A few weeks ago an acquaintance asked how long it had been since I started doing this blog. I said I didn't know but figured it was probably three or four years.
Then last week, as I was rummaging through a stack of papers in a corner of the back room of the Union-Times building that passes as a sort-of office, quite by accident I came across a copy of that first blog. It was dated Feb. 1, 2015, and, using my inherited math skills, figured out that last week's blog was the first one of my seventh year. I was surprised it was that long.
That discovery reminded me that, coincidentally, I first began writing for the Princeton Union on Feb.1, 1968, and that meant that this is the beginning of the 54th year since I began writing for a newspaper in Princeton. I don't pretend that's a big deal but it did get me thinking about some of the things I've seen in that time, (When Sid Hartman died recently someone told me I should figure out how many columns and stories I've written but I'm not sure I have the patience for such an endeavor.) When I retired in March of 2007 from the editor job I figured that was the end of things. But it hasn't worked out that way and that's not necessarily a bad thing, as I thought about it this week.
The 1960 population of Princeton was listed at 2,353 and in 1970, a couple years after I began with the Union, it was 2,531. By 2010 the population, at 4,698, had doubled in the 50 years since the 1960 figure. Now it's inching toward 5,000 with a current estimate of around 4,900. That's dramatic but nothing like Baldwin Township to the south of town in Sherburne County. I remember when there were lots of farms in Baldwin and not that many residences. But in 2019 the population was estimated at 7,346 after being only 4,572 in 2000. I don't know what it was in 1960 but perhaps it was between 1,000 and 2,000.
The Princeton Union had been around since 1876 back in 1968 when Ken Jacobs, a press man at the Union's building just west of town who was filling in as editor for a short time, asked if I would write a sports column with any subjects I wanted. Offered the huge sum of $5 a week, I naturally said yes. Later that year I got a promotion to coverage of sports teams, mostly of the high school variety, and I pounded away on an old, old portable typewriter for the next six years. A bump up eventually to $17.50 a week made it a financial windfall.
Then in 1974, Marian and Bob Manary decided to start a new newspaper in town, the Princeton Eagle (Marian had been working at the Union). With nothing to offer in the way of experience, except the local sportswriting, I applied for the editor job. It came down to me and a writer for WCCO-TV where Bob Manary was a cameraman, and somehow they picked me. The Union, long a staple in the community where Grace Dunn had been an editor earlier for more than 35 years, had slipped a bit, the Manarys thought, and in the first year of the Eagle, beginning in April 1974, the paper won three first-place awards in the state newspaper contest.
We had lots of new things in the Eagle, such as covering meetings in person, the Kitchen Of corner that featured local people with a favorite recipe, Guest Minister in which local pastors participated, a feature each week of a local business person, feature stories and lots of pictures. Our subscription list was much larger than the Union (Princeton, by the way, was the only town in the state with two papers besides Perham) but the battle for advertising dollars was a drain on both papers. The two largest advertisers were the two largest grocery stores and one went with the Eagle, the other with the Union. And there was a war of words between the papers as the months went by. In June of 1976, 26 months after the Eagle began publishing, Elmer Andersen, a former Minnesota governor, bought the two papers and combined them into the Union-Eagle. Elmer, as everyone in Princeton called him, eventually picked me as editor and, after a few tough years financially, things improved.
The Union-Eagle and its sister publication, the Town & Country Shopper with Tim Enger as the guiding light, grew and then along came Joel Stottrup, the first intern in a long line of interns at the Union-Eagle, and he was eventually hired as a full-time reporter/photographer whose picture taking and darkroom skills enhanced things. Coupled with an outstanding layout and advertising staff, the paper and the shopper became a respected part of Princeton, with many, many years of selling more than 1,000 papers each week at various outlets, besides the subscription list. A few subscribers even bought papers on the street, not waiting for their copy in the mail. Elmer wrote weekly editorials and a weekly column, yours truly had a weekly column and a weekly sports column, and the letters section of the paper was very active. When I think back on it today it was quite an operation.
