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January 1901 through December 1901

JANUARY 11, 1901

- Orville M. Ward and Miss Minnie Henline were married at 11 am Wednesday at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Ward, in Colfax. Their respective families and a
party of invited guests witnessed the ceremony, which was performed by Rev.
D.G. Murray. Willie Hutson and Miss Mabel Watson were attendants. Miss Elsie
Comminski played Mendellsohn's wedding march. The bride was beautifully
attired in a steel-grey gown trimmed in white satin and chiffon. Her bridesmaid
wore blue, trimmed in white. After the ceremony the company were served with a
bounteous dinner. The happy couple were remembered by their friends with
numerous presents, and have the good wishes of all in their new relation. The
bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Henline. Delays in the completion of
their new residence prevented having the marriage at their own home. The
young couple will reside two miles northwest of Colfax.

- Joe Martin and his sister, Mrs. Amos Gomey, went to Metamora on Tuesday to
visit their parents. 

- W.J. Hamilton was called to Chenoa on Tuesday to the bedside of his father,
who has lung fever.

- John Willhite, who recently moved to Bloomington, has a position in the C. & A.

- H.L. Willhoite and J.F. Ransom went to Lincoln and Decatur on Tuesday to
look at school buildings.

- Charles Hogg, a tailor who was in business in Colfax two years ago, died in
Bloomington a few days ago of pneumonia.

- John and Will Kelley and sisters Misses Mary and Katie went to Merna
Wednesday to attend the Grimes-Kelley nuptials.

- Scott Watson took two prizes with his Bronze turkeys in the poultry show at
Bloomington, first on cockerel and second on hen.


- George Gimple has been sick for several days.

- James W. Smith was in Bloomington on Tuesday.

- D.E. Castle is in the store again after a short illness.

- Robert Canole is entertaining relatives from North Dakota.

- Miss Leonard, of Gibson, is staying at the home of W.S. Gantz.

- Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Pierce have returned from Eureka Springs, Ark.

- John Harris, of Harris Bros., was in town Wednesday, invoicing their stock.

- Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Gantz are the happy parents of a boy, born on Monday, the

- Dr. McCormick, of Chicago, is at the home of Hi Troyer, who has been sick for
some weeks.

- W.E. McReynolds has sold his hardware store to E.O. Collins, to whom he had
previously sold his implement business. Mr. McReynolds expects to put in a
stock of furniture.

- A large party of friends spent a happy day at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph
Schamel on Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Schamel will soon move to Iowa, where they
have rented a farm.

FEBRUARY 8, 1901

- Robert Henline has an attack of heart trouble. His condition has been quite
serious for several days.

FEBRUARY 15, 1901

- Mr. and Mrs. Allie Wood spent Sunday with W.E. Goudy in Bloomington.

- J.T. Starkey has been in Paris to attend a lawsuit concerning an estate in
which his family are interested. The case was continued.

- J. W. Gaddis, the architect of the Colfax schoolhouse, has been chosen as
architect of a $70,000 courthouse at Taylorville. He had twenty-two competitors.

- Thomas Aylward died in St. Mary's hospital at Quincy last Friday. He was the
only brother of Mrs. Keefe of Colfax, and spent part of his time here the past few
years. Mrs. Keefe and son, Ben attended the funeral.

- There was a merry sleighing party from Colfax last Thursday evening to the
home of Mr. and Mrs. George Swinehart. Bert Swinehart brought his class of
twelve and they spent the evening in a sociable way. Mrs. Swinehart served a
nice lunch at 10 o'clock and at 12 o'clock the guests took their leave. All had a
good time.

- Last Friday evening while Seth Henline and family, Mrs. J.T. Dameron and son,
were returning home from town in a sled, the standard broke, throwing Mr.
Henline with great force to the ground. Then the horses became unmanageable,
throwing the occupants violently out. All received scratched faces, except Miss
Grace, but she was seriously injured. Mr. Blair, who was just ahead of the
accident with a wagon, cared for them and took them home.

- J.S. Ward went to Milmine on Monday to visit his son, Dr. A.L. Ward.

- J.W. Mikel and family moved to Bloomington yesterday. M.S. Bentley will
occupy their house.

- L.S. Hetland, of Valley Springs, S.D., visited several days with Mrs. Ruth Bunn
and other relatives.

- Mrs. J.W. Dorland started Tuesday for Belle Center, Ohio, where her mother is
dangerously sick.

- Joseph Schmaus, of Bloomington, will work for E.E. Wood in his new harness

- Mrs. Dr. Langstaff and son Hartzel are spending the week in St. Louis.

- Mr. and Mrs. John Dameron went to southern Illinois Tuesday to look at land.

- E.E. Wood was in Chicago Tuesday and Wednesday buying goods.

- E.J. Gilmore and Scott Bunn drove to Melvin yesterday.

- Born, on Tuesday, to Mr. and Mrs. John Darr, a girl.

- J.H. Discho went to Chicago Tuesday on business.

