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Whitefield Corners Community News and Local Gossip


 Taken From the Henry Republican
December 25, 1873

Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Several items relating to Whitefield Corners:
The H. G. Reynolds lodge, A. F. & A. M., hold regular communication on Wednesday evening of next week, when an election of officers will take place.

Preaching at the school house on Sunday afternoon next by Rev. Otterman, and very two weeks thereafter.

Singing school on Saturday evenings by Mr. Myers. He is a good instructor, and is having a large class.

A Christmas tree festival was held last evening at the residence of David Runnels, which it is expected, was a very enjoyable event.

Taken From the Henry Republican
May 7, 1874

Miss Paris is teaching at Whitefield Corners.  She is one of the most intelligent, as she may well claim to be one of the sweetest schoolma'ams in the township.

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 25, 1877

Whitefield Corners - Snowdon Moffat and family from Iowa are here visiting friends and relatives. They are well and in good spirits.

Dr. J. B. McLaughlin has sold his property here to Dr. Henry Reader of Whitefield.

The protracted meeting at Hunterís school house is still in progress without much success yet.

J. H. H.

Taken From the Henry Republican
December 5, 1878

Our new store is now in full blast.  The excitement is up and goods are down, 13 pounds of sugar for $1; we suppose its A sugar at that; market baskets 10 C. a piece; kip boots $2.75, fine french calf $3.50, about the same as is sold in Henry for $9, and other goods in proportion. Whoop um up.  Austion every Saturday.  Goods at your own prices.  U. S. mail every evening.  Red ribbons by the thousands.

Lydia Moffitt teaches in No. 7 Milo the winter term.

Our auctioneer is having a great run of business, and has had two more calls lately.  But he got away with one of them on a tight squeeze.  The consumption may fetch him yet.


Taken From the Henry Republican
April 17, 1879

Local Items - Whitefield Corners

Our town cannot boast of carriage manufactory of livery establishment, but when Wesley Runnels, J. H. Herr, W. S. Mock, Edward Grady and others get their elegant top buggies out for a drive, it is enough to cause the girls to put on their good behavior.

G. W. Snell did not fail in business by any means when his pocketbook was lost, but continues to sell loads of goods at surprisingly low prices. In reference to all our business men we believe they are happy because of success.

Sabbath school opened last Sabbath with a good attendance. Our lady superintendent is doing her part well. Come one and all, and help keep up an interest and encourage the officers.

D. H. Johnson is going to kill two birds with one stone, farm and weave carpets. Bring in your rags, and have them made into nice carpet.

Taken From the Henry News Republican
July 29, 1880

Whitefield Corners

Two or three days work will close up the cutting of the oat crop, and be ready for the threasher. The crop comes in much lighter than was the promise some time since, by reason of being beaten down by storm at an early stage of development, and the hot, scalding weather causing rust and blight, some has been blowed under.

We have at the Corners two stores under full tide, and are filling up cautiously with goods suitable to the trade. The business is restricted for want of house room, but ere long we hope to see the burnt store room and Masonic hall, phoenix like, rise from the ashes of the old house to proportions much in advance of the former. The building is only held in check by the tardiness of G. W. Snell in getting his insurance adjusted, the disposition of some of the insurance companies to bandy and worry the assured in case of loss is creating quite a disinclination of the part of many to run the gauntlet of insuring it, in some cases is similar to lightning rod man and others, bored into it and bored out of it.

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 19, 1882

Whitefield Corners

Again taken back by the sudden dropping in on us of Snowden Moffitt. It at once brought up the recollection that he did some years since carry away, I will not say feloniously one of the fair daughters of the Corners to Keota, Iowa and there built a house and retained her. He looks well.

Taken From the Henry Republican
April 27 1882

Whitefield Corners

One of the hardest northeast wind storms of the season began on Friday, increasing in force until 12 o'clock Saturday night, when it culminated in a flurry of snow.

