Aberdeen Weekly News
Aberdeen Weekly News
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Description: Territorial Tidbits

Date: November 6 1885

Newspaper published in: Aberdeen, SD

Page/Column: 2

Territorial Tidbits

Three new elevators are being built at Grand Rapids.

Blackbirds are plundering the corn fields near Jamestown.

The United Presbyterians are building a church at Sterling.

Several large bears have been killed in Pembina County recently.

The last boat of the season for Poplar River left Bismarck November 1.

A. T. Smith, a prominent citizen of Carrington, died of heart disease.

Lawrence County has an outstanding indebtedness of over $700,000.

The artesian well at Milbank is down about 400 feet and water is looked for soon.

The vote on artesian well bonds at Ellendale resulted in 101 for and 1 against bonds.

A large number of settlers on the old reservation are proving up their lands at Wilmot.

It is stated that out of the 43 more recent births at Fargo, 40 were not boys.

Hon. Mark H. Dunnell will open a bank in New Rockford about the first of December.

The Sisseton Sioux wish to relinquish their reservation and take up lands under the general lands.

During the last month, six pairs of twins were born in Fargo. Dakota's climate is truly exhilarating.

William Schroeder, of Meckling, harvested 300 bushels of potatoes from a little less than an acre of ground.

It is rumored that Hon. D. M. Kelleher of Jamestown will be appointed as Chief Deputy United States Marshal.

Fred Nelson was accidentally shot by F. G. Ames while duck shooting near Verona. The wound is serious and may prove fatal.

A Sioux Indian at one of the agencies has recently learned to ride a bicycle. He swapped several ponies for a wheel and now goes hunting on a bicycle.

Beresford has raised $1,000 as a bonus to be given to some responsible parties who will agree to build a flouring mill and equip it with the necessary machinery.

The Territorial Penitentiary contains 83 convicts, of whom two are women, both in for murder. The Government wing of the prison is unoccupied.

Beresford has a bank now, doing business under the name of the Union Banking Company. Joseph Schaetzel, Sr., is president and Henry Schaetzel cashier.

A farm hand named Stewart attempted to outrage Lydia Smith at Casselton, but the cries of the woman brought assistance and the brute was lodged in jail.

Shufelt & Westover, a Chicago law firm, has been awarded $10,000 damages in a case against F. G. Roberts, principal owner of the Fargo "Republican." They brought suit for libel.

The gun store of James McLaughlin at Fargo was broken open and a large amount of guns and ammunition secured. This is the second time this season this store has been robbed.

William Woodford of Tiffany, while fighting a fire in some tall grass, was badly burned, and at last account was in a precarious condition. Two of his horses were also badly injured.

Miss Cynthia E. Cleveland, the Dakota lawyeress, temperance lecturess, etc., has been appointed to a clerkship in the Treasury Department at Washington at a salary of $1,000 a year.

A number of Mandan stock men report that they have lost a good many head of cattle through the prairie fires this season, the fires causing the cattle to scatter and get lost from the herds.

The Capitol building at Bismarck caught fire Thursday, the packing around the basement steam pipes being ignited by hot ashes. The fire was extinguished before any serious damage was done.

A North Dakota farmer drove home from town with his family and ten pounds of gunpowder. He lighted his pipe. His wife was buried next day. The balance of the family will recover.

A. J. Woodmansee of Steele, Kidder County, thrashed 3,253 bushels of wheat from 100 acres of land. The yield of wheat in Kidder County this season has been magnificent and farmers are happy.

Hon. George H. Barnes, President of the Northern Pacific Elevator System, has given notice that he will donate $50,000 towards founding a Congregational College at Fargo, to be called the Barnes University.

Henry Hiller, a farmer living near Lake Jesse, Griggs County, was cut in a terrible manner in an altercation with a neighbor. The weapon used as a jack-knife. The wounds will probably prove fatal.

Last year there were nearly 700,000 bushels of wheat marketed at Groton, while this year the estimate is placed at a round million. It is no uncommon thing there to see 25,000 bushels produced from one farm.

It is alleged that some of the officials of the Traill County Insurance Association have been using their official position for personal gain. An investigation will be made and a strict account of the business of the company demanded.

Major Buttz, District Attorney of Ransom County, is under arrest at Buttzville for trying to commit a nameless and awful crime on a little 12-year old girl. Mob violence is threatened. Buttz is one of Lisbon's most prominent citizens.

Army people are urging that the Fort Lincoln Post be moved from its present location to Rock Haven Landing. This would give the post water transportation and it could readily be connected with the railroad by means of a spur track from Mandan.

A son of Mr. Northfield, living near Michigan City, Nelson County, while playing with a gun, accidentally discharge the weapon, instantly killing a younger brother and seriously wounding a sister, the charge penetrating her shoulder and lungs.

L. Leppelman, father of the owner of the Hat Creek Ranch near Deadwood, while cleaning out a gun, accidentally shot and instantly killed Frank Haven, who was at work some yards away. Mr. Leppelman was exonerated from all blame in the matter.

Although Devil's Lake is a place of 1,000 population, it has not been able to stir up interest enough to start a graveyard. There have been but few deaths, which is accounted for by the reason that there is but little encouragement given to persons to die there.

Rev. I. N. Pardee has consented to accept the invitation of several ministers in the Black Hills region to dedicate churches there, with the understanding that they will furnish him with a cabinet of geological specimens from that country for the Dakota University.

Goodwin Sparling, one of the proprietors of the Sparling House at Steele, has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to set fire to a block of buildings, and bound over in $500. The evidence against him is said to be very slim, and the Grand Jury will probably dismiss the case.

H. B. and H. W. Gogarty were arrested at Beaver Creek, charged with carrying concealed weapons. H. G. Gogarty and wife have not been living together, and last week the above parties visited her, and intimidating her by the display of revolvers, took away her youngest child.

The first furrow ever turned in Towner County was in May 1883 by D. W. McCanna, who removed there from Mower County, Minnesota. Mr. McCanna now has a fine farm, and this season raised 10,000 bushels of grain. He is a sample farmer in one of the newest counties in the Territory.

The stock of the Dickinson Cattle Company in the Belle Fourche country has been rounded up, and the beeves shipped to Chicago. The cattle on the range have picked up considerably within the past six weeks and are now in fine condition. There have been no disastrous prairie fires in that neighborhood.

James Ryan, a carpenter employed on the Belding House at Groton died suddenly the other night, heart disease being the cause. The Coroner found $1,800 in certified checks on his body. He was also the owner of valuable property near Ipswich. His body was forwarded to Dubuque, Iowa, where he had relatives.

Old Col. Thompson of Bismarck is a character at Washington, his mission there being to secure the appointment of his son to a receivership of a land office. He was a captain under General Custer and is the man referred to by Mrs. Custer in her book "Boots and Saddles," as the "man who never used water externally or internally."

In view of the recent alarming revelations concerning the mismanagement of the affairs of Lawrence County, a petition has been circulated and extensively signed calling a mass meeting to be held at Deadwood to discuss the situation, to correct the errors if possible, and to devise means to protect the interest of the taxpayers in the future.

Recent reports from the cattle men in the Bad Lands show that the first accounts of the damage to the ranges from prairie fires were greatly exaggerated. In fact, the direct damage done to the ranges was inconsiderable. The fire was mostly confined to a strip of country about 18 miles on either side of the railroad's right-of-way, while the ranches are generally located from 25 to 80 miles back from the track. The stockmen suffered the most by the destruction of their drives to the track.

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