Edward A. Straub

The following is contributed by John Sharp and includes excerpts of the book entitled "Life and Civil War Services" of Edward A. Straub written by himself in 1909.

The Straub family came from Saxony Germany. His grandfather Daniel Straub was born in Bucks County PA and married Elizabeth Hahn. They were the parents of 15 children one of them being Henry Hahn Straub, the father of Daniel. Henry was born in Union County PA on March 11, 1818, married to Elizabeth Adlum on March 4, 1841. The family resided in PA for the most part and Edward A Straub was a member of Co B 7th PA Cavalry of which he writes about in his book. Along with his military adventures and his experiences thorughout his life he talks a lot about Carroll County and its people. Space does not permit me to present the entire book here but I'm taken everything that I could find pertaining to Carroll County out of it. He is an interesting writer but refers to himself in his writings as "we". This family came to Carroll long after the Civil War as you'll see as you read.

Henry Hahn Straub and his wife Elizabeth Adlum Straub

In the fall af the year, October, 1866, father began to. make preparations far a trip to Illinois. His sole object in visiting this great Western State was to inspect and inves­tigate the country, preparatary to buying for himself and family a new home in Northern Illinois. Before making his visit to the West, he had written to his brother (Uncle George Straub) who then lived in Nipenose Township, Clinton County, Pa., to came down to Muncy and pay us a visit. Accordingly he arrived in a short time and very soon my two uncles, George Straub and Uncle John B. Adlum, began to talk of selling out their entire possessions and property, and emigrating to. Illinois. Mother had an uncle, Cornelius Rynearson, who lived in Peoria County, and four first cous­ins, James, John, Rebecca and Prof. C. Law Rynearson, all of whom lived some twenty miles east of Galesburg. The result of the meeting of father and his brother at our home near Muncy was their firm decision to leave ere long for the great Northwest. Father came to Illinois via Erie City, Cleveland and Chicago. At the latter city he took the Chi­cago. and Northwestern railroad for Freeport. He had a brother, the late Jacob Straub, living three miles west af Shannon in Carroll County, whom he had not seen for many years. After he left Freeport to visit his brother, the con­templation of the garden spots in oId Carroll County must have been most interesting to him. "Yes, sir," said a Penn­sylvania lady, after she had visited Northern Illinais, "Ste­phenson County, Illinois, that's the place!"

William Shannon, the founder of the town of Shannon, after whom the place was named, remarked to father one day that the society was of the best; the lower classes were moving on west.

Father, after he had visited his brother Jacob, west of Shannon, was very much pleased with old Carroll County, and he decided to return to Pennsylvania again, make sale, and emigrate to Illinois, in which state he would make his future home. Accordingly he took the train at Shannon, and returned to Freeport, with the intention of visiting mother's relatives in Knox and Peoria Counties, Illinois. He first visited James Rynearson at Knoxville, which was then the county seat of Knox County; next he visited Prof. C. Low Rynearson and family, John and family, and their father, Cornelius Rynearson, who resided near Elmwood, IIlinois. His relatives admitted that they had a fine farming country, coal in abundance, and the fertility of the soil was unsurpassed. He next visited Peoria City, which in point of population is the second city in Illinois. At the latter city he took the train on the Toledo, Peoria and Warsaw railroad, for Fort Wayne, Indiana. At Fort Wayne he boarded a regular train on the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and Chicago railroad for Pittsburg and Altoona Pa. At Altoona, mother had two first cousins, the Hon. Joseph G. Adlum and lady. They had two sons and two daughters, Miss Alice and Katie. A short time before Father arrived at Altoona Katie told her mother of a singular dream she had the night before. She said she dreamed that a stranger visited them, who wore a nice black hat, a fine brown vest and pants to match, and wore a sort of steel gray dress coat. She said her dream came true. Mr. Adlum was employed in a large general store in Altoona, and subsequently was with the Pennsylvania Cen­tral.

After a very enjoyable visit and kind reception by his relatives at Altoona, father returned via Harrisburg to Muncy, during the latter part of October.

Three sons of Henry & Elizabeth (Adlum) Straub
John Adlum Straub, Edward Straub and Peter Wilson Straub

After his arrival home he soon gave a descriptive out­line of Illinois, and the wonderful resources, fertility of soil, etc., of the great Western prairies.

Mother's only brother, John B. Adlum, told father that he would soon sell his farm, make sale, and leave for Illinois. Mr. J. C. Forry and family, Uncle Geo. Straub and family, Alfred Whitacre and his brother, Edwin A. Whitacre, all soon decided to accompany the party to Illinois, for the purpose of securing new homes in the great Northwest.

Mother had inherited fifteen acres of land from her father's estate, which she soon sold to Jacob Fry, of Muncy, Pa., for one hundred and twenty-five dollars per acre. Uncle John B. Adlun had received from his father, the late Edward Adlum, fifty-five acres, which he also sold to Mr. Fry.

Accordingly we made sale on the 5th of March, 1867. Everything on the sale bills, agricultural implements, stock, etc., brought a good fair price. I also sold a fine buggy that was made at Millersburg, Pa. Buggy and harness brought me one hundred and eighteen dollars. After settlement and collection of all sale bills, we visited our friends and relatives in and around Pennsdale and Muncy before our departure for the West. Mother's sister, Aunt Ellen, had bought father's house and lots in Pennsdale, which of course af­forded her a fine home. Aunt Nellie was a devoted member of St. James Episcopal Church, and a handsome woman.

On Monday, March 18th, 1861, we left Pennsdale, Pa., for Williamsport. We had previously engaged Joseph D. Artley, a first cousin, who had a good spring wagon to convey us to the Pennsylvania Central station at Williamsport. At the latter city the entire party met to take the train on the Philadelphia and Erie railroad for Illinois. Our route was via Erie City, Cleveland, Crestline and Fort Wayne, to Chicago. At the latter city we changed cars for Freeport, and came over the Chicago and Northwestern railroad, ar­riving at the latter city about 5 0 'clock P. M. March 21st, 1867.

At Chicago two of our party, Alfred and Edwin A. Whitacre, changed cars and boarded the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad for Brighton. Iowa. We were informed that they had relatives at Brighton and in the vicinity of Washington, Iowa. Uncle George's family settled at Georgetown, Carroll County Illinois.

Uncle John B. Adlum remained a few days at Shannon, and subsequently decided to settle in Peoria County, Ill. He afterwards purchased a fine farm of eighty acres, six miles west of Monica, and seven miles northwest of brimfield. In the fall of 1868 he married Hester Jane Nixon, formerly of Northumberland County, Pa. Our family remained a short time visiting our uncle, the late Jacob Straub, who lived three miles west of Shannon. We then rented a farm of eighty acres four miles east of Shannon, which then was owned by the late Balser Bistline of co. K. 93d Ill. Infantry. Our crops consisted of Potatoes, oats, wheat and corn.

During the season of 1867, we remained on Mr. Bistline's farm, four miles east of Shannon, in Ogle County, until fall. In the meantime father bought a small farm containing sixty-two and a half acres, of the late William D. Gem­mill, for thirty-two dollars per acre.

