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THE GACKLE REPUBLICAN 

MISCELLANEOUS EVENTS  1914 - 1916

 

30 JAN 1914
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A petition to incorporate the village of Gackle is being circulated. From the outlook at this time the proposition meets with the approval of the majority. Let the citizens of Gackle weigh the matter carefully before it comes to a vote and do not let an item of a few cents or even a few dollars in taxes each year keep you from voting for incorporation.

6 FEB 1914
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The line of telephone reaching about twelve miles southwest of here is being put up as fast as possible. The poles will be set in a few days if weather permits.

6 FEB 1914
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An effort is being made to establish a mail route south and east of Gackle. Many have signed the petition and the farmers are very anxious to get a route as it would be a great convenience to them.

13 MAR 1914
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Next Tuesday is the day set for the voters to determine whether or not the town of Gackle shall be incorporated. When you go to the polls don't let the matter of a little more taxes keep you from voting for incorporation for the benefit to be derived there from will be to the interest of our property owners.

20 MAR 1914
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Gackle is to be incorporated. The vote March 17th was 35 for incorporation to 27 against it.

20 MAR 1914
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The Streeter hotel was destroyed by fire early Monday morning. It burned so quickly that it was impossible to save any of the contents. We understand that Mr. Macklin expects to start up again in the near future.

20 MAR 1914
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Eldo, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Jenner, has been very sick the past week but at this writing is much improved.

20 MAR 1914
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Mr. and Mrs. Simon Schultz of Kulm have been visiting their daughter, Mrs. H. R. Jenner, the past week.

3 APR 1914
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Mrs. Tom Brady of Jud, was called to Napoleon last week by the serious illness of her mother, Mrs. Bowers.

24 APR 1914 - "Notice to the Public"
Notice is hereby given that all hitching posts must be removed from main street and all side streets on or before Monday, the 27th of April.
   Stock and all kinds of fowl must be kept up within the corporate limits of the village or the marshal will take care of them.
       Paper and other refuse must not be swept out of doors and ashes must not be thrown on the streets.
   These orders are effective from and after April 24th, and anyone violating same are subject to fine.
   By order of Village Board:
        H. R. JENNER, Marshal.

15 May 1914
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A. F. Lehr autoed over to Kulm Friday taking his father-in-law, Mr. Hieb to his home at that place after an extended visit here.

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7 AUG 1914 - Some Headlines

14 AUG 1914
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The nine-year-old daughter of Andrew Dormanen is very ill with typhoid fever.

4 SEP 1914 - " Republican changes It's Ownership"
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With this issue The Republican changes hands, the plant and business being sold to W. S. Hancock of the Edgeley Mail.
   During our eight years of residence at Gackle and most of that time being publisher of The Republican, we have had many friends both in a social and business way, while we have had enemies, also, and our departure from the business at this place is with regret in one light while in another we are pleased to feel that we are loose from business responsibilities.
   Editor Hancock, who has taken possession, is an old newspaper man, and only your acquaintance with him in a social and business way, will prove him to be the right man in the right place.
   We thank our patrons for their loyal support and trust that all Gackle people will give Editor Hancock a friendly welcome with a new bunch of advertising, job work and subscriptions.
   The business will be carried on as usual and all accounts are payable to the new publisher.
Respectfully,

        Thos. N. Pettit

4 SEP 1914 - "Fire Destroys Barn"
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A fire was started at the August Ritola farm in his large barn, burning it to the ground.
   The fire was started by the children playing in the barn.
   No stock was in the barn at the time, but some hay, feed and harness was destroyed with the barn.
   It was only about four years ago that the barn on Mr. Ritola's place was set on fire in the same manner but the fire department saved it that time.

11 SEP 1914
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W. P. Bryan who has been proprietor of the Hotel Cataract for the past year, moved out on Wednesday, J. K. Johnstad again took possession of the place and will keep it open to the public. Mr. Bryan, we understand, will engage in the real estate business. We join in wishing both parties success.

18 SEP 1914
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Mrs. Thomas Heffelfinger was taken to Aberdeen, S.D., Thursday morning where she will receive medical treatment. She was accompanied by her daughter Mrs. Mehner.

