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Friday, May 18, 2007

Notes from The Sheldon Progress, 1912

B.L. Buss advertised his auction in The Sheldon Progress, but when the ad ran,
it appeared with an incorrect auction date. It was printed again with the correct date.

The corrected ad ran directly above an ad for L.A. Froemke's auction.

No telling how auctioneer J.W. Doty planned to be in two places at once!

January 5:
Pleasant Prairie: A.R. Nohr went to Owego Wednesday to visit Ed and Joe Wall.

Pleasant Prairie: Phillip Nohr, Walter Jaster and Herman Scheel departed last Thursday on a trip to Wisconsin. They will visit at Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Green Bay, and Wayside before returning home.
January 19:
Pleasant Prairie: Miss Clara Nohr, who has been spending several days with her aunt, Mrs. Gust Jaster, returned home Thursday.

In 1911, Ransom County issued 160 auto licenses. Fees totalled $480.

Seventy-four marriage licenses were issued in Ransom County in 1911, down from 100 in 1910, possibly as a result of the lack of prosperity due to short crops.

Ed Buss went to Fargo for the Grain Growers Convention.
February 2:
Owego: Mrs. Ed Wall returned from Lisbon last Saturday evening.

Pleasant Prairie: Miss Annie Buss has been visiting her sister Mrs. Ed Wall at Owego this week.

Pleasant Prairie: Mrs. Herman Froemke and daughter, Mrs. Lewis Schmidtke, departed last Friday for Milwaukee, having been called there by the serious illness of Mrs. Froemke's eldest daughter, Mrs. Adams. [They stayed two weeks. Mrs. Adams recovered.]
February 9:
Phillip Nohr and Walter Jaster returned from Wisconsin.

Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Buss of Shenford township went to Leonard Wednesday evening to visit relatives.
February 16:
Pleasant Prairie: Several from Pleasant Prairie were visitors at the county seat this week. Among them were Reuben Nohr and Mr. and Mrs. John T. Reis.

Owego: Mrs. Ed Wall, who has been sick, is reported to be getting along nicely.

Pleasant Prairie: Mrs. A.R. Nohr and baby have been visiting Lisbon friends this week.

Pleasant Prairie: Miss Myrtle Nohr has been spending the week with her cousin, Miss Clara Nohr.
March 8:
John Krentz and lady were callers at the Behrend home Tuesday evening.
March 22:
Coburn: John Krentz and Miss Nellie Hoy spent Monday evening with [siblings] Harry and Miss Blanche Behrend.
April 5:
Pleasant Prairie: The Lutheran Ladies Aid met Wednesday afternoon with Mrs. John T. Reis. A large crowd attended and all enjoyed both a social good time and the elegant repast served by Mrs. Reis.
April 19:
A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Anton Altman on April 9.

Phillip Nohr has been working this week at the Farmers elevator at Anselm. The heavy rain of Friday night and Saturday filled the pit with water so that they were unable to run the machinery. The moisture has been pumped out and the elevator is in running order again.
June 14:
Pleasant Prairie: The German Lutheran Ladies Aid which was to have met on June 26 will meet on June 25 at the home of F. Buss. The primary election coming on that day necessitated the change.
August 30:
Mrs. John Reis has been enjoying a visit from her brother from Illinois the last two weeks. [sic]
September 20:
Mrs. Jake Muth from Kidder, South Dakota, is the guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. Buss this week.
October 4:
Ferdinand Buss was quite seriously ill last week and needed the services of a doctor. His ailment seems to be a sort of stomach trouble and for a time he suffered much pain, but at this writing is on the road to recovery.
October 18:
Oscar Wieg has decided to quit farming and is advertising all his horses, farm machinery and some household goods at auction, on Thursday, October 31, at his place three miles west of Sheldon. He has twelve head of good work horses, some of the best in this section, that are well broken and are sure to bring top notch prices. He also has three milch cows, three head of young stock and something over thirty head of hogs. Oscar has several positions offered him and will probably accept one of them as he believes he can make more money working on a salary than he can by farming rented land and paying out so much for hired help.

Mrs. F.W. Froemke had as her guests Monday Mrs. George A. Bowe, of Fargo, and Mrs. George H. Wilson, of Minneapolis. The ladies went to Lisbon Tuesday for a visit with friends.

The Farmers State Bank installed a new lighting system this week. It is one of the latest inventions in illumination, and is said to be the coming system. The plant is similar to the lighting systems on the late model automobiles, though on a larger scale. Two lamps have been places inside the fixture, a desk lamp and one at the counter, lighting up the place nicely.

