Clipped From Green Bay Press-Gazette
aS Friday, December 1, 1933 GREEN BAY PRESS GAZETTE Museum Horseshoe Exhibit Is One of Finest in Nation m 250 Are Best Examples of Handiwork of Paul Schmitz, Once City's Top Farrier By JACK RUDOLPH Press-Gazette Staff Writer Sixty years ago, when the horse had not yet been replaced by the internal combustion engine, terms such as "sprawling," "rolling motion," "forging," "cross firing," and "non-interfering were in getting around as glide, "torsion bars," and "push button drive" are today. Probably more so, since every owner, driver or handler of horses knew what they meant. Today they are largely curiosities, obsolete terms of a forgotten era, principally found in museums. The Neville Public Museumlvears held the contract for the has an exhibit that utilizes all'shoeing of all the city's fire of them, a collection of more than 250 horseshoes that has recently been cleaned, remounted and reinstalled in the historical transportation section on the first floor. The exhibit consists of sets of shoes made by 'the late Paul N. Schmitz in his blacksmith shop at 613 Main St. between 1893 and 1897. They have been there since Schmitz presented them to the museum in 1939, but probably have never been so elaborately displayed before. Now they are nickle plated and mounted with horseshoe nails on padded red velvet in a large glass case. No ordinary horseshoe ever had it so good. AN Are Custom Made But then, these aren't or dinary shoes. Every one was custom made for a specific animal and individually designed to correct faults in the horse's gait. Through variations of shape, size and distribution of weight the shoes enabled horses to run or walk properly and to eliminate such faults as knee-knocking, the hind feet striking the front feet, or a horse dragging his feet instead of picking them up. In horse and buggy days blacksmiths skilled in making such corrections were found throughout the country. Today there remain only a few most of them now associated with horse racing. John Seibert, the museum janitor, has a special fondness for this display. Seibert, who periodically removes fingerprints (and small nose prints) from the glass enclosing the case, knew Schmitz very weil, and as early as 1909 frequent ly took horses to the. latter's as important to those engaged v-eignt, "iiuia anve, "power smithy to be shod. Best in Brown Co. According to Seibert Schmitz was the best black smith in Brown County. In ad dition to a large trade with in dividual owners of teams and riding horses. Schmitz for and police department ani mals Ellis Burcaw, curator of the Neville Museum, says that the Schmitz collection is probably one of the finest of its kind in existence. Out of town visitors frequently remark to him that they have never seen anything to compare with it in any other museum. Recently, a man connected with the horse racing museum in Goshen, N.Y., saw the exhi bit and was greatly impressed by it. In fact, he tried to talk Burcaw into giving up the shoes on the grounds that such a rare collection belonged in the Goshen museum, which specializes in horses and is visi ted mostly by people who would appreciate their true value. Naturally, the curator politely said "no dice." Still One Left The skill of the farrier itself an unfamiliar term to day is almost a lost art, even in Green Bay. In a city where blacksmith shops were once proportionately as numerous as automobile service stations are now, there is only one left. Most people don't even real ize there is one and probably couldn't find it if they tried. Taxi Service Again Offered Clintonville CLINTONVILLE, Wis. After five years, Clintonville acain has taxi service. It is operated by Warren Mitchell typewriter in his bedroom was and Bill Frost. " a television manuscript on Headquarters during the which he had been working, daytime will be at the Trad- The title: "Christ and Christ-ing Post. After 6 p.m., contacts mas." may be made through the Cof- fee Cup restaurant. film f -Mm i, i Reminder of a Fading Art G. Ellis Burcaw, curator of the Neville Public Museum, checks a rare collection of horseshoes which has recently been reinstalled in the transportation section of the museum. The collection, made by the late Paul Schmitz, a crack local smith of half a century ago, is considered one of the best of its kind in existence. ShotWifeand Son Before Suicide, View NORTH HOLLYWOOD. Calif. OH The bodies of magazine illustrator Pruett Carter, his wife, Theresa, and their son, Deal, were discovered yesterday in their $50,000 home in Studio City. Police investigators said Carter, 64, had shot his wife and son, then ' com-i mitted suicide. She was 54 and Deal 35. 'A .45 frontier model, single action revolver was found by the body of Carter, who had been an illustrator for several nationally known magazines. No notes were found. A friend of the family, Mrs. Grace Kennedy, told officers Carter had been emotionally upset recently, apparently over the family's contemplated move to Carrollton, Ga. Their home had been offered or sale and the Carters had been pack ing for a month. Deal Carter, a semi-invalid, was a free-lance writer. In the Police said Mrs. Carter and her son apparently had been shot early Thursday morning as they slept. Carter's body was at the foot of his son's bed. Carter worked on newspapers in New York and Atlanta, later became art editor of Good Housekeeping magazine. The Carters came to Los Angeles in 1930. Three Women Escape Flames in Cottage MILWAUKEE an Three widows escaped serious injury early today when the frame cottage they live ln caught fire and spread through the dwelling, causing $4,000 dam age. ine Diaze started when a lighted candle set fire to con tents of a first floor bedroom of the 1 -story building. Fire men were called to the scene shortly after 3 a.m. and rescued the widows. Treated for shock, exposure and smoke inhalation were Mrs. Pauline Kopschlager, 76, the owner; Mrs. Elizabeth Meister, 61, and Mrs. Elizabeth Bruchner, 77. Mrs. Meister and Mrs. Bruchner were hospitalized. . The fire caused an estimated $3,000 damage to the building and $1,000 to its contents. It also caused $50 scorching damage to an adjacent home. Unpasteurized goat milk may carry undulant fever. 4- LIQUOR APPLICATION The low owing application has been! by the City Clerk of reen Bay for license received Citv of G sell intoxicating liquor under Class "B Dermit: Clarence Buimgart, 1924 Morrow St. at 14HH Willow St. Clifford A. Centen, City Clerk city 01 ureen Bay Dated thii 20th day of November. 1955. 12-1, 2. 3. ' STATE OF WISCONSIN. BROWN COUNTY COURT IN PROBATE. In the Matter of the Estate Stanley Nowak. Deceased A petition having been filed, repre senting that Stanley Nowak. late the Town of Ptttsfield, Brown County, Wisconsin, died testate, and nravine that the Last Will and Testa ment of deceased dated November 12, 1955 (and codicil thereto) be admitted to probate, and that Letters Testamentary (or. of Administration with the will annexed) be granted. and for determination and adjudication of heirship: IT IS ORDERED: That said petition be heard, at term of Court at the Court House in the Citv of Green Bay. County Brown, State of Wisconsin, commencing on the 13th day of Decern- hi." idE ...v,J U.Vrf on that rt, Q tlYoroaftor n n.l0,.A' i Th? thi m- u,m Shfrh orti tor?aofththeUdI , 1 , I., -...U nmination and allowance Is hereby . i It,.. .. T,..Jk fixed and limited up to and includ ins the 5th dav of March. 1956: That all claims aeainst the de ceased be examined and adjusted by the Court on the 6th day of March, 1958. at the onenina of Court on that day, or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard: That notice thereof be given by publication of this Order for three consecutive weeks, once in each week, in the Green Bav Press-Gazette, the first publication to be within fifteen davs from the date hereof: and by mailing a copy of this Order to every interested person whose post office address is known or can with reasonable diligence be ascertained, at least twenty days De-fore the hearing or proceeding. uaiea iovemper 17. VJ33. Bv the Court, JOHN GREENWOOD. Register in Probate. LONTKOWSK1 and LONTKOWSKI, Attorneys. 1250 E. Mason Street. Green Bav. Wisconsin. 11-18, 2512-2.