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Mail Robbery -- A letter in the Chicago Press, from the Postmaster at Dwight, states that on the 17th, the mail bag containing the St. Louis letter mail, which left Chicago that morning, was found about four miles north of Dwight, by the side of the Railroad, with the strap cut and many of the letters opened.  Only two had drafts in them, one for $400, the other for $2,075, which were left. The whole number of letters found in the bag was eighty-two. [Sangamo Journal / Illinois State Journal, 21 November 1855; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]

Farm Hands Wanted.
I WISH to employ, from the present time until the first of December next, fifteen good farm hands, to whom I will pay as high wages as any one else. J. HENRY, Mirage Hill, near Odell, Livingston Co., Ill. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Volume 17, Number 31, 28 March 1857]

A Colony of Waldenses.

Among the numerous foreigners who have left the over-peopled countries of Europe and sought homes upon the broad and fertile prairies of the West, none are more frugal, industrious and deserving than the Waldenses, a class of French  Protestants, who settled about a year ago, upon a tract of 1,800 acres of beautiful prairie land about two miles north east of Odell, Livingston county, near the St. Louis, Alton and Chicago Railroad. Considerable of the ground was broken last summer and sowed with wheat, and quite a delegation is expected soon from Europe, who will be escorted to their new homes by Rev. Mr. Lorraix, a faithful and devoted Protestant pastor among the flock, and improvements of all kinds will then be carried forward vigorously. The Waldenses are very poor in this world's goods, although exceedingly rich in Christian virtues.  [Peoria Transcript [Sangamo Journal / Illinois State Journal, 3 April 1858; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]

Waldensian Colony in Illinois

We see it stated that the beginning of a Waldensian Colony has been made in this State.  The position is near the Odell station, on the Chicago, Alton and St. Louis Railroad, Livingston county, where thirty five hundred acres have been procured at a reasonable rate, and eight heads of families have become the pioneers of the settlement. Others are anxious to join them, but as yet they have only been able to build a board shanty, and buy a few yoke of oxen to prepare the ground. They are very poor, and unless American friends can do something for them, they will suffer. [Sangamo Journal / Illinois State Journal, 28 July 1858; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]

Information Wanted
-- Two boys, one named Charles W. Haptonstall, aged about 13, and the other named Alonzo Robinson, aged 17 years, left their homes in Rook's Creek Township, Livingston county, about the middle of October last, and have not since been heard of. Any person knowing of their whereabouts will confer a great favor on their distressed parents by sending information to the office of the Pontiac News. [The Ottawa Free Trader, 18 December 1858 - Page 2; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]


There is a flowing well of coal oil near Reding, Livingston County, Illinois. The well is 40 feet deep and furnishes about 80 gallons per day. [Date: 04 Feb 1866; Paper: Salt Lake Daily Telegraph - Sub by Teri Colglazier]

VELOCIPEDE BOAT - On the 21st day of October, a floating velocipede was tested here in the Illinois River with success, and met with the approval of all who witnessed it. The small boat is so constructed and arranged that the driver can conveniently propel and steer it at the same time, and is not obliged to change position. G. Haberland, of Pontiac, Ill. obtained a patent right for it on the 14th of September, 1860. Doubtless this floating velocipede will be a general favorite among boats for sporting and public use, as it is very light, safe and commodious. [The Ottawa Free Trader, 30 October 1869 - Page 4; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]

