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Acton Free Press

May 1, 1958, Page 6

Acton, Ontario, CA

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Albert Lea Freeborn County Times (Newspaper) - August 13, 1897, Albert Lea, Minnesota Freeborn county vol. Ii. So. 39.albert Lea Minnesota Friday August 1897. Twelve the cat is away shoes shoes shoes the mice will play. Old Man Strauss is gone East after the biggest Stock of fall and Winter clothing you Ever saw that he went at All we see no reason for because the store is crowded now. There is More clothing Here than in All other stores put together. He gave us strict induction to make room for incoming goods. He says a boys let no one who has a Dollar in his pocket escape. Put the knife into those summer shirts slash Straw hats All to pieces Cut the Gizzard out of summer suits Cut deep Cut right and Straw hats Worth a Dollar go for 35c those new style Monarch shirts go for 75c summer suits costing Strauss $10.00 go for $9.00 ifs like picking Gold nuggets out of a Klondyke mine to buy Here its so easy and it takes so very Little Money. Take advantage while the mice have full Sway. In charge of Andrew Gunderson. S. Strauss clothing store George Peterson. Wynne Hayden. Big four it is not a question of Price alone for we have Good shoes at All prices. Its the Quality style and tit that we take so much pains to have in every pair of shoes we sell. Ladles 83.75 oxblood cloth. Top ox-1 Many pairs of 83.00 Black and coloured Ford ties. If we have your size. For. _ o i Oxford ties. Of we _ o .92 .3 can fit you to ladies 83.75 Black Vici. Cloth top. Two counters full of Oxford ties strap bootees. Try a pair a sandals. Opera slippers. Of these at,., be sure the get a pair at. Gage Hayden amp co. In shoes shoes Sho Esbert Jolt stud drowned. He sinks while trying to swim the Narrows at Geneva Lake.0 Mil the entire Community received a sudden Shock sunday evening by the sad announcement that Lieut Johnsrud Tiad been drowned while trying to swim the Narrows at Geneva Lake. About four of clock sunday afternoon Bert Johnsrud Chas. Hewitt and two Poung ladies drove to the Lake for a few Bours Outing. After they arrived at their destination they sat beneath the Shade a while when Bert remarked that he was going Down to the Narrows about thirty rods Distant. When tie reached the Narrows he removed ins clothing and plunged into the water. Some boys on the opposite Bank warned him that the water was cold in some places and that unless he was a Good swimmer he had better not venture out. Notwithstanding the warning he struck boldly out and when about half Way across he Sank from sight then coming up directly he gave a faint cry for help and Sank to Rise no More. A or. Otterson who was near by procured a rope and stretched it across the place where he Sank thinking he would Rise again. The body was finally recovered about three hours later by Sand bag dragging. The funeral services were held at the House tuesday afternoon Rev. H. J. Strand officiating. Bert Johnsrud was the son of gun void Johnsrud and was Twenty three years of age. Lie was a former student in the Public schools in this City and popular among his classmates. He had taken a course in the Dairy department at the state University and at the time of his death was head butter maker at Bancroft Creamery. The entire Community extend their sympathy to the afflicted family in their sad and sudden bereavement. Albert Lea to Buffalo and return $18.40 via c. M. Amp St. P. By. For the g. A. Encampment to be eld at Buffalo aug. 23 to 28 the c. A St. P. By. Will sell round trip tickets t above rates with time limit to sept. 0. Choice of routes East of Chicago. Or full particulars Call on or address e. H. Haisley. At. Henry Reichenbach writes entertainingly from Butte Montana. An interesting description of the country and the trip Down into the mines and its thrilling experiences. Editors times a perhaps among your numerous readers there Are those who would enjoy Reading a letter from Montana so to please them and at the same time inform you How people and things do out Here in this so called a wild West i shall pen you a few lines. Having lived in such a Fine and prosperous farming country As Southern Minnesota i can readily appreciate its value As a Means of furnishing a great number of people with part of the necessaries of life but find it not unpleasant to also live in and see a state in our grand country we hich furnishes products of the Earth As Well As Minnesota hut of a different kind. As is Well known Montana is usually classed As a mining rather than As an agricultural state and Well does it deserve the classification it has received. Mineral is abundant Here and in consequence we have a very Large number of mines yielding Copper Gold and Silver. Farms Here Are termed a a ranches but Are far surpassed by those elegant Well eared for farms of Freeborn county with their