Misc. News from the Past
Minonk, Illinois
Woodford County, Illinois, Genealogy Trails


  • State Items:

    A coal shaft is being sunk at Minonk by Geo. Atherton and he has got down 60 feet already.


  • A coal shaft is being sunk at Minonk, Woodford county. Rock was found at a depth of 125 feet. This will add considerably to the expense of sinking the shaft and delay the success of the enterprise some time.

The Henry Republican - March 18, 1875

  • Woodford County:

    The Chicago and Minonk Coal Company employ 200 hands and are paying out $9,000 monthly in that little town. One Davidson, who owns the land under which they are digging has sued the company for trespass to recover the value of the coal. The possibilities of the work may be stopped entirely and Minonk is greatly in fear of disastrous consequences.

The Henry Republican - August 3, 1876

  • We have been slow in announcing that Horace O Hodge recently succeeded Irving Carrier in the publication of the Minonk Times. Its reputation as a sprightly paper is kept up under the new management.

THE TOLUCA STAR NEWSPAPER - Friday, October 18, 1901

  • Sold Tuesday:

    All the personal property of the Minonk Coal Company was sold at public auction by the receiving at Minonk Tuesday, including the stock of merchandise, store fixtures, mules, pit cars, etc.

Toluca, Marshall Co., Illinois, Friday, March 14, 1902 - Minonk Matters

  • The mine is now ready to be inspected who are endeavoring to lease the same. The falls have been cleaned up and the water pumped out. The mine is in good condition and ready to be worked. The bond holders and prospective lessees are expected here today to look over the property. There seems to be but little doubt but what the mine will soon be running.

THE MINONK JOURNAL - Saturday, March 4, 1882

  • Died, Monday night, Mrs. Chas. Main, of canker sore throat. Mrs. Main leaves a husband, two children and many friends to mourn her loss.
  • Married: Mr. Homer Manifee, to Miss Lydia Loomis, on last Sunday. By whom we cannot say at this writing. Rumor has it that they eloped, but how it is, we don't know. Success to them.
  • Died: On Monday, Feb. 28th, of consumption, A. Tompeon; aged 18 years. The remains were interred in the Minonk cemetery.
  • We leard that Mr. DeBoer, father of Johannes DeBoer, who was hung at Pontiac, for the murder of Ella Martin, died at Chicago, Sunday, Feb. 26th.
  • Marshall Wickler had two tramps cleaning off - the crossings, last Tuesday, to pay for their lodgings in the calaboose. Do so some more Jake, tramps will give Minonk a wide berth, when they have to work to pay for lodging.
  • Hank Webber is a dangerous man, he flourishes a big razor. Joe Cheek wants to know if there is not an ordinance against carrying concealed weapons.
  • Mr. Luke Goodwin, of Mendota, brother to our Ed, was in Minonk, Tuesday and Wednesday. He has bought the property of C. M. Goodrich, now occupied by Ricketts & Gulshen. Mr. Luke Goodwin and Mr. John Golden are going to build a fine brick building. Minonk is improving.
  • Mr. Norman Davison, Jr., is on the streets again. He was sick with the diptheria. It made Norman look thin.
  • Henkell is selling fruit trees and nursery stock. If you want anything of the kind, go and see him.
  • Died, Friday, Feb 23, Miss Maggie Smith, of Nebraska township, Illinois, of dropsy, aged 25 years, and was buried in Minonk cemetery Sunday, Feb. 26th.
  • Mr. Hopp and John Opperly left for Nebraska last Monday afternoon. Hopp and Opperly were two old settlers of Minonk. Thus they go.
  • Dell Kipp, Bob Hamilton and Dave Filger started for the lakes around Hennepin and vicinity on a duck hunt. Oh, how we will feast on wild duck, anyhow, don't it.
  • John W. January has returned from a two week's lecture tour. He reports everything fine and had a successful trip, financial as well as pleasant time. Success to you, John.
  • Born, to Mr. and Mrs. E. Tammen last Thursday morning, a son, nine pounds. All doing finely.
  • Few of our readers know of the magnitude of the business carried on by Picard Bros. This firm is the oldest implement firm in the county, having been engaged in the business for more than fifteen years. They keep nothing but the standard implements, and all who deal with them will receive proper guarantees. They manufacture buggies, carriages and wagons extensively. They do their own woodwork, painting, iron work and trimming and give steady employment to nine men. Mr. T. Picard has charge of the business; his brother superintends the wood work and painting departments. The blacksmithing or iron work is under the supervision of Wm. Minchell, well known as a mechanic of more than ordinary skill, and the trimming department is under the supervision of a man of extensive experience. Farmers are invited to call and see for themselves and learn prices.

October 30 , 1879, Henry Republican, Henry, IL

  • A Terrible Crime

    One of the most dastardly crimes known to the race was attempted upon Miss Ella Martin, at Minonk, on the afternoon of Sunday week, a daughter of J. D. Martin. She was on the way home from church, just out of town, when she was attacked by Johannes DeBoer, living at Minonk, a young man of 17, and formerly a school mate. Rape was attempted undoubtedly, but he was so fiercely resisted that he brought into requisition a deadly weapon, a large pocket knife, cutting not less than 13 gashes about her head and neck, one almost severing her windpipe. Her dress was also badly torn in the fray.

    So badly frightened did the fellow become that his beastly intentions were not accomplished, he leaving his victim in an insensible condition in a cornfield, he having dragged the body just out of sight from the highway. Here she lay until next morning where she was found by her brother who was passing, who thought at first it was a dead woman, but recognizing the dress, he discovered his sister thus terribly disfigured, and signaling a passing team, conveyed her home, where everything was done for her comfort, several physicians assisting in dressing and sewing up the gashes. She was able to talk, and from here was learned the name of her assailant whom, she pointed out as he with others was brought in before here, and also made a written statement of the case before the proper authorities. As her injuries were so violent as to cause her death, which occurred Saturday last, this antemortem testimony will be used against the accused as murder and whose own life ought to pay the forfeit, first for taking the life of another, and second as being too beastly and unfit and unsafe to live among his fellow beings.

    Miss Martin was 17 years of age, of slender build, bright and intelligent and a charming girl. The murderer is a blacksmith of Minonk.

La Rose News Items, May 16, 1901  
(Courtesy Barb Darling.  She writes "My notes will be in blue  All these entries were in the same column for La Rose)

  • Ed. Perry and wife returned Sunday evening from a visit in Lacon with parents, Mr. And Mrs. Batrum..
  • W. V. Morrow and wife were in Washburn Monday, attending the reading of the late Mr. Perry’s will. (This refers to William Henry Perry)
  • Mr. And Mrs. Morrow and brothers Samuel and Wm. Perry drove to Lacon Tuesday on business.
  • Mr. and Mrs Batrum, of Lacon, passed through here Friday on their way home from a visit to their daughters, Mrs. Ed Perry and Mrs. Martin at Belle Plain.
  • Wm. And Samuel Perry, of Harvard, Nebraska, who were called here last week by the death of their father, Wm. Perry of Washburn, spent last Thursday in La Rose with the family of their sister, Mrs. W. V. Morrow.

The Journal (Minonk) - May 31, , 1884

  • Harvey Dye has located at Streator, to practice his profession, dentistry. He went to that city, Thursday.
  • Mrs. J. Fishburn Young has been engaged to teach the grammar department of the Fairbury schools, next year.
  • Geo. W. Bowman, who left this city a few weeks ago, looking for a western home, has located at Derby, Kansas.
  • Mrs. A. P. Yard and her son, Hobart P., of Waukegan, Ill., are visiting their relatives, Wm. II and C. O. McClellan of this city.
  • Mrs. L. Williams and family, of Fairbury, who have been visiting relatives here for some time, returned home.
  • Garman Gish, of Metamora, was a caller, Wednesday. Mr. Gish is an enthusiastic worker for N. P. Baker, for e-election.
  • Steph. Gipson is having a large barn built on his farm in Greene township. When completed it will be one of the finest barns in that township.
  • Mrs. M. E. Cazalet started Thursday morning on an extended visit to Decatur, Mattoon, Taylorville and Macon. She will be away between two and three weeks.
  • W. R. Boyd will immediately begin the erection of a large new barn on his home farm, just west of Kappa. When it is completed it will shelter one of the finest teams of Norman horses in that vicinity.
  • John Geiger moved into his splendid new quarters in the Newton building, last Tuesday evening. John now has the finest appointed saloon in the city. The papering and decorating was done by W. H. Ripley, which shows that he is a master workman in the art of decorating.

