Florid News Before 1900
Putnam County, Illinois


THE HENNEPIN HERALD AND BUREAU ADVERTISEMENT

January 31, 1846

Blacksmithing

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


HENNEPIN TRIBUNE

May 22, 1857

Married on the 19th inst. by Rev. C. Cross, Mr. W. W. Reynolds to Miss Margaret E. Allen, all of this county.

Our thanks to the happy pair for the cake. Mr. Reynolds has finally been served with an attachment. Forced into court and a jury of his own choosing has pronounced the verdict. It is not for a man to be alone. The execution has been served, the following return made thereof: Serve the within, the defendant delivers himself upon the most suitable property. Execution satisfied. A long life and a blissfull one for both plaintiff and defendant.


THE HENNEPIN HERALD

March 26, 1858

Mr. William Allen has for sale a large number of superior grape vines.


Henry Republican

Thursday, July 15, 1869

Hennepin News

A vagabondish looking fellow, who had been sauntering around the country in the vicinity of Florid for several days last week was arrested and brought to town by Mr. Cal Cassell. Lodged in jail, but as no definite violation of the law could be proven against him, he was released.


Putnam Record

September 22, 1870 - Putnam County Items

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.


Henry Republican

July 20, 1871

A. Cassell of Florid is an licensed auctioned for "little Put".


PUTNAM RECORD

Wednesday, August 12, 1871

Augustus Cassell announces hisself in this paper as an auctioneer. Mr. C. has had considerable experience in Auctioneering and will not fail to suit all who call upon him.


Henry Republican

Thursday, April 8, 1872

Putnam County News - Other Towns

A. Cassell, Esq., while filing a circular saw was badly cut in the leg and arm by a revolution it made accidently.


THE HENNEPIN HERALD

JUNE 1, 1872

William Allen's team, while on the road to Princeton last Saturday, loaded with furniture belonging to Andrew Hartenbower, escaped from the driver and turned the wagon over, doing considerable damage to the furniture. The horses ran into the creek, near the Bureau Valley Mills, where the accident happened, and but for timely assistance both would have drowned.

February 22, 1873

The following deaths have occurred since our last issue. The deaths this week as far as we have been informed have been a son of Mr. Daily of Florid and Mr. Sheering's daughter. Both of them have been sick a number of weeks.


November 13, 1873 (Summary)

Augustus Cassell won the election for Judge over J. W. Hopkins by a margin of 171 votes, receiving 409 total votes. From Magnolia Twp - 123, Hennepin - 175, Granville - 97 and Snachwine - 74.


November 20, 1873

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.


HENNEPIN HERALD

December 12, 1873

Last week, William Allen of this place, shipped a hog to Chicago which weighed 720 pounds and now D.J. Leach comes with one that weighs 730 pounds.


HENRY REPUBLICAN, HENRY IL

December 18, 1873

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.


HENNEPIN HERALD

October 30, 1874

William Allen, son-in-law of Mr. Durley of this place, has gone to Iowa to take up his residence .

November 13, 1874

William Allen has sold to Elsie Rouseu 600 acres of timberland on the west side of the river. Mr. Rouseu intends cutting a large quantity of the wood from it this winter, which will make choppers in demand


HENRY REPUBLICAN

February 25, 1875

A German on the Eames farm near Granville has been ajudged insane by Judge Cassell. Application has been made for him at Elgin. It is a bad case.


GRANVILLE ECHO

Wednesday, February 4, 1876

Married at the parsonage in Granville, January 8, by Reverend H. McVey ……married February 1 by the same minister, Simon Beck of Florid and Mrs. Sara Clemens of Granville.


HENNEPIN HERALD

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 1876

William A. Allen, who has been living at New Windsor for some time, has returned to Putnam County and will go into the business of farming.

WEDNESDAY, May 1876

William Allen came out this week with a fine new buggy of A.V. Spears make. It was awarded the first premium of our fair last fall and is an extra fine vehicle.


PUTNAM RECORD

June 2, 1876

Cal Cassell and Peter Clemens brought to town last Monday a huge snake, which they captured alive at Mr. Gardners this side of Florid. His snakeship was between six and eight feet long and 4 or 5 inches in circumference around the largest part of his body. His color was yellow, black and brown.


Henry Republican

August 12, 1876

Augustus Cassell, announces hisself in this paper as an auctioneer. Mr. C. has had considerable experience in Auctioneering and will not fail to suit all who call upon him.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

Thursday, April 5, 1877

Born near Stawn's church, Putnam county, March 26, a daughter to William and Emily Allen, and granddaughter to Matt Durley.


April 26, 1877

Local Correspondence - Hennepin

A. K. Cassell and wife and daughter of Fairbury are guests of Mrs. Sandham.


Hennepin, May 24, 1877

County court convened Monday, Judge A. Cassell presiding.


September 6, 1877

Putnam County Politics

...Candidates will be plenty. For judge, John Swaney is mentioned for the republican nomination. .... Other candidates are Judge Cassell for re-election for judge, and Peter Feltes as an independent. ....


November 22, 1877

George Wallin and John Cramer, brother-in-law has a dispute about some corn last week and Wallin let his angry passions get the best of his common sense and attempted to ax Cramer. Paul Cramer, father and father-in-law of the two men, caught the ax in its descent and got an ugly gash cut in the back of his hand.


Henry Republican

May 1, 1879

Hennepin

Paul Cramer, aged 62 years, whose leg was amputated on the 8th day of March, was ordered to get on crutches at the end of the fifth week, and at the end of the seventh week the stump was entirely healed. Dr. C. M. Baker of Henry was one of the assistants at the amputation. Drs. Vanderslice and Bicket of Florid also rendered valuable assistance. Of the surgeon in charge of the case since the middle of November last, we will write nothing, but allow the patient and the stump to tell the story.


