Local Events of the Year 1880 For Marshall County, Illinois and Surrounding Area

Compiled From the Files of The Henry Republican
Taken From the Henry Republican, Thursday, January 6, 1881


JANUARY 1880

1ST:  

Burial of Mr. Asa Whitney, the body being brought from Chicago

2ND:

Meeting of the Hurd family in La Prairie on the 50th birthday of Owen Hurd.  Address by Rev. M. S. Hall and G. M. Locke.
Henry Titus purchases the lumber business at Sparland

5TH:

W. W. Stetson elected president of the red ribbon club.
Death of Mrs. W. G. Barnes, by heart disease, age 63.

11TH:

Death of the wife of Major J. H. Widmer at Ottawa.

12TH:

Burial of two children of W. C. Guyer, one dying the 10th and the other the 11th of diphtheria.
Thomas Judd engaged in writing articles on "Ye Olden Time" for the Index.
Purchase of the Henry Watercott corner or building purposes by Theodore Bickerman
Wyoming mail route changed to Castleton.

15TH:

Organization of the Marshall County Alliance at Lacon

19TH:

Temperance oration by Hon. G. M. Bane before the red ribbon club.

23RD:

Grand jury sign a protest against the practice of carrying concealed weapons.

26TH:

Cicero Ferguson reappointed bridge collector for the ensuing year.

29TH:

Commencement of the protracted temperance revival by George Woodford.


FEBRUARY 1880

1ST:

Sale of the lumber business by A. M. Pool to Messrs. Houghton, Hunter & Houghton.

2ND:

Formation of the W. C. T. U., Mrs. George W. Kline president

4TH:

Death of Ephraim Vogelsang, aged 21.

6TH:

Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Hutchins commemorate the 15th anniversary of their wedding day.  A "crystalized expression of good will" was refused.

8TH:

Death of Aaron Haines in Kansas

12TH:

Masquerade ball, one of finest ever held in Henry.

14TH:

Death of Hiram Twitchell, 66

17TH:

Death of Henry L. Crane of Lacon, 67

22ND

Death of Christopher Alma Stone at Geneseo, 70
Mrs. James Fay of Lacon, died by criminal carelessness of a druggist's clerk.
Charles Grubbs leases the Snachwine Sand Bar for a summer resort
Potter, Perley and J. H. Jones attended the meeting of the Illinois republican central committee at Chicago.


MARCH 1880

1ST:

Visit of Bishop Burgess, confirmation of two candidates, and the preliminaries signed for the building of an Episcopal church by Mrs. Law and Miss Davis.  Reception in the evening at the residence of W. T. Law, Esq.
Dissolution of copartnership of Theo. Bickerman & Co., W. W. Stetson retiring.
Theodore Smith moves to Tecumseh, Nebraska.
Eckhart & Hilb lease and move to Weis's block. A very good move for this firm.

2ND:

The Grey Eagle, commences her season's trips between Henry and Peoria.
Formation of the new firm of J. L. Jones, Co. J. L. Jones and Horace Ketchem.
Glass ball tournament 3d and 4th in Yaeger's grove.  But a fair attendance.

6TH:

Wool growers meeting at Lacon.

9TH:

Removal of the remains of Mrs. C. A. Stone to Geneseo.
Edgar Culver leaves for Colorado for the benefit of this health.
Removal of J. W. Hosic to Tecumseh, Nebraska.
Painful accident to Elder W. R. Stowe in Missouri
Visit of Hon. L. E. Payson to Henry in the interest of his candidature for congress.

11TH:

Grey Eagle makes her first trip to Hennepin for once a week during the season.

14TH:

John C. Burns, son of Judge Burns, killed by an accident at Breeds, on T. P. & W. R. R. Tken to lacon for interment.
John Coan opens a store at Pearl, Livingston county.

18TH:

Marshall County Alliance met at Henry. The Republican opens a controversy with its president; the result of which unearthed more Evans-ism in the alliance than found healthy for that august body.
The supervisors pass a resolution instructing the assessors as to their duties, at which much indignation was expressed.

