Excerpts of headlines in the May 7, 1906 edition of The Princeton Clarion-News, forerunner of The Princeton Daily Clarion:
NO FAVORS TODAYTardy taxpayers rush in at last moment to avoid paying penalty taxes by mail.
This was the last day for paying the spring installment of taxes and the rush at the treasurer’s office may be described as “fierce.” People from all corners of the county laid down the plow for a few hours and made a quick trip to the treasurer’s office, where they found a long line of tax payers ahead of them.
There was a sign hung up in plain view of all visitors. It read thus: “Don’t ask for favors, today. We’ve been here since January 1st, 1906.”
A SLIGHT BLAZEThe fire department was called out this morning to extinguish a small blaze in the roof of the Levi barn in east Broadway. The blaze was started by a spark, which flew from the chimney of the wash house. The blaze was discovered before it got a good start and was easily extinguished with the garden hose.
WORK IS COMMENCEDBean & Davis, contractors for the sanitarium, began the work of construction this morning. The foundation was laid last fall, so the building will probably rise rapidly.
DANGEROUS RUNAWAYA team of horses hitched to a wagon carrying about a half a load of sand took fright near the E. & T.H. depot this afternoon and started on a wild run up Broadway. In going through the square and in front of the Kidd block there were several narrow escapes of collisions with other vehicles. The team was finally stopped in front of the St. Charles hotel.
WHIPPED HIS DAUGHTERWilliam Hubbard was fined one dollar and costs in a trial before Justice Sprowl, this morning for whipping his daughter. The charge was filed against Hubbard by his wife, who alleged that Hubbard beat the daughter unmercifully, and Hubbard plead guilty. The fine and costs amounted to about eleven dollars and this was paid.
EVERYTHING NOW IN READINESSThe Guy Stock company arrived in this city Sunday, and everything is now in readiness, they having placed their spacious canvas theater on the Partenheimer lot, where the company will remain all week, presenting a new play each evening, together with fashionable vaudeville between acts.
This season it requires two special cars to transport the company and effects.
It is undoubtedly the largest repertoire attraction that has ever appeared here. The opening play announced for tonight is “A Romance of the South.”
PRINCETON WONThe Princeton Jackson base ball club started out the season with a great victory Sunday afternoon, beating the Haubstadt Giants by the decisive score of 21 to 11. Walter Sherrer, the Jackson club pitcher, allowed the Haubstadt boys only four hits in the nine innings and his twisters were puzzlers throughout the game.
ELKS BUY A HOMEThe Princeton lodge of Elks today purchased from Jerry Harrington of Oakland City, the piece of property located at the corner of Hart and Emmerson streets. The building is a substantial brick structure and the Elks will remodel it and make comfortable and spacious lodge quarters and club rooms.
PRINCETON CITY COUNCILCouncilman McGary offered a motion to the effect that John Owen be elected to the office of “Sexton of the Animal Graveyard” at a salary of one hundred dollars per year. The motion was lost as it seemed to be the opinion of the council that it would be cheaper to pay for the interments as the animals died.
An old ordinance was brought to light which requires property owners to bury animals found dead in front of their property.
A BUILDING BOOMThe way things are starting off, it seems that Princeton is to enjoy a big building boom this season. All contractors, carpenters, brick masons and stone men are as busy as they can be now, and it is a difficult matter to find an idle man in any of these lines.
Among the buildings now under project to be built is, first of all, the new opera house building and hotel. The Elks’ lodge will begin work on a handsome new home in the near future. A Princeton congregation is making preparations to build a brick church, negotiations being under way for the purchase of a nicely located lot on a prominent street.
Seth Ward, Sr., is contemplating building a row of one-story business houses on Emmerson street, at right angles to what is known as the Ward block. The block will be of brick similar to the buildings fronting on Hart Street.
These buildings, together with the numerous improvements to be made on other buildings, an unusual number of new residences to be built, the proposed extension of the E&P traction line to the fair grounds and the probable building of the immense grand stand by the fair association, will furnish employment for all kinds of working men and the old town will assume a busy air.