Marshall County , IL  News Items
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Taken From "The Courier" Newspaper, Henry, IL

January 23, 1857

The two-story dwelling-house, in this city, on the corner of Third and Wirt Streets, occupied by Mr. Samuel Taber, was destroyed by fire on last Tuesday night. The first alarm was given at about two o'clock in the night, when one of the family sleeping in an upper chamber was awakened by the flames suddenly bursting through the wall into the room, so fiercely that he had hardly time to escape, and awaken the other inmates, before the fire had communicated to his bed. The flames spread with such rapidity that part of the family and several boarders sleeping in the upper chambers had barely time to escape by the stairs; without saving any of their clothing, except such articles as they seized in their flight.  In less than an hour the building was burned to the ground.

The family saved a few articles of furniture from the lower room, but all the remainder of their effects, including their clothing, bedding, papers, and other valuables, were lost., as were also most of the trunks and wardrobes of the boarders.  Mr. Taber's loss is very considerable, and is the more severe, as it is the second time he has been completely burned out of house and home.

The origin of the fire is not known with certainty, but is supposed to have been communicated from a stove pipe assing through the ceiling from the kitchen, as the fire was first discovered in that proximity.

Several persons were on the ground in a few moments after the alarm was given, but a strong wind blowing from the west at the time spread the flames with such rapidity that nothing could have arrested them.  The adjoining buildings were in imminent danger, but the wind being from a favorable direction, escaped unharmed.

The property was owned by Mr. Cannah Jones of Canton, and, we learn, was fully insured.

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From "The Courier" Newspaper, Henry, IL

January 23, 1857

Four prisoners escaped from our county jail on Tuesday night, and have made good their retreat to parts unknown.  Taking the iron bail from the coal bed they succeeded in unlocking the trap door and asconding to the upper room; through the north wall of which they burned a hole with the fire-shovel, and four of the six prisoners escaped; the other two were lame and concluded to remain in their old quarters.  Sheriff Crane , learning from one of the two prisoners, that money had been stolen by some of the absconding birds and secreted in the timbered bottom below the city, went in pursuit and found by foot-prints in the snow that four men had been there, and that in a suitable place to make the deposit under a log, a man had been on his knees.  The Sheriff followed their track to the river, where they crossed to the west side.  As they had been confined for petty offenses, and would be some four hundred dollars expense to the county by first May - to which time they would have to remain, on consultation with leading citizens he concluded not to further atempt their apprehension. --Lacon Gas, 17th

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From "The Courier" Newspaper, Henry, IL

January 23, 1857

TRAINS will leave Henry Depot daily (Sundays excepted) until further notice as follows:


1.  Freight, ..................6:30 a.m.
2.  Passenger Train at .......12:07 p.m.
3.  Passenger, Night Express, 10:20 p.m.


1.  Night Express .............5:40 a.m.
2.  Mail and Passengers, ......2:55 p.m.
3.  Freight ...................3:45 p.m.

To take effect on Sunday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m.

All trains over this road are in direct connection at Chicago with trains over both the Michigan Southern and Michigan Central R.R., to and from Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Dunkirk, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Albany, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington.


NOV. 28, '56    Ass't  Sup't.

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From "The Courier" Newspaper, Henry, IL
February 20, 1857
Marshall County Jail

The county court of this county have authorized the building of a new jail in this county to cose $12,000.  The contract was taken up by Mr. E. WHITE of Lacon. The building is to be built of brick and stone, 34 x 64, two stories high. The first division of the building will contain several rooms designed for the residence of the jailer’s family.

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From "The Courier" Newspaper, Henry, IL
April 10, 1857

We give below the vote for Township Officers at the election on last Tuesday:

Samuel Camp, (no opp.) 154 votes

John Barnard		86
A.M. Pool		55

J.W. Sinclair		84
R.E. Heacock		68

J.E. Devalon		121
C.S. Woodward	  	 36

Ephraim Hoyt		81
Valentine Weis		57

Robt. Dawson		146
S.G. Worley		153
Wm. P. Williams		155

J.T. Fogle (no opp.)	125
-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From "The Courier" Newspaper, Henry, IL
June 6, 1857
Population of Henry

Mr.  C.S. Woodward, our present efficient City Collector, had just completed an enumeration of the inhabitants of the city, and the returns show that our community is composed of one thousand six hundred and seventy-three men, women and and children. This number, though probably not quite as large as some anticipated, shows that the place is steadily growing, as the following review, copied from our files, will show:

By sensus in the summer of 1848		   71
Reported by U.S. Marshal in 1850	  401
By census taken in fall of 1851		  798
By census year ending Dec. 1852		1,000
By census year ending Dec. 1853		1,301
By U.S. Marshal, August 1855		1,401
By census taken January 1, 1856		1,523
By census just taken, June 1, 1857	1,673

Taken From "The Courier" Newspaper, Henry, IL
June 19, 1857
Senachwine PO

We stated last week that a new post office has been established at Senachwine, Putnam Co., IL. and we learn that it is furnished by a daily north and south mail by the railroad. During the week we have received two or three new subscribers to the Courier from this office and should like to receive a few more.  If any of our old subscribers living in that vicinity, who now get their paper at this office, wish to have them sent to Senachwine, we will make the change upon being notified to that affect.

