Lacon Illinois News Items From the Past
Alton Observer (Alton, Illinois)
Lacon - An act was passed at the last session of legislature, changing the name of the town Columbia, in Putnam county, to Lacon. As there is an older post town in the state by the name of Columbia, this change is necessary and proper. Lacon is handsomely situated on the east bank of the Illinois river, about twenty miles below Hennepin. It has a large stream flowing and saw-mill and several stores, and like most other towns on the river, business in it is brisk and flourishing. The inhabitants in the town and country adjoining are principally emigrants from Ohio and North Carolina.
Among the titles of the acts of the last session, we notice the incorporation of a manufacturing company and an academy at Lacon. Three or four miles east of Lacon is situated probably the most extensive and valuable farm in the state of Illinois, belonging to Col. John Strawn. The sum of $60,000 was offered for the farm about a year ago since, which the owner refused. There are several other farms in Putnam county not much inferior to the one above mentioned - Chicago Adv.
Lacon Appointed as Seat of Justice
The Alton Telegraph (Alton, Illinois)
The Lacon Herald states, that the commissioners appointed by the Legislature to locate the seat of justice for the new county of Marshall, created out of Putnam, have made choice of Lacon for that purpose.
Lacon Herald Is Published
Alton Telegraph And Democratic Review (Alton, Illinois)
The Lacon Herald - We have received the first number of this journal. It is conducted and published by P. Lynch, Esq., and succeeds the Princeton Herall, heretofore issued by this gentleman, who has removed the establishment to Lacon, the seat of justice of Marshall county, and changed the politics of the paper from Independent to Democrat. It is well printed on a handsome sheet, and gives evidence of industry and talent.
The Dixon Telegraph (Dixon, Illinois)
The Court House in Lacon Illinois was destroyed by fire last Wednesday week. The town was in very much the same condition that our own is; without any means provided to guard against such casualties.
The Alton Weekly Courier (Alton, Illinois)
Destruction of the flouring mill at Lacon - We learn from the Gazette, that the large flouring mill of Wm. Fisher & Co., was destroyed by fire, on Sunday morning last. A large quantity of grain was in the mill, all of which was lost or greatly damaged. The buildings, fixtures and machinery coast $12,000. On which there was an insurance of $5,000. The engine and boiler were old and about to give place to new ones. For the purchase of which one firm was in St. Louis at the time of the fire = Peoria Press, 13th
Taken From the Henry Republican
The fire at Lacon on Wednesday night of last week was very destructive, and one of the worst that has ever visited that city. The Illinois Statesman gives a full report of the fire, which we copy:
Owing to the strong wind blowing, the fire increased rapidly, the sheets of vivid flame issuing onward and upward, sending forth great torrents of glaring sparks, pieces of burning shingles, over nearly the whole northeast part of the town; and had it not been for the heavy rain last evening and night, which had well saturated the shingles and siding of the buildings, the loss of property would have been incalculable, as it would not have been within the aid of human power to have saved anything in its course.
Soon the large livery stable of Messrs. Mayer & Hall, another stable belonging to Col. Fort, and a small dwelling owned by him, occupied by Frank Specht, were on fire. The fire engine in the meantime was doing its part, but an inch stream had but little effect upon such a sea of blaze as was presented. However by the aid of the engine was saved Cookís block, (brick), which joined the buildings on fire, and would otherwise most certainly have been burned, as it caught several times.
When the building of Mr. Staat was thoroughly lighted, and after the front had fallen down, the draft through between the brick walls then being perfect, the roaring of the flames was terrific. The heat which reached across Washington street to Catlinís grocery store and to the buildings north of that was great, and was the same across fifth street, even so much as to endanger the bookstore and the city drugstore, although the wind was blowing against it. Had it not been for the constant application of water on the sides of the buildings, the fire would have crossed both of these streets.