towering windmills Aud substantial buildings All showing in a marked degree that Man has surely tried to utilize the soil Given him by the creator. Our grocery stores instead of advertising a fresh country eggs a advertise a fresh ranch this seemed very Odd to me at first hut one soon becomes accustomed to it. Instead of seeing those lofty windmills and Good substantial build Ings we see the irrigating ditch and log Cabin buildings Large corrals where the cows Are milked and acres upon acres of unfenced land for pasture. Horses Are branded and turned Loose perhaps not to be seen for years. This is Montana ranch life and Yon will readily see that it has not the system of Minnesota farm life. As far As the Eye can reach one can see Only mountains and these Are Honey combed with the old Prospect holes abandoned for Lack of funds to carry on the work or for want of Rich enough Ore. Nearly every one you meet has had. Or has at the present time some mining claim and expects some time to make a Fortune. Again one sees Here and there and everywhere the hoisting apparatus of some claim that has shown signs of Rich Ore. The waste Ore dumps loom up on All sides and keep right on climbing up up. Until some gain a height of one Hundred and fifty feet. Butte is located on the Side of a Mountain and is at an Elevation of 5,480 feet. One would not at first sight fall deeply in love with it As a City As it is As devoid of All vegetation As a Well travelled Road. A person accustomed to the pleasure Parks Tine lawns and Shady Trees of the Central states would at first dislike the place. Flowers Are so scarce that when they Are shipped in from Oregon they readily bring Twenty five cents a Bunch. People Tell me that Butte formerly had plenty of lawns and Trees but since the Ore smelters were located Here All signs of vegetation have been killed As the air is so contaminated with the Sulphur and arsenic smoke from the Ore roasters that vegetation cannot thrive. An attempt to grow a Lawn or even Trees would be a loss of time Money patience and perhaps morality As one might be tempted to think words which if expressed in English might cause a Shadow of doubt As to the persons morality. The Only Trees in sight Are those on the sides of the mountains and they look like Sage Brush. Butte at present is said to be the most Lively City in the United states. In its numerous mines Are employed Over thirty thousand miners. These Are divided into three shifts of eight hours each. When one shift is on one is loafing and one is sleeping so at any time you wish you can always find plenty of people on the streets. The City of Butte is the largest mining Camp in the world. The men employed Are mostly Irish and Cornish. The two do not a a jibe at All. The Irish pick on the Cornish and vice versa. This has divided the mines into the two kinds the Irish and the a Cousin Jack mines. The mines yield principally Copper with Gold and Silver. The majority of the Ore is very Rich. I had the pleasure of going Down into a Copper mine some few weeks ago. The trip Ivas very interesting to say the least. Our party got on the Cage and at two Bells the Engineer slowly lowered us into the Shaft. Our candles flickered and went out. To say it was dark would be putting it in very mild terms. It was so much so that the word dark can hardly express it. It seemed an hour before we arrived at our first Landing the level a As it is called. Here a Candle was trying its Best to cast a cheerful Light upon the Gray Granite round about us. It really did do Well for such a Small Light for it made the Granite Glisten like diamonds. At this level the Midway pump is situated. The pump room was timbered and White w asked and save for the deathly stillness we might think our selves in some pump House on the surface. Two years ago this mine was shut Down and the water tilled drifts and tunnels up to the 500 foot level so that this pump was completely submerged for two years. It had just been cleaned up and looked none the worse for its Long submersion in the water. While standing Here we could hear the water dripping Down the Shaft Aud i thought that should the pump Stop we might get wet As the water rises very fast in these mines. The water is As Clear As a Crystal but cannot be used for drinking or boiler purposes on account of the great amount of Copper in solution. Our guide pulled the Bell rope. We heard no ringing but soon the Cage came Down stopped and we stepped into it and we were lowered to the Sik foot level. Nothing of interest was to be seen Here so we took the a elevator Quot for the 900 foot level. Here two miners were at work a Drifting a tunnelling is called. We All took a hand at drilling with the Diamond Drill and after a consultation we thought we had gone Down As far As we cared to go at least for the time being so we sat Down and talked. The guide told us that miners did not like to have visitors come Down As they Are very