Miscellaneous Newspaper Articles from Will County Newspapers.


Mr & Mrs Conrad C Bettenhausen – 50th Anniversary, name and date of paper missing, probable date: after Sun, Sep 8, 1907

Posted by Steven Weyand Folkers

Fifty Years Of Married Life

A very pleasant event occurred when, with fifty years of married life behind them, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad C. BETTENHAUSEN, of Frankfort Station, Ill., on Sunday, September 8, enjoyed the presence of a host of relatives and friends for the celebration of their golden wedding day.

To the delight of all the day proved to be ideal for the occasion, and the faces of those upon whom was laid the responsibility for the necessary preparation, wore a smile of satisfaction and joy, when each succeeding hour brought some happy guests.

First came the hearty hand clasp so popular and genuine among the Germans, always accompanied with an equally expressive “Guten Tag”, all followed by a genuine conversation.

Some had met quite frequently as brothers and sisters, with others months had passed since they had seen each other, while to a few, more than a decade had elapsed since their last good-bye.

At 4 o’clock, during the serving of the refreshments, which had an important place in the celebration, a most delightful program, consisting of readings and music, was rendered by the children and grandchildren.

Everyone present noticed the expression of joy and contentment upon the faces of Father and Mother BETTENHAUSEN as their loved ones sang and spoke of the tenderness they had received from them. Surely it would not have been a wedding without a moments weeping and the tears did flow as heart of child wished heart of parent joy in the days of calm and divine peace in the Eventide of life.

The various beautiful golden gifts in themselves gave evidence of the love and respect Mr. and Mrs. BETTENHAUSEN have won during the illustrious career.

Among the guests present were five children, 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mr. BETTENHAUSEN was born in Koenigswald, Kurhessen, Germany, June 14, 1834. As one of five children who had lost their mother when but infants, Mr. BETTENHAUSEN at the age of 19 emmigrated to this country and settled in Illinois. Having accumulated a neat sum of money serving as hired hand on the farms of Horace MESSINGER and George TIFLER in Cook County, he settled on a farm in that county but came to Will County in 1882 settling in Green Garden.

Ten years later he retired to Frankfort Station in a comfortable and happy home where he now lives. The Republican party now represents the political views of Mr. BETTENHAUSEN, and although he sought no political leadership he has served several times as township assessor, collector and supervisor of Cook county while a citizen.

In 1857 he was married to Miss Elizabeth HORN a native of the place of his birth. Of ten children born to them, are living now, John M., in Green Garden; Christ C., on the old homestead in Cook county; Mary, wife of Henry DEIST; Martha E., wife of Frank FOLKERS; and Emma, wife of Frank KOHLHAGEN.

The parents sustained a heavy loss in the death of their son William a bright and promising youth of 19. His death put an end to the fond hopes of their future and they retired to their present home in town. Both Mr. and Mrs. BETTENHAUSEN are identified with the M. E. Church where Mr. BETTENHAUSEN has served for years as both trustee and Sunday school superintendent.

The have both been strong and hearty until of late when Mr. BETTENHAUSEN has been ailing and his sturdy constitution begins to shake. They have reached the golden light house on the shore of life and with it, life’s purposes and ambitions.

May their ship sail smoothly into the great harbor, is the wish of their many friends and relatives.

Folkers-Bettenhouse, Happily Wedded, name and date of paper missing [Probable date: after Thursday, 23 August 1894. Probable publication: The Advertiser]

posted by Steven Weyand Folkers on Wed, Aug 18, 1999

FOLKERS – BETTENHAUSEN: On Thursday evening, August 23, ’94, at the home of the bride’s parents a very pretty wedding occurred, the contracting parties being Mr. Frank G. FOLKERS and Miss Martha BETTENHAUSEN, both of this place. The wedding was a quiet affair, only the immediate relatives of the principals and about a dozen friends being present.

