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GRACE A. DUNN, Publisher
Highway Legislation is One of the
Most Important Matters to
be Considered.
Popularity of Good Roads Program
Creates Interest in Proposals
of Charles Babcock.
No more important matters will be
brought before the 1923 session of the
legislature than those measures deal
ing with the construction of our trunk
highways. Commissioner Babcock
and his associates in the highway de
partment will recommend a revision
of motor vehicle taxes to remove in
equalities without increasing the
average car tax above $18 or reducing
the revenue from that source.
They also advocate the authoriza
tion of first issues of trunk highway
bonds of $10,000,000 each for 1923 and
1924, making a total of $20,000,000.
They desire to secure the enactment
of a reimbursement law somewhat
similar to that passed by the 1919
legislature under which counties were
permitted to issue bonds amounting to
$125,000 of $250,000 for the purpose of
permanently improving certain state
Other legislation will be introduced
dealing with the paving of streets in
villages that are willing to pay in
terest on the investment, the carry
ing of lights by all vehicles on the
highways, and the reduction in the
number of "tax-exempt cars."
According to reports from all sec
tions of the state special interest cen
ters in the highway legislative pro
Expressing complete confidence in
the plain, good business policies to be
urged by the highway department and
in the judgment of both senate and
house members, Charles M. Babcock,
state highway commissioner, predicted
favorable action on the good roads
"The legislators know the public de
mand for more adequate highways,"
said Commissioner Babcock, "and the
highway department will undertake to
show that they can be built on a big
ger scale for use now and that they
will pay for themselves many times
over. The proposals are so simple
and plain that a 10-year-old school
boy can sec the wisdom of adopting
"The bond plan will lift the burden
of paying, in these times of high taxes,
the whole cost of road work which will
serve for many years and will mean
further reductions in road taxes. It
will not make the past pay for roads
which it should have built but it will
pass on to each future year its fair
share of the cost of highway improve
ment. All this will be without in
creasing taxes or net costs of better
The commissioner pointed to the of
ficial record of nearly $1,300,000 de
crease in road taxes the first year
after the new program transferred to
the state, and from the counties, the
big expense of main highway improve
ment and maintenance. It is addi
tional evidence that the new plan is
fulfilling every promise made for it,
and the purpose now is to obtain still
greater and more immediate benefits
from it, he said.
"Legislative delegates from the
three large cities look with favor on
the highway proposals at their pre
liminary meetings," continued Com
missioner Babcock, "and when the
localities paying most and receiving
the least directly from the trunk high
way program take that attitude, there
is more reason to expect the full sup
port of members from the country dis
"St. Paul and Ramsey county are to
seek legislation for bond issues of
nearly $7,000,000 for street and high
way betterments, only a small part of
which can bring state reimbursements.
Minneapolis and Hennepin county also
place high value on adequate roads for
all Minnesota. Although only 70
miles of the 7,000-mile trunk highway
system are within Hennepin county, it
pays nearly one-fifth of the total mo
tor vehicle taxes in the state. They
pay six times as much state highway
aid as they receive, and the difference
of nearly $300,000 also is used on
roads in other counties. Further,
Hennepin county is transferring a
part of its state aid to nearby coun
ties and Minneapolis is helping privat
ly to carry through other improve
ments on roads serving the city.
"The large centers taking that lib
eral stand," said Mr. Babcock, "the
other parts of Minnesota cannot af
ford a don't-want-your-help attitude.
Their members in the legislature when
they correctly understand the plans
will make the most of the present ad
vantage, knowing that every dollar
used on the trunk highways bring
nearer the improvement of every part
of the system. And that accom
plished, Minnesota will go forward
with a highway program which will
attract national attention despite the
bigger bond and other funds available
in some states."
The highway commissioner repeat-
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highway proposals have claimed uni
ed that once correctly understood, the
versal support and attributed to this
his confidence the legislative action
will be favorable.
Receives Maximum Amount.
