Phoenix Advertiser, Minooka News 1904

January 7, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 1

Markets – Corn 34; oats 34; eggs __;

The ground hog will soon have his day.

E. N. WEESE was a visitor to Chicago Monday.

KAFFER Bros. got in a car load of flour Tuesday.

Miss Essie BRISCOE was a visitor to Joliet Thursday.

Edward CARLIN, of Joliet, called on Minooka friends Sunday.

Michael BRISCOE was a business visitor to Joliet Saturday.

Miss Mamie CLENNON spent New Year’s with friends in Joliet.

Thomas MURPHY and Frank LYNK went to Joliet on business Saturday.

The Reno Comedy Co., appeared at White’s Central hall Wednesday night.

Miss Tillie HOLLERING, of Aurora, visited friends here Friday and Saturday.

S. F. TROWBRIDGE went to Joliet to consult a veterinarian Tuesday afternoon.

Miss Mamie CLENNON was a guest of Miss Regina BURKE in Joliet New Year’s.

George COLLEPS Jr. was on the sick list a few days of the past week with tonsilitis.

Charles CARROLL, of Joliet, spent Sunday here with his mother, Mrs. Lizzie CARROLL.

Mr. and Mrs. John WEIDNER, of Morris, were New Year’s guests of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. WARD.

Mrs. T. BURKE, who had been spending a couple of weeks with her friends in Joliet, returned home Thursday evening.

Miss Effie FITZGERALD returned to her home in Chicago Saturday after a visit here with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. P. DWYER.

Miss Adelaide TYRRELL, of Chicago, has been visiting here the past week as a guest of her cousin, Mrs. W. H. KAFFER, and other relatives.

Mrs. Edward STRATTON and son, of Massena, Iowa, arrived here Tuesday morning for a visit at the home of the lady’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. CAMPBELL.

The Court of Honor gave a New Year’s party at Union hall Thursday evening and there was a large attendance. The music was by Stahl and supper was served by KROGNESS.

Miss Ethel WATSON was a guest of Miss Clara UTTER in Joliet last week and accompanied her on her return to Galesburg, Ill., where both of the young ladies are attending Knox College.

Edward McEVILLY was in Chicago Wednesday of last week and witnessed the Iroquois theatre fire and its heartrending scenes. Mr. McEVILLY had tickets for the evening performance at the Iroquois that night.

A committee composed of Patrick BRADY, Michael BRISCOE, Henry TALBOT and Paul MURPHY gave a pleasant dancing party in Union hall New Year’s night. The music was by Jesse James’ orchestra and supper was served by Caterer KROGNESS.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. KAFFER attended a fine party in Joliet last Monday night given at Marquette hall by Mrs. Daniel FEELEY and the Misses Mamie and Lizzie RYAN, Ella BARRY and Sadie LANGDON. The ladies had about three hundred guests and all were royally entertained. The music was by Holman’s orchestra of six pieces.

Next Sunday promises to be a day of unusual happiness in one Minooka home. Theodore KREIN’s residence will be the scene of a family reunion that day and the five sons, John, George, Frank, Theodore and Edward, are coming out from Chicago, and the daughter, Miss Julia KREIN, from Joliet. These, with the children still at home, will make up the complete family group and it will be the first time in some years that they have all been together.

Robert McMICHAEL and family attended the funeral in Chicago Saturday of their cousin, a boy who parished in the Iroquois theater fire Wednesday afternoon. Another cousin, a young lady, was also in the theater and was so badly burned and crushed in the panic that she is now at the hospital in a precarious condition. She was underneath several other bodies and was thought to be dead when first found. The boy’s body bore no marks of wounds or burning, and death is supposed to have resulted from suffocation or fright.

Harry THAYER is now day operator for the Rock Island at Blue Island. He came down Saturday evening for a short visit with his parents in this place and returned Sunday morning. The recent change was in the nature of ______ _____ and he is now in one of the most lucrative and responsible positions in the telegraphic division outside of the dispatcher’s office. His telegraphic duties embrace the work of twenty one separate wires and he attends to the ticket sales besides. Harry is yet in his nineteenth year and has certainly made swift progress up the ladder of success in railroad work.

DIED: Sunday, Jan. 3, 1904, at 9:30 o’clock a. m., Mrs. Emma J. HILL, the beloved wife of William A. HILL, at her home in Troy township, two and a half miles north-east of Minooka. Mrs. HILL had suffered with stomach trouble for a long time and this finally led to her death. Miss HILL was born in Troy township, May 25, 1856, and was 47 years of age. She was well known throughout this section. Her maiden name was Marshall. Dec. 24, 1880, she was married to W. A. HILL, of Troy. Mrs. HILL leaves a husband and five children to mourn her demise. The children are Harrison HILL, of Galesburg, Ill.; Oliver, Charlotte, Clara and Albert, at home. The funeral was held Tuesday at the home in Troy at 11 o’clock. Burial in Chapman cemetery.

January 14, 1904, Vol. 29. No. 2

Markets – Corn 35; oats 34; eggs 28; butter 21.

M. J. WHALEN spent Wednesday in Channahon.

January 21, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 3

Markets – Corn 36; oats 35; eggs 28; butter 20.

Mrs. E. KINSELLA spent last Saturday in Joliet.

Mrs. William COULEHAN spent Saturday in Joliet.

Robert CARROLL was a visitor to Chicago Saturday.

Miss Bessie COLLEPS has been on the sick list with lagrippe.

Miss Mary DALY visited in Joliet last Sunday as a guest of Mrs. Louis BELAY.

George COLLEPS Jr. has had another bad attack of tonsilitis but is able to be out again.

Jeremiah KINSELLA, of Joliet, spent Monday here with G. T. SMITH and Mrs. E. KINSELLA.

Minooka has a limited number of bachelors for the girls to devote their attentions to this leap year.

Charles CARROLL, of Joliet, has been visiting here with his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth CARROLL, for a few days.

February 2, 1887, was the date of the big Minooka fire and the seventeenth anniversary will soon be at hand.

Tonsilitis is the prevailing malady now. C. A. TROWBRIDGE, Miss Beulah WEESE and L. A. WARD’s family have all been sufferers.

They are plenty of fish in the canal and river and large quantities have been caught this winter by cutting holes in the ice and dropping in a line well baited.

The Minooka draying business has undergone another transfer and now Alonzo HEATH is at the helm. He bought the business from Elmer DRAINER a few days ago.

The little daughter of Ald. Frank KENNELLY in Joliet, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. J. KNIGHT of this place, underwent an operation for appendicitis at Silver Cross hospital last Thursday and is getting along nicely.

The young ladies of Minooka will give the annual fire dance this year. It will be the seventeenth event of this kind and will occur Wednesday evening, Feb. 3. Stahl’s orchestra will furnish music and KROGNESS will serve supper. The tickets will be $1.75, including supper. Two hundred invitations are being issued and the event promises to be a grand success.

The great theatre holocaust in Chicago recently has moved the Minooka village board to condemn what has long been regarded as a bad fire trap here. This is Union hall on the third floor of the Union hotel building. There is but a single winding inside stairway to the hall and this is only wide enough for one person to pass at a time. A poorer exit in the event of fire or panic could not easily be contrived. The authorities insist that the hall must remain closed until a good outside stairway is constructed and their action cannot fail to meet with warm public approval. A suitable outside stairway can be constructed at small expense.

January 28, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 4

Markets – Corn 35; oats 36; eggs 32; butter 20.

S. BEDFORD has been spending a few days in Aurora.

Charles DOUGHERTY, of the Ridge, is suffering with tonsilitis.

Mrs. F. STRATTON and daughter Lois spent Saturday in Joliet.

S. F. TROWBRIDGE was a business caller in Morris Thursday.

Wm. PLATT has been numbered with the sick for the past week.

Miss Franc WATSON has been visiting in Chicago the past week.

Miss Gladys NEWMAN has been on the sick list for a few days.

Robert BRADBURY called on Joliet friends Friday and Saturday.

W. H. KAFFER and George BELL were in Joliet on business Saturday.

Mrs. George COLLEPS is a little improved from a severe attack of illness last week.

Mrs. Fred DIRST spent Thursday and Friday with her mother, Mrs. J. EATON, in Joliet.

Mr. SMITH, at the SCHEFELDT home north of town, has been quite sick for a few days.

Additional victims of the prevailing tonsilitis are Robert SHURTLIFF and Fremont PLATT.

Dennis DOUGHERTY, of Chicago, formerly of Minooka, spent Sunday here with friends.

Miss Nellie COWA__, of California, was a guest at the home of Mrs. Henry RANDALL last week.

Mr. and Mrs. John BUCKLEY visited in Verona, Ill., with friends several days of the week past.

A fine son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis LIBERTY near Channahon, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1904.

Several Minooka people who intended going to Joliet and Chicago Tuesday noon did not go.

George BELL held the lucky number that drew the set of dishes at DWYER & COULEHAN’s store Saturday.

A new and complete line of fancy and comic valentines at Bert WARD’s at very low prices. Get them now.

Mrs. C. NEILSEN and daughters, Mrs. Geo. KROGNESS and Mrs. F. McCOWAN, were visitors in Joliet Thursday.

Harry LIDAMOSE, a resident of Aux Sable township, is suffering with consumption and is in a very serious condition.

Mrs. Myrtle LISTRY and Miss Susan GOOSTRY, both of Harvey, spent a day or two of last week at the home of Mrs. R. VanDOLSON.

H. BIRD Jr., of Lockport, spent a day or two of this week in this place looking up orders for trees, shrubs, etc., in which he deals.

Mrs. Hester CLENNON, who had been visiting relatives and friends here the past two weeks, returned to her home in Colorado, Friday.

Trains east on the Rock Island Tuesday afternoon were all about four hours late on account of a wreck of some freight cars at Bureau.

Last Tuesday was almost a record breaking day for grain marketing in Minooka. Over two hundred loads were handled at KNAPP’s elevator, nearly all corn.

Thomas MURPHY held an auction sale at his farm two miles north of town last Thursday and disposed of all his farm tools, stock, etc., preparatory to embarking in the hardware business here. He expects to open his store about Feb. 1.

Miss Maggie FEENY and Mr. Thomas BRISCOE were married at the Catholic church in Morris Wednesday, January 27, 1904. Miss HENNEBRY, of Wilmington, was the bridesmaid. She is a sister of D. A. HENNEBRY the well known grain man.

If the back bone of the winter was broken by the January thaw last week it grew together again mighty suddenly Sunday and has been pretty stiff ever since. Fifteen below was registered Monday morning and zero weather has prevailed for several days.

Miss Mattie SPERRY, who is chief stenographer for SWEET, ORR & Co., in Joliet, has entered into a year’s contract with that firm at a good salary and will spend a good share of the coming summer at the great exposition in St. Louis where the company will have a big exhibit.

A caucus of the republican voters of Aux Sable township will be held in KREINS’ hall this Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock to select four delegates to the county convention to be held in Morris the next day at 1:30 p.m. for the purposed of selecting delegates to the congressional convention Feb. 4.

An exciting runaway occurred on the streets of the village last Thursday with a lively team and Sir Thomas OAKS as the star performers. The prelude was an upset of the bobs to which the team was attached and the postlude was Sir Thomas, his boots and breastworks all full of snow, saying “it might have been worse”.

Dr. J. J. BRINCKERHOFF received a handsome trophy a few days ago of which he is justly proud. It is from the America Light Brahma Club and was awarded for the best exhibit of Light Brahmas at the Illinois State Poultry show in Bloomington, Jan. 3-9, 1904. Dr. BRINCKERHOFF had ten fowls exhibited and secured $16 in cash prizes besides the trophy which is a very fine large, acorn shaped, quadruple-plated vase with ebony, handles valued at $20. It is something worth winning. This week Dr. BRINCKERHOFF has thirteen Light Brahmas exhibited at the great Chicago poultry show which is of national scope.

Miss Shirley DAVIS was taken completely by surprise by about forty of her young friends at her home last Friday evening in honor of her thirteenth birthday which was Wednesday. The event was planned for the latter night but Miss Shirley’s suspicions were in some way aroused and she accordingly prepared to entertain her friends that evening. Her friends were not to be outdone, however, and learning of Miss Shirley’s preparations they quietly postponed the surprise and allowed Miss Shirely to wait for them in vain. Then Friday evening they became busy and carried out the surprise in a way that unnerved Miss Shirley for a few moments. They brought refreshments along and the fun they didn’t have could be described in mighty few words.

February 4, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 5

Ed. BARRY was in Joliet Friday.

Bert WARD spent Thursday in Joliet.

Roy HARE has recovered from the measles.

Markets – Corn 35; oats 37; eggs 30; butter 20.

George TINDER, of Morris, spent Friday with his parents here.

Roy HARE is numbered with the sick, his affliction being measles.

Misses Emma COOP and Bessie COLLEPS called on Joliet friends Saturday.

Miss WYETH, of White Willow, visited over Sunday with her aunt, Mrs. Wm. GRUETT.

The recently elected officers of the local lodge of K. P.’s were installed last Wednesday evening.

Frank McHUGH and Henry TALBOT are absent on a trip to Oklahoma to look over the country.

Contractor Frank SICKLES has the contract for considerable building and repairing for John BALTZ.

A new and complete line of fancy and comic valentines at Bert WARD’s at very low prices. Get them now.

S. F. TROWBRIDGE has invested in the Mrs. WOOD property in the south west part of town. Consideration $100.

Miss Ethel WATSON, who is attending the university at Lake Forest, spent a few days of the past week at home.

Edward CHAPMAN was kicked on the hand by a horse one day last week and a bone in the member is fractured as a result.

The funeral of Albert HARE who died Wednesday was held Friday from the Seward Congregational church conducted by Rev. BEDDOES.

A fine twelve-pound son arrived safely at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie ODELL at Sand Ridge, Wednesday morning, Feb. 3, 1904.

The Epworth Leaguers held a very pleasant social at the BUCKLEY home last Thursday evening, enjoying a bob ride, music and refreshments.

The stork paid a visit to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank SICKLES last Friday, Jan. 29, 1904, and brought a fine ten-pound son who is the joy and hope of the proud parents.

Contractor SICKLES is erecting an implement shed for Thomas MURPHY the new hardware merchant. The new building is just opposite the new store, on the south side of the street.

We are reliably informed that W. H. KAFFER has embarked in the fancy poultry business and that when he gets a few more chicks hatched Dr. BRINCKERHOFF’s prize bunch will look like a shadow in comparison.

Dr. BRINCKERHOFF’s exhibit of light brahma chickens at the Chicago poultry show last week brought down the highest honors in this class. He secured first money for hen, pullet and pen and second for cock and cockerel.

Will FERGUSON arrived home last Thursday from Chicago where he was employed in a drug store for some time. Will is not any too well pleased with city life and has decided to remain in Minooka for a time at least.

The wind last Monday drifted the snow quite badly and some of the roads have been almost blockaded. The gale sweeping across plowed fields also picked up dirt and dust and scattered it broad cast with the snow thus removing the “beautiful” far from its wonted beauty.

W. H. RANDALL, C. E. DAVIS, Edward OAKS and J. H. MURPHEY were chosen at the republican caucus last Friday evening as delegates to the county convention in Morris Saturday. The convention instructed the delegates to the state convention to vote for the renomination of Gov. YATES.

Messrs., and Mesdames W. H. KAFFER, C. F. DIRST, M. L. KAFFER, J. BRADY, William PATTEN, H. P. BRANNICK, E. W. BRADY; Misses Eva and Etta TALBOT, Margaret BRANNICK, Kathryn KINNEY and Agnes McEVILLY and Messrs. D. A. HENNEBRY, Thomas OAKS and John McEVILLY attended the brilliant party given by the Knights of Columbus at Adam hall in Joliet last Monday night. There were about five hundred guests and the event was one of the most successful society functions that Joliet has ever known. All of the Minooka people greatly enjoyed the entertainment provided.

February 11, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 6

Mrs. Peter BRISCOE is very ill with pneumonia.

Markets – Corn 33; oats 37; eggs 30; butter 20.

Mrs. L. A. WARD visited in Joliet last Thursday.

Miss Agnes McEVILLY spent last Monday in Chicago.

Michael WHALEN spent Sunday and Monday in Joliet.

Patrick MURPHY, of Wilmington, called on friends here last Friday.

L. A. WARD visited last Sunday with his mother, Mrs. WANNER, near Morris.

Miss Lizzie COULEHAN spent last Friday, Saturday and Sunday with relatives in Wilmington.

A new and complete line of fancy and comic valentines at Bert WARD’s at very low prices. Get them now.

Miss Frankie CLONAN, of Chicago, was a guest here last Sunday of her grandmother, Mrs. James MEAD.

Miss Lola SHURTLIFFE, Hazel and Florence CLARK, Elta and Lyle HARE and Eugene KETCHUM are all victims of the measles this week.

Harry THAYER is spending a ten days’ vacation at his home here and expects at the end of that time to resume his position with the Rock Island in Blue Island.

Mrs. and Mrs. Harry JOHNSON (nee Mae ANDREWS) left a few days ago for Joliet where they will reside. Mr. JOHNSON has accepted a position at the coal chutes. He is much improved in health.

