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These are in loose alpha order based on the surname of the first person mentioned in the story.
"General" stories about weather and whatnot are sorted by year.


The Hutsonville News is to be resurrected in a few weeks by a man Bardsell, who is now canvassing for the county map.
[Originally From the Robinson Constitution, quoted in the Jasper County Newton Press on Aug. 19, 1875]

From the Robinson Constitution, reprinted in the Newton Press:
"Will Alexander, of Newton, was in town Saturday and Sunday last. He is a jovial, good-hearted fellow, and has a pretty wife." [Newton Press (Jasper County, IL), June 11, 1874]

McClung Cawood is a prophet, and says we will have wet weather until the middle of August.
[Originally From the Robinson Constitution, quoted in the Jasper County Newton Press on Aug. 19, 1875]

From the Robinson Consititution as quoted in Jasper County's "The Newton Press", March 16, 1876 : It will be remembered that -- Heacker has had a land suit -- the Court of Jasper county -- several years. The case was ta[ken] to Salem, Illinois, where it [was] disposed of last week, and in fa[vor] of Heacker, who received his l[ein] and a judgment for $1000 aga[inst] Ed. Wilson as damages. (Unfortunately, the copy cut off a few words here and there, as evidenced by the "--". The words I've placed in brackets are my guess as to what goes there)

George Parker, of Robinson, and Mr. Adams, the contractor of the East & West Railroad, were in Newton on last Saturday on business connected with the Road. Mr. Parker is confident that the Road will be built. "The Weekly Press"
[Jasper County] Apr. 20, 1876

Uncle Sam Parker kills all the jay birds that come upon his place, or at least tries to. They eat his weeds, young apples, and carry off his young chickens. Who ever before heard of jay birds eating weeds?
[Newton Press, (Jasper County, IL), July 9, 1874 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Frank Stevens of Robinson, was in town (Newton) last Sunday. It was surmised that he came over for the purpose of seeing his "gal."
[Newton Press, (Jasper County, IL), July 2, 1874 - KT - Sub by FoFG]



From the Robinson Argus reprinted in the Newton Press:
"The wind storm which proceeded the rain on Sunday, blowed down some considerable fencing in this vicinity, and quite a number of which fields presented a very flat appearance after the storm. The stalks, however, were not broken to any considerable extent, and not much damaged." Newton Press (Jasper County, IL), June 11, 1874

From the Lawrenceville Republican - reprinted in the Newton Press:
"The catterpillars have destroyed the young apples and left hundreds of trees leafless in the southern portion of our county, and still are continuing their depredations. In many places the gum and hickory trees are as leafless as in mid-winter." Newton Press (Jasper County, IL), June 11, 1874

Hotel Arrivals
"The following named persons have stopped at the American and Miller houses in this place (Newton) since our last issue:
Aaron Landers, Crawford county
Frank Miller, Terre Haute, wholesale notion wagon, and Win. Neal, driver, Marshall, Ill
Joseph Marshall, Oblong, Crawford co, Il
R.W. Dalton, Oblong, IL"
Newton Press (Jasper County, IL) June 11, 1874]

From the Jasper County, Newton Press:
"The following named persons have stopped at the American and Miller houses in this place (Newton, Jasper County, IL) since our last issue:
June 18, 1874
MILLER HOUSE

AMERICAN HOUSE

June 25, 1874
AMERICAN HOUSE

"The chinch bugs have commenced their ravages in this section. In some places they are destroying entire crops."
[From the Casey Times and reprinted in the Newton Press (Jasper County, IL) June 11, 1874]

George N. Parker reports the vote of Crawford county as follows: Halley 1,088; Bricee 737; Orendorf 802; Yelton 262; Callahan 1496. Henderson, democrat, for sheriff, from 70 to 100 majority. Eden's majority, over 200 [The Newton Press, November 5, 1874]





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