On Monday, while getting ready for a trip by the cars, our friend Nelson Russell, traveling agent for Fairbanks' Scales, came past our office with a fine span of bays and an easy running carriage, and generously offered us a ride to the new road at Cornell Station, to which point he was going. Desirous of seeing the country and to get some idea of the crops, we accepted his offer and started. We had heard much talk of the splendid prospects for corn and of the fine wheat and rye already harvested, but were not prepared for the magnificently bountiful crops on every hand. Miles and miles away, as far as the eye can reach on each successive ridge, is an uninterrupted stretch of corn. The whole country in the entire 35 miles of our travel seems to be a continuous corn field, and of the most luxurious  growth, while here and there are patches of wheat, oats and rye, in many places of such rank growth that it was difficult to harvest. On every farm may be seen numerous stacks of grain. In short, for many years there has been no such crop as this furnishes. The new railroad from Streator to Fairbury, 31 miles, is completed, and construction trains pass daily. The road runs through as rich a country as can be found in Illinois. It is all improved---not a vacant lot remaining---though in one place we saw a quarter section of virgin prairie, but it was fenced. We arrived at Cornell from Streator. It is called "Cornell" after the owner of the land on which it stands. By wagon road it is 15 miles from Streator, 14 from Pontiac, 16 from Wenona, and 13 from Odell. On the 22d of June, the town was laid out into business lots, 24x100 feet, each with a front on a street and rear upon an alley. Residence lots are each 60x120 feet. The streets running north and south are a half a mile long, from section to half section line, connecting two important county roads. The streets are 106 feet wide, and a large public square is donated to the public. We mention these facts only to show that when a town is started on a good plan, and having other natural advantages, it must succeed, and this has beyond all precedence in this locality. On the 22d of June last it was a cornfield and a few acres of upland pasture; now it has two excellent country stores, four dwellings, a blacksmith shop, meat market, a saw and planing mill, a warehouse, stock yards, a depot building and a post office, and material on the ground for seventeen other buildings, to be put up by actual contract this fall. A grist mill is soon to go up, and arrangements are being made for a hotel, as workmen are now boarding with farmers in the neighborhood. Willard Blake is also building a number of houses, and has a stone warehouse adjoining Cornell, and will call his rival town Amity, the two depots to be about 250 feet apart. Between the rivalry of the two places lots can be had at a bargain. Property in these live towns doubles in value every week. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Saturday, August 5, 1871. Page 1; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]

Land to Rent

500 acres of land near Odell, Livingston county, Ill., fresh broken last season, and in splendid order, to rent for from one to five years, in large or small parcels, on highly favorable terms if application be made soon. For particulars address James P. Murray, Odell, Livingston county, or call on him at the residence of Hon. Wm. Strawn, in Odell. [The Ottawa Free Trader, 2 March 1872]

David Thompson, of Waldo township, shot a black Eagle on Saturday, which measured seven feet spread of wing. He brought it to Pontiac and sold it for two dollars and fifty cents. [The Pantagraph, Aug. 21, 1874; sub. by PHG]


IS IT A HOAX? Or Has Jim Holley Collided With A Pistol Ball?
On Saturday the Pantagraph received from Pontiac the following letter, which had been received a day or two previous by the Pontiac Sentinel:
On board Lady Flora, Oct 13th 75
Mr. Editor : On boat to-day a man was shot and dangers wonded his name we do not no but a card was found in his pocket James Holley book Binder, pontiac Ills so if you no of such a man let it be mailed to his foulks and friends. We will take him to Saint Lewis Yours Truly H. W. Wilson Captain of Laidy Flora [sic; sub. by PHG]
The letter is accompanied by a note from a resident of Pontiac, who says the note is regarded by him as a dodge of Jim's to enable him to get out of a scrape with a woman of Pontiac, with whom he is seriously involved. Yet it is quite possible that James may have been shot, and ere this, he may have taken passage across Jordan, to the land where "the weary are at rest." [The Pantagraph, Oct. 18, 1875; sub. by PHG]

Mr. W. B. Moore has sold a large family monument costing $800 to Mr. Bruner, of Pontiac, which will be added to the Pontiac collection. [The Pantagraph, Oct. 17, 1877, Page 3; sub. by PHG]

There was no general celebration at Pontiac Citizens united freely with the surrounding neighborhoods in giving the day to substantial pleasure. The farmer's picnic at Five Mile Grove, fourteen miles east of Pontiac was the largest celebration in the county. W. C. Burley presided and Captain Hemphill acted as chief marshal. Smith M. Garrett, of Pontiac, pronounced the oration. After the dinner, which was spread on tables, and eaten with decided relish, was disposed of, toasts and short speeches were in order, which called out the best local talent, Messrs. Wallace, Bydia, Carrithers, Spafford, Wm. Colon, and others speaking. The Pontiac cornet band furnished the music. Miss Alvira Marsh was the reader, and succeeded admirably.
At Rook's Creek, four miles west of Pontiac, the Sabbath schools assembled, and were addressed by the Hon. J. F. Culver, Professor J. W. Smith, Andy Cox and others. A most enjoyable day was the result.
The Fourth At Fairbury: At Fairbury, a celebration was held at Taylor's Grove, where the Hon. W. T. Ament, of Pontiac, delivered one of the finest orations that the citizens of that place ever listened to. No accidents and no drunks, as far as heard from. [The Pantagraph, July 6, 1877; sub. by PHG]

