Morris Daily Herald – Dec. 8, 1893

Excerpts from the Morris Daily Herald for December 8, 1893.


Miss Nettie Smith, of Verona, is the guest of Miss Annie Blair.

James White was over from Carbon Hill on business today.

Deputy Sheriff Alsdorf was over in the coal fields today on sheriffalty duty.

Beginning next week the dry goods stores will remain open evenings during the Holidays.

Ed. Barry’s little 8 year old daughter who has been seriously ill the past few days does not improve.

Mrs. Annie Remington is reported a trifle better today. Mr. R. although weak, is able to be around.

Frank White shot a fox yesterday but the wily animal ran among a heard of cattle and eventually eluded Frank and his gun.

Fred Wicks, who works for Mr. Knerman, left yesterday for his father’s home in Will county, having received news of his serious illness.

Miss Margaret Cook, who has been spending the summer with her grandmother Mrs. Heald, and at the home of her cousin Miss Belle Brown, will return to her home in Chicago Monday next.

Ed. Ford, formerly a resident of Morris, who lately had an operation performed in Chicago for a blow on the nose by a baseball club is calling on friends in Morris, and is much improved.

W. L. Sackett was called to Lamboy, Ill. this morning by a telegram announcing the critical condition of his father, who was stricken with paralysis a day or two ago, from which it is not likely that he will recover.

Mrs. Alex Woods is quite ill. To add to her misfortune she yesterday received a telegram relating the death of her son in law, Louis Shedrick at his home in South Bend, Ind. Mr. Shedrick will be better known by our people as having married the widow of Benjamin Woods, Mrs. Alex Woods’ son.

Mike Strasburger is up again from Peoria.

The snow is being greatly demolished by old Sol.

The condition of Mrs. Gus Morse is unchanged.

We are sorry to say that Mrs. A.R. Eldred is lying very low.

O.R. Hight, Jr., is down from Chicago in a visit to his parents.

Mr. John Higgins has moved into the old Stafford home lately vacated by Lewis Phillips.

Miss Maggie Blair, who accompanied her uncle and aunt to Iskoloosa, Iowa, two months since, will return home early next week.

Remember that the Home Talent concert is postponed for one week. It will be given full program, and better than ever next Friday, night Dec. 15th.

The sleighing is very good, but another day or two copied after this will annihilate the beautiful to considerable extent. ‘Twould be a good thing, too, as water in the country is a scarce article.

If matters shaped themselves about 4 o’clock this afternoon, “Curly” Johnson called a number of old toboggans into service by stringing them onto a rope and giving young America a novel sleigh ride about the country. “Curly” well remembers when he was young.

Harry Lindon was suffering more pain today than he did yesterday, but this is to be expected. The great loss of blood has weakened him a great deal, but he has a superabundance of nerve and will be able to be out in a few days. His many friends must not put off calling on him, room 26, Commercial, as time necessarily drags heavy with him.

While Will McAllister was driving to Channahon, the home of his deceased brother’s wife’s parents, his horse became frightened at some approaching sleds loaded with wood, and the cutter and Will were thrown into the ditch, leaving Will, but the horse was captured by the Redmond boys on Dresden hill before scarcely any damage was done to the animal, cutter or other paraphernalia.

“Major” Cropley, who was killed (?) from effects of a kick of a horse at Lisbon three weeks ago, was in Morris today and emphatically, unequivocally denies the false fabrication. Aside from the absence of a “hunk” of meat from his left cheek and a very lame arm, “I am just as good a man, sir, as I have ever been, sir, even if I am past 72 years old, sir.” That’s the way the old fellow takes to life, knowing that he will be dead a long while when he does expire.

ATTENTION, ODD FELLOWS: This being regular meeting night it is requested that all members will be present for the purpose of attending the funeral next Sunday of Bro. P. McAllister. M. Sharp, N.G.