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From "The Courier" Newspaper, Henry, IL
September 4, 1857

Explosion of the Steam Boat Nile at Hennepin
The engineer Killed and Several Wounded

We learn from the officers of FRED NOLTE, yesterday evening, that the steamboat Nile exploded her boilers at Hennepin on Wednesday afternoon, instantly killing Mr. HOBERT BACON, the engineer and dangerously wounding several other persons. The Nile was an old boat and used for towing barges exclusively. Mr. Bacon was formerly a citizen of this place and his untimely death will be a sad affliction to his numerous friends and relatives in this vicinity.


The train yesterday afternoon brought the remains of Mr. Bacon to this place. He lived only a few hours after the accident and died before he could be taken to La Salle. The funeral takes place today at 2 o’clock.

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From "The Courier" Newspaper, Henry, IL
September 18, 1857
Henry Lighted by Gas

The citizens of this place were no little astonished on last Tuesday evening by a brilliant light reflected from six large burners, glaring out the door and windows of A. M. Pool’s store, under the Courier office.  The unusual brilliance in the streets soon attracted a crowd when it was discovered that the premises were lighted with the newly invented Benzole gas or extract of coal oil. The light produced by this fluid resembles very nearly the usual coal gas used in cities and makes a beautiful white light. It is also said to be a very economical light after the machine is fitted up. We proposed some of these days to introduce Benzole in the Courier establishment and expect soon to see it come into general use in public  buildings, at least where the ordinary coal gas is inexcessible.

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From "The Courier" Newspaper, Henry, IL

November 6, 1857



Will leave this port his evening at 4 o'clock P.M. for the headwaters of Salt River. -- She has been thoroughly overhauled, newly furnished and "SOLD" by the city of Lacon to the present owners:

For passage, apply on board or to
P.M. JANNEY, Capt.

A.M. Pool, Clerk
D.W. Danley, Purser

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From "The Courier" Newspaper, Henry, IL

November 12, 1858

A two-story dwelling house on Third St., between Edwards and School St., was entirely destroyed by fire on last Wednesday evening.  The fire is supposed to have originated from a defect in one of the upper chimneys, as the flames when first discovered, commenced bursting out through the roof. Several citizens were promptly on hand with buckets and ladders, but as the fire had spread all under the roof it could not be reached, and as soon as a hole was out through the flames spread with great rapidity.

The building was occupied by four families, who saved most of their furniture and effects.  The property was owned by Mr. Chauncy B. Hoyt, and was valued at about $1000.  Insured for $600 in the Etna.

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From the Marshall County Republican Newspaper, Henry IL
January 31, 1867

Upon our first page we give a short sketch of the capture and cruel treatment by the rebels of Corporal John W. January, formerly of Whitefield township, but now a resident of Minonk, Woodford County.  John was patriotic and enthusiastic for the cause of the Union, and was deterred from enlisting for a time on account of being under age and not getting the consent of his parents. But the call for men, and the inspiration that was guilding the people to the defence of the flag was too strong for young January to withstand, and he left home unbeknown to his parents and enlisted at Tonica in company B, 14th Illinois cavalry.  John was captured by the rebels, and unfortunately was a sufferer at Andersonville prison, and though not losing his life as many of his comrades did, yet he was fed on such scanty rations, and of such poor quality; was so neglected and frozen by exposure, that he wasted to a skeleton, and was one of those pictured out in Harper's Weekly two years ago, whose feet rotted and fell off by the nurse nearely cutting the cords that held them.  He has now recovered so as to be able to navigate with artificial "trotters" and lookds robust and hearty.  He is now on this side of the river visiting amoung his friends, who will all be glad to see him.  His case will ever stand as a monument of the barbarity and desperation of the rebellion.

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From the Marshall County Republican Newspaper, Henry IL

December 13, 1866
A Nursery At Henry

Gaston & page, nurserymen form Delaware, Ohio, have sold out their nursery at that place, and have bought 20 acres of the east part of Elijah Smith's place on Western avenue, where they will go into the nursery on an extensive scale.  The amount paid is $4150.  The sale includes the cottage house on the hill, as also the 100 bearing apple trees on the place.  Mr. GAston is an old nursery man, having made it the study and business of his life and has been engaged extensively in the grape, upland cranberry and apple growing interest. Last year his Delaware nursery suffered severely from a fros_et in the Ohio river, which induced him to sell out and seek another locality for his business.  Mr. Page is a young man, but of the kind well calculated anf fitted to a "husband" man, in the many senses to which the term may apply.  Gaston & Page have selected a very good field for their operations, and will make a nursery not to be excelled in these parts.

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


January 24, 1867
County Items

Some kuss locked his room door at the Wenona house last week, packeted the key, and left with a little bill unpaid.

The cooper shop of Thayer & Bros., at Lacon, has suspended labor until the first of March, the company having a sufficiency of barrels to last until then.  This throws a number of heards of familes out of employment.