The Journal (Minonk) - Thursday December 31, 1874

  • Jim Hunter was presented with a very fine Maltese cross a few evenings since. In the presentation speech Chas. Robinson said: "Jim (hic) here is a token of regard from you (Hic) many friends. Take it and (Hic) put it where it'll (Hic) do the most good." Jim won't put it there he says.
  • A few days ago Ald. Spurgin called on Ira Merchant, and requested him to apologize to Ald. Rockwell for some trifling offense which it seems Ira had been guilty of. Ira informed Spurgin that he would providing he -S- would remain a teetotaler until such apology was made, ? for 24 hours. Ira will never apologize.
  • Chas. Dickinson is preparing a lecture on the uncertainties of fat men. He will speak from the roof of Minerva block.
  • Al Gridley has lately embraced religion. He is a regular attendant at church and hopes to become a superintendent of a Sunday school shortly. Al would be a big improvement over some that make more fuss about it.
  • Scott Carroll has received a large lot of orders for his elongated candies. Scott had a new way of introducing his goods into market.
  • Peter Kratz delivered a very eloquent address, a few evenings since, on the peculiarities of the head - after Christmas. He was headed off before he finished his discourse, but will conclude it on New Years.
  • They say Henry Weast is married, but Henry shows no signs of it.
  • Heaton has been heard from. He was on his way to Louisville.
  • Wait Uphoff, father of Adam, Bartlett, John and Henry Uphoff, and Mrs. Nathan Giles, of Peoria, died last week and was buried Monday. Rev. Jourdan preached the sermon. He was 74 years old.
  • T. E. Coleman has been elected President of the Benson Literary Society, and yet Coleman will go right ahead and sell as many pounds of sugar for a dollar as heretofore.

The Minonk Journal - Saturday May 27, 1882

  • Last Thursday night at 11:45, Rev. W. T. Adams, a highly respected minister and citizen, died at his residence in El Paso. In the 19th inst. he and his wife returned from Dallas where he had been settling in the business of his son-in-law, Dr. D. W. Lamme, who died last month. He was taken down Wednesday with pneumonia and for several hours before his death was unconcious. The funeral will occur at the Presbyterian church, Sunday at 10:30 o'clock.

The Minonk Journal - Saturday May 6, 1882

  • Last Saturday forenoon Uncle Billy Pleasants and wife, of Green township, were very much surprised on seeing a large crowd of people drive up to the front gate of their yard, who proved to be all their children and twenty of their grandchildren. They immediately took full possession of the premises, and made the old folks the guests of the house, by inviting them, abut noon, to a sumptuous repast brought prepared for the occasion. They were also presented with some very useful and substantial presents to give them comfort and pleasure, as well as to remind them of their large and affectionate family. Mr. Wilerson and family of Metamora, and Mrs. Pleasant's sister, Mrs. Wills, of Roanoke, were also present. Mr. Wilkerson and family presented the old lady with a nice tea set.

The Journal (Minonk) - Saturday April 8, 1882

  • John W. January, a cripple soldier, has been appointed postmaster of the House at Springfield. The story of Mr. January's life is more thrilling than the pen of novelist ever conceived. He enlisted in the Union army a hale and hearty lad, and was taken prisoner and sent to Andersonville. There he suffered all the horrors of the vile pen. His feet, from walking about in the hot sand, became sore, and the scurvy settled in them, so that they at last cracked open and gangrened. In this condition, Mr. January amputated them himself with a pair of common shears. Singularly enough they healed, and he now walks about with a pair of wooden feet. A slight stiffness is all that is apparent to a common observer. He is the owner of a farm near Minonk, in Woodford county, and follows the occupation of a farmer. He is quite well-to-do in this world's goods, is a capital business man, and is in every respect a worthy citizen. Mr. January is well-known in Normal and Bloomington. He and his brother for some years after the war, were employed by the Overman nursery. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

The Inter Ocean Nov. 1, 1875

  • Minonk, Ill Oct 31 - The tornado which swept over a portion of this county on Friday, first made its appearance near the village of Roanoke, in the center of the county, where it demolished two farm houses, one of them the house of Mrs. DeFries, already reported in the Inter-Ocean. From thence it took a northeasterly course, completely demolishing everything in its pathway. One house in its course was carried a distance of four rods, and let down among some stacks of grain, and there being fire in the stove the house and grain caught fire and were all consumed.

The Uphoff farm, as reported in the Inter-Ocean of Saturday, was in its pathway, and all the houses, barns, outbuildings, orchard and grove were literally torn to pieces. It next struck C. P. Waterman's farm, known as the Knowles estate, two miles northwest of this place, and blew the house, orchard trees, and fencing to pieces, and carrie dparts of the building, fencing, furniture, bedding, and clothing of the family away so that some of them have not yet been recovered. It next visited an adjoining farm northeast of this, known as the Buckingham Section, the houses, barns, and grain on which fared no better than that of the Knowles property. Many other sad accounts of destruction to property and limb, and in two or three cases the lives of persons, are reported from the district through which it passed. It seems to have been about eighty rods wide, and from where it started to the point where it spent its force about twelve miles long. It was accompanied by severe hailstrom. In this town the wind was light - no hail - but it rained in torrents for near three hours.

The Daily Inter Ocean, Nov. 9, 1880

  • Minonk, Ill Nov 8 - A horrible accident took place three miles south of here today, at 3 o'clock p.m., as the train on the Kankakee branch was passing south, which resulted in the death of thre persons - John Aden, a German farmer, residing six miles east; his wife, and their niece, a young lady of 14. They were attempting to cross the track in a wagon, ahead of the train, and were ran into by the engine, which was running at the rate of thirty miles per hour. Mrs. Aden and the young lady were instantly killed, but the man lived until after 5 o'clock. The bodies were taken by the train men to Woodford Station. The Coroner was notified, who summoned a jury. It was ascertained that the testimony of the engineer and fireman could not be obtained until tomorrow, and the inquest was postponed until then. No blame can be attached to the engineer, as he could not possibly have seen the team ten seconds before striking it.

Metamora Herald - August 11, 1931

George Renfer Dies at Woodford Sanitarum

George Renfer, 54, who for years has been associated with his brother in the dry goods business in Washington, Eureka, and Elmwood, died at the sanitarum in Minonk, early Tuesday.  He had been in ill health for some time and had been forced to give up part of his business because of ill health.

He was born in Canada, the son of George and Louisa Renfer and moved to Peoria with his parents when a small boy.  He was married to Miss Katie Follrath of Peoria.

Surviving are the widow, two children, Mrs. Leo Peterson of DeKalb and George of Washington, three brothers, Adolph of Peoria, Herman of Chicago and Otto of Washington, and two sisters; Mrs. H. J. Brown and Miss Emily Renfer, both of Peoria.
The body was taken to the Habecker funeral home in Washington.

Minonk News, January 13, 1988 - contributed by Mary Moorman
Police identify accident victim
Minonk - Illinois state police yesterday identified the man killed in a collision between a car and semitrailer truck one mile north of Minonk Wednesday night as Richard Livingston, 63, Minonk.

Livingston was driving a car southbound on U.S. 51 when it crossed the center line into the northbound lane, police said.

Police said William Suckow, 28, Fairmont, Minn., was driving a northbound semi and tried to veer into the southbound lane to avoid the Livingston vehicle. But Livingston then veered back into his southbound lane and the two vehicles collided head-on. His obituary is on page C5.

