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 Thomas and Brown Drug Store in Wyoming
Stark County News, Toulon Ill., April 28, 1859
New Drug Store at Wyoming
Our readers will see by an advertisement in today's paper that Messrs. Thomas and Brown of Wyoming have opened a Drug store at that place. They are both enterprising young men and we have no doubt but they will meet with success in their new business. We have been acquainted with Dr. Thomas for several years and know him to be careful, accommodating and honorable in his business habits; as a physician, we know of no one who has taken more pains to quality himself for the practice of his profession. We wish him abundant success.


Stark County News, Toulon Ill., October 29, 1859
We spent most of one day in Wyoming this week, among the friends and patrons of the News, and find business quite lively there. The steam mill is really a credit to the place, being no "one horse" affair at all, but quite an extensive concern. It makes a business like music for the whole village. Our friend Dr. Thomas, had just returned from Chicago, with a new stock of drugs and groceries. He has a large lot of perfumeries and toilet articles, fluid lamps, notions &c., which he is selling at fair prices. We also called at a new store in the upper end of town and found Mr. Payne opening a large stock which he proposes to sell at Peoria prices and from some things which we examined, doubt if Peoria can beat him very much. He showed us a good quality of white suger, 10 ½ lbs. for a dollar and many other things proportion. He is agent for two men in Peoria, who furnish him with goods to sell at their prices. Our readers in the vicinity of Wyoming will have cheap goods near home.
Wyoming is a pleasantly situated town, with as fair prospects as any other of its size, and whenever the railroad is completed it will be an important business point and form a market for a large scope of excellent farming country. There is both capital and energy there and it only needs a good thoroughfare - a good railroad (they will have it, one of these days) to make it a business town.

The Bradford Republican, Thursday, June 25, 1885

Lycurgus Ellsworth lost a valuable horse Sunday night.
Isaac Thomas has been adding a new roof to his house.
Harvey Decker left us Saturday for a short sojourn in LaFayette.
It is reported that Mrs. Ed. Ditman is very low and not expected to live.
J. H. DeWolf and family have moved to the rooms over Cox & Co's drug store.
Charley Geesey is no longer a widower, as Mrs. G. returned Monday.
The pavement in front of Fulks' store is being repaired. James Johnson is doing the work.
Robert Jordan and Melvin Otman spent Sunday in town, returning to school on Monday.
Mrs. Charles McMillen and her little daughter have gone on a visit to Jacksonville, this state.
The black-boards at the South Side school have been removed and new ones will be substituted.
Rev. John Mitchell returned last Friday. Mrs. Mitchell and children will remain in Canada a part of the summer.
The roof of E. A. Trimmer's new building will be covered with tin. This will require 3,5000 square feet, or a trifle over one-sixth of an acre, and will weigh about 5,500 pounds.
There are two culverts on the south road between Gun Bailey's and the iron bridge that are sadly in need of repair, and unless they are fixed might cause the township some damage.
Peter Sanner returned last Saturday. During his absence he was called upon to assist in the funeral rites of his mother, she having passed away Sunday, June 14th, at her home in Janesville, Wisconsin.
Appearance indicate that Doug Colwell has more business on his hands that any man in the town. With five assistants, he is rushed from morning till night, and his trade is constantly increasing.
J. H. DeWolf, agent for Moore's road grader, reports excellent success. In three weeks he sold sixteen graders, six of which he sold in one day. There is no doubt but it is a good thing, and it cannot fail to give entire satisfaction wherever it is introduced.

