Putnam County, Illinois History and Genealogy
1898 and 1899 Hennepin Illinois News


 Taken From the Putnam Record
November 17, 1898
Local Items

By the burning of the barn, west of Bureau, Friday night of last week, I. R. Drake, who lives on the farm, lost twelve cows, four horses, farm implements and harness.  The horses and cows were insured, as was also the barn.

Last Saturday, November 19, Mrs. Alfred Monroe reached her 79th birthday, and to commemorate the occasion a number of her lady friends arranged a pound social, and not only made the heart of the venerable lady glad by their presence, but also by liberal donations of the necessaries of life.  Tomorrow, November 25, Alfred Monroe reaches his 84th year. Surely they are a venerable pair.

The Spring Valley Press of last Friday had the following: "Herman Biedenfeld, who lives south of the river in Putnam county, shipped six head of horses to Chicago Wednesday that were as fine as ever hauled on the Rock Island railroad.  When matched the three teams averaged about 3,500 pounds.  Mr. Biedenfeld stated before the farmers' institute in Granville last winter that there was moe money in raising large draft horses than anything else on the farm" Mr. Biedenfeld is the largest and most successful horse raiser in Putnam county.

Taken From the Putnam Record
December 22, 1898
Local Items

Frank, the son of Mrs. Helen Bruer, who lives a half-mile east of Hennepin, Met with quite a serious accident Wednesday of last week.  He had started to school at the Durley school house that day and at noon the boys went down to Coffee creek to skate on the ice.  Frank made a running slide on the ice, when his feet went from under him and he struck the ice heavily on his shoulder.  The force of the fall broke some of the bones of the shoulder, and their location makes it difficult to get in place again.  He is getting along as well as can be expected, however, and it is hoped he will soon recover.

Putnam county is soon to lose one of her energetic hustling business men.  About January 1, W. A. Peterson, who has resided for many years, in fact about all his life, nine miles southeast of Hennepin, will move to Chicago where he takes a position as stock buyer for a big live stock commission firm in that city. Mr. Peterson has long been identified with the live stock business, and the firm has certainly made a good selection.  The stock raisers of Putnam county will sadly feel the absence of "Billy" as he has for years and years bought their hogs, horses and cattle, and paid them the top of the market, but, as he is to remain in the business, possibly he may continue to visit them occasionally and relieve them of their surplus tock.  We hope so, at least.

Lovers of dancing should keep in mind the Woodmen's ball next Friday evening.  They expect ot make it one of the grandest social events of the year.  The Royal Neighbors will furnish the supper, which is a guarantee that it will be a good one.  The supper will be served in the Spencer building, opposite the post office, and the ball will be in the opera house.

Rev. J. P. Campbell, having decided to go to Texas, will sell his household goods at public sale, next Tuesday, Dec. 27, commending at 1 o'clock p.m.  He will sell a miscellaneous lot of house furniture, one driving mare, harness, organ, sewing machine and various other articles. Sums under $5, cash; over that sum a credit of six months.  A. P. Child, auctioneer.

Rev. J. P. Campbell has accepted a call from the First Congregational church at Palestine, Anderson county, Texas, and will depart for that place as soon as he can get ready.  Rev. Campbell gets a salary of $1,000 and the use of parsonage, a house of six or seven rooms, and on lot adjoining church.  Rev. Campbell and family have made many friends during their two years in Henepin, who are loth to see them go, but all wish them success in their new home.

Taken From the Putnam Record
January 19, 1899
Local News

Birdie Schermerhorn has been numbered with the sick, but is on the road to recovery. George Young has also been under the care of Dr. McCormick, but is now able to be about.

D. B. Turner left us last Monday for a trip to Oklahoma. He will probably be absent for some time and promised to tell his friends all about that country through these columns.

Albert Colby and George Gleason were added to Hennepin Camp, M. W. A. last Thursday evening, and Hennepin Lodge No. 118, I. O. O. F. took in two new members last Tuesday night.

There has been a charge of cutters at King's meat market. Hugh Simington has gone to Bureau to work for Ed McEnanay, and Peter Mahler has taken his place in King's marker here.

Rankin Bowman of Streator was here last Friday in attendance at the funeral of Alexander Moore. He went back Saturday and consequently did not have time to see many of his old friends.

