Putnam Co. IL News Items from the Past

1844 Putnam Democratic County Officer Nomination
The Ottawa Free Trader, June 14, 1844
At a mass meeting of the democracy of Putnam county, held at Hennepin on the 8th inst., the following ticket was nominated for county officers:
For Sheriff - James Todd.
For County Commissioner - Richard Harrison
For Coroner - E. F. Skinner

1844 Marshall - Putnam Democratic County Officer Nomination
The Ottawa Free Trader, June 14, 1844
Marshall and Putnam
A convention of the democratic party of the above two counties was held at Magnolia, on the 25th ult., to nominate a candidate to represent those counties in the next legislature. Aaron Bascom was called to the chair and E.B. Ames appointed secretary. The convention first took an informal ballot for a candidate, which resulted as follows:
For Jacob C. Morall, 12
John Pulsifer, 5
Geo. H. Shaw, 4
J. C. Morall was then, by a resolution, declared the unanimous choice of the convention for candidate for representive; and the delegates pledged themselves to use all honorable means to secure his election.
A resolution was adopted in favor of Mr. Leonard, (of the Tazewell Democrat,) as candidate to represent that district in the state senate; another, appointing E. B. Ames, John Pulsifer and James M. Shannon a committee to draft a circular to the democrats of that senatorial district; and then, after ordering the proceedings to be published in the Free Trader, Lacon Gazette, Peoria Press and Tazewell Democrat, the convention adjourned sine die.

One hundred People to Immigrate to Oregon
Boon's Lick times. (Fayette, Mo.), March 27, 1847
At a meeting in Magnolia, Illinois, on the 1st instant, one hundred persons registered their names as members of an Oregon emigrating party. They are principally from Putnam and Marshall Counties and will rendezvous at Toulon, Stark county, on the 22d, preparatory to starting for St. Joseph, Mo. They will take with them 25 wagons, 236 cattle and 16 horses, Mr. Jordon Sawyer who has visited Oregon, heads the list.

The Hennepin Herald and Bureau Advertisement

January 31, 1846


The Subscriber takes this method of informing his old friends and customers, that having returning from a recent visit to the east, he is now prepared to execute all work entrusted into his care with dispatch and in the most workmen-like manner, such as shoeing horses, ironing wagons, carriages and c. Having had an extensive experience in the various departments of blacksmithing, he flatters himself that he will be able to give satisfaction to all who may favor him with their patronage. He can be found anytime at the old stand near Florid. --- Joseph Cassell

J.C. Ham's Hotel
The Ottawa Free Trader, January 16, 1846
J. C. Ham's
Hotel and General Stage Office, Hennepin, Ill.
Situated on High Street, one square from the river. This house has undergone thorough repairs, and also new additions of several private rooms. In addition to the above there is an excellent bar, where he always keeps on hand the best of liquors. Attached thereto is a large Barn, Stable and out sheds. Persons favoring him with a call will find him obliging and attentive to their wants.
N.B. River passengers, who step with him, shall have their baggage taken to and from the boats free of charge.
J. C. Ham
Hennepin, Oct. 31, 1845

New Post Office
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, May 14, 1847
A New Post Office has been established at Granville, Putnam County, Ill., and Mr. W. A. Pennell, appointed Postmaster.

Finney and Waugh Administer Punishment to Thief
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, June 04, 1847
On last Saturday night, a man in the employ of Mr. Hugh Finney, ferryman, disappeared very mysteriously with the ferry skiff, a sum of money, and a large dog belonging to Mr. Waugh, of the Hennepin Hotel. The inference of course was drawn that he escaped down the river - and accordingly Mr. Finney and Mr. Waugh went in pursuit on Sunday morning. About six miles below Hennepin they caught the man on an island, with the skiff, dog and money in his possession. In order to save our county the cost of bringing this bold thief before Judge Caton, they administered such justice as they considered the case demanded. They gave him fifty lashes "well applied," as the sailors say and then let him run. He afterwards lounged around Caledonia and reported that he had been robbed by two men. - Hennepin Herald, May 28.

C. F. Weston's Horse Stolen

The Ottawa free trader. (Ottawa, Ill.), March 30, 1850

Horse Thieves

Mr. C.F. Weston, a farmer living in Putnam County, about seven miles south of Peru had a fine young gray mare stolen last week by a man who had been in his employ a few days. The thief got permission to ride the animal to Hennepin but instead of going to Hennepin he crossed the river at Enterprise ferry and passed through our town on Wednesday the 13th, stopping but a short time at the National Hotel, where he offered the animal for sale - since which time he has not been heard of. We learn also that a gentleman living in Bureau Co lost an animal about the same time resembling very nearly the above. - Peru Telegraph.

Rudolph Kennig Alive in Putnam County
Wisconsin Tribune (Mineral Point, Wisconsin), April 21, 1853
The Murdered Man Found
Rudolph Kennig, for whose murder two men are about being tried in New York city, is now in Magnolia, Putnam Co., Illinois. He was in the employ of George P. Gates, now living at LaSalle, La Salle Co., Illinois, a contractor on the Illinois Central Railroad, when he was supposed to have been murdered. Kendig says they may have killed somebody else, but he is willing to swear that it was not him.

Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) April 17 1856

Hennepin Tribune

We have received the first number of a neat paper, (average size) printed in Hennepin, Putnam county, Illinois, Wm. H. Gerald Burney and J. Elliot Duncan editors and proprietors. It is ably edited, giving a large share of attention to the local matters of the town and country; independent in politics, but not neutral. Success editorially and a "phat" take financially, to the new paper.

Citizens Help During the Flood

The Ottawa free trader. (Ottawa, Ill.), February 28, 1857

Incidents of the Flood

We find the following in the Hennepin Tribune. Why don't the editor give the names of the noble "citizens" who so nobly turned out to rescue the drowning?
The river continued to rise until Saturday morning, when some of our citizens started up the river in a boat, for the purpose of rescuing any who might need their services. When they had proceeded about two miles, they discovered three men and a dog clinging to a log about three hundred yards from the river, in ten feet of water. It appears that they had attempted to escape on a raft, which they had built, to Hickory Ridge, but their craft had been rent asunder by the swift current which had driven their frail bark among the trees, where they had foundered.

They passed on to a cabin a short distance from these where they were arrested by the cried of several small children in a garret about three feet high and eighteen inches above the water, which was rising rapidly. One of these little fellows, peeping through the chinks of the cabin, asked "If he would drown."
"No, you're safe, you're safe!" exclaimed the man in the boat. The little fellow turning to his mother said "We won't drown, mother, the man says we won't!" This scene was too affecting to their kind-hearted rescuers; it touched their hearts and they gave vent to their sympathetic feelings in tears. They then went back to the spot where the men were clinging to the log and found them well nigh exhausted but still hanging with that tenacious grasp which we adhere to life when we contemplate the terrible prospect of immediate dissolution. They took them into their boat and landed them safe at this place.

In the evening of the same day, the same party embarked for Lomax's saw mill, on Bureau creek, about a mile from town, to which point they were compelled to break the ice in order to obtain a channel of sufficient width for their boat to pass. Before arriving at the mill they discovered Mr. Harris clinging to a small raft, who was on his return from Hickory Ridge, whither he had taken his cattle in order to save them from drowning. The poor man was so benumbed with cold that he could scarcely articulate thanks to his preservers. After taking him on board they proceeded to the mill and took on board as many persons as the boat could carry, who were in a drowning condition when the boat reached them. They made two trips to that place, and returned safety each time with their precious freight of men, women and children.

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.

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.

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune

September 4, 1857


The Steamer Nile burst her boiler on Wednesday afternoon last about 2 miles above town.  We have been unable to gleam any of the particulars as the Obvion came along and towed the wreck to La Salle before our citizens could reach the scene of the disaster. From two of the crew who came to town, we learn that there were 15 persons on board at the time of the explosion and that four were not injured, but that the remaining 11 were more or less seriously scalded. The chief engineer was so badly injured that his life was despaired of.

Taken From the Marshall County Republican, Henry, IL

July 25, 1867

The Murder at Hennepin
Further Particulars

From the Princeton Republican, which had a reporter at the investigation of the persons arrested for the murder of Thomas Hopkins and wife near Hennepin, we glean the following particulars as to the history of Hopkins, the appearance of the prisoners, how the murder was committed, etc.

Thomas Hopkins, the murdered man, was married to his wife, on the 6th day of June last.  His wife was a German girl, living with her father in the immediate vicinity of the scene of the tragedy up to the time of her marriage. Since then she has lived with her husband on a scow or boat.  he, it seemed, followed boating on the Illinois river and on Saturday, the 6th of July, just one month after their marriage, ther were last seen alive in their boat; late in the evening.  A Mr. Sherman, who was hauling wood to the boat, took supper with them about six o'clock, Saturday evening, and he is the last person in this neighborhood who saw them alive.

On Sunday evening, 7th inst., the body of Mr. Hopkins was found some two miles below where his boat lay, floating in the water, and on repairing to the boat to see Mrs. Hopkins, they found the boat deserted.  Everything about the boat seemed as if it was just as Mr. Sherman had left it on Saturday evening; there being no particular evidence of a scuffle or affray of any kind.  On Monday evening the dead body of Mrs. Hopkins, the bride of a month, was found about two miles below Hennepin in the river, and about ten or twelve miles from the locality of the boat.

Three men are now under arrest, charged with the murder - one of them named Smith or Murphy, and the other two Chapman and Turner.  Ther is a fourth still at large, suposed to be connected with the affair.  On Saturday morning, a German citizen of Hennepin, thought he heard from the river, three distinct screams, as of a woman's voice, the last one very faint, but thought no more of it till after the revelation of the facts of the murder.  There can be scarcely a doubt that the man Hopkins was murdered on the boat, and that the weapon was a sandbag, for such a weapon was found with them, and the indications on post mortom examination, show that such an instrument would product just such appearances. The wounds on both the bodies were about the head; no cuts or bruises as if made by a hard or sharp instrument, but the scalp loose and detached from the skull.  The theory of Maj. Stipp, who is prosecuting the case, was that the murder was produced with a sandbag, and on the arrival of the prisoners last Monday at Hennepin, the truth of his theory was demonstrated by the production of such a weapon, found in the skiff in which the murderers were supposed to be.

The prisoners either bought or stole a skiff at Peru, on Saturday evening, and going down the Illinois river theywere seen near Hennepin, Henry, Lacon and Pekin.  Turner was arrested in a harvest field, near Pekin.  Chapman, the youngest of the prisoners, was caught after a long chase some fifteen miles further, near Delavan's grove. The officers arresting, Crouse and Towers, Peoria detectives, started in pursuit of Chapman, and he appeared to avoid the highway, going through wheat and corn field avoiding all large houses; and whenever coming in sight of persons on the road, taking to the fields.  By this means he excited the observation of persons by whose aid he was tracked and finally arrested, as we have said.  The two prisoners, Turner and Chapman, have made several contradictory statements, but enough to condemn them.  They admit that the party were aboard of the flat boat.  Chapman says they went on the boat to steal a pair of oars.  He says also that he didn't go on the boat himself, but the others did, and that they were unsuccessful in their raid.  He admitted to hearing a splash in the water, and that the others of the party swore him to secrecy as to what he had seen and heard.  It seems that the man Smith or Murphy came ashore at Hennepin on Sunday morning for whisky, but not returning for a length of time, he was left.  He was first arrested, and was in jail.

As to the appearance of the prisoners, Turner, the older of the two prisoners, is of medium height, about 30 years of age, with a sinister cast of eyes, heavy black scraggy beard; with moustache and imperial - on the whole, is the impress of a desperado of the most daring kind.  Chapman, the younger, is 21 years of age, a Canadian by birth, and under more favorable training would not be a bad looking man, but with the undress and dirt upon him, there is a showing of the unmistakable vagabond.  His hands look as if they had not felt water and soap since he left Canada, three years ago.

The verdict of the coroner's jury of Putnam county, in the case of the Hopkins double murder, we give below, to wit:

Sate of Illinois, Putnam County - as, We, the undersigned, jurrors empaneled and sworn by the coroner of said county, on the 8th day of July, A.D. 1867, at said county, diligently to enquire and to the presentment make how, in what manner, and by whom the body of a woman, there lying dead, came to her death, and deliver to said coroner a true inquest thereof, according to such evidence as should be given us, and according to the best of our knowledge and belief, and we, the jurors, having enquired upon our said oathe, how, in what manner, by whom, and what the said body came to its death, so find that the said dead bady is the body of Sophia Hopkins, late of said conty, and that she came to her death on the night of the 6th day of July, A.D. 1867, at said county, by violent blows on the head, from some blunt or flat instrument, in the hands of one J.R. Turner (Wm. Smith or Simon Chapman) assisted by the other two, and that thereby the said Sophia Hopkins the said Turner, Smtih and Chapman, did then and there unlawfully, and of their malice kill and murder.

And the jurrors aforesaid do further say, that Thomas Hopkins, husband of said county, came to his death on the same night, shortly before said Sophia, in the same manner, by the same means, and by the same said Turner, Chapman and Smith, and this, our verdict, we, the said jurors, hereby present to the said coroner.

Witness our hands and seals, Joseph Holland, foreman, Madison Durley, Reuben Bishop, James Seaton, James M. Durley, Asa Cunningham, Righard W. Bowman, Wm. O. Curtis, Oscar Anderson, Morris Wood, Pierre V. Baramore, Isaac Cecil.

Taken from the Marshall County Republican - March 26, 1868

The trial of J. R. Turner, Simon Chapman, Jonathan Bradley and Joseph Hawley on the charge of murdering Mr. Hopkins and his wife, six miles below Hennepin on the Illinois river, took place in Hennepin two weeks since and lasted 3 days. The evidence for the most part was circumstancial and not being binding enough to convict. The accused were honorably discharged. A. I. Stevenson, states attorney and George W. Stipp of Princeton, prosecuted and Charles Forsyth of Chicago and John Allen of Hennepin defended. The case of Sherman who was charged with shooting a neighbor took change of venue to La Salle county and will probably be tried in June.

The trial of Aaron Sherman for the Murder of Samuel Dowhower

The Ottawa free trader. (Ottawa, Ill.), June 20, 1868
The Circuit Court has been engaged since Monday and promises to be engaged for another week, on the trial of Aaron Sherman for the murder of Samuel Dowhower - both of Putnam county, from which county the case comes here on change of venue. This is the case mentioned in the Free READER some three months ago, where three men rode home from Peru in a wagon, got in a quarrel on the way, and Dowhower having got out of the wagon and walked home, was pursued, as is supposed by Sherman and shot at his own door. We shall endeavor at the close of the trial, to give the facts as elicited. The case is being ably prosecuted by Chas. Blanchard, state's attorney, assisted by Hon. A. E. Stevenson, of Woodford county; and defended by Col. G. W. Stipp of Princeton and O. C. Gray of Ottawa.

The Ottawa free trader. (Ottawa, Ill.), June 27, 1868

The trial of Aaron Sherman for the murder of Samuel Dowhower, brought to this county by a change of venue from Putnam county, terminated on Monday evening in a verdict of guilty, the jury fixing the punishment at 25 years in the penitentiary. The prisoner was visibly affected on the announcement of the verdict, and said it was "hard for an innocent man to suffer such a punishment." He was prosecuted by Hon. A.E. Stevenson, state's attorney of the Putnam circuit, and Chas. Blanchard, state's attorney for this circuit, and very ably defended by Col. G. W. Stipp of Bureau, and O. C. Gray, Esq. of Ottawa.

The facts elicited on the trial do not differ materially from the published statement at the time of the occurrence. The prisoner, with Dowhower and another man had been in Peru, and after drinking some, started home in a wagon in the evening. As a feud had existed between them for some time, they naturally quarreled on the way and Sherman left the wagon and walked towards home. Before reaching home, however, he went to two places to borrow a gun, getting one at his brother's - a fowling piece - which he loaded with buckshot. Soon after this, as Dowhower had got home and stood in the middle of the room, the door leading into the room from the road standing ajar, he was shot from the road, a number of buckshot entering his body and killing him almost instantly. A track, which fitted Sherman's boots exactly, was traced from the brother's house to where "the shot was fired" and back again, and it was proved that Sherman, soon after leaving his brother's house with the gun loaded, returned to the house, with the gun discharged. A wad was also picked up at Dowhower's house, which had evidently covered the charge by which he was killed - the wad proving to be a piece of the Chicago Times, torn from a copy of the Times still on the brother's table, fitting exactly to the torn part, and which the brother admitted Aaron had torn off in loading his gun. Many other circumstances detailed in the evidence were equally strong, so that although Sherman was convicted on purely circumstantial evidence, the evidence in his case was unusually conclusive. His wife and two children attended him closely through the whole trial. Dowhower left a wife and five small children. A motion for a new trial in the case is pending.

The Ottawa free trader. (Ottawa, Ill.), July 25, 1868
Today has been set for arguing the motion made for a new trial in the case of Aaron Sherman, convicted of the murder of Dowhower, of Putnam county.

The First Sabath School

Taken From the Marshall County Republican

June 25, 1868

We learn from N. Shepherd of Granville, that the first Sabath School organized in Northern Illinois was at Union Grove, Putnam County, June 28, 1829 in a log house without a floor. Children came barefoot and in pioneer style. Out of all that school there is only seven of the children left. The rest have all gone to that born which we are all hastening. Of another school 150 miles distance, there are only 3 of the teachers living.  Where will the children and the teachers that go to make up the schools of our day be in 40 years from now?

August 26, 1869

Taken From the Henry Republican

Putnam County News

The three men Holbrook, Watson and Norton, confined in the county jail for burglary, made an attempt to escape from prison on Saturday night, the 21st inst., which resulted in the death of Holbrook, the wounding and immediate surrender of Norton, and three recapture of Watson near Peru on Monday morning.

According to the statement of Norton, the one who is wounded, the preparations for breaking jail which so tragically culminated on Saturday night, had been going on for two or three weeks. They had succeeded in wrenching from the iron cage in which they were shackled, an confined during the night, two pieces of iron by means of which they opened the door of the cage, and then with but little effort succeeded in getting through the floor of the cell into the vault below, where they made an aperture through the brick wall at the surface of the ground, large enough to crawl through.

All three of them had got out into the jail yard and were making off, when the guards who were watching the jail, fired killing Holbrook instantly, and wounding Norton in the arm and hand. Holbrook fell about 12 paces from the jail pierced with 60 or 70 shot, which mostly struck him in the face and breast. Norton, on finding himself wounded, returned to the jail of his own accord, and begged to be let in, fearing another shot from the guards.

