THE MARSHALL COUNTY REPUBLICAN - December 5,
- 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.
THE MARSHALL COUNTY REPUBLICAN - March
- 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
THE MARSHALL COUNTY REPUBLICAN - May 21,
- 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,
- 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,
- Louis McCulloch, of Eureka, was in the city
- 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
- 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
- Charley and Howard Johnson, sons of A. L. Johnson,
returned home from Pontiac last Wednesday.
- Mr. David Dunn's little daughter is visiting her
- Eddie Hart, son of Mrs. Allan Hart, living a short
distance southwest of town, ran a pitchfork through his left foot last
- 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,
- 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,
- 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
Metamora Herald - August 14,
Dan C. Kearney Dies in El Paso of Long IllnessDaniel
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
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.
Paso Journal, El Paso, Illinois, Saturday, April
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois
March 3, 1955
Truck-Train Crash Kills One at El Paso
Fatally Injured; Mate in Hospital
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
Trucked Flipped OverThe 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
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
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
Metamora Herald, 3 Nov. 1944
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
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.
(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,
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,
Mrs. George Zerwask entertained at cards Mon.
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,
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,
Richard Berry and family went to Streator Tues. Their
household goods were shipped the day before.
The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Jan 24,
B. F. Slenker and Fred Larison were in Indian Tues. Mr.
Slenker held a sale at his farm on that day. They returned Tues.
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
The Pantagraph, May 28, 1945
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.
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,
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
The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Dec 11,
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
The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 1 Nov.
EL PASO SERVICE MEN.
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
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
Victor Roush reported at Camp Grant for army duty Monday.
His wife will remain here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Punke, for
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,