Misc. News from the Past

El Paso, Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy Trails


  • El Paso has a school record of 211 with an average attendance of 170, with George H. Wells as principle. The number of scholars enrolled at Peru this year is 728, which is 70 additional over that of last year.


State Items

  • The citizens of El Paso held a railroad meeting last week to consider the proposed railroad from that city to Kankakee and passed the following: That the interest of the people along the proposed route of the El Paso, Pontiac and Kankakee railroad demand that said proposed railroad be prosecuted with vigor and that is the sense of this meeting that steps to build the said proposed railroad should at once be taken. The meeting then adjourned until the 4th of March at Pontiac.


State Items

  • A large flouring mill of Messers. H. and E. Ives, at El Paso, was destroyed by fire on Monday afternoon. There was a large amount of flouring grain in the mill which was also destroyed. The building was partly insured - total loss $35,000.

The Journal (Minonk) - February 11, 1882

  • Mr. Levi Zinser and family will spend a few weeks in Pana and Assumption visiting friends.
  • C. B. Adams, formerly agent at Panola, is now in the employ of the C. & I. at Lee, Ills. The many friends of C. S. will doubtless be glad to learn of his whereabouts.
  • The public sale of C. D. Uaget will take place on the farm of John M. Glassner, four miles northeast of El Paso, and three miles southeast of Panola, on Wednesday, February 15, 1882.
  • Supervisor W. B. Quinn has moved into the O'Brien house, on the east side.
  • Frank Cassell has moved on to the farm he lately purchased of W. B. Quinn.
  • Charles W. McCoy has commenced the erection of a residence on the lots opposite the Baptist church.

The Journal (Minonk) - September 2, 1882

  • Louis McCulloch, of Eureka, was in the city Wednesday.
  • John Tucker, D. D. S., of Mt. Pulsaki, spent a few days of this week in the city, visiting friends, relatives and -
  • James Williams, an experienced printer from the Pantagraph job rooms has been employed as foreman of our job department.
  • Ed Hodgson will attend the Fairbury fair with his fine horses next week.
  • Mr. Geo. W. Burger has advertised his personal property for sale at public auction on the 2d inst. He has sold his farm to Thomas Cribben. Consideration $6,000. He will shortly go to Nebraska to live.
  • Charley and Howard Johnson, sons of A. L. Johnson, returned home from Pontiac last Wednesday.
  • Mr. David Dunn's little daughter is visiting her father.
  • Eddie Hart, son of Mrs. Allan Hart, living a short distance southwest of town, ran a pitchfork through his left foot last Saturday.
  • Misses Sallie Cassell and Cozie Harper are visiting in Metamora.
  • The Misses Zinser, of Washington, are visiting at D. K. Tobias. Mrs. Tobias is no better.

The Journal (Minonk) - Saturday April 22, 1882

  • The sixteen month girl of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Greiner, living near El Paso, died last Saturday night and was buried Monday. She was sick only a few days with diptheria.

The Daily Inter Ocean - Sept. 18, 1890

  • Bloomington, Ill Sept 17 - Mr. and Mrs. Gee were found dead at their home in Normal this forenoon. They had prepared breakfast on a gasoline stove and the prevailing opinion is the gasoline in the reservoir suddenly changed to gas, filling the room and asphyxiating them. It is believed by a few that something poisonous was eaten for breakfast. They came from El Paso, Woodford county, a year ago for the purpose of educating their daughter at the State Normal University.

Metamora Herald - August 14, 1931

Dan C. Kearney Dies in El Paso of Long Illness

Daniel C. Kearney, 51, died at his home in El Paso Tuesday morning after a long illness.  He was at one time associated with many baseball clubs throughout Central Illinois and in 1909 was a member of the Three-Eye league.

He was born April 15, 1881, in El Paso, where he received his early education and later he attended Lewis institute in Chicago.  In 1908 he moved back to El Paso and had made his home there ever since.

He was united to Miss Mary O'Rourke, Bloomington, who survives with seven children:  Mary, Daniel, Joseph, Margaret, Dorothy, Patricia and Anne.  One sister, Mrs. Lemmon, Chicago, and the following brothers also survive:  John T. Kearney and Frank Kearney, Chicago, and William Kearney, El Paso.

The El Paso Journal, El Paso, Illinois, Saturday, April 28,1900.
Deplorable Accident
L.R. Wood, of Olio Township, Instantly Killed by a T., P. &  W. Train.

One of the most appalling accidents in this vicinty in many months was the instant killing of Leroy Wood by the East-bound T., P. & W. passenger Thursday morning, two and a half miles west of Secor.

Mr. Wood left home at a little before 8 o'clock in a single buggy and was going to Roanoke on business.  The crossing is two miles north of his residence and he had reached the crossing, where he had crossed hundreds of times and the train struck him, killing him instantly and hurling his body almost 100 feet.  The buggy was torn to kindling, but the horse was not touched and was caught near Roanoke soon afterward.

The greatest mystery surrounds the cause of his being caught at a crossing where one in passing can see approaching trains a mile either way.  It is on a stretch of level country and the train was making fast time, as they always do at this point.  Trains are plainly visible from his home and he was familiar with their time of passing and the speed which they make there.  Besides, his own family knew him to be more than ordinarily careful about crossing the railroad.

Engineer Gates, who was in charge of the engine, says he saw Wood approaching the crossing, his horse being on a slow trot and from all appearances would drive close to the track and stop for them to pass, but was appalled at seeing him drive onto the track.  Gates says Wood was sitting in his buggy as if asleep, his body erect but his head down as if he was asleep or in a deep study.  He could not possibly be asleep, only having driven a short distance and that early in the morning.  He never slackened nor quickened his pace and was evidently struck and killed without knowing he was in danger.

The only way to account for it is that he was studying deeply about something and the ground being on a level at the crossing he did not know that he had yet come to the railroad.  The wind Thursday was from the east and he could not have heard the whistle of the engine.  No one on the train knew him and he was picked up and put into the baggage car and taken to Secor, where those about the depot immediately recoginized him, although the left side of his face and head were badly crushed.  A bolt had cut a clean hole through his hat band and hat and crushed his skull and his jaw was also broken.

Word was at once sent to his home and his stricken family was completely overwhelmed with the suddenness of their bereavement.  Corner Seidl, of Benson, was summoned and a jury impanelled to take testimony.

After the jury viewed the remains they were removed to the home four miles southwest of Secor.  When the undertaker began his work of preparing the body for burial, he found scarcely a whole bone in his body.  The fearful concussion had wrought havoc in his entire system and there were a dozen wounds, each of which would have caused death.

