At Sparland and Lacon
Taken From the Henry Republican
January 5, 1871
We gave Sparland and Lacon a short visit on Tuesday, places we have not seen since we were around down there
taking their names and ages. Passing down on this side we stopped first at the mine of the Steuben coal company,
but found work suspended and the works deserted. The company have been idle some time, but we were told that
they are preparing to resume again soon. The coal haulers were busy at other parts of the coal banks, and
we met a number of their teams on their way to Henry heavily loaded. The paper mill here will give them a
At the distillery we stopped a few moments, shaking the cordial hand of J. W. McClanahan, Esq. Mr. Fosbender
was absent, but we had a few moments chat with his bookkeepers. Found the firm had changed hands, A. Riddle,
Esq., one of the wealthiest men of La Prairie township, having bought the interest of Peoria parties, changing
the firm name to Fosbender and Riddle. The distillery is doing a good business, and we presume making money.
Dropped in on Swift Bros., who are thriving. They also run a branch at Wyoming, and with complete stocks
in each, meet fully the demands of the local trade. Both are pleasant gentlemen and are prospering.
Crossed the ice with horse and carriage. Gave H. Greenough & Co., our first visit. He gave us
a sack of buckwheat ....(?)........., and Mr. Greenough is one of those conscientious men who will sell only the
very best. They thereby have a very large trade. J. B. Simpson still runs the Sherman House with great acceptance.
Henry people will not forget one of our own townsmen when they want hotel accommodation at Lacon. Judge
bangs was getting ready for his winter quarters at Springfield. Tom Shaw was preparing to stem it through
alone until his return, and is almost equal to any emergency. Judge Crane was complaining about the hard
times, hadn't earned a cent all the week before.
Whittaker, the new sheriff was shouldering the responsibilities with becoming grace, and is doing the labor
of an energetic and faithful officer. L. D. Wilmot goes into the hardware trade, and will settle permanently
at the (..?...). Judge Baldwin enjoys private life hugely. G. F. Wightman, jolly soul, is always "round",
and serving his constituency with fidelity and satisfaction. Clerk McMorris was at this post and overrun
with the business of the office. Mac is faithful and courteous and everybody is pleased with his official
life. N. M. Laws is looking after dead men's estates, with a great deal of care and attends closely to the
duties of his calling. ......(?).........., but we met friend Devalon, his clerk, who renders invaluable
service by faithfulness, .....(?)........, generally. Geo. O. Barnes, Esq., was firing suits and deeds, and
full of business. Called at C. M. Bonham's office but he was absent.
We also intended to look in upon Messrs. Ellsworth and French, but out time .....(?)..... we were compelled
to forego the pleasure until another time. Lacon is enjoying the new railroad. The trains now leave
at 5:30 a.m. and return at 4:20 p. m. The depot is located near W. E. Cook's residence, along side the road leading
to Henry. There had been some effort made to get it further down into town, but it was unavailing. The
pork trade was brisk, and Fisher was receiving large numbers of hogs.
The Boring for Coal at Sparland
Taken From the Henry Republican
March 13, 1873
The boring for coal at Sparland has proved satisfactory, a vein of coal, 33 inches thick, being reached at a
depth of 165 feet. A preliminary meeting was held by the citizens of that place on Monday night, when the matter
of forming a stock company and sinking a shaft was discussed and a committee appointed to open books for subscription.
The coal reached was of good quality, and it is thought will be remunerative. This vein is thicker than that at
Minonk, and is said to be as good coal.
1876 Businesses in Sparland
Taken From the Henry Republican
January 20, 1876
On Thursday of last week, we had occasion to visit Sparland, and found matters were of a quite lively appearance.
The distillery was in full blast, and Riddle, one of its proprietors, was doing a rushing business in buying hogs.
The distillery was also fattening a large number of stock hogs, among which were a large lot shipped there from
Chicago, in care of Wash. Robinson.
