1890-1891-1892-1893-1894-1895

 
 
 
FILES FROM THE CHATSWORTH PALINDEALER
 
 
 
 

Stories of interest from our hometown paper over the years.
 
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1890-1891
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The 1890 and 1891 newspapers are completely missing from the microfilm files.
Some 1890  items have been found under the headings of "25 Years Ago" in the 1915  papers and I am listing them here, although many facts are missing from the original article. Many of the 1892 articles were taken from 1916, "25 years ago" also.

 
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William Joyce died July 8 in Havana, Illinois.
See Memorial

Twins of the Frank Koerner family died on July 17 and July 19 and are buried in St. Patrick's Cemetry

Johnny J. Kennedy, son of James Kennedy, died August 14, aged 19 months.

Albert, son of John Coughey, died September 25. aged 2 years.

On October 3, 1890 the old Catholic church was moved to a lot south of the L.J. Haberkorn home and turned into a livery stable by Charles Kerrins.

Dec. 12
Thomas J., son of William Lawless, died December 7, aged 7 years, 7 months and 9 days.



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Jan.2, 1891
Henry Battles infant son died.

Child of James Fitzgerald died in Strawn, aged 4 years, buried St. Patrick's Cemetery.

Jan.16, 1891
In the case of Eliza Rowe vs the village of Chatsworth, which occupied the attention of the Circuit court at Pontiac from last Friday to Wednesday evening, the jury found a judgement against the village for $2,500. The case has been appealed.

The Comet Literary Society met last Monday evening and the program was listened to by an attentive and appreciative audience. At the conclusion of the program the regular business meeting was held and officers elected for the ensuing year as follows: president, Miss Eva Smith; vice-president, Miss Nellie Fitzmaurice; secretary, Miss Emma Brobst; treasurer, Mr. Lawrence Clifford; commissioner, Messrs. F.M. Bushway, H.M. Bangs and S.B. Clifford; marshals, Messrs.., Clarence Smith and Robert Taggert.

Wednesday evening, Jan. 14, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Albee, west of town, occurred the marriage of Miss Lilly Albee and Mr. Charles Pearson.

Jan. 30, 1891
Miss Maggie Grace Conrad and Mr. Albert Bork were united in marriage at the home of the groom's mother in this city, Wednesday evening, Jan. 28, Esq. W.W. Sears performing the ceremony.  

Wednesday morning, Jan. 28, at nine o'clock a happy wedding party entered Saint Paul's and Saint Peter's church. A nuptial high mass was celebrated by Father Quinn, who also united in the holy bonds of matrimony, Miss Julia A. Monahan and Mr. Thomas E. Kinsella, of Merna. The young couple was assisted by Miss Maria Monahan and Mr. John Kinsella, sister of the bride and brother of the groom. At the conclusion of the ceremony the bridal party repaired to the home of the bride's parents, where a sumptuous wedding breakfast was served. The bride was dressed ina beautiful costume of electric blue fallie silk, with white plush teque, and the happy groom looked proud in his suit of black. The young bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Monahan, old and highly esteemed residents of Charlotte township, and is a young lady who has many friend, who will regret that her marriage will remove her from this vicinity, who will be none the less hearty put in their wishes that her wedded life may be filled with all the joys and blessings to be obtained in this life. The young people go to their home at Merna with the congratulations of a host of friends.

Feb. 13, 1891
Excavations are being made for M. Reising's new building on the burnt district. The building will be a brick, seventy feet in length, with cellar.

Mr. George Blundy and Miss Francis Dickman, of Germanville township, were united in marriage at Paxton, Thursday, Feb.5.

The home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Barney Schroen, southwest of town, was the scene of a happy wedding party last Sunday, Feb. 8, when Miss Sarah Schroen and Mrs. Albert Kuntz were united in marriage.