WOODMEN ATTENTION: A special meeting is hereby called for 7:30 this evening to arrange for the funeral of our late Neighbor, P. McAllister. C.M. Goold, V.C.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS K OF P: Last night the Knights of Pythias held their regular semi-annual election of officers, the following being chosen to the respective positions: J.A. Pool, C.C., Dr. Schoenleber, V.C., George Nelson, P., James Mack, M.W., J.H. Pyle, M.E., F.W. Ridgway, M.F., H.E. Buck, K. of R & S., Allie Keir, M.A., and Gus Braun, Trustee.

PIANO TUNING: Mr. Chas Chaxil will make his regular tuning trip to Morris December 10th. Please leave your orders at G.C. Riding’s jewelry store.


While on an Anticipated Pleasant Visit He Becomes Sick and Dies

The news that Patrick McAllister is dead will be sad news indeed to the many acquaintances of the deceased in this city and vicinity. He was the paper maker at the Allan Paper Car Wheel works and as the mill had to be shut down last week owing to the water having been temporarily drawn off this level, he had anticipated with a considerable degree of pleasure to accompany his wife and only child on a visit to the home of Mrs. McAllister’s parents in Channahon, Will county, whither they went last week Tuesday. On the following day he was taken sick; pneumonia resulted and Death came to his release just after 6 o’clock last evening. In the house where he was so happily married to Miss Georgiana Smith, July 4, 1882, his eyes were closed in eternal sleep.

Deceased was born in Pickaway county, Ohio, September 11, 1856, making him aged 37 years, 2 months and 26 days. Thus, not yet in the prime of life he has been removed from a tender and loving wife, a fatherless child and from a community in which he was regarded in the highest esteem. He had lived nearly all his life in or near Morris, and was well and favorably known, was known as an honest, industrious and companionable man, and we voice the true sentiments of this community when we say that the afflicted widow and little Winfred have sustained a loss in which they have the undivided sympathy of this entire community.

He was an active member of the Modern Woodmen and of Star Lodge, I.O.O.F. The funeral will take place at the M.E. church in Channahon Sunday at 1 o’clock, and will be under the auspices of the Odd Fellows. Rev. Dorwin, of Channahon, will officiate. His remains will be placed by the side of their first born, little Isabella, who died Nov. 9, 1883, at the tender age of 6 months.


On the morning of the day Frank Spees sustained a severe injury while alighting from a train at this station he purchased an accident ticket for fifty cents to insure him against injury while on the road. This was by the Traveler’s Insurance company, of Hartford, E. H. Quigley, agent. Four days ago Mr. Spees considered himself sufficiently recovered to attend to business and a claim was forwarded to the company for eight weeks and two days’ disability. This morning a check was received by him for $248.57, which is at the rate of $30 per week.


The Messrs. and Mesdames P.A. Johnson and Seneca Tupper are getting ready for their trip to the South for the winter. Mr. Johnson has not been feeling well lately by any means, and it is not sure that he will be able to go when he had expected, but he and Mr. Tupper have engaged tickets for Tuesday next, and if everything permits, they will then take their departure. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, in this case, will leave Saturday night for Chicago to spend the Sunday with their sons Frank and Fred, Mr. Tupper joining them on their southward trip the first of the week.

The whist party at Miss Belle Brown’s home last evening spent a very enjoyable time.


Mrs. George Pape is now sick.

George Jones has a bad cold.

Elmer Cumming is reported ill.

H. W. Retzel has a very bad cold.

Last Saturday was pay day here.

T. T. Smith visited Joliet Friday.

Mrs. Elmer Moore visited Joliet Sunday.

We are pleased to see Willie Bath well and around again.

Remember the morning accommodation is now due at 6:27.

Miss Nellie Cain of Braidwood was a visitor here last week.

A. and A.J. Lagerquist were in Chicago last week Wednesday.

Mrs. Thomas Peterson is sick, as is also George Pope’s baby.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Simpson Monday last week.

After a short sickness Mrs. Ed Vincent is able to be around again.

Wm. and Benj. Lloyd, formerly of here, but now of Joliet, are here visiting.

