Misc. News from the Past

Washburn, Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy Trails

TAKEN FROM THE TOLUCA STAR NEWSPAPER - Toluca, Marshall Co. Illinois, Friday, November 1, 1901 - Page 6

  • The village of Washburn has granted F.W. Ellis the right to erect poles along the streets and string wires there on for electric light purposes. Oscar Shepard was granted the privilege of erecting poles and wires for telephone purposes, all of which would indicate that Washburn is to put on metropolitan airs.

TAKEN FROM THE TOLUCA STAR NEWSPAPER - June 13, 1902  

Two fires:

  • The big grain elevator at Evans, Ill., was destroyed by fire Tuesday. A spark from a passing C.&A. train is the reported cause.
  • During the severe storm Tuesday night the depot at Washburn, Ill., was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.

Washburn Leader - April 24, 1941

  • Cazenovia township's first school teacher was Miss Love Morse, who it is presumed held classes in some dwelling (pg. 2).
  • First death in Cazenovia township was that of Issaac Buckingham (pg 4).
  • Samuel Mundell, pioneer of Woodford County, came to Cazenovia township in 1835 with his mother, Esther Jones Mundell. They found this part of the state in a very wild sparsely inhabited condition, with deer and plenty of game roaming over the broad prairies or through the timber. When they first settled on Section 29, their nearest post office was at Crow Meadow, in Marshall county, ten miles distant. Lacon and Peoria were their nearest markets for years. Many descendants of Samuel Mundell reside in this vicinity today (pg 6).
  • John Wesley Acres was Cazenovia Township's first supervisor. James Bane, its first Clerk (pg 6).
  • Cazenovia Township was organized in 1852. The name was suggested by Peter Foster, Eli Rich, Thomas Clark and John Safford, who came to the community from Cazenovia Lake, New York State (pg 3).
  • The first wedding in Cazenovia township was that of James Boys and Jane Buckingham, in 1833. Their daughter, Mary was the first white child born in the township (pg 3).
  • In the year 1883, Ed. Stephens, (the grandfather of Mesdames H. E. Burnham, Henry Peabody, and Messrs. N. H. and Ed. Own of this place) began the manufacture of tile in Linn township (pg 2).
  • A man by the name of Jenkins owned the first sawmill in Cazenovia township (pg 2).
  • At an early day there was a settlement of Mormons in the northwest corner of Cazenovia township, which was a source of considerable excitement and at one time threatened trouble. Two brothers, Orson and Harley P. Pratt, were the chief prophets and elders of the saints of this settlement and exercised all the functions, on a smaller scale, of Joseph Smith or Brigham Young. In order to avoid "the wrath to come" from those not of their faith, they pulled up stakes and went to Salt Lake City, Utah, with Brigham Young and others of his followers (pg 4).

