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A Trip Out of Town Sept 29 1870
May 13, 1880
June 3, 1880
January 26, 1882
April 17,  1882
July 6, 1882
March 29, 1883
May 10, 1883
July 19, 1883
June 25 1885
July 2 1885
September 3 1885
January 18, 1934

 A Trip Out of Town

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 29, 1870

A hastily conceived and hastily executed trip through Snachwine and Milo townships to Tiskilwa, led us through a section of country as badly damaged by the drouth as any other, and especially has the corn crop been shortened in this usually magnificent corn growing section. On inquiry we found that perhaps 20 bushels to the acre would be an average yield this year, which is just about double what it would have been "but for the latter rains."

A few enterprising farmers living on the magnificent range extending east and west from Dorrís Hill to Elias Bensonís have wisely formed a company for the erection of a cheese factory on a portion of the Bliss farm, Bliss senior donating the land for that purpose; $3,000 capital has been subscribed in the neighborhood, and the factory basement of stone is to be erected immediately. That this enterprise will pay, is certain, and that others will follow in other neighborhoods, is equally certain.

Dining with Mrs. James Bliss, daughter of S. C. Bacon, Esq., whose hospitality so urgently pressed upon us we were in no favorable mood to refuse, we rode on into Tiskilwa and threaded our devious way through the streets without being in danger of collision from the throng of wagons here. A hasty word to a few acquaintances and we start for home, staking the residence of Alanson Benson in route.

This is perhaps the best appointed private residence in Bureau county - stone and brick basement, with cut Ashler stone facings. The main building is of brick, two stories high, porches, porticos and balconies. The interior finish is all that taste or skill could suggest, and all the modern appliances of furnace, range, Rutan ventilation, hot and cold water in every room, in fact there is nothing wanting to make this palatial farmerís house No. 1 in all its appointments, and we know of none more worthy of such surroundings than Mr. and Mrs. Benson and their interesting family.

Mrs. B. only we found at home, the daughters being away at Mount Carroll seminary for a year. Mrs. B. relinquished her labors (washing) to show us around the premises, for which kindness we wish our space would allow us a more extended notice. We trust they may long live to enjoy their possessions and the pleasant house, which is built for home comfort and enjoyment, and not for external show; and we wish more of our wealthy farmers would make similar improvements.

From Bensonís home was devoid of incident, only that from a pinnacle on top of Stroutís hill, one can obtain a magnificent view of Hennepin and the river bottom for many a long mile, and while gazing on this scene, bathed in the hazy beauty of early autumn, with the whistling, rumbling train beneath you, and the towns and farms in the distance, we can not but contrast the scene with the years agone, when the Indian, whose bones repose near Taliaferroís residence, and his dusky tribe, roamed with the freedom of the air oíer these waving prairies and groves and streams, now so fully occupied by the white man and enslaved by his civilization, the contrasted elements of which were at hand, in the church spire, on the one hand, and the saloon sign on the other.

Taken From the Henry Republican

Milo, May 13, 1880

Died, Sunday afternoon, of diphtheria, Charley, a bright lad of some four summers, son of J. C. and Mary Daugherty. Funeral Monday, conducted by Rev. A. Curl. Two other members of the same family are dangerously ill.

Milo is minus one of her storekeepers. John Huffnagel has packed up his goods and locked up his house and is going to spend the summer visiting in Pennsylvania.

Charley Hufnagel's wife has returned to stay this time. The boys serenaded them for two nights hand running. We hope they will stay married this time.

Milo, June 3, 1880

Five children have died with diptheria in Milo since the 10th of May, three of Mr. Burnsides and two of J. C. Dougherty.

Norton Hoskins is the happiest man in Milo, because it's a boy, having been married most five years.

Four of Mr. Winn's family are down with the measles.

January 26, 1882 - Milo

Our blacksmith fit and set 62 shoes in one day. Who can beat that? He had fit and set 40 to 45 shoes every day for a week. We would like to see the man that can set as many shoes as Jo. Luther.

