Morris Herald – June 27, 1890

Excerpts from the Morris Herald for June 27, 1890.

At a meeting of the members of Court Pride, of Coal City, No. 6,674, A. O. F. of America, held at the Court room, June 12, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:

WHEREAS, Almighty God, in the exercise of his divine will, has removed from this world and busy cares of life our sister, Kate Nicholson, beloved wife of Joseph Nicholson, therefore we hereby pay our last sad tribute to the memory of our departed sister, and therefore be it

Resolved, By Court Pride of Coal City, No. 6,674, A. O. F., that while we bow with humble submission to the will of the most High, we do not the less mourn for our sister who has been taken from us.

Resolved, That in the death of sister Kate Nicholson, this Court laments with Bro. Joseph Nicholson, the loss of a loving wife and kind and gentle mother, one whose Christian love and sympathy were felt by all with whom she came in contact; we have the assurance she has joined that great company who are ever at rest.

Resolved, That the heart-felt sympathy of this Court be extended to the husband, family and friends of deceased in their bereavement and that the dispensation and gavels be draped in mourning for thirty days and that a copy of these resolutions be spread on the records of the Court, and a copy thereof be transmitted to the husband, family and friends and to the Morris Herald and Coal City news for publication.  Joseph Henderson, Eli Stocker, Louis Balbinot, Committee

At the same time and place the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:

WHEREAS, Almighty God, in the exercise of his divine will, has removed from this world and busy cares of life our brother, Jos. Forango; therefore we hereby pay our last sad tribute to the memory of our departed brother, and therefore be it

Resolved, By Court Pride of Coal City, No. 6,674, A. O. F., that while we bow with humble submission to the will of the most High, we do not the less mourn for our brother who has been taken from us.

Resolved, That in the death of Brother Joseph Forango, this Court laments the loss of a brother loving who was ever ready to proffer the hand of aid, and the voice of sympathy to the needy and distressed of the fraternity, a worthy brother and an upright citizen.

Resolved, That the heart-felt sympathy of this Court be extended to the widow and family of deceased in their bereavement, and that the dispensation and gavels be draped in mourning for thirty days. And be it further

Resolved. That a copy of these resolutions be spread on the records of the Court, and a copy thereof be transmitted to the widow and family and to the Morris Herald and the Coal City News for publication. Joseph Henderson, Eli Stocker, Louis Balbinot, Committee

Buy school books at A.B. Hull.

Try Winsor’s fine cream and cigars.

Corn meal, fresh ground, at the Revolution.

Black French Organdie lawns at H. H. Baum’s.

S.C.J. Peterson spent Monday in Chicago on business.

The post office front is now adorned with a new coat of paint.

Meals at all hours at the Monumental Restaurant, opposite court house.

Al Weber, of Chicago, visited in this city on Monday and Tuesday with relatives and friends.

Dr. Ridgway’s Blackberry Balsam is useful in diarrhea or summer complaint in children.

Prof. Blount addressed the Sabbath school at the Stine school house last Sabbath afternoon.

Miss Millie Olcott is greatly improved in health. She was able to attend church on Sabbath evening.

Miss Minnie Pierce, of Norman, visited in this city with her friend Miss Marcella McCann, on last Sunday.

Mrs. Will Jones and pretty little baby, of Englewood, are here for a few weeks visit with relatives and friends.

Mrs. M. Hamlin Woolsey spent two days this week in Chicago purchasing the latest novelties in millinery goods.

Dr. M. C. Sturtevant returned from the meeting of the Homeopathic Association at Wakesha, on Friday evening.

Prof. Blount attended the Demorest medal contest at Marseilles on Monday night. He was selected as one of the judges.

Prof. Malthis, last week, resigned his position as Superintendent of the Congregational Sabbath school in view of his absence during the summer.

Charles Kerns is home for a week’s vacation. He represents real estate in Chicago, lying off, awaiting the location of the Columbian Fair.

Mrs. Maggie Fielding, has leased her beautiful residence to Frank Wilson for one year. We congratulate Frank on getting such a nice place to reside.

On Wednesday morning in the County Court, Andrew Peacock was adjudged insane and on Thursday was conveyed to the asylum at Kankakee, for treatment.

Our old friend, Geo. Acton, has returned from his trip to Worthington, Minn., near which place he owns land and has a nephew residing. Uncle George is in much better health than when he went away.

Rev. Bissell announced last Sabbath that he would be absent the next two Sabbaths. Prayer meeting, Sabbath school and the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor meeting will continue as usual.

Mr. and Mrs. James Dolan, of Kankakee, were in attendance at the High School commencement in this city on last Friday evening, to witness the graduation of Mr. Dolan’s nieces, the Misses Blanche and Frances Coleman.

