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R. C. DUNK, Publisher. Terms 81.00 Per Tear.
Big Structure of St. Anthony & Da-
kota Elevator Company and Its
Contents Destroyed.
Three Thousand JBushels of Rye and
a Hundred Bushels of Wheat
Consumed by Flames.
The grain elevator of the St. An
thony & Dakota Elevator company,
with its entire contents, consisting
of 3,000 bushels of r\e and from 75
to 100 bushels of wheat, was entirely
consumed by fire on Monday evening.
At 9:30 o'clock Louis Solberg dis
covered flames issuing from the
southwest comei of the structure on
the ground floor, and turned in an
alarm, but, owing to the dn condi
tion of the building and the in
flammable nature of its contents, the
flames had gained much headway be
fore it was possible for the fire de
partment to reach the scene. The
file laddies fought the flames with
determination, some of them risking
their lives in an attempt to subdue
them. Their efforts, howevei,
pio\ed futileno power on earth
could ha\ extinguished that blaze.
The big \olume of fire loared and
leaped into the air fifty or more
feet, illuminating the countn for a
ladius of a mile or more. Gradually
the big structure weakened and then
came tumbling down, scattering
blazing pieces of wood in all direc
tions. Luckily no injuiies were sus
tained by the firemen and others
who were fighting the flames, but
some of them escaped by the skin of
their teeth.
Everything in the building with
the exception of a few blanks which
P. J. Wikeen, the manager, suc
ceeded in saving, was consumed.
The scales, a lot of carpenter tools,
ticket book, sack holders, etc., were
among the things destroyed.
Thiee thousand bushels of rye at
the pre\ ailing market price would
amount to something like $1,700 and
100 bushels of wheat to nearly a
hundred dollais, while the building
and equipment was valued at $6,250.
The loss was covered by insurance.
Work on the rebuilding of the ele
vator will be begun as soon as pos
sible, but Mr. Wikeen will continue
to purchase rje as heretofore, he
having made arrangements to handle
all that is brought in. Consequently
the farmers will not be gieatly incon
i \enienced bj the burning of the ele
How the fire originated is a
mystery, as Mr. Wikeen always took
the greatest precaution against such
an occurrence and carefully inspected
the building every night before lock
ing up. Andrew Bavier, engineer at
the loiler mill, saw two strange
men, apparently hoboes, walking
away from the building some time
after the fiie started, but whether
they weie responsible is onlv con
Territory Covered Will Now be Assured
of First-Class Service.
The Baldwin-Blue Hill Rural Tele
phone company was organized on
Julj 31 at the Blue Hill town hall by
Geo. W. Johnson, representing the
Tri-State Telephone company, with
Chas. Thompson, Martin Mattson,
A. H. Durbin, Harry Craft, Gust
Kuhlman, Gust Hofflander and Mau
rice Eisenhut as incorporators.
Chas. Thompson was elected presi
dent, ,H. J. Craft vice president,
Martin Mattson secretary and A. H.
Durbin treasurer.
The matter of equipment was
thoroughly considered and it was de
cided to use that of the Dean Elec
tric company, whose representative,
W. S. Williams, was present at the
meeting and was given the order.
This equipment is one of the best on
the market. All material was
ordered shipped at once and immedi
ately upon its receipt the construc
tion of the line will commence.
The people of the territory covered
by the new line will now be assured
of good teleDhonic service.
The Bull Moose Convention.
The "bull moose" convention
opened in the Coliseum, Chicago, on
Monday at 12:43 p. m. and, following
the reading of the call, Rev. Dorn
blazer very appropriate name
pronounced a lengthy invocation to
blaze the way. Senator Beveridge of
Indiana was chosen temporary chair
man and delivered a so-called 'key
note" speech notable for its ver
At a stormy executive meeting of
the national committee previous to
the convention, which lasted three
hours and at which the atmosphere
was suffused with brimstonious epi
thets, contesting "nigger" delegates
from Florida and Mississippi were
ordered barred from participation in
the proceedings. This brought such
vigorous protests from the Florida
negroes headed by C. H. Alston that
the committee finally decided to also
throw out the Florida white delega
tion headed by H. L. Anderson.
The Mississippi white delegates
"lily whites"were, however, given
their seats, and the contesting ne
groes thereupon tore off their Roose
velt badges and trampled the min the
The "Bull" arrived at the conven
tion shortly after noon amid a flare
of trumpets and the deafening cheers
of the gathering of mugwumps.