While living in Ogle County, we were blessed with splendid good neighbors. Their names were Benjamin and Christian Yordy, formerly of Lancaster County, Pa. Christian had two gallant sons in the Union Army during the great Civil War. John was a member of Company B, 26th Ill. Infantry, and Christian of Co.... Mrs. Benjamin Yordy was a sister of Captain Geo. Conrad, formerly of the 77th Pa. Vol. Infantry. Comrade Yordy died in Freeport a few years ago. Christian has been living in Chicago for the past ten years. Amos married Miss Anna Thomas, a fine woman of Lena, and is in the insurance and real estate busi­ness in Shannon. Both the Yordy families were kind and excellent neighbors.

In the fall we moved on the farm four miles northwest of Shannon, in Cherry Grove Township, Carrol County. One of our first cousins, Miss Anna Artley, of Pennsville, Pa., had come west to Michigan, to visit her relatives, and in the fall she decided to extend her visit to Illinois. She was an expert housekeeper, and proved to be a valuable auxiliary in the arrangement of our new home. We were now located seven miles southeast of Pearl City and thirteen miles southwest of Freeport. twenty-eight miles northeast of the Mis­sissippi River. During the holidays. Miss Artley and my only sister Ellen decided to visit Uncle John B. Adlum and the Rynearsons in Peoria and Knox Counties, Ill.

Their uncle had written them that a wonderful event was to occur sometime during the holidays, provided the river did not get too high nor overflow its banks. Doubtless the contemplation of uncle and aunt's wedding in the sweet bye and bye was one of their future attractions. They reported having visited about all their relatives, and were highly entertained and kindly received by all. They visited Wil­liam Oakes and family, James Rynearson and family, John and family, Prof. C. Low Rynearson and family. and moth­er's uncle, Cornelius Rynearson. They returned home over the Illinois Central railroad via Freeport, some time in Feb­ruary, 1868. Miss Artley returned to Michigan early in the spring. She had an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Artley, who lived about eight miles north of White Pigeon in St. Joseph County.

After we had settled down at our new home on the farm, our attention was called to some needed improvements. A new double corn crib and barn were badly needed. John, my youngest brother, who was only twelve years of age when we left Pennsylvania, attended the Spring Valley school. The school was a large one when we settled in Spring Valley. Miss Charlotte Winters was the best practical lady teacher. The other best teachers, who all combined the rudiments of education, and were experts in school management, were, namely, Professors Hayes, Shallenberger, Edward C. Dick, Theron E. Wilkin, and Prof. Francis M. Hicks, Supt. Mil­lard once alleged that Prof. Hicks was one of the most effi­cient and practical educators he had ever examined in Car­roll County.

In the spring of 1868 a party of gentlemen from Lan­caster County, Pa., came west to Illinois, to make us a visit, and their intention was to make themselves useful in the harvest fields. Their names were Henry Straub, Lee Engel, Eli Engel and Christian Nissley. The first one named, Henry K. Straub, was the only son of the late Sam­uel Straub, a first cousin of the writer, and a nephew of father's. They all proved to be excellent harvest hands. Father bought a new Buckeye dropper and harvester of W. G. Barnes & Co., of Freeport, which cut and laid the barley, oats and wheat like a row of pins, and in fine shape for binding. It required five men to bind the grain after a dropper, which made a full set of hands. The boys made good work, and seemed to enjoy themselves hugely on the grand prairies. Lee Engel had a good flute with him, and the tunes of Captain Jenks and the Lauterbach waltz seemed to be his favorite airs. Occasionally we gave them Yankee doodle and the Perri waltzes on the fife. The boys remained with us until fall. They also visited Shannon and Freeport occasionally. They thought we had an awful ex­panse of country. In the fall the boys returned to their homes in Pennsylvania.

We prevailed on Uncle Samuel to sell out and come to Illinois and buy himself a farm, but he wrote us that his wife, Aunt Barbara, refused to leave Pennsylvania. She since died near Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pa. From a letter from Cousin Henry K.Straub, of Elizabethtown, Pa.., bearing date of December 23d, 1896, he informs us that his father died from paralysis Dec. 16th, 1896. He was a; pious and devoted member of the Mennonite Church.

At Uncle Samuel's funeral, December 19th, 1896, the Rev. Myers conducted the funeral services and lead in prayer at the house. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Martin Root, assisted by Revs. Benjamin Lamv and Daniel Eshelman. The Reverend gentlemen chose as their text the ninth verse of the second chapter of the First Corinthians.

After their father died Anna moved to Elizabethtown and Henry married Miss Carrie Nauman and settled at Harrisburg. We very much regret to announce to our rela­tives that we received a letter from Mr. Moses N. Straub, of New Cumberland, Cumberland County, Pa., bearing date of April 30th, 1908, informing us that his aunt, Miss Anna E. Straub, died near Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pa.., November 20th, 1898, aged 52 years and two months.

He also informed us that his dear father died on Feb­ruary 24th, 1905, aged sixty years, eight months and twenty­-seven days.

To Mr. and Mrs. Henry K. Straub was born four sons, namely, Samuel, the oldest, of New Cumberland, Pa.; he is married and has two children; Charles W., of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa., who is married and has two children; Albert N. Straub, who is also married; next Moses W. Straub, who resides at New Cumberland, Pa., is married and has one child.

In order to carryon the farm work successfully two good teams of horses were purchased, also seed grain, hogs, cattle and agricultural implements. Of course we never calculated to take too much advice how to run the farm; when we thought we were right, we went right ahead, and nine times out of ten we pulled through successfully, and came in all rigoht on the home stretch. Experience compelled us to believe that those who made a. chronic habit of giving advice proved it up that they were failures sometimes themselves. Garfield said, "Things don't turn up in this world unless somebody turns them up "

On the eve of a heavy battle during the Civil War, the Ensign, or color bearer, got in advance of his regiment; when his Colonel yelled to him to come back to the regiment with the colors, the Ensign told the Colonel to bring the regiment up to the flag.

During 1872 - into 1875 - the writer went to Iowa, and Nebraska,

We arrived home near the holidays and found the folks all very well. They were indeed glad to see us again. We found the weather stinging cold when we crossed the Father of Waters at Davenport, to Rock Island, Illinois.

Our duties at home during the winter were to assist the boys with the chores, feeding hogs and cattle, keeping up the fires, and mincing at fried cakes and pumpkin pies occasionally. Anything occcurring out of the ordinary in entertainments at Shannon and Freeport we were generally on hand to take them in.

When I came home from the war I bought me a pretty good violin and in a short time I learned to get several tunes out of the instrument. After we had lived in Carroll County some ten or fifteen years, I formed the idea that I would buy another violin, so off we went for Freeport, which city is thirteen miles northeast, via Bolton, from our farm. After I struck the Elizabeth road, some three miles north of Van Brocklin, I met a minister, who invited me to ride with him to Freeport. A snow storm set in before I reached the Elizabeth road, but everybody knows that a soldier and a preacher were generally compelled to face the storm-the preacher to expound the scriptures for the salvation of his flock and the soldier to move and march on to save his country.

