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Personal Mention.
A. Magnuson spent Sunday at the
home of Swan Nelson out at Svea.
Dr. E. De Mots spent Easter
Sunday at his home at Sioux Center,
Eiffel Holm spent Easter Sunday
at the home of P. O. Mattson in
Miss Selphia Larson spent Sun
day at the P. A. Brogren home in
New London.
Joliet Lee returned from Benson
on Monday to resume his dnties at
the Seminary.
Randall Stockwell left Thursday
for Yankton, S. D., to spend his
E:tster vacation.
ilrs. Jordess of Minneapolis spent
Sunday at the home of her sister,
Mrs. L. J. Kvam.
Miss Clara Rasmusson left last
Thursday to spend Easter with some
friends at Morris.
Olaf Brogren spent Sunday at
New London, at the home of his bro
ther, P. A. Brogren.
Miss Julia Knutson returned to
Willmar Monday from a week's visit
at her home at Hawick.
Ed. Healy spent Easter Sunday
a guest or relatives in Minneapolis.
He returned Monday night.
Miss Cora Caldwell arrived Mon
day from Hawick to remain in Will
mar for an indefinite time.
Emil Mattson left Monday for
Saskatchewan, Canada, where he
expects to remain for some time.
Joseph Estrem returned one day
last week from a few days' visit with
relatives and friends at Madison.
Miss Esther Bloomquist left for
Duluth to attend the wedding of a
friend, and will visit there a couple
of weeks.
Miss Alma Moe of Montevideo,
who teaches at Granite Falls, spent
her Easter vacation at the home of
M. Botnen.
Miss Nellie Botnen, who teaches
at Renville, spent Thursday until
Sunday night with her mother, Mrs.
M. Botnen.
Mrs. Anna Lesterberg and son
Harry, went to Murdock Thursday
to visit relatives. They returned
home Monday.
Miss Amy Berg, who is attending
the Johnson School of Music in Min
neapolis, spent her Easter vacation
at her home here.
Mrs. 0. Anderson of New London,
enroute for Mamre for a visit, was
the guest of Mrs. Wm. Benson be
tween trains on Monday.
Misses Nellie and Marie Botnen
and cousin Miss Alma Moe, spent
Good Friday at New London, guests
at the home of K. T. Rykken.
George Grant, representative of
the Security Blank Book and Print
ing Co., of St. Cloud, was in Will
mar on business last Wednesday.
Miss Olga Hanson departed on
Thursday for Fargo, N. D., for a vis
it with friends. Before returning
home, she will visit friends in Mor
Little Miss Hazel Rossland of
Cottonwood, returned to her home
Monday, after a week's visit at the
home of her cousin, Mrs. R. T. John
Mrs. C. E. Redlund and three
daughters arrived Thursday from
Grove City for a visit with Mrs. Red
lund's parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. Elm
Harmon Coal Co., of Chicago,
Looking Up Willmar As Dis
tributing Point.
The Harmon Coal Company of
Chicago, one of the largest indepen
dent coal companies of the country,
have opened negotiations for track
age at Willmar for large storage coal
sheds. Thru Mr. J. R. Loney of this
city, who is personally acquainted
with the Harmons, their attention
was called to the desirability of Will
mar as a distributing center for fuel,
and this morning he received word
that if suitable accommodations can
be secured, the Harmon Company
will begin at once to erect a plant
here so that they may begin to ship
in stock for the next season's busi
ness. They contemplate a storage
capacity here of upwards 500,000
ton9 of coal, so that the proposed
enterprise is no small affair. The
company own their own coal fields"
in Illinois and Indiana, and share
their profits with their employes, so
that strikes or labor troubles are
unknown to them.
The fuel problem is one of the
most acute questions in the further
development and growth of our city,
and should the Harmon Coal Com
pany's project materialize and Will
mar be made the depot for a great
independent fuel business which
would bring in coal by the train
loads, the high prices on coal would
no doubt be materially reduced, to
the great advantage of all local in
dustries and householders.