Watson escaped for the time being, but was captured early Monday morning at a bridge across the slough near Peru, by a squad of citizens who were waiting for him. According to his own story, which circumstances confirm as probably true, after being fired on in the jail yard, he ran to a barn belonging to Mr. Unthank two or three hundred yards from the jail, where he lay all day Sunday concealed in the hay mow, watching the movements of those who were searching for him. Leaving his place of concealment early after dark, he started for Peru, and was captured as above stated.

Holbrook’s friends were here early Monday morning and took him to Chicago for burial. Large numbers of people were in town Sunday to learn to particulars of the affair and see the slain burglar. The well known desperate character of these three men made the citizens apprehensive that they would attempt to escape, to prevent which the jail has been vigilantly guarded of nights.

Taken From the Henry News Republican
April 18, 1870 - Putnam County Items

Judge Lynch at Granville
The hanging of Joseph Ramsey near Granville on Saturday week, by a band of 60 or 70 men, is confirmed by several of our exchanges. Mr. Ramsey had lived in Putnam county some 35 or 40 years and was a lawless, bad man, being charged at sundry and divers times with larceny, poisoning his wife and causing her death two years ago, incest, whereof a daughter had had two children by him; arson, burning his house and barn, upon which he had a policy of insurance; etc. He had been before the courts time and time again, but he had always escaped justice, and conviction seemed impossible.

On the day in question, the neighbors brought to a crises what had been pending for some time, a determination that “justice should be done him: if not in the orderly way, by a more swift and reliable one. Complaint was made, and the Justice D. L. Child of Granville had him arrested, and a preliminary examination held, at which one of his daughters testified that she had been the mother of two children, and that he (Ramsey) was the father of both of them, and that one of them was put away and she never saw it. She also testified to other crimes of which she knew her father to be guilty, all of which proved sufficient for his being committed for trial.

On the way to jail at Hennepin, within a mile of Ramsey’s house, the band of disguised men rushed upon the officers, rescued the prisoner, and hung him up to a tree. he was cut down once by Justice Child, but as they could extort no confession from him he was strung up again. An aged father and several children survive this swift retribution. By this act a bad man has been got rid of, one who had been a terror to the neighborhood for years, and for whom none can mourn now that his place is vacant. Still we do not envy the feelings of those who participated in the killing. Likely the history of the case will be made public at a future time.

The Ottawa free trader., April 30, 1870
A case of lynching occurred in Putnam County last week. Joseph Ramsey residing near Granville, arrested on the charge of incest with his daughter, was being conveyed to Hennepin to jail, when four miles east of that town, he was seized by a number of men in disguise and hanged to a tree until he was dead.

Reward offered for Ramsey Murder
Nashville union and American. (Nashville, Tenn.), May 08, 1870, Image 1
Joseph C. Ramsey having been forcibly taken from the custody of a constable in Putnam county, Ill., April 16, by certain lawless persons and murdered by hanging, Gov. Palmer issued a proclamation yesterday calling upon all public officers and all good citizens to exert themselves to detect and bring to justice persons concerned in said act, and offering $1,000 reward for the apprehension and conviction of such persons.

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 22, 1870 - Putnam County Items

Horse fair at Hennepin tomorrow. Good “going” promised.

Langden, arrested in Putnam county for horse-stealing, was bound over to have his trial at the next term of court.

Augustus Cassell offers himself to the people of Putnam county as an independent candidate for sheriff. Will submit his claims to a people’s convention of(if) one is held.

The new steam mill at Snachwine is nearly completed. It will do principally custom work to accommodate the farmers. It is to be “dubbed the “Star” mill”.

J. M. Small is “large” in the way of business. He keeps a large assortment of clocks, watches, jewelry, etc., on hand at his store at Hennepin, and is a pleasant man to deal with.

The census of Putnam county is completed. Population 6284, dwellings, 1151, families 1146. By this it seems that “Little Put” goes backward, as the census of 1865 gave it 6311. In 1860 the population amounted to 6587.

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 29, 1870

Putnam County News

The supervisors of Putnam county have authorized the issue of county bonds to the amount of $25,000, in favor of the K. & I. R.R.R. The contract for the constructing the road is let from Plymouth to Lostant, in La Salle county, and the balance will probably be contracted for within a few days. The grading of the road from Kankakee is prospering finally.

A. H. Evans furnishes the following to the Record, embracing the census report of one schedule only:

Town        	Pop.	Dwel’gs	Families
Granville	1670	266	272
Hennepin 	2144 	420 	410
Magnolia 	1667 	322 	322
Snachwine 	808 	143 	142
Total 		6284 	1151 	1146

The Magnolia graded school opened on the 13th inst., with Miss Hattie Fyffe as principal, Miss Mary Younger, teacher of intermediate department, and Miss Beatrice Fyffe of primary department. Mr. D. Meaher had been engaged, and after opening the school found it too far advanced for him and resigned. Miss F. succeeds him.

The town trustees advertise for sealed bids for the lease of the ferry at Hennepin, for one years, commencing October 6th. Bids will be received up to 4 o’clock, p.m. Oct. 3, and must be marked "Proposals for Ferry," and addressed to W. H. Casson. The people than hope a boat will be furnished, wherein the life of man and team will not be jeopardized.

Taken From the Henry Republican
May 9, 1872

Putnam County News - Magnolia

The two twin children of H. K. Smith have been afflicted with scarlet fever, one of them being entirely disabled there from since February. In a neighborhood of Clear Creek, hardly a family has escaped it, several having died, and others more or less disabled by it.

September 12, 1872

Putnam County Fair

The 26th annual exhibition of the Buel Institute and Putnam county agricultural board will be held at Hennepin, Sept. 24, 25 and 26. The officers of the board are putting forth every effort to make one of the grandest exhibitions ever held in “Old Putnam”, and their efforts will doubtless be crowned with success.

April 9, 1874

Putnam county News, Miscellaneous items

David Parkin has secured the mail route between Tonica, Magnolia and Caledonia. $580 per year for carrying the mail between Tonica and Magnolia and Mt. Palatine daily and $75 between Magnolia and Caledonia. An effort is being made to so enhance the route as to ride from Magnolia to Tonica and Henry every day alternately.

Taken From the Henry Republican
August 13, 1874

Putnam County Matters - Buel Institute Fair

The Putnam county fair - one of the oldest in the state - celebrates its 28th exhibition on September 22-24 next, at Hennepin. It’s fair ground is located in a grove, which adds the blessings of shade to other conveniences in this sequestered spot. Its officers are the following: President, John Swaney; secretary, P. B. Durley; treasurer, W. H. Casson.