Well, about 9 o'clock we were in Freeport and before noon we were at one of the music stores and picked out a pretty good violin, which outfit cost us five dollars. We left the city for home at about 5 0 'clock P. M., arriving in Spring Valley at 10 P. M.

We now had a fife and violin in the house. My youngest brother, John, practiced on the fife frequently, and soon learned to play a tune on the instrument. Hooker's Human Physiology gave an account of a great German musician's advice to young men. He declared that young folks should practice blowing on wind instruments, as he knew from his own experience that they would greatly strength the lungs and prove a preventive against consumption.

Our liesure time during this period was passed in review­ing our studies, arithmetic, grammar, history, physiology, sifting the newspapers, and on Sundays reading religious books and the bible.

The ministers of different denominations would call to see us occasionally, with whom we would have a pleasant. talk on general information. At different times I wrote the Hon. James A. Rose, Secretary of State, for state documents, Attorney General's reports, and the Illinois Session Laws. One time he sent me some seventy-five volumes of state reports and requested me to distribute a lot of them to my friends and teachers of the public schools. They consisted of the repprts of state institutions, state Normal schools, World's Fair Commission and state superintendents, all very interesting reports. The reports of the State Board of Charities contain some of the most beautiful and eloquent ad­dresses that we ever read. In the meantime we took the agency for some standard books and bibles. We sold Deeds of Daring by Blue and Gray. Cobbin's Bible Commentary, and carried at one time a combination prospectus of one hundred and fifty books on history and biography, from St. Louis.

We having had considerable experience as a fifer for martial bands in Pennsylvania and Illinois, the boys thought we might just as well organize a drum corps, or martial hand. One of our neighbor boys, Eli H. Moll, bought the first snare or kettle drum and soon afterwards Joseph C. Templeman, who married one of Eli's sisters, Susan V. Moll, bought himself a good kettle drum. We now needed a. bass drummer. Accordingly Oliver B. Chitty, of Spring Valley, inquired around and heard of a good bass drum, which he bought at a reasonable price. We praticed, giving concerts at our neighbors every week, in Spring Valley, and the boys soon came rapidly to the front as good practical drummers. After the boys could knock off Yankee Doodle and other familiar tunes, we were soon invited to Shannon, Lanark, Mount Carroll, Savanna and Freeport, to play for political meetings and rallies. Of course it seemed considerable fun and amusement for the boys to attend the rallies and they seemed to enjoy them hugely, occasionally. .Along after the year 1880, our bass drummer, Benjamin Chitty, packed up his worldly possession, and informed the boys that he was going to emigrate to Tama County, Iowa. We soon found another bass boy, George W. Willfong having bought Mr. Chitty's drum. The band now consisted of two fifers and three drummers. We played at Shannon, at different times, and some of the young men from town and country declared they liked our music better than the brass band. In the course of time the band got scattered and emigrated to Iowa, all except Mr. Eli Moll.

In the spring of 1884 the Rev. George W. Willfong, for­merly of Genesee Grove, Carroll County, IlL, started a movement for the erection of a new church in Spring Valley, Carroll County, Ill. A committee was appointed to solicit subscriptions from the farmers and from all denominations and friends in Cherry Grove Township who might become interested in the project. After canvassing the township and county considerable funds were promised, enough to guarantee the success of the worthy project and the erection of the church. At first the intention was that the church should be of the United Brethren persuasion. For a number of years school exhibitions and revivals were held at the Val­ley school house, before the church was completed. In the course of time, after the new church was finished, a minister was appointed to hold regular services every Sabbath. Ser­vices were held in the forenoon at Shannon and at about 2 o'clock P.M. at Spring Valley. Sunday School services are now held in the forenoon and preaching in the evening.

It seems the United Brethren persuasion, which built and controlled the edifice, become involved financially and eventually were obliged to sell the church property to the Methodist Episcopal denomination, which settled the incumbrance and soon began to make the required improvements on the buildings. The church is well furnished and finely located, fourmiles northwest of Shannon. The Spring Valley cemetery was located two miles west, adjoining the farm of our excellent neighbor and citizen, Samuel Leonard.

In the summer of 1877 my sister Ellen was married to Alfred Whitacre, formerly of Muncy Township, Lycoming County, Pa. They were married by the Rev. James Trewatha of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Shannon, lll. Mr. Whitacre turned his attention to farming in Illinois, until about 1881, when in the spring of that year, he decided to emigrate to Boone County, Nebraska, and enter a homestead claim in that section of the State.

He entered a claim of one hundred and sixty acres about twenty-five miles northwest of Albion (the county town) on which he continued to live for several years. He thinks he made a mistake in settling in that locality, as a portion of the country in the northern part of the state was of a barren and inferoir quality. However, he thought by the cultivation of a good garden and raising vegetation he would be able to pull through and have an honest living.

He had two sons, Henry and John, and one daughter Bessie, all of whom moved to Nebraska with their parent. Henry was born on the John G. Heisel farm, in Spring Valley, in March, 1878, four miles northwest of Shannon. Bessie was born in Shannon, Jan. 10th, 1880. John was born at Dekalb County, Illinois. In the spring of 1883 they returned to IlIinois, and bought a home in Mill Grove, Stephenson County, Illinois, where they continued to live for some three years, after which they sold out their property and moved to Shannon. Bessie married William W. Whitmore of Shannon. They have one son, Claude, and reside in Shannon. They have a fine home of their own, which they purchased several years ago. Mr. Whitmore is a carpenter and joiner and a good practical workman.

We left Galva, Illinois, a few days before Thanksgiving Day, 1879, and came to Shannon over the Peoria & Rock Island, and Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul R. R.. We found our family and all neighbors enjoying their usual health and we know of nothing occurring during the holidays of any consequence. After the holidays we consulted the Hon. David H. Sunderland, in regard to the appointment of census enumerators. Mr. Sunderland acknowledged the receipt of our letter and informed us that no encouragement could be given us just now.

The matter rested until, spring. On the approach of spring we went to Freeport and had an interview with Mr. Sunderland in person. My name was soon sent to Gen. Francis Walker at Washington, D. C., who had been ap­pointed General Superintendent of the Tenth U. S. Census. On or about the first of May a commission was sent us, in­forming us that we had been appointed an enumerator for the Township of Cherry Grove, Carroll County, Illinois. The commission was signed by the supervisor and was ap­proved by the superintendent, authorizing and empowering him to execute and fulfill the duties of an enumerator in accordance with law, and setting forth the boundaries of the subdivision within which such duties were to be performed by him. The supervisor's district, Second Illinois, was com­posed of twelve counties in Northern Illinois. Having been supplied by the supervisor with complete outfit, report cards, schedules, etc., we proceeded to take the census of Cherry Grove Township, commencing on the first day of June, 1880.