When retirement came in 2007, after 33 years as a local editor and 39 years of writing about sports, I made a list of some of the things that had happened in that time. Somewhere along the line it went missing, perhaps a casualty of a very casual filing (or not) system. But this week, as the 54th year began, I wrote down a few of them, although the weekly happenings — and they changed every week — are the things I remember the most. Hardly a week went by without something noteworthy, even in a small town such as ours.
There was the Casey Ramirez saga in 1984. Ramirez had blown into town a few years earlier and began throwing money around, buying meals for senior citizens, leasing cars for the police department and urging the runway at the airport to be expanded, as well as financing the construction of an ice arena. Then in 1984, in separate trials, he was convicted of smuggling $2 million worth of cocaine and of tax evasion, with concurrent 20-year sentences handed down in federal court. He served about 13 years in various prisons. For years after that, as I took flights to Detroit on the way to Florida or New York City, and would talk with a seat mate as we discussed where we were from, I'd mention Princeton and sometimes the retort would be, "Oh, the place where that guy (Casey Ramirez) is from," some would say. I would fill in the name and they would say, "Yes, him." That story went on for years and was reported in various publications, nationally and in Minnesota. Ron Meshbesher, then regarded as the preeminent defense attorney in Minnesota, was Ramirez's lawyer and it was reported to be his first loss in court. That also set in motion a string of transactions that ended with the Princeton Youth Hockey Association (PYHA) purchasing the ice arena after Meshbesher got it in payment, sold it to another party, who then sold it to the PYHA for well under the original cost.
Ted Williams, a 19-time All-Star as an outfielder with the Boston Red Sox who won six American League batting titles, came to Princeton while playing with the minor league Minneapolis Millers in 1938 , the year before he went to the major leagues. and eventually married a Princeton woman. He made many trips back to Princeton through the years into the 1970s, long after he was divorced from Doris Soule, and had many friends here. When he died in 2002 I ended up doing a full-page story and a column about him because there were still many here who had known him and fished and/or hunted with him. That led to two very well-known writers from Boston, one being Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan, writing books about Williams and using some information from the story and/or column I had written. It brought some notoriety but no cash.
If you scroll down to this week's Memory Lane, there's a short item about a former Princeton police officer being charged with a couple felonies. the same person who had earlier sued both the Princeton Police Department and the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Department, alleging sexual harassment and eventually winning a judgment of several hundred thousand dollars.
Back in 1968 there were three schools here - a relatively new high school (winter of 1966), South Elementary and the junior high (the old 12-grade school). Only one, the high school, exists today and it has been remodeled a number of times, with a different gym one time and an additional gym another time. South Elementary is gone, replaced by a new school on the north side of town where there is also a middle school that replaced the former junior high (now the building houses Crystal Court Apartmentsa and a physical fitness center). North Elementary, opened (I think) in 1969 is still there but is now called Princeton Intermediate School (grades 3-5), while the newest school is Princeton Primary for grades K-2. The school district office is in the former Princeton Community Hospital building, near downtown, and the hospital, originally affiliated with Fairview and now also the University of Minnesota, is located near the high school the hospital opened in 1993.
Fast-food restaurants have come to town, the first one (Hardee's) long gone but there are many others here, with a plethora of pizza places. The Dairy Queen, replaced at the same site by a larger one many years ago, has recently moved to the south edge of town and the old building will soon be the home of Coffee Corner. Taco John's, which came to town in 1990, is also moving to the south edge of town. Well, you get the idea - many things have changed in my 54 years. We could make this a long, long story if we listed all the business changes since 1968. At one time, after having only two in 1968, we had six financial institutions in town and there are still five, four of them in a one-block area. We have two downtown malls, a very controversial happening in the early 1980s when some older buildings were replaced, and the old creamery building is an office building. Both bakeries are gone, two grocery stores having their own.
