Stories of interest from our hometown paper over the years.

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.

Fifteen Business Houses Burned With Wonderful Rapidity
With Difficulty the Fire was Confined
Thousands of Dollars in Ashes
June 13, 1890
The most disastrous fire to every visit this city swept before it fifteen business houses, beside numerous out buildings and barns, last Sunday morning. About two o’clock the fire alarm was rung, fire having been discovered in the rear of the frame building occupied by Brown & Co’s bank. The alarm brought out a large number of people in but a few minutes. Very soon the fire engine was in place and throwing several streams of water upon the fire, but by the time the engine arrived the flames had communicated with the buildings occupied by John Mouritzen, meat market, and H. M. Bangs, drug store. All of the buildings in the block but two being frame and very dry, the fire burned with wonderful rapidity. All the water that could be thrown upon the blaze seemed to add to the fury of the flames, which seemed ready to take the town. It was very soon seen that unless the fire was confined by the John Walter two-story brick building at the east end of the block and the Plaindealer building, owned by Jas. A. Smith, next to the last on the west end of the block, there 
to where the fire might spread, as it was rapidly spreading in both directions, and it was with the greatest difficulty that it was prevented from commicating with the residences of Messrs. Post and Megquier and the Art Gallery on the north. When the tire had reached the 
Walter building, on the east end of the block, the heat was so intense that there was much danger for Searing & Messler's elevator and lumber yard, but this was kept damp and the Walter building was kept wet on the west side, thus preventing its taking fire. ,.To the west end of block the two-story frame building of Mrs. O. A. Hall stood a mass of flames on one side of the 
And the two-story frame building belonging to Fred Harbeke was rapidly burning on the other side, but by keeping the rear of the 
Plaindealer building wet, the doors closed and preventing any of the hot air entering, the building was saved, and at the two bricks the fire controlled. L. J. Haberkorn’s, across the street west of the Harbeke. building, and Cook Bros., were badly scorched and it was with great difficulty that the former was saved. 
is all that saved the town from complete ruin. The wind blew the cinders several blocks from the fire, thus greatly increasing the chances of the fire's spreading. John Walter owned the building at the extreme east end of the block. The building was kept as wet as possible during the burning of the adjacent buildings and escaped with a damage of about $200. The goods were most all removed and, when the building was free from danger, were returned. The damage from removal is considerable, just what it was, was difficult to ascertain. They received $150.
Post & Co., occupied the one-story building next west of the Walter building with a stock of dry goods, millinery and groceries, The building is owned by E. C. Krider, of Jacksonville, and was entirely consumed. The loss is about $2,000, with an insurance of $4,000.  Post & Co. removed a part of their stock, their loss is $5,302, with an insurance of $2,000.
The next building was occupied by John Lunz saloon, and was owned by C. Heppe. The building and contents were burned. Mr. Lunz, 
knowing nothing of the fire till morning. The loss on the building is about $l,500 with an insurance of $4,000. Mr. Lunz's loss on stock is in the neighborhood of $850 with an insurance of $500.
J. J. Lantry's groceries and hardware store was next west, and but a part of his stock was removed. His loss on stock, over and above the $1,000 insurance, is about $1,500. The building was owed by M. Neal and was insured for $1,000. The loss over the insurance was about $500. 
Next was Martin and Welsh saloon. Their loss was about $1,500, with $300 insurance on the building and $400 on the stock. Nothing was saved.
J. L. DeLong's grocery store and queensware establishment was burned with all its contents.  He had insurance of $500 on the stock, and his loss on stock over and above insurance is perhaps $2,500 and no insurance on his building, which may be valued at $1,200.
Next west was the building where the fire was first seen, occupied by J. E. Brown & Co.'s bank. The building was owned by Stillwell, valued at $l,000, on which there  was no insurance of which we can learn. The bank furniture worth probably $225, was without insurance. The safe could not be opened for several days, owing to the extreme heat, but the expert from Cinncinetti arrived Monday evening and the vault was opened Tuesday afternoon. The large doors were found open after the fire, and the expert expressed that, it was his  opinion 
that the doors of the safe were blown by nitro glycerine, which he claims may be injected through the seams without the use of a drill, 
but that the inner vault proved impregnable. The contents of the vault wore found undisturbed. The severe heat had parched some of the paper money, but all can easily be identified for redemption. The papers in the various private compartments of the safe were badly parched, but it is believed can be read and duplicates made from them. The books of the bank were ---- destroyed.
Next to the bank was the drug and fancy stationary store of H. M. Bangs. A part of his stock w as removed, on which he had an insurance of $1,000. The stock was valued at about $3,500. The building was a two-story and owned by S. D. Webster, with an insurance of $1,000, loss on building above insurance probably $500. On the upper floor Dr. O H. Brigham had a dental office, and Dr. Seright an office, neither of whom saved much of anything or had any insurance. 
