OCR Interpretation

The Princeton union. [volume] (Princeton, Minn.) 1876-1976, June 04, 1908, Image 1

Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83016758/1908-06-04/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms 81.00 Per Tear.
Memorial Day Befittingly Observed in
Princeton With Ceremonies in
Honor of Soldier Dead.
Services Held in 1*1. E. Church, Where
Patriotic Address is Delivered
by L. O. rierriman.
Notwithstanding the atmospheric
conditions were not as propitious as
they might have been there was a
large turn out in Princeton on Mem
orial daythe occasion was better
observed than it had been for several
years. Stores and other business
places were closed in the afternoon
and the majority of the inhabitants of
the village attended services in honor
of the departed soldiers. Many people
from the country surrounding also
observed the day in Px'inceton.
Memorial day is becoming year
after year a day of more universal
patriotisma day of more significance.
The public is taking deeper interest in
the nation's day of mourning. Figur
atively speaking, but a handful of the
brave old veterans remain among us,
and even they are fast answering the
call from on highthey are joining
the ranks of their comrades who have
fought and bled and died for their
country. Not many years will roll
past ere the last of them will have
gone to his reward, but their memories
will be revered so long as the Ameri
can continent exists.
The program printed in last week's
Union was generally observed in
Princeton on Decoration day. The
old soldiers gathered at their post hall
and at 1:30 p. m. fell into line, pre
ceded by R. E. Jones' drum corps.
Company G, M. N. G.,under the
command of Captain C. A. Caley,
marshal of the day,preceded by the
Princeton brass band in khaki
uniform, formed into line at the
armory and marched to the post hall
at Thos. H. Caley's residence, where
they took the lead of the procession
which proceeded to the Methodist
Very befitting and impressive exer
cises was there presented wliicb in
cluded patriotic selections by a special
choir under the direction of Mrs.
C. A. Caley, addresses, prayer, etc.
L. O. Merriman of Minneapolis
was the orator of the day and, being
a veteran of the civil war, he knew
whereof he spoke. He took up
\arious phases of the war of the
rebellion and handled them with
ability, interspersing his talk with
reminiscences of a very interesting
nature. Mr. Merriman's address was
not of the type commonly known as
'spread eagle" oratory. It was a
quiet, unostentatious, sensible talk
which was highly appreciated by the
At the conclusion of the exercises
the procession again formed and
marched to the cemetery, where the
G. A. R. services were read from the
ritual and the graves of the sleeping
soldiers were decorated with flowers.
Upon the return of the procession to
the village Company gave an ex
hibition drill in the court house
Notes of the Day.
Mrs. C. A. Caley is deserving of
much credit for providing such an
attractive muscial program and so
able a choir.
The militia boys looked like real
warriors. They performed every
evolution with precision and demon
strated that they had been well drilled.
A natty appearance was presented
by the Princeton band boyswho
were attired in khaki regimentalsand
the music discoursed by them was ex
cellent for so young an organization.
The Citizens' Staff did much to
lighten the burdens of the old soldiers
by assisting wheresoever it was found
possible. Fifteen tickets for dinner
were distributed to veterans and their
wives from out of town by the staff.
Mr. and Mrs. L. O. Merriman of
Minneapolis were the guests of Mr.
and Mrs. T. H. Caley from Friday
evening until Monday forenoon. Mr
Merriman was the orator at the
Memorial day exercises in the M. E.
There were twenty-five old soldiers
in line, and though the march to the
cemetery was a long one, the sound of
the fifes and drums inspired them with
new life and they kept step in a man
ner that would do credit to many a
younger organization.
Ralph Carr, orderly to Capt. Caley,
was thrown from his broncho while
preparing for the parade and narrowly
escaped being seriously injured. He,
however, escaped with a few bruises.
The broncho would probably be still
running had it not slipped on the
cement sidewalk near Sjoblom Bros.'
residence and fallen. It was then
captured and Ralph, undaunted,
remounted his steed.
A True Christian Woman Answers the
Summons of Her Redeemer.
