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THE ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT IIF P ORTONVILLE, MINN., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1922 NUMBER 20 Red AND MASH IN RAID U. S. AGENTS Car Confiscated and persons bound over 'Appear Before Federal When Authorities County. prohibition enforcement week invaded Big Stone with the result that a still quantity of mash was taken, a confiscated and Albert S. *f this city and John M. Moran Karels, of Graceville, plac- arrest. Was arrested on Monday and in the city jail following a of his premises near Cash- a search warrant had and an affidavit had by Frederick W. Still. A and several gallons are reported to have been who was placed in the Under care of city marshall was held until this when United States Deputy W. Tufts arrived with a He was later released on b appear before the. Federal Fergus Falls, Minnesota, on 14th. about the county, the two agents found conditions very for "pick-ups" when they Graceville. When they ear up to the Bartles- Station there, one of of John-M. Moran, who what the prospects for a drink of, Young Moran, it is that he was not in the Using it himself and was not SEx Hunters Arrested On Opening Day Of Season Six men were arrested on Saturday, the opening day of the hunting sea- son, for violations of the game laws, by state game warden, Oscar Briggs. R. W. Brown, a physician of Min- neapolis, was arrested and taken be- fore Jas. Blair, Justice of the Peace, at Clinton, and fined $10.00 and costs for hunting after sunset. George Flaherty and Chas. Wallace, also of Minneapolis, were arrested and tak- en before Peter Trainor, Justice of the Peace, at Graeeville, who fined them $10.00 each and costs. Cases of the other three men arrested were disposed of without fines. Yellowstone Trail Thru State Is Best In U. S. Reports on road conditions cover- ing the entire distance of the Yellow- stone Trail from Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, to Pudget Sound, as issued yesterday in the final 1922 bul- letin on road conditions by the Trail Association, list that stretch across the state of Minnesota as the best in the United States. Reviewing the probable general travel conditions for the remainder of the year, the following appears: '%- M-1-2--Across Minnesota, Yellow- stone Trail is now and has been throughout the season the best stretch of country highway in the" United States." Emil Ostlind, trailman for this city, who has been amoJng those directly i connected with the activities of the Trail Association from the day of its inception by J. W. Parmley, of Ips- wich, S. Dak., is the man in Orton- ville who has shouldered the responsi- bilities of making it what it is today. E. W. Nobbs, Postmaster and Edi- tor of the Bellingham Times, mo- tored over from Bellingham on Tues- day to attend to business matters. IM0und Builders t h e i r conversation run-abott pulled up along Lived__ In Dakotas I Curator of Vermillion University Mu-t without fear, a quart of ms sold to one of the agents of $9.00. The driver of Karels, who is a son merehant of Grace- immediately placed under brought to this city, to Municipal Judge, Chas. the arrival of wDeputy Marshall with a ith him, the agents ar- also. He was later Karel's car was and he is also to appear federal court at Fergus time Karel was in Or- charge of the agents his knew nothing of the af- the Ford and reported to Ford Dealer there been stolen, and he at to make a trip to thi9 of it. He was surprised to find that his son had when informed upon here. secured from the men is expected, will lead to activities and possible ar- Mrs. Roy Godfrey and two Beryl and Jane arrived Moorhead, where been visiting Mrs. God- They left this morn- for their home at Minne- here they were guests R. D. RifenbarL Mr. f0znerly employed at Bank of this city. Ladies Aid Mrs. Henry Eaton Fri- Everyone cordially attend. Head Sale 'orget-Me-Not" Day" for and disabled American the world war, is to take November 4. On public-spirited citizens the country will take Part in the distribution of in every city and town States. Appointment of by Mayor Jas. A. Bai- as general chaiznan this city was announc- who are to serve be named at a later of the sales will be used for the disabled men of members of any not. The funds, deposited with banks cities and towns in s hold their ac- be applied toward ha- and local relief of the disabled veterans, ex- legislation in their hospitalization, re- employment; club- ,built and summer where the men who their entire future as comrades gain, rememberances scum Locates, Excavates Fifty Mounds in State Reports made public the first of the week, by W. H. Over, assistant curator of the University of Soq#h Dakota museum at Vermillion, dis- closed more extensive habitations of the prehistoric In, liana, .kown as Mound Builders, than e heretofore known to exist in/tat state. Mr. Over's report which was made public after two months spent in research work in the lake region in the north- eastern portion of the state