Morris Daily Herald – Dec. 11, 1893

Excerpts from the Morris Daily Herald for the date of December 11, 1893.


Mrs. Jennie Jackson is on the sick list.

Harry Lincon was feeling very good today.

Mr. Sackett’s father?? died yesterday at 9:15 a.m.

Will Hutchings is confined to his home with pneumonia.

We are very glad to report Mrs. A.R. Eldred has a little improved.

Dr. Peairs is very sick with pneumonia, yet he was no worse today.

Mrs. George Acton is quite ill, having had a congestive chill last Friday.

Mrs. Nelson and daughter of the fourth ward are among the number which are sick in our city.

Miss Lizzie Bashaw, who resides with her sister Mrs. S. Hoge in Nettle Creek, is very sick with typhoid fever.

Thomas Jack, mayor of Spring Valley, was here yesterday en route to and from Braceville, where his wife and little two weeks’ old daughter are. Mr. Jack, who formerly resided in Braceville, is an interesting, pleasant gentleman.

Some local paper remarks that we have a weather prophet in Morris who predicted that the snow would all be gone by Saturday night last, and that his predictions would prove true. If any man says there is no snow in the country let him secure a pair of snowshoes and pay a visit into the country.

Fred Ridgway is down with la grippe.

H.H. Baum’s little boy is confined with the measles.

Miss Ethel Horrie is detained from school by sickness.

John Marshall is still greatly troubled with his sore hand.

H.E. Kutz spent Sunday with his brother and father in Laporte, Ind.

Mrs. Lena Geystanger, sister of Mrs. David Rieger, is down from Chicago on a visit.

Mrs. M.H. Fisher is having quite a siege with la grippe at her home in the Third ward.

Mr. and Mrs. John Murley were in from Na Ausay today visiting Mrs. James Davis their niece.

“Dock” Viner was over from Mazon yesterday.  “Dock” hasn’t changed very much since leaving Morris.

We are glad to know that Mrs. J.C. Hutchings is recovering nicely from the recent accident which she sustained.

Perry Armstrong, Jr., writes home that he lost nothing in the recent fire of the college which he is attending in Baltimore.

C.C. Hoge, who has just returned from a business trip to Iowa, returned today and drove out to his home near Newark.

Gov. Ray is grandpa some more.  The little fellow is young, but is a staunch republican.  Born yesterday.  Mother and babe are doing well.

Mrs. Albert Smith who has been in Channahon for more than a week at the bedside of the late Patrick McAllister, returned home last evening.

The Kintergarden school has been suspended pending a visitation of the measles.  It is said there are a great many cases amongst the children of the town.

I can finish photos in the shortest possible time, and any one wishing work done for Xmas can come as late as the 20th for sittings. B.B. Thorsen, Washington St.

Miss Nellie Foster recently received a letter from Miss Ivy Porter, who with her parents are in California, having gone there for her mother’s health. She states that her mother is much improved physically, being able to walk out quite a little of late. The many friends of Mrs. Porter will be pleased to hear such good news.

A wondering public is anxious to learn the names of the foolish fellows who indulged in a slaughtering match on the east side of Dr. Sturtevant’s office Saturday night. It must have been a fight for blood, as the snow in the immediate vicinity was colored a carmine hue, there were not only finger marks of blood on the side of the building but hand marks of gore were “daubed” thereon, while the spot resembled a locality where an immense herd of wild cattle had indulged in a stampede. Step forward, ye scrappists and give a wondering public your names that ye may have proper credit of being monumental numskulls. Those three boys should attend Sabbath school and learn to do better.

Ferdinand Jean Blanc and not Le Broun

Attorney C.F. Hansen brought his client Ferdinand Jean Blanc, who has been suspected and held in this jail as being murderer LeBroun of Central City, before Judge Dibell for a hearing Saturday afternoon at 2:30. There were ten witnesses among whom were ex-Marshal Chas. Scurrah of Central City and R. W. Poston of Braceville. Scurrah “stuck fast” in the belief that Blanc was LeBroun, but Poston did not recognize him as such. States attorney Stough the prosecutor did not believe the prisoner was rightfully detained and admitted the belief that it was a case of mistaken identity. This aided Attorney Hansen for the defense very materially, and at 5 o’clock the judge announced the decision that he could not further detain Ferdinand Jean Blanc as Julius LeBroun. The released man is now in LaSalle looking for work.


