1880 -1881-1882-1883

Stories of interest from our hometown paper over the years.
1880 -1881-1882-1883


JANUARY 10, 1880

On last Saturday night, the residence of Franklin Oliver, at Oliver's Grove, was entered by burglars and robbed of between seven and eight hundred dollars in cash and a revolver. The entrance was effected by breaking a pane of glass in one of the windows and removing a peg that had served as a fastening. The robbers immediately proceeded to the room of the old  man up stairs, he being the only person in the house at the time, and breaking the door down, rushed into the room, seized their victim, bucked and gagged him and ties his hands and feet, and then covered him with the bed clothes. In the tussle with the old man they chocked him until he was senseless. They found the money in an old trunk, and were evidently well acquainted with the surroundings. The old man says it was raining at the time and thinks it was about 11 o'clock. As the room was in total darkness of course the old man was unable to recognize the parties. so far as we are informed, no arrests have been made.

JANUARY 19, 1880
 It having came to my knowledge that certain parties have by Insinuations, and otherwise implicated me in the outrage perpetrated upon Franklin Oliver, Sen. on the night of January 3rd 1880, I therefore feel it a duty to myself and the community not only to emphatically deny any implication in the premises as to being accessory before, at the time, or after the fact, but court strict investigation and hold myself now and at all limes, ready and willing to answer to all, and any authorized parties or Courts, any charges against me for criminality or misdemenor. My wife (who is with me) is in very delicate health, and my physician Informs me that her health and safety she should be removed' to her home in Granville, Putnam County, Illinois, forthwith, at which place I can be found at any time I may be wanted, by the people, or the unprincipled parties who may wish to make me a scapegoat for their own misdeeds, Respectfully,  A-M. Gillespie

FEBRUARY 7, 1880

Another bad Accident at Chatsworth
Resulting In the Killing of Peler W. Isele
It is our painful duty to record another sad accident on the T . P. & W. Railroad at this place. On last Wednesday morning, freight train No. 18 going west had pulled in to Chatsworth, and the head brakeman, Mr. Peter W. Isele, of Peoria, was killed in the act of uncoupling a stock car from the train, The accident happened In this way. The brakeman had pulled the pin between the cars, when one of his feet caught in the “ frog” of the track, throwing him down and under the car next to the engine, an Empire Hue car. Falling in the middle of the track, the break beam caught his body, throwing him lengthways with the train, the wheels passed over bis legs, arms and body, cutting his limbs and the lower part of his body in a terrible manner. When discovered by the conductor, his body was under the tender of the engine. I'he poor fellow was killed so suddenly that he could not have known what did it. It was the third trip he had made over the road. He leaves a mother and brother to mourn over his sad fate.
Coroner Barus, of Fairbury, was notified, and came up pm the 11:10 train/ He summoned a jury, which adjourned till Thursday noon to get the witnesses here and hear the evidence before rendering a verdict. The following is the verdict of the jury: We, the undersigned Jurors, sworn to inquire of the death of Peter Isele, on oath do find that he came to his death by being run over by a railroad car while in the discharge of his duty as brakeman on train No. 18, T P. & W. Railroad, February 4th, 1880, no blame being attached to any person connected with said train, but we, the jury, de censure the use of cars made in the style and pattern known as Empire Line cars. 
William W . Beaus, Foreman, 
H. M. Bangs, 
N. C. Kenyon, 
George A. Bangs, 
T. G. Worrell, 
A. H. Hall.

MARCH 6, 1880
F. Oliver’s sawmilL, at Oliver’s Grove, was destroyed by fire Saturday evening, Feb. 28th. The origin of the fire is unknown. The loss is about $3,000. No insurance.

JUNE 12, 1880
Mr. M. H. McCarty Has opened his cigar factory, and has a first-class cigar maker employed (Mr. Paul Zimmerman).

OCTOBER 9, 1880
Married.—In this city, Sunday, 3rd, by Rev. A. Kenyon, Col. N . C. Kenyon and Miss Ella E. Schofield, all of Chatsworlh.

DECEMBER 18, 1880
Many of our citizens will remember Thomas C. Shaw, nephew of Maj. D. E. Shaw, and employed by the Major for some time while he was manufacturing wind mills in the old Rairie bulding.  Thomas C. left the Major’s employ and went to Morris, III.; from there relatives and friends seem to have lost all trace of him; and for a period of nearly two years  no tidings of his whereabouts were had by  his parents, who reside in Ohio. The latter part of last month they were shocked to receive the news of his death by his own  hand. It appears he was stopping with  Mr. G W. Everett, who resides near Seneca, Missouri, and on the 22nd day of Nov. went to Seneca aud procured two vials of laudacum, returned to Mr. Everett’s, and some time during lhat night or the following morning took the contents of both vials. When Mr. Everett went to his room to wake him for breakfast he found him in a stupor, from which he never roused, although a physician was sent for and reached his bedside promptly. He died about 9 o’clock a. m., Nov. 23rd


JANUARY 8, 1881
Koerner-Sullivan--At the Cath ­olic church in this city, Tuesday, January 4th, 1881, bv the Rev. Wm. O’Hara, Mr. George K oener to Miss 
Mary Sullivan .

Taylor —Myers—At the residence of the bride's parents, in Chatsworth, Wednesday evening, January 5th, 1881, by the Rev. E.G. Trask, assisted by Rev. W. F. Wilson, Mr. John L. T aylor to Miss Addie R. Myers, both of this city. May their marriage life be always as happy as 
our devil was when partaking of a portion of the wedding cake, an abundance of which we acknowledge the receipt of.

FEBRUARY 26, 1881
John Duffey-Kathy Fitzmaurice-Bride's Residence-Rev. Father O'Hara-Feb. 21.
Edward Doran-Mary Duffey-Catholic church-Feb. 21.
George R. Neville-Sarah R. Nelson-Charlotte-Rev. Trask-Feb. 23.
John Smith-J. Real-Catholic Church-Feb. 23.

MARCH 5, 1881
Charles Nixon-Eliza Pearson-Bride's Residence-Rev. E.G. Trask-Feb.27. 

MARCH 5, 1881
A Portion of Our Little City Reduced to Ashes and Smoke as the Result of Its Unwelcome Visit  

