Florid News Items From 1900 to 1909


JANUARY 3, 1900

Lily Beck and Robert Dinkey started to school Monday.

SENT IN BY THE FLORID SCHOOL: Miss Lily Beck entertained the grippe most of last week.

Grace Cassell has been spending her vacation with her family and friends here.

Settled in California, Long Beach, California, February 2, 1900

Our esteemed editor,

While we feel that we have settled for an indefinite time in what is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the state of California, we must acknowledge that the Putnam Record receives the hardiest welcome of any paper that comes into our home.

We arrived in Los Angeles, California Wednesday morning, January 24. After visiting Los Angeles, Passidina, and Long Beach, it was a hard test to decide which was the most desirable place to live. Long Beach has an unsurpassed location, a level stretch of plain at the base of the most southern range of the Seirra Nevada Mountains and on the bank of the great Pacific.

The perfection of California climate is here attained and it is the magnet that draws almost every part of the civilized world, but pricipally from the cities of the est and south. a population of 15,000 health and pleasure seakers during the long summer months. Long Beach, itself, has a population of but 2,000.

It is difficult for a newcomer to remember in what month he is living when he sees every where about him, green grass, flowers in bloom, gardens at their best, and orange groves far more plentiful than apple orchards in Illinois.

During the hot summer months in Illinois, people usually hunt for the most shady place they can find, while here they seek the most sandy and sunniest places possible. While at the beach this morning, we were quite amused to see a party spread their picnic dinner out on the sand, close to the water. The weather here at present is so warm that we never think of having any fire, but are glad to open our windows and doors to let the sunshine in.

You may but put this in your paper or waste basket as you please.

Your earnest readers,
P.A. Cassell and family


C.A. Chance does not improve in health and seems to think his race is nearly run.

Judge Cassell is a little better and manages to get out and saw wood for exercise and to keep warm.


Local News, March 29, 1900

Myrtle Cassell, of near Florid, gave her account of how John Dunbar drove her away from her home in Putnam county, took her to Lacon, 18 miles distant, where by threats of killing bother her and himself if she did not marry him, she consented to the marriage. She was only 18, an innocent country girl, unused to the ways of the world, and feared to accost anyone and tell them of her predicament on account of Dunbar's threats. When they reached her home that night she told her folks what had happened. They drove Dunbar away, with her consent, and she has never seen him since. She knew at the time that Dunbar had a wife and children in Kansas. She has now moved into LaSalle county, in Eden township, where she lives with her parents. Her brother accompanied her here today. R. M. Barnes of Lacon is her attorney. The case is peculiar in many ways and goes to prove that Myrtle Cassell, though an innocent country girl, had the grit after all not to allow Dunbar to ruin her life. That he is a scoundrel need not be related here. Miss Cassell told a Free Trader reprensentative today that she had received a letter from which convinces her that Dunbar went from Putnam county to Iowa, where he has married again. - Free Trader

June 13, 1900

Mrs. Mollie Allen is in Henry, trying to recuperate her health and Owen is talking of leaving the farm again and put on city airs.

Hennepin, Wednesday, July 11, 1900

A. K. Cassell of Chicago, passed through Hennepin last Saturday evening on his way to visit his father near Cottage Hill. Soda, as he is familiarly called, has been in poor health for some time and comes down to his old home to breath the fresh air of the country, hoping it may be beneficial.


Hennepin News

Mrs. Kate Cassell of Florid, has returned from her six weeks visit to Springfield and Cottage Hill and reported the best crop of corn in that vicinity the old settlers have ever seen.


Hennepin News

Mrs. Kate Cassell of Florid, has returned from her six weeks visit to Springfield and Cottage Hill and reported the best crop of corn in that vicinity the old settlers have ever seen.


Wednesday, October 17, 1900

The Chance and Cassell families of Florid, certainly captured their share of premiums at the Grange and LaSalle Street Fairs, as witness the following, James Chance took first on cucumbers at the LaSalle Street Fair, $15 worth of paint. He also took sweepstakes on vegetables at Magnolia Grange Fair , making three years in succession. Mrs. Chance took several premiums on flowers, fancy work and collection of jellies. Mabel Chance, 10 years old, in the children's department, took first on taste in dressing dolls, secxond on tissue paper dressed dolls, hem stitching and outline work, also three third prizes on best collection of pennmanship drawings and map drawings, 1st of cookies and 1st on canned tomatoes. Ethel Chance took first on taste in tissue dolls, second on taste in dressing dolls, 1st of card baskets, second on cut flowers, 1st on fancy mat, and 1st of paper flowers. Mrs. Kate Cassell took 1st on best collection of oil paintings, 1st of black and white pastel, also at the LaSalle Street Fair, she took 1st prize on white corn, a new home sewing machine. 2nd on cucumbers, $2 lamp.

