Grundy County Sentinel October 5, 1899

Saturdays daily

The court issued an order yesterday that a panel of jurors be drawn and venire issued to appear on Monday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.

The suit of Norman Buckle against H.B. and Sarah Hoge for $1000 damages for an alleged breach of contract, was started over again today and will be tried in March. The plaintiff’s attorneys, Trainor & Brown, of Ottawa made a mistake in their declaration and were obliged to dismiss the case yesterday.

Monday’s daily

The damage suit brought by Mary A. Dawson against the C R I & P Railway company was dismissed today by the plaintiff.

The plaintiff in the Geo A. Gindle vs. Pattison & Goold, et al replevin case also entered a motion today to have the said suit dismissed.

Cyrillus B. Seaton, who is charged with larceny, is being tried this afternoon. States Attorney Huston is prosecuting and J. W. Rausch represents the defendant. Judge Harvey M. Trimble, of Princeton, is on the bench.

Tuesday daily

The case of the State vs Cyrillus Seaton for the alleged larceny of a horse, buggy and harness went to the jury this afternoon. The defendant is charged with stealing the outfit at Plattville and coming with the same to Morris where it was sold by him to Wm. Magurn. The defense represented that the man has an insane craving for liquor and it is so much the master of him that he has no control over himself and is therefore not criminally responsible for his actions. J. W. Rausch is the prisoner’s attorney.

In the attachment suit of Columbus P. Shur for use of the Springfield Banking Co. vs First National Bank of Kearney, Neb., A. G. Woodbury, et al, the plaintiff asked permission to file security for costs which was granted. The defendant Woodbury moved to dismiss the case but the court denied the motion.

J. G. Quendens was permitted to file an additional count in his case for damages against the Modern Woodmen of America.

Wednesday’s daily

The jury in the Seaton case retired yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock and at 3 this afternoon had not returned a verdict to the court. They will evidently disagree and the case will have to be tried again.

The damage suit of J. G. Quendens vs the Modern Woodmen Of America and eight members of the Carbon Hill lodge was heard today. The plaintiff asks damages for alleged injuries received in being initiated into the Carbon Hill lodge about two years ago. The arguments of the lawyers began this afternoon at 3 o’clock.

In the case of C. B. Shur for use of the Springfield Banking Co vs First National Bank of Kearney, Neb., A. G. Woodbury, et al the defendant Woodbury moved to quash writ for want of affidavit and bond but the plaintiff secured leave to file a new affidavit and bond.

Thursday daily

The jury in the Seaton case continued to deliberate and vote until late last night at 8 o’clock when they informed the court that they could reach no agreement and were discharged. They first stood 6 to 6 but, after much argument and discussion 3 went over to the conviction side and the vote stood 9 to 3 until the last.

This morning the divorce and alimony case of Mary A. Hauswirth against her husband, Joseph Hauswirth, was called and a jury secured. After the opening statement had been made on part of the plaintiff the defendant proposed a settlement and the attorneys and interested parties retired and come to an agreement. The case was then taken from the jury and after a form dismissed by the court.

A suit entitled Weldon vs. Tibbita is being tried this afternoon. The trouble is over a wagon and a note, the present trial being an appeal from the decision of a lower court in a suit to replevin the wagon. The parties to the trouble live near Kinsman.

In the Cameron vs. Cameron partition suit the pleadings and proof were heard and a decree for partition and appointment of commissioners was entered.

The case of Quendens vs Modern Woodmen went to the jury this morning.

County Court


Depositions of Scott Elliot and C. H. Rice were filed Sept. 30th in the Helen M. Rose estate. The court ordered the clerk to open same.

Proof of posting notices was filed Sept. 30th in the Caroline Hoge estate.

In the Caroline Hoge estate the following bills were allowed Oct. 2nd, as of 7th class: Josiah J. Godwin, $30; M. H. Bennett, $2.82, J. D. McKeen, $20.50.

The inventory of the Volney Menaugh estate was filed and approved Oct. 2nd, and the claim of O. P. Bennett allowed as of 5th class in amount of $254.30.


