| Sparland News
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, March 29 1883
George Hanch has been quite sick with lung fever, and had got able to be up and about when he was taken down with erysipelas.
Mrs. Amasa Garrett we learn is severely afflicted with erysipelas.
Rev. Brink was here last week assisting Rev. Barton in the meetings.
Our popular young groceryman, F. A. Barr, met with an accident last week; while opening a box with a hatchet, by a slip of the weapon he received a severe cut in the hand.
Frank Martin, since he got married, has been setting up cigars to the boys quite liberally, yet he sells groceries as cheap as ever.
Mrs. O. Booth has moved into the Hurdie house.
Mrs. Brasfield returned home a few days ago from her visit to Minonk.
T. Whitmer is preparing to make and burn brick at the old brick year near Crow Creek, between here and Henry.
Col. Mc Clanahan has lately put in a new and larger engine at the tile factory, which greatly increases the facilities for making tile.
Henry Wetzel of Henry has bought out Fred Honks, and moved his family here last Monday.
G. E. Orge
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, April 5, 1883
Mrs. Zimmerman was called by telegram to attend the funeral of old Mrs. Cress, who died at her home near Washington, Ill., on Monday evening of last week.
Miss Annie J. Burt of Henry was visiting friends in Sparland last week.
Our corporation election was held last Monday and resulted in the election of Fred Siebold, James Gallup, W. Riddal, A. J. Parker, J. W. McClanahan for town trustees and George Ray for police constable.
Miss Annie Thompson returned last Saturday from a visit to Mrs. C. Ray in the eastern part of the state.
We learn that Charles McGee's house burned down on last Sunday evening.
G. E. Orge.
The Henry Republican, April 12, 1883
Last week was a gloomy one, as it rained nearly every day and the river is again encroaching on the bottom lands.
Hon. C. Fosbender of Wenona was in town last Saturday on business.
Miss Lillie Buck of Henry and Miss Annie Monier of Saratoga were visiting Miss Flora Vincent over Sunday last.
We learn that Dr. Nicols, who has been at Mr. Ed Burson's the past ten days, will soon visit Henry for a short stay.
Mr. Charles Saville's daughter Kitty, some 15 or 16 years old, left her home one night last week and her anxious parents have thus far been unable to find her, although some of their neighbors saw her a few nights after she left. No cause is assigned for her conduct and her parents think she was persuaded away.
Our school began again last Monday.
W. O'Leary is having a furnace put in his house, as he says he is tired of stoves.
We learn that Mr. Saville found his daughter Kitty at Chillicothe and she was returned to her home on last Tuesday morning. Mrs. Saville is reported as being prostrated through worrying and searching for her.
Our old friend J. Swift of Whitefield, was in town last Tuesday in search of a span of horses which were stolen from a neighbor of his on Monday night last.
We were pleased to hear the familiar whistle of the popular passenger steamer "Grey Eagle," as she approached the Lacon landing Monday evening. Long may ride the waves.
G. E. Orge
The Henry Republican, April 19, 1883
Our farmers are all busy plowing and planting, consequently it is rather dull in town.
Dr. Barnes of Orion, as visiting friends here last week. He is in very poor health at present from a too close application to business and we learn he talks of moving back to Sparland as he owns a good residence property here.
Milo Brewster and family who have been living in southern Illinois the past few years, stopped here a few days to visit Mrs. B's father and mother, but have continued their journey westward to the land of the Dakota's. Thomas Doran, an uncle, who moved from here to Dakota about a year ago and has been visiting here, returned home with Mr. Brewster's folks.
Mrs. Burnham was in Chicago last week to meet some friends who were on their way from New York to Dakota. She reports two train loads of New Yorkers enroute to Dakota.
A. J. Athay went to Chicago Monday night to see his brother Walter who is there sick.
We learn that William Duncan, who lives some five miles west of Sparland, came near having a burn out April 3d; the fire was put out by hard work and but little damage done; the roof burned off part of the house and feel in on the floor.