Wednesday, February 13, 1901


Judge Augustus Cassell.

January 3, 1913 and February 8, 1901 are the dates by which are identified the life of Augustus Cassell. One whose long life was one of activity and usefulness. A kind and loving friend and neighbor, none knew him but to love and honor him. Augustus Cassell was born in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania January 3, 1813. Coming west in 1836 and settling in Putnam county. His wife was formerly Miss Mary Baar, to whom he was married November 14, 1833, she being also a native of Lebanon. To his union were born 9 children, John H., William B., Sarah A., Allson K., Rufus L., Mary E., Isador, Augustus and Sidney. Three of which the reaper of death hath gathered into his fold. Both himself and wife were member of the Methodist church. Mr. Cassell was a cabinet maker by trade and very ingenious in the use of tools. For several years, he owned and conducted a steam saw mill, and was once in the mercantile business at Florid. He was elected county judge in 1872 and again in 1876 and was Justice of the peace for 27 years. Mr. Cassell's last sickness was of but short duration, although he had been failing in health for some time. But patiently he bore it, and seemed waiting to be born by angel's hands to that celestial home above, where we'll never know a sorrow when we are there. Many times during the day, he spoke of ging home to Jesus. The remains were taken to Florid and placed beside those of his wife and children, Monday, February 11, at 10:00 a. m.


Florid, February 14, 1901

The remains of Judge Cassell of Cottage Hill were interred at Florid, Monday, Feb. 11th, the Rev. James Bliss officiating, Undertaker, G. W. Keller of Henry.


August 28, 1901

Mrs. A. K. Cassell of Chicago visited her friends in Hennepin the latter part of last week and is now visiting friends at Florid and Cottage Hill. She is accompanied by a relative Miss Mabel Pool, also of Chicago.


Florid, October 17, 1901

Mr. Cassell and wife of Decatur are visiting their brother Henry Cassell.

NOVEMBER 19, 1901

George Forney and wife of Ford County are visiting old friends here about and are expected to start home today.

Frank Chance is expected to start for Texas for health and prosperity.

December 11, 1901

E. G. Henning, son of John Henning of Hennepin, who went to the west a few months ago has returned and will make Kewanee his home for the present. He went to Idaho but the climate did not agree with him, so he thought best to return to old Illinois. He was unable to get a house in Kewanee to live but being a carpenter, he bought a lot and is building a house on it.


Florid, February 6, 1902

Henry Cassell and wife, who have been spending the winter in California, returned to their beautiful home in Florid last Friday. Their many friends bid them welcome.


Florid, June 5, 1902

Henry Cassell and wife spent last week visiting friends in Decatur.

Florid, June 12, 1902

Mr. Danley of Decatur is visiting with Henry Cassell for a short time.

Florid, June 26, 1902

Moses Daily's potatoes growed so large this year that when he digs out a potato, he walls and cements the hole and sells them for cisterns.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Allen were guests of Mr. Henry Cassell Sunday.

July 10, 1902

If you want some home grown fish, call on Mose Daily; he's got em.


Florid, August 21, 1902

Henry Cassell is going to build a new horse barn. The material is on the ground and Wm. Schultz, the contractor and builder from Missouri will commence work on it this week.

October 29, 1902

Joe Umbarger of Melvin, Illinois is visiting his daughter Mrs. John Deininger and other relatives in Putnam County. He was called to attend the funeral of S.L. Eberly of Lostant.

Those who attended the funeral of S.L. Eberly were Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Deininger, Walter Chance and wife, Curtis and Lee Chance and Mrs. H.P. Allman. It was one of the largest funerals we have ever attended. He was a member of the M.W.A. and that order turned out in a body. Deceased leaves a wife and four children to mourn their loss.

November 10, 1902

Next Saturday, J.B. Foster departs for Lawton, Oklahoma. He goes with a car of household goods for Mr. Wood of Senachewine and will remain the coming year.

