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W fattwto 40TH YEAR, OREGON, MISSOURI, FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 1905. NUMBER 36 mk -" - --; - - - Ilk s l 8 15 M a 9 16 T 3 10 17 w 4 11 18 T 5 12 19 F S 6 7 13 14 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Arrival and Departure of Kails at the Postoffice, Oregon, Mo. MAILS DEPART? 7:40ae.m. For Omaha anu intermediate . points, aud all points north, east and west. 13:10 p. m. For all points north, south, east and west, except -Tarkio and Yilllsca branches. 8 :45 a. m. For St. Joseph and intermediate points. 3,lXLPoNewJointpni v 10:eo a, m. :S5 p. in. 13:45 9:10 a. m. 10:20 a. m. 11:30 a. in. 3 :15 p. m. 6:00 p. m. io:oo a. m. lo:oo a. m. 0:45 a. m. Helwie supplied by JluraL Car rier, Route No. 2. For Villisca, north, mail to all points north, east, south and west, except Intermediate be tween Forest ity and St. Joseph. For all points north, south, east and west. Mail m:tdt up at 8:00 p. m. MAILS ARRIVE. Omaha Mails from all points, north, east, south and west. Villisca aud Tarkio Valley branches. Mails from north east, south and west. From New Point only. Main line K. C, St. Joe. & C. B. Mails from all points, north south, east aud wot. From St. Joseph. Rural Route No. 2, leaves. Re turns at 4:00 p. m. Rural Route, No. 1, leaves. Re turns, 4:00 p. m. Rural Route, No. 3, leaves. Re turns at 4:00 p. m. B. 2:30 a. m. Main line, K. C.,St. Joe vSc U. Mail from all points. Malls are made up promptly 15 minutes be fore departing time. New Point mail arrives and departs daily except Sunday. B &M. in Nebraska within 100 miles of this ' are worth 100 cents on the dolIar and office, should be mailed before 8:45 a. m. in tbe expenditures are kept within her order to reach its destination the same day. : income. Holt's Annual Invoice. The month of January is the season during which our local merchants and their employes work overtime taking their annual invoices of stock on hand. Tho rush of the holiday trade is over and the wise merchant wants to know exactly what remains before he com pletes his plans for the coming year. This annual takiog of stock is an es sential factor in successfol business. It shows the merchant exactly what he has accomplished during the preceding twelve months. It points out classes of goods that have found a ready market and others that remain uncalled for on his shelves. It is the standard by which he adjusts his business for a fresh start, avoiding the mistakes of the past, and profiting by its lessens. The people of our county are also en tering upon another year. Her citizens are confident that it will be a year of progress and achievement. But they will do well lo follow the example of the merchant and take stock of their re sources and assets. This is a time fur cutting away dead wood, burying past dissensions and disappointments and marking out the lines along which prog ress may be most easily and permanent ly achieved. Our county has a popula tion of 18,000 and an assessed valuation of $7,601,000. Her bank deposits show the handsome sum of $1,373,700, and the county fr-e from any public indebt edness whatever. Her county warrants Malls for main line of K. C, St Joe. & C. B. aorth and south, are made up and depart at the same time, for day train, 12:10 p. m. OFFICIAL DIRECTORY. Circalt Court. OonTeaes first Monday in January; fourth Mondays In April and August. William O. Ellison, circuit judge. Ivan Blair, prosecuting attorney. Qeorge W. Hogrefe, circuit clerk. James A. Williams, sheriff. Harry M. Irwin, stenographer. Probate Court. Convenes second Mondays in February, May August and November. Henry T. Alkire, probate judge. Coaniy Court. Regular Terms: First Mondays in Febru ary May, August and November. Jacob Wehrli, presidiag judge. George W. Gotten, judge 1st district. Henry E. Wright, judge of 2d district. Enoch A. Welty, clerk of county court. F L. Zeller, deputy county clerk. Coaaty Board of Health. Jacob Wehrli, president. George W. Gotten, vice-president. W. O. Proud, county physician. Cnoch A. Welty, secretary. Coanty Board of Education. A. B. Coburn,,-Oregon. W..W. Gallaher, Mound City. Alberta O. Green, Craig. Best of all, her citizenship is of the highest order. Her business men are reliable and conservative. No county in our state, population and area consid ered, can show a more splendid array of assets