Putnam County, Illinois History and Genealogy
Hennepin News


Hennepin Cave (1875)

Sketch of Hennepin (1876)

 The Capping of the Artisian Well (1876)

Miscellaneous News Items from 1877

Miscellaneous News Items from 1880

Miscellaneous News Items from 1881

News Item April 7, 1881 -(Bureau County Republican ) - Donated by Mike O'Neal

News Items April 21 1881   - (Bureau County Republican ) - Donated by Mike O'Neal

News Items July 27, 1882 (Henry Republican)

January 23, 1907

1883 News

News Items January 18, 1883 (Henry Republican) : Elias Macartea Injured - Dick Hulbert Married
March 29, 1883 News (William Weeks Butcher Shop, S. H. S. H. Whitsinger Moves to Washington Territory)
April 26, 1883 News (School Election, A. Turner retires, Rev. Denning Looking after Business)
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 10, 1883
(Mrs. Tomasson, Chas. Grubbs, S. H. Cunningham, Jeff Durley, H. M. Stoffer, Mr. Fowler, Arm Waugh, Lizzie Tures, J. M. Durley, Rev. J. W. Denning)
A.T. Purviance visits Henry (June 14, 1883)
Community News June 14, 1883

1885-1887 Local News

Taken From the Henry Republican

May 1, 1873

Putnam News

The trustees in Hennepin have made the following official selections: President, C. Bodemer; treasurer, W. H. Casson; Constable, J. M. Fairfield; Street commissioner, William Fairfield, Board of Health, H. M. Stouffer, Daniel Albert and Asa Cunningham.

Taken From the Putnam Record
April 21, 1876

The village election last Tuesday resulted in as following: For trustees, E. P. Spencer, C. P. Towle, Jasper Cecil, C. Wood, P. Dore, and Frank Sunderlin. The contest for police magistrate was very close. Peter Feltes being elected over S. H. Smith by a majority of one vote. G. M. Cummingham was elected clerk.

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 20, 1876

Hennepin - The somewhat difficult task of placing the cap on the artesian well was accomplished on Saturday, the 15th inst., to the credit of the men engaged at it. In order to do this, it was necessary to detach the top piece of piping, at a point about 12 feet below the surface of the ground, and supply its place with a piece about seven feet long to which the cap was attached. Two sets of hands were employed, one to remove the old pipe and one to adjust the new. Mr. Huribert performed the very disagreeable if not dangerous part, of placing the pipe in its position, a complete drenching being inevitable, and there being considerable danger of getting drowned, in case of delay in its adjustment. When the pipe was removed, the water which necessarily had been confined for several minutes, rose above Mr. Hulbertís head completely overwhelming him. Notwithstanding, he succeeded in placing the pipe quite promptly, which, owing to the great force of the water, must have been very difficult. Monday afternoon the laying of the pipe, from the well to the streets north and south of the public square was completed, and the water is now conducted to each of those streets.

John Carothers was arrested on Monday by Sheriff Durley, on the charge of an assault with intent to commit a rape on the person of Rose E. Smith, daughter of Gabriel Smith, who has charge of the poor farm. Mr. C. is a member of the M. E. church of this place; has heretofore born a good reputation, and protests his innocence of the charge saying it is a put up job.

February 3, 1876
Taken From the Henry Republican


On last Friday evening, the building known as the Everett House was destroyed by fire. The wind being very strong it took quite an effort to save the buildings near it. It would have been an impossibility if it had been for the artesian water that flowed down Court street. It was one of the oldest buildings in town, the loss is estimated somewhat near $500.

Hennepin Cave

Taken From the Henry Republican
June 10, 1875

It was rumored for many years that a cave of great extent was located in the river bank north of the ferry landing at Hennepin. Many thrilling stories about this cavity in the earth have been handed down from father to son, and yet, notwithstanding all the wondrous tales told, but few persons have ever attempted to explore the mysteries of the dark hole. It has been said that old Father Hennepin, one of the early explorers of the Illinois river, passed one winter alone in this cave, and that many years ago it was occupied for a long time by a band of thieving marauders.

Having heard so much about the place, 13 years ago this summer, accompanied by Dr. Leech, Charlie Turner and others, we started on an exploring tour through the deep dark cavern. Well prepared for all emergencies, we crawled as best we could through the small opening at the mouth. After crawling upon hands and feet a distance of several feet, we came into the first chamber, a room 12 feet long, 5 feet wide and about 6 feet high. At this point there seemed to be no opening any further on, but after a close examination of the sides, with our torches, we found hole on the east side which seemed scarcely large enough for a small boy to squeeze through.

Our hammers soon made the opening large enough, and we passed through, very much as a worm wriggles through the ground. Here we found a long narrow passage, filled with water and mud. This did not make the going very pleasant, but as we had started out with the determination of seeing the end, if such a thing was possible, we passed on. Pretty soon we again reached a room which was large enough to give us a chance to straighten out and take a breathing spell. In this place we found several stalactites about four inches in length. The formations presented a fine appearance as the lights from our torches reflected upon them, the ends of each having a pearly drop of water.

We passed on again, entering another narrow passage which soon opened into another small room. Here was a basin of cold, sparkling water which was most delightful to the palate. No father opening was to be found from this room and here our explorations ended, much to the regret of the party, many of whom thought the cave would lead at least half a mile up under the town. From this point a rope was stretched to the mouth, and when measured was found that we had gone a distance of 85 feet.

We all agreed, after comparing notes, that the constant dripping of water from the earth overhead had formed a deposit of limestone, little by little, until the original cavity had been completely filled up.

We again visited the cave last week. We found the opening intact and passed in. The first large room was found to be in the same condition as it was 13 years ago; but the small opening we described above was completely sealed up by the same process as we have before described. This was plain to be seen, as where the opening then was in now a bank of smooth limestone formation. And in this manner nature has forever closed up what would have been a wonderful curiosity for ages to come and a great benefit to Hennepin, if her people had taken the pains to have kept the small opening cleaned out. - Princeton Tribune.

A Sketch of Hennepin

Taken From the Henry Republican
October 5, 1876

The city of Hennepin always presents a favorable appearance to strangers. Its residences are tasty, neatly painted, and the grounds surrounding them abounding in velvety green lawns, interlaced with here and there beds and mounds of beautiful flowers. The court house is in good repair; the school house a pride to its citizens, and its churches of modern architecture, are very becoming places of worship.

One of its recent valuable enterprises and acquisitions, thanks to the energy and genius perhaps of T. J. Nicholls, Esq., as to anybody else, is its artesian well. At a depth of 800 feet water was struck, that now is a ceaseless flow, and a wonderful advantage to the place. On each side of the square are troughs for animals, which drink of it as they drink of no other water, take in immense quantities, and gulp it down as if they never want to stop. Our own span was driven up to the trough on Tuesday, and they plunged in their noses as if they had never seen water before, and drank until we were almost afraid they would suffer by it. The water is of tepid temperatures, flows out in a huge stream, and has a brachish taste, mildly of sulphur. It is so warm in winter, we are told, that it runs to the river, a distance of seven or eight blocks, without freezing. Everybody is pleased with the outlay, and are satisfied it is the best undertaking ever accomplished by its citizens. Mr. A. T. Purviance, who is something of a geologist, carefully preserved specimens of the different stratas of the great bore, and has them encased in a frame in his office at the court house where they can be inspected at any tiem by those interested.

The court house is always a pleasant place to call. Mr. A. T. Purvaince, the county clerk, has a fine office, and every convenience to do business. He is also thoroughly posted, very agreeable, and no man goes from the office without feeling the worth of their public servant, and that he ought to be kept in the harness. Mr. P. Savage, the circuit clerk, was also in his office, shaking with the ague as he wrote out subpoenas of jurors for the incoming circuit court term. He too has a fine office. Sheriff Durley and States Attorney Casson were absent on business.

A. V. Speer's was our next calling place. He has a beautiful home, a yard full of fruit, and is well fixed to enjoy the comforts of life. He carries on the wagon and carriage business, and had several fine specimens at the Putnam county fair, all of which were sold before the fair was over. A phaeton in his shop was a very excellent speciman of work, as also two hand made wagons, one of which he sold while we were there. He is a splendid workman, and his reputation in wagon and carriage making is second to none in these diggins.

