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A Trip on the Luella and Observa-
tions riade Here and There
at Mille Lacs Lake.
The Water is Now at Low Stage
and Should be Raised to Nor-
mal Level if Possible.
Isle, Minn., July 25.Much has
been said and written in praise of
Lake Minnetonka as a summer so
journing place but, when compared
with Mille Lacs, Minnetonka's natural
beauty is far surpassed by this mag
nificent inland sea. From hereIsle
the view is perhaps the prettiest
that can be obtained from any point
on the shore. Malone's island nestles
in the harbor, or bay, and Hennepin
island and Big Point appear in the
distance. The north shore of the lake
is not visible from this place, hence
the view gives one the impression that
he is looking out over the ocean.
And the moods of this great body of
water are as spasmodic as those of an
old maid. From a shimmering,
placid expanse the lake will, without
warning, be suddenly transformed by
a change of wind into a mass of white
capped billows, which expend their
energy upon the shore and leave a line
of foam upon the rocks and sands.
Then it will as suddenly settle down to
a state of calmness or resolve itself
into a choppy sea. The sunsets here
are exquisite. No brush could por
traynot even that of Rembrandtor
pen realistically describe the
variegated and changing colors re
flected in the water as Old Sol bids
us good night.
To realize the vastness of the lake
and fully enjoy its beauties one must
make a trip around it. This may be
accomplished on board the steamboat
Luella, which makes daily (except
Sunday) excursions from Wahkon,
leaving her pier between 7 and 8
o'clock in the morning and returning
in the evening. This is a delightful
trip and enables one to obtain a good
view of Hennepin, Spirit, Robbins
and various other islands which dot
the lake. The last named island is
where Mr. Robbins, an old settler of
Vineland, was held at bay for several
days by hostile Indians. This inci
dent was lucidly described by him in
a historical sketch published a couple
of years ago in the i n.
Stops are made by the Luella at a
number of points along the route for
accommodation of passengers, un
loading of freight and gathering up
of cream for Bridgeman & Russell,
who have a branch creamery at Wah
kon. J. L. Travers, agent of the
Mille Lacs Transportation and Con
struction company, informs us that
the amount of cream collected at lake
points this summer is at least three
times gieater than that of last and is
increasing daily. This has been
brought about by the ready transpor
tation facilities afforded by the steam
boat service and the cash market at
Wahkon. The farmers have awakened
to the fact that there is money in cows
and aie consequently increasing their
There are but a few points on the
trip where a rowboat has not to be re
sorted to in order to gain the shore
from the steamer. Among these are
Cutler and Midland, where the trans
portation company has built docks at
a considerable outlay. At the Malmo
landing the rowboat has to cover a
distance of nearly half a mile, and
usually has to make two trips to
bring off the cans of cream. The
building of a pier at this place is con
templated by the company. At vari
ous other points distances of an
eighth to a quarter of a mile have to
be covered by rowboat in order to
effect a landing.
At this time the lake is two feet
lower than in the corresponding
month last year and this causes great
inconvenience to both the steamboat
people and those living around the
lake. Persons owning launchesand
there are many of themhave to moor
them a considerable distance from
shore. Never within the memory of
the oldest inhabitantsIndians in*
eludedhas so low a stage of water
prevailed, and the men who appeared
before the board of county com
missioners at Princeton to request that
steps be taken, in co-operation with
the other counties affected, to raise
the lake to its normal level, had ade
quate reasons for so doing. By
means of dams the settlers say that
the normal level could be maintained,
and it is really a matter which de
mands attention.
There are many beautiful places
which the steamboat touches upon its
trip where people may enjoy their
summer vacations and receive good
accommodations. Among them are
Wealthwood, Cutler, Midland, Gar
rison and Vineland. The scenery is
picturesque from either of these points
and the time may be pleasantly
passed in fishing, boating, exploring
the wilderness, studying bird and
insect life and in many other ways.