Work on Henry TRUBY’s new elevator here has been pushed along quite satisfactory considering the continuous cold weather and the building will be completed in about ten days and ready to handle grain.

No work has been done on the new St. Mary’s Catholic church during the unusually long cold winter and further operations not be will attempted until spring opens and the weather favors the execution of good work.

A theatrical performance is scheduled for presentation at Masonic hall next Tuesday evening, Feb. 16, by Maude ATKINSON, a dramatic star, assisted by Morris talent. “Woman against Woman” will be the vehicle of their Thespian ambitions in Minooka.

The fire dance given by the young ladies of Minooka at White’s Central hall Wednesday evening of last week was a pronounced success in spite of the bad weather that prevailed. Over fifty tickets were sold and the venture made good financially as well as socially.

The Minooka Pleasure Club held its regular weekly meeting in Masonic hall Monday evening with an attendance of about twenty couples, most of whom are past the stage of worrying about leap year. Music was furnished by Gus BJORK and all present enjoyed a very pleasant time.

In the burial of Mrs. FEEHAN last Saturday a very heavy steel outer casing received the coffin. This steel casing is supposed to be very enduring in protecting the remains from contact with the soil. It was the first of the kind ever used here.

Harry LIDDAMORE died at his home at Sand Ridge, last Saturday morning, Feb. 6, 1904, aged about 30 years. Consumption was the cause of death. The decedent leaves a widow who was formerly Miss Lizzie TABLER. His parents reside near Morris. The funeral occurred Monday from the home and burial was in Morris.

Mrs. James FEEHAN passed away last Saturday, Feb. 6, 1904, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ambrose BRANNICK, two miles south west of here. Mrs. FEEHAN had been ailing for a long time with asthma and heart trouble. Her husband died about fifteen years ago. The surviving children are Daniel and Miss Esther and Jeremiah, of Chicago, Michael, of Joliet, Mrs. Ambrose BRANNICK, of Minooka, and John whose residence at present is not known. The funeral took place Monday at 10:30 o’clock from the home conducted by Rev. Father Joseph McMAHON. Interment was in Dresden Cemetery.

February 18, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 7

Markets – Corn 34; oats 38; eggs 30; butter 20.

Miss Lola SHURTLIFF is quite ill with the measles.

Bert WARD was in Joliet on business Monday.

J. H. MURPHEY has recovered from an attack of grip.

The new elevator at the E. J. & E. will be completed this week.

Miss Emma KINNEY, of Troy, is spending this week with friends in town.

Charles O’BRIEN entertained his brother from Iowa several days of the past week.

C. E. DAVIS has come out on top in a struggle with grip and was in the county seat on business Tuesday.

Mrs. George COLLEPS, who has been ill for some time, has been worse this week and her condition is quite serious.

Miss Hazel KETCHAM has caught the measles and is down with the disease. Her brother Merton has recovered from an attack.

“Woman Against Woman” was presented in a very acceptable manner by Morris talent at White’s hall Tuesday evening and the hall was crowded.

Mr. Bert C. DAVIS, of Seward, and Miss Elizabeth LEPPERT, of Joliet, were married at St. Mary’s church in Joliet Wednesday noon, Feb. 17th, 1904. The happy twain will reside on a farm in Seward.

The family of Scott McCANNA, eight miles north of here, is afflicted with diphtheria. The baby died with the disease last week and Mrs. McCANNA and another child are now the victims, but it is thought they will both recover.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sawyer were given an English surprise party last Saturday night at their home when a group of twenty friends or more assembled and remained till midnight enjoying cards, music, refreshments and a general good time. All those present were of English blood.

Mrs. Mary Ridge FERRELL, an old resident of Channahon, died at her home in that place Monday, aged 82 years, 6 months, 15 days. Mrs. FERRELL was a native of England and came to this vicinity 40 years ago. She leaves a husband, one son, Louis FERRELL, of Joliet, and one daughter, Mrs. John TRAYER, of Channahon.

February 25, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 8

Ms. Chas. O’BRIEN spent Friday in Joliet.

Miss Ella HENDERSON is sick with tonsilitis.

Markets – Corn 36; oats 39; eggs 24; butter 20.

Michael WHALEN was in Morris on business Monday.

Thos. SHAW and Edward BARRY were visitors in Joliet Sunday.

Julius OLSON and Wm. ROLFS were in Joliet on business Monday.

Minooka, will have to begin to arise from her ashes again pretty soon.

Miss Essie BRISCOE visited in Joliet as a guest of Miss Mary BONZA Saturday.

Frank WEESE, of Morris, came up Monday to see what the fire left of the town.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry NEWMAN visited the latter’s sister, Mrs. Fred DIRST, Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Will COOP and Miss Mae TINDER called on Morris friends Saturday.

Mrs. James HENNESSY, of Odell, was a guest Monday of Mrs. James CANTWELL.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. E. THAYER, of Joliet, spent Sunday and Monday with kindred here.

Attorney Geo. BEDFORD, of Morris, attended the marriage of his sister here Thursday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred BEDFORD of Joliet, visited over Sunday with friends and relatives here.

N. J. COMERFORD accompanied his daughter to Morris Tuesday where she is attending school.

Miss Maggie DEMPSEY, of Joliet, visited Sunday and Monday with relatives and friends here.

Mrs. W. A. CLARK left Tuesday for Kansas City to straighten up the affairs of her sister who lately died there.

I. V. HOOPER is said to be improving at the hospital in Kankakee and it is thought that he will come home in April.

Miss Ethel WATSON returned to her studies at the Northwestern University Tuesday after spending a few days at her home here.

MARRIED. At the residence of the brides parents in Seward; Miss Lizzie BEDFORD, to Mr. George O’BRIEN, of Plattville, Thursday, February 18, 1904.

A. R. BLY, and family this week cease to as residents of Minooka and henceforth will call Joliet their home. They are old time citizens here and will be much missed.

A lecture on Eastern North Dakota is billed for Masonic hall this Friday evening. The speaker will be J. F. B. BECKWITH and of course his mission is to interest people in Dakota lands.

Robert MILLER the tonsorialist, rented Mrs. CARROLL’s building just west of CAMPBELL’s harness store Monday after the fire and had a new outfit of chairs, razors, etc., shipped from Chicago immediately so that he was again ready for business the following day.

Edward McEVILLY, W. H. KAFFER, M. L. KAFFER, Thomas OAKS, Henry P. BRANNICK and D. A. HENNEBRY attended a meeting of the Knights of Columbus in Morris last Sunday. The local council there was organized that day with a membership of 54. Mr. BRANNICK was initiated as a part of the exercises.

Chas. O’BRIEN, whose saloon was burned out in the fire Monday morning, had rented the GEARY place on the corner, owned by John McEVILLY, of Morris, by noon of the same day, and was out of business but a few hours. His entire stock and fixtures were lost in the fire and he carried no insurance. The fixtures were owned by Charles WHITE.

Jet HOUSE, one of the pioneer settlers and citizens, of Seward, passed away at his home there last Friday, Feb. 19, 1904, aged 85 years. The decedent was a brother of Rodney HOUSE, of Joliet, and was a well-known man. He leaves a widow but no children. The funeral occurred Sunday from the First Congregational church and interment was in Plainfield.

Mrs. Pliny GATES, sister of Frank ENEIX and Mrs. W. A. CLARK, of this place, died at her home in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1904, after a very brief illness. Mrs. GATES was about 30 years of age and resided here till about twelve years ago. She leaves a husband and one daughter aged seven. The remains were brought to Joliet for burial and the funeral occurred there Friday.

Mrs. George COLLEPS, who had been ill with dropsy for a long time, died at her home here, early last Saturday morning, February 18, 1904, aged 53 years. Mrs. COLLEPS maiden name was Jennie Van HORNE and she was born in Newark, N. J. She was a sister of Rev. G. R. VanHORNE who was once pastor of the Minooka M. E. church and later presiding elder in this district. Mrs. COLLEPS leaves the husband, one son, George, Jr. and two daughters, Misses Mattie and Bessie COLLEPS. The funeral occurred Saturday.

The two-story brick building occupied by DWYER & COULEHAN’s general store and meat market, Charles O’BRIEN’s saloon and Robert MILLER’s barber shop was completely destroyed by fire shortly after midnight Monday morning. With the building went up in flames DWYER & COULEHAN’s entire stock, Charles O’BRIEN’s complete saloon outfit and all of Robert MILLER’s barber chairs, utensils, etc. Besides these Julius OLSON, the jewler, had a shop on the second floor and his stock was also destroyed. Other roomers on the second floor lost wearing apparel and other property. The fire seemed to originate in the rear of DWYER & COULEHAN’s store and the manner of its starting is a mystery. Julius OLSON, C. G. KROGNESS and others discovered the fire about the same time and all hastened out and began the battle with the flames. The M. E. church bell was tolled by W. A. THAYER and the town was soon fully alarmed. The wind blew the fire east across the narrow alley and fanned flames against the side of Dr. BRINCKERHOFF’s drug store and here the quickly organized bucket brigade directed their work. If the fire fiend leaped across the alley the whole business block would be doomed. Men worked heroically in the fierce heat and finally triumphed over the flames. The window frames of the drug store were charred and the glass broken but the blaze was fought back and thousands of dollars worth of property saved. The building destroyed was owned by Charles WHITE and his loss is about $4,000 mostly covered by insurance. DWYER & COULEHAN carried $3,000 insurance which probably almost covers their loss. Charles O’BRIEN estimates his loss at $1300 and he had no insurance. Robert MILLER carried $150 insurance and this will about cover his loss. Julius OLSON’s loss is $200 or $300. He carried no insurance. On the second floor was WHITE’s Central hall in which the services of St. Mary’s church had been held since the church edifice was destroyed by fire last summer and pending the completion of the new church. Thus the congregation is again without a place of worship. Just east of the scene of the fire the Shepley Belton(?) hotel building burned three years ago. Mr. WHITE (Transcriber’s note: The remaining two sentences are unreadable.)

March 3, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 9

E. N. WEESE is on the sick list.

Markets – Corn –; oats 38; eggs 18; butter 20.

W. A. CLARK was in Morris on business Tuesday.

Michael WHALEN was in Joliet Monday.

Attorney Louis LAGGER, of Joliet, was a visitor here Tuesday.

Mrs. Addie HEATH, of Peoria, Ill., sister of Mrs. A. K. KNAPP, has been spending the week here.

A fine little daughter registered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William SMITH north-east of town last Sunday, Feb. 28, 1904.

L. A. WARD was in Morris yesterday to attend the funeral of his grandfather, William ELEYE, who died Tuesday, aged 85 years.

William FITZPATRICK won the first phonograph raffled off by Bert WARD one day last week and Frank WILSON captured the next one.

Charles E. WHITE has decided to rebuild the building destroyed by fire ten days ago and is clearing away the debris preparatory to operations. The insurance losses have all been satisfactorily adjusted.

Announcement has been made of the approaching marriage of Miss Frances COULEHAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex COULEHAN, and Mr. Henry DWYER. This wedding will be solemnized St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

Wm. Henry SNIDER, one of the old residents of this section, died at his home north of town, last Saturday, Feb. 27, 1904, aged 74 years, 9 months, 18 days. The funeral was Monday morning from the home and burial was in Chapman cemetery. The decedent leaves a widow, one son and five daughters.

J. J. VANA, the host at the Union hotel, was victimized by his good wife, assisted by about forty friends, last Saturday evening and for a little while “mine host” was to confused to know whether he was on foot or in an automobile. He soon realized, however, that he was in the hands of friends and very gracefully surrendered as their guest of honor. About forty were present and dancing, in mask costume, held sway until midnight when a fine supper was served and the enjoyable occasion was rounded out with cards and a good time.


Well-Known Grain Merchant Passes Away Saturday Evening at His Home in this Place. Was Minooka’s Leading Citizen.

A. K. KNAPP, for forty years a grain merchant in this place and the most prominent citizen in the community, received the death summons at 10:30 o’clock last Saturday evening, Feb. 27, 1904, after an invalidism of nearly a year as a result of a stroke of paralysis sustained May 7, 1903.

Mr. KNAPP had been slowly regaining his powers for several months past and seemed better Saturday than at any previous time. That evening he complained of not feeling quite so well but there was no further warning of the approaching end which came very suddenly as the result of an apoplectic stroke. Death at any time, however, was not unexpected by members of the family nor by Mr. KNAPP himself who had fully realized the gravity of his physical condition throughout. He bore his helplessness and the necessary rigors of medical treatment with great fortitude and patience through the several months of his illness and his excellent manhood was as much evidenced in sickness as in health.

Mr. KNAPP was born at Oxford, New York, Dec. 13, 1836 and early manifested a spirit of independence and enterprise by coming west. At Lockport, Ill., in 1860, he married Miss Pamelia GRISWOLD. Her parents then resided at Lockport and were among the earliest settlers in the community, having come from Connecticut along in the ’30s.

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. KNAPP went east and resided in New York until 1865 when they came to this place. Mr. KNAPP embarked at once in the grain business and became associated as a partner with the late G. C. GRISWOLD. The firm extended its field of operation at different points in the Mississippi valley. The partnership continued until the death of Mr. GRISWOLD Jan. 21, 1894. After that Mr. KNAPP continued the business alone but some years ago disposed of his elevator interests elsewhere and continued his operations to the grain, lumber and banking business here.

Mr. KNAPP was uniformly successful in business, due to his good judgment, industry, executive ability and personal honesty which was never questioned. He was a prominent member of the Chicago board of trade and filled several political positions of trust and honor in the community. The universal high personal regard in which he was held by all who knew him and the affectionate reverence of his family constitute a higher and rarer eulogy of his life and character than any that tongue can pronounce or pen indite.

Through his business operations Mr. KNAPP accumulated a fortune variously estimated at $50,000 to $100,000. He was always of generous spirit and many were freely aided and helped by him. No miserly qualities contributed to the building up of his fortune. He leaves a widow but no children. One brother and two sisters reside at Addison, New York and one sister at Charles City, Iowa. He was a member of the Masonic order and belonged to the Oriental Consistory, of Chicago and to the Medinah Temple Mystic Shrine.

The funeral, conducted by Rev. JAGGARD, occurred Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock from the Minooka M. E. church and the remains were taken by carriage to Lockport where they were buried in the GRISWOLD family lot. The funeral services were very largely attended and many were present from Chicago, Joliet and elsewhere abroad.


John SHEPLEY Manager

Wm. C. WUNDERLICH, of Joliet, has opened a new and up-to-date branch undertaking establishment is the KREIN building in Minooka, with a full line of caskets and undertaking goods. Also has private ambulance and carriages. Prompt attention will be given by calling on John SHEPLEY. Both Telephones 544.

March 10, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 10

Markets – Corn 33; oats 36; eggs 16; butter 22.

John J. SHEPLEY was in Joliet on business Saturday.

Wm. and John BUCKLEY were in Morris on legal business Monday.

Miss Kittie HERBERT, of Channahon, is spending this week with friends here.

Patrick WHALEN, of Morris, called on kindred and friends here Saturday.

Mrs. Fred WEESE and children visited with relatives in Channahon Sunday.

Miss May FITZGERALD, of Chicago, is visiting this week, as a guest of her cousin, Miss Mary CANTWELL.

S. F. TROWBRIDGE is serving on the grand jury in Morris as the representative from Aux Sable township this week.

Mrs. Mable DeGROOT, of Chicago, spent some time of the past week here with her cousins, Mrs. Fred WEESE and Mrs. C. B. CHASE.

Miss Agnes McEVILLY has resigned her position in KAFFER Bros. store and has been succeeded by Miss Kittie KINNIE, sister of Mrs. W. H. KAFFER.

Mrs. C. B. CHASE left Wednesday noon for Los Angeles, California, where she will join her husband who is engaged there in the interest of a big brick manufacturing concern.

The funeral of A. K. KNAPP last Tuesday at the M. E. church was very largely attended and Rev. JAGGARD preached a very fine funeral discourse. The remains were taken by carriage to Lockport for burial.

The contractors are resuming work on the new St. Mary’s church this week. There is a lot of water in the basement and this will have to be pumped out before any other work can be done. It is hardly to be expected that the building will be completed before September.

Martin KAFFER has been laid up at his home since last Thursday with blood poisoning which resulted from a small cut on his hand made by a piece of tin. Mr. KAFFER has suffered great pain and a high fever and has been a pretty sick man. At present he is greatly improved and with good luck will soon be fully recovered.

Spring days are beginning to appear in earnest and the spring political campaign begins to absorb attention. A supervisor and all the other town officers are to be chosen Tuesday, April 5, and they must be nominated not last than Monday, March 21, only ten days hence. No one has yet announced his candidacy for any office and it looks like a good chance for the ambitious ones. Supervisor Daniel HALL will probably stand for re-election if his friends insist on it.

Minooka Undertaking Establishment

John SHEPLEY, Manager

Wm. C. WUNDERLICH, of Joliet, has opened a new and up-to-date branch undertaking establishment in the KREIN building in Minooka, with a full line of caskets and undertaking goods. Also has private ambulance and carriages. Prompt attention will be given by calling on John SHEPLEY. Both Telephones 244.

