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1900 - 1909
 
David Dickie served as President of the Village of Gillespie 5-11-1899 to 5-6-1901
 
Population in 1900 was 873 and by 1904 had doubled to 1700 or so.
 
James Monahan served as President of the Village of Gillespie 5-6-1901 to 5-5-1902
 
In 1902 The Superior Coal Company began to open mines in the area.
 
James T. Bergen served as President of the Village of Gillespie 5-5-1902 to 5-4-1903
 
Joe Querbach served as President of the Village of Gillespie 5-4-1903 to 5-2-1904
 
In 1904 The Illinois Terminal Railroad began operating.
 
In October 1905 The Gillespie National Bank was organized.
 
November 22, 1905 The Gillespie News Publishing Company was established by S. P. Preston and Clinton Bliss.
 
The Gillespie National Bank was completed in 1906.
 
May 6, 1907 Gillespie became a city.
 
On May 7, 1907 Richard Isaacs became the first mayor of Gillespie.
 
The first elected mayor of Gillespie was Adolph Behrens.
 
In early 1908 the Coal Washing Plant of the Superior Coal Company Near east of Gillespie was completed.
 
R. H. Isaacs served as Mayor of the City of Gillespie 5-4-1908 to 5-3-1909
 
W. F. Bycroft served as Mayor of the City of Gillespie 5-3-1909 to 5-5-1913
 
In September of 1909, it was reported that Gillespie was the only community in the county that does not have an automobile.

 
Village of Gillespie, Illinois 2 - Circa early 1900s Business Section
Gillespie Business Section

 
November 1899 Sanborn Insurance Maps 1
Gillespie 1899 map 1a
 
Gillespie 1899 map 2a
 
Gillespie 1899 map 3a

 
Village of Gillespie, Illinois 2 - Circa early 1900s Main Street - Looking North
Gillespie Main Street

 
E. C. Ewing's Tonsorial Parlor, Gillespie, Illinois 2
Gillespie Tonsorial Parlor

 
M. E. Church 2 - The First Methodist Church was organized in 1863
Gillespie Methodist Church

 
Lutheran Church 2
Gillespie Lutheran Church

 
Gillespie and The Interurban
      The electric trolley railway was known as the Interurban. This is a small portion of the railway furnishing transportation through central Illinois, from St. Louis, Missouri through Alton, Edwardsville, Staunton, Sawyerville, Benld, Gillespie, Carlinville, and on north to Springfiled, Peoria, Bloomington, Decatur, Danville, and other points in between.
      The Illinois streetcar system of Champaign and Urbana was purchased by William B. McKinley in 1890 and thus began McKinley Lines, the basis for the beginning of this railroad. Through merging and connections with other lines, this became the Illinois Traction System and the route was completed through to Staunton in 1905. Another line between Alton and Edwardsville, the Illinois Terminal Railroad was bought by Illinois Power and Light in 1928 and then in 1956 these lines were merged to form the Illinois Terminal Railroad Company.
      The Benld-Gillespie Bike Trail is on part of the route of this railway system.
 
Big Four Depot 2
Late in 1905 or early 1906 the Big Four Depot installed electric lights.
Gillespie Big Four Depot

 
Superior Coal Company
Coal Washer, located on Old Washer Road, east of Gillespie, IL.2
Superior Coal Company - Coal Washer

 

 
1900
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Gillespie in newspaper Articles
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The Weekly Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois
Volume 54, Number 12
Friday, March 23 1900, Page 1
MAY SPREAD CONTAGION
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Alleged Nonenforcement of the Quarantine at Vermont, III.
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      Springfield, Ill., March 21. -- Complaint has been received by the state board of health that the board's smallpox quarantine regulations at Vermont, Fulton county, are not enforced. There are many pronounced cases of the disease at Vermont, and reports of new cases were received yesterday morning.
 
      It is alleged that persons who have the disease in a mild form are allowed to go out upon the streets, and thus spread the danger of contagion. The board will make an immediate investigation and take steps to enforce the quarantine.
 
