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Found Watery Graves

Fulton Journal
April 5, 1892

Monday morning four Hollanders, residents of this city and whose names are George Ottens, Lubbe Greede, Claus Logemeir and Henry Logemeir, crossed the river in a boat below Stony Point to Clinton for the purpose of obtaining employment in w.J. Young & Co's mills. The mills not starting up the men returned to their boat, a double-oared skiff in a leaking condition, and started to recross the river.
The waves were running pretty high and when about four or five hundred feet from the Illinois' shore the boat had taken in so much water that it sank so that the four men were thrown into the water. They made frantic efforts to clinb into the boat which would sink under them.
John Clark, a fisherman who lives on the river shore near there, took his boat and pulled to the place where the men were struggling in the water, but was able to save but one, Henry Logemeir, the youngest of the lot. The others had been chilled by the water and sank out of sight just before Clark got in reach of them. He tied a rope to one of Logemeir's arms and hastily rowed to the shore, where he was restored to consciousness.
Clark believed that all could have been saved had they placed their hands on the boat and tried to keep their heads above water instead of persisting in an attempt to get into the boat.
The rescued man came to Fulton and reported what had happened. A party consisting of William Eckert, Robert Hall, John Schnetz and Fred Dykema rigged a drag line and hooks and with two boats made an attempt to recover the bodies. It was very difficult to manage the boats and after finding the body of
George Ottens the search was abandoned.
Of the drowned men, Ottens was forty-five years old and leaves a wife and three children; Lubbe Greede's age was thirty-two years and leaves a wife and four children; Claus Logemier was single and his age was twenty-eight years. The first two men had worked at W.J. Young & Co's mills for two years, and had lived in this city for several years. Logemeir and his brother had been living in Michigan until two years ago, when they came to Fulton and started to work on a farm. They had decided to try to get a job in the mills.
The funeral of Ottens was held at the Christian Reform church this afternoon and Rev. H. Housinga conducted the services.


Fulton Journal
Feb. 16, 1897

Madam Caldwell, the great English Astrologist, has arrived in Fulton from England and occupies rooms over Miss E. Hartman's millinery store, on Broadway street, and will remain here for a few days only. She can read your destiny to perfection; she can tell you what you are best adapted for, and when the planet of fortune will benefit you in speculation; and locates hidden treasures and shows you the likeness of your future partner; brings together those separated, and removes evil influences. If you have been disappointed in love through the effects of others can and be convinced of her wonderful power. Daily consultation, Sundays included, see sign on door. Ladies, fifty cents; Gentlemen, $1--Adv.

Highland Golf Club

Fulton Journal
May 17, 1901
Organized by Fulton Devotees to Outdoor Athletic Sports and Exercise

The persons interested in the formation of a golf club to the number of about twenty met in the college building, Wednesday evening and completed the organization of the club.
The name selected is "Highland," and Rev. Cary F. Moore is the first president. Dr. G.W. Clendenen was elected vice president; Mrs. J.H. Lines, secretary; W.H. Mitchell, treasurer; also E.M. Clark, A.D. Fay and W.F. Murdoch as board of directors.
The club is to be exclusive, only members and invited guests will be allowed on the grounds while a game or practice is in progress. This is made necessary by the owner of the grounds who does not want to throw the field open to the public.
A supply of golf sticks, balls and other accessories will cost each individual from three to ten dollars for an outfit.
You are not in it unless you belong to the Highland golf club, and get onto the nomenclatures of this popular Scottish game.

Arrival of Emigrants

Fulton Journal
April 5, 1901

Ben Norman of East Clinton, who went over to Holland last November, returned Wednesday afternoon over the "Q," accompanied by forty-three adults and about sixty children right from the Netherlands.
Two other families were detained in New York on account of sickness. Their friends here were notified in the afternoon of their expected arrival, and long before the train was due, upwards of two hundred or more had gathered at the depot to greet the little band of emigrants. An extra coach was attached to the Mendota passenger train, for their accommodation.
It is said by the railroad men that Conductor Dano is now brightening up a little in his knowledge of languages, especially the Holland. He wants to be able to converse with the next lot of emigrants from the old country that take his train. Even now he greets about every one he meets with the salutation in Dutch, "Hoe's alles?" and John's accent is so remarklably good, that some of the railroad boys question his statement that he is of French extraction.

Telephone Service

Fulton Journal
September 10, 1897

C.B. Miller, superintendent of the Try-City Telephone Co., of Clinton, was in Fulton today interviewing the business men in regard to the telephone service on this side of the river. He is endeavoring to interest enough people here to take phones to warrant the company in running a cable across the river so it will be possible for each patron to have a separate line, instead of the system now in vogue whereby as high as four patrons are on the same line. He met with splendid success the short time he was here and the cable is nearly a sure thing. The company will also make a small change in the monthly rates if the cable comes. The rates to be adopted will be as follows: For business houses, single wire, $2.50 per month; where there are two telephones on the same line $2 per month; for residence, single wire, $1.50 per month; two telephones on same line, @1 per month. The change will be beneficial to all.