Local News Items From the Past - Princeton, IL

Transcribed and Donated by Nancy Piper unless otherwise noted


Alton Observer (Alton, Illinois)
August 10 1837

Princeton is a flourishing little town, pleasantly situated on the west side of Horsehoe prairie. It is the seat of justice for Bureau county, and is on the main stage road from Peoria to Galena, ten or twelve miles from the Illinois river. It has several dry goods stores, a supply of mechanics, a high school in successful operation, and what is more than all, is surrounded by a highly intelligent, enterprising and religious farming community. In the midst of such a population, the town will be likely to prosper, and the best interests of society secured. Yours, & c.

Taken From the Putnam Record
July 28, 1898

Friday, July 22, John Howard Bryant, the farmer poet who resides near Princeton, Ill., celebrated his ninty-first birthday.  From 2 to 6 o'clock in the evening a constant stream of friends flowed in, old settlers, little children and citizens in general.

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