is more in detail than the one published in this paper s short time ago. Nearly fifty mounds were locuted in Roberts and Day connties, the re- port shows. Some of the mounds were 100 feet in diameter and several feet high, but as most of them had been cultivated over for several years the exact size could not be definitely determine& An extensive Mound Builders' village was found just west of the north end of Big Stone lake and a number of others were found in the vicinity. Five mounds were dug into along the west side of Big Stone.lake and two near Enemy Swim lalee in Day cbunty. The work of excavtlng was done in such a way that the contour of the mounds was preserved. Twen- [ ty-eight skeletons were found buried below the mounds. Because the custom was to bury the bodies in a pocket or pt of the original surface of the ground and cover them over with mounds, former relic hunters had never "disturbed the skeletons, although every mound had been dug into in search of possible relics or treasures. A number of stone imp]tments of different types were found, also shell beads, pipes and'pottery peculiar to the Mou41d Builders. Mr. Over also collected many plaht spocimens around the lakes, "plant life in that region being different from that in other sections of the state. A number of other Indian relics, in ad- dition to those of the Mound Build- , era, were collected. These included !art of a canoe made from an oak log, presumed to be a canoe of the Dakota (Sioux) Indians, and about 70 years old. A CORRECTION It will be noticed that the 1922 small game license report card con- tains both "ruffed groilse" and "par- tridge". This will be recognized as an error as both terms refer to the same species. Only one species of "grouse" is legitimate game this year. There is a closed season on the others. The season is OPEN on Partridge or Ruffed Grouse. Oct. 15 to Nov. 30. The season is CLOSED on Prairie Chicken or Pinnated Grouse. Sharp- tailed or White Breasted Grouse, Can- ads or Spruce Grouse, Chinese Ring- neck or English Pheasant. Game and Fish Department. FIGURES AND FACTS ABOUT BIG STONE COUNTY THAT SHOULD INTEREST ALL 4. Farmer Issued Special "Book trons. McLeod county has 1! cream- Listing Every County In State. Comparison Made On Production. How does Big Stone County rank among the other counties of Minne- sota? That is a question every farm- er and businessman of this county should know and watch for their own personal interest. The Farmer, St. Paul, has just issued a book on "Min- nesota Farm Facts and Figures," de- voting a page to each county of the state. Here are some interesting fig- ures about Big Stone County: "Created February 20, 1862, Big Stone County covers an area of ap- proximately 314,240 acres, of which 287,527 are divided into 1,1)26 farms of 280.2 acres average size, which are operated by 616 owners and 410 rent- ers. Wheat, hay, oats, corn and rye are Big Stone County's principal crops. The county lacks sufficient creameries, dairy cows, and livestock. Cow testing associations are needed, and there should be a thousand cream- ery patrons instead of 109. Farm- ers and businessmen of Big Stone County realize this, and are starting to work together. Splendid progress should be made, and Big Stone County should gain a high place as a diversi- fied farming territory." "Big Stone County's dairy products according to the United States De- part, merit of Agriculture last year amounted to $280,765, as compared I with Stearns county, which amounted I to $2,587,744, and McLeod county, about the same size as big Stone I County, amounting to $1,883,028. In I dairying Big Stone County ranks the  lowest of any county in the state with the exception of a few counties in the wooded portion of northern Minnesota." "There are in Big Stone County 2 creameries with 109 patrons. In cries with 2,555 patrons and Stearns county leads them all with 27 cream - cries which have 5,346 patrons. It is because of this that Stearns coun- ty lays claim to being the richest sec- tion in the world today." According to the booklet ninety cents out of every dollar received by Minnesota co-operative creameries for butter are passed on to the farm- er creamery owners for butterfat. More than $1,500,000 new wealth is created weekly by Minnesota cows. Their owners collect in cash. Busi- ness is always good, c(mparatively, in dairy sections. Big Stone County possesses 5,327 head of dairy cows 2 years old and over and 20,762 head of swine. Good- hue county farmers own 27,534 head of dairy cows of like age and 36,701 head of swine. Figures for Big Stone County as given above show clearly where the county is weak artd bank deposits substantiate the statement. In Big Stone county there are, ac- cording to the automobile census of Jan. 1, 1922, 111 Buick,  Cadillac, 4 Case, 9 Chalmers, 5 Chandler, 101 Chevrolet, 63 Dodges,. 