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Madison, Dakota Territory

A sampling of extractions were taken from the Lake County Leader, 1883-1886. Not all articles or listings were extracted, due to the poor quality of the film, however, it is advisable for you to view the film for yourself to ensure that your ancestors' listings weren't left out. It was easier to read some of it from the microfilm machine than it was to get a good printout for extracting purposes.

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January 11, 1883 (Thursday)


Lon McCallister has constructed a substantial telephone connecting his hardware store and residence.

W.A. McLane, adjusting agent for the Springfield, has been in town several days, settling the Geo. A. Harth loss.

Over sixty extra copies of last week's LEADER were sold, without the fomality of canvassing the town for customers.

N. Grosh has just finished invoicing his stock and renovating his store, and everything about the place looks tasty and tidy.

Wm. Lee will be ready to receive the village taxes next Monday, and it is desireable that property owners be prompt in making payments.

Several Madison couples expect to visit Sioux Falls, and take in the [cantala of]? Queen Esther when it is rendered there, in about two weeks.

Mrs. Dr. Wm. Edwards last Friday received the sad intelligence of the death of her father, David Wells, at Owatoma, Minn., on the 3d last.

It may not be generally known that Father Flynn is a typesetter, but he is, and some of his typhographical abilities are displayed in THE LEADER this week.

A fire a few miles west of Winfred a week ago yesterday destroyed the houses of Mrs. McDonald and her son James. The loss is about $150, which falls very heavy upon the losors.

This being the week of prayer through out the United States, Revs. B.J. George, Baptist, and W.L. Alexander, Presbyterian, are holding union services alternate evenings at their respective churches.

A.A. Broadie last Saturday received five new show cases for his drug store, which gives his place a very metropolitan appearance. Mr. Broadie takes great delight in improving and beautifying his store.

The usually happy Frank Thaxter is just one boy happier than he used to was. The little Thaxter said "How!" to the wide, wide world last Tuesday morning and if he is anything like his dad he will be a first class banker one of these days. Weight, 10 1/2 pounds. Frank, shake.

Father Flynn has been corresponding with parties at Marinette, Wis., and about twenty Catholic families will emigrate to Lake County from there early in the spring. Father Flynn also has letters from other Catholic families in different portions of Wisconsin, and expects quite a large immigration from that state.

Last evening, S. Hutchins, W.W. White, F.M. Lighthizer,G.A. Martin, W.C. Pidge and D.T. Wells, Masonic brohern of Howard, visited Madison lodge to exemplify the work and secure the assistance of Madison lodge in establishing a lodge at Howard. After the ceremonies at the hall, a banquet was spread at the Madison house. Twenty-eight Masons attended the banquet and a real old fashioned good time was enjoyed.

Charlie Howard is the owner of the boss Durham [?] in this section of Dakota. Last Saturday she gave birth to twin heifer calves, both of which are doing finely. She is four years and a half old, and is the mother of four living heifer calves. Charlie has frequently been offered $100 for the cow, and while he thinks it is quite a sum of money to have invested in one cow, has no idea of parting with her. It pays to raise good stock.

Charlie Walker, under instructions from Dr. A. Perry, is making rapid progress in veterinary surgery. Dr. Perry and Charlie last Thursday performed a very delicate operation upon a mare owned by J.J. Cra[?]ny. Dr. Perry informs us that Charlie takes great interest in veterinary matters, and has the requisite amount of nerve and other necessary elements for a good surgeon. Dr. Perry practices veterinary surgery on scientific principles, and Charlie Walker probably could not find a better instructor in this section.

Corn meal! Corn meal at Davison's.

HIGHEST price paid for school bonds.

GLOVES and mittens at cost, at Thompson Bros.

For sale cheap, and on easy terms, a house and lot, with good barn and well on premises. Lot 6, block 22, Madison. Inquire of Dr. Edwards.

Notice All parties knowing themselves indebted to me on book account and notes past due are requested to call and settle the same at once.

Charlie Ingmundsen returned home from Minnesota yesterday.

Georgie Scott is visiting his grand parents in Minnehaha county.

Miss Mettie Sherman of Egan spent several days in town last week.

Eddie McMaster will take his departure this week for Brooklyn, N.Y.

E.N. Rice and wife expect soon to start on a visit to Trempeleau, Wis.

Ellsworth French went down to Sioux Falls last Saturday, returning home Tuesday.

Miss Effie Murray returned home Tuesday from a visit among friends at [Flandren?].

Wm. M. Downs, postmaster at Battle Creek, visited THE LEADER office last Friday.

A.B. Allen, the [???] of Winfred, was in town the first of the week buying goods from our dealers.

Thos. Woolf, one of Lake county's substantial farmers, paid us a very pleasant visit last Saturday.

O.T. Thompson expects soon to go to Sioux Falls, where he will remain several weeks, collecting machine accounts, etc.

Henry Guistine visited Sioux Falls last week, returning home Saturday. While there he visited the penitentiary and other prominent places, and pronounces Sioux Falls the boss town in the territory.

H.J. Patterson returned home Monday from his visit to the Wisconsin pineries. During his absence he contracted thirteen carloads of baled hay. He visited Fifield, where he saw the McGillivray boys, and reports them in good health.

We had the pleasure last evening of forming the acquaintance of S. Baird and his son Robert, uncle and cousin of Allen Price of the west Vermillion. Mr. Baird and son are from New York. They express themselves well pleased with Lake county, and expect a large number of their old friends and neighbors to settle here with them next summer.

Sprague's silver leaf four at Davison's.

PARTIES having lands for sale, call on or correspond with CHAS. B. KENNEDY.

