(Several volumes of files were destroyed by fire.) 1874.

January 16, 1874. Henry County News issued by Belvel & Fisher. Finn members: Henry M. Belvel, of Corydon, Iowa, and Hendrick V. Fisher, of Geneseo, Illinois.

February 13. Henry L. Kiner buys interest of Hendrick V. Fisher in Henry County News.

March 6. N. H. Anderson killed by train at Bureau Junction, Illinois.

April 21. Lewis Deem died at Cleveland, Illinois. Member 112th Regiment.

May 2. Stephen Pomeroy died, Geneseo, aged 89.

May 15. News takes stand for Hennepin Canal.

May 22. Warner & Beers issue first county atlas.

May 22. Herman & Waterman, Geneseo, store robbed. Men caught.

May 22. Independent farmers' party started.

May 29. Kendall warehouse burned in Geneseo.

May 29. Martin Rice dies of injuries received in fight with Bryant on Rock River ferryboat.

June 5, John Christian buys Belvel's interest in News.

June 6. Tampico wrecked by hurricane.

June 16. Oliver C. Waite died.

June 16. Charles Bowfinger died.

July 10. Tom Collins, predecessor of McGinty, arrives. He is blamed for disasters.

July 31. "Maple City" first applied to Geneseo by News.

August 22. Mrs. Whitfield Sanford dead.

November 13. Sidney Sowers sells farm in Munson at fifty dollars per acre.

November 27. P. H. Taylor sells one hundred and sixty acres four miles south of Geneseo for fifty dollars per acre.

December 18. Major Allan attends Transportation Convention Richmond, Virginia, as delegate appointed by governor of Illinois. He reconciles south to Hennepin canal.

December 15. Hennepin canal meeting in Rock Island.

December 15. Henry county sends car of clothing to Kansas and Nebraska destitute. Grasshoppers.

December 15. Golden eagle killed in Eight Mile Grove



January 22, 1875. Wm. Merriman sees buck deer, two miles north of Geneseo. Probably from Kempster herd, Dutch Bottom.

January 29. Charles L. Ballou, young Prophetstown poet, suicides.

February 19. News suggests oldfashioned spelling school. One is held at Geneseo, and thence spread all over country.

February 19. Man jumps from Rock Island flyer at midnight near Rock River bridge. Bright moon and fresh snow. All get out and search; but no trace of man found.

March 5. Prayer meeting in Woodhull saloon.

March 5. Township insurance companies organized.

March 5. Cambridge moves. Ten new business buildings in process of erection on Prospect street.

March 5. Mrs. Major Gould of Cambridge makes her home a depot for supplies intended for grasshoppered Kansas and Nebraska. Mrs. Gould's activity amazes the county, which generously responds.

March 5. Christian-Spiritualist debate at Cambridge.

March 19. While crew of freight ate dinner at Geneseo, caboose burned. Only trucks left.

March 19. Big liquor suits at Atkinson.

March 26. Annie Lee, of Geneseo, aged thirteen years, burned to death.

March 26. Revival of Free Methodists in Atkinson continues three months.

April 2. Ella Porter of Atkinson, proclaimed champion speller of Henry county.

April 9. Daughter aged twelve of I. Callender of Cornwall, accidently shot dead by little brother.

April 23. Blackiston adds room to his Geneseo block.

April 23. W. R. Robertson, nomad dye worker, suicides.

May 7. Charles Youngs catches twenty-five-pound pickerel in Green River, with hook and line. This record still stands.

May 7. Amos Spaid crushed to death beneath load of lumber, north of Geneseo.

May 7. At spelling school Wm. T. Allan contests way word is spelled in standard speller. Dictionary proved Allan right.

May 21. Ancient sepulchre opened by Fred Luckett in Shabbona Grove.

May 21. Henry and Rock Island counties hold spelling contest. Won for Henry by Mrs. Fannie Perry Wolcott and Mrs. Patterson Holmes.

May 21. Drunken man at Howe's circus put hand in elephant's mouth. Lost part of hand.

June 4. David Hadley of Osco takes belladona by mistake. Recovers. Minerva Scott of Edford took an ounce of laudanum. Saved by Dr. Clerk. Orion horse doctor drank mule medicine. Pumped out.

June 11. War breaks out between Geneseo homeopaths. Dr. Fulton ac­ cuses Dr. Hoppins and wife of fraud. Rev. Langridge of Baptist church defends the Hoppins.

June11. Mowry & Hawkins advertise a grand reaper delivery day. Red Letter Day in Geneseo.

June 11. Squire Win. Smith returns from tour of California. Shocked because California did not respect sanctity of Sabbath. Climate humbug.

June 16. Edward Morris, stockman, Greenfield, Iowa, killed at stockyards Wife Miranda Nash, daughter former Geneseo Episcopal rector.

June 18. Paddelford barns in Hanna struck by lightning and burned with all contents.

October 16. Cutting every other tree in park arouses indignation.

October 23. Death of Louis Logeman, Geneseo merchant.

October 23. Petrified log found forty feet down in Weimer coal mine, Phenix.

October 23. Death of Postmaster S. Lloyd, Atkinson.

October 30. Committee decides to make old Almshouse at county farm rendezvous for insane.

October 30. Towsley erects grain elevator, Cambridge.

November 6. Mrs. Francis, Andover, sells three hundred dollars worth of apples from her orchard to Grain, of Osco.

November 6. Colonel A. W. Perry bets boots, loses, delivers boots, and goes home in stocking feet. Incident is illustrative of the indomitable will and honesty of the pioneer.

November 6. Mirage of Mississippi River seen from Geneseo. Opposite shores seen down railroad track.

November 6. Seeley house closes at Prophetstown.

November 18. Wedding of Adam Lieberknecht and Miss Priscilla Fehlman.

November 27. Recent failure of City Bank, Geneseo, following crash of Cook County National Bank, in which Geneseo bank had surplus funds.

December 4. Burning of Lawbaugh warehouse.

December11. Lecturer's sensational address on "Old Maids," calls forth News comment, "As long as they remain harmless, let them live."

December 11 Death of Dr. Charles H. Clerk.

December 18. Application made for charter for Farmer's National Bank.

December 22. Plowing on farms all over county.

December 22. Cracker factory started in Pope building, North Side, Gene­ seo, by Geo. Singleman & Company. Ran less than year. January 1.1876.


January 1, 1876. Hitchcock & Fisher's and Rockwell's hardware stores robbed. Two men and a woman caught in Davenport, confessed crime.

January I. Fullbacks adopted by females.

January 15. Nicholas Van Ranssalaer suicides with laudanum.

January 22. L. D. Geer, rich farmer north of Geneseo, swindled out of four thousand dollars in Chicago.

January 29. Atkinson boasts of best checker player and biggest liar in count)'. Furious jealousy of Geneseo.

January 29. John Allan, Swedish clerk in the Keagy & Welton store in Cambridge, proves to be Carl Gustaf Adelsvard, son of Baron Adelsvard, a great Swedish nobleman of Stockholm.

February 5. Lantern exploded in Erie church. Panic of three hundred at revival. Nobody injured, and lantern smothered.

February 5. Neponset man ships sixty-four hogs averaging five hundred and fifty-one pounds. Price six dollars and sixty cents.

February 5. Old Swamp Land case settled by Major Allan paying company one thousand dollars.

February 12. Fire at Annawan destroys harness shop, saloon, meat market and hotel.

February 12. Thacher sells Cambridge House to Hartzell, of Rock Island.

February 19. Library and reading room opened to Geneseo public.

February 26. Agitation for new courthouse.

February 26. Human bones found in Carbon Cliff mound.

March 3. Death of Phoebe Wilson, mother of I. N. Wilson and Mrs. J. Ramsey, and sister of Mrs. Steele, mother of Major Steele, aged eighty-one.

March 4. Isaac Burnett discovers ancient canal alongside railway west of town. Makes tour with editor of News over route of prehistoric canal, and convinces News man that something resembling a waterway had been scooped out by the ancients.

March11. Geneseo board of education publishes demand for more school room.

March 18. Henry C. Sleight returns to Sag Harbor, New York, from Geneseo, after fifty-six years.

April I. Mrs. Mary Waltz of Spring Hill, suicides. Religious mania. Voters urged to vote for one mill tax for public library in Geneseo. Cleveland, roused by Resumption Act, petitions against it with row of signatures twenty-six feet long. Voters urged to vote for new courthouse. H. P. Blaisdell acquitted of the charge of killing Nuhn, a German butcher of Geneseo, on ferryboat. Orion House sold by J. N. Harrod to H. W. Rishel. Adventurer stirs Colona by writ­ ing slanders in county papers. News tells story of "Old Butch and the Rickaticks," first News story to be copied by metropolitan press. Godfrey La Salle catches "Cherokee Doctor" at Lynn. Swindler. Peter Hammond reception of one hundredth birthday, at Geneseo.

April 10. R. F. Steele reelected mayor of Geneseo.

April 10. Sadie E. Seeley dies. Prophetstown.

April 15. Addie C. Blish, deaf mute, struck by express train at full speed. No bones broken, and up and around in day or two. Wethersfield.

April 26. Courthouse wins in vote.

April 26. Geneseo public library tax carries.

May 1. Theodore Tilton lectured in Geneseo, "Problem of Life."

May 1. Farmers National bank in full business equipment in old City bank building. Officers, president, L. Waterman; vice president, E. C. Gilbert; cashier, J. P. Stewart; bookkeeper, J. DeLoss Grant. Directors, L. Waterman, Chas. Dunham.. R. F. Steele, P. S. Schnabele, E. C. Gilbert. E. P. Van Valkenburg, N. C. Howard, R. Harrington, Thos. Nowers, Jr.

May 27. North county overrun with Gypsies. Bold and audacious. Walk into farmhouses at dinner-time, coolly sit at table and help themselves without leave or license. Farmers meet at schoolhouse, organize vigilance committee, and drive nomads out with guns.

June 17. Colonel Galligan offers buffalo to be barbecued on Fourth of July. Accepted.

June 17. Strange manifestations in North Side drugstore Sunday morning, turns out to be a living quail, crowding along the shelves behind bottles, and pushing them off. Round hole in window glass and curtain where quail came through.

July 1. Body of murdered man found six miles west of Geneseo.

July 15. Centennial exposition at Philadelphia visited by many Henry countyites.

July 15. Passenger train wrecked at Atkinson by loafers. All afterward arrested.

August 19. Plot to murder and rob Adam Westphal near Orion is prevented by one of the conspirators weakening, and informing officers.


January 7. Henry C. Sleight died at Sag Harbor, New York, aged eighty- five. Henry county old settler.

March 5. Death of Mrs. P. Underwood of Oxford. Old settler of forty years.

March 24. Kendall & Kidder, millers, dissolve.

April 21. Henry county cerulean with the Blue Glass craze. All classes of society soaking in sunshine made blue with blue glass.

April 23. Geneseo House burned.

April 28. Safe in county clerk's office robbed.

May 12. Boy named Smith deliberately burns himself to death in Munson.

May 19. Two new grain elevators building at Atkinson, by E. Lawbaugh and Ferrin & Dow.

May 19. Miller & Sons buy Harrington house lots, and prepare to erect new hotel in Geneseo.

June 3. Frederick Obermeier, head man at Petersen's store, Geneseo, drowned while bathing in Green River.

June 16. City hotel opens in Geneseo.

June 16. Galligan & Remington lease stockyards at Eldon, Iowa. Jerome Hefflefinger takes charge.

July 12. Practicing physician, Dr. Chaffee, starts newspaper in Orion.

July 12. Griffith, elocutionist, reads to audience in Geneseo, a letter from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to H. L. Kiner, commendatory of poem by the latter. Also reads poem, "The Singing Pilgrim."

July 26. News prints legend of Sears' Mill, at Milan. Two large flat stones beneath mill used by Indians for ages in grinding corn.

August 2. Ed. Cropper drives locomotive Rock Island to Bureau junction. Sixty-eight miles in seventy minutes. All the world wondered. Common now as lies.

August 2. Geo. A. Hobbs, eighteen years editor Geneseo Republic, sells in­ terest in paper to partner, A. Lieberknecht, and goes to Woburn, Massachusetts, where he began editing the Journal. He is yet with the Journal as editor. (July 16, 1909).

August 2. Dr. Chaffee sells Orion Vidette to two boys. Boys flunk, and the doctor resumes tripod.

August 2. Samuel Freid killed at Orion in runaway.

August 23. News astonished because windows in new Geneseo House have but one glass in sash.

August 23. Characteristic News Squib: "Alice Lakeman threw her hip out of joint at the Cambridge Fair, and supplemented the feat by dying. Alice was a female horse."

August 23. Sam Smith, great Kewanee Granger, now goes in for Greenbacks.

August 23. Epidemic of barn burning in Geneseo.

September 27. Greenbackers arrange with Henry County News to issue a sheet called "The Industrial Advocate and News." Sheet issued three weeks, when all declared off.

November 1. Tampico ghost delusion exposed in the News.

November 15. Dr. Chaffee sells Orion Vidette.

December 4. New Geneseo House opened to public, with grand ball, and much feasting and oratory.

December 27. James McDonald arrested in west county for murder done in Pennsylvania fourteen years before.

December 27. E. P. Boyden of Atkinson, buys Tiskilwa House.


January 1. John W. Olmsted buys Prophetstown Spike newspaper from A. D. Hill, the founder.

January 28. Singleman house-block in Geneseo burned. Business houses burned, Bradley's grocery, Sengewald dye works, Ott boots & shoes, Bidder's meat market, Postel's barber shop, Captain Allen, restaurant.

February 3. German Lutherans dedicate new church in Geneseo.

February 14. "Henry County and Pekin Legal Tender" started at Pekin by deluded printer, urged on by enraged Greenbackers of Henry county. Too tender. Wilted.

July 9. Mrs. G. W. Lawrence falls and breaks patellas of both knees.

July 23. Fremont S. Rickel suicides with revolver.

July 23. Item from Cambridge Chronicle: The people of Bishop Hill have rented the steeple of the old hotel building to secure the right to wind and keep the clock therein. The clock is a legacy of the Bishop Hill colony.

July 30. News notes presence in Geneseo of French marchioness, Madame De Belloy.

August 6. August Pobanz drowns in creek in Edford.

August 6. Everybody looking for Donaldson, lost balloonist

August 13. Incendiarism at Cambridge. Mascall block fired, but failed. Barns burned.

August 13. Swedish coal miner killed in Alpha mine.

August 13. D. A. Roberts of Oxford, found babe on porch.

August 13. First meeting Henry County Old Settler's association.

August 28. Logs and brush found sixteen feet down in well being dug east of Geneseo.

September 4. D. H. Nichols returned after thirty years in west.

September 11. Lightning and fire destroys John Wilkins barn in Munson.

September 11. Threshing machine burns on Joe Arnett farm in Loraine.

September 18. Perry Munson buried alive in Harvey Grain well, west of Geneseo.

September 18 Freeburg of Andover, thrown from 1 buggy and killed.

September 18. Dr. Brayton dead.

October 2. Death of Mrs. Eliza A. M. Osborn, old settler.

October 2. Harry McArthur dead, aged sixty-four.

October 2. Stolen Geneseo horses found in Whiteside county.


January 11, 1883. Uncle Billy Carse, aged eighty, perpetrates his great joke on the scribe. Says "teams cannot cross Green River bridge." "Why?" demanded the scribe ? "Too narrow. They have to go lengthways of it," retorted the octogenarian.

January 11. J. Sterling Olson, Woodhull broom manufacturer, dies, after having married Miss Emma Farrar, while on his deathbed.

January 11. E. P. Van Valkenburg sells fixtures of his dry goods store. Veteran business man.

January 11. Lew Dalrymple caricatures C. K. Ladd of Kewanee, in "Puck."

January 18. Solicitors for Orphan's Home in Andover denounced as frauds by Moline "Citizen." John Engdahl of Geneseo refutes the charge.

January 18. Lieberknecht, Schnabele & Waterman of Geneseo, enter the Colorado mining field.

January 18. Frank Edgcomb freezes face coming from Cambridge to Gene­ seo. Story starts that he has smallpox. Great sensation.

February 8. Charles Parker, oldtime Geneseo boy, strikes it rich in Denver real estate.

February 15. Horace Herbert's theatrical company stranded

February 22. Tramway from Geneseo to Atkinson coal fields agitated.

March 15. Uncle Abe Miller of the Geneseo House, bored by a lightning rod agent, asks how far rods will draw lightning. "Forty feet," said agent. "Then set one in street, forty feet from the house. City pays for all street improvements."

March 15. News in fight with city council, also with Prophetstown Spike, Cambridge Chronicle and Luman Woodward.

March 15. Dr. C. H. Gran, proprietor of Invalid's Hotel, Alpha, burned to death in bed. Bed took fire from lamp by which Gran had been reading.

April 5. Under heading "Footprints in the Sands," News has a column of names of Geneseo business men who have moved away, quit or died. Among them are: Dr. Brooks, Dr. Brayton, Briggs the candy man, F. H. Bernard the coal man, Butterbrodt, Cooper, Clark the druggist, Corle, Clement/, Carlberg, Cash & Bolen, Crampton, Raser, Earl & Son, DeRue, Davis & Hayward, Dor- man, Dickerson & Neiswender, Townley, Martin, Merriman, Dr. Oerke, Dodge, Felger & Karnaugh, Dr. Fulton, Mrs. J. A. Freeman, Frey, Fisher Si Powell, Dr. Frick, Green, Gustus, Greene, Hartley, Dowe Bros., Hoffman, Hoppe & Har- moning, Huber, Pyke & Waltz, Harbaugh the tinner, R. A. Kinzie, Kinsey & George Kidder, Lichtenstein, Logernan, Linn, McHose, Mitchell, Hawkins, Dr. Monning, Morton, Orminston, Owen, Parker, Postal, Perrin, Remington, Powell, Rickel, Parsons, Dr. Pillsbury, Rittenger & Schuck. Monesmith. Ott, Rockwell, Rapp, Goembell, Arnett, Rummell, Russell, Rink, Stewart, Staleen, Stickle, Way & Duncan, Wheeler, Wyatt, Woodruff, White, Whitson, Wells, Walters, Wor- rall, Dr. Zuppafin, Allen & Son, Edgcomb, Adler, Anderson & Johnson, Dr. Spalding, Barlow & Co., Brown, Croft, Chapman, Faxon, Dr. Gleason, Jordan. Howard, Freeman, Sensenbaugh, Hitchcock & Fisher, Barber, Keator, Kline, Hobbs, Christian, Kinsey Bros., Geo. Lieberknecht, Kuebler & Carter, Kreiger, McDade & Anderson, Miller, McWilliams, McHenry, O'Bryan the barber, Orton & Tuttle, Palmer & George, Robertson, Robinson, Rich, Hamilton, Ruggles, Creassy, Resser, Schocker, Skinner, Eaton, Wunder Bros., Thomas, Offerle, Rasmus, Ramsey, Van Winkle, Dalton, Spurlock, Withrow, Coe, Rosenstone, Tilton, Cameron, Canfield, Chamberlin, Dr. Hodges, Buckles, Quinn, Dr. Pom- eroy, Crawford, Adams, Albro, Ainsworth, Blackiston, Blake, Bracken, Bryant, Steele, Cook, Cowles, Crook, Deem, Dean, Flaggett, Furlon, Grundy, Hammond, Hutchins, Hyatt, Ireland, James, Kendall, Lewis, Libbey, Dr. Lyman, McGinley & Clauson, Mannington, Mead, Morgan, Nourse, Wingate & Blair, Perry, Spauld- ing, Sleight, Stough, Thompson, Turner, Vernon, Wells, Wilcox, Beveridge.

April 5, Major McClaughrey, warden of State Prison at Joliet, lectures on "Paper-bound Poison," in Kewanee, referring to cheap novels. Kewanee mer­ chant, zealous in good works, buys all paper bound books in Kewanee, and makes bonfire in street before his store. Bonfire included Talmage's Sermons, Pilgrim's Progress, etc.

April 19. H. H. Haaf, loses eye from premature explosion of cartridge.

December 13. Editorial against wornout minstrel performances Tab kept on one company proved the use of the same jokes and gags year after year.

December 19. Jackson Whitney, constable, being abroad at four a. m., sees panel of fence walk down street, exactly as Farnum saw one walk in Shabbona Grove, as mentioned elsewhere. Man discovered on yonder side of panel.

December 13. Orion tries to start factories.

December 13. Field of Cornwall, leaves property to Methodist church and Women's Foreign Missionary Society. James and Emma Field, children, contest will on ground of old man's mental disability.

December 13. H. L. Kiner retakes Henry County News from H. J. Eaton. The latter had paper seven months.


January 3, 1884. Henry Barns, farmer, suicides near Orion.

January 17. Death of Rev. Philip K. Hanna at Peabody, Kansas. First Methodist minister in Henry county. Father of first white girl born in county. Hanna had been thrice married. Two of his wives are buried in Henry county. The third survives her husband. His age was seventy-eight years.

January 24. EJisha Attwater dies in Munson on January 15, aged seventy- three. He came to Henry county in 1840, and was one of Munson's oldest settlers. He was second lieutenant in one of the companies forming the One Hundred and Twelfth Regiment.

Feb 7. Holmes O. Sleight dies suddenly in Moline. He formerly lived in Geneseo and Cambridge.

Feb. 7. Judge John C. Folliott, popular traveling man, died in Peoria.

Feb. 7. Henry Boomer of Atkinson regales scribe with hunting yarns of long ago. Coons so numerous in Vermillion woods, there weren't hollow trees enough to go round, so they nested in mounds of leaves, like swine. Boomer got two thousand, five hundred muskrats one winter at the head of Green River, Cave in grove up there and grove in a swamp. Cave held one hundred horses. Used by horsethieves and counterfeiters. Lookout lived in a house built in a tree, where he had a stove, dime novels, and all the comforts of life, besides being highest in local society.

February 14. Joel Ware writes a chapter on cane mills and canning factories.

February 14. Koehler, Chicago horsebuyer, buys twelve thousand dollars worth of horses in the north county in three weeks.

February 21. Rev. Menander Spurlock, Methodist clergyman, undergoes church trial at Geneseo for alleged immoral conduct. Found guilty.

March 18. New Rink opened on First Street, Geneseo. For many years used as livery stable.

March 18. Henry county almost unanimously visits great cyclorama of Gettys­burg in Chicago.

April 17. Victor W. Clough skates one hundred miles to win silver pitcher. Finishes in fine form.

April 24. Tank Kee, alleged Chinese lecturer on temperance and moral subjects, goes on big spree, and reveals fact that he is a fraud.

May 9. Burial of Peter Worrall, ex-mayor of Geneseo.

July 3- James Field, Jr., and sister Emma win suit against Woman's Foreign Society, and succeed to their patrimony. Their father, being demented at the time, had willed his property to religious societies, cutting out his own children.

July 3. Rock River woods scoured by Marshall's men, boring for coal.

July 3. Dutch Bottom Joke. Farmer had a pig he named Johnnny Butzer. The pig was slain, and a report roared far and wide that a man named Johnny Butzer had been slaughtered.

July 3. Charles Hippler, Sr., insane. Oldtime and successful Geneseo merchant.

July 17. Ripley, farmer near Cambridge, has hallucination that he is the devil. He writes articles to the newspapers, heading them "A Letter from the Devil." Prosperous man and kind neighbor. He holds that a person starting in any direction and going long enough, will reach the North Pole. He avers that the earth is flat. He is a fluent talker, and can smother all opposition be­ neath an avalanche of words.

August 28. Rev. W. M. Collins, Methodist minister, formerly of Geneseo, is missing. Body of man supposed to be Collins found on shore of Lake Erie. Body has one toe missing, similar to Collins. Insurance Company not satisfied. Refuses to pay ten thousand dollars insurance to Mrs. Collins. Set detectives on case. Collins found at Toronto. Is disguised, and wears name of Myers, which is really his middle name. Collins killed soon after in excursion train wreck at Chatsworth, Illinois. Body buried at Geneseo.

August 28. Theodore Ballenstein, driving from Andover to Lynn Center with Anton Jakerbka, leader of Union Ba«d, Davenport, is killed in runaway.

September 4. Luman Woodward states two men opened saloon in Osco. Everybody in village watched everybody else all day. Nobody dared to visit saloon. Beer spoiled and poured out. Saloonkeepers sold liquors to druggist, shanty fo shoemaker, and left.

September 11. Ike Inman suicides at Cambridge with pistol. Financial reverses.

September 18. News opens Prohibition department, giving over one page to the cause. An article in it by H. H. Haaff brought brimstone and brainstorms which nearly overthrew the labor of years. Prohibition department promptly prohibited.

October 9. Death of Mrs. Wm. T. Hill, at Schuyler, Nebraska. Aged sixty- three. She was the mother of fourteen children, all living but one who was killed in army. Mrs. Hill's life for many years was passed in Munson, where true hospitality and the sweet home spirit pervaded her home.


May 26. Rev. C. L. Morgan of Moline, traveling in Holy land, meets young Ford, a Geneseo boy doing missionary work for a Presbyterian board. Ford's mother was in Syria, also a missionary. She was a sister of Col. A. W., David, Nathan and Charles Perry, of Geneseo.

May 26. Great wrestle between Thode Miller and Van Meter, Normal champion. Van Meter wins.

June 2. Fred S. Paddelford, of Hanna, turns up fifty-six arrowheads, two Indian hatchets, and other relics of the red men.

June 2. Major Hosford resigns as state agent New York Home Insurance company.

June 2. Farmer strikes cached meat while digging cellar. Neighbors join him in partaking of buffalo meat stored by Black Hawk or Shabona. Newspaper prints meat was smoked pappoose. All doctors in Geneseo called on cases of stomach trouble.

June 2. Flow of artesian well down to thirty-five gallons per minute. Steam pump put in.

June 2. Maud, Mame and Mabel Nye, famed triplets of Cambridge, gave entertainment in skating rink. The program was literary and musical, greatly delighting one of the largest audiences even seen in Geneseo. Kiner of The News wrote the following poem for them:


And shall no grace of words glitter

In the musical murmur of rhyme, In a world where there's much that is bitter,

For such as can sweeten our time? For these, the fair triad of graces,

Shall no trace of the gold of life glow, Whose exquisite three-in-one faces,

It is ours to know ?

Earth's trinity, like as the stars are,

Yet, not as they, distant and still, As Saturn and Venus and Mars are,

Whose beauty, though changeless, is chill. But warm as the breath of the May-time,

And blessed as the sun is, and bright, To the watcher who waits for the daytime,

Through death-ridden night.

Triumvirate, Maud, Mame and Mabel!

Each "M," which, in history's tome, Mathematics assumed in their table Represented a thousand in Rome: A thousand times each do we greet thee, And a thousand good wishes we send, O'er hills and the valleys to meet thee

From many a friend.

June 9. Ed Barnes of Geneseo shot. Dies of wound. June 9. Telephone exchange abolished in Geneseo. Instrument rental was forty dollars per year. Highest number at one time, forty-three. Subsequently two exchanges established at lower rentals, including almost every store and dwelling in city and country.

June 9. Granite boulder weighing seven tons brought to Collegiate campus. Graduating class of 1887 names engraven on rock.

July 4. Death of Mrs. Calista Kinsey, wife of Cyrus Kinsey, who died a year before. Cyrus Kinsey was Geneseo's old time plowmaker. July 8. Tee & Stewart's mill burns at Cambridge.



April 9. C. W. Turner, Geneseo dry goods man, closes out.

April 10. George Sommers died in Loraine.

April 14. Mrs. Marie E. Ott died in Phenix, aged seventy-four. Came to county in 1854. Mother of Casper Ott of Hooppole, Henry R. and Adolph, of Geneseo, Mrs. L. Sand of Phenix, Mrs. Jacob Roos of Loraine.

April 16. May Evelyn Nye died at Red Cloud, Nebraska. One of the fa­ mous Cambridge triplets.

April 16. Mrs. H. Stowe died in Munson.

April 23. A. O. Warner, erstwhile of the City Hotel, dies in Chicago hospital, hospital.

April 23. Philip Ott died. Old settler of Geneseo.

April 23, At banquet given by Hon. W. W. Cole, H. L. Kiner made an address regretting the failure of the gravel experiment on Geneseo's streets, and advocating vitrified brick. Cole followed holding that the gravel experiment failed because of an excess of sand.

April 23. H. Mark Gilbert brings live alligator from Florida, and presents him to News.

April 30. Dispute as to oldest tree in Geneseo. R. D. Boice holds that tree by Turner & Brown lumber yard is oldest; I. N. Wilson contends that the trees fronting Patterson Holmes lot on the west, on Oakwood avenue, are much older. Dr. Hume coincides with Wilson.

April 30. N. G. Tilton died in Geneseo.

May 7. Mrs. Warner Cady died in Stuart, Iowa, aged seventy-two. Burial at Cambridge.

May 7. Sixteen wolves slain in Rock River forest by Emery Williams.

May 21. Harriet Richmond Aldrich, wife of Medore M. Aldrich, dies in Phenix.

June 5. Captain Wood dies, aged eighty-two.

June 11. Wm. Claussen dead. Built Red Mill, Geneseo.

June11. Georgia Hamlin dead. Cambridge actress.

June 11 Mrs. W. C. Anderson dies. Phenix.

June 18. Squire Blackiston says great falling off in Henry county lands sold for taxes. Twenty years ago he could use twelve hundred and three thou­sand dollars paying taxes on these lands. Now three hundred dollars is enough.

June 18. Farmer Odell of Rock River, leaves fifteen thousand dollars to Missionary Society of Methodist Episcopal church, of Morrison. No such so­ ciety existed, and heirs claimed legacy. Church held that Sunday-school con­ nected with church is Missionary Society, and entitled to legacy. Case carried to supreme court. Won by heirs.

June 18. Wild man reported in Rock River woods. Proves to be Oldwert, a German. Had seven hundred dollars in money in his pockets, and found to have many notes and mortgages. Found insane, and sent to asylum.

July 16. Soldiers' monument set in park. Proposal to raise it. Too squatty. Raised eighteen inches.

July 16. Death of Mrs. Martin Reis at Erie.

July 21. Big fire at Atkinson recently. Two warehouses, depot, a large quantity of grain and much other property destroyed. Loss, ten thousand dollars.

July 23. Mortimer Earl died. Geneseo. Auctioneer.

July 30. Orion Times says Bishop Hill clock, made in 1849, was built by taking an old Seth Thomas clock for a model, and simply multiplying the size of each part. The clock has worked well from the start, and yet booms the passing hours o'er hill and dale.

August 6. Clark's Horse Review has long and appreciative writeup of Mc- Henry Stock Farm, foreshadowing McHenry's world-wide fame as the great­est rein plier on the planet.

August 6. John W. Hoover dead. Geneseo.

August 6. Lieutenant Hamilton of the British Royal navy seeks classic shades of Geneseo in which to prepare maps, which maps are issued by Cram, the great map maker. Cram a frequent visitor to the Maple City.

August 6. Pearl craze strikes Atkinson. Four tons of clams opened in one day.

August 6. George Keyser mysteriously disappears from bedside of sick brother in Chicago. Found in Wisconsin woods. Says time and events a blank. Geneseo boy.

August 13. Ten deaths reported in one issue of News: Mrs. J. W. Foy, Alfred W. Skinner, George Petherbridge, Fred Kaiser, Martha E. Wales, Mrs. Frank Sommers, Mabel Rummell, Mrs. Wm. Zabel, Mrs. D. T. Young, Mrs. Fritz Nagler.

September 10. Obituary column: Mrs. Wm. Chambers, John Wagel, Mrs. Louisa Miller, Mrs. McConaughey, Robert DeLancet, Chas. A. Hjelm.

September 9. S. L. Combs suicides by hanging, one mile southwest of Geneseo.

October 1 John Souers died in Cornwall.

October 8. Jeremiah Carman died, Geneseo.

October 9. Mrs. I. N. Stewart died. One of Geneseo's oldest settlers.

October 15. A pair of wolf whelps ran to Peter Aldeen as he was fishing in Green River, played and frisked like puppies, then made off into the jungle.

October 15. Hiram Woodward and wife of Osco, have celebrated sixty- second anniversary of marriage. Oldest known in county.

October 22. Death of Mrs. Rachel Liken, in Munson.


October 22. News reproduces old high school program, found among papers of the late Captain A. W. Wood:


Rhetorical Exercises, XXV. March, MDCCCLXIV.

Introductory Song (Original) ..................................................................................

Prayer ....................................................................................... Rev. M. N. Miles

Salutatory, (Original) ......................................................... Milo Ward, Geneseo

Essay: Passports to Society ................................................. Kate Davis, Edford

The First Stroke, (Original) .............................................. David Mead, Geneseo

Essay: The Trials of the Teacher ................................... Emma Sperling, Bristol

The Liquor Traffic, (Original) ................................... A. L. Humphrey, Knoxville

Essay, Prayer .................................................................. Naomi Brush, Geneseo

Steam, (Original) ............................................................. Nathan Ford, Syria

Essay: Rome ................................................................. Susan Little, Geneseo

The Power of Habit, (Original) ............................... Arthur Avrill, Prophetstown

Essay; Music ................................................................ Clara Marcy, Geneseo

Education, (Original) .................................................. J. T. Hamilton, Cornwall

Essay: The Needle ............................................................ Alice Fitch, Geneseo

Progress, (Original) ................................................... Clarence Miles, Geneseo

Essay: Pleasures of Traveling ................................. Ella Parker, Davenport

Our Country, (Original) ..................................................... Chas. Perrin, Geneseo

Essay: Treason .................................................................. Susan Cole, Lyndon

Apostrophe to Alcohol, (Original) ................................... James Stewart, Geneseo

Apostrophe to Water, (Selected) ................................ Abbie Richmond, Geneseo

Thought, (Original) .............................................. George Emmert, Morristown

Nature, (Original) .......................................................... Thos. Bush, Geneseo

Essay: Fireside Angels ................................................ Carrie Strong, Geneseo

The Past, (Original) ............................................... W. B. Moore, Deanington

Literary Men, (Selected) ............................................... Allen Cady, Geneseo

The Farmer, (Original) ....................................................... Wm. Pierce, Geneseo

Essay: The Ruins of Time ........................................... Jennie Smith, Sharon

Fiction, (Original) ................................................ Finley Westerfield, Morristown

American Institutions (Original) ..................................... Chas. Sedgley, Geneseo

War, (Original) ............................................................... J. H. Barnes, Osco

Energy and Decision, (Original) .................................................. G. Goble, Alba

Nature: A Text Book, (Original) ........................................ E. C. Chase, Chicago

The Geneseo Quarterly ............................... Edited by Allie Kidder and N. Ford

Valedictory, (Original) .................................................... W. Entrikin, Geneseo

Farewell Song, (Original). Benediction.


October 29. Mrs. Eliza McCurdy dead in Chicago. Wife of A. G. McCurdy, old-time Geneseo grain buyer.

October 29. Death of Mr. Knebler, step-father of Mrs. Jacob Ertz, of Geneseo.

October 28. Forest fire at Rock River camp ground. Picnic and camp grounds burned over, Fox & Melvin's barn, boats, camping outfits, destroyed.

November 5. Hazlett South of Orion, first victim of shredder. Lost arm. Since this accident, one-armed farmers are more frequent than lone hands in a euchrefest.

November 5. Geneseo Institute bequeathed five hundred dollars by Mrs. Rachel Liken.

November 26. Deaths, T. K. States, Thomas Evans, Mrs. Lucy Rockwell.

November 26. Escaped monkey from VanAmburg menagarie gives Geneseo boys the run of their lives through Green River forest.

December I. War on English sparrows begun. Most dunderheaded, devilish law ever passed in Illinois, judging from effect on young boys.

December 3. The dead: Mrs. Leggett, C. P. Ober.

December 3. Adventurers fatten on craze of small towns for factories. Adjacent towns fleeced.

December 3. Mrs. M. R. McKinley prays all night that her blind eyes be relighted. She sees with the morning. Moline lady.

December 3. John S. Martin of Geneseo, loses hand and foot by railway accident.

December 10. Sanford Mott dies in California.

December 17. Death of Rev. Harry Brickett.

December 17. Surgeon Peck dies in Davenport.

December 24. Mrs. Elizabeth Shelhamer buys two hundred acres on Dutch Bottom for five thousand dollars.

December 31. The dead: Mrs. H. A. Ainsworth of Moline, Mrs. M. H. Pierce of Geneseo, Mrs. Mary Arnold of Geneseo, Matthew B. Potter, Kewanee old settler.

December 31. Mrs. Wahl of ward 3, Geneseo, is ninety-seven years old. Mr. Root of the infirmary is one hundred years old, and oldest person in county. Root smokes and chews tobacco, and drinks whiskey.


March 24. H. W. Thornton advocates dry hard roads by draining process.

March 31. Mary Susan Grose dies, Hooppole. Seventy-five years.

April 7. Henry L. Kiner elected Mayor of Geneseo.

April 20. Death of E. M. Way. Geneseo old citizen.

April 20. Mary Cullington died. Geneseo old settler. "Big Mary" came to Geneseo with the building of the railway in 1854.

April 28. Strange birds as big as a goose light upon sycamore trees in the Rock River forest. The sycamore is the "plane tree" of the Scriptures. These birds never light upon other trees. Though the body is as big as a goose, the neck and legs are longer. Local ornithologists failed to identify these strange birds. I think that I have spoken elsewhere of the "Moon Fowls" of the swamps north of Annawan. These queer birds were never identified. They resembled the great horned owl of Virginia, more than any other known fowl of earth. However, they were larger and more like monkeys' about the head and face. The Moon Fowls had no idea of water. They never drank it, and would attempt to walk upon its surface as if it was ice, and manifest surprise when they sank into it, staring down at their immersed legs with a comical helplessness. Neither of the above birds ever made a second visitation to Henry county.

April 28. News says Monmouth, Champaign paved with vitrified brick, and Princeton is putting in an electric street car line. Then demands vitrified brick for State street, Geneseo.

April 30. Cyclone of small caliber passes through southwestern part of Geneseo. Barns and other buildings blown down.

May 5. Died, J. M. Provins, Atkinson school man, dies out west; John W. Goss, Geneseo old-time lumberman; Thomas Hodges, old settler on western border of county; Levi Hoit, old settler, killed in his dooryard in Geneseo by cyclone.

May 12. Died, Mrs. Perry at Ottawa, Kansas, aged ninety-nine years, mother of Geneseo pioneer family. Buried in Oakwood. Wm. Lane, at Schuyler, Nebraska, buried in Oakwood; Cnarles E. Mosher, Iowa, buried in Oakwood.

May 19. High water on Green River bottoms drives out lot of wolves. Some of them captured.

May 22. Eliakim Anderson dies in'Chicago. Buried at Geneseo.

June 9. The Orion Times says that Henry county and Western township made a record during the War of the Rebellion of which they may be proud. As near as can be ascertained there were two hundred enlisted soldiers sent from. Western township during the war. The records show that Western township contributed more money for bounties for soldiers than any other township in Henry county, paying sixteen thousand, one hundred and twenty-three dollars and eighteen cents. Clover township came next with fifteen thousand, four hundred and ninety-nine dollars; the latter, however, paid an additional five hundred and twenty dollars interest. Henry county paid in round numbers for bounties, transportation and soldiers' families one hundred and thirty-three thousand, six hundred and sixty-five dollars and eighty cents, with a population in 1860 of twenty thousand, six hundred and eighty-five, and the official record shows that Henry county sent to the field four thousand, seven hundred and eight soldiers. The census returns of 1860 showed the number of persons subject to duty in this county, between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years, to be four thousand, three hundred and ninety-nine.

June 12. Caleb S. Russell, blind man, dies, Geneseo.

June 13. Cyclone southwest and south of city centered at P. G. Johnson's farm, destroying house and barn. Storm center leaped southwest, pouncing upon tenement on Thomas Liken farm, destroying it, and tearing to pieces the old Liken home, and buildings on the farms of John Liken, W. W. Cole, Dan Seiner, John Nelson. Storm center leaped again to the country north of Atkin­ son and Annawan, destroying buildings of Prichard, Hayes, Warnock, Kramer and others. Baxter and Brooks on Spring Creek suffered loss. A branch of the storm created havoc at Galva and Kewanee. One life lost, house walls crushing in and killing a man sick hi bed, in Kewanee.

June 30. Rock River bottoms all flooded. Lowlands everywhere under water.

July 2. Another cyclone, this time north of Geneseo. Mrs. John Crosier killed by being crushed under roof of barn in which she had sought shelter. Babe in arms. Husband rushes to Geneseo, carrying child. Babe, cared for by father's sisters in Geneseo, now a young lady. Samuel Weimer's house destroyed. Frank Cherry's new house ground to bits, forests laid prostrate, bams blown down.

July 7. Philip Lawrence Lesser, a Pennsylvania Dutchman, had a little rocky farm that maintained Philip only by the double-distilled sweat of his brow. Oil was struck, and the double-distilled sweat of the subterranean soil made Philip Greater instead of Lesser. But he adhered to the name of his fathers, and came to Geneseo. Here, at the age of eighty-nine years, he returned to his fathers.

July 7. Spring Hill man named Cronk, drowned in Rock River, is found after having been in water two weeks and three days.

July 14. Editor sees little girl whose mother was crushed dead in cyclone. Expresses great sympathy for "the dear little sweet-faced darling," and rejoices that she has found a good home.

July 19. First spadeful of earth has been thrown in the construction of the Hennepin canal. It was done with some effort at ceremony, and with just a common O'Costigan shpaade. The party consisted entirely of Tri-City men. The committee on invitation, by a strange lapse of memory, forgot that the canal extends east of Milan some distance. On the way home the party voted to have the opening spade, the ace of spades as one may say, plated. I suppose it was to be silver; but the argus-eyed reporter says only "plated."

July 24. Wm. Pate died. Osco.

July 31. Liberty Paul died. "Geneseo.

August 4. Sarah M. Obrecht dead. Sharon.

August 18. News says: "Artesian well suddenly balked last Friday after­ noon. In a few moments, flow reduced from nearly two hundred gallons per minute to fifty gallons."

August 23. Governor Lucas dead. Atkinson.

September 1 Cambridge Fair has biggest crowd in its half centuried history.

September 8. Fire Kings at Ottawa State tournament win the state cham­pionship for Geneseo the third time.

September 8. Fishermen roaring about carp. Say worse nuisance than English sparrows.

September 22. Laying corner stone of Atkinson Hall. Building committee: A. White, J. M. Hosford, W. M. Small, H. L. Kiner, J. F. Clark.

September 29. John J. Whiteline, horseman, died in Moline. Came to Henry county in 1859.

October 6. Blanche Harrington Hull dead. Kearney, Nebraska. Geneseo lady, native to city.

October 13. Mayor Kiner makes proclamation to close all business in Geneseo, Friday, October 26th, Columbus Day, celebrating the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

October 27. Andrew Taylor of Munson, boy murderer of his father, con­fesses. Sent to penitentiary for thirty years. By best behavior he gets out in sixteen years and nine months.

October 27. Herbert Griffin, of Geneseo, whose life has been spent in the penitentiary to a large extent, goes up again. He went through nineteen places in thirteen nights.

November 17. Deaths of Captain August Allen, Mrs. Eliza Pomeroy, Nel­ son Gaines, all of Geneseo. Mrs. Pomeroy wife of Geneseo's first physician.

November 17. City council of Geneseo orders streets renamed. State street to be First avenue. North and south thoroughfares to be avenues. East and west, streets. Map ordered engraved in Chicago with these improvements mani- test thereon. Map calls streets and avenues as designated by council. Populace does not. Nomenclature of streets falls flat.


Perhaps as remarkable an instance of man's duplicity as was ever known in Illinois, is embodied in the following, which I consider of sufficient interest to copy entire, from The Geneseo News of November 25, 1892:

James Kay of Geneseo, was somewhat startled last Friday morning when express messenger George J. Bagley rushed into Adam Sash's saloon, where Kay tends bar, exclaiming "Old man, I'm scared to death! I've stolen one hun­ dred thousand dollars! Here's one thousand of it. I'm afraid to have it on me, for I must go to Chicago and I'll be arrested and this money will be a dead give away. Here! Take it!"

Bagley and Kay were friends when Kay was railroading.

Bagley told Kay the whole story. He had stolen one hundred thousand dollars that had been consigned from the Omaha National bank to the First National bank of Chicago. He had bought some sacks of potatoes at Iowa City, which he intended to send to his home in Davenport, where his wife lives, with a daughter aged fifteen years, and a son aged two years.

He slipped the two packages of fifty thousand dollars paper currency into one of these bags. At Davenport he threw the bags off. He told baggage master McCullough, who was in the car with him, that he would step into the depot, and engage an expressman to take the potatoes to his house. The train was two hours late, and the conductor was in a hurry to go. This suited Bagley's pur­ pose. He did not get back on the car, and McCullough thought he had been left.

Bagley, left alone in Davenport at 3 o'clock in the morning with one hundred thousand dollars, completely lost his head. He was scared to death, as he told Jim Kay. He took the two packages, and tramped two miles to a little white barn near his home, clambered into a hayloft, and hid ninety-nine thousand dol­lars in the hay. He kept one thousand dollars, and this is what he had when he reached Geneseo on the next train, at about 7 o'clock.

Kay told Bagley to give himself up, and gave him a good deal more good advice. The half-demented Bagley forced nine hundred and ninety dollars on Kay, and with the other ten dollars bought a ticket for Chicago. He was sneaking along an alley at the rear of Mrs. Miller's boarding house, 3110 Michigan avenue, where he boards, when he ran up against detectives who had been detailed on the case, the theft having been discovered at the Chicago express office, and located on Bagley's run.

At first Bagley assumed an air of injured innocence, and demanded to know why he had been arrested. But he finally broke down and confessed all.He accompanied the express people to Davenport, to the little white barn in the suburbs, and produced the ninety-nine thousand. They came to Geneseo on the early train east Saturday morning, and received the" other nine hundred and ninety dollars from Jim Kay. It reads like a fairy tale, but it is nothing but hard facts. Bagley had located the barn in Davenport to Kay so that the latter could have gone straight to it, and got the money after Bagley left for Chicago, and neither the express com­ pany nor Bagley could have proven that he took it. But Jim's honesty is monu­ mental in this age of thievery. His advice to Bagley at the start was to restore his plunder and give himself up.

December 1. James Bryant, Loraine old settler, died.

December 8. Geo. Wilson, banker, died. Buried in Oakwood.

December 15. The two brothers Swartout murder their father in southern Whiteside county, and burn body in strawstack. Motive, father about to marry young girl, thus affecting property.

December 22. John Morris Martin drowned after skating.

December 29. J. B. Ridenour drowns in old well in his lumber yard in Woodhull.

December 29. Mr. and Mrs. Win. T. Miller of Geneseo, celebrated fiftieth wedding anniversary. The bride, who was Harriet Cone of the Colony, and the first girl in the land, sat in the first rocking chair ever made in Geneseo. The groom, also of Geneseo, colonial days, says that the sturdy old rocker could hold two in its prime. Endorsed by all the goodly company

December 31.The year died, and with it Mary E. Rochmond. Her home had been in Geneseo since 1854.



January 12. Erie bridge over Rock River nearing completion. A man bet ten dollars with another that he could drive over on three planks. He did it, the horse walking on the middle plank, and the wheels rolling on the other two. The daredevil turned round and drove back again, without accident.

January 12. Wes. Neiswender, marble worker, sits astride new grave in Oakwood to chisel name of recent departed upon tombstone. Hears unearthly noise in ground below. Leaps and runs, yelling with fright. Gopher bobs out of hole, in grave, and makes a face at Wes, who returns and resumes the chisel.

January 12. Captain Remington of the Geneseo Railway Stock Yards, has opened a sheep yard at a point just west of Morris, which place he calls Stock- dale. Will F. Black of Nebraska was superintendent of the yards. Subse­ quently, George Weitz of Geneseo was installed, and still holds the position.

January 19. Blackmailing sheet called The Sunday Sun, published at 315 Dearborn Street, Chicago, creates great sensation in Henry county. Reputa­ tions, supposed to be rock-rooted and mountain-buttressed, rended to rags. Every­ body scared, and hunting for the Henry county correspondents of the sheet

January 26. Levi Waterman of Geneseo made commissioner of the State Penitentiary at Joliet

January 26. A farmer named Riddle, residing northwest of Salem church, digs into the earth while fixing a fence and hits an iron box containing six hun­ dred dollars in gold. The farm has been in the Riddle family many years. The finder, convinced that his father had buried the money, sent two hundred dollars each to his two brothers.

January 26. J. A. Kinsey tells of difficulties of getting fuel in old days. He used to rise at two a. m., and go to Perry's coal bank on the western frontier of the county. This is fourteen miles. Briar Bluff, Qeveland and the Aldrich bank supplied villages and country as far south as Galesburg, and north to Dbcon. Many teams went one day, loaded in the night, and returned next day. One morning at two o'clock, Kinsey started for Perry's bank at Briar Bluff. Thermometer twenty below zero. When he arrived, the woods swarmed with teams. He left for Qeveland. Same there. He drove up Rock River to Al- drich's. Similar. He came home without coal.

January 26. Old well of vast size found beneath sheds joining Red Mill, Geneseo. Bricked up, ten feet over, fifty-six feet deep. Covered with debris of ages and forgotten, teams were often driven over it, and tied.

January 28. Henry White, commonly known as "Hunter White," dies, aged sixty-two. Native of England. Came to Geneseo in 1857.

February 2. William Lewis, oldest man in county, died in Munson, aged nine­ ty-four years, six months. Lived in Henry county fifty years, forty-six of which were passed in Cornwall.

February 9. The dead: Cynthia Ann Grant, widow of Henry Guild, aged eighty-nine years, eight months; William Hines, aged eighty; Frank Clough, aged thirty-one; Daniel Edgar Brenizer, aged thirty-two. All of Geneseo.

February 21. North side schoolhouse burns.

March 16. T. G. Bliss of Geneseo unfolds the romance of his life to the scribe. A sailor when young, he descended into the tropics and hobnobbed with the Sandwich Islanders, while they still talked of eating folks. He hobnobbed with the fierce folk of Pitcainrs Island in the palm-feathered silences of the vast Pacific. He has crowded on all sail to show a yellow streak to the yellow pirates of the Yellow Sea. He has trod the atolls of the Pacific where sea and sky scowled at each other through eternal ages, unrelieved save by a tuft of palms. And yet it was all Bliss. Now he raises garden truck on the west coast of Geneseo creek.

March 29. Nineteen-year-old daughter of John Neiswender of Geneseo, burned to death.

April 6. Henry L. Kiner reelected mayor of Geneseo.

April 13. Scribe investigates Allerton Farm, north of Atkinson, where immense sums have been spent to get rid of water. Huge embankment fences farm from Green River. At interior base of this embankment, huge sumps re­ ceive the water from miles of main and laterel tile, and huge steam engine, at­ tached to mighty pumps; heave the water over into the river. It was a handicap fight against nature. The land is too low and too near the level of the river. However, the straightening of the river channel solves the problem.

May 3. Rev. A. J. Drake, former Congregational minister at Atkinson, falls dead at Iroquois, S. D., after fighting a fire that threatened his church edifice.

May 9. Deaths at Geneseo, Mrs. Joseph Dunham, Andrew Anderson, Mrs. Frederick Dorothea Mueller Frels of Edford.

May 25. Died: Joseph Ringle of Osco; Mrs. J. W. Crawford of Munson.

May 25. Peter Krause suicides. Geneseo.

May 31. Mrs. E. D. Farwell dies. Geneseo.

June I. News sets down Atkinson as best grain market on the Illinois Di­ vision of the Rock Island Railway.

June 3. Mrs. Henry Diener dead. Phenix.

June 8. Dr. John Swarthout dies in Morrison jail of consumption. He and his brother charged with murder of father.

June 8. First velocipede in Geneseo made by Frank McArthur and Burd Miller. Took all summer to finish machine, and all fall to learn to ride it "Fall is an appropriate word for the season," slyly remarks the scribe. An ex­ hibition performance was advertised. It was largely attended. "And," proceeds the scribe, "the first dash was against an iron post which sustains the hall roof. The gentlemanly rider admitted that all his ribs were unhinged, and that noth­ ing held him together but his vest. Rain checks were given for the finish of the performance in the spring."

N. D. Davis died. Geneseo, June 22.

July 2. Marion Warner killed on Green River Railway Bridge, west of Geneseo.

July 6. Bank scare. A financial frenzy seizes the business world. As a case in point, a man with a good one hundred and sixty-acre farm east of Geneseo, worth ten thousand dollars at the lowest estimate, and doesn't owe a dollar, applied for two hundred dollars loan, and couldn't get it. Banks everywhere hoarding cash, and dreading a run.

July 8. Abram Miller dead; landlord Geneseo House, and famous old time tavern keeper. Age, seventy-seven years.

July 11. John Engdahl dead, Geneseo.

July 13. Mrs. Sarah E. Francis, died; Chicago. Daughter of Dwight Freeman, Geneseo.

July 24. Charles Van Housen dead. Old settler of Munson.

July 24. Louis A. Ball dead. Munson.

July 27. Three sons of C. E. Lundgren drowned in Green River at mouth of Spring Creek.


February 14. News writes of Annie Small of Geneseo. At this date, Annie was twenty-four years old and had lain in bed eleven years. When a child, she had caught her heel in a crack of the sidewalk. Ulcer ensued. Amputation. Ulcer broke out higher up. Another amputation. Then ulcer broke out on spine, and has run ever since. A few years subsequent to this mention, Annie passed away.

February 21. Brick Pomeroy states in lecture in Geneseo: "I am, without doubt, the only perfect man, mentally, morally and physically, in the known world."

February 28. Schoolmaster of Yorktown has both ears partly bitten off by father of chastised pupil.

March 7. Henry County Temperance Alliance organized.

March 28. Anson Burlingame Hanna, suicides. Young farmer in good circumstances.

April 9. Death of Peter Hammond at noon on his one hundred and second birthday, at his home in Geneseo. Oldest Mason in the world.

April 11. Insurance companies offer four thousand dollars reward for arrest and conviction of person who set fire to Singleman House, January 28th.

May 30. Editor News and of this volume sees first telephone and talks through it. He is in Hank Lyon's house in Atkinson, and talks with persons in store, two hundred yards away. Profound amazement of editor. Writes labored editorial. Says wonderful beyond all things earthly.

May 30. Geo. M. Wheaton, Geneseo boy clerking in Thomas's drug store, Rock Island, sees editor hereof wandering like lost duck in the dark. Takes him in and shows first electric light, arc and incandescent. Editor's nerves not yet steadied after telephone. Editor tries to blow out incandescent light. Mangles myriads of words in writing description.

May 30. Courthouse is building.

June 6. Frederika Schmall, aged nine, shot and killed in West Geneseo, by boy who fooled with gun.

June 20. Moved by Singleman House conflagration, Geneseo City Council starts move for waterworks.

