Newspaper Clippings for
5 January 1905
Wm. Bonner was in Rochester over Sunday.
Lucy Trotter spent Christmas with her mother at Evanston.
Bruce Stephens returned to Waukegan last week.
Mabel Adams spent the holidays at Mrs. Pantall's.
C. E. topic, Jan. 8--The making of a Christian; his birth.
Mrs. Dodge gave a New Years dinner to a party of about twenty of
her friends and relatives.
The C. E. business meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. Geo.
Jamieson on Friday Jan. 6.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Dodge spent Saturday and Sunday in Rochester with
Mrs. John Buss.
Rev. Lee filled the pulpit at Maywood on Sunday and as there was no
minister here Miss Anna McCredie read a sermon in the morning.
Miss Anna Ditter, teacher of the Hockaday school and Mr. Herbert Shea,
of Wadsworth surprised their many friends by being quietly married on
Saturday evening, December 24.
The remains of Mrs. James L. Thom Thain were buried in the Millburn
cemetery on Friday, Dec. 30. She was the second wife of James Thain who
died some years ago. At the time of her death she was a resident of Nebraska.
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Gazette 5 January 1905
FIFTY YEARS OLD
Millburn Mutual Insurance Co.
will Celebrate Birthday.
ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 7TH.
AT MILLBURN, 50TH ANNUAL MEETING WILL BE BIG EVENT.
Next Saturday, January 7th, will be a big day at Millburn.
On that day occurs the annual meeting of the Millburn Mutual
Insurance Co., and the beautiful little village will be filled
with members and friends of that solid and popular
The meeting takes on an added importance as it is the fiftieth
annual meting of the company, its fiftieth birthday, and the day
will be celebrated in a manner befitting so important and
The Millburn Mutual Insurance Company has been a boon to the
farmers of this vicinity and from a small beginning it has
flourished and grew and expanded until on this fiftieth birthday
it is one of the county's most important institutions.
Ably and conservatively conducted it has the confidence of all
and well deserves the success it has attained.
Aside from the business at Saturday's meeting, much of a social
nature will take place. At noon a banquet will be served by the
ladies at the Millburn church and a program will follow.
Among the speakers are Charles Whitney, C. T. Heydecker, John D.
Pope, Judge D. L. Jones and many of the old time members of the
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Gazette 11 January 1905
In North Bend, Nebraska, Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 1904, Mrs. Isabella
Thom Thain, familiarly known as Aunt Isa, aged 62 years and 5
months. She was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, July 25, 1842.
She came to this country twenty-five years ago. Much of the time
her home has been with her brother William's family here. She
was married to J. L. Thain in Feb, 1897. Since Mr. Thain's death
she has resided most of the time with her brother, Alexander
Thom, of North bend, Nebraska, where she passed away with
something like heart failure, being sick less than one hour. She
was a woman of education and culture and an exalted Christian
character. She was warm hearted and made friends wherever she
went. She was a great worker in church and Sunday school. In
her yearly visits to Chicago and Millburn she was warmly welcomed
by hosts of friends. She will be greatly missed by all her
family and friends.
All this church going community will be delighted to hear that
N. D. Pratt, our own "Pratt" will conduct the Sunday evening
service in connection with a "song service." We all know Mr.
Pratt's high standard as a musical director.
Will the person who borrowed Rev. Mr. Lee's book last summer,
"The fate of Madam LaTour" please return it to Mrs. Bater. The
book is on Mormonism and is highly valued.
In consideration of the long years of helpfulness in various
ways about all church matters, the people of Millburn presented
Mrs. Bater with a handsome reed chair and one of Ralph Conner's
books as a New Year's gift to show in some small measure their
appreciation of her constant and faithful work in the church.
12 January 1905
OF THE MILLBURN MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY
Large Crowd Present and all the Officers
Re-Elected for the Ensuing year.
On Saturday last, at Millburn, occurred the annual meeting and the fiftieth
anniversary of the Millburn Mutual Insurance Company. The meeting was held in
the Congregational church, which was hardly large enough to hold the large crowd
that had assembled.
Prominently displayed in the front of the church were large pictures of Father
Dodge, James Dodge, Robert Strang, Geo. Strang and John Strang, all long ago passed
away and who were among those pioneers who started the company on its journey to
success fifty years ago.
At the morning session the general business of the meeting was transacted and the
following officers elected for the ensuing year:
President --- Wm. J. White.
Secretary --- J. A. Thain.
Treasurer --- Robert Strang.
Director, South District --- Daniel Lee.
Director, North District --- John Pollock.
Director, Central --- O. B. Whitmore.
Every officer was re-elected.
The meeting then adjourned for dinner, the menu being as follows:
Chicken Pie, Cold Meat, Mashed Potatoes, Baked Beans, Squash, Cabbage, Salad,
Pickles, Biscuit, Cookies, Doughnuts, Jelly, Pie, Cheese, Oranges, Bananas, Coffee.