Abstracts from the Washburn Leader - courtesy of Barb Darling

  • 17 Mar 1902 Washburn Leader, Belle Plain - John Combs was a visitor in Toluca Saturday.
  • 13 Feb 1902 Washburn Leader - Mrs. Lewis Younger ,of Washburn, came up for a visit with her daughter, Mrs. Emma DeVault.
  • 13 March 1902 Washburn Leader - Local News, George Wineteer, of Brown's College, Peoria, is home for a visit with his parents.
  • 17 Jan 1907 Washburn Leader, Linn Twp. - Bert Combes is visiting his parents this week.
  • 14 Feb 1907 Washburn Leader, North of Town - Will Combes is back at Atlas again and boarding with his parents.
  • 14 Feb 1907 Washburn Leader, LaRose - Loney Combes of Washburn visited over Sunday with Dora Koch.
  • 21 Feb 1907 Washburn Leader, Belle Plain - Mr. John Wineteer, of Nebraska, is visiting his uncle Vern Davis and other relatives.
  • 27 Feb 1907 Washburn Leader, Belle Plain - Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Perry had a very pleasant surprise Mon. evening when 30 of the young people came in and spent a evening. All kinds of games and plays were enjoyed. All pronounced Mr. and Mrs Perry jolly good people, they leave soon for their new home in Kansas.
  • 7 March 1907 Washburn Leader, Local News Frank Combes and wife moved into the Mrs. Mann property Fri.
  • 7 March 1907 Washburn Leader, Local news - Frank Combes and wife moved into the Mrs. Mann Property Fri.
  • 7 Mar 1907 Washburn Leader, Local News - Will Combes and Peter Fagot returned Sun morning from a visit to Peoria.
  • 7 Mar 1907 Washburn Leader, Local News - T.L. and J. D. Wineteer of Barton Co. MO. returned to their homes after a visit with their mother who had been ill.
  • 14 March 1907 Washburn Leader, Local News - Mrs. Henry Hollenback, of Cameron, Mo. returned to her home Thurs afternoon.
  • 15 Aug 1907 Washburn Leader, Local News Mrs. Richard Baker of Toluca, spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Combes.
  • 15 August 1907 Washburn Leader, La Rose News - Miss Perry returned to her home in Washburn, having given up her position at Ed Spanglers.
  • 19 Sept 1907 Washburn Leader, La Rose Miss Mary Ogle, of Round Prairie, is visiting with Jacob Hollenback. They spent Weds. in Cazenovia, the guests of Mrs.Weiland.
  • 10 Oct 1907 Washburn Leader, Local News - Ed Combes was a Eureka Caller today.
  • 9 Dec 1907 Washburn Leader, Local News - Mr and Mrs Morrow and Miss Lydles, of La Rose, were guests at the home of the Dave Perry's.



Abstracts From 1946 and 1947

Sept 13, 1946 Washburn Leader

  • Birthdays, Miss Myrtle Perry Sept 20;
  • Miss Myrtle Perry  and her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Combes, of Cushing, Oklahoma, went to Stockton Saturday morning, to spend the weekend with relatives
  • Mr. and Mrs. Frank Combes, of Cushing, Oklahoma, were over Weds.night guests of Mr. and Mrs. Iliff.

24 Oct 1946 Washburn Leader, La Rose News

  • Mrs. Edna Perry and daughter Madge of Southgate, California visited from Weds. until Fri. with Mrs. Perrys brother, T.E. Iliff, and nephew and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Iliff, in the latter home.
  • Mrs. Frank Perry and daughter, Madge, have been visiting at the homes of Mrs, Bertha Perry, Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Perry and Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Griffith.

31 Oct 1946 Washburn Leader, La Rose News

  • Roscoe C. Combes, and son Frank, of Fairbury, Mr. and Mrs. Cotton Woodruff, of Peoria, were Sunday afternoon callers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Iliff.

31 Oct. 1947 Washburn Leader, Personals

  • Mr. and Mrs. Harry Combes, of Henry, called Sunday afternoon on Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Baker and Louisa Faw


The Washburn Leader - December 11, 1902

  • Ben Younger, was on the sick list the first of the week.
  • C. Haase went to Chicago, ?, to purchase new goods.
  • "Fred Fowler has opened a restaurant in the building where I. C. Hewitt recently kept one.
  • John Goodell spent last week in South Dakota and returned home the first of the week.
  • Jacob Held went to Varna last Thursday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Ben Baker, formerly Miss Lizzie Koch.
  • Theo. Brandt and Wm. DeBolt, of Goodfield, are visiting with the family of the latter's brother, Thos. DeBolt.
  • Mrs. Thos. Jury and Mrs. J. W. Kilborn and Ethel are spending the day in Peoria. Mr. Kilborn will meet them at Washington and accompany them to Peoria.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Clare McCulloch, of Neosho, MO., are visiting with relatives. They were called here by the serious illness of Mrs. McCulloch's father, John Harper. W. C. Harper of Waterloo, Ia., is here also, at the bedside of his father.
  • Miss Clar McWhinney is in Lowpoint this week visiting with friends.
  • Mrs. A. Sangbush went to Varna, Saturday, to see her mother, Mrs. J. W. Reed, who is sick.
  • Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Ireland and Miss Ludell spent Tuesday in Varna with Dr. Frank B. Ireland and wife.
  • Mrs. Wm. Jury, Mrs. Brint Robbins and Mrs. Mabel Whorral are spending this week with relatives in Chicago.
  • Earl DeBolt has been on the sick list the past few days.
  • Miss Josephine Fraser taught school in her sister's place, Tuesday afternoon.
  • Miss Della Griswold is in El Paso, this week, visiting with her sister Mrs. Bryon Stitt.

