Macon County Illinois News
llinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) Thursday, November 15, 1855
The Public Park has been graded and we suppose that at the proper season will be fenced and treed. We hope that the good work will not be forgotten.
Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) August 28 1856
The meeting at the Court House last night for the formation of a Hook and Ladder company, we understand was well attended, and the right spirit manifested. A number enrolled their names as members of the company, and committees were appointed to solicit subscriptions, draught a constitution &c, to report at an adjourned meeting of Friday night next. We hope our citizens, men of property, especially, will contribute liberally, and start the company with a good out-fit. The Hooks and Ladders have been contracted for by the City Council, but the Company will need one or more small wagons, and other fixtures.
Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, IL) March 13, 1856
What They Think of Us
The selection of Decatur as the place of holding the Editorial Convention on the 22d ult., was in itself a gratifying evidence of the importance of our young city as a central point. This is the second time within six months that we have been honored by the presence of a body assembled from various sections of the State - the former occasion being the session of the Grand Temple of Honor in November last. Although in neither case was there a very large attendance, yet the character and position of the members of these bodies was such as to exert a very favorable influence upon the prosperity of our city, by disseminating a knowledge of our advantages and prospects. On both occasions, the citizens of Decatur have manifested a spirit of hospitality which is to their credit, and will redound to their advantage.
We have not space to copy the many favorable things that have been said of Decatur y our editorial friends, who were present on the 22d, but give the following from the "Rock island Advertiser" as a sample:
This is one of the most thriving places in the state of Illinois. It is the county seat of Macon county and has a population of some 2,500. It is situated at the crossing of the Great Western and Illinois Central Railroads, both of which are in operation, and the circumstances of its location favor the growth, in time, of a large city. The surrounding country is most beautiful and will contribute well to the extension and appearance of the place. Two years ago Decatur had a population of 600, giving a favorable illustration of railroads in bringing out cities in the interior of the State.
During our stay there we stopped at the "Taylor House" a first rate comfortable hotel kept by a proprietor who named the house after himself. He is a capital landlord, an honest man and renders his guests perfectly at home, the relish of which is not lost even in the presentation of his bills - a great circumstance with hotels generally. The "Cassell House" is also a capital hotel. They live astonishingly well there, or at least, did, on the 22d inst. A supper was given to the assembly of editors on that evening which surpassed anything we have seen this season. At night an Odd Fellows Ball came off which was glorious to behold.
We should judge from its appearance that everybody and his wife, and his daughter, and sister and brother in that vicinity were Odd Fellows. At least we think there could not have been less than five or six hundred of them at this ball which kept up till daylight in superb order, without anybody seeming tired.
We were indebted during our stay at Decatur for many kindnesses from our friend Usrey of the "Chronicle," and Shoaff of the "Gazette." May they and the beautiful little city whose interests they watch over, grow rich and great together and fast enough to gratify the desires of both.
Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, IL) March 13, 1856
The meeting of the "Literary Association" on last Friday evening exceeded in interest any previous one. The address of Mr. Tupper and the essay by Prof. Remsberg, both elicited deserved commendation. Mr. T's subject, "Independence of Thought," was a suggestive one, and was practically exemplified in the remarks of the speaker. He commented upon the proneness of mankind in present and past time, to accept without reservation, the dicta of acknowledged leaders in the various departments of mental research, and the ridicule and denunciation which ever attaches to a departure from the beaten paths and enforced the necessity of a thorough investigation of principle by him who would be truly wise or famous. Some of the positions taken by Mr. Tupper elicited quite an animated discussion, in which Messr. Chenoweth, Boyd and Tupper, participated.
The Association meets again at Prof. Remsberg's school-room in the Baptist Church, tomorrow (Friday) evening. Dr. S. T. Trowbridge is announced for a lecture, and C. C. Post for an essay.
Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur Illinois) August 21 1856
At a meeting of the citizens on Saturday night, to discuss the propriety of purchasing a Town Clock, the following gentlemen were appointed a committee to solicit subscriptions for that purpose, viz: G. A. Smith, E. Tanner, W. S. Crissey, James Shoaff, and J. P. Post. The cost of a good clock, we understand, is only about four hundred dollars, and of this amount the City Council propose to pay one hundred dollars. We hope our property holders and citizens more particularly in the growth and prosperity of our young city, will take hold of this matter, - and get the clock.
Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) May 14 1857
The new Post Office building has reached the third story and presents a fine appearance. Smith and Stapp deserved great credit for their energy.
Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) June 25 1857
Twelve or more of our citizens have formed a Brass Band. This is one of the (..?..) things in a city of five
thousand inhabitants, and as a matter of course the citizens will do the generous thing be(..?..) Band, in the
way of subscribing liberally to the fund for procuring instruments & c. Success to the …(?)… Brass Band, may
they exist a thousand years and be ready on all public occasions more particularly on the 4th of July to enliven
the growing city of Decatur with their soul stirring music.
Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois), June 25, 1857
Some idea of the rapid growth of Decatur may be had from the following figures handed us by Dr. Leforgee:
Since spring has opened there have been 161 houses put up and not building within the city limits. Of these, there are 17 business houses in various stages of completion; and although an attempt was made to made an accurate county, no attention was paid to piles of lumber and brick lying in various parts of the city, doubtless for the purpose of rerecting dwellings. Durfee & King's additon claims a larger proportion than any other. - Decatur Herald.
