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From our archives: County calls for more thistle commissioners

What we thought: 125 years ago

Published: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
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(Colorado State University)
Canada thistles were a growing nuisance 125 years ago, which prompted the Whiteside County Board of Supervisors to urge the appointment of township thistle commissioners to eradicate the noxious weeds. A Gazette editorial on Sept. 28, 1888, pointed specifically to Hahnaman Township as a locale where the growth of Canada thistles went unchecked.

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following editorials appeared in the Gazette on Sept. 28, 1888.

Thistle trouble

A resolution was offered at the last meeting of the Board of Supervisors by Assistant Supervisor Ferguson of this city, to the effect that the supervisor of each town take steps to have the Board of Town Auditors, at its next meeting, appoint a Canada thistle commissioner, in each town where none have been appointed, as the statute provides.

The resolution was adopted unanimously. This move is well timed and most opportune, for there is considerable danger of these pests spreading over our broad and fertile acres.

The condition of the patch in Hahnaman requires immediate attention, as the weeds have all gone to seed. The Board of Auditors probably will not meet until next spring, so the citizens of that town should take steps promptly to exterminate these pests.

Ten thousand

leave this earth

General Alter in his address at the reunion of the Grand Army of the Republic said that during the past year, ten thousand veterans of the late war on the Union side have passed away where battles come no more.

What a sad thought!

Memory runs back so easily to those who are forty and upwards, to the time a quarter of a century and upwards ago, when regiment after regiment went to the front and left members of their command on field of battle, who afterward were buried beneath the cypress and pine of the Southland.

Yet in the Grand Review at the close of the war, there were thousands and thousands who marched with the elastic step of youth and with heart happy in the thought of speedy return to home and friends. Most of them were young, and but few thought of days of age, or of untimely death. It is yet early for any of them to be aging.

Yet all in a year, ten thousand are slain of that enemy so busy in war days. By-and-by, and only too soon, they will drop off in rapidity as the sere leaves of the forest after frost has marked them.

This is to be expected; but to think that ten thousand should die in so short a time before the day of old age, causes regrets deep and profound and proves what the Gazette has so often said, that the war left scarcely any men free of disease or wounds, or both.

Ten thousand. Why, that is the precise number that formed the army which Xenophon has immortalized.

Thieving urchins!

A number of boys are in the habit of entering door-yards on 7th Street and taking apples and grapes. The boys ought to know that this thieving is criminal.

Some of these have asked for “an apple,” and on permission being given have taken apples until every pocket of a boy’s capacious peck pockets would bulge out with apple grins.

No doubt the schools teach these boys that one is a unit, but the one is fearfully multiplied in an apple tree by these urchins.

Too many errors

Yesterday’s ball game between the Milledgeville and Stering clubs was not characterized by much scientific playing. In fact, it may be called a rotten game.

Both clubs made many errors. The visiting club started out well, but the home club then commenced to do better batting and got several bases on balls and was thus able to close the game with a score of 12 to 7 for Sterling.

Neither club had had much practice for several weeks, which probably accounts for the style of playing yesterday.

Harrison’s strength

A gentleman residing at Sterling was a passenger on a Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul train from Milwaukee to Madison, Wis., on last Friday morning.

A canvass of the passengers, who were Wisconsin people returning from the State Fair, was taken to ascertain the presidential preference of the majority, with the following result: Harrison received 233 votes, Cleveland 100, Fiske 14 and Belva Lockwood 4.

Irksome loafers

The crowds who stand around the lot where the city hall foundation is being built do not diminish. The loafers are ever ready with words of advice. Many of them stand and converse with the workmen, not thinking, of course, that they are delaying the work by so doing.

Pay up, please

We make a personal appeal to all those who owe us on subscriptions to make a big effort to pay on or before the first of October next as we have some heavy bills to meet at that time.

We have many subscribers who owe us one, two, three, four and five years, which is only a small amount to each one, but if all would pay, it would be thousands to us.

If we did not need the money, we would not make this appeal. Please do not disappoint us in this matter, but call or send and we will send receipt by return mail.

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