When we commenced work on the census we traveled on foot over our territory, for the simple reason that we could shorten the distance and save expenses. Our board and lodging cost us from twenty-five to fifty cents a night. We started out on Monday morning and worked ten hours per day until Saturday evening, when we returned home, to re­main over Sunday. The work was to be completed during the month of June. The U. S. census is taken every decade or ten years.

Comrade William Corry of Co. D, 55th N. Y. Infantry, was appointed enumerator for Shannon in 1880, and Comrade Reuben Connelly was appointed in 1890. They were both members of Holden Putnam Post No. 646, G. A. R., Department of Illinois. Comrade Connelly died at Berwick, Columbia County, Pa., several years ago.

When the work was finished near the beginning of July, the entire outfit, reports and portfolio, were sent to the supervisor, Hon. David H. Sunderland, at Freeport, to be investigated by him, and then forwarded to Washington to the general superintendent, Gen. Francis Walker.

Some time during September we received a government draft for $54.72 for our services on tenth census. For his services the supervisor received $500.00 and the superintendent for services and compensation $5.000.00.

The number of inhabitants of Cherry Grove Township (my own estimation) was 1,105, government count at Washington, 1,101; Shannon, 714; Milledgeville, 446; Lanark, 1,198; Mt. Carroll, 1,836; Savanna, 1,000; Carroll County, 16,976. The state contained in 1880 3,077,871 inhabitants.

In October, 1881, we were served with summons by George P. Sutton, Sheriff of Carroll County Ill., to appear at the County Court House in Mt. Carroll, at the September term, to, serve on the petit jury. William Payne and Martin Willfong were also notified to appear at the same time and place.

At that time the Hon. John V. Eustace was Judge of our Judicial Circuit. A criminal suit was brought into court, which was continued for a couple of days. The petit jury disposed of the case, a fine was imposed on the defendant, and other trials on the docket were brought into court. A number of indictments were presented by the Grand Jury.

About the middle of the week the sad intelligence was conveyed to the county hub, Mt. Carroll, that President James A. Garfield had died at Elberan, New Jersey, on September 19th. Upon receipt of the sad news, Judge Eustace immediately adjourned court until after the funeral, which took place at Cleveland, Ohio. In conversation with the Judge, our Congressman, the late lamented Hon. R. M. A. Hawk, of Mt. Carroll, told Judge Eustace that he was going to attend the funeral at Cleveland. Imposing memo­rial services were also held at the same time throughout the country.

Our country lost a distinguished Congressman, great statesman and diplomat, who was undoubtedly without a peer on the American continent. The lives of Washington, Lincoln and Garfield, as examples of industry, tact, persever­ance, application, energy, economy, honesty, purity, devotion to principle, and triumph over obstacles in a successful career, present a profitable study to the youth and young men of this and other nations. Their names will be forever asso­ciated with the history of our Republic.

During the winter of 1883-1884 we commenced hauling rock and making the required preparations for the erection of a new dwelling house on our farm in Spring Valley. The proposed plans and dimensions of the building were to be for the south wing sixteen by twenty and north wing six­teen by twenty-six, with cellar under the entire dwelling. The contractor, the late Amos Hemig, employed six men in the construction of the house. The entire expenses for cellar and the construction of the new home, cost about fourteen hundred dollars. The structure will compare favor­ably with any building in either town or country and would be an ornament to Mount Carroll or Savanna. It is finely lo­cated on the southeast corner of section two, contains a dug well of excellent water, and surely presents the appearance of the ideal country home.

After the cellar and house were thoroughly cleaned and prepared for occupancy, we moved into the new home just before the holidays. We had a number of callers and vis­itors during the winter. Nothing transpired during the holidays of any consequence. Of course we were duty bound to keep apples, doughnuts and pumpkin pies from going to waste, keep up the fires, read the papers, attend revivals occasionally and visit our neighboring towns. A few little sociables, parties, and country dances, violin concerts, etc., were called up occasionally, all of which were fun and amusement for the boys and girls.

In the fall of 1886, after the holidays, we concluded we would pay another visit to our aunt and uncle, six. miles west of Monica, and three miles northeast of French Grove.

In the spring of 1883 we hired on the farm which was rented by my uncle, George Straub. The farm belonged to Mr. Snow. It was a part of the land on which the town of Chadwick now stands. We worked on the farm with our uncle until near harvest. Along the beginning of September we hired with the late Emanuel Spielman, who then owned a part of the townsite on which Chadwick is now built. Mr. Spielman departed this life over ten years ago. He was a first-class, practical farmer, and owned a large farm near Chadwick. Of course, in the language of Capt. Cal. Feezer, when advertising the Mt. Carroll fair, "there was something doing all the time." His wife was an excellent housekeeper flud one of the most exemplary ladies in Carroll County. She still lives near Chadwick. We worked for other gentle­men from three to five miles east of Chadwick, namely, Frank Ray. John C. Forry, John Swigart and Mr. John Curtice. During the threshing season the above farmers generally exchanged work with their neighbors, and of course, were obliged to hire hands to help them through.

In June, 1888, the Republican National Convention con­vened in the City of Chicago. Benjamin Harrison received on the first ballot 83 votes. On. the eighth and last ballot he received 544 votes. There was but one ballot taken for a Vice-Presidential candidate, Hon. Levi P. ilIorton received 591 votes.

The Democratic National Convention convened at St. Louis in June, 1888. Hon. Stephen G. Cleveland was re­nominated by acclamation for President and Hon. Allen G. Thurman of Ohio, was nominated for Vice-President on the first ballot.

In November 1888, the contest for President of the United States was hotly contested, and great enthusiasm was mani­fested on both sides. During the campaign we picked up a Freeport newspaper in which we read an article written up by a patriotic minister of Stephenson County. Of course great praise was bestowed upon the Republican nominees, and in conclusion said, the sensible divine, Messrs. Harrison and Morton are going to the White House. After we read the preacher's prediction we had no doubt about the general result.

In 1860, Benjamin Harrison raised the 70th Indiana volunteer infantry and was appointed its Colonel, and by his valuable services rendered his country was promoted to be Brigadier General in the army. At the election in November following he carried every northern state except New Jersey and Connecticut, receiving 233 electorial votes against Mr. Cleveland's 168. President Harrison was inaug­urated March 4th, 1889, and in a drenching rain delivered a long inaugural address.

In the spring of 1888, we were elected School Director in Spring Vallley, Carroll Co., to serve three years. I was appointed Clerk of the Board of Directors. Mr. John Woessner. who was killed at Shannon in March, 1894, was President of the Board. Mr. Woessner and myself went to Lanark to consult Hon. John H. Grossman in regard to the selection of a desirable teacher for our school. He advised us to employ Mr. Theron E. Wilkin, of Cherry Grove Town­ship. We paid him forty doHars per month. He proved to be one of the best practical instructors in Carroll County.

