Granville News Items from the Past


Taken From the Putnam Record, Hennepin, IL
December 15, 1898
Granville - Dec. 12

Henry Clemens spent a part of last week visiting relatives in Chicago.

The Ladies Aid society will meet Thursday afternoon with Mrs. Harry Raley.

Andrew Hansen moved his family on the Ham place, now owned by J. A. Harper, last week.

Ice men are busy these days, as the weather the past week has been very favorable for their business and ice never was in better condition.

The tin wedding for Robert Wilson and wife took place Thursday evening instead of Tuesday evening, as stated last week, and came very near not being s surprise.  We were misinformed about the date.

A little son of Philip Linker, who has been in Nebraska for his health since last April, returned home Saturday.  Mr. Linker was resident of Putnam county for many years, but now resides in LaSalle county.

Granville is still on the boom. The surveyors are in town yet and strangers appear every day looking up office rooms, building sites, etc.  J. A. Harper was around last week taking options on coal lands for Mr. Struever, of Peru.  They want 15,000 acres in this vicinity.  Now is the time to pay off mortgages and buy your Christmas presents.

Miss Ollie Hullinger, of Allegan, Mich., was married to William Bell, of Farmington, November 22. The ceremony was performed by the bride's father, Rev. F. C. Hullinger.  The newly married couple will reside in Chicago, where Mr. Bell has a position as teacher in one of the high schools.  A reception was tendered them Thanksgiving evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Brokaw, Champaign avenue, Chicago.

Taken From the Putnam Record, Hennepin, IL
December 22, 1898
Granville - Dec. 19

Charlie Gesswine has been visiting his sister at Walnut.

Howard Raley of Crete, Neb. is visiting his brother here.

Theresa Fisher went to Sandwich, Ill., Saturday, where she will spend the winter with her uncle, Oliver Skeel.

Mrs. Josie Destieger of LaSalle, attended the funeral of Lewis Zenor in Hennepin and was a guest of A. D. Fisher and wife a few days last week.

Nearly all the farmers have finished corn husking.  A. D. Fisher got through last week.  His cribs are all full and he has 200 bushels on the ground.  This is A. Fisher's not a fish story.

Miss Eva Hopkins gave a dinner party Tuesday, December 13, for her father, George B. Hopkins and friends.  About 20 guests were present, and it was a delightful occasion for all concerned.

As George Ford was coming from Spring Valley one day last week, his horses became frightened near Granville and ran away.  Mr. Ford was thrown out and received a few bruises, but his buggy was badly smashed up.

There will be a Christmas tree at the church Friday evening of this week. The program is in charge of the young people and a general good time is anticipated.  Exercises will be given promptly at 7 o'clock.

A surprise party was made for James Packingham, Monday evening, December 19, by his daughter, Lucy, as it was his 50th birthday. Refreshments of coffee, cake, apples and bananas were served, and the guests, about 30 in number, spent a very pleasant evening.  A fine rocking chair was presented to him in honor of the occasion.

Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Robinson prepared a royal feast last Friday and invited fifteen of their friends to come and help enjoy it.  All the guest were on hand at the noon tide hour, with two exceptions.  Ducks, oysters, vegetables, pudding, etc., disappeared in a short space of time and no man present could eat any more that day at least.  A few hours of social enjoyment followed and the company dispersed, wishing for many more such happy occasions, if only the other woman would do the work.

Taken From the Putnam Record, Hennepin, IL
January 19, 1899
Local New Items - Granville

Charles Chase is driving a span of mules now.

Mrs. Charles Chase is suffering from an attack of the grippe.

James Packingham is just finishing a fine new bard on his place in town.

George Grossenback and wife are rejoicing in the birth of a son who arrived Monday morning, January 16.

Charles Young has moved his shop near his house and will sell farming implements on his own book this season. He has recently been to Peoria to buy machines.

Mrs. Eva Gridley went to Ottawa Wednesday where she will spend a week with friends. She will then visit her brother Sam in Chicago, and return to her work in New York City the last of the month.

Miss Louis Guengerich died at her home south of Granville Monday, January 9. The deceased was about 28 years old and leaves a mother and brother to mourn her death. She was buried in the Granville cemetery.

Mrs. Eugenia Lombard, who has been in feeble health for some time, passed away this Monday, afternoon. Her death was the result of heart trouble, terminating in uremia. The funeral will take place Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock.

Mrs. Ella Martin went to Peoria Thursday in response to a telegram received from her brother-in-law George Sucher. Arriving there she found four children in the family instead of three. The last one is a boy. This is the forty-first grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Gunn.

C. W. Dysart, A. D. Fisher, J. A. Harper, A. J. Robinson, R. H. Harrison and their wives, Rev. W. A. Evans and Frank Barnard attended the Farmer's institute at Magnolia last week. They were royally entertained by the people and the institute was pronounced a success. A number of the young people went down to the speaking contest Wednesday evening.

Taken From the Putnam Record, Hennepin, IL
February 23, 1899
Granville - Feb. 20

Joseph Olson spent some time last week in Chicago and Utica.

Miss Emma Thran of Peru, spent Saturday and Sunday at Frank Barlette.