22ND:

Death of Mrs. E. C. Sinclair; memorial service 29th, at which resoluctions were adopted commemorative of her virtues and usefulness, and appropriate addresses made by Dr. Davis, Mrs. J. L. Adkinson, P. S. Perley, A. Snethen, J. H. Jones and W. W. Stetson.
Henry Yaeger dispenses the compliments to his friends, upon reaching his majority - 21 years of age.
R. M. Stevens sells his warehouse of ice to Fairbanke & Co. at St. Louis.
Foundation and walls of J. Watercott & Co.'s buildings commenced.
New Knabe upright piano added to J. D. Culton's parlors.
Richard Heller receives the contract for sprinkling the streets for the summer of 1880.

23RD:

Marriage of Miss Clara Brasfield and Frank Barr at Sparland.  A fine list of presents.
Removal of W. Boyd to Chicago and situation with the dry goods house of Charles Gossage & Co.
S. C. Brown appointed administrator of Mrs. Sinclair's estate.
Return of C. Everett and family to Henry from Red Oak, Iowa, for the summer.


APRIL 1880

5TH:

Re-election of W. W. Stetson president reform club.

6TH:

Re-election of J. L. Jones supervisor, E. T. Disosway clerk, F. A. Raymond assessor, J. T. Russell collector, Mark Gregory commissioner of highways, F. S. Becker trustee.
J. Watercott & Co. announce their spring opening in a page advertisement.
James Hartley elected foreman Protection fire company.

7TH:

Birthday supper party to Mrs. G. W. Emerick.
The establishment of Dearborn P. O., at paine's Point, Putnam county, Wm. Newburn appointed postmaster.

8TH:

Death of Father Franz Lippert by heart disease.
Removal of cancer from the breast of Mrs. J. H. King.
Anniversary of 70th birthday of P. M. Janney, which was duly celebrated at Minneapolis, the residence of the judge.
Mat Durley starts for Wyoming territory to locate mines for a company formed of citizens of Hennepin and Henry.
April remarkable for high winds.

13TH:

Mrs. James H. King passed to that bourn from which no traveler returns.
Accident to W. J. Stubbles by a fall from a load of wood, the load passing over him.
Rev. Bunnell attends a family reunion in Barry county, Mich.

14TH:

Marriage of Frank M. Endsley to Miss Jennie Colter. A fine array of wedding gifts.
John C. Hall returns from Milford and engages in business at Henry.
Fire at W. H. Langdell's blacksmith shop. Slight damage done.
A surprise birthday party tendered C. W. Carroll, the station agent.
Frank Dennis breaks a leg by a fall from a ladder while ascending to a hay mox, ladder falling with him.
Charles Everett connects himself with Dr. Kalb's drug store.
Death of John A. Hamaker, 59.
Burning of the Hutchinson Croft residence on the Meridian.

17TH:

Death of Jesse B. Bane, Lacon, 68.
School election, J. C. Townsend and John Riley elected members of the board.

18TH:

Robbing of C. Gould's hardware store.

20TH:

City election, I. Koehler, A. M. Pool, and R. E. Hills elected aldermen for two years.
Abner Camp and A. V. Shurts start for a summer's campaign in Colorado.

23RD:

Death of Mrs. J. C. Moodey.
Promotion of Thomas M. Fish to superintendent of Galena division of the C. & N. R. R.

24TH:

Attempted suicide of George Whitcher in Whitefield; he recovered.

26TH:

Loss of the Snell store and Masonic hall at Whitefield Corners, by lightning and a conflagration.
Commemorative sociable of Odd Fellowship at lodge room.

31ST:

Theft of R. H. Waterfall's; a gold watch and other articles taken.


MAY 1880

1ST:

Arrest of tar roof operators in town for swindling parties at Hennepin

4TH

Emanuel Emerick starts for Colorado in quest of benefit from change of climate.

8TH:

Death of Mrs. Alfred Dennis
Edgar Culver returned from Colorado, much improved in health.
Death of Ebenezer Stowell one of the pioneers of this section.

