News: Greenwood Gleaner (5 Apr 1906)

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----Sources: Greenwood Gleaner, Greenwood, Wis., 5 Apr 1906

SHREWD SCHEMES OF ANIMALS

Devices Which Show They Come Pretty Close to Thinking

They were talking about instinct in animals. "I saw an exhibition of greediness and cunning by a horse," said one of them. "There were two old dirt wagon horses that had stopped for the noon meal. The driver had emptied a portion of oats into a wheelbarrow set at the head of the two horses, who still remained in the traces. The horses were to eat out of the common mess.

"Old Mr. Bay Horse, who evidently was a veteran in the dirt wagon line and possessor of a good appetite, would grab a mouthful of oats and splutter them out on the ground on his side of the wheelbarrow. After he had collected quite a pile on the ground he commenced on the common stock, and when he and his companion had cleaned out the wheelbarrow old Mr. Bay Horse turned to his private store on the ground while his companion, from the other side of the wagon pole, looked hungrily on, but could do nothing."

"I was traveling in the mosquito country last month," said the other, "and the mosquitos were terrible. They attacked cattle and live stock and would drive them frantic. At one place a farmer was burning brush in the field, and I noticed a dozen cows and horses clustered in the lee of the smoke made by the burning brush. They would move around as the wind shifted, always keeping in the smoke drift, where, of course, no mosquito could live. And the animals stood with closed eyes, too."

FARM MACHINERY

I carry the following makes and articles

Osborne - binders, mowers, tedders, rakes, disc harrows and full line of repairs. Milwaukee - binders, mowers and repairs. Plano - repairs. Stoughton - wagons, buggies, milk wagons. De Laval - cream separators. Plows - leading makes. International gasoline engines. Hay loaders. Binding twine and oil. Dowagiac and Moniter - seeders and drills.

Come and see me. H. W. Hunt

"Our Old Neighbors"

Tacoma, Wash., March 28, 1906. Dear Friend "Noise": -- I note in the last issue of your paper you are about to publish a history of the Greenwood Band and this will not be a little interesting to at least one of your readers who has strayed away from the old "camp" and been lost in the "wild and wooly."

This brings one back (in thought) to the addition of Charley Tripp to the city. It was a curious crowd of youngsters that hung around "Stonie’s" all forenoon to watch "the new barber" shave the first man, which happened to be Otto Burns. We had all become used to "H_______ Bills" jig and "Stonie’s" monotonous stropping, and Charley introduced a few new movements which at once marked him as the "best ever." He had been there but a short time when we heard him speak of the magic name of "Judge" and we were not satisfied until we had seen this wonder. A few meetings and the organization was complete with about 25 members. Then the instruments came and I believe the first meeting was in the office of "The Baron" down at the old stave factory and it was very well for the organization we got so far from town. Also the people. And if the Angel Gabriel did not turn over in his grave that night, there is nothing that will ever disturb him. I cannot yet think of the incongruous noises that emanated from that building without a shudder.

But the worst was yet to come. The next day I was helping father down near the river and Herp White, Dave Stewart and a couple others got on top of White’s house with a couple of slide trombones and a cornet and played exactly one thousand and one times that old strain. It was a still day and this recollection brings another shudder.

There was but one member, Tripp, that knew a note from a horse fly when seen together and I even knew him to play a horse fly that lit on his music as a blast note in the middle of a "PP" solo.

Among the most prominent members was "Butch." He was the only stand-by of the whole proposition. Henry came in for a share as also did Volk. Then there was "Buster" Stevens on the bass drum. How well he and this instrument blended. It was music to see them together, they fit so. Then there was little "Bennie" Johnson. I understand Bennie has of late taken unto himself a wife. Well Bennie must have grown some since then and his wife don’t know how near she came never to seeing him as we all remember the night Tripp set his bass horn down and it accidentally was put over Bennie whom he did not see. He nearly smothered before some one took it up. Then "Patsy" Johnston came in for no small share. He was, however, the extreme limit in several ways. My vocabulary is shy of sufficient epithets to do him justice.

Of all bunches ever gotten together I believe this was the limit.

I have heard of the patience of Job but John Judge had him skinned a mile.

I believe the band was organized in April about 12 years ago. This was within three months of the "glorious" Fourth. We had the nerve to pull finance committee for $50.00 and how we managed to pull through that eventful day, piloting the givernor from the depot and performing numerous other stunts, has always been a mystery to me.

But the fact remains, we did it and got the "stuff" which was the main thing.

