Local News - 1897

From the Lake County Independent,
1 January 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Harry Rouse's little boys are reported sick with measles.

Albert Knigge of Chicago spent Christmas with his parents.

Miss Cora Herschberger spent Sunday and Monday with relatives at Long Grove.

Elmer Roder, of Chicago, is spending a few days with his grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Knigge.

Monday of this week Mr. J. H. Cronkhite started for New York to visit his aged father, who is in very poor health.

On Sunday last Mr. John Knigge and Mrs. Specht went to Long Grove to visit their nephew, Walter Knigge who has been in poor health for some time but is reported on the gain.
Ivanhoe Albert Ritta has rented Mrs. J. Dykes farm and moved there about two weeks ago.

The young people of Ivanhoe hold a banquet at the residence of Harry Grabbe's next Thursday evening, New Year's eve. One hundred guests are invited. There will be a large crowd asembled there, as it is a superb place for fun and enjoyment.
Diamond Lake Miss Eidth Towner has closed her school for a week.

Mr. Sabin's brother and a friend from Wis. visited him one day last week.

Mr. Albert Barber is spending the holidays with his parents.

Mrs. H. Bartlett had a large gathering Christmas to "Turkey" dinner.





From the Lake County Independent,
8 January 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller During the past week Mrs. A. King has been suffering from a severe attack of neuralgia.

Mrs. De. Walt Kramer and little nephew were Chicago visitors Tuesday.

Lester Burdick, of Chicago, came home Saturday to spend a few days with his parents.

Last Friday evening Mr. and Mrs. Gorham gave a party in honor of their son Lyle, who came home to spend his holiday vacation. About fourteen of his friends were present. The evening was spent in playing games. Grand refreshments were served. At a late hour the crowd separated reporting a very pleasant time.







From the Lake County Independent,
15 January 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Born to Mr. and Mrs. H. Rouse, a son Jan. 11.

May Beasley is quite sick at present with a severe cold.

Mrs. J. E. Holcomb has been visiting relatives at Peoria for the past week.

Miss Carle, of Wisconsin, came here last Friday for the purpose of making her home with her brother. They will occupy the rooms over the store Mr. Carle now has possession of.

Miss Lizzie Watson returned to her home in Kansas last week after spending the past few weeks with Mr. McBride and family. She was accompanied by her aunt Mrs. Stratton, who also visited in this place.
Ivanhoe George Marshall and his bride are now lving in H. Swan's house.

The New Year's party at Mr. H. Vanplew's was not well attended on account of bad weather.

The banquet held at Mr. Henry Grabbe's on New Year's eve was enjoyable affair some returned home about four o'clock in the morning.





From the Lake County Independent,
22 January 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Born - to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Laensdorf, Jan. 15, a son.

Mrs. Henry Cooper is at present visiting her parents, who reside near Long Grove.

Miss Mary Jeanett, of Grayslake, spent Saturday and Sunday with Miss Fannie Cooper.

Quite a number from here attended the funeral of Albert Briggs at Wauconda last Sunday.

Several of our young people attended the Masquerade Ball at Half Day Friday evening.
Ivanhoe Born to Mr. and Mrs. Spangler, a daughter.

Mrs. Maynard is expecting her son from Iowa this week.

The C.E. society met and elected Miss Thirza Simpson as the president for the next six months.

Our church has been holding a series of meetings conducted by Rev. Mr. Spangler for the last two weeks.





From the Lake County Independent,
29 January 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Mrs. John Rouse is entertaining her niece, Miss Pearl Wells, of Wauconda.

Mrs. Dr. Ewing and daughter Dorothy were Chicago visitors one day last week.

Miss Frences Sedam, of Libertyville, visited her grandfather Thos. Cooper a part of last week.

Mrs. Herman Knigge and babe from Chicago are spending a few days with relatives in this place.

W. R. Morse and family entertained their nephew Mrs. Hamilton from Chicago a few days recently. [transcriber's note: Yes, that is what is said.]

Mrs. H. Wells, of Lake Forest, is making her home with her daughter Mrs. John Rouse at present.

Albert Melvin Briggs
It is with sorrow we chronicle the death of Albert M. Briggs, son of William and Sarah Jane Briggs, who died January 15, 1897. Deceased was born January 12, 1873, and was married to Mertie Jane Clark October 3, 1894. At the time of his death he was with his brother-in-law, Mr. Gainer, of Wauconda, where all that kind friends and loving hands could do for him, helped cheer his last hours. The funeral services were in charge of the Modern Woodmen, of which order he was a member and were held at the Baptist church in Wauconda, the remains being laid to rest in the Wauconda cemetery. In his death his wife loses a loving husband and his relatives and the community at large an honored friend and citizen.





From the Lake County Independent,
5 February 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Mrs. Geo. Beasely entertained Mr. and Mrs. Booth, of Trevor, Wis., recently.

Mr. Gleason, wife and daughter, of Libertyville, spent Wednesday with L. H. Litchfield and wife.

Asa Joice and Albert Gould were emplyed by Thos. McBride to saw wood part of this week.

Among those who are at work for the Ice Co. at Diamond Lake from here are H. Coudcrey, J. J. Porteious, John Knigge and L. Burdick.

Mr. and Mrs. Bonner, of Millburn, visited the latter's siter, Mrs. C. M. Gorham this week, also purchased some fine furniture at our furniture store.

During the past two weeks Mrs. J. E. Holcomb has been suffering with a very severe attack of pneumonia. At present she is reported on the gain. Dr. Ewing is the attending physician.
Diamond Lake Mr. Schroder, of Long Grove, is taking Mr. Henry Ost's place at Garham's factory.

Mr. H. Bartlett is running quite a force of men cutting ice for the neighboring factories.

Mrs. Fred Towner is at Quentins Corners taking care of her mother Mrs. Hokemeyer, who is very ill.

The Diamond Lake Liberary Society was re-organized on Friday night. A large crowd was in attendance and some of the members did themselves great credit in the debate,, making very plausible pleas for their side of the question. The question for next Friday evening is Resolved, "That the Sign of the TImes indicate the Downfall of This Republic." Leaders, Mr. E. Blows, affirmative, and Mr. F. Grovenor, negative.





From the Lake County Independent,
12 February 1897
100 Years Ago
Front Page Mrs. J. E. Holcomb

It becomes our sad duty to chronicle the death of one of Lake County's most respected residents, whose untimely demise is a sad blow to her immediate family and sincerely regretted by her many friends and neighbors in Rockefeller and vicinity.

Emma Anderson Holcomb was born in Peoria, Ill., Oct. 27, 1855, and died Feb. 5, 1897, being 41 years, 3 months and 11 days of age.

A bright, industrious student, she graduated from the High School at the age of 17, coming to Rockefeller in 1887 to teach in Miss Holcomb's Classical Institute. Feb 8, 1888 she was married to J. E. Holcomb. She leaves to mourn her loss many warm friends, a husband and four children.

By her death the Odd Fellows lose one of their warmest friends and most ardent supporters. Her home was ever open to them and she was ever ready to encourage them in any of their undertakings, entering into them as heartily as any of the members. Not alone, by any means, were the Odd Fellows remembered, but she entered heart and soul into all church work, being an active, earnest Christian, who believed that acts, not words, and a model home life was what made the Christian and assured an abundent entrance into that kingdom that is beyond the veil of this life. She had that "smile of sympathy" which "glides into one's darker musings and steals away their sadness ere one is aware." An affectionate daughter and sister, a loving wife and indulgent mother, has gone before. By her life, by her love, by her works, those who are left to mourn her loss are made better and are attracted toward that realm that knows no night, for the light therof is the light of God. Her ambition was to please others first and self last.

The short, impressive funeral services were held at home last Sunday, Rev. Lee officiating. Miss Alive Davis sang "The Evening Hymn," "Come Ye Disconsolate," "God be with You till We Meet Again." Mr. E. S. Wells, an old friend of the family, made the closing remarks. Her body was lovingly laid to rest in the Ivanhoe cemetery, the last act of sad hearts and loving hands.
Rockefeller Mr. Geo. Carle's brother from Wisconsin visited him a few days recently.

Miss Vanplew, of Ivanhoe, visited Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Porteous one day last week.
Ivanhoe Mrs. Maynard who has been severely ill is reported no better at present.

Anthony Putnam is visiting his daughter Mrs. Farnsworth at Mayfair.

Miss Kate Decker who teaches at Hainesville, spent the Sabbath at home.

The interment of Mrs. Fred Holcomb occured at the Ivanhoe cemetery Sunday last.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Smith of this place spent a few days with their sister Mrs. James King of Millburn.

Miss Jessie Beck who teaches at Fremont Center spent last Saturday and Sunday with her cousin, Miss Nella Hawkings.





From the Lake County Independent,
19 February 1897
100 Years Ago
Front Page The Angel of Death
Mrs. Pauline Wood Maynard Dies at Ivanhoe

The angel of death again visits our community, this time to call home another one of the oldest and best known residents of the town of Fremont.

On Wednesday evening, Feb. 10, 1897, Mrs. Pauline Maynard passed quietly and peacefully over the river to the other bright shore, there to receive her everlasting reward. Mrs. Maynard was born in Ohio, Dec. 30, 1819, thus at the time of her death she was in her 78th year.

The call came and released her from the severe pain, as well as discomfort, of a seven year's illness. Not even those most intimately associated with her in the home can fully appreciate how great a sufferer she was, especially during the last year of her life.

She came to Lake County, Ill., in '42, was married in Fremont to Mr. R. D. Maynard on May 1, 1844. Here in the vicinity of Ivanhoe they have spent more than half a century. No one in this community was more widely or more favorably known among the old residents than was Mrs. Maynard. Her husband, two daughters and a son, together with a host of loving friends, will miss her greately from thier midst. Since early life she has sought to be a faithful follower of Jesus, uniting with the Ivanhoe Congregational church on March 5, 1865, and has always been an earnest worker in the church, and since being confined to her home she has manifested a lively interest in the cause of Christ.

Her body was tenderly laid to rest in the Ivanhoe cemetery Friday afternoon, the pastor conducting a short funeral service.
Rockefeller A number of the ladies enjoyed a quilting at Mrs. Grabbe's home last week.

Miss Annie Knigge entertained her friend, Katie Baker, of Wauconda, last Sunday.

