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May, 1898

from a loose clipping, source unknown 2 May 1898
Died Sunday, May 2nd, 1898, Gideon Thayer, aged nearly 87 years. He was among the earliest settlers of this country, coming here about sixty years ago. The Indians were here when his father and mother came with their family and took up the farm so long occupied by them, and their son Emerson's family. Mr. Thayer was a man of remarkable vigor, being able to walk many miles at a time within a year. He was social and pleasant, warm-hearted and friendly; all were glad to see him, and hear him talk over early days of the first settlers. His oldest son, Eli Thayer, was a prisoner in the horrible Andersonville prison, from which place he died. Mr. Thayer leaves six sons and daughter; George, Frank, Rufus, Gideon, Henry and Erastus, and Mrs. Abigail Frazier, of Grayslake. The family was formerly from Belchertown, Mass. He leaves one sister, Mrs. Esther Shatswell, of Waukegan. Many of his old friends and neighbors attended the funeral, which was held at Sand Lake. Rev. S. A. Harris officiated at the funeral. The burial was in the family lot of the Sand Lake cemetery.
from a loose clipping, source unknown 3 May 1898
Gideon Thayer, an old resident of this county, died at his home near Sand Lake Sunday last and was buried Tuesday. He leaves a family of seven children, six boys: Erastus, George, Frank, Henry, Gideon and Rufus, the latter residing in Kansas; and one daughter. Deceased was in the 87th year of his life; a man of sterling integrity and worth, and we have yet to hear of an unkind word to his memory.
from Antioch News5 May 1898
Miss Jessie Bater returned this week to Waukegan, where she will fill a position in the Enterprise, which now occupies the building vacated by R. D. Wynn.

Miss Kiehle spent Saturday and Sunday at her home in Waukegan.

A. H. Spafford and Miss Maud Spafford spent a few days with Chicago friends recently.

Mr. Pantall had the misfortune to step on a nail last Saturday, injuring his foot. He is able to be about, however, and hopes for a rapid recovery.

Mr. Cornell, a salesman for the Chicago School Supply house, spent some time here last week. He assisted very ably in the choir on Sunday.

Owing to the rain on last Saturday afternoon the raising of George Miller's new barn was not completed.

Jas. Anderson, Jr., of Lake Forest, spent Sunday at W. B. Stewart's.

K. L. Smith has material on the ground for a new sidewalk in front of the store.

L. B. Starkweather has been spending some time in Chicago.

We learn of the wedding of James Duncan which occurred last week at Peoria. Mr. Duncan is well known here and the best wishes of his friends will follow him and his bride to their new home in Antioch.

Mr. Gideon Thayer, one of the oldest residents of the vicinity, died at his home west of Millburn on Sunday. The funeral was held on Tuesday.

Miss Lucy Spafford has gone to spend the summer with Mrs. A. T. White, at Loon Lake.

Miss Florence Harris returned to her school in Warren this week after enjoying a vacation of five weeks.

Miss Jane Anderson has gone to Lake Forest, where she will make her home with her brother, James Anderson.

W. H. Rose was in the city last Thursday.

A scheme is in progress to give the people of Millburn and vicinity the benefit of a thousand volume library at an exceedingly small cost. Our present Library Board and others who have been made acquainted with the plan endorse this library very highly, and it hoped that everyone will contribute to forward this exceptional offer. There are special in whereby the expense of maintenance is exceeded by financial savings to members.

This is a rare opportunity which none should fail to appreciate.

from Waukegan Sun7 May 1898
Mr. Starkweather was in Chicago over Sunday.

J. A. Thain was in Chicago Monday and Tuesday.

Miss Lucy Spafford visited in Antioch last week.

Miss Shirley Kiehle spent Sunday with her parents in Waukegan.

The young people had some merry times hanging May baskets this week.

Mr. Pantall injured his foot on a nail last week, but is able to get about.

A new crossing has been laid at the church, a most needed improvement.

Mrs. N. R. Adams and little daughter returned to their home in Chicago this week.

Miss Addie Pollock of Waukegan spent Saturday and Sunday at her home here.

A number from here attended the raising of George Miller's barn last Saturday in spite of the rain.

The monthly business meeting of the C. E. Society was held on Friday evening with Miss Maud Spafford.

Misses Irene Stewart and Florence Harris returned to their school duties this week after some weeks vacation.

James Duncan, who is well known in this vicinity was married last week to a young lady from Chicago. Congratulations.

We are pleased to announce the advent of a little daughter in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rose, in Fort Worth Texas.

Another old settler passed away last Sunday. Mr. Gibson Thayer died at his home after a brief illness. The funeral was held on Tuesday at Sand Lake.

Word is received from Richard Trotter who is with the First Regiment at Springfield, that he enjoys soldiers life. The marching through mud ankle-deep is not very inspiring to patriotism.

Thomas Taylor, of Wadsworth, has recently had a fine monument placed on his lot in the cemetery. F. Bairstow of Waukegan did the work, and will soon erect a monument on the family lot of Mrs. G. S. Smith of South Evanston.

