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Headlines from the past

Here we are again with another dose of past newspaper headlines. Sit back and take a trip into yesteryear with this edition of “Headlines From The Past.” All the entries are from past editions of the Bureau County Republican.

Dec. 26, 1907

“Drug Store Wrecked by Quake.” On Dec. 24 at 9 a.m., the shelving on the east side of Thompson Drug Store in Spring Valley fell forward into the glass showcase causing $150 in damage. The shelves contained drugs and medicine, but the contents were not a total loss. Many of the high-priced drugs were not injured by the fall, and some of the showcase items were only slightly soiled. E.G. Thompson, owner of the store, believes the upset was caused by a seismic disturbance. At the same time, Thompson’s drug store in DePue experienced bottles falling from the shelves as well.  Roy Thompson was in the store at the time and was seriously injured.

Aug. 2, 1900

Here is one for all of you “Christmas Story” buffs. The use of the treacherous air gun causes a boy to lose sight in one eye. Walter Weise, 11, son of Reverend Weise, had been shooting at a tree with his air rifle. Harvey Berg, 9, was behind the tree and stuck his head out when a ball struck him, destroying sight in the one eye. Also present were several other boys who later told Reverend Weise it was an accident. A lawsuit may ensue as the two boys had made threats toward one another the day before. This is the third case in Princeton in the last five years of this same sort of occurrence. Parents should not allow their children use of air rifles.

Aug. 23, 1923

J.W. Lynch of Chicago was robbed of $186.75, all the money he had, four miles east of Princeton. Lynch hired a taxi in Spring Valley to take him to LaSalle, but the driver drove west. When the two reached Coal Valley, the taxi driver produced a revolver and relieved Lynch of his money. Lynch was then ejected from the car and lay by the roadside until a passing motorist picked him up and took him to LaSalle. It was there the robbery was reported to LaSalle Police. The car that was driven by the robber was a Willys Knight, License Number 18 112. Lynch wired his sister in Chicago for money, so he could return home and is staying at the Hotel Kaskaskia. His nerves were quite shaken by the whole ordeal.

July 19, 1900

During the past 10 days, 20 young Spring Valley boys have been arrested. The boys, some as young as 12 and 13, were charged with larceny. Most days these hoodlums do not attend school and are allowed to roam the streets until late at night. They all have the barroom vices including smoking, swearing, chewing tobacco, are foul mouth and insulting. Three were sent to jail in Princeton, and three paid fines with several more deserving punishment. Their conduct is a reflection of their home life in which they do not see or hear any good with a few exceptions. The police have allowed these boys to run at large and only return home when the notion strikes them. The Stauk and Mattes boys have only been home a few nights in the past three weeks.

June 28, 1900

Peter Johnson, a farmer on one of the Hi Piper’s farm, plowed up a package a few days ago. It was found the parcel contained $3,000 in notes and 27 watches. This was discovered to be part of the “take” from the robbery of the Larkin & Black’s store in Arlington last fall. The package had been buried by the unknown thief or thieves by the spring used to water the stock. Larkin and Black were very happy to retrieve their property.

Princeton resident Todd Borsch can be reached at The aforementioned articles from BCRs in the past have been paraphrased for your enjoyment.

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