Collector of Revenue, Nicholas Stock. County Treasurer, George V. Cummins. Recorder of Deeds, Robert Callow. Commissioner of Schools, A. R. Coburn. Public Administrator, M.O . Walker. Superintendent of Poor, SebournOarson. Surveyor, Wm. M. Morris. Asssessor, Will Fittmaurice. Stand by Your Home. The stability and strength of a com munity largely consists in toe manner in which the various business interests stand by eaeh other. In other words whether or not they wdl deal wi'h their neighbors or friends who are in oppos ing branches of business, or will go or send to some other town or city for each other supplies as they may need -imag iningof course that they can have a larger stock and buy cheaper. Such people seem to forget that in doing this thty destroy the cwmmunity's interest in themselves, and further that goods as a rule in a larae city retail hieher than they do in the smaller towns, on account of very high rents, heavier tax es and other expenses costing much more in proportion. L cal natriotiam suggests to a community that its people must stand t-tge' her if tbey would be come strong and progressive and reacn out for an enlargement of tha business 8'pe. Bargain hunters generally get bit and a bargain hunting community is likely to go further and fare worse than if they trade among people at home whom they know and whose word a) to the kind and quality of goods they sell can be relied on Holt's Assessable Wealth. Assessor Weightman filed his assess ment books.with the county court Mon day of this week, and the court after ex amining the same, made an order ac cepting the assessment as made. The returns as made, compared with the assessment of one year ago, shows a ioss of 844. 900 in moneys, notes, etc., and a total loss of 138,840 in all personal property, while there is a gain of 28,580 J in farm lands and 812,000 in town lots. The abrtract of the books shows the fol lowing valuations: No. Value. Horses 7,721 ? 176,730 Asses 48 3.270 Mules 1,950 56.345 Cattle 19,581 278,650 Sheep 852 1,750 Hogs 33,570 142,414 REV. HENRY FIEGENBAUM, Total live stock Money, notes, etc All other Total personal Land, 279,709 acres Town lots, 4,500 Total , Telegraph and telephone. Merchants 'Manufacturers Railroads I 659,160 1,083,590 269,620 .32,012,370 . 3,669,240 . 743,935 .$6,425,545 37,628 227,360 22,s00 . 891.500 Total assessable wealth 87,604,333 Estimated The valuation of the town lots are as follows: Mound City. Oregon Maitland Craig Forest City. .$249,910 . 175,040 . 111,560 . 93,520 . . 64,295 Corning 24,630 Bigelow 14,540 Forbes 7,770 Napier 1,720 Richville 950 Large Tax Collections. Nicholas Stock, county collector, found the last day of the year, the last day of the month and the last day of the week a very busy one, owing to that peculiar quality of human nature which has such an abiding faith in the advisability of never paying any kind of tax if it can be put off until to-morrow. December 31 is the latest day upon which taxes can be paid with no penalty attachments, and all day on December 31, the eleventh hour, property owners were besieging Collector Stoek to make out his tax re ceipt, before the dawn of the new year. Collector Stock's monthly report filed with the county court, shows an increase of several thousand doilars over that of December, 1903. at which time his col lections were $67,657 88, while for tbe month just closed they were $74,891.16. On all taxes remaining unpaid after De cember 31, a penalty of one per cent at taches which in cases of Urge assess ments should serve as excellent memory jogs for the future. Those who have not yet paid their taxes for 1904, can do so during tbe remainder of January and February and up to the last of February when the year's books will be closed, and they will then become known us de linquent, and a penalty of one per cent is added. Mr. Stock's statement for De cember showf d the following collections: Land tax book'03 and interest $ 177 54 Back tax book and ioterest. . . 36 60 Poll tax, district 11 24 00 Current tax book 59,171 00 Delinquent personal tax, in terest, etc 56 35 Pool table 2100 Dramshop advaloren, etc 479 42 Squaw Creek drainage dist. . . 4,745 07 Mill Creek ditch 97 50 Western Union Telegraph.... 208 79 K. C. St. Joe & C. B. R. R 8,268 32 Atchison & Nebr. R. R 1.144 64 St. Joseph & Neb. R. R 690 78 Oregon & Forest City tele phone 39 71 American telegraph & tele phone 120 15 Holt County Independent Tel- Co 44 61 Missouri & Knneas Telephone.. 