Allen Dolan, of St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s Kan., was in attendance at the commencement exercises of the High School on last Friday evening. He remained here until Tuesday of this week visiting friends and relatives.

Bert Martin leaves for Geneseo next Monday.

Will Medill, of Streator, was here Monday on business.

Miss Mamie Roak, of Chicago, is here for a two weeks’ visit with Miss Josie Nelson.

Mrs. Wm. Stephen returned home from her extensive visit at Omaha last Monday.

Mr. A.D. Dishman, of Joliet, father of Dave Dishman, is making Dave a visit in this city.

Charlie Holmes and wife, of Chicago arrived in this city on Monday for a short visit with friends.

Chas. Carlson and family of this city, left this week for Joliet where they will in the future reside.

Miss Minnie Owens, of this city, is making her sister, Mrs. Chas. Felt, at Ottawa, a three or four weeks’ visit.

Miss Lena Taxis, of Geneseo, who has been visiting friends here for the past week, returned home Monday evening.

S.M. O’Hara, formerly of Morris, but now of Chicago, is here for a short visit with his mother and many old time friends.

Miss Mary Holderman returned home from Evanston, where she has been attending school, the latter part of last week.

Misses Amy Mallory and Etta Nelson left on Thursday of this week for a two weeks’ visit with Miss Kate Dunham in Kankakee.

Mr. and Mrs. James Vance, of Minooka, were here last Monday in attendance at the funeral of their old friend, the late Con. Donahoe.

On Wednesday morning on account of the excessive heat, the moulders of the Coleman Works had to throw up the sponge and go home.

On Wednesday evening, July 2, there will be a raspberry and ice cream festival at J.W. Ridings, Wauponsee. The public cordially invited.

Miss Jennie Fyfe, of Chicago, came down the latter part of last week to spend two or three weeks visiting the Misses Ella and Hattie Holderman.

Miss Carrie V. Smith returned to her home at Oconee, Ill., on Wednesday. She will stop over at Normal to attend the graduation exercises there.

Edgar Woelfel left on Monday for a trip through Michigan. He was accompanied by his sister, Miss Anna, and Mr. Will Oliver. They will unite pleasure with business.

Miss N. Blish, of Kewanee, is here on a short visit to her schoolmate and roommate, Miss Sadie Magner. Miss Blish graduated last week from the Cook County Normal with honors.

Misses Lottie Snyder and Julia Conklin, of Ottawa, after a week’s visit with Miss Sadie Shively and other friends in this city, returned home on last Saturday, Miss Said accompanying them with whom she will visit a week or two.

Miss Blanche Robinson, of Seneca, was in attendance at the High School commencement on last Friday evening to witness the graduation of her cousin, Miss Birdie Strong. She visited with Miss Birdie until Monday last when she returned home.

The two leading Sons of Vets, E.Z. Sattler and Irving Danley, of Morris, are in attendance at the encampment of the Sons of Veterans in Jacksonville this week. Before they left they tried to get the Martial Band together to accompany them there but failed as the base drummer was out of town.

Zens & Erickson have just received a case of crimpled seersuckers, an excellent article at 10 cents, which they desire to close at the very low price of 5 cents a yard. Call early and get benefited by this unusual opportunity.

To the many friends who so kindly assisted us in the care of our father during his long illness we desire to express our sincere thanks, and were it possible we would gladly extend to each the hand of gratitude. Also to the Masons for their assistance at the last sad rites. (C.V. Parker, L.P. Stevens, K.P. Hart)


Miss Cora Miller spent last week in Morris.

C.I. Haynes was in Chicago Saturday and Sunday.

Miss Mary Reniff was in Verona over the Sabbath.

The Dempsey Bros. lost a valuable horse last week.

R.L. James, of Chicago, was at home Saturday and Monday.

Mrs. Turfrey, of Indiana, visited her son in this place recently.

Mrs. Hull returned last week from his visit to her sister in the West.

C.R. Flanders and wife, of Wauponsee, spent Monday in this locality.

Born, to the wife of Edgar Overocker, June 19, a son weighing ten pounds.

Miss Lizzie Berry, of Mazon, is visiting her sister, Anna Foley, at M. James’ this week.

Miss Marcella McCann, of Morris, was a guest of Miss Minnie Pierce a portion of last week.

Dr. E. McLish, of Onarga, lectures this Friday night at Zion. Come out, one and all, and enjoy a good lecture. No admittance fee will be charged.

Miss Mary Reniff and Anna Benson, in company with the Misses Nettie Strong and Lulu Hornbeck, of Verona, accompanied Rev. I.W. Puffer to the convention in Streator, where each was inspired to greater diligence in the cause of the Epworth League. Where they thought it an organization doing good work, they now know it to be a grand one, one with which all who are in sympathy with the promotion of God’s work will do well to ally themselves. May the good work go on.


