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D.O.H.ANDWORKMEN Joint Installation of Officers of the
Two Lodges Held at Their
Hall Thursday Evening.
May or Seeberger of St. Cloud Installs
Workmen and Mrs. Bender
the Degree of Honor.
On ThurMilav evening Tanuarv 9
the local lodges or the Ancient Oidei
of United Workmen and the Degiee
ot Honor held a joint installation at
their hall and the attendance vva
large. Major P. .T. Seeberger of St.
Cloud, grand inside watch, installed
the officers ot the A O W. and
Mrs. Cora Bender, ^rand chiet of
ceremonies, the officials or the D. of
H. At the conclusion ot the cere
monies each of the installing officers
delivered an able address for the
good of the oidei. and then followed
an excellent supper Dancing and
card-, consumed the lemainder of the
evening and a most enjojable time
wa passed by the assemblage. The
A. O. T~. lodge is one of the
strongest in this part of the country
as is also its auxiiliarv. the D. of H.
In the Workman lodge the follow
ing officers were installed for the en
suing jear A. R. Davis. M. W.
C. Smith, foreman: Henry Marpe.
overseer O A. Larson, guide Geo.
E. Rice, recorder. T. F. Scheen,
financier: Gus Swanson, receiver: L.
E Fox inside watch: W. P. Olson,
outside watch.
In the Degree of Honor the follow
ing officers were installed:
Georgia Smith, P. C. of H.: Lizzie
Fox, C. of H.: May South. L. ot H.:
Man Lane, C. of C.: Cora Scheen,
recorder and financier: T. F. Scheen,
receiver: Laura Wheeler, usher
Emma Angstman, inside watch
Cora Young, outside watch.
LARS ERIKSSON OF H1LACA.
The Man Who First Introduced the
Sloyd System of Manual Train
ing in the United States.
ono^iai from T4-tiiara under date
of January 11, contains the following
which will prove of interest to many
readeis of the Union:
Once a prominent educator, hold
ing the honors of introducing the
new home-slovd sjstem of manual
training from Sweden to America,
and at one time a Universalist minis
ter in Minneapolis. Lars Eriksson is
now living in retirement in Milaca.
Besides having been an educator and
a minister, Mr. Ericksson was the
founder of the village of Eriksson
ville on the Soo Line near Mille Lacs
lake.
Although it is generally said that
Boston was the first American city
to receive instruction in the home
slovd sjstem of manual training,
Minneapolis can realty claim the
honor, as it was Minneapolis that
Eriksson first taught this method,
which has since been generally
adopted in all the schools of Boston
arid is being taken up in most of the
modern manual training schools of
the countrv
Mr. Eriksson came into the lime
light in Sweden when Professor John
M. Ordwav of Boston was sent there
to studv the i.ew svstem. Ordway
chanced to read a paper called
Slojdaren. of which Eriksson was the
editor, and after some correspondence
induced Eriksson to come to America
to teach his sjstem.
After the invitation from Professor
Ordway. Eriksson resigned his posi
tion as teacher in a summer school
for teachers at Langhanshyttan and
left Sweden in 1884, going first to
Anoka, where he \isited his daugh
ter, and then to Minneapolis.
Whilee laming the English language
he accepted the position ot organist
in a Swedish Lutheran church in
North Minneapolis, and at the same
time gave lecture on the sloyd sjs
tem to his countrymen. The first
lesson in Swedish sloyd in America
was given in the basement of the
Augustana Lutheran church at
Eleventh avenue and Seventh street
SM Minneapolis, on December 8.1884.
Later he started a school at 1218
Third street S., but had to give it up
in order to support his family, and
accepted a position with the old Cen
tury Music company. He met many
discouragements in Minneapolis,
however, as many told him the sloyd
sj'stem would be useless in this
country because of the modern ma
chinery. At that time his explana
tion that manual training was not
taught to manufacture articles, but
to make skillful woodworkers of boys
and give them training along practi
cal lines, did not seem to juffice.