Pipe Organ Concert.
The pipe organ which is to be in
stalled in the Synod church is ex
pected some time this week. It was
purchased from Mr. L. A. Tjosvold,
local representative of the Kimball
Piano Co., by the Young People's
society. After the organ has been
installed, a concert will be given un
der the direction of Prof. A. M.
Shuey of Minneapolis, who will be
assisted by local talent. The date
for the concert has not yet been de
cided, as this will depend on when
Prof. Shuey can arrange to come.
The price of admission will be fifty
cents. It is hoped that the music
loving public will patronize this con
cert and fill the church to its capac
ity. The proceeds of the concert will
be a great help to the young people
in enabling them to install the organ
without debt.
Further particulars next week.
Anniversary Program.
Presented By The
... of the...
With other striking and entertaining features
on the program.
To Be Given At The
8:15 O'CLOCK
Doors Open at 7:45
The "Little Helpers" society
the Swedish Baptist church cele
brates its 22nd anniversary next
Tuesday, April 16. The following
program will be given:
Song Audience
Bible Reading.
Remarks by President.
Piano Solo Ellen Lundquist
Song Choir
Recitation Kev. C. E. Oberg
Mandolin Duet
Oscar Hoagberg and Elmer Peter
Vocal Solo Mrs. C. E. Oberg
Recitation Violet Oberg
Piano Solo Harold Swenson
Piano Duet
.. .Ella Swenson, Martha Parson
Refreshments will be served after
program. All are invited.
John Feig was at
business yesterday.
Litchfield on
Representative Charles E. John
son passed away last night at 11:15
at the Bethesda hospital in St. Paul.
Mrs. Johnson and daughter, Flor
ence, were present at his bedside
when the final summons came. Mr.
Johnson was operated upon two
weeks ago and his condition has
been very critical since then, so that
his demise was not unexpected. In
his death the family loses a kind
and loving husband and father, and
the community one of its leading cit
izens and a faithful servant who has
stood uncompromisingly for the
right and better things in our citizen
Charles' E. Johnson was born in
the township of Fahlun, this county,
May 28, 1860. At that time, the
family lived in a humble dugout on
the shores of Lake Wagonga. Chas.
was the seventh qhild of Rev. Peter
M. and Eva Johnson. His father
was one of the sturdy pioneer mis
sionaries who pleached .the word of
God among the early settlers. The
year following the birth of Charles
the family moved to Lake Elizabeth
where the home was built on a pre
empted claim. This home was re
tained and finally became the pro
perty of Charles E. Johnson. The
different appointments of his fath
er as pastor led to the residence of
the family in different places. Charles
spent one year with his parents at
Anoka, five in Goodhue county, one
at Lansing, Iowa, one in Minneiska,
Minn., and three in Duluth. While
at Duluth Charles served as a car
rier for the first daily published in
Duluth and was one year with the
Duluth Herald. He also attended the
schools of Duluth for two years. At
the age of thirteen he began a strug
gle for existence on his own account.
He worked as a farm laborer in
Goodhue county until 1878 when has
father induced him and his brother
to go to the old claim in Lake Eliza
beth and prepare it as a home for
the old folks in their declining years.
Charles has made his home on that
farm ever since. His father died
February 6, 1901. Mr. Johnson has
always taken an active part in pub
lic affairs of his neighborhood and
county, having served on the town
board as assessor, school clerk, etc.,
for a number of yearsr He served
his district as County Commissioner
from 1892 to 1896. He was a Pro
hibition candidate for State Senator
in 1890. During the last six years
he has represented Kandiyohi Coun
ty in the House of Representatives
in the State Legislature and has
made a most enviable record. Lynn
Haines, who has been in close touch
with the doings of the Legislature
for several terms, has this to say of
Mr. Johnson in his book giving the
record of the Minnesota Legislature
for 1911:
"Insurgent leader the first of
"the three Johnsons," who were all
always in the front ranks of the pro
gressive group supported Burnquist
for Speaker and voted consistently
in the interests ef the people from
the beginning to the end of the ses
sion introduced a number of meri
torious measures, among them being
a bill to regulate the carrying of live
stock on railroads was especially
interested in the county option bill,
the initiative and referendum and the
recall of all public officers. Mr.
