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Taken From the Henry Republican
July 6, 1871

The Death of Mr. Peck

Mr. John Peck, the county superintendent is dead! Dead! What a deep thrill of anguish shoots through the hearts of his friends as these words are repeated. Marshall county first feels the shock, and spreads far around Woodford, and a portion of LaSalle, Peoria and Bureau, where he had warm, true friends. How many faces have paled, and smiles faded, during the last week as the woeful tidings were told to some newly arrived friend, and was echoes and repeated again and again.

Teachers look sad and pupils think with a sigh that they will never see that pleasant face again. No wonder teachers look sad. Few superintendents were as truly the friends of each teacher, or took such deep interest in each scholarís progression, or endeavored so hard to encourage teachers and pupils. Groups of people declare Marshall county has met with a great loss, that his place will not soon be filled with one so efficient, so thoroughly alive, whose whole soul will seem thrown into his work.

Mr. Peck had the peculiar faculty of making every one feel that he was their own special friend; that their joys or troubles interested him more than others. Some called him deceptive, others a shrewd diplomatist, but the fact was, he only threw himself wholly into the present work, whatever it might be. We know not how well versed the readers of The Republican may be in Mr. Peckís history; we will review a little of it for the benefit of those interested.

He was a native of the state of New Jersey. His father was a physician of limited means, hence able to give his children nothing more than a common school education. We believe the first school Mr. Peck taught was the "Buttonwood" where he had long attended school, also that the position was offered to him, not solicited by him. Even then he was ambitious to excel, and spent his hours of leisure in study. He received considerable assistance from an uncle who resided near, whose knowledge seemed unlimited to John and Mahlon, who was also studying. The two brothers came to Illinois together about 20 years ago. John spent his first years in this state at various employments, but finally concluded school teaching was the occupation for which he was best calculated.

His career since 1860 had been most successful. The winters of Ď60 andí61 he taught a large district school in Woodford county, and was so successful there the patrons and directors were glad to secure his services in the Minonk public school. There he taught several successive terms, giving general satisfaction. We know many who think that he taught in a manner superior to all whom they had or have tried as teachers, and who would have rejoiced to again obtain his services. From Minonk he went five miles north on the Central railroad and built up a good school at New Rutland. While he was there a new school building was erected and school matters in general were attended to. There are many in that vicinity who will long feel that they have lost a true, a noble friend.

He came from Rutland to our little city of Henry, and long and faithfully he labored. How much we will miss him we each know. We will offer no encomiums, will make no grand parade of our feelings, and are quiet respecting his many virtues, because we all know them so well. We can each see in the countenance of his neighbor that all is known, and we clasp hands quietly and pass on. Mr. Peck has a brother living in this state, and one in New Jersey, and a sister living in Henry, who will mourn his loss as only one can who trusts so implicitly in a brotherís honor as did Mrs. Smith. Would that we could in some way alleviate the sorrow of one who has already borne so much.

Almost every one knows that Mr. Peck bore proudly the (generally) opprobrious name of bachelor. He have often heard him jest about his state of "single blessedness," and say when he was young he was not in a suitable position to marry, and now it was "hard to find the one just suited to his mind." The motto of the deceased was "upward." He planned and studied with an invincible determination. Said he to us last autumn, "I have known myself capable of sustaining this position, and I meant to do it, and now I am going higher." We asked him if he were contented. "Oh yes, I am contented for the time being, just as one is contented on one round of a ladder till he can mount one higher; so I am contented till I can do something else that is better."

However, he never allowed his ambition to keep him quiet, or to remit one of his self-imposed duties, but it spurred him onward at every moment. His career is another evidence of the success attendant upon effort, courage and ambition. Had he lived - but oh! the hat of the Almighty called him from earth at a time which the All-wise, All-seeing eye saw to be the best, and we short-sighted mortals will not quarrel with the divine decree. Let us trust that he has reached the top of the ladder which extends higher than imagination can reach, and that his highest, holiest ambition is crowned in heaven.

N. H. N.

July 6, 1871

Further Particulars of Mr. Peckís Death.

