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MECTORSEECTED E L. Mcrtillan and Benj. 5oule Suc- ceed Themselves on School Board of District One. Only One Ticket in Field But Strenu- ous Efforts Are Hade by Insur- gents to Get Another. Notwithstanding the fact that theie was but one ticket in the field, considerable interest va manifested in the annual school election of inde pendent district No 1 last Saturday evening. Many, however, who went to the polls with the intention of casting their A ote for E. L. McMil lan and Benj. Soule, the candidates for re-election, failed to do so in consequence of there being no oppo sition. Hence the \ote cast was not as large as usualE. L. McMillan re ceived 190, Benj. Soule 189, and there was 1 scattering. Strenuous efforts were put forth during the day by a faction opposed to the re-election of the candidates named to induce others to enter the race, but to no a^ail. Several ladies were among those approached, but no one could be cajoled into running. So, seeing plainlj that defeat stared them in the face, the insurgents laid down theii arms. I was plain that had there been a second ticket in the field the candidates for re-elec tion would have won out by an over whelming majority. On August 1 next the terms of two members of the school board expire, viz.. E. L. McMillan and Benjamin Soule. and on Saturday the people were called upon to select, for three years each, their successors. Both of the retiring members came up for re-election with the result as above stated. Messrs. McMillan and Soule hwe made excellent members of the boaid and their re-election is highly satisfactory to the great majority of the^voteis. The members of the school board of independent district No. 1 and 'their terms of office are as follows: J. J. Skahen and Fred Newton, one year Dr. Small and L. C. Hummel, two \ears: E. L. McMillan and Benj. Soule, three jears On Satuidav, August 3, the board will meet, fix the tax levj and elect a chairman, clerk and treasurer. J. J. Skahen and E. L. McMillan now hold the two last-named offices and in all probability they will be re elected, for they have proven them selves to be efficient, painstaking officials. Treasurer McMillan's financial statement, read on Saturday at the annual meeting, shows that the -exchequer of the district is in a highh satisfactory condition. The statement follows* RECEIPTS Cash on hand at beginning of year Apportionment Soecial tax collected State aid Local one-mill tax collected Books sold Fines Tuition Interest on deposits Total Total 36,863 T5 2 805 30 13,899 1 755 00 798 73 9 92 13 84 206 90 193 57 .S26 546 12 DISBURSEMENTS Teachers wages Fuel and school supplies Repairs and lmDroMng grounds Library books Text books Apparatus Tamtors Salary Miscellaneous Cash on hand at end of year $10,958 50 86b 42 664 37 60 68 529 18 1 10 1298 00 504 28 11,661 59 i 546 12 Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Keith Return. After a most enjoyable trip ex tending over a period of live weeks, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Keith returned to Princeton last Saturday evening. When they left Princeton they pro ceeded to St. Paul and there took passage for St. Louis. However, when near Keokuk, Iowa, the steamer struck the coping of a lock as heretofore chronicled in these columnsand from that point they were compelled to proceed by train to their destination. At St. Louis Mr. and Mrs. Keith engaged rooms at the Planters' hotel and remained there a tew days, visiting places of interest during their stay''among these places,'* says Mr. Keith, "was the great Anheuser-Busch brewery. It is a big institution and %ery in teresting, but I do not drink beer." From St. Louis they went by boat to Cincinnati, where Mrs. Keith has friends and relathes, and from there to Louisville, where thev stopped at the Henry Watterson hotel and metSchrepel old Marse Henry. The hotel is of course merely named after the fight ing editor of the Courier-Journalhe does not conduct it. Mr. Keith says that Watterson is one of the most interesting men he ever methe is the typical southern gentleman, con genial and hospitable. They returned, after a three days' A V^V^S* Jr^K^^lrfiiL stay in Louisville, to Cincinnati, and remained there the greater portion of the time until their start on the home trip. During the sojourn Mr. Keith witnessed the shooting of two men in a strike imbroglio. They were two pickets which the shoe makers' union had posted at a certain point, and both were shot through the heart. Mr. Keith met the king of the Cincinnati commis sion men, an active old man of 77 years, who eats his breakfast every morning at 3:30 and then rides five miles to market to superintend his business. Museums, parks, libraries, old forts and other places were visited and Mr. and Mrs. Keith con sider the tiip well worth the money expended with one exceptionthe abominable accommodations on thebridge, river boats. I would not advise my enemies to ride on these boats'' says Mr. Keith. During the tour Mr. and Mrs. Keith passed through seven states and, being a close observer, Mr. Keith took particular note of the crop con ditions. 