      Yesterday reports were received of new cases at Gillespie. Macoupin county; Sandusky, Alexander county, and Brownstown, Fayette county.
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The Prairie Farmer, Chicago, Illinois
Volume 72 Number 14
April 7, 1900, Page 14
      Mr. James F. Clark of Gillespie, Ill., writes: "I am glad to see that The Prairie Farmer is beginning to speak of the evils in legislation which effect the interest of farmers."
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The True Republican, Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois
Volume 43 Number 30
Wednesday, May 16, 1900, Page 3
      Edward Hughes, a prominent farmer living near Gillespie, was struck by lightning and instantly killed.
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1901
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Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois
Volume 29, Number 43
Friday, May 17 1901, Page 3
Surveys for Big Extension.
      The Chicago and Eastern Illinois railway has a large corps of engineers, under Col. Henry S. Carroll, Carrollton, the veteran railway man who built the Quincy, Carrollton and Eastern railway, surveying for an extension of the road from Findlay, through the cities of Brighton, Dorchester, Gillespie, Litchfield and Assumption to Sullivan, on the main line of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois railway. The proposed route will pass through some of the richest coal lands in the state.
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New York Clipper, New York
Volume 49 Number 42
December 14, 1901, Page 20
Gillespie Opera House ad
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1902
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Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Illinois
Volume 52, Number 7
Saturday, October 25, 1902, Page 7
New Line to St Louis
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      There is every indication that the Rock Island will have a line from Chicago to St. Louis before the opening of the Louisiana Purchase exposition Eighteen surveyors are in Macoupin county Ill., making the surveys for the company. They struck the county at the northeast corner, near Atwater and will miss Carlinville, according to the line now surveyed, by about six miles. The line runs as straight as a line can be drawn from Morris, III., to East St. Louis, and the engineers in charge say they are following the line. It passes through the counties of Livingston, McLean, DeWitt, Logan, Sangamon, Montgomery, and strikes the townships of Shaws Point, Honey Point, Gillespie, Dorchester and Staunton, running through Madison county to East St. Louis. No important cities are touched except Bloomington, Carlinville, Litchfield, Springfield and Alton are missed. The engineers say they have orders to make the survey to East St. Louis. Springfield is making an effort to be included on the proposed line. The Register of that city is leading the agitation, pointing out that the road would be a great gainer by the patronage it would receive from the capital.
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1903
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The Daily Illini, Champaign, Illinois
Volume 32 Number 82
January 28 1903, page 3
      H. F. Bycroft of Gillespie, Ill., will enter the University for the next semester.
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The Weekly Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois
Volume 57, Number 7
Friday Morning, February 13, 1903, Page 6
Watching Macoupin Coal Lands.
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      Carlinville, Ill., Feb. 8. --(Special.)-- The coal lands in the vicinity of Gillespie are the center of interest for several corporations and individuals in Macoupin county, and the ultimate outcome of the deals is a speculation with the parties who have given options on their coal lands and those who have held on, waiting for a better price. The Dorsey interests in Gillespie have secured several thousands of acres of the finest coal in the county, and are buying in the land now as rapidly as possible, paying from $15 to $20 per acre for the same, and in other cases, where the parties will be content with giving of options, the some are taken with the dollar forfeit for not closing the same when the leases have expired. In many cases the leases have expired and the forfeits are being paid and the leases renewed. Those interests have materially interfered with the McClure interests in this city, the one encroaching on the other. The late Milton McClure secured over 40,000 acres of land in this and the Gillespie vicinity, and the trustees are now in the vicinity of Gillespie and Cahokia securing leases. What it all means no one is willing to say, but there is an intimation that the Rock Island railroad has made the parties a proposition which is being considered. It is not thought the same will be accepted, but the proposition means that the road is considering the matter of building, as they would have no means of getting coal if they did not build.
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The Weekly Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois
Volume 57, Number 32
Friday Morning, August 7, 1903, Page 6
      An insane man is under arrest at East Alton, charged with attempting to wreck a Big Four train near Gillespie by putting ties on the track. The prisoner gives the name of C. N. Draper.
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Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois
Volume 31, Number 32
Friday, August 14, 1903, Page 5
Piles Ties on Track, Then Seats Himself on Obstruction
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      An insane man is under arrest at East Alton, charged with attempting to wreck a Big Four train near Gillespie by petting ties on the track. The prisoner gives the name C. N. Draper, it is said that Draper piled ties on the track and calmly seated himself on the obstruction to watch developments. The engineer saw the obstruction and the man seated upon it, and by sliding the wheels of his engine, succeeded in pushing the ties along the rails a distance of 80 feet before the train could be stopped. Draper was thrown off his seat when the pile of ties was struck by the engine. He is undoubtedly insane and will be sent to a state institution.
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The Champaign Daily News, Champaign, Illinois
Volume 9, Number 20
August 17, 1903, Page 8
Buy Valuable Coal Rights.
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      Carlinville, Ill., Aug. 17. -- The Dorsey heirs of Gillespie, Ill,, who have been acquiring coal rights in Macoupin county for the past three months, have filed in the recorder's office six deeds, conveying to the Superior Coal company 30,000 acres of coal rights for the consideration of $1,000,000.
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The Champaign County News, Champaign, Illinois
Volume 14, Number 55
Wednesday, August 19, 1903, Page 4
RAILROAD SECURES COAL LAND
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Chicago and Northwestern Pays $ 1,010,613 for 30,000 Illinois Acres
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      Springfield, Ill., Aug. 17. -- Deeds transferring 30,000 acres of coal land south of Springfield have been filed with the recorder of Macoupin county, the considers!ton being $1,010,312. The sale was consummated by the Dorseys of Gillespie, the purchaser being the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Company of Chicago, through J. F. Cleveland, land commissioner of the road. This is the largest sale ever made in this section of the state. The deal has been pending for more than a year, but until the deeds were filed it was not known who were interested in it. B. L. Dorsey of Alton and H. S. Dorsey of Macoupin county are interested in the Macoupin county railroad, a line being surveyed from Girard to Dorschester , diagonally across the county, running through this coal field.
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The Champaign Daily News, Champaign, Illinois
Volume 9, Number 61
Saturday, October 3, 1903, Page 5
      Mrs. Mary Goodnight and children of Gillespie visited the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aug Book, here during the week.
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Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois
Volume 31, Number 47
Friday, November 20, 1903, Page 5
Alleged Safe-crackers in Jail.
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      Henry Miller and James W. Bryant, both of Chicago, who were arrested at Bunker Hill by City Marshall Herbst, were taken to the county jail in Carlinville to await the action of the grand jury. W. H. Ellers of Gillespie was present at the preliminary hearing given the prisoners, and identified some dry goods, clothing, jewelry and shoes which he missed from his store and which were in the possession of the men when arrested. They also had a quantity of powder and fuse and a diamond-pointed drill, such as is used for safecracking.
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The Weekly Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois
Volume 57, Number 48
Friday Morning, November 27, 1903, Page 3
      A township domestic science club was organized at Gillespie, Macoupin county, with Mrs. Henry Rice, president, and Mrs. Jo Quesbach, secretary. Another township association was organized at Girard, with Mrs. Lena Storz, president, and Mrs. Edward Parks, secretary. Another township club was started at Girard.
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1904
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Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
Saturday Morning, January 16, 1904, Page 2
FIGURING ON THE INTERURBAN
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McKinley Syndicate's Engineers Are Now South of Carlinville
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      The management of the Decatur, Springfield and St Louis interurban electric road is figuring on its route south from Carlinville. Between Decatur and Springfield and the latter place and Carlinville the routes are chosen and construction is well under way. The line south to East St. Louis is now to be decided upon.
 