John Mann, of Chicago, visited his father-in-law, Thos. Cooper, a few days recently.

Mr. John Knigge and Mrs. Specht spent Monday and Tuesday at McHenry, visiting their brother Louis and wife.

Mr. Gleason, of Ida Grove, Iowa, is spending a few days visiting his daughter, Mrs. L. H. Litchfield, and other relatives in this place and Libertyville.
Ivanhoe Bertha Kuebker has been dangerously sick for the past few days.

Mrs. Chas. Beckwith returned from Chicago last Thursday evening. She and her daughter have been staying at Dr. Dowie's home for over a week and Miss Edith Beckwith is staying a few days longer.

Mr. John Wells, of Wauconda, has rented Mrs. Harden's farm.
Diamond Lake Mrs. Goodman is still confined to her bed, as a result of an injury received on one of those sidewalks at Rockefeller.

"Grandpa" Blows astonished the community last Saturday by visiting his grandson and family. This is the first time in twenty years that he has been on the east side of the lake, and the first time in five years that he has been off his farm.





From the Lake County Independent,
26 February 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller John Knigge is visiting his siter, Mrs. Dr. Heideman, at Elmhurst.

Mr. Henry Venhorn, of Oak Park, formerly of this place, was in town Tuesday.

Rev. John Evans, former pastor here, and family, spent several days recently calling on friends; also occupied the pulpit Sunday evening and preached a very interesting sermon to a large and attentive audience.





From the Lake County Independent,
5 March 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Cora and Mildred Herschberger spent Sunday with their aunt at River View.

Miss Zio Louks returned to her home in Missouri last Thursday accompanied as far as Chicago by Miss Lizzie Roach.

Married - At the home of the bride, Wednesday evening, Feb. 24, Miss Georgia Kramer to Mr. Frank Knigge. We extend hearty congratulations and best wishes.
Ivanhoe Mr. A Adams moves to Mrs. Rachel Kapple's farm.

Mr. Obenaugh and family move to Mr. L. Radke's farm this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Sage visited her sister Mrs. A. Wirtz last Thursday.

Last Sunday morning the snowstorm kept quite a number from attending church.

Last week Saturday Ernest Beckwith went to Chicago to visit his sister and also attended Dr. Dowie's church returning Monday evening much pleased with his three days visit in the city.





From the Lake County Independent,
12 March 1897
100 Years Ago
Front Page NO SALOON

Rockefeller Citizens Don't Want One

The opposition movement to the establishment of a saloon in Rockefeller has scored a victory. There will be no saloon in that vicinity.

For some time there has been a strong movement on foot in the vicinity of the village of Rockefeller toward the establishment of a saloon there, and lately a petition has been circulated for the signature of those in its favor, to be presented to the board of supervisors at the present meeting. Those antagonistic to the project were watchful, however, and upon definite knowledge that the scheme was to be sprung, Rev. Isaac Cookman, Wm. L. Berghorn, John H. Cronkhite, Chas. M. Gorham, Walter L. Morse and E.G. Payne started out Thursday morning with a remonstrance to which their vigorous canvass gathered a great many signers. The whole matter was placed in the hands of Mr. Payne to see it through to the bitter end. Mr. Paynes went to Waukegan prepared to stay a week, and when the matter came before the board of supervisors he had the satisfaction of maintaining the wishes of a majority of the village residents in assisting to knock the saloon project "higher than Gilderoy's kite." In the village of Rockefeller the sentiment against the establishment of a saloon was about 3 to 1, and the citizens will be particularly pleased at the outcome of the contest.
Rockefeller Will Christopher, of Elgin, visited his sister, Mrs. Dr. Ewing, recently.

Julius Heim and family moved from this place to Fairfield first of the week.

Mabel and Vera May Rudolph, of River View, spent Sunday at the Central Hotel, visiting their cousins.
Ivanhoe Mr. and Mrs. George Radka went to Waukegan last Friday.

There is considerable sickness, especially among children, in this vicinity.

Last Sunday there were twelve persons who united with our church. They were led to this step through the teachings of our pastor, Rev. Spangler.





From the Lake County Independent,
19 March 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Mrs. Mae Wilson, of Rockford, spent part of last week visiting her parents and friends here.

Mr. and Mrs. Beasley and daughter spent Saturday and Sunday with relatives at Trevor, Wis.

Lester Ralph Swan

Was born July 25, 1889 and passed away March 9, 1897, aged seven years, seven months and fourteen days. During his short life he greatly endeared himself to all who knew him. He was one of earth's brightest gems and while he was confined to the house, he was always cheerful and patient. He leaves a mother, three brothers, and many friends to mourn their loss. The remains were laid at rest in the Fremont Center cemetery. The bereaved family wishes to extend their thanks to all those who so kindly assisted them during his recent illness and death.

Dr. Travis has bought the house and two lots where Byron Smith now resides. The place will be entirely renovated, the house remodeled, and a barn built in the near future.

Rev. Cookman and family left for Oklahoma on Tuesday. Mr. Cookman resigned his pastorate here a few weeks ago to accept a call in Oklahoma. He was very popular with all our citizens both as a pastor and fellow-townsman. Sunday evening the chapel was crowded to hear his farewell sermon, and Tuesday the village turned out enmasse at the depot to see him off. Mrs. Cookman had also greatly endeared herself to our people, and every one takes their departure as a personal loss. They leave the church in a flourishing condition.
Ivanhoe Mr. F. S. Dolph recently purchased a new road wagon.

Dean Wells has been severely ill for several days, but is now better.

Mr. J. L. Chamberlain started last week on a trip to Vermont to visit his parents.

The Band of Hope has reorganized and commened work under the leadership of Miss Floy Bryant.

James Beck, wife and daughter Edith, of Gurnee, called at Mr. F. M. Smith's one day last week.

Miss Kate Decker has closed her school at Hainesville and Mr. Martin Decker his at Grayslake, each for a short vacation.





From the Lake County Independent,
26 March 1897
100 Years Ago
Front Page In Memory of Newell Hunt

It is with sorrow we are called upon to chronicle the death of one of our most esteemed and valuable citizens. Death, the grim monster, is all its terrors ahs appeared abain at the home and removed the husband and father of a once ahppy family, thus severing the fond ties and breaking up the happy home. Mr. Newall Hunt, the deceased, has resided in our midst about twelve years, in which time he has occupied a position of trust and by his honesty and integrity has proved himself to be an honest and exemplary man. In all his dealings he was strictly honest and fair, a good neighbor, whom it would be wise to wise to emulate and profit by his example. At home he was a kind husband and father, where he will be greatly missed. He leaves a wife and three children.

The funeral services were held at the Diamond Lake church, conducted by Rev. Mr. Cookman, of Rockefller. The text was taken from the 4th chapter, 12th verse of teh book of Amos, "Prepare to Meet Thy God." The sermon was wonderfully delivered and will long be remembered by those who heard it. The remains were laid to rest in the Diamond Lake cemetery, by the side of his little twin boy who was buried there about a year ago. On account of the great distance, also the sickness of some of his people, but few were able to attend the funeral.

Deceased was born at Hawley, Franklin Co., Mass., in the year 1843, died March 12, 1897, aged 53 years, 5 months, 11 days.
Rockefeller Mr. J. E. Holcomb and little Dorothy were Waukegan visitors last week.

Miss Grace Smith, of Grayslake, visited her aunt Mrs. E. G. Payne the first of the week.

Dr. Travis reports an increase of two in the population of this vicinity since last week, a new son at Henry Kane's, and a daughter at Fred L. Madlaines.

Mr. Fargo's family moved last week from the Norton house in with G. W. Myrick's family, that Mrs. Fargo might assume care of her mother, Mrs. Myrick, who is in poor health.

Miss McBride, one of the Rockefeller teachers, recently received a diploma from the managers of the Illinois Teachers' Reading Circle, having completed a three years' course of reading. A progressive teacher is the secret of a good school.

John Fathers and family from Wisconsin have leased the rooms over the hardware store and will arrive in a few days. Mr. Fathers is a barber, just what our town is greatly in need of at present. He comes highly recommended as a clean, straight-forward man.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo Harden went to Rockford last Friday to visit their daughter, Mrs. Wilson. Mr. Harden returned the first of the week, but Mrs. harden will remain a few days longer. Miss Lottie Harden will superintend Hotel Harden during her aunt's absence.
Ivanhoe Miss Thirza Simpson starts for Montana in a few weeks for the benefit of her health.

The invitations are out for the fifth anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. James Davis.

Harry Payne visited Antioch last Friday.





From the Lake County Independent,
2 April 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Mr. Albrecht moved in our village the first part of the week.

Miss Ida Brown, of Waukegan, is at present visiting her brother and family.

Geo. F. Carle is spending a few days at his future home in Albany, Wis.

Frank Cronkhite was the victim of a pleasant surprise Monday evening. Games were indulged in. Refreshments were served and a royal good time is reported.

On Tuesday morning J. Porteious, Robert Loucks, Lester Burdick and Bert Swan started for Fox River on a hunting expedition. They started out with great expectations.

Mr. Lyle Gorham who is attending school at Beloit, Wis., is at home for a short vacation, on his return he will be accompanied by Frank Cronkhite who intends to enter school at that place.
Official Ballot - Town of Fremont Election, Tuesday, April 6, 1897
H.C. Payne, Town Clerk

People's Ticket
For Supervisor, C. P. Thomas
For Town Clerk, H. C. Payne
For Assessor, A. G. Fisher
For Collector, Frank Dolph
For Commissioner of Highways, Andrew Wagner
For Justices of the Peace, E. G. Payne, C.P. Thomas
For Constables, Asa Joice, John Wirtz
For School Trustee, Ira Smith

Independent Ticket
For Commissioner of Highways, F. P. Davis.





From the Lake County Independent,
9 April 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Gorham entertained a niece from Chicago recently.

Mr. Ed Jones and wife, of Gilmer, spent Sunday at the home of Mrs. Kublank.

Mrs. Jessie Lill, of Chicago, made her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Rouse, a short visit recently.

Dr. Armstrong and wife, formerly of Lake Co., but now of Little Falls, N.Y., visited J. H. Cronkhite and other friends here recently. They were on their way to Long Pine, Nebraska, to visit their sons.

Our town seems somewhat deserted since a number of our young men took their departure. Monday Geo. Harden, Lyle Gorham and Frank Cronkhite started for Beloit, Wis., and Irving Payne and Lester Burdick for Chicago. We hope each one will meet with the best of success.





