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GRACE A. DUNN, Publisher
Christmas Will be Duly Observed
With Special Religious Services
and Children's Exercises.
TO EMPHASIZE CHARITY
Programs of Songs and Recitations
Presented by Children Will
The pleasures of the Christmas sea
son ate closely linked with our re
ligious life and the services in the
churches constitute an important part
in the observance of the most joyous
holiday of the whole year. Every
church in the village and in the sur
rounding country is making some
preparation for the Christmas season.
Arrangements have been made for
the following program to be presented
in the Princeton Methodist church on
Sunday evening, December 24:
Scripture Reading Selected
Song "Christmas Bells"
Recitation "The Angel's Visit"
Recitation ''We're Glad"
Song "The Wondrous Song"
"When Heaven Came Down to Earth"
Exercise "A Christmas Star"
Song "The Christmas Story"
Song "Just a Little Word"
Duet "Just Like You and Me"
Helen Glade and Mary Lumb.
Recitation "The Christmas Dolls"
Verna Lu McMinn.
Song ''The King Has Come"
Exercise "Christmas Cheer"
Song "Little Love Beams'1
Recitation "The Little Christmas Tree"
Song "Wonderful Star"
Recitation "Joy Bells"
Song "A Little Bit of Heaven"
Exercise "Star, Cross and Crown"
Song "The Message of Joy"
No program will be presented in the
Congregational church but two parties
will be given for the members of the
Sunday school. On Friday at 3:30 p.
m. the members of the primary de
partment are to assemble in the church
parlors for their frolic. The party for
the adult department will be held on
Thursday evening at 7:30. All the
children are urged to be present and
share in the fun.
In Our Savior's Evangelical Luth
eran church located two miles east of
Santiago village special services are
to be held on Christmas day, Decem
ber 25, and the following day. The
services on Christmas day will be con
ducted in both Norwegian and English
and will begin at 11 a. m. The pastor
invites all to come and hear the "good
tidings of great joy." In his an
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CHRISTMAS MOVIE PROGRAM
TO BE GIVEN AT SCHOOL
Interesting Films to be Presented To
night Under Auspices of Ath
The High School Athletic associa
tion has made arrangements for a
Christmas movie program to be pre
sented in the school auditorium to
night. The films will be shown by a
skilled operator from Minneapolis who
brings his own machine.
The three chief features will be
"The Birth of Christ and the Coming
of the Wise Men," "Children's Hour,"
and "Faith of Sunny Jim." There will
also be two short films on special ed
ucational topics. The whole program
will be particularly high class and
will be well done mechanically.
The high school students have spon
sored this entertainment as a worthy
civic project and for the purpose of
raising funds to meet bills that must
be paid immediately. The price of
admission for children is 10 cents and
for adults it is 15 cents. Come if you
can, but if you cannot be present, by
all means see that the children have
the opportunity to enjoy this Christ
mas program. You cannot get more
real value for your money anywhere
and at the same time you will be help
ing the Athletic association.
The Rebekahs and Odd Fellows had
a hard-time dance last evening in the
lodge hall, Practically all the ladies
appeared in aprons. A few of the
men appeared in overalls. All the
guests brought basket lunches. The
music was furnished by Berg's orches
Fires Destroy Homes.
Fire, at an early hour this morning,
completely distroyed the residence of
Alphonso Howard in the western part
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of the city.
Mr. Howard discovered the blaze in
the kitchen shortly after midnight and
sent in the alarm. The shrill fire siren
called out the department, but the
fire had gained such headway there
was no opportunity to save the build
ing. It was a small three-room frame
building and burned like tinder. It
was completely burned to the ground,
not a truck load of debris being left.
The family escaped with but a few
effects, saving some of their clothes,
bedding and household articles. Other
wise everything was destroyed. In
surance on the building will not nearly
repay Mr. Howard's loss. This finan
cial loss comes as an unfortunate ex
perience to the Howard family and
their many friends sympathize with
At an early hour Sunday morning
fire destroyed the farm residence of
Carl 0. Hawkinson in Wyanett. The
"building was completely burned to the
ground and but a share of the house
hold effects were saved, resulting in
a severe financial loss to Mr. Hawkin
son and his family.
