The weather the past few days has been quite severe with the thermometer down to 20 below and a strong wind blowing it made things decidedly unpleasant. Yesterday morning the mercury took a run down and at seven o'clock registered 35 below and this intense cold was not felt as much as the two days previous. <>Come to our town, the metropolis of the county, and we'll show you a model town-one that will make any other town of its size look like 30 cents in Chinese money. We'll show you our schools and churches, our prosperous fraternal societies, our solid business concerns. We'll call your attention to the appearance of the people, their dress, intelligence, health and smiles of prosperous and happy lives.
Died, at her home, six miles northeast of Hunter, on the 22nd inst., Mrs. Lucia E. Corey, aged 62 years, after an illness of sever months.
Lucia E. Wright first saw the light of day on a farm near Jerico, Vermont, on May 7th, 1847, and came to North Dakota in 1879 and was married in 1881.
She is survived by her husband and two sons, Clark and Herbert who are men grown.
“God touched him with his finger and he slept,” the poet wrote. So may we say of this dear life-“God touched her with His finger, and she slept,” but not until a good life was lived, a noble example of patience, fidelity to truth and faith were given. Not until visions of a heavenly life, in Christ Jesus, had cheered and illuminated the valley of the shadow. And now that she sleeps, memory takes up the harp of life, and smiting the strings, finds that her virtues melt into music. So it ever is when a life is nobly and divinely lived. Funeral services were held in the M. E. church and interment made in the Hunter cemetery.
New Commercial Club
A business men's meeting was called for Monday night in the banquet room of the I. O. O. F. hall which was attended by over thirty of the representative business men of the town with a view of organizing a commercial club for the express purpose of furthering the business interest of the town. C. A. Tubbs was appointed temporary chairman and several of those present expressed themselves in hearty approval of the benefit that a commercial body could be to any town.
Everyone present seemed to appreciate the benefit that could be derived from the cooperation of the united effort when exerted through a commercial club. A board of nine trustees was elected and this board will appoint the officers at the next meeting.
After making an early professional call Sunday morning, Dr. Duncan went into the kitchen of his home to get something to eat and in taking down a bracket lamp the burner came loose, the lamp fell smashing the bowl and spilling the oil which caught fire and despite the efforts the Dr. put forth the fire rapidly gained headway and was soon beyond control burning the building to the ground. Considerable furniture along with a large amount of wearing apparel and drugs. The total insurance we understand was $1,700. The Dr. will rebuild.
Byron D. Lane, born Jan. 2nd, 1860, died March 19th, 1909, aged 49 years.
The subject of this sketch was born in De Soto, Wis., and when a young boy moved with his parents to Nashua, Iowa. In 1885 he returned to De Soto and was married to May L. Ketchum, of Princeton, Wis., in July 1876, coming to Hunter in the fall of 1901, having charge of the Great Western elevator here until that building burned about two years ago.
Deceased had stomach trouble which has been bothering him for several months past and which finally developed into that deadly disease, cancer of the stomach, and marked him for a victim causing death sooner than his family anticipated. Mr. Lane leaves a wife, two sons, Leland and Halsey, two sisters, two brothers, and a mother to mourn his untimely demise.
Services were held at the home Sunday afternoon by Rev. Tourtellotte after which the Masons conducted their burial service and took charge of the remains which were interred in the Hunter cemetery. Beautiful cut flowers in profusion were sent by kind friends showing the esteem in which deceased and family are held by our citizens. The funeral was attended by a very large concourse of people
Mr. Lane's sister, Mrs. Hall, of Winfred, S. D., and two brothers, W. L. Lane of Maiden Rock, Wis., and Burt of Trempealeau, Wis., also Mrs. Lane's brother, E. L. Ketchum of Montrose, S. D., arrived in time to attend the last rites of their loved one.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Powlison and family intend moving to Casselton sometime the latter part of next week where they will make their future home where Mr. Powlison will be the manager of the new creamery at that place. The Hunter people regret very much to lose Mr. and Mrs. Powlison who were always willing to help in anything that was requested of them. The Herald joins their many friends in wishing them prosperity in their new location.
Hans Rasmussen was born Feb. 18th, 1869 in Denmark, died at his home in Hunter, April 15th, 1909.