In response to invitations issued the early part of last week, about fifty of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. D. Puffer assembled at their pleasant home, west of town, last Friday evening to assist in celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Puffer received their guests in their usual hospitable manner, and all were made to feel that the occasion was one of rejoicing and merry making. Rev. Wittet pronounced a similar ceremony to the one which made Miss Lambourne, Mrs. Puffer twenty five years ago, and when any slight mistake was made in the service it was promptly corrected by Mrs. Puffer in her laughter provoking manner. The blushing bride and groom of twenty five years received the congratulations and compliments of their friends with happy faces. An elaborate repast was spread in the dining room, to which the guests were invited, and they did "eat, drink and be merry" for several hours. Instrumental and vocal music were furnished by members of the company. The hostess was the recipient of many beautiful and valuable gifts.

Mar. 18, 1891
On last Friday Mr. S.S. Hitch received a dispatch announcing the serious illness of his brother, W.A., living at Hudson, McLean county. He departed immediately, but upon arrival found that his brother had breathed his last. Mrs. Hitch left on Saturday to attend the funeral, which was held last Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and conducted by the Masons, of which order the deceased was a member. A delegation of about forty member of the Bloomington Masonic lodge went to Hudson, by special train to attend the last sad rites.

April 10, 1891
Mr. Dwight Davis received a telegram from Mr. M. Be. Lewis of Palisade, Neb., Wednesday, conveying the sad news of The death of Mr. Howard M. Larned, who died at him home in Palisade, Neb., early Wednesday morning. Mr. Larned was for many years a resident of this vicinity, and has many friends here who will hear of his death with feelings of deep regret. the cause of death is not known, but in letters received from him by Mr. Davis this winter he has complained of suffering from rhuematism severely, and a few weeks ago had an attack of la grippe, which probably caused his death.
The widow has many friends here whose sympathy is with her in her affliction.

May 1, 1891
At St. Paul's and St. Peter's church Tuesday morning, March 28, Rev. Quinn performed the ceremony which united in marriage Mr. Michael Strein and Miss Eva Nimbler. the happy couple was attended by the bride's niece, Mrs. John Schroeder and her husband, who reside near Cullom.

May 1, 1891
The ceremony was performed by Rev. J.J. Quinn at St. Paul's and St. Peter's church last Tuesday morning at ten o'clock which united the destinies of Mr. Edward Trunk, of this place, and Miss Mary Foley, of Woodford, in the Minonk parish. The witnesses were Mr. William Trunk and Miss Lizzie Foley.

June 30, 1891

The marriage of Lenora Parker and James Entwistle took place.


September 25, 1891
L. J. Haberkorn sold his building last Saturday to Frank M. Barnum, Mr. Barnum will take possession January 1, and will then buy the stock in the building and continue the business. Mr. Haberkorn has not decided where he will locate, but he will not leave Chatsworth.

September 25, 1891
On Thursday afternoon, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Bennett, in Charlotte township, occurred an event, the equal of which is very rare in any vicinity. It consisted of a double wedding, Rev. J.C.F. Harned, of Secor, Ill. performed the ceremony which united in the everlasting bonds of marriage two couples-- Miss Nellie Bennett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Bennett and Mr. C.B. Schrock, of Wing, and Miss Lizzie Schrock, of Wing, and Mr. Joseph Durmire, of Kappa, Ill.

September 25, 1891
A large number from the vicinity of Cullom attended the funeral of Mrs. Thos. Wilson and followed the remains to their last resting place in the Chatsworth cemetry on Saturday last.

Oct. 16, 1891
The marriage of Marla A. Fay and Thomas P. Kerrins took place.

Oct. 23, 1891
The death of Emma Alter happened in Fort Madison, Iowa. She was a survivor of the Chatsworth Wreck.

November 13, 1891
On Monday morning, Nov. 9, Rev. Schild, pastor of the German Lutheran church, united in marriage Mrs. Scheffena Gerdes, of this city, and Mr. Albert Hasburger, formerly of Danforth. The ceremony was performed at Gilman and the couple arrived in this city on the noon passenger. Mrs. Gerdes is well know in this vicinity, having many friends who extend their best wishes for happiness and prosperity in the future. Mr. and Mrs. Hasburger will occupy the Gerdes farm, east of this city. 






