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Friday, October 24, 2008

Notes from The Sheldon Progress, 1915

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January 14:
Casey: Miss Annie Buss spent last week and part of this week with her sister Mrs. John Krantz. Mr. Krantz has been busy the past week doing some wood cutting on the banks of the Sheyenne.
January 28:
Casey: Ed Buss, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Buss, met with an accident last Friday while moving an engine, which resulted in the loss of one of his toes and injury to his foot, caused by getting caught in some manner in the engine. We hope that it will not prove serious. At the time of this writing he is getting on nicely.

Casey: Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Buss were the Sunday guests at the F. Kiefert house.
February 11:
Casey: Miss Annie Buss returned home the fore part of the week from the Smith home where she has been caring for her brother during his illness.
February 24:
Casey: John Reis and family were pleasantly entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krantz Sunday.

Mrs. Alfred Wieg and children visited with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kiefert, Sunday.
May 6:
YEAR'S SUPPLY OF HAY BURNED - A.C. Wieg Sends Man for Hay only to Find Smoldering Ashes - Sending his hired man and team for a load of hay a mile south of Venlo last week, A.C. Wieg found his supply of hay nothing but smoldering ashes. Last fall Mr. Wieg put up a quantity of hay near the Soo Line south of Venlo, leaving about thirty-five tons to haul home after seeding. A prairie fire a week ago swept up from the south and burned all the hay owned by Mr. Wieg and nearly one hundred tons belonging to other farmers. The hay burned for Mr. Wieg was every spear that he had to run him during the spring work and he is left short for feed. It is not known whether the fire was set by a passing train or by some person burning off the stubble field.
June 24:
Fred Krantz had quite a serious accident and what might have resulted in a fatal one happen to him last Saturday evening when he and his wife were fording the Sheyenne river opposite the Carl Christman place. Mr. and Mrs. Krants were crossing the river near the Christman place to attend a dance which was being held there that evening. In driving up the steep bank on the opposite side of the river, the horse fell backward into the river, throwing both Mr. and Mrs. Krantz into the water. They both got thoroughly soaked and had the water been deeper might have drowned. The horse was not injured and the only damage done was the breaking of the fills of the buggy. A number of dancers went to their rescue and helped them get the horse and buggy up the embankment.

Fred Krantz has been troubled of late with appendicitis and he was taken to Lisbon Tuesday morning by Dr. Weyrens who performed an operation at the Patterson hospital.

Casey: Alice Wall returned the fore part of last week after a week's stay with her aunt Mrs. Ed Wall.

Casey: Mrs. Ferdinand Jaster and youngest son were visitors at the Leining home in Enderlin Saturday.

Casey: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wall of Owego splendidly entertained Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Buss Sunday afternoon.

Casey: Ezra Kiefert has been employed by Oscar Wieg to assist him in his farm work for a time. We understand Ezra likes his kind of work fine.
July 15:
It was sure some hot Monday and Tuesday of this week when the mercury shot up around the ninety and one hundred mark on the thermometer. Tuesday afternoon there were heavy showers both north and south of town, but very little moisture fell here. This morning a mist is falling, quite cool, with a good breeze, which keeps the grain moving. Some farmers report a little red rust in the fields, but so far no black rust has been reported, and with cool, windy weather there is not mch chance of the grain rusting. The corn crop certainly made a good growth this week and much of it stands more than knee high. The best corn we have seen was on the Miller place, east of Anselm, farmed by Fred Krantz.
September 16:
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krantz, east of Anselm, was made happy Monday afternoon by the arrival of a very sweet little baby girl--their first.
October 28:
John Ries, living on what is known as the Thos. K. Black farm, two miles southwest of Anselm, will hold an auction sale on Thursday, November 4--a week from today. He will quit farming and will sell ten head of horses, eight head of cattle and all his farm machinery. He is carrying a full page ad in this issue.

