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An incredible fish story from 1913

Published 10:31pm Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Here is quite a fish story. Paul Nichols, a Sodus Township farmer, has turned into a human aquarium. For several days he has been coughing up small brook trout, two to five inches in length.
For weeks he had been suffering from stomach complaints that baffled and threatened his life.
A day or two ago, he coughed up a four-inch fish. He has had several spells where he vomited fish. Doctors explain the phenomenon by saying Paul drank from a small brook on his farm and probably swallowed some tiny minnows which lived and grew up in his stomach. He is rapidly recovering (now this is a fish story, believe it or not).
September 1912: Announcement cards have been received telling the marriage of Miss Mae Gill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gill and Ray Johnson of Dowagiac.
The wedding took place July 6, but was kept a secret. Miss Gill is one of the popular young ladies of Marcellus.
Mr. Johnson is employed as a pressman on Moon’s Weekly in Dowagiac, where the couple will make their home.
Jan. 28, 1913: Charles Gill was to have an auction at his farm four miles northeast of Marcellus. W.C. Bair, auctioneer. (This Gill family has no connection to me, but I think there is a Gill Road over near Marcellus.)
1911: C.W. Post had a theory of how to make it rain. The theory is that repeated discharges of dynamite along a firing line two miles in length will produce rain. He was to demonstrate to several thousand people at Battle Creek in July.
October 1911: A bounty has again been placed on the English sparrow. During December, January and February, two cents a head will be paid for each one killed. The county paid the bill.
1909: Some Marcellus hunters lost their deer because the Wisconsin game warden seized them, claiming the deer had been sealed and shipped against the state’s laws. The deer hunters sued the Northwestern Railroad and were paid 30 cents per pound for all the deer they lost.
1913: The South Bend Tribune says hogs are dying by the hundreds in the locality, and not a drop of cholera serum has been available for several months. The loss is estimated at $100,000.
October 1914: Cass County Normal Training School will open for work at Dowagiac.
Miss LaVerne Argubright and Mrs. Loretta Fitzpatrick were the two teachers.
There is a big demand for teachers in Cass County.
The class is limited to 20 students. For information, write to Ruth Mosier, county commissioner of schools (in the ’30s, this was at Oak Street School).

“Cardinal Charlie” Gill writes a nostalgic weekly column about growing up in the Grand Old City. E-mail him at

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