There was a radio station that was prominent for a few decades but has basically gone away. The owners of the station tried to hire me as a newsperson in the '70s when I was the Eagle editor but the Eagle owners said no to the idea, even with free advertising for the newspaper thrown in. A U..S. senator from Minnesota offered a job of going to Washington, D.C., to be a liaison to weekly papers in this state and it was tempting. But I still had a child in school here and wanted to be around for that graduation. Two offers came from daily papers but I stuck around and am glad I did, the chance for accompanying fame and fortune falling by the wayside. It turned out to be good to be associated with an organization — ECM Publishing — run by Elmer Andersen that was a classy company.
There have been many, many more big stories through the years. And it's not a secret that not everyone was happy with the newspaper, although we certainly had a lively editorial page with people having the right to express their opinions. That's one of the functions of a community newspaper and it was heartening to see all of the participation, sometimes in letters to the editor and sometimes in a feature we called Other Opinions. It was always an interesting, though often stressful, job.
Fourteen years ago I thought the writing gig was at an end. Turns out it wasn't and I've appreciated those who have expressed that they are occasional or even regularl readers of the blog. We have resurrected the Sports Memories feature and, lately, Memory Lane in a once-a-month format. Again, not everyone agrees with what is written or with subject matter. But that's part of what makes the world go around. I hope to keep going for at least another week or two.
It was a busy night for PHS teams on Tuesday, with some interesting results. Cambridge has been struggling in boys basketball and Princeton was 6-1 and averaging 91 points a game in the M8 when the teams met in Cambridge on Tuesday. So what happened? Cambridge took a 32-27 halftime lead, something I found out while attending the Princeton-Cambridge girls game in Princeton (a 58-23 win for Cambridge). I figured Princeton would make a comeback in the boys game and they did, scoring 50 points in the second half on the way to a 77-61 win . . . Madison James, a junior, hit the 1,000-point mark for her career with a pair of free throws in the girls' loss to Cambridge. She had 13 points for the game . . . The rivalry between Princeton and Monticello in boys hockey has intensified the past 10 years or so. Monticello came away with a 2-1 win Tuesday and I saw the last period and a half. Monticello took a 2-0 lead into the final period but Princeton's hopes were up as they had a power play with 3:50 remaining in a four-minute penalty as the third period began. Princeton peppered the Cambridge goalie with eight shots on that extended power play but didn't score. Then the Tigers didn't get another shot on goal until 5:12 remained in the game and that shot was from outside the blue line. The Tigers had a 3-on-1 breakaway later but didn't get a shot on goal. Princeton coachTodd Frederick pulled his goalie with 1:20 to go in the game and with 57 seconds left in the game Cade Pazdernik, on a pass from Brody Lindquist, buried a wrist shot from about 15 feet out to make the score 2-1 on the team's second shot since the period-opening power play. However, Monticello didn't allow any shots on goal the rest of the game. Princeton had an edge in shots for the game at 27-21 . . . Here's proof that Minnesota high school basketball has shown a dramatic improvement the last 10 to 20 years. When the NCAA basketball polls come out next week it's likely that No. 2 UConn (this week) will be on top after beating No. 1 South Carolina 63-59 in overtime Tuesday night, and Gonzaga will remain as No. 1 in men's basketball. Why bring that up? Both teams are led by freshman point guards from Minnesota - Paige Bueckers from Hopkins and Jalen Suggs from Minnehaha Academy. Bueckers had 32 points in the OT win and became the first player in the storied history of UConn women's basketball to score 30 or more points in three straight games. And Suggs, who also could have gone anywhere he wanted to as a quarterback recruit is lighting it up for Gonzaga. More proof? Chet