Location: La Salle County IL

The Illinois Indians – Indian Wars

Some years ago there was deposited in the Archives of the “Historical Society” of Chicago a record in reference to the history of the Illinois Indians, a portion of which is interesting as connected with this matter. It was deposited by Judge Caton, who became a citizen of Chicago thirty-nine years ago, when the whole country was occupied as the hunting grounds of the Pottowattomie tribe. Their chief, Shabboni, died in 1849, the only remnant of this once powerful tribe. Of him it could be truth-fully said he was the last of his race. Comparatively not long since the surrounding country was mainly occupied by the Illinois tribe, an important people, ranging from the Wabash River to the Mississippi, and from the Ohio to Lake Superior. They lived mostly in Northern Illinois, centering in La Salle County. Then near Utica stood the largest town ever constructed by Northern Indians, and their great cemeteries attest the extent of the populous hordes of Indians who roamed the forests and prairies at will. La Salle, the Pioneer, discovered them before the great Iroquois Confederation had reached them, after their battle-fields had strewn their victims all along from the Atlantic Coast to the Wabash and from the lakes, and even north of them to the Alleghanies and the Ohio. The Iroquois or Six Nations, with a great slaughter, defeated this hitherto invincible people,...

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Biography of Egbert P. Little

Egbert P. Little is one of the old residents of Champaign County, having come here with his parents nearly fifty years ago. The business to which he successfully applied his efforts through many years was farming, but he is now living retired in the city of Champaign. Mr. Little prospered as a farmer and stock man, and his material circumstances have added to his own comfort and have also provided means and training for the careers of his children, in whom he takes special pride. Mr. Little was born in La Salle County, Illinois, September 3, 1857, a son of John and Frances (Bassford) Little. His parents were New Englanders, his father a native of New Hampshire and his mother of Vermont. Both are now deceased. His father was for many years a farmer and ‘was long identified with the agricultural interests of Champaign County. Of the nine children in the family four died in infancy. Addie A. is the wife of John Blair of Syracuse, New York; Leslie resides at Tolono in Champaign County. The next in age is Egbert P.; Luella is the eighth in the family and Linnie is the wife of Charles DeForest, of St. Joseph, Illinois. Egbert P. Little was eleven years of age when he came with his parents to Champaign County in 1868. He grew up on a farm at Tolono, and...

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Biography of Patrick Henry Cain

Patrick Henry Cain. For many years one of the highly respected and substantial citizens of Philo Township, Mr. Cain has been chiefly identified with farming, and has not only provided well for his family but is regarded as one of the men of influence of his community. Though a resident of Champaign County since childhood, Mr. Cain was born at Peru in LaSalle County, Illinois, in 1865. His parents, Thomas and Bridget (Finn) Cain, were both natives of Ireland. In 1878 the family removed to Champaign County and located on a farm in Colfax Township. The parents both died on that old farm. Their family of children consisted of six: Austin, deceased; James T. and Thomas, of Colfax Township; Mary Ann, wife of John Giblin of Colfax Township; Patrick H.; and Sarah, wife of Lawrence Gallagher, of Colfax Township. In the schools of Illinois Patrick H. Cain acquired a substantial training during his youth and he lived at home until the death of his parents. His best work has been accomplished on the 160 acres of land which he bought in 1903, located in sections 15 and 21 of Philo Township. Under his energetic direction this farm has been brought to a highly improved condition and has responded bountifully to his efforts as an agriculturist. On February 4, 1891, Mr. Cain took upon himself the responsibilities of a family...

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Biography of M. J. Morlan

M.J. MORLAN. – This prominent citizen of The Dalles was born in Lake County, Ohio, in 1835. In 1846 he moved to La Salle County, Illinois. In that state his parents were successful in securing good land and in improving their farms; and this was the home of our subject until he attained his majority. With a somewhat limited education, but with abundance of muscle and determination, he began life for himself working as a hired hand on his father’s farm, and saving nearly all his earnings. His innate ambition and desire to reach the higher walks of life induced him to cross the plains in1857 to Portland, Oregon. Being but ill suited with this Webfoot metropolis, he returned eastward as far as Walla Walla and found a desirable location on the Touchet River, improving his own place and assisting the various ranchers until, in1860, he was able to buy a ranch at Dayton. His venture there, however, proving but a partial success, he disposed of his property in 1864, and removed again to Western Oregon, returning eastward in 1867 to Wasco County and engaging in sheep-husbandry. The first four years of that occupation were but little remunerative; and in 1871 he moved to Umatilla county, engaging very successfully in agriculture. In 1873 he was married to Miss Mary E. Jones, who has born him two children, Charles and...

