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Excerpts from the 1886 Oquawka Spectator
Dates of Oquawka Spectator abstracts.
February 11, 1886

Mrs. Lomax, of Lomax, has been visiting for several days at J. O. Anderson's.

Frank Hanson [?] returned home this week from Chicago, where he has been attending lectures at Rush Medical College.

Will Graham, now of Monmouth, came down Saturday for a brief visit.

A number of children in town have been laid up with the sore throat. Some cases were pretty bad.

John Braun [?] was an invalid for several days last week - sore throat.

Frank Button [?] arrived here last Saturday from Lexington, KY. He was called home by the sudden [?] illness of Mrs. Phelps.

Hugh Boban, son of Peter Boban, of Bald Bluff, died of heart disease Thursday, January 28, and was buried Friday. Deceased was past 12 years. The family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. - Kathsburg News

Between two and three feet of snow fell in southern Kentucky and Virginia las week. Four inches fell near the City of Mexico, the first snow in this vicinity.

Frank Edwards and F. Roselle [?] had a disagreement on the street last Saturday night which ended with bad names and blows. The latter had one ear badly cut and his hand bruised.

Resolution of Respect
At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Henderson Co. Agricultural Board, held Jan 30, 1886, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:

WHEREAS, In view of the loss we have sustained by the decease of our friend and the President of our Board, Thomas G. Richey, therefore be it

Resolved, That we sincerely condole with the family of the deceased on the dispensation of Divine Providence to afflict them, and commend them for consolotion to Him who orders all things for the best.

Resolved, That in the death of Thomas G. Richey, the Henderson County Agriculture Board has lost one of its most active members, whose utmost endeavors were exerted for its welfare and prosperity.

Resolved, That the heartfelt sympathy of the members of the Board be extended to the family in their affliction. Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the records of the society, and a copy thereof be transmitted to the family of the deceased and to each of the county papers.

R.A. McKinley, Sec.

Mr. and Mrs. Levi Fisher visited with relatives in town a few days this week and started today for their home in Geneva, Nebraska.

August 19, 1886

Word came to town, Tuesday, from Seaton, that Wm. Beagle [?] had shot himself by accident. He was taking his loaded gun out from behind two barrels, so the story goes, when the hammer caught and the contents were discharged taking effect in his arm, between the elbow and hand. The wound was serious. Kathsburg News

NOTICE - Is hereby given to all persons not to hunt on my property, or they will dealt with according to law. - CONRAD JOHN

Kaskaskia was once the capital of illinois and had a population of 7,000. Now it has but 130 inhabitants.

OLENA ITEMS - Aug. 17 - For two weeks our people have been preparing for the reunion. There has been a great deal of hard work done in clearing grounds and erecting necessary buildings. There was a general desire to make the occasion a success. The following list of those who merit special mention for the time and labor they gave to the enterprise has been sent in for publication: Ira Putney and sons, James Dean and sons, John West, George Fort, Cy Goodell, Chas. Brown, Wm. Shull, the Bennington boys, John Hess, Albert Halt, John Huss and Frank Stule. John Brook, R. W. Marshall and Jack Evans made liberal donations.

DIED: - NEALLY - At her home in Oquawka, Thursday, August 12, 1886, Mrs. Joseph Neally, in her 80th year. Esther M. Simpson was born in Maine May 19th, 1806. She was married to Joseph Neally in 1832 and to them were born three children. Joseph H. Neally, their only son, who died in 1863, and Mrs. Dr. Patterson, of Galva, and Mrs. Sherwood, of Monmouth, who were with her during her last illness. Mr. and Mrs. neally moved brom Bangor, in 1852, to Oquawka where they have resided ever since. In early life Mrs. Neally united with the Baptist church. The funeral serice took place from the family residence and was conducted by Rev. D. Ayers.

DIED: - COOPER - At the home of her son Moses in Greenville precinct, Aug. 16th, 1886, Mrs. Elizabeth Cooper, aged 97 years, 9 months and 5 days. Mrs. Cooper was born in Washington county, Penn. In 1817 she and her husband moved to Wayne county, Indiana, where a few years later Mr. Cooper died. To them were born nine children, five of whom are residents of this county, and the sons are well known and prosperous land owners. She came to Illinois in 1853. Ffor many years of her old age Mrs. Cooper had been feeble, and for some time almost helpless from partial paralysis. The body was brought to Oquawka cemetery for interment.

It was 55 years ago on the Fourth of July that Mr. Bailey Davenport first set his feet on Black Hawk's Watch Tower. And of the party on the lookout on that occasion but one other survives - Mr. Patterson of Oquawka. Mr. Davenport is now the oldest settler in this region. He plowed the first furrow in the State of Iowa. The treaty had been signed only the evening before, and at sunrise on Sept. 17, 1832, he went over to the virgin soil and turned the sod with plow drawn by half-breed Indian lads - Rock Island Union

September 30, 1886

DIED - SHERWOOD - At her home in Oquawka, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1886, Mrs. Margaret Sherwood. The deceased was born in 1802, and has been a resident of this place for many years. The funeral services were held in the Baptist church Thursday afternoon. A more extended notice is promised us for next week.