Mrs. Joseph Martin and George Graves of Peoria, came up last Tuesday and took up the remains of their father who was buried here some years ago and took them to Peoria, to be reinterred by the side of their mother who died there a year ago. This act is truly commendable and shows a true affection of the children for their parents. George is a fine, noble young man and is in partnership with his brother James in the large millinery store on corner of Main and Adams streets, Peoria.
Miss Flora A. Worley, teacher in the primary department in our school, was called home Thursday of last week on account of the illness of her baby brother.
G. E. ORGE
The Henry Republican, April 26, 1883
Our school election last Saturday resulted in the re-election of J. W. McClannahan.
Miss Flora Vincent was taken quite sick on last Saturday and is still kept in bed. We hope for her speedy recovery.
Lewis Shultz went to Iowa recently and brought home a wife, a daughter of Mr. Jams Hill, who moved to Iowa this spring.
Andrew Atchison, has gone to Adair County, Iowa to assist in caring for his aged and invalid mother.
Julius Adkinson of Henry was down last week to see his best girl.
Our trustees are having the sidewalks overhauled and repaired under the supervision of George Ray.
George Tarbill has had his residence improved by a new porch and painting. It is one of the most beautiful residences in town.
William Webster has been very sick, but is slowly improving.
Our worthy and well beloved old doctor, H. Tesmer, started this Wednesday morning to Germany, to visit his aged mother and the scenes of his childhood.
G. E. Orge
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, May 3, 1883
Farming is now in full blast, consequently business in town is rather dull.
Mrs. Trim of Saratoga has become deranged, and was taken to Lacon last Saturday for treatment, then to Peoria. We are informed her mania is on spiritualism. Mr. Trim returned with her from Peoria Monday in company with her brother. She was some better.
Mrs. Emerick and another lady of Henry were visiting David Anderson's family here last week.
Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Gapen were visiting in Peoria last week.
Our new and gentlemanly shoemaker, Mr. Wetzel, is doing a rushing business and making hosts of friends.
Mrs. Alice Peas started last Friday for St. Paul to rejoin her husband, who went there some months ago, and is engaged in the R. R. shops.
Mrs. R. Parks started for her home in Topeka, Kansas, on last Saturday.
Miss Ida Campbell is sick with a sore throat.
A. J. Baughman is having a new hearse built.
We learn that Dr. Tesmer sailed from New York at Saturday for Germany.
M. Rogers has moved his tools to Lacon and will go into business there with Mr. Ward, the blacksmith.
In one item last week it should have read Mrs. William Webster instead of Mr. William Holler has moved into what is known here as the Titus house.
Y. VanAntwerp in shipping trees to Dakota and realizing a fair profit from the business.
Samuel McFarland came near having a runaway a few days ago, as he drove his team too close to the railroad just as the train was coming in and they got scared.
Robert Waugh has purchased a fine new Beatty organ as a present to Mrs. Waugh.
Mrs. W. Bonham is visiting her son in Minnesota.
Uncle Abe Tanquary has been visiting friends near Wenona the past week.
G. E. Orge
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 10, 1883
We learn that arrangements are partially made for the sinking of a coal shaft here during the summer. Tis said the shaft can be put down here at less cost than anywhere in this part of the state, and it is known that we have here an extra quality of coal. There is also a strong probability of a railroad crossing the river here, thus giving us a line of road east and west, before next winter.
Uncle Charley Gapen of Lacon was over Saturday and Sunday visiting his son T. E. Gapen, and says he is going out to Colorado, and take up a claim and grown up with the country.
Miss Ida Campbell is again able to be out.
Mr. Wetzel, our new shoemaker, had just received a large and splendid stock of ladies, misses and gents fine shoes.
Fred Siebold had a pair of horses, a bay and a dun, get out of his pasture and stray away, some 10 days ago and not found yet.
Mollie Smith is visiting her sister Mrs. Athay.
Mr. Siebold found his strayed horses and brought them home Monday.
M. M. Sherburne of Sullivan, is in town on business and the guest of Mr. H. Campbell.
We hear that Rev. Seaman is improving and will soon be able to start home.
Henry Wetzel, successor to Fred Hopka, wants everybody and his wife and children to know that he has the best stock of plow shoes, gents fine shoes and boots, ladies and misses fine and elegant shoes of all the latest styles and children's shoes, beautiful slippers, rubbers, etc., ever brought to this market and respectfully asks one and all to come and see him and look at his goods.