Probate Court

  • Richard Ukena appointed conservation of Christ of H. Meints, with a bond of $35,000
  • Wm. Hepperly, dec'd; C. C. Hepperly admir; estate declared settled
  • J. W. Burnell, dec'd; Priscilla Burnell admx; appraisement bill, widow's relinquishment and selection approved
  • W. H. Hamilton, deed; R. C. Hamilton, exr; claims allowed
  • Elizabeth Barsby, dec'd; Ira J. Barsby, ex; notice final settlement
  • Oliver G. Scott, dec'd; J. I. Kerr, admr; inventory and appraisement bill appraisement bill approved.

Grand Jury Report

  • The grand jury made its report to the court Wednesday afternoon. Four indictments were found, as follows: People of the State vs Dean Meek; assault with intent. The indictment charges that the defendant on the 19 day of February, 1902, discharged gun loaded with powder and ball at William Small, inflicting upon the said Small a bodily injury, without any considerable provocation, with intent to kill.
  • People of the State vs William Waldeu and Casper Schultz, indicted on charge of conspiracy to obtain property by force and for criminal trespass. The defendants are charged with conspiring on the 27th day of August, 1902, to forcibly break and enter the enclosure of one John Schall in this county and unlawfully and forcibly carry away a calf.
  • People of the State vs Henry Cruise alias Henry Cruse. Assault with intent to murder. Defendant is indicted for striking B. L. Potter with a club during a fight at Secor on the 14th day of November, 1902. He is charged with intent to inflict bodily injury and kill.
  • People of the State vs Wm. Rice. Indicted on a charge of molesting a telephone line by cutting down wire and removing poles. The case arised from a difficulty over a telephone line in Cazenovia township.

Real Estate Transfers

  • C. I. Farnsworth to John I. Farmsworth, exd; w ne e ne sec 11, Cazenovia $950.00
  • I. A. Guibert and wife to S. J. DeGuibert and others, wd; s ne sec 10, Partridge 2000.00
  • Louisa A. Richland and hus te Palestine lodge, Fo. 795, I. O. O. F. - wd; lot 1, blk 51, village of Secor
  • Wm. Meginnis and wife to Chas. McGinnis, wd; lands in sections wo, 29 and 30, Greene tp, 1500.00
  • Wm. Meginnis and wf to Ellen Bryant, wd, land in sec 1 in Roanoke and sec 6 in Greene tp. 1500.00
  • Wm. Meginnis and wf to Nina Ray, wd; sw sec 21 Greene 1500.00
  • John Schultze and wf to Wm H. Bocock, wd, t lot 7 blk 9 Freeman's 2d add to Washburn
  • Jas. E. Keiser and wf to Henry T. Sauder, gcd; lands and lots in sec 24, Roanoke
  • Charlotte E. Manlove and husband to Emma E. and Flora J. Manlove, gcd; w ne e nw sec 11, Cazenovia
  • Emily A. Summers et al to J. R. Reeser, wf; se ne sec 12, Cruger

The Washburn Leader - December 18, 1902

  • Irma Moschel was on the sick list last week.
  • Basil Tustin is working with John Mason in the blacksmith shop.
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Parkins and son Tom were Peoria callers last Saturday.
  • J. R. Tweddale, or city attorney, held a lawsuit in Benson Saturday.
  • James E. Fulton went to Peoria, Monday, to accept a position in the post-office.
  • Miss Ethel Fisher left on Tuesday, for the western part of Kansas for an extended visit.
  • Sam Jones and family, of near LaRose, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Truitt last Friday.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Frank Harmon have gone to housekeeping in the north part of Bliss sister's residence. Mr. Harmon expects to work for Frank Jury in the spring.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Combes and daughter Mildred went to Wichita, Kansas, Tuesday to visit with the lady's sister, Mrs. Kerrick. Mr. Combe's intends to combine business with pleasure and look after his land interests while there.
  • A. W. Dennis is moving his household goods to Pontiac this week.
  • Mrs. Anton Shafer and son henry came home from their Iowa visit yesterday.
  • Mrs. Joseph Yoder, of Streator came yesterday to attend the Parkins-Blackmon wedding.
  • Miss Della Griswold returned from her visit in El Paso yesterday. She was accompanied by her sister.
  • Miss Orpha Watt returned yesterday from Gridley, where she had been visiting her sister. A little niece came home with her.