John Lissy to Joseph Eavens, wd, lots 12, 13, 14, b 21, Mitchell’s add to Braceville, $20.

Benj. Butt to Emily Wicks, wd lot 5, b 9, C. H. and H. C. Goold’s add to Morris, $599.

Hans and Arnet Sampson to Erick G. Grunstad, wd, nw ¼, nw ¼ sec 1, Nettle Creek, $3,180.

Local News


Will Sparr and wife were in Chicago today.

Mrs. Chas. Felt returned to Chicago today.

Mrs. U. C. Davis was a morning passenger to Chicago.

Wilber Walker was a visitor from Mazon this morning.

Mrs. Robert Campbell, formerly Kutz, is down from Joliet visiting.

Benj. Butt is down from Joliet. He was formerly a resident of this city.

There has been no change in the coal strike situation since yesterday.

Ed. Granville, of Saratoga, purchased a fine team of western horses in Morris today.

Mrs. Elizabeth Gebhard has returned from a visit at the home of her daughter in Rodgers Park.

John Barkwell and Bethel Brown of Goldstone, Ontario, are visitors at the home of J. S. Barkwell.

Mrs. Jas. McCann Sr. and daughter Nellie returned from a three week’s visit to Chicago last night.

Mrs. May Martin, nee May Starr, with her two children, from Morris, Ill., is a guest of R. J. Hanca and family. – Kankakee Gazette

The Ottawa Street Fair proved a big attraction for Morris people today and the 11:11 o’clock train carried about 200 of our citizens to that city.

City Marshal H. C. Henderson has been drawn for a United States grand juror and must appear at Judge Kohlsaat’s court in Chicago on Oct. 23rd.

A large new barn on the site of one recently destroyed by fire on the Granville farm north of Morris was finished today. Frazer Holmes had the contract.

City water is to be put in the jail and a trench in which to lay the pipes has been dug north from the prison to the main on the north side of Washington street.

Division Superintendent of the Rock Island, A. J. Hitt has been promoted to General Superintendent of the entire system. Mr. Hitt was born and raised in Ottawa.

It is reported that some horses in the Third ward are allowed to run at large. This is in violation of the city ordinances and the owners of the animals may become officially aware of it.

The following item we clip from the Corpus Christi, Texas, Caller of a recent date: “Mr. Horace H. Fisher has another daughter at his home making three lovely little daughters and nary a boy.”

The household goods of Samuel Tinsman have been shipped to Rock Island and the family left last evening to make that city their future home. They have resided in Morris many years and we are sorry to lose them.

Two daughters of Postmaster Thos. Cowin and a daughter of Alderman Michael Denehy (Deneby?), of LaSalle, went to Chicago last week for a “time”. The police were notified and the young ladies parents took charge of them. LaSalle is consequently full of gossip.

J. S. Barkwell has purchased the Emory steam laundry and will take charge in a few weeks. Mr. Barkwell’s laundry machinery has been sold to A. E. Currell (Cunell?), of Ionia, Mich., and is being shipped to that place. It is understood that Mr. Emery will embark in other business here.


Mrs. E. H. Quigley visited in Chicago today.

H. B. Goold went to Chicago this morning.

Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Shanley went to Chicago today. Mrs. Clarence Reardon was in Chicago today.

Alderman D. A. Mathews and wife went to Ottawa today.

Ed. Steep and J. A. Pool were morning passengers to Chicago.

Julia and Margaret Glennon went to Chicago today to visit a week.

The annual reunion of the thirty ninth regiment is being held at Wilmington.

Frank Garrity and wife are down from Chicago to remain through the winter.

Rev. O. C. Johnson went to Chicago this morning to attend a reception given by Rev. D. L. Moody.

At the Rock River conference yesterday, Rev. C.C. Lovejoy was made one of the eight stewards for the ensuing year.

Mrs. J. L. Hoover, of Marceiline, Mich., returned to her home yesterday after a two week’s visit at the home of G.M. Hucklin.

Mr. M. F. Shanley, a foreman at Woelfel Leather Co’s. tannery, will leave soon to take charge of a large tannery in the east.

Mrs. B. Walsh and daughter, Mrs. Herman Bright, of Morris, are here for a few days’ visit with her sons, T.P. and Allie Walsh. – Joliet Republican

Yesterday 276 tickets were sold from Morris to Ottawa and fully 300 Morris people visited the street fair today. Tomorrow is Joliet and Morris day.

A busy buzzing was heard above the SENTINEL office today. Mrs. Miskler explained the why and wherefore by announcing that they were holding a rag carpet bee.

The town election to decide if Morris township shall pay $7,500 towards the proposed new river bridge will be held Oct. 16th, the voting being at the usual places.

Deputy Sheriff Francis received another letter from his son this morning. He is still at San Francisco and eager to get to the front. The boy is a member of Co. 4, 11th Cavalry.

Miller & Turner have received two new contracts for heating and plumbing houses. One is the Thos. Buck property on Liberty street and the other is O. S. Miller’s home south of the Illinois.

The gentleman who was here to see about the re-opening of the cutlery works left yesterday for the East. He is a member of a company composed of eight men and as he was well impressed with Morris and the outlook here will no doubt make a favorable report to his partners.

The Epworth League has been fortunate in securing Major E. H. Cooper, of Denver, Colo., for a lecture next Thursday evening.  Mr. Cooper has spent many years in studying the habits and traditions of the interesting cliff dwellers and will lecture on those wonderful people. His talk will be made more entertaining by 100 or more beautiful colored views illustrating his lecture. It will be at the Methodist church and the reasonable charge of 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for children has been announced. Epworth League entertainments are the best and this one will be in keeping with their established reputation.

A Minooka Item

The Johny Jump Up and Four O’clock clubs held a union meeting in Minooka Monday night which was very much enjoyed. Several lady members were present from Joliet and a number of Morris gentleman attended the meeting. Mr. Farmer, having recently become of member of the Minooka’s elite, was initiated into the rights, privileges, benefits, etcetera, of the above mentioned clubs.

Rev. A. Etheridge and family of Marseilles, are expected to spend Sunday with Rev. C. C. Lovejoy and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Dewar have gone to Chicago. Mr. D. will return Monday but his wife will visit there for a week.

The mason work on Thos. Buck’s brick house on Liberty street was finished this morning. Stage & Lilly had the contract.

Although we have not finished moving, our location was changed yesterday to the Burrell building on Liberty street.

The Woods property near the Congregational church was sold today to R. Hurd for $4500. Prof. Cross occupies the house at present.

The Minooka High School ball team came to Morris today and played the local High school team this afternoon. Prof. Wortman accompanied the former nine.

S. Riggs returned today from a stay at Winamac, Ind.  He brought back with him some fine ears of corn as samples of that section’s product.

The concert given at the Methodist church last night was fairly well attended and the three young ladies from Blue Island who furnished the entertainment did very well and were repeatedly encored.

Ed. Peterson was taken in by Officer Broderick last night and this morning Magistrate Young fined him $3 and costs. He paid the costs and the fine was suspended.

Rev. S.J. Young, recently appointed pastor of the Morris Free Methodist church, has arrived and holds his first services tomorrow. He is a young man. Rev. O. V. Ketels will move next week to Algonquin, his new charge.

A decree of adoption was entered in the Cook county court yesterday whereby Phamie Robb became the adopted daughter of George Barton who is her mother’s husband. Her name was changed to Barton. Attorney C. Reardon had charge of the case.

A Streator woman has brought suit against the city for $2,000 damages. She fell and injured herself on the sidewalk. There was a drop in the walk where she fell and the circumstances were similar to those attending the Blackburn v. Carbon Hill case which has just been tried in the circuit court.

The old man who was in Morris about a week ago to see what inducement would be offered him to locate a furniture factory here will probably stop at Marseilles. Already $700 has been raised. The Ottawa Development Association paid no attention to him and the Morris Commercial Club didn’t look favorably on the meager information he furnished concerning his proposed plant.