Johnson was one of the most intel
ligent and determined of the insur
On the 11th of June, 1881, at Lake
Elizabeth, Mr. Johnson was married
to Miss Wealthy Jane Church. Six
children were born to them, Harrison,
Florence, Chester, Wesley, Glenn and
Clementine. He is also mourned by
several brothers and sisters, Mrs. F.
G. Skate of Sauk Rapids, Minn.
Mrs. George Marilius of Williston,
N. D. Mrs. Andrew Anderson of
Redwing, Minn. Christopher John
son of Lostina, Oregon Mrs. H. Od
land and Mrs. Frank Peterson of
Seattle, Wash. The bereaved ones
have the heartfelt sympathy of the
entire county in their irreparable
The funeral will occur at Atwater
next Friday afternoon immediately
after the arrival of the afternoon
train from St. Paul. Services will
be held at the Swedish M. E. church
in Atwater. Owing to the illness of
Rev. Hultgren, it is not known at
this time who will conduct the serv
An early pioneer of the Norway
Lake region, Nels Peterson, passed
from the scenes of an eventful life
last Monday morning at seven o'
clock, at the age of 76 years, 3 mos.
and 3 days.
Nels Peterson was born at Moster
Oen, Norway, Jan. 5, 1836. Came to
America June 17, 1857, and to the
Norway Lake neighborhood in 1859,
where he settled on a claim in Sec.
31, Colfax, where his son Wilhelm
now lives. He served seven months
in Co. D, of the Mounted Rangers
during the Indian war. He has been
a devout and consistent member of
the Norwegian Lutheran church. He
taught parochial school in the early
settlement. He was married to Mar
tha Mathiason at St. Cloud Dec. 23,
1863. Five sons were born to them,
all of whom survive their father:
Rev. C. N. Peterson of Hibbing,
Minn. Wm. N. Peterson, of Colfax
Arnold Anderson of Spicer was in
Willmar on business Monday.
Miss Anna Lien returned from a
stay at Belgrade last Saturday.
Ed. Rodlun of Minneapolis was a
guest of his parents here over Sun
Who Died at Bethesda Hospital at
St. Paul Last Night.
Maurice Nordstrom of Minneapolis
is spending this week at his home
Mrs. C. W. Odell is spending this
week in the twin cities visiting rela
The Misses Stephens and Gleason
returned from the cities Sunday
Ed. Sletten came to Willmar on
Saturday to spend Sunday with rela
Misses Klieman and Nora Kelson
of Tyler were Sunday guests of Miss
Ethel Reed.
Miss Cora Bertram spent Easter
Sunday in Benson and returned to
Willmar Monday.
Miss Anna Elfstrum, who teaches
out at Diamond Lake, spent Sunday
with relatives here.
Miss Leah Stewart returned Sun
day from her Easter vacation spent
at Litchfield and Morris.
Miss Millie Rasmason returned to
Ruthton Sunday night, after a short
visit at her home here.
Marriage license was issued to
Engel O. Alvig and Miss Ida Jacob
son Saturday, April 6th.
Miss Esther Baker returned Sun
day night from Kasson, where she
spent her Easter vacation.
Mrs. Albin Carlson returned the
latter part of the week from a visit
with her parents at Winona.
Miss Effie McLaird arrived from
Minneapolis Thursday and is a guest
at the home of J. D. Parnell.
Miss Elsie Roberts went to St.
Cloud Saturday to spend Sunday, a
guest of relatives and friends.
Mrs. Hans Peterson and daughter,
Helen, returned the latter part of the
week from a visit in the cities.
Mr. and Mrs. Ole Lien spent Eas
ter Sunday at the home of their
daughter at Lidgerwood, N. D.
