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October 05, 1849 Knoxville Republican Register Paper

List of Letters Remaining in the Post Office

Ziba Adams, Miss Mary B Baird, Richard Myers, GT. S. Bellows, Asal Murray, John  Miller, Nathan Martin, Otho BERKSHIRE, A. H. Moore, Erastus Barber, Absolem Bowman, Abias Peckenpaugh, Stephen Pangburn, J. W. Poe, 2--Wesley Plummer, Hiram Case, Wilford Cecil, John Church, William R. Sloan, Isaac Hays, Joseph Haielin, James Hannah, A. F. Heath, Rev. Haines, William Hunt, William Ward, John Tell, Edward Tharp, Sarah Graham, Clem Graham, Patrick O'Grady, Miss Abba'L Gardner, Alexander Tate, care of Charles Hoyt, Gaddial Scott, Joseph Haiclin, Joseph McChesney, Anna Witers, Mrs. T. L. West. John White, G. S. Sandburn. Francis Walker, 2--Jacob Wolf, 3--William A. Wood, Sarah A. Wilmot, Henry Edige, Eli Westfall

Joke: A negro servant being asked what color he believed the devil was, replied--"why," he replied the African, "the white man tells us he is black, we say he is white; but from his long age, I guess Old Nick must be grey."

Married, in Knoxville, Oct. 11th, by Rev T. S. Vaill, Mr. Sturges S. McNaughton, of Moline, Ill. too Miss Isabella Thompson, of Knoxville.

On Sunday evening, the 6th inst. in the New School Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Mr. Hawley, Deacon Nathan Huntington, of Groveland, Tazewell Co., too Miss Jane Charevoy, daughter of Mr. Francis Charevoy, of Knoxville.

Administrator's Sale:

By the virtue of a decree of the Knox Circuit Court, I will sell at public auction on the premises, on Saturday the 15th day of December next, the following described real estate, too-wit: 50 acres off the east side of the S. E. quarter of Section 34. The west half of the S. W. quarter of Section 35, and the S. W. quarter of Section 34.....anyway  all in Township 9 N of Range 2 East of the 4th principal Meridian, or so much thereof as shall be sufficient too pay the debts. Of Malachiah Loyd,  deceased, a credit of twelve month will be given the purchaser, giving note with good security, and also a mortgage on the he premises.

Sale between 10 o'clock A. M. and 5 o'clock p. m. of said day.

Richard H. Sampson, Adm'r.; of M. Loyd, dec'd.; October 24, 1949

Wednesday, November, 14, 1849

Young Barnum Dead.---We regret too announce that Mr. T. K. Barnum, who was shot by one of the Montesquions on the night of the 30th ult. died of his wounds on the 7th inst. He suffered intensely during his short illness, but bore up with fortitude, and was perfectly resigned too his cruel fate.--Rev.

Horrid Murder.

    In making up our last week's paper we inadvertently omitted an article in relation too the horrid affray which was transacted in St. Louis, o n the 30th ult., at Barnum's City Hotel. Two Frenchmen, giving their names as Counts Gonsealon and Reymond de Montesquions, lately arrived from France, who form some cause thought they had reason too revenge themselves on mankind, made an attack with fire arms out  the occupants of an adjoining apartment, killing one man and mortally wounding others. An investigation has been had of the affair before the Recorder, which resulted in their commitment too jail, too take their trail in January next, the offence being regarded as of a nature too preelude them from being admitted too bail. T. K. Barnum, one of the wounded has since died, and an attachment was issued at the suit of the father too recover damages for the loss of his services, &c. He being at the time of his heath, a minor. The damages are laid at three thousand dollars. Under this writ, all the property of which the Montesquions were by the sheriff too abide the event of the suit, possessed, on their arrival in the city, was seized in the event of a suit.

A Negro belonging too Mr. Glasscome, near Palmyra, committed violence  on, and murdered, Miss Bright, aged 14, and killed her brother, aged 11 years. The negro will be burned on Friday!---Chi. Jour.


Married--On Thursday, 8th inst. by Rev. A. R. Gardner, Mr. Franklin Foster, too Miss Zervia Porter, all of Farmington.

Administrator's Notice,

Estate of Gideon B. Gillett, deceased. Public Notice is hereby given, that on the 7th day of January next. I shall attend before the Knox County court, in Knoxville, at 12 o'clock M.,  for the purpose of settling and adjusting all claims, against the estate of Gideon B. Gillett, later of said County, deceased, when and where all claimants are required too present their demands for adjustment. All person s indebted too said estate are also notified too make payment tot he undersigned with out delay. Dated this 10th day of November, 1849.