From the Lake County Independent,
16 April 1897
100 Years Ago
Town Elections Fremont
Supervisor.................C. P. Thomas
Town Clerk.................H. C. Payne
Assessor...................A. G. Fisher
Collector...................Frank Dolph
Highway Commissioner.......Andrew Wagner
Justices of the Peace........E. G. Payne, C.P. Thomas
Constables...................Asa Joice, John Wirtz
School Trustee.............................Ira Smith
Rockefeller Mrs. C. M. Gorham is entertaining a sister at present.

Mrs. Specht visited relatives at Diamond Lake first of the week.

Miss Grace christopher, of Bessemer, Mich., is visiting her sister, Mrs. Dr. Ewing at present writing.

Peter Litchfield was called to Long Grove first part of the week by the illness of his brother-in-law, Mr. Bees, whose death occurred Tuesday.

At the next meeting of Diamond Lake Camp M.W. of A., Chas. Quiller, Rob't Nicholey, Geo. Broxam and Park Bartlet will be conducted throught the initial ceremonies. The "Goat" will be a sore, tired beast when the work is finished, no doubt.
Ivanhoe Opal Smith is quite ill.

Mr. Wells, of Chicago, is visiting his sister Mrs. Skinner.

Little Bertha Kuebker celebrated her birthday by entertaining a few of her friends one evening last week.

A large company of ladies were entertained at a quilting given by Mrs. J. Chamberlain last Thursday. All enjoyed themselves.





From the Lake County Independent,
23 April 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Mrs. Will Feddler and son Arthur spent Saturday at Barrington.

Mr. Frank Shaddle and family, of Leithton, visited relatives here Sunday also attended chruch.

On Monday last Byron Smith moved his family and household goods to Waukegan where they will make their future home.

Mrs. Laura Kane has moved into part of the rooms over the hardware store where she intends to make her home the coming season.
Fremont Center School opened April 7th with Miss Jessie Beck at teacher.

L. J. Lyon and family spent Wednesday visiting relatives in Waukegan.

Frank Flary visited friends in Volo last Saturday night.





From the Lake County Independent,
30 April 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Miss Mary Litchfield was in Barrington Wednesday.

W. L. Rich and Prof. Elskamp were in Chicago Sunday.

Henry Coudrey returned last Saturday from a visit with relatives at Greenfield, Ill.

On Monday of this week Mrs. H. L. Burdick started for Valparaiso, Ind., to visit her daughter, Mrs. Dean Aynsley.

Mr. Will Feddeler has gone to the city where he will be employed for a short time by a relative who is manager of a large restaurant.





From the Lake County Independent,
7 May 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Grandpa Aynsely, of Diamond Lake, was here Tuesday.

Mrs. D. Kramer expects to move to Chicago in the near future.

Rev. Mr. Buch has accepted the call of the Congregational church, and will be our new pastor. We welcome him to our town and wish him unlimited success.

A team belonging to Mr. Redmond took a notion to run away the other day and started around the block a swift gait. What might hve resulted in a general smash-up was prevented by the quick action of our village smithy. Tony seemed to have more speed than the horses.
Diamond Lake W. Lempke has employed E. Blows to build a new porch.

Mr. Einsmann, our blacksmith, is doing a rushing business.

Mrs. Eli Coles, of Chicago, is spending a few weeks with her aunt, Mrs. H. Bartlett.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ost entertained a few friends one day and evening last week. All enjoyed a fine time.





From the Lake County Independent,
14 May 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Frank Bock and family, of Prairie View, spent Sunday here.

Herman Kublank will make a trip to Iowa next week to visit friends and relatives.

Mark Andrews of Diamond Lake, has been painting John Aynsely's place the present week.

Mrs. R. Doolittle has been entertaining her cousin, Mrs. Hurlburt, of Chicago, this week.

Mrs. J. H. Cronkhite visited her sister-in-law, Mrs. Bartlett, of Evanston, the first of the week.

Wm. Litchfield made a trip to Chicago overland last Thursday and sends back word that he will remain there, having secured at desirable position.

Rev. Buck, our new pastor, moved into the parsonage this week. Mr. Buck comes well recommended by Chicago admirers, and is meeting meeting with good success here.
Diamond Lake Miss Stella Maxham has a new wheel and can ride it too.

Mrs. Will Cooper and sister Tillie were Chicago visitors Monday.

Mr. Fred Grovenor, mother and sister, of Wauconda, called on friends near this place Sunday.

Our people are getting ready to accommodate the summer boarders who yearly infest this village.

Mark Andrews and his partner Mott Ray, are painting at Rockefeller. They have considerable work on hand.

Our ladies are invited to a quilting at Mary Blows on Tuesday. The quilt is to be a present to Mrs. Ernest Blows, it being the first anniversary of her wedding day.

Mr. Frank Ray and two sons, of Lake Forest, "wheeled" to Diamond Lake Sunday, and we are informed Frank had to walk home, owing to a punctured tire.

Our creamery is in fine running order, doing a big business. They are making both butter and cheese, which are of a very superior quality. This speaks well for our new cheese maker, who comes highly recommended and has proven himself to be a man thoroughly conversant with his business. He is a favorite here, making hosts of friends by his genial disposition.

After a successful term of eight months, our efficient teacher, Mr. Jean sabin is about to take a vacation and the school will close until sometime in September. It is to be hoped the school management will again secure his services. It has been with great satisfaction the parents have noted the remarkable advancement of their children. Mr. Sabin is an earnest, superior teacher and we believe it would be detrimental to the best interest of our school should a change be made.





From the Lake County Independent,
21 May 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Mrs. A. J. King is quite ill at present.

Henry and Mary Litchfield were in Wauconda last Sunday.

Mr. Bier and wife, formerly of Long Grove, have moved into the rooms over Berghorn's store.

A team belonging to Wm. Gossel were frightened last Saturday by a pair of tame pigeons that alighted on their backs. The team ran away and one of them was quite seriously injured.
Diamond Lake Mrs. Minnie Ost has gone to Nebraska on a visit to her parents.

Mrs. Laura Knae returned to her home at Rockefeller after a protracted visit at Beloit.

Our school closed on Friday last and wound up with a picnic which was held in Bilinski's grove. On account of the weather there were not many in attendance, but a good time is reported. The recitations were by scholars and were listened to with interest, being well rendered. Refreshments were served. Three prizes were awarded, Willie Lemker carrying off the first, Laura Towner the second, Paul Ray the third.

Diamond Lake is becoming a notorious resort. Sunday was the scene of a great deal of confusion. It began to be whispered around Saturday that the man who committed the murderious assualt on the aged Swanton brothers at Lake Forest was working at George Mitchell's. He was partially recognized by Chas. Ray who had known him for several years, but as Charlie had not been near enough to him to be certain it was the right man, he kept rather still until Sunday, when he communicated his belief to Geo. Ost who went to Mitchell's and found the man tallied exactly with the description sent out by the Chief of Police of Lake Forest. Officers at Lake Forest were telegraphed for, who came and found their man milking in the barn. He made no resistance but told the officers they were more nervous about the matter than he was. He was taken back to the scene of his crime. Ost brothers and Chas. Ray will claim the reward offered for his apprehension.





From the Lake County Independent,
28 May 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Geo. Carle is entertaining his father from Wisconsin.

Mrs. Barkett, of Evanston, is visiting at her brother's, J.H. Cronkhite's.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Porteious were made happy by the arrival of a bouncing boy baby.

Dr. Travis was called to Madison, Wis., Monday by the sickness of his father, returning Wednesday.

Mr. Geo. Beasley and family visited relatives and friends at Trevor and Burlington, Wis., the past week, returning Tuesday evening.

Wm. Holzbaur, of Chicago, Chief Engineer for Morgan & Wright Mfg. Co., accompanied Wm. Litchfield from Chicago to this place Monday. Mr. Litchfield was was taken sick while working at Morgan & Wright's and obliged to return home.
Ivanhoe Guy Hubbard has been working for Mr. J. Vickerman.

Mrs. Wm. Radke has a nephew from Chicago visiting her.

Mr. Lewis Radke spent last week in Chicago, visiting relatives.

Miss Emma Coudrey is secured for another year in the Swan school as teacher.

The friends of Mrs. Edgar Miller regret to hear of her death, which occurred last Monday.

Little Gladys Hendee has been visiting her grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Duddles the past few weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vamplew and family wish to express to their many friends their most hearty thanks for the way in which they were remembered in their sore need as a result of the recent loss of their home by fire.





From the Lake County Independent,
4 June 1897
100 Years Ago
Gone to His Reward The untimely demise of Willian Detlof Fredrick Litchfield at the home of his parents in Rockefeller last Monday morning, May 31, was a sad blow to his immediate relatives and numberless friends.

Deceased was a young man of exceptional worth. In his association with the young people he was an examplary companion, cheerful in disposition, chaste in conversation, pure in life and considerate of all. Those who knew him best esteemed him most. His love for brothers and sisters was unselfish, always ready to do the utmost of his ability every thing in his power for the happiness of his loved ones.

He leaves surviving him a father, mother, four brothers and two sisters, all of whom were with hime when the end came.

Deceased was born at Fairfield this county, Mune 18, 1879, being but eighteen years of age at the time of his death. He was received into the German Lutheran church March 18, 1894. May 19, 1896 he joined Lodge No. 795, I.O.G.T. of Rockefeller and last April he united with the Y.P.S.C.E. of the Congregational church at Rockefeller.

He had been employed with the Western Electric Company, of Chicago but two weeks when he was obliged to give up his position on account of sickness, returning to his home May 26, where he grew rapidly worse until the end came.

Funeral services were held at the Union church, Libertyville, Wednesday afternoon, Revs. Sauer, of Waukegan and Buck, of Rockefeller, officiating, interment being in Lakeside Cemetery. Both the Libertyville and Rockefeller I.O.G.T. lodges attended the funeral in a body and the many beautiful flowers laid on and about the coffin by loving and sorrowing Good Templars attested the high esteem in which they regarded their departed brother.
Rockefeller Dr. Anderson, of Chicago, visited at Mr. Holcomb's Sunday.

Mrs. Lange, of Chicago, an aunt of W. Litchfield, deceased, spent the past week here.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Skinner returned from their honeymoon Saturday and are at home in Mrs. Shaddle's house.