Mrs. Ramsey's house, built upon the site of the one burned, is nearing completion, and she will soon be in a better house.

We are to have a palatial subruban residence at the Corners.  Our citizen E. P. Califf, is collecting the materail to build this season.  It is to be founded on a rock, then lookout for that spare room that Perkins could not find in a Vermont house; no dried pumpkins or catnip hanging up stairs; may be some in the garret.

Austin Hannum's now domiciled in a house of Cyrus Brown's farm, and has a force of help that would make a mark if he could get the land to till--Vindicate.

Henry News Republican, July 6, 1882

Whitefield News

Joseph Underwood has torn down all the granaries and the barn on the old homestead and moved them to his new home, and is building a large barn. He is doing the work mostly himself. He will have very nice farm buildings when he has them finished.

Edward Burson is giving his house a new coat of paint inside and out. R. Mallory is doing the work.

Mrs. H. Kirk returned last week from her visit in Peoria. Her sister Mrs. Matilda Bracken accompanied her.

Miss Maria Davis's school closed last Friday at the Union School house.

Mrs. Wm. Niblock has been quite sick, but is better at the present.

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, March 29 1883
Local Department
J. P. Swift, Esq. of Whitefield Corners was a witness in the Longman-Phelps case, before the grand jury at Princeton last week.
Michael Sutton moved his family to Whitefield Corners on Tuesday, where he has charge of a blacksmith shop. Mr. Sutton is a boss mechanic and is doing a good business.

The Henry Republican, Henry IL, June 28, 1883
Whitefield Corners

Mrs. M. Knight met with quite an accident of late; in some way missed her footing and fell, breaking her collar bone, also wrenching her side; last account she was improving under the treatment of Dr. Reader.
Mrs. George Snell has just returned from Peoria, where she remained a week with relatives and friends. Haven't heard how she left her invalid sister, but trust she is improving.
A party from Boyd's Grove came down one afternoon last week, and gave the minister and wife a surprise, which must have been a very quiet affair.
Whitefield has become famous for her dressmaker shops; two full grown and in first class running order are daily crowded with the daughters of style and fashion in which Whitefield abounds.

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 7, 1883
Whitefield Corners
Miss Lucie Calef, whose health has been failing for some time, started for Vermont last Saturday. We all wish her a pleasant journey and a safe return to her home and friends.
The minister and wife will soon be the happy occupants of the new parsonage as it is finally complete.
Mrs. Frank Skinkie of Chicago was a guest of her sister Mrs. Calef last week.

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, July 19, 1883
Whitefield Corners

Rev. Mr. Dowling of Stark County, Ohio has been her on a visit at his sister's and brother in law, Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Riason, and preached at the Corners last Sabbath. He is a ready speaker of considerable ability; his articulation good, gesticulation not ungraceful, but when warmed up to his subject ends his words and sentences with en "eh". Come again, Mr. Dowling, we like to hear you.
Mr. J. S. Townsend and son Wilfred go west this week in quest of health, to the Sacramento valley, California, and may extend their visit down the coast to Santa Barbara.

Henry Republican, Henry IL, January 21 1915

Whitefield Corners

Shooting Match today.

Mr. And Mrs. C. Swift came out to Merton's last Saturday evening and are visiting among relative here. They expect to go back to Henry Wednesday.

This is about as icy a time of one ever saw and most of use have taken a fall, but none that we know of are seriously hurt.

The school children are enjoying the pond north of our boarn as there is a nice stretch of ice there.

Mr and Mrs. Will Holmes were guests at Dr. Willett's Tuesday evening.

Henry Republican, Henry, IL June 17, 1915

Whitefield Corners

We enjoyed an auto ride with Merton Swift and family to Lad last Saturday. They took Mrs. B. Gebhart home, where she remained until Monday evening, Mrs. Bell taking care of Mrs. Swift while she was away. We visited the three-acre strawberry bed of Mr. Kline of Spring Valley, got some of his berries. He sells them at $1.50 per crate, on our way up. Then we stopped at Frank Barkman's, found them nicely located and enjoying their new home, which is three-quarters of a mile this side of Hollowayville. Mr. and Mrs. Gebhart have a very cozy little home and nice little church. Crops all the way look as they do here.

