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Albert Lea Freeborn County Standard

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Albert Lea Freeborn County Standard (Newspaper) - December 5, 1889, Albert Lea, Minnesota Enterpvisti VOL. XXXII. ALBERT LEA. MINN., DECEMBER 5, 1889. NO. 49. Lea FOI TOON L1BJB8 A BOABDINO SCHOOL WITH ALL TBK XX ComforU aad Beautiful Surrounding! of Lift. None but ftftt-Chuf JhnptoycA. BtudUt emorae Complete College Course, Por Cataloged and otber Information addnea, D. It., Preildent, or U. a. Beo. of Bxeeutlre Committee, Alttrt Lem, Mtmm. L. K. TWIST. A. O. TWIW TWIST BROS., Dray men I AMD DKALEM IN Ail Kinds of Wood. We bare the onlr perfect appliance for muring Pianos and Organi. Urtlen for Moving Household ud other Ooodi given PBOMPT ATTENTION: Wood Sawed to Order! Country u well u City Trade Solicited. Office Bt Wohlbuur Co'p Hardware Store. Ttriir C. L. COLEMAN, Manufacturer of and Dealer la Lumber! LATH, SHINGLES. Moulding And all Uadi of BUILDING MATKBIAL M A. J. STADHEIM, AgL Ufflce and rant tooth of 8. M. depot. OK Price-Clew. On Wsr to Sell-Fur Cu. ONE WAV TO ACT ALONB-HARO WOIK. Downgoeatue old Credit Srrtem! Bar jour Uoodi where jou can them Cheapen. J. W. STAGE Often jrou U III D 'it T PAY THE HIQH83T PKICJ IH CABH 1 for Old Iron. Bagi. Copper. Kubber. Lead. Zinc, Brau, Hope, etc. All wort done to Tin, rthm iron, Copper. Zinc, tod Galvanized Iron. Pumps put In, SWVM Repaired ud new cut- infjt furntabed. tari would like to trade or a good buggy, or par caih for a good new milch con. J. W. STAOX, Cat. William and Washington 81. GRIPMAN BABBITT, -----DBALIBS Ef---- ICE and DRAYING, KJE8F IN STOCK ALL QUAUTDU and of Wood ud Coil, ud will apply city and finoen' trade at lowett prlow. arBiaoksmllb'a coal always on haad. Wood to order. GRIPMAN BABBITT. V ard weet of the Gilbert HOUM. Order Dale at T. V. Saattaldl, ud Owen Malmer'i. D. W. HAYES SON, DBALKK8UI LIME, STUCCO, CEMENT. WE HAVC THB LAJKMUT FUKL YAB1> ID me City, and an prerartd 111 promptly Urge or imall We art doing; bmlneiionaTerj Close Margin of Profit. And guarantee QnaliSr, Memre tea Weight. WCail u our jart ud uaoloe nntoek' andptlcte. Mtremm eiunei; ItUt May ftill Taih-B'ivli 3d. This is the fix of our Competitors. They strive in vain to meet our Bargains and dream and hope that they may sometime do it. They never succeed. Dreams don't count. The trouble is, the BIG BOSTON 1 J A HORRIBLE HOLOCAUST. W. JUXM on two Mocta MM tf Unlm Depot. Is Knocking Prices Down to Hard-Pan. We prefer to continue our Immense Trade at a Narrow Margin of Profit! Than to be lonesome with few customers and backwoods prices. We do not show you a line of goods we know you know the worth of, sell them to you for less than cost, and then make it up by charging you from to ?5 more on Suits and Underwear In a line you are not posted in. This is a common trick with some dealers. Our goods are plainly marked, and are invariably -to-All! Goods at Keliable Prices; no imita- tions. Onr Stock is simply immense, and in UNDERWEAR! We can supply six counties. Look at these samples: Good at from Wild Cat Coats, former price All Wool Suits, All Wool Black Worsted Suits, for All Wool Flannel Shirts for to for for And so on through the stacks of Clothing that you see piled up on our counters. Underwear of all kinds is so cheap that the poorest can afford to be warm and happy. We carry certain lines of goods that you can get of no other dealer in Albert Lea. We are sole agents for man- ufacturers, and these no competitor can match in quality or price. If you have not already called, drop in at once and examine our great piles of Quito Bnvp' Plnthinir allllS, DlljS ulUllllUg, Hats, Caps, and Gents' Furnishing Goods. These beat the Natives. No dreaming with us. We mean business. The Minneapolis Tribune Building: Burned at Sight and Heveu Men Lone Their Uves--The Tribune, Tribune-Star and Journal Estab- Completely Hilton Piekett one of the Vlctlmg- Knoeked to the Pavement by a Falling Han He in Instantly Killed Life, Genlng and Bare Char- acter. A fire was discovered at ten o'clock last Saturday evening in a vacant room of the great eight-story Minneapolis Tribune building, and before it coulc be quenched it broke through into the elevator shaft and in a very few min- utes the entire building was engulfed in a seething mass of flames. Over one hundred