But the greatest anxiety, especially among those interested in the block within the northwest angle of Sixth and Washington streets was, for fear that the grist mill and plow factory would catch fire, which would have sealed the destruction of the whole block, and it is surprising that it did not. Two circumstances however contributed greatly to prevent it. One was that the old shed north of the livery stable had blown down a few days before, which increased the distance from the fire to those buildings, and the other was their wet condition caused by the rain. Then after the engine had placed the brick building belonging to Mr. W. E. Cook beyond danger it was brought to bear on the above mentioned mill and plow factory and secured safely. By this time the devouring element was on the wane, and by the constant efforts of the bystanders, its further spread was arrested.
The loses are as follows:
Gapen & Kline, on stock $200
We have been unable to ascertain all the losses of individuals. Mr. Geo. Staat was the heaviest loser. His loss in about $10,000, including his buildings and stock, and had no insurance. Mrs. Burns had just let the insurance run out on her building two or three months ago. On the buildings of Col. Fort there was no insurance; his loss was considerable. The firms of L. G. Thompson & Co., Wright & Bro., and Mrs. Lossing, milliner, must have lost much more than their insurance will be. Mayer & Hall lost about $300 worth of hay, corn, buffalo, robes, blankets, etc, on which there was no insurance.
The law libraries of Col. Fort, Judge Ramsey, Judge Laws, and Judge Crane, which were in Fortís corner building, were all lost, comprising about $2500 or $3000 worth of books. No insurance. The dockets of Judge Crane and Judge Laws, were saved together with their most valuable papers. Col. Fortís safe preserved most of the valuables contained therein. He lost a large amount of U. S. vouchers, for about $5,000,000 that had passed through his hands while A.Q.M. in the army.
Silas Houcks, barber, lost all his barber tools, and several other things in the back room of his shop, which is a severe loss to him. To Mr. Staat, it is a very serious disaster; and we cannot abstain from giving utterance to our special sympathy for him. In the short space of two hours, he and his faithful wife, both noted for industry and close application to business, were forced to witness about all their accumulations for the last few years, melt into the worst of ruins. But few of their clothes, household goods, and articles of merchandise were saved. Their excellent bakery and all the implements thereof were lost. To them it is disastrous in the extreme. Their business building, their home, and another dwelling, which was rented, all were burned. Many, many days of hard, patient toil and anxious care were set at naught, and their result made but food for the angry flames which rode high riot in the breeze, mocking at the calamities and misfortunes of man with impunity.
Mrs. Lossing, milliner, lost all of her stock of goods, and all her nice clothing which was of great value, and is therefore a heavy loser. She had just received a box of fine goods but a day or two before. It is to her a sad misfortune. She had, however, $600 insurance, which, though it illy repays her for her loss, it turns her out not quite penniless, yet she deserves the sympathy and aid of the people, and we hope she may again build up business, and receive a profitable and liberal patronage.
Taken From the Henry Republican
On Friday, by invitation of Rev. C. Cort, we accompanied him on a short run down to Lacon. It is seldom that we get far enough from home to even see our shire city, and we mention it as among the few instances of special permits from duty and business that the sands of time mete out to us. We took our way by Sparland, noticing the fields of waving corn that foretells future golden harvest. All the crops look well, and the wheat stacks in the field and the thick grass ready for the sickle, also attest the goodness of providence in providing each of these in full measure and running over.
On the way we passed the Nock farm of Sampson Rowe, rich in fruit and grain. S. S. Merritt occupies the old Deacon Merritt place, one of the first settled on this prairie, and that too showed fine culture and the promise of abundance. Theodore Bickerman has a large plantation, well improved, and abounding in thrift and wealth as a reward for Theodoreís constant and careful cultivation. H. D. Bonham is closely nestled under the bluff on the old home farm, with a large, elegant residence, and all the conveniences of modern agriculture appertaining thereto. The banks of the Steuben coal company were deserted.
Sparland was quiet, its street empty, the distillery silent and like all of our towns deserted by the busy and more than busy farmer. Charles Sargentís shingle hung out, and his store evinced its successful traffic in flour, bran, feed, meal, etc., by the amount in store, and we are told he fills and sells out large quantities often. This is owing to fair dealing and keeping a good article. Mrs. Dr. Tesmer, the Sparland Itemizer for the Journal, had returned from her Kansas pleasure trip, but her presence in the doctorís laboratory was not to be seen.