11TH:

County republican convention at Lacon to select delegates to state and district conventions.

12TH:

Silver wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Linse in this city.

15TH:

Golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dikes.  Purse of $50 in gold and other presents were given.
P. W. Wikoff appointed census enumerator.

24TH:

N. M. Rollins graduates with honors from Law department of Union University, Albany, N. Y.
T. A. McMorris appointed judge of 4th judicial district of Colorado.


JUNE 1880

6TH:

Celebration of 50th anniversary of Union Grove church at Granville.

8TH:

Graduation of nine young ladies from Lacon high school.

9TH:

Burglars of C. Gould's hardware store sentenced to three years at penitentiary.
Dr. Kalb attended National medical society at Chicago and becomes a member of that august body.
Masonic festival in lodge room. Address by David Muir, F. S. Potter and P. S. Perley.

12TH:

Meeting of the reporters and correspondents of the Henry Republican at the editor's residence; literary exercises, with dinner, and the cane-ing of the editor was a peculiarly happy feature - especially to the editor.
Elopement of Frank Ventress, pilot of Grey Eagle and Mrs. Ed. Spears.

14TH:

Dr. Snyder and wife go east for a protracted visit, accompanied by his father and mother.

18TH:

Entertainment by W. Bradford Williams
Breaking of arm by Mrs. Lewis Helper by a fall from a chair while picking cherries.

20th:

Rev. I. C. Goff preached at Christian church.
First communion service at German Catholic church.

21ST:

Appropriation of $2500 for improvement of streets and walks by city council.

22ND:

Closing of public school for the year.

24TH:

Graduation of four young ladies of public school at Congregational church -- Misses Mary Hamaker, Bessie Moodey, Lillian Buck, Lizzie Kenyon.

25TH:

Metting of Electic physicians in this city.

26TH:

Death of James B. Matthews, at Forest Grove, Oregon.

27TH:

Death of Mrs. Gustave Moritz at Lacon.
Increase of salary to Postmaster Perley to $1700.
Death of N. R. Baker at Fort Collins, Col., a former merchant tailor here.
80th birthday anniversary of Mrs. Geo. Burt, Sr., celebrated by her children.
Census reporter gives population of Henry, city 1915, township 314; total 2229.

29TH:

Presbyterian sunday school picnic at Snachwine Lake.

30TH:

Emanuel Emerick starts for Colorado in quest of health.


JULY 1880

1ST:

Republican legislative convention at Wenona, J. J. Cassell for senator and C. Stowell and J. T. Thornton for representatives, nominated.

4TH:

Celebrated at Snachwine lake.
Disappearance of Editor Burt with a married woman.

5TH:

Grand opening of Bickerman's New Hall.  The festivities occupying two days.

9TH:

Graduation exercises of Henry high school under charge of W. W. Stetson - graduates W. B. Lyon, Misses H. Emma Gurnea and Jennie Monier.
Mrs. Robert Davis goes to Colfax Springs, Iowa for medical treatment.
William Bell moves to Worth county, Mo., for his future permanent abode.

12TH:

J. S. Burt elected president red ribbon club.
Purchase of a house belonging to Mr. John Kline by Mrs. Ruth McKenney.
Indian - John Henry, killed by a train of cars.
J. W. Boyd finds a desirable berth with J. V. Farwell & Co. at Chicago.
W. W. Stetson elected to the superintendent of the Rockford schools.

18TH:

Burial of Mrs. A. H. Noe on the 18th.

25TH:

Death of Mrs. Catherine Young at Washington, IL

29TH:

The organization of a lecture bureau.
Building of cottage by Miss Harriet Wright.
Louis Robinson goes to take charge of the Hennepin lumber yard.
Visit of the Miss Hodges of Chicago to Henry.
A. C. Christern and wife, absent for one year, return to Henry.
Horace Ketchum goes to Chicago, as salesman at Carson, Perie & Co.'s.
Mrs. O. A. Green returns from a two months sojourn in Colorado.
A visit of Mrs. Arch. Bracken to see her mother.
Visit of the disciples of "Isaac Walton" to Henry.