She Passes Peacefully Away on Sunday Morning

Mrs. Ann Cunnea, relict of the last James Cunnea, Sr., passed quietly, peacefully away yesterday morning at 10 o’clock, after less than a week’s illness of la grippe, an illness described by the patient that was without pain but one which would certainly lead to her death. Miss Ann Glackin was born in Ireland, in March, 1817, and was married to the late James Cunnea March 4, 1834. Together they came to America in 1846, and to Illinois in 1848, settling in Will county where Lower Braidwood now is. In 1866 she came to Morris where the family has since resided. She leaves two sons and four daughters to mourn her loss, viz: John, George, Mr. J.E. McCambridge and Miss Kate, of this city, Mrs. Annie Fitzgibbons of Chicago and a daughter a member of the Sisters of the Holy Cross stationed at South Bend, Ind. Deceased was a devout Christian, a loving mother and a kind and exceedingly charitable neighbor. Though she had passed the allotted time of three score years and ten her sudden demise is greatly regretted not only by her children but by the community at large.

The funeral will take place from the Catholic church at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning, and her remains will be laid by the side of those of her husband in Mt. Carmel cemetery, who died very suddenly nine years ago last May.

Fire at Knute Enger’s Place

At about 4:30 o’clock Saturday evening a faulty stove-pipe in the second story of Knute Enger’s residence, about five miles northeast of Morris started a fire which burned the entire house to the ground. Many of our citizens saw the lurid sky to the northeast and speculated as to its cause.

At the above named hour when the fire ignited, Mrs. Enger was returning from a visit to her husband’s store at Morris and there were seven little children in the house, four of whom were Knute Enger’s, the remaining three belonging to Mr. Jacobson, a neighbor. Mrs. Enger was just returning from Morris at the time, and one of the little boys was out getting coal when the fire was noticed upstairs. The little fellow hastened to put it out, but, failing in this, speedily wrapped up the six children who were unconscious of their danger and hurried to the home of A.L. Patterson not far distant. Mr. Patterson assisted Mrs. Enger in getting out household effects, and before the fire had reached the rooms below, everything had been cleaned out downstairs, with the exception of a few children’s clothes. The goods upstairs, however, were entirely destroyed, and it is thought that Mr. Enger has lost at least $150 by the fire. The house itself, which in the main was a two story structure, together with the farm was known as the old Green estate, now owned by William Neal. By 6 o’clock the fire had spent its fury. Luckily nothing but the house was burned; but it is said that had it been dry weather considerable more damage would have resulted than was the case. There was no insurance on either house or goods, the loss being total. Mr. Enger expects to live in town until the house can be replaced in the country.

Advertised Letters:

List of letters uncalled for week ending Dec. 9, 1893

  • Cruse, Mrs. Hiram
  • Charles, Elizabeth
  • Morgan, Geo. M.
  • Coluchan, Lizzie
  • Mayes, Wm.
  • Thompson, J.P.

When calling for any of the above letters please say “advertised.”  If not called for within two weeks will be sent to Dead Letter Office. Wm. S. Strong, P.M.

Funeral of Patrick McAllister

All that remained mortal of the late Patrick McAllister were consigned to the cold earth yesterday. More than thirty members of Star Lodge, I.O.O.F. and about a dozen Modern Woodmen attended from this city. A stillness prevailed in the little hamlet nestled among the bluffs which seemed to be brought about by the sad occasion. The cozy church was filled to its utmost with sorrowing friends, and the discourse of Rev. Dorwin was interesting and affecting. Among the relatives present were three sisters of the deceased, Mrs. John Matteson and Mrs. E. E. Andrews of Minneapolis and Mrs. Mary E. Andrews of Aurora, Ill.


Albert Hollenbeck has been quite sick for some time.

Henry Curtis, now of Englewood, was in town Tuesday.

Elmer Pierce, of Joliet, was in Verona Friday of last week.

Ed Maxwell and family spent their Thanksgiving with Gilbert Fellingham.

Winter is here and the overcoat he wears is white and about ten inches thick.

Dave Allen has resigned his clerkship with Geo. Finch and departed on Friday to Indiana.

Mrs. F.H. Roser has been enduring terrible suffering with neuralgia the past few days.