Mr. Wood came to this county from Greene county, Pa., in 1858 and has lived in Greene and Olio townships ever since.  He was a little above 60 years of age and leaves a wife and four grown children.  Mr. Wood's first wife was a daughter of Jonathan Wilson, of Green township, who died several years ago, and his second wife, who morns his sudden taking off, was formerly Mrs. Barnett.  The children are Thomas, Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Billinger, who live in Palestine and Olio townships, and Mrs.Standiford, Marysville, Cal.  Word was once sent to the latter, but an answer came that on account of illness in her family she could not come and so the funeral services will be held at the home this forenoon at 10 o'clock.

Deceased was a kind and most indulgent father and husband, considerate and careful in all his transactions and his untimely death is mourned by his neighbors and friends who sympathize with the stricken family.
Contributor Note: (LeRoy O. Wood was born 4/09/1838 and died 4/26/1900, he was the son of William (Uncle Billy) Wilburn Wood and Sarah Wright Gregg

The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois March 3, 1955
Truck-Train Crash Kills One at El Paso
Alta Thompson Fatally Injured; Mate in Hospital
[contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

El Paso - Mrs Alta Thompson, 46, was fatally injured about 1 p.m. Wednesday when the truck in which she was riding was struck by an Illinois Central freight train on the Third Street crossing in El Paso.  Mrs Thompson died while enroute to a Bloominton hospital by ambulance. Her husband, Glenn, was injured in the crash.  He was taken to Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington.  His condition was described as satisfactory Wednesday night.  Another passenger, Mrs Thompson's grandson, Ricky Roberts, was not seriously injured.  He was taken to the home of an uncle, Ed Stephens. He had been staying with Mrs. Thompson.

Trucked Flipped Over

The empty gravel truck in which the three were riding spun around after the impact and turned over.  The truck is owned by Louie Meyer, for whom Mr Thompson worked.  A large crowd was quick to gather at the scene, coming from the El Paso Community Sale, in progress just three blocks away.  The sale was called off for one hour after the wreck until the crowd returned.  Mr and Mrs Thompson had just been married 14 days.  An inquest has been set by Coroner Joe Hallett of McLean County for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22 at the courthouse in Bloomington.  She was brought to the Vincent Memorial Home.  Arrangements are incomplete.

Native of Indiana

Mrs Thompson was born March 4, 1908, at La Porte, Ind., daughter of Melvin and Lillie Burdon Robbins.  She was married to Lester Lee Stephens May 16, 1925 at La Porte.  He died Aug. 27, 1947, near El Paso.  On Feb 29, 1955, she was married to Glenn Thompson of Secor at Muskogee, Okla.
Survivors include her father of El Paso; her husband; three sons. Francis Edward and Warren Stephens, both of El Paso and James Le Roy Stephens at home; two daughters, Mrs Betty Jean Roberts at home and Mrs Donna Mae Floyd of Bloomington; six sisters, Mrs Raymond Blair and Miss Ruth Robbins, both of El Paso, Mrs Henry Kaiser, Three Oaks, Mich.; Mrs Donald Whitmer, Louiston, Mo., and Mrs ALbert Huhnke and Mrs Marvin Baker, both of Walkerton, Ind.; two brothers, Melvin and Robert D. Robbins, both of El Paso and four grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her mother and one brother, Charles Leonard, killed in World War II.  She was a member of the El Paso Methodist Church.

Metamora Herald, 3 Nov. 1944
El Paso Mayor's son is Missing in Action
Mayor and Mrs. J. W. Sverett and Mrs. Leota Boyd Everett of El Paso have received word from the government that their son and husband, Pvt. Myron Everett, has been missing in action since Oct. 4.  He was located in France.  The Everetts have two other sons overseas.

The Day Book, [Chicago, Ill.] April 21, 1914, Last Edition
Pontiac, Ill - George Clark, wealthy landowner of Woodford County, killed by Santa Fe freight train.

Metamora Herald, 9 Mar. 1945
Pfc. Albert Aldrich is Killed in Action
Mr. and Mrs. George Aldrich of El Paso received a message Saturday from the War Department that their nephew, Pfc. Albert Aldrich, previously reported missing, was killed in action in Germany, Dec. 18.  He entered service Jan. 18, 1944, and had been overseas since July.  He made his home with the Aldriches for several years.

Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL) - Tuesday, January 19, 1993
EL PASO - Richard E. Evans, 75, of El Paso was dead at 5:10 p.m. yesterday (Jan. 18, 1993) at the scene of a two-car accident at Illinois 116 and Illinois 117, east of Benson. A story is on page A2. Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, is in charge of arrangements.

Henry News Republican, July 16, 1969
Lynn Davison of ElPaso spent Sat. evening at the home of his mother, Mrs. Charles Davison.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Sep. 19, 1913
The funeral of William Corbley was held from St. Mary's Catholic church Sat. afternoon, interment being in the Catholic cemetery.
Miss Katharine Dorsey, of Paxten, is here, assisting in caring for her aunt, Mrs. G. R. Curtiss, who has been quite ill for a couple of weeks.
Mrs. F. H. Henderson attended an announcement party at the home of Mrs. Reuben Stoddard at Minonk, Sat. afternoon. Announcement was made of the engagement of E. J. Henderson and Helen Forney, both young people of Minonk, at that time.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Aug 15, 1913
Mrs. George Zerwask entertained at cards Mon. afternoon.
F. B. Stitt has been reappointed to the managing board of the State Normal University by Gov. Dunne.
J. M. Reeves moved to his new store building Tues. The building vacated by Mr. Reeves will be occupied by Dorsey's restaurant.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Feb 21, 1913
Monte A. North and Ruth A. Taylor were united in marriage at 5 o'clock Wed. afternoon, the ceremony being performed at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. James S. tucker by Rev. R. F. Cressey, of the El Paso Presbyterian church. The wedding march was played by Miss Hope French and the bride and groom were unattended. A four course wedding supper followed the ceremony and Mr. and Mrs. North left on an evening train for Mississippi and Florida. Upon their return they will be at the home to their friends on a farm near El Paso.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Jan 10, 1913
Richard Berry and family went to Streator Tues. Their household goods were shipped the day before.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Jan 24, 1913
B. F. Slenker and Fred Larison were in Indian Tues. Mr. Slenker held a sale at his farm on that day. They returned Tues. evening.
Hon. Oliver W. Stewart, of Chicago, delivered an address at the Baptist church Tues. evening.
Mr. and Mrs. David Dunn held a reception at their home, Sat. evening, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bennett, of Phoenix, Ariz., who are visiting relatives and old friends.