Mrs. Cathrine Larkin, after an ill
ness of two weeks1
duration, died at
her home in the village of Princeton
on Friday morning, May 29, at 4
o'clock. Heart failure, superinduced
by other complications, was the cause
of death.
On Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock
the funeral rites were conducted by
Rev. Father Levings in St. Edwards'
church and the remains of Mrs. Lar
kin were laid to rest beside those of
her husband in the Catholic cemetery.
Father Levings' sermon was a touch
ing tribute to the virtues of this good
womana sermon which brought tears
to the eyes of those who had assembled
to pay their last respects bo her. The
funeral was a large one and many
pretty floral offerings were placed
upon the casket by loving relatives
and friends.
The children of Mrs. Larkin who at
tended the obsequies were Mrs. John
Townsend, Mrs. John Cantlon, Mrs.
E. E. Price and Miss Mary Larkin.
E. E. Price accompanied his wife.
Nine members of he G. A. R. were
also present at the funeral.
Catherine Larkin was a daughter of
Cornelius and Annie McWee and was
born in Londonderry, Ireland, on
March 4, 1839. She came to America
when 14 years of age and was married
to Edward Larkin at Farmington,
Wisconsin, in 1858. Her husband died
in October 11, 1905. With her hus
band Mrs. Larkin came to Minnesota
in 1863 and settled on a homestead in
Blue Hill, where she resided until five
years ago, when the family moved into
the village of Princeton.
Nine children were born to Mr. and
Mrs Larkin, all of whom are living.
They are as follows: Mrs. John
Townsend, Williston, N. D. Mrs.
John Cantlon, Spokane, Washington
Mrs. E. E. Price. Milaca, Minn. Miss
Mary Larkin, Princeton: Edward
Larkin, Minneapolis: Thomas and
Lawrence, Couer d'Alene, Idaho
JohPj Leavenworth, Washington: and
Claude, Hibbing, Minn.
In Mrs. Larkin's demise hei
children lose a fond mother and the
people of Princeton a true christian
resident. She was a woman whose
heart was imbued with kindnessa
woman ever generous to a fault. Her
aim was at all times to do that which
she believed to be righther footsteps
were guided by the teachings of her
Savior. Lovable and beloved was
this amiable old lady who has been
summoned by her Maker to receive
her reward in heaven.
Smith N. Soule Dead
Mrs. Ben]. Soule received a tele
gram from Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday
morning informing her that Smith
Soule, her husband's father, died on
Sunday night. The direct cause of
Mr. Soule's death was spinal men
ingitis superinduced by pleurisy.
He had apparently recovered from the
attack of pleurisy when he was taken
down with the spotted fever. Benj.
Soule is expected to arrive home on
Friday or Saturday with his father's
Smith N. Soule was born at
Brownsville, Maine, February 22,
1852. He came west with his parents
to St. Anthony in 1854 three years
later the family removed to Princeton.
Here he resided until he went west in
March, 1899. For many years Smith,
in company with his father, the late
Benjamin Soule, was engaged in the
lumbering and saw mill business.
Thirty-seven years ago he was mar
ried to Miss Imogene Bigelow. Eight
children were born unto them, seven
of whom are living: Benjamin, Ariel,
Llew, Will, Roy, Martha and Mar
jorie. His wife and aged mother and
one sister, Nora, also survive him.
Charles T. Woodbury of Anoka Dies,
One of Anoka's best known and
most popular citizens, Charles T.
Woodbury, died suddenly of heart
failure at his home in that city last
Friday morning. He had been ill for
a few weeks but his demise ^was un
The funeral was held from the fam
ily residence Monday afternoon, and
many of the old-time friends of the
deceased were present to pay their
last sad tribute of respect to the
memory of one who in life they loved
so well.
