DEATHO IL CATER
The Aged Pioneer Passes Away at
His Home in Princeton Early
Prominent in the Organization of Miile
Lacs County and a Conspicuous
Figure in Early History.
Last Monday morning at 2 o'clock
Joseph L. Cater passed away at his
home in Princeton where for the past
year or so he has been closely confined
on account of feeble health. His death
resulted from no particular ailment
other than his general infirmities. A
few days before his death he became
very helpless and required constant
watching and care. Old friends min
istered to his needs in his last hours
and remained with him until wasted
and emaciated to a more skeleton, he
fell into the slumber of death.
The funeral was held this morning
at 10 o'clock at the M. E. church, Rev.
W. E. J. Gratz officiating. Tt was the
wish of Mr. Cater that he be given a
Masonic burial, and Princeton lodge,
A. F. and A. M., of which deceased was
one of the early masters, laid the re
mains away in Oak Knoll beside those
of his wife Eli/a who died last January.
In the death of Joseph L. Cater one
ot the most active and conspicuous
characters in the history of Princeton
and Mille Lacs county passed into his
tory In recent years he had not taken
much interest in public aftairs, but in
early days Joseph L. Cater was a prom
inent character and took an active in
terest in the organization of the county
and the development of this section.
Mr. Cater was born in Barrington,
N. H.. March 28.18215. He resided in
his nath state until manhood, and in
1855 pot in step Avith the march of em
pire and started west, his objective
points ultimately being Sauk Rapids
and Princeton. He remained in Min
nesota one year and then returned to
his nati\ state, but he came back the
beginning of 1856 and took up a claim
in the town of Baldwin. Late in that
year he went back to New Hampshire,
and on March 4. 1857, he was married
to Eliza Tuttle Hall at Barrington, N.
H. Soon after he was married he started
west to make his home and after ar
riving in Princeton he built a house
which is now owned by S. A. Carew
and which stands just east of Magnus
Sjoblom's residence. It was in this
house that Mr. Cater had the Prince
ton postofhce tor some time while he
was postmaster. He was one of the
first postmasters of Princeton and held
the office for a number of ears.
Mr. Cater afterward-, sold his Bald
win claim to C. H. Chadbourne and
later bought the claims of Jas. TV.
Gillam and E. B. Carpenter which
ere located just we.t of the town of
Princeton, and here Mr. Cater has
since resided. The frame house which
Mr. ('ater built is now located within
the illage limits and is owned and oc
cupied bj Mr. S. P. Woodman. At
the time the Great Northern railroad
entered Princeton Mr. Cater erected a
new house west of the depot which was
to be his last abiding place on earth.
Two children were born to Mr. and
Mrs. Cater, the only child living being
Forest Clinton Cater who resides at
home. A daughter, Myrtle Estelle,
died in 1872. The son Forest was the
first white male child born in Mille
Lacs county. Mr. Cater had five
brothers and one sister, of whom three
brothers are now living. They are
Andrew J., who resides at Wilbur,
Wash., Joshua O., who resides at Ha
ven, and David Y., who resides at Bar
Mr. Cater possessed a strong individ
uality and in some respects more than
the a\ erage amount ot ability. He
was a rock-ribbed Jacksonian Demo
crat and battled unceasingly to pro
mote the interests of his party. There
was an element in his nature, inherent
in him, and forming a strong part of
his personality, to organize, lead and
govern, and in a new and unorganized
community he found ample opportunity
to satisfy his ambition. It was this in
his nature that prompted him to go to
St. Paul in the winter of 1859-60 and
work hard for an act organizing the
county of Mille Lacs, after a failure
the year before to have an act ot the
legislature for the formation of the
county of Monroe ratified at the polls.
After the act was passed Mr. Cater
did not wait for any kind of convey
ance to get back home but started
afoot. He immediately set to work to
assist in the organization of the new
county. At that time an attempt was
.made to saddle on the new county a
part of the bonded school indebtedness
of Bentc county, and this Mr. Cater
vigorous^ and successfully opposed.
At st election of county officials
for Milie Lai 5 county Mr. Cater was
chosen man of the board of county
commissioners and he served until the
close of the year 1864. He was a mem
ber of the board again in 1867 and
year. In 1873 he again was
el' board and served until
Dec. many years he was
a menioa' of tl jwn board of Prince
ton and was its chairman several terms.