Life on the lake shore possesses a
fascination which tempts one to envy
poor Lo. The wild grandeur of the
country is indescribable.
Of lakeside hostelries the O. A.
Haggberg place here at Isle is among
the best. The house is situated on an
eminence which slopes gradually
down to the water's edge, where a
substantial dock and a boat house
sufficiently large to accommodate
three launches have been built. An
excellent table is set at the Haggberg
hotel and the host and hostess are
very accommodating peoplethey do
their utmost to make it pleasant for
visitors. At this time there are about
a dozen guests at the house, most of
them from Minneapolis, and they are
having a glorious time.
At Cove there is a very pretty sum
mer trysting place conducted by Mr.
and Mrs. Adolph Olson and another
beautiful place on the south shore
kept by Mrs. Rogers.
As to the LuellaThis vessel is 55
feet long, has a draft of five feet and
an average speed of 10 knots. Her
engine is of 60 horse power and she
can carry over 50 passengers. She
was built for the Lake Superior trade
four years ago and is a staunch, trim
and safe boat. Her passenger cabin
is comfortably upholsteerd, which
adds to the pleasures of a trip
aboard. The Luella is owned by the
Mille Lacs Transporation and Con
struction company, a Duluth corpor
ation with a capitalization of $50,000.
J. L. Travers, whose head-quarters
are at Wahkon, is the company'^
agent. He is a genial, accommodating
gentleman of much business ability
and push. Mr. Travers tells us that
the company which he represents has,
since it commenced business in June,
1909, expended $20,000 for construction
and equipment. This includes two
barges for handling freight, a pile
driver, dredge and construction of
piers. The company recently com
pleted a $4,000 dock at Wahkon for
the Soo people, and the railroad com
pany intends to shortly run a spur
from its main line to this dock to facil
itate the handling of freight by the
Transportation Co. Mr. Travers
says that while his company is not
now making expenses, he foresees a
time when the stockholders will re
ceive good interest on their invest
menthe is confident that the country
around the lake will develop rapidly
and the venture consequently pay.
The captain of the Luella is M.
Madsen and the engineer E. N. Jen
sen, both accommodating gentlemen.
Charley Malone has a beautiful
place on the east side of Isle harbor.
It is 70 acres in extent and stretches
back from the lake front. Surround
ing his residence the wilderness has
been converted into a pretty park
with big shade trees dotting the
grounds. A couple of cottages are
located near the shore for the accom
modation of summer visitors who de
sire to rent them. A deep, narrow
channel separates the mam land from
Ethel (usually called Malone's)
island. This channel is a fine place
for fishing and the island50 acres in
extent and woodedwas at one time
used by Mr. Malone as a sheep pas
ture. The last flock which Charley
pastured there, however, was deci
mated by the Indians. He says that
the noble red men, or their squaws, in
their ignorance of right and wrong of
course, started a butcher shop on the
island. One of the attractions at Mr.
Malone's is his deer stockade. He
has a buck, doe and fawn, the latter
born in captivity. One fine doe was
ripped open and killed by the buck.
Had it lived he would now have six
instead of three deer. The animals
are so tame that they will lick one's
hands through the interstices of the
stockade palings. Mr. Malone has a
herd of nine milk cows and cultivates
a portion of his land. Last year he
raised 1,500 bushels of Burbanks and
most of them are still in the pit, a
total loss.
There is perhaps no man in this
part of the country who has had more
experience with the Indians or better
understands them than Charley
Malone. His narratives of personal
adventures with them are particularly
interesting and some of them
approach the "cold shiver" point.
They make a man look over his
shoulder to see whether any of the
aborigines are stealing up behind
him. But the Indians left around the
lake are not hostile. There are only
134 of them, while a few years ago
they numbered 1,100. Many of them
went to White Earth reservation and
R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Tear. PRINCETON, MULE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 1910.
some to the happy hunting grounds.
