Marshall County , IL  News Items
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Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Stage Coach Lost on River
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, January 29, 1847
Accident - On Thursday, while the driver of one of one of Frink & Walker's stages was attempting to reach Lacon from Rome, on the ice of the river, and when near the mouth of Crow Creek, about a mile from Chillicothe, the coach and team broke through near an air hole, in twelve feet water and four horses were drowned. Fortunately there were no passengers in the stage, otherwise they also must have perished. The driver, leaping from his seat, was compelled to leave three of the horses struggling in the frosty element to avoid freezing to death. The coach and perhaps harness will be raised. - Lacon Gazette, Jan. 23.

1845 Democratic Convention
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, December 12, 1845
The Democrats of Marshall county held a convention at Lacon on the 1st inst., and appointed Silas Ramsey and J. M. Pride delegates to the convention for the nomination of candidates for governor and lieutenant governor. They recommended that the convention be held at Springfield on the 22d of February next.

Taken From the Henry News Republican Newspaper, Henry, IL

July 18, 1901
A Shooting at Toluca

On the night of July 3 there was a bad shooting bee in Toluca.  It seems Max Necci, an Italian miner, was sitting on the porch of his boarding house, apparently minding his own businees. A man came along in the darkness with a double barreled shot gun, loaded with buckshot 2x4's, etc..  Theese were discharged into the body of Necci.  John and Charles Schoof tried to interfere and the man with the gun turned the weapon upon them.  They were also badly shot up.  Sunday the would-be assassin, one Rafael Corti, an Italian miner, was captured at Rutland and taken back to Toluca, where a strong effort was made to lynch him that night.  The following morning he was taken to Lacon and turned over to Sheriff Howard.  Necci, who was taken to the Streator hospital for treatment, died from the effects of his wounds Sunday night.

As to the preliminary hearing, the Lacon Journal says Corti was bound over to the grand jury without bail.  To accommodate the score or more of witnesses from Toluca the proceedings were held in the ciruit court room at the court house.   Squire R.H. Maxwell presided.  Only one or two of the witnesses could speak English, and the services of an interpreter were required.  Two of the witnesses swore positively that Corti was the man who did the shooting and it is easy to foretell his fate if they make this statement with equal certainty when his trial comes off.  The prisoner is a single man, about 55 years old, of a dark complexion, with iron gray hair and a stubby mustache.  He is anything but charming in appearance.  When arrested a revolver and a knife were found on his person and a roll of bills amounting to $365 was sewed in the lining of his trousers.  Of this amount he paid $8 to defray the expenses of some of his witnesses from Toluca.  The balance was placed to his credit in the bank by Sheriff Howard.  Unless a continuance is granted, the case will come up for trial at the September term of the circuit court.

Taken From The Lacon Home Journal, Lacon, IL

April 4, 1902

Marshall County’s Incorporated Towns

The Home Journal is much obliged to James Rose, secretary of state, for a list of the incorporated municipalities of Illinois, compiled by him and corrected up to Jan. 15, 1902. From it we extract the following information concerning the different cities, towns and villages of Marshall county:

The first incorporation of these cities, towns and villages was made under the laws in force prior to 1872. after the passage of the law of 1872, most of them reorganized and took out articles of incorporation under that law. Sparland is the only town in Marshall county now doing business under its original charter, granted it previous to 1872. In 1895 the law of 1872 was amended to allow the secretary of state to issue certificates of incorporation to cities and villages organizing under the general law upon filing transcripts of organization proceedings in his office. Varna is the only place in the county to take advantage of this privilege

Taken From the Toluca Star Newspaper, Toluca, IL

July 4, 1902

A Wild African Lion Killed in Marshall County

Early Sunday morning Mat VanPatten, and others in his neighborhood, flashed the news by phone to Toluca that a monstrous big lion was roaming about his neighborhood seeking for people to devour. Toluca people are noted for their bravery and willingness to help their neighbors in their hour of need, and though it was raining pitchforks, a company of Toluca citizens was quickly organized, armed and put under marching order.

The Toluca company went out, discovered the hiding place of the lion, surrounding in “true military style” and opened fire on the enemy. The battle fierce and furious for awhile, but as was to be expected, enlightened, civilized humanity, with modern implements of warfare, proved their superiority over the king of beast. They killed the lion, killed him dead, and after he was dead several other companies came to the rescue and killed the lion again, and again till he was dead.

Where he came from or whence he was bound the Star man could not learn but we have it on the highest authority that he is dead. As there has been considerable controversy as to who killed the lion the third and eleventh time we will postpone our account of the particulars of that battle till a later date. The Star does this in the interest of justice. We have names of all the brave men who killed the lion up to the 29th man, but the two exceptions mentioned, we are in doubt. It is the Star’s desire and intention to give every hero who took part in that battle his just dues in order that there may be no controversy like the Schley-Sampson affair hereafter.

