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Decatur Daly Review, Friday, August 4, 1905

MANY RICH MEN IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS
Logan County Has Two of the Wealthy Men of the State

The wealthiest man at Greenview, Logan county, Ills., is H.H. Marbold, who has resided there for fifty years past. He owns 5,000 acres of valuable land, keeps constantly on hand 500 head of cattle, the same number of hogs, owns the bank there, has $40,000 worth of real estate in the city of Petersburg, has $30,000 in stock in the National Bank at Petersburg, and is rated at $2,000,000. He is a German, having come to this country with his father at the age of 20 years, settling first at Petersburg and shortly after at Greenview.

Lives Plainly
Mr. Marbold resides in a fairly good house, but he erected for his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wernsing, an elegant house of stone at a cost of $30,000. He also built for his son, Harmon, a residence costing about as much. The other son, Frank, preferred to put up his own residence, and the father gave him a like amount in cash to do with as he liked. Frank runs the bank, Harmon raises cattle, horses and hogs and the son-in-law a large department store in Greenview. Mr. Marbold, his two sons, and son-in-law are each most excellent men and are all much respected and liked in the community.

Public Cemetery
Mr. Marbold is arranging to complete a public cemetery for the use of the townspeople, as Greenview now has no cemetery and all interments must take place at Petersburg or at Sweetwater. Eight acres of excellent land are to be set apart for this purpose and already Mr. Marbold has erected a gateway of stone and concrete to be used as an entrance to this place of burial.

Is A Widower
Mr. Marbold is a widower, but he employs a housekeeper, and hired girls, in addition to several hired men and he himself works harder than any one about him. He is up at 4 o'clock in the morning and is always the last one to retire. He is a most generous and charitable man and is always willing to help those who will help themselves. He is a banker, a farmer, a stock man and a stock shipper, and his many friends hope he may live long to enjoy his large prosperity.

W.C. Smoot
Another wealthy man in that vicinity is William C. Smoot, who lives at Curtis, about half way between Greenview and Petersburg. Mr. Smoot is entirely blind, having become so within the past few years. He is 72 years of age and is claimed to be worth about $750,000. He was born and reared in Menard county and has never resided elsewhere. He is a farmer, a stock raiser and a money loaner. He owns $50,000 worth of bank stock in Petersburg; also the Smoot house in that city. One son is an attorney, another is a clergyman and a third runs a livery stable, all residing in Petersburg. He also has two daughters.
Contributed by Kristin Vaughn


Sycamore True Republican, October 6, 1906

President of Bankers' Association
Tallula - Nelson H. Greene, recently elected president of the Bankers' Association of Illinois, is widely known in business circles and also is prominent as a member of fraternal orders. His popularity is shown by the fact that for ten years he has been mayor of this city. Mr. Greene is a member of the firm of Greene & Greene, bankers, and manages the business of the firm. He also is interested in many local enterprises. He is 33 years of age and a native of Tallula.
Contributed by Kristin Vaughn


Belleville News-Democrat, Sept. 8, 1917
Illinois Historical Calendar

September 9, 1849-Mr. Cowan (of Sugar Grove, Menard County) has invented a plough which is really a very ingenious article. It is made without a weld, has two shares and two moulds, and can be changed from one horse into a two horse plough, all steel, including the bar-of course, very durable, and it is said very cheap. Mr. Cowan is about to establish a manufactory of this plough in this city (Springfield). He has applied for a patent.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn


Belleville News-Democrat, Oct. 10, 1918
Illinois Historical Calendar

October 10, 1859-Tonica and Petersburg R.R. The Menard Index is jubilant at the receipt of news that Messrs. Yates and Green have purchased sufficient iron, chairs and spikes to lay the Tonica and Petersburg R.R. from Jacksonville to Petersburg, with a fair prospect of securing enough to continue the work to Washington. They have also purchased the iron to lay the road from Washington to Fremont.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn


The Daily Inter Ocean, Sept. 27, 1891
New Corporations.

The Secretary of State to-day issued corporation licenses as follows:
Athens Driving Park Association, at Athens, Menard county; capital stock, $1,000; incorporators, G.A. Bell, W.A. Mudd and others.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn


The Daily Inter Ocean, Oct. 18, 1892
Licensed To Do Business

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A Number of New Concerns Recognized by the State
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Springfield, Ill, Oct. 17-the Secretary of State to-day licensed the incorporation of the following companies:
The Farmer's Point Cemetery Association, Menard County; incorporators, Franklin W. Duncan, Philamon Struble and Albert G. Nance.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn


The Broad Ax (Salt Lake City, Utah), June 30, 1917
Worse Than U Boats, Says Legislator, But Senate Says No.
Springfield, Ill. -- Women's high heels are safe.

Brutal death was administered to James H. Kirby's bill by the senate. It sought to limit the height of heels on women's shoes to 1 3/8 inches. The enacting clause was stricken out, and, to make the assassination all the more ludicrous, the senate resolved itself into committee of the whole and gave five minutes to the Menard county farmer to talk for the measure.

He declared high heels are causing "more damnation than the German submarine."

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

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