Newspapers of the Jesmer’s in and Around Princeton Minnesota in 1896


Newspapers (and related information) of the Jesmer’s in and Around Princeton Minnesota in 1896

Link to newspaper page

Link to Joseph A. Jesmer page

Link to Jesmer History page

Hiram Bert Jesmer, the son of Nelson A. Jesmer, is the son of a military association. Hiram Bert Jesmer is the grandfather of the original Cat Woman, Julie Newmar (Jesmer).
Nelson E. Jesmer is a member of the inner guard of the International Order of Longfellows.
Hiram Bert Jesmer is an executive member of the Knights of the Pythias.

Nelson E. Jesmer is buying stock from a bankrupt store. Nelson is selling oak trees harvested from Greenbush, where his brother’s (joseph A. Jesmer) farm 16 miles away. There are many Jesmer family members living in Greenbush at this time.
Hiram Bert is a member of the Princeton KP’s. He is really getting involved in several service and fraternal groups. Maybe he is thinking of running for office.
Members of the Jesmer family are visiting friends and relatives in neighboring small towns. They are also doing business back and forth in the nearby towns.
Joseph A. Jesmer is a married to Rose Malotte, his second wife. His first wife, Mary Ann Robideau Jesmer had died of cancer. Louis and his wife are both of their kids. Joseph remarries Rose Mallotte in Greenbush MN, 3/31/1891.
Hiram Bert Jesmer is on their “wheels”. Do they own a car?
6-25-1896: There is a Conservatory of Music Concert at the Jesmer Opera House. It is 5 cents per seat.
7-21-1896: Mrs. J.J. Robideau is thrown form a buggy ad fractured her arm.
10-6-1896: Peter Robideau is in critical condition
11-19-1896: William Keller and E.M. Chapmen consolidated their barbershops. They have baths there too.
12-10-1896: Louella Jesmer (joseph’s daughter) burned her eye with a curling iron.
12-24-1896: Nelson E. Jesmer had a surprise party for Lola, his daughter. There was dancing in the attic of his home. It was the top floor of their house.

Community Organizations
People volunteering in community organizations have often made a positive and lasting impact on communities. Princeton had several community organizations in the beginning of the 1900s, including: Masonic, Eastern Star, Odd Fellows, Encampment, Rebekah’s, K. P. Rathbone Sisters, K. O. T. M. (Knights of the Maccabees), L. O. T. M. (Ladies of the Maccabees), Uniform Rank, Good Samaritans, G. A. R. (The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army, US Navy, Marines and Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War.) S. of V. I. O. G. T. and Aid societies.
The building constructed for the Odd Fellows is regarded as the largest building still standing in which Princeton brick was used, and is what was known as the Odd Fellows Block. The Odd Fellows Block contained the offices of C.C. Mitchel, Attorney at Law and was elected as a State Representative, and R. C. Angstman, another long-time attorney and very active citizen in Princeton (see Survey Sheet on p. 44).
A description of the building when it was completed in January 1902 follows: “It is a three-story solid brick structure, imposing in appearance, substantial and enduring, higher than any building between Minneapolis and Duluth. It is made from the famous cream-colored Princeton brick. The foundation is sandstone granite; the basement is ten feet deep” (Princeton Centennial p. 17).
The Odd Fellows are one of the earliest and oldest fraternal societies, but their early history is obscure and largely undocumented. Due to increased trade during the Middle Ages, guilds came to make up a part of the urban culture, grouping people from a number of trades banded together. Hence, people of an odd assortment of trades speculatively brought the background of the early history of Odd Fellows….
Several theories aim to explain the etymological background of the name “Odd Fellows”, often spelled “Oddfellows” in British English. In the 18th century United Kingdom, major trades were organised in guilds or other forms of syndicates, but smaller trades did not have equivalent social or financial security. One theory has it that “odd fellows”, people who exercised unusual, miscellaneous “odd trades”, eventually joined together to form a larger group of “odd fellows”.[8]
Another theory suggests that in the beginning of odd fellowship in the 18th century, at the time of the early era of industrialization, it was rather odd to find people who followed noble values such as fraternalism, benevolence and charity.
The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization and secret society founded in Washington, D.C., on 19 February 1864. The Knights of Pythias was the first fraternal organization to receive a charter under an act of the United States Congress.] It was founded by Justus H. Rathbone, who had been inspired by a play by the Irish poet John Banim about the legend of Damon and Pythias. This legend illustrates the ideals of loyalty, honor, and friendship that are the center of the order….The order is headquartered in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Some lodges meet in structures referred to as Pythian Castles.
Early in the group’s history, when a man was inducted into the Knights of Pythias, he received a ceremonial sword. Such a sword might be given to a Pythian by family members, business associates, or others as a token of esteem. In recent decades, rather than require each member to own a sword, the local chapter maintains a collection of swords for use by its members. Long, narrow swords are generally used in public during parades and drills, while short swords are used in displays.
Markings on swords varied widely. Most swords were inscribed with the acronym “FCB”, which stands for the Pythian motto (“Friendship, Charity, Benevolence”). Images on swords were also somewhat common, and included: A man, woman, and child (symbolic of Pythias saying good-bye to his family); a man looking out of a building, with a group of people below (symbolic of Damon’s pending execution); a man between some pillars, pulling them down (similar to Samson destroying his enemy’s temple); or various types of weapons (swords, axes, hammers, etc.). A full Knight of the Pythian order often inscribed his sword with the image of a knight’s helmet with a lion on the crest. Many also carried the image of a sprig of myrtle (the Pythian symbol of love) or a falcon (the Pythian symbol of vigilance).
The degrees of Pythian Knighthood in a subordinate lodge (or “Castle”) are:
In 1877, the order adopted an optional fourth degree, called the Endowment Rank, which provided fraternal insurance benefits. In 1930, this department split from the Knights of Pythias and became a mutual life insurance company, later known as the American United Insurance Company.[9]
A member must be at least 18 years of age, not be a professional gambler or involved with illegal drugs or alcohol, and he must have a belief in a Supreme Being. The oath taken by members:
I declare upon honor that I believe in a Supreme Being, that I am not a professional gambler, or unlawfully engaged in the wholesale or retail sale of intoxicating liquors or narcotics, and that I believe in the maintenance of the order and the upholding of constituted authority in the government in which I live. Moreover, I declare upon honor that I am not a Communist or Fascist; that I do not advocate nor am I a member of any organization that advocates the overthrow of the Government of the Country of which I am a Citizen, by force or violence or other unlawful means; and that I do not seek by force or violence to deny to other persons their rights under the laws of such country.

Things that were happening in the life of Nelson A. Jesmer (Oldest son of Joseph A. Jesmer) in 1896
11/30/1895 Nelson A. Jesmer raising and enlarging his residence in Hibbing MN.
8/26/1896 J. Lorena Parisian, Nelson’s 1st cousin, child of Marceline (Jesmer)
& Minor Parisian dies young (4 mths) in St Clair Co. MI.
7/18/1896 Daughter, Lillie Martha, was born in Hibbing MN.
11/11/1896 Daughter, Lillie Martha, was died of Whooping cough in Hibbing MN.









































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