33 Dort, 7 Grant, 6 ludsons, 10 Hupmobiles, 5 Kissels, 69 Maxwells, 15 Mitcheils, 8 Nash, 42 Oakland, 10 Oldsmobile, 179 Overlands, 1 Packard, 10 Paige, 23 Reos, 9 Saxons, 54 Studebakers, 4 Velies- and 91 miscellaneous make cars, making a total of 1;774. Swift County has a total of 2,418 cars, Ste- vens .a total of 1,713, Traverse 630 Lac qui Parle 4,467 and Steams coun- ty 7,820 or a grand total in the state of 308,089. There are in Big Stone county a total of 124 trucks, of which 76 are Fords and 7 Reo's. A total of 113 silos, 826 cream separators, and 19 farm electric plants. Population figures for the county as given are as follows: Total 9,766, of which 8,207 are listed as native born and 1,559 foreign born, divided Swift county there are 5 creameries up as follows: Sweden 446, Germany with 1348 patrons; in Traverse coun- ty there are but 2 creameries with !363' Great Britain and Ireland 148 but 38 patrons; in Stevens county and Miscellaneous, 602. there are 4 creameries with 405 pa- Crop production figures for the county are given below: Total Value All Crops ......................................................... :=:'::'= ........... 2.2.:.^.$4.21T Wheat ............................................................................................... ],bl'l S Zl, "i D s m Hay and Forage .................................................................... 37,381 acres 68,52S tons O,t 30,343 -wres 77ft41 ia Corn ...................................................................................... 25,738 acrem 6fSo892 bdels Barley .............. --..._ .................................................... 12,S47 ser 210,156 Imshels Rye ................................................................................ 4,009 aereJ 40,S91 bushelJ potatoes ............................................................... 699 acres 19147 buel Small Fruits ........................................................................ 4 acre| 9,555 qmtrts Orchard Fruita 14,293 tre 4,812 Imshels .......................................................................... --U. S.  1920. ROW BIG STONE UNTY'S FARM VALUE8 HAVE GROWN 1900 1910 . 1920 Total Value AH Fsrm P ....................... $$,151.572 $14,262.257 $S4.$2|.561 Valt Land In Farms .......................................... 4,489.290 10,701,200 27,22.288 Value Farm Buildings ............................................ 766,270 1.705.375 $,729,S00 Value Implements and Mmehinery ............................ 270,310 474.006 1,S22.090 ,14.84 S$,944 Avm'sg Value all Property pe Farm ............................ "U. S. Cemms. 1920 BIG STONE COUNTY @ Ortonville is located n the C. M. & LIVESTOCK STATISTICS Total "sl ................... $2.167.940 HormS and Mui 09 ......... .,lilS Value ........................... */SI,OgB ttle 19,976 904,198 ! lmf Cttle ............ 10.600 VAlue .................... - ...... 482.284 Dat Cattle ................... 9,76 Vslm 421,914 ][gs ..... : ..20,762 value 4',I02 Sheep and Goats .......... ....$,714 Vslm 46,90 i Vsl Wool prodttoed .............. 10.979 g. S. Cenm, 1920 Big Stone County has 29 churches of the following denominations: Baptist, Catholic, Congregational, Episcopal, Evangelical, Lutheran and Methodist. Number of School Districts 58, schools 58, high graded and consolidated 7, rural 51, pupils 2,306, teachers 119. Figures for the poultry and bee in- dustries of this county are given as $244,095, for the first and $1,285 for the latter. Using a photograph of Ortonville in the booklet The Farmer contained the following write-up: Ortonville, the county seat, is lo- cated in the southwest portion of Big Stone County, at the foot of Big Stone Lakd, which is 35 miles long. OrtonvilIe has a population of 1,758, and is situated at the junction of the Yellowstone and KT auto trails, over which thousands of motorists tour an- nually. Good gravelled roads make it easy for farmers to coe to market, Ortonville serves a territory of from 8 to 12 miles radius. St. P. railroad, has 3 R. F. D. routes an ice cream factory, 3 banks with $1,135,000 total resources, 3 newspa- pers, 6 dootors, 3 dentists, a veterin- arian, and the following retail estab- lishments: 6 auto and accessory deal- ers, 3 clothing and shoe stores, 2 de- partment stores, 2 drug stores, a fur- nit-are store, 4 general stores, 2 groc- ers, 2 hardware stores, 2 implement dealers, and 2 lumber yards. Merchants of Ortonville do 70 per- cent of their business with farmers. Three elevators, of which one is co- operative, s creamery, a faz produ .c. house, and a livestock shipping associ- ation have headquarters in Ortonville. Neighboring cities and towns, with population, direction, and distance from Ortonville, are: Graeeville (1,022) N 20 miles, Appleton (1,579) SE 22 miles, Madison (1,838) S 251 miles, and Milbank, S. D. (2,215) SW 12 miles. Other cities, towns, and villages in Big Stone County, together with pop- ulation and location in the county, are: Barry (107) NW, Beardsley (507) N- W, Clinton (512) C, Correll (176) SE, Graceville (1022) N, Johnson (100) NE and Odessa (271) S.  