Business Troubles - Failures in Illinois Towns. Chicago, Jan 19. -- Gerard Fordyer, of Reading, Livingston County,Ill., filed a voluntary petition in bankruptcy in the office of the clerk of the United States District Court inthis city to-day. His liabilities amount to about $4,000, and his assets to about $700. [Date: 21 Jan 1878; Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer - Sub by Teri Colglazier]

Squire Grandy brought some wheat to mill this week of his own raising. The grain is as plump and clear as any we have seen for years. His yield was thirty-one bushels to the acre, actual measurement, no two acres counted for one, as it is claimed some have done.— Pontiac Observer. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Sept. 24, 1886; sub. by PHG]

J. R. Smith, of Fairbury, made a strange discovery the other day. He came across a hen that is an ordinary hen in every respect except that it has no bill, and instead of a bill has a mouth and nose very much resembling a dog. He has refused an offer of $5 for the curiosity, preferring to keep it for a free show to his friends. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Dec. 31, 1886; sub. by PHG]

LOST, "The Life of Rev. Wm. Gurley."  The borrower will confer a great favor by returning this book to the owner, W.W. Nickerson.  It is a valuable heirloom,  Mr. Gurley being the great grandfather of Mr. Nickerson. [Forrest Rambler, May 09, 1888; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer: Note: "W.W. Nickerson is my great great grandfather"]

Mr. H. Baker is having a big run butchering this fall at Risk. [November 28, 1888 - Forrest Rambler; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]

The DeMoss children of Belle Prairie have sold $72 worth of hickory nuts this fall. [November 28, 1888 - Forrest Rambler; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]

One evening recently, as A.J. Ridinger's sons of Saunemin were walking to church they came upon a large rock on the railroad about a half mile south of the village.  They removed the rock and notified the agent. The weight of the rock required two men to lift it.  This is the second time an obstruction has been put on the road near that place. [November 28, 1888 - Forrest Rambler; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]

Thomas DeMoss, of Owego, Livingston county, owns a mare 19 years of age that recently foaled twin colts, making five colts in three years. [The Weekly Pantagraph, June 8, 1888; sub. by PHG]

Thomas Watts, of Saunemin, shelled 2,000 bushels of corn one day last week. Mr, Watts rattles it off rapidly and on very short notice. [The Weekly Pantagraph, June 8, 1888; sub. by PHG]

Levi Laycock had a colt killed instantly by lightning during the storm Sunday evening near Eppard's Point. [The Weekly Pantagraph, June 8, 1888; sub. by PHG]

A Canadian Lynx in Illinois.
Special to the Republic - Bloomington, Ill., Sept. 28 -- To-day there was presented to the museum of the Illinois Wesleyan University in this city the skin of a Canadian lynx of very large size which was slain by a pary of hunters in this county a few miles east of Bloomington. For some weeks the people of Southern Livingston County and North McLean have been alarmed by the depredations of some ravenous wild beast of great size and unusual species which devoured sheep and hogs and made several attacks on large animals. The people believed it to be a panther or a jaguar escaped from a menagerie and were in great alarm. The animal escaped all the hunting parties which pursued it until this week, when the beast was discovered and killed. The animal is of the species never seen or heard of in Central Illinois. [Date: 29 Sep 1889; Paper: St. Louis Republic - Sub by Teri Colglazier]

While boring a well recently on the farm owned by Thomas Winslow, five miles north of Fairbury,  gas was struck at a depth of forty-five feet.  This was the first discovery of gas in Livingston County. [True Republican, 19 October 1889]

Mr. Eisele, living on the old Grandy farm, in Owego, has the glanders among his horses. The veterinary has shot one and the rest are quarantined. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Dec. 6, 1889; sub. by PHG]

EMINGTON. Jan. 2, 1889: Isaac Hodgson has recently purchased a fine roadster. [The Fairbury Blade, Jan. 5, 1889; sub. by PHG]

Emington: John and Joseph Watts with their families dined with their brother at Rugby on New Year's Day. [The Fairbury Blade, Jan. 5, 1889; sub. by PHG]

