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The riethodists Lay the Corner Stone
of the New Edifice With
Due Ceremony.
Rev. Dr. Forbes Delivered an Elo-
quent Sermon and Address
Last Sunday.
Palm Sunday, D03, will be remem
bered a long tune bythose in Princeton
who heard Dr. Forbes preach at the M.
E. church in the morning and who at
tended the la\ ing of the corner stone
of the new church in. the afternoon.
The da\ viill always remain a great
landmark in the history of Methodism
in Princeton and vicinity, as the stone
that a-, placed in the new edifice will
indeed be a. stepping stone to higher
things The ceremony was lmpres-d\ e,
not alon^ became of the tact that it was
an e\ entot much Import to the M. 11
church ot Princeton but also because
of the fact thai it show-, the fow ot a
great moral and religions t.de *n
Princeton and cnn
[leu Dr Fornix came ap icm St.
Paul to be ,HW'. and to at
the ce'T1
neb with the or
mo-t app' o[)' t"
a sermon
i.astertide and
ro'" *-he occasion. The
Vpha e_ a o: hi-, -.ermor. were
fin* foi t\-n n~h chanter ot Genesis and
the second chapter of St. Luke. The
sermon 6 ,c"ihe the pathway from the
da\s of Atnaham. Isaac and Jacob alone
througn th" a^es to the coss and res
urrection An intimation of the star
of Bethlehem could be discerned when
Jacob called his sons to hio bedside as
he was aooat to die and placed the seal
of Messianic prophecy upon Judah.
"The scepter shall not depart from
Judah, nor a law giver from between
his feet until Shiloh come.*'
The history of the children of Israel,
and their journey to the promised land
was pictured with great clearness and
power and when the prophet foretold
the birth of the Saviour as he looked
o\erthe great cities of the orld he
named none ot them for the birthplace
ot Chris" There was Koine in her
glor\. Classic Athens with its great
culture and learning, Alexandria with
its wonderful libraries, and Bab\lcn
with its magnificer-o. but none of these
great cit-^s were to be the birthplace
ot the Sa^ ioiu. "But thoa Bethlehem,
Ephratah. though thou 1 little among
the thousands ot ."iudah, \et out of thee
shall hf come toCti unto me that Is to
b" ruler ^t Israel wbose goings forth
ha\ bet. ot old horn e'lastm
The int'h o. hi 1st was to mean the
deiticafon of i 01
the no i'-nation or
the Diet idl\ did Forbesmc
tmp th a'.\ent of the Great Redeemer,
and tin u\it rd esui' ertion and
ascen-ion ,n i he told of the
glorious 'UMM hat h. niacin "hp
\vorhliah ho 'I' v\ Fathe-'s
house a I nu'^oi 't Lr were
not so 1 won't 1. Id to
piepaie a nia^ kn.'u'i ha
where a1
th"'" \o ua" be ^iso
The'-v. ,)itbus ann now ni Pr.
Foilxs' i L, 'ef*ia time and
to tin -uo 'i ie -h 'IM' a Ion iests
Christ Allusion was made to Lite's
retrospect and when he told of his go
ing back to preach at his first church
and beheld all new faces In the congre
gation, and on the tomb stones of the
church \ard he read the names of his
old stewards and members of his first
congregation there was a picture of
desolation on his face. It was also a
bad reference he made to the class of
twehe joung ministers of which he was
a member who were ordained at
Winona in 1872. Of this class of twelve
Dr. Forbes is the onl\ member in the
State to-daj.
"Where are they all?" he inquired
with a voice full of emotion. 'Tf
Christ be true I know where the\ are,
and if Christ be not true I know not
where they are.''
Man's philosophy falls far short of
meeting the desires of the world which
Jesus Christ alone can satisfy He
told of visiting an Indian mission way
up on Vermillion lake and of seeing a
star and cross of tissue paper, the si
lent but beautiful reminders of a
Christmas observance in that isolated
mission. The black children of the
South sing the same songs of the
Christchild of Bethlehem, translate
the songs into German and the same
songs are sung up and down the "Rhine
and in far Norseland echo the same
sweet strains.