Minnesota is this week reimbursing
97 county and district agricultural so
cieties for the money spent by them in'
premiums during 1922. The amount
being paid is $140,104.38, of which
Mille Lacs County Agricultural socie
ty receives $1,530.00.
Warrants are being sent by the
state auditor to the treasurers of the
societies in 85 of the 86 Minnesota
counties. Washington county did not
hold a fair during the year and there
fore does not participate in the dis
Several years ago the legislature
decided that agricultural associations
which had done so much to develop
and enco^irage the best in agriculture,
should be given state aid. Compara
tively small amounts were set aside
for the purpose but the aid has been
increased until the 1921 session ap
propriated $140,000.00 for the purpose,
providing a maximum payment of
$1,700.00 to any society.
The law provides that certain speci
fied organizations which have an an
nual membership of twenty-five or
more, hold fairs on enclosed grounds,
to which a fixed charge of admission
is made, and which have paid premi
ums to exhibitors, shall be entitled to
receive not to exceed $1,700.00 from
the state, but in case the amount must
be divided pro-rata, to receive state
aid based on a premium payment of
The reports from each society or
association must be filed with the state
auditor before December 1, and then
he apportions the aid to the various
This year a total of $196,926.00 was
paid in premiums by the societies en
titled to state aid. With an appro
priation of $140,000 and a balance of
$104.38, the state is reimbursing the
societies to the extent of 90 per cent
of the payments which the societies
themselves made, or the statutory $1,-
700.00 maximum.
Under the operation of the statute
the maximum amount received by any
society this year is $1,530.00. It
should be noted, therefore, that Mille
Lacs county received the maximum
amount allowed any society this year.
A pretty wedding was solemnized
on Saturday, December 23, at the
home of Theodore Forster in Green
bush, when their daughter, Miss
Florence Mathilda, was united in
marriage to Paul A. Nelson of Glen
dorado. The ceremony was performed
at 5 p. m., by Rev. Carl Lindberg of
The bride was dressed in dark
brown messaline and carried a corsage
bouquet of white bride's roses and
ferns. She was attended by the
groom's sister, Marie Nelson, who
wore midnight "blue Canton crepe and
carried a bouquet of red roses and
Albert Forster, the bride's brother,
was best man.
The decorations were pink and
white. Miss Ruby Johnson of Bald
win played the wedding march.
After the ceremony a wedding din
ner was served to about fifty guests.
The out-of-town guests were Reuben
Landberg of Foley, Joseph Nelson and
Albert Forster of Minneapolis.
The bridal couple will soon leave
for their honeymoon in the southern
part of the state. On their return
they will make their home in Glendo
rado for the present.
Friends Present Purse.
The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso
Howard presented them with a purse
containing a little more than a hun
dred dollars as a Christmas gift. It
was felt that such a present might be
appreciated by these good people at
this time, since their clothes, and
household goods were destroyed in the
Mr. and Mrs. Howard would un
doubtedly appreciate any household
articles which their friends might be
able to loan or give them at this time.
A fire that completely destroys every
thing in the home leaves any family
in rather a helpless condition.
To William Ross is due the credit of
starting the purse and collecting the
money. The idea originated with him
and he carried it through with the
willing co-operation of nearly every
individual approached on the subject.
The residents of Princeton always re
spond most generously to help those
in distress.
Tyler Residence Burns.
The Tyler family, who has been
living during the past year on the
Kuhlman farm in Blue Hill, had the
misfortune to lose their home and
contents by fire on Sunday morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Tyler were not at
home at the time of the fire, but there
two sons, Charles and Harvey, were
there. When the blaze first broke out
the boys were at the barn attending
to the stock, and before they reached
the house it was a mass of flames.
Nothing was saved.
Mr. Tyler was not carrying insur
ance. It is hoped the friends and
neighbors will show their goodwill
and extend assistance to the unfor
tunate family.
Masons and Eastern Star Lodges
Hold Joint Installation on
Wednesday Evening.