J. W. Phillips, of Earville, who was born in that vicinity sixty three years ago, claims that Shabbona, the Indian chief, held him on his knee many a time. At one time the chief and his wife “came to the house when it was cold and his father gave them some hot bricks to keep warm with on their trip over the prairie. A year after Shabbona brought them back, thus proving again that he was an honest Injun.”

City Attorney Rausch went to Seneca today to take part as prosecutor in a case which has created a great stir in the village and surrounding country. Sadie Doty, who lives south of the town, charges Roy Farrell, of near Marseilles, with illegitimate parentage. The boy is but 20 years old and has always bore an excellent reputation. The defense will allege blackmail. Fowler Bros., and G. W. Blake, of Ottawa, will represent the defendant.


Chas. Ferguson was in Joliet today.

O. Knieram was a morning passenger to Chicago.

Joliet will have a dog show the second week in November.

G. M. Bucklin is sick at his home on the west side.

Capt. Enos Field has gone to Wilmington for a few days fishing.

A big fire is reported to have occurred at Marseilles last evening.

Pat Howard, of Carbon Hill went to Ottawa today via Morris.

A number of Morris people went to Ottawa today to “take in” the street fair.

J.D. Lane has returned form a two week’s visit at Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Chas. Felt returned to Chicago this morning after visiting a few days with his wife’s folks.

Ever Everson paid $3 and costs to ‘Squire Young last evening Ever was on a drunk last night.

Rev. S.H. Swartz preached his last sermon at Aurora Sunday and left for conference after giving a farewell reception to his friends.  His official board voted that he be not returned to that charge.

While working with some men on a straw stack near Channahon Saturday, Will Swain was accidentally jabbed with a pitchfork, the prongs entering his right leg.  He experiences great difficulty in getting about.

Doctors Buck and Harris, of Chicago, performed an operation in that city yesterday on the abcess which had formed on the neck of Ruth Bahlor.  About a pint of matter was drawn and the little girl is much better.

The gentleman who is here to see about re-opening the cutlery works, met for a short time with the Commercial club last evening.  He stated that he would employ about 20 men if he started the plant and today spent his time looking over the city.

Mr. Julius Hafner has resigned as stenographer for the Coleman Hardware Co. and leaves for Chicago tonight to accept a more lucrative position.  Although having been in Morris but a short time he has made many friends who regret his departure.

The official board of the M. E. church met last evening and finished up the year’s work.  With the financial pledges which have not been redeemed, the church is able to meet all its expenses and appropriations.  During the past two years about $3000 has been expended on improvements besides $3500 which was used for current expenses.


Indian summer.

Wm. Wood’s coal is the best.

A nutting party is announced for tomorrow.

Mrs. Chas. Morrall Sr. went to Chicago today.

D.A. Dishman and wife went to Joliet this morning.

Wm. Gore was down from Chicago over Sunday.

Miss Helen Cook is queen of the carnival at Ottawa.

Dr. Bower has returned from a business trip to Chicago.

Judge S.C. Stough went to Princeton today to hold court.

Rev. C.C. Lovejoy left today for Rockford to attend conference.

A number of Morris people went to Ottawa to see the street fair today.

Auctioneer Larson goes to Newark tomorrow to dispose of the Wix farm at auction.

Wicks & Leach is the place to order coal from Wm. Wood’s new mine or telephone 333.

Mrs. P. A. Armstrong Jr. returned to Chicago today after a few days visit in Morris.

George Garrett is in jail in default of $3 and costs for being drunk Saturday night.

The Ottawa Street Fair opened today and the prospects are that it will be attended by fine weather.

Mrs. Daniel Murry died Wednesday at her home in Highland was buried Saturday at Ottawa.

The Rock Island will sell round trip tickets to Chicago until Oct. 10, good to return the 14th for $2.25.

Frank Ridings, of Cedar Rapids, who is visiting his parents in Wauponsee, went to Chicago this morning.

W. E. Viner went to Odell today to remain a week in the interests of the Equitable Insurance Co. of Iowa.

Miss Edith Cunnea, returned to her home in Toledo, Ohio, today after an extended visit with relatives in Morris.