Wedensday, June 2, occurred the funeral of W. Litchfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Litchfield of this place. The deceased was a young man who was honored and respected by all who knew him and his sudden death was a severe shock to his many friends and relatives. The remains were interred in Lakeside cemetery, Libertyville, where a large gathering of friends witnessed the ceremony.
Diamond Lake Mrs. Ost and daughter Lizzie were out from the city Wednesday.

The quilting party at Mrs. Mitchell's was a success, and a good time is reported.

Miss Lill Rouse received a wheel and is happy accordingly.

Mrs. Wm. Einsman and sister Miss Beck have returned from an extended trip to Iowa.

Mr. and Mrs. H. Ost moved to Gilmer this week where Mr. Ost will run the factory.

Walter Darby has started a bicycle repair shop here. He will do well at there are many wheelmen pass this way.





From the Lake County Independent,
11 June 1897
100 Years Ago
Front Page Stricken by Death

David Griffiths, of Diamond Lake, an old and respected resident of this county suffered an attack of paralysis of the heart last Friday, which resulted fatally. Mr. Griffiths was transacting business at the Westerfield farm, south of Libertyville, when he was suddenly stricken down. Deceased was sixty-seven years of age. He was born in Pembrock Shire, South Wales, in 1830, and came to America in 1851, settling in Conneticut, where he married Miss Martha Wilson, in 1852, later moving to Janesville, Wis., where he resided until the death of his beloved wife, October 9, 1864, when he moved to Diamond Lake, where he has since resided. Deceased leaves to mourn their loss four sons and two daughters.
Rockefeller Jno. Knigge, of Palatine, was here Sunday.

Geo. Beasely has gone to Montana on his annual wool buying trip.

Mr. and Mrs. Booth, of Trevor, Wis., visited at Mrs. Geo. Beasley's this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Will Knigge also Mrs. Hershberger and daughter Cora attended church at Long Grove last Sunday.

Mr. Henry Feddler, of Morgan Park, visited his uncle Peter Litchfield and friends here last week returning home Sunday evening.

Mrs. Fred Shaddle, nee Grace Cronkhite, accompanied by Mrs. McKnowlton, of Ford River, Mich., arrived here Wednesday afternoon after a pleasant trip on Lake Michigan to Chicago and will remain a short time with Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Cronkhite.
Diamond Lake Mr. H. S. Goodman is spending a few days with his family.

The cheese factory has been thouroghly cleaned and repaired inside and presents a better appearance.

The sudden death of Mr. Griffis was a sad blow to his relatives and many friends. He was a man much thought of and held in high esteem, and he will be sadly missed in our neighborhood.

The Ladies' Cemetery Association met last Thursday with Mrs. Geo. Ost at the home of her daughter Mrs. Mitchell. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
Mrs. J. Allison, President
Mrs. G. Mitchell, Vice President
Mrs. R. Lill, Treasurer
Mrs. Ernest Blows, Secretary
The next meeting will be held the first Thursday of July at the home of Mrs. John Gossweiller.
Ivanhoe Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dolph, a boy.

Miss Ella Davis has returned from her trip to California.

Mrs. Ida Bliss Green is visiting her sister, Mrs. Chas. Lusk.

The Ivanhoe base ball nine will play at Millburn next Saturday afternoon.





From the Lake County Independent,
18 June 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Bicycling is all the rage nowadays.

Bertie Harden is the proud owner of a new bicycle.

Mrs. Harden and Lottie were Chicago visitors Tuesday.

Rev. Spangler, of Ivanhoe, was a pleasant caller in our town Monday.

Mrs. Nelson Gordon has returned to Chicago after a short visit with her parents.

Fred and Eddie Feddler, of Wauconda, were here Sunday visiting relatives.

Tony King played ball with the Everetts last Sunday and hasn't felt well since.
Ivanhoe Annie Dorfler is staying with Mrs. J. J. Porteious, of Rockefeller.

Alice Smith and Emma Coudry have gone to Valparaiso to attend school this summer.

John Bensenger, of Wadsworth, made a short call on relatives in this place last week.

Miss Jessie Beck, of Fremont Center, visited her cousin, Nellie Hawkings, the first of the week.

The C.E. Society elected the following officers for the ensuing six months:
Asa Joice, President
Richard Duddles, Vice President
Nellie Hawkins, Rec. Sec.
Cora Dean, Cor. Sec.
Vernon VanPlew, Treas.
Diamond Lake Mr. Gieskie's brother has been visiting him.

Mrs. Duddles, of Chicago, spent a few days with her sister, Mrs. Bartlett.

The president of the Ladies' Cemetery Association has called a special meeting for Saturday, June 19, at 2:30 p.m., at the home of Mrs. Einsman, for the purpose of talking over the advisability of purchasing a lawn mower for the cemetery and of holding a social.





From the Lake County Independent,
25 June 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Laura Jones is visiting in Chicago and Naperville.

Mrs. Conver from Iowa is visiting her cousin Mr. Jas. Norton and family.

Mrs. Geo. Beasley and daughter May visited in Trevor a few days last week.

Mrs. Geo. Brown from Waukegan visited a few days with her son Frank.

Mrs. Herschberger is entertaining her sister Mrs. D. Hideman from Elmhurst.

Mrs. Oaron Shoop from Racine, Wis., visited her neice Mrs. L. H. Litchfield last Sunday.
Ivanhoe Mr. L. Titus has a large barn raising last Saturday afternoon.

Howard Beach is home from Beloit where he was attending school.

Miss Hattie Brainard has returned from Evanston, where she was attending school.

Mr. August Wirtz presented his daughter Lizzie a fine bed room set which he purchased in Chicago last week.

Mr. Fred Wirtz was injured by being struck by lightning. Mr. John Wirtz and his sister went immediately to Chicago, finding him better than they had feared. Although injured he will soon be on duty again.

Miss Ella Davis is visiting at the old homestead. She returned from California a short time ago and is now in good health. The trip was very beneficial to her.
Diamond Lake Mrs. Will Rouse is reported on the sick list.

C. R. Hunt made a trip to Wisconsin on his wheel a few days ago.

F. Geiske entertained a brother from Barrington last Sunday.

The birthday parties given in honor of Master Ralph Rouse and Miss Belle Hunt were a decided success. Both were the recipients of many beautiful presents.
Fort Hill C. D. Smith, of Lancaster, Ohio, called on his brother last Thursday.

The Fort Hill church was struck by lightning which tore a hole through one side about four feet wide last Wednesday evening.

The lost acre of land cannot be found. It must have strayed or been stolen, perhaps both. We think by the stakes left sticking in the center of the road at several different places that the public highway must have changed hands.





From the Lake County Independent,
2 July 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Buy firecrackers at Carle's.

Mrs. Specht is in Palatine visiting relatives.

Henry VanHorn is having his house painted. Wm. Feddler is doing the work.

Mrs. Herschberger has been on the sick list but is better at present.

The depot was broken into last Thursday night and two valises taken by the miscreants. C. F. Nulta, of Leithton was returning home from lodge and probably frightened the burglars who dropped their plunder on the track. Mr. Nulta's car struck one of the valises and he picked them up and brought them back. No other property in the station was molested.
Ivanhoe Miss Laura Dean, of Chicago, is visiting at Mrs. E. D. Dean's.

Mr. Frank Smith and daughter Pearl called on friends at Wauconda last Friday.

Mr. Charles dorfler was severely injured Monday afternoon while shoeing a horse.
Diamond Lake Mrs. Geo. Ost is expected home from Nebraska the fore part of the week.

Mrs. Geo. Mitchell is visiting friends in the city. In the mean time, George is learning to ride a wheel.

Our ice cream and strawberry social turned out to be a great success and a goodly sum was realized, amounting to nearly $25, which will make quite an addition to the cemetery fund. The ladies of the Cemetery Association wish to return sincere thanks for the kindness shown them by Mr. and Mrs. Lemker, who gave the use of their lawn, also to all others who helped to make the social a success.
Leithton Mr. Harry C. Wilson and wife, of Chicago, were visiting the former's parents last Sunday.

Mr. J. Gunther and wife, of Chicago, were the guests of Mrs. Joe Wilson and family last Sunday.

Our night operator is the proud possessor of a large mastiff dog, which he has for his protection during the lonely hours of the night.

Mr. E. J. Sabin, school teacher at Diamond Lake, has gone into the agricultural trade. No doubt he can give his scholars a few points on botany when school commences.

The depot at Rockefeller was broken into last Thursday night and three pieces of express were stolen. The goods were recovered by C.F. Nulta who met the intruders about half a mile south of Rockefeller. When they caught sight of hime they abandoned their stolen property and took to their heels.





From the Lake County Independent,
9 July 1897
100 Years Ago
Front Page A Golden Wedding Surprise

Mr. and Mrs. Anton Ingrish, aged respectively seventy six and seventy four years, but still a hale and hearty old couple were married in Austria fifty years ago, since which time God has blessed their lives abundantly. They came to America about twenty-seven years ago and now enjoy the fruit of their labors. Children and grand-children to the number of thirty-four, nineteen of whome came from Chicago, assembled at the home of Eugene Hendee Sunday, June 27, '97, the fiftieth anniversary, and went in a body to the home of Joe Ingrish where this happy old couple reside with a son. Here they feasted and held a grand family reunion which the eighteen grandchildren and all others present will long remember with pleasure. Mr. and Mrs. Ingrish are highly respected and prosperous. Their sons and daughters were present at follows:

Joseph Ingrish, the eldest of Fremont; Mrs. Thoms, of Chicago; Mrs. E. E. Hendee, Grayslake; Frank and John Ingrish, from Chicago and daughter, Mrs. Howard Mason, of Libertyville, also the widow of the son Fred Ingrish. These with their families made a happy company. Gifts in gold coin to the amount of eighty-five dollars were presented besides many articles useful and beautiful.

By previous arrangement A. B. Lewis, the photographer, was there and took a handsome group picture of the large family. May peace attend them for many years yet to come.
Rockefeller Mrs. H. Burdick is entertaining two nieces from Chicago.

Miss Lottie McBride is spending a few days at Milwaukee.

Miss Gertie Carle spent the glorious Fourth at her old home, Albany, Wis.

John Evans spent the Fourth with friends and relatives in Wisconsin.