Suckow was not injured.

Henry Republican, Henry, IL July 27, 1882
Minonk - contributed by Nancy Piper
Mrs. Thorn an aged Scotch lady, living about 1 mile southwest of town died the 10th and was buried the 12th.

The Henry Republican, Henry , IL , November 30, 1882
Minonk - contributed by Nancy Piper
The tile factory is doing an immense business. Besides building new kilns and a new stack 90 feet high. They recently put in two new boilers, a new engine, 2 new chasers, 2 more tile machines and lots of other machinery. It is the most extensive excelsior drain tile works in the United States . About 50 men are employed about the works, including night and day men.  The entire works are soon to be lighted with electricity.

Metamora Herald 1 Dec. 1944
Pfc. Donald Miller of Minonk Wounded
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miller of Minonk received a telegram from the War Department Wednesday morning advising them that their son, Pfc. Donald Miller, had been wounded in France Nov. 9.  Memorial services were held Thursday, Nov. 16, for their son, Pfc. Francis Miller, who was killed in action in Italy, Oct. 24.  The Millers also have two other sons in the service.

Minonk News Dispatch, February 1, 1917
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Block were visitors with relatives at Kankakee, Saturday.
T. B. Bennett was at Peoria Sat. attending to business matters relative to is hardware business.
E. J. Gable and C. O. Knox held a very satisfactory combination sale here Sat..
D. H. Carlton, who sustained two broken ribs last week when his horse ran sway, is reported to be improving.
Mrs. John Dykes of Dan, was called here last week by the illness of her mother, Mrs. John Massion.
Miss V. Palmer of Peoria, who has been the guest of Veronica Culen for some time returned to her home last week.
Mrs. E. T. Litchfield was a passenger to Minonk, Fri.
Mrs. G.  E. Litchfield and daughter, Vida, were Sun. visitors with Mrs. V. V. Parshall and family at Pontiac.
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Farr of Onargan, and Mr. and Mrs. John Farr of Saunemin, were ere visiting friends and attended the Richardson golden wedding celebration, Wed.
The public sale held by Mrs. P. M. Schertz and son south of town, Wed., was well attended.
Miss Jessie Grussing, who graduated recently at Chicago for trained nurse has returned here and will follow her chosen work.
Mrs. A. F. Mette of Pontiac, was weekend visitor with her mother and sister here, returning home Mon.
Clifford Lehman returned to Chicago Mon. after a few days spent at his home.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lockwood were guests of Mrs. E. Phillipps Sun., near El Paso.
Mr. and Mrs. Vance Stillwell, who visited the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Stillwell, returned to Pontiac, Mon.
John Huxtable and family moved to town to the Zimmerman house recently.
Miss Mary Dowie of Pontiac, county deputy sheriff, spent Mon. here.

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, April 5, 1883
Licensed to Marry
March 23, 1883, Horace J. McChesney of Minonk to Miss Hattie E. Perry of Belle Plain Township

Minonk News Dispatch, Feb. 1, 1917
Mattie Cain of Streator, was a business caller in this city on Monday.
Mrs. Frank Lauf was a visitor in Streator, Monday.
Mr. & Mrs. L. C. Wiltz returned home from a visit with relatives in Sublette.
Manzel Robinson is seriously ill at his home in this city with pneumonia. His friends hope for his speedy recovery to health.
Mrs. Clarence Axline recently returned from a visit with her brother, A. M. Turner and family at Washington, Iowa. Mrs. Axline reports her brother comfortably located in his elegantly furnished new home which has all the modern conveniences, being just recently erected. Mrs. Axline mentions that her visit was a most delightful one.
Miss Alice Harrington and Thomas Whalen went to Geneva, Neb., the past week where they attended the funeral of a relative, Mrs. Arthur Jennett, who was formerly Miss Bernice Morris of this community.
Leslie Stone of Bloomington, was a business caller in Wenona Monday and attended the card party at St. Mary's social rooms that evening.
Miss Catherine Kelley returned to her home in Sparland after a visit with friends in this city.
When you attend the big combination sale at Minonk on Saturday, Feb. 3rd, see the big bargains Meierhofer Bros, are giving on Overcoats and Mackinaws. Mary and Mildred Stalker, who were quite ill recently with a severe attack of mumps, are able to be about the yard again and have improved rapidly.
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Burgess, Sr., and daughter, Miss Amy, departed last week for Long Beach, California, where they will remain during the winter months.
Robert Burgess was called to Rockford last Wednesday morning of the past week by a message announcing the death of his grandchild, the infant son of Mr. & Mrs. George Lane. The cause of the death was pneumonia. The body was brought to Wenona on Thursday, where internmet followed in the Burgess family lot. Fred Wudke has been seriously ill at his home southeast of Wenona, suffering with an attack of pneumonia. His many friends hope for his speedy recovery.
Floyd Winter and Hiram Reynolds returned home Saturday from Urbana where they attended the short course in agriculture at the state university. W. E. Monser departed last week for Los Angeles, Calif, where he will spend a month.
Mrs. M. D. Sprague and sister, Mrs. Charlotte Martin, are confined to their home with a severe attack of the grip.
Mr. & Mrs. T. A. Stillwell returned to their home at Stanford the latter part of last week after a visit with the latter's brother, George Gibson and family.
Mrs. Lucas has returned to her home in Decatur, after a visit with her daughter, Mrs. John Sobinski and family.
The office of the American Shire Horse Association has been moved from the home of the secretary, Chas. Burgess, Sr., to the office rooms on the north side of the hall in VanHonn's building. Oscar Nelson, assistant secretary, has charge of the work for the association.
Friends received the good news that Mr. & Mrs. Allen Dwyre were the proud parents of a nine-pound baby girl which the stork brought on last Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1917. The parents are much elated as this is their first born. Mrs. Dwyre was formerly Miss Aldah Foster of Wenona.
At a recent meeting of the Wenona band the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, R.R. Wells; vice president, C. E. Pollard; secretary and treasurer, Omar N. Harter; li brarian, Charles A. Marks; director, D. C. Stateler. The band is meeting for practice every Monday evening and preparing for another successful season. Several young musicians are making splendid progress and will soon be ready to become regular members of the band.
One of a series of card parties which was given by the men of St. Mary's Catholic church on Monday evening of this week was a most successful event. Progressive euchre furnished the evening's entertainment, twenty-one tables being used. The score card and ribbon color scheme was red and white. Mrs. William Billion was the successful winner of the greatest number of games played and received a silver berry spoon. The consolation prize, which was a miniature Japanese umbrella, was given to Miss Kathryn Chernich. Gents' prizes were awarded as follows: A pair of kid gloves to William Harrington and the consolation prize, a necktie, to Phillip Martin. Refreshments of brick ice cream and assorted cake were served.

P. V. Barnhart, who is located in the Litchfield Bank, is the Flanagan representative of the Minonk Ne\vs-Dispatch, and is authorized to take subscriptions, make collections and attend to any other business for this newspaper. Hand your news items to him or Miss Fannie Ingre.-Ed
John L. Meils returned Monday from Kansas where he had spent a few days at his farm attending to some business matters.
Miss Beulah Cornwell of Gridley was guest of her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. T. H. Richardson, the past week.
Mrs. C. A. Stevens returned from Ohio last week where she spent several weeks visiting relatives.
C. L. Wilcox spent Monday with friends at Pontiac.
Mrs. J. H. Linneman and her mother, Mrs. Emma Stretch, were Graymont visitors. Saturday.
Principal W. H. Hill spent Saturday at Cullom.

