Tragedies of Eaton Township

Clark Co., Wisconsin




A Train Wreck in the City of Greenwood

The train line was owned by F. N. Foster (date unknown).


A dispatch from Greenwood dated June 28th says:  About 10:30 p. m. Saturday, Thomas Fahey was shot by John Nichols, Jr., as the outgrowth of an old grudge.  Both are young farmers living south of Greenwood, and had been attending an exhibition there in the evening.  After the show Fahey called Nichols out and asked him if he would retract a certain remark he had made.  Nichols replied that he would not, as it was true, whereupon Fahey, who is much the larger and stronger man, knocked Nichols down.  Nichols sprang to his feet, drew a revolver and shot Fahey through the neck, making a flesh wound, barely missing the jugular vein.  Nicholas immediately fled, and has not been seen since.  Source: Marshfield News July 7, 1892 p.4


Quite a diphtheria scare developed last Thursday evening and Friday, when Little Edith Borseth was discovered to be suffering with the dread disease. The patient, with her father and mother, were taken to the bulding formerly used as a cigar factory and the restaurant was fumigated, it being hoped thereby to make it unnecessary to quarantine only the one building. Strong objection was made Friday to this course and as a result the bakery quarantined and those passing that way since may by times see five wary faces gazing through the windows, longing for deliverance. Lousia Decker, Jessie Swetland, Martha Schwan and Inga Hansen, with Albert Christiansen to add dignity to the experience, are under quarantine here. School was dismissed Friday noon, and children were ordered to remain at home as much as possible. So every precaution has been taken to guard against a possible spread of the contagion. Mrs. Geo. Alton was reported Monday as having the symptoms of diphtheria and the entire building at once put under quarantine. Rev. R. E. House and family live over the Alton family, so they are shut in and are learning to appreciate the way of quietness and peace as never before. Though the gossiping heresay mongers have told of one or two other cases, no new developments have occurred. The Borseth girl and Mrs. Alton are both improving, so that it is likely the scare will be over by Monday, and that school and other public places will be opened in due form. Greenwood Gleaner, March 2, 1900


Cyclone & Tornado Facts


Photo: Greenwood, WI, Power Dam after the 1911 Flood


Cyclone of 1925



New Greenwood Fire Truck Purchased (1940)






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