Mr. Malone, who is handling the
Indian business here for Gus Beau
lieu, contemplates writing a book of
reminiscences. It would certainly
make interesting reading and sell like
hot cakes.
A short distance from Malone's,
near the lakeshore, two families of
Indians make their homes. They
have built themselves small log
houses, which are comfortably furn
ished, and are pretty good Indians.
The head of one of these families is
Pete Anderson and the other John
Jeka. Both are full bloods and talk
sufficient English to make themselves
understood. Pete works for his
neighbors by the day and is a faithful
laborer, while John occupies the
greater portion of his time in hunting
and fishing. These red men are as
happy as the day is long, yet they
know not when the owner of the land
upon which they dwell will bob up
and tell them to vamoose. They are
chock full of Indian legends, but it is
difficult to induce them to relate them.
We gathered from John Jeka, how
ever, that Spirit island is so named
from the Indian's belief that their
devil dwells there. They believe that
the thunder and lightning is manipu
lated by this spirit at pleasure. John
says that uncanny lights often float
above this pile of rocksspirit island
on dark nights, and the Indians be
lieve these lights to be the sulphurous
breath of the evil one. Jeka is par
ticularly interested in "'tricity "he
wants to learn all about itand Mr.
Jensen, engineer of the Luella, who
lives near him, is devoting some of
his spare time to explaining its mys
teries to the red man. So far it is
beyond Jeka's comprehensionhe is
half inclined to believe that it is in
some way connected with the gentle
man who manufactures the lightning
at Spirit island.
Hennepin, as well as Spirit island,
is also held in a sort of fearful
reverence by the Indians. Thousands
of gulls hatch their young on Henne
pin island, and at this time it is liter
ally covered with young birds. No
Indian could be induced upon any
consideration to molest these gulls
the red men believe that whosoever
disturbeth a gull's nest will be rough
ly handled by Beelzebub.
There are not many cottages around
the lake, but numerous lots have been
sold to city people and ere many
years Mille Lacs will be a lively place
in the summer time. H. S. Thomp
son, a Minneapolis grain dealer, and
family are occupying their cottage on
the north side of the harbor John
Crooks, a St. Paul attorney, and
family, are at Big Point Mrs. Mc
Gonigle of Royalton, Mrs. White of
Little Falls and several others are
occupying a cottage near the Hagg
berg place and Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Mallette and family of Princeton and
Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Allison of Milaca
are at their summer homeCamp
Ransomnear Cove.
Dynamitersvandals of the worst
kindhave been depleting the lake of
its fish and the law-abiding citizens
are determined to put a stop to it.
The dead fish which have of late been
floating to shore in large number are
the result of the activities of these
sneaking poachers. We learn upon
good authority that hundreds of bar
rels of fish have been taken by means
of dynamite this season and shipped
to the cities. It is high time that such
nefarious work was put a stop to.
The progress of Isle is somewhat
handicapped by the absence of a rail
road station. The people would be
satisfied with a flag station, but it
seems that the railroad company is
averse to granting even this small
favor. This is, however, a thriving
little settlement and its people keep
abreast of the times. There are also
a number of prosperous farmers in
this vicinity among whom may De
mentioned C. J. Bergman, Lars
Madsen, A. P. Enroth, Nels Munson,
August Elgren, Albin and Mannie
Wicklander, Nels Berg, Dr. Hawes,
Peter Haggberg and John Carlson
These men all have fine buildings on.
their farms and 40 or 50 acres each
under cultivation. The number of
dairy cows owned by them range from
8 to 14 each.
With the exception of corn and wild
hay the crops are exceptionally light.
The recent showers will help a little,
but not sufficient rain fell to be of
material benefit. All sorts of
vegetables are plentiful, but they had
to be watered by hand. The berry
crop is light in consequence of the
drouth. For vegetable and berry cul
ture the soil hereabouts cannot be
On the morning of the 20th Rev.