'There is no comparison whatsoever" says he "between the crops of these states and those of Minnesota. Our state leads in every thing pertaining to agricultural prod ucts. The crops in no part of the territory over which I traveled will approach in yield or grade those of MinnesotaMinnesota is certainly the banner state for diversified farming and especially that part which includes Mille Lacs and thesubmitted adjoining counties." On Sunday Mr. Keith made an automobile trip of 120 milesfrom here to Mille Lacs lake, back to Milaca, from there to Oak Park and then home. He made it a point to take particular'note of the growing crops and says that never has he seen indications of such enormous jields in.small grains, potatoes, etc., as this year. Board Well Pleased. All the members of the board of count} commissioners visited the fair giounds one afternoon last week, and e\ery member of the board ex pressed himself well pleased and sur prised at the extent of the improve ments that have been made, Taxes Levied in Isanti County. The total real and personal proper ty valuation of Isanti county is $3,- 261,664. The following amounts were levied: For count} revenue purposes. $17,500 for county poor, $4,750: for county road and bridge fund. $8,000. Our Isanti count} friends ha^e certainly levied the limit for road and bridge purposes. Benefit of J. D. Stevens. A benefit dance and supper were given at Sandy lake pavilion on Fri day night for J. D. Stevens of Bald win, who was recently operated upon for stomach perforation at the Northwestern hospital in Princeton. Nearly $40 was realized. He is a hard-working man and his neighbors and friends feel pleased that they could thus contribute to him in the time of his illness. He is rapidly improving at this time. Henry Poehler Dead. Henry Poehler, a Minnesota pioneer and head of the H. Poehler Co., of Minneapolis, died on July 18 at the home of his sister, Mrs. Chas. Comnick, in Henderson, Minn. He settled in Henderson in 1853, and in the days of his political activity was one of the best known democrats in the state. He served a term in con gress in 1879-80, was a member of the first state legislature, 1857-58, and a state senator in 1872 and 1877. A Rest Room for Women. In the near future the wives of the officers of the Mille Lacs County Agricultural society will get towith gether and devise ways and means for the erection of a rest room for women and children in the picnic grove at the fair grounds. A neat little building is needed to provide a resting place for weary mothers and tired children who may visit the fair. Let there be a prompt and generous response to the ladies' ap peals for funds for this purpose. Norman Walker Surprised. A surprise party of about 50 young people ambushed Norman Walker on his way from school meeting on Saturday evening and. taking pos session of the home, proceeded to_ have a lively time in honor of his birthday anniversary. Music by the orchestra was one of the en joyable features of the evening, re freshments were served, and a most enjoyable time was spent. A hand some gold signet ring, a silver shav ing set and several individual gifts were left as mementoes of the ocfollowing casion. Norman Walker leaves for Montana this fall. There he has se cured a half section of land. COMBINE JDSPECTED County Board Considers Seven Bids for the Erection of Bridges and Rejects Allot Them. Bids Too High and Those on the Big Bridges Savor of Existence of "Gentlemen's Agreement." Representatives of seven construc tion companies appeared before the county commissioners on Friday, when bids were considered for build ing four bridges, as follows: No. 353 bridge across Rum river, in town of Princeton, known as the Sadley 120-foot span No. 354 bridge across Rum river in town of Page, 100-foot span with two 30-foot approaches No. 351bridge across Estes brook in town of Milo, 30-foot span No. 577bridge across Prairie brook, in town of Greenbush, 23-foot span. The seven companies which put in bids were as follows: Great Northern Bridge Co., Security Bridge Co., Elkhart Bridge Co., Ibling Bridge Co., Minnesota Bridge Co., Twin City Bridge Co., and Min neapolis Steel & Machinery Co. The bids called for steel and con crete bridges, with 16-foot roadways, to meet the requirements of the state highway commission, but on bridge No. 353 additional bids were by two companies for plank instead of concrete roadways, and one of these firms bid on plans of its own draughting. The follow ing table will show how these con cerns bid: O E 86919 $6942 353 353 $6833 6465 5792 354 6438 1236 PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, JULY 25, 1912. 