.
The Girls of the 60's held their
monthly meeting on Saturday, Sep
tember 14, at the residence of Mary
Rines, with all but two members
present. Refreshments were served
in the spacious dining room, which
was prettily decorated with asters,
sweet peas and nasturtiums.
This meeting was held to celebrate
Kate's birthday anniversary and
each dainty little lady came bearing
many good wishes for happy returns
of the day.
Those present were Phoebe Borden,
Tina Rines, Emma Griffith, Mary
Lynch, Ella Howard, Emma Cordi
ner, Mary Rines, Katie Applegate
and Eva Keith.
&Viif3|a K, .-jetty*
A Resident of Princeton Since 1856
and a Woman Greatly Beloved
in the Community.
John V. Pedersen of Oreenbush and
Wilbur F. Chase of A noka Also
Join Silent flajority.
Mrs. John C. Hatch, a pioneer set
tler of Princeton and a lady greatly
beloved, passed peacefully from this
world to the realms above at 11
o'clock on Tuesday evening, Septem
ber 24, aged 76 years 3 days. She
had suffered from an affection of the
heart for seven years, and during
that time had experienced many
severe attacks, but, in consequence
of her remaikable Mtalitj, had al
ways lallied. On Tuesday afternoon
she was compelled to take'to her bed
by an attack more severe than any of
the previous ones, and from this she
failed to rallj. Hei son and two
daughters, who were at her bedside
when God called her spirit into His
presence, had for some time expected
Funeral services will be held this
aiternoon from the Congregational
church at 2 o'clock. Rev. J. O.
Fisher, the pastor, will conduct the
Mrs. John C. Hatch, whose maiden
name was Martha A. Hilton, was
born at Jefferson, Maine, September
21, 1836, and was marned to John C.
Hatch on June 25, 1854, at Newcastle,
Maine. With hei husband she paine
to Princeton in the spiing of 1856
and, with the exception of a few
years passed at Anoka, li\ed here
continuously until the time of her
death. She is sur\i\ed by one son,
W. L. Hatch oi this \illage, and
two daughteis, Mis. Emma Cordiner
ol Princeton and Mrs. May Lj nch of
Minneapolis. She also leases four
In the passing of Mis. John C.
Hatch the community loses a truly
noble womana woman whose chief
aim in lite was to peiform good
woiks. Coming to Princeton, as she
did, in the earlj days \\hen this sec
tion ol the country was wild and
desolate, inhabited largely by In
dians, she necessarily endured many
hardships and privations, but she
was a remarkably active and perse
veiing woman and succeeded where
others might have failed. She was
ever ready to minister to the comfort
of the sick and assist those who were
in destitute circumstances, freely
contributing ot that which she had
to better the condition of her neigh
bors. She was a conscientious Con
gregationalist and a member of that
church from the time of its establish
ment in this village. She was also a
member of the Dorcas society.
While her relatives and friends will
greatly miss her kindly face, they
know full well that in life she per
formed her part well and that she is
now reaping that reward which she
so nobly earned.
John V. Pedersen.
John V. Pedersen died at his home
in Greenbush on Saturday afternoon
last, aged 68 years, following a very
short illness. Mr. Pedersen's family
had lived in Greenbush for about
nine years, he being employed as a
mail carrier in South Minneapolis,.
Every few months, however, during
that time he would come up from
Minneapolis and remain with his
family far a day or two. About two
weeks ago he resigned his position as
mail carrier with the intention of
taking life easy on his farm, but he
did not live long to enjoy his well
earned rest. For 30 years John Peder
sen had traveled the same mail
delivery route in South Minneapolis
and nine years ago he acquired the
farm in Greenbush, gradually paying
for it with what he could save from
Funeral services were held yester
day afternoon from the Norwegian
church in Greenbush and were largely
attended. The officiating ministers
were Rev. Fisher of Princeton and
Rev. Rem of Milaca. There were
many floral offerings, among them
a beautiful wreath from the carriers
of the Riverside station, Minne
apolis, sent by a special messenger,
Frank Graber, who worked with Mr.
Pedersen for over 20 years.
John V. Pedersen is survived by
his wile, six sons and two daughters.
Mr. Pedersen was held in high
esteem by his fellow carriers and
the people along his route. He per
formed his duties well and received
the commendation of his superiors
for faithful service. It is indeed a
pity that he should have been no
longer permitted to enjoy the fruits
of his arduous labors.
Wilbur F. Chase.
Wilbur F. Chase of the Chase Lum
ber company, Anoka, died at his
home in that city on Sunday even
ing, aged 70 years. Mr. Chase was
at one time engaged in the lumber
business in Princeton and was well
known by many of the older resi
dents of this village. He was born
in Lincoln, Maine, and served in
the Second Maine volunteers during
the war. He was captured and im
prisoned in both the Andersonville
and Libbj prisons and was not liber
ated until the close of the rebellion.
He came west in 1871. He 'is sur
vived by a wife, one son and two
daughters. The children are Archie
Chase and Mrs. T. J. Pease of Anoka
and Mrs. F. J. Sperry of Mankato.
The funeral was held yesterday after
The Fair at Cambridge.
The annual Isanti county fair was
held at Cambridge on Thursday,
Fridaj and Saturday of last week.
The weather was propitious and
there was a good attendance each
day, especially on Friday and Satur
day. Quite a number of Princeton
people were present. Congressman
Miller delivered a short talk on Fri
The display of farm and garden
products was ceitainly fine. The
school exhibits were excellent.
Thete was a great arraj of articles of
domestic manufacture, also of the
fine arts, and there was no dearth of
beautiful specimens of canned fruits,
jellies, pickles, etc.
