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Wednesday, September 24, 1902

-James Harrigan, of Milwaukee, formerly in the insurance business here with John Barnes, has been in the city for several days, renewing acquaintance with old friends. Mr. Harrigan is recognized as one of the leading insurance men in the state, and during his residence in Milwaukee has worked up an extensive business in that line. His office headquarters are on the tenth floor of the Wells Building, one of the finest blocks in the city of Milwaukee.
  -What might have proven a serious accident, occurred on Thursday afternoon while D. J. Cole was driving to the fair grounds, with his family. Mr. Cole was driving his black team hitched to a two-seated covered carriage in which were seated besides himself, Mrs. Cole and her mother Mrs. Trope, her daughter Mrs. B.L. Horr and two children and Mrs. Stimpson. When opposite the residence of Ed. Brazell, without the slightest warning the front axle broke in two, and allowed the font end of the vehicle to drop to t he ground. The horses were somewhat frightened, but were soon quieted by Mr. Cole, while the occupants alighted none having suffered the slightest injury.

Chris Phillips, a character well known about town, died Sunday night in the Liederkranz hall, where he was taken sick the night before. His death was due to heart failure. He wandered into the hall leading into the Liederkranz rooms, and members of a family living across the hall learning of his condition furnished him with a mattress and some bed clothing. Officer Matteson was notified, who secured the services of a physician, but the man was beyond help and died during the early morning hours. He is well known about the city, having resided here off and on for a number of years. The primary cause of his death is said to have been strong drink of which he indulged freely at all times. His remains were taken to the undertaking rooms of F. A. Hildebrand and prepared for burial. Relatives at Merrill were notified, who arrived yesterday and took charge of the body. Phillips was a man about 50 years of age.

Mrs. Josephine Colta of that City Weds Emmet L. Harrigan of Rhinelander, Will Reside Here At Antigo last Wednesday morning occurred the marriage of Mr. Emmet L. Harrigan of this city and Mrs. Josephine Colta of Antigo. The wedding ceremony was performed at 8 o'clock at St. John's Catholic Church by the Rev. Father Saile, and was attended by only relatives and immediate friends of the contracting parties. The bride was attended by Miss Duquette, while Will Kane of Green Bay acted as best man. Following the ceremony an elaborate wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride's parents, Mr and Mrs John Greisheimer. The newly wedded pair left on the noon train for a trip to Chicago, Milwaukee and Green Bay, returning to Rhinelander Sunday afternoon. They will make their home in this city. Mrs. Harrigan has resided in Antigo for a number of years where she has made a host of friends who wish her much happiness. Mr. Harrigan is a trusted employee of the North-Western R'y Co. And his fellow workmen join with his many friends in extending congratulations.

-D. Kennedy, who was brought to St. Mary's Hospital a short time ago suffering with typhoid fever, died last Thursday night. His remains were shipped to his home in Ontario, Canada the following day.

A meeting of the Wisconsin River Lumbermen was held in this city last Friday, at which quite a number of the prominent men representing the lumbering industry in this section were present. The meeting was called for the purpose of discussing the new freight rates which went into effect Monday. After a thorough discussion of the matter a committee was appointed to look up and compare the rates from Rhinelander with those from points outside the valley towns and make a detailed report of the rates as they found them. Those who attended the meeting were A.L. Osborne, of the Montreal River Lumber Co., Gile, Wis.; R. C. Schultz of the H. W. Wright Lumber Co., Merrill, Wis.; C. C. Yawkey, of the Yawkey Lumber Co., Hazelhurst, Wis.; L. K. Baker, of the J. S. Stange Lumber Co., Odanah, Wis.; C. F. Rea, of the Ross Lumber Co., Arbor Vitae, Wis.; F. C. Reimers of the Merrill Lumber Co., Merrill, Wis.; A. S. Goodyear, of the C. A. Goodyear Lumber Co., Tomah, Wis.; W. J. Danielson of the John Godkin Lumber Co., Rhinelander, Wis.; L. N. Anson of the Gilkey-Anson Lumber Co., Merrill, Wis.; and W. E. Brown of the Brown Bros. Lumber Co., Rhinelander.