John Moran's saloon was next west. The building belonged to the Yates estate, and was worth probably $1,000, with no insurance known. Mr. Moran ’s stock was also without insurance. Part was saved, and his loss is probably $500. 
Miss A. D. Griswold was the next on the fated street. Her building was soon in ashes. But a part of her household goods and stock was removed. She kept a millinery and dress-making establishment and lived in rooms back of the store. She estimates her loss at $3,000, with no insurance.
Mrs. Mary Fitzmaurice'.s building was next, the store room of which was occupied by C. Gumbel, jeweler. Part of his stock was saved, on which he had an insurance of $300, with a probable loss, of $700. His safe was opened Monday, the contents of which were found all right, except the works of some of the watches injured. 
Mrs. Fitzmaurice and family lived above and back of the jewelry store, and a part of her household goods were removed, but much was burned and a large part of the family clothing. Mrs. Fitzmaurice also owned the building occupied by the Fitzmaurice saloon, a part of the contents of which was saved. Both buildings were entirely burned, incurring a loss of $2,500 on the buildings, with insurance of $1,000. 
The loss on the saloon stock is probably $500, with no insurance, and no insurance on household furniture.  
John Parker owned the building occupied by  him as a barber shop, on which there was an insurance of $200; loss, $400.
Next west of the Fitzmaurice saloon was Mrs. O. A. Hall’s building, valued at about $1,300, with an insurance of $300. It was occupied by 
John Massy as a hotel and restaurant. A part of his goods were removed. His loss is about $800 on stock and furniture, with an insurance of $500, which covered a part of his goods only.
The Plaindealer building stood between the Mrs. Hall two-story frame building and the Harbeke building, and it is the marvel of all who witnessed the fire, or who know anything about the tremendous heat the burning of two such buildings as stood on either side of it would make, that anything remains except the walls. The building is greatly damaged and can never be put in as good shape as it was before the disaster. Mr. Frank Sanders, of Sanders Bros., contractor's and builders, of Ottawa, who built it, has been here figuring on the loss this week, and places it at $2075, which does not include the substantial outbuildings that were burned. The building is insured for $3,5 00. The brick walls are badly damaged and the roof and skyIights are ruined, besides much damage to the cornices,  glass, wood-work, and interior walls. The breaking of the skylights piled a large quantity of type in the Plaindealer office on the second floor and scattered the cases with the small particles of glass, entailing quite a loss and much labor to get the Plaindealer before our readers on time this week.
The office of Dr. C.V. Ellingwood and J. A. Smith’s private office suffered from the breaking and falling of plaster. Bushway & Co., dry goods dealers, occupied the first floor, and their goods suffered considerable loss from smoke and water, with an insurance of $5,000. 
The goods in the one window were burned when the plate glass gave away. It was only the most prompt and organized work that saved the building at all. The fire swept over the  Plaindealer building to the two-story frame building just west, occupied by M. Traub, clothier. Mr. Traub removed a part of bis stock. His loss is perhaps $2,500, with an insurance of $2,500. The building  was owned by Fred Harbeke and was worth probably $1,000 with an insurance of $500. Messrs. Traub and Bushway occupied rooms in the second story, and escaped with a small part of their furniture and clothing.
Mrs. W. W. Post’s barn was burned , on which there was an insurance $75. The barn was probably worth $100. 
J. H. Megquier’s barn also burned, on which there was an insurance $60, worth probably $100. Numerous other outbuildings, an ice-house and sheds, were burned, on which no mention is made in the loss.
The burned out business establishments, of which there were eighteen, are seeking other quarters as rapidly as possible, and as soon as the insurance adjusters have completed their work, business will be resumed, even though, in most instances, under rather un­favorable circumstances and in crowded apartments. Every vacant room in the town is occupied. Post & Co. have moved what was saved of their stock into the Wm. Megquire building, in the east end of town. John Lunz is in the front room in Mrs. Hughes’ building. Mr. Traub is in the old 
Plaindealer office, in the west end of town. John Mouritzen’s meat market is in the basement of the Plaindealer building. J. E. Brow n & 
Co.’.s bank has a part of the Hall brick building. What was saved of H. M. Bang s’ goods are in the post office building. John Moran 
occupies the Sorg building. Griswold has moved into the parlors of the Presbyterian church. Mrs. Fitzmaurice and family are living in the Murgaugh house in the southwest part of town and her stock that was saved is stored in part of the building occuped by Cook Bros.  
C. Gumbel's goods are still stored. O. H. Brigham, dentist, and  Dr. Seright each have rooms over E. A. Bangs ’drug store. 
John Massey Is located with what he saved of the second floor of the Megquier building. John Parker is moving into the basement of the Walter building. The loss to the town is very great, the fire having taken the center of the business portion. The real loss cannot be estimated by the value of the buildings and stock destroyed; but the loss from time required to re-establish in business by many of the firms will be very great. According to the estimated valuation of the buildings and stock destroyed, the entire loss will reach about 
$60,000, with a total amount of insurance carried amounting to $33, 715, as nearly as we can ascertain. 