The Pantagraph, May 28, 1945
EL PASO-Lt. and Mrs. Milan Folkers and baby daughter of Blackwell, Okla., arrived Wednesday for a leave wit! their parents, Mrs. C. C. Kingdon of El Paso and the Rev. and Mrs. R. D. Folkers of Bloomington.
Corp. Horald Schlink has been moved from Germany to Czechoslovakia, according to word received by his father, John E Schlink. He is particularly happy that the orders prohibiting fraternizing with the inhabitants does not apply in Czechoslovakia and it is a real joy to give gum and candy to the children.
Lt. and Mrs. Myrle Yount of San Antonio, Tex., are the parents of a daughter born May 20. She has been named Mary Monette. The mother is the former Miss Iola Coyle of El Paso.
Gwynn McHugh, technician fourth grade, arrived Wednesday torn Camp Blanding, Fla. for a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert McHugh.
Pvt. Robert Fever is spending a 13 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Fever. He will report at Fort Meade, Md., having completed his training at Camp Hood, Tex.
Second Lt. Mary Coyle of the army nurses corps has written her parents, 'Mr. and Mrs. Owen Coyle from England that she was promoted to first lieutenant V-E day.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Alt received a letter stating that their son Eugene ranked among the 18 highest seniors in the class of 1944 of the reserve officers training corps at the U of I. His name will be inscribed on a bronze plaque provided by the woman's relief corps for those senior cadets who have excelled in military scholarship. Eugene is now a first lieutenant with the signal corps on duty in the Philippines.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Dec 11, 1944]
El Paso-Glenn C. Kingdon seaman first class at the naval air base at Norfolk, Va., has returned after spending a 10 day leave with his parents, Mr and Mrs Claude Kingdon. Mr and Mrs Kingdon entertained 30 guests Friday evening at a potluck dinner in honor of their son.

The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 1 Nov. 1943
EL PASO-Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Kauth Thursday received word from their son, Pfc, James V. Kauth, that he had arrived in the United States with a contingent of wounded men of the army who had seen duty in the Mediterranean area. The injured leg he had written of earlier, has healed, but he has a chest wound which will require an operation and he will be at the hospital at White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., for several months.
Lt. and Mrs. Thomas Eastman left for Chicago Wednesday after three days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James A. Smith. They will visit his parents in Chicago before returning to the hospital at Battle Creek, Mich., for a checkup. He has been receiving treatment there for nerve shock he received in north Africa when two jeeps were shot from under him by German ground mines. He is recovering satisfactorily.
Pvt. Glenn Barker, who is stationed north of Seattle, Wash., on the Alcan highway, is spending a 15 day furlough with his brothers and sister's here.
Pvt. Simon Oltman is spending a 15 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Oltman. He is stationed at Tampa, Fla.
Victor Roush reported at Camp Grant for army duty Monday. His wife will remain here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Punke, for the present.
Richard Tinier, who was stationed at Joliet, has been transferred to New Orleans, La.
Walter R. Shoemaker, apprentice seaman, returned to St. Louie. Mo., Thursday after a furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Shoemaker.
Lt. Arthur C. Classen has been transferred from Los Angeles, Calif., to Camp Pickett, Va.

The El Paso Journal, Jan 4, 1940, pg 1
Auto Crash Death
Daughter of Former El Paso Lady Dies Tuesday Evening on Way to Hospital.
El Paso relatives received word Tuesday night of the death of Miss Ruth Chesebro, 26, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Chesebro of Saunemln, Livingston county. Ruth's mother was the former Miss Catherine Kyser of El Paso. Mrs. Lester Dunmire of El Paso is an aunt, and she went over to Sauneminon receiving the tragic news. Mrs. Lutie Stitt Kyser of El Paso, an aunt by marriage, and daughter Miss Jeannette, had spent last Sunday at, the Chesebro home.
Miss Chesebro was a teacher of English in the Champaign junior high school, and was returning to her duties following the vacation. With her were two Chicago girls, also teachers in the Champaign school, the three riding In a coupe. The Chicago teachers, one of whom owned the car, had picked up Miss Chesebro on the trip back to their school. Four-miles north of Gibson City on route 47 the coupe crashed Into an automobile said to be driven by Mrs. S. Sadorus of Joliet, the Joliet car being at that moment stalled because of fuel trouble. Mrs. Sadorus sustained only minor injuries and a little girl with her, presumably her daughter, was not hurt. The driver of the Chicago coupe, Miss Bernice Best, was reported to be unhurt , but Miss Ruth Weber suffered a hip fracture and is in a Champaign hospital. Miss Chesebro was the more seriously injured and died three miles south of Gibson City in the ambulance which was taking her also to the Champaign hospital.   A farmer living near the scene of the accident saw the northbound stalled car and also the oncoming coupe headed south.  He told the coroner's Jury that the coupe turned out to pass the other machine but failed to clear. Both cars were badly damaged. The farmer rushed to his phone and called a doctor and the ambulance.
Miss Ruth Kyser, an aunt, came down from Chicago last evening and another aunt, Miss Gladys Kyser of Peoria, came here this morning, and with the El Paso relatives will go to Saunemin to attend the funeral which will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the Methodist church. Burial will be in the Saunemin cemetery. Miss Chesebro is survived by her parents and two sisters, Nina and Patricia.

The El Paso Journal, Jan 4, 1940, pg 1
Two Weddings Celebrated During Past Week
One Sunday, Other One Tuesday.
The marriage of Miss Eda Eigsti of Gridley to Eugene Shoemaker of Dakota, Ill., took place at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Eigsti,: northeast of Gridley at 5:00 p. m. Sunday, December 31. The date was the wedding anniversary of the parents of both the bride and the bridegroom. Rev. J. D. Hartzler, pastor of the Waldo Mennonite church, was the officiating minister. After the wedding dinner at 6:00 o'clock the newly weds left for a ten day trip to Florida, and on their return will make their home near Freeport where Mr. Shoemaker is engaged in the dairy business.

Miss Leota Agnes Reeves, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W Reeves of Gridley township, was married to Elvert Henry Meyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Meyer of Bloomington at 9:00 a. m., January 2. The double ring ceremony was performed in St. Mary's Catholic church, Bloomington, by Rev. Fr. Columban Kramer. A reception followed the ceremony at Hotel Rogers and was attended by 75 relatives and other friends. The bride is a graduate of the El Paso Township High school, class of 1935. She then attended Illinois State university and has been employed until recently in a Bloomington store. Mr. Meyer is a Bloomington high school graduate and also has employment In a grocery store of that city. Alter their return from a short wedding trip the couple will be at home at 610 east Locust street, Bloomington.