Neither the bride nor the groom need an introduction here, both having been residents of this place for many years and it may be truly said to be their home. Nor have they lived here in vain, for no one has a greater host of friends in the community than has this worthy couple. In business life the groom has been eminently successful and he and his bride will settle in the new home which has been made ready. The Advertiser is pleased to join with the numerous friends in extending best wishes for prosperity and happiness.

Name and date of paper missing [probable date: after Thursday, 23 August 1894. Clipping found folded in the above clipping.]

Durch den Unterzeichneten im elterlichen hause der Braut, am 23 August 1894: Herr Frank G. Folkers mit Schm. Martha Bettenhausen, beide von hier,
Frankfort Station, Will Co., Ill.
G.G. Hintrager

Kohlhagen-Bettenhausen Wedding Announcement (name and date of paper missing)

[Probable date: after Thursday, 19 November 1896. Probable publication: The Advertiser]

Posted by Steven Weyand Folkers on Wed, Aug 18, 1999

–At the home of the officiating clergyman No. 220 Rhine street, Chicago, Thursday noon November 19, 1896, Rev. F. F. R. KLENTZY officiating in the nuptial ceremony, occurred the marriage of two of Frankfort’s most estimable young people, Mr. Frank J. KOHLHAGEN to Miss Emma BETTENHAUSEN. The bridal couple after spending a short honeymoon returned to Frankfort and at once entered upon the duties of housekeeping in nicely furnished rooms over the post office. Mr. and Mrs. Kohlhagen are too well known to need the form of an introduction here. The groom is a son of Postmaster John KOHLHAGEN and has a reputation for honesty and industry that is a fortune in itself. He is happily established in business with glowing prospects for the future. The bride is the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad BETTENHAUSEN, who are old and highly esteemed residents of this place. Mr. and Mrs. Kohlhagen are blessed with best wishes from a host of friends among whom the Advertiser desires to be numbered.

Oldendorf-Schmidt(Smith) Wed

posted by Missy Noxon on Tues, Dec 28, 1999

Minnie OLDENDORF married Fred SCHMIDT(SMITH) on February 8, 1891 in Washington, Will Co., Illinois


William HENRY

TIRED OF LIFE. Special Dispatch to The Chicago Tribune. JOLIET, Ill., April 8.-William E. HENRY, a prominent citizen and real-estate agent, attempted suicide by hanging at his residence in this city this afternoon. He was discovered and cut own before life was extinct. Mr. HENRY was defeated for the office of Town Assessor at Tuesday’s election, and, although he assigns no reason for the rash act, it is presumed that chagrin at the result had some weight in disgusting him with the world. Mr. HENRY is about 60 years of age, has led an active, useful, and honorable life, and is highly respected by the community. Record Number: 18800409ob001
Source: Chicago Tribune
Date of Obituary: 9 Apr 1880
Posted by Bonnie D Bouchard, Mar 29, 2006

Switchman Injured
Joseph LEIBER, a switchman, living at 604 Collins street, was caught between the running board of an E. J. & E. engine and a car and his leg crushed. His condition was not serious as he was able to walk into the hospital.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 37th Year, No. 284, Page 1, Thur, Mar 12, 1914
Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 10, 2001

Contractor Dying After Fight With His Brother, name and date of paper missing [Probable name of publication: (Joliet?) Herald – News.
Probable date: 1915]

posted by Steven Weyand Folkers on Wed, Aug 18, 1999

Frank FOLKERS, Frankfort Man, Has Fractured Skull As Result Of Family Quarrel Yesterday

Bone Pierces Brain.
Town Bands Together To Keep Details Secret; Brother Tells Story

Frank FOLKERS, prominent and wealthy Frankfort contractor is believed dying in Silver Cross hospital. His skull is fractured as the result of a fall sustained after being struck by his brother, Peter FOLKERS as the two quarreled yesterday in their Frankfort livery stable.