J. H. Seaton is the town druggist, whose store is well filled, nicely and tastily arranged, and who is doing a good business. Mr. Seaton is the county superintendent of schools, and a very intelligent and efficient officer. He is an independent in politics, undoubtedly has been an honest one, but as that particular division of parties is growing beautifully less, we hope to see him again among his republican brethren, and in sympathy with those who have saved and perpetuated our glorious republic.

The Record printing office, with I. H. Cook as its editor, is flourishing. Mr. Cook has a good room, has it stocked with the conveniences for his business, and is making a good local paper and a good living. As his paper succeeds where many others have failed, it illustrates what pluck and strict attention to business will accomplish. Adam Deck has opened a jewelry store here, and has a fine assortment of goods in his line. P. B. Durley is the postmaster, but he was out when we called.

The best improvement of the year is C. & W. Eddy's new brick store just completed. The lower floor is large, wide and inviting, and crammed with new goods, everything most that the people desire in a dry goods store. Its interior is arranged with all the modern conveniences for doing business with ease and comfort to the buyer. A flight of wide stairs take you to the second story, where the boot and shoe and clothing departments are. The Messrs. Eddys have always been popular, successful business men, and with the improvements they have made have secured handsome salerooms, and will drawn, as they seek, a large trade.

The fair this year was a success, both as an exhibition and in receipts. The attendance was good and the people were gratified with what they saw and enjoyed. Its officers done their whole duty, and everything passed off to the credit of all concerned.

We shook hands with George C. Read, the republican candidate for sheriff, a very pleasant young man, and one who impressed us favorably as competent for the position, and one whom the people will delight to select for that important county trust. Jeff. Durley as circuit clerk and W. H. Casson as states attorney, presents a strong ticket, and that they will be elected is as sure as the Hayes and Wheeler will be our next presidne and vice president.

April 24, 1874
The Putnam Record

The election last Thursday for village officers, not withstanding everything was very quiet up to the morning of the election and was quite an exciting one. The issue was license or no license. The license ticket was elected entire with one exception - that of C. Wood, who was on the temperance ticket, was elected over Trerwiller on the People's ticket by a majority of two. The highest majority on the People's ticket was 16. The new board is as follows: Thomas Stanton, C. Bodemer, S. G. Leech, W. Eddy, C. Wood, P. Dore, and G. M. Cunningham, clerk. The temperance folks worked hard and fell but very little short of success.

April 23, 1875
The Putnam Record

The election for village officers took place last Tuesday, was very little interest taken and the vote was light. Two tickets were in field, both under the name of People's Ballot. The result was as follows:

For trustees - C. P. Towle, Jasper Cecil, C. Wood and Patrick Dore a tie, O. B. Davis, George Mead, Jeff Durley, George M. Cunningham, clerk. George Mowbray was elected police magistrate over Jos. Holland. In case of a tie, as between Dore and Wood, the law directs that they shall cast lots for choice. We understand Dore will not do so and can not say how the many will be decided.

October 4, 1877
Taken From the Henry Republican

Hennepin News

The supervisors have decided to appoint a county physician to attend the paupers. It is not likely to work well, as their (there) will be too much territory to travel.

Cook of the Record has a number of copies of "Warren's Centennial History of Putnam County" for sale; price 10 c.

The republican committee have called a republican convention, which meets at Hennepin, October 16, when nominations for judge, clerk, and treasurer will be made. There is a feeling to leave the superintendency without a nomination, which will probably be done.

Three per cent has been added to the assessed value of the real estate of this county by the state board.

The late school census shows 421 persons in the district under 1 years of age.

The ferry privilege is to be let to the highest bidder October 18.

July 22, 1880 - Hennepin
Taken From the Henry Republican

William Thomas left for his home in Missouri this morning, after a visit of several weeks among us. Among his last acts here was the selling of his last farm in this county to Patrick Dore. The farm contained about 108 acres, and is in a good neighborhood.

Dr. Ellinger now sports a new top buggy. This speaks well for his paying customers.

