Tricounty News

Maine Prairie farmer has interesting way of telling story of success by hard work

Fred Marklowitz relates story of his labors in pioneer days of county

Reprinted from the Oct. 18, 2001, Tri-County News

The following interesting narrative showing what it is possible to do if one applies himself is best told by Fred Marklowitz of Maine Prairie Township, one of the most successful farmers in Stearns County. The story tells of pioneer day hardships and how Mr. Marklowitz was able to overcome them. He writes as follows:

“On the 27th day of November, 1866, I arrived in the city of St. Paul, coming direct from my old home in Ost Preussen, Germany. I rested for a few days with my brother-in-law who had preceded me to America, and then set about to get work which I secured two days later on a grading contract. This job lasted but 14 days, and my compensation was 90 cents per day for 10 hours work. But, oh, how glad I was to get that much. Very soon thereafter the freeze-up came and I could not find anything to do. Someone suggested that I take a saw and sawbuck, and saw wood around the city. Occasionally we struck work, and sometimes three or four others were waiting for the same job. A great many times I said, with tears in my eyes, “What shall I eat, or what shall I cover up with?” I was penniless, and as poor as a church mouse.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Aug. 19-25, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Aug 19, 1863

Northern authorities resumed the draft in New York City with no difficulties, although troops protected the draft headquarters against a repetition of the disastrous riots of July.

In Charleston Harbor, S.C., the guns boomed for a third day against Fort Sumter and Battery Wagner.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 1863

The bombardment of Fort Sumter and Battery Wagner continued in Charleston Harbor, while Major General William Rosecrans Federal Army of the Cumberland neared the Tennessee River west of Chattanooga, and more Federal troops arrived at Covington, Ky., for the offensive in East

In Kansas, guerrilla forces under William Clarke Quantrill approached the unsuspecting town of Lawrence.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Aug. 12-18, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1863

Heavy Parrott rifles opened from the low-lying sand batteries of Morris Island, S.C., firing against Fort Sumter and Battery Wagner. Although just a practice to establish the range, the firing marked the opening of a new Federal offensive in Charleston

In Mississippi, a skirmish occurred at the Big Black River Bridge, while the Federal Ninth Corp’s First Division arrived in Covington, Ky., en route to eastern Tennessee.

President Abraham Lincoln refused to give Major General John A. McClernand a new command. McClernand was relieved of corps command at Vicksburg by Major General Ulysses S. Grant.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Aug. 5-11, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1863

Major General Frederick Steele assumed command of the Federal forces at Helena, Ark.

In Charleston Harbor, S.C., Confederates continued to strengthen their defenses at Fort Sumter and Battery Wagner, knowing that the Federals would soon renew the attack.

Near Dutch Gap, Va., an electric torpedo severely damaged the U.S.S. Commodore Barney.


Forest City Stockade: Aug. 8, 2013

More recollections of the descendants of early settlersimg 0670-RGB

Text from The Meeker REA Pioneer, October 1975. Reprinted from the Tri-County News Dec. 11, 2003. As told by Mrs. Henry A. Olson:

My mother was Henrietta Hickman Caswell (F.A.). She was 16 years old at the time of the Indian outbreak. One of their Indian friends came and asked my grandfather to take his family to the stockade because the Indians were on the warpath.

So my mother crawled on her hands and knees to the land where her father was cutting hay and told him what the Indian had said. Mother saw Indians lurking in the trees as she crawled. But grandfather said the Indians were his friends, and he refused to leave. The Indians never did bother them, while others were killed.

At Manannah, where six were killed, a monument was erected on the late Nathan C. Caswell farm west of Manannah.