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 The Oxbow

The Temporary Discontinuation of the Post Office

Taken From the Henry Republican
April 11, 1878

The post office at Oxbow was discontinued recently by the secret machinations of the late postmaster, one Bumgartner. Without advising with his bondsmen or citizens, he suddenly resigned, sending in his resignation to the department, and suggesting or requiring a discontinuance of the office. This extraordinary course for a man to pursue has brought a good deal of cursing on his head, and it is supposed there is more beneath the surface for his conduct than the public are supposed to known. As soon as Bumgartner's treachery became known the patrons of the Oxbow office immediately took steps for a restatement of the office, and sent on a petition to the department, numerously singed, for the appointment of a Mrs. Huber as postmistress. She is represented as being a very competent person, who will give general satisfaction in the office, a good deal more so than the defunct Bumshell that has just exploded.

Taken From the Putnam Record
April 19, 1878

We learn that the discontinuance of the post office in Oxbow was brought about by the postmaster himself, without even consulting his bondsmen and that the people are very much dissatisfied with the proceedings. That steps have been taken to have it reinstated with Mrs. Huber as postmistress. It certainly a very unwarranted move on the part of the old post master in having the office discontinued contrary to the wishes of the people and we hope they may be successful in their efforts for the reinstatement as the office in that locality is very convenient.

The Y. A. Glenn Farm and Cattle

July 22, 1880 - Oxbow
Taken From the Henry Republican

Oxbow Prairie ever since its first settlement has been notes for its big men and handsome women. Gulliver would never have gone there to find his race of Lilliputians, for if he had run across the Glenns, Lloyds and Shields, he would have thought he had discovered a country peopled with giants. Of late years it is justly celebrated also for its fine cattle. Your reporter, in company with several other honest farmers from south of the raging Sandy; recently visited the fine stock farm of Young A. Glenn, and it might not be out of place to report what may be seen there of interest to stock growers.

Mr. G.'s farm is admirabley located for stock purposes. He has 400 or 500 acres of timber and prairie, giving him good corn and grass land, as well as protection for his stock from the cold winds of winter, and shade from the hot sun of summer. His pasture affording grazing for 100 head of cattle and from 200 to 300 hogs, would now mow nearly a ton to the acre. Some farmers would think that was a waste; not so with Mr. Glenn, who thinks that an abundance of grass and grain is the most economical way of making beef that is beef; of course he don't expect to get beef to market as cheap as the Texas or Colorado herders, but he gets a much better quality and price. He has 45 three year old steers that he is feeding this spring and summer, that perhaps have never been excelled in Marshall or Putnam counties. They are high grades, beauties in form and color, and fat enough for an English fat cattle show. He has also on the same farm two car loads of grade steers running on grass without grain, that would be called beauties, if we had not seen the others first.

Mr. G., in addition to his stock at home, has in partnership with Charles R. Jones, 213 fine steers near Henry in pasture. Admirers of good cattle should visit the Glenns not only for pleasure but for profit. Allen Glenn also good cattle, but we did not have time to look over his farm as closely as we did his brothers. Mr. Glenn is not only an excellent feeder of quadrupeds but is equally as successful (as your reporter will testify) at serving bipeds with substantials and luxuries that go to make a good dinner. We had thought of soaring our straw hat aloft this fall for Gen. Hancock, but Young Glenn and family can just take it ribbons and all, for excelling in genuine openhearted hospitality.


The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois July 27, 1882

Ox Bow

We are having nice weather for harvesting and the farmers are putting every minute in the fields. Good many of the farmers are having their farms improved by building hay sheds, barns and refitting old barns, over.

John Cook is here on a visit.

Dawson Glenn made his appearance in his new buggy Sunday. It is nice and rather the knobbiest in Ox Bow.

Ephaim Smith sold his pet horse, the one that has been on the farm for many a year. It was as pretty a horse as there in in Ox Bow.

Jesse Ward is visiting his cousins in Henry.

Allen Glenn's horse, harness and buggy rather beats the boys.

Miss Mable Gould of Henry is visiting Allie Broaddus.

Miss Burr is visiting her brother William Burr.

