Newspaper Clippings for
5 May 1904
Mabel Adams returned to her home at Chicago Lawn last Sunday.
The concert given by Messers Geltch and Garrison was very fine.
Mrs. Carrie Gail and daughter, Gladys, of Highland Park visited with
her brother Mr. Denman and family recently.
The Y.P.S.C.E. will give an athletic social in Young's hall Thursday
evening May 5. Ice cream will be served.
C. E. Topic May 8--Crowns trodden under foot. Simeon Ames, leader.
Mr. Pantall attended the funeral of Mr. John Adams at Waukegan on
Wednesday. Mr. Adams was formerly a resident of Millburn, but at the
time of his death resided in Chicago.
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Gazette 6 May 1904
For Rural Service
EXAMINATIONS SATURDAY WILL BRING IN HOST OF PEOPLE.
This city will the mecca of country people Saturday morning and
afternoon. The people in the rural districts are manifesting an
intense interest in rural free delivery of mail from this
Besides the applicants who are numerous, many disinterested people
will come to town to learn all about the innovation.
The examination will take place at 10 a. m. in room 5 of the high
school. Candidates, however, must present themselves at the
postoffice at 9:30 a. m.
Two hours will be given the candidates in which to complete their
papers. The examination is said to be simple and direct, but
still effective. Besides the common school branches it will
probably touch upon the giving of receipts, the money order and
the registry business, as these things will come within the
province of the carrier to be.
From the successful candidates a list of eligibles is compiled
that is good for one year. The candidate with the highest mark
takes supreme rank, of course. From this list the actual
appointments to service are made.
Upon the sworn statement and complaint of five patrons of the
service upon a particular route, and an official investigation, an
appointee may be removed from his position as carrier.
Each carrier must have a horse and wagon suitable for the work and
must furnish bonds to the amount of $500.00.
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Gazette 7 May 1904
George Gerrity has been having a cement floor put in the butter
factory. The factory is doing a flourishing business.
Rev. Mr. Lee went to the city Monday to attend an association
meeting of the Congregational churches.
Lloyd White came home Saturday from Michigan City, his present
location. He returned Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. John Fulton and little son, of Waukegan, spent
Sunday with Mrs. Fulton's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Pollock.
Mrs. Mathews came from Kenosha last week to visit among her
former old friends.
Mrs. Lawrence is expected home from Iowa next week.
The C. E. business meeting will be held with Leslie and Margery
Cannon Friday evening.
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Sun 9 May 1904
Mabel Adams returned last Sunday at her home at Chicago Lawn,
after a week's visit with her grandmother, Mrs. Pantall.
The Y. P. S. C. E. will give an athletic social in Young's
Hall, Thursday evening, May 5. Ice cream will be served.
Richard Pantall attended the funeral of John Adams in Waukegan.
Mr. Adams was formerly of this place and died at his home in
Mrs. Carrie Gail, of Highland Park, visited with her brother,
Mr. Denman last week.
The concert given by Waldo Geltch and Iliff Garrison in the
Millburn church last Saturday evening was very fine.
C. E. topic May 8-Crowns trodden Under Foot. Simon Ames
12 May 1904
Carrie Bater is in Chicago this week.
Richard Pantall was a Chicago visitor last week.
The missionary society will give their annual thanks offering tea May
Mrs. Nellie Cannon will entertain the Ladies Aid Thursday, May 12.
The Jolly Workers' club will give a peanut social at Mason's hall May
20. A very entertaining program has been prepared. Every one invited.
C. E. topic, May 15--What Joseph and Benjamin teach about brotherly
care. Union meeting with the Juniors. Leslie Connon, leader.
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Gazette 13 May 1904
Mrs. A. H. Stewart went to the city Monday to spend the week with
The ladies' aid society met Thursday at Mrs. Elmer Cannon's.
Miss Kittie Smith spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. Cummings
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Levoy were in the city Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. John Trotter have a young daughter.
John A. Strang returned from a business trip Monday night.
Mrs. Mathews is now established in her cottage near the
parsonage for the summer.
Eugene Strang was out from Waukegan Monday.
Mrs. Robert Strang was able to attend church last Sunday, the
first time since her husband's death.
Mrs. Pantall was in the city on business Monday.
Mrs. Herbert Mathews has gone on a visit to Corliss, Wis.
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Stewart were in Waukegan Tuesday.
Carrie Bater is home again.
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Sun 14 May 1904
Mrs. A. H. Stewart is a visitor in Chicago this week.
Mr. Starkweather is in Millburn again.
The Jolly Worker's Club will give a Peanut Social in Mason's
Hall, May 20th, 1904.
Mrs. Elmer Cannon will entertain the Ladies Aid, May 12.