John Barnard, of Omaha, spent Sunday and Monday with his parents here.

Mrs. Maleham, of Varna, is spending a week with her sister, Mrs. W. S.Hopkins.

John Buhn's mother has been very ill for some time past, but is now on the road to recovery.  His baby has also been getting better.

Miss Clara Whitaker was badly burned a short time ago by spilling some hot water on her foot. She is getting along very well under the circumstances, but is still unable to use her foot.

Friday afternoon, as a little son of H. Biedenfeldt's was playing around a straw stack, he accidentally set fire to it, burning the stack and adjoining shed.  The barn and other buildings were saved, but it was a narrow escape, and a warning to boys not to play with fire material.

Taken From the Putnam Record, Hennepin, IL
April 13, 1899
Granville - April 10

Miss Kate Mertz united with the church Sunday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond of Tonica are wisiting at Wm. Magee's.

James Packingham has been confined to the house for about a week with a touch of pneumonia.

Charlie and Harry Hineman who have been studying at Wheaton College, spent Saturday and Sunday in Granville calling on friends.  They start today for Oregon, where they will spend the summer with their father, working in the gold mines, Charlie hopes to return to Wheaton again in the fall.

Miss Eva Hopkins went to Chicago last week and returned bringing an infant six months old from the Foundlings home which she intends to raise. This is a worthy desire on her part and we congratulate her upon the kindness and generosity she has shown in providing such a good home for the friendless child.

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

Granville - May 2

Frank Barnard has just reshingled his barn.

A. J. Robinson has purchased a set of Fairbank's scales.

W. Smith begins peddling ice today - get the refrigerators ready.

Call on Charles Chase, if you want to see Jersey pigs by the score.

The Ladies's Aid society meets Thursday with Miss Cornelia Whitaker.

A 10-pound boy arrived Friday morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Johnson

George Garside starts for Creston, Ia., tonight.  He has secured a position there on the railroad.

Dr. Potter has changed his mind and now writes that he has decided not to come to Granville.

Victor Bender, of Omaha, spent the past three days with his father and sister at Fred Sucher's.

George Wharton and wife, of Seymour, Ia., are visiting at Henry Clemens's, whose wife is a sister of Mr. Wharton's.  They were residents of Granville twenty years ago.  Mrs. Wharton is a cousin of Mrs. Garside.

Taken From the Putnam Record, Hennepin, IL
August 3, 1899
Granville - July 31

Edith Henshaw is visiting her grandparents in Granville.

Henry Hullinger of Chicago spent a few days here last week.

Miss Lena Monger of Peru, spent Sunday with Mons Olson's family.

A. D. Fisher and wife, in company with Lewis Skeel and wife of Hennepin went to Pontiac Saturday to attend the Chautauqua assembly there.  They will remain until Tuesday.

Mr. Chas. R. Conklin of Kempton, Ill., and Miss Nettie T. Dahl were united in marriage at Granville, at the home of the bride's parents, Monday evening, July 31, 1899, Rev. Walter A. Evans, officiating clergyman.

There is still for sale at the residence of the late Stephen Harrison:  1 Garland range; 1 good oak dining table, 12 feet long; 1 walnut bedroom set; parlor lounge and three chairs, a Bradbury square piano, in good condition; a good family horse, single carriage and harness.

The death of Mrs. Gingerich, Thursday, July 6, was omitted from our letter by mistake.  After a painful illness of a great many years, she was at last called home.  The funeral was held at her late home Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, and she was buried in the Granville cemetery.

Mr. J. W. Hopkins' 85th birthday occurred Saturday the 29th and was celebrated Thursday p.m. from 4 to 8 o'clock, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Martha Whitaker.  Seventy friends of the family were assembled of all ages from baby SIdney, 4 months old, to Dr. Hawkins who is nearing 90.  All of Mr. Hopkins's children were present and 9 out of the 14 grandchildren.  Tables were placed on the pleasant piazza and commodious rooms, so that all present were seated at once, while the refreshments were served.  After luncheon "The Sweet Bye and Bye" was sung and prayer offered by Rev. Evans. Mrs. Evans then read a poem which will appear next week, and the guests departed wishing for many more such happy occasions in the life of the beloved and venerable man in whose honor it was given.

Deacon L. D. Gunn passed his 85th birthday Friday, the 28th.  As it was more convenient to do so, the event was celebrated Wednesday, by a dinner party, to which about two dozen guests were invited.  The table was loaded with good things to eat, and a most delightful day was spent. Deacon Gunn enjoys very good health and looks younger than most men of 70.  

Putnam Record, Hennepin, Illinois
October 5, 1899

Col. A. P. Child and son, the popular auctioneers of Granville, are kept quite busy just now. They have a large sale of Clydesdale horses at Mr. Hartman's near Mt. Palatine on the 18th and another sale of fine horses at Neponset, October 25th.

Putnam Record, Hennepin, Illinois
October 19, 1899

Granville - Oct. 16

Mrs. Margaret French and her children reached here Friday evening on their way to Wheaton, where they intend to make their future home. Mrs. French went on to Wheaton Saturday morning, leaving some of her children at her father's Mr. George Hopkins, till she gets settled.

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