Putnam County, Illinois History and Genealogy
Village History - Putnam (Snachwine) News


  Snachwine becomes Putnam
(Taken from the Henry Republican, Feb. 3, 1881)

A Short Sketch on Snachwine
(June 25, 1874, Henry Republican)

The Village of Snachwine
(Henry Republican 1876 - describes Snachwine, its businesses and citizens)

The Snachwine Tile Factory
(Taken From the Henry Republican, Sept. 18, 1879)

News Items from 1869

News Items from 1872

News Items from  May and September 1879

Local News June 15 1882

Mrs. Henry Hunter Returns (Aug. 1882)  

News from 1898 and 1899  

June 17 1915 Local Gossip

Taken From the Henry Republican

June 10, 1869

From Snachwine

To the Editor of the Republican and Register

Your Hennepin editor, in sending his weekly budget of Putnam county news, does not give Snachwine its due allotment, not considering, or perhaps not realizing how much of interest your readers, now extending throughout the great northwest, lose by his neglect. Will you permit an "old residenter" to supply an items or two?

Last week was a busy one. An immense amount of grain was brought to market. Our enterprising grain merchants, having offered better prices than could be procured either at Tiskilwa or Henry, many farmers from the immediate vicinity of those old fogy towns, drew their grain to this market, and moreover expressed themselves highly pleased with the manner in which they were treated, and promised to continue coming with more, saying the increased price paid them good wages for hauling the difference in distance.

The railroad company has made a change in the station agency at Putnam, appointing in place of Adam Anderson, F. C. Mahoney, one of the grain-buyers here. The new appointment seems to be universally approved by the community, inasmuch as it had become necessary, in the opinion of the company, to make a change. It is needless for me to say, however, that the gentleman who formerly attended to the duties of the station, by his obliging disposition, his polite attention to passengers and shippers, whether citizens or strangers, his honorable dealing and strict attention to the railroad business, paying no attention to affairs not concerning him, his constant and untiring exertions to promote the growth and progress of Snachwine, has gained laurel which he can well wear with pride and satisfaction in his retirement. May a good spirit attend his footsteps. The new owners of the warehouse will enlarge and improve it, which it much needs, for the tremendous receipts of grain are far beyond its capacity to store.

Business with our merchants seems to have been satisfactory. Indeed, Mr. Dodd contemplates adding 20 feet to his storeroom, in order to accommodate the immense purchases he will make for the fall trade. That internal improvements are in progress here, is proved by the fact that three of your own mechanics, viz., Scott, Syphers and Grubbs, have been engaged for all summer, while our own have their hands full, and are calling for "yours".


September 26, 1872

Putnam County News - Snachwine

We had one or two days quite cool last week. Fires were quite comfortable. The state fair was visited by a great many from here - 90 railroad tickets for the special train being sold at the station.


May 29, 1879
Taken From the Henry Republican

The Snachwine Tile factory is in full blast, and has a very superior lot of drain tile already for the market. The firm run about ten hands and are doing an excellent business. See advertisement for further particulars.

September 18, 1879
Taken From the Henry Republican

Snachwine -

School began last week with 65 scholars, with the prospect of more coming.  Mr. Derr has his hands full.

O. P. Carroll has began to shell out, he has about 50,000 bushels of corn to shell. Morgan Williams is doing the work with his steam sheller.

Who owns the drug store is now the most pertinent question here at present; there has been nine owners for it in the last year; it is very appropriately named “The People’s Drug Store,” for nearly everybody has owned it. Wednesday the sheriff put it into the hands of Andrew Anderson, administrator of Cyrua Taliaferro’s estate.


February 3, 1881
Taken From the Henry Republican


The name of the post office of this place is changed to Putnam. The name of the railroad station and post office now correspond, which will be a great convenience to the businessmen of this burg. But most of our citizens linger lovingly around the old euphonious word, Snachwine.


Taken From the Henry Republican
June 15, 1882

Local News - Putnam

E. Hinkins has been painting his building. He has now as fine a hall for public meetings, etc., as there is outside of Chicago (in a town of our size.)

The commissioners of highways let contracts for building bridges, viz: Finnegan bridge, Levi Long, $19.70; Crow Creek bridge, S. H. Condit $79.50.

The daughters of Chas. Dodd are confined to the house with remittent fever.

