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May, 1901

from Antioch News02 May 1901
More furniture for E. A. Martin.

Herb Mathews was the only one who got cash Thursday.

Robert L. Strang and Mrs. Strang were Waukegan visitors last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Taylor, of Chicago, are visiting Dr. and Mrs. Taylor.

Six months from now all the good people of Millburn will have money to loan.

Rev. Mr. Bodley, of Pontiac, Ill., and Rev. S. A. Harris were guests of Mrs. W. G. Thom Thursday.

Robert Strang, Lloyd White, K. L. Smith and Mrs. R. Pantall were Chicago visitors last week.

Lewis R. Dyer, who has been visiting the Wentworth's the past month, returned to Chicago Monday.

Wm. B. Stewart, Park Superintendent, took a half holiday Saturday and made a flying visit to Waukegan.

Your correspondent made application for membership in the Physical Culture Club at its last meeting; the same was returned endorsed by the Secretary saying the club was full.

At the meeting of the church members last Thursday the Rev. Sheldon A. Harris was put on trial on different charges, and on vote of the members was suspended from the church for six months.

from the pages of the Waukegan Daily News 4 May 1901
Miss Carrie Bater is expected home Monday.

James Pollock was a Millburn visitor last Monday.

The Physical Culture club met at Mrs. Bater's Friday afternoon.

Miss Jessie Strang is making some fine improvements on her residence.

Miss Mabel Adams and sister of Chicago Lawn, are guests of Mrs. Pandall.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Taylor of Chicago, are visiting their parents, Dr. and Mrs. Taylor.

Lloyd White, Robt. Strang, Mrs. Pandall, Miss K. L. Smith were Chicago visitors last week.

Mr. L. R. Dyer who has been with the Wentworth's for the past three weeks has returned to Chicago.

Mr. and Mrs. Robt L. Strang and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. K. Stewart were visitors at Waukegan Saturday.

The Rev. S. A. Harris of Dwight, Ill, formerly pastor of Millburn church, was put on trial on several charges Thursday afternoon and on vote was suspended for six months.

from the Waukegan Daily Gazette 04 May 1901
Carrie Bater is in the city for a couple of weeks.

Ed and wife visited his father Dr. Taylor, vacation week, both went back to the city Friday.

Mrs. Lawrence is expected home from Tabor, Iowa about the middle of May.

The little Thain boy is named for his grandfather James L. Thain. J. L. Thain was always an honored and beloved name here.

Norman Adams having accepted a position in Quincy, Ill., expects to go there soon for permanent residence. Mr. and Mrs. Adams are expected in Millburn Saturday.

The new street lamps have come and will soon be put up.

Mrs. Pantall returned from Chicago Lawn Monday accompanied by Mabel and Bae Adams.

Mr. Wm Thom, Sr., was in the city Monday on business.

Parnell Thayer is doing some fine work in painting and papering for J. M. Strang.

from Antioch News09 May 1901
Mrs. Wm. Yule was a Waukegan visitor Saturday.

Miss Jessie Strang was a Waukegan visitor Monday.

The first installment of two hundred came last week.

Miss Alice Jamison is home from Chicago on a short visit.

Wm. G. Thom sold some blooded stock for a large price Saturday.

The fine weather Sunday brought out a very large attendance at Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Adams, of Quincy, Ill., are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Pantall.

All Millburn are getting ready to attend the grand opening at Lake Villa May 15.

Arthur Spafford was called to Chicago Monday morning on very important business.

The new factory is getting ready for business again and will probably open next week.

Wm. Stewart left for Chicago Monday to look over the small park system and get what pointers he could for use here.

The Physical Culture Club will give a grand picnic at Hughes' Grove, Friday, May 10. Carriages will start from Mrs. Robert L. Strang's at 2 o'clock sharp.

from the Waukegan Daily Sun 10 May 1901
Miss Jessie Strang was in Waukegan Monday on business.

Mrs. Carson and son Arthur spent a week with Dr. Taylor's family and returned to the city Saturday.

Mr. Ingalls was out to his farm a few days the first of the week.

Mr. Ray Starkweather is recovering slowly from a recent surgical operation. When fully recovered Mrs. Ingalls and Arthur will come out to remain several months.

Miss Cora Whyte was sent as a delegate to represent this church at the Congregational association last Monday.

Herbert Mathews is busy working on the new warehouse at Wadsworth.

Christian Specht, having fully recovered health, has gone to Mrs. Cunningham's to board for the summer.

Mr. and Mrs. Adams came out Saturday evening. Mr. Adams returned Monday and went directly to Quincy, Ill., where he has a new position and reported Tuesday for business..

One of Mr. and Mrs. Shepardson's little twin baby boys died last Friday and was buried at Avon Center Sunday.

The Ladies Aid Society meets with Mrs. John Bonner Thursday afternoon.