Don't you touch my sore arm. A number of our young folks have been quite sick with their vaccination.

Henry Republican, Henry IL April 17,  1882

Notwithstanding the prediction of D. B. Weir of Lacon, about the big fruit crop this season, we think the peach and perhaps some other fruits will be light.

Mrs. James H. Gudgel, Jr., and Grandma Gudgetl, have left for their future home in Iowa.  Joy go with you ladies, for we cannot all go yet.

Allen Colwell and family of Missouri have arrived in milo.

Oats acreage is large.

Our school has closed on account of the measels.  The teacher, Mr. Swift, is down with them.

Elder Parker of Senachwien closed his years labor with the Christian church here today.  he will be retained for another year.

The draining is under full headway again, and ditcher have all they can do and are as happy as clams.

Fall wheat and rye looks spendid, never better.

Keerns burns another kiln of tile this week.  Robert Hines foreman.

Henry Republican, Henry, IL July 6, 1882

Milo News

James H. Gudgel of Iowa is here on business. He reports crops looking about as here.

Our blacksmith has sold out his shop and tools; and goes to Iowa September 1st to improve his farm.

Keerns has brought a new boiler for his tile factory.

Lightning struck an old tree near the west end of Esq. Sutherland's cow barn, which made the bark fly; no damage to the barn.

D. W. Danley of Hennepin was a visitor with Mr. Bean and family the other day.

Grandpa Weldman is on the sick list.

Tracy Griswold and wife and Coleman Griswold and wife of Livingston county were visiting friends and relatives recently.

Miss Nettie Sutherland spent a few days recently with friends in Henry.

Miss Mary Robinson of Henry is visiting friends in Milo.

Children's day at the M. church was well attended, and a good time had in general, both churches participating in the exercises of the day.


The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, March 29 1883

Many of our citizens attended court at Princeton last week to see what was done with Roger Phelps. The grand jury found a bill against him in bonds to appear Monday, 26th.
Miss Nettie and Sylvia Sutherland spent last week in Putnam and vicinity.
Mrs. Francis of Chicago was down tending the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Pettigrew.
Thomas Nevitt has sold 80 acres of his farm to Mrs. Bowman for $4500, and the use of the land this year.
Charley Hufnagle obtained a divorce from his naughty Lizzie last week at Princeton.

Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 10, 1883
Joseph Sutherland, Esq. spent Sunday with friends in Canton, Fulton County.
George Euard with his family have moved from Pennsylvania to Milo, his home for the present.
A. R. Griswold has just burned a kiln of tile.

Thomas Neavitt's Gas Well
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 31, 1883
The famous gas well on Thos. Neavitt's farm in Milo, still attracts a great deal of attention. On an average there are about 100 people that visit the well daily. For several nights the past week, Johnson Bros. have worked on another well, forty feet distant from the gas well until nine o'clock and used it as a light which made the surroundings as plain as day. By attaching a steam whistle to the end of the gas pipe, it can be plainly heard at Bradford, four miles distant. They took a jug full of the "truck" into the house, cut a small hole in the stopper, set it on fire and it burned for some little time. Some years ago Mr. Nevitt dug a well 60 feet deep near his house and then ran a two inch auger down several feet and struck gas. He had no pipe for the two inch hole, but put one up the 60 foot shaft and utilized it for cooking purposes some two years, when it filled up and he abandoned it. Water was found at the depth of 60 feet in the second new well, which is only 40 feet from the gas well. Las Wednesday a gentleman from Chicago and one who claims to understand about both oil and coal, wanted to buy an acre, but Mr. Nevitt would not sell. He says there is either oil or a heavy deposit of coal within 500 feet of the gas well - Princeton News

