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The Henry County News, Geneseo IL January 1, 1880
Local News
Mrs. I. C. Miller is suffering from a sore throat.
Mrs. Nettie Grenwalt of Ashland, O., is visiting with Mrs. Dr. Pillsbury.
Ed. Rofinger is back from a long sojourn in Nebraska. He looks well and hearty.
Frank Burnett is home from school and is taking in the holidays here with his friends.
C. F. Youngs and Dave Beers has a little shoot on Tuesday in which Youngs killed 19 pigeons straight and Beers 18 out of 20.
Mrs. Dr. Hoppins, who has been in Chicago since last fall, visiting and practicing in the hospitals and dispensaries, will arrive at her home in this city next Saturday. Her patrons may find her after that date at her office, one square west of Geneseo House.
W. P. Blackiston Jr. won a carriage at at raffle last week.
Christmas goods dealers never had a bigger trade than they had this season.
Charley Beveridge puts in the holidays among his friends here. His home is at Chicago.
L. M. Rowe, of Lebanon, Smith Co., Kans., has our thanks for a healthy bundle of Kansas papers.
Phillip Teeters, an employee of the stock yards, had the misfortune to fall and break his thumb one day last week.
J. T. Phillips and family left for Colorado last Monday. Good wishes of all their friends here follow them.
A dog belonging to Mr. I. Richmond of Buffalo street has been enjoying the holidays by feasting off the legs of passersby.
Mr. O'Bryan has 35 men at work laying the pipes from the Railroad water works at Geneseo creek, to the tanks at the depot.
Mr. Geo. Straus and Miss Mary Hogy were united in marriage in Davenport last Thursday. We wish them a long and happy life.
Mr. James W. Yoho is here from Missouri, visiting with his sisters, Mrs. J. Gladman and Mrs. H. Degraff. Will return home after New Years.
The sad intelligence of the death at Dodge Centre Minn., of Mrs. John Gray's mother, came by telegraph last Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Gray left on the evening train on that day to be present at the obsequies.

Surprise Party for Emma Wilson
The Henry County News, Geneseo IL January 1, 1880
Phantom Party
On last Friday evening a large party of the friends of Miss Emma Wilson, daughter of Geo. Wilson, Esq., of this city, being aided, abetted and generalled by Miss Marion Mead, assembled, bedecked themselves in sheets and pillow cases at the home of Mrs. Lewis, and then marched down and surprised Miss Emma in a startling manner. It was a grotesque and awe-inspiring spectacle. The mirth, however, was unlimited. The spacious parlors of the Wilson residence were beautifully decorated with flowers and festoons. All who participated pronounce the occasion a most delightful one.

The Geneseo Republic, Geneseo, IL, January 2, 1880
J. T. Phillips and family started for Colorado last Monday evening. They will go about thirty miles south of Denver where Mr. Phillips has a father and two brothers engaged in farming.

German Ball at Teutoula Hall
The Henry County News,Geneseo, IL, February 12, 1880
Our German friends had a big time at their masquerade ball at Teutoula Hall on Thursday evening of last week. Ed Plath, the great costumer of Davenport was up and rigged the maskers out in grand style. Beihl's Band of Rock Island furnished the melody. The parade on Thursday afternoon was a grand success. The dancing bear was as natural as life, and he and his engineer made a vast deal of fun. The ball in the evening was largely attended and immensely enjoyed.

Practice for Fire Department
The Henry County News,Geneseo, IL, February 12, 1880
Tried and True
On Friday afternoon, at about 4 o'clock, the fire alarm suddenly sounded, and the members of the Hose company humped themselves to the City Hall and ascertaining that the alleged blaze was at McBroom and Wilson's warehouse, tore for the latter antique structure and in just four minutes by the watch had two healthy streams of water gushing on the shingles. The alarm was a false one, there being no fire. It was done to practically test the capacity of the company. The Hook & Ladders didn't have quite a fair shake, it is claimed. The foreman of the Hose Company and the foreman of the H. & L.'s had been posted, but the Hose Co. boss gave it away to a number of his boys, and they were on hand, and had their machine out of the house before the bell ceased tolling. Let us try it over again, after night, within a month and don't let even the foremen know when the event is to come off. Then we will have a fair test.