6 O 6 3 6 O 5 .Q a 6 O s 3 cm 1 25 .4 it 353 01 a a 3 a a $6745 3 $6900 6666 351 1800 1865 577 6800 6621 6533 6548 6578 1715 1147 1733 1629 1742 1640 1771 1575 1533 1592 1542 On the two big bridges, Nos. 353 and 354, there is so little difference in the bids that, to a man up a tree, it suggests the existence of a com bine between the "competing" firms. With the small bridge bids the repre sentatives apparently became scared and cut into one another in order to make the commissioners believe that they were reall} engaged in a keen competition. But the commissioners were not so easily fooled. They re jected every bid upon the grounds that they were too high, and it was a downcast looking lot of agents that left town together in automobiles. The board appointed Commissioner Sholin a committee of one to confer with the state highway commission in an effort to have the specifications changed so that more inexpensive bridges may be constructed, the building of which will come within the means at the command of the county board. New Homestead Laws Are Issued. Regulations governing entries under the three-year homestead law have been issued by the general land office. These regulations require that credit for the three-year period shall begin from the time of the establishment of actual residence and that all proofs must be submitted within five years. Cultivation for three years, counting from the date of entry, is required, including actual cultivation of not less than one-sixteenth of the area, beginning the second year, and not less than one-eighth beginning with the third year and until final proof is made. Tillage of the soil is re quired a mere breaking of the soil is not sufficient, but this must be accompanied by planting or sowing of seed. Grazing is not accepted ex cept with respect to certain lands opened to entry under special acts providing therefor. The secretary of the interior is authorized to reduce the required area of cultivation this will not bestate done on account of the physical or financial disabilities or misfortunes of the entryman, but only where enaction of cultivation to the statu tory proportion is unreasonable under the peculiar conditions govern ing the lands. The entryman must make application for the reduction during the first year of his entry. The entryman may absent himself for one continuous period of not more than five months in each year establishment of his resi dence, but he must show bona fide continuous residence during the rereason maining portions of the three-year period. Two five-months periods of absence immediately succeeding each other, though in. different years of the entry, will not be allowed six months' absence renders the entry subject to contest. Moreover, in considering either final proof or con tests, extended periods of absence are respected only where notice has been given to the local land office of the beginning of the intended ab sence and also notice of the home steader's return. The acts allowing leave of absence to be granted by the local land officers have not been re pealed. The privilege of commutation (where it heretofore existed) is notpreach affected by the new act, except that the entryman must be a citizen of the United States. The old practice under which commutation was given to persons who had merely declared their intention to become citizens is now abrogated. Unless a homestead claimant files a declaration on or before Oct. 1, 1912, to make proof thereafter under the old law, the entry is subject to the provisions of the act of June 6, 1912. The requiied residence is thus reduced from five to three years, but the specific cultivation provided by the act must be shown. More over, proof must be submitted with in five years after the date of the enrty. Picnic at Green Lake. A large number of farmers, their wives, sons and daughters, congre gated at Green lake on Sunday to enjoy a day's outing. The place selected for the picnic was Berg's shore, one of the prettiest places on the lake. A noon a basket luncheon was partaken of and there were plenty of good things for every one. In the afternoon many passed the time in boating and fishing but the big event of the day was theing ball game between Crown and Long Siding. This was the third time that these two teams had clashed this season and, after nine innings of fast ball playing by both sides, Crown was ahead. The final score was 8 to 7. Leander, Long Siding's speed artist, was on the mound for the losers^during the first eight innings and pitched good ball. He was re lieved by Larson, who also did well. Bartelt was at the receiving end and also did good work. McKenney was on the firing line for Crown during the first seven innings, being re lieved by Stoneburg. Both did ex cellent work. L. Angstman caught his usual good game and was especi ally effective in throwing to bases. The game was a hotly contested one from the start and was anybody's game until the last man was out. Crown took the lead in the