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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.




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


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.



Special to The Winona Republican—March 6.


Mr. James Thornton of Winona was a Money Creek caller. His family have many friends here.

Winona Daily Republican, 17 Aug 1887, page 2:


FROM 45 acres, Chas. Youngveen, of Vasa, has threshed 1569 bushels of barley. This gives an average yield of over 34 bushels to the acre.

THE flourishing town of Fremont was represented in Winona on Tuesday by Mr. John Henry, Mr. Joseph Greethurst and Mr. Philip O’Meara. In a few words regarding the crops Mr. Henry said their town would raise plenty of grain for all ordinary purposes and there would be no sacrifice of any of their live stock. Mr. Greethurst said that while the crops on some farms were good, others were poor, but the wheat crop was very light throughout the town. As he expressed it there is hardly a hundred bushels of good wheat in the whole town. Mr. O’Meara says that while the crops are light Fremont is not behind any town in the county.

SHERIFF ANDERSON of Goodhue county, who has just returned from an extended trip in the southern and western portions of the county, reports to the Red Wing Republican that in most cases the yield of wheat will be very small, and the coming year promises to be a severe one for some of the farmers. The rains of last week have done some damage in blackening the wheat, as many farmers had left their grain in shock for threshing, instead of stacking. The probabilities are that the acreage of wheat next season will be greatly reduced. Oats, barley and corn will be tried as substitutes and a considerable amount of flax will be sown. Tobacco is being raised in some sections in the southern part of the county, but the probabilities are that the acreage will not be increased, as the crop is in danger of early frosts. Probably very few will be able to engage in stock raising, as many will be compelled to sell at least a portion of the stock they now possess to help pay debts.



Hon. R. R. Nelson, judge of the United States District Court, was in the city to-day to formally adjourn the court until the first of September. This course is rendered necessary by the failure of Congress to pass the deficiency bill. […]

The list of jurors drawn was left with Deputy United States Marshal Bogart. Their names are as follows:



G. W. Henry, Fremont


Winona Daily Republican, 28 May 1887, page 3:


Mrs. J. J. Spellman left to-day for Minneapolis.

Mr. W. W. Thomas has returned from St. Paul and Minneapolis, where he has been spending several days. He had many inquiries in regard to the Winona and Southwestern project, and the general opinion was that it would be the making of Winona.

Mr. John Henry, one of the substantial farmers of the town of Fremont, was in town this week. Speaking of the Winona and Southwestern railroad, he said it would not only help the city, but it would thereby increase the prosperity of every farmer in Winona county.

Mr. W. J. Ives of Hutchinson and Mr. F. Chape of Hastings, State dairy commissioners, were in the city this morning examining the dairies and the quality of the milk sold to comsumers.

Mr. E. C. Smith of Mochakinock, Iowa, arrived in the city this morning.



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.

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Musical Instruments.
Those intending to Purchase will find this a Rare Opportunity.
READ this partial list of persons to whom we have sold Instruments:

Judge Wm. Mitchell.
John Sheardown.
W. K. F. Vila.
Thos. Wright.
A. S. Gregory.
German Presbyterian church.
Doctor Gernes.
W. F. Wheeler.
L. Steinborn,
C. A. Pierce.
Jno. G. Beck,            Lewiston
F. C. Allen,              Arcadia
Dr. Morrison,          Enterprise
H. Salomon.
Wm. Noonan.
D. A. Stewart, M. D.
W. J. Taylor,             New Ulm
L. Gensmer,              Lewiston
Sarah Shackle,           Stockton
Wm. Miller,
A. Jackson.
J. B. Nettleton.
Wesley Martin,              Homer
Charles Beyerstedt.
Geo. Fletcher.
H. E. Erick.               Waseca
W. E. Kirler.
H. G. Thompson.
F. H. Westerkaumpt,  Fount'n City
Libbie Thorn.
H. F. Jones.
A McKinnon.
D. F. Batchelor.
H. C. Ewald.
O. B. Holden,           Chatfield
Otto Gasal,               Arcadia
F. Rademacker.
O. A. Ballett, Independence, Wis.
J. B. Morehead.
John Smith.
Dell Stoker.
F. Krungler,       Minnesota city
J. M. Hanhardt.
W. W. Bannister.
E. L. Rohow,
Wm. Henning,          Sleepy Eye.
John McConnon,         Whitewater
Rev. H. Reussig,         Lewiston
M. Burke,
J. H. Schoonmaker,
Jacob Boller,
Wm. Nichols           Trempealeau
S. Northrop,             Ridgeway
Eva Allen,            Trempealeau
Mrs. M. Churchill,       Stockton
Hon. A. J. Cooper,         Witoka
James King,
H. Wright,            Centerville
J. L. Taylor,
Alex. Chisholm,         Rochester
Mrs. A. N. Waters,       De Smet.
John Monk                Stockton
P. Connor,
Norwegian Society,
Elizabeth  Beutner,
Frank Reuther,
Susie Mowery,
Berthy Frey,             Lewiston
Baptist Society,
John Ile,        Blooming Prairie
Jacob Jones,
N. Oleson,
J. H. Hass,
John Burt,          Fountain City
A. Becker,           Buffalo City
C. M. Bridges,          La Crosse
Joseph Deakin,    Galesville Wis.
T. T. Woodworth,   Waterford, Wis
F. A. A. Robertson, La Cr'se, Wis
T. McArthur,              Wabasha
Robt. Crossgrove,
Nona Culbertson,
B. Jacobson,            Minneiska
Dr. Bunson,       Galesville, Wis
E. White,
J. H. Adams,       Minnesota City
O. P. Gard,
G. O. Gilbertson, Galesville, Wis
A. Hovelson,
A. Beyerstadt,
J. W. Rice,             Lewiston.
A. Hiler,                  Dakota
S. L. Hammer,
J. C. Taylor,        Independence
Aaron Kribs,     Galesville, Wis.
G. W. Graham,            Rushford
W. M, Young, M.D. Galesville Wis.
V. A. Lorbeski,
A. Humbair,
J. A. Johnson,
C. A. Patrick,
Wm. Worden,
H. C. Bartlett,   Galesville, Wis
J. Curtis,             do.
J. F. Beeman,
Rev. J. S. Lunn,       Albert Lea
John Rasmussen,
P. F. Preston,       Rollingstone
E. L. Helder,
A. Loudon,
Rev. J. G. Simon,
T. J. Gellison,           Wabasha
S. C. Hedman,        Rollingstone
F. Coyle,
H. F. Durand.
Rev. D. Kothe,              Utica
H. C. Kidder,         Centerville
H. J. Wilcox,          Tower City
Geo. Bartlett,
R. N. Miller,         St. Charles
S. M. Smith,
W. Peck,
O. A. Boyd, M. D.,       Lewiston
O. W. Cummings,
Rev. S. D. Westfall,      Fremont
F. Payne,               Minneiska
G. N. Benham,    Maiden Rock, Wis
M. B. Hanes,
T. Gentzkow,            Minneiska
Robert Henry,             Fremont
C. Wescheke, M. D.,       New Ulm
W. Polzin,
B. F. Weller,          Chatfield.
H. Borth,
C. F. Rohweder,
L. Fitzpatrick,
Wm. Forster,
John Keenan,
M. Frommes,
Rev. J. Bernthal,        Lewiston
P. Ehler,             Minneapolis
R. S. Kluge,
Etta Burns,
R. W. Wheeler,            Arcadia
J. M. Dean,
E. C. Waldron,
Nettie Rose,
P. Allen,                Arcadia.
A. Heasser,                Weaver
W. H. Blake,
M. Donohue,
P. Spelts,           Mount Vernon
F. Frame,              Minn. City
H. Wolffe,              Minneiska
A. Trolner,
Ann Smith,             Galesville
C. H. Herried,       Independence
P. Grey,                Minneiska
J. E. Allen,       Ashton, Dakota
Thos. Wall,              Stockton
M. W. Carran,               Wells
H. Gibbs,                Stockton
A. P. Hess,             Chatfield
J. Victor.
George Durand,
Rev. H. Meinart,        Oak Ridge
W. C. Post,
P. Neiheisel,              Beaver
C. Lockwood,          Centerville
Anne Hart,
George H. Young,      Centerville
G. A. Corkett,
M. King,         Galesville, Wis.
F. R. Kribs,      La Crosse, Wis.
A. B. Downey,       De Soto, Wis.
A. Dutton,       Galesville, Wis.
C. C. Kribs,        Hammond, Wis.
A. Vanderby,
C. Johnson,             Minneiska
H. Hornberg,               Wilson
J. L. Thomas,
Garner Green,
P. Sheenan,                Dakota
J. Van Gorder,
A. W. Stebbins,
C. Towner,            Trempealeau
P. Eckert,
H. S. Otis,
Geo. McLeod,
Jennie Wilson,              Eyota
D. Burns,             Trempealeau
J. Regan, and many others.

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The census of Winona county has been completed by the Assessors, with the exception of Lewiston village, Winona town and Winona city. The returns received at the Auditor’s office from the several towns gives the the following population in each:

Dresbach............  586 | Warren...............  909
New Hartford........  815 | Utica................1,005
Pleasant Hill.......  762 | St. Charles (town)...  695
Wiscoy..............  680 | St. Charles (city)...1,184
Hart................  830 | Hillsdale............  580
Fremont.............  760 | Rollingstone.........  823
Saratoga............  783 | Norton...............  807
Richmond............  257 | Elba.................  697
Homer...............  807 | Mt. Vernon...........  634
Wilson..............1,036 | Whitewater...........  707



Forty-two members were present at the regular meeting last evening, President McGaughey in the chair.

The committee on withdrawals asked and were granted further time to report.

The treasurer’s monthly report was read and placed on file.

Money was sold as follows: $900 to Henry Strong at 53 per cent., $2,400 to H. H. Lee at 52 per cent.; $1,200 to P. J. Warren at 52 per cent.; $100 to A. B. Quimby at 53 per cent.; $800 to Ed. Bauder at 50 per cent.