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Excerpts from the 1887 Oquawka Spectator
Dates of Oquawka Spectator abstracts.
January 20, 1887

The ash barrel at J.O. ANDERSON's took fire last Sunday night and it was reported that his barn was burning. Fortunately the fire was discovered soon enough to prevent any serious damage. There is a little moral in this, however, about putting coals in a barrel that might be considered with profit.

The friends of Rev. GEO C. WILDING in town and in this vicinity will be pained to learn of the death of his son, Vincent, by scarlet fever. The little fellow was buried in Monmouth last Thursday.

Little BESSIE PRATHER, only two years old, is visiting at her grandfather's, J.H. Woods, having come all the way from Tatkio [?] Mo. to Oquawka with Mr. CUNNINGHAM. Kirkwood Leader

An ---?---- and musical entertainment by the Misses WATSON, MOSGOVE and MAPLE [?] of Rozetta, assisted by the Gladstone Concert Band, is announced to be held in the Presbyterian church at Gladstone, Friday evening of this week. Admission 20 cents, children 15 cents.

Rev. FOLEY at the Baptist church began a series of sermons on the "Prodigal Son," Wednesday night. He is an earnest, eloquent speaker, and is working on a platform broad enough to accommodate every Christian. He "labors for the convertion of souls and asks the help, presence, and prayers of all God's people."

A letter from our friend, Mrs. E. ODENDAHL, now of Loup City, Nebraska, tells us that Will has been very sick ever since November. He has suffered greatly with inflammatory rheumatism, and his recovery has been considered doubtful by his nearest friends. At last he is really improving and is able to sit up a little. Mrs. O. seems pleased with her new home, and says the weather there has been mild compared with what we have had here.

MARRIED - KILGORE-McKINLEY - On Thursday last, Jan. 12th, at the G.P. parsonage in Biggsville by Rev. A. ?. Prewitt, Charles Kilgore to Miss Ella, daughter of Hon. R.A. McKinley.

MARRIED - GRAY-McQUOWN - Jan 12th at the residence of Henry Cowden, by Prof. Russell Graham, Gen. Gray of Monroe, Iowa, to Miss Nina McQuown.

MARRIED - WINTER-SWAFFORD - At the Smith House in Oquawka, Jan 12., Charles Winter of Ft. Madison, Iowa and Miss Effie Swafford, of New Boston, Ill. Rev. D. Ayers officiating.

March 31, 1887

MARRIED - JACKSON-LIGHTFOOT - At the residence of the bride's parents near Rozetta, March 24th, 1887, Wilbern Jackson and Minnie Lightfoot, both of Rozetta, Rev. D. Ayers officiating.

Miss CARRIE HUFNAGEL started Tuesday evening for New York City, to isit with an aunt. She expects to remain until fall, at least.

WALTER HAND, of Danbury, Iowa, came over last week to make his mother and other relaties a visit. This is his first visit home in six years.

Quite a crowd of Rozetta friends came in and spent the evening at J.W. BRAUN's Thursday.

The Germans are making needed repairs on their church which will greatly improve it. Workmen are now painting it white.

Mrs. ANDREW WATSON, of Danville, was in town last week visiting relatives.

Quarterly meeting at rhe M.E. church a week from next Saturday and Sunday. Elder CUMMINS is expected to be present both days.

Mrs. DINSLEY and Warren started Tuesday for their home in Sherman, Wyoming.

Miss SADIE PIKE started Monday morning for Buffalo, N.Y. to visit with relatives.

ROBERT HICKMAN, of Burlington, was taken worse and his parents were sent for again last week. They returned home Monday at which time he was improving a little.

JAMES PURCELL stopped here for a few days visit as he returned from his Kansas trip.

FRED SIMPSON thinks the prohibitory law is generally well enforced in Kansas. In his town, Peabody, the afflicted individual would have to describe the reptile very minutely before he could get a little whiskey even as snake bite medicine.

Monday, Miss CARRIE PETERMAN began her school at the Record school house near Biggesville. Miss MARY CAHILL at Lynn, and Miss HATTIE FINDLEY in the Short neighborhood. Next Monday, Miss FANNIE PIKE will begin teaching a few miles from Kirkwood, Miss NELLIE RIDER at Raritan, and Miss JENNIE PHELPS at Centerville.