The El Paso Journal, Jan 4, 1940, pg 1
Robert Fruin Dies
Death Comet in Pontiac Hospital Last Night; Result of Apoplectic Stroke In 1937.
Relatives here have received word of the death of Robert D. Fruin which occurred in a Pontiac, hospital at 10.00 p. m. last night, January 3. He was born near El Paso, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Fruin, December 7, 1868, and spent all his life in farming in the vicinity of El Paso and Chatsworth.  He had never married. Surviving are five brothers and four sisters, as follows: Edward, El Paso; Jerry T. Gridley township; Frank and Richard, Gilman; Mark, El Paso; Mrs. Josephine O'Neil, Dwight; Mrs. Robert Gibbons, Kalamazoo, Mich; Mrs. Mary C. Reaves, Pasadena, Cal.; Mrs.  Elizabeth Tully, El Paso. The cause of death was the result of a stroke suffered about 18 months ago. The remains will lie in state at the Rich funeral home in Chatsworth until Friday noon and will then be conveyed to the Mark Fruin country home, awaiting the funeral service which will be held from St. Mary's church, El Paso; Saturday morning at 9:00 o'clock.

The El Paso Journal, Jan 4, 1940, pg 1
E. T. North
Last Rites for Resident of This Vicinity Held Last Friday Afternoon-Many Attend.
Funeral services for Edmund T. North who died at his home suddenly December 26, were held from the home at 1:16 Friday afternoon and from the Ficken memorial home at 2:00 o'clock conducted by Rev. Osceola McNemar of Normal. There was a large crowd in attendance and the immense display of floral offerings was a testimony of the regard in which the deceased was held. George Wilkey, Henry Schuler, Ralph Kingdon, Alfred Kingdon, Charles T. Roberts and James McWilliams served as pallbearers. Interment was in Evergreen cemetery. Relatives from away who attended the last rites were Mrs. Roy Lawyer, Monon, Ind.;  Percy Lawyer, Monticello, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Grant,  Peoria; Mrs. Elmira Scarbrough, Arrowsmith; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Scarbrough, Champaign; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scarbrough, Bellflower; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Scarbrough, Saybrook; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Forrest, Glenavon; Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Arbogast, Bloomington;  Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Reeser, Farmer City; Mrs. Carl Johnson and family; Minonk: There were a number of other friends from away who attended,   The obituary of Mr. North appeared in The Journal last week.
The El Paso Journal, Jan 4, 1940, pg 1
Frank Dorsey
Funeral Services for Long time Resident of El Paso Held Last Saturday Afternoon.
As was briefly mentioned in The Journal last week Frank Dorsey died at his home Wednesday night after an illness of many weeks. He was born October 10, 1860, a son of William H. and Margaret (Sparks) Dorsey. He had spent most of his life In El Paso, where he was engaged in the restaurant business for a number of years. In 1921 he was married to Mrs. Mary Jane Hurley, who preceded him in death February 7, 1936, Surviving are one brother, Hugh Dorsey of Chicago; a sister, Mrs. Grace Cuyler of Los Angeles, Cal,, and a step-daughter, Mrs. Mamie Fell, of Heyworth. Funeral services were held from the Ficken memorial home at 1:30 Saturday afternoon conducted by Rev. R. L. Beshers, and were well attended. Ned Hynes. William Enright, John Lang. Louis Volz, Ivan Williams and Peter Welte served as pallbearers. Mr. and Mrs. George Fell, Heyworth; their son and wife and granddaughter, Wapella, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Tegard of Peoria were out of town relatives who attended. Interment was in Evergreen cemetery.

The El Paso Journal, Jan 4, 1940, pg 3

Twenty Years Ago
Items from The Journal of Thursday, Jan. 1, 1920
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Crusius observed their 56th wedding anniversary Monday.
Mrs. Bert Blumenshine died at her home in Gridley Monday after a long illness with diabetes..
Mrs. Emma Sage, born near El Paso to Mr. and Mrs. James. North, died at her home in Bloomington Tues-Mr. and Mrs. Henry Damman Sr. of Greene township celebrated their golden wedding Tuesday with a family dinner.
The firemen were called to the residence of O. M. Kyser on west First street Saturday morning to extinguish a small blaze.
Miss Lydia E. Schaefer of Shiloh and Claude L. Kingdon of El Paso were married in Eureka Saturday noon T by Roy L. Moore.
President Wilson has proclaimed that the control of the railroads shall be returned by the gomernment [sic] to their owners on March 1.
Carl Johnson of Danforth and Miss Alta North were married on Christmas day. They will begin housekeeping on the Clarence Burroughs farm.
C. A. Patton of Blairsburg, Ia., was married last Thursday to Miss Marian McTillits of Webster City, Ia. The bridegroom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. C. V. Patton.
This morning at 9:00 o'clock Miss Margaret Bernhardy of Greene township and William of Panola township were married in the Minonk Baptist parsonage.
Relatives in El Paso have received word of the marriage on December 23 of Walter H. Pleasants of this city and Mrs. Nellie Shepard at the bride's home in Cedar Rapids, la.
At high noon, Tuesday, Miss Florence W. Harris and Roy G. Zehr were united in marriage in Carlock. After March 1 Mr. and Mrs. Zehr will be at home on a farm near Flanagan.     
Mr. and Mrs. E. L. French left on Tuesday for their new home in Oklahoma. Their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Steen, have moved from Wenona to the French farm.
At 4:00 o'clock last Saturday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Harriet Thorpe on east Third street her daughter Miss Jessie May became the bride of Dr. William E. Kendall of Oak Park where the home will be made.
Tuesday morning at 9:00 o'clock, in St. Joseph's church in Roanoke William Reeves, son of Mrs. Anna Reeves, and Miss Louise Hester of Roanoke were married. They will reside on the bridegroom's farm east of El Paso.
Christmas evening at 5:00 o'clock, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Eft on east Second street, occurred the marriage of their daughter Miss Marie and Frank Patterson of near Gridley. Rev. W. Harvey Young performed the ceremony.
The marriage of Miss Vera Belsley of El Paso and John Clayton Foster of Wenona was solemnized at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Mattie Belsley on west Main street, at noon yesterday. They will live in Boston where Mr. Foster is attending school.
Loud cheers, metaphorically speaking, sped on its way the departing transport Buford carrying 249 deported rabid and dangerous Russian "reds." They were headed by Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman who for years have preached their poisonous doctrine in America almost unhindered.

