Misc. News Items

Illinois State Democrat, Wednesday June 6, 1860

From the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of Illinois, in favor of Charles W. Green and Jonas W. Green, and against William B Berry and Charles R. Berry, I have levied upon the following property, to-wit:
Lot No. 3. in block No. 5: also, lot No. 2, in block No. 17, situated and being in the town of Bath, County of Mason, and state of Illinois, as the property of the defendants; which I shall expose to public sale, on the 23d day of June, at the court house door, in the city of Springfield, to the highest and best bidder, for ready money.
Sale to commence between the hours of nine (9) o'clock A.M. and sunset of said day.
Dated this 30th day of May, 1860.
WM. L. DOUGHERTY, Marshal Southern District of Illinois.
By ISAAC KEYS, Deputy.

Contributed by Candi Horton

Mason City Journal, February 5, 1875

A farm of 225 acres, situated near Salt Creek, belonging to the estate of Mrs. Elsie Virgin, deceased, was sold on the streets of Mason City, on Saturday last, by order or decree of the Court. The farm sold for an aggregate of $6367.50, or an average of $28.30 per acre, exceptionally good figures for a forced sale. Various parties were purchasers of the tracts, Jno. VanHorn, Kinzey Virgin, C. Hume and F. Auxier. Capt. Weaver swung the hammer at this sale, and it is therefore not at all singular that the bids were lively, and prices obtained, high.

Mason City Journal, February 12, 1875

Havana Items The fine brick residence of Adolph Krebaum is nearly completed; when finished it will be the finest and best dwelling house in Mason County

Mason City Journal, February 19, 1875

Last fall Joe Cullins came to this city, stopping on the West side of the river, unhitching his team from his wagon, turning them around, and tying them to the front part of it; he then came over to Bodekers saloon, got blind drunk, so that he could not take care of himself or anything else, and staid in town all night; during the night one of the horses got at some grain that Joe had left in the wagon, ate more than was good for its health, from the effect of which it died. Mrs. Jane Cullins, wife of Joe, then sued Bodeker before Esq. Prettyman, for $200 damages. Prettyman, after hearing the case, decided that the plaintiff had proved $600 or 700 damages, which was beyond his jurisdiction, therefore he dismissed the case. From this brilliant decision of the J.P., the plaintiff appealed to the Circuit Court with the result above noted.

The Quincy Daily Whig, March 11 1880

A young woman, residing near Mason City, ILL., has made formal complaint before Bishop Spaulding, of the Peoria diocese, charging Thomas Duggan, parish priest at Delavan, with committing an outrage upon her while she was acting as his housekeeper. The bishop has instituted a careful investigation.

Contributed by Debbie Lee

The Daily Inter Ocean, November 27, 1880

Mason City, Ill., Nov. 25-Thanksgiving seems to have been generally observed by our citizens. Union service was held at the Methodist church, the Rev. S.J. Bogle, Presbyterian, preaching the sermon. Business houses were closed

The Daily Inter Ocean, November 27, 1880

Mason City, Ill., Nov. 25-The new brick block in the burnt district is now being occupied by L. Franks, clothing; James Earl, dry goods; Ambrose & Sons, hardware; and J.A. Smith, jeweler. These rooms are large and finely finished with plate glass fronts. Mason City seems to have made a forward movement after seeming to have been stationary for several years past, as many fine residences have been built the past summer

March 24, 1885, Decatur Review

The city of Havana undertook to sue the Wabash for running its trains through the city faster than the ordinance allows, but was informed by Uncle Sam that he was running the Wabash now, and they had better not interfere with him

The Daily Inter Ocean, August 16, 1890

Quite a large number of Capitol City people attended the amphibian exhibition by Paul Boyton and his troupe at Riverside Park, on the Illinois River near Havana, Tuesday. The programme was carried out as advertised, and those who attended were highly pleased.

Belleville News-Democrat, March 16, 1909

State is Experimenting With Rainbow Trout at Havana, Ill.

Havana, Ill., March 16-The Illinois state fish hatchery at this place has in incubation 50,000 rainbow trout eggs obtained from Manchester, Ia., which when hatched will be placed in Northern Illinois streams.

This is the first attempt in the state at the propagation of this species. Any body of water heated to a temperature of 70 degrees or more kill the fish. The northern rivers are cold enough, it is believed, by the Fish Commission.

Belleville News-Democrat, February 10, 1910

Doyles of Near Havana, Illinois, are Involved In a Bitter Dispute Over Estate.

Havana, Ill., Feb. 10-A bitter feud is likely to break out in the Doyle family, well-to-do land owners in this county, because of the efforts of Timothy Doyle to have a conservator appointed for his mother, 92 years old, in whose name considerable land is held.

The judge before whom the hearing was to have been held dismissed the suit, whereupon Doyle assaulted one of the witnesses for his mother. Doyle was fined. The opposition has sworn out a warrant charging Doyle's wife with being insane.

Troy [Illinois] Weekly Call, March 19, 1915

Saidora Woman Insane
Saidora - Mrs. Louisa Gobel of this place, aged about fifty-four, was taken in charge by Sheriff Close of Havana and taken to the latter city where, before a commission, she was adjudged of unsound mind and was taken to Jacksonville by Deputy Sheriff and Mrs. Drisko and committed to the state hospital for treatment. Mrs. Gobel labors under the delusion that she is an angel.