La Salle County IL
Rutland News



The Adams Sentinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
January 16, 1866

In Ruthland, (Rutland) La Salle county, Illinois, last Friday night, the citizens visited a grocery kept by a man named Herman, and after tying him to a post, went into the saloon, and finding that a family occupied the upper part, the belligerents took up a collection, and satisfied their claim to the property and moved them out of the building. They then proceeded to cut down the corner posts with axes, burst in the beer kegs and whiskey barrels, and knocked out the doors and windows, then hitched a rope about the roof, and pulled the house down, chopped and stove it into kindling wood, completely demolishing it to the foundation.

Taken From the Henry Republican
December 30, 1875

Last week Wednesday the citizens of New Rutland were treated to a real buffalo hunt on the streets of the village. Two veritable wild buffaloes were chased up and down four or five times, until finally one was killed on the street and the other was lassoed by Murry Myers of Wenona.

The Wenona Weekly Index (Wenona, IL), Thursday, January 13, 1876

New Rutland Local

By Philo

The Catholic fair and dance caused quite an excitement in town last week. It was largely attended and proved a success. The receipts were about $300. Two gold-braided canes were voted for. One went to Mr. Dunn of Minonk and the other to Mr. Brevoort of New Rutland. The proceeds to towards completing their church.

Allen Lightner recently sold his farm containing 40 acres to R. L. Dague for $55 per acre. Mr. L. intends moving near Gibson, Ford county, Ill.

Mr. Wm. Holliday purchased a piece of land containing three acres of William Ewing for $700.

We hear of several cases of scarlet fever in town.

Samuel Dorsey, Esq., has been confined to the house for several days with sickness.

Emerson Hakes shipped four carloads of stock to Chicago last week of his own feeding.

One night last week the house of Hiram Grable caught fire by the falling of a stove, burning the carpet and doing considerable damage. It was smothered out with robes.

- transcribed by Nancy Piper, Donated by Steph McGrath

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 5, 1878

The death of Mrs. Amos F. Way was noted in our death department last week. She was born in New Bedford, Mass., and lived there until her marriage in 1852. In 1857 they moved to New Rutland, LaSalle county, where he opened the first store of the village. Subsequently he moved to Henry where he engaged in banking and livery business. His residence embraced some six years here, when he moved to Geneseo. At Mr. Way's death, in Iowa or elsewhere, Mrs. Way returned to New Bedford, where she lived up to the time of death. She was hightly esteemed and beloved.

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 15, 1880 - State News

The assessed valuation of Rutland village is about $50,000.

Taken From The Toluca Star Newspaper
November 15, 1901 - PAGE 1, Brief Locals

New Undertaker

Paul Florin, of Rutland, will open a new undertaking establishment in Toluca. David Farley, of this city, will have charge. The undertaking rooms will be in B. Anschicks’ furniture store. Mr. Florin and Mr. Farley are licensed embalmers. They have had many years experience in the undertaking business and there is no question about their ability to perform all duties in the undertaking line in a proper and satisfactory manner.

Taken From The Toluca Star Newspaper
March 21, 1902 - Front Page, Brief Locals

The Rutland Record has for some months past been conducted by the Rutland Publishing company with W.H. Hardesty as manager and editor. The paper has lately been changed to an eight page paper, and otherwise improved typographically as well as editorially.

Taken From The Toluca Star Newspaper
June 13, 1902 - Brief Locals

The Rutland Record is now eight years old. The Record is a clean, bright well printed newspaper and Manager Hardesty richly deserves the success he has achieved.

Taken From The Toluca Star Newspaper
June 27, 1902 - Rutland News

The Rutland volunteer fire department has ordered new hats and coats and will soon be ready for any sort of a fire except the sort which appears the “next morning” which is unquenchable.

Taken From The Toluca Star Newspaper
August 21, 1903

The T.M. & N. is to have a new depot at Rutland. John Gannon has the contract and the work is being pushed ahead as rapidly as possible.

Taken From The Toluca Star Newspaper
September 11, 1903

The new T.M. & N. depot at Rutland is now nearing completion The roof is on, the floors are laid, and it will soon be ready for the painters. John Gannon has the contract, and a gang of men under the supervision of Dave Farley are doing the work.

German Church at Rutland Burns

Henry Republican, January 26, 1926

Citizens of Rutland were aroused from their slumbers at 3 o'clock last Wednesday morning by the shrieking of the fire whistle to find the German church building in a mass of flames.

Early that morning Miss Violet Shaffer, who rooms with the other teachers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Winans at the Ames residence, a block south of the German church was awakened by the odor of burning wood. She looked outside and saw nothing, but still felt sure a fire was burning somewhere. A few minutes later the church building burst into flames.

With the strong wind blowing, the structure was soon burned to the ground. The sheds at the rear of the church were pulled down to prevent the fire from spreading.
The building which was a substantial wooden structure was erected by the Adventist, congregation for their house of worship in the earlier days of this village. After that organization was disbanded, the building was sold more than thirty years ago to the German Evangelical Lutheran people in which to hold their services. These meetings were discontinued three years ago, and the building was closed up. Whether the building was set on fire intentionally or accidentally is not known. Footprints in the snow leading from the building were discovered by the fire-fighters and were traced north and west to the hard road where the trail was lost.
The loss was partially covered by insurance.


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