Probate Court

  • Est of Mary J. Armstrong; will probated
  • Est of Wm. J. Jennings; will probated; letter testamentary issued to Lucy W. Jennings, February term for adjustment of claims inventory and appraisement bill and widow's allowance.
  • Est of Barbara F. Hendron; report of public sale of personal property.
  • Est of Charlotte S. Render petition for dedimus protestatum.
  • Est of Geo. A. Farnsworth, Jr., Jan. 5 set for hearing for proving heirship.

Real Estate Transfers

  • Lloyd F. Hamilton and twenty other heirs of James H. Wathen have quit claimed to Mary E. Yerion, another heir, 156 a in sec 29 and 30, El Paso tp.
  • John J. Carlock to Winton Carlock wd w se ne se; 9a off s side se ne se sec 19 Kansas tp.
  • Wilbur S. Foster to Joshua J. DeMotte, wf pt lot 8 Darst's 3d add to Eureka 700.00
  • Victor Adami to John W. Underwood pt sub-lot blk 9 Freeman to Washburn 650.00.
  • C. P. Waterman to Sadie E. Waterman lot 6 blk 16 Minonk 200.00


The Weekly Intern Ocean Dec. 28, 1886

Samuel Patrick, Democratic Representative elect from the Twentieth Illinois Legislative District, died Thursday at his residence in Washburn, Woodford county.


Henry News Republican, Wed., Feb. 7, 1962
Mrs. Georgia Walker, Washburn, Dies Sunday
Mrs. Georgia Walker, 66, died at 6:30 am Sun. in St. Francis hospital, Peoria, where she had been a patient three days. Services were held at 2 pm Tues. at Pacey Memorial Home with the Rev. F. Gwynne Cook officiating. burial was in the Baptist Cemetery. Mrs. Walker was born at Washburn Feb. 25, 1895, a dau. of Michael and Eleanor Patterson Kuhlman. She married Jesse Walker Dec. 18, 1912, at Washburn, and he survives. Also surviving are a son, Kenneth of Washburn; a brother, Ross of Prescott, Arizona; and three grandsons. Mrs. Walker was a member of the Washburn Christian church.

Henry News Republican, July 10, 1941
C. E. Spangler of Washburn, Killed by Hit and Run Driver
Raymond Lee Thomas, 32, Peoria a photographer by profession, arrested in Washburn Tues. for the Automobile killing of C. E. Spangler, a leading Washburn business man, was order held to the Woodford County grand jury on a manslaughter charge yesterday [Wed.] at Eureka, after a hearing before Justice of the Peace J. H. Morrow..........Witnesses at the hearing were Dr. A. C. Yazarian of Washburn, who described the injuries to Mr. Spangler; Dr. F. M. Garrett, Washburn dentist, who saw the accident and told how Mr. Spangler was dragged under Thomas' car; Edward Held, Washburn, who described Mr. Spangler's attempt to hang onto the bumper as he was dragged under the car; and Deputy Sheriff B. E. Tallyn of Woodford County, who arrested Thomas after a chase into the country........

Henry News Republican, May 24, 1923
Miss Ileth Jury of Washburn was the guest last Wed. of Miss Alice Mae Zilm.

Henry Republican, Feb. 3, 1876
Magnolia
Brother George Mayse died at his residence three miles west of Washburn last Sat., the 29th. His remains were brought to Magnolia Mon., and deposited by the side of his first wife. He was buried by the order of Free Masons to which he belonged. The Washburn, Varna and Magnolia lodges were represented. The deceased brother lay in a beautiful rosewood coffin........

