Excerpts from the Morris Herald for January 13, 1888.
Died, at the family residence, Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth (Kellog) Peck, wife of John F. Peck, on Thursday evening, Jan. 5, 1888, of dropsy; aged 49 years, 3 months and 12 days. Miss Sarah Elizabeth Kellog was born in Ferrisburg, Vt., on the 23rd of September, 1838, where she remained until her marriage to John F. Peck on Dec. 23, 1858. In the year of 1862 they moved to Troy, N.Y., and in 1865 moved again, coming to this village, where they have since made their home. The deceased leaves a kind husband and four children, three sons and one daughter, namely: Fred C., Flora E., Edgar J. and Walter F. The funeral services were held at the residence on Saturday, Jan. 7, 1888, Rev. I. O. Mallory officiating. The remains were interred in the Braceville and Gardner cemetery. The family have the sympathy of their many friends.
The tax books may be found at J. H. Cole’s office.
Lin Isham is kept quite busy dehorning cattle.
J. H. Wheeler put up 225 tons of nine inch ice the past week.
George G. Wilkinson will breed white Plymouth Rocks this next season.
Miss Mabel Germain, Carrie Barber, and Bert Parker returned to Normal on Monday, Jan. 9th.
Program for Blue Ribbon Club, next Monday evening, at the M.E. church:
Instrumental Solo………..Mr. Dobbs
Essay……………….Miss Olive Keepers
Recitation…………..Miss Lottie Hamilton
Solo…………..Miss Millie Colstock
Ben Perkins, traveling agent for Davis & Rankin, of Chicago, in company with his wife, called on old acquaintances here the latter part of last week.
S. W. Gibson opened up his store last Saturday, consisting of dry goods and groceries. Miss S. E. Lattimer, of Eureka, Kan., has been employed as a bookkeeper, and everything is in apple-pie order.
The Santa Fe R. R. Co. have their track all laid from Fort Madison, Iowa, to Kansas City with the exception of two spans across the Missouri River, and are now running passenger trains from Fort Madison west 158 miles.
I. N. Clithero has been stumping the town on local option. Wonder if he is trying to work the Democratic ticket for re-election? – Morris Independent, Dec. 29, 1888.
In reply I would say that I have never attempted to make a speech on local option; but did talk a little with my old friends, S. H. Dewey and A. O. Murray on prohibition, but did not think that I would be guilty in that of stumping the town. But in regard to the design of my conversation I did not think for one moment of Democratic votes. I am free to confess that I always feel grateful to the Democrat who votes for me, as I do for the Republican who votes for the other man. I always want everybody to vote for me when I come up for a big office like commissioner of highways. But it must be extremely humiliating for a big man to run for a little penny office, such as town clerk, then have to hitch himself to a wheelbarrow and wheel Prohibitionist to the polls to vote for him, then be left; how is it Frankie? I. N. Clithero.
Sheriff Ackerman was in town last week getting jurymen.
Mrs. W.T. Archer and Mrs. Cotton are both on the sick report.
Both churches devoted last week, the evenings, to alternate prayer meetings.
Johnnie Moore and Frank Bartholomew spent part of last week in Sandwich.
It is reported that Dr. W. M. Hanna will leave Ottawa and go to Dennison, Texas.
Pete Morrison is filling his ice house from ice procured from Louis Sherrill’s quarry.
Lute Culver, the noted widow pursuer, and somewhat distinguished middle weight masher, is again in town, for an indefinite period. He has the agency of a patent hog.