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Headlines From the Past

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 3:13 p.m. CST

Time again for another installment of Headlines From the Past along with some excerpts from the “County News” sections of past newspapers. Hope the summer has been good and the weather not too hot. Well here goes ... so hold on!

Aug. 11, 1909,

Bureau County Record:

A new Automobile Law to go into effect. Section 10 of the new law states “No persons shall drive a motor vehicle or motor bicycle upon a public highway in the state at a greater speed than is reasonable and proper, having regard to traffic and the use of way, or so as to endanger the life and limb or injure the property of any persons.”

It sounds as if it’s left to the judgment of the driver, but wait. The new law continues and gets more specific. In business sections of cities, towns and villages, the speed must not exceed 10 miles an hour. In residence districts, one can travel no faster than 15 miles an hour. On public highways outside a city, the limit is 20 miles an hour. In turning corners, one must travel no faster than six miles an hour.

“This law is violated everyday,” according to the article. A fine is set at $200. A second violation could double the fine, and the driver could lose his license for 60 days. A third violation and the fine doubles with loss of license for six months. After a license is revoked to operate a motor vehicle, a person must pay a fine no greater than $200 or spend 30 days in jail, or both.

Jan. 16, 1908,

Bureau County Republican:

“That was a long Sunday that Warren Grange and family spent with Mrs. George Nelson, according to typos last week. It was Thomas Nelson of Chicago who visited with his mother from Friday until Monday.” “Miss Blanche and Edna Kitterman of Tiskilwa were over Tuesday night visitors at John Smucker’s.“

Dec. 26, 1907,

Bureau County Republican:

John M. Helmer won the contest to name the new town in Selby Township. And his prize? His choice of lots in the new town when the plat is recorded. Oh, and the name of the town? Pushango, Illinois. Helmer put three words together, “Push and Go,” to come up with the  prize-winning name. A footnote to this story. Pushango would have been located near Searl’s Ridge. A relative of Mr. Helmer posted on a website the town never came to be, probably due to the Cherry Mine disaster in 1909. See bureau.illinoisgenweb.org/queries2.htm for more details.

Nov. 28, 1907,

Bureau County Republican:

Headline read, “200 Foreigners Are Bungoed.” Two hundred Greek and Italian miners paid an agency in Chicago $12.50 for the agency  to secure work for them in the mines at Ladd. When these men arrived on Thursday at the Illinois Third Vein Coal Co., they were told the mine was already filled to capacity with workers, and no jobs were available. Many of the men swore vengeance on the men who had swindled their money and planned to return to Chicago. Some of the men did not have enough money for the return fare and were scouring the area for work.

Dec. 26, 1907,

Bureau County Republican:

Mrs. John Picco of Spring Valley deserted her husband and two children for a second time after claiming her husband was too slow. City Marshal Gavin traced Mrs. Picco to a resort in Galesburg where she was arrested and brought home. John Picco, the husband, is described as honest, industrious and indulgent, but not lively enough for Mrs. Picco. On the trip from Galesburg to Spring Valley, Mrs. Picco told Marshal Gavin she would run off at the first opportunity.

Dec. 12, 1907,

Bureau County Republican:

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cooney of Bradford were visitors at T.F. O’Brien’s Friday. A party of about 40 invited guests had a very enjoyable time at Wesley McCloud’s Friday night.

I hope you enjoy these articles and a look at the past as much as I do. Have a great day!

Princeton resident Todd Borsch can be reached at borsch3@ivnet.com.

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