Excerpts from the Morris Daily Herald for December 14, 1893
Will Hutchings is better today.
Mrs. A.R. Eldred continues to get better.
Work done rain or shine equally good at B.B. Thorson’s.
Mrs. George Acton took a turn for the better since yesterday and is somewhat improved today.
S.D. Holderman is kept home at Erienna through sickness.
Little Edna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Burmeister, is quite sick.
Peterson the jeweler, has an attractive holiday sale.
A good time was had at the “Y” tea, which was held at the home of Mrs. P.A. Armstrong this afternoon.
“Big John” Thorsen is billed for a big stock sale in Chicago the 23rd instant.
Wait for the W.R.C. fair on the 20th and buy your Xmas presents then and in so doing help the ladies in a grand work.
Miss Lizzie Bashaw, sister of Mrs. Solomon Hoge, is reported early this afternoon at death’s door. She is afflicted with pneumonia.
G.C. Ridings is showing a fine assortment of all grades of goods for Christmas. Diamonds, watches and silverware.
D. R. Keepers and family came over from Gardner to spend a day or two with P.R. Southcomb and family. Mesdames K and R are sisters.
Choice butterine at W.G. Jones.
Miss Bertha Hoge will be home from Lake Forest tomorrow to remain during her holiday vacation.
C.M. Goold spent the day in Chicago.
Among the attractive store windows in point of display are those of Mrs. Woolsey, H.H. Baum, and J.C. Horrie. Zens & Erickson and T.H. Hall are preparing displays which will no doubt come up to the standard.
Squire Bliss paid John O. Thorson today $80 on his loss by fire a month ago. Forty dollars of this was on furniture and the remainder on the residence.
Supervisors Pattison and Nelson were chosen by the Board of Supervisors as delegates to the state convention at Peotone and Constantine and O.O. John ???? were alternates.
Miss Mary Ridgway has returned from school at Lake Forest a few days before the end of the present term.
Miss Rachel Ridgway is down with the measles, and her brother Henry is not able to be out.
First quarterly meeting will be held tomorrow evening at the Methodist Church. Services will be conducted by M.E. Cady.
T.B. Hinds was taken sick this afternoon and compelled to repair to his quarters at the Carson.
A young colt, little older than a yearling, black, with small white spot on forehead followed Ed Hall from Lisbon yesterday and may be had at the city pound by the owner on payment of costs and this notice.
The W.R.C. ladies are earnestly requested to meet with Mrs. J.C. Carr on Friday afternoon to work. There are a number of articles yet to be completed for the Fair, so let all make an effort to be there and please don’t forget your thimbles. Come early.
The committee on arrangements for the fireman’s dance Christmas night have made provision for the serving of supper that night to all who attend at Winsor’s restaurant; and at the Clifton House now under the able management of Mr. James Derenzy. The committee is certain that the arrangements will prove highly satisfactory to all who participate.
Election of Presbyterian Elders – The annual meeting of the election of elders in the Presbyterian church was called to order by the moderator immediately after the close of the prayer meeting last evening, which resulted in the re-election of Eli Hastings and Webb Field for the ensuing three years. These elections are held annually at which so many elders are chosen, and as the rotary system is used in this church there are necessarily changes every year and some one’s three year term expires with each election.
DR. PEAIRS LITTLE BETTER – The Next Day or Two a Crisis – Rev. and Mrs. Peairs, His Parents, Arrive
Dr. Peair’s condition remains critical. If the fact that he is spitting less blood and is a little more composed today is an indication of improvement, he is a little better. Otherwise there is no change. His temperature was reported more favorable this morning.
The attending physician denominates the disease pleuro pneumonia and says the next two days will determine results. It is a disease the cure of which greatly depends on the condition of the patient after the lapse of a certain time. Dr. Burry was here last night and returned to Chicago this morning. In the consultation held he acknowledged a chance of recovery, but realized an equal chance for the worse. Everybody wants to know how Dr. Peairs is getting along, and much anxiety will be relieved when the crisis is passed.
Rev. and Mrs. Peairs, father of the prostrate doctor arrived early this morning from Iowa and it seemed to relieve the doctor somewhat.
Samuel Earngey, Jr., Beyond Recovery
The many friends of our former Methodist pastor, Rev. Samuel Earngey will be pained to learn that his eldest son Samuel, who has been in California for some time is beyond the hope of recovery with that dread disease consumption. Medical aid is of no avail, the young man is twenty years old, and the blow will be unbearably hard to the father who buried his life companion during the past year. This news will be received with much sorrow by friends of the family of this place.
MISMANAGEMENT OF AMERICAN BUILDING AND LOAN
This society in the Toils of The State Officers. Many Morris Citizens Indirectly Involved in the Feared Failure.
Shrinkage in more than $250,000 in assets, securities virtually worthless compared with the loans advanced upon them, a large cash deficit, and the diversion of funds for the support of a variety music hall-such are the features of the story which will be told in the report of State Auditor Gore concerning the finances of the American Building, Loan and Investment society of Chicago Saturday.
Such is the story told by the Chicago Herald of this morning’s issue, and many of our people will be interested in the line of policy which will be inaugurated by the state officers in this relation. E.L. Clover is the company’s representative in this city and there are some 200 stockholders who each hold several shares of stock in Morris, which at $100 per share would make quite a sum to lose. The association once before had a “tight squeeze” and somewhat in a similar manner, and some of the most philosophic of the stockholders here hope that this trouble will terminate as fortunately as the previous one did. For two months three inspectors have been unraveling the society’s method of book-keeping, and it is found that several officers have been appropriating to themselves salaries of a magnitude contrary to law. Some of the money has been loaned on unimproved property at a value below the real worth, and the state officers will undoubtedly find an intricate web of perplexities to unravel before the matter is settled.
Election of Eastern Star Officers: Tuesday night at a regular meeting of Eastern Star lodge the following officers were elected for the ensuing term: W.M., Mrs. P.R. Southcomb, W.P., Mrs. G. W. Huston, A.M., Mrs. J.H. Pettit, Secretary, Mrs. S.E. Massey, Treasurer, Mrs. Geo. Woelfel, Conductress, Mrs. J.D. Owens, assistant Conductress, Mrs. Wm. Allen.
The following is the program for the Home Talent Concert Tomorrow night at the Congregational church:
Piano Solo – Miss Isabel Brown
Ladies Trio – Misses Gebhard, Robinson and Fessler
Vocal Duet – Mesdames Warner and Gebhard
Cornet Duet – Messrs. Baldwin and Allen
Vocal Solo – Miss Daisy Holmes
Recitation – Miss Sarah Smedley
Vocal Solo – Miss Bertha Baum
Violin Solo – Edgar Woelfel
Male Quartette – Messrs. Wicks, Strong, Baker and Hull
Vocal Solo – Mrs. C.C. Warner
Piano Solo – O.R. Hight Jr.
Vocal Solo – Mrs. Wm. Gebhard
Piano Duet – Misses Zabriskie and Lerette.
Instead of the father as mentioned last evening, it was the mother and sister of S. I. Lloyd who has moved here from Ottawa.
A Pension for James L. Davis – N. McBride yesterday succeeded after two years efforts in getting a pension for James L. Davis, of the furniture firm of Davis Bros., of $8 per month. Mr. McBride says that Hoke Smith is treating him better in proportion than any other agent in the state, and it isn’t because Cleveland received any “boost” from him while stumping last fall.