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E. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms 81.00 Per Tear.
Commercial Club Convenes to Ascer-
tain Sentiment of People on
Armory Proposition.
Business Men Unanimously in Favor
of the Proposition but Council
Appears to Ignore It.
The Princeton Commercial club met
on Monday evening to ascertain the
sentimeut of the business men and
others in regard to the armory propo
sition. It was expected that the mem
bers of the village council would be
present, each having been notified by
the secretary that such a meeting
would be held and requesting their
attendance, but the invitation was
practically ignoredGrover Umbe
hocker was the only member of the
council who put in an appearance.
President John Skahen called the
meeting to order and Secretary Ira
Stanley read letters from T. H. Caley
and Charles Keith regretting their in
ability to be present, but expressing
themselves in favor of the armory
proposition. The question of a
suitable site was discussed and two
locations were mentioned as being de
sirablethe site upon which the Con
gregational church stands and two
lots across from the power house. S.
S. Petterson, asked as to the Congre
gational church site, said it could
probably be obtained, but he was of
opinion that the cost would be too
great. In addition to the cost of the
lots, which could not of course be se
cured for less than the prevailing
market value of property so desirably
situated, the expense of moving the
church to another site would have to
be borne by the purchasers, and there
would be other incidental expenses
connected therewith.
As to the other site suggested, op
posite the power house, Mr. Caley
had offered to dispose of it for $600
for armory purposes$200 less than
he would sell it to private individuals.
Grover Umbehocker said that if the
armory were located at that point it
could be heated by exhaust steam
steam now wastedand that it would
also be an easy matter to heat the
school house from the same source.
The idea is a good one.
E. L. McMillan, W. H. Ferrell, Dr.
Cooney, Dr. Small, A. M. Davis,
Capt. Caley, R. C. Dunn and others
expressed themselves in favor of
the proposition and urged that im
mediate action be taken. There
should be no delay or hesitancy on
the part of the council, said Mr.
Dunn, for the armory would not only
benefit the militia but the public at
The meeting closed with the adop
tion of the following resolution
offered by Mr. McMillan: Resolved,
that it is the sentiment of this meeting
that it would be a wise thing for the
village council to appropriate $2,000
for the purpose of securing an armory
as provided for under the laws of
It is now up to the council to act,
and act promptlythere is no excuse
whatsoever for dilatoriness or for
refusing to respond to the citizens'
demand. The state of Minnesota
offers the village of Princeton $10,000
for the purpose of building an
armory, provided a site is deeded to
the state and $1,000 deposited with the
state treasurer as evidence of good
faith. Princeton is indeed fortunate
in being one of the places selected for
such a building and it would be a
shame to let such an opportunity slip
by without embracing it. Other
places in the state which have been
favored in like manner jumped at the
offer and the village councils unhesi
tatingly appropriated much larger
sums than that asked of the Princeton
A special meeting of the village
council was held last night to con
sider the armory proposition but no
action was taken. After talking the
matter over the council decided that if
the militia desired an appropriation
toward building an armory represen-
tatTves of Company should make
application in regular manner.
Why this beating around the bush?
The members of the council were each
driven a written invitation to be
present at the meeting Monday even
ing to dicsuss the matter with repre
sentatives of Company and our
citizens generally, and only one mem
ber, Mr. Umbehocker, attended. The
citizens are as deeply interested as the
members of the militia company. If
it will expedite matters, however, we
would suggest that the company ap
pear on dress parade before the
council and, with all due formality,
present a prayer, petition or request
such as a majority of the council seem
to demand. Anything to get the
A .Decrepit Horse and a Dead Auto
We would cheerfully give a couple
of simoleons for a photograph of
Henry Avery as he stooa in the road
midway between here and Elk lake
vainly endeavoring to coax Dobbin
out of a well-defined case of balks.
But to the story:
It appears that Henry and Mrs.
Avery decided to attend the dance at
Elk Lake park last Thursday evening
and that Henry in the darkness
hitched up the wrong horse. He in
tended taking Dr. Neumann's fastest
traveler but, unfortunately, hitched
up an infirm creature that the doctor
was treating for a complication of
diseases, among them being bony ex
crescence, poll evil, foundered foot,
ventral hernia, malanders and in
flamed parotid glandsthe poor old
horse was a patient. On the way to
the lake Henry remarked that he
couldn't imagine what the dickens
had overtaken the horseit didn't
have any life in it and couldn't be
persuaded to travel at a greater speed
than a walk. "Goodness," said Mrs.
