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A. J. Alwin
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) March 7, 1906, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line
A.J. Alwin received a large number of bee hives Monday and will prepare to be an apiarist on quite a large scale. He has an excellent place for bees and there is no reason why he should not succeed in the enterprise. It is said that there is no other business that affords as much pleasure as the care of bees and A. J. is just the man to get enjoyment out of the work.

Mrs. Alwin
[Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN), February 16, 1921, page 1, rll]
Oldest Church Member.
Mrs. Alwin is the only surviving charger member of the Methodist church here, as well as the oldest living member of the congregation. In spite of the many hardships endured during the strenuous pioneer days she is able to be up and around and enjoys the evening of her life. She has been a true Christian, a devoted wife and a loving mother, much give to home life and the rearing of her splendid family of eight sons and one daughter.

The children are: Fred Alwin, Home township; Herman Alwin, St. Paul; Adolph Alwin, New Ulm; Rudolph Alwin, on the old homestead in Cottonwood township; Emil Alwin, Milnor, N. D.; A. J. Alwin, Mound, Minn. Edward L. and William G. Alwin, New Ulm, and Elwina (Mrs. Herman Breitkreutz), Arlington.

A. G. Anderson
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) Sept. 10, 1879, page 3; transcribed by Robin Line
Grain is coming in middling lively, and A. G. Anderson and A. E. Aarnes are strong on the market and paying Sleepy Eye prices. They say, "Boys, bring on your wheat."

William & Joseph Barry
Source: Lowell Daily Citizen and News (Lowell, MA) Friday, December 27, 1867; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Homeless Little Wanderers.-Two boys of extraordinary persistency recently reached Portsmouth, N. H. In October, 1862, they lived with their parents in New Ulm, Minn. One afternoon, while they were in pursuit of a stray cow, the Sioux attacked the family, and when they returned at night they found father, mother and three sisters and a brother, all murdered and some of them scalped. There were no neighbors and they were left to their own resources. They had heard their parents speak of Charlestown, Massachusetts, and they thought they would find relatives or friends there. They therefore started on foot. These five years those boys have been journeying their way across the continent, working in various towns, as they were able, to defray their expenses, and for a few weeks have been going from town to town in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in search of relatives, but have found none. Their names are William and Joseph Barry. The former was eleven and the latter eight years old when they left the west.

Herman Bellm
Source: New Ulm Review, March 14 (MN) 1906, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line
Herman J. Bellm who recently went to St. Paul to take the civil service examinations, passed and has secured a position in the government saddlery at Jeffersonville, Ind., and left for that place yesterday.

Ferdnand Bleck
Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) November 15, 1911, page 8; submitted by Robin Line
The following is taken from the Spokesman Review, Spokane.
"No word has been received of Ferdnand Bleck, E. 613 Webster Avenue, who mysteriously disappeared from his home on account of the fact that the house was under quarantine for the last three weeks, one of Mr. Bleck's sons, George, being ill with diphtheria. Saturday morning between eight and nine o'clock Mr. Bleck walked out into the back yard and started on a stroll up and down the back alley as had been his custom for several days. He never came back. No explanation has been made of his disappearance. The members of his family declare that he was feeling cheerful when last seen, altho anxious to get back to work at the Spokane Ornamental Iron Works where he was employed he has not been seen. He had no money with him when he left home.

Mr. Bleck is 54 years of age, of dark complexion, with dark brown hair mixed with gray. He is 5 ft. 10 in. in height and weighs 165 lbs. He has a wife and four children, the youngest of whom is 15 years of age. The Spokane Police have been on the lookout since Sunday, but have found no clue to his whereabouts."-Spokesman Review, Spokane.

The New Ulm friends of the Bleck family will be sorry to hear of this trouble and will hope to hear that Mr. Bleck has returned safely to his home.

Charles Bloom
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) March 7, 1906, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line
Chas. Bloom, who owns a nice farm about one mile west of town has hauled out lumber for a fine barn that he will build this spring. The structure will be 34x60 says the Comfrey Times. Post 16 feet. Mr. Bloom believes in having fodder and hay under cover and particular attention will be given the matter of securing a large hay loft. the barn when completed will cost its builder $1,500 which fact would indicate that Mr. Bloom is not only making farming pay but believes in modern methods of farming, which not only bring better financial returns, but makes the occupation of farming one to be greatly desired.