Greenough had steam up, and was doing a good business. With only himself and the boys, he is running the mill
successfully, and will soon be out of debt and above board. So much for doing the work himself, and thus saving
the expense of hired labor. Joseph Placher’s course as justice of the peace was giving general satisfaction, for
he makes the evil doer quail, and the people of the town rejoice that he will compel the laws to be obeyed, or
if violated, penalties shall follow.
Brasfield done a large trade in stoves this winter, and is happy there at. The Hollar boys are gaining friends,
and are in just the spot to do a flourishing and prosperous business. Mrs. Carver has charge of the millinery
rooms, and is gaining laurels for good and stylish work. Titus at the depot, has a good position and makes an efficient
and careful ticket age. Lewis Buck buys the corn, but is “skeery” on the last crop, for fear of its unsoundness.
A recent case came under his observation, where a bushel of corn was weighed and hung up, and in a short time on
being reweighed, it had shrunk seven pounds.
We took dinner with Mr. Buck and family in company with Drs. Kalb and O’Neal, and the inner man was sumptuously
refreshed. Mrs. Buck is feeble with heart disease, but is slowly recovering. She has to be extremely careful of
excitement or work, for fear of the return of the paroxyama, which are violent and alarming.
G. W. Zimmerman, of the firm of Zimmerman & Wright, blacksmiths, is one of the fathers of the town, and
one of its good citizens. We took supper at his home, which is a sightly location on the top of the hill, from
whence can be seen Henry, Lacon, Snachwine and surrounding country for miles. Mrs. Z. entertained us with an elegant
repast, and we enjoyed an hour’s visit with the family. Mr. Z. has a lovely spot for a residence, and is expecting
to make a fine place of it some day.
Sparland in Ruins
Eleven Business Houses Destroyed by Fire Sunday Morning - The Losses, Insurance, Etc.
Taken From The Henry Republican
June 6, 1878
One of those common devastations of the day, a fire, swept over Sparland on Sunday morning last, consuming 11
business houses, none of which were occupied. The fire originated in the lower story or perhaps the basement of
the dry goods building lately occupied by Holler Bros., and was first discovered about two o'clock Sunday morning,
by Isaac Akright, who while playing "pool" at that irreverent hour at a saloon in the town, stepped out
the door and smelt "smoke", as if some building were burning. He commenced a search, and with a son of
T. A. Blackmon the grocer, the fire was discovered just emerging between the Holler store and Blackmon's grocery
store, both occupying the same building but separated by partition.
The alarm was given, but in the absence of fire apparatus or water, the fire fiend had full sway. The Holler
building had an auction in it on Saturday, and about $1000 worth of goods were stored in it belonging to Day Bros.,
Peoria. Above was a dancing hall, and this was occupied by a gay and festive party until midnight. The fire is
thought to have originated from a cigar thrown carelessly in a corner among the debris of the store, while the
auction was in progress, while others have their suspicions it was the work of the incendiary "for cause."
The whole row was a tinder box. The Hollar building had been a place where oils were kept and sold, and was
a fine fire trap, and as the fire got headway it burned rapidly and communicated with like speed to the adjoining
business houses, until the whole east side row of buildings, constituting the main business part of the town, was
a mass of smoking embers. So rapid was the work of destruction, that the saving of property was done with difficulty,
and little secured except from the clothing store of C. Fosbender, and the agricultural store of L. M. Culver.
During the progress of the flames, a breeze sprung up from the west, which consumed two buildings east of the row
and the out-buildings on the entire burnt district. The losses, insurance, etc., are given below.
The Holler store, south half, two story, owned by H. Fisher, James F. Callen, Waseka, and J. S. Brasfield; valued
at $2000, no insurance. Day Bros., Peoria, had $1000 dry goods stored in the building on which was $500. Dance
hall up stairs.
North part occupied by T. A. Blackmon for a grocery store; lived over head. Had just bought out his partner
Gibson. Stock valued at $6000, household goods $500; insured for $2000 on stock. Saved a few goods from the store,
but lost all his household effects.
The next building was owned and occupied by Timothy Gapen on the ground floor for drug store and post office,
and above as a residence. Building valued at $2000, insured for $1000; stock $4000, insured $2000; gaved a few
goods, some $300 worth, and his parlor furniture. Loss in household goods $500. Nothing saved from post office,
except what papers were in the safe, which was found intact when opened Monday afternoon.
Next building, two story, owned by Mrs. J. G. McMorris, valued at $1000, no insurance. Occupied by Charles Fosbender
as a clothing store; stock valued at $4500, loss $2500. Mr. Fosbender had carried insurance for the past 10 years,
and paid over $5000 for such security from risk, but he let his policy be cancelled a month ago, which leaves him
in the lurch badly.
The upstairs was occupied by Joseph Placher, Esq., as a justice's office, he logins everything but his justice
docket. Loss probably $100.
The next building and store, owned by J. S. Brasfield, was occupied by a shoemaker, H. Franks, who removed everything.
The next, a two story, owned by the same party, was occupied by the Red Ribbon club as a reading room. Two above
buildings valued at $1500, insured for $500. Loss to Red Ribbon club $25. The upstairs was filled with implements
belonging to L. M. Culver.
Next was an empty building owned by James Gallup, loss $200, no insurance.
Across an alley comes James Holden's saloon. Pool table, ice box and stock saved. Loss on building $600, no
The last store was L. M. Culver's hardware and stove store. The building was brick, two story, owned by Sparland
lodge No. 441 A. F. & A. M. with lodge room in second store. Value of building $2000, insurance $1000; loss
from lodge room $400, insured $250. Mr. Culver's stock would probably invoice $8000; about $2500 in damaged goods
saved. Insurance on stock, Aetna $2000, Hartford $1100. Had just got in $2000 in reapers and $1200 in shelf goods.
Fronting the street to the Lacon ferry an unoccupied house owned by Mrs. James O'Leary was burned. Loss to building
$700, no insurance.
Also further east a building owned by Wm. O'Leary, and occupied by Mrs. Booth of Chillicothe as millinery rooms.
Building valued at $500, insured for $1000. Mrs. Booth's loss nominal.
Day Brothers, in goods..................... $1000
Holler store............................... 2000
T. A. Blackmon, groceries and household.... 6500
Timothy Gapen, building.................... 2000
"" "" drugs and household goods 4500
Mrs. J. G. McMorris, building ............. 1000
Charles Fosbender, clothing................ 2500
J. S. Brasfield, two buildings ............ 1500
Red Ribbon club ........................... 25
James Gallup, building..................... 200
Masonic building .......................... 2000
Masonic lodge fixtures .................... 400
L. M. Culver, stock ....................... 5500
Mrs. James O'Leary, building .............. 700
Wm. O'Leary ............................... 500
Total Losses .............................. $30,925
Day Brothers, on goods .................... $ 500
T. A. Blackmon, on goods .................. 2000
T. Gapen, on building ..................... 1000
" " on stock ............................. 2000
J. S. Brasfield, on building .............. 500
Masonic building .......................... 1000
Masonic fixtures .......................... 250
L. M. Culver, on stock .................... 3100
Wm. O'Leary on building ................... 1000
Total Insurance ........................... $11,350.
The next question has been, "shall the burnt district be rebuilt," and there seems to be but one answer.
A clothing store, drug store and agricultural implement house are essential to the well being of the town and must
be retained. Mr. Holden was visited on Monday by Mr. Henneberry of Peoria, and he have him assurances that he commenced
removing the debris from the cellar on Monday, and will build a saloon at once. It is also probable that Timothy
Gapen will rebuild at once either a frame or brick; and it is more than likely the Hollar corner will also be rebuilt.
Though cast down by this terribly catastrophe the citizens of Sparland are not dismayed, but with right good pluck
and phoenix like, the work of rebuilding will at once be taken hold of.
