TEN YEARS AGO

Capt Brandt of Company C went to Owatonna this afternoon to attend a “war game” meeting there to night.

After an absence of many years from their old home in Germany Mr and Mrs George Lohse and Jacob Stean will leave next Tuesday for their native home. They will not return until next March.

Mr and Mrs Ed Schoniger entertained some twenty friends at cards Wednesday evening in honor of Miss Hattie Bartlett of Minneapolis.

Miss Bernice Murr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Murr of Fountain City and Alfred Biedler were married Wednesday noon at the home of the bride.

What rather proved a unique surprise Thursday evening to a number of friends, all members of the Whih-min club, when they gathered at the home of Capt and Mrsw R N Cassidy as invited guests to a party, occurred when the plate cards at the tables announced the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary of the host and hostess of the evening.

Mrs M E Thornton, mother of W T Birdlebough, of this city, was this morning at St Mary’s hospital at Rochester operated on successfully for goiter.

The Ti-Ki club will this evening entertain at their annual Thanksgiving ball.

The United Workers of the Central Methodist church are this afternoon and evening holding their annual bazaar in the parlors of the church.

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Mary Elizabeth Thornton, who was stricken with atheroma Thursday morning, died at 1 p. m. the same day without regaining consciousness, at Minneapolis, aged seventy-one years. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Stoker, she was born May 6th, 1844, at Binghampton, Bloom county, New York, and attended the Monroe Collegiate Institute at Eldridge, N. Y. She was married Dec. 15, 1865, to Theodore Birdlebough at Norwich, N. Y., coming west in 1866 and settling first Eau Claire, Wis., where Mr. Birdlebough was cashier and bookkeeper for the Eau Claire Lumber company. Later they moved to Money Creek. One son, Walter, now of Winona, was born to them. Mr. Birdlebough died Nov. 12, 1867. On Dec. 8, 1869, she was married to James Thornton at Winona. Four children were born to this union, Myron, now of Jordan, Mont., Mary, now Mrs. H. D. Rice of Watertown, S. D., Roy, who died in infancy, and Alice, now Mrs. W. L. Hunker of Moline, Ill. Mr. Thornton died in Winona June 7th, 1895. For several years following she made her home in Winona, later staying with her children, and a year ago she went to Minneapolis to live. She was a faithful Christian, a member of the First Baptist Church of Winona. Funeral services were held Sunday morning from the home of W. T. Birdlebough, with interment at Money Creek cemetery, by the side of her husband and son.

COMING AND GOING

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Myron Thornton, formerly of this city but who now travels out of Crookston, is visiting friends and relatives here during the holidays.

WEDDED FOR
FIFTY YEARS

Mr. and Mrs. John Ferguson of Free-
mont
[sic] Celebrated Their Golden
Wedding.

WITH RELATIVES AND FRIENDS

L. V. Wilbur of Winona Read an Ap-
propriate Poem—Many Beautiful
Presents Were Given to the
Pioneer Couple.

One of the happy events of the season was the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. John Furguson [sic] at their home in Fremont this county on the 11th day of the present month. For many years they have been respected and loved residents of the county and this was but a fitting tribute to their memory.

The company of relatives and friends began to arrive at an early hour, and continued to arrive until shortly before noon. Promptly at high noon the company sat down to tables filled with dainties most deliciously prepared, and decorated with chrysanthemums, carnations and smilax.

After dinner which was a sumptious [sic] one, the bride and groom of fifty years ago were led to the parlor and the Rev. S. W. Squire presented them with the tokens of love, friendship, and regard.

The presents were all useful as well as beautiful. Among them was an invalid chair presented to Mrs. Ferguson by her children, and a beautiful gold fob chain to Mr. Furguson [sic]. Space will not admit
the enumeration of all, but all were higly appreciated. Mrs. Ferguson has been a patient sufferer for the past eight months.

An impromtu [sic] program was rendered by eGo. [sic] Woodward on his graphophone. Rev. S. W. Squire sang some very pleasing solos, and a number of the men present joined in singing several patriotic songs, after which L. V. Wilber of Winona read the following poem:

Just fifty years ago to-night;
you clasped your hands together,
And promised then to hold on tight,
thru storm and sunny weather.
Just half a century has fled,
and we your friends have gathered,
To learn if you had kept your pledge,
and neither, yet had faltered.
We find you true, and glad we are
your journey thus to brighten,
By coming in to share your joys,
we would your sorrows lighten.
How few there are who stand to-night
just as you two together;
We’ve dropped their hand along the road,
and they are gone forever.
But when at last we all shall stand,
beyond the dark, dark river,
God grant, we meet and clasp glad hands
to part—no, never, never.