September 26. Wm. O. Bartlett dies in Oxford, aged eighty-one. Geneseo old settler.

October 3. News notes natural curio on farm of C. Heubner, near Potter's bridge over Green River . A spring in a hillside discharges through a knothole in a tree at the foot of the hill.

October 24. Smithe sells Cambridge Chronicle to Arnold of Indiana.

November 7. Frank Joslin drowns in Rock River . Body in river several months.



January 1. Mrs. Perry of Ottawa, Kansas, mother of Colonel Perry of Geneseo, is ninety-two years old. She writes bright letters.

January 1 Wildcat weighing forty pounds caught on Spoon River .

January 1. Roller skating craze on. Freak races all the rage.

February 5. Death of A. McFarland, old settler of Geneseo.

February 5. Luman Woodward accepted on staff of News reporters, after winning prize as champion liar of Henry county.

February 5. Deacon Tufts dead. Old settler.

February 26. Itch breaks out in district schools.

February 26. Peeping Tom infests Geneseo, peering into windows at night.

March 12. John S. Clark died in Peoria ; buried in Geneseo. Old settler.

March 19. O'Leary, world's champion pedestrian, gives exhibition walk in Geneseo.

March 26. Sam Chamberlain of Geneseo given the title of Dean of Henry County Horsemen, by the Equine Department of The News.

April 23. News brings out Billy Catton of Rock Island as star billiardist. Catton is yet making good.

April 30. Adam Lieberknecht of Geneseo, appointed by governor to be canal commissioner.

May 21. Hon. James H. Paddelford of Hanna, becomes member legislature.

June 25. Sam Chamberlain inaugurates annual colt shows in Geneseo.

July 23. Tiskilwa Haunted House exposed as humbug by News.

August 13. News affirms but three champion liars on earth. Tom Ochil- tree one, and Luman Woodward of Osco, other two.

August 26. Chapman's new History of Henry County lauded by News.

October 15. Hull-les oats swindle costs Whiteside county farmers one hun­ dred thousand dollars. News exposes swindle in time to prevent invasion of Henry county.

October 21. Ada Miller Pillsbury dead, aged thirty-three. Born in Gene­ seo House.

November 12. Gustavus Zacharias Ramstadius, Russian hermit near An- dover, greatest linguist in state. Afraid Russia will send agent to destroy him.

December 20. Major James M. Allan died in Geneseo at home of son-in- law, Pearsoll. Age seventy-one years. Old settler.


January J, 1886. Ernst Paul and Asa Crook take initiative in movement to straighten Green River, by passing petition. News strongly favors project.

January 28. Haaff Dehorning case. Fully written in this volume.

February 4, 1886. Wm. Landwehr dead, Hooppole. Old settler.

February 4, 1886. Dr. Lighthall of Tiskilwa dead of smallpox in Texas. Fakir, rich, blazing from head to foot with diamonds.

February 4. H. H. Haaff's method of deborning cattle endorsed by reso­ lutions of Henry and Whiteside counties farmers assembled.

March 4. News urges Geneseo to vote to throw out old charter, and come under state law. Geneseo doesn't do it.

April 15. Peter H. Beveridge dies in California. Buried in Geneseo. Old settler and ex-county treasurer.

May 18. John Deere dead in Moline. He was verging upon eighty. He made the plows for the first settlers, first at Grand DeTour, up on Rock River, afterward at Moline. The Deere plows made Henry county what it is, and have been used in every agricultural country on earth, operator of signals.

May 20. Unprecedented floods in Rock River. High water for eight months.

April 22. Geneseo made a weather signal station. Druggist Moderwell, Farmers swimming stock off bottoms to adjacent uplands.

May 27. Death of Mrs. William Porter near Atkinson. Old settler.

June 3. Valentine Seiben dies at Dutch Bottom, aged forty-eight Old settler.

June 24. Jacob Hickman, near east county line, swindled out of two thou­ sand, five hundred dollars by lottery scheme.

June 24. Great excitement about serpent in highway near Galva. Monster big as a saw-log. Joe Johnson, farmer whose cattle were stampeded by snake, declare that it had ears and horns.

July 22. Wilbur F. Broughton died in Geneseo, aged forty-eight. Old set­ tler.

July 29. Jeffrey Dickens, son of Charles Dickens, the great English novelist, dies suddenly in Moline, and is buried there.

August 15. Cyclone in Cambridge tore fair grounds to bits. Osco gets part of storm.

September 2. Harvey Grain dies at Geneseo, aged seventy-five. Old settler.

September 9. Big alligator in Green River on Fuller farm, five miles west of Geneseo.

September 23. Mrs. Mary Hale dead at Geneseo, mother of Mrs. Judge Waite.

October 14. Ed. Everett of Atkinson dredging big ditch uniting Rock and Green Rivers, north of Geneseo.

November 4. News demands gates at railway crossings in Geneseo. Gets them long after.

November 18. Egan, former editor Geneseo Sun, goes west and erects first house in Chadron, Nebraska. It was a turf house.

December 2. J. P. Miller awarded contract to dig Geneseo artesian well.

December 9. Harry Schwartz, Geneseo butcher, arrested for murder of ex­ press agent Nicholls on train near Morris last March.

December 16. German carp plentiful in local waters. Planted by govern­ ment one and two years ago.

December 19. Colonel John Galligan dies in Geneseo. Manager stockyards.

February 10, 1887. Henry County News changes from nine-column folio to quarto.

February 17. Colonel H. V. Fisher introduces bill in legislature which re­ sulted in building of Watertown Insane Asylum.

March 17. Name wanted for men's temperance society. News suggests "The Men Who Never Smile."

March 17. Fishing with seines prohibited, except in navigable waters with two-inch mesh. Closed season March i to July i.

March 24. Wm. Bolt dies at Annawan, aged sixty-two. Master Mason.

April 28. Night storm in Geneseo sweeps thousands of waterfowl into the electric lights.

May 5. Many barns burned in Geneseo in past three months.

May 5. John S. Lord, former coal operator at Green River, made secretary Bureau of labor statistics, Illinois.

May 19. Samuel B. Allen dies at Atkinson. Old settler.

May 19. Great drouht recorded.

May 26. News prints diagram of geological strata of new artesian well. Well flows two hundred gallons in seventy seconds, gushing nineteen feet into air. This flow was struck at one thousand, six hundred and twenty-five feet, after Miller the digger, told Geneseo to not look for flow beyond one thousand, six hun­ dred feet. Well was continued to two thousand, two hundred and fifty feet in hope of striking natural gas, which had lately been found in Bureau county, next east of Henry county.

August ii. Moline has dub house on Rock River.

August 18. Rev. W. M. Collins killed in awful railway wreck at Chatsworth. Body buried at Geneseo.

September i. News reports grouchy farmer goes east and sees sea. Admits sea is "sort o' biggish; but the shores don't fit."

September 15. New depot building at Geneseo.

September 22. Governor Oglesby addresses immense throng at Geneseo, at unveiling of artesian well.

September 29. Senator Pierce reports subterranean river under Kewanee.

November 2. J. S. Eddy, landlord of City Hotel, suicides.

November 3. News tries to start local building and loan association. Filed away with other bankrupt enthusiasms.

December 8. O. J. Stough brings body of wife from San Diego, California, to Geneseo for burial. Stough established first Geneseo drugstore.

December 15. Geneseo Business Men's Association advertises for manufac­ turers to locate here. Advertisement brings swarm of letters from cranks, with which association has an evening of fun. One man wanted to start a factory to make his patent "Potato Bug Catcher." Others were as absurd.

December 29. H. C. Buchanan, old settler of Morristown, dies in Iowa.

December 29. James Bray dead. Old Geneseo railway crossing tender.


January 19. Redheaded girl and white horse craze started. "One never seen without the other."

January 19. Geneseo investigates water gas, decides it can be made for two or three cents per one thousand cubic feet

February 9. Henry S. Aldrich, first white child born in Henry county, is surprised by neighbors with big social function.

February 16. Will of Mrs. Sarah H. Jennings of Burns disposes of over seventy-five thousand dollars in property.

February 23. Major Moderwell responds to request of News for personal memories of David R. Locke, editor of the Toledo Blade, recently dead. Locke won great fame as "Rev. Petroleum V. Nasby, Postmaster of the Confedrit X Roads, Wich is in the Stait of Kaintucky." His quaintest hit was referring to the great Civil war as "the lait onplesintniss." Major Moderwell knew the man well, and writes interestingly of him. Locke drank "lime sours" a-many.

March 13. Mary Vastine Fisher dead. Mother of the Fisher brothers of Geneseo.

March 15. Hiram B. Cady dead. Old settler.

March 15. Dewey Fones dead. Old settler.

March 19. Bert Thomas dies in Geneseo.

April 26. Philo Ward dead, aged eighty. Old settler.

April 26. Philosopher's Club of Geneseo born.

May 7. Death of Wm. L. Barnes, Geneseo. Old settler.

May 24. Geo. Cronk suicides by hanging in First street harness shop, Geneseo.

June J. Normal and Geneseo Collegiate Institute recognized as factors in Geneseo education scheme. Each have departments in News.

May 7. John J. Lawbaugh died at Lake Village, Indiana, aged sixty years. Came to Henry county in 1852.

June 14. J. H. Paddelford's sale of fancy cattle stopped, owing to low prices. Immense prices paid by farmers for several years prior to this period, for fancy bred bulls.

June 21. Miss Grace Lambert of Geneseo writes of sight restored to her through prayer.

June 28. First cry for new high school building in Geneseo.

July 5. 'Gene ,Field of the Chicago News sets fashion of quoting Geneseo News. Henry County News title dropped February 24, 1887. Geneseo News quoted from Atlantic to Pacific.

July 26. Freak coin found in third ward garden, Geneseo. Bigger than a silver dollar, and has a one-cent coin brazed into center.

July 26. "Lift your hat reverently to the primary teacher" article first appears in a report of normal exercises. This editorial from the Geneseo News has been copied and stolen more and oftener than any other writing of the editor of the News. It has appeared in all the educational journals in America and Europe. It follows:

Lift your hat reverently to the primary teacher. She is the good angel of the republic. She takes the little bantling fresh from the home nest, full of his pouts, his pets and his passions, ungovernable in many cases, a rampant, riotous little wretch, whose own mother often admits she sends to school purposely to be rid of him ; she takes him and a carload like him, anarchists every one, and she puts the lot in the way of becoming useful citizens. At what expense of patience, toil and soul-weariness!

August 2. Reference to gigantic teeth and horns found by J. A. Douglass and sons of Munson, on south bank of Penney's Slough. One tooth weighed twenty- four pounds and another seventeen pounds. The horns were long as fence rails, and hollow.

August 9. Louis Dalrymple of Cambridge recognized as at the head of American cartoonists.

August 16. Institute begins the fifth year.

August 16. Prairie chickens being shot against law. This vandalism kept up till birds are extinct

August 23. Editor News puts steamboat on Shadow Lake.

September 6. Rev. J. D. Calhoun of Sheffield reports good Methodist lady in his sanctuary weighs seven hundred and seventy-seven pounds. Lydia Mc- Cullough was farmer's wife. Arms were big as bodies of men. Largest woman in the world, and one of the best. An account of her death appears in this volume.

September 7. Death of Dr. Henshaw at Geneseo.

September 27. Burglaries in Swedona traced to young society people, Harry Chilberg, Joseph Froerong and Miss Belle Huyck.

October 2. George Silvernail dead. Old time Geneseo boy.

October 4. J. S. dark, carpenter, lights pipe and Mercer's new mansion on Rock River was soon ashes. Loss, seven hundred dollars.

October 4. Andrew Soderberg of Osco, horseman, tells in News of boy going through airhole in ice in Sweden , was in fourteen feet of water thirty-six hours when recovered. Was restored to life, and, Andrew adds, "he is crazy and in a poorhouse in Sweden today. He has a brother south of Andover ."

October 4. Teutonia Society celebrates quarter centennial.

October 11. J. E. Wells, H.- L. Kiner, and-Mike Rooney form Cleveland Trinity, to make speeches and sing for Cleveland campaign. In spite of this, Cleveland was elected.

October 11. New Hosford building occupied.

October 18. John Swemline of Loraine has head sawn off by circular saw.

November I. "Chub," Colonel Galligan's war horse, dies at Geneseo, aged thirty years.

November 8. Jesse Lament tries out his cornhusking machine, but finds that it does not work entirely to his satisfaction.

November 15. Mrs. Colonel O. Smith dies in Geneseo. Old settler.

November 15. Mrs. Luenna Bunnell of Geneseo writes novels for The News.

December 6. Incendiarism at infirmary. Barns and stacks fired.

December 20. Rev. G. C. Woodruff of Genesec celebrates his eight-first birthday, and sixtieth anniversary of his entrance into the Methodist ministry.

December 20. News begins series of "Natural History" sketches, which are hailed with joy by girl and boy.

December 27. Green and Cady families quit Geneseo forTallapoosa, Georgia , "The Yankee City Under Southern Sun."

January 14. William P. Blackiston died in Madison, Dakota. Buried in Geneseo. Native of this city.

January 31. Henry Guild, oldest man in Geneseo, steps into coalhole in sidewalk, and receives injuries which result in his death, in his ninety-second year.

February 28. Mrs. E. P. Boyden dies at Harvard , Nebraska . Atkinson old settler.

March 14. Rev. F. H. Gumming, of Geneseo Methodist church, states in sermon that Illinois made first prohibitory liquor act on February i, 1851.

March 14. Mrs. Jane Gifford dies in Sheffield . Old settler of Atkinson.

March 15. "Uncle Steele" Hamilton dies in seventy-seventh year. He set­ tled at Shabbonna Grove in Henry county in 1839. His wife was Mary E. Taylor, whose brother John opened first farm in Atkinson township.

March 21. First move made for abandoning old Lower Bridge on Green River , north of Geneseo, and laying out road straight north of town. Agitation resulted in moving highway.

March 21. Allen Mendell and son drowned in Rock River , near Spring Hill while shooting ducks. Body of boy not found for five weeks.

March 21. News urges celebration of centennial of Washington taking seat as first president, on April 30, 1889 . The editor waxes warm, and says: "Let us pull the eagle's tail till his screams may be heard from the rockbound coasts of New England to the Golden Gate of California, and from the birthplace of the Manitoba wave to the Great Gray Gulf!"

March 29. Insanity of Fred Nelson, well known Geneseo painter.

April11. Colonel Bassett retires from editorial chair of Kewanee Independent. Succeeded by son. Colonel Bassett was editor of Independent nineteen years.

April 12. Geo. M. Wheaton dies at Geneseo. Oldest Odd Fellow in Geneseo, with exception of Geo. Godfrey.

April 18. Geneseo joins other towns in effort to secure location of Northwestern Insane Asylum.

April 25. Death of Prof. Hale at Normal.

April 25. Mussey Brothers install gasoline engine in their grainhouse at Atkinson. First seen by editor, who describes it in laborious detail.

April 25. DeLoss Wood dies in North Dakota. Munson old settler.

April 25. Old newspapers found among effects of Merritt Munson are clipped by The News. Hobbs and Hosford, old-time Geneseo editors, gibe each other amusingly.

April 25. Major Moderwell decides to remove to Chicago, where he has been made trustee of the Hiram Kelly estate of seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

May 2. Mrs. Hale dies. Wife of Prof. Hale, who died recently. She died on the way east with her husband's remains.

May 9. New high school building begun, Geneseo.

May 14. Death of Dr. W. J. Smith from inability to assimilate food. Noted veterinary surgeon of Geneseo.

May 24. John Pomeroy found dead in bed in Geneseo. Insane for many years. Possessed fortune of twenty thousand dollars.

May 30. Justice Campbell of Geneseo appoints three supervisors to locate new bridge over Green River. These are Gilbert of Munson, Watson of Atkinson, Smith of Loraine. Location fixed on Saturday, June 1 1889.

May 30. Horticultural marvel discovered by Geneseo lady. First tree be­ low location of new bridge over Green River, on south bank, is a duplex; a sycamore and an elm grows from the same stump. Finder, Mrs. H. L. Kiner.

June 6. Judge Blanchard at Ottawa decides that posting name of person who will not pay debts, as is done by Merchants' Retail Agencies, is not black­ mail; but is in effect protective of retail merchants, and compared with Dun and Bradstreet's reports, which protect wholesale merchants.

June 6. Rev. A. R. Morgan of Moline, chaplain of penitentiary at Joliet, tells in News how prisoners got drunk on alcohol they distilled from potato parings. The still was made of tin cans. June 20, two years ago, a brother of the Pauls of Geneseo and Edford disappeared from his Iowa farm. His brother, Bruce, went out and settled estate. Now, missing man returns. Meantime Bruce Paul died.

June 27, Mrs. Oscar Bills dies in South Dakota, and is buried there. Old settler of Atkinson, and one who kept close to the Golden Rule.

June 27. Mooted point whether German carp will bite a hook, is settled. Geneseo fisherman catches first string of carp with hook and line. Great re­ joicing.

July 4. Hon. J. H. Paddelford takes herd of fancy cattle into Iowa, where big prices were obtained at public vendue.

July 5. Henry Monesmith dead, aged sixty-seven. Old Geneseo settler.

July 11. W. K. Calhoun issues first Daily Decatur Despatch. Calhoun son of Mrs. J. B. Terpening of Geneseo, and cousin of News man.

July II. A. J. Osborne of Erie finishes new Green River bridge. Commis­ sioners engage Osborne to build new bridge over Geneseo Creek, near Luther farm.

July 11 H. V. Fisher of Geneseo appointed Aide on Governor Fifer's staff, with title of colonel.

July 18. Charles Atkinson of Moline donates ten thousand dollars to erect memorial hall for Geneseo Collegiate Institute.

August 8. Geneseo Stove Company in full blast.

August 22. Edward P. VanValkenburg, M. D., dies in Geneseo. Native of city. Sister, Louisa, precedes him in death, having passed away in Chicago, where she had taught in schools.

August 29. Pearls found in Green River. Scores hunting clams.

August 29. Scientist from college finds rare specimen in Rock River woods. Turns out to be big chunk of rock salt which cows had licked.

September 5. Township Insurance Company offers four hundred dollars re­ ward, and Freeman Evans adds two hundred dollars, for information leading to arrest and conviction of person setting Evans' barn on fire on night of March 16, 1889.

September 12. Effort to induce men to wear shirt waists as street costume, utterly failed.