25 SEP 1914
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Thos. N. Pettit left for Forest Grove, Mont., Friday, via Cleveland. He stopped at Taylor on his way out to visit relatives.

13 NOV 1914
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Fourteen states are now under quarantine on account of the mouth and hoof disease in cattle.

13 NOV 1914
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Mr. and Mrs. Adam Myrdal, Mrs. H. Myrdal and children went to Mapleton, Minn. Wednesday to make their future home.

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5 FEB 1915
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We regret to announce that Mrs. George Grenz, who has been quite ill for the past few weeks, has suffered a relapse since the death of her husband Tuesday.

12 MAR 1915
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Mrs. Kate Schlenker went to Streeter Thursday evening to visit over Sunday with her daughter, Mrs. Hochhalter.

11 JUN 1915 - "FAREWELL PARTY"
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A number of the friends of Mrs. Pettit and Mrs. Russell gave them a farewell surprise party at the Hotel Cataract last week. Both ladies have since gone to Montana, where their husbands have taken up homesteads. During the evening games and music, and dancing formed the amusement part of the affair, and at a late hour a delicious luncheon was served. All departed wishing the ladies and their families much success and happiness in their new homes.

2 JUL 1915
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Oscar Ritola while riding a horse Wednesday evening was so badly hurt that he had to be taken home in an auto.

2 JUL 1915
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Gottfried Summerfeldt went to Bismarck Monday to undergo an operation for appendicitis. His many friends hope for a speedy recovery.

2 JUL 1915
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Conrad Remboldt, while putting down a well, last Wednesday, had the misfortune to have his hand crushed by the falling of 300 feet of pipe falling on it and pinning it down. The injured member was badly crushed, but is better at this writing.

2 JUL 1915
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Wednesday night at 6 o'clock the saloons of Aberdeen and of Moorhead were closed for all time to come -- and the hot weather just coming on with a big bunch of horrible thirsts.

16 JUL 1915
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Otto Schlenker, son of Dan Schlenker, was found unconscious in a field near their home. It was discovered later that the boy had been kicked by a horse, and was suffering from a fracture of the skull. The many friends of the family hope for his speedy recovery.

23 JUL 1915 - " REFUSED TO SELL HORSES FOR WAR SERVICE"
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Agents for the purchase of horses for the use in the European war have been scouring this part of the state for suitable animals and paying good prices for the same. An agent recently located a bunch of such desirable stock in a German Adventist community near Gackle. After agreeing upon the prices and making arrangements for the purchase, it was learned by the owners that the horses were intended for war purposes by the Allies. Thereupon the owners refused to sell their animals to the agent at any price. The reasons for not doing so are supposed to be sympathies with Germany and also because the Adventists are believers in neutrality that means what it says. Although poor men and desirous of getting the money for their horses, they showed and adherence to their principals or convictions that few person would display. -- Jamestown Alert.

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17 SEP 1915
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We clip the following from the Streeter Herald, not because of a desire to exploit ourself, but to call attention to our readers the friendly advice given with regard to co-operation which must be given to insure the desired results. We also wish to thank Brother Putnam for his kind words of encouragement: "The Gackle Republican has a new business manager and local editor by the name of L. L. Moon, who took charge last week. In looking over his issue of last week we cannot doubt his ability as a newspaper man and feel that with the co-operation of the people of Gackle they may have one of the best papers in the state. Best of luck, Mr. Moon.

8 OCT 1915
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Mr. Valentine Jansha, father of Mrs. Haut, who has been visiting with the family for several weeks past left for Mollela, Oregon, yesterday to pay a short visit to another daughter, Mrs. Geo. Cline, and family.

8 OCT 1915
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John F. Schlecht, living sixteen miles Southwest of Gackle is reported quite sick.

15 OCT 1915
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The three-year old child of August Laut, of Lehr, fell into a tub of scalding water and was severely scalded. At the present writing Dr. Meadows is in doubt what the outcome will be.

