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Monday, December 15, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1925

Ed. note: I spent a good portion of 1997-98 at the library every day after work reeling through inter-library-loaned microfilmed weekly newspapers, The White County Democrat (Indiana) and The Sheldon Progress (North Dakota) from the first three decades of the 1900s, taking notes on anything I saw that pertained to my extended Krentz/Krintz family and anyone else related by marriage. I ended up with three legal pads full of notes along with a stack of articles I printed out because they were too long to transcribe by hand. 

Currently, I'm transcribing these notes for inclusion in a book, the fourth in a series of books all bearing the subtitle, A Krentz & Buss Family Album. I completed the first two, Portraits and Gatherings, earlier this year, and the third, Snapshots, is about two-thirds done. News, like the others, will be between 150-200 pages. 

Apparently I did not take many notes from the 1925 & 1926 WCD, and none at all from 1927 & 1928. I think I just saw a note somewhere that said I ran out of time with the microfilm, but as I write this, I can't even find that note! I am nothing if not organizationally challenged, both when I did this note-taking project and now, still. So, in the interest of not getting bogged down in obsessing over what wasn't done, we're just gonna go with what was done.

[January or February--I failed to note the exact date on this item!] 1925:

     Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Robey moved to town Saturday. They will reside with the latter's mother, Mrs. August Krinning.

6 March 1925:

     Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Erwin and Mrs. Elizabeth Erwin moved into Mrs. Buss' property Saturday.

     [William and Mamie Brandt finally got their divorce.]

27 March 1925

Funeral Services For Well Known Man To Be Held Saturday Afternoon
     Henry Brandt, a well known resident of the county, passed away Thursday at his home two and a half miles northeast of Monticello after a long illness. The deceased was born in German April 20, 1851, and had lived in White county a good many years where he was highly esteemed.
     Funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with the Rev. Keiss of Reynolds in charge. Burial was made in Riverview cemetery.

Ed. note: Most of the notes above are quoted as printed in The White County Democrat, a weekly which was published on Fridays. On rare occasions I make small corrections in the interest of readability. On even rarer occasions, I have been known to make typographical errors, but rest assured, most of the errors appearing in this series are vintage! Notes which appear in brackets have been extracted and summarized in my own words from longer articles and are not direct quotes.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1924

The White County Democrat, Friday, April 11, 1924

4 January 1924:

     Reynolds: Frances Krintz returned to Fort Wayne Monday after spending the week here visiting her father.

     Reynolds: Michael Krintz who has been in poor health for some time, is not expected to live.

     Reynolds: James Firth and George Krintz went to Akron, Ohio Tuesday.

11 January 1924:

     Michael Krintz died January 7, 1924. He was born in Prussia, Germany, October 26, 1836. When a young man he came to this country and went to Wisconsin, but soon moved to Indiana and settled in White county, where he spent the remainder of his life. He has been failing in health for the past years, so that he was almost a cripple. He was making his home with his son, Emil, northeast of town. He was married twice, both of his wives preceding him in death. He was the father of thirteen children, twelve of whom survive, seven boys and five girls. He was buried Wednesday afternoon. Services were held in the St. James Lutheran church, of which the deceased was a member.

     Mrs. Ed Hasselbring of Michigan arrived here Tuesday to attend the funeral of her father, Michael Krintz, who was buried Wednesday.

     Mrs. John Rice and John Krintz, both of North Dakota, came Monday to attend the funeral of their father, Michael Krintz.

     Rev. F. A. Kiess and Paul Hasselbring visited the latter's father, August Hasselbring, who is staying at Delphi at the present  time.   Mr. August Hasselbring has been quite sick, bit it is thot he is on his way of recovery. [sic]

18 January 1924:

     Mrs. Ed Hasselbring returned to her home in Michigan Wednesday after being here for the past week.

     Gus Krintz entertained the following for dinner Sunday at his home: Mr. and Mrs. Emil Krintz, Mr. and Mrs. Will Hasselbring and son, Mrs. John Rice, John Krintz, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Camp and family of Logansport, and his daughter Frances of Fort Wayne.

15 February 1924:

     Mrs. John Rice who has been visiting here for some time returned to her home in North Dakota Sunday.

     Ben Krinning of Wyoming came this week for an extended visit with his father, August Krinning, who is in critical condition.

     Sitka: Ray Wards have gone to their new home in Michigan.

29 February 1924:

     Born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ward Saturday, a baby girl.

     Paul Minnicus and George Krintz went to Gary Tuesday for employment.

28 March 1924:

     Sitka: The Bible class of Sitka Sunday school met with Mrs. Bertha Ward Tuesday of this week.

11 April 1924:

     Pike Creek: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Brandt of Monticello spent Monday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brandt.

18 April 1924:

     Lewis Krintz of Gary came home Friday to attend the funeral of his grandfather, August Krinning.

16 May 1924:

     Will Krintz of Gary was called home Tuesday evening by the serious condition of his sister Clara.

     Mr. and Mrs. Lester Kleyla moved Monday to the farm vacated by Wm. Camp.


     Miss Clara Krintz, who was taken to the Lafayette hospital Tuesday where she underwent an operation, died Wednesday morning. She suffered from peritonitis. Miss Krintz was a very popular young lady. She was born March 5, 1905. She attended the Lutheran parochial school and the past year was a freshman in the local high school. She was a life time member of the Lutheran church, and was well respected in the community.
     Her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Krintz, and four brothers, Will of Gary, George, Elmer and Lloyd, besides other relatives and many friends survive.

23 May 1924:

     Miss Frances Krintz and Mr. and Mrs. Newt Steele of Charleston, Ill., attended the funeral of Clara Krintz Sunday. They returned Tuesday.

13 June 1924:

     Frances Krintz is home for a few weeks vacation after finishing a term of work at the Illinois State Normal school at Charleston, Ill. She will return there next week and take the summer course.

     Gust Krintz shipped a carload of cattle and hogs to Chicago Monday.

20 June 1924:

     R. L. Erwin of Lafayette and C. F. Walters of Battle Ground have purchased the Martin Drug Co. from Earl Martin of Earl Park. R. L. Erwin, a competent registered pharmacist, will operate the new store which will be known as the Walters and Erwin Pharmacy. The new owners extend a cordial invitation to the public to come and get acquainted.

22 August 1924:

     [Frances Krintz will teach 3rd and 4th grades for Honey Creek township schools.]

10 October 1924:

Alleges Husband Was Cruel to Her
     Alleging that her husband was guilty of cruel and inhuman treatment and that on an occasion on September 14, he threatened to throw her into the Tippecanoe river, Mamie Brandt filed suit Friday in the circuit court for a divorce from her husband William Brandt. Glenn R. Slenker is attorney for the plaintiff.  Mrs. Brandt also asks the custody of the two minor children and $1000 alimony. The couple were married November 4th, 1915 and separated September 14, 1924.

31 October 1924:

     Mr. and Mrs. Herman Buss entertained about 75 guests Saturday evening in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary.

7 November 1924:

     Mr. Ralph Erwin and Miss Marjorie Krintz were quietly married at Danville, Ill. last Monday morning by Rev. Ewing of the Methodist church. Mr. Erwin is part owner of the Walters and Erwin Pharmacy. His bride is a popular local girl. Their many friends join in wishing them much happiness.

14 November 1924:

     Mrs. Elizabeth Erwin entertained the following guests Sunday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Erwin who were recently married: Mr. and Mrs. Morris McCarty of Montmorenci, Mr. and Mrs. Ora Dellinger and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rowles and family of Lafayette, and Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Erwin of Reynolds.

21 November 1924:

     [In the first week of court, Emil Krintz filed a claim against the estate of Michael Krintz for expenses incurred in caring for him.]

26 December 1924:

     [In the case of Mamie Brandt vs. Wm. Brandt, the defendant filed a verified petition to modify the former order of the court as to the custody and allowance to the plaintiff for the temporary support of the children and the parties in this action.]

Ed. note: Most of the notes above are quoted as printed in The White County Democrat, a weekly which was published on Fridays. On rare occasions I make small corrections in the interest of readability. On even rarer occasions, I have been known to make typographical errors, but rest assured, most of the errors appearing in this series are vintage! Notes which appear in brackets have been extracted and summarized in my own words from longer articles and are not direct quotes.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1923

The White County Democrat, May 4, 1923

16 February 1923:

     Fred Krintz of the Monticello high school visited school Tuesday.

