Once again it’s time to gather round for another edition of “Headlines from the past.”
• Dec. 26, 1901: Bureau County Republican — Ed Struevers of Indian Township had his second trial for carrying a concealed weapon. Last Tuesday afternoon, Struever stood before Justice Whiting, the people being represented by State’s Attorney Porter. The defense lawyer was Attorney Porter of LaSalle. Struevers was found guilty and assessed a fine and cost amounting to $28.
• Dec. 12, 1907: BCR — An advertisement ran undersigned by many of the businesses in Princeton at the time. The advertisement set forth the proposition that if a patron of any of the named businesses spent more than $10, that said patron would be given free car fare, their horse fed or a 5 percent discount in cash, if preferred. For the out-of-town customers who bought a round trip ticket, they were requested to ask for a receipt, and their railroad fare would be reimbursed in full. The proposition was for one and all; no favors to any class or section. A note included that the $10 worth of merchandise did not have to be purchased from any one business. The offer was good until Jan. 1, 1908.
• Jan. 16, 1902: BCR — Indian Township. The angel of death has visited and taken as his own Mrs. Jennie Whiting, nee Bloom. She was all in the freshness and bloom of womanhood. Mrs. Whiting had been suffering from a lung ailment. She was very loving, lovable, modest, unassuming with everybody her friend. The funeral was held from her residence Wednesday at 2 p.m.
• Dec. 19, 1907: BCR — This poem was suggested for print by the Princeton’s Woman’s Club, called “The Cigarette.” “I am a little cigarette, if you smoke me you will get nothing but a big regret. I will not rob you of your purse, maybe do a great deal worse, ‘Til you wind up in a hearse. For my mission is to harm on the sly without alarm, I can do it like a charm. Large boys upon the street, with their dudish hands and feet, they’re the ones I like to meet. Easily led astray are these, can’t say no when comrades tease, thrashed about by every breeze. With my dainty style of art, I can play the winning part, and enslave with hidden dart. I can poison every vein in your body and your brain, ‘til you’re classes with the insane. And locked behind bars, jabbering jargon to the stars, knowing neither home nor Mars. Just a little stub and twist, held within idle fist, heaps up yearly such a grist. Many a life has gone to waste, many a fortune dropped in haste, just by forming such a taste.”
• Dec. 19, 1907: BCR — Headlines read “Frank Emmett Asks For Divorce”. Francisco Annarella also know as Frank Emmett, filed a bill for divorce in court through the State’s Attorney last Tuesday. Emmett charges his wife, Araminda Annarella, with gross immoral conduct. Emmett is the barber in Spring Valley. Mrs. Annarella is currently in the county jail serving out a fine of $200 for disorderly conduct and adultery. Also in jail is Bosco Saad who is awaiting trial for assaulting the Emmett’s 4-year-old daughter. Jesse Quimby and Robert Quimby both of Spring Valley were found with Mrs. Annarella in a vacant hotel and along with Saad will be named as co-respondents in the divorce proceedings. Eight children were born during the marriage between the Emmetts with four children still living. According to Emmett, his wife has been guilty of immoral conduct on many occasions and has been in jail four times for such misgivings.
Princeton resident Todd Borsch can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.