These were the only public offices that
Mr. Cater ever filled. He cared not
so much for public office as he did for
public leadership, and for a few years
after the organization of the county his
wish was gratified. Tt was always a
source of pride to him that he was mar
ried on the day that President Bucha
nan was inaugurated. He was an
adept in the arts of political warfare
and loved a political skirmish and bat
tle. He was reared in an atmosphere
of political cunning and sagacity and
he profited oftentimes by his early les
sons and experiences on his native
heath. While he differed with many
in his views on public questions yet he
would travel many miles and endure
hardship and sacrifice to help a friend
in a political battle and it was this
strong element in his nature that made
him a firm civic fighter and leader for
a long time. Had fate placed him in a
wider field of action he would have won
notoriety and renown as a great leader.
He yielded to none, counseled with few
and lived quite apart from the
social world. His nature was pe
culiar in this respect, but it
was a part of his natural self, for he
never aped the customs of modern so
ciety, and he scorned the edicts of
fashion. While rough of speech he
had a kindly heart and when sickness
or death invaded the family of a neigh
bor he was always among the first to
proffer sympathy and assistance. He
has gone to his rest. Let him be re
membered as the rugged, hardy pio
neer, as the sympathetic friend and
neighbor, and let his shortcomings lie
interred with him in the grave.
DISTRICT COURT FIXIS.
Wind Up of September TermJury in the
Norton-Cravens Case Finds a Verdict
The September term of the district
court was adjourned by Clerk of Court
Briggs last Friday morning. At the
close of the libel suit against Fay
Cravens by T. F. Norton on Thursday
afternoon the jury retired with instruc
tions from the court that under the
evidence it would have to find a ver
dict for plaintiff, the amount to be any
thing from one cent up to amount sued
for, $5,000, which of course is the
amount usually stated in most damage
suits. After the jury retired there was
nothing of any importance left on the
calendar that had not been disposed of
and the judge took the afternoon train
for St. Cloud. There were fourteen
witnesses examined dimng the trial of
the Norton-Cravens case, five for the
plaintiff and nine for the defense. The
witnesses that Mr. Cravens placed on
the stand to prove the truth of all
statements made in the Milaca Times
were Mrs. Young, A. S. Anderson,
Frank Daigle, D. G. Wilkes, A. Gun
ter, Rev. D. N. Raymond,W. J. Eynon.
J. A. Noble and A. J. Porter, while in
rebuttal Mr. Norton put on the stand
C. B. Braford, Sam Mattson, James and
George Simpson and Gust Anderson.
Two of the witnesses tor Mr. Cravens
did not swear to certain facts and state
ments as they were published in the
Times, and the court had nothing else
to do but to instruct the jury to find for
plaintiff under the circumstances. The
jury was out until about ten o'clock
Thursday night when it came in with a
verdict for Mr. Cravens.
The Steeves-Harrington and the John
Goss mandamus case against the county
auditor were continued by consent,
while the case of Hannah Johnson
against Jens Olson was settled out of
court. The court gave Sheriff Claggett
a judgment in his case against the
county commissioners for a bill ren
dered for trying to find Bradshaw last
In the Bessie G. Norton case in which
she sued school district No. 17, a jury
was waived and the evidence submitted
to the court, and the case will be sub
mitted on briefs.
In the case of Mourning vs. Prentiss
judgment was rendered for plaintiff.
The judgment of the justice court
was affirmed in the case of A. L. Wein
berg vs. J. VanRhee.
The case of Kipp vs. John L. Mc
Carthy was placed on the calendar and
a motion was made to vacate the judg
ment. The case will be submitted to
Judges Baxter and Searle on briefs.
It is one of those complicated, double
back-action tax cases that you read
The grand jury finished its labors
after returning indictments against
Frank Daigle of Vineland and John Q.
Evans of Robbins for selling liquor un
lawfully. They were released under
$200 bonds to appear for trial at the
next term of court. The grand jury
returned one other indictment and a
bench warrant has been given the
sheriff to look up the right man.
During the term of court the follow
ing persons were made full-blooded
citizens of Uncle Sam's dominions.
Patrick J. McGuire of Santiago Erick
W. Johnson of Milaca Frederick Flory
of Duelm Bendik Ellefson of Blue
Not So Bad at Freer.
