Putnam County, Illinois History and Genealogy
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, July 27, 1882
We are having splendid weather, notwithstanding Venner's prophecy that we would have rainy weather until August.
Haying is on the boom this week. Hands are scarce as hired girls and they are scarce as money.
Oats are ripening very fast and will give the farmers more work soon. Some field will be harvested this week.
J. A. Kays will thresh his rye Wednesday.
N. J. Mathis has purchased the Dent farm east of Magnolia. Consideration $50 per acre.
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, April 5, 1883
As this is the month when the spring term of school commence, we will report a few names of teachers. Miss Sadie Sparling will teach in the Pool district. Miss Ella Stuart the Union, Miss Lucy Mateer in the Sawyer, Hopewell. Miss Ella Shields will return home this week and begin teaching in the Hailey district the 9th inst. J. E. Bettler will take charge of the Bobbitt school on the 9th inst.
J. E. Bettler is now a resident of Caledonia, occupying the Glenn property.
Rev. Thompson of Tonica conducted services at the Baptist church on last Saturday and Sabbath.
Miss Eliza Glenn returned home from Morris last week where she has been attending school.
Mrs. Johnson's family are having the measles. Will Hannum has been very sick, is much better now. The rest of the family are just taking them.
We received a letter from Eli Allen of Dawson County, Neb. He reports everything as being on the boom there. Have been farming out there for the last three weeks.
Thos. Munson, late of Nebraska, has moved into the house occupied by Chas. Ransom last year.
Travis's saw mill has been moved to Allen Hiltabrand's farm, where those wanting sawing done can be accommodated.
We had the pleasure of an introduction to Dr. F. M. Pendleton of Chicago and who has associated himself with Dr. Gaylord of Magnolia. Dr. Pendleton comes highly recommended, is a graduate of Rush Medical College, Chicago and is qualified to give especial attention to the treatment of the eye and ear. Dr. P. has our best wishes. Trust he will prove himself a good physician and become a permanent citizen of Magnolia.
The Henry Republican, April 26, 1883
D. L. Travis was at Chicago a couple of days last week.
J. A. Kays shipped cattle to Chicago since our last.
Sidney Halley was elected school director last Saturday in the Bobbitt district.
Eddie Mathis got a tumble from a load of hay one day recently and got considerably shook up, but is able to get about again.
Hartsock & Co., have one of their mills in running order on the Pool farm. They are putting up another on or near the Finley farm on Sandy.
The Wood Bros. are catching lots of fish. They always aim to keep plenty of the finny tribe on hand for those who want to buy fine fish.
I. D. and Sherman Glenn are having the measles. There are other measly folks in Ox Box, but they were getting along nicely when last heard from.
H. C. Hailey has killed nearly 800 ducks this spring. Pretty good.
John McClusky's family are passing through great tribulation. Mr. and Mrs. M. and some of their children have been very sick; the little babe was buried two week ago. Mr. M. is very low at this writing. The others are reported as improving. If kindness and attention will prove beneficial they will certainly recover, as everything that friends and relatives can do is being done for them. The neighbors turned out to the number of 19 or 20 and put in the oats. We hope that Mr. McClusky and family will speedily regain their former health. We believe the doctors call the disease pneumonia.
Irving L. Broaddus has been very sick, but has so far improved as to be out of danger.
Mrs. Sidney Pool is said to be very sick.
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 10, 1883
Yearly meeting at the Baptist Church Caledonia last Saturday and Sunday.
J. A. Kays, our assessor, got his books last week and will soon begin to canvass Magnolia town.
Calvin Shields has had a kitchen addition built to his house.
We are glad to learn that D. Ward has had such good luck with his device for feeding threshing machines. Mr. W. has applied for a patent, and we hope it will be issued to him. Those who witnessed the trial are sure that it will prove to be a success and not a fizzle as has been predicted by some.
The Union School has been closed for a time on account of pupils being exposed to the measles.
J. A. Kays shipped hogs to Chicago last week Monday.
Y. A. Glenn went to Chicago on Monday night week with a carload of cattle. Anto Reavy also shipped a load of cattle same evening.
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 17, 1883
On Thursday of last week when Sandy Creek was on a big bender, several parties went to Henry and we learn that Uncle Tom Moore took a bath with his clothes on. He drove on a bad piece of road and was dumped into the drink, guess he has got his clothes dried by this time.