Today the little village of Frankfort is allied against any interference in the case. “Its a family affair and no one’s business” they tell all inquirers and it was not until late this afternoon that Sheriff SCHOLL and States Attorney MARTIN ordered a sweeping investigation.

Folker Tells Story.

Peter FOLKERS was reached late this afternoon in Frankfort. “My brother was tripped by a clothes line” he told a Herald – News reporter. Later when confronted with the story told by the only informer who could be found in the village after a half day’s trying, Folkers broke down.

“Yes, I hit him” he confessed. “We quarreled, hot words were exchanged and I struck Frank with my fist. He slipped on the concrete floor and in falling his head struck a spreader. I carried him into the house”.

Folkers was told his brother was dying. He broke down and had to be led from the telephone.

Dr. W. V. HEDGES of Frankfort and Dr. Grant HOUSTON rushed Frank FOLKERS to the hospital this morning, where an operation was performed. A bone, Dr. Hedges said, that was fractured, has pierced the base of the victim’s brain, making his chances for recover slight.

Family Is Prominent.

The injured man is 55 years old. He is the oldest of three boys. He is associated with William and Peter in general contracting and teaming business. The family has always been considered a leading factor in Frankfort affairs.

According to rumors from Frankfort the injured man was of the fighting type. He had the reputation of being a hard driver of men. Peter is said to have been of a quiet disposition.


Folkers Gives Self Over to Authorities – dated Friday, 17 December 1915 — name of publication missing, [Probable name of publication – (Joliet?) Herald – News.]

Frankfort Contractor Whose Quarrel With Brother May Result Fatally Surrenders To State’s Attorney.

“Mistake” He Says

Peter FOLKERS, prominent Frankfort man, accused of causing injuries to his brother, Frank FOLKERS, that may prove fatal, today surrendered to the authorities.

This afternoon, Folkers, broken in spirit and on the verge of a breakdown, walked into State’s Attorney Robert W. MARTIN’s office and surrendered. He told the official that he was prepared to answer for his mistake.

Folkers came to the office of the prosecutor at the request of Mr. MARTIN.

Action was taken this morning by Frankfort citizens. Mr. Folkers was called over the telephone and asked to come to Joliet.

May Serve Warrant

State’s Attorney MARTIN will ask for a warrant charging him with assault. It is probable that the warrant will be served during the afternoon and Folkers requested to give bonds for his appearance.

No action will be taken in the case, it is said, until later. In case Folkers dies the brother will be charged with manslaughter.

Today at the Silver Cross hospital it was said that Folkers is still in a critical state. He has not fully recovered consciousness.

“Mr. Folkers seems to understand what is said to him,” a nurse said, “but he cannot talk or answer any questions.”

It was admitted that his condition is serious. The injury may cause his death. Folkers is suffering from a severe fracture of the skull.

All Mistake Says Brother.

Peter FOLKERS declared it was all a mistake. He admitted his quarrel with the brother and the trouble.

“I did not intend to hurt him and it was all done in a second. My impulse got the best of me and I struck Frank before I realized.”

Folkers reeled from the blow and fell. In falling his head struck a machine.

Hold Folkers On $5,000 Bond – name and date of publication missing, [probable name of publication – (Joliet?) Herald – News.]

Hold Folkers On $5,00 Bond

Frankfort Contractor Who Struck Down Brother Must Answer

Further action in the case of Peter FOLKERS, prominent Frankfort man, will be delayed until the death or recovery of his brother, Frank FOLKERS.

Folkers gave himself up yesterday to the state’s attorney following information that he was responsible for the injuries to his brother.

Released Under $5,000 Bonds.

A warrant charging assault was returned in Justice J. H. NICHOLS’ court yesterday afternoon. Folkers’ case was continued ten days pending the result of the brother’s injuries. Bonds fixed at $5,000 were signed by Levi DOTY, of Frankfort, and William FOLKERS.