The Home Journal says the man who piloted Lee's army into Pennsylvania is said to be living at Mossville, a few miles from Peoria.  He is a practitioner of medicine.

The Masonic lodge at Sparland have a celebration tomorrow.  Several neighboring lodges are invited to share in the festivities.

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From the Marshall County Republican Newspaper, Henry IL

February 7, 1867
City and County

The charter for the building of the bridge across the river at this point has passed the legislature and become law. The work that Henry has laid out to accomplish the coming year is somewhat formidable but not more than she is able to do, and what she will do.  The bridge company have done much to furnish facilities for travel across the river and a deal of trade has been secured in returns. The bridge will only the more enhance the well-being of the town, and it will be erected at no distant day.

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From the Marshall County Republican Newspaper, Henry IL

September 5, 1867

The following abstract taken from the assessment role of Marshall county furnishes these important items. In the county:
Horses 9,101
Cattle 11,452
Mules 175
Sheep 9,818
Hogs 23,594
Wagons and carriages 2,750
Time pieces 2,823
Pianos 115
Dogs 1,331
Improved land 192,818
Unimproved land 42,648
Valuation real and personal 3,045,645

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From the Marshall County Republican Newspaper, Henry IL

November 28, 1867
A Terrible Accident Near Sparland

A terrible accident that resulted fatally happened near Bethel, some three miles from Sparland, on Saturday evening. Charles Doran, had been out on the high prairie with his team that day, and in returning got caught in the terrible storm and black darkness of that evening, attended with blind lightning and terrific thunder. Coming down the hill into a ravine over which a bridge was constructed without railing, on one side of which was a precipice some 20-feet down, and on the other a slight dissent, it seems by some means unknown, that his horses went over this steep embankment, wagon and all, taking Mr. Doran with them, killing one of the horses outright as also Mr. Doran. During the evening, the husband and father not returning, Mrs. Doran became anxious, and excited with fear for his safety, started to search for him. Rousing the neighbors, he was found down the embankment dead, one horse standing over the dead remains of the other that was killed; badly hurt and valueless. He leaves a wife and several small children to mourn his end.

To the wife and mother this bereavement in one attended with misfortunes that must be peculiarly trying. Mr. Doran when he first settled on his farm, was in company with a Mr. Saulsbury, whom he latterly bought out, giving notes and mortgages for the payment to Mr. Saulsbury. Four months since, Mr. Saulsbury died. Two weeks ago a son of Mr. Doran, not a bright boy, set fire to a rubbish heap which communicated to the stubble of a field of one A. Thompson, which with lightning speed, as a tinder box, enveloped the whole lot, and destroyed the grain stacks of the latter, valued at $1200. This brought a suit; Mr. Doran offered $800 to settle, but it not accepted. With the suit pending, the notes of Saulsbury soon falling due, and the crushing affliction of Mr. D’s death, Mrs. Doran will have much to contend with to maintain herself and children, and to keep her farm from being sold over her head.

It is an important question that every man in Steuben township can ask himself - who is responsible for this sad and deplorable death of a citizen, and the killing of this team? One cannot view the scene without feeling that there was criminal neglect in not having a sufficient and proper railing as a safeguard at this precipice. It should be a warning too, to every town whose roads are unsecured to provide such safeguards as is required for the protection of human life and safety against accidents. Steuben will have the team and damages to pay for, and learn a lesson hearts bought, that this horrible catastrophe occurred from sheer neglect on the part of its own officials. Every man who passed that way was conscious that that spot was dangerous, especially after night, but it was left unguarded and uncared for, and the penalty has been paid with the sacrifice of human life.  As it stands, it is one of the most distressing accidents that has taken place in the region for a long time.

December 5, 1867

County Items
The chasm in which Mr. Dore lost his life some days ago in Steuben township has been taken in hand by the officials and on Thanksgiving Day a substancial railing was constructed on both sides of the road to prevent further accidents. All bridges aught to be supplied with railing or protections against breaking of limbs or destruction of life of both man and beast. It takes not little to do both and there can not be too much care taken to put safeguards upon all bridges and chasms where teams are passing. Illinois is very remiss in this matter and we wonder there are not more serious accidents than there are. Let our home officials balustrade their unprotected bridges. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

The New Henry Cemetery

Taken From the Marshall County Republican
April 23, 1868

On Sunday last we took a stroll into the new cemetery near the seminary, purchased and laid off by the Henry cemetery company. This plot consists of 23 acres, laid off in a superior manner, and lays in a manner to not only be sightly, but when improved, adorned and arranged according to the design, will be one of the handsomest burial places for the state. Though the ground has been purchases but a short time, still dotted here and there are the hillocks of loved friends some consigned immediately after death to the new grounds, while others have been removed from the old cemetery, and other private vaults.

JOHN HYNDMARSH’s was the body that was interred in the new cemetery, and a neat slab marks the resting place of that good man. JOSUUA RUSSELL, mourns the loss of a beautiful child, which is buried here, its grave also being appropriately honored with a stone. An obelisk, betokening affectionate friends and the devotion of a stricken family, is appropriately inscribed to the memory of MRS. T. L. FALKNER. It is of beautiful marble, and is from the yard of E. B. NORRIS in this city. A slab upon the small knoll is erected to the memory of our lamented citizen, C. Y. FITZER, who died from home last summer.