Miss Cora Bedford commenced teaching school in district No. 3, Goodfarm on Monday.

Mrs. McIntosh’s brother is visiting at the doctor’s. Her father and mother are still with her.

J.C. Petry has gone back to Ohio summoned by the intelligence that his mother was very sick.

Geo. D. Smith has had a serious time with a bad cold or grippe, but is now able to get out again.

Mrs. Mary G. Fellingham returned to Verona a few days ago. She had been for some time with her son Frank in Nebraska.

N. H. Bailey and John McCormick are two of the victims of la grippe of the past week, also M.S. Stitt was one to swell the list.

W. I. Dewey returned from the Chicago World’s Fairgrounds, where he has been one of the Columbian guards the past six months.

Mrs. Sarah Paxton arrived home from Nebraska Friday. She went home with her daughter, Mrs. Ed Walt, several weeks ago.

Dr. Bedford’s brother William, and William Bly, an army comrade of the doctor’s, took advantage of the fine sleighing and drove over from Minooka Monday.

J. R. Bedford has just got in his stock of Christmas goods and toys. The largest and most complete assortment ever brought to Verona. Call in and look at them.

The R.R. Co. checked in a new agent again Wednesday, a young man by the name of Snyder. All day and half the night is more work than the agents here have been willing to do without pay for the extra time.

Miss Flora Tinsman returned home last week from an extended visit to friends at Earl Park, Indiana. She also visited her brother, W.J. Ward. She brought with her on her return little Ethel Ward who is at Grandpa Small’s.

Fred Harford, A.A. Hanson and Mr. Sellen started for Alabama Saturday where Mr. A. Harford now is. Hanson and Harford will probably remain all winter. Mr. Van Deusen a nephew of Mrs. Harford’s, will remain with her to look after matters on the farm and will put in his odd moments repairing watches. He learned the trade several years ago.

Will Davis’ team broke loose from where they were tied one evening last week and went home without a driver. They upset the buggy at the bridge south of town, where they left the robes and blankets. They entirely demolished the buggy box and left it by the roadside.

The way car of the local freight took fire whilst the men were unloading freight about 11 o’clock Thanksgiving eve. The car was shoved down to the east of the elevator where it burned. The cause was the upsetting of a lighted lamp by the jar of coupling cars.


Mrs. R.D. Fuller is quite sick.

Mrs. Ann Walker is no better.

Mrs. Geo. Pyatt continues very low.

Miss Ella Sealey returned home Tuesday.

Mrs. Harriet Menaugh is lying dangerously ill.

John Paxton was over from Highland Tuesday.

Ellen Fuller is just getting over a siege of the grip.

At this writing, Wednesday, the sleighing is splendid.

T. Tinsman and wife were here from Verona Tuesday.

Wilbur Walker has been quite poorly the past few days.

Miss Emma Hanawalt returned to Rockford Saturday.

There was a good attendance at the combination sale Monday.

R.D. Fuller has been on the sick list for a few days but is better again.

I.N. Clithero was among the sick a portion of last week, but is better again.

M.G. Stevens and wife and George Waters drove over to Morris Tuesday on business.

The public library of Mazon has become a dead letter and the members might as well get together and divide up the books.

There will be an oyster supper held at the residence of E.W. Walworth on Friday evening, December 15th, for the benefit of the Wauponsee Grove Y.P.S.C.E. Everybody cordially invited.


Lots of sickness is reported.

Geo. Benson has been nursing several large boils for pastime.

Miss Mattie Whitton changed her residence here to Mazon Monday.

Miss Martha Holderman of Morris is spending some time in our midst.

Miss Cora Shafer of Seneca has been doing the handsome at Herb Vanderpool’s.

Mrs. M. James has been quite indisposed for a few days past but is better at present.

Mrs. Warning’s mother is lying very low at H. Warning’s and little hope is entertained for her recovery.

Bert Newport is on the doctor’s list now but we hope he and the other members of the family who are ill may soon recover.

Geo. B. Melton bade adieu to friends here Thanksgiving day and started for his home in W. Va., where he will soon become a Benedict, we’re told.

The young people of this community gathered and spent Friday evening with the Misses Tilden, and to say a good time was had by all expresses it mildly, and those who sampled the contents of the bottle for toothache had an extraordinary time.

Typed and submitted by Kathleen Berner Groll.

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