The Boston educators! had not
heard from him for some {time, and
&fiimf>t
HloriiiHlSI,B|ei
Carl Fallin was sent from that city
to hunt him up. He finalty located
Eriksson in Minneapolis, after a
seaich in Chicago, and returned with
him to the North Bennett Street
Industrial school, where he taught
120 bovs and about 50 teachers every
week.
Fiom ins experience in Minneap
olis. Eriksson discovered that the
slov s\ stem from Naas was not suit
able ioi tins countrj. Foi instance,
the sjstem advocated starting with
kmle work, the student making his
ai tides diiectly from models without
knowledge of drawing. Eriksson
changed this and gave instructions
in mechanical drawing first, and
taught the pupils to work from their
ovv drawings and not from the mod
els. His motto was, "What notes
are for music the drawing is for the
slovd worker. To work directly from
the model without a knowledge of
drawing is like plajing the piano bv
ear without knowing the notes."
He did not start his series with
small articles or knife work, as called
for in the Naas system. He declared
that the saw was the first tool called
for in woodworking, not the knife,
and that it was harder to plane a
kev stick three inches long and one
fourth inch thick than a board
twelve bv* six inches and one-half
inch thick. The big piece helped
the weak hands to hold the plane
steadv.
His chronological method of teach
ing manual training was as follows:
First, sawing: second, planing, cross
cutting, ripping, slant work: third,
boring, nailing exercises, how to hold
the hammer: fourth chiseling:
fifth, carving and knifework. This
was a progressive system in its
natural order.
Visitors from other schools, in
cluding Mr. McAllister, superintend
ent of the Philadelphia schools,
praised his innoation At that
time the Naas system was popular,
but not practical, and Eriksson had
to overcome this difficulty in intro
ducing his methods.
After teaching in Boston over two
years Eriksson went to Toronto,
Can., where he delivered lectures
turned to Boston, but later broke
down in health from overwork, hav
ing taught steadily every working
day for two and one-half years, from
9 a. m. until 9" p. m. He resigned
and returned to Minnesota, glad that
at least part of his mission to this
country had been fulfilled.
In 1894. when Rev. A. Dallgren of
the Swedish Universalist church of
Minneapolis left for Alabama to
start a colonv-, Eriksson took care of
the Universalist congregation for
three years, having been ordained in
the Church of the Redeemer in 1896
by Di. Marion D. Shutter. He was
also instructor at that time of man
ual training at the Boys' club of St.
Mark's church, between Nicollet
and Hennepin avenues on Sixth
street.
During the hard times that fol
lowed Eriksson decided that it
would be better ior laborers to spend
their time on farms rather than loaf
in the city, and went to Mille Lacs
county and established a colony,
the center of which was Eriksson
ville. He started a small store,
trading with the Indians for wild rice
and cranberries. In 1898 a postoffice
was established there and Eriksson
was appointed postmaster. After the
Soo railroad came through his town
he replatted the hamlet, selling lots
and houses.
Recently he moved to Milaca and
is working on an invention of a clock
which, he sajs, will show perfect
time at any point in the world at a
glance. He has the invention prac
tically completed.
There are no dials on this clock,
but two rings, one inside the other,
the inside ring containing a map of
the world, and revolving once in
twenty-four hours. All meridians
are also shown on the inside ring,
while on the outside ring are figures
from one to twenty-four, and numer
ous lines, to show the time.
According to this clock there will
be no "local time," "division time,"
or "central time, "but it will show
local time all over the world, so tlfat
at a glance a person can tell the ex
act time in Calcutta, India, or in
Minneapolis.
Mr. Eriksson is now 65 years of age
but is hale, hearty and busytuning
pianos and working on inventions.
Unclaimed Letters.
List of letters remaining unclaimed
at the Princeton postofflce on Janu
ary 13: Mr. and Mrs. John Pederson,
Henry Magnus. Mr. John O. Bjork
man (2), Hans Carlson, Mrs. J. W.
Haaws, Ossie Kelley. Please call for
advertised letters.