And in this connection we could not overlook three large pillar or obelisk-formed monuments, in a group, occupying one of the diamond-shaped lots in the heart of the ground. The first one is erected to HARRY LEE, an old resident of the township, and is fittingly emblematized with the “square and compass” of Free Masonry, of which lodge for over 40 years he was an honored member. Alongside stands a monument to HIS WIFE, on which is carved a willow tree, fully grown with heavy, drooping foliage, an ornament in the region where it stands, properly emblematizing the good mother and wife, who in life wielded a gentle and loving influence in the circle in which she moved, and who was an honored ornament in the large acquaintance to which she was attached.

Still another, erected to MRS. LOUISE M. ROLLINS, bears an appropriate inscription, and makes a fine appearance. In the center of it is carved a group of roses and buds - two roses in full bloom, indicating (as we suppose) the two sisters of the LEE family, and three buds, one broken at the stem, signifying the three beautiful children of MRS. ROLLINS - one lying beside its mother in the graveyard, nipped in the bud, while the other two are budding into promise of maturity and long life. The three stones are very fine, and worthily stand as affectionate mementos of the friends they have left behind. Many other graves are here and there noticeable, though slabless and unornamented, save one fittingly shadowed o;er with evergreens, planted by loving hands signifying the dead will be “evergreen” in their memories. The company will improve the grounds, lay cut gravel walks and roads and bedeck it in an appropriate manner, and it seems to us that out of self-respect for the dead, the removal from the desolating condition of the old burial place would seem necessary. It must come in time, for it is natural to wish our cemeteries properly attended to. The company have in their employ JOHN MC INTOSH, who resides on the place and whose acquaintance we made, and who is devoting his time to removal, and also decorating the grounds of the company. He will attend to all disinterments intrusted to him. It is needful that our citizens attend to this matter, and sustain an enterprise praiseworthy and greatly desired. Those who have buried friends must not forget the respect they owe to the dead to visit and properly car for their graves.  We should make our cemeteries places of attraction, and they will then be places for quiet resort and meditation. We all have duties in this regard to perform. Let us not forget them. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From the Marshall County Republican

January 9, 1868
Old Settler’s Meeting

Elsewhere we give the proceedings of a preliminary meeting to make arrangements for a gathering of the old settlers of Putnam County who resided in it so long ago as the year 1832. This meeting would have bounded but a small scope of the territory if it had confined itself to the section now known by that name, and consequently it would have been a limited gathering. But the meeting sustained a resolution to invite all who resided at that time in the old territory known as Putnam county, which in those days embraced the larger part of northern Illinois..........Should the movement be made with the design for a large meeting, the gathering of the old pioneers together of this wide range of territory, and a review of the toils and adventures of those days would form an occasion that they would richly enjoy and remember. The date agreed upon is a little early for the early settlers of Marshall, most of whom came in 1836 and later, and who would comprise a large gathering when brought together. Those in this region who were here in ‘32 we hope will heed the call, and assemble with the veteran Illinoisans in Hennepin, January 30th.

In this connection, however, allow us to suggest to our Marshall county settles of ‘36 and ‘40, why not assemble and have a picnic or some commemorative gathering of your early days in Illinois next summer? In this immediate vicinity, the Warrens, Hoyts, Snyders, Barnharts, Taliaferros, Condits, Bacons, Williamses, Frisbeys, Mallorys, Whites, Dikes, Thompsons, Colemans, Hunts, Lyons, Rowes, Wikoffs, Woodwards, Gallahers, Barnes, Hoskins, Bonhams, Pendletons, Blossoms, Culvers, Atwoods, and the many other families we could name, would constitute a gathering of a magnitude seldom assembled for such an occasion, of a character very pleasant and delightful. A festival where speeches would be made appropriate to the occasion, poems written and recited, toasts doffed, and a time for the social interchange of the families given, with ye ancient apparel, the “iron Dutch oven” and other mementos collected, would furnish an auspicious occasion of such importance and delight as never to be forgotten - Will you have it? -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From the Marshall County Republican

December 5, 1867

A robbery of clotheslines was perpertrated a night or two since. The thieves robbing the lines in the yards of H. L. Hutchins, D.D. Bunns, and some others. D. C. Hull was the loser of 4 fine shirts and others lost sheets and sundry other articles. This transpired before 9 o’clock at night. People must be carefull how things are left after dark or they will stand a chance to loose them. Thieves are very common, hence extra caution.-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

May 13, 1869

Taken From the Henry News Republican

Several hotel changes in the city will take place during this week. Mr. J. B. Simpson, landlord of the Central House, has leased the Sherman House at Lacon and takes possession some time this week. Mr. S. is a pleasant host, and we wish him abundant success in the Sherman, in our neighboring city. Mr. G. F. Paskall succeeds Mr. S. as “a host” at the Central House, where, with much better accommodations and a more central location, he will “spread” himself more than ever to divide the never undone. Particulars next week. On the vacation of the “Paskall" :, it will immediately be occupied by Matthew Iler, who will convert it into a “Gault hous.” The necessity for a German hotel is apparent and while it is an experiment with Mr. Iler, we are sanguine he can make it pay if any one can.  When he takes possession we shall have more to say in relation to it.-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

