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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.

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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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