Ceremonies Witnessed by a Large
Number of Visitors and Mem-
bers Short Program.
Wednesday evening members of
Fraternal lodge No. 92 and Kedron
chapter of Eastern Star, Masonic
bodies of this place, held an open and
joint installation of their newly elect
ed officers for the ensuing year, in the
lodge hall in the Odd Fellows' build
ing, following a short formal meeting
of Masonic lodge.
The Eastern Star officers were in
stalled first. Mrs. H. C. Cooney, re
tiring worth matron as representative
of the Grand chapter, acted as instal
ling officer and Miss Ruth Herdliska
installing marshal. The following of
ficers were inducted to office: Mrs.
George Ross, worthy matron A. B.
Gramer, worthy patron Mrs. I. G.
Stanley, associate matron Mrs. Chas.
A. Klatt, secretary Mrs. Wffl. C.
Doane, treasurer Miss Ruth Herd
liska, conductress Mrs. H. F. Cook,
associate conductress Mrs. B. F. Hall,
chaplain Mrs. Swan Olson, marshal
Mrs. Ben Soule, organist Mrs. A. E.
Allen, warden and J. A. Nyberg, sen
The following members who had
"been appointed to represent the five
points of the Star were also installed
Miss Hilma Nyberg, as Adah Mrs. S.
E. Berggren, Ruth Mrs. J. W. Moss
man, Esther Mrs. W. H. Smith, Mar
tha, and Mrs. Ed. Nelson, Electa. All
officers elected were present and in
Mrs. Ed. Nelson and Rev. W.
C. Besselievre sang two pleasing
duets following the Eastern Star in
stallation, which was followed by in
stallation of the newly elected officers
of Fraternal Lodge No. 92, A. F. and
Chas. A. Klatt, retiring worshipful
master, representing the Grand lodge,
appointed H. J. Plaas as installing of
ficer and W. L. Hatch as installing
marshal, who inducted the following to
their respective offices: J. W. Moss
man, W. M. J. W. Smith, S. W. E.
H. Peterson, J. W. J. C. Herdliska,
treasurer H. L. Bergh, secretary H.
F. Cook, S. D. Joe Armitage, J. D.
Ed. Nelson, S. S. S. E. Berggren,
J. S., and L. E. Fox, tyler. All of
ficers elected were present and in
Following installation work a few
remarks were made by a number of
the newly elected officers and others.
The floor was then cleared and the
orchestra, which had given a few se
lections, began the dancing music and
the guests enjoyed the light fantastic
until" after the midnight hour. The
ladies had brought a general supply
of good things to eat and a luncheon
was served during the dancing hours.
Mrs. Peter Schmidt, Joe Kaliher and
Earl Branchaud made up the orches-
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tra and played some "snappy" music
during the evening.
The occasion last evening is an an
nual event with the two lodges
and is a most enjoyable function.
However, several times during the
winter months the families of both
orders gather at the lodge hall for en
joyment in various kin^s of social en
tertainment. Occasions like these are
worthy of recognition and form part
of th.e happy and pleasure side of life
in our little city.
Another Fire.
The fire department was called out
about 7 o'clock on Monday to ex
tinguish a blaze which had started
from an unknown cause in the store
room on the second floor of S. R.
Jones' house. The blaze was ex
tinguished by chemicals but not until
considerable damage was done by
the smoke, chemicals and water.
The family lost numerous pieces of
wearing apparel besides the damage
done generally to the household ef
fects and building. At present the
Jones family is residing at the home
of Mr. Jones' brother, A. M. Jones,
until the house is repaired. Work
will begin next week.
The family was not at home at the
time the fire broke out and its origin
remains a mystery. It may have been
caused by defective wiring.
The Princeton Fire company is de
serving of much credit for its prompt
response to the call. In less than 10
minutes after the alarm was sounded,
the men had the hose attached and
their ladders erected.