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.
The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Aug 1, 1913
Mrs. M. Rosak fell and broke both bones of her left forearm.
Mrs. f. J. Simater and daughter, Miss Esther, left this week for an extended trip to various points in the west.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Aug 1, 1913
Mrs. Frank Defries died Wed. afternoon at her home at Ackley, Ia. She was 78 years old and was sick one week. Deceased was the mother of eleven children, of whom but two survive. They are: George, of this city, who was the oldest, and Mrs. Ella Tjaden, of Rhein, N.D., who was the youngest. The husband died in 1880. The funeral will be held at Ackley Sat. afternoon

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Aug. 8, 1913
Had Thrilling Run
Minonk Firemen Go in Auto to Quench Flames in Country.
Minonk, Aug. 7 - One of the most thrilling runs ever made to a fire in this vicinity, was made yesterday afternoon, when A. W. Fulton took several Minonk firemen in his auto to the farm residence of Mames Gibbons, six miles south of Minonk, where a disastrous fire was threatened. Mr. gibbons had set fire to a cob pile and when a strong wind across the flames were carried to a nearby corn crib and an adjacent barn. Word was telephoned to W. H. Ryan, who for many years was chief of the Minonk fire department, asking for assistance. Mr. Ryan learned that there was a good well on the farm and also a gasoline engine. He gathered up 500 feet of garden hose and called firemen H. D. Leffers and John C. O'Rourke and reached the fire in fifteen minutes from the time he received word. The hose was attached to the pump and the gasoline engine was used for pumping. A force was produced that sent the water thirty-five feet in the air and the flames were quickly extinguished.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) April 25, 1913
Dilver Kennedy submitted to a successful operation for appendicitis at the Streator hospital on Tues.
S. C. Kipp has purchased an auto truck that he will use exclusively for repair work on his telephone system.
At the school election at Woodford, Mrs. Thomas Kirby and Otto Louis received the same number of votes for director. Lots were drawn and Mr. Louis won.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) April 25, 1913
Will Erect Library
Minonk Council Passes Ordinance Providing for Board of Trustees
Minonk, April 24 - The first steps taken toward the building of the $20,000 Filger free library were made last night when the committee appointed by the mayor after the city council passed a library ordinance, met at the city hall. The committee consists of Mayor John Vissering, Thomas Kennedy, J. A. Simpson, F. J. Simater, Dr. H. A. Millard, D. L. Stimfert, M. H. Pfaffle, A. B. Kipp and Judge A. C. Fort, Mayor Vissering acted as temporary chairman, after which Mr. Simpson was chosen president and Mr. Pfaffle secretary of the board. The ordinance creating the library board was read and then lots were drawn which resulted in the following terms of tenure:
One year - Vissering, Kennedy, Fort.
Two years - Millard, Stimpert, Simpson.
Three years - Pfaffle, Simater, Kipp.
On motin, President Simpson appointed Pfaffle, Stimpert and Millard as a committe to purchase books and supplies for the board. Simpson, Millard and Simater were chosen as a committee to investigate possible building sites for the library.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) April 25, 1913
Electrocuted in Chicago
C. W. Minton, formerly of Minonk and Lexington is Killed
Minonk, April 24 - C. W. Minton was electrocuted in Chicago last night, while at work on an electric light pole. He was a former resident of Lexington and later of Minonk, his wife being Miss May Moritz, of this city. The parents of the unfortunate man reside at Peoria.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) April 25, 1913
John Tarr Passes Away
Aged Resident of Minonk Succumbs to Old Age, Thursday
Minonk, April 24 - John Tarr, aged 84 years, died this morning at 7 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. D. C. Sloan, five miles west of Minonk. Deceased was an old settler in these parts, but moved to Kansas about thirty-five years ago, returning here three years ago. He was confined to his bed for fifteen weeks, due to a general breakdown from old age. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. E. D. C. Sloan and Miss Mattie Tarr, of this vicinity, and two sons, Simon, of St. Louis, Mo., and Joseph, of Kansas City, Mo. His wife lies buried at Oswego, Kas.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) April 25, 1913
Mrs. Andrew Gerner is dead
Aged Resident of Minonk Passed Away Wed. night
Minonk, April 24 - Mrs. Andrew Gerner, Sr., died at her home in this city last night at 9 o'clock. Death was due to several strokes of paralysis, the first of which was sustained last fall and the final one on Tues. Sophie Kugler was born in Baden, Germany, Oct. 19, 1836, she was united in marriage to Andrew Gerner. To this union seven children were born, all of whom are living. They are: Andrew and John, of Lowell, Ind.; Christian, Mrs. Henry Barth, Mrs. Daniel Barth, Mrs. William Barth, and Mrs. Charles Barth, all of this vicinity. The family came to America in 1886 and located at Benson and later on a farm near that place. About three years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Gerner moved to Minonk, which had since been their home. The funeral will be held from St. Paul's Church Sat. at 1:30 pm. Rev. Theodore Kettlehut officiating.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) April 25, 1913
Woodford Supervisors Organize
Roanoke, April 24 - S. E. Lantz has been elected chairman of the Woodford county board of superivsors and the following committees named:
Road and bridges-North, Wallace and Hoshor.
County officers-Yeck Learned and Potter.
Education-Moulton, Engle and Armstrong.
Finance-Leonard, Lantz, Yeck and Clegg.
Fees and salaries-Learned, Umberger and Zimmerman.
Judiciary-Umberger, Leonard and Wagner.
Miscellaneous-Hoshor, Learned and Potter.
Poor farm-Wallace, Bratt, Leonard, Weuthrich and Moulton.
Public building-Armstrong, Weuthrich, Umberger, Clegg and North.
Pauper-Weuthrich, Wagner and Engle.
Printing-Bratt, Armstrong and Zimmerman.
Probation-Bratt, Yeck and Engle.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 5/31/1943]
MINONK - Motor machinist second class. Dale Thompson left Friday after spending a two weeks furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Thompson. Dale has been in the navy and has been stationed on a submarine for about three years. He has seen action around Australia.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 1/4/1944]
Minonk-Dale Thompson, machinist's mate second class, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Thompson, has been listed as missing in action. He enlised in the navy in April, 1940, and serves on a submarine.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 1/18/1945]
Minonk Family informed Son Missing in Action
Minonk-Mr. and Mrs. George Toler received word Wed. from the War department stating that their son, Sgt. James Toler, has been missing in action since Dec. 30, over Germany. Sgt. Toler graduated from Minonk Community High school in May, 1943, and enlisted shortly afterwards in the army. He trained at Camp Grant and at Sheppard Field, Tex., and took a course in airplane mechanics. He also took a course at Gulfport, Miss., to train for service on a B-17 Flying Fortress. Sgt. Toler has been overseas four months. Members of the family at home are his parents, two brothers, Tommy and Bilie; one sister, Phyllis.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 1/2/1946]
Will Hold Memorial for Sgt. Toler
Minonk-Memorial services will be held at St. Patrick's church Thurs. for Sgt. James toler. Sgt. Toler, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Toler, had been reported missing in action over Germany since Dec. 30, 1944, but was officially declared dead by the War department two weeks ago.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 11/1/1943]
Second Lieutenant
MINONK- Harrison K. Wittee, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Wittee, has graduated from the aerial gunnery school. Hondo, Tex. He received the silver wings and the commission of second lieutenant.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 1/17/1944]
MINONK Service News
MINONK -Mrs. Walter Beckman has received word that her son John A. Millard had been promoted to the rank of lieutenant (j. g.) Lt. Millard graddated from Western Military academy at Alton and attended Illinois Wesleyan university at Blooming ton. He received his preflight training at Curry airport, which is connected with Knox college a Galesburg. He received his Ana training at Corpus Christi, Tex. and was then sent to Grosse Ile, Mich., where he is still stationed
Corp. Bernard Hindert, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Hindert of this city, has been assigned to the Sioux Falls army air field in South Dakota, for training as a radio operator mechanic.
Pfc. Merle Loftus will leave Saturday for California after spending a 10 day furlough with Minonk relatives and friends.
Corp. and Mrs. Harold Webster left Thursday for Camp Crowder Mo. after spending several days with their parents. Mr. and Mrs. John Webster and Mrs. Carrie Rohrer.
Lt. Harrison Wittee of Roswell. N. M. is visiting his wife and daughter and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wittee. He recently graduated from navigator and bombardier school.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)5/23/1944]
Minonk - Miss Dorothy Ketchmark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Ketchmark and Pfc. John Turini, son of Mrs. Katherine Turini of Toluca were married at the St Andrew's church in Chicago on May 4, according to word received by Minonk relatives. The Rev. Brennan officiated. Attending the bridal couple were Miss Katherine Turini, sister of the bridegroom, and Maurice Pescetelli of Toluca. Mrs. Turini was born in Minonk and was graduated from the Minonk Community High school. She has been employed in Chicago since her graduation. Pfc. Turini was born and reared in Toluca, where he was employed. For the last two years he has been stationed In Trinidad. South America. After a short honeymoon Pfc. Turini will report to Ft. Jackson, S. C. for duty.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 9/8/1942]
Minonk-John W. Onnen, grandson of Mrs. Meta Onnen, has been with the Marines for the last year and is now on foreign soil. His address is Marine Brigade, in care of Postmaster, San Francisco, Calif.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 2/7/1944]
MINONK-L. Richard Starks, has completed his boot training at Great Lakes and came Friday to spend a 12 day furlough with his wife and son, Jackie.
Pfc. James Taylor has been moved from Sheppard Field, Tex., to Inglewood, Calif. He is taking a six weeks course in a B-25 bomber factory.
Corp. and Mrs. Harold Webster came Wednesday to visit their parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Webster and Mrs. Carrie Rohrer. He is stationed in New Jersey.
Adolph A. Hielsher has been promoted from technician third grade to a technical sergeant. He is stationed at Camp Hood, Tex.
Pvt. Francis J. Miller has spent a 15 furlough with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miller.  He left Thursday for Ft. Jackson, S. C.
John Davison will leave Monday for Lambert Field, St. Louis. He has been spending two weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Davison.
Pfc. James Toler, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Toler, has completed and graduated from an intensive course in airplane mechanics at Sheppard Field, Tex.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 12/11/1944]
MINONK- Mrs. Peter Mazzini Sr. returned Tuesday after spending the past two weeks with her son, Seaman Second Class Peter Mazzini, stationed at Farragut, Idaho.
James Toler, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Toler, writes his parents that he is now in England. He is with a bomber crew.
Pfc. Deane Funk is spending a furlough with his wife and twin children. He is stationed at Lockbourne, Columbus, Ohio.
Apprentice Seaman and Mrs. Chester Silldorf left Monday for Sumter, S. C., where they will make their home while Chet is stationed there.
Lt. Frank Roberta, son of Mrs. Mary Roberta, submitted to an operation on his right arm Wednesday morning at the Mayo General hospital in Galesburg. Lt. Roberta was wounded in France op July 15 while in combat duty and was returned to America the latter part of August for hospital cart and treatment.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 12/11/1944]
MINONK- This will be a truly Merry Christmas for the S. H. Anderson family, since Quinton, their only son, a technical sergeant, has returned to Minonk. He had participated in a bombing raid over Germany when forced to land. Luckily he landed in neutral territory and for the past several months has been at that location. He will be home until Jan. 4.
Capt. S. W. Shibler, who is now with a tank destroyer unit in Germany, was recently awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service rendered at Camp Hood. Tex., during the six month period of March to August, 1942. Mrs. Shibler and daughter, Nancy, are living for the duration with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Simpson of this city.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 8/28/1944]
MINONK-Lt. Stanley P. Porch is now stationed in Pueblo, Colo.
Ralph Cufaude, seaman second class, is stationed at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., following a furlough which he spent here with relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. John Fitzgerald have had word from their son, Corp. John Fitzgerald, that he is stationed somewhere in France.
Pfc. Anthony Zupansic arrived home from Camp Atterbury, Ind., and is enjoying a 10 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Zupansic and family.
Corp. Charles Barth of Camp Fannin, Tex., is spending a furlough with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Barth.
Mrs. Mary Roberta received a telegram from her son, Lt. Frank Roberta. Wednesday which stated that he had arrived at Mitchell Meld in New York early that morning, and that he would soon be in Illinois. Lt. Roberta was wounded in action in France on July 15, receiving medical care in a hospital in England prior to returning to the States.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 9/13/1940]
Frank Roberta, from the Panama Canal zone, was home Wed. for a 10 days visit with his mother, Mrs. Mary Roberta.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 8/5/1944]
Minonk Service News
Francis Manley has been accepted for the navy chorus at Great Lakes Naval Training center. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Manley.
Andraes A. Palotumpis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Paloumpis, who is a member of the 241st sqadron at Fairmont army air field, Geneva, Neb., has been promoted to the rank of corporal. He has been at this air field since March of this year.
Pfc. Anthony Zupansic spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Zupansic, coming to Minonk from Camp Atterbury, Ind.
Mrs. Sophia Lutomski of Dixon, formerly of Minonk, has been notified that her son, Pfc. Charles Lutomski, has been wounded in France.
Lt. Frank J. Roberta has been wounded in Normandy and is now in an English hospital, according to word received July 24 by his mother, Mrs. Mary Roberts, Frank was able to write the letter himself, stating that his right arm was broken. Lt. Roberta entered the service in Oct. of 1942, receiving his commission May 1, 1943. He was sent overseas in June, 1944, and after a month in England, was sent to the invasion front in Normandy.
Pfc. Garrett Freeman, who has spent many years in Minonk, has been wounded in Italy, according to word received by his wife. he was among the first troops to enter Rome.