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 cemetery on Saturday last.

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

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

October 28, 1891
Miss Maude S. True, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John G. True, former residents of this place, now of Seattle, Washington, was married on Oct. 10. The new couple go forth with our best wishes, as aIso the best wishes of the bride’s many friends here. The following relative to the marriage is from the Seattle Telegraph of the 11th: Mr. Arthur S. Kemp, of Chico. Cal., was united in marriage on Thursday last to Miss Maude S. True, of this city. The ceremony took place at the residence of the bride's parents in Fremont and was witnessed by only intimate friends of the family. The happy couple went south on the evening train to Chico, which will be their future home. Mr. Kemp is well known in Seattle, having been for a number of years in the employ of Chester Cleary.

October 30, 1891
The sad news was received here Wednesday of the death of Miss Emma Alter, of Fort Madison, Iowa. This young lady will be remembered by many, she having lost a mother and two sisters in the Chatsworth Wreck, and being herself seriously injured. 

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.

November 20, 1891
Sunday, Nov. 15, was the eighty first anniversary of Mr. T.Y. Brown's birth. It was also the twenty first birthday of Robert Brown, grandson of the above mentioned.  


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. Labountie's house in the northwest part of town, on last Monday for $300.
Note: Should be spelled LaBounty's

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. 

January 3, 1893
On Thursday evening, December 29, at the home of the bride’s parents Mr and Mrs. Daniel B. Puffer, before the assembled relatives and a few intimate friends Rev. T. Howland performed the solemn ceremony which united in marriage Mr. William Cunnington and Miss Flora Puffer, Miss Tillie Wrede and Mr. Albert Jackson assisting in the ceremonies. The bride was attired in a gown of cream colored ________ta, handsomely trimmed in this faultless suit of black made an unusually grand appearance. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. B Puffer, old and highly respected citizens of this vicinity, and a lady held In high esteem by all her acquaintances. The groom is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cunnington and is a young man of excellent habits and the most promising prospects. After the ceremony the entire company of about eighty persons partook of the wedding banquet. The bride was the recipient of a great many valuable and pretty gifts.

January 3, 1893
In the presence of about one hundred guests, who had assembled on Wednesday evening at the home of bride’s mother, Mrs. Hanna Pearson, living west of this city, at six o ’clock, Miss Nellie Pearson and Mr. John G. Piercy took the vows which united them In the life long bonds of wedlock with Miss Ada Pearson and Mr. Wm. Felt bearing witness. Both young people are well known and highly respected in this vicinity and their many friends unite with the Plalndealer in wishing them long and prosperous wedded lives. The unusual grand time was enjoyed at the wedding with the bounteous supper, congratulations, etc. and on Thursday at the home of the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Piercy, of this city, the friends, in the number of about seventy, were again entertained at the affair.

February 14, 1893
The news was received here this week of the marriage of Miss Edna True and Mr. T. A. Oahu, Jr., a rising young lawyer of Seattle. Wash. The bride is the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John G. True, for many years residents of this city.

