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Mr. Perkey's Grist Mill
Stark County News, Toulon Ill., September 24, 1859
A New Invention
Mr. Perkey of Bradford, Stark County in this State has lately patented a new grist mill, run by lever power, for one half of the right of which this State he has been offered, we understand, the sum of $20,000. Mr. Perky is a hard-working blacksmith and a most worthy man by whom this good fortune will be duly appreciated. Not having seen the model we cannot describe it but we hope to be made acquainted with it at our County Fair - Bureau Co. Republican.



Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 31, 1883
Bradford
J. M. Morris started for Wichita, Kansas last Tuesday. Herbert Mokler and John Batham will attend the wants of customers during his absence.
Mrs. A. S. Crawford goes to Quincy in a few days to visit relatives and friends, expecting to be gone several weeks.
Noyes & Sturm shipped one car load of hogs to Chicago last Monday.
Mrs. J. P. Saunders went to Elmwood and Peoria to spend a few weeks before returning to her home in Nebraska.
Mrs. Emma Hayden is convalescing. She was able to dine with the family on last Sabbath, it being the first time in many weeks.
Michael Carroll of La Salle spent Sunday in town, the guest of his brother John.
Dr. Darling, our young physician was called to London Mills last week on professional business.
Our schools are efficiently managed now, by a good corps of teachers. Mr. Barto having charge of the higher room, Miss Ella Rogers the intermediate, Miss Sara Little the primary, all doing good work.
Bradford is well represented at the water cure, located at Hamilton, Ill. Some report themselves gaining in health and flesh.
ING JERRY



The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 14, 1883
Bradford
Miss Sarah and Laura Whithy went to Henry last Saturday.
Mr. E. Buster of Toulon was in town Monday.
Chas. Teeters, an old resident of Bradford, but for some time living at Wyoming, is reported as near death with no hopes of recovery.
Mr. and Mrs. Sandham spent Monday in town. Mr. Sandham is enjoying his school work and performs it with an interest.
Mrs. M. E. Robinson, one of our milliners, has been quite sick with sore throat.
J. E. Noyes has been enjoying the company of his uncle Ben Brown and son of Galva.
T. F. Fate has raised a fine large barn in his farm in Milo.
Our town is being repaired with new walks.
Hattie Saunder was obliged to dismiss her school this week on account of severe sickness.
Born to John Flood, June 3d, a son.
Mrs. A. J. Green of Monmouth is visiting parents and relatives.
Mr. Barto, the teacher in our school has accepted the position of principal in Toulon school, salary $900.
Mrs. Rowe and Mrs. Parks are visiting with their sister, Mrs. Dator.
ING JERRY



The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, July 19, 1883
Bradford
Mrs. George Walker and Miss Hattie Vantassie, who have been visiting here, returned to their homes in Peoria on Wednesday.
Mahew and Decker shipped one carload of cattle and one of hogs to Chicago Monday.
The concert given by the M. E. Sunday School, under direction and management of their pastor, Rev. T. J. Wood, passed off very nicely, the children executing their several parts in a creditable manner.
Eight or ten couple went from here to Senachwine Lake on Sunday.
H. C. Petitt of Princeville, formerly of Bradford, goes to Chillicothe in September as principal of the school at a salary of $800.
Our village brass band gave us a fine concert on Sunday afternoon.
A majority of our teachers went to Wyoming this week to attend the teacher's drill under direction of Superintendent Sandham.
M. R. Saunders, a successful teacher in instrumental music, went to Chicago this week in the interest of his business.




The Bradford Republican, Thursday, June 25, 1885
The new porch on Morris Fowler's house improves its appearance very much.
Mrs. A. J. Stone of Englewood is visiting her daughter, Mrs. H. J. Baldwin.
Mrs. Martin's mother and a Mrs. Welton from Chicago have been visiting her recently.
Mrs. Florence Sweet paid her parents here a visit of several days since our last issue.
Frank Thomas and wife, of Wyoming, visited Mrs. Thomas' parents here on Friday last.
Hoffman & Carroll have the contract for doing the plastering of a nice residence in Tiskilwa for John Blessing.
A little boy of James Taylor's sustained a fracture of the arm on Friday last. Dr. Davison treated the little fellow.
The masons are at work on the foundation of a nice farm house for James Gorman, who lives northeast of Lombardville.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Harris, the latter a sister of the young lady who has been visiting at Deacon Britton's, have been here several days on their wedding trip. We believe they have departed for their home at Friendship, New York.
A. V. Whitney, traveling agent for the Peoria Transcript, paid a business trip of a couple of days duration to Bradford last week and succeeded in securing quite a list of subscribers to the daily edition of that paper, which we believe to be one of the very best cheap dailies published.
A. J. Stephenson, a brother of Mrs. E. S. Root, with his family, visited in town a couple of days last week. Mr. Stephenson is professor of languages in the State University of Iowa, located at Fayette, and seems to be a very pleasant, agreeable gentleman, very different from - but then comparisons are odious.
Miss Mary Evans, a sister of Mrs. E. P. Deyo, is now visiting friends at LaSalle, Illinois.
Dave Fink has been painting during the spring at Toulon, He was in Bradford a couple of days recently visiting chums.
Thomas Brown, of Milo, sold our buyers here recently fifty-four hogs thirteen months old, which averaged three hundred and sixty-two and a half pounds.
There is nothing that more surely indicates the thrift and prosperity of a town than to see neatly painted houses and fences, yards smoothly mown, trees well-trimmed and streets and alleys kept free from grass and weeds.
Dr. O. C. Darling of Bradford, Ill., and J. W. Porter, of Clear Creek, Ill., were here visiting friends last week. Both are Summum boys that are making their mark in the world, and our citizens are proud of them. In fact Summum has turned out more professional men than any town of its size in the state, having furnished to the world ten physicians, one preacher and one editor. - Summum Correspondent Lewiston News
John Morris is now here on a visit from his studies at Champaign University.
Henry Crass and wife, of Tiskilwa, visited their uncle's family, W. P. Dator, on last Friday.
The E. W. Houghton Lumber Co. of this place, received a large invoice of choice lumber the latter part of last week.
Misses Lillian and Minnie Hamilton returned last Saturday from a ten day's visit with friends in Wyoming and Bishop Hill.
Our road commissioners are not very busy repairing bridges and grading the low places in the roads. Mending their ways, as it were.
William Leet has returned from his trip to Iowa. He is the owner of quite a tract of farming land near Capt. Stewart's and George Grey. Mr. Leet informs us that owning to heavy and protracted rains, the crops in Iowa are not looking first rate at present.
George Philhour, the carpenter, who went west several months ago, is back again. There is nothing to hinder George from doing as well there, as elsewhere, if he wills to do so. Like many another, he strove to take refuge from trouble in that which but makes trouble.
D. F. Champerlain, a former resident of Osceola township, and a member of the first company and regiment sent to the war from Stark county, is now the proprietor of a hotel at Eagle Rock, Idaho, from whence he sends greetings to old comrades and friends of the 19th, with photographs and letters to Dr. Boardman.
We learn of the second marriage of Robert Hunter, who formerly lived in Wheatland, but who since the death of his first wife, removed to Tiskilwa.
John M. Hayes, erstwhile editor, attorney and pedagogue paid this office a visit on Monday of this week. John, we believe, is now a resident of LaSalle county.
M. M. Bayne, of Winona, agent for the Canton, Ohio, Wrought Iron Bridge Company, spoke his piece to our road commissioners the other night, to but little effect.
H. B. Hinman has a letter from his wife, dated Chicago, June 21st, in which she says that Mrs. George Bodie was very low with the chances against her recovery.
It was James Sturm instead of Will Terwilliger who had his foot badly cut. Jim is getting along all right but mad as hops that the sympathy is all wasted on the other fellow.
The law suit of the Village of Bradford vs. A. J. Sturm, was continued on the 17th for ten days, with the agreement between the attorneys that it should be continued from time to time until July 27.
D. S. Burroughs' wife and daughter of Wyoming were registered at the Bradford Hotel one day recently. There were on their way home from a visit to a brother of Mr. Burroughs, who resides in the northern part of Bureau County.