At 7:10 o’clock Thursday morning Catharine, wife of Jacob Gorich, Esq., died after an illness of more than nine years duration of intense suffering. Deceased was Catherine Werner; she was born October 1st, 1833, near Frankfort, Germany, and came to this country when thirteen years of age. She was married to Jacob Gorich in Joliet February 5th, 1854, and was the mother of ten children, seven girls and three boys, all of whom are living excepting two girls. Mr. and Mrs. Gorich were for many years residents of this city and highly esteemed by all, and, though death has brought relief from pain to the afflicted it brings sorrow to the surviving members of the family which is shared in by the host of friends. The funeral will take place from the residence, on the west side, at 1 o’clock on Saturday.

We would respectfully announce that our store will be closed all day July 4th Henry H. Baum

H.M. Larson is clerking for A.B. Mallory at the grocery.

Arthur Snow, of Ottawa, attended the commencement on Friday evening.

Geo. Colleps, of Minooka, was transacting business at the count seat on Friday.

Harry Miller, wife and baby, of Chicago, were here for a few days the past week.

Miss Lotta Taxis, of Geneseo, was a visitor with old Morris friends the past week.

Henry Adams, postal clerk at Ravenswood, was here on Friday and went to Verona with his mother.

Miss Kittie Underwood will leave on next Monday for Wausau, Wis., on a visit to the family of Rev. J.H. Sampson.

Geo. Winsor, has accepted a position as conductor with the Wagner Sleeping Car Co., and will run between Chicago and New York City.

Miss Lelia Underwood left for Chicago on Saturday last, where she will remain the greater part of the summer vacation with her aunt.

Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Goold returned to this city on Thursday evening of last week and for the present, at least, will remain at the family residence.

Daniel Clayton, who some time ago went to San Coulee, Montana, has returned home and is satisfied to remain here. He thinks folks are as well off here as they can be out there.

Mrs. Wm. Bross, of Chicago, arrived in this city on Thursday of last week on a visit of a few days with her aunt, Mrs. Alford and sister-in-law, Miss Jennie Brose. She returned home on Saturday.

Ed Ruckman who was last week arrested on a charge of forgery, was brought into Justice Gifford’s court on Tuesday and waived examination. In default of bail to the amount of $500 he was recommitted to jail to await the action of the grand jury.


Last Friday evening seventeen graduates from our High School made their bow to the public and stepped from the ranks-some to enter at once upon the sterner duties of life, others to delve awhile longer in other and wider fields of knowledge. The weather of the evening was as changeable as life will likely prove to most of them, being a composite of rain, and sunshine, clouds and glittering stars, while the excessive warmth was a fit emblem of the heated struggle through which a lone success is achieved.

But neither heat nor wet prevailed to keep their friends from the scene where those they loved were the honored ones. At least a thousand people crowded the hall and its passageway, listening through the prolonged exercises with an attention quite truly commendable. It was noticeable that a large share of the audience were working men and their families, who thus evinced their interest in the public school.

The decorations were tasty with their festoons of evergreens and banks of flowering plants, the most conspicuous being a large gilt star in the rear of the state on a field of green with the figures ’90 in the center. Suspended above was the significant words of the class motto; “They build too low who build beneath the stars.” Drawing their inspiration from this sublime sentiment, selected as their ideal, a number of the speakers argued eloquently for a lofty purpose in life and a persevering energy in its pursuit.

If these young people continue to cling to their grand ideal, and follow the course they so zealously advocated, it will bring to them success, honor and truest happiness. An inquiry into the source of this ennobling inspiration, appearing in motto and essay, directs us to that faithful trio of instructors whose tuition has been directed not less toward the formation of character, than the culture of the intellect. For this they deserve, and will receive from every right minded person, the warmest praise and gratitude. An ideal of excellence held before our youth is a drawing influence that constantly and unconsciously lifts the individual up toward its own vantage ground.

The pupils deserve praise for the literary ability of their compositions and their presentation, though several spoke so low as not to be understood by the mass of the assembly. The testimonials in the form of cards, books, jewelry and bouquets were profuse and more than usually valuable, and there was less than usual confusion in their collection. The music was excellent of its kind, though songs seem to many more appropriate on occasions like these.

This commencement was one of special interest in several particulars. It was the first class Prof. Blount presented to the public, and many were eager to see the fruit of his work. It is safe to say that they were more than satisfied-were highly gratified. It was also to close Miss Smith’s connection with the school – a fact deeply regretted by parents and pupils, who have learned to esteem her, not less for her scholarship and her faithful instructions then for her true womanly grace and consistent christian character. And that Miss Olcott, so long a teacher in the school, and best known as the “friend” and faithful counselor of her pupils, was absent through illness.