Saunemin: R. L. Holdridge pays taxes in this township amounting to six hundred dollars. [The Fairbury Blade, Jan. 5, 1889; sub. by PHG]

Saunemin: In order for B. B. Dow to get a receipt for his taxes in this township this year he must write his check for five hundred dollars. [The Fairbury Blade, Jan. 5, 1889; sub. by PHG]

Oscar Avery, an attorney at Pontiac has been appointed census supervisor for the Fourth district, which Includes the counties of Grundy, Kankakee, La Salle, Livingston, Will, Marshall, Woodford, McLean, Tazewell, Mason and Logan. He gets $1,000, and may be busy off and on for a year or two making corrections, etc. He will have between 200 and 300 enumerators to appoint. Pontiac had the census supervisor in 1888--Mr. McDowell. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Volume 52, Number 31, 8 March 1890]

Charles Bradley's bankrupt stock of dry goods was sold at  Fairbury to H. C. Plimpton, of Joliet, for ninety cents on the dollar. [True Republican, 16 January 1892; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]

The green-goods men were flooding Fairbury with tempting circulars, offering to give $5,000 for $450 and up to as high as $20,000 for $1,200 of genuine money. The circulars are mailed from the New York post office. True Republican, 25 June 1892; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]

Lou Thomas, a farm renter near Saunemin has saved enough money in ten years to buy a 160-acre farm at $75 per acre. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Feb. 3, 1893; sub. by PHG]

A team belonging to George Patton, of Saunemin, was killed by a train. [July 19, 1895 - Bloomington Weekly Pantagraph; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]

Mr. Stout went into an anti-draft meeting at a school-house at Saunemin, twelve miles east of Pontiac. He went in this hot bed of anti-draft men and served eight notices before..... [rest missing] [July 26, 1895 - Bloomington Weekly Pantagraph; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]

AT the fair grounds in Bloomington; Tom Robinson, of Fairbury, ILL., ran 100 yards in 9 3-5 seconds, breaking the world's record. [True Republican 21 August 1895; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]

The "Chicago Clothing House," run by A. Bofsky & Co., at Fairbury, was closed by the sheriff. [True Republican 4 September 1895; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]

Celebrate an Anniversary.
Fairbury, Feb. 23.— [Special.]—The members of St. Bernard lodge, No. 29, K. of P., celebrated the anniversary of the founding of that order, in their hall tonight, in a manner that will be remembered by those present for many years to come. The feast was not only for the knights but also included their families. Appropriate exercises were held during the evening, which was followed by a banquet. The order is among the foremost social societies in this city and the attendance in consequence was large. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Feb. 25, 1898; sub. by PHG]

Pontiac, May 17. - Dr. J. B. Baker today received a notification from Logan of his appointment as captain in the regiment he is organizing. Capt. Baker immediately took his examination and having passed, accepted the appointment. He has a recruiting office open and now has eighty-five new recruits. [The Weekly Pantagraph, May 20, 1898; sub. by PHG]

Attorney Batrum has purchased Judge Pillsbury's complete library of law books. This collection is the accumulation of years, and is a splendid one. The judge will retire from active law practice but can be interviewed for consultation. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Aug. 18, 1899; sub. by PHG]

Mrs. Katherine Allen, who has been housekeeper at the reformatory for several years, left to take a similar position at the Grand Pacific hotel, Chicago. Some time ago she was wanted at the Great Northern hotel of that city but refused to leave Mr. and Mrs. Torrence. This last offer reached her this morning and she was required to accept at once if at all. For this reason her departure was quite sudden and was a surprise to the superintendent and his wife. [Daily Pantagraph 4 June 1901; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]

John Bodley, of Pontiac, was presented with an elegant ebony, gold headed cane by the Watseka camp meeting association for faithful service as superintendent for the past eighteen years. [The Pantagraph, Sept. 25, 1901; sub. by PHG]

Eben Perry, of Cornell, has lost $1,000 worth of hogs this winter from the hog disease. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Dec. 20, 1901; sub. by PHG]