Boots and shoes at cost, at Thompson Bros.

McCREADY has a good span of horses for sale for cash or on time. Call and get a bargain.

Madison Lodge No. 20, I.O.O.F. meets every Saturday evening. Trancient brothers are especially invited.
L.J. Corcoran, Sec'y.
C. Miller, Noble Grand.

H.J. Patterson
has been appointed agent for the Wilson, Williams and Remington sewing machines and has a large invoice of them on exhibition at his store. Call and examine them.

The Daily Press and Dakotaian will give full reports of the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly, to convene at Yankton, January, 9th, 1883 and will be furnished to subscribers during the session of sixty days, for $1 50 in advance. Subscriptions may commence at any time after this date and will be continued to the adjurnment of the Legislature without extra charge. BOWEN & KINGSBURY.
Yankton, Dec. 25, 1882.



Brief History of the Masonic and Odd Fellows Lodges of Madison.
Probably no town in Dakota has more energetic and enthusiastic lodge men than Madison and Lake county. Masonry and Odd Fellowship are well represented here. The Odd Fellows take the lead, as far as wealth and membership are concerned. They have been instrumental in building a $5,000 block here this winter, and the order is rapidly gaining in membership and popularity in Madison and Lake county.

was organized at Herman July 7, 1870. The first officers of the lodge elected were D.H. Mullen, W.M.; John Gregor, S.W.; H.N. Luce, J.W.; J.J. Hammer, S.D.; James Grant, J.D.; R.B. Mullen, treasurer; S. Hutchins, secretary.

The Lodge was moved from Herman to Madison October 14, 1881, and has steadily increased in popularity. The second officers of the lodge were H.H. Mullen, W.M.; John Gregor, S.W.; H.N. Luce, J.W.; Wm. B. Cameron, S.D.; John McCormick, J.D.; Col. R.A. Murray, treasurer; S. Hutchins, secretary; W.H. Owens, tyler.

Soon after his election, Mr. Mullen left Madison, and Wm. B. Cameron assumed the duties of W.M.F.W. Thaxter taking the position of S.D. Mr. Cameron creditably held the position of W.M. until the recent election, which resulted as follows:

Wm. B. Cameron, W.M.; Dr. Wm. Edwards, S.W.; Ed Ketchum, J.W.; W.H. Owens, S.D.; Dan McKinnon, J.D.; John McCormick, treasurer; J.M. Preston, secretary; James Grant, S.S.; A. Reid, J.S.; John D. Blair, tyler.

The lodge now comprises thirty one members, but there are probably more than double that number of Masons in the county who will become members of Evergreen lodge as soon as they can withdraw from their mother lodges. The conclaves are well attended, and there is always plenty of work to be done. Grand Lecturer Buck has paid the lodge two visits during the past six months, and expresses himself well pleased with the Masonic material he has found in Madison.

was organized at old Madison, on the lake, April 10, 1880, with ten charter members. The first officers elected were, P. Marquardt, N.G.; J.G. Wadworth, V.G.; W.H. Luce, treasurer, Dr. A.E. Clough, secretary.

The officers for the second term were, Chas. B. Kennedy, N.G.; Chas, Miller, V.G.; P.H. Harth, treasurer; Dr. A.E. Clough, secretary.

Third term, Chas. Miller, N.G. [crease in paper-unreadable] Taylor, secretary.

Fourth term, Dr. A.E. Clough, N.G.; J.B. Taylor, V.G.; P. Hanson, treasurer; H. G[???], secretary.

Fifth term, P. Marquardt, N.G.; P.H. Harth, V.G.; H. Gulstine, treasurer; E.W. Hart, secretary.

Sixth term, Chas. Miller, N.G.; E.W. Hart, V.G.; H. Gulstine, terasurer;L.J. Corcoran, secretary.

Seventh, and present term, J.B. Taylor, N.G.; L.J. Corcoran, V.G.; H. Gulstine, treasurer; E.R. Olmstead, secretary.

The loge comprises 70 actual members besides a good many Odd Fellows who attend the sessions who have not yet cut loose from their original lodges.

At the installation of new officers last Saturday evening District Deputy Grand Master Adams of Mitchell [? unreadable word or two] installing officer, and complimented Madison lodge upon being in the best condition financially and otherwise of any lodge in the territory. The ceremonies last Saturday evening were unusually interesting, comprising an elegant banquet. Speeches and other luxuries[?] that help to make life in Odd Fellowship happy.

The Masonic and Odd Fellows' lodges meet in the same hall. We venture today there is not a town in Dakota that has more prosperous lodges than Madison.

January 18, 1883 (Thursday)


Wm. B. Cameron has gone to Albert Lea, Minn.

Landlord Bird[?] of Wentworth was in town yesterday.

Last Tuesday Sheriff Lee celebrated his ?3d [possibly 43d] birthday, and was presented by his better-half with a handsome upholstered chair.

Martin Heiser, the merchant prince of Wentworth, was in town Tuesday, transacting business with our merchants and [?] [?] [?].

Joseph Muggli, the solid man of Badus, was in town yesterday. He succeded in securing the insurance on the Swiss colony building recently burned at Badus.

Last Monday, Frank Malloy's team ran away with a threshing machine southwest of town and smashed everything into smithereens. One of the horses was considerable injured.

Dan Scott is just as proud as a full-grown parson[?]. A 10 1/2 pound boy arrived at his house last Tuesday morning. And will make his future home with the Scotts. Great Scott! but Dan is delighted with the little urchin.