Mr. Woodbury was born in Col
umbus, Ohio, April 17, 1839. His
boyhood days were passed in New
York and Massachusetts, where he
received his education. He has been
a resident of Anoka for almost half a
century. Two of his brothers pre
ceded him to "the other shore"
Albert, who died from wounds re
ceived in battle during the war of the
rebellion, and John S., who died in
Anoka in 1902. One brother, George,
of Walleston, Mass., and a sister,
Mrs. I* A. Caswell of Anoka, survive
Mr. Woodbury was actively identi
fied with the business interests of
Anoka and St. Francis for many
years, was twice elected to the legisla
ture, served as county commissioner
and also as mayor of Anoka. He
gave ungrudgingly of his time and
means to promote the interests of his
city and county. He was a genial,
whole-souled gentleman, and was
noted for his intense loyalty and un
selfish devotion to his friends, one of
whom at least will cherish his memory
as long as life lasts.
taid in Minneapolis on Sunday by Mgr.
Falconio Amid Impressive Ceremonies
One of the most remarkable pageants
ever witnessed in the state was that in
connection with the laying of the
corner stone of the pro-cathedral
in Minneapolis on Sunday. Thirty
thousand men were in line with banners
and symbolical floats. The march
ers represented every stage in life,
from the millionaire to the lab^iug
man. The spectacle was grand and
At the laying of the corner stone of
the pro-cathedral at Hennepin avenue
and Sixteenth street at least 100,000
were present to get a glimpse of the
ceremonials, which were enacted with
solemn impressiveness.
Monsignor Diomede Falconio, the
papal ablegate, assisted by Arch
bishop Ireland, performed the cere
mony of consecrating the foundation
of the cathedral.
Mgr. Falconio, the officiant, in
miter and crozier, sprinkled holy
water on the cross and about it, con
secrating the spot upon which will
rise the main altar of the building.
Then, going to the corner stione, he
sprinkled it with holy water and
traced three crosses on each of its six
faces with a trowel. The copper box
containing the records was then de
posited in the cavity and the big stone
lowered into position while the
apostolic delegate, with his right hand
on the stone, said: "In the faith of
Jesus Christ we place this cornerstone
within this foundation, in the name of
the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Ghost."
Kedron Cliaptor, O E. S., Initiated This
Number on Tuesday.
Kedron chapter, O. E. S., initiated
nineteen members on Tuesday, four
teen of whom were from Milaca and
five from Princeton. The work was
exceptionally well exemplified by the
Worthy Matron, Mrs. H. C. Cooney,
and her staff of officers. The
initiatory ceremonies were per
formed in the Masonic hall following
an excellent dinner which had been
prepared and was served by the ladies
of Mayflower Rebekah lodge in the
I. O. O. F. hall. Fifty-two members
partook of the repast and there were
over 70 in attendance at the ceremonies.
The candidates initiated from
Milaca were: Jas. H. McGilvra, Thos.
W. Allison, Loyd G. Sperry, Elsa M.
Sperry, W. S. Foster, Harry Eber
hardt, Sophia E. Ebehardt, Tillie M.
Erickson, Alice Hagman, Agnes E.
Tufty, Edwin J. Davis, Chas. F.
Searle, Alice Searle.
These candidates wefe accompanied
by the following members: Mrs. W.
Allison, Mrs. Geo. T. Shoro, Mrs. H.
R. Mallette, Mrs. J. Van Rhee, Mrs.
J. Gallagher, Mrs. J. A. Allen, Mrs.
E. I. Davis and Mrs. Anderson.
The Princeton candidates initiated
were: Geo. E. Rice, Emma Rice, Lizzie
M. Fox, Sadie Fox, and Miss
Bertha Woodcock
bid and the Kyootle.
That was a mean trick played on
Marshal Sid Cravens last Monday
night. The marshal was requested to
go to the barn of Chas. King to an
nihilate a cur which had been taken
to that place by Wm. Veal. Sid
borrowed a shotgun and several car
tridges at Tom Kaliher's barn and
prooeeded to the slaughter. Arriving
at Chas. King's barn he found a little
inoffensive looking dog tethered to a
stall. "You are as bad as the big
ones," muttered Sid to himself as he
touched off his blunderbuss. The dog
yelped and twisted, but it was a long
way from being dead. Sid gave it
two more shots and it seemed livelier
than ever. Surprised at his marks
manship, the marshal was abotft to
reload when the dog broke loose and
scampered off. He later discovered
that the shot had been extracted from
the cartridges which he borrowed and
paper substituted. 'Twas a mean
trick to be sure, but Sid promises to
get even with the fellows who played it.
