Putnam County, Illinois History and Genealogy
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 The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, May 3, 1883
Would "Joshua" the Milo correspondent please call on John Daily, ex-member of galoot club of Putnam and interview him. His friends are anxious to hear from him.
Vincent Cleveland leaves for Cedar Rapids, Iowa next Tuesday. He intends to drive through from here. From Cedar Rapids he will go by rail into the Nemaha Valley, Nebraska.
A valuable horse belonging to Chas Read dropped dead in the field while plowing.
J. M. Williams has moved into the house lately occupied by S. L. White on the Tallaferro farm.
Charles Grubbs emigrated to the famous capital of Putnam County, Hennepin. This event, according to the oldest settlers in this vicinity is somewhat remarkable, for the fact that Mr. G. is the first white man that ever moved from Putnam to Hennepin.
Mr. Ellsto now occupies the house vacated by Mr. Grubbs.
Orrin Winship's new residence is looming up. When completed it will be one of the finest farm houses in the county.
The patronage at the "Undercliff" is increasing. The present proprietors, Messrs Leavit & Thompson seem to bear acquaintance.
Jno Crawley and bride of Peoria have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Jno Healy.

Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 17, 1883
Mrs. Loton Frisby is off for an extended tour through Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.
Dwight E. Morgan is very feeble at present.
Vincent Cleveland started west overland, with team last week. Mrs. C. went through by rail.
Asa Barnhart has sold his farm to his brother Ira.
Mrs. Catherine Chambers sold her village property to the trustees of the Christian Church to be used for a parsonage, for the new minister Rev. Smith. Mrs. Chambers purchased from Thomas Soper, the store buildings and lots now occupied as a drug store by E. L. Cook & Co. She will fit up one building for a residence.
The tile factory under the management of Messrs. Hine and Kamon, is going to be a success. One kiln of tile already going off like hot cakes and a strong demand for more.
James Long has a fine cow killed by the cars, at the county line crossing.

Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 31, 1883
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Isaac S. Wilson a son, a thorough young "Thomas."
Frank Grubbs and wife's attention is for the present engaged in fixing up mint (Julips?) for a nice little girl baby.
Mrs. Clara Gale of Eureka Springs, Ark., is visiting Mrs. C. E. Morgan.
Miss Kate Sparling, who has been visiting friends, left for Kansas last week. Cupid has taken up a land grant is which Miss S. is interested.
Noah Petett is out in Nebraska looking up a future home.
While the fire was in progress at the depot a tramp entered the house of Stephen Koehler and took $6 or $7 in money and a pair of fine pants belonging to Mr. Koehler.
Mr. Hawkins and his force of carpenters are now engaged in erecting a church for the Swedish brethren.

The Henry Republican, Henry IL, June 28, 1883
Jessie Winship, daughter of James Winship of this township, carried off the highest honor of the Princeton High School, for best use of opportunities and highest per cent of examination. No doubt Miss Jessie deserved so merited a compliment and honor, reared in the solitude of the country, but in an intelligent house, she made such use of her abilities as to now stand above some of our city maids.
The Misses Dodd accompanied by the Misses Martin and Stickel of Princeton, were enjoying the health invigorating influence of Lake Senachwine, when all of a sudden Miss Emma and Miss Martin who thought themselves competent navigators, and had perhaps been dreaming of mermaids, wished to show how dexterously they could manage a boat. Well they upset, were completely ducked. They played mermaid very well. We think their next rehearsal will be in the by and by though.
John Anderson, accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. H. M. Duncan, took in the Chicago exposition. Mrs. Duncan is visiting relatives near Chicago and Clell is indeed a lone widower.
Mrs. E. L. Cook, who was the delegate from here to the State S. S. Association at Streator, has returned, and reports a very enjoyable time.
Mr. Carroll is erecting a dump for loading grain from wagons into cars.
School closes today, (Thursday) with a picnic.
Our assessor Dr. Stipp is nearly through "sizing them up."

The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, July 12, 1883

The largest and most successful sociable ever held in this village was at Henkins' Hall recently. It was a real old time, go-as-you-please time. The hall was beautifully and artistically trimmed with evergreens and flowers. The Tables were loaded with everything that you can think of that would make one good natured. Ice cream, strawberries, lemonade were served to all. About 300 sat down to the feast. To Mr. Henkins and friends, especially the ladies who took such an active part in this "free lunch," great credit and many thanks are due. Such gatherings tend to remind people that we are of a common family inhabiting this earth, and how easily we can either make the roadway of life pleasant and agreeable for each other, or cast thorns and stumbling blocks in it. There was also a sociable at the Christian Church, which was a very successful affair financially as well as socially.
Uncle Geo. Sparling did the grand thing for the little folks of this community by giving them a fine ice cream, strawberry and cake feast at the M. E. church. Old folks enjoyed it also.
The lumber and stone for the new elevator building is daily arriving. It will not be long before the sound of hammer is heard upon the building. When completed it will be one of the finest structures of the kind in the state.
The depot building will soon be rebuilt. Material for its reconstruction is arriving.
Fred C. Cook has returned home from Toledo.
Miss Pluma Condit is also at home. Her term of school ended on June 29. She is again engaged to teach the fall term of the same school, the Red Mills School at Bureau Valley.
C. W. Carroll and family of Henry spent the Sabbath with his brother O. P. Carroll.
Mr. and Mrs. D. Cox and Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Duncan enjoyed the 4th at Annawan, Ill.
W. B. Robinson is getting along finely, and has nearly recovered the effects of his dislocated shoulder.
James Giltner had the misfortune of having his valuable cow killed by the car.

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