The School Board have reason to be proud of the institution they are chosen to foster, and of the work it is doing for our children and youth.  May it never be less an object of admiring affection with us all.

There is no room for the copious notes we had taken of the several orations and essays, so we confine ourselves to the merest mention of each. The salutatory was happy in conception and well worded, while the oration that followed was a patriotic and earnest principle against the perils of the nation. “Hidden Gems” was a pleasing essay, with many bright thought, modestly presented. “Weighed in the Balances” was a subject freighted with solemn truth, clearly and earnestly presented. That difficulties met in a proper spirit, and thoroughly mastered lead on to success in life, was well stated and happily illustrated. The evidence of deep personal feeling, and of hard work in preparation gave to “The Ministry of Reverses” a special value, rating it among the best. The experience so often ending in disappointment and vain regret was well described by Miss Nellie Sharp. “Carthage must be destroyed,” And the Carthage for whose overthrow our modern Cato lifted up his voice so eloquently is the liquor traffic. The distinction between character and reputation was clearly drawn by Miss Turner, and her portraiture of the mask life around us was faithful if not complimentary to the models selected. The story of Enoch Arden was charmingly told in plain and easy phrase. Save a tendency to confuse notoriety with fame, the oration that followed was an excellent one, and evidently more original than some. Miss Cryer bore the palm for a clear, strong and full voice, which was distinctly heard by every one in the audience. Her essay was a good one. The bright and fanciful ideas of Miss Kittie’s essay were a pleasing change from the matter of fact thoughts of the preceding speakers. “Our People’s Heritage,” though drawn in roseate colors told but half the truth. The forces that swept the ships of Tyre from the sea, brought ruin upon proud Rome and leveled in the city the empires of the East, are at work in our Republic. Shall they here succeed with the sentiment of an excellent oration by Frank Palmer. The value, the imperative and absolute necessity of a fixed and unwavering purpose and effort were forcibly presented by the next speaker. “The Echo of our Yesterdays” was of a piece with its merry hearted, smiling faced authoreses. The valedictory took up and carried happily forward the thought of the salutatorian, emphasizing the value of a lofty purpose and untiring zeal. The following is the substance of the valedictory addresses:

Less than one short year ago, you, our honored Principal, came to us an entire stranger, but you did not long remain such, for the interest you at once displayed in all our work aroused an answering interest on our part, which soon ripened into friendship. Your daily guidance has kept us from many mistakes. You have been ready to aid us and when wearied at our work, you have cheered us by pointing o the reward sure to follow. We leave you with regret, but be assured that in the future your directions and words of kindness will help us even more than in the past.

Miss Smith, You have constantly impressed upon us the need of a perfect ideal-that only then could we bring our life structure near to possible perfection.  During this time we have constantly looked to you for advice, and when we failed to follow it, your reproof was often a valuable aid in righting the wrong.  Our daily intercourse with you has shown us the noblest side of life, and the good we can do if we arouse our energies.  Your daily life has been a more potent influence than your words.

Miss Olcott, we have not of late been under your direct care, but if ever we needed help we were sure to come to you. Our troubles and puzzling questions we brought to you, and with the help you gave us were also imparted higher and better lessons of living.  We shall ever carry with us the remembrance of one true friend, whose words of kindness will return to aid us in future days. (Owing to Miss Olcott’s absence the above was some changed in delivery)

Dear Classmates, The time has come when we must go out to meet the responsibilities of life relying solely upon ourselves. If we have not already chosen our ideals let us do it now, remembering that “he who does not aspire is destined perhaps to grovel.”  The work we do will never rise above the ideal mark we set for ourselves, and any ideal below perfection is unworthy our ambition. Then lay your sure foundation in the skies and build upward.

Brief addresses were also made to the School Board and the under graduates. Perhaps the most pleasing part of the exercises were the remarks of Prof. Blount, made while presenting the diplomas to the class in behalf of the Board. We give them in full below:

Class of 1890, the end of your program is reached. One word of compliment and caution and then we are through and this set of life’s drama is finished. On behalf of the School Board of Morris, I now present to you these diplomas as evidence that you have acceptable completed the course of study prescribed by them for the High School.

William Buck, or nation’s peril would not be so serious if we could see our young men presenting a solid front of stalwart, christian manhood as opposed to it. See that you count one on the right side.

Frances Coleman, may you be very successful in bringing to light those hidden treasures that will make the world happier and better and your life the richer.

Martha Holderman, may you never prove light weight as from time to time you are weighed in the balances of your fellowman and at last in those of the author of your being.

Henry Ridgway, let the difficulties that beset your pathway serve as spice to sharpen your desire for the truest, noblest success-for the purest manhood.

Emilie Scharf, accept all the experiences of life as steps in a course of discipline, prescribed by the Great Master, and you will be sure to find wherein lies the true ministry of reverses.