PUTNAM RECORD

May 9, 1879

Florid came near being the scene of a large conflagration last Saturday morning where a little son of Chris Cassell's in some manner set fire to the haystack which was consumed and the people were required to exert themselves pretty lively to keep it from spreading to Dr. O'Neil's barn and other buildings.


FLORID NEWS, APRIL 21, 1880

School election passed off very quietly in our district. Ephriam Cassell was re-elected .


HENRY REPUBLICAN

April 22, 1880

This is county court week, but Judge Cassell adjourned court this morning on account of the serious illness of his wife.

Mrs. Judge Cassell of Florid was stricken with paralysis last Saturday and has been lying in a critical condition for some days. Her children were summoned including a married son, living in this city, employed at the harness shop of J. M. Krenz.

Hennepin News, April 29, 1880

County court is in session this week. We overheard Judge Cassell saying to friends that his wife seemed to be improving.


PUTNAM RECORD

July 2, 1880

William Allen on Hennepin Prairie met with an accident last Sunday. He was on top of a stepladder arranging some fruit that was being dried on a shed and just as he had taken one step of his descent, the ladder fell and Mr. A. was thrown to the ground with considerable force, sustaining some pretty serious bruises, although he escaped without any broken bones.


Henry Republican

August 12, 1880

Local Items

James Harney is now behind the counter at J. Watercott & Co.'s. James has an eye to the dry goods business, and his ambition betokens a successful career.


Friday, Feb. 11, 1881

Josiah Umbarger of Chatsworth has been visiting friends and relatives here the past week. Jo said he did not know why that several persons took him for a preacher. He says he does not plead guilty.


GRANVILLE ECHO, GRANVILLE, IL

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 1881

Joseph Cassell, who has been confined to his room and bed for nearly 2 months is getting better and it is hoped that he will be out soon.


Wednesday, June 10, 1881

A friend informed us that A. K. Cassell, (Soda) of Henry, narrowly escaped being seriously injured, if not killed on Thursday of last week. He was passing along the stret and near a building upon which was being put a new tine roof when the wind which was blowing pretty strong, caught the tine and lifted it off the roof, barely missing Mr. Cassell. A portion of the chimney of the building was knocked off, some of the bricks striking Mr. C. on the head and inflicting slight wounds. It was a close call but we presume Soda is glad that the old adage "A miss is as good as a mile" was verified in this instance.


Wednesday, July 16, 1881

Esquire Cassell has taken up the business of auctioning and will attend promptly to crying sales when called upon.

During the storm last Saturday, a whirlwind twisted off quite a number of trees in Judge Cassell's orchard and carried twenty or thirty rods into the timber. J. H. Cassell and family took refuge in the cellar while the house shook like a leaf. The strangest feat was the carrying of a tub of water, 15 paces and setting it down without spilling the water.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

Hennepin News, August 18, 1881

A. K. Cassell and family of Henry are visiting friends here.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

December 1, 1881 - Hennepin

At Paul Cramer's sale on last Saturday, we notice quite a number of relic hunters and the way they bid up on the old trash was a caution to those who were not anxious. Some went home comforted while not a few were perfectly satisfied. The property as a rule sold for more than it was worth.

Hennepin News, February 9, 1882

Cris Cassell, aged 60, died in Florid on Sunday, 5th. He was a brother to Judge Cassell and consequently an uncle to A. K. Cassell of Henry.


PUTNAM RECORD

Cottage Hill, February 9, 1882

Died on January 31, 1882, a babe six weeks old of Simon Beck's and as I write the friends are moving to pay the last sad rites to Christian Cassell of Florid.

Hennepin, February 9, 1882

Died at his home in Florid on February 4, 1882, Christian Cassell, brother of Judge Cassell, age 61 years. His wife of 42 years and six of their seven children survive. The funeral took place at Florid last Monday, Reverend J.W. Denning of Florid conducting the service.

Thomas Albert of Decatur visited his brother, Daniel Albert of this place last Monday having been called to Florid to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law Christian Cassell. The brothers had not met for 11 years.


HENNEPIN HERALD

May 25, 1882

Joseph B. Albert of Florid returned from Decatur this week where he had attended the funeral of his cousin William A. Albert. Deceased passed away May 17. He was a veteran of late war, was 41 years of age and born at Florid.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

July 20, 1882

Neighborhood News - Mineral Springs

Sidney Pool shipped a carload of cattle not long ago.


PUTNAM RECORD

November 2, 1882

Died in Ford County, while on a visit October 26, 1882, James Allen of Cottage Hill, age 72 years. Mr. Allen was a resident of Putnam County since 1846 coming from Pennsylvania. A few weeks ago, Mr. and Mrs. Allen went to Ford County to visit their children. While there, the grim messenger came. His death was quite sudden, coming while sitting in a chair. The remains were deposited in the Florid Cemetery on Saturday, the services being held at the church in Florid, conducted by Reverend J.W. Denning.

Florid, November 3, 1882

Jimmy Allen of Cottage Hill died at his son-in-laws, Joshua Umbarger in Ford County on October 26, age near 73 years. He was buried in the Florid cemetery last Saturday.

Hennepin, December 7, 1882

A stepdaughter of George Taylor of Florid, died at Decatur last week, she formerly resided at Florid and was married to John Cassell - brother of Judge Cassell of Florid.


February 22, 1883

Owen Allen has bought the old Thomas Allen farm at 71 dollars per acre. This place is near the Moses Dugan Farm.


March 18, 1883

Married at the home of the bride on February 17 in Decatur by T.B. Albert, J.P., Joseph Cassell of Florid and Mrs. Katie Chambers.