STUDENTSGRADUATE Commencement Exercises of Prince-
ton High School Held in Opera
House Monday Night.
Baccalaureate Sermon Delivered by
Rev. J. W. Heard at Hetho-
dist Church Sunday.
Learning is like mercurj, one of the most
powerful and excellent things in the world in
skillful hands in unskillful the most mis
chievous Pope
Seven young ladies and one young
gentleman comprised the graduating
class of the Princeton high school
wbo recieved diplomas at Brands'
opera house on Monday evening, and
they are among the most studious and
intellectual young people who ever
h.td this honor bestowed upon them
an honor of which they all feel proud.
It is not alone the honor of receiving
a high school diploma, but of receiv
ing it from the high school of Prince
ton, an institution of learning which
possesses advantages second to none
of its kind in the northwest. In con
nection with this Prof. Marshall and
the teachers under him are worthy of
much commendation, for all have
labored assiduously to bring their
pupils to the high standard which
they have attained. The graduates
can now go forth into the world with
the knowledge that nothing has been
lefu undone to start them out aright.
In consequence of prevailing sick
ness which made it impossible to hold
the customary eighth-grade commence
ment exercises this year, the pupils of
thfut department, numbering forty
seven, received their diplomas at the
opera house on Monday evening.
Mrs. H. C. Cooney was the musical
director of the evening and Mrs
Benj. Soule the accompanist, and they
demonstrated that no pains had been
spared in arranging and perfecting
their part of the program.
Long before the time specified for
the commencement of the graduating
exercises every seat in the opera house
was filled and many people were un
able to gain admission. This demon
strates the interest which the people of
Pi?i-jteon take in their public institu
tions of learning.
The stage of the opera house was
artistically decorated with palms,
flowers and evergreens, and the class
colors were intertwined in such man
ner that they presented a pretty relief
effect. Arranged on the stage were
seats for the graduating class and the
choir, while chairs in the front of the
hall were occupied by the eighth grade
The exercises begun with a selection
by the choir, "Up and Away," an ex
ceedingly pretty piece excellently
Following this vocal number Rev.
Geo. A. Swertfager of the Congrega
tional church invoked the divine bless
ing and at its conclusion Henry E.
Lenz delivered the salutatory oration
entitled "The Decisive Battle of the
Rebellion." Mr. Lenz proved himself
an orator of considerable ability.
His subject was handled with much
skill and he received well-merited
Misses Marguerite A. Byers and
Ida May Schmidt came next on the
program with a vocal duet, "The
Swing Song." This number, sung in
a manner which could hardly have
been surpassed, "brought down the
house" and elicited numerous encores,
tfut in consequence of the length of the
program no encores were responded
Miss Edith A. Johnson then de
livered an essay entitled "Class Pro
phecy" and this was followed by a
reading, "Jean Val Jean and the
Bishop," by Miss Norma Van
Alstein, both of which were well
received and applauded.
Next in order was a vocal solo by
E. E. Woodworth, rendered in a very
fine manner. Mr. Woodworth has an
excellent voice.
"Class History," an essay by Miss
Laura Estelle Mitchell, was then very
creditably delivered.
The selection, "Wiegenlied," by the
choir, followeda selection which
elicited encores and applause from the
audience. And well did it deserve
the appreciation bestowed.
Miss Gladys L. Neumann then read
in a clear, distinct voice an extract
from the novel, "Prisoner of Zenda,"
and attracted marked attention by the
elocutionary ability she displayed.
One of the prettiest and most admired
musical numbers of the evening was
"The Lonely Rose" by the ladies'
chorous. It was splendidly executed
and highly worthy of the appreciation
it received.