Notice is hereby given that at a special term of the County Court to be held in and for said County at the County Court Rooms in Rhinelander, in said county on the 14th day of October 1902 at 10 o'clock, A.M., the following matter will be heard and considered: The application of Mary Moran for letters of administration on the estate of John Moran, deceased. Dated September 19, 1902 Levi J. Billings, County Judge


  • -Russel Vaughan entered the High School Monda
  • -Miss Ethel Cardin and Miss Florence Miller are taking up drawing
  • -Miss Esther Newell took an examination in 2nd German Tuesday morning
  • -Miss Bessie Dunning of Omro was a visitor to the High School Monday and Tuesday
  • -Miss Olive McDonald and Miss Alice Lewis were High school visitors Thursday
  • -Clayton Vaughan and Frank Calkins were absent from school last week on account of sickness
  • -Clayton Vaughan, Abner Conro, Ben Segerstrom and George Crusoe were admitted into the Athletic and Literary Society Monday night
  • -Miss Wells the singing teacher has had such a cold this week that she has been unable to teach but has put drawing in its place until she is well again
  • -Ray Wilson severely sprained his ankle last Tuesday night in foot ball practice. This will probably lay Ray up several weeks and might prevent him playing foot ball the rest of the season.
  • -The girls Literary Society held their first meeting last Friday night. The following officers were elected. Florence Miller, President; Grace Davis, Vice President; Lilian Foster and Dottie Barnes, Treasurer.

Property Bought in 1867 For $600. Quarter Interest Recently Sold for $6,000. A. J. Bolger of Minocqua was in the city the first of the week on his way home from Ottawa, Canada, where he disposed of a quarter interest in a valuable piece of property owned by himself and brother. In speaking of his deal he mentioned the manner in which the property came into the possession of his father, and the tale proved quite an interesting one. In the year 1867 the property which is located some distance north of Ottawa, was owned by a friend of the elder Bolger. It was about to be sold at sheriff sale, when Mr. Bolger offered to pay the amount against it, to help his friend. $600 was the sum paid and in return the friend deeded the property over to Mr. Bolger. Up to the time of his death Mr. Bolger always paid the taxes on the property though never realizing that it was worth much more than the price paid, and since then the property has been kept up by the sons. Recently however the boys received a telegram containing an offer of a good round sum for the property. Going to Ottawa they looked over the proposition and finally disposed of a quarter interest for the sum of $6,000. After the deal was closed the purchaser took the boys out where he had dug several test pits from which had been taken specimens of fine copper ore.

A social club has been organized the past week by the young fellows which has been given the name of the Jolly Twelve, the club membership being limited to that number. The object of the club is to promote sociability, and with that end in view the boys will give a social hop at the New Grand every other Monday during the winter. The first of the series will be given next Monday and a cordial invitation is given all to attend. Following are the club members: Angus McDonald, Alex McRae, B. D. McMasters, Jerry Bently, Frank Lambert, Oliver Rogers, Frank Leonard, Seth Morrison, Frances Hebard, Ed. Morrill, Mike Wheeler and James Coffee.

   Thursday afternoon news was brought to the city that Oliver Brown had been found dead in his cabin on his homestead two miles from the city, and undertaker F. A. Hildebrand who was at the fair grounds being notified left immediately accompanied by S. A. Brown brother of the deceased to bring in the body. Upon their arrival they found the lifeless body of Mr. Brown, crouched in a corner where he had fallen after receiving his death wound from a revolver which lay near by. How he came to his death whether by accident or otherwise will never be known. The gun and a bullet hole in the temple was the only evidence of what caused his death. It was by mere accident that the fact was discovered, Chas. Hilding a north side boy in company with two or three companions were fishing in that locality and being thirsty Chas. Was sent to the house for a pail of water. He walked around the house and not finding a well, went to the door which was open and knocked. Receiving no answer he walked in to find the lifeless body of Mr. Brown where it had fallen near the door, and pools of blood on the floor. He hastened back to his companions and told them what he had seen, but they would not be convinced until they too had seen with their own eyes. With all possible haste the neighborhood was aroused and word brought to the city.
   Mr. Brown was the oldest son of Mrs. E. S. Brown, and was born at Plover, Wis., Oct. 22, 1864. For a number of years he was employed by the Lewis Hardward Co., as deliveryman, but about a year ago went to live on his homestead where he was making rapid progress toward a good farm. He was a hard worker and a dutiful son and his untimely end is a severe blow to his aged mother.
   The funeral was held from the home on Sunday afternoon services being conducted by Rev. A. G. Wilson.