Thirty Years Ago
Saturday, January 1, 1910
Miss Myrtle Carter and William Hammond, both of Panola, were united in marriage Wednesday.
Miss Jennie Hartman, daughter of Mrs. Gretje Hartman of Secor, and Daniel Clausen were married Thursday.
Miss Fern Worthington and Joe Jochums were married at the home of the bride's parents in Greene township last week.
Chester Simpson, formerly of Prairie College, died at Newton, Kan., on Tuesday. He was a brother of Mrs. W. B. Kearfoot.
At the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Salome Pfleeger of Peoria occurred the marriage of Miss Lulu Pfleeger and Milo Oster.
Jonathan R. Wilson, an old resident of Greene township, died Christmas day at the home of his son Samuel in Santa Ana. Cal.
John Loyster, a resident of El Paso since the early 60's, died Friday. He leaves his wife, the former Miss Elizabeth Bennett of London, Eng.
The wedding of Miss Martha Culbertson and Earl M. Skinner occurred Saturday.  The bridegroom is Junior member of the grocery firm of Culbertson & Skinner.
Miss Olive Clausen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Clausen of Greene township, and Herman Weasel were married Tuesday and will reside on the old Seng farm northeast of Secor.
There were a number of holiday weddings in Eureka. The principals were: Miss Cora Bechtel and Archie Burton; Miss Jennie Morgan and Robert Campbell; and Miss Vida Burton and Robert R. Leighton.

Forty Years Ago
Saturday, December 30, 1899

Herbert Thorpe has been assisting in special meetings in McLean this week.
Baggageman J. S. Richards was sick this week and Joe Ryan took his place.
Mr. and. Mrs. Lew McOmber held a family reunion at their home Christmas day.
Coley Bateman has been home several days. He closed the season with Ringlings' several weeks ago.
Miss Florence Van Alstine of Secor and Willis McCord of Roanoke were married In Peoria Monday.
A family reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. P. Blumenshine Monday. Forty relatives were present.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gee died near Paxton Wednesday from the effects of injuries received in a runaway last week.
Mrs. John Gleason, a sister of Mrs. Michael Fitzgerald and Con Smith, both of this city, died at her home in Gilman a few days ago.  
George Daniels, who as a boy lived in El Paso with his uncle, D. K. Tobias, and who is a resident of Eagle Grove, la., was married recently to an Iowa lady.
Thursday afternoon at Fr. J. H. Quinlan's home, Miss Louise Franks of Kappa and Albert Schlink were married. They will live on the O'Connell farm west of Kappa.
Miss Leota Billinger and William H. Berg were married last Thursday afternoon at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Sarah Billinger seven miles southwest of this city.
Mrs. M. WeIte, whose maiden name was Rosina Pfister, died last Friday. Besides her husband she is survived by a daughter and three sons; Mrs. Dora Geiger, John R. and Peter F., all of El Paso, and Joe of David City, Neb.

Fifty Years Ago
Saturday, January 4, 1890

J. F. Sturgeon and L. K. Evans returned to Knox college this afternoon.
Eddie Dunn has been appointed local consul for the League of American Wheelmen.
Prairie College: Eddie Kearfott and lady friend attended a party in Hudson Saturday night.
Kappa: Florence Drake was presented with a handsome gold watch by her father last Saturday.
Riley Hall and Will Plackett of Panola township left on Thursday for a several months' visit in England.
Master Roy Bingner fell from a hay mow Thursday and broke the bones of one of his legs near the ankle.
Dr. Frank Stubblefield has moved to El Paso to the Troxel house on west First street. He comes from Bloomington.
The Fleming new store room, the finest in the city, is occupied by Cotton & Johnson, the hardware merchants.
Mrs. Lizzie Bell of Decatur and Will Lane of this, city were married Monday. Mr. Lane is working for the P. E. Lane Bridge Co.
Secor: Dr. and Mrs. Barton spent Saturday in Eureka. Miss Delia Williamson has a new organ.  Supervisor Thomas Cribben and his mother started for Philadelphia Monday for a  month's visit.
Nellie Bly and Miss Bisland, who are engaged in a race around the world in opposite directions, passed each other in the China sea last Thursday. Barring accidents, they will make the trip in about 72 days.