James A. Patten of Florid has been promoted, and has removed to Hennepin and lives in the M. E. parsonage. We never supposed that his mind ran that way, but we cannot always tell.

Geo. C. Read is preparing to build a mansion, on the ground until recently occupied by the old residence, which by the way is in the most flourishing part of our village.

Among the sick in town are Mrs. Peter Feltes remittent fever, John Dore same, child of R. R. Bently dysentery.

Mrs. Danley's mother died on Sunday and was taken to her final resting place at Henry. We have not learned any particulars.

George Mead is plastering the new house of Daniel Peterson at Sprinkleburg.

Of course the farmers are all busy with their grain and hay harvesting, but for all that business is lively and the surroundings are all favorable in Hennepin.



March 24, 1881 - Hennepin
Taken From the Henry Republican

John Appel's child, only a few months old, died on Saturday and was buried from the Catholic church on Monday.

Prof. Ham has sold his household and kitchen furniture, paid his rent, and left Dr. Cowen's house and gone to board at Mrs. Emeline Durley's. Mrs. Ham has gone east to her folks for an extended visit.

Prof. Bert Thomas will, for a short time only, occupy the Cowen house.

John Purviance and Wm. McClung shipped their goods on Friday, and their families will soon follow to their new homes at Dysart, Tama county, Iowa. When men in this county can sell their country farms for $60 an acre, they do a sensible thing when they take the caseh and go west to let that country grow up around them.

Bureau County Republican - April 7, 1881.
Hennepin < 4th.
Donated by Mike O'Neal

The ferry boat began making regular trips on Friday The Steamer Petrel, with a heavy tow of ice barges passed down on Saturday. Her smokestacks came in contact the telegraph wire, and broke it.

The Republican township convention, on Thursday, made the following nominations:< L. H. Durley, Supervisor; J. A. Patten, Assessor; Geo. C. Read, Collector; Jacob Williams, Commissioner of Highways; James M. Durley, Town Clerk; F. Sunderlin and J. B. Albert, Justices of the Peace; A. V. Speer and Thos. Hetrick, Constables. -- Col. Champton.

Bureau County Republican - Thursday, April 21, 1881
Donated by Mike O'Neal

The election for school director on Saturday resulted: C. A. Zenor 100; T. Bast 21.

The river is still rising, and lacks but a few inches of standing at the highest point known in ten years.

Within the corporation limits the snow has nearly all disappeared. In the country the prospect for its disappearance by August 1st are considered flattering.

Hennepin Lodge, No. 118 I. O. O. F. will celebrate the sixty-second anniversary of American Odd Fellowship at its ball, on Tuesday evening, April 26th. The program is not yet complete.

The village election which takes place to-day will be a warm contest. The candidates are Terwiler; clerk, John P. Towle. Anti-license: Trustees, C. Wood, Jos. Yeager, F. Sunderlin; clerk, B. B. Unthank. The contest will be very close.

< Col. Crampton.


The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois July 27, 1882


Missses Frances and Julia Knelp and Berende and Eddie Bigley, after spending a short vacation in Hennepin, returned to Chicago, Monday.

Miss Carrie Forsaith of Princeton is a guest of Miss Patton.

A few of our young folks visited Balley's Falls last week.

Miss Estella Stillman of Lawn Ridge is visiting old Normal friend this week.

The I.O.G.T. have filled up a room above the J. M. Durley's grocery store for their use.

Miss Cora Carman of Peoria is visiting relatives and friends here. - Jacob.

Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Elias Macartea Injured - Dick Hulbert Married
Henry Republican, January 18, 1883

Neighborhood News

Elias Macartea, aged 86, fell on the ice at his own door on Saturday morning, and seriously injured his right hip at the joint.
Dick Hulbert found a bride at Green river and they are enjoying the honeymoon here.

William Weeks Butcher Shop
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, March 29 1883
Local Department
William Weeks, Esq., son-in-law of Mr. G. P. Deyoe, was a visitor on Monday. Mr. W. resides at Hennepin. He is the owner of a first class butcher shop, having the Stevens ice chest and all the modern improvements, and is one of the neatest, most energetic business men of the place. Billy has a large patronage and deserves to prosper.