Hon. R.C. McCallister arrived home Tuesday and departed yesterday to resume his legislative duties at Yankton. Mr. McCallister accompanied a delegation of legislators to Sioux Falls to inspect the territoral penetentiary[?]. He informs us that the delegation was entertained in primely style by the Sioux Falls people. A banquet was spread in the penitentiary, and a general good time was coupled with the duties of inspectors.

The weather continues cold, the temperature averaging about 15 degrees below zero. This section has so far escaped storms, not yet having been even permitted to gaze on the tail of a blizzard. [the rest unreadable].

Howard Farmer, 13: "Lawrence and James McDonald living nine miles north of Winfred, on the East Vermillion, were burned out on the third instant. Both houses, standing near each other, were totally destroyed together with the entire contents. Mrs. Lawrence McDonald not saving even her pocketbook which contained some money. Our citizens have this week very generously aided the sufferers in the way of donating money, clothes, a stove, and other articles which were sadly needed. Mrs. Mary McDonald will receive any donation which parties may be disposed to bestow."

February 15, 1883 (Thursday)


F.M. Lighthizer[?] the merchant prince of Howard was married at Egan Tuesday to Miss Vance of that place.

Chas. B. Kennedy reports that his thousand sheep on his ranch west of town are wintering finely, notwithstanding the extreme cold weather.

The infant children of Mr. and Mrs. O.T. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. H. Gulstine and Mr. and Mrs. Casper Kent were baptised at the Presbyterian church yesterday afternoon at three o'clock.

If the matter in this week's LEADER looks anymore beautiful than usual; it must be credited to our friend T.H. Van Down[?], who has presented the editor with the handsomest pencil it has ever been his good fortune to push.

T.S. Hubbard elevates his head just a little more altitudinous than he used to did, on account of the arrival at his home last Friday morning of a bouncing young Hubbard of the male pursuasion. We don't know of anybody who is more entitled to such luxuries than T.S.

Geo. Beck and E.N. Rice went up and done Madison Saturday night.

F.W. Clark and wife, C.H. Smith and Miss Lou Birdsell, leave on today's train for Chicago and other points.


Mrs. John Fitzgerald has returned home from Luverne, Minn.

Charlie Marx and family returned Monday from their eastern visit.

Miss Mary Ryan of Sioux Falls arrived yesterday on a visit to her parents.

Our Harry Preston went out to Howard last Friday, returning home Monday.

Charlie Olson has resigned his position in the Lake county mills, and will soon start on a prospecting tour on the Pacific coast.

Father B. W. Aline[?], who has recently taken charge of the Catholic parish at Howard, has been visiting Father Flynn, returning home yesterday.

John Slater last Friday folded his tent and departed for his former home at Mapleton, Minn, where he will remain permanently. We very reluctantly said goodbye to John, as did many other citizens of Madison. During his residence here he sealed to himself many friends, who will remember him with pleasure in all the years to come.

March 1, 1883 (Thursday)


Charles Karcher attempted suicide by cutting his throat in Deadwood on the 4th.

The Sioux Falls brewery has put in a copper kettle nine feet in diameter, costing $600.

The steamer Josephine, on the ways at Yankton, lost her upper deck by fire on the 10th.

City Attorney Miller of Grand Forks tackled a burglar at his house, disarmed him and took him to the cooler.

Sioux City Journal- The Dakota scrip cases, before Judge Treat at St. Louis, has been postponed until April.

The 150 Sioux Indians who recently went to Berthold on a visit will return via Bismarck and give a grand whoop-up war dance there.

Four Women's Christian Temperance unions have been organized in Kingsbury couty within the last few months, and scientific temperance instruction has been introduced into several schools in the county.

The examination of one Sprague on charge of falsely imprisoning his daughter at Fargo, shows that the girl is a mother at the age of 14, the result of her seduction by a hired man, and that the father has confined her and the baby in a room until he could in some way cover up the disgrace.

March 22, 1883 (Thursday)


Gas works are to be put in at Fargo.

Fargo is proud of her new school building.

Scarlet fever prevails in and about Elk Point.

Work on the Bismarck artesian well has been resumed.

A great deal of wheat is yet to thresh in Stuttsman county.

A hotel cook in Huron receives $175 per month and found.

Numerous immigrants are disembarking at Jamestown for the upper Jim valley country.


Baptist sociable at Odd Fellows hall tonight.

Next Sunday will be Easter, and calico egg day.

The old school-house was moved into the country last Friday.

Our streets are dry and dusty. How are you fixed down east?

The smoke stack at the steam mill blew down during the heavy wind Sunday night.

Lena Olson, aged 14, who lived with her parents 7 miles southwest of town, died yesterday of lung fever.

Last Sunday morning, little Inez, one of Mr. and Mrs. John Huntamer's twins, fell onto a hot stove and severly burned her face and right hand.

Chas. B. Kennedy has connected his office and his residence by telephone. Lon McCallister engineered the building of it, and did a first-class job.

Principal J.A. Henderson of the public schools has decided to have THE LEADER read in the schools one day each week instead of the regular readers.

A little Patterson arrived at H.J. Patterson's home last Friday between [suns?], and Patterson doesn't attempt to weigh himself on anything now but the bay scales.

[C.?]H. Wood, Broadie's successor, is now thoroughly installed at the old stand. Ellsworth French, who has been Mr. Broadie's assistant several years, will remain with Mr. Wood.

Last Sunday morning, Conductor McCall attempted to toss a barrel of sugar off from his freight train, and by some hook or crook he caught one of his fingers between the barrel and car door, mashing it very badly.

Extra immigrant trains arrived here last Saturday and Sunday mornings, loaded with stock and household goods. Lake county is catching her share of the immigration that is pouring into the territory. The class of citizens settling in Lake county are of the very best, well-to-do, and will commence farming on a solid basis.