At the ferry we tarried for the boat on the other side as usual. How in contrast, we thought, are we privileged at Henry, that for the same money we can cross the river on a substantial bridge, without this inconvenience of waiting and slow transit. The ferryman, Edward Corcoran, is familiar to most every one, for he has been connected with this institution some 16 years, and itís possible he may serve a life-time there. Heís faithful and accommodating, and makes an efficient servant of the people. Passing up Fifth street two new buildings greeted us at the corner of Main, on the second burnt district, built, painted and occupied by their owners, Fulk, clothier, and Terry, grocer; they are neatly and tastily constructed, and are very pleasant stores.
Further up Fifth, the old ruins were also being rebuilt Ė the basements of stone, and the three buildings, two story, of brick. On Fortís site the Lacon bank is to occupy the first floor with his law apartments overhead. The three buildings will form a fine block and be a great improvement over the former dilapidated sheds and shanties. A livery stable on the side street is also well constructed on the ruins of the old one, and is tasty and convenient. This work is now the center of attraction, and the busy noise of the mason and stone hammers draws public attention.
Here we found Silas Ramsey, Al. Jones, Dr. Geo. Davis and our genial friend Geo. F. Wightman, who by the way we found a liberty, and willing to escort us through the woolen mill, and as Geo. F. knows every nook and corner of this extensive establishment, heís just such a guide as one desires in as noisy and yet as interesting place as that. And so we took the journey from the sheepís back to the end of the manufactory of the popular Prairie State Shawl, when ready for market. Mr. John Grieves, the superintendent, was absent in Chicago, but Adam Crawford, his assistant, gave us permit; when Wightman, Cort and self made the ascent.
The building is well constructed of brick, is five stories high, heated by steam and lighted with gas. Every facility is offered for the successful making of shawls, and this is the speciality of the institution. On the first floor is the work of separating the grades of wool, done by skillful men at high wages; this a very important part of the work. Here is also the machinery Ė for washing the wool, dyeing it in any color, for drying it and finishing the shawls.
Ascending to the fifth floor, we found the storeroom for stock, repairs, and stretching machinery used in the process of blanket making, a few of which are woven every year. On the 4th floor in the spinning jacks, six in number, each spinning 240 threads with great rapidity and precision. On 3rd floor are the carding machines, that pass the rough wool through a large number of carding rollers, through three different machines and finally develops it in nicely formed rolls, wound on spindles, for the spinning jacks. The 2nd floor is the weave room, where the wool comes out in handsome colored shawls, large and small, and in variety to supply any demand and most any taste. There are also twisters, that work the fringes into an ornamental border.
The care in the manufacture of this article has given them a wide popularity, and the, and the mill is unable to supply the orders. We were shown many specimens of their make in the office, which to us indicated a superior article, and we wonder not at the call for them everywhere. The mill employs some 75 hands, gives work to a large number of girls and boys of the town, and a goodly number of men. It is bound to make money, and be a lasting blessing to those who have fostered and sustained it.
August 3, 1876
Taken From the Henry Republican
W. H. Whiffin of Metamora has gone to Lacon to take charge of the Sherman House. The Metamora Sentinel recommends him highly both as a citizen and hotel keeper. Lacon needs a good hotel, and it is hoped they have found the man to approximate to it.
January 4, 1877
The election for postmaster at Lacon last Friday, was decided in favor of the present encumbent, C. C. Gapen, who received the largest number of votes polled, and who was the preference of the citizens generally, as The Republican stated in a late issue. Ö Mr. Gapen has thus by petition and an election, received the endorsement of the people of Lacon, and will be re-appointed to fill a third term.
February 8, 1877
The people of this place are still very much excited over the shooting of Geo. B. Snyder a few days since. Mr. Snyder died at about 11 o'clock a.m. on last Saturday one week of intense suffering. This is the saddest event that has ever occurred at this place, as it has resulted in the death of one person and blights the happiness of more than one home, and the deepest sympathy is felt for the several families upon which this sad event has brought so much sorrow.