Nathan Barlow, Admr; November 14, 1849. 6-3t


November, 21, 1849 Knoxville, Ill The Knoxville Journal 

Volume 1---Number 7

Peoria & Oquawka Railroad:

   The time is at hand when some efficient measures should be used for taking stock in this road. We mentioned last week that by t he charter it was necessary that stock should be taken by the 12th of February next, and that before stock could be subscribed notice of the opening of the Subscription Books should be given for thirty days. In order that our citizens may know the provisions of the Charter, and act understandingly, we have published it entire, on our fourth page. we commend it too a perusal; and are satisfied that its provisions are as liberal as could be desired--and we are convinced that is a start was made, there would be no difficulty in getting the whole amount of stock taken. We are favorably place for beginning the work, and the movement commenced at the centre would soon produce the desired effect throughout both ends of the line.

The only point at which there appears too be any opposition is at Monmouth, where they entertain a visionary scheme, (at least for the present,) of having a railroad running from Quincy, too intersect the Chicago and Galena road at Rockford, which it will be seen by reference too a map, will carry them some forty or fifty miles north of Chicago, the point tat which they ultimately aim. If the citizens of Monmouth were too examine the two roads proposed, they would immediately see the advantage of the one under consideration over the proposed Rockford route. With two rivers as terminnii, and one of them the Illinois, at a point midway between the two great markets of the west, giving a choice as the markets vary, for shipments too either at  a cost of transportation as low as they could transport by a railroad either too Chicago or Quincy, and with one termination at a point that would intersect the trade of the richest portion of Iowa, making a business on this road that would soon pay a handsome dividend ton the cost of construction.

At Peoria the work has some ardent supporters, and we hope soon too hear that the citizens generally are awaking too its importance.

From other points on the line we have heard but one desire, and that is, that the work be prosecuted.

At Burlington (Iowa)_ they look at cur read with interest; and could it be extended too that city, we are assured that a heavy addition too the stock would be subscribed.

At Farmington, we have conversed with a few gentlemen upon the subject and find that a lively interest is manifested for early action. from that point, should it pass through the grading and the embankments are completed for twelve miles towards Peoria, and from the course pursued by the Legislature in other cases, we have no doubt, that the improvements made would be cheerfully granted by the State too the present company. The citizens, we are told, are ready too do their share in taking stock; and urge the advantageous ground upon that route, and the large amount of produce annually received, which would find a market over the road.

A Day of Thanksgiving

Proclamation by the Governor

    It is peculiarly appropriate at the close of the year, when we are surrounded with a profusion of blessings which a kind Providence has bestowed upon us, that we should not forget the hand from which they are received, or the debt of the gratitude cue from us the Great Giver of them all.--

    Therefore, I, Augustus C. French, governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby designate and appoint Thursday, the 29th day of the present month, too be observed throughout this State as a day of public Thanksgiving. And it is earnestly desired that the citizens of this State will on that day, cease from their accustomed a vocations, and all unite in giving thanks too the Almighty disposer of events for the many favors we enjoy at his hand, as state and nation--for the continued enjoyment of civil and religious freedom--for health, peace, plenty, and prosperity; and pray him that He may long continue too us these Blessings, and not too us alone, but make them the common portion of every nation and people throughout the world.

done at the city of Springfield, this 8th day of November, A. D. 1849--Aug. C. French

By the Governor: H. S. Cooley, Sec. Of State. November 12, 1849

Stealing,---During the past week we have heard of several thefts. on last Friday night a horse was stolen from Cherry Grove, and on the same night a saddle was taken from the stable of the Mansion house in this town, on Saturday night, a horse and buggy were stolen in Farmington, these thefts should put citizens on their guard. The motto, "Safe Bind, Safe find," is a good one, and better be  adopted before the loss is sustained from negligence.

The Choctaw Indians claim the privilege of being allowed too furnish a stone for the NATIONAL MONUMENT too WASHINGTON, in progress of erection at Washington city. They do so on the ground that their great Father Washington was always the immutable friend of the tribe.


Married--On Tuesday, the 13th inst. by Elder John Beard, Mr. Joseph Meek too Nancy Louisa Latimer, all of Cherry Grove. We were recollected in a substantial manner by the happy pair.

