Albert Lea Freeborn County Standard (Newspaper) - December 5, 1889, Albert Lea, Minnesota
VOL. XXXII.ALBERT LEA. MINN., DECEMBER 5, 1889.
Altnt Lea College,
roi Tome LADES.
A boarding rciiool with all th*
Comfort* sod Beautiful Mum*m»*lug<* of Horn* UU Nom* but Flrtf-Clu* tm-*truci»rr Mtmpl»v+*. Studio* embrao* a
Complete College Course.
Bor Catalogic Md other information addr***,
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President, or MB G. Perter, hecv of Exeeutir* Committee, Athort L+m, Him**.
I* K TWIST, A. O. TWIfff
AND DKA EKES IN
All Kinds of Wood.
We have the on lr perfect appliance for rn ort* (
Pianos and Organ*. Order* for Moving Household and other Goods (tree
rut I NPT attintionT
Wood Sawed to Order!
Country aa wail aa City Trad* Sol letted. CHI ce et Wahlbuier A Co** kl a rd were alure
iPrmmm mfimr dream ea*«e«;
Ans etui f Amir dr*#m that fbeg a Amil af ill saeeeed.
Amal af III arm diMpimfafed,
* Gulper The T<uh—li>*>h sd.
This in 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.
reams don’t count. The trouble is, the
C. L. COLEMAN,
Manufacturer of aad Dealer la
And all blad* af BV TUM NU MATERIAL al !*«**< Liftoff Price*
A. I. STADHEIM, Aft
lr' 'S\r. KL J rOT. Mod ut S. U. ..pot
OM mtt-CMi) Ole Vlf to sc:—Far cut
OHI WAT TO OST AIONO—MARO WOO!.
Is Knocking Prices Down to Hard-Pan. We prefer to continue our Immense Trade at a
Narrow Margin of Profit!
D»«a gue* th* old Credit System: Bar your
Good* where you cab fat theta rhea peel
J. W. STAGE
Offer* you Bania* la
I PAY THI HIGHEST PRICB IN CASH X fur Old Iron. Bac*. Copper, Bubber, Lead.
All we ‘
Zinc. Brae*, Hope. rte
work done ta Tin
•* ti rn Iron, Copper. ZI be. and Oui ran lied Iron Pump* put la. sloe
re* Repaired and new cast I would ilka to tradegooda
or a good buggy, or pay cash for • good new iitlkh cow.
J. VT. STAUM,
Cor. Willful and Washington Bt.
GRIPMAN & BABBITT,
ICE and DRAYING.
K BBXT IN STOCK ALL QUALITIES and grade* of Wood mod Col, and will upply city aad farmer*’ trade at towel price* arni ack-mil I h’* coal alway* on haad. Wood
ta wed to order.
GRIPMAN 4 BABBITT.
k ard weal of the Gilbert Hoot#. Order alate at T. Y. Boat*ald1*, and Owen a Maimer’*.
D. W. HAYES & SON,
Than to be lonesome with few customer* 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 $2 to $5 more on
Suits and Underwear
n a line you are not posted in. This is a common trick with some dealers. Our goods are plainly marked, and are invariably
Price - to - All!
We sell Reliable Goods at Reliable Prices; no imitations. Oar Stock is simply immense, and in
We can supply six counties. Look at these samples:
Good Suit* at from
Wild Cat Coat*, former price
All Wool Suits, “
All Wool Black Worsted Suits, for All Wool Flannel Shirts for
$2.00 to $25.00 $15.00 for $10.00 $8.00 for $5.00 $6.00 $1.00
WB HAV! XHB LARGEST FUEL YAB1> lo th* City. and ara prepared to lit promptly largo or small orders, wa ara doing business od a vary
Close Margin of Profit,
And guarani** Quality, Mantra aaa Walght.
Farmers1 Oden Rim Careful Attern.
Moreau at our yard and Mamina our stock and prlea*.
MB. W. JTA FMS At BOM.
Yard on CoUcg* fftrout, two blocks anat of Union Depot.
And so on through the stacks of Clothing that you see >iled up on our counters. Underwear of all kinds is so < iheap 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 manufacturers, 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
Overcoats, Slits, Boys’ Clotting, Underwear.
Hats, Caps, and Gents’ Furnishing Goods.
These beat the Natives. No dreaming with us. We mean business.
MORBY IE. STERN, Prop,
A Holt Kl III.K HOLOTA TST.
Tho SIlaneapolln Tribune (funding Humeri at Night and Meven Hen I,one Their I.lven**The Tribune, Tribune.Mtnr and Journal Katah* llnhnaenta t'ompletely llentroyed** llllton Picket! ope of the Victim*** Knocked to the Pavement by a Falling Man Ile In Inntantly Killed -•Min Life. Uenlun and Hare fhar-aeter.
