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January, 1905

Antioch News5 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
Millburn Mutual Insurance Co.
will Celebrate Birthday.
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 organization.
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 event.
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 company.
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.

Antioch News12 January 1905
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 vicinity.

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 in Maywood.

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 White leader.

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 grippe.

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 Tuesday.

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 ice houses.

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 lookout committee.

Miss Emma Spafford has been sick with la grippe.

The Crokinole club gave a party in Young's hall Friday night.

Antioch News19 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 ice.

Little Vera Miller is on the gain again now after a severe illness.

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.

Antioch News26 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." Annie McCredie.

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.

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