About the beginning of December, 1896, my father was stricken with paralysis. He had been sick for some two years before that time. The late Dr. John I. Smith, who was our family physician, was summoned, and by skillful treat­ment relieved him from time to time. During the holidays he was up and around occasionally, but after that he became worse and gradually became weaker. Along the first of February numerous visitors, neighbors and relatives called to see him and expressed much sorrow for the venerable gentleman. He lingered along until the 20th - of February, 1897, becoming unconscious for nearly a day before he ex­pired. He died at 4 o 'clock A. M., Saturday morning, Feb­ruary 20th, 1897. Had he lived until the 11th of March, he would have been 79 years of age.

The funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church by Rev. George Gable, on Monday, February 22d. A quartet composed of Rev. Geo. Gable, Clayton Good and Misses Bird Leonard and Della Cook, with Mrs. George E. Ward as ac­companist, sweetly rendered some of the old Methodist hymns that were dear to the heart of the deceased, who, as long as his health permitted, always attended divine worship. He left to mourn their loss at that time three sons, Wilson, Edward and John, of Spring Valley, and one daughter, Mrs. Ellen Whitacre of Shannon, Illinois. The remains were quietly laid to rest in Shelley's Cemetery, one mile east of Shannon.

On the 9th of January, 1900, our nearest neighbors, Aug. Kuhlemeier and family were very unfortunate in loosing their dwelling house, and the largest part of their household goods. Mrs. Kuhlemeier informs us that their youngest son, Bertie, had been upstairs in the afternoon with matches, and she thinks the fire started in a northwest room, upstairs.

The alarm was given immediately by ringing the dinner bell, and in less than half an hour their nearest neighbors came from every direction to save their property.

Benjamin Doty, our nearest neighbor, Pete Straub and myself were the first ones at the fire. We carried out the base burner, clothing and furniture. Our kind neighbors had a large quantity of canned fruit stored away in the cellar, all of which we succeeded in saving for them. Our neighbor's property was covered by insurance, which was a great help to them in the building of a new house.

We always had good neighbors in Spring Valley. My mother once remarked that the late Mrs. Lizzie Willfong was one of the best and kindest ladies she ever associated with. She was indeed a splendid neighbor. She passed away to the great beyond at Alta, Iowa, about eight years ago. Her kind husband, the late James Willfong, died at the same place over five years past.

During January, 1907, we received letters from Past Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Veterans, William G. Dustin, of Dwight, Illinois, who respectfully requested us to proceed in the noble project and patriotic enterprise of organizing a Camp of the Sons of Veterans at Shannon, IL We sent Col. Dustin a list of twenty-six names, to all of whom he mailed printed circulars, urging the immediate action and patriotic necessity for organizing a camp at Shan­non. We requested him to forward us the required documents and application blanks, preliminary to canvassing the town and vicinity.

In the meantime Cot Dustin wrote to Richard F. Locke, attorney at law, Messrs. C. J. Mather and Wilson, of John A. Logan Camp, No. 26, Ill. Division, Rockford, requesting their immediate assistance in the noble work. Messrs. Locke, Mather and Wilson, of Rockford, and Comrade W. W. Rawleigh of Freeport, soon came on to Shannon, and secured enough names, twenty-five or thirty, to guarantee the success of the organization. During the middle of April the above gentlemen came back and mustered in the Camp.

Comrade Alfred S.. Babb, Post Master, moved that the camp be named after one of the members of Holden Putnam Post, No. 646, of Shannon, Ill. Ai vote was cast, which re­sulted in the selection of David Payne. The camp was then named David Payne Camp, Sons of Veterans.

Roster and list of members of David Payne Camp, Sons of Vererans: Harvey Rubendall, Commander, George Truck­enmiller, Senior Vice Commander, Grover C. Truckenmiller, Junior Vice Commander, Freeman A. Cook, Chaplain, Daniel S. Roy, Secretary-Adjutant, Charles Sturdevant, Color Sergeant, John C. Parker, Sergeant of Guard, James Payne, Picket, alvin F. Kramer, Treasurer, George Sturdevant, Corporal of the Guard, George H. Parker, 4th U. S. Regular, Infantry, Fred Cheesman, Edward Truckenmiller, Robert L. Miller, Henry A. Whitacre, William Straw, Charles Truck­enmiller, Bell Everett Boyle, Editor of Times-Reporter, Charles W. Hoy, Charles Stewart, Joseph Sturdevant, John Sturdevant, Albert Sturdevant, Arthur Rubendall, George C. Ewing.

Our indispensable auxiliary, the Woman's Relief Corps, continues to do beneficial work. They encourage many of the Posts, some of which would have disbanded but for their assistance and encouragement. Their charity is broad and the organized efforts of the faithful members of the association in teaching patriotism is bearing fruit. Mrs. May G. Lincoln, Department President, has been untiring in her noble efforts to build up our worthy auxiliary. The eminent lady has visited all parts of the Department and has done intelligent and effective work wherever she has gone. For her ability, her zeal and her kindly courtesy, so ably supported by that band of noble, self-sacrificing women, we desire to express not alone the thanks of Holden Putnam Post, but the appreciation and thanks of the entire Department.

Roster of Woman's Relief Corps, Shannon, Ill.: Mrs. Anna Yordy, First President; Miss Belle Payne, Second President; Mrs. Inez Humbert Bailey, formerly Secretary; Mrs. Nathaniel Good, Mrs. Abraham Diehl, Mrs. Jacob Fry, Mrs. George W. Whitmore, Mrs. Harriet S. Atkins, Mrs. Robert D. Cheesman, Mrs. Lucy Payne, Mrs. Beulah Babb, Mrs. Josephine Eby, Mrs. Alfred S. Babb, Mrs. James Ruben­dall, Mrs. Jacob Sturdevant, deceased, Mrs. Cordelia Rey­nolds, deceased.

Holden Putnam Post, No. 646, Shannon, Illinois, was chartered Nov. 17th, 1887. Meets 1st and 3d Saturday evenings, monthly. 13th Congressional District, Carroll County, Illinois. The Post has the following Past Post Commanders, who were legally elected and installed.

1, Willia!ll Corry, Co. D, 55th N. Y. Vol.Inf.
2, John A. Leonard, Co. I, 49th Ohio Inf., born in Trum­bull County, Ohio.
3, Jacob Kehm, 93d m. Vol. Inf., Post Office, Canton, S. Dakota.
4, Christian Fry, Co. B, 15th m. Inf., born in Canada.
5, William Fleisher.
6, Reuben B. Straw Co., 15th m. Inf., born in Dauphin County, Pa.
7, Robert D. Cheesman, 15th IL Inf., address Shannon, IL.
8, David Payne, Co. B, 26th Ill. Inf., P. O. address Shannon, Ill.
9, George C. Byers, Co. K, 15th Ill. Inf., P. O. address Shannon, Ill.
10, James Rubendall, Co. K, 15th Ill. Inf., P. O. address Shannon, Ill.
11, Henry Hoy, Co. K, 92d Ill. Inf., P. O. address Shannon, Ill.
12, Edward A. Straub, Co. B, 7th Pa. Cav., P. O. address Shannon, Ill.
13, Alfred Whitacre, Co. F, 50th N. Y. Engrs., P. O. address Shannon, Ill.
14, Edward Truckenmiller, Co. F, 92d Ill. Inf., P. O. address Shannon, Ill.
15, Henry Burkett, Co. D, 14th U. S. Regulars, P. O. address Shannon, Ill.
16, Jacob Sturdevant, Co. B, 26th Ill. Inf., P. O. address Shannon, Ill.
17, David Humbert, Co. K, 15th Ill. Inf., P. O. address Shannon, Ill.
18, Patrick Barrett, P. O. address, Shannon, Ill.
19, Christian Hess, Co. 2d Colorado Cavalry, P. O. address Shannon, Ill.