23 February 1923:

     Emil Krintz shipped a carload of cattle, baby beef, to Chicago Tuesday from the local yards. Hardy Krintz went to Chicago with the cattle.

6 April 1923:

     Will Krintz of Fowler is visiting here this week with relatives and friends.

4 May 1923: See clipping above.

8 June 1923:

     Rhinehart Krintz, of near Reynolds, broke his left ankle Saturday when he fell backwards off a cornplanter and caught his left foot in the machine.

17 August 1923:

     Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Robey entertained the following Sunday at their home for dinner: Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning, B. W. Krinning and family of Spearfish,  South Dakota [here for two weeks], G. E. Krintz and family and Miss Frieda Strantz.

14 September 1923:

Circuit Court Notes
     Claim: William Brandt vs. Guy W. Lee et al, foreclosure of a mechanic's lien. Upon the plaintiff's motion the cause is dismissed and the costs are paid.

28 September 1923:

     Miss Ellen Ward went to Monon Sunday to assist her sister Mrs. Topp with her work.

9 November 1923:

     George Krintz, who has been employed at Flint, Mich., returned home Thursday to stay until after the holidays.

16 November 1923:

     Pike Creek: William Brandt and family called on Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hutton Sunday evening.

23 November 1923:

     [Marjorie Krintz, Ernest Krintz, and Irma Buss were among guests at Frieda Strantz's 17th birthday party the evening of November 20th. Guests enjoyed dainty refreshments, games, and dancing.

28 December 1923:

     Will Krintz of Gary visited Christmas day with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Emil Krintz.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1922

The White County Democrat, July 7, 1922

6 January 1922:

     Mr. and Mrs Emil Krintz visited their son William in Lafayette Wednesday. William Krintz, who underwent an operation last Wednesday is getting along nicely.

13 January 1922:

     Emil Krintz visited his son William in Lafayette Saturday. He said that William was getting along all right.

20 January 1922:

     Ernest Krintz and James Firth came home Sunday from Lafayette where they have been working for the Lion Tire Company.

3 February 1922:

     Frances Krintz went to Fort Wayne last week in order to teach music there in the schools.

     William Krintz, who underwent an operation at the St. Elizabeth hospital several weeks ago, is not regaining his strength very fast. He has not been allowed to sit up yet.

17 February 1922:

     George and William Krintz went to Lafayette Saturday where the latter visited the doctor.

     Sitka: Mrs. Bertha Ward had quite a serious spell with her heart one day last week.

17 March 1922:

     Reynolds: Miss Jennie Brandt of Brookston attended the funeral of Mrs. William Dittman Sunday.

     Including raspberries, blackberries, ever-bearing strawberries, for sale. Amel Krintz, phone 17B, Reynolds, Ind.     ad1712

14 April 1922:

     The high school baseball team elected George Krintz, senior, as captain for this year. George has been a member of the varsity baseball team for several years, pitching or playing 1st or 2nd base. He is also a heavy hitter. The team will probably play one or two games before school closes.

7 July 1922:

     The community club of Reynolds has purchased a new motion picture machine, which will be used Saturdays for showing the free motion picture shows. They also decided to have a Reynolds Day the last Saturday in July, the 29th. Games will be played and an interesting program is ass-ured by the committee in charge. Reynolds will also have a free autoists parking camp, for tourists, in Chas. Buss' grove east of town. Tables and seats will be placed in the grove for the accomodation of tourists.

     Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dahling of Brookston are here for several days this week the guests of their daughter, Mrs. John L. Buss.

     Two carloads of cattle were shipped from the local stockyards to Chicago Wednesday. The cattle belonged to a number of local farmers. Fred Hintzman went to Chicago Thursday morning to sell the cattle.

     Mrs. Nancy Adams returned home Friday after spending a week in Gary visiting her sons, Floyd and Clarence.

     [Also see clipping above.]

25 August 1922:

     August Hasselbring was taken to the St. Elizabeth's hospital at Lafayette Friday. He is in serious condition, suffering from heart trouble and complication diseases.

     Mrs. Henry Hasselbring of Michigan was pleasantly surprised Tuesday evening at the home of Jacob Vogel, the occasion being her birthday. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bardonner, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hasselbring, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Vogel, and Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Vogel and family.

1 September 1922:

     Albert Westfall's are quarantine with scarlet fever. No one is seriously sick however.

     Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hasselbring returned to their home in Michigan after visiting several weeks here with relatives.

     August Hasselbring, who is at the St. Elizabeth's hospital in Lafayette, is getting better and there's a good hope for his recovery.

22 September 1922:

     August Hasselbring, who was sick for several weeks, is able to be about again.

29 September 1922:

     Vernon Lester Kleyla was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Kleyla Monday.

6 October 1922:

     Frances Krintz left Thursday for Fort Wayne where she'll teach music. She taught there last term.

27 October 1922:

     Misses Winona and Alberta Westfall had their tonsils removed last Friday at Rensselaer.

3 November 1922:

Charles Austin Dies of Apoplexy
     Charles Austin died Saturday afternoon about 4 o'clock at his home in this city as a result of apoplexy. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon.

17 November 1922:

     [Mr. and Mrs. George Ward moved to a house bought from August Hasselbring.]

1 December 1922:

     Reynolds: George Krintz and james Firth left Sunday for Akron, Ohio, where they'll work for the Goodrich Rubber Co.

     A family dinner was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. Hannaman Sunday in honor of their grandson Vernon Lester Klyle [sic], who was christened Sunday also.

Ed. note: Most of the notes above are quoted as printed in The White County Democrat, a weekly which was published on Fridays. On rare occasions I make small corrections in the interest of readability. On even rarer occasions, I have been known to make typographical errors, but rest assured, most of the errors appearing in this series are vintage! Notes which appear in brackets have been extracted and summarized in my own words from longer articles and are not direct quotes. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1921

18 February 1921:

     [In the divorce case of William C. Brandt and Mamie Brandt, upon the plaintiff's motion, this cause is dismissed. Plaintiff to pay court costs.]

     Henry Brandt, who resides on South Bluff street, was arrested Thursday on the affadavit of his wife who alleged non-support, and was taken before Justice E. G. Smith where he was bound over to the circuit court. He was released under $250 bond. Mr. Brandt is employed as a taxi driver by Chas. Timmons. The plaintiff is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Reprogle who reside on North Dewey street.

25 February 1921:

     Sitka: Mrs. J. F. Ward bought a milk cow at the Timmons sale Tuesday and in trying to drive her away the cow fell, breaking a front leg.

     Reynolds: Marie Krintz and family of Logansport visited here Saturday and Sunday.

13 May 1921:

     Reynolds: Ernest Krintz and Jack Chaffee left Thursday for South Bend where they will seek employment.

3 June 1921:

     Sitka: Lewis Ward took in the races at Indy this week.

21 October 1921:

     Sitka: A son arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ward last Friday.

4 November 1921:

     William Topp of Monon, who is employed as a brakeman, and Gertrude Ward, daughter of Mrs. Jewell Ward of near this city, were  married Tuesday evening about 5:30 o'clock by the Rev. Elvin Daniels at the Christian parsonage.

25 November 1921:
     Sitka: Lewis Ward, who has been at home for a few days, returned to Logansport Tuesday evening. He is working with Contractor Wickersham on a school building south of Logansport.

9 December 1921:

Henry Brandt Pleads Guilty - Fined $5 and Costs
     Henry Brandt Jr. of this city, charged in the White circuit court with assault and battery, appeared before Judge Carr Friday and waived arraignment,  entering a plea of guilty. He was fined five dollars and costs by the court.

30 December 1921:

     William Krintz of Fowler is here spending a few days at his brothers Gus and Emil Krintz.

     William Krintz was taken to Lafayette Tuesday where he was immediately operated on for rupture of the appendix. His father and brother George, Fred Hintzman and Bert Snyder accompanied him.

     Reynolds: Emil Krintz came back from Lafayette Tuesday evening and brot back word the William Krintz had gone through the operation all right. [sic]

Ed. note: Most of the notes above are quoted as printed in The White County Democrat, a weekly which was published on Fridays. On rare occasions I make small corrections in the interest of readability. On even rarer occasions, I have been known to make typographical errors, but rest assured, most of the errors appearing in this series are vintage! Notes which appear in brackets have been extracted and summarized in my own words from longer articles and are not direct quotes.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1920

2 January 1920:

    Floyd Adams of Gary spent Christmas with his mother, Mrs. Nancy Adams.