L. S, Briggs, P. M,
THEVILLAGECOUNCIL Flossie Davis Asks Damages for Inju-
ries Received by Coming in
Contact With Wire.
Bond of Recorder Eari W. Hatch Ac-
ceptedClaim of the Northern
Construction Co. Rejected.
The village council met in regular
monthlj sessionthe first meeting
for the new yearon Tuesday even
ing and disposed of such matters as
came before it.
Earl W. Hatch's bond in the sum
of $2,000 was presented, accepted and
ordered placed on file. Charles Keith
and Henry Newbert are the bonds
men. Mr. Hatch is the new re
corder, appointed by the council to
perform the duties of the unexpired
term of Gro\er Umbehocker, re
signed, and he is a capable j7oung
man.
(Jeorge Woodman appeared before
the council and asked permission to
cut the dead and superfluous timber
in the village park on the north side.
I would no doubt be a good plan to
have the trees in this so-called park
thinned out, as they are now so
close together that they are choking
one another to death. The applica
tion of Mr. Woodman was laid over
for further consideration.
Flossie Davis, through Councilman
McRae, presented a claim for dam
ages against the village for $40 for
injuries received through coming
into contact with the guy wire of a
telephone pole belonging to the
Rural Telephone company. In conse
quence of the fact that, according to
article 8 of the telephone company's
contract with the village said com
pany is liable for all damages arising
from the maintenance of its system,
the council turned down the claim
and suggested that it be presented to
the corporation responsible for the
alleged injurv.
A bill was presented bjT
R.C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Year. PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, i913-Te Pages VOLUME XXXVII. NO. 4
the Nor-
thern Cement Construction company
for laying the corner of M. J.
Brands' sisdenmik-. Tfee council, re
fused to allow the claim.
The advisability of compelling M.
J. Brands to^.secftre a license for
operating his motion picture show
was discussed but no action taken.
The auditing of a number of bills
concluded the work of the session.
Educational Positions in Philippines.
The last examination before ap
pointments to the Philippine teach
ing service for nest school jrear
are
made is announced by the United
States civil service commission for
March 12-23, 1913, in various cities
throughout the United States, for
teacher, industrial teacher and as
sistant. Graduates of colleges and
normal schools and of polytechnic
and agricultural schools are desired.
Well prepared teachers with suc
cessful experience are eligible.
The entrance salarv of the major
ity of male appointees is $1,200 per
annum and expenses to the islands
paid by the goAernment, with eligi
bility for promotion up to $2,000 as
teacher and up to $3,000 as superin
tendent.
The service requires women for
home economics and men for agricul
ture, manual training, high school
science, mathematics, Englisn and
supervisors of school districts.
For information relative to the
nature oft he service and the exam
ination address Bureau of Insular
Affairs. Washington, D. C.
The "Corpse" Came to Life.
That was a nice little joke which
Tom Post played on Bob King, Jim
Hartman and Charley Weeks. I
was about 11:30 at night, and Tom
Post had just locked the outer door
of the postoffice when lie discerned
persons approaching in the distance.
Here's where I'll have some fun,
said Tom to himself, as he laid
down in the street and stiffened his
muscles. The night was dark and
the aic light between the postoffice
and Dr. Cooney's not in operation.
Presently three men came down
the streetthey' had been attending
lodgeand Tom heard them talking
about goats, signs, grips, and other
things. Bob was the first to descry
the prostrate form of the marshal
and he exclaimed, "Fellows, look at
that a dead man!" The trio drew
closer to the '-corpse" and Jim Hart
man kicked the man's feet, at the
same time remarking, "Frozen stiff,
begad'"
As-the marshal's cap was pulled
over his face it was impossible to
recognize him in the darkness and
neither of the three had a match, so
Bob King was left to guard the body
while Jim Hartman and Charley
Weeks darted off to obtain lucifers.
Bob didn't like his assignment very
v&ellthe idea of being left alone
with a dead'" man did not appeal
to his fancvbut Jim and Charley
soon returned with the matches.
"Has he moved. Bob?'' asked Jim.
