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An Early Settler.—The Peoria , IL Register, in illustration of the value of improved farms in that part of the country, mentions, that a few days since, John Zebrow of Ohio, purchased the farm of Daniel Prince for $4,375, making a little over nine dollars per acre, £100 cash, and the balance, liberal credit. The farm is well situated for limber, stone and water, and the prairie, which constitutes much the largest portion, is of the richest mould. It is one of the oldest and best farms in the county, having about 300 acres under cultivation, and an apple orchard of bearing trees. The buildings, however, are of poor quality. It is about twenty miles northwest of Peoria 
The editor, after despatching[sic]  in a summary manner, the price and quality of the farm, speaks as follows of the former owner :

"One quarter section of this land had been granted to John Prince, Sen., the father of Daniel, for military services, who, being n citizen of Vermont, and looking upon land in Illinois is being rather ' out of  the  world,' conveyed it to Daniel for some trifling consideration. He not caring whether he was deemed in the world or out of it, so that he had plenty of elbow room, and being now a freeholder, set out in search of his future home.  
When he had wild much difficulty sought out the desired quarter section, he found it in the midst of a region inhabited only by savages and wild beasts. But instead of returning disheartened, and spending his time in telling extravagant stories of the impossibility of civilized men living in the West, as hundreds have done, he went to work, built a cabin, inclosed [sic]land, and raised corn. He also procured hogs and cattle, which increased with very little trouble. The Indians furnished him with venison, and he furnished them with corn. And thus he lived in peace and plenty, for the space of almost Ave years, before a white family moved into the grove, which then bore and still  moved into the grove, which then bore and mill bears his name. By this time he had a large farm, and bail grain, cattle, hogs, horses, &c. in abundance. But one thing he lacked, without which no man can be completely happy. About this, however, he did not go crazy as some foolish wights [sic] are wont to do, but remembering the old adage, ' There's luck in leisure,' he continued to make his own mush and Pat it in the most approved bachelor style, until the flood of immigration brought to his own door one precisely calculated to fill the vacuum. He accepted the boon, as any wise man would have done ; and we are told there are several more Princes at Prince's grove than immigration has supplied." 

[Portsmouth Journal of Literature & Politics, 11-09-1839 - Transcribed by C. Horton 2011]


The corner of Bridge and Adams streets is to be highly improved the coming season. 
For a long time this corner has been an eyesore to all the people and especially to visitors, for it is right in the heart of the city and daily passed by thousands. 
On the upper side of Bridge street was the old rotten trap of a building, for so many years used as a Chinese Laundry. It was so old that it was liable to fall down. 
Right above it on Adams street was a bill board and on the corner of First and Franklin streets, about a hundred feet away, was another billboard. 
On the lower corner of Bridge street was another big bill board. The corner was certainly a disgrace to any city, but in a month or two it will be extremely difficult to recognize the locality. 
A year ago the bill board was removed from the corner of Franklin and Adams and a neat though small store was built. This marked the ear of progress. 
A few weeks ago the board at the corner of First street was taken out and a neat store building is now almost completed there. 
Then the disappeared the one below the City Hall, where another small though store is now complete. 
Lastly the board at the corner of Adams and Bridge was hauled away and E. Zelta is now putting up a good building for Ed Darst. 
It will be brick, two stories high of large dimensions and cost in the neighborhood of $10,000. It will be complete in a few weeks. men were set to work repairing the old laundry, but it is to be torn down altogether, and it is probable a new building will be put up as it is too good corner to stand idle.
Peoria Daily Transcript, April 21, 1891 [Candi Horton, 2007]

A Bargin- I Have of the finest lots in Bismarck Place, built up around, close to Garfield School and Home of the Good Shepherd, which I desire to sale. 
This is a bargin in them. One fourth cash, balance in one, two and three years with six per cent interest on deferred payments. R.M. Hanna.
Peoria Daily Transcript, April 21, 1891[Candi Horton, 2007]

Ten Left- There are only ten lots left in the Fairhelm Addition, Averyville, these are offered at $600. each, but will be worth a great deal more when the Straw Board Mill starts up. They are nice, dry lots with a good views as any in Peoria off the brow of the Bluff s. [No name was listed as to whom was selling these lost-ch]
Peoria Daily Transcript, April 21, 1891[Candi Horton, 2007]

Big Real Estate Deal
The real estate business is picking up. there has been a number of small transactions of late. 
One larger than common was purchased of the Luthy tract,
next to the water works, by W.E. S. Bunn. There are sixty-three acres in this and the price paid was $25,000.
Peoria Daily transcript, Friday July 24, 1891 [Candi Horton, 2007]




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