Illinois State Chronicle, Decatur, IL July 2 1857
One of the Editors of the Monticello Times was in the Rail Road city last week and was enraptured with what he saw in the way of improvements and cheap goods, but let him tell his own story:
"Last week we paid a flying visit to Decatur, and were agreeably surprised to see the substantial improvements going on and the business activity and hustle prevailing there. She is fast swelling into importance, and is destined ere long to become a city of no mean pretensions, blessed as she is with railroads, enterprising citizens, and a surrounding country unsurpassed in fertility."
Our thanks are due Mr. Vaul for his flattering notice of ourself. We only did as we would wish to be done by.
John Ulrich Tearing Down G. M. Wood Building to Build Three Story Building
Decatur Republican, Decatur, IL March 26, 1868
Razed - The old frame building lately occupied by G. M. Wood is being torn down after thirty years of service as a dwelling hotel and store room. The present owner of the lots on which it lately reared its unsightly form, Mr. John Ulrich will soon begin the erection of a three story brick, to be built in modern style and on the most approved plan. This improvement will add greatly to the appearance of that portion of the city.
M.E. Church Purchases Prather Property; John Ullbich Building Construction Completed; Maj. Smith to Start Construction; M.E. Church sells House to Dr. Trowbridge
Decatur Republican, Decatur, IL, June 4, 1868
The property lately belonging to the First M. E. Church, on the corner of Prairie and Water Street was sold last week for the handsome sum of $15,000. The trustees of the church have purchased the Prather property, on the corner of Water and William Streets, where the new church edifice will be erected. The location will be found, in our opinion, a much more desirable one than the old site.
We learn that Maj. E. O. Smith contemplates commencing work on his opera house in a few days. It is the intention to finish it the present season.
John Ullbich's new building, on the old square is rapidly approaching completion. The walls are up and the workmen are ready to put on the roof. It will be completed in a few weeks.
The large frame house now standing on the Prather lot, recently purchased by the First M. E. Church, has been sold to Dr. Trowbridge, who intends to move it to a lot on Union street, between Wood and Macon streets, near the residence of Jos. Kaufman, Esq.
Decatur Republican (Decatur, Illinois) > 1877 > May > 10
The Opening of North Street
We understand that a petition is being circulated for the signatures of the residents and property owners on North street, in which the council is asked to open said streeet across the Illinois Central railroad and through the lands of B. H. Cassell. This is a move in the right direction. For a half mile east of the Ill. Central railroad, North street is thickly settled, and all of its residents are compelled to got out of their way to get up to the square. We understand that Mr. Cassell offers to donate the land, or very nearly so; and now that Eldorado street is to be graveled, is the time to make the fill at the North street railroad crossing.
Decatur Daily Republican, August 11, 1877 Council Proceeding, Regular Meetings, Decatur, IL, Aug. 10, 1877
Berry H. Cassell presented a deed to the city of Decatur for extension of East North Street, from the Illinois Central railroad right of way to Berry H. Cassell's 4th Addition to the city of Decatur, which was accepted, and a warrant for one hundred and fifty dollars ordered issued payment for said land.
Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) > 1882 > April > 5
Mr. B. H. Cassell presented plats of His 5th and 6th additions to city of Decatur, which were approved.
Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) > 1881 > May > 21
B H Cassell this week sold half a block of his pasture in the fifth ward, fronting on East William street for a good round sum in cash. The purchaser is a Swede who cannot speak a work of English, and who is said to possess $250,000. The land adjoins the Beaman property. The purchaser, we understand, will build a large house on two of the lots.
Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) > 1882 > March > 27
That big-talking Norwegian, who claimed to have purchased half a block of residence property on East William street, from B. H. Cassell for $1700, is a fraud. He made partial arrangements to purchase the land, but failed to come down with the cash, so the sale if off.
Saturday Herald (Decatur, Illinois) > 1882 > April > 22
New Additions to the city are the order of the day. D. W. Brenneman is laying off a new addtion on the west side of North Union street between Marietta street and the old Dr. King property. W. J. Quinlan will lay out an addition just west of his first addition on West Marietta street, and B. H. Cassell will open his sixth addition on East William street. The town is growing.
Saturday Herald (Decatur, Illinois) > 1883 > March > 3
Berry Cassel contemplates enclosing ten acres for the convenience of circuses, base ball games, shooting matches and other sporting events.
Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1891 > January > 20
Sewer Right of Way
An instrument signed by B. H. Cassell was presented. It gives the city right of way to build the Jasper street sewer across the land of Mr. Cassell, in consideration of the payment to him of $250, and the further agreement on the part of the city to build a fence to protect Mr. Cassel's premises and keep stock both in and out; indemnify Mr. Cassell for any loss of rent that may arise from time used in constructing the sewer; the work shall be prosecuted will all dilligences, and it is once begun; the excavations shall all be refilled, if they settle, after being filled once; the surplus dirt shall be put in the water course, and the city will pay $10 a day for all failure to do so. The city also agrees to be responsible to Mr. Cassell and his heirs for all damage from breakage of the sewer or from poisonous gas arising therefrom. The instrument was accepted by the council.
The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) > 1893 > March > 8
Berry H. Cassell intends to shortly plat the ground he owns just east of the furniture factory and put it on the market.