Outside of effecting an organization
very little was accomplished upon
the first day.
On Tuesday the warfare over the
seating of the Florida and Mississip
pi negroes was resumed, and the
"cullud gemmen" were again turned
down. The principal feature of the
daj was the reading by Roosevelt of
his "confession of faith" speech,
which virtually constituted the
tenets of the party platform which
he desired adopted. He advocated
many radical measures which he said
would be denounced as either social
ism or anarchy, and the last word
seems to fill the bill.
Late reports from the convention
state that "Teddy the Bull" was
nominated for piesident of the so
called "progressive party" and Gov
ernor Johnson of Calilornia for vice
George Small Rescued From Death by
Duren Jack at Sandy Lake.
George Small narrowly escaped los
ing his life in Sandy lake last Thurs
day morning while he, Duren Jack
and others were swimming a con
siderable distance from shore.
Duren heard a cry for help and,
looking around, saw George throw
up his hands and disappear. Being
an expert swimmer it did not take
Duren long to reach the spot, and
when he arrived George was just
coming to the surface. Grabbing
him as he came up Duren endeavored
to hold His head aboVe water'TArtr-In
the attempt- both of them went
In the meantime Donald Rawn
came to the rescue with a rowboat
which the bovs had been using to
dive from. Donald says that as he
looked down into the depthsSandy
lake is very deep in placesall he
could see was a small white spot.
Duren hung onto George with one
hand and they came to the surface
near the boat, but as George was
unconcsious much difficulty was ex
perienced in lifting him into the
boat, although several other swim
mers had by this time arrived at the
scene. When in the boat George was
rolled to get the water out of him,
and it was some time befoie he was
It was at first thought that George
was attacked with cramps but this
proved to be incorrect. He was
o^eicome with faintness and this
was responsible for the accident.
Had not Duren Jack been near at
hand George would doubtless have
lost his life. While the accident
somewhat marred the pleasures of
the day for the Sunday school chil
dren of the Congregational church,
who were picnicking at the lake,
they enjoyed the outing.
Proposed New Road.
A Greenbush farmer suggests that
it would be good policy for the vil
lage council of Princeton to lay out
a road on the west side of Oak Knoll
cemetery and connect with the
street running east and west be
tween the fair grounds and the
cemetery, and thus avoid the worst
hill and worst piece of road between
the village and the Benton county
line. The suggestion is worthy of
consideration. I would not be nec
essary to discontinue the old road
running north of the cemetery, but
if the proposed new road was laid
out it would be the main traveled
road from the village westward.
The street committee of the council
should give this matter attention.
The cost of establishing the proposed
new road would be trifling.
West Branch Creamery Picnic.
The West Branch Creamery com
pany will this year hold its annual
picnic on the ball grounds at Estes
Brook, and next Sunday, August 11,
is the date decided upon for the
event. Local speakers will address
the gathering on dairying and
kindred topics and, among the field
sports will be two baseball games.
Everyone will be welcome.
Pearl Cameron, Formerly of Princeton,
is riarried at DetroitEthel
Farnham Also Wedded.
Herman Kriesel and Martha Maihack
and O, J. Anderson and Lilley
WhitcombTake Vows*
A letter received this week ap
prises us of the marriage of Miss
Pearl Cameron, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Cameron, at Detroit,
Mich., on July 24. The lucky young
man is Frank Couillard, who con
ducts a mercantile business at that
place, and their residence is 257 La
fayette boulevard.
On Thursday evening, August 1, at
the home of the bride's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. H. M. Farnham, Brickton,
their daughter, Ethel I., was united
in marriage to Wright B. Page, a
Minneapolis dentist. Lucy M. Stet
son was the bridesmaid and Russell
M. Farnham the groomsman. Rev.
Alexander Patteison, an uncle of the
bride, officiated. The bride's gown
was of white satin messaline with a
tunic of chiffon handsomely trimmed
with rare old lace. The house was
decorated in maiden hair ferns,
sweet peas and asters. Dr. Page is a
graduate of the University of Minne
sota and a member of Delta Tail
Delta and Delta Sigma Delta fra
Yesterday afternoon, at the
German Lutheran church in Crown,
Miss Martha Maihack and Herman
Kriesel were united in marriage.
The ceremony was performed by Rev.
Polster. Misses Emma Kriesel and
Lillian Maihack were the brides
maids, and Robert Lemke acted as
groomsman. A reception followed
the ceremony and about a hundred
guests were present, among those
from Princeton being F. T. Kettel
hodt and Mrs. H. Schwartz and
daughter, Martha. The young
people will reside on a farm owned
by the groom in Crown.
Gustave J. Anderson and Miss
Lilley Whitcomb were married yes
terday afternoon at the home of the
bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. David
Whitcomb, in north Princeton.
Rev. C. Larson performed the cere
mony and the bridesmaids and
groomsmen were Nettie Swanson,
Lena E. Dalchow and Archie and
Jos. Whitcomb. The bride wore a
tan satin dress trimmed with lace
and insertion and carried a bouquet
of white roses, and the bridesmaids
were dressed in white embroidered
gowns and cariied pink roses. A
wedding supper was siee at the
conclusion of the ceremony. After
a short bridal tour Mr. and Mrs.
Anderson will be at home on Sam
Tilley's farm in Greenbush.
The County Fair.
A force of men, under the super
vision of President Bryson, is at
work on the fair grounds getting
everything into shape for what
promises to be the best county fair
ever held in northern Minnesota.
The rest room in the picnic grounds
is fast nearing completion and is a
neat and well-arranged little bunga
low. The ladies are making extra
ordinary efforts to raise the neces
sary funds to pay for the erection
and equipment of the rest room and
they should meet with a hearty
response from our citizens.
The premium list will be out this
week and the list of sports and at
tractions will be issued later. An
effort will be made to secure one or
two good speakers to deliver suitable
talks. Nothing is being left undone
that would tend'to make the fair
attractive, interesting and pleasing
to all who may attend. Ample ac
commodations will be provided for
all exhibitor. A more extended
write-up of what has been accom
plished will appear in the Union
A Slow Movement.
But one carload of potatoes has
been shipped out during the week
but there is a slight increase in the
quantity of spuds coming to market.
The season is at least two weeks
later than last year and this is held
partially accountable for the slow
movement. Then, again, the pre
vailing price, 40 cents per bushel,
does not seem to appeal to the
Bring in Your Rye.
We are now prepared to buy your
rye and will pay the highest market
prices therefor.
33-tfc W. H. Ferrell & Co.
Strong Crown Aggregation is Defeated
by Combination of Princeton
and Blue Hill Players.
Joe Porter's Pitching One of the Big
FeaturedCrown Puts Up a
Battle That is Stirring.
The Crown baseball team came to
grief last Sunday at the fair grounds
when they met their first defeat of
the season at the hands of a picked
up team composed of Princteon and
Blue Hill players. It was a pitchers'
battle between Jos. Porter, who was
heaving them over for the Princeton
team, and McKenney, who was on
the firing line for Crown. Both men
pitched big league ball, the local
man getting a shade the best of the
argument. He let the Crown fence
bilsteis down with one lone hit, and
the best they could was to get one
runner as far round the circuit as
third base, where he died a moment
later when Porter tightened up and
stiuck the next batter out. Besides
pitching shut-out ball Porter fielded
his position in good shape and aided
in the run getting bj slamming out
a long to left field. McKenney
also pitched a classy article of ball,
and the best the Princeton team
could do was to get two hits off his
evasive slants. One of these hits
was a corking three bagger to center
field. Kaliher was the man who
clouted this one, driving in a runner
ahead of him. The strike outs on
both sides were numerous and the
air at the fair grounds is now so per
forated with holes that it is very
doubtful if it will be safe to pull off
the horse races at the coming county
fair. The final score was 6 to 0, and
the score was due principally to
numerous errors on the part of the
Crown in and out fields. Several
costly errors were made by the
visitors and some fancy long distance
throws also aided the Princeton base
runners to make the circuit six
times. On the other hand the
picked-up team played almost erior
le&s ball and no matter where the
ball went there was someone after it
and, with clean fielding and airtight
pitching, there was nothing to it, as
the score indicates.
Clarence Hill of Princeton and
Charley Walker of Crown umpired
and gave entire satisfaction to both
Some of those big, fat batting
averages that the Crown players
have been so industriously collecting
all season took rather a sudden
slump last Sundaj.