June 13, 1878
Sparland - The fire and ruins still occupy the thoughts of our citizens, and as yet nothing is known of how
it originated, though a great many believe it was the work of an incendiary. T. E. Gapen has located with what
goods he saved and the post office at Dr. Tesmer's office and contemplates building soon. T. A. Blackman will be
found at present at M. Kline's harness shop. C. Fosbender has what little he saved from the fire in Baughman's
building. L. M. Culver's hardware store for the present will be in the Honeywell wagon shop. They have a few machines
and cultivators saved from the fire that they are selling way down. McClanahan & Dawson are pushing the tile
factory, and will soon be ready for business. Esquire Placher's justice office in the the lumber office.
The Sparland Tile Factory
May 22, 1879
The Sparland tile factory burned its first kiln of tile and brick last week. The kiln contained 27,000 tile
and 10,000 brick, and another kiln of the same quantity is ready for burning. The company make a good article and
sell at figures in keeping with the hard times. See advertisement for prices. Messrs. H. J. Adams and Co., have
a large factory, and this season will turn out an immense lot of good tile. Order early and get the best.
March 14, 1878
Vicinity Affairs - Sparland
Last Thursday night, in the latter part of the night, what was known as the old Callen block, burned to the
ground. It was an old building, or lot of buildings that once has some prominence in Sparland and a great many
of our citizens that came here in the early days of our town, had lived in some part of the house. But for a long
time it has not been tenanted or used and was considered an eyesore. Consequently nobody is sorry it is out of
the way and all feel thankful that no other damage was done. As if the wind had been blowing, some other buildings
must have burned and may be several of them.
The town council at their last meeting declared that 66 feet wide on the east of lots now owned by Joseph Placher,
T. E. Gapen, James Smith, Mrs. W. E. Gehr, and John McGillendz in the old town of Sparland was originally and is
yet First Street and no one has any right to sell or buy said strip of land as it is a street.
January 1, 1880 - Sparland
We have had over a week of rain, freeze and ice, and unshod teams could scarcely keep their feet. As it began
to thaw our ice packers, fearing sudden break up, some of them began packing ice last Sunday, hauling from the
Henry Titus has bought the lumber yard in Sparland from C. Hutchins, and J. S. Brasfield
is captain in charge. They are filling up the yard with new lumber, and no man in this country can beat our Jim,
in sorting and measuring lumber and is always pleasant, ready to shoot at a target or turkey, bat a ball, set on
a dead corpus, or load your wagon with lumber.
The hog market is on the up grade again, and farmers who have not sold may yet get a good round price for their
S. B. Wollard, familiarly known as the “white line” was stricken with palsy, and is not expected to live.
George Bates returned from Chicago Wednesday of last week to spend the holidays with his family at home.
Mr. Bates received a severe hurt some time ago, by a scaffold falling with him, and he is yet unable to walk without
April 8, 1880 - Sparland
Our jolly little tailor, Mr. Maxwell, has bought the Noah Welch property here, and will fit it up and move into
it soon. We learn that Mr. Welch intends going to Nebraska to locate.
Sherburne & Campbell have built an addition on to the south end of their store.
Henry Titus of Sparland furnishes the lumber for Dr. D. E. Thomas's new building in Lacon
April 22, 1880
Sparland - The old school house in Sparland is advertised for sale, per order of school trustees, to be sold
to the highest bidder, May 8th.
James Thirkel, a brakeman on the train of the C. & A. railroad, fell from a car while in motion near Streator
and was instantly killed. He was one of the most faithful men in employ of the company. He will be missed by the
people along the line of the C. & A. R. R. He leaves a family at Lacon to mourn his loss.
T. Ralston's children are having the measles. It is to be hoped that these will be the only cases, for our little
folks have been very much afflicted for the past three months, and we long to see them restored to health.
March 3, 1881
Well, another "blizzard" last Sunday. We really begin to feel glad that the fourth of July is
not far off.
Some of our people are leaving. Pat. Finnegan, as honest and true as ever trod old Erin's soil, started for
their new home in Nebraska last Monday. Abram Nighswonger also started for his future home in Kansas last
Monday, and there are others yet to go.
Father and Mother Zimmerman of Iowa are visiting their children here.
The M. E. meetings have been kept up with unabated zeal for some four weeks, and yet no converts. The
preacher and members have been earnest and untiring in their efforts, but it seems the people have hardened their
hearts, and preaching and prayers, like water on a duck's back, have no effect.