These gentlemen, with other prominent citizens who hold important positions of committees, have labored assiduously for the success of this exhibition, and with a hearty co-operation from the citizens of the county and vicinity it can be said that Putnam county has an exhibition equal to any of its neighbors, and prosperous, because her people sustain their home enterprizes. Nothing has been left undone this season to make Buel Institute successful in her display as also in her finances. The premium lists are printed and ready for distribution. Each farmer and citizen is invited to consult its pages, and prepare himself and herself to contribute to their time-honored and home-exhibtion. Take something - stock, machinery, domestic handiwork, or novelty - everything contributes to the great variety, and there will be no lack in interest. The “general consent” will make a fair a success, and a satisfaction to one and all. Buel Institute will do that this fall.

December 31, 1874

Putnam county News

The Granville people have a newspaper, “The Granvillian”, published by the Blake brothers. That is a hard name to spell and it won’t be long before some bad speller will be sticking in a “D” between the “N” and “V”. It will be just like some sour cuss to do it.

Henry Republican
March 11, 1875

The mail order is established as follows: from Magnolia to Lostant 6 times a week; from Magnolia to Henry 3 times a week. We have got it now just as we wanted and everybody is suited.

Frank Turner Severely Injured
Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, Illinois), June 26, 1878
Illinois State News
Frank Turner was very badly injured at Hennepin, the other evening. He was returning with his team and cultivator from the corn field at the close of his day's labor, when the horses became frightened and ran away, throwing him, in some manner, beneath the plow.

September 13, 1877

Buel Institute Fair

The Putnam county agricultural fair has been in existence over 30 years, its 31st exhibition taking place last week at Hennepin. It has passed through many vicissitudes, experienced hardships and prosperity, but has weathered the storm, and has come out successful, honored and well patronized, and bearing the distinction of being the oldest institution in the state.

The fair this year was better than many of its predecessors. In stock - horses, cattle, swine and sheep, - there were an increase of entries over last years, and new pens had to be constructed to accommodate the exhibitors. There was a fine display of plows as was ever on the ground, as also agricultural machinery generally. We noticed a fine display of wagons and carriages, and to the credit of the place, were mostly of Hennepin make. A. V. Speer had a fine specimen of a wagon on the ground, as also two open carriages, all of which were entitled to blue ribbons, and such has been his reputation as a reliable maker, that late years, to show his vehicles at the fair was sure of an immediate sale at good figures. Mr. Trewiler had also some good work in carriages on the ground.

The Floral Hall was well filled. There was a great variety of needlework, and some of it very fine. We noticed some fine crayon work. Among these pictures a portrait of a Putnam county lady, now deceased, wore the blue ribbon, and was the work of H. K. Smith of Clear Creek, a genius with a crayon. A cross enshrouded with flowers in an artistic manner, a purse of skillful and delicately wrought needlework; also a cushion on which was embroidered a cat, and a tidy, all these had blue ribbons, and were the handiwork of Miss Emma Louis, daughter of Mathias Louis of Snachwine. There were the usual comfortables and handsome patchwork bedspreads, shirts handsomely made, and a great variety of novelties of home industry.

C. & W. Eddy had a department well filled with novelties from their store, which was very tastefully arranged and was generally admired. The fruit department was full and contained fine specimens of apples, pears, peaches, plums, grapes, etc. Mr. A. H. Gaston was here exhibiting the Birkett pear, scions of which he had on sale. The vegetable kingdom was well represented. Some of the largest ears of corn we have seen this season were on exhibition. The specimens of wheat, oats, rye, etc. were very choice. The mammoth pumpkins, squashes, watermelons, etc., will be hard to beat. The pastry department had its shelves well ladened with leaves of bread and cakes that were tempting indeed, including a choice lot of honey, jars of preserves and specimens of cheese and butter. There were the usual organs, the Estey being represented by M. E. Kellogg of Pischel & Kellogg of LaSalle, and the Smith by the Bowlby Bros., which amid continous singing and playing made Floral Hall very melodious with their music.

There the usual horse trotting, lady equestrianism, etc., a Miss Horton carrying off the premium of the latter exercise, giving, before she left the track, an exhibition of her daring ability for fast riding by making one round of the half mile track. The Hennepin brass band was engaged to furnish the music for the several days of the fair, and right well did it discharge the duty imposed upon it. It has a capital leader in Adam Deck, is equipped with good instruments and is a well drilled company. Hennepin can well be proud of her band.

On the fair ground we met Gen. Henderson, congressman of the 6th district, and one of the prominent republicans of the house. Putnam county was a former "stamping ground" of his, and he remembers it with much affection, particularly so, as it was in that region he wooed and wed his wife, at an early day. We also met Thomas Judd and G. G. McAdams of Wenona on the grounds, also Editor Cook and wife who provided dinner and done all in their power to make it pleasant for us and our family; and also Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Speer, and their charming daughters, to whom we are indebted for special favors; Miss Hattie Patton, who fills the Hennepin corner of The Republican so charmingly; Wm. Eddy, one of the most successful merchants of this region, and Col. Crampton the versatile witty correspondent of the Inter-Ocean, and half a dozen other prominent journals in various parts of the country. We also shook hands with Mr. J. H. Seaton, school superintendent, A. T. Purviance, county clerk, Mr. John Swaney, G. C. Read, sheriff, Judge Williams, Rev. McVay and wife of Granville, Hon. E. V. Raley, and a number of others. We also met the Misses Jones and the Misses Whitney from this city and Kate Becker, who has been visiting in Putnam county for a week or more. There were the usual refreshment stands, a couple of chuck-luck operators, that should never be allowed on the fair grounds, good order, and all things considered one of the most successful fairs ever held in Putnam county.

The Ottawa free trader., October 05, 1878
Putnam County is greatly excited over a charge of bastardy preferred against Fred Robinson, a doctor of medicine and pastor of a church at Mount Palatine, by Clara Allen, a girl 15 years of age.

Putnam County Musical Convention
The Ottawa free trader., June 19, 1880, Page 8
The Putnam County Musical Convention will be held at Union Grove June 22-25 inclusive. Dr. Geo. F. Root will act as conductor. The visitors will be entertained free and met at trains at Tonica and Bureau on notifying the secretary, P. B. Durley, Hennepin, Ill.