J.W. Davison recently purchased a fine four year old colt, and last Saturday afternoon while [fondling?] him, the beast [caressed?] his master on the right cheek with his right hind foot. No impression was made on J.W.'s cheek, but the colt now hobbles around on three legs. It is sometimes dangerous for young colts to kick new masters on the cheek.

A very elegant social party was given at the residence of Dr. and Mrs. S.M. Jenks last Friday evening, in honor of Geo. F. Tuttle and wife. Mr. Tuttle has been a resident of Lake county for several years, and was recently married in Minnesota, and the party was given in order to furnish Mrs. Tuttle an opportunity to become acquainted with our citizens.


H. Lee of Volga was in town Saturday.

Charlie Olson returned from the east yesterday.

Fred Brenner yesterday returned from the east with a new bride.

Miss Annie Johnson was a passenger by yerterday's incoming train.

Ed. Howe arrived here from LeRoy, Minn., Tuesday, and will remian several days.

Miss Nellie Fitzgerald, sister of Mrs. M. Daly and John Fitzerald, arrived here yesterday.

Joseph Caldecatt and Mrs. Spencer Westaby of Warren, Ill., and Miss Alice Marsland, sister of A.H., arrived here last Saturday.

Rev. J.K. Alexander of Jackson, Minn., and Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Alexander of Kingsbury county, have been here visiting Rev. and Mrs. W.L. Alexander.

Tim Lannon went out to Howard Monday to attend to his property interests there. Tim has some valuable real estate in Miner county, and also in Lake county.

A.A. Broadie will take his departure today for his future home at Waverly, Iowa. He will immediately upon arriving there assume a half interest in a well stocked drug store.

B.B. Bowel of Juda, Wis., who purchased the Cooley flowing well farm last summer, arrived here Saturday morning with three carloads of stock and farming implements, and has settled down to business.

E.S. Knowles, a young farmer who lives in the west part of the county, arrived home last Friday from a winter's visit in Delaware county, Iowa. He was accompanied by J.M. Preston's little son, Lucius.

A.H. Tuttle of Howard paid this office a very agreeable visit yesterday. He reports prosperity in his business at Howard. Mr. Tuttle expects to establish a sheep farm on the East Vermillion the coming summer.

Peter Balgord of Volga was in town last Friday and Saturday. Mr. Balgord is a wagon manufacturer at Volga, but he ought to move his establishment to Madison, because he has a dozen friends to the square inch here. Come and live with us, Pete.

C.S. Raymond and family arrived here last Friday, and were warmly welcomed by their friends. They have leased the Thaxter residence, and will settle down here and become permanent fixtures. Mr. Raymond has not yet decided what business he will engage in. They are just the class of citizens Madison wants.

April 12, 1883 (Thursday)


Street cleaning is in progress.

An extra immigrant train arrived here last Sunday.

Merchant Seielstad is treating his residence to a cost of paint.

M.J.McGillivray has accepted a situation in Cameron Bros.'s store.

L. Ricker has purchased the Dr. Edwards property, in Kennedy's extension.

J.W. Davison has received a new set of hay scales, which will be located north of his store.

Keegan & Gary have been renovating their billiard hall, and the establishment now looks neat and inviting.

O.S. Merager, Jr., yesterday sold a timber claim four miles north of Wentworth to Chas. Jaeger of Wisconsin for $550.

A.B. Olmore has bought a business lot opposite the Commercial house, and will soon commence the erection of a building which he will stock with furniture, etc.

Charles Bergerstresser has sold his farm south of Wentworth to a Mr. Fader, who will build first-class buildings upon it and engage extensively in farming and stock-raising.

The McGillivray boys have recently shipped into Lake county four fine horses from Wisconsin. The McGillivrays are thoroughbred horse fanciers and have some thoroughbred animals.

There was a school-house moving up in the Battle Creek district last week which furnished amusement for the residents of the district. Of course there was a successful and vanquished party.

Last Monday, Chas. Meckelburg, a farmer living near Wentworth, was out hunting, and accidentally fired a charge of shot into one of his horse's hips. O.S. Merager, Jr., extracted the shot and the animal will soon recover.

Banker Fitts, who arrived Tuesday, brought with him a fancy driving team and carriage. The horses are stabled at Scott & Sheridan's livery barn. They are beauties, and will give tone to our streets when Mr. Fitts exhibits them.

N. Grosh of the Chicago Clothing store has leased the boxes in front of his store to Dan Scott, to be used exclusively by the lesee until he recovers from the rheumatism. Whittling the boxes by anybody else but Dan will be prohibited by Mr. Grosh.

Joseph Muggli was in town yesterday. He reports that the people of his section are completely deprived of mail facilities on account of a star-router jumping his [job?]. The postoffice department has been notified, and the matter will probably be fixed up in a few days.

John Sias, Sr., of Midland, Mich., arrived here last Saturday, and Monday he received a car-load of the finest work horses ever shipped into Dakota. The stock is in fine condition, and will probably become the property of Lake county farmers before many days.

C.S. Raymond has leased an office in the Hart building opposite J.W. Davison's store, and will next week engage in the real estate and loan business. Mr. Raymond is well known in this section, and will without doubt build up a substantial and profitable business.

Last Saturday, B.B. Bowell, south of Lake Madison, drove his fast gray team into town. They are fine steppers and handsome animals. Mr. Bowell is not a sporting man, but he has sort of a love for lively horses. He has quite a number of good horses on his farm, besides quite a herd of cattle.