May 13, 1869

Taken From the Henry News Republican - Local News Items

The circuit court is still in session, with a considerable number of civil suits disposed of.  The case of John Kline vs. Tyrell, Scott and Hatfield, suit in assumpsit on promissory note of $500, hung fine, four for and eight against plaintiff. Attorneys for plaintiff Burns & Barnes; for defendants Perley & Potter. This case in brief: Geo. Scott was owing Richard Tyrell of Saratoga, and the loan was effected to pay the indebtedness, Scott to pay at maturity. Tyrrell and Hatfield plead that they were securities, and that they were constructively released by an extension of time given Scott without their knowledge or consent. Case of Ramsey vs. Lockwood, for attorney services 14 years ago, give plaintiff damages $250. The case of Charles Doran’s heirs against Steuben township was compromised. It will be remembered that Doran lost his life by driving off a bridge some time ago. The case of Richard B. Mutton vs. Mary Ann Mutton for divorce, had a hearing yesterday. Charge desertion. A plea for the child is also added. Decision not known as we go to press.

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

January 6, 1870
Taken From the Henry News Republican

Henry Wholesale Market
Henry, Thursday, January, 6

Flour - winter $10; Spring $7
Wheat - Spring 60 to 30 per bu.
Corn - New corn 55 @ 60.
Oats - are quoted at 35 to 37 cents per bu.
Rye - Quoted at 60 to 70.
Barley - 60 to $1.00
Lard - From 20 to 22 c per lb.
Butter - Quoted from 25 to 30 c. per lb.
Eggs 20 to 25 per doz.
Potatoes - From 20 to 25 c. per bu.
Molasses - From 75 to 1.30 per gal.
Green apples - 80 to 1.00 per bu.
Beans - 2.00 to 3.00 per bu.
Cheese - 20 to 25 c. per lb.
Chicken - $2.00 to 3.00 per doz.
Turkeys - 5 to 10 c. per lb.
Wool - 30 to 40 per lb.
Hides - Green, 7 c; Dried 10 to 12 c. per lb.
Hay - Timothy, $10; Prairie, $9 per ton.
Hogs - Dressed $10 to $10.50 per 100 lbs.
Wood $4 to 5 per cord

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

April 1, 1869
Taken From the Henry News Republican

Chapter of Accidents - A Bad Catastrophe

Last Monday evening, just after dark, while the wind was wailing and the river roared in its anger and was white with maddened waves, the town was startled by the cried of two strong swimmers in their agony heard above the rushing of the wind and the roar of the waters. Women and men heard the cries and gave the alarm, and in a few moments two boats pulled by stout hands sped to their rescue, and found F. S. Potter, and his boy Freddy, and James Raymond clinging to a skiff, bottom side up, and drifting down the river, opposite the foot of Edwards street.

They were taken at once to George Balls and James Adams, and stimulants were given them and the most heroic restorative treatment resorted to. The boy was dead and the men were well nigh dead when taken from the water. Cold and shivering before the boat swamped, the boy unwarmed by rowing, was very soon chilled to death by alternate wind and wave, and when loosed from his father’s faithful arm, he was as cold and lifeless as he is now in his coffin. It is a marvel that any of them were saved. Five minutes more in that ice-cold water, and it is very doubtful if either of them would have ever come back to gladden their friends with their living presence.

Monday afternoon Mr. Potter and Raymond concluded to have a little duck hunt, and Master Freddy had been promised he should go. When they got to the river the father told his boy he ought, by good rights, to send him home; but Freddy insisted he had the promise of going, and he must go. After the hunt, having waited as long as they dared, hoping the wind would go down with the sun, they set out on their return, and when about two-thirds of the way back, in keeping the skiff’s head to the waves, Mr.. Potter pulled out a row lock and the waves went over them and filled the boat and soon after she capsized, and the three were in the whirl of the weltering waters. Potter clung to the boat, Freddy to Raymond’s neck and Raymond to nothing till Potter reached him a leg which he was not slow to grasp. Raymond passed the boy to his father, and then Raymond clinging to the stern, and Potter with the bow under his left arm and his right arm round Freddy, holding him on the bottom of the boat with the white cape breaking over them and rolling the boat over again and again; cruelly as men ever struggled with the waves, and as coldly they fortunately drifted within hearing and help.