The heathen temples are becoming
mustj and moukL and in the silent re
cesses of the Himalayas, and along the
Ganges, over the Dark Continent, and
behind the great wall 01 hma, the
new temples tbe li\ nig God are be
ing dedicated to Christ.
The sermon was a masterpiece ot
hope and faith and Dr. Forbes made all
who heard it feel de^ph the true spirit
of Eastertide. Special music was fur
nished b\ Mr. and Mi s. l\n lor. Mrs.
Coone\ and E. A. Ross, while Mrs. Ben
Soule acted as organist Mrs Coonej
and Mrs. Tajior sang a daet b\ Xe% en,
entitled ''Bles-.ec! Sa\ior. The* I Lo\ e."
Set in its Vluoe With Due ant! fritting
The ceremom of lading the corner
stone ot the new church occurred in
the afternoon at .'5 o'clock. The e^ient
was a most interesting one and fulh
500 were present to see the block laid
in its place. In tne ceremom the rit
uai obser\ ed in the laying of the cor
nel stone in M. E. sanctuaries as
used. Re\. Dr. Forbes officiated, as
sisted b\ Re\. Grat/. The aadress
was delh e- ed b\ D-. Foib^s and his re
marks were most fitting for the occas
sioi He said that weie told to
subdue the world, ant that man as
God's a^iv in lu.toldi His oreat
plans We oui'd homes and places of
busin ss and man his deslie to wor
sl ip Ins reato: nlds churches.
Home was the world's first institution,
but with all its inluences foi good, it
1 1 L.e\e" ta\" the place of the
churcb. her-"- tlv \um, those in
their prime and the aged kneel at the
chancel where the sacramental seal is
placed on the brov and thp ordinance
of baptism 's administered: where the
baOL is o^oi'aht to christen, where
hnde aiu groom ,oin hands fore\er,
and wlice at Lest th.p coffin with its
deaa is p1
iced hen the hist sad rites
aie said The pu pit was the great
educator ol the Ame' ''can people, and
the iegisla u'e and the chut eh work
hai.d and hand The legislature makes
the laws, while the church aids largely
in er\ stalizing public sentiment, in
shaping legislation and in helping to
enforce laws. The church was also
the great singing school of the nation.
It teaches us to sing '-All Hail the
Power of Jesus' Name." Jesus. Lover
of My Soul." '-Rock of Ages" and all
the area* songs that have cheered
thousands from childhood to old age.
The church was the mother of song
audpoetiw. No infidel ever wrote a
great song or poem. There were
three things from which we could not
escape, sin, sorrow and death. The
church was God's remedj lor sin. It
stood for those things that taught men
how to live and how to die.
Dr. Forbes paid a tribute to the
Methodist Episcopal church, and told
of its great work in religious fields. It
was broad and liberal and its only re
quirement was that man should flee
from the wrath that is to come. Its
religion was a simple religion and was
marked b\ warmth of heart and re
quired no great intellect.
After the address the Rev. W. E. J.
Gratz read the following brief sketch of
the Methodist church of Princeton:
In the year 1844 the Rock River Con
ference appointed Rev. Joseph Hurl
burt to the St. Croix River Mission.
This Mission included all of the settle
ments of the Mississippi and its tribu
taries above the head of Lake Pepin.
This was the first work done for the
white settlers of this region by the
Methodist Episcopal church. As early
as 1835 the Rev. Alfred Brunson had
been sent by the M. E. church to take
charge of a mission among the Indians
on the upper Mississippi, which work
is being carried on to this day.
The first session of the Minnesota
Conference was held August 7-12, 1856
at Red Wing, Bishop Matthew Simp
son presided. In the following year
the Monticello district was formed.
Rev. S. T. Sterrit was the presiding
elder. This district had for its bounda
ries. Minneapolis on the south, Belle
Prairie on the north, Princeton on the
east and as far as the elder could do
am work on the west.