The family of A.C. Foster spent Sunday at the hill.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cassell of Florid were callers on relatives in Castleton, Sunday afternoon.


Florid, March 5, 1903

Moses Daily has purchased a house and two lots in the business part of the city, consideration $375. We always thought that Moses pade pils of money out of that cistern business.


August 20, 1903

Mr. and Mrs. Herron (nee Grace Cassell) and babe of California are visiting relatives and friends in this vicinity.

Florid, August 27, 1903

Mr. and Mrs. Ealey and children of Peoria are guests of mrs. Ealey's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daily.


Hennepin, January 13, 1904

W.H. Lucas, who accompanied Mrs. Cassell to the old soldiers home in Quincy, on account of the serious illness of J.H. Cassell, Mrs. Cassell's husband, who is an inmate of the home, returned home last Friday evening. They found Mr. Cassell much improved when they reached him, and when Mr. Lucas left him, he was feeling first rate and considered out of danger.

Hennepin, June 15, 1904

W. H. Lucas has rigged up a very handy cart in which he drives around to light the lamps. It's not to say an artistic vehicle, but it's handy.

Hennepin, May 25, 1905

J. H. Cassell from the Soldier's Home in Quincy has taken a furlough and will visit a few weeks with his wife and children to Hennepin and Granville.

Hennepin, Wednesday, January 31, 1906

Edward Foster, an old time resident near Strawn's church, was buried at Florid last Sunday. He was about 88 years old.


Albert Daily has returned home from Peoria where he has been the past year working in a twine factory.

Florid, Wednesday, March 21, 1906

Mrs. Henry Cassell was called to Decatur, Saturday, to see her niece Mrs. Danley, who was seriously ill.

Florid, April 9, 1906 (April 11 edition)

Mrs. Henry Cassell, who was visiting her niece, Mrs. George Danley in Decatur, returned home last week.

Mr. Joseph Beck who bought the old Florid church is tearing it down this week.

Hennepin, Wednesday, April 11, 1906

E. G. Henning and family of Granville, spent a few days last week with Mr. and Mrs. John Henning in Hennepin. E.G. was putting a new roof on the Hill residence, besides other repairs and Mrs. Henning and children came along to make a visit.


Mrs. May Ealey and family from Peoria moved here last week, where she expects to spend the summer.


Mr. Ed Ealey from Peoria came up Saturday to live, his wife and children having come some weeks before.

Mr. and Mrs. Moses Daily visited with Mr. Washburn Saturday.


Mr. and Mrs. Roy Daily from Peoria are here visiting their parents.

Florid, Wednesday, June 12, 1906

Little Ray Beck is very sick this week.


Mr. and Mrs. Roy Daily, who have been visiting here, returned to Peoria, Friday.

Florid, Tuesday, June 26, 1906 (June 27 edition)

Mrs. Sarah Cassell is having a fresh coat of paint put on her house.

Florid, July 10, 1906

Mr. and Mrs. Moses Daily were shopping in Henry last Tuesday.

Hennepin, Wednesday, July 18, 1906

W. H. Lucas, wife and baby are visiting with E. B. Barmore and wife in Chicago.

FLORID, TUESDAY, JULY 31, 1906 (August 1 edition)

Mr. Roy Daily went to Peoria on business Monday.

Mr. G. W. Danley of Decatur is visiting with Mrs. Henry Cassell.

