Misc News

Mason City Journal, January 8, 1875

Joe Kincaid and Johnny Williams captured two foxes near Irish Grove, on Wednesday the 30th ult.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Mason City Journal, January 15, 1875

Uncle George Spears, of Menard county, says that a little tobacco boiled with corn and fed occasionally to hogs is a sure preventive to all diseases, hogs are subject to. He has tried it with invariable success for the last fifteen years.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Mason City Journal, January 29, 1875

On Tuesday night a week, Mr. A.K. Riggin lost seven head of fine cattle, who died from some unknown disease, or was poisoned. The cattle acted in the same manner that the twenty head did that died some months since, on the same farm. There is something strange connected with this matter, and we hope it will be shortly ascertained whether or not Mr. Riggin's stock has been poisoned.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Mason City Journal, January 29, 1875

One Jasper Higgins, of Petersburg, took his three year old child last Thursday morning, and left the country, deserting his sick wife because she had been a long time sick and he was tired of supporting her

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

The Daily Inter Ocean, Feb. 16, 1889

The residence of James Greene near Tallula, Menard County, was destroyed by fire last night, with all its contents. Loss, fully $15,000; insurance, $5,000. It was the finest ---------------------------- county.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Urbana Daily Courier, July 15, 1903
A panther escaped from a show at Greenview recently and is said to be wandering about Salt Creek bottoms.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Belleville News-Democrat, Aug. 20, 1906
Given $25,000 Wreck Damages

Albert Rothschild, of Petersburg, has been given $25,000 damages from the Illinois Central for injuries in a wreck last September at Thawville, Ill.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Urbana Daily Courier, July 16, 1919
A child born this week to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Monroe of Tallula made the twenty-fourth of which the former is the father. The father is 66 years of age and his wife, his third marriage, 36.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Belleville News-Democrat, Jan. 19, 1920
Real Wolves Make Fine Hunting in Menard County

Wolves, made bold by the severe weather of the past month, have made their appearance in Menard county. One big fellow, weighing 60 pounds, has been killed, and the farmers in that neighborhood are organizing for a hunt that will exterminate all others in the district.

Roy Ritter, a farmer of western Menard county, was the first to complain of the marauders. He saw a big grey wolf leap into his barnyard, pick up a young pig and get away before he could interfere. A number of farmers were called together and a hunt organized with three packs of dogs.

The wolf trail was picked up at 1:30 o'clock by the dogs. Men on horseback and others in motor cars, who kept to the roads, followed until 5 o'clock until the wolf took refuge in a road tile drain, where it was killed.

The big hunt to kill off all the remaining wolves will be staged in a few days.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

The Decatur Daily Review, July 27, 1923

Farmers Near Petersburg Get Badly Excited

Petersburg, Ill., July 27 - A harmless agricultural student from the University of Illinois was mistaken yesterday for one of the escaped patients from the Chester hospital for the criminal insane.

Excitement spread rapidly when it was reported that a "wild looking man" was wandering from field to field acting in a peculiar manner.

Farmers and farm hands armed themselves with guns and traced the "wild man" by his foot prints, and overtook him on the property of James Graham, near Fancy Prairie.

They approached him with guns extended and demanded his name and business. The student stuttered in amazement, and when his temporary fright abated, told them he was only "a poor student" making soil tests

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Daily Illini (University of Illinois), November 10, 1923

Southern Part of State Feels Earth Tremor

Springfield, Nov. 9 - What is believed to have been a single earth tremor was felt tonight in several towns in Cass, Mason and Menard counties, within an area of 45 miles of this city. The seismic disturbance was of such intensity that it broke dishes in houses and shattered window panes.

The towns which reported the tremor were: Chandlerville, Tallula, Saidora, Kilbourne, Virginia and Oak Ford. Residents of Tallula, where the tremor was felt at 10 o'clock, believed there had been a serious explosion in or near Peoria. Several were towns then reported the tremor. At Tallula and Chandlerville residents declared dishes were broken, window panes shattered and furniture in the rooms of houses rocked. It was declared the shock felt like an explosion of an underground gas pipe line.

A phone survey of other towns near the affected area disclosed the information that no shock had been felt. No earth disturbance of any sort was felt in this city.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Urbana Daily Courier, April 21, 1928

Discovers Den of Wolves
Tallula, Ill., - A den of five young wolves was found on the George Steinkruger farm, five miles northeast of here. The cubs were about three weeks old.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

The Farmers Weekly Review, December 18, 1929

Grosboll & Irwin Win Trip to Paris
Two Illinois girls, Nancy Grosboll and Mary Jeanette Irwin, both of Petersburg, Menard county, are to take a free trip to Paris, France, as a reward for winning the championship over teams from all other western states in a clothing demonstration-team contest. This contest was held in connection with the Nation 4-H club congress at the International Livestock exposition, Chicago. Two chaperons, expenses paid, are to accompany the girls. In the demonstration which won the Paris trip, the two farm girls showed the proper selection and use of dress accessories. They took five different types of dresses, including afternoon, party, street and house clothes, and showed what accessories, if any, in the way of beads, belts, bags, shoes and ties, should be worn with each.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn