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


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.




Messrs. John Roberton and Thos. Nisbet of the town of Fremont arrived in Winona on Thursday on their way home from a visit to Scotland, whither they went in May inst. They spent their time there chiefly in the vicinity of Glasgow and Edinburgh. They met relatives whom they had not seen in 32 years and among others found a venerable gentleman who was a companion of the late Thomas Roberton of Fremont in his youth. After arriving in New York they proceeded to Kingston, Canada, and spent a few weeks, that being their birthplace. All in all they have had an exceedingly pleasant trip. That it has agreed with them their healthful, vigorous looks bear ample witness.

Winona Daily Republican, 9 May 1887, page 3:

MR. THOMAS ROBERTON, one of the oldest and most esteemed citizens of Fremont now about 80 years of age, is quite ill at his son’s residence in that town. It is hoped, however, that he may recover. The venerable gentleman was much gratified yesterday by a friendly and considerate visit from Hon. Thomas Wilson and Mr. Andrew Hamilton of this city.




The adjourned meetings of the special committee of the Board of Trade to arrange for and present a formal plan of action in connection with the proposed building of the Winona and Southwestern railway was held at the rooms of the Board on Thursday evening. The following report was submitted for consideration by the sub-committee, consisting of Messrs. Jenkins, Lamberton, Norton, Yale and Simpson, viz.:

WHEREAS, The Winona and Southwestern Railroad company, a corporation duly incorporated and organized under the laws of the State of Minnesota, are about to commence the construction of a railroad leading southwesterly from the city of Winona to the Iowa State line, and thence southwesterly to some point on the Missouri river; and,

WHEREAS, The actual construction of said railroad will at an early day be let to some person or persons by said Winona and Southwestern Railroad company; therefore, we, the undersigned, propose to form ourselves into an incorporated company, under the laws of the State of Minnesota, under the name and style of the Winona and Iowa Southwestern Improvement Company, with a capital of $250,000, for the express purpose of building said railroad. And we agree to receive private subscriptions to said stock of $100 and upwards. And we hereby pledge ourselves to take stock in said company to the amount set opposite our names, provided said company is duly organized and the full amount of said capital is subscribed.

The report was, with substantial unanimity, accepted and adopted. On motion of Mr. Yale the gentlemen present were invited to indicate the amount of stock wich, under proper restrictions, they would take in the proposed company when properly organized. The result was pledges as follows:

Laird-Norton Co....$25,000 | T. T. Hayden......$ 5,000
H. W. Lamberton.... 25,000 | H. D. Morse.......  5,000
V. Simpson......... 25,000 | Chas. Horton......  5,000
F. A. Johnson...... 10,000 | W. H. Yale........  5,000
H. C. Bolcom.......  5,000 | C. L. Bonner......  5,000
J. H. Jenkins......  5,000 | R. T. Boyd........  5,000

These pledges were made conditioned upon the city voting aid in behalf of the Southwestern railroad to the extent and in the manner contemplated in the enabling act of the last Legislature covering this subject. The sub-committee named above were requested to obtain such additional subscriptions as might be feasible prior to the assembling of the convention. After some discussion, a resolution was adopted empowering the delegates representing Winona in the convention to express the deep interest felt in the Southwestern road by this city and to give every reasonable assurance that its people would render such material aid to the project as may be necessary to give it vitality and effect. The committee then adjourned.


A beautiful day dawned auspiciously for the convention to consider the Winona and Southwestern railroad project. The evening trains on Thursday brought many delegates, followed by others during the night and on Friday morning. The reception committee appointed by the Board of Trade were early astir, while the hotel lobbies presented an animated spectacle. At the appointed hour, 10 o’clock, on Friday the delegates assembled at the court house. Hon. W. H. Yale called the meeting to order and remarked that Judge Mitchell, who was president of the convention at Spring Valley was out of the city, and he therefore nominated Hon. H. W. Lamberton of Winona as president of this convention. The nomination was duly ratified, and Mr. Lamberton took the chair, remarking that the gentlemen were well aware of the purpose of the meeting, which was to take measures toward the furtherance of the construction of the Winona and Southwestern Railroad. He asked the pleasure of the convention as to the election of other officers. Hon. Thos. Simpson of Winona was elected secretary and Mr. W. J. Whipple assistant secretary. The following gentlemen were elected vice-presidents: H. R. Wells of Preston, R. B. Kellogg of Green Bay, B. F. Farmer of Spring Valley, John Frank of Le Roy, and O. G. Wall of Preston. W. J. Fisk, Fort Howard; George Henry, Fremont; Mark Campbell, Saratoga; Chas. M. Lovell, Chatfield; H. Robbins, Fillmore; S. B. Chase, Osage; H. I. Smith, Mason City; George G. Stevens, Rushford; David Currie, Arendahl; L. G. Kilbourn, Wykoff; E. A. Gerdtzen, Winona.

Hon. W. H. Yale announced that badges were in the hands of the reception committee to give to all the delegates, and any who were not provided were requested to come forward and receive them.

Mr. J. J. Randall moved that the chair appoint a committee of five on credentials. The chair appointed Messrs. B. A. Man, Lanesboro; W. J. Fisk, Fort Howard; John Ludwig, Winona; Geo. W. Warren, Spring Valley; J. D. Allen, Le Roy.

Mr. Chas Horton moved that the chair appoint a committee of five on permanent organization. The chair appointed Messrs. W. H. Yale, Winona; B. K. Kellogg, Green Bay; H. R. Wells, Preston; B. F. Farmer, Spring Valley; Jno. Frank, Le Roy.