Madison is becoming prominent as a horse market, a fact which seems to be generally known by horse dealers. At least ten carloads of have been sold here since the first of January. The stock has all been first class, and has been sold at good figures. Scott & Sheridan's livery barn is packed full of horses, and it is as good as a circus to inspect the thoroughbreds.

P.H. Hastings of Fayette county, Iowa, has been prospecting in this section several days, and has purchased some Lake county real estate. Mr. Hastings expresses himself pleased with Dakota, and thinks it would be impossible to find any poor land in Lake and Brookings counties. He returned home Monday, but he will propbably return some day and make Madison his permanent home.

Last week, Herman Kepp shot an otter near Lake Madison which measured five feet from tip of nose to end of tail. It is sort of a conundrum from whence the animal came. The oldest settler has never before known of an otter being seen in this section. They have been captured on the Sioux river east of here, in the early days, but were never very plenty on that river. The specimen is a fine one, the fur being very dark and prime. J.W. Davison purchased the pelt and has it on exhibition at his store.

Charlie Bergstresser has bought Alex. McKay's interest in McKay & Bergstresser's store, and the firm will hereafter be known as Bergstresser Bros. Joe Bergstresser has been in the store several years, and Charlie has been employed by Cameron Bros. This has given the boys an extensive acquaintance in the county, and together they will mand a large trade. They are young men of sterling qualities, and THE LEADER is gratified to announce their prosperity. Mr. McKay retires from merchantile pursuits in order that he may give his entire attention to his office of county treasurer.

Last Monday, M. Gilmore was loading lumber near the depot when the train arrived from the west. His team became unmanageable, and in plunging about, ran into an old reaper. By some means one of the horses fell down and was trampled upon by his mate, and in struggling to free himself he cut his hind leggs very severely on the guards of the machine. An artery above the hoof of the left hind foot was severed, and for a time it was feared the horse would bleed to death, but the blood was finally staunched, and the injured animal will probably recover.


Percy Holland is in town.

J.A. Birdsall of Sioux Falls arrived today.

Malcom McGillivray returned home today.

Frank Snyder and family returned home today from Minnesota.

G.K. Tiffany, Esq., went down to Sioux Falls Monday and returned home today.

John Wadden of Lanesborough, Minn., is here visiting his brother, V.R. Wadden.

Hon. R.C. McCallister and his son Frank were passengers by Tuesday's incoming train.

N.H. Winter of Chicago, brother of Geo. Winter, has been visiting in town several days.

J.D. and B.F. Farmer of Spring Valley, Minn., have been visiting in Madison and Howard several days.

Mrs. Edward Dore of Milbank, D.T., arrived here last Saturday. Mrs. Dore owns real estate south of Lake Herman.

Chas. Wright of Grundy county, Iowa, has been in Lake county several days, and yesterday buoght the Thomas O. Bersham place.

William and Patrick Lyons, cousins of J.J. Lyons, from Winneshiek county Iowa, have become residents of Lake county.

Horace Playford has resigned his position as foreman of Scott & Sheridan's livery barn and will take up his residence at Milwaukee Junction. He is succeeded by Geo. Mead.

S.C. Lobdill of Spring Valley, Minn., well known in this section, and the owner of valuable real estate in Madison, arrived here last Thursday, and has since been renewing old acquaintances and attending to his property interests.

A carload of potatoes, will pay cash for them.

April 19, 1883 (Thursday)

Sudden Death.

Mitchell Capital, April 13.

Fred. Hazelton, a homesteader living 12 miles southwest of Mitchell came to town Wednesday forenoon and after transacting some business, took his dinner at the Star restaurant with an old friend from Iowa. As he passed out into the street he fell as in a fit. Dr. Crane was called and relieved him temporarily, when he was taken on a stretcher to Geo. Bidwell's room at the Alex. Mitchell. He lived but a moment after the room was reached. The coroner was summoned and held an inquest at once, the verdict being in accordance with the above facts. Mr. Hazelton was formerly in charge of a wrecking train on the Illinois Central, and lived at Waterloo, Iowa. He came to Dakota a year ago and took a claim in the locality referred to. He was a man past forty years of age and leaves a wife and eight children.


Geo. Mellon has accepted a clerkship in Thompson Bros'. store.

Thompson Bros. have decided to add dry goods, hats[?] caps, etc., to their stock.

Lon McCallister has strung a telephone wire between the Madison house and the depot.

Mr. and Mrs. S.T. Devoil [Devoll?] celebrated their silver wedding last evening at their home south of town.

Alex. McKay has commenced excavating for a residence on Main street. The building will be 22 by 30.

The express office was moved down to the depot Monday, and Hawley is now thoroughly installed as agent.

E.M. Tiffany, brother of G.K., last Saturday purchased Harry Conover's team and wagon, paying $350 cash for the outfit.

A.W. McCready intends to finish his building south of THE LEADER office, and will probably occupy it with his real estate business.

Gillis Bros., two simon pure Scotchman, have recently settled in the north part of the county, and last Friday they received a car load of young stock from the east.

James Madsen has resigned the position of boss drayman for Scott & Sheridan, and will soon take his departure for some place where he can continue to accumulate money.

Six immigrant wagons, loaded with immigrants, made headquarters at Jerry Cranny's Commercial house last Monday night. They came from southern Nebraska and were bound for Brown county.

Last week we erroneously stated that Herman Koepp shot an otter near Lake Madison. The lucky Nimrod who drew a bead on the animal was Julius A. Koepp, and he is entitled to credit for his good markmanship.

Marshal Lee yesterday commenced the construciton of a sidewalk on the west side of upper Egan avenue, to connect the Presbyterian church and the residences in that section with the sidewalks of the business part of town.

