Excerpts of stories from the Aug. 1, 1918 edition of The Princeton Clarion-News, forerunner of The Princeton Daily Clarion:

FORMER CLOCK FACTORY PURCHASED BY PRINCETON FACTORY FUND COMMITTEEThrough her local agent, H.C. Book, Mrs. Dora Harper, of Ft. Wayne, has sold to representatives of the Princeton Factory Fund Committee what is known as the former clock plant building in Hall Street, the consideration being $6,500.

...Mr. Ferguson, owner of the Sexton Garment Co., which recently occupied the building, held a five years’ lease which still has three years and ten months to run. The committee considers his payment of $50 a month will make it a good investment until he sees fit to give up the lease.

Recently Princeton businessmen appointed a factory fund committee of nine, with Walter Riggs as chairman, which raised a fund of more than $17,400 to be used in obtaining factories, payments of $1 to $5 a month to be made over a period of five years.

It was thought advisable to get control of the clock factory building. Mr. Ferguson, who pulled out in something of a huff some months ago with his garment factory, still held a lease. Sunday a volunteer committee of five, C.S. Scull, Charles Niemeier, Walter Riggs, John Parrett and Thomas Riggs motored to Fairfield, Ill., met Mr. Ferguson and asked him if he would consent to give up the lease or what he would lease the building for. He calmly informed them he was getting the building at $50 a month, and would ask them $125 a month for it, as he expected Princeton to pay him in some way, now or in the future, for the expense he had been at in moving his factory here and he had that charged up on his books against Princeton. He also calmly informed them that he held an option to buy at $8,000 at the expiration of five years, and he considered the 13,000-foot-floor space area made the building well worth $16,000, so he would buy then and eventually Princeton would pay him back in some way. The millionaire manufacturer flouted his lease contract and plumed himself at great length on his astuteness as a business man.

The five Princeton men left him and started home. They had not argued the point with him that they held an option at $6,500, nor had they taken pains to enlarge on a little item in his lease which provided that such purchase must be made within one year from date of contract, and not at the end of five years, a point his August Astuteness had evidently overlooked. The five decided the building was a good buy and they would take it themselves, and then the factory committee could take it over from them if it wanted the building.

They well knew Mr. Ferguson would probably take immediate steps to buy after some of the things had been said. Early Monday morning they made a deposit with Agent Henry Book, had him wire Mrs. Harper at Ft. Wayne, and today the deed came back.

Meantime, at a meeting held Monday night, the factory committee unanimously decided to take over the building and the transfer to that committee will be made.

Meantime, Mr. Ferguson can go ahead paying the Princeton Factory Fund Committee $50 a month if he meets all the requirements of his lease, or he can save his money, just as he pleases.

CHICKEN STEALING CASESJesse and Raymond Minnis, Ed and Willard Walker and David Alvis and Morris Hawkins, boys ranging in age from 10 to 14 years, were arraigned before Mayor Noble Wednesday evening on charges of stealing chickens from George Harvey, residing near the Southside park, who has lost about 20 chickens recently. Alvis and Hawkins were found not guilty, and the other four admitted taking three chickens from the Southside park, and for which, it appeared they had settled with Harvey. The boys were given a good lecture and their parents promised to look after them closely and see that they caused no further trouble for the community.




That the sugar orders and restrictions mean just what they say, and must be obeyed, is shown by the following statement and order issued by the Gibson County food administrator:

Through the listing sheets which the sugar orders require must be turned in to the county food administrator by each dealer, there has come to the attention of the food administration a violation in Gibson County that can not be passed over, since it is in the spirit and the intent of the orders that they must be obeyed in good faith and to the letter.

It is found in Oakland City listing sheets that Clarence Wilhite on July 22 bought of R.P. Smith two pounds of sugar; on July 26 and 27 he bought two pounds each day of R.P. Smith.

While the merchant is not entirely responsible, this shows how easy it is to impose upon the dealer who is trying to obey the food regulation and too much caution cannot be used.

I will say that Clarence Wilhite’s allowance for this length of time would have been three pounds. I therefore instruct the merchants of Oakland City and Gibson County to deny Clarence Wilhite or members of his family any allowance of sugar for a period of two weeks, or until August 15, 1918. Other violations will be similarly dealt with.

— Henry Tichenor, Federal Food Administrator for Gibson County.

STEALS MANGO PEPPERSOWENSVILLE, Ind. — A thief extraordinary entered a war garden at the home of Jasper Edwards and stole all the mango peppers he could find. Edwards says if he can discover the identity of the rascal he will make it still hotter for him.


A patriotic suffrage meeting will be held by the Franchise League at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon in the small court room.

The two-fold purpose of the meeting is to show as many people as possible the vital relation between woman suffrage and the war and also to explain the national campaign which the suffragists will make this fall.

Miss Irene McLean, war service director fo the state league, will give a talk on the present status of woman suffrage. League members and all persons who would like to be informed on the new aspect of the suffrage issue are urged to attend.

— Email Andrea Howe at andrea@pdclarion.com

— Email Andrea Howe at andrea@pdclarion.com

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