On Sunday night, or rather Monday morning, as it was shortly after midnight, when all was quiet, and our people were resting, that they might be  the better prepared for the week's labor, the alarm of fire was suddenly sounded by the ringing of the fire bell, and still more dreadful cry of fire ! fire! rang out upon the midnight air.   
These two sounds were made to intermingle and follow each other in rapid succession, that our sleeping people might be the more quickly roused from their slumbers, and make haste to rescue that which, once the eye viewed, few had hopes to save, and none could see go, without expressing regret.    
From the best information obtained the first alarm, of what proved to be the most disastrous conflagration that ever occurred in Chatsworth, was sounded at fifteen minutes past twelve o'clock, when fire was discovered in the west side of the building used by Mr. E.A. Bangs to store flour, oils, wines, and liquors, and which was attached to and formed a part of his extensive business house. A very high wind was blowing from a little west of due north, which tended to force the flames into the building. As soon as a sufficient force could be obtained to move the engine it was placed in position at the center tank, and in a very short space of time two streams of water wee rapidly passing through the hose, thence into the fire, but short as had been the time required to accomplish this, it had been sufficient to enable the flames to take  possession of the rear of the Bangs building, and it became apparent the building and its contents were doomed to destruction and once the flames burst out, the violent wind caused them to lash both east and west, and in an incredibly short time, the rear end of Messrs. Roberts & Lantry's building, which joined the Bangs building on the west, was in flames. One more mad leap to the eastward and the north end of Mr. Young's building was also ablaze, which made it a question of time, only, when Mr. Seibold's building, which was next east of Mr. Young's, must go the way of the others. All this time the engine was doing noble work, two large streams of water were constantly pouring upon the flames, not with much hope of saving the buildings, but to fight back the heat, and give those engaged in removing the stock, all the time possible before the fiend should claim its own. When once under way, however, it was the work of but a few moments for the flames to convert into ashes and smoke that which has cost its owners a lifetime to accumulate, and the skilled mechanics days and months to construct.   
And before those who were laboring so diligently, would realize, the row of business houses from, and including, Mr. Seibold's building west to Mr. Delong's were consumed with most of their contents, and it was only by the most extraordinary exertions, upon the part of a large number of our people, that the flames were held in check and made to stop in their mad career, but by great efforts part of the old Robert's building, which had been occupied as a shoe shop by Mr. Meister, was torn out and one stream of water was used to fight back the fire from the west, and thus was saved the remainder of the block. 
The following is a description the property burned, an estimate of its value, insurance on same, and probable loss sustained by each:  
Mr. W. F. Seibold, story and a half building, 22 x 60 ft. with one story addition 14 x 18, first floor occupied as a grocery and confectionery store, upper rooms used as livings apartments, value of building $1500 insured in the Standard of New Jersey for $500, estimated loss of stock and households goods $350.
Mr. John Young's building was one story, 23 x 50 ft. with addition 12 x 18 ft., value of building $1000 upon which there was no insurance, value of stock of goods $11,000, estimated loss of goods $5000, insured for $4000 in the following companies: Springfield of Mass. $500, Imperial of London $500, North British and Mercantile $500, North American of Philadelphia $750, American Central of St. Louis $100, Hartford of Connecticut $750.   
Mr. E.A. Bangs' building was full two stories, and the best and most costly frame store in this city. It was 20 x 100 ft. including the additions, and is estimated as worth $4500, upon which there was in insurance of $1000 in the New Hampshire of Manchester. The stock and fixtures in the main building were entirely consumed; included in Mr. Bangs' loss, and to which he attached especial value, was a library, however small, but the books were valuable, and will be very difficult to replace; estimated loss on stock and fixtures $8000, upon which there was an insurance of $2000 in the following companies: $500 in the Fireman's of Baltimore, $1000 in the Peoples of New Jersey, $500 in the  Allemantila of Pittsburg.
Messrs. Roberts & Lantry's building was a one story, 27 x 80 ft. valued at $2000, and their stock was valued at $7000, which they saved eight or nine hundred dollars worth. These gentlemen we regret to state, had no insurance, and the loss falls heavy upon them.  
The building belonging to the heirs of Mary Roberts was a very old one and much out of repair. It was probably worth $350. 
Dr. W.C. Byington had office and sleeping rooms in the upper story of the Bangs' building, and lost everything, including his case of instruments, books, papers, bed and bedding, barely saving his ledger of accounts. In the doctor's library were books which are very difficult to replace. His loss amounts to about $350.   
Mr. Henry Walker used the front room over Mr. Bangs' store as a barber shop. His loss is about $40. 
Mr. A.H. Hall occupied the rear part of the second floor as a photograph gallery, and his loss is an irreparable one, as a large number of negatives that can never be replaced were destroyed. The value of which is difficult to estimate, but to him, taken in connection with his other losses, will make a total of $00 or $500.   
Mr. Arthur Whitmore, who had sleeping apartments on the second floor in the Bangs' building, lost his watch and all his personal effects except what his trunk contained, the contents of which were saved.
Mr. J.H. Wyman sustained a loss of about $100 by removal of his stock of goods. 
Mr. DeLong, moved nearly his entire effects and sustained the loss attendant upon the handling of such a stock, which was trifling, say $50.  
Mr. Meister, who occupied the Roberts building as a shoe shop, sustained a loss of, say $75.
Mr. J.E. Brown removed all of the portable fixtures in the bank of Messrs. C. A. Wilson & Co., only to have the pleasure of replacing them after all danger had subsided. The same may be said of Messrs. C. Riess, O.H. Brigham, H.M. Bangs, Mr. Fitzmaurice, and Wm. Wallrichs, all of whom removed their effects, and when immediate danger ceased, replaced them.   
Mr. H.M. Bangs' loses probably $250 and misses quite a lot of goods. His suspicions may result in a search warrant. Someone also helped themselves to Miss Rosa Riess's bonnet, which was in a box among the household effects of Mr. J.L. DeLong. With these exceptions, no damage worth speaking of was sustained. Miss A.D. Griswold "took time by the forelock," and prepared for the worst by packing everything in her building, preparatory to moving it on short notice.
And now, as to the prospects of rebuilding, it is, perhaps, useless to say that, up to present writing, nothing definite has been decided upon, nor will there be for some time, but, in the meantime, permit us to hope that, ere another winter is upon us we will see erected on the site of the present desolate and gloomy ash heaps a row of good and substantial brick or stone buildings; and that their occupants may be found in a prosperous condition, doing a thriving and lucrative  business is the wish of the Plaindealer

MARCH 12, 1881
Oscar Bradock-Mary E. Nagle-Rev. Trask-March 10.

MARCH 12, 1881
On last Saturday evening one of the most pleasant social events occurred at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Y. Brown in this city; the occasion being the forty-fifth anniversary of their wedding. By a previous understanding about twenty-five couples assembled at the residence of Mrs. Clara Strawn, and with a bounteous supply of refreshments proceeded to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Brown, expecting to take this worthy couple entirely by surprise, but Mr. B., although partially along in years, is still wide awake, and by some previous inkling was made to somewhat anticipate their coming. Not so with Mrs. Brown, who was taken entirely by surprise, and was found enjoying the comforts of her pleasant home, not expecting the coming visitors. It was the work of but an instant on her part, when all were made as welcome as they could wish, and with the usual urbanity of this esteemed couple, the visitors, one and all, were made to enjoy themselves. In fact, all participating are unanimous in pronouncing this one of the most pleasant spent evenings of their lives. That they may live to enjoy many additional wedding anniversaries is the wish of their host of friends.

MARCH 19, 1881
Samuel B. Puffer-Alice L. Pearson-Rev. E.G. Trask-March 16.

MARCH 26, 1881

In Chatsworth, on Tuesday, March 22nd, at the residence of the bride’s parents, by J. H. Megquier Esq , Mr. John L. Oliver to Miss Mary E. Sealock, both of Chatsworth.

APRIL 23, 1881
The many friends of Mrs. M. Reising will learn, with pleasure, that she has associated with herself, in the millinery business, a lady 
thoroughly conversant with the business, and a first class dress-maker, Miss Lizzie O’Brien, of Kentucky . The new firm will be pleased to 
see the ladies of Chatsworth and surrounding country at their rooms in this city, and are prepared to gratify the wants of the most fastidious. Mrs. Reising is too well known to this community to require any remarks tending to recommend her from us. Miss O’Brien comes highly recommended as a lady of culture and refinement, fully acquainted with the latest modes and all details of the business. Both of these ladies will do all in their pow er to please those who may favor them with a call.

