The Putnam Record

I. H. COOK, Editor


 I. H. COOK & SON, Publishers

VOL. 19


NO. 20

Online Editor by Nancy Piper
Donated by
Eleanor Leeper


I. O. O. F.
Hennepin Lodge No. 118 meets at Zenor's Hall, every Tuesday Evening.
Rebecah Meeting the first Wednesday evening of each month.
Fred L. Simpson, Sec'y

A. F. & A. M.
SOCIAL LODGE, No. 70 meets in Zenor's Hall, 3rd story, the 2d and 4th Wednesday Evening of each moth. Visiting brethren are cordially invited.    W. H. ZENOR.
Fred L. Simpson, Sec'y

I. O. G. T.
UNION LODGE No. 603, meets at their Hall, above J. M. Durley's store, every Thursday evening. Good Templars visiting Hennepin are cordially invited to attend.
Fannie Fairfield, Sec'y

Hennepin Post, No. 231, G. A. R. Meets in Grand Army Hall, 1st and 3d Friday evenings of each Month. Visiting Comrades are always welcome.  JEFF DURLEY, Comm.
J. M. COWEN, Adj't

Hennepin Grain Market

CORN (Ear) … 	30
CORN (Shelled… 30
OATS, white … 24
OATS, mixed … 22
WHEAT … 50 to 65

C. R. I. & P. R. R. TIME TABLE
Passenger trains pass Bureau Junction as follows, taking effect May 30, 1886

No. 1 B Mail 4:14 p.m.
No. 3 A Pass 2:50 a.m.
No. 5 A Pass 3:22 a.m.
No. 11 D Pass 2:15 p.m.
No. 109B Acc 6:25 a.m.
No. 2B Pass  9:55 a.m.
No. 4C Pass 1:50 a.m.
No. 6C Pass 1:17 a.m.
No. 8B Pass 1:05 p.m.
No. 12D Mail 10:20 a.m.
No. 110B Acc 8:38


No. 5B Leave 3:25 a.m.
No. 11B Leave 5:07 p.m.
No. 19B Acc 6:25 a.m.

No. 12B Ar 10:40 a.m.
No. 6C Ar  1:00 a.m.
No. 16B Ar 9:00 a.m.

A = Daily except Saturday B = Daily ex. Sunday C = Daily ex. Monday D = Daily

--The death messenger visited the home of Rev. A. M. Conard, pastor of the M. E. church, last Saturday night, and took away his babe, some three weeks old, and the first born, we believe.

--The river was frozen over for two or three mornings last week, which should remind us that a bridge would now be a great convenience, as there will probably be many days this winter that the ferry boat will be run with difficulty if at all.

--A. T. Purviance, who was recently reelected county clerk of Putnam county, is the oldest county clerk in the state, we presume, having held the office for 32 consecutive years and December 6th starts in on a new term. During the thirty-two years he has had one or two pretty close elections, but generally "gets there" by a good majority.

--Barmore & Howe opened their new meat market to the public last Wednesday morning in the building lately occupied by Jere Beck.  Ed and Bob both know how to prepare meat in an attractive and desirable shape and respectfully ask you to give them a call. They also have the most convenient arrangement for slaughtering hogs we have ever seen in Hennepin. Call and see it.

--Mr. Scherf, the tailor, informs us that he is meeting with fair success so far, and every customer has been well pleased with his work. Mr. Scherf keeps a good stock of materials to select from, and guarantees entire satisfaction in every instance. He would be pleased to have the people call and see his goods and work before going elsewhere. Good goods, good work and fair prices is his motto.

--Our evening mail from the east now reaches us about six o'clock p.m., if on time, which is inconveniently late. We see no reason why the mail could not be carried on the preceding train, which arrives at Bureau about 3:00 p.m. This would allow our mail to reach us about four o'clock, or a trifle after, which would make it much more convenient. Let us try for a change. What say you, business men of Hennepin?

