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March, 1903

from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Sun 6 March 1903
Telephone Company Started Near Millburn by Farmers.
For an Extensive Private Concern
-Many Now Have the Accommodation.
To the progressive farmers around Millburn belongs the credit of putting in the first genuine rural phone service in Lake county. Some time ago the thought of a system of phones between a number of farms was concreted into a call for a meeting, which resulted in what will be a beginning of the installation of numberless systems throughout the county.
The Sun sent a representative to the office of the president and secretary to get the facts regarding the company. Only the loudest praise is heard on all sides. The name of the company is the South Side Telephone Company, and its object is to erect and maintain a telephone line between Millburn and its members.
The officers of the company are:
President-John Bonner of Millburn.
Secretary-treasurer-E. P. Dodge of Millburn.
Directors-Elmer N. Cannon of Millburn, Jas. H. Bonner of Millburn, and George E. H. Credie of Lake Villa.
On Dec. 27, 1901, a meeting was called at Dodge school house for the purpose of organizing a telephone company. About fifteen persons responded and an agreement was there entered into to go ahead with the phone.
The above officers were elected and no time was wasted in "getting to work" with the result that within 24 hours poles were being set in place and within 30 days a number of phones were in working order, and within less than 60 days 18 members are in the company and 12 have 'phones, phones in actual use.
The plan on which the company is worked is each member is to pay equally the cost of maintaining and erecting the poles; each subscriber buys his own `phone which is to be his own property.
The `phone line thus far arranged for is over 6.5 miles long. Thirty-two 16-foot posts to the mile are used, except at road crossings, where a 20-foot clear space is allowed.
In purchasing the outfit the very best materials were used.
The average cost to each subscriber will be under $26 for the complete outfit.
As yet no central station has been arranged for and although one is not strictly needed, as each subscriber can be raised by a prearranged signal, yet a central will undoubtedly be installed because of the large number of subscribers.
Great interest has been aroused by the installation of these `phones, not alone for the great success and perfect working , but on account of the convenience. A Sun representative interviewed a number of the subscribers and each was enthusiastic in praise of the new line. President Bonner said " I do not know how we have delayed putting in the `phone so long. It is a great convenience and a safety to us."
Secretary-Treasure Dodge-"Is very handy, our `phone has been used on several occasions by neighbors who call up physicians."
Director Cannon-"The `phone has already become one of the family and is a great convenience."
Director Bonner-" I am glad that the `phone is in. It is very convenient and promotes closer neighborly feeling and friendship."
The Subscribers are:
Mrs. Mary E. Bater of Millburn.
Millburn Creamery Company of Millburn.
William McGuire of Millburn.
William Chope of Millburn.
John Chope of Millburn.
A H. Stewart, one mile southeast of Millburn.
John Bonner, mile and a half southwest of Millburn.
E. P. Dodge, mile and a half southwest of Millburn.
George McCredie, two and a half miles east of Lake Villa.
John A. McCredie, four miles east of Lake Villa.
William McCredie, one and one-half miles south of Millburn.
Charles Ames, one and one-half miles south of Millburn.
James H. Bonner, one and three-quarter miles south of Millburn.
John Wedge, one and one-half miles southeast of Millburn.
Elmer N. Cannon, two miles southeast of Millburn.
Theodore Van Alstine, two and one-half miles southeast of Millburn.
John Eichenger, two miles and three-quarters southeast of Millburn.
Dr. H. E. Jamison, Millburn.
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Sun 11 March 1903
Hospital Association to Formally Adopt a New Name
Fitting Act of Recognition to Donor of New Institution.
As will be seen in the notice below the Lake County Hospital association is to change its name.
What better act of appreciation could the ladies take than to select as they have the name of the Jane McAllister Hospital Association, that they may in a degree honor the good old lady who has given the city money for a new and modern building.
While it had been hoped that such a step would be taken, the association is to be commended for not delaying the matter in the least.
To the members of the Lake County Hospital Association:
You and each of you are hereby notified that there will be a special me eting of the members of the Lake County Hospital association on the 14th day of April at the hour of 2 o'clock, p. m. in Temeparnce Temple, for the purpose of voting upon the proposition to change the name of Lake County Hospital Association to that of "Jane McAlister Hospital Association."
It is desired that every member of the association be in attendance at said meeting.
MRS. E. SPRING, Pres., Mrs. G. B. Watrous. R. S.

from Antioch News12 March 1903
Tells Friends to Come and Visit Him
and They Find Him Hanging From Rafter.
After making sure that his neighbors would find him in good time Bernard Werner, a man 51 years old, went to the granary on the Harris farm, near Millburn, Saturday afternoon and hung himself to the rafters.
Before jumping from a box he had carefully tied the door shut with ropes. He was unmarried and lived alone on the place. His body was found by Henry Wedge a few hours after the act had been committed.
Shortly after noon Werner had gone to the Wedge farm and told Mr. Wedge to be sure and come down to his place after dinner, that he wanted to see him. Wedge thought it was a business matter and later in the day went to the farm. He did not find Werner and returned home. He mentioned the fact to his wife and they thought it over with the result that they returned to see if they could find him. They looked about the place with no success and were about to leave when Mr. Wedge happened to go to the granary. He pulled the door open and there found the body dangling from the roof.
Coroner Taylor held an inquest Saturday and the jury brought in a verdict that death was due to alcoholic poising, evidence having been produced which showed that he had been on a protracted spree. Werner had lived in that locality for about eight years.

Vera Worden, of Rochester, spent Sunday at home.

Wedding bells are ringing every where in this vicinity.

Mrs. Eugene Clark is reported on the sick list again.

Mr. Pollock and J. A. Strang were Chicago visitors this week.

Mr. Starkweather, of Rockford, was the guest of Mr. Pollock a few days last week.

Mr. John Roberts and James Jamieson spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. James Jamieson.

We are all very sorry to hear that Mr. George Dodge is entertaining very poor health.

Mrs. John Pollock is home to spend the spring and summer with her mother Mrs. Watson.

Quite a number from here attended the surprise party at J. A. Thain's last Friday night. An hour of games was enjoyed then refreshments were served, after which dancing was indulged in. All reported an excellent time and voted that Mr. and Mrs. Thain to be charming entertainers.

from Antioch News19 March 1903
Bad roads.

Mr. Lee, of Chicago, occupied our pulpit Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Thain gave a dinner party Monday.

Scott Levoy and family will move into the Anderson house soon.

J. A. Strang shipped sheep to Chicago Sunday night returning home Monday evening.

The surprise party on Mr. and Mrs. Tower was well attended and all report an excellent time.

The C. E. Business meeting was held with Misses Lucy and Emma Spafford. A large number attended.

Miss Carrie Bater expects to leave Saturday for Chicago where she will visit with friends a couple of weeks.

loose obituary, source unknown 21 March 1903
On Saturday, March 21, 1903, at his home west of Gurnee, occurred the death of Gabriel Odett, from pneumonia, after an illness of only a week. He was well known in Lake county, having lived here over sixty years and will be remembered to many who were his customers while engaged in selling meat.
Mr. Odett was born in Lower Canada, Jan. 15th, 1820, and was married to Barbara Ogston on June 2nd, 1846. Seven children, five sons and two daughters, blessed their union, of whom four sons and a daughter with their mother are left to mourn him; besides fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The funeral was held from the Millburn church on Tuesday, March 24th. Mr. Rev. Shumaker, of Chicago, conducted the services. Interment in the Millburn cemetery.
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