  • -Mrs. Laughlin of Eagle River was the guest of Mrs. E. G. Squier the latter part of this week.
  • -Miss Edna Brown returns Sunday night to Washington where she is attending the Forest Mount Seminary. Her mother will accompany her as far as Chicago.
  • -Mrs. DeMars is in Merrill this week visiting relatives and friends.
  • -Mr and Mrs Reeve Perrott Sunday-ed in Minneapolis
  • -Mrs. Alderson of Merrill was a visitor in the city on Thursday
  • -Claude Cole is visiting at the home of his brother Dempster Cole
  • -John Didier transacted business at Elcho yesterday between trains
  • -Reuben Penabaker who has been seriously ill, is slowly recovering
  • -Miss Anna Plunkett came up from Monico to spend Sunday at her home
  • -Mrs. Lombard and granson Zene Strope are here from Maniwa on a visit
  • -Frank Bryant, of Hazelhurst, was a city visitor several days during Fair Week
  • -Mr. Philbrick of Wausau was in the city several days last week on business
  • -Mrs. Mel. Sweet has been very sick the past week, but is some better at present
  • -Miss Lizzie Pope returned Monday morning from a brief visit at her home in Weyanwega
  • -C. H. Huey foreman of the Vilas Co., Democrat was in the city to-day on business
  • -F. S. Robbins leaves Thursday morning on a business trip through the western states.
  • -Mr and Mrs Adoph Cramer of Merrill visited friends in the city several days last week
  • -Mr and Mrs Emmett Harrigan arrived here Sunday and will make this city their home
  • -A. M. Lara, of Duluth, Minn., was the guest of Miss Alice Bell several days the past week
  • -Mr and Mrs August Nagle of Pelican Lake attended the County Fair Friday and Saturday
  • -David E. Strifft, representing the Ill., Casing Co., was in the city the latter part of the week
  • -Miss Mary Gray has gone to Madison, where she will take a course in the State University
  • -Mrs. John O'Connor of Ogema, has been the guest of her sister Mrs. E. J. Slosson the past week
  • -Hi Barber took advantage of the excursion to the "Soo" Sunday to pay that growing city a visit
  • -Mrs. Germond and two children of Oconto are guests at the home of Mrs. Germond on Pelham street
  • -Henry Wubker was down from his farm in the town of Newbold the first of the week on business
  • -M. Robertson of Heafford was here Thursday and attended the dance at the Armory in the evening
  • -Earl Chafee who is attending the West Point Military Academy arrived Monday for a visit at his home
  • -F. M. Mason went to Pelican Lake Tuesday to visit at the home of his daughter Mrs. August Nagle
  • -Mr and Mrs Harrington of the North Side are rejoicing over the arrival of a boy baby, last Tuesday
  • -Mrs. Geo. W. Beers has moved her household goods to the "Soo", where she expects to reside in the future
  • -Mr and Mrs B. F. Jillson of Monico, were in the city Thursday, and attended the races at the fair grounds
  • -Frank Lambert has entered the employ of the Star Meat market and is handling the delivery of all orders
  • -Mrs. Simons entertained Monday evening in honor of Mrs. Vincent Divers who soon departs for her western home
  • -Mr. Whitney of Tomahawk, spent several days of last week with his family, who were guests at the home of J. G. Dunn
  • -Ed. CinqMars of Minneapolis is visiting his parents in this city. From here he goes to take a homestead in Minnesota.
  • -Mrs. R. F. Tompkins left Tuesday night for a visit with friends and relatives in North and South Dakota and Montana.
  • -A. Kincaid won the water set given by the Racket Store to the one having the finest bushel of potatoes on exhibition at the county fair.
  • -Mrs. A. J. McDill went to Oshkosh Monday morning, where she expects to undergo an operation, which will be performed by Dr. Oviatt.
  • -Mr and Mrs Geo. Abraham and children of Minocqua, spent several days of the past week in the city, enjoying the attractions at the fair.
  • -E. E. Stoltzman returned to the "Soo" Sunday morning after a week spent in the city looking after the interests of the Grand Opera House.
  • -P. B. Bolger and family of Minocqua, spent Saturday in the city on their way home from a visit with relatives and friends in Ottawa Canada.
  • -Nettie, the 9-year-old daughter of Mr and Mrs John Chariton died on Monday after a brief illness. Cerebral absess is given as the cause of her death.
  • -M. Broulette and family left Saturday morning for Minneapolis, where they will reside in the future. Their household goods were shipped the day previous.
  • -Miss Adice DeMars has accepted a position in the book and stationery store of C. D. Bronson. She will also act as operator for the long distance telephone line.
  • -John Barnes and Archie Sievwright went to State Line Sunday. They were joined by their wives at Eagle River on Monday, and from there are making the trip down river.
  • -Mr and Mrs Chas. Woodcock and children returned to Champion Mich., Thursday where they will spend the winter. Their fine home here is for rent to the right parties.
  • -Shawano Keeble, who has been working in H. E. Greene's steam laundry at the "Soo" arrived Monday morning for a visit at the home of his parents Mr and Mrs J. N. Keeble.
  • -Mrs. Frank Littlefield returned Sunday from Anawa where she has visited the past two weeks. She was accompanied home by Miss Nettie Littlefield who will spend the winter here.
  • -Miss Edna Crego who has been visiting her sister Mrs. Harry Johnston the past week, left yesterday for Ironwood, Mich., where she will spend a week with her sister Miss Myra.
  • -Chas. B. Peterson who has been spending his vacation with his family in Michigan, returned home Thursday. Mrs. Peterson and daughter will remain for a time and may decide to spend the winter in Michigan
  • -Geo. Rice left yesterday for State Line where he has charge of the building of the mill there. The mill is being removed from Tomahawk Lake where it was erected several years ago by Mr. Rice.
  • -Alex McRae left Monday on a land looking trip east of Three Lakes. He was accompanied by Rev. Meyer who anticipated much enjoyment in the new experience to him of roughing it in the woods, sleeping out of doors and cooking over a camp fire.


