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Ad from the 1903 Fairwater Register


The Fairwater Register.
Village of Fairwater, Wisconsin


May 15, 1903 (Vol. 1, No. 4)

With the fourth issue of The Fairwater Register a new banner, "Our Observations," joined the Ripon and Rosendale banners on the front page. In its column, the editor presented the local social news of Fairwater, previously reserved for the back page. The "West Rosendale" banner was missing but would return with the May 29 issue. With that format, the Register assumed its permanent look.

News Items | Opinions | Fairwater | Ripon | Rosendale | West Rosendale | Wit and Wisdom


Saturday night Oshkosh was all agog caused by four masked men entering the resort of Mayme Seymour and at point of revolvers forcing the inmates to give up their cash and valuables to the amount of $3,000. Sunday the police force were out in search of the gang and at about 4 o'clock Monday morning they succeeded in capturing the ringleader of the hold-up squad at a resort on eighth street. (page 1)

Brandonites held a meeting Monday night to discuss the feasibility of securing water works and an electric light plant. A committee was appointed to investigate matters and report at another meeting to be held the 25th. (p. 1)

The Alto Telephone Co. filed articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State last week. The line will connect Fairwater with the Alto stores, and later on expect to run a line to Ripon, Markesan, and Brandon. The incorporators are C. P. Tinkham, A. Bruins, Jr., H. Shepherd, H. Landaal, and H. DeGroat. (page 1)

John Weller, an old and highly respected citizen of Ripon, died Sunday noon, May 10, 1903, after a week's illness, tho he had been complaining all winter. He was 79 years of age, and had been a resident of Green Lake and Fond du Lac counties for over fifty years. He leaves two sons to mourn his demise, Sidney, of Berlin, Wis., and B. F., of Winona, Minn., who were present at the funeral. The funeral occurred at his late residence on Eureka street, and his remains were laid to rest in the Ripon cemetery. (page 1)


We hope she will stay dead this time, we refer to the Benson school book bill. It has been killed again by the powers that be. (page 1)

The North Fond du Lac fire department has bought ten pairs of rubber boots with coats to match. We infer that half the department will wear the boots and the other half the coats and vice versa. Walk and tie as of old. (page 1)

The negro show managers write us that they had some fun with the fellows trying to climb into the window. They say some of them were way up in state and town affairs. Boys, this is all wrong. It ought to be worth a quarter to see a genuine negro in this changeable climate any time. The boys won't undertake this again we believe. (page 1)


Wm. Zellmer was in Brandon Saturday.
Herman Laning has returned from a week's visit at Wautoma and Neshkora.
Andrew Bruins, Jr., was in town Tuesday.
Mrs. J. W. Lyons visited in Brandon Tuesday.
Mrs. O. H. True was a Brandon visitor last week.
Dr. and Mrs. O. M. Layton were Ripon visitors Tuesday.
J. W. Samson, of South Dakota, is visiting friends in Alto.
F. Fishback, of Milwaukee, was a visitor in town the past week.
Frank Thompson, of Oshkosh, was a visitor in our village this week.
C. A. Smith hatched in an incubator 180 chicks. It was a home made incubator and surely is a wonderful success.
Mrs. Wm. Dahlman is visiting relatives and friends in Marquette county. She expects to be absent a week or more.
Postmaster Wikkerink has a fine stock of new goods in all departments. Call on him for the best goods at low prices.
Flora Ostrander, of  St. Paul, is here with her uncle, Ai Vanduyn, and family . She will remain here during the summer.
John McDermott, brakeman on the St. Paul road, who had part of his foot taken off at Milwaukee, is at his home in this city.
C. A. Smith & Co. now have in a new line of dry goods, groceries, crockery, etc. It will do you good to call and look their new goods over.
The Brandon and Fairwater German Lutheran minister left for Germany May 11, to visit his mother and other relatives. He expects to be absent about four months.
The Empire Comedy Kings Co., a colored troop from Dixie or some other starting point, appeared at Dahn's (sic) hall Monday and Tuesday evenings. They did well and furnished lots of fun for the boys. They left for Fox Lake Wednesday.


Frank Cuykendall is making repairs on his farm house this spring.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Bert Little, early Tuesday morning, May 12, a son.
W. H. Englebright is confined to his bed with inflammatory rheumatism.
Frank Smith and Ettie Brown, of Waupun, have procured a marriage license.
Mrs. L. H. Smith and daughter Ruth of South Dakota are visiting with Grandpa Brewer.
Miss Mabel Lambert is again dangerously ill, and Dr. Oviatt has been called in consultation.
Dr. S. S. Hall attended the meeting of the Fond du Lac county Medical Associationm yesterday.
A marriage license was granted to Edward Heilsberg, of this city, and Mary Smith, of Princeton.
Gus Gehrke's new brick building on Main street is ready for the roofing. It is a neat, substantial building.
Judge J. J. Foote was in Fond du Lac on legal business yesterday connected with the Barthorp estate.
John Leitz's new house in the Third ward is one of the largest and most conveniently constructed buildings in the city.
The new houses on Metomen street, built late last fall, have received their exterior decorations and with their various colors present a charming sight.
Ed Reno, a workman at the Heath & Butzke Carriage Co.'s works, had the misfortune to get his left hand badly lacerated in a rip saw Wednesday. He will be laid up for several weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. L. Field returned home Tuesday evening after having made an extended tour of Europe. their many friends and acquaintances will be pleased to learn that they enjoyed the trip very much.
Our laundryman, Buse, has received orders to do work for Chicago. Chicago laundrymen are on a strike. We understand Mr. Buse did not take the orders as he had no desire to get twisted up in the strike troubles.


Mrs. J. Trail spent Monday in Fond du Lac.
C. E. McCumber transacted business in Fond du Lac Friday.
Mrs. S. Whittney and daughter Jessie visited in Ripon Monday.
Mrs. W. McLain, of Chicago, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Trail.
R. Candlish and sons Robert andf Frank, are spending a few day (sic) at Oshkosh.
H. Grail, of Johnson's Creek, transacted business here Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Ellis, of Brandon, called on friends here Sunday and Monday.
Geo. Bellmer, of Friendship, spent last week with his sister, Mrs. E. W. Scribner.
Mrs. V. Armstrong and son, and Miss Conger, of Ripon, visited at Geo. Stannard's Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Devoe (sic), of Lamartine, visit (sic) their son, Dr. DeVoe, a few days last week.
Roy Duel has been elected to attend the Grand Lodge I. O. O. F., to be held at Eau Claire in June.
Dr. DeVoe attended the Fond du Lac county Medical Association meeting at Fond du Lac Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. W. Burgess and daughter Elda, of Fond du Lac, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. S. Chilcote.
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. DeVoe, Mrs. E. Griffith and daughter Ellen, and F. Bowe, spent Tuesday in Fond du Lac.
Albert Schwandt, who is now clerking in the German National bank at Ripon, will clerk in the new Rosendale bank after August 1st.
C. J. Balcom bought a half interest in the meat market May 1st, of Mr. Harmer. The new firm sails out under the name of Harmer & Balcom. May success attend them.





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