men, editors, reporters, type- setters and others, were employed in the various stones, and the escape of so many of them was truly miraculous. Seven lost their lives, of whom Milton Fickett, son of Capt. E. K. Piekett of Bancroft, in this county, was assistant city editor of the Minneapolis depart- ment of the Pioneer Press, W. II. Mill- man, commercial editor of the Tribune, two were typesetters, two were tele- graph operators, and the other was Prof. Edward Olson, a brother of S. E. Olson, the merchant of that city, who was a caller in the building when the fire broke out. It st-.ems certain from the latest known facts, and these are confirmed by Deputy Sheriff Larson of this city, who witnessed the horrible tragedy, that with others Milton Piek- ett was safely descending the only fire escape ladder there was on the build- ing, when some one above him, proba- bly through burns and injuries received from the fire, lost hold of the ladder and fell upon him, knocking him to the stone pavement, a distance of sev- eral stories, crushing his skull and in- stantly killing him. The Pioneer Press describes the occurrence as follows: In Nicolay Grevstad's office on the sixth floor were Grevstad himself, Prof. Edward Olson and Prof. C. L. Bristol, of the Dakota Agricultural college. At the first alarm Mr. Grevstad rushed iown stairs and was soon out of the building. Olsen and Bristol were strangers, and knowing nothing about the building, hesitated a moment be- fore venturing out. That moment made it too late, and they at once made for the fire escape, which was down the alley side of the building next to the old coffee house. This they reached in safety. At the same instant they were joined by Piekett of the Pio- neer Press and one or two more from the floor above. All got on the escape and started down. Their descent was necessarily hurried, as the flames were already bursting from the window in the third floor, right close to the es- cape. This reaches only to the second topr. One or two men dropped from this point and alighted safely on their Eeetm the alley below. Piekett and Prof. Olson were not so fortunate. Just how it occurred no one can ex- plain, but both men fell near the bot- tom, struck on their backs below, and were picked up dead. Pickett's skull was crushed and he received other in- juries of a terrible nature. Prof. Bris- who was just above them, arrived at the bottom in safety. He thinks ;hat both Piekett and Olsen lost their lold. A compositor claims, however, that some one from above lost his hold upon the escape and carried the two men down with him. Inasmuch as one fellow was found dead at the bot- ;om, this theory of the accident is probably correct. Picket started for ;he stairway before going to the fire sscape, but was driven back by the lame and smoke. He then turned to :he fire escape as a last resort and went :o his death. Had he come back in the office and taken chances with the other nembers of the staff, he would have >een saved. The following biographical sketch and eulogy of Milton Piekett was written for the Pioneer Press by J. Newton Nind: Eli Milton Swift Piekett, the Pioneer ?ress' assistant city editor, who was one of the victims of the disaster, was thirty-two years of age. He spent his boyhood on a farm near Albert Lea, Minn., but early developed a very marked and positive love for study. This led him, after he had received such education as was obtainable in the district schools of Preeborn county to enter the state university, which he did in 1877. His parents were not able to give him the complete university course, but this was no barrier. He entered, and during the five years of his course maintained himself, working during a large portion of the time for his board in the family of Richard Chute. During all his career he was a prodigious student, and as industrious outside of his scholastic career as he was studious, so that when he came to graduate in 1882 he stood among the first in his class. He was singularly modest, but had developed so positive a literary bent that he was made one of the editors of the Ariel, and chosen to the position of class poet on class day. This was his reputation and standing when he was introduced to the writer, then city editor of the Pio- neer Press. I was engaged in prepar- ing sketches of the different members of the class of that year, and young Piekett, in giving