A post mortem examination was made of the body of Mr. Snyder, which showed him to have been in excellent physical condition aside from the injures received from the pistol shots. One ball (the one which evidently caused his death) was found against the fifth rib on the left side, the ball having entered between the 8th and 9th ribs, and about four inches from the spine, passed through the lung, and lodged against the fifth rib in front. One shot grazed the left side, and one passed through his neck, but doing no very serious damage.
Before Mr. Snyder's death, Forbes and Orr left for parts unknown, but having given ban for $10,000 each for their appearance at the next term of our circuit court. Their friends say it is only to avoid being placed in jail for the four months intervening between this and the setting of our next term of court, and claim that they will be forthcoming at that time.
The coroner of Marshall county held an inquest over the body of Mr. Snyder, and the greater portion of two days were consumed in investigating the matter, but as the investigation was conducted with closed doors and the verdict not made public, the results of the investigation is not yet certainly known. Mr. Snyder was buried at 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning and his funeral was largely attended. He was at his death about 33 years of age, having been born April 27th, 1844.
May 16, 1878
The commencement exercises of the Lacon high school will take place on the 31st inst. Hattie Alexander, Mary Wright, Allathea Stire, Tillie Blair, May Smtih, Nellie Greenough, Laura Fisher, Nellie Hade and Will Gaston compose the graduating class. The class by unanimous ballot decided that only part of their number should have exercises; selected by ballot - Will. Gaston valedictorian, Laura Fisher salutorian, and Hattie Alexander and Allethea Stire to read essays. - Democrat.
The "bridge" agitation at Lacon is now assuming tangible shape, with every prospect of accomplishing the much desired end. The ferry nuisance was fully tested at the old settlers meeting, and the people say they will have a bridge. Therefore on Tuesday of last week, Mr. George F. Wightman, assisted by Col. G. L. Fort, secured from the owners of the land on either side of the river, a written grant, or right of way, by which, independent of the ferry company and their over-valued franchise, they can bridge the stream near the tramway. The route in contemplation is over the old road of several years since, which anti-dates the ferry road, and which can be raised and put into permanent traveling condition for about $5000 - about one fourth the amount asked for the ferry approaches and raod. The parties ceding the right of way, are the W. E. Cook estate, the Orr estate, Tim Gapen of Sparland, and parties in Peoria who recently purchased at trustee's sale a part of Fisher property.
Henry Republican, Henry, IL November 17, 1881 - Lacon
On Saturday evening, November 5th, a man by the name Elliott, was picked up by N. W. Clark about 5 miles below town. When found he was insensible, badly bruised and a gash cut across his throat. He died Friday night having lived nearly one week. At inquest was held on Saturday. John Carmichel was arrested on suspicion and a preliminary examination held on Monday. The case was continued until Thursday. Have found nothing but light circumstantial evidence yet.
December 29, 1881
An inquest was held by coroner J. S. Brasfield on the body of John Asa Elliot of Lacon township on November 12. Verdict of the jury - that said Elliot came to his death by injuries received at the hands of John W. Carmicheal while going to his home from Lacon on November 5. The coroner committed the said Carmicheal to the county jail to await the action of the law in the case.
Invitations are out for the wedding of Miss Carrie Frede and Frank Man. To take place at the residence of August Frede, Thursday, Feb. 2d, at 12 p.m.
Vaccination is now all the go among the children. Why not among the youth, the middle aged and the old? A scar don't amount to anything.
On Monday, many were surprised to hear the sad news of the death of Hiram Smith.
Tom Morley, the man who attempted to stap Chas. Savill in Sparland last week appeared before Justice Norris on Saturday. The evidence was considered sufficient.
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, August 10, 1882
The new elevator got up steam and tooted its horn for the first time last week. C. H. Justis will be the first man and look after the by while Henry Yager will see to it that the elevator is kept in running order. They are now ready and willing to receive grain of all kinds and in any quantity and pay the highest market price for it.
