One Hundred Years Ago
(selected/translated from the St. Charles
Demokrat and Cosmos-Monitor by Ray Freese)
March 1, 1906 : Dr. and Mrs. E. M. Johnson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Monday, April 26, surrounded by children, grandchildren, and relatives. Despite the day-long snowstorm, neighbors, friends and acquaintances called in the home of the honored pair, to offer their congratulations. (SCD)
March 14, 1906 (Defiance): Ed. Greve’s saw mill,located on the old Wesley place, 3 1-2 miles southwest of town, was blown up Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock and the proprietor and two other men badly hurt. In all there were five men at work at the mill whose lives were threatened by the explosion of the engine. The engine blew out both ends and is out of commission for all time. That no one was killed is due to the fact that at the time of the accident all the men happened to be some distance from the engine and were out of line with the explosion. Even considering this one man named Stilson, was blown 45 feet and landed on top of a lumber pile. Another man was blown 15 feet.
The explosion was heard throughout the neighborhood. One of the men Mr. Tillmann, who was not hurt, ran to the home of John B. Hays and gave the news of the accident. A message was sent to Dr. Hardin. Dr. L. B. Craig, of Salem, Mo, was visiting at Mr. Hays’ home and by request went to the mill. He had nothing but his hands to work with but did what he
could. He washed the wounds and upon Mr. Hardin’s arrival assisted him. Mr. Greve received a cut on his chin and on the eye. His worst injury was one on the forehead where he received a cut 3 1-2 inches long and 2 1-2 inches wide. This was washed out by Dr. Craig as soon as he arrived. It was filled with ashes and saw dust. Some of the men were unconscious for some length of time but all are now said to be on the road to recovery. (C-M)
March 15, 1906 : Last Sunday a layer of snow thoroughly covered the frozen ground and still remains. Yesterday morning, a light freezing rain fell on the snow surface, resulting in treacherous conditions on the streets and roads. (SCD)
March 28, 1906 (Augusta): The Augusta Horse and Mule Protective Association, an organization for the purpose of protecting its members from horse thieves, held its annual meeting last Saturday at the wine hall. Edw. Knoernschild was elected president and Albert F. Mallinckrodt, chairman, R. W. Mueller, Henry Linnenbringer, and Herman Louis, were elected foremen. The association was organized in 1872 and has 82 members and a present fund of $236. Any horse thief can get a warm reception should one venture to come to this community. The membership fee has been reduced from $4 to $1 and every citizen in this part of the county should become a member. (C-M)
March 28, 1906 (Femme Osage): The youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rehmeier died Tuesday from brain fever, aged 11 years, 4 months and 24 days. He was buried Thursday at Hickory Flat cemetery.