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Editorial comment ,,,, ,,,, IIII I m, illlll i iii j i i i Ortonville of 1904 . . . ii, i "Chief" Turtle Gives Impressions of City as First Newspaper Publisher Here (Edi. note: The following is submitted by Ortonville's Warren Schoen, taken from the 1944 files of The Ortonville Independent.) From the files of the Big Stone County Journal of 1904, we took the following interesting account of a talk delivered here 40 years ago by "Chief" Turtle, publisher of Ortonville's first newspaper, back in 1878--66 years ago. At: the time of this talk, Ortcn- ville was 26 years along from the day he started his paper. Said the "Chief": "And the pioneers builded better than they knew! "Last week for the first time in fourteen years the editorial 'we' of this great family necessity visited Ortonville, the scene of our first journalistic venture. Ortonville as we first saw it and Ortonville of today are entirely different pro- positions. In 1876 we drove thru there and a few straggling houses marked the spot where now stands - a thriving little city. "In 1878 we again returned there and in company with R. W. Miller began the publication of the Or- tonviIle North Star, the first num- ber of which was issued the last xxeek of June that year. We have a copy of that issue still an2 though a primitive affair it was regarded as the "stuff" by the then sturdy boomers who had unbound- ed faith in the future of the town "We were there through the va- rious stages of the embryo city for ten long years and then after an interval of two years put in two years more, when the paper was sold to, and merged with the Her- ald under the name of Herald Star. "We saw the village force ahead from a few straggling houses to a respectable little village; were there through the prosperous times when the town was the "end of the road" and was run wide open, when there were thirteen saloons and all the trimmings, when the limit of the poker games was the ceiling, or if that didn't suit, the blue sky above. "We were there through the strenuous times of the winter of 1880-81 when the road was block- ed for over 70 days and mail was not received for 80 days at a stretch, while pine ties were sold three for a dollar for fuel. Did the pioneers weaken? Not on your life. They thawed out in the spring as chipper as ever and more than ever determined to make the town a winner. "There were the usual divisions 2 14 17 20 3 125 26 127 33 1 41 ! 45 I i 5t 52 ;53 58 62 65 !,, Clues ACROSS Clues DOWN 1. Stake 1. Dried leaves of the 5. Seaport in Cameroun hemp plant 10. Adam and Eve's third 2. Bird genus 3. Algerian city 4. Patty , golfer 5. Offers resistance 6. Shade 7. In bed 8. Permit 9. Internal secretion 10. Seamher 11. Displacement unit 12. Placements 13. Pigment 18. Blind 19. Clam Booth , American writer son 14. Judges' joumey 15. Implant 16. Developer of sign language 17. Flowering plant 20. Nightengale, for example 21. Imperial decree 22. Drink 23. Foot 25. Whale 29. Nodule or swelling, esp. a lesion charac- 28. Type genus of the Muridae teristic of tubemulosis 23. Brazilian river 33. Type genus of the 24. Encourage Laridae 25. Negative remarks 34. Limonite, for example 26. gue, a tirade 35. Respectful, abbr. 27. Chilean seaport 36. Becomes 38. Type of motor 41. Raincoat 42. Soft-finned fishes 44. Claudio , Chilean pianist 45. Sparid fishes 48. Polished 49. Enter upon 50. East northeast 51. Allegheny plums 54. Gets excited 59. Christmas request 62. Lake one of the Great 63. Carry out systematically 64. Puerto 65. Anglo Norman poet, c. 1170 6.  takes a choice 67. Armut , tennis champ , ,,,, ,,, of sentiment among the people in- cident to .all small towns but when it came to a show down woe be the man who failed to swear by his town, and Chicago was regard- ed as being too far from Ortonville to amount to much. while St. Paul and Minneapolis were regarded as merely incidents in the progress of the state. "Some men came, sat in the game for a short time, and, dis- gusted because their winnings did not come quickly, sold out and sought other fields, but there were many whose faith never wavered and whose zeal never flagged, and to these sturdy pioneers who bla- zed the way for the civilization yet to come, all honor is due, though the present residents know little of them and care less. A few are left to enjoy the fruits of their early privations and strug- gles and these today will tell you that they felt it in their bones and will gladly recall the good old times. "As we strolled along the streets, once so familiar to us, we realiz- ed that the world does move, and that Ortonville, responding to the magic touch of irrepressible pro- gress, has made gigantic strides toward the city that we of two de- cades and more painted in most roseate hues. With the new ad- vent of new blood and new capital much has Ieen done to promote the natural beauty of the town and the hand of man has assisted na- ture to fulfill its mission to a su- perlative degree in creating here a beauty spot. "But through it all we find that a fev of the hardy pioneers have remained and to them it was left to set an example in the way of beautiful and substantial buildings which others in emulating have been stimulated to do their best and we noted that of the many beautiful business structures the best belonged to men who were there early, and Who with the as- sistance of sons who grew to man- hood 'neath the influences of the early boomers, have reared lasting monuments to their faith, and with a step never a bit less firm on ac- count of age and eyes none the less bright because of the years which lay behind them are keeping step with the march of progress and take the greatest pride" l., rounding out the span of their years m the town which they have 1 I1 .) 