Some fine horses were on exhibi
tion in a prhate barn, but the
Union's representative did not see
them he was too busy enjoying the
horse races, foot races and other
sports on Main street, which were
It was a good fair and the Cam
bridge people seemed to vie with
each other in trjing to make it
pleasant for the strangers within
There is just one suggestion we
would offer our Isanti county friends:
Establish permanent fair grounds
commence right away.
Potatoes and Grain From Oregon.
A box containing JBurbank, Ohio
and Long White potatoes, and sam
ples of wheat and barley, was re
ceived by W. H. Ferrell last week
from Al. Munz, who is located at
Redmond, Ore. All are of excellent
quality, the potatoes being especially
fine. Ten cars of these potatoes
the Burbanks from Minnesota seed
were raised in the vicinity of Red
mond, says Mr. Munz, this season,
but there is no market for them
sufficiently near to make their ship
ment profitable. The countrj is new
but the samples received show
clearly that the territory has a great
future. W. H. Ferrell & Co. have
the potatoes and grain on display in
their office window.
An Excellent Hotel.
Mr. Andrew Bryson and Messrs. E.
L. McMillan, Ira G. Stanley and
Charles Keith and wives returned
from a trip to Wahkon on Tuesday
and are unanimous in their praise of
the new hotel there (not yet christ
ened)a 30-room house built of
pressed cream brick, with baths,
electric lights," sewerage, and all
modern improvementsand while the
genial landlord, Mr. W. F. Hackett,
and his accomplished wife were not
quite ready for their formal opening,
they threw open their house and gave
their guests a most enjoyable visit
which they are counting the days to
Abe James a Grandpa.
Abe James received a telegram on
Tuesday saying that a seven and a
half pound boy had been born to Mr.
'and Mrs. E. M. Allen at North
Yakima, Wash. Mrs. Allen is a
daughter of Mr. James.
VOLUME XXXVI. NO. 40
Applegate Boy is Dragged Through
Barbed-Wire Fences by Heifer
and Seriously Injured.
Grover Taylor Accidentally Shot by
Companion and Eddie Teutz is
Victim of Gun Accident.
A deplorable accident occurred on
Sunday evening at 5 o'clock, when
Roy, the 5-year-old son of Mr. and
Mrs. Willard Applegate, suffered a
fracture of the outer table of the
skull and was badly cut by barbed
wire on the head and face.
Roy had gone to the pasture with
his grandfather, W. L. Shrodethe
latter to drive home a cow and
heifer. Mr. Shrode fastened a
rope around the neck of the heifer
and gave the little boy the end of
the rope to hold while he placed an
other rope around the neck of the
cow. The rope which the boy held
had a loop at the end. The heifer,
for some reason or other, became
frightened and dashed across the pas
ture, the loop slipping over the boys'
head and the animal dragging him
after it. In its mad flight the heifer
tore through two barbed-wire fences,
and in passing through a third the
poor little boy struck a post and was
released from the noose.
Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Cook, wha
witnessed the accident from their
house, ran to the assistance of Mr.
Shrode, who was nearly frantic from
the occurrence. They found the boy
cut and bleeding, with barbed wire
wound tightly about his neck. He
was conveyed to Mr. Cook's home
and Dr. Cooney summoned by phone.
Luckily the doctor was at home. He
hurried to the Cook place in his
automobile and conveyed the little
sufferer to the Northwestern hos
pital, where his wounds were dressed.
The boy is at this time resting
easily and the chances for his re
covery are encouraging.
Shot in Foot.
By the accidental discharge of a
shotgun in the hands of a companion,^
Grover Taylor, deputy gamewarden,
was severely wounded in the left
foot on Sunday. The charge entered
the heel of the foot and came out on
the upper side, tearing a big hole.
Taylor was conveyed to the North
western hospital for treatment. An
amputation of the foot will not be
necessary. The accident occurred at
Long pond, where Taylor and his
companion were hunting ducks.
Loses Top of Toe.
While Eddie Teutz was out hunt
ing near Long Siding on Sunday he
stumbled over a log and his shotgun
was accidentally discharged. The
charge entered the big toe of the left
foot and Eddie was conveyed to the
Northwestern hospital, where Dr.
Cooney found it necessary to remove
the first joint of the member.
Increase in Assessment.
The Minnesota tax commission has
decided to increase the 1912 assess
ment of real estate in Mille Lacs
county 30 per cent, except in the
four villages in the county. This
raise is contemplated to bring the
Mille Lacs county valuation up so
that it will equalize with the other
counties of the state. The commis
sion has appointed Saturday, Sep
tember 28, 1912, at 9:30 a. m., at the
office of the Minnesota tax commis
sion in St. Paul, as the time and
place for granting a hearing to any
interested party who wants to show
that this increase is not justified.
The Primary Election Tables.
Elsewhere in this number of the
Union will be found complete official
tables of the result of the primary
election in Mille Lacs county as well
as a table giving the vote for legis
lative candidates in the Forty-fifth
district. The Union has taken great
pains to insure accuracy in these re
turns and considerable time has been,
consumed in their compilation and
The ladies of Princeton and vicin
ity are respectfully invited to attend
my fall and winter millinery opening
tomorrow and Saturday, when a large
assortment of trimmed hats will be
on display. A souvenir will be given
to every purchaser of goods to the ex
tent of 50 cents or more
Mrs. E. F. Griffith.
Camped at Mille Lacs Lake.
Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Talbert of
Long Lake, who, with Mr. and Mrs.
Val Mott. were camping at Mille
Lacs lake, returned home in their
automobile on September 18, after a,
very enjoyable sojourn.
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