Andrew Atchison returned from Iowa last week.
Frank Barr is happy, a bright little girl came to his house last Saturday night and claimed Frank's paternal care.
A Mr. Jordan has moved into the house recently occupied by William Holler.
G. E. Orge
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 17, 1883
Andrew Stephenson, our gentlemanly superintendent of schools, has engaged to remain another year with us, but we are sorry to record that both our lady teachers are going to leave us. Mrs. Thompson says she prefers to not teach the coming year and Miss Worley, who has been with us so long that she seems like one of our own family, has accepted a position in the Henry School. We are loth to part with them, and hope no shadows may ever cross their pathways of life.
We learn that the aged and beloved mother of Comrade Al Jones was buried near Lawn Ridge last week, and the next day his son, a fine young man of some 19 years, died at his home near Washburn, after a brief illness of diphtheria pneumonia.
Our neighbor Fred Vincent lost a valuable cow on last Saturday. He thinks she was poisoned, as she was fearfully swollen when found in the evening, and had been all right in the morning.
James Hayter is the happiest man in town, and says he don't care if it is a girl, it is the prettiest baby in town.
Mrs. Seaman returned home last week, and we learn that Bro. Seaman is at her father's and will soon be able to come home.
A team of Mr. Specht, who lives some five or six miles southwest of town, ran away last Friday, starting some 200 yards below Zimmerman's blacksmith shop; a wheel of the buggy broke down, throwing the Lacon boy driver and two painters, who were on their way to do some painting for Mr. Specht, paints, cans and brushes, all out into the road, which frightened the team. No one was hurt except a few slight bruises from being so unceremoniously pitched out.
Miss Lou Barr goes to La Harp to spend the summer.
G. E. ORGE
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 7, 1883
Elder J. F. M. Parker has been engaged to preach at the Whitefield Christian Church half his time and held services there Sunday, June 3d. He is represented to us as an able and eloquent preacher.
Little Miss Nellie O'Leary had a nice little party at her father's residence on Saturday week, the little folks enjoyed themselves muchly.
Mrs. A. J. Baughman s quite sick, being taken with neuralgia of the stomach on Saturday evening.
Coroner W. B. Holler held an inquest over the bodies of David Rediger and son recently.
Men were here at work extending the telephone across the river to Lacon last week.
We have news from Dr. Tesmer, that he had a prosperous and pleasant journey from New York to Bremen, making the trip in 10 days.
Dr. W. H. Martland of Newark, N. J., is here on a visit to his parents, bringing with him his son.
Charlie Fosbender of Wenona was in town last week on business.
G. E. ORGE
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 14, 1883
Mr. and Mrs. Webber of Kickapoo, Peoria County, are visiting friends here.
Timothy Hunt's barn burned on June 1, at noon, consuming two carriages, three horses, a lot of farm machinery and considerable grain, feed etc. We understand his loss to be estimated at about $3000. Mr. Hunt has a very severe burn on the rights side of his face, received in trying to rescue his horses. It is said the barn was all in flames in a moment's time, apparently as they has just left it and went to the house only a short distance off, and had sat down to dinner when Mrs. Hunt said, "see, the barn is on fire." No cause is known how it happened, as no one was ever allowed to smoke about the barn.
In the case in court, town of Sparland vs. George Tarbill, the jury decided in Mr. Tarbill's favor.
Mr. and Mrs. Atwood started for their home in Nebraska last Monday.
On last Sunday there was a reunion of the Bonham family at the residence of William Bonham. A very pleasant time was had.
G. E. ORGE
Sparland Community News
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, July 12, 1883
A cold wave struck this section of country last Saturday afternoon, that for a time made thick clothing in demand.
John Heller is quite sick with lung fever.
M. M. Sherburn of Sullivan was in town last week, calling on old friends. Mrs. Sherburn and daughter started for home last Monday.
Dr. Tesmer arrived home from Germany last Friday; reports a pleasant voyage across the ocean, and a very pleasant visit among the friends and scenes of his childhood. Everone here was glad to see him home again.