first inning but Long Siding forged ahead in tne third inning and held the lead up to the ninth. A the beginning of the ninth the score was 7 to 6 in favor of Long Siding. McKenney, one of Crown's heavy hitters, con nected with one of Larson's benders for along drive to left field which scored two men and won the game. F. Lemke and Chapman starred in the field for Crown and R. Kaliher did good work for Long Siding in left field. All the infield players on both sides did good work and theplea game was one of the best seen in these parts for some time. The two teams lined up as follows: Crown Long Siding L. Angstman Bartelt McKenney Leander Stoneburg lb Peterson Shaw 2b Larson W Walker, captain, ss Olson P. Angstman 3b Lick P. Lemke rf Johnson Chapman cf E. Maggart Lemke If Kaliher Hon. Wm. E. Lee Coming. Hon. Wm. E. Lee will visit Prince ton tomorrow, Friday, and will ad dress the voters at Brands' opera house at 8 p. m. On Saturday after noon Mr. Lee will hold a meeting at the hall in Milaca, and on Saturday evening he will visit Mora. Mr. Lee formerly represented, in part, Mille Lacs county in the legislature and is well known to many of our citizens. He is particularly well-informed on matters and can talk intelli gently on the subject. Why the Difference? Stove and egg coal is delivered in Anoka for $8.25 per ton. I Prince ton the price is quoted at $9.00 per ton for the same kind of coal. Why the difference of 75 cents per ton in favor of Anoka? Princeton is just as near the head of the lakes as Anoka, and we presume the freight rates to both places are the same. There is no reason why coal cannot be sold as cheap in Princeton as in Anoka. There may be some good for the difference in price and if there is we would like to know it. SIBLEY S EXAMPLE People Down There Believe in Qood Roads and Are Willing to As- sist in Getting Them. Commercial and Automobile Clubs of Several Towns Contribute Five Hundred Dollars Each. Wish we had a few practical good roads business men in Princeton and Milaca like those in the towns of Sibley county. I is all very well to good roads but it costs money to build them. The following press dispatch tells how the automobilists and business men of Sibley county do things. Gaylord, Minn., July 18Sibley county will complete twenty miles of permanent road this year at a cost of approximately $500 a mile. The work is done under direction of S. Mullen, county surveyor, assisted by good roads committees representing five towns in the county. The roads are graded to a 40-foot width and after settling are graveled. The board of county commissioners ap propriated $5,000 for the work and the Commercial and Auto clubs of Gaylord, Green Isle, Winthrop, Ar lington and Gibbon contributed $500 each. State aid makes up the remunity. mainder. The state road through the county from Minneapolis to Red wood Falls and west is graded for twenty miles and the entire length across the country will be completed late this fall. A "Paper" Railroad. It is the easiest matter in the world to build railroads on paper. The letting of the contract for grad the long-talked-of electric line between Anoka and Minneapolis has given rise to the talk that the Soo road is behind the project and that the road will eventually be extended clear through to Mille Lacs lake and beyond. The Union hopes there is some foundation for the rumors, but notwithstanding the most diligent inquiry we can find nothing tangible upon which to base the rumor. I Anoka there are doubting Thomases who do not believe that the road will be built even to that city, but we are inclined to believe the road will be built to Anoka this year or next. Some time in the future the terri tory between the Princeton and Cambridge branches of the Great Northern will undoubtedly be inter sected by an electric or steam rail road, but there is no prospect of the building of the same in the near future, and if ever such a road is built we believe it will come close to, if not into, this village. But in the meantime we would advise our readers in western Isanti county not to place much dependence in "paper" railroads. When such a road as the one talked of is seriously contemplated the Union will know of it and so will its readers. Improve the Lake Road. A large delegation of Milaca's representative citizens came before the board of county commissioners last Friday and made an effective for an appropriation to put theand main traveled lake road between Onamia and Princeton in a passable condition. The commissioners signi fied their intention of appropriat ing $1,000 for that purpose. The lake road is the main thoroughfare of the county, and more strangers travel over it than over all the other roads of the county combined. As Mr.shipment. Wilkes of the Milaca delegation truly remarked: "Strangers from other states who are obliged to travel over that road to get a glimpse of beautiful Mille Lacs lake, are unani mously of the