This year we have the first record of
an official visit of a presiding elder to
Princeton. It is quite probable that
Re B. Christ visited and preached at
Princeton before this as he traveled
much over this section of Minnesota,
though I have found no record of this
fact. The presiding elder writes: ''At
Piinceton, Brother William Dunham
and Brother Thomas Goulding consti
tuted the official board. Brother Dun
ham was class-leader, steward and ex
hort er."'
A letter that I receh ed from Rev.
John Hooper who was the first preacher
in charge here and who now lives at
Minneapolis, fits in ]Ust here and is of
interest. Under date of November
12th, 1902. he sa ''M\ own records of
that time have been lost: hence what I
write will have to be mosth from mem
or\. appointment to Princeton
was i the spring of 1858 and I think
this was the first time it stood on the
list of appointments. If so I was the
first to the appointmentnot the first
to pi each there for others had been
there and organized a class,(who I can
not sa^) as well as I can remember of
about twenty members. The appoint
ment was called 'Princeton Mission'
with fift\ dollars apportionment.
There was neither church nor parson
age when I went there. Our services
were held in the school house on the
east side: but before winter closed in,
we had both church and parsonage and
that winter assisted h\ Brother S. O
Adams, we had a glorious revival. In
connection with Princeton I had four
other preaching places, West Branch
at Mr. Perkins' house: Battle Brook,
Spencer Brook and Trot Rrook. But
in Princeton was the only organized
society I was1
ference years. My presiding elder was
S. T. Sterrit the first year and D.
Brooks the second ear. M\ successor
was G. W. Stevenson."
The church which was then built
stood northw est ot Us about one quar
ter of a mile. In 1800 as the records at
the court house show, lots 4, 5 and 0 in
block 7 were bought h\ Rev. Alfred
Cress\. And a little later the church
was mm ed o\ er onto these lots and the
parsonage was mo\ed o\er and con
A erted into a barn and a new parsonage
was built. (This is the house and barn
now owned b\ Mr. William Geckler.
The old church is now used by Mr. N.
E. Jesmer as a ware-house.) The re
cords from this time on until Rev. F.
H. Tubbs came in 1873 are a little un
certain. 11e\. A. H. Abbott and Re\.
J. J. Stanton served the charge during
this period. Re\. F. H. Tubbs, who
Ihes in Los Angeles. Cal. came in the
ear 187.5. J. M. Akers, 1874. S. S. Bow
dish was pastor 1875-76. C. F. Kings
land. 1877-78. Under Brother Kings
land the countiw about Princeton was
blessed b\ a splendid revival. Rev. A.
J. Brock had charge of the field in 1879-
1880. Obadiah Burnett, 1881-1882, Wil
liam Brown, 1883-1884. In 1885 Rev. J.
S. Bouck was sent to this charge. It
was under his leadership that the
church in which we have been wor
shipping up to the present was built.
It cost the people of that day much
sacrifice. Brother Bouck himself carry
ing much of the lumber for the work
upon his back. He was nobly assisted
by a strong building committee of which
Brother Robert M. Neely was treas
urer, and Brothers Benjamin Soule and
A. W. Woodcock were members. This
was a frame church costing about
$1,500. 28x48 in size and seating about
ISO people.
In 18S7 Rev. Lee L. Tower was sent
to Princeton to succeed Brother Bouck.
He did not stay his year out, but was
followed by Brother John Sargent who
came from England and remained until
the fall of 1890. Under the ministry of
Brother Sargent the church was blessed
by a glorious revival, and the present
parsonage was built. He was followed
in '90. '91, '92 by W. H. Skemp. Rev.
W. L. Langrell, '93, '94. F. H. Roberts
'95, '96, '97, '98 and '99. Under Brother
Roberts the Methodist Episcopal church
at Greenbush was built. Brother Rob
erts was followed in June 1900 by Rev.
George E. Satterlee who was reap
pointed in the fall of 1900 and remained
until in October 1901. He was suc
ceeded by the present pastor, Rev. W
Edward J. Gratz. In the spring of 1902
the question of a new church was agi
tated but work was not begun until late
in the summer.