Once started the thing went along pretty well. There were times when it seemed possible we would have to give it up, but "Old Pete" the foremost "Soldier of the Common Good" your, or any other city ever saw, was on hand to lend great assistance, and managed some way to keep it going until a few years Greenwood was famous for it’s band and there were few towns in the state four times it’s size that could boast of one half as good. I presume few of the charter members are still with it.

There are four of them in this state and many others scattered all over the country but the band remains a fitting monument for the undertaking.

There must be some of the old original pictures taken in front of the Burch house on that memorable fourth morning which would look very well in the paper in connection with the history.

Yours, -- Lynn H. Miller

Shell Lake, Wis., April 2, 1906, To My Old Friends and Neighbors: Would say our house burned the 19th of March. We got out of the fire nicely, saved all of our goods in nice shape; damage on the house fully covered by insurance, have started to repair the house. Hope to be able to move into the same about the first of July. All as well as usual. Viola was laid up with a badly sprained knee at the time of the fire, but nearly well at this writing. We like it fine up here; business is good. Best wishes from - John Mack.

Carlon, Alberta, Mar. 26, 1906. Mr. J. E. Noyes, Editor Greenwood Gleaner, Dear Sir: Enclosed you will find P. O. order which we remit on our subscription - we can’t get along without the Gleaner and eagerly await its weekly visit.

In response to requests of some of our old friends and neighbors I will try to give you some idea of what we have learned by observation and investigation during our year and a half in the Great Northwest. Last year being our first crop, which more than exceeded our expectation, we were unable to have the grain threshed owing to there being no machine in here but we will be more fortunate in the way of threshing this year. So are unable to state just what our grain yield was with the exception of wheat, Mathison putting in one acre, for trial, which yielded 40 bushels to the acre and a fine grade. Raised splendid potatoes and a fine lot of vegetables.

The past winter has been great for the most part like a beautiful autumn, our first snow fell Nov. 25, 26, 27, but owing to a Chinook, in a few days the snow was all licked up. Jan. 18 we had another heavy fall of snow, but as before twenty-four hours of persevering Chinook and the snow had all disappeared. It is the Chinook that has given to southern Alberta its fame as a ranch country. Cattle, horses, and sheep graze out all winter without any food except the prairie hay which cures on the stem, but –

"It seems to be decided that the range has got to go. The cow men are admittin’ this and well they aught to know So there’ll be no more big roundups, nor a camping on the plains While the stars are whispering to you and the dreamy silence reigns No more wandering up and down the trail, for the Progress Plow Needs the acres for the millions that’s pushing westward now There’s to be no more living way out here ‘longside of God There feller with the hoe is coming to claim the native sod."

It is wonderful the great rush of people to the Northwest, it is on greater than ever for this year. Last week the population of Calgary was increased by two thousand souls, this will give some idea how rapidly the country is being settled up. The G. T. P. railway is now running surveys through our locality.

In conclusion, we like Alberta first class, and only regret that we did not come here sooner.

All men do not succeed in Alberta, but if a man cannot succeed here, it is either through his fault or misfortune because the natural conditions to bring prosperity and contentment are all here and if a man is not built to fit good natural conditions he might as well be in one part of the world as another - the result will be the same. Respectfully, -- Mrs. C. M. Steenberg.

You feel the life giving current the minute you take it. A gentle soothing warmth, fills the nerves and blood with life. It’s a real pleasure to take Hollister’s Rocky Mountain Tea. 35 cents. Tea or Tablets. City Drug Store.

"Home Gleanings"

Dance Tomorrow night Given by the Eidsmoe Orchestra of six pieces in Woodman Hall, Greenwood.

Try our "234" - City Drug Store

Have your face taken at the Krause studio.

Get an up to date hat at Arends & Steffen.

Foster Lumber Co., lands for sale by C. H. Clute.

The ice went out of Black River Monday noon.

The robins came bright and early Monday morning.

August Meier and Louis Decker are out west, in Montana, we understand.

John Shanks and Rock Masters were callers at "Little Hell" one day last week.

The Ladies Aid society will meet with Mrs. Thorne Friday afternoon, April 6th.

The German Ladies society meets at Mrs. Ang. Rossman’s Wednesday April 11th.

The ladies of the Altar society will meet Tuesday, April 10, 1906 at Mrs. A. H. Noetzel’s.

Fred Persons of Abbotsford arrived Tuesday morning for a visit with his sisters at the home of Wm. Thorne.

See Alfred Eggett’s ad this week.