Babcock Gives Reasons for Advocat-
ing State Bond Issue to be Rec-
ommended to Legislature.
Minnesota is paying now for the
roads of yesterday, today and tomor
Funds of 1922 are being used for
many highway improvements which
should have been made in past years
and which will serve for many future
years as much or more than at the
Charles M. Babcock, state highway
commissioner, in a public statement
yesterday, made plain that to correct
this condition is the main purpose of
the proposal for first state highway
bond issues to be recommended by the
state highway department to the in
"The recommendation is aimed sole
ly to give a fairer share of highway
benefits for the taxes being paid now,
which can be done only through the
bond method," said Commissioner
Babcock. "We cannot avoid paying
now for road improvements which
should have been made long ago, but
we can justly pass on to future years
a fair portion of permanent highway
betterments many of which will last
for all time."
Official records show that nearly
1,500 miles of grading, some 30 miles
of -paving, several expensive bridges
and other lasting improvements took
nearly half, 40 per cent to be more
nearly exact, of the 1922 trunk high
way construction fund. Highway of
ficials pointed out that the future
should share in the payment as well as
Commissioner Babcock repeated
that the highway bond recommenda
tions are in line with lower taxation.
"With taxes becoming burdensome,"
he said, "there is only greater reason
for letting the future pay for
its share of highway improvements in
proportion to the use and profit it will
derive. Better roads reduce the costs
of farm transportation and motor ve
hicle operation and pay for themselves
many times over. Bonds will provide
immediate improvements which will
stop big drains on the public pocket
book, indirect drains due to inadequate
roads which run into large figures
annually. It is simple economy. Prac
tical tests show that possible savings
on gasoline and tires would pay for
paving the 7,000-mile trunk system in
a few years and the highway depart
ment is urging that the public put into
good roads only the money for a part
of it which otherwise must be spent
for extra tires and gasoline and car
The commissioner again pointed out
that bond interest and principal can be
paid only with motor vehicle tax re
ceipts and federal aid and that the
bond plan will not interfere with road
tax reductions started when the state
took over the improvement and main
tenance of the artificial highways.
John Baas Purchases Store.
The general merchandise and con
fectionery store at Pease, which for
merly was owned by Wm. Kalsbeek,
has now become the property of John
Baas. The new proprietor takes pos
Mr. Baas has been the general im
plement dealer in Pease and he will
continue in that business also for the
present. His friends wish him all suc
cess in his new business venture.
Mr. Kalsbeek has not yet decided
what he will do, but his friends and
neighbors hope he will remain in
Co-operative Creamery is Finest
Structure in Business Section and
Great Addition to Village.
EQUIPMENT TO BE BEST
Finishing is Being Pushed Rapidly
Local Contractors Have Handled
On May 10 the contracts for con
structing and equipping the Princeton
Co-operative creamery were awarded.
A. O. Egge of Princeton was the con
tractor employed for the general con
struction of the building. Work was
soon commenced and progressed rapid
ly. The structure is now nearing com
pletion and it undoubtedly presents
the best appearance of any building in
the business section of the village.
Not only the members of the Co-op
erative creamery company but every
resident in the village should take
great pride in the structure.
The building is two stories high and
is constructed of rough brick and
stone. Great care was exercised in
selecting the materials and expense
was not spared in securing those of
good quality. The structure, there
fore, presents a very fine appearance.
It's dimensions are 56 by 66 feet.
Although the building will not be
complete before the, middle of next
month, the steam heating plant has
been in operation for some time and
the workmen are now putting on the
finishing touches in decorating the
walls of the interior on the first floor.