Prof. Albert Gilbertson,
teaches at the "U" in Minneapolis,
spent his vacation with relatives
Miss Ebba Lundquist of Kandi
yohi spent Good Friday and Satur
day at the home of her aunt, Mrs.
V. Nelson.
Mrs. S. B. Carlson and daughter,
Hattie, Marion and Adelaide return
ed from a week's visit at St. Paul
Saturday night.
Miss Nellie Stansberry, who teach
es at Duluth, returned Sunday night
after a pleasant vacation spent at
her home here.
Mrs. H. J. Ramsett departed last
Wednesday for a visit with rela
tives at Grand Forks, Fargo and
Bagley. She expects to be absent for
two weeks.
township Peter N. Peterson of Ef
fingtonj S. D. Ole N. Peterson of
Canby, Minn. and C. S. N. Peterson
of Norway Lake. Two brothers sur
vive him: Hans Peterson of Norway
Lake aW Peter Peterson of Silver
dale, Wash. The funeral occurs next
Personal and Otherwise
Ed Sletten left Monday for a visit
in the cities.
Rev. Robt. Porteous, of China,
will speak next Sunday evening at
the First M. E. church.
Dr. and Mrs. R. S. Maybury of
Minneapolis spent the Easter holi
days with Mrs. Maybury's parents,
2pt:ilanu^Mrsv:P, -6,. Raime^tad^
Arthur Anderson has returned to
Minneapolis where he is attending the
"U," after spending his Easter va
cation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Swan Anderson.
Miss Winifred Sherwood and Aus
tin Hanscom returned to Northfield
Monday, where they are attending
school, after spending the Easter
holidays at their homes here.
Messrs. Richard, Halbin and Oscar
Melin departed Thursday night for
Sheyenne, N. D., where they have
land, after a visit with their parents
here, Mr. and Mrs. Swan Melin, for
several months.
Arthur Anderson, Lorin Hodgson,
Fred Johnson, Hjalmar Swenson and
Chas. Adams all returned to resume
their duties at the "U" in Minneap
olis Monday, after spending the Eas
ter holiday at their respective homes
After enjoying a pleasant Easter
vacation at their home here, the
Misses Helen Sather, Gertrude Por
ter, Amy Nelson, Alice Hoglund,
Harriet Lorentzen and Esther An
derson returned Monaay to resume
their work at the St. Cloud Normal.
Mr. and Mrs O. N. Stromsedt ar
rived Monday from Starbuck in
view of purchasing a farm near Will
mar from the Anderson Land Co.
Mrs. Stromsedt will be remembered
by her Willmar friends as Miss Annie
Berg, having attended the Willmar
Seminary here a number of years
Last Sunday was another beauti
ful Easter Sunday with its bright
skies and warm sunsnine. Special
services were held in all the church
es in this city, replete with Easter
music. The churches were beauti
fully decorated in blossoms, green
ery and the Easter lily with its beau
ty and purity as an emblem of the
resurrection of the. Lord.
Mrs. Martin Shelley was a charm
ing hostess to a party given in honor
of Mr. Shelley's birthday anniversary
at the residence of J. W. Frye on
Second Street last Friday evening.
The evening was spent very enjoya
bly in playing progressive games and
the favors were won by Messrs.
Rydler and Frye. A delicious lun
cheon was served* and the guests
numbered eighteen.
The Rebecca Lodge held its dis
trict meeting at Kerkhoven last
Thursday evening. Nine new mem
bers were initiated. Those from
Willmar attending were Mr. and Mrs.
J. E. Leslie, Mr. and Mrs. Berglund,
Mesdames Loney and Kasten, the
Misses Hannah Hanson, Birdie Ram
sett and Lena Kasten. 'They all re
ported a social good time. A temp
ting luncheon was enjoyed at the
conclusion of the work of the order.
Annual Business Meeting of Kandi
yohi County Poultry Association.
The annual business meeting of
'the Kandiyohi County Poultry As
sociation was held last Thursday ev
ening at the Commercial Club rooms.