Fathers Levings and Bay paid us a
pleasant visit. They were on their
way to look over some land which
Father Bay owns east of here. On the
afternoon of the previous day they
were fishing off Wahkon and Father
Levings intimated to us that his com
panion took an involuntary bath.
He declined, however, to furnish any
details. Hence, we are convinced, a
pretty good story got away.
Good Work is Being Done With
Crushed Rock on the Prince-
ton Brickton Road.
The Rock for the Germany Road
Will be Forthcoming Within
a Very Short Time.
Work on the Brickton road, be
tween the village limits and the
swamp north of Frank Henschel's
place is progressing nicely. Com
missioner Cater is giving the job his
presonal attention and S. A. Cravens
is acting as overseer. A stretch of
about 2,000 feet is being covered with
the crushed rock furnished by the
state. The work is being carefully
done. The road was fiist properly
graded and given a two inch coating
of clay to the width of 20 feet the
coarser rock is then spread upon the
clay then a finer coating of rock is
applied the rock is held in place by
clay berms on the sides the rock
will be covered with two or three
inches of gravel. When the road is
packed down and solidified it will
probably be the finest piece of high
way in the county.
Now if that part of the Brickton
road between the swamp and Fogg
lake was strawed or properly clayed,
there would be a pretty fair piece of
highway between the village limits
and the brick yards.
Mr. John H. Mullen, assistant engi
neer of the state highway commission,
came up Monday evening and viewed
the road. He expressed himself as
well pleased with the work that is
being done by Mr. Cater.
Mr. Mullen assured the i
that the 50 car loads of crushed rock
promised for the Germany road would
be forthcoming, just as soon as the
harvest rush is over. He is particu
larly anxious that the Princeton
board of supervisors should follow
his instructions and make a good
showing with the rock, and we feel
confident that the supervisors will not
disappoint him.
Social at Wyanett.
*^hy Princeton people attended
the social given by the Christian
church of Wyanett on last Thursday
evening. An interesting program
consisting of musical numbers and
recitations was rendered in the
church, after which the assembly par
took of refreshhments. Real, home
made ice cream and cake were served
in abundance. All who were present
speak in terms of highest praise of the
Wyanett ladies as cooks. Among
those from town who attended were
Dr. and Mrs. Cooney, Rev. and Mrs.
Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Jack,
Mr. acd Mrs G. 1. Staples and
family, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. McMillan,
Miss Margaret I. King, Mr. and Mrs.
M. S. Rutherford and daughter,
Mildred. Mrs. R. C. Dunn. Grace
Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Goulding,
Mr. and Mrs. McRae. Mr. and Mrs.
Isaac Martin, Mr. and Mrs. W. H.
Ferrell and family, Mrs. Gerrish and
daughter, Florence.
Work for "Pussy-Foot" Johnson.
Billy Bedastedy, a Chippewa
Indian, well known about here, last
Sunday took an axe and entering the
home of Marcus Martin while the
folks were all gone, chopped up four
doors, knocked all the pictures off
the walls, and tried to make kindling
wood of the chairs and furniture.
Mr. Martin arrived on the scene as
he was leaving the premises. A war
rant was sworn out before Justice W.
A. Warren and the Indian was cap
tured on Bradbury brook by Deputy
Sheriff Eichmiller. He was arraigned
on Tuesday, but requested a continu
ance until the return of Indian Com
missioner Hall who is at Tamarac,
Wisconsin. When Mr. Hall returns
the Indian will ask for counsel. He
will probably be bound over to the
grand jury. No motive is known for
his actions. He was "much squabe,"
when the affair occurred, which
probably is the only reason.Onamia
Lake Breeze.
E\ ery Candidate Treated Fairly.
Candidates for local offices are gen
erally as well known to the public as
to the editor of the local paper, hence
the Union has made it a rule for
years not to interfere in local poli
tics, unless a candidate aspires to fill
a position for which we deem him
unfitted. That rule was established
long before there was any other news
paper published in the county. As
far as the Union is concerned each
and every candidate for a local office
or for any office for that matter
will be given a "square deal."