    Leonard Camp and family of Logansport came Tuesday to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Camp.

    Mrs. Arthur Robey of Sheldon, Ill., spent Christmas week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning.

16 January 1920:

    May Rice, who has been visiting friends and relatives here, returned Thursday to her home in Sheldon, N. Dakota.  William Krintz accompanied her as far as Chicago.

23 January 1920:

    Mr. and Mrs. John Criswell, who have been quite sick, are better.

30 January 1920:

     Word reaches us that Jewel F. Ward who is now in Arizona is in quite a serious condition.

6 February 1920:

     Sitka: There have been two exciting hunting expeditions in our neighborhood recently. As a result of the first Miss Lila Ward captured a live, full grown, handsome Baer on Wednesday of last week. They will reside on a farm near Sitka. Second, Chas. Hutton captured a live ground hog weighing 9 pounds. Anyone wishing to see this specimen can do so by calling at his home. This one came to stay. Chas. is the happiest he has been for several years.

20 February 1920:


     Mrs. Charles Austin of West Hanawalt St. developed smallpox last Friday, and her children were in school throughout that day. Resulting from this possible indirect exposure, all pupils in the Third and Fifth grades are required to be either vaccinated else remain from school for fourteen days from Friday last.

12 March 1920:

     Reynolds Rt. 1: Misses Marjorie Krintz and Ellen Connell of Reynolds were the Tuesday night guests of Miss Edith Sharkey.

26 March 1920:


     Jewell F. Ward died at Phoenix, Arizona Monday morning. He leaves a wife and fourteen children all living in this county.

     Monticello Rt 3-4: The body of Jewel Ward, who formerly lived near Sitka, will be brought here from Arkansas [sic] for burial.

     High School Notes: The boys of Reynolds High School have organized a baseball team and would like to play any other team in the county. George Krintz was elected captain of the team.

9 April 1920:

     Paul Ward traded the G. E. Krintz property, which he had recently purchased, to Robert Cearing, for the property where he now lives. This adjoins the lots which Mr. Ward recently purchased of J. W. Gardner, making quite a large space for the building he is going to erect for the Rumley line of machinery. Mr. Cearing will remodel the Krintz house before he moves there.

     Wm Scowden and family moved to their new house Tuesday. The house is entirely finished. They have been living in the G. Krintz property.

7 May 1920:

     ALUMNI BANQUET. The Alumni Banquet for the graduating class was given Saturday night. The banquet was held in the D. S. room, and the decorations which had been put up for the Junior's  reception were used. Mr. William Scearcy presided as toast master and responses were given by Clemen Heimlich, Mrs. Anna Rector, Miss Kathleen Ward, Rhienehart Krintz, Waldema Heimlich, Miss Luella Geier, Mr. Payne, Mr. Reynolds, and Mr. Lambert. About fifty people were present and the affair was a complete success. [sic]

     FOR SALE — Some Belgian hares. — Fred Krintz, R. 5, Monticello.

14 May 1920:

     Reynolds and Honey Creek Township: 157 head of live stock were shipped from here to Chicago Tuesday, requiring five cars. Ralph Weakman shipped 22 cattle and 51 hogs; Gust Krintz 24 cattle; Matthew Vogel 19 cattle and 31 hogs.

The White County Democrat, May 14, 1920

21 May 1920:

The White County Democrat, May 21, 1920

4 June 1920:

     Arthur Robey sold his entire farming equipment near Sheldon, Ill., last Monday and has moved his household goods here with his father-in-law, August Krinning.

18 June 1920:

     Charles Klouck, who is employed at the Cain meat market, and Edward Klouck, who is employed as a cigar maker at the Anheier cigar factory, have filed their petitions for naturalization. Their declarations of intentions were filed May 6, 1918. They were born in Germany and came to the United States in October, 1885.

     Mrs. Nancy Adams had her house wired for electric service this week.

2 July 1920:

     Reynolds and Honey Creek Township: Mrs. Herman Buss went to Anselm, N. Dak. Thursday for an extended visit with John Rice [sic] and family who formerly lived here.

     August Krinning had the misfortune to fall from a cherry tree while picking cherries last week, spraining his ankle severely. He has been able to go about with the assistance of crutches. Mr. Krinning is about 75 years old.

9 July 1920:

     The Ladies Guild will meet at the home of Mrs. Arthur Robey Thursday afternoon, July 15th. The assistant hostesses will be Misses Frances Krintz, Miss Verna Wheeler and Mrs. Harold Cooper. Miss Linnie Best, White Co. Red Cross Nurse will be present at this meeting and address the company. A cordial invitation is extended to all.

16 July 1920:

     Ed Hasselbring of Lemon, South Dakota, came Wednesday for a few days visit with relatives.

     Bertha Hasselbring of East Dephi was the guest of H. G. Grieger and family Monday and Tuesday.

23 July 1920:

     Ed Hasselbring of South Dakota spent last week visiting friends and relatives here, at Chalmers and near Delphi. Mr. Hasselbring came here from Michigan where he has been for three days looking over a farm which he expects to buy.

30 July 1920:

     Miss Jennie Davis surprised her many friends last week by announcing her marriage to Roy Lawrie of Monticello. They were married at Rensselaer, July 15th.

     Mr. and Mrs. Lorn Davis had as their guests Sunday the following: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Talbutt and son Clayton, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lawrie, Gertrude Ward and Bertha Davis.

     REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS: Bertha E. Ward et vir to William A. Tillett et ux: lots 98, 99 and N½ 97 Barr's add. Monticello, $2000.

6 August 1920:

     Ethel Van Voorst of Indianapolis, who has been visiting her former teacher Miss Bertha Bostick, and at the home of Gust Krintz, is visiting friends here this week.

13 August 1920:

     William C. Brandt vs. Mamie Brandt, for divorce. The couple were married on Oct. 4, 1916, and separated on Aug. 9, 1920. The complaint alleges cruel and inhuman treatment. The plaintiff is seeking the custody of their child, Waneata, who is now three years old. Mr. and Mrs. Brandt resided on North Main street.

     Mrs. Charles Klouck and her niece, Miss Louise St. Claire of Michigan City, visited in Reynolds Saturday.

     Monticello Rt. 3-4: Mr. Ellis Baer gave his threshing crew quite a treat. He butchered a hog the morning they threshed so they were treated to fresh pork. Mrs. Lila Baer, Mrs. Claude Jenkins, Mrs. McCloud, and Mrs. Bessie McOwen helped Mrs. Ellis Baer with her threshing dinner.

1 October 1920:

     [August Krinning filed his declaration of intention to become an American citizen during the past few days. He was born in Germany and arrived here in 1854.]

15 October 1920:

     William Krintz made a business trip to Indianapolis Saturday, returning Monday.

22 October 1920:

     Louis Krintz and Clarence Adams went to Indianapolis Monday to have their eyes tested.

3 December 1920:


     A party was given Friday evening November 26th in honor of the Reynolds High School Basket Ball Champs by their lady friends at the home of Miss Margaret Krintz, her sister, Miss Frances, acting as assistant hostess. The evening was enjoyably spent playing delightful mirth provoking games. Dainty refreshments were served and the guests departed with merry adieus.

10 December 1920:

     Mrs. Herman C. Buss and son of Anselm, N. Dak. and mother from Chaffee, N. Dak. visited with Mrs. Herman L. Buss from Friday until Sunday.

17 December 1920:

     [The Brandt divorce case is set for Mon., Feb. 17, 1921 with Judge B. F. Carr.]

     Arthur Robey, who suffered a broken ankle when he stepped from a load of corn recently is improving.

     Monticello Rt. 3-4: Harry Harmon returned to his home in Montana Sunday. He had been shucking corn on the prairie near Brookston for Fred Criswell.

Ed. note: Most of the notes above are quoted as printed in The White County Democrat, a weekly which was published on Fridays. On rare occasions I make small corrections in the interest of readability. On even rarer occasions, I have been known to make typographical errors, but rest assured, most of the errors appearing in this series are vintage! Notes which appear in brackets have been extracted and summarized in my own words from longer articles and are not direct quotes.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1919

The White County Democrat, February 21, 1919

3 January 1919:

     An eight o'clock dinner was served in honor of Louis Krintz at the home of his parents near Smithson. Mr. Krintz was home on a six days furlough and returned to Camp Knox last Sunday noon. Those present at the dinner were: Howard Beasy, Randall Josserand, Nathan Ward, Lee Miller, Arthur Robey, Reinhard Krintz, Herbert Heimlich and Walter Heimlich.

     Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dahling, of Brookston, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Buss Sunday.

     John A. Adams has succeeded R. E. Powell as the agent for the Rawleigh Medicine Co., of Freeport, Ill. He will travel by Ford equipment.

10 January 1919:

     [Reynolds Methodist Church Notes: Rinehart Krintz was voted assistant secretary and Frances Krintz is in charge of supply for Sunday school classes 1 and 2.]

17 January 1919:

Mrs. Caleb Baer
     Mrs. Caleb Baer, one of the well known women of Idaville, died Sunday evening. She has been ailing all winter, dropsy being the cause of her death. The deceased was a woman of about sixty-eight years of age, and had lived near Idaville for over twenty-five years. She is survived by her husband, four daughters and two sons. One daughter, Mrs. Fred Snapp, resides in Monticello, Mrs. Sylvia Tam resides in Idaville, Mrs. Effie Heiny in Colorado, and Mrs Tyna Jones in Nebraska. Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Heiny were called here by the serious illness of their mother, Mrs. Jones coming last week and Mrs. Heiny not arriving until after her mother's death.
     One son, Ellis Baer resides north of Monticello, and the other son, Floyd Baer, is with the One Hundred and Thirty-Seventh Field Artillery Regiment at Indianapolis.


     Indiana has ratified the amendment to the Constitution of the United States making the nation dry, the Senate voting 41 to 6 Monday, and the House 37 to 11 Tuesday. Indiana was the twenty-fifth state to take this step and five more have ratified since so that only one more is required to insure the amendment.

24 January 1919:

     Arthur Roby and wife spent Sunday with John Marnitz and family, in the country.

7 February 1919:

     Louis Krintz, who has been at Camp Taylor, Ky., returned home Thursday, having received his discharge from the army.

7 February 1919 continued:

     Chalmers RFD: Mrs. Arthur Roby is just recovering from the flu.
     Arthur Robey and wife are planning to leave for their new home near Sheldon, Ill., Thursday. We wish them success in their new location.

28 February 1919:

     Fred Krinning and family of Evelith, Minnesota, are here this week visiting his parents and other relatives.

21 March 1919:

     A declaration of intention of becoming an American citizen has been filed by William Henry Louis Hasselbring, a native of Germany. Mr. Hasselbring was born in Mecklenburg, Germany, March 12, 1872 and emigrated to this country from Haumburg on the vessel Lessie. He landed in New York in November 1882 and is at present residing on a farm near Chalmers.

11 April 1919:

     Ray Ward has a new Overland five-passenger car.

25 April 1919:

     Julius Herman Wandrei, a farmer residing near Reynolds, has filed his declaration of intention of becoming an American citizen with the county clerk. Mr. Wandrei was born in Posen, Germany, January 3, 1873 and came to this country from Bremen, twenty-seven years ago. He arrived in Baltimore, Maryland on March 25, 1892.

     Miss Frances Krintz finished a very successful term of school last Friday at the Spinn school.

    George Krintz is acting in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."

2 May 1919:

     [Regarding the play]   The costumes will be those which were used in the Shakespearean age and have been rented from a theatrical house and will be worn by the actors. This feature of the play alone will be well worth your time and money.

     Mrs. Gust Krintz has been very ill for the past week with heart trouble. Mrs. Arthur Robey of Sheldon, Ill., has been here with her sister since Monday.

9 May 1919:

     [High school commencement will be held Saturday, May 10, at 8:30 p.m. There will be six students graduating, three who began as freshmen four years ago in a class of 24. Three were members of last year's class who were obliged to miss one year of school because of work and other duties. William Krintz was one of these.]

16 May 1919:

     Mr. Krinning attended the funeral of his brother-in-law, Mr. Rainier, at Brookston Tuesday. [George A. Rainier, husband of Emma C. and father of Alfred P. Rainier]

     A. G. Krintz was taken to Rochester, Minn., Sunday where he [sic] will undergo an operation at the Mayo hospital.

23 May 1919:

     A telegram was received here Friday from Floyd Adams stating that he had landed safely in this country and would soon be on his way to Camp Mills.

23 May 1919:

     Mrs. Beacle, of Flint, Mich., is caring for her sister, Mrs. Ray Ward, and son.

30 May 1919:

     Mrs. Julius Wandrei of Logansport was here Wednesday morning decorating her former husband's grave.

The White County Democrat, May 30, 1919

6 June 1919:

    A telegram was received here last week stating that there was little hope for the recovery of
Mrs. Gust Krintz, who was taken to the Mayo hospital to undergo an operation for goitre. Later word received stated that the goitre had been ligatured and that she was getting along as well as could be expected.

    Reynolds: Ben Krinning of Hewlitt, Wyoming came Tuesday for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning. Mr. Krinning left here 18 years ago and this is his first visit home.

13 June 1919:

     Ben Krinning and his daughter Marjorie, who have been visiting the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning, returned to their home in Hewlitt, Wyoming, Tueday.

    Floyd Adams arrived home from Camp Mills where he has been stationed since his arrival from overseas.

    Word has been received here that Mrs. August Krintz, who is at the Mayo Sanitarium at Rochester, Minn., has undergone a second operation.

4 July 1919:


    A divorce suit has been filed in the White Circuit court: Mrs. Mamie Brandt is made the plaintiff and her husband, William C. Brandt, the defendant. The complaint alleges cruel and inhuman treatment.
    The couple were married on November 4, 1916 and separated June 26, 1919. To this union was born one child, Waneata Mae, two years old, of whom Mrs. Brandt asks the custody. She also asks $3000 alimony and $50 a month for the support and all other relief of the child.

11 July 1919:

    Mrs. J. Ward and Miss Gertrude and Dale Ward attended all day services at the Baptist church at Perrysburg Sunday.

18 July 1919:

    Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Krintz returned home from Rochester, Minn., Wednesday, where Mrs. Krintz has been undergoing treatment for goitre. She has had a second ligation and in about three months expects to return and have her goitre removed.

25 July 1919:

    Rev. E. M. Kuonen, who has been with the YMCA in France, arrived home last week. [He'll preach at the M. E. church Sunday.]

    [The Goodyear blimp crashed in Chicago.]

  The White County Democrat, August 8, 1919

[?] August 1919:

     J. F. Ward has a new Chevrolet 2-ton truck.

12 September 1919:

     Notes from the White Circuit Court: Mamie Brandt vs. William C. Brandt for divorce and alimony, dismissed at the plaintiff's costs.

19 September 1919:

     Lewis Ward who has been in the service received his discharge and arrived home Sunday morning.

3 October 1919:

     Jewel F. Ward started for Arizona Tuesday where he will spent [sic] the winter, hoping that his health may be benefitted.

24 October 1919:

     Ray Ward is building a barn on the Hornbeck farm.

     Mrs. Jewel Ward received word from her husband that his condition is much worse than when he left here. She started Sunday to join him in North Carolina and if she finds him able for the trip they will start for Arizona next Thursday.

    [E. and G. Krintz continue to play basketball.]

7 November 1919:

     Mrs. Fred Dahling's condition is reported as being better.

14 November 1919:

     Three car loads of tile arrived Monday for Louis Snyder.

     Henry Dahling of Brookston spent Sunday with his daughter, Mrs. John Buss. Mrs. Dahling has been here for two weeks' visiting.

     About three weeks ago Ben Ward, who works for Aaron Farney, while whiping [sic] a horse with a willow switch, had the misfortune to have the switch break, one end striking him in the eye. He has had the eye treated by specialists but is not able to see yet.

     A car of crushed stone arrived Tuesday for the town and is being distributed where it is needed most.

14 November 1919:

 The White County Democrat, November 14, 1919

We extend our thanks to our neighbors and friends for the many kindnesses shown us during our recent bereavement, and also for the beautiful floral offerings.

21 November 1919:


     Louis Krintz had a very painful and un-usual accident last Saturday morning while on his way to the barn to do his morning chores. On the day before he had picked burrs out of a horse's mane with his gloves on and one of the burrs stuck to his glove. Then the next morning it being a little dark yet he did not notice the burr on his glove when he rubbed it across his right eye, leaving a good portion of the burr in that member. Louis went to Lafayette to Dr. Clayton, who removed seventeen stickers from his eye lid and eyeball.

28 November 1919:

     The latest  report  which  reaches  us  from  J. F. Ward is that he is not improving as rapidly as had been hoped. His wife is still with him.

