There must have been especially vocal dissent in Pierz about something in the fall of 1914. I like "you can hear them knowing away..." in particular. Dr Ed Kerkhoff was publisher and editor in 1914, so I'll attribute this to him.
From the September 17th, 1914 Pierz Journal:
"The hammer brigade are always in trim. Listen and you can hear them knowing away upon every side. They work without pay, furnish their own rations, and never take a layoff. They are the most persistent people on earth. Every one of them has an idea that his own little carpet-tack driver is a maul. But I have observed that woodpeckers seldom harm a living tree. They always make their big noise upon a dead branch".
John Dombovy married Martha Otremba (according to a 1930 obit for Mrs Jacob Niesius, "Mrs. John Dombovy of St. Paul and Mrs. Theo. Stumpf of Genola are sister of the deceased and Charles Otremba of Golden Valley, N.D., is a half-brother of the deceased") but I'm posting this because the article is snarky so it caught my eye ☺. John Dombovy was the son of Florian & Johanna Dombovy, and was 31 in 1914. He must have been a good sport and was probably well liked in Pierz for this kind of teasing "news", ya know?