The Magnolia Mutual Insurance company has issued one of the finest calendars for 1899 that we have seen. The RECORD should have acknowledged the receipt of one some two weeks ago.

John McEnany's horse got away from the colored boys last Tuesday evening and made pretty good time down High street and around on Front, where the dash was ended, with no damage to speak of.

Amos W. Hartman of Buda, Ill., came over last Friday and visited with his parents, near Florid, until Sunday. Mr. Hartman had not visited his old home before since last January, just about a year ago.

Ratrick Durnin has sold his frm on Hennepin prairie to Patrick Dore. The deal was made some weeks ago, but the RECORD failed to get hold of the item sooner. We believe it is Mr. Durnin's intention to go to Iowa.

Adolph Dunderman of Hastings, Neb., has been visiting relatives in Hennepin and DePue the past week. He is an uncle to Mrs. John Devor, and is also related to Martin Bauman. Mr. Dundeman is quite wealthy and no one to care for but himself, his wife having died some time ago and they had no children.

George O'Neil received a telegram last Tuesday announcing the death of his son Daniel's wife, at Rhinelander, Wis. Mr. O'Neil received a letter dated January 15, announcing that she was quite ill, but the announcement of her death was quite a surprise nevertheless. Henry O'Neil left here on the first train for his brother's home.

A marriage license was issued last Tuesday to Charles L. Loomis of Henry, Ill., to wed Mrs. Louise Southard of Putnam, Ill. The wedding took place Wednesday evening, January 18, at Putnam. The groom is a cousin by marriage to D. W. Danley, and the bride has been keeping house for Mr. Loomis since the death of his first wife, nearly two years ago.

Taken From the Putnam Record
January 19, 1899

Monthly School Report

Report of the Hennepin public schools for the month ending January 11, 1899;

High School - Number of students enrolled, 22; average daily attendance, 28.

Names of pupils niether tardy nor absent; Mae Rousseau, Rey Durley, Maggie Phieler, Mae Bently, Mae Monroe, Carrie Cunningham, Ellen Forrester, Tommie Cahill, Raymond Hamm.

Visitors: School board 1, all others, 12.

Intermediate - Number of pupils enrolled, 33, average daily attendance, 26.

Names of pupils neither tardy nor absent: Eddie Paxson, Nellie Simpson, Tom Stanton, Avon Zenor, Nellie Pearce, Hallie Lamm, Guye Hamm, Edith Whitaker.

Visitors: School board 1, all others, 6.

Primary - Number of pupils enrolled, 52; average daily attendance, 30.

Names of pupils neither tardy nor absent: Laura Sparks, Lucy Lanktree, Myrtle Jerrow, Lelia Eckard, Bessie Keats, Harry Bentley, Austin Carrier, Jennie Larson, Lois Lanktree, Harry Wood, Everett Forrester, Floyd Stewartson, Lizzie Carrier, Florence Forrester, Marguerite McEnany, Herman Lamm.

Visitors: School board, 1; other, 20.

Total number of pupils enrolled during the month, 118. Total average daily attendance 93. Total number of pupils neither tardy nor absent, 33. Total number of visitors, 41. Isitors are always welcome.

C. T. Law, Prin.

Taken From the Putnam Record
February 2, 1899

E. N. Danley was forced to take to his bed last Saturday, and is now suffering from a severs attack of bronchial pnemonia.  He is a very sick man and to make matters worse two of his children, Noreinne and Blynn, are also quite ill, and both are reported improving.

Jacob Willis of Florid, was taken seriously ill Wednesday of last week, and has been in a very critical condition ever since.  His trouble is something of the nature of paralysis; and he has been unconscious most of the time, can take no nourishment and is reported as growing weaker, with little hope of recovery.

The RECORD has heretofore stated that W. L. Child had left the farm and taken up his residence in Granville, and would engage in the grocery business. On the fourth page if this issue the public is informed that he is now ready to supply their wants in the line of staple and fancy groceries. Read his announcement and then call and see what he can do for you.

The teachers of Hennepin township held a very interesting Round Table at the school building in hennepin last Friday.  Superintendent Hawthorne was present, and notwithstanding the fact no special preparation had been made, the exercises were of a very interesting and instructive nature.  The attendance of teachers was quite general.