19 December 1919:

     Mrs. Emil Krintz and son returned to their home in Reynolds Monday morning after a visit with the former's mother, Mrs. Charles Klouck.

26 December 1919:

     Joseph Ward of near Sitka was arrested last Thursday by Deputy Game Warden Randall and Deputy Emonds for hunting without a license. He was taken before Justice E. G. Smith where he was found guilty, and fined. His fine and costs amounted to $20.35.

Ed. note: Most of the notes above are quoted as printed in The White County Democrat, a weekly which was published on Fridays. On rare occasions I make small corrections in the interest of readability. On even rarer occasions, I have been known to make typographical errors, but rest assured, most of the errors appearing in this series are vintage! Notes which appear in brackets have been extracted and summarized in my own words from longer articles and are not direct quotes.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1918

          January 18, 1918                                                February 1, 1918        

4 January:

     Miss Gertrude Ward, who is working in Monticello, spent last week with her sister, Mrs. Loren Davis, of this place.

11 January:

     [Draft classifications: Joseph Raymond Ward 262-2; William Carl Brandt 411-4.]

25 January:

     Sitka: Loren Davis and wife took supper with Mr. and Mrs. Alvis Hutton Tuesday.

     Miss Gertrude Ward visited last week with home folks.

     Ray Ward has been confined to his home since Friday and is quite seriously sick.

     Mrs. Ollie Beech of Flint, Mich., who was called here on account of the death of her mother, Mrs. Jennie Hornbeck, will remain for an indefinite visit with her sister, Mrs. Clara Ward.

     [Grade averages for the first four months of school:  Frances Krintz, senior, is  fourth in her class with 93.6. Eighth grader George Krintz scored 89 on his exams, third in his class. Marjorie Krintz was third in the seventh grade class with 87.]

     We desire to thank our friends and neighbors for the kindness and sympathy shown to us in our bereavement.
William T. Hornbeck and children,
Earl Hornbeck, Bessie E. Hornbeck,
and Clara Ward

1 February:

     [White county wants to take advantage of a government offer for a Home Demonstration Agent. It will cost $100, $8-10 from Honey Creek township, which is 10¢ per homemaker.]

1 March:

     Misses Lila and Gertrude Ward spent Sunday with their sister, Mrs. Loren Davis.

     [A new Krintz, William, is on the high school basketball team. He's doing well.
     Grade averages for the fifth month of school: William Krintz is at the top of the junior class with 92.4. Senior Frances Krintz is third in her class with 94.5.]

8 March:

     Loren Davis, who has been employed as janitor at the schoolhouse, moved Wednesday to his father's farm, north of Sitka. His brother Lloyd, who occupied the farm, goes to Remington to enter business there.

15 March:

      [Leslie Paschen won a state essay contest.]

22 March:

     Sitka: Mr. and Mrs. Lorn Davis are the proud parents of a baby girl born Monday.

29 March:

The White County Democrat, March 29, 1918
12 April:

     Sitka: Lon Davis [sic], wife and daughter, Velma Janette, visited with Mr. and Mrs. Alvus Hutton Sunday.

     The Ladies Social Guild will meet at the home of Mrs. W.P. Cooper on Thursday afternoon April 18th. Mrs. Cooper will be assisted in entertaining by Mrs. G. A. Krintz and Mrs. Bert Snyder. A cordial invitation is extended  to all.

     [Last Sunday a meeting was held in the Presbyterian church in Buffalo in honor of boys in the service. Twenty-one were honored including Lewis Ward in Mt. Clemens, Mich.]

     Misses Gertrude Ward, Muriel Walther, and Jennie Davis spent Sunday with the Harrison girls.

     [Frances E. Krintz will graduate with four others. Her seventh month average is 95.6.]

3 May:

     Sitka: Gertrude Ward is spending this week with home folks.

     Mrs. Leanord [sic] Camp of Logansport visited last week at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Gus Krintz.

May 17, 1918                                                      May 31, 1918     

24 May:

     Sitka: Miss Lila Ward went to Reynolds this week for an indefinite stay with her aunt.

     Rinehart Krintz went to Gary Sunday evening to take up a position in the steel mills.

31 May:

     Mrs. E. M. Kuonen and children of Ambia were guests last week of the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning.

     Floyd Adams of Gary was here Friday evening until Sunday. He was taken in the draft on Monday of this week and came beforehand for another visit with his parents.

7 June:

     The Sitka church dedicated a service flag Sunday night in honor of the three boys who have gone to the colors from this church. They were Lewis Ward, Ira Criswell and John Rector.
     Misses Anna Blunk and Frances Krintz left Tuesday for Greencastle where they will enter DePauw university for the summer course.

14 June:

     Rinehart Krintz was home from Gary Sunday.

28 June:

     Miss Gertrude Ward, who has been working at Geo. Lowe's the past year, is home for an indefinite stay.

12 July:

     Sitka: Miss Jennie Davis is working for Mrs. Fred Criswell of west of Monticello.

     A new daughter has arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Criswell of near Monticello. Mrs. Criswell was formerly Miss Viola Ward.

 The White County Democrat, July 12, 1918

19 July:

     Sitka: Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ward and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Conger called on Fred Criswell and family Sunday.

     Lila Ward, who has been at Reynolds the past month, is home for an indefinite stay.

     Edison Smith, who is in the navy, stationed at Long Island, was home on a furlough last week and spent a part of it at the home of Jewell Ward.

     Sitka: Mr. and Mrs. Marrel Sluyter visited Sunday with Lorn Davis and family.

     Louis W. Krintz of Smithson is registered. Class 1, no. 29. [As of July 19, he is up first to be called.]

26 July:

     Sitka: Miss Lila Ward is assisting her sister, Mrs. Fred Criswell, with her housework this week.

     Chalmers RFD 1: Mrs. Arthur Roby visited with Mrs. Guss Martin Tuesday.

     [Miss Frances Krintz will be teaching at the Spinn school in the fall.]

9 August:

     Henry Brandt, a farmer of Union township, has filed his declaration of intention of becoming an American citizen. He was born April 20, 1861, and came to the United States October 16, 1874.

23 August:

     Misses Frances Krintz and Anna Blunk returned home Wednesday from Greencastle where they have just completed the summer term at DePauw University.

30 August:

     [Louis Walter Krintz was among the first nine men called from the 1918 enlistment class. He was sent to Camp Zachary Taylor, Kentucky.]

13 September:

     Mrs. E. M. Kuonen and children of Ambia have come here to make their home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning. Rev. Kuonen is doing YMCA work overseas.

20 September:

     Mrs. Raymond Ward is visiting relatives and friends in Flint and Kalamazoo, Mich.

27 September:

     Mr. and Mrs. Jewell F. Ward have received word that their son, Corporal Lewis W. Ward of the 828th Aero Squadron has arrived safely overseas.

     [Reynolds basketball team won its first game against Monon 29-12, with G. Krintz playing forward and W. Krintz as guard.]

4 October:


     Two aeroplanes were seen to pass over the town of Reynolds about four p.m. last Sunday afternoon. They came from the north and pursued their route south passing directly over the town. Just where they came from and where they were going is not known. They seemed to be about 1500 feet high and the sight was witnessed by many local people.

11 October:

     Sitka: Ray Ward was a Lafayette caller Monday.

     [Sitka: Lorn Davis is suffering from the influenza epidemic.]

25 October:

     Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brandt north of Monticello are both very ill with influenza.

6 November:


     Mrs. Theodore Zarse of near Chalmers died Monday afternoon at 1:15 o'clock after an illness of only several days from influenza. The deceased was about thirty years old, and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brandt of Monticello. She leaves a husband, two small boys, her parents, and two brothers, Wm. Brandt and Henry Brandt, and one sister, Mrs. Clarence Hutton.

15 November:

    World War Is Virtualy Over [sic]

     [Grand jurors selected for the November court term included Henry Brandt Sr.]

22 November:

     About forty-five attended the B.Y.P.U. Social and business meeting held at Guy Ginn's Saturday night. [Lila Ward was elected secretary for the coming year.]

     [Grade averages: With 93.8, William Krintz was first among the seniors, while George Krintz was third in the freshman class with 94.6.]