The official board of the Methodist
Episcopal church of Princeton, Minn,
is composed as follows: Trustees, A.
W. Woodcock, E. M. Farnham, W. H.
Townsend, N. E. Jesmer, J. D. Tann,
H. H. Farnham, G. A. Townsend, W.
P. Chase, F. A. Lowell. Stewards, A.
W. Woodcock, W. H. Townsend, B. P.
Taylor, M. S. Farnham, J. H. Burke,
R. M. Neely, C. W. McFarland, A. Z.
Norton, and F. A. Lowell. District
steward, M. C. Barrj.
The members of the building com
mittee are: W. H. Townsend, A. W.
Woodcock, E. M. Farnham, N. E. Jes
mer, J. D. Tann.
At the conclusion of the reading of
the historical sketch Rev. Gratz an
nounced the contents of the box that
was to be sealed up with the corner
stone. The box contained the follow
Midland Christian Advocate Minneapolis
Christian Advocate Xew York
Epworth Herald, Chicago
Copy of Methodist Discipline
Koster of Ladies' Aid Society
Copy of New Testament and Psalms
Historical sketcn of Methodist Church of
Year Book and Minutes of the Northern Min
nesota Conference. 1902
Epworth League Current Topic Leaflet with
names of officers ana topics and leaders
Copy of Re\ Grat7 New Year's Greeting
photographs of Re\ Dr Forbes and Re%
Two copies of Princeton UM OJ
The box was locked and placed in the
niche directh under the stone, and the
master builders, William Hatch and
Hemw Heitman, then proceeded to
put the corner stone in place. Mr.
Heitman with trowel and mortar made
ready the place for the stone to rest
and with the assistance of Mr. Hatch
the stone was set in place, and with
level and mallet it was squared and
leveled and made ready for the new
edifice that will stand on its present
location years after those who wit
nessed the corner stone laying have
passed aw ay.
Work on the new- church will be
pushed as rapidly as funds will permit,
and Rev. Gratz and the building com
mittee will labor hard to practically
complete the building this year.
at Princeton twro
Anoka Young People a Great Success
in "The Liars."
JThe dramatic entertainment given at
J-'hQ opera house last Friday night by
"the home-talent company frbmritooka
was a real treat and the people of
Princeton have nothing but congratu
lations for the \oung people who have
made such a success of the production
of "The Liars." The house was crowded,
and when Alf. Molander and Miss Edna
Craig appeared in the curtain raiser,
entitled '-Drifted Apart the\ easily
got '-next" to the \er\ appreciative
audience. The scene was a cle\ er pre
sentation ot an estrangement between
i husband and wife. There was the
gaj. dashing independent spirit when
love is blasted b\ the mam social func
tions full of snares and temptations.
The scene reached a climav of hate
bordering on separation, onh to change
to a loving reconciliation. Mr. Molan
der and Miss Craig enacted the scene
like true artists.
"The Liars" was a three-act fai'ce in
which a married man gets into an awful
predicament b\ writing a note to his
wife to just let her know that he knew
she went to a vaude\ ille show instead
of attending a concert. Those in the
cast were the Misses Isabella Howatt,
Etha Bland. Florence Allen, and Messrs.
Roe G. Chase. Alf. Molander, Walter
Murfin and Harry Clare,\. All did ex
ceptionally well for amateurs, and are
deserving of a great deal of credit.
The Nachbar orchestra furnished the
music during the evening. After the
play there was a social dance which
was attended by about forty couple and
Nachbar's orchestra played for the
merry dancers. The total receipts for
the entertainment amounted to $109.25.
Out of this was deducted the hall rent
amouning to $10. hotel expenses, $9.50,
including supper after the entertain
ment, printing $4, and car fare, livery,
etc., amounting to $22.60, the whole
amounting to $46.10, leaving a balance
of $63.15, which amount Mr. Briggs
will turn over to the famine fund.
Hign School Base Ball.