The dinner was served by the ladies and it was one of those dinners that those
present never forget, tables groaning with their weight of good things and plates
heaped high again and again with the best of chicken pie and almost everything else
known to the culinary art. It was a feast fit for a king, and well deserved the vote
of thanks given it.
The program was as follows:
Violin Solo--by Norman Brown.
Reading of history of company--by J. A. Thain.
Song--by Miss Ames, of Hickory.
Letter of regrets from D. L. Jones.
Insurance talk--by E. J. Heydecker.
Violin Solo--by Norman Brown.
Speech--by C. T. Heydecker
Song--by Alfred Spafford.
Letter of regrets from John D. Pope.
A few spicy remarks--by David Welch.
Duet--by Gussie and Hazel Thain.
A Toast--by editor F. T. Fowler.
Song--by Ralph Spafford.
Remarks--by editor Dunn.
Speech of the day--by Hon. Charles Whitney.
Song--by Alfred Bain.
Selection--by Norman Brown.
At the afternoon session the president introduced Supervisor George B.
Stephens who acted as toastmaster.
Mr. Stephens in his opening address told of the beginning of the Millburn
company. He said that about fifty years ago a house belonging to George Strang
was burned to the ground and it was found that the company in which he carried
insurance was insolvent and the property was a total loss.
This set the people thinking and Father Dodge was the prime mover in forming
this company. Father Dodge was a man of extraordinary ability and the impress of
his rugged honesty is yet felt in Millburn. No man was more closely associated
with the people of the county than he, and his anti-slavery views made him a
prominent figure throughout the state.
Mr. Whitney was introduced as the only son of a man who had done much for
the Millburn Insurance Company and a man whose memory all loved to honor and
who had left to his son the best of all heritage -- an honest, honorable name.
Mr. Whitney said in part: "It is well to hold this fiftieth anniversary.
Such gatherings as these call up things of the past, and we think of these old
friends of long ago.
"Search the records of the county and nowhere can you find the name of one
of these pioneers on the criminal docket or engaged in litigation. These men who
formed this company possessed the inborn honesty of Scotland and from a training
through after generation had learned to think more of character than property.
"What were these men? Were they honored because of wealth, because of education,
etc.? No, they were honest men and they left their impression on the community, and
when the centennial anniversary of this company is held, the impress of the lives
of Father Dodge and his associates will still be found.
"I wish Chas. Wagner, author of the "Simple Life" knew about this community.
For certainly it is here we have that simple, beautiful life.
"For fifty years the Millburn Insurance Company has prospered because of honest
management and, we can say with pride that there is at least one Lake county
corporation with an unwritten by-law that controls its every action. "Do unto others
as ye would they should do unto you."
Miss Emma Spafford returned from St. Louis Friday.
Mr. Safford of Bowmanville filled the pulpit Sunday.
Horace Tower who spent his vacation with his uncle returned home this week.
The Ladies Aid will meet with Mrs. Geo. Strang on Thursday, Jan. 12. All
members are requested to be present.
Mrs. Henry Bater of Waukegan is reported very ill. She is well known in this
Mrs. George Dodge, Miss Mary Eichinger, George Gerrity and Edwin Denman have
all been sick with lagrip.
Rev. and Mrs. F. T. Lee moved from this place on Wednesday to their new home
Mr. N. D. Pratt of Evanston will have charge of the services next Sunday.
There will be a song service in the evening.
C. E. Topic, Jan. 15. Am I my brothers keeper? A temperance meeting. Margaret
On Monday evening, Jan. 9, at R. Pantall's store there will be a cemetery
meeting to elect officers and directors and to discuss any matter of business.
The Congregational church held their annual meeting Monday, Jan. 2, and the
following new officers were elected: Deacon Geo. Dodge; Clerk, Harold Minto;
Deaconess, Mrs. Geo. Jamieson.
Mr. Scott Leroy left on Saturday for St. Johns, Ind, where he has gone to
take charge of a creamery. Mrs. Leroy and son will follow on Tuesday. We are
sorry to loose them from our village but wish them success in their new home.
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Sun 16 January 1905
Miss Emma Spafford returned from St. Louis Friday.
Mrs. Henry Bater of Waukegan is very low.
Miss Mary Eichinger, George Gerrity, Mrs. George Dodge, Mrs.
Tillison, Edwin Denman and Harris Thoms, have been down with the
N. D. Pratt will have charge of the services Sunday, song
service in the evening.
Mr. Spafford of Bowmanville, filled the pulpit last Sunday.
Horace Tower, who spent his vacation with his uncle returned
home last week.