      R. D. Smith, superintendent of construction, and W. H. Tarrant chief engineer, both from Springfield, were in Edwardsville yesterday. They are traveling across the country by vehicle in order to make more accurate estimates. They reached Edwardsville by way of Gillespie and Staunton, and on their departure took the route leading through Bunker Hill
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The Weekly Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois
Volume 58, Number 6
Friday Morning, February 5, 1904, Page 5
      John Ancel, of Maroa, and Miss Leota Buckler, of Gillespie, were married in Decatur Thursday. They will reside on the Abram Long farm, southwest of town.
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Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Illinois
Volume 53, Number 134
Friday, March 25, 1904, Page 8
      Mrs. Ann Robinson died yesterday afternoon at the home of her son, George W. Lee, 1104 Fourth avenue, of pneumonia, aged 77 years. Her husband, George W. Robinson, who was a veteran of the civil war, passed away at Gillespie, Ill., last September , when she came to Rock Island to make her home with her son. She had been a resident of Illinois 50 years. Funeral services were conducted at the residence at 2:30 this afternoon by Rev. O. W. Lawrence, pastor of Memorial Christian church. The remains will be shipped to Gillespie for interment this evening.
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The Weekly Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois
Volume 58, Number 21
Friday Morning, May 20, 1904, Page 4
      The C. & A. have concluded arrangements with the Chicago & Northwestern railroad for the movements of the latter's coal between Green Ridge, south of Springfield and Gillespie.
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Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois
Volume 32, Number 27
Friday, July 1, 1904, Page 12
      Theodore Peterson, of this city in company with his sister, Miss Emily Peterson, of Chicago, left Monday evening for Gillespie, Ill., where they go to attend the marriage of their brother Axel Peterson, to a prominent young lady of that city. Mr. Peterson is in the employ of the C. R. I. & P. railway, in bridge construction. His friends in Princeton wish him every joy. From Gillespie Theodore and his sister will go on the St. Louis to view the fair.
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Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois
Volume 32, Number 38
Friday, September 16, 1904, Page 5
Accuse Boy of Blocking Switch.
      Otto Harms, 16 years old, was arrested at Gillespie on the charge of placing obstructions on the tracks of the Big Four railway. Young Harms, who is a farmer's son, is alleged to have been detected by a section boss in the act of placing a small section of a rail in a switch frog. He was released on bond.
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Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Illinois
Volume 54, Number 42
December 6, 1904, Page 1
Postoffice Appointments
      The important postoffice nominations sent to the senate include:
      Postmasters In Illinois -- W. Fleming, Arthur; Joel P. Watkins, Ashley; William R. Lowry, Auburn; Cornell H. Brown, Batavia; Moses C. Thomas, Homer; John Holliday, Kirkwood; L. Campbell., Knoxville; John Floths, Mascoutah; Charles Q. Whallon, Newman; Joel E. Ellis, Seneca; Philip B. Sponer, Blue Mound; Anon J. Buck, Carpentersville; Fred W. Pattee, Elebone; John F. Ahrens, Gillespie; Philip H. Baker, Jonesboro.
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Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois
Volume 32, Number 51
Friday, December 16, 1904, Page 5
Train Wrecker Pleads Guilty.
      Otto Harms of Gillespie, who attempted to wreck a Big Four train at Gillespie last summer by driving a spike in a switch frog, pleaded guilty before Judge Shirley. He was sentenced to the reform school at Pontiac.
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New York Clipper New York
Volume 52, Number44
December 24, 1904, Pages 22 & 24
Steelsmith ad
 
