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The Big Display of Vegetables, Grain,
Etc., Presents Attractive Ap-
pearance in New Hall.
Track Events Excellent and Immense
Crowds Attend Fair Upon Af-
ternoons of Each Day,
The Mille Lacs county fair was the
best in every respect ever held here
in the number and quality of exhibits,
amusement features, accommodation
for displays, and in the attendance of
-visitors. Luckily ideal weather pre
vailed with the exception of Thursday
morning, when a drizzling rain fell
and prevented many people living in
the country districts from coming to
town. Friday was the banner day in
number of attendance and Saturday
was not far behind. Praise for the
management of the fair was heard on
every hand and visitors were de
lighted with the transformation of the
grounds from a lot of tumble-down
buildings to magnificent new exhibit
halls. But it is evident that some of
these exhibit halls will not be suffi
ciently large to accommodate the dis
plays next year, and additions or new
buildings will in some cases have
to be erected. For instance, the fruit,
preserve and pastry departments will
have to be moved out of agricultural
hallSuperintendent Scheen having
been taxed to his wits' end to squeeze
the abundance of exhibits entered
into the allotted space. Then the
horse barns will have to be extended.
But these things can be easily accom
The arrangement of buildings upon
the grounds could not have been im
proved upon. President Bryson had
so distributed them that the crowds
were consequently divided upthe
people were nob all concentrated in
one place at the same time.
President Bryson and Secretary
Stanley were busy men during the
fair, as was Treasurer Jack and in
fact all the officers of the society.
They are entitled to praise for the
smoothness with which everything
was carried out. Superintendents of
exhibits, races and other amusements
also performed their full share toward
making the fair the splendid success
which it proved.
The gate receipts on Thursday were
$145.75, on Friday $571.25, and on
Saturday $518.25, an aggregate of
As to tlie Displays.
In vegetables, grain and grasses
nothing had ever been' seen at a Mille
Lacs county fair which would in any
way compare with the exhibits in
either quality, quantity or variety
there were specimens of almost every
thing which the soil is capable of pro
ducing. It was a magnificent display
which should go a long way toward
advertising the fertile soilthe pos
sibilitiesof this rich farming county.
Everything was this year classified
and arranged in regular order and
the hall decorated with flags and
bunting by Supt. Scheen. This added
greatly to the attractiveness of the
display. Robt. Clark, who has here
tofore exhibited a variety of vege
tables and plants at the county fair,
made no entries.
The fruit entries were numerous
with apples predominating. There
they were all of splendid quality and
some of them particularly large. It
was a good demonstration of what
this part of the country can do in
apple culture. Plates of luscious
plums and other fruits made up this
exhibitin all a very creditable show
ing which surpassed last year's dis
play in every particular. The flower
display was not an extensive one but
there were some pretty varieties ex
The honey department attracted
much attention. In this department a
colony of bees was exhibited under
were apples of many varieties and 18 months old, from his herd for $75
View of Amphitheater During Progress of Race. Photo by Clement
glass and specimens of honey made
from goldenrod, basswood, clover,
etc., were attractively displayed, as
well as preserves and pickles in
In butter there was a larger exhibit
than in any previous year and the
quality was of the finest. The
country surrounding Princeton is be
coming a decidedly dairiyng territory
and there were many excellent dis
The lady exhibitors did themselves
proud in the bread, pastry, preserves
and domestic manufacture depart
ments and entered a large assortment
in each. The pastry and preserves
looked especially enticing, and in
fancy work the handiwork was attrac
tive to a high degreeno mere man is
capable of producing anything that
i would compare with it.
This year there were more paintings
than usual in the fine art department
many of them excellent productions
in oils and water colors. There were
three exhibits worthy of special men
tion, viz., the displays of the high,
Whittier and rural schools which con
sisted of drawings, paper fancy work,
etc., and which showed remarkable
advancement in this line of work dur
ing the past year. The teachers are
entitled to much credit for the pains
which they have taken in bringing
their pupils up to so marked a degree
of perfection. County Superintendent
Guy Ewing was handicapped in dis
playing the art work of the rural
schools, of which he had made a large
collection. By some mistake or mis
understanding he was unable to ob
tain space for displaying the collec
tion on the walls so was obliged to
content himself with leaving it ua the
portfolios in which it was received.
