Grundy County, Illinois
A house owned by Will HARROD was moved today from near the old Fire Proofing works to the Hynds Cunnea addition. [Source: Grundy County Sentinel, Jan 7, 1901- Sub. By Debby Volpe]
At the regular meeting of Eagle Hose Co., held on last Monday evening the election of officers, in conformity to the agreement of consolidation of the two companies, to wit: the Eagle Hose and Alert Hook and Ladder, was held and resulted as follows: E.H. FLETCHER, president; O.N. CARTER, vice president; James MCNAMARA, secretary; O.J. NELSON, treasurer; Henry BLOCKER, M.J. QUIGLEY and D.C. HUSTON, trustees. For service officers: Geo. PUTT, captain and D. MCGRATH, lieutenant of the Hose; M.J. QUIGLEY, captain; D.C. HUSTON, lieutenant of the Hooks. Robt KELLEY, steward. The officers so elected serve until the 1st of April next. [Source: Morris Herald Weekly, Sep 7, 1888- Submitted by Debby Volpe]
Death Reveals A Romance
Mulatto Who Eloped With Rich Southern Girl Killed
Morris, Illinois, February 14.—Albert Meade, a mulatto miner, was accidentally killed at Carbon Hill. His death revealed a romance. The widow, who with her infant, is left to mourn Meade’s death, is a white woman, the daughter of a proud and wealthy southern family.
All of the story is not known. Three years ago Meade and his wife, with their baby, came to Carbon Hill. They rented the best cottage they could find in the little mining town, furnished it lavishly, and seemed happy. They did not associate much with their neighbors, seeming to be content in each other’s society. Mead was a bright mulatto and handsome. His wife, who was but a shade darker than he, was a remarkable handsome woman. A year after the couple settled in Carbon Hill a stranger, well dressed and with a decided southern accent, appeared on the scene. He said his name was Wayne. He was hunting for Meade and declared his intention of killing him on sight. He said his daughter had eloped with Meade from their plantation in Maryland, where Meade has been employed as a coachman. He was told Meade’s wife was a mulatto, and half convinced that he was on the wrong trail he visited the cottage. Meade who had been warned of the man’s threats, fled to the village jailer for protection and remained in jail all night. The man went to the cottage. He found his daughter and learned that, to avoid suspicion and to be with her husband without causing comment among the neighbors, she had stained her face and hand with walnut juice that she might be of his own color. The father told her he had traced her for a year and that finally, through a detective agency, he had located her in Carbon Hill by the aid of a list of customers supplied by a Chicago mail order house.
He had intended to kill Meade, but when he saw his daughter and the baby, he relented. He said he had hoped to kill the man who had taken her away from her home and then to take her back to live down the act. This child offered an insurmountable difficulty. Wayne declared he could not take his daughter back with the mulatto child, as it would break her mother’s heart. Wayne remained in Carbon Hill two days and departed, after making his daughter promise that, if she ever needed assistance, she would call on him. Further than that Carbon Hill knows nothing of Wayne, or whether the name was assumed or not. He never returned to his Maryland home, and it is believed he killed himself rather than go back and face the disgrace.
Meade, after his wife’s father departed, returned to his family and his work, and the wife did not seem to be sorry she had left her home with the man she loved. A year ago the baby which had prevented Wayne from carrying out his intentions fell into a basin of water in which it was playing and was drowned before the mother could reach it. Then another dark skinned baby came, and the little family was happy. Today Meade met his death in the mine in which he was working and the mother is left friendless. [Saturday, February 15, 1902, Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, Ill) Page: 2, Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley]
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