The Journal (Minonk) - Saturday, February 11, 1882
Metamora Herald dated 6-4-1954
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. Retirement Party
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
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) Sep. 12,