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Progress of Co-Operative Creamery
Project Encouraging and Ma-
terialization Assured.
Plenty of Cows Available and No Fear
Exists as to Sale of Sufficient
Number of Shares.
Another meeting of farmers was
held at the opera house on Saturday
for the purpose of pushing the pro
posed co-operative creamery to a
point of materialization. President
Louis Rust presided over the deliber
ations of the convention and, notwith
standing the gathering was not a large
one, considerable progress was made
toward effecting the end sought. In
fact the organization is now in such
shape that no reason whatsoever is
apparent why a creamery should not
be built and in readiness for business
by the early part of June. All it
needs to accomplish this is concerted
action and push.
Saturday's session opened with a
reading of the minutes of the last ses
sion by Secretary Henry Holthus and
their unanimous adoption. Then fol
lowed the reports of committees ap
pointed to solicit shareholders and
ascertain the number of available
cows. One hundred and twelve shares
of stock was the number reported as
signed for and the number of cows
which will be available to start with
approaches 1,200. The latter is a re
markable good showing and there is
every indication that by Saturday
next between two and three hundred
shares will be subscribed for.
James Sorenson of Maple Plain, a
creamery expert from the state dairy
and food department gave a talk full
of good sound advice. In substance
and in part he said:
I advise farmers to stick to the
creamery business,to give especial
attention to it,for if you do not you
will find that the centrahzers will take
it out of your hands. These individ
ual concerns are always on the alert
to enter a field which is not properly
taken care of by the farmers. By
building and supporting a co-opera
tire cseiimery you can keep these cen
tral izers out. There are 900 cream
eries in Minnesota and plenty of room
for 900 more, besides adequate markets
throughout the country for readily
disposing of the butter manufactured.
In Denmark, my native country,
there are 1,200 creameries and of these
1,000 are co-operative plants. The
farmers of Denmark also have their
own packing establishmentsco-oper
ative of course. It is no experiment
with these people, but a business prop
osition which has for many years
brought them good returns.
The soil around Princeton seems to
be just right for dairying purposes.
You grow clover of the very finest
variety, and you all know what this
means in the dairying industry. Then
again, small grain does well here.
What more do you want? You need
not fear the competition of the cen
tralizers, for you can make a much
higher grade of butter than they can,
and the reason for this is that much
of the cream used by these centralizers
is shipped long distances. This
naturally injures the cream. It be
comes stale and ofttimes it is abso
lutely rotten when it arrives at the
plants where it is converted into
butter. Another word about these
centralizers, or individual concerns.
Where no co-operative creamery exists
where they have no competition
they pay whatsoever price they feel
inclined, but where they have com
petition they are compelled to pay a
cent or two more than the home con
cern in order to obtain the cream.
For the farmers to patronize them,
however, accrues to their (the
farmers') disadvantage, for just as
soon as the centralizers drive out
competition down go the pricesyou
are at their mercy. Don't bite on the
centralizers' bait. I have figures in
my pocket to show that 17, 25 and 28
cents were paid for butterfat by an
individual firm in three Minnesota
towns upon the same day. Of course
the centralizer had no competition in
the town where it paid 17 centsit had
driven out the co-operative creamery.
So, if you want prosperity, establish
a co-operative creamery and patronize
itpush it along.
I have been in the" creamery business
for many years and I never heard of
so liberal a bonus being offered the
farmers as that subscribed by the
business men of this place. The busi
ness men have treated you right and
it is up to you to reciprocate by build
ing a creamery. You will make
money out of the enterprise and the
business men will also reap a benefit.
What is good for the farmer is good
for the whole community.
Now, go ahead and put up your
creamery, but pay cash for itdon't
borrow money. Build a good plant
and hire a good buttermaker. Bring
in your cream three or four times a
week and keep it clean. The better
butter you make the more of it you
can sell and the higher prices you can
obtain. I would rather eat oleomar
garine than poor butter, and there are
thousands of others who would do
As to your cows, you should weed
out the poor ones and you can only
determine which are the poor ones by
an individual test. Weigh the food
each cow eats, the milk she gives and
the amount of butterfat she puts into
the milk.
Go ahead with your creamery,
gentlemen, and the sooner you have
it in operation the better it will be for
F. S. Stone, representative of the
Creamery Package Manufacturing
company, Minneapolis, then made a
short address in which he advised the
farmers not to hesitate in purchasing
stock. The amount per share is small,
said he, so don't stop at one share,
purchase the full limit if you can
afford it, and no doubt most of you
can. You will find that the stock will
pay you a hundredfold. Construct a
substantial brick building with
cement floors and a good sewer, hire
a good buttermaker and start right in.
