Morris Herald – March 10, 1876

Excerpts from the Morris Herald for March 10, 1876

We regret to announce the death of Abraham C. Carter, one of the oldest settlers of Grundy county, who died at his residence in Mazon, on Thursday of last week of cancer of the stomach, from which he has been a great sufferer, for several months. His funeral took place on last Saturday under the direction of Gardner Lodge, No. 573, F. & A. M., of which Mr. Carter was a member, Deputy Grand Master Armstrong, of this city conducting the ceremonies. Several of the brotherhood from this city attended the funeral.

Mr. L. E. Sawyer, a former resident of this city, died at the residence of his son, Thos. S. Sawyer, publisher of the Chebause Herald, on last Saturday, of apolexy.  His remains were brought to this city on Tuesday last, and funeral services took place from the Baptist church.  Mr. Sawyer was about 59 years old.


On last Monday, about noon, the new store house__x__ feet , of K.L. Crandall, of Centretown, then being erected, was caught by a whirlwind and completely demonished, seriously injuring some three or four of his workmen. The house was partly weather-boarded and entirely shingled, making of it a perfect umbrella. There had been but very little wind during the forepart of the day, nor even after; but the condition of the building was such at the time as to hold all that came along, and a whirlwind took it, lifting it up from off the sills and putting it down in a pile about twenty feet from the foundation. At the time some six or seven men were at work on the building, and of these Mr. W.H. Irons was seriously, and for some time thought to be fatally injured. The building fell upon him, so that the weight across one corner rested across his body. He remained under the ruins for some little time before he could be released. He has two ribs and collar bone broken. Dr. Ridgway was out to see him on Tuesday, and thinks that he will recover, and that there is no internal injury. John Irons and Thos. Garrett were badly bruised but no bones were broken. James Menough received a bad cut on the face, and was bruised considerably, others of the workman and one or two lookers-on were struck by timbers but not seriously hurt. The building is a complete wreck. It will be a great drawback to Mr. Crandall in thus having his building to put up the second time, as he had made all his arrangements to move to Centretown by the middle of this month.


On the 28th ult., A. Kirkland was appointed administrator of the estate of Roxana C. Merrill, deceased, Bond $10,000.

On the 20th the will of Ambrose Crumb, deceased, was admitted to probate with Wm. Stephen executor. Bond $2,000. Phineas Davis, Michal Cryer and Seneca Tupper.

On the 2nd inst., John P. Ellenwood made application for certificate of good moral character, with the intention of making application to the Supreme Court __________________ practice as an attorney. Certificate granted.

On the 7th Alexander Purvis, from Gardner, was brought into Court alleged to be insane. A jury was summoned, and the case postponed, for want of testimony until the 8th, at 2 o’clock p.m., when the evidence was submitted. After consultation the jury reported the man not insane and he was discharged.


Sawyer – Haskins – At M. E. Parsonage by Rev. J. H. Alling on March 4 Charles Sawyer and Miss Ella M. Haskins, all of Nettle Creek.

The cupola has been put in position upon the new jail building, and adds much to its appearance. The building will be completed by the first of next month.

The excavation for the new school house has been made and everything is ready for laying stone just as soon as water is let on the canal so that the stone may be got here.

Dr. O.E. Palmer, of Mazon, has purchased the residence of Mr. C.W. Needham, of this city, and has moved to town. He has fitted up an office in Goold’s block, on Liberty street, and will continue the practice of medicine.

Mr. F.W. Seward, formerly in the office of E. Sanford, in this place, who some five months ago went to Guilford, Conn., to live, was here last week. He was on his way to Madison, Wis., where he will take a position with Dayton Locks.

D.D. Filkins, who has been living near Minooka, proposes to remove to Francisville, Indiana.

A new town is in contemplation in this county, to be located on section 6 in the town of Highland.

Sammy Reinhard, of Baltimore, Md., formerly of this city, has been spending the past week in this vicinity.

Tommy Field is putting up two bath tubs in connection with his barber shop for the benefit of the great unwashed of Morris. Now is the time for the Reformers.

Ole Erickson, of Tatham’s, is on the sick list.

For sale – A good farm near Morris – J.N. Reading, Agt.

Wanted – A girl to do general housework. A competent girl will receive good wages. F.T. June

Rev. Alling baptized sixteen infants at the residence of Mr. Cryer last Friday night.

Horace Massey, from the Lake Superior mining district, is here on a visit to relatives and friends.


Typed and submitted by Deb Haines.

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