At the Mansion House, in this place, Nov 17th, by Rev. T. S. Vaill, Mr. Rufus Fuller too Miss Hannah A. Burt, both of Henderson, Knox County.

Markets Hogs

The  market for hogs, from all we can learn is opening at very low rates, over the whole country. Through this section the prices range from $1.50 too $2.00 per 100 lbs, gross, and very limited demand even at those rates.

Chicago Markets; Chicago, Nov. 16, 1849

Wheat--spring ranges from 50 too 57 cents and 75 too 85 cents; for winter.

Corn---38-40c; Oats--20-22c; Pork--2.25-3.00; Beef--2.50-3.50

Administratrix Notice.

Estate of John D. Roundtree, deceased.

Public Notice is hereby given, that on the 1st Monday of February next, I shall attend before the Knox county court, Knoxville, at 12 o'clock, M., for the purpose of settling and adjusting all claims, against the estate of John D. Roundtree, late of said county, deceased when and where, all claimants are required present their demands for adjustment. All persons indebted too said estate are also notified too make payment too the undersigned without delay. Dated this 15th day of November, 1849.

Desha Roundtree, Adm'x Nov 21, 1q849 7-6w.


Notice is hereby given that by virtue a decree of the Knox circuit court, ma? tne Oct. Term thereof, A. D. 1849. 1st January news at the residence of Mary K. in Knox County, proceed too sell at public auction between the hours of ten o'clock in the aforenoon and five o'clock of the afternoon the  same day, the following described real estate too wit: the east half too the south half of the north east quarter of section thirty-one too ship eleven North Range four East, the ??? half of the North  west quarter of Section Township ten North range four East ?? East quarter of Section two township North Range four East. (except so much too of as lies East of the road running from Knoxville too Peoria, all   in Knox county, state of Illinois. And also Lot No. 3 in Block NO ? in the Town of Rochester in Peoria County, Illinois.

The said real estate too be sold on a ????twelve months, the purchaser of pursers thereof giving bond with good personal seem mmmmm for the payment of the purchase money. ???? also a mortgage on the premises sold, and a such sale I shall execute too such purchaser purchasers alleged or deeds of conveyance., Ephraim A. Ellsworth; Admr. of Thomas King, deceased. 2---Oct 17, 1849


The Knoxville Journal

Wednesday, November 28, 1849---Volume 1 --- Number 8


Several deaths have occurred from this disease, recently, in Fulton county. At Copperas Creek Landing it first made it's appearance, and carried off John Snyder and Benjamin Rawalt, both of the firm of Snyder and Rawalt, and a Captain Rice, all in a few days. Jacob Fiddler, about the same time, was taken, and died at the residence of Mr. Coleman, near Canton. Much alarm is felt by the citizens least it should spread and become again epidemic. No cause can be ascribed for it's appearance, and we could not hear of any cases on the boats or in other places on the river.

The public dept of Georgia now is $1,828,472.22

Rev/ Peter Rogers, aged ninety-nine years four months and ten days, died in Waterloo, Ill., in the 4th inst. He was one of Washington's Life Guard, in the War of Independence, and perhaps the last of that noble band.


married--In North Presbyterian Parish, Knox co., November 23d, by Rev. T. S. Vail., Mr Peter McClymant too Mrs. Margaret McRee.

Chicago Markets; Chicago, Nov 24,1849

Wheat--Spring ranges from 50 too 54c and 70 too 80cents; for winter.

Corn--34- 36c

Oats--20 too 22c

Pork--2.25 too 3.00

Beef 2.50 too 3.50

Peoria Prices Current.; Peoria, Nov 22, 1849

Flour-----$4.50 too $4.60

Wheat, ----60 too 78c


Oats---16 too 18c




Hogs--The business of price is about $2.00

Pass the Rascal Round.---Last spring a scoundrel assuming the name of Francis Rivers appeared in this community, and married a young and very respectable lady. They afterwards settled in Peoria, where, three months after marriage, he deserted his young wife, robbing her of a considerable amount of jewelry, and everything this had, and taken in her friends too the amount of several hundred dollars. After leaving her, he went too Albany N. Y. where , assuming a military dress, he passed himself off for the Lt. Jno L. Eaton, U. S. Navy, and soon after contracted  marriage with a young and wealthy lady of that city or its neighborhood. But before the honey moon was over with his new bride, he was detected and exposed by two gentleman of this city.; Since then,  it is understood that he has yet another wife in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is time for the newspapers too take hold of him. He is yet at large, and we hope a general hue and cry will be raised too that he may be brought too he penitentiary without delay.--St. Louis Rep.

