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Headlines from the past

Published: Monday, April 14, 2014 3:03 p.m. CDT

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It’s time again to pull out that dusty old shoe box full of black and white memories, my friends. Here we are with another edition of “Headlines from the past.” All entries are garnered from the BCR, the year 1900. So here we go.

Feb. 15, 1900. Albert Paepek shot himself in the front of witnesses last Saturday at the home of Herman Dreman near Walnut. The incident occurred after the marriage of Paepek’s cousin, Emma Claus, to August Eichmeier. When but a child, Emma came to live with Paepek’s family. After the death of Paepek’s  parents, Emma took care of the affairs of the house for Mr. Paepek as his mother would have. Her feelings for Paepek did not go beyond that of a sister. Everything was splendid until Paepek found out about Emma’s planned nuptials to August Eichmeier. On the night of the incident, Eichmeier decided it was time to take his bride and return home. Paepek followed Eickmeier and Dreman into the barn and accused Eichmeier of robbing him of all that he had and breaking up his home. After a few more words were exchanged, Paepek, in front of Mrs. Eickmeier, Mrs. Dreman and the aforementioned gentlemen, pulled a revolver and shot himself in the side of the forehead. Paepek staggered and then again place the revolver to his left temple and fired. Still on his feet, Paepek then placed the revolver to the top of his head and pulled the trigger. He finally collapsed and was motionless. Final report was Mr. Paepek was still alive, but paralyzed on his one side and has not been able to talk. Albert Paepek is well to do.

March 15, 1900. Headlines read, “Off To the Gold Fields.” Twelve Bureau County men head to Alaska to seek their fortunes in gold. The 12 will leave on a ship from Seattle and head to Cape Nome, Alaska, on May 25. Swan Linn, a businessman, is selling all of his items in the general store. Jeweler Frank Pierson may put someone else in charge of his store during his absence but plans to take some jewelry to sell while in Alaska. Mr. Pierson will also take along a tool kit. The party of 12 are scheduled to arrive at their destination on June 10, and Mr. Linn has already staked a claim. An update to this story was printed on July 26, 1900, and read “No gold was found.”

June 14, 1900. “A Strange Case At Lacon.” Twenty five years previously, Charles Powers attempted to break into the home of a Mrs. Locke. Mrs. Locke rewarded Powers for his troubles by shooting him in the head with a .32 caliber revolver. Powers was not expected to live but defied the prognosis of his doctors and pulled through, his wound eventually healing. Recently Powers noticed a small lump in the top of his mouth and as time went on, the lump grew larger. Becoming concerned, Powers picked at the lump and pierced the swelling. From the top of his mouth dropped the bullet that had been in his skull for the last 25 years. He was so delighted he came to Lacon on Sunday and celebrated by drinking and telling his story to all his friends.

June 21, 1900. The Ohio Herald printed this story. It described a lazy man from Princeton who remodeled his house to include an automatic bathtub. The tub operated with a push of a button which caused a door to open and the tub would glide in from the next room to the side of his bed. Then all he had to do was roll off his bed into the tub. One day he had a group of friends visiting and wanted to demonstrate his device. He proceeded to push the button and after which a scream was heard. The tub glided to the bed but low and behold it contained his very embarrassed wife. She now uses a wash pan to bathe in.

Princeton resident Todd Borsch can be reached at borsch3@ivnet.com.

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