March 17, 1904, Vol. 27., No. 11

Markets – Corn 33; oats 38; eggs 16; butter 21.

Mrs. Lizzie CARROLL visited in Morris Monday.

Frank WILSON was in Joliet Friday on business.

Mrs. Henry P. BRANNICK was in Joliet Monday.

Miss Maggie BRANNICK called on Joliet friends Thursday.

Edward CARROLL, of Morris, called on relatives here Monday.

Nels MUNSON, of Plattville, called on friends here Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry NEWMAN called on Joliet friends Tuesday.

Mrs. JEFFRIES who had been visiting in Morris, returned to Minooka Friday.

The wedding of Miss Fannie COULEHAN and Mr. Henry DWYER occurred yesterday.

Miss Blanche KNOWLES, of Morris, spent Saturday and Sunday here with her aunt, Mrs. Frank JONES.

The interior of Bert WARD’s confectionery store is undergoing a thorough cleaning this week.

Mrs. Maria HERBERT of Wilmington, came here Tuesday and is a guest of her sister, Mrs. Lizzie CARROLL.

Mrs. Fred DIRST and children visited over Sunday with the former’s mother, Mrs. EATON, in Joliet.

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. WALSH and daughter Celia, spent Sunday with Mr. Frank MILLER and family here.

Martin KAFFER has recovered from his illness with blood poisoning which resulted from a slight wound on the hand.

The families of W. A. THAYER, John TEMPLETON and C. E. DAVIS are the headquarters of the mumps at present.

Geo. TINDER and wife, of Morris, visited Sunday and Monday with the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. TINDER, Sr.

Chas. E. DAVIS and M. L. KAFFER were up at Goose Lake from Thursday morning until Saturday trying their luck with the sportive duck.

DWYER & COULEHAN intend to reopen their store and meat market in the near future if arrangements can be made for a suitable building.

Mr. and Mrs. S. A. FERGUSON received a call from the stork last Sunday morning and there is now another little maiden enrolled on the FERGUSON family record.

Still another change in the Minooka trucking business is to chronicled. Alonzo HEATH has made the fortune and retires to give Clarence CHURCHILL a chance. The change of ownership occurred Saturday.

Theodore KREIN was in Chicago Sunday to visit his sons and celebrate the second anniversary of the night when he was bound and gagged by the bank robbers who looted “KNAPP’s” bank. Mr. KREIN will never forget that exciting event in his career.

Samuel FANCHER and bride arrived here last Saturday evening from Centreville, Ohio, where they were married about two weeks ago. They were met at the train by a large crowd of the groom’s friends and given a hearty welcome. That evening a charivari party visited the FANCHER home and made a terrific din until the groom graciously did the handsome thing for the boys.

Prof. A. E. ROSS was fully vindicated before the Will county grand jury in Joliet last Saturday from any complicity in the theft of a certain typewriter from an office in Joliet a couple of weeks ago. Mr. ROSS was the victim of an unfortunate combination of circumstances connected with the matter and was arrested and held to the grand jury, which, after hearing the case, refused to vote an indictment. The people here all believe that Prof. ROSS was not guilty of any wrongdoing in the matter whatever, and the most that they will believe is that he may have been a little indiscreet in buying property from a stranger. This, however, is far from being a crime and is usually not even subject to criticism.

The republican township caucus will be held next Saturday afternoon, March 19, in KREIN’s hall, at 2 o’clock and at 4 o’clock the township democratic caucus will be held in the same place. At 7:30 o’clock in the evening the village caucus will be held in the same hall. The offices are seeking the candidates in nearly every instance this spring and it seems to be a question whether two complete tickets will be gotten into the field. For highway commissioner, H. G. RANDALL is pretty sure to be named by the republican caucus and James HANDLON will likely be the democratic candidate. P. H. BRISCOE will be renominated by the democrats for assessor and Edward OAKS will again make the race for collector on the republican ticket. Daniel HALL will probably be renominated for supervisor and his opponent on the republican ticket is uncertain. D. A. HENNEBRY is being urged to accept the nomination but thus far has not given his consent to run. W. H. KAFFER is in about the same relation to the town clerkship on the democratic ticket. He has filled the duties of the office to the satisfaction of everybody and his friends are urging him to stay.

March 24, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 12

Markets – Corn 34; oats 38; eggs 16; butter 20.

Micheal WHALEN was in Joliet on business Saturday.

Grandma BLY is quite sick at the home of her son, John BLY.

William GREENBACK and Alonzo HEATH are on the sick list.

Mrs. Ellen OAKS, mother of Edward OAKS, is very ill at her home in Morris.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. BLY, of Joliet, called on friends and relatives here Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. George KROGNESS visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Floyd McCOWAN.

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. WALSH, of Joliet, spent Sunday here with Frank MILLER and family.

HARROD & HOLZMAN, the Morris decorators, are doing the interior renovating in L. A. WARD’s store this week.

Thomas MURPHY was called to Joliet Thursday evening, to see his sister, Mrs. Lizzie FEELEY, who was very sick, but is some better at present.

Collector Edward OAKS returned the tax books to the county treasurer last Monday. He collected something over $6000 and there is quite a large sum returned delinquent.

The democratic town caucus held Saturday afternoon made the following nominations: Supervisor, Daniel HALL; clerk, W. H. KAFFER; assessor, Peter BRISCOE; collector, S. F. TROWBRIDGE; highway commissioner, James HANDLON.

At the village caucus last Saturday evening C. E. DAVIS, M. L. KAFFER, N. J. COMERFORD, Daniel HALL and R. E. BRADY were selected as candidates for trustees and Charles PARMENTER was named for police magistrate. This will be the only ticket in the field.

The republicans of Aux Sable township at their caucus last Saturday afternoon placed the following ticket in the field: Supervisor, D. A. HENNEBRY; clerk, C. E. DAVIS; assessor, Richard COOP; collector, Edward OAKS; highway commissioner, Henry RANDALL.

The Minooka Pleasure Club gave a pleasant masquerade in Masonic hall last Monday evening and a dozen couples or more enjoyed a delightful time. The music was by Gus BJORK. Some of the representations were decidely fetching and among them may be mentioned the following: M. L. KAFFER, “Weary Willie”; C. CHURCHILL, dude; W. H. KAFFER, “Dusky Roads”; D. A. HENNEBRY, a dashing young widow; W. PATTEN, soldier boy; L. A. WARD, song and dance comedienne; T. HOLBROOK, Irish gentleman; S. FINDLAY, “mah honey boy”; J. BELL, “Uncle Sam”; W. COOK, country gentleman; Mrs. C. E. DAVIS, sweet girl graduate; Mrs. M. L. KAFFER, lady of the 16th century; Mrs. L. A. WARD, flower girl; Mrs. Thos. HOLBROOK, old maid; Mrs. H. P. BRANNICK, dainty little miss; Mrs. S. FINDLAY, “Red Riding Hood”; Mrs. J. BELL, “Topsy”; Mrs. Wm. COOP, school girl.

MARRIED – At St. Mary’s parsonage, Thursday, March 17, ’04, Mr. Henry DWYER and Miss Frances, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex COULEHAN, were united in marriage by the Rev. Father Jos. McMAHON, after which a reception was had at the home of the bride’s parents for the immediate relatives of the young couple, numbering about forty. At four o’clock a very elaborate dinner was served by Mrs. BACKUS, the Joliet caterer. The table color scheme was composed of red and white carnations and ferns. Music was furnished by Francis QUINN, pianist, of Joliet, and Mr. PIERCE, violinist, of Morris. The bride was gowned in a beautiful shade of gray voile over taffeta, and carried a shower of bride’s roses. She was attended by her sister, Miss Helen COULEHAN, who wore a light blue voile over taffeta and carried pink roses. Mr. Geo. COULEHAN, the groom’s partner in business, acted as best man. Mr. DWYER is one of the leading young business men of Minooka and the bride is a highly accomplished young lady who has a host of friends who sincerely tender all good wishes. Mr. and Mrs. DWYER left the same evening on a short journey and returned Monday evening and received a rousing serenade from a large number of friends and admirers. They will soon be at home to their friends in the Mrs. BUCKLEY house on St. Mary’s street.

March 31, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 13

Markets – Corn 27; oats 28; eggs __; butter 20.

Miss Maggie BRANNICK was in Joliet Thursday.

D. A. HENNEBERRY was in Joliet on business Tuesday.

George COLLEPS was in Chicago on business Friday.

Charles SPERRY visited Sunday with his family in Joliet.

Thomas MURPHY was a business visitor to Joliet Tuesday.

Miss Ellen CORNELL is visiting with friends in Chicago this week.

Harry THAYER, of Blue Island, spent Sunday with his parents here.

John CAMPBELL is recovering from quite a severe illness resulting from mumps.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edward DOLLINGER, Friday, March 25th, 1904, a daughter.

Mrs. C. A. SPERRY, of Joliet, visited with her husband and friends here last Friday and Saturday.

George SICKLES, of Lockport, is assisting his son Frank in some contract work near here this week.

A very fine new cash register is on exhibition at Frank WILSON’s market. It is said to be the finest thing of the kind in use.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. BLY and Mrs. Jessie BELLFIELD came down from Joliet Thursday to attend the funeral of Grandma BLY the following day.

One of the chief contests at the polls of the town election next Tuesday will be between James HANDLON and Henry RANDALL for highway commissioner. Friends of each of the candidates are quite active in their behalf.

Frank WILSON, the Minooka meat merchant, has built a fine new slaughter house a mile and a half south of town, on the banks of the Dupage river. The land which has an area of thirteen acres, is owned by Fred DIRST and is leased by Mr. WILSON. It is an ideal place for the purpose for which it will be used. The slaughter house has a capacity for fifteen head.

April 7, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 14

Peter BRISCOE and Michael WHALEN were in Joliet on business Monday.

Edward McEVILLY returned Saturday from a business trip through the state.

Mrs. William MATTESON west of town is very seriously ill with blood poisoning.

Mrs. Peter DOUGHERTY visited over Sunday in Joliet with her daughter, Mrs. MAXWELL.

The weather man at last seems to have awakened to the fact that it is time for spring.

Albert PATTEN is employed by Thomas MURPHY in the implement work this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael FEEHAN of Joliet, visited with Ambrose BRANNICK and family Friday.

Mrs. Clarence MURPHY has been very seriously ill for several days at her home west of town.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard COOP, who had been visiting at Victoria, Ill., for a week, returned home Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. John WIDENER, of Morris, were guests at the home of the lady’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles FOSTER last Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas MURPHY and R. E. BRADY attended the funeral of Mrs. ADLER in Joliet Monday; Mrs. ADLER was a cousin of Mr. MURPHY.

A little spring cleaning of the streets was done last Monday and a very noticeable improvement of general appearances is the result.

Edward OAKS has been in Morris much of the time of the week past. His mother there, who has been very sick for some time, is rather worse.

Bert WARD’s ice cream parlor was opened up last Saturday with new decorations throughout, making a very inviting place in which to partake of summer refreshments.

Miss Nora WALTERS returned last Saturday to her home in Joliet after spending a week as a guest at the home of Peter CONROY and family. She was accompanied to Joliet by Miss CONROY.

Edward LIBERTY in Channahon is erecting a new saloon building there and the lumber was unloaded from the cars here and hauled over the latter part of last week.

The village election last Monday was a mere matter of form and only a few votes were cast. There was no opposition for any of the offices and the following were elected: Trustees, M. L. KAFFER, C. E. DAVIS, N. J. COMERFORD, Richard BRADY and Daniel HALL, Police Magistrate, Charles PARMENTER.

April 14, 1907, Vol. 29, No. 15

Markets – Corn 35; oats 37; eggs 14; butter 20.

Frank CLARK, of Joliet, called on friends here Saturday.

Michael WHALEN and James PAUL were visitors in Joliet Saturday.

Frank TIERNEY, of Channahon, called on friends here Saturday.

Mrs. Frank JONES visited relatives in Morris Friday and Saturday.

Mrs. Florence STRATTON and daughter Lois were in Joliet, Thursday.

J. N. EDMONDS Esq. Has been numbered with the sick for a week past.

Mrs. W. A. THAYER has been quite ill for a week, but is now somewhat improved.

Mrs. Charles COOP has been confined to her home by sickness for several days.

Mrs. A. R. BLY came down from Joliet Friday to attend the funeral of her niece, Mrs. Clarence MURLEY.

Mrs. Elias TABLER has been in Seneca since Monday, caring for her son’s wife, Mrs. Charles TABLER.

Miss Mary CANTWELL, the popular assistant at WARD’s ice cream parlor, is enjoying a vacation this week.

Dr. J. J. BRINCKERHOFF was called to Seneca Sunday to attend Mrs. Charles TABLER, who is seriously ill there.

A group of traveling musicians were in town Tuesday and discoursed the strains of the violin and harp.

C. E. DAVIS was elected school trustee last Saturday. Only a very small vote was polled at the election.

Mrs. George TINDER, Mrs. Sadie COOP and Charles COOP visited in Morris Sunday, with George TINDER Jr. and family.

Mrs. Della FLUENT left for her home in St. Charles, Iowa, Tuesday, after spending several months here with Mrs. A. K. KNAPP. She was accompanied as far as Chicago by her daughter, Miss Millie FLUENT.

The smallpox cases are not causing much alarm. The elder HEATH has almost recovered and the two boys are not sick with the disease in the same mild form. During the quarantine the county furnishes supplies, medicines, etc.

Hostilities broke out between two fellows near the Rock Island depot last Saturday and the Russo-Japanese war took a back seat for a few minutes. Several schooners were involved in the fracas and the affair therefore might properly be called a naval engagement.

Albert RIVETT had his right arm dislocated at the shoulder last Thursday in attempting to stop his team which was trying to run away near WALLEY’s mill. As Mr. RIVETT lost his left arm several years ago and is now temporarily deprived of the use of the remaining arm, he is well-nigh helpless.

DWYER & COULEHAN have decided to reimbark in business and are putting a stock of general merchandise and meats in the DWYER store heretofore occupied by Dr. BRINCKERHOFF with drugs. Dr. BRINCKERHOFF will occupy one side of the front part of the store until he can secure a room in the new WHITE block that will be completed within sixty days.

DIED: At her home five miles west of Minooka, Wednesday, April 6, 1904, Mrs. William MATTESON. The funeral occurred Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, from the house to WALLEY’s cemetery. Mrs. MATTESON leaves a husband, a son aged 10, a daughter aged 5, a mother, Mrs. WIDNEY; one sister, Mrs. Edward HEAP and one brother, Jay WIDNEY and many other relatives.

DIED: At her home, four miles west of Minooka, Tuesday evening, April 5, 1904, after a brief illness of three days, Mrs. Clarence MURLEY, aged 25 years. The funeral occurred from the house to Aux Sable M. E. church Friday afternoon at 1:30; interment at WALLEY’s cemetery. Mrs. MURLEY was formerly Miss May BLY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William BLY and she had been married but a little over a year. She leaves, besides other relatives, a husband, mother and one sister, Miss Lettie BLY.

April 21, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 16

Mrs. Wm. GRUETT was in Joliet Monday.

Bert WARD called on Morris friends Thursday.

Markets – Corn 40; oats 37; eggs 14; butter 20.

Frank WILSON was in Morris on business Monday.

Misses Mattie and Bessie COLLEPS were in Joliet Thursday.

Mrs. D. H. ANDREWS is visiting friends in Chicago this week.

Patrick MURPHY, of Wilmington, called on friends here Friday.

Mrs. N. J. COMERFORD and son George were in Morris Friday.

Farmers are sowing oats and wearing their overcoats at the work.

Mrs. Alex BELL and Mrs. Chas. PARMENTER called on Joliet friends Monday.

Mrs. L. WALSTROM and sister Miss BUSHNELL visited friends and relatives in Morris Friday.

Plynn GATES, of Kansas City, visited his little daughter and W. A. CLARK and family Sunday.

Mrs. Frank DOOLEY, of Joliet, spent last Sunday here with her parents Mr. and Mrs. W. J. CAMPBELL.

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick WHALEN visited the latter’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Peter BRISCOE over Sunday.

Mrs. Harry JOHNSON (nee Mae ANDREWS) came here Tuesday for a short visit with her parents.

Mrs. P. CANTWELL and daughter Mary were in Morris Friday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Henry WEBBER.

Jeremiah FEEHAN, of Chicago, spent Saturday and Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose BRANNICK and family.

Several members of the Masonic fraternity of this place attended the funeral of Joseph MILLS and in Channahon last Sunday.

The Seniors of the Minooka high school will give a reception to the graduates Friday evening, April 22, at Masonic Hall.

Attorney George BEDFORD, of Morris, spent last Sunday at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William BEDFORD, in Seward.

Miss Helen COMERFORD, who is attending school in Morris, visited over Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. J. COMERFORD.

Since the first appearance of the small pox here, a few weeks ago, the Minooka school has been closed but it is expected that it will open again next Monday morning.

The small pox patients are now almost recovered. Lon HEATH and William GREENBACK are out again and the two HEATH boys who had the disease will be out in a few days.

The graduating class of the Minooka high school this year numbers only two, Miss Maude THAYER and Miss Lyla OAKS. The commencement exercises will occur the latter part of June.