JUNE 6, 1881
ALl who have catlle or other stock on the following tracts of land take notice that when a reasonable time has elapsed after this notice the owners of the cattle will, unless the same are removed, be considered as trespassers, and treated as such under the law. The following is a description of tiie land: S. W.  of Sec. 27; S.  N. VV. 1 of Sec. 27; W. i N. i of N. W. \ of Sec. 27; . S. E.  of Sec. 28; N. ]/i N. E. \ of Sec. 28; W. 4. N. E. \ of Sec. 28; E.'A N. VV.  of  Sec. 28; S. S. y2 N. W. \ of Sec. 28. All in township 2(5, north range 8, east of 3d principul meridian, Livingston Co., ILL.
Edward R. Oliver, 
By Franklin C. Oliver, 
His attorney in fact

JUNE 11, 1881
J. J. Chambers has bought the cows formerly owned by Jno. Birt, and is making preparations to run a milk wagon and supply the people of Chatsworth in this respect. Mr. Chambers will supply the former customers of Mr. Birt, and all new ones who may favor him with their patronage.

JULY 30, 1881
On Thursday evening, July 28th, 1881, at the residence of the bride’s parents, in Chatsworth, by Rev. B. G. Pierce, of Galesburg, Miss Anna Larned to Mr. Carlisle Scott, of Wellington.

At the residence of the bride’s parents, in this city, on Sunday, July. 24th, at 5 o’clock p.m., by Rev. R. M. Stevenson, Mr. Sylvester Clutter, of Croger, Ills., to Miss Mary A. Waugh. We acknowledge, with thanks, the receipt of a bounteous supply of cake.

AUGUST 20, 1881
At the residence of the bride's parents, in Chatsworth, Aug. 15th, 1881, Rev. E G. Trask officiating, Mr. I John L. Singer, of Peoria, to Miss Alice E. Taggert, of this city.

AUGUST 27, 1881
At the residence of the bride’s parents, on Wednesday evening, Aug. 24, by the Rev S. II. Stevenson, of Perry, Ill., asssisted by the Rev. Mr. Wiley, of Springlake, Mr. James S. Wiley, of Colfax, to Miss Hattie N. Dennis, of this village. 

At the residence of the bride’s parents, in Milford, III., Thursday, Sept. 1st, 1881, Mr. W. M. Smith, of this city, to Miss Nora Laird, of Milford. Our best wished go with them.

SEPTEMBER 17, 1881
A most happy marriage ceremony was performed on the evening of Thursday , Sept. 15th. 1881, at the residence of the bride’s parents, in Sullivan township , the Rev. D. F. Beebe, of Pontiac, officiating ; the occasion being the uniting of Mr. James I. Dorsey to Miss Ella Tuttle, eldest daughter of Zophi Tuttle, E sq . Not with standing the extreme inclemency of the weather on the evening of the wedding, everything on the inside of the house was most cheerful and attractive. The bride and groom were in most elegant spirits, with the exception of a slight nervousness manifest on their part, owing to the lateness of the hour of arrival of the clergyman , who had been detained by the train being late. Soon after his arrival, how ever, the ceremony was performed, and congratulations were in order. With 
out apparent restraint, or undue formality, a general good time was indulged in, all present vicing with each other in their attempts at 
hillarity ; the officiating clergyman apparently leading the van; when the proper time was at hand an elegant repast was served and the remainder of the evening was spent most happily.

OCTOBER 15, 1881
Levi Housoworth, who had been for some time employed as a farm hand by Mr. Geo. Blackwell, northeast of town, had at times acted somewhat strangely, and on Monday night, the 3rd inst., got up and after tieing a sheet to his bed slat, let himself down from the upper story window of Mr. B’s residence, breaking a window in his descent to the ground, aud came running into town, when Policeman Birt discovered him upon the street in an almost nude state and placed him in the calaboose. He was liberated iu the morning, but continued lo act sirauge, at limes, until Thursday night, when evidence of insanity again appeared, and it became necessary to continue him until Saturday morning, when he was taken to Pontiac, a jury impaneled, and he was adjudged insane and sent to the asylum at Kankakee. 

NOVEMBER 5, 1881
At St. Patrick’s church, this city, on Monday morning last, by the Rev. Wm. v. d. Hagen, Mr. Hugh McElignett, of Chicago, to Miss Hattie McLean, of Chatsworth.

NOVEMBER 19, 1881
On Monday morning, Nov. 14th, at St. Patrick's church, this city, the Rev. Wm. v. d. Hagen officiating and celebrating high mass—Mr Arthur Powers to Miss Mary McNamara.

NOVEMBER 26, 1881
At the residence of the bride’s parents in Shenandoah, Iowa, on Wednesday, Nov. 9th, the Rev. J, E. Eldridge officiating, Mr. T. Milton Harry to Miss Flora E. Wright. Now Milton is very reserved, and it was with considerable difficulty that a confession was wormed out of him. But if he don't make an No. 1 husband then we are not good at guessing. We wish them a long and pleasant journey through life, and are pleased to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Harry as citizens of this village.

DECEMBER 10, 1881
Married- In Charlotte, III., on Monday morning. Dec, 6th. by Rev. E. G Trask, Mr, William C. Huffman, of Wyoming, Ill, to Miss Eva C. Hazen, of Charlotte, III. 

Married-AI the home of the bride’s parents in this city, on Thursday evening, Dec. 8th, the Rev. E. O. Trask officiating, Mr. Samuel H. Orr to Miss Effie B. Wheaton, all of Chatsworth.

OCTOBER 8, 1881
Below will be found a list of the pupils, in the various departments, who have received a grade of 90, or over, in the examination for September. 
First Primary - Miss M.M. Brown - Teacher
"A" Class
Ira Huffman
Freddy Riess
Joe Crane
Louie Hall
Charlie Reeve
Archer Binger
Paul Fichternal
Gay Bangs 
Clara Orr
Mae Bangs
Edna True
Maggie Weinland 
Hanna Jones
Second Primary - Miss I.A. Morey - Teacher
"A" Class
Grace Watson
Anna Coughlin
Agnes True
Mary Binger
Etta Parker
Mamie Gregg
Dick Hitch
Charley Curtis
Bertie Reeve 
Henry Binger
"B" Class
Jessie Watson
Josie Fitzmaurice
Gisela Schuemperlin
Bessie Larned
Cody Chittum
Henry Williams
Bobbie Taggart
Freddie Fowler
Clarence Smith
Ira Carson

First Intermediate - Miss E.A. Farnham - Teacher
"A" Class
Bird Hall 
Sadie Hemperlay
Katie Fitzmaurice 
Alice Parker
Lizzie Taggart
Nellie Wheaton
Phebe Martin
Charlie Speer 
"B" Class
Ina Huffman
Blake Williams
Linna Roberts
Addie Hickey
Lilly Struckmeyer
Maud True
Madie Bigham
Minnie Wheaton
Ulysses Fehr
Louis Chambers
Fred Leavitt
Willie Kenney
Rudy Molitor
DECEMBER 17, 1881
Whereas, the board of health of the state of Illinois, in their official capacity, have authorized and directed that all children and others -- persons who have not been vaccinated, as a preventative of that loathsome disease, the small-pox, shall be  expelled from the public schools on and after the first day of January next. Therefore, we, the board of directors of school district No.1, town of Chatsworth, Ill., do hereby notify all parents and guardians of children, and other under 21 years of age, that this rule will be enforced as directed, on and after that date. And for the safety of the schools respectfully  request parents and others, not to delay. That terrible scourge is daily making gigantic strides over the land, and as we are in daily communication with cities and towns that are badly afflicted, the monster may be upon us at any moment. Remember the adage -- delay is dangerous.   
B.L. Yates
Jno Young
Jas. A. Smith
JANUARY 21, 1882
At the home of the bride's parents, this city, Wednesday evening, Jan. 18, the Rev. H. Stahling, of Melvin, Ill. officiating, William D. Moore to Mary S. Mehrer, all of Chatsworth.

MARCH 4, 1882
At the German Evangelical Lutheran church, this city, on Wednesday afternoon, March 1st, 1882, the Rev. H. Btaehling officiating, Mr. Wm. Meisenhelder lo Miss Fannie Saathoff. 