The greater part of the first floor is
occupied by the work room. Here will
be placed the two churns and the Ave
vats. The floor is of cement and slopes
toward the center where the drain is
situated, with a drop of 3-8 of an
inch per foot. The walls to a height
of about four feet have a wainscot of
enamel brick. The room is equipped
with a most complete ventilating sys
tem of large flues and electric blowers
which certainly should keep the air
On the west side of the workroom
are the office, lavoratory, storage
room, egg candleing booths, stairs and
elevator. Communicating with the of
fice is a good-sized vault.
PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA.THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1922
The men who have directed the con
struction of the building have been
looking to the future and have wisely
made provision for the creamery to
handle eggs on a large scale. They
have incorporated into their plans the
candleing booths and an egg refrig
erator. This egg refrigerator in the
northwest corner of the buildieg ad
joins the butter refrigerator and if
necessary could also be used for but
ter at any time. The walls of these
refrigerator rooms are packed with six
inches of cork which serves as an ex
On the north side of the work room
is the engine and boiler room. The
well is in this room and the ice manu
facturing machine is to. be installed
At the east of the work room, at an
elevation of about three feet, are the
receiving and test rooms. These
rooms also have the cement floor and
the enamel brick wainscot. A con
veyor has been installed to carry the
cans from the outside, through the re
ceiving room to the pier in the drive
way at the southeastern corner of the
building. A small refrigerator has
been placed in the receiving room for
the convenience of those patrons who
wish to be supplied with butter.
Under the receiving and test rooms
is the fuel room where a little more
than one carload of coal can be stored.
On the second floor are three large
tanks. One of these is for fresh wa
ter, one for waste water, and the third
one is for buttermilk. The greater
part of the remainder of the space
will be utilized for storage.
The building is as nearly fireproof
as it is possible to construct it.
It will be a red-letter day for Prince
ton and the surrounding country when
the new creamery is finally dedicated.
Carol Howard Weds.
On November 30 Miss Carol How
ard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Millard
Howard of Princeton, was married to
Walter Schneck at Aberdeen, S. Dak.
Mrs. Schenck graduated from the
Princeton high school in 1916. She
then attended Hamline University and
later went to South Dakota to teach
school. She is now a student of the
Northern Normal Industrial school at
Aberdeen. She expects to complete
her course there this year.
The groom was a former student of
the same school.
The bride's many friends here wish
Mr. and Mrs. Schenck much happi
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas to-night!
Christmas in lands of the fir-tree and pine,
Christmas in lands of the palm-tree and vine,
Christmas where snow-peaks stand solemn and white,
Christmas where corn-fields lie sunny and bright,
Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas to-night.
Christmas where children are hopeful and gay,
Christmas where old men are patient and gray,
Christmas where peace, like a dove in its flight,
Broods o'er brave men in the thick of the fight,
Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas to-night.
For the Christ-child who comes is the Master of all,
No palace too great and no cottage too small,
The angels who welcome Him sing from the height,
"In the City of David a King in His Might,"
Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas to-night.
Then let every heart keep its Christmas within,
Christ's pity for sorrow, Christ's hatred of sin,
Christ's care for the weakest, Christ's courage for right,
Christ's dread of the darkness, Christ's love of the light,
Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas to-night.
So the stars of the midnight which compass us round
Shall see a strange ifcry, and hear a sweet sound,
And cry "Look! the earth is aflame with delight,
O sons of the morning, rejoice at the sight."
Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas to-night.
Members of St. Edward's Dramatic
Society Give a Most Credita-
AUDIENCE IS RESPONSIVE
All Roles Are Well Taken Drama Is
Portrayal of Mother's Love
Pathos Relieved by Humor.
The members of St. Edward's Dra
matic society last Friday evening pre
sented "An Old-Fashioned Mother,"
to an appreciative audience in the
Princeton armory. The society has
achieved quite a reputation and every
seat in the auditorium was filled. It
is seldom that a" home talent play is
presented as well as was the drama
Friday evening. The amateur actors
displayed remarkable skill in inter
preting their roles.