Political announcements will be pub
lished in the Union at transient
commercial rateswe do not propose
to charge even a candidate for office
exorbitant rates. It is unnecessary
to add that the Union has readers
in every nook and corner of Mille
Lacs county and has the largest gen
eral circulation of any newspaper
published in the Eighth congressional
district outside the city of Duluth.
At the St. Edward's Catholic church
on Wednesday morning, July 27, at 9
o'clock, Mr. Patrick Joseph Holland
of Santiago, Sherburne county, and
Miss Gertrude H. Grow of Greenbush,
were united in marriage by Rev.
Father Bay. Frank Rehaume and
Reta Willcox were best man and
bridesmaid, respectively.
The bride wore a dress of French
lawn and the bridesmaid a light pink
Mr. Patrick Holland is the son of
Dennis Holland, one of the old
settlers of Santiago, Sherburne
The bride is the youngest daughter
of the late Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Grow
of Greenb.ush, Mille Lacs county.
Miss Grow is well known and highly
respected in this vicinity.
An interesting feature of the
wedding is the fact that on June 28th
of this year, Mr. Dennis Holland and
Miss Adeal Grow, brother and sister,
respectively, of Patrick Holland and
Gertrude Grow, were married in the
St. Edward's Catholic church. The
Union wishes the young couple
much happiness and prosperity.
Fire la the Big Bos Quenched.
The heavy rain shower last Satur
day afternoon was a godsend to the
farmers who reside in the vicinity
of the big bog northeast of this vil
lage. The rain quenched the fire
save in spots where the peat forma
tion still continues to burn. Unless
more rain falls soon a strong wind
would cause the smoldering fire to
break out afresh, and constant vigil
ance must be exercised. As far as
can be ascertained no houses were
destroyed, although several had close
calls, but many acres of meadow was
burned over and rendered worthless.
Had it not been for the efforts put
forth by the farmers the fire would
have undoubtedly devastated a large
area of Isanti and Mille Lacs coun
ties and caused great loss.
Hon Andrew Davis a Candidate
The Star-News is authority for the
statement that within a few days Hon.
Andrew Davis will file for the repub
lican nomination for representative
in the 45th district. Mr. Davis has
served in the last two sessions and
his record is a creditable one. It is
generally understood that Hon. Frank
T. White will also be a third term
candidate. It is hardly probable that
Sherburne county will be permitted
to elect two representatives this year,
but it is not impossible. For four
years Mille Lacs county has had no
representative, but the material inter
ests of the county did not suffer.
Ullleepie & Stoneburg Return Thanks
Having sold our harness shop at
Princeton, we wish to thank our cus
tomers and the public in general for
their kind feeling toward us and the
very liberal patronage during the
time we have conducted our business
in this town. We take pleasure in
recommending our successor, Mr. J.
H. Hoffman, of Kasson, to the
people of Princeton and vicinity.
Assuring you that you will find him
a good harness maker and a gentle
man in every respect, we are, very
truly yours, Gillespie & Stoneburg.
Mr. McCool a Neat farmer
Certainly Mr. John McCool has
worked a transformation in the old
Sadley place on the banks of the
West Branch west of the village. He
has made the residence almost as
good as new, repaired the outbuild
ings and tidied up the grounds. The
place never looked neater in its palm
iest days. A new bridge across the
West Branch at the McCool place is
badly needed. The old structure is
unsafe and should be condemned as
unfit for travel, and there is a great
deal of travel over it.
That Mafce Politics Worth While.
His local papers and the people of
his district are saying a lot of nice
things of Godfrey G. Goodwin, a
young attorney of Cambridge, Isanti
county, who will be a candidate for
the legislature in the Forty-fifth dis
trict. It is such endorsements from
the "home folks" that make politics
worth while.Duluth News-Tribune.
