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sau. Instructions reached Mr. Ritger from the relatives of Kujawa Thursday afternoon and it is probable that his remains will be sent to Almond. Both of the men who were killed were single and about thirty years of age. October 1923 - The Stratford Brewing Company will commence the manufacture of 4% beer in accordance with the latest interpretation of the prohibition act. October 1924 - The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held a meeting here Monday and Tuesday evening in a field west of town. They were out in regalia Tuesday evening. August 1936 - Ed Maxon had the first automobile in Stratford. It was a Fuller. The next car was an International, with high, black, buggy-like wheels. The motor was laid in the car width-ways, and it was necessary to raise the running board to crank the car. Mr. Klemme had the third car, a Cadillac. May 1949 - WARNING-During the first two weeks of the current softball season, ten new softballs were thrown into those first games, and there were four used balls left from last year, yet after Wednesday night's game there were only six balls to be found. It is quite obvious to the officers of the league that eight balls could not be lost in so short a period, and is more obvious that certain persons are making off with those balls. At that rate the league cannot meet expenses, and cer- tainly no one person or persons would want to be responsible for the failure of the most enthusiastic sporting enterprise that Stratford has known for many years. All players are asked to keep a close watch on all balls. When warming up or holding fielding practice, players are asked to return the balls to the players bench after they are finished with them, and to watch carefully when foul balls are hit. This is a warning - Any person apprehended stealing, or having illegal possession of a league ball will be turned over to the proper authority and dealt with according to the law. February 1950 - A train, enroute from Marshfield to Stratford, became mired in the snow at McMillan. It took over two days to free the train from the snow banks. A crew of 35 men worked to clear the train. They reported that the snow was so firmly packed that picks were required to loosen the snow before it could be moved. January 1978 - A fire on Jan. 2, 1978 destroyed the Leick's Hotel and Sportsman Bar. The building was erected about 1900 by Charles Daul. At one time, Peter Grassl, Sr. had a pool hall in the building. It was purchased by Peter Leick in 1928 and he ran the hotel until the 1940's. The fire started in an upstairs room. Edwin (Major) Dhein, who was a resident of the hotel, died in the fire. Draft Dodger From The Marshfield Herald September 20, 1923 Kept In Hiding For Five Years Devotion to Mother Makes Young Man a Draft Evader Only for the death of his motherFrank Schweighoferwho resides on a 20 acre farm near Stratford might yet be a self made prisoner. Frank is 34 years of age and the story of his life, especially that concerning the last five years, is truly pathetic. Previous to the World War draft, Frank's father went back to Germany, his native country, and after an absence of a year or more word came back that he had abandoned his wife in America and married another in the fatherland. It was sad news to the family which consisted of a mother and two children, Mary and Frank. Nevertheless Frank was a dutiful son and comforted his mother with assurances that he would care for her and his sister. Everything went pleasingly on until one day Frank got word that he was among the list of drafted men. It was an awful blow to his mother, for without him and his help, life was not worth living. She plead and fought that he remain at home and won out by Frank becoming a draft evader by remaining in seclusion and not reporting to the draft board. Five years have elapsed since the day of his draft and no one during that time, with the exception of his mother and sister, knew of his whereabouts. Like the ships that pass in the night he kept his whereabouts a secret by self imprisonment remaining at home, keeping out of sight during the day and working the best he could on the farm under the cover of darkness. The old saying "that murder will out" became true in Frank's case when a few weeks ago his mother passed away after a short illness, her dutiful son remaining at her bedside until the last breath of life had passed away. There was no longer need of him remaining in seclusion and for the first time in five years he appeared in public as a mourner at the grave of his mother. His appearance caused a ripple of excitement and soon officers of the law, without resistance, made him a prisoner with instructions that he be taken to Marshfield and delivered to Police Chief, M. Griffin, for safe keeping. He was brought to this city September 7 and was kept in the city jail until the following Tuesday. On that day Mr. Griffin received word from a state draft official for the release of the prisoner for the present, with instruction to the town officials of the town in which he lived to keep posted on his whereabouts. Upon his release he told Mr. Griffin that it was his intention, as soon as he had arranged his business matters, to give himself up to the proper authorities and pay the penalty of a draft evader but seemed to console himself with the thought that it was a mother's love that influenced him in the matter. When the facts in the case become known it is believed he will be reinstated into citizenship with only a reprimand.
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