120 YEARS AGO
February 1, 1896
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Bowers was buried in the cemetery, Tuesday. He only lived one day.
Alf. Karacewski, who was recently burned out, moved his family to Mayberryville, Tuesday.
Amiel Pockat Xam, has just received a car load of brick. He will build a brick residence in the spring.
John Buhr has put up a large amount of ice for use in his Creamery.
Noack & Keller have filled their large ice house, and it took them three days, with a score of men.
Henry Poope was down Monday from his lumber camp near Mayberrycomb, and says he is doing well, as the sleighing is fine.
Died in Mayberry, Wednesday, January 29th, Mary, wife of Henry Case, age 45 years. The deceased has been a patient sufferer with that dread disease, consumption, for three years. Her husband and 17 children survive her, 13 of them are married.
Mayberry Falls is looking fine. It now contains two general stores, nine saloons, two hotels, a livery stable, harness shop, shoe store, meat market, barber shop, blacksmith and wagon shop, one church, and a good school house. The mill company is receiving at its landing, about 80,000 ft. of logs per day. They expect to dump at the mill during the winter 8,000,000 ft. The logs are mostly basswood of good quality. The place will grow more rapidly in the spring, when the company will build a large store and boarding house. Many residences will be put up by the employees of the concern. This place would be an excellent location for a grist mill, and no doubt some one will soon awaken to this fact.
E.O. Dent is now circulating a petition for additional signers who are free holders in the town of Mayberrypont, for the county seat removal. There are a great many listed who did not sign the first petition circulated. It is for your own interest to do so now. You can be perfectly assured the case of removal it will cause you to pay no additional taxes, and if the matter is brought to a vote there will be no increase on taxes in the next year. Sign the petition, get the county seat in the center of the county, and feel satisfied, with having done your duty.
W.J. Xam, landlord at the Ramsdell House met with quite a serious accident Tuesday morning. Having a new milk cow, he went in to the barn to milk her, and his dog followed him. The cow charged upon the dog and struck Xam with her horns, throwing him back against a board. She then tramped upon his face, cutting a severe gash which had to be sewed up. He is laid up from the effects of his injuries.
Wm. May has traded his house and lots, to a window woman near Mayberry, for a farm and portable saw mill. He moved his family there this week. We are sorry to lose so good a citizen as Mr. May.
The splendid sleighing has been the means of making times quite lively. Our merchants are all busy, as well as the blacksmiths and farmers. Much cordwood is being hauled to town for shipping.
A party of our young people enjoyed a Leap Year sleigh ride last Thursday evening. They went to the residence of John Siever in Mayberry, and gave the family a pleasant surprise.
110 YEARS AGO
February 2, 1906
Dr. Clark, the well known optician of Mayberryton, was here fitting glasses Tuesday and Wednesday by special engagement.
One of the handsomest church structures in this northern country is the Lutheran domicil located on the southeast corner of the Fred Leverance farm. The church and surrounding country is picturesque.
Small pox in a very mild form has made its appearance here in town and there are several cases of it. They are under quarantine restrictions and health officer Dr. Schroeckenstein is doing all he can to prevent a spread of the disease. Albert Seidenkranz and Chad. Spearbraker are quarantined in the village hall. They are coming all right and like the other cases will soon be cured.
Gilly Hertzberg, Jr., recently married, has got a beautiful new farm residence fairly under way toward completion, which will be done in early spring. Mr. Hertzberg, Sr., has one of the most costly and beautiful houses in the township.
A little daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Buhr Saturday.
A sleigh ride party consisting of the eighteen male members of the Merry Club went out to the home of Mrs. Dick Helms last Friday. All enjoyed the ride, good supper and the social time they had for Mrs. Helms is well noted for her hospitality.
100 YEARS AGO
February 4, 1916
It was voted that no dividend shall be paid this year, but $2.00 per load, of cheese is to be paid patrons for hauling same to Straubel’s warehouse depot at Mayberry
While returning from Caroline Thursday evening, Otto Xam had a tip over. The cutter was smashed up but Otto hung onto the horses. During the fracas, the back cushion was lost, and Mr. Xam will make it an object for the party who picked it up, if they will kindly bring it in or let him know.
