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Lone Tree Community News and Local Gossip


1878 TO 1881

April 11, 1878

Lone Tree - At an election for school directors, Abram Anderson and J. J. Swanzey were chosen.

One of our best girls has left us. Miss Lizzie Funson committed matrimony with Norton Moffat, and went to house keeping the same day. They were rather sly about their matrimonial affairs, as Mrs. Grundy did not find it out until it was all over.

Andrew Anderson has 90 acres of wheat sown, which looks first rate. But Andrew’s nose does not look so well. He had an altercation with T. A. Oaks, a gay and festive youth of 70 summers on election day, and this young stripling of 70 proved too much for Andrew; he spoiled his classic features for awhile; but boys will be boys you know.

Hugh Moffat has gone to Peoria county on a visit.

Ed Murphy has returned from Princeton, where he has been serving his country as a juryman.

December 28, 1878

Lone Tree - This has been a busy week with the farmers who were carting off their porkers. Mr. Smith took 40 head which averaged 400, and Mr. Funson took 46 which averaged 419 1/2, and 16 head of fat steers. Henry Rich sold 140 head, and Richard Vail 16 head.

Mrs. Elizaberh Rogers has gone to Iowa to visit. Elijah Rinehart and wife have gone to Livingston county on a visit.

Joshua Ammons has gone to Chicago as a witness against B. C. Couch of Tiskilwa, for taking more money than he was allowed by law for getting a pension for his mother. Joshua thinks that the une has turned since the constable has let him loose, and the United States marshal has taken Mr. Couch into custody. The trial was the 20th of this month in Chicago. Now we shall see whether the law is of any account.

Edward Murphy had a turkey roast at his house on the 20th, which was gotten up for Mr. Rich’s family and friends, and they had a good time. Mr. Rich will soon start for Kansas to make that state his home, and after they have been there a few years they will think that Illinois is the land where milk and honey flows instead of Kansas.


January 23, 1879

Lone Tree

Sleigh riding is getting fashionable, and people improve the time while the roads are nice.

Robert Alexander had a string of bells taken off his team that cost $7, while at a dance at Mr. Hugh’s the other night. Robert paid well for his dance, and some one else is getting the music of his bells.

Frank Vail let his team runaway the other day, and they soon left Frank and sled by the roadside. They went home, doing but little damage.

Henry Rich and family have gone to their new home in Kansas. Henry Rich and wife came to Lone Tree prairie in 1846; this prairie had but very few inhaibitants. They have gone through the hardships of a frontier life, and have lived here until this prairie has become thickly settled. They had secured thema good farm here, and had everything plenty around them, but their children wanted to go west, and they thought they would pull up and try a new place in the west again.

They were all made happy because Lizzie Moffit presented her husband with a boy, and makes Norton step livelier.

The frost found its way into lots of cellars in theis section and froze the potatoes.

The cisterns and wells are about played out, and snow is the next remedy for water.

Minnie Vail has gone to Maquon, Know county on a visit to relatives.


March 6, 1879

Lone Tree - Dan Merritt, has left the country again, and he left his wife $3 and took about $200 with him. He thinks that his wife and family can live cheap. If he comes back again I think his wife would do well to not allow him to come there again. Seneca Hunter and wife is on the sick list, as also John Bell


June 26, 1879

Lone Tree -Richard Vail has put up a new water tank and hog watering place, and is going to have things handy.

Elliot Draper is building him a nice residence, and when he gets it done it will be a credit to our town.

Enoch Hunter is building a barn, and will have room for his hay this year.

Hugh Moffitt went into his cowyard the other day, when one of his cows went for him. The old man having no weapon, siezed the cow, which got him down, and falling upon him broke his collarbone; in getting up the old man made for the fence and scrambled over it just in time to save further harm. He is 72 years of age, and most too old for such a tussle.


September 18, 1879

Lone Tree - Henry Funson has been in Iowa visiting his brother and seeing the country.

Will Brocaw is on our streets again and is stopping at Richard Vail’s for the present.

Our school commenced on the 8th, with Miss Emma Sotherland as teacher.

November 20, 1879

Lone Tree - Full - the corn cribs; some are getting through husking corn.

Edward Murphy is losing his hogs with the fever or the hog cholera.

Thomas Funson went to Chicago and rough home with him a carload of steers, which he intends to feed for the spring market.

Elijah Rhinehart left his team standing the other day without being tied, and they started and ran off, braking a wheel to the wagon; the horses ran against a tree and broke his harness to pieces.

Robert Hunter is building him a new double corncrib. He is not going to wait on the greenbackers to come around with a cartload of their paper money, for fear their money might look as blue as the greenbackers since the election, and wouldn’t it have an awful face on it?


January 1, 1880

Lone Tree - The coldest weather of the season on Christmas eve. The ground was covered with ice and we had to look out, or would go a skating when we didn’t want to.

Frank Bell has gone to Iowa on a visit, and to spend the holidays.

Thomas Funson has a new buggy of Ken McNeal’s make and it looks gay.