The following guests were present: Mr. and Mrs. L. V. Wilber Winona, (nee, Ann. Ferguson.) and daughter Grace Rev. and Mrs. Ralph. Carlton, Waseca, Minn. (nee, Gertrude Ferguson; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pierce, Winona county (nee, June Ferguson), Mr. and Mrs. Lon. Ferguson, (son); Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ferguson, (son); Messers [sic] and Mesdames Robert Henry, St. Charles; M. Ferguson, Chatfield, J. W. Rice, Lewiston, W. S. Morrison, B. F. Every, John Bain, Sam. Ufford, James Ferguson, Jas. Greethurst; Alex. Henry, Mintonun [sic], Manatoba [sic], Canada, Hon. Murry, Kelly, J. Curry, Arndale [sic], T. Ferguson, Rushford, Geo. Woodward, Clyde Woodward, Roy Pierce, Clyde Pierce, J. Howard, Rev. S. W. Squire, Stockton; Mesdames. C. Compton, Fremont, (Aged 90.), M. Rutherford, St. Laurance [sic] county, N. Y., E. Ferguson, Rushford, B. Henry, Fremont, P. Woodward, Fremont, T. Robertson [sic], Fremont, E. Curry, Arndale; Miss E. Ferguson, Arndale, Miss Ada Ferguson, Fremont.

NEARBY NEWS COLLECTED

Items of Interest Sent In by Staff of
Special Correspond-
ents.

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ST. CHARLES.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henry have returned from Canby, to attend the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. John Ferguson of Fremont.

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.

Barbara Henry to Belle A. Henry; 80 acres in Fremont, $4000.

Dennis F. O’Brien to M. Juenthe; part of lot 1, block 10, Chute’s addition, $50.

MONEY CREEK.

Special to The Winona Republican—Aug. 19.

Mr. E. D. Northrop, who last week had a paralytic stroke, is better, as also Messrs. M. Gordon and Fred Slankee, each having been stricken with paralysis recently.

Mrs. David Johnson had a relapse last week, but is now in somewhat improved health.

Mr. Daniel Hines, of this township, now draws $30 per month pension from the government. He served during the war. He also drew $900 back pension.

Mrs. Daniel Moran of this town died very suddenly about a month ago. She was highly esteemed. She leaves a husband and a large family to mourn her death.

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Vance have returned from a visit to Joliet, Illinois.

Miss Effie Sinclair is visiting her sister at St. Cloud.

Myron Thornton and sister of Winona are visiting old neighbors and school mates. Mr. R. D. Cone was also in the valley last week, also D. E. Vance and family.

Mrs. Miller has nearlyt recovered from her recent illness.

Mr. and Mrs. Emery of Caledonia made a short visit last week.

Should the frost hold off until the corn is fully ripe there will be an unprecedented yield of all the staple crops. The weather has been most auspicious for stacking, and there is very little grain that is not in stack.

DISTRICT COURT.

[Before Judge Start.]

A special term of the District court was held on Monday, and the following cases disposed of:

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Louis Gintz vs. Town of Fremont; continued to next special term.

THE PIONEERS.

ORGANIZATION OF THE OLD SETTLERS’
ASSOCIATION.

The meeting of the Old Settlers’ Association was held on Tuesday evening, President H. D. Morse in the chair. The secretary, W. G. Dye, read the minutes, which were approved.

The committee on nominations submitted their report, Mr. Palmer and Mr. Maybury of the committee remarking that they had spent considerable time upon it, but if any suggestions were to be made they would be glad to hear them. The report was as follows:

To the Old Settlers’ Association of Winona County:

Your committee appointed to report the names of candidates as officers would report the following as additional to those elected at the last meeting: For historian, Thomas Simpson; for vice-presidents representing townships—Rollingstone, E. B. Drew; Hillsdale, Charles Bannan; Homer, Samuel Alling; Saratoga, John T. Blair; Fremont, John Henry; City of St. Charles, Henry Talbot; Town of St. Charles, John L. Blair; Utica, Collins Rice; Pleasant Hill, Joseph Cooper; Hart, Daniel Sherbino; Warren, Wm. Duncanson; Whitewater, H. B. Knowles; Wilson, Lauren Thomas or J. P. Clay; Winona Town, James Hardwick; Mount Vernon, Peter Speltz; Elba, H. F. Denio; New Hartford, Nathan Brown; Wiscoy, H. A. Corey; Dresbach, E. S. Barns; Richmond, J. P. Neville; Norton, Noah Blanchard.

The report was adopted.

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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS.

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LEWISTON.
Special to The Winona Republican—March 26.

Mr. Alexander Henry arrived last Friday, and will make Fremont his permanant [sic] home after an absence of sixteen years, during which time he has been in Oregon, New Mexico and a number of other States, but is glad to return to Minnesota.