Lindley ad
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1905
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Wallace's Farmer, Des Moines
Volume 30 Number 3
Friday, January 20, 1905, Page 11
      MAMMOTH Bronze turkeys from 45 pound toms. Young toms from 20 to 26 pounds, choicely bred and finely marked. Write for prices. H. W. Rice, Gillespie, Illinois
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The True Republican, Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois
Volume 48 Number 16
Wednesday, February 1, 1905, Page 2
Pump Failed to Work.
      St Louis, Jan. 30. -- The business portion of Gillespie, Ill., 50 miles north of here was burned Sunday, six business houses and the hotel being destroyed. The origin of the fire is unknown. The village pump failed to work and the fire practically burned itself out; the buildings consumed being frame structures. Gillespie is a coal mining town with a population of 1,500.
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The Hutsonville Herald, Hurtsonville, Crawford County, Illinois
Volume 14, Number 14
Friday, February 3, 1905, Page 3
Big Blaze at Gillespie
      Fire at Gillespie swept through the business portion of the town, and charred ruins now cover the ground formerly occupied by imposing business buildings, the loss is estimated at $100,000, with insurance of about $50,000.
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The Quill, La Harpe, Hancock County, Illinois
Volume 13, Number 42
Tuesday, February 7, 1905, Page 6
      Fire broke out at 12:30 o'clock the other morning in the town of Gillespie, and at 2 o'clock the business section had been reduced to ashes. The buildings burned were those occupied by Behren's saloon, Behren's drug store. Ganey Clothing Company, National Hotel, Ewing's barber shop. Ritchie's place. Hutton's grocery store and the Bell telephone office. The origin of the fire is unknown, As soon as the fire was discovered the village engine was brought from the house, but when the men began to pump it, it refused to work and they were forced to abandon it. The buildings consumed were frame structures. Gillespie is a coal mining town and has a population of 1,500.
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The Macomb Journal, Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois
Volume 52, Number 44
Thursday, July 13, 1905, Page 2
Successful Revival.
      Rev. D. H. McGillivray returned Monday to his home in this city, having closed a two-weeks' revival meeting in Sciota which proved very successful. In the two weeks 50 conversions were secured, 32 of them joining the Baptist church, 12 the Christian and 4 the Methodist. Last Tuesday Mr. McGillivray went to Gillespie, Ill., where he will conduct revivals for one week. Geo. Nickell the singer from the Chicago Moody Institute, who has been with Mr. McGillivray, and Rev. W. M. Broom, of Abingdon, are holding revivals in Good Hope this week and will be joined by Mr. McGillivray shortly and all three continue in the meetings. Rev. McGillivray expects to place Rev. Broom in charge of the Baptist church at Good Hope.
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Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois
Volume 33, Number 31
Friday, August 11, 1905, Page 5
National Bank Cashier.
      Frank C. Hickman of Hillsboro has been elected cashier of the newly organized national bank at Gillespie.
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The Ashton Gazette, Ashton, Illinois
Volume 11, Number 25
Thursday, August 17, 1905, Page 5
      At the commencement exercises of the Alton school of oratory, when the institution graduated its last class and closed its doors permanently, Miss Margaret D. Slifer, principal of the institution, was married in the presence of her pupils to William F. Lancaster of Gillespie, Ill.
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1906
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June 1906 Sanborn Insurance Maps 1
Gillespie 1906 map 1a
 