The particulars concerning the death of Mr. John Peck, are these: He was on a freight train, and on the inside of the caboose. The car ran off the track while the train was running at moderate speed and upset. The conductor was with Mr. Peck, saw the danger and jumped off, telling John to follow; but Mr. Peck was not quick enough, and as the car went over he went with it, and also a large box containing iron repairs for emergencies, which struck him or he it with great force, breaking his right arm just below the shoulder joint, also tow ribs, and producing a concussion of the right side of the Brian, rendering him unconscious, in which state he lay until his death 30 hours afterward. The accident occurred June 23d, on the New Jersey road, at a place called Woodbury, some 16 or 20 miles from Mr. Pís native place. His brother and other friends were immediately notified, and an old intimate physician of Mr. Peckís attended him up to the moment of his death. He was buried in the family cemetery at home, along side of his parents and a sister, who had been dead several years. It is a severe blow to all his friends, but his virtues will be cherished and his memory precious.

Our Teachers

Taken From the Henry Republican
May 25, 1876

The following names are persons who have received certificates as school teachers from County Superintendent Edwards, dating from Jan. 1st to May 15th inst.:


  • Mary Younger
  • Alice Stewart

  • Effie Albertson

  • Belle Wayman

  • Rosa A. Adams

  • Clara Waughop

  • Sarah J. Henthorn

  • Sadie Albertson

  • Sarah A. Gallup

  • Jennie Broaddus

  • Hattie Alexander

  • Isabella Martin

  • Carrie C. Wetmore

  • Katie Roberts

  • M. E. Callender

  • Zilla Erskine

  • Hannah A. Colter

  • Lillie E. Webber
  • Olive E. Trench
  • Mary C. Divilbiss

  • Lizzie M. Simpson

  • Miranda C. Webber

  • Alice Fowler

  • Sarah Gehr
  • Mary E. Dacy

  • Allie McVicker

  • Laura L. Fisher

  • Laura Erskins
  • Lucy Gaston
  • Maria Stephenson
  • Marion D. McDonald
  • Ella A. Clark
  • Mary Roche
  • Ella Huffman
  • Nettie Carrier
  • Lizzie Helper
  • Sarah Raley
  • Mary V. Tisdale
  • Abbie Lord
  • Mae Woolf
  • Deborah Hophmoon
  • Ophelia Jones
  • Ella B. Erwin
  • Miranda Banta
  • Sarah M. Needels
  • Frances H. Wetmore
  • Emma M. Grim
  • Jennie Ellsberry
  • Mary E. Brant
  • Retta Myers
  • Sylvia Taylor
  • Bell Neal
  • Ida Wanser


  • Preston Gantz
  • Soloman Nighswonger, Jr.
  • Sidney Averill

  • Charles Doran

  • Charles E. Stowell

  • V. G. Way

  • Emory J. Fibbs

  • James Chambers

  • Royal Olmsted
  • W. A. Maxwell

  • Clarence Watt

  • W. S. Hutchinson

  • J. M. Jemison

  • J. E. Harner

  • Lewis L. Daugherty

  • D. W. Harner
  • Charels Austin
  • Albert W. Wise

  • L. C. Dale

  • J. P. Mitchell

  • Jonathan A. Holmes

  • Arthur F. Treakle

  • Nimrod Kerrich

  • Charles L. Davis

Teachers For 1877

March 22, 1877
Henry Republican

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.

Miscellaneous School News

September 5, 1878

School News

The school house on the hill has been leased by the Catholic people, who have opened a school under the charge of the sisters of mercy.

Mrs. Wm. B. Thomas has opened a seminary in Lacon, and has sent abroad for teachers, who come highly recommended. Pupils of all ages will be provided for, and instructions given in all of the sciences and languages, as well as the common branches.

LaPrairie - Miss Nettie Hill has taken the school at Forest Grove for a year.

LaPrairie - Miss Emily Hurd is to teach in District No. 4 this fall and winter.

September 18, 1879

Our School Teachers

The following list embrace the names of persons who have received certificates for school teaching, from Superintendent Edwards, in Marshall county, issued by him from October 1, 1878 to September 1, 1879, and furnished by him for publication:


Margaret Maloney	Ida Allen		Mary Roche		Mrs. W. C. Finney	
Mrs. Maria Maxwell	Laura E. Henthorn	Mrs. Anna L. Short	Lucy Gaston
Lizzie J. Grinn		Jennie E. Russell	Mary L. Boice		Marcia Griswold
Catharine Monaghan	Emma A. Ross		Mary J. Martin		Lydia A. Gallup
Abbie D. Cotton		Ida Hall		Jennie E. Hall		Julia A. Murray
Hannah Wilson		Mary Downey		Mrs. Melissa McGill	Lizzie Ramsey
Mollie E. Vernay	Clara Vernay		Eva Hazard		Eva Hall
Nellie Hade		Mary Butler		Kate E. Patch		Rosie Spencer
Lillie Disosway		Maria Van Allen		Martha Greenough	M. Alice Jones
Isabella Martin		Tillie Barton		Sadie Albertson		Effie B. Callen
Hellen F. Colter	Ida Warner		Mary Erskine		Jennie Sparling
Sadie M. Raley		Belle H. Raley		Anna Orr		Anne Heslet
Lucy Baker		Ruth Chamberlain	Mrs. W. A. Matthews	Ida Caldwell
Anna B. Thompson	Florence E. Broaddus	Mrs. Carrie Buckingham	Maggie Merritt
Charlott Holmes		Laura Kinkendall	Elise Helper		Belie Neal
Hattie Renwick		Julia Dun		N. J. Rogers		Clara Boshell
Christiana Smith	Hannah M. Berry		Ella Worley		Jennie Monier
Lessie Doran		Mary Brant		Ella Coffman		Carrie A. Hall
Grace Mateer		Sarah Martin		Mary M. Ball		Kattie M. Holloway
Fannie M. Wright	Mary Smith		Mollie E. Gapen		Laura L. Fisher
Jane A. Robson		Ella B. Ford		Florence J. Russell	Kittie Briggs
Maggie Taylor		Hattie Keller		Maggie Work		Miriam Barney
Sarah J. Henthorn	M. A. Grinn		Maggie Greenough	Mattie Berry
Mary Hutchison		Mary L. Garrison	Jennie M. Robbins	Julia L. Madely
Lucy Mateer		Stella Motter		Mary Tomlinson		Ida Wanser
Alice E. Oblinger	Della Harrinton		Flora Worley

Nathan Q. Tanquary	Frank Griffin		Stephen E. Boots	Edward R. Hannum
Charles R. Vandervort	William H. Taylor	J. R. Eward		Charles B. Cross
A. E. Hayden		Millard F. Bonham	Isaac N. Martin		Theordore Axline
W. H. Kister		Judson P. Durham	Herny H. Judson		John L. McCullough
Willis E. Biggs		Frank L. C. Hall	Winslow Evans		James A. Kreider
John Richmond		A. S. Wright		John M. Hayes		Frank Nighswonger
Wilson Odell		H. S. Van Patten	Jesse Morgar		A. G. Hoswell
W. H. Harney		Harrison Kerrick	William Nighswonger	L. B. Irwin
William P. Laswell	J. M. Wright		Arthur F. Treakle	J. L. Will
Matthew Van Patten	J. R. Lytle		James R. Mitchell	A. M. Irwin
William A. Matthews	Hiram V. Crossland	Lewis L. Dougherty	J. W. Hiett	


  1. A teacher must have a certificate at the time he engages to teach, else the contract will not be valid.
  2. The certificate must be good for the whole time of engagement.
  3. A teacher presents his schedule to one of the directors, and takes a receipt therfor.  After the director, with one or both the others, examines it, an or order is made out on the treasurer and given to the teacher.  The teacher then presents the order, and if there is no money to pay it, the treasurer certifies the same on the order, from which time it draws interest.
  4. The schedule is shortened.  The whole number of days each pupil attends is put down.  Each day he attends is not to be registered on the schedule.
  5. Schedules for all tiame taught before the first Mondays of April and October must be handed in at least two days before these dates.
  6. The calender month is the school month.
  7. Teachers do not have to make up for legal holidays.

C. S. Edwards, Jr.
C. Sup't of schools

Henry Public School Notes

Taken From the Henry Republican
June 8, 1882

Names of pupils neither tardy nor absent during the month of May:

1st primary

Frankie Gates, Clifford Kelley, Jessie Gates, Bennett Fitzer, Harry Reuser, Edith Harris, Marry Morrison, Fannie Horner, Dora Wernoer, Hattie Murray - 10

2d Primary

Harry Jones, Fred Paskell, Stanley Hall, Lutie Powell, Jamie Law, John Lytle, Robbie Eckhart, Mikie Louis, Ira Brown, John Ganzer, George Verden, Fred Camery, Pattie McManus, Willie York, Lena Robinson, Hattie Ward, Jennie Hutchins, Laura Horr, Nannie Payton, Kate Verden, Fanny Smith, Bell Smith, Nina Zeirlein, Bertha Brown, Lola Bark - 25