October 3. World's Fair Ode written by editor News is copied in New York, and credited to Eugene Field of the Chicago News. Charles A. Dana of the New York Sun quotes the ode, calls the brethren down, and all the guilty publishers make profuse apologies to the true and only ode oracle of Geneseo.

October 3. Fire kings of Geneseo win many prizes at state tournament at Clinton, and are proclaimed champions of Illinois.

October 7. Frederick A. Kidder dies in Geneseo. Editor and publisher Poultry Chum.

October 10. Tennie C. Claflin and Mrs. Victoria C. Woodhull, former Green River Station girls, sisters, make great sensation in Europe, by their spiritual revelations. Victoria married a rich London banker, John Biddulph Martin, and Tennie wedded Sir Francis Cook, a nobleman with castles and vast estates. The writer recalls when the girls gave clairvoyant exhibitions and private seances throughout the state. Stephen Haskins of Geneseo is a full cousin of these re­ markable Henry county women.

October 10. F. P. Brown dies in Geneseo. Ex-mayor of Geneseo, and ex-su­ pervisor. Old settler.

October 14. E. C. Gilbert died. Vice-president Farmers National Bank. Father of Dr. Gilbert of Geneseo.

October 17. Geneseo News description of early times:

When the morning sun arose over the distant cottonwoods thirty-two years ago last Tuesday morning, October 18th, a lone man wandered around the prairies in this virgin vale, looking for Geneseo. After some difficulty he succeeded in recognizing it, after stumbling on it two or three times. The town was so small that the lone man had to carefully part the tall slough grass, and tread softly and searchingly around, like a boy looking for plover's eggs; till at last he found it. It wasn't much of a town. It was small and insignificant It smelled of bullrushes, and the whippoorwill and the kildeer held high carnival. We could ring the bullfrog in here; but on October isth his voice was hushed by the gray-headed frost The lone man muttered to himself that it wasn't much of a town; but that its advantages were great, and the lone man was looking for a pkce to cast his lot. "Great advantages," amused the lone man, "here are churches to build, schoolhouses to erect, water works to 'unveil/ streets to lay out, corner stones to locate, cemeteries to start, hose companies to organize, sewers to sink, streets to grade, roads to make, houses to construct, newspapers to establish— why the place is full of opportunities. Besides, there is a big country all around it, and sufficient elasticity in the atmosphere to allow of the city growing, should it be so disposed." Then he girded up his loins, and went forth, and helped build the beautiful Maple City, putting his money in brick and mortar, and becoming as responsible as any man in the corporation for the present prosperous town. The people, after many years, recognized his merits, and made him an alderman. The council, recognizing his merits, made him chairman of the street committee, and as a result, finer streets and sidewalks has no Illinois city of five thousand people. That man, ladies and gentlemen, we now introduce as alderman SeibeL. Long may he live!

October 17. Emery C. Graves out for states attorney.

October 17. Mayor Smith and city clerk Lieberknecht of Geneseo report chagrin because they had dressed up to the part of frontiersmen on their journey out west. They had gone in sombreros, buckskins and dark wool shirts, when, to their surprise, the mountains were dude-atmosphered with elegant men.

October 24, Duncan McKay of Morrison, wills one thousand dollars to Gen­ eseo Collegiate Institute.

October 24. Bicycle Wave. Old and young bestride the swift steed of silent steel.

October 31. Robert Garnett dies. Geneseo.

November 7. E. T. Ramer proposes to install electric lights in Geneseo. Mat­ter taken up by council.

November 8. Philip Teeters dies. Well known Geneseo character.

December 12. Daniel B. Green dead, Geneseo. Age, eighty-nine years.

December 17. Joshiah B. Terpening dead, Geneseo, aged seventy-four years.


January 10. John Curley died, Geneseo, aged seventy-seven. Old settler. January 15. The passing of Phillip Rapp closes the history of a genuine pioneer. His was a genuine pioneer family—twelve children, seven boys, five girls, all living but one. He and Jacob Arnett were neighbors when all was wilderness around them. The first church in Henry or Whiteside counties was built on his farm. It was built of logs. When the log church could no longer hold the increasing audiences, another church was built, a frame. This grew old and too small, and a third was built. Phillip Rapp was always a member. The denomination was Evangelical.

January 16. Charles Perry died at Robinson, Colorado. Buried at Geneseo. Age, fifty-seven. He came to Geneseo in 1853, engaging in the lumber business with E. M. Stewart. Entered banking business with his brothers in 1854. He assisted in the survey for the Illinois Central Railway. A curious fact is that of seven brothers and sisters, his is the first death for fifty years.

January 19. Alba Jones died at home of son-in-law. Dr. W. C. Brown, Gen­ eseo, aged eighty-two. Employed in youth by Hudson Bay Company. Spake fluently several Indian tongues, also French and the dialect of the Brules, or halfbreeds, of the far north.

January 20. Mrs. Lyman Lyon, aged eighty-seven. Came to Geneseo in 1850.

January 21. Mrs. Sarah Caughey died near Geneseo, aged seventy-seven.

January 23. Francis Anthony Hegy dead in Geneseo, aged fifty-nine. Pion­ eer blacksmith, though preceded by Lyman Snow and "Reddy" Ramsey. Hegy & Wheaton was his firm.

January 23. Susanna McHenry died, aged 79. Fell and broke leg. Died from shock. Old settler in Geneseo.

January 27. Death of Dr. Ira R. Wells. Veteran of Black Hawk war. Ex- mayor of Geneseo. Surgeon of Rock Island Railway. Came to Henry county in 1850.

January 28. Death of E. Cragin, Geneseo's crockery merchant. Member Company I, H2th Illinois.

January 31. R. B. Owens died in San Francisco. Formerly of Geneseo.

February 6. Daniel Hoit dead. Came to Geneseo in 1851.

February 6. The new high school building in Geneseo finished. The News gives Adam Lieberknecht credit in the most generous manner. He was the mov­ ing spirit, which brought about this material advance in educational work.

February 11. Mrs. J. Rockwell died, aged seventy-three. Mother of J. Clark, Oscar K., and Belle Rockwell. Old settler.

April 21. Death of Mrs. Samuel Chamberlain, Geneseo. Old settler.

April 24. John Reardon of Munson died. Old settler.

April 24. Mrs. John Nowers died at Atkinson. Old settler.

May i. Corner stone of Methodist church removed, broken open and robbed of coins and other articles deposited therein twenty years ago. Munson.

May 7. Death of Frank F. Rowe, southwest of Geneseo. Old settler.

May 10. Death of Lyman Lyon, northwest of Geneseo, seventy-six years. Old settler.

May 14. Died. J. S. Kaiser of Spring Creek. Old settler.

May 16. Levi Sedgeley dead, Geneseo. Sedgeley originated Oakwood cemetery. He built the county jail in Cambridge.

May 17. Mrs. Hiram Latson died in Geneseo. Old settler.

May 24. Death of Mrs. Theresa Nourse, Geneseo. Old settler.

May 29. Death of Mrs. Theo. Mattes, Geneseo.

June 10. Martin & Taxis deliver one hundred and one Champion reapers to Geneseo farmers. Red letter day and big banquet at Geneseo House.

June 20. General Henderson nominated seventh time for congress.

June 21. Mowry delivers great number of Deering reapers. Grand banquet Geneseo House.

June 26. Will of Amy Nourse probated. Bequests: Missions, six thousand dollars; Sunday schools, two thousand dollars; education, two thousand dollars; Talladega College (Alabama), one thousand dollars; Geneseo Collegiate Insti­ tute, one thousand dollars; Geneseo Congregational church, two thousand dollars.

July 10. Mrs. Cromwell K. Bartlett dies at home of her daughter, Mrs. Hiram Cady. Mrs. Bartlett's age was ninety-two. She was one of the original Geneseo colonists, coming to this site when it was a sea of yellow prairie blos­soms. Her husband was one of the platters of the town, his associates being John C. Ward and Roderick R. Stewart.

July 10. John Hauck of Hooppole caught catfish in Green River near that village, weighing two hundred and eight pounds. Believed to be record fish of the river.

July 17. John McConnell of Milan bequeaths Geneseo Institute one thou­ sand dollars.

July 17. Efforts to introduce Chinese pheasants as game bird, not encouraged.

July 17. Death of Peter Hammer, veteran miller at Andover.

July 24. Fire King Running Team of Geneseo again wins state championship at state tournament at Mendota.

September 25. President signs bill for Hennepin Canal.

October 7. Death of Mrs. Wilson J. Rider, aged fifty-two. Came to Gen­ eseo in 1854.

November n. N. L. Munson dead. Came to Geneseo 1855.

November 25. Ben. Simmons dies in Geneseo. Old settler.

November 27. Hardin Stoughton dies in Osco.

December 8. Francis M. Duncan dies in South Dakota. Native of Henry county. Member H2th Illinois Volunteers.

December 11. Myron H. McHenry buys Chas. B. Smith farm on Green River, north of Geneseo. Converts place into first-class farm for high bred horses. McHenry subsequently became the greatest driver in the world. He drove Dan Patch the fastest mile ever trotted.

December 25. C. C. Blish dies at Kewanee, aged seventy years, fifty-three of which he passed in Henry county. Father of James K. Blish. He was once county surveyor. He was president of the First National Bank of Kewanee for twenty years.

December 31. Zacheus Patten died in Cambridge, in ninety-fifth year. Father of L. H. Patten. Lived under all administrations from Washington to Harrison.



January I. William Saupe suicides in his barn, east of Geneseo.

January 3. George Arnold died in Geneseo. Philip Ott and Arnold crossed the plains to California in 1851.

January 4. Mrs. Barbara Cooper Walker Sherrard died in a Chicago hospi­ tal, whither she had been taken by her daughter, Mrs. O. K. Rockwell, of Bluff Road, Geneseo. Mrs. Sherrard died succeeding an operation.

January 15, 1891, issue of The News has the following anent "Hobe" Hanna and his:

H. W. Hanna, of Henry county, celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of his birth ' at his residence in Cleveland township, today. He was born on January 7, 1841, and has always resided in the old homestead where the festivities occur today. He is known as "the stockman of Henry county," and has been a prominent figure in this section for thirty years. It is expected that between seventy-five and one hundred guests will be present, among them James Glenn, the first white settler of the county, who started in to found a home in Colona township away back in 1835. J. P. Hanna, father of the gentleman whose anniversary is celebrated today, settled about a mile east of Cleveland, on the Rock River, in 1836. Mr. and Mrs. Hanna have but one child, formerly Miss Lilly, but now Mrs. Kirk- land, of Chicago. Herself and husband will attend the meeting today. Mr. Hanna has one of the most comfortable homes in Henry county, and is familiarly known to every citizen in that and Rock Island counties. He is hale and hearty and has a host of friends, who wish him many happy returns of the day.

January 15. Death in Washington of Mrs. C. N. Whitney. Dr. Whitney founded the Kewanee Courier.

January 22. Philosopher's Club gives farewell banquet to John B. Moderwell. There was also a farewell banquet to Dr. H. H. Chase, who moved to Rock Island.

January 22. A granddaughter of pioneer Earl P. Aldrich died January 9. Her married name was Mrs. James Goode.

January 27. Captain W. C. Wilson suicided near Morristown. Financial re­ verses. Was in command of Company A, 37th Infantry.

January 29. Great banquet to Prof. W. J. Stabler, Geneseo musician, on eve of his departure.

February 5. Henry M. Sexton, inventor of the refrigerator car, visits his chum, H. L. Kiner of Geneseo, and offers him a ride across the continent in one of the newest cars.

February 12. R. R. Smith dies, aged eighty-three. Known in Geneseo as Soapy Smith. Had run soap factory.

March 4. 'Squire Leonard C. Campbell dies in Geneseo.

March 7. Cora V. Offerle died in Geneseo.

March 9. Amos T. Coe dead at Geneseo. Old-time merchant of Main street.

March 19. Mrs. Miller, mother of Mrs. John Beckstein of Geneseo, dies in her slumbers in the night

March 19. Inveigling against English sparrow, state proposing bounty on heads, 'Squire Ott of Geneseo declares, from close observation, that sparrows fight

each other, but not other birds; that they live on scattered grain, never rob cherry trees, and are in all things honest and good birds.

March 19. Great fire at Galva. Starting in second story of Wentworth's gro­ cery, it consumed the building and stock, and spread to Mink & Webb's implement house, Galva House, Runquist's grocery, Garber's dry-goods store, all destroyed except some damaged furniture of the hotel. Houghton's lumber yard was saved with assistance of Kewanee firemen. Goods from many threatened stores were heaped in the muddy streets. Aggregate loss, thirty thousand dollars.

March 26. Captain L. L. Wheeler takes up residence in Milan, to be near field of operations on canal.

March 26. First allusion in News to Miss Jane Addams' work in Chicago, is contained in following paragraphs. Sarah Anderson is now Mrs. Henry Ains- worth of Moline. The News of March 26, 1891, says:

"Miss Sarah Anderson, principal of Rockford Seminary and daughter of our old neighbor and friend, John Anderson of Main street has found it necessary to retire for a short time to Lake Geneva, to rest and recuperate. Miss Anderson's enthusiasm as an educator leads her sometimes beyond her physical strength. She is in the front rank of the foremost files of Illinois educators. "A noble woman, nobly planned, To warn, to strengthen and command."

"Miss Addams, a sister of Mrs. Rev. J. M. Linn of this city, and a warm friend of Miss Anderson's, stopped in Geneseo a day or two recently on a tour of Kansas, where she, too, goes to rest after her arduous labors in her benevolent school at 335 South Halsted street, Chicago. Among Miss Addams' good works is that of teaching servant girls in the evenings to read and write. Both these ladies are doing a grand work in their respective callings."

Miss Addams' "Hull House" settlement work is famed throughout civiliza­tion. She for a time dwelt with her sister in Geneseo, in the big rambling old mansion now owned by the scribe, and in which this is being written. J. Weber Linn, the novelist, had his home in the old mansion.

I have just found what is, perhaps, the root-origin of the vitrified paving idea, as exemplified on State street, Geneseo, in a News editorial in the issue of April 2, 1891, on file at my studio. Eighteen years ago! It follows:

State street for the past week has demonstrated that gravel is not what we want to solve the problem of good streets. It does not stand the test of such trying time as we have had lately. A more horrible quagmire than State street from Dr. Brown's office south to the Collegiate it would be difficult to conceive of. The gravel sinks into and mixes with the soil, and the result is a street worse than the country roads where gravel has not been used at all. Great holes and gulches make the street a dread to drivers who dare venture upon it. What we want is Joliet rock in macadamized form, or a pavement of vitrified brick. There being many who do not know what vitrified brick is, we will explain that it is a brick so superheated that it fuses or melts, the clay sand and gravel of which it is com­ posed becoming, through the application of iptense heat, liquified, much as is glass or crockery ware. A vitrified brick has a glazed surface, like the outside of crocks and is as hard and brittle as it is possible to make it with the material. Vitrified bricks are now being used in the cities of Rock Island and Davenport for paving purposes. It is expensive but very lasting. It might pay Geneseo well to pave State street with them, say from Martin's agricultural house to Peter- sen's store this year; then branch out upon other streets, according to their im­portance, in succeeding years, till the entire town is paved; on the plan we followed in laying our water mains for fire protection.

April 2. Death of Mrs. Adam Dunlap of Phenix.

April 2. Thomas Rooney dies at Horton, Kansas. Rooney was Geneseo's faitflful night watchman for many years.

April 9. Spring calves all over Henry county treated with HaafFs Horn Killer. Henry county ever since has shown an increasing aversion to taking a horn.

December 30, 1891, Mrs. Harvey Grain died. After her death an ancient account book was found among her treasures, in which the money was reckoned in pounds, shillings and pence. There was a coin of French mintage dated 1793, and labeled six livres, which Henry, Charles and George Grain used as a teething ring,


January 6. Mrs. Captain Irvin died in Geneseo, aged seventy-two years.

January 7. Bess Comstock of Cambridge wins prizes in story-writing.

January 12. Mannington Stowe of Munson suicided while suffering from melancholy.

January 14. Abram Bellinger died, aged eighty. Edford. Oliver Root, Henry county's oldest man, died at the infirmary January 10, aged one hundred years.

January 14. Doors of all public buildings in county made to swing outward, to comply with new law.

January 21. E. G. Butcher, commonly known as "Old Butch," dies at Comanche, Iowa. Sporting and race horse character, a man unique and of a class now almost extinct. For many years he gambled on the palatial steamboats of the Mississippi River, winning and losing thousands of dollars.

January 21. Myron E. McHenry advertises his stock farm for sale.

January 21. Eric Peterson, once butler in the palace of the king of Sweden, dies on West Main street, Geneseo. He never forgot that he had rubbed royalty, and was proud, exclusive, haughty and austere.

January 21. Uncle Billy Carse dies on Pink Prairie. He was a warm friend of mine. He was eighty-six years old, and often walked the five miles to Geneseo, and then walked back again.

January 21. John Engdahl sells interest in tailor shop to John Linn of Moline.

January 21. Fisher Brothers sell hardware store to Reynolds & Hartley of Kirkwood, Illinois.

January 28. Mrs. George Wilson, wife of banker, dies.

January 28. Gardner Rowe of Munson, dies in Iowa.

February 27. John Tracey dies in Munson.

March 16. Fred Nelson dies, Geneseo. Insane painter.

March 17. George Kleman of Geneseo shoots himself in roof of mouth, at Peoria, Lives.


March 17. Mrs. Edson Muzzy dead. Geneseo.

March 22. John S. Brown dead. Geneseo. Foreman stockyards.

March 24. Mrs. James Parker dead. Shabbona Grove. Old settler.


August 10. News establishes World's Fair register at depot.

September 7. Flight of strange birds over county, flying northeast. Size of goose, very long necks and legs. Grey of color, and making weird whistling noise. Believed to be similar to the bird reported roosting on sycamore trees in Rock River forest.

September 21. News asks gunners to let the remnant of prairie chickens live and recuperate the almost vanished flocks. Request spurned, and every prairie chicken in Henry county goes down before the game hog. There have been no prairie chickens in the county since this fall.

September 28. W. W. Warner returns to his castle in Western, after a trip around the world. The stone castle built by Warner in the edge of the forest near Warner Station on the St. Louis branch of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railway is the grandest in the county. It is made from stone from the Burrall quarry, close by. One room is finished in fancy woods, from foreign lands, pro­cured by Warner in his travels.

Annah Jordon Smith dies in Munson, aged eighty-two. Old settler, coming in 1852. Died September 17.