Rev Ira Norris' Golden Anniversary
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, September 21, 1882
Neighborhood News - Lacon
About 300 invitations are out for the golden wedding of Rev. and Mrs. Ira Norris which will take place at their residence next Wednesday, September 27. The reception will be from 2 to 10 pm.
There have been two deaths from Scarlet fever last week and there are several severe cases in town at the present.
The Lacon Bridge
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL,
The Lacon bridge, though just begun is quite an attraction as the road from Sparland to the river was lined with people from Sparland and Lacon last Sunday afternoon going and coming.
December 14, 1882
Neighborhood News - Lacon
The hack crossed the new bridge for the first time last Friday with about 25 passengers, including the city council. The bridge will be entirely completed next week.
The roller-skating mania has struck us at last. Every afternoon and evening, the hall is kept lively by the wonderful evolutions of the skatorial art. There is quite an interest taken, especially by the youthful.
December 21, 1882
The bridge was turned over to the city on Tuesday of this week. It is now an accomplished fact and all who have
examined it say it is certainly a substantial structure and will prove a great success. The workmen (non residents)
who have been employed in building the bridge, have all returned to their homes.
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, March 29 1883
Willis Ford, the efficient and accommodating cashier of the First National Bank, is rusticating in the west
and south. B. R. McClary fills the position during his absence.
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, April 5, 1883
The Lacon Woolen Mill shut down Saturday night. The old boilers that have been in constant use for the past 15 years are being removed and will be replaced by two new boilers, to be furnished and put in the mill by Nichol & Burr of Peoria. They will cost about $1500. The mill will be in full operation again in about two weeks.
Spencer Ellsworth, Jr., left for Dakota last Tuesday to take a homestead. He expects to be gone about eight months.
The Chataqua club met at Mrs. Stire's on Monday evening of this week. The meeting was unususally instructive, entertaining and pleasant.
W. H. Ford, after a couple of weeks spent in the west, returned home the early part of this week.
Chas. Verney is ready and waiting patiently for a car to load with everything necessary to give a young man a good start in farming. Will leave for Dakota within a few days.
The Henry Republican, April 12, 1883
The "Marshall House was vacated the 10th inst. Z. Stock retires to private life and Mrs. Baird returns to her old home in Eureka. The hotel is now for sale or rent.
Geo. W. Smith not long since was requested to go to Ottawa for an examination relative to his pension claims now pending. Not being able to go, he was granted a special examination, which was made at his home last Thursday by Dr. J. C. Kalb of Henry.
Miss Josie Howard, who has been in St. Louis receiving instructions in voice culture and instrumental music during the past fall and winter is expected home the latter part of this week.
Hiram Eckles has sold his farm in Ford County and moved into Lacon. He occupies the home of the late Mrs. David Owens. We understand he will remain here until fall and then contemplates moving west.
The friends of Rev. A. Smith, pastor of the M. E. church, made up a purse of about $85, to buy a milk cow, he having recently lost a valuable one. The purse was timely and duly appreciated.
Rev. W. C. Cummings and his aged wife are making arrangements to break up housekeeping and go to Peoria to live with their son.
M. V. B. Ellison spent the Sabbath with friends here. He is permanently located at Freeport, where he is doing an extensive business in the line of jewelry.
Samuel Gibb has purchased the H. L. Crane property in the northeast part of the city; will retire from his farm and move into town.
Mrs. Geo. O. Barnes and daughter who have been enjoying a month at Hot Springs, Ark., returned several days ago, greatly improved in their general health.
The Grey Eagle made her first trip for this season on Monday evening of this week, was very heavily loaded with freight, but lightened up considerably before leaving here. Our pontoon swung open and she passed through for the first time grandly.
The Henry Republican, April 26, 1883
(Carried Over from Last Week)
Mrs. Mary D. Ramsey came down from Chicago last week to make a short visit with her numerous friends and to look after interests here. She sold her old home property to Thos. Orton of Chicago, the consideration being $2500. Mr. Orton will improve the property and make it one of the finest and desirous homes in the city.