Pontiac News: H. Casperson, of Reading township, husked 120 bushels of corn one day this week and he is now considered the champion of that township. Here's another corn record: Sylvester Kiley gathered 2,054 bushels for A. Richter, of Cullom, in twenty-two days or an average of a little over ninety-three bushels a day. Henry Corcoran, also of Cullom, reports having gathered 1,800 bushels of corn for W. J. Henry in seventeen days and went a mile and a half to the field after it. Ben Larson, who is also working for Mr. Henry, picked, according to report, an average of 107 bushels for seventeen days. Henry Menz, of Chatsworth, wears the belt so far as the champion corn husker of that corner of the county, and John Haag claims to be second best. Last Wednesday Mr. Menz husked 120 bushels of corn by actual measurement, and Mr. Haag made a record of 116 bushels. The husking was done on the Charles Menz farm, south of Chatsworth. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Nov. 29, 1901; sub. by PHG]

There are fifty widows in Pontiac and only ten widowers. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Mar. 29, 1901; sub. by PHG]

John Best, who resides two miles south of the city, had six head of horses foundered by getting into a crib of new corn. They are all very stiff but are slowly improving. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Nov. 14, 1902; sub. by PHG]

Rev. S. A. Harris, of Dwight, has been expelled from the Illinois Federation of Labor. It is claimed that Harris has been endeavoring to organize other labor unions. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Aug. 8, 1902; sub. by PHG] 

President Roosevelt at Pontiac.

June 3 promises to be one of the greatest days in the history of Livingston county, Ill.  President Roosevelt  has agreed to stop at Pontiac on his tour of Illinois and dedicate and unveil the new monument in memory of the soldiers and sailors of the country who fought through the civil war.  The board of supervisors voted the necessary sum for the construction of the monument and the cornerstone was laid last fall. The monument is suitably engraved and bears, among other names, those of Vicksburg, Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Gettysburg.  The shaft is of granite and one of the finest in the state erected to the memory of veterans. An elaborate program is in preparation in conjunction with the monument's unveiling. [Urbana Daily Courier, 2 June 1903]

Coal Company in Trouble
President of Illinois Concern Asks for Receiver.
Bloomington, Ill., Dec. 31. -- D. C. Eyler, president of the Manhattan coal company of Cornell, Livingstoncounty, has filed a bill in the circuit court asking for a receiver for that company. He claims that the management of the business affairs of the company under C. A. Denham, who is secretary of the company and manager of the mine,is not satisfactory. Mr. Eylar claims that he has been compelled to bear the brunt of the financial obligations,and that with a view of all the stockholders being compelled to know how the affairs stand and to share their justproportion of the obligation he asks that a receiver be appointed to look after the mine. The Manhattan Coal companywas organized a little over a year ago, with a capital stock of $250,000 and the builk of the stock is held inChicago and the east. [Date: 31 Dec 1903; Paper: Bellingham Herald - Sub by Teri Colglazier]

Mr. Stemm sold his 160-acre farm at Pontiac to Ambrose Eisele at $130 an acre. Mrs. Joe Vercler took the east 40 acres at the same price. Mr. Stemm bought the land six years ago at $87.50 an acre. [Urbana Daily Courier 28 June 1903; Sub. by Pam Geyer]

Mrs. J.A. Carothers of Pontiac and Mrs. Matthiessen of Odell are among the eleven heirs to the estate of F.O. Matthiessen, who died in Paris, reputed to be worth $8,000,000. [Urbana Daily Courier 26 July 1903; Sub. by Pam Geyer, who adds this Note: Adele Matthiessen Carothers is buried in a mausoleum at South Side Cemetery, and her mother, Matilda L. Matthiessen is buried in Union Cemetery in Odell, Illinois]

Gets Her Share of $9,000,000.
Pontiac, Ill., Jan. 14. - Mrs. James A. Carothers, of this place, has received by express a legacy of $380,000, being her share of the estate of an uncle, F.O. Matthiessen, who died in Paris about three years ago, leaving a widow to whom was left his estate of between $8,000,000 and $9,000,000, on her death to be divided equally among eleven heirs, of whom Mrs. Carothers was one. [The Rock Island Argus, 14 January 1904; Sub. by Pam Geyer]

George O. Travis, formerly of Fairbury, will receive a fortune of $130,000, according to the will of his uncle, if he serves three years in the regular army. Mr. Travis has enlisted. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Nov. 4, 1904; sub. by PHG]

Father Lyons, of Pontiac, is quite a joker. He issued invitations to about 20 Knights of Columbus to meet him at the parochial residence, recently. After they had congregated, the prelate bade them arm themselves with scythes, rakes and other utensils and prepare to the Catholic cemetery and cut all the weeds and grass. They report having a "lovely" time.  [True Republican 21 July 1906; Sub. by Pam Geyer]

