Misc. New from the Past

Germantown, Illinois

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) April 4, 1913
Unknown Man found Dead
Metamora, April 1-The body of an unknown man was found dead in the house on the Burgie farm near Germantown yesterday afternoon and from appearances had evidently been dead for several days. Coroner Seidl of Minonk was notified and Frank Giehl, Sr., of this place was deputized to hold an inquest over the body this morning. The unknown man had been employed by the owner of the farm, who resides at Peoria, to keep up the place during the winter months, and for some unknown reason refused to give his name even to neighbors. Burial will be made in the lot on the county farm east of here.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) April 18, 1913
An account of the finding of the unknown man in the Smith house, west of Germantown, two weeks ago, was sent to the postmaster at Exeter, Ill., and has brought a reply from a man names Dan Morris, who says he believes the deceased man his brother. The man says his brother's name was John R. Morris and that he left home in 1869. The last heard of him was in 1871 from Broadwell, Ill. The writer says that from the description of the dead man as to size and his refusal to talk but little he feels that the latter was his lost brother. He asks for more information in regard to the dead man and wishes to correspond with some person who worked with him.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) July 4, 1913
Fire, which originated in a summer kitchen where a fire had been made for the purpose of canning cherries, completely destroyed the residence on the Durst farm seven miles west of Metamora, near Germantown Sat. afternoon. Mrs. Durst and daughters were on the opposite side of the house seeding cherries and did not discover the fire until too late. The entire contents of the building, including 200 bushels of oats that were stored in the summer kitchen; $100 in paper money, a new piano were consumed by the flames. The building and some of the contents were insured at $3,000 in the Roanoke Insurance company.