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January 1, 1892

Dr. O.H. Brigham sold this week to Dr. W.H. Bagley, of Cabery, his dentist business here. Dr. Brigham expects to attend school in Chicago before looking for another location.

January 8, 1892

The following officers were elected for the ensuing year at the meeting of the fire company Thursday evening: Foreman, H. Game; 1st assistant, G.J. Walter; 2nd assistant, Wm. Walter; secretary, Jas. Taggart; treasurer, John Dorsey; foreman hook and ladder, Jno. Taggart; janitor, Chas. Henry.

The grocery store formerly run by V. I. Aaron is under the name of Eddy since Jan. 1.

John Birt sold I. Lacountie's house in the northwest part of town, on last Monday for $300.

Dr. C.V. Ellingwood moved his office this week into front office rooms in the new Smith building.

J.P. Hansen has moved his bakery and stock of groceries into his new building in the center block.

Barnum & Rice are successors to L.J. Haberkorn in the oyster, nuts, confectionery and fruit business.

Blakely & Co. now replace the store of Slone & Co. 


January 15, 1892

Miss Augusta Altman and Mr. William Royal, both of this place were married Jan. 11 at the home of the bride's uncle, Kansas City.

January 22, 1892

The best wishes of the many friends of Miss Laura Wiggins in this and Charlotte townships will accompany her as Mrs. Charles Morris, she having been united in marriage with Mr. Morris at the Baptist parsonage in Pontiac, on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.


February 15, 1892

The many friends of Mr. Elmer R. Lighty and Miss Sarah J. Prater will unite in extending their congratulations and best wishes since their marriage at the home of the parents of the latter, Mr.and Mrs. John Prater, in the north part of town, on Thursday morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. Mercer, of Forrest, officiating. The ceremony was witnessed by the immediate relatives and a few personal friends of the contracting parties. The bride is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Prater, highly respected citizens of this city, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Lighty, and is a young man with a large circle of friends, who extend their hearty congratulations to the young people in their great venture and life-long contract. The many friends are being entertained at the Lighty home, southwest of town, today, where everything is being done to make the occasion one of the greatest enjoyments.


March 4, 1892
At a meeting of the Chatsworth High School Alumni held at the high school room on Saturday afternoon the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Clarence H. Smith, president; Miss Effie Watson, vice president; Gay Bangs, secretary; Miss Eliza Dorsey, treasurer; Miss Nellie Fitzmaurice and Edward Megquier, corresponding secretaries; Prof. F.P. Manly, Misses Sade R. Hemperley and Phebe Speicher, executive committee.


March 4, 1892
SS. Peter's and Paul's church was the scene of a very pretty wedding on Monday morning last. Rev. J.J. Quinn performed a ceremony in the presence of a few friends and the relatives of the contracting parties, making Mr. Michael E. Franey and Miss Agnes E. Kennedy man and wife. Miss Kennedy has resided for many years in the vicinity of Risk, having taught school in different districts. She is a lady with many friends and one who is universally esteemed by her acquaintances. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Franey, living southwest of town, and is a young man of the most industrious and economical type. The young couple enter into the broad sea of married life with the best wishes of their large circle of friends and acquaintances, who unite with the Plaindealer in wishing them long, happy and prosperous lives.


March 11, 1892
The south bound three o'clock freight of the Illinois Central was wrecked by a broken rail a quarter of a mile south of the switch on the Stoddard farm last Saturday morning. No one was hurt and the loaded freight cars, which were derailed, were damaged very little the goods with which they were filled being scarcely disturbed. the wreck stopped all traffic until about five o'clock Saturday evening.


April 1, 1892
Dick Hitch entertained a number of his lady and gentlemen friends at his parents home on Tuesday evening, the occasion being his twenty first birthday. The evening was spent in the most enjoyable manner and all in attendance had a very pleasant time. On Thursday evening the Hitch home was filled by Dick's gentleman friends, who spent the evening in card playing and other amusements until a late hour. Light refreshments and cigars were served and the time passed rapidly until the hour for departure, when all agreed that the evening had been one of unusual pleasure.