Avery, I can't understand it unless
pa has driven the poor animal almost
to death today." Henry and his wife
were nearly asleep when they reached
H. B. Pratt's place. No balkiness
was, however manifested by the horse
on the way downit seemed to be
merely suffering from that tired feel
ing. Henry put the horse in the barn
and when he and his wife ascended
the steps of the pavilion dance num
ber 13 was announced. Looking at
his watch Henry ejaculated, "By the
great horned toad, we've been three
hours on the road! but (in a whisper)
don't tell any one."
When the dancing was over they
repaired to the barn and, going to
the stall where he had left the horse,
Henry struck a match, "Well, I'll be
jiggered,"exclaimed he, "eithersome
body's traded horses with us or else
I hitched up one of Doc's patients.
Just look at that decrepit bag of
bones." Concluding, ultimately, that
it was the same old fossil he took from
Doc's hospital, he hitched up and he
and Mrs. Avery commenced their
homeward journey.
It was not long before they were fast
asleep. They were suddenly awakened
an hour or two later by coming to
an abrupt stop. Dobbin had decided
to rest.
Henry jumped out of the rig, pulled
a big red apple and a piece of candy
from his pocket, and endeavored to
coax Dobbin into motion. But the
horse refused to either eat or move.
Then Henry tried to persuade it by
the application of a sapling,he had
no turpentine with him,but the skate
refused to budge. At this time a be
lated rig drove up which had room
for one more passenger. "You go
home," said Henry to his wife, "and
ask Doc to come out with the ma
chine." Henry waited patiently for
an hour or more but Doc did not
show up. So he left Dobbin to his
fate and started to hoof it to town.
When near the village limits Dr.
Neumann hove in sight and he and
Henry returned to where Dobbin had
been left. The horse was still there
and as obstinate as ever. "Get into
the rig, Henry," said Doc, "and hold
the lines tight: I'm going to ad
minister a dose of activity." And a
couple of seconds after the "activity"
was injected into Dobbin the old skate
started down the road with lightening
like rapidity, merely touching the
high spots as it sped along.
Other troubles here commenced.
Doc couldn't get his machine to go,
and Henry miles away. The horse
went home all right, but Henry
wondered what had become of Doc
he feared an accident had happened.
So he called up Mark Stroeter and he
and Mr. Stroeter proceeded in an
auto to the doctor's assistance.
When they arrived they found him,
lying on his back in the mud under
the machine, tinkering with its mech
anism. The machine was hitched
up behind Mr. Stroeter's and home
was reached without further accident.
All's well that ends well.
Ssunday School Picnic
The picnic of the Congregational
Sunday school at Green lake last
Thursday was greatly enjoyed al
though the day did cot start very
auspiciouslyrain fell in the morning
but the weather cleared in the after
noon. Ten automobiles conveyed the
picnickers to and from the lake and
some of the machines made three or
four trips. Plenty of good things to
eat was provided by members of the
congregation and something like 150
partook of dinner and supper at the
lake. No pains were spared to give
the children an enjoyable outing.
Awards In Several Departments Are
Increased From 50 to 100 Per
Cent Over List of 1910.
Exhibits Should Outnumber and Out-
Class Anything in the History
of the County Fair.
The premium list for the Mille Lacs
County fair, which will be held in
Princeton on September 13, 14, 15 and
16, is now in the hands of the printer
and will be issued in due season.
The amount which will be distributed
this year in awards to exhibitors and
purses for races, ball games, etc., will
approximate a couple of thousand
dollars, and this should be sufficient
inducement to make the fair the
success which the management de
sires. It should bring in exhibits
which will outnumber and outclass
anything in the previous history of
the fair and tend to make the horse
races and other field attractions the
best ever.
As a few instances of the increase
in premiums it may be stated that
cattle awards have been raised ap
proximately 300 per cent over those of
1910, awards on horses 200 per cent,
on sheep 50 per cent, on swine 100 per
cent, on butter 300 per cent, on best
collection of grain and vegetables 150
per cent, on collection of potatoes 100
per cent, and on bread and pastry 100
per cent. No farmer can certainly
find fault with the list of exhibits
upon which the committee on awards
has seen fit to raise the amount of the
Then, again, farmers must not
overlook the silver cup, valued at $50,
offered by the State Dairymen's asso
ciation. It is a handsome trophy
which will be awarded for the best
dairy herd upon conditions printed in
last week's Union. The cup is on
exhibition in the windows of McMillan
& Stanley.
The amusement features of the fair
will be better than ever. Three ball
games will be playedupon the after
noons of Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, respectivelyand the
purses will range from $50 to $100.