A crew of painters arrived last week Friday and have been engaged most of the week in giving the Great Western elevator a coat of paint. The paint shows off the elevator to a nicety with the name of the house printed in large white letters on the east and northside of the building. Manager Fisk feels quite chesty and expects to receive the remainder of the grain marketed in Sheldon this fall.

A wild deer is reported to have been seen by residents near McLeod on two different occasions during the past week. The animal was seen at considerable distance the first time and was not distinctive enough to tell just what it was. It was later seen in George Sour's corn field at close range and is said to be about half grown. Just how the animal wandered away from its usual haunts seems a mystery, but it is believed by local parties that there are several more in the sand hills. In the early days it was a common sight to see large herds wandering over the prairies browsing on the grass. They are becoming more extinct now, and the only place they are found in this state is in the timber along the Missouri river south of Williston.

Ed Buss met with a peculiar misfortune one day last week when he tipped a frying pan half full of hot grease over on one of his feet, burning three of his toes badly. He did not attend to the burns immediately, but went about his usual work, and as the result was in town Monday with a very bad foot. Dr. Weyrens dressed the burn which showed signs of blood poisoning.
November 8:
Anton Altman, John Ries [sic], and Fred Krantz left Wednesday evening for Brainard, Minn. [sic] to look over the country around there. If they find it to their liking they may invest in some land before they return. [In fact, it wasn't Brainerd that they went to, but rather Bemidji.]
November 15:
Mrs. Froemke, of Anselm, is moving onto the Krantz farm which she bought this fall.
November 29:
Fred Krantz had an accident happened to him Wednesday night that might have cost him his life, but as it is he escaped with a broken shoulder. He was on his way from his home over to Anton Altman's and while driving along the team became frightened and the rig was over turned. Mr. Krantz was either caught orclung to the lines and was draged a considerable distance over the hard frozen ground before the team was finally stopped. Besides a broken shoulder he received a badly scratched face. He was brought to Dr. Weyren's office Wednesday evening who set the shoulder. (sic)

Pleasant Prairie: A.R. Nohr is digging a new well this week.

Pleasant Prairie: Mrs. Gust Jaster was a Lisbon visitor Wednesday.

Pleasant Prairie: George Nohr returned to his home at Marion, Wis., this week, after spending the summer at Lew Altman's.

The Progress published a long letter from F.W. Froemke in Florida. It said, in part:
We are located 300 miles south of the north line of the state... this is the home of the citrus industry. Our county of Polk is said to have 10,000 acres of orange, grape fruit and kindred groves, and leads the state in these products.

In a five-mile drive yesterday, I saw thousands of acres that, are said, will average ten boxes to the tree, at seventy trees to the acre, and $2.00 a box. An acre of grove will pay $1400.00.

We are more than delighted with our beautiful little city of Fargo, Florida, not because it is our home, for a time at least, but of its fine location between seven large lakes, its hight altitude, and balmy atmosphere.

Two gangs of carpenters have been busy all summer constructing homes, teams and laborers building roads.

The altitude is one of the essentials in locating a home in Florida. Ninety per cent of the state is what is called "flatwood." It is much the same as the country between Venlo and Milnor, in Ransom county. Imagine, then, getting up on high ground such as between Anselm and Sheldon, and you have a bird's eye view of our coming city.

Mr. Gardner of our company planted rough lemon seed a year ago; last March he then grafted grape-fruit buds on this stock. After only seven months growth, it is six feet tall. Everything grows twelve months in the year, as against six months at home...

We are keeping posted on home news through The Progress, which reaches us on Tuesday, and are glad to note that the weather is very mild, but we know, from the experience of forty winters, that you are sure to get it before long.

Our school here has ten pupils, with Miss Diesem, of LaMoure, as teacher. School begins at 7:30 a.m., and closes its session for the day at 12:oo m. Afternoons are holidays, and yesterday Maynard caught a fine string of bass trolling in Lake Swoope.

We are getting nicely settled in our new home, and would like to see many of our northern friends come and visit us this winter.
F. W. Froemke
December 12:
Fred and Charlie Wall, Jacob Kaspari, William Hanelt, H.A. Froemke and Herman Buss started Monday evening from Anselm on their Florida trip. They expect to be gone for several weeks and will take in Washington, D.C. on their return trip.
December 19:
John Reis received the sad news on Friday last of the death of his mother at the old home in Indiana. He received the news too late to arrive there in time to be present at the funeral which was held Sunday. Mr. Reis has the sympathy of everyone in his sad hour.

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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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