15 OCT 1915 - THRESHING ACCIDENT
"Fred Schrader has his skull crushed when fly wheel on Machine Breaks"
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Mr. Fred Schrader, a well to do farmer, living about five miles northeast of Gackle, met with an accident on Thursday of last week, while threshing, that may result in death. Mr. Schrader was threshing at home and it was while attending to the separator that the accident happened. It appears that one of the belts ran off a wheel and in his endeavor to replace it, while the machine was in motion, it became entangled with another belt causing the wheel to break, a piece of which flew off, striking him just above the right eye and crushing his skull. Dr. Maercklein was called and after dressing the wound, and removing several pieces of bone, took him as quickly as possible to the Jamestown hospital where a second operation was performed and where at this writing, the patient now lies hovering between life and death. While very uncertain as to the outcome, the doctors rather think he will recover.

25 NOV 1915 - from 'The Alfred Department'
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Gladys Bauhous was five years old on Thursday the 18th and the many little ones enjoyed a fine celebration in her honor.

10 DEC 1915 -- Notes from George Kurtz Community, 9 miles north of Alfred.
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Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb Grenz and Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Herman spent the larger part of last week with the son of the former, Ferdinand Grenz, near Medina.

10 DEC 1915 -- Notes from George Kurtz Community
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Oral Terrell, teacher of school No. 1, has changed her boarding place and is now staying at the home of Gottlieb Grenz in company with the teacher of school No. 2, Charley Wilcox. Both are from Indiana.

10 DEC 1915 -- THE GACKLE BAND
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The band boys are getting down to business now and are taking regular Saturday night and Sunday afternoon rehearsals under the direction of Prof. Nottingham of LaMoure. It is safe to say that the boys will come out "fine and dandy" in the spring and make some of the bigger towns of the state sit up and take notice. The following list will show our readers who the boys are and what instruments they play:

  1. W. Nottingham, leader, solo cornet.
  2. D. J. Hogan, solo cornet.
  3. George Hummel, solo cornet.
  4. Gust Ammon, solo cornet.
  5. Adam Rott, first cornet.
  6. Jacob Roedel, first cornet.
  7. Johnnie Knopp, second cornet.
  8. Gottlieb Zimmerman, third cornet.
  9. G. M. Noyes, solo clarinet.
  10. J. J. Elhard, solo clarinet.
  11. Johnnie Reule, first clarinet.
  12. Carl Kaz, solo slide trombone.
  13. Norbert Haut, tenor slide trombone.
  14. Charlie Frey, tenor slide trombone.
  15. Edward Giezsler, valve trombone.
  16. Albert Neumann, tenor.
  17. Fred Neumann, solo alto.
  18. Ronald Hoffman, alto.
  19. John Weispfenning, alto.
  20. Rueben Rott, alto.
  21. Christ Retzer, alto.
  22. O. W. Fode, baritone.
  23. S. W. Ruff, E. B. base.
  24. A. W. Neumann, B. B. base.
  25. Christ Geiszler, bass drum.
  26. Edward Deutscher, snare drum.

24 DEC 1915
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Miss May Johnstad came home from the normal at Valley City, Saturday to spend the holidays with home folks and friends.

* Miss Lillian Johnstad and sister, Mrs. Pettit came in from Forest Grove, Mont., Monday, to spend the Christmas season with home folds. In fact all of the Johnstad family are now at home, with the exception of Mr. Tom Pettit, who was called to Fargo on account of the illness of his father. Mr. Pettit will be at home for Christmas, no doubt, and the family circle will be complete.

24 DEC 1915 -- COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE - From Bloomenfield Dist. No.21
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Edward Herman and sisters, Carrie and Lydia, entertained a few friends Sunday evening. Among those Present were: Ed. Fisher, Carl Remmick, J. Hust, Emil Schmidt, J. Siedel, Henry Hoffman, John Donet, Gustaf Kerner, J. C. Beades, John Grenz, Chas. Wilcox, Oral Terrell, Hilda Grenz, Christina and Maggie Kerner, all of whom seemed well pleased with the evening's entertainment.

24 DEC 1915 -- COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE - Curtor School Dist. No. 5
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Mr. Charley Miller, Fred Lang, sister and brother, Rudolph Lang visited at the George Kurtz home Sunday evening.

31 DEC 1915 -- FIRE FIEND GETS BUSY IN GACKLE
- Hotel Cataract, Restaurant, the Drug Store and Republican Office Wiped Out -

- Extreme Cold Weather, Stiff Wind and Poor Fire Fighting Almost Useless -
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At about four o'clock Sunday afternoon the quiet of the best little city along the line was thrown into excitement by the ringing of the fire bell, to call the fire fighters to a fire which originated in the Cataract Hotel basement, which at the time seemed small, but which later proved to be one of the most disastrous that has visited this vicinity.

