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Marshall County Illinois
Lawn Ridge Community News and Local Gossip


 May 13, 1869

Taken From the Henry News Republican - Local News Items

We advertise today a very desirable piece of property situated at Lawn Ridge Corners, owned by M. P. Sims. It embraces 24 acres, well fenced with hedge, and contains a large house and barn, and other improvements, and what is essential, is near excellent schools.  This place is close to the village of Lawn Ridge, and would be excellent for a nursery, or for any family wishing to live near town. The house and barn will be sold separate if so desired. Terms easy. See advertisement. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

April 18, 1872

Taken From the Henry News Republican - Lawn Ridge Items

Lawn Ridge is improving rapidly. Frank Eberley’s old stand is now occupied by Wm. Butler. Leander Powell is filling his old stand, on the corner of Well and North streets.  The post office has changed hands and a new and spacious structure has been erected by the present incumbent, Calvin Green. I haven’t been about town enough to know whether the subject of street cars has been before the council or not. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

March 21, 1878

Vicinity Affairs - Lawn Ridge

The new cheese factory at Lawn Ridge is progressing finely and will be ready for business at an early day. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Theft in Lawn Ridge - Cheese Factory Closes for Season - Marriages - Deaths

Henry Republican, Henry, IL ,  January 26, 1882 - Lawn Ridge

Lawn Ridge was visited with a first class sensation on Sunday morning, first by Sam Halstead making the discovery that during the night his horse and buggy had been stolen. As E. M. Dodge made his Sunday morning visit to his hardware store and postoffice, he found his safe blwon open and its contents consisting of about $30 in money and postage stamps missing. When the sexton opened the Congregational church to look after the fires which he had built in the register on Saturday night, he found the back door had been burst open and evidence in the tobacco juice and filth upon the floor and seats that the church had been occupied by vandals the night before. The thieves and burglars had manifestly found comfortable quarters in the church until the hour for committing the burglary had arrived; having accomplished this they stole the horse and buggy to get away. There is no clue to the guilty parties except that three strangers were seen on the street between the village and church on Saturday evening. Should the culprits be captures they will doubtless be taken in out of the cold for a few years. They are manifestly no novies in the business.

The cheese factory has closed its operations for the winter after a profitable year for all connected with it. Frank Stone has shown the energy and pluck necessary for success in any business, and quite naturally feels a little proud of having taken the two highest premiums upon his cheese at the state fair last fall. He had put in anew engine for grinding feed for the patrons of the factory and is prepared to do work in that line with thoroughness and despatch.

Two of our worthy young men and fellow townsmen were married last week. Robert Scoon Jr., to Miss Lizzie Pringle, and Cassius Stillman of Lawn Ridge to a Miss Hansel of Wyoming. Sensible boys we say, and girls too, as to that matter. Now settle down to steady business and develop your resources like men; no more soft nonsense about it.

Ashael Wilmot of Valley township died last week with quick consumption. He is a brother to our worthy townsmen X. C. Wilmot, and a worthy and respected citizen. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his untimely death. The funeral was from the LaPrairie M. E. church, and was largely attended, Rev. Seaman officiating.

Our physicians are making thorugh work in vaccinating our schools.

Lawn Ridge News
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, March 29 1883

Mr. and Mrs. Hinman of Forrest City are visiting friends here.
Miss Abbie Blood is home again, having passed about three months in Chicago.
Miss Clara Locke who was attending school at Henry, returned home last week.
Mr. Dowdall, the successor of Frederick R. Green, has opened store and began trade.
Misses Mamie Green and Daisy Sweetman have returned from a recent brief visit to Farmington
Mrs. Munson Hinman, who has been absent about two months on a visit to her daughter, at Yazoo, Miss., has returned home at Hallock.
Jacob M. Potter and family left for their new home in Iowa last week. Mr. Potter spoke farewell words to the Congregational Sunday School and regretted the severance of those ties that bound him to the people here.
The funeral of Miss Hattie Crady took place on the 23d inst., the service being held in the Blue Ridge church, Rev. G. R. Ransom officiating. She had been a patient sufferer for several months of consumption. Mr. and Mrs. Crady have the deep sympathy of the people in the loss of one so dear to them and beloved by all.