The company has made a splendid
record during the past four years, con
sidering the equipment. In the last
four years it has lost just one build
ing, Alfonso Howard's residence. One
of the state fire inspectors who recent
ly visited-the village stated that our
men had made the best record, con
sidering their equipment, of any vol
unteer company in the state.
Not to Continue Recount.
On Friday morning the recounting
of the ballots in the Morton-Deans
contest was begun. It had been
agreed to start with Mille Lacs coun
According to the official returns re
ported by the eanvasing board, Mor
ton had 1,607 votes in this county and
Deans 1,856. The results of the re
count added just 12 to the vote of
each candidate, making Morton's vote
1,619 and Deans' 1,863. Morton^s gains
iin votes were as follows: Bogus Brook,
3 Dailey, 1 Greenbush, 1 Hayland,
1 Kathio, 2 Milo, 1 Page, 1 Fores
ton, 2. Deans' gains were as follows:
Borgholm, 3 Bradbury, 1 Milaea
township, 2 Princeton township, 3
Milaea village, 3.
Mr. Morton has decided to discon
tinue the contest. The recount indi
cated that the votes in Mille Lacs
county at least had been recorded
fairly accurately.
Going on a Cash Basis.
Abel Engman, merchant at Long
Siding, has decided to change the
basis of his business to that of cash
on January 1*J923, and so announces
his intention in a large ad on page 8
of this issue of the Union.
Oscar Wikeen is Chosen as Comman-
der of Fremont Woodcock Post
for Ensuing Year.
Legion Auxiliary Re-elects Mrs. Mal-
lette as President Mrs. O. J.
Odegard Vice President.
The members of Fremont Woodcock
post and the legion auxiliary met for
the annual election of officers on last
Thursday evening. The business ses
sions were followed by a joint social
The legion elected the following of
ficers: Oscar Wikeen, commander
Odin Odegard and Arvie Lindstrum,
vice commander Wm. Roos, financial
officer who acts as treasurer and
Lee Sanford, chaplain. The adjutant,
who acts as secretary, is appointed by
the commander and will be named by
Mr. Wikeen shortly. At present R. O.
Berg is adjutant.
The local post has enjoyed a strong
and active membership during the
past year. The legion men have taken
an active interest in several of our
important civic projects as the ar
rangement of the Memorial day exer
cises and the observance of education
al week. They also gave this com
munity one of the most pleasing en
tertainments that has been produced
in the village during the past year,
the legion carnival.
This year the legion made ho at
tempt to arrange for a Fourth of July
celebration, as it was generally con
ceeded in was only fair to occasionally
leave the field open to some of the
neighboring communities. This com
ing year the boys will undoubtedly
make plans for a celebration in
Princeton. With all due modesty, it
must be stated that when this village
attempts such a program it is worth
The legion auxiliary elected the fol
lowing officers: Mrs. M. M. Mallette,
president Mrs. Odin Odegard, vice
president Mrs. Al. Escherich, secre
tary and Mrs. E. K. Evens, treasurer.
The president read a report of the
work that had been accomplished by
the auxiliary during the past year.
The members of the organization have
been most active and have made a
splendid record, a summary of which
will appear at a later date. At
Thanksgiving time the auxiliary mem
bers filled six bags for distribution
among ex-service men who are in hos
pitals. These bags were held by the
officers of the state organization to
be sent as Christmas gifts. They
contained numerous small articles as
buttons, thread, shaving soap, cards
and handkerchiefs. At Christmas
time the auxilary packed three boxes
which were sent to Thomas hospital.
These also contained numerous small
articles as handkerchiefs, knives and
cards and many useful garments as
socks and pajamas. Besides respond
ing most generously to the call of the
state organization, the auxiliary sent
a Christmas gift to every disabled ex-
service man in Princeton and the sur
rounding community.
After the business sessions ad
journed members of both organiza
tions repaired to the dining hall in the
basement of the armory where an oys
ter stew, coffee arid doughnuts were
served. The remainder of the even
ing was spent in playing cards. About
40 members were present.