Transcribed by Nancy Piper

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, March 29 1883
Ox Bow
Joe Betler and family will move into the property owned by Y. A. Glenn in the near future; will remain there until he gets a house built in Varna.
We understand that Douglas H. brought home a load of furniture from Henry not long since. It looks a little suspicious.
Caledonia is getting to be a lively place. Charley Ransom has moved to town. We have to keep quiet, as this place has three correspondents and another within a mile.
Mrs. Lee Betler is visiting at her sister's Mrs. Ben Ransom out by Lostant.
The Union School will open on the first day in April. Miss Ella Stuart will take charge.
George Gardner, who has been here on a visit, has made up his mind to stay and farm Mr. Bobbitt's place this year.
On last Saturday evening there was a social hop at the residence of Allen Glenn; report good time.
Mr. Walter Trone has been quite poorly for some time, but is able to be up and around again; report has it here his collar bone was broken.

Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 10, 1883
Joseph Belter of Ox Bow, whose household goods were shipped over three months ago from Lucas, Iowa, have not been heard from. The railroad company have had a tracer, so its freight agent writes, on track, but up to date no tidings have been received of their whereabouts by their owner.

Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 17, 1883
Ox Bow
Ellen Shields has gone to Iowa to visit a sister, Mrs. Laura Kays.
Ella Stuart closed her school last week on account of measles.
We will rectify a mistake in our last letter. It was Mary Spencer and Mr. Stable that were married in place of Laura Spencer and Barney Curtis.
Katie Ransom has been quite poorly, but is better.
The school election resulted in the election of Campbell Shields for director and the other two being Wm. M. Grosscup and W. M. Smith.
Benj. Walker is carrying the mail from Magnolia to Henry again. He is a good, trusty fellow and we all welcome him back on this road.
We learn Wm. Smith's baby is quite sick.

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 14, 1883
Ox Bow
We are now bracing ourselves up thinking that summer will surely come after while.
D. L. Travis has moved his saw mill down by James Shield's place.
There was a dance down at Henry Hailey's Friday night; report good time.
Charley Norris has a little girl born the 26 of May.
Lizzie Haws of Magnolia has been visiting Minnie Shields for several days.
Mrs. Newburn and daughter of Florid were visiting her niece Mrs. Benjamin Law the past week.
Several of the Sparland boys went through Caledonia, and among them was Emmitt Anderson.
Quarterly meeting next Saturday and Sunday at Caledonia, first service 2:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by quarterly conference; love feast at 9:30 Sunday, followed by preaching at 10:30. Presiding elder will be present.

The Henry Republican, Henry IL, June 28, 1883
Frank Hannum is visiting at Mrs. Johnson's at present.
Holmes Morrison and daughter Mary was visiting at his sister's Mrs. D. Ward.
William Smith's baby is better.
Amos Rhine and wife were visiting at N. J. Mathis's on Saturday, also at Mr. Edwin Hiltabrand's.
Miss Minnie Shields has been visiting her sister Mrs. Joe Bettler in Henry.
The Union school will close in about three weeks; the pupils are well pleased with their teacher; miss Ella has a good school.

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, July 19, 1883
Ox Bow
Farmers are sorry to see so much rain, as it is harvest time. It delays their work somewhat.
The Misses Raymers of Magnolia were guests of Mrs. Allen Hiltebrand on Sunday week.
There was a large crowd out to church and Sunday school on Sunday.
The storm on the 4th did some slight damages such as blowing fences down and tearing down trees; the wind blew stronger the farther east it went, so we are informed.
A large crown gathered to the "store Hall" on Saturday night, but, by some of the boys fooling with a toy pistol some of the lamps went out, and consequently there was but five girls stayed to the dance.
J. E. Bettler closed his school by having an entertainment on last Friday evening at the school house: the plays were splendid, all doing their part well, had a full house; would have been more present but on account of the rain.
Richard Miller is visiting in the Bow at present.
Henry Shields is librarian and Miss Phena Johnson organist at Sunday school.
William Smith has a very nice family carriage; got it home the day before the 4th of July.
Ella Stuart closed her school on Tuesday week; she gave all the scholars a pretty chrome card.
Phena Johnson was in Henry not long since, visiting.
Charley Ward got a severe cut from a pocket knife in the right arm, through carelessness. He had to quit work for a while, but is able to take his place again.
We saw Vivian Haws and Johnny Murphy taking home a new twine binder; also Mr. Beck took home two hay loaders.