Henry News Republican, Sept. 19, 1962
Edward Knoblauch of Washburn Dies Saturday
Edward D. Knoblauch, 68, of Washburn, a retired farmer, died at 1 pm Sat. in St. Margaret's hospital, Spring Valley. He was the father of Mrs. Amanda [Donald] Condit of Lacon. A son of David and Mary Weber Knoblauch, he was born in Washburn July 8, 1894. He married Philomena Vogel of Benson Jan. 17, 1923. He was a member of American Legion Post 661 and of Holy Name Society of St. Elizabeth's Catholic church in Washburn. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Ellen Schierer of Metamora and Mrs. Amanda Condit, Lacon, two sons, William of Toluca and Eugene of Washburn, a brother, Ben, of Metamora, a sister, Mrs. Anna Kretchmar of Medford, Okla., and 20 grandchildren. Funeral services were at 10 am Tues. at the Pacey Memorial Home in Washburn and at 10:30 am in St. Elizabeth's Catholic church. The Rev. Meinred Issler officiated and burial was made in the church cemetery.

Henry Republican, Aug. 23, 1923
Henry Remley
Henry Remley was born in Cazenovia township, Woodford County, April 9, 1849. His death occurred on Aug. 13, 1923, at the age of seventy-four years, four months and four days. He was the first child of George and Helen R. Remley. In 1857, they moved to Round Prairie, near the old Phelps Chapel, and there he grew to manhood. Later he became a resident Washburn...On Sept. 3, 1878, he was united in marriage to Ella White of Washburn. They located on the farm in Hopewell township where he met his tragic death, having lived there forty-five years. The fatal accident occurred about 6:30 pm Mon., Aug. 13th, while attending to the chores at the barn. Threshing having been done on Sat. and Mon. on the farm, the driveway in the barn was clear of all hay and chaff which otherwise might have broken the fall. He had just given grain to the horses and was climbing up a sixteen foot ladder to the loft to throw down hay, when in some manner, lost his footing and fell to the floor below, breaking his neck and fracturing his skull, causing his death twenty minutes later, he never having regained consciousness. The noise of the fall and the excited horses was heard by Van Martin, tenant on the farm, who called Mrs. Remley and Mrs. Martin. Mrs. Steimle, the daughter was immediately notified who with Dr. Neilsen, rushed to the farm, but were too late. Henry Remley or "Henn" as he was familiarly known to his neighbors, was ever ready to help one and all in time of need. His friendly sympathectic interest in the welfare of others won the confidence and lasting friendship of those with whom he came in contact. He was a man of sterling character, possessing habits of industry and thrift that enabled him to do so many things and count for the best in the home and community.
Although he had long since given up active farming, he continued to work steadily, always busy with the many things he found to do about the place, or helping others. His great desire was to serve, and the reward that he valued most highly was to feel that he had been able to render service worth while.
Besides his wife, he leaves two children, John W. of Joliet and Mabel L. Steimle of Henry, and one grandson, Paul W. Steimle. His father and mother, two sisters and one brother preceded him in death. One brother, George, of Washburn, and three sisters, Mrs. Ellen DuChesne of Toluca, Mrs. Lucy VanPatton, and Mrs. Emma Sperry of Washburn, survive.
At the coroner's inquest held Tues. afternoon, a verdict of accidental death was rendered. Services were held at his late residence at 2:00 pm, Thurs. afternoon, Rev. McQuiston, Presby. minister of Washburn, officiating. A quartet from Washburn furnished the music. Interment was in Mt. Vernon cemetery at Washburn. The pall bearers were: John Schlosser, M. S. Miller, Ben Martin, A. M. Stoner, John Martin and Cleveland Martin.

Henry News Republican, Oct. 19, 1944
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Potter, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bowers were hosts at the Potter home, Tues. evening to the G. O. Brummets of Washburn, honoring James Brummet, who soon enters the armed forces.

Henry News Republican, Jun. 8, 1933
John H. Fitchen and family of Washburn, were callers at the Lutheran parsonage Monday evening. The Rev. L. H. Klusman of LaRose, gathered for a committee meeting.
Miss Pauline Quiram spent the past week near Washburn, the guest of her sister, Mrs. William Bade and family.