--Phocion Howard failed in his attempt to secure an injunction against the convict contract labor amendment, but the attempt conveys the belief that something more than a mere itching for notoriety impelled Phocion to make the effort. Prominent and high-priced attorneys were engaged in the matter, and as it is generally known that Howard seldom has enough money to keep himself in good clothes, it is surmised that maybe the contract ring was at work trying the thwart the will of the people.


--Purge out the lurking distemper that undermines health and constitutional vigor will return. Those who suffer from an enfeebled and disordered state of the system, should take Ayer's Sarsaparilla to cleanse the blood and restore vitality.

--The combination sale at Granville last Saturday was quite well attended and everything advertised was sold, and while some articles went low, most of the property brought fair prices. We have not been advised by the managers, but presume another will follow soon.

--We have been unable to see Mr. James Henning so as to learn how he was progressing with his artesian well, but we learn through other parties that he has abandoned the project, having been unable, after going to a considerable depth, and expending several hundred dollars, to secure a flow of water.  This would seem a little singular, as we had supposed that a flow could be secured almost any place in the county at a reasonable depth.  One thing Mr. Henning has ascertained by his experiment, and that is the fact that coal underlies his land, and that may partially compensate him in his disappointment in securing water.  And the rich bed of mineral passed through may be of value at some day.

--We have had some light rains during the last two weeks, but not enough to fill the wells and cisterns.  There is much complaint all over the country on account of the scarcity of water, and unless we have some heavy rains before it freezes up there will be much suffering, especially to stock.  Speaking of water reminds us that Bureau county is not likely to suffer a water famine.  Near Tiskilwa there has lately burst out several springs, one of which discharges a large volume of water and from which is discharged large quantities of sand.  A good sized creek is made from this spring.  Another discharges a strong mineral water which is believed to possess wonderful medicinal properties.

--It may be all well enough to give the criminals confined in the state prison a holiday occasionally, and treat them humanely, but when it comes to giving them luxuries that thousands of honest people outside the prison walls cannot afford, and which the prisoners themselves, or at best the majority of them could not indulge in, we think it time for the taxpayers to object most emphatically. The daily papers last Friday informed us that on the day previous, Thanksgiving day, the convicts at Joliet were marched into the chapel where they listened to an entertainment given by the Hampton students, a troupe of colored jubilee singers, after which the Warden made them a little speech which set them all in a happy state of mind, telling them that they were going to be treated to a "good old-fashioned" thanksgiving dinner, after which they would be allowed a good smoke, etc. The program was carried out to the letter, and the dinner was made up of 1600 turkeys, 15 barrels of flour, 33 bushels of apples, 35 bushels of potatoes,a nd over 3,000 cigars. How do the taxpayers who are trying to make an honest living like it.  Don't it look a trifle like a bid for more convicts? There should be a change. When men are treated better in prison than out, just so long will our prisons be full.

--James C. Allen, of Oxbow, whose death was mentioned in these columns last week, had been afflicted for a number of years, and as many of our readers may have a curiosity to know what his ailment was we copy form the Henry Republican the following autopsy:
"An autopsy was held Sunday evening on the body of James C. Allen, by Drs. Cowen, of Hennepin, Bickel, of Florid, and Pendleton, of Magnolia. It was found that the deceased had been suffering from pulmonary puthisis. In the right lung was found a cavity about two inches in diameter; the remainder of the lung was dotted all through its substance with tubercular deposits.  In the left lung there were several smaller cavities, two of them being about the size of hen's eggs, and the others of smaller dimensions.  Some of them were empty, others were filled with purulent expectoration. The intestines were also affected with tubercular disease, there being tubercular deposits over nealy the entire surface of the bowels, in some places gragrenous. The other organs were found to be in a comparatively sound condition. The immediate cause of death was a heart-clot, which in some way entered the circulation, and on reaching the heart caused instant death.