NEWS-BRADFORD
The Bradford Independent July 2, 1885

Michael Carroll, of LaSalle, formerly of this place, is now here at work at his trade with his brother J. F. Carroll
Owen Sharkey went to Chicago last week with a car load of fat cattle, his own fattening. He returned Saturday evening.
Mrs. G. D. Wintero is home again from a short visit to Sparland. Lucky she came when she did, so George was almost dead; he couldn't have lived much longer.
B. G. Howes has returned from Iowa, whither he went some (..?..) weeks ago with a car load of fine graded young stock for his farm located thirty miles from Davenport.
A. S. Sturm bought, near Glassford recently, a matched pair of brown ponies. They are beauties, fine drivers, and perfectly matched. In fact, too nice a team to be driven to death in the livery business.
Mrs. Sadie LaMont nee Curtine, formerly one of our favorite young ladies, but now of Pullman, is here on a visit. Mr. Lamont will be here to spend the Fourth, then returning at once to his home, while Sadie will stay for some weeks.
M. R. Saunders has bought a new wind mill and pump of Deyo Bros., and erected a large tank several feet from the ground, so that he will be able to water his garden and flowers with a hose sprinkler. It will also be useful in case of fire.
We notice in a report from the postal department, that the offices at Toulon and Wyoming have been reduced from presidential offices to that of fourth class. The income not being sufficient to keep them in the grade in which they recently had been placed.
H. J. Wilcox is putting up a large hay shed on the farm where he lives.
Dr. Landreth, of Princeton, also visits Brimfield in his professional rounds.
Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Swift of Wyoming were visiting friends here this week.
J. C. Ryan, of Grafton, Nebraska, a cousin of Thomas Real of Milo, is now here on a visit.
Miss Sadie Little intends going to Chicago to visit her sister and other relatives until after the Fourth.
Uncle Caldwell visited friends at Neponset several days recently. Just returned a couple of days since.
H. Phenix is putting up a barn on his farm. B. H. Clark and his assistants are the builders.
George Sykes and wife have gone on a visit to his relatives living in New York. They will be absent three or four weeks.
The law case of W. L. James vs. L. A. Young has been appealed to the circuit court.
Two cases of suicide in Gilson yesterday; a young man, and lady, who were kept from marrying by the obdurate parents of the lady.
Uncle Robert Hay, and his niece, Miss Mary Baker, have returned from Arkansas, where they hae been for some weeks visiting the mother and brother of the latter.
A Mr. Lincoln, of Monica, visited W. H. Sterling yesterday. And by the way, this selfsame Sterling, can now be found at home, ready to do anything in the photographic line.
John McKibbon sold out his stock of goods Monday of this week and left town. For some time he has not been doing a profitable business, and since the hard times set in last fall trade has been very slack; this with a credit system, conspired to this result. He had been a good natured, pleasant business man here, and wherever he may settle, we wish for him a more successful business career.
Fred Peterson, representing John S. Davis' Sons, Davenport, Iowa, has been assisting E. S. Root canvassing for the Oscillating thresher this week. Several machines will be put here this season.
B. F. Thompson was over from Toulon on Saturday evening. Monday morning with his wife he returned to Toulon.
Robert Norval, sometimes known as the boy preacher from Prescott Canada, delivered an open air sermon here on Saturday afternoon.
The cottage located on First Street, recently purchased and refitted by Mrs. Hay, late of Chicago, presnts quite a near and home-like appearance.



The Bradford Independent July 9, 1885
Misses Nellie Gray and Emma Staneliff of Wyoming were visiting friends here over Sunday.
James Peak has gone to Chicago to see the physician with whom he has been doctoring for some months.
Mrs. W. P. Dator has returned from her Nebraska visit. It is hard to say which is the most pleased, the Squire or Miss Jennie.
F. J. Liggitt, the assessor, returned his books to the clerk this week.
Capt. Thompson has been required by the post office department to file a new bond as post master. This he will do by presenting a bond signed by men whose aggregate wealth will amount to over a million dollars.
J. L. Hoffman is a work in Tiskilwa.
John and Miss Mary Wood, brother and sister of Mrs. C. E. Prouty, were here celebrating.
A party of young folks from Buda, spent a very pleasant day and evening visiting the family of J. H. Bray on Tuesday.
Capt. Geer and family of Kewanee were in town a couple of days recently. They were the guests of Abram Phenix.