Railroad Meeting at Galesburg.

    A meeting was held at Galesburg on Monday evening last, at which a feeling very favorable too the Peoria AND OQUAWKA Railroad was manifested. Part of the speakers expected were not in attendance but the meeting was addressed by our townsman, Jas. Knox, Esq., and several citizens of Galesburg, in a manner well calculated too  the elicit attention too , and promote action upon the subject.

We hope soon too be able too chronicle other actions upon this subject than the mere holding of public meetings. The citizens of this  county are now ready for action, and  as soon as subscription books are opened, they will speak in a language not too be misunderstood, that this work must be built.

Railroad Meetings ---There will be a railroad meeting held on Saturday evening next, at the School House at A. Bartnett's, Esq., two and a half miles south of Knoxville. hon. John Denny and James Knox, Esq., is expected too address the meeting. A full attendance is requested.

Sillies from the Paper:::: a must read.....

There will be Divine service at the Old School Presbyterian church tomorrow at 11 o'clock A. M. We are gratified too see our citizens conforming too the spirit of the Governor's Proclamation and making manifest their thankfulness too the Giver of all good for his unnumbered mercies.

--The spirits of a man are the thermometer of his happiness, and it is too the rise and fall of them that his troubles and cares, joys, or pleasures, may always be determined.

--A point too Reckon From.--The latitude and longitude of the dome of the Capitol at Washington, is found too be latitude 38d 58m 19 86s north, longitude 37d om26s east from Greenwich, do. in line, 5d 8m 41 74s.

--Don't dear, said Mrs. Partington too a child playing with a powder horn, don't touch the pesky thing for it might go off, and then you'll get burnt, as the poor little boy did that got blowed up by a pound of shot.

---Modesty too the female character, is like salt-petre too beef, imparting a blush while it preserves its purity.

The above is only equalled by Ollapod who says:

"Female lips are but the glowing gate way of so much beef and Baggage."  --- A young lady, when recommended too exercise for her health, said she would jump at an offer and run her own risk.--- Love, like the plague, is often communicated by clothing and money.

Mrs. Malloney says that the great advantage of getting married is, that you can do with half the number of bedsteads.

Dangerous---Blue eye, a witching smile, a silver voice, and --green fruit of all kinds.

If five and a half yards make a perch, how many will make a trout? If two hogshead make a pipe, how many will make a cigar? If two gallons make one peck, how many will make one thirsty?


The top rail from de-fence of a criminal.

A composition written by a "pupil; of the eye."

A hair from a "selected tale."

Some of the wool which "Uncle Ned," handn't on his  head.

A prong of "the fork of Skunk."

"A passenger that came in the "last stage of consumption."

Milk from "the bosom of the ocean."

Some of the poison that made sine die.

Some corn from the shock of an earthquake.

A cake  made from the flour (flower) of youth.

Wheat cut by the cradle of luxury.

Some of the lining of the cloak of religion.

The sum total of figurative language.

John Smith; which John the papers don't tell, has said many good things---and among the rest, that "a newspaper is like a wife, 'cause every man' should have one of his own."9481122518

          "It is the part of a woman, like her own beautiful planet, too cheer the dawn and the darkness-- too be both the morning and evening star of a man's life. the light of her eye is the first too rise and the last too set upon manhood's day of trial and suffering."9481122518

"Are you an Odd Fellow?"

"No sir! I've been married for a week!"

"I mean do you belong too the Order of the Odd Fellows?"

No, no I belong too the Order of the Married men!"

"Mercy, how dumb! Are you a Mason?"

"No, I am a carpenter by trade."

"Worse and worse! are you a Son of Temperance?"

"Bother you no? I'm a son of Mr. John Gosling!"9481122518

My!-- A modest young lady, desiring the leg of a chicken, at a table, said "she would take that part which should be dressed in pantaloons!"  A young gentleman opposite immediately called "for that part which usually wears the bustle!"9481122518


Wednesday, December 5, 1849

Important Rumor--Mr. Clay in the cabinet---The Baltimore correspondent of the N. Y. Tribune, under date of Nov. 14, contains the following rumor; "I have just seen a letter from Washington, which states, on the best authority, that Mr. Clay on will resign his post of Secretary of State on the opening of Congress, and that Hon. Henry clay will fill the vacancy without doubt. This is the reason of Mr. Clays early visit too Washington--too consult in regard too the proposed change. The above information is derived from what I believe too be an authentic source. You can use it as you think proper."