38 Craig Telephone Co 21 80 Northwest Missouri Telephone 22 92 A The Founder of the Western German 31. E. Confer J ence Passes Away at His Home in St. Joseph. Missouri, Friday, January 13, 1905. Total $74,891 16 Chris Lentz, of Nodaway township, j Rev. Fred Ka I ten bach, of Kansas has be-n quite sick for several d ys, and j City, was here for a short visit with iiis s not much better at this writing. parents, this week. The board of Nodaway Drainage District No. 2, elected at the meeting held for that purpose at the bank. Sat turday, December 24, met at the bank, Saturday, December 31, to complete the organization and elect officers. Ludwig Wai-gele was elected president and supervisor ior a term oi lour years; Hugh George, supervisor for a term of three years; Abraham Lance for a term of two years and Robert Thornton for a term of one ear. The purpose of this organization is to straighten the Nod away riverfront a point about two miles north of the Fillmore mill to the mouth of the river. It is thought by those in terested that overflows may be prevented and much valuable land reclaimed by this work. -Maitknd Herald. "Death," wrote Faber, "is an unsur veyed land, an unarrayed science. Poetry draws Dear death to hover over it for a moment and withdraw in terror. His tory knows it only as a universal fact, philosophy finds it only among the mys tery of being, the one great mystery of being not. But we all rejoice in the fact that the light of our Christ hath penetrated this dark shadow. By his promise of "whoso findeth me findeth life." Rev. Henry Fiegenbaum, a pioneer German Me-hodist circuit rider of the central west ard founder of the German M. . conference, died at his home in St. Joseph, Mo Friday afternoon, Janu ary 13, 1905, in the 84tb year of his age. He was born in Ladbergen, Prussia, October 16, 1821, and came to America with his parents by the way of New way of New Orleans, in 1832. The fam ily came immediately to St. Charles.Mo., where he spent his early life upon the farm. From here he went to St. Louis to seek employment, and while there he attended a German Methodist revival, and vas converted. At this same re vival a Miss Clara Kastenbudt was con verted and on April 11, 1847, she became the wife of Rev. Fiegenbaum. Shortly after his conversion he felt that he should enter the ministry, and at once began preparations to dedicate his life to the Master's cause, and in 3847 he was granted exporter's license, and the following-year he was given the Okoe, Illinois, charge, until the annual meeting of conference, add his circuit afterwards was extended and for several years he preached as a circuit rder in Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota, being in the Rock River cooference and doing the pioneer work among the Germans in these various states. His home was in Galena, III., having charge of the Ga lena charge and for six years was pre siding elder. During these eight years he traveled mostly by buggy and horae J)ack, and was often in danger of his life from wild animals and Indians, which were plentiful in this sparsely settled country, but his zeal knew no limit, fearing neither weather, beasts or Indians, on he went, carrying the tidings of Salvation to his fellow countrvmen. who had come to America to build thems-lves homes in our land of liberty. From Galena he went to Wapello, Iowa, where he served as presiding elder for four years, then taking a three years' charge at Pekin, another three at Quincy, III , brought him into the folds of the German conference, then known as the Southwest. German conference. By this conference he was sent as pre siding elder to the Missouri district, which extended over the western half of Missouri, all of Nt braska, all of Kansas and the west- half of Iowa. After serv- 1850 52. Muscatine, Iowa. 1852 60, Galena, 111. 1860 64, Wapello, Iowa, P. E. 1864 67, Pekin, 111. 1867 70, Quincy, III. 1870-72, St. Joseph, Mo.; P. K. 1872 75, Oregon, Mo. 1875-83, Presiding Elder, St. Joseph. 1883 86, St. Joseph. 