W. H. Witty of Minonk was through here selling a prize carpet sweeper. He was also canvassing for a book. The title Mormonism, or the Secrets and Crimes of Polygamy. Mr. Witty said he was meeting with fair success.
Kays Bros. shipped a Jersey bull to Kentucky. Consideration $100.
Mrs. Herman Williams went to Peoria on Monday.
J. A. Kays has one of the Duke road carts. They are a nice rig to ride in and no mistake and are far ahead of any road cart we have ever seen.
J. A. Kays is now the owner of the fine roadster Honest Bill, formerly owned by H. J. Grawburg. Bill is a good horse. Mr. K. now has a horse that he can afford to keep.
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 7, 1883
J. A. Kays recently visited Peoria on business connected with the Brook Farm Creamery. They will ship their butter to Frank Kleinhenz.
J. E. Bettler has moved to Henry. Mr. B's school here will not close until some time in July.
Joe Thomas of Lacon was through here recently buying piling for the Henry bridge.
Some one has been stealing fish out of the live boxes on this side of the river and the guilty ones may have occasion to give some doctor a job of picking a load or two of shot out of their thievish carcasses, if they don't let up on such deviltry.
H. C. Hailey has been catching a great many fish, for which he finds a ready sale.
Calvin Shields has a new farm bell. It must be time tried and fire proof, judging from the way some one was making it clang and clatter a few evenings ago.
Peter Apple's team ran away with him while coming home from Henry last Saturday night and succeeded in dumping a good sized Apple out of the wagon into the road. No one got seriously hurt. The indications are that some one was well laden with booze.
On a recent Sabbath Mr. Johnson and family went to church and instructed the hired man where to put the door key, if he left the premises during their absence. When Mrs. J and her daughters returned they found the house closed up and fast, and a search for the key proved unavailing, neither could they arouse anyone about the premises. As a last resort a window was pried open and the little girl entered the house and opened a door for the others, who on entering and looking through the rooms, found a man covered up on one of the beds, his boots and the top of his gourd being all of him that was visible. They called the hired man's name a few times (which by the way in George) and on failing to get an answer they concluded it was a tramp, became frightened and vamoosed the ranch, and went to Mr. Bobbitt's for assistance to roust him out. The squire grabbed his breech loading shotgun and started out to take the fellow in, saying he always went prepared for such chaps. On arriving at Mrs. J's residence the squire entered the house ready for any emergency, and with a firth determination to capture whoever he found in that bed room, but on arriving at the door who did he see but the hired man, who had awakened from his heavy slumber and was standing in the room door, with consternation depicted on his countenance, on seeing the squire coming at him with a shotgun. The squire on seeing who it was, called out here's your man, shouldered his gun and lit out for home. This can emphatically be called Squire Bobbitt's first case.
W. W. Bobbitt has commenced gathering cream for the Tonica creamery.
Miss Lucy Mateer was a visitor at H. C. Hailey's and C. A. Norris's last Saturday and Sunday.
Ella Fell and sister of Lostant were visitors at Mrs. Johnson's recently.
There was a party at H. C. Hailey's last Friday nigh. About 40 persons were present who passed the time in dancing until the wee ama' hours. A good time was reported.
Hartsock & Sons are to move the mill that is on the Pool farm to Wm. Hoyle's in a few days.
D. L. Travis has finished sawing at the Hiltabrand log yard and is moving his mill near James Shield's farm. Mr. T. sent his saw to St. Louis to have it fitted up and as soon as it is returned he will be ready for business again, probably this week.
There was a small fishing party to the number of a baker's dozen, visited the lake last Saturday in a picnic. They caught one poor, measly, scrawny little sunfish. But say they had lots of fun.
The Henry Republican, Henry IL, June 28, 1883
Mrs. Julia Walker, a sister of Mrs. J. A. Kays, has gone to her home in Afton Iowa.
Miss Carrie Hartenbower of Iowa and Miss Kate McCaleb of Lostant were visitors at J. A. Kays.
Leonard Studyvin is taking a run through Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.
D. L. Travis has one of those stylish and unexcelled road cars, manufactured by Duke Bros. D. L. has a nice nag, and the way he makes that road cart whiz fills the boys with envy.