Gillespie 1906 map 2a
 
Gillespie 1906 map 3a
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Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois
Volume 34, Number 5
Friday, February 2, 1906, Page 12
      Gus Peterson of Peterson Brothers, went to Wheeling, Mo., on business last Friday He will return by way of St. Louis, and will stop off at Gillespie, Ill., to visit his brother Axel.
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Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois
Volume 34, Number 5
Friday, February 2, 1906, Page 12
Death Interferes Second Time.
      Springfield, Ill., July 39. --(Special.)-- A strange fate seems to prevent the ambition of J. W. Proctor, a young man of Orion, Ill., from securing a state teacher's certificate. He came to the city this week to take an examination for a certificate. Mr. Proctor on Wednesday received a telegram telling him of the death of his mother-in-law at Gillespie, a year ago this month he came, to this city to take this examination and had finished writing eight studies when he received a telegram telling him of the sudden death of his mother. He went home at once. This year he came again to take the examination and was fairly begun when the news of the death of his mother-in-law came. He left for Gillespie, saying he probably would not attempt to take the examination again.
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Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Illinois
Volume 55, Number 258
Tuesday, August 14, 1906, Page 1
MINERS ARE VICTORIOUS
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Court's Decree Upholds Scale District Idea
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THE RAILROAD'S PLEA
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Which is Refused, Thus Scoring Important Point on Operators
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      Springfield, Ill., Aug. 14. The Illinois coal miners have scored a victory of great importance over the operators in a controversy which, if it had been decided from the viewpoint of the operators, would have meant the annihilation of the scale districts and the scheme followed for the last 10 years in the solution of the wage question.
 