The Grundy County Sunday School Association will hold a meeting at the Baptist church Oct 13 and 14.  J. N. Woods, of Gardner, is president and Miss Nellie Rose, of Mazon, is secretary of the organization.

Farmers should read the “Western Trail”. Published quarterly by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway. Sent free for one year. Address at once by letter or postal card, John Sebastian, G.P.V., Chicago.

The Methodist Sunday school gave a special missionary service last evening at the church. During the past year the Sunday school has raised $112 for missions and the church $105.

Peter Johnson, formerly of Lisbon but now of Newark, tipped over with a load of straw near his home Saturday and his recovery is doubtful.

Judge A. R. Jordan has overruled the objections of the several railroads to the new and special assessment of $120 on the lands of the Claypool Drainage and Levee District and they will have to pay their share of the tax.

A new postal law has recently gone into effect providing for a fine not to exceed $300 for any person who takes a letter or a newspaper out of a postoffice that does not belong to them and does not return it immediately.

The case of Sadie Doty vs. Roy Farrel at Seneca Saturday resulted in a victory for the young man. His lawyers won on a technical point of defense. Mr. Rausch, who represents the girl, says the case will probably go to county court.

The first football game in Morris this season was played yesterday morning in Wainwrights pasture. The Stars defeated the Bishop Bros. eleven by a score of 3 to 2. The Stars then played a baseball game with the Saratoga Dew Drops and won that game also. Score, 11 to 9.

Fifteen of Spring Valley’s saloon keepers plead guilty to indictments found against them by the grand jury at Princeton Wednesday and were fined various sums for selling illegally. Four of that city’s politicians were fined on account of election frauds, also one woman. A man indicted for horse stealing plead guilty and was sentenced to a term in the penitentiary.


S.C.J. Peterson was in Chicago today.

Mrs. Holroyd went to Chicago this morning.

Dr. W.E. Walsh and wife were in Chicago today.

Mrs. R.C. Horrie has returned from Springfield.

A.T. Kilsner was a visitor from Verona today.

It is declared that there were snow flurries this morning.

“Honest Tom” Kelly, the Reds’ umpire, went to Chicago today.

Henry Mayo, ex-Postmaster of Ottawa, was in Morris on legal business today.

Misses Nellie Hunt, of Chicago and Maude Anderson of Wichita, are guests of Ardelle Haitz.

Del. Dewar, who was injured recently by falling down an elevator shaft at the tannery, is improving slowly and is now able to be out.

The large foundry and machine shop of McQueen & Chedister at Braidwood was totally destroyed by fire Wednesday night. Origin of the fire, unknown.

Peter Hoy, of north of Morris, went to Chicago today. He was formerly a conductor on a Chicago street car and went to the metropolis to testify in a law suit.

An excursion party of 40 ladies, members of the Royal Neighbors camp of Marseilles, spent yesterday in Morris. They viewed the drainage canal and visited the penitentiary.

Chas. Dolan and Miss Nellie Barry were married last night at the Catholic church by Father Meehan. This is the first act in the settlement of the charge of abortion brought against the groom by Miss Barry.

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Morrisey was kicked in the face by a horse yesterday afternoon. One of his cheeks and his forehead was badly cut and a doctor’s services were required.

During the past week a “Jack the Hugger” has been operating in Kankakee. Numerous complaints have been made by ladies that a man has jumped out of dark alleys, squeezed them, and then disappeared in the alley. His identity has become known and he is a young business man and married and unless he stops his work he will be prosecuted.

An Ottawa paper states that Dr. Sibbald will allege in his defense to the charge of abortion that the operation was necessary to save the young woman’s life as she had taken some very strong medicine. The doctor’s leading counsel refused to make a statement this morning as to whether or not the article referred to represented the truth but said there is no doubt but what his client will be found not guilty.