Henry Coleman, who has been working in the car shops at Rock Island the past two or three months, came to Hennepin the latter part of last week and will spend a couple of weeks with relatives and friends here.  Henry hopes to get out on the road ere long, but all must serve a time in the shops first to familiarize themselves with the engines and the work they have to do.

J. E. Taylor returned from eastern Ohio last Friday, where he was called by the death of a sister, and serious illness of his mother.  His mother was convalescing when he left her, but he says the revages of the grippe in that section is perfectly appalling, and a great many of the cases have been fatal. While he was there, there was a funeral almost every day.

Chas. Baxendale was taken suddenly and seriously ill last Friday, and is not much improved at this writing. The attack came in the form of paralysis of the throat, and he was unable to swallow, except with great difficulty, for two or three days, and his speech was somewhat affected, also. While these troubles appear somewhat improved, the other troubles are reported as apparently unimproved.  He is a prett sick man, and is of course, becoming very weak.

Mrs. Elvaine Trask was moving back into her old home place last Thursday, and while working about the house she caught her foot on a projecting nail in the floor and fell.  Being quite a heavy lady, she struck the floor with great force, and the result was several severe bruises and abrasions about the face and one knee was painfully bruised.  She went to a neighbor who assisted her in dressing the wounds as best they could, and then Mr. Trask walked to her home. She was taken quite ill the next day, not from the effects of the fall, but is now about to be about some.

Taken From the Putnam Record
February 23, 1899

The Missed Bessie and Carrie Cunningham are recovering from a seige of sore throats.

Reinhardt Stehl and Susie Mewman both of Mt. Palatine, were married today, Feb. 23

Mrs. W. S. Coleman is seriously ill from over work taking care of other sick members of the family.

There are so many people sick about Hennepin that it is very probably The RECORD will fail to note all of them.

Jeff Durley, our circuit clerk, has been confined to his home the past tow weeks, but is reported on the road to recovery.

A. J. Stewardson has purchased the Ruhama Thomas place, in the east part of town and takes possession the first of March.

Chas. N. Nash of Hennepin Prairie was threatened with pneumonia last week, but luckily got it broken up and is now convalescing.

E. R. Bowman of Streator, attended the funeral of his uncle R. W. Bowman, here Tuesday and called on school friends and acquaintances.

George Stouffer, of Wyanet, came over to his old home, Sunday to attend the funeral of his friend, J. H. Seaton.  He returned Monday.

The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Eddy was quite seriously ill for several days last week, but we are pleased to report that she has fully recovered.

Albert Leech and wife came up from Peoria Sunday to attend the funeal of J. H. Seaton, his uncle, and while here visited among relatives and old school mates.

Mrs. Albert Forrester has been suffering from pulmonary trouble the past ten days, and Monday Mr. Forrester was attacked by the grippe, but both are now recovering.

Frank Monroe was taken seriously ill with the grippe the first of the week, Henry Schult is now driving the mail cart on the Hennepin-Cottage Hill route, while Frank is sick.

Leslie Durley of Chicago, came to Hennepin Saturday to visit his father, who has been confined to the house come two weeks by sickness, and also attend the funeral of J. H. Seaton.

Addison Mullin was taken suddenly and seriously ill last Saturday morning with some kidney trouble. Dr. McCormick was called and we are pleased to to say that Mr. Mullin is much better, and, with no relapse, will soon be about again.

Never in the history of Hennepin, except possibly the epidemic of cholera many ears ago, has there been so many deaths, as has been during the past six or eight weeks.  The Grippe has certainly given us cause to wish it may never visit us again.

When Charles L. Baxendale died he had severeal acres of corn still unhusked, so Friday of last week, a number of the Woodmen turned out and husked five loads, and will finish up the rest as soon as the weather becomes favorable.  Mr. Baxendale was not a Woodman, but his son, Wilbur is, and for that reason the members will see that the corn is safely cribbed.

Taken From the Hennepin Herald
February 23, 1899

James Willis of Florid, does not improve any.

Joe Yeager has purchased the Richard Bowman property.

Mr. Leslie Durley, who has been here nursing with his father, Captain Durley, returned to Chicago Friday.

Waldo Ham, living east of town and one of Putnam's bright young farmer boys, was a welcome caller Saturday.

Aaron Whitaker, the meat market man was fighting the grippe Monday. Don't want any of the boys to get sick.