Many people, however, viewed these
art productions of the boys and girls
in the country schools and expressed
themselves as well pleased with the
Some fine stock in horses was dis
played and Dennis Kaliher, the
superintendent, who knows a good
horse when he sees it, says that never
before has such a splendid assortment
of high-grade horses been shown at a
Mille Lacs county fair. The stables
this year were crowded, in fact some
of the ponies had to be housed in the
cattle building, a condition hitherto
unknown. Hence it is presumed that
an extension to this building will
have to be made ere another year
rolls 'round.
In the cattle department there was a
remarkably fine display with the
dairy kine predominating. The silver
prize cup offered by the State Dairy
men's association for the best herd of
dairy cattle entered from Mille Lacs
county was awarded to P. W. Jensen,
who afterwards sold two bull calves,
apiece to Geo. W. Schrepel. Mr. Jen
sen's breed of cattle is Holstein
Friesian and the sire of the herd is a
full-blood. John Foote exhibited a
splendid herd of Jerseys and Geo. W.
Schrepel and F. H. Loucksv Holstein
herds. There were also a number of
Hereford s, Shorthorns, Guernseys
and Polled Angus stpck on exhibi
tion. In former years no such dis
play as this was possible owing to the
lack of accommodation entailed by
insufficient housing facilities.
There were but five pens of swine on
exhibition and but few sheep, al-
though those which were displayed
were of a high grade.
In poultry there was an excellent
showingfowls of many varieties
being entered. Most of the birds
were displayed in coops of adequate
size but some of the inclosures were,
altogether too small. Wm. Marsh,
superintendent of the department,
compelled some of the exhibitors to
place their fowls in larger coops and
threatened to bar others. Mr. Marsh
is a man who understands poultry and
knows its requirements. He kept the
inclosures as clean as was possible
and fed and watered the fowls three
times a day during the fair.
Down in agricultural row there was
a magnificent display of farm ma
chinery operated by gasoline engines,
and various makes of wagons and
buggies were on exhibition. The
Caley Hardware company and the
Evens Hardware company had dis
plays with special machinery demon
strators and Peterson & Nelson and
the Mcllhargey company also had ex
hibits. The Princeton village com
mission had a very attractive electri
cal exhibition showing motors, wash
ing machines, electric irons, etc. One
of the features was a comparative
showing of the tungsten and carbon
lights. An exposed meter was exhi
bited by the demonstrator, Ralph
Whitney, which showed the difference
in the amount of current consumed by
each light. When the carbon light
was utilized the meter registered
about two-thirds more than it did
when the tungsten was turned on
and the tungsten gives about three
times the light that the carbon does.
Users of electric light were given a
clear illustration of how they can
save money. One of the specialties in
agricultural row was a Melrose con
vertible wagon, exhibited by Ruf us P.
Morton. Mr. Morton showed how,
by the manipulation of screws and
rods, this wagon can be readily con
verted into a hay rack, hog rack,
cattle rack, picnic wagon, etc. It
seems to be just the thing for the
farmer. J. H. Hoffman, the harness
man, had an excellent display of his
handiwork on exhibition and it at
tracted a large number of people.
F. G. Follz, flour and feed, also had
an exhibition of his wares.
The B(nslcal Features, Etc.
Music was furnished on Thursday
by the Milaca military band of 11
pieces under the direction of William
Erickson, and the boys are entitled to
praise for the fine selections dis
coursed. Milaca has a band which is
a credit to the countyand the
people of that village should feel
proud of it.
On Friday and Saturday, the
Citizens' band of Princeton provided
the music, with Prof. Heinzeman of
Minneapolis directing, and many
wQtds of praise were heard from
visitors as to the excellence of the
organization. The band certainly
played in excellent manner upon this
occasionit produced music which
was appreciated by everyoneeven
thdse who are devoid of a musical
grands' moving picture show was
on^ of the attractions and many
pepple passed a pleasant hour view
ing the life-like scenes portrayed in
the improvised theater.
Mansfield's pony and dog show was
another attraction and the animals
were well trained, but the poor dogs
were so emaciated that they appeared
to be half starved. Then again they
were confined in such close quarters
that they could scarcely stir around.
It looked like a good case for the
humane society. There was a merry
go-round on the grounds and a num
ber of cigar, pop and other stands.