At the residence of the bride’s father, Mr John Linn, Feh. 28th, 1882, by Rev. W. F. Wilson, Mr. Heber L. Allen and Miss Bell Linn. Despite the heavy rain quite a little company of friends and relatives assembled to do honor to the occasion. While all nature was weeping without, within all “went merry as a marriage bell.” The bride was richly and elegantly attired, and well merited the praises bestowed upon her. The groom was clad in a rich, plain business suit, and bore himself just, like Heber always does—manfully. Alter the ceremony the company sat down to a feast, the richness and variety of which would rouse the envy of a king. Every thing passed off pleasantly and smoothly. Our best wishes go with the young couple who thus together launch their boat upon life's ocean.

MARCH 18, 1882
At no time since the foundation of Chatsworth has an uncommon event taken place that afforded more interest, than the one our citizens witnessed and enjoyed, on Iast Monday evening; and will prove a bright spot, in the warehouse of memory , for the next generation . 
The event is somewhat peculiar for several reasons. First, the aged couple who were united in a mock marriage after a conjugal life o f fifty years, have been citizens of the village of Chatsworth from its beginning, and in all that time,—not one whisper has been wafted by the zephyrs, against their morality and integrity; and though poor, they have ever held the unabating respect of their fellow citizens
-secondly, every dollar contributed was given with a hearty, good will, and the contribu­tors now feel a sensation of pleasure, that, was
foreign to their hearts, prior to this pleasant, and we might add —generous event; for they feel as if they had cast their gifts for a worthy object, where it will be appreciated and result in beneficiary good. The spirit of these gifts, permeated their households, and exercised 
a refining influence there ; as well as electrifying the town with pleasant and benevolent feelings; for now while we write , there are genial congratulations and pleasant smiles as friend greets friend, and rehearse the events of the evening.  The opening address by 
the Rev W. F. Wilson was to the point, and proved sensational as well as instructive, and deserves a higher enconiun , than our space will 
allow. The Rev . E. G. Trask , was peculiarly happy and ingenious, in the  marriage ceremony, and, often brought down the house, in appreciative applause. At the close he gave the happy pair this charitable advice — to keep on courting ! The query with us is—was this 
advice a precept, or the reflex of his own example?  If the latter, he must have a vocabulary o  endearments , that is unknown to most 
men of his years . It Is to be hoped he will publish a sort of a lexicon and leave it as an inheritance for those who are short in their duty . Endearments to be valued must be variant, or they loose their fragrance, and are unappreciated by the endeared. The Rev. gentleman 
from habit, perhaps from courtesy now proposed to salute the bride, but she modestly declined by placing her handkerchief  over her lips and resuming her seat, ex-Senator Fosdick, was a conspicuous figure on the stage and performed the prominent part of making the 
presentation speech. He touched on some historical facts, such as the elevation of Andrew Jackson to the presidency, and the groom 
having cast his first vote for " that noblest Roman ” of all the presidents , as he was a stalwart, in the true sense of the word . In his 
closing remarks, he gave a few pleasant remininscenes of the groom's sojourn among us, and then presented him a purse containing one
hundred and seventy dollars in gold pieces, as emblems of his neighbors good will. Mr. Wright, not feeling adequate to the task, called 
upon the editor of this paper to respond but. as the request was unexpected, he made but few remarks , but I hope pertinent to the 
occasion the congratulatlons were numerous, and If the countenance is an index to the soul, we're certainly heartfelt. We will now take a retrospective view of the opening events. At the hour of seven o'clock p m, True 's excelsior band, accompanied by a number of our 
citizen s repaired to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Wright, whom the  found waiting in excited expectation. They were conducted to the 
carriage prepared for the occasion, and driven to the town Hall, where they and their venerable groomsman and bridesmaid , (Mr. a n d Mrs. S . A. .Stoddard, whose married life is wreathed with the roses of sixty years), were received with ap ­plau e by an immense throng 
who were in waiting. While the band played with effect, the grand wedding march, the  center of attraction and the attendants, marched 
up the aisle, and were pleasantly seated on the rostrum , when the foregoing ceremonies  were performed. The pleasures of the evening were frequently enhance  by vocal and instrumental music. The performances were well conducted, and passed off as merrily, " as the 
marriage bell." We hope this episode in our lives will long be remembered as a  thing of joy ,and prove as a sta r in the firmament of our aged friends recollections. That no cloud will rise in their hearts to vail its beauty; and a  the end of life, they can truly say —our last days have been more slightly blest than our first ones.
MARCH 25, 1882 
At about 8:30 Monday morning and just before the engine of freight train No. 14, bound east on the W.St. L & P Ry., had  whistled for the wagon crossing one and one half miles east of this city, engineer Wm. White noticed a man standing on the embankment north of the track, and immediately thereafter the man came down and stood very close to the north rail of the track and when the engine had approached within about sixty feet of him, he lay his head over the rail, leaving his body on the north side and his head on the south side, his neck resting on the rail, and in an instant his head was completely  severed from his body. In the afternoon and during the holding of the inquest we visited the house of deceased on the west part of Mr. J. Howe's farm (section one) and the sight that met our eyes beggars description, such as one as we hope never to see again. Upon entering the house from the south, on the barren floor lay the body of Deitrich H. Smidt. It was comfortably clad in garments from his father-land. The head was lying about one foot distant from the body, the eyes and mouth open, with the tongue protruding. Frightful as was this to behold, a heartrending sight, and if not so horrible, more pitiful, awaited us on passing across the hall and entering the kitchen. There seated with one arm resting upon the stove and the other holding a child upon her lap, sat the wife of deceased and mother of five pretty little curly-headed children, who were hovering about her for protection, the eldest, a girl of nine years and the youngest but two years old. Not one of this sad group could speak a word of English, and there they were thousands of miles from, and the deep blue sea between them and their native land, which they had left but one year ago, with light hearts and bright visions of a prosperous future, now burdened with the deepest sorrow. He that had a heart so devoid of emotion as not to be effected by this pitiful sight is hardly worthy to be called human. Through an interpreter we obtained the following statement for Trientje Smidt, wife of deceased:  
Have been married about nine years, were married at Peaeson, Prussia, came to this country about one year ago, landed at Baltimore, thence came to Danforth, Ill., where we lived until about two weeks ago, when we moved to this place. The only reason I can give for his killing himself is that he was tired of this country and wished to go back. I was opposed to going, and he gave as a reason why he wished to go back that the weather was too warm in this country. The reason I did not want to go back was that he had a woman back there that I did not want him to see, and I thought this a better place for our children. He has said to me "If things don't go better I will kill myself".   
After the above facts were given us by a woman whose brazenness during the interview astonished us, and made it evident that she was not telling all, we obtained the following facts from E. H. de Vries, a brother-in-law of deceased by a former marriage:  
I came to the country with them, and intended farming with Deitrich this year. Deceased was about 45 years old. She constantly annoyed him, and was very jealous of him. The house was a very unpleasant place all day Sunday, owing to her constant scolding at him. She was a very hard woman to live with, and renewed the unpleasantness Monday morning, when I and Deitrich's son (by my sister, his first wife) went to see a neighbor and learn if there was no way to stop her by law, because I was afraid that he would do something desperate. When we were returning across the field I saw deceased throw himself in front of the engine. I blame her (the wife) for causing all this trouble.  
We give below the testimony taken before W.W. Sears, Esq., acting coroner, and the jury's verdict:  
Engineer of train No. 14, engine No. 444, (being duly sworn) states that on the morning of the 20th day of March A.D., 1882, while going east on said train and engine, aforesaid, noticed the deceased standing on the embankment alongside of the track about 400 yards distance from the train. The deceased then walked towards the track and stood alongside the rail, and when the engine was about 60 feet from him he suddenly threw himself down, his neck resting on the rail. After the engine passed over him I stopped the train as soon as possible. I had whistled for the crossing and when I saw him standing alongside of the track I whistled twice for him.   
Fireman of train No. 14, engine No. 444 (being duly sworn) states that Mr. White called his attention to the fact that a man was standing alongside of track. He heard White whistle twice for him. He was putting in a fire when White called his attention.   
Being sworn states that I saw him this morning at the house. I next saw him along the side of the railroad and as the train approached him he suddenly threw himself in front of it. I went up where he was lying and found his body on the north side of the railroad. His head was severed from his body and lying in between the rails. I recognize the deceased as Deitrich H. Smidt. After I had placed the head by the body, I went to the house and notified his family. He was born at Great Seal, Prussia. He has been in this country about one year, lived first at Danforth Station, moved to this town about two weeks ago. I have never noticed any signs of insanity. He and his family did not live peaceably together. His first wife was my sister.  
(Wife of deceased) being duly sworn states: I have been married to the deceased Deitrich H. Smidt about nine years. Was married at Peaeson, Prussia. We have resided here about one year. When we came from the old country we landed at Baltimore state of Maryland. We first lived at Danforth Station, and moved to this place about two weeks ago. He was never shown any signs of insanity excepting last summer when he complained of the warm weather, and he stated that it was warmer here than in Germany, and he wanted to go back there and live. He told me this morning that things would have to go different or he would kill himself.  
An inquisition taken for the people of the state of Illinois at the house of Deitrich H. Smidt, in the town of Chatsworth in said county of Livingston, on the 20th day of March, A.D., 1882. Before W.W. Sears, justice of the peace in and foresaid county, upon the view of the body of Deitrich H. Smidt, then and there lying dead, upon the oaths of N.C. Kenyon, L. Mette, C. Walker, M. Fitzmaurice, A. Roberts, H.P. Turner, C.E. Davis,M.D., O. Sanford, M.H. Hall, A.J. Waugh, M. Lewis, and T.G. Worrell, good and lawful men of said county, who, being duly sworn, to inquire, on the part of the people of the state of Illinois, into all the circumstances attending the death of the said Deitrich H. Smidt, and by whom the same was produced, and in what manner and when and where the said  Deitrich H. Smidt came to his death, do say, upon their oaths as  aforesaid, that the said Deitrich H. Smidt did, on the 20th day of March, A.D., 1882, at the town of Chatsworth, in said county of Livingston, voluntarily and of his own malice aforethought inflict a mortal wound upon himself by laying his neck across one of the rails of the Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific railroad in front of a moving train, No. 14, engine No. 444, when said train was about sixty feet from him. Of which said mortal wounds, the said Deitrich H. Smidt, then and there instantly died, and so the jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, say that the said Deitrich H. Smidt did, then and there in manner aforesaid and at the place aforesaid, voluntarily and of his own malice aforethought kill and murder himself, the said Dietrich H. Smidt, against the peace of the people of this state and their dignity. 
And we, the jurors aforesaid, do exonerate all the employees of the said Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific railroad from blame as to the cause of his death. In witness whereof their hands on the day of the date of this inquisition as aforesaid.