Lake county will be entitled to eight delegates in the convention to consider the question of statehood, to beheld at Huron. The convention will be composed of 411 delegates. It is recommended that the citizens of each county meet and select delegates on the 9th of June.

Sioux City Daily Journal, 11: "The Madison LEADER published a review of the stock business in Lake county, which shows a most encouraging outlook for the future. Large amounts of money are being invested, and new stock farms opened, insuring the prosperity of that section."

A.B. Olmore has purchased the lot adjoining THE LEADER office on the north and will at once commence the erection of a building thereon. The building will be 20 by 40, two stories. Mr. Olmore will engage in the furniture business, and will be a valuable acquisition to the business of Madison.

We are in receipt of Boston papers from Thos. E. Garrity of Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Garrity visited in this section last summer, and like nearly everybody else who comes here, he bought a farm before returning to his eastern home. Mr. Garrity is a very competent young man, and we hope to number him among our citizens at no distant day.

J.A. Henderson, who has had charge of the village schools, informs us that the reason the school closed "rather abruptly one day during the early part of the week," was that he had taught as long as he had agreed. Mr. Henderson taught the most successful term of school ever held in Madison, and we regret that his services cannot be secured permanently.

P.W. and Tim Hennessy of Perry, Iowa, friends of the Keegans' and Steve Drummey, arrived here last Saturday, and have since purchased farm lands in Lake county. They are social young men, and are delighted with this section. They are old residents of Iowa, and will probably be the means of bringing new settlers with them when they return. They departed for home Tuesday.

James Howard, father of C.W., died at the home of the latter last Sunday and was buried from the Baptist church Monday, Rev. B.J. George officiating. Mr. Howard was born in Richmond, Va., December 30, 1796, making his age at the time of his death 86 years 3 months and 15 days. He came to Lake county about two years ago. He enjoyed good health all his life, and died from old age.

H.J. Patterson shipped two car-loads of potatoes to the north Dakota region Tuesday, in charge of W.C. Beaman. Mr. Patterson is extensively engaged in shipping Lake county produce. He has shipped potatoes during the winter to Montana, Kansas and other poitns, and has shipped baled hay by the train-load to the Wisconsin and Michigan pineries, and even as far from home as Baltimore, Maryland.

Fred Kennard, a commercial traveler from St. Paul, and formerly a business man of Sioux Falls, visited in Madison Monday and Tuesday. He paid Landlord Andrews a very flattering compliment, stating that the only square meal he had had since leaving St. Paul, he secured at the Madison house. The Madison house is building up a very fine reputation among the traveling public, and Mr. Andrews is entitled to all the prosperity he is enjoying.

Orson Sheldon and Chas. F. Ball arrived from Burlington, Wis., last Monday. Mr. Sheldon brought a thoroughbred cow and calf, and while passing through Minnesota he was offered $150 for the cow which he refused, preferring to place her on his Lake county farm. They also brought two carloads of household goods, etc. Mr. Ball was formerly deputy sheriff of Racine county, Wis., and comes to us recommended as a very substantial citizen.

J.A. Birdsell of Sioux Falls visited Madison last week on real estate business. Mr. Birdsell is the possessor of very many warm friends in Lake county, besides some fine real estate. He devoted while [?] a good share of his time to hand-shaking and greeting old acquaintances and departed for the metropolis with the pormise that he would return sometime and live with us permanently. But he is a single man, and we fear some fair-haired girl will have to capture him and tame him down before he will be content to stay in this section.


Whooping cough prevails at Egan.

Clothes line thieves infest Yankton.

Mitchell has 328 children of school age.

The upper Missouri river country is flooded.

Mrs. Laura G. Fixen will deliver a tem[?] lecture at Egan next Sunday.

Three persons have committed suicide in Yankton within two weeks.

There is probabilities that a creamery will be established at DeSmet.

A cooperative creamery association has been organized in Lincoln county.

H.E. Osgood has been arrested at Eden for selling liquor without a license.

A base ball club has been established at Grand Forks with $300 capital sotck.

A man 100 years old filed on a homestead at the Huron land office the other day.

The newcomers out at Plankinton are compelled to erect shanties along the railroad for temporary occupancy.

The trustees of the Sioux Falls deaf-mute school have decided to build a $10,000 institute the coming summer.

James Taylor, brother of Maris Taylor of the Yankton Herald, died at Aberdeen last week of inflammatory rheumatism.

Judge Edgerton lectured at Mitchell last week on "Stanton" for the benefit of the Mitchell church, and the society netted $50.

Dalryniple will sow 1,500 acres of wheat this year more than he did last season. He denies that he wants to sell any of his Dakota land.

A Yankton Suicide.

Sioux Falls Press, April 10.

Sunday afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas of Yankton went out for an afternoon visit. On returning about 4 o'clock they were horror-stricken to find lying on the floor in the middle of the main room the corpse of David A. Calhoun, who had been boarding with them for several months. All about him were pools and clots of blood, and the scene presented was enough to weaken the stoutest-hearted beholder. It was a terrible sight with which to be met upon returning from a Sunday afternoon call. The indications were that Calhoun had just literally carved himself to death with a small penknife. Up and down and across his left arm were gashes which he had cut as deep as possible with the weapon he had, and in his abdomen were gashes reaching from one side to the other, also a score of holes which he had stabbed into his body in different places, and from some of the larger cuts the bowels were protrudding. He had in his mad work struck no vital part, but death was caused by loss of blood from the numerous wounds. Calhoun was fine-looking man aged about 42, and leaves a wife and three children at St. Louis, from which place he came some months ago to take charge of the work of making pressed brick for W.L. Dow & Co. He was entirely temperate until about two weeks ago, when he commenced a spree which concluded with his death. He had come to be so completely under the influence of alcohol that he was undoubtedly crazed, and in this condition butchered himself to death.