Mr. and Mrs. D. A. HENNEBERRY arrived home Monday evening from their bridal journey and were given a rousing reception by a large number of friends. They spent most of the time in the national capital and took in all of the leading places of interest there. Their trip was a lightful one throughout.

Frank CLARK, formerly of Minooka, is now employed with the Pioneer Land Company in Joliet. The company has choice lands for sale in the best parts of Minnesota and their main offices are in Warren, Minn., and Joliet, Ill. Mr. W. A. KNAPP is the manager in charge in the Joliet office. Corb. ENEIX, a former Minooka man, is with the company at Warren and is doing well. Those who wish to buy or investigate Minnesota lands will do well to call at the Joliet office of the company which is on Ottawa street near the Rock Island depot.

April 28, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 17

Bert WARD drove to Morris Friday.

Thomas MURPHY was in Chicago Friday.

Henry DEMPSEY is very sick with diphtheria.

Markets – Corn 37; oats 26; eggs 15; butter 20.

M. J. WHALEN was in Joliet on business Saturday.

Frank WILSON was in Joliet on business Saturday.

Mrs. Irvin COOP spent Friday with her sister, Mrs. L. WALSTROM.

William MURLEY is on the sick list with an attack of pneumonia.

Ambrose BRANNICK is laid up with a bad attack of inflammatory rheumatism.

Miss Alberta SPERRY, of Joliet, visited Miss Mattie COLLEPS here the past week.

Jeremiah FEEHAN, of Chicago, was a guest of Ambrose BRANNICK and family Saturday and Sunday.

Miss Mamie COMERFORD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas COMERFORD, is ill with an attack of inflammatory rheumatism.

Prof. and Mrs. F. M. CROSBY and little son, of Maywood, visited over Sunday with Mrs. CROSBY’s brother Alex BELL and family.

Andrew KREIN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore KREIN, was taken ill with diphtheria Monday, making the second case of this disease in town. A quarantine has been established and rigid measures will be enforced to stamp out the disease.

William COULEHAN met with a severe accident in Morris one day last week and as a result is nursing a fracture of one of the small bones of the ankle. He drove to Morris with a load of hay and at the court house square the load tipped over and threw Mr. COULEHAN onto the sidewalk. He was promptly given surgical aid and later was brought to his home where he is recovering nicely.

At the recent school election Martin KAFFER was reelected director and the new board organized at a meeting Monday evening with Mr. KAFFER as president and S. A. FERGUSON as secretary. By a unanimous vote all of the present teachers are to be retained in their respective positions for another year. The teachers are Prof. L. E. ROSS, principal; Miss Nelson, intermediate; Mrs. Florence STRATTON, primary. The teachers and pupils have done good work this year and all are well pleased with the advancement made.

The chicken coop and barn at the Vanna hotel were completely destroyed by fire at 4 o’clock last Friday morning, April 22, with a loss of about $1,000. The fire is supposed to have originated from an incubator that was used in the chicken coop and was first discovered by Mrs. S. A. FERGUSON who aroused her husband and he hurried out to give the alarm. The porch of Mr. FERGUSON’s residence was badly exposed to the fierce heat and finally caught fire despite the heroic attempt of citizens to protect it. The blaze on the porch was soon quelled, however, and no great damage was done there. In the chicken house were about two hundred fowls and these were all burned. A cow in the barn was gotten safely out in time to avoid injury. The loss is a severe one for Mr. and Mrs. Vanna and they have the sympathy of all in their misfortune. There was no insurance on the property destroyed.

May 5, 1904, Vol. 29, NO. 18

Mrs. KINSELLA was in Joliet Monday.

Mrs. Florence STRATTON was in Joliet Saturday.

Miss Mary CANTWELL spent Wednesday in Joliet.

M. L. KAFFER was in Chicago on business Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter BRISCOE spent Saturday in Joliet.

George COLLEPS was a business visitor in Chicago Friday.

Miss May TINDER went to Joliet yesterday for a short visit.

Mrs. Bert WARD visited friends and relatives in Joliet Thursday.

The Misses Lulu and Edna

Rev. Father Joseph McMAHON and N. J. COMERFORD were in Chicago Thursday.

New coats of paint have renewed the ______ of Dr. WATSON’s drug store front.

Work on the new St. Mary’s Catholic church is progressing very favorably.

Henry DEMPSEY is able to be out again after a severe illness with diphtheria.

Miss Maggie BRADY returned home Saturday after a two weeks’ visit in Joliet.

Miss ROSS, of Joliet, spent last Monday here with Mrs. John Van DOLSON.

Rain is needed to moisten the surface of the ground which is crusted in the fields.

James RILEY, two miles north of town, is adding a new kitchen to his residence.

The brick work of Charles WHITE’s new store building is being pushed this week and the interior woodwork is also underway.

William GRUETT is passing the days of this week in Morris where he is doing jury service.

William HURLEY is still very ill with pneumonia although reported a trifle better yesterday.

Robert MILLER, the tonsorialist and Harry BANKS, his assistant, spent last Sunday in Joliet.

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. WALSH, of Joliet, visited with Frank MILLER and family here Sunday.

Mrs. George TINDER and baby of Morris, are guests of Mr. and Mrs. William COOP this week.

Miss Mamie COMERFORD, who is suffering with inflammatory rheumatism is reported unimproved.

Mr. and Mrs. William COOP visited in Morris Sunday with Mrs. COOP’s brother George TINDER, and family.

Andrew BRANNICK is having a …….

J. H. MURPHEY and Teddy SHEPLEY were summoned for jury duty in Morris this week but succeeded in convincing the court that they should be excused.

Mr. and Mrs. L. A. WARD and …….

William SKINNER, an old time resident of Minooka, is in town again after an absence of twenty years. He came here from the state of Washington arriving Tuesday forenoon. Mr. SKINNER was injured in the ankle and lower leg about three years ago and blood poison developed from the wound.

May 12, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 19

Mrs. Geo. TINDER, Sr., was in Joliet Friday.

Harry ENEIX was in Joliet on business Monday.

Ambrose BRANNICK remains but little improved.

Markets – Corn 35 to 41; oats 39; eggs 14; butter 16.

Geo. COLLEPS was a business visitor in Chicago Monday.

Edward HOLT called on Joliet relatives and friends Monday.

Daniel FRECKELTON, of Joliet, called on Minooka friends Sunday.

Miss Jennie CURRAN, of Joliet, was a guest of Miss Edna FERGUSON last Sunday.

John FITZGERALD, a cousin of Miss Mary CANTWELL is very seriously ill at Clifton, Ill.

Jeremiah FEEHAN, of Chicago, spent Saturday and Sunday with Ambrose BRANNICK and family.

Will OAKS and wife, of Joliet, spent Sunday with the former’s brother, Edward OAKS and family.

W. H. MURPHEY, of Joliet, visited with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. MURPHEY, in this place last Sunday.

Last Sunday afternoon there was a very heavy rain here while a short distance south of town there was scarcely any waterfall at all.

Mrs. Geo. TINDER, Jr., returned to her home in Morris Monday evening after a week’s visit here with Mr. and Mrs. William COOP.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. E. THAYER and daughter, of Joliet, visited with their relatives here a few days of the past week, returning to Joliet Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles THAYER attended the funeral of the latter’s brother in Seneca last Monday. The brother was killed in a railroad accident in Texas and was brought to his old home for burial.

Samuel TABLER received a severe electric shock at his father’s home last Thursday while working with some machinery in the sheds. Lightning struck a tree only a few feet away and did the damage. Mr. TABLER was rendered unconscious but soon revived and has fully recovered.

The Aux Sable Giants and the Minooka Dwarfs engaged in a spirited contest on the diamond in Shepley’s park last Sunday afternoon and built up a score of 15 to 7 in favor of the Aux Sable team. The teams were very unevenly matched in size and the town boys feel that they made a good showing considering.

William G. MURLEY died at his home three miles north-east of Minooka, last Thursday, May 5, 1904, aged 43 years. Mr. MURLEY had been sick for two weeks with pleura-pneumonia and the day before his death an operation was performed to withdraw the fluid that had filled the lung cavity. The next day the heart action failed and death ended the struggle. Mr. MURLEY was a man who was universally esteemed and his early death is a great shock to all his friends. He was born in the town of Seward and lived in this vicinity all his life. About fifteen years ago he married Miss Jennie MATTHEWS, also of Seward, who survives with two sons aged 14 and 7. The other surviving relatives are the father, William MURLEY Sr., of Joliet, one brother Benjamin, and two sisters, Mrs. Albert HARE and Mrs. Stanton BROWN, all of Minooka. The funeral took place Sunday from the residence with services conducted by Rev. BEDDOES, of the Congregational church. Burial was in the Chapman cemetery. The services were very largely attended and there were over two hundred teams in the funeral cortege.

May 19, 1904, Vol. 29, NO. 20

Mrs. E. KINSELLA was in Joliet Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. L. A. WARD drove to Joliet Monday.

Mrs. Frank HOLBROOK was in Joliet on business Monday.

Markets – Corn 40 to 41; oats 39; eggs 14; butter 16.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles O’BRIEN were in Chicago Thursday.

Miss Mary O’BRIEN is visiting friends in Chicago this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. H. KROGNESS were visitors in Joliet Friday.

Edward CARLIN, of Joliet spent Sunday here with kindred and friends.

Robert WILSON, of Plattville, visited with his brother Frank here last Saturday.

Ambrose BRANNICK, one of the rheumatic victims, is very little if any improved.

Mrs. Daniel ERICKSON and little son are both suffering with inflammatory rheumatism.

Miss Etta DUNNE, of Chicago, was a guest here of Miss Minnie BRANNICK Saturday and Sunday.

Dennis DOUGHERTY, of Chicago, visited over Sunday with his mother and brother north of town.

Benjamin MURLEY who has been suffering with rheumatism for some time, is only a little improved.

John BUCKLEY has been doing jury duty at Yorkville, county seat of Kendall county, for a week or two.

Miss Carrie SCLADLER, of Joliet, is visiting with her grandmother, Mrs. FOSTER, and other relatives here this week.

Miss Lizzie KEARNAN, of Joliet, came here Tuesday morning and is a guest of her cousin, Mrs. Thomas WYNNE.

Mr. and Mrs. A. D. SEARLES, of Omaha, Neb., spent several days of the past week here with the former’s mother, Mrs. A. D. SEARLES, Sr.

Miss Mary CANTWELL has had advices from her cousin, John FITZGERALD, at Clifton, Ill., stating that he is in a fair way to recover from his dangerous illness.

Charles WHITE’s new brick business block is now nearing completion. It will be only one story and the west room will be occupied by DR. BRINCKERHOFF’s drug store.

There seems to be almost an epidemic of rheumatism in the community and there have probably never before been so many cases of the disease as at the present time.

The fifteenth anniversary of the organization of the Epworth League was commemorated with an appropriate program at the Minooka M. E. church last Sunday evening.

Mrs. Robert MOORE who has been severely afflicted with rheumatism for some time was taken to the hospital in Joliet last week and it is hoped the treatment there will benefit her.

The White Willow School, Miss May TEMPLETON, teacher, closed last week on account of the prevalence of mumps in the district, and school will probably not reopen there until next fall.

Erwin L. HUTCHINSON, formerly of this place, and Miss Agnes R. RYAN, of Millbrook, Ill., were married at the bride’s home two weeks ago. Minooka friends are pleased to extend congratulations.

The Minooka high school base ball team went to Plainfield last Saturday and met the high school nine there in a close contest on the diamond. The Plainfield team finally won over the visitors the score being 4 to 2.

The Morris base ball team that was defeated here last Sunday will come up again next Sunday with a revised lineup and will endeavor to “show” the Minooka ball tossers a few of the fine points of the game. It might be well to state that Minooka has been shown.

Fred COULEHAN met with a piece of bad luck in Joliet Thursday. Mr. COULEHAN left a suit of clothes and two overcoats in his buggy on Bluff street and when he returned the apparel was gone and no trace of it could be found. The Minooka man was therefore the loser and Joliet’s light-handed gentry were again the gainers.

The Minooka Scrubs and the Morris Dubs played a hot game on the diamond in Shepley’s pasture last Sunday afternoon and the visitors were vanquished by a score of 15 to 7. After this game the Aux Sable team and a nine of the Minooka married men got busy and ripped up a score that looked like the returns of a republican state convention ballot. The Troy nine were scheduled to play the Aux Sable team but the Trogans evidently lost some of their valor and were afraid to appear.

May 26, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 21

L. A. WARD was in Joliet on business Monday.

Mrs. D. A. HENNEBERRY spent last Monday in Joliet.

Thomas MURPHY was in Morris on business Monday.

The M. W. A. base ball nine was photographed last Sunday.

Mrs. John VanDOLSON visited in Joliet a day or two this week.

Harry DONALDSON, of Aurora, visited his sister here last Sunday.

John SHEPLEY and Miss Minnie SHEPLEY went to Joliet Tuesday.

Markets – Corn damaged 25 to 35; No. 4, 43; oats 38; eggs 14; butter 16.

The residence of William PATTEN is resplendent in fresh coats of paint.

Ambrose BRANNICK is considerably improved this week and sits up some now.

Mrs. W. J. WALSH and daughter, of Joliet, visited with relatives here this week.

Mrs. J. J. BRINCKERHOFF visited with relatives in Lockport a few days last week.

Mrs. WANNER, of Waponsee, is a guest here this week of her son, L. A. WARD.

Andrew HANSEN is having his residence remodeled and greatly enlarged and improved.

Rae DAVIS entertained his classmate, Patterson, of the Joliet high school over Sunday.

The commencement exercises of the Minooka high school will occur Friday evening July 1.

Two itinerant photographers are doing business here this week with headquarters at the Vana hotel.

Mr. and Mrs. John HENNEBERRY, of Lorenzo, spent last Sunday here at the home of their son, D. A. HENNEBERRY.

Miss Alberta SPERRY, of Joliet, was a guest of her friend Miss Mattie COLLEPS here last Saturday and Sunday.

About sixty loads of grain have been received at KNAPP’s elevator daily for the last week, half oats and half corn.

A social was given Wednesday evening by the Ladies Aid Society of the M. E. church at the home of Miss Minnie TABLER.

Dr. J. J. BRINCKERHOFF is preparing to erect a fine new modern residence this summer and work will probably be started in two or three weeks.

Clarence CHURCHILL has been on the lame list this week as a result of stepping on a rusty nail which pierced his foot and caused a painful injury.

Miss Sadie CONNELL, of Storm Lake, Iowa, is visiting here with his aunt, Miss Ellen CONNELL and other relatives. She expects to remain for a month.

A colored nine from Joliet was scheduled to play the M. W. A. nine here last Sunday but failed to appear and only a practice game between local teams was played.

Miss Elva COOP was pleasantly surprised by about thirty of her young friends at her home last Friday evening, the occasion being Miss Elva’s eighteenth birthday anniversary.

Mrs. KIPP, mother of Mrs. Henry RANDALL, who was taken to the Silver Cross hospital in Joliet last week, underwent an operation there for the removal of a tumor and is said to be recovering nicely.

Thomas BRANNICK arrived here from Arizona a few days ago and is making a visit among relatives and friends. Mr. BRANNICK has been in the west for twenty years or more and has been following the fortunes of mining.

Frank CLARK, of Joliet, has been working in this vicinity for several days in the interests of the Pioneer Land Co. of Joliet. Mr. CLARK expects to make a trip to Minnesota with a party of land purchasers leaving here June 7.

Rev. W. JAGGARD was in Joliet last Saturday and purchased the horse and buggy formerly owned by John STANTON of the St. Nicholas hotel. The horse is a lively stepper and the vehicle is of the bicycle wheel, automatic, air-cushion-tire variety that makes riding luxurious.

The assessor is now busy and is rounding up both the rich and the poor. A Will county man whom we know manages to dodge the assessor in a very agreeable way. He is worth several thousand dollars in notes, bonds, mortgages, etc., but owns no real estate nor has he a family. Shortly before April 1 each year his health ostensibly becomes rather poor and a month’s trip to Hot Springs is necessary. He enjoys a fine time for a few weeks and when the tax coast at home is clear he turns up in Illinois as smiling as a June day. He says its cheaper for him to take a vacation and far more pleasant.

Main street was the scene of a breath-taking runaway last Saturday. James MAREN and sister, Miss May MAREN, were driving into town and when near WEESE’s blacksmith shop their horse took fright at the sprinkling wagon and wheeled around so that the buggy was overturned. Mr. MAREN and sister were but slightly injured but the horse ran away and demolished the buggy. Clarence CHURCHILL, who was driving the sprinkler, rushed to the aid of Mr. MAREN and in the meantime his team, frightened at the commotion, started to run. The couple of the wagon soon broke and left the tank and main part of the wagon behind, thus avoiding more serious damage. One of the horses was cut somewhat but will soon recover.

June 2, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 22

Markets – Corn 28 to 44; oats 38; eggs 14; butter 16.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry NEWMAN were in Joliet last Saturday.

George COLLEPS was a business visitor in Chicago Tuesday.

Mrs. Genevieve SCHUFELDT visited with friends in Joliet Sunday.