Misses Littlejohn and Ferris and Mrs. Dr. Hanson were in Joliet Saturday.

This number, after the Thanksgiving dinner, comes out with a “swell.”

Miss Carrie D. Normandie and W.H. Smith spent Thanksgiving day in Lexington.

Sickness has stolen its way into James Wilson’s home; two of his children being sick.

David Treharne our enterprising merchant tailor is now the proud father of a bright baby girl.

Sylvester Williams, of Iowa, formerly living here, began teaching school about two miles north of Carbon Hill last Monday.

The Home Talent concert in the opera house Saturday night was not the success that was hoped for owing to the very bad weather.

All those who attended the disguise (masquerade) ball in the opera house Wednesday night of last week, report having had a jolly good time.

Walter White spent Thanksgiving here. Walter looks but little older than he did some eight years ago, when he lived here, and is as pleasant as ever.

Last Monday a team of horses ran away from Suffernville, and ran at breakneck speed all the way here. Monday was a cold day and when the animals were caught blood was oozing from their nostrils.

A new competitor, Dr. Warner, has opened a sort of a general store in the building formerly occupied as a meat market by F. Schultz. He has candy, drugs, furniture, doctor’s office and so on all “cramped” up in a rather small space.

Hugh Evans’ daughter Ethel, aged 5 years, died Thanksgiving day of paralysis of the heart. The child had just recovered from diphtheria and the measles. The family has the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.

One would think Braceville indeed deserted Thanksgiving day. Scarcely a soul was to be seen on Main and Mitchell streets the whole day and we could find no stores open except the bakery, with the exception of a few hours that some were open. It was a quiet and lonesome Thanksgiving.

Misses Williams and Lagerquist gave one of their entertainments in Pontiac Thanksgiving under the auspices of the Epworth League in their elegant M.E. church. They have a membership of 135. The ladies were received as though they had been old time friends. They had a large and appreciative audience which accorded a hearty welcome.

Married – E.D. Scott, banker, to Miss Jessie Hanna Wednesday evening of last week. The wedding was a very decidedly quiet affair, no one being present to witness it except Sawyer’s family, in whose home the nuptial knot was tied by our esteemed pastor Rev. Mr. Conard. The Herald extends its hand and sincerely wishes them joy, happiness, God speed and a long and useful life.

The Sanctuary of the Ancient Order of Shepherds of America, which is the second branch of the Order of Foresters, was instituted here Saturday night by R.W. Porter, Past Pastor, and Stephen Clay, Deputy Supreme Pastor, both of Sanctuary Garden City. There were thirty three charter members initiated. The following officers were elected: J. Hamilton, pastor; J. Brookes, treasurer; Wm. Looney, F. Scribe; Thomas Emerson, Rescribe; David Jones, first attendant; W. Coates, Jr., second attendant; B. Lewis, inside keeper; E. Wheelright, outside keeper; C. Scurrab, past pastor; trustees, H. Croft, R. Makepeace, N. Ritchie. R. W. Porter is appointed deputy supreme pastor.

No disrespect was ever intended to Miss Rose or anyone else in the Herald of week before last, the criticism of the News correspondent notwithstanding. Such thing was never once entertained or dreamed of by us. We would never stoop so low as to belittle anyone, and especially one not a correspondent for some paper, wherein he or she can make defense in his or her behalf. We care little what any correspondent may say about us as we do not think it would carry much weight with the people, but when a man sets himself up to win the applause of the people and seeks their approval by endeavoring if possible to misconstrue our motives and meaning in order to cause enemies, and try if possible to make people think us terrible, and himself a “goodie goodie,” we draw the line and will defend ourselves.


Messrs. Harford, Sellen and Hanson left for Alabama last Saturday.

Snow shovels and snow shoes were in demand Sunday morning.

Frank Harris and wife are on the sick list with something like the “grip.”

Miss Jessie Ronne began her winter terms of school in Braceville township Monday.