Officers were elected for the ensu
ing year and other important busi
ness was transacted. The following
officers were elected: N. Mclntire of
Willmar, president M. O. Flesland
of New London, vice president Siv
ert Osmundson of Willmar, secre
tary to fill the vacancy of the form
er secretary, C. J. Sogge and O. O.
Bakken of Willmar, treasurer. John
Tygeson of Raymond declined re
election as treasurer, thinking it
would be more convenient to have
the officers as near together as pos
sible. The Association decided to
hold their next Poultry Show during
the Farmers' Short Course next win
ter. The Kandiyohi County Fai*.
Association requested the Poultry
Association to elect a superintendent
for the poultry department at the
coming County Fair, and M. O. Fles
land was elected to take charge of
this work. The Poultry Association
suggests that the management of the
County Fair engage a qualified judge
to judge the poultry at the Fair.
Seventh District Leads Off With
a Preferential President
Willmar had the honor of being
the place from which was made the
first call for a presidential primary
in the State of Minnesota. The Sev
enth District Republican Committee
met here last Wednesday to issue
the call for the district convention.
Willmar was selected as the place for
the convention which is to be held
May 15.
The committee decided that the
voters in the fourteen counties com-
prising the Seventh district shad
upon the candidates for president.
The following names are to'be print
ed upon the ballot: Robert M. La
Follette, Theodore Roosevelt, A. B.
Cummins and Wm. H. Taft. This
action will insure the largest at
tended presidential primaries ever
held here. The State Committee,
under the domination of the old
stand-pat crowd, refused to make
the call for a direct primary state
wide, but this does not prevent dis
trict and county committees from
providing for it. Seventh District
committee threw the influence of its
early meeting in the right direction
and deserves credit for its action.
The following members of the
committee were present: V. B. Se
ward of Marshall, for Lyon county,
chairman of committee T. T. Ofs
thun, Glenwood, Pope county A. 0.
Gimmestad, Belview William Wick
man, Beaver Falls, Redwood coun
ty Justin Berkin, Morris Adam Ol
son, Benson Samuel Lewison, Can
by A. J. Peterson, secretary of com
mittee, Dawson C. W. Odell, Will
Young People's Society.
The Young People's society of the
Synod church will hold their regular
meeting next Monday evening, at the
church parlors, commencing at 8:15
o'clock. After the program has been
rendered, refreshments will be serv
ed by the Misses Alma and Hannah
Johnson, Mrs. Lee and Peter Nelson.
Everybody welcome.
New Company Will Be So Style*
—Mr. Howe Makes a Visit
at Willmar.
Mr. Arthur C. Bowe, who was
granted the franchise for a new tele
phone system at Willmar at the elec
tion on Tuesday of last week, was in.
the city yesterday arranging some of
the preliminary details for beginning
the work of installing the new ex
change. The name of the new enter
prise will be "Willmar Home Tele
phone Co." Mr. Bowe was muck
pleased at the decisive vote given in
favor of the franchise and request
ed the Willmar Tribune to assure the
people of Willmar from him that
they shall have no cause for regret
for their action. Having spent his
life in the cause for the development
of the independent telephones in the
state, the reports being industriously
circulated about himself and his in
tentions by the opposition only
amuse him. He expects one of the'
haidest battles of his career in the
fight he is beginning, wresting the
telephone business of Willmar from
the Bell trust, but with the co-oper
ation of the people of the city such
as already vouchsafed him by the
overwhelming majority at the elec
tion and the cordial reception given
him during his brief personal can
vass of a small section of the city
yesterday gives him confidence to be
lieve that the new exchange will be
a winner from the start.
The action of the Montevideo ex
change in raising rates did not sur
prise Mr. Bowe. He has.reason to
believe that the Bell people have had
something to do with it.
Mr. Bowe expects to bring his
family from Merriam Park in the
near future. They will make their
residence at Green Lake for the
summer and later permanently at
Mr. Bowe was more impressed
than ever with the desirability of
Willmar as a place of residence and
Young Men Entertain.