October 12. Peter Kane, king of the fakirs, breaks a leg in Geneseo, and is taken to the infirmary. Kane is the man who invented the idea of catching a crowd by flinging money on the street. He is sixty years old, tall, piercing black eyes, long black hair, intellectual face, a man who would attract attention any­ where. In his prime, this odd character drove four horses from town to town, a raven black and milk-white animal being mated. The wagon was resplendent with polished brass and waving plumes.

October 12. This issue of The News records the deaths of D. P. Merrill of Munson, Mrs. Thomas Hill of Hanna, Wm. G. Fischer of Spring Creek, Mrs. E. F. Godfrey of Rock Island, and Harry Waterman, son of the Reverend Doctor Waterman.

October 12. Mrs. Caroline Aldrich calls upon the scribe. She is the relict of Earl Aldrich of pioneer fame, and mother of the first white boy born in Henry county. Mrs. Aldrich is just in from California. She is eighty years old, and travels alone. With the exception of asthma, she is quite strong and well.

October 19. Dr. Hall of Kewanee makes effort to organize county medical society. Complains of apathy manifested. Physicians aloof.

October 19. Solon Kendall dead. Old-time Geneseo grainbuyer and post­ master. Trustee of State Reform School for boys at Pontiac.

October 26. Joslin, over the river from Angell's, building a fair ground. The fairs since held here have been largely attended and successful.

October 26. Strange creature caught in Green River by Wm. Nesbit. Caught on hook. Foot and a half long, catfish head and mouth, four red ears on each side of head, which ears work back and forth like ears of horse. Four legs, no fins. Stripes on belly. A taxidermist skinned and stuffed the weird creature.

October 26. Thomas A. Ammerman dead, aged twenty-nine. William Whiteline dead.

November 2. Fritz Nagler suicides. Geneseo.

November 4. Winnie McArthur died, aged fifteen.

November 7. Will Waterman died, aged eighteen.

November 8. John W. Crawford, Munson, dead, aged sixty-five.

November 14. Mrs. Sophia Klumpp dies at home of daughter, Mrs. J. Stein, Geneseo, aged sixty-nine.

November 16. Lucille Hazard, granddaughter of Rev. Dr. Waterman dies. Four persons die in Congregational parsonage, Geneseo, all of typhoid. Health board investigates. Cesspool in yard near well alleged cause. Cesspool abolished, sanitary conditions restored, deaths cease.

November 29. Mrs. Frank L. Winsor dead. Geneseo.

November 30. Mrs. John Davis dead, Geneseo. Old resident. Age, sev­ enty-four.

November 30. Rev. Dr. Waterman says that a celestial halo illumined the face of his granddaughter, Lucille, before she died. It faded out as she passed away. The child's father says that an aunt of his was pronounced dead by the physician. Her pulse had stopped, her heart had ceased beating for half an hour. Then she arose and called the family around her by name, gave them ad­ monition and advice, and spake in glowing words of the beauties of the new world to which she had been called. Years after these events, Dr. Waterman was nearly killed in a railway accident in Chicago. The surgeons said he must die. Waterman lay in the hospital. He prayed fervently for life. A stranger entered the room, sat by his bedside, told him he would live, and vanished. Dr. Waterman declares that this stranger was the Nazarene.

December 7. Mrs. A. L. Hamilton dies in Kewanee. Old settler.

December 28. P. H. Owen invented the round rod braking plow, with which great areas of the prairie states have been turned over for agricultural purposes. Owen was living at Indian Town, a subdivision of Tiskilwa, when the idea of the round rod was born. He made the round rod plows at Tiskilwa for a time, then moved to Lacon, where he kept on in the manufacture of the plows. He died in Davenport, at the age of sixty-nine. Like most inventors, he never got much out of his device.

December 28. Golden Hotel, Barstow, burned down at noon.


January session board of supervisors voted to reimburse John H. Ladd and Andrew G. McMullen for money actually paid out by these men in their suc­ cessful efforts to catch a horsethief, one John W. Dawling. No consideration was given for work, danger or loss of time. They got their money back.

January 18. Incident related of Hon. J. H. Paddelford of Hanna town­ ship. He hung his vest on a fence, while he worked in a field. A cow ate part of the vest, and half of a twenty-dollar bill, which bill was in one of the pockets. Paddelford sent the mutilated fragment to Washington, accompanied by a state­ ment that the remainder of the bill had been completely destroyed. He promptly received a new twenty-dollar note.

February 8. Norman Johnson of Henry county attempts suicide by shoot­ ing. Mrs. Ella Powers of Peoria, shoots and kills self and adopted child.

February 12. Blizzard in Henry county. Railways out of commission, and highways everywhere blocked. The wind accompanying the snow was of cyclonish violence.

February 17. George A. Terpening died. Munson.

February 17. Miss Nellie Ogden died. Geneseo, Age, eighteen.

February 20. Mrs. John Weidlein died. Geneseo. Old settler of Morristown. Age, seventy-five.

March 17. Mrs. G. A. Carter died. Edford.

March 14. Rev. J. T. Pierce died. Geneseo. College classmate of Wendell Phillips, who visited his friend here, and carved his name upon a birch tree in the yard of his old friend's home.

March 22. Marshall sells Rock River picnic grounds to Dahl.

March 31. Stockyards, Geneseo, fire burns tramps to death. How many is unknown. Three or four heaps of what seemed human remains were found in debris.

April 5. Strange case of Miss Yetta Bruckner, a graduate of Geneseo Col­ legiate Institute. Melancholia developing into madness, caused this beautiful and accomplished girl to run away from home, and lose herself in the woods along the Misstesippi River, near Quincy, Illinois. Hunters saw the girl and tried to overtake her; but her amazing fleetness prevented. She lived for days in the brush and snow, without food. Sheriff Vancill finally induced her to go to his home. Her father was notified, and he brought her back to her home in Chicago. Miss Bruckner was a niece of Dr. W. C. West of Geneseo.

April 7. Mrs. U. F. Clark died. Geneseo.

April 12. Geneseo News uses in newspaper forms first half-tone plates, the same being pictures of Hester Brothers of Moline. Prior to this, newspaper men believed they could not be used in newspapers. Now their use is universal.

April 12. Dredge made at Deer Grove on upper Green River, for purpose of straightening channel. This work was local, and not general, as was the work which long after straightened the river in all its course though Henry county, which work cost half a million dollars, and redeemed four million dollar's worth of the richest of bottom lands on the face of the earth. It is possible that these local efforts on the upper reaches of the river suggested the greater work.

April 19. Deaths recorded; Miss Horley, Geneseo, ninety-two years; Will Koenig, Geneseo, twenty-five years; James Ramsey, Geneseo, aged eighty-three.

April 19. Rev. Dowie begins to gather satellites from Henry county.

May 10. Joseph Krieger dead. Cambridge.

May 10. Sister Mary Humbelina died at Cathedral of Sacred Heart, Dav­ enport. Was Kate Kennedy of Geneseo.

May 17. Deaths: Mrs. Ellen Curley, Geneseo; Mrs. James Glenn, Colona. Mrs. Glenn was the wife of Henry county's first settler, the man who turned the first furrow, and who made the plow with which it was done. Mrs. Eva Romaine died May 13.

May 28. Joseph T. Atkinson dies. Geneseo. Age, eighty-four. He built a cabin in Henry county in 1835. It is claimed that he officiated at the marriage of the first couple. Atkinson originated the Geneseo Collegiate Institute.

June 21. The dead: Laura Way Weaver, Mrs. John Glawe, Frank E. White, Andrew Dice, Andrew Caughey.

June 25. The dead: Mrs. M. Maxwell, aged seventy-five, resident of Henry county since 1855; Oliver B. Andrews, E. P. Boyden. Boyden was an old set­ tler of Atkinson. Later in life he was landlord of the hotel at Tiskilwa.

July 5. Captain P. M. Jefferds died. Atkinson.

July 12. Hattie Gifford Evans of Atkinson enroute around the world with young husband.

August 2. Carrie M. Schnabele died July 28. Mrs. Chas. W. Fuller died in Moline.

August 16. Chronicle newspaper office in Cambridge destroyed by fire.

August 16. Fight at Kewanee between young men named Ladd and Bonner. Bonner injured by knife thrust, dies.

August 26. James Glenn died, Colona. First settler, built first house, made first plow, turned first furrow in Henry county. A good old man, a typical pioneer.

August 26. Died. Mrs. Barbara Baum Petrie Dilenbeck, aged ninety-two,

September 6. Work on canal in full swing.

September 6. Daniel McCarthy died. Faithful foreman of Chicago, Rock Islaind & Pacific Railroad for forty years.

September 6. Mrs. Rachel Schmied dies, aged eighty-three.

November 15. Funeral of W. P. Blackiston, Geneseo old settler.

November 15. Many fine pearls found in Green River.

November 15. Editorial on Belgians of Atkinson and Annawan, and Germans of Edford. Both extolled as good citizens. Their methods of farming compared proves Belgian grain farmer and renter, German stock farmer and owner.

November 22. News has two-column editorial, urging straightening of Green River. Among many other arguments is this: "Here is this little Green serpent of a river, squirming and winding like the snake it is, through vast reaches of the richest land on earth, taking up ten times the room it should, laying waste an area that would keep busy every elevator in Henry county."

December 6. News states that traveling men, of the commercial salesman class, will not lie. Editor receives by mail card and credentials of the "Order of Ananias," with private letter hinting that he will be made captain of the clan.

December 6. Mrs. G. W. Wood dies, Geneseo.

December 27. G. W. Lawbaugh contests right of board of education to dismiss his daughter from school, owing to the fact that she has not been vaccinated. This case resulted in a triumph for Lawbaugh. Lawbaugh educated his daughter at the Collegiate Institute, sturdily refusing vaccination, which he held to be a device of the devil for poisoning mankind.



January 3. Wm. J. Doughty of Lynn , overcome with vertigo, fell helpless in a hog lot. The brutes tore the man to shreds. When found by friends, Doughty's face was eaten off.

January 3. Kempster's deer pound on Rock River bottoms responsible for many reports and rumors of wild deer being seen in various parts of Henry county. The animals regard fences as a joke, and play leapfrog with them. Wes. Graham of Spring Hill, being at the time hunting for red squirrels in the bottom wooded lands, suddenly heard a twig crack in the darksome copse of a fen. Looking down from the lofty tree upon which his gaze had been fixed, he saw a beautiful fat deer staring at him. Before he thought, buck fever seized Graham, and the deer was dead. Graham sold it in Prophetstown for twelve dollars. When he found it was Kempster's deer, he promptly paid Kempster twenty dollars, and expressed his regrets.

January 10. Prof. J. M. F. Snodgrass of Geneseo Collegiate Institute, opens war on Santa Claus. Says the myth is a delusion and a snare; that the lie teaches the child that lying is a joke, and forever unsettles the trust and reliance the child should have in the word of his parents.

John L. Sullivan invades Henry county, making a strong impression when he fell off the rear of a train near Galva. Men and boys seized with boxing frenzy.

January 17. John Derby suicides by hanging.

January 24. Bloomington Building and Loan Association swindle includes

January 28. Lizzie Terry Cook dead, aged twenty-one. Henry county victims.

January 31. Of all the funny events which have marked Geneseo for their own, perhaps the climax was reached on this date. A tall farmer drove a span of mules to a watering trough which was too low without unchecking. The man unchecked the beasts, standing in front a moment before drawing up to the trough. Something startled the animals. They plunged forward, catching the man astride the tongue. In this ridiculous attitude the man was carried round and round a principal business block of the city. Swarms of people lined the walks. The mules kept to the middle of the vacant street, galloping slower as their strength failed. Screams of laughter marked the progress of the procession. When the mules stopped, the man jumped into the wagon, drove home, sold out, and quit the country.

January 31. Insanity of Ernest J. Paul. Paul afterward suicided in Chicago .

February 7. Rev. A. K. Tullis, Henry county, Methodist minister, sees sea serpent in Thompson's Lake , Fulton county, Illinois , while fishing with son. Describes serpent as follows: The head was hooded with great coil of skin. Head big as bushel basket. Six big eyes. Two immense tusks from hideous jaw. Reared roaring from water, clawing air fiercely, as if something didn't suit him. Had claws to claw with. Bellowed awfully. Brother Tullis calls Havana fishermen, who casts net about monster. Net rended to rags. News theory that it was the devil, against whom Brother Tullis had made various unfriendly moves.

February 14. Geneseo, New York, was originally known as Big Tree. In a copy of the Olean, New York, Democrat of February, 1895, is the following: "The Livingston County Historical Society has decided to properly celebrate the centennial of the conclusion of the treaty of Big Tree with the Seneca Indians, a treaty secured by Thomas Morris, and which cleared the Indian title to a large part of the land sold in the Holland land purchase. Big Tree is now Geneseo, and the celebration will be held there." The parent Geneseo is not so large as its Illinois namesake. The population is around two thousand.

February 23. P. H. Taylor dies. Geneseo. Settled in Geneseo in 1854.

February 24. Red Mill burns. Geneseo.

February 28. Conclave of young newspaper men in convention assembled, frame request that editor News answer question : "What is true secret of jour­ nalistic success?" Reply by return mail was "Scratch every man where he itches most."

March 2. James McBroom, ex-mayor of Geneseo, dies, aged sixty-seven years. Mayor two terms. For many years, member grain firm of McBroom & Wilson.

March 3. Mrs. G. Schulke dies. Geneseo; seventy-four years.

March 5. Catherine C. Butzer Henney died at Fairbury, Nebraska. Wed Daniel Henney 1854.

March 7. Quotation from Hanna township items: "I hear of the death of Freeland B. Walters at Valeria, Iowa. He was born in Hanna thirty-eight years ago. His father, John W. Walters, with his father, Ebenezer Walters, lived on the farm now occupied by J. F. Henninger in 1837."

March 7. The Woodhull Dispatch says that " eighteen years ago Dr. Farrell killed a bug in Ed. Taylor's ear; but couldn't get it out. Last Sunday Ed's wife removed it with a hairpin. It is three-quarters of an inch long, a quarter of an inch wide, and well preserved."

March 12. Maggie May Liebee dead, aged twenty-seven.

March 14. David Drehmer sends a Minneapolis Sunday Tribune with record of a great gold find by Geneseo boy, George W. Davis, son of the deaf mute Davis, who formerly lived east of town. Young Davis had studied geology. He was an expert with strata and stone formations. A. H. Hederly of Minneapolis engaged Davis to visit several iron ore claims purchased by Hederly, away up in the Rat Portage and Rainy Lake regions. Davis was employed to report on the value of the mines. In the desolate and forbidding lands he was robbed of his outfit of maps, and instruments for assaying. All his food was stolen. While hunting huckleberries for food, he almost ran against a bear, also huckleberrying. Springing backward, Davis fell over a cliff. He lay senseless many hours. He found himself at the base of a gorge in which human foot had probably never trod. And in that gulch he found what men have sought for, fought for, in all the ages. He says "This find inspired me with new life. I clambered out, and ran like the wind with my clothes full of rocks. I turned the grease out of my frying pan, and melted the largest pan of gold I ever saw, for the rock used. I went crazy. I laughed. I cried. I was a rich man." At the time the above was written, Davis had cleaned up thirty thousand dollars, and was the owner of eighteen gold mines.

March 28. Mrs. Wm L. Barnes dead. Old settler.

April 26. Mrs. Wm. Pate dead. Osco.

April 29. Mrs. Will Mowbray died. Native of county.

May 4. Orion bank robbed. About five thousand dollars in money stolen. Men afterward caught and sent to pen. Money recovered where it had been buried beside railway embankment.

May 9. First mention of East Moline.

May 16. Andrew Dahl killed at summer resort on Rock River. Dahi owned the premises. Team ran away in woods throwing Dahl against stump:

May 19. Gust Rahn suicides. Geneseo.

May 19. Pioneer cabin built by Israel Crocker at Crocker's Grove near Mor- ristown, is torn down. This was the first house in Osco township. Luman Wood­ ward describes it in an article in the Cambridge Chronicle. The sawed lumber in the house was hauled from Chicago. Woodward says:

"The small amount of sawed lumber used in the erection of this old house was hauled from Chicago on wagons, and consisted simply of the siding and the joists for the support of the second floor. To look at the finished building, no one would have suspected that it was made of such rough materials. The entire frame work was made of rough timber hewn out of oak timber from the adjoining grove. The lath for plastering was split out of oak timber, and were almost as perfect as the sawed lath used at present. The shingles were split and shaved, in the old way. The sheeting on which the shingles were laid was made on the model of the old-time puncheon floor, a sample of which can be seen on the Cambridge fair grounds. The pieces were cut just long enough to reach from one of the pole rafters to the next one. After all had been pinned on, the whole roof had been 'adzed' off, making it smooth and in good shape for laying the hand-made shingles. The studding, sills, etc., were all hewn out of solid oak timber."

May 25. Adam Feidler dead. Old-time Osco settler.

May 30. Orion bank robbers caught. Gave names of Sullivan, Lawrence and Monroe. Caught at Taylorville, Illinois. Had shaved off whiskers; but recognized.

June 6. News prints strong editorial on going to Smith Springs for Geneseo water supply. This was done, and plenty of good water secured. In same issue News demands brick paving for State street.

June 6. Aldermen Martin, Fisher and Wright selected by mayor as com­ mittee to visit tri-cities and study merits of cement and tile walks. Cement won.

June 6. Anton Beck dies. Thomas Liken dies, June 7.

June11i. Laura Kendrick dies. Atkinson. Native of Burns township.

June 14. Peter Wille dies. Atkinson.

June 17. James Dana Buck suicides, or is murdered. Western.

June 20. Axel Anderson falls in well. Drowns. Galva.

June 21. Mary Montgomery suicides. Sunny Hill. " June 22. Geo. Schmitt kicked to death by horse. Hooppole.

June 27. Andrew Schweninger dead.

June 27. J. A. Sawyer dies. Came to Illinois 1834. Prominent citizen of Geneseo.

July 4. Chinch bugs invade Osco and Edford.