The citizens of Peoria county will dedicate the newly erected soldier’s monument, free from debt, the day President McKinley visits that city. The monument is about completed, and its beauty has inspired the citizens to a sense of their duty to wipe out the obligation of $7,000. Joseph B. Greenhut contributed $1,000 to the monument fund and Fritz Triebel, the sculptor, gave a like amount. Mrs. Greenhut, wife of the distiller, was chosen chairman of a special finance committee to secure the balance of the money before the monument is dedicated.

Stole a Coat and Vest

(Saturday’s daily)

A coat and vest were stolen from the waiting rooms of the station at Stockdale yesterday afternoon and two tramps, who were seen about the place, were suspected as soon as the absence of the clothing was discovered. The owner, whose name is Reed, found that the men had purchased tickets and gone to Morris on a local freight. He immediately came here and with the assistance of Officer Boyd, found one of the tramps at the Angus house saloon and he was wearing the missing garments. The fellow was taken to jail and his partner, who was at the depot, was soon there too. This morning the wearer of the goods gave his name as O’Brien and was bound over in the sum of $200. There being no evidence against his partner, who said his name was Cavanaugh, he was discharged. The clothing taken was worth about $8 and contained a check for $20 and a railroad pass for two men. The ticket and check were missing the prisoner claims to know nothing about them. In fact he says he was so drunk that he knows nothing about taking the coat and vest either.

To Weigh the Mail

(Mondays daily)

Tomorrow morning before 5 o’clock, Postmaster Claypool and his deputies will begin the tedious task of weighing, until Nov. 6th, every piece of mail matter which arrives at the office to be “sent out.” This includes the Lisbon mail and even the sacks and pouches in which the mail is shipped must be carefully forwarded to Washington, D.C. Every postoffice in the United States must do the same and the gathering of statistics is the object the department has in view.

Cupid’s Work

(Saturday’s Daily)

Cupid has apparently been working over time of late for more marriage licenses have been issued this week than during the three weeks previous. Today licenses were issued for the following persons:

Henry Johnson, 33, and Augusta Larson, 23, both of Gardner; John W. McCormick and Hester B. Finch, both of Verona; Henry Anderson, 23, Betsy Thompson, 23, both of Norman.

Death’s Harvest

The Aged Persons are Called Home

John S. Armstrong

(Monday’s daily)

John S. Armstrong, brother to P. A. Armstrong of this city, died at the home of his son-in-law in Ottawa at 8 o’clock Friday evening aged 89 years. The funeral was held from he residence in Ottawa this afternoon with interment at Millington, the remains being taken up on a Darlington train. He was born in Somerset county Pennsylvania, May 29, 1810. His parents removed to Ohio a year or two later, locating in Hicking county. His early education was secured in the log school house in Ohio, and in his younger days he did teaming across the Alleghany mountains. In August, 1829 he came to Illinois, locating first in Marshall county, where he built a cabin and blacksmith shop, which he sold two years later and located in what is now Deer Park township. He resided there until 1834, when he located in Mission township on the farm that he resided upon continuously until he retired from active work and finally went to live with his son-in-law, S. R. Parr. Mr. Armstrong was married on New Years’ day 1834, to Miss Margaret Trumbo, who died some three years ago. There were ten children born to them, but only three are now living – Mrs. S. R. Parr, of Ottawa, and Mrs. H. D. Barber and Joseph Armstrong of Sheridan. Besides his children, Mr. Armstrong leaves three brothers, Hon. G. W. Armstrong, of Brookfield, Hon. Perry A. Armstrong, of this city, and Isiah Armstrong, who lives near Sacramento, California. La Salle county had few better known men than John S. Armstrong. He was one of her earlier settlers and was known in all corners of the county. He became identified with the grange movement, was its treasurer for three years and for years was one of the leading men in Illinois. He took an interest in politics, though he never held any office except in his own township. Since he removed to Ottawa he has lived very quietly at home. He was ill but a short time, not being considered at all until nearly midnight Thursday, when he was attacked by a sinking spell, from which he recovered sufficiently to recognize his relatives Friday morning, but soon relapsed, and sank gradually to the end.


Submitted by Deb Haines.

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