Taken From the Toluca Star Herald

Feb. 13, 1903 -Front Page -Magnolia News

The T.M. & N. sawmill is getting in a large stock of logs preparatory for sawing the coming spring. Eleven teams are hauling logs on sleds and 10 men are cutting logs, making 21 men on the pay roll.

Putnam County Government

Petite Jurors

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
October 22, 1858

The following persons have been requested to serve on the jury at the next term of the circuit court, which commences Monday next, the 25th inst.: James E. Blake, Geo. B. Hopkins, Jacob Brennaman, Thos. W. Shepherd, N. Pickering, F. Dudley, Thos. Alexander, Jas. Ward, Geo. W. Parsons, L. R. Taliafero, Jas. Giltner, Wm. Barnhart, Steven Harrison, John Moore, L. C. Davis, E. G. Powers, H. K. Zenor, J. W. Thomas, Thos. Haws, Nathan Ong, John Swaney, John Real, William Wherry, M. B. Peters.

Delegates to 1866 State Republican Convention

Taken From the Marshall County Telegraph

July 26, 1866

The delegates to the state Republican convention from Putnam county at Springfield next month are W.W. Holmes, of Magnolia; Joel W. Hopkins, of Granville, and John Swaney of Magnolia.

Appointment of New Judge for Circuit Court

March 6, 1873
Taken From the Henry Republican

Circuit court convenes on Monday next at Hennepin. The vacancy made by the death of Judge Richmond, will be filled by an appointment from the governor and Putnam county will have the honor of the new appointee’s first service.

Election of 1873 County Judge

November 20, 1873
Taken From the Henry Republican

Putnam County News - Miscellaneous Items
We shook hand with A. Cassel, Esq., county judge elect on Monday. He feels none the worse for his election, - in fact is happy. We predict Judge Cassel will fill the position with ablility and fidelity.

County Officers for 1873

December 18, 1873
Taken From the Henry Republican

Putnam County News
The supervisors met November 28, and the county officers elect, filed their bonds, Augustus Cassell as judge, A. J. Purviance as clerk, W. H. Zenor as treasurer, and J. H. Seaton as superintendant. The supervisors allowed a few bills and adjourned to December 23.

1874 Independent Reform County Convention

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 24, 1874

Putnam County News - Miscellaneous

At the independent reform county convention, held at Hennepin, Sept 12, Judge A. Cassell presided, and Frank Whiting chosen secretary. Delegates to legislative convention held at Varna last week, were Daniel Holly, L. Studyvin, Henry Hunter and J. W. Thoma.  Delegates to congressional convention to be held at Princeton today, are E. V. Raley, J. H. Seaton, Dr. Gaylord. County central committee, T. C. Thorne, Henry Hunter, J. H. Seaton and Dr. Gaylord. The nominations for sheriff and coroner were given last week.

1878 Putnam County Township Election Results

April 4, 1878 and April 12, 1878
Henry Republican

Snachwine - Supervisor, O. P. Carroll; clerk, Frank Mokier; assessor, J. R. Taliaferro; collector, G. E. Sparling; commissioner of highways, John Galvin.

Magnolia - Supervisor, Daniel McNabb 124, B. F. Hiltebrand 118; clerk, S. B. Mitchell 125, A. B. Gurnea 112; assessor, Campbell Shields 138, A. Wilson 99; collector, B. F. Baker 127, L. Studyvin, 116; commissioner of highways, J. S. Taffiemyer 143, W. S. Bosley 90.

Hennepin - Supervisor, William Allen; clerk, John B. Feltes, assessor, John Carman; collector, George C. Read; commissioner of highways, Joel Whitaker; constable, W. A. Peterson.

Granville - Supervisor, H. Colby; clerk, Henry Ware; assessor, Frank Whiting; collector, B. F. Surby; sommissioner of highways, R. S. Robinson; justice, T. C. Thorn.

1879 Putnam County Township Election Results

April 3, 1879
Henry Republican

Town Elections - Putnam County

Snachwine - Supervisor, O. P. Carroll; clerk, Aaron Jeffries; assessor, S. H. Condit; collector, G. E. Sparling; commissioner of highways, Peter Bachman.

Magnolia - Supervisor, J. T. Thornton; clerk, Daniel McNabb; assessor, Amos B. Wilson; collector, B. F. Baker; commissioners of highways, W. S. Bosley, Lewis I. Beck, Abel Mills; justice of the peace, Austin Hannum.

Hennepin - Supervisor, Daniel Peterson; clerk, L. M. G. Noyes; assessor, John Carman; collector, Geo. C. Read; commissioner of highways, R. Bishop.

Granville - Supervisor, Eli V. Raley; clerk, T. C. Thom; assessor, Wilson Hopkins; collector, S. H. Mumma; commissioner of highways, Louis Schoettler.

1880 Putnam County Township Election Results

April 8, 1880
Henry Republican

Town Elections - Putnam County

Magnolia - Supervisor, J. T. Thornton; clerk, D. McNabb; assessor, A. B. Wilson; collector, B. F. Baker; commissioner of highways, L. I. Beck. Vote 204; republican maj. 48 to 50.

Snachwine - supervisor, C. W. Read; clerk, J. N. Derr; assessor, S. H. Condit; collector, G. E. Sparling; commissioner of highways, C. D. Hawkins

Clear Creek

Taken From the Henry Republican

February 8, 1877

Clear Creek

There will be quite an emigration from Clear Creek, in a week or two. The parties going are J. W. Price, I. P. Wierman, George Marsh, Levi Gunn and O. Smith. They all locate in the same school district, within seven miles of Great Bend, Kansas, and hence near neighbors. All are most excellent citizens and their departure is lamented by all their neighbors and friends. They will almost be a community of themselves and they are the right metal for fine school houses, churches, etc. Boys, good luck to you.

Magnolia grange No. 179 is one of the most enterprising of the country societies. It is composed of a large number of the best farmers and their wives about Clear Creek, and they seek to make it of use and benefit to the community. Through efforts of this grange, a course of lectures has been provided, which includes some of the most noted speakers in the country. The grange has also donated $50 for the beginning of a library, which will be added to from time to time. The books obtained are a number on agricultural subjects, some scientific works, and a number of the noted books of fiction. The selections are good, and the community will profit by them.

