Alton Observer (Alton, Illinois)
August 3, 1837
Bureau county - Agreeably to an act, passed at the last session of our legislature, Putnam county has been divided
and the new county was organized under the name of Bureau county on the first of last month. Princeton has been
established as a permanent county seat. This is a beautiful and healthy town and is situated in the amidst of an
industrious and enterprising population. It is now rapidly increasing both in business and in numbers and is second
to few inland towns in Illinois. We learn there are some thoughts of establishing a printing office there - Chicago
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Alton Observer (Alton, Illinois)
August 10, 1837
The body of a man was found on Thursday last 26th ult., at Lost grove about 8 miles north west of Enterprise,
and between Troy Grove and Princeton. He was shot through the breast, stabbed, stripped entirely naked. He was
5 feet 10 inches in height, between 20 and 25 years of age, sandy hair and light beard. Two of his upper front
teeth stood a little out and two under ones a little in . He laid on his back, his feet crossed, apparently laid
out. He appeared from his hands not to be a laboring man. The murder must have been committed by an experienced
hand. - Ottawa Republican
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Notice to Sell Ahsur Doolittle Property
The Ottawa Free Trader, July 5, 1844
In pursuance of an order of the circuit court of the county of Bureau, state of Illinois, made at the last term
thereof, I will sell at public auction, at the door of the court house in Princeton, in said county, on Saturday
the 31st day of August, A.D., 1844, between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm, the following described real estate belonging
to the estate of Ashur Doolittle, deceased, to wit: the east half of the east half of the northeast quarter of
section thirty one, township No. sixteen, north of range No. 9 east of the 4th P.M. Also, the southwest quarter
of section twenty-two, same township and range: the whole to be sold subject to the widows right of dower. Terms
of sale, a credit of twelve months with good security.
Sidney Smith, Executor
June 28, 1844
Lewis K Olds Executor's Notice
The Ottawa Free Trader, March 28, 1845
The undersigned, executor of the late will and testament of Lewis K. Olds, deceased, late of Bureau county, Illinois,
will attend before the probate justice of the peace for said county, at his office at Princeton on the first Monday
of June next, for the purpose of adjusting claims against the estate of said deceased - at which time all persons
having demands against said estate, are requested to present them for settlement.
A. G. Porter, Executor
Perkins Grove, March 28, 1845. 41-4
The Alton Weekly Courier (Alton, Illinois)
April 13, 1854
A shanty, on the Central Military Tract Railroad, says the Princeton Post in the western part of Bureau county,
occupied by Dennis Daily and family, was burnt on Sunday last, by a fire from the adjoining prairie, which came
upon them so suddenly that Mr. Daily, his wife and three children, and a boarder in the family were unable to make
their escape, and perished in the flames. A little girl, the only person escaping, gave the alarm, but before assistance
arrived, the building and its inmates were nearly consumed. The boarder had dragged himself from the ruins and
lay upon a pile of boards in great agony. He lived but a few hours. - Transcribed by Nancy Piper
Grain in the West
Star and Banner (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
June 8 1855
A letter from Bureau County, Ilinois says that all the warehouses along the railroad are full of grain, and
many thousands of bushels are piled up in bags along side of the track. Long trams of cars groan under the weight
of grain with which they are loaded. The farmers plead with the buyers for more bags and the buyers with the railroads
for more cars. All the farmers have planted from one to thirty more than last year and all now looks well for a
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Burning Well in Milo
Appleton Motor (Appleton, Wisconsin)
February 23 1860
The burning well in Milo, Bureau county, Illinois, which has attracted much attention, is still pouring out
its gas, and the prospect now is that it will be made to answer both the purposes of light and heat. The gas makes
a blaze fifteen feet high, can be seen escaping very plainly when it is not burning, and can be heard six or eight
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Fondulac, Amboy & Peoria Railroad.