APRIL 29, 1882
W W. Sears Esq officiated and united Mr. John Smith to a blushing bride late from Polland, on Friday, the 21st inst. After the two were made one His Honor presumed so far upon his right in his official capacity, and in accordance with American custom, as to attempt to salute the bride, but site being a late arrival, and not familiar with American ways, objected, and in fact, resisted. John came to her rescue, and but for the timely aid of J. T. B. there is no telling the result. Esquire escaped without serious damage, and the event having occurred on his fifty-fourth birthday be refers to it with pleasure and a laugh.

APRIL 29, 1882
Tuesday, April 18th, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. WM. Irwin, of this city, to Miss Ida M. Weldon. Bill has gone to work with a vim, and as a result of his labor Mr. E. A, Bangs’ store building has been treated to a nice coat of paint.

MAY 27, 1882
Rev. E G. Trask, a person long and most favorably known in this vicinity, will leave next week for Silver City, Iowa, where he has been called to take charge of the Baptist church. The Elder is one of our must aged as well as most respected citizens, and many are the regrets at his leaving. We have this to say: If Silver City is made up of a class of people such as to desire the Elder as a citizen it is most decidedly to their credit, and while we regret very much his leaving, our very best wishes follow his going. The Elder will preach bis farewell sermon from the Baptist pulpit on tomorrow (Sabbath) evening.
JUNE 17, 1882
On last  Wednesday occurred the second annual commencement exercises of our high school, and we are glad to say that they were a complete success. Difficult as it was to improve the exercises of last year, yet every one who was present Wednesday evening will bear us out in the assertion that the entertainment, if it did not excel that of last year, at least did not fall below it in merit.  
Last year we predicted that commencement exercises would have a good influence on our schools, and facts prove that we were correct. The next year's class will probably be larger than either of the preceding. The hall, under the skillful hands of the ladies, became a scene of beauty. The stage was most tastefully decorated -- flowers, evergreens, and pictures in profusion, yet all so tastefully arranged as to produce the best possible effect. The motto, "No Footsteps Backwards", was suspended over the middle of the stage; just back of it, and directly over the three young ladies who were the principal actors in the evening's entertainment, was suspended a large floral horseshoe of pansies. On each side of the stage were large urns with plants in full bloom. In short, the hall never looked more beautiful. The essays were interesting and instructive.  
 "So on our heels a fresh perfection treads", was the subject of Miss Helen Hall's essay. She spoke of the law of development, and compared the present with past. Her delivery was easy and her enunciation distinct. Miss Kate Bigham treated the subject, "The thoughts of men are widened by the process of the suns",  in a clear and forcible manner, and by reference to the history of the various arts and sciences proved the fact stated in her subject. Battles and Victories was the subject of Miss Kate Levering's essay. The production was well written, and would have proved very interesting had it been delivered with more force. Miss Levering also gave the Valedictory. It was a good effort, and would have been highly appreciated had it been spoken in a louder tone of voice. The literary exercises were interspersed with excellent music. The vocal solos by Mrs. Bangs and Miss Mary Mattoon were highly appreciated, and each received a hearty encore. Mr. Jones' piano solo was equally well received, and it goes for granted that the music by the band was excellent. One of the exercises not on the program was the address of Mr. Smith. On behalf of this board and patrons he thanked Prof. Swartz for his efficient labors for the past two years in our schools, and extended to him the best wishes of all for his success in his new and more extended field of labor. Prof. Swartz replied with much feeling, and thanked all for their kindness during his two years' sojourn with us. On the whole the exercises were a success and mark another pleasant period in the history of our schools.

JULY 29, 1882
At St. Patrick's church in this city, Tuesday morning, July 25, the Rev. Wm. V.D. Hagen officiating, Mr. Fred Harbeke to Miss Mary Wienand.

August 26, 1882 
On Tuesday, August 22inst., Louis J.
Haberkorn, of this city, was united in 
marriage to Miss Mary Q. Knecht, of 
Sigel, Shelby county.,Ills. Both of the 
parties are well and most favorably known 
in this city; Mr. Haberkorn having been 
raised in our midst, and is now engaged in
the grocery and restaurant business in this 
place. Mrs. H. was a student in attendance a
t our high school during the past 
year, during which time she made her home with her 
brother-in-law, Mr. J . L. 
The ceremony was performed by the 
Rev. Father Andrew Butskneben (sic), at the 
home of tlie bride’e parents, and the newly 
married couple arrived in this city Wednesday 
morning. On Wednesday evening a 
reception was held at the residence of Mr. 
E . Haberkorn, father of the groom, at 
which True’s celebrated comet band 
dispensed delightful music, and one of the 
most pleasant evenings was spent . The
young couple start in life with the hearty 
good wishes of everybody, and the Plain
dealer vies with all others in wishing them a long and happy life.