Mrs. Cora Whitaker, who is teaching school in Florid this winter, was a pleasant caller Saturday, and subscribed.

Last Sunday was the 17th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. F. Lamm.  They were married in Hennepin.

T. M. Thompson, of Iowa City, Ia., and who has extensive property interests in Putnam county, has been in Hennepin for several days.

H. R. Morris, a popular young farmer of Magnolia Tp., was a pleasant caller Saturday.  He says Hennepin must have a railroad in justice to the farmers.

Percy Shepherd has removed to the Moore farm just west of Granville.  Mrs. Moore has removed to Hennepin and is occupying the home with Mrs. Thomas Shepherd.

Wm. P. Hoyle, well known all over the county, passed a comfortable week last week and his host of friends all over the county hope to see him fully recover his health.

Many of the old inhabitants remember Mrs. Matilda Carmen (nee Whitaker ), who was born in this county.  The lady died in Thomasville, Ark., a short time ago after a brief illness.

Dr. Taylor reports a pretty little baby as having arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Garside Sunday.  The mother is doing nicely and the father - well, he will recover.

The contemplated departure of the Rousseau family to Texas, for a future home has been a regretful theme in Hennepin for more than a month and the family is well-known and respected throughout his section. Louis C Rousseau was born in Hennpin, Oct. 6, 1838, his parents settling here in 1836, coming from Philadelphia. Louis grew to manhood in Hennepin, and went to the war from Hennepin, and for nearly 62 years now Hennepin has been his home. No man ever suffered willful wrong at the hands of Louis Rousseau, hones as the day is long, straight forward in his dealing .......

Taken From the Hennepin Herald
March 2, 1899

Stock Farm For Sale
A fine stock farm of 196 acres, for sale, five miles southeast of Hennepin.  Good buildings, never failing spring; 159 acres in cultivation.  An ideal farm for a stockman.  For terms apply to C. B. DAGGER, Florid, Ill.

Harvey Leech has disposed of his elevator, coal and mill business to Chas. S. Coleman who will take charge as soon as the grain is shipped out.  One good hustler takes the place of another, but we are going to put a string on Harve so he will not leave town.  We can't spare him at this stage of the game.  We hope he will put up that big new hotel and be prepared to take care of the big crowds that are sure to come when the railroad starts.

Herman Garside of Granville, called Monday to say the Herald was a delay.  While in he informed us that his brother, Charles, who went to Texas about three weeks ago, is improving finely.  Charlie writes that the physicians there assure him that he is not afflicted with consumption, but has neuralgia of the heart and promise to have him cured in less than a month.  He writes that he feels much better.  This will be cheerful news to his many inquiring friends in this county.

Uncle Joel S. Hopkins of Granville Tp., was in the county seat Thursday looking after his financial interests, and while in town made the Herald a very pleasant call.  One of these days this paper will find considerable space for bigraphic sketches of Mr. Hopkins, who has resided in Putnam county for 61 years.  Think of a man being closely identified with the growth and development of a county for nearly three quarters of a century - so long it seems the (?) cannot conceive the changes.

Morgan Hartsock the saw mill man from Florid was in town Friday and before traveling home Mrs. Hartsock called to be "sure and go in and subscribe of the Herald" and he did.  Mr. Hartsock says he is glad that the paper is waling the people up on the railroad question and that every farmer in the county should subscribe for it as encouragement.  Mr. hartsock says he is going to wait another yar or two for the road and if one is not built he is going to pull up and leave.  He has his saw-mill going now, but every day feels the necessity of a railroad and finds it hard to complete with other mills that have failroad facilities.  We must have that road for the sake of self preservation.

Oscar Brenneman of Florid is attending court.

Chas. Coleman has removed into the Knoll property.

Peter Christenson and S. Anderson of Putnam are registered at the Commercial.

Geo. Puffer of Mt. Palatine was trasacting business at the court house Tuesday.

John Hirschey of Granville and Andrew Morse of Clear Creek are registered at King's hotel.

E. C. Maulfair of Cottage Hill was a pleasant caller Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shields of Magnolia were visiting in town the pore part of the week at King's.

J. E. Morris, Emmet Laughlin and James A. McNabb of Mt. Palatine are in town this week attending court.

The Magnolia delegation is all right.  We notice Wm. Forest, S. B. Mitchell, Benj. Law, Frank Dean and Benj. M. Walker.