The valedictory oration, "Isabella
of Spain, by Miss Sarah E. Schu
macher, showed careful preparation
and was one of the best efforts of the
G. A. Eaton, chairman of the
school board, then made the present
ation address and handed diplomas
to the following graduates:
Marguerite Adelle Byers, Laura
Estelle Mitchell, Gladys Luverne Neu
mnan, Sarah Estelle Schumacher,
Norma Van Alstein, Edith Adeline
Johnson, Ida May Schmidt and
Henry Edward Lenz.
Immediately thereafter Professor
Marshall, in a short but appropriate
speech, presented the eighth-grade
graduates with their diplomas. The
recipients were as follows:
Eleanor Anderson, Norman Walker,
Lawrence Angstman, Lillian Everett,
Waldemar Berg, Anna Alickson, John
Beto, Lloyd Briggs, Clifton Cotfcen,
Earl Ellenbaum, Etta Davis, Charles
Foltz, Josephine Henschel, Daile
Francis, Earl Henschel, Mina Groff,
Grace Herdliska, Vernon Kaliher,
Bessie Hull, Eugene Kalkman, Nellie
Hill, William Kettelhodt, Clair
Kaliher, Anna Orne, Edna Lowell,
Alta Riechard, Mabel Lind, Arthur
Roos, Maggie Mott, Hazel Robideau,
Elinor Nyquist, Peter Schmidt, Anna
Oakes, Henry Shockley, Clara Rosin,
Andrew Sohlberg, "William Roos,
Rachel Townsend, Enid Roos, William
Walker, Aurora Taylor, Henrietta
Stay, Olive Townsend, Wm. Reuben
Stay, Gertrude Steeves, Lee Veal.
The exercises concluded with a vocal
number entitled Springtime,'' which
was so realistic that the fragrance of
flowers was apparent and the chirping
of birds could be heard on the eaves.
Baccalaureate Address.
At the Methodist church on Sunday
evening Rev. J. W. Heard delivered
the baccalaureate sermon to the
Princeton high school graduating
class of '08. The reverend gentleman
chose for his subject, "The Mind of
Christ," and the address was one
which all who heard it should profit
by. An excellent musical program
prepared by Mrs. Cooney comprised
a portion of Sunday evening's ser
vices. Rev. Heard's sermon was as
Text, Philippians 2, 5: "Let this
mind be in you which was also in
Christ Jesus."
Have you of the graduating class
"who have requested me to preach the
baccalaureate sermon taken the pains
to look up the meaning of the terms?
A college man and superintendent
of schools extending a like invitation
in behalf of a graduating class
derived the term from Bacchus. As
you know, Bacchus is the god of the
vintage, and I felt like a preacher of
great vehemence and force, who,
leaning hard on the pulpit and point
ing his finger, fairly shouted the text,
"The righteous shall stand but the
wicked shall fall." The pulpit gave
way and with the preacher, rolled upon
the floor. He picked himself up and
remarked, "Brethren I am not hurt,
I don't mind the fall, but I do hate the
Not a bacchanalian sermon but
baccalaureate. The Latin terms mean
bay berry from the practice of the
bachelors wearing garlands of bay
berries. It came finally to be used of
the lowest academic degree bachelor
of arts." Strictly speaking the bac
calaureate sermon is a sermon to
bachelors. Considering the personnel
of this class such a sermon here
tonight would be very narrow, at least
in application. But the original sense
of the word bachelor is little, small,
young, referring to a young unmar
ried man. It was next enlarged to
apply to an unmarried man of any
age. It becomes particularly ob
noxious when an adjective is put be
fore it and one is called "an old
bachelor," even if, as Washington
Irving puts it, he is "merry and mel-
Now where do the young ladies
come in? By way of the French
derivative, "bachelette," a pretty
young woman, and Ben Johnson, who
knew about everything to be known in
his day, went a step further and ap
plied the term bachelor to a young
"He would keep you
A bachelor still,
And keep you not alone without a husband
But in a sickness."
Love sickens I suppose. So we
come to the obsolete use of the term
bachelor, a young unmarried woman.
When the woman is not young but still
unmarried we use another term.
Class of 1908 you may all be bachelors
here tonight.
With your invitation began the
choice of a theme. The preacher must
have a clear and definite message.