C. A. Norris had 20 acres of corn destroyed by the wire worm.
Alf. L. Gilpin (Ludwig) was at Calvin Shields a part of last week, papering Mr. S's rooms and fixing up things generally. Ludwig is a good workman, and a gentleman whose acquaintance it is a pleasure to cultivate. As a local correspondent he is unexcelled, as any reader of the Lacon democrat can vouch. He wields a droll and ready but sometimes caustic pen, which makes some of the boys squirm.
Lunsford Broaddus and family of Tonica were visitors at Mr. Leland Broaddus's recently, as were Mr. H. L. Broaddus and family of Varna.
The Travis mill was put in operation last Saturday near what is known as the Bascomb farm. D. L. is getting out lumber to fill contracts and for his Henry lumber yard and is making things move at a lively rate.
The Hartsock mill has been moved from the river bottom to Wm. Hoyle's where they are to saw 30,000 feet in two weeks. They will have to rush things faster than was done at their last yard, as we are told they were nearly four months sawing 12,000 feet. Pretty slow work if true.
We heard that there was a lively time at the temperance meeting at Mt. Palatine recently between Dan McNabb and Capt. John Swaney. It is said that one could have heard their whisperings at quite a distance. They are both good talkers. It is reported that the captain out talked Dan too easy.
J. A. Thomas of Lacon came up on Monday with a couple of hands to cut the Henry bridge piling.
We hear that Will Hurl and Felix Feaster are to furnish the music at Magnolia on July 4th. Dr. McIntosh musical director. It is said that the doctor also engaged the same parties to furnish the music for the ball in the evening at the Magnolia House.
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, July 26, 1883
Nellie Parker of Wenona, and daughter of the late C. D. Parker, is a visitor at C. A. Norris's.
Emma Holmes is visiting the family of J. H. Taggart at Long Point. Suppose that is why Will feels so lonesome.
Willard Norris had the misfortune to get a leg fractured some time ago, and had to locomote himself with a pair of crutches for a time, but he has coast them aside and will soon be all ok. We hope so at least.
The road boss in the Hailey district refused to repair a portion of road south of H. C. Hailey's. Since then there has been a wagon broken down in one of those bad mud holes, and the owner talks of prosecuting the commissioners for the cost of repairs. We don't know but what it would be cheaper for the honorable board to purchase a shotgun to use on such a road master, or what would perhaps be more sensible, would be to not give such smart men (in their own estimation) even the position of path master.
J. A. Kays has been having rather a serious run of luck of late. In the past 12 months he has lost several hundred dollars' worth of stock by death, and on Monday of last week Honest Bill, (the Grawburg Stallion) died of congestion of the stomach. This last is a serious loss, as Bill was prized very highly by Mr. K.
We would like to know what a thief won't steal. This time it was a swarm of bees, hive and all, the property of H. C. Hailey.
Irving E. Broaddus entertained several of his little friends on last Saturday afternoon, the occasion being Irving's eleventh birthday.
Haws and Murphy had a little runaway one day recently caused by trying to work a fractious team on their self-binder. A Swede man undertook to get out of the way, but fell down and the grain divider caught him in the rear and tore out a port of the gable end of his pants; he escaped with a whole skin, was badly scared. WE believe the damage to the machine was slight.
George Parker was a caller in the Bow last Sunday eve, and we hope he enjoyed himself, and believe he did, as it was a splendid evening to go buggy riding.
J. E. Bettler's school has closed. In the evening we attended an entertainment given by the school. The house was decorated with evergreens. Above the stage was a beautiful wreath and the words, "Welcome all," and in other parts of the room were mottoes, one of which was "Labor conquers all things," another "Our school." The exercises consisted of recitations, declamations, dialogues, and vocal and instrumental music. Those taking part acquitted themselves nicely. Remarks were made on the subject of education by H. K. Smith, J. A. Kays and J. E. Bettler. Mr. Bettler gave good satisfaction in teaching the term just closed as he always does. The board of education of Henry did well to secure Mr. Bettler's services for the next school year, as he is a number one teacher.
Eli Allen sent us a set of rattles from a Nebraska serpent and a pair of jack rabbit's ears. Those ears are monsters.