[The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 3/27/1944]
MINONK Service News
MINONK-Pvt. Orris Livingston left Wednesday for Camp Maxey, Tex., after spending a short furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Livingston and other relatives.
Pfc. James Toler, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Toler, recently graduated from a specialized course in aero mechanics at Englewood. Calif. He has been transferred to Ft. Meyers, Fla.. where he will enter gunnery school.
Corp. Preston Fryman of Camp Campbell, Ky., is spending a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs.  Homer Fryman.

The Pantagraph, Nov 13, 1944
Minonk Service News.
MINONK - Apprentices Seaman Herbert V. Aeschliman is now stationed at Napier Field, Ala., having been transferred recently from Moody Field, Ga. Corp. Bernard J. Hindert, who has been stationed at Madison, Wis., is now stationed at Chanute field, Rantoul. Pvt. Melvin R. Meyer is spending a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Meyer. He will report to Ft. Meade, Md., following his furlough. He has been stationed Camp Blanding, Fla. Rosemary Vogel, seaman first class concludes a nine day leave Sunday when she will return to Washington, D. C, where she works in the Bureau of Ships detriment. Miss Marjorie Vogel, in college at River Forest, is also here for the weekend with her parents, Postmaster and Mrs. Harold Vogel.

The Pantagraph Sept.15, 1923
Minonk Students who go away to School
Minonk, Sept. 13-Among the Minonk boys and girls to be away at school are the following: Minnie Roberts, Grace Leach, Brown's Business college, Bloomington; Theodore Buchmueller, Elmhurst college, Elmhurst; Ralph Grampp, Howard Davison, Elizabeth Hielscher, Leland Livingston, University of Illinois, Urbana; Erna von Behren, Eldon Volk, Leon McFall, Wesleyan, Bloomington; Mabelle SChneider, State Normal, Normal; Lola Tucker, Mildred Redmore, James Millikin, Decatur; Arlene Haas, Harvey Fuller, Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago; Gertrud Parks, Shurtleff college, Alton; Gordon Male, Seibel institute, Chicago; Lucile Ryan, Catholic college, Rock Island.

The Pantagraph, Aug 28, 1944
Minonk Soldier Killed in Action On Aug. 10
MINONK-Pvt. Jesse A. Underwood was killed in action in France in Aug. 10, 1944, according to word received Saturday from the War department by his wife, Mrs. Minnie H. Underwood. He was born May 13, 1908, In Jefferson county near Volga, Ind., a son o of William and Gertrude Sullivan Underwood. On March 31, 1939, he married Miss Minnie Rabenhorst in Minonk. He was employed in Peoria before being inducted at Fort Sheridan on Jan. 20, 1944. He was transferred to Camp Blinding, Fla., on Jan. 31, where he received basic training in the infantry. He was home on a two weeks furlough which ended on July 1, Pvt. Underwood landed t France on July 29. He is survived by his wife and his father, both of Minonk. He was a member of the First Baptist church where he served as a deacon. Pvt. Underwood was the 10th Minonk casualty in World War II.