J. M. Williams, Elijah Henkins, Caleb Condit, P. Finnegan and Geo E. Sparling are good representatives from Putnam attending court.

Charlie Norris has rented his farm in Magnolia for the season to George Lippert.

J. W. Leech is the proud possesor of as fine a team of coming 5-year-old geldings that it has been our pleasure to look at.  They are beauties and stamp Mr. Leech as a man who knows a good thing when he sees it.  He had an option on one two weeks ago, then a mate was found and purchased.  The team is standard bred, sound, up headed knee actor, mahogany bays and prompt driven.

The redition of "Josh Winchester" at the Opera house Monday eight by home talent was a very creditable entertainment for amateurs.  The persons carrying the principal roles were Miss Mamie Leech and Messrs.  Frank Cunningham and Will Leech and their rendition of the individual part was good.  Those who took part in the play were Lyda Turce, Kittie Greiner, Mamie Leech, Goerge Gleason, Chas. Wood, Oldon Cofoid, Bruce Johnson, Frank Cunningham and Will Leech and all done very well.  The night was zero weather and the attendance was not as great as was anticipated.

Taken From the Putnam Record
April 13, 1899
Jacob Williams, the man injured by having the wheel of a wagon, loaded with sand, pass over his head, is able to attend to business, and his ear is all right and but little disfigured. Jake has a hard head and no mistake.

W. W. Powell, of Princeton wa a caller at this office last Monday, and gave us quite a talk on railroads in general, and the Princeton electric line in particular.  While there are many in Princeton, he says, who do not believe the road will ever be built, he is of the opinion that it will, yet he admitted that a railroad nowadays is never a sure thing until the cars are running on it.

Jospeh Yager has been engaged this week in repairing the Bowman property which he lately purchased.  He has replastered all the rooms in the cottage, put an iron roof on the building used by Mr. Bowman as a shop, and also repaired the foundation and cellar of the cottage.  As soon as the walls are dry, he will paper all the rooms and paint the house outside.

Thursday of last week, Chas. S. Colman, the new grain buyer, was taken seriously ill while at his office.  A conveyance was procured as quickly as possible and the sick man taken to his home.  The indications at first were that the attack was pleuro-pneumonia, but prompt assistance by Dr. McCormick averted the attack, and by the first of the week Mr. Coleman was able to attend to business.

Mrs. C. P. Towle and children, Walter and Minnie Boyle, came home from Galesburg Wednesday of last week, and we understand will not return.  Mrs. Towle went to Galesburg to keep house for her children, while they attended Knox college, but on account of poor health Walter and Minnie were compelled to leave school, so Mrs. Towle thought it best to return to their home.  Miss Mae remains at school.

Miss Ethel Towle came up from Peoria last Saturday evening and returned Monday.  She left Peoria on the accomodating (?) accommodation train, and when she reached Bureau not one of the hackmen would carry her to Hennepin, so she had to spend the night at Bureau, which materially shortened her visit at Hennepin.  However, she gladdened the hearts of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. I. H. Cook, during Sunday by her welcome visit.

Porf. J. R. Freebury of Plano, Ill., was in Hennepin last Monday greeting old friends. Prof. Freebern was at one time principal of the Hennepin schools, and had been at Granville atteinding the funeral of the late Dr. Holsburg.

C. F. Anderson of Putnam, passed through Hennepin last Friday, enroute with his household goods to Mt. Palatine, which will be his home in the future. He has purchased the stock of goods formerly owned by George O. Davis, and will become a merchant of Mt. Palatine.  Mr. Anderson is a young man of ability and push, and the people of Mt. Palatine should welcome him and his estimable wife as futre citizens.

Taken From the Putnam Record
April 20, 1899

A firm has been formed in Hennepin.  Aaron Whitaker and Hugh Simington have formed a partnership, and will open a meat market in the Stewardson buiding in a few days.

L. F. Boyle had disposed of his noted stallion, Pangold to Daniel Smith of Tiskilwa.  In the deal Mr. Boyle becomes the owner of a fine Norman stallion, weighing 2,000 pounds.