superstitious and ascribe ill Luck to the presence of a j just a week later at the 900 foot level a Man was instantly killed so i presume we Are blamed but so far have not been indicted for murder. If we brought bad Luck to the men we certainly brought Good Duck to the company As just two weeks after our visit they struck what is termed a cop per glance a which is the richest Ore mined. A there Are millions in it for them but not for us. When we were there the miners were at work sinking the Shaft and we could barely see them five Hundred feet below us. They ret 83.50 a Day but i think that a very Small compensation for a Man risking his life every Day. As to morality Butte is simply a Large. �?o8. A. Loon a is very prosperous and needs no key to his place of business. Twenty four hours each Day he quenches the thirst of the Ever thirsty Man. Gambling did run wide open till the ant gambling Law took effect. To Day another great gambling machine is ushered in to stay with us for at least thirty Days. It is the annual racing meeting. People slight business friends and themselves just to go and see the races. A did you go to the races is All one hears. Men women and children Are All alike. It is claimed that the women do More betting than the men. The losers live on their friends who win so that after the season All Are a in status quo Ante a very Well posted gentleman told me that last year nearly a million dollars changed hands and it does not seem at All improbable As from the a Snow Bali of Butte to the millionaire All bet and stand their chances on losing or winning. We also have the bicycle fiend Here in All his glory. Riding in Butte is not pleasant As the Grade is so Steep but the Flat South of town is a very Fine place to ride. I happened to be a Spectator to one of those bicycle catastrophes that bicycles indulge in just to break the Monotony of Wheeling and perhaps their necks. It was a collision Between a tandem and a single wheel. The tandem was coming at a Twenty utile an hour clip propelled by a fair Young lady and her gentleman Friend. The other was coming equally As fast. Both seemed to be delighted to see each other and one would judge from the Way they came together that they were very a close friends at least they were for the time being. It was one of those Lucky Falls. No one Hurt ? but the damage was just enough to make it interesting to the bicycle surgeon and to make the single rider walk As though he had the rheumatism for a couple of years. Still no one was Hurt i suppose the walk Home was pleasant for the two tandem riders As it happened seven Miles South of town. Upon leaving the Flat All bicycles Are loaded upon the trolley car and although tired Dusty thirsty and hungry riders take their seats and commence to talk of the Best make of wheels. Each one has the Best and so it goes. I have seen ten wheels loaded on the rear and five on the front of a ear at one time. In any other place but a Western City the Street car company would not allow it but Here All try to please each other. Yours very truly h. A. Reichenbach or. Butte City mont., july 27, 1897. Department of Minnesota g. A r. Official route. Department commander e. B. Wood has issued general orders no. 4 Reading As follows a the official route of the department of Minnesota will be via the Minneapolis a St. Louis and Erie railroads to Buffalo n. Y. And return. A special Headquarters train will leave tile Minneapolis amp St. Louis depot St. Baul 7 00 p. In., Minneapolis 7 35 p. ., sunday aug. 22nd, running through to Buffalo without change. This train will carry the department commander and his staff and All comrades Aud their friends who despite to attend the Encampment Are cordially invited to accompany tile department commander on this rate�?81 s. 50 for round trip tickets from St. Paul or Minneapolis proportionately Low rates from other Points from St. Paul or Minneapolis proportionally Low rates from other Points. Dates of Sale August 81 and 22, limited to sept. 20 by Deposit with joint agent at Buffalo. The Headquarters train will consist of smoking car coaches Pulman Palace sleeping cars tourist cars and a commissary car in which a free lunch will be served to comrades and friends. The Minneapolis and St. Louis r. Is the favorite route with the old soldiers and will spare no pains to make the trip comfortable and pleasant in the highest degree. For further information or birth reservations Call on ticket agents of the Minneapolis a St. Louis r. R., or address a. B. Cutts g. P. A., m. Amp St. L. R., Minneapolis half fare excursions. The m. A St. L. Will run Home seekers excursions on aug. 17, sept. 7 and 21, get. 5 and 19, to Points North South and West at a rate of one fare plus 82.00, for the round trip. Tickets Good 21 Days from Date of Sale. For full particulars write any agent of the m. A St. L. Or a. B. Curry g. P. A t. A. 50 Minneapolis Minn. Rare bit cigars at messengers. _ a ;