Taken From the Toluca Star Newspaper, Toluca, IL

September 25, 1903

Toluca's New Fire Company and Fire Department Ordinance

The Toluca Fire Company - the old one - was re-organized last Tuesday evening. The Following are the new member: Tim Slattery, G.F. Erdtmann, Orville Stewart, Fred Guibor, James Hines,  Paul Anshicks, Joe Gerardo, OA. Scherer, L.D. Cassell, John Foster, A. Cotton and John Hines, Jr. The officers are: Joe Gerardo, president, O.A. Stewart, secretary, L.D. Cassell, treasurer.

Fire Department Ordinance

+Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Toluca;
SECTION 1. That an ordinance entitled “Fire Department” be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows.
SECTION 2. That the City Council may provide, in its discretion, water, fire engines, hose, hose carts and other apparatus it may deem necessary for the prevention and extinguishment of fires occurring within the corporate limits of the city, and may erect suitable engine houses and other houses for storing hose and hose carts, and may appropriate money for the care, use and maintenance thereof.
SECTION3. The fire department of Toluca shall consist of one company, of not more than twelve citizens of the city, under the age of forty-five and over the age of twenty-one years, which company shall be organized as hereafter provided.
SECTION 4. The department, when ready to organize, shall meet and elect such officers and adopt such by-laws, rules and regulations for its guidance and government as it may see fit. Such officers shall be elected or appointed from among the twelve members. there shall be one captain or chief of such fire department whose duty it shall be to see that the hose, hose cart, fire plugs, and other apparatus are at all times in good working order and ready for instant use. Shall attend all fires, when it is possible for him to do so, and note in a book kept for that purpose the names of all members of the fire department attending and assisting at any fire, and shall quarterly report to the city council the number of fires, and the names of all members of the fire department attending and assisting such fire.
SECTION 5. The captain or chief of the fire department shall receive for his services the sum of Three ($3) Dollars for each and every fire he shall attend and assist at. Each of the other eleven members shall receive for their services the sum of Two ($2) Dollars for each and every fire they shall attend and assist at. Provided no member shall receive any compensation for services at any fire unless his attendance and assistance at such fire is reported to the city council by the captain or chief in his regular quarterly report.
SECTION 6. Any person or persons, not members of the fire department, so shall take or use any of the fire apparatus, or use or destroy any supply of water kept for fire purposes, or shall interfere with any member of the fire department while on duty at a fire, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be fined not less than Three ($3) Dollars nor more than One Hundred ($100) Dollars for each offense.
SECTION 7. All ordinances, or parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.
SECTION 8. This ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage and publication.

Passed this 17th day of September A.D. 1903.
Ferdinand Klinger, Mayor
Attest: Joe Gerardo, City Clerk

Taken From the Henry News Republican, Henry, IL

Thursday, April 23, 1908
Mayor of Toluca Wins Naturalization Papers

“Well, I’m surprised that he didn’t go to see the president: said Judge Humphrey in the United States court as he gave naturalization papers to Dominick Turigliatti, de facto mayor of Toluca. Dominick had come to this country away back in 1891, or “one thousand, Eight hundred ninety-one” as he called it. He first came to Illinois, then went to California, returned to this state and then back to Oregon, where he received naturalization papers. Shortly after getting them he returned to Illinois and took up his residence at Toluca, where he immediately assumed the role of a prominent citizen, was elected mayor and a member of the school board, helped to pay off a $20,000 indebtedness and many other things. But his enemies got busy and last November he was informed by a representative of the  naturalization department that he was no longer a citizen and in fact that he had never been one.

He proceeded to see six attorneys, the nationalities of whom were widely different, containing two Jews, a Welshman, an Irishman and two Germans. He got many various opinions, went to Washington and saw the department officials and Congressman Graff, who was unable to help him any more than the attorneys, and several others.

Previously he had filed a petition for naturalization with the circuit clerk of Peoria County, and had also instituted proceedings in the United States court. It was before Judge Humphrey that Dominick appeared at his best, when he clearly worsted Attorney Storey of Springfield, who was representing the government. After he had been exa mined by his own attorney, Judge Winslow Evans of Peoria, Dominick was turned over to the mercies of Storey, who tried to prove that his moral character was turbid and a few other things besides. He gave up at half-past 12 after Dominick had told him of his many visits to attorneys, government officials and friends. Mr. Storey started to point out to the court that he was not a fit person as his acts had clearly shown, and Judge Humphrey caused a snicker to pass around as he yawned:   “Well, what would you have done? I’m surprised that he didn’t go and see the president. I will grant him his certificate.”

The mayor’s friends rushed up to him and congratulated him warmly, as when the call for witnesses against him was made no one appeared and he had clearly beaten his foes.