The horse racing events are expected
to be exceptionally good, as the
purses will be materially increased
over those of 1930, and the minor field
sports will be numerous.
Lest the farmers forget, it is well to
jog their memory on the necessity of
selecting and preserving their exhib
its of grains, grasses and vegetables
now. Let them keep their best speci
mens for the county fairtheir home
fair. To exhibit at the state fair is
all very well, but they should not do
so to the disadvantage of the fair
which is maintained by the county in
which they reside. As the farmers
are the men upon whom reliance must
be placed to make the county fair a
success it is to be hoped that they
will put forth their best endeavors to
bring about this end.
The Bossy is Ojueen
There was a time, not so long ago
either, when pine was king in Milaca
and the adjacent territory, and he was
a robber king, too. But now the
gentle bossy reigns at Milaca and the
people are happy and prosperous
under her benignant queenship. The
Times is authority for the statement
that $50,000 was paid out to the
farmers in Milaca and vicinity for
cream during the month of July, and
a fourth of that amount was paid out
at the Farmers' creamery in Milaca
village. This is a little better show
ing than Princeton can make but the
Farmers' creamery here is a close
second to the Milaca institution, and
the Bridgeman & Russell creamery
also does a thriving business. Mille
Lacs county offers inducements to
dairy farmers unequaled by any other
county in the northwest. For diversi
fied farming, dairying especially,
Mille Lacs county cannot be excelled.
A Surprise on Dan Spauldlng.
D. W. Spaulding, better known as
"Dan," is an old bachelor and also
one of the best gardeners in this city.
His widowed mother, with whom he
lives, is away on a visit for a few
weeks to the scenes of her youth, back
to the old homestead farm with its
purling brooks away down in Maine.
Several of Dan's friends learned that
he was temporarily an orphan, so, on
Sunday morning early, they formed in
column and marched to his abode
long before slumber left his weary
eyelids. Into the garden, with its
abundance and profusion of vege
tables, the procession went, traveling
from one part of the garden to the
other, selecting something from every
variety, they sought the house,
rapped loudly on the door several
The Amusement Features at the Mille Lacs County Pair Will Eclipse All Previous Efforts
times and finally awoke "Old Dan"
and informed him that something
must be doing in the way of a break
fast for thempointing to the sturdy
array of vegetables they had piled on
the door step, and informing the now
awake Dan that they had brought
plenty and desired its proper prepara
tion for their epicurean palates.
Their language was somewhat stilted
for Dan, but after a little longer
palaver they were admitted and work
for breakfast was opened up.
In exactly 68 minutes from the time
they began to scrape the new potatoes,
peel the onions, scald the tomatoes,
chop the cabbage and make saleratus
biscuits, the meal was ready. It was
a feast for the hungry fellows and
they did ample justice to everything
on the boards. It was a glorious
spot in the lonely time Dan has to put
in Until his mother's return. He does
not wish to hurry her from her girl
hood scenes, but any time she turns
homeward a new smile will come over
his face. Those who made up the
party are unanimous in praising Dan's
cooking. They daubed up nearly
every dish in the house. Dan's time
was so taken up on Monday with
washing dishes that the clothes wash
for that day was laid over until Tues
day, something that never happened
when his mother was at home.
J. A. Wetter Sells His Farm.
J. A. Wetter has sold his 160-acre
farm and some lots at Long Siding
to Jas. J. Hill of South Dakota.
The consideration was $10,800 cash.
This is one of the best farms in
Mille Lacs county. Mr. Hill ex
pects to ship in about two carloads
of registered stock and this is just
what the country hereabouts is in
need of. Besides, it will, without
doubt, be a good investment. Mr.
and Mrs. Wetter expect to leave for
California about October 1. They
bought a small fruit ranch there
adjoining a town about a year ago.
Mr. Wetter is a progressive farmer
and a staunch good roads man.
Largely through his individual
efforts the roads in the vicinity of his
farm have been greatly improved in
recent years. Mille Lacs county can
ill afford to lose men of Mr. Wetter's
canbre. There is one consolation,
however, Mr. Hill is said to be an ex
ceedingly wide-awake farmer and the
fact that he has invested in Mille Lacs
county realty proves it.
Birthday Anniversary
Eleven friends of Miss Margaret I.
King assembled at her home on Fri
day, August 11, 1911, to assist her in
befittingly celebrating her "eleventh"
birthday anniversary. Tea was
served by the hostess, who was
primped up for the occasion, at 5:30
o'clock and the spread was equal to
any ever placed before royalty. The
house decorations were of flowers
gathered from Miss King's garden
and they produced a very enchanting
effect. Those present were Mr. and
Mrs. Jas. Hartman, Dr. and Mrs.