On last Tuesday morning at 8:30 o’clock Mr. Chas. Gabe and Miss Lizzie O’Brien were united in marriage at St. Patrick’s Church, this city, by the Rev. Wm. v. d. Hagen, and the beautiful and impressive ceremony peculiar to this church was witnessed by a large congregation, composed of many of the friends of the parties of all denominations. Miss Hattie Linnehan and Miss Mollie Howard acted as brides-maids, and Messrs. Peter Reisiug and Michael O’Brien acted as best men. Promptly at 8:30 o’clock the bridal party entered the church and proceeded, with the greatest reverence and respect, to the sanctuary where the beautiful ceremony of this church was gone through with most perfectly by the high contracting parties and all participating. Immediately following the ceremony at the church a most bountiful wedding breakfast was served at the residence of Mr. M Reising, and a reception was held, during which time many friends of Mr. and
Mrs. Gabe called to wish them years of happiness, and among whom were the Rev, Fathers v. d. Hagen, Moynehan, and Fieldler who called lo pay their respects. A most enjoyable time was had, and at 11 a m . train on the Wabash Ry. bore the happy couple eastward with best wishes of their many friends for a long and happy future. We join our very best wishes with the numerous friends of the happy couple, and our office devil says heave in a smacking smile and graceful bow of thanks for his share of a bountiful supply of cake.

NOVEMBER 25, 1882
At St Patrick’s Church, this city, on Tuesday morning, Nov. 21st, the Rev. Wm. V d. Hagen officiating, Mr, Dominikus Endres to Miss Mary Margaret Sendelbach. And you could see Domininick smile all over his face as he passed down the street with the no less happy bride on his arm. May their life be a long and happy one, and in due course of time may the door step of their home he covered with little Dominikuses and Margarets.

JANUARY 13. 1883
The entertainment given at the Town Hall on Saturday evening last by Miss Alice Sturges, of Piper City, assisted by home musical talent, was but poorly attended, the house not being over one third filled. Miss Sturges, far an amateur, is very good, and her manner of rendering some of the selections was most happy, and displayed both originality and genius. "The Polish Boy," was given with excellent effect, and elicited the proper encore. The "Creed of the Bells," was also well rendered and duly appreciated; in fact, the entertainment as a whole, was very pleasant, and the only regrets we have to offer is, that, so few were in attendance. We can not, however, pass this subject without noticing the excellent music by Mrs. H.M. Bangs and Miss Mary Mattoon, and the quartet, composed of the last two ladies, and Messrs. Bangs and Pumpelly; they certainly did themselves credit; while Miss Fosdick, presided at the organ, with an ease and grace most pleasing.

JANUARY 17, 1883
On Tuesday, the 16th, at St. Patrick’s Church, this city, the Rev. Wm. v. d. Hagen officiating, and celebrating High Mass, Mr. Rudolph Rehholz to Miss Catherine Kurtenbach.
On Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, at the same edifice, and by the same; Mr. John ShamoI to Miss Mary Hohlfelder. 
And on the same day, at the same place, the Rev. Hagen united Mr. Frank Duffy and Miss Maggie Welsh.
On Wednesday morning, the 30th, at 10 o’clock Mass. Mr. Wilhelm Hohlfelder will be united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Schurs.

FEBRUARY 2, 1883
On Thursday afternoon, when two freight trains were proceeding westward, one had passed the Sixth street crossing near Lewis & Harry’s office, when Mr. Miles Desire, who had been waiting in his wagon, started up his team to cross, and when near the crossing he discovered the other train in time to jump and save himself, but the wagon was demolished and one of the mules badly hurt. We are informed that no signal of warning was given by the approaching train, and if so it was criminally careless. 

FEBRUARY 17, 1883

While train No. 20 on the Wabash road was doing some work on the side track on Monday night, a brakeman was thrown from the top of a car and severely bruised. He was conveyed to the Cottage House, where he received the best of care until the arrival of the passenger train on Tuesday morning, when he was taken to Peoria. 

FEBRUARY 24, 1883

The stone are being corded up for the foundation of Mr. Walter's new storeroom and as soon as the weather will permit active operations will commence and before the snow flies next fall, a magnificent store room, perfect in all its appointments, will occupy the barren, unsightly, vacant lot east of Young Bros. & Co. 

MARCH 10, 1883

Messrs. Walter and Jackson are about to erect a better and more substantial building, which will be about seventy five feet long, thirty feet wide and two stories high, will will afford them better facilities for the extensive manufacture of brick and tile. They will put in a twenty five horse power engine with a boiler of sufficient capacity to generate steam. All of which will be done at once and the brick made to erect Mr. John Walter's new store. Success, gentlemen, in your laudable enterprise. 

MARCH 17, 1883

An interesting gathering took place Thursday evening at the residence of Mr. P.F. Remsburg. The occasion was the departure of our fellow townsman, Mr. A.M. Roberts, for his western home in Dakota. A number of their many friends met and presented Mr. and Mrs. Roberts with appropriate tokens of their friendship and good will. Mr. Meek, in very happily selected and appropriate terms, expressed the appreciation of the sterling worth of the couple and the regrets felt at their departure. Other remarks were made by persons present, and Mr. Roberts and his lady replied briefly and with feeling, after which music and leave-taking was the order of the evening till the close of the pleasures of the occasion. All of our people join in extending the best of wishes for the success of Mr. Roberts and family.

MARCH 24, 1883

The Samuel Patton house has been taking a ride this week on wheels and hereafter will occupy the lots immediately east of Mr. Wm. Wallrich's residence.

APRIL 7, 1883

Covering a period of six months. the A grade embraced twenty question in the following branches, Orthography, writing, arithmetic, geography, grammar, history, algebra and physiology.

Includes all of A Grade, except physiology, algebra and grammar






APRIL 14, 1883

Miss Louisa Stevens will take charge of the Stoutemyer school on Monday next. Miss Nellie Will will commence the spring term in the Froebe district on the 23rd.
Chatsworth schools have furnished a number of efficient teachers for the country districts, among whom we call to mind the Misses Bigham, Dorsey, Brigham, Miss Fosdick, Miss Hamilton, Miss Wright, Miss Royal and Miss Levering. Let the good work go on.

APRIL 28, 1883

The Chatsworth Roller Skating Rink has opened, and has been crowed every night. The managers have laid a new hard wood floor and everything goes as if "on wheels." Everybody that can, should patronize this enterprise, as, there is no better, healthier, or more innocent amusement than skating. We understand that the rink will be open in the future each Monday and Saturday evenings, with matinees every Saturday afternoon. Admission, 10 cents, use of skates during the evening, 15 cents.

MAY 12, 1883

The foundations for the convent and school are laid, foundations that excel anything in our town. They measure six feet by 20 inches of solid stone, upon which will be erected a building 50 by 40 feet, two and a half stories high. The schools is destined for the reception not only of our town children, without distinction of religion or condition, but also for the children of the country for miles around.
A sisterhood versed not only in the ordinary sciences in the English, German and French languages, but also in music and all kinds of needle and fancy work, will come among us. Just and reasonable, therefore, it is that we all should assist in erecting such a blessed institution in our town. We know that we will find in these good sisters ministering angels in time of common or extraordinary sickness. In fact an institution of this kind will not only be a blessing for our children, but for all ages.
The enterprising promoter of this really great work, our good Father Van Der Hagen, justly deserves the assistance not only of his own people, but likewise of our many Protestant friends.
Remember how anxious Catholics ever are to settle around a church and school, and it is evident that this project must be much of a financial success for our little town. Day by day the wonderful increase of St. Patrick's congregation is adding new members to our community. this good work comes home to all and let all the truly liberal in helping it on, and at the same time increasing the beauty of our town, and promoting the interest of our community.