Mrs. Chamberlain, of Waupaca, Wis., has returned home after spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Buck over the 4th.





From the Lake County Independent,
16 July 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Mrs. Will Porteous, who has been very sick is slowly improving.

John Cronkhite returned Wednesday from a visit with relatives and friends in New York state.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shaddles left Saturday for their home in Ford River, Mich., after visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Cronkhite.

Mrs. Herschberger and daughter Mildred boarded the train Saturday to spend a few days with her sister at Almhurst. Mrs. Specht has charge of the house during her absence.

Minnie J. Osgood, formerly of Ivanhoe, died at Chicago hospital Thursday, July 8. Brief services were held at the residence of Dr. G. A. Freeman, 4438 Berkeley Ave., Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Was buried at Ivanhoe cemetery.
Ivanhoe House wives are very busy putting up fruit these days.

The intense heat last week caused considerable sickness.

Mr. James Swan is working on their old farm now owned by Mr. Henry Grabbe.

The funeral of Miss Minnie Osgood was held here last Sunday. The friends and relatives from Waukegan and Chicago were out to attend her burial.

Mr. Chas. Beckwith's colts took a run while the driver shut the gate. The horses ran into Mr. Wirtz's corn crib and one fell down. They were caught without much damage being done.
Leithton Mr. Jay Allanson and son were in Chicago last Friday.

Last Thursday it was 107 in the shade. Terrible heat.

Miss Grace Lill, of Elgin, is visiting at her parents' this week.

The next attraction will be the Woodman picnic at Diamond Lake, then the Lake County Fair at Libertyville.





From the Lake County Independent,
23 July 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Miss Clara Keyes, of Deerfield, is visiting Laura Jonas this week.

Mr. Wilson, of Rockford, spent Tuesday evening with his father-in-law Geo. Harden.

C. Dressen is expecting his son William, of Waupaca, Wis., to spend a few days here soon.

Ed. Heideman, of Elmhurst, spent Sunday and Monday with friends and relatives in this vicinity.

Mrs. Fargo and son Claude, departed last Friday for Lake Geneva, where they will join friends and enjoy a short period of "camping out."

Geo. M. Beasely, looking tanned and healthy, returned Tuesday evening from a two months sojourn in Montana, where he has been engaged in the wood buying industry.

Mrs. J. H. Cronkhite accompanied by her son Frank and daughter Anna May, left Tuesday morning for DesPlaines where they will attend camp meeting for a couple of weeks.

Will Jost started on a trip to Chicago awheel Monday morning, but meeting with an accident in the way of breaking a pedal at Half Day, returned home - so it goes.
Ivanhoe Mr. Averill is spending his vacation at his home in Michigan.

Mr. Spangler, our pastor is enjoying a two week's vacation at present.

Mr. Kuebker and family visited his brother at Grayslake last Sunday.

Mrs. Farnsworth, of Mayfair, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Chamberlain.

Mr. and Mrs. herbert Chamberlain have gone to his old home in Vermont.

A number of the young people are taking vocal lessons of Mr. Ben Davis.

Ada and Fannie Butterfield, of Belvidere, have been visiting at Mrs. Dean's.

Anthony Putnam's brother, of Kansas, sister-in-law, of Palatine, and niece, of Chicago, have been visiting him the last few weeks.
Leithton Charles F. Nulta spent last Sunday in Waukesha.

Miss Alma Westerman, of Aptakisic, was the guest of Miss Mattie Lill last Wednesday.

Mr. Mw. Mitchell, of Chicago, was a guest of his brother George at Diamond Lake last Thursday.

Miss Emma Rose, accompanied by her cousin, Miss Ida Kruckman returned to her home in Kenosha, Wis., last Thursday.
Diamond Lake Mrs. Ost, of Chicago, is staying with her daughter Mrs. Mitchell.

Misses Mable and Rena Broxham are the happy possessors of new wheels.

Joe Broxham expects to go to Chicago in the near future to accept a position there.

The Diamond Lake and Chicago ball score was 26 to 6 in favor of Diamond Lake.





From the Lake County Independent,
20 July 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller C. E. Burns has secured the contract to paint the new hotel.

Mr. and Mrs. L. Bryant, of Ivanhoe, visited at Mrs. E. B. Harden's last Sunday.

Frank Lange returned to Chicago Monday morning after a short visit with friends and relatives.

Mrs. Geo. M. Beasley has purchased a new wheel and is now added to the long list of riders in this town.

Mrs. Beasely left Thursday for a short visit with her parents at Trevor, Wis., while Geo. M. is away on a sheep buying expedition.

Lester Burdick and Miss Fannie Cooper left Saturday morning on their wheels for East Troy, Wis., where they will visit friends for a few days.
Diamond Lake The second Ivanhoe base-ball nine are proud of their victory over the Wauconda's on Saturday last.

A number of the G.A.R. men and others attended the exercises at the unveiling of the Logan Monument in Chicago last week.

On last Saturday evening occured one of the most pleasant and well arranged parties ever held in Ivanhoe, the occasion being the birthday of Mr. J.L. Chamberlain, he being made the victim of an enjoyable surprise. The lawn was very beautifully trimed with flowers and Japanese lanterns. Guests were present from Montrose, Mrs. J. B. Farnsworth, of Chicago, besides nearly a hundred from this neighborhood. An excellent lunch, consisting of ice-cream, several kinds of cakes and quantities of fruit sent from the city, was served to all. Every one spent a very pleasant evening and as they returned to their homes wished Mr. Chamberlain many happy birthdays.
Leithton Robt. Lill and family spent last Thursday at Lake Villa.

Geo. Mitchell, of Diamond Lake, took the train here last Friday for Chicago.

Miss Maud Pedgrift, of Chicago, came out on her wheel last Saturday to join here sister who is visiting at Robt. Lill's.





From the Lake County Independent,
6 August 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Henry Burdick was called to Chicago last Saturday to visit his brother who is quite ill.

Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Porteous spent Sunday at Libertyville with Mrs. Porteous's parents.

Mrs. W. H. Knigge and daughter, Mrs. DeWalt Kramer were Chicago visitors Tuesday. Mrs. Kramer will remain there.

Rev. Geo. Buck, Lyle Gorham, Frank Cronkhite and Lester Burdick left on their wheels Monday night for DesPlaines to attend camp meeting, returning the next morning.

Mrs. L. H. Litchfield is entertaining her mother Mrs. John Gleason, of Ida Grove, Iowa. Mrs. Gleason, daughter, Mrs. Fred Brasted and husband arrived here Friday and surprised Mrs. Litchfield most pleasantly. Mr. and Mrs. Brasted left Monday for Findley Lake, N.Y.
Ivanhoe Chas. Woolridge has had a little set back but is now on the gain again.

Mrs. A. Smith and her dauther Theo visited Mrs. J. Dykes last Thursday.

There will be two weddings this week. We are glad to have a little surprising news. Look out for a charivari or two here.

Albert Ritta and Miss Bertha Ward took in Chicago last Saturday and in the evening drove to Waukegan returning home Monday with his bride.

Miss Jean Goudy returned to her home in Minnesota Thursday after spending a few days with her aunt, Mrs. Chas. Beckwith and family.





From the Lake County Independent,
13 August 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Mr. Booth, of Trevor, is visiting at Geo. M. Beasley's.

Mr. Peter Litchfield and son Herman were Chicago visitors last Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Morse, of Libertyville, visited at W. R. Morse's Tuesday.

Mrs. B. F. Simshuser, of Chicago, is visiting her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Geo Buck.

C.N. Durand the heavy-weight attorney, of Chicago, formerly of Libertyville, was here Wednesday attending to business in our court.

Wm. Dreseen who has been spending a few days here with his father C. Dressen returned to Waupaca, Wis., last Thursday where he is engaged by the Wis. Cent. Ry. as operator and agent.

Mrs. Geo. M. Beasley who is spending the summer with her parents at Trevor, is here for a few days to look after her possessions in this burg, and willthen return to visit friends and relatives at Burlington, Trevor and Antioch.
Leithton Wm. Taylor, of Elgin, is visiting at his uncle's, Robt. Lill.

The Ladies' Cemetery Association met at the home of Mrs. H. Coon last Thursday.

John Dockery, wife and sister called on the former's brother T.J. Dockery last Sunday.

Miss Ida Kruckman accompanied by her cousin Miss Alma Bimeman returned from her two weeks' visit at Kenosha, Wis., last Thursday.

Misses Erma and Verra Elliot accompanied by their friend, Miss Clara Bowles, of South Bend, Indiana, are on a month's visit at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. Coon, south of town.





From the Lake County Independent,
20 August 1897
100 Years Ago
Front Page A Sad Death

From The Osage Orange published at Osage, Iowa, we clip the following account of the terrible fate of an old Lake County resident. The deceased was a brother of Mrs. Harry Blows, of Diamond Lake, Ill.

On Thursday morning this community was horrified to learn that Mr. W. B. Pelton had been crushed to the earth by a vicious bull and so terribly mangled that he could not possibly live. It seems that he had gone tout as usual to drive up the cows in the morning and not returning as soon as usual the hired man went out to learn the cause. He soon saw the cattle standing around in a circle and knew something was wrong. Hastening to the spot he saw Mr. Pelton prostrate upon the ground and the mad bull over him. He drove the bull away and thought that Mr. Pelton was dead. Strange to say the injured man was still living and was able to tell what had happened. He was driving u the cows as usual and the bull was following, pawing up the ground and bellowing as if very angry. Mr. Pelton thought nothing of this, but at a moment when he was not observing what was going on the bull made a rush for him and crushed him to the earth. Mr. Pelton was practically helpless, but he fought heroically for his life and no one will ever know the terrible struggle that followed. When he was found, he realized that he could not possibly live and asked to be permitted to die there where he was lying. Tender hands carried him to his home and a physician was hurriedly summoned. It was too evident that nothing could be done and that the end was near. He died on the afternoon of the day he was injured, Aug. 5th.