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, July 19, 1883

J. W. Weidman has about completed the repairing of his store. Looks as neat as a new pin.
Mrs. Burr of Coffee County, Kansas is visiting her her brother Scott Austin of Milo and other old time friends of 26 years ago. Mrs. B. and family were early settlers of Milo, leaving her for Kansas 26 years ago last spring. Mrs. Burr was one of the first members of the Christian Church organized in Milo, April 23, 1855.
John McClain now says "My daughter, oh my daughter." Erwin Capperrune says "my son." First a girl then a son. So he's begun the world.
It is currently reported here that some half dozen buggies lay by the roadside between here and Tiskilwa on the morning after the 4th. James Maple's team ran away and stove in the front end of his buggy. Titzell & Farb's horse run away and a general mash up was the result, caused by someone running into them.
We noticed a slight mistake in the report of the name of our chaplain for the ensuring year: should read Joseph instead of David.
Mrs. Kelso of Putnam called Tuesday the 10th on the old folks and got a pail of currants.

The Bradford Republican, Thursday, June 25, 1885

Theran Griswold has just finished a large new hay barn.
Mrs. George Griswold has gone on a visit to relatives in New York.
Joe Weidman was the hero of a runaway the other day, not an elopement, but a runaway team.
Milton Shimel, it is said, makes frequent trips to Senachwine, where a young widow is the attraction.
Mrs. E. D. Chrismas and daughter Ella, are visiting Frank Chrisman, near Farmington, Illinois.
Our people here are considerably agitated over a woman fight, which is said to have occurred between a lady employer and employee.
Joseph Weidman, the fish commissioner, informs us that the fishing is excellent at Maple Grove. He is not compelled to used either line, hook or bait.
T. F. Fate was over from Bradford to his farm the other day, and procured a basket of eggs. While driving home, it is supposed he fell into a daydream about some young lady in the west ant the eggs, alack and alas, broke and ran through the basket on the bottom of the buggy.

The Bradford Independent July 2, 1885
Elmer Hinkins is the proud father of a darling girl baby.
Thomas Real was a business visitor to Hennepin one day recently.
Mrs. J. M. Euard has returned from her visit in Livingston County.
Siegel Benham, of Saluda, Indiana is visiting his grandfather, Samuel Stucker.
W. H. Edminster went down to Senachwine Lake recently as pilot, ostensibly for fish, but we know better.
Cicero Phelps has returned from a trip to the West, where he has been visiting his sons, Cicero and John.
Rev. Mr. Moore, father of Mrs. J. L. Reid and Mrs. E. Stucker, died at his home in Indiana the 19th of last month.
Charlie Hufnagel has husked out over forty bushels of strawberries, from less thatn twenty-four square rods of ground set.
The ladies sewing circle or sisters of charity of Milo, hold their meeting this week at R. L. Mckean's, Thursday afternoon.
J. L. McCullough is in want of some fair damsel to attend the celebration with him. She must have an appetite and a receptacle for strawberries.
Frank Sears who has been employed by cousin John Griswold during the spring, one night recently, like the Arab, folded his tent and silently stole away.

The Bradford Independent July 16, 1885

The Milo tile factory is running to the fullest capacity, to supply the demand.
F. L. Kamm, Jr., is the purchaser of a new threshing machine, which as expasis - every day.
T. A. Nevitt sold a load of young hogs last week. He was afraid of the cholera.
Miss Blanche Kelog, of Putnam, has been visiting her aunt, Mrs. Nettie Bean, for some days.
Frank Caywood lost a valuable three year old colt recently. We did not learn the cause of death.
Joseph Sutherland was the pioneer in harvesting this year. He harvested his field of rye over a week ago.
Squire Sutherland has returned from his trip to Nebraska and reports everything prosperous in that part in which he visited.
Daniel Phelps, an old Milo boy, but for years a resident of Chicago, and lately residing in Kansas, is now back on a visit to the old homestead.
Mrs. M. M. Reid has been very sick for some time, but from what we recently learn is now feeling some better, although she is yet very low.
Andrew Lubeck was one of the boys brought here by Mr. Wright of Bloomington from the New York Juvenile Asylum. He lived here in Milo until his majority, when he went to Miles City, Montana, where he has since lived until recently. He ahs been back to visit his childhood home at Brooklyn, returning here to visit friends for a couple of months, when he will return to Montana.

Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 13, 1885

Roland, son of Milton Shimel, is quite sick.
Will Griswold is back visiting at the old homestead.
Mrs. Frank Smith of Henry has been visiting in town for several days.
City Mayor Bean has ordered all places of public amusement closed on Sunday.
Salathiel Maple is yet very low, the extremely hot weather being very bad for his lung trouble.
Charles Tyler, who has been at work for Fred Windmill during the summer, starts for Texas in a few days.
Last Friday night during the thunder shower, lightning struck the tile factory twice doing but little damage, however.
Milt Shimel, in starting his thresher, it is said, had 444 assistants. The farmers abandoned their crops to the thresher men.
The former Bradford detective says that Tom Capperune is the Milo correspondent of The Independent. We are glad to find this out.
Joe Weidman has resigned his office of fish commissioner. Now here is a chance for an exceedingly pleasant position by any good looking young man. Who will be the first to apply?
There is a curiously formed mound on the farm of A. R. Griswold, which excites considerable curiosity to all visitors. We wish someone would obtain permission to explore the inside. Indian hatchets, arrow heads and other trinkets have often been found in that vicinity, the mound itself was undoubtedly built for some receptacle.

The Bradford Independent, Bradford IL, September 3, 1885

Dominic Fields is said to be quite sick.
Hog cholera is very prevalent in Milo.
John Hufnagel started two peddling wagons on Monday morning.
Quite a delegation from here attended the reunion in Henry last week.
J. L. McCullough is attending the Henry County fair at Cambridge this week.
Robert Mallett and Jay Pettegrew recently trip to Green river duck hunting.
The Euard brothers are talking of selling out their business and removing West.
G. W. Bean was immersed and taken into membership in the Christian Church last Sunday.
Mr. Wahl, of Tiskilwa, has been engaged to teach the Grove school during the fall and winter.
Ans Bennett regales the boys with tales of bloody escapes in flood and field during his summer's trip West. All the thing he did not undergo, would fill a very large and interesting book.

1934 Milo Local Gossip
Henry News Republican, January 18, 1934
Milo News
Mrs. Tillie Chasteen spent Sunday with her son and family, Oscar Chasteen's.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ward, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bare, Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Robinson and children and Mrs. Hazel Bare and two children called on Mrs. Belle Bare at Emma Dot's Sunday.
"Pink" Dinkey spent Sunday at William Everman's.
Mr. and Mrs. Hess Trobaugh and Elnor Butte and Earl Hayward called on Oscar Chasteen's Saturday afternoon.
Mrs. Lylburn Everman has been quite sick for the past week.
Mrs. Charles Thumma and Mrs. Jesse Hufnagel and daughters spent Friday at the home of Mrs. Paul Schammel.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hufnagel entertained friends from Chicago on Sunday.
Miss Erma Towne and friend visited with Helen Chasteen on Sunday evening.
Verna Austin and son visited with her folks, Goerge Woodford's Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hall and children spent Sunday with her folks, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Applen's.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Tindle and daughters of near Princeton and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Thumma and daughters, spent Sunday at Harold Applen's. Sunday evening callers were Walter Reismeyer, Russel Brunner, Mary and Erma Trone and Ed Hufnagel.

South Milo

Henry Republican, Henry, IL July 22, 1915

South Milo

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Billings were visitors at Will Shurt's Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Horrock were visitors at Jesse Barker's Thursday.

Miss Addie Barker sepnt Sunday at Ed Monier's

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McClane have a baby boy. They now have a boy and girl. Mrs. L. M. Bell is the nurse.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Martell are now out from quarantine and are all happy. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Martell wish to thank all who assisted in any way during their sickness of scarlet fever, also to all who send cards and bouquets to brighten their daughter Alta's lonely hours during her sickness.


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