TONICA NEWS

Mt. Palatine, Saturday, April 21, 1883

We are informed that a Mr. John Dinkey, a farmer living on the old Robert Patten place committed suicide last Friday by shooing himself, killing him instantly. We have not yet been informed as to the reason of this act or any particulars. Deceased leaves a wife and 2 children.


PUTNAM RECORD

Florid, April 19, 1883

The people of Florid and vicinity were thrown into a state of excitement last Friday evening by the report that John Dinkey, a respected German residing at the O. b. Davis farm about two miles from Florid had taken his own life by shooting. Coroner Hosberg was notified and repaired to the scene, summoned a jury and investigated the sad affair. He had been in a rather moody frame of mind of some time and insisted on the family going to town that day. Upon their return, the eldest son climbed up in the mow to throw down some hay for the horses finding his father lying there dead. He was about 45 years of age and leaves a wife and several children.


Florid, September 6, 1883

Joseph Cassell has well nigh completed a new dwelling house on the late vacant Livingston lots.

January 10, 1884

Joe Cassell of Florid has thrown away his coal oil lamp and burning gasoline, which he says is cheaper and gives a light equal to electric.

January 31, 1884

Joseph Cassell of Florid has been very near deaths door and all of his children and many of his relatives came- expecting to see him pass away, but he took a change for the better this week and has a good chance for recovery.

July 10, 1884

Little son of C.A. Chance fell from his windmill tower on the 4th, breaking one of the bones of one arm and cutting his head severly. Dr. Stall was called and attended the little suffereer. - Cottage Hill Item.

February 5, 1885

Mr. Barns and James, George Hopkins and daughter Eva of Granville, Gus Cassell of Florid, Eugene Anderson, and Lad Mueller of Hennepin have gone to New Orleans to attend the Word's Fair

Florid, March 19, 1885

Ephriam Cassell has sold his land northwest of Florid to John Gallaher and has moved to Nebraska where he expects to buy a farm near his brother Calvin. His wife and three sons will start for Nebraska, March 19th and will stop at Kansas City and visit her brother for a few days.

August 6, 1885

Aunt Rose Allen of Cottage Hill missed her footing one day of last week and falling across a lounge, has not been able to sit up much since.

PUTNAM RECORD

Oct. 18, 1885

Miss Ida Foster was conducted by her physicians, Drs. Cowens of Henry and Jones of Hennepin to Peoria last Friday where a medical board of the Cottage hospital amputated her arm at the shoulder joint and pronounce by all present to be quite satisfactory, every thing considered, and the patient is getting along quite nicely. The operation was necessary due to a tumor or unusual growth near the shoulder. - Cottage Hills Item.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

Mineral Springs, Thursday, May 13, 1886

Mrs. C.A. Chance who has been very sick, at this writing is failing very fast.

Mineral Springs, Thursday, May 27, 1886

Mrs. C.A. Chance is still hovering on this side of the dark river. She is gradually failing and can not last long.

THE PUTNAM RECORD

May 20, 1886

Jer. Beck has bought out Frank Monroe and is repairing the premises preparatory to engaging in the butchering business.

May 27, 1886

Mrs. Nellie Chance of Cottage Hill seems to be slowly tending to the tomb.

May 27, 1886

Born in Hennepin township, Putnam county, May 24, a son to Sidney Pool

June 10, 1886

Jer. Beck has employed a first class butcher and cutter, a brother of J. W. Danley
Jerry Beck, our former saloon keeper, has opened a meat market in the Simington building. The shop has been repainted and remodeled to that it looks very inviting.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

July 1, 1886

Mineral Springs

Sidney Pool came back from Nebraska, so well pleased with Sharon County, that he took up a homestead. He has a public sale tomorrow (Friday) at which he will dispose of a large amount of stock and hay. He expects to go west in February.

Whitefield, July 22, 1886

Mrs. Cassell and Irena Dunbar were guests of Mrs. D. C. Updegraph last week.

HENRY REPUBLICAN

Mineral Springs, July 22, 1886

Mrs. C.A. Chance is growing more feeble as time passes. She seems to be slowly wasting away.

Mineral Springs, July 29, 1886

Mrs. C.A. Chance, who has been so long a sufferer, died on the 22nd, at 10:00 A.M. Feneral services and internment at Florid on Saturday. Mrs. C. leaves six small children, the youngest less than a year old. She was a most estimable woman.


PUTNAM RECORD

July 29, 1886

Mrs. Nellie Chance departed this life in the 32 year of her age. She leaves a husband and six children to battle the cold charities of the world. She was buried in Florid, Reverend James of Magnolia officiating.

September 3, 1886

W. B. Cassell of Cottage Hill reports a new girl at his home.

September 9, 1886

Jer. Beck moved his household good to Pekin last week where he will reside in the future.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

September 16, 1886

A. and W. B. Cassell have their new hydraulic cider press in working order and have made some 40 barrels of cider. The press has a pressure of 125 tons and a capacity of 30 barrels per day. After the barrels are filled, they are lifted into the wagons by crane, which makes it handy. Call and see the press work.

November 25, 1886

The newly elected officers will take possession of their respective offices the first Monday in December. The change will not be very extensive as Judge Cassell succeeds himself as Judge and A. T. Purviance succeeds himself as county clerk. The changes will be in treasurer, sheriff, and county superintendent of schools.


PUTNAM RECORD

February 24, 1887

Aunt Rose Allen is threatened with malaria fever and Mrs. John Holocker south of Castleton is in a rather critical state. 


HENRY REPUBLICAN

March 10, 1887

Three of the Foster family near Judge Cassell's are sick with whats said to be typhoid fever. They are the grandchildren of the Judge.

Mrs. Lineham of Decatur was here last week with Mrs. G. A. Danley.

