Knowing our relatives and ancestors in Buckman and Pierz, doesn't it surprise you that a palm reader and phrenologist was even allowed in town?
When I read this clipping in the Little Falls Herald, I'd never heard that the St Germain bridge had ever been "crashed", especially by an "injured" block of granite. I remember that the bridge was rickety to drive across, and that we were told just to walk across, not march, in the Drum Corps once...but this granite incident would have been some 65 years earlier. I wonder what the final outcome was. Was this considered a frivolous law suit? Did the city pay?
And here's proof of half the family legend about the two bells in the tower of St Michael's Church in Buckman:
that Anton Otremba bought a bell for the original church, and it rang for the first time at his funeral in February 1883; and when Catherine died in January 1902, this bell rang for the first time at her funeral.
Not all the settlers in Buckman and Pierz came from Bohemia or Germany. Many came from what we'd think of as Poland, so this article was probably well read and rejoiced over!