The Bradford Independent July 2, 1885

Mrs. Charles Phenix and daughter May of Bradford, were in town last Thursday.
Mrs. Winfield Scott, Mrs. Viola Keeling, Miss Caddie Simms and Will Scott took the train for St. Paul last Thursday.
G. B. Hamilton, an Independent typo, from Bradford, took in the sights of our city last Sunday. He was the guest of Rush Swift.
Ed. O'Donnell, formerly of the Post, bore down upon us last Saturday and remained till Monday, visiting old friends, masculine and feminine.
Ed. B. Hamilton, one of Wyoming's boys, shook hands with his old friends here last Monday. He is night telegraph operator at Nora Springs, Iowa.
Robert Kingsley, of Valley township, has lost four horses this spring by some unknown disease.
Georges Rakestraw and Copestake will assist in rendering sweet sounds in Bradford on the Fourth, to enable the gay and festive youth, to trip the light fantastic. Do you catch on?
Prof. Comstock, the cyclo man, is still alive, as he was walking around town last Saturday, hunting for a rival agent, who is selling 144 volumes of Johnson's Cyclopedia for thirty-five cents.
"Judge" McKean, of Duncan, was on our streets last Friday. He declares that trade is dull at that place and should he fail on the post office, he will return to the scene of his former conquests.
Dr. O. C. Darling and Lewis Alpaugh, of Bradford, covered our town with fancy colored posters last Monday, to inform Wyomingites that their town would celebrate the glorious Fourth.
It is rumored that the small frame building, now occupied by J. Burns, will be moved out and a brick building erected in the place of it, to be occupied by Hawks & Barrett for a hardware store. It is to be hoped that the rumor is a correct one.
The man with the square hole auger was in town last Monday and aroused the wonder and admiration of all who saw him. There is no longer any doubt about the possibility of boring a square hole. It can be done, because we saw him do it.

The Bradford Independent July 9, 1885
Mrs. Charles McMillen returned home last Monday.
James Stancliff's barn burned last night. Loss about $300. Cause unknown.
Mrs. E. Schuettge, of Buda, a former resident of this place, visited friends in town last Sunday.
C. H. Hamilton, better known as Henry, spent the 5th in our town. He is looking well and is growing to be a large boy.
E. A. Timmer's fast horse "Myron," did not win any prize at Galva last Saturday, all reports to the contrary notwithstanding.
Cox & Co. have erected an aquarium and miniature fountain that is rather unique. It is simple and inexpensive and rather pretty.
R. D. Howitt is snugly ensconced in his new quarters, the old bank building. Ed has one of the nicest little jewelry shops in the county.

The Bradford Independent July 16, 1885
Bennie Foster is at present in Omaha, Nebraska.
Lew Alpaugh, the jeweler of Bradford was in town Monday.
H. Phenix, one of Bradford's bankers was on our streets Monday.
The grass in the South park has been mowed which greatly improves the appearance of the same.
Foster Coulson of the North Side, was closed last week by the sheriff, the goods being sold to Hammond & Walters.
Last Sunday, while playing ball, Walter Wrigley and young Prentiss, of the North Side, were severely injured by running into each other. They were knocked senseless and remained unconscious for some time. At last accounts they were going well.

The Bradford Independent July 23, 1885
Harvey Decker returned home from La Fayette last Saturday.
George Shriner is very low at C. P. McCorkle's with typhoid fever.
Miss Jennie Adams of Elmwood is visiting with Miss Drucie Procter.
Walter Washburn, one of Bradford's merchants was in town last Friday.
E. A. Trimmer is sick abed. We were not able to learn the nature of the illness.
William Pilgrim of the firm of Pilgrim & Washburn of Bradford was on our streets last Monday.
Charlie Montooth of Bradford passed through here last Monday on his way to the county seat.
Charles Pattison the blacksmith who has been working for T. W. Bloomer is very sick with typhoid fever.
John Woods of Elmwood, who has been visiting with his uncle, Julius Barnes, returned to his home last Friday.
Charley McMillen is home again. He reports a good trade in his line, and expresses himself well-satisfied with the road.
John E. Decker returned from his eastern visit last Saturday. Neil Conover claims that John saw better corn and a finer country in New Jersey than anywhere during his travels. However, we have nothing but Neil's word for it.
Frank Steer has been speculating. Last Monday he bought from a little boy sixteen boxes of matches for a quarter. Five minutes later he found that he could buy twenty-five boxes of the same king for twenty-five cents of J. Smith. Frank is down on the match boys now.
The pretty, pretty school "marm" is abroad. We see her in the morning and we see her again at night, we see her in the evening when the moon is shining bright. But she must be careful of her very susceptible heart, for Len Cook is on the war path and we all know that Len is a "crusher," from Crusherville this state.