Taken From the Henry Republican
January 14, 1875
The survey of the Fondulac, Amboy & Peoria railroad has been made, and connects Amboy with Peoria, running
“twixt and ‘tween” the Bureau Valley road on the east and the Buda branch of the C. B. & Q. on the west. From
Amboy it touches at Sheffield, Neponset, Saratoga township, Camp Grove and Lawn Ridge, and thence to Peoria. The
Wyoming Post would divert it from Marshall county entirely, and proposes that it touch Elmira and have its termini
at Wyoming, using the P. & R. I. for connection to Peoria. By this charge it suggests it would get liberal
aid. This line will have these great corporations to fight, but how it can pay is more than we can divine. It will
be narrow gauge, and thus somewhat less expensive. The people along this new line are happy in anticipation of
“coming events” and the inclination is rampant among the farmers to give the right of way. Parties connected
with the company were at Camp Grove recently, and went through the motions of staking out the depot on William
Townsend’s place, near by Camp Grove postoffice.
May 27, 1875 - Bureau County
We regret to learn that our old friend Silas Talliaferro, a long time citizen of Bureau county has removed to
Snachwine, Putnam county, having sold his farm recently.
1877 Railroad News
Taken From the Henry Republican
July 5, 1877
The Bureau Valley railroad is 46 and 3/4 long and is operated by the C. R. I. & P., who pays the Bureau
Valley an annual rental of $125,000. It is a very profitable line to the C. R. & I. Company and is a good thing
to the stockholders of the B. V. company.
August 16, 1877
We omitted to mention in our last issue the burning of Bureau creek railroad bridge, located between Bureau
Junction and Tiskilwa, on Tuesday of last week. The fire is supposed to have caught from a locomotive of a passing
train. The bridge is 250 feet long, about two-thirds of which was consumed, some seven spans. For a time travel
was considerable blocked, but a temporary track was constructed round the bridge, and in a day or two the running
of trains was resumed without let or hindrance. A large force of hands are at work upon the "burned district"
which will complete the repairs in a short time.
November 28, 1878
Taken From the Henry Republican
The diptheria has raged through the country north and west of us. About 20 children have died. I understand
that 4 of W. S. Austin's are now sick. Jen Noye's of Saratoga is quite low.
January 15, 1880
Taken From the Henry Republican
The big Bureau creek got on a rampage at the late rise and washed out the dam of the Bureau Valley mills, owned
by John Master's Sons.
The Bureau County Republican, Thursday, September 22, 1881.
(An announcement for the All-new Wonderland World¹s Fair to appear in Walnut on 30 September 1881 and in Kewanee
on 1 October 1881:)
- Donated by Mike O'Neal
Endorsed by the Leading Press. 10,000 People Daily Acknowledge this the All-new Wonderland World¹s Fair.
The Wonderful Charest Family. The New Great Pacific!
The Most Stupendous Railroad Menagerie And Circus Ever Organized, will erect its One-Half a Million Yards of
Canvas, All Luminous with the Great $30,000 Electric Light at Walnut, Ill., Friday September 30th, 1881. And at
Kewanee October 1st.
7 Enormous Continental Menagerie In One!
Alone presenting Full a Thousand shows. Among its titanic and transcendent marvels, The Only $30,000 Living
White Nile Hippopotamus. The genuine Gore-sweating, Tremendous, Behemoth of Holy Writ. A two-ton pair of new-found
un-named Arctic Mammoths. A $42,000 Cavalcade of 14 Performing Kentucky Thoroughbreds. The largest number of the
most beautiful and best trained Horses in the world, and more than a whole show alone. The colossal $10,000 Bareback
Equestrian CHACMA, the most remarkable and intelligent animal on earth. A $100,000 Orient Caravan of Elephants,
Dromedaries, and Camels. The largest animal known to man. Thrice the Smallest Elephant Ever Seen. Fifty Tons of
Educated Beasts. The Great Robert Stickney, the Universal Genius and Hero of the Ring, the Wondrous Man and Woman
Water Witches, the Champion Circus of a Hundred Chiefs. An enormous Polar Sea Aquarium, a Huge Den of Hideous Tropic
Saurians [?], a Rainbow-rivaling Aviary, a Grand, Free, Cloud Walk, Hazardous Ascenaton [sic]. A Quarter of a Million
Street Parade. A Tidal Wave of Splendors in Procession. Three Superb Martial Musical Brigades, the New Leviathan
Locomotive Steam Band, a 100-voiced Jubilee Colored Chorus, always exhibiting just what it advertises. Each Promise
made is kept a sacred pledge. One Ticket Admits to All Advertised Shows. Children under three years, Half
Price. Two Grand Exhibitions Daily. It controls Millions, backed by Millions More, and so far as it is concerned,
No Other Show Exists.