According to the information, Peter FOLKERS struck Frank FOLKERS during an argument. Frank fell and struck his head against a farm implement, fracturing the skull. His injuries are believed to be fatal. Action on the case was delayed Thursday. Not until word of the matter had been brought to the attention of the state’s attorney was any attempt made to secure a warrant.

Frankfort people refused to talk about the occurrence. Owing to the prominence of the men concerned, no action was taken by local authorities.

Brother’s Condition Grave

Frank FOLKERS is at Silver Cross hospital. He is unable to talk. There is little hope that he will recover.

Peter FOLKERS admits the quarrel with his brother and the trouble. He denies that there was any attempt to inflict serious injury.

Sentiment in Frankfort is divided. All agree that the affair is lamentable and believe that the outcome of the quarrel was more serious than was wished by either brother. However, there is a disagreement over which of the brothers provoked the trouble.

Make Last Try To Save Folkers – name and date of publication missing, [probable name of publication – (Joliet?) Herald – News.]

Delicate Operation Performed To Save Life Of Contractor.

A final effort was made late last night to save the life of Frank FOLKERS, injured in a quarrel with his brother, Peter, in Frankfort, Thursday. A delicate operation on the skull was performed by Dr. W. V. HEDGES of Frankfort and Dr. Grant HOUSTON. Reports from the hospital following the operation were: “Mr. Folkers’ condition is unimproved.”

Perform Delicate Operation.

Evidence of internal hemorrhages which were feared would cause fatal convulsions, led physicians to decide upon an operation last night in a last endeavor to save the injured man’s life. Portions of the shattered skull were removed to relieve the pressure on the brain in the hope of arresting the hemorrhages. From Folkers’ condition last night it is not believed that the operation was successful in this purpose.

Physicians yesterday stated that there was little hope for Folkers’ recovery.

Peter FOLKERS who admits striking the blow which resulted in his brothers injury is out on $5000 bonds signed by Levi DOTY and William FOLKERS. He was given a preliminary hearing before Justice J. H. NICHOLS Friday on a warrant charging assault. The state’s attorney’s office will await the recovery or death of Frank FOLKERS before proceeding with the case.

Fall, Not Blow, Fatal.

According to physicians, Folkers’ skull is crushed. It is much more serious than a simple fracture of the skull. Peter FOLKERS maintains that the injury was caused by his brother striking his head against a farm implement after the blow which he struck had felled him.

Folker (sic) May Defeat Death – name and date of publication missing, [probable name of publication – (Joliet?) Herald – News.]

Frankfort Quarrel Victim Given Chance For Life By Physicians.

Hopes for the complete recovery of Frank FOLKERS, wealthy Frankfort contractor, were held out today by physicians, and attendants at the Silver Cross hospital. Folkers is suffering from a fractured skull sustained last Wednesday in a quarrel with his brother, Peter FOLKERS.

The operation performed Saturday is believed to have accomplished its purpose.

“Mr. Folkers is much better today,” a nurse at the hospital said, “and his recovery is now hoped for. His condition is assuring and it is believed that he will recover quickly.”

In a fight with his brother, Folkers was knocked down. In falling, his head struck a machine and he suffered a sever fracture of the skull. Last Thursday, he was brought to the hospital, where an operation was performed. Saturday, his condition grew grave and another operation followed.

Peter FOLKERS is at liberty pending the outcome of the injuries. He gave himself up Friday and bonds were fixed at $5,000.

posted by Philip Burns on Sunday, April 22, 2001
Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Myron J. TILLOTSONMr. and Mrs. Myron J. TILLOTSON, who resided in Crete until sixteen years ago when they moved to Beecher, received scores of Crete friends in addition to those from Beecher when they held an “open house” celebration at their home on Tuesday, in celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Members of the various Crete organizations to which Mrs. Tillotson belonged and in which she still takes an interest attended in groups to wish the couple continued happiness. Throughout the afternoon and evening refreshments were served to the guests who came to offer their congratulations. Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson’s daughter, Mrs. Hilda DAUGHERTY, who lived in Crete for many years, together with her husband Dr. Frank B. Daugherty, and their two daughters Marion and Katherine, of Peotone, assisted with the “open house.”