Have Reception for Bride.
Last Saturday evening Mr. and Mrs.
Andrew Anderson entertained a num
ber of friends and relatives at a recep
tion in honor of their daughter and
son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Albin George.
About 50 guests were present to en
joy a most delightful evening. At
midnight supper was served.
Mr. and Mrs. George had just re
turned from their wedding trip. They
were married in Minneapolis on
December 16 at the home of the
"bride's sister, Mrs. Paul Siefert. Rey.
Alfred Wilke of Minneapolis per
formed the ceremony in the presence
of a number of intimate friends and
The bride was gowned in white
Canton crepe and wore a veil. She
carried a bouquet of pink and white
bride's roses and carnations. The
bridesmaid was Miss Alvina George,
a sister of the groom. She was
dressed in white crepe de Chine and
also carried pink and white roses and
Ellef Christianson, brother of the
bride, was the best man.
After the ceremony a two-course
luncheon was served. The dining
room was prettily decorated in pink
and white.
The bridal couple received many
beautiful gifts.
Mr. and Mrs. George expect to re
side in Santiago, on the farm of the
groom's father, Elling George. The
congratulations and best wishes of
their many friends are extended to
Books Added to Library.
The Princeton public library is con
stantly growing. It is a credit not
only to the village but also to the
county. The library is one of the
many institutions in this village of
which its residents may well be
Besides the standard and current
literature just such books as are in
cluded in the following list are being
added from time to time:
Jones Masterpiece in Color-Series,
Baldry-Burne Murillo, Bensusan His
tory of Painting, Van Dyke Loafing
Down Long Island, Towne Mountains
of California, Muir And Even Now,
Beerbehm Book of Jack London, Lon
don Story of the Irish Nation, Hack
ett Red Dusk and the Morrow, Dukes
My Serious Stranger, Twain Wocd
row Wilson as I Know Him, Tumulty
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's
Court, Twain Tales From Shake
speare, Lamb Little Journeys to
Homes of American Authors, Hub
bard Book of Halloween, Kelly Mas
terpieces in Color, Corot, Whistler,
Titian How to Judge a Picture, Van
Dyke Round Pegs in Square Holes,
Marden Cornerstone of Phillippine,
Harrison Isle of Vanishing Men, Al
der Mexico on the Verge, Dillon
Problems of Pan Americanism, In
man Radio for Everyone, Lescar
boura In Berkshire Fields, Eaton
Collected Poems, Noyes Asia at the
Crossroads, Powell Outline of Sci
ence, Thomas Fresh Every Hour,
Toohay Enrico Caruso, Pierre Key
Plum Pudding, Morley Christmas
Carol, Dickens Home Book of Verse
for Young Folks, Stevenson Outline
of Science, Vol. 4, Thomas Book of
Entertainments and Frolics for All,
Record Christmas Weather.
Christmas shoppers were very for
tunate in having the nicest kind of
weather to run about filling their holi
day buying obligations and Christ
mas day visitors were greeted by a
most beautiful dayjust like a spring
day along in April. The weather bu
reau records a temperature of 50
above, and summer sports were more
in evidence than winter stunts. Wm.
Young reported seeing two robins
near Geo. Newton's place. Thunder,
lightning and a light fall of rain
early Christmas morning added to the
unusual conditions for the day. Many
people reported also seeing a bright
star shining during midday and water
trickled down the street along the
curb as if it were springtime. At
this writing there is no snow to be
seen, the roads are open and in fair
shape for travel and business is going
along without any delays. Indeed, it
is some fine winter so far, and here's
hoping for a continuation.
Henry Rindels Cuts Hand.
Henry Rindels of Bogus Brook had
the misfortune to badly cut his right
hand last week. While sawing wood,
he slipped and fell coming in contact
with the saw. He was immediately
taken to Dr. Norrgard of Milaea who
found it necessary to amputate two of
the fingers.
The wound is now healing as well
as could be expected. Mr. Rindels'
many friends hope he will soon re
cover from the shock.