'Not a move." answered he. "so far
as I could detect in this darkness,
and. to tell the truth. I was begin
ning to feel a trifle creepv\'"
"Strike a match, Charlej." said
Jim. And as Charley drew a lucifer
across the other side of his pants the
"corpse''jumped up and remarked,
"Here are matches, bojs: what's the
matter'-"' They were so taken by
surprise that for a time they were
unable to utter a word, but at last
they exclaimed in unison. "Well. I'll
be jiggered!''
Sues lor $15,000 Damages.
Fiank Dreschei, a minor, through
Maurice P. Moriarty, his guardian
ad litem, has brought a $15,000 dam
age suit against Elmer E. Whitney
of Princeton, in the federal court at
Duluth, for personal injuries alleged
to have been caused by defendant's
negligence. An account of the acci
dent was published in the Princeton
Union of December 14, 1911, under
the caption of "Loses Hand in Plan
ing Machine.'' and is hereunder re
produced
"Frank Drescher, aged 15 years,
son of Charles Drescher. on Friday
met with an accident which neces
sitated the amputation of his right
hand at the wrist. The boy, who
was employed in carrying away lum
ber from the planing machine at the
Whitney sawmill, attempted to re
move a spike which he had placed in
a plank to keep it from slipping at
the end of the machine when the
plaae came in contact with his hand,
took off three fingers and cut into
the back of it.
i"Mr. Whitney had a moment be
fore* thrown off the belt to stop the
niaqhine, but the boy thrust his
hand beneath the plane while the
blacte was in motion. The spike had
been placed in the plank by the boy
unfenown to Mr. Whitney. At the
tii* the accident occurred Mr. Whit
ney was standing near the boy and
eofrld have prevented it had he
known that the youth was about to
tmust his hand under the plane.
'No blame attaches to Mr. Whit
ney, as the bov "s work consisted
merely of taking the boards, as they
were planed, from the slidehe was
not authorized to in any manner
meddle with the machinery. At the
same time it is a pity that the boy,
who is a bright young fellow, should
have lost his hand.
"Dr. Cooney found the hand so
badly lacerated that amputation was
absolutely necessary."'
Frank Dreschei was on October 2,
1^12, legalty adopted by his maternal
giandfather, Jacob Becker, of Marsh
field, Woodcountv. Wis. E. L. Mc
Millan of Princeton is counsel for
Mr. Whitney and Thompson & Pors
of St. Paul represent the plaintiff.
Mr. McMillan, who returned from
Duluth last evening, informs us that
he asked for and was granted a con
tinuance of the case until next July.
Belated Christmas Presents.
A Milaca famity 's Christmas pres
ents were delaj'ed somewhat at Min
neapolis according to the Journal of
the 10th inst. I appears that six
Crhistmas presents that were left at
the mailing window of the Minne
apolis postoffice two days before
Christmas and held up in the in
quiry division because of the failure
of the sender to address them, were
finally delivered. The presents were
intended for a family in Milaca, and
were taken to the postoffice in time
to insure their delivery on Christmas
day. But the woman who was send
ing them, in her haste, took them
to the mailing window and left them
unaddressed. At the same time a
letter sent to the persons for whom
the gifts were intended told them
that the presents were under way.
The failure of any of the six parcels
to come resulted in an inquiry and
they weie finally located in the in
quiry division of the Minneapolis
postoffice.
C. E. Johnson Raises Fine Stock.
C. E. Johnson, who is operating
the Robinson cattle ranch in Page
township, was in Princeton on Tues
day circulating among his friends.
Mr. Johnson is an experienced cattle
man and is making a success of
stock farming. The Robinson ranch
contains 540 acres, 250 of which are
cleared, and something like 150 head
of cattle are fattened there every
year. Mr. Johnson has a two-year
old deer on his farm which is as do
cile as a kitten. I plays with the
children, licks their faces and is the
pet of the family. Woe betide the
person who mistreats that deer.
STATE LEGISLATURE
President of Senate Burnquist and
Speaker Henry Rines flake
Committee Assignments.