The high school boys have reorgan
ized their ball team and have elected
officers as follows: Adon Whitney,
mgr. Sam Shaw, capt. Ralph Pierson,
sec. and treas. The line up for the
season is as follows: A. Whitney, F.
Nachbar, p: E. Thompson, 1st base R.
Farnham, 2nd base: S. Shaw, 3rd base
J. Janikula, ss: G. Cordiner, If: R.
Pierson, cf: F. Woodcock, rf: S. Skahen,
sub. Their first game will be with the
Elk River high school team at Prince
ton on the 25th of April.
Advice to the Widow.
Widow (tearfully)My daughters
are now my only resources.
FriendTake my advice and husband
your resources well.Princeton Tiger.
Public Examiner Johnson is Unfitted
for the Position He At-
tempts to Fill.
Has no Regard for the Rights of Others
Provided He Achieves
To one acquainted with the facts, it
is evident that in ignoring the misde
meanors and making much of the few
good deeds of the State public exam
iner, the Republican newspapers of
the twin cities and an influential polit
ical element which is back of them
have an axe to grind. None but those
who will not see could be so blind to
the condition of affairs in the office of
the examiner, which is fast becoming a
State scandal.
A recent publication declares that
"it is evident that the people who are
urging the removal of Mr. Johnson are
not familiar with the character of the
service he is rendering the State in his
capacity as public examiner.'' The
people of Minnesota who are urging
Mr. Johnson's removal are altogether
too familiar with the character of the
service which that gentleman is ren
dering. Granting, for the moment and
for the sake of argument, that Mr.
Johnson has done everj specific thing
that has been claimed for him, the peo
ple of northern Minnesota declare, from
knowledge founded on experience, that
he is utterly unfit for the duties and
responsibilities of the high office of
public examiner.
The office of public examiner is one
of hea-^y responsibility. He must be
fearless in exposing wrong doing, yet
exceedingly jealous of imputing wrong
to the innocent. The incumbent of
such an office should be a man of high
character, keen and courageous in the
discharge of his duties but sensitive in
the extreme to the rights of others.
Such a man, the present incumbent
emphatically is not. His official career
demonstrates his utter irresponsibility.
We grant that Mr. Johnson has been
active but his activity has been that of
a man who runs amuck. Mr. Johnson's
doings in northern Minnesota are
enough to condemn him forever as a
public official. He spent months in
Polk, Norman, Red Lake and Marshall
'counties' fnvestigating the records- of
different county officials. At the con
clusion of his labors, he announced that
he had discovered that the people of
these counties had been robbed of
thousands of dollars by their public
officials. An im est ig at ion followed and
it was demonstrated that not onh had
the people ot these counties not been
robbed of a dollar, but that public busi
ness had been conducted with an in
tegrity and efficiency that had saved
these counties thousands ot dollars.
Mr. Johnson was unable to produce one
particle of evidence to support his
gra-ve charges. The inquiry which he
set on foot simpl demonstrated that
he had made his charges out of hole
Any man so utterly irresponsible is
wholly unfit for the office of public ex
aminer. The petitions for his removal
are based on fac^s that can be proved.
The interests of the State demand that
this matter shall no longer be hushed
up but that it shall be fully investi
gated.Crookston Times.
Council Meeting.
The regular meeting of the village
council was held last Monda\ night.
But little business was done, other
than the matter of making arrange,
ments to take up and cancel all out
standing village orders by issuing two
blanket orders due in one and two
years in amounts sufficient to cancel
all unpaid orders. The new law com
pelling the payment of orders in nu
merical order makes it impossible to
meet current expenses by issuing over
draft orders, and the council will at its
next meeting Friday night of this
week issue the blanket orders.
The matter of filling in the site of
the old bridge east of town and putting
in a culvert will be taken up, and gen
eral street work under the supervision
of Street Commissioner Soule will be
There are several extensions of the
water mains desired by property own
ers which will probably be made this
Easter at the Churches.
