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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Notes from The Sheldon Progress, 1914

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January 8:
Fred Krantz met with a very painful accident last Monday while splitting up a box at his home in Anselm. A piece containing a rusty nail flew up, penetrating his instep which caused a bad wound. He came to Sheldon in the afternoon and thought little of the injury until along in the afternoon when it began to pain him considerable. Dr. Weyrens probed the wound and the danger of blood poisoning is now past.
January 22:
Anselm: Biscuit Nohr decided to make a high dive a few days ago. The object to dive from was a horse and the place to dive onto was the frozen ground. He landed on the other end of himself and the result was a sprained thumb.
March 12:
Jacob Muth of Kidder, South Dakota, was an office caller [at The Progress] Monday afternoon and advanced his subscription ahead another year. He has sold out his livery business at Kidder and expects to take charge of his farm near Buttzville this spring.
March 19:
Election Returns: Owego Township Constable, Ed Wall. Casey Township Clerk, Philip Nohr. Casey Township Constable, Frank Nohr.
March 26:
Leonard: Miss May Rice, of Tower City, was fortunate in finding Rev. and Mrs. Danford, with whom she was well acquainted while she lived in Tower City, and she spent the weekend with them. [Danford is local.]
April 2:
At a meeting of the supervisors in Owego township last week, Ed Wall received the appointment of road superintendent. A six-mill tax was levied for road purpose.
April 9:
Fred Krantz was a Lisbon visitor Monday.
May 14:
Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Krantz, living east of Anselm, a ten pound boy, Wednesday.
June 4:
The Sheldon Farmers Elevator Co. have contractor Newton's force of men engaged in remodeling the rooms over the old Severson blacksmith shop. A stairway is being built on the front, double doors cut in the second story. It will be used to store the company's line of machine extras. The old house, just east of the Severson building, which was formerly used as a store room, has been sold to Ferdinand Buss, who will tear it down and move it out to his farm. The removal of the building will lessen the fire danger and things will have a neater appearance around the elevator.
July 30:
Lisbon: Ernest Krentz, who has been the faithful baggage man at the N.P. depot for several years, was promoted to cashier Monday. [As far as I know, Ernest was not related to our Krentz family!]
August 6:
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Krentz had a boy Saturday.
October 8:
Oscar Wieg and Ed Buss are going to hold a joint auction sale of their personal property on the McDonald farm two miles east of Sheldon on Thursday, Oct. 15. They are offering twelve head of horses, milch cows, forty head of hogs, and all farm machinery. Mr. Wieg has been offered the foremanship of a large farm in Canada and he expects to go up there next spring to take charge.
November 12:
J.T. Reis left Friday evening for Brainerd, Minn., to look after his farm he has near there. He will visit the Altmans who moved there a year ago.
November 19:
Mrs. Philip Nohr visited with her daughter Mrs. Leo Froemke Monday.
November 26:
Philip Nohr and sister Clara were Lisbon visitors last Friday.
Cards are out announcing the marriage of Fred F. Krentz and Miss Emma Nohr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Nohr, old residents in Casey township, on Thanksgiving day. Both parties are well known in the community in which they live. Mr. Krentz is a young man of sterling worth who is engaged in farming the old Manning farm east of Anselm where the couple will make their home.

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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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