Several fielding stunts were pulled
off on both sides that brought out a
good round of applause from the
good-sized ciowd which had as
sembled to see the afternoon's sport.
Porter had the Crown heavy
hitters eating tamely out of his
hand throughout the whole nine
innings of play, and that one lone
some hit was a grievous disappoint
ment to the fence busters from
When the picked-up team appeared
on the field some of the spectators
thought they had come out to a
ragamuffin ball instead of a ball
game, for the suits which the pick
ups had decorated themselves in
were as varied of hue as the rain
bow, and ranged all the way from a
militia uniform to a football suit.
Verily, it was a wonderful collection
of clothes and it was well worth the
price of admission iust to see the re
galia of the home athletes. Ball
suits do not make ball players, how
ever, as the pick-ups soon demon
The Princeton ball team has duly
oragnized now and will take on the
fast Milaca aggregation at the local
fair grounds this coming Sunday. I
is the policy of the management to
keep the team together and finish
the season in as good shape as pos
sible, and then make arrangements
for putting a strong team in the
field at the beginning of the season
next year. Princeton has some good
ball team material, and with Porter
in the box they should be able to
give any of the small town teams in
this neighborhood a good run for
their money. Milaca has been play
ing winning ball this season and
should give the locals a good close
game. Everybody turn out and help
the new ball team and see if we
can't get Princeton back on the
baseball map again.
Good Words for Mr. Spooner.
Mr. Geo. O. Ristvedt, formerly of
Morris and later of Minneapolis but
at present a resident of the town of
Baldwin, Sherburne county, called at
the i on office last Saturday, and
had a good word to say for Hon. ,L.
C. Spooner, one of the prominent
candidates for the republican nom
ination for governor. Mr. Ristvedt
had been a neighbor of Mr. Spooner
for years and knows him well. "Of
all the candidates mentioned for
governor," Mr. Ristvedt said, I
consider Mr. Spooner the ablest and
by far the best qualified for the posi
tion. He has always taken an active
interest in anything and everything
that would benefit the farmers, and
he is himself the owner of one of the
best farms in Stevens county. If
Mr. Spooner is successful in his can
didacy the farmers of Minnesota will
have a man in the governor's office
who will work to promote their best
Goodwin May be a Candidate.
The Cambridge Independent-Press
intimates that Mr. G. G. Goodwin
of that village may be a candidate
for the house at the ensuing primary
election. Mr. Goodwin was defeated
at the primary election two years
ago, as a republican candidate for
the legislature, by a narrow plurali
ty, and for the first time in many
years Isanti county had no represen
tative in either branch of the legis
lature. Isanti is the most populous
of the four counties comprising the
45th legislative district, and if Mr.
Goodwin should determine to become
a candidate this year it is safe to as
sume that Isanti will have a rep
resentative in the next legisla
Passes Away at Hospital After Illness
of Many Months.
Following an illness extending over
a year and a half, L. S. Libby passed
away at the Northwestern hospital
yesterday at 12:30 p. m. Mr. Libby's
ailmentcancer of the bowelswas
of such a nature that there was no
possibility of effecting a cure, but
Dr. Cooney succeeded in alleviating
his sufferings during the period of
his illness. On Tuesday Mrs. Libby
summoned Dr. Cooney, who took her
husband to the Northwestern hos
pital in his automobile.
The funeral will be held at 2 p. m.
tomorrow from the residence of
J. C. Borden. Rev. Fisher will con
duct the services.
Llewellin S. Libby was born at
Vassalboro, Maine, on June 16, 1850,
and was consequently 62 years of age.
In 1858 he came to Princeton with
his parents, brothers and sister. He
had always made Princeton his home.
On November 4, 1872, he was united
in marriage to Etta M. Smith,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. M.
Smith, but no children were born
of the union. Besides his wife, he
leaves three brothersWalter Libby
of Moosejaw, Canada Frank of Bald
win township: and Fred of Green
Mr. Libby was a public-spirited
man, honest in all his dealings with
his fellow men, and a good citizen.
He was a member of the Princeton
village council two terms and of the
Mille Lacs board of county commis
sioners 12 ears. During the time
he held these offices he was always
alive to the best interests of his con
stituents, and the county owes him
a debt of gratitude for his instru
mentality in bringing about many
improvements. In the death of
"Lew" Libby, as he was familiarly
known, the village of Princeton and
county of Mille Lacs loses a truly
progressive man.