The Messrs. Wm. Freeman, Frank
Lewis and Rex Smith entertained 16
of their friends at the residence of
J. W. Kent on Benson avenue last
Wednesday evening. The evening
was spent- in playing progressive
cinch. Favors were, won by Mrs.
Kent and Mr. Stothard First prize,
Mrs. Garwell and Julius Johnson,
second prize. An elaborate four
course luncheon was served, pref
pared and arranged by the young
men. At the close of the evening's
pleasure congratulations were given'
the hosts upon being such royal en
tertainers and good cooks.
Surprised by Friends.
Madame W. W. Pinney was very
pleasantly surprised by fifty of her
friends at the Odd Fellows hall last
Monday afternoon. A profusion of
pink carnations, sweet peas and ros
es made the hall very beautiful. Sev
eral tables of bridge was played
thruout the afternoon, after which
dainty refreshments were served. At
the close of the pleasant gathering
the guests presented Madame Pinney
with a number of gifts as tokens of
their esteem.
Miss Theresia Lundquist of Orient,
S. D., arrived the first of the week
for a couple of weeks' visit at the
home of her sister, Mrs. E. W. Han
the Litchfield News-Ledger and its Boast of Keeping out Blind-pigs.
"What's the use of hoeing weedst Ton can't stop them growing."
Miss Abbie Edgren spent Easter
Sunday at her home near Kandiyohi.
Dr. E. H. Frost was at Litchfield
on professional business last Thurs
Olaf Christenson of New London
is visiting relatives in this city this
Capt. Carl Allen of the Salvation
Army spent yesterday in the Twin
Mrs. D. N. Tallman spent Mon
day in the Twin Cities, a guest of
Miss Lillie Noren entertained the
"Hooligans" at her home last Mon
day evening.
Miss Ida Johnson is spending
this week at the Christoferson home
out at Svea.
Miss Pauline Enyeart has resigned
her position at the Singer Sewing
Machine office.
Hjalmar Swenson, who is attend
ing the "U" in Minneapolis, spent
Easter Sunday at his home here.
Mrs. C. Hedin returned to her
home at New London yesterday, af
ter a short visit at the home of P.
M. Peterson.
Mr. and Mrs. Emil Wahlstrand are
the happy parents of a little son
born to them last Wednesday, April
Mrs. T. E. Murphy of Huron, S.
D., arrived Tuesday to visit at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. A.
Mr. and Mrs. N. 0. Nelson very
nicely entertained relatives at din
ner at their home on 3rd street Eas
ter Sunday.
S. P. Swenson went to Litchfield
Tuesday morning where he will be
employed on the jail there for Con
tractor Jens Olson of this city.
Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson and
little daughter, Ella May, spent Eas
ter Sunday, guests at the home of
Geo. W. Wsigner at Benson.
Fred Olson returned Monday to
resume his duties as night operator
at the G. ,N. depot, after a week's
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Mrs., Nels Knutson on South
First Street entertained a number of
lady friends last Wednesday after
noon. An elaborate lunch was
Mrs. A. E. Myers of Winnipeg
spent Sunday, the guest of friends
in Willmar. She left Monday to at
tend the wedding of a niece at Green
Misses Anna and Alvina Freder
ickson of Hutchinson, enroute for
Tyler, Minn., were the guests of Miss
Thora Peterson between trains on
Miss Charlotte Christenson, oper
ator at the Gazette office, left Friday,
night for her home at Warren, Minn.,
where she spent Easter Sunday with
her parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Gust W. Johnson
of Wheaton, who are visiting at the
J. G. Applegren home here, went
to Pennock yesterday for a visit
with relatives.
Prof, and Mrs. Albert Hegstrom
and two children "returned Saturday
to their home in Maynard, after a
visit at the fornutr's home in Svea,
since Tuesday.
Mrs. J. H. Kir'kpatrick and child
ren returned to thitir home at Browns
Valley Monday after an extended
visit at the hornet of Mrs. Kirkpa
trick's parents, Mr. and Mrs C.

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