William Leet Sells Farm
Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 20, 1885
William Leet has sold his home farm in Milo, consisting of 320 acres to Alex McCurdy of Modena, at, we believe,
$55 per acre. This is the cheapest farm at the price, that we have heard of in a number of years. A fine farm
well watered, all the conditions are favorable for the buyer to make some money in the investment.
William J. Harsh, Missing Illinois Farmer Shows Up Again
Rock Island daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.) February 16, 1892
Chicago, Feb. 16.
Farmer William J. Harsh, of Tiskilwa, Bureau County, Ills., whose mysterious disappearance in this city, Feb. 14,
1891, was the talk of the whole western country, occupied a cell at the Harrison Street police station for a few
hours yesterday. He had been arrested upon his arrival here from Boston on a warrant sworn out by his wife. Harsh
was found at the Grace hotel by Detectives Bishop and Woodruff, where he had registered: "William Harsh and
wife, Boston." The "wife" turns out to be Mrs. Anna J. Darrington, of 13 Decatur street, Boston,
and it is said she presides over a furnished room house. She met Harsh at Boston a few months after his disappearance.
Miss Roberts to the Rescue
Miss Mattie Roberts, who accompanied the pair from Boston was also comfortably situated at the Grace hotel when
the officers surprised Harsh and Mrs. Darrington, but she was not arrested. She accompanied Mrs. Darrington to
the police station however and remained with her until bail was furnished at 8 o'clock last night. Not only did
Miss Roberts induce J. W. E. Thomas, the colored attorney, to go on Mrs. Darrington's bond for $800, but also secured
the release of Farmer Harsh, the same bondsman becoming surety.
Calls the Farmer "Pop."
In referring to Farmer Harsh Miss Roberts invariably calls him "Pop." And if appearances are any criterion
Farmer Harsh rather likes this endearing term. Harsh and the two women went back to the Grace hotel. The disappearance
of Harsh was a deep mystery for several weeks and the Chicago police department hunted high and low for him. The
present inspector, Mr. Marsh, who was chief of police at the time, personally conducted the search for Harsh and
he even went so far as to have the river dragged. Harsh, who is nearly 60 years old, was at the time of his disappearance
one of the best known farmers in Bureau County. He was reputed to be worth upward of $100,000 and was known all
over the state as a dealer in blooded horses.
A Long Search Without Success for a Missing Man.
Harsh arrived in Chicago Feb. 13, 1891, from Boston, where he had gone on business. The following day he closed
a deal with Berry & Co., of the Union Stock Yards, receiving $1,300 in currency. His son J. S. Harsh, came
to Chicago to meet the father and they were to have returned home at 10 o'clock on the night of Feb. 14. At 6 o'clock
that evening Harsh and his son parted at the corner of Clark and Randolph streets, the father saying he was going
to visit his brother-in-law, S. A. Bacon, of 1162 West Jackson Street. From that night until yesterday when father
and son met at the Central police station they had not seen each other.
Thought He Had Been Murdered
Harsh's disappearance was not reported to the police until Feb. 18, when Mrs. Harsh came to Chicago with her son
and placed the case in Chief Marsh's hands. The wife was certain that he had been robbed and murdered. They had
been married for over a quarter of a century, and there was not a more affectionate husband, she said, in all Bureau
county. Every resource of the police was exhausted in the search for the missing man, and all sorts of clues were
run down only to find them false. The river was dragged without finding anything.