The examination and recitations at school last Friday were quite interesting.
Quite a number of our young folks went out to James Hayden's to a dance on last Thursday night, and report having
a splendid time.
Our well beloved old friend and coworker for the good of mankind "Webber." made us a pleasant call
one day last week.
March 3, 1881
G. W. Zimmerman and wife of Sparland, will celebrate their silver wedding anniversary on March 19. They
have sent out invitations on silver paper, got up handsomely, that are very appropriate as well as unique. No
doubt it will be one of the pleasantest gatherings ever held in the burg.
April 28, 1881
The tile factory commenced grinding last Tuesday on the new mill.
John Martin has commenced work on the edition to his saloon building. It is to be occupied as a barber shop.
Mrs. T. A. Blackmon has just opened a new millinery room in their dry goods store.
November 24, 1881 - Sparland
The heaviest sleet and rain storm ever known in Illinois prevailed through the central part of the state on
last Friday, seriously damaging fruit and forest trees, telegraph and telephone lines and railroad bridges, causing
Taken from the Henry Republican
Local News, Feb 9, 1882 - Sparland
The great strain on the people's nerves on account of the Ransom trial at Lacon is over, and comments on the
merits and demerits of the case and the verdict are plenty; for us, we feel that the jury gave their verdict in
accordance with the law and evidence.
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Emler are taking a pleasure trip out through Kansas, Iowa and Missouri, and Mrs. Timmons
is keeping house for them.
Little Frankie, 4 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Brasfield, died on last Thursday, 11 p.m. of quick consumption.
Zed McGee, an old resident of this township, has moved to Northhampton, Peoria county.
A Mr. Hoffman, who lived near the Yankee street church, took cars last week for Nebraska, where he will make
his home in future.
We learn that Milford Thompson has brought his household goods here, and will take charge of affairs for his
We learn from H. J. Adams, superintendent of the county farm, that at the present time there are 26 poor persons
in his charge, of whom seven are children.
Mrs. Maloney, mother of Mrs. W. O'Leary is very low, as we are informed with quick consumption.
Taken from the Henry Republican
Local News, Feb. 23, 1882 - Sparland
There was a social hop at Martin's Hall Tuesday night of last week. Five parties were present from Henry,
Lacon, Chillicothe and Washburn, and quite a number from the country. John Fosdick of Tiskilwa furnished the music.
The Sparland tile factory started up again this week, having been overhauled and considerable improvements made.
They expect to turn out more and better tile than ever before, also first class brick for building purposes.
John Duncan, with his estimable family have moved to their new home in Nebraska. The Henry Republican
will be a regular visitor to them every week in their new home. Whilst we regret to part with such neighbors and
friends as Mr. Duncan's folks are, yet we wish them all the wealth and happiness in their new home as is attainable
in this life.
Taken from the Henry Republican
Sparland News, May 18, 1882
The excitement about the place owned by J. M. Hunt has continued through the past week, and is likely to keep
up until some satisfactory explanation is produced of the queer arrangements on some parts of the place.
Mrs. D. R. Howe left for her home in Lanark on last Monday.
There will be an ice cream and strawberry festival at Martin's Hall Friday evening of this week. The Amateurs
will give a free play during the evening, to add to the interest and enjoyment of the occasion.
Beeves are very scarce in this part of the country at present, but our enterprising butcher is doing his best
to keep the market supplied.
Miss Ida Brasfield returned from her visit to her grandparents in Peoria on Friday of last week.
Sunday was a bright and beautiful day, and the more appreciated as the week had been cold and stormy.
The Sparland Tile Factory is having a boom this spring. Their tile are better burned and smoother than
formerly, and the patrons appreciate the improvement. They have burned and sold five kilns this spring, and
are ready to supply orders at the following rates: 3 inch tile $13 per 1000, 4 inch at $19, 5 inch at $27.50,
6 inch at $37.50. They talk of burning two or three hundred thousand brick during the summer.
