Sunday, December 24, 2017

Arthur Swanick

--Portrait & Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois.  1892.  Pages 281-282.


Arthur & Rose (Layden) Swanick.  Frances (Kirkpatrick) Swanick.  Buried Lyman Township Cemetery.  Roberts, Illinois.

Michael H. Dolan

--Portrait & Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois.  1892.  P 237-238.

Michael H. Dolan & Sarah (Eisaman) Dolan.  Buried Lyman Township Cemetery.  Roberts, Illinois.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

24 February 1876

--Paxton Record.  24 February 1876.

Obituary.  Son of Frank Bastian.  Buried Lyman Township Cemetery.

. . . A little son of Mr. Frank Bastian was buried on Sunday last, whose death was caused by a fall on the ice some three weeks since, striking on his forehead thereby injuring his brain, which terminated in death.

Roberts Spy??

--Paxton Record.  23 December 1875.

I can't figure out the name of this paper.  Maybe Roberts Spy?  I think I may have read that somewhere before.

18 November 1875

News of interest in our town is almost as scarce an article at present as the sometimes abused but muchly coveted greenback.
A series of evening meetings is now being held here by Rev. Mr. Wenge, pastor of the Congregational church of Thawville, assisted by Rev. Hart, pastor of the Methodist church, in Roberts. . .
. . . James Gell, Esq, is building a banking office on his lot just east of Anderson & Campbell's.
H. Tinklepaugh is putting up some splendid farm wagons, every part warranted.
Ed. Newman has just returned from Chicago, where he has been after a fresh stock of winter goods, ready made clothing, etc.
Thompson & Lyman now have a practical tinsmith, and are ready to manufacture everything in their line.
Our grain merchants have plenty of greenbacks in exchange for corn, oats, and flax at the highest market prices.
Rice Bros. have opened their new meat market. With two meat markets we have meat enough to spare and potatoes to match.
Miss Montgomery has opened a millinery shop in the old post office building.
John Bunker has a new house nearly ready for occupancy, just north of the school house.
Ed. King is building a house for John McNish who has sold his farm and is coming to town to engage in the manufacture of boots and shoes with his brother.

E. Van Steenbergh shipped a car load of hogs last week which he sold at $7.25 in Chicago.  Joseph Hurst and others contemplate shipping soon.  Mr. Hurst has a very choice lot which will bring him outside prices.
Farmers are uncommonly busy improving the fine weather in husking a big crop of corn.  Some claim an average of 60 bushels per acre.
If any one doubts the soundness of the suggestions of last week's Record in regard to working roads let him tread over the town of Lyman at the present time, roads graded in the fall are hard roads to travel I believe, but we must live and learn, for this is a progressive age in which we live.

--The Paxton Record. 18 November 1875.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

26 October 1875

Roberts, Ill., Oct. 26th, 1875.

ED. RECORD: -- As our Advocate has departed for greener pastures, and left us at it were without a mouth-piece, I send you a few items.
We last night received another portion of ague pura, which seems to have changed our beautiful fall weather into that of a colder quality.
Times continue very dull, but somewhat improved. Farmers have not yet completed their threshing, and oats and flax come in slowly, and sell at prices not calculated to please anybody very much. Some farmers have commenced cribbing corn, which promises to be a No. 1 crop.
The Litchfield, Ill., car works have put a new fangled corn dryer in the Star elevator of J. B. Meserve & Co., which have failed to give satisfaction, being unable to dry with sufficient rapidity to make it pay. Mr. Meserve has a plan for a drying apparatus which I think, from his explanation, would prove a success if put in operation.
There is a construction train with some thirty men now at work on the Roberts section of the G., C & S. railroad, grading up the low places. Landlord Newman is boarding most of the men . . . 

. . . A Congregational Church was organized in this place on Sunday last, by Rev. Dr. Roy, of Chicago. He preached to large audiences in the afternoon and evening.
Thompson and Lyman have bought the furniture of F. E. Pettit, and the building formerly occupied by Mr. P. has been fitted up for a dwelling and meat market by Myron H. Rice, of Wall, who is soon to remove to our town and furnish the citizens with fine roasts, steaks, and sausages, as companion for our nice cheap potatoes, which are only 25 cents per bushel at present . . .


--Paxton Record. 26 October 1875.

We took Roberts in on our return trip . . .