29 November:



     Now that the war is over, those who helped to bring it to a successful close will begin to be given some reward or recognition for the work they have done. The Boys Working Reserve was speedily gaining in strength as the war progressed because these boys were gradually taking over the work that older men had left in order to go to the service. In another year it would have been as strong an organization here and would have played as important a part in home defense as they have in Canada where they have been absolutely indispensable.
     That a great deal of work was accomplished in White county by these boys will be evidenced by the names listed below who are entitled to wear the Bronze Badge of the organization. In order to merit this badge they must have worked at least 36 days on the farm during the summer or 60 days in an industrial enterprise.
     [A long list follows. Included are George Carl Krintz, William Henry Krintz, Carl Henry Dittman, Roy Burget, Cleo Raymond Davis, and many others.]

27 December:

     Louis Krintz, who is at Camp Taylor, returned last Monday morning on a six day furlough. Army life  seems to have agreed with him, as he has gained 34 pounds since he left.

Ed. note: Most of the notes above are quoted as printed in The White County Democrat, a weekly which was published on Fridays. On rare occasions I make small corrections in the interest of readability. On even rarer occasions, I have been known to make typographical errors, but rest assured, most of the errors appearing in this series are vintage! Notes which appear in brackets have been extracted and summarized in my own words from longer articles and are not direct quotes.    

Friday, December 05, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1917

The White County Democrat, April 20, 1917

5 January:

     Reynolds: Mrs. Gus Krintz went to Logansport last week to visit her daughter, Mrs. Len Camp, who has been ill.

12 January:

     Sitka: Miss Lita [sic] Ward has gone for a two week's visit with her sister, Mrs. Fred Criswell, near Chalmers.

     [A Krintz is playing forward on the Reynolds basketball team, of which he is captain.]

19 January:

     Mrs. Gus Krintz is recovering from blood poisoning on one of her hands.

26 January:

     Sitka: Miss Lila Ward returned home Saturday from a two weeks' visit with her sister Mrs. Fred Criswell and family of near Chalmers.

16 February:

     Sitka: J. F. Ward was around taking orders for fertilizer Monday afternoon.

     [Reynolds: Junior Frances Krintz (93.2) and senior Rinehart Krintz (91.2) were again among those with the highest grades at school.]

16 March:

     W. N. Steele, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Davis of Headlee, and Wm. Shuey of Williamsport were guests Sunday of the former's [Shuey's] daughter, Mrs. Harry Wilcoxin and husband.

     Sitka: Mr. and Mrs. Lorn Davis moved to a farm near Wolcott last week. Miss Jennie Davis accompanied them, returning home Sunday.

30 March:

     [These remarks are from paragraphs 2 and 5 of an update on last year's tornado.]
     The storm occurred at about 10 o'clock on the night of Tuesday, March 21, and the following morning when daylight came a woeful sight was revealed. The storm was followed the next morning by a regular March blizzard and the day was very cold and disagreeable.
     Mrs. Jewell Ward, residing out near Sitka, her husband Jewell Ward, Arnold Lucy and Mrs. Lucy, residing on route 4, were all badly injured and were invalids for a considerable time, but all recovered.

The White County Democrat, April 6, 1917

6 April:

     L. R. Snyder is confined to his home with the measles and has been in a serious condition.

20 April:

     Sitka: Dale Ward has been quite poorly with complications resulting from the measles.

27 April:

     [Reynolds High School will graduate seven students including Rinehart Krintz on Thursday, May 3.]

4 May:

     [High School Notes listed the highest averages for the 8th month of school. They included senior Rinehart Krintz at the top of his class with 94.2. He was also class president and had enjoyed a successful year on the basketball team. Junior Frances Krintz was also at the top of her class with 96.8, and sophomore William Krintz was third in his class with 93.5.]

11 May:

     Miss Lila Ward who has been working in Monticello is spending a few days with home folks.

     Dale Ward is sufficiently recovered to be able to be out the last few days.

18 May:

     [August Krinning was on two committees for joint flag-raising and Decoration Day exercises: Flags and Marking Graves and the committee to procure and locate a flagpole.]

25 May:

     Floyd Adams, a student at Northwestern University, was in Reynolds from Saturday until Monday visiting at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Adams, before leaving for overseas duty. Floyd is a member of the university ambulance corps which leaves the United States for service in France next week.

1 June:

     Sitka: Lewis Ward, who has been working with the contracting firm of Baker and Price on the new school at Ambia, Ind., spent the week-end with home folks.

8 June:

     Edwin Heimlich and Louis Ward of Logansport spent Saturday night and Sunday at the home of the former's parents. Mr. Ward was on his way to Ambia where he is employed.

6 July:

     Mr. and Mrs. Jewell Ward of Sitka and Mr. and Mrs. Newton Steele of Charleston, Ill., visited last Friday with Mr. and Mrs. Gus Krintz of Smithson.

     Rinehart Krintz came home from Gary Tuesday evening where he had been working in the steel mills.

The White County Democrat, July 6, 1917

13 July:

     [A front page report says 80 of 110 people in Reynolds and Honey Creek who registered to vote were women.]

     Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krinning and family motored here from their home in Eveleth, Minn., arriving Monday evening, to visit the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning, and other relatives. Mrs. Gus Krintz, of Smithson, who has been visiting there for the past several weeks, returned home with them.

20 July:

     Sitka: Fred Criswell and family of south of Monticello attended the social Saturday night. They were accompanied by Mrs. Criswell's sister and her husband who will remain for a short visit.

     Rev. and Mrs. E. M. Kuonon of Ambia visited Monday at the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning.

27 July:

     Lewis Ward spent Sunday with home folks.

3 August:

     Lewis Ward and Edwin Heimlich of Logansport spent Saturday night and Sunday here visiting.

     Floyd Adams of Evanston, Ill., and Clarence Adams of Gary visited from Saturday until Monday at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Adams.

10 August:

     Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krinning and family left Tuesday morning by motor for their home in Eveleth, Minn., after an extended visit here with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning, and other relatives. The party was accompanied as far as Chicago by Rev. and Mrs. E. M. Kuonon, of Ambia, the latter being sister of Mrs. Krinning.

17 August:

     Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Ward and daughter Gertrude, Lorn Davis and wife, and Lewis Ward attended camp meeting at Battle Ground Sunday.

     Lorn Davis and wife have moved into the Logan Hughes property west of Sitka.

31 August:


     Robert Camp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Camp, died at their home in Logansport Sunday morning at six o'clock. The child, one of twins, was a little over eight months old, and was a victim of cholera infantum.
     The body was brought to Reynolds Tuesday noon and funeral services were held at two o'clock from the home of Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning, great grandparents of the child. Rev. Heimburger had charge of the services. Interment was made in the Bunnell cemetery.
     The parents of the child are both well known in the county. The father is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Camp, and the mother is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Krintz of Smithson.

7 September:

     We wish to express our sincere thanks to those who so kindly assisted at the funeral of our darling little boy.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Camp
217 Cicott St., Logansport

14 September:

     [The high school reports that there will be 21 freshmen, 11 sophomores, 7 juniors and 7 seniors this year. Some will start in a few weeks.]

28 September:

     Misses Gertrude Ward and Jennie Davis spent Saturday and Sunday with Lorn Davis and wife.

5 October:

     [Frances Krintz was elected class vice president and secretary of the High School Athletic Association.]

     Mrs. M. E. Quonon [sic] and children of Ambia motored here Saturday to visit with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning. They returned Monday evening.

12 October:

     [Eighth grader George Krintz had a 95 average, second in his class.]

26 October:

     Wm. Krentz of Fowler visited relatives here Saturday and Sunday.

     Mrs. E. M. Kuonen of Ambia visited at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning, last Friday.

16 November:

     Sitka: Miss Alta Davis entertained the following guests Sunday in honor of her 20th birthday: Misses Sadie Criswell, Ruth Wickersham, Gertrude and Lida [sic] Ward, Agnes Hughes, Jessie and Muriel Walther, Jennie Davis, and Messrs. Wm. Talbutt, Louie Lantz, Marrel Sluyter & Joe Cowger.

     Mrs. Jennie Ashley of Monticello spent Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning.

     [The high school reported the highest averages for the second month of school: junior William Krentz was third in his class with 86.2; senior Frances Krintz was second in her class with 95.

23 November:

     Lewis Ward spent Sunday with home folks.

7 December:

     Lewis Ward, who has been working as carpenter with Baker and Price contractors, spent Thanksgiving with home folks. He left Monday for Indianapolis where he has enlisted as carpenter with the aviation corps.

     Floyd Adams of Gary visited last Thursday and Friday at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Adams.