the data for his brief biography, expressed a desire to engage in newspaper work. Prof. Folwell urged his fitness and his enormous ca- pacity for work, and he was given a position on the Pioneer Press almost immediately after his graduation. He was assigned to do Lake Minnetonka, and he covered it as no one ever had before or since. He has been almost continuously employed on the Pioneer Press ever since. He had the faults of a collegian, and was a sore trial for a time to the editors, but his reliability and his wonderful industry and con- spicuous versatility compensated for a great many other faults. More than this, he showed a determination to succeed. After the lake season was ended he filled a position as reporter, all the time showing a very positive literary bent. A book was his almost constant companion, and he became known as the "student reporter." His love for the rarest and best books was phenomenal, and amid exacting re- portorial duties he succeeded in de- vouring an enormous amount of the best literature to be found. He was conscious, however, that his literary tastes did not entirely fit his reportor- ial duties, and at the end of his second season at Lake Minnetonka. he ex- pressed a fear that he would never succeed entirely as a reporter. He was distinctly pedantic and had buried himself so thoroughly in books and study that it blunted his taste fo news. He asked my advice. I told him that he needed to rub up against the world, to go away and travel, to leave books alone and keep his eyes open, and that when he came back he would be a better reporter. His ambi- tion was to be a good reporter, to learn by actual experience every department of newspaper work, and, acting on the advice given him, he spent about six months in travel in the South and West. This was the only interruption to his continuous service on the Pio- neer Press. During his absence he wrote a series of singularly interesting letters in the form of correspondence which showed literary finish and at- tracted attention to his rare ability as a writer. When he returned to work on the Minneapolis department of the Pioneer Press in the spring of 1884 he gave abundant evidence of the bene- ficial results of his vacation and ab- stention. He has grown in ability ever since, until he had become recognized among all the community of newspa- per reprrters and newspaper men in Minneapolis as the best all-around re- porter in the city. This characteristic- brought to him repeated offers of posi- tions on other papers, but he loved next to his profession the Pioneer Press, and no sacrifice of strength, en- ergy or personal comfort was too great for him to undertake if the interests of the Pioneer Press were to be sub- served. This was his characteristic during all the time that he was a re- porter under my directions, and I know it has been his characteristic ever since. His industry was something phenome- nal. Although early in his career as a reporter he did not show that he had a nose for news, and was not therefore the born reporter, he possessed so much of determination to succeed that he cultivated this characteristic until no one in the profession could scent a piece of news further than he, and once found the reporters are few who 3ould put it in better shape. In this lis literary bent of mind served him well, and in addition to doing more work perhaps than any man on the pa- per, he found time to keep up a course of reading and was a constant visitor to the library and the old book stores, where he was constantly delving in musty old tomes which he devoured with rare relish. He generally had a Dook in his pocket, and at every oppor- tunity kept up his studies. This did not impair his efficiency. He showed wonderful versatility and wrote equal- y well on every subject. He was par- ;icularly successful as a feature and serial writer and was a constant contri- butor of matter of this kind to the col- umns of the Pioneer Press. His abili- ty resulted in his gradual promotion, until he had become the assistant city editor, filling this position, and on nu- merous occasions temporarily, the posi- tion of city editor with distinguished ability. So much for his professional career, so full of promise and so sud- denly cut short. About five years ago he was married, his wife being a sister of Mrs. Richard Chute. The marriage was a singularly happy one; no