C. B. Austin of Pontiac, Ill., bought two mares at $500 each, and several head at $275 to $400. [Chicago Livestock World 2 March 1907; Sub. by Pam Geyer]

It will be a great surprise to many in this section to know that the Rockford Chautauqua is a thing of the past. At the beginning the assembly was the most successful and crowds clamored for admission to the auditorium to hear the speakers, but as time passed, tastes changed and the most eminent secured scant hearing and the attendance fell off. Supt. A. C. Folsom, of Pontiac, who has been superintendent for the six years it has been running, will remain in Chautauqua work, having Pontiac and other interests of similar character.  [True Republican 14 December 1907; Sub. by Pam Geyer, who adds this Note: A.C. Folsom was responsible for bringing the Chautauqua to Pontiac, where it continued many years. He is buried at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac]

Conrad Brosnahan, the veteran section foreman of the Illinois Central at Chatsworth, was retired to the pension roll last week, and is succeeded by his son, Thomas. [The Pantagraph, Sept. 14, 1908, Page 4; sub. by PHG]

G. W. Winters, general passenger agent of the T. P. & W., was station agent at Fairbury twenty years ago. [The Pantagraph, Sept. 14, 1908, Page 4; sub. by PHG]

A very desirable country home, SATURDAY, FEB. 12, 1910, 1:45 p. m., at the north door of the court house, Pontiac, I will sell at public auction my farm of 80 acres, situated in Esmen township, Livingston county, Illinois, being the east half of the southeast quarter of section 10. The farm is 5 miles west of Odell, 5 a half miles east of Cornell and 8 miles north of Pontiac. Good 7-room house with basement under all, 100-barrel cistern, good barn 40x48, small corn crib; both house and barn are newly rodded; a fine bearing orchard of 2 acres with most all kind of fruit. Said farm is well tiled and is a good producer. It is well fenced, having about 360 rods of woven wire fencing. Said farm being rented, the purchaser will be entitled to one half of the crops grown thereon for the year 1910. Pasture land on said farm is rented for $7 per acre cash in advance. Owner agrees to allow purchaser for same; also agrees to pay taxes for 1909. Abstract showing good merchantable title will be furnished to purchaser.
TERMS OF SALE - Ten per cent in cash of day of sale; mortgage of $5000 due March 1, 1912, prepayment privileges March 1, 1911, with interest at 6 per cent per annum from March 1, 1910, to be assumed by purchaser, and balance of purchase price in cash on or before March 1, 1910, on delivery of deed.  Other and better terms may be announced at time of sale.
[The Weekly Pantagraph, Feb. 11, 1910]

One of the finest located country homes in Livingston county, SATURDAY, FEB. 12, at 1:30 p. m. at the west door of the court house, Pontiac.  Having recently come in possession of the Grandy farm, for a quick sale, I will offer same at auction, being 167.49 acres, situated 1 mile east of Pontiac. Extra good improvements; the very best of soil, and well drained, and one of the very best producing farms in Livingston county. Said farm is rented for 1910 to a choice tenant for one-half of all grain crops and $7 per acre for the grass land. Purchaser will receive merchantable abstract and taxes paid for 1910. Land will be sold in several different tracts if desired by purchasers, also as a whole.
TERMS OF SALE - Seven per cent cash on day of sale and balance cash June 1, 1910, on delivery of deed. Other and better terms may be announced at time of sale.
[The Weekly Pantagraph, Feb. 11, 1910; sub. by PHG]

The memories of many of the 200 persons livings in Aberdeen, who formerly resided in Livingston county, Ill., were swept back forty-three years Monday by reading in the Pontiac Leader of an incident which created considerable excitement forty-three years ago this month in that county. The paper was received by George W. Langford, the real estate man, and told of the disappearance of Blanche, the 12-year-old daughter of Aaron Widener of Fairburk. The neighbors thought Indianas had carried her away and numerous searching posses were organized and the country was scoured for miles. It seems that the girl had wandered off the well-beaten road and become lost. She was found nearly two days later by C. A. McGregor, former postmaster of Pontiac. One of the men who helped search for the missing girl was John D. Jump, father of Chief Jump of Aberdeen, whom the Illinoisians say was a brave man, filled with nerve and energy. The young woman who caused so much apprehension is now married and is Mrs. A. M. Bently of Pontiac.
(Transcriber note: Alvaretta Blanche Weider married Albert M. Bentley in Livingston County on 25 Mar 1878 - The License # is 118 and can be found in Vol. G.) [Date: 13 Nov 1912; Paper: Aberdeen Daily News - Sub by Teri Colglazier]