Miss Katrina KOOS was a guest of Miss May TINDER Sunday.

June 16, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 24

L. A. WARD was in Joliet on business Tuesday.

Markets – Corn 25 to 45; oats 40; eggs 14; butter 16.

George COLLEPS was in Chicago on business Monday.

Mrs. A. K. KNAPP and Miss Millie FLUENT spent last Monday in Chicago.

John EDMONDS, Esq., has been suffering for a few days with rheumatism in his ankle.

Mrs. Frank WILSON went to Plattville Tuesday to visit her parents for a day or two.

Dick WILSON, the telephone man, is working with a construction gang at the home of his sister, Mrs. Frank WILSON.

Frank CLARK, representing the Pioneer Loan & Land Co., will make another trip to Minnesota starting next week.

J. W. CARLIN visited his sister, Mrs. Edward SWEENEY in Plattville las Sunday. Mr. SWEENEY spent a few days of last week with Mr. CARLIN here.

A fine little daughter at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bernhard INGOLDSBY in Troy is one of the latest sojourners in this vale of tears. She arrived last Sunday, June 12.

The Elwood nine came to Minooka last Sunday and they and the Minooka team met in a spirited contest on the diamond in SHEPLEY’s pasture. The result was a victory for the local nine by a score of 11 to 9.

Miss Essie FEEHAN and Miss Frances CLONAN, both of Chicago, were visitors here last Monday, the former at the home of Ambrose BRANNICK and family and the latter at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James MEAD.

I. V. HOOPER is here with his family once more and is apparently in excellent health again. He arrived last Sunday, coming over with his brother from Wilmington. I. V. contemplates going into the meat business with his brother at Wilmington and his many friends here wish him every success in this or any other venture on which he may embark.

James HANDLON made a trip to Warren, Minnesota, last week with a view of buying some land in that section. He was much pleased with the country there and has partially arranged for the purchase of a half section or more of choice land. Mr. HANDLON went up with Frank CLARK and others from Joliet under the direction of the Pioneer Loan & Land Co.

Children’s day was observed with appropriate exercises at the Aux Sable M. E. church last Sunday afternoon and there was a big audience and a record breaking collection. The occasion was a very inspiring one for all concerned, especially for the children who were made to feel a proprietary interest in the work of the church and Sunday School. Next Sunday evening the children’s exercises will be held in the church here and an excellent program has been prepared.

The new St. Mary’s church is rapidly nearing completion and a very fair idea of its appearance when finished may be gained by visiting it now. One is impressed with its great size for a community no larger than this and is moved to commend the trustees for building with an eye to the future as well as for the present. The sanctuary will certainly be a very commodious one and one in which not only the members of the church but the community in general may feel a pardonable pride.

Let the dirges be rendered and the requiem sung. Let no the friend or the stranger attempt to circumscribe the sorrow of our friend Dick BRADY. He grieves for his favorite pug dog “Wheezy” and there is no solace for his repining. “Wheezy” departed this life by the poison route last Friday night accompanied to the canine ponemah by three others of the well known pet characters of the town, including George COLLEPS’ and Henry DWYER’s favorite cubs. The dastardly deed of assassination has been done but no one answers “aye” to his name when the roll is called on the question of “who doped the dogs”?

The sixteenth annual commencement of the Minooka high school will occur June 26 and July 1. The baccalaureate will be held at the M. E. church Sunday evening, June 26 and Rev. JAGGARD will deliver the sermon. The commencement proper will take place at Masonic hall Friday evening, July 1 and the program will include an address by County Superintendent C. H. ROOT; essay, “Decisive Battle of the Revolution” by Lyla OAKS; essay, “True Nobility” by Maud THAYER; piano solo by Miss Hazel BRYAN; reading by Miss Mattie COLLEPS; music by Minooka orchestra; presentation of diplomas by Prof. A. E. ROSS and benediction by Rev. Wilmer JAGGARD. The graduates are Lyla OAKS and Maud THAYER. The class motto is “non palms sine labors,” (“no victory without work”.) The colors and green and white and the flower, carnation. The school board is composed of Martin KAFFER, president; S. A. FERGUSON, secretary; and George COLLEPS. The principal is Prof. A. E. ROSS. In addition to the above numbers of the program Miss Eva and Etta TALBOT will sing a duet and Wm. F. McEVILLY will give a vocal solo.

June 30, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 26

Bert WARD was in Joliet Tuesday.

Markets – Corn 25 to 40; oats 38; eggs 14; butter 14.

Miss Kittie KINNEY spent Sunday in Joliet.

James BRADY was in Joliet Saturday on business.

Mr. and Mrs. L. WALSTROM visited friends in the country Sunday.

Misses Essie BRISCOE and Mamie HANDLON were in Joliet Saturday.

Several from here attended the Wallace shows in Morris last Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. L. A. WARD spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Henry RANDALL.

Charles WHITE opened his new place in his new building last Saturday.

Miss Jessie CLARK, of Joliet, visited Sunday at the home of her uncle, William CLARK.

Mrs. Robert MOORE came home from St. Joseph’s hospital in Joliet Saturday.

Plyn GATES, of Kansas City, visited Monday at the home of William CLARK and family.

Mrs. William CARROLL, of Chicago, is visiting relatives and friends here and in Channahon.

Mrs. CLONAN, of Chicago, is visiting this week with her parents Mr. and Mrs. James MEAD Sr.

George and Daniel FRECKELTON, of Joliet, visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. James FRECKELTON, Sunday.

Mrs. John HANSON, who is in a hospital in Chicago for treatment for rheumatism, is reported as not improving.

Mrs. FOX, of Chicago, who had been visiting for a week with William PATTON and family, returned home Monday evening.

Mrs. J. SCHELBE returned to her home in Lockport Monday after a week’s visit here with her daughter, Mrs. J. J. BRINCKERHOFF.

The Minooka M. W. A. ball team went to Channahon last Sunday and lowered the colors of the best nine there by a score of 5 to 4.

William WALLEY left Tuesday morning for Indianapolis, Ind., as one of the delegates from Illinois to the national prohibition convention.

John BRINCKERHOFF and son, Howard BRINCKERHOFF, the former of Lockport, and the latter of California, are spending the week here with Dr. J. J. BRINCKERHOFF.

James PAUL’s team ran away on Main street Monday evening and wound up in a fence down near WEESE’s blacksmith shop. No particular damage was done.

Miss Mamie WHITTINGTON went to Chicago Tuesday to attend the wedding of her cousin, Miss Hattie CURTIS who has visited here in the past and has several friends in town.

HOLBROOK and DIRST shipped out two carloads of hogs Monday evening and A. S. McCOWAN a carload Tuesday evening. Hogs are worth about $4.75. CONROY and WHALEN shipped out a car of cattle Tuesday evening.

Mrs. L. NEWSAM is spending some time at the home of George NEWSAM who sustained a stroke of paralysis ten days ago and the chances for his recovery are very slight. It is the third stroke that he has had.

Robert CAMPBELL, father of Elmer N. CAMPBELL, of this place, died at his home at St. Elmo, Ill., Wednesday, June 23, 1904, aged about 60 years. His son here left at once for St. Elmo and attended the funeral which occurred Friday. He returned Saturday.

DYER & COULEHAN’s delivery team ran away last Monday and did a few interesting things to the delivery wagon. In fact the vehicle looked like it had been through the campaign on the Yalu when the melee ended. George COULEHAN, who was driving the team, escaped injury.

Mr. and Mrs. Alex. BELL and family went to Maywood last Sunday to visit with the former’s sister, Mrs. F. M. CROSBY, and the father, Anslow BELL. Saturday was the tenth anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. CROSBY’s wedding and the gathering Sunday was to celebrate the event. Mr. Anslow BELL is reported to be in quite poor health.

Alex. BELL’s team of bronchos ran away with the owner out on the mail route a mile and a half from town Monday morning and MR. BELL sustained severe cuts and bruises as the result of the overturning of the closed rig and the breaking of the glass in the windows. The cause of the runaway was the breaking of one of the neck yoke straps which frightened the team. When the wagon overturned the horses broke away from the rig and ran on for some distance before they were caught and taken care of. Mr. BELL, although quite badly injured, managed to get another wagon and continued on his delivery route. The mail wagon was somewhat broken but can easily be repaired for further service.

July 7, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 27

Markets – Corn 30 to 44; oats 34.

Miss Lizzie COOP, of Chicago, spent the Fourth with kindred here.

Richard WILSON, of Plainfield, celebrated the Fourth among friends here.

Several Minooka people are talking of going to the world’s fair at an early date.

William DONOVAN, of Plattville, is spending this week here at the residence of Frank WILSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer MAXWELL and children visited over the 4th with Mrs. DOUGHERTY and family in Joliet.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank WILSON, Mr. and Mrs. L. WALSTROM and William DONOVAN spent the 4th in Chicago.

Rye is now ready for harvest and the hay harvest is also at hand. Oats cutting will come in about two weeks.

So far as reported no one in this vicinity was injured by fireworks on the Fourth. There were no accidents of any kind.

The Minooka Cubs and the Aux Sable nine met on the Shepley diamond last Sunday afternoon and the Cubs added another victory to their list. The score was 5 to 4.

The married Men of Minooka and the married men of Seward, came together in Shepley’s park last Saturday afternoon and the score keeper’s record showed a result of 5 to 4 in favor of the Seward benedicts.

Minooka and Channahon struggled for baseball honors at Conroy’s park the 4th and Channahon was forced to wear the willows. The score was Minooka 10; Channahon 4.

The celebration of the Fourth at Conroy’s park at Channahon, in the management of which several Minooka people were interested, was a very successful affair and a large crowd enjoyed a pleasant time.

The commencement exercises of the Minooka high school at Masonic hall last Friday evening were among the most successful ever held here and a large and appreciative audience attended. The graduates were Miss Maud THAYER and Miss Lyla OAKS and their essays were excellent.

July 14, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 28

Markets – Corn 30 to 44; oats 34.

Robert BRADBURY spent last Sunday with Joliet friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry NEWMAN spent last Saturday in Joliet.

Miss Tessie McEVILLY went down to Starved Rock Tuesday.

Supervisor Daniel HALL was in Morris on business Monday.

Mrs. Arthur THOMAS, west of town, has been quite ill for a few days.

Mrs. Michael McCANNA, of Joliet, visited among relatives and friends here a few days of the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. L. A. WARD went over near Lorenzo Wednesday to visit at the home of Mrs. WARD’s uncle.

Miss Agnes McEVILLY returned home last week from Chicago where she had been visiting among relatives and friends for a month.

The Minookas and Aux Sables crossed bats at Shepley’s park last Sunday afternoon and the grangers won out by a score of 8 to 5.

Henry TALBOT is able to go out again after going through a siege of smallpox. Few people were aware of his illness until he was through with the malady.

Several people from here went to Starved Rock yesterday. The Knights of Columbus are holding a week’s meeting here this week, and the sessions have been most interesting to those in attendance.

Frank WILSON made an error in carving meat several days ago and accidentally cut his foot quite badly. The wound was also poisoned and altogether the victim has had quite a painful time.

Richard COOP and wife left Tuesday afternoon for Cripple Creek, Colorado, to visit Mrs. COOP’s brother, William HEILMAN and family, who formerly lived in Minooka. Cripple Creek is the center of the strike disturbances in Colorado.

Messrs. and Mesdames N. J. COMERFORD, M. L. KAFFER and Edward BRADY went down to Starved Rock last Sunday and witnessed the first celebration of mass in over two hundred years on the spot where Father MARQUETTE, the great French explorer, conducted mass among the indians and converted many of the aborigines to the Catholic faith.

Diphtheria, is prevalent in the vicinity of White Willow and the contagion seems to have spread from a case at a picnic on the Fourth. A little son of Edward HEAP, a daughter of Charles PERKINS, a son of Charles SHERRILL, a son of Ferdinand GEHRKE and Miss Minnie TABLER are the victims. Miss TABLER’s case has been the worst but all are now improving. All were taken sick the same day about a week ago. Anti-toxine has been employed in each case with highly satisfactory results.

The body of John BLOOM was recovered from the waters of the Illinois river six miles below Morris last Sunday. Three weeks ago BLOOM and two other Joliet boys, Harry JACOBS and Harry BROOKER, were camping on the river near here and came to Minooka several times. It is supposed that they capsized in a boat for all were drowned. The bodies of JACOBS and BROOKER were recovered in a day or two, but the search for the body of BLOOM was unavailing until last Sunday when three boys discovered it almost concealed beneath some drift wood on the shore of the river. The flow of water in the drainage canal was shut off at Lockport Sunday to aid in the search for the body. The actual manner of death of the three young men will never be known as there were no witnesses of their drowning.

July 21, 1904, Vol 29, No. 29

Markets – Corn 42 to 46; oats 37; butter 15; eggs 14.

Miss Mattie COLLEPS spent last Saturday in Joliet.

C. A. SPERRY, of Joliet, spent last Sunday with friends here.

Mrs. L. A. WARD and son Earl visited in Joliet last Monday.

C. E. DAVIS and Charles O’BRIEN were in Joliet on business Tuesday.

Mrs. J. A. PYLE is entertaining her sister from Wyoming at her home here.

Miss Elsie HELMS, of Joliet, was a guest of Mrs. Charles FOSTER last Sunday.

Mrs. May WALSTROM and sister, Mrs. Irene COOP, were in Joliet Thursday.

Miss Mattie SPERRY, of Joliet, was a guest here of Miss May TINDER last Sunday.

Mrs. C. NEILSEN and daughter, Mrs. Laura McCOWAN, called on Joliet friends Friday.

Daniel FRECKELTON and Sam SHEPLEY, of Joliet, spent last Sunday with kindred and friends here.

The churches here will unanimously ask for the return of Rev. Wilmer JAGGARD to the Minooka and Aux Sable charges.

Miss Carrie ROBBINS, of Manhattan, is now officiating as the hello girl in the Minooka central of the Chicago Telephone Co.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. KAFFER, Mr. and Mrs. Edward BRADY and Mr. and Mrs. D. A. HENNEBERRY visited Starved Rock last Thursday and Friday.

The diphtheria cases near here mentioned individually in these columns last week, are almost fully recovered and there is no longer any danger.

Mrs. John WIDENER, of Morris, visited here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles FOSTER a day or two of the past week and attended the chautauqua at Rock Run Sunday.

The mercury has been trying to play the high notes on the thermometer since last Saturday and with conceded success, Sunday and Monday the record was nearly a hundred in the shade.

Peter JORSTED returned recently from an extended visit in California. Mr. JORSTED has decided to remove from here but has not determined whether he will locate in Joliet or go to California.

A dance will be given this Thursday evening at Conroy’s park in Channahon. John McEVILLY, Alex CONROY, Henry TALBOT, W. H. KAFFER, Joseph KELLY and Edward BRADY compose the …….

Frank WILSON, the Minooka meat merchant, has built a fine new slaughter house a mile and a half south of town, on the banks of the Dupage river. The land which has an area of thirteen acres, is owned by Fred DIRST and is leased by Mr. WILSON. It is an ideal place for the purpose for which it will be used. The slaughter house has a capacity for fifteen head.

Mrs. BLY, mother of John, Albert, Charles, Schuyler, Orin and Lucius BLY, passed away at the home of her son John, at Sand Ridge, Tuesday, March 22, 1904, aged 81 years. The funeral took place Friday from the M. E. church conducted by Rev. JAGGARD and the burial was in the Mound cemetery. The decedent was one of the pioneers of Seward and Minooka, and was a lady who enjoyed the high esteem of all who knew her throughout her long life. She was the mother of fourteen children, eight of whom are dead.

Smallpox in an extremely mild form has appeared in Minooka and Alonzo HEATH and William GREENBACK are sick with the dread disease which in the form from which these patients are suffering is not so much to be dreaded after all. Both Mr. HEATH and Mr. GREENBACK are able to be up and suffer comparatively little discomfort. Their homes are strictly quarantined and every caution will be observed to prevent a spread of the disease. Mr. HEATH and Mr. GREENBACK are altogether unable to understand how they contracted the contagion, but supposed that they must have picked it up in Joliet. Seneca and Marseilles each have numerous cases of the disease but neither of the Minooka men have recently been in that vicinity. Some alarm prevails in the community over the presence of the disease here, but Dr. BRINCKERHOFF, who is in charge of the cases, is hopeful of confining the contagion to the present cases. Many are be vaccinated as a measure of safety and all the children who have never been vaccinated should be submitted to the operation at once. The state board of health at Springfield has been notified and one of the members of the board is expected here in a day or two to examine the cases.

July 28, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 30

Markets – Corn 42 to 46; oats 37; butter 15; eggs 14.

L. A. WARD and son, Earl, were in Joliet Friday.

Mrs. Charles COOP spent last Monday in Chicago.

Miss Lizzie COOP spent last week here with her parents.

Richard WILSON, of Morris, spent last Sunday with relatives here.

Several from here took in the Barnum and Baily circus in Joliet Wednesday.

Miss Kittie KINNEY attended the funeral in Joliet Tuesday of Miss Alice Laura BELL.

Master Earl WARD is spending a couple of weeks with his grandmother in Wauponsee.

