J. R. Griffith history in Waterman

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J. R. Griffith history in Waterman - V IMG CHRONIC 1 JllJU ' VOL. II. NO. 203....
V IMG CHRONIC 1 JllJU ' VOL. II. NO. 203. DEKALB, ILL. MONDAY, JUNE 28, 1807. TEN CENTS PER WEEK 0"1Q DEE ALB JL-0 AT WATERMAN What One TriptCatcrr man Tells Us. PRETTY VILLAGE ON THE C. 1. HomethlDf About IU HUtorjr and Preevat Condition. Tbe Tillage of Waterman ia located about twelve miles south of DeKalb on tbe Chicago & Iowa division of tbe Chicago, Burlington & Qnincy railroad. It iwtown of about. 600 Inhabitants, and is proud of her schools, her business houses, pretty residences, three churches, plenty of musicians and good people, all of which go to make np a pretty residence town. Ia Hyjooe Itajr. The early history of Waterman or more properly of Clinton township ia fall of Indian atrocities. Way back in .1835, the present site of the pretty little village was almost , unknown to white men. The grove south or town known as Pritchards grove, the place where the '"VKalb county old settlers picnics are now held, covered about 100 acres and was inhabited by the red man and wild beasts. Oliver P. Johnson, aged 23 years, with his young bride and little baby took np their location at this grove April 22, 1835, and for three years had Indians for their only neighbors. They endnreo privations or every kind but held their claim and made the beginning of the present Clinton town ship. Among the other early settlers were W. B. Fields, Parker Thomas, Al exander McXish, Silas Nines, John and James Walker, Preston Curtiss. Win Robertson, C B. Wbitford, Shelburne & Tracy Srott, Felix and Baldwin Woodruff, Sylvester and Elbert Hall, N. S, andT. J. Greenwood, Benjamin Matteson, Win. Sherman. J. L. Bailey, J. L Migbell, Aruney Hill, John Secor. Later on came Messrs. Phillips, Cong don Humphrey, Brown, Roberts, Colton and a host of others who are at present reckoned among the old settlers. Clinton was known as a nourishing farming dMrict for many years before it was known as anything else. In March of 1872, the village of Water man was surveyed and platted by County Surveyor S. T. Armstrong from land owned by Humphrey Roberts, and additions from the Rolmrts, Greeley .nd Conardon farms have since been made. The village was named in honor of D. B. Waterman, general solicitor of the C. & I. railroad and as soon as the depot was located the present town of Waterman commenced to thrive. David Chapman erected the first house in the spring of 1872 and about the m time Martin Fancher erected a small house and conducted the first gen era! store. Among the other pioneer merchant were A. Bradbury, Coy & Giles, Humphrey & Sampson, dealers in lumber; David Orr, hardware; Alex. Wallace, furniture; J. R. Griffith, harness; Mrs. Austin, milliner; E. Dean, meat market; George Wakefield, grain and coal; Newell Persons, wagon maker; Richard , Anderson, blacksmith; John M. St John, barber. Waterman ft Today. From the time of its first appearance In 1. 1873, Waterman has never had a lioom, but the growth has been a steady one ana ia Biiu cobhuuihb- riss street reveais me iw i" ants are wide-awake set who en- ftvor to please weir cubwiuoib A. . Weeping a large assortment oi seawju- able and op to date goods. J. R. Griffith was one of the pioneer business men of the place, having located here about twenty three years ago. lor a number of years he conducted a harness shop and is now proprietor of a first-class restaurant. He has complete line of bakery goods, candies, cigars, canned and fresh fruits, ice cream, etc. . . .. i . Erastus Dean U another of the early as well as present business men of the place. In the spring of 1873 be opened a meat market and baa had the exclusive trade part of the time, A year ago be built a fine new brick meat market with plate glass front and modern Improvements. Here be keeps all fresh p.nd salted meats for his town patrons and his two eons. Bert and John, drive two delivery wagons In tbe conn try. John 8. Kirkpatrick is a dealer In hardware and farm machinery of all kinds, buggies, etc He succeeded W. W. Srott a year ago lat January and continues id coodoct the good business w, kh be built up. J- lh Bedford is th I tinner and make a 'specialty, of PlnWing and furnace work and also repairing bicycles. Y. E Wirtx is the undertaker and ' furniture dealer and has been in the rmine twelve years. He carries a. complete stock of furniture, carpets. curtains, rugs, etc., and