Wednesday, December 12, 2005

from the Peoria., Press..

Railroad Meeting-- At an adjourned meeting on the subject of a plank road too Farmington or Canton, and the Peoria and Oquawka railroad reported in substance, that the subject of plank roads should be, for the present, suspended, and that this meeting as far as it relates too plank roads adjourn until the 20th of February next, whether subject would be fully taken into consideration, and that a general invitation be given too all persons in the surrounding counties interested in the enterprise top attend.

On motion of E. N. Powel, the report, and accompanying resolution were adopted.

The report of the committee on the Peoria and Oquawka railroad recommended a railroad convention too be held on the 20th December inst., in the town of Knoxville, Knox county. On motion, he report was adopted.

O. Peters moved that a committee of three be appointed too give notice of said convention by handbills and news papers along with the proposed line, and in the various counties interested in the railroad; and that the chair appoint the committee.

The motion being adopted than chairman appointed O. Peters. W. cockle, and J. Moore, as said-committee.

On motion of J. P. Hotchkiss the chairman was authorized too appoint twenty delegates out of the county too attend said convention at Knoxville.

The Chairman appointed the following gentlemen:

A. G. Curtenuis, Isaac Underhill, Wm. S. Moss, George T. Metcalfe, Norman H. Purple, John T. Lindsay, J. P. Hotchkiss, Ezra G. Sanger. Thomas J. Pickett. A. L. Merriman, Rudolphus Rouse, William Comphor, Smith Rye, T. L. Davis, W. J. Phelps, Dr. Hannaford, James Temple, James Ladd, T. McFarland, O. Peters, W. Cockle, Capt. John Moore, V. Voris, E. N. Powell, Oliver Walcott., G. C. Bester, Lewis Howell, James Kirkpatrick, Jonathan K. Cooper, William Hale, William M. Dodge, Hugh J. Sweeney, John S. Zieber, Wm. W. Thompson and Thos. N. Welles. On motion the meeting adjourned.; John A. McCoy, Ch'rn; John T. Lindsey, Sec.

Railroad Meeting

A meeting of the citizens of Knoxville was held at the Court House, on Friday evening, the 7th inst., favorable too the contemplated Railroad from Peoria too Oquawka. R. L Hannaman was called too the chair, and W. H. Whitton, appointed Secretary.

'James Knox Esq., made some remarks respecting the object of the meeting, which was, too respond too the call of the citizens of Peoria, recommending a Railroad Convention too be held at the town of Knoxville, on the 20th of December; and who offered the following resolutions, which, after some appropriate remarks by Mr. Mason and J. Manning, Esq., were unanimously adopted.

The citizens of Peoria having at a recent meeting. recommended a Railroad Convention too be held on the20th inst.,  in the town of Knoxville.

Resolved, That we heartily concur in their recommendation, and earnestly invite our neighbors of Warren and Henderson, and whomsoever else it may concern too unite with the citizens of Peoria and Knox, in holding such Convention on the day proposed.

Believing that the proposed road would be of inestimable benefit tot he counties through which it would pass, and also too those adjoining.

Resolved further, That we will give our cheerful, cordial, zealous support too all measures calculated too ensure its certain and speedy completion.

"Looking forward in pleasing anticipation tot he time, when through the agency of steam, we shall be near neighbors too the  citizens of Peoria and Oquawka, as wall as of intermediate points; and as no more favorable opportunity may occur for commencing the office of civility and good neighborhood."

Resolved again. that we now respectfully tender too the citizens of Peoria, and Warren, and Henderson, and all others interested in the proposed enterprise, the hospitalities of our town; and while we cannot promise too them the most sumptuous entertainment, that we will at least, with hearty good will bid them welcome--most welcome too the proposed Convention!

On motion this meeting now adjourn too Friday evening next.; R. L. Hannaman, Ch'rn W. H. Whitton, Sec..

"It is the part  of a women, like her own beautiful planet, too cheer the dawn and the darkness--too be both the morning and evening star of a man's life. The light of her eye  is the first too rise and the last too set upon manhood's day of trial and suffering."