June 3, 1892
The Chatsworth butter and cheese factory is now in operation, making over two hundred pounds of "fancy Elgin butter: per day, which sold in the Chicago markets during the past week at from 17 to 20 cents per pound. the factory and machinery were built by the Davis and Radkin Manufacturing Company, of Chicago, and are identical with those used at Elgin, Ill., one of the largest butter manufacturing cities in the United State. 


July 15, 1892
At about 2:15 this morning our sleeping village was aroused by the alarm of fire. At about that time night watchman Moore discovered fire in the rear of the old Ferrias butcher shop. The fire had gained considerable headway before the engine could be set and a stream of water started, but owing to the most excellent work of the fire company, the flames were controlled and six building in the "Arcade Block" on the south side of the street and the entire row on the north side were saved. the building burned were not of the best character and not very highly prized, but their loss will be considerably felt. The flames gained headway rapidly, spreading quickly from the ice house to the surrounding buildings. The family of E.V. Wheaton, occupying  the upstairs rooms of the story and a half building owned by L.C. Speicher, had barely time to escape through fire and smoke, their clothing and household furnishings being all consumed. All the building in the block west of the Watson restaurant were destroyed, the flames being stopped in the story and a half building just west of and standing about fourteen inches from the restaurant building. the heaviest loser is, probably, Mrs. James Day, who owned the building and tools leased by John Mouritzen and used by time to run his butcher business. The loss of building and tools, is probably, $1200, with $500 insurance. The two building and ice house owned by John Ferrias were valued at $600, with $500 insurance. Two large plate glass in Walter Bros.' store, one in the front and one on the east side were broken by the heat. Loss $150; fully insured. The other losses were not large, being principally from water and from damaging goods by moving.
Note: Spelling should be Mauritzen for that name.


November 25, 1892
A golden wedding anniversary at the present age is a rare occurrence. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hitch, two old and highly respected citizens of this township, are now living the fifty first year of their married life. fifty years ago last Wednesday (November 23, 1842) in Norfolk county, England, Miss Mary Gibson and Richard Hitch took the vows which united them in the bonds of marriage and on last Wednesday at their comfortable little home, west of this city, their children and neighbors gathered to celebrate the anniversary of that day. About thirty of the immediate neighbors took dinner with the fortunate couple on this notable occasion, and the congratulations and best wishes of their many friends have been generously extended.


November 25, 1892
The pretty home of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Sears, in this city, was the scene of an interesting event last Tuesday evening. Promptly at seven o'clock Rev. McClure, of Piper City, in a short but impressive ceremony pronounced Miss Grace A. Sears and Mr. Jay H. Baker man and wife. The ceremony was witnessed by only the relatives and a few very intimate friends of the contracting parties. Mrs. Baker, or Grace, as she is know and always will be known to her many friends here, is in every sense of the word a Chatsworth lady. Born in the house where she was wedded, she has grown to womanhood in our midst and, with as large an acquaintance as any young lady in town, she has hosts of friends who join with us in wishing her all the joys to be attained in this life. Mr. and Mrs. Baker left this morning for Wabash and will be at home to their many friends after January first.


December 16. 1892
Rev. Schild, of Gilman, and pastor of the German Lutheran church of this city, performed the ceremony Monday which united in marriage Miss Kate A. E. Koepke, of this city, to Mr. Michael G. Flessner of Charlotte. The ceremony was performed at the home of the brides parents, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Keopke, in the presence of the immediate relatives and a few intimate friends. The bride is well known here, having clerked in her father's store in this city for the past year and having been raised in this vicinity. She has innumerable friends whose best wishes go with her in this, her greatest of life's venture. the groom is a promising young man of Charlotte township and has the congratulations of a large circle of friends as well as the Plaindealer. The happy couple took the train for Chicago Monday afternoon, where they spent a few days, returning to Charlotte. The will reside on the Keopke farm, one mile southeast of this city.
Note: Koepke and Keopke -both spellings used. 