Richard Carr is building a $3,000 residence in Cornell. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Sept. 25, 1908; sub. by PHG] 

Pontiac, Ill.- Oliver LaFlame, who disappeared in 1903, and whose parents believing him dead began proceedings to compel Modern Woodmen to pay $2,000 life insurance, came home and confessed he was working on farm, in South Illinois while relatives sought him. [The Day Book, 12 September 1913; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]


Milwaukee, April 1.- Miss Pauline Doermann today issued a statement denying she had died in the Windsor Hotel fire. She heard vague rumors during the week that she had perished, but did not put much faith in them until she received a copy of a Pontiac, Ill., paper, containing her obituary. Then she became very much interested. Miss Doermann did not stop at the Windsor Hotel, and is much larger than the woman whose body was found.  Theodore Fuller arrived today to look at the body, which is thought to be that of his divorced wife. His two sisters are divided in their opinion of the identity of the body. [[The Day Book, 1 April 1914; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]

Our New Printer.
Lynn Pittinger of Pontiac is assisting in the Home Journal office job and ad department during the illness of the editor. He is a young man well versed in the art of printing. [The Lacon Home Journal 19 November 1914; Sub. by Pam Geyer]


Farmers of Livingston county, Illinois, are dreaming dreams of a second EI Dorado and of shipping samples of their pastures to Chicago assayers.  Gold is reported to have been discovered on the old Joseph Algoe farm in Owego township. From an assay made of a sample it is reported to run $21 to the ton. Many paying gold mines of the West assay less than one-fourth that figure. [Chicago Livestock World, 30 January 1915]

Henry W. Redman, of Pontiac, has filed a bill in bankruptcy in the United States court giving as liabilities $1,727.39 on money loaned by the Livingston county bank, and assets of $30. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Oct. 1, 1915; sub. by PHG]

No "Pleasure" Cars for Husbandmen
Result of Inquiry Made as to Why Farmers Own Motor Cars.
Believing that the words "pleasure car" were everywhere being much misused an investigation was recently made by George W. Herbert, Inc. of Chicago, to acertain the viewpoint of the farmer on what he considered the greatest use of the automobile to him. This investigation was made among the farmers of Livingston County, Illinois (county seat of which is Pontiac), asking the following qauestions: 1. Did you buy your automobile for pleasure or as a necessary part of the equipment of your farm? 2. What percentage of the time is your automobile used for pleasure? For business? 3. How many miles do you cover in a year? This inquiry went out to farmers who owned a well-known car selling from $650 to $850, and owners of another well-known car selling at $1,650. The reason for doing so was to reach the type of farmer who owns a medium-priced car and also those owning a higher-priced car. There were 277 such owners. Eighty-eight replies were received. TO the first question 53 said they bought the car as a necessary part of farm equipment; 21 said they bought the car for both pleasure and business; 2 said they bought the car for pleasure; 2 did not answer. To the third question, "How many miles do you cover in a year?" 18 said 3,000 miles, 16 said 2,000 miles, 10 said 1,500 miles, 6 said 1,000 miles, 4 said 4,000 miles 4 said 3,500 miles, 2 said 800 miles, 1 said 2,600 miles, 1 said 1,800 miles, 1 said 1,600 miles, 1 said 1,300 miles, 1 said 2,200 miles, 1 said 2,100 miles. From the above it will be seen that so far as the farmer is concerned there is no such thing as a pleasure car. Here are a few remarks made by the farmers in answering these questions: "Use auto going to town and church on Sunday." "Use automobile one-tenth for pleasure, nine-tenths for business" "It is a great time-saver. Can go to town while the horses eat." "My opinion is that two-thirds of the cars run by farmers in this vicinity were bought out of necessity." "Use it all the time for business or whenever necessary." "Use it Sundays for pleasure; all other days for business." "Bought it as a necessary equipment of farm" "Use it very little for pleasure" "I am too busy for much pleasure" "As for using the car for pleasure, it is so little I could not tell you. For business I use it all the time" "After using an automobile, it seems absolutely necessary." "For real pleasure we have not driven 200 miles this year. Our total mileage from 4,000 to 5,000." "It is one of the most convenient things on the farm" "Without use of car production would be cut down enormously" "Have two cars; use both for business" "It's handy all around." "We bought a --- to handle our business, also have a large car which is used for family use when the other car cannot be used." "It would almost be impossible for us to get along without the cars." "We bought it as a business proposition, but had in mind pleasure posibilities" "We bought one for pleasure and the other to use every day instead of horses" "I bought the --- for pleasure, as I could not load my family and hired held in the --- Saturday nights and Sundays." "Use Sundays to go to church, weekdays to town to do trade." "We don't go pleasure riding only when we go visiting" "Use automobile for pleasure very small percentage, as a farm who tends to his business has very little time for pleasure trips." "We have run our car 2,500 miles and 222 miles was for pleasure." "It's lots handier than team, because quicker and eats only when in use" "I have no time for pleasure trips" "When my car is needed, it is used." "Use car for pleasure Sunday afternoon, rest of week for business." "Own car nine years. Have second tire on front weel and third on the other wheels this spring" "In purchasing did not realize the necessity as I do now." "I bought it so that I can go to town faster when I have to go and get back to work again." "I feel as though I could not be without any." "Farmers are buying mostly for business." "Use my car for pleasure once a month, for business nearly every day." "My car is used for nearly everything."
[Date: 09 Feb 1919; Paper: Anaconda Standard - Sub by Teri Colglazier]