Henry News Republican, July 16, 1969
Mrs. Katie Kamp, Washburn, Dies
Funeral services for Mrs. Louis [Katie] Kamp, 85, Washburn, who died there Wed., July 9, were held at 2 pm Sat. at Pacey Memorial Home, Washburn, the Rev. George hunt, officiating. Burial was in Lynn Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Washburn. Born near Washburn in Marshall County, she was a daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Wagner Koch. She was married in Washburn in 1905 to Louis C. Kamp. He died in 1934. Surviving are a dau., Mrs. Clarabelle Peterson, Lacon; a son, Glen Kamp, rural Washburn, two grandchildren; and four sisters, the Misses Lizzie, Annie, and Emma Koch of rural Washburn and Mrs. Louis Danhof, Lacon. A brother and two sisters preceded her in death.

Henry News Republican, July 16, 1969
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Stonier and Mrs. Bonnie Jenkens of Washburn visited Fri. evening in Minonk at the Leonard Stonier home. Their son S. N. Mike Stonier had arrived by plane in Chicago that afternoon and was met by his parents. Mike's ship, the Destroyer Bordelon docked that morning at Charleston, SC after being in many ports in Europe and the British Isles.

Henry News Republican, Oct. 29, 1925
Mrs. Clifford Rettu and dau. of Washburn and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kincoid of Sparland helped Mrs. Henry Schlosser do some paper hanging Fri.
Mrs. Henry Remely has sold her cottage to Conrad Koch of Varna. Mrs. Remely is having a new home built in Washburn into which she will soon move. Mr. Koch will have the cottage moved onto his farm which Joe Schlosser is farming.

Henry News Republican, Oct. 26, 1922
The Owens Construction Co., of Washburn have completed a fine, new barn on John Hasting's farm. M. b. Sparr is one of the workmen.

Henry News Republican, Aug. 12, 1915
Mrs. George Hicks of Washburn spent Sun. with her mother, Mrs. Lenz.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Parkins and babe of Washburn, visited with Mr. and Mrs. George Myers Sun. Murray Myers went home with them for a few days visit.
Fred Zook of Washburn and Fred Klein of Whitefield, were Sun. visitors at the Mauchach home.

Henry News Republican, Nov. 15, 1934
Mrs. Emma Freeman of Washburn is visiting at the home of her son and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Freeman. Her dau., Mrs. George Baubs brought her over and spent the day at her brother's.

Henry News Republican, May 18, 1955
Miss Crocker, dau. of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Crocker, and William Buck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Buck, Washburn, exchanged wedding vows Sun., May 15, at the Washburn Christian church.

Henry Republican, Mar. 30, 1911
Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Held and Mr. and Mrs. George Myers went to Washburn Fri. to attend the funeral of the late Mrs. Jacob Held.
Mrs. Henry Remley of Hopewell was in town Mon., returning from an over Sun. visit with her mother, Mrs. White at Washburn.

Henry Republican, Oct. 7, 1875
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boys of Washburn, rejoice over a little daughter, their first born. Sept. 26th.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Jun. 20, 1913
Hazel Bear of Rutland has been visiting at the home of Henry Hincks.
The funeral of Mrs. Dowty of Normal was held from her old home here on Mon. Rev. G. M. Boswell of Odell officiating.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Apr. 4, 1913
Miss Bessie Spangler, of Peoria, was home Sun.
Miss Jessie Wineteer, of Fairbury, is visiting home folks.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Combes have been visiting at Saunemin.
Arthur S. Gill is home from Keokuk, Ia., where he is teaching, for a weekend vacation.
Miss Lenna Gill, who has been visiting friends at Long Point, returned home Tues.
R. M. Barnes, of Lacon, and Charles Burgess, of Wenona, were business callers here Thurs.
H. Lesch and B. Robbins were Chicago visitors this week. The former purchased a new six-cylinder Kisselkar.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) Dec 19, 1913
Three couples are united in marriage Wed. night and Thursday.
Lentz-Moschell
Washburn, Dec. 18-Miss Elsie Lentz and Mr. George Moschell were united in marriage at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Letz in this place, Wed. evening at 7 o'clock. Rev. Mr. Smith, of the Christian church, performed the ceremony. The groom is a prominent business man of Washburn, where he is engaged in the grain business. He is a member of the board of education. The bride was formerly a teacher in the Washburn schools.
Foster-Black
Mr. Heath Foster and Miss Agnes Black were married today at noon at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Black, southeast of Washburn. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Mr. Smith. The groom is a business man of LaRose and the couple will reside at that place.
Owen-Hood
Mr. Frank Owen and Miss Ila Hood, well known young people of Low Point, were united at the home of the bride's parents, Rev. A. J. Jolly, pastor of the Methodist church of Washburn officiated.