S. H. Whitsinger Moves to Washington Territory
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, March 29 1883
S. H. Whitsinger, a former resident of Senachwine, goes to Damon, Washington Territory, where he will engage in stock raising on an extensive scale with a brother. He shipped his goods last week and will be happy in the receipt of The Republican as a weekly visitor in that far off northwestern region.

Hennepin News
The Henry Republican, April 26, 1883
Our school election on Saturday resulted in the election of Jasper Cecil for director, the other two being Geo. C. Read and Chas. A. Zenor, a young and lively team.
Africa H. Turner, who has served as director during most of the last 25 years, retires covered all over with honors and glory, and now proposes to give the boys a chance. Our school is running smoothly and all in good shape.
Rev. J. W. Denning is away the fore part of this week, looking after some business.

Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 10, 1883
Mrs. Tomasson of Granville, who is the mother of the city marshal of Henry, has bought the Mike Daily property her, and will soon become a permanent resident among us.
Chas. Grubbs has removed from Putnam to Hennepin, and is living in the Sparks house, and has thus far proved himself to be a quiet and industrious citizen. He has been painting on Dan Peterson's house. We have no personal acquaintance with the family, but they are making a favorable impression with our people.
S. H. Cunningham, carpenter, has moved into Dr. Cowen's house.
Jeff Durley is making some radical improvements on his dwelling.
H. M. Stouffer has improved his property by building a nice picket fence all around the dwelling lot. He is teaching school at Bureau.
Our school will close after two more weeks. Mr. Fowler has been employed for the next year. He has done well during this year.
We are told that Arm Waugh and Miss Lizzie Tures were married last week. May they prosper and be happy. We are every day expecting to hear of another wedding, but we will try to wait for the item.
The Grey Eagle came up on Sunday with a light freight and a few light weight passengers.
Hennepin Post No. 231 G. A. R. have secured quarters with the Good Templars, over J. M. Durley's store, and meet on the first and third Saturday nights in each month, with 25 members and a fair prospect.
Rev. J. W. Denning and lady are rejoicing over the fact that at 3 a.m. on Tuesady, May 8th, a 10 pound girl came to stay with them, and be company for the other girl and boy.

A.T. Purviance visits Henry
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 14, 1883
A. T. Purviance, Esq., the veteran county clerk of Putnam residing at Hennepin, visited Henry on Friday last, with his wife and daughter, all favoring the Republican office with a call. Mr. Purviance was once a printer boy and remembers the inner working of 80 years ago of the art preservation in the age of hand presses and man power. Our visitors were shown the great power newspaper press, its job preses and the steam facilities for fast printing. Mr. Purviance was very willing to acknowledge this was an age of progress, even in printing.

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 14, 1883
A trip across the country on Tuesday of last week, takng in Mt. Palatine, Lostant, Wenona, Magnolia and Florid, convinced us that we ought to feel happy over our prospect for a corn crop over and above our neighbors. We have less mud, better roads, better corn and less weeds. For all of these blessings we are thankful.
Our bank cashier I. B. Lesh and bride have commenced house keeping in earnest in the house recently vacated by H. B. Stockdale when he removed to Peru.
Lyman Forney has opened a new meat market near the Hennepin house, and we can all, in this enterprise, wish him success.
The contract for carrying the daily mail from Hennepin to Florid, Cottage Hill and Dearborn and return, was today sublet to Len. T. Leech of Hennepin. For how much money we have not learned.
Took dinner with Riley Roberts who was well and attending to his business as usual "just after the battle, mother." That subject was not mentioned during our stay.
We learn through L. H. Durley, his cousin, that Marshall Beck has lately buried his only child, after a very short illness. The mother and child were at the time visiting in Kansas and the body was taken to their home in Chicago for burial.


The Putnam Record

April 24, 1884

The personal effects of the late William Haws of Magnolia will be sold the 22nd day of May next at the late residence of the deceased. A credit of 9 months will be given on sums over $5, with approved security

April 14, 1887

Jer. Beck has been visiting old friends in Hennepin in the past few days. He returns to Pekin the last of the week.