J. B. Albert, the Florid nurseryman, has issued a neat little circular advertiseing his stock for the season of 1899. He has a large variety of all kinds of fruits, and when you buy of him you know just exactly what you are getting.  If in need of fruit trees, shrubbery or forrest trees, give him a call.

Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Rousseau left last night for their new home in Texas.  The two boys went with the goods and stock Monday night, and Misses Callie and Mae will remain here until after school closes.  The Rousseau family has been identified with Hennepin for many years and they will be greatly missed by all.

Hennepin had another close call from the fire fiend last Monday morning. S. H. Ray happened to notice an unusual amount of smoke arising from the residence of Mrs. Michael McEnany, and calling to John McEnanay who lives near, the two men ran to the house and found the southeast corner of the main part all in a blaze.  They tore off the corner strip and some of the siding that was on fire, and then a few pans of water effectally subdued the flame.  The fire had a fair start, and, had S. H. Ray not discovered it until a few moments later, it would have been beyond control, plus there was a strong wind from the east at the time.  The fire caught from a stove pipe which projected ghrough the roof of the kitchen and was rather (.. can't read ...) the main building.  This pipe (.. can't read ...) full of holes and when the (.. can't read ...) fire was lighted, the sparks escaped through the holes, and lodged against the upper portion of the main house, thus starting the blaze.  The damage was slight.

Taken From the Putnam Record, Hennepin, IL
May 4 1899

The social given last Friday evening by the Royal Neighbors was well attended and enjoyed by all.  A short but very excellent literary program was given after which nearly all present, old and young, joined in playing Bingo until the hour of adjournment arrived, which came all too soon to suit many of the young folks. Everyone who attended said "we had a splendid time."

The electric railroad committee, of Hennepin, went over to Streator Thursday of last week to confer with the business men of that city in regard to the building of the line.  Those who went were C. H. Eddy, C. N. Whitaker, John W. Leech, and J. E. Taylor.  The committee met with a cordial reception, and were treated in the most hospitable manner during their stay in Streator. They met and confered with such men as D. Heenan, F. M. Ryan and many more of the leading business men of the city and found them to a man very enthusiastic over the proposed electric road.  The purpose of the visit was simply to confer with the people over there and to gain some definite knowledge as to the general feeling among the leading men of Streator in regard to the proposed enterprise.  The conference led to a definite understanding of the interested parties at both ends of the line, and, when the proper time arrives, they will be able to work in unison.  Of course "there is many a slip twixt cup and lip", but should all go right, the conference has placed the interested parties in a position to (?) hold of the work understandingly.

The Fourteeth Annual Commencement exercises of Hennepin high school will be held in I. O. O. F. opera house, Thursday evening, May 11, at 8 o'clock.  The Baccalaureate address will be delivered Sunday, May 7, at 11 a.m. by Rev. P. M. Erance, assisted by Rev. L. F. Zinser, in I.O.O.F. Opera house.  The class of 1899 consists of four young ladies:  Elizabeth Ray Durley, Mae Azalia Rousseau, Phebe Margaret Cofoid and Lavonne Stanton.

Putnam Record, Hennepin, Illinois
May 18, 1899

John Hurt, who was given an indeterminate sentence to prison at the March term, 1898, on a charge of attempting to murder George Zenor, was released on parole last Thursday. His brother, Isaac, who has been made his guardian, went to Joliet and brought John home.

W. H. Lucas and Postmaster Lamm have done a commendable act by filling up that unsightly hole left after the removal of the old Monroe building west of the postoffice. The place looks an 100 percent better since the ground has been leveled, and Lucas and Lamm deserve a vote of thanks.

Miss Bessie Read gave the school graduates and the teachers a reception at her home last Friday evening. Refreshments were served, and, with music, mirth and sociability the time for parting came all too soon. The class and teachers will long remember the pleasant hours passed at the home of Miss Read.

A card from L. C. Rousseau informs us that he and his family are nicely settled in Houston, Texas, at 2915 Harrisburg road. They are near neighbors of Fred Deyoe and wife. The are all well, and send their regards to all friends. Mr. Rosseau has commenced building on his land, Geo. D. Packingham, a former Granville man, being the contractor.