We took Roberts in on our return trip and spent a few hours pleasantly among her business men.  Meserve & Hubbard, bankers and grain dealers; Thompson & Lyman, hardware: Floyd & Newman, R. B. Chambers, Pfaat & Gose, and Anderson & Campbell, dry goods; Thos. McNeish, boots and shoes and harness, and A. D. Wyckoff, drugs and books.  The latter is a new comer from Chebanse and will prove a valuable acquisition to Roberts.  We must not forget our brawny armed workers, Taff & Tinklepaugh, who run the wagon and blacksmith shops, and was fat and rich at the same time.  Roberts has a fine country surrounding it and just as fine a set of business men and citizens as any town in the west can boast.
Geo. H. Thompson was at his post again, after a visit of some weeks in the East, and finds the prairies more attractive than the hills and rocks of New York.
The hotel de Newman is a marked improvement over the same house as we remember it several years since.  A dinner enjoyed at that house is not soon forgotten.  We can commend it to the wayfarer as the place where the money's worth is always to be had.
We had contemplated taking Melvin in our route, but wind and weather said no, and we shall be obliged to set apart another day and accept the invitation of our friend Charley Ellis to hunt chickens with him, though we have not the most remote idea that we shall be the death of any.


Meserve & Hubbard    Bankers and Grain Dealers
Thompson & Lyman     Hardware
Floyd & Newman       Dry Goods
R. B. Chambers       Dry Goods
Pfaat & Gose         Dry Goods
Anderson & Campbell  Dry Goods
Thos. McNeish        Boots, Shoes and Harnesses
A. D. Wyckoff        Drugs and Books
Tapp & Tinklepaugh   Wagon & Blacksmith
Newman Hotel         Hotel

--Paxton Record.  7 October 1875.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

31 August 1875

--Paxton Record.  31 August 1875.

5 August 1875

--Paxton Record.  5 August 1875.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

29 July 1875

Roberts has a dramatic club. They gave a performance Monday evening of last week. The receipts go towards purchasing books with which to start a public library.
The kite flying mania has struck Roberts, and numbers of variegated colored kites can be seen soaring heavenward, but a far greater number refuse to leave earth.
Farmers in the vicinity of Roberts will experience considerable difficulty in harvesting their oat and flax crops, the late rains having beaten it almost flat to the ground.
Corn has grown so fast during the past ten days as to preclude farmers from giving it the required amount of tending.

--Paxton Record. 29 July 1875.

26 November 1874

Snow fell to the depth of about four inches on Thursday and Friday of last week.
Farmers generally are well prepared for the winter, very little corn remaining in the field to be gathered. The average yield per acre, as near as we can learn, has been from 12 to 15 bushels.
The summer's drought has been productive of at least one good result, viz: the obtaining of good wells. We do not see the necessity of having to haul water in barrels when a good well can be obtained, as is the case in this vicinity, at a depth of not more than 60 feet, or if figured in dollars and cents, at a cost of about $60.
The Lyman Literary Society has been reorganized, and the general interest manifested seem to promise much for its future success. John Thompson successfully fills the President's chair . . .

--Paxton Record.  26 November 1874.

T. A. Flora

--Paxton Record.  10 March 1932.
--Photo from album of Ralph W. Stine. Ford County Historical Society.

"Following his marriage, he came to Illinois with his family in 1870 locating at Roberts.  In 1884 the family returned to Kentucky . . ."

Leach Roaster and Baker Company

--The Pantagraph.  8 December 1888.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Roeder 1902

--From Daniel Flora 

Mr. J. D. Roeder

Dear Brother Dan
Well how are you getting along. How is your foot? Is it nearly well? Next time you listen to me and don't try that again. And you remember May (sister Mary) told you she dreamed you got your foot hurt just that way. But it's done now and I hope it will soon be well again. Too bad you could not have been with one of us we could have waited on you better perhaps and you would not have had to be around strangers. Dear me Dan you might have got killed. And then what. It worries us so when we heard about it. Take good care of yourself, good thing Lew (brother Louis) came up there in time. Ma came here Friday afternoon to spend a couple days but Saturday afternoon Henry got her home again. Pa was sick that was yesterday. I haven't heard how he is today. He has a bad cold and may be rheumatism with it. That's what ails him I guess. The boys hauled in oats yesterday. How do you like this cold weather? We were all to church this morning. We went to the Congregational church to hear Mabel Eberts funeral sermon it was so sad poor Francis is almost dead with grief it's too pitiful to see her. It was so sad. Rev Rumells preached her sermon. I haven't seen May today. Ma and I went to see her yesterday afternoon. But ma could not stay long so she had to go home. You should see Mabel. She has a little Doll buggy ma gave it to her and she had to take it along to bed with her last night . . .

Trusheims and Roeders

More from Daniel Flora on his family. 

Trusheim home. 
This home belonged to Justus Trusheim and Anna Götzel. They farmed approximately 240 acres.  If you kept going about 2-4 more miles east you'd hit the Roeder farm. This is likely how my G Grandparents met; though the story is they met while in Minnesota. 

--Lyman Township Plat.  1916.

--Artesia Township Plat.  1921.