The longest continuous series of an- nual weather records known are the rings in the big trees of California, dating back as much as 3,200 years. Three Nights of Fun Assured Public During Legion's Second Carnival When members of Ralph M. Spink Post No. 97 of the American Legion draw the curtain strings on the night of Thursday, September 28, the open- ing night of the second annual carni- val here, assurances are given that it will be such that the public will say, "It's even better than the one given last year." The second annual carnival will extend over a period of three evenings, Sept. 28, 29 and'30th. Those who witnessed the carnival last year have the word of Ralph M. Spink Post that nothing has been spared to make the affair this year a top-notch one and the public is as- sured of clean, wholesome entertain- merit with the proceeds of all three evenings remaining at home. All participants in the show are lncal persons and all concessions are to be under the Legion name. As a part of the entertainment kewpie, candy, aluminum and ham racks, duck pond, merry-go-round, a clown band and several free attrac- tions have been arranged for and there will he a minstrel show and other forms of amusement. There will be a radio set on the grounds which will furnish concerts on all three r.ights of the carnival. This will be given away free on the last night of the affair to the person holding the lucky number--tickets to the carnival to he numbered in dupli- cate, Dancing on all three evenings at Eahtonka Pavilion with music by Harding and his Melody "5" Supreme orchestra "is aso annonnced. ,"Let's Go", is the slogan in the air. Mrs. Moroney, Pioneer Of Beardsley, Is Dead Funeral services for Mrs. James Moroney, who met death as the re- sult of an accident at Beardsley, Wed- nesday afternoon, when she fell down a stairway, will be held at Beardsley l on Friday at 10 o'clock a. ,m. Several people from this city, who had known her for years, plan on attending. Mrs. Moroney was decending the stairs in the basement of her home when she was ceased with a dizzy spell, falling several feet upon the edge of a door. She had lived in Beardsley for many years. Ortonville-Milbank Bus Ditched By Bright Lights Forced into the ditch by the glare of an oncoming automobile light, F. L. Huffman acccmpanied by two pass- engers, met with an accident on Tues- day evening about four miles west of Big Stone City while driving his bus on his regular run between this city and Milbank. Altho the bus turned over on its side, causing many of the window panes to break, none of the occupants were injured by flying glass. F.L. Huffman, driver received a gash in! one of his legs below the knee when he became caught on the shifting lever. The accidetit while not serious has caused considerable comment about the failure of automobile drivers and owners to provide for their cars pro- per lenses, required by state law. It has been intimated locally that a check-up on this feature governing automobile driving will be made in the near future and persons failing to comply with the law in this re- spect brought to justice. Uses Dakota Licenses; Arrested Paul Ronning, of this city#was tak- en before Judge Chas. Scofield this morning, by W. P. Mittlestadt, city marshal, on a charge of driving his car under a South Dakota license. Ronning pleaded guilty and was fined $10.00 and costs. Hunters Numerous; Ducks Are Scarce Opening Day Of Season Saw Every Slough In County Well Fortified. True Marlmmansifip Necemary "Up early and at them," was the determination in the minds of hun- dreds of hunters during the wee hours of Saturday morning--the opening ox the hunting season for ducks and other water fowiand that it paid them well to carry out their plans was reflected in the amount of game bagged. While the number and kind of gam taken varied, many of the nimroqls including some from the twin cities, reported having secured the limit up to noon on that day. Others return- ed with a mess and still others "got back" with alibis. As early as 3 s. rm, snorts of the autos were heard as the huntei were off to a flying st-,t for their favorite sloughs, which they had previously npped in their minds. The bangof the 10 and 12 gauges and the bark  of the 16's and 20's soon echoed from pot-hole to slough and from town- ship to township until the atmosphere fairly vibrated with explosions of smokeless powder. Ducks were in evidence everywhere, flying sky- high before nine o'clock. Every slough was well guarded by hunters who saw that none passed but those that sneaked by. That keen hunting and marksman- ship is a prerequisite 'to the would-be sportsman this season while hunting in these parts is the opinion of many due to the fact that the unusual dry sttmmer was not inducive to, a plenti- ful supply of ducks. Old-time hunt- ers are of the belief that in order to bag the limit on any day during the remainder of the season it will re- quire true marksmanship. There are a fair amount of ducks left, never- theless, and some good sport is still in sight for.the ambitious. Reports from the county auditor's office show that the number of licen- se issued up to this time are equiva- lent to those