The Bradford Independent July 16, 1885
Herbert Foster is working for John Anderson taking care of his horses.
Michael McNulty has gone on a pleasure trip to Chicago to be absent three or four days.
C. F. Hamilton and family visited friends in Sparland and vicinity Saturday and Sunday last.
Haden Fonte was up town on Monday of this week for the first time since his accidental shooting. His foot is yet very sore.
Joe Stephenson, big, burly, good natured Joe, came over to run the celebration. While he was here, he determined to stay and make of visit.
Aaron Blessing is working in the flour store for F. C. Rotham, until Mr. Rothem shall have sufficiently recovered to attend to the business himself, which we all hope will be but a short time.
E. A. Boardman is away on a visit of a month; first to visit with friends at Ottawa and afterward to the old home at Paw Paw.
Miss Carrie Eyck, of Buda, visited young friends in town several days recently. Carrie always received a warm welcome from her school friends of a few years ago.
Mrs. Wall, a sister of Mrs. E. S. Root, from Sparland, is here to spend the summer of the benefit of the health of her child, a little boy about three years old, affected with malaria.
Rev. J. E. Wasson wishes to announce that he will preach a sermon to the children on next Sunday.
H. Phenix visited Peoria the first of the present week.
Prof. F. C. Wilson and family have gone a visit to friends in Henry and Kendal counties. They will probably be absent from three to four weeks.
Misses Emma Terwilliger and Rosa Seely were Wyoming visitors Wednesday.
John Flood was in Peoria on Monday and Tuesday of this week. A business trip.
Frank Davis, of the firm of Teets & Davis, of Wyoming, was in town one day recently.
Frank Thomas and family of Wyoming were visiting in town on Tuesday of this week.



The Bradford Independent July 23, 1885
David Kerns of Wyoming, was a visitor in Bradford one day recently.
Archis Terwilliger and Frank Campbell drove to Princeville Saturday evening, returning Sunday evening.
The Misses Bocock, of Castleton, and Miss Carrie Holgate of Wyoming were calling on friends here on Saturday last.
Uncle Fuller has just completed his job out at W. H. Edminister's where he has been painting the school house.
Mrs. A. N. Harwood expects soon to take a trip to Battle Creek, Mich., for the purpose of visiting relatives who reside there.
A. M. Ringland has bought a new marble top wash stand, or fountain: perhaps we should say, for use in his barber room. It is a fine one.
James Deisher is putting his livery buggies through a course of rejuvenation. The Democratic Club Room is the studio and Harry Ewing the presiding artist.
We have been informed by Mr. E. Pettit, of Castleton, that the grasshoppers are making fearful havoc in his oat field and that they are doing considerable damage to other fields in his neighborhood.
T. B. Wall, of Wyoming, has received the appointment of gauger in the revenue department at Peoria. "Bent" will accept our congratulations on his appointment. If all the selections made by Collector Wilson are as meritorious, no fault can be found by the most "offensive partisan."
H. D. Cummings and J. W. Doyle returned to Bradford again on last Saturday evening.
Hand bills are printed announcing the "Harvest Home" ball, which will be given at Deyo's hall on the evening of July 31st.
Austin Eyck, and son Will, of Buda, came down on Monday morning to revarnish E. D. Calef's residence at Whitefield Corners.
We have samples of pen work, executed by Miss Lochy Harrison, on exhibition at this office, which are elegant specimens of artistic skill. Call and see them.
One day last week Dennis Owens came in town to receive treatment for a severe cut in the head, received by falling from a load of hay. The injury was a severe one.
William Leet's residence is being repainted by Thompson & Alpaugh. The color, we should say, was a stone color, with darker trimmings and looks very neat indeed.
Hugh Crawford of Monica, was a recent Bradford visitor.
C. F. Hamilton made a business trip to Toulon on Tuesday.
Teachers are attending the drill at Wyoming. Hot weather for dry work.
J. L. Kamm Jr. paid a business trip to Davenport of Friday and Saturday of last week.
Fred Peterson, the "sandy built" machine man, was in town a few minutes on Sunday last.
Will Sweet and Frank Plummer of Kewanee, spent Sunday and Monday with John Boardman in town.
Miss Carrie Eyck returned to her home in Buda Sunday evening after a pleasant visit of several days with friends here.
William Leet has put in a new set of scales at the depot elevator for weighing grain. They are of the Howe pattern.
James Peak went down to Monica Monday, taking charge of Hugh Crawford's mare, which John Anderson has had in training for the past two months.
Bennie Foster has returned from Omaha, where he went a couple of weeks since, with the view of securing a position. He was not successful, we understand, in the place he was looking for, but will undoubtedly soon be assigned to a position elsewhere.
A. S. Stephenson and wife were visitors at E. S. Root's Saturday and Sunday last, returning on Monday morning to Sparland, there to remain a couple of weeks, when they will return to Fayette, Iowa, where Mr. Stephenson has charge of the schools.
J. H. Bray is again quite sick. Some weeks ago he was confined to the house for several days. We understand he is much worse than before. Mrs. Bray's brother, David Lams, of Buda, with J. H. McConihe, of Princeton came down to see him on Monday afternoon.
John Rule and daughter Catharine, father and sister of Mrs. J. G. Boardman, visited here a couple of days last week.
H. B. Hinman shipped four car loads of grain fed cattle last Tuesday. They were of his own feeding and were beauties.
Mrs. G. C. Lombard was called, several days ago to Buda, to be there with her mother, a very-aged lady, who is dangerously ill.
The residences of A. S. Thompson and Morris Fowler are neat and pretty with their new dress of paint. Ewing & Ewing were the artists.
William Redding, of Penn Township, has engaged Thompson & Alpaugh to do the painting on his residence, which he is erecting this summer.
J. N. Kitterman, of Lombardville, will undoubtedly call on many of our readers soon, canvassing for the "Life of General Grant." This is an opportunity for helping a deserving, crippled soldier by buying the life history of the most renowned and illustrious soldier of the age.
Dr. Boardman has a letter from Ed., in which he gives a very minute and interesting description of the scenes as he viewed them in a recent visit to Starved Rock and other points of interest in that vicinity. We should be glad to have a descriptive letter from Ed for the Independent, as he writes a highly interesting letter.
Uncle David Plummer returned from Kansas on last Friday evening. He walked from Wyoming up, he says, but some of the boys say he walked more than half the way from Kansas because he was "broke." However, we don't believe that story. It does look very foolish for an old, feeble gentleman as Uncle David is to undertake so long a walk as from Wyoming to Bradford. We asked him if he was awful glad that he did not happen to meet the fool-killer on the way.
Harry Patt, youngest son of A. L. Patt, has been visiting young friends in town for the past couple of days. But few of Harry's former acquaintances now recognize him, a few years make such changes in the looks and appearance of a youth. His father's family at Dexter, Iowa, we are glad to learn, are well and doing well.