Holmgren, the 7-1 center from Minnehaha Academy, is regarded by some as the No. 1 high school recruit in the country . . . I see Major League Baseball is changing its baseball a bit. Let's see if that cuts down the crazy home run production now that steroids (maybe) are out of the game. They're also going to start extra-inning games with a runner on second base until one team wins - I don't like that. And I don't like doubleheaders being played as two seven-inning games — it's the major leagues, not a minor league, a college league or a high school league. What are they going to do, give pitchers credit for a complete game if they pitch all seven innings? Ridiculous! . . . The up-and-down Minnesota men's basketball team finally closed out a game with a 71-68 win over No. 25 Purdue Thursday, ending the game on a 15-7 run that included a three by Marcus Carr that banked in. That was luck but the three-pointer he hit just before that wasn't as he scored eight points late in the game, including those two threes in the last minute. The Gophers have now beaten six ranked teams, including five from the Big Ten. Maybe the team's recent struggles aren't such a big surprise when you consider that Minnesota is 309th in the country on shooting percentage for threes, and 306th overall in field goal percentage at 41%. You'd think those statistics would eliminate them from post-season consideration but they do have some grit. Center Liam Robbins, for example, had a tough night defensively against Purdue. and he fouled out against a woeful Nebraska team last Monday, two of the fouls coming 90 feet from the basket he was supposed to defend. But he registered a double-double and blocked four shots against Purdue, a category in which he leads the Big Ten. The key for the last five league games, I think, is the shooting of junior Gabe Kalscheur who shot over 40% on threes as a freshman but has struggled mightily in the two years since, shooting around 20% most of this season. He was 4-for-7 on threes against Purdue and that changed the Minnesota offense dramatically by giving Purdue another shooter to worry about. The team needs a consistent scorer beyond Carr and Robbins. I don't think the team (13-7,6-7 in the Big Ten) is a lock for the NCAA tournament but three wins in the last five games would make them a lock, especially considering the wins over ranked teams.
PRINCETON SPORTS MEMORIES
Feb. 23, 1951 — Princeton beat Cambridge 40-28 to earn a tie with Milaca for the Rum River Conference basketball title. A crowd of 900, largest of the season, attended.
Feb. 25, 1956 — Dick Young and Corky Hatch each scored 15 points but Skeeter Lane, who entered the games with 11 seconds left, scored the winning basket in a 54-53 win over Elk River by the Tigers (8-5, 6-5 in the Rum River)
Feb. 16, 1961 — Cedric Meixell and Joe Hanson advanced to the Region 4 wrestling tournament by placing second in District 16 . . . Princeton (8-9, 4-8 in the Rum River) lost 68-65 to Braham as Bob Bukoskey scored 22 points.
Feb. 24, 1966 — Steve Stay (145 pounds) finished third in District 16 wrestling and advanced to the Region 4 tournament. (Note: There was only one class, with 32 districts and eight regions, at that time.)
Feb. 24, 1971 — Kurt Homstad (103 pounds) was the only Princeton wrestler to advance from District 16 to the region meet . . . Princeton (11-5, 8-4 in the Rum River) beat Foley 63-48 as Mike Barg had 17 points and Pete Metcalf 12.
Feb. 18, 1976 — Princeton (10-9) beat Braham 63-49 to tie with Milaca and Sauk Rapids for second place in the Rum River. Scott Erickson had 16 points and Scott Kelley 15 . . . Laurie Peterson averaged 13.5 points to lead the girls basketball team in scoring and shot 79 percent on free throws.
Feb. 19, 1981 — Jud Erickson broke the 1976 school record of Steve Findell in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.8 . . . Les Nelson scored 16 points and Keven Kiloran and Jim Peterson 12 apiece but Princeton lost 50-48 to Foley.
Feb. 20, 1986 — David Barthel, a former PHS athlete, won the 118-pound title for St. John's University in MIAC wrestling . . . A 66-38 win over Foley clinched the Rum River girls basketball title as Karry Schimming scored 19 points, Kelly Keen 11, and Brenda Blomberg had 14 rebounds and 14 points.