Canine.-- There is a dog in Cincinnati, one year old, who is said  too be the Tom Thumb of the bow-wows; he is only nine inches  in length, five inches in  height, and weighs two pounds and one ounce. He's safe--he would make a very small sausage.

Camphine for polishing.-- Ladies are very fond  of keeping the door-knobs, spoons, plates, &c., in  brilliant order.  Now,  if instead  of water and chalk, and such preparations, ladies  will use  camphine and rottenstone,  a far brighter, quicker, and more durahle polish can be obtained than in any other way.  Camphine is the article used  for producing  the exquisite polish of daguerrotype plates, and nothing has yet been found too  equal it. So says an  exchange ,and it is worthy  of a trial.

Too Remove Stains and Marks From Books.-- A solution of oxalic acid, nitric acid, or tartaric acid, is attended with the least  risk,  and may be applied upon the paper and spirits without fear of damage.

These acids take out the writing ink, and not touching the printing, can be used for restoring books ,where the margins have been written upon, without attacking  the text.

Matrimonial.-- "Wednesday is the proper time too get married."--Exchange Paper.

"We should advise Monday in preference,  as then you gain two day's time! On second thought, the couple should seek Two's-day."

"By all means avoid Friday."--Another.

"We don't think it much matters on what day it's done, so that you provide for the Son-day that is very likely too follow."--Sunday Globe.

As we approve of marriages, our advice is. Set a day--no matter which, but the sooner the better.

We prefer the day that comes between Wednesday and  Friday.--Dol.Times.

We prefer evening of any day, as  it makes all days weak days.

Galesburg Daily Mail, Morning Edition, Wednesday, November 7, 1894


He Resents an Attempt to Rob His House by Two Tramps and is Badly Wounded - Only Meager Particulars Received up to a Late Hour Last Night.

Word was received here late last night that Mr. Thomas Walters, a wealthy farmer living 4 miles south of Maquon, had been shot and badly wounded. Particulars of the affair were not given, but the shooting is supposed to have been done by two men for the purpose of robbery. At an early hour two tramps came to the house, and from what could be learned last night made an attempt to rob the house, but Mr. Walters resisted and the shot was fired by one of the men. Just how badly Mr. Walters was wounded could not be learned last night.

Galesburg Daily Mail; Evening Edition; Wednesday, November 7, 1894


Four Men Enter the Home of Mr. Thomas Waters and Order Him to Hold Up His Hands and be Robbed - He Refuses to Comply With Their Demands and is Shot.

Brief mention was made in The Mail extra this morning of the shooting of Mr. Thomas Waters at his home near Maquon last night, but at the time only meagre particulars were given. Parties here from Maquon this morning give additional news of the affray. It seems about 8 o'clock last evening while Mr. Waters , who is a man nearly 75 years of age , was seated in his house four miles south of Maquon, chatting with a friend, whose name could not be learned, two young men, one with a light moustache and the other with about two weeks' of growth of beard on his face, entered the house, and with revolvers in their hands ordered Mr. Waters and his freind to hold up their hands. The freind started and ran out of the house and didappeared in the darkness, but Mr. Waters, who is a strong, well preserved man, stood his ground and refused to throw up his hands and be robbed, but instead put up a fight. Seeing that the old man was game, the robber fired, the ball entering Mr. Waters left breast and passing through came out near the left arm. For a moment the old gentleman was stunned, but regaining himself he started again to fight and for a time matters were pretty lively. The old man kept up the fight and succeeded in driving the two men from the house. The news of the shooting was soon spread about the neighborhood and word was sent from Maquon to Sheriff Mathews. A search was at once instituted throughout the county, but no trace of the men could be found. This morning two young men who answered pretty closely to the description of the men, were arrested in this city but an investigation of the case proved them not
to be the parties wanted. The wound in Mr. Waters breast, while a serious one, is not considered dangerous.