There is no reason for any delay.
Then, with the number of available
cows you have, the enterprise is bound
to be a success. It cannot be other
wise. I would advise you to make
a canvass for the sale of more stock
immediately and then incorporate.
The articles of incorporation were
then read and approved. They stipu
lated that the association be known
as "The Princeton Co-operative
Creamery" and that it be capitalized
in $10,0001,000 shares at $10 each.
Mr. Caley suggested that the money
for the stock subscribed be collected,
that a site be selected and the building
started at once. He thought there was
no necessity to call for bids, as the
building could be constructed just a
cheap, if not cheaper, without it.
A motion was then adopted em
powering the board of directors to
proceed, in such way as they saw fit, to
erect a building.
The by-laws prepared by the com
mittee were then read and also those
of the Milaca creamery, and after con
siderable discussion the former were
adopted with one slight amendment.
R. C. Dunn stated that the main
question was, "Can you raise the
necessary money?" [f you can, pro
ceed to do so at once and go right
ahead and build. You cannot incor
porate until you raise 20 per cent of
the capital stock, or $2,000. Get
sufficient farmers to sign to assure the
materialization of the project. I
would suggest that a motion be made
to the effect that when $2,000 has been
paid into the treasury the creamery be
A motion of this nature was adopted
and the meeting shortly thereafter ad
The board of directors will hold a
meeting next Saturday at such place
as they may agree upon.
The way to build a creamery is to
build it. Before the company can
incorporate $2,000, or 20 per cent of
the capital stock must be paid in.
That amount should be subscribed at
once, and articles of incorporation
should be filed and published. Work
should be commenced on the creamery
building without delay. Every day's
delay is so much lost to the associa
tion. Farmers should take several
shares of stock eachone $10 share
does not count for much. Stock
holders will receive 10 per cent interest
on their shares. What better invest
ment could a farmer make? It will
require about $3,500 in addition to the
bonus of $1,500 to build and equip the
creamery. Surely that is a small
amount for two hundred farmers to
raise. If the full amount is not raised
within a week we will be greatly dis
appointed. The time for talk is past.
Get to work on the creamery. It is up
to you, farmers. Build, own and
operate your creamery and every
dollar there is of profit in the business
goes into your own pockets. This is
to be solely a farmers' creamery, run
by farmers and for farmers. If you
have not already subscribed for one
or more shares of stock call at the
First National Bank and do so at
once. Receipts will be given, and
afterwards regular stock certificates
will be issued. Let there be no hold
ing back. Let each farmer do his
share. It is a plain business propo
sition. Co-operative creameries are
not an experiment. Where properly
managed they are successfulmake
money for the farmers. With its large
number of patrons the Princeton Co
opeartive Creamery cannot fail. Its
success is assured from the start.
Resurrection of Christ Appropriately
Commemorated in the Sacred
Edifices of Princeton.
Revs. Heard and Swertfager Deliver
Sermons in the 1*1. E. and Con-
gregational Churches.
Large congregations attended all of
the churches on Easter Sunday and
the programs presented in commemor
ation of the resurrection of Christ
were of a nature which could hardly
be improved upon. The religious
edifices were decorated with flowers
and foliage prettily arranged by the
ladies of the congregations.
The services in the Methodist church
were largely of a musical nature, the
chorus being an exceptionally strong
one and the solo parts were all ad
mirably taken. In the morning, fol
lowing the regular service and bap
tism, the Sunday school children pre
sented a program consisting of recita
tions, dialogues, etc., and the exer
cises were splendidly carried through.
In the evening Rev. J. W. Heard
preached a short sermon and the re
mainder of the service consisted
principally of solos and singing by
the choir. The service was highly in
teresting throughout.
Easter observance at the Congrega
tional church also consisted of ser
vices of song and instrumental music
and the programs for both morning
and evening were well selected and
carefully prepared. The chorus was
a powerful one and the soloists demon
strated perfect familiarity with the
numbers which they rendered. Rev.
George A. Swertfager delivered a
sermon at each service which was both
appropriate and forceful.
At St. Edwards Catholic church the
usual low mass was observed at 8
o'clock in the morning and high mass
at 10:30, and at the latter service a
special muscial program was rendered
by the best local talent.