The lace which trimmed the dress which Mrs. Tillotson wore on Tuesday was the same lace she wore on her wedding gown on June 16, 1886. Both Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson are looking forward to the Crete Centennial celebration the Fourth of July, at which time they will see many friends whom they knew in and about Crete.

posted by Philip Burns on Sunday, April 22, 2001
Married Fifty Years

Lorenzo W. TILLOTSON and Catherine J. BURVILLE were married at Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio, April 21, 1852. Last Monday Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson celebrated their golden wedding jubilee in a way they had not anticipated. They had been invited to the home of their son, A. D. Tillotson, to dinner and expected to spend the afternoon there. About three o’clock their daughter, Miss Gertie, summoned them home on some pretext, and on their arrival they found to their complete surprise that the house was in full possession of their neighbors and friends, who proceeded to give them a joyful welcome and shower upon them the heartiest congratulations. It was indeed a joyful surprise to the worthy couple, who were unaware that any movement of the kind on the part of their friends had been thought of. Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson have lived in Crete since 1856, with the exception of four years spent in Wisconsin, and the esteem in which they are held by their many friends here was practically displayed on this occasion. The ladies brought baskets heaped to the covers with choice edibles, and at 5 o’clock the committee of arrangements served a delicious supper, after which many of the guests departed. But others kept coming, the younger folks like George MYRICK, Irv WOOD, Rob MILLAR, and so on, deeming that the evening was the time to celebrate. And so it came to pass that the committee was called upon to serve another supper about 10 o’clock, and it was nearly midnight when the last guest bade Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson good night.

Just before the first supper Mr. C. I. READ arose in the midst of the company, and addressing Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson, said:

MR. AND MRS. TILLOTSON — Your friends and neighbors have assembled here today on one of those rare occasions that occur as we move along on the journey of life. God has bounteously lengthened out your lives until your have been permitted to live together as husband and wife for fifty years, and we come today to congratulate and rejoice with you on this your Golden Wedding day. As compared with the great number who start in married life, the occasions are rare where both are permitted to live for half a century, but you have been permitted to do so. In common with mankind you have have doubtless had your joys and sorrows, and have shared them together. In the outset fifty years looked to you a long way ahead, but now as you look back, the time appears to you exceedingly short, and you have come down to the beginning of a new century, older in years, but still young in spirit. Hoping that you may be permitted to live and enjoy each other’s society for many years to come, and on behalf of your many friends and neighbors I extend hearty congratulations, and present you with this slight token of their esteem and friendship. (The speaker handed them an envelope containing $62.50 in gold coin.)

Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson expressed their thanks in few but earnest words, and Mr. Read then read the following letter from a cousin of Mr. Tillotson:

Oberlin, Ohio, April 20, 1902.
To Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo W. Tillotson, these lines are dedicated: — Had I the gift of an orator’s art, or could I express with pen his eloquence, I would offer my simple congratulatory address to each of you at this celebration of your “Golden Wedding.” Fifty years of married life together! And now, surrounded with loving children and grand children, who have risen up and call you blessed, truly you have the assurance that your lives have not been spent in vain. All of these many friends gathered here on this festal day are living witnesses testifying to the esteem and affection which your neighbors and friends hold for you. Your life is an open book to be read by those who are following in your footsteps. What you have attained during these years of trial and hardship is now a rich heritage, which can only be appreciated by those who have passed through similar scenes. The parents who today are struggling with all their might and main to provide the things necessary for those dependent upon them can, by studying from your experience, gain a faint lesson of the sacrifice and endurance which was yours, and by so doing, thus take a new heart and courage for life’s battles.

