Marion County, Illinois
Information wanted of Mary Ann Dethrow, wife of the undersigned, and his three children, consisting of Mary Ann, in her 15th year, crippled in her left hand from a burn in her infancy. Thomas J. Dethrow, about ten years old, with a scar on his nose, caused by the bite of a dog, and Susan Elizabeth about 8 years old. The undersigned became separated from his family about the 1st of August last, by being captured by the Guerrillas, three miles below Helena, Ark., and after an absence of two months returned and found his family gone, and that he had been reported to them as dead, and learned that they had obtained transportation to Cairo, in company with a man by the name of Tapp, and a widow woman and family called George. Any information that will restore my family will be thankfully received and liberally rewarded.
Address July 13, 1865
Elis. Dethrow, Mineoa, Macon Co, Ill.
[Centralia Sentinel, September 7, 1865 - Transcribed by KT]
CHILDREN ON A BALLOON TRIP
A Strange Voyage of Two Little Children in 1858.
Centralia, Marion, IL: When Mr. Wise was lost in his balloon, called the Pathfinder, several months ago, the newspapers printed many accounts of trips made into the air, some by brave men, and some by foolish ones. A lady who lives in the town of Centralia, in the State of Illinois, said nothing until all the rest were done talking. The, one day last week she told the editor of the St. Louis Republican to look into the number of that paper that was printed Sept. 21, 1858. The editor looked, and found an account of how two little children took a trip in a balloon all by themselves. On that day, an aeronaut, or sailor or the air, named Brook filled his air ship with gas on the farm of Mr. Harvey, who lived near Centralia. He expected to sail up in the afternoon. About noontime Mr. Harvey put his two children into the basket of the balloon just to please them, and not thinking for a moment of any danger. The balloon was tied to a tree by ropes. All at once a gust of wind broke the ropes, and the balloon got up into the sky with nobody but the two children in the basket. Mr. Harvey was wild with grief and shouted aloud: "They’re lost; they’re lost!" All the neighbors ran to the spot, only to see the balloon drifting off to the north and more than a mile high. One of the children was a girl, Nettie, eight years old, and the other her little brother Willie, four years old. Both cried when they found themselves leaving the ground and going on a very, very, strange journey indeed. Nettie looked over the edge of the basket and saw her father wringing his hands away below. Soon the people looked to her smaller than babies, and the houses like toy houses. She and Willie were going up, up all the time. "I expect we are going up to heaven, Wille," said Nettie. Willie thought it was very cold in heaven then, for the higher they went the colder it grew. Nettie wrapped Willie in her apron and held his head in her lap until he cried himself fast sleep. Then Nettie folded her hands and waited. She said I think we must be near the gate now. She meant the gate of heaven, that she had heard about in Sunday school. But Nettie fell asleep, too. When she woke she found that some strange man was lifting her from the basket. The strange man was a farmer, in Northern Illinois, who had seen a balloon drifting low down across the field, the rope was dragging, and so he caught it, and landed the children safely. The balloon had floated all night. Nettie and Willie’s father soon learned that they had been found, and took them home two days afterward. Nettie is now a woman-and the very same one who told the Republican to look back in its files for the story. [The Advertiser-Courier, April 7, 1880, page 6]
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