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Odeil went to Green county, Iowa, last week, on a visit to relatives and to take a view
of the country.
Geo Bates went to Streator last week to get work.
Wm. Webster has purchased the Fosbender property on Church street, and refitted and repaired it, and moved into
it last week. It is one of the prettiest homes in town.
In boring for water at the county farm last week, they bored into something which is believed to be silver,
after boring through 14 feet of hard rock. If it proves to be silver, it is thought to be of sufficient quality
and quantity to pay.
Quite a number of our old soger boys expect to join the G.A.R. at Lacon.
Our farmers are about done planting corn.
Thomas Duke of Henry was in town a short time one day last week, also Hon. C. Fosbender of Wenona.
Taken From the Henry Republican
May 25, 1882
The Sparland Mystery (What D. H. Bishop Thinks) - From the Lacon Home Journal
We have received a communication from D. H. Bishop, who was in Mrs. Orr's employ from march, 1869, until May,
1871. Mr. Orr disappeared in February 1868 and he wall says had his remains been buried in the cellar there
would have been suspicious circumstances likely to have met his observation. He repels the insinuation and
says a better family he never knew. McWilliams, the father-in-law, who lived in the family, he has known
for 30 years, and while passionate if worried, he was honest and upright at all times, and incapable of crime.
There are two cellars to the house - a fact not previously stated. The south one was the most used and
in the southeast corner of this he was instructed by Mrs. Orr to dig through the cement that the milk crocks could
set on the ground, she believing it would be cooler. This is the exact locality and place of the alleged
grave. Does any one for a moment believe a woman would voluntarily select her murdered husband's grave for
such a purpose? The idea is too monstrous for supposition. There is another thing to be considered. There
were four little girls left, the eldest at the time of the disappearance being 12 or 13 years old. It would
have been a moral impossibility for such a deed to be consummated without their knowledge. We know how strongly
little girls are attached to their father, particularly if he be kind hearted and indulgent, as Mr. Orr was.
Now, can any sane man believe for a moment they would be a party to keeping such a dreadful secret, or that
his family would live for a moment in the house beneath which the murdered husband and father was concealed. It
is too monstrous to be thought of. Yet Mrs. Orr lived there for 13 years, the old house in the meantime having
burned down and another built on its foundations. All of this excitement has grown out of a remark of McWilliams
to the man employed to remove the rubbish from the cellar, not to disturb the southeast corner, as the girls room
was above, and they wished to search for a valued gold ring that was lost in the fire. It excited the suspicions
of some ready to believe anything, and out of this molehill of fact grew the mountain of suspicion that in some
minds overtops reason, common sense and probability.
Mr. Orr was murdered for money he was supposed to have on his person. A year before he had sold his farm
in Richland, taking notes due in 12 months. He came to Lacon just about the expiration of the time of payment,
and was last seen alive the evening of the same day, about half way between Sparland and his home. It is probable
and has always been believed some one conversant with his affairs, waylaid and killed him and disposed of so completely
that it never was found. The disappearance of Mike Wiley from the vicinity, and the finding and identification
of his skeleton years afterwards make us believe the mystery of J. W. Orr will some day be repealed. It ought
to be a sufficient vindication for Mrs. Orr that not one of her or his relatives ever, for a moment, suspicioned
she had ought to do with his taking off.
Since the first discovery the excitement has been a fever heat, with parties continually coming and going. Tuesday
it was reported that bones had been found in the north cellar, and parties went from here to investigate. A
number were found, they they were bones of chickens or some small animals and a critical examination by physicians
proved they were not human. And so the matter rests. While the mystery of the supposed grave is still
unraveled, there is not a particle of evidence proving that Orr was murdered there, or implicating his family.
Henry News Republican, July 6, 1882
Miss Olive Tanquary was visiting Miss Ida Campbell last week.
Mrs. Wollard returned from a visit to Ohio, some two weeks ago.
Mrs. W. P. Pease is visiting relative in Peoria.