February 28, 1893
At eleven o'clock Thursday morning at the home of the bride’s parents, near Charlotte. Rev. A. K___, pastor of the German Evangelical church of this city, united In marriage Mr. Emil Faust and Miss Lena Behrents. Only the relatives of the contracting parties wore present to witness the ceremony. The groom is a promising young man and is a resident of Sulllvan township, and the bride Is a well-known young lady of Charlotte township. The young people go to housekeeping on one of the groom's father's farms In Sullivan township, where the best wishes of their many friends will attend them.
February 28, 1893
The commodious home of Mr. and Mrs Henry Wrede, on east Maple street, was the scene of a very pretty wedding last Wednesday evening. At seven o’clock Rev. Howland, of the Baptist church of this city, repeated the words which united In the holy bonds of matrimony Mr. Albert Jackson and Miss Matilda Wrede. The ceremony was witnessed by the relatives and a few intimate friends, after which a sumptuous supper was enjoyed and the evening delightfully spent. The groom is a young man of rare promise and the most Industrious habits and 
is the second son of Mr. E. A. Jackson. He has rented the farm in Charlotte township known as the Harrigan farm owned by D. B. Puffer, where he and his bride will take up their abode, amid the beat wishes of their Innumerable friends for a long and prosperous wedded life.

March 2, 1893
On Saturday last at Gilman Rev. Schild, pastor in charge of the German Lutheran church here and at that city , united in marriage 
Mr. William Bork and Miss Ida Lunghus, both of this city.  Mr. Louis and Miss Tillle Bork , brother and sister of the groom , attended the young couple during the ceremony . The happy pair returned to this city on the noon train the same day and the usual festivities were 
enjoyed among the friends here. Mr. Bork , who is a son o f Mrs . Bork , living in the north part of town, is a young man of giant habits 
and promise . His bride is the youngest daughter of Mr . and Mrs.  E. Lu n g h u s,  old and highly respected citizens of Cfatsworth.

March 10, 1893
In the presence of the relatives of the contracting parties, on Wednesday, March 8, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr . and Mrs. 
John McArthur, Rev. Howland, of the Baptist church, performed the ceremony uniting Miss Rose McArthur, a very popular young lady of
this city, and Mr . James A . Hanna , of  Weston, in the destined bonds of marriage. After the ceremony an elaborate wedding dinner 
was partaken of.

March 10, 1893
Mr. Robert L. VanAlstyne , for many years and at present, the foreman of the Plaindealer office, and Miss Phebe M .Speicher, third 
daughter of Mr. Louis C. Speicher, will be married this ( Friday) evening at the residence of the bride’s parents, corner of Fifth and 
Elm streets, this city. The con­tracting parties to this truly happy union are so we l known in this community that flattering comment is deemed unnecessary . That they have the heartfelt best wishes of every person enjoying the pleasure of their acquaintance is an assured fact. M r. VanAlstyne has purchased the neat little cottage on the northeast corner of Third and Elm streets, where the newly-w edded couple will be at home to their friends after April 15, 1893. 

March 10, 1893
The marriage of Mr. August Wrede, of this city , and Miss Mary A . Ruppel was celebrated at the home of the brid e ’s parents, Mr. and 
Mrs. Phillip Ruppel of Germanville township, on Wednesday March 8,  Rev. A . Egil, pastor of the German Evangelical church of 
this city, performed the ceremony the presence of upwards of fifty relatives and friends of the con­tracting parties at three o'clock 
sharp Wednesday afternoon . The young couple were assisted during the ceremony by Mr. Edward Entwistle and Miss  Lulu Wrede , sister 
of the groom.  After congratulations and the usual formalities the guests were invited to partake of a bountiful  wedding dinner. 
Mr. Wrede and his bride are each well and favorably known, having grown to maturity in this vicinity. The groom is the eldest son of 
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wrede, of, this city . He is engaged in farming, and being a young man of excellent habits, has be?ore him a most
promising future. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Ruppel, old and highly respected  citizens of Germanville township,  
is a young lady of excellent qualities. The happy couple will take up their abode on a farm south of this city.

April 4, 1893
Mr. Wm. Gardner purchased recently the lot owned by Martin Graham just west of the M. Reising brick block. Dame Rumor sayeth that 
Mr. Gardner expects to put up a brick building and start a grocery store.