We hear Elmer Martell's little daughter has scarlet fever. Carl Barker's expect to get out from under the quarantine Saturday.

Our W. W.'s met with Mrs. Bonshuer last Thursday and about 30 ladies present. We has a fine time and nice lunch of ice cream, cake and coffee. Meet with Mrs. Theo Clark Thursday of next week. Will hold a home bakery sale in Henry next Saturday, where bread, pie, chickens, cottage cheese, cake, etc., will be for sale.

The Milo Sunday school will hold an ice cream social on the lawn at the home of Mrs. Hanchet Friday evening of this week and one week from that evening four Epworth League will hold an ice cream supper on the lawn of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Gregory, June 25.

Mr. and Mrs. Leowenstein attended the funeral of a former neighbor and dear friend at Morton last Sunday, going over in their auto, Mr. and Mrs. W. Harris going with them.

Edwin Fosdick passed away at his home in Ft. Worth last Saturday evening at 6 o'clock, and his funeral services were held on Monday. He was the brother of C. Fosdick, Mrs. C. Swift and Mrs. G. M. Clark. We have not heard particulars of his death, as the last word we had received he was much better, and the news of his death came as a surprise.

Mr. Fulks gave the League a fine time at their social there last week. They served ice cream, cake and berries to the entire company. They are certainly very hospitable people.

Fire at G. W. Snell's Store

Taken From the Henry Republican
June 3, 1880 - Whitefield Corners

At midnight of the 19th ult., the people of the Corners was aroused from their slumbers by one of those visitations that is of too frequent occurrence to be comfortable at this place. The heavens were overspread by threatening clouds heavily charged with electricity and a bolt descended upon G. W. Snell's store, supposed to have taken the chimney in its course, igniting the inflammable material within, and was but a few minutes until the whole building was wrapt in flames. On the wall near chimney, in a Masonic Hall, over the store, was a lamp filled with kerosene oil, which ignited and followed the stove pipe, into the midst of the lamps below, in the store, soon scattering the destructive element, over the whole interior of the building. Mr. Snell was the first aroused and the light from the burning building soon led to the discovery that his store was all wrapt in the devouring element. He had the presence of mind not to open the door of the main building or it would have went up in a flash, and no doubt would have greatly endangered the church and other buildings near by, but busied himself with the help that arrived in rescuing the goods stores in a building adjoining, which amounted to $700. He was fortunate enough to have insurance to the extent of $1860 in the Etna of Hartford, which is now in course of adjustment; his bills being burnt, he will have to get duplicates, if he gets this with $500 standing out, will not be so bad as it might be. Mr. Snell has sold a large amount of goods since he commenced business here, but it teaches us that in the midst of prosperity we are in danger of adversity. The Masons owned the building on which was an insurance of $400, valued at $800; they lost all their furniture and fixtures.

Taken From the Henry News Republican
March 16,


Here We are With a Full Fresh Line of
Ready to Serve You at the Lowest prices
Such as Follow

Best Baked Beans, per can		  10c
Red Kidney Beans, per can		  10c
No. 3 Can Hominy, per can		  10c
Good Grade Corn, per can		  10c
Peaberry Coffee, per pound		  23c
Kellog's Cornflakes			  10c
Post Toasties				  10c
Red Salmon, per can			  30c
Pink Salmon, per can			  15c
White Karo Syrup, per gallon		  55c
Dark Karo Syrup, per gallon		  45c
Zephyr Flour				$2.25
Pineapples, per can			  35c
Apricots, per can			  30c
Peaches, per can			  30c
Large Loaves Bread			  10c

Call and give us your order

Wm. True
Whitefield Corners


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