The Dorcas society served meals
and luncheon in a large, airy tent
and many availed themselves of the
opportunity to replenish the inner
man there.
Horse Races, Etc.
The track events were particularly
goodthe best that have been seen
here in many a year. The judges
were T. J. Kaliher, Dr. McRae, J. J.
Skahen, and Charles Keith starter,
and they carried out the program with
clocklike precision.
Thursday: Farmers' trotting race,
half mile heats, best 2 in 3, for a
purse of $25, divided into $12.50, $7.50
and $5. McVicar's horse won, Kuehl
man's was second and Cater's third.
TimeFirst heat, 2:00 second, 1:40.
Free-for-all pony race, half mile
heats, best 2 in 3, for a purse of $20,
divided into $10, $7 and $3. Hull's
pony won, King's was second, Angst
man's third and Groff's fourth.
TimeFirst heat, 1:02 second, 1:00
third, 1:11.
Exhibition raceamateur driving
race, trot or pace, one mile heats, best
2 in 3. No purse. Runquist's horse
won, Foltz' came in second and
Smith's third. TimeFirst heat, 2:34
second, 2:40.
Ladies' foot race, 50 yards for $3
and $2. Anna Vernon came in first,
Delia Larson second and Marie Knut
son third.
Farmer's boys' foot race for purse
of J3 and $2. Six boys entered, viz.,
Foster Lowell, Forest Angstman, Al
bert Hoaglund, Charles Hamann, Joe
Trunk, Myron Nerry, Roy Peterson.
Forest Angstman won, Roy Peterson
was second and Chas. Hamann third.
Friday: Amateur driving race,
trot or pace, Mille Lacs county horses
only, mile heats, best 2 in 3, for a
purse of $100, divided into $50, $35
and 15. King's horse won, Foltz' was
second, Tom Kaliher's third and
Smith's fourth. TimeFirst heat,
2:33 second, 2:35.
Trot or pace, for farmers' horses
only, half mile heats, best 2 in 3, for
a purse of $35, divided into $20, $10
and $5. McVicar's horse won, Kuehl
man's was second, Cater's third and
Wentworth's fourths TimeFirst
heat, 1:37 second, 1:35.N
Running race, free for all, half mile
heats, best 2 in 3, for a purse of $35,
divided into $20, $10 and $5. Hull's
horse won, King's came in second
and Angstman's third. TimeFirst
heat, 1:05 second, 1:03.
Ladies' potato race for purse of $3
and $2. Six entered: Mrs. Baxter,
Mrs. Robideau, Mrs. Clough, Mrs.
Geo. King, Mrs. Al King and Grace
King. Grace King won first prize,
Mrs. Baxter second and Mrs. Clough
was third.
Tug of war, for farmers only, Mille
Lacs county against all comers, ten
men on a side, for a purse of $10.
Mille Lacs county won and the team
consisted of Nels Robideau, J. D.
Timmer, Henry Sager, Tom Blair,
Alex Blair, Ed. Saxon, Geo. Butcher,
Gust Moey, Louis Solberg and Willis
Saturday: Running race, half mile
heats, best 2 in 3, for a purse of $35,
divided into $20, $10, and $5. Hull's
horse won, King's was second and
Kaliher's third. TimeFirst heat,
1:07 second, 1:02.
Amateur driving race, trot or pace,
Mille Lacs county horses only, mile
heats, best 2 in 3, for a purse of $100,
divided into $50, $35 and $15. King's
horse won, Foltz' came in
Kaliher'8 third and Smith's
TimeFirst heat heat, 2:32,
2:33 third, 2:40.
Exhibition race, trot or pace, half
mile heats, best 2 in 3, for a purse of
$20. Frank Smith's horse won and
McKenzie's came in second. Time
Free-for-all slow race, one heat
only, for a purse of $25, divided into
$12.50, $7.50 and $5. Chas. Grow's
horse won first money, Ed Preston's
second and Adolph Grow's third.
Time7 minutes.
Men's potato race for purse of $3
and $2. The following entered:
Eugene Bemis, Knute Kittilson, Odin
Odegard, Tellef Knutson, Ed Zie
barth, Jas. Jensen, G. Halter, Geo.