MAY 9, 1893
On Friday last, May 3, at the Catholic parsonage a t Danforth, Rev. Father Staley, performed the ceremony which united in marriage 
Mr. Lawrence Strine of this city and Miss Hanna Hibbinger of Danforth. The groom is a young man of this city who has a large circle of friends, being at present engaged as clerk in the Cottage House livery. The bride was a resident of Danforth. The happy Couple have taken up their abode in one of the little cottages south of the mill, which the groom had furnished for their occupancy. The friends of both the contracting parties unite in extending congratulations and wIshing Mr. and Mrs. Strine long and happy lives.

JUNE 2, 1893
Rev. J. J. Qulnn performed the ceremony at SS. Peter and Paul’s church on Wednesday morning, May 31, uniting in marriage 
Mr. Fred Trunk and Miss Mary K. Finnegan, two highly respected young people of this vicinity. William Trunk, cousin of the groom, and Miss Clara Finnegan, sister of the bride, bore witness to the binding vows. The groom is a promising young farmer and a nephew of Mr. Chas. 
Trunk, of Charlotte township. The bride is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. Finnegan, who reside a mile and a half north of town, also in Charlotte.

JUNE 9, 1893
John Maurltzen Sold his meat market recently to George F. Eddy. Possession was given the middle of the week.

JUNE 30, 1893
Mr. John L. Sullivan, o f Chicago, has made arrangements whereby he will purchase the H. M. Bangs drugstore. Invoice of the store w ill be taken next week .

JULY 11, 1893
The numerous new bricks being  erected in our little city are being  pushed toward completion as rapidly as the masons and carpenters can do the work. The Gardner building is now ready for the ceiling joists lo upper story, and Mr. Stivers, the contractor, expects to finish the brick work next week. The Ferrias building has the upper story ceiling joists placed and the fire-walls will soon be completed. 
The Spiecher block has progressed to the point of receiving the second floor joists, and the brick work Is being pushed upward for the reception of the second floor ceiling and roof joists. The brick work has also commenced on the McCabe bank building. The castings are on the ground for the iron work, and a week will see the walls ready for the roof.

AUGUST 18, 1893
On Wednesday morning, August 16 at St. Mary’s Catholic church at Pontiac, Rev. Father Lyons celebrated mass and pronounced the magic 
words which united in the life-long bonds of matrimony Mr. M.A. Freehill of Germanville township, and Miss Mary Egan, of Pontiac. 
Mr. Freehill is a prosperious farmer of Germanville township, being the son of Mr. Patrick Freehill, and is a young man of more than
ordinary abilities and rare promise. He is held In high esteem by his fellow men, having been elected at the recent election to the 
office of supervisor of that township. He and his bride enter upon the journey of married life with all the promise which ambition and energy can secure, and their innumerable friends join with the Plaindealer in offering congratulations and best wishes for lives free from the strife and unpleasantness so often experienced in the journey of life. 
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. 
JANUARY 4, 1895
On Tuesday evening, January 1, at six o'clock, at the spacious new home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Hannah Pearson, three miles west of this city, in the presence of about one hundred and twenty guests. Rev. M. C. Eignus, of Forrest, pronounced the mystic words uniting with hymeneal bonds the earthly destinies of William F. Felt and Miss Ada V. Pearson.
Sunday last, December 30, at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. Eberle, on East Maple street, Miss Sarah A. Eberle and Mr. Nathan L. Bradford took the vows uniting them in the everlasting bonds of wedlock. The ceremony was performed by Squire W. W. Sears in the presence of the immediate relatives and friends of the contracting parties.
On Wednesday morning, at the Catholic church at Piper City, Rev. Father Barry united in marriage James Kerns and Miss Jeanette McGuire. The groom is an energetic young farmer living in Charlotte township, and his bride is the daughter of Mr. Patrick McGuire, a prosperous and very successful farmer living north of Piper City.

JANUARY 4, 1895 
The Children’s Home Society is incorporated under the laws of the state of Illinois, for the purpose of caring for homeless children. The method is to seek approved homes that wish to receive the children, either by adoption or special contract, to carefully inquire as to the kind of child desired by each, and to send such a child on a trial of not less than three months. The society receives the child again if it is not suited to the home. The society has been in operation eleven years, has received 2.000 children and has placed them in carefully selected homes. Persons wishing to receive children, either by adoption or special contract, will address. Rev Geo. K. Hoover, 107 Dearborn street, room 707, Chicago. Ill , or J. E. Field, district superintendent, Bloomington, Ill., who will answer promptly and send needed information. Homes are wanted for the following children: Twelve boys, ages from three weeks to ten years, bright, intelligent children. The local advisory board at Chatsvvorth is composed of the following persons: Mrs. E. A. Jackson, president; Mrs. S. E. Van Voris, vice president; Mrs M. J. Cowling, secretary; George Walter, treasurer.