We understand L. R. Henthorn expects to spend the summer here.
Chas. Vernay has been ready but watching and waiting for a car to take his effects to Dakota. The car arrived last Saturday and he starts on Tuesday evening. His many friends here wish him success in this enterprise.
Spencer Ellsworth, Jr., is at Wahpelon, Dakota, down sick with typhoid fever.
G. L. Fort, Jr., left for the north Wednesday, where he will locate and practice law.
(This Week's Letter)
The city officers elected last week were J. R. Chapman for mayor, E. D. Richmond city attorney, F. H. Wier clerk, Eugene Watrous treasurer; David Lester alderman South ward, Felix Bovlan alderman North ward, Jas. McWhinney alderman East ward.
Among the many improvements going on we notice G. F. Blackstone is building quite an addition to his residence.
Our postmaster having recently purchased the Judge Crane property and the adjoining lots, has been improving the premises by giving it a general cleaning out of rubbish, dead trees, etc., grading the lots and seeding down; he will set out about 100 forest, fruit and ornamental trees this spring.
Miss Clara Vernay is teaching a summer school near Washburn.
Spencer Ellsworth Jr., arrived home from Dakota Monday, where he had been very sick; he left here several weeks ago intending to be gone about eight months, but was taken sick about as soon as he arrived.
Miss Anna Arnold of Carbondale is visiting friends and relatives here; will remain until about the middle of next month.
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, May 3, 1883
Changing of residences is the order of the day with many this week. Joseph Theidohr has moved into the house vacated by M. Fulks; Chas. Hoyt occupies a part of Dr. Reader's; C. S. Edwards goes into his home purchased of F. Briggs; Mr. F. Noel and O. H. Mohler also are moving into their recently purchased homes.
R. C. Mallory received the contract to paper and also paint the outside and inside of what will hereafter be called the Thos. Orton residence.
G. A. Moatz is down with the measles; he has them bad, or they have him beautifully. Several of our business men who have not yet entertained them, are living in dread and are anxious to avoid them.
Joseph Wallace and family, who went to Independence, Kansas, some four years ago, are visiting friends and relatives in this vicinity. Joe, (as he is familiarly called) is delighted with that portion of the west, has been very successful and prosperous; expects to remain here several weeks.
Sam Page of Peoria was in the city on Monday looking after important business.
H. S. Pettitt and father from Dwight will go west the latter part of the week to do a little prospecting with a view of investing surplus money in land.
It is reported that J. L. Mohler has bought the Crane store building, adjoining him on the east. He is having a new cupola built on the steam elevator, larger and much higher than the old one.
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 10, 1883
Merchants complain of trade being rather dull. Farmers are quite busy with their work, many will commence planting corn this week.
J. L. Mohler has purchased L. J. Russell's interest in the brick store building and the property north, including the post office building. Jake is now his own landlord and agent.
Edward Green is going to have his residence moved near the center of his lots, raise it up and build a brick basement underneath.
Ella Tuttle, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Tuttle, died Saturday evening suddenly and unexpected. She had been ill about six weeks. The funeral services took place Monday at 2 p.m.
Henry L. Crane will be married to a young lady in Peoria, Tuesday, May 22d. Several Lacon friends are expected to be present.
James Greenough having completed his plans, expects to move west. Will move to Kansas about the 1st of August. We have been informed he intends taking the machinery of his flouring mill with him. The residence opposite the M. E. Church is offered for sale.
N. LeBlond and family, formerly of this place, but now holding forth at St. Louis, Mo., has been looking after his property and visiting friends here the past week. They are the guests of J. B. DuChesne.
Pea Ridge is rejoicing over the good fortune of J. P. Goshen, who has just received a pension. The back pay amounts to about $900.
The C. L. S. C. met with Mrs. J. S. Thompson on Monday evening. There were 50 present and the meeting was unusually interesting. The next meeting will be held at the residence of H. S. Howard.
The assessor of this township, H. E. Rowley, is out busily engaged in interviewing one and all. Taxes will be a trifle higher than they were last year.