The Pantagraph, May 28, 1945
MINONK Servicemen
MINONK- Dale McKeon, wireless operator, who enlisted in the maritime service in August, 1944, and attended radio school at Hoffman Island, N. Y., is now at sea, where he is a second radio operator. Dale is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert McKeon.
Pvt. Christy Egli is now stationed at Camp Beale, Calif.
Alderman and Mrs. Walter Bookman arc spending this week with Lt. and Mrs. John A. Millard and son, Ronnie, in Washington. D. C.
T. Corp. Wilbert F. Rossman has been awarded for the second time in a month, the presidential distinguished unit citation.
Pvt. Garret Freeman is at the Percy Jones hospital in Ft. Custer, Mich.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Nov 11, 1955]
Louis Jochums Thursday entered the Veterans Hospital at Danville for observation and treatments.
Orville Kettwick was reported Friday to be a patient at the Veterans Hospital in Dwight.
Mrs. J. A. Simpson is to leave Sunday for Temple, Tex., where she will visit her son-in-law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Shibler.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Jan 18, 1969
Minonk-Joseph and Victor Ketchmark of South Bend, Ind., and Lawrence Ketchmark of Pinellas Park, Fla., were here Monday to attend funeral services for their mother, Mrs. Hedwig Ketchmark.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Dec 22, 1917]
William Onken, who is at Great Lakes, and Victor Ketchmark, who is at Jefferson Barracks, are two Minonk men who enlisted during the past week.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Jun 11, 1920]
Peter Ketchmark, who was one of the soldiers who saw service in Siberia in the late war, was home this week for the first time since his recent discharge at Camp Grant. He is in poor physical condition as the result of drinking poisoned water in Siberia and because of bad teeth which did not receive timely attention. His system is full of poison and tuberculosis is feared. It is likely that he will be sent to a sanitarium by the government.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, May 30, 1955]
Ketchmark Discharged
MINONK - (PNS) - Donald Ketchmark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ketchmark, returned Tuesday after being discharged from the armed forces. He served four years as a baker.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Dec 19, 1925]
American Legion Holds its Annual Election of Officers
Minonk-Dec 17-Minonk post No 142, American Legion, met Tues. night and elected the following new officers: Commander, John Meierhofer; vice commander, George Halfman; adjutant, George DeFries; segeant at arms, Thomas Paloumpis; chaplain, Louis Jochums; executive committee, Thomas Paloumpis, Dr. R H George, George Ewing, Edward Riely, John Gregorich, Charles Clup and George Lisiecki. It was decided to drop the club rooms and make an effort to return to a firm financial bases. The dues have been reduced from $5 to $3 per year. An earnest effort is being made to bring the membership to 100 per cent, and 25 new members were secured the first day.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Dec 11, 1955]
Mailman Retiring after 34 Years
Minonk-Herman DeFried is planning to retire Dec 31 from the mail route he has served for 34 years. He began working for the Minonk Post Office on Jan 1, 1922, and has served under five post-masters since then. Mr DeFries estimates that during his years of mail carrying he has driven approximately 350,000 miles.

Meet the 163 Pantagraph Staff Members
Daniel Breen began his janitorial duties July 1, 1953 at The Pantgraph. A World War I veteran, he and his wife live at 823 E. Monroe St. Mr. Breen was employed at Wesleyan University for ten years prior to his employment at The Pantgraph. [The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Oct 7, 1953]

Mr Daniel D Breen
823 E Monroe St
Services Wed, 10:00 am
Beck Memorial Home
10:30 am Holy Trinity Church
Interment St Mary's Cemetery
[The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Feb 24, 1970]

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, May 15, 1948]
Body of Minonk War Veteran On Way Home
MINONK.- The casketed remains of Pvt. Leonard L. Schrader, World War II veteran from Minonk, are being returned from overseas for final burial and will arrive in Minonk within the next month, accompanied by a uniformed U. S. army escort from the Chicago Distribution center of the American Graves Registration division. The body of Pvt. Schrader was interred in a temporary military cemetery in Tunisia.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Sep 1, 1917]
Dean Memmen, who is a US Marine, and who has been stationed at Port Royal, SC is on a short visit with his parents, Mr and Mrs. U B. Memmen. He will go from here to Quantico, Va., where he will be located.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Mar 30, 1918]
Dean Memmen, who has been serving in France as a marine, was transferred to the regular army and he is now where the big battle is going now.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Jul 5, 1918]
The first two Minonk boys to reach France, but by widely different routes, are now in the same base hospital. Dean Memmen was wounded, while Hugh Gibbons is sick.

MINONK - Frederick Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Baker of Minonk, arrived home Tuesday after four years spent aboard the USS Essex in the Far East. His tour included time spent near Japan, China and Korea. [The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Jun 23, 1956]

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Feb 6, 1919]
The Service Flag
Minonk is not behind in the matter of the boys which she sent to the service. The service flag of the town contains 148 starts. A beautiful sign has been raised in the park containing the roll of honor. Gold stars are set in the service flag for three boys: Sergt. George Onken, killed in action; Lieut. George Wilcox, who died of pneumonia in France, and Ralph Joerger [sic], who died of pneumonia in France.