The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) March 7, 1913
James Sharp Dies
Prominent Resident of Washburn Passed Away Monday Morning
Washburn, March 3-This morning occurred the death of James Sharp at the age of 61 years, following a week's illness with paralysis and apoplexy. He is an old-time resident of this vicinity, a member of the Christian church, of the village board and of the board of education. he leaves a wife and one son.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] Dec 8, 1944
Missing in Action
Sgt Danhof, Corp Gustin Lost in Planes
Eureka-Mr and Mrs Ben Danhof received word from the War department Wed. that their son, Sgt William Danhof, has been missing in action over Italy since Nov 11. He was a tail gunner on an A-20 light bomber. Sgt Danhof was reared in Washburn and was graduated from Washburn High school. For more than two years he was employed at the Dickinson and Allen Lumber company here. He entered the service in March, 1942, receiving his gunnery training at Mowry field, Denver, Colo. He went overseas in the spring of 1943. First Lt. Robert Moulten, a step-brother of Sgt Danhof, is home on a 30 day furlough after completing 35 missions as pilot in Europe. On 28 of these missions he came back with one engine of his bomber missing.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] May 3, 1916
Cropsey
Twenty-two of our returned soldiers attended the funeral of Lieut Allington Jolly at Cropsey on Frrday afternoon.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] May 22, 1916
Miss Ina Spangler spent Sat. and Sun. at Champaign, a guest of the Misses Matilda Ireland and Helen Barnes.
J S Babcock has installed at his club room a new $500 electric corn popper.
Allington Jolly left Sat. for Port Royal, S.C., to attend the naval training camp.
Herbert Ecklebarner has bought the J W Mason blacksmith shop, Mr mason being compelled by ill health to retire.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] May 7, 1919
Mrs Dr Bossart of Buckley spent several days last week with Mrs Jolly remaining for the funeral of Allington Jolly on Friday. Lieut. Arthur Jolly of Ft. Bliss, Texdas, will be with his parents during a furlough of twenty-one days. Harold Jolly returned on Sat. to his work at Ashkum.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] Mar 30, 1918
Corporal Harrison Sherman, of Camp Dodge, and Arthur Gingerich, of Fort Ogelthorpe, Georgia, are home on furloughs.
Lieut. Grant Ireland, at Camp Grant, is attaining considerable prominence as an instructor in bayonet work. He is known as "Blue Blazes" Ireland.


The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] Sep 12, 1919
At a special meeting of the village trustees on Monday night Charles H Ireland presented to them a deed to the village for eight acres of land adjoining the village on the south and lying west of the C & A tracks, to be used as a park known as Gran Park, in honor of his son, Capt Grant Ireland, who died recently. The land is splendidly located, entrance to same being but two blocks from the village square, and Mr Ireland deserves much credit for this splendid gift. The commissioners appointed are B L Owen, Russell Tweddale and Adolph Woltzen.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] Sep 17, 1919
Establishes Park in Memory of Soldier Son
Grant park la a new acquisition to the city of Washburn In Woodford county.   Charles H. Ireland, banker. and brother of Congressman Clifford Ireland of this city, deeded the park to the city In memory of his son. Capt. Grant Ireland, who recently died The Washburn Leader says of the memorial:
"In honor of Capt. Grant R. Ireland and as a memorial to him the tract of land donated to the village by Charles H. Ireland for park purposes has been named Grant park and a quit claim deed delivered to the village board at an adjourned meeting on Monday evening of last week and the park which may have thought would never materialize Is a fact.
"By public subscriptions the village board raised the money to pay the balance on the site occupied by the Butler house which closed the agreement set upon before the park became village property.
"Mr. Ireland provided in his munificent gift that It should be improved and used for recreation purposes his gift requiring specific conditions which it is said will easily be fully met.
"Few can realize what this means to the community as but one in ten have imagination, but with push and interest back of the movement we stand ready to see developed here a park such as no other rural community has and a feature which will attract many to our village. Only a few plans have been settled upon and perhaps only a small amount of work will be done there this fall, but In the prospectus is a swimming pool for the boys-old boys and girls, too; which in winter will provide a skating place; a coasting hill is to be laid out and a fine one it can be; a drive is planned leading into the park from the west, another from the south and a rustle bridge   over   the creek; Shrubery and forest trees are to be used in beautifying the place and at no distant date it is hoped a suitble house will be placed upon the grounds."