14 December:

     [An Epworth League was organized at a meeting at the Methodist Church last Friday evening. Louis Krintz was elected treasurer.]

21 December:

     Sitka: Earl Hornbeck and family moved to Monticello Wednesday where he will take the management of the Chase automobile service station. Mr. and Mrs. Loren Davis have moved into the house vacated by Mr. Hornbeck. Mr. Davis is acting as janitor of the schoolhouse since Mr. Hornbeck left.

     [High school averages for the third month: William Krentz is second in the junior class with 85; senior Frances Krintz is third in her class with 94.4.]

    [Notes from the M. E. church indicate that Rinehart Krintz was elected secretary of the Sunday school board for 1918; asst. superintendent, Mrs. John Adams.
     Epworth League will meet Friday evening at 7:00; Lewis Krintz will lead.
     The installation of  the Sunday school board was postponed due to weather; meetings can't be held in the church due to fuel shortage.]

Ed. note: Most of the notes above are quoted as printed in The White County Democrat, a weekly which was published on Fridays. On rare occasions I make small corrections in the interest of readability. On even rarer occasions, I have been known to make typographical errors, but rest assured, most of the errors appearing in this series are vintage! Notes which appear in brackets have been extracted and summarized in my own words from longer articles and are not direct quotes.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1916 (Part 2)

 7 January:

     Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Roby entertained a number of young people at their house southwest of town on last Thursday evening. The trip out and back was made in sleds, and that, with the party, made a very enjoyable evening for the guests.

17 March:

     Mrs. Leonard Camp and children of Goodland are here visiting at the home of the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Krintz, and other relatives.

24 March:

The White County Democrat, 24 March 1916

     For front page coverage of the March 21 tornado, see: Notes from The White County Democrat, 1916 (Part 1)

31 March:

    Mrs. M. E. Kuonen of Burnettsville visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning, Monday.

14 April:

     [At a high school inter-class track meet, J. Krentz took 2nd place in low hurdles, and 3rd place in the 440 yard dash.]

     [At 9:30 next (Palm) Sunday at the Lutheran church, Rev. J. H. Lindhorst will confirm several boys and girls, including George Krintz. First Communion will take place Easter Sunday.]

28 April:

     Miss Nina Ward has been under the doctor's care for the last few days.
     Rev. Kuonon and family of Burnettsville were here Sunday visiting with the latter's parents, Mr. And Mrs. August Krinning.

5 May:

     Sitka: J. F. Ward and daughters Lila, Nina and Gertrude visited with relatives in Reynolds Sunday.

12 May:

     Sitka: Lewis Ward and lady friend spent Sunday with friends in Reynolds.

     M. E. Church Notes: Supt. Reid McCoy of the Sunday school appointed the following committee for Children's Day: Mrs. Eugene Langwell, chairman; Mrs. Dr. A. C. Williams, Mrs. Chas. Powell, Misses Maybelle Bunnell, Anna Blunk, Myrtle Warne, committee organist, and Frances Krints, regular organist. The exercise will be held on Sunday evening, June the 11th.

19 May:

     Sitka: Miss Lila Ward is assisting Mrs. Cloyd Hughes with her housework.

     The committee for Children's Day met at the parsonage Monday afternoon.

26 May:

     Mrs. Marie Camp and children of Godland [sic] were over Sunday guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Krintz.

     Sitka: Lewis Ward has purchased a new Saxon automobile to be delivered one day this week.

     [For the Memorial Day celebration in Reynolds, August Krinning served as assistant to the comander of the day, David Byroad. Mrs. Arthur Roby was on the music committee.]

2 June:

     Sitka: Misses Lillie Ward and Marguerite Slanter spent Saturday night with Theresa and Evia Eaglehoff.

9 June:

     Sitka: Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hornbeck and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ward were shopping in Logansport Saturday.

     Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning and Rev. and Mrs. E. M. Kuonon of Burnettsville motored to Sheldon, Ill., last Friday to spend the day visiting with Mr. Krinning's sister, Mrs. Peter O'Brien.

30 June:

     Sitka: Misses Gertrude and Nina Ward and Lorn Davis visited the former's sister, Mrs. Fred Criswell and family of near Chalmers Sunday.

14 July:

     Miss Lila Ward is working for her aunt Mrs. Earl Baker of Reynolds.

21 July:

     Mrs. Gus Krintz entertained a number of people at their home north of town Monday evening in a pleasant manner, the occasion being her husband's birthday anniversary.

30 July:

     Misses Edna Robertson, Anna Blunk, Frances Krintz, Lois Coffey, Catharine Ward, and Ruth Stinson went to Battle Ground Tuesday to spend the week attending the state convention of the Epworth League, which is in session in the Tabernacle this week. The girls were chaperoned by Mrs. E. E. Benson.

4 August:

     Mrs. Len Camp and children of Kentland visited last week at the home of the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Krintz, north of town.

25 August:

     Jewell Ward and daughter were among those who attended Baptist association at Chalmers Monday and Tuesday.

25 August and 1 September:

     TO LET - Plenty of good fall pasture. - G. E. Krintz  25t2
     FOR SALE - Twelve good yearling Shropshire sheep. - G. E. Krintz  25t2

8 September:

     Sitka: J. F. Ward and family moved into their new house the latter part of last week.

15 September:

    Our Sitka correspondent sends in the following death notice which is remarkable for the reason that it records the first loss by death in a family of fourteen children:
    "The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jewel F. Ward was buried at Riverview cemetery Monday afternoon. This is the fourteenth child born to them and the first death which has occurred in the family."

     Sitka: Lewis Ward, who is working with Baker and Price at Logansport, was called home Monday on account of the serious illness of his mother.

15 September, continued:

     Music pupils of Miss Leota Wilson of Chalmers [including Miss Frances Krintz] took a prominent part in a recital in the Baptist church at Chalmers last Saturday afternoon.

6 October:

     Rev. M. E. Kuonon, minister at Burnettsville, who is a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning, goes to Ambia for the coming year.

3 November:

     Officials of Minneapolis, Minn., have recently communicated with Reynolds people, stating that they have John Krintz* in custody. John, who is slightly demented, has made several attempts lately to go to his relatives in the Dakotas. On his last attempt several weeks ago, when he attempted to go to the home of his sister in North Dakota, he was successful in getting as far as Minneapolis. The officials there took him in hand, and from information gained from a letter which he carried, they corresponded with local relatives of the man. The letter stated that John had been put in an asylum for the present.  [*This story was, in fact, about Albert Adolph Krentz, not his brother John, who was my grandfather and, in 1916, was one of Adolph's siblings living in North Dakota. For reasons unclear to me, even family members are known to have referred to Adolph as John sometimes.]

     High School Notes: Examinations for the second month's work were held this week.
     The Junior class organized recently, electing the following officers: Herbert H. Heimlich, president; Miss Frances Krintz, vice-president; and Wendall Vogel, secretary-treasurer.

[?] November:

     High School Notes: The report cards for the second month's work were handed out on Tuesday. [Among] students receiving the highest averages were Rinehart Krintz (senior), 92.0, and Frances Krintz (junior), 93.2.

17 November:

     Miss Gertrude Ward is visiting her sister, Mrs. Fred Criswell, of near Chalmers.

     Miss Nina Ward, who has been working in Monticello for some time, is home for an indefinite stay.

1 December:

     The following marriage licenses were issued Wednesday:  Nina Ruth Ward, daughter of Jewell Ward, to Lorn F. Davis, a farmer, all of Liberty township.

     Mr. August Krinning celebrated his seventy-first birthday anniversary on Wednesday evening of last week by entertaining a number of relatives and friends. His daughter, Mrs. E. M. Kuonen of Ambia, was an out-of-town guest.

8 December:

     Sitka: Mrs. Fred Criswell and two children of near Chalmers spent Thanksgiving [Nov. 30] with her parents Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Ward.

     Mr. and Mrs. Jewell Ward very pleasantly entertained about fifty of their neighbors and friends Tuesday evening. The occasion was a shower for their daughter Nina and husband.

15 December:

[In High School Notes, the highest averages for the third month's work listed senior Rinehart Krintz second in his class again with 90.1.]

29 December:

     Sitka: Mrs. J. F. Ward left Saturday for an indefinite visit with her sister, Mrs. Mary Steel [sic], of Charleston, Illinois.