Front Page, Wednesday, August 24, 1906

The Alleman Reunion

The following account of the Alleman Reunion at Tonica was written and sent to us by one who was there. At the residence of Benjamin Alleman, Tonica, Illinois on August 20, 1906, was an occasion long to be remembered by those in attendance. It occurred on the 63rd birthday anniversary of Mrs. Alleman. There were 71 relatives present. All of Mr. and Mrs. Alleman's children, grandchildren and great grandchildren except Mrs. Sache and her daughter of Chicago were present. There were sisters, nephews, nieces and grand nieces from the west in attendance as follows: Mrs. Elizabeth Wengert of Kansas City, Mrs. Rebecca Kreider of Earlton, Kansas, Mrs. Sadie Cassell of Republican City, Nebraska, R.A. Alleman, P. B. Alleman and Eva Alleman of Kansas city; James Shepard and wife and J. A. Alleman of Earlton, Kansas and Mrs. Will Williams of St. Paul, Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Alleman and their children took special pains to entertain their western relatives. They were driven from place to place in carriages and feasted on the fat of the land. Many beautiful presents were presented to Mrs. Alleman in remembrance of her birthday. Several snapshots of those in attendance by photographers were taken to be used as souvenirs of the occasion. Mrs. Eph Cassell of Republican City, Nebraska, Mrs. Kate Williams of St. Paul, Kansas, J. A. Alleman and wife and James Shepard and wife of Earlton Kansas, R. A. Alleman, P. B. Alleman, and Eva Alleman of Kansas City, Kansas, Mrs. Rebecca Kreider of Earlton Kansas and Elizabeth Wengert of Kansas City, Missouri have been visiting H. P. Alleman and other relatives and old acquaintances in Putnam and LaSalle Counties. Mrs. Cassell, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Shepard, R. A. Alleman, P. B. Alleman and J. A. Alleman are sisters and brothers of H. P. Alleman.

These brothers and sisters seldom gather so the meeting was a very pleasant one. Putnam County was the home of their childhood and they enjoyed visiting old landmarks. They have all departed for their homes having declared themselves well pleased with their visit.


Mrs. Annie Daily has an aunt visiting her from Kansas.


Mrs. Annie Daily is visiting friends in Peoria.

Florid, October 15, 1906

Mr. and Mrs. Simon Beck spent Sunday afternoon with his mother Mrs. Eliza Beck


Mr. and Mrs. Simon Beck and Mrs. Mary Beck, were Sunday visitors at the home of David Clemens


Albert Daily purchased a new gramophone a few days ago and treated a few of his friends to some fine music, Saturday evening and it was very much enjoyed by those present.


Mr. and Mrs. Roy Daily, who have been living in this vicinity for some time are going to make their future home in Peoria.

Putnam Record
Florid, December 31, 1906

Mr. and Mrs. Levere Cramer of Broken Bow, Nebraska are here visiting her father Mr. William Hartman and sister Mrs. Gus Deininger.


Mr. Moses Daily went to Peoria last Friday for an indefinite time.


Florid, January 17, 1907

Mrs. Henry Cassell had some relatives from Princeton visiting her a few days ago.

Moses Daily went to Peoria last Friday, where he intends to work in some shop the rest of the winter.

Florid, January 24, 1907

Last Thursday evening Arthur Chritton and Lela Allen gave a party to 20 of their young friends at the home of Miss Lela. It being Arthur's 19th birthday and Lela's 16th, so they thought well to celebrate together. Albert Daily being present with his fine phonograph, treated the young folks to some very fine music, after which Katie Hawthorn gave a fine recitation in her usual way. The evening was spent in various ways until 9:30 when Miss Lela served ice cream and cake, after which they played games until 11 o'clock when Arthur served oysters, which all did justice to. They then bade one and all good night, saying they had spent an evening long to be remembered.



Mrs. Annie Daily and son Earl went to Peoria last Friday owing to the sickness of Mr. Daily and grandchildren.


Florid, February 14, 1907

Mrs. Moses Daily, who has been in Peoria the past two weeks, returned home last Thursday.



Mr. Albert Daily and Miss Lily Beck were shopping in Henry Thursday.


Florid, March 14, 1907

Invitations are out announcing the marriage of Albert Daily and Miss Lily Beck, which will take place March 20, at the bride's home.

Henry Republican
Florid, March 21, 1907

Mrs. Joe Beck and Wm. Hartman have both been sick the past week with the grip but both are better.

Florid, March 28, 1907

A pretty home wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Beck last Wednesday evening, when their only daughter Lillian, was united in marriage to Albert Daily. After the words were spoken that made them husband and wife, congratulations were received, after which a fine supper was served. They received a great many nice and useful presents. There were about 55 invited friends present, mostly relatives of the bride and groom. These young people expect to live with her parents for the present. May success attend them all through life is our wish.

Roy Daily and wife and Mrs. Ealey and children, who were here to attend the Daily-Beck wedding returned to their home in Peoria last Sunday.


Florid, March 28, 1907

Wednesday, March 20, occurred the marriage of Miss Lily E. Beck and Mr. Albert Daily at the home of the bride. The young couple were the recipients of many beautiful and useful presents. We wish them success and prosperity in the future.