[The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Oct 23, 1944]
Minonk Service News
Minonk-Corp. and Mrs. E A Rufing and Mrs. Joe Mueller left Sat. for Sea Girt, N.J., where Corp. Rufing is stationed at Camp Edison.
Pfc. Melvin Green of Camp Haan, Calif., is spending a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Green and family.
Pvt. Donald J. Sullivan returned to Camp Gruber, Okla., Wed. after spending his furlough with his grandmother, Mrs. Anna Manley and family.
Pfc. Robert E Meierhofer, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Meierhofer, is now in France, according to latest information from Bob.
Pvt. John M. Cannon, son of Mrs. Mildred Cannon, is stationed in India.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Sep 15, 1945]
James L McKeon.
Minonk.- Mrs. Lloyd McKeon, whose late husband, S. Sgt. James Lloyd McKeon, was wounded in Belgium Jan. 15, 1945, and died a day later in a Belgium hospital, has received two awards signed by Maj. Gen. L. S. Hobbs. They are dated Sept. 10.
The first was the Silver Star medal citation which reads "Sgt. James L McKeon awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on July 7, 1944, in France. Sgt. McKeon and his platoon were engaged in operating assault boats across the Vire river when a foot bridge, which was being constructed by an adjacent unit, was practically destroyed by artillery fire.
Rebuilds Bridge.
Sgt. McKeon volunteered to take his platoon and start reconstruction of the foot bridge. Although under constant enemy mortar fire, Sgt. McKeon organized his platoon and started construction of the foot bridge at a new site and continued working until the adjacent unit was able to relieve him."
The second award was the Bronze Star medal citation for heroic achievement in action on Dec. 21. 1944, in Belgium. During the German offensive in the vicinity of Stavelot, Belgium, it was vitally necessary to destroy an important concrete bridge to prevent its use by the enemy.
While severe fighting was in progress, Sgt. McKeon and several comrades made two trips on foot to transport explosives for the demolition. Though subjected to heavy enemy fire, Sgt. McKean and comrades accomplished their mission in an outstanding manner and through their courageous actions, denied the use of this important bridge to the enemy."
Wounded Twice,
The sergeant was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter McKeon, Minonk, and he entered the army in November, 1942. He went overseas in January, 1944. He was wounded Aug. 9, 1944 and was hospitalized in France, being sent later to England for an operation for removal of shrapnel from his hip. He received the Purple Heart and after his recovery, he rejoined his outfit and was engaged in action until fatally wounded.
His wife, the former Vera Pelz, and his little daughter, Faith Arlene, reside with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lou Pelz, Minonk.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Sep 24, 1945]
Minonk-Corp. Blaze Gregorich arrived in Minonk Thurs. from Chicago, where he had spent several days visiting his sisters. He was recently given a discharge from the service after serving overseas.
Maj. Melin Baker left Tues. for Ft. Sheridan where he will receive his discharge from the army air corps. Maj. Baker has been visiting his wife and his parents, Mr and Mrs M J Baker
He graduated from Eureka college, entering the air force in 1942. He received his wings at Salman field, Ala. He served there as a navigation insturctor for several months before joining his regular group for overseas duty. He has many missions to his credit and wears the Air medal with oak Leaf cluster.
Lt. Leroy Finnell arrived in Minonk on Wed. from Midland, Tex., en route to Atterbury, Ind., where he will be given his discharge. He has been in the service for 31 months, and has seen much service in Europe. He returned to the states around Easer time.
Pfc. Harold Thompson arrived home on Sun. evening from Ft. Sam Houston, where he had spent the past five weeks, having received his honorable discharge from there. He had recently spent a 60 day furlough with his wife, Mrs. Dale Thompson, and his parents, Mr and Mrs Clarence Thompson. He had served 13 months with Patton's third army, entering the service in Nov. of 1943.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, May 31, 1943]
MINONK. - Motor machinist second class, Dale Thompson left Friday after spending a two weeks furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Thompson. Dale has been in the navy and has been stationed on a submarine for about three years. He has seen action around Australia.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Mar 27, 1944]
MINONK. - (PNS)- Pvt. Orris Livingston left Wednesday for Camp Maxey, Tex., after spending a short furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morrill Livingston and other relatives.
Pfc. James Toler, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Toler, recently graduated from a specialized course in aero mechanics at Englewood, Calif. He has been transferred to Ft. Meyers, Fla.. where he will enter gunnery school.
Corp. Preston Fryman of Camp Campbell, Ky., is spending a furlough: with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Fryman.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Dec 11, 1944]
MINONK.- Mrs. Peter Mazzini Sr. returned Tuesday after spending the past two week with her son. Seaman Second Class Peter Mazzini, stationed al Farragut, Idaho.
James Toler, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Toler, writes his parents that he is now in England He is with a bomber crew.
Pfc. Deane Funk is spending furlough with his wife and twin children. He is stationed at Lockbourne, Columbus, Ohio.
Apprentice Seaman and Mrs. Chester Silldorf left Monday for Sumter, S. C, where they will make their home while Chet is stationed there.
Lt. Frank Roberta, son of Mrs. Mary Roberta, submitted to an operation on his right arm Wednesday morning at the Mayo General hospital in Galesburg. Lt. Roberta was wounded in France op July 15 while in combat duty and was returned to America the latter part of August for hospital care and treatment.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Jan 18, 1945]
Minonk Man Missing
MINONK.- Mr. and Mrs. George Toler received word Wednesday from the War department lilting that their son, Sgt. James Toler,has been missing in action Since Dec. 30, over Germany. Sgt. Toler graduated from Minonk Community High school in May, 1943, and enlisted shortly afterwards in the army.

Minonk Family Informed Son Missing in Action
Minonk-Mr and Mrs George Toler received word Wed. from the War department stating that their son, Sgt. James Toler, has been missing in action since Dec. 30, over Germany. Sgt. Toler graduated from Minonk Community High school in May, 1943, and enlisted shortly afterwards in the army. He trained at Camp Grant and at Sheppard Field, Tex., and took a course in airplane mechanics. He also took a course at Gulfport, Miss., to train for service on a B-17 Flying Fortress. Sgt. Toler has been overseas four months. Members of the family at home are his parents, two brothers, Tommy and Billie; one sister, Phyllis.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Mar 22, 1943]
S. Sgt. Norbert Petri left Wednesday for Topeka, Kansas after a furlough spent with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Petri and family.
Mrs. Henry Oncken returned to Bloomington Thursday after spending a week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Meils and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Oncken, Sr.
William H. Kettlitz left Thursday for Mojave, Calif, where he will be stationed. He completed his furlough spent with his mother, Mrs. Rena Kettlitz, following his graduation from the navy chaplain school at Norfolk, Va.
Miss Mary Coyle left Thursday for Little Rock, Ark. where she will become the bride of S. Sgt. George O'Dea, formerly of Toluca.
Mrs. Harrison Witte and daughter, Sharon of Washington were in Minonk Friday where they are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ruestman and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Witte.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph P. Davison of Pacific Grove, Calif, are visiting his mother, Mrs. N. L. Davison who has been very ill at her home in this city.
Mrs. Arthur Simpson and daughter, Nancy Lee left Thursday for their home in Flint, Mich, after visiting her sister, Miss Maude Martin in this city and relatives in Peoria.
Mrs. H. C. Parks, Reporter.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Jan 4, 1944]
Dale Thompson

MINONK. -Dale Thompson, machinist's mate second class, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Thompson, has been listed as missing in action. He enlisted in the navy in April. 1940, and serves on a submarine.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, June 28, 1944]
Harrison Witte, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Witte of this city, flew his bomber over Minonk Sunday shortly before noon.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Nov 24, 1944]
MINONK.-Pvt. Gerald Gregorich, who joined the navy and after being given a medical discharge joined the army, is now in France according to information received from him by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Gregorich last Monday. He has served 16 months in the service and has traveled 20,000 miles of ocean.
Lt. LeRoy Finnell is now stationed in England, making the trip via Iceland.
Ensign Fred Ioerger, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ioerger, is now stationed at Corona, Calif., being transferred from Tucson, Ariz. He will receive further orders from California.
Mr. and Mrs. William Grassman received a letter Tuesday from their son, Sgt. Harold Grassman. Harold is now stationed in the Philippines  and   has  met Corp. Jean Rowland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul   Rowland,    Minonk. John Simpson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Simpson, is also stationed on these islands.   Harold wrote that he and another Illinois boy, were honored by hoisting the American flag in the Philippines. Sgt. Grassman is in the 184th infantry, Seventh division.
Allen Simpson Jr. is stationed in Belgium.
Seaman First Class Lauren R. Starks and Mrs. Starks learned Monday that their nephew. Pvt. Donald M. Starks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Starks of Morris, has been awarded an Air medal. Don was one of 10 Illinois boys who were given the Distinguished Flying cross and Air medal for serving as "food bombardiers" engaged in dropping food and other supplies in the iungles of northern Burma. He has served in this theater of war for nearly two years, with 109 missions to his credit. He is now in a hospital in India.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois,Oct 26, 1947]
War Dead to Dock Today
Central Illinois Men Among First From Europe
Bodies of three Bloomington men will be aboard the army transport, Joseph V. Connolyl, due to dock in New York Sunday, with the first of the European war dead to be returned to the United States.
Local men being returned include Corp. Merle W. Leach, son of George O. and Ethel Leach, both of Bloomington. Pfc. James G. Moews, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Moews, 905 West Taylor street, and S. Sgt. Jack D. Roemer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Roemer, 1106 East Monroe street.
Corp. Leach had been buried in Belgium where he had died of a kidney ailment. Pfc. Moews was killed in action in Germany and S. Sgt. Roemer was killed in an explosion of an ammunition dump near Aachen, Germany. Other Central Illinois war dead to be included in the first shipment together with next of kin and addresses follow:
Pvt. Marion F. Harpster, Henry Harpster, Heyworth;
Pvt. Richard Ingram. Charles H. Ingram, Lincoln;
S. Sgt. Joseph Kasnar Jr., Joseph Kasnar Sr., Lincoln;
Pfc Leonard G. Kiger, Lewis E. Kiger, Fairbury;
Aviation Machinist Mate Oliver L. Leininger, Mrs. Mary A. Leininger, Mason City.
Corp. Kenneth E. Bayston, Chester A. Bayston, Chatsworth;
Sgt. Andrew L. Benz, Arthur W. Benz, South Pekin;
S. Sgt. Paul Brown, George L. Brown, Lincoln;
S. Sgt. James L McKeon, Mrs. Verda McKeon, Minonk;
Pfc. Milton G. Petro, Dewey G. Petro, Lincoln;
Pvt. Melvin Green, Alvin H. Green, Minonk;
Pfc. Otis V. Travis, Lester E. Travis, Fairbury;
Technician Fifth Grade Louis E. Tucker, Lewis Tucker, Rutland;
Lt. LeRoy A. Wallas, Henry G. Wallis, Benson;
Technician Fifth Grade Roy V. Wittmer, John G. Wittmer, Eureka;
Sgt. Simon E. Wonderlin, Mrs. Adelyn M. Wonderlin, Atlanta.

