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E. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Year.
Elaborate Special Services in all the
Princeton ChurchesBeauti-
ful Floral Decorations.
Especially Fine Musical Programs-
Pastor of Fifty Years Ago
Preached at M. E.Church.
Large congregations attended the
Easter Sunday services at the several
places of worship in the village and
special programs were presented in
commemoration of the resurrection of
the Savior.
At the Congregational church
Easter observances were largely of a
musical nature.
The decorations were simple but
artistic. Azalitas mingled their rich
red with the snowy whiteness of the
EasEer lily and the green of the
delicate fern, a grouping symbolical
in character and coloring of the
death, the resurrection and the life
immortal of the Risen Savior.
Special instrumental and choral
selections rendered at the morning
and evening services were of excep
tional merit. The programs were es
pecially prepared for the occasion by
Mrs. C. Cooney. Rev. J. O.
Fisher, the pastor, preached two
impressive sermons.
The Easter services at St. Edward's
Catholic church were commensurate
with the great feast which that church
so gloriously celebrates. The altar
decorations were profuse and artistic.
The choir, under the direction of Mrs.
Caley, was especially excellent the
selections rendered being of a high
classical order and most elevating in
The sermon by Father Levings told
the story of the resurrection in that
logical, forceful and masterly elo
quence for which he is noted. The
church was filled to its full capacity.
At the Methodist church a large
and appreciative audience turned out
to greet Dr. Alfred Cressey, pastor
of this church some 50 years ago.
During his discourse Dr. Cressey
reviewed a few of the interesting ex
periences he had while in Princeton a
half century ago. A large choir
rendered appropriate music for this
The church was beautifully decor
ated for tLe Easter festival by the
women of the congregation, which
added not a little to the enjoyment of
the service.
In the evening the house was packed
from gallery to pulpit by one of the
most eager audiences which ever as
sembled in the building to listen
again to Dr. Cressey and to the fine
cantata, prepared and directed by
Mrs. C. A. Caley. About forty
singers took part in this exercise and
the feast it gave its hearers will long
be remembered It cannot be de
scribed in words. Each member was
at his best and sang as though the
success of the whole depended upon
him alone. Much credit is certainly
due the director and each one for
helping to give the people who came
to this church a pleasant Easter even
ing Many who desired to hear this
cantata were turned away by lack of
After the cantata Dr. Cressey spoke
at some length.
Appropriate Easter morning ser
vices, with special musical programs,
were also rendered at the German
Lutheran and German Methodist
churches, with sermons by the respec
tive pastors.
Pastor Here Fifty Years Ago
Rev. Alfred Cressey of Austin
preached both morning and evening
at the M. E. church on Sunday to im
mense congregationsstanding room
was at a premium. Although Mr.
Cressey is 74 years of age he preaches
with the vigor of a man of 30. He
kept his hearers interested every
minute he was in the pulpit.
Mr. Cressey was pastor of the M.
E. church here 50 years ago at a
salary of $400 per year. The pastor
age was a shell of a house and the
little church was $600 in debt. All the
able-bodied men except the pastor,
W. F. Dunham and a few others were
in the army. In talking of those days
Mr. Cressey said to a Union re
porter: "Bro. Dunham told me not
to enlist, and if I were drafted they
would meet the case. So I stayed by
the stuff, women and children
preached, paid the debt, bought new
lots and paid for them, and moved the
church into what was at that time the
center of the villageclose by the
present Swedish Lutheran church.
The men who contributed most for the
support of the church were Bros.
Dunham, Goulding and Ben Soule.
"A man by the name of Peterson
was killed at Dunham's sawmill while
home from the army on a visit. It
was a sad affair.
"One of the young girls who lived
next door to the parsonage when I
was here afterwards became the wife
of Rev. Levi Gilbert, D. D., editor of
the Christian Advocate at Cincinnati.
"Now you have as fine a church as
many cities can boast of and a live
business town the Indians have dis
appeared and I understand the
country all around here is well settled
with prospreous farmers. But I miss
the old pioneeersthe Dunhams, the
Gouldings, the Soules, the Gillespies,
the Fullersthey are ail gone. Peace
to their ashes.
"Princeton was my first charge. I
will be 74 years old on the 29th of this
month My first license is dated at
Austin, May 5, 1862, and is signed by
David Tice, preacher in charge, and
by Thomas Gossard, presiding
Mr. Cressey left for his home at
Austin today. May he remain hale
and hearty for many years to come.
I). By ers Sells Out
Last Wednesday a deal was con
sumated whereby E. Nelson & Co. of
Mora purchased R. D. Byers' stock
of general merchandise and rented his
store building to take possession
June 1.
