Putnam County, Illinois History and Genealogy
| Serious Affray at Florid (Putnam Standard, April 12, 1864)
The Farmer's Club of Florid (Taken from the Henry Republican)
Dr. J. F. O'Neal Moves Practice To Florid (Taken From the Henry Republican, September 3, 1874 - Also several miscellaneous news items)
SCUDDER: The Disciples of "Specific Medication" in Council at Florid - Election of Officers - Clinics, Etc.(Drs. Dr. J. F. O'Neal of Florid, Dr. J. C. Kalb of Henry, Dr. F. C. Gale of Lacon, Dr. Henry Tesmer of Sparland, Dr. A. H. Hatton of LaRose, Dr. Clendenen of LaSalle (Henry News Republican 1877)
Dr. O'Neal Seriously Injured (Henry Republican 1878)
The Putnam Standard
A serious affray occurred at Florid on Wednesday last. Uriah Henderson, a veteran soldier at home on furlough intercepted Mr. Jacob Bashore as he was passing through the gateway to enter the post office. After a few minutes were passed in altercation between them, Mr. Henderson drew his fist and struck Bashore in the face four or five times in quick succession, felling him to the earth. He tumbled on the descent from the gateway into the wagon track when laid as still as if he had been dead.
He did not show the least resistance to Henderson at any time, but not yet satisfied with this, Henderson approached him, lying passive as he was and commenced beating him and kicking him and swearing that he would kill him to a most horrid rate. The postmaster ran to Bashore's assistance and taking Henderson off and endeavored to pacify him, but he broke from the postmaster and made another attack on Bashore. The post master then laid hold of Henderson and endeavored to throw him and hold him down until Bashore should get out of the way.
But another soldier, Augustus Cassell, Jr. seized the post master and pulled him away from Henderson and the latter followed Bashore across the street, drew a dirk and brandishing it close to Bashore, threatened to take his life, but Adam Halsburg interposed. He threw down his dirk and knocked Bashore to the ground again with his fist and continued beating him, mangling him and kicking him about the face in a most shocking manner till Halsburg forced him away and rescued Bashore from what would have proved a certain death.
Mr. Bashore is a man nearly 60 and Henderson about 21. The latter was somewhat under the influence of liquor
and acted it is affirmed from the impulse of an old grudge. Although Mr. Bashore is held in the light of a strong
Rebel sympathizer, yet the Union men about Florid who have a right understanding of the affair, nearly to a man
condemn the conduct of Henderson in unmeasured terms.
December 12, 1872
Florid is preparing to start a Farmerís club. Either that or a grange patronís of husbandry would be a very profitable organization. The first meeting will be held December 14.
December 26, 1872
The Farmerís Club at Florid on Saturday selected as its officers, William Durley as president, D. Nixon, John Shering, and John Foley as Vice Presidents, R. A. Raddle, secretary and A. D. Fisher, treasurer. The meeting adopted a constitution and bylaws and several speeches were made in favor of the organization. As a means of working to each otherís advantage and as a better protection to the farmerís interest, etc.
January 16, 1873
The Farmers Club at Florid last Saturday discussed hogs, time of breeding, different modes of feeding and age
of marketing; wheat, is wheat growing profitable, which most productive - winter, spring, as varieties of each,
and mode of culture.
Putnam County News, September 3, 1874
Taken From the Henry Republican
Robert Leech of Florid, lost a wheat stack by fire last week.
A daughter of R. A. Radle of Florid broke an arm by the fall last week.
Taken From the Henry Republican, September 3, 1874
Dr. J. F. OíNeal dissolved his connection with Dr. Kalb on Monday and goes to Florid, Putnam County where he succeeds Dr. Ensminger, who moved to Bloomington. Dr. OíNeal is a young man of ability and we are glad to hear of his permanent settlement so near us. He completed his college course some time ago, graduating with high honors and enters upon a career with hopes of usefulness and success. The doctor we commend to the people of Florid, Hennepin, Granville and vicinity as a gentleman in word and deed and a physician who will serve them well. Dr. Ensminger has a worthy successor.
The Putnam Record, April 19, 1878
J. W. Hedrick and his bride of Florid started last Wednesday morning for York county Nebraska where they expect to reside in the future.
Mrs. Josie Colvin nee Shering is quite sick at her father's John Shering at Florid. Mrs. Colvin has resided
in Iroquois county since her marriage.