Mr. Rasmussen came to Wisconsin from Denmark in 1888 and then to this state in 1893 and has been in the vicinity of Hunter since that time. He was married in 1894 to Johanne Jorgensen and one boy and two girls were the result of this union. Deceased leaves a wife, three children, three brothers and three sisters to mourn his early demise.
A successful farmer was Hans Rasmussen, a good and loving husband and father, well respected by all his acquaintances. Ill health forced him during the last two years to cease farming and he came to town with his family to live, but being afflicted with that dread malady, diabetes, he gradually sank until death last Thursday morning relived the patient sufferer. His family is left in good circumstances and he was a member of the M. W. A., carrying a policy for $2,000. The funeral services were held in the M. E. church, Saturday at 2 o'clock. Rev. Tourtellotte, officiating. The church and coffin of the deceased was decorated profusely with flowers from friends of the departed one. Interment was made in the Hunter cemetery.
A Mr. Stinson, representing the Acetylene Manufacturing Co., of Minneapolis, was in town Saturday last for a few hours between trains to try and interest the people here in acetylene illumination. An impromptu meeting of the Village Board and some of the citizens was held in the drug store where Mr. Stinson related the advantages and cost of lighting the town and the private residences with acetylene and cited a number of instances where he had installed this system of lighting. A system installed in town could mean a central plant where the gas would be made and mains leading throughout the different streets that could be tapped and leads from the mains running into any private house that would wish the light. Acetylene light itself is the nearest approach to artificial light that we have and would reduce the cost of lighting as against that of kerosene in the majority of homes. A plant to supply the needs of Hunter-and its probably growth for the next ten years would cost in the neighborhood of $5,000. We presume that the Village Board will take the matter up and handle it with perfect satisfaction to the taxpayers as a vote to issue bonds would have to be taken in case no private individual or corporation would decide to complete this enterprise.
The Village is large enough for this system of lighting and the revenue from the patrons would, Mr. Stinson states, pay the entire cost in about five years. This looks like a good investment for the Village but the matter will be thoroughly looked into before any expense accumulates. Let us have light!!
For Better Service
A meeting was hastily called Tuesday afternoon at the Disc Grader office to elect a delegate to go to St. Paul to confer with the railway officials in regard to better railroad facilities than we are expected to have after the contemplated change takes place the 23rd of this month. A call for a delegate from each town from Larimore down to Casselton, will probably result in the sending of one man from each place who will attend the officials in a body and determine if possible what can be done to give us on this line adequate mail and passenger service. J. H. Gale was elected to go from here and left last evening and we hope the conference will result in mutual satisfaction.
Negotiations are pending whereby J. J. Elliott will purchase the ice cream and confection business of W. R. Mitchell. The deal will likely be closed this week. Mr. Mitchell having that along with the harness business to look after consented to dispose of the former.
If the deal goes through Mr. Elliott will occupy the building now used for the harness business while Mr. Mitchell will move his stock of harness next door into his own building.
The commencement exercises of the Hunter State High School held in the opera house Tuesday, was a decided success in every respect. Although a fine rain was falling the opera house was packed to its full capacity by an appreciative audience who listened to the lengthy program rendered. The graduates, six in number, and all girls, were Marjorie May Hall, Ella N. Sayer, Gertrude B. Fisk, Anna J. Dickson, Blanche Dundas and Pauline Mitchell, all of whom carried off their honors nicely. Pauline Mitchell had the honor of being the class valedictorian and Marjorie May Hall that of class salutatory. The program was interspersed with music by the orchestra. The class of '09 are to be congratulated upon their success thus far and it is hoped that the future will bring them many bright prospects as a reward for their labors. The address of the evening was delivered by the Rev. James Batten, of Grand Forks, who took for his subject “The Student at the Bar of Justice.” The address of the Rev. gentleman was a masterly piece of eloquence and oratory and coming on toward the end of the program his remarks of an hour's duration was listened to with attention that clearly showed appreciation. The graduating class of '09 were given much food for thought in the remarks of Rev. Batten that should not be lost sight of in their future development.