Miss Mildred Grow and Earl
Branchaud played the leading parts
as Auntie Deb and Jerry. While the
role of Deborah must have been rather
difficult for a sprightly young lady to
handle, who is not a professional, Miss
Grow's interpretation was exceptional
ly fine. She brought home to the au
dience most forcibly the moral of the
Earl Branchaud as Jeremiah Gos
ling contributed the much needed hu
mor to relieve the pathos of the pro
duction. Jerry was the embodiment
of a merry heart and his presentation
of the role was most refreshing. His
part could easily have been overplayed
but Mr. Branchaud displayed real
finesse in handling it.
Miss Dotty Grow as Gloriana
Perkins was the little maid whose un
faltering loyalty to Aunt Deb won the
hearts of all. The audience was also
much in sympathy with John, the
prodigal son, whose real worth and
strength of character were evident
even in the first scene. Neil Grow put
just the right amount of reserve into
Mrs. Neil Grow as Widder Pindle
and her choir furnished one of the
most amusing features of the per
formance. The costumes of the choir
were perfect and were a credit to
those who assembled the wardrobe.
Miss Louizy Custard who devoted
her energies to plain sewing and gos
sip was much appreciated. This part
also might easily have been overdone,
but Miss Reah Grow cleverly main
tained the role above the plane of the
ridiculous and still lost none of the
humor of the part.
Elwood Cleasby, as Brother Jonah
Quackenbush, Jordan Courteau as
Enoch Rone, the outcast and wanderer
who retrieved himself, John Dugan as
the county sheriff, and Henry Smith
as the elder brother, Charley, did full
justice to their roles. The other two
more subordinate parts were well
handled. Miss Ethelyn Peterson was
an amusing widder's mite and Miss
Majorie Buck well portrayed all the
assurance of the village belle.
During the intermissions the village
choir entertained the audience with
All those in the cast and Father
Mayer, who directed the play, can
have the satisfaction of knowing the
drama was skillfully presented and
well received by the audience. Such
home talent productions should be en
couraged. SUPREME COURT
Decision of Much Importance to Resi-
dents of Milo Township is Ren-
dered Titles Are Valid.
On December 15 a decision of much
importance to certain residents of
Milo township was rendered by the
state supreme court. The matter in
question involved the validity of titles
to plots of land in the village of Pease
or nearby, comprising a 120-acre tract.
If the decision of the district court
had not been reversed the owners of
this land would have found them
selves in the embarrassing position of
having buildings erected on property
to which they did not have a clear
The plaintiff and appellant was
Jacob Van Rhee, the defendant and re
spondent was Thomas Dysert. E. L.
McMillan was attorney for the plain
tiff while the defendant and respon
dent was represented by C. J. Cahaley
and C. P. Kleinman.
Stephen Dysert, the father of re
spondent, died intestate in 1896 own
ing 120 acres of land in Mille Lacs
county. The estate was probated and
an undivided one-fifth decreed to re
spondent. In the year 1899, after 3
of the children conveyed interests in
the land to M. M. Ring, all the heirs of
Stephen Dysert disappeared from
Mille Lacs county. In May, 1899,
plaintiff bid on the land at a forfeited
real estate tax judgment sale and im
mediately went into possession, culti
vated, and improved the same. He
also obtained a conveyance from H. M.
This action to determine the adverse
claims of the defendants to the land,
alleged to be in plaintiff's possession,
was begun February 23, 1919, when
the complaint and lis pendens were
duly filed. Service of summons was
made upon respondent by publication.
Judgment was entered May 12, 1909,
and a certified copy at once recorded
in the office of the register of deeds
of Mille Lacs county.
The evidence presented at the hear
ing in the district court showed that
the plaintiff had made every effort to
locate the defendant, Thomas Dysert,
but he could not be located.
It was also shown in the hear
ing in the district court that
Thomas Dysert had for some time
been residing in St. Louis county and
had continually been a resident of the
state since 1899. Therefrom the court
made findings of fact, the one of con
trolling importance being: "That said
defendant, at the time of commence
ment of said action and for a long time
prior thereto and ever since said time
has been and still is an actual bona
fide resident of the state of Minne
sota, and that his residence might
have been ascertained at all of such
times by the exercise of diligence."