Oster Bushard
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Nov. 1, 1923, page 1; submitted by Robin Line.


Another young businessman was added to our business circles Tuesday in the person of Oster Bushard of New Ulm. Mr. Bushard has taken over part interest on the Exclusive Shoe Store recently purchased by George Brunner of Gibbon. The firm name will be Brummer & Bushard. The gentlemen are now busy making such additional purchases as necessary to bring their stock up to date, with the view of rendering the best possible service to the patrons. The News joins in welcoming Mr. Bushard to our city and bespeaks for these enterprising young men success.

Emil Fritsche
[Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN), February 4, 1920, page 5, submitted by Robin Line]
Sealed bids will be received up to and including February 10, 1920, at the office of Pfaender & Erickson, in the Ottomeyer bock, for the Emil Fritsche farm, being 225 acres, known as the old Fritsche homestead, just across the river from New Ulm, Owner reserved the right to reject any and all bids.

Anton Gag
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) March 7, 1906, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line
Anton Gag of this city has two paintings on exhibit at the Art Exhibit at St. Paul, on of which is a scene on The Minnesota river near this city. Mr. Gag has been induced to place the exhibition at the capital through the flattering notices he has received from recent painting he has sold, and it will be strange if his work does not attract more than ordinary attention.

Henry Goede
Source: New Ulm Review, March 14 (MN) 1906, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line
Henry Goede who had been employed in the Randall Printing Co. for the past two months has accepted a position as a retoucher in the Golling Studio in St. Paul.

Mamie Herzog
Source: New Ulm Review, March 7 (MN) 1906, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line
Miss Mamie Herzog has taken the place as clerk in Ochs Bros. store, recently made vacant by Miss Alice Russell who left for the west with her father some weeks ago. Miss Ida Ochs has taken the position as cashier in that store.

Hjalmer Hoidale
Source: New Ulm Review, March 14 (MN) 1906, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line
Hjalmer Hoidale left Saturday morning for his home in Dawson. He has been compelled to take a rest from work on account of his eyes, and expects to enter the state university in the fall.

Andrew Johnson
Source: New Ulm Review, March 14 (MN) 1906, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line
HANSKA. Andrew Johnson recently purchased a U.S. cream separator after having tested one which he purchased from a mail order house. The machine from the catalog house was a very flimsy affair and did not give anywhere near the satisfaction it was claimed it would. Mr. Johnson was rather fortunate in being able to return the machine to the sellers, Sears, Roebuck & Co. This is a piece of experience which should be of value to all contemplating buying cream separators.-Hanska Herald.

Evelyn Johnson
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Nov. 3, 1931, page 1; submitted by Robin Line.

Miss Evelyn Johnson, who is attending the Winona State Teachers College, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Johnson.

Fred Just
Source: New Ulm Review, March 14 (MN) 1906, page 8; transcribed by Robin Line
Youthful Followers of Jessie James Stories.
Terrorize Residents of Northern Part of County.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Just Victims of Last Bold Raid.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Just, residents of the town of Eden not far from Golden Gate had an experience last week that will last them the balance of their lives. As they were sitting in the quiet of the evening, about their own hearth stone, the house was entered by an number of masked men flourishing revolvers and demanding money, occasionally emphasizing their demands by shooting into the ceiling and occasionally firing close enough to the heads of the aged couple that they were able to feel the wind of the bullet.

It was known about the neighborhood that the couple lived alone and had considerable money but all the the robbers were able to extort from them was about $50. To get this the robbers compelled the couple to suffer all sorts of indignities and even resorted to terrifying cruelty in their efforts to get information that would lead to securing more money that was given them.

Mr. Just is a deaf mute and was unable except by signs to impart knowledge or make any protest but he did put up a good fight in his attempt to tear the mask from the face of the young man who was bullying him. He was unsuccessful and was taken to a room apart from the one in which his wife was confined, and there one of the gang of inhuman bandits proceeded to beat him and otherwise abuse him in an effort to get information as to the hiding place of his wealth, while another of the gang was administering the same treatment to his wife, and the third was pillaging the house.

