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Young Men's Christian Association

“A Brief History of Peoria” by Democratic State Central Committee?  1896.

Transcribed by Genealogy Trails Staff

by W. H. Brubaker, Sec.

 

    The Young Men's Christian Association of the city of Peoria was organized seventeen years ago, and has constantly been a factor in the life of the young men of the city. At present it occupies a magnificent six story edifice opposite the Court House on Jefferson avenue, the property of the association. This building is the gift of the generous citizens of Peoria., the money therefor [sic] being raised by popular subscription. The association occupies the basement, the rear of the first floor, all of the second floor and the rear of the third floor for its own work. The rest of the building is rented for office purposes.
    The association stands for the physical, intellectual and moral welfare of the young men. Its membership is open to young men of every class, nationality and creed. It offers to young men. for a nominal fee, a magnificent list of privileges. The present membership is over one thousand.
    The association extends to all delegates to the Democratic State Convention a most cordial invitation to make the rooms of the association their headquarters during their stay in the city, and will be glad to extend to them every possible courtesy.

 

 

 

 

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Young Womens Christian Association

“A Brief History of Peoria” by Democratic State Central Committee?  1896.

Transcribed by Genealogy Trails Staff

 

by Miss Palmer, Sec.

 

    Every city to-day that is a progressive and energetic one points with pride to a Young Womens Christian Association as one of its beneficient influences, first to young women, through them to the whole city. What is the aim of your work? is the question repeatedly asked by those who first come to know of us.
    Our aim as young women, members of this organization, is to help every young woman in every way.
    We are not a charitable nor a philanthropic organization in any possible way. The membership fees pay the salary of a General Secretary The gymnasium fees meet the salary of a Physical Director, the Lunch Department not only pays for itself but is a scarce of revenue to the Association, hence we only call upon the business men of our city to furnish us funds sufficient to pay the rent of a building and its equipment, such a structure to stand for the highest and truest womanhood of this city.
    We truly believe that no organization in this city from a business standpoint accomplishes as much for the same amount of money expended, $2,000 per year. A careful and conscientious Board of Managers uses the funds placed in its hands in the most judicious way.
    Are you reaching the class of young women you desire to reach? is another question often asked. Our answer is: just as long as one young woman in this city is receiving help from this Association, which she would not otherwise receive, whether she be rich or poor, learned or ignorant, Christian or non-Christian, just so far, are we reaching the class we desire to reach. We recognize the equality of young womanhood with character as a standard for each and all.

    Any young woman of the city of good moral character is privileged to become a member of this Association and enjoy the advantages offered to all.
    The aim of our work is four-fold. The symmetrical development of young womanhood through three channels, all of which converge to the one great source of all, the spiritual development of young womanhood.

    The first is the physical, that the young women may understand that this is a day when they must be strong in body to do the work assigned them in the world. A gymnasium is equipped, in order that we may have the apparatus needed for the best results. A Physical Directress, who thoroughly understands her work, stands at the head of this department and twice each week, the young women meet to expand their chests, straighten their backs, enlarge their muscles and ridden their cheeks.
    The second department is the social, to provide a wholesome atmosphere in the rooms, where girls can meet as girls—havingthrown about them all the influences that tend to culture and refinement.
    Socials are held twice each month, practical talks are given, many times we have interesting and instructive addresses upon subjects of travel, history, art and literature.

    The great social feature which may not at first thought, seem to come under this head is the Lunch Room, where many young women come each day to obtain in a quiet homelike place, a  simple well cooked luncheon, daintily served for a reasonable price.
    The noon hour is then spent in the West Room, at the Reading Table, or chatting in the parlors, just as each one chooses.
    The third department is the Educational which aims to offer a systematic course of study with competent teachers, for20 weeks of the year. During the past year classes have been maintained as follows: Arithmetic, reading circle, French. German, bookkeeping, shorthand, choral, instrumental, cooking, fancy work, mandolin and guitar. Any young woman who has little time to pursue the studies she desires, under the instruction of a teacher one hour each week, with some work at home, can secure lasting results.

    Not only do we seek to meet the present demand but we further desire to create the demand. We urge upon every young woman to hasten to "redeem the time" by making the best use of her leisure moments.
    The department into which every other converges is the spiritual —here we aim to lift high the standard of Christianity, and to acquaint every young woman with the life of its founder, our Lord Jesus Christ. Knowing Him they will know the secret of honest living and will become more like Him, who came not to be ministered unto but to minister, whose life was a living beatitude.    

    The Young Womens Christian Association with its 625 members is endeavoring to spread its influence among the young women of this city. The growth in two years has been very rapid and our one desire at present is that we may have in this city a much larger home to meet the present needs, whose walls shall be dedicated to the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual development of the soon young women of the city of Peoria.

 

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Telegraph & Telephone Service

“A Brief History of Peoria” by Democratic State Central Committee?  1896.

Transcribed by Genealogy Trails Staff

 

    Peoria is well supplied with both telegraph and telephone service. The Western Union and Postal Telegraph Companies both having large well equipped offices in various parts of the city.
 

THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH CO. employs a manager, chief operator, ten operators, five clerks and bookkeeper, eight messengers and two linemen.

    It has seventy wires connected with its office running on every railroad entering the city, 1575 cells of battery, three branch offices, one at the National Hotel, one at 103 South Adams street and one at the stock yards.  

    It has thirteen direct wires to Chicago and can switch through other offices enough to make the number twenty one.

 

THE POSTAL TELEGRAPH CABLE CO. has twenty Chicago wires. Eight to St. Louis. Kansas City and Springfield, six to Davenport. Des Moines and Omaha. The company has a full corps of assistants and nine sub-stations in different parts of the city.

 

THE PEORIA TELEPHONE EXCHANGE is the second in size in the State of Illinois. The plant has been rebuilt throughout during the past two years, both as to line and machinery. There are 890 subscribers connected with this Exchange and to accommodate these patrons there are in use 31 miles of poles, 2 3/4 miles of 200 wire cable, 3 1/2 miles of 100 wire cable and 2 1/2 miles of 50 wire cable, in addition to 500 miles of naked wire.

    The Exchange is at present connected with all cities, towns and villages of any importance within a radius of 75 miles and by Sept. 1st will have connection made with the American Long Distance Company and their numerous offices.

 

 

 

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