Morris Herald – September 8, 1876

Excerpts from the Morris Herald for September 8, 1876.


On Sept. 1st Hugh Falkner and Thomas Curren had a set-to in front of Hall & Hanna’s saloon. But one or two rounds were fought, a knock down claimed by each, when the city officers interfered and the combatants were taken before Police Magistrate McBride, who dealt out justice to the amount of $10.00 cash and costs, and ordered that they be put to work on the streets, and there work out their own salvation.

In June last a warrant was issued for the arrest of John Cantwell, charged with an indecent exposure of his person. The warrant has been in the hands of Constable Card, but that officer had been unable to see his man until last Saturday, when Cantwell was arrested, and had an examination which resulted in the assessment of a fine of $25 and costs. Cantwell was very abusive in his language during the examination, and at the close of which, while he was being conducted to jail, he broke away from the officers. He was closely followed, and on the other side of the canal, just as he supposed he had gained his freedom he fell into the hands of Marshal Hopkins. He was brought back to court, and for his conduct was assessed an additional fine of $5.00 and sent to jail, where he will remain at least until the latter fine is paid.

On the 2nd inst. Wm. Marshall, of Aux Sable, was brought into court charged with drunkenness and disorderly conduct. He was fined $10.00 and costs and sent to jail. He was, however, discharged by City Attorney Armstrong, on payment of costs. (Query – What right has the city attorney to discharge prisoners committed to jail?).

On the 4th inst., Richard Terry, a gentleman from Michigan, was brought up on a charge drunkenness. He was fined $3.00 and costs, and committed until he could liquidate.

Another Old Settler Gone

Nancy L. Perkins, another of the old settlers of Grundy county, has passed away. She was born in Rome, Oneida county, New York, July 29th, 1814, came to Illinois in 1837, and on November 6th, 1839, she was married to S.S. Randall, of Aux Sable, Grundy county, where, until her death, which occurred August 30th, 1876, she has resided. She leaves an invalid husband, one son, one daughter, and also grandchildren. — (P.)


Geo. Foster, son of W. Foster, of this city, died at the residence of his father in this city on last Sunday night, aged 34 years and 10 months.  For a number of years Mr. Foster has been in the navy, several months ago he was taken sick; and lay in the Marine hospital in New York City. Six weeks ago he returned home, and has been gradually sinking until he died.


The subscriber will sell at public auction, at his residence two and one-half miles east of Mazon Center, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1876, the following property, to wit:  Two work horses, 2 cows (extra) 1 lumber wagon, 1 set of double harness, plows, drags, a large lot of household furniture, and all articled used on a farm. C. R. Hulse, H. O. Ward, Auctioneer


During the month of August marriage licenses were issued to the following named persons: James White and Julia Fey, Edson F. Green and Katie Canfield, Peter Cassom? and Mrs. Bertha Everson, Jacob W. Dubois and Mary W. Settler, Job Taylor and Kate Jones, Matt. Olson and Anna Thompson.

List of Letters

Remaining in the Post Office, at Morris, Grundy County, Ills., for the week ending Sept. 4, 1876, and uncalled for. Persons calling for any of the following letters will please call for “Advertised,”

  • Baker, Thos. R.
  • Bush, Wm.
  • Crimmons, David
  • Church, John D.
  • Himnan, Oscar J.
  • Kellam, Mrs. J. C.
  • Patterson, L____ N.
  • Smith, Miss Alice
  • Wicker, Mr. N. R.
  • Zincia?, Mr.

Dr. C. J. I. Murray has returned home after an absence of eleven weeks, during which time he has visited the Centennial Exposition, Niagara Falls, New York city, and other places of interest throughout the East. He returned much invigorated in body and says, that now with a strong arm and steady nerve he is ready to tackle the worst old molar in Grundy county.

The most encouraging reports come in from all parts of the county regarding the contest for circuit clerk. It is quite certain that Scovill does not carry the country vote in his pocket, granting, as he claims, that the city vote is “fixed”. Grundy county will not be ungrateful to the one-armed soldier, and Mr. Combs will be returned to the Clerk’s office.

A picnic was held in N.H. Tabler’s woods on last Saturday, to celebrate the closing of the first term of school in the Sand Ridge house, Miss Dora Leach, of Morris, teacher. The day passed pleasantly, although the attendance was small, the picnic having been postponed from July 29th, and not generally known.


Typed and submitted by Kathleen Berner Groll.

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