The district court then issued an
order vacating judgment which de
cision, if it had stood, would probably
have cost the people now residing on
the land in question thousands of
E. L. McMillan, counsel for the
plaintiff, Jacob Van Rhee, asked for
an appeal from the district court and
the case was taken to the state su
The supreme court ruled that the
plaintiff's showing of diligent search
and inability to find the" respondent,
Thomas Dysert, in the state was well
nigh conclusive, and that the respon
dent's showing to the contrary was
not sufficent to overcome the same.
The order of the district court va
cating judgment was therefore re-,
VOL 46, NO. 52
Commercial Club Plans to Hold Busi-
ness Men's Session During
FIRST DAY MEETING JAN. 9
Annual Election Jan. 16 Membership
Drive Proposed Back Good
The Princeton Commercial club held
a live meeting at its headquarters in
the armory building Tuesday evening,,
and though the attendance was not
near as large as it should have been,
nevertheless a good live spirit pre
vailed with those present. It gave
one the impression that the club was
active and had been doing some good
work during its existence of but two
Many people fail to realize the im
portance to a town of this size that
an organization of this kind is. Those
who take an active part in the meet
ings or are in regular attendance
naturally keep in close touch with the
work that is carried out from month to
month. From the special items called
to the attention of the members pres
ent Tuesday evening it is quite evi
dent that the club has not been asleepr
by any means. Secretary Wm. C.
Doane is preparing a list of the ac
tivities accomplished the past year
and the Union will present them at
A new feature in the way of a busi
ness men's noon day luncheon was
proposed and a committee of two was
appointed by President Dr. D. A. Mc
Rae to make the necessary arrange
ments for the first luncheon which is
proposed for Tuesday, January 9-
Messrs. A. E. Allen and E. K. Evens1
were named and were authorized to
select an additional member if found
necessary. Further announcement on
final plans will be given in a later
As the annual election and general
year's business meeting will come this
year on Tuesday, January 16, special'
effort will be made to have a full at
tendance present. A membership
drive will be instituted in order to add
to the present list.
There are several important mat
ters coming up this year that will
need the attention of the organization
as a body and the larger the member
ship the greater the results.
The armory, which has been kept in
repair and many new improvements
added by the armory board, has an
expense of nearly $2,000 for the past
two years. These improvements are
of a permanent and substantial na
ture and as a result of these improve
ments the board has been able to put
the armory to such use that a satis
factory revenue has been gained dur
ing the year. However, as the state
controls the ownership of the building
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Mrs. Martin Stenson.
Mrs. Martin Stenson passed away
at her home in St. Joseph's hospital,
Minneapolis on Wednesday, December
13, at 5 p. m. Just two days previous
to her death Mrs. Stenson had under
gone an operation for gall stones and
appendicitis. Her death resulted from
pneumonia which she contracted after
The body was brought home on Fri
day. Funeral services were conducted
in Our Savior's Evangelical Lutheran?
church on Sunday by Rev. O. M. Gulle
rud. Interment was in the Santiago
Olga Olive Bergstrom was born on
August 28, 1884, in St. Peter. She
lived in Chicago several years and
later moved to Minneapolis. By her
first marriage she had one son, Lloyd
On January 18, 1919, she married
Martin Stenson and from that time un
til her death resided with him on his
farm in Santiago. Mrs. Stenson had
not been well for many months. The
members of her family realized that
her condition was serious, but her sud
den death came as a great shock to
them. All her relatives and many
friends mourn her untimely departure
from this world.
She is survived by her husband her
son by her first marriage, Lloyd Mor
rell her brother, John Bergstrom of
Blue Hill one sister, Mrs. Charles
Lilja of Waterville, Minn. and a
brother, Henry Burke of Chicago.
Those from out of town who attend
ed the funeral were Mrs. Leo Cypher
from St. Paul, a cousin of the de
ceased Mrs. Christine Johnson of St.
Paul, an aunt the son, Lloyd Morrell
from Minneapolis Mr. and Mra. Wil
liam Morrel and Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Spencer from Monticello.