31ST:

Greenback convention at Lacon.
Teachers institute at Lacon, three weeks session, a grand success.  Teachers, C. S. Edwards, J. A. Holmes.
Removal of  J. Watercott & Co. to their very large store.


AUGUST 1880

1ST:

Lightning strikes the flag staff of J. Watercott & Co.'s new building, splinters it, and plays havoc with the spouting.
J. F. Leavitt chosen foreman fire company, vice James Hartley promoted to assistant chief engineer.
Dr. A. H. Hattan moves to Henry and enters professional practice with Dr. J. C. Kalb.

3RD:

Organization of an alumni by the graduates under Mrs. Stetson.
Death of Mrs. Adam P. Brown, 47.
Removal of Prof. Turner and family to Oskaloosa, Iowa.

5TH:

Organization of a Hancock & English club.  J. C. Townsend president; C. C. Jones secretary.

6TH:

New Church sunday school picnic at Lloyd's Grove.

10TH:

Democratic legislative convention at Wenona, where T. M. Shaw was nominated for the senate and Euclid Martin and E. V. Raley as representatives.
Miss Maria Davis at Lake Minnetonka, Minn.
William Warner goes to Chicago to reside.
Death of Henry Hunter of Snachwine, 65.

13TH:

Greenback congressional convention at Gilman; W. W. Wallace of Pontiac nominated, and afterwards endorsed by the democratic convention as their nominee.
Death of Mrs. Viola Kissenger at Castleton; interment at Henry, 15th.

17TH:

Old settlers reunion at Lacon.

18TH:

Camp meeting commenced on Clear Creek to last one week.
Death of Mrs. C. K. Lombard of Saratoga.
Wife of Dr. C. Davis under treatment of Paul Casper at Ottumwa, Iowa.
Albert Tyler and Willie Wanser start for northwest Iowa.

21ST:

Finger billiard exhibition at Yaeger's billiard hall.  Some marvelous shots were made in this difficult and charming game.
The building of the tower to St. Joseph's church completed.
G. G. Guyer exploring in Nebraska.
Visit of Mr. Samuel Parker, the Chicago correspondent of this paper, and family; short stay, but a genial one.
Attemped suicide of Mrs. James Curry.

24TH:

Meeting of Odd Fellows here to arrange for the Chillicothe picnic on the 31st.

26TH:

Pole raising by the democrats, and speaking by M. C. Quinn of Peoria on the square, and in the evening at Bickerman's hall.

27TH:

Grand rally of the democracy at Lacon.  Speeches by Carter Harrison and others.
Death of Mrs. James Henderson at Emporia, Kansas.
Arrival of the steam craft Orodell, Goodrich master, for Illinois river.
Formation of a Garfield and Arthur club with Hon. J. H. Jones as president.


SEPTEMBER 1880

1ST:

Republican convention at Lacon, and county nominations made.

4TH:

Speech of A. J. Streetor, greenback candidate for governor.

5TH:

The John Koch property sold under the hammer, J. F. Gates being the purchaser.

6TH:

Speech by L. E. Payson in Bickerman's hall, republican candidte for congress.

7TH:

Marshall county sunday school convention held in Saratoga township, three days session.
Democratic county convention at Lacon.  James Wescott for clerk, A. R. Hancock for sheriff, C. C. Jones for attorney, Wm. Holler for coroner.

8TH:

Death of Emanuel Emerick
Death of John Hallcock in Saratoga township

11TH:

Grand republican rally at Snachwine lake. Gen. Henderson and other speakers.
John Kline chosen elector of the 8th district on the prohibition ticket.
Re-planking of the draw to the bridge, the work being in charge of Mr. C. Ferguson.

15TH:

Death of M. B. Wright at Indianapolis.  Interment at Watseka.
Death of Samuel Camery by lockjaw.

16TH:

J. S. Glendenning and family returns from the east.
John Miller and wife spend some time in New England.

19TH:

Donation picnic at Daniel Hickey's A great success.