1, Thomas Sizer, 17th Ill. Cav., at Soldiers' Home, Quincy, Ill.
2, John A. Leonard, residence Shannon, Ill.
3, William Corrie, Co. D, 55th N. Y. Vol. Inf.
4, Michael Thomas, 101st N. Y., died at Marengo, Ill., aged 61 years.
5, Samuel H. Butterbaugh, residence Madison, Wis.
6, Reuben Connelly, died at Berwick, Pa., Reg. unknown.
7, George Lashell, 93d Ill. Inf., address Freeport, Ill.
8, Uriah Perry, Co. E, 11th Ill. Inf., died at Forreston, Ill.
9, Dr. John I. Smith, Co. G, 92d Ill., Surgeon G. A. R., died at Shannon, Ill.
10, Dr. Hepfer, Veterinary Surgeon, Shannon, Ill.
11, Henry Hoyman, regiment unknown, residence Freeport Ill.
12, William Black, Co. K, 99th TIL, at S. Home, Quincy, TIL
13, Capt. William Dodds, regiment unknown, address Chicago.
14, Francis M. Hicks, regiment unknown, address Tipton, Ia.
15, Barton Mishler, regiment unknown, in California.
16, Robert W. Healy, 15th IL residence Freeport, Ill.
17, John Clark, regiment nown, residence formerly Shannon, Ill.
18, Russell Hayes, Capt. Co. A, 11th IlL, died at Freeport.
19, Balser Bistline, Co. K, 93d Ill., died in Forreston, Ogle County, Ill.
20, Benjamin F. Kramer, Co. B, 26th IlL, died near Garner, Iowa.
21, Aaron E. Machamer, Co. D, 46th IlL, address Belvidere, Ill.
22, David Payne, Co. B, 26th Ill., Officer of Day, G. A. R., Shannon, Ill.
23, John R. Hayes, Co. A, 11th Ill., railroad ticket agent, Chicago, Ill.
24, James M. Willfong, Co. H, 15th Ill., died at Alta, Iowa.
25, Alfred Whitacre, Co. F, 50th N. Y., at S. Home, Quiney Ill.
26, Edward A. Straub, Adj. Col. Putnam Post, Shannon, ID.
27, John D. White, Capt. Co. D, 93 Ill., residence formerly Freeport, Ill.
28, John Israel, reg. artillery service, address Marion, IA
29, David Cramm, reg. unknown, died near Shannon, Ill.
30 John Wood, reg. unknown, residence Cerro Gordo Co., Iowa.
31, Jacob Sturdevant, Co. B, 26th III Guard, address Shannon,Ill.
32, Henry Hoy, Co. K, 92d Ill., Chaplain G. A. R., Shannon, Ill.
33, Thomas Barnaby, 15th Ill., died at Soldiers' Home, Quincy, Ill.
34, Abraham Diehl, Go. E, 49th Ohio, Past Chaplain, G. A. R., Shannon, Ill.
35, John Dunman, 15th Ill., at Nat. Home, Milwaukee, Wis.
36, Thomas Elder, Go. D, 46th. Pa., address Newkirk, Okla.
37, Edw. Flory, Co. D, 81st Pa., P. O. address Lanark, Ill.
38, Jacob Fry, Co. B, 15th Ill., Adj., G. A. R., address Freeport, Ill.
39, Wm. Winters, Co. F, 142d Ill., in state of Oregon.
40, Henry Williamson, Co. H, 2d Mo. Cav., P. O. Rock Falls.
41, Robert Dunning, 2d Ill. Artillery, Libby Prison 4 mo., P. O. Morrison, Ill.
42, John McCrea, 4th U. S. Reg. Cav., P. O. Iowa Falls, Iowa.
43, Wm. W. Benton, Co. H, 17th Ill. Cav., address Warren, Ill.
44, J as. K. Quick, Co. F, 26th Mich., address Shannon, Ill.
45, Geo. W. Williams, 4th Mich. Cav., P. O. Muskegon, Mich.
46, Wm. J. Wimer, Co. H, 15th Ill., born at New Lisbon Ohio, P. O. Lanark, Ill.
47, Archie Adair, Co. 0', 168th Pa., died at Lanark, Ill.
48, Amos Reynolds, Co. H, 6th Md., died at Shannon, Ill.


Robert Wood and Hester D. Straub were married January 1st, 1857.
Charles H. Wood and Alice M. Baumgartner were mar­ried February 7th, 1884.
Emily H. Wood and William T. England were married December 25th, 1893
James Albert Wood and May McDowell were married November 29th, 1894.
Sarah Myrtle Wood and Robert Collister were married June 18th, 1902.
Mary Rebecca Wood and Solomon Siegel were married November 26th, 1903.
Amelia Wood, daughter of Robert and Hester Wood, died July 28th, 1861, aged 9 months and 12 days.
Wm. Oliver Wood, son of Robert and Hester Wood, died Nov.19th, 1888, aged 19 years 9 months and 29 days.
Hester D. Wood, wife of Robert Wood, died February 27th, 1890, aged 51 years, 10 months and 12 days.
Annie Maud Wood, daughter of Robert and Hester Wood, died September 14th, 1895, aged 19 years and 17 days.
Charles Straub and Elizabeth Baker were married January 29th, 1826.
Charles Straub and Rebecca Hart were married Decem­ber 31st, 1846.
John Harlan and Sarah Straub were married February 15th, 1845.
William Straub and Anna McKean were married December 30th, 1857.
Elizabeth Baker Straub, wife of Charles Straub, died December 13th, 1845.
John Wesley Straub was born September 9th, 1857, died November 22d, 1861.

The quarter-section farm formerly owned by Mr. James H. Hart, now living in Kansas, was purchased by Mr. John R. Hayes of Freeport. Mr. Hayes movee on the farm and he and his sons farmed the place for over ten years. He sold the farm afterwards to Mr. Howard Crabtree of Shannon. Mr. Hayes was married to Miss Jane Graham, daughter of the late Mathew Graham of Stephenson Co., Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Hayes are the proud parents of two daughters and three sons. Mary is married and resides in Minneapolis, Minn. Samuel and Jennie died in Chicago over five years ago. John G. Hayes, veterinary surgeon, of the firm of Hayes & Kettle, are the proprietors of the noted Palace Livery of Freeport. They are both conceded to be good business men and are having a thriving and steady trade in the livery line. Mathew Graham Hayes has been a brake­man and engineer on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific R. R. for several years. Mr. Hayes was sheriff of Stephenson Co., Illinois, for two terms. He is conceded to be one of the best sheriffs the county ever elected. Mr. and Mrs. Hayes were excellent neighbors. They were formerly from Center Co. Penn., and are highly esteemed by a large circle of friends both Pennsylvania and lllinois. They now reside in Chicago, in which city Mr. Hayes holds a responsible position as Railroad Ticket Agent.