A human skeleton was found in the woods three miles north of Tomahawk. Little was found to throw light upon the identity of the man or how he came to his death. The body might have been laid there one or two years. Every vestige of flesh had disappeared. The only trace of clothing was the remnant of a blue striped shirt and a part of a cheap pair of trousers within overalls. The feet were encased in a pair of light summer shoes. Wild animals had evidently torn the body to pieces. From the light clothing it is evident that the man must have met his death during the summer season. The fact that the body was found near a runway lends color to the theory that the unfortunate wandered from the railroad along the trail, thinking it might lead him to a human habitation; that night was coming on and in the dusk he was mistaken for a deer by illegal hunters, who shot him and left the body to rot.

Anton Piese, a boy of 14, found near Riverside cemetery, Oshkosh, a carpet bag containing a candle, coils of insulated wire, a dry battery and several cartridges, as well as a pack of cards. The boy undertook to experiment with one of the cartridges, and as a result he is minus part of two fingers and has a severe gash in his breast. The kitchen table upon which he was conducting his investigations was wrecked. The other day the officers of the bank at Finneconne found that an attempt had been made to open the vault with dynamite. The police believe the kit found by the Piese boy was left by the Winneconne robbers.

James Muka, a farmer living near Cadott, had his team killed by bees and came near meeting death while driving to Chippewa Falls. He was passing a farm when five or six swarms of bees attacked the horses. Muka endeavored to beat them off, when some of them attacked him and it was with great difficulty that he saved himself by running and beating the pests off with his hat. The horses, which were attached to a loaded wagon, were unable to free themselves and one died from the poisonous stings before Muka returned to the place. He drove the other to his home and it died upon its arrival.

While attending a picnic with his father, mother and three brothers at Five Mile lake, near Dunbar, Baliscuse Rovinski, the 7-year-old son of Thomas Rovinski, was accidently shot in the head with a 44-caliber rifle and instantly killed. Several men in the party had been shooting at a target and were examining a rifle when it discharged. The bullet struck young Rovinski, who was standing near by, squarely in the center of the forehead, going clear through his head.

The will of William Engel of Kenosha, just filed, divides an estate valued at $60,000 among distant relatives. He had opposed the marriage of his son, Col. Frederick Engel, formerly prominent in Wisconsin politics, and the latter's widow is cut off in the will. A legacy of $500 is given to Miss Edith Garst of Chicago, whom his father had desired him to marry. The widow of Col. Engel, it is said, will contest the will.

Miss Kittie Thomas of Oak Park, Ill., 18 years old, was fatally burned by an explosion of gasoline. She was visiting an aunt in the town of Somers and was assisting in preparing dinner on a gasoline stove. The flames flashed into her face, burning off her hair and covering her face and arms with burns. She fell to the floor unconscious. The kitchen was wrecked, but the fire was put out without other damage.