Easily Recognized.
You may expect a pin-headed man
to make pointless remarks.National
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VOL. 47, NO. 1
Local High School Boys Win the
Fourth Game of the Season by
a Score of 16 to 10.
Sophomore Girls Issue Challenge to
Other Three Classes in School
and Win Victory.
Last Friday evening the boys of the
Princeton high school had the satis
faction of putting to rout on the bas
ketball floor their ancient rivals from
Milaea. The game was hotly contest
ed but ended with a score of 16 to 10
in favor of Princeton.
The Milaea boys rather outclassed
our boys as far as size was considered,
but the Princeton aggregation .dis
played much stronger teamwork.
From the beginning of the game it
was apparent that the Princeton boys
would win if they had any luck at all
in shooting baskets. In both halves
the ball was kept at the Princeton end
of the field nearly three-fourths of the
time. The Princeton guards, especial
ly Captain Reichard, did splendid
work. .While our forwards did not
have the best of luck with their bas
kets, they played a good game and
did fairly well considering the op
position they were up against. The
centers also did good work.
The Milaea boys were in the game
ito win if they could and made a hard
fight. At one stage in the contest
when the score was 10 to 9 it looked
as though the victory might swing
either way.
The score at the end of the first
quarter was 6 to 2 in favor of Prince
ton. During the next quarter Prince
ton made two more baskets and Mil
aea caged just one.
The Milaea players came back in
the second half evidently determined
to win and for a few minutes it
looked as though they might sweep
the Princeton boys off their feet.
During this quarter the Milaea team'
added five points to its score while
Princeton made only one on a free
In the last quarter our boys came in
strong and rolled up five points while
Milaea made only one score on a
free throw. The final score was 16
to 10.
Coach Seder of the Anoka high
school acted as referee and apparent
ly gave satisfaction to both teams.
The lineup of the Princeton team
was as follows: Center, Grow and
Abrahamson forwards, Sampson and
Hall guards, Sanford and Richard.
Grow played as center during the first
half while Abrahamson held that posi
tion during the last half.
It is not definitely known whether
Milaea will be in the conference this
year. If she is, this makes the fourth
conference game our boys have won
this season they have lost none.
The state High School Athletic as
sociation this year enlarged the fifth
district, to include North St. Paul,
South St. Paul, White Bear, Hastings
and Stillwater. There are now 20
teams in the district, so the Princeton
boys have some competition.
When the sophomore girls challenged
the girls of the other three classes,
they were not up against quite as stiff
a proposition as it might appear to be,
because they had in their own ranks
three of the members of the regular
school team. Be that as it may, the
sophomores had the stronger aggrega
tion. They were one point in the lead
at the end of the first half when the
count stood 6 to 5. The final score
was 12 to 7 in favor of the sopho
The lineup of the sophomore team
was as follows: Running center, Nel
lie Mark jumping center, Ethel
Shrode forwards, Laura Cater and
Marjorie Chapman guards, Marion
McMillan and Margaret Jump. In the
second half Irene Sampson took Mar
garet's Jump's place as guard.
The lineup of the school team was
as follows: Running center, Ethel"
Sausser forwards, Mildred Newton
and Joyce Chapman guards, Helen
Busch and Florence Miller.
Supt. B. F. Hall,*who is the girl's
coach, acted as referee. Mr. Hall is
evidently doing good work with the
Booth Tarkington is accorded the
honor of being America's leading liv-,
ing author both of fiction and plays.
One of the latter, his "Clarence,"
which had a long and successful run
on Broadway, won high praise from
the news critics. The New York
American states, "No other play this
season has stirred such genuine en
The residents of this village will
have the opportunity of witnessing
this play in the near future produced
by a group of Princeton players. The
exact date of the performance will be
announced later.
New Directories Distributed.
The new telephone directories are
being distributed. The book is neat
and well made. It was printed by
the Webb Publishing company of St.

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