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Headlines from the past

Alright, let’s get to it. All articles are taken from past issues of the Bureau County Republican. Any resemblance to persons living or otherwise is purely coincidental.

• Feb. 28, 1861. “Treason Confounded.” The sudden removal of Abraham Lincoln through Baltimore, to escape the knife of would-be assassins, has confused the blood thirsty traitors. We would beseech our Republican neighbors not to believe the cry of cowardice by the Democrats. When condemning Mr. Lincoln as a coward, they also include Washington and hundreds of other brave and daring souls. Lincoln’s life is now not his own, he belongs to the people. He did right. The people must work for him to save the country from the hands of robbers, traitors and other assassins.

• June 16, 1966. “Perry Memorial Memos.” Tuesday Admitted, Mrs. Ocla Nelson, Christa Carper, Nathan Long, Oscar Racina, Scott Eric Nelson, William Halberg Jr., Jeffrey Alan Grabill.

• Aug. 11, 1966. Tiskilwa News. Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Nora of Princeton spent Saturday and Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Rader and Nancy in Iowa City. Meanwhile the Nora children stayed at the home of Dr. and Mrs. J.J. Nora.

• Oct. 20, 1955. “M.A Fredrickson is Back On Police Duty.” Mandus (Red) Fredrickson, assistant chief of Princeton Police, has returned to duty after a recent auto wreck near Aurora. Fredrickson is still bothered by an arm injury caused by the accident. He will work the 12 midnight to 8 am shift, so it will be unnecessary to write parking tickets.

• July 16, 1974. New Arrivals. Mr and Mrs. William F. Nelson of 502 West Clark Street are the proud parents of their new son, Michael William, born on July 10. His two sisters await at home, Diane and Denise. Paternal Grandmother is Kathryn Nelson of 241 East Railroad Ave. and maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kuny of Arisdorf, Switzerland. Currently, Rene Saladin of Arisdorf, brother of Mrs. Nelson, is visiting the Nelsons in Princeton along with her parents.

• Disclaimer, this article comes from an unknown source. All that is available is the article itself. On Sept. 1, 1974, a rock concert was held at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. Freddy King was the headliner with supporting acts, Heartsfield, King Biscuit Boy and Tim Davis. Headline: “Arrest seven at rock festival in Princeton.” Sheriff Clem Keleher said authorities “moved in” after citizens complained. Authorities are waiting for test results from the crime lab. Charges have been brought against a Princeton and Tiskilwa youth for possession of a controlled substance. Four youths from Rock Falls were charged with possession of cannabis and one youth charged with obstruction of a peace officer. Four Ottawa youths were charged with curfew violations by state police.

• BCR reported on Sept. 3, 1974, “11 Arrested In Drug Raid.” A combination of the state police, Princeton Police and Bureau County Police raided the rock concert held at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. Eleven people were arrested on charges of marijuana and LSD possession. Complaints from local citizens instigated the raid on the crowd of 1,500. Beer cans, bottles and papers were left on the grounds, and the promoters were to be responsible for the cleanup.

• Sept. 3, 1974. “Local Youth Sings Professionally.” Sonny Burton of Wyanet appeared Saturday at the Tri-County Fair in Mendota. Burton is a member of the professional singing group, Life. Life has performed at various fairs, concerts as well as making appearances on television programs. Before joining Life, Burton lived with the LaVerne Manning family in Wyanet for two years.

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