has a fine hearse for funeral purposes. : - K. G. Ferguson conducts a general store. , He has . been; inoainesa- ten years and has his store well stocked with dry goods, groceries and notions. Wilt Wbitford has at present the only barber shop in town and does bis work In a satisfactory manner, even though he baa no competition. Zeller & Company with J. J. A. Zel ler as , manager and proprietor, con ducts a general store. About a year ago he came here from Rock Falls and now has charge of a corner store carry ing a good line of dry goods, groceries, hats, caps, shoes, wall paper, famishing goods, etc. Henry Lamb is the -representative of the clothing business and has a good clothing store, carrying ready-made clothing, gents furnishings and boots and shoes. He succeeded tbe firm of Lamb' Bros, five years ago. II. F. Kerchifer has the only harness shop in town and besides having a good stock in his line does all repairing neat ly and well. The millinery business Is looked after by Miss Grace Rolierts and by Mrs. J R. Griffith. Tbe latter haa been in business for the last twenty-one years with the exception of two years in Sandwich. She has been in her present location for three years. Peter Hansen is the proprietor of a restaurant and makes a specialty of to bacco and cigars. The east end hardwa re store is con ducted by Mr. Merkel, wuo keeps a stock of hardware and machinery of all kinds. Until recently, George H. Leifheit has run a meat market, but he is now closing out preparatory to going out of business. Bradbury & Roystrom is the name of one of the leading general stores. The business is conducted by Harry Brad bury, the other member of the firm re siding in Aurora. Twenty-five years ago A. Bradbury conducted this, the first store in Waterman, and he was succeeded four years ago by hiason They have the agency for the daily pa pers and carry a complete line of dry goods, groceries and everything to be found in a general store. Miss M. J. Macklin conducts an ex clnsively ladies store and has been in her present business and present loca tion for ten years. She carries a nice line of dry goods, notions, shoes, etc. C. Becker has a shoe shop and is kept busy repairing shoes. He does all work on ladies, children s ana men s enoes and boots in a neat manner. Pogue & Company are known in Waterman and 'vicinity as proprietors of an extensive lumber yard, and with the large amount of building,, there is considerable demand for" their mater ial. Tbe drug store is owned by Erastus Dean and managed by his son. Win. Dean, who has been the obliging drng gist there for thirteen years. They car ry a clean line of drugs, school supplies, paints, oils, etc. G, W. Wakefield is the present deal er in grain and coal and rnns tne eie vator located south of the track. He also has conducted a branch bnsiness at Carlton for several years, his son having charge of the elevator at that place. W. S. Andrews has a flonr and fed mill and his place of business is of in terest to fanners for miles about as he has the only mill for miles around. Tbe blacksmith business is conducted at two shops, one managed by Chas. Putnam who has recently moved to the town, a,nd the other by Chas. Tbomp-kins who has been located at Water man for years. A business institution which has con siderable work is the Waterman bank. conveniently located in a neat little building and managed by two of the monied men of the town, Ralph Brown and Humphrey Roberts, who, besides running the banking business, are num bered among the insurance agents of the town, r Other gentlemen who have agencies for the different companies are Messrs. Bradbury and Dean. H. W. Leifheit is proprietor of the hotel known as the Clinton House and has been in business almost since the town started. He has a good transient and regular patronage and in addition to the hotel runs a private livery. The main part of the livery business is, however, managed by 1, IL Hinds, whose stable is situated at the foot of Main street Richmond Bros, own the creamery at this place and at Carlton and have been interesting the farmers In this vicinity fnt about five years. Wm. Richmond with several assistants has charge of ie Waterman creamery. Dr. G. M. Macklin and Dr. W. K. Farley are In a measure twpKWKr.ie tot th hwilth il the vicinity. Ftb. are old i and experienced doctors who have mads Waterman their home for many years. '. . ' The postofflce is now in the hands of G. IL Leifheit with his