 
 
 
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SHOT, SAND-BAGGED, ROBBED AND LEFT FOR DEAD
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Such Was the Experience of Maurice Linn Near Piper City on Wednesday Evening
 
December 28, 1894
 
On Wednesday evening, as Maurice Linn was returning from Piper City to his home north of that town he was stopped by two men and , at the muzzle of two revolvers, ordered to pass over his money. The highwaymen chose for the scene of their bold undertaking a spot about a half mile out of town.  
Mr. Linn had walked to town instead of riding, as was his custom, and had spent the evening in Fairbury, returning to Piper City on the ten o'clock train. After eating some oysters at a restaurant he started to walk home, and when about a half mile out of town was confronted by the robbers. Mr. Linn was unarmed but did not yield to their demand and , being a man of courage, a scuffle ensued. 
Three shots were fired by the highwaymen, on of which passed through the muscles of one of Mr. Linn's legs, one passing through his coat and grazing his shoulder and one passing through his cap. He was struck with some blunt instrument and fell unconscious to the ground, in which condition he was left after having about $150.00 of his money taken, a $100.00 bill being left in the watch-pocket of his trousers. He wore no other valuables at the time. To all appearances his assailants thought him dead, but after a time he regained consciousness and made his way back to town and was taken to a hotel, where a physician dressed his wounds. At last reports his condition was considered critical, but his escape is considered most fortunate.  
There is no clue to the perpetrators of the dastardly deed. The night was very dark and cold, and everything points to the robbers being persons who are familiar with Mr. Linn's movements and acquainted with the surroundings. The people of Piper City and vicinity are thoroughly aroused, and following so closely the robbery of Walrich & Parsons' store, this event causes some to think that their community has some very undesirable residents. 
 

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MILLER - OLIVER WEDDING
FEBRUARY 1, 1895
 
SS. Peter and Paul's church was the scene of a pretty wedding on Tuesday afternoon, January 29, Miss Katie Miller and Mr. John F. Oliver being the contracting parties. Rev. Father J.J. Quinn performed the ceremony and Miss Louise Myers acted as bridesmaid and Mr. John Kurtenbach as best man. Quite a large number of the friends of the contracting parties were present.  
Mr. Oliver and his chosen bride are well know to the people of the township, he having spent his whole life in this vicinity, being a son of the late Franklin Oliver and grandson of Franklin C. Oliver, the pioneer of this part of the county. His newly made wife was his foster sister, and is a young lady of prepossessing appearance and a general favorite among her acquaintances.  
They will live on the Frank Oliver farm, three miles and a half southwest of town, where on Tuesday evening a grand reception of friends and neighbors was held. The evening will long be remembered by those present, being about one hundred and fifty in number. Dancing and card playing were indulged in and a general good time spent. A sumptuous supper was served and hugely enjoyed by all. As the "wee, sma' hours" began to grow smaller the assemblage began to depart for their homes, unanimous in joining those not present in good wishes for Mr. and Mrs. Oliver for an abundant amount of the blessings of life.  
 

JACOB F. SNIDER
FEBRUARY 1, 1895
 
Jacob F. Snider passed away at his late home, four miles east of this city, on last Saturday morning, January 26, from the effects of blood poisoning, caused by an injured toe. Since about Christmas Mr. Snider had not been away from his home, and during the three weeks prior to his death suffered very much. A consultation of physicians considering it prudent, the diseased member was amputated on Monday, Jan. 21, and the patient seemed never to rally from the effects of the operation.  
Jacob F. Snider was born at Montgomery, Ohio, March 22, 1822. He was married in 1844 to Martha Johns at Chester, Ohio, three children blessing the union. Of these, Ellis now resides in North Dakota, William died at the age of one year and Eliza is living at San Bernardino, California. In 1850, his wife , Martha, died. In 1856 he married Melissa P. Watt at Spring Creek, Pennsylvania, and came to Illinois to make his home, locating at El Paso. The result of this union was three children; Alexander, who lives at Montpeller, Ind.; Ohio E. Pulver, who resides at Benton Harbor, Mich., and DeWitt H., who has lived with his parents. In 1866 Mr. and Mrs. Snider and family removed to Brenton township, where they have since lived.
Jacob Snider was a man held in high esteem by all who knew him. He was a kind and loving husband and father, always having a cheerful word for those whom he met. He was highly honorable in his dealing, and during his last illness of about five weeks was a most patient sufferer.  
The funeral was held on Monday at one o'clock, Rev. Allison making the final remarks and the remains were laid to rest in Piper City cemetery, a large number of neighbors and friends being present so show their last tribute of respect to one whose place can, to his friends, never be filled nor forgotten.  
 