113 29. Slaves 30. Lake algae 31. Navigational device 32. Render able 37. Visionary 39. Most inhospitable 40. Shape into a sphere 43. Sea eagle 46. Flycatcher 47. El , Texas town 48. Coalesces 50. Max , Dadaist painter 51. Merganser 52. Constellation 53. About ear 54. Swine 55. Biu-Mandara 56. Flower arrangements 57. Make into a print 58. Apparel 60. TV is transmitted at 30 61. Letter of the alphabet ii seen put in place board upon board and blick upon brick. "'Of this class= n]ay be mentioned Shumaker & Sons; and N. Schoen & Son who are just a lap or two ahead of even the most progt'es- sire. But were the roll to be cal- led of the men who did things in years gone by we find many are missing and about six or seven only remain who were in business there fourteen years ago. Some have gone to the other shore, oth- ers have retired from business and many having performed their al- lotted part in the advancement, have silently folded their tents and left for other fields to take up the burden of life as cheerfully as be- fore. "Ortonj Dassel, Hess and others have answered the last summons, but the few who remain stand manfully to their work and what they fought, bled and died for years ago are now accomplished factswaterworks, electric lights, new court house of magnificent dimensions--and last, but by no means least, a Commezcial club composed of citizens who go about doing things with an energy and zeal which will permit of no de- nial, who drop personal, religious and political differences at the door of the club room and unite as one man in saying forward, al- ways forward, but never bauck- wards, and as we felt and saw this influence we no longer wondered at the progrees of the town and seeing, gloried in the results accom- plished, feeling that as the years roll along, Ortonville is each day approaching the goal, which we of '78 saw in our most roseate dreams and in the fulfillment of which each of the old guard feels that he had a place, even though re- mote, and seeing the glories in the verification of his prophecy that Ortonville would one day be one of the best towns that ever came down the pike. "The pioneers builded better than they knew. "Hats off to those who took up the work and carried it to a suc- cessful fruition." Tollefson awarded scholarship from Thrivent Financial Jessica Tollefson of Ortonviile, has been awarded a $300 scholarship from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans TM for the 2002-2003 school year. Tollefson, a 2002 OHS graduate, now attends Association Free Lutheran Bible School in Minneapolis. Jessica received the scholarsh!p through Thrivent Financial s Lutheran College Scholarship program, which awards scholarships to members attending Lutheran institutions of higher education. Recipients are selected by financial aid offices at participating schools. Jessica is the daughter of Ed and Barb Tollefson. - Snowmobile class for adults Adult Snowmobile class is being offered for anyone 16 years of age or older, born after Dec. 31.1976. Those who have never taken a youth or adult class, are encouraged to take the class, to be held Wednesday, Dec. ! 8 from 6 p.m. until about 9:30 at room BI12 in the Ortonville High School. Bruce Nelson of Ortonviile and Tony Anderson of Morris will be the Instructors, You are required to take a class before riding a snowmobile. Cost of the class is $10.00. iii iiii a, by the late Rev. Geo P. We,v,er D.D. (Edi. note: Following s one of a series of articles by the late son of an Evangelical minister who moved his family Io Odessa from Minneapolis, living there from 1931 to 1934. Your're reading his memories of life in a small Minnesota to,,n as wrdten Io his granddaughler Elissa Kiskaddon. The author was born in 1917 in Sleepy Eye and lived in Blue Earth and Minneapolis before moving to Odessa. One of his classmates in Odessa was Rev. Dr. Ihno lanssen, now retired in Walnut Creek, Cal. Some of the memories are from when the author was a volunteer in mission on the island of Sumatra. Rev. Werner passed away late in the year 2000. "THE GREAT DEPRESSION" In the month of October 1929, the beginning of "The Great Depression." I was almost 12 years old, attending the seventh grade in the large Jefferson Junior High School in Minneapolis, MN. My classmate who became much more famous than ! was Patty Andrews. one of the "Andrews Sisters" whose singing in a few years thrust them into the national entertainment spot- light. One afternoon l came home from school to be greeted at the door by Cheek my step-mother, who solemn- ly announced "The Foshay Tower has crashed." 