Finally the two old people were brought together and commanded to kneel while with a generous display of revolvers and a fusillade of shots into the walls of the building, one of the gang was instructed to keep guard over them and shoot if necessary while the balance proceeded to search the premises for money.

Their efforts were fruitless and they returned with more shooting and threatening to kill the old people if they ever said anything about the affair they gave a few parting shots at the house and rode off into the darkness. The old people were scared so completely that they were afraid to say anything for several days when they decided that it was an affair that needed looking into and communicated with the authorities with the result that the sheriff went to the place and made some arrests but it developed that all the boys who were arrested were able to give an account of themselves and were released, though the old people thought they were able to identify one of them as being connected with the raid.

In the examination of the case it developed that there has been something of this sort going on for a long time in a milder way but by reason of intimidation the people have kept quiet. The officers have several cases that point apparently to the same parties and are in expectation of being able to lay their hands on them at most any moment.

People in that part of the county re said to be in a state of serious alarm and are staying at home pretty close for fear of having their property stolen if they leave and being terrorized and perhaps shot if they remain.

W. L. Key
Source: New Ulm Review, March 14 (MN) 1906, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line
W. L. Key who left this city some time ago to enlist in the navy as an engineer, has returned having seen a good part of the world in his service. He speaks well of the conduct of the United States in the Philippines and is of the opinion that things will come out all right there in the end. He has many wonderful stories to relate and tells them in an interesting manner.

J. L. Koll
Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) November 15, 1911, page 1; submitted by Robin Line
J. L. Koll, the casket man, "Tilden enthusiast" and all-around crank called on the trade last week. Although a crank, he is not cranky, on the contrary he is decidedly cheerful and radiates good-cheer and good-fellowship all the time.

Fred W. Krambeer
Source: New Ulm Review, March 14 (MN) 1906, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line
Fred W. Krambeer clerk in the Weneeda Bakery for almost a year expects to resign at the end of this month and take up work elsewhere.

Mrs. Lahey
Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) May 4, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

SLEEPY EYE. Mrs. Lahey, whose family was burned near Springfield recently, solicited aid in Sleepy Eye one day last week but met with rather cold reception.

Charlotte Lamb
Source: Sunday Times (Chicago, IL) Sunday, June 1, 1873; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

The Trial of Mrs. Lamb, the Wisconsin Murderess.

A Mysterious Voice Charged with the Blame of Her Poisonings.

Hudson, Wis., May 31.-In the trial at Ellsworth of Mrs. Lamb, for the murder of Mrs. Ottman, the testimony for the state shows that defendant committed the homicide. She admits it, as well as the poisoning of Royal Garland and two children of the defendant. The defense began the case on yesterday. Three neighbors testify to the good character of the defendant, and that she was a kind mother, a good neighbor and an exemplary member of the Methodist church; that she was eccentric; complained of difficulty in her head, and brain disease. Something seemed wrong about her mind since the Indian massacre at New Ulm, Minn., where she lived, evidenced by her rolling eyeballs, vacant look, and incoherence. Dr. Bowker, of West Charleston, Vt., testified that 23 years ago defendant, then Charlotte Sharp, had severe and protracted epileptic fits and uterine disease at Morgan, Vt., and imagined she heard Christ's voice commanding her to kill a Mr. Lloyd. She afterward imagined she was Christ. Then he thought her mind weak and unsound. Dr. S. C. Johnson, of Hudson testified that he had twice visited the defendant in jail, when she acknowledged poisoning her two children, Mrs. Ottman and Garland, and said she was commanded by an awful voice to do it; that she did not want to do it, but put it off. But the voice, constantly with her, gave her no peace, and when she tried to pray, it upbraided her for not obeying, and tormented her with being no Christian; said she had no right to pray until she obeyed; that after poisoning one child she had peace a short time, when the voice returned and commanded her to poison another; then came peace a little while again, then the voice commanded her to poison Mrs. Ottman, after which she was commanded to poison Garland. She carried strychnine to his house, and then, refused to obey the voice, put the poison in the stove and went home. The voice gave her no peace, day or night. Garland was a neighbor, a widower, and wanted her to look at his house during the harvest. She did so. One day he came in, complaining of pain in the stomach. She thought the opportunity divinely provided, and gave him poison in pain-killer. She said she had to do it. The voice gave her no peace until she did it. Any one so commanded must. She denied killing her husband, and an analysis failed to find poison in her husband's stomach. She said he had complained of his heart, was taken sick on the field, and she went to him. He said he saw Jesus. She held his head on her lap until dead. Dr. Johnson testified that epilepsy and uterine disease rendered her liable to insanity from slight cause; that he thought her insane now, and from the testimony, his own examination and her apparent lack of motive for the four homicides, he thought her insane when the poison was administered. Other medical witnesses are to be sworn. The case excites intense interest. There is considerable feeling against the prisoner.