Nellie Sharp, fill the days so full of honest living that you need not regret when you remember “The mill will never grind again with the water that has passed.”

Wallace Skidmore, whenere there is a wrong to right, a good to advance or a danger to avert, may you prove to be a Cato in your day.

Alice Turner, be pure and good in the inner life and no mask you wear can ever hide the beauty of the soul.

Phoebe Holderman, there is no greater heroism than denial of self for the good of others, and there is no more beautiful illustration of it in fiction or real life than the one you have held up before us tonight.

Francis Johnson, the desire for fame has served the hand and inspired the heart to attempt great things. But she is an exacting goddess and to each favor she attached a price.  Whoever would be great among men must be a servant.

Sarah Cryer, may the Alps in your pathway be not so high that you shall faint in ascending and may your Italy be so fair as to be worth the toilsome climbing necessary to gain it.

Kittie Underwood, like unto stars, may your character shine out a beacon of helpfulness to those around you, ever luring to higher heights, to nobler attainments.

Blanche Coleman, be satisfied with nothing less than your entire heritage-the chance to attain the heights of noble womanhood.

Frank Palmer, the ships of Tyre have vanished from human sight but the race still feels the influence of that ancient people.  When your brief day is done, say it be as true of you that your influence for good may live after you.

Kittie Irving, may the sentence, “Unstable as water” never be truthfully pronounced against you, but may you take your stand early among the noble men and women who are not turned aside from highest service to humanity by any thought of self.

Mary Strong, live so that the “Echo of your yesterdays” may be made up of no discordant sounds.

Bertha Gorich, may you never lower for yourself the standard you have raised tonight for your classmates. As you approach your ideal character, place it higher, nearer the stars.

As the guide over the mountain conducts his charge, so we, your teachers, have led you a little way up the mountain of knowledge. We have reached the end of our best and must now return for those still at the base. You are to go on but not as heretofore in the same path, but each to pursue his chosen way and under his chosen leader.  Our eyes look back over the journey completed and many thought crowd the mind as we now take you by the hand and give you God speed.  As the faithful guide is careful about the outfit of his party, so I with solicitude tonight take a mental inventory of the character of each of you from which to predict your future career.  In your hands I see clusters of the flowers of truth.  Have any of you unwisely admitted weeds to your collection?  Have you cumbered yourselves with habits of mind, and heart that can prove only dead weights, or with keener insight into life and mission of the traveler, have you thrown aside the needless and provided yourselves with the necessary accouterments and now stand shod with the sandals of truth and leaning upon the stout staff, christian integrity?

The life journey is one of such solemn moment that I urge you all to prepare carefully, to travel cautiously and be on the lookout continually, for you will never walk this road again. Though your ways be many, may they all end at the same beautiful, golden gate.


The little boy of W.W. Ward is no better.

Geo. Tupper is visiting friends at Aurora.

Mrs. Young has vacated the little house on the Cody property.

Miss Nellie Cockeram is no better, but is considerably weaker.

C.H. Van Dusen is bout to apply for a patent on a windmill.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Overocker, of Wauponsee, on the 19th inst., a son.

Perly Lightner and family have returned to Mazon. Their stay in Verona was short.

Dan Beal has his house completed inside and out. It is now as nice a residence as there is in town.

A young lady arrived from Dakota Saturday and is stopping with the Danish family in the Maxwell building.

S.H. Tinsman, as noticed last week, did not apply for an evener, but a patent on one, which bids air to be a success.

There will be a platform dance in the street in front of Geo. Smith’s on the evening of July 4th. The trees are large, making a fine shade. Wilkinson’s string band will furnish the music.

Andrew F. Peterson, a Norwegian, who lived on the east half of the Anderson farm at the south end of Wauponsee Grove, died of lung trouble on Wednesday morning, the 18th inst.

The Universalists have decided to invite Miss Shaffer, of Marseilles, to preach to them the coming year. Rev. Rogers health has failed, and he is obliged to retire from the ministry. He has fought the good fight, and soon will be called to lay down his arms.


Henry Leach was in Joliet Monday.

O.A. Miller was in Chicago Saturday.

Mrs. W.S. Allison was in Joliet, Wednesday.

Mrs. H.E. Snyder is visiting friends at Colfax.

W.S. Allison will finish enumerating this week.

Tuesday the thermometer registered 102 at 1 o’clock.

Sam Harpham’s sale last Saturday was postponed.

J.C. Lutz expects to start for Europe about July 1.

I.O. Mallory has been confined to his bed since Saturday morning.

Several of the Masons attended the funeral of V. Parker, in Mazon last Friday.

Rev. Dickinson delivered two excellent sermons at the Presbyterian church Sunday last.