Mr. Byers is one of Princeton's
oldest and best known business men.
His father, S. M. Bvers, engaged in
the mercantile business in 1874, and
R. D. was more or less associated
with him until about 17 years ago
when the former retired and moved to
California and the latter became sole
owner and erected the present sub
stantial brick building. Mr. R. D.
Byers has earned a reputation as a
square-dealing business man and
many of his old customers will regret
that he has deemed it best to dispose
of his stock at this time.
Mr Byers has large property inter
ests here and will continue to make
Princeton his home.
Who Mr Nelson is.
Mr. E. Nelson, who takes posses
sion of Byers'store June 1, is not a
stranger to Princeton. He was in
business at the Ole Hedin store in
Dalbo for three years and Princeton
was his railroad town. He comes to
Princeton with the intention of mak
ing it his future home and he hopes to
enjoy the good will of the business
community as well as the general
public. Mr. Nelson promises that he
will do his part towards advancing
the interests of the town and sur
rounding country and we have no
doubt but what he will make good.
The Union bids Mr. Nelson welcome
to Princeton.
A Game Kooster
Anybody possessed of an analytical
mind of the Sherlock Holmes type on
surveying the features of Guy Ewing
would think that Guy had passed
through a Kansas cyclone. Such is
not the case, however. Last Sunday
while Guy was fixing his lawn mower
he was attacked by one of Herr Nach
bar's Plymouth Rock chickens, of the
male species, and the battle that en
sued was fast and furious. The first
round opened with the rooster as the
aggressor and he sunk his spurs into
Guy's hand, pecked his nose and tore
half of his moustache out. By this
time Guy was inclined to be angry
and he proceeded to land a cross
counter on the chanticleer's neck with
a hickory club. Supposing the
rooster to be dead Guy went into the
house to wash and dress his several
wounds. By the time this was done
the rooster was again on deck and,
though somewhat dazed, was crowing
lustily from the top of the woodpile.
Mr. Ewing shaved off what was left of
his moustache, bandaged his hand
and is still able to transact business.
First Game of the Season.
The baseball season in Princeton
will open on Saturday next when the
ball teams representing the Princeton
and Milaca high schools will clash
for supremacy on the diamond. W.
C. Doane and S. P. Skahen have
been coaching the Princeton boys and
they have developed a strong team.
The Milaca lads have also been
practicing ail spring and the game is
bound to be exciting and interesting.
Everybody should turn out and root
for the home team. The game will be
called at 2 o'clock sharp.
We Want More of Wagner's Kind.
In renewing his subscription to the
Le Sueur News, A. J. Wagner,
formerly of Le Sueur county but now
of Wahkon, writes: I realize that
the editor has to live as well as some
of us common folks our daily pro
gram calls for three meals each. Well,
as you will see by the letter head I
moved up a peg further north and at
the present time am opening an office
at Wahken which is situated on
beautiful Mille Lacs lake. This is
rather a new town but we are going
to try and push her right to the front
just voted bonds to Build a modern
school house to cost $23,000. Not so
bad for a town less than four years
old. We have about five families here
from Waterville and if you don't want
to lose any around Le Sueur you had
better get a string on them."
A Lovable Old Lady Gone.
After an illness of ten weeks from
cancer of the stomach Mrs. Laura E.
Van Alstein passed away last
Wednesday evening at the family resi
dence in this village.
The funeral services were held at
the house Friday afternoon Rev. Mr.
Fisher was assisted by the Congre
gational church choir. The remains
were interred in Oak Knoll cemetery
alongside those of her husband and
son who had preceded her.
Deceased, whose maiden name was
Stimson, was born March 3,0, 1831, at
New London, Ohio, and was married
to Byron M. Van Alstein at Addison,
Michigan, January 23, 1853. They
moved to Minnesota in 1855 and lo
cated near lake Minnetonka, where
they resided for a number of years,
migrated to California in 1869, re
mained there 10 years, came back to
Minnesota in 1879 and located in
Princeton. Mr. Van Alstein died five
years ago, and a son, Clay, also died
here several years ago. Three chil
dren surviveJohn C. Van Alstein of
Princeton Byron, of Berkely, Cal.
and Mrs. Mary Daggett of Visalia,
Cal. Deceased is also survived by
three sisters and a brotherMrs. H.
B. Cowles, Princeton Mrs. Marion
Sears, Sears, 111 Mrs. Katherine
Sears, Hillsborough, Ore. and Mr.
Robert Stimson, Olympia, Wash.
Mrs. Van Alstein was an exception
ally bright and well-informed woman
and was possessed of her mental
faculties unimpaired until the last.