21ST:

Another attempt at stealing at C. Gould's hardware store; they were routed by Nighwatchman Stevens, cornered, shooting Stevens in the arm, and makes good his escape.  Nothing taken.
M. P. Dilly & Co. moves to the Kleinhenz building.

25TH:

Clear Creek temperance picnic on camp ground.
Telephone erected to connect the store and residence of C. Gould.
Dr. S. O. Hendricks locates in Henry.  Office at J. W. Niece's drug store.
David Coan and wife make a visit to Kansas.


OCTOBER 1880

2ND:

Accident to Alderman Joseph Schick injury to a foot by a large stone falling upon it.

4TH:

Death of Ella Holmes at Loda, 27.
Removal of Dr. Kalb to the rooms vacated by J. Watercott & Co.
Death of Mrs. J. H. Jones, 44.

5TH:

Appointment of Rev. W. J. Minium as pastor M. E. church here; Rev. C. David changed to Odell.
W. E. Thompson, county treasurer, submits to a surgical operation.  Health still very feeble.
Ball for the benefit of St. Joseph's church at Bickerman's opera hall.  Was a success.
Thomas Duke builds a large wagon shop.

19TH:

Forty-first annual meeting of the Swedenborgian state convention with the Henry society.  A three days session.

27TH:

County alliance held at Wenona.  "Resuluting" was the chief work on hand.

28TH:

Golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. S. G. Worley.


NOVEMBER 1880

1ST:

John Horan establishes a cigar making establishment in Henry.

2ND:

General election.

5TH:

Ratification meeting at Henry over the election by republicans, presided over by F. S. Potter, Esq., speeches by Perley, Stubbles, Mock, Gray, Potter and Pool.

7TH:

D. H. Anderson's shooting gallery burglarized; but $1.50 stolen.
Fire at the Emerick homestead. Damage slight.
Surgical operation performed for George Vogelsang, scraping the bone of a diseased limb.

16TH:

Surprise donation to Rev. Minium and family.
Death of Mrs. Ira Stevens, 33. She was buried from the residence of Mr. Richard Tremain, her father.

21ST:

Mission at St. Joseph's church for one week, Rev. Father Hennessy of Peru being present, and having charge of the meetings.
Grey Eagle made last trip for the season, tying up at Peoria.

22ND:

Tight freeze up.  A freeze up all over the north.
Sandy bridge rebuilt under the direction of Mr. C. Ferguson.
Purchase by Lewis Helper of the F. M. Mills residence, house and four acres.

25TH:

Union thanksgiving services, Rev. J. J. Bunnell preaching the discourse.
Arion singers again at Henry.  Full house as usual.
Death of Mrs. Dr. Goerge Koehler, 57. Interment at Mt. Palatine.

28TH:

Accident of George Sparland by a runaway; three ribs broken.
Removal of Ed. Stephen's dress making rooms to Richard street.


DECEMBER 1880

1ST:

Death of Mrs. Charles Disosway in Roberts township.
Removal of Richard Terrell to Worth county, Mo.

5TH:

Introduction to office of county officers elect - James Wescott circuit clerk, C. C. Jones attorney, A. R. Hancock sheriff, and J. S. Brasfield coroner.

6TH:

Death of W. T. House, 75, collector at the lock.
Thomas M. Fish resigns the superintedency of the Galena divison of the C. & N. R. R. and accepts superintendancey of the Detroit, Lansing & Northern, and the Saginaw Valley & St. Louis R. R., with headquarters at Ionia, Mich.
E. C. Endsley moves to Ottawa.

12TH:

Death of William Ford, Lacon, 76.
Gathering of the Locke brothers, and the division of the John Locke estate.

13TH:

Lecture of Hon. Shuyler Colfax on Abraham Lincoln.

15TH:

Oyster supper of Congregational church at City Hotel.  Large attendance.

24TH:

Christmas eve, festivals at Congregational, union of Presbyterian and M. E., and by New Church sunday schools, and on Christmas by the German schools.
Hushing bee at Frank Dennis's and some 600 bushels gathered.
William German loses three children with diphtheria in four days.  Two others ill with it.