Mr. Pelton was born at Libertyville, Ill., Aug. 28th, 1842. He grew to manhood in his native state and on the first day of January 1868, he was united in marriage to Mary Hall, who was a resident of Half Day, Ill. Six children were the fruit of the marriage, four of whom are still living. Mr. Pelton came to Iowa 1870 and for twenty-seven years was closely identified with the interests of Mitchell County. He was one one of her honored citizens. He had an extensive acquaintance and was known as a straightforward, honest, upright man in all his business affairs. From 1886 to 1892 he was county treasurer and was recognized as an honest, efficient public official. Since retiring from public life Mr. Pelton lived on his farm west of Osage. He was a man who loved his family and was willing to make any sacrifice for their comfort. He was kind and considerate of the feelings of others. He was a useful citizen. In the awful tragedy that resulted in his death he bore himself with heroic fortitude. He was more thoughtful about others than of himself. The funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon under the direction of Rev. W.W. Grist, the attendance being very large. He was buried by the Masonic Order, the Sir Knights acting as escort.
Rockefeller Mrs. C. Hapke, of Chicago, is visiting at her mother's, Mrs. Kublank.

Mrs. C. M. Gorham returned Tuesday morning from a week's visit with relatives in Iowa.

Ed Jones and family, of Oshkesh, Wis., who have been visiting friends here and at Libertyville, went to Chicago Wednesday to spend a few days, after which they will return home.

Frank Cronkhite, E. E. Hoehne, and Will Knigge, started on a century run Wednesday. Mr. Cronkhite finished the hundred miles, but his companions threw up the sponge after the first fifty miles.
Diamond Lake Herman Brookman is entertaining Mr. and Mrs. Bilson, of Ravenswood, this week.

Earnest Blows has lately invested in a new turn out consisteing of a flyer of the Maud S. Style, and an elegant buggy. Prosperity seems to be coming to Diamond Lake.

Mrs. Harry Blows was called to Osage, Iowa, last Friday by the terrible death of her brother, W. B. Pelton, who was an old Lake County residsent. In antoher column will be found an account of the awful death, copied from The Osage Sun .

When Marky Andrews and Fred Towner meet on the street each smiles upon the other in a most pleasant manner not that they are pleased to see each other, but the thought of having a new girl baby at their respective homes, causes them to go on their way rejoicing and looking upon the brigher side of life.





From the Lake County Independent,
27 August 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Sheriff Geo. Brown was here this week.

Ed Ritzenthaler left here Tuesday for Lansing, Mich.

Lyle Gorham has gone to visit friends and relatives in Iowa.

Wm. D. Litchfield and daughter, of Long Grove, visited relatives here last Sunday.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Litchfield, a girl baby, Tuesday, Aug. 24. Lewis is happy accordingly.

Fred Brasted has returned to Ida Grove, Iowa, after spending a few days with relatives here. Mrs. Brasted and mother will leave Monday.

Mr. Summers, of the Cottage Organ Company, of Chicago, accompanied by his wife, came out from the city on their wheels a few days ago to spend a few days at Diamond Lake. While on the road Mrs. Summers had a fall from her wheel, and during the remainder of the trip to this place complained that she felt quite sick. After arriving here it was discovered that one of the large bone hairpins she wore had penetrated her scalp, and it was necessary for her to spend a few days at the Central hotel under a physician's care.
Leithton School commences next Monday.

Mrs. Mary Allanson done shopping in Chicago last Wednesday.

Wm. Pocklington, of Evanston, was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Lill last Friday and Saturday.

John Murphy and wife, of Wauconda, were visiting the former's brother-in-law, H. Coon and family last Thursday and Friday.

Frank Shaddle and family left for an extended visit at Fort River, Michigan, last week to visit the former's brother at that place.

Misses Erma and Verra Elliot who have been visiting their aunt Mrs. H. Coon left for their home at South Bend, Indiana, last Thursday. They were well pleased with their visit and made a number of friends while here and when the flowers bloom again we hope to see them back.





From the Lake County Independent,
3 September 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Mr. and Mrs. Bier spent Sunday with parents at Long Grove.

Miss Mary Litchfield is entertaining Miss Olga Steffin, of Chicago.

Lyle Gorham returned home Tuesday after a few weeks visit with relatives in Iowa.

Mrs. Huburt and daughter, of Chicago, returned home Saturday after a pleasant visit with relatives here.

Mrs. Herschberger and daughter Mildred returned home last Sunday afternoon from a seven week's visit at Alhurst, Palatine and Long Grove.

Mrs. B. T. Simshauser and daughter Marion who has been visiting at the home of her parents Rev. and Mrs. Geo. J. Buck, returned to her home in Chicago last Wednesday evening.

The playmates of Miss Marion A. Simshauser gave her a surprise party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Buck last Tuesday evening. Those present were:
Misses Lottie Fargo, Laura Gorham, Lauella and Mildred Herschberger and Master Claude Fargo, Arthur Berghorn, Bertie Harden and Bernard Swan. The evening passed all too quick and will be remembered with pleasure by all especiallly by Marion as she was taken completely by surprise.
Ivanhoe Miss Sarah Joice is taking orders for carpet stretchers.

Mrs. Helen Radke and her three little children are visiting relatives here.

Mrs. Mary Proctor who has been visiting relatives and friends here expects to return to her home in Springfield next month.





From the Lake County Independent,
10 September 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Fred Meyer, of Chicago, is visiting at Henry Kublank's.

Jno Knigge who has been working at Palatine is stopping here with his sister Mrs. Herschberger at present.

The annual election of officers of the Congregational church Wednesday evening Sept. 1st resulted as follows:
Trustee, Geo. Harden
Treasurer, C. M. Gorham
Clerk, Wm. Berghorn
Sunday School Supt., J. H. Cronkhite
Sunday School organist, Gertie Morse
Sunday School treasurer, Effie Berghorn

While men were working in the gravel pit half mile south of here last Friday one of the banks caved in and what might have proved a fatal accident was by chance averted. Three men, Claude Dressen, Fred Stuckles and Joe King were under the bank. Dressen and Stuckle wer only partly covered and managed to crawl out. As Stuckle extricated himself from the gravel he felt the form of Joe King and as soon as possible the men shoveled the body out and probably were not any too quick about it, as they are sure that in one minute more the boy would have been smothered.
Ivanhoe George Radke is having his house painted.

The ball game between Ivanhoe and Millburn on Saturday resulted in victory for Millburn.

The horse sheds at the church are to be moved this week to the back of the church lot, which will greatly improve the looks of the church as well as the cemetery.

Miss Emma Coudrey commenced her school in the Swan district this week. Their school house has been repaired by putting down a hardwood floor and a new porch built and painted. Frank Fritsch painter.

Elisha Proctor returned from the north with a fine car load of cows last week.
Diamond Lake Mrs. Ernest Blows visited Chicago two days this week.

Miss Tillie Rouse left Sunday for Waukegan where she will attend school this winter.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ost have moved back to Diamond Lake. At present they are stopping with Mrs. Bartlett.

Mrs. H. S. Goodman was summoned to Sterling, Ill., last week on account of the serious illness of her father.

Miss Beck, of Waterloo, Iowa, who has been visiting her sister Mrs. Einsman has returned to Chicago.

Miss Monrine Bilinski entertained a number of friends last Friday evening at a dance in honor of her 16th birthday.





From the Lake County Independent,
17 September 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Work has been begun on W. L. Rich's house.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Albrecht are entertaining their daughter from Minnesota.

L. Fargo and family are moving into the rooms over the hardware store, which were vacated last week by John Fachers, he having moved back to Wisconsin.
Ivanhoe Miss Etta Grabbe is attending school at Ivanhoe.

Nellie Hawkins is attending school in Waukegan this year.

The cheese factory has lately been improved by the addition of a new smoke stack.

Albert Ritta left these parts rather suddenly last Thursday. He is guilty of no misdemeanor, only, we think, decided to go to Klondyke.

Mrs. Duenbostel has returned to her home in Iowa after spending the greater part of the summer with friends and relatives in Fremont.
Diamond Lake Mrs. Hunt will move to Pleasant Prairie, near her old home.

Boss Arnold has done much to abate the weed nuisance by burning over the right-of-way of the E.J. & E.

Mrs. Goodman returned Friday from Iowa, where she has been caring for her father, who is reported better.

Messrs. Mitchell and Henry Ost have purchased Mr. Gorham's share of the factory stock and will take possession the first of the month. Mr. Gorham has also sold his property at Rockefeller, intending to move to southern California.





From the Lake County Independent,
24 September 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Mr. and Mrs. John Rouse are happy over the arrival of a boy baby.

Mr. A. H. Buck, of Pitsburg, Pa., is visiting his brother, Mr. Geo. J. Buck.

Mrs. W. P. Mainwaring, of Benton Harbor, Mich., is visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. J. Buck.

Our school opened Sept. 6th with an enrollment of fifty-eight scholoars, twenty-nine in each room. Mr. N. H. Welch is principal and Miss Lottie McBride is teacher of the primary and intermediate grades.

A pony belonging to G. W. Myrick was stolen from his barn Tuesday night. Mr. Myrick had only lately purchased the animal from parties in Wauconda. This is the second horse Mr. Myrick has lost during the past five years.
Ivanhoe E. E. Smith has done a fine job painting our church.

The W.C.T.U. will meet with Mrs. Spangler Friday Sept. 24.
Diamond Lake Charles Bilson, of Ravenswood visited his brother-in-law and attended the fair.

Mrs. Nickols and daughter, of Osage, Iowa, is visiting relatives and friends during the week.

Clem Small seems to have been very fortunate with his exhibits at the fair taking eleven premiums, nine being taken on his pure bred Poland China hogs. The list is as follows:
First on boars, one year old; first and second on breeding sows over one year; first on little pigs; first and second on sows under six months; first and second on boars under six months; one first on corn; and two firsts on potatoes, Alexanders and Rural New Yorkers. He also made four sales from hi drove of hogs while at the fair.

On Saturday as our townspeople were about to sit down to their dinner, their attention was attracted by large clouds of flames and smoke rolling up in the direction of Long Grove. It was learned that Long Grove cheese factory was on fire and would soon be a mass of ruin, as no earthly power could save a burning building during the high wind that was then blowing. The factory and adjoining property with three horses, harnesses, etc., were consumed. The owners of the horses are Messrs. Clinsmith, H. Krueger and Geo. Quentin. The total loss is reported to be about $3,000, the insurance about $2,000.
Leithton Work on the new Woodman hall at Diamond Lake has commenced.

Mr. Jas Lill, of Evanston, was the guest of his brother, Robt. Lill during the fair.

Mr. Jno. Kruckman and daughter, Ida, were among Chicago visitors last Thursday.