opinion that it is the worst road they encounter, and they give the county a poor recommend to intending settlers.'' We are aware of the fact that the small road and bridge fund at the disposal of the commissioners handi caps them in their efforts to better the roads every town is clamoring for assistance and there are numer ous bridges to provide for: but we sincerely hope every effort will be made to render the lake road passable this season. If the one mill tax amendment is adopted next November and the necessary legislation is enacted we hope to see work in full blast for the permanent improvement of the lake road, the entire length of the county, a year hence. A well-graded gravel-surfaced road from Princeton to Mille Lacs lake would be of in estimable benefit to the entire county. Then when the twenty-mile stretch between Princeton and ElkCook, River is properly improvedfive or *&.# vj.Ci- VOLUME XXXYI. NO. 31 six miles is already in fair condition we will have a good road from Mille Lacs lake to Minneapolis which will result in incalculable benefit to both Mille Lacs and Sherburne counties, and especially to the lake region. Dr. Caine Visits Princeton. Dr. Charles T. Caine came up from St. Paul last Friday evening to con sult with Dr. Cooney with reference to the former's niece, Miss Ouida Brown. Dr. Caine left for Cam bridge Sunday evening, intending to go to Duluth to meet Hon. L. C. Spooner, republican candidate for governor. Dr. Caine has a lucrative practice at Morris, but he is so in tensely interested in Mr. Spooner, who is also a resident of Morris, that he secured the services of another physician to minister to the wants of his patients and he assumed the management of Mr. Spooner's cam paign with headquarters in St. Paul. Dr. Caine is a son of the late Hon. T. C. Caine of Isanti county, and first commenced the study of medi cine at this place under Dr. O. C. Tarbox. Later Dr. Caine graduated from the state university and lo cated at Elbow Lake in Grant county and from there removed to Morris, where he has built up an ex tensive practice and is held in high esteem by all classes of the com- Dr. Caine does not profess to be much of a politician, and his warm personal friendship for Mr. Spooner is his only excuse for "mixing" in politics at this time. Of the half dozen candidates in the field for the republican gubernatorial nomina tion, in point of ability, Mr. Spooner is second to none of them, and Dr. Caine has reason to feel justly proud of the candidate whose cause he espouses. Joseph Wolf Dead. Joseph Wolf, an old resident of the town of Princeton, died at his home near Long Siding on Tuesday evening, aged 71 years. Mr. Wolf was born in Germany and came to the United States 40 years ago. He had lived in Princeton township, on the farm where he died, for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, five sons and three daughters. The children are: George, Joseph, Jacob, Frank, Anton, Mary, Anna and Barbara. Funeral services were held at 9:30 this morning from St. Edward's Catholic church and were conducted by Rev. Father Willenbrink. The interment was in the Catholic ceme tery at Oak Knoll. Mr. Wolf was an industrious, honest farmer who was respected by all who knew him, and those among whom he resided regret very much his taking away. Death of John Schurrer. John Schurrer of Blue Hill, who for many years suffered from kidney disease, died at the Northwestern hospital yesterday morning at 3 o'clock. He had been at the hospital about ten days, and Dr. Cooney stat ed at the time of his admittance that he had but a short time to live. He was about 61 years of age and leaves a wife and several children. Funeral services will be held tomor row morning at St. Edward's church the interment will be in the Catholic cemetery. Mr. Schurrer was a man highly respected by all who knew him. Potato Season Opens. A few bushels of potatoes have been brought in this week but not in sufficient quantities to make a T. Scheen says they were brought in principally as sam ples to ascertain, whether buyers would accept them in their present condition. He expects several hun dred bushels within a week. The price paid was 40 cents per bushel. Mille Lacs County Fair. The press of the northern and cen tral portions of the county, especial ly the Milaca Times, are boosting the Mille Lacs County fair. The fair officers appreciate the good words by the newspapers and will welcome the editors and their families to the fair. AT NORTHWESTERN HOSPITAL. Mrs. Wm. Whitney, who was at the hospital for medical treatment, has returned home. Fred Harmon has been discharged from the hospital, cured. Walter Chilstrom is at the hospital for medical treatment. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kennedy of Indiana at the hospital on Tuesday. Dr. Cooney performed surgical op erations during the week on Harry Mrs. Frank Grimshied, Mrs. Geo. Townsend and Nettie Barton. 1 MMMMMMM