A Fatal Accident
A fatal accident occurred to the little daughter of Martin Stockmo who lives on the Moen farm near Greenfield last Thurs. As near as we can learn the particulars the child went into the barn to gather the eggs and climbed upon a box which tipped over, throwing her to the floor and breaking her neck. The little girl was three years of age and the only child. The funeral was held at Galesburg Fri. Mr. and Mrs. Stockmo have the sympathy of the community in this untimely accident.
Injured by Lightning
Last Wednesday while County Commissioner Henry Heath was in one of the buildings on his place, which is situated ten miles southeast of Hunter, a storm came up and lightning struck the building in which he was, shocking him seriously. The bolt seemed to have struck him along the face first, and then passed along down the body.
A New Industry
T. J. Frank is erecting a building along on the railway right of way just north of the Cornwall elevator, which is to be used as a potatoe warehouse. It will be a frame building twenty by thirty feet, with a concrete foundation seven feet deep, which will give ample space for storing a large amount of tubers. It is Mr. Frank's intention to ship the potatoes for the grower or buy them and he urges the farmers to put in a few acres of potatoes each year as there are advantages to the farmer who engages in this industry, which he might well consider. Should he summer fallow and plant them he will not only gain the advantages of the plowing but will receive a revenue from the crop which he harvests. In this way the land will not be idle. There is most always a good market for potatoes and when one considers the profits derived it seems that there is better money in it than raising wheat. The element of chance is not so great and the cost of harvesting less.
Disc Grader and Plow Co. and National Hog Feeder Co. will Have Headquarters in Minneapolis
We regret very much this week to chronicle the fact that the National Hog Feeder Company and the Disc Grader and Plow Company have decided to locate in Minneapolis. This move has been in the minds of the mangers of the two companies for a long time and is no hasty action on their part. The Disc Grader business has been of such a nature and it could be carried on in Hunter for some time to come, but the business of the Hog Feeder Co. has grown so rapidly and to such a large extent that it was deemed wise to make the move contemplated upon as the business will be so much more centralized that better results will follow. The office effects of the two companies will be shipped to Minneapolis some time next week where all arrangements have been made for office room. Secretary E. F. Morey will move his family and household effects there within a short time, and W. H. Simmons who has always taken an active part in the management will become with his family, a resident of Minneapolis. It is with regret that we lose the two families. The National Hod Feeder Co's. business has advanced so rapidly from a slow beginning that it has the management guessing as to the future of the concern.
It was a hard matter for the company to dispose of any of its stock when first offered and now that people see that the machine has a bright future before it the office is besieged with requests for stock and no more to be hand-it is off the market.
W. H. Simmons Resigns
As cashier of First National and Peter McLachlin takes him place At a meeting of the directors of First National Bank, held in the bank parlors Tuesday evening, W. H. Simmons handed in his resignation to take effect Nov. 1st, which was accepted. Peter McLachlin was chosen as cashier to start his duties Nov. 1st, and Mr. Simmons was elected 2nd vice-president. Mr. Simmons has held the position of cashier of the institution for the past seventeen years where he has labored for the steady and substantial growth of the institution and his resignation did not come as a surprise to the bank officials. Mrs. Simmons will devote his entire time to the business of the National Hog Feeder Co., and will move with his family to Minneapolis in a short time. His successor, Peter McLachlin, is too well known to our readers to need any word of introduction more than to say that his business ability well qualifies him for the position which he has just been elected to fill.
The silver wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wolfe took place at their country home Wednesday of last week at which about 250 guests attended. Space will not permit us to make mention of the guests or the many beautiful presents received from friends far and near. The guests sat down to an elaborate spread at noon and six o'clock. A mock marriage was performed with the host and hostess by Rev. Freytag, who congratulated them upon their completion of twenty-five years of happy union and gave them kindly advice for the future. After supper dancing was indulged in for a short time and with congratulations and good wishes from both sides the guests departed for home.
W. H. Simmons
In the departure of Mr. Simmons and family for their new home in Minneapolis, the village is minus one of her best citizens.