MAY 19, 1883

A most daring burglary was committed on Monday evening between the hours of 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
An entrance was forced by breaking a pane of glass out of the window in the rear room to Messrs. Young Bros. & Co. store. the thief, or thieves, passed in to the main room, add by a frequent use of matches for light, proceeded to help themselves to a lot of cheap jewelry, between five and six dollars worth of change from the cash drawer, and a number of choice silk handkerchiefs. The total loss would approximate $75. To enter a building of this kind, at the early hour this was done, certainly  requires a man of nerve, for he must know that he was liable to be come in upon at any moment, as it is no uncommon thing for Messrs. Youngs or Mr. Doolittle to enter the store as late as ten o'clock, and on this evening Mr. P.S. Young and Mr. Doolittle were up at the hall to band practice, and returning at 10 o'clock, found the store had been burglarized during their absence. Mr. E. A. Jackson's store and Mr. C. Heppe's saloon were entered the same night, but nothing of importance has been missed by either of these gentlemen. The question is, "Who is committing these daring robberies?"

MAY 26, 1883

At a meeting of the school board, held on Wednesday evening, the following teachers were employed for the next school year: Principal, Prof. F.L. Calkins; Grammar room, Miss Mary Mattoon; Second Intermediate, Miss Matie Smith; First Intermediate, Mrs. M.L. Tuckerman; First Primary, Miss M.M. Brown.

JUNE 9, 1883

The people of Chatsworth are rejoicing over the fact that they at last have a First-class Barber Shop, where all parties wishing a No. 1 shave, or hair cut, can be accommodated by calling on I.L. Allum at his new shop, formerly W.W. Sear's office, near the town hall.

Also mentioned:
Mrs. Allum has moved to more commodious quarter, in the wing of the old Felker building, where she will do do dress making, cutting and fitting.

JUNE 9, 1883

On the 18th day of March, between the hours of three and four o'clock a.m., it being Sunday morning, Mr. Conrad Heppe's saloon was entered by some parties through a window, and from twenty five to thirty boxes of cigars and several bottles of wine and brandy were taken and carried away, and on examination of the window, a pane of glass had been removed so that the window fastening could be reached and the window opened, showing that that was the ingress and egress of the parties. Policeman J.M. Myers took the matter in hand as a detective, and on Monday of this week he got a pointer, and following it up he became satisfied that the property stolen was in the possession of Lewis J. Nine and a warrant was issued and placed in the hands of Constable Sanford, who, in company with Policeman Myers, started to find the said Nine, but were unable to find him on Monday, but found where his trunk was. Upon their return they procured a search warrant and went and examined Nine's trunk, and in it found fifteen boxes of cigars and an empty wine bottle, which were brought to the office of Squire Esty very early Tuesday morning. then they started for the swamps, some six or eight miles north of Piper City, and arrested Nine, brought him to town, and turned him over to Squire Esty, and Nine , having employed Mr. T.G. Worrell to defend him, the case was set for hearing at four o'clock p.m.  Sq. T. Fosdick appeared for the prosecution, and after hearing all the evidence on the part of the prosecution, and on the part of the defense, Squire ordered that he be place under $500 bonds for his appearance at the circuit court; and failing to give bonds, the said Nine was sent to the county jail. The officers deserve credit for their perseverance in this case, as they traveled some fifty miles to find the man and secure the stolen property.

JUNE 23, 1881

Note:This event was put on by the Catholic Church. Not real interesting, but contains lots of surnames of the time. I do notice that some spelling of last names are incorrect, but you get the idea.

No day of the year is dearer to the American heart, no political festival is celebrated with more enthusiasm, than the great and glorious day on which our heroic ancestors conquered hated tyranny and obtained blessed liberty. the prize of this sublime victory being the precious blood of our venerable forefathers, it is just and right that their children should value that precious treasure so dearly bought. Hence we see all over this happy land grateful hearts offering their sincerest thanks on this glorious day to the Great Giver of all good gifts for that blessed freedom and liberty, the natural longing and desire of every human heart. In order to fulfill our most agreeable duty on this great day we will celebrate a solemn high mass at 8 o'clock in the morning, to thank Almighty God for all the blessings we all may be useful citizens of our glorious country here, and happy inhabitants of our eternal country above. After High Mass the Town Hall well be prepared to receive you for a pleasant dance and refreshments. Dinner and supper will be served there and near the park.
The dinner and supper table will be under the direction of the members of the Altar Society.
In the Town Hall; Mrs. M. Reising, Pres.; Mrs. Chas. Gabe, Treas.; Mesdames J. Monahan, P. Lawless, P. Fay, Dorsey, A. Walsch, and J. Gormant.
At the Park: Mrs. E. Haberkorn, Pres.; Mrs. L. Mette, Treas.; Mesdames E. Liston,P. Fitzmaurice, T. Kerrins, T. Coughlin, J. Welsh, southeast, Todd and Gruber.
Lemonade and Ice cream in Town Hall; Miss Mary Madigan, Pres.; Miss Katie Lawless, Treas.; Misses S. McNamara, T. Walsch, Julia J. Monahan and Ellen Todd.
Lemonade and Ice cream at the Park: Miss A. Joyce, Pres.; Miss Ellen Kerrins, Treas.; Misses L. Lawless, L. Lemna, L. Powers, Mr. Welsh, and E. Baldwin.
the following gentlemen will please assist the young ladies in making ice cream and lemonade; Messrs. F. Bogan, C. Gabe, W. Madigan and J. Welsh.
Dancing Committee; Mr. A. Powers, Pres. Mrs. Wm. Lawless, Treas.; Messrs. Chas Kuffner, John Welsh, John Farrell, Jas. McNamara, P. Reising, Jr. and Thos. Duffy.
Entrance Committee: Mr. John Monahan, Pres.; Mr. John Moritzen, Treas.; from 8 till 10, Messrs. John Baldwin and John Dimick; from 10 to 12, Messrs. Jas. Day and Patrick Fay, Jr.; from 12 till 2, Messrs. Geo. Wittler and Thos. Burns; from 2 till 4, Messrs. Peter Cook and Thos. Carey; from 4 till 6, Messrs. Thos. Duffy, Jr. and L. Farrell; from 6 till 8, Messrs. O. Finnegan and John Fitzgerald.
Arrangement Committee: Messrs. M. Reising, John McCarty and Ed Brady, for hall; Messrs. I. Cook, Peter Kemmer, and Jas. Welsh, for the park. the three first gentlemen will please put up a table in the hall and stand below. The other three gentlemen will please put a table on the north side of the park and stand next to table.
Last, but not least, the celebrated Boston singing doll, humming "Home, Sweet Home: in a wonderful manner, will appear in the hall, and be the finest souvenir of our great festival, for the happiest lassie in the town or in the country.
We expect all the above named officers to be at their respective posts, and if for some unforeseen reason it should be impossible for one to attend we ask them to let us know, so that we can appoint another.
Wm. v. d. Hagen, Pastor

JUNE 30, 1883

The fire alarm, which was sounded about 10 o'clock p.m. on last Friday, was caused by the igniting of an oil lamp in the W., St.L. & P. Ry. office. But for the quick thought of Mr. Geo. Reiss, the night operator, who threw it out through the window onto the platform, where it caused quite a blaze for a few moments, the Wabash would be without a depot at Chatsworth.
Note: This may explain why sometimes the great wreck is said to have been on the Wabash Railroad. These initials must stand for Wabash, St. Louis & Peoria Ry., probably the original name of the railway.