The Gardner-Wilmington Coal Co. have let the contract for building of thirty mining houses.

Mrs. Joe Houghton returned home from Kansas on Tuesday where she had been for five weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Cassingham spent Sunday with Mrs. C’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. K. Snyder.

A.A. Bennett had a mare and colt killed by lightning the past week, making six inside of one month.

Howard Leach went to Chicago Monday and will spend his vacation traveling for a Chicago library association.

The heavy and continued rains have set the farmers back very much with the tending of their corn and many have the blues.

Died, in Gardner, June 15, 1890, Jones Slutter, in the 86th year of his age. For several months friends and neighbors have been daily expecting the death of grandpa Slutter, as he has been confined to his bed since January.

Yet, he was free from pain or suffering, only waiting for an iron constitution to slowly wear out, as for two years he had been failing. But still when the tolling bell rang out is notice on Sunday afternoon, it had a sad effect on the community where he had so long been held in high esteem. A great-generous hearted man has gone from our midst, but his words of wisdom will live in our memory. Mr. Slutter was born in New Britain, Penn., February 14, 1805. His early days were spent in the East, yet he traveled extensively for those times. He moved to Ohio in 1835 where, in 1847, he was married to Mrs. Mary Agard, of Wadsworth. The family consisted of four children: Mrs. Almeda Crawford, of Braceville; Owen M., of Joplin, Mo., Mary Alice, who died in 1869, and Jessa A., of Denver, Col. In 1858 he moved west and settled in Morris, but after a short time went onto a farm which he soon left as he felt that he was not adapted to farm life. During the last twenty years he resided in the home where he died. His life was a moral one; he held to no sectarian creed, but was a liberal in the broadest sense of the term. He had many friends who mourn his loss.

Rev. Crissman will preach in the Presbyterian church next Sunday morning on the subject: “Our Independence Day and how to Perpetuate it,” and all are invited to come and hear it.


Percy Hart was numbered among the sick the first of the week.

J.N. Woods loaded a car of hogs at the switch the first of the week.

Miss Carrie White, of Gardner, visited with Miss Jessie Slusser last Sabbath.

M.D. Eagar the past week laid by 36 acres of corn that now averages about three feet high.

Wm. Hart, of Joliet, Sundayed with his son, J.B., in this vicinity, returning home Monday.

Lewis Kulp and daughters, Lizzie and Anna, visited several days recently with friends at Reddick.

Mrs. Wilson Small has been on the sick list for some days, caused by coming in too close proximity with poison ivy.

Conductor Frank Stevens, of Chicago, was called home last week by the death of his father-in-law Volney Parker.

Died, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. G. Stevens, in Mazon, the 19th inst., Mr. Volney Parker, Sr., after a lingering illness of eight weeks of Bright’s disease. Although every want and every wish were granted, and all that kind and loving friends could do was done, yet it was of no avail. Being a resident of this vicinity upward of twenty years, he will be missed by a large circle of friends, who extend their sympathy to the children in the loss of an indulgent and loving father-a father in whom son and daughters placed their every trust, being left motherless in early childhood.


I.N. Teachout continues quite feeble.

L.R. Murray visited the metropolis Tuesday.

Alonzo Isham is visiting here from Minnesota.

M.G. Stevens made a business trip to Chicago Monday.

A.O. Murray contemplates erecting a residence this summer.

Mrs. C.D. Wilson was in Chicago Wednesday purchasing goods.

Ed. Maxwell, of Chicago, stopped off here a short time Wednesday.

Rev. McAllester will move the latter part of this week to Chicago.

Volney Parker, Jr., left for his home at Denver, Col, on Saturday last.

Rev. R.E. Helms and daughter Fern are rusticating in Forrest this week.

Rev. Wm. Hart came down from Joliet to attend the funeral of Volney Parker.

Wolcott Bros., of Highland, are doing the mason work on D.S. Small’s new house.

Mr. Geo. Bilber, manager of the Silver Lake Nursery, of Ohio, was here the past week.

J.F. Burleigh and wife have gone east where they will visit most of the summer.

P.H. Brown, of Union City, Ind., occupies the position of night operator at this place.

Mr. Leach, of Braceville, candidate for Superintendent of Schools, was here Tuesday looking after his political interests.

We omitted, unintentionally, however, to mention last week that Miss Olive Helms received the silver medal at the contest here week before last.

E. Van Patten, teacher in the Joliet school, preached in the M.E. church last Sabbath morning and evening, and will probably occupy the pulpit at this place until next conference.

Schanlin & Conrad have dissolved partnership, Mr. Conrad retiring from the firm. All those indebted to the above firm are requested to call and make immediate settlement, either by cash or note.