Two Candidates lor County Auditor
Mr. W. C. Doane of Milaca was the
first canddiate to file for a county
officehe filed for county auditor last
Thursday. Mr. Thos. F. Scheen of
Princeton also filed for the same posi
tion today. Both of them are
well qualified to discharge the duties
of this most important of all the
county offices.
Has the Best Team in the Three
Regiments of the Minnesota
National Guard.
They Make the Highest Score Ever
Made at Lake City in a
Company Shoot.
The company team shoot which con
cluded on Tuesday at Lake City,
resulted in a complete and decisive
victory for Company of Princeton,
3rd Regiment. Twelve companies
entered teams but Company won
out handsomely by the highest team
score ever made at Lake City in a
competition of this sort. Following
are the scores of the three leading
companies: Co. G. of Princeton, 3rd Reg ..870
Co. ~F, of Worthington, 2nd Reg 849
Co B, of Minneapolis, 1st Reg 820
Company was represented by
Lieutenants Sellhorn and Marshall,
Sergeant Johnson, Corporals Smith
and Lessard and Privates Sanford
and Bemis. Adon Whitney accom
panied the team as alternate and
Captain Caley acted as coach. Lieu
tenant Sellhorn was captain of the
The boys deserve much praise for
their success which was only made
possible by hard, diligent practice
and good team work. To win the
shoot is no small credit but to win it
at the highest score ever made in
that competition is remarkable.
The team as it stands today could
defeat any team that ever shot on
the Lake City grounds.
Every one of the Princeton team
were offered positions on the regi
mental team, comprised of 12 men.
Lieut. Marshall, Corporal Lessard
and Privates Bemis and Sanford ac
cepted positions on this team but the
rest of the boys were unable to leave
their work.
Another honor which fell to Com
pany was the appointment of Cap
tain Caley as captain of the regi
mental team.
The 3rd regiment team won in the
competition between the three regi
ments by over 15 points.
Strong Lang nage by a Parson
Some son of Belial has been slan
dering the Rev. J. J. Parish of Mora
and has aroused the ire of that rever
end gentleman. He has published a
card in the Mora Times in which he
makes use of strong language, to
wit: I understand that a certain
person in this town made slanderous
statements about me some time ago.
Now in the interest of my friends and
the cause of God, I hereby declare
that the said person is a liar."
Boy Killed at Milaca
Petre Ortquist, the ten-year-old son
of Mr. and Mrs. Hjalmar Ortquist of
Milaca. met death in a horrible man
ner last Thursday night. His father
sent him down to a nearby pasture to
get a horse and while riding the ani
mal back home he fell off, the horse
stepping on his head and stomach,
and crushed his skull near the base of
the brain. He was rushed to the
Milaca hospital, where he died within
an hour. The Fourth Commissioner District.
Carl M. Sholin of Page has an
nounced his candidacy for county
commissioner in the fourth district,
and H. J. Wicklund of Foreston has
pulled out. Friends of I. E. Davis
of Milaca are urging him to get into
the race. There will be no dearth of
candidates for commissioner in the
fourth district.
Can Talk from the Boat Luella
A telephone was installed in the
steamer Luella last Thursday. Con
nections are being arranged at the
several stopping places around the
lake so that as soon as the boat is
docked it can immediately be placed
in communication with the outside
world.Wahkon Enterprise.
As the Sand by the Sea Shore.
Time was when the good old name
of Smith led in city directoriesthat
day has passed. St. Paul directory
just issued contains the names of 2,125
Johnsons and 1,200 Olsons. Of
Smiths there are 633! Good bye
Smiths, Jones, et al.St. Cloud
Marriage Licenses.
Clerk of Court King issued the fol
lowing marriage licenses this week:
July 26Herman F. Neumann of
Princeton and Emma J. Lindberg of
July 26Patrick J. Holland of
Sherburne county and Gertrude H.
Grow of Greenbush.

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