|Stark County News, Toulon IL, January 8, 1875
Superintendent Abbott was in town this week and spent a whole day with our school. He speaks very highly of the order and method of instruction and from him we learn that our children are being taught something that will be of practical benefit in life. We were favorably impressed with Mr. Abbott's method of visiting schools and believe him to be the right man in the right place.
We learn that Mr. Jacob Taylor is fatting a turkey for a new year's roast. Those who get a bid will be lucky, for Mr. Taylor knows just how to roast it and Mr. Taylor is an adept in entertaining company. We understand there will be quite a crowd invited and may we be one of the lucky ones.
Our little town is lively. Mr. Fuller is driving a brisk trade in grain and is paying as high prices, we think as any dealer in the county. Mr. Newell is doing a good business in hogs and paying all the market will allow. Dr. Evans is selling groceries, confectionaries, patient medicines and all the best brands of cigars at bottom prices.
Our school suspended business at 12 o'clock last Thursday and repaired to the Grove school, for the purpose of visiting Miss Walsh and her numerous charges. We learn from one of the scholars that they were kindly received and politely entertained. During some speech making that took place our teacher inferred that it was the duty of all to make their mark high, and that he had concluded to be president of the United States, and hoped that Miss Walsh would be the president's wife. Miss Walsh in reply remarked that although she could not consent to become the would be president's wife, he should receive the suffrage of herself and scholars.