The weatherman decidedly mixed things up Monday when the wind blew a hurricane for twenty-four hours. All threshing was stopped for the day, but since it calmed down the weather has been fine. All the machines have pulled in except L.L. Tregloan and Oscar Wieg and they each have about six days left. It's fine fall weather and farmers are rushing their plowing.
November 11:
Edward Wall and family visited at Fred Wall's last Sunday.

Last Sunday Alfred Wall visited at the home of his brother Fred, who lives near Anselm.

A small gathering of friends and relatives was held last Sunday at Fred Wall's for Mrs. C. Wendler, Mr. Wall's sister, who has been visiting here from Idaho.

Mrs. Chas. Wendler, of Twin Lakes, Idaho, has been visiting with her brothers and father, Chas. Wall, the past two months. She left for her home in Idaho last Monday with Mrs. Fred Wall, who accompanied her to Fargo where she spent a few days visiting friends.

Mrs. Oswald Ihme and two grandchildren, Viola and Gertie, were visiting friends in Fargo last Monday and Tuesday.

John Ihme had to batch it a few days during his mother's absence. It seemed rather hard for him so we see a bachelor's life would not agree very well with him.
November 18:
Already this fall a number of renters have changed places and many more will either move this fall or in the spring. Chas. Rightmire has rented the L.L. Tregloan farm and moved last week from the Mrs. Jennie Patterson place. Gottlieb Spitzer has rented the Patterson land and has moved over from the Kuntz farm. Julius Gilldenzoff, who has been living in the Kaatz house in town, has rented the Miller place east of Anselm and moved out this week. Chas. McDougall has rented the Jones place, being vacated by his father, and the T.J. McCully farm has been rented by Jacob Kaspari for one of his boys. Carl McDougall has rented the Creswell farm and the place where Mr. McDougall is now living has been rented by O. Wieg.
November 25:
LIBERTY FARMER HAS ACCIDENT - While Leading Cow by Chain, Has Two Fingers Jerked Off - Adolf Krentz, living five miles south of Enderlin, met with a painful and serious accident last Wednesday. While attempting to tie a cow with a chain she tried to jerk away and the unfortunate gentleman had two fingers of his left hand torn off. He was brought to town and the wounds attended to and is now getting along as well as could be expected.

John T. Reis and family, who have been farming southwest of Anselm for the past several years, left Tuesday evening for Bemidji, Minn., near where Mr. Reis owns some land and where he will engage in farming. He loaded his car at Anselm this week. Last Saturday evening a number of their old friends and neighbors gave them a farewell surprise. About sixty were present and a very enjoyable evening was spent in renewing reminiscences and playing games which was followed by a nice supper.

Mr. and Mrs. Wieg Sundayed at Ed Wall's.

Alice Elafson is spending the week with Mrs. Ed Wall.

Anselm: Fred Wall and Barney Buss took two cars of cattle to St. Paul for J.R. Clements and Jake Walters. Some of their own cattle were included.

Anselm: Aug. Jaster's geese took a wild flight last week. They all returned but three. If anyone has seen them they would be pleased to know their whereabouts.
December 2:
Anselm: Aug Froemke has moved on the Reis farm and Fred Krentz has rented the farm formerly occupied by Mr. Froemke.

Owego: Ed Buss was a weekend visitor at the Wall home.

Owego: Glenn, Ellen and Mae Black, Mac Elafson, Edna Wiltse and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wall and son Herbert spend an enjoyable Sunday at the Van Horn home.
December 16:
Anselm: John Krentz's spent Sunday at Kieferts.

Mrs. J. Muth and Ed Wall's visited at Wall's part of Thursday.

Walter Ihme and Fred Wall returned Tuesday from St. Paul driving a new car.

Mrs. Leaning [sic] from Enderlin is spending a few days at F. Jaster's this week.

August and John Krueger returned Monday from Leonard where they went to attend a dance.

Misses Annie Buss and Gusta Krueger were at Lisbon Monday during [sic] their Christmas shopping.

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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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