Rev. A.B. Case of Howard visited in Madison Tuesday.

Wm. Degraff returned Tuesday and will reopen his photograph gallery.

John Sias, sr., and his son departed Tuesday for their home in Michigan.

Mrs. P. Tanner and her daughter Miss Edith arrived from Minnesota Tuesday.

T.S. Hubbard went down to Sioux Falls last Saturday, returning home Tuesday.

B.D. Sprague, proprietor of the Lake County Mills, was a passenger by yesterday's incoming train.

A.W. Waters returned from Bon Homme county last week, and will remain permanently in Lake county.

Wesley Hill returned home from Ohio last Friday, accompanied by his mother who will remain here permanently.

Rev. W.L. Alexander and wife will go to Huron next week, to attend the Presbytery, which begins there next Thursday.

J.W. Davison started Monday for Mitchell by private conveyance. Miss Gracie Andrews accompanied him as far as Howard.

Mrs. Anna R. Dodge, owner of Dodge's addition to Madison, arrived here from Pittsfield, Mass., last Friday and will remain during the summer.

J.D. Harris, representing the North western Car company, was here yesterday to investigate the recent suit brought by that company to recover property mortgaged to them. The case is the one that was in progress several days before Squire Mason.

Col. R.A. Murray returned home from Sioux Falls Tuesday, where he has been attending Judge Kidder's court. As usual Col. Murray was successful with the cases he had charge of. He states that Judge Kidder is pretty certain of reappointment, which is very gratifying to the citizens of Lake county.

April 26, 1883 (Thursday)


Banker Jacobs brought with him a fancy driving team.

A.W. McCready is building an office south of THE LEADER office.

Harvey Ellis lost a valuable mare Tuesday the result of being gored by a cow.

Father Flynn will hold services at the Catholic church next Sunday morning at 11 o'clock. A cordial invitation is extended to everybody to be present.

Marshal Lee is busy building sidewalks, superintending the cleaning of streets, etc.; and Madison will be as neat as a pin when he finishes the work.

Yesterday, H.J. Patterson exhibited a horse corn-planter on the street which attracted a great deal of attention. The machine worked to a charm, and will undoubtedly sell well in this section.

A.B. Olmore last Monday commenced work on his building. When completed it will be very creditable structure, and will be quite an addition to upper Egan avenue.

Large numbers of immigrants continue to arrive here. It seems that the ca[?]t must be almost depopulated from the number of new comers in Lake county and Dakota generally.

Madison is walking to the front with new buildings. Quite a number are now in course of construction, and extensive improvements are being made on old ones, and our carpenters are kept busy.

We are gratified to see so much tree planting in progress about town. Nearly all our property owners are planting trees, and in a few years Madison will be situated in a forest. Nothing adds so much to the beauty of a town as trees.

The village school opened last Monday. Fred Allen has charge of the high school and Miss Blanche Dimmock the primary. The youngsters seem well pleased with the teachers and we can feel confident of having a very successful school this summer.

There will be quarterly meeting services at Herman May 5 and 6. Preaching on Saturday at 3 p.m. Quarterly conference session immediately after. Love feast Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Preaching at 11 o'clock. Sacramental servcies immediately following. Rev. Mr. Johnson of Dell Rapids will preside.

Priarie fires are quite numerous in this section at this time, and people cannot be too careful of their property. Last Thursday, M. Gilmore, living on James Garry's farm, lost his stable, a cow and calf and a quantity of oats by prairie fire. This is the first loss we have heard of, but unless there is great care other losses will result.


[An extraction of some names from the 'land notices' column]:

Charles Miller, Oliver J. Ames, B.A. Jerome, James H. Coleman, George J. Brenier[?], Henry Steinfeldt, Fred Unzelmann, George E. Porter, Agnes E. Ayers, Emily Welch, David Buzer, John Gregor, Henry J. Fisher, Nathaniel P. Bruce, Edward Burgess.

Branch Conductors

J.W. Sinclair, we understand, will move to Chicago about the first of May with his family. Mr. Sinclair has been here nearly a year, and will leave behind a host of friends who are loath to see them go. May success and prosperity be their [joy]? is our wish.

Conductor C.G. Law has purchased J.W. Sinclair's residence and lots, and will move his family here about the first May. In this transaction Mr. Law has secured a valuable and desirable piece of property. His family will recieve a cordial welcome from our citizens.

Last Tuesday evening conducter McCall took the largest train into Sioux Fall that was ever taken into that town. He left Egan with twenty-four loaded freight cars and the caboose all of which he took through except one which he left at Dell Rapids. There is a heavy grade just south of the dells, and it was feared the sumi could not be reached, but engineer Sdringer[?] has his horse well trained, knows how to handle it and when he tells him to pull he does it, and in good shape too. He knows no such thing as fail.


Mrs. Dunlap arrived from Minnesota on a visit to Mr. and Mrs. John McCormick.

D.C. Ricker went out to Howard Monday, to commence work on his railroad contract.

Malcom Clark and J.D. Andrews went over to Medary yesterday by private conveyance.

Dr. W. Edwards and family departed for Minnesota last Monday. They will not return to Madison.

Mrs. John Q. Houts of Sioux Falls arrived last Tuesday, and is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Houts.

I.N. VanDoren returned home last Saturday from Minnesota, where he has been visiting several weeks.