Miss Tillie HOLLERING, of Aurora, is a guest at the residence of Edward HOLT and family.

Miss Agnes McEVILLY has been assisting in the clerical work at KAFFER Bros. general store a few days this week.

Miss Tillie VANCE, formerly of this place, now stenographer for the Joliet Pure Ice Co. in Joliet, has been quite ill there for several days.

Oats cutting and haying will be completed this week and by the end of next week the hum of the thresher will be heard abroad in the land.

Daniel DAHLEM, of Joliet, formerly of Minooka, is among those who registered for land in the Rosebud reservation and is anxiously awaiting tidings from the drawing.

Fred MURPHEY is home from St. Louis on a visit to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. MURPHEY. For a couple of years past Fred has been engaged in electrical work in the world’s fair buildings.

The Morris high school nine came to Minooka last Sunday and met the M. W. A. team. The result was disastrous to the visitors, the score being 21 to 11. William GREENBACK pitched for the Minookas and Robert BRADURY officiated as umpire.

The Modern Remedy Co. finished fleecing the Minooka flock last Monday night and departed for Depue, Ill., the following forenoon. The company did a thriving business while here and probably carried away a couple of hundred dollars more than they brought. They worked over the old game of a voting contest for the most popular young lady and awarded a watch to the winner. Miss Clara NEILSEN won out in the contest with something over 7,000 to her credit. Miss Mae TINDER was a close second with about 6,700 votes and Miss Hazel CLARK was third with 5,800. A wood sawing contest was also put on and Mrs. James PYLE won out. Miss Carrie NEWMAN was a faint second. The winner received a silver tea set guaranteed for thirty minutes. John BELL, through buying the last half dozen bottles of medicine on the last night, was enabled to read his title clear to a silver water service likewise guaranteed. The financial success of the company here indicates that the stringers of society are not all with the Barnum and Ringling circuses.

August 4, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 31

Mr. and Mrs. George BELL visited in Morris Sunday.

Markets – Corn 44 to 47; oats 32; butter 15; eggs 16.

C. E. DAVIS and daughter, Miss Shirley, spent last Thursday in Ottawa.

Mrs. Charles FOSTER has been visiting friends in Joliet for a couple of days.

Clement CURTISS, of Chicago, spent a few days of last week with friends here.

A fine son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank HINES at Drummond last Sunday.

Albert PATTON has disposed of his well driller and engine to J. MASON, of Plattville.

Mr. and Mrs. Osman LARSON at Sand Ridge became the parents of a fine son July 24.

Mrs. Zoie LLOYD and son, of Joliet, are visiting here this week as guests of Mrs. William BLY.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard FEENEY, south of town, last Sunday, July 31, 1904.

Several of the members of the family of Charles DIRST have been on the sick list the past week.

Mrs. L. J. REED and son went to Sheffield, Ill., last week to visit their daughter and sister, Leona.

Contractor Wm. ROLFS has just started the carpenter work on Dr. BRINCKERHOFF’s new residence.

Edward HAFF, of Valparaiso, Ind., spent a day or two of last week with former acquaintances in this vicinity.

Mrs. Theodore KREIN, daughter Julia and sons Andrew and Fred left Saturday for a week’s visit with relatives in Chicago.

Miss Kate McLEAN, of Mokena, is visiting this week at the home of Mrs. John VanDOLSON. Miss McLEAN is a teacher in the Mokena schools.

From Joliet came glad news from Mr. and Mrs. E. J. DUFFY. A fine son was born to them last Thursday. Mrs. DUFFY was formerly Miss Kittie BRANNICK of this place.

George COLLEPS, Mrs. A. K. KNAPP and Miss Millie FLUENT were in Lockport Tuesday to look after some memorial work in the KNAPP and GRISWOLD lots in the cemetery there.

The grain market here has been quite lively the past few days and an average of nearly 150 loads a day have been brought in. Corn is in the lead but the new oats will come to the front.

States Attorney C. F. HANSON, of Morris, was a visitor in town Monday evening, calling on friends and inspecting his political fences. Mr. HANSON is a candidate for the renomination of states attorney.

Miss Etta THAYER, who had been suffering with appendicitis for some time underwent an operation for the disease at the hospital in Chicago Wednesday of last week and for a time was in a very critical state. She rallied after a time and is now getting along as well as can be expected.

The storm here Wednesday of last week was one of the worst hail and windstorms that has occurred in this section for several years. Considerable damage was done to crops out north of town and the lines of the Chicago Telephone Co. were quite badly tangled up. Part of the rain was quite badly needed but the wind was far from being welcome, as was also so much rainfall in so short a time.

August 11, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 32

L. A. WARD spent Tuesday in Joliet.

Markets – Corn 48 to 51; oats 21; butter 15; eggs 17.

Mrs. L. A. WARD visited with friends at Rock Run Tuesday.

Miss Lizzie PAUL, of Joliet, is a guest at the home of Fred DIRST and family.

W. S. BROWN, of the TRUBY elevator force, has been enjoying a vacation at Silver Lake.

Mr. and Mrs. John BOYD, of Joliet, were guests of Alex. BELL and family last Sunday.

Mrs. John KINNEY has been very seriously ill at her home in Troy but is now recovering.

J. W. CARLIN returned last week from a visit of several weeks with relatives at Plattville.

Miss Elva COOP spent last week in Joliet as a guest of her cousin, Mrs. Frank H. HODGSON.

Mrs. George TINDER Jr., of Morris, visited here last Saturday with her husband’s mother, Mrs. George TINDER Sr.

Mrs. Charles DIRST has been on the sick list for a week or more and has only just started on the road to recovery.

“Jack” JOHNSON of the national soldiers’ home in Milwaukee, has been calling on friends here for a week or so.

Misses Ellen and Sadie CONNELL returned last Saturday from a week’s visit with relatives and friends in Odell and Chicago.

Miss Elsie KING, of Chicago, has been visiting among relatives and friends in Minooka and vicinity for some time.

William HOWARTH is now the night operator for the Rock Island here. Frank HILL the former operator, has gone to Princeville, Ill.

Mrs. FIELD and little son, of Chicago, arrived here Monday evening and are guests at the residence of James HANDLON and family.

Mrs. F. M. CROSBY, of Chicago, is spending this week here with relatives and friends. Mrs. CROSBY was formerly Miss Maggie BELL.

A class of twenty or more were given their first communion by Rev. Father Joseph McMAHON at the St. Joseph parish home last Sunday.

Mrs. Robert MOORE is seriously ill with sciatic rheumatism. She has been far from well for a long time and has been gradually growing worse.

J. H. MURPHEY and son Fred left last week on a trip to Kansas and will probably invest in some land besides taking in the sights of the country.

James HANDLON has purchased 300 acres of land in the Red River Valley in Minnesota, through the Pioneer Loan & Land Co. and intends to sell his farm here and remove to Minnesota.

Miss Emma BELL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William BELL, of Seward, met with a serious misfortune last week. She fell from a chair Tuesday and sustained a fracture of the bones of the wrist.

The eastern automobile tourists enroute to St. Louis, fifty strong, passed through Channahon Monday afternoon and were given a word of greeting and a swift parting smile by Alderman George HUTCHINS.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. MURPHEY, of Joliet, came here Tuesday morning to enjoy a vacation visit with their parents and other relatives. Mr. MURPHEY is having a week’s vacation from his duties at Dinet, Nachbour & Co’s store.

The record of grain receipts at KNAPP’s elevator last week was twelve hundred loads or an average of two hundred loads a day. We doubt if there is another point in the state that can make so good a showing for the same time.

Anslow BELL came down from Chicago arriving here Tuesday morning after spending a few days with kindred in Joliet. Mr. BELL will visit among relatives and friends here for a week or more. He is 80 years of age and is well and sprightly. About six weeks ago he had a severe illness but has now fully recovered and is able to thoroughly enjoy a social visit.

Joseph FALKENBERG’s team took fright at an automobile on the highway near COULEHAN’s place last week; ran away throwing Mr. and Mrs. FALKENBERG and daughter from the buggy. None of them were seriously injured but the buggy was demolished. The auto driver was willing to settle the damages and promised to pay Mr. FALKENBERG $50 for his fright, trouble and loss. He promised to remit the amount but up to date the remittance has not been received.

For a couple of weeks Jefferson COOP was troubled with a tickling disturbance in his throat occasioned he thought by the lodging of a bit of meat in one of the passages of the throat. He consulted a physician here, another in Morris and a specialist in Joliet without obtaining relief and the physicians were somewhat inclined to the belief that the trouble was nervousness. The true source of the disturbance finally came to light when a few days ago Mr. COOP coughed up a medium sized needle which in some unaccountable way he had swallowed with his food. The needle had lodged in the membrane of the throat and could neither be seen nor felt by the physicians who attempted to locate the trouble.

August 18, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 33

The Minooka schools will open Monday, Sep. 5.

SMITH Bros. famous show was billed for Minooka Tuesday.

Markets – Corn 48 to 50; oats 32; rye 64; butter 17; eggs 15.

Miss Mary CANTWELL is away from her duty at WARD’s store attending her mother who is ill.

Mrs. Robert MOORE who has been ill with rheumatism for a year or more is now slowly improving.

Farmers who raised rye are threshing the same and the yield is good. Some of the rye is being harvested here at 64 cents.

Mrs. Patrick CANTWELL was taken suddenly and seriously ill last Saturday and has since been in quite a critical condition although now a little better.

A fine little daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. KROGNESS last Friday, Aug. 12, 1904, and C. G. says she is a sure enough “hello” girl.

Frank CLARK representing the Pioneer Loan and Land Co. of Joliet, Ill., and Warren, Minn. Left Joliet with a party of several land seekers Tuesday evening for the Red River Valley and will be gone for a week or ten days. W. A. KNAPP, the secretary of the company, returned from Minnesota Monday after selling 1920 acres of land to the party that he took up.

John COLLEPS, the aged father of George COLLEPS, cashier and manager at KNAPP’s bank and grain office, passed away at St. Joseph’s hospital in Joliet last Saturday evening at 9 o’clock after an extended period of feebleness from age. He was 86 years of age and had resided here for nearly thirty years. The funeral occurred Tuesday from the home here and burial was in the Willard cemetery in Channahon.

The village board has adopted ordinances requiring the improvement of certain streets in the village by the laying of cement sidewalks. One half of the cost is to be assessed against the property adjoining and one half is to be paid by the village. About six blocks of walk are to be laid and in a general way they include the walks from the school building and the two churches to the business section. The walks are to be five feet wide and will form a fine improvement which can and will be extended as the public funds will permit. It is a good start in the right direction.

August 25, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 34

Markets – Corn 48 to 50; oats 32; rye 64; butter 16; eggs 17.

Mrs. John VanDOLSON has been in Chicago for a week.

Atty. Geo. N. BLATT, of Joliet, was a visitor here Tuesday.

J. P. CLENNON left Tuesday on a business trip to Kansas.

John HOWARD, of Iowa, was a business visitor here last week.

W. A. THAYER spent a day of last week with his son George in Joliet.

A dancing party will be given at Conroy’s Park next Thursday evening.

The little child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles HULBERT has been very sick for several days.

Nat VINER, of Wilmington, Ill., is visiting here at the home of his sister Mrs. C. E. DAVIS.

The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. CLENNON fell from a horse one day last week and sustained a fracture of the arm.

Mr. and Mrs. A. M. WESTON and children, of Joliet, are guests at the home of the lady’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. J. KNIGHT.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard COOP, who are absent on a western trip, have both been quite ill in Colorado at the home of Mrs. COOP’s brother.

The heavy rains of Friday and Sunday came just in time to give the corn a fresh start toward a full crop and all the farmers are happy except those who were in the midst of threshing.

Mrs. Corbin ENEIX, of Warren, Minn., and Mrs. CONKLING, of Chicago, have been guests of W. A. CLARK and family and other relatives and friends for a week or more.

Mrs. P. CANTWELL, who has been very ill for the past two weeks, remains unimproved and has had several severe attacks which it was feared might prove fatal. At the latest report, she was resting somewhat easier.

Miss Kittie KINIRY is enjoying a vacation from her duties at Kaffer Bros.’ store and is visiting with relatives and friends in Chicago. Meanwhile Miss Agnes McEVILLY is filling the position at the store.

The refreshing rains followed closely on the heels of the opening session of camp meeting but we understand that Dr. John Alexander DOWIE, of Zion City, claims all the credit of bring the particular rains we have had the past week.

Mrs. E. KINSELLA and N. J. COMERFORD returned Saturday evening from Tipton, Ind., where they attended the funeral of Edward KEEGAN, a cousin of Mr. COMERFORD and a grand nephew of Mrs. KINSELLA.

Miss Sadie CONNELL left Wednesday to return to her home at Storm Lake, Iowa, after a pleasant two months’ visit among relatives and friends here. She was accompanied to Storm Lake by Miss Ellen CONNELL who will visit there for some time.

Charles PARMENTER is bemoaning the disappearance of a bushel or more of fine potatoes from his patch one night last week. Eternal vigilance seems to be a part of the price necessary for the grower to pay to secure his crop now a days.

September 1, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 35

Markets – Corn 48 to 50; oats 32; rye 64; butter 16; eggs 16.

Miss Addie BAILY spent Monday in Joliet.

Miss Audrey BELL is assisting at Bert WARD’s store.

Miss HIGGINS, of Morris, is a guest of Mrs. James CANTWELL.

Mrs. P. CANTWELL is slowly improving from her recent illness.

Thomas MUNROE has been absent for a week on a trip to Kansas.

Miss Elizabeth COOP, of Chicago, spent Sunday at her home here.

Mrs. D. H. ANDREWS visited with friends in Seneca, Ill., last week.

A select dancing party was held in Masonic hall one evening last week.

Richard WILSON, of Morris, was a guest of Charles COOK and family Sunday.

The young ladies of Minooka gave a dancing party at Conroy’s park last night.

Mrs. Thomas NADEN returned a few days ago from a visit at Hoopeston, Ill.

Clifford THAYER, of Chicago, spent a few days of the past week among kindred and friends here.

Miss Effie FITZGERALD, of Chicago, has been a guest of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. P. DWYER for several days.

Dr. H. LATTIMER and family, of Chicago, spent a part of last week here as guests of Dr. J. S. WATSON and family.

A. BELLFIELD, who has been very seriously ill, underwent an operation last week and is in a fair way to recovery.

Ray, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. FERGUSON, has been suffering for several days with a mild form of diphtheria.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. BUCKLEY and Miss May TINDER spent last Sunday with Joshua GARLICK and family near Joliet.

School will open next Monday and the school building is being whitewashed and otherwise made ready for the occasion.

Alex. FERGUSON, of Denver, Col., formerly of this vicinity, has been calling on friends here the past week. He left Minooka about seven years ago.

George COLLEPS and Misses Mattie COLLEPS and Mae TINDER spent last Thursday in Chicago taking in the board of trade and other attractions.

I. V. HOOPER has again embarked in the barber business here and opened a newly furnished shop in the middle room of White’s new building yesterday.

Miss Lou TEMPLETON visited in Joliet last Thursday and was accompanied by her sister Miss Winifred TEMPLETON who will visit here for a time.

Mr. and Mrs. George CHURCHILL returned last Monday from a visit with relatives at Muncie, Ind. Their daughter, Mrs. Nora MUNSON, returned with them.

John BUTLER and family, formerly of Chicago, now occupy the dwelling apartments over Robert MILLER’s tonsorial establishment where Mr. BUTLER is employed as chief assistant.

Robert W. CAMPBELL, agent for the E. J. & E. at Devine, is enjoying a well earned vacation of a couple of weeks and is absent on a visit to his sister, Mrs. L. E. STRATTON at Massina, Iowa.

Mrs. W. H. KAFFER and Miss Kittie KINNEY went to Joliet Tuesday on account of the death of their uncle, Edward COONAN, a prominent citizen of the city. He was about 65 years of age.

A little boy from Chicago, a relative of the VANAS, was taken seriously ill with pneumonia and appendicitis at the VANA house last Monday and was taken on the train to the hospital in Chicago Tuesday.

C. F. THAYER went to Chicago Tuesday to accompany his daughter, Miss Etta, home. She was for, some time in the Hahnemann hospital where she underwent a successful operation for appendicitis and is now recovering nicely.

The White Willow school opened last Monday morning but closed at noon on account of diphtheria in the vicinity. Miss Lou TEMPLETON is the teacher. The Brown school also opened and closed for the same reason. Miss Nellie COULEHAN is the teacher there.

Miss Tillie STAUFFER and Mr. William ECHHART, both of this place, were married at the bride’s home last Thursday morning Aug. 25 by Rev. Wilmer JAGGARD. Only the immediate relatives attended. After a bountiful wedding breakfast the bridal twain left for a trip to the world’s fair in St. Louis, MO.

A half dozen cases of diphtheria have developed in the neighborhood six miles northwest of here. A little son of Matthew NADEN, of Winamac, Ind., visiting at the home of Mrs. James E. WILLIAMSON, aged six years, has had the disease the most severely and Monday it was thought there was not the slight chance for his recovery. The little fellow is now better. The other cases include Miss Hattie PERKINS, a son of Robert RIVETT, of Plainfield, visiting at Albert HEAP’s, the eldest daughter of Ferdinand GHERKE, a son of Cornelius THOMPSON, and a daughter of W. A. KELSEY. All of those ill seem to be improving now.

