Past entries of these articles have looked at the headlines from the years 1907 to 1912. Let’s go back a few years in this edition and look at the year 1900 Bureau County, Illinois through the eyes of the Bureau County Republican.
Feb. 15, 1900
The new proprietors of the Apollo Hall will be Cario A. Trimble, Thomas B. and Dr. Chas W. Hodgeman. The new management will give the building an artistic look which will place it on the level with first class play houses in other cities. Excavation for the basement and foundation for the hall was started in 1883. The company was formed to provide a roller skating rink in Princeton during the craze that was sweeping the country at the time.
Jan, 11, 1900
Walnut, Ill.: Sickness is everywhere, doctor is going around day and night. Maggie Fuller is recovering after a spell erythema nodosum. (You read it right folks.)
March 1, 1900
Bureau County Deputy William Hardy was driving (horse and carriage) from Ladd to Spring Valley when he saw a team of horses being driven toward him at a good rate of speed. Hardy pulled to the right but was hit by the wagon and was thrown from his carriage landing on the side of the road. Hardy’s gun was broken beyond repair for which he often had been offered $25. The previous owner of the gun was at the time serving 44 years in prison for murder. When the deputy came to after the collision, he was told by the driver of the wagon, Henry Swaube, he would be reimbursed for the damage to the carriage. The cost was $35. Hardy received a severe back injury.
March 15, 1900
Wyanet, Ill.: A Wyanet man was part of a matrimonial project sponsored by one of the Chicago papers. A want ad was placed by the intent inquiring about a prepossessing young lady. Soon a correspondence was started between the Wyanet man and a lady from Chicago. After a few letters and a picture between the two, the gentleman became nervous and asked his bride to be for a meeting. She consented and two met in her home. He dressed in his best bibs after combing the hayseed from his whiskers. At the meeting she proclaimed that the cut of his dress was not desirable to her. The gentleman promised that he had a better set of clothes waiting at home in his trunk. She arrived last Tuesday night at 3:16 on the passenger train and went to the Belmont Hotel parlors where she met her groom. He again had the same costume as before and she rejected him asking for $20 back, the amount she spent on him during the courtship. The Wyanet man had a mere 15 cents in his pocket and promised to mail her the rest. With that she returned to Chicago minus a husband.
March 15, 1900
Ohio Township: Williams Haines suspicious of his wife, hired a detective by the name of Clark to follow her. Clark followed Mrs. Haines to Sterling and at Rock Falls she visited friends. On Friday Detective Clark met Mrs. Haines in a saloon in Sterling and made a date with her to go to the theater and take a drive to Dixon on Saturday. Clark then notified Haines and told him to meet them in Dixon. When Clark and Mrs. Haines arrived in Dixon at 1:00 she was arrested. Mrs. Haines was taken before the justice and set free as the justice could find no case against her. She now resides at the Hotel Bishop and has plenty of money. Haines returned to Ohio and is preparing his request for a divorce. Haines is 40 years old and Mrs. Haines is 30 years old. Haines is described as well to do.
Aug. 2, 1900
Hollowayville, Ill.: During the heavy thunderstorm yesterday, the barn of Henry Lehn was struck by lightning and burnt to the ground. When Lehn found the barn ablaze he tried to remove the horses and while trying to do so he was kicked in the face and his jaw was broken. His losses amounted to $1,000.
So there it is. Another entry to add to the collection. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. See you next time.
Princeton resident Todd Borsch can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.