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 News about the new Bureau County from the Alton Observer, August 1837

Notice to Sell Ahsur Doolittle Property (1844)

Lewis K Olds Executor's Notice (1845)

Distressing Calamity - Death of Dennis Daily and family by fire (1854)

Plentiful grain in Burea County (1855)

Burning Well in Milo (1860)

Michael Albright Destroys Farm and Commits Suicide (1871)

John Scully Almost Lynched (1871)

Fondulac, Amboy and Peoria Railroad(1875)

1877 Railroad News (Info about the Bureau Valley railroad and the burning of the Bureau Junction Bridge)

Diptheria Rages around Milo (November 1878)

Dam washed out (January 15, 1880)

The All-new Wonderland World¹s Fair - To appear in Walnut and Kewanne - September 1881 - Donated by Mike O'Neal

Noah Long Witnessed 19 Fireworks (1883)

The Oldest Hotel from Boyd Grove (1883)

William Leet Sells Farm (1885)

Visit from James H. Gudgell (1885)

William J. Harsh, Missing Illinois Farmer Shows Up Again (1892)

Aug. 31, 1892 Bureau Gossip (Courtesy Mikki Judge)

Carl Roberts Breaks Husking Record (1905)

Christopher C. Phelps and Wife Prepare Caskets from Own Timber (1905)

Chariton County MO Bureau County Reunion (1907)

Mr. Isaacs Returns from Visit to Daughter (1909)

F. S. Fowler Visits Old Home in Bureau County (1909)

Mrs. Charles Devlin Will Sell Bureau County Farms (1909)

32 Languages Are Spoken (1910)

James Hamilton Attacks Judge R. M. Skinner (1910)

Steve Barenthin Picks 282 Bushels of Corn in 16 Hours (1910)

Elmer Williams Picks 2,000 Bushels of Corn (1910)

Judge Harvey M. Trimble Elected Commander in Chief of GAR (1911) (Gives short bio)

Fritz Family Gathering


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 Democrat
Transcribed by Nancy Piper

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
Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Notice to Sell Ahsur Doolittle Property
The Ottawa Free Trader, July 5, 1844
Executor's Notice
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
Executor's Notice
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

Distressing Calamity

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 heavy crop.

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 rods.

Michael Albright Destroys Farm and Commits Suicide
Chicago tribune. (Chicago, Ill.), May 04, 1871
Princeton, Ill, May 3. - Michael Albright, a tenant farmer residing on the farm of James Winsor, in Halltown, Bureau County, had the whole of his property, including a very large amount of grain and three splendid horses, destroyed by fire today. He then cut his own throat. It is, therefore, supposed that as he destroyed his own life, he must have also been the destroyer of his property.

John Scully Almost Lynched
Chicago tribune. (Chicago, Ill.), July 29, 1871
Saratoga Township, Marshall County, came near having a case of lynch law the other day. Mr. John Scully had a difficulty with a hired man, who disappeared. Suspicion of murder was aroused, and a meeting of over eighty people was held to determine whether they would hand Scully, or wait till they knew whether he deserved hanging. They finally decided on the latter course, and Scully bestirred himself to find the missing man, to save his own neck. He was successful, the man being discovered at work in Bureau County, and produced alive and un-murdered.

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

State News

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.

Noah Long Witnessed 19 Fireworks
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, July 26, 1883
From the top of his windmill tower, Noah Long, living in Arispie, Bureau County, witnessed 19 different displays of fireworks in as many different villages, towns and cities on the evening of the 4th. He describes the scene as one of the finest he ever saw.

The Henry Republican, Henry IL, August 2, 1883
The Oldest Hotel

W. F. Horton has standing in his barn yard, near Lombardville and is using it for one of his horse barns, the old hewed log building long occupied by the Boyd's as a dwelling house and hotel at Boyd's Grove. This building was erected 51 years ago this summer. Father Boyd, with three other men, Grant, Dodge and Moore, cut and hewed the logs and Alex Boyd, who still lives in this city, hauled them together with two yoke of oxen, and a "lizard." For a log building it is a very large one - a regular old fashioned southern house. Indeed two large house joined by a large hall or entry eight feet wide between, and the whole two stories high. As the writer stood in these old rooms the other day and surveyed them carefully, the thoughts came rushing in concerning the stirring times in these parts at the close of the Blackhawk war and following years. How many a lonely and weary traveler has found a temporary home and resting place inside its venerable wall; and the chambers - what grand and commodious bedrooms they must have been for those early pioneer days. It is the oldest hotel building in Bureau County, and the largest one for those years, and the only one standing; although it is now about 4 ½ miles from the head of the grove where it stood for 40 years. The reporter with his hatchet chipped off a number of pieces from the logs, which can be seen in the News office. Two kinds of oak, hickory, black walnut, cherry, red elm and bass wood are represented and so well are portions of the log preserved that the wood can be as easily determined today as the year after they were cut, even by the bark. - Princeton News

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.

Visit from James H. Gudgell
The Bradford Independent, Bradford IL, October 1, 1885
We were glad to meet our old time Milo friend, James H. Gudgell, who has been back since last Saturday on a visit from his present residence at Adel, Iowa. Nearly twenty families from Milo are located in Dallas County, and Uncle Jim informs us that all are doing well both in health and finance.

William J. Harsh, Missing Illinois Farmer Shows Up Again

Rock Island daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.) February 16, 1892
Harsh Reappears
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 of himself.

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 De Maranville.
  • 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 interesting experiences.

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 regiment.
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
Family Gathering..
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
March 1877

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
March 1877

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.


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