Rev. Loba
[Source: New Ulm Review (MN) Sept. 10, 1879, page 3, submitted by Robin Line.]
Rev. Mr. Loba of this place paid Iberia a visit last Wednesday night, for the purpose of hearing a sermon preached by one of the pastors of their church. Arriving there he hitched his team, and while attending service some malicious scoundrel disturbed the quietness of that burg by cutting up his harness and unharnessing the horse, also stealing his driving whip, etc. Mr. Loba don't lie awake at night thinking over the loss or damage done, but he wishes some of the good Christians of Iberia would ferret out the culprit, or send his name, and he will advertise him in his true character.

Hans Mo
Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) May 4, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

SLEEPY EYE. Hans Mo was called to Stillwater last week on business connected with probating the estate of his mother, who died in Norway a few days ago.

M. Mullen
Source: Duluth Daily News (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, August 10, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

M. Mullen, banker and capitalist of New Ulm, Minn., has been in the city a few days in consultion with Mr. Burhans. There is something new assured as Mr. Burhan's efforts never fail.

William Pfeiffer
Source: New Ulm Review, March 14 (MN) 1906, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line
William Pfeiffer has resigned as delivery man for Stuebe Bros. He will take up his old position as painter in his father's shop. William Friederich has filled the vacancy.

Source: New Ulm Review (MN) May 11, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Local News. The insurance companies are taking great care in looking into the causes of Mr. Schmelz's death, but it is quite likely that the widow will receive the full value of every policy. Altogether, the insurance will amount to over $8,000.

William Schultz
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) March 7, 1906, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line
Rumor to the effect that William Schultz, who had been tending bar in the north end tavern owned by Chris Filzen, has gone to Wheaton, Minn., to get married is strongly asserted. He is expected to arrive in a week or two with his bride.

John Shapekahm
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) May 11, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Local News.
Sheriff Anderson has made his appointments and John Shapekahm is the lucky man. He will continue as jailor and is also made deputy sheriff.

Mrs. Wenzel Sittauer
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) March 7, 1906, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line
Mrs. Wenzel Sittauer left yesterday for Sykeston, N. D., where she will keep house for her husband while he is engaged in work on his farm recently purchased near that place.

O. C. Strickler
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) May 11, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Local News. O. C. Strickler has been appointed Deputy Head Council of the State Camp of Modern Woodmen. His work will be confined to the third Congressional District.

H. A. and E. C. Vogelpohl
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) December 10, 1913; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

H. A. and E. C. Vogelpohl have returned from Mayer, Minn. Where they erected a new, Two Manual, Tubular Pneumatic Pipe Organ, in the Evangelical Lutheran Zion's Church. The Organ was dedicated last Sunday, Prof. T. E. Berg of St. Paul, Minn., presiding at the organ. H. A. Vogelpohl also made a brief professional visit to Long Prairie, Minn., the latter part of the week.

August Windhorn
Source: New Ulm Review, March 7 (MN) 1906, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line
Aug. Windhorn accompanied a party of men from this city Monday to lands he has sold them in North Dakota. The part took with them teams and tools and will erect houses on their property and prepare for the coming spring so as to be in shape to start cultivation.

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