Was Almost Omnipresent
Reports that he had been seen came from all parts of the country. There were scores of dispatches received of this
import. According to them Harsh was seen at not less than twelve different places at the same hour. Several arrests
were made of well-known "crooked" people and they were made to give an account of themselves on the night
of Harsh's disappearance.
Heard From at Boston
Several months after he had so mysteriously disappeared Harsh wrote to Chief Marsh from Boston. That was the first
authentic information received of him. He said that he had enjoyed reading the newspapers which contained accounts
of his absence and wanderings. In closing his letter, Harsh said that he was of age and well able to take care
Wouldn't Leave His Paramour
After the bail bonds releasing Harsh had been signed he was called aside by his son, who pleaded with him to go
to the Jefferson hotel, where the heartbroken wife and mother was stopping. Harsh refused to go near his wife,
and taking Mrs. Darrington by the arm, he left the station, Miss Roberts leading the way. The trio was followed
by Harsh's son and tears were trickling down the big fellow's cheeks.
31 Aug, 1892 - BUREAU GOSSIP (Courtesy Mikki Judge)
- Jacob Duerst, Henry Charles, Fletcher Charles, and S. C. Haines, accompanied by their wifes, attended the Soldiers'
Reunion at LaSalled last week.
- John Feltis and his siter Fannie of DePue were in town a short time Wednesday.
- Mrs. Hiram Miller and children of Jamaica, Iowa are visiting Mrs. Miller's parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. Ransom.
- Hunting squirrels is the leading sport of the day.
- William Fisher has returned from his visit in the east.
- Aug. Hopper and family spent Sunday in DePue.
- Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Moresman of Coal Hollow, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hartick, and Mrs. Carrie Fletcher of Seatonville,
were guests of Andrew Sledgister last Sunday.
- W. C. Anderson and lady, Fred Alba and his sister, Lina Miller, accompanied by a lady friend from Chicago,
were at the Undercliffe Hotel on Sunday last.
- James Kerrigan, W. H. Tenney, James Watson, Wm. Kerrigan, Geo. Smith, Charles Feeney, and John Bolton, took
in the base ball game at LaSalle Sunday, between the clubs of that place and Chillicothe.
- G. E. Johnson was in Ottawa over Sunday.
- Peter Daisey, a Belgian, and unmarried, employed on the construction train, attempted to board the train while
in motion Monday morning. He missed his hold and fell, the wheels passing over his left foot crushing it so badly
that amputation was necessary.
- Alfred Ebander who has been visiting friends in this place for a week past, started this morning to drive to
his home in Chicago. He is employed in the McCormick Reaper works.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles DeMaranville of Atkinson were in this vicinity during the sickness and death of Jerome
- Ben Maycox, C. M. Lou, Wm. Kenney and Patrick O'Brien are serving on the jury at Princeton this week.
- Mrs. Albert Gudgell of Mineral was the guest of her brother, Henry Barthleman, for a few days last week.
- Mahlon Newborn of Peoria visited from Wednesday until Friday with the Gudgells and Bowmans.
- Mr. and Mr. J. M. Mills returned Monday from a visit with their daughters at Goodland, Kansas.
- John Mackie and wife have commenced housekeeping in the Gudgell house on East Main Street.
- C. M. Stevens, wife and daughter, have returned from their extended tour through the west.
- A. Robinson of Galesburg is the guest of his parents near this place for a week or more.
- Anne Clifton of Atkinson visited friends in Tiskilwa for two days last week.
- Miss Russel of Princeton is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. George Gibbons.
- Mr. and Mrs. L. Marsh started last night to visit friends in Kansas.
- C. L. Wilkins of Princeton spent Sunday with his parents in Tiskilwa.
- Chas. Decker lost some $10 worth of property at the Spring Valley fire.