PUTNAM RECORD

March 17, 1887

Walter Chambers of Florid went to Niantic on Monday to attend the wedding of his cousin, Charles Dingman to Miss Ida Smith.

Henry Republican

April 21, 1887

Last Wednesday a fire broke out in the timber near where Nick Burr lives three or four miles south of Hennepin and in a short time it had reached Joseph Etshite's timber. Mr. Etshite immediately summoned help and the command went to fight the fire. They fought it nearly all night and thought it had been subdued. Thursday morning it broke out again and started directly raging towards the village of Florid. The alarm was given and almost the entire population turned out to fight it and by evening had it under control and by close watch it was prevented from breaking out again. Many dollars worth of fences were burned on the farms of Joseph Etshite, Sam Willis and Gus Cassell, also many cords of wood burned. Much damage was done to the timber also which will be hard to estimate as many of the trees were burned up a considerable distance.


December 8, 1887

Mrs. Sidney Pool of Cottage Hill, daughter of Judge Cassell, with her children started today to join Sid on the new homestead in southwestern Nebraska.

December 22, 1887

Invitations are out for a wedding at the home of Joseph Cassell in Florid. The contracting parties being James Chance and Alice Chambers. Judge Cassell is to provide.



TONICA NEWS

Lostant, Saturday, December 31, 1887

Mr. and Mrs. John Dinkey celebrated Christmas with double zest their first born a daughter (son) came to gladden their house on the 24th.


PUTNAM RECORD

May 10, 1888

A sudden death occurred in Florid last Monday. Mrs. Elizabeth Cassell, widow of the late Christian Cassell, brother of Judge Cassell, fell dead while walking across the floor. She had a stroke of paralysis a year or two ago, but had so far recovered that she was able to get about the house and seemed to be in her usual health the day of her death. She was about 63 years old.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

May 24. 1888

Ada Murphy of west Oxbow, was the guest of her little schoolmate, Ina B. Morris, Saturday and Sunday. Come again Ada, it makes Ina so happy to see you.

Charley Chance and wife are visiting his brother Ed in Caledonia.

Minnie Shields made Miss Dunbar of Cottage Hill a visit last week.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

Hennepin, Nov. 29, 1888

Anthony Chance takes two carloads of steers and a carload of hogs to Chicago this week.

Hennepin, July 12, 1888

Judge Augustus Cassell left Monday for Nebraska to visit his daughter Mrs. Sidney Pool.

November 29, 1888

William Shields had a sale last Saturday. The redoubtable Bill Cassell was the auctioneer.

Hennepin, Nov. 29, 1888

Anthony Chance takes two carloads of steers and a carload of hogs to Chicago this week.

Hennepin, August 8, 1889

Judge Cassell and W. H. Casson took a little fishing excursion Tuesday morning. They report a catch of 10 fish.

Mrs. Mary Cassell of Chicago and Miss Dunbar of Cottage Hill were in the city Tuesday.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

Hennepin, May 8, 1890

County court was in session this week with Judge Cassell on the bench.

July 17, 1890

Died near Cottage Hill, July 12, of infirmity of age, Roseanna, 74 years, 3 months, 16 days. Wife of the late James Allen and mother of William Allen of this city.

Mrs. James Allen

Mrs James Allen The subject of this brief notice was the mother of our fellow townsman William Allen, and sister of County Judge A. Cassell of Florid. Her maiden name was Rossannah Cassell, born in West Hanover, Dauphin county, PA., March 16, 1816, being at her death in the 75th year of her age.  She was married to James Allen in her Pennsylvania home in 1834. Two years later her parents and family emigrated to the west and located in Putnam county, and Mr. Allen and wife followed them 10 years later, here they have lived since 1846, on the farm they owned and tilled near Florid. Mrs. Allen lived and died, and for seven years a widow, residing with her son Owen W. Allen. She joined the Wesleyan Methodist connection and manifested in her life, conduct and through out the affairs and duties of her humble sphere of usefulness the graces and principles of the Christian character and life. Five of her eight children survive - William of Henry, Mrs. J. Umbarger and Eliza Forney both of Melvin, Ford county, Cora Eberly of Lostant and O. W. Allen of Florid. The funeral was held at the house, Rev. Bliss of Magnolia officiating on Monday, the interment being in the Florid cemetery.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

December 18, 1890

W. B. Cassell is "still in the ring" for crying sales. He is so well known by our East side readers as a popular cryer that our calling attention to it will be a reminder that will not be forgotten. He is an excellent judge of stock and merchandise and knows the secret of swaying the crowd. He always gives satisfaction wherever employed.


PUTNAM RECORD

November 20, 1890

Calvin Cassell, 51, a former resident of this county, but of late years a resident of Steele City, Nebraska came to Chicago some weeks ago to have an operation performed for the purpose of removing a sore similar to cancer but which originated from an ulcerated tooth. He stood the first operation very well, however, Wednesday of last week, word came that he was dead. Hospital officials decided that on account of some trouble with Mr. Cassell's eye, it would be neccessary to make another operation. They did this and the patient died while on the operating table. His remains were taken to Nebraska for internment. A wife and five children, survive.


PUTNAM RECORD

February 5, 1891

Miss Ida Foster, the one armed girl, made her parents a present of a cow for New Years. What an example for the two armed young men who can't make ends meet one year with another.

PUTNAM RECORD

March 12, 1891

Joseph Cassell, an old resident of Florid, was buried last Friday. He had been in feeble health for some time.

May 14, 1891

Miss Maude Chance, daughter of C.A. Chance of Cottage Hill, was buried at Florid last Tuesday morning. She had been a sufferer of Consumption for many months. Her age was about 15 years. Reverend Bliss of Magnolia conducted the service.