DIED - McFARLAND - At his home in Gladstone, Ill, Monday, Sept 27, 1886, Alexander McFarland, aged 68 years, 4 months and 13 days. Mr. McFarland was born in Washington Co., New York, May 18, 1818. He was one of family of ten children and at the age of three years he was left an orphan. He came west and settled in Quincy in 1837, but when the gold excitement in California was prevailing he made the overland journey to that state. He spent seven years there and then returned to this county. In March, 1859, he was married to Mrs. Mary Daroh and to them was born one child - Laura. Mr. McFarland was a great admirer of Freemasonry. About 47 years ago he became a Mason in Quincy Lodge No. 1. For years he was Master of the Lodge at Gladstone. The funeral services in the Presbyterian church at Gladstone on Tuesday were conducted by Rev. Renwick and Rev. Harmon [?] assisted at the grave. The very large number of friends and neighbors that accompanied the body to its final resting place in Oquawka cemetery, is a token of the high regard to which they held him. The Masons brotherhood performed the rite of their order at the grave.

DIED - CHICKERING - In Oquawka, Illinois, September 26, 1886, Mrs. Joseph Chickering, aged 74 years, 8 months and 21 days. Emmeline Jones was born at Cape Ann (Gloucester, Mass) Jan 1st, 1812. She was married to Mr. Joseph Chickering in 1833. After their marriage, they removed to Hubbardston, Mass. From thence they removed in 1836 to La Harpe, Ill., and from thence to Oquawka in 1846. They lived together more than fifty-three years, more than fifty years in Illinois, and of these fifty years forty have been spent in this place. From these dates it will be seen they were some of the old settlers. Cornfields and cabins were few and scattering for many years after they came west. Churches and religious privileges, however, were not lost sight of, for in Hancock county, as in Henderson, a goodly nmber of the early settlers who realized the importance of immediate attention to gathering in of wandering church members, began to organise churches without waiting to build houses of worship, worshipping ---?--- in each others cabins. In 1833, Mrs. Chickering, with her husband, united with Congregational church at Hubbardston For many years she was a member of the Oquawka Presbyterian church, and no more conscientiously consistent p---ing Christian was to be found in our midst. She was always in her place in all religious services, if she was able to be there, and long after her inability to leave her home, so anxious was she to attend God's house, that she would with difficulty be persuaded of the fact that she was unable to go. She was for a number of years in feeble health and during the last two years she suffered a great deal from a complication of diseases, but in all she was patient and uncomplaining. To her, death held no terrors. In reply to a question, on the day of her death, she said, "No, I am not afraid to die. I submit myself unreservedly to God's will, confident that he doeth all things well." She was of a very retiring, but exact and gentle disposition. She lived up to the motto, "Be kind to all, be intimate with few, speak evil of none." Of her it is said, "No one , even her confidants, can truly say they ever heard her speack evil of anyone." She also believed in every one's right to choose their few intimate friends, which she had the taste to do, without repulsing or giving offence. She was the mother of eight children, only two of whom are living. Mrs. George McKinny, of Winnetka, Ill, nd Mary Chickering of this place. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."

Geo McKinney and wife, of Winnetka, were called here the first of the week by the sad tidings of the death of Mrs. Chickering.

Last Saturday a couple of hand cars were running fast to get in Keithsburg and in some way the foremost car was thrown off the track, and the other ran into it. Four men were injured. Wm Montgomery and Grant Casteel, formerly of this place among them. Montgomery received a painful cut on the leg and up to Tuesday Casteel had been unconscious most of the time.

Mrs. F.A. Hail went to Bushnell Monday to visit relatives.

Miss Catlin and Maud Sterling made us a pleasant call Monday afternoon. They showed us some good pictures of the Minneapolis exposition building.

We had an interesting call from Robert Crane, of Lomax, last week. The rock-bound old democrat made things pretty lively for awhile. With the exception of politics, Robert gives a good report for his part of the county. Pastures are in fine condition and cattle never gained more rapidly. The past few weeks have made a great change in livestock.

Mart Craig and family have moved to Kossuth, across the river in DesMoines county.

Mrs. W. T. Criss went down to Bushnell Tuesday morning to visit several days there with her brother. Mrs. J.R. White went with her to attend the Soldier's Reunion.

Miss Lulu Blume [?] of Shelby, Ohio, is visiting here with her aunt, Mrs. J.C. Peterman.

T.A. Kinsloe [?] and family have moved back to this place from Wyoming, Ill. Young Thad has some nice samples of cure [?] of his own raising.

The ceremonies connected with laying the corner stone of the Soldiers' Home at Quincy will commence on Tuesday, Oct 19, and continue over Thursday. Goe. Oglesby will deliver the address the second day, and it is expected that Generals Sherman, Logan, Ben Butler, and other prominent men will be present. Wednesday night there will be a grand display of fireworks from barges on the river.

Mrs. Cornelia Whitmore, who has been spending the summer with her aunt, Mrs. Judge Richey, started for her home in Connecticut Tuesday morning. She will stop and visit Niagara Falls and other places of note on the way.

We didn't know just what was up when seven large men came marching into the Spectator office Tuesday, but soon found the company consisted of the six Louck brothers, escorted by Lem. Fullerton. John, James, and William of this place are now enjoying a visit from G.W. of Vermillion County, Ill, and Jacob and David, of Washington county, Iowa. They are an unusually large and able-bodied lot of men, ranging in age from 44 to 61 years. Of the nine brothers and sisters these six and Mrs. Fullerton survive. This is the first time all have together for 34 years. On Wednesday, with their children and relatives, all went up the river on a picnic and fishing excursion.

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