The Inter Ocean, Oct 26, 1875
Before speaking of our town, I have an accident to communicate. Frank Montgomery, a boy 6 or 7 years old, living near our village, broke a leg this afternoon while jumping on a wagon. His limb struck the tire of a wheel, and both bones were broken.
Greenview was started when the Jacksonville branch of the Chicago and Alton Road came through, eight years ago, and has never shown half the life and progress exhibited this year. Five stores and a dozen private houses have been built, and others are rising. In addition to the above a bank building is nearly completed, and a bank if about to be opened by Alkire & Co. Jilson Payne, the builder, has just put in a burglar-proof circular-door safe, weighing 4,600 pounds.
Odd Fellow's Hall will be completed in a few weeks, with a store underneath. A stirring place is Greenview, with its fine brick school house and three houses of worship.
As yet we have but few manufactories. The flouring mill of Estell & Sterling is doing first class custom and merchant work, and is a great help to the town.
We are having charming weather in Menard County, the days being almost hot. The farmers are improving their time in harvesting corn, the crop being very good. Some of them have extensive farms-that of H.H. Marbold having 3,000 acres, most of it under excellent cultivation. He selects the finest stock to fatten, and is always quoted at the top figures in Chicago. Here, as in many other places, farmers buy lean cattle from Missouri and other parts, feed out their corn to them, and send them to market. Lean cattle from Chicago are sent here, fatted, and returned. Of stock alone about sixty car loads per month are shipped to the Chicago market.
Contributed by Kristin Vaughn