The Henry County News,Geneseo, IL, February 12, 1880
Local News

The Claypole family of Cornwall have gone west.
Miss Belle McCurdy of Chicago is visiting in town this week.
Mr. Frank Weston, who is at present clerking in Rock Island, came home sick last week.
The Presbyterian sociable was held at the home of Mr. M. B. White last Tuesday evening.
The Baptist sociable will be held at the home of Mr. Charles Dunham this Thursday evening.
Mrs. Lou Dunkle of Page Co., Iowa, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Smith in this city.

The Henry County News,Geneseo, IL, February 19, 1880

Galva want to become a city.
"Gazelle," the pay-car, passed through town on Tuesday.
Scarlet fever and diphtheria prevail throughout the county.
Mr. McWilliams of Galesburg will open a dollar store in this city.
Congregational Sociable at Major Hosford's this week Friday evening.
Henry Sensenbaugh, the great horse trainer, has gone west on a visit.
G. W. Goshorn, Esq., has our thanks for a late copy of the Arizona Citizen.
Fred Austin of Edford has wearied of farming and has moved to this city.
Wm. Wehrmouth has purchased the Riggs farm of 80 acres, in Atkinson township.
H. C. Gilbert, of Lima, N. Y. is visiting with his brothers, N. C. and E. C. Gilbert.
Gus. Hoeft has been taxed $10 and costs for letting minors play pool in his saloon.
A. R. Doelittle of Edford, goes to Franklin Co., Neb., there to engage in farming.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton is on her farewell lecture tour and will speak in this city at an early date.
Mr. Halliday, a commercial traveler well-known in this city, is lying sick with small-pox in Chicago.
Galt, the great Hotel man of Sterling, got outside of his daily bread at the Geneseo House last Friday.
Grant Newell, the best-looking young gentleman in Annawan, favored us with a call on last Friday morning.
That veteran miller and genial gentleman, Peter J. Hammer Esq. of Andover, has lately completed a model mill of his own devising at the latter village. Those who have seen it declare it to be a marvel of completeness. Mr. Hammer was one of the pioneer millers of Geneseo.
Miss Alice Wood has the right kind of a grandfather. The old gentleman called upon her the other day and asked her to take a walk down town. She did so. The old gentleman led the way into Goodfellow's jewelry store and requested Miss Alice to select any watch there, and she should have it for her own. She was overwhelmed for a moment, but rallied and selected the timepiece.

The Geneseo Republic, Geneseo, Henry County, IL, February 20, 1880
Lawbaugh & Dillenbeck have begun the demolition of the old brick mill cooper shop. It is one of the old landmarks of the city. It has withstood the attacks of the flames from front and rear on several occasions, and passed unscathed when the buildings on both sides of it were laid in ruins. We suppose it is being torn away to make room for corn cribs.
On Wednesday evening of next week the Maple City Band boys will give another of their pleasant entertainments at Freeman's Hall. They are preparing a good and varied programme, the particulars of which will be laid before the public through posts and handbills. Judging from the success of their previous efforts it is safe to say a fine performance may be expected.
A little son of Joseph Stevens at Annawan, fell backwards from a spring board and broke an arm. Set by Dr. Newell.
Mrs. Gilbert of Bryan, Ohio and Miss Beers of Mehopany, Pa., are visiting with their aunt, Mrs. P. B. Perkins of this city.
Miss Clem Hefflefinger has returned from a long sojourn in the east and is the guest of her friend, Miss Lou Lawbaugh.
Col. Stone, a gentleman well-known here, died at the residence of G. F. Godfrey on Railroad Street, on last Sunday evening. His death was very sudden. He had been ill but a day or two.