Mr. LYMAN, of Pittsburg, Pa., visited at James Cunningham's part of last week.

Sale of Household Goods - GLADSTONE, Wednesday, April 6, consisting of Parlor, Kitchen and Bedroom Furniture. The above named household goods will be sold at public auction at the residence of Mrs. MARY McFARLAND


Dr. and Mrs. HUMBERT have returned from their Keithsburg visit.

Miss MOLLIE DUKE and Mrs. BIRDIE DUKE PENCE have returned from their Roseville and Monmouth visit. They were accompanied by Miss CARRIE COGHILL of Roseville, and Misses IRENE and DONNA SHELDON of Berwick [?].

Mr. and Mrs. P. ? KENNEDY from Lake City, Col visited among us last week bringing with them memories of the years that -?- -?-.

The W.C.T.U. sociable and entertainment at Mr. MOSGROVE's was well attended and all seemed to enjoy the occasion. Miss IDA CROUCH is pronounced an excellent essayist. "The Harvest of Rum", by Miss IDA WOODS, brought clearly to our vision the fearful wreck and ruin that rum has wrought in our country. What we are to do about it and how to do it was happily explained in a brief address by Rev. ELLIOTT. The Misses WATSON gave some excellent instrumental solos. The Misses HULICK, BIRDIE, PENCE, Messrs REED and LUKENS and others contributed various instrumental and social selections. It was much regretted that the literature, which was intended for distribuition, was not on hand. The tableaux with colored lights arranged by Miss Crouch and others were quite taking. The next monthly meeting of the W.C.T.U. will be held the second Saturday in April at 2:30 p.m. at the home of Mrs. LEWIS DUKE.

Miss IDA CROUCH has taken her position behind the desk of Aurora. Science Hill again has the services of LIZZIE RUPLE.

Sabbath being a stormy day, the attendance at church was small, consquently a good many failed to enjoy the benefit of Rev. Elliott's elucidation of the words "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Services next Sabbath evening.

DIED - RICE - Dr. DAVID B. RICE died at Ashland, Oregon, the first of this month. He was well known in western Illinois, having resided in Macomb, Oquawka, and Monmouth. Dr. Rice was born in Greenville, Ky, July 10, 1817. He came to Illinois in 1833 and graduated from the McDowell College in St. Louis in 1844. At the outbreak of the ciil war, he entered the army as surgeon of the 102d Illinois volunteers. He was also brigade surgeon. He had charge of hospital No. 3 at Gallatin, Tenn. After the 2nd day's batte of Stone river there were 3,300 soldiers in the hosptial at one time. Being broken down in health, Dr. Rice was compelled to resign and returned to Monmouth. In 1865 he removed to Oregon. He was prominent in organizing the State Medical Society of Oregon and was a professor in the Oregon Medical College. For about three years preious to his last illness he practiced his profession at Ashland. He was twice married, first in January, 1844 to Miss ISABELLA H. PHELPS, daughter of S.S. Phelps, of Oquawka. She died after but three months of married life. In 1846 he was united with Miss MARY M. NORCROSS, of Monmouth, Ills, who survives him, after over 40 years of happily spent married life. Seven children were born to them, only three of whom are living. Will B., Miss Lillie, and D. Lyle. Dr. Rice was ever known as open-hearted and generous to a fault, ever ready to serve others, and placing too light a value upon his services. With the opportunities and advantages at his command, a more selfish and calculating man would have acquired wealth, but he attended alike upon rich and poor, and leaves the record of an honorable, well spent, useful life, and a monument of gratitude in many a heart in Oregon which shines beyond the clouds with brighter luster than the highest pyramid of gold. He was a consistent and honored member of the Presbyterian church for many years up to the time of his death. Monmouth Gazette

DIED - LOOSLEY - At her home in Galesburg, March 17, 1887, SUSAN, wife of A.W. Loosley, in her 35th year. Susan Flemming was born in Oquawka in 1843 and was married to Mr. Loosley in Monmouth, 1871. The funeral service was held at Keithsburg.