The El Paso Journal, Jan 4, 1940, pg 5
News Briefs
Edgar Churchill was a Bloomington visitor Saturday.
Mrs. Paul Eshers was hostess to the Jay Dee club yesterday afternoon.
The Thursday Evening club will meet with Miss Minnie Hynes this evening.
Mrs. Roy Brown went to Peoria last Thursday to visit relatives for a few days.
Rev. Delia Stretch went to Smithfield Saturday to assist in revival services Sunday.
A. J. McCafferty of Kokomo, Ind., called on his sister, Mrs. Caarrie [sic] North, Monday afternoon.
Miss Darline Buss went to Bloomington Saturday morning and spent the day with friends.
Joe Raridon of Bloomington came Friday afternoon to visit Mrs. Flora Bingner over the weekend.
Miss Katherine Roach of Decatur came Friday to spend a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Malcom.
Mrs. D. H. Hannah went to Bloomington Tuesday to spend a few days with her daughter, Mrs. Delbert Downs, and husband.
Roy Bridgman of Chillicothe, who had been visiting in the Horace Biebes home since before Christmas, went home Friday.
Mrs. A. W. Fuller went to Homewood Monday to spend the remainder of the winter with her daughter, Mrs. C. T. Schrader, and husband.
Mrs. Maggie Leggott and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Paulson of LaGrange visited Sunday and Monday with Mrs. Paulson's brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. North.
Last Saturday evening Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Snyder entertained the cast of the F. F. A. play, "Life Begins at Sixteen," which was given in the high school auditorium November 10.
Virgil Snider has returned to his home in Battle Greek, Mich., after a visit here with his mother, Mrs. Vina Snider. Miss Stella Snider and his grandmother, Mrs. E. C. Grundy.
Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Burger have received the announcement of the birth of a daughter to their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Burger of Lowell, Ind. She has been named Linda Ruth.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Whitmer accompanied some relatives from Carr lock to Wabash, Ind., Saturday and vised there with Mrs. Whitmer a brothers; Leslie and Frank Metzger, and their families until Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. James Quinn of Chicago came Wednesday and Mrs. Cletus Fitzgerald, who had been here helping to care for her mother, the late Mrs. William Parkhouse Sr., went home with them Thursday..
Luther Tool of Racine, Wis., came Friday and visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. D.  and his wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Aubrey, until Monday. Mrs. Tool, who had been visiting here, went home with her husband.
Charles Frank Arnold, aged 54, died in Brokaw hospital Thursday, after having been conned to his home in Bloomington for five months. He had suffered two years with heart trouble. He was a brother of Mrs. Arthur Shanks of El Paso.
The Ball and Chain club met with Mr. and Mrs. V, C. Gordon Saturday evening, with the entire membership present. Those from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Clay Donner,: Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Zeiger, Eureka; Dr. and Mrs. Noel Gordon, Minonk. Eight couples belong to the club.
Mr. and Mrs. Marlon Altum went to Bloomington Tuesday evening to see her father, Albert Conaway, who is a patient in St. Joseph's hospital. He is able to sit up part of the time; Mrs. Conaway is ill in their home in Bloomington. Her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Russell Conaway of El Paso, is staying with her. Russell Conaway spent the weekend there.
Mrs. Frank Stimpert visited in Bloomington Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Stewart spent Sunday with her parents in Washburn.
Mrs. R. S. Boyd came home Monday from a visit with relatives in Chenoa.
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Skaggs of Gardner were guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Kilpatrick, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Rich. Mayne entertained a number of friends in their home Wednesday evening of last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Crout of near Secor are the parents of a daughter born in the Mennonite hospital yesterday.
Miss Gertrude Cleary returned to Chicago Tuesday after spending two weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Clary.
Werth Marten, who has been suffering with pneumonia in the home of his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Marten is improving.
G. C. Coffman's father E. L. Goffman, Mrs. Tresa Fitzgerald and Miss Minnie Hynes went to Chicago Monday and took the former's grandchildren, Marie and Buster Fitzgerald who had been visiting here, to their home.
Ralph Tyler of Culver, Ind. who was a surgical patient in the Mennonite hospital, was brought to the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Davitt Sunday and will remain here while he is recuperating.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Eastman, Kitty Lou and John went to Long Point  Sunday afternoon to visit Mrs. Emerson French and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Steen. Mrs. French came home with them to spend a week.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stimpert entertained at a family dinner Sunday. Those from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. George Heiken, Mr. and Mrs. John Longman, Minonk; Henry Stimpert and Paulina, Mrs. Dora Longman and Earl; Panola; Marie and Buster Fitzgerald, Chicago.
Miss Marjorie Mayne returned to her school work in Urban a high on Tuesday evening. Her friend, Miss Ruth Rogers of Springborn, Vt, who spent Christmas in the Mayne home as Miss Marjorie's guest, returned to her work In the agricultural department of the university on Tuesday of last week.
Gayle Andrews and Bob DeVore started from El Paso Sunday for a two weeks' trip to Florida. They spent the night In Nashville, Tenn., and started on Monday morning. After traveling about forty miles through snow and on Icy roads the car slipped and turned over into a ditch. The young men were not hurt but the car was badly damaged. It was patched up enough for them to drive home and they arrived here Tuesday afternoon.
Charles Albert Marker, aged 31, who died in Heyworth December 27, was a grandson of Mrs. Mary Marker of San Antonio, Tex., whose maiden name was Mary Dwyer, sister of R, H. Dwyer, well known railroad man, both of Kappa. Mr. Dwyer now lives in California, Deceased was born In Heyworth, where he taught school two years and with the exception of eight months spent in California and Texas, he had lived In Heyworth. He had been in ill health five years.
Mrs. Lena Bell was a Bloomington visitor Tuesday.
The Ezey Aces met with Mrs. Clyde Stotler Tuesday.
Guy N. Bayless transacted business in Waukesha, Wis., last week.
Alfred Kingdon has been confined to his bed this week suffering with a severe case of hives.
Harry Jones and family of Morris spent the weekend with Alderman and Mrs. C. F. Hilger and Bob.
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Bowman of Arlington, Tex., were guests of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Robinson Saturday.
Mrs. Fred Bailey, son Earl and daughter Dorothy of Rochester, Ind., came Monday morning and visited relatives until yesterday.
Miss Eleanor Pinkham, who was a surgical patient in the Mennonite hospital, was brought home last Thursday and is getting along nicely.
C. E. Barclay has been unable to carry the mail on rural route 1 for several days because of a lame back. John Hynes is substituting for him.
Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Churchill and granddaughter, Miss Lucretia Churchill, of Deland spent New Year's day in the home of Mrs. Gertrude C. Miller.
Michael Fitzgerald returned home Tuesday evening from Kankakee where he had spent a week with his sister, Mrs. George Young, and husband.
Miss Margaret Guard returned home Sunday from the Mennonite hospital and is recovering nicely. She hopes to be able to return to school Monday.
Miss Jacqueline Jean Kammerer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kammerer, is celebrating her ninth birthday today by entertaining with a birthday party, there being fourteen guests invited.
Miss Alice Parker, aged 91 years, of Minonk where she has resided 75 years, is in a serious condition in St. Mary's hospital in Streator. She fell at her home Saturday and sustained a fractured hip.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Barney and daughters came home Wed. evening of last week from a trip to Indianapolis, Ind. They had planned to go farther but on account of the bad condition of the roads they returned home.
P. D. Sleezer came home from Aurora Sunday where he had been a week. He was called there because of the injury of his 18 year old grandson who was accidentally shot in the face by a playmate. The boy lost one of his eyes.
Mr. and Mrs. Emery Garey of DeLong and Miss Marjorie Shaffer of Maquon came Friday to visit the ladies mother, Mrs. Marie Shaffer. Mr. Garey, accompanied by Robert Shaffer, returned to DeLong Sat. but came back the first of the week to accompany the ladies home.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fleeger and Marilyn went to Groveland Friday to spend the day with Mrs. Fleeger's mother and sister, Mrs. Anna Eller and Mrs. Gilbert LaRosh, Sat. they went to Rock Island and visited their daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Wohlford, and husband until Monday.
Mrs. Elmira Scarbrough of Arrosmith who came here to attend the funeral of her brother-in-law, Edmund T. North, Friday and expected to remain for a time with her sister, was called home Sat. Her son Albert had been shot in the arm. Word came Tuesday that infection had developed and he was in a serious condition. He is a patient in St. Joseph's hospital.
A girl was born in St. Joseph's hospital Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Fabian Haas.
Mrs. L. J. Sturm was taken to the Mennonite hospital Monday and expects to undergo an operation.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cleary Jr. of Gridley township are the parents of a girl born Tuesday in St. Joseph hospital.
Mrs. C. C. Kingdon underwent an operation for appendicitis Friday in Brokaw hospital. She is getting along satisfactorily.
Roger Benson was taken to the Mennonite hospital last Friday morning to be treated for an infection on the back of his neck, caused from ingrowing hair. He is getting along satisfactorily.
John H. Grigg Sr., principal of the Minonk high school in 1903-5, dropped dead while shoveling snow from the driveway at his home in Hillsboro last Tuesday. Surviving are his wife and three children.

