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Monday, July 12, 2010

Notes from The Sheldon Progress, 1916

Herman Christian Froemke
1856 - 1916
January 6:
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wall and family and Miss Elma Torfin were guests at the Bjugstad home Tuesday evening.
February 10:
Anselm: The popularity of checkers seems to have centered in Anselm this winter. The contestants most interested are Barney Buss, Mr. Sohenstahl, Leslie Legg and Ole Gutenberg who carry the banner of superiority. However, the tables were turned just recently when Charlie Krueger an old timer with past checker experience, defeated the entire line of "banner carriers", establishing a higher standard of checker brains.
Owego: With his pockets filled with salt and a hammer under his arm, J. N. Johnson sallied forth early Thursday morning with the intention of capturing several of the "domesticated coyotes" which are especially fond of Owego chickens. However, he soon discovered that his artillery was too light and was compelled to signal for reinforcements. His S.O.S. signal was soon answered by Carl Bjugstad who came hurrying across the field astride his worthy cayuse. Before his heavy Howitzer could be brought into action the coyotes had reached the hills and vamoosed from sight. The sportsmen returned late in the afternoon tired but not vanquished. Undaunted by his neighbor's failure, Ed Wall shoved his old musket under the seat of the cutter, hitched up his trusty team, and after securing the assistance of his father, gave chase late in the evening to two other coyotes. Just as Ed thought he had his game the sleigh struck a stump and upset and before he could dig himself out from underneath the wreckage the coyotes had made their getaway. Edward is seriously considering the purchase of a Zeppelin from the Germans as he is of the opinion they are not all needed in Europe. Should he be successful in making the purchase he feels certain that he can fly high enough to miss the stumps.
February 17:
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wall and son Herbert visited at the Christ Bjugstad home Tuesday evening.
Our North Dakota atmosphere has again captured Mr. Reis after having tried to begin a home in Minnesota the passing winter.
February 24:
Lena Buss returned last week after having spent a few days at Lisbon and Leonard.
John Reis, who farmed the Black place southwest of Anselm for years, and sold out last fall and moved to Bemidji, near where he had some land, sold out down there and will again locate in this vicinity. He has rented the Lovejoy farm on the Sheyenne river and is expected here soon with a carload of goods. Mr. Lovejoy will probably have an auction sale and move to Sheldon to live.
March 2:
Ed Buss has decided to quit farming this spring and will dispose of all his personal property at auction on Thursday, March 9, on the Banish place, three miles east of Sheldon. Ed has ten head of horses, a fresh milch cow, some corn in stack and a complete set of farm machinery. D. E. Jones will cry the sale and R. E. Kratt will do the clerking.
March 9:
John Reis and wife arrived from Bemidji, Minn., Wednesday morning and will take up their home on the Brocker place on the Sheyenne river. Mr. Reis sold out his interests at Bemidji this winter and was not long in deciding to come back to his old neighborhood to live.
March 16:
Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Buss called at the Shunks' Frinday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Reis and daughter Mae called at Charlie Krueger's Sunday.
March 23:
Ed Wall and family spent Sunday afternoon at Walter Ihme's.
Mrs. Herman Froemke and daughter Elena visited at F. Buss' Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Nohr and two children and Mr. and Mrs. Lew Froemke spent Sunday at Herman Buss.
Mr. and Mrs Arthur Anderson and child from Bedford, Ind., are visiting at Herman Buss. Mrs. Anderson is a dughter of Buss and they expect to locate here now.
March 30:
Anselm: Miss Mae Reis visited at the Seelig and Lovejoy homes Sunday.
John Reis was a Lisbon visitor Monday.
April 6:
Owego: Last Thursday Mrs. Ed Wall entertained the Ladies Aid of the United Lutheran Church. Owing to the bad weather very few were present, nevertheless a considerable amount was raised from the sale of luncheon.
April 13:
[The Progress reported that more than two-thirds of the May jurors were farmers in the midst of seeding. Oscar Wieg of Green township was one of them. It was expected to take the greater part of a week to dispose of the jury cases.]
H. C. Buss closed a deal last week for the purchase of the southwest quarter of section 18, in Shenford township, known as part of the Black farm, from the Ransom County Immigration Association. Mr. Buss will summer fallow a greater part of the quarter this year. During the summer he intends to erect a set of farm buildings.
April 20:
McLeod: Mr. and Mrs. A Buss of St. Paul, who have been spending the winter in California, stopped off here enroute home Monday to look over some land.
Those who spent Sunday at Ed Wall's were Ina, Glenn, Ellen and Mae Black, Helen and Clara Johnson, Hattie Johnson, and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Buss.
April 27:
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wall and son Herb spent Easter Sunday at Zuelke's.
Gerald Buss's little son is quite ill with pneumonia.
May 18:
Last Sunday the stork was overloaded with little cherubs and so paid a visit to the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Krentz, southwest of Sheldon, and left them a pair of twins, a boy and a girl.
June 8:
Fred Krentz's visited Lew Froemke's Sunday.
June 15:
F. W. Froemke received a telegram at noon today from North Yakima, Wash., stating that his brother Herman C. Froemke had been seriously injured in an accident and was not expected to live. Mr. Froemke is well known around Anselm where he lived before moving west.
