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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.

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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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