The El Paso Journal, Jan 4, 1940
Other Happenings
2. Body of Joseph Yotty of Salina, Kan., brought to Eureka for burial.
5. One killed and two injured in auto wreck near corner of Main and Adams street.
6. Andrew McBride given card shower in honor of 87th birthday.
8.  William Edwards Jr. served as best, man at wedding of friend in Bloomington.  Thirty-first wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. James Delaney was celebrated in Bloomington.
10. Ladies flight observed by Knights Templar with oyster supper;
G. R. Curtiss honored in recognition of his continuous membership for over fifty years.
12. Friends surprised Clyde Mohn on his 22d birthday.
13. Mrs. Alma Steider, Misses Elizabeth Tool and Beth Kingdon badly shaken up in auto wreck near Cruger. Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Morris of Shiloh surprised on 42d wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wiser of Gridley married 63 years.
14. Mr. and Mrs. Will Roth of Gridley celebrated 25th wedding anniversary.
19. Mr. and Mrs. William Farrell married forty years.
20. Royal Neighbors had potluck luncheon and installed officers.
21. Members of the Bar association of 11th judicial circuit held memorial services in Pontiac for the late Clyde H. Thompson.
22. Odis Shoemaker home in Kappa burned. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Yerk observe 38th wedding anniversary.
25. Scotch people of Roanoke observed birthday of Robert Burns, Scottish poet. Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Stitt, Mr. and Mrs. Rich. Mayne married forty years.
27. Inquest held for Junior Van Scyoc, killed in auto wreck here January 5. Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Stauter married 38 years. Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Savoie injured in auto accident near Streator.
29. Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Remmers entertained in honor of birthday of her sister, Mrs. Al. Ricksher of Chicago.
31. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nelson surprised on 15th wedding anniversary.

8. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dressler married 45 years. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Darling's 25th wedding anniversary celebrated in Eureka. Mrs. Mary Hayes honored on 80th birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Luther Jackson surprised on 17 wedding anniversary.
9. G. R. Curtiss owner of The Journal, will meet the half-century mark tomorrow since purchasing it from A. O. Rupp. Four deaths occurred at Woodford county farm home, one Thursday and three Saturday.
12. Mr. and Mrs. John Kapraun of Benson marked 50th wedding anniversary. William Oberlander's 90th birthday celebrated in Panola.
13. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Potter married 49 years.
14. Harold Imhoff of Eureka appointed superintendent of Woodford county highways succeeding A. B. Hurd.
15. Willis Crabb, former Delavan banker, given four year sentence to penitentiary.
16. Father and son banquet held in M.E. church. Farewell party held for Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Brown.
19. George Gibbs of Gridley celebrates 92d birthday. Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Crowe married 54 years.
23. Lester Pfister donated bushel of hybrid corn to M. E. missionary in Japan.
24. E. R. Somers of Beverly Hills, Cal., has 94th birthday.
25. Woodford county lawyers held memorial service in Eureka for Orman Ridegly. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Fischer of Benson surprised on 25th wedding anniversary.

8. J. W. Held completed his 49th years of residence in same house.
14. Illinois state grade school heavy-weight basketball tournament held in high school gym three days.
16. American Legion banquet held in high school gym.
23. Woodford County Sportsman's club met in City hall. Hobby show in McKinley school gym.
24. Small fire at Mrs. Hannah Blumenshine place.
26. Mr. and Mrs. George Johann of Eureka Injured in auto accident north of Hudson.

4. R. S. Boyd elected road commissioner, Q. J. Kilpatrick supervisor. Grade school district contest held in high school.
7. Judges H. H. Baker, C. C. Taylor and P.A. Ortman re-nominated for circuit judges.
13. Broder house and 500 chickens of Franklin Hunsinger of Secor hurried. William C. Radliff, Ray Sealer and Frank Beven nominated for circuit judges on Republican ticket. Fred Baker admitted to practice of law-by state supreme court. Samuel G. Harrod of Eureka admitted to bar.
14.  Miss Sarah Churchill celebrated 92d birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bailey arrived home from Florida in time for birthday dinner.
18. A. H. Wolk elected, alderman in First ward; Alderman Fred Eastman, Second ward, and V. F. Bower, Third. Coeur de Leon commandery inspected by grand captain general.
22. Jefferson Park school district purchases Welch property adjoining school grounds.
23. Rev. A. R. Buckrop returned to charge of Evangelical church in El Paso. Opening day in Kansas City, Mo., of conference leading, to uniting line three Methodist church organizations in U.S. Mrs. Martin Heller of Secor observes 53d birthday.
30. Mrs. Martha Leach Turner of Massachusetts speaks in First Methodist church in Bloomington.

2. American Legion Auxiliary birthday dinner held in Christian church Pinball machines removed from El Paso.
4. Thieves stole truckload of corn from Clark Armstrong crib.
7. Mrs. Sadie Dunn's 85th birthday celebrated.
8. Kiwanis club celebrates third birthday at Jungle Inn.
9. Miss Laura VanDyke and F. B. Stumpf of Eureka honored for fifty year membership in O.E.S.
16. B. G. Alexander disappeared from Wenona.
24. Farewell party held in Baptist church for Rev. and Mrs. Wm. H. Lucas.
24. Corn crib on Arch Haas farm burned.
28. Annual baccalaureate service held in high school. Ivan Work received broken leg and Mrs. Work hurt in auto accident near East Peoria.
29. Henry Kirby moves his shoe repairing business to Minonk.

4. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Agnew celebrated twentieth wedding anniversary.
7. Mrs. Sophia Briggs, 79, of Metamora struck by auto and died from injuries. Oak Grove Church of the Brethren near Washburn destroyed by fire.
10. Body of Toluca man which had been in bottom of abandoned coal mine shaft since May 18 brought to surface.
11. Mrs. Ilesta Ioerger's 81st birthday celebrated at son's home.
12. Mrs. Caroline Lan 88 year old. George Williamson buys Reeves estate store building occupied by John Blackmore.
15. Everett Bell buys Mrs. W. L. Cole property and I. C. express office.
16. Miss Josephine Michels' pupils give piano recital, another one next week.
25. Samuel Snyder went to Springfield to attend Boys State.