Feb. 21, 1991 — The boys swim team won the Rum River title for the first time as Jamie Bartz won two events and swam on a winning relay team . . . Princeton beat Chisago Lakes 48-43 to move near a conference title as Corrine Lundell had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Rachel Brown 10 points.
Feb. 22, 1996 — After a 2-21 record the previous season the boys basketball team beat Foley 70-66 to win the Rum River Conference title. Chad Olson had 24 points, Jesse James 17 and 10 rebounds, Todd Jackson 12 points and Shawn Stene 10. Jeremy Olson scored 47 points in an 86-81 win over the Foley junior varsity.
Feb. 15, 2001 — A four-game winning streak for the boys basketball team (8-10, 4-5 in the Rum River) ended with an 80-68 loss to St. Michael-Albertville and a 52-43 loss to Chisago Lakes. David Myers had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the St. Michael game and Dane Larsen 14 points . . . The boys hockey team beat Sauk Rapids 4-1 as Cash Christian scored two goals and goalie Kyle Hidlebaugh had 24 saves.
Feb. 16, 2006 — The girls basketball team (5-17, 2-10 in the M8) got its fifth win of the season, 74-51 over Dassel-Cokato, as Tessa Gronli had 25 points and 7 assists, and Katie Loberg had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocked shots and 3 steals . . . The boys hockey team (11-13, 5-6 in the M8) beat Mora 8-2 as Ryan McElhone had three goals and Danny King two.
Feb. 17, 2011 — PHS grad Scott Roehl, playing basketball at Southwest State, was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week for the second time. Roehl had double-doubles, averaging 17.5 points and 14 rebounds, in wins over Concordia-St. Paul and St. Cloud State. He was averaging 14.9 points and 10 rebounds . . . The boys hockey team beat Buffalo 3-2 to sweep the season two-game series as goalie Ryan Carlson had 36 saves.
Feb. 18, 2016 — The PHS wrestling team went 1-1 in the section tournament, beating North Branch 64-9 and losing 37-24 to Milaca, and finished the season at 11-8 . . . The boys hockey team (18-7, 8-4 in the M8) earned the No. 1 seed for the Section 5A tournament, ending the regular season with a 3-2 win over Cambridge, Jake S. Carlson's goal breaking a 2-2 tie with five minutes to go.
Note: Memory Lane will be run once every month with items from that month's editions of the Princeton Union and Princeton Union-Eagle of 25, 50, 75, 100 and 125 years. ago.)
February, 1996 — Princeton 4-Hers Michael Saterbak, Eric Saterbak, Emily McCreight and Jessica Felt, who had won the Minnesota horse judging competition the previous September, won the national competition in Denver.
Wayne Lenz rolled a perfect game (12 strikes) for a 300 game at Princeton Lanes, beating his previous best of 277. His average for the season had gone up from around 180 in previous years to 202 as high averages became commonplace that winter at the Princeton establishment.
Casey Ramirez, the former Princeton resident who created such a stir with a flamboyant style and brought such things as palm trees to the front lawn of City Hall, and $1-per-year leased squad cars to the police department before he was sentenced to two concurrent 20-year sentences in federal prison for drug and tax evasion convictions in 1984, is scheduled for release next month.
A January/February cold stretch hampered efforts of farmers and many others as the temperature was below zero for 18 of 19 days. From Jan. 30 through Feb. 5 the lows were -28, -32, - 37, -39, -35, -31,- 17. The high on Feb. 2 was -16.
The minimum that someone will have to pay to buy the 83-year-old National Guard armory in Princeton is $50,000 when it goes up for bids on April 1. The figure was set by a split vote at a City Council meeting.
The sound of cars crashing into each other at the intersection of LaGrande Avenue and Northland Drive should become less frequent by the time the 1996-97 school year begins. That's because, after three summers of no traffic regulation there, multiple accidents, and scores of complaints, four-way signal lights will be installed. (Note: The intersection is at the main north-south street of Princeton and the road that runs west to the hospital.)