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Biographical Sketch of Antoxe Hinkey

The popular proprietor of the Commercial Hotel at Nampa is a native of Ottawa, Illinois, where he was born April 2, 1857, his ancestors having come from Germany. His early education was obtained in the public schools of Ottawa, where he remained until reaching his eighteenth year, when he went to Nevada and engaged in farming and stock-raising until 1888 and then he came to Nampa and built the Commercial House, which has done the greater part of the hotel business of the town. The building is fifty by sixty feet, two stories in height, and contains thirty nicely furnished rooms. Mr. Hinkey is a most accommodating host, sparing no pains to make the traveling public feel at home and comfortable in his house. The hotel is centrally located, convenient to the trains and the town and has the majority of the transient trade. Politically Mr. Hinkey is a stanch member of the Democratic Party and has served his home city as trustee, and is numbered among her enterprising and liberal...

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Biographical Sketch of F. L. Pound

F. L. Pound. Merchant, Ionia, was born in Wayne County, N. Y., May 15, 1844. Removed to La Salle County, Ill., in 1860. Enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry in August, 1862; was discharged in June, 1865, when he returned to Odell, Ill. He came to Jewell County, Kan, in 1870, and took a homestead nine miles from Mankato. Is now doing business in Ionia, in same county in a room 34×50 feet, two stories high, built in 1882. Held office of Justice of the Peace and Notary Public. Is a member of the Odd Fellows’ fraternity. He was married in Illinois in 1868, to Miss Susan M. Downing, of Lyman, Mass., now deceased. His second marriage was to Miss Libbie Winslow, of Pontiac, Ill., February 8, 1874. He is the father of three children – Florence B., Ora and...

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Biography of Keith W. White

Keith Wood White, a retired farmer now residing in Grangeville, is a native of the far-off state of Connecticut, his birth having occurred in the town of Ashford, Windham County, on the 15th of May 1838. His ancestors came from old England and settled in New England at an early epoch in the history of this country, and there the family remained for several generations. Keith W. White, the father of our subject, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and married Catharine Farnum, a native of Connecticut. They became the parents of two children, and the father provided for their support by working as foreman in a cotton mill. He died in the thirty-eighth year of his age, and his wife passed away in her forty-eighth year. She was a member of the Congregational church. The subject of this review is now the only survivor of the family. When six years of age he accompanied his parents on their removal to Ohio and was reared upon the home farm near Cleveland. He obtained his education in the public schools, and at the age of fourteen years began to earn his own livelihood, since which time he has been dependent upon his own resources. He removed to Ottawa, Illinois, and thence, in 1856, went to Nebraska, and in 1859 was among the first to cross the plains to Pike’s Peak at...

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Biography of J. C. Manning

One of the most useful and active citizens of Nowata is J. C. Manning, who has been holding the office of city manager since 1920. A native of Indiana, he was born in La Fayette, on the 7th of April, 1881, and there received his early education. After graduating from high school he became a student at Purdue University and was graduated from that institution in 1901, with the B. S. degree. Subsequently he made his initial step into the business world as an employee in the engineering department of the Illinois Central Railroad and after ten years in that capacity resigned his position to accept a like one with the Rock Island Railroad. At the termination of three years he went with the Interstate Commerce Commission in the government valuation for railroads and one year later became assistant city engineer of Ottawa, Illinois. For a like period he served as assistant county highway superintendent of that community, after which he became city manager of South Haven, Michigan. After acting as city manager of Hayes, Kansas, for some time he came to Nowata in 1920, as city manager, which office he is now holding. Nowata is enjoying a commission form of government and Mr. Manning was appointed by the five commissioners to his present office. He is eminently a man of business sense, of well balanced mind, even temperament...

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Uebelacker, Frank – Obituary

Last Sunday afternoon about two o’clock Frank Uebelacker passed away. Mr. Uebelacker was born in Germany 44 years ago, came to America, stopping at Streator, Ills., in 1882; came to Kittitas valley and married Miss Anna Michel, July 16, 1888. To this union nine children were born, eight of whom are living. The funeral was held from St. Andrews church Wednesday at 10 a.m. Frank was born September 1860 and died December 22, 1904. He is buried in Ellensburg in the Holy Cross Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Harry Washington Todd of Davenport IA

Harry Washington Todd9, (Ira8, Ira7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 9, 1856, in Vermillionville, Ill., married Nov. 13, 1899, Neva L. Dimmitt, who was born April 5, 1876, in Kansas. They lived in Urbana, Ill., where he was an instructor in the Illinois Agricultural College. Both of their children were born in Lasalle, Ill. He is now (1920) living in Davenport, Iowa. Children: 2611. Isabel Washburn, b. Sept. 7, 1900. 2612. George Eldred, b. June 26,...