February 8, 1877

Clear Creek

Magnolia grange No. 179 is one of the most enterprising of the country societies. It is composed of a large number of the best farmers and their wives about Clear Creek, and they seek to make it of use and benefit to the community. Through efforts of this grange, a course of lectures has been provided, which includes some of the most noted speakers in the country. The grange has also donated $50 for the beginning of a library, which will be added to from time to time. The books obtained are a number on agricultural subjects, some scientific works, and a number of the noted books of fiction. The selections are good, and the community will profit by them.

December 5, 1878

A light snow Sunday morning

John Taylor and wife of Wenona spent last Sunday with friends at this place.

Last Friday evening the young of the neighborhood gathered at Wm. Hull's.  All report a "good time," and say they propose to accept the invitation of Mrs. Hull to "come again."

Most of the swine "lit out" out of this country last Monday and Tuesday at the rate of $2.60.

Thanksgiving is over, and now nothing to do but prepare for the coming holidays.  All should make some arrangements for these long winter evenings.  Lay in a store of reading matter, so the winter may not pass unprofitably.  This is the season when the farmers has the most leisure.  The time when the best opportunities are offered him for intellectual improvement.

May 8, 1879

Clear Creek

John McNabb has just taken down a fence that was built 30 years ago. He hauled the lumber from Chicago on a wagon. The posts were charred where they came in contact with the soil and some looked as if they were good for several years yet.

November 20, 1879

Clear Creek - Friends quarterly meeting will be held at the yearly meeting house at this place next Saturday. Meeting will be held at the same house on the Sunday following; also the Center R. R. club will meet at that house next Sunday evening.

Another of our C. C. ladies, Miss Lizzie price, was married last week. The lucky man this time was Prof. Picking of Lostant. Next!

July 22, 1880 - Clear Creek

Almost a freeze up here on Monday evening.

J. L. Mills and P. Mills are on the sick list. Eva fell down cellar and don't feel so well as she might.

No July wreaths yet, as far as we have heard.

Hay harvest mostly through with; oats harvest has commenced, and as we go into the field, thw owner of the grain repeats again the little rhyme, which he thinks of once a year, and has for 50 years, to give the men an idea of how he wants his work done:
Little sheaves, bound tight.
Close to the butt, that's right.
But oh, isn't that a hard thing to do; just think of it. Here lies a grip, hears in all directions, butts hard to find, straw 4 feet long, and from that to 3 1/2 inches; grip large enough for a haycock, machine about four rods behind you, and just across the road a selfbinder with the driver half asleep; then for a poor fellow to give a look at the grip, then a wistful gaze at the selfbinder which is doing its work just as easy with a 94 degree sun boiling down as though it stood at zero, and then have some one sing out "Little sheaves, etc." Don't it make him feel, that is, a sensation comes over him "so peculiar and funny, its funny when you feel that way."

John Swaney wants a good farm hand.


Taken From the Putnam Record
August 4, 1898

The party that went to the Klondyke from Lostant last spring, are, all but three, on their way home.  James Henning, one of the party, wrote to his wife last week from Seattle, that they lost a large quantity of their provisions and did not find any gold so far, and concluded to return home.  Disappointment has met many who ventured a trip to the frozen Klondike.

Thos. Dore and family have moved into the house owned and lately vacated by J. B. Davis, and as soon as some repairs can be made on the house vacated by Mr. Dore, which is owned by Jeff Durley, he and his family will occupy the same. This will be Mr. Durley's first move in over 30 years, but the location will be much more convenient for him than where he has resided so many years.

The grounds of the old Buell Institute and Putnam County Agricultural society was sold at Master's sale last Saturday.  The tract comprises 20 acres moe or less, and P. Dore was the purchaser at $1,050.  We understand Mr. Dore intends to leave the grounds in the present shape so they can be used for picnic purposes as heretofore.  We are pleased to learn this, as it would be too bad to spoil so beautiful a place by cutting off the timber.

Three boys did a little egg trick Wednesday evening of last week that got them into trouble.  As Allie Thomason came out of the Congregational church, she was hit by an egg thrown by one of the boys and another of the trio put one in another boys hat, smashed th hat down on the boys head and of course, broke the egg and smeared it all over his head.  Two of the boys were arrested Friday and one was fined $3 and costs, but there was no evidence against the other and he was discharged.  The third fellow has evaded arrest so far by leavin gtown.  It was rather expensive fun and the boys will hardly indulge in it again soon.

Granville- Aug 1:  William Hurin is erecting a new barber shop in town, just east of the butcher shop.  His old rooms will be fitted up for the M.W.A. hall.

Farmers Pressed For State School A Century Ago

Dixon Evening Telegraph (Dixon, Illinois) November 21, 1951

Granville, Ill., (AP) - If a group of pioneer farmers had been successful the state of Illinois would have had a agricultural and mechanical college in 1851 or 1851, years before the chartering of the University of Illinois in 1867.

A century ago residents of LaSalle, Putnam and other counties met in Granville in Putnam county with the idea of establishing a state supported university.

At the old Buel Institute Professor Jonathan B. Turner advocated a school to math, mechanics, farming and allied subjects to those unable to enter colleges of liberal arts, medicine, the ministry and law. Turner had been one of the prime movers in the Buel Institute formed to advance interests of farmers in 1846 and also was greatly interested in spreading higher education.

The Granville convention named a committee to take up the matter with the legislature but nothing came of it.

Members of the committee, in addition to Turner, were Marcus Morton of Morgan county; Elijah Iles of Sangamon county; W. J. Phelps of Peoria; Dr. Ames of Winnebago county; John Davis of Decatur; John E. Woods of Quincy; John Hise of LaSalle county and Aaron Shaw of Lawrence county.

Putnam County Marriage Licenses

As Printed in the Henry Republican

September 28, 1876

Putnam County Marriage Licenses
Cupid's victims for the past two months, consist of the following:

John R. C. Coleman and Maggie L. Trendt

Nichalas Bast and Rosa Hoppold

Amos B. Wilson and Anna S. Griffeth

Wilson D. Skinner and Ella Sill

George Funk and Clara E. Kays

James A. Brokaw and Mary F. Hullinger

Israel L. Stansell and Ann E. Anderson

June 10, 1880
Taken From the Henry Republican

The Union Grove church, Rev. H. McVay, pastor, the pioneer church of Putnam county, celebrated the 50th anniversary of its establishment of Sunday, June 6th.  An anniversary sermon was preached on the occasion by the pastor.