July 4. Arthur Weidlein of Morristown , wins eleven-mile race in great bicycle tournament at Davenport , Iowa , in a field of twenty starters

July11. Levi G. Barnes, farmer of Hanna township, had a premonition of radium full ten years before the discovery of that weird substance. I find the following in The News of this date: "Levi G. Barnes is excited over a new sub­stance which he says has recently been evolved from the atmosphere by the alchemy of science. He was telling about it to J. C. Skinner, Byron Coe and the editor the day before the fourth, and scared us half to death. We were afraid he was going to get some of it to use on the fourth. He says it is drawn from the air, and resembles cheese. It is beyond comparison, stronger than lightning. Throw a hunk of it against a mountain, and the mountain will immediately be leveled with the plain. Its presence has been suspected by scientists for many generations, many of whom sat up nights trying to suck the stuff out of the air; but invariably got left. Now they have it. It can be harnessed for domestic use, like lightning. Brother Barnes doesn't know what they'll make the harness of; but it will probably be some powerful metal—like that gold on his farm."

July 17. Fred Curtis loses arm in railway accident. Geneseo.

July 18. A Belgian woman named DeBates, while insane tried to slaughter her family of seven children with a hatchet, at Annawan. The children were all seriously injured, one having the skull fractured. The village is fearfully aroused, having yet fresh in memory the murder of Schmidt with a pumphandle by Ellis and Arkland the previous winter.

July 25. Referring to the paragraph elsewhere concerning the mysterious substance Levi Barnes, the farmer, proposes to evolve from the air, the Geneseo News of this date says: "Levi G. Barnes has furnished us with a treatise upon 'argon,' the wonderful and powerful element of the air which makes the aurora borealis. It is so powerful that a hunk of it heaved at a mountain will cause the mountain to disappear like a summer cloud. We are preparing to put a pound of it in the paper of every subscriber who is more than two years in ar­ rears." It may be but a fancy; but it really seems as if Farmer Barnes had some premonition of radium, the wonderful substance discovered in France by Curi and wife.

July 25. Longest drought known in a decade is broken.

July 25. "Something black without a head on told me to do it," was the explanation given by Mrs. Ferdinand DeBates, of Annawan for trying to kill her children. Mrs. DeBates had been confined as insane; but escaped.

July 25. H. Clay Merritt of Kewanee, lays himself liable to fines aggregating seven thousand, and five hundred dollars for infractions of game law.

August 1. Wm. Barr reopens the Aldrich pioneer coal mines.

August 1. Rev. Frasier of Colona, Methodist clergyman, goes violently in­sane. Taken to asylum at Jasksonville.

August 1. Immense quantities of prohibited game found in underground vaults beneath Merritt's cold storage house, Kewanee. Case decided in favor of state. Merritt's bond, ten thousand dollars.

August 8. David Roos killed at Luverne, Minnesota. Roos was a Loraine man. He was city marshal of Luverne. He was shot in the back by a tough named DuFran.

August 15. Rev. Grumbine of Geneseo writes "Marguerite Hunter," a book purporting to have been dictated to the clergyman by a spirit in Heaven, through the mediumship of a Chicago medium named Lizzie Bangs. Grumbine afterward was convinced that the medium had not acted in good faith.

August 15. Team horses stolen from George Weidlein of Morristown.

August 22. Mrs. Eliza Harbaugh dies at Elizabeth, Colorado, aged seventy- seven years. Old settler of Phenix.

August 22. A boy named Lager digging fishworms in a pasture near Gene­ seo creek, hit a box containing a one dollar bill and a three dollar bill of the bank of Ypsilanti, Michigan, of the date of 1831. The bills were bought by Fred Schureman, a Geneseo numismatist.

September 9. George W. Wood died at Arvilla, North Dakota. He was an old settler of Munson.

September 12. Two brothers named Doll opened a pop factory in Kewanee, afterward removing to Geneseo, and later to Annawan. At the latter town they had trouble with each other. A livery keeper discovered the place to be on fire at midnight. He galloped all over town crying the alarm, and a locomotive added its screams. The town was roused, and by hard work the people saved the vil­lage. The fire was in the heart of the business district, among frame buildings. The Dolls were fired out.

August 29. Mrs. Andrew J. Bracken died at Presbyterian hospital, Chicago. Old settler of Portland township, which was once a part of Henry county.

September 26. Lettie Stanbro finds stalagmite rock in ravine in Hanna town­ ship forest. These are formed in caves. A huge cave is beneath the hills in that locality.

September 29. Buenos Ayres dies in Geneseo. Old settler of Munson.

October 2. Henry Wendt suicides at his farm, seven miles west of Geneseo.

October 3. Isaac Paden dies at Woodhull, aged ninety-five years. Paden and wife lived together nearly seventy years. Mrs. Paden died last December. In their ancient carryall, they were a picturesque feature of all the old settlers' meetings.

October 10. The dead: Fred Penwell, Geneseo; Hosea F. Bliss, Spring Creek old settler, died in Des Moines; John Fleming, Cornwall, seventy-seven years old. A pioneer.

October11. James E. Davies dies from effects of being gored by bull. Davies' age was seventy years. He married Filia Aldrich, and in the heydey of the Aldrich coal industry, Davies was foreman of the mine. Native of Wales.

October 19. J. Adam Miller thrown from wagon in front of News office. Dies from effects. Old settler of North county. Spring Hill mail carrier for many years. He resided in Henry county just forty-six years to a day.

October 24. Wm. Stahl died at Cleveland.

October 25. Fatal train wreck in Iowa, in which Mrs. E. A. Fritts, of Geneseo, sustains injuries.

October 27. Stewart Liken dies at Devers, Texas.

October 29. John Barker dies from effects of being crushed by falling wall when tearing down old Sawyer's Hall building. The accident lamed him, and he was never well afterward.

October 31. James Hamilton, son of Mrs. Steele Hamilton and native of Henry county, dies at Coggan, Iowa.

October 31. Earthquake shock in Henry county.

October 31. Mrs. P. H. Sniff dies at Geneseo. Husband, Captain Sniff, was sheriff from 1856 to 1860.

November 24. Alpha bank robbed of four thousand, and seven hundred dollars.

November 24. Oldtimer prints statement in News that the volume of water in Rock River is reduced so that now it is but one-third of that when the country was new.

November 25. Mrs. W. T. Crosier dies, in seventy-sixth year. She came to the North county when it was a yellow-blossomed wilderness.

December I. Ernest Holke dies suddenly. Native of Geneseo township.

December 5. News explains why James Lamphere of the County North Line is nicknamed Kerplunk. As this seriously affects the great swine industry of Henry county, I reproduce it for the benefit of nations yet unborn. James lost no hog by cholera, while his neighbors lost whole herds. "When I see one getting sick," says James, "I haul off and hit him with an ear of corn in the face, Kerplunk. It knocks the cholera out. The hog forgets all about being sick, chirks up, and goes to eating." And ever after James was known as "Ker­ plunk."

December 5. "Mysteriously disappeared" heads full many a newspaper tragedy. So, the ground seemed to open and swallow Otho Steele. After admission to the bar, he opened an office in Prophetstown. The prophets, like the prophets of old are wise. They side step the law. Then Steele stole away to Lyndon. But "In Lyndon when the sun was low The bloody law was not a go."

Then Steele stole down the Rolling Rock River to Erie, where he hung up his fluctuating shingle. Then he went crazy. A strong man was engaged to watch him, as he was violent. One night he eluded his watcher and ran for the river. His watcher ran after him. It was a weird midnight race. Steele gained the river's brink, made a flying leap into a skiff, and disappeared down the stream. He has never been seen nor heard of since.

December 16. Henry S. Aldrich's birthday. Today he is sixty years old. He was the first white boy born in Henry county. He is a jovial, genial man, though he certainly did have a lonesome boyhood.

December 19. Prolonged and perilous drought prevailing. Farmers boring deep wells in desperate endeavor to obtain water for suffering stock.


January 1. At dawn of New Year, Mrs. J. F. Dresser died in Chicago. Wife of former Geneseo banker, and sister of Dr. Hume, Geneseo's old time physician.

January 1 Mrs. G. W. Goshorn dies. Fifty-seven years of wedded life. Came to Geneseo in 1856.

January 1. First advancing of the bacilli theory regarding kissing. No noticeable falling off of the delectable in Henry county.

January 9. Mrs. John Lambert dies. Wife of the old-time gunsmith, with a stuffed lynx in the front window.

January 9. Wm. Nelson of Munson, is first corn shredder victim. Loses hand.

January 13. Mrs. Julia A. Wilkinson dies, aged eighty-four. Mother of Captain Wilkinson of Infirmary.

January 16. Mrs. Minerva Scott of Edford dies in Iowa. Lived in Chicago in 1832, when eleven years old.

January 23. This issue of the Geneseo News has a bit of historical informa­ tion which I append. I will allow the reader to figure out how fast those upper waters make the riffle at the farther end, since the entire river has been straightened. "Andrew Soliday, a well-known and highly esteemed citizen of Yorktown township, whose farm borders on Green River, relates a most remarkable feature of that emerald stream. Green River takes its rise in what is known as Inlet Swamp, in the central portion of Lee county. A rivulet called Willow Creek runs into the swamp from the east. Emerging from the swamp, which swamp covers some thirty-six sections, or an entire township, the stream, as it makes its way westward, is known as Green River. Mr. Soliday says that in early times it required eighteen months for the sluggish water of Inlet Swamp to reach Yorktown, which is some sixteen miles east of Geneseo. In recent years the river has been straightened in both Lee and Bureau counties, and now the waters that formerly required eighteen months to reach Yorktown, get there in twenty-four hours. Just how Mr. Soliday determined this immense change in the celerity of Green River, is unknown to us at the present writing. But we would take his word for the whole value of the entire length of Green River."

January 25. Death of J. A. Rishel, ossified man of Munson. He was stiff as a statue. He refused food, and starved.

February 20. Deaths recorded. Wm. Bryant, postmaster of Sharon, sixty- six; Wm. Lawbaugh, Geneseo, seventy-two; Mary C. Mirfield, found dead in bed at home of daughter; Mrs. C. W. Skinner, Geneseo, sixty-eight; Eric Lawson, Geneseo.

February 27. Death's harvest: Arbela Adams, Portland, ninety-two. Came to Ottawa, Illinois, in 1835, to Portland in 1840; Wm McElheny dies in Iowa. Farmer in Henry county 1855 to 1884; Mrs. Leslie Fisher Stevens, Chicago, niece of Fisher Bros., Geneseo; Joseph Tibbs, farmer of Phenix, sixty-eight; Warren P. Cook, ex-Mayor of Geneseo, died at Englewood; Mrs. Hanna Ekman Anderson died in Geneseo, seventy-two.

March 4. Deaths: Mrs. Wright, mother of J. E. Wright; Mr. and Mrs. Willman, husband and wife; Mrs. Mary E. Sedgeley; Mrs. Margaret Ash.

March 5. Many horses being shipped out of Henry county.

March 12. Mrs. Jacob Roos dies. Loraine.

March 19. Hannah M. Luther. Hooppole.

March 19. News worried whether a county should be referred to as "she," same as a city or a ship. City probably called "she" because she has her outskirts. A ship is "she" because the rigging costs more than the hull. County is full of ships,—townships.

March 19. Ballade of ye district school north of Green River: "Mary had a little mule, And it followed her to school; When the teacher, like a fool Slapped the sad-eyed little mule On the withers with a rule. P. S.

Now there isn't any school."

March 24. Gold headed cane presented to man who didn't need it—George Duff. He was seventy-five years young this day. The cane was the gift of friends, and was accompanied by this poem, by H. L. Kiner: "Dear silver-headed friend, accept this gift

From friends as true as gold; Though it need never slightest burden lift From one who'll not grow old.

"Dear silver-headed friend, there is no lease

Prolonging our careers; But if good wishes foster health and ease,

You'll live a hundred years."

March 26. Died, G. W. Goshorn, March 22, 1884; Mrs. C. C. Blackiston, March 23.

April 2. Wm. S. Aldrich farmhouse in Phenix stands upon the divide of die watershed. A pail of water poured into the yard will run half north to Rock River, and half south to Green River.

April 9. The dead: A. Larson, Munson, sixty-seven; Mrs. Samuel Weimer, Phenix, fifty-seven; Mrs. Alex Casteel, Cornwall, died in Chicago, whither she had gone to care for her daughter, Mary, who was ill.

,April 16. Obituary: Mrs. Sarah L. Freeman, wife of Dwight Freeman; Mrs. Elizabeth Rice Hartz, eighty; Conrad Weitz, seventy-one; Mrs. Permelia Bollen, seventy-nine.

May 14. Jane McKibbon; Lillian Sargent Hill. Mrs. Hill was a bride of three weeks.

May 14. Sherrill Bros, turn Colona Sandstone Quarry over to Arthur Burrall.

May 16. Cyclone at Frey's, near Green River.

May 24. John Cann died, aged seventy-four. A builder of Geneseo.

June 3. President Cable train Chicago to Rock Island in 3:39.

June 4. Telephone exchange installed. Geneseo.

June 17. Mrs. Thomas Liken died, age seventy-three.

July 3. Mrs. W. G. Hawkins died.

July 30. D. O. Loy opens brick yard in Atkinson. July 30. Vertical writing fad in schools.

August 8. Officer George shoots and kills Thomas O'Brien, a Sheffield coal miner, near village lockup, Annawan.

August 20. Rev. John Frazier, insane Methodist clergyman of Colona, drowns himself in a reservoir at the Jacksonville insane asylum.

August 28. Atkinson Field Day. Great success.

August 29. Bessie Comstock dies in Chicago. Cambridge girl, fine writer of prose and verse.

August 30. Essie Foy dies in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Geneseo girl.

September 3. Captain Wild, of Mississippi navigators, tells of finding in river anchor and forty feet of chain, anchor bearing date of 1722. Lost by French boat of eighteenth century.

September 3. Field of corn north of Atkinson goes one hundred and twenty- five bushels per acre. This is the Henry county record. Henry county thresh- ermen take machines to great wheat regions of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

September 3. Harney and Hosfield buy three thousand acres swamp land northeast of Annawan.

September 3. Galva Standard (newspaper) hears of bashful new husband who mumbled "is cussing kisstomary ?"

September 8. Incendiary attempt to burn Union hotel, kept by Mrs. Wilta- muth.

September 8. Rev. Dr. Waterman horribly mangled in railway accident in Chicago. Surgeons told him death would ensue. Dr. Waterman avers that Jesus appeared in person and told him he would live. Dr. Waterman was a stronger, better man years after, than before the accident.

September 10. Judge Hand (now and for many years judge of the supreme court of Illinois) spends a day at his boyhood's home in Hanna township.

September 10. Dixon Telegraph tells of swarms of rattlesnakes swimming in Rock River. Persons shooting at them are attacked by reptiles. In view of the historical fact that rattlesnakes do not take to water, News advises Dixon edi­ tors to take to that element

September 10. Fred Kendall, Henry county man, ships beef cattle from Oregon to new gold mines in Arctics.

September 23. Bishop Hill semi-centennial; three thousand people present Great gray granite monument unveiled to memory of early colonists. '

October 1 First X-Ray machine shown in Henry county. Apathetic reception, owing to political excitement.

October 1. Edward Mertz dead, eightieth year. Old settler. Drove fron. Pennsylvania to Illinois in prairie schooner.

October 1 Joseph Reynolds dead. Loraine. Native of England.

October 8. James Hundea falls off train. Galva. Killed.

October 8. William Rosenou, Kewanee farmer, killed while hunting.

October 8. Cement used in sidewalk building. Resemblance to granite suggests "granitoid," by which appellation was long known.

October 13. John Lambert dies, aged eighty. Old gunsmith of Geneseo. Wife died last January. Picturesque, fine old couple.

October 22. Margaret Lamb has been postmistress at Annawan for thirty years. She was born in Scotland, and was a favorite child with Sir Walter Scott, who much admired the "braw lassie."

October 25. August Hoeft dies. Geneseo, aged fifty-nine. Old settler. October 29. News proposes colonization of red squirrels. Was done, and town populated with red fox squirrels.

November 5. Fred Pobanz builds stone arch bridge over McHenry gorge, Phenix.

November 12. W. Ague grows cotton successfully in Hanna township. November 12. Thomas Bollen dead. Came to Eight Mile in 1836. Died in Nebraska. Buried at Eight Mile.

November 19. Joseph Gibson dead. Last of the old time lightning rod men. November 23. Asa Crook dead. Was brought to Portland, Whiteside county, when three years of age. This was in 1834. The Crooks were the first whites on the ground at Prophetstown.

December 7. George Wilson died, Menlo, Iowa. Munson old settler. December 10. John Ash returns to Henry county, after a quarter of a cen­ tury in the outer wilderness. John made an impression by sawing wood in a plug hat, Prince Albert coat, and diamonds. John was seventeen. Married a Moline girl of fifteen. Now he sells jewelry to the trade, is rich and happy in the father­ hood of a girl twenty years sweet.

December 24. The dead: Mrs. Michael Bradley died, Geneseo

December 18, early settler; Mrs. Eliza Ann Tomlinson, Geneseo

December 18, old settler; John Withrow, old time cider maker; J. W. Wonderly, old settler of Atkinson township. Died at Hebron, Nebraska.

December 29, 1896, death of Mrs. Betsy Watson at Atkinson. December 31. The dead: C. L. Porter, Colona: Mrs. Philip Teeter.


January 7. Henry Schwartz is out of the penitentiary. His crime was participation in the murder of Express-Messenger Nichols, in a car near Morris.

January 14. Mortuary: Frederick Opalke, Cambridge; Mrs. Jane Cragin, Geneseo, a Mexican lady; Miss Mary Keyser, one of the founders of the Hull House, Chicago. Miss Keyser's home for many years was on West Main street, Geneseo; Prof. Chas. Ford, born in Syria, where his mother was a missionary. She was a scion of the House of Perry.

January 18. Silas Crouch, prominent and well-to-do Munson farmer, suicides.

January 19. Mrs. C. L. Porter of Colona Hotel, arrested for poisoning his band. Tried and acquitted.

January 21. Mortuary: Mrs. Ftank Raser, Phenix.

January 21. Sadie Ward Friberg dies in Tennessee, buried in Geneseo; Wm. Arnett dies at Sharon Stock Farm.

January 26; Mrs. George Wilson dies at Menlo, Iowa, January 17.

January 28. Col. H. V. Fisher of Henry county becomes president pro ternpore of the state senate.

January 31. Doll Brothers, who fired Annawan, get into domestic trouble at LaSalle.

February 8. Tom Boyle's barn burns. Spring Creek. February11. Judge Waite suggests ordinance prohibiting spitting upon public walks. Years after, this suggestion was made a law in Henry county cities, and in most of the cities of the entire country.

February 18. Mrs. Phoebe Graham, mother of Mrs. Dr. Wells, eighty-five years old; Mrs. Arthur Withrow, of old Withrow family; Mrs. Anna Eliza Barnes, died February 8, eighty-sixth year.