Carrie Bater returned from Chicago this week.
C. E. Topic, May 15-What Joseph and Benjamin teach about
brotherly care. Leslie Cannon, leader.
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Sun 16 May 1904
ACCIDENTALLY KILLS HER HUSBAND
MRS. JOHN PHILLIPS, OF MILLBURN, DID NOT KNOW REVOLVER WAS LOADED
AND KILLS HUSBAND OF TWO MONTHS, DEATH RESULTING INSTANTLY.
TELLS FRIEND SHE IS GOING TO SCARE HUSBAND WITH UNLOADED GUN.
Mrs. John Phillips, a bride of two months, residing near Millburn
northwest of this city, accidentally shot and killed her husband
just as he was about to go to a country dance with a friend Friday
evening. It was the customary "didn't know it was loaded" cause
and the wife is prostrated as a result.
The Phillips moved here from Tenesee immediately following their
marriage. They engaged in farming and Phillips worked about the
neighborhood. He and his wife went to the home of Frank Odon
where they spent the evening. Odon and Phillips had planned to go
to a country dance in the neighborhood and Odon opened his trunk
which sat in the center of the sitting room. After he had taken
his shaving outfit from the trunk he left it open and walked away.
Mrs. Phillips entered the room seeing the revolver lying there,
picked it up and pointing it at the floor, snapped the trigger
three times. There was no discharge and the woman thought the
revolver was not loaded following a glance at the chambers which
she thought appeared unfilled.
"Guess I'll have some fun and scare John," she remarked and walked
toward the kitchen where her husband stood talking to Odon.
Pointing the revolver at her husband "She said John I am going to
She pulled the trigger and her husband turned about and the
revolver went off. The bullet, a 32 caliber, entered her
husband's right temple and he dropped to the floor, expiring
shortly afterward. The wife became frantic when she saw what she
Coroner Taylor held an inquest yesterday and the jury at first
disagreed, some of the members thinking the wife should be held
for criminal charges and State's Attorney Hanna was called upon to
confer with them but by the time he had arrived, they managed to
agree and decide that the accident was purely accidental and the
woman was discharged after being censured for her carelessness.
Mrs. Phillips was about 18 years of age and he was 26.
The members of the jury were as follows: Messrs. Kennedy, White,
John Thain, Ocker, Coroner, Taylor's coachman.
The accident caused a great stir in the vicinity of the village
and especially in view of the general conditions. The couple had
lived very happily during their short married career and the young
wife is naturally prostrated through her terrible act. She is
already planning on returning to her former home in Tenesee.
Mrs. Phillips was not placed in arrest at all for there was no
apparent cause for any willful act on her part.
19 May 1904
Mrs. Herbert Mathews visited with her niece at Western Junction this
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Strang are visiting with Mrs. Geo. Strang.
C. E. topic, May 22--False and true ambitions. Jesse Denman, leader.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Trotter on Wednesday, May 11, a daughter.
Mrs. C. B. Cummings and son Clarence of Waukegan are visiting with
her mother and sister at this place.
Miss K. L. Smith, Erma VanDuzer, Harold Minto and Helen Dodge were
Chicago visitors this week.
The Ladies of Millburn are to hold their Thank Offering Meeting and
Missionary Tea, Wednesday, May 25th, (not 22nd, as stated last week) and
extend a most cordial invitation to their Lake county friends to join
with them in a feast of good things, both spiritual and material, at
that time. Lady speakers from Chicago and Evanston are expected.
WAS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT
SO SAID THE JURY IN THE PHILLIPS CASE
Shooting Occurred at Millburn Last Friday evening
"Didn't Know It Was Loaded."
On Friday evening, May 13, the peaceful little town of Millburn was
shocked at the accident which took place within its limits, when Mrs.
John Phillips accidently shot and killed her husband as he was standing
in the kitchen of the home of his brother-in-law. As a result of the
accident, Mrs. Phillips, a bride of only a few short months is
prostrated with grief. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips are comparatively
strangers in this vicinity having moved from Tennessee to Illinois only
It seems that Mr. and Mrs. Phillips who reside near Hickory had on this
particular evening gone to the home of their brother, Frank Odon, who
resides at Millburn, and there the terrible accident took place.
Odon and Phillips had planned to go to a dance that evening where the
latter who was a musician, was to play. Mr. Odon stepped to his trunk
which stood in the sitting room and took from it his shaving outfit, the
two men then passed on to the kitchen leaving the trunk open. Shortly
after Mrs. Phillips entered the room and seeing the revolver lying in
the trunk picked it up and pointing it at the floor snapped the trigger
three times, as there was no discharge she very naturally concluded that
the weapon was not loaded. Thinking to play a joke on her husband she
walked to the kitchen and holding up the revolver in a spirit of fun
called, out, "Look out John, I am going to shoot" and just as her
husband turned about she pulled the trigger, when to her horror there
was a sharp report and the bullet entered his right temple, inflicting a
would from which he expired in a short time.