      The victory comes through the decision given by Judge K. It. M. Kimbrough of the circuit court at Danville, who refused to overturn the classification of mines by scale districts. The case was inaugurated by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway company in an effort to secure as low a mining rate at its Cherry mine as the Chicago & Northwestern Railway company has at its mine at Gillespie.
 
The Judge's Reasons
      Judge Kimbrough, in his decision, says:
      "In the case before me the operators contend that because the Chicago & Northwestern Railway company is operating a mine at Gillespie, in Macoupin county, at the price fixed for mining coal in the 'scale district,' to which Macoupin county is attached, at less cost per ton than it costs the Chicago. Milwaukee & St. Paul railway to produce coal at the Cherry mine, in Bureau county, at the price paid in the 'scale district' to which Bureau county is attached, that the last, named railway is entitled to have the price fixed at the Cherry mine at the same rate that is paid at the Gillespie mine. Neither of these mines sells any of the product, but both consume the coal they produce in operating their trains.
 
      "It is contended that because the Milwaukee railroad is a competitor with the Northwestern for the transportation business of the northwest that the principle mutually recognized by operators and miners applies.
 
Would Disorganize Miners
      "Classification by mines instead of by 'scale districts' would result. Confusion would prevail and all organization lost, because it would be non-effective. Considering only the basis on which all controversies in the past have been settled and in deciding the point only from such standpoint, I am clearly of the opinion that the position contended for by the miners is correct and that the price to be paid at the Cherry mine should be the price paid in the 'scale district' to which the mine is attached.
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Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois
Volume 34, Number 33
Friday, August 17, 1906, Page 5
Aged Man Is Injured.
      Carlinville. -- While hitching a rig at his home, two and one-half miles north of Gillespie, Samuel Williams, aged 82 years, was thrown to the ground by the horse, run over by the buggy and seriously injured. He had passed through a gate and was attempting to get into the conveyance. The horse started, throwing him under the wheels. He sustained two broken ribs, a fractured hip and internal injuries.
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The True Republican, Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois
Volume 50 Number 4
Saturday, November 24, 1906, Page 7
Made Mine Inspector.
      William S. Burris of Gillespie, Macoupin county, was also appointed to a position as state mining inspector by the governor. The appointments were made on the recommendation of the state mining board.
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1907
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The Weekly Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois
Volume 61, Number 11
Friday Morning, March 15, 1907, Pages 6 & 10
(Greenview)
      Fred Blane has secured a position at the coal mines at Gillespie, Ill., and will remove his family and household effects thither in a short time. George Davis began tho task of moving his family and effects to Tallula Tuesday.
Page 10
      Fred Blane, who was offered a position at the coal mines at Gillespie. Ill.,returned home Wednesday night, and will not move his family to Gillespie, as he intended, and is yet undecided as to where he will locate.
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      Thomas Quinn, of Gillespie. Ill., and Miss Edith Ford, of Andrew, Ill., were married in this city this afternoon at 1 o'clock at the parsonage of the First M. E. church. Rev. Freeman Havighorst performing the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Quinn will reside at Gillespie. He is a coal mine examiner.
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The Weekly Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois
Volume 61, Number 31
Friday Morning, August 2, 1907, Page 10
Sues Interurban for $10,000.
      Springfield, Ill., July 31. --(Special.)-- Frank Ross, administrator of Mattie Ross, deceased, through his attorneys, Williamson & Snell, of Staunton, has brought suit for $10,000 damages against the McKinley system for the death of Mrs. Mattie Ross. The suit is the outcome of the accident which occurred at the trestle south of Gillespie, when Mrs. Ross and her mother lost their lives and Gladys Ross, a daughter, was seriously injured.
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New York Clipper New York
September 14, 1907, Page 12
wanted ad
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Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois
Volume 34, Number 52
Friday, December 27, 1907, Page 2
Gillespie Man Attempts Death.
      Gillespie. -- In an attempt at death, Thomas Watson severed the artery in his right wrist. He was found standing over a bucket in which he was allowing the blood to flow. Physicians were summoned and the artery sewed up. Watson's condition is critical.
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1908
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Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois
Volume 35, Number 5
Friday, January 31, 1908, Page 1
DIED OF INJURIES
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Brother of Gust and Justus Peterson Fatally Hurt
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      The following gives the details of an accident which, befell Axel Peterson, a brother of Gust and Justus Peterson, the well known Princeton merchants. Mr. Peterson died of his injuries the day after the accident happened, in a hospital at Litchfield The account is taken from the Gillespie paper in which town Mr. Peterson made his home.
 