Our P. M. Kelso is a crack marksman; can hit anything but a hoot owl.

Fred Cook cut his knee cap with a drawing knife; the wound is quire painful.

Clel Duncan is about finishing his course in telegraphy. We hope soon to have telegraph facilities here.

The services at the M. E. church on last Sunday morning and evening were well attended, Elder Forsythe presided, assisted by the pastor, Rev Minium

A young citizen has arrived at Thomas McCugh's.

Mrs. Charles Grubbs and her sister Miss Nettie Hawkins, are visiting an aunt in Michigan. Miss Hawkins intends to stay during the summer.

Harry Soper has procured government license for selling liquor, and now the boys do not have to go to Henry every tiem they want a gallon of beer.

Wm. Kelso has rented the J. A. Wooley's store building, and gave it a new front and moved his goods and post office in.

Since writing our last communication we noticed in the Keota Eagle, the announcement of the death of John D. Allender, who died on his farm near Keota, Iowa. He was formerly from Greene county, Pa., and moved to Senachwine about 30 years ago. He united with the Christian church of which he remained a consistent member and earnest worker, until he moved to his late residence near Keota, in 1870. There he united with the Baptists, where he held his membership until he died March 27, 1882. He was a good and useful citizen, and loved by all who knew him. He was 63 years of age, and leaves a wife and six children. Mrs. Wm F Wooley, a daughter is living here.

James Long lost a valuable horse last week. The animal got on the railroad by some means, and became frightened at the approach of the train and jumped off the bridge near Timothy Woods's, killing it almost instantly.

Mrs. Morgan has been fitting up her residence on her farm, and had it reshingled. She is always up with the times and keeps things in order.

Mrs. Henry Hunter Returns

Taken From the Henry Republican, August 24, 1882


Mrs. Henry Hunter who has been living with her daughter, Mrs. Hugh Orr in Iowa has returned to this place. Her son Elmer was married a short time ago. Accept our best wishes Elmer.

1898 and 1899

Taken From the Putnam Record
December 22, 1898
Putnam  - Dec. 20

A new switch board is being put in for the Putnam Telephone company.

Dean Northrop has returned from Rock Island, wehre he has been for sevearl weeks.

It is prophesied that the heaviest end of our winter is past.  It this is the case, lucky are those who have their ice put up.

Invitations are out for the wedding of Miss Cora Murphy to Mr. Dome, of Wheatland.  The ceremony will take place at the home of her sister, Mrs. Caleb Condit.

Mr. Kelso wears a more genial countenance than he has for a few weeks past.  All because his wife has returned from Walnut, where she has been caring for Mrs. Shaw and a little granddaughter.

A number of young folks from here went to have a merry time with Harry Finley, last Thursday evening and they had it.  Harry knows how to make it lively, and Miss Carrie is a good assistant.

April 20, 1899

Putnam, April 10

Miss Mattie Evans visted friends here Monday

Sabbath evening, Dr. Barelay, an anti-saloon man, spoke at the M.E. church.

George Daily and sister, Nina, attended the teacher's institute at Magnolia Friday.

Our farmers are very busy, although the frost is hardly out of the ground in many fields.

Mrs. W. H. Williams returned Monday.  She has been visiting children at Marengo and Chicago.

Miss Alice Northrop returned to her school, after a short visit at home.  She teaches at Buckley.

Rev. Liddemeyer, of St. Louis and Mr. and Mrs. Bidwell, of Henry, were visitors in Putnam today.

Wednesday evening the Epworth league gave an entertainment for the benefit of the M.E. church entitled "The New Woman".  It was greately enjoyed and after the entertainment, ice cream and cake were served.

Rev. and Mrs. Northrop with several of their Putnam friends, spent an evening with Rev. Lindeberger and Mr. and Mrs. Bidwell at the Williams homestead where all partook of a rare spiritual and intellectual treat.


Henry Republican, Henry, IL June 17, 1915


Mr. and Mrs. John Homrighouse of Henry spent Sunday with his mother.

Mr. and Mrs. George Finley spent over Sunday with their son, Clay Finley and family at Dunlap.

L. R. Thomas and family autoed to Eureka Saturday.

W. S. Murphy and family and Francis Murphy and family, spent Sunday at J. E. Wherry's at Whtiefield, and feasted on strawberries. Edward Murphy remained for a few more days' visit.