Oxbow, April 21, 1887

We hear that Mrs. Sidney Pool and Mrs. Adam Halblibe think of starting west in two weeks.

A. C. Chance and family were the guests of W. H. Shields and wife Sunday last, where Mr. Chance bade farewell to his father and sister Annie, who expect to start to Oregon on Wednesday. We believe Mr. Chance goes there in hopes of having better health.


Oxbow, December 27, 1887

James Chance and Miss Chambers of Cottage Hill were married last Thursday at the home of the bride. James and his brand new wife were visiting his sister and brother, Chas. Chance and Mrs. W. H. Shields on Sunday and Monday last, preparatory to their leaving for the west, as we are told they go there in a short time to grow up with the country.

Oxbow, April 18, 1889

Leslie Foster, the young man working for E. C. Hiltebrand, is on the sick list. He went home last Friday to recuperate.

Oxbow, May 9, 1889

Leslie Foster took in the excursion to Peoria Sunday from Henry; don't know what kind of time they had. Would think the wind was rather high to make it pleasant sailing.

Oxbow, September 12, 1889

Leslie Foster, who has been working with E.C. Hiltabrand during the summer, hied himself off for Missouri this morning, to see his gal, as he says. That is right, Leslie, don't forget your gal.

Oxbow, July 17, 1890

We are sorry again to report the illness of Mrs. A. C. Foster of heart trouble. She has been dangerously sick but is some better at this writing. Hope she will soon be restored to her usual health.

Mrs. Rosa Allen of Cottage Hill, who has been sick so long, died on Saturday morning. Interment on Monday.


Oxbow Thursday. July 31.1890

A Miss Cassell of Chicago is visiting with the family of H.H. Murphy and others in the Bow.

Oxbow, September 18, 1890

A. C. Foster will leave old Oxbow next week, locating near Cottage Hill and we hear Cal Lambert expects to hitch traces with Lizzie Bosley of the Hill this week and taking the place. Mr. Foster vacated with A. D. Hiltebrand.


Oxbow, February 26, 1891

Gus Foster, wife and little daughter, all of Cottage Hill, were visiting with A. G. Hilderbrand and family last week.


Oxbow October 15.1891

Ada Murphy, daughter of H.H. Murphy, has been very sick with some kind of fever but is some better at this writing. Hope she will soon recover


Oxbow. December 3.1891

The ladies of Oxbow and vicinity made a Crazy Worsted Quilt presented to Rev. Bliss on Thanksgiving day. It almost took the good brother by storm, but he was equal to the occasion and was just angry enough to eat fried chicken. The presentation speech was read by Mrs. H. H Murphy. They also received some vegetables and some fruit. Below will be found the names of those donating to the quilt and presentation speech.

Mrs. H.H. Murphy, Mrs. N.J. Mathis, Mrs. A.G. Hildebrand, Mrs. Eddie Hildebrand, Mrs. W.F. Trone, Mrs. Hugh Chestnut, Mrs. Lizzie Zenor, Mrs. G. Gregory, Mrs. Joseph Boyle, Mrs. W.J Smith, Mrs. B.F. Law, Mrs. L.J. Feister, Mrs. I. Munis, Mrs. F.P. Funk, Mrs. M.E. Ackley, Mrs. W.J. Huber, Misses -Lila Hildebrand, Ella Hildebrand, Ida Foster. Ada Murphy, Bertha Smith, Kate Ranson, Nora B. Shields


Oxbow November 24. 1892

H.H. Murphy now occupies the farm he erected on N.J. Mathis farm. He had rented the Mathis farm for the ensuing year.

Oxbow, June 11, 1896

Ed Chance and family were the guests of his brother Anthony Chance last Sunday. A few of the neighbors and friends spent a very pleasant evening at their home last Thursday.


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