The wind was blowing from the northwest at a good rate, and the atmosphere was extremely cold, which combined to make fire fighting very difficult for the boys in chare of the hook and ladder brigade, and the many who volunteered their services.

Everything possible was done to save the hotel and most of the contents were saved by being thrown out of the windows, and piled up in heaps on the street.

It was thought at first that the drug store of Bryan and Noyes was not in danger, nor the Stuhr restaurant, but fate seemed to go against the fire fighters and the hotel, restaurant, drug store and Republican building now lie in ashes, the burned section comprising the largest part of the east side of Main street.

Various theories are advanced regarding the cause of the fire and many are claiming they could have prevented the final outcome, but those who wish to be impartial lay no lame anywhere, and it was one of those occurrences which happen and which cannot be controlled.

The insurance on the buildings and contents was light, as the rate of insurance is very high, on account of the lack of good fire protection and Mr. Johnstad, proprietor of the hotel will be a heavy loser, the heaviest of those who suffered by the conflagration.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnstad, and Mrs. Kirkpatrick were home for the holidays and with the boarders, were all left homeless.

Trunks, suit cases and clothing were thrown into the street and when it was decided that the adjoining buildings were doomed to destruction by the fiery elements, the contents of the drug store, printing office and restaurant were soon thrown out into the street by willing hands, the girls and the women doing as effective work as the men in the removing of the small goods.

The only injuries sustained were a few slight bruises and a sprained ankle, which is considered remarkable under the circumstances. As yet no start has been made toward rebuilding the destroyed portion, but it will mot be long before first class structures will be erected on the vacant lots.

We are unable at this time to give figures of the losses and how it will cover as so much of the stuff removed has been damaged by the cold.

We are now without a drug store but the proprietors have negotiated for the building next to the State bank and will soon be on deck again.

The Republican plant was dumped into the street, and we have had a hard time finding a place to move into but George Elhard came to our rescue and we will soon be at home in snug quarters just north of the pool hall.

To those who kindly assisted in helping to remove the material from the printing office, and speaking for the other unfortunates as well, we extend our heart felt thanks.

There will not be much news of a local nature this week in the paper, but by next week we hope to be in shape again and to have things running along as smooth as ever.

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7 JAN 1916
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At a meeting of the business men of Gackle since the fire it was decided to purchase a chemical engine for fire fighting purposes. Of course it will require a special election to make the proceedings legal, but most all present were in favor of the chemical process.

7 JAN 1916
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Frank Stuhr, since being burned out of his popular and well known restaurant just south of the Cataract hotel now resides in what is known as Finn town. Some of his friends say they have held a special election and made Frank Mayor. His private secretary, so they say, and Mayor Stuhr and family are getting along nicely in their new home and think of holding a grand reception.

14 JAN 1916
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Ole Johnstad and wife have just moved over to Finn town. He and Frank Stuhr will no doubt run for mayor of the old town and the Republican will take off its hat to the winner.

24 MAR 1916
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Ole Johnstad and son-in-law Mr. Kirkpatrick left with their car of stock and household goods for Tyler, Montana last Monday. Ole is an old landmark in Gackle and is leaving many warm friends here who will always think of him and who wish him and his whole family the best of health, wealth and happiness.

30 JUN 1916 -
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The sudden departure of Mr. Moon, former editor of this rag of freedom, leaves us in a pinch this week, but within a few days time we will be adjusted to the ordinary run of work, and a new hand at the helm.

1 SEP 1916
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John Hummell, Geo. Geigle, Simon Bieber, Fred Rott, Jacob Hummell, Henry Jenner and E. A. Reule and their families, were in attendance at the dedication of the new Jewish church at Wishek Sunday.

13 OCT 1916
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Fred Lang, a farmer living six miles northwest of Gackle, was taken to Jamestown Sunday and operated on for appendicitis. He is on the road to recovery.

1 DEC 1916
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Miss Emma Meyers was overnight guest at her sister's Mrs. Peter Brunemeier's at Gackle, Monday.

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