Misc. News from the Past

Lowpoint, Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy Trails

The Journal (Minonk) - Saturday, February 11, 1882

  • Alex Spear moved to his farm near Pontiac, this week.
  • James Arrowsmith, of Chattsworth, is visiting his parents in Cazenovia.
  • Gus Evans spent a day or two this week with Oscar Pinkerton, at Crescent City.
  • Mrs. Farnsworth gives a farewell dinner party to many of her friends on Friday. We have not learned how soon she expects to leave us.
  • Charley McCullock and bride are expected home from the east on Saturday.
  • One of F. M. Patton's children is sick.
  • John Poundstone lost a little girl this week with scarlet fever.
  • Ross Brown is very sick again.
  • Died, in Casanova, Feb 6th, Willie Andrews, aged 9 years.

Metamora Herald dated 6-4-1954
contributed by Jane Foster

A Lowpoint man was killed and three persons were injured, two of them seriously, in a three-car crash on Route 89 at Lowpoint at 4 p.m. Wednesday.   Dead is William J. Foster, 84, of Lowpoint.

Injured are Rowland Grimm, 30, of Lostant, his wife, Wilma, 25, and their son, Gerald, 2.  Grimm incurred a broken knee cap in the collision.  Mrs. Grimm and Gerald reportedly are in serious condition.  The Grimms are patients in Methodist Hospital in Peoria.

Robert Rediger, 19, of Washburn, driver of the other car involved in the mishap was not hurt.

The auto driven by Mr. Foster and the one operated by Grimm collided head-on, according to Dr. C. E. Cryer, Woodford county coroner.  The Foster vehicle was traveling north on the state route and the Grimm car was proceeding south around a curve, the coroner said.

The Rediger auto, also traveling north, struck the back end of the Foster car.

Mr. Foster was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash,  Dr. Cryer said.  The Rickett funeral home in Washburn will announce funeral arrangements.

Mr. Foster and Rediger were alone in their autos, according to the coroner.

The time of inquest will be set, pending the recovery of the Grimm family, the Woodford county coroner said.

State Patrolman Paul Carroll investigated the accident.

Retirement Party
Lowpoint, Illinois
(Henry Alfred and Laura Althea Ramsey Foster)
contributed by Jane Foster

As a parting ovation for Mr. and Mrs. Henry Foster who will soon move from their home west of Lowpoint to Washburn, about 60 of their neighbors and friends gathered at their home Tuesday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Foster have resided on the Foster homestead the 32 years of their married life, and as Henry has known no other home, there is naturally a 'wee bit' feeling of saddness connected with their leaving, even if they will be only a few miles distant.

The gathering at the Foster home was carefully planned with out their knowledge of it, but they were equal to the occasion, and the self invited guests were made welcome. The hospitality of the Foster home dates back many years, to when the builder of the great house and his good wife called it home, and never for a moment, since the Henry Fosters came into possession of it, has that hospitality waned.

The furnishings of the new home in Washburn, recently purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Foster, will be more attractive by a lovely floor lamp presented to them by their guests of Tuesday night, as a token of many lasting friendships formed during the years.

While people of Lowpoint community bide them goodbye reluctantly, they are happy to know that the management of the farm now passes on to Robert, the son of the Henry Fosters. In the meantime, Washburn welcomes these fine people to its citizenship.

August 21, 1879
Taken From the Henry Republican
Our Members - J. A. Ranney

E. H. Phelps, who was a committee clerk in the late legislature, is writing short personal sketches of the members for his paper, the Toulon Herald, and we copy his "impressions" of our members. He writes:

"The republicans of the 20th district could not well have made better selections to represent them in the house than they did in the persons of Hons. G. F. Wightman of Lacon, and J. A. Ranney of Cazenovia.

Mr. Ranney, although a farmer, is a man full of good sense, and well posted in law. As chairman of the committee on roads and bridges he did splendid work, and his speeches, although not numerous, were sound, and exerted a good influence. He is a man 45 years old, or thereabouts, with a sharp black eye that always twinkles with good humor, and one who can appreciate a joke, clear to the bottom of his boots. It was Ranney who gravely asked Frew when his "kuckle-burr" bill was under "fire" in the committee room, whether or not he (Frew) intended to "Fine the animal on the whole, or for every bur in its tail!" As Frew innocently replied, after a moment's thought, "why, the animal on the whole, I suppose," the pressure on suspender buttons was immense. Mr. Ranney, with good judgement, opposed the return to the old raod law of 1873, but when he saw such a course inevitable, he tried to amend it as far as practicable, and really did secure sundry important changes. Woodford county can't do better than to return Mr. Ranney.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) October 31, 1913
Mrs. Alf Kenyon died at her late home in Lowpoint, Monday after suffering several months from a stroke of paralysis. Funeral services were held from the Evangelical church northwest of Metamora Wed. afternoon and interment was made in the cemetery near the church. Mrs. Kenyon is a sister of Mrs. P. A. Sommers of this place.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Sep. 12, 1913
Henry Duden Dies
Aged Resident of Minonk Succumbs to Heart Trouble
Minonk, Sept. 8-Henry Duden, aged 74 years, died this morning at 6 o'clock, after suffering since Feb., last, with heart trouble and dropsy. Deceased was born at Oster Moens, Oldenberg, Germany, and came to America in 1882. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Anna Oltman and Mrs. Theodore Schroeder, of Benson; Mrs. Richard Flohr, of Low Point, and Mrs. Jesse Bradbury and John, at home. Two sisters, Mrs. Annie Martin, of Belvidere, Neb., and Mrs. Catherine Elgleman, of Bruning, Neb., also survive.