News: Heathville (16 Feb 1912)

Contact: Verna (Welk) Quicker

Surnames: Ross, Bard, Schmidtke, Davis, Dankemyer, Balke, Schuster, Madler, Zorn, Knoll, Carpenter, Kidd, Martin, Mundt, Fields

----Source: The Granton News (Heathville, Clark Co., Wis.) 2/16/1912

Dr. Ross is perhaps the busiest man in Granton. On Friday of last week (reports have it) he made a drive of about 60 miles, calling on a party in York, then he made a drive to Joe Bard’s attending to a little girl who had a severe cold, from there to the home of Gust. Schmidtke who was suffering severely with paine [sic] in abdomen and in the sides and was in a critical condition. He pronounced it appendicitis and took him to Chili and from there to the Marshfield hospital where an operation was at once performed. From there a hurry up call came that he should at once come to the home of Frank Davis who suffered excruciating pain in his lungs. Upon arrival Doc pronounced it pneumonia. From Frank’s place he was called to Aug. F. Dankemyer’s residence where he found Walter Dankemyer suffering with the same ailment, only to some extent more severe. He was taken to the Marshfield hospital on Tuesday. Willie when he left was in a critical condition. He is a young man of about 18 years, is of good sound habits which will go a good ways to assist the doctor to restore him to his former health.

Solve the following problem. If you would drink a gallon and a half of buttermilk and the following morning you was [sic] obliged to jump over a three yard stone fence, how far would you have to jump if you drank a whole churn full.

Charley and Dick Balke are hauling rock and lumber and making preparations for a basement barn.

Chas. Schuster and Joe Madler are cutting cord wood for Wm. Zorn.

Fred Carpenter has quit smoking. That ain’t saying that he’ll not smoke any after he is dead.

Matt Kidd is here on a visit. He has been staying a few days with Sam Martin and Dick Mundt and at present is visiting a few days with Hunter Davis. Matt is one of those good old fellows. He used to sell medicine like his son-in-law Dick Mundt does. Which one is the best story teller of the two would be hard to determine. In a short witty story Dick might have a shade the best, but one with a long, imperishable subordinate course Matt will come out 2 points to the good. I [sic] might be worth while to mention 2 or 3 of Matt’s old stories, such as Aix-la-Chapelle, and There is no use of rapping on the blinds, and another where the bear jumps in the buck wheat.

Reuben Fields purchased a new Galloway 5 horse power gasoline engine last Sunday. We have seen him drive by here which maybe sometime in the near future will make him a good frau.

Hello, you silo man, do you read the farm papers, they tell you that frozen silage to some extent is poisonous food for your dairy cow. Such opinions were at first expressed only in private, then by hints in pamphlets and newspapers and at last published everywhere. The mass of the people however are slow to accept an idea which seemed so radical and dangerous. For instance take a potato, let it freeze and thaw out several times, then you dear farmer fill up your stomach three times a day with said potatoes, then go and labor hard every day the same as you expect from your dairy cow, do you think your strength would test 3. Oh, no, you would only be fit for the bone pile and a poor feast for crows.



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