February 19, 1880
Taken From the Henry Republican

Putnam County Jury List

The following named persons were selected to serve as grand jurors at the March term of the circuit court of Putnam county, to be held at Hennpin, Monday, March 1st:

Granville - John Wendt, J. F. Shepard, Price Purviance, H. B. Haynes, George B. Hopkins, J. L. Colvin.

Hennepin, John Tuers, J. W. Leech, Wm. Schermerhorn, John Shering, R. A. Radie, Martin Nash, W. W. McClung.

Magnolia - B. F. Hiltabrand, Henry Atherton, S. B. Mitchell, I. M. Stansell, Henry Studyvin, Gustave Otto.

Snachwine - J. M. Winship, E.J. Townley, Elijah Hawkins, Jr., Geo. W. Smith

Petit Jury

Magnolia - Lawrence Lippert, Henry Kidd, John O. Kidd, Marcus Kays, Wm. McCullum, E. C. Hiltabrand, A. W. Merritt, Pusey Mills.

Granville - Larned Kesler, Geo. Scott, James Lamar, Chas. Hullinger, John Quandt, William Sill, Wm. Young, James Williames

Hennepin - O. B. Davis, Geo. Hetrick, Orange Averill, Joseph Etscheid, Simon Beck, Edward Culp, John Fitzpatrick, Robert Glass, John Carothers, Theodore Classen

Snachwine - George Williams, Howard Williams, Abraham Syphers, E. L. Cook

March 17, 1881
Taken From the Henry Republican

A small colony from Putnam county, with five car loads of stock and household goods, have started for Newell, Iowa, near where they will locate on farms.

Magnolia House Robbed (1892)
The evening bulletin. (Maysville, Ky.), June 29, 1892, Image 1
Remarkable Robbery
Daring Deeds Done by Five Masked Men
Hennepin, Ills., June 29.
A remarkable and successful robbery was perpetrated at Magnolia, a village twenty miles from here, on the night of June 26, news of which has just reached here. About midnight five masked and armed men forced an entrance to the Magnolia House, in which were five guests.
After gagging and binding the landlord and his wife and the hired man, securing their valuables and frightening the woman servants into silence, the robbers aroused the guests, marched them out in line in the hall and while two desperadoes stood guard over them, the other robbers ramsacked the rooms, securing $1,200 worth of plunder.
The gang then made their escape, threatening their victims with death in case of pursuit. John Soboeski, Prohibition candidate for governor of Missouri, was one of the victims and the only one to recover his nerve. After failing in his endeavor to organize a posse for pursuit he finally mounted a horse and started in pursuit after the robbers alone, overtaking three of them camped in a ravine.
A skirmish followed in which Soboeski's horse was killed under him but neither he nor any of the robbers were seriously hurt. Soboeski being thrown to the ground, the robbers took the opportunity to escape and dashed away. He walked to Walkulaia, and after giving the authorities a description of the robbers, left for Cincinnati to attend the Prohibition convention.

Mrs. Elizabeth Durley Votes in First Election (1895)
Southwest-sentinel. (Silver City, N.M.), March 05, 1895, Image 4
Mrs. Elizabeth Durley
Mrs. Elizabeth Durley of Hennepin, Ills., exercised at the last election, Nov. 6, the limited suffrage right given her by the laws of that state. Mrs. Durley is in her eighty-fifth year, but she walked briskly to the polls, and after casting her ballot did some needed shopping. As she went home and spent the rest of the day in hemstitching a tablecloth it is argued that she in no wise unsexed herself. No one was better pleased to see Mrs. Durley vote than her venerable husband, Mr. Williamson Durley, who has been a stanch and life-long advocate of woman suffrage as well as of other reform. - Woman's Journal.

Swan Lake Club Burned (1901)
The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.), March 13, 1901

Wenona, Ill., March 12 - The big three-story clubhouse of the Swan Lake Club at Lake Senachwine burned at an early hour there this morning. The blaze emanated from a defective flue. The Swan Club was one of the best equipped in the State and was owned and controlled by Chicago capitalists, who frequently spent weeks at the resort hunting, fishing and boating. The contents and furnishings were practically all destroyed.

W. T. Brann Inhumanly Punishes Children
Rock Island Argus (Rock Island, Ill.) January 23, 1905, Page 6, Image 6
Inhuman Father
Locked Two Children in Coal Shed Till Their Feet Were Frozen
Punishment For Misdeed
Wrath of Residents of Magnolia, Ill., Aroused and the Brute is Compelled to Flee.
The little village of Magnolia, near Henry, over on the Illinois river, is worked up over what appears to be an exhibition of horrible cruelty on the part of W. T. Brann, a prominent merchant of that place. Brann is now a fugitive from justice, while the following charges are made against him by his fellow townsmen:
Locking his two little daughters, aged 4 and 7 years, inside a coal shed until the smaller of the little girls had both her feet frozen; beating both little ones until they were black and blue; and then fleeing from the village and leaving them homeless in order to escape arrest at the hands of an angry populace.
Other Charges Against Him.
These are only a few of the charges made against Brann, but that of cruelty to his little ones is, in the minds of his fellow townsmen, the gravest and the one for which he would be dealt with not unharshly should he fall into their hands.
Brann, whose wife is dead, has entrusted the management of his home and the care of his children to a housekeeper, Mrs. Herman, who, it is also known by the neighbors, has been cruel to the children. It has been a method of punishment with Brann to lock his children out in the cold when they were guilty of what her termed a misdemeanor. Three weeks ago he returned home for dinner and upon being informed by his housekeeper that the little ones had misbehaved, he locked both of them in the coal shed. Here they remained all afternoon, it is said, until, when released, it was found that both feet of the smaller child, Gladys, were frozen. The other girl also suffered intensely from the cold and both of the children have been ill ever since.
Mob Gathered.
When the true facts of the case became known, Brann's neighbors immediately took steps to bring him to justice, and before 24 hours had passed a small-sized mob had gathered on the streets of the village. Brann, however, had anticipated this result and when an officer arrived the man was not to be found. He had left the town and has not been seen since. With him departed his housekeeper, and the children are now being sheltered by relatives, one of them being cared for by Brann's father and the other with his aunt.

Undercliff Hotel Burns to the Ground (1914)
The Madisonian. (Richmond, Ky.), September 29, 1914
Flee Fire in Summer Resort
Peoria, Ill., Sept. 26.
The Undercliff Hotel at Lake Senachwine, a summer resort, burned to the ground last night. Over a score of guests lost most of their belongings. The fire consumed a number of out buildings.

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