She was of a lovable disposition and
endeared herself to her friends and
acquaintances all of whom regard her
demise as a personal bereavement.
Death of Albert Frank Manke.
Albert Frank Manke, son of Mrs.
Bertha Manke, passed away at the
Northwestern hospital, Monday noon.
The cause of his death was pneu
Funeral services were held yester
day at 1 p. m. at his mother's resi
dence in Princeton township, and
were attended by a large number of
rjelatives and friends. Rev. Eugene
Ahl of the German Lutheran church
conducted the services and the inter
ment was in the German Lutheran
cemetery. The pallbearers were Al
bert Wilhelm, Reinart Weiss, Otto
Weiss, Wm. Gebert, Wm. Roos and
Otto Grapentin.
Albert Frank Manke was born in
Odry, West Prussia, Germany, De
cember 6th, 1886. At the time of his
death he was 25 years, 4 months and 2
days old. He came to Princeton
township with his parents when a
boy and resided upon their farm up
to a few years ago when he came to
the village where he secured employ
ment on the potato market. Here he
lived until cut down by death. His
mother, four brothers and three sis
ters survive him. The brothers are
Gust, Reinhart, Fred and Otto, and
the sisters are Mrs. Hulda Schilling,
Mrs. Laura Holthus, and Mrs.
Pauline Weeks.
Albert Manke was an industrious
young man, genial and affable of dis
position, and he leaves a large
number of friends, who, with his rela
tives, mourn his sudden taking away.
Death of Mrs. O Haven of Big Lake
Mrs. John O. Haven died at her
home in Big Lake on the 31st ult.
The funeral was held from the Union
church at that place on the 2nd inst.,
and the remains were laid to rest in
the Big Lake cemetery.
Mrs. Haven was born in Vermont
on June 26, 1831, and was married to
John O. Haven August 18, 1852the
latter died several years ago. They
moved to Minnesota when it was yet
a territory and after looking around
for a time finally settled down in Big
Mr. Haven served in the state legis
lature and filled several important
county offices. Mrs. Haven was a
lovable woman and was regarded
by all her neighbors as a mother in
Talk of Change in Train Service
Train men say there will be a
change in the running of trains on
this line on and after May 1st that
the present passenger train to Duluth
will be discontinued and transferred
to the Cambridge branch that the
night train on the Cambridge branch
will be run via Princeton and Milaca
that a day train will run between
Sandstone and St. Paul via Milaca
and Princeton, etc. In any event it is
to be hoped that we will have addi
tional passenger servivce on this line.
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The District Court Concluded Its
Work and Adjourned Last
Friday Morning.
All the Soo Railroad Fire Damages
Cases Go Over Until the
November Term.
The district court concluded its
work last Friday morning after a
short term lasting a little over four
days. In all there were 48 cases on
the calendar, but 31 of these were
suits brought against the Soo Rail
road company by various persons for
damages alleged to have been caused
by Are to their property by defendant
along its line of road. These rail
road cases, in which Lane & Malm
berg and E. L. McMillan are counsel
for the respective plaintiffs, and John
L. Srdall, L. K. Eaton and Stewart
& Brower represent the defendant,
were continued to the next term of
In the case of Giles C. Peake, who
brought suit against the Milaca State
bank, W. J. West and Chas. R. Frost
to recover $5,000 damages for malici
ous prosecution and false imprison
ment, the jury awarded plaintiff the
sury of $201. Charles L. Lewis, J. H.
Whitely and E L. McMillan were
attorneys for the plaintiff and Mc
Donald, Bernhagen & Patterson for
the defendants.
Wm. C. Hopkins vs. Mialca State
bank, W. J. West and Chas. R. Frost.
This was a suit similar to the one
preceding it, brought by a partner of
Giles C. Peake to recover $5,000
damages for malicious prosecution
and false imprisonment. Chas. L.
Lew s, J. H. Whitely and E. L. Mc
Millan for plaintiff, McDonald, Bern
hagen & Patterson for defendants.
After deliberating several hours the
jury brought in a verdict awarding
plaintiff $300 damages.
L. S. Waller vs. C. H. MacKenzie
and Fred R. Burrell. Suit on breach
of warranty. Johnston & Dennis for
plaintiff, E L. McMillan for de
fea^nts. Continued byjjonsent of
Wm. Lipp vs. Princeton Mercantile
company. Action to enforce an ac
counting. M. L. Cormany for
plaintiff, C. A. Dickey for defendant.
Jury returned verdict for plaintiff in
sum of $65.