Wm. Fisher has gone to Dakota to see the country and if pleased will perhaps improve the present opportunity and take a claim.
Chas. Dumbart and wife are visiting friends in Michigan.
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 17, 1883
The ladies of our city, assisted by the G.A.R. Post are making preparations to appropriately observe Decoration Day. It is not their wish that is should be made a holiday. The exercises will consist of short talks, singing and strewing flowers on the graves of our honored dead.
Jim Shaw is now engaged in mining at Trinidad, Col., while Mrs. S. is sojourning with friends here.
R. A. Wright has just received and is putting a stock of new lumber in his yard for this season's trade.
Miss Clarissa Iliff who has occupied the second floor in the H.L. Crane building for something less than a score of years, is now moving into the rooms over W. L. Wescott's grocery store.
Prof. C. S. Edwards is having his house painted in colors that show good taste.
G. A. Montz, after spending several weeks at home wrestling with the measles, has again settled down to solid business.
On Thursday evening of this week, Miss Hattie Mohler will be married to Eugene Watrous. The wedding will be a quiet affair; but few invitations out.
1883 Lacon High School Commencement
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 7, 1883
The citizens of Lacon take great pride in their public schools and never fail to evince their interest in them when an opportunity offers. Each year these commencement exercises of the high school have attracted more attention, until they for several years have been looked forward to with interest months before they occurred. Last Thursday night nearly 100 persons gathered in front of the Methodist church before the door was opened, so anxious were they to be present at the exercises. The people poured in until not only every seat was occupied, but every foot of standing space and the doors and aisles were crowded and the gallery packed. The class motto, back of the rostrum was neat and pretty. The blooming pot plants, decorations, etc., gave the rostrum a picturesque appearance. The essays from first to last were unusually well composed, finely read and duly appreciated. The crop of flowers being unusually large this season, many were the bouquets that gladdened the hearts of the graduates.600 programs melted away in the audience and yet there was a clamor for more. Their eyes struck something artistic and they appreciate it. Throw prejudice into an "intellectual crucible" and test them, are "men intellectually smarter than women?" We had a graduating class of eight ladies and one gentleman. The graduates were Miss Ollie Grieves, Julia Green, Nellie Vernay, Jennie Nevin, Clara Hoffrichter, Mabel Holloway, Nellie Boys, Mattie Aylwain and Wayland Thompson. Many persons from the country were present, which ws complimentary to the school. We noticed Prof. Kister and Geo. Burt, Jr., of Henry were present, also Prof. Stevenson from Sparland. The reception was held at the residence of Dr. F. O. Gale on Friday evening. A very large company were present, all the good talkers of the city were out, and the wit, wisdom and originality of the evening were an intellectual feast.
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 7, 1883
The C. L. S. C. met last Monday evening with Mrs. W. R. Fairbanks. A large attendance and an interesting time.
Mr. and Mrs. Irving Broaddus give a grand party of Friday evening of this week in their large new barn.
Mrs. Jas. Greenough is visiting friends in Peoria County.
Last Sunday there was a reopening of the Methodist Church. Rev. Adams, D. D., president of the Illinois Wesleyan University of Bloomington preached a very able discourse both morning and evening.
Delayed from Last Week
The building and improving boom has again struck our city this season. Chas. Tramp's new residence is beginning to loom up grandly, while J.H. Thompson's is assuming large proportions and when completed will be a pleasant and commodious home. Judge Ong is having his residence raised and thoroughly remodeled and repaired; it may not be pleasing to the eye of the critic, but will prove to be decidedly convenient.
On Friday, May 24, about 11 a.m. as David Rediger and his eldest son Alex, were in the field planting corn, were killed by lightning.
Lewis Hawks, superintendent of the "air brake" on the C. & A. R. R. was in the city recently, the guest of Mrs. W. E. Cook. Mr. H., being a leading spirit of the "Knight Templars," through the kindness of Mrs. Cook the members of the order residing her and their wives, were invited to tea on Saturday evening, May 26.