Leander Newport, a former resident of this county, but for the past twelve or fifteen years a resident of Princeton, was the guest of Isaac Cook of Hennepin, Friday night of last week, the first night he has spent in Hennepin for a period of 40 years. Mr. Newport still owns a fine farm in this county, on which his son B. W. now lives and the old gentleman has been spending three or four weeks with his son. While in town Mr. Newport called at this office and renewed his subscription to this paper, which he has done regularly for the past 28 years.

Mrs. V. B. Leech is the possessor of a fine Regina music box, a present from her aunt, Mrs. Lucy Butler, Mrs. Butler, in company with Mr. Chas. Dunbar of Princeton, came to Mrs. Leech's last Sunday and Mr. Dunbar hid the box on the front porch, and awaiting an opportunity slipped it into the parlor and started it playing. Mrs. Leech was thunderstruck to hear such fine music in her parlor, and puzzled to know how it came there, but when the trick was explained, her surprise turned to ecstasy. It is indeed a nice present, and one which will be greatly enjoyed by the recipients.

Putnam Record, Hennepin, Illinois
June 15 1899

Laura Sparks, who has lived with Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Lucas since the death of her mother left for Kansas City in company with the Rousseau girls last Friday. Her father, two sisters and a brother are there and were anxious to have her come to visit them, and Mrs. Lucas being in feeble health, consented to let her go and remain during the hot weather.

Putnam Record, Hennepin, Illinois
June 29, 1899

Gus Winterscheid of Littleton, Iowa was visiting his father, brothers and sisters here the latter part of last week. He had been to Chicago with a lot of cattle and stopped here on his way home for a short visit.

L. F. Boyle and I. O. Boyle attended the sale of short horn cattle, at the stock farm of John R. Padden, at Kasbeer, Bureau county, Wednesday of last week. L. F. Boyle bought a full-blooded cow and calf and I. O. purchased a fine young bull.

Will Read left Hennepin Wednesday for Bloomington, where he has secured a position with the McCormick Harvester company. The company has secured a steady, competent young man, and we expect to hear of promotion after promotion until he is at the top.

Mrs. Flora Gilbertson, of Pipestown, Minn., visited from Friday until Monday with her grandmother, Mrs. Flora Zenor, of Hennepin. Mrs. Gilbertson is a daughter of the

Putnam Record, Hennepin, Illinois
July 13, 1899

Mrs. Fred G. Deyoe and two children, from Houston, Texas, are visiting Mrs. Deyoe's parents and other relatives in Hennepin and vicinity. Mrs. Deyoe came by way of Chicago, where she remained a few days before coming here.

Putnam Record, Hennepin, Illinois
October 5, 1899

Henry Coleman, who is doing military duty for Uncle Sam in Cuba, we are informed has been promoted to a corporal. That is getting up pretty rapidly, as Henry has only been in the service a few months.

Miss Nettie Zenor of Stuart, Iowa, accompanied her sister Nina, to Hennepin last week and will visit relatives here for a few week. We did not know of Miss Nettie's coming last week, hence her name was not mentioned in connection with her sister.

Charles A. Norris, who went to south-west Missouri a few months ago, was back in Hennepin shaking hands with old friends the latter part of last week. Charley says he has children living both in Illinois and Missouri and he is visiting back and forth. H. B. King, Mr. Norris' son-in-law, left with his family a few days ago for Missouri, where they will make their future home.

Putnam Record, Hennepin, Illinois
October 19, 1899

M. E. Newburn arrived home the first part of the month from St. Louis, Mo., where he had exhibited his herd of Chester White hogs. Mr. Newburn has been very successful with his hogs this fall, and has a whole trunk full of ribbons, mostly blue, which his hogs have captured at the different fairs at which they have been exhibited since the middle of September, St. Louis being the last of the list, Harry Hipple who has been with Mr. Newburn's hogs since he first stared out, brought them home Monday of last week, or at least what remained of them, as Mr. Newburn sold a number while on his rounds.

Barn Destroyed By Fire

Putnam Record, Hennepin, Illinois
May 18, 1899

Last Thursday a few minutes before the noon hour, the bell at the court house sounded the alarm of fire, and in a very short time almost the entire population of the town was on the way toward the column of black smoke, which could be seen ascending from near Dore's store. Most of the people had gone or started to their dinners and the fire, which had broken out in a barn to the rear of R R. Bentley's barbershop, had gotten well under headway before it was discovered, and being an old structure, it burned very rapidly.