September 8, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 36

Markets – Corn 56; oats 30; rye 67; butter 17; eggs 17.

Mrs. Arthur THOMAS, north of town, is quite ill with heart trouble.

Mrs. Henry MUNSON, of Iowa, is a guest here of her sister, Mrs. Clarence CHURCHILL.

Some Minooka people spent Labor Day at the picnic at Electric Park, in Plainfield.

A number of Minooka people are attending the Will County fair in Joliet this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto FELDTHOUSE, of Chicago, are guests of Mr. and Mrs. William COOP this week.

A fine little daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy McCOWAN last Monday morning, Sept. 5, 1904.

Attorney and Mrs. BARKER, of Chicago, were guests of Rev. and Mrs. Wilmer JAGGARD last Sunday.

All the diphtheria patients in the vicinity of White Willow and Aux Sable have completely recovered.

One of the sisters from St. Joseph’s Hospital, Joliet, is now nursing Mrs. P. CANTWELL whose improvement is very slow.

Several from here went to Morris last Monday to attend the annual reunion of the Chicago Grundy County Association.

James PAUL, Miss Lula BELL, John KAFFER and Miss Grace PYLE attended the band concert at Electric Park, Plainfield, last Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. W. A. CLARK and daughter Florene are spending this week with relatives in Chicago and will finish their vacation at Paw Paw Lake.

Miss Edna BELL, Ray DAVIS, Murray BAKER and Miss Ethel NADEN started to school in Joliet Tuesday morning. They are attending the township high school.

The noon passenger train east has changed to its old time of 11:58 a.m. at this station. The new schedule went into effect Sunday. There are no other changes.

Edward NOBLES, of Chicago Heights, formerly of this place, came here Tuesday for a visit with his old comrade, William WOOD and other Minooka friends.

James HANDLON and others from here left with Frank CLARK Tuesday for Warren, Minnesota, to look over the lands of the Pioneer Loan and Land Company of Warren and Joliet.

Rev. Father Dean DUNNE, of Joliet, spent last Tuesday morning here with Rev. Father Joseph McMAHON arranging some of the details for the dedication of the new St. Mary’s church which will occur the latter part of this month.

The Minooka schools opened Monday with Prof. ROSS at the fore. The other teachers are Miss Marie NELSON in the intermediate and Miss Florence STRATTON in the primary. There is a fair attendance in the schools for the start.

Last week probably broke all records for grain receipts at KNAPP’s elevator here. The total for the week ran up to over 70,000 bushels. Wednesday’s business surpassed all former records with 230 loads of grain received. This record did not last long, however, for the following day brought 231 loads. Nearly all of the receipts have been corn.

Some well posted and observing individual entered an unlocked side door at DWYER & COULEHAN’s store and meat market last Saturday night after the store was supposed to be locked for the night and appropriated for himself two kegs of beer and a lot of groceries. He succeeded in getting away with his plunder unobserved and it is not unlikely that he had some confederates to help him take care of the swag.

September 15, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 37

Markets – Corn 49; oats 29; rye 67; butter 17; eggs 17.

Mrs. Frank WILSON spent last week with relatives in Plattville and Oswego.

Ray RIVETT returned home last week after a four-year’s sojourn in California.

William and Charles KING, of Chicago, visited here last week with their sister, Mrs. Frank ENEIX.

The Misses Helen and Mary COMERFORD have resumed their studies at St. Angelus’ academy in Morris.

Mrs. Harriet PENDLETON returned home a few days ago from an extended visit with her daughter, Mrs. J. E. MORGAN in L____.

T. R. NADEN last week sold his farm of 81 acres for $11,000 and is getting ready to remove to Winfield, Kansas, where land is some cheaper.

Mrs. E. GOOCH and son, of Bellflower, __s., and Mrs. O. CALIF and daughter, Dorothea, of Minnesota, have been guests here lately at the residence of Mrs. A. K. KNAPP.

Robert W. CAMPBELL arrived home last Thursday from a vacation visit of two weeks with relatives in Iowa and has resumed his duties as agent for the E. J. & E. at Divine.

William GREEN led the strenuous life of a baseball player to the extent of dislocating his knee by a fall one day last week and has been compelled to resort to crutches as a means of locomotion.

Mr. and Mrs. N. J. COMERFORD and two sons George and John left last Saturday for Notre Dame, Ind., where the boys have entered school. Mr. and Mrs. COMERFORD returned home Tuesday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. George TINDER and son William, of Morris, also Mr. William DeLOUCKERY and sister, Miss Delia DeLOUCKERY, of the same place, were guests last Sunday at the home of Mrs. George TINDER Sr. and family here.

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore BRYSON, Mr. and Mrs. John BAMFORD, William BELL, R. R. VIELAND, Mrs. Robert SCOFIELD and others have been in Kansas for a week or two, visiting among friends and looking over the country with a view of investing in land.

The dedication of the new St. Mary’s Catholic church here will take place according to present arrangements on Tuesday, October 4. The church is now nearing completion and about all that remains to be supplied is the altar, organ and carpetings. The memorial windows in the building are a particularly attractive feature of the structure.

Miss Essie BRISCOE returned last Saturday from Mercy hospital in Chicago, where she underwent an operation for hip disease with which she has been afflicted since childhood. She is improving quite satisfactorily and hopes to soon be able to resume teaching in her school at Channahon. Meanwhile Miss Ella TABLER is teaching in her stead.

Mrs. Bridget CANTWELL, widow of Patrick CANTWELL, passed away at her home here Wednesday night at 10 o’clock, after an illness of several weeks, aged 67 years 6 months, 7 days. The decedent is survived by four children, James, of Iowa, Thomas, of Minooka, Mrs. Lawrence FEEHAN, of Odell, Ill., and Miss Mary CANTWELL, of this place. Mrs. CANTWELL had resided here for nearly fifty years and was known to all as a lady of estimable character. The funeral occurred from the home Saturday morning at 8 o’clock to St. Patrick’s church in Joliet where impressive services were held. Burial was in St. Patrick’s cemetery.

September 22, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 38

Markets – Corn 48; oats 29; butter 17; eggs 17.

Jessie, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael WELSH, fell while playing at the home of Mrs. Josephine SEARLES last Friday and sustained a fracture of the elbow joint.

Myers JACOB, the photographer, is now installed in business in a roof window _____ addition built onto the front of the Union hotel. The addition gives a droll appearance to the hotel front but it is well adapted to Mr. JACOB’s business which was formerly conducted in Masonic Hall. It now looks as though photography will be a permanent element in the business enterprises of the town.

Mrs. L. NEWSAM is having her house on Main street improved with a new shingle roof.

Miss Mary CANTWELL spent Tuesday in Joliet.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin KAFFER and Mr. and Mrs. N. J. COMERFORD left Tuesday morning to do the St. Louis fair and will be absent a week.

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen FINDLAY, Mr. and Mrs. John McTAGUE and Mr. and Mrs. John A. BELL returned Tuesday morning from a visit to the world’s fair.

L. A. WARD, C. A. TROWBRIDGE and Henry and Thomas BRANNICK went after the ______ tribes down in the Dupage Tuesday and demonstrated that they know something about the Waltonian art.

Mrs. John EDMONDS who had been sick for about ten days passed away at her home Tuesday noon, September 30, 1904, aged 66 years. She leaves a husband and one son, John EDMUNDS, Jr.

Mrs. Dr. J. J. BRINCKERHOFF and children are spending a few days in Chicago.

September 29, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 39

Markets – Corn 49; oats; butter 17; eggs 18.

Miss Garnet MILLER is attending the Joliet Township high school.

Richard TALBOT suffered the loss of a calf by lightning one night last week.

Officer PATTEN and family are now located in the old COLLEPS dwelling.

Mrs. J. J. BELL, of Chicago, spent last week among relatives and friends here.

Miss May FEEHAN, of Odell, Ill., is a guest here of Miss Mary CANTWELL.

The altars and organ for St. Mary’s church have arrived and are being placed in position.

Mrs. A. K. KNAPP and Miss Millie FLUENT are absent on a visit to relatives at Charles City, Iowa.

Miss Mary CANTWELL has been suffering with rheumatism for a week but is now a little improved.

Thomas MONROE has purchased James HANDLON’s 160 acre farm, pay therefor $127.50 per acre.

The members of the Eastern Star gave a pleasant dancing party in Masonic hall Tuesday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. S. A. FERGUSON went to Millington, Ill., last Sunday for a few days’ visit with relatives there.

W. J. CAMPBELL recently purchased the BLY property in the village and is now located therein with his family.

A son was born last Saturday, Sep. 24, to Mr. and Mrs. Anson GOODWIN who reside on the SHEPLEY farm north of town.

John ESSON of Brant, Ind., has been visiting among old time friends and relatives here for a week. He formerly lived here.

The prohibitionists will hold a rally in Masonic hall here next Friday evening, Oct. 7, Rev. JOHNSON, of Morris, will be the orator of the occasion.

Rufus CHURCHILL has been in the post graduate hospital in Joliet for a week or more and has successfully undergone an operation for appendicitis.

A broken rail in the Rock Island tracks near the depot here was discovered by the section men last Friday morning in time to prevent an accident to some train.

The circulating library is now an accomplished fact in Minooka and the headquarters are at Dr. WATSON’s drug store where Miss Franc WATSON is the librarian in charge.

A large number from this vicinity attended the Plainfield fair last week, particularly on Friday when States Attorney DENEEN, of Chicago, candidate for governor expounded the Republican doctrine to the multitude.

The funeral of Mrs. John EDMONDS took place from the residence last Thursday morning at 8 o’clock to St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic church in Joliet, where mass was celebrated. Burial was in St. Patrick’s cemetery.

The village of Minooka and property owners will lay about 13,000 square feet of cement sidewalk this fall and bids on the work are now being secured. The lowest offer yet made is 15 cents per square foot. At this rate the total cost of the proposed work will be about $2000 and the village pays half.

John EDMONDS, Jr., had his foot crushed and ankle broken while assisting in unloading poles for the InterState Telephone company last Monday. He was removed to St. Joseph’s hospital in Joliet and will recover but is suffering a great deal from the injuries. The accident occurred at Plainfield.

Mr. and Mrs. N. J. COMERFORD and Mr. and Mrs. Martin KAFFER arrived home Sunday from a week’s stay at the world’s fair and were much pleased with the trip. While there Mr. COMERFORD and party were graciously entertained by Mr. P. E. PIERIS, commissioner from Ceylon to the fair and a very cultured and learned gentleman. He is of Malay extraction but was educated at Cambridge, England. Mr. COMERFORD met him on the steamer in a journey up the St. Lawrence river last spring and formed an acquaintance which has been mutually pleasant.

Next Tuesday, Oct. 4, the new St. Mary’s Catholic church in Minooka will be dedicated with appropriate ceremonies. The dedicatory service will begin at 10 o’clock a.m. and Archbishop QUIGLEY, of Chicago, is expected to be present. Many priests will attend and participate in the exercises and masses and there will undoubtedly be a very large attendance of the people of this vicinity and also from abroad.

October 6, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 40

Markets – Corn 50; oats 29; butter 17; eggs 18.

J. P. CLENNON is preparing to erect a large new barn on his farm in the near future.

Miss Marie BEATTIE, of Elwood, was recently a guest of Dr. J. S. WATSON and family here.

John F. KAFFER and William FERGUSON are attending the state fair in Springfield this week.

Thomas COULEHAN met with a serious loss last week. Lightning struck and killed two of his horses.

William PATTEN severely sprained his knee one day last week and has been taking an enforced vacation.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. WALLEY, Miss Grace PYLE and ______ ______ LEACH have spent a week at the world’s fair.

B. B. MURPHEY left Tuesday for his home at Ames, Iowa, after a pleasant visit here with his brother, J. H. MURPHEY.

Miss Mattie TRIMBLE is absent on a visit to relatives in Columbus, Ohio, and intends to return by way of the world’s fair.

W. A. THAYER left Monday for Chicago to attend the Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. as the representative of the local lodge of the order.

So far there has been very little frost. Tuesday morning there were traces of frost but vegetation seems not to have felt the touch of the icy hand.

Miss Agnes McEVILLY now holds a position with Sears, Roebuck & Co. in Chicago. She came down from the city Monday to attend the dedication of St. Mary’s church the following day.

Frank CLARK, of the Pioneer Loan and Land Company will leave for Warren, Minnesota, with a party of land seekers, Tuesday, Oct. 18, and anyone wishing to go should consult him at once.

Rev. Wilmer JAGGARD left Tuesday noon to attend the annual conference which began Wednesday at Evanston. Rev. JAGGARD winds up the year’s work here with the church’s accounts all paid up and everything in a flourishing condition. It is the unanimous wish that he be returned to the church here and it is almost certain that he will be returned.

Mr. George KREIN, formerly of this place, and Miss Margaret YOUNG, both of Chicago, were married at the bride’s home, Wednesday, September 28, 1904. The bridal twain came to Minooka following the ceremony and spent a few days at the home of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore KREIN. The bride is a highly estimable young lady and the groom is a young man whom Minooka is proud to claim the distinction of producing. He has a host of friends who are pleased to extend congratulations and best wishes. The happy couple were accorded an old-fashioned serenade by their Minooka admirers Tuesday evening.

The St. Mary’s Catholic church was solemnly dedicated to the service of the Lord by Archbishop QUIGLEY, of Chicago Tuesday forenoon. It was a proud moment in the history of the community for the people in general, regardless of denominational lines have contributed generously to the rebuilding of the sanctuary which was destroyed by lightning and fire a little over a year ago. Probably never before was there such an assemblage of the clergy here nor such a representation of the people gathered for such a purpose. Besides the archbishop there came from Chicago Revs. KEOUGH, McSHANE, CONWAY, FITZSIMMONS, EGAN, GALLAGAN, KELLY, BOLLMAN, TYNAN and FEELY. From Joliet Dean DUNNE and Revs. FOSTER, McNAMEE, POLYCARP and FENNESSEY. From Morris, Rev. MEEHAN; from Utica Rev. SHEEDY; and proudest, yet most modest of all, Rev. Father Joseph McMAHON, pastor of the Minooka parish, upon whose shoulders fell so much of the work to be done and which has been so successfully and pleasingly accomplished. The archbishop consecrated the walls of the church and the dedicatory mass was a most impressive one in which Dean DUNNE was the celebrant. The music was directed by Miss Mary COLLINS, of Joliet, and there were over two dozen voices in the choir. Parts of Farmer’s and Roswig’s mass in F were sung. The dedicatory sermon was preached by Archbishop QUIGLEY and it was replete with the best of religious thought expressed in the beautiful language of simplicity. He said that soul-salvation is the one thing needful to be accomplished in the life of man and pointed out the necessity of the sacraments of the church and how well the people here had provided for their proper administration in the new church that had been builded. The archibishop congratulated the people and assured them that they would be rewarded from On High for the good work which they had done. In the afternoon a class of nearly one hundred was confirmed.

October 13, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 42

Markets – Corn 48; oats 28; butter 18; eggs 19.

W. H. KAFFER and little daughter Katheryn went to Ottawa Tuesday.

Miss Mary CANTWELL is visiting with her sister, Mrs. FEEHAN in Morris.

Mrs. RUTHENBECK, in Troy, has been quite sick but is now a little better.

F. DIRST’s three children had a thrilling experience on the way home from school Monday afternoon. They were caught in the storm and only by the most strenuous endeavors were they able to reach home.

Mr. and Mrs. William BUCKLEY departed Tuesday noon for _______, Wash., where Mr. BUCKLEY will work in a machine shop. They came from the west last November and Mr. BUCKLEY was then in poor health. He has fully recovered, however, and is anxious to go to work again.

Mrs. John A. BELL will not soon forget the storm of Oct. 10, ’04. She was driving home from the country when the storm overtook her north of town. The horse became frightened and ran away and threw Mrs. BELL out. In the excitement she lost her pocket book containing quite a little sum of money. The horse ran into WATSON’s pasture and no further damage was done.

The wind, hail and rain storm of last Monday evening was one of the worst that ever visited this vicinity and considerable damage was done. Thomas REDMOND’s barn in the northwest part of the village was blow down with a loss of $100 or more. About a hundred feet of plank sidewalk near W. A. THAYER’s residence south of the new St. Mary’s church was lifted by the wind and set out into the street and the plank lying about the church entrance were hurled about very promiscuously. Over toward Channahon the hail was more severe and window panes almost without number were broken. Those who were caught out in the storm were pelted mercilessly and some bad face and hands skinned by the sharp cornered icestones. Some fields of corn were stripped by the hail and others were laid flat by the wind and still others suffered both. Here in town at the height of the storm one could not see across the street and one lady in particular had great difficulty in reaching her house where her children were alone. The suddenness with which the storm broke was one of the remarkable features.

October 20, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 42

Markets – Corn 49; oats 28; butter 17; eggs 20.

D. A. HENNEBERRY has been in Peoria, Ill., the past few days.

Mrs. A. D. SEARLES is absent on a visit to her relatives in Toledo, Ohio.