On May 23 Mrs. P. H. Stire and daughter were out riding north of town; in approaching the McKinney bridge the horse (a colt) refused to cross, but began backing. Miss Althea jumped out, but the horse, buggy and Mrs. Stire went down over the embankment. Mrs. S. had her shoulder dislocated.
Mrs. Jas. Shaw has gone to Trinidad, Col., to join "Jim" who has located there to engage in mining.
John S. Thompson has purchased the Greenough property. Mr. G. will remove the mill machinery to Kansas.
John McGowan's pension has finally been allowed, back pay amounting to $1700 and $8 per month.
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 14, 1883
Mr. Hese, the patentee of the "Hess furnace" was in the city Monday evening and met with the trustees of the M. E. church and showed up the advantages of his patent. The probabilities are that if they can agree on the price the Hess furnace will be the one put in the church.
Dr. D. E. Thomas has been looking after his farms in Nance County, Nebraska.
Miss Nettie Ellsworth returned from Greensboro, N. C., last Saturday, looking unusually well.
E. M. Treakle who has been teaching school at Florid, Putnam County, is now at home. We have been informed he intends spending the summer here.
Uncle Charles Gapen says he "can't be idle" and having nothing to do here, he started for Steamboat Springs, Col., last week, where he expects to pursue his old vocation of blacksmithing, engaging in light and fine work.
Mrs. C. Vernay is again dangerously ill, and is a great sufferer; is kept under the influence of opiates almost constantly.
Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Howard spent last Sabbath with Rev. Wm. Taacy and family at Granville. They returned Monday evening.
J. S. Thompson has been visiting with A. G. Norris, Alton, Ill.
Fred Wolford who has been attending the Illinois Institution for the education of the deaf and dumb, will be home on Thursday or Friday of this week.
The Henry Republican, Henry IL, June 28, 1883
Rev. Smith, pastor of the M. E. Church, left Monday for Grundy County to take a vacation of several weeks.
Mrs. Mark Bangs is visiting friends in the city and will remain some time.
Miss May Chapman left for Chicago last Monday where she joins a party for a pleasure trip north.
Mark Palmer and his wife spent the Sabbath here, the guests of Mrs. W. W. Dean, Mark's mother.
Miss Leila Burgstresser of Leadville, col., a niece of L. C. McMurtrie, stopped off last Sunday and spent several days with relatives and friends here. Miss B. has been attending the Boston conservatory of music and is en route home.
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, July 19, 1883
Miss Lou Gaston and Mary Johnson went to Peoria in the early part of this week to remain a few days, after which they expect to go to Eureka to attend a county institute to be held there.
Mr. Culp has purchased of Chapman & Whittaker a new steam thresher, which he expects to run this season.
Uncle Charley Gapen not long since left for Steamboat Springs, Col.; when within 25 miles of his destination he attempted to walk the distance along; he lost his way and was out about 60 hours without food or water. Fortunately he found a large stream of water and on the opposite side he saw a party of men at work; he succeeded in attracting their attention; they built a raft, crossed over, and finding him exhausted and helpless, they took him on to the end of his journey where he was cared for by old friends and acquaintances.
Mrs. W. B. Porter of Chicago, nee Eliza Babb, is visiting her mother Mrs. Wesley Myers.
John McGowan started on Tuesday evening for the "Emerald Isle" to visit the haunts of his youth. He has a brother and sister living there; he has not seen her for over 30 years: he expects to be gone about 90 days.
Joseph Spath has been out west prospecting. He purchased a quarter section of land in Furnace Co., Nebraska.
There is a report that John McFadden, a brother if Mrs. J. O. Ong, was killed by lightning in Omaha last Friday.
Capt. Fisher, our county treasurer, has been in Dakota viewing his possessions the past two weeks returned home on Monday of this week.
Miss Grace and Ollie Bower, who have been sojourning with their sister, Mrs. A. J. Pichereau, and visiting their numerous friends in this vicinity, returned to their home in Sheffield Wednesday of this week.
J. F. Searles placed the furnaces in the M. E. Church last week. They look well and will be a wonderful improvement over soft coal stoves.