The German Lutheran and German
Methodist churches, as well as the
Swedish Lutheran church observed
the day with due propriety. The sing
ing was good and the sermons highly
Was a Very Industrious and Much Re
spected. \ouug Mail.
Charles Wolf died on Monday morn
ing, April 20^ at 3 o'clock at the home
of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Wolf, who reside on section 6, town
ship of Princeton. He was 31 years
of age and unmarried.
Funeral services were conducted by
Rev. Father Levings in St. Edwards
church yesterday morning at 10
o'clock and the burial took place in
the Catholic cemetery.
Charles Wolf came here with his
parents from Mankato eleven years
ago and later purchased a farm in
section 14, Greenbush, which he culti
vated up to within a short time ago,
when he was taken sick. He is sur
vived by his father, mother, five
brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Wolf was an honest, industrious
young man who by hard work and
perseverance had succeeded in pur
chasing a farm and who was making
the investment a success. He had
many friends in this locality.
A Delightful Summer Resort
H. B. Pratt was up from his Elk
Lake park summer resort on Monday.
Mr. Pratt contemplates making many
improvements at his place this sum
mer and has commenced by fixing the
gates at the entrance to the park so
that it will not be necessary for per
sons passing through in vehicles to
alight. They can pull a string and
the gate does the restopens and
closes at the will of the stringpuller.
He will also erect more cottages and
restock the lake with pike, black bass
and crappies-25,000fry of eachs pecies
has been promised him by the game
and fish commission.
There is no prettier spot than Elk
Lake park to pass the hot months.
You can rent a nice little cottage there
on the shores of one of the prettiest
lakes to be found anywhere, you can
fish, row, or enjoy a siesta in a ham
mock swung beneath the spreading
branches of the forest's giants. Then
again there is a spacious dancing
pavilion and persons may obtain ice,
milk, eggs, bread, etc., from Mr.
Pratt at very reasonable prices. vNo
mistake can be made in selecting Elk
Lake park for your summer trysting
Return From Cass Lake.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gannon and
family returned last evening to Prince
ton from Cass Lake, where Mr.
Gannon had charge of a lumber
Farmers Agree to Plant Sufficient
Acreage to Warrant Estab-
lishment of Industry.
Mr. Stroeter Will Proceed to Erect
Building as Soon as Suitable
Site Can Be Procured.
The pickle salting station is as
sured, the erection of such an es
tablishment having been decided upon
at a meting of farmers in the opera
house on Monday afternoon. At that
time Mr. Stroeter announced that a
sufficient number of farmers had
signed the lists to warrant him in
going ahead with the erection of a
building at oncethat is, just as soon
as he could obtain a site, and he ex
pected to do that within a few days.
He said he was endeavoring to obtain
a lease from the Great Northern Rail
road company to a piece of land on
the right of way near the depot, and
that if he was unsuccessful in this he
would build at some other place.
Farmers have now pi omised to cul
tivate, in the aggregate, 100 acres of
cucumbers, and there are several lists
which have not yet been brought in.
Mr. Stroeter considers this very en
couraging and pays a high compli
ment to the intelligence of the farmers
for so readily taking hold of a propo
sition which cannot do other than add
to their prosperity.
Mr. Stroeter gave a short talk on
the planting, cultivation and hand
ling of cucumbers and told the farmers
to go ahead and get their ground
ready and that he would have the
building erected in ample time to
handle their productsan order would
be left with a local firm to make an es
timate on the lumber required at once.
All persons having lists in their
possession are requested to leave them
at the First National Bank of Prince
ton as early as possible so that it
may be determined how much seed is
necessary. Mr. Stroeter expects to
have seed there for distribution within
a period of ten days. Persons who
contemplate planting cucumbers, and
who have not already signed a list,
may subscribe at the First National
Hon. Samuel Lord, State Tax Commis
sioner, Addresses Gathering.
Hon. Samuel Lord of Kasson, a
member of the state tax commission,
addressed the assessors of Mille Lacs
county on Tuesday afternoon as to
their official duties. E\ery assessor
in the county was in attendance with
the exception of Andrew Anderson of
Hayland, who was unavoidably ab
sent. Mr. Lord took up, section by
section, the laws which have any bear
ing whatsoever upon the duties of the
assessors and fully explained their
meaning and import. He also pre
sented each assessor with a codified
copy of the tax laws for reference
purposes. The meeting was virtu
ally a school of instruction, and if the
assessors follow the advice imparted
by the commissioner the valuation of
property will be greatly enhanced.