DIED - WOLFF - At her home five miles southeast of Keithsburg, CLARA WOLFF, in her 23d year. For many years Miss Wolff had been a member of the M.E. church at Belmont and the funeral services conducted there by Rev. Beall.

August 04, 1887


May 6 - a son to O.A. and F.M. WILSON, OquawkaJune 13 [?]- a daughter to J.L. and C. DOUCORE, Wright GroveJune 15 [?] - a daughter to R.J. and F.J. COGBILL, RosettaJune 22 - a daughter to SAMUEL D. and MARY A. WILLIAMS [?], OquawkaJune 30 - a daughter to GEORGE T. and M.A. PEARCE, GladstoneJuly 8 - a daughter to W.L. and M.G. JACKSON, RosettaJuly 12 - a son to W.H. and E. ROSKELL [?], LomaxJuly 13 - twin sons to A.J. and M.N. CLARK, Bald Bluff.

Miss JENNIE SIMPSON resigned her position in the school here and started Saturday evening for Como, Colorado, where she will teach for $80 a month. Miss MAY CHALFANT, of Blount, Dakota, will take the place here.

JOSEPH HARTLEY was taken very sick Saturday afternoon. MOSES COOPER had another bad spell, Sunday evening.

Miss IDA SPOLHONTZ [?], of Burlington, is visiting GRACE HUDSON.

Miss CARRIE PETERMAN went to Aledo this week to attend the teachers' normal now in session there. She will teach in Mercer county this year.

Mrs. HALL returned the first of the week from Oskaloosa, Iowa, where she was called by the serious illness of a sister.

McGARIGLE [?] the convicted Chicago hoodlum an account of whose escape we gave last week has turned up safe in Canada, where he will probably stay. The escape was made on a lake vessel.

HOWARD, son of JOHN COOPER, fell from a fence last week and broke his arm.

CHARLEY GRANT, of Utah territory, has returned here for a visit of a few weeks with old friends.

The Foreign Missionary Society will meet Friday at Mrs. RINER's.

Rev. and Mrs. A.P. BEALL, of Sunbeam came down the first of the week for visit at Mr. Kinsloe's.

Mrs. ROBERT WATSON, of Burlington, is visiting in town.

Mrs. LOMA WATSON McLEAN is making her first visit home since she moved to Iowa.

Mrs. JOHN PENCE, of Kirkwood, visited old friends in town the first of the week.

The following teachers will teach at the places named the coming school year: RENA CAMPBELL at Harmony; JENNIE PHELPS at Centerville; MARTHA SLOAN at 16; FRANCES SLOAN at Belmont; MINNIE CROUCH at Aurora; MARY BOBEN [BOHEN?] at Science Hill.

November 10, 1887

Thursday evening, Nov. 3d, MORRIS GRAVES and Miss EMMA THOMAS were married, Rev. A.M. Prewitt officiating.

Mrs. COM. DAVIDSON was thrown from her road cart Thursday evening, on her way home, and her left arm was broken near the shoulder.


RILEY MITCHELL was so impressed withthe beauties of the booming west that he bought a farm in Furnam county, Neb.Mrs. ADDIE PALMER, from Alexis, was over last week; also M.H. MILLS, from Neb. Their parents who for so long been residents of Rozetta, will now be found near Alexis with daughter. Mr. and Mrs. WILL FRANCIS now occupy their former residence. DEACON POLLARD and wife from Monmouth were at church here Sabbath; they expect to speed the ---?---- to Virginia and thus escape our cold winter.Mrs. JOE BOYD has a new sewing machine, purchased of MR. BUCKLEY, of Biggville.SPURGOUS MOSGOVE is again enrolled at Monmouth college.Miss CARRIE MUSGOVE is visiting at Biggsville and vicinity.Miss NANNIE MITCHELL from Monmouth was calling among her friends here last week.MRS. BROCK from Oquawka, was out last Friday, gave us a short visit and returned via Bazel Dell, visiting the school and ---?--- the teacher. A severe accident occured at the residence of CHAS. YOUNG, near Avon. Wood was being cut with a power saw, when a hard stick was pressed up against the rapidly revolving saw. The boxing broke and the saw leaped out of its frame, cutting GEORGE YOUNG Sr., and Geo. Young, Jr. The former has rips cut in his thigh, calf and ankle, but they are not considered serious. Young George, however, was badly maimed. His right arm was cut off above the elbow and the thumb and first two fingers of his left hand were amputated.