Mr. Simmons was born in Sacramento City, Cal., in March, 1859, and with his parents settled in Quechee, Vt., where he remained for nine years, thence moved to Woodstock, in the same state, at which place he lived for three years. He came west to Casselton and secured employment with the N. P. as helper in the depot at that place and when the N. P. sold to the G. N. he was transferred to Hunter in 1881 and took charge of the depot here and held the position for eleven years. When Mr. Simmons arrived in Hunter, Blanchard was the terminus of the road and Hunter contained but four buildings, viz: Evan Johnson's dwelling, the section house, an elevator and the depot. Little railroading was done on the line between Casselton and Blanchard at that time, just two trains each way each week. After leaving the employ of the railway company he accepted the position as cashier of the Cass County Bank and held the same office up to the first of this month, for a period of eighteen years.
Mr. Simmons was married in Dec. 1886 to Marion E., daughter of our respected townspeople, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Muir.
A water train on the G. N., a little below Casselton, crashed into a through freight while that train was standing on the track, killing brakeman, B. H. Sandford and setting fire to the caboose and a car of merchandise which was entirely consumed and Sandford's body cremated. The accident happened about 12 o'clock Saturday night during the storm. The conductor who was on the rear platform of the freight had barely time to yell to his men to jump before the crash came. They all got out safe but Sandford who had been in the company's employ but a few months.
Hunter State High School
A brief resume of the courses, grades, equipment and educational advantages-manual training added
It may be of interest to the citizens of the surrounding community to know that there are but few towns the size of Hunter that can boast of a school system as excellent as the one located in our own village.
It is not necessary for the young man or woman to go to the extra expense of attending school in the larger towns as all of the advantages that are offered by the larger schools are offered by the Hunter Public Schools.
It consists of all the departments that belong to the secondary school system and offers a full twelve year course, which consists of eight year's work in the grades and four in the high school.
First; in regard to the building; it is a well built frame structure, well lighted, and heated by steam. Being well aware of the fact that good equipment is necessary for practical work along all lines, the Board of Education has provided abundantly for this purpose and every department is well equipped with apparatus of various kinds for the successful carrying on of the work.
There are four large rooms devoted to the work of the grades, four to the work of the high school, one room which is occupied by the library and one used for manual training.
The work done in the lower grades is thorough and of excellent quality; it is not “how much but how well.”
Great effort is put forth to lead the pupil to put his knowledge into practice as far as possible; to educate him so that he may be able to use what knowledge he has; also to give him an all-around development so that he may be a useful member of society; so that he may make a good citizen of the community in which he will live. In addition to the subjects usually offered in the common schools, music, drawing and some forms of manual training are given. There is no reason why the pupils of our community should not gain a knowledge of these arts and thus have as excellent advantages as the pupil in the larger town.
After the eight years in the grades the high school is then open and offers the finishing touches to the child's common school education.
This being a state high school, there is no tuition and any pupil within the state has the privilege of attending without charge.
In order to inform the public of the organization and work, below will be given a brief synopsis of the work by departments..
The department in English is strong and offers all the work prescribed by the state manual for the secondary school.
There are four year's work in the study of English and American authors, practice in the use of the English language and in the reading and interpretation of master pieces.
The aim is to teach the pupil to become conversant with English in its most acceptable forms and to thoroughly train him in its use.
The department of Mathematics offers a year's work in Elementary Algebra, one year in Plane Geometry, one half year in Solid and a half year in Advanced Arithmetic.
In the languages the usual four years are devoted to the study of Latin, which consists of one year each, Beginning Latin, Caesar, Cicero and Vergil. A course of two years work in German is offered besides two years in Greek.
In the science department, the following subjects are offered: A course in Physics covering a year; this includes besides the text an average amount of laboratory work. One year in Chemistry; one in botany; one half year each in Physical Geography and Commercial Geography.
The laboratory facilities are excellent, the assortment for Physics and Chemistry is far superior to that possessed by many of our larger schools. The experimental work in the former subject along the line of mechanics, lights, electricity, sound etc., is very practical and of as excellent quality as found anywhere, which is due in a large degree to the quality of the apparatus possessed by the school. In chemistry there are ample equipment and chemicals to work out such a course in Analytical Chemistry as is usually prescribed. The school possesses a set of meteorological instruments which are used in taking daily weather observations by those interested in physiography. There is a fair equipment in botany which will be increased as the work progresses.
In the department of history, one year's work in Ancient History, one half year in Civics and one half year in Advanced U. S. History are required and courses in Modern and English History elective.
