News: Greenwood Gleaner  (6 Sep 1906)


Contact: Arlene Peil



Surnames: Stair,


----Source: Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Clark Co., Wis.)   09/06/1906




Word received from J. B. Stair, Des Moines, Iowa, states that they are all well and everything is moving along nicely. He sends his regards to all the boys.


Cyclone, McDonald Co., Mo., Aug. 29, 1906. J. E. Noyes, Dear Sir: My old friends will no doubt be surprised to hear that I have sold my place in Joplin for a forty acre farm in McDonald Co., Mo. It is somewhere near the Ozak mountains. Pineville is the county seat of McDonald Co. and is 12 miles from where we live. Sugar creek lies on the east and west of us, a great place for fish, bass, pickerel, and eels.


We live half a mile from a store and school. I think I have a fine place. I gave $300 for it. There is all kinds of fruit such as apples, pears, plums, grapes and other small fruit; two springs of ice cold water. Black walnut and hickory timber. My stock consists of 90 chickens, one cow and one pig.


Hoping these few lines may find all my old friends and neighbors well and happy as it leaves us I am as ever, Yours truly, -- Curtis Markham.


P. S. The good old Gleaner, please forward right along. I could not get along without it.


Arch Beach, California, Aug 26th, 1906. Editor Gleaner, Dear Sir: I left Mayer, Arizona, July 28th for southern California. One wonders as they ride through the long, barren desert between Ash Fork, Ariz. and San Bordeno, Cal. that there could ever be such a beautiful country exist at its terminus. But as we strike Riverside, what a change. It is transformed into an Eden of vines, fruit and flower, and the joy of all this bloom is in the air. From burning heat we emerge into a cool and sweet scented veritable paradise. Vast orange, lemon and walnut groves on either side and the swift flowing water of the irrigating ditches bring cooling draughts in through the windows as we glide by. Following these twisting gurgling streams, our train carries us deeper and deeper into the heart of the green country, depositing us at last in the charming little city of Orange. I soon found the artistic home of our old friends Mr. and Mrs. B of Neillsville embowered in a lace work of climbing roses, honeysuckles and vines, reminding me that their habits were the same here as they were there, only with perfect climatic conditions in which all things grow the year round. In my wanderings in the grounds next day I found a lemon tree laden with fine fruit. I secured enough for a delicious pie and baked it with orange wood. Isn’t that style? I felt quite elated over it. I have since visited Los Angeles, Pomona and Santa Anna where Prof. Oakley, formerly of Neillsville, is principal of one of the large schools. Did not meet them as they were away on a vacation. His wife was Dimple French of Neillsville. Pomona, like all other places in southern Cal., is beautiful in all its appointments, cool delightful summer all the year round. I visited Mrs. Perro of Chicago. They came here twelve years ago. She took me riding through the park, a road winding from base to top of a mountain set out with eucalyptus, palm, camphor, pepper, accacia (monkey tree) and magnolia trees, flowers of every description set in such a way that all can be irrigated from the large reservoirs at the summit. This is called Garvanzo Park. Mrs. Perro is eighty years old but is as bright, intellectual and interesting as a woman of forty. Mr. Perro died two years ago and is buried under a large sycamore in one of the loveliest spots I ever saw.