The bucket brigade was soon at the scene, however, but could do little toward checking the flames, and all efforts were directed toward keeping the flames from spreading to adjoining buildings. In the meantime others were bringing the hose cart to the scene, but owing to the lack of any kind of system, there was some delay in getting the hose attached to the fire plug on the corner of High and Front streets, the nearest plug to the fire. But the connection was finally made and the water turned on, and it was a surprise to many to see how quickly the flames were subdued when the hose was turned on the burning structure. In less than ten minutes from the time the first water from the hose struck the building the fire was completely under control.

The barn on the opposite side of the alley, east of the ..(can't read).. had the fire got past ?. building, others would have been doomed and the loss would have been great. The locality is quite dearly built up with old wooden buildings, dray as tinder, and the situation, at the start, had a dangerous appearance and the belief is general that but for the waterworks, the fire would not have been confined to the one building. In all probability the town was saved more than the cost of the waterworks in this one instance, and the system should be extended to other parts of the town as far as practicable.

The barn destroyed belonged to John McEnany, whose loss will not be heavy, as the building was quite old and contained but little feed or other valuables, and his horse, which was in the barn when the fire started, was rescued without injury. It was a close call to a big fire and the waterworks averted it. Mr. McEnany will erect a new building on the site.

Taken From the Putnam Record
August 3, 1899

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Forrester, July 29, a fine healthy girl.  Mother and babe are doing well, and Albert is getting quieted down gradually, and will soon be able to distinguish paragoric from catnip tea.

Jacob Williams and R. R. Bentley with their wives, visited in Henry last Sunday and were accompanied home by Mrs. G. B. Bentley and children, and Miss Fannie DeBruis, all of Peoria, who will visit with them a few days.

Mrs. Mattie Callahan has been visiting relatives in Hennepin the past week and yesterday her sister, Mrs. Mary Best and daughter arrived.  They are both daughters of Andrew Hartenbower, and reside at Newkirk, Oklahoma.

Oliver Skeel of Sandwich, Ill., son of the late L. B. Skeel, is visiting his uncle, L. E. Skeel and other relatives in Hennepin.  Notwithstanding Mr. Skell is well along in years he rode a wheel from near Chicago, via. Princeton to Hennepin.

Miss Laura Tice of Grinnell, Iowa, visited a few days the latter part of last week, with Mr. and Mrs. Johnson of Hennepin. Miss Tice is a niece of Mrs. Johnson and being an orphan, was partially raised by Mrs. Johnson, and threfore seems like an own child.

Mrs. John Bigley, who has been in feeble health for several months, was taken worse Wednesday of last week, but is reported much better at this writing.  Her daughter Nora, came down from Chicago Thursday and remained with her mother until Sunday.

By request of the bereaved parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emile Sickenger, the Record hereby tenders their warmest thanks to the friends who so kindly and willingly assisted during the illness and sfter the death of their twin babies.  They wish to assure all that their attentions were apprecieated and will not soon be forgotten.

Walk Towle returned from his vacation trip and is again on duty in Dore's store.  His sister Jennie, who has been at Peoria and Abingdon for a month or two has also returned and she and Walk will go to housekeeping in the Sunderlin house vacated by Frank Whiting, as soon as the rooms are newly papered and painted.

The Henry papers last week reported Miss Ethel Zenor to be seriously ill with nervous prostration, ans state that her arduous work in the school room has been too exacting upon her strength and is the probable cause of her present condition.  The Record hopes that Miss Zenor may soon regain her health and be able to hold her position in the Hennepin schools during the coming term, as she gave excellent satisfaction as a teacher here last year.

The Record failed last week to mention the fact that Mrs. Sunderlin had at last received the pension she has been seeking for some time.  We are pleased to note this fact, as Mrs. Sunderlin is a deserving old lady and justly entitled to a pension as the widow of an old soldier.

Mrs. Ray Myer and baby of Waterman, Ill. are the guests of Mrs. E. A. Leech.  Mrs. Myer will be remembered by the people of Hennepin as Miss Sadie Leech, Her parent's name was McPherson and, if we are correctly informed, lived in Chicago some years ago.  They were poor people and the mother was taken ill and sent to the hospital, and the father being unable to provide for the children they were taken in charge by a society instituted for the purpose of previding homes for destitute. Sadie McPherson was brought to Hennepin.


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