- Sam Lyons's baby is sick with capillary bronchitis.

- Eddie Welsh's baby is very sick with lung fever.

- J.E. Davison's baby is quite sick with bronchitis.

MARCH 1, 1901

- This is the last week, until fall that the electric light plant will furnish light in the
morning. Hunt up that old lamp that you have had laid away all winter and have it
ready by Monday morning.

- The divorce case of Bridget Leonard against her husband Patrick Leonard
which began last week went to jury Tuesday. The jury was out but a few minutes
when they have returned with a verdict in favor of the defendant.

- John A. Wood and family returned from Reelfoot Lake, Tenn. where they have
been for two months.

- A.H. Eyman and wife of Decatur came Friday for a visit with relatives and

- Abe Bunn moved back to town Tuesday. Abe says Coflax is good enough for

- Jap Dameron went to Foosland last Saturday and returned Monday.

- Jack Collings is able to be out again after wrestling with the grip.

- Miss Rose Schoen of Edgewood, is visiting her brother H.M. Schoen.

- Frank Harmison has two children sick with grip.

- Lillian Wilson is sick with neuralgia of the stomach.

- Mrs. P.B. Williams visited in Anchor Monday.

- James Gillan Sr. visited in Cropsey Monday.

- Henry Kauth spent Sunday in Colfax.

- J.J. Henline is sick with lung fever.

- Mrs. John Darr is much better.

- There was a pleasant party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Henline last night.
The occasion being the 18th birthday of their son, Willie. The band, their ladies
and a number of other invited guests were there. They had music, vocal and
instrumental, and played games. Refreshments were served and all had a good

MARCH 29, 1901

- William Gaddis is becoming quite an expert in the telephone business. He has
installed a new phone for his brother, climbed an elevator to renew a rusted
wire, and put up brackets and insulators to a finish. He can splice a wire or
doctor a diaphragm equal to the next one.

- Miss Lura Hamilton, of Fairbury has taken a position with C. Scott & Co.

- One of Lester Broadwell's children is sick with bronchitis.

- Dr. Douglass was in Springfield Wednesday on business.

- Mrs. J.C. Thompson had a fainting spell yesterday morning from which she
recovered very slowly.

- Grant Lyons commenced sowing oats yesterday. The ground works well,
considering the early season.

- Miss Andrews, a schoolmate of Miss Miriam Douglass, accompanied her home
and is sharing with her the affliction of mumps.

APRIL 12, 1901

                     DEATH OF MRS. WOODARD

  Dora Susan Woodard, nee Arnentrout, was born March 26, 1873 and died April
3, 1901, at the Deaconess hospital, in Bloomington where she had undergone
an operation which she had hoped would be the means of relieving her suffering
and restoring her to health and vigor.
  She was married to Wesley Woodard August 31, 1894. Mrs. Woodard was a
woman who was well liked by all who knew her; a kind and faithful wife and a 
loving neighbor, who was always ready to do anything in her power to relieve the 
wants and cares of those about her. She was a regular attendant upon the services 
of the church, and a member of the Ladies' Aid, from whom she will be missed for 
her kindness and assistance. Some two years ago she began to be troubled by a 
complication of diseases. Last winter she had a very severe attack of the grip, 
from which she never fully recovered. The immediate cause of her death was heart 
  There survives a mother, three brothers and three sisters at Harrisburg, Va.,
her husband and one brother of this place. The funeral was held at the
Methodist church Friday at 1 pm. The sermon was preached by the pastor from
Jer. 15.9. Rev. Cully, pastor of the Presbyterian church, and Rev. Loughbrake,
assistant pastor of the M.E. church assisted  in the services. The sudden death
of Mrs. Woodard enlisted for her husband and friends the sympathies of the
entire community.

JUNE 7, 1901

- D.A. Woods little daughter Mabel is sick.

- Dr. H.L. Henline went to Chicago Saturday.

JUNE 14, 1901

- John D. Henline is very sick with malarial fever.

JUNE 21, 1901

- Silas Foster, of Kansas is visiting old friends around Colfax and Selma. He left
Illinois in 1856 and during the war served in a Kansas regiment. He is a cousin
of Mrs. David Wagner and of William Foster.

JUNE 28, 1901

- D.A. Wood is laid up with lumbago. C.B. Sells runs the engine at the west shaft
during his absence.

JULY 19, 1901

- Miss Ida Arnold returned Sunday from an extended visit in Evansville, Ind.,
Decatur and other places.

- Dixon Withers has bought from J.P. Arnold the Isaac Bunn home place of 160
acres for $100 per acre.

- Mrs. Duchesne, wife of a blacksmith who worked here a year or two ago, came
Tuesday to visit friends.

- C.A. McMahan, of Shelbyville, is working in C.M. Gilmore's barber shop in place
of C.H. Twist, who has returned to his home at Tower Hill.

- Mrs. T.E. Davison went to Kankakee Tuesday, where she will visit relatives and
attend the marriage of her sister Anna to N.P. Peterson. Miss Anna is quite well
known in Colfax. Her husband is a Kankakee jeweler, formerly of Gibson.