John Beck and W. Kays received 8 head of 7-hand Chicago horses, which are nearly all disposed of to farmers.


Mr. and Mrs. Albert Daily Sundayed with Elmer Cassell and family.

Simon Beck traded the Grandma Beck home to Sam Clemens for Sam's property in Florid. Sam retains the store and shop building which will be moved.


Mrs. Kate Smith who has been visiting her sister Mrs. Annie Daily, returned to her home in Nebraska last Monday.


Mrs. Annie Daily and son Earl are spending a few days in Peoria.

Martin Alleman and family of Cedar Point spent Sunday with Mrs. Alleman's mother, Mrs. John Deininger.


Mrs. Annie Daily and son Earl who were spending a few weeks in Peoria, returned home this week.


Roy Daily and his wife of Peoria are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Moses Daily.

Eph Cassel of Republican City, Nebraska, is visiting his aunt Mrs. Sarah Cassell.


Florid, September 12, 1907

Mrs. Sarah Cassell had a new concrete walk completed around her house, Harvey Allen doing the work, Moses Daily helper.


Florid, September 26, 1907

Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Allen of Henry visited at H. E. Allen and Mrs. Sarah Cassell's last Sunday

Henry Republican
Florid, October 26, 1907

Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Allen of Henry visited at H. E. Allens and Mrs. Sarah Cassell's last Sunday.

We here that Simon Beck has bought the Fulmer property for $1175. We understand Mr. Beck and family will move to Florid in the near future.


Florid, November 6, 1907

Rufus Cassell of Missouri is here visiting his brothers, W. B. and A. K. Cassell of Cottage Hill and John Henry of Granville.


Florid, November 7, 1907

Mrs. Sara Cassell and Mrs. Eliza Beck ate Sunday dinner with H. E. Allen and family.

The Daily's had a sort of family reunion last Sunday.

Florid, January 1, 1908

Mrs. Cramer and daughter, Mrs. Wallin of Nebraska are guests at the home of Mrs. Sarah Cassell

Miss Beulah Gardner of Mo. Is the guest of her uncle and aunt. Mr. and Mrs. Simon Beck.

Mrs. Lavier Cramer and son of Broken Bow, Nebraska are visiting the former's sister, Mrs. Gus Deininger.

Florid, January 9, 1908

Mrs. Anna Daily, who has been in Peoria the past month, returned to her home last Monday.

Mrs. Washburn and children are visiting at Henry Bastian's. Mrs. Washburn is a sister of Mrs. Bastian.



Albert Daily who has been living with George Brenneman for the past year, moved to Florid last Wednesday.


Mr. and Mrs. Roy Daily are the proud parents of a fine new baby

Mr. Joseph Umbarger of Melvin, Ford County is visiting his sister Mrs. Mary Allen.


Florid, January 30, 1908

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Daily, January 25, a little daughter.


Florid, February 5, 1908

Joe Umbarger who has been visiting friends in Henry, returned to Florid, Monday where he will visit his sister Mrs. Mary Allen before returning to his home in Melvin.


Florid, February 13, 1908

Roy Daily's little babe has been very sick, but hope it will soon be well.



Elmer Cassel, who has been living near Florid for some time now, passed through Hennepin yesterday with his household goods enroute to Kansas where he expects to make his future home.


Florid, February 20, 1908

Mr. John Deininger, who was called here on account of the serious sickness and death of his mother, returned to his home in Laclede, Mo., last Thursday taking his niece, Miss Carrie Springer, home with him for a visit.

Florid, March 12, 1908

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Daily, March 3. Mrs. Daily has been in a very critical condition the past few days, but her many friends hope she may soon recover.


Front Page, Wednesday, March 18, 1908

Happily Married

The following should have appeared in the columns of the record last week but it was not received in time.

A very pretty social event occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. August B. Deininger in Florid, Illinois, Thursday evening, March 5, 1908 when in the presence of only immediate relatives, their daughter Cora Edith was joined in marriage to Mr. John H. Beck, Rev. T. C. Moots of Hennepin officiating. After the usual congratulations, a bountiful supper was served. The bride and groom were recipients of many presents, both beautiful and useful in token of the high esteem in which they are held by their many friends. Mr. and Mrs. Beck will live on a large farm, 2 miles east of Florid, owned by the father of the groom. The bride is one of Florid's choice young ladies and the groom is in every way worthy of the fair bride he has won. Their friends which number legions, which for them much happiness and success.