A fire was discovers! at ten o'clock last Saturday evening in a vacant room of the great ffifht-story Minneapolis Tribune building, and tvefore it could he quenched it broke through into the elevator shaft and in a very few minutes the entire building was engulfed in a seething mass of flames. Over one hundred men, editors, reporters, typesetters 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 IMekett, son of rapt. E. K. IMekett of Bancroft, in this county, was assistant city editor of the Minneapolis department of the Pioneer Press. W. H.Mill-man, commercial editor of the Tribune, i two were typesetters, two were telegraph operators, and the other was Prof. Edward Olson, a brother of S. K. Olson, Hie merchant of that city, who was a caller in the holding when the tire broke out. It seems certain from the latest known facts, and these are confirmed by Deputy Sheriff Larson of this city, who w itnessed the horrible tragedy, that with others Milton Pickett was safely descending the only fire escape* ladder there was on the building, when some one above him, probably through bums and injuries received from the lire, lost hold of the ladder and fell upon him, knocking him to the stone pavement, a distance of several stories, crushing his skull and instantly 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. (\ L. Bristol. of the Dakota Agricultural college. At the first alarm Mr. Grevstad rushed down stairs and was soon out of the building. Olsen and Bristol were strangers, and knowing nothing about tile building, hesitated a moment before venturing out. That moment made it too late, and they at once made for the fire escape, which w*as down the alley aide of the building next to Hie old coffee house. This they reached in safety. At the same instant they were joined by Pickett of the Pioneer Press and one or two more from the floor above. All got on the escape aud started down. Their descent w as necessarily hurried, as the dames were already bursting from the window in the third floor, right close to the escape. This reaches only to the second floor. One or two men dropped from this point and alighted safely on their feet in the alley oelow. Pickett and Prof. Olson were not so fortunate. Just how it occurred no one can explain, but both men fell near the bottom, struck on their backs below, and were picked up dead. Pickett’s skull was crushed and he received other injuries of a terrible nature. Prof. Bristol, who was just above them, arrived at the bottom in safety. Ile thinks that both Pickett and Olsen lost their hold. 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 j^oor fellow was found dead at the bottom, this theory of the accident is probably correct. IMeket started for the stairway before going to the fire escape, but was driven back by the flame and smoke. He then turned to the fire escape as a last resort and went to his death. Had he come back in the office and taken chances with the other members of the staff, he w'ould have been saved.
The following biographical sketch and eulogy of Milton IMekett was written for the Pioneer Press by J. Newton Nind:
Eli Milton Swift Pickett, the Pioneer Press’ 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 Freeborn 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. Ile entered, and during the five years of his course maintained himself, w orking 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. Ile 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 Pioneer Press. I was engaged in preparing sketches of the different members of the class of that year, and young IMekett, in giving the data for his brief biography, expressed a desire to engage in newspaper work. Prof. Folwell urged his fitness and his enormous capacity 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. Ile 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 conspicuous 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, aud he became known as the “student reporter." His love for the rarest and best books was phenomenal, and amid exacting reportorial duties he succeeded in devouring an enormous amount of the best literature to be found. Ile was conscious, however, that his literary tastes did not entirely lit his reportorial duties, and at the end of his second season at Lake Minnetonka, he expressed a fear that he would never succeed entirely as a reporter. He was distinctly pedantic and had buried himself so thoroughly in books and
J study that it blunted his taste for news. Ile asked my advice. I told I rum that he needed to rub up against j the world, to go away and travel, to . leave books alone and keep his eyes J open, and that when he came back he j would be a better reporter. His umbi-I tion was to be a good reporter, to learn bv actual exporience every department I of newspaper work, and, acting on the advice given him, he spent about six months in travel in the South and 1 'N est. I bis was the only interruption I to his continuous service on the Pio-neer Press. During his absence he I wrote a series of singularly interesting , letters in the form of correspondence which showed literary finish and attracted attention to his rare ability as a writer. \\ hen he returned to work on the Minneapolis department of the Pioneer Press in the spring of 1HM4 he f®ve abundant evidence of the bene-cial results of his vacation and ab-
Johnson, Nelson &. Nelson’s