A load of lumber was brought Monday to make new horse blocks and other improvements about the church.

John Bonner, Mrs. Fannie Jamieson and Mrs. Erma Strang are appointed a committee on securing song books for the church.

from Antioch News16 May 1901
Church Society Says He Took A Large Sum
Dwight, Ill., Pastor Must Account for $150,000.
Rev. S. A. Harris, for several years until recently pastor of the Congregational church at Millburn, Ill., has been suspended from the ministry for six months pending an investigation of charges which are made by his former parishioners, who declare they are out over $100,000 which they had intrusted to the minister for speculations that are said to have turned out unfortunately.
Mr. Harris was at one time a lawyer in Chicago and a member of the Board of Trade.
Mr. Harris and his friends assert that no blame can be attached to him; that the funds were put into his hands that he might do the best he could to increase them and that the going wrong of the various enterprises in which the money was sunk was no fault of his.
The story came out yesterday when Mr. Harris applied to his pastorate, from which he was forced out a short time ago, for a recommendation to a congregation at Dwight, Ill. Not only was the recommendation refused, but his one-time flock indignantly told of the loss of their savings and demanded restitution.
No charges of dishonesty in the matter has been brought against the expounder of the gospel, but there are many criticisms of his course in accepting money for what was said to be a purely speculative scheme.
Millburn was Mr. Harris' first charge. Shortly after going there he began to unfold his plans to his friends, and because of his position as head of the church the country folk took up with plan eagerly.
His scheme never was very clearly understood by even the heaviest investors. It was some sort of a loan association paying from 9 to 10 per cent on the money. At first a few of the smaller investors received a 9 per cent return on their money and a few got their principal back.
Gradually, however, it is said that the investors not only did not get the interest, but when they asked for their original investment it could not be secured. The association which Mr. Harris promoted was known as the Harris Provident Saving Fund Company and to some of his subscribers he gave certificates of deposits into this company.
To others, as security for their money, Mr. Harris gave bonds on the town of Gilman, promissory notes, and to others he gave nothing but his word. It is said in this way in the several years he obtained $100,000 and some estimate the amount at $150,000. Last year Mr. Harris himself stated that he had collected, when matured, about $250,000. At any rate, according to one man who was asked to invest and who was according shown the books, four years ago, there was $70,000 entered therein. The amounts collected range from 50 cents to $400 and included in many cases the savings of families for years.
Mr. Harris in securing these advances, is said to have stated that not only would the depositors get annual interest, but they could get the return of their principal at any time they desire, but, that if left with him for eight and one-half years the principal would be double.
Two young women school teachers, sisters, were taken with the scheme and invested their all. They are said to have secured nothing back. One man is said to have handed over form $3,500 to $4,000.
Other persons who invested in the loan association were: George Dodge, D. J. Minto, W. J. White, John Bonner, James Bonner, Dr. Taylor, Robert Strang, Alfred Spafford, Hattie Richards, the Misses McCredie and Mr. Kerr. John McCredie, one of the first investors, is said to have received 9 per cent on his $4,000 and also secured the return of his principal.
As time passed along the populace grew suspicious and began clamoring for the return of their money. The church took the matter up and endeavored to have it known that its pastor's scheme was not sanctioned by the people as an organization. No satisfaction was secured and Mr. Harris was suspended for a period of six months. The time expired but he never returned to renew his work.
April 25 a meeting of citizens and church people was held in the village and Rev. Mr. Harris was summoned from Dwight, Ill., to answer charges. His explanations were of little satisfaction and no return of money was offered at that time.--The Chicago Chronicle, May 10, 1901.

Another installment is due but has not arrived.

An extra supply was received Monday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Strang, of Duck Lake, were visitors Sunday.

The Chronicle was cheap at 25 cents per copy Sunday. All were after it.

The Ladies Aid Society met with Mrs. John Bonner Thursday afternoon.

Miss Carrie Bater returned on Saturday from a two weeks visit at Englewood.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Strang returned Friday from a months visit at Chicago.

Mrs. Irma Strang will give a Pink Tea for the Physical Culture Club Friday afternoon.

The committee on streets have at last woke up and placed two lamps in front of the church.

Mrs. John M. Strang, Mrs. W. B. Stewart and Mrs. W. F. Wentworth were Chicago visitors Saturday.

A reporter of the Chicago Chronicle was in our village Friday evening looking for items in the Rev. S. A. Harris matter.

from the Waukegan Daily Gazette 17 May 1901
Mrs. Oscar Niekirk of Bloomington, Ill., came home Saturday to visit her mother Mrs. Wm Thom a few days.

Miss Bartlett of Chicago has been a guest at Kittie Smith's the last week.

G. L. and Mrs. Stewart of Waukegan attended church here last Sunday and dined with W. B. and Mrs. Stewart.

Mrs. Eugene Strang of Fox Lake also attended church here and heard Mr. Mitchell.