A week ago Mr. and Mrs. B and I came down from Orange to Arch Beach where she owns a lovely cottage overlooking the grand old ocean. I have read that the Pacific was far more peaceful than the Atlantic, but I can’t see any difference as I stand on the beach and watch its constant agitation boom, and roar. You venture near only to be chased back with flying feet to elude its white and scathing fury. A lady took me down to the beach for a drive. There were handsome cottages built with all modern improvements all along the way. Many are closed and their owners are in Europe but return here for the winter. Many built out over the waters, their sturdy pillars catching at the rolling thunderous waves, tossing them back an forth like playthings. We climb the cliffs and go down into valleys until we reach a spot entirely surrounded by peaks and gigantic boulders. We drive into this canyon, first a shallow brook, a strip of green meadow and a well-worn path run side by side between its rocky heights along its whole extent. At the end of the vista we come out to a plateau of forty acres, an orchard garden and nursery, rows and rows of fine apple trees (apple trees are very scarce in Cal.) olives, figs, apricots, peaches, oranges, lemons and nectarines with a back ground of tall eucalyptus and sycamores at the base of the cliffs. There is a real romance connected with this spot called Aliso, meaning sycamore. 36 years ago one Mr. G. W. Thurston, owing to some difficulty in the Mormon church at Salt Lake and having one little girl stolen by the Indians and was never heard from, decided to seek fields unknown. He with his wife and two little boys came overland into the depths of this, at that time unknown country, found this little retreat and buried themselves as it were from all humanity. Their nearest market was Los Angeles 58 miles north, and San Diego 80 miles south. Here they lived and raised a family of fifteen children, thirteen of whom are living. They never had a doctor, a church, a school. There are nine girls and four boys all well educated. It was my pleasure to meet one of the daughters and seldom if ever have I met a brighter, better posted woman than she. The mother lives in Santa Anna, the children are all scattered. One son Joe, who for fifteen years lived a recluse selling the wealth of his garden that produces in grand abundance every conceivable kind of vegetable to be thought of. Winters he closes his handsome house and goes to Los Angeles to study law.


They were children reared by mother nature but she can be proud of her handiwork. These children grasped an opportunity for learning as eagerly as a weary traveler, dying of thirst, does a cup of cold water, and I can but say, God speed them.


In a week I shall visit San Diego and shall pass near Madam Modjeska’s cottage and grounds eight miles from here. Twenty years ago I heard her in Chicago and was charmed with her and they tell me she still plays with the old time zeal. She is a Pole and is travelling in Europe. She is to play one year more before retiring from the stage.


Your sincerely, -- Mrs. R. Schofield.


Queer Present for Jockey.


Early in his career Fordham, the great English rider, received perhaps the most remarkable present ever offered to a jockey. He had, by brilliant horsemanship, pulled off a race on a horse which started a complete outsider, and had won something like $50,000 for its fortunate owner. Not unnaturally the jockey expected a substantial recognition of his skill, and his feeling may rather be imagined than described when the owner gave him a pat on the back and placed in his hand a package of candy.




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At Kelley’s Crossing Yesterday Afternoon - Man Killed.


The community was shocked yesterday afternoon to learn that the Foster work train, which is hauling gravel from the pit west of Black River to the new extension above Bright, had run into and killed Albert Stabnaw and injured his two-year-old girl so that the chances for its recovery are small. The accident, which occurred at the crossing just south of the Kelly place which Mr. Stabnaw owned, was witnessed by Foster and the fireman - Will running the engine - and by Mrs. Wm. Foster and Father Garitz who happened to be on the car next to the engine, and by the victim’s wife, Mrs. Alice Stabnaw, who was at home and saw the train approaching and her husband whipping the horses, evidently trying to get over the track ahead of the train.


It looks as though Mr. Stabnaw who was driving his team hitched to a lumber wagon, going after a load of gravel, and was accompanied by the little girl who always wanted to ride with her papa, must have been attending the baby and never noticed the train until he was just at the track and then thought to get over first.


The wagon seems to have been struck at about the front wheels and was knocked all to pieces and thrown for several rods along the track, indicating that the train was going at a good rate of speed. The horses were unhurt. The engine was backing up, drawing the empty cars, so that from all appearances the tender struck Mr. Stabnaw in the head as it knocked the wagon. He was thrown about three rods to one side of the track, his head being badly smashed, but other wise uninjured. He certainly never realized what struck him.


The baby was thrown some two rods or more farther down on the opposite side of the track. Mrs. Stabnaw, who witnessed the whole affair, rushed to the scene and was quickly at the baby’s side, who was unconscious.


