Putnam County, Illinois History and Genealogy
| Quaker Lane
(Located first crossroad south of McNabb, where the Friends Meeting House is located)
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 31, 1883
Louis Mills, son of Joseph Mills is at home. He does not think Dakota the best place in this little world. He expects to go to Decatur, work in the law office with his uncles Ike and Andrew.
Louis I. Beck is lying very sick but we hope his disease will be of short duration and that he will soon be about.
Frank Griffith expects to start back to Montana soon. He says that territory is far ahead of old Illinois in respect to climate. All we have to say is, if it isn't it had better be sunk.
The tile factory is now running by steam power. The boys say it is far ahead of horse power. They finished brningg their second kiln last Sunday evening at 6 o'clock. They are meeting with good success. Many good judges have been to see the clay and tile and pronounce them first class.
Mason Wilson had a cow killed by lightning last week and the insurance company will have to "pony up."
Miss Emma Barnaby is visiting friends here.
Several farmers are nearly ready to take the regular review in corn planting. Strange some will never learn that haste makes waste.
J. L. Mills has gone to Indiana to attend quarterly meeting. J. L's girls have a new organ and expect to take lessons in clawing the ivory.
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 14, 1883
Corn is backward and the fields are getting pretty green.
He came to the home of W. B. Mills, June 5th, and he stays with him till June 5, 1904, he will be 21 years of age. He has no name and no teeth and all he can say is "wah-wah-wah," and W. B. answers him with "Humpty dumty, tra-la-la" and then the little fellow sinks into a quiet sleep and dreams about how he will arrange things when he gets to work in the tile factory.
Notwithstanding the extreme bad weather last Sunday, quite a number of friends responded to the invitation to the silver wedding at Henry Atherton's.
Will Griffith and wife are here on a visit.
Ice cream was served at F.K. Smith's last Saturday afternoon.
Center school has closed after a year of successful work. Miss Jennie L. Wood, who has had charge of the school will not go to see her friends in Ohio. She is a thorough teacher and a valuable member of society. She has given general satisfaction and the pupils as well as parents, hope to see her in charge of the school again next year.
The Henry Republican, Henry IL, July 5, 1883
Frank Griffith starts for Montana this week. He came into the Lane and said goodbye. Now since he has gone, and will not get to see this paper, we can say that Frank is a jolly good fellow, one of Clear Creek's best young men, and he leaves many warm friends in little Putnam.
D. R. Michener has been visiting here. He has been teaching in Orion, Henry County. All of his old schoolmates and friends are glad to welcome him to the scenes of his childhood. He passed his school life here in Quaker Lane. He belonged to our literary society, went to our parties, went sleighing with our girls, played jackstones, marbles, croquet and baseball with us, and well, he was one of us. Now he is building on a foundation, upon a rock. Go on Michener with your school work and may success attend you in the future as it has in the past.
Miss Bina Mills is now home on a visit: her school closed last week.
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, July 12, 1883
The tile factory boys have put in a new machine. They will also put in a new engine soon. The engine now running the mill is not large enough.
The children's temperance meeting was a success yesterday. The exercises consisted of select reading, speaking and music. There were also some very appropriate remarks for the encouragement of the children by Miss Hattie Fyffe, Rev. Mr. Chapple and others. The society elected their officers for the coming term, resulting in the choice of Edith Mills, president, Sam Sibley secretary.
Some of our people spent the 4th in Magnolia, while others plowed corn.
The party at H. K. Smith's on the evening of July 4 was well attended, although the weather was unfavorable. The crackers snapped, the girls screamed, ice cream disappears, the balloon ascended and after spending the evening in social chat, and enjoying some music, the company departed in haste to get home before the rain.
Mrs. M. A. Hushes and Mrs. Ella Wimmic from Pittsburg, Pa., are visiting here among the Mills's and Swaney's; also Mrs. M. A. Taylor of Wenona is making a visit here.
Miss Lee Beck is at home of a visit from Chicago.
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, July 26, 1883
We understand that Miss Jennie Wood is to be the teacher again next year in this district. Everyone is glad to har it. Miss Ollie Spencer will teach the Clear Creek School.
H. K. Smith found the balloon that penetrated the heavens on 4th of July evening. It is in good shape and will sometime make another journey among the stars.
Mr. Strawn, who undertook to carry the mail on this route, soon got sick of his bargain and turned it over to Mr. Walker again.