Pamela Jean Dowell of Princeton, a former Princeton police officer, was charged in Sherburne County District Court last week with second-degree assault and terroristic threats, both felonies. The charges arise from allegations made by her husband, Loren Samuelson. Samuelson alleged that she had pointed a loaded gun at him and threatened to kill him. He was able to disarm her, he said, and retrieved another gun the couple owned before locking himself in a bedroom. Dowell was known as Pam Samuelson while a Princeton police officer from June 1989 to March 1994. She filed lawsuits against the Princeton Police Department and Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Department, alleging sexual harassment, Both suits were settled out of court. The city's insurance company paid her $162,500 plus $200,000 for legal fees. County payments were not revealed.
February, 1971 —Kermit Linder of Princeton finished 22nd out of 69 finishers among 301 who started the 500-mile snowmobile race from Winnipeg, Canada, to St. Paul as part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Forrest Bryant of Princeton was the official amateur radio relay man between Isle and St. Paul as the 500-mile race finished, He worked in conjunction with the Ramsey County Radio Club to provide communication for race officials and the press.
Sheriff Al Wilhelm is beginning his third term as the head of law enforcement in Mille Lacs County.
Will the real winners of the district one-act play contest please stand up? That's the way one may react after hearing Princeton's "J.B." cast really placed second in the contest. For some reason the contest manager announced Mora as second and off went Mora and first-place Coon Rapids to the regional contest.
Ron Stolski, head football coach at Princeton for the past six seasons, has resigned to take the head job at Park Center High School, a new school in the Osseo district. Stolski had a 33-15-4 record with two conference titles while here. (Note: Stolski retired after the 2019 season with 389 wins, second-most in Minnesota. He had coached at Brainerd for 45 years and coached for 58 years, one of only three in Minnesota to coach for 50 or more seasons.)
Henchen's locker plant has been sold. New owners are Ray and Ernie Droogsma.
The auxiliary of the local American Legion post was to celebrate its 50th anniversary on Feb.21.
Police Chief Kenneth Zaske acquainted the members of the Princeton Civic Betterment Club with marijuana and other drugs at the club's meeting last week. Zaske attempted to burn a sample of the marijuana so the women could help learn to identify it by smell.
February, 1946 — Whitney's Cafe last Thursday installed a Colt Autosan dishwashing machine which is a great labor saving device. It is the same type of dishwasher that is used by both the Army and the Navy.
Older residents of Princeton will hear with a touch of sadness the announcement that the Princeton Drug store, which has been conducted by the Thomas L. Armitage family for 46 years, has been sold. It has not been a novelty store or a china shop. At all times a skilled pharmacist has been on duty. Alex Kapsner is the new proprietor and comes from Starbuck. He is the brother of Dr. Alfred Kapsner who will soon be coming to the village to practice here.
The worst blizzard since 1941 struck the Northwest on Tuesday night. Trains and buses were stalled and highways blocked north and west of the Twin Cities. Princeton, fortunately, escaped the peak of the storm.
Princeton went down to defeat Friday evening at the hands of the Milaca boys who zoomed to unquestioned victory in the overtime period after an unfortunate argument over the official ending of the fourth quarter. The score was 32 to 27. In the argument there was a clash of tempers and plenty of fireworks. The crowd surged onto the floor and the rooters went back to their seats two or three times before it finally became apparent that there would be a three-minute overtime.
Frank Bigelow, commander of the Princeton American Legion post, states the sum cleared at the stag party at the armory Monday evening was approximately $450. For the floor show the post had secured a master of ceremonies, an accordion player, and two hula girls.
Members of the village council passed an ordinance to establish and operate a municipal liquor store. The council expects to have the store open for business about March 15. According to reports it is to be quite a classy establishment.