Mr. Yale informed the convention that carriages had been provided in order to give the visitors a drive about Winona. He therefore moved that the convention take a recess until half past 1 o’clock. This motion prevailed, and the delegates forthwith proceeded to the carriages and enjoyed an hour or two in driving about Winona, while a portion of the reception committee went to the Winona and St. Peter depot to receive delegates who were to arrive by the Dodge Center train.


On re-assembling after dinner the committee on credentials reported the following delegates:

Winona–W. H. Yale, G. W. Gregory, H. C. Bolcom, W. S. Drew, H. M. Kinney, A. McNie, C. H. Boynton, John Kendall, E. A. Gerdtzen, T. T. Hayden, W. J. Landon, C. H. Porter, Lloyd Barber, Sam. Van Sant, Wm. Mitchell, John Ludwig, W. T. Hubbell, John B. Fellows, William Gale, Thomas Wilson, R. D. Cone, F. A. Johnston, M. G. Norton, J. H. Jenkins, C. F. Schroth, H. D. Morse, W. J. Whipple, Chas. Horton, D. E. Vance, C. L. Bonner, D. Sinclair, H. W. Lamberton, Thomas Simpson.

Green Bay–Rufus B. Kellogg, F. Hurlbert.

Fort Howard–W. J. Fisk, A. L. Gray, Jas. Tiernan.

Lanesboro–O. G. Wall, B. A. Man, Thos. Thorp, Charles Johnson, A. M. Houck, Ole Iverson.

Spring Valley–B. F. Farmer, H. T. Tolhire [possibly; illegible], Geo. W. Warren, C. G. Edwards.

Le Roy–J. D. Allen, John Frank, Daniel Bosworth.

Fillmore–H. Robbins.

Rushford–G. G. Stevens, A. O. Heiburg, W. E. Colburn, L. J. Amble.

Wykoff–L. G. Kilborn, G. H. Brown.

Preston–H. R. Wells, Ch. H. Conkey, A. Weiser, G. W. Hard, A. D. Gray.

Fremont–John Henry, John Roberton, J. A. Randall.

Arendahl–Daniel Currie, J. C. Ferguson.

Chatfield–J. R. Jones, C. L. Lovell, L. Bauer, G. H. Haven, M. Bolsinger.

Saratoga–John T. Blair, Mark Campbell.

Osage, Iowa–Dr. S. B. Chase, J. H. Brush, E. S. Fonda.

Mason City–H. I. Smith, John Cliggitt, D. M. Tiffany.

The report was adopted.

Among others present as interested spectators are W. F. Phelps of Duluth and Thos. Cochrane, Jr. and A. R. Walsh of St. Paul.

The committee on permanent organization reported in favor of continuing the temporary organization. The report was adopted.

After the adoption of the report on permanent organization, which was presented by Hon. Wm. M. Yale, Mr. Lamberton briefly expressed his thanks and introduced Hon. Thomas Simpson, who on behalf of the Board of Trade welcomed the delegates to Winona and presented an important budget showing the production of the country along the projected line of the Winona and Southwestern road. His remarks were received with a marked degree of interest and enthusiasm.

The chair then suggested that the convention hear from delegates present from the various towns. Speeches followed by Dr. Chase of Osage, Mr. H. I Smith of Mason City, Mr. Fonda of Osage, Mr. John Frank of Le Roy, Mr. B. F. Farmer of Spring Valle [sic], Hon. Henry R. Wells of Preston. B. A. Man of Lanesboro; C. M. Lovell and John R. Jones, Chatfield; L. G. Kilbourn, Wykoff; R. B. Kellogg, Green Bay; W. J. Fisk, Fort Howard; Fred Hulbert, Green Bay; John Ludwig, Winona; W. H. Yale, Winona.

The speeches were all marked by much earnestness and enthusiasm, but the lateness of the hour precludes any outline of the important facts presented by the gentlemen from Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.



THE REPUBLICAN has heretofore published a full list of all who pay taxes in City of Winona on personal property valued at $500 or over, and herewith it gives a similar list of taxpayers in the other towns of the county as revised by the county board of equalization:



Anderson E.........$1203 | Anderson T.........$ 687
Bain J.............  921 | Bradt C............  988
Conway T...........  702 | Dill W H........... 1819
Dunning P F........  743 | Eaton A............  529
Eaton J............  620 | Erwin A A..........  732
Erwin F B..........  527 | Ferguson Eliz...... 1209
Ferguson Don.......  926 | Ferguson Jno....... 1039
Ferguson Jas.......  622 | Ferguson M H.......  707
Ferguson David..... 1146 | Flanagan A.........  578
Gilburtson Jno.....  796 | Hayward W H........ 1488
Henry G H.......... 1274 | Henry J W..........  967
Hiltz W............  511 | Hoffman C..........  611
Jenkins Geo........  850 | Kelly C............  647
Kelly J A..........  810 | Knauf P............  700
Larson B K.........  647 | Larson T...........  594
Liningfelter J.....  792 | Lonie J............  538
Molony Sarah.......  523 | Merriman E......... 1500
Murphy Jno.........  772 | Olson H............  759
O'Meara W..........  757 | Randall J A........ 1033
Randall P..........  718 | Robertson J [sic].. 2044
Robertson T [sic].. 2087 | Schemmerhorm J.....  533
Schemmerhorm W.....  764 | Sennish H.......... 4039
Shaw M............. 1296 | Shaw W.............  640
Shelton W H........ 1602 | Torrison C......... 1022
Wickes M W.........  527 | Wilcox H...........  679
Wilcox Reb.........  732 |