Mrs. Dinkey, a nurse from Peoria is caring for Mrs. Albert Daily.

Little Miss Florence Allen has come to make her home with her aunt, Mrs. Roy Daily.

Mrs. Albert Daily is not improving very rapidly.

Mr. and Mrs. Simon Beck are now settled in their new home. We welcome them to our village.


Florid, March 26, 1908

Mrs. Albert Daily (nee Beck), who has been very sick the past three weeks is improving slowly.

Florid, April 2, 1908

Lilly Beck Daily don't seem to improve any, but stays about the same.

Mrs. Sara Chance had two sisters visiting her last Saturday, one was from Kewanee, the other from Tonica.



Mrs. Dinkey, who has been caring for Mrs. Albert Daily for several weeks returned to her home in Peoria, Monday.

Mrs. Clara Shively of California arrived here Monday for an extended visit with her sister Mrs. Anna Daily.

Mrs. Roy Daily was called to Bath by the serious illness of her mother.

Mrs. W. B. Cassell and Mrs. A. K. Cassell visited Mrs. Rousseau at Landy Boyle's Sunday evening.

W. B. Cassell is doing carpenter work in McNabb.


April 9, 1908

Mrs. Albert Daily is improving slowly.

Mrs. Clara Shively and son from Washington, came here for an indefinite time. Mrs. Shively is a sister to Mrs. Moore (Moses) Daily and Ben Cassell.

Florid, April 16, 1908

Mrs. Bessie Daily went to Peoria last Saturday to see her mother, who is very sick.

Mrs. Clara Shively, who came from California last Monday, brought a fine parrot along. It makes lots of enjoyment for the children in our village.

Mrs. Clara Wallin, who has been here the past four months visiting at her aunt's Mrs. Sarah Cassell's returned to her home in Nebraska last Sunday.

Florid, April 23, 1908

Mrs. Anna Daily and her sister, Mrs. Clara Shively, visited in Hennepin last Saturday.

Henry Republican
Florid, April 30, 1908

Mrs. Simon Beck went for a few days visit at her son's David Clemens near Granville, also to assist Mrs. Clemens in some household work.

Florid, June 11, 1908

Mrs. Moses Daily went to Peoria last Sunday for a week's visit with her daughter, Mrs. May Ealey.

Silas Washburn, who lived at Cottage Hill, moved his family to this place last Monday morning into the late Mrs. John Deininger house.


Hennepin, Wednesday, July 15, 1908

Will Nixon of Chicago, son of the late Frank Nixon, passed through Hennepin last Tuesday on his way to A. K. Cassell's near Cottage Hill where he will visit for a while.

Front Page, Wednesday, July 15, 1908

Joined in Wedlock

While the Record is being printed this afternoon, the ceremony that is to join two loving hearts as one is being performed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Cassell near Strawn's church, about 8 miles south of Hennepin. The contracting parties are Frank L. Glass and Miss Etta T. Cassell, Rev. T. C. Moots of Hennepin performing the ceremony. Further than this we are unable to say at present, but we offer full congratulations and will try to give full particulars later on.

Front Page, Wednesday, July 22, 1908

Wedding Bells

One of the most pleasant affairs on the season occurred at Maplewood Farm, 8 miles southeast of Hennepin, Wednesday, July 15, 1908 at 2:30 p.m. The happy occasion being the marriage of Miss Etta T. Cassell, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Cassell to Frank L. Glass, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Glass of Hennepin. The day was an ideal one, not a cloud in the sky and all nature seemed to shower its congratulations upon the happy couple. The marriage ceremony was solemnized on the beautiful lawn in the "shade of an old apple tree". Rev. T. C. Moots of Hennepin performed the ceremony. The bride was dressed in white net over white silk and carried a shower bouquet of white flowers. The groom appeared in the accustomed black. Mr. Henry Hammel acted as best man and Mr. Charles Bishop as usher. The bride was attended by her sister, Mrs. J. W. Hoskins of Chicago as Matron of Honor and Miss Bessie Cassell of Cottage Hill as Bride's Maid. After hardiest congratulations and best wishes, the guests repaired to the dining room where light refreshments were served to 35 people. …. The happy couple departed at 5:30 p.m. for Henry amid a shower of rice and best wishes, Chicago being their destination for their honeymoon trip. They will be at home to their friends after August 1 at Granville, Illinois.