Weekly Paper Goes To $3.
The Dwight Star and Herald, published at Dwight, Livingston county, one of the leading weekly papers of the state and in its 53rd year, announces that beginning August 1 the subscription price will be $3 per year, payable strictly in advance. The publisher gives his reasons for the advance as due to several causes, the main one of which is the sharp raise in print paper in the past few months. A year ago, he says, a carload of paper was bought at $4.40 per hundred pounds; recently another supply was ordered at a price subject to market at time of shipment, which will be in the neighborhood of 15 cents a pound, which would bring the bare cost of paper stock alone up to near the former price of $2 charged for the subscription. Advertising rates in the Dwight newspaper are also raised to help meet the added costs of paper and all the other materials, as well as labor and overhead, that enter into the making of a newspaper. This paper was for many years published by the late W.G. Dustin, formerly of Sycamore, son of the late Gen Daniel Dustin. [True Republican --1 September 1920]

Stephen Adsit, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Adsit, of this city, and a graduate of the Pontiac high school, is receiving congratulations for his scholastic achievements at the University of Illinois, where he is a member of the freshman class. For the last semester Stephen ranked first in his class of approximately 2,000 students, with an average grade of five A points. [Daily Illini, 19 February 1925; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]

Board Announces List of Gifts, Include Grecian Medal

A medal, conferred upon the late Professor Cyril G. Hopkins, formerly head of the department of agronomy, by the King of Greece in 1919 for his services to that country. The medal has been in the hands of his brother, Mr. C. E. Hopkins of Pontiac, who passed away recently. His widow, Mrs. Sara Hopkins, sent it to the University. [Daily Illini,  26 April 1940; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]


Friends of Milton J. Brown of Odell, cut, baled and stored 22 acres of alfalfa hay for him. Mr. Brown, who hasbeen a patient at St. James Hospital Pontiac, has returned to his home. (1971 June 16 - Wednesday - Pontiac Daily Leader - "Remember? June 16, 1956"by: Mary Jean - Sub by Teri Colglazier)

Extensive remodeling work has been completed at the Eagle Theater, according to D. M. Dillenbeck, Theatre manager. Spacing between the rows of seats was increased to 36 inches in one of the major improvement cited by Dillenback. A new tile floor has been installed in the theatre. Dillenbeck said nearly 100 seats were removed from the building to allow for wider spacing between rows. The walls and ceiling inside the theater as well as the outside front wall of the building have been repainted. Dillenbeck said he hopes to install new carpeting in the theater lobby soon. The work project took about 4 ½ days to complete, Dillenbeck said.
(1971 June 16 - Wednesday - Pontiac Daily Leader - Sub by Teri Colglazier)


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