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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Notes from The Sheldon Progress, 1908

The Grand Pacific Hotel, Lisbon, North Dakota

January 17:
Mrs. August Nelson of Glenwood is a homeguest at present. She will remain several weeks.
January 24:
Edward E. Wall and Miss Hilda [sic] Buss were united in marriage at Lisbon on Thursday, January 16.
February 21:
John Reis was suddenly taken ill Wednesday with stomach and heart trouble, bit is better at this writing.
April 3:
The misses Anna and Lydie Buss were visiting with their sister Mrs. Ed Wall, at Owego over Sunday.
May 1:
Miss Lydie Buss has gone to assist Mrs. M. Grobe at Lisbon in her household duties.

A delightful event was the "Coffee Krentzgen" given on Wednesday afternoon by Mrs. George Schunk, who entertained royally a number of her lady friends.
May 8:
Pleasant Prairie: Miss Krantz, from Indiana, is visiting with her sister Mrs. John Reis.
June 26:
Miss Emma Crantz, who has been dining room girl at the Grand Pacific for the past month, leaves for her home in Indiana tomorrow.
July 10:
Miss Emma Crantz, who for the past two months has been one of the employees of the Grand Pacific hotel, departed on Tuesday evening for Cooperstown, where she has accepted a position as waitress in one of the hotels.
August 14:
Miss Emma Crantz, who recently presided over the destinies of the dining room of the Grand Pacific, later taking a similar position in one of the Cooperstown hotels, arrived on Monday's train from Fargo and will spend the harvest and threshing season on the farm of her sister and brother-in-law, southwest of town.
September 25:
Mrs. Jake Muth and children are visiting with Mrs. Peters on Wednesday.

Misses Lydia and Anna Buss and Gertie Froemke are spending the week at Fargo.

Mr. and Mrs. August Nelson of Glenwood, Minn., visited the latter's parents over Sunday, returning on Monday.
October 23:
Pleasant Prairie: The friends of B. Buss will hereafter find him in the City of Anselm in the old Goodmann house, having moved there on Wednesday.

Among those who gave Coffee Krentzgens in honor of Mrs. Freitag were Mesdames G. Jaster, G. Schunk, F. Kiefert and H. Peters.

According to the Lisbon Quasuicentennial book, the three-story Grand Pacific Hotel was built in 1883. It was purchased in 1889 by G.E. Horton, along with the older Headquarters Hotel. Horton moved both buildings to Main Street and Sixth Avenue, creating the Horton Hotel, which opened in 1890. It was destroyed by fire in 1908.

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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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