Rev. Yates, of Marseilles, will occupy the pulpit at the Universalist church next Sunday.

Lovers of the “beautiful” are in their element just now. We don’t belong to that crowd.

Nettie and Fannie Esgar are spending a week at their uncle’s, M.D. Esgar, at Mazon Creek.

Owing to the illness of the teacher there was no school in this district the first of the week.

L.H. Tilden and wife ate their Thanksgiving dinner and spent the night with M.D. Esgar and family on the Creek.

Willie Tabler, of Aux Sable, braved the elements and drove over to his uncle Jim’s Saturday, returning the same day.

December and winter got an even start this time. Ten below zero on the 1st, about 10 inches of snow on the 3rd, and 9 below zero on the 4th is the record out this way.

Despite the rather unfavorable weather and the sloppy condition of the roads the entertainment at this place Thanksgiving eve was fairly well attended, and the church realized about $25. Sandwiches, coffee and raw oysters were served after the play to those who wished to partake.

O.T. Wilson and Miss Allie Pattison on the 29th of November agreed to walk the journey of life together, and the happy couple are at home to their friends at the old homestead. We voice the sentiment of this community when we wish them a happy and prosperous journey.

The young folks of this locality got their heads together and concluded to surprise the Tilden young people Friday night, which they did, and thought they wouldn’t let us in to take notes because we were born a generation too soon they must have had a pleasant time for it was in the ‘wee small’ hours when the party broke up.

Mrs. Elma Wilson and daughters Edith and Bina have left the farm where they have been so long and favorably known and will make their future home at the county seat. This community can ill afford to spare such good people from among us, but we can but submit to the inevitable, and Morris will be the gainer by their residence there.


Business for sale – On Liberty street. Cheap for cash. Apply to O.J. Nelson

Lost – A mantham Na 10 bore gun, one half a mile south of Claypool’s corner south of river. Finder will be suitably rewarded by leaving same at this office.

For Sale – a 4 year old brown colt, 950 pounds, will be sold for cash or approval security six months. Apply to Simeon Riggs.

To Rent – A good little house on Canal street. Inquire of J.H. Pattison.

For Sale or Rent – The Reading property on west side. House, barn and outbuildings complete; one of the “best” locations.


Mrs. John Gensler’s mother is quite low.

Jesse Bull is confined to his home by sickness.

John F. Peck was off on a business trip this week.

Mathew Bogart is confined to his home by sickness.

T.M.D. LaMatter is sick at the home of his parents.

Booth and Isham shipped a car of cattle Tuesday night.

Henry Fox of Dwight was in town on Monday on business.

Miss Margaret William gave a very interesting entertainment in Jones’ hall under the auspices of the W.R.C. last week Friday night to a small audience on account of the inclement weather.

Edward Gibson at the home of H.G. Tapper, is improving quite rapidly.

E.G. Dyer, who has been confined to his home for the past week is convalescent.

Mrs. Dr. Ferguson was in Morris Monday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Judge Thomas.

Dr. McMann was called to Braceville on Tuesday to see Mrs. Harry May, who is quite ill.

Died at his home Saturday, John Young. Funeral was held at the Baptist church Monday 2 p.m.

Harry and Sadie Underwood and May Smith attended the Thanksgiving ball at Morris.

Rev. W.R. Pike of Fargo, N. Dak., filled the pulpit at the Presbyterian church last Sunday morning.

Twelve to fourteen inches of snow on the level makes very fair sleighing in the condition the roads were before it fell.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Covey, a son, on Friday, December 1st, which died on Sunday morning. Funeral private Monday morning.

E.B. Howland received word from Herny Leach, who is in California, on Monday that Mrs. Leach’s health is improving. It is hoped by their many friends there that she may regain her health during the winter to be able to return home in the spring.

The Rawson family gave a very good entertainment in the M.E. church last Monday evening, but owing to the weather the audience was small.

Fred Harford and brother Lou, Mr. Sellen and Oss Hansen were in our town Saturday morning on their way to Mobile, Alabama, to spend the winter.