Bradford News
The Bradford Republican, Bradford IL, July 30, 1885

William Leet is having his corn shelled this week.
J.A. Klock of Wyoming made us a pleasant call last Tuesday.
Mrs. Ray who has been sojourning in Chicago for a short time, returned home last week.
James Lord, a typo of the Chicago Tribune is visiting his parents in Milo and recuperating his health until cooler weather.
Our old friend, Maj. Powers made us a pleasant call last week. He is interested in the manufacture of felt goods at some point in the east.
Miss Kellar and sister of Buda were in town one day recently for the purpose of securing a house to occupy with her father during her school, for which she is engaged here.
The family of Joseph Cross, who moved from this county to some point in Oregon last spring, returned here on last Saturday. Mr. Cross expects to return also in about one month.
We are sorry to learn that J. H. Bray is still quite low.
Mr. Ackerman a typo employed on the Knox County Republican, made us a pleasant call the first of the week.
The Tiskilwa Tidings, published by A. V. Averill, was recently received. It is newsy, but hardly up to the standard in mechanical execution.
August 12th is the time set for the camp meeting at Wyoming. The Oak Hill meeting will be held August 21st.
The law suit of the village of Bradford vs A. J. Sturm, was continued on the 27th to Monday, August 10th.
Phenix & Sturtevant shipped a car load of horses to Boston on Tuesday evening. One of these neatly arranged palace horse cars was used.
Miss Addie Boyce of Wyoming, and Miss Jennie E. Norberg, of Bishop Hill, are visiting the Misses Lillie and Minnie Hamilton this week.
It is reported that Nate Stewart, who lives about four miles west of here, was prostrated with the heat yesterday. We did not learn any particulars.
Father Moynihan of Utica, officiated at the Catholic church on last Sunday, preaching an excellent sermon. He was greeted with a rousing congregation, a number attending from Wyoming and other distant points.
L. T. Reagan, superintendent of the Morris public schools, will give an illustrated lecture in the Baptist church this evening on the travels and explorations of Livingston and Stanley in Africa.
David Kerns, of Wyoming was on our streets again last Friday. We notice him here quite frequently of late, in conversation with some of our business men. As he has sold his farm east of Wyoming, possibly he thinks of locating here. Come along David.
Last Friday, while Johnnie McIntee was cutting some growing corn with a corn knife to make way for the harvester to pass around an oat field, the knife by some means deflected and struck him on the left leg below the knee, cutting quite a gash, which will incapacitate him for work for a few days.
Herb Mokler had quite a tussle shoeing J. C. Blaisdell's horse, "Dexter" last week. The horse objected to having his feet handled. Herb insisted that he would handle them; the horse objected again in vigorous language, threw Blaisdell through the side of the shop, piled Herb up in a corner, broke his fastening and went home. He was brought back and Herb finally persuaded him to have the shoes put on. Herb still wears some of the effects of the tussle, but will be all right in a few days.
The other day Jake Hoffman was getting ready to start to Tiskilwa to finish up a job of plastering that he had on hand there and among his traps were his working shoes - number seventeens - regular mud scows. These he sat down on the sidewalk at Rockhold's corner and went off and left them, where they were discovered next morning, leaning up against the store, with a label across the bottom of each, reading "Emblems of Masonry." Jake should not expose his "emblems" to the public gaze and night (?) as recklessly.
Yesterday morning, just as the boys were finishing the cutting of Major Ames' oats, the horses attached to the harvester became frightened and started to run, the driver having got down to move some bundles out of the way. "Babe" Davison was riding the off horse in the lead, but he could not control it; he was thrown off, but managed to grasp the name tag, by which he held on like "grim death to a nigger." Had his grip loosened he would have been killed instantly, as he would have passed under the harvester, with the sickle in motion. The horses kept running at full speed until finally the master wheel was torn from its place and the two leaders became detached and swerved out of the way of those yet attached to the machine, when Babe let go his hold and landed on the ground safe and sound, well pleased that his ride ended as luckily for him as it did. The three horses continued to run until they landed in a ditch. No injury to the horses and no serious injury to the harvester.



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

Dr. Huntly of Buda made our town a flying visit the latter part of last week.
Ewing and Ewing have taken the contract to paint several buildings for M. Thurm.
Dr. Sharp, the dentist from Buda, who visits our town once a week is receiving a liberal patronage.
Austin Eyck, and Mr. Stevens, of Buda, were pleasant callers at this office the first part of the week.
A. M. Ringland is suffering from neuralgia in the face, which effects one of his eyes quite seriously.
Henry Seely, a former resident in this vicinity, but now of Henry, was in town on Monday calling on old friends.
We are pleased to see our old friend J. S. Botham again on our streets, and hope that he may soon regain his usual health.
James Deiser and Harry Ewing have opened a paint shop in the armory building, for the purpose of painting buggies.
The clerk of the Bradford Hotel is off to Peoria for a few day's visit, which leaves L. A. Young, the proprietor with his hands full.
Miss Jennie E. Norberg, of Bishop Hill, and Addie Boyce, of Wyoming, who have been visiting friends here the past ten days, returned home on Monday.
Mrs. Freeman Wright of Lombardville is here visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dator.
E. B. Hamilton, who has been visiting his parents here for the past month, left yesterday for Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
We very much regret to learn as we go to press, that J. H. Bray, who has been sick for some time, is in a very critical condition. Dr. Huntley, of Buda, was called in consultation this morning.
The new sidewalk ordered by the village trustees at the July meeting, has been put down as ordered by street Commissioner Cushing, and the streets along which it is laid graded up in good shape. A much needed improvement and will be appreciated by those living in the south part of town.
Ed Boardman is home on a visit from the northern part of the state.
Hart Damon is out with a new chaise or road cart, bought of C. R. Thompson.
Mr. Hickey desires to thank his friends in Bradford and vicinity for their sympathy and kindness in his time of trouble.
J. C. Blaisdell returned Wednesday evening from his visit to Henderson County and reports having a good time generally and a very pleasant visit.
Grandma Blaisdell returned from her visit to Henry County on yesterday afternoon. She did not enjoy her visit as much as she anticipated on account of the extreme hot weather and an attack of ague.