David Woods’ little daughter Alice met with what might have proved a fatal accident on Thursday of last week. The little one was in the implement house and was climbing up a box that stood about five feet high and weighing about 300 pounds. When near the top the box fell throwing the child violently to the floor, the box falling on one of her limbs. Although no bones were broken she was severely bruised.


J. Jacobs visited Braidwood Sunday.

Mrs. David Powell was at Joliet Saturday.

Frank White is on the sick list at this writing.

Julian Vincent and wife were at Chicago on the 21st.

Fred Kimber was here from Bloomington on Monday.

Rev. Frizzelle spent Tuesday night with Rev. Beltzhoover.

Mrs. D.H. Cumming and children visited at Gardner on Wednesday.

F.E., Wm. W. and Arthur White were at Joliet the fore part of the week.

Mrs. C.M. Baker, of Dwight, visited her niece, Mrs. Beltzhoover, on Monday.

Miss Hattie White, of Wilmington, visited Miss Mary Phillips during the past week.

All accounts of Dr. Roe, not arranged to be paid to him personally, will be collected by F.S. Watkins.

J.R. Chisam, C. & A. freight agent at Springfield, was here Saturday night calling on old time friends.

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John Hays died on Tuesday of last week and was buried the following Thursday.

For the benefit of Bro. Bartlett and other inquirers, Geo. Pope wishes to state that “the casters go with a center table.”

M.G. Dawkins finished his vacation on Monday and returned to his work with the Appleton Manufacturing Co. in Chicago.

Rev. J.B. Bartle has finished his school term at Evanston, and is here to attend to all the details of his church work through the summer.

Dr. Eli McClish, president of the Grand Prairie Seminary at Onarga, preached an eloquent sermon in the M.E. church on Sunday morning.

Mrs. J. Shutter, of Gardner, Mrs. J. H. Ermin, of Hersher, and Mrs. Dr. Crossley, of Princeton, all relatives of Mrs. Crawford, visited with her Tuesday.

Zath Bailey has moved his stock of jewelry back into the Scott building and formed a partnership with Ed. Moore in the fruit business, to be conducted in same room.

Mrs. Rev. G.E. Cunningham and children left on Wednesday for Brookfield, Mo., where they expect to spend the summer and then go to their future home in Little Rock, Ark.

John McMaster, Jr., had both of his legs broken below the knees by a fall of stone in No. 2 shaft on Thursday of last week. One of the limbs was badly crushed and causes much severe suffering.

At Saturday’s races the half mile single dash pony race between the Cummings pony and a Gardner pony was easily won by the former. The free for all horse race was quite interesting and was won by a horse from near Gardner.

Sunday next, June 29th, will be children’s day in the M.E. church. The forenoon service will be given up entirely to the children’s exercises. One of the interesting features of the entertainment will be a chorus by the infant class which numbers over fifty little voices. Baptismal service in the evening.

Brophy’s livery stable had a narrow escape from being burned to the ground on Monday night at about 9 o’clock. His hands had gotten in late with a load of hay which they were putting in the loft when the handle of a fork in the hands of the man in the loft knocked down a lighted lantern. In a moment there was a blaze, but by good fortune and quick work the fire was overcome with water poured on from buckets. Brophy’s living rooms are over the stable, adjoining the hay loft and his family received a very bad fright.

An interesting quoting match took place at Patterson’s saloon, Streator, on the afternoon of the 18th inst., between Wm. Gill, of Braceville, who holds a championship medal, and Joseph Hall, of Streator. The match was for 61 points, Hall giving Gill five points to start. The results varied from time to time and the score was close to the finish, except at one time our Braceville man was ten points ahead. Gill won, the score being 61 to 55 at the close. The match was $50 a side, eight point quoits at eighteen yards. It took from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to finish the game. Both men showed good endurance and are evenly matched. Another match has been arranged for. Gill challenges any man in the State at eighteen yards, from $100 to $200 a side.


We had Dr. Shurtz here for two days last week.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Barker spent last Wednesday in Essex.

Born on the 21st to Mr. and Mrs. John Jackson, a daughter.

Mrs. Bennett from Pueblo, Colorado, is here visiting with friends.

Chas. Kiplinger, agent for the C. & A.R.R., is very sick at this writing.

Chas. Kiplinger’s mother has come here from Springfield, to nurse her son, during his sickness.

John Heron slipped off the edge of the sidewalk last Sunday and broke the small bone of his leg.

If everybody’s story is true, the Italian picnic last Tuesday wasn’t much better than a drunken brawl.

Andrew McLusky had the misfortune to have his leg broken while at his work in Kangley’s No. 2 shaft.

We heard it rumored last week that the teacher of the Jugtown school has only one scholar. If this is so the teacher must have a good time of it. The reason why scholars are not attending is because of certain actions of the school directors. Parents are sending their children to Shoot’s school.