1886 89, Sedalia. While in Sedalia his health failed him and he retired from active ministerial work and returned to St. Joseph, where he had made his home since 1870, and where he lived up to the time of his death thus giving 42 consecutive years of labor in the ministry. In his early day labors for the church, his circuits covered large territory, which would keep him .away from his family, for two and three months at a time, and would travel from place to place on, .horseback or using canoe and snow shoes, and frequently in the winter season would be taken from one German settlement to another in a sleigh, He began his ministry when but 27 years of age, and during all these years he, gave his life in extending the cause of Christ and building up the church; and although enfeebled, from age and physical infirmities, he w:.s ever ready to do what he could for his people. His ambition through life was service for the Master, and up to the last several years he was sturdy, aotive, earnest al ways working always busy. Even dur ing bis retired years he was frquently called upon to assist in revivals. It is a remarkable co incident in the history of this family; there were four brothers and two sisters the brothers were all ministers and the sisters mar ried ministers. Father Fiegenbaum is the first of the list to be called home by Him who gave him being. The brothers and Bistere are: Rev. William Fiegenbaum, fidwardsville, 111 iuois, aged 80 years; Mrs. Katharine Wellemeyer, Wan en ton, Missouai, aged 77 years; Rev. F. W. Fiegenbaum, Wa thena, Kansas, aged 74 years; Mrs. Mica Winter, of Kansas City, Missouri, aged 71 years; Rsv. Rudolph Fiegenbaum Connell, Washington, aged 68 years. The combined ages of the family that are left, aggregate 370 years, something very remarkable, surely, in one family. His brother, Frederick W., and the two sisters and his surviving children were at his bedside when he died. On April llth, 1847, Rev. Fiegenbaum and Miss Clara Kastenbudt were united in marriage in the city of St Louis, and on Sunday, April 11, 1897, in their home in St. Joseph, tbey celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. The wed ding was solemnized in the German M church in that city, immediately fol lowing the regular service. Their golden wedding anniversary came on Palm QnnnuO onf lthnuoli fiairinnr aanlia togio.thfa?.ptrtwoye!ir8,h6jooktha Uae to their early faith, wended their way charge at Oregon, Mo , where he worked successfully for three years, after which he again became presiding elder of the Missouri district, whose growth was so rapid as to form two large districts in themselves, ai.d by tbe year 1878 he brought it before the Southern confer ence at Warsaw. Illinois, Bishop Mer rill, presiding. At that tim tbre were but 37 ministers enrolled. Of these but to the house of God, they found the church a bower of palms. At the close of the regular service, Rev. Harmes, pastor in charge, called the bridal party forward and seating them befor the altar, delivered a touching and fitting address to thm. Mrs. Dorothia Lahman and Dr.Heinz, of 8t.Joeph, the only living gu-sts and witnesses of the ten tre now in actual service, twelve are marriage in 1847,were present on the 6c- super annuated, and including Kev. cas on of the go den anniversary. Mother Fiegenbaum, eleven have died. The Fiegenbaum died September 2, 1897, conference included three nresidine elders and 3,014 member. He lived to see the fruit- of bis earlv work extend until tbe conference today includes over 100 miniate s, four presiding elders and 8,000 members. The original conference included i he state of Iowa, but since has been transferred to St. L uis The first session of the W-s conference was held in the old rock and brick church in St Joseph, on the same site now oc cupied by tbe present German M B church We here give Father Fieen- baum'8 early fie.ds of labor in his Sav- H's cause: 1848 50, Muscoutah, III. only aew moot hs following their golden wedding anniverr-ary. The surviving children are Mrs. C. J. Steinmetz, Mis-es Mary and Anna Fieg erbium, of St. Joseph, aod Mrs. Tom Curry, of Oregon. Ther are also 12 grand children and three great grand chi dren. The fun- ral was held from the Ger man M E. church in St. Joseph, oo Monday aft rt oon, January 16 1905, the services being conduc ed by 'he pastor, Rfv. G Becker, the interment being at Asbla d cemetery. "v ell done go d and faithful servant; e t.ter thou into thn joy of thy Lord." Circuit Court. As stated in our columns last week, circuit court took an adjournment on Wednesday last to Monday of this week, when it would take dp the will case coming here from Flatte county by change