June 22:
F. W. Froemke departed Friday evening for North Yakima, Wash., where he was called by a telegram stating that his brother Herman was not expected to live, and who died Saturday evening before Mr. Froemke arrived. His death was caused from an injury which he received Wednesday of last week. He fell from a load of poles which he was hauling, severely injuring his back, some of the bones penetrating the spinal column between the shoulder blades. He was conscious only a part of the time after the accident. Old friends of the Froemke family around Anselm will be grieved to hear of his untimely death, the family moving from there to Washington some ten years ago.
August 3:
FOR SALE: Five head of horses--one good heavy work team and three four-year-olds. Fred Krentz, Lisbon, N.D., R.F.D. 2.
August 17:
Herman Schultz and family of Anselm Sundayed at the home of Ed Wall's.
August 24:
August Nelson and wife of Minneapolis are visiting with Mrs. Nelson's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Buss. Mr. Nelson returned home Tuesday while his wife will make a longer visit.
August 31:
Anselm: Sunday last, Mr. and Mrs. F. Buss entertained at a party at their home. Those present were Jake Muths, Oscar Weigs, Jno. Krantzs, and Mr. and Mrs. Nelson of Minneapolis.
September 7:
Anselm: Miss Annie Buss and Mrs. A. Nelson called on Anselm friends Monday.
Olge Schultz and Annie Wall were guests of Ella Shunk and Ella Toring Tuesday.
A. Nelson returned to Minneapolis after spending several days at the Buss home.
October 5:
Casey: Oscar Wieg, John Krentz and Ferdinand Buss and families and Mrs. Brehmer were all guests at the Jacob Muth home Sunday.
November 9:
Jacob Muth, a Casey township farmer, returned Tuesday morning from Parshall, up on the Berthold reservation, where he had been for a week looking after his farming interests. Mr. Muth was one of the lucky ones two years ago at the drawing for land and drew number 300. He had some of the land broken up and put into flax this year and harvested a bumper crop. Mr. Muth sold his land while up there on this trip, as he found it almost impossible to attend to his farm work here and establish a residence up there which the government compels him to do. He believes that is a good country up there and if he could dispose of his farm here he would probably go there and buy again.
November 30:
At two o'clock Thanksgiving afternoon occurred the marriage of August Litzau and Miss Anna Buss, at the home of the bride's parents southwest of Sheldon, Rev. A. Haag pronouncing the words that made them man and wife in the presence of a large circle of relatives and friends. The groom comes from Frazee, Minn., but for the past two years has been working on different farms in the vicinity of Sheldon. He is a steady capable upright young man well thought of. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Buss, pioneer residents of Green township, and has always made her home with her parents. She is a charming accomplished young lad with full attainments for taking up the duties of a wife. The happy couple will make their home with the bride's parents and will assist Mr. Buss in operating his farm. Following the ceremony, after congratulations had been extended, a bounteous Thanksgiving wedding dinner was served. 
A party was held at John Reis' Sunday. Among those present were Chas. Colva and family, Robert McRitchie and wife and daughter Margaret, Leslie Legg, John Behrends, Edna Lovejoy, and Jane Behrend.
[Spoiler alert! The entire plot of  "The Serpent" is revealed here! TKS] Theda Bara at the opera house, Saturday, Dec. 2, is at her best as Vania Lazar, a beautiful Russian peasant girl. Betrayed and debauched by the Grand Duke Valonoff, she leaves the country and with naught but hate in her heart for all men deliberately sets forth on a career of devastation. High or low degree, it matters naught, her prey is man, and in the city which she has taken up her abode, she leaves a trail marked by ruined lives. The war has broken out, wounded soldiers are arriving from the front, and "The Serpent" watches in glee as the broken men file past her window. A Russian officer is carried past. His face wakens memories. She makes inquiry and discovers that the wounded officeer is Prince Valonoff, son of the Grand Duke. She helps nurse him back to health and he, too, falls victim to her charms, Shortly after their marriage the Grand Duke sends word that he is coming to visit his only and beloved son. The Prince is called away before his father's arrival. Vania greets the Grand Duke, who does not recognize her. He makes love to her after she had lured him on. The Prince returns, and finding his wife clasped in the arms of his own father, commits suicide. The last drop of venom from the "Serpent's" fangs has found its mark. Admission 15 and 25 cents. Coming Wednesday, December 6, Wm. Furnum in "The Plunderers."
December 7:
The following people spent a pleasant Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Colva of Anselm. Mr. and Mrs. Reis and daughter May, Fred Wall and wife, Chas. Wall, Mrs. Henry Ihme and sons Henry and Christian, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shimming and his father C. Shimming.
December 21:
The H. C. Buss family spent Sunday at the home of their daughter Mrs. Art Anderson and family.

[Some minor typographical errors have been corrected. TKS]

Lyman, W. D. History of the Yakima Valley, Washington Comprising Yakima, Kittitas, and Benton Counties. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co, 1919. [Bio and portrait of Herman C. Froemke, Vol. 2, p. 926-928]

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  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
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  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
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