He is not here to display himselfto
show that he has been to school. He
is here on your account and his mes
sage must be apropos to the student
life. Taking then your standpoint I
may characterize you as having had
great advantages Your powers have
been educated or drawn out. You
have acquired more or less learning
some more, some less. The natural
question for you to ask 4s you stand
upon the threshold of a broader life
is, what shall I do with my powers?
If you seek further knowledge and
wisdom at the college or the school of
technique, the question is only post
poned. It is a question of lifehow
to make the most of it. It underlies
your choice of a particular way of
earning your daily bread or making
a fortune. For the man who merely
makes a living or a fortune does not
truly live. How to live and so as to
make the most of our talents or talent.
That is our question tonight.
There is but one answer. I might
rattle around (I may anyway), give
you advice on little things, quote the
moral precepts of Confucius or
Emerson, read from Lord Chester
field's, or somebody's letters of ad
vice to his son (a father never gives
advice to his daughter, he takes it),
and end by referring you to a pam
phlet, "How to Succeed." But if we
are earnest and anxious to travel this
highway of life we will find that it
leads to Jesus Christ, the source of ilfe.
Others may give us partial answers,
but the complete answer to this ques
tion, how to live, is found in the full,
complete, perfect life.
I am well aware that this is a very
ordinary and commonplace practice
of the preacher. He is all the time
saying, "be Christians," "live the
Christ life," and you may be just a
little tired of it. But how, upon this
epochical time in your lives when you
are most seriously looking out into
the new world God has given you to
conquer, how can the preacher who is
anxious to give to you the biggest,
truest, most inspring thought God
has given him, how can he possibly
steer clear of the master mind of
the master teacher?
The Talmud has the story of the
ring of Solomon engraved with the
divine name, most sacred to a Jew.
Everyone toward whom Solomon
turned the ring was forced to speak
out whatever he was thinking. The
greatest fact in human history is the
fact of Christ, and such is the peculiar
attractive power of his life that, as he
predicted, he is drawing all men unto
himself. All mn good and bad are
forced co come out into the light of
his life and show what sort they are
all men are compelled to stand in the
living presence of the ever living and
ever present Christ and answer his
question, "Whom say ye that I the
son of man am?"
I have purposely chosen to emphasize
this particular faculty of the master
teacher, "The Mind of Christ," first
because you are students, and second
to correct an entirely erroneous esti
mate some have of Christ. They
come to His gospel in a patronizing
waythey call him a "good man" the
"best man" they even say, "the son of
God." But taking the sermon on the
mount, the golden rule, the beatitudes
and like passages, they look upon Him
as an idealist, an impractical
dreamer whose words are nice to read
and talk about and hope for, especial
ly good for women and childrencer
tainly "they can do no harm." But
they pride themselves on being practi
cal men and women of the world and
are free to express their intellectual
superiority in the practical, hard,
matter of fact experiences of life, in
the judgment that the golden rule and
the sermon on the mount have nothing
to do with business and politics and
that a general who loses a battle
through the activity of his conscience
would be the derision and jest of his
tory. How many of us who call our
selves Christians have got into the
habit of speaking of Christ and his
doctrine in a tone half apologetic and
associating with Him the weakness of
the average reformer?
It is well for us all to come to the
mind of Christ tfb attempt to take the
message of it, the height and the depth
and breadth, that we may understand
something of the strength and virility
and vitality of his thought and its
universal application to all the ex
periences of life. It's the kind of
thought that makes men broad without
being loose, profound without losing
the simplicity of faith, strong and ro
bust yet tender and sympathetic.
Such a man was Abraham Lincoln,
whose mind was saturated with the
thought of Christ, woven into the very
structure of his own life and practice,
and which he in turn builded into our
political structure and made the
foundation stones of our republic.
Young men and women, you need the
indwelling mind of Christ first of all
for your own sake, for the enlargement
of your life.
A woman living in a small town,
complained to another, "I might as
well be dead. There aren't any con
certs or plays or good times, not a
single store in the place to go shopping

xml | txt