Arrangements are being completed for the addition of a thousand volumes to our public library. By a special plan this can be done at a very low cost. Our Library Board recommend this library very highly, and we hope the people will give it their hearty support. There are features in connection with the plan that are of financial benefit to all members. All should avail themselves of this inducement.

from a loose clipping, source unknown 12 May 1898
Margaret Steele Kerr.
Margaret Steele Kerr was born in Annan, Scotland, Nov. 25th, 1825, and died at her home May 12, 1898, at the age of 73 years.
At the time of her marriage to Wm. Kerr she came direct to this country and settled upon the present estate, where her life has been wholly and usefully spent. She was the mother of five sons, three of whom survive her.
With her husband she transferred her membership in the United Presbyterian Church to the Congregational Church in Millburn, Illinois, where she has been a faithful, devoted and conscientious christian, and a lover of every good work.
Fourteen years a widow, and latterly almost totally blind, her spirits was uncomplaining, and the consolation of a christian faith were her sure supports.
Given to the great hospitality, her friends were very dear, and the group of closely attached ones, three of whom survive, manifest the worth of fidelity loving hearts.
The funeral services were held at home and the church, on Saturday, May 14, conducted by the pastor and attended by a large concourse of friends. She rests beside her husband in the Millburn cemetery, and her "works do follow." - PASTOR.
from Waukegan Sun21 May 1898
K. L. Smith was a Chicago visitor on Monday.

Jas. Jamieson was in Waukegan part of last week.

Mrs. E. B. Tower is visiting relatives and friends in Chicago.

Robert Jamieson spent Sunday with friends in Lake Forest.

Mr. Brubaker has a fine new surrey for the use of his family.

Albert Trotter and Roy Hughes were out from Chicago over Sunday.

Mrs. Peter Fisher, of Kenosha, spent a few days with relatives here this week.

Mr. H. A. Saalfield and family, of Chicago, were at Mrs. Spafford's Saturday and Sunday.

Miss Judith Dodge and Miss Florence Stewart of Waukegan, spent Sunday and Monday with relatives here.

Carl Chope is recovering from an attack of pneumonia. Earl Strang has also been quite ill with the same disease.

The barn on Geo McCredie's farm known as the Fenlon place, was destroyed by fire on Monday night. The loss, which is not large, falls to the share of the Millburn Insurance Company.

Rev. and Mrs. S. A. Harris attended a meeting of the Chicago Association of Congregational churches in Oak Park this week.

Mrs. Spafford and Miss Maud, visited with relatives near Libertyville on Tuesday.

Little John Stephens had the misfortune to break his leg one day last week, while driving some spirited horses. The horses became unmanageable and the boy was thrown from the wagon.

Rev. Harris officiated at four funerals last week, two of which were to the same family.

John Roberts, of Chicago, was at the James Jamieson's last Sunday.

A telephone line is to be erected soon by Dr. Fahrney connecting all his farms with the lines at Millburn.

Lloyd White has purchased a fine new Leland piano. Another addition to the musical force of this musical town.

Mrs. Luna Sortor passed her ninety-third birthday last Sunday.

Mrs. Margaret Kerr was buried here last Saturday. Rev. Harris officiating. Mrs. Kerr had been poorly for some time, but her death which occurred last Thursday, was rather sudden. Three sons survive her, David, James and George and two daughters-in-law, Mrs. Wm Kerr and Mrs. V. F. Clark.

The library, which our board of directors of the public library are endeavoring to place here, is receiving much attention and bids fair to be a success.

Mr. and Mrs. Starkweather drove through to Belvidere to visit old time friends. They will also spend a few days in Rockford, being absent a week or more.

Mrs. Wienecke has sold the butter factory to a man from Lake Zurich, who will take possession June first.

Dr. and Mrs. D. B. Taylor will visit soon with relatives and friends in Michigan.

Mrs. Trotter has several boarders, who are very fine artists.

Frank Rose spent Saturday and Sunday with his brother Willie at Rochester Academy, Wisconsin. Willie graduates this year from the academy.

from Waukegan Sun28 May 1898
Rev. S. A. Harris visited in Rockefeller this week.

Mrs. Trotters boards have all returned to the city.

G. S. Wedge and family, of Antioch, spent Sunday in Millburn.

E. A. Martin was in Chicago last Sunday returning Monday.

Mrs. D. B. Taylor left Monday for an extended visit in Michigan.

Mrs. Chestam, of Chicago, is visiting with Mrs. J. M. Strang this week.

George Harden, of Rockefeller, has been in this city delivering books the present

Miss Emma Spafford has returned after a stay of several weeks in Dartford, Wis.

Jennette Rose is at home again after spending two weeks with Mrs. N. R. Adams in Chicago.

Miss Nellie Trotter has returned from visiting with relatives and friends.

The annual meeting of the Ladies Aid Society will be held next week Thursday with Mrs. Bater.

The Stewart boys, Ross and Lyburn, accompanied by their sister, Edna, spent Sunday with their parents.

Extensive preparations are being made for the celebration by the Sunday school of Children's Day which occurs in June.

Mrs. Hawkins, who has been staying with Mrs. James Pollock, was called to her home at Ivanhoe last Sunday by the serious illness of her father.

John Rowling is repairing his house in the way of a new kitchen and various other improvements. Mr. Kingsley, of Lake Villa, has charge of the work.

Mrs. George Hardie, of Waukegan, spent part of last week with J. A. Thain and Mrs. S. J. Levoy. Mr. Hardie was in Millburn over Sunday both returning Monday morning.

George Miller's barn is nearly completed. This is one of the largest barns in this section and is a great improvement-- christened Friday evening of this week by a strawberry festival.

Miss Addie Pollock is again at home, having completed her duties as teacher at Lake Bluff. She has been offered the position for next year. This speaks well for Miss Pollock's ability.

Rev. and Mrs. Harris have been the recipients of some very fine presents, consisting of a study carpet and a beautiful set of dishes. They are very grateful to the friends who so kindly remembered them.

The Smith family of Evanston, are having a fine monument erected in the cemetery. Fred Bairstow, of Waukegan, has the contract. Mr. Bairstow has done some excellent work in this cemetery as in many others throughout the county.

Misses Celia and Laura Clark spent part of the week in Chicago. They will attend the meeting of the Brethren at Naperville next week. The families of Mr. Brubaker and Mr. Royer will also attend the meeting.

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