wife as assist ant His term of office has nearly ex pi red and his .successor has yet to be chosen. . A .. . , As the town is situated on a division of the Burlington and at no junction, the railroad traffic., ia not great and only one man, C, W. Baldry, is employ ed as the depot Men who have much to do with the external appearance of the place are the contractors and builders and stone masons and Waterman haa her share of them. L. Morgridge is one of the con tractors and builders, and Rowley Bros, attend to the remainder of the work. They are also the paper hangers of the place. N. F. Davenport is one of the stone masons, and Mr. Tripp tbe other, both of whom have a good pat ronage. In Rellgloiu CIrrtos. There are three churches in Water man, the Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist to teach the path to rigbtons ness, and each is supplied with the us nat number of societies. Rev. G. W. Winslow is pastor of the M. E. church and is now serving his second year in that capacity. The church is a large wooden edifice located in tbe north part of town and is so con veniently arranged inside that the audience room and Sunday school room may be thrown together into one large room. There are at-present about 130 members and this membership grew from a small society that held Its meet ings years ago, as early as 1855, in the country about a mile and a half north of town. Later4 the building was mov ed to town and placed on its present site. The society in addition to the church owns a pretty parsonage and their pas tor does all in his power to make the influence for good felt in the community. The present stewards of the church are: C. 8. Allen, A. Darling, Isaac Wood Wilder Potter, John Hippie, David. Hippie and S. M. Henderson, and the trustees are: John Mercer, L. A. Matter son, David wogiana, rranx ureeiey, Fred Allen and David Minich. A good choir with Miss Rose Greeley as organist, furnish, mnsio for all pf church services, greatly assisting to the worship. And the other aids of the church are found in its societies. The Sunday school has about 180 members with John-Woods as superintendent. There is a flonrishingHEpworth League with 8. M. Henderson as president; a Junior League superintended by Mrs, Fred Allen, a Ladies Aid of which Mrs. Roberts is president and a missionary society led by Mra Winslow. Tbe Presbyterian church comes next as to number of members. They having at present an enrollment of 77 on the church records with Rev. C. C. Highfield as pastor. He is now preacn- ing his seventh year there and although the church has been founded for a number of years, he is the second installed pastor. The elders of the church are: W. M. McFarland, J. 8. Kirkpatrick, J. H. Bedford and J. Smiley. Among the aids of the church are the choir led by C. C. Highfield with Mrs. W. M, Mc Farland as organistr the Sunday school of about 120 members with W. M. Mc Farland as superintendent and the Christian Endeavor Society with Miss Mertie Kirkpatrick as president. Rev. Highfield and his family work for the good of Waterman as well as the church and are highly valued residents of the place. , The Baptist church haa for some time beetfithoW pastor nntil recently when the serrEses of Rev. S. R. Iiobin- son have been secured. -He is a student at tbe Chicago University and preaches at'both morning an evening services. The membership of this chnrch and of the same denomination at Shabbona are so small that one person is usually pas ter of both churches, and in this case Rev. Robinson will probably conduct services at each church every alternate Sunday. There is a good sired Sunday school connected with the church of which R. A. York is superintendent and a Young People's Union with R. A. York president The organist and leader of the choir is one person, Mrs. red- ford, who spends considerable time in arranging for good music at all of the services. This church was organized in 1856 and was then known as tbe X. Clinton Center Baptist chnrch and meetings were held in the Tattle and Swift school bouse two and a half miles southeast of the present village. When the C. & I. railroad was put through, the president of the road offered to transport material for the erection of a chnrch edifice if the congretfation wonld remove here. Thfir offer was accepts and the prect ImSl.ling w erected in the summer of 172. TAiew mil nth f -Watern-.an i on pi the stm.rf't country f-bwhes iatbe state. Tbe fr-cMy it k? n a the United Presbyterians