Kunze Not a Demagogue.
Hon. W. F. Kunze of Minneapolis,
one of the representatives from the
thirty-ninth district in the last
legislature, was in town Tuesday
evening and left for Zimmerman
early Wednesday morning. Mr.
Kunze is in the heating and venti
lating business and had been to
Spencer Brook, where his company
is to install a plant in the Prescott
school house. He was a useful and
hard-working member of the last
legislature and, unlike some of his
Hennepin county colleagues, was
free from the taint of demagogism
and took an active interest in all
matters pertaining to schools and
education. ,r
Board May Purchase Material.
While nothing definite was
agreed upon at the committee meet
ing of the board of county commis
sioners with reference to bids for
building bridges, one thing was
settlednone of the bids will be ac
cepted. The commissioners may de
termine to purchase the material
and build the bridges by day labor.
I is estimated that a saving of from
25 to 40 per cent can be effected by
so doing.
New Pastor of St. Edward's Catholic
Church Honored by flembers
of His Congregation.
Informal Reception, With Program,
Oiven at Brands' Opera House
on Tuesday Evening.
On Tuesday evening at Brands'
opera house, an informal reception
was given by the Catholics of the
parish of St. Edward's to Rev.
Father Willenbrink, who succeeded
the late Father Levings. The ad
dress of welcome was delivered by
J. J. Skahen, who introduced Father
Willenbrink in words which were
well chosen and appreciated by the
parishioners whom he represented.
Rev. Willenbrink replied in a feeling
manner and thanked his congrega
tion for the honor conferred upon
him, at the same time pledging him
self to put forth every effort to make
his incumbency a success. He is an
able speaker and a gentleman who
has created, during his short resi
dence in Princeton, a most favorable
impression among people of all de
A musical and literary program
had been formulated by the ladies of
St. Edward's Altar society for the
occasion and the following numbers
were rendered, each participant re
sponding to an encore:
Vocal solos, Misses Bertha and
Grace Dugan vocal duet, the
Misses Blocker cornet solo, S. P.
Skahen recitations, Kathrvn Kali
her, Grace Bernnan and Rosie Hum
mel pickaninny drill, 10 little girls
with blackened faces who carried
dolls and rendered a pretty lullaby
song. Every number was excellently
At the conclusion of the program
the parishioners formed in line and
each in turn shook hands with their
new spiritual adviser. Following
this ice cream and cake were served
by the ladies of the Altar society in
the room adjoining the opera house.
Why Not Get It?
A representative of the Minnesota
Sugar company recently visited
Milaca and, according to the Times,
intimated that the company would
build two more factories this year
and. that one of them would be lo
cated in northeastern Minnesota.
The representative in question was
fa\ orably impressed with Milaca, it
being a junction point and situated
on the Rum river. If there is any
chance of securing a beet sugar fac
tory at Milaca the business men and
citizens generally of that place
should make an effort to obtain it.
A sugar factory would not only be of
benefit to Milaca but to the sur
rounding country as well. The more
manufacturing plants we get in Mille
Lacs county the better, and it mat
ters little in what part of the county
they are located.
Benj. Soule Elected President and Sec.
and Treas. Succeed Themselves.
On Saturday the members of the
school board of independent district
No. 1Princetonmet and elected
Benj. Soule president, J. J. Skahen
secretary, and E. L. McMillan
treasurer. The two last-named
gentlemen succeed themselves. The
following standing committees were
TeachersMcMillan and Skahen
repairs and improvementsNewton
and Hummel purchaseSoule and
Small. In addition Superintendent
Marshall is an ex-officio member of
the board and his duty is to act
with all committees and with the
The tax levy was fixed at $8,000,
which is $2,000 less than that of last
Provision was made for the taking
of the school census as required by
law, and Herbert Fisher was selected
to do the work. All children be
tween the.ages of 6 and 16 years in
the district will be enumerated and
for this purpose Mr. Fisher will visit
every home.
The interior of the high school
building^ has been kalsomined and
placed in thorough repair for the
commencement of the term.
A surgical operation was performed
on Mrs. Theodore BongaEfc of Ogilvie
on Friday morning and on Mrs. Ed
Kaliher of Wahkon on Monday.
Herb Anderson, who was at the
hospital for medical treatment, is

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