JAMES M. CAMPBELL, McDonough county's oldest inhabitant, died at the home of his daughter in Macomb last week. His grandfather was a Revolutionary soldier, and his father fought in the war of 1812. Mr. Campbell served in the Black Hawk and mexican wars. He came to Macomb in 1832 and for a number of years held every county office.

Mr. and Mrs. PAUL BLACK of Aledo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary a few days ago.

Dr. G?filao [?] the Indian doctor of Kirkwood is engaged in writing a book.

8 Sep 1887

The Macomb Journal says: Monday a covered wagon drove on the square, bearing all the outfit for first-class moving. It was accompanied by C.S. SMITH and family of Chillicothe, Missouri, who were on their way to the reunion of the 16th Illnois infantry at Bushnell. CONRAD SMITH was a member of Company F and at the close of the reunion will go to Henderson county where his company enlisted and visit old friends. He says the weather was so nice that his family concluded such a trip would be just the thing and so came in the way they did.

Mr. Smith is a brother of our townsman, A.M. SMITH, and is now visiting his mother, Mrs. CROW of Rozetta. This is his first visit here in 17 years. He has rented his farm for a year and he and his family intend to have a good deal of enjoyment during that time. After a few weeks visit here they will move down through Kentucky and Tennessee and wnter at Huntsville, Alabama, where our severe winters are unknown.

MICHAEL McDONALD, of Rockford, who was charged with assault on ANNA BIRMINGHAM with criminal intent, has been sentenced to the penitentiary for 7 years, 5 days of each year to be spent in solitary confnement. The sentence is none too severe. Drink, as usual, was the cause of this foul crime.

November 18, 1887 (?)


The skies look kindly and lovingly down on us; both weather and roads are good - very good.MRS. EVANS, MRS. GALBRAITH, MRS. GADDIS and GEAR PUTNEY have all returned safely from Iowa.Mrs. LIZZIE DEBBIN, of Red Oak, is staying awhile with her friends here; also, MRS. DR. COWDEN, MRS. ANNIE FORT BARNES and MRS. LIBBIE MARSHALL MCARTHUR are visitors in Illinois at present. Rev. CALHOUN has been away for a few days.Mr. J. B. [R?] FORT is making a fish pond. Mr. S. GALBRAITH was also engaged in the same work a short time ago - so we will know where to go to fish next summer. December 1, 1887

Contractor Shot At Lomax - The Dallas City correspondent of the Carthage Gazette says: Mr. BODKIN, one of the main contractors on the Santa Fe grading, was shot at Lomax last evening by young STARKEY, son of ED STARKEY. The difficulty originated about a settlement for work done by Starkey for Bodkin. It appeared that Bodkin disputed the amount claimed by Starkey, when some angry words were used, whereupon Bodkin drew his revolver, but young Starkey was too quick for him and drawing his revolver shot Bodkin the forehead, supposed to be fatal.

Miss NANNIE, daughter of Rev. BOSTMAN, came home to spend a short Thanksgiving vacation. She is attending school at Abingdon.

C.W. HOWARD, the Kirkwood and Oquawka photographer, was married last Thursday to Miss MINNIE BRYAN, of Burlington. We wish the couple all possible happiness.

Miss ADELAID GLENN, of Monmouth, is visiting at H.F. McALLISTER's. She will remain several weeks.

BURR DELABAR has returned from Indiana, where he went to attend the marriage of his sister Mary. Miss KATE BODEN was also a guest at the wedding.

A number of friends gathered at ROBT. HODSON's Tuesday evening and celebrated Mrs. Hodson's 50th birthday anniversay. Mrs. H. received some nice presents, the most valuable one being a gold watch with a diamond setting.

ABRAHAM BANTS, an uncle of Mrs. THOS. SIMPSON, from Oxford, Neb. is visiting Oquawka relatives.

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