3d Primary

Maria Wetzel, Irene McNeal, Emma Colligan, Lulu Snyder, Katie Payton, Lena Noll, Clara Helm, Harrie Perley, Maud Camery, Augusta Ponsor, Otto Ponsor, Allan Fox, Willard Anderson, Jessie Lea, Arnold Sherman, Freddie Becker, Charley Kirchman, Johnny Noll, Dennis Hartley, Alvin Brown, Ernest Ponsor - 21

1st Intermediate

Nellie McCuen, Addie Harris, Kate Colligan, Lizzie Smith, Dora Grawburg, Cora Robinson, Lizzie Flick, Stephen Snyder, George Weis, Eddie hartley, Willie Eckhart, Mike Noll, Minnie Muruane - 13

2d Intermediate

Maggie Low, Marian Hennicke, Florence Ward, Clara Hutchins, minnie Frost, Willie Hartly, Charley Spangler, Edna Albertson, Mary Ponsor, Isaac Echhart, Junina Brown, Carrie Gregory, Emma Wetzel, Leonard Kellogg, Tessie Roberts, Henry Marshall, Gustav Meier, John Moon, Hattie Shaw, Effie Stapp, Emma Smith, Carrie Snyder, Willie Harris, Larry Sutton, Vernon kline - 26

The Henry Republican, Henry IL, June 28, 1883
Report of first grammar room, for month of June: Pupil of the A class attaining highest rank in final examination, Libblie Horan 94; second rank, Nellie Mathison 93, Fred Deyoe 93. B class, highest ank, Luelan Culver 91, Willie Fosdick 91, Asa Miller 91; second rank, Fred Merdian 90, Anna Crompton 90. Names of those neither absent nor tardy during the last month of school: Effie Stapp, Emma Smith, Anna Crompton, Lizzie Flick, Lizzie Smith, Lucian Culver, Willie Fosdick, Asa Miller.

1883 Teachers for Marshall County
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, July 26, 1883
Our School Teachers
List of names of persons, with their post office address, to whom certificates have been granted by Superintendent Kister up to present date:

Henry - Nettie Williams, Mrs. J. J. Sands, Lizzie Ramsey, Belle Worley, Maria L. Davis, Bertha Albertson, Agnes McFadyn, Hettie Helper, Mary L. Ward, Luella B. Koehler, C. M. Hartenbower, Olive Ramsey, Lizzie Horr, Lizzie Kenyon, Mary A. Hamaker, Elize L. Helper, Sadie Albertson, May Williams, Lucy Mateer
Washburn - Laura McCulloch, Sarah E. West, Ella Fraser, Margaret Maloney, Lizzie Martin, Maggie Taylor.
La Prairie Center - Emma Titus
Varna - Ida Delong, Melissa King
Abingdon - Cora I. Evans
Sparland - Clara E. Thompson, Ella Walker, Anna Briggs, Mary H. Erskine, Luella J. Gillett, Emily N. Bonham.
Lacon - Clara L. Versay, Hettie Martin, Miriam K. Barucy, Mary A Riley, Laura Bruce, Hattie B. Henwick, Mollie C. Gapen, Mary H. Johnson, M. Fannie Wright, Fannie M. Johnson.
Camp Grove - Jennie Monier
Chillicothe - Hattie Kellar, Eva Morgan
Wenona - Belle C. Evans, E. Kerran, Frank McClanahan, Margaret Work, M. Jennie Robbins, Lizzie Simonson, Mrs. M. M'Gill.
Lostant - Naomi Consol
Kewanee - Clara J. Robb.
Rutland - Flora Koowach, Katie O'Neill, Ida Caldwell, Emma Caldwell, Etta Trowbridge.
Garfield - Mattie L. Roberts, Sarah E. Roberts
Minonk - Katie Nolan
Evans - Isa S. Bolton, Louize Carrithers
La Rose - Cora A. McCully
Clear Creek - Jennie M. Swaney

La Prairie Center - Hugh E. Peters, J. C. Stringer, Edward J. Riley, J. L. Will
Minonk - Jno. M. Braeu
Evans - Levi Sprague
Allegheny, Pa. - J. S. E. Erskine
Varna - J. W. Kreider, H. E. Broaddus, W. E. King
Sparland - Frank E. Bates, Kirk G. Booth.
Chillicothe - H. S. Van Petten
Henry - E. N. Spellman.
Rutland - Fred Webber, Jn. Richmond, C. W. Hart
Belle Plain - Richard S. Asay

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