6. K. A. LaRochelle and Gordon Forbes and wives moved to Ames. Ia. Funeral services held in Chicago for E. C. Smith last member of train crew in Chatsworth wreck.
11.  Kiwanis  club entertained by Bloomington club.  W. C. T, U. holds picnic at C. L. Bailey home.
13.  Illinois twin convention held at Starved Rock.
16. Bethel school reunion largely attended. County supervisors and wives guests at annual dinner at county farm. Friends gave shower for Mrs. Clyde Brown and twin boys.
27.  Herman Durre one of three injured in auto accident near Roanoke.
28. Rodney Thompson of Benson, badly hurt in auto accident in Panola.
29. Mrs. Julia Toussleng left for new home in California.
30. Dr. Francis Townsend of Long Beach; Cal., spoke In Fairbury where he was horn. John Slater and Richard Roos of Eureka and four others in auto accident near Kappa. Henry Pleitner planned surprise for his wife in honor of her birthday.
31. Mr. and Mrs. Wiles Klug of Crown Point, lnd., observed golden wedding. Mark Buckrop won third in soapbox derby, Peoria.

1. Garden club has picnic at P. H. Andrews home. Jack Weber clubbed and robbed on his farm southwest of Gridley.
3. Walter Letcher accidentally shot in foot.
5. House on Toon farm occupied by Hollis Baugh in Greene township burned. Mrs. McKinley fell from porch at son's home in Gridley and broke her leg.
6. Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Anderson of Eureka observe silver wedding.
11. Variety shower in Panola for Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Baugh.
13. Mrs. Sarah Brasier celebrated 95th birthday at home of son Ray Tool.
14. Miss Lois Moore, 68, fell at her home in Gridley and broke hip. Lester Pfister entertained local see growers in Methodist church.
24. Leslie Haynes attacked by hitch-hiker.

1. Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Gebhardt married 42 years.
3. Feeney-Herr filling station held up. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rarick celebrated 43d wedding anniversary.
8. Mrs. L. A. Kavli entered Cryer clinic for treatment for shingles.
10. Rev. and Mrs. Bumpus of Eureka married 50 years.
11. Donald Abbott began work on S. S. Stephenson on Great Lakes.
17.  Mrs. Sarah Phillis of Gridley 79 years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tapley of Sac City, Ia., observed golden wedding.
18. Rev. A. C. Adams reappointed to Methodist charge here. Load of straw and wagon trailer rack at E. M. Rutledge farm burned. Kirby oil station robbed.
19. Several tons of hay burned on Lawrence Guard farm.
28. Birthday of E. D. Benedict of Gridley and Miss Mary Kathryn Benedict of El Paso celebrated at former's home. Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Sturgeon married 53 years.
29. Mrs. Hugh Beshers and sons left New York for Aruba. Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Simpson of Eureka married 50 years.

6. Fire partially destroys corn crib on P. J. Roth farm.
8. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cleary of Chicago and Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Wilson of Eureka married 50 years.
9. A. H. Wolk resigns from fire company after serving 46 years. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Dunseth of Kappa married 25 years.
15. Silver wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fruin celebrated. Mrs. Elizabeth Sparks' 84th birthday honored.
21. Vernon Blunier of Eureka placed 1st and Loren Alt of El 2d in F. F. A. corn husking contest near Metamora.
24. Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Valentine celebrated 50th wedding anniversary.
29. Mrs. Mary Damman, Secor, celebrated 90th birthday.

2. Edmund Nauman of Secor injured at his farm.
4. Henry DeSigne seriously hurt in Roanoke mine. Mr. and Mrs. Bernard O'Neil of Goodland, Ind., celebrated their golden wedding.
5. Family birthday and wedding anniversary held in J. A. Panther home.
7. Mrs. Mary Gull's 80th birthday celebrated.
10. Mr. and Mrs. George Shuman observe 47th wedding anniversary and his 70th birthday.
11. Agnes Roberts of Bethel school won township spelling contest.
12. Rev. R. S. Chalmers began pastorate of Baptist church. Mr. and Mrs. Chris. Schaefer observed 49th wedding anniversary and birthday of their granddaughter Frances Rae Kingdon.
17. Woodford county farmers institute with household science department and 4H corn show held in El Paso. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wessel of Greene township entertained county supervisors and wives at oyster supper.
21. Family potluck supper held in honor of Ben Bohlander's 74th birthday.
24. John H. Roth estate farm sold to Krug Bros. Dale Baker accidentally short [sic].
25. Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Wessel celebrated silver wedding and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Haas their 80th.
26. Twentieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Benedict observed.
30. Andrew McBride presented with gold headed ebony cane.

1. James McGrail of Minonk 87 years old.
2.  Friends celebrated 65th birthday of Geo. Burroughs.
10. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Barney observe 20th wedding anniversary.
11. D. A. Summers' arm hurt in El Paso Elevator Co. mill.
16. Home of Mrs. and Mrs. Thomas O'Leary robbed.
17. Mr. and Mrs. Hurd C. Adams had housewarming and observed 20th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Andrews had auto accident.
20. Yambert family had potluck dinner in honor of James Yambert. Capt. Hans Langsdorff of the giant German battleship Graf Spee suicided.
23. Harry Green, Kappa, struck by hit and run driver.
24. Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Kyser celebrated golden wedding.
25. Festus Armstrong, 81 years; has lived on farm which has belonged to family 106 years all his life but two years.
28. Mrs. Anna Schlomer of Roanoke 92 years old.

Metamora Herald, October 24, 1919
A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Mont North, Friday, Oct 17.
Mrs. Lester Burroughs and Miss Fern Williamson were in Peoria Saturday
D. S. S. Cryor went to Oak Park Tuesday to attend the meeting of the Presbyterian church.
John Pleasants returned home from Springfield Sunday, where he had been to attend the funeral of his uncle, Isaac Guest.
Walter Nethercott, of Cullom, visited relatives here the first of the week. He came here Saturday from Peoria, where he had been taking mud baths.
Mrs. Harry Shultz is very ill at her home in the northwest part of town. She was stricken with paralysis Sept 10 and Sunday morning suffered a second stroke.
David Fisher was brought home from the hospital at Peoria Saturday afternoon. His condition is improving slowly. His operation was due to peritonitis and appendicitis.



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