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 Hopewell Township News
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, March 29 1883

News is somewhat scarce this week. As we have had an awful cold we're all out of sorts.
Ed. Seaman not long since picked out of his crib 60 of the best ears of corn and on examining them carefully found but two that would grow. This is about the experience of all who have taken the trouble to look for seed corn in the crop raised in this section last year.
Mrs. Jason is going to have a lot of her land cleared this year, about 160 acres. We hear John Baggs has contracted to chop 200 cords of wood for her.
The public sale of Eli Way last week attended and everything brought a fair price. Mr. W. intends to start for Kansas on Thursday this week and we hear he will settle there.

Hopewell Township News
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, April 5, 1883

Hopewell Township
About the happiest man we have seen for many a day was Geo. Wilson last Saturday. He just got notice that his pension claim had been allowed; he says he will get $4 a month from June 17, 1865, which amounts to about $850. We say good for you George, but it ought to have been more and the neighbors echo the sentiment with 40 adjectives, I am "Korect."
John Davis has rented land of Mrs. George and moved into the house with her.
We are right glad to see our young friend Bruce Hancock out again; he has had a terrible time with neuralgia in his head for three or four weeks; his hearing is improving fast and he is going to pull through all right.

The Henry Republican, April 12, 1883

Owing to the unusual hard winter there has been comparatively little done in the way of farm improvements. The land is drying out very fast the past few days. Tehre has been some oats sown and there will be a big crop put in in this section. Our farmers are contented and happy. By another week we'll all be seen in a solid family, each filling his place in the ranks in the "time honored army" that are making their living by tilling the soil.
We are pleased to see St. Clair Stock, who lately moved on the John Norton place, go to work with such energy and determination to win as a farmer.
Frank Sloey and Judson Durham went to Nebraska last week and are expected home next Friday or Saturday. Mr. Durham will begin his summer term of school at the Broaddus school house next week.
Two of Hopewell's fair daughters, Nellie Boys and Nellie Vernay will be among the graduates of the Lacon high school next June.
Aunt Sarah Russell celebrated her 74th birthday last Monday.

The Henry Republican, April 26, 1883

Irving Broaddus is going to build a new barn and fix up everything about the premises.
Frank Sloey and Judson Durham returned from Nebraska last Friday. Mr. D. bought a half section of land in Franklin county and says he is going to make it his home.
Veness Dilts, the model school teacher, who now uses "the shingle" near LaRose, came over into these parts and sit up pretty late Saturday night.
The boys while in Nebraska last week saw Ira Wright; he is well fixed and likes the country real well.

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, May 3, 1883

W. C. Ramsey has been badly afflicted with rheumatism, but is on the improve and likely to get around again.
Several hundred acres of oats have been sown in this neck of woods.
Most of the farmers are about through stirring up "Mother Sile" for corn. May will begin planting next week.
If you want to see what a great change a little work mixed with gumption will make in a place, just look at the improvement in appearance that H. C. Crook has made in the old VanBuskirk farm.
Jud. Durham has become a Nebraska land agent; has his piece well and can talk it like a peddler.

Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 10, 1883

Rye and oats are looking well and many are planting corn this week.
Irving Broaddus has torn down his old barn and is building a new one.
A Sunday School has been started at the Tax for sure. Miss Laura Bruce is superintendent.
Jonnie Johnson is down with the measles at John Davis's. We hear of a few others sick with them; with the exception of these the health of this community is good.
Emmitt Hancock shipped R. G. Thompson's fat cattle to Chicago last week.

Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 17, 1883

The cold, wet rains have been rather discouraging to those having corn planted, but the pasturage is very fine and stock is doing splendid. There is a good prospect of a big crop of cherries this year and just now there are lots of mushrooms in the timber, and when they are fixed up by Mrs. Sperry they strike a fellow just about right.
Charley, a son of Al. Jones was suddenly taken down very sick last Friday, and died at about 11 that night. Was buried on Sunday, Rev. Mr. Haney from Streator, conducting the funeral. Charley was 17 years old and a very promising youth, a favorite with all.
W. B. Ramsey had the lung fever quite a while ago, and it left him in a bad condition, and he is not improving much. His friends think there is little chance of his ever getting well.
Miss Mateer of Henry, who teaches the Sawyer School is well liked by the scholars, and she is a good teacher, notwithstanding the unruly boys don't like to hear the patter of the shingle.
While in Lacon last Saturday we saw our old neighbor, J. A. Johnson. He now officiates at the Miller House bar with the ease and grace of a catfish in its native element.

Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 31, 1883

Gus Wasmer went to Colorado for his health. People generally think he will never get back alive.
Miss Bruce made several visits among the patrons of her school last week. We were slighted, but may be remembered in the future.
Miss Mateer and some of her scholars came very near having the wits scared out of them by a tramp while going home from school one evening last week.
Lunsford Sawyer who sold out and moved into the city of Henry, now talks of going to Missouri.
We reckon there will be a good many go down to Lacon from this neighborhood next Thursday night to see Nellie Boys and Nellie Vernay graduate. These girls are the pride of Hopewell.