FIRE AT THE SCHOOL HOUSE
FEBRUARY 15, 1895
 
On Tuesday morning, at about 9:20 o'clock, smoke and fire began to appear through the floor of the First Primary room of the public school, near the large heat conductor which carries the heat to the High School room. The pupils were immediately excused from the room and the alarm given in the other rooms, when all departments dismissed without excitement or crowding.  
The fire alarm was rung and the fire company were soon on the scene of action, and it is due to their promptness that the entire building was not consumed. The wood work about the heating pipe had caught on fire and the flames had communicated to the joist and braces under the floor before making their appearance above it.  
The loss is not very large in comparison to what it would have been had the fire occurred early in the morning or in the night, but considerable damage was done to the floor and the furnace was nearly filled with water. No school was held in the Primary and High School departments on Wednesday and Thursday, but all grades were in session Thursday and today, the rooms being heated with stoves until the necessary repairs can be made to the heating apparatus. 
The cause of the fire was, undoubtedly, due to the manner in which the heater pipe was put in, and it is only to be wondered at that it had not caused trouble before. The wood for the floor had been covered by the workmen who put in the pipe with sheet-iron on the upper side, but left unprotected and exposed to the heat of the pipe on the edge and under side. The work gave every indication of being properly done when viewed from the upper rooms, and could not be examined from the basement, hence the only way that the defect could have been detected was by accident. 
 

SUICIDE NEAR CHARLOTTE WEDNESDAY
BERTRAM PUETZTUEK TAKES CARBOLIC ACID
 
MARCH 15, 1895
 
On Wednesday afternoon the people of Charlotte and vicinity were startled by the report that the body of a man had been found near the railroad track about a half mile south of the village of Charlotte. Coroner Zimmerman was notified and ordered the body taken to Charlotte, consequently it was removed to the grain office of James Kensella at Charlotte. The coroner arrived on Thursday morning and impaneled the following jury: Dr. C.V. Ellingwood, forman; James Bergan, John Ommen, F.R. Manssen, J.G. Brunz, C. Jacobs.  
The following articles were found upon his person; Pocketbook containing $4.50, naturalization papers, pipe and package of tobacco, pocketbook, pair of glasses, pair suspenders, open- faced silver watch, prayer book, pocket handkerchief, pass book and several letters, empty two ounce bottle marked "Carbolic Acid", "Poison".
On examining witnesses it was found that the man had, in the early part of the afternoon, been in Sterrenberg & Manssen's store in Charlotte and told different ones that he wanted to go the Chatsworth, and from there to Forrest, and intimated that he had a 'family' at Pontiac. In conversation with Jacob Ferdinand the man said that he was a German, being a resident of Prussia and had served in the France-Prussian war in 1871. He asked for a Charles Kurtenbach, whom Mr. Ferdinand did not know. The naturalization papers found  upon the body had as witnesses J.W. Rider and Wm. Rider, of  Saunemin. A flask about half full of whiskey was found a short distance from the body, and the bottle from which the poison was taken was labeled "Carbolic Acid" "Poison", with skull and cross bones, and the label was from "Milt's Pharmacy", N. Hurt & Co., Cullom, Ill. The body and the article found upon it were turned over to supervisor of Charlotte township, James Bergan, the following verdict having been rendered. 
 