To you us due the honor of having “fought the good fight,” and today we speak with bowed reverence and offer our heartfelt appreciation for the influence which you have bestowed upon those with whom you have come in contact and those who were entrusted to your care. And now, as you are permitted to enjoy these blessings, may the remainder of your lives be spent in joy and happiness, and finally be gathered home with all the loved ones gone before.

A. Z. Tillotson

Mr. and Mrs. Hiram GILSON, Mrs. Julia FERRERS and Mrs. Howard GILSON of Blue Island, and Mrs. Daniel SULLIVAN of Auburn Park, relatives of Mrs. Tillotson, were among the afternoon guests. Those present during the afternoon and evening were:

Messrs. and Mesdames —


Mesdames —

Daniel SULLIVAN, Jane TILLOTSON, Howard GILSON, Clarinda MYRICK, Lydia COX, Martha GAINES, Thomas COOK, John RIEGAL, Ann J. NEWTON, Francis RICE, Julia FERRERS, Maria SEYMOUR,

Misses —

Gertrude TILLOTSON, Julia PORTER, Charlotte COLE, Jessie RICHARDS, Margart IRWIN, Hilda TILLOTSON.

Messrs. David CARLETON, Walter RIEGEL, Masters Stewart RICE and Hiram TILLOTSON.


Buffalo (NY) Express, Wed, Jan 15, 1890:
To Prison for Life
Three of Cronin’s Murderers Taken to Joliet
The Motion for a New Trial Denied, Except in the Case of Kunze, Who is Likely to be Released

Chicago, Jan 14 – Judge McConnell this afternoon rendered his decision on the motion of the attorneys for the defense for a new trial of the Cronin case. He decided that John Kunze was entitled to a new trial. In the cases of Coughlin, Burke, and O’Sullivan the judge decided that the verdict must stand. The prisoners were then formally sentenced. The prisoners’ attorneys gave notice that an appeal to the Supreme Court would be taken.

Buffalo (NY) Morning Express, May 6, 1892
Patrick O’Sullivan, one of the Cronin assassins, dies in jail at Joliet, making no confession.

In the case of Kunze, Judge McConnell said:
“I believe that the verdict of the jury was not only unwarranted by the evidence but was an absurdity. As to the other defendants I overrule the motion for a new trial.” Kunze was on his feet in an instant, blurting out in broken English, “Thank you, your Honor, I am very much obliged for your kindness.” “You are not indebted to me for any kindness,” said the Court. “Is there any motion for arrear of judment?” “I know of no ground for one,” said Mr. Forest, “I can make the motion to have it on the record.” “All right,” said the Court, “overruled. And now have the prisoners anything to say?” There was a moment’s suspense and then Caughlin rose and said in firm, distinct tones: “Your Honor, I am innocent, I was convicted by perjurers.” O’Sullivan’s voice trembled slightly as he said: “I have not much to say. I protest my innocence before God and man, and the time is not distant when it will be shown. I was convicted by a prejudiced jury and perjured evidence. I do not ask for mercy. I ask for justice. I have not had justice.” Burke stopped chewing gum long enough to say: “I am innocent. I always knew that in England they all perjurers to go on the stand and convict innocent men, but I never knew it was done in America.” A moment’s silence followed, and then the Court said: “Will the prisoner’s rise?” The three men rose and the Court imposed sentence as follows: “Following and confirming the verdict of the jury the judgment of the Court is that you be taken to the penitentiary at Joliet and there confined for the term of your natural lives. Coughlin and Burke did not lose command of their feelings, but O’Sullivan’s lips quivered and his face had a worn, pinched expression.
The defense was granted 60 days to file a bill of exception. It was announced that Layers[sic] Forest, Donahoe, and Wing had been retained to take the case to the Supreme Court in the March term. Lawyer Forest asked that the usual stay of execution until a supersedeas could be secured be granted. A heated debate ensued, the State’s Attorney demanding that the prisoners be sent at once to Joliet. Judge McConnell deferred a decision. Kunze was admitted to bail in $5,000 but as the State’s Attorney intimated that if Kunze was left in jail a few days he might conclude not to try him again, no immediate effort will be made to get Kunze out.
To-night Coughlin, Burke and O’Sullivan were hurried to a train and taken to the State Prison at Joliet. They were handcuffed and manacled together Burke being in the middle. O’Sullivan took the matter bitterly to heart and wept a little. Burke laughed. Coughlin was furious. The sheriff, a police captain, two officers, and three deputy sheriffs constituted the guard to the depot. The prisoners were driven in a closed carriage rapidly through the streets half a mile, followed by a troop of reporters. The transfer was a surprise to the prisoners. State’s Attorney Longenecker decided early in the evening to take advantage of the ruling of Judge McConnell against a new trial and ordered Sheriff Matson to have the prisoners ready for the nine-o’clock train. Coughlin took with him the photographs of his wife and child, and O’Sullivan that of Mrs. Whalen, his relative and staunch friend. Burke never missed a munch of his quid of gum when he was told it was his last night in jail. At Joliet, where the train arrived about midnight, the prisoners were put into solitary confinement with the prospect before them of being brought out at 7 A. M. to be fitted into the striped prison uniform.

