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March, 1886

from Gazette13 March 1886
Ed Gray is on his way to recovery. He has a severe attack of sickness and it has required some faithful care.

James Banner, Nebraska, has been among us again for a few weeks.

George Stewart is holding down one of the petit jurors seats during this term of court. Robert Strang has a position on the "grand".

James Kerr has about cut himself loose from the old place. He and his brother George, left for Nebraska this week. We hope "Jim" will prosper in the land of his choice, and that we shall soon hear of his being so well off as to have a partner for life.

Mrs. Heddle and Miss Aggie Smith went to Kenosha on Tuesday, to attend the funeral of Dr. Flett.

from Gazette20 March 1886
This weather sets farmers to thinking about spring's work. Snow may fly yet before flowers bloom or oats are sown.

If you want to buy a first class extension table, you can't do better than to call Mr. John Hughes. Patronize home institutions.

Charley McCredie is busy with his paint and paste making our houses shine. Charley is a good workman, as many of his jobs about here will testify.

On Wednesday evening, the bell tolled for the first time this year, announcing the death of Mr. Benjamin Backus. Mr. Backus was living with his son in Wisconsin at the time of his death. He was an old resident of the community, and was brought here for interment. Funeral was held at his old home, now occupied by Horace Tower, on Friday afternoon.

Antioch can boast of her railroad, but if the company would like to send its men to dinner somewhere and be sure they will return sober, let them come to Millburn.

Ed Peters will be in the employ of Mr. Tom again this season. Ed. has been down to Valparaiso through the winter, but was obliged to return early on account of sickness. He intends returning to his school in the fall.

Miss Lonie Yule is now employed at her occupation, dressmaking, in Waukegan.

from Gazette27 March 1886
The fool's day is coming

Mr. and Mrs. F. Yule, of Somers, Wis., are down home.

Miss Bertha Pollock has a vacation of a couple of weeks which she will enjoy at home

Miss Maggie Lawrence is engaged to teach the Hockaday school this spring.

The parsonage has suffered some overhauling and repairing, in consequence of which it has seemed a much pleasanter aspect internally. Charley McCredie did the papering and painting - a fine job, as any one will observe by examination.

Leslie Lawrence, of Tabur, Iowa, is visiting his niece, Mrs. V. F. Clark.

Mr. and Mrs. James Pollock and son Henry are expecting to take a trip south visiting New Orleans. We wish them a pleasant time, but hope Mr. Pollock will not become enamored of the Sunny South and allured from his native land to dwell amid oranges and somewhat noted original inhabitant of the south, known as a species of the Saurain family

And now we must add one more name to the silent list, which is steadily increasing as the days go on. Mr. VanPatten, long known and respected in this community, died at his home in Waukegan on Tuesday of this week. Mr. VanPatten had but recently sold his farm near Hickory and removed to Waukegan to remain the rest of his days, little knowing how few these days would be. He will be missed more here than at his recent home, for he had not been away long enough for the neighbors to realize that his home not here. The remains were brought here on Thursday and after services in the church were taken to the cemetery near Hickory to rest by the side of his wife, whom he laid to rest last September.

Additional correspondence.

By a recent issue of your paper I see in the Fort Hill items that "School Marm' thinks Fort Hill has the best ice sawyer, having cut 200 cakes in nine hours in 18 , but he forgot to mention the size of the cakes.

I think we can beat this record. Mr. Peter Strang, Jr. and Leola Hughes, our best ice sawyers, in less than nine hours cut for I. M. Dodge and Geo. Wright , on Sand lake, in one day, besides opening two holes, 440 cakes in less than nine hours and some 20x24, some 24x30 and all 14 inches thick; on the same lake for Mr. Henry Shepard, in 18 inch ice, the cakes being 20x24, they cut 96 cakes in one hour, or 864 in nine hours. Who says this does not beat the Fort Hill Sawyer a little?

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