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stention. He bas grown in ability ever since, until he had become recognized among all the community of newspaper reprrters and newspaper men in Minneapolis as the best all-around reporter in tile city. This characteristic brought to bim repeated offers of positions on other papers, but he loved next to ids profession the Pioneer Press, and no sacrifice of strength, energy or personal comfort was too great for him to undertake if the interests of the Pioneer Press were to be subserved. This was his characteristic during all the time that he was a reporter under my directions, and I know’ it has been bis characteristic ever since. His industry was something phenomenal. Although early in his career as a reporter he did not show that he had a nose for news, and was not therefore tile bom reporter, lie possessed so much of determination to succeed that he cultivated this characteristic until no one in the profession could scent piece of news further than lie, and once found the reporters are few' who could put it in better shape. In thifc his literary bent of mind served him well, and in addition to doing more work perhaps than any man on the paper, lie 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 tome* which he devoured with rare relish. He generally had book 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 ly well on every subject. He was particularly successful as a feature and serial writer and w as a constant contributor of matter of this kind to the columns of the Pioneer Press. His ability resulted in his gradual promotion, until he had become the assistant city editor, filling this position, and on nu merous occasions temporarily, the posi city editor with distinguished ability. .So much for his professional career, so full of promise and so suddenly 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 husband and wife more thoroughly idolized each other. No children were bom to them, but about three years ago a child wras adopted. There are few men that are made of the stuff that Milton JMckett was. He was as free from faults as it is given to man to be. His habits were irreproachable. He was industrious, true, loyal, warmhearted, honest, ambitious, painstaking, a man among men. He w'on success by dint of tile force of his character, w hich was one of the rarest, purest and best that it has ever been my lot to know'. He was liked by the whole fraternity of newspaper workers, and loved by his associates as a man and a brother. To these, among whom I must count myself because of my more than five years’ intimate connection w’ith him, his loss comes as that of a brother. 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 Pickett, for years past connected with this paper iii ail important capacity, was killed in the attempt to escape from the burning building. He was a young man of exceptional capacity and bright promise, whose sterling integrity and strong devotion to the paper were recognized and appreciated. With the stricken wife and sorrowing relatives and friends the Pioneer Press sincerely mounis a good man and an able journalist.
Clipt. Pickett received a telegram .Sunday announcing his son’s death, and with his wife and son and other relatives went to Minneapolis on the first train. The funeral services were held at the late residence of the deceased in Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon. and were conducted by Prof. Northrup of the State University and Rev. Mr. Simmons of the Universalist church.
Milton Picket was held in the highest esteem by all who w’ere favored with his acquaintance in Albert Lea; the entire community mourns his death and extends the deepest sympa-to the bereaved wife, parents and family.
The Mammoth Doll.
The largest doll on exhibition in this city can now be seen at the Second Hand Store with old “Santa Claus" standing guard over lier. Our Holiday Stock is now complete in every detail, and our prices are always the lowest.
All kinds of furniture and household goods 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 Low est Cash Price on any class of goods that you desire to purchase. Remember we give prizes to all who trade with us. Respectfully,
A. II. SQUIER.
Lamps! Lamps1 Lamps!
We onery tho and Hon Amort ml mock o$*
LajipN III Hont lo-rn MtniieNotn.
Af Bottom Priced during filii Npeclnl HhI«». ut i Im
Johnson, Nelson & Nelson,
ALBERT LEA, .MLW.
OUR NEW STORE,
Is 120 feet deep, two stories and basement. and is chock full of as complete a stock of
As can he found in this legion. We carrv a full
Blitters’ Tools aid Blacksitts’ Supplies!
The Best Kinds of
PaiiUn, Maeliiiie Oil**.
lie Garland ta,
The Famous and I nequalled
Beaver Dam Grain Separators,
\nd in fact we shall keep in stock everything to he had in a big and well-ordered Hardware Store. We shall make it a i>oint to sell Good Goods at
And are confident the inducements we offer will prove highly satisfactory to all our customers. All are invited to call, inspect our new store and see our mammoth stock.
J. F. WOHLHUTER & CO.
JOHNSON & PETERSON,
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-A FINE LINE OF
Haying taken tile shop formerly occupied by C. Gustavson, opposite the National House, Clark street, I am prepared to do horseshoeing and blacksmithing in all its branches. Special attention paid to fractious or lame horses. All I ask is a fair trial. Satisfaction guaranteed.
M. Donahue. ■»>..-
For One Bushel New Wheat
We give 40 pounds straight flour, warranted, ten pounds of bran and three pounds of shorts.
A. Lea Mill and Elevator Co.
Parlor and Chamber Sets,
RATTAN ami HEED C11AIHH,
Extra Fine, New Styles, Ladies’ Writing Desks,
Embalming Riven prompt attention. Night calli answered up stairs over Walter Thompson’* boot aud shoe store.
JOHNSON A PETERSON.
Blacksmithing, Horseshoeing, and Plow Work.
The making aud Repairing of Well fools a Specialty. tJaop Opposite Enterprise Office