J. H. Cassell, who has been spending several months with his family in Granville and daughter in Hennepin, returned to the Soldier's Home in Quincy, Illinois last Monday.

Florid, Wednesday, December 16, 1908

Robert Dinkey is back from Iowa



Tuesday, December 1, 1908 at 1:00 PM, Abe Blasberg, Lutheran minister, set the words that joined in the holy bonds of wedlock, Mr. Benjamin Cassell and Miss Sophia Krafft, both of Hennepin Township. They were married at the home of the bride's parents beneath a lovely arch. The witnesses were Miss Sophia Burg and William Krafft. The bride was beautifully gowned and the groom wore the usual black. After the ceremony and congratulations a bountiful three-course repast was served to about 30 guests who were present at the wedding. After dinner, the bride and groom departed for their future home, 1 1/2 miles north-west of Florid, where an elegant three-course supper, prepared by the bride's sister was served to them and some 25 or 30 guests. The happy couple were recipients of many useful presents, both at the wedding and at the evening reception. The evening was spent very cheerfully and all departed at a late hour wishing Mr. and Mrs. Cassell a happy and prosperous future. They have gone to housekeeping at the home of the groom.


Last Friday, Mrs. Henry Cassell of Granville, accompanied by W. H. Lucas of Hennepin, left for the Old Soldier's Home in Quincy Illinois in response to a telegram stating that Mr. Cassell, who is an inmate of the home, was very low and liable to die any minute. They arrived at the home, Friday night and found Mr. Cassell still alive but very weak. However, before they came home last Monday, he had rallied and was apparently much better.

Front Page, Wednesday, January 6, 1909

Wedding Chimes in Holiday Times

One of the prettiest weddings of the holiday season was solemnized at the beautiful country home of Mr. and Mrs. William Cassell in Magnolia Township, Putnam County, Illinois when their daughter Bessie became the wife of Mr. Chas. H. Bishop at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday evening, December 30, 1908. The short ring ceremony was said by Reverend Henry Brink of Hennepin in the presence of about 50 relatives and intimate friends. Promptly after the appointed hour, Miss Jessie Edwards, cousin of the bride played the wedding march and the bride and groom were attended by Harry Cassell, brother of the bride and Viola M. Bishop, sister of the groom and took their places in a handsomely decorated alcove underneath a beautiful white wedding bell where Reverend Brink performed the impressive ceremony. It was a beautiful home wedding, characterized by simplicity. Mrs. Bishop is a charming girl, highly esteemed in the community where she has spent her happy childhood days and is much beloved by all who know her. She has been a teacher for several years and is currently engaged in teaching at the Strawn school at the home district. Mr. Chas. H. Bishop is a man of sterling worth, who is well known and highly respected in the vicinity where he has resided most of his life. …. Mr. and Mrs. Bishop will be at home January 10, 1909. Their host of friends join in wishing them a happy and prosperous life. One the day following, January 1, 1909, the bride and groom and a number of invited guests were treated to a fine turkey dinner at the home of the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Bishop of Hennepin Prairie which was very much enjoyed by all. The Record offers congratulations to the happy couple, and also returns thanks for a generous portion of the wedding cake.


Mr. Albert Daily has moved to Florid. He will occupy the house owned by Herman Myers.


Mrs. Daily and son Earl who have been visiting in Peoria, returned home last week.

Florid, April 21, 1909

Con Holocker who lives on the Pool farm, in the south end of Hennepin Township, was quite seriously injured the first of last week when he was kicked in the face by a horse.


Mrs. J. H. Cassell met with a very painful accident last Thursday while helping her daughter, Mrs. W. J. Lucas with her work about the house. In moving a piece of furniture, she caught her foot and fell, crushing the flesh of her ankle and receiving other painful bruises. Mr. McCormick was called to dress the wound.


Elmer Cassell, a brother of Benjamin Cassell living south of Florid, who has been living in Kansas the past year or more, arrived Tuesday morning for a visit with his brother and other relatives about Florid.

John Henry Cassell, who has been at the Old Soldier's Home in Quincy, Illinois, recently returned to Hennepin and he and his wife have returned to housekeeping in the congregational parsonage.

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