- H.L. Hensley is moving his house onto his lot near the north end of Center
Street. He will move his photographic studio into the street while putting up a
new residence and studio two stories high.

- Mr. and Mrs. C.D. McNeir and daughter Fannie, of Weldon, came Friday to visit
Mrs. McNeir's mother, Mrs. S.P. Waldo. Miss Fannie will remain several weeks.

- John Scholl's son, seventeen years old, four miles southwest of town, was
kicked in the face Wednesday by a horse. His cheek bone was broken.

- Joe Martin is the first man to get any threshing done. He threshed thirty acres
of rye. The yield was poor, only about fifteen bushels to the acre.

- Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Thompson went to Marshall Clark county on Tuesday where
they will visit until September.

- Mart Berry, a carpenter who left Colfax several years ago returned Tuesday
and will work for Ezra Henline.

- Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Arnold returned Tuesday from their visit with relatives in
various places.

- W.D. Hawk went to Chicago yesterday and will probably go from there to Iowa
on business.

- Mrs. VanNess, of Bloomington spent Sunday in Colfax with her husband the

- Clarence G. Woodard and Miss Vida E. Simmons were married in Bloomington
Saturday by Judge Myers. On their arrival home they were tendered the usual
serenade. The friends of the young people wish them a happy future.

- Frank Peddicord is in Oklahoma waiting for the opening of the reservation.
John Wood writes that meals at that place are $1.50 and other things in
proportion. Mr. Wood does not say whether he will try for a claim or not.

- Miss Nellie VanHook, who recently graduated from the oratorical branch of the
Conservatory of Music in Bloomington, will attend the picnic of the Court of
Honor on the 23rd and will entertain the picnickers with a couple of recitations.

SEPTEMBER 21, 1901

- Sam Clark was fined $10 yesterday morning for disorderly conduct.

SEPTEMBER 28, 1901

                                  OLD CITIZEN GONE

  The death of Patrick Leonard occurred at his home in Lawndale township
Sunday morning at 4 o'clock. He had been in bad health for a long while and had
been quite feeble for several weeks. His death was caused by stomach trouble.
The interment took place in the Catholic church at Chenoa on Tuesday after
services by Rev. Father O'Callahan.
  Mr. Leonard was born in county Mead, Ireland, Sept. 8, 1834 and came to
America in 1853. After four years in the east, most of his life was spent in
McLean County. The last twenty-three years he lived in Lawndale township. On
July 2, 1869, he married Bridget Crayon. Eight children were born to them. The
wife survives, together with seven of the children: James, Thomas, Joseph, Mrs.
Dan Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Tim Shine, Mrs. Frank Fishback, and Mrs. Edward Gross.
He was thrifty and industrious and at his death owned 382 acres of land, and
other property. He was partially blind for six years, and totally blind for twelve
years. He bore his affliction without a murmur, and was esteemed as a good
citizen and a kind neighbor.


  Claire M. Green and Miss Nellie Gilmore both formerly of Colfax, were married
Monday evening at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Gilmore at
817 East Monroe Street, Bloomington by Rev. J.H. Gilliland. Only a few friends
were present. The next day they came to Colfax and are at the bedside of his
mother, whose sudden sickness kept her away from the wedding and interfered
with the young people's wedding journey.
  Claire is the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Green, and since leaving a pharmacy
school two years ago has been employed in a Bloomington drugstore. His future
bride had moved there a few months before. Since early childhood they had
been near neighbors, and the affection that ripened into love had an early
beginning. Friends in Colfax hold them a full measure of success and happiness.

                                     BENSON - MOREHOUSE

  Frank Benson, of Colfax, and Miss Sylvia Morehouse, of Mahomet, were
married at the latter's home on Tuesday by Rev. Gleason, a Baptist minister.
The groom is a popular young business man, and his many friends will give him
and his bride a kindly welcome.

                                       GRUBB - McCOWN

  James H. Grubb and Miss Leotha McCown were married Saturday night at the
home of the bride's parents by Rev. P. Baker. They are a worthy young couple
and many friends congratulate them on their happiness. They will remain for the
present at her home on the Bierbower place.

SEPTEMBER 28, 1901

- John Wood and mother, of Saybrook, visited Sunday with his cousin Allie

OCTOBER 11, 1901

- Mrs. Seth Henline is laid up with rheumatism.

DECEMBER 13, 1901

- John Harris has been laid up for several days with stomach and other trouble.

- D.A. Wood and family dedicated their new house on East North street Monday
night with a dance. A large crowd of friends were present.

- The funeral of Allen Morgan Williams, the four-year-old son of Robert Williams,
was conducted by Rev. D.G. Murray Monday morning in the M.E. church.

- A.H. Eyman and wife visited from Monday to Wednesday with her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. J.W. Arnold.

- H.W. Bunn went to Champaign Wednesday to attend the state convention of

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