JANUARY 18, 1895
Mr. F.M. Stoller, formerly of Fairbury, has opened a barbershop in the Hansen basement, and has moved his family here, residing with his father-in-law, Mr. James Chadwick, in the north part of town.

JANUARY 18, 1895
At eight o'clock on Wednesday evening, in the presence of the immediate relatives and a few very intimate friends of the contracting parties, at the home of the bride's mother on the corner of Fifth and Walnut streets, at the home of the bride's mother, Rev. Howland united in marriage, Miss Jennie Entwistle and Paul Rebholz. 
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.  

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. 

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. 
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.

MARCH 22, 1895
Wednesday, March 30, was the eighty-fifth anniversary of the birth of Mrs. H. A. Bangs and the occasion was made memorable by a most pleasant social event. Mrs. Bangs has been spending the winter at the home of her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Bangs, and at their home a five o’clock tea was given, at which a number of the lady friends of the venerable lady were entertained. Those present were Mesdames S. D. Webster, Thos. Curran. O. A. Hall, C. Cooper, T. Brockway, T. Y. Brown, J. S. Doolittle, E. A. Bangs, and Mrs. Rookwood, of Ottawa. 

MARCH 22, 1895
We notice in the Morning Herald Despatch, of Decatur, of March 17, the following concerning a former Chatsworth boy: “At his home, 1704 East Main street, on Friday night, James A. Birt, was given a surprise party in honor of the twenty-ninth anniversary of his birthday.

MAY 24, 1895
For the third time this village has been defeated before a jury in the case of Eliza Rowe vs. village Chatsworth. The first time Judge Sample set the verdict of the jury aside. The second trial the jury returned a verdict against, the village of $3,250.00 and the case went to the appellate court and came back reversed and remanded. At the trial held last week, notwithstanding additional and material testimony introduced in behalf of the village, the jury brought in a verdict of $4,000.00 against the town,and as a consequence the village will again carry the case to the higher courts.

JUNE 28, 1895
On Wednesday evening the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. Haberkorn was the scene of, a very pretty wedding, their only daughter, Mary B , being united in marriage with Gustave H. Frederick, of Chicago. The bridesmaids were Misses Susie Elbert and Mary Haberkorn, the latter being a cousin of the bride, while Mr. Ross Haberkorn, brother of the bride, and Mr. Ernest Frederick, brother of the groom, acted as 
groomsmen, and little Aurelia Haberkorn, niece of the bride, was flower-bearer. Both Mr. Frederick and his bride are well known to the people of this vicinity. The former spent his boyhood days here and is now a resident, of Chicago, being employed in an express office.

On Wednesday, June 20, at high noon at the residence of the bride’s parents in Peoria, Henry W. Wisthuff was united in marriage with 
Miss Carrie L. Green, Rev. Taylor, of Peoria, performing the marriage ceremony. Henry Wisthuff is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick 
Wisthuff, old, highly respected and wealthy residents of Germanville township, and he has a large circle of friends and acquaintances in 
this vicinity.

Charles Lowen, of Kankakee, and Mary E. Harry, of Chatsworth, were married at the M. E. parsonage in this city on June 20, 1895; Rev. E. S. Wilson performing the ceremony.