A course in bookkeeping and business law is offered. In this department a system is used, in which the work conforms as nearly as possible to the transactions of business affairs in actual life.
The Board of Education recently installed the Beardsley system of manual training, which consists of sewing for girls and bench work for boys. These courses are open to all boys and girls above and including the sixth grade.
There is a good reference library and a fair general library. These are being built up quite rapidly.
The following is the enrollment by grades for the year 1909-1910. 1st grade, 18; 2nd grade, 22; 3rd grade 18; 4th grade, 12; 5th grade, 12; 6th grade, 9; 7th grade, 17; 8th grade, 10, total in grades 118. Enrollment of High School: 9th grade, 21; 10th grade, 6; 11th grade, 11; 12th grade, 2; total in High School, 40.
In this article mention should be made of the cordial cooperation of the patrons of the school. It is only when the parent, the pupil and the teacher work together, that the best of results are accomplished; and the spirit that pervades the community is felt in the work. The personnel of the pupils must not be overlooked. A person may travel far before they will find a spirit of deeper interest and greater industry than is found among the pupils of Hunter Public Schools. It is this spirit of enthusiasm and interest that makes a good school and causes them to attain the standard of excellence and nowhere do we find the patrons supporting their schools in a more loyal manner.
Of Hunter High School-a brief account of its graduates-what they are doing
It may be interesting to know what the graduates of our schools are doing since leaving their Alma Mater, and in order to inform our readers we give a list and a few statements regarding them.
The first class that was graduated from the school was that of 1902 and consisted of two members, Robert Muir and L. Ray Critchfield. After graduation Robert taught school for a while and then entered the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated as a law student last spring. He has been engaged in the land business with his brother but expects soon to hang out his shingle and practice his chosen profession. Ray Critchfield, the second member, went to the University of Minnesota, graduating from the College of Medicine the spring of 1909 after six years attendance. After practicing at Hatton he located at Steele, N. D., where he is engaged in the art of healing.
The class of 1903 consisted of three members, Ethel Shortly, Etta Fisk and Robert Hamilton. Ethel Shortly graduated from Mayville Normal, after which she taught in the High School at Tower City for two years. She is now married, her address being Mrs. A. D. Frazer, Shafer, N. D. Etta Fisk attended Mayville Normal, thus fitting herself for the profession of teaching. Upon graduation she taught school at various places, the last being Amenia, from which position she resigned to take up a claim in Montana. Her work as a primary teacher was excellent and wherever she has been we hear nothing but words of commendation. Robert Hamilton became a registered pharmacist, holding various positions in that capacity. At present he is located on a claim in Montana.
The two classes just mentioned graduated under W. C. T. Adams who was principal of the school at that time.
The class of 1904 was composed of three members, Effie Eaman, Albert Farnham and Burke Critchfield. Effie finished a teacher's course at the Mayville Normal and soon after accepted a position in the primary department of the Casselton schools, where she remained for three years but resigned at the end of the third year to accept a similar position in the Hunter schools. Here she served one year but declined a re-election because of anticipating a removal to Montana. Burke Critchfield, after completing the high school course, attended the U. of M. one year. He then spent a year farming after which he attended the A. C. pursuing a course in agriculture, which he completed last spring, with credit. He spent the summer of 1908 in Montana with a surveying party. At the present time he is holding a position as instructor at the A. C. Albert Farnham entered the University of North Dakota in 1904 from which institution he graduated in 1908. He is now instructor at the University.
This class graduated under J. F. Selleck who served one year as principal.
The class of 1905 numbered four, Julia Simmons, Ralph Critchfield, June Turner and Maud Brenner. After graduation Julia entered the University of Minnesota where she graduated the spring of 1909. Since that time she has remained in Hunter, recently removing to Minneapolis with her parents. Ralph Critchfield entered the U. of M. the fall of 1906 and is spending his third year there. He taught school in the Moody district in 1907. Since graduating June Turner took up a course in the Dakota Business College; since that time she has been at home with her parents. Maud Brenner was married on commencement night to Walter McGee. Three years ago they removed to Heaton where Walter held the position of clerk for Barber & Wergin. A year later they moved to St. John, N. D., where they are at present.