From the Lake County Independent,
1 October 1897
100 Years Ago

Lake County's Oldest Resident Passes Away

Mary Pomeroy Marsh, nee Wilder, died early the morning of Sept. 24. She was born in Woodstock, Vermont, August 1800. She sprung from good Revolutionary stock, her father Captain Wilder served under Washington leaving his farm as soon as he heard of the firing of Boston. In Dec. 7, 1823, she married Daniel Marsh. He too had been a soldier, having served in the war of 1812. For thirty-three years husband and wife lived together in happy wedlock, making their home in Woodstock, Vermont and in Fremont and Waukegan, Lake Co., Ill. It was in 1836 that they moved to Fremont. Here they worked a farm for nearly twenty years. These were strange days in Fremont, days of privations in hardships. Their home was a log house 18x28. Their nearest Post Office, Chicago. It is said that for several years Daniel Marsh owned the only grindstone in that vicinity. It was always at the service of the neighbors, as was their home at that of weary travelers.

In 1855 they moved to Waukegan where Mr. Marsh died the 30th of April, 1861. For a number of years she ran a hotel in that city. The war found her an ardent patriot, indefatigable in her efforts in the interest of the soldiers. For the last twenty-six years hes made her home with the family of Bryon Colby. Her health had generally been good until the last two years when she was bedridden a large share of the time. During these years she was a great source of care to the family which so lovingly cared for her. But his care was cheerfully born because they loved her. Her's was a kind and sympathetic disposition. The old settlers of the county all remember her as a valuable neighbor, always ready to stand by and help in times of sickness and trouble. She leaves no near relatives except a sister who lives in Waukegan and who though over eighty is said to be as spry as a girl of twenty.

Aunty Marsh's history is the history of a century. She has seen an amount of progress taking place during her life as not one person in ten million is permitted to see. Her childhood was spent in the age of the stage coach, the tallow candle, the log house and home spun. Her later life in the age of the railroad, the bicycle, the factory and the reaper. As a little girl she read her school books and paper (and there were few in those days) in the light of a flickering candle of a blazing log. She rode to the market in an ox cart with wheels made of a cross section of the trunk of a tree. She was dressed in plain home spun, the material sown and reaped, and bleached and broken and spun, much of it perhaps with her own hands. It took longer to go from Boston to New York than it does now to cross the continent. No steamboat ploughed the waters, no engine sped the track. The hum of the factory wheel had begun to be heard in Endland but its sound had not yet reached the Western hemisphere. Gas as electricity had not yet been discovered nor had mother earth yielded of that precious commodity, kerosene. The country for which her husband and father fought played as yet a very insignificant part of the world's powers.

When Galleloe had been forced to recant his proposition that the earth moved, he was heard to say under his breath, "And still she moved." Surely never during the history of humanity has she moved as rapidly as during the century which the life of Auntie Marsh, so nearly spanned. The funeral took place at the Union Church in Libertyville, Rev. G.D. Heuver officiation and the interment was made at Ivanhoe, her body being depositied by the side of her husband's.
Rockefeller Henry Biers has been entertaining his brother during the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Litchfield spent last Saturday at Long Grove with Mrs. Hans Bees.

Rev. E. A. Harris, of Grayslake, will give a magniscope and stereopticon entertainment at the Congregational church next Tuesday evening Oct. 5, under the auspices of the Y.P.S.C.E. society. This is the first entertainment of the kind that has ever come to Rockefeller, and from the accounts given wherever Mr. harris has been, all who attend may expect to spend an evening pleasantly and at the same time receive much valuable instruction. An admission of 25 cents adults, and 15 cents children, will be taken at the door.
Diamond Lake Our town is quite, but Mr. Ost reports that trade is good and that prosperity has returned.

As there has been some inquiry about the new school law, I will give a copy of the first clause:
"Be it enacted etc. That every person having control of any child between the ages of seven (7) and fourteen (14) years shall annually cause such child to attend for at at least sixteen (16) weeks.
Ivanhoe Eugene Smith's sorghum ill is in full operation at the old stand west of town.

The Ladies' Cemetery Association will meet with Mrs. Delos Ames on Thursday, Oct. 7.





From the Lake County Independent,
15 October 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Miss Una Ames spent a few days in Chicago last week.

Mr. J. P. Norton and family expect to spend the winter in California.

Mrs. Geo. M. Beasley and daughter, May, spent Sunday at Trevor, Wis.

Mrs. Mary Albrecht returned home Minnesota, after a several week's visit with friends here.

Miss Blanch Norton has returned home from Wisconsin, where she has been spending a few months for her health.

Miss Kramer, of Independence, Iowa, who has been making her aunt, Mrs. P. Kramer a prolonged visit will return to her Iowa home Friday.
Ivanhoe Albert Ritta sold a horse to Dr. Rickey last week.

Albert Ritta has returned from the north and is living with his wife at John Snyder's.

Ernest Beckwith and Ervin Duddles expect to commence attending school at Rockefeller soon.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ritta's infant boy was buried in the Ivanhoe cemetery Thursday afternoon.

Mr. R. Stanley died Wednesday norning and was buried in the Catholic cemetery Thursday. His death was caused by a cancer in the stomach. He was attended by Dr. Taylor.
Diamond Lake Mrs. Duddles, of Chicago, is visiting at Mrs. Bartlett's.

Mr. Parker Bartlett is very ill. Drs. Best and Taylor attending.

Wedding bells will ring in the suburbs of our town some time this month.

Miss Tillie Rouse came home from Waukegan on her wheel Friday evening.

Mr. Chas Tatler met with a serious mishap while returning from the Dickinson farm. His horse leaving him at the gate and ran to Mr. Stahl's, of Long Grove, injuring the horse and damaging the buggy.
Fort Hill Herbert Davis is blacksmithing this dry weather twelve horses a day to keep up with his work.

Geo. Deutesler while going to the creamery last Friday morning lost control of his team, which becoming frightened crowded the tongue and broke it. They left the wagon at the bridge, completely demolished. George hung to the team for a quarter of a mile when they stopped. He nor the team were hurt. George looked as though he had been threshing clover after being snaked through the dust.

Mrs. Mary Graham, of Chicago, is visiting at Geo. Wait.

Miss Alta Converse spent two days at her grandma's last week.

Albert Paddock and Jno. Lenzen shipped a carload of hogs to Chicago last week. Mr. Lenzen has twenty-five hogs that weighed 313 lbs apiece.





From the Lake County Independent,
22 October 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Mr. and Mrs. Toney King were Chicago visitors Monday.

Mrs. P. Houghton, of Wauconda, visited her daughter, Mrs. A. J. King Wednesday.

The Central Hotel is doing a rushing business; prosperity seems to have come at last.

Mr. and Mrs. Jamison, of Libertyville visited at Grandpa and Grandma Myrick's Thursday.

Henry Burdick and family attended the funeral of Mr. Burdick's brother who lived in Chicago. The remains were buried at the Half Day cemetery.

Mrs. Harry Goodman expects to spend the winter months with her brother in Anamesa, Iowa, and has rented her house to Mr. Hicks, an employee of the Piper Ice Company.
Diamond Lake Miss Lena Beck is visiting her sister, Mrs. Goodman, this week.

Mr. and Mrs. George Mitchell and daughters took their departure for an extended visit in the west Thursday morning.

The cheese maker at Gilmer met with a very serious accident this week, falling down a flight of stairs and breaking his leg. Mr. Emmett Riley, of Wauconda, is taking his place at the factory.
Ivanhoe Mr. and Mrs. Fosket and Miss Sarah Joice went to Waukegan one day last week.

Miss Nellie Hawkins who is attending school in Waukegan spent Sunday with relatives at Ivanhoe and attended church here in the morning.


Note: On our microfilm of the Lake County Independent, there is no issue between October 22, 1897 and November 5, 1897.






From the Lake County Independent,
5 November 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Walter Morse has severed his connection with Geo. F. Carle for the present.

J. P. Norton and daughters Blanche and Mary will leave next week to spend the winter in California.

Lester Burdick was fortunate enough to bring home a ten pound wild goose the other day.

J. McQuillan, foreman of the ice houses at Diamond Lake, attended the funeral of Mr. Piper, one of the managers of the Piper Ice Co., Tuesday.

Mrs. Harry Goodman left here Monday evening for Annamosa, Ia., where she will make her future home. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Blows will also remove to Annamosa, Ia., Mrs. Blows left Tuesday morning to be followed by her husband as soon as he can arrange his business affairs here.
Diamond Lake Mr. C. Hokemeyer made a business trip to Barrington Thursday.

Mrs. Casting visited friends and relatives at Rondout on Friday.

Mrs. Duddles, sister of Mrs. Bartlett was out on a business trip Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ost moved to their old residence at Quentin's Corners Thursday.

Miss Grace Towner and brother Charles visited their sister Miss Edith at Libertyville Tuesday.

The young friends of Master William Lempker gave him a very pleasant surprise party.

Saturday afternoon.

It is stated upon good authority that C. A. Bilinski is going to petition the government to have a life saving station located at this place to aid in rescuing his unfortunate neighbors from the lake.
Ivanhoe Mr. Lewis Ritta is pressing hay for Johnie Wells.

Mr. Harry Payne has gone north for his Christmas trees.

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Chamberlain entertained cousins from Conneticut last week.

Miss Clara Dorfler and sister Mrs. F. Musser made a flying trip to the city last Thursday.

Miss Pearl Smith entertained a number of schoolmates and friends by giving a party Saturday evening. All had a very enjoyable time.

Miss Eva Dykes attended a party at Frank Wilminton's last Friday evening.

Mr. Maynard returned from Indiana last week, where he went to visit his son Fred and family.

Joe Dietz, who had his hand taken off in the corn husker, was getting along finely at last accounts. His being in the M.W.A. and also the Mystic Workers will be quite a help to him.





From the Lake County Independent,
12 November 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Lee Thomas and a son of Delos Ames commenced school here Monday.

Frank Knigge and Elmer Rhoder went to Chicago last Friday evening. Mr. Rhoder has been spending a few days with friends and relatives.

Henry Rouse lost a valuable horse recently, from lock-jaw. Mr. Rouse bought the horse at D. Griffith's auction sale, paying $99 for same.

Mrs. J. H. Cronkhite left here Wednesday noon for Ford River, Mich., to visit her daughter, Mrs. Fred Shaddle, and where also she will be greeted by her grand daughter, born Tuesday.