February 18. Henry S. Comstock ceases his work as editor of the Cambridge Chronicle. Comstock, while somewhat blatent, made a good paper, and pushed his business at all times.

February 18. Movement to find homes for orphaned children among our people. Good for the orphans; but may be bad for the pure children of the farms and villages.

February 25. Mortuary: Caleb J. T. Little, settled in Wethersfield in 1837; J. W. McClellan, old settler; Mrs. Margaret Weaver, old settler of Edford; S. S. Taylor, at Rippey, Iowa, came to county in 1837; A. J. Combs, Osco.

February 25. Grace Widney, daughter of an Alpha banker, wins plaudits from Chicago press for the rare melody of her voice.

February. Acetylene illuminating gas introduced in Henry county.

March 4. John Neiswender, Mrs. J. S. Kaiser, Mrs. Nordling, John Sears, of Cornwall.

March 18. Mortuary: Mrs. Fay Woodruff died March 12.

March 25. Death of Dr. J. B. Frick, old time druggist of Geneseo. Died in Moline. Mrs. Tracy was born in Cornwall, June 7, 1859, died March 21, 1897.

April 1. John W. Foy given appellation of "Young Eagle of the Winnebagoes" by the political press. Foy was elected to the legislature. He was a Cornwall farmer.

April 8. John Elm, Osco old settler, dies in Nebraska; Peter O'Brien.

April 15. Henry county sends carload corn to starving in India.

April 15. Craze about airships. Illumined argosies of the air seen in the upper deeps. Old citizen sees one flying over Henry county with fat men smoking in the windows. Evidently the smoking car broke loose. Wave of extraordinary excitement.

April 22. Rev. J. T. Cook dies, Sabula, Iowa. Old Henry county man; Mary Gladman dies, aged ninety-five; Joseph L. Moore dies, April 14. Postmaster Geneseo.

April 22. First mention of Perkin's mail catcher.

April 29. Mrs. David Perry dies at Hillsdale on April 23, buried in Geneseo; Joel Ware, old citizen, died April 23.

April 29. Al Ramsey buys three thousand acres in Texas. May 6. Bicycle craze. Babies of six, and Beldames of apparently six hundred, spin on the silent steed. All over in a year or two. Same with roller skates; same with croquet. Tennyson says: "Fill the can and fill the cup,

All the windy ways of men Are but dust that riseth up,

And is lightly laid again."

May 7. Olof Johnson dies, Spring Creek.

June 3. Mrs. Dr. Skidmore cremated at Davenport. First Henry county person to be cremated.

June 10. Betsy Ann Fones Stafford dies. Came to Geneseo in 1857.

July 2. John Long, eighty-seven years old, wanders up the railway east­ward, and is struck by a train near Atkinson. Dead when found.

July 10. Craze for motto button. Everybody wearing "Don't Kick," or some other motto button.

July 10. Dr. William C. West dies. Geneseo.

July 18. Jacob Ott dies. Old settler of Hooppole.

July 18. Atkinson lays cement walks. Mighty contest in county to settle which town can engage costliest base ball players from the big cities. Towns make full lineup with but one or two local men. Disgust for the game epidemic. Game paralyzed for a dozen years. Convalescent 1909.

July 22. Talk of draining Meredosia swamp.

July 29. Mrs. O. C. Waite dead. Old settler. Captain P. H. Sniff died July 20, aged seventy-four. Resident of Geneseo since 1854. County sheriff and deputy sheriff in the '503.

July 30. John Rockwell dead. Old settler.

August 5. Editor News travels in Alabama for Anniston Land & Fruit Company. Writes his impressions in The News. Afterward issued by company in pamphlet.

August 12. News relates story of Shabbona. LaSalle County Fair, held at Ottawa, advertised to give fine gold watch to the lady whom Shabbona should select as the prettiest on the grounds. Time arrived, the old chief softly moved from one woman to another, peering into their faces with his keen black eyes. At last he came to Madame Shabbona, proudly smiling, and posing gracefully her three hundred and forty pounds of flesh. "There!" said Shabbona, "him prettiest." Madame Shabbona got the watch.

August 19. Great excitement over Klondyke, Many going to the boreal gold fields.

August 26. Colona rejoices over discharge of Mrs. C. L. Porter, alleged poisoner of husband.

September 2. Atkinson Field Day big success.

September 16. Rev. F. H. Gumming charged with misconduct with females. Proven, and Gumming deposed from Methodist church.

September 16. Decadence of Davenport Fair. Time was when mis exhibit pulled half of Henry county's population to Davenport Now, very few attend, and the discontinuance of the fair anticipated. County fairs are being discontinued yearly, all over Illinois. Yet the Henry county fair flourishes.

September 16. Barrel of apples comes to Geneseo from the farm where Lincoln split the rails.

September 16. All the world watching for news from Andree, balioonatic who tried to reach the pole in a gas bag. Never again heard from.

September 16. Abraham Countryman falls dead at Hooppole.

September 23. Bees make combs and fill with honey belfry of Unitarian church, and flooring of North Side schoolhouse. Geneseo.

September 23. Professor Thornton resigns from Geneseo Collegiate Insti­ tute. Been principal from first.

September 23. Exceptionally fine pearls found in Green River.

September 23. News publishes letter from Dr. Geo. E. Merryman, of Moline, now in Klondyke. Only physician in vast Arctic region.

September 30. Wm. M. Sheppard dies. Old mason and builder, Geneseo. Partner Wm. Small.

September 30. Sugar beet raising and manufacturing gains interest in county.

October 7. Geo. V. Wells, son of Dr. Ira R. Wells, oldtime county physician, becomes writer of fiction.

October 14. Migration of squirrels noted in Henry county, probably caused by condition of food supply.' Coming to streams, squirrels drag bark to water, and ferry over.

October 14. A. G. Fay dead. Old Geneseo druggist.

October 14. Salvation Army under Captain Wolfe invade Henry county towns.

October 21. Old pay car Gazelle taken off Rock Island railway.

October 21. Ebenezer Edwards dies, Hanna township. Jacob Schnaufer of Geneseo, returned from Texas, dies of screwworms in nostrils.


Historic happenings in Henry county as the nineteenth century was closing, and the twentieth century opening.

Ex-Mayor Sheppard sees Geneseo Hammond library for the first time while walking with Ex-Mayor Kiner. "You can be proud of mat building. Paving will follow," said Sheppard. It did.

Mrs. Nellie Davis of Kewanee manifests strange gifts. She goes into trances in which she writes beautiful thoughts in Gennan, a language of which she is nom­ inally ignorant. She is a daughter of Thomas Durack of Mineral, Illinois, a sec­ tion boss.

Mrs. Jennie Chamberlain dies at home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmer Weidlein, of Morristown. Years before, she had been injured in a railway collision.

Mrs. Sophia Foster Manington dies at Morrison, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Bent, in her ninety-eighth year. She was the mother of John Manington, Geneseo's old time dentist. Her death was hastened by a fall which broke a hip, as was the case with Geneseo's nonagenarian colonist, Mrs. Cone. For years Mrs. Manington's home was with her daughter, Mrs. H. L. Lyon, of Atkinson.

John Martin, pioneer of Burns township, dies, aged eighty-one.

Mrs. J. D. Culton, well known in Henry county, dies in Rock Island.

New law requires corporations to file proof that they are not in trusts for the purpose of controlling prices. States Attorney Graves sues Henry county corporations for not complying with the law, the fines aggregating eighteen thou­sand dollars.

"Curly" Young of Geneseo Stockyards, acquires jet black gelding horse weigh­ ing two thousand, one hundred and forty pounds. Biggest ever known in Henry county. Harvey Clough dies in Davenport. Geneseo old timer.

James H. Andrews and Whitney start daily paper in Kewanee. "The town has nearly twelve thousand people," says the scribe, of Kewanee. Within half a dozen years she crowded eighteen thousand.

"Granitoid" walks introduced in Henry county towns.

Mary F. Hewitt, first lady traveler to sell the saloon trade, visits Henry county towns. She sells cider for Barrett & Barrett, Chicago. Says she was never molested or insulted in a saloon.

Marshall Medore Aldrich dies in sixty-second year. Son of Earl P. Aldrich. first settler. Medore died on the old farm where he was born, and within a few feet of where he was ushered into the world. He had lived there all his life. He was the last man for whom Dr. Henry T. Antes prescribed. The doctor passed away just prior to the passing of Aldrich.

Canal workmen pervade the county. Many negroes. Saloons jammed with canal gangs on Saturday nights, including swarms of negro women.

December, 1899, the month ending the century, produced a new Henry county newspaper, The Verdict, published at Kewanee, by Andrews & Whitney. The sheet was bright; but it did not last long. Andrews withdrew from journalism to enter the law. He yet practices in Kewanee.

Mrs. Byrnes, wife of the Geneseo Unitarian minister, passed away.

Jules Lombard sings at campfires in this vicinity. Jules and his brother Frank, inspired the war spirit in many in the '6os.

Enraged father seizes strap and proceeds to larrup son who would not rise after repeated calls. Screams of feminine gender were the first notice the old man had that the boy had changed rooms with the hired girl.

Mrs. Ben Gee burns to death in Geneseo, close of December and the century.

Wilder W. Warner dies on the last day of the month, the last day of the year, the last day of the century. He built a medieval castle in Henry county, of stone quarried nearby. It is the largest house in the county. A description of the castle and its unique room of many woods, appears elsewhere in this history.

Alderman Andrew Meyers of Ward 4, Geneseo. passes away January 9, 1900.

The Rock Island System opens a stockyard at Herrington, Kansas, and places Capt. Remington of Geneseo at the head of it. This makes four stockyards for the captain to conduct; the yards at Geneseo, Illinois; Eldon, Iowa; Reno, New .Mexico; and Herrington, Kansas.

Henry County Farmers' Institute given good prizes in cash and goods by merchants of Woodhull, January, 1900.

Scientists excavate rare relics from the prehistoric mounds near Albany. Rude tablets of blue stone, engraven with pictures of persons, beasts, birds, plants and trees. The savants assume these pictures to be a species of writing, and are hold­ing sessions at the Davenport Academy of Sciences, in efforts to translate.

The News refers to "The Late Lamented Northern Short Line." This abortive railway entered Geneseo on Allen street, just east of the Rock Island depot. The right of way was all secured, and the grading partly done when it was bought by the Alton, it is said.

Uncle Dick Haney dies at Altona, Illinois, Saturday morning, January 27, 1900. Uncle Dick was the father of a long line of Methodist preachers. He was himself about the last of the old line of circuit riders. These pioneer preachers braved savage beasts and yet more savage men, roaring tempests and tremendous floods, faced starvation and death in many forms to carry the message of the Nazarene to the people of the wilds. Most of them got no pay. They pursued their work for the love of God and His Son. They ate what was set before them. When it was nothing, they did without. When they found a bed, they slept in it. When they didn't, they slept on the ground. Shaffer Creek on the west county line was named for one of these unselfish men of God, who was chilled to death in its flood.

Mrs. J. D. Hill died in Geneseo, Tuesday, February 6, 1900.

Pauline Nance, a ten-year-old Kewanee girl, sings sacred songs with wonderful magnetic power. Her favorite, "Look Away to Jesus and Be Saved," never fails to melt the audience to tears.

Great sensation along Rock River over graveyard ghouls. Hillsdale, Rapids City and Hampton Bluffs all wrought up over deed of body-snatchers, who stole bodies and sold them to medical college. Many graves opened by relatives of the dead to find if bodies are intact.

Moses Woodman Adams died in Chicago, February 4, 1900. He settled in Munson in 1853.

Dejarnett invasion of Kewanee, February, 1900. Old Rebel General and Sons Dejarnetts arrived from the interior of Arkansas to run newspapers in Henry county. Arrived in Neponset at sundown. Bought Neponset News before sun­ rise. Entered Kewanee, and from one office issued the Neponset News, Kewanee Democrat, Evening News, Morning Sun and Labor Review. One son opened newspaper office in Annawan. Later ran three weeks, and had a new name each issue. As the bills fell due at the end of the first month, there was an evaporation of Dejarnetts from Henry county. All their newspapers ceased, and a breathless hush hovered in the places that knew them once.

Erie hotel keeper trades thirteen thousand dollar hotel for farm in Saline county, Illinois. After giving possession, visits farm. Finds the two hundred and eighty acres to be a small mountain. Arrest of trader follows.

Theo. Mattes, old Geneseo citizen, passes over.

Henry county Keeley graduates mourn the death of Keeley.

Luman Woodward dies, February 27, 1900. Settled in Osco, 1855. Noted newspaper writer. Characteristically humorous. Helped pay for a farm by fiddling for dances.

John Lewis dies in Geneseo. Founder of large family. Himself an early set­ tler of Cornwall.

Glenn Araett, dying in a manhole connected with the Kewanee gas works, is found by a negro, whose curiosity was aroused, and saved.

Henry M. Sexton, inventor of refrigerator cars, dies March 14, 1900. Well known in Henry county. Frequent visitor at home of H. L. Kiner.

Simeon Gates Woodruff died at Watertown asylum, March 24, 1900. He was a brother of Mrs. Jennie Woodruff Anderson of Geneseo, and the only Henry county citizen to become a citizen of Mexico.

On April 1, 1900, the old McBroom & Wilson warehouse was finally closed. This old landmark was built by Adrian Van Winkle. It was at the front of the corn buying industry all the time that Geneseo was known as the greatest grain town on the Rock Island road. The ancient oak-beamed structure was afterward purchased by George Little, and pulled down, after fifty years of usefulness.

A. M. Root dies in Chicago. Old time Geneseo stock buyer. Captain Reming­ ton was elected mayor of Geneseo for the fourth time, April, 1900. But one other has filled this office this often, and that the present historian.

Rev. James W. Haney dies at Galva, April 5, 1900. Well known Methodist minister.

Snowy canvas tented towns stretch away across Henry county in the spring of 1900. Occupied by canal diggers.

John H. Smith dead at Geneseo. Came from Prussia to Morristown in 1852. Farmed there till 1865. Then bought first farm north of Geneseo.

Aaron F. Davis, old settler of Hanna, dies April 26, 1900.

Two negro canal laborers shot and killed.

Z. D. Stanbro of Hanna township, exhibits editor News a compass with a history. Bought by Stanbro's father one hundred years ago. Lost in 1838 while hunting in Hanna's wilds. In 1870, Frank Williams, sitting on a plow to rest, sees bright object in fresh turned earth. Is the compass, after thirty-two years of being lost.

Mrs. J. S. Buckles dies May 5, 1900, in Chicago. Widow of well known early Geneseo lawyer.

Alderman Nicholas O'Brien dies in Geneseo, May 26, 1900.

Adam Butzer, well known farmer of Rock River bottoms, dies May 25, 1900.

Mrs. Jessie Supplee Myers dies in Utah, May 24, 1900. Popular Geneseo Collegiate Institute girl.

Canal camps quarantined smallpox, May, 1900.

Rock Island road opens stockyards at Belleville, Kansas. Remington of Geneseo is put in charge. The fifth for him.

Frank Earl dies in Geneseo, June 28, 1900.

Willard Dilenbeck dies, aged sixty-two.

Capt. Ransom Harrington dies, Geneseo, July 8, 190x3.

Grandma Montgomery was born a slave in Kentucky. She made her home in Geneseo for many years, where she was a faithful attendant at the Baptist church. By comparing her earliest recollections with the contemporary history of Ken­ tucky, it is pretty certain that the old woman is one hundred years old at this date,— July 19, 1900.

Death of Allen Dill Chamberlain at Evansville, Indiana, Deaconess hospital. "Brick" was a veteran of the Spanish war. His home was in Geneseo, where he set type on The News. In the delirium of typhoid he jumped from a sixth story window of the hospital, and broke his back. His age was twenty-four.

Mrs. Margaret Bowie Lamb, for thirty-five years postmistress of Annawan, died July 19, 1900. She was the oldest postmaster in Illinois in time of service.

William L. Wiley, who founded Galva in 1854, died suddenly at his home in Galva, August 2, 1900. He was eighty years old.

David Busenbark's wife died, at the old home in Munson. In a few days David dropped dead while threshing, due, Dr. Ferry said, to excessive heat, and worry over the death of his wife.

Invasion of pearl hunters from Whiteside county resented by Henry county pearl hunters. Geneseo News advises leniency. "Don't do much to them," says the editor. "Only fill their trousers with snapping turtles, and chase them across the line."

A man named E. J. Perry sold three hundred range horses in the east cpunty. but mainly to Bureau county men. The horses were stolen. Perry was arrested.

Barnum offers reward for democrat named Olson. News offers Jonas W., of Galva.

Harry Ford killed by lightning in barn door, August 17, 1900.

Squire G. A. Carter sells his half section farm in Edford township for seventy dollars per acre. August, 1900.

Little pulls down the old McBroom & Wilson grain house. "Once," the News man sighs, "a man named Bowie ran a newspaper in the loft of the old building. Once there was a duck pond behind the Red Mill, and a Bullhead Bayou where the Turner lumber yard is. Once 'way southeast of the station, the waters of Lake Chapin raved and roared.

Herb Ferry gives the first graphophone concert in Geneseo, September 6, 1900.

The ancient Greek manuscript found in the oriental ruins is translated into modern Greek, and then into English, by Rev. S. H. Weed, of Colona, Henry county. This scroll had long puzzled the savants, who wondered if it could be parts of Holy Writ. Weed found the excerpts to be taken from the first chapter of Ezra, and the second chapter of Esther, both of which are books of the Old Testament. Even the Weeds of Henry county are smarter that the philosophers of other counties.

Alderman Seibel finds Blanche Wolever of Henry county, teaching school in the. wilds of Montana.

St. Paul Dispatch states McHenry of Henry county, Illinois, and Geers are the two foremost drivers in the world. This is McHenry's first trump of fame, September, 1900.

Curious coins are unearthed in Geneseo. One side bears date of 1841, bears goddess of liberty and words E. Pluribus Unum. The other side bears date of 1837, and the words "Bentonian Currency." The coin was purchased by A. W. Van Housen.

The Widow Jennings farm in East Cambridge, two hundred and eighty acres, sells for twenty-one thousand dollars.

Joseph Oberle dies at Eight Mile Grove, aged eighty. He was one of the oldest settlers in Henry county. September 19, 1900.

James Allen Ramsey, veteran Henry county grocer, dies on his Texas ranch, September 24, 1900.

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