The city council’s vote of thanks to Michael Lewis is but a fitting tribute to his generous and heroic conduct in rescuing these citizens from a watery grave, but Robert Fields who reached them at the same instant in another boat deserves to be gratefully remembered by the relatives of the rescued men and by all their fellow citizens and friends. We can but shudder as we recall the tragic scene and see them battling with so much courage against such fearful odds. We feel awed in looking in their faces. We can see they have been face to face with death. We welcome hem with something of the feeling we should the boy were he to come back from beyond the river which he crossed, and which we thank the Lord they did not on that awful night. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

May 13, 1869

Taken From the Henry News Republican

A school election for school director took place on Monday and was quite spirited, some 194 votes being polled. What the direct issues were was hard to tell, and culminated as far as we are able “to fathom” the matter, in a strife between the two factions in the school interest, growing out of previous contests in relation to location for and construction of additional school buildings, and the shades of opinion relating to the employment of male or female superintendent for the public school. “Champions” of these interests brought out as candidates for school director, were Arnold Thornton on one side, and John N. Purple on the other, the former receiving 117 votes, and the latter 77; majority for Thornton 40. An election also took place for school trustee, to succeed Ephraim Hoyt whose term office expired, Josiah McCoy receiving 114 votes. The friends of Mr. Hoyt, (who by the by has held worthily that office for most 20 years.) gave him an expression of their continued confidence by a vote of 56, and he likely would have been continued, had the caucus been informed that he was the retiring member. Mr. McCoy is therefore elected with the handsome margin of 58 votes. The board of school directors, as re-organized, will consist of Harrison Gregory, A. E. Noe, and Arnold Thornton; The new board of school trustees, S. G. Worley, S. C. Bacon and Josiah McCoy, with Samuel Camp as treasurer thereof. Long may the school interest wave! -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

February 24, 1870
Taken From the Henry Republican

Local News
J. C. McCurdy and family have moved to Peoria this week. J. W. Jones, formerly of Whitefild, has moved from Kansas to Winthrop, Buchanan county, Mo. Judson Gordon of Whitefield takes charge of a farm near Minonk. James and George Beidelman are in Missouri, and will remain there if they are satisfied with the country. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

March 31, 1870
Taken From the Henry Republican

Railroad Items

Wednesday of last week, the Chicago Alton and St. Louis railroad company took formal possession of the road now built from Wenona to Dwight.  

The St. Louis, Vandalia and Terre Haute Railroad is being completed rapidly and will in all probablility be open for general use by the first of May. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

April 18, 1870
Taken From the Henry Republican

Circuit Court

The May term of court commences on Monday next at Lacon. The docket does not contain as many cases as in previous terms, and but few criminal ones on the list. We know of nothing special for our own town. The list of jerors we publish herewith as selected by the supervisors:

La Prairie - Arch Riddle, C. P. Green
Steuben - G. W. Meade, James Carver
Saratoga - Z. Bell, John Noves
Whitefield - E. Platter, J. V. Vail
Henry - J. Russell, H. Gregory
Hopewell - Henry Shafer, Jacob Strawn
Roberts - Alex Wright, Wm. B. Gre(?)
Evans - A. S. Sherwood, Berdherd Fowler
Bennington - W. H. Webber
Bell Plain - R. S. Hester, Wm. Watts
Richland - Martin Hoover, A. K. Tullis
Lacon - Sheldon Arnod, Jas B. Martin

La Prairie - J. J. Calder, Stephen Cornell
Steuben - Ezra McGee, Geo. Holler
Saratoga - J. D. McVicker, A. P. Webber
Whitefield - W. H. Mutton, John Betts
Henry - Frank Leavitt, Charles Howe
Hopewell - Wm. Hancock, Thomas Wier
Roberts - Lewis lake, Philip Thom
Evans - John N. Wood, J. Brown
Bennington - T. J. Thompson, A. L. Ballard
Bell Plain - John Cox, Jerry Iliff
Richland - John Kercher, John A. Keedy
Lacon - Frank Specht, Thomas Nevia

La Prairie - Wm Ryan, J. B. Davis
Steuben - Henry Garrett, Elmer Gardner
Saratoga - David mcDenong’s, David Saylor
Whitefield - Henry Kirk, S. J. Merdian
Henry - G. D. McVicker, Frank Kleinhenz
Hopewell - Mortimore Bullman, C. Conroe
Roberts - Wm Roberts, Jacob Salter
Evans - R. C. Mulhollen, Charles Ames
Bennington - Nath Patton, A. Kerrick.
Bell Plain - G. F. Bell, Cary Eagan.
Richland - J. M. owen, Samuel Earnes
Lacon - J. S. Thompson, Eli T. Way

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

August 31, 1871
Taken From the Henry Republican

A Foot Race

A foot race came off in Henry on Saturday last, upon which $25 a side was “planked”.  The contestants were Frank Myers of Henry and Charles Bane of Varna. Both had been in training for some time, and were in fine trim for the race. The ground selected on School street, just above Third, rope drawn to keep the crowd outside, and the ground measured off as agreed upon, distance 70 yards. Judges for Myers, Frank Leavitt of Henry and Lewis Smith of Whitefield; judges for Bane, Samuel Glenn of Hopewell, and Schafer from Roberts. There was a large attendance from Varna, Magnolia, Lacon and other points of the “sporting” fraternity, and a good many from town and country. Not less than 400 witnessed the race. Both contestants were rigged in “tights” and appeared on the field about five o’clock.