      Our community was saddened about ten o clock last Thursday morning at the startling news that Axel Peterson, one of our steady young carpenters, had fallen from a scaffold out at the large coal washer of the Superior Coal company and sustained probable fatal injuries. He had started to work there only two days previous. The fateful Thursday was the coldest, of the season thus far, everything was frosty, and naturally anyone working at that height, and open exposure, must have been more or less benumbed. Suffice it to say that Mr. Peterson in some unaccountable way slipped, lost his balance, and fell striking a cross timber in his descent which the momentum of his body broke in two and alighting on the hard frozen ground head first, crushing his skull and causing other injuries. After receiving temporary treatment, he was rushed to the St. Francis hospital at Litchfield, where the benefit of expert medical skill and nursing was accorded him. He was conscious most of the time until within the last, few hours of the thirty-seven hours that he lived after his injury. His remains were brought here the following morning, and conveyed to the home, where members of the various orders to which the deceased had belonged, and sympathizing friends called to tender the bereaved family such service as the sad occasion required.
 
      Edward Axel Peterson was born at Hadings. Kingdom of Sweden, April 11, 1877, and departed this life at Litchfield, Ill., January 17, 1908, aged 30 years 2 months and 2 days. He came to Princeton, Ill., with his parents when only four years old. Here he lived for twenty years. Two years of his life were spent at Boone, Iowa. He came to Gillespie, Ill., his late home, in the fall of 1903. On June 29, 1904, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Maude Brueggeman, of Gillespie, who with little Claude, a 17 months old son, and Beulah, a step daughter, now sorrows for the deceased husband and father.
 
      Mr. Peterson was a man of honor and integrity, good to his family, accommodating to his neighbors, friendly to all, and attended strictly to his own business. Hence he had the good will and esteem of our community. He was conscientious in what he undertook and then bent all his energies to faithfully carry out its plans. He had been converted at the Swedish Mission church, Boone, Iowa, and his daily life showed that, he endeavored to carry out the principles of his belief in Christianity. He belonged to the local divisions of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Rebekahs, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being presiding officer of the last named. All these turned out to the funeral, which took place last Sunday forenoon, in a body. The services were held at the M. E. church, the resident pastor, Rev. S. Thero, officiating. Several hymns were also sung by a special choir.
 
      After the church services the remains were taken in charge by the several benevolent orders of which he had been a member, conveyed to Gillespie cemetery, and there buried in conformity with the simple though impressive ritual of the Odd Fellows, with Frank E. Wilson, of Carlinville Lodge as chaplain, and C. F. Bowersock, of this city, as noble grand. Quite a number of members of the several orders from neighboring towns were present.
 