R. C. Dunn Gets Chairmanship of
Road and Bridge Committee
and is Well Satisfied.
J. A. A. Burnquist, presiding
officer of the senate, and Henry
Rines, speaker of the house, handed
out their patronage in the shape of
committee assignments on Tuesday
and the senate democrats obtained
unusual recognition, several impor
tant committees being given demo
cratic chairmen, so that the minori
ty as a whole probably did not suffer
much by jumping upon the "com
bine" proposition.
In the house the democrats only
secured two chairmanships, Albert
Pfaender landing crimes and punish
ments and Frank Minette the state
training school, but democrats fared
well on most of the committees,
Speaker Rines having inaugurated a
new deal in the distribution of
assignments.
No member of the house this year
serves on more than seven commit
tees or Jess than six. Another in
novation is the committee on cities
of 17 members. This replaces the
old "tri-county committee" com
posed of all members from the three
large counties of the state. The
important chairmanships assigned in
the house are as follows:
Appropriations. Andrew Davis,
Elk River banks, R. J. Lindberg,
Henning: corporations. Frank Hop
kins, Fairfax: dairy products and
livestock, H. H. Dunn. Albert Lea
drainage, D. P. O'Neill. Thief River
Falls elections, N. J. Holmberg,
Renville general legislation, C. T.
Knapp, Chisholm grain and ware
house, C. M. Bendixen, Morgan in
surance, Thomas Frankson, Spring
Valley judiciary, C. N. Orr, St.
Paul labor, W. A. Campbell, Min
neapolis public accounts, S. R.
Child. Minneapolis public health
and pure food, K. G. Skartum, Lake
Benton public domain, Thomas
Kneeland, Minneapolis: reapportion
ment, C. H. Warner, Aitkin roads
and bridges, R. C. Dunn, Princeton
state prison. L. C. Spooner, Morris:
taxes. T. T. Ofsthun, Glenwood:
telephone and telegraph, J. G. Len
non, Minneapolis: temperance, H.
A. Putnam. Amor: transportaion,
J. T. Johnson. Fergus Falls: uni
versity. C. L. Sawj-er, Minneapolis
workmen's compensation. J. B. San
born, St. Paul.
Numerous changes fn chairmanship
are made in the list ot senate com
mittees. W. S. Dwinnell of Minne
apolis is made head of the committee
on taxes, superseding Senator Carl
L. Wallace of Minneapolis, who is
chairman of the corporate commit
tee. This is a trade in the chair
manships. Senator G. P. Wilson is
relieved of the insurance chairman
ship and Senator John Moonan of
Waseca given this place, while Wil
son is made head of the new com
mittee on cities of the first class.
Senator V. L. Johnson of Center
City, former chairman ot temper
ance, is made reapportionment chair
man, and O. G. Dale of Madison,
formerly chairman of education,
heads the temperance committee.
Senator D. A. Duxbury of Caledonia,
one of the leaders of the proposed
anti-Burnquist combine, is made
chairman of the education commit
tee. G. H. Sullivan, another leader
of the combine, is made chairman of
the new committee on penal institu
tions.
Democrats fared better under
Burnquist than in the last senate.
Moonan, insurance chairman, is a
democrat Senator Albert Schaller
of Hastings is head of the committee
on charitable institutions, a new
committee T. E. Cashman of Owa
tonna heads the committee on agri
culture M. J. McGrath of Winona
displaces Duea of Ruthton as head
of the banks committee, and
Julius Coller of Shakopee displaces
G. H. Sullivan as head of the munic
ipal corporations committee.
Several important committee chair
manships are unchanged. Frank
Clague of Redwood still remains
chairman of the finance committee,
Senator J. T. El well of the uni
versity committee, J. E. Haycraft of
Madelia of the elections committee.
C. J. Gunderson of Alexandria of the
general legislation committee, F. E.
Putnam of Blue Earth of the ju
diciary committee, and B. E. Sund
berg of Kennedy of the railroads
committee. M. L.^Fosseen of Min-
^BTORiCAL
neapolis stays as head of the labor
committee.
