Thursday, October 13, 2011

1904 Rowdiness

I have a notebook and it is full of Fowlerville history, catalogued by year. As I scrolled and photographed my way through years and years of microfilm at the Howell library, and as I've read most of these articles deciding which ones would work for the biography I'm working on, I have noted certains events, obituaries, personal items, and anything else that might be worthy of this website.

So now the fun comes when I open the notebook to any page, scroll down to see what catches my fancy, and add it to The Fowlerville Observer. Today's is an article published in the local paper about A Bad Scare at the eastern edge of town:

Last Monday evening, our village marshall received a telephone message from a resident in the eastern limits of the village to the effect that someone was disturbing the peace by pacing up and down the road and firing a revolver or some other shooting iron at random and that something might happen if anyone should get in range of the bullets. The marshall accordingly looked up a man to get out to the field of action and found Henry Kuehnle with his horse and carriage, who ddrove him over to the scene. They arrived in a short time, but found all quiet, and the gentleman who had telephoned for assistance (who lives just on the east line of the corporate limits of the village) together with his son out reconnoitering to find the culprit who was making all of the disturbance. They informed the marshall that the last hearing of the firing was near Ed. Barnard's, so Mr. Eldridge cautiously covered the ground along the road to Mr. Barnard's residence, where he inquired as to whether he had heard the shooting, and was informed that all the bombarding he had any knowledge of was that of a toy pistol which his son had been firing in intervals. Mr. Eldridge then returned to the frightened resident and informed him that he thought it would be safe for the family to retire to peaceful slumbers as they were entirely out of danger.

Although E.A. is an old veteran and has passed through many fusilades of shot and shell, we hope that this incident will not have a telling effect upon his nerves.

And thus ends this tale.

As mentioned, my notebook is by year so if you are looking for something specific and you know the approximate year -- particularly from 1874 to 1930 -- please contact me and I will see if I have anything. From 1930 to 1972, The Fowlerville Review can be found on microfilm but I have not gone through those years quite as thoroughly. If you ever decide to do some of your own research, the ladies at the Howell library are so very helpful.

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