McRae, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Dickey,
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Neely, Mr. and
Mrs. C. Slater and Mrs. Nora
Nichols. Mrs. Mary Rines, who
came home on the evening train,
joined the party later. Upon dis
banding the guests pronounced Miss
King the queen of entertainers
Miss Clara Kittllson Passes Away.
Miss Clara Kittilson, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. S. Kittilson of Glen
dorado, died at Thomas hospital,
Minneapolis, where she had been
since December, 1910, on Tuesday
morning at 10 o'clock. Death was
caused by tuberculosis. She was 24
years of age.
The remains, accompanied by Mr.
and Mrs. S. Kittilson, arrived here
last evening and were conveyed to
Glendorado, where funeral services
will be held on Saturday afternoon
from the family residence at 1 o'clock
and from the church at 2 o'clock.
Rev. Langseth and Prof. Nels Kleven
will officiate.
Miss Kittilson is survived by her
father, mother, four brothers and
four sisters.
Mre Sliockley Entertains
On Monday Mrs. Harry Shockley
entertained at dinner nine friends
from Milaca and one from St. Paul.
They were Mrs. A. Eberhardt and her
aunt, Mrs. Chr. Eberhardt, Mrs. H.
VanRhee, Mrs. Geo. Presley, Mrs.
Albin Allen, Mrs. Henry Erickson,
Mrs. Sirene and Mrs. Alfred Olson,
all of Milaca, and Mrs. Andrew
Erickson of St. Paul.
Scheen' Confectionery Open
Scheen's Confectionery is again
open and the public is respectfully in
vited to call and look over the new
stock. The store has been refitted in
first-class style and its contents in
every department are the best to be
obtained. In stationery, cigars, post
cards, etc., there is a large varitey.
Ice cream in all the popular flavors
and combinations.
Shall Princeton Have an Armory
nalnly at the Expense of the
State of Minnesota?
The Proposition is Up to the Village
CouncilTaxpayers Undoubt-
edly in Favor of Armory.
For the first time in its history
Princeton is afforded an opportunity
of securing a public building of which
the state would defray nine-tenths of
the cost of construction. Shall we
embrace the opportunity? If the
question could be decided by a vote of
the tax-payers of the village the
answer would be most emphatically in
the affirmative.
Under the provisions of chapter 302,
general laws of 1911, "An act provid
ing for the construction, purchase and
disposition of armories, and making
appropriation therefor," the sum of
$30,000 is appropriated annually for
the construction of armories, of which
not more than $10,000 can be expended
for one armory. In other words, only
three armories can be cared for each
year. Owing to the efficiency and
high standing of Company of the
Third regiment one of the three armo
ries has been allotted to Princetona
fine compliment to the boys and the
Section one of the act provides that
the governor, adjutant general and
commanding officer of the regiment
shall constitute an armory board,
whose duty it shall be to approve the
selection of all armory sites and plans
and specifications, and to contract
for the erection of all armories, etc.
Section two reads: To every com
pany of the Minnesota National
Guard now or hereafter organized
which shall have first deposited with
the state treasurer at least the sum of
$1,000 as evidence of good faith, and
shall have conveyed to or caused to
be conveyed to the state of Minnesota
the title to a site for an armory, which
site shall have first been approved by
said board, there is hereby appro
priated the sum of $10,000, which
together with the said deposit shall
all be used, for the purpose of build
ing, erecting and equipping an arm
ory building on said site.
Section five provides that whenever
any military organization which has
availed itself of the provisions of this
act shall be mustered out of the ser
vice the municipality in which the
armory is located shall be afforded
the first opportunity of purchasing
the armory by paying to the state
the amount expended thereon if the
municipality does not care to pur
chase then the armory can be sold to
a private individual, firm or corpora
tion on the same terms.
Section six provides that upon com
pletion of the armory the control or
use of the same shall vest in the ar
mory board or commanding officer of
such armory.
We have quoted the salient features
of the law. Company is required
to furnish $1,000 in cash and a suita
ble site to secure the $10,000 from
the state. The site should cost not to
exceed $1,000. Two thousand dollars
must be raised. How? It cannot be
raised by subscription. Our public
spirited citizens have been drawn upon
heavily of late for fair grounds,
roads, churches, etc. The only pos
sible way is for the village council to
appropriate the money. Under the
general statutes the council has ample
authority to make such an appro
priation. This is not a question of
personal likes or dislikes, nor should
the location of the armory be consid
eredthe armory board will attend to
that matter. There is no necessity for
delay. If the armory is to be erected
this year there is no time to be lost,
for at best it would be along in
September before active building op
erations could be commenced.
