Waukesha Free Press, Nov. 9, 1898
In Templeton, James Pierce was shredding corn at Everrett Caven's place, when his right arm was caught — Pierce suffered the loss of three fingers. His hand was also badly crushed.
Dec. 7, 1898
Philip Horning was arrested on the charge of attempting to kill his neighbor August Mienitz. Mienitz complained that on Nov. 4, Horning threatened to kill him, showing a knife.
Feb. 11, 1899
William Tempero was confined to his bed with slight hopes of an ultimate recovery. The young man had a fearful fall at the Merton millpond ice house, sustaining a compound fracture of the thigh, along with severe. Despite his injuries, he was thought to be on the road to recovery.
John Powrie was working for William Edwards, and while attending to cattle, was kicked in the leg by a passing cow. Powrie's leg was broken below the knee.
July 13, 1899
An unknown man was killed on the Milwaukee & Superior (Bug Line) railroad, a short distance west of Menomonee Falls, the previous Friday. At about 5 p.m., the man was struck and run over by a passenger train going west to Lannon and Sussex. It was believed that he committed suicide, as his body was laying directly across the track. His body was severed through the abdomen. An inquest was held before Justice Whittacker at Menomonee Falls.
Sussex-Lisbon, Aug. 19, 1899
Near Sussex, John Albrecht had a cow killed by lightning, and numerous small buildings and fences were also blown down.
Aug. 3, 1899
Daniel Smith, son of Lisbon residents Jeremiah and Rebecca Smith, died in Pewaukee after a short illness at age 40. The funeral took place at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, with Rev. L.P. Holmes officiating.
Waukesha Free Press, Oct. 7, 1899
Thomas Campbell died Wednesday morning at his home in Sussex. Campbell was almost 70 years old, and left a wife and one son. He was a blacksmith, and one of the leading citizens of Sussex. Born in Scotland, Campbell moved to Canada and then the U.S., arriving in Port Washington. In 1862, he moved to Sussex. Campbell became the Sussex postmaster, initially appointed by the President Harrison administration, and re-appointed by the President McKinley administration.
Waukesha Democrat, Dec. 16, 1899
The Sussex families of George Hummel and Fred Boots, who had been affected with the scarlet fever, were convalescing. Meanwhile, the Sussex School reopened as many scarlet fever cases were over.
Frank Clarey, section boss of the M&S railroad (bug line) was thrown from a flat car on a high grade near the (Templeton) high trestle the previous Thursday. He was picked up insensible, and sustained very serious injuries.
Waukesha Free Press, Feb. 17, 1900
William Small, an old prominent citizen of Lisbon, died the previous Friday, Feb. 9. He was born in Perthshire, Scotland, and moved to Sussex in 1842. Small held almost every office within the gift of his neighbors, who universally respected him for his sterling qualities. He was a member of the Wisconsin State Legislature and a member and chairman of the Lisbon board, as well as justice of the peace for many years.
He was survived by his wife and one son, John R. Small. The funeral was held at the Sussex Methodist Church. John R. Small later also served as the Lisbon town chairman.
Waukesha Democrat, Feb. 10, 1901
To top all disasters, there was the Feb. 10, 1901 report in the Waukesha Democrat newspaper about an incident at the Lisbon Creamery (at the intersection of Town Line Road and North Lisbon Road), which caused several fatal injuries. Two people were immediately killed and a third person died later that week.
The immediate dead were James Pyburn and Edward Wirth.
Lisbon farmer William Butler Jr. III, was initially severely injured, and was taken to his nearby farm home where he died two days later. Butler was one of 12 children, a married man with no children.
The three were killed by an exploding cast iron milk separator, which was being operated by Pyburn and Wirth at full speed. The business of the Lisbon Creamery took in local farmers' milk and made butter. At one time Sussex, Lisbon and Colgate had more than three creamery/butter making mini-factories.
Butler was nearby when the separator exploded, and flying iron parts of the separator hit his upper legs.
Butler was born Jan. 9 1851. His father was William Butler (married to Agnes Graham Davidson) and his grandfather was also William Butler (1794-1856, married to Sarah Longbottom).
The Butler family was a huge landowner in northern Town of Lisbon through 1985 and beyond.