Kaliher and Louis Drink. Geo. Kali
her won first prize and Ed Ziebarth
Centipede race between the high
school boys and the farmers' boys for
a purse of $10. The farmers' boys
won the race.
Ball Games.
The baseball games at the county
fair proved a large success, were well
in keeping with the other high class
races and sports provided by the fair
association, and did their share
toward making Mille Lacs county
famous for its county fairs.
Crown and Long Siding pulled off
the curtain raiser on Thursday be
fore a fair-sized crowd but on a rather
wet and sloppy field, which slowed the
play of both teams down. The game
proved interesting, however, and see
sawed back and forth, being any
body's game until the ninth inning.
Crown finally won by the margin of
one runscore 4 to 5.
On Friday a Princeton team com
posed principally of high school
players took the measure of the
Wyanett tossers and overwhelmed
them dy the score of 17 to 6. The
Prinecton team put up a sharp field
ing game and slugged the pill in big
league style, but the Wyanett athletes
View Showing Center and West Wing of Agricultural Hall. Photo "by Payette.
appeared nervous before such a large
crowd, and their inability to steady
down in the first few rounds put them
out of the running, and the game was
a walkaway for the Princeton lads.
The real thriller was carefully pre
served for Saturday, and it proved a
genuine thriller at that and gave the
local fans the best exhibition of the
national pastime that has been pulled
off on the local ball lot in many
moons. Mora and Foley were the
principals in this premeditated duel,
and as each team had defeated their
rivals in one game apiece this season,
and as the $100 purse went to the win
ners, along with several side bets of
pretty good size, they went at the
game in deadly earnest and both
teams played in the same determined
way throughout the nine exciting:
innings. Mora was loaded for the
game, their three outfielders, third
and first baseman, being hired talent
from outside places and good baseball
talent at that, as they proved through
out the game. They were using a
Mora man, Brackett, as their pitcher,
but he has been pitching professional
ball all season in the Minnesota-Wis
consin league, and is no spring
chicken when it comes to knowing the
ins and outs of the pitching craft, as
he clearly demonstrated before the
game was over. Foley also showed
up with anything but a local team,
five outsiders of baseball fame were
discovered in the line-up, headed by
Jake Thielman of St. Cloud, he who
used to be on the St. Louis national's
pay roll and who has been since
cavorting around on other profes
sional and semi-professional teams
throughout the country. The scenes
were all set for the heavy tragedy,
and as the large crowd was mostly
neutral they were in a position where
they could enjoy the murder which
ever side proved to be the victim.
Mora took the field first and shut
^Foley out, no one reaching first base.
Mora then started things in their half
of the first, scoring two runs on three
hits off Thielman, one of them good
for two bases. But after this little
pyrotechnical display the old war
horse settled down and there wasn't
much doing for Mora from then on.
Brackett pitched shut-out ball until the
fifth inning, when a pair of hits and
some poor fielding enabled Foley to
tie the score, and the score was still
tied when the ninth inning came
around. In the ninth Foley succeeded
in fiillng the bases with two men gone
and Mike Gallagher, their heavy
hitter, up. Anxious to strike the
batter out Brackett got something on
the ball that evidently fooled his
catcher, for the ball caroomed off the
catcher's mit and rolled into the
crowd a blocked ball. A ground rule
made previous to the opening of the
game gave the runners one base on
a blocked ball, and after a somewhat
heated discussion in which the um
pires, players and crowd all joined,
the Foley runner on third was sent in
with the winning score apparently.
This ended the Foley scoring as Gal
lagher failed to find Brackett for a
safe one. Mora came to bat in a des
perate mood, sore at losing the game
on a technical ruling. Ravenscraft
was first man up for Mora and smote
one to second base. Kasner hobbled
it just long enough to allow Ray to
reach first in safety. While Jake was
striking the next batter out Ravens
craft purloined the second station.
Handschau, Mora's big catcher, then
let drive a single and Ray scampered
across the plate with the tying run.
The next man was retired without
further damage and, with two men out
and a man on second, it looked good
for extra innings. Brackett, who was
next to hat, thought he had pitched
enough to earn the stipend paid him,
so he cut loose a single just inside the
first base foul line, and before the
ball could be fielded back Handschau
had crossed the plate with a run that
was worth about $300 in cold cash to
the Mora contingent and the game
was over, 4 to 5. The line up and

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