JULY 5, 1895
Some months ago we gave in these columns a brief description of the Safety Anti Soot Flue-Stopper, which had just been patented by 
Messrs. L. J. Haberkorn and Mr. E.O. Beckman, of this city. The flue stopper is a novel invention and is of such practical mechanism that it will, undoubtedly, become very popular and meet with a large demand. It is arranged in such a manner that it is impossible for it to become disengaged from the chimney flue in which it is placed, a movable collar with a thumb screw anchoring it securely. It also is provided with a metal scoop, which covers the lower part of the chimney hole and catches all soot which would otherwise lodge in the thimble. This is a great advantage when removing the stop, as it prevents the soot's falling upon the floor or carpet. The close manner in which the flue stopper fits into the chimney hole prevents any possibility of water running down the chimney and staining the wall or 
paper while raining, and also prevents its rattling when the wind blows. Messrs. Haberkorn and Beckman have expended a large amount of money in securing patents on all parts of the con­trivance and getting machinery for its manufacture. They have utilized the creamery building, north of town, for a factory building and have placed their machinery, two large power presses, a power squaring shears and innumerable dies, therein . The machinery was started and tested on Tuesday and found to be satisfactory in every detail. A force of help has not as yet been put on, as arrangements have not been completed for marketing the product of the factory, but the machines, with a force of competent operators, will turn out about one hundred dozen flue stopper's per day. It is expected to begin by running at a 
capacity of about ten or twelve dozen per day at the start and increase the output as the trade demand . The flue-stoppers will be put up in three styles and can be retailed at twenty live cents.

JULY 5, 1895
On Monday morning, July 1, at 11 o’clock, at the residence of a minister at Paxton, Lawrence Strein, of this city, and Susanna Seshaw , of 
Melvin, were united in marriage. Mr. Strein has been a resident of Chatsworth for many years and is known by most of our citizens, being employed by Mr. Wm. Cowling. Mr. and Mrs. Strein will go to housekeeping in this city attended by the best wishes of their friends.

JULY 19, 1895
On Monday night, as the switchmen in the Wabash yards were going north on the main track with sonic cabooses, they discovered something lying in the middle of the track. They went to see what it was and discovered that it was the mutilated remains of a man. A grain door was procured and the remains placed upon it, and they then commenced to find out who the man was, as he was so terribly mangled that it was impossible to recognize him, even had he been known to them. By papers and a stock contract found upon his person it was discovered that his name was Henry Robinson and his home in Mounds, Brown county, Ill. He was in charge of a car of cattle being shipped from Mounds to Chicago, and the last time the man was seen alive was when he started from the caboose to go to look at his cattle, which were in a car close to the engine, and as the train was here but a few minutes it is supposed the train got started before Robinson could get back to the caboose, and that he climbed on top of the train and attempted to walk back, and in so doing either fell 
or was jerked off the cars. The entire train of twenty-four cars, together with one or more other trains, ran over the body before it was discovered. Coroner Zimmerman came over from Fairbury Tuesday a. m. and an inquest was held and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above. The remains were sent to Mounds on the last train Tuesday, accompanied by Conductor Ellis.

AUGUST 9, 1895
Last evening the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Hallam, in Charlotte township, was the scene of a very pretty wedding, when their second daughter, Alice I., was united in marriage with Mr. Elmer W. Pearson. Rev. M.C. Eignus, of Forrest,performed the ceremony at a few minutes after 8 o’clock, in the presence of about one hundred and fifty guests. The contracting parties were assisted by Miss Mary Menke, as bridesmaid, and Cash Hallam, brother of the bride, as best man. The parents of the bride are too well known to the people of this vicinity to need any sketch in these columns and the groom, being the son of Mrs. Hanna Pearson, is also well known.

AUGUST 16, 1895
Wednesday morning, Aug. 14, at SS. Peter and Paul’s church, Rev. Father Quinn performed the ceremony which united in the holy bonds of matrimony Mr. John C. Corbett and Miss Jennie Lawless. The contracting parties were assisted by Miss Jessie Lawless, of Ottawa, cousin of the bride, as bridesmaid, and Mr. Hugh Corbett, brother of the groom, as best man. The bride  is a well known and popular young lady, who has innumerable friends. She is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs Patrick Lawless, old and highly respected residents of Chatsworth. The groom is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Corbett, of this city, and is a young man of excellent habits and respected by all who know him. 

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.

OCTOBER 4, 1895
The ladies are invited to attend Mrs. H. V. Megquier’s millinery opening, tomorrow, Oct. 5

OCTOBER 11, 1895
The home of Mr. and Mrs. George Ketchum, west of town, was the scene of a jolly gathering on Saturday last. The occasion was in honor of Mr. Ketchum’s seventy- fifth birthday and a number of his friends perpetrated a surprise upon him in way of celebration of the event. They found Mr, Ketchum and his estimable wife splendid entertainers and the time spent at their home on October 5, 1895, will be a pleasant memory to All present. Supper was Served and before departing all were unanimous in wishing their host many happy returns of the day.