Mabel Bishop and Lucy Lowe will give their musical entertainment at Fairchild Wednesday evening, April 18th.

S. E. Morse and wife of Christie spent a couple of days last week with Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Oelig. The two ladies are sisters.

The Epworth League meets this coming Friday evening with Maud Varney to transact business and spend a social evening.

Acme washing machines - best on earth - at Hoehne’s.

Mabel Bishop returned home Monday morning from her recent trip with her father, she having spent several days at Camp Douglas.

I have a few fine Single Comb White Leghorn Roosters left which I will sell very reasonable. This stock is as good as can be found anywhere. - Mrs. P. F. Simmons, R. 1, Greenwood.

Just received a new lot of Racine feet at Arends & Steffen.

Mrs. Anna Colby and children moved down from Reseberg last week and will stop for the present with her sister, Mrs. A. S. Armstrong. Later she expects to go to Chicago. Her farm is rented to her brother-in-law, one of the Colby boys.

That Dutch story, one of Washington Irving’s best, will be presented next Saturday evening with 16 people, band and orchestra, supporting George W. Miltmore in "Rip Van Winkle." In the play is a strong cast. A number of specialties are given during the performance. The famous "Hayseed Quartette" is still with them.

Mrs. E. K. Sheets will have her millinery opening, April 14.

The Mead Bros. - the firm consisting of Dick Mead, Fred Mead and Chas. E. Mead are now fully established in the Kutchera and Dovark livery business which they recently purchased. The families of the two first named have arrived and are now settled in their home here. - Neillsville Rep. and Press.

Mrs. A. C. Huntzicker returned Tuesday to Omaha after spending three weeks with relatives at Loyal and in the town of Eaton. They formerly lived at Wakefield, Neb., but have recently moved to Omaha, where her husband has taken a position as freight clerk in the Webster St. depot of the Omaha Company.

Seats on sale at the drug store for "Rip Van Winkle."

John Bushman has accepted the local agency for the Chippewa Sugar Co., and is ready to make out contracts with farmers who desire to plant an acre or more to sugar beets this coming summer. Better see him and help the project. He has some twenty acres contracted now.

"Rip Van Winkle" at the opera house Saturday, April 7. Band and orchestra.

About twenty-five farmers and others met at the North Side hotel Saturday afternoon to discuss the proposition to form a co-operative creamery company, and while no definite steps were taken to organize then, sentiment seemed to favor the project and another meeting was called to be held in the same place this coming Saturday afternoon.

The Eastern Star entertainment Friday evening was well attended and seemed to give good satisfaction. It was a treat to hear Mrs. Geo. Fye, formerly Letelsia Cook, in her recitations, and her take-off on the slow railroad train was a dandy that was appreciated by everybody. Nearly twenty dollars was taken in at the door.

Alfred Eggett can furnish concrete blocks and quarried stone for your building.

Charlie Cummings returned from Tomahawk Saturday and is getting along as nicely as could be expected under the circumstances, though he will have to use crutches for some time to come. Gladice went to Abbotsford to meet him.

The Lady Maccabees and Royal Neighbors, with their husbands and families, gave a joint farewell reception at Woodmen hall Saturday evening in honor of Mrs. Clara Borseth, about eighty-five being present. Games, music and dancing and a nice luncheon were the main features of the bill of fare. During the evening Mrs. Borseth was presented with a Lady Maccabee emblem pin and a Royal Neighbor ring, Mrs. J. C. Baker and Mrs. Elmer Van Voorhis making the presentation speeches for the two societies respectively. Mrs. Borseth leaves Greenwood soon for Michigan to visit relatives for an indefinite period. Edith goes soon to Sweden with August Gustafson. Mrs. Larson has taken her boarders, beginning last Sunday.

The many friends of Alfred Dingley have been pained to learn that he froze both his feet while going to Beach, N. D., he being out in that blizzard which passed over that country just in time to catch them when he and the Hubbles went west three weeks ago. Whether the freezing occurred on the train or on going out from the station to the only house the party was able to get - some miles out on the prairie - is not known. Anyway his feet were so badly frozen that it was necessary to take him to Glendive, Montana, to a hospital where he could have medical attention. Yesterday morning word was received that it had been necessary to amputate both feet at the ankles in order to save more serious consequences. It is most unfortunate for Mr. Dingley as he had planned on putting in a long season’s work at his trade as a carpenter at good wages, while this banishes all hopes for doing anything in that line for a long time if at all. He is troubled with kidney affection, which makes his trouble the more complicated. He stood the operation as well as could be expected.

 

 


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