The engine was run to town and Will Foster phoned up for Dr. Schofield and left orders for a jury to be summoned and brought out which was done. The Gleaner man, who was early at the scene of the accident, left shortly after the jury began its deliberations, and further particulars must come in next week’s issue.


School Opened Monday.


Greenwood public schools opened Monday morning with a large attendance, though there are still more to come in a little later on as is usually the case. The teaching force for the coming year is as follows.


Prof. A. J. Austin, principal.

Miss Elizabeth Kennedy, assistant.

Miss Maud Damon, grammar.

Miss Mabel Rossman, intermediate.

Mrs. Fred Oelig, second primary.

Miss Edith Klein, primary.

Jack Stevens, janitor.


The school board, with which was left the matter of renting a room and establishing a kindergarten, has decided to do nothing with the proposition for the present. They believe that it will be better to secure another assistant for the high school and add a two years’ course in German to the curriculum. This would entitle the graduates of the high school to enter the State University and other finishing schools without examination, or in other words would place the Greenwood school on the accredited list. There has been more or less disappointment each year on the part of some of the graduates that their course did not include German so they could go to the University.


The school opens this year under about the same course of study as has been used in the past few years and will run that way until the board and principal are able to determine definitely about providing room for an additional teacher. Owing to the primary department being so crowded the grades and high school are cramped for room.


What the board feel that the school ought to have is another building to which the primary departments could be removed, leaving the present building entirely free for the higher grades and high school, the latter having the entire upper floor which would give them ample room and allow for another assistant. It is possible that a special meeting of the electors of the district will be called a little later, to discuss the situation.


London’s Garbage.


About 80,000 tons of dust and refuse is taken away in barges from London every year.



Mrs. W. T. Hendren has been spending the past week with friends in Neillsville.


R. F.  Kountz was up from Neillsville a few days this past week advising with the city dads.


Get your souvenir postals with scenes of Greenwood and vicinity, at the Krause studio.


Dimple Harlow began teaching her first term of school Monday in the Braun settlement.


The Ladies of the Altar society will meet Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the home of Mrs. R. A. Masters.


Mrs. A. E. Palms left Thursday morning for a month’s visit with relatives in Tioga and Hudson.


Dr. J. C. Baker ha been laid up a few days the past week but is better now and able to be around.


Mrs. E. K. Sheets went to St. Paul Monday to buy millinery goods and take in the Minnesota state fair.


Clare Barber came up from Warrens Saturday to spend a few weeks with her sister, Mrs. J. C. Baker.


Wm. Miller’s house is receiving a new dress of paint which will give the place an improved appearance.


Ansil Withee went to Minneapolis Monday to take in the state fair and to look after property interests he has there.


Kings’ Daughters will meet with Miss Damon Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2 p. m. sharp. All are requested to be present.


Joseph Klinke and Albert Eidsmoe left Saturday morning for La Crosse to take a business course in Toland’s University.


Mrs. Victor Le Caire of West De Pere and Eva Delaney of Fairchild visited Mrs. Albert Delaney the first of the week.


Arthur S. Ames of Stoughton arrived Monday evening for a few days visit with his father and mother Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Ames.


Mrs. Oscar Belden returned to her home in Mondovi Saturday after a short visit with the John Stanton and L. Howe families.


Gladice Cummings went to Loyal Saturday where she is engaged to teach in the intermediate department of the public school.


Jesse Lowe, accompanied by Miss Belle Counsell and Mrs. G. M. Philips, drove up from Neillsville Monday with Mrs. W. T. Hendren.


Miss Stella Barber of Warrens, who spent a week with her sister Mrs. J. C. Baker, left Friday morning for Minneapolis where she is a teacher in the public schools.


Mr. and Mrs. Anon Kellisvig returned to their home in the town of York, Green county, last Thursday after spending a few weeks with their son Carl and wife west of the river.