Senator J. M. Hackney of St. Paul,
former head of the reapportionment
committee, asked that he be given
no chairmanship and his wish was
granted.
Among the house committees to
which I. F. Walker, the new member
from the Forty-fifth district, has
been appointed are agricultural
schools, dairy products and livestock,
and drainage. Being familiar with
these matters, Mr. Walker can be
depended upon to make an excellent
committee member.
Under suspension of the rules a
bill appropriating $100,000 for the
legislative expenses of the 1913 ses
sion, not including members' sal
aries, was passed yesterday by the
house and also by the senate. The
amount is $25,000 less than the 1911
appropriation.
Representative Lydiard yesterday
introduced a resolution asking that
a committee be appointed to make
investigation for the purpose of
determining whether the number of
house employes could not be reduced.
On a roll call the resolution was de
feated by a vote of 108 to 6.
The Moonan senate resolution for
a joint committee to investigate the
proposed reorganization of state de
partments was yesterday concurred
in by the house.
H. O. Bjorge and Thomas Frank
son yesterday brought out the peren
nial tonnage tax bill. I proposes a
tax on all iron ore mined in Minne
sota in lieu of all other state taxes.
The rate of taxation will range from
2 cents a ton for ore having less than
49 per cent of metallic iron to 5 cents
a ton on ore containing 59 per cent
iron and more. The tax is to be
effective against all mines producing
annually 2,000 tons or more.
Alexander Chisholm Passes Away.
Alexander Chisholm, an old and
respected resident of Greenbush,
passed away at his home in that
township last night at 11:30 o'clock,
aged 79 v-ears. The cause of his
death was a general breaking down
of the constitution due to old age.
Funeral services will be conducted
in the Greenbush Methodist church
tomorrow morning at 10:30 o'clock
by Rev. E. B. Seryice.
Alexander Chisholm was born in
Thurlow, Canada, on August 12,
1833, and came to Greenbush in the
fall of 1881. settling on a farm which
he bought there and where he con
tinued to reside until called by
death. His wife, whose maiden
name was Bessie Kerr, and to whom
he was married in Canada in 1859.
died about three years ago. He is
survived by eight sons and one
daughter, of whom John. Bvron,
Alexander. Eugene. Thomas. Will
iam, Gilbert and Mary reside in
various parts of the west, while
Robert lives on the old homestead
in Greenbush.
Mr. Chisholm, until incapacitated
by advancing vears, was a hard-work
ing, industrious man and maintained
one of the best farms in Greenbush.
He was honest in his dealings and
highty respected by his neighbors,
who will greatly miss his kindly face.
Death of J. H. Arnhold's Child.
Chester, infant son of Mr. and Mrs.
J. H. Arnhold of Baldwin, died on
Saturday morning at 2:30 o'clock,
aged 2 months 21 dav s. The little
one had only been ill a few days.
The funeral was held from the fam
ily residence on Tuesday afternoon
at 1 o'clock, Rev. Lange of the Min
neapolis Baptist church conducting
the services. Gotthart Arnhold,
formerly of Princeton, came up from
Minneapolis to attend the funeral.
The community extends its sympa
thy to the parents of the child.
Proposed Parcel Post Amendment.
It is the belief of the authorities
of the postoffice department that
books and other printed matter, now
handled as third-class mail at eight
cents a pound, will be mailable as
parcel post matter. Steps to this
end have already been taken to in
duce congress to amend the parcel
post act. In line with this idea
Postmaster General Hitchcock has
decided that senders of parcel post
packages may inclose printed matter
descriptive of the contents without
affecting the classification.
Notice.
To the Teachers and School Boards
of Mille Lacs County, Minn.:
Do not buy books, cyclopedias nor
any apparatus from traveling agents
who represent to j-ou that I have
recommended the same.
I have not given my approval to
anything that may be presented to
you by any of these men.
Guy Ewing,.
County Supt. of Mille Lacs County*
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