After due delay, with preliminaries settled, and considerable outside betting, time was announced. Both passed the score fairly, but Bane checked up, as if he was going to stop, which called the attention of Myers, but Bane started in again immediately at his best, but as Myers had not been bothered in the least by this trick, he gained a decided advantage over his antagonist, coming out some six or eight feet ahead at the end of the race. On the part of the Varna men there was a cry of “unfair,” (as Bane’s trick didn’t work) and after a long parley it was decided “a draw,” and to be repeated on Saturday of this week, with the stakes doubled - $50 a side. It is evident that it was Bane’s “game: to start, then check up; and cause a staring two or three times, until he had his antagonist confused, and then “out leg” him. He made the start, but had got over the “score” before he knew it, and was compelled to run, neither taking his antagonist at a disadvantage as he hoped or making much for his side by his own fleetness. It is charged that one of the judges of Bane had money staked, and hence the reason for this unfair and dishonorable decision. By all impartial outside judgment, the contest was declared fairly won by Myers, whose fleetness was conceded, and whose action was straightforward and whose success lay in “his legs”.  Our judgment is that in a straight urn Myers is too much for Bane, and the latter can get it only by trickery and scullduggery. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

March 6, 1873
Taken From the Henry Republican

Local Items

The prevailing sickness is spinal complaints, and a wonderful and alarming fatality is attending it. Mr. C. H. Kellogg has a son, 10 years old, very sick; W. G. Schneider has a little child also seriously effected; a child of a Mr. Beedel is also very sick; and also children of George Nicholson and J. N. Krenz. The younger son of Mr. Samuel Parker is also very ill, with lung fever and whooping cough. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 10, 1874

Mr. Livingston Roberts has opened a road through his timber lot and pasture which will now make a straight road between Henry and Wenona. In every respect it will be better and much nearer than the old road. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

June 17, 1875
Taken From the Henry Republican


The thunder storm of last Sunday night and Monday forenoon, was one of the most terrific and startling that has visited his section for a long time. The lightning and thunder, was unusually sever, attended with high wind and torrents of rain. About three o’clock on Monday morning came one of the hardest showers in the series, during which the residence of Newton Combs in Whitefield was struck by lightning and ignited. The terrific thunderbolt awakened Mr. Combs from sleep, when he discovered the house in flames.  He sprang out of bed, aroused his wife who hurriedly attired herself in a loose wrapper, woke up Thomas Combs, the father, and the hired man who slept up stairs, and so rapid were the flames, that nothing was saved, the private papers, furniture, personal clothing and contents of the house being sacrificed to the conflagration. A singular feature of the fire was that the ignition occurred in the opposite direction from whence the storm came, but so fierce was the flame nothing could be got from the house though a backfire, and the structure burned down speedily. It was a two story frame, well built, and nicely furnished.  The building was insured in the Rockford for $1200, on contents $500, which will not near cover the loss.

Attending this disaster came the sadder to the family and friends, that of the death of its owner, Mr. Newton Combs. He had been afflicted for some time with valvular disease of the heart, and had experienced recently several critical attacks. The least exertion or excitement would bring it on. The present emergency was great, and despite an effort to be careful of himself, it was too much - he fell over on to his face - dead, without moving a muscle. The body was immediately cared for by neighbors, who removed it to the residence of Richard Hunt, where it remained until Tuesday afternoon, the funeral services being held at the Whitefield M. E. church, conducted by Rev. S. Wood, and the interment adding another to the list in the graveyard adjoining. The attendance of sympathizing friends was very large. Mr. Combs had lived on this farm 17 years, which he had improved tastily, having all the modern appliances. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him, was a good neighbor and citizen, open hearted and generous, and one of the best dispositioned men in the township. He leaves a wife a widow.

Among the relatives at the funeral were father Jacob and mother Combs; Warner Combs and family of Steuben; Mrs. B. W. Pitezel and two sons of Kewanee; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Taylor of Peoria, and Mrs. R. H. Delmege of Afton, Iowa, the two latter being a brother and sister of Mrs. Combs. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

December 23, 1875
Taken From the Henry Republican

List of Jurors

The list of jurors for the January term of the circuit court, A. D. 1876, is as follows:

Pettit Jurors

Lacon - David Owen, Jr.
Henry - David H. Anderson, James Harrison, Jr.
Evans - Christ Reidt, Thomas Quaintance, Jas., Parker, W. B. Oakison, Geo. Drider, C. W. Maben.
Roberts - E. Brewster Green, George Morris, John Brown, Jr., John Roberts.
Bennington - John N. Brevort, Alfred Rogers
Richland - W. H. Gray, Wesley beaver, Jems Bender, H. F. Ireland
Saratoga - Jesse B. Essex, Edmond Harney
Whitefield - E. G. Green, Cary Fosdick.
Steuben - Thomas Doren, Albert Gibson, G. F. Thompson, D. E. Copp, Wm. Cornell
LaPrairie - J. L. Root, Newell Nurce, H. C. Wilmot
Hopewell - Leland Strawn, Stephen Ramsey
Bell Plain - Wm Brickel.