HENRY REPUBLICAN

Oxbow, May 14, 1891

Maud, daughter of C.A. Chance, died at the home of her father near Cottage Hill on Sunday last of consumption. We think her age was near 16 years. How sad to us to see the young called hence, but if fully trusting in their heavenly Father, as we hear she did, how much better for her.


TONICA NEWS

Lostant, Saturday, July 4, 1891

Mrs. John Dinkey died on Wednesday the 24th of consumption and was buried in the cemetery at the Lutheran church northwest of Lostant on Friday. She leaves a husband and children to mourn her loss.


PUTNAM RECORD

July 16, 1891

We are pleased to learn through the Chicago papers that Miss Florence Cassell, we know her better as little Kinney Cassell, graduated with honors from the Emerson School in that city recently being valedictorian in a class of 32 pupils and also receiving the Foster medal for highest average in scholarship for the year. Miss Florence is a granddaughter of Judge Cassell and was for many years a resident of Hennepin.


PUTNAM RECORD

Thursday, Aug. 6, 1891

Miss Et Cassell of Steele City Nebraska is visiting at the Hill, also Mrs. Soda Cassell and daughter of Chicago are visting friends here about.


PUTNAM RECORD

Hennepin, November 5, 1891

W.A. Allen is now holding a position in a Patrick Dore's store.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

Hennepin, February 4, 1892

Judge Gibons of Princeton occupies the bench of the county seat this week in Judge Cassell's place on account of the Judge's severe illness.


PUTNAM RECORD

February 18, 1892

Mrs. James Chance (Alice Chambers) of Florid, left for Chicago with her little daughter Ethel to be treated for deafness and will spend a week or two with old friends there.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

March 21, 1892

Andrew Beck has sold his farm of 80 acres to Ed and Charley Coulter of Sprinkleburg for $68 an acre.

Hennepin. Aug. 11 1892

Willie, son of H.H. Murphy had an attack of something like a spasm contracting the muscles, causing the boy to be unconscious for some time. We hear the doctor says it is an infection of the spine. As he is much better at this time, hope it will prove to be nothing serious.

HENRY REPUBLICAN

Hennepin, September 15, 1892

J. B. Albert, I. Reichwine, August Cassell and John Deininger of Florid, leave Thursday for Washington.


PUTNAM RECORD

September 2, 1892

A very sudden and unexpected death occurred at Florid Friday night. Andrew Beck, 72 was found Saturday morning lying on a lounge cold in death. Mr. Beck left his farm south of Florid last spring on account of failing health and took up his residence in Florid. His son Jer. Of Chicago had been visiting his father, who took him to Spring Valley Friday to take the train for home. He seemed as well as usual and nothing is known as to what hour death came as the first intimation any of the family had was when someone went to call him to breakfast. He was born in Pennsylvania and was married to Eliza Clemens in 1848 in that state. Two children have died and Jer and Simon who lives on the farm survive. His funeral took place on Tuesday.

J.B. Albert, Isac Reichwine, George Eisenhower, Owen W. Allen, and Olaf Matson started for Washington D.C. last Thursday to attend the national G.A.R. encampment.

January 19, 1893

Local and State Items

One of the most social events of the season came off at the residence of W. B. Cassell at Cottage Hill, Putnam County on the 6th, inst., where Judge Cassell invited all of the poor of the neighborhood down to the 4th class to a feast and thereby to help him pass his 80th mile post of life's journey. Even some of the courthouse officials of Hennepin were there and you aught to have seen them gnaw at the turkey bone and good things in general. About 80 enjoyed the judge's hospitality and no one enjoyed it better than he. To cap the climax, Rev. Bliss in a neat little speech, in behalf of the friends, presented the judge with an elegant reclining chair, for his declining days.

PUTNAM RECORD

March 16, 1893

Elisha Henning of Mt. Palatine, who has been attending school here the past winter, had to quit and go home last Friday. Spring work on the farm prevented him from remaining in school any longer.

PUTNAM RECORD

Cottage Hill, August 31, 1893

O.W. Allen has decided to leave the farm and try Henry for awhile.

HENRY REPUBLICAN

December 7, 1893

Last spring William Foster in the employ of Powers, on the Heacock farm, was severely hurt by being struck by a rebounding hay pole, which laid him up for tow or three months. On Friday last, a more terrible misfortune befell him. He was over on the island and was chopping wood. He sent the sharp ax through the great toe, splitting it lengthwise, then glancing it passed down into the foot along the base of his toes. It was a most shocking sight. This disabled man was immediately removed to Frank Woods nearby and Doctors Forrest and Gregory summoned. They decided to amputate the toe, which they did, then put the parts together and bandage them, rendering the patient as comfortable as possible. It was a most terrible affliction for the young man and will render him a cripple for life, as well as lay him up for some time. He seems to have come from an unfortunate family. Less than a year ago, his good mother met a shocking death in a runaway near her home and his sister had an arm amputated. Great sympathy is felt for Mr. Foster in this second misfortune.

Hennepin, March 8, 1894

Circuit court is in session this week, also county court. Judge Cassell in the latter and Judge Shaw upon the bench of the former.

Oxbow March 8. 1894

H.H. Murphy moved with his family to their new home in Whiteside county'. He has rented a farm in aforesaid county.

Putnam Record

Florid, January 24, 1895

Mrs. Henry Alleman, who has been living in Nebraska, the last two years,

has returned to Illinois and is visiting friends at Florid and Cottage Hill.

Grace Cassell entertained a couple of young folks at her home Saturday evening.

Hester Hyler was the guest of her school mate, Grace Cassell from Friday until Monday.

Florid, January 31, 1895

William Seibert and Rosa Kast were married last Wednesday evening at the home of Joseph Albert. This was a very quiet wedding and a surprise to all. Also John Deininger was married this same evening to Hattie Umbarger of Melvin (January 16).