Hugh Meek took his brother Ralph’s place on the run from Marshfield Saturday night so as to spend Sunday with his mother and the home folks, returning to the main line run Monday.


Foster McIllhatton drove over from Spencer Saturday with Miss Damon and her niece Genevieve Ackerman, the latter returning to Spencer where she will attend school this coming year.


I have on hand five of the latest styles of organs which I will close out within the next thirty days at factory prices and on terms to suit the purchasers. - Chas. Cornelius, Neillsville, Wis.


Wm. Dimler of the town of Eaton had the bad luck Monday afternoon to cut his left foot with an ax while chopping roots on a stump he was pulling. It will make him take life easy for a while.


Mr. C. O. Presnall and children left Thursday morning for Baraboo where they will make their home this coming school year while Rev. Presnall takes an extended tour through the west.


Among the schoolma’ms beginning their fall term this year are the following: Olive Rand in the Boe district; Ella Larson in the Gemmeke district; and Maud Warner in the Decker school.


Prof. B. E. Smith and wife of Neillsville, accompanied by Mesdames Wm. Huntley and L. M. Sturdevant, were up Wednesday enjoying the sights of Greenwood, spending the afternoon picnicking at the dam.


Zura Fricke of Neillsville spent from Saturday to Tuesday with relatives and friends in Greenwood and in the town of Warner, returning home Tuesday with her father and mother who came up Monday evening.


Verne Aikins of Hemlock has a wolf about two-thirds grown which he caught a few weeks ago. His dogs ran it into a hollow log where he captured it. He keeps it in a wooden pen made especially for his royal highness.


Chester Burnie spent Tuesday with his brothers Geo. And Will. Chester was in the hardware department of the Big Store when the latter opened seven years ago and made many friends here during his short stay. He is now conducting a general merchandise business at Boyceville, Wis.


The old Settler’s association of Clark county will hold its annual meeting next Tuesday in the Allen block at Loyal. All the old settlers of Clark county are invited. Ample provision is made for their entertainment. Let there be a good turn out from Greenwood and vicinity.


Louis Dimler, Frank Hatton and August Waseca of the Janesville settlement are at Cooperstown, North Dakota, during thrashing. August Waseca, Jr., Perry Christie and Net Rufinot are also out there and after the season is over expect to go on to Oregon to visit relatives and look over the country.



Chris Wollenberg ahs rented his meat market, building and all, to Thomas Pugh of Vernon county and will spend the coming year visiting relatives and friends in the west. He leaves some time within the next two months. He will be accompanied by Ella. Mr. Pugh arrived Tuesday night.


Fred Buker of the Braun settlement is having a nice large frame house built for him by Henry Decker and Peter Brick. It is 28x34 with 18 foot posts. Fred is a hard worker and has cleared out a splendid farm within a few years, though unfortunately, the hard work has left its impression on him, making him look and feel older than he really is.


A young man asked a farmer for his daughter in marriage. The answer was: "Go into the orchard and bring in a parcel of apples. Give me one-half of the whole number and to the mother one-half of the balance and have one apple over, and to the daughter one-half of the remainder and have an apple over, and have one left for yourself without cutting an apple. Then if she is willing you can have her." He solved the problem. How many apples did he bring?


Dr. C. H. Brown and wife started out Monday morning by team for their new home in North Dakota. They have a covered wagon comfortably arranged as a house where they will live during the trip. We imagine the experience will prove a novel and interesting one for them though possibly a little tiresome. It is with many regrets that their Greenwood friends let them leave and this estimable couple will have with them constantly the heartiest wishes of us all for their success and prosperity.


M. E. Announcements.


Services in the M. E. Churches Sept. 9, Longwood at 10:45 a. m., Hemlock at 2 p. m. and Greenwood at 7:30 in the evening. All are invited to attend these services.



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