Next Sunday is Easter Sunday and
there will be special services and ex
ercises at the different churches. At
the Catholic church Father Levings
will hold mass at 9 and 10:30. At high
mass there will be a special musical
program by the choir. The Method
ists will observe the day with an ap
propriate sermon in the morning by
Rev. Gratz. New members will be re
ceived and the sacrament of the Lord's
Supper will be administered. In the
evening the Sunday school children
will give an Easter program with
speaking and singing and there will be
a short address by the pastor. The
evening exercises will begin at 7:30
o'clock. At the Congregational church
there will be a special Easter program
given by the scholars of the Sunday
school at 11 a. m. There will be no
services in the evening.
It Remains Out all Night and is Unable to
Reach an Agreement.
The jury in the Goulding case failed
to reach an agreement and after being
out all night came into court this morn
ing and informed the court that they
were unable to reach an agreement.
The jury stood eight for acquittal and
four for conviction most of the time,
and for a number of ballots the jury
stood seven to five. There was no ques
tion in the discussions as to the girl
being under sixteen, but the general
incorrigibility of the girl as was indi
cated by her own testimony and de
meanor during the tibial evidently had
much to do in shaping the jmVs opin
ion of the case. The case was contin
ued and defendant released on a thous
and dollar bond.
Senators of Seventh District Are Generally
Opposed to it.
The bill for a third judge in the
Seventh judicial district, which passed
the house of representatives on March
27, is opposed in the senate by most of
the members in the senate and it will
be defeated unless the attitude of the
senators change.
It will cause considerable disappoint
ment in Little Falls if this is the case.
If the bill for a third judge is not
passed there is a sentiment in favor of
transferring Morrison county from the
Seventh to the Fifteenth district. The
latter district which includes Crow
Wing, Cass, Itasca, Aitkin, Hubbard
and Beltrami counties, has just been
allowed a second judge, and they could
more easily care for the Morrison
county work than can the two judges
in the Seventh district.
A telephone message from Repre
sentative Rider states that the senators
from the counties in the Seventh judi
cial district met on Friday and the
only senators favoring the bill were"
Ferris and Brower. The others are
Barker, Wood, Ward, Batz. Cole and
Peterson, and all of them who were
present opposed it.Little Falls Tran
Death of Henry Murphy's, Father.
Henry Murpln returned from Wis
consin last week where he went to see
his aged father who died a short time
after Mr. Murpln arrived at the old
home. His father died on March 26.
The funeral was held at Monroe, Wis.,
on Maich 30th at St. Victor's church,
and a large concourse oi old neighbors
and friends were present to paj their
last tribute of respect to the departed.
Mr. Murphj was born in the county of
Armaugh, Ireland, Feb. 24, 1318 and
came to America with his parents when
he was two \ears of age. He was mar
ried in 1S4T and his wife died a year
ago. He settled in Wisconsin in 1855
and located on land in Washington
township. Green count\. on which he
resided until his death. He was the
father of nine children.
Fire at OgiUie.
A fire broke out in the building
owned b\ a man by the name of An
derson at Ogilvie last Monday morning
about 5 o'clock and destroyed the build
ing. A small frame building used as a
millinery store also burned, and the
barn and a part of the office building of
the Eastern Minnesota Land Co., also
burned. Mr. Selander went up to Ogil
vie last Monday to see how badly the
land office was damaged.
Was Fatally Burned.
Mrs. Michaels, the aged mother of
Mrs. Demi who was burned at the
time the Demi house was destroyed by
fire last week, at Foreston, died from
her injuries last week and was buried
at Foreston last Saturday, Father Lev
ings officiating. Interment was in the
Catholic cemetery at Foreston. She
was seventy-eight years of age.
The "Drive" on Snake.
The present high stage of water
formed by the melting snow is being
utilized by the lumbermen and the
drive has been started from the land
ings tributary to and upon the upper
waters of Snake river, says the Mora
Lost an Index Finger.
Andrew Peterson of Dalbo, while
working in a saw mill at that place yes
terday had his left index finger so badly
lacerated bj a slab saw that he was
obliged to go to the Northwestern hos
pital where Dr. Cooney amputated the

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