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George Ammonds Todd of Ottawa IL

George Ammonds Todd9, (Edwin D.8, George7, Joel6, Hezekiah5, Caleb4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 21, 1876, married Anna Barclay Hollis, of Petersburg, Ill. He is director of Manual Training in the Ottawa Township High School, at Ottawa, Ill. Children: 2539. Marguerite Georgiana, b. July 12, 1904. 2540. Maynard Arthur, b. April 10, 1908. 2541. George, b. June 10,...

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Ainsworth, Margaret Helen Bowling Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Margaret Helen Ainsworth died Feb. 28, 2005, in Baker City. At her request there will be no funeral. Her friends and family will have many memories of her to share now and always. She was born on March 16, 1919, at Mendota, Ill., to Edwin Bowling and Carrie Belle Ashley Bowling. Margaret was raised in Wyoming, Colorado and California. Her father was a Methodist minister and a circuit rider between small towns in Wyoming and Colorado, before being assigned to a church in California. Margaret graduated high school and married Harold W. Davis at Campbell, Calif. They had two children, Charles Edwin Davis and Ann Irene Davis. The marriage later ended in divorce. Margaret married John Frances Ainsworth. They had another son, Ashley Bowling Ainsworth. The couple spent the majority of their married life at Cloverdale, Calif., until John’s passing. Margaret began visiting Pine Valley in the ’70s and always loved it there, becoming a resident in 1999. Margaret was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and enjoyed visiting with her friends in the congregation. She also loved to travel. Margaret loved all the animals and birds that lived in or visited the area. Survivors include her loving children, Ann Starke of Halfway, Ashley and Karen Ainsworth of Kelseyville, Calif., Ed Davis of Lattimore, N.C.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Margaret was preceded in...

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Biography of Samuel J. Hayes

Samuel J. Hayes, residing in Redlands, on Cypress Avenue, was born in Litchfield County, Connecticut, June 20, 1826. His father, Gaylord Hayes, was a second cousin to ex-President Rutherford B. Hayes. When Samuel was a lad of seven his father removed to La Salle County, Illinois, where he engaged in stock-raising until his death, which occurred in 1838, when Samuel was but twelve. His mother died in 1842, and he had to provide and care for his three younger brothers and sister. In 1850 he crossed the plains to California, where he mined for six months and then returned to Illinois, rented land, borrowed $25 at two percent a month, with which he bought a stove and cooking outfit, and went to keeping “bach,” and rented land for twenty-seven years, and then commenced buying land for a farm. It was the general opinion of those acquainted with Mr. Hayes, and those who had worked with him, that he could do more work in a day than any other man in the county. He averaged sixteen hours work out of twenty-four for fifteen years, at which time he owned a farm of 410 acres, and for twelve years had averaged $8 per per day. He has served his town as supervisor, assessor, collector, school and township treasurer, and as commissioner of highways and avenues. He was very successful as a...

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Biography of Alonzo D. Haight

Alonzo D. Haight, who is one of the earlier settlers of Riverside, has been identified with the growth of the colony since April, 1876. At that time he purchased a Government claim for forty acres of land located on Palm avenue, about two and a half miles south of Riverside, and commenced its improvement. Later he was compelled to purchase the same land from the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, it being claimed under their land grants from the Government. At first Mr. Haight planted largely of deciduous fruits and vines, but as experience showed the value of citrus fruits he replaced his deciduous trees with orange trees. He now has a fine orange grove of twenty-five acres in extent, about eight acres of which are in good bearing, having been planted in 1877-’78. The remainder of his trees vary in age from two to ten years. Mr, Haight is a thorough horticulturist,, and has been successful in producing and building up one of the finest groves of his section. The building improvements on his place are first-class. His residence is a substantial two-story house of modern design and finish, and has been built and fitted with all the conveniences that characterize a well-ordered house, and has not spared expense in adding to its comforts. Spacious grounds adorned with ornamental trees, palms, floral productions, and commodious outbuildings, attest the successful...

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