The Lock Haven Express, Jan 16, 1890:
Joliet Ill., Jan 15 – The Cronin convicts were put through the remaining preparatory steps this morning at the state penitentiary. Burke was sent to the cooper shop, Couglin to the stone cutter’s shop, and O’Sullivan to the shoe shop.

The Lock Haven Express, Dec 2, 1890:
Joseph Novak, a convicted murderer, who was to have been hanged at Joliet, Illinois, on Friday, was saved from the gallows by a supersedeas. Since then he has become insane from joy and the county physician doubts if he will ever recover his reason.

The Lock Haven Express, July 13, 1893: Another Big Brewery: Joliet, Ill., July 13 – A big brewing company, with a $1,000,000 capital, has located here, purchased a site, and the architect, Theodore Lewandowski of Chicago, is on the ground to commence construction. There is New York and St. Louis capital back of it.

The Lock Haven Express, June 19, 1895:
Escaped Prisoner from Joliet Caught
Bridgeport, Conn., June 19 – A crook arrested here on Friday turns out to be Edward Sheehan, who is wanted at Joliet prison, Illinois, to complete a five year sentence.

The Lock Haven Express, Mar 7, 1898:
Luetgert in Joliet
Chicago, March 7 – Adolph L Luetgert was yesterday taken to the penitentiary at Joliet, to which he was sentenced a short time ago for the term of his natural life.

The Lock Haven Express, Mar 14, 1902:
Bank Robbery in Illinois
Joliet, Ill., March 14 – Six robbers broke into the Exchange bank, at Minooka, nine miles west of here, wrecked the safe with dynamite and secured about $3,000 in cash. Theodore Krine, a citizen who was aroused by the explosions, was viciously assaulted.

The Lock Haven Express, Jun 4, 1902:
Joliet Flooded, High Water Causes Loss of Life and Property in Illinois Town – Fear That Great Dam May Break
Joliet, Ill., June 4 – The most disastrous flood in the history of Joliet has been raging here since midnight and a large part of the city is under water. Several have been drowned, but the exact number cannot be ascertained until the water subsides. The names of those known to have lost their lives in the flood are: Eddie McGovern, twelve years old, son of Felix McGovern. Miss Kelly, Miss Lizzie McGrath and James Kennedy’s little daughter. Several houses have been washed away. Not a train has entered the city since night, washouts having stopped all traffic. All the district along the river and Hickory and Spring creeks is under from three to six feet of water. The town is greatly alarmed for fear the big dam in the drainage canal at Jackson street will give way. Should this happen the loss of life and property will be tremendous. Many of the mills are under water and have been compelled to suspend operations. Business is at a standstill. Relief parties are at work with boats and wagons and hundreds of people are being taken from the houses which are flooded.