  • -William Luedtke, aged 58 years, for thirty-five years a merchant in Princeton, dropped dead from heart failure
  • -Roy Williams, aged 12 years, of Phillips, was shot through the body while out hunting with a boy friend. He probably will die.
  • -Acting Commissioner Richards of the general land office has appointed William O'Neil of Ashland chief examiner of the Chippewa Indian lands in Minnesota. O'Neil is authorized to employ fifteen assistants now and more later.
  • -Mrs. H. E. Kelly, wife of Justice Kelly, was stricken with apoplexy while attending a social at the residence of Mayor Gross in Sparta. She was taken home and died at midnight.
  • -Mrs. Peter Neuses, aged 37 years, wife of Peter E. Neuses, president of the Janesville Coal Company of Janesville, jumped from the window of a hospital in Milwaukee and died a few minutes later.
  • -Henry Carlson of Janesville was held up on his way to the Northwestern depot at Sparta and robbed of $25. He was badly battered up.
  • -Chester Winans, a young man of Abrams had his thumb nearly chewed off by a horse that had been bitten by a dog suffering from the rabies.
  • -Dwight Wales, 60 years of age, one of the most prominent farmers in the town of North Geneva, was gored to death by an infuriated bull on his farm.
  • -Charles Lange, a farmer residing three miles west of Racine, suffered a loss of $3,000 by fire. His home was entirely consumed and the members of his family narrowly escaped being burned to death.
  • -John Hoelz, a business man of Marshfield, has been lost in the swamp lands in the northern part of the State for several days. He separated from the other members of a hunting party and never returned.
  • -Frank Uher, who attempted to commit suicide at Prairie du Chien, was brought before Judge Curran and adjudged insane. He was a prominent business man and became despondent over ill health.
  • -Frank Ramthun, aged 21 years, who resides near Osceola, accidentally shot himself while exhibiting a hammerless revolver. Death followed almost instantaneously. The shot entered the right side of the head.
  • -Mrs. Clara Brinkman has brought suit for divorce against Harry Brinkman, a well-known businessman of Racine. Mrs. Brinkman alleges that her husband has been cruel and inhuman toward her and has not supported her.
  • -Johnny McCloud, aged 10, of Vinegar Hal, accidently knocked a bottle of powder over on the stove and it exploded, wrecking the top of the stove and destroying the sight of one eye completely and injuring the other.
  • -Miss Selma Engebretson and Seger Gryttenholm of La Crosse, who disappeared some time ago, did not elope, as was reported at the time. The young lady was visiting relatives and this led to the report being circulated.
  • -While threshing was being done at the farm of Albert Hawkins, in the town of Winfield, a spark from the engine set fire to the stacks. The blaze made such rapid headway that it was impossible to save the separator. One of the horses was also severely burned.
  • -A young man giving Alfred Lowell as his name and with a ticket on his person showing La Crosse to be his destination was picked up along the track of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul road near Peterson so badly injured that he died a short time after. He fell from a train and was run over.
  • -James Johnson, an ex-mail carrier and janitor of Dania Hall of Racine, who disappeared several weeks ago, has returned to the city, only to find his wife nearly prostrated and with her little children turned out into the street and dependent upon charitable friends. The man is believed to have been deranged.
  • -A rope holding a swinging scaffold upon which two painters, Harry Hunt and George Ermatinger, were at work at the South Side Manufacturing Company's mill in Chippewa Falls broke. Ermatinger fell thirty-five feet to the roof of the boiler room and narrowly escaped being fatally injured. His arm was broken. Hunt grabbed a hook and hung on until employees pulled him through a window.
  • -The City Council of Sheboygan passed a resolution retiring John Sandrok, chief of the fire department, on account of physical disability, allowing him a yearly pension of $400. Alderman Mohr notified the Council that he would enjoin the city from paying any pension money to Chief Sandrok, as it was stealing from the city treasury. Chief Sandrok has served in the Sheboygan fire department nearly fifty years and is 73 years old.
  • -Frank Morely, a 15-year-old boy living at Cartwright, was sent to the industrial school at Waukesha for burglary. He broke into the Farmers' store at that place three nights in succession and stole money. The last night he was caught in the act of tapping the till.
  • -Gottfried Kison, 80 years of age, had a narrow escape from drowning while fishing in Rock lake. In some manner his boat capsized, but he managed to get hold of the boat and held on until help came, when he was taken from the cold water in an exhausted condition, after being in the lake thirty minutes.
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