Miss Edna Pearson gave a lawn party in honor of her guest, Miss Farwell of Buda, on last Friday evening. About 40 attended and a jolly good time was had. Ice cream and cake were served.

On last Thursday Mr. and Mrs. James Wherry and son James and A. L. Kildow and family autos to Peoria and near Chillicothe the Kildow car turned over, caused by the steering gear breaking. Fortunately the occupants, escaped with only a few bruises. The care was damaged, but soon was repaired and they went on their trip and return.

Born, June 8, twins, girls, to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Morris.

Born, June 13, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. T. Crawford of Dana and great grandson to Wm. Wheeler.

A  Short Sketch of Snachwine

Taken From the Henry Republican
June 25, 1874

Snachwine village is a station of the Bureau Valley railraod, and has a population of about 400.   It is nestled beautifully under the hills that line the Illinois bottoms, and is doing a good business in the shipment of grain and live stock, Norman Stuart, the station agent, being the principal buyer. E. L. Cook, is the deputy p.m., who supplies stationery and medicines to the denizens and sits arbitrator on the seat of justice when difficulties arise between neighbors. Hitchcock & Mapes, N. F. Small and Charley Dodd keep the necessaries of this life for the body, while the village shoemaker cares for the soles of the inhabitants. Dunell furnishes the "staff of life,"  Davenport the "rolling stock," and John Galvin the "anvil chorus," which chimes in grandly with the musical chords of J. Koch, on the Mason & Hamlin.  With a handsome school edifice and two church buildings, a good society and an industrious people, this village is prosperous and delightful to live in.  Its name is derived from an old Indian chief, whose tribe inhabited this region years ago, and whose bones are entombed within a mile of the town.

Saloons are not tolerated in Snachwine, but the close promimity of Henry by rail is having a bad effect on some of the boys of our town.  "Snakes" are even troublesome, and there is a fearful show of "empty pockets" and wrecked fortunes. A woman's crusade is talked of, and if these desolated wives and mothers once commence, the temperance law will do its perfect work.

The Village of Snachwine

Taken From the Henry Republican
November 2, 1876

In company with the mother of the writer and his own family, we visited a week ago with Mrs. Clara Morgan and her daughter, Miss Helen, at Snachwine. They live opposite the depot in the Anderson property, where they can see and know all that is going on at the depot, and about the village. Mrs. Morgan is one of the talented members of the reportorial staff of The Republican, and her weekly letters are exceedingly well appreciated by our readers. We heard one of its townsmen remark while we were there, that the Snachwine correspondent was a very discreet and sensible writer, as she avoided the gossip that afflicted that village. And this is saying a good deal for the discrimination between what is and what is not proper to go to the public.

Mrs. Morgan has a very fine collection of house plants, one of which, a vine, is trailing about the ceiling, nearly half way round the room. Miss Helen has a fine piano, and is a skillful manipulator of that delicate yet difficult instrument to master. These ladies keep a horse, and have the comforts as well as the conveniences to make life pleasant and joyous.

There are three stores in Snachwine. Cyrus Taliaferro keeps the old Harry Janey store, but he was absent at the lake hunting ducks, while his clerk, Charley Grubbs, received us cordially, with whom we had a half hour's pleasant chat. Cyrus has a good country store, abounding in dry goods and groceries, and is making it pay. Mr. Charles Dodd is the second merchant with a good stock of dry goods, and commands a fair patronage. Charles was absent when we called. C. Butterweck is the new merchant, with a fresh assortment of new goods, and with every promise of building up an acquaintance and a good trade.

Frank Mokler is the village blacksmith, one who can blow the bellows and sling the sledge with as telling force as any one we know of. In fact he is a miniature of that famous Burritt, the learned blacksmith, for he can tell yarns all day long, and to beat him at a "spell", giving the definition of a word that may be found in Webster's unabridged, or propound a problem he cannot solve, is next to the impossibilities.

E. L. Cook is the deputy postmaster, always on hand, and as faithful as a clock to serve his customers. The grist mill is one of the features of the town. It is very compactly built, and very neatly kept. The is now under the management of a Mr. Peregay of Moline, a very competent, tasty miller, who is making good flour, and is a good square, honest man to deal with. Mr. Caroll is the station agent and grain buyer, whose acquaintance we failed to make on account of his absence. He is very much liked however as a citizen, and is doing a good shipping business.