The class of 1906 consisted of Lydia Fredrickson, Marjorie Simmons, Sadie Torrence, Susie Adams, Effie Turner, Minnie Young, Roy Limburg and Inez Mitchell. Lydia Fredrickson entered the Fargo College the fall of 1906 from which institution she will graduate the spring of 1910. Marjorie Simmons entered the University of Minnesota 1906 and will complete her course next spring. Sadie Torrence entered Mayville Normal in 1906, graduating from the teachers course. Since that time she has been engaged in teaching; at present she is located at Churchs Ferry, this being her second year at that place. Effie Turner graduated from Mayville Normal in 1907. She was engaged in the Intermediate Department at Webster, N. D. which position she held for two years. Her location at present is Sarles, N. D. Minnie Young completed the teacher's course at Mayville in 1907; she spent two years at Webster, N. D., and at present is teaching at Langdon. Inez Mitchell graduated from the Mayville Normal 1907; since that time she has been engaged in teaching. She taught one year at Medina and at present she is teaching at Weible, this being her second year in this position. Roy Limburg was a sufferer of that dread disease consumption, which afflicted him a great deal during his last year in the high school. During the summer after graduation he steadily declined in health, until his eyes were closed in death Jan. 8, 1907. Susie Adams graduated from Mayville, 1908; since that time she has been teaching. She taught one year at Buxton and she is now engaged at Arthur.
The classes of 1905 and 1906 were graduated during the principalship of J. E. McCartney.
The class of 1907 numbered seven: Grace Willison, Mable Farnham, Bernice Vosburg, Mildred Vosburg, Jessie Hockridge, Bella Dundas and Eva Robinson. Grace Willison removed to the state of Washington soon after graduation, where she has since been making her home. Mabel Farnham entered matrimony soon after graduation and her present address is Mrs. L. E. Bowers, Miles City, Mont. Bernice Vosburg graduated from Mayville 1908. She is teaching rural school near her Arthur home. Mildred Vosburg completed the teachers course at Mayville 1908. She is engaged in teaching at the Miller School near Hunter. Since graduation Jessie Hockridge has been teaching, one year near Erie and the present year near Amenia. Bella Dundas began teaching the fall of 1908. The present year being near Lidgerwood, N. D. Eva Robinson graduated from Mayville Normal 1908. She has been engaged in teaching at Conway for the last two years.
The class of 1908 claims the honor of having more boys than girls. It consisted of Jessie Rogers, William Eaman, John Brenner, Halsey Lane and Harry Gale. Jessie Rogers is at home and acts as assistant to her father in the Post Office. William Eaman was employed as clerk in Z. F. Hamilton's drug store for two years, after which he did work in pharmacy at the A. C. At present he is employed by C. R. Hamilton at Sherwood, N. D. John Brenner entered the University of North Dakota the fall of 1908 and is a student in the Engineering course. Halsey Lane has been in the employ of Z. F. Hamilton since graduation and expects to follow pill mixing as a profession. Harry Gale entered the University of North Dakota as a student the fall of 1908 and expects to complete a business course there.
The class of 1909 consists of six girls, Blanche Dundas, Pauline Mitchell, Gertrude Fisk, Ella Sayer, Annie Dickson and Marjorie Hall. Blanche Dundas went to summer school at Fargo and has been teaching near Ligerwood, N. D. Pauline Mitchell suffered from a severe illness soon after graduation, but has recovered and is living with her parents Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Robinson. Ella Sayer is living with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sayer northwest of town. Gertrude Fisk attended summer school at Fargo and since the beginning of the school year has been teaching in the Moody school. Annie Dickson entered Mayville Normal the fall of 1909, from which she will graduate in the teachers course. Marjorie Hall, upon graduation, returned to her home at Winfred, S. D., where she is now engaged in teaching.
Miss Hazelle Eamon left Monday for Milroy to meet her intended, J. E. Bruton. They were married at Hansboro Tuesday at noon by Rev. Tourtellotte and returned to Hunter last night. The many admiring friends of the contracting parties are congratulating the happy young couple. The bride has lived in Hunter many years and was a favorite among the young people of the town. The groom is well known in Hunter and is engaged at the present time in business at Milroy, in McHenry county. Mr. and Mrs. Bruton will remain here until next Friday when they will return to their new home, with the best wishes of their many friends.