Bradford Community News
Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 13, 1885

Frank Reed of Elmira has been in town several days recently.
Miss Nellie Jordan, of Creston, Iowa, is visiting friends here in town.
A card from M. J. Hull tells of the good fortune attending him in his business at Roseville.
Bessie Sturm, youngest daughter of A. J. Sturm, now living in Kansas, is expected home every day.
Mrs. Anna Davis, nee Anna Richardson, of Charlestown, Mass., is here on a visit to parents and friends.
We noticed Dr. William Griswold, formerly of Milo, but now of Memphis, Tennessee, attending the Grant memorial services here on Saturday.
A son and daughter of Rev. J. E. Wasson are now here with their father. The son, we are sorry to say, is quite sick.
Born, July 31, 1885, to Mr. C. Moffitt, a son. Mr. Moffitt now resides in Montana. Mrs. Moffitt, nee Hayden, is here on a visit to relatives.
William Pilgrim has gone West on a trip of recreation and business.
Herbert Mokler is still lame from the effects of his scuffle with the colt.
Luke Code has lost over fifty head of old hogs and seventy-five head of shotes with hog cholera.
Mrs. Florence Sweet, who has been here with her parents for some weeks quite sick, is much better.
C., B. & Q. bridge builders have this week repaired the bridge on Main street, by re-covering with new plank.
Thomas Abbott paid A. J. Sturm ten dollars for abusing one of the latter's livery teams the other day. A warning to others.
A. J. Sturm and H. J. Wilcox took a trip to Henry yesterday.
Miss Jennie Rockfellow, of Galva, is visiting her sister, Mrs. M. R. Saunders.
Henry Washousen, of Peoria, a friend of Adam Leim, made a short visit in town this week.
T. B. Wall, of Wyoming, was in town yesterday in the interests of the Wyoming Fair Association.
W. H. Hoover and family have been gone the most of the week on a visit to friends in Marshall and Peoria counties.
Bob Jones has been talking of having H. R. Mayhew arrested for several days. Wish he would and give us an item.
Decker & Mayhew had a horse badly gored by a vicious cow, which was being driven in from near Whitefield, on Wednesday.
C. S. Payne, of Wyoming, was in town yesterday. Uncle Charlie is the originator of many a business enterprise in that burg.
A letter from W. B. Foster tells of his good fortune at Little Rivre, Kansas, and invites us to remove this office to that place, but at the same time orders two dollars' worth of the Independent.
Charlie Perkins recently threshed with his steam thresher twenty-four hundred and twenty-three bushels of oats in seven hours, and now offers to wager that he can thresh more oats in a given time, all things being equal, than any machines within a radius of ten miles.
We are informed that Mrs. Geo. Bodie is slowly regaining her health. She stood the trip home from Chicago fully as well as was anticipated by her friends.
Orlando Brace, County Treasurer, and his brother, M. M. Brace, of Elmira, were in town Tuesday of this week and made a pleasant call at this office. Come again.
Rev. Kellar, formerly of Kansas, is in town awaiting the arrival of the household goods. His daughter, if the teacher engaged by our directors for the intermediate department for the ensuing year.

Bradford Community News
Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 20, 1885

Mrs. Seely has much improved the appearance of her home by new paint.
Miss Rogers of Wyoming, has been visiting with friends in town this week.
N. W. Foster has bought of M. C. (Sturm?) the acre of land cut off the center of his farm by the railroad.
Joseph Exley has been visiting Bradford friends recently. Joe is a smiling, pleasant and agreeable a fellow as ever.
We learn that Rev. Wasson's son is some better of the fever from which he has been suffering since coming to Bradford.
Miss Jennie L. Bevier has gone on a visit to friends residing in the East, and Doc. - well we won't say anything about him; he is too cross just now.
Workmen from the Haxtum Steam Heating Company have been busy for several days putting in the heater recently bought by William Leet for his residence.
T. J. Copper of Princeton was in town on Monday of last week. Mr. Cooper is quite a connoisseur in horse flesh, and is the owner of several good horses.
Miss Britton, who has been spending the summer with her uncle's family, has gone to visit with friends in Cambridge, from where she will return to her home in the East.
Quite a number from here attended camp meeting in Wyoming on Sunday. All, we believe, enjoyed themselves, but report the number present to be somewhat less than usual.
Aaron Blessing has commenced the learning of the "art preservative" in this office. It is a rough and rugged road to travel, but the race is not to the swift, but rather to the diligent.
R. H. Sterrett, of Titusville, Pennsylvania is on hand again in the interest of the gas company, which has leased lands in Milo. If a few more tracts can be secured, work will be commenced at once.
James Mugg and wife, of Kokomo, Indiana, father and mother of Mrs. J. L. Matthews, have been here on a visit this week to their daughter.
We notice C. E. Barney of Kewanee, a Bradford visitor recently. He was accompanies by an Uncle, also by the name of Barney, from New Hampshire, and were visitors at H. R. Mayhew's.
A. M. Ringland, feeling the need of rest, has secured the services of an expert assistant, Chester Dow, of Canton, and while nominally of the lay off himself, yet will be in charge of his business the most of the time.
Paddy McManus drove his team in town one evening recently, and hitched them on Peoria Street east of Rockhold's store. In some manner they became free from their fastenings, and ran home - about two miles, with a top buggy and made the turn into the barn yard without breaking a thing or injuring themselves in the least.
Someone not having the fear of the law nor the prophets before their eyes, have circulated the report that c. H. Perkins was using an unconscionable amount of fuel with his thresher engine, thus injuring his business. The facts are, that he threshed eight hundred bushels of oats for H. Phenix with the use of five bushels of coal.
Miss Emma Terwilliger is visiting friends in Princeton this week.
Miss Edith Clark spent last Sunday visiting with friends in Buda.
Several cars of stock were shipped on Saturday by Noyes and Durgan.
Our County Line letter came just about an hour too late for this issue.
Mrs. Henry Swinnerton, of Wyoming, visited friends in town Wednesday of this week.
Sam Jackson wields the saw and cleaver at the City Market during Mr. Fouts' absence.
E. W. Houghton stopped in town Friday night. The lumber firm here are doing a good business.
Several people from here attended probate court in Toulon this week; settling up the Daniel Woodward estate.
John McIntee and wife drove to Tiskilwa Saturday, when they took the train for LaSalle, and from that place they drove to Starved Rock, where the annual encampment of the Illinois National Guards was in session. Mr. McIntee informs us that the crowd was estimated at seventy-five thousand people.
Mrs. Clark has received her new millinery goods for the fall trade, as will be seen by references to our business locals.
Lewis Fouts goes to Iowa this week. We hear he contemplates buying property there with a view of removing.
Mrs. A. N. Harwood started on Wednesday on her contemplated trip to Michigan, where some of her relatives reside.
Barnes, of the Peoria Journal, passed Sunday at the Milo Stock Farm. He is the purchaser of two or three fine colts from Mr. McKean.
D. L. Reid has gone to Beardstown, this state, for the purpose of buying a car load of melons. He is expected back this evening with his melons.
Mrs. George Cushing visited in Wyoming several days recently; and they say Uncle George crowded an hour earlier every morning in consequence.
Miss Sara Little is home from her visit to relatives in Chicago.
J. M. Morris is back again on the old stamping ground. He says he is heavier than ever before in his life.
F. F. Brockway was in town the earlier part of the week, and we understand he bought out the grain business here of William Leet.
W. R. Owens was compelled to come back to town for his second load of meat on Thursday, having sold out the first load before going his usual rounds.

Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 27, 1885
Serren Alpaugh has leased Deacon Britton's farm for a term of five years.
A number of old soldiers and citizens are attending the reunion now in progress at Henry.
Col. S. L. Somers again visited Bradford this week, for the purpose of seeing to the tiling, and other improvements of the Corcoran farm in Milo.
Charlie Sutphen has been here among old friends for a week. He has been making some changes in the homes first provided for his children.
Two law suits running at one time, was the sensation here one day last week. The Village vs A. J. Sturm and Edwin Ferris vs Josiah Deyo. J. E. Decker appeared for the defendant in the first named and for plaintiff in the latter, and won both cases.
Harry McCorkle, A. J. Moatz and Jerry Cox, all of Wyoming, we have noticed in town within a week.
S. G. Hatch of Wyanet, says, "change my paper to Tecumseh, Nebraska." All right Sam, it is done.
Mrs. J. C. Stoughton has been very sick at her home in Wyanet. Her mother, Mrs. Leet, has been with her for several days.
Rev. J. L. Matthews is visiting his wife's parents at Kokomo, Indiana. His place in the pulpit will be supplied during his absence by Rev. Moore, of Buda.

Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 27, 1885
The long looked for change has been made in our postmastership; as on the 25th inst. William P. Plummer was officially notified that he had been appointed postmaster. The change will not be made until his bond shall have been approved. C. R. Thompson, the retiring incumbent, has held the office for a number of years, and has given, so far as it is possible for a person to give, universal satisfaction. When Mr. Plummer shall assume control of the office, he has our best wishes for his success.



The Bradford Independent September 3, 1885
John Hickey has commenced the construction of a new barn - one of the finest in the county when completed - 10x64 and 24 foot posts.
John Anderson has started on the fall campaign at the county fairs with his trotting horses. We wish him unlimited success. May his horses have the speed and wind to "get there."
Will Plummer has rented the Abbott building, across the street from The Independent office and is now fitting it up for a post office, and we believe will put in a stock of stationary and notions.
J. E. Noyes went to Chicago with a shipment of stock on Monday evening.
H. J. Wilcox and wife are attending the Henry county fair at Cambridge this week.
On Tuesday A. J. Sturm moved into his new house just completed west of the railroad bridge.
Miss Anna Foster has engaged to teach the school in Valley Township, known as the Wm. Gill district for the ensuing year.
Frank Bevier's young "Knox," ran away in town the other day attached to a sulky. Fortunately neither horse, driver nor cart was injured.
Levi Fulk tells us he has had two sheep stolen in the last couple of weeks. Evidently some one has a taste for mutton. Whoever it is should be careful that his tooth does not take him into limbo.
T. D. Pettegrew, who lived in and near Bradford for a number of years, but who has been West for the past two or three years, and is now living in Toulon, paid his friends here a visit the earlier part of this week.
George Prouty, the eldest son of Joshua Prouty, who has been absent from Bradford a number of years, has been here for several days recently, in the interest of a boot and shoe firm who he is now representing.
Mrs. J. R. Jones and the twin girls, Jessie and Bessie, spent Sunday with friends in Neponset.
Mrs. Silas Geer of Rockwell, Iowa, with her daughter, Mrs. Foster, is visiting friends in Bradford and vicinity.
Will Turney, formerly station agent at Lombardville, but now of Wataga, has been circumnavigating this section for several days.
Will Miller and Miss Minnie Ansley, of Chicago, have been visiting Will's parents here recently. Looks to us uncommon like a wedding might occur in the future not far distant.
Mrs. Abigail McVicker, of Kewanee, formerly Mrs. A. D. Kibbee, of Bradford, paid a visit to acquaintances in this locality recently. She is yet the owner, with the other heirs, of the farm in Saratoga Township.
White Jones, a brother of J. R. Jones from Cloud County, Kansas, is here on a visit. He was a member of Company B, 112th and attended the reunion of the regiment last week. The Independent will give him the news from home during the next year.
Mr. J. J. Gunning, of Neponset, agent for Western lands, was in town the first part of the week, in the interest of a grand excursion Tuesday, September 8th.



The Bradford Republican, September 10, 1885
N. F. Rackley and wife, of Malden, were recent guests of W. AH. Hoover.
The boys are back from the Henry County Fair and report having had an excellent time.
The Baptist people have improved the appearance of their church yard by putting in new walks.
Mr. Barlow and daughter, from Iowa, father and sister of Mrs. Albert Smith, are now here on a visit.
D. L. Reid remembers the financial condition of the poor printer by sending in a delicious melon. He has a car load of others just as good.
Uncle John Hall and daughter, Mrs. Booth, accompanied by the Misses Hannah and Jennie Hall, have gone on a visit to relatives at Strossburgh, Nebraska.
Mrs. John Hulburt, of Elmwood, is now with her mother, Mrs. Macklin in Bradford. Mrs. Hulburt's health has been very poor for some months and we believe she is now considered to be quite dangerously sick.
A reunion of the old comrades of the 57th Ill. Vol. Infantry will be held at Princeton, Ill., on October 6th and 7th. Full and ample arrangements are being made for the accommodation of all the boys who attend.
Samuel Wragg is engaged moving his house, which was formerly situated back from the road south of town, to a lot on Fourth Street, west of Peoria Street. He does this in order not to be so isolated, and also to be nearer to school and church privileges.
By measurement it has been ascertained that the distance from the depot to the new post office building as eighty-two rods, thus making incumbent on the post office department to yet carry the mails. The new room is nicely fitted up, and looks as neat as a new pin.
N. D. Steward, whom we spoke of having bad luck with seed corn last June, (having planted the third time) eventually re-plowed of portion of his corn land and sowed it with Hungarian seed, and not it is estimated that he will have at least a thousand bushels of the latter for sale.
Our school opened up with an attendance of one hundred and twenty-two. We are sorry to see a number of boys loitering on the streets who should be in school. It is the duty of parents to see that their children attend school. In their after years the boys of today will unavailingly regret the carelessness of the parent in not compelling attendance.
Mrs. Bray will soon occupy the residence of Mrs. Dutro.
J. S. Botham is yet, we regret to say, very much out of health.
Miss Hettie Burt is away on a visit to relatives in Mendota.
James Lesan has removed to the Conger house, lately occupied by A. J. Sturm.
We had a call from Woodard, the real estate man of Bureau County, on last Friday.
Miss Ella Wolfe, of Wyoming, has visited Mrs. F. C. Willson several days recently.
John Anderson won first money in the 2:40 race at Cambridge fair with his mare Edith.
H. J. Baldwin will soon remove his family to the residence occupied by the family of the late J. H. Bray.
J. E. Noyes expects to go this week on a two months trip to Vermont where his relatives mostly reside.
The costs in the case of the Village vs. Abner J. Sturm amount to fifty-five dollars and ninety-five cents.
Wm. Pilgrim returned from his Nebraska farms on last Wednesday evening. He says the crops in the west are excellent.
J. S. Botham has been again considerably under the weather during the past week. For several days unable to attend to business.
The ravages of the hog cholera throughout this section has, during the season, been of almost incalculable damage to the farmer.
The freight was held at Vermont about two hours last Monday evening for a car load of watermelons, to be dispensed at the Wyoming fair.
J. Porter, an attorney of Bureau County, will commence the practice of law in Bradford as soon as he can make the necessary arrangements for removal.
J. F. McGaughey, of Camp Point Journal, is now visiting Bradford with his sister, Mrs. A. S. Crawford. We acknowledge a short but pleasant acquaintance.
A. A. Young of West Jersey, visited "mine host" of the Bradford Hotel Saturday and Sunday. He is the owner of a very fine pair of driving colts, well mated and fine steppers.
G. L. Haskins is selling an arrangement for use in ironing and polishing shirt bosoms, which works to a charm. No family should be without one, nor indeed will be, after having used them.
John Hickey is putting into his new barn a cistern which will hold near five hundred barrels of water. Five thousand brick are used in its construction. The barn itself will be a model structure when completed.
B. H. Clark expects to start today for an extended visit with friends in Massachusetts and Maine. His health, which is very poor here, is much better in the eastern states, and it is on this account, mainly, that he takes this trip.
Mr. R. M. Terrell, an old time resident in this vicinity, but now of Hopkins, Missouri, is visiting here a few days with friends and relations. He reports bountiful crops in his section of Missouri. The Independent will keep him posted in the future.

The Bradford Republican, September 17, 1885
The hog cholera throughout this vicinity has become epidemic.
Mrs. Mordecai Bevier has visited friends in Toulon for a week or more.
Mrs. Frank Thomas, of Wyoming, visited her parents here on Tuesday of this week.
One day last week there was no blacksmith in town, all being absent attending the fair.
Circuit Court is now in session, taking quite a number from this vicinity to Toulon.
L. D. Fairbanks and family, of Buda, spent the Sabbath with his parents in Bradford.
The Haxtun Steam Heater men are here making improvements on C. W. & H. Phenix's heater in the bank.
Supervisors are in session at the county seat this week. A special session was held last week, Tuesday.
Frank Campbell, who has been clerking for Rockhold, has given up the place and returned to his home at Lewistown.
J. L. Lighthall's troupe and Spanish band took dinner at Reid's restaurant on Sunday, on their way from Wyoming to Tiskilwa.
The Stark County Legislature is in session this week. M. Bevier, the member from Osceola Township, went over to the County Capital on Monday.
The Misses Wilson of Cambridge, visited relatives in Bradford a number of days recently, returning to their home on Saturday last. They are nieces of Deacon Britton.
C. A. McMillen, of Wyoming, is now clerking for Rockhold. For number of years McMillen was employed by King Brothers in the mercantile trade in Wyoming, and comes with the best of recommendations. We understand that he intends to remove his family to this place as soon as a suitable house can be procured.
A son of S. Sutherlad was kicked and quite seriously hurt by a horse on Friday of last week, but is now doing well.
C. A. Pratt, of the Bureau County Times, having received his commission as postmaster at Buda, will assume the duties of the office about October 1st.
One more unfortunate in luck. This time it is Barnum of the Princeville Telephone. He has been appointed postmaster at Princeville. Congratulations brother B.
Coming in from the country early Monday morning A. M. Ringland lost both of his shoes, and never knew it until preparing to retire. It was but a pair of rubbers, though and he was on his way home from a visit to a young lady, so he was in a measure excusable. We can offer good advice to young men similarly situated, and that is to stop on their way home every few rods and see that they have their clothes all on.




