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Headlines from the past

It’s time for another edition of Headlines From The Past. I hope you enjoy a look at news articles from yesteryear. This edition also include a few excerpts from what was called “County News.”

Aug. 24, 1909,

Bureau County Record:

Two Italians from Spring Valley were arrested for killing turkeys owned by Paul Pyzaia of Peru. Six men total had the habit of visiting Mr. Pyzaia’s farm on Sundays and killing his turkeys. When Sheriff Benson of LaSalle County turned up at the mine where the men worked, none of the Italians would point the accused out. Benson was finally able to pick out two of the gentlemen from the crowd. One of the men informed the sheriff that since they were not American citizens, he had no right to arrest them, and they could not be punished by American law.

Nov. 7, 1907,

Bureau County Republican:

Owen Ryan of Tiskilwa is husking corn for James McMahon. Herbert Whiting on Wednesday was an insurance caller at George Minier’s of Milo. Mary Hetrick began attending Tiskilwa High School on Monday.

Oct. 24, 1907,

BCR:

Headline reads, “Jack The Clipper After Horses.” It seems several horses in LaSalle have had their manes and tails clipped by a fiend in the area. Louis Davidson had the mane on his horse clipped so deeply in the middle that the rest of the mane was taken off for appearance sake. Thompson Brothers had a horse robbed of its tail, and in broad daylight. No clue as to who is guilty of this nefarious business.

Aug. 18, 1909,

Bureau County Record:

Peter McConnell was pardoned by Governor Deneen for the murder of Michael McDonald. McConnell had a dispute with a John Doyle of Spring Valley the day of the murder and waited outside Doyle’s store with a rock in hand. McDonald came around the corner and was struck by McConnell thinking it was Doyle. McDonald eventually died from his injuries. McConnell was arrested at his home in Marquette, Ill., and later pleaded guilty to murder. His excuse was $2.50 worth of whiskey is what caused all the trouble.

Oct. 24, 1907,

BCR:

While on a buggy ride, Mrs. Anna Mayers of Buda, met up with an automobile. Mrs. Mayers had stepped out of the buggy before the horse bolted going over a hedge, buggy and all and landing in Will Carper’s field. Mrs. Mayers was not hurt and driver of the automobile paid her $5 for damages. Mrs. Edith Powers and her daughter had a similar incident when their horse overturned their buggy due to automobile fright. The automobile driven by L.H. Scott frightened the horse, and the passengers of the buggy were thrown into a ditch. Scott stopped so suddenly that something broke in the auto and he was unable to restart the machine. Mrs. Powers received scratches on her face and a bruised shoulder. The girl was unhurt.

July 21, 1909,

Bureau County Record:

Search parties were formed to look for a man named Fred Young of Princeton. He was found 72 hours later wondering the streets of Seatonville. Young had recently taken treatment at a hospital and then returned home. Later Young disappeared and ended up in Galesburg. When he came to his senses, he found himself at the train depot, and the train caller called for Princeton. He then took the train home. On another occasion Young was found wandering near Zearing, Ill., with no hat or coat. Young was discovered Saturday by Bert Piper, S.L. Richardson and Ira C. Gibbons while they were traveling in their automobile to Seatonville on business. Young was offered a ride to Princeton which he accepted and was taken to Bureau County Jail for evaluation. When asked, Young remembered only a little about his trip but said he had plenty to drink. Mr. Young is well known in Princeton and has no bad habits as smoking or chewing. He was taken to Watertown by Sheriff Skoglund and his brother, Albert Young, on Monday.

So there you have it. Another edition of “Headlines from the past.” Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Princeton resident Todd Borsch can be reached at borsch@ivnet.com.

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