- John Vermillion was the guest of Tiskilwa friends over Sunday.
- W. S. Swain has had a severe attack of erysipelas in his hand.
- Jesse Brown of Creston, Iowa is visiting friends in Tiskilwa.
- Paul Vandervort spent a few days at LaMoille last week.
- David Craig is visiting his mother at Indianola, Nebraska
- Henry Strein was in town two or three days last week.
- Edward Bezeley is out again after a week's illness.
- Minnie Liard of Mineral is visiting friends in town.
Christopher C. Phelps and Wife Prepare Caskets from Own Timber
Rock Island Argus, (Rock Island, Ill.), July 04, 1905, Page 4
Have Coffins Ready in Home for Early Use
Aged Couple in Bureau County Prepare Caskets from Own Timber
Christopher C. Phelps and his good wife are living happily in their pleasant farm home in Selby Township, Bureau
County. They are aged respectively 82 and 78 years. In one of the rooms of their home repose two very fine caskets
made to order for each of them. The coffins are made according to the plans and specifications of Mr. Phelps from
lumber cut under his direction from the timber on his own farm.
Some years ago Mr. Phelps had some of the large cherry and oak trees on the place cut and sawed. The rough lumber
was stored away in the barn where it was allowed to season till this summer, when it was hauled to the LaMoille
planing mill, where it was finished and polished. Again it was hauled to Malden where W. H. Sutton, the carpenter
and cabinet maker, made it into two coffins, which were then taken to the undertaking room of W. S. Scoffield,
who did the inside finishing and affixed the handles. They were then taken to the Phelps farm and stored away to
await the time when they shall receive the remains of the two of Bureau county's oldest settlers.
The aged couple settled on their farm soon after they were married in 1854. On that farm they shared the ups and
down of a pioneer life, the sorrow and joys, and now when the shadows fall far to the west, these caskets are ready
- caskets from the trees of the old homestead - caskets from the trees on the dear old farm that sheltered them
during many of the storms of life.
They are the parents of two children, Mrs. D. G. Stewart of Seatonville, and Lyman S. Phelps, who resides on a
farm near his parents.
Carl Roberts Breaks Husking Record (1905)
East Oregonian : E.O. (Pendleton, Umatilla Co., Or.) November 17, 1905
Illinois Boy Husks and Cribs 162 Bushels in Less Than 10 Hours
Carl Roberts, a oung man living near Wyanet, Bureau County, Ill., on Monday, October 30, husked, weighed and shoveled
into the crib 1962 bushels and 10 pounds of corn in nine hours and 30 minutes as the results of a wager, says the
Chicago Livestock World.
Roberts was in the village barber shop the Saturday evening previous and incidentally mentioned that he had husked
as high as 162 bushels of corn in a day. His statement was not only challenged but ridiculed by the bystanders,
such a record being unknown. Roberts declared his ability to make good however, and offered to wager $20 that he
could husk and crib 165 bushels in 10 hours.
His money was quickly covered by D. G. Fletcher, the barber, and Vita B. Hamrick, a farmer living near Wyanet and
it was agreed that the husking should take place the following Monday upon the farm of W. O. Wyanet.
Roberts began husking five minutes before 6 o'clock.
The first load of 41 bushels he brought in, weighted and shoveled into the crib in two hours and 15 minutes, the
unloading consuming but 11 minutes.
His second load was in and cribbed at 10:35. During the husking of this load a drizzling rain set in and continued
throughout the day, softening the husks and making his task doubly difficult.
After the second load, Roberts stopped 20 minutes for dinner, but was in with his third load at 1:15 p.m, which
he shoveled from the wagon in nine minutes, the bystanders looking on in amazement.
Makes Good Time
The scale book now showed that he needed but 38 bushels to complete the amount and that he was ahead of his time.
However, he did not lessen his speed, but kept right on going in the same old way and had his fourth load in and
cribbed at 3:45, which, taking out the 20 minutes for dinner, made his actual time 9 hours and 30 minutes for the
162 bushels and 10 pounds with 30 minutes to spare.