Wyoming Community News
Bradford Independent, Bradford IL, August 6, 1885

Mrs. George Tyrel's millinery parlors have been moved to the building lately occupied by E. D. Hewitt as a jewelry store. The rooms have been repapered and painted, and present a really nice appearance.
The draymen of our place being rivals in business, met in sanguinary conflict last Saturday to determine who should carry a grip sack to its owner. Judging from appearances only Hendricks conveyed the grip.

Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 27, 1885
Dr. Magee has been on the sick list for the last week.
Miss Jennie Scott left here Saturday for a visit with friends in Princeton.
Rev. Mr. Jones and E. J. Edwards attended the Oak Hill camp meeting over Sunday.
E. A. Trimmer is gaining slowly, but we trust surely, and in a few days he hopes to be able to ride out.
Last week there was considerable excitement over the case of Mrs. Clark, a woman over 70 years of age living three miles north-west of here, having wandered away from home, while doubtless deranged. The last we heard she had not yet been found.

The Bradford Independent, Bradford IL, September 3, 1885
Mrs. Dix Ryan of LaFayette was visiting her brother, P. H. Smith the last few days.
Mrs. Hattie Fulton, of Bloomington, is here visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Barrett.
Mr. and Mrs. P. K. Cross and Miss Tucker did not return from their summer vacation until Monday.
Mrs. E. S. Teeter, son and daughter have just returned from a month's visit with friends and relatives at Chatsworth.
The North Side has once more got a meat market, W. J. Bond having opened one in the building vacated by Foster Coulson.
Uncle Daniel Bunnell, of Toulon, has decided to return to Wyoming, and has bought the Robinson house, opposite the Baptist church.
James Fern, who is visiting in the state of New York, will probably remain there, having been offered a good position in a dry goods store there.
William Rennick recently sold his fine trotting colt to John Eastman for four hundred dollars and by good horsemen the colt is said to be cheap at that money.
J. W. Walters has moved into his fine new residence. He has one of the most convenient and well finished houses in Wyoming. Mr. Oakley will occupy the house vacated by Mr. Walters.
Cooper Snare is here on a visit from Southern Minnesota. He thinks corn looks as well there as here, and nearly as far advanced. They have not been annoyed with grasshoppers there.
E. A. Trimmer's family seems to have more than their share of sickness. Mr. Trimmer is just commenced to recover from a long run of fever, and now his daughter Alice is down sick with fever.
Our own venerable judge McKean has finally abandoned all hope of getting the Duncan post office and moved back to Wyoming, and will open a shoe shop in the building north of Boyer's restaurant.

The Bradford Independent, Bradford IL, September 24, 1885
George Gilman, of Castleton, has decided to sell out and move back to the state of Maine.
A. W. King has been quite sick for the past few days but we understand he is now improving.
Jasper Bogard and wife, old time residents of Wyoming, but no of Iowa, are visiting friends in this vicinity.
A new walk is being laid on Galons Avenue from John W. Smith's residence to the North Side school house. It is made of two inch plank and is five feet four inches wide. A similar one has been laid from Seventh Street to the South Side school house.

The Bradford Independent, Bradford IL, October 8th, 1885

Mrs. Ed. Chapman is visiting friends in Mackinaw.
Thomas W. Bloomer left Monday for Chicago on business.
Charley Moore has bought the property recently vacated by Piper and owned by Foster Coulson.
Ab. Kerns' team indulged in a lively runaway Monday on the North Side and smashed things up at a bold race.
Mr. Piper shipped his household goods to Ohio. He expects to go back to his old home and try to live a more private life.
George Hartly is very sick, suffering from the effects of an injury received some time since. He is supposed to be in a critical condition. Dr. Magee is in attendance.
The Hopkins sisters have closed their business here and moved to Aurora where they will carry on dress making. They are excellent young ladies, besides experienced competent dress makers.
The North Side is to have another dry goods store. James Hunter and Will Harts have formed a copartnership and will commence business in Bond's building, which is being refitted up in good shape. We wish the new firm abundant success.

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