CORNORER'S VERDICT
In the matter of the inquest on the body of Bertram Puetztuck, deceased, held at Charlotte on the fourteenth day of March A.D. 1895, We, the undersigned jurors sworn to inquire into the death of Bertram Puetztuck, on oath do find he came to his death by carbolic acid poison, administered by himself with suicidal intent, about one-half mile south of the village of Charlotte, near the Illinois Central railroad track. March 15,1895. 
 
Telegrams were sent to all addresses found upon the body, with the hope of finding relatives of the deceased, and it was learned that he had a nephew in the northern part of the county. Information was also received stating that deceased was unmarried, his address having been Dana.  
 

A TERRIBLE AND FATAL ACCIDENT
August 23, 1895
 
Last Monday morning Hiram Hooker and Phillip Rohman left their respective homes, came to town and took the 9:28 morning T.P. & W. Ry. train for Indiana, the first to seek a farm as tenant, the later with a view of buying a farm. They were at Francisville, Indiana, in the yard of Peter Huginet, a former resident of this county, and a friend, Tuesday evening between six and seven o'clock, in good health  and spirits. Mr. Hooker, noticing a colt with a bad sprain, remarked to its owner that he could cure it and volunteered to get the necessary medicine. He went to the drug store and obtained the following prescription put up in a seltzer bottle; Nitric acid, 2 oz.; oil of British, 2 1/2 oz.; turpentine, 1 pt. 
He had returned to the vicinity of the friend and, while in the act of shaking the bottle containing the mixture, it exploded. For a time his friend, Phillip Rohman, was stunned and terribly shocked, but recovering himself in a instant he discovered poor Hooker on his hands and knees, with the blood gushing from a number of frightful wounds. A physician was summoned, but, in spite of all aid, he bled to death in about twenty minutes from the time of the explosion. Beside the femoral artery being severed there were over twenty wounds from the broken glass on his body. Mr. Rohman escaped death by a very narrow margin, as the glass took a part of his hat rim away and he has several lacerations on his body. 
The remains, after a coroner's inquest and a verdict of accidental death, were prepared for shipment and his friend, Rohman, with a sad heart returned to Chatsworth with them Wednesday evening. 
 

A SHOCKING AND FATAL ACCIDENT
October 4, 1895
 
Henry Hornicle [sic] Thrown from His Wagon and Killed on Wednesday
 
On Wednesday afternoon an accident occurred in the Meents, Smith & Cloke lumber yard in this city, in which Henry Hornicle, of Germanville township, was instantly killed. Mr. Hornicle drove into the yards with his team and wagon to load on some lumber. His team became frightened at a locomotive on the T.P.& W. R.R. tracks and became unmanageable. They started to run and the wagon struck some heavy timbers, overturning it. Mr. Hornicle was thrown to the ground, striking on the side and back of his head, and  received injuries which caused his death within a very few minutes. Quite a number of people on the street, as well as the men in the lumber yard, witnessed the most shocking occurrence and were at the side of the unfortunate man in an instant, but he was beyond help. A physician arrived inside of five minutes, but could do nothing, as the pulse had then almost ceased. The body was put in charge of C. Becker, undertaker, and was taken from Mr. John P. Hansen's store, where it had been carried, to the undertaking establishment and removed to Mr. Hornicle's late home on Thursday. 
Henry Hornicle was the oldest son of the family of eight children and was born in the Grand Ducy of Hesse, Germany. He came to America with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hornicle, in 1857 and located in Tazewell county, where they remained about a year, when they removed to Germanville township, where they have since resided. He was married in 1869 to Miss Fredricka Lehmann, a native of his own country. They were the parents of twelve children, all but two of whom, with their mother, survive the father. Mrs. Hornicle and two of the daughters were visiting in Tennessee at the time of the terrible accident, but arrived here this morning.
The burial will take place Sunday afternoon at two o'clock from the Germanville Evangelical church.  
Note: The name was misspelled in this article and should be Hornickel. He is buried in the Germanville Cemetery along with his wife Fredricka and other family members.