The Geneseo Republican, Geneseo IL , February 27, 1880
P. S. Schnabele returned yesterday from a trip to Iowa.
Dr. Wells informs us that Mrs. Wm. Shepard is quite seriously ill.
Henry Clark is the new proprietor of the Orange Street meat market.
Mr. T. K, States is slowly recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia.
Mrs. H. J. Bailey of Dixon, has been visiting friends in this city this week.
Mr. Joseph Sprinkle has sold his farm on Rock River bottom and will move to Kansas.
Rev. Dr. Hobart, of Chicago, will occupy the pulpit at the Baptist church next Sunday morning.
E. P. Van Valkenburg left for Chicago Wednesday evening in search of spring goods and seasonable novelties.
Capt. Bogardus and his son did some wonderful shooting at Freeman's Hall last evening. The house was crowded.
Wm. Johnson of Atkinson Township, entertained a large party and fed them on oysters Thursday evening of last week.
There was a very pleasant school exhibition at the Jackson school house, northeast of this city, last Friday evening.
Mrs. Will A. Slater, formerly Miss Ella Kinsey, of this city and now a resident of Oakland, Cal., is visiting at Cyrus Kinsey's.
Rev. J. W. Burd began protracted meeting at the Pleasant Ridge Church, six miles northeast of this city, last Monday evening.
The A. R. Doolittle farm in Edford, which we reported as transferred to Levi Holt last week has been purchased by Mr. C. M. Polson who takes possession immediately.
Col. Nate A. Reed, Jr, of Davenport, Iowa, will deliver a free temperance lecture at Freeman's Hall this evening. Lecture begins at 7:30 o'clock, sharp. All are invited.
Will Blackiston had a smash up and runaway last Tuesday evening about 7 o'clock. He attempted to check up his horse in front of Skinner's lumber office and in pulling on the reins shoved against the dashboard of his buggy with such force as to break it off. This frightened the horse and it gave a spring forward, tearing the shaft's loose and plunging head over heels into the ditch, with Will on top of it. Will escaped without injury and the buggy and harness can be made as good as new at little expense.
C. B. Fisher and wife, of Aurora, are visiting with relatives and friends in this city.
Mr. C. M. Polson brought in a fine lot of 21 hogs last Monday that averaged 480 poungd each.
Mrs. Geo. Geiser had her pockets picked of $20 last evening while walking on State Street near the post office.
During Mrs. Libbie Hall's absence from the city, Mrs. W. L. Kirkpatrick will have charge of her dress making shop and be prepared to do all work that may be required.
On the 17th inst., a party gathered at the home of Rev. W. H. Witter, pastor of the Salem church, Pink Prairie, and sawed and split enough wood to last him during the year.
Henry Worthington returned last week from a trip through Iowa and Nebraska. He was favorably impressed with much of the country he saw, though he is not prepared to abandon Henry County for a while yet.
Capt. Fleet, of Munson, marketed 83 head of hogs in this city last Monday, the average weight being 518 pounds. The Gilberts and several others brought in some fine hogs the same day. The shipments that day amounted to 17 car loads.
Last Tuesday morning, Capt. Aug. Allen's horse, which he had hitched in front of Stiebel's, got frightened at the cars and broke one shaft of the buggy and riddled his harness some. The animal was caught before it had a chance to run.

Drainage of Swamp Land
The Geneseo Republican, Geneseo IL , February 27, 1880

The parties interested in the drainage of the swamp lands mentioned by us recently met again at the Heller school house, Loraine, last Saturday. They had the survey of the lands at hand which showed the fall in either direction and other things of importance in the undertaking. It was decided that the best way would be to form one drainage district of the five towns interested, and accordingly a committee of one from each town was appointed to draw up and circulate the necessary petitions, which must have the names of a a majority of the people in the district and the owners of one-third of the lands. Major Allan, of Geneseo; Aaron Rupp of Phenix; Philip Sand of Loraine; J. L. Manvel of Portland and J. H. Baird of Prophetstown were named as the committee. Those interested will meet again on Saturday, March 6th, at the Sand School House, Loraine.

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