August 12, 1886 (Reprinted August 16, 1939 Bradford Republican)
H. Phenix has recently bought a Hedrick perpetual baling press which has attracted a good deal of attention.  It will be operated by steam power.
Mother Fairbanks and son, Stokely have gone on a visit to Nebraska.
Mrs. Elton Boyce of Stanton, Mass., who has been visiting friends in this section returned to her home Tuesday.
William Pilgrim and wife visited friends at French Grove, Peoria county from Saturday until Tuesday.
Miss Hettie Burtt returned from her visit to Mendota last week.
Simon Cox, of Wyoming was a Bradford visitor last Tuesday.
G. E. Prouty made a flying visit with friends here the first of the week.


September 11, 1890 (Reprinted September 11, 1940 Bradford Republican)
Mike Carico this week emigrates to Dallas County, Iowa.
Ed Decker, John Finnegan, Alva Ames and Morris Fowler took premiums with their colts at the colt show at J. H.Jamison & Co.s, barn Saturday.
Mrs. Reardon and family of Keota, Iowa are visiting in the Patrick Finnegan home.
Jacob Thurm, or Hahn, as he is sometimes called, has rented the Horton elevator at Lombardville and refitted it for business.
Squire Dator has gone to Nebraska on a visit and to recuperate his health.
A. R.Hepperly, clerk of the district court at Ellsworth, Kansas has been a visitor with the family of J. N. Ketterman.


January 23, 1896 (Reprinted January 24, 1951, Bradford Republican)
R. Rakestraw, of Wyoming, has received a patent on a swinging gate.
Hosea Harmon's public sale, held Thursday of last week, brought fair prices.  Next week the Harmon family will move to Fillmore county, Nebraska.
C. R. Capperrrune returned to his studies yesterday morning in Dixon.  He has been home about a week between terms.
Squire Bocock, W. A. Washburn and William Weeks are attending a Masonic school of instruction in Dixon this week.
E. Andrews is now making a specialty of the three best brands of cigars made.  The Royal Sport, American Seal and Havana Rose.
William Ribley marketed a nine month old turkey this week that weighed 30 pounds.
The Thomas Imes family left recently for their new home in Des Moines, Iowa


October 19, 1910
(Reprinted October 18, 1950 Bradford Republican)

Dr. and Mrs. R. W. Sharp and daughter, Hazel, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Tyschen spent Sunday in Mendota, the trip being made in the Ford.  They returned home Monday morning.

Thursday afternoon Mrs. Otis Montooth and children and niece, Sophia Christianson, returned from Idaho, where they had been during the summer months.  Mrs. Montooth feels improved in health and strength.

A letter received by Mr. Peter Phenix from her daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Murchison, says that in Alberta, Canada, where they have been located this season, there was snow in the air a few days ago. Mr. and Mrs. Murchison will not winter in Canada, but are making their way by easy stages to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mr. and Mrs. William Steimle and family last week moved to their farm property a few miles southwest of town.  During the summer the place has been improved by the building of a fine residence, barn, granary, and other farm buildings.

Peter Thurm returned from Peoria on Monday evening.  He has been there a week with his son-in-law, Nic Stauffer, who under went an operation for appendicitis.

Mr. and Mrs. John Tumbleson are here for a visit with relatives.  He has taken a lay-off day from work in a Galesburg foundry and will visit his parents in Kansas before returning to work.

Mrs. Arthur Wilson and babe arrived yesterday from Marathon, Iowa, to make a short visit with relatives.

Arthur Harmon, of near Wyoming, will move to the farm where his brother, Clair, now lives, in the spring and the latter will locate on the property which he lately purchased of his cousins, the Harmon heirs.

A. Loudenburg, Morgan House, and Mike O'Brien, of Spoon River, went to Omaha, Monday to purchase cattle.


November 30, 1910
(Reprinted in the Nov. 29, 1950, Bradford Republican)

Mrs. T. J. Capperrune, son Clifford, daughter, Mrs. Ruth Hanchett and husband, went to Chicago on Saturday for a week's visit with Mr. and Mrs. Cady R. Capperrune.

John Kimble is here from South Dakota to spend the winter, leaving his father to take care of the ranch.

Arley Harwood has forsaken the vocation of traveling salesman and has become junior partner of the firm of Weisenborn-Harwood Land Co., which has offices in the Mayer building in Peoria.

Charles Gerard who has employment with the Buda Plaindealer, passed the day with his family here.

An item to escape us last week was that of the return to Bradford of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kopp, who have proved up on their South Dakota claim.

Mr. William Austin and little daughter arrived on Saturday from their home at Mitchell, S. Dakota, and are enjoying a short visit with relatives.

Word was received here Monday by C. Huffman that lightning had struck the barn Sunday morning, on the farm occupied by their daughter, Mrs. John Nickolls, near Wady Petra, burning the structure to the ground. The loss is a heavy one and only partly covered by insurance.


January 25, 1911  
(Reprinted January 24, 1951, Bradford Republican)

Miss Ida Ketchum went to Chicago last week, where she enrolled for the spring term at the Chicago Kindergarten college.
Byron  Allen and Fred Farley, after visiting a week in Nevada, Iowa, returned home Monday.
John Barry was very much surprised Monday evening when a number of friends dropped in.  Mrs. Barrry had invited the, it being his birthday.  Oysters and other refreshments were served.
Everett Wright, of Milo, came home Friday after an extended visit in Missouri.
Having decided to move to South Dakota, Michael Malone, will have a farm sale, Tuesday, on the farm 2 miles east and 1 1/2 miles north of Bradford.


August 20, 1919 (Reprinted August 16, 1939 Bradford Republican)
Mrs. Fred Deyo of Augusta, Kansas is a guest at the home of Mrs. E. D. Rennick, and other relatives.
Mrs. J. F. Carroll received word the first of the week that her son, James had arrived at New York from France.
J. H. Bucher, linotype operator at the Republican office, received word from his parents, at Kansas City, that his brother-in-law had been killed instantly when an automobile in which he was riding skidded on the new boiled boulevard.

 

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