The Putnam Record, Hennepin, Putnam Co., Illinois, Wednesday, January 23, 1907. No. 31
- Contributed by Jack C. Henning

Harold Markley, who had his leg severely wrenched two weeks ago, while playing at school, is slowly recovering. He got a fall about a week after the first accident which has somewhat retarded his recovery. However, he is now able to get about the house on crutches, and hopes to be able to return to school soon.

Walker Purviance, of Monteith, Iowa, arrived in Hennepin last Thursday for a visit with relatives and old friends in and around Hennepin. Mr. Purviance is a brother of the later Amos T. Purviance, and lived most of his early life in this county. He is stopping at the Purviance home north of town at present.

Miss. May Holmbeck, who moved to South Dakota a year ago with her parents, is back here visiting her [?] and other friends.

J. E. Taylor went to Peoria on business on Thursday. No, he didn't go on foot. He hired a team to take him to Moronts, where he boarded a train which took him to Depue, where he transferred to the C. R. I & P., passed through Bureau and on to Peoria.

The appraisers appointed to appraise the Wonser hardware stock, arrived here the first of the week and concluded the work the latter part of the week, and now the stock is in shape to be disposed of. We have not seen the figures but are told that the appraisement amounted to something over $2800. It has been rumored that a stock company has been talked of, which would buy the stock and continue the store, but this is only rumor, so far. We presume the matter is now in the hands of the trustee to be disposed of in some way.

Last Thursday Mr. and Mrs. A. Reavy received a telegram from Davenport, Iowa, that their daughter, Laura, who has been staying at Davenport with her brother for some time, was dangerously ill with appendicitis. Mrs. Reavy went over immediately Thursday evening, but up to this Tuesday evening, nothing further has been heard from the sick girl. It is more than probably that a letter is waiting at Bureau now for Mr. Reavy, as there has been no mail from there since last Saturday morning, and telephone communication is also cut off between here and Bureau. Of course this situation is very unpleasant to the folks here and keeps them on the anxious seat. We hope the news may be good when it does come.

Miner Penniman, son of Mrs. David Sellers, of Hennepin, arrived home last Thursday to make his mother a visit, having completed his term of service under "Uncle Sam." Mr. Penniman enlisted in the U. S. navy four years ago, and during the term of his enlistment has bad an opportunity to see much of the world. During the first six months while he was in training, he was at New York, Boston and Washington, D. C. Then he was transferred to the U. S. S. Baltimore, which left New York for a three years cruise, and visited many foreign countries among them Europe, Asia, Africa, China, japan, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. He left this ship at Manila Bay, and from there came to San Francisco, where he was paid off and honorably discharged. The sailor soldier has an opportunity to see much of the world but he is constantly under strict discipline which takes away much of the pleasure of sightseeing. It is not all pleasure, and far different from a visit to these scenes free and untrammeled.

Frank Monroe, who carriers the mail between Hennepin and Florid, met with quite a serious misfortune last Thursday morning. One of his ponies was taken sick, and notwithstanding the efforts of Dr. Maulfair, and that Mr. Monroe, and A. J. Stewartson worked all night with the animal, it died early Thursday morning. Anyone having a small horse to sell can find a buyer by calling on Mr. Monroe.

E. E. Wonser left last Thursday evening for Kansas, where he expects to secure work.

J. W. Turner has been quite sick the past week, but is somewhat improved at this writing.

Dr. McCormick now makes his rounds in a neat and comfortable closed cab. It is certainly a nice thing in cold or stormy weather.

Louis Harper, of Peoria, Ill., and a Mr. Ridenbaugh from N. Dakota, have been guests of Benj. Sutcliffe and family the past week.

Mrs. C. W. Dysart was down from Granville the first of the week, visiting with her mother and sister, Mrs. Sarah and Miss Cora Burnham.

Mrs. A. T. Purviance was reported on the sick list the latter part of last week, but we are pleased to say that she is much improved at this date.

John M. Leach, who went to the Soldiers' Home at Quincy, Ill., last July, returned home last Saturday evening. John didn't seem to like the Home.

Howard Smith is going to move to Canada and as a consequence will have a sale of his stock and household goods on the 4th day of February, 1907, at his farm 2 ½ miles south of Florid. Full particulars in another column.


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