Galesburg Daily Mail, Evening Edition; Thursday, November 8, 1894


About 7:00 o'clock last night a daring robbery was attempted on Thos. R. Walters, at his home, some three miles southwest of Maquon. Mr. Walters, his wife, two daughters and a hired hand had just finished supper when two masked men entered the room, one remaining at the door, the other advancing with pistol in hand, demanded Mr. Walters money, the old gentleman answered by snatching a stick of stove-wood and began to defend himself when the scoundrel shot him in the right breast. At this moment the wife and daughters caught the robber and shoved him towards the door while Mr. Walters was still pelting him with sticks of wood and chairs, but before expelling him he fired a second shot but missed it's aim. Dr. Knowles was called in and reports the wound not dangerous, and that in probing the wound he could not determine whether the ball entered or glanced off. Uncle Tommy is 81 (sic) years old and he fought in defense of his home with a determination and the courage of a Bengal tiger. As we go to press this Tuesday evening, we learn two men answering the description of these men were arrested in London Mills.

Galesburg Daily Mail; Evening Edition; Friday, November 9, 1894

Were Not the Men.

Sheriff Mathews returned last evening from Havana, where he went to take a look at the two men arrested there on the charge of shooting old man Walters near Maquon. While the two men answered pretty closely the description of thos wanted, they were not the ones. At a little after midnight the sheriff recieved a telephone message from Maquon that the same two men who had made the attempt on Mr. Walters had been prowling around the neighborhood again, and that they had been driven out of a chicken coop near by where they had stolen one or two chickens. The sheriff left for Maquon on the early morning train to investigate the matter. It is his belief, and the belief of many others that the two men have been in hiding near the Walters place ever since the shooting was done Monday night.

Galesburg Daily Mail; Evening Edition; Saturday, November 10, 1894

A Reward

A reward of $100 has been offered for the capture of the two men who shot Mr. Thos. Walters at his home near Maquon last Tuesday night.

No Trace

Sheriff Mathews returned from Maquon last evening where he had been to investigate the Walters shooting. As yet no definate clue to the men who did the shooting has been obtained.

Galesburg Daily Mail; Evening Edition; Tuesday, November 13, 1894


He is Arrested at Peoria and Tells What He Knows of the Shooting - As Yet the Officers Have No Clue to the Other Man - A Search for Him Going On.

It seems that one of the men that made the assault on Thos. Walters at his home near Maquon one night last week, and because he would not hold up his hands and be robbed, shot him, has been captured at Peoria and is now in the jail there, and it is said he made a clean breast of the affair. So far the officers say they have no clue whatever to the other man implicated in the shooting. Regarding the arrest of the Peoria man the Journal says: "On Saturday evening last Captain Tripp, assisted by B.F. Adams, son-in-law of Thomas R. Walters, of London Mills, the man shot last Tuesday evening, arrested one Fred Bohn, on suspicion of being one of the two men who made the murderous assault upon Mr. Walters."

Bohn was taken to the station and caged in the women's department, where for a time he was left to study over the situation. Later he was taken into the chiefs private office, where Captain Tripp and Mr. Adams put him through the sweating process. Bohn is not the nerviest man in the country, and in the course of an hour or so, through up his hands and made a clean breast of the whole business, but could not give the name of the man who was with him, and who fired at and wounded Mr. Walters in the left breast. Bohn has told the whole story: how he and his companion went to Mr. Walters' house near Maquon, entered the kitchen and went into the dining room, where Mr. Walters and the hired hand sat by the stove playing checkers. Mr. Walters was ordered to give up his money or be killed, and he bade the man with the revolver not to shoot and he would get the money for him. Mr. Walters arose, and as he did so caught a stick of wood from the box and hurled it at the robbers head, the robber replying with a shot which struck Mr. Walters in the left breast. One of the daughters rushed in and caught hold of the man who held the revolver and begged him not to shoot, but a second shot was fired, accidentally, as the marauders made their escape from the house. Bohn has told the whole story, but in telling it, put the shooting on to his companion, who was in Peoria for several days after the attempted robbery, but who, it is feared, has within the past forty-eight hours left the city.

Mr. Adams brought in a suspect this morning, but Bohn said he was not the man and he was released. The sheriff of Iroquois county telegraphs that he has a suspect under arrest, and asks for information in the matter of the age of the man wanted. Bohn is about 22 years old, and has lived in Peoria for a year or more. At one time he worked on a farm in Knox county, near the Walters farm. His confession has been taken down in writing word for word as he told the story. He was feeling penitent this morning, and crying like a child, gave more of the details of the affair.

Due too this being much work on my part I really do not want too find any of this information located on this page on another site. Therefore there are some errors in this publication. I've had some trouble with people copying and reformatting what I put on line. I have been typing this information up at the Galesburg library from a microfilm on a laptop computer. and have spent many days down there and there will be more information posted at a later date for this web site.

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