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] Aug 8, 1919
Capt Ireland Dies
Washburn Officer Expires after a very brief illness
Washburn, Aug - Capt Grant R Ireland died at 7:50 last night, at his home in this city, after a very brief illness. Deceased was a son of Mr and Mrs Charles H Ireland. He was about 30 years old.
Grant Ireland enlisted in the first officers' training school at Fort Sheridan in April, 1917. He completed the course and received the commission of second lieutenant, and was assigned to the 343rd division at Camp Grant. He became very adapt with the bayonet and was promoted to the rank of division bayonet instructor with the rank of first lieutenant. His spirt earned him the sobriquet of "Blue Blazes" Ireland.
He went over with the 86th division in command of Company A, military police. He was assigned to more bayonet instructing in France and in recognition for the splendid work was promoted to the rank of captain, in command of Company L, 341st infantry of the 81st division. He returned to the United States in May, 1919, after seeing ten month's service in France
Captain Ireland was well known in amateur athletic circles. He earned an enviable reputation as pitcher of the baseball team at the University of Illinois, and later with the Washburn baseball club.
He was associated with his father, Charles H Ireland, in the Washburn bank. He had resumed his duties there immediately after his return from France.
Captain Ireland is survived by his wife, Josephine, and his nineteen months old daughter, Josephine, who was born while the father was in France; his father and mother, two brothers, Clare T., and Frank N., Jr., two sisters, Matilda and Hallie; his grandfather, Frank N Ireland, all living in Washburn, and an uncle, Congressman Clifford Ireland, of Peoria..


The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] Aug 23, 1920
The body of Lyle Hoover, who died in France, arrived here Friday morning and the funeral was held at the home of Martin Hoover Sunday afternoon. The burial was n Mt. Vernon cemetery, where the local American Legion Post had charge.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] Apr 30, 1919
The community was shocked to learn of the death in an areoplane accident Sun. of Lieut. Allington Jolly, Lieut Jolly was considered a Washburn boy, as his home was here during the four years Dr and Mrs A J Jolly served the local M.E. church as pastor and wife, and his death adds another gold star to the service flag of that church, other stars marking the death of Lyle Hoover, who died of pneumonia in France, and Homer Herron, who died in action in France. Lieut Jolly, with his brother, Arthur and Arthur L Spangler, represented Washburn's first offering to its country in recent years. when these three young men, all members of the Methodist church, and all teachers, enlisted in the regular army at the time when the Mexican trouble was at its worst, and were sent to El Paso, Tex., where Sergeant Arthur Jolly is still in the Q.M. department and Sergeant Arthur Spangler is in the medical department at Douglas, Ariz.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] Apr 30, 1919
Carl Jones is home from overseas service with the Canadian troops. At the time he entered the war he tried to enlist in the U.S. army, but for phuysical reasons was refused. He immediately went to Canada, where he was accepted, and was soon across and in action. He returns for a short furlough, after which he is to report at the Torento hospital for treatment, as he is carring in his breast a Hun bullet which struck in the arm and which folowed up the ar, lodging in the breast. Mr Jones says, however, that he had been working his machine gun fro some time beofre being wounded and he had his revenge in advance.

The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] Dec 27, 1915
Mr and Mrs Henry Bamman started to church Christmas eve and when but a few blocks from home, Mrs Bamman complained of being ill and was taken into the residence of John Kamp and within five minutes after sitting in a chair, was dead. Mrs Bamman was about 50 years of age, of a highly respected family and leaves a husband, three sons, Jacob, Henry and John, and a daughter, Mrs Henry Rinken, all of Washburn.