JUNE 30, 1883

Five district schools picnicked at Oliver's Grove last Saturday. The schools of Misses Carrie Brigham, Emma Wallace, Sarah Dorsey, Alice Miller and Libbie Opie combined to make the woods ring with their merriment, and each vied with the other in the attempt to squeeze more fun and frolic liberally sandwiched with endless quantities of eatable.

JULY 28, 1883
Wednesday, July 25, ’1883, will long remembered by the favored few who were bidden to attend the marriage of Miss Julia Schuyler to 
D. L. Shroyer as a very pleasant occasion The day dawned bright and clear in anticipation of the event, and the evening fulfilled the promise of the day. The residence of Mr. Jos. Bordeux, uncle of the bride, was lighted and flower-decked, while Chinese lanterns illuminated the grounds. At nine o’clock and smultaneous with the strokes of the clock, the expectant guests, with admiring glances, welcomed the bridal pair and the officiating clergyman, Rev. H. MeVey. The groom, who is, by the way, on  of Chatsworth’s most popular young men, was neatly arrayed in the conventional evening dress suit, with exquisite button-hole bouquet. The bride, equally as well known and popular, was becomingly attired in Gendarme dime silk Dutchess lace and orange blossoms. The ceremony was appropriate and impressive. Immediately after the ceremony supper was announced and the guests repaired to the dining-room, where a sumptuous repast awaited them, which did great credit to the culinary skill of the hospitable hostess. While thus engaged sweet strains of music burst upon the ear, and going to the doors the uniformed Chatsworth band was visible. Their excellent music was one of the pleasantest features of the eve, and proved how kindly they regarded their young friends. They were offered refreshments of cake and wine, after which Mr. J . G True, on behalf of the band, presented Mr. and Mrs. Shroyer with a beautiful token of their esteem. The wedding was a private affair, the relatives and immediate friends only being present. The band, as is their custom when an old member of their organization steps off into blissfulness, invited themselves, and they rendered a very pleasant acquisition, and rendered several beautiful pieces of music.
Note: This was followed by a long, detailed list of the guests and gifts that I did not include. 


On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Right Rev. bishop, assisted by a number of clergymen, will lay the corner stone of the Sisters' convent and school to be built in our city. Wherever the learned Bishop Spalding goes, there he is followed by an immense concourse of people to hear and admire his enchanting oratory. Steps will be taken to obtain half-fare rates on the Central and Wabash.
The following communities are largely represented by liberal subscriptions to this laudable enterprise; Chatsworth, Fairbury, Strawn, Cullom, Pontiac, Odell and others.
The names of all the subscribers will be written on parchment, and a copy thereof, with other documents, placed with great solemnity into the corner stone, as a silent memorandum for centuries of this noble and useful institution. the list of subscriptions, which amounts already to $3,021, is headed by fourteen gentlemen with one hundred dollars after their respective names, and as a fit reward for their generosity each of those gentlemen will lay a monumental marble stone in front of the beautiful structure.
The Right Rev. Bishop will arrive on the 12:51 p.m. Wabash train Saturday. Not only the citizens of Chatsworth, but of all the surrounding country, are cordially invited to welcome his lordship at the depot. On Sunday, the 10th, the Bishop with his clergy will go to Cullom to dedicate the church there, and in the evening after Vespers, in the St. Patrick's church, his lordship will give the solemn benediction with the blessed sacrament.
Father v.d. Hagen, Pastor

SEPTEMBER 14, 1883
Laying of the Corner-Stone of the Sisters Convent on Saturday last, not withstanding the extreme inclemency of the weather, a very large audience, composed of all denominations, witnessed the solemn ceremonies of the lay in g of the corner-stone of the new Sisters
convent to be erected in this city .
At about 3 o'clock pm the Right Rev Bishop J. L. Spalding, assisted by Reverends v. d. Hagen and Owens, relieved the anxiously waiting throng of people, and with solemnuty, and the usual ceremony on such occasions, placed the cornerstone in position. In tlie cornerstone
was deposited a document, being a large piece of parchment, on which was written the following (translated from the Latin in which it was
written ); “ TO THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD- On the feast of the nativity of the blessed Virgin Mary this stone was laid in honor of 
St. Patrick ,in the village of Chatsworth, Ill., under the glorious reign of Leo, the XIII Pope of the Universal Church, the Right
Rev. John L. Spalding , Bishop of Peoria, Chester A. Arthur, President of these United States, John M. Hamilton, governor of the state of Illinois, Rev. W . v. d. H ag en , Rector, Rev P. P. Owens, assistant, J.T. Bullard, President of the Town Board, J . A. Craddock, Architect. This stone was laid and sealed on the 8th of September, Annno Domini MDCCCLXXXIII.”

OCTOBER 6, 1883
One of those occasions which it is always pleasing to chronicle occurred at the home of Mrs. H . Levering, in Chatsworth, on the morning of Oct. 2, namely : The organization of a new house. This new house may never become as famous in history as the house of Hapsburg or the house of Stuart, but who can tell what may be issues of a house, the parties of which are so far removed as Holland and America?
The auspicious morning which witnessed the consumation of the new organization was somewhat cloudy, having been preceded by a stormy night. But soon the clouds dispersed and the bright shining of the sun appeared, making a beautiful autumnal day—happy omen of a cheerful future. Mr. Arthur Van Valisinger, the groom, whose appearance, manner and address bespeak the gentelman, is a native of 
Holland, of the Netherlands, and, though he emigrated from that country only about ten years ago, so well has he mastered the English language that one in conversation with him would scarcely discover but that be was a native-born American. Miss Sophia E. Levering, the bride, who is no less the lady than the groom is the gentleman, was born in Kentucky, of the United States. T he former is 27 years of age, the latter 81, a fact which, by some, is regarded as an assurance of a prosperous future. The nuptials were witnessed by only a very few of the relatives and intimate friends. Accompanying the groom from Chicago were a younger brother and Dr. Bass. Mrs. Crane, of Pullman, a friend of the family, was a guest, as was also Mr. Jas. A. H all, of this city. Prominent among the presents presented to the contracting parties we noticed a splendid water service, given by one of the business firms of Chatswortb. The happy pair took their departure on the 10 a. m. train for Chicago, which Is to be their place of residence, but Intending to make a bridal tour to Niagra Falls, one of the 
Amerlcan wonders. 

OCTOBER 13, 1883

On last Saturday night Timothy (better known as "Ted") Ryan was run over by the cars near the tank in Piper City, and when his body was found it was very badly cut to pieces. What train killed him, or how, is a mystery which will probably never be solved. The funeral took place Monday, and the remains interred in the Catholic cemetery near this city. The funeral procession was one of the largest we have ever seen in Chatsworth.
Note: The following papers were checked for further details of this, but none were found.
See memorial here.

OCTOBER 13, 1883
At the residence of the bride’s parents, In this city, on Thursday evening, Oct. 11th, by the Rev. C. C. Knowlton, Mr. Charles Bayston to Miss Amanda Watson.

NOVEMBER 11, 1883
At St. Patrick's church on Tuesday morning, Nov. 6th. Michael Currigan to Maggie Dancy, both of this city. All join in wishing them a most happy future. Mike was heard to say: I was a boy among the boys, and now I propose to make a man among men.” A most excellent resolution—stick to it, Mike.