M. Joseph Splain of Dakota is her visiting Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman and other friends.
Clayton Lodge 312 I.O.O.F. had a public installation of officers last Monday night. E. A. Mitchell of Chillicothe,
deputy grand master, conducted the ceremonies. The officers for the present term are James Gallup N.G., G. W. Zimmerman,
V.G., A. J. Athony secretary, and F. Siebold treasurer. After the installation ceremonies were concluded D. G.
M. Mitchell made a short but splendid address, after which the assembled company partook of ice cream and raspeberries,
and all enjoyed themselves in social converse.
-- G. E. Orge
The Henry Republican, November 23, 1882
The tile factory is again in running order with new engine and boiler and steam pipes laid underneath the drying
sheds. They started up Monday morning and expect to run all winter.
Our little city is at last on a bloom. Property is changing hands every day and there is not an empty house
in town at present that is at all tenantable.
The Henry Republican, Henry IL, June 28, 1883
We attended the reunion of the correspondents of the Henry Republican at henry and had a very pleasant, interesting
time. The attendance was small owing to the unfavorable weather and bad roads. We made some new and very pleasant
acquaintances but we greatly missed the familiar faces of "Otto-Graph", "Junior", "Vindicate,"
"A.B.G," "S. L. P." and "Whack," most of whom sent regrets. Our old friends, "Webber,"
"Ancient," and "R. E. Porter," braved the elements and looked as young and vigorous as of yore.
We had hoped to cross palms with the noted "Heathen Chinee," but were disappointed.
Miss Effie Callin is here visiting relatives and friends.
A small tornado swept across the country some 10 miles west of Sparland early last Saturday week. Mrs. King's barn
was moved three or four inches by the storm.
Mrs. H. Maxwell and children have gone to Hennepin on a visit to relatives.
Fred Blackmon of Peoria came up Saturday eve, and remained over Sunday.
Miss Mollie Smith went to Aurora last week to visit her sister Mrs. M. Webber.
Mrs. A. J. Athay has a fine, new, and very stylish phaeton of the celebrated Ken McNeal make, a present from her
Sherman Gillette returned home from Green County, Iowa, last week.
Kirk Booth is going to put an ice cream parlor in R. Waugh's building upstairs.
The Henry Republican
February 18 1915
Mr. Earl Harmeson was shopping in Henry on Monday
James Lee spent the last of the week with his mother and friends.
Benj. Gallup of Henry, transacted business in Sparland on Wednesday.
Miss Edna Zelhoefer spent the week-end with her mother in Leroy.
Miss Frances Rae is taking music lessons in Henry of Mrs. E. A. Hall.
Wm. Webster died early this morning (Tuesday). Particulars next week.
Blanche Wilde was absent from school all of last week on account of sickness.
Miss May Gillet has been very sick with grip. Mrs. Olson has been caring for her.
Mrs. Anna Suft and Helen were visitors in Henry with friends over Saturday and Sunday.
Wm. Aitchison and sister, Miss Grace, are enjoying a visit with relatives and friends in Delavan.
Mrs. Edw Shafer and son Raymond returned from their visit with Iowa relatives on Friday night.
Mr. And Mrs. L. N. Osborne and children spent Sunday afternoon in the country at Wm. Osborne's.
Wm. VanPatten of Wisconsin, came to attend the funeral of his grandmother, Mrs. Martha Duncan.
J. C. Ohlman spent Sunday with his wife and son, who are staying with her mother Mrs. Delphie Bolender.
Lewis Webster of Depue, came down to see his father on Wednesday. Mr. Webster is very feeble at this writing.
Mrs. Samuel King of Peoria, was a home visitor on Monday with her father and sisters, H. Thomas and daughters.
The baby son of Dr. and Mrs. Royce has been having a serious time cutting teeth. On Friday he had three spasms.
Mr. And Mrs. James Wilson returned from Joseph Cook's, who live near Lacon. They had been helping with the butchering.
James Wabel of Normal, was calling on friends in Sparland on Saturday. He had been over the river to see some
Mrs. Charles Schaff and Margaret Campbell have been sick with the grip. Margaret was absent from school all
of last week.