Harry Preston, for a long time compositor on THE LEADER, took Tuesday's train for Minneapolis, where he will have a good time visiting among relatives.

May 10, 1883 (Thursday)


A. Proehl is building a substantial addition to his store.

The saloons were closed Monday, during the city election.

H.J. Patterson and Charlie Sherman shipped two carloads of Lake coutny hogs to Chicago Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. A.M. McCallister's little daughter, Nellie, has been quite ill several days, but is now improving.

Messrs. Rice & Wood have thrown the Rice building into one room, and are arranging barbershop and bath rooms that will be second to none in Dakota when completed.

Work on the new buildings in Madison is progressing lively. A.B. Olmore's building has been enclosed. Henry Gulstine's residence is well under way, and A.W. McCready's offices are being lathed.

Nothing has yet been done in the Normal school matter. Gen. Beadle is lying sick at Yankton, and the home members of the board do not think it advisable to move in the matter until he recovers and arrives here.

Tuesday, G.B. Wall laid upon our table by proxy a hen's egg that measures 7 1/2 inches from tip to tip and girts 5 7/8 inches. It is the boss egg of the season, and the little hen that produced it is entitled to [chromo]?

Isaac Brinker, Sen., an old an respected resident of Lake county died last Friday evening, and was buried Sunday, Rev. B.J. George officiating. The remains were deposited on Mr. Brinker's late premises. The funeral was very largely attended.

F.D. Fitts has purchased an entire block east of Park Lake, and is preparing it to receive a large number of trees. He will at once commence building a residence, and our citizens may depend upon something metropolitan when it is finished.

W.C. Beaman was in Bartlett, Devil's Lake, when the remains of the murdered Ward brothers arrived there, and viewed their remains. He says the excitement ran pretty hight for a few hours and then people went about their business just as if nothing unusual had happened.

The district court for the Fourth judicial district, Judge [J]?[P]? Kidder presidning, will convene in Madison Tuesday, May 29. There aer about sixty cases on the docket. Several hard-head[?] cases have been settled, and the court will probably not be in session more than one week.

R.S. Whalen has accepted the position of superintendent of the Lake County Mills, in place of H.A. Snyder, resigned on account of ill health. Mr. Whalen is well known by many of our citizens, having been a resident of Madison in the early days. He will probably occupy Hnery Gulstine's new residence when it is completed.

Several of our prominent citizents are discussing the advisability of sinking an artesian well somewhere on Egan avenue. In the event that the matther assumes shape and machinery is brought here for the purpose, Chas. B. Kennedy will sink one at the head of Park Lake. The towns roundabout Madison have been very successful with artesian wells, and we hope our citizens will make an effort to secure one here.


Town Caucus--Election--Board Proceedings

The voters of Madison met in caucus at Davison hall last Saturday evening for the purpose of placing in nomination village officers for the ensuing year.

Chas. B. Kennedy was called to the chair and C.S. Raymond was chosen secretary.

The following gentlemen were nominated for the various offices named:

Trustees--First ward, W.B. Cameron; Second ward, E. Sheriday; Third ward, E.W. Dyer.

Treasurer--P.H. Harth

Clerk--Joe C. Bergstresser

Village Justice--C.S. Raymond

Marshal--F.D. Van Patten

Assessor--John Huntamer

Member Board of Education--R.C. McCallister

H.J. Patterson, W. Hill and O.G. Auley were appointed town committee for the ensuing year.


took place Monday, the golls [polls] being opened at Davison hall. E.W. Dyer and John Huntamer acted as judges and C.S. Raymond and August Cornerleysen as clerks.

A partially independent thicket was placed in the field, which contained the following names:

Treasurer -- E.W. Hart

Village Justice j-- J.M. Walker

Marshal -- Wm. Lee

Assessor -- John Fitzgerald

Member Board of Education -- A.E. Clough

The remainder of the ticket was the same as nominated at the Saturday night caucus.

One hundred and one votes were cast, and resulted ys follows:

Trustees -- W.B. Cameron, 101; E. Sheridan, 100; E.W. Dyer, 101.

Treasurer -- P.H. Harth, 59; E.W. Hart, 52. Majority for Harth, 7.

Clerk -- Joe C. Pergssresser, 101.

Village Justice -- C.S. Raymond, 58; J.M. Walker, 31; W.C. Beaman, 10. Majority for Raymond over both competitors, 17.

Marshal -- F.D. Van Patten, 54; Wm. Lee, 47. Majority for Van Patten, 7.

Assessor -- John Huntamer, 72; John Fitgerald, 10. Majority for Huntamer, 62.

Member Board of Education -- A.E. Clough, 50; R.C. McCallister, 42. Majority for Clough, 17.

Normal School Bonds -- Yes, 88; no, 7. Majority in favor, 81.

The election passed off very quietly, without any particular enthusiasm being manifested.

Messrs. Cameron and Dyer served on the village board last year, and E. Sheridan succeeds John McCormick.


met in special session at E.W. Dyer's store last evening. Present, Trustees Dyer and Cameron and Clerk Gulstine.

The report of Treasurer Hart was received, and on motion accepted.

The votes of Monday's election were canvassed, and the following officers were delcared elected:

Trustees -- W.B. Cameron, E. Sheridan, E.W. Dyer.

Clerk -- Joe C. Bergstresser

Treasurer -- P.H. Harth

Marshal -- F.D. Van Patten

Assessor -- John Huntamer

Village Justice -- C.S. Raymond

Member Board of Education -- A.E. Clough

For Normal School Bonds -- Yes

F.D. Van Patten, marshal elect, presented his bond, which was accepted.

Adjourned to Friday morning at 9 o'clock.

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