George H. Parker, a good practical farmer and patriotic citizen of Cherry Grove Township was born in Shannon, Ill. on April 1st, 1886 (s/b 1868). He enlisted at Omaha, Nebraska with Captain Butler D. Price, Regimental Adjutant of the 4th U. S. Regular Cavalry. After three months service at Omaha he was sent to Fort Sherman. He enlisted in Co. E, 4th U. S. Infantry in the division commanded by Colonel Carlan, Department of the Pacific, Gen. John Gibbon commanding. Mr. Parker served four years and nine months at Fort Sherman and five years in the regular army. He was in Idaho, Oregon and California. Was honorably discharged from the army March 29th, 1891. After returning east he secured a responsible position as Engine Dispatcher with the illinois Central railroad at Waterloo, Iowa, which he re­signed after eight months service. Mr. Parker was married after his return to Illinois to Amanda Hoy, daughter of Henry Hoy, of Shannon, Illinois. They have two girls and three boys, all nice children. He served one term as Commander of the Shannon Camp Sons of Veterans. His father, the late William Parker, who was a member of Co. D., 46th Illinois Infantry, in the Civil War, died at Memphis, Ten­nessee after the war of yellow fever. He was promoted to sergeant of his company. George H. Parker is well drilled and the Sons of Veterans should feel proud of their able comrade in a military point of view. Boys, stand by the camp.

Mr. John C. Parker, a good practical farmer and patriotic citizen of Spring Valley, Carrol County, Illinois, was born in Shannon. Illinois. He was married at Garner, Iowa, to Miss Artie Kramer, September 24th, 1896. Mr. and Mrs. Parker are the proud parents of two daughters, Mabel G. Parker and Esther M. Parker; four sons, Benjamin W. Parker, Charles F. Parker, Paul G. Parker and John Howard Parker. Mr. Parker was elected to the following Township offices: School Director of the Spring Valley district, four terms; Town Clerk, two terms. He learned the artist's trade. portrait painting, in Chicago. He was formerly a member of Battery B, 1st Illinois Artillery of the State National Guards. He was on duty with the National Guards during the riots and strikes in Chicago. Mrs. Parker's father, the late Benjamin F. Kramer. emigrated from illinois to Iowa in March. 1894. He rented one hundred and sixty acres of Michael McGruder. seven miles southwest of Britt, Hancock County, Iowa. He next rented a large farm near Garner, where he died December 31st, 1901. His daughter Gertie, a very intelligent and virtuous young lady, also passed away at Garner in December, 1901. Mr. Kramer was in the Civil War and was wounded. He was a dutiful and faithful soldier and a good practical farmer. He leaves a widow, Mrs. Joanna Kramer, three daughters and three sons' to mourn their irreparable loss.

George Fox Sr. was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, September, 1842. He was thirty years of age when he emigrated to the United States. Having came to Illinois he first settled at Black Oak Grove, where he rented a large farm. After a residence of five years in Black Oak he moved to Fred Campmire's farm, which he rented for one year. He afterwards rented a farm west of Shannon, which was owned by Steven Thometz, of Shannon. He next moved to the Hon. W. Scott Cowen's farm south of Shannon, where he lived one year and then rented the farm northwest of Shannon, then owned by the late Sheldon Coon, from here he moved onto the farm formerly owned by the late Fergu­son Chitty in Spring Valley. He next rented 270 acres in Florence 1'ownship, owned by the late Jefferson Barnes of Shannon. On the latter farm he lived two years, after which he rented the large farm three miles north of Shannon, now owned by Mrs. Joseph Turk. Mr. and Mrs. Dora Fox are the parents of two daughters, Mary and Lena, and four sons, George, Henry, Herman and William. Lena married Mr. Henry Plock, who is a tiller of the soil and they live near Georgetown, Carroll County. Mrs. Fox and her daughters are excellent housekeepers. Their daughters and sons were all born in Carroll County, Illinois. Mr. Fox and his sons are all good practical farmers. They raise and deal in blooded stock, and we know of no better neighbors in Carroll County.

Martin Woessner, one of the best practical farmers in Cherry Grove Township, was born in Illinois. His parents Mr. John Woessner and Mrs. Barbara Woessner removed from Whiteside Co., Illinois, to Spring V alley over thirty years ago. He bought the large farm formerly owned by the late Elias Forney of AIta, Iowa, consisting of two hundred acres. Mr. and Mrs. Woessner are the parents of four daughters and five sons; namely, Kate, who married David G. Moll; Clara, who married Porter Bixler, and Emma, who married Christian Hartman; George married Miss Hoy, daughter of Mrs. John Lutz; John married Miss Lydia Bremer; Martin married Miss Pearl Adams, daughter of Thomas Adams of Cherry Grove; Frank C. Woessner, one of the best business men in Shannon is .still single and lives in the latter town. Martin's sisters are all excellent house. keepers, and his brothers all good farmers and industrious men. We consider him very lucky in getting a very good and kind woman. Spring Valley is surely to be congratu­lated in securing the services of a new blacksmith. Martin has opened up a shop about three and one-half miles north­west of Shannon. He will do all kinds of repairing, and if anything in the implement line is broken or smashed up we guarantee Martin will put it in running order again.

Charles Woessner was born in Whiteside Co., Illinois. He has five children. He was married to Miss Cora Kuhle­meier of Cherry Grove, Twp., Carroll Co., Illinois. Charles is a good practical farmer and owns one hundred and sixty acres of good land, a fine farm. His sisters are Mrs. Emma Hartman, Mrs. Porter Bixler. He is a brother to Frank, George, John and Martin Woessner.

Wishing all kind friends and neighbors, both ladies and gentlemen, a happy New Year, we claim the privilege to ring down the curtain.


Daniel Straub born in Bucks County PA a direct descendant of the large and influential family who were first represented over 200 years ago (Early 1700's). Daniel married Elizabeth Hahn and they became the parents of 15 children, eleven of whom lived to maturity. Danie Straub died in 1865 at the age of 87 years. His wife Elizabeth preceded him in death.

1. Henry Hahn Straub was born in Union Township, Union County PA on March 11, 1818 where he received a careful home training and a common school education. He was a tiller of the soil and also learned the blacksmith trade during his younger years in Juanita County Pa., and later worked at his trade in Lycoming County. Henry was married to Miss Elizabeth Adlum at Muncy Pa., March 4, 1841 on the day of the inauguration of William H. Harrison as President of the United States. He was conceded to be one of the best practical blacksmiths in Lycoming County. Elizabeth Adlum Straub was born near Muncy, Lycoming Co. Pa January 28, 1814. Her father, the late Edward Adlum was reared in Little York, York Co PA. There were 9 children born of this marriage, four died in infancy.