Hennepin, February 21, 1895

William Cassell, a son of Cal Cassell of Nebraska, who escaped from an asylum last fall, was tried to Judge McNabb's court Saturday and found insane and Sherrif Downey had him locked up, waiting to hear from the authorities in Nebraska, where he came from in reguard to taking him back.

Hennepin, August 22, 1895

Judge Cassell was in the city Wednesday. He took dinner with A. T. Purviance and family.

Hennepin, April 16, 1896

Ex-county judge Cassell of Toluca was in the city Tuesday shaking hands with old friends and associates. The judge is looking fine.

June 25, 1896

Ed Chance and family spent last Sunday with his brother James Chance of Florid.

Florid, December 17, 1896

Mrs. James Chance has gone to Jacksonville to visit her sick daughter. When last heard from, the sick one was improving.

Florid, April 15, 1897

Harley Hetrick and three or four young ladies spent a very pleasant evening with their friend Grace Cassell last Tuesday evening, where entertained by games and music.

Florid, May 20, 1897

Grace Cassell received a very pretty watch and chain on the night she graduated.

Florid, July 1, 1897

Mrs. P.A. Cassell and daughter Grace left Tuesday for Oregon and California. They expect to stop at San Francisco and attend the Y.P.S.C.E. convention.

August 12, 1897

Grace Cassell and Levone Clemens were out blackberrying last Friday. Brought home nearly a bushel of berries.

When Harley Hetrick wants some good fresh butter, he gets on his wheel and goes to the Cassell ranch as Grace is conducting the dairy business this summer. It takes Grace to make good butter, so says Mrs. William Wayne.

Mrs. Samuel Clemens, Lavone Clemens, Grace Cassell and her mother were black berrying last Monday. About noon, they began putting their berries into their buggy, when to their astonishment the buggy failed to hold all so Lavone road the horse. The horse, Old Rose, beguiling one and not used to being driven and ridden at the same time made quite a breeze although no injury was done.

TAKEN FROM THE HENNEPIN HERALD, HENNEPIN, IL

Thursday, Aug. 12, 1897

Walter Hermance, wife and son of Springfield, Illinois are spending a couple of weeks with Walter's mother and sister, also William R, Dingman, brother of Mrs. Kate Cassell, with his grandson are visiting Mrs. Cassell. Mr. Dingman resides in Niantic, Macon Co. and is engaged in raising Cuban bloodhounds.

HENRY REPUBLICAN

Florid, September 2, 1897

Mrs. P.A. Cassell and daughter were called on Charles Fulmer and Samuel Clemens last Saturday.

Grace Cassell attended an old hens party at the home of her friend Nettie Tutt in Granville. The party was given in behalf of Miss Hanna Cook of Wheaton who was visiting with Miss Tutt.

Augustus Cassell took a load of apples to Spring Valley last Tuesday. He reports a poor apple sale in Spring Valley.

PUTNAM RECORD

AUGUST 18, 1898

FLORID NEWS, AUGUST 15

Walter Chance and bride spent Saturday and Sunday with his uncle, Mr. Chance of this place.

SEPTEMBER 15, 1898

Mrs. Kate Cassell of Florid, returned last Wednesday from a 6 weeks visit at Putnam, Springfield, Cotton Hill, and Pawnee. Her son Walter lives at Cotton Hill, Sangomon County, and has a very nice house. His crop, especially corn, is the best he has ever raised, and being but 7 miles from Springfield, he has a good market for everything he raises.

HENRY REPUBLICAN

Florid, September 27, 1898

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Dave Clemens, Tuesday, Sept. 27.

September 29, 1898

O.W. Allen attended the M.E. quarterly conference in Kankakee last week and had quite an enjoyable time.

A. K. Cassell of Chicago was shaking hands with old friends in Hennepin last Friday. He came down to visit his aged father and W. B. at Cottage Hill. Mrs. Cassell has been here some two weeks.

Thursday, October 13, 1898

Florid - October 11

Miss Grace Cassell came from Ottawa Friday evening and stayed at home until Monday. She is much pleased with the school.

Henry Cassell of Decatur and John Cassell of Niantic are spending a week with relatives and old aquaintances.

OCTOBER 20, 1898

FLORID NEWS

P.A. Cassell attended the street fair in Ottawa last Thursday.

HENRY REPUBLICAN

November 24, 1898

Henry Cassell of Decatur has purchased property in the village where he intends to make his future home.


HENNEPIN HERALD

Florid, November 22, 1898

Simon Beck and wife were called to Princeton Sunday by the serious illness of Mrs. Jera Beck.


PUTNAM RECORD

Florid, January 24, 1895

Grace Cassell entertained a couple of young folks at her home Saturday evening.

Hester Hyler was the guest of her school mate, Grace Cassell from Friday until Monday.

Florid, January 31, 1895

William Seibert and Rosa Kast were married last Wednesday evening at the home of Joseph Albert. This was a very quiet wedding and a surprise to all. Also John Deininger was married this same evening to Hattie Umbarger of Melvin (January 16).

Hennepin, February 21, 1895

William Cassell, a son of Cal Cassell of Nebraska, who escaped from an asylum last fall, was tried to Judge McNabb's court Saturday and found insane and Sherrif Downey had him locked up, waiting to hear from the authorities in Nebraska, where he came from in reguard to taking him back.

October 15, 1896

Mortuary Record - William Allen

The funeral of the late William Allen took place on Friday. After a reading of the scripture lesson and a prayer at the home by Reverend McLeish the funeral cortege departed for Hennepin at 9:00 o’clock. Two delegations of former years joined them enroute. The funeral proper was held at the Congregational Church at Hennepin at 12:00 o’clock, the services being in charge of Reverend J.C. Zellar, pastor of the M.E. Church, whose remarks were comforting and impressive to the bereaved. The attendance of sympathizing friends was also very large and the procession was over a mile in length.

