Illinois Genealogy Trails

Franklin County, Illinois
Community News Gleanings

10 July 1908
The old
Cantrell homestead on East Main street, which was occupied by Hawkins' boarding house burned Saturday evening about 8 o'clock. The origin of the fire is unknown but it is thought to have been caused by the electric light wires, as it was first noticed in the upper rooms. It being one of the oldest houses in Benton the strong, heavy frame burned very slowly. It was built about 1852 by Judge Wm. K. Parrish, who brought his bride to the new home. Gen. and Mrs. John A. Logan stopped there on their wedding trip from Shawneetown and Judge Monroe C. Crawford was married there in 1858. It was for many years the house of the Cantrells and Col. T.B. Cantrell died there in May 1873. It was possibly the oldest house in Benton. The Cantrell heirs had a policy on the house for $1,000, but the loss, including the very fine trees and shrubbery is many times that amount. --Benton Republican.  [Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, Saturday, 10 July 1908) Tr. by Darrel Dexter]

May 28 (1932)  -- More than 920 graves of soldier dead will be decorated and have impressive services enacted over them in this county next Monday. P.H. Zwengel has spent years in compiling a list of the soldiers buried in this county and in marking their graves. His records show that with but 1697 voters registered in the county in 1860 that the call to arms from Civil War service was responded to by 1642 men and boys. The county sent 1707 in the World War. There are eight Revolutionary War soldiers buried in the county , four of the War of 1812 and a number who engaged in the Mexican War, Black Hawk and Spanish-American War. Zwengel's work is unique and is believed the only one of the kind in the county. When completed he expects to have a correct list of all soldiers of all wars who enlisted or died in this county, the date of their death and their last resting place. [Belleville News-Democrat (Belleville, Ill.) - May 28, 1932 -  submitted by Kathyrn Todd, who adds this Note: Mr. Zwengel's family line ended with the death of his son Rev. Zwengel of Benton. While there are other descendents of his parents Heinrich and Maria, nee Wick, Zwengel who came from Germany in 1848, there are none in this line (mine) that bear the name of Zwengel.]


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