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Marshall County Illinois
LaPrairie Community News and Local Gossip


 March 6, 1879
Taken From the Henry Republican

La Prairie

The Congregational church of Lawn Ridge have encouraged the children to form a missionary band. An entertainment was appointed for last Friday evening, owing to bad roads the attendance was slim.

David Plester and a son of mr. Lyons have gone to Iowa for homes. Also a son (Henry) of Mrs. Criss.

We hear that Melchi Grove’s health is very poor.

Mrs. Reuben Scisson is at Kewanee under medical treatment.

Miss Lillie Whiteman’s school closed 28th February. Another of our fair damsels is in a serious quandary as to whether to take a school again, or enlist. Quite different from sister L., who is anxious to enlist if she gets a chance.

Robert Green, propietor of the Lawn Ridge cheese factory, has upwards of 100 cows of his own. A new factory now running on the old place, where burned last fall, at West Hallock, another is being built at Stark station, Stark county.

--Transcribed by Nancy Piper

June 26, 1879
Taken From the Henry Republican

La Prairie

Saturday morning we were blessed witha fine rain. The mercury was 20 degrees in the hearts of farmers. While all the green herbage leaped with joy, yet we pity the parson who had doted so much on his strawberry bed and looked so long for rain, can now exclaim, “All is vanity,” “too late, too late.”

--Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Henry Republican, Henry IL, November 3, 1881 - La Prairie

This shadow of a cloud has fallen over us in the intended removal from Sparland of our worthy postmaster and druggist, T. E. Gapen. His handsome fizz looks about as well framed in that 8 x 10 delivery window as any we can expect to succeed him. He never charged extravagant prices for postage stamps and when he sold you sticking plaster, you could depend on it to stick.

Taken from the Henry Republican
February 9, 1882 - LaPrairie

Warren Vincent's oldest child was suddenly taken ill with malignant scarlet fever, and only lived about 18 hours after the attack.

Mrs. Amos Leigh had forgotten all about her birthday coming in January, but her boys thought they would arrange to celebrate the event, and so chippied in their dimes and purchased a handsome chandelier to suspend in the parlor.  They decoyed their mother away from home until they had all in readiness, then at a convenient time they had her brought home "all at home" enjoying themselves beneath the light of the four brilliant burners.  As she was ushered into the room, Uncle Charlie stood up and made a nice little speech.  Mrs. Leigh then tried to reply, but her speech soon merged into silient flow of tears that perhpas were more eloquent than words.  But these were not the tears that break one's heart, and so were soon recovered from, and for the remainder of the evening joy was unconfined.

Porter Webber's family have been suffering severely from scarlet fever but are recovering.

Miss Annie Monier, daughter of William has been so ill as to be kept from school most of the winter, and her recovery is very slow.

Halsey Odell, teaching at Senachwine, was taken ill Monday of last week and school for the rest of the week was suspended.  We learn he is getting better.

--Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Hurd Family Reunion

Henry Republican, Henry, IL November 16, 1882

The reunion of the Hurd family at Mr. L. Kittridge's at Lawn Ridge recently, was an enjoyable occasion, three brothers from Indiana being present. The Messrs Hurd were once residents of La Prairie township and prominent members of the Congregational church. Their many old friends gave them and wives a cordial greeting.

LaPrairie News
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois,
April 5, 1883
We are sorry to hear that father Stone is quite sick with some difficulty of the lungs.
John Bridyman of Blue Ridge met with a serious accident on Saturday, falling from a hay now some 16 feet to the floor of the barn, seriously injuring his back; he had to be carried to the house. He is under the car of Dr. Wilmot.
Rev. Seaman of the M. E. Center church and circuit is still in Iowa, seriously sick, whither his wife has gone to attend him. His absence is deeply felt, not only by his church, but by a large circle of friends not connected with him in church relations. His recovery and speedy return is most earnestly hoped for.
Mrs. Stisson of Forrest is visiting with her mother, Mrs. Marcus Hinman and her brother and sister, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hinman. The latter is to start for Montana on Monday, whither he goes to seek a new home. He carried with him the best wishes of many friends here.

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 7, 1883
La Prairie

A lawsuit May 23 before Squire Davidson attracted the attention of the people of southern La Prairie. The suit was brought by Samuel Stowell against a young man named Seward. John Morris and Henry Gillillin of Lawn Ridge acted as council and read off the law to a very submissive jury.
Many La Prairieites are indulging in fresh paint for buildings and fences and thereby adding much to the appearance of their premises.
John Davison, son of "Dick" Davidson, was so unfortunate as to have a leg broken by jumping from a wagon. A bridle bit of one of the horses broke, and having no control of the team and they running their best, John thought he would rather walk and in jumping suffered the injury above mentioned. A singular coincidence was an accident to his cousin near Elmira, happening the same day and about the same hour. He also had a leg broken, besides sustaining other injuries by the running off of a team with a wagon.
Quite a serious mishap occurred on Monday week ago to Henry Burnett. He was in the stable paring the hoof on one of the horses, which is the latest circumstance connected with the affair that he remembers. His brother, a few rods distant, hearing his cries came into the stable and found him beneath the horse's feet, and the horses just prancing with excitement, one of them having broken loose. He was picked up in an unconscious condition with almost a dozen cuts about his head and face, and two front teeth broken out. He shortly recovered sensibility and was helped into the house. His brother Walter started after Dr. O. F. Thomas, and having gone the distance of about a mile, his horse dropped dead under him. Walter however never stopped to examine the horse but continued the rest of the way of foot. The doctor promptly returned with him, and on examining the wounds found them mostly superficial and dressed them in a skillful manner and the patient has been doing well since.
Dr. O. F. Thomas is gaining a good practice and gives general satisfaction.
A very handsome monument has been erected at the Center burying grounds over the grave of Asahel Wilmot.
Alex Calder has a new barn almost completed.
Jas. E. Erskine a student of theology, preached at the U. P. church, Sabbath.

Henry Republican, Henry, IL
March 25, 1915

La Prairie

Mrs. Margaret Scott was stricken with apoplexy Saturday morning and is very low. A trained nurse, Miss Yardly, from the Proctor hospital is caring for her.

Miss Margaret Turnbull is home for the spring vacation, laying aside school duties for a week.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilber Armstrong were Peoria shoppers Saturday.

Miss Gladys Frnch of Chillicothe, spent the Sabbath with Miss Ruth Greene.

Misses Zellhoefer and McLaughlin of Sparland, were week-end guests at the L. C. Calder home.

Miss Myrtle Hastings and Henry Hastings are home from Monmouth college for the spring vacation.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Monier of Milo, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Calder, Sabbath.

Miss Reba Longman and brother Clyde were week-end guests of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Eichstaedt.

Little J. M. Calder, son of Mrs. Rose Herridge Calder, has been very sick the past few days.

Miss Dorothy Scott entertained 14 young ladies at a St. Patrick's Day luncheon last Wednesday.

Miss Ollie Scoon of Lacon, visited at the home of her uncle, Wm. Scoon, several days last week.

--Transcribed by Nancy Piper


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