Scott Leroy left Saturday for St. John's, where he has gone to
take charge of a creamery. Mrs. Leroy and son will follow
C. E. Topic, Jan. 15, "Am I my Brother's Keeper?" (A temperance
meeting) Margaret White, leader.
At the church meeting on Monday, January 2, the following
officers were elected: George W. Dodge, deacon; D. Harold Minto,
clerk; Mrs. Geo. Jamieson, deaconess.
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Sun 19 January 1905
Miss Jessie Jamieson was in Chicago Wednesday.
The creamery, Strang's, Bater's and Wentworth have filled their
Lloyd White is home on a visit.
Mrs. Edward Russell spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. Choye
Geo. McCredie was badly burned with hot grease last Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Matthews gave a progressive euchre party
Thursday evening. The first prizes were awarded to Miss Jessie
Jamieson and Horace Tower, and second prizes to Mrs. T. VanAlstine
and Archie Webb.
C. E. Topic, Jan. 22. How to Win Souls for Christ, led by
Miss Emma Spafford has been sick with la grippe.
The Crokinole club gave a party in Young's hall Friday night.
19 January 1905
Lloyd White is home on a visit.
Miss Jessie Jamieson was a Chicago visitor last Thursday.
N. D. Pratt filled the pulpit here on Sunday last.
The Crokinole Club gave a party in Young's hall on Friday evening.
Geo. McCredie was badly burned with hot grease on Sunday.
C. E. topic next Sunday: How to win souls for Christ: Lead by Lookout Committee.
The ice houses belonging to the creamery, Strangs, Baters and Wentworths
were filled this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Mathews gave a progressive euchre party on Thursday
evening. The first prizes were awarded to Jessie Jamieson and H. B. Tower, and
the second prizes to Mrs. VanAlstine and Archie Webb.
from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Gazette 19 January 1905
The Ladies' Aid Society met at Mrs. Geo. Strang's last Thursday.
About fifty took supper.
The ice business is being rushed while the sleighing is good.
The butter factory was filled last Saturday, and all the other
ice houses here are being filled with an excellent quality of
Little Vera Miller is on the gain again now after a severe
Lloyd White, of Michigan City, and Roy Hughes, of Chicago,
were home on a short visit. A big sleigh load of young folks
went to Antioch for a sleigh ride and started Lloyd on his home
on his home stretch.
Earl White returned to his studies last Monday.
Rev. Mr. Lee will return this week to move his cats to
Maywood. All the rest went last week.
Scott LeVoy moved his family to St. John's, Indiana, last
week, where he has employment in a butter factory.
Mr. N. D. Pratt spoke in the church last Sunday morning on the
life and works of Rev. Thomas K. Beecher, of Elmira, New York.
It was highly interesting and amusing sometimes. In the evening
Mr. Pratt conducted a fine service. We are always more than
please with Mr. Pratt.
Mrs. Geo. Strang has received a letter from Mr. and Mrs. David
Warren, of Medical Lake, Washington state, in which they wish to
be remembered to all their old friends. Mr. Warren was a brother
to Mrs. Gardiner Hastings and was a business man here more than
forty years ago. He writes a fine steady hand at 86 years and
has the best of health.
Miss Carrie Bater had a choir party at her home last Saturday
evening in honor of Mr. Pratt.
The Millburn Insurance Company gave the ladies $54, for the
dinner provided for the occasion.
26 January 1905
The undersigned will sell at Public Auction on the Yankee Smith farm,
1 1/2 miles north and 1/2 mile west of Millburn, on Tuesday, January 31,
commencing at 1 o'clock sharp, the following property:1 work horse, 1 colt
coming two years, 1 yearling colt, 4 cows, 6 pigs, 1 brood sow, 3 stacks of
corn and some in barn, about 3 tons of good timothy hay, 1 wagon, 1 grain
binder, 1 mower, 1 two-seated buggy, 1 good cart, 1 single cultivator, 1
two-horse cultivator, 1 work harness, about 40 bushels of potatoes, 1 brl.
vinegar, some corn in crib, all household goods and all farming tools.
The usual terms.
Charles Marks, Prop.
Chase Webb, Auctioneer.
The pulpit was filled Sunday by Mr. Monasmith of the University of Chicago.
Lloyd White returned last Monday to Michigan City, Ind.
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Stewart went to Antioch to visit with their cousin.
Miss K. L. Smith spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. C. B. Cumming, of Waukegan.
A number of young people from here attended a surprise party given to Clarence
Bock, of Hickory last Wednesday.
C. E. topic, Jan. 29 --"Heroes of foreign missions, what they teach us."
The Masons installed their officers for the coming year last Thursday night.
An entertainment and banquet were given after the installation.
On Wednesday, February 1 the Ladies Missionary Society will meet, and the
ladies are to hand in their dollars and tell how they earned them. Further
notice will be given next week.