issued last season. Sev- eral of the local" sportsmen, bent on getting their share of the stubble- ducks have taken ott South Dakota licenses and will visit the fields of that state from time to time. On Wednesday evening the Rebe- kah's celebrated their seventy-first anniversary. An invitation was ex- tended to the Odd Fellows and their wives and all members of the school faculty were present. The following musical program was given: Mary Shumaker, Vocal; oyc Welch, piano; Dorothy Kaercher, Whistling Solo; Belva Kaercher, Piano; Estella Heathman, I Vecol Solo; Helene Michell and Mary Shumaker, Vocal duet. Following this Miss Mary Shumaker rendered several piano sel- ection Refreshments were served, after which a silver offering was tak- en from the members for the hom." OIL EXPLOSION MAY BE FATAL TO MRS. HALLS Work of Mrs. Pearl Miller, Neighbor, In Quenching Flames Worthy Of Praise. Nearly Half of Skin On Victim's Body Burned. For the second time during her life- time, Mrs. A. S. Halls, of this city, lies in a hospital bed, the victim of serious burns resulting this time from the explosion of a can containing kerosene oil. Her condition as given out by authorities at the hospital this morning was temed, "doubtful". Mrs. Hall's first accident with fire occurred about ten years ago on a claim south of Lemmon, S. Dak., when her clothing caught fire while she was attempting to extinguish flames that threatened her home. At that time she was burned badly ubout the face, neck and shoulders and was obliged to remain in a hospital for several weeks. Mrs. Halls' second accident with fire happened on Tuesday morning shortly before the noon hour when she was about to light a fire in the kit- chen range to prepare dinner. Ac- cording to an account of the incident as related by her, she had for the first time in two years decided to use kerosene to start the fire. Having laid the fire she lighted the paper and was about to pour oil onto it from a gallon can, which had stood in the basement since the Halls family had first taken possession of their present home--a period of two years. -No sooner was the can raised than an explosion occurred, which blew off the top of the can and spread the contents over Mrs. Halls' clothing. In a second her body was enveloped in flames. She was alone in the house at the time. Displaying unusual presence of mi@d in her predicament, Mrs. Halls rushed first to the telephone, detach- ing the receiver, then to the sink, where she turned on a water faucet in an attempt to quench the flames then threatening her home and her life. At this point, Mrs. Pearl Miller, a neighbor,-living next door, who heard the explosion, appeared. Grappling with Mrs. Halls, who by this tlme was frantic, Mrs. Miller succeeded in getting her out of the house where she rolled her on the wet grass, beat- ing the flames out with her bare hands. If Mrs. Halls recovers she will owe her life to the prompt and courageous action of Mrs. Miller, who also suffered burns about her hands. Doctors who were summoned im- mediately, pronounced Mrs. Hails" condition as alarming and hastened her to Evangelical hospital. Mrs. Halls received severe burns about her face, shoulders and the entire length of her left side. Nearly half of the skin of her body was burned. With an area as large as this affected it Is said that hopes for her recovery are slight. Mrs. Halls' plight is the second to befall the family--Mr. Halls having been injured in an automobile race at the Aberdeen, S. Dak., race course about two weeks ago, from which he has not recovered. The fire department responding to the alarm sent in, arrived too late to be of assistance, the flames having been quenched by Mrs. Miller. No damage to the house resulted. Hunters Blamed When Shot Frightens Farmers Team Shots from a hunters gun are blam- ed for an accident two .uiles east of Milbank in which Peter Jordan, a farmer, suffered serious injuries when the team of horses he was driving. hitched to a corn bider became frightened and ran away. Mr. Jordan, who was on the binder at the time, attempted to jump and in doing so his foot became caught and he was dragged nearly 70 rods before the run-a-way team was stop- )ed. He was injured seriously about his hips and bacl Statements from the St. Bernard hospital, at Milbank, where he now is, are to the effect that he has a fair chance of recovery. Merchants Sale Attracted More Than 1,000 People What is said to he the largest crowd that ever attended a public auction in Big Stone County appeared at the C. W. Merchant farm in Odessa town* ship, flve and one-half miles east of here, on Wednesday afternoon. More than a thousadd persons, it is estimat- ed, attended the sale, which totaled $6500.00. W. Kelly, of the Citizea's'lationai Bank, who clerked the sale with the Farmers and Merchants State Bank, of Odessa, said that everything Offer- ed went for a good price and that it was, in his opinion, the moat sueeem ful sale ever held in this trr/ry. The sale was eried by Co]. Wm. Welt,, endorf and Col. Thos, Tilgheman.