hus- >and and wife more thoroughly idol- zed each other. No children were )orn to them, but about three years ago a child was adopted. There are lew men that are made of the stuff ,hat Milton Piekett was. He was as 'ree from faults as it is given to man a be. His habits were irreproachable, le was industrious, true, loyal, warm- learted, honest, ambitious, painstak- ng, a man among men. He won suc- cess by dint of the force of his charae- ;er, which was one of the rarest, purest and best that it has ever been my lot ;o know. He was liked by the whole Maternity of newspaper workers, and oved by his associates as a man and a reother. To these, among whom I nust count myself because of my more ;han five years' intimate connection with him, his loss comes as that of a >rother. Tears, sincere and bitter, will be dropped on his bier by his brothers of the newspaper press. J. NEWTON NIND. The Pioneer Press editorially pays the following high tribute to the deceased: Milton Piekett, for years past con- nected with this paper in an important capacity, was killed in the attempt to escape from the burning building. He was a young man of exceptional capa- city and bright promise, whose sterling ntegrity and strong devotion to the >aper were recognized and appreciated. With the stricken wife and sorrowing relatives and friends the Pioneer Press sincerely mourns a good man and an able journalist. Capt. Piekett received a telegram Sunday announcing his son's death, and with his wife and son and other went to Minneapolis on the irst train. The funeral services were leld at the late, residence of the de- ceased in Minneapolis Tuesday after- noon, and were conducted by Prof. Northrup of the State University and Rev. Mr. Simmons of the Universalist ihurch. Milton Picket was lield in the high- est esteem by all who were favored with his acquaintance in Albert Lea; ;he entire community mourns his death and extends the deepest sympa- to the bereaved wife, parents and fam- The Mammoth Doll. The largest doll on exhibition in this city can now be seen at the Second tland Store with old "Santa Clans" standing guard over her. Our Holiday Stock is now complete in every detail, and our prices are always the lowest. All kinds of furniture and household foods at BOTTOM PRICES. Remember we have a Special Sale every day this month. Call in at any hour of the day or evening, and rest assured, you will receive prompt attention, and our LOWEST CASH PBICE on any class of foods that you desire to purchase. Re- member we give prizes to all who trade with us. Respectfully, A. II. SQUIER. Horseshoeing. Haying taken the shop formerly occupied by C. Gustavson, opposite the National House, Clark street, I am pre- pared to do horseshoeing and black- smithing in all its branches. Special attention paid to fractious or lame jorses. All I ask is a fair trial. Satis- faction guaranteed. M. DONAHUE. For One Bushel New Wheat We give 40 pounds straight flour, war- ranted, ten pounds of bran and three pounds of shorts. A. LEA MILL AND ELEVATOK Co. Johnson, Nelson Nelson's Special Holiday Sale or Lamps! Lamps' Lamps! We oarry the Largest ami Best Assorted -siot-U of Luuips in Soulliei-ii Miuuewola. Piano Lamps, Library Lamps, Stand Lamps, Table Lamps, Bracket Lamps, Night Lamps, At Bottom Pi-ioes during: this Special at I he Model Store of Johnson, Nelson Nelson, ALBERT LKA, MIIN N. OUR NEW STORE, Is 120 feet deep, two stories and basement, and is chock full of as complete a stock of HARDWARE As can be found in this region. line of We cam- a full The Best Kinds of Paints, Macliiiie Oils, The Famous and Unequalled Beaver Dam Grain Separators, And in fact we shall keep in stock everything to be had n a big and well-ordered Hardware Store. We shall make it a point to sell Good Goods at And are confident the inducements we offer will prove lighly satisfactory to all our customers. All are in- vited to call, inspect our new store and see our mammoth stock. J. F. WOHLHUTER CO. JOHNSON PETERSON, FURNITURE! UNDERTAKING! ----A FINE LINE OF---- Parlor and Chamber Sets, RATXAIV and REEE> CHAIRS, Extra Fine, New Styles, Ladies' Writing Desks, Krabalmlni? given prompt attention. Night calls answered up ever Walter boot and shoe store. JOHLTVSO1V PETERSON. Blacksmithing, Horseshoeing, and Plow Work, The making and Repairing ot Well Tools a Specialty. 8oop Oypotlte Knterprlte Office. NEWSPAPER!