1 immediately thought that this 32-story office building, which uncannily resembled the Washington Monument in our nation's capital, had crashed to the ground killing thousands of people in the carnage. This Foshay Tower was the tallest building in the northwest and that included the state ,of Washington  well. It was the pride of Minneapolis, towering over the modest skyline of the 1920s. But no, it developed from further conversation that the Foshay Tower. like many companies at that time, had plunged iuto bankruptcy carrying with it the hopes and aspirations of many of the most prominent busi- nessmen of this shining city of sparkling lakes by St. Anthony's Falls. People wore worried, anxious faces as their jobs and livelihoods slipped away and their slender sav- ings vanished under the weak, chill- ing rays of the late fall Minnesota sun. I lived out the early years of the depression in Minneapolis during those 7th and 8th grades in Junior High School. My minister father saw his investments in property, rashly made during the "'Roaring 20s." crash like the Foshay Tower. His apart- ments (flats, really) were taken over by the banks which could not extend his mortgage terms. We had worked to refurbish the meagre apartments when impoverished families moved out in the middle of the night, leaving behind piles of debris, broken plaster, trashed plumbing, etc. To no avail. They could not pay the rent. My father could not pay the bank. Everything went down the drain of the great depression. Dad's salary barely covered the grocery and other basic needs. My contribution to the family was to support myself, buying my own clothes and school supplies and even saving a little money against that "'rainy day." I found a number of pay- ing jobs when jobs of any kind were "as scarce as hen's teeth," a phrase used in Minnesota at that time. Some of those jobs which brought a bit of money were: selling, the Ladies Home Journal and the Delineator (now as extinct as Tyrannosaurus Rex). When I stepped up to a door and asked, You don't want to buy a magazine do you lady?'" The door was quietly but firm- ly closed and I had my answer. So I took to working at the nearby Piggly Wiggly store sheh,ing groceries and working in the stock room. Soon I was promoted to delivering groceries and made 10 a delivery - no tips in those days. I saved enough to buy myself a coaster wagon and this put me on the fast track to more money. Very early in those frosty winter mornings, 1 stopped on my way to school and carried out ashes for a lady and built a fire in her stove. I do not remember how much she paid me, but it must have been enough to make this onerous chore "worth the while." My favorite job was delivering papers after school. My paper route took me through many square blocks between Emerson Ave. and North Commons, a park where we skated in the winter on a much used hockey rink. This paper mute really put me in the money - between $4 and $5 a month, but on collection days people often put me off and I had to return many times to get my money. continued i ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Mark Kolb Curtis Reddy Jack's Body Shop Chris Ragan Jim Leger Dan McLaughlin Wadsworth Management Alan Pederson Curtis Bailey Janet Kluxdal Albertiue Weinman Lyle Wittnebel Ralph Andrews Laura Knodel Rick Morris Scott Bohlman Toby Reiffenberger Raymond Hoffman Forma Feed Office Shirley Krueger Joe Krueger Wade Athey Glenda Loeschke Joan Jurgens Mrs. Vern Wakeman Neal Heinrich Rodger Brandt Maria Rausch Lloyd Baker . Paula Bailey Urban Stolpman Angie Noll Noah Steinke III II I (Editor's note: This is one in o series of articles, many from The Independent, found in a cherished scrapbook compiled by Ortonville's Helga (Mrs. Sam) Bart.) Sgt. Raymond H. Cornelisen Recovering in English Hospital; Given Purple Heart Wounded in the right ann and right chest by shrapnel in France, Technical Sergeant Raymond H. Cornelisen, 36, of Ortonville, is recuperating at a U.S. Army Station Hospital in England,, according to a special dispatch received by The Independent today. The communication .states: "A heavy machine gun platoon sergeant and a veteran of the African and Sicilian landings, Sgt. Cornelisen was taking his platoon forward near St. Lo when he was hit by a 150 mm tree burst as he was checking the location of a rifle platoon in a nearby wood. Company aid men treated him imme- / : diately and from an evacuation hospi- I tal ,he was later flown to England. #, While at the present hospital, he has been awarded the Purple.Heart. Lieutenant Colonel Jay F. Havice of Fort Wayne, Indiana, executive officer of the hospital, said that Sgt. Cornelisens progress 'has been sllouid be complete- ' " " " " excellently recovered soonand he ,..,: iiiCni IE nocduoihi!laSStear, wiasV "Mr. Cornelisen s wife resides in The Ortor Independ (U.S.P.S. 412-4 JAMES D. 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