Lawn Ridge
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, May 3, 1883

Miss Alice Stillman is teaching in the brick school house in the valley.
Burt Halstead is building an addition to his house opposite the post office. C. E. Gaumer has the job.
Miss Beckie Stowell has returned from Galva where she has been attending school and is home for the present.
Mrs. Martin of New York, who has passed the winter with Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Smith, left for the east last week.
Alfred Somton is pushing the building of a residence on the place so long owned by him northeast of the village. I. B. Phillips has charge of the work.
At the Japanese tea party by the Congregational ladies, a moderate sum was realized and Japanese cups and saucers given to patrons. Mrs. Sisson of Forest, and Misses Abbie and Mary Blood enlivened the occasion with excellent singing.

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 14, 1883
Lawn Ridge

The veteran soldiers in this locality have applied for and been granted a charter for organizing a post in connection with the Grand Army of the Republic. Their first meeting will soon be held at Lawn Ridge.
Our cheese factory is running almost daily 5000 pounds of milk, Sundays not excepted. Do we break any of the commandments by not observing the Lord's day.
Mr. Samuel Hankins is building a new house; David Sheane a barn and G. M. Lock a cattle shed.

Henry Republican, Henry, IL
February 18 1915

Lawn Ridge

Paul Haap, a machinist in the shops of the "Q" railroad at Burlington, Ia., came in Saturday to spend Sunday with his aunt, Mrs. Amelia Winkler and the cousins of the family, returning to his duties Monday afternoon.

Since our announcement of the organization of the Lawn Ridge orchestra some weeks ago, they have added several new members and instruments and ae meeting for rehearsal and are making good progress toward success, but have not yet shown themselves to the public.

At a public dance given at the hall last Friday night, a prize was offered for the best and most graceful waltzing and judges stationed in different parts of the room to make the award. Their verdict gave the prize to Robert King of Camp Grove, and his partner, Miss Johnson of the Valley.

Charlie Neff came up from Brimfield Tuesday, to look after his property in the village here and to pay a short visit among his relatives. He seems quite satisfied with his new location and will probably remain there for another year at least. He is also thinking of selling his house here instead of renting it.

The boosting of the price of corn to 70 cents to the farmer started the sheller going again. Those shelling near here this week, are Roy Wilcox, Charles Donath and Mrs. Emma Stowell. That is a good price, but the crop yield was so small that the farmer is not keeping even with the world at that.

Our local camp of the Modern Woodmen, had been languishing in interest for some time pending the settlement of the question of a raise in the rates, but has now taken on a new lease of life. One new wood chopper was put through the paces at their regular meeting Tuesday evening.

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Henry Republican, Henry, IL
May 27, 1915

Lawn Ridge

Mrs. Maud Johnson moved her family and household goods to Lacon last Monday.

J. L. Smith is busy this week overhauling the old Pfeiffer house that he bought some time ago, putting on needed repairs outside and in, concreting the cellar into a roomy basement and when all is complete will move into it for his own use.

It is expected that the plans will be completed for the coming of a minister to fill the appointments of the three churches of our parish at the usual hours on next Sunday, as a candidate for regular service. It is not, however, certain that he will be able to get here.

The recent death of Mike Hacket takes from our midst a familiar figure for many years, as he came into this section of the country at the close of the rebellion and had remained continuously. Several from here attended his funeral at the U. P. church in La Prairie last Sunday.

Ry Wilcox made a business trip to Beardstown last Monday in his auto and tested its qualities as well as his own powers of endurance in the trip home Tuesday in that ripping cold northeast wind which struck to the marrow of the bones and reminded a fellow of where he had laid his last winter's underwear.

Last Tuesday brought along with it a birthday for little Emma Wilcox which she celebrated in good shape by inviting in about a score of her playmates for an afternoon party. The time passed pleasantly in the usual way of childhood's games winding up at the close of the day with a delicious lunch of ice cream, cake and the like served by the willing hands of Mrs. Milley Sims and Miss Lelah Webster.

The corn crop is about all planted except some pieces of sod ground which are being held back on account of the ravages of the cut worm which in some places, take it as fast asit starts to grow. The dry cold weather is holding back the earlier planting so that there has been but little if any gain so far. Some of the "early birds" have begun plowing it, had to in fact, to keep ahead of the vines and weeds.

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


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