Young Alexander Ross of Chicago formerly of Arnburgh, Mich., is a visitor at his cousin's Jessie Jamiesons.

Mr. and Mrs. Wentworth visited their son and daughter in the city a few days and returned the first of the week. Chess and Mack were under the care of trustee Martin.

Mrs. Robert Strang has been here visiting with numerous friends.

Mrs. Lawrence is expected home Thursday the 16th.

Mrs. Wm. Thom has been quite sick the last week.

Dr. Jamieson is having a barn built on his lot that he bought of Jessie Strang.

Mr. Pantall and Mr. Wentworth went to Antioch Tuesday on business.

Mrs. Cummings was in the city Wednesday on business.

Mrs. Trotter and Lucy visited Mrs. Alfred Bain at Lake Villa Tuesday.

Mrs. Wm Stewart was in the city Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Strang, Sr., came home Saturday from their visit at Somers.

The new street lamps are burning every night and are highly appreciated by all.

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bain of Lake Villa called on friends here Wednesday.

Mr. Hunting and Herb Mathews are building Dr. Jamison's barn.

Norman Adams who has recently been transferred from Chicago to Quincy, Ill., is highly pleased with the place and also the work which is only a few hours a day. Mrs. Adams and children will remain here for a time.

from Antioch News23 May 1901
Mrs. Starkweather, of Belvidere, is visiting friends here.

Lewis R. Dyer, of Chicago, is a guest at the Wentworth's.

Mrs. John L. Hughes returned Monday from a short visit at Somers.

The hock and bond market has been quiet here for the past few days.

The Physical Culture Club will meet on Thursday with Mrs. John Bonner.

The Masonic Temple looks fine after a new coat of paint. The church is next in order.

Dr. Homer E. Jamison is building a fine barn on a lot purchased of Miss Jessie Strang. (Mildred Haisma's red barn, remove just for your own knowledge).

Mrs. Ingalls, and son, of Oak Park, who have been visiting here, returned home on Monday.

James Pollock, Frank Wentworth and Mrs. C. B. Cummings were Chicago visitors last week.

Mrs. Lawrence, who has been visiting her daughter in Iowa the past six months, returned home Friday.

Messrs. Bert Trotter, Robert Jemison and Mr. Roberts, of Chicago, came up on Saturday for a few days visit.

from the Waukegan Daily Gazette 24 May 1901
Harold Minto was home from Rochester with a young gentleman friend over Sunday. Both attended church here Sunday.

Miss Josie Dodge of Chicago visited at her cousin John Bonner's a few days and returned to the city the first of the week.

Robert Jamison and John Roberts of Chicago spent Sunday here with Bob's people.

Fred Heddle and Frank Yule have finished Mr. O'Hara's new house last week. Mr. Heddle remained over Sunday and attended church.

Mr. Mitchell was sent as a delegate to the Congregational Church Association which met at Galesburg this week.

Mrs. Lawrence returned from Iowa last week and is much better than she was in the winter.

Mrs. Ingalls and Mrs. Starkweather are getting settled for housekeeping up at the farm.

Mrs. Starkweather of Belvidere is here with her daughter Mrs. Ingalls at the fine Ingalls home.

Ray Starkweather is slowly recovering at the hospital from a recent surgical operation.

Clarence Bonner is home from the city for awhile.

Mrs. Webster Dodge of Peoria is still here and has been visiting her cousin Mrs. Elsie Lawrence.

Miss Lucy Spafford and Miss Jessie Strang attended the C. E. Convention held in Waukegan last Saturday. Both were missed in the choir.

All are glad to see Miss Carrie Bater home from her long stay in the city.

The Free Masons are having their hall building painted inside and out. Middendorf and Burnett of Antioch are doing the work.

from Antioch News30 May 1901
The painting of the church is an assured fact.

Wedding garments are now being prepared.

Miss Jessie Wolski will give a May party Friday evening.

John Wedge is quite ill at his home, near the village.

Mrs. John M. Strang, who has been quite ill, is much better.

Dr. Arthur Spafford, B. A., left for Chicago Monday morning.

Mrs. Irma Strang and Mrs. John Hughes visited Chicago Tuesday.

The Physical Culture Club will give their usual entertainment Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Stewart visited at Fox Lake Saturday and Sunday.

John M. Strang, E. A. Martin, Rev. Geo. Mitchell were Chicago visitors Monday and Tuesday.

Summer and Winter--A parasol was seen our streets Sunday morning and a seal skin jacket in the afternoon.

Miss Alice Judson, President, and Miss Carrie Bater, Secretary, of the P. C. club, will spend the summer at Newport.

The new barn built by contractor Pollock for Dr. Jamison will be dedicated Thursday evening, June 6th, with an ice cream social and strawberry festival given by the ladies of the Congregational church. All are in invited.

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