William HOLL has been quite seriously ill with typhoid fever for several days.

Mrs. H. P. BRANNICK has been spending a few days with friends in Chicago.

Miss Mattie COLLEPS attended the wedding of James POWERS in Chicago last week.

A fine little daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles DIRST, Wednesday, Oct. 12.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bert WILCOX in Channahon Tuesday morning, Oct. 18.

Mrs. Henry GORHAM, of Chicago, has been visiting among relatives and friends here for the past week.

Rev. Wilmer JAGGARD was returned by the M. E. conference to the Minooka and Aux Sable pastorate and all are pleased.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin KAFFER, the Misses WATSON and others from here attended the funeral of Mrs. ZERSES in Joliet Tuesday.

Work on the cement sidewalks has been started and Osceola street near Mondamin street is the scene of present activities in this line.

C. E. DAVIS is building a new residence on his farm four miles north of town. Richard PALMER is the tenant on the farm and will occupy the new house when completed.

John EDWARDS who had his foot crushed by a telephone pole in Plainfield three weeks ago, came home from the hospital in Joliet last Sunday and is able to get around again with the aid of crutches.

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. E. OSMUNDSON, of Seward, died at the parents’ home last Thursday, Oct. 13, 1904, aged 10 years. The parents are believers in the Dowie doctrine of faith healing and the boy had no medical attendance until shortly before his death.

Miss Lizzie PAUL, formerly of this place, was married Tuesday, the groom being Mr. Wilson A. HUTCHINSON. Among those from here who attended the wedding were the bride’s sisters, Mrs. Fred DIRST and Mrs. Henry NEWMAN, and her brother, James PAUL. The wedding took place in the Episcopal church in Joliet and the bridal couple will reside in that city.

The Rock Island railway company has torn up the sidewalk both north and south of their tracks and has but in a bed of cinders which is a fine thing if designed to be used later for putting in a cement walk. The cinders alone as a permanent walk, however, would be an abomination to pedestrians and would justify the village board in the adoption of a resolution declaring them a public nuisance.

Charles CONNELL, of Channahon, had an unpleasant experience while driving on the highway on his way to church in this place last Sunday morning. Some boys hunting in a field where he was driving fired at some game and some of the spent shot hit Mr. CONNELL in the face and imbedded themselves in the flesh. A physician extracted the shot and the patient is recovering from the wounds. Fortunately none of the shot entered the eye.

The parsonage building of St. Mary’s Catholic church situated on about one acre of land to be included in the sale, will be sold to the highest bidder at auction next Tuesday, Oct. 25. The sale will occur on the premises which are located just west of the E. J. & E. railroad grade west of town, the site of the church which burned a year ago.

October 27, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 43

Markets – Corn 49; oats 28; butter 17; eggs 20.

Frank WILSON spent Sunday and Monday in Plainfield and Chicago visiting his brother Richard in the former place and in the latter place buying some stock for the WILSON line of markets.

John CONWAY, of Joliet, has been sentenced to from one to fourteen years in the penitentiary for burglarizing the CREIGHTON saloon on North Collins street, Joliet. The jury was only fifteen minutes in arriving at a verdict.

N. J. COMERFORD and son Dean returned Saturday from Notre Dame, Ind., where they spent a few days with Masters George and John COMERFORD, who are enrolled in St. Mary’s college there.

The trouble man for the Chicago Telephone Co. had a very narrow escape at the Rock Island crossing west of the depot Monday morning. The 6:45 train west bound was standing at the depot when the telephone man started to drive across just in front of the train. The noise of the engine caused him to fail to note the approach of a fast passenger train east bound and his team was all but on the tracks when the engine dashed across the crossing. Only a sudden shy of the team to one side saved them from injury.

Frederick ECKHART, one of the oldest residents of this vicinity, passed away last Sunday morning, Oct. 23, 1904, at his home two miles east of this place, aged 83 years. The decedent was a man who was highly respected by all who knew him. He leaves two sons, Frederick Jr. and William, and five daughters, Mesdames Elizabeth FOSTER, Josephine JOHNSON, Mattie CORTIS, Hattie CARROLL, and Alice ECKHART. The funeral, conducted by Rev. Wilmer JAGGARD, took place at 12:30 o’clock from the home to the M. E. church here. Interment was in the Willard cemetery.

November 3, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 44

Markets – Corn 49 – 36; oats 27; butter 17; eggs 21.

Edward OAKS was in Morris on business Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. L. A. WARD are visiting former’s mother in Wauponsee for a few days.

Mrs. George TINDER spent last Sunday in Morris with her son, George TINDER Jr. and family.

Millard FIELDS and sister Eulalia, of Chicago, were the guests last Sunday of Edward OAKS and family.

Dr. BRINCKERHOFF’s new residence is ready for the finishers and will be completed within a short time.

Miss Tillie HOLLERING returned to her home in Aurora Sunday after spending a week here as a guest at the home of Edward HOLT and family.

John HOLT, three miles northwest of town, is having a large addition built to his residence. A half dozen carpenters from Joliet are engaged in this work.

Dr. J. J. BRINCKERHOFF and wife and the latter’s sister, Miss Flora SCHEIBE of Lockport, returned Sunday morning from a week’s visit at the World’s fair in St. Louis.

Elmer DRAINER, who has been working in the mine prop business here with C. E. DAVIS for the past four years, will soon leave for the vicinity north of Aurora to engage in the same line of work for himself.

Mr. and Mrs. John BRINCKERHOFF and daughter, Miss Gertrude BRINCKERHOFF, returned to Lockport Sunday after spending ten days here in keeping house for Dr. BRINCKERHOFF and family during the latter’s absence at the world’s fair.

Rev. Wilmer JAGGARD is learning to manipulate a Stanhope automobile that he purchased in Chicago a week or two ago. Rev. JAGGARD’s principal trouble in the operation of the machine is his fear of frightening teams and causing runaways, things that he desires to avoid at all events.

A very pleasant farewell party occurred last Sunday at the home of James HANDLON and family. Nearly two hundred people attended, including relatives and friends in this vicinity and from Chicago, Joliet, Morris and elsewhere. Mr. HANDLON has recently purchased land in the west and he and his family expect to leave Minooka soon. Another farewell party, for the younger members of the family, will be held before their departure.

November 17, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 46

Markets – Corn 38; oats 28; butter 20; eggs 24.

George COLLEPS Jr. spent Friday in Joliet.

Mrs. Edward PATTEN called on Joliet friends last Saturday.

Miss Lillie COOP, of Chicago, spent last Sunday with relatives and friends here.

Dr. F. PENDLETON, of Quincy, Ill., visited among kindred and friends here last week.

Miss Annie O’CONNOR has been on the sick list for several days but is now a little improved.

Mrs. Arthur GORE spent last week as a guest at the home of Fletcher DIRST and family.

A new plank sidewalk has been constructed in front of the SEARLES and DWYER residences.

Harry THAYER is now operator in the office of the chief dispatcher for the Rock Island in Rock Island.

Robert BRADBURY went to Plainfield Monday and will henceforth be employee in John WILSON’s meat market there.

Mr. and Mrs. James HEAP and daughter, Mrs. Thomas NADEN, arrived home last Saturday from a trip to Kansas.

R. W. CAMPBELL, of Princeton, Ill., came home last week for the purpose of aiding in making the vote unanimous for Roosevelt.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence CHURCHILL and Robert BRADBURY witnessed the “Suwannee River” at the Joliet Theatre Sunday evening.

Miss Lillian McCOWAN returned to her home in Joliet Monday evening after a month’s visit here at the home of her uncle A. S. McCOWAN.

Some professional horse traders from Morris did a thrifty business here one day last week and at least one citizen of this vicinity has cause to regret his quickly formed acquaintance with the Morris bunch.

Fred COULEHAN and John BELL played a two-act “mellow drama” on the sidewalk in front of WARD’s store last Monday. Mr. COULEHAN was cast as the hero and John took the part of the victim with some disfiguration of his visage as the result.

The Young Ladies’ Sodality of St. Mary’s church held an election of officers recently and the following were chosen: President, Miss Anna FORAN; vice president, Miss Anna McEVILLY; secretary, Miss Eva TALBOT; treasurer, Miss Bridgie CONROY.

Alex COULEHAN fell against a box on the sidewalk in front of DWYER & COULEHAN’s store election day evening and sustained a dislocation of the elbow joint. He was given prompt surgical attention and the bones were properly replaced but it will be some time before Mr. COULEHAN will fully recover.

While waiting for the election returns Tuesday evening of last week a trio of men down in front of DWYER & COULEHAN’s store started in to make a few returns on their own account and when they were “all in” it was found that one of the trio was elected to carry a disabled arm for some time to come. The other two came through the scrimmage badly winded but otherwise unscathed.

November 24, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 47

M. J. WHALEN was in Joliet Thursday.

Markets – Corn __; oats 28; butter 20; eggs 25.

Mr. and Mrs. John SHEPLEY visited in Joliet Sunday.

Robert BRADBURY was home from Plainfield Sunday.

Mrs. Charles FOSTER visited relatives in Joliet Thursday.

Miss Emma COOP, of Joliet, spent Sunday with her parents here.

George COLLEPS and daughter, Miss Bessie, were in Chicago Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. M. RILEY, of Blodgett, visited with Miss Ellen CONNELL Monday.

Mrs. Mary PALMER, of Evanston, Ill., visited with relatives here last week.

A fine little daughter was born to Mrs. and Mrs. James BRADY last Sunday night.

Mr. and Mrs. E. N. WEESE spent last week last week among kindred and friends in Chicago.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse PYLE, of New Mexico, visited with relatives in Seward recently.

Mr. and Mrs. E. N. WEESE, after a few days’ visit in Chicago, returned home Saturday.

Samuel SHEPLEY, who is well known here, is critically sick with typhoid fever at his home in Joliet.

Mrs. Lizzie G. McLAUREN, of Hazel, S. D., has been visiting among friends here for the past week or two.

William DONOVAN, of Plattville, has been visiting here at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank WILSON, this week.

Mrs. Charles MURLEY has been suffering for some time with an injury to her hip sustained in a fall, from a step ladder.

Some grain is coming to market now, oats and new corn. The latter mostly grades as No. 4 and is still quite wet.

S. E. STRATTON returned to his home in Massena, Iowa, last Thursday, after a visit with relatives and friends in this vicinity.

J. H. MURPHEY spent a few days in Dwight last week where he was called to attend the funeral of his brother, John D. MURPHY.

Mrs. Patrick WHALEN, of Morris, returned home Sunday after a week’s visit here, with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter BRISCOE.

D. H. ANDREWS, the Rock Island agent, was in Rock Island, Ill., a few days of last week on account of the critical illness of his daughter there.

Mr. Edward FEENEY, of Minooka, and Miss Maggie HENNEBERRY, of Wilmington, were married at the church in Wilmington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1904. They are most worthy and popular young people, and have the best wishes of all who know them.

Funeral services for Robert FEENEY were conducted by Rev. Father Joseph McMAHON in St. Mary’s church here last Friday forenoon and the obsequies were largely attended. Mr. FEENEY was first taken seriously ill Tuesday evening and died the next forenoon at 10:30 o’clock. He died of Bright’s disease of the kidneys and was aged 69 years, 5 months, 5 days. He had resided near here for about sixty years. He leaves four sons and two daughters.

William R. MURLEY, who was long a resident of Seward township near this place, died last Monday morning, Nov. 21, 1904, at his home in Joliet, aged 67 years, 9 months and 13 days. Mr. MURLEY was born in Whitesboro, N. Y., and came to Grundy county in 1857. In 1865 he moved to a farm near here and was successfully engaged in agriculture until he retired in 1889. In 1899 he removed to Joliet. The surviving children are Mrs. Albert hare, Mrs. S. BROWN and Benjamin MURLEY, of this place. Another son, William MURLEY, died here about a year ago. The funeral occurred Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock from the home in Joliet and the remains were brought to the Seward cemetery for burial.

Minooka has been one of the storm centers in the hunt for the suspect in the auto murder case near Lemont last Saturday. Monday two different strangers who were here talked somewhat with the description of Dove, the suspect, and detectives were soon on the move. The police anyway were clearly watching the route of the Rock Island west from Joliet. One of the men who were shadowed proved to be a Mr. BALTE, who is a post office inspector for the government and who first went to Morris from Chicago, Monday, and came here on the noon train and drove into the country, returning about 9 o’clock. He regarded the suspicions regarding him as a good joke. The other stranger who was here got dinner at Mrs. TINDER’S and appeared very nervous. He left immediately after finishing his meal and has not since been seen. The detectives do not attach much importance to the clue however.

December 1, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 48

Markets – Corn 39; oats 28; butter 21; eggs 25.

Miss Millie FLUENT was in Chicago Monday.

Mrs. Charles O’BRIEN was in Joliet Saturday.

Fred DIRST called on Chicago friends Monday.

Charles E. DAVIS and son John were in Joliet Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank JONES spent Thanksgiving in Morris.

Edward CARLIN, of Joliet, called on Minooka friends Sunday.

George COLLEPS, Jr., and sister, Miss Mattie, were in Joliet Saturday.

Miss Lyla OAKES returned home Monday after a month’s visit in Chicago.

Messrs. WANMER and GAUMAN, of Wauponsee, called on Minooka friends Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. L. WALSTROM visited friends in Plattville Wednesday and Thursday.

Dennis DOUGHERTY, of Chicago, visited over Sunday with his mother, Mrs. Charles DOUGHERTY north of town.

Miss Mary COULEHAN came home from the academy in Morris Thanksgiving to spend a week with her parents.

Mrs. Andrew DIRST and little son, of Joliet, spent Saturday and Sunday with the former’s mother, Mrs. Peter DOUGHERTY.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert WARD and family and Mrs. Charles FOSTER spent Thanksgiving with Mr. and Mrs. John WEIDNER in Morris.

Mrs. Wm. J. WALSH and daughter, Celia, of Joliet, visited over Thanksgiving iwth the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank MILLER.

Misses Lizzie COULEHAN, Helen COULEHAN, Mamie CLENNON and Mr. Robert MILLER were among those who spent Thanksgiving in Joliet.

Edward BARRY, Thomas CAUGHLIN and Miss Katharine SWEENEY spent last Thursday and Friday with Edward SWEENEY and family at Plattville.

Charles HAMMETT, of Philadelphia, Pa., and Allie HAMMETT, of Baltimore, Ohio, visited with their sister, Mrs. George DEAN west of town Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas SHIELDS south of town were most thankful two days after Thanksgiving. A fine little daughter safely arrived at their home Saturday, Nov. 26.

December 15, 1904, Vol. 29, No. 50

Fred _____ spent Monday in Joliet.

Mrs. H. GORHAM was in Joliet Saturday.

Clarence CHURCHILL was in Joliet Monday.

Markets – Corn 38; oats 27; butter 21; eggs 27.

Mrs. Fred WEESE was a visitor in Joliet Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. L. A. WARD were in Joliet Wednesday.

Miss Lillian McCOWAN spent Sunday with her parents in Joliet.

Mr. W. BRENNAMAN, of Seneca called on Minooka friends Friday.

Mrs. William BLY and Miss Lettie BLY were visitors to Joliet Tuesday.

Miss May TINDER and Miss Mattie COLLEPS spent last Friday in Chicago.

John HENNEBRY, of Lorenzo, called on his brother, D. A. here last Monday.

Misses Katie and Tessie McEVILLY visited friends in Chicago Sunday and Monday.

Robert BRADBURY, of Plainfield, visited here Sunday with his mother, Mrs. D. BRADBURY.

Miss Julia TALBOT and Miss LANGDON, of Joliet, called on relatives and friends here Sunday.

Mrs. Arthur THOMAS is quite sick again after having almost recovered from a former illness.

Mrs. T. BURKE and Miss Essie BRISCOE visited over Sunday with P. WHALEN and family in Morris.

Mrs. Mae JOHNSTON, who had been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. ANDREWS, returned to her home in Rock Island Friday.

She who was formerly Miss Lizzie SCHEIK, of this place, now of Chicago, was a guest at the VANA party Saturday evening and was accompanied by a friend from the city.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. NOLAN, of Nebraska, who had been visiting Mr. and Mrs. James RILEY and other friends here, returned home Friday. Mrs. NOLAN was formerly Miss Kate TURLEY.

Miss Hazel O’BRIEN terminated her residence here with her aunt, Mrs. J. J. VANA, last Monday and returned to Chicago where she will henceforth reside. She had been here for two or three years.

Mrs. J. J. VANA gave a party for a large company of her friends in Union hall last Saturday night and dancing was enjoyed from 8 to 12. Nearly sixty couples were present and all were most agreeably entertained. Music was furnished by Paul’s orchestra.

Milfred Wayne BEDFORD, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred BEDFORD, died at the parents’ home in Joliet last Monday morning, Dec. 12, 1904, at 2 o’clock, after but an hour’s illness with congestion of the stomach, aged 4 years. The decedent was a grandson of William BEDFORD and also of Anslow BELL, both of Minooka. The funeral services were held at the home in Joliet Wednesday and the burial was in the Willard cemetery in Channahon.

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