of venue. At the first trial which was had at our April term, 1903. before Judge Woodson, of St. Joseph, acting for Judge Craig at the time, it proved a highly sensational case. The first trial ended in a victory for the plaintiff, and the defense filed a motion to set the verdict aside. During Octo ber of that year, Judge Woodson came and in an exhaustive review of the case sustained the motion and set the ver dict aside, hence a new trial. The case has slowly dragged itself along since, that time, until Monday of this week , when it was called, and the battle again was on. The case is docketed as Ful ton ys. Freeland. William J. Fulton, the deceased, made a will, giving all his property to . his second wife, and in the event of her death it was to go to Lizzie M. Pike, daughter of Mrs. Fulton, No. 2, by a former husband. Wm. Fulton's first wife was Mary Hadley, by whom he had one child, a son, James Fulton, the plaintiff in this case. There were do mestic troubles that ended in a divorce, in which Mrs. Mary Fulton was divorc ed in the spring of 1879. The son took the side of his mother and has ever since. It was sought to be brought out that there were differences between James and his father; that the son had threatened his father; that the father was afraid of his life; that James was a constant annoyance to the elder Ful-. ton. In the will, James is given one dollar, and he now alleges that the wiU in question was made under undue in fluence from Mrs. Elsie Fulton, the de fendant in this case, together with Free land, the executor, defendant also in this case. Freeland was a clerk in Wm. Fultoo's bank at one time, and was connected with him in different capacities in a business way. Wm. Fulton wm a tie contractor dealing with tha railroad Parkville, and was a larga- laad . " Tbe plaintiff alss) claws that tfce, witf Sb filed was not the kst will sf haftatfcsr; that defendant had caised deceased t becomettfljaaf fy? preyaldlcsd.' afff iosi' him; that the deceased had prepared another will, making substantial provis ions for him. That such will had been lost or destroyed, or is in the possession of th defendants, who withold or con ceal the same. The plaintiff is repre sented by Chas. F. Bucher.of Savannah; T. C. Dungan, of Oregon., and 6. W. Wright, of Kansas City. The defense was conducted by Francis Wilson, of Platte county; John Kennish, of Mound City; H. B Williams, of Craig, and by Woodson J. Peery and A. M. Woodson, of St. Joseph. No time was lost in getting the case under way, Sheriff Williams having the jury ready, and on calling their names. the following answered: E. A. Buck minster, Lincoln; J. E. Hines, M In ton; George Young, Nodaway; George Gas kill, Union; Marion Wilson, Forbes; Riley Swope, Benton; A. J. Lyons, For est; Andy Tochterman, Lewis; James Bucher, Lewis; Henry Weis, Lewis; Andy Burrier, Lewis; Charles Cowan, Lewis. On Thursday the case came to a close by the jury returning a verdit for the defendant, but not until they were com pelled to do so. Although sworn to try the cause, they returned a verdict con trary to their convictions, the court, hav ing instructed the jury to find for the de fendant. The jury notwithstanding the court's instructions twice returned a verdict for the plaintiff, aod each time they were required to retire, as the ver dicts were contrary to instructions the third. time the verdict was in ac cordance with instructions, but to our mind not in accordance:with their oaths as jurors. C. C. Narans has removed to town on account of his wife's health. J. P. Tucker, editor of the Parkville Gazette, and one of the very best coun try publishers in our state, gave us a friendly call this week, while in attend ance as a witness in the Fulton Freeland will case, he having been a wit ness to the making of the will. We always en joy meeting him, not only for his con geniality, but for his excellent news paper exp-rience. "Bill," Ferguson went into Hinde's drug store, Wednesday of .this week.and while there concluded, to wash his hands. He went imo the rear room and seeing a crock with some water in it, proceeded to clean up. It was only a moment, when he discovered that it whs "loud and strong" .and "Bill's" hands were cleaner than they had been since he wa a baby. He had washed in a crock full of dissolved crvs alized carbolic acid, and as a consequence hie hands we e badly burned and blistered.