..2. George Straub Sr. was born in Union Township, Union Co PA, December 4, 1820. His first wife was mary Snyder. His second wife was Susanna Heiser, to whom he was married July 2, 1848. She was born near Richfield, Snyder Co PA, March 9, 1827. To them were born 13 children. George Straub was employed on a saw mill in Nipenose Twp., Clinton Co PA, a number of years, before he removed with his family to Illinois. Susanna Heiser Straub was a very kind and sociable woman, a good neighbor, a kind mother, and much devoted to her family. She was also a devoted member of the Lutheran Church. 3. William Straub, later of Manchester, Delaware County, Iowa was their first son. He married Miss Ellen Gramly of Clinton Co PA. They were the parents of 8 children - Edward, Bert, William, Henry, Agnus Straub was married to Charles Robinson, formerly of Carroll Co. Ill. They now live in Delaware Co IA. (1908), Ellen, Cora, Katie Straub who died in Ogle Co IL.

...3. Christian Straub was born in Snyder Co. Pa. in 1852. He was 15 years of age when his parents left PA for IL. He married Miss Katie Dahler, who was born and raised near Chadwick Il. The lady is a good, kind and sociable woman. They have two sons and two daughters. Annie Straub is married Wm. Lewis of KS. They live in Chadwick. Clara, William, Melvina

...3. Daniel Straub was born in Snyder Co PA July 14, 1856. He emigrated from Illinois to Clay Co NE, in March 1880. He has been a tiller of the soil in his adopted state ever since he left Illinois. Before his arrival in Nebraska he first purchased ah ome in Clay County containing 80 acres. He has since sold his farm and moved to Kimball County NE. Daniel is a thriving and industrious farmer, a good citizen, a practical musician, and a staunch Democrat.

...3. Barbara Straub was born in Sugar Valley, Clinton Co. PA October 27, 1858. She was married to John Crockett Moore May 25, 1879. They emigrated to Gove County, KS. Afterward they lived in OK, NE and MO and subsequently IL. To Mr. and Mrs. Moore were born 6 children. The first three sons are married. Bessie, Ray and Theodore live with their mother at 117 Taylor Avenue, Freeport, IL. Mrs. Moore is one of our favorite cousins, kind and sociable, liberal and charitable, and a splendid housekeeper. Alva Moore, Irvin Moore m Clara Hartleit June 28, 1906 a native of Elk Grove WI. They reside at 107 Chestnut St. Freeport IL, Guy Moore, Bessie Moore, Ray Moore, Theodore Moore

...3. Prof. John Straub was born in Sugar Valley, Clinton Co PA., December 14 1860. John was about 7 when his parents left PA. He has been a tiller of the soil and worked at the carpenter trade for over 25 years. He owns a threshing machine and is a skillful engineer, and staunch Democrat, and thinks Col. Wm. J. Bryan would make a great President. John is also a good practical violinist and good musician.

...3. George P. Straub was bron in Sugar Valley, Clineton Co PA February 20, 1863. George and John farm the old homestead, one mile east of Chadwick and are both good practical farmers. They handle a fine line of hogs, cattle and horses and are surely up-to-date farmers. In an educational point of view George is well posted.

...3. Harrison Straub, was born in Sugar Valley, Clinton Co. PA June 13, 1866. He is a thrifty, industrious farmer, and regrets and dislikes a snow storm in the spring, when he is anxious to get to work. He likes the violin, graphophone and the girls.

...3. Clara Straub was born in Georgetown, Carroll County IL about 1870, and died June 22, 1879, aged 9 years, 8 months and fifteen days. A short time before she expired she pointed to the heavenly mansions and notified her friends and parents that she was going home.

..2. Jacob Straub another son of Henry Straub, was born in Snyder County PA. He and his family emigrated to Carroll Co. IL in 1854. He married Miss Hannah Gordon of Pennsylvania. To Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Straub were born five children. Jacob Straub was a good farmer, a patriotic citizen and a staunch Republician, and a better neighbor never lived. He died at Manson, Iowa, at the advanced age of 81 years. The remains wer brought to Shannon and interred in the Brethren Cemetery. He was apious and devoted member of the United Brethren Church. The funeral was held in the M.E. Church, the services being conducted by Rev. Delos Tompkins of the First M.E. Church of Freeport, who preached a beautiful and impressive sermon from the Second Book of Timothy, Fourth chapter, seventh and eights verses. I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith.

...3. Lucinda Straub was born in Juniata Co. PA., 11 Nov 1835. She married John Q.A. Clark of Wisconsin. Mr.and Mrs. Clark reside in Savanna IL. Lucinda is a very kind, sociable and exemplary lady. She has a large circle of kind and intimate friends in both Iowa nd Illinois all of whom are always welcome visitors. Children - Thomas Clark, Charles Clark, Malissa Clark m Enoch Shore of Carroll Co. They live in Savanna IL, Carrie Clark, Della Clark

...3. Harriet Straub was born in Juaniata County Pa. January 3, 1834. In 1854 she came with her parents, brother and sisters, and settled in Greene County, Wisconsin. She was married January 5, 1860 to John C. Atkins, who was a native of Chemung County, NY. To Mr. and Mrs. Atkins was born one son John Pitney Atkins of Freeport.Her husband enlisted in Co. F 92nd Vol. Inf. during the Civil War. He died at Shannon, IL December 11, 1871. Mrs. Atkins who is a first cousin of the writers still resides in Shannon. She owns a fine home in the town, and is an expert in housekeeping. She received a good practical education in the common schools of Wisconsin and is also familiar with the rudiments of musical notation. Her husband, the late J.C. Atkins, who was a member of the gallant 92nd IL Mounted Inf., which regiment belonged to Wilder's famous brigade of Kilpatrick's cavalry. Mr. Atkins was very unfortunate in the service for his country, having suffered from sunstroke for a number of years.

...3. Joanna Straub, a native of Juniata Co PA was born 3 January 1839. January 2, 1866 she married Benjamin F. Kramer, who was born near belleview, Erie Co OH in 1843. Children - Mary Etta Kramer, Calvin Franklin Kramer, Artie Ellenor Kramer, Gertrude Almira Kramer died at Garner Iowa, Jessie Olive Kramer, Nellie May Kramer died in Cherry Grove Twp. Carroll Co., Sheridan Howard Kramer born in Cherry Grove Twp., Carroll Co., Oliver Sherman Kramer born in Cherry Grove Twp. Carroll Co.

...3. Sarah Straub

...3. Wilson Gordon Straub

..2. Peter Wilson Straub, son of Henry & Elizabeth was born 24 March 1843, died 23 April 1918

..2. Edward A. Straub, son of Henry & Elizabeth born 14 July 1845, died 6 October 1918

..2. John Adlum Straub, son of Henry & Elizabeth born 12 February 1855, died 24 February 1907