Otto E. Fink who has been employed in the Zietlow cheese factory at Hunting has moved to Split Rock and will make cheese for O.R. Schwantes.
The school buildings in Dist. No. 1, and in the Polzin Dist. in Mayberry, have been condemned and will be replaced in the spring by modern brick buildings. The time of the old and poorly ventilated school house has passed.
While on his way to Mayberryawa with a load of milking machines, Wm. Taylor had a tip-over Monday on the state road near the Mayberryawa swamp. No damage was done and Mr. Taylor soon had things righted and proceeded on his way.
Mayberry Falls Items
Mayne Lombard and who? were seen on the streets Friday pm
Anton Mauritz broke his leg while working on the landing.
A popcorn pop was enjoyed at the Skinner home Friday evening.
While driving around a corner, Fred Mundt, who was taking three young ladies out riding, tipped over, throwing the girls out. At the rate things were flying, it didn’t look comfortable, but anyway, no one was hurt.
Izola Anderson is having a months vacation. Parochial school being held in the school house.
S.H. Mundt is moving his goods in the building just vacated by the Ramsdell Sales Co.
The telephone lines being out of order, has not stopped some people from talking.
Calvin Brown attended the “candy pull” at Louis Much’s Sunday evening. It must have been good and plenty of it, by the length of time he stayed.
For the past week, pedestrians were compelled to keep “the straight and narrow path” in the middle of the road in order to stay on their feet at all. Much damage was done to the trees by the recent covering of ice. Many phones were put out of commission. Richard and Rhinard Jesse have been doing repair work on the lines.
90 YEARS AGO
February 5, 1926
The passing of Ernst D. Xam at an Mayberry hospital on Thursday, January 28th, following an operation for liver trouble from which he had been ailing the past year, while not exactly ending a chapter of pioneer life in Mayberry history, nevertheless closed the career of one of the town’s most prominent, useful and valued citizens. He was 66 years of age. Mr. Xam was born in Germany, November 26th, 1859. When a young man, 20 years of age, he came to the United States, in 1880, immediately locating in this village. Since 1894 he has been continuously interested in the livestock and meat business. Thirty-two years ago he entered into a livestock buying and shipping partnership with B.A. Meyer, also a present prominent local stock buyer. Later they established the Meyer & Xam Meat Market. As the years went on their sons grew into manhood, and partnership was dissolved Mr. Meyer taking in with him his son, Harvey G., the combination now as B.A. Meyer & Son. Thirteen years ago, Mr. Xam, with his sons merged into the Xam Meat Market, which later incorporated. Walt and Dan Xam, also John until recently, have worked with their father constantly, also a son-in-law, Bernard Sith. The company has enlarged and branched out so, that now they are both in the retail and wholesale business. Their trucks make regular weekly trips to Milwaukee, bringing down meats and returning with fresh vegetables, greens, etc. for the local shop. Mr. Xam was united in marriage to Miss Amelia Neise of Marion on November 26th, 1890. Besides the widow he is survived by seven sons and two daughters, namely, John, William and Walter Xam of this village, Arthur Xam of Fargo, North Dakota (by a former marriage), Dan Xam, Mrs. Valeska Kratzke, and Mrs. Bernard Smith of Marion. Bernard Smith of Rice Lake and George Xam of Milwaukee.
Ceylon Welch who is attending Lawrence spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Welch. Harold Helms, principal of the Mayberrywood high school visited with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Helms over the weekend.
Rex Xam left for New York City Saturday evening where he has accepted a position with the Associated Merchandise Corporation.
The Mayberry Cheese & Butter Co., is paying 54 cents per lb. for sweet cream delivered at the factory in Mayberry. Highest price paid for all other cream.
Two lots adjoining the B.E. Meyer slaughterhouse, previously owned by Otto Pflanz and Mrs. Fred Fuchs Sr., were sold to Henry Uttormark who will erect a residence upon them in the spring. Fred Fuchs made the deal.
We regret to chronicle the fact that Carl Schaub, principal of the graded school in this village, is a very sick man.
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