      There were a number of beautiful floral emblems, lovingly tendered by the various orders, relatives and friends.
 
      In addition to the wife and children the deceased leaves his venerable father, five brothers, Gust, Justus, Emil, Theodore and Harry, all of Princeton, Ill., one sister, Mrs. Emily Phelon, of Chicago, and other relatives and a large circle of friends to mourn his untimely death.
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Warren County Democrat, Monmouth, Illinois
Volume 21, Number 27
Thursday, April 2, 1908, Page 3
Fall from Car Injures Miner.
      Litchfield. -- J. Reed, a young coal miner of Gillespie, fell from the door of the baggage compartment of an interurban car, and his head struck the rear step. His scalp was badly torn and he sustained other injuries.
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Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois
Volume 35, Number 17
Friday, April 24, 1908, Page 5
Complete Big Washer.
      Litchfield. -- The largest coal washer in the United States has just been completed for the Superior Coal company between this city and Gillespie.
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Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
Volume 11 Number 206
Friday Evening, May 8, 1908,Page 1
Juvenile Band Ready to Leave on a Long Tour of the West
      Ewing's Juvenile band will leave over the interurban tomorrow, where they will fill numerous engagements during the remainder of the month. On Saturday the hand will stop at Gillespie, Ill., near Springfield, Director Ewing's home town, where they win give a matinee concert. On Monday they will open the White City at Springfield, Mo., for a two weeks' series of concerts. For the week of May 25 they have been engaged by the Missouri traction company for a series of six concerts, which will close the month of May. Afterwards they will be at Waterloo, Iowa, for the first week in June, and tentative dates have been secured for their appearance in St. Paul. Minn.
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Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Illinois
Volume 57 Number 185
Thursday, May 21,1908, Page 1
      Ivan J. Coles of Gillespie, Ill., was seized with cramps and drowned in an attempt to rescue a friend similarly stricken in a reservoir. A silver medal was awarded to his mother.
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The True Republican, Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois
Volume 51 Number 39, Saturday, August 1, 1908, Page 7
Asks Divorce After Forty Years.
      Taylorville. -- After 40 years of married life, Mrs. Nancy Davenport finds that she cannot live happily with her husband, George W. Davenport, and accordingly has filed suit for divorce. She charges drunkenness. The plaintiff resides in this city and her husband at Gillespie.
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The Patoka Register, Patoka, Illinois
Volume 1, Number 42
Saturday, August 14, 1908, Page 7
Kills Dog; Is Fined.
      Carlinville. -- Because he killed a dog belonging to Alex Harris, City Marshal Charles Howell of Gillespie was fined $25 by Justice Homer. Howell gave as cause for shooting the canine the fact that it was a nuisance.
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Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois
Volume 35, Number 35
Friday, August 28, 1908, Page 5
Nosebleed Kills Boy.
      Gillespie. -- Willis, aged five years, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Whitworth, died very suddenly at the family home in Gillespie. The child became ill with severe bleeding at the nose and the flow could hot be checked and he died from the results. It is thought a blood vessel bursting was the cause of his death.
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The True Republican, Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois
Volume 51 Number 50
Saturday, October 10, 1908, Page 7
Meat Market Burns.
      Carlinville. -- The meat market of George Ebert of this city, located at Gillespie, 14 miles south of here, was partially destroyed by fire. The cause of the fire Is unknown. It was discovered shortly after midnight.
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Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Illinois
Volume 57, Number 309
October 13, 1908, Page 1
Fatal Mix on Train.
      Springfield, Ill., Oct. 3. -- One miner was killed and another wounded in an encounter between an officer and several miners at Gillespie in a train returning from the celebration of the Virden battle at Mount Olive last night.
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The Weekly Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois
Volume 62, Number 42
Friday Morning, October 16, 1908, Page 3
MINER IS KILLED
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Another Fatally Injured Following Celebration of Virden