and the "V, P." church Is a land mark in this section of the country. It is situated in the vicinity of . what Is known as Jhe corners in Somonauk township and was erected at a cost of 113.000. The members first began holding meetings as early as 1811 but it was not until March 1H, 184(1 that the organization was effected. The pews in the church are rented and nearly every family in tbe U. P, neighborhood is a member of the chnrch. No more devoted christians can anywhere be found than those worshiping here. Kdaomtlon of th CkUdrra. The schools have always played an important part in the history of the town. The first school was conducted in 1H50, Miss Reynolds lieing the teacher ami the school house was a small build ing used, as were most of the school bouses in pioneer times, as a dwelling Iso The first school house proper was erected two years later with Miss Tilda Kirkpatrick as teacher. It stood about a quarter of a mile south of the present one In 1875 the present school house was erected, a three room building, and the school became a graded one. Chas. W. Rolph was tbe first principal with Miss Sarah Anderson as assistant. Since that time the number of pupils has grown so that it has been found necessary to add another teacher to the force making the following three in the corps: Mr. warner, principal, Miss Carrie Wormley, Intermediate, and Mrs. Warner primary department. Mr. and Mrs. Warner came - from tbe southern part of the state and Missi Wonnley from Shabbona and all will serve in the same capacity another year. During the spring term just closed there were 105 pupils enrolled and although the school has not yet a prescrilied course, there are movements on foot to make it a graded school of the reputable standard and when this ia effected Waterman will have her graduates and commencements every year. TTbe present board of trustees conrists of Miss M.X Macklin, W. M. Farland and J. G. Congdon, who do all in their Jiower to make the school a flourishing iTbey are assisted by t&epnpus WHO give occasional scnooi entertain . ' . f 1 ; - . . f 1 i -X I- ments and as a result the school is sup plied with a good library, a fine new or gan which was but recently purchased besides many other helps in the school linet many obtained the rudiment of their education at Waterman are now stu dents in some of the best educational institutions in the country, represents tivea being at Ann Arbor, Chicago Uni versity. Champaign, Wheaton and other equally as good institutions. Fraternal Circle- Secret societies and societies of other kinds occupy part of the attention of nearly every man, and woman as well, and lodge night in many families comes several time a week. The oldest organization is the Mason ic lodge No. 628 which was instituted under dispensation in 1874. receiving its barter in the following year. They erected a two story frame building, 20x69 feet, with 25-fooJt posts and the first floor is occupied with a store, the second being devoted to the hxlges. Nathan' S. Greenwood was the first Worshipful Master and the present in cumbent is G: W. Wakefield. They have a membership of about forty and meet the first and third Thursday of each month. A few years ago Carnation Chapter Order of the Eastern Star was organised as an auxiliary to the masonic lodge. The membership included several from Hinckley- and Shabbona, but since that time-a chapter has been instituted at the former place and the Hinckley members have joined it leaving a present membership of about 80." Miss Georgia Bradbury was the first Worthy Matron and Miss Delia Leifheit is the present one. H. Bradbury was the first Worthy Patron and has held the office ever since the organization. They meet the first and third Tuesday of each month. 3 " Tbe Woodmen is one of the strongest organizations aa to the number of mem bers, they having fifty-three names on the membership roll. They have been organized for a number of years and hold their regular meetings the first and third Mondays of each month with W. M. McFarland aa Chief CounsnL, A society of recent organization here is the Knights of tbe Globe whose object is social advancement and Insurance. The insurance part takes precedence br and twenty -seven are Interested In this fetnre as members of tbe society. S. M. Henderson acts in the cajacity of Pre! J fti t. , Sever! cM soldiers reIe in this vk inity and they are memlwrs of Terry PvtG. A. R. which hol f i'nieet;rK tb-ef-M and third FntnMsy afternoons