Belle G. Dickey vs. North Star
Lumber Co. Suit to determine claim
to title. C. A. Dickey for plaintiff,
Chas. J. Traxler for defendant. De
fendant failed to appear and judg
ment was ordered for plaintiff.
F. A Patrick & Co. vs. Henry
Uglem. Suit to recover for goods
sold. C. W. Stilson for plaintiff, M.
L. Cormany for defendant. Stipula
tion for judgment in favor of plaintiff
in sum of $175 and costs.
Martha Bockoven vs. Leonard
Bockoven. Suit for divorce. C. A.
Dickey for palintiff, E. L. McMillan
for defendant. No appearance on
pare of defendant and decree granted
Good Roads Promote Courtship
The writer has on several occasions
in public addresses attempted to im
press upon young people the impor
tance of good highways in promoting
courtshipa fellow is obliged to use
both hands in guiding his team over
rough and dangerous roads and the
girl has got to take care of herself as
best she canand now an eminent
divine, Bishop Samuel Fallows, has
come to our assistance. In a recent
address at a women's convention in
Chicago the bishop said:
"Of course the man who is desper
ately in love will not be kept from
the object of his affections by poor
roads, but there are many estimable
young men of faint heart who might
be deterred in their courting by mud
dy roads.
"This especially is true in the coun
try whereHhe roads are often impass
able after heavy rains. Good roads
are necessary first to make courtship
easy. After courtship comes the
home and the home supports the
church. So you see that the matter
of good roads is really of great im
Caught In the Act
Jay Benson, a young man who has
been in the employ of Clarence Hill
for several months past, was caught
last Saturday night, by Sheriff Shock
ley, while attempting to burglarize
Mr. Hill's place of business. For
some time Mr. Hill had been missing
things about his place and he sus
pected that Benson was the guilty
party. Finally he told Sheriff
Shockley of his suspicions and the
result was Benson's capture. After
closing hours on Saturday night
Shockley entered the place by way of
the basement and proceeded to hide
himself. About 1:30 o'clock a window
opened and Benson entered. He
looked around and seeing no one
started in by casting his optics
around to see if by chance any money
had been left where he could get it.
Failing to find any money he started
to pack himself down with a few bot
tles of fire water, and it was at this
stage of the game that the sheriff
pounced upon him and took him in
hand. Benson was paralized with
surprise and fear when he realized
that he was caught and, consequently,
made no resistance.
On Monday he was bound over to
the grand jury, in Justice Dickey's
court, and Tuesday morning he was
taken to the Ramsey county jail by
Sheriff Shockley to await the opening
of the fall term of court.
Meeting of Village Commission.
An adjourned meeting of the village
light and building commission was
held at the office of the secretary on
Friday evening, April 5. At the last
meeting an adjournment was taken to
Tuesday evening, April 9, but it was
deemed advisable to meet on the 5th
inst., in order that the members of the
commission might meet with the coun
cil on Tuesday evening.
The bill of the Princeton Roller
Mill Co.. in the^ sum of $122.79, -for
coal, was audited and allowed.
Motion was made by Craig and
seconded by Evens that an emergency
fund of $10 be transferred to the
electrician for the purpose of paying
local express and freight bills at the
plant. Motion carried.
A motion was then made by Craig
that all persons who are now on flat
rate for electric lights or current be
instructed by the clerk, that, within
thirty days from date of notice, they
must install meters for the meaure
ment of the current consumed on
their premises. That refusal to in
stall meters shall result in discontinu
ance of service. Also that on and
after May 1, 1912, a minimum rate of
75c per month be charged for elec
tricity, whether or not the amount
consumed equals that amount or not.
Meters to be sold at cost, or leased at
25c per month. Motion was seconded
by Evens and carried.
Motion was made by Evens and
seconded by Craig that 10 light meters
be purchased. Motion carried. This
concluded the work on hand and com
mission adjourned.
Village Council Meets.
The first regular meeting of the new
village council was held last Tuesday
evening with all members present.
The recorder's salary was fixed at
$150 per annum, the same as last
The treasurer's salary was set at
$60 per annum and he was granted
permission to buy sucil books as the
office requires and charge same to the
Ed Cilley was reappointed fire
marshal of the village for the ensuing
year and his salary was fixed at $25
per annum.
The salaries of the village teamster
and village marshal were also fixed
the former to receive $55 per month
and the latter $50.
Recorder Umbehocker read the ap
plications of five residents of the vil
lage for the position of village
marshal. The applicants are F. W.
Milbrath, James Ludgate, J. C. Van
Alstein, D. A. Kaliher and Tom Post.
Umbehocker moved that Tom Post be
reappointed village marshal but the
motion received no second. All the
applications were laid on the table
until the next meeting.