Mr. Allen was a native of Pennsylvania, born May 12, 1840. He accompanied his parents to Illinois in 1846, who located at or near Hennepin. He was married to Emily Durley March 25, 1868, daughter of Madison Durley. Their children Mary M. and Mildred F. are young woman grown who with the wife and a large circle of relatives survive. The deceased had been an active citizen and through his social and business intercourse of many years in both Marshall and Putnam Counties had a wide acquaintance. He was a man of excellent morals, honest, just and respected by the people and his sudden and unexpected death is a severe trial to the worthy family and his friends. he leaves a brother Owen Allen of Florid and Mrs. James Umbarger and Mrs. G.F. Forney of Melvin, Ford County and Mrs. S.L. Eberly of Lostant. All were present at the funeral with their families, also Mrs. Doctor Murdock and two children, a sister of Mrs. Allen. Those who were also present: Lillian Eberly of Lostant and Mrs. Cassell of Chicago, Isaac P. Bush and wife and Soloman Darby and wife accompanied by the family to Hennepin. The pallbearers here were Wm. Duke, Wm. Spangler, I.P. Bush, R. McDonald, Alex Doelzer and Frank Fyffe.

The death of Mr. Allen was sudden. He had gone to work as usual that morning, first at T.F. Clovers where he finished a job, then to W. Schroeder’s. At Mr. Clover’s he took a dose of soda from a box he took from his pocket, saying to Mrs. Clover that he was ill. He also remarked that he was unable to see.  But the severe attack came on a Mr. Schroeder’s where he gave up work and started to go home, falling at the gate and expired. Leonard Hunter happened at the gate as he fell and lifting him up he gasped several times and then all was over. He was taken into Mr. Schroeder’s by Mr. Hunter, E. Camry and  others and later was taken home. The doctor pronounced his case one of apoplexy.

Florid, December 17, 1896

Mrs. James Chance has gone to Jacksonville to visit her sick daughter. When last heard from, the sick one was improving.

Florid, April 15, 1897

Harley Hetrick and three or four young ladies spent a very pleasant evening with their friend Grace Cassell last Tuesday evening, where entertained by games and music.

Florid, May 20, 1897

Grace Cassell received a very pretty watch and chain on the night she graduated.

Florid, July 1, 1897

Mrs. P.A. Cassell and daughter Grace left Tuesday for Oregon and California. They expect to stop at San Francisco and attend the Y.P.S.C.E. convention.

August 12, 1897

Grace Cassell and Levone Clemens were out blackberrying last Friday. Brought home nearly a bushel of berries.

When Harley Hetrick wants some good fresh butter, he gets on his wheel and goes to the Cassell ranch as Grace is conducting the dairy business this summer. It takes Grace to make good butter, so says Mrs. William Wayne.

Mrs. Samuel Clemens, Lavone Clemens, Grace Cassell and her mother were black berrying last Monday. About noon, they began putting their berries into their buggy, when to their astonishment the buggy failed to hold all so Lavone road the horse. The horse, Old Rose, beguiling one and not used to being driven and ridden at the same time made quite a breeze although no injury was done.


TAKEN FROM THE HENNEPIN HERALD, HENNEPIN, IL

Thursday, Aug. 12, 1897

Walter Hermance, wife and son of Springfield, Illinois are spending a couple of weeks with Walter's mother and sister, also William R, Dingman, brother of Mrs. Kate Cassell, with his grandson are visiting Mrs. Cassell. Mr. Dingman resides in Niantic, Macon Co. and is engaged in raising Cuban bloodhounds.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

Florid, September 2, 1897

Mrs. P.A. Cassell and daughter were called on Charles Fulmer and Samuel Clemens last Saturday.

Grace Cassell attended an old hens party at the home of her friend Nettie Tutt in Granville. The party was given in behalf of Miss Hanna Cook of Wheaton who was visiting with Miss Tutt.


PUTNAM RECORD

AUGUST 18, 1898

FLORID NEWS, AUGUST 15

Walter Chance and bride spent Saturday and Sunday with his uncle, Mr. Chance of this place.

SEPTEMBER 15, 1898

Mrs. Kate Cassell of Florid, returned last Wednesday from a 6 weeks visit at Putnam, Springfield, Cotton Hill, and Pawnee. Her son Walter lives at Cotton Hill, Sangomon County, and has a very nice house. His crop, especially corn, is the best he has ever raised, and being but 7 miles from Springfield, he has a good market for everything he raises.

September 29, 1898

O.W. Allen attended the M.E. quarterly conference in Kankakee last week and had quite an enjoyable time.

Thursday, October 13, 1898

Florid - October 11

Miss Grace Cassell came from Ottawa Friday evening and stayed at home until Monday. She is much pleased with the school.

Henry Cassell of Decatur and John Cassell of Niantic are spending a week with relatives and old aquaintances.

OCTOBER 20, 1898

FLORID NEWS

P.A. Cassell attended the street fair in Ottawa last Thursday.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

November 24, 1898

Henry Cassell of Decatur has purchased property in the village where he intends to make his future home.


PUTNAM RECORD

JANUARY 3, 1899

Joe Beck and Miss Lily Beck entertained the grippe most of last week.

Lily Beck an Robert Dinkey started to school Monday.

THURSDAY JANUARY 19, 1899

O.W. Allen and William Gall attended the Three I extention meeting at Grange Hall yesterday afternoon. I have not heard the results but there is no use talking. People will not be sastified until we get a railroad, if talk will bring it.