A.R. Jordan, Lawyer,

Goold Block, Morris, IL

R.M. Wing, Lawyer, Office in Court House, Morris, IL

E. Sanford, Attorney, Solicitor, and Notary Public, Morris, IL

A.E. Palmer, Physician and Surgeon, Office in Goold’s Block, Liberty Street. Residence on Main Street, west of Fulton. Office hours from 9 to 12 a.m., on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Morris, Ill.

Geo. W. Huston, Attorney and Counsellor at Law. Notary Public. All business promptly attended to. Loans negotiated. Special attention to collections and probate business. Office over Handwerk’s Hardware Store, Morris, Ill.

S.C. Bliss, Justice of the Peace, Conveyaneer and Collector, Office in Lott’s Block, Washington Street, Morris, Ill.

A. G. Woodbury, Real Estate, Loan, Collecting and Insurance Agent, Police Magistrate, Office over First National Bank, Morris, Ill.

Noble Robinson, Dealer in the Finest Brands of Sour Mash Whisky, Best Brands of Foreign and Domestic Wines, Ale and Porter, Morris, Ill.

Jesse M. Campbell, D.D.S., Goold Block, Morris, Ill.

Successor to Drs. Steiner and Day, C.J.L. Murray, Dentist, Having the experience of twenty-eight years in dental practice (twenty-two years in Morris), can assure you all work intrusted to me in that line will be performed in first-class manner. Gas or ether given when desired. The best of Tooth Powder and Brushes for Sale. Office, Streeter Block, Residence first house east of Congregational church, Morris, Ill.

E. Sanford, Att’y

M.C. Sturtevant, M.D., Homeopathist, Office and Residence, Third Block East of Hopkins House

Doctor Oaks, Office over Brown’s Drug Store, Residence: Wm. Jones’ House near Liberty St., Telephone No. 35

F.C. Eells, Veterinary Surgeon and Dentist. (Qualified at Chicago Veterinary College) Office at P.R. Southcomb’s Livery, Washington Street, Morris, Ill. Professional visits made everywhere in country and city. March 21, 6m

F.S. Schoenleber, D.V.S, Veterinary Surgeon! Graduate of Chicago Veterinary and Iowa State Colleges. At Stitt’s Livery, Morris, Ilinois. Calls by Telephone or Mail receive prompt attention. Charges reasonable. Telephone No. 18

If You Are Going To Paint Your House, Use Masury’s Paints! They are Guaranteed to be Pure and Durable, Way Down Prices in Wall Paper

J.A. Pool Druggist

Before You Buy A Steam Engine or Boiler, Send for our Catalogue and Prices, Atlas Engine Works, Indianapolis, Ind.

For Sale: A good brick house and twenty acres of land, 2 miles east of Morris. Ten acres underlaid with coal, land all improved, and good young orchard, for sale cheap. Inquire of Maxwell Davidson or at this office.

Mrs. Alice Wells, nee Conlong, and her mother, Mrs. David Conlong, now residents of Decatur, were in attendance at the commencement exercises of the High School on last Friday evening. Mrs. Wells was one of the first graduates from our public schools and for several years was a teacher therein.

On last Saturday afternoon we met Mrs. Anna Baum-Pryor, at the depot in Chicago, waiting the arrival of her mother from Morris, who had been summoned by telegraph in consequence of the serious illness of Mr. Geo. Baum who, will attending as a juryman in the U. S. circuit court, was taken seriously ill. For awhile Mr. B. was very sick, but he is now improving.

At 1 o’clock Wednesday night fire broke out in the hay loft over the smoke house in the Wagner block, and very soon a big blaze was breaking out. The fire department responded quickly and subdued the flames. The loss will be very slight. There had been no fire in the smoke house for some time, and the indications are that the fire was the work of an incendiary.

On Tuesday night of this week Court Wauponsee, No. 118, I.O.F. elected officers for the ensuing term, as follows: Will Steep, C.B.; D. McNamara, V.C.; E.Z. Sattler, R.S.; Joseph Spittler, F.S.; W. T. Cary, Treas.; John Knoblick, Sr. W.; Wm. Vessel, Jr. W.; Wm. Ponsonhagen, Sr. B.; Henry Hanson, Jr. B.; Dr. J. F. Oaks, M.E. On next Tuesday evening installation of officers will take place at their hall.

On last Friday Sheriff Schroder shipped to Chicago the safe which was in the express car the night Kellogg Nichols was murdered. If that safe could only talk – it would bring to justice the party implicated in that foul deed, it would clear from dishonor the character of Newton Watt who went to his grave with sealed lips because he had naught to say of a crime committed of which he was innocent, thought through circumstantial evidence declared guilty.

Typed and submitted by Kathleen Berner Groll.

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