A. Lantz of Freer was in town last
Saturday. He has just placed a feed
mill in connection with his saw mill at
Freer and will do custom grinding for
the farmers of that section in the fu
ture. He says that the corn crop in his
section was better than it was last
year, and that farmers, despite the
short crop of potatoes, will be able to
get through the winter in very good
Church Topics &
4. 4. 4. Sunday and Weekday
Topics for next Sunday: Morning,
"Dead With Christ:" evening, "The
A children's service will be held
next Sunday morning. Rev. Steenson
will speak on the topic, "Little Persons
and Little Things, but Great Results,"
2 Kings, 5:2, 3. The evening topic will
be, "A Second Result of Love to God,
the Comforter Given," John 14:16, 17.
The hours of evening service have been
changed from 8 to 7:30 o'clock. Prayer
meeting and bible study Thursday at
7:30 p. m.
Next Sunday Rev. Gronberg will
hold services at Ronneby at 10:30 A. M.
The confirmation class will meet at
Mr. Hoaglund's at Three Corners on
Friday, October 9th at 7 p. M.
Sunday school at the Berry school at
10:30 A. M.
A BATTLE WITH TRAMPS.
Sheriff of Wright County and Posse Have
Battie With Tramps.
A dispatch from Buffalo, Wright
county, under date of Oct. 2nd, says,
"In an attempt to arrest six tramps in a
box car at South Haven, near here,
to-day, Sheriff William Young shot
and killed a man whose name is sup
posed to have been Thompson and in
jured the five other members of the
gang, one so badly that he will prob
ably die. Deputy Sheriff Nugent was
hit on the head with the butt end of a
revolver, but the injury is not serious.
The five tramps who were injured
were captured only after several ex
changes of shots, and have been lodged
in the county jail here. They refuse
either to give their own names or to
give out any information concerning
the man who was killed. This morn
ing Sheriff Young received a telephone
message from South Haven, asking
him to come to that place to arrest
the six men, who are thought to
have robbed a store at Annandale last
night. Accompanied by Deputy
Sheriff Nugent, he walked into the box
car where the men had taken refuge,
and boldly announced that they were
all under arrest. At this every one of
the six pulled sixshooters, but the of
ficers persuaded them to put away
the weapons, after which they were
lined up. When both officers were
looking the other way for a moment,
one of the six struck at Nugent and
succeeded in giving him a painful cut
on the head. Young then forced the
six to start off up the road in front of
him. When the men reached the
woods, several of the tramps bolted,
and it was only after a fusillade of
shots, which resulted in the killing of
one tramp and the wounding of all,
that they were recaptured. The offi
cers were not touched by the bullets."
An Auspicious Wedding in the Town of
At the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. E.
Craig of Orroek last evening occurred
the marriage of their daughter Bird to
Bernard Gunderson of South Still
water. About fifty relatives and in
timate friends were present to witness
the ceremony. The house was taste
fully decorated with autumn leaves
Promptly at seven o'clock, to the
strains of Mendelssohn's wedding
march, played by Miss Agnes Ashley,
the bride, preceded by Mathilda Gun
derson as maid of honor and accom
panied by Merle Smith who acted as
page, passed down the staircase to
where the groom awaited hei, and in
front of a bank of autumn leaves Rev.
George E. Satterlee of Crookston,
with the impressive ring service,
united them in the solemn bonds of
wedlock. After congratulations had
been received the guests were invited
into the dining room to partake of re
freshments. The table was decorated
with carnations and smilax. Later in
the evening a reception was held for
The bride wore a gown of cream
colored mousseline de soie and lace and
carried brides' roses, and the maid was
dressed in simple white and carried
Mr. and Mrs. Gunderson took the
early train this morning for South
Stillwater at which place they will be
at home after November 1st.Elk
Growing Old Happily.
One of the hardest things to excuse
in any man or woman is their groaning
over the fact that they are growing old.
Some men never cease to lament the
days when they were in college and
continually dream of the "time when
they were boys." If a man has a busy
well-rounded life he has no excuse for
bemoaning the past. Interest in the
youth of others is a good sign, but for
one's self the main object should be
attended to the present. If you don't
feel satisfied, what you need is golden
grain belt beer. It quiets and soothes
the mind and puts the body in perfect
health. Use it regularly with your
meals and be contented. Order of
your nearest dealer or be supplied by
Henry Veidt, Princeton.
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Winter is coming very soon. Is it
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supply of Hard Coal? I have it for
you if you want good coal and
right prices, call and see me. I can
supply you with a ton or a carload.
I always have a good supply on hand.
Don't Forget to Visit
Mark's Great Bargain Store:
Adjoining E. Mark Live Stock Co.
We have a new selected stock
of Men's Boys' and Children's
Also full line of Men's, Ladies'
and Children's Underwear.
A Fine Line of Up=to=Date
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