Princeton needs such a building.
We have halls sufficient to accommo
date ordinary gatherings, for shows,
dances, etc., but there are times when
more spacious accommodations are
If the building is erected, brick
Princeton brickwill enter largely
into its construction its building will
furnish employment to a number of
our brick-layers, carpenters and la
boring men nine-tenths of the cost of
the armory will be expended for
labor and material right here at home.
In this connection the Union
wishes to remark that the people of
the village have a right to express
their views on this question without
being accused of attempting to dictate
to the village council. The members
of the council are simply the servants
of the people, and it is their duty to
carry out the wishes of the people and
act for the best interests of the vil
lage. The Union believes it voices
the sentiments of an overwhelming
majority of the voters and tax-payers
of the village in this matter.
In conclusion we believe $2,000 is
the limit that the council should ap
propriate. Some urge that at least
$5,000 should be added by the village
to the state's appropriation. We
hardly think such an appropriation
would be justifiable under present
conditions. The tax rate in the vil
lage is high enough now, and the
streets and approaches to the same
demand attention. For $11,000 a
very respectable building can be
erected, and undoubtedly some of our
well-to-do citizens will contribute
toward its equipment. But action,
prompt action, is demanded on the
part of the village council if Princeton
is to have an armory. If we do not
avail ourselves of the present oppor
tunity of securing a respectable
building mainly at the expense of the
state it may be years before a like
one is offered us, perhaps never.
Veteran Road-Builder Here Again.
Mr. W. T. Kerr, the veteran expert
road-builder employed by the state
highway commission, is back again in
Princeton. Since leaving here he has
been supervising the improving of a
mile of road west of North Branch.
He informed the writer that the vil
lage council of North Branch con
tributed $300 towards the improve
ment of the road in question, al
though it was outside the village
limits, and the farmers donated the
rest of the work necessary to haul
and apply 33 car loads of crushed
rock. North Branch is blessed with
a governing body that appreciates
good 'roads and is willing to co
operate with the farmers.
The object of Mr. Kerr's visit at
this time is to suprevise the work of
improving state experimental road
No. 2 in Sherburne county, imme
diately south of the village. The
road will be rounded up and a coat
ing of straw and weeds applied.
Chief Engineer Cooley is anxious to
demonstrate that even the sandiest
stretch of road can be kept in fairly
good condition at a comparatively
small cost.
Mr. Kerr was also instructed to see
to it that the crushed rock which was
sent here for the improvement of the
horse-killing sand hill leading onto
the Baldwin flats) was properly ap
plied. But his services may not be
needed in that connection.
Mr. Kerr, accompanied by the
writer, carefully inspected the state
experimental road, the rock road
across the Baldwin flats, the Cravens
hill, and the Brickton road that had
been improved under County Com
missioner Cater's supervisionhe ex
pressed himself as particularly well
pleased with the latter piece of road.
Everywhere he lias been Mr. Kerr
says there is a good roads revival
and residents of the villages and
cities are heartily co-operating with
the farmers in bettering the public
No Thanks Expected
The farmers of Mille Lacs, Sher
burne and Isanti counties, especially
those tributary to Princeton, owe R.
C. Dunn a debt of gratitude it will be
hard for them to pay. In the last two
years he has succeedeed in having a
great many car loads of crushed rock
shipped to Princeton from the re
formatory at St. Cloud, to be used on
roads leading into Princeton, and
the Lord knows those sandy roads
needed the rock bad enough, and, we
repeat, the farmers are indeed fortu
nate in having a man like Mr. Dunn
who takes such an interest in the
betterment of roads, not only in the
part of the county in which he lives
but for that matter the whole state.
One might ask how Bob succeeds in
obtaining so many car loads when
others have to wait. This paper
respectfully refers all such to those
who Bob has had to get after to get
what he wanted.Foreston Indepen
There Ought to be More Silos.
Farmers in the vicinity of Elk
River are building silos. Silos go
hand-in-hand with creameries.
Wherever silos abound there you will
find well-patronized creameries and
prosperous farmers. The Union
would suggest that at least one of the
speakers at the West Branch creamery
picnic on the 27th inst. discuss the
silo question. We believe there is no
subject in which the dairy farmers,
all farmers for that matter, are more
vitally interested than that of silos.
In Freeborn county, the greatest
dairy county in Minnesota, there is
a silo on almost every farm, and
there are no more prosperous farmers
anywhere than in the dairying section
of southern Minnesota. No well
equipped dairy farm is without a silo.

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