From the Lake County Independent,
19 November 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Bert Wilcox, of Diamond Lake, will leave Monday for Seattle, Wash.

W. L. Rich expects to move into his new house during the coming week.

Peter Payne and wife, of Ivanhoe, were among those boarding the morning train Wednesday.

We learn that the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bock, of Prairie View, is very ill. Dr. Travis is in attendance and it is earnestly hoped that recovery will soon follow.

Ernest Blows leaves the last of this week of the first of next for his new home in Anamasa, Iowa. His friends unite in wishing him unlimited success in the new field he is about to enter.

There will be a Thanksgiving service held at the Congregational church Thursday evening, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving day) at 7:30 p.m. There will be special music for the occasion. The oration will be delivered by Prof. N. H. Welch. All are most heartly invited.

Mrs. Richard Doolittle met with an accident which, had it not been for timely assistance, might have resulted seriously. While cleaning windows in the second story, Mrs. Doolittle in some way lost her balance and had her clothing not caught her she would have fallen to the ground. Some near neighbors hearing her cry for help came to her rescue and after hoisting a ladder took her from her frightful situation.
Fort Hill R. Townsend has built a new hen coop and tool shed.

W. B. Smith, of Waukegan, called on his brother last Friday.

Julius the butter maker made a flying trip to Waukegan last Wednesday. We only guess what for.

No more cases of hog cholera in this section at present. A good physician and good medicine is a sure cure.





From the Lake County Independent,
26 November 1897
100 Years Ago
Married at Waukegan Wednesday morning St. Joseph's Catholic church was the scene of a very pretty wedding, it being the marriage of Miss Anna Schueneman of North Chicago, and Mr. Frank Erhart, of Fremont Township.

At 9:30 o'clock the bridal couple, attended by Misses Carrie Fredricks, Kittie Schueneman and Messrs. J. Kristan and F. Fredricks, slowly advanced to the alter where they were met by the Rev. Father Verhalen, who performed the ceremony, the impressive nuptial high mass being used.

The bride was charmingly attired in a brown traveling dress with trimmings of cream lace. Miss Fredricks was gowned in blue and Miss Schuneman in grey. Bother carried chrysanthemums.

Mr. and Mrs. Erhart left immediately for Fremont, where they will reside.
Rockefeller John Evans spent Saturday in Kenosha.

W. L. Rich and family are now installed in their new house.

Will Scrivens is assisting E. G. Payne in Chicago in the Christmas tree business.

Miss Minnie Meyer went to Chicago Thursday to spend a few days there with friends and relatives.
Ivanhoe Mr. Lee Ames started for Valparaiso to attend school last Monday.

Mrs. J. Dykes has been on the sick list the past two weeks with tonsilitis.

Miss Sarah Joice has been staying with Mrs. E. Proctor the past few weeks.

The scholars from the Swan school who are attending school at Rockefeller are very much pleased with the teacher, Prof. Welch.
Diamond Lake The town reports a bad runaway Sunday evening.

Mrs. Duddles has sold her place to parties in Libertyville.

Mr. Bert Wilcox took his departure for Seattle on Monday.

Miss Maurine Bilinski is visiting her sister in Chicago this week.

Mrs. H. N. Maxham is visiting her brother's family in Evanston this week.





From the Lake County Independent,
3 December 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller The factory will be used as a dwelling this week by a Chicago family.

Mrs. DeWalt Kramer, of Chicago, spent Thanksgiving here with her parents.

J. F. Carle left Tuesday morning for Monroe, Wis., to attned to some legal business.

Mrs. Hans Bees and daughter, of Long Grove, spent Monday at Peter Litchfield's.

Mrs. Samuel Kramer spent Thanksgiving with her daughter, Mrs. Frank Knigge at Wauconda.
Diamond Lake Miss Tellie Rouse spent Thanksgiving at home.

Miss Allie Bilinski entertained a few friends Saturday evening. A very pleasant evening was enjoyed.

Miss Grace Towner and her brother, Charles, spent Thanksgiving at their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Allison.

Mr. Ben Davis returned to Chicago Tuesday morning, after spending Thanksgiving with his sister, Mrs. Darby.

A number attended the shooting match Thursday, among the lucky ones being Mr. Henry Ost, two turkeys, a rooster and a duck; Messrs Rudolph Lofrance, Dave Griffith, Will Rouse, Will Markham, Chas, Whitney, Wm. Inesman, and Mr. McQuellan.





From the Lake County Independent,
10 December 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Mrs. J. H. Cronkhite spent Wednesday with her father Mr. Anesly.

Mr. Geo. M. Beasley called on friends here Monday night returning to St. Paul Tuesday morning.

Mr. John Rhoder and son Elmer, of Chicago, were out one day last week hunting. Two rabbits was the extent of the game.
Diamond Lake Bert Wilcox arrived safely at his uncle's in Spokane Falls, Wash.

Miss Mattie Colby has returned home from Chicago recently much improved in health.

On Friday night there was a surprise party on Mr. Geo. Mitchell, it being his birthday.

A large party of Rockefeller young people enjoyed the elegant skating on the lake Friday night.

J.J. Hunnewell who has been visiting friends at Maynard, Ia., has returned to his uncle's R. P. Wilcox.

On Tuesday evening the young friends of Mr. Charles Whitney gathered at his home to honor his arrival at his majority. All that were present report a fine time.
Ivanhoe Miss Sarah Joice has returned to her home.

Mrs. Cora Taylor from Warren called on Miss Eva Dykes last week.

Mrs. Radke is very low and not much hope is given of her recovery.

Dan Radke with his wife and three children came out last Friday to see his mother.

The party held at Mr. Boles' was not largely attended on account of it being a very disagreeable night to be out.

Mrs. Frank Wilmington and Bessie, Ona, and Elmer Wilmington from Leithton visited Mrs. Dykes last Sunday.
Fort Hill Jno. Lenzen Jr., shipped a fine lot of calves Tuesday.

Ben Rosing is plastering Douglas Wait's new home.

Ben Adams, of Dighton is visiting relatives in this section.

John Hessinforte from Wis., has been visiting relatives in this section.

Miss Katie Cleveland, of Fox Lake visited Mrs. C.E. Combs Monday.

Herbert Davis is rejoicing over the arrival of a son, born Dec. 3rd, which weighed four pounds.

Mr. S. P. Heise and family returned last week from a visit at Brooklyn, Ill. He saw Frank Drury formerly of this place, while there.

Julius Christensen, the butter maker, made a very enjoyable and pleasant visit in the vicinity of Hainesville one evening last week : after spending the greater part of the evening he departed for home. It being very cold and Julius somewhat sleepy he could not conceive that he was riding up hill, on the following morning, after due examination he found that the hind wheels on his buggy where the front ones ought to be. Mr. Christensen has offered a heavy reward for the arrest and conviction of the one who perpetrated the malicious deed.





From the Lake County Independent,
17 December 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Mrs. J. H. Cronkhie and daughter Anna were in Chicago Saturday.

Chicago visitors from this place last Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. Thos. McBride, Miss Lottie McBride and Mrs. Popp.





From the Lake County Independent,
24 December 1897
100 Years Ago
Obituary Mina Kane Radke the subject of this sketch was born in Prussia, Germany, Oct. 4, 1830. She was left an orphan at seven years of age. In 1855 she came to Chicago to make her home with the late Wm. Radke in June 1857. The following year they came to Lake County where she has continued to live until called home Dec. 16, 1897, to be reunited with her loved ones, her husband and oldest son who have preceded her.

Early in life she consecrated herself to Christ by uniting with the church of God. She lived a most earnest christian life, loved her bible dearly during the late years caring little to read anything else.

Her life was very largely spent in the sacred realm of home. One of her chief delights being to gather her children and grand children around her. Never a birthday or marriage anniversary was allowed to pass without her notice, this was true also of the anniversary of days of sorrow. These were cherished and kept in loving sacred memory.

Only those who knwe Mrs. Radke in her home can appreciate fully her real worth or realize just to what extent the loss of mother will be felt now that she has gone from them to return no more.

After a short funeral service in the church kind friends laid her body to rest in the Ivanhoe cemetery and loving hearts showed their appreciation of the sweet, gentle life she had lived among them.
Rockefeller E. E. Hoehn will spend Christmas at Oak Park with his parents.

Lester Burdick is working for the present at John Aynesley's.

Martin Ritzenthaler, of Long Grove, is here assisting his brother Ed press hay.

This Friday evening the Sunday school will give a Christmas entertainment in the Chapel. The programme is under the direction of Mrs. E. A. Harden, everything is being done to make this one of the most enjoyable evenings ever held in our church. Seats will be reserved for the scholars of the Sunday school.
Ivanhoe Mr. and Mrs. Michael Woolf returned from their wedding trip last week.

Miss Emma Radke and her brother Louis are spending the holidays with their brother Dan in Chicago.

Mrs. Peter Payne is planning to visit her son Ivan at his school in Jacksonville. She leaves Friday morning and expects to return the first of next week.

Peter Meyer states that he raised over 100 bushels of wheat on three and one-half acres this year. Farming pays in Fremont.





From the Lake County Independent,
31 December 1897
100 Years Ago
Rockefeller Don't forget the watch social at the chapel Friday evening.

John Rouse, Sr. and wife enjoyed their usual family reunion Christmas.

Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Wilson, of Rockford, spent Christmas at Geo. Harden's.

Mr. and Mrs. Boolittle were in Waukegan last Thursday attending the funeral of their uncle, Mr. Berry.

The Piper Ice Co. began operations this week and will have everything in readiness by next week to begin filling the house.

Wm. Dressen, of Waupaca, Wis., and agent for the Wis. Cent. Line at that place, spent Christmas with his parents here.

J. E. Holcomb returned from Travers City, Mich., last Thursday, where he was called to attend the funeral of a cousin. Mr. Holcomb stated upon his return that there was three feet of snow in Traver City.
Diamond Lake Mrs. Einsman's sisters are visiting her this week.

Heavy teams are arriving at the ice house from Chicago preparatory to beginning work.

The turkey shoot at Wm. Lemker's on Saturday was called a success. Several of the boys carrying home turkeys, ducks or chickens. Mr. Henry Ost got three head with three successive shots. Next Saturday there is to be another.