Misc. New from the Past

Kappa, Illinois

The Minonk Journal - Saturday March 4, 1882

  • Robert Glass returned from Chicago, on Tuesday.
  • Mrs. E. Barsby spent Sunday at Amboy with her son and other friends.
  • Sam and Charles Waugh, who started last week for Kansas were detained four days in Decatur, Ill. by the washing away of a bridge on the Wabash.
  • James Ceon and wife returned on Saturday from a four weeks visit to Indiana.
  • Sam Starkey has gone to Indiana, where he expects to remain all summer.
  • Irwin Whitmore, of Rappenhanock Station, Virginia, is expected to arrive at Kappa soon. He will make his future home with his brother, Homer.
  • A new blacksmith and wagon shop will soon be built in the northern part of the town by Messrs. Harper & Brady.
  • The case of Camp Kelsey, of Michigan, against Joseph Starkey, of Kappa, which as been in the courts for three years, and has obtained considerable local celebrity, has just been decided by the appellate court in favor of Starkey. A fuller account will be found in another column.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jones are making their farewell visits to their many old friends at Kappa. They have lived at Kappa for thirty years, and have made many true friends, who sincerely regret their departure.
  • Alva Jaynes leaves on Monday, for Normal where he will attend the spring term of school.

The Journal (Minonk) - Saturday, April 22, 1882

  • George Hall, a ten year old boy, erst (?) while of Kappa, but at the present of nowhere, started off on Saturday to seek his fortune. He has often ran away before, so his absence causes no great amount of solicitude, but this is his first escapade since meeting with his alleged change of heart and joining the holiness folks some three weeks ago.
  • A card of thanks - On April 2nd, when preaching my farewell sermon at Kappa, an envelope, containing a handsome amount of money was placed on the pulpit with my name upon it. The donors will please accept our thanks for the money, and also for the groceries in a separate package. Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Tobias.
  • Harry Monehan spent Sunday with his wife at Kappa.
  • Miss Ella North (and not Lewis, as the types made us say last week) is teaching school in the Lewis district.
  • Harry Barsby, of Amboy, spent Sunday with Kappa relatives.
  • The conference of the evangelical church closed its session on Tuesday last. The new minister who is sent to take pastoral charge of the work at El Paso and Kappa, is a you man of great ability and earnest piety. He has the reputation of being a great worker and is said to be a great worker. His name is W. A. Unargst and is unmarred. Rev. Mr. Unargst will preach his first sermon at Kappa at 3 p.m., on Sunday, April 30.
  • Miss Ella Corbitt has gone to Bloomington, to remain some months.
  • Mrs. Bartby is putting in a month very acceptably at Normal.

The Journal (Minonk) - 1882

  • Mrs. Hannah O'Niell has returned from Philadelphia, and is making her home at Mr. Henthorn's.
  • George Greer, Jr., and family, have moved into the Al. Mott house.
  • Ambrose Taylor, of Bloomington, has bought the John Hibbs property, and with his family will soon move into it.
  • Mr. Nepphi Brown has sold his forty acre farm to John Messer, for sixteen hundred dollars.
  • Miss Ida French, of Amboy, is expected to arrive at Kappa next week, to make a long visit.

The Inter Ocean Feb 28, 1877

  • Kappa, Woodford county, Ill Feb 27 - An old man named Gardiner, living here, while walking today on the Illinois central track between this place and El Paso, was struck by a train and received injuries that my result fatally.

 Kappa, IL Tornado - Chicago Daily Tribune, Chicago, IL 18 May 1858

The storm of Thursday evening proves to have been even more violent than we at first supposed.

John Taylor of this place accompanied Sheriff Moore to Kappa yesterday. He gave us the following particulars last evening:

Fred Moore, Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Willis are dangerously hurt. The two children (aged one year) not hurt. Mrs. Moore was found about twenty rods from the site of the house. She had both of the children (her own and that of Mrs. Willis,) with her, and was endeavoring to keep them on the ground, and shield them from the rain. She does not recollect how she got hold of them. Fred Moore and Mrs. Willis did not come to their senses until Friday forenoon. A wash tub belonging to Mrs. Willis was blown three-quarters of a mile, and several chairs were blown over a quarter of a mile from the house. All who were in the house were more or less bruised by the stove and furniture. MR. TOOLEY was killed instantly. The house turned over three times before it went to pieces.

The station house at Kappa was unroofed; and three or four private houses suffered in a similar manner. Two barns this side of the Mackinaw were blown over, and four horses were killed.

A gentleman who met Mr. Taylor in Kappa on Friday morning, said that while coming in from the country he saw ten farm houses which had been overturned. They were all within a distance of four miles.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Feb 21, 1913
Mrs. Goodspeed of Bloomi8ngton is visiting friends here.
Thomas Crowe of Paxton returned to his home Thurs. after a few days' visit here with his brothers.
The funeral of Mrs. Will Yerion was held at the church Wed. afternoon and was largely attended. Many relatives from a distance were in attendance. Mrs. Yerion was born at Lincoln in 1868 and came to Kappa when a little girl. She was married to W. A. Yerion Feb. 1, 1891. Rev. Mr. McNear of El Paso, officiated. W. W. Dunmire, O. S. Kring, Mrs. Gull and Mrs. Thompson sang several selections. Mrs. O. S. Kring presided at the organ.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Apr. 4, 1913
James O'Connell sowed oats on Tues., the first in this vicinity.
Miss Frances Erskine, who has been quite sick, is much improved.
Mrs. Ina Geiselman, of Secor, is the guest of her parents here, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Thompson.
Mrs. Porter returned on Mon. from a short visit with her sister, Mrs. Spencer Allen, at Normal.
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Crowe have gone to housekeeping on the Yerion farm, which Mr. Crowe will farm.
Mrs. Schofield and Miss Belle Shur, of El Paso, were the guests of Mrs. J. W. Mann on Tues. afternoon.
Mrs. and Mrs. Hiram Harper returned on Mon. from Lexington, where she visited her daughter and family for a week.
Mrs. D. Paul was very pleasantly surprised on Tues. by a number of ladies who invaded her home with well filled baskets, reminding her that it was her birthday.

The El Paso Journal, Jan 4, 1940, pg 6
C. D. Witt was a business caller in Eureka Tuesday.
Brade Rankin and son of Iowa called on old friends Sunday.
Jesse Nevius and family spent Sunday and Monday in Chicago.
Hal Harpe of Towanda was a Sunday visitor in the Floyd Thompson home.
Nellie Culp of Washington was a Sunday guest of her cousin, Elaine Lampe.