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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1906

The reverse side of this 1906 postcard* was a Christmas greeting.
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February 9:
Michael Krintz has sold his 21-acre farm east of town to Mr. Smith.

Anyone wanting wood cut should call on J.M. Bess and August Krinning.

Mrs. Charles Klouck and son, Eugene, were the guests of the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Bernethy.
April 6:
It has been rumored that Fred Krinning of this place is to be married soon in Minnesota.
April 20:
Fred Krintz has purchased a new rubber tire buggy. Now look out, girls, he will soon call around.
May 11:
Advertised Letters: Letters remaining at the post office in Monticello, Ind., unclaimed, May 2, 1906, which if not called for in 2 weeks will be sent to the dead letter office in Washington, D.C.: Mr. Johney Krentz
June 15:
Fred Krentz made a flying trip to Bell Center last Sunday. You are all right, Fritz, but that's quite a distance to go.
July 6:
All Aboard For N.D. (front page): North Dakota is booming. Just take your wife's folks and go with me in August if you want to get a homestead or buy. Land sells for from $7 to $15 per acre and you make your own terms. It will pay for itself. Free carfare to purchasers. Excursion rates. Watch for exact date. I can refer you to one man who spent $1200 for 160 acres there and now gets an annual income of $700. Can you beat that here for $1200? For particulars address Earl Burgett, Idaville, Ind.
[A later announcement gives the date, August 21. No Krentz went on the trip.]

Real Estate Transfers: From the abstract books of the Hamelle Abstract Company: James W. Gardner et ux to Michael Krintz, lots 20 to 25 Holtam's Add., Reynolds $200
July 13:
Reynolds: A fine Jersey cow belonging to Charls Buss Jr. died last week from eating weeds in a potato patch where paris green had been used.

Edith Hornbeck, daughter of Samuel and Mary, age 24:6:2, born in Union Township 29 January 1882, died 1 August 1906 of typhoid fever. She was next to youngest of four sisters and two brothers, and leaves three sisters and two brothers. She was a steno-typist.

Chalmers RR12: Ed Hasselbrink was on the sick list Saturday.
September 7:
Reynolds: Rev. Kuonen was in Monticello Wednesday evening attending a meeting of the Eastern Star order. Mr. Kuonen will preach his farewell sermon in the Methodist church next Sunday morning.
September 14:
Sitka: Fred Criswell and Olive Hughes started to school at Monticello the first of the week.

Rev. Etienne M. Kuonen and Miss Mary E. Krinning were married Tuesday morning at the home of the bride in Reynolds, Rev. D.M. Wood of Battle Ground officiating. Rev. Kuonen is a native of Martigny, Valois, Switzerland, and has been pastor of the Methodist church at Reynolds for the past year. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning, and is one of our most highly esteemed young ladies, and the best wishes of all our people go with them. Mr. Kuonen attended conference at Valparaiso this week.

Rev. Hattes, of Indiana Harbor, was here the first of the week visiting Rev. Kuonen and old time Reynolds friends.

Miss Bessie Byling returned to her home in Chicago Sunday, after a visit with the Krinning family.
November 16:
Chalmers RR12: Jewell Ward has a new Sheller No. 5.
December 14:
John Rice and wife were Reynolds callers Monday.

Dick Buss won socks at oyster stew Saturday night in Reynolds (homeliest man).
December 21:

Reynolds RR10: John Reis was in our neighborhood Thursday.

December 28:
Sand Hill: Henry Brandt and family expect to move onto Mr. Holmes' place.

*Thanks to Bill and Sharon Krintz for sharing old family postcards preserved by Alberta Westfall Krintz.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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