--H. H. Leech send us the first number of the Howard City News, a new paper just started at Howard City, Neb., the town in which Harve has located. In it we find the following mention of Mr. Leech. "H. H. Leech expresses himself as well pleased with the present state of the grain trade. He is now paying out from $200 to $300 per day to farmers for grain. This is encouraging considering that the grain season has just commenced. Mr. Leech is making many friends among the farmers by square and honest dealing and we predict for him the success he deserves."


---Amos Wilson leaves to-day for Chicago.
--- Miss Retta Campbell, of Lostant, is visiting among her old schoolmates.
---Oliver Wilson spent last week in McLean county trying to organize a grange.
---Mr. and Mrs. John Benjamine, of Benjamineville, are visiting their daughter Mrs. Willis Mills.
---Mrs. Lydia Mills, who has been visiting with friends in Missouri, returned home Saturday.
---Robert Blackledge, of Selina, Kansas, is around looking for some good horses to take west.
---Levi Spargrove moves to Wenona today.  He will occupy Mr. Dent's house until that gentleman returns from Florida.
---The Friends Sunday School Conference was held Friday evening at the Yearly Meeting-house. The children gave a very interesting entertainment.
---The Friends Quarterly Meeting convened Saturday. Among the visitors from other meetings were Allen Flitcraft of Chicago; Sidney Everill, of Bureau County; Griffith She, of McLean county, and Stephen Williams, of Urbana, Ill.


---Thanksgiving was a general feast-day in our village, consisting of roast turkeys, geese, ducks, oysters, etc.
---The entertainment last Friday evening at the Congregational church was well represented. The tableaux were very good, the different characters being well and practically illustrated. We would suggest, had the stage been so fixed as to have brought it on a level with the seats, the effect would have been a great improvement, as tableaux to be a perfect success must bring out all the points intended.

---Mrs. Vance and children, of Joliet, are visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Skeel.
---Mrs. Kofoid, formerly of Granville, now living in Normal, is spending a few days at the home of Peter Dahl.
---Mrs. Bruce, mother of our intermediate teacher, has been visiting here. She will leave for Peoira in a few days.
---The combination sale on Saturday was a success.
---On Monday evening, the 22d ult., Mr. Thomas Ware fell to the floor in an unconscious condition. He rallied, however, and in a few days seemed to have gained his usual health. The present writing find him relapsed into a stupor that would indicate an apoplectic trouble.
Paul PRY

Mt. PALATINE - Nov. 29

---The winter term of school begins today.
--Bernard Matern spent part of last week in Chicago.  H took a carload of hogs.
--Gregor Kesler has sold his house and lot, corner of Villa and Franklin streets, to parties living near Peru.
--Mr. John Bishop is suffering from a severe attack of rheumatism.  He has been unable to get around for several days.
--Thanksgiving dinne was served at the residence of Dr. A. C. McGee and also at the residence of T. E. Gallaher. Many were the good things prepared to satisfy the cravings of the inner man, and they were disposed of very appropriately.

--The corn in this vicinity is about all gathered at this writing. On an average the crop is a fair one. From what we can learn the vicinity of Mt. Palatine can boast of having the best corn in the county.
--A. Leitschuh is building a new fence in front of the old college building on Academy street, which will add much to its appearance. Wonder if we could not improve the appearance of our school building by doing something similar.
--Prof. Doolittle has been successful in organizing a large singing class at this place and it is progressing finely. This is an excellent chance for those who wish to become accomplished in this, it may be saide, a necessary attainment.
--The genial sewing machine man has left us, and has taken one of our boys, Lee Nuss, with him.  They are engaged in mercantile pursuits at Richland. Hope they will be successful.
--Sidney Averhill preached to a small but attentive audience in the Congregational church last Saturday evening. The meeting was also addressed by Abel Mills and a gentleman from Chicago whose name we did not learn.
--Mr. George Gurnea and family, who have resided near town for many years, intend to start Wednesday morning for California where they will make their future home. They expect to locate near Los Angelos. Their many freind very much regret that they are leaving, but they join en masse in wishing them health and happiness in their new home.