W.S. Allison returned from southeastern Kansas on Sunday and reports the temperature on last Friday morning 10 degrees above zero, when here it was 10 degrees below.

A Sunday School Institute will be held in the Baptist church at Gardner, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8, 9 and 10.  First sermon Friday 2 p.m. Rev. L.B. Albert, Rev. Thos Howand and Rev. Geo. C. Moore will be present and have charge of the program. All Sunday school workers are cordially invited to be present and take part in any or all of the exercises. Also receive the benefit of the instruction of the state workers.

The good ladies of the town met at the residence of Mrs. David Colstock on Thursday and organized a temporary relief bureau. They will look up all those who are suffering or in immediate need and will assist to their want and needs as rapidly as it is possible for them to do so. As we did not learn to the officers are we will make mention of this next week, so that any having clothing, fuel, or provisions wishing to contribute will know who to call upon but as this will take a week more it would be much better to those having anything to contribute to make inquiry of any one of our citizens who will be glad to inform them.


James Arthur has been a victim of la grippe.

Rapid steps are being taken to complete our electric light plant.

At this writing J. Hoyer is in a critical condition with pneumonia.

On Friday a ten cent dinner was given the school children at Potter’s hall.

James Penn and family of Morris were visitors on the farm Thanksgiving. They know where turkeys are good.

Geo. A. Wheatly died at his home in Carbon Hill Nov. 28, aged 8 months. Remains were interred in Braceville and Gardner cemetery the day following.

Dr. Bradley and wife had an amusing experience Sunday evening. Two miles from home the evener of the cutter broke, and sleigh was abandoned. Mrs. B. mounted a horse and the doctor trudged on behind, meanwhile commiserating himself.

Mrs. Ann Fischer died at her home in Suffernville last Saturday after four years of suffering. Her remains were brought to her old home, Braceville, for interment Monday. Funeral services were held in the Welch church at that place after which the solemn procession wended it’s way to the Augustine cemetery where all that was mortal of Mrs. Fischer was laid to rest. She was born in Wales in 1852 from whence she came to Braceville in 1881. In 1885 she became Mr. Fischer’s wife. About two years ago they moved to Suffernville where they have resided up to her death. Mrs. Fischer was a woman well known and well liked by every one and all extend their heartfelt sympathy to Mr. Fischer and mourn with him; in the loss of a fond companion who was so devoted to her home, husband and children. While it is a sad terrible blow to those remaining, it is after all her gain to be freed from the pain this world has meted out to her. She died a true, firm believer in the God of his salvation and though ill she was ever singing songs of Jesus and his love.


G. E. Wheeler is still on the cripple list.

Charley Butterfield has been somewhat indisposed of late.

Frank Horan marketed his corn at the switch Tuesday last.

We understand that one of L. Krug’s little ones got badly scalded recently.

Have you seen Johnnie Hoy’s little one? It’s a daisy, fat and chubby as you please.

Mr. and Mrs. Stace Hartley have been among the ailing ones for some days past.

The bridge builders are still at work on the iron bridge over the Mazon for the K & S.R.R. Co.

Miss Lillie Whittemore of Verona governs the little ones in district No. 8 Mazon for the winter.

Lucius Tilden of Vienna ate Thanksgiving dinner with M.D. Esgar and family on the Creek it being their last meal of the kind here as they move to Kansas in a few days where they can’t afford such luxury.

Will Keepers does not regain his health as rapidly as many friends would be pleased to have him.

Robert Pickles, Sr., still feels the effects of his tumble a short time ago which dislocated his shoulder.

M.D. Esgar, L.H. Tilden and wives made Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Hartley a pleasant call Thanksgiving eve.

Will, Fancie and Nettie Esgar of Vienna, were visiting their cousins in this locality the first of the week.

The Misses Luella Mcnaugh and Winnie Small commenced their attendance at the Onarza school the first of the week.

