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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.

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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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