In real estate Mr. Lord produced
statistics, spread over a period of six
years, showing the percentage of ac
tual value based upon transfers as re
corded in the books of the registers of
deeds of the state and the assessors'
returns, and advised the assessors to
base their assessments on actual
value, as required by law.
In the assessment of personal prop
erty he said that the first thing to do
was to get everything assessable on
the booksto be careful not to over
look propertyand then to use no
discrimination. It was the duty of the
assessor, declared Mr. Lord, to make
his own estimate of the value of per
sonal property and especially so if he
had any reason whatever to believe
that such property was undervalued
by its owner. The aim is, he said,
to get an equitable assessment, not to
let one man down easy or overlook
him altogether and assess another
man too high, for that works an in
Throughout his address, which
lasted about an hour, Commissioner
Lord showed perfect familiarity with
his subject and took great pains to
make every point plain to his listen
ers. His talk with the assessors can
hardly do other than result bene
The assessors present were as fol
lows: Dennis Kaliher, Princeton vil
lage! Wm. Klingbeil, Princeton town
ship Wm. Deshaw, Greenbush Lucas
Slagter, Bogus Brook Peter M.
Schelin, Borgholm C. F. Searle,
Milaca village Geo. Mattson, Milaca
township G. C. Evanson, Milo J. J.
Quaid, Foresfcon village Axel Bro
man, Page Pete Peterson, Onamia
J. F. Rogers, Kathio H. F. Mann,
South Harbor N. E. Kaliher, Isle
Harbor Peter Sehlin, East Side.
Death of Mrs. Beck.
Lillian E., wife of John Beck of
Spencer Brook, died on Tuesday
afternoon, April 14, at the home of
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. D.
Erickson, aged 22 years. She had
been ailing for some time and, not
withstanding the best medical aid had
been obtained, it was found impos
sible to prolong life.
Mrs. Beck's maiden name was Lil
lian E. Erickson and she was born in
Spencer Brook in 1886. In 1904 she
was married to John Beck and, with
her husband, moved to Burns in 1905,
where they lived until two years ago.
They then located on a farm west of
Spencer Brook, and Mrs. Beck lived
there until she was taken ill, when she
was removed to the home of her
parents. Mrs. Beck is survived by a
husband, two small^children, a father,
mother and five brothers.
She was a woman of excellent
character and had many friends who
join the family in mourning her death.
The funeral was held on Thursday
afternoon at the home of Mrs. Beck's
parents. Rev. Hall officiated. The
remains were laid at rest in the Mit
chell cemetery and the funeral was
one of the largest ever held in Spencer
Henry Meyer's New Auto.
Henry Meyer came over from St.
Cloud on Monday in an automobile
which he has just purchased. He
made the run in an hour and fifteen
minutes, and this is going some for a
novice. Henry didn't say how many
fences he went through, or how many
ditches he jumped, but we saw his
machine when he reached Princeton
and it didn't show any signs of
having been in a collision. But Tan
hour and fifteen minutes! Tell that to
the average automobilist and see him
open his eyes.
Democrats Want to Know.
Several democrats in the south end
of the county want to know why the
democratic county convention is
called at Milaca at 8 o'clock p. m. on
Saturday, May 9? They have no ob
jection to Milaca, but they do object
to the hour, which renders it impos
sible for any delegates to attend save
those in the immediate vicinity of
Milaca. It is the first time we have
ever heard of a convention being
called at the unseasonable hour of 8
p. m. Are the Johnson democrats
afraid of daylight?
In jured by Bicycle.
On Tuesday at 5:15 o'clock a son of
A. S. Mark, two and a half years of
age, was run into by a bicycle ridden
by Clarence Newton and received sev
eral severe bruises and cuts on the
head and face. The little fellow was
carrying a handful of dead grass into
the street to place on a pile when the
bicycle struck him and threw him with
great force upon the sidewalk. Clar
ence picked the child up and carried
him into the house, when it was found
that he was badly hurt.
Princeton High Wins
On Saturday the Princeton high
school team drove to Foley to play
ball with the high school boys of that
place, but upon arriving there were
greatly surprised to find that Foley's
first nine had been substituted. The
Princetons realized that they were up
against a hard proposition but put
forth their best efforts and were re
warded by downing the Foleys to the
tune of 7 to 5. The batteries were
Roos and Angstman, Kasner and
Mares ana Colts.