atSl.ali-r.a. ' TLere is a tuenilierchip of thirty-four with A. C, Kauflfuian of this place as commander. The wives and daughters belong to the ladies auxiliary recently: organised--al Bhabbona. Temperance is ever a live question here and although Waterman ' is at present a no license town, the towns which are her neighbors on tbe east and on the west have saloons and there ia much needed work for the temperance people. There is a strong W. C. T. U. society here and much good work is accomplished through their efforts. During the winter a cinch club, composed almost entirely of the young married people of the place have en joyable social times and their regular meetings at the. homes of the members throughout the long winter evenings makes a very pleasant diversion. Or FttblU InUrwt. The town loard expends time and energy In lookiug after the interest that will promote the growth of the place. Humphrey Roberta is the presi dent of the board and the other mem bers are G. W. Wakefield, Fred Brown, Henry Lamb, C. M. Flanders, W. a Andrews, and B. Bradbnrg. The public ball is known as the Masonic Hall aud this is the scene of many a plensant dance and entertainment by both home and traveling talent. Very often during the winter a dramatic club is organized t nd by combining talent and hard work they have given very creditable plays. The fire protection of the village has always tieen adequate to all needs and the town has never suffered a disastri- ons fire. Several have started in the business center but they have been dis covered and extinguished before any considerable amount of harm has leeu done. A gasoline engine with hose cart form the main part of the fire outfit and water is obtained from the town pump which lias a supply coming from five hundred feet below ground. The town is also supplied with a system of water works erected by a combination of private parties and a stock company and a large elevated tank holds tbe supply. Private real deuces and public places are furnished with city water at a nominal cost. Croquet, tennis and baseball ocenpy considerable of the leisure time of many Waterman people and although tbe former two games are somewhat on tbe wane there is much interest in the latter. They have organized a new nine and several exciting games have been played this year. One thing that makes the latter game still popular is that Waterman is tbe home of several crack playinL. Frank Griffith who was at onetime known in more than a local way as the left handed pitcher passed all of his life at Waterman. On account of an injury a few years ago, be is now unable to play, but the enthusiasm is still kept up. Waterman was tbe only small town in this vicinity of the state that follow ed the idea promulgated by larger places, that of holding a mi nature world's fair. The summer of "94, a year after the Worlds Fair closed, tbe place united in making a world's fair on a slightly smaller scale than was the one at Jackson Park the year previous. The relics that were collected were intensely interesting and many of the articles which they exhibited had had a place in the big fair. Tbe young peo pie who had charge of the enterprise deserved the praise which they re ceived for so successfully planning and executing the affairs and the churches were richer by quite a sum as a result. Tt was held two davs and one night in the Masonic ball which had been divid ed into booths and streets in such an artistic manner as to be scarcely recog nized. Everything imaginable was on exhibition' and for those to whom cur loa were Uninteresting, refreshment hall and Japanese tea room were most welcome additions to tbe fair proper. Muu ad ataalcUn. . There are Terr few of the men who hare no music in their souls in Waterman, for music and musicians are plen teons. A choral society is. always conducted throughout the winter and usually with a membership of about sixty. Prof. Harris has been the leader in the movement and instructor of the class for several years and the concert which is given, at the close of the term Is always first class. A few miles south of town in the vicinity of Freeland corners is another tnptfa-al organization of note, the Plow Boy band.' They have the advantage of years of organization and practice tgethef They are nsnally called upon to fnrnifh music for celebration of all kinds in the vicinity and are indispensi- lie when it comes to Old K tUer pic til cm. Am-m;f the other lovers of music and those who are capable