Putnam County Teachers' Association

Will meat at HENNEPIN, SATURDAY, December 18th, 1886.


10 a.m. -- Address .. J. R. Freebern.
11 a.m. -- Reading .. Miss Jennie Smith
12 p.m. -- Intermission
1:30 p.m. -- Physiology .. Chas. Wertz.
2:30 p.m. -- Spelling .. J. F. Skeel.
3:15 p.m. -- Query Box, fillowed by Business Meeting.

     All teachers and those interested in education are cordially invited to attend.


Ex. Comm.

J. F. SKEEL, Co. Supt.

Teacher's Association

     The institute at Magnolia Nov. 20 was well attended, and it being the first held by the new County Teacher's Association, the managers feel quire assured that teachers of the county though few and far separated, are taking hold of the matter in earnest.
     The program was carried through as announced in a previous issue of the RECORD with the exception of the tracing work in geography by Miss Etta Shepherd, who was absent. The discussions were quite animated, and the exercises interspersed with music by the pupils of the school. It would be useless to comment upon the way the Magnolia people entertain the pedagogues, for Magnolia's reputation for entertaining, beggars our feeble efforts at description. At the close of the day's exercises the committee presented a preamble and constitution for the association, which was liberally signed by teachers and others interested in school affairs.
     The association then adjourend to meet at Hennepin Dec. 18, where a good program will be presented.

Mrs. Margaret McElwain

     We copy the following from the Bureau County News, from the fact that the subject of the brief sketch was the mother of Eli McElwain, a former resident of Hennepin.
     "Died on the morning of the 18th, inst., at her home on south Main St., in this city, Mrs. Margaret McElwain, aged 90 years and 9 months.
Mrs. Elwain's parents were of the Scotch McGregors and she was born in Pennsylvania on the 9th of Feb., 1796. Cme to Wilmington, Ohio, with her parents in 1806; and married John McElwain in that town in 1818. With her husband and children came to Illinois in 1835, and settled in Leepertown at that early date, where she continued to reside until her removal to this city with her daughter Mrs. Craver five years ago. Through a long life Mrs. M. was a true and faithful woman in all relations of life. Losing her husband only four years after coming to this state, and having a considerable family of children she had her hands full of this worlds cares to keep the family and to preserve the little property left in her hands. As a pioneer, in this county, as a kind neighbor, a devoted wife and mother, and a friend to all, she was ever a shining example to friends, family and neighbors. She was a member of the Christian church for 58 years, and one of the 17 original charter members of the Christian church of this city. One sister, Miss Mary McGregor; and six children survive: Four sons, one in Mo., one in Iowa, one in Wisconsin, one at Kewanee, Ill., and two daughters, Mrs. Craver, of this city and Mrs. Cain of Iowa. A brief funeral service was conducted Saturday morning, at ths house by Elder McGinnis, and a biographical sketch given of deceased. Interment at Bureau Junction where her husband was buried nearly 50 years ago.


--In the statement of the death of Miss Jessie Cunningham last week, we erred in styling that she was a member of the Congregational church. Miss Gracie Cunningham had lately become a member of that church, and we were lead into the error from that fact.


     The Chicago Daily News of last Tuesday said a delegation of congressmen and business men interested in the Hennepin Canal projec would call on the President Wednesday to urge upon him to insert a clause in his forthcoming message recommending an appropriation for commencing the canal.  In reference to the diffeerent routes, we clip from the Rock Island Union:
     "The Moline Republican, speaking of the desire of the people of the Second Iowa district to have Congressman -elect Hayes take an active interest in the Hennepin Canal, says:
     And by the time Hayes is pulled limb from limb and his minute remains scattered along the shore between Clinton and Davenport in the zealous contest of the rival Hennepin Canal routes, he will wish Hennepin and Congress at the uttermost depths of Hades.

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