June 27, 1917, Minonk Dispatcher
Killed at the Coal Chutes on Thursday, John Perona, an Italian employee of the I.C. Railroad meets horrible death. Causes of accident not known. Died while being brought to town for medical aid. Coroner Cotton held an inquire that night.
John Perona, an Illinois Central employee was killed at that company's coal chutes south of Minonk on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 when in some manner he became caught between the arch bars of an empty coal car and the ground. He was rolled along like a ball, his neck being broken, all of the ribs of his right side were fractured, the left pelvic bone crushed, and the right ankle broken. He was otherwise cut and bruised. An engine was brought to Minonk, death taking place during the trip.
The remains were taken to the Wilcox undertaking rooms and at 7 o'clock in the evening Coroner W. C. Cotton of Benson, was on the scene and he formed a jury consisting of N. L. Davison, foreman, E. E. Schroeder, clerk, W. H. Ryan, R. W. McDonnel, John Hughes, and Ernest Hewitt.
The witnesses heard were Peter Perona, brother of the deceased, H. R. Auffenspring, Peter O'Rourke, Daniel Robertson, Dr. F. W. Wilcox, and Fred Phillips.
The story brought out at the inquest was as follows: the hopper at the chutes was about empty of coal and the men went to switch in a loaded car. Perona was warned and told to keep out of the way. "All right" he answered, and went over to the main track to shovel away some coal. That was the last seen of him alive. After the loaded car had been shoved in, Fred Phillips and Van Davis came along on the section gas car and saw Perona lying there. They shouted the information to the other men and the investigation that followed showed Perona tightly wedged between the arch bar of the empty car and the ground, and it was found necessary to scoop away the dirt from under him to free him from the squeeze.
Evidently he had failed to take notice of the empty car and when the loaded car was shoved against it and knocked ahead, he was caught. The verdict of the jury placed no responsibility for the accident.
John Perona was born in Italy on Sept. 14, 1868, but came to America 27 years age [sic] during which time he had resided at various places in Illinois. For the past four years he had resided in Minonk and had worked as a common laborer.
He is survived by one son, Anton, who resides with his uncle in this city; three brothers Peter, Anton of Minonk, and Joseph of Benld, and buy one sister, Mrs. Mary Morello of Torino. [contributed by Jan Einhaus]

Pantagraph, Feb. 6, 1917, Page 2.
Lawrence Kutchma Meets Horrible Death in His Home in Minonk.
MINONK, Feb. 5.--Lawrence Kutchma was burned to death in his own home in Minonk last night. In attempting to build a fire, he in some manner ignited his clothes. He lived alone in the house. Neighbors were attracted by the flames through the window and after kicking in the door dashed water on the man, but he was already dead. The deceased was born in Poland about 65 years ago and had lived here for about 30 years. He has been employed by the coal mine since that time. [Submitted by Pam Haag Geyer]

The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois), Dec 15, 1923
Mrs. Sarah Grubb Reinhold
Mrs. James Kerrick has received word of the death of her sister, Mrs. Sarah Brubb Reinhold, at her home near Clinton, Wash. Sarah E. Hollenback was born on the Hollenback farm near Pattonsburg, in Marshall county on Nov. 30, 1854, and there grew to womanhood. In 1875 she was married to John Grubb and they lived on a farm west of Minonk. Later they moved to South Dakota, then to Kansas and then to the state of Washington, near Seattle. the husband died at Clinton, Wash., and several years later Mrs. Grubb was married to William E. Reinhold, there being no children to the second marriage. Eight children, with the husband, survive, and there are two sisters and one brother; Mrs. Cora Cheeseman, of Monroe, Ore.; Mrs. James Kerrick, of Minonk and Nathan B. Hollenback of Siloam Springs, Ark. 

The El Paso Journal, Jan 4, 1940, pg 5
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.
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.

Rocky Mount Telegram [Rocky Mount, N.C.] Jul 9, 1956
George Jeck
Rochester, Minn.-George G. Jeck, 81, former Iowa collector of internal revenue and state Democratic national committeeman, died Saturday. he was born in Minonk, Ill. [cb Amy R-T]

The Monroe Journal [Monroe, N.C.] Jul 27, 1920
Too Hot to Move
"I have changed my mind about going to Arizona for a vacation," said Al Meierhofer a few days ago: "I received a letter from a friend there the other day and in an effort to show how hot it was he wrote: 'Saw a dog chasing a jackrabbit and they were both walking.'" - Minonk [Ill.] News-Herald. [cb Amy R-T]

Rocky Mount Telegram [Rocky Mount, N.C.] May 26, 1957
11 Killed
Benson, Ill., May 25 - Eleven persons were killed tonight when two automobiles crashed and one exploded on a state highway near this central Illinois community. Six of the victims were reported to be children. State police said the collision occurred on Illinois Highway 116 just outside Benson. First reports indicated the cars were traveling in the same direction, but cause of the crash was not determined. A resident of the area, Joe Vallow, Minonk, Ill., described the scene as a "mass of flaming wreckage and bodies." State police said bodies were strewn over a wide area on the paved, two-lane road. One of the bodies was that of a girl about 3, they said. License numbers on both cars had been burned beyond recognition. [cb Amy R-T]

The Warren Record [Warrenton, N.C.] Feb 10, 1905
Centipede, Banana, Death
Elsie swan, 21 years old, died in convulsions at Minonk, Ill., a few days ago, after eating a part of a banana. Local physicians assert the banana was poisoned by a centipede. The fruit came from Chicago. A telegram to the wholesale dealer brought the reply that centipedes often came as passengers in bunches of bananas. San Francisco Call. [cb Amy R-T]

The Dispatch [Lexington, N.C.] Apr 1, 1896
Little Curious Notes
J. W. January, formerly post-master at Minonk, Ill., is said to be the only man living that ever amputated both of his own legs with his own hands and afterwards recovered. [cb Amy R-T]

Oxford Public Ledger [Oxford, N.C.] Jul 24, 1902
The Con Man and the Farmer
"Bless my soul!" exclaimed the confidence man, meeting an honest granger on the street. "Isn't this my old uncle Ki Hoskins, of Minonk?" "Yes, it is," replied the honest granger. "And you're my nephew, Pink Slodger, the biggest rascal that ever went unhung. I was in hopes somebody had shot you by this time. If it's convenient I'd like to have that $4 you borrowed of me sixteen years ago. Thought I'd forgot it, did ye?" [cb Amy R-T]

Metamora Herald, October 24, 1919
The bans of matrimony were published at the Catholic Church at Toluca for Miss Anna Tracy of that city, and Charles Robinson of Chicago.
Richard Seggerman on Tuesday night lost two valuable steers and a 200 pound shoat, which were smothered under a strawstack that had been undermined by the cattle.
Word has been received here that Miss Alice C. Hines, formerly of Rutland, recently submitted to a serious operation for goiter at St. Margaret's Hospital at Hammond, Ind.
Miss Trientjie Upts and Christian Eden were married by Rev. F. E. Huber at the bride's home on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The young couple will reside on a farm east of Minonk.
The Minonk Fans' association is now thoroly organized and the Schlitz hall has been secured for the season for basketball. Negotiations are on for securing Fred Young of Bloomington, as coach.

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