The village has two churches, the Christian and the M.E. The former has a Mr. Wilson preaching with a view of becoming pastor, while the latter has already Rev. J. W. McCord for this conference year. These edifices are becoming, and are kept in good order. The school is in charge of George W. Myers, a very competent gentleman, and a good singing master as well. He is son-in-law of Dr. McLaughlin of Whitefield Corners. The people always have a good school here, and aside from the disposition of its social circle to "talk" against one another, is it a very pleasant place to live. The Taliaferros, the Barnhardts, the Condits, the Williamses, the Morgans, the Bacons, are familiar names connected with the early settlement of this township, and the town wherein the village stands, was the land of the Condits. The houses are painted up well, the gardens are well kept; and from the surroundings that came under our cursory observations we were impressed with the belief that peace and plenty reigned. Not a house in the town but what was occupied, and for accommodation, several have to divide up house room for families that seek homes here.

Snachwine lake is also an attraction, and is likely to improve in the future. Propositions are already being considered to build a hotel at the sand bar, and from indications they are likely to be adopted. Then will follow other conveniences, and the upshot of the matter will be that Snachwine lake may become a great summer resort.

The Snachwine Tile Factory

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 18, 1879

We visited the above named works last Saturday and found them in full blast, turning out tile and brick of superior quality.  The works are situated two miles north of the village of Snachwine on the C. R. I. & P. Railroad. The works cover an era of four acres, and consist of quarry, sheds, engine house, kilns for burning, tile machine, etc.  They are owned and operated by Winship Bros. & Reed.  

The business was first established by H. D. Winship last year, and the firm was then known as Winship & Soper, Soper selling his interest to James Winship and Charles Read, the business then received an impetus which has made it amont the foremost in the state, both as to quality and quanitity of tile and brick. Their first public exhibit was at Hennepin fair this month.  There were several tile works represented, among which was Utica.  The honors were divided between Snachwine and Utica, each receiving a blue and red ribbon.

We were first taken to see the clay quarry by our gentlemanly guides, Capt. H. D. Winship (Hank) and John Dailey. There we found great cavern in the ground from which the clay is taken and worked into tile and brick.  The clay is a strata seven feet thick of the purest aluminum, very plastic, and entirely free of silica.  It sticks to you, if you touch it, like dirt to a tramp or like poverty to a drunkard.  It is said by experts to be as fine an article for tile and pottery as can be found anywhere.  

In the engine room is a beautiful 10 horse power engine, from Canton, Ohio, and was exhibited at the state exposition at Chicago two years ago. When the exposition closed it was bought by H. D. Winship, who has run it since.  As a proof of its durability "Hank" says it has never been out of order and only 75c for repairs have been put on it in two years work, which speaks as much for the capability on the engineer as for the durability of the engine.  The tile mill is a ponderous looking machine, which makes tile as the Irishman said cannons were made, i.e. "make a big hole and then put the stuff around it."

We then were shown through the drying sheds; there are tow of them, each 100 feet long and 50 feet wide.  The sheds are for drying the tile after they come from the mill, before burning.  They are so constructed that air can be admitted in any quantity or excluded entirely.  There is also a railroad and car which run through the sheds for carrying the tile or brick from the mill to the drying racks or shelves.  On these shelves we saw thousands of tile waiting for burning.

Next we went to the ovens or kilns in which the tile or brick are burned; there are two of them, each 20 by 14 feet and 12 feet high; each kiln holds 18,000 tile of different sizes.  Here the tile are placed on end like a stovepipe, then they are subject to intense heat for 70 hours, during which time 100 bushels of coal and five cords of wood are burned in each kiln.  They are then allowed to cool, after which the kiln is unpacked, preparatory to another batch.  The quality of the tile depends much on the burning, and the company are lucky in having secured the services of John Dailey to oversee that part of the work.  He has served his time and learned the trade of burner in one of the best potteries in the state.  He seldom misses bringing his tile out all of the same color and all duly burnt.

The company employ nine hands and have made 125,000 tile and 100,000 brick since last April.  They now have on hand and for sale at low prices about 50,000 tile of all sizes.  They also have lots of the best brick we ever saw anywhere.  Their business is constantly increasing, as it should, because energy and prospertiy must prevail.


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