of furnishing aelerlk-ns either In vocal or mtro-Ciuitl ar Jri Le'.fbcit, A a ZHer, Mrs. Nora Bain, Mrs. Humphrey Roberta, Mrs. Henry Lamb, Mlsa Rose Greeley, Mrs. WLrtx, Fred Brown, Mrs. Fred Brown; Ralph "Brown, Carl Gree-ly, Frank Greely, Emma Porter, Maliel Hibble, Mr. Leroy Giles, Mrs. G. tt Leifheit, John Dean and many others. ' ' FraniiMBt Peuplecnd IIoium. . Waterman is distinctively a farming locality, aud While many of the farmers do not work their places they rent them and enjoy a retired life in tow a Among the men who own considerable real estate near town are: J. T, Roberts; John nipple, Geo. Greeley, IL L. Fuller, Harry Greeley, H. Kirkpatrick. Ralph and Fred Brown, Humphrey Roberts. Wm. Roberta and a number of others. The people who make the town have always taken pride in keeping their homes in a neat and pretty condition so some of the first houses that were built present today almost as nice an appear ance as the one of a more recent date. The lawns are nicely kept and a large supply ot flowers add to the attractive ness of the appearance. A few of the pretty houses are those of J. R. Griffith, Wm. Richmond, Ralph Brown, Henry Lamb who haa transformed the old Roberts' place, Humphrey Roberta. J. 8. Kirkpatrick, M. C. Whltford, Mrs. Robert Humphrey, Fred Brown, Mrs. George Greenwood, Leroy Giles, A. U. Fuller, Mrs. Emmaline Giles, Mra. IL Scott, Mrs. Lamb Sr. Dr. Farley, Mrs. Little and many others. While we have not given all of the interesting features of Waterman, we have endeavored to give a perfectly fair description of the town and Waterman people will do the rest. Altgehlisin vs. Tanncrlsm. The attempt of machine politicians to blacken the personal character of Ex- Gov. Altgeld, is beginning to react as every one expected it would, and every one who loves fair play hoped it would. The cry of stop thief, the Jgood people has discovered, was raised to cover np the acts of the most venal and moot profligate legislature that ever assem bled. After we are through with the inevitable special session that will bo convened to complete the hamiliation of Illinois, the most corrupt that ever will convene in this proud state. The decent press Of the state realizing the depth of this foul plot, have turned their batteries on its promoters and they have taken to cover. The distraction of Altgeld, the repeal of the libel bill, was onl y a part of these thieves plan to silence the only element in the state that dare expose their villiany. The CHRONICLE has nothing in common with many of the ex-governor's politiccal heresies.ithan no nse for any political policy that haa no higher claim for snpport than political expediency, but for his broad and liberal views on educational and kindred subjects; for his high intellectuality and personal integrity, it has the most profound respect. Between Alt-geldism and Tannerism it will unhesitatingly take the former, and Illinois if called tip again would do the same with practical unanimity. WANTED--Girl for general housework, inquire at 234 South Second 8t dot The- Nickel Plats Road will sell tickets at one fare for the round trip to Erie, Pa., for meeting of St. John to be held in that city Jane 21 to 27th. Tickets good on any one of tbe Fast Express Trains leaving Chicago daily at 10.33 a. m., 3:03 p, m. and 10:15 p. m. Ootid returning to aud including Jnne 2Hth. Call on or address J. Y. Calahan, Gen'l Agent. Ill Adams St., Chicago, llf.,' or II. Thorne, C P. & T. A., Ill Adams St, Chicago, 111, d fcjnae23 A ring on Telephone No.. 15, Holmes Livery Stable, will notL'y Frank Carter that yon want Ice. ; s dtf The Nickel Plate Road has authorized its agents to sell excursion tickets J uly 3rd and 4th, good returning July 5th, within the radius of 200 miles from starting point at one fare for tbe round trip, account Fourth of July. City Ticket office 111 Adams St. Chicago, ' I1L Depot 12th and Clark Sta Tele phone Main 839. dw54 Tbe substitution of one article for another is a kind of green goods game that the public can put an end to by refusing to trade at stores where it is practiced. ' tf Fourth of July Excursion over the Nickel Plato Road at one fare for the round trip between points on its line at a radins of 2X) miles from starting point For fall information c'.l ou or address J. Y. CaULan. General Agent, 111 Adams St, Chicago. .j -d'V'"4 U.'U to'rent over Sheets and Kn.I! hardware store. In jnire st the store

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