Eugene Moffitt was in town Tuesday morning.
Jesse Saggers is very low in consequence of a tumor growing on his side. We learn the doctors have but little hope of his recovery, as it is not practicable to remove it during the hot weather.
Harvesting is in full blast here, and the unceasing click of the binder is heard in the land.
We learn the school house is to be repainted and calcimined, furnace repaired and other improvements made.
Ella Worley and May Williams of Henry were calling on acquaintances in town last Saturday.
D. C. Timmons of Peoria with his family were in town Monday and Tuesday visiting friends.
Walter Athay left for Peoria last week.
Mrs. A. J. Baugman is improving slowly.
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, July 19, 1883
Our young friend Jesse Saggers is lying very low with a tumor on his back, which the doctors think unsafe to remove, as the chances are 10 to 1 we would bleed to death.
Lou Gillette was taken with congestive chills Saturday morning, which terminated in a raging fever, and she is reported to be very sick.
Jimmy Brasfield had the misfortune to cut his foot very bad last Saturday.
Thomas Martland of Lexington, Mo., and Nellie Martland of Iowa are at home visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Onias Martland.
Horatio Campbell left Monday night for a visit to his aged mother in Maine; expects to be gone several weeks.
Mat Kline having closed out his harness business here, requests all who are indebted to him to call immediately and settle up their accounts. Delays are dangerous.
Rev. Seaman of La Prairie was in town last Monday, the guest of Dr. and Mrs. Tesmer.
Mrs. Joseph Placher is still kept indoors from a fracture of one of her limbs.
Mrs. N. W. Tanner of Peoria was up last week to see her invalid brother, Jesse Saggers.
Miss Aggie and Harry Blackmon of Peoria came up Saturday evening and are visiting friends in town.
Walter Scott and A. L. Gilpin of Henry were in town last week on business. We acknowledge a pleasant call from the comrades.
Randolph Lane of near Washburn Sundayed in town among friends.
Rose Jenkins and Mable Holloway of Lacon were calling on friends here last Sunday.
Mrs. Charles Fosbender and children who have been visiting relatives and friends here, returned to their home in Wenona last Thursday.
John Martin left last week for Ireland to visit the home of his childhood.
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, July 26, 1883
Master Harry Perkins of Chicago is her to spend summer with his aunt, Mrs. T. E. Gapen.
Mrs. Alfred Burnham has recently been out to her farm in western Iowa, and says crops were looking well and the country rapidly improving.
Dr. I. H. Reeder of Lacon, opened a large tumor on Jesse Saggers of Friday of last week, from which considerable blood and pus was extracted, since which he is rapidly recovering, and hopes are now entertained and he will get well.
Barzill Bridgeway, who has been under a cloud for some time past, has paid off the claims against his thresher, and has it in his own hands again and ready to do your work. He has the reputation of being a good thresher, so we cheerfully recommend him and his machine.
Boscoe Bonham arrived home from Minneapolis last Friday, p.m.
Miss Maggie Dryden and sister of Peoria, came up last week and are visiting among friends.
Two of our old war veterans James Brasfield and Alf. Diehl, started for Denver on last Saturday morning, to the great national reunion of the old soldiers. We hope they may have safe transit and plenty of rations, and escape the dangers that beset the soldier's path, and in good time be returned to their homes safe and sound.
M. Kline has bought a harness shop in Lewistown, and will remove thereto all his goods and chattles. We regret to part with Mr. Kline and his estimable family, but hope our loss may be their gain.
O. Martland has a new porch on the front of his house, which adds greatly to the beauty and convenience of his pleasant home.
Miss Luisa Gibson of Henry, was visiting friends here Saturday and Sunday, guest of Miss Katie Frank.
John Reynolds of La Prairie informs us that he had two valuable cows killed by lightning in the pasture, on last Friday.
The crystal wedding of Mr. and Mrs. H. Maxwell, Monday evening last, was the social event of the week.
Master Charlie McClanahan, right royally fills the position of clerk in the store of Sherburn & Campbell during Mr. Campbell's absence.
G. E. ORGE