Justus born in Hessen. Wife Anna Götzel from Austria. Children are William in back, Sophia (my Great Grandmother), Katherine, Lydia, Jesse (on lap), and Charles.
William married Mamie Schaefer. Sophia married Daniel Roeder. Kate married Heinrich Weber. Lydia married Frederick Saxsma. Jesse married Carrie Weerts, Charles married Sedina Vossberg.

Jacob Roeder

Daniel Roeder

Sophia Trusheim

--Photos and information from Daniel Flora. 

Swanick Homestead

The attached photo has been identified by my Aunt Rosie Swanick Duperre as the original Swanick farmstead of John and Anna Dolan Swanick. Both John and Arthur Swanick bought farms north of Roberts, Illinois about 1880. Arthur and his wife, Rose' farm was about 1/2 to 3/4 mile north of John and Anna's.  Not sure of when the photo was taken. But the photo may have been taken in the 1890s judging by the ages of the kids. The original 80 farm was located in the W 1/2, SW 1/4, Section 6 in Lyman Township, Ford County, Illinois. 
In the picture, John is on the left with Arthur on the right. Anna Dolan Swanick is on the left with Rose Layden Swanick is on the right.The boy looks like Robert and the little girl in the middle looks like Elma. The girl on the far left is one of the older girls.
Both the 1st and 2nd farmsteads are gone today. I remember in the 1950s that there were a couple of trees along the road where the 1st farmstead was. It was located maybe less than an 1/8 of a mile south of the 2nd farmstead where my grandma Regina Swanick  (James was her husband) and Bud had lived.
--From Jim Hornickel.  Email.


--Lyman Plat.  1884.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Catholic Church Rebuilt


--Gibson City Courier.  13 February 1914.  Page 2.

12 November 1874

Bart Holmes of Melvin informs us that a boy was killed on the Sullivant farm Tuesday, by a team running away with him.
John Hummel and O. D. Sackett shipped a carload of hogs from this place last Monday which weighed 16,240(?). Among the number was one belonging to Mr. Hummel that weighed 710 pounds.
A week ago last Tuesday, a son of W. R. Kennedy, while assisting his father in hauling straw, was thrown from the load and impaled upon a pitch fork, one of the tines of which entered his abdomen on the right side, running completely through him.  It was at best, thought he was fatally injured, but his father informs us that he is so far recovered as to be able to assist in husking corn.

--Paxton Record.  12 November 1874.

10 September 1874

--Paxton Record.  10 September 1874.

Dudley & Porch Tinners, Petit & Ashman's Furniture Store, Dr. Cassingham sells his interest in the drug business to Will C. Thompson, erecting a town hall.

8 July 1874

--Paxton Record.  8 July 1874.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

O. D. Sackett

Orville Dexter Sackett, farmer of Ford County, Illinois, son of Dexter B Sackett and Electa Bement, was born in Plymouth, Chenango County, New York StateG, on 11 February 18371,2 and died aged 50 in Paxton, Ford County, IllinoisG, on 30 December 1887.1,3 He married in about 1860, Angeline Marie Steward.1,4 She was born on 20 August 18405 and died aged 86 in PaxtonG, on 13 September 1926.6
 In 1880 Orville was living at Lyman, Ford County, IllinoisG, and was recorded in the census as Orville D Sackett, a farmer, head of household, married, aged 43 and born in New York State. Living with him were his wife Angeline, 39, and their children, Jennie, 19, and Jay, 12. There were five "other" adults in the house, perhaps lodgers.7

Notes & Citations
  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "2754. Orville D. Sackett, b. in 1837, d. in 1884; m. Angeline Stewart."
  2. 11 Feb 1837 based on age at death.
  3. Thurmon King's database, citing headstone in Paxton, Illinois, died on 30 Dec 1887
    age 50 years 10m 19 days.
  4. Date of marriage based on birth of first child.
  5. Based on age at death.
  6. Thurmon King's database, citing Angeline M Sackett headstone in Paxton, Illinois, age 86 years 24 days.
  7. 1880 US census, database, LDS, FamilySearch, NA T9-0206/345A,
    "Lyman, Ford, Illinois
    Orville D Sackett, head, married, 43, b. NY, farmer, father b. MA, mother b. NY
    Angeline Sackett, wife, 39, b. NY, keeping house, father b. CT, mother b. NY
    Jennie Sackett, dau, single, 19, b. NY, keeping school, father b. NY, mother b. NY
    Jay B Sackett, son, 12, b. IL, at school, father b. NY, mother b. NY
    Parley Foster, other, male, single, 21, b. WI, laborer, father b. NY, mother b. NY
    Teena Luteson, other, female, single, 18, b. IL, father b. Germany, mother b. Germany
    Catharine Young , other, widow, 70, b. Germany, father b. Germany, mother b. Germany
    Joseph Tichwock, other, single, 25, b. Germany, laborer, father b. Germany
    Eleanda Kearney, other, male, single, 23, b. IL, laborer, father b. ME, mother b. ME."