Earl Newton is in charge of remodeling of the building leased by the council for the new municipal liquor store and is doing a good job. Before starting work Mr. Newton inspected several liquor stores in the state and is attempting to incorporate some improvements for that type of establishment.
Basketball is a popular indoor sport in this part of the country. It is a game than anyone can understand, even the women. (Note: Editorial written by Grace Dunn, the editor.) It is a good antidote for weariness. Some wit has rightly said that no one can sit on a spirited horse and at the same time nurse a morbid, self-pitying soul. Likewise no one can view a snappy basketball game and at the same time suffer from a feeling of weariness or exhaustion.
February, 1921 — A hard-times party consisting of about 45 young people passed an enjoyable evening at the home of John Keuther on Tuesday.
A.S. Mark and son Bert will start for New York City on a purchasing trip Saturday. (Note: The Marks operated a general store on the corner of the main intersection in Princeton where the musical clock is located. They ran the store for many decades and the building was still there until the early 1980s when the two downtown malls were built. They also donated the land to the city where Mark Park is today.)
The Fremont Woodcock American Legion post has made arrangements to give all ex-servicemen an entertainment at the armory next Thursday night. Among other things there will be a boxing bout of 20 rounds, selections by the Princeton orchestra, card games and refreshments.
Miss Florence Magnus on Saturday returned to her Glendorado home from the Northwestern hospital (Princeton hospital) where her skull was trepanned to remove pressure on the brain. The operation was entirely successful.
In one of the cleverest exhibitions of basketball seen on the local floor this season the Princeton high school defeated the Anoka high school team by the decisive score of 26 to 16.
One hundred tubs of butter were turned out by the Princeton Co-operative creamery last week, 88 of which were shipped to eastern markets.
The weather was so balmy on Tuesday that small boys were playing marbles on the sidewalk. But yesterday a northwest blizzard nipped that pastime in the bud.
In a rather slow and uninteresting game the local high school basketball team defeated the St. Francis quint in the high school auditorium (Note: The auditorium mentioned is the place at Crystal Court Apartments where senior dining meals are held.) Playing far below in all phases of the game, the high school basketball team was defeated by the Mora quint on Monday by a score of 27-17.
February, 1896 — Woodcock and Oakes have just completed the contract for furnishing brick for the normal school at Superior, Wis. They have shipped 400,000 bricks to that point. Farnham Brothers report good sales and say that while the market is reported to be dull, the excellent quality of Princeton brick creates a demand for them. (Note: Those were two different brick-making factories in Princeton at the height of that industry in Princeton that resulted in bricks from Princeton being shipped throughout the United States.)
Three births to one death show the healthy increase by which Mille Lacs County flourishes.
The last legislature passed a good law that provides any person who shall continuously use his business wagon or wagons, and the tires on the wheels are not less than three inches in width, shall be entitled to a deduction of his annual road tax to the sum of $2 for each and every wagon, provided that this amount shall not exceed the amount of half of his taxes.
A fellow named Harrity undertook to paint the town Friday and before he was arrested had succeeded in applying several large daubs of vermillion to different parts of the village. He was finally run in but his fun was not ended. During the evening he set fire to the jail bedding and a serious conflagration might had resulted had not a tramp, sleeping in the corridor, given the alarm. A few pails of water applied to the flames, and the drunk alike, soon put an end to the excitement. Harrity was given 15 days in jail during justice court on Saturday.
The village schools were never in a more prosperous condition. It will soon be necessary to open another room and employ another teacher.
The trains were delayed somewhat by the drifting snow this week.
Doctors O. C.Tarbox and H.C.Cooney of Princeton, and Dr. N.M.Cook of Milaca, have been appointed a pension examining board with headquarters at Princeton. This will be good news to the old soldiers (Note: Of the Civil War) because it means the saving of at least $2 in car fare to them every time they are called upon to go before the board.
(Dorr is the former editor of the Princeton Eagle (2 years) and Princeton Union-Eagle (31 years), and has covered sports in the area for the past 54 years.)