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December, 1886

from Gazette4 December 1886
The concert on Thanksgiving eve was all that was claimed for it, and there was an unusually large house considering the roads.

Willie Bonner met with quite an accident, while blasting rock, some of the powder being blown into his face and eyes. The doctor does not think he will lose his eyesight however.

Be prepared to open your eyes with astonishment if you attend the entertainment to be given by W. M. R. French next Friday evening, Dec. 10th

Mrs. Hockaday and Miss Cynthia of Deerfield, spent Thanksgiving in Millburn.

We noticed some of the young folks of Waukegan also of Wadsworth at the concert. That is right, come again we are always glad to see you.

This is to warn you not to attend the Crayon entertainment, Friday eve Dec. 10th, unless you are willing to laugh.

Orella Hughes went to Deerfield on Tuesday, where he intends to spend the winter learning telegraphy and office work.

Miss Mable Smith left on Wednesday for New York where she will spend the winter.

Remember the entertainments will be given in our course, on the dates given, rain or shine; don't let a little bad weather or roads, keep you from taking them all in.

Cora Strang has been visiting in Lake Forest and Chicago for the past week.

John Stewart who came up to eat turkey with his brothers and sisters returned home Monday.

Cold weather for carpenters, this; so say Mr. Hughes and Peter Strang.

At this writing it too early to predict what the oyster supper will be, but if the night is good we know it will be good.

Kittie Smith went to Chicago this week to buy goods for the holidays. All those who are wondering what to get for Christmas presents, had better give her a call and see what they can find there, before going any farther from home.

Don't fail to read the Well R. French circulars.

from Gazette18 December 1886
Remember the concert Thursday evening, December 23, (rain or shine). by the Hampton Colored Students.

Rather a nasty day was last Sunday; it rained most all day, still quite a number attended church in the morning.

Those who failed to hear Mr. French will never know what they missed. His was a first class entertainment.

At the concert, December 23, the colored troupe will sing many of the old plantation songs and melodies.

Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Humphrey and Geo.Wright are attending United States Court in Chicago.

Mr. C. A. Mathews is at work at Mr. Higgins, at Pleasant Prairie, fixing over his barn. Peter Strang is with him.

The Hampton Students, who gave such successful concerts in Wisconsin last fall at which Governor Rusk, who was present, joined heartily with the vast audience in the encores, have with them a violinist as well as a pianist, so it is certain that all will be treated to very fine instrumental as well as vocal music.

Leola Hughes is still working in Antioch for Mr. Kelley, but reports work about done for this season.

If you are in need of a pair of bob sleighs, either heavy or light, or a fine swell body cutter, you can save money by calling W. H. Rose.

The Hampton Students are under the instruction of Prop. D. A. Blackman, a gentleman who has had the education of over 16,000 voices.

Mrs. H. J. Strang is still in Iowa visiting relatives, where she has been for two months. She is expected home about the holidays.

Again we would say don't forget the concert on the 23d. You can't afford to miss.

Thanking that it might be interesting to the readers of the Gazette in other parts of the county to know what has been going on in the vicinity, we will give you a brief account of the new buildings that have been erected the past year and also some of the improvements that have been made.

Probably the largest and most expensive building we shall mention is the large barn of Mr. Martin, proprietor of the White farm, situated on the banks of Sand Lake, and just across the road from the trotting course. It has accommodations for from 20 to 36 head of horses, also capacity from 150 to 200 tons of hay, with a storage room on the third floor, or deck, 20x70 feet, the whole is well lighted and is a complete barn. It was planned by an architect from Chicago who was also foreman of the workmen; also at the same place you can see one of the finest wind-mill towers to be seen in the State. It is the "Eclipse" and is a dandy. In the second story is a large tank, which is kept full of water and is forced to all parts of the barn, also to the buildings. We understand Mr. Martin intends erecting a large house in the spring then he will have everything complete.

Then comes the addition that was put on the Albion place by its genial owner Mr. Robert Strang, Sr., As the old saying goes. " No house is large enough for two families." so the old people went to the new part and left the young folks with the big house.

We think of no one who has done more for the place for having lived here so short of a time as our friend, Mr. Henry Taylor. He came here a few years ago. and since that time has never ceased building. At present he is putting up a barn. He owns what was known as the Rice property. Mr. T. is a retired farmer and like all the rest, is able to build in barns.

Right there we may as well make mention of the fact that J. A. Strang, for the convenience of his stock, which on inspection you will find to be of a very large grade, concluded that it did not pay to drive them out to water on very cold days, so he laid pipes from the spring in front of his house to the inside of his barn, so he can give them water on cold days without turning them out.

Next we find Wm. J. White, who a few years ago bought the place owned by Mr. Grady. Since then he has moved the old house to where the new one now stands, built a large barn, and this summer moved the old house up to the barn, made it longer and higher and now has the finest and most convenient barn in the neighborhood.

During the past summer Mr C. A. Mathews added a bay window to his fine residence.

Mr. A. Spafford also found his barn room not sufficient for his increasing stock, and was obliged to build larger.

Mrs. D. Heddle also erected a large granary and wagon shed combined with a large room overhead, and as Fred is quite a hand with tools he will find this a handy place.

Mr. W. H. Thayer, our veteran stock raiser, has also laid water pipe from his wind-mill to his cattle yards.

from Gazette25 December 1886
Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Stewart and daughter have gone to Elgin to spend Christmas. Mrs. Stewart is a cousin of Dr. Kilbourne, superintendent of the insane Asylum of that city.

Our church people made no arrangements for Christmas trees or Christmas entertainments.

The concert and entertainment given by the Hampton Students on last Thursday evening was a success in every respect. The church has an easy seating capacity of 250, and over 400 tickets were sold. The entertainment was all that was promised and everybody was well pleased.

Our people were pleased and delighted with the Gazette of last week.

The roads are fine and everybody seems to be on the go.

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