William Anderson of Washington county, Iowa, was married to Charlotte Hunter of Milo, on Christmas eve. May their married life be always happy.

H. M. Funson of Nevada was married to Ella Shugart of the same town on Dec. 18, and they are spending the holidays at his fathers Thomas Funson, and his relatives at Princeton. May their pathway through life be strewn with flowers.

Daniel Anderson, son of Abram Anderson, while putting the mules in the stable, slipped and fell and put his shoulder out of place. Dr. Reeder of Whitefield was called, and soon put his shoulder in polace.


March 11, 1880

Lone Tree - Edward Hunter’s children are having the diphtheria. The doctor says it is the canker red sore throat, two are getting better, and one has it very bad yet.

Death has visited our town again, and this time it has taken Noah Pettitt’s little son. He died on the 8th and was buried on the 10th. Funeral services were postponed on account of Mr. Pettitts wife, and two of his children being under the doctor’s care with the cankered sore throat.

April 22, 1880 - Lone Tree

Cold, the 19th

In bloom, the peach trees and the oleander. The prospect is good for a crop of fruit, if we don't have too much cold yet.

Dr. Flowers is in this neighborhood, and says that he is a going to cure the afflicted. If the doctor fails to cure the sick there will be a good many pocket books that will be considerable flatter and the sick disappointed.

Lindsey Wright, wife and daughter of W. Va., are visiting at Abraham Anderson's. They like the country, and have concluded to stay in Illinois.

We regret that we were unable to attend the surprise party at Andrew Anderson on his birthday. We hope they had a good time.

May 27, 1880

Lone Tree - Thomas Funston is having bad luck with his young pigs.

Mrs. Pruda Anderson of Virginia, Cass county, came to Snachwine last week and spent a few days visiting among the Andersons; also Mrs. Williams of same place; her brother Wm. H. Bartoe. She also called at Abraham Anderson’s.

Mrs. Mary Green of Washington county, Iowa, has been visiting her father, John Bell, and old neighbors in Wheatland, and returned to her home in Iowa last week; glad to see her.

September 16, 1880 - Lone Tree

Our school commenced on Monday, Miss Califf as teacher.

Our old school teacher T. V. Thompson and wife, called to see us last week we was glad to see them. He is now teaching at Morgan Park Military school, Chicago.

Our storekeeper, W. Kelso, and Emma Sutherland was united in the ties that bind man and wife together, by Rev. Asa Kerl of Milo, on August 31. Long may they live to enjoy life, and that their pathway may be strewn with flowers in the wish of yours.

Enoch Hunter sold a car load of steers last week for $53 per head.

Still the town of Wheatland is increasing. Daniel Merritt’s wife presented him a bouncing son, and Daniel is happy.

May 26, 1881 - Local Items

The Lone Tree store, Ed. Murphy proprietor, burned down last week Wednesday forenoon with nearly all the merchandise therein. The incendiaries were children playing with matches. Loss fully $600. Insured in the Phoenix, with R. H. Waterfall of this city for $325. Mr. Murphy has moved the goods he saved from the fire into the town hall, where he can be found until a new building is constructed.

Thomas Funson Visits Sister
The Henry Republican, Henry IL, July 5, 1883
Thomas Funson of Lone Tree, has gone to Montreal, Canada, to visit a sister, and a large number of nephews and nieces. The sister he visits he has seen but once in 40 years absence. He will take a month's furlough.

Andrew Anderson and Lone Tree

Taken From the Henry Republican
November 18, 1875

The Princeton Republican, the editor of which took dinner at his house recently, thus writes of Andrew Anderson and Lone Tree prairie. It states that Mr. Anderson has been a resident of Wheatland township for 23 years, where he has been postmaster since 1860.  He is a man above the average, having received a liberal education in his younger days.  He is one of the few who would rather “be right than president.” His sterling good sense and uniform fearlessness in the defense of what he considers to be right, has been recognized by his neighbors, whom he has represented on the board of supervisors for three years, where he has often been appointed to the chairmanship of important committees. it also found Mr. Anderson “up to his eyes in business.” He is just finishing a fine two story frame dwelling, modern in style and improvements, with a stone foundation, using 100 wagon loads and costing $5000. He has a farm of 500 acres, and this year will pick 400 acres of corn. His house stands on an elevation affording a fine view in every direction. The first 160 acres of the farm were purchased for $3 per acre, and is now worth $70. Mr. A. has stuck to the farm and now is reaping the reward of industry and perseverance, and enjoying the respect of his neighbors.

This Lone Tree postoffice received its name many years since from a venerable burr oak which was for years a landmark in that vicinity, and which blew down in 1860 - Pilot Grove, Lone Tree and Indiantown timber being well known guides between Henry and Tiskilwa.

The inhabitants of Wheatland have always borne a good reputation for industry, sobriety and independence; no one from this town having been an inmate of our county farm with one exception, and we believe he was a non-resident. A nice thing it would be if the same were true of all the towns in the county; hence we say Wheatland is one of the favored few, basking in the smiles of the Merciful Father.


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