The Henry Republican, Henry IL, July 5, 1883

Wm. Boon is having splendid luck with his bees, in fact all who reaise bees are looking forward to a very large and delicious harvest of white clover honey.
Dennis Curran and Scott Miller have the biggest prospect for a crop of "natural wild sweet potato vines" to be found in seven counties. We will be a North Carolina watermelon that Dennis has vines that measure two rods long.
Charley Ramp has been having a terribly painful time with a rose cancer on the second finger of his right hand. Has had it removed and is better now.
Enoch Sawyer is building a large new hay barn, "which is business." Joe ward of Henry is doing the painting.
Frank Ramsey is going west, but for fear the change of climate might affect him he goes but to the Illinois river and returns home very often about the time the roosters announce this time of us to get up in the morning.

Hopewell Twp News
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, July 12, 1883

The Tax school closed on Tuesday of last week. The teacher, Miss Bruce, gave an exhibition the evening before. Those who took part did themselves proud. The teacher has won the love every scholar and is esteemed and respected by all, both as a lady and teacher, and the wish of all is that she will accept the offer of the school next year; if not, we trust that whatever place her lot may be cast she may meet with the success which has crowned her labors in the part of Hopewell. Her home is at Low Point.
Irving Broaddus now boasts of being a grandfather, for last week John Davidson was made a joyous father, and the boy shall be called Irving.
St. Clair Stock has bought of J. S. Mohler, an Esterly twine blader. Will Smith is having his grain harvested with it, and it works like a charm.
Mrs. Sam Porter who went to Iowa last spring is married again and living in Charlton.
Nathan Gibbs writes from Lucas County, Iowa that he has his hair shingled and quit chewing tobacco. What next?

The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, July 26, 1883

Among those who are talking of moving west next spring are Charley Ramp, W. C. Ramsay, E. H. Seaman and Wm. Boon.
We hear Billie Ramsay has rented his farm to Elmer Miller for three years at $325 a year and Ed Seaman has rented his land ot Owen Monahan for three years at $400 a year.

Henry News Republican, Henry, IL
January 21, 1915


Mrs. John Gluntz, who has been very ill is, we are glad to say, some better at this writing.

A large number from Hopewell attended the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary of Mr. And Mrs. C. O. Flesberg, which was celebrated in the Swedish school house in Varna, Thursday of last week.

Peter Stromgren had the misfortune to lose a valuable horse Sunday morning, from the stalk disease**.

About 40 of Mrs. Anna Whetzel's friends gave her a farewell surprise Sunday afternoon as she will soon leave this neighborhood. She will have a public sale the 26th of January, after which she will move to Henry. We are very sorry to have her leave our neighborhood, but hope she will like her new home. Andrews Linder will move on to her place and John Austin will move on to the one that Mr. Linder vacates.

Gus Menne lost a three year old colt Sunday from the Stalk disease**

The South Hopewell Social club will hold a hard times party at the Tax school Friday, Jan. 22, to which the public is invited. A fine of 10 cents will be imposed upon all those not dressing in hard times costume. Each one is requested to bring a cup for coffee, which will be part of the refreshments.

R. Antrim was a caller in Lacon Monday forenoon.

One of Peter Benson's three year old colts hung himself in the barn Friday night some time, and was dead on Saturday morning.

Charles Okerberg lost a horse also Sunday.

Gus Stoner's were Henry callers Friday.


"Cornstalk disease" is a mysterious ailment which causes sudden death in cattle while feeding in cornstalk fields late in the fall or early winter. From a disease producing standpoint the term "cornstalk disease" is meaningless, but it serves to explain in a general way certain fatalities which cannot be explained otherwise. This disease is restricted to those sections where farmers harvest their corn by picking the ears from the standing stalks, and then turn their cattle into the cornstalk fields. Apparently it is limited in its distribution to the middle and northern portions of the Mississippi Valley. The disease frequently causes death in animals before its presence is suspected. The cattle appear to be in perfect condition before they are turned into the stalk field, but the following morning one or more of the herd may be found dead. Sometimes after losing a few cattle no further losses may occur in the herd. Postmortem examination does not furnish any conclusive or satisfactory evidence as to the cause of death. Early investigation of this disease has shown that out- breaks are more likely to occur with or to follow closely after storms, especially cold rain storms. Cornstalk disease occurs under a variety of diverse conditions. It may occur in one herd of cattle, while another herd in an adjoining field under apparently the same conditions is not affected. Cause: The cause of the disease is undetermined, but due to its sudden onset and rapid termination investigators are in- clined to believe that the causative factor may be a rapid- acting poison developed in the stalks in the same manner as prussic acid is developed in other plants known to be capable of producing this poison. -Circular 214, Diseases of Feeder Cattle in Kansas by Herman Farley, December 1942, Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, Manhatten, Kansas


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