Florid, January 23, 1899

John Dinkey is spending a few days with his mother, Mrs. Joe Beck

Mr. Beck began weaving this week. If you need any carpets woven, give him a call.

Simon Beck shelled corn Tuesday.

Jer. Beck and wife, who resided in Princeton for sometime, moved to Sprinkleburg last week.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

Florid, February 9, 1899

W. B. Cassell was among the throng at our leading grocery store Monday.


PUTNAM RECORD

Cottage Hill, February 10, 1899

Judge Cassell has been bothered with chills for several days and is hard to tell what the outcome will be. His son J. H. of Granville, is waiting on him. Edward Foster has also had to keep close to the fire.


The Hennepin Herald

March 2, 1899 - Florid News

Henry Cassell of Decatur has moved to Florid in the formerly Jacob Willis house.

John McNeal is going to build a kitchen to his house. John is a rustler.

Miss Grace M. Cassell who was attending the Brown Business College in Ottawa came home Friday for a short visit.

The barber shop has moved into the Florid court house.

 March 9, 1899 - Court House News

Real Estate Transfers

Jacob Willis to Henry Cassell, part of N.E. quarter 24, 32, 2 $475.

March 9, 1899 - Florid News

Henry Cassell and wife went to Henry after furniture last Thursday. They are now located in their new home.

Judge Cassell is around again all right.

Leslie Foster was a business caller to Peru Saturday.

Joe Beck is kept busy weaving carpets and rugs.

C.A. Chance is quite poorly, being confined to the house most of the time.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

Florid, March 9, 1899

Mr. and Mrs. James Chance and daughter Mabel attended the Wheeler wedding at Putnam last Wednesday.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

Florid, March 9, 1899

Mr. and Mrs. James Chance and daughter Mabel attended the Wheeler wedding at Putnam last Wednesday.

PUTNAM RECORD

MARCH 14. 1899

REPORT OF FLORID SCHOOL FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY

Days taught 20. Number of pupils enrolled 37. Average daily attendance 28. Pupils neither tardy or absent - George Pletch, Lawrence Seibert, John Pletch, Maud Rudy, Harry Kessling, LILY BECK, ROBERT DINKEY, Edna Clemens, Katy Hawthorne, Pearl Hetrick.


The Hennepin Herald

March 16, 1899
Florid - March 13

Jos. Henderson had a horse taken with azoturia last week on the road between his home and Howard Smith's.

Jacob Schammel, living five miles south of town was found dead in his home Sunday afternoon. In the absense of the coroner Taylor, Justice Albert, Florid conducted the inquest which developed the fact that the deceased did not come to his death by any violent cause. The funeral occurred Tuesday, undertaker Treualt conducted it.

Mr. B. Jenkins is now the assistance post master to Florid.


PUTNAM RECORD

APRIL 20, 1899

Report of the Florid School for the month ending April 12, 1899. Pupils enrolled 36. Number of days taught 22. Average daily attendance 30. Number of visitors 6. Pupils present every day - Henry Pletch, John Pletch, George Pletch, Arlie Fulner, Julia Fulner, Amos Deininger, Cory Deininger, LILY BECK, Florence Seibert, Mable Chance, Florence Clemens, Mable Clemens, Pearl Hetrick, Katy Hawthorne and Maud Rudy.


Taken From the Hennepin Herald

May 4, 1899

William B. Cassel and M. Bosley were registered at the King House Friday.

May 18, 1899

A. Cassell of Chicago is visiting his aged father and other relatives


Taken From the Putnam Record

MAY 25, 1899

FLORID SCHOOL REPORT

Report of Florid School for month ending May 12, 1899. Number of days taught 23, number of pupils enrolled 30, average daily attendence 28, visitors 29. Pupils present every day during the month - Lily Beck, Florence, Edna and Mabel Clemens, Bessie and Blanch Allen, Cora and Amos Deininger, Henry, George, John and Hermon Pletch, Maud Rudy, Pearl Hetrick, Iona Odekirk, Katy Hawthorne, Robert Dinkey, Harry Kessling.


HENRY REPUBLICAN

Florid, August 10, 1899

P. A. Cassell who lives west of Florid has sold his farm to a man from Spring Valley and will go to Oregon to live.


PUTNAM RECORD

August 10, 1899

Mrs. Mollie Cassell of Chicago came to the Hill country yesterday for a short outing.

Thursday, Sept. 7, 1899

O.W. Allen is visiting in the west and will bring his wife back with him.


Putnam Record, Hennepin, Illinois
August 24, 1899

Last Monday evening, per invitation, a number of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Cassell's friends gathered at their home near Florid, and enjoyed a watermelon feast. Mr. and Mrs. Cassell expect to go west next fall and concluded to give their friends a farewell treat. An enjoyable evening was passed.


PUTNAM RECORD

Thursday, Sept. 7, 1899

O.W. Allen is visiting in the west and will bring his wife back with him.

October 5, 1899

Mrs. James Chance and daughter Ethel of Florid, returned home from New York last Friday, both very much improved in health. They left Albany, N.Y., Thursday, the 28th, at 11 o'clock a.m., and arrived home in Florid, Friday, the 29th at 5 o'clock. The distance by rail is about 1000 miles. She reports a very pleasant visit, and was well paid for the seven weeks stay. They drank freely of the mineral water nearly every day while there. Miss Ethel returned to her school in Jacksonville Monday morning.

October 12, 1899

Report of the Florid School for the month of September. Number enrolled 36, average attendence 30, number neither tardy or absent 12, they were Lillian Beck, Robert Dinkey, Florence Seibert, Edna Clemens, Leila Allan, John Pletch, Florence Clemens, Pearl Hetrick, Maud Rudy, Katy Hawthorne, Iona Odekirk, and Willis Deininger.


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