Coroner Taylor was summoned and an inquest was held at which he
impanelled a jury composed of Wm. White, Alfred Spafford, Wm. Thom, John
Thain, Geo. Kennedy and Elmer Pollock, who returned a verdict of
accidental shooting. Mrs. Phillips is about eighteen years of age and
her husband was about seven years her senior.
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Gazette 20 May 1904
Mr. Starkweather of Rockford is here.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Strang and son George were out visiting Mr.
Strang's mother Saturday and Sunday.
John Phillips was accidentally shot and killed last Saturday at
Mr. George Odum's. He was a brother of Mrs. Odums. He was 26
years of age.
Word comes from Colorado of the death of James Moran formerly
postmaster of Waukegan and for many years a resident of Millburn.
Fannie Moran is in the shoe department of Rothchild's store and
lives with her sister Laura who is married and lives in the city.
The Cummings family from Waukegan were out over Saturday and
Kittie Smith was in the city on business Monday.
Mrs. Lawrence has returned from Iowa and is settled in her home
Dr. Taylor (coroner) from Libertyville, was here Saturday and
Sunday in regard to Mr. Phillips, who was shot.
Wednesday there was a regular house-cleaning at the church to
have it all nice before the meeting, the 25th.
Rev. Mr. Lee is at Princeton, Ills., attending a convention.
26 May 1904
The Jolly Workers met Saturday with Miss Helen Dodge.
Mr. Starkweather has placed a piano in the home of David Young.
The Ladies' Aid will meet with Mrs. Bater Thursday, June 2nd. All
Mrs. A. E. Stewart is visiting her daughter, Mrs. C. E. Denman.
Dr. Jamieson is painting his house and we are glad to note all such
Mrs. C. M. Grace, of Chicago, is visiting her son Victor at the home
of C. E. Denman.
The C. E. society and Church Ladies cleaned the church last
Wednesday. A much needed improvement.
Mrs. Jeanette Mathews has moved back to her own home. We are glad to
see her back.
C. E. Topic, May 29: "What Christian Endeavor is doing for
Missions." Lucy Spafford, Leader.
Mrs. John Phillips left Millburn last Thursday for her former home in
Miss Katie Hole, of Deerfield, spent Saturday and Sunday with her
friend, Helen Dodge.
Mrs. Yule is home again from Waukegan, where she has been visiting
her daughter Mrs. Gerry.
There will be a meeting at the church Saturday at 8 p. m., May 28, to
decide on repairing the church. All interested come.
The Ladies of the Millburn Ladies' Aid are most cordially invited to
meet the Ladies of North Prairie M. E. church at the home of Mrs. John
Irving, June 8.
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Sun 26 May 1904
INCLUDE VERY OLD OFFICES
SUSPENDED POSTOFFICES TAKE IN MANY
OF FIRST OFFICES STARTED IN THE COUNTY.
OLDEST ONE IS STILL LEFT ALONE
The closing of the numerous Lake county postoffices include in its
list a number of old-time offices.
For instance there is Fort Hill which was established in 1838 and
is the second oldest office. Half Day, established in 1836, is
the oldest office. Two officers were started earlier than Fort
Hill but are not now in existence. Fort Hill has had nine
postmasters in its long existence. Gilmer was established in 1844.
Hickory and Millburn started in 1848, each have had five
postmasters. East Fox Lake (formerly Fox Lake) was opened in 1850
and has had four officials. Diamond Lake opened up in 1855 and
Rosecrans in 1863.
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Gazette 28 May 1904
Helen Dodge came home Friday accompanied by Miss Katie Hole of
Deerfield. They returned Sunday evening.
Mrs. Phillips started for Tennessee last Wednesday almost every
one felt pity and sympathy for her lonliness.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Mitchell of Waukegan came out to Mrs.
Mrs. Smith is visiting in Waukegan with her daughter, Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Pantall went to Highland Park Monday to attend the
funeral of Hobart Millen.
Oscar Niekirk of Chicago was out to Mr. Thoms over Sunday.
The ladies thank offering tea was well attended and very
interesting. They took in about fifty dollars.
Mrs. Ellis and Mrs. Adams, missionary workers in the city were
out and gave interesting reports of their work in the city.
Erastus Thayer of Lake Villa brought over a load of ladies to
the Missionary Tea.
Mrs. Kennedy and her two daughters came down to the thankful