     Misses Jennie and Alta Davis, Gertrude Ward, Agness Hughes and Muriel Walther took dinner Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Lorn Davis, who are keeping house for Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Printz. Mr. and Mrs. Printz left Wednesday for a month's visit with relatives in Virginia.

Ed. note: Most of the notes above are quoted as printed in The White County Democrat, a weekly which was published on Fridays. On rare occasions I make small corrections in the interest of readability. On even rarer occasions, I have been known to make typographical errors, but rest assured, most of the errors appearing in this series are vintage! Notes which appear in brackets have been extracted and summarized in my own words from longer articles and are not direct quotes.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Whole-Community Genealogy

As genealogists, we learn early about the benefit of doing whole-family genealogy, the most obvious benefit being that when you can't find your own ancestor's record, you might be able to find his sibling's and thus work your way around an impasse in your research. You don't have to hunt dead relatives for very long before someone mentions whole-family genealogy to you. It's a thing.

I've never heard whole-community genealogy mentioned, though. In fact, I've just googled "whole community genealogy" and got exactly three hits. When is the last time you googled anything and got only three hits? So my plan for today is to tell you why I think whole-community genealogy is a thing, and should be a thing. In a nutshell, of course, it's because you just never know... until you know.

Some years ago, upon learning the name of the locality in Germany that had been home to one of my ancestors, I ordered the appropriate microfilm from the Family History Library. When it came and I sat down at the microfilm reader and began cranking that infernal handle, my intention was to look for anyone with the relevant surname, not just my great-grandmother. She would have had siblings, of course, and after all, the more you learn about your ancestral family, the more interesting they become. No great-grandparent is an island--I'm pretty sure that's how John Donne would  have put it if he were a genealogist.

As I scrolled through the records, cruising for my surname, I began to notice other familiar surnames. You see, I was familiar with many of the surnames in the Indiana town where my great-grandmother had settled. I'd not only looked at the churchbooks there, but also had spent the better part of a year going through three decades worth of the weekly newspapers, from 1903 to the 1930s (more microfilm!), collecting such newsy gems as "[one of your distant guy-cousins] broke the bone in his instep Wednesday when he slipped off a tractor," and "[the future wife of your half-first cousin once removed], who was operated on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock at Indianapolis for the removal of her tonsils and adenoids, is recovering nicely. She has been in the hospital for two months."

I'd filled three legal pads with such colorful notes, and in so doing, learned a lot about everyone in town, not just those with the pertinent surname. The more familiar the various surnames became, the more I began to notice them in my family's records, as godparents, maybe, or marriage witnesses, or spouses of my ancestor's siblings. A community grew up around a great-grandmother I'd never met. My understanding, if not of my great-grandmother, then at least of her times and the life surrounding her, was greatly increased.

So, when looking at the records of her German birthplace, familiar surnames jumped out at me, and a picture emerged--a picture of relationships that began on a different continent and continued here in this country. My understanding grew even more, not only of my great-grandmother, but of the continuity of community. I began building a place-related family tree from that microfilm and by the time I was done, I had all three of that locality's microfilms on permanent loan and 747 of my closest relatives and all their merry in-laws from there in a database that I uploaded to RootsWeb. At that point in time, I hadn't had an Ancestry membership yet, and RootsWeb was a separate entity, free and therefore within my budget.

I found that experience so worth doing that I did it again when I found another great-grandparent's German home. (Pshew! Only 166 relatives in that second database!).

It's been at least ten years since I did those projects. This subject comes up now because I've discovered yet another ancestral German place. And with both Ancestry and FamilySearch at my fingertips, I see that the opportunity exists to create another extensive place-related database. Once again, I see not only my own ancestor's surname in that locality, but also others that are familiar and associated with mine on this side of the pond. Creating this database might enable me to connect some Detroit families that I've thus far been unable to link. Godparents and marriage witnesses in the old German records may be the key that will unlock that door.

There's much to consider before I decide whether to undertake a project of that size again, not the least of which are the many unfinished projects I'm already entangled in. I guess we'll see.

In a similar vein, today I happened upon the Society for One-Place Studies, a volunteer organization which was started last year. Family historians with an interest in a particular "street, village, hamlet or town" may want to consider joining this society. (And no, I'm not jumping into that right now either! But you go right ahead!)

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Some Thoughts on Ancestry Family Trees

There's a constant drumbeat in the genea-tribe, the one that sounds like prove it... prove it... prove it. We're told over and over again, "do your own research" and "don't accept what it says in a database--see the original documents." And of course, for those relatives nearest and dearest to us, it's what we do. We collect the documents, study their content, draw our conclusions, enter the data and, if we're really toeing the line, we create a detailed source citation that would pass muster with Elizabeth Shown Mills.

Most of us, I'm guessing, have family tree software installed on our home computers, and that's where we enter and keep track of our important data. In fact, I'll post a poll below and we'll see. In any case, my own computer is where I do my most important electronic stockpiling of genealogical information (never mind the ten thousand pieces of paper), because it's where I can always quickly access the data and keep control of it, print out exactly what I want, make adjustments easily when needed, keep research notes, etc. I've done it that way since the early 1990s when I got my first home computer, a Mac Classic, and the now-defunct Family Heritage File software. When I replaced the Mac with a PC, I switched to Family Tree Maker. Years later, when Legacy waved their innovative SourceWriter under my nose, I switched again.

For most of those years, I did not have an Ancestry membership, so I did not have a tree on Ancestry. A few years ago I finally found it expedient to put Ancestry into my budget, and when the shaky leaf later came along, I really had to post a tree there because I had to find out, does Ancestry know something I don't know? Is there an easily-fetched document I've missed? Thus, for me, Ancestry is not so much the home of my data as it is a research tool.

As such, I've found it very helpful in some cases to create a tree rather than just do a simple search for someone I'm researching. For example, I might want to build a tree for someone who was a godparent or marriage witness for someone in my tree. The person may or may not be a relative, but I can learn a lot in a short time by constructing his or her tree on Ancestry, and maybe a relationship will become evident. Creating a tree enables me to quickly locate and add documents (and therefore more data to enhance Ancestry's search for leaf-shaking finds), not only for the particular individual but also for his or her other family members.

I've also built a few trees for unconnected individuals whose surname is the same as someone in my own tree. My hope, when I do that, is to discover a possible relationship somewhere back in time. But until I do, there's no reason to add that individual to my own permanent tree, nor does it make sense for me to invest a lot of time or money to document everything for someone who may turn out to be unrelated. But I do investigate other trees the individual appears in. I don't use the Review button for this investigation--I click through to each of those trees to get a broader look at them (how many people are in those trees? how often are the tree owners logged in? how extensively have they researched the surname I'm interested in?). If I find a tree which appears to be reasonably well-constructed or, better yet, created by someone closely related to the person I'm researching, I might add people from that tree to my own, to see where it leads me over time. I may get lucky and find a cousin, or someone who's done enough research to assure me that I'm not a cousin and never will be.

Either way, I've rarely been contacted by anyone from whose tree I've clicked-and-claimed, and the same is true of people who have clicked-and-claimed from my trees. And I understand that. I rarely initiate contact myself, only doing so when I believe the contact will be of particular value to at least one of us. I learned from experience to be selective about contacting people. We are not all on the same page! I observe what I can from someone's tree(s) and profile before deciding whether to invest myself in making contact, and if it seems worthwhile, I send a message and hope for a reply that's at least courteous, even if it's not filled with things I want to hear. On the whole, I've found that genealogists are a friendly and helpful lot. I suspect the rude or selfish ones are new and haven't learned our ways yet! And the foolish ones? Maybe they came to the table after watching a little TV genealogy. Either they'll get it after awhile or they won't, but there's no point in letting it spoil my day.

Two of my Ancestry trees were created solely because I have photographs or other items that belong to families other than mine. In one case, my grandmother had photos of some friends we're not related to; in the other, I purchased some postcards and other correspondence from an estate sale dealer. These items would probably be treasured by someone, and maybe someday they'll be found by the right person via these Ancestry trees.

As with any other resource, all who use Ancestry do so with their own motivations and goals, their own skill sets, their own hopes and expectations. Theirs may not match mine. I can't control that, and I don't expect to. I only get to control one body and one mind--my own. If others' trees can help me or mine can help them, that's great. If not, we can move along and look elsewhere. But no matter what, the drumbeat goes on and the same old advice applies. Do your own research. Don't accept what it says in a database as gospel (even on Ancestry!). Seek out and scrutinize original documents to see if they support your claim. You know... prove it... prove it... prove it.


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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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