Grand Jurors

La Prairie - Robert Curry, A. Porter Webber.
Steuben - Peter Van Patten, Chas. Fosbender.
Saratoga - David Hicky, Chas. K. Lombard.
Whitefield - Wm. Powell, Alfred Deihl.
Henry - John Morgan, Sr., O. H. Tyler.
Hopewell - Cass Ramsey.
Roberts - John Norton, Joshua Foster
Evans - O. M. Southwell, Samuel Dickenson
Bennington - A. H. Trowbridge, Patrick Liston
Bell Plain - Nicholas Watt, Moses messenger.
Richland - W. J. Ramsey, Milton Hull.
Lacon - John Piper, Daniel B. Weir

-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

March 22, 1877

Local Correspondence - Whitefield

Miss Hattie Stowe of Henry has been engaged to teach at the Red school house this summer, and Miss Lizzie Ramsey at Sugar Grove. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

The LaPrairie Farmer's Club

October 4, 1877

The LaPrairie farmer's club met at the town house on Sept. 15th. The principal business on hand was sending for a carload of flour, which was soon subscribed for, and has already been received. Clubbing together and purchasing flour by the wholesale, has been practiced by the club for about three years; the arrangement has so far been a very satisfactory one to all concerned. There is hardly a subject in which farmers as a class are interested which has not been brought before the club for discussion. The question of adding new interest to the meetings the coming winter by securing a course of scientific lectures is now being agitated, and it is to be hoped that the plan will succeed. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

October 10, 1878

At 6:30 the train on the C.&A.R.R. was advertised to leave for Lacon. As she was about to move off from Wenona station, the back truck of the tender to the locomotive got straddle the track. The trainmen worked long and faithfully in "jacking" up the pondrous concern, and about 11 o'clock, got things to rights again on the rail. Taking a run down the track, off again it went, and this time smashed down. After a long attempt to replace the truck, a temporary track was finally built around the locomotive, and at 4 a.m., the train of sleepy, tired, hungry fair goers once more got underway. But it was a "lucky break" for Wenona, for their eating houses and hotels were entirely sold out on eatables, and a popcorn woman added to her purse $5, all made from selling popcorn balls to that starving crowd, exhausted he stock. Lacon was reached at 5 a.m., and wheat few of those who went to Henry didn't find accommodations at the hotel, secured a team and reached home and breakfast about half past six.  -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

August 7, 1879

The post route between Henry and Wyoming has been established and a regular mail commences October first, leaving Henry for Wyoming, via. Whitefield and Camp Grove post offices, on Tuesdays and Fridays and Wyoming Wednesdays and Saturdays. The contractor is V. R. Hines, Windor, Mo., who bids $300, and secured it. Other bidders were Dan. Hickey, Michael Dorherty $1100, Wm. Niblock, Samuel Maxwell and H. T. Fairchilds. There were also bidders from New York, and several from Wyoming. A new post office will be established in Whitefield and T. J. Brasfield will be the postmaster. It is expected this route will also supply Saratoga, but as yet this has not been arranged. Hines, the contractor, wants to underlet this route, and wishes to communicate with any parties who would like such a job.  -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Miscellaneous News

Henry Republican, December 28, 1882

Arthur Bryant of Princeton, aged 80 years, one of the oldest settlers of Bureau county, had one of his great toes amputated a few days since to avoid gangrene of the foot.

Mrs. Jesse Brown of Iowa is visiting her daughters Mrs. Camery and Mrs. Norton during the holidays at this point. She has reached the venerable age of 74 and is quite hale and strong for one so advanced in years.

Will Mattern, Charley Gregory and Henry Lowden are home spending the holiday vacation from the Keokuk business college. They are highly pleased with the school, which has an attendance this year of 431 pupils.

Mrs. W. E. Thompson, the wife of the ex-treasurer deceased, a teacher of the Sparland schools, commencing after the holidays, was the first applicant and receiver of a teacher's certificate from our new county superintendent, Prof. Kister.

Cephas S. Strong, hailing from Sheffield was here last Friday. He was long a resident of Marshall county and has been a constant reader of the Republican for many years. He says, more paper for 1883 and we checked him accordingly for another years.

On reaching his majority, Dec. 15, Cannah Jones was presented with $1000 by his father, the same being invested in good paying property. Cannah is now bookkeeper of J. H. Jones's dry goods store at a good salary and is an excellent penman and good accountant.

March 4, 1915
Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry IL

News of a Week

Local Happenings Presented in a Condensed Form

Frank Miller, who has been in charge of a farm west of Sparland, has moved to a new location near Wyoming, which will be his address hereafter.

Dr. L. I. Sherwood and wife, have bought property in Wenona and are moving their goods from Marceline, Mo., their former residence, and are preparing to locate permanently in Wenona.

John H. Carlson, a long time resident of the vicinity of Putnam for the past six years residing at Delano, Minn., very near the center of the state, has recently been in the vicinity on a very welcome visit and nowhere more so than The Republican office. When he made his call here without which his visit to old Illinois would have been incomplete. In this paper read his fine descriptive article upon the state of Minnesota.  -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

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