Aug. Rines will receive a carload
of fine young mares, with colts by
their sides, either today or tomorrow
and they will be offered at private
sale at his yards from the time they
arrive. On Saturday, May 2, an auc
tion will be held to dispose of such
animals as remain and a number of
others will be added. Emmet Mark
will wield the hammer at the auction.
Cemetery Should be Cleaned Up
It is about time that arrangements
were made for cleaning up Oak Knoll
cemeteryraking the grass and put
ting the grounds in a presentable con
dition. Last year Mr. Nachbar was
engaged to perform this work and he
put the cemetery in excellent shape.
Memorial day is drawing near and
something should be done along the
line suggested.
Chas. Aleckson of Glendorado was
received at the hospital yesterday
suffering from an attack of
Edith Frisk, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Andrew Frisk of Wyanett, is at
the hospital to be treated for acute
heart disease. The patient is 13 years
of age.
TEAMANDSPRIMLER Decision of Council to Purchase Cre-
ates Considerable Discussion
Among Business flen.
Majority of Merchants Apparently Op-
posed to Purchase of Either
the Team or Sprinkler.
At an adjourned meeting of the vil
lage council on Thursday it was
voted, after considerable discussion,
to purchase a team for hauling the
fire apparatus, street sprinkler, and
for the performance of such other vil
lage work as may be required. It was
also decided to purchase a sprinkler
andan agent being present at the
meetingthe purchasing committee
placed an order for one to cost $350.
Messrs. Woodcock, Stanley and
Grant were authorized to purchase a
On Friday afternoon a meeting of
the commercial club was called to
consider this action of the council in
this matter. The councilmen were
also present and the subject was dis
cussed pro and con. Some of those
present were opposed to the purchase
of a team upon the grounds that it
would involve an unnecessary expense
to the citythey believed in hiring a
team for fire purposes. There were
those who opposed the purchase of a
sprinkler and their reasons were two
fold. In the first place they objected
to the village engaging in a business
which cpuld be done by a private
citizen and they contended that a team
which was worked on the streets day
after day would be utterly unfit to per
form the work of hauling the fire
apparatus. They said it would be too
much work for any team of horses, no
matter how good the animals were. It
was finally agreed that a committee
be appointed to canvass the village
and ascertain the views of the citizens
upon the sprinkling matter and Presi
dent J. J. Skahen selected Messrs.
Kettelhodt, Caley, Anderson, Hummel
and Newton, such committee to report
as early as possible.
Dr. Armitage entered a protest to
the action of the purchasing commit
tee in ordering a sprinkler without
first calling for bids.
At a special meeting of the council
held on Monday morning it was voted
to cancel the order placed by the pur-i
chasing committee for a sprinkler and
to advertise for bids.
From what we can ascertain from
personal investigation the majority,
if not all, of the business men seems
to be in favor of letting Ben Soule do
the sprinkling of the village streets.
Mr. Soule performed this work well
last year even though his compensa
tion was small.
Engineer Cooler isits Princeton.
Mr. George W. 'Cooley, secretary
and engineer of the state highway
commission, came up from St. Paul
last evening and, in company with M.
S. Rutherford and Supervisor Dugan
of Baldwin, inspected the piece of the
Princeton and Elk River road that he
intends to experiment with this year.
Mr. Cooley left for Zimmerman this
morning to look over some work that
had been done on the road between
here and there, and from that place he
will take the southbound train for St.
A Chemical Mystery
Some years since a meteor that fell
in Mexico attracted attention from
scientists all over the world because
there was some reason for thinking
that it might be a fragment of a lost
comet. A scientific investigation
proves that golden grain belt beer is
rich in nutrition and nerve food, and
a pure, wholesome drink that aids
digestion. Have it on the table and
enjoy its benefits. Order of your
nearest dealer or be supplied by
Sjoblom Bros., wholesale dealers,
The Union Effects Ready Sales
Several farmers who have advertised
seed grain for sale in the Union this
spring are convinced that it has
readers. In every instance the
farmers disposed of every bushel of
seed grain they had for sale, and some
of the purchasers reside hundreds of
miles from Princeton.
A. Falk Surprised.
Forty friends of Anton Falk siuv
prised him at his home on Wednesday
night, the occasion being Mr. Falk's
forty-fifth birthday anniversary. Re
freshments were served at 11 o'clock
and everybody had an enjoyable time.
All Caused by One Individual
There is considerable stir among the
citizens of Cove and Lawrence during:
the present court session. If present
conditions prevail it would be a great
saving of trouble and expense if they
would move the seat of justice nearer
Cove.Wahkon Enterprise.

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