A number of bills were audited
and allowed which concluded the
work of the session and the council
adjourned. Another meeting will be
held tonight to act upon two applica
tions for liquor licenses.
Be Fair to the Cities
The delegates at the Mankato meet
ing of the Southern Minnesota Better
Development association probably did
not realize how inconsistent they were
in calling on the people of the state
to ratify the seven-senator- and the
one-mill good roads tax amendments
to the state constitution. They pro
fess to fear the influence of the three
large cities and want to limit for all
time the rperesentation of each of the
big counties to not more than seven
senators. The only excuse for such
action would be a fear that the cities
would not deal fairly with the rest of
the state. At the* same time the three
big counties are asked to tax them
selves approximately $600,000 a year,
to be spent for good roads through
out the state.
The proposed one-mill tax for good
roads would yield, in round numbers,
$1,200,000. The three large counties
would pay more than half of that
sum. Ramsey county would con-
tribute approximately $121,000 a year
for good roads. Hennepin and St.
Louis might get a part of their money
back, but we have good roads in this
county, and have paid for them. Yet
we are asked to tax oursevles $121,000
a year for highway improvement in
southern, central and northern Min
nesota. And what is more we are in
favor of doing it because we know
that St. Paul's prosperity depends
upon that of the farming districts
tributary to this city. Still we are
supposed to be so stupid that it would
be unsafe for the people in the rest
of the state to let us have representa
tion in the senate, as they do, in pro
portion to population.
There probably are no advocates of
the seven-senator measure who do not
favor the good roads program. They
should stop to realize how slim would
be the chance of the good roads
amendment without the support of the
cities. How much support do they
suppose the good roads amendment
would get in St. Paul, Minneapolis
and Duluth if the people of the cities
were against the interests of the coun
try districts, or were to permit them
selves to be guided by narrowness
such as actuates those back of the
seven-senator measure9
Why not be
broad enough to recognize that we
are all for all Minnesota .JSt.
County Commissioners Meet.
County boaxd met in regular ses
sion at the office of county auditor,
with all members present and Chair
man Cater presiding. Meeting called
to order at 11 o'clock a. m. yesterday.
P. P. Kjaglien, administrator of the
estate of John Johnson, deceased, ap
peared before the board and made a
proposition to pay up the funeral and
hospital expenses of said Johnson,
which said expenses'had already been
paid by the county. The proposition,
was accepted and $58, the amount of
said expenses, was paid into the coun
ty treasury by Mr. Kjaglien. Mr.
Kjaglien was further instructed by
the board to take the proper steps for
caring for and seeing to the transpor
tation of the Johnson girl to certain
of her relatives who have offered to
care for her.
Christ Hogan of Foreston made an
offer to the board of $700 for the
county forty in section 9, town of
Milo. Said offer was accepted by the
board and the required publication
The application of S. G. Byerly of
Wahkon to sell intoxicating liquors
in said Wahkon was acted upon by
the board and said application was
unanimously granted.
A petition from taxpayers of school
district 25 asking for a reconsidera
tion by the board of their final order
in the matter of school district 39, was
on motion laid over until the opinion
of the attorney general could be ob
tained as to certain phases of the
organization of the new district.
A petition from the town board of
Milaca asking that 234 miles of road
in the town of Milaca be designated
as a state highway, was laid over by
the board because it appeared on ex
amination that certain parts of said
road have never been laid out and
established as town roads.
Board was still in session at time
of going to press.
School vs. Saloons at Oilman.
The row is still on at Gilman in our
sister county of Benton over the re
moval of the school house from its
present site in the hamlet of Gilman
so that saloons may operate within
the law. The law provides that in
toxicating liquor shall not be sold or
disposed of within 1,500 feet of a
school house. The burning question
is, shall the saloons or the school
house be moved?
A special school meeting was held
on Tuesday a riot ensued in which
several persons were severely injured
and resulted in the friends of the
school house withdrawing from the
meeting. The vote stood 46 in favor
of moving the school house and none
If the bill prohibiting the granting
of license to sell intoxicating liquor
by county commissioners, which was
introduced and pushed through the
house at the last session of the legis
lature by the publisher of the -U i n,
had become a law, all the trouble at
Gilman would have been avoided.
Needs a Little Fixing Up.
Mr. W. T. Kerr, road expert em
ployed by the highway commission,
came up from St. Paul last evening
and inspected the crushed rock work
on the Germany road and the Cravens
hill. He says a few loads of gravel
are needed on the Germany road, the
gutters on the hill should be cleaned.
out and the road thoroughly rolled.
A little attention bestowed upon that
road now will put it in fine condition**-

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