Jno. Costello is now taking orders for a New York nursery firm. Anyone wishing anything in this line will do well to give him their order.

When you want the deep snow broke out on “Small” roads call on Frank and Rollie, but please don’t extend the invitation farther as it will not be complied with.

Our friend M. Bray we understand has climbed over the Tariff Reform fence and can say as many others can in this county, “I did help by my vote to bring about this very condition of things, but by the help of God I will never do it again.” Mike knows when he has a good thing equal to the best of them.


Frank Hornburger started to attend school in Gardner for the winter.

Frank and Bennie Pickles are attending school at Gardner this winter.

Mrs. Annie Swansburg is here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lucy Seegar.

Leonard King’s little girl that was scalded is recovering as fast as could be expected.

The drillers struck a good vein of water on the farm that Ole Larson lives on at the depth of 150 feet, and now Ole is happy.

A crowd of our young folks took advantage of the sleighing Sunday evening and drove down to Dwight and called on Mr. Fifield’s folks. A pleasant time is reported by all.

Died at the home of his parents on Wednesday morning at 7:05 o’clock, Nov. 29th of typhoid fever, Amos, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Sam’l Wanmer. Amos was 15 years 7 months and 5 days old. Funeral was held Friday at 1 o’clock at the chapel. Revs. Shaff and Smith preaching the sermon and the remains were buried in the ward cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Wanmer have the sympathy of their friends in their affliction.

Died at the home of her daughter, Grandma Miers on Monday evening at 5 o’clock, Nov. 29th. Mrs. Miers had been failing for some time. She was 86 years, 2 months, 7 days old at the time of her death. The funeral was held at the Evangelical church Friday at 12 o’clock and her remains were laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery. The relatives have the sympathy of their friends in this their sad hour of bereavement.


Mrs. Alex Bell went to Joliet Tuesday.

Robbie Miller was in Morris over Sunday.

Mrs. A. Bell is somewhat under the weather.

Miss Mamie Rose is sewing in town this week.

N.J. Comerford was in Chicago Wednesday.

Miss Annie Harrod is visiting Minooka friends.

Miss Annie Vance is we regret to say, on the sick list.

Mrs. Heath, of Peoria, is visiting her sister Mrs. A.K. Knapp.

Miss Katie McEvilly returned home from Chicago Monday.

Mrs. W.H. Bell visited Stone city friends Sunday and Monday.

C.F. Trowbridge, of Mazon, spent a few days with his son Charles.

Mrs. John Brunk, of Joliet, called on friends here Wednesday.

F.M. Crosby, of Waukegan, called on Minooka friends last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Burns, of Chicago, are visiting at Mrs. B. McEvilly’s.

A baker from Marseilles has come to town and rented Mr. Shiek’s bakery.

Mr. Cyrus Curtis, of Joliet, visited her sister Mrs. J. Murray last Monday.

Mrs. Murphy and daughter, Miss Mamie were at the county seat Saturday.

Mrs. Eunice Merrit, of Ani??, Ia., is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Tabler.

Married – In Joliet, on Tuesday Dec. 5th. Miss Mattie Eneix to Mr. P.N. Gates.

Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Jones are rejoicing over the advent of a daughter at their home.

Mr. J.H. Murphy is improving slowly, is able to be at his store a part of the time.

We are having the coldest weather known for a great many years this early in the season.

Died – At his home near Morris, Louis Hoge aged 60 years. Deceased was Mrs. Geo. Bell’s father.

Mrs. Jas. Wood is very sick. Her daughter Mrs. McAvoy, of Marseilles, is here, also Mrs. Hennessey, of Joliet.

Rev. Miller, of Lockport, will preach in the M.E. church next Sunday evening. We bespeak for him a good audience.

Syd. Van Dyke returned from Colorado last Friday. He expects to sell his personal property and make his home in the west for a time at least.

Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Chapman, of Seward, were pleasantly surprised by their friends swooping down on their home last Tuesday evening. A grand time is reported.

Typed and submitted by Kathleen Berner Groll.

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