Roberts was required not only to weigh his load in, but also weigh his wagon each time after unloading, making
eight times on the scales.
Chariton County MO Bureau County Reunion
Chariton courier. (Keytesville, Chariton County, Mo.) September 06, 1907
Bureau County Ill., Reunion
Thursday, August 29, 36 former residents of Bureau County, Ill., assembled at the home of S. L. Osborn, 2 ½
miles northwest of Brunswick, to celebrate their annual reunion. It was a warm day, yet we all enjoyed ourselves
to the fullest extent. The forenoon was spent in renewing acquaintances, some of us not having seen one another
since the last reunion day and some had not met for several years. At 12 o'clock the dinner was carried to yard
and placed on the long table that Mr. Osborn had previously constructed. We seated ourselves and it is needless
to say that each and everyone did ample justice to the tempting things that were placed before us for indeed, it
was a dinner fit for a king. After dinner we again engaged in pleasant conversation until Mrs. Palmer seated herself
at the organ and was surrounded by those that volunteered to sing, and rendered some sacred music. We then again
repaired to the yard where a large tub of muskmelons awaited us. When we finished we were filled to the brim for
there was one melon left. We were then called to order by President Palmer and a nice program was carried out.
The first on the program was a well written book of conundrums composed by Miss Adda Crisman. Next was an alphabet
set to rhyme by Miss Lula Crisman, each letter standing for someone's name that was present. Next there was a comical
piece spoken by Miss Emma Crisman. Mrs. John Crisman then challenged Mr. Osborn to make the first speech that he
ever delivered in public. Mr. Osborn immediately arose and spoke his piece. Mrs. Crisman also spoke hers. Both
are people aged about 45 years. Recitations by little Miss Lois Osborn and Master Harlin Crisman followed. Mr.
Osborn also favored us with the song, "My Father Calls and I Must Go," in German and also a comical song
entitled, "Three Thousand Miles Away." Even Davies sang "The National Hymn of Wales" in the
native tongue. We then cast votes to determine where the reunion should be held next year. The home of Daniel Crisman
of Keytesville received the largest number of votes.
About 4 o'clock the photographer came out and took a photo of us and of course, we all tried to look our prettiest
and we think we succeeded right well for we didn't break the camera. We then departed for our homes made happier
for having been permitted to spend a day in glad reunion with our old acquaintances.
Those present were: J. K. Ober, wife and two daughters and one son; William Palmer and wife; W. S. McNeall, wife
and four daughters and two sons, all of Mendon; J. Q. Crisman and wife, three sons and one daughter; S. L. Osborn
and wife, son and daughter, all of Brunswick; Evan Davies, wife and two daughters and Daniel Crisman, wife and
four daughters of Keytesville. Mrs. T. J. Martin, Mrs. Osborn's mother from Wyanet, Ill., was also present.
L. M. C.
Mr. Isaacs Returns from Visit to Daughter
The Rice belt journal. (Welsh, Calcasieu Parish, La.), April 16, 1909
Mr. Isaacs, who has been spending the winter here with his daughter, Mrs. C. M. Field, left for his home in Bureau
County, Illinois on the early train Wednesday morning. Mr. Isaacs has been spending his winters here for six or
seven years past, and says he expects to continue doing so as long as his health permits, as he does not enjoy
the rigor of the northern winters.
He has a host of friends here, who wish him a pleasant journey home and a safe return. As a testimonial of their
esteem the bible class of the Congregational Sunday school, where he was a constant attendant, presented him with
a beautiful watch fab and charm last Sunday.
Mrs. Charles Devlin Will Sell Bureau County Farms
The Topeka State journal. (Topeka, Kan.), July 26, 1909, LAST EDITION,
Mrs. C. J. Devlin Invests
Buys Home in Kansas City and Will Sell Her Illinois Farms
Ottawa, Ill., July 26. Banker Charles J. Devlin during his life time accumulated a large number of farms in Bureau
County and these together with his life insurance proved to be an inheritance for his wife, that otherwise could
not have been obtained. Besides the farms secured from her husband's estate Mrs. Devlin inherited a few from her
father, the late Henry J. Miller, so that all told she owns eleven farms in Bureau County ranging from 80 acres
to 400 acres each.
Mrs. Devlin now lives at Kansas City, where she has purchased a fine home and she has decided to sell all her farms
in Bureau County and invest the money around Kansas City. She has commissioned W. K. Trimble and Palmer Anderson
of Princeton, to sell the farms and they have already sold tow, one of 328 acres and another of 320 acres, and
the indications are another will be sold this week.
The entire eleven will be closed out. Mrs. Devlin comes out of the settlement of the estate with half a million
dollars as she received a dower interest in all real estate owned by her husband at the time of his death. The
C. J. Devlin estate is expected to pay its creditors ten cents on the dollar. For a time it was believed that the
amount would be no more than seven and one-half cents, but during the last month it has been determined that the
settlement can be on a ten per cent basis.
F. S. Fowler Visits Old Home in Bureau County
Willmar Tribune, (Willmar, Minn.), December 15, 1909
Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Fowler, of Regina, Sas., Canada, were guests at the M. Anson home in Svea a couple of days last
week. They left on Thursday for Bureau County, Ill., where they will spend the winter. The Ansons and the Fowlers
used to be neighbors in Bureau County, and they had a most pleasant visit now talking about old times and mutual
32 Languages Are Spoken
Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), April 30, 1910
Bureau County Holds the Record Census Director Believes
Ancient historians must have erred woefully in locating the site of ht tower of Babel, says the Princeton Republican,
for C. S. Burdick, supervisor of the cunsus for the 16th district, says that he is positive it was located in Bureau
County, judging from the confusion of tongues that the census enumerators have found in and around the coal mining
towns, Ladd, Cherry, Dalzell, Seatonville, Spring Valley and Depue. He says there is no less than 32 different
languages spoken in the county, including all of the languages of Europe and some spoken in the countries of the
far east. There were 118 enumerators at work in this district and many of them required interpreters.
James Hamilton Attacks Judge R. M. Skinner
Rock Island Argus, (Rock Island, Ill.), September 30, 1910, Page 16
Old Man Attacks Judge
Sterling Jurist Declares Assailant Sought to Take His Life.
Sterling, Ill., Sept 30. - James Hamilton, aged 73, attacked Judge R. M. Skinner of the circuit court of Bureau
County yesterday and is now at liberty on bonds of $2,500. The judge was leaving his home to attend court when
he was set upon by Hamilton. A tussle followed in which the judge knocked down his assailant and took away the
revolver. The judge told the state's attorney an attempt had been made to assassinate him. Hamilton made the attack
because Judge Skinner would not hear his domestic troubles in court.
Steve Barenthin Picks 282 Bushels of Corn in 16 Hours
Rock Island Argus, (Rock Island, Ill.), November 12, 1910
Bureau County Man Picks 282 Bushels in 16 Hours, 45 Minutes
In this year of big corn yields it is to be expected that some big stories will be told of the exploits of the
pickers and so it has come to pass. Steve Barenthin of Yorktown, Ill., is the first to come to bat and he hits
her out for what looks like a homer, according to the Bureau County Republican. His record is 107 bushels and 60
pounds in 6 hours, 45 minutes and the next day in 10 hours he picked 174 bushels, 30 pounds or 282 bushels and
15 pounds in 16 hours and 45 minutes.
Elmer Williams Picks 2,000 Bushels of Corn
Rock Island Argus, (Rock Island, Ill.), November 16, 1910
Another Husking Record
Bureau County Man Cribs 2,008 Bushels of Corn in 16 Days
Another corn picking record has come to light in Bureau County, where most of the sensational performances in this
line appear to take place. Elmer Williams, aged 21, claims to have picked 2,008 bushels of corn in 16 days, or
at the average rate of 125 ½ bushels per day. It is said that he had no idea of making a record, being merely
concerning in getting good wages during the corn picking season.
Judge Harvey M. Trimble Elected Commander in Chief of GAR
The Virginia Enterprise, (Virginia, St. Louis County, Minn.), September 29, 1911
New Chief of Grand Army
Judge Harvey M. Trimble of Princeton, Ill., who has been elected commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic,
is one of the best known living Grand Army men. He served with the famous Ninety-third Illinois and accompanied
General Sherman on his march to the sea. The election was made unanimous when Mr. Trimble's rival, Col. John McElroy
of Washington D.C. withdrew after a heated contest.
Judge Trimble was born in 1842 near Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio. The family removed to a farm near Princeton,
Bureau County, Ill., in October 1843, and remained on this farm until 1867, when they removed to the city of Princeton.
His early education was obtained in the common schools, supplemented by a partial course at Eureka College, Illinois.
While a student in this institution, he entered the army in the summer of 1862, in the Ninety-third regiment of
Illinois volunteers, of which regiment he became the sergeant major. He participated in all the campaigns of his
Among old soldiers he has always been active, having served as the president of the Bureau County Soldier's association,
and commander of Ferris post No. 300, Grand Army of the Republic, at Princeton, and also as commander of the department
of Illinois, Grand Army of the Republic.
He participated in the northern Mississippi campaign of 1862, Yazoo pass expedition, Vicksburg campaign, battles
of Jackson and Champions hill, assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22, Chattanooga, Missionary ridge, Altoona, the
"march to the sea," the Carolinas campaign and, finally, the grand review at Washington.
On December 4, 1865, he became deputy clerk of the circuit court of Bureau County and served until November 1867.
He was admitted to the bar on November 20, 1867, and has been a practitioner of that profession at Princeton, Ill.,
ever since. He served as master in chancery of the circuit court from 1868 to 187. He became county judge of Bureau
County and served as such from 1877 to 1890 and again from 1894 to 1897. In that year he became circuit judge and
in that capacity he served six years.
Fritz Family Gathering
Contributed by Sue Nesland, Transcribed by Chris Walters
Sterling Daily Gazette 15 Dec 1942
A family gathering was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Fritz with a scramble dinner at noon and a
gift shower in honor of Mrs. Fritz. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Clifford May and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Leake
of Polo, Mr. and Mrs. William May and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Fritz and family, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Fritz
and family, Mrs. Wilbur Vickery and daughter and Mrs. Arthur Rettke and daughter.
Taken From the Henry Republican
April 3, 1879
The Buda post office was robbed last week, the safe blown open, and about $300 taken.
December 18, 1879
From Neighboring Exchanges
The Home Guard is a new local paper at Buda, of which Rev. H. P. Fitch is editor.
News from the County
Taken from the Bureau County Republican
George May is enlarging his store.
C. Stadler still sells groceries.
The Democratic company has fizzled.
Only three saloons in town now.
Pool-selling is drawing to a close.
M. Greener will harness your horse.
New farm residences are increasing.
Capt. Long will teach the Ridge school this summer.
News from the County
Transcribed by Nancy Piper
Taken from the Bureau County Republican
The concert at the Bureau church, Feb. 28th, was a success; led by Prof. Kellogg.
A. S. Lenne is building a $4000 house. Main room 24x32, with a L 20x18 - two wings.
Mrs. A. McKee is building a barn 32x40.
Mr. Hazen is building a barn 48x64.
L. Zearing has a number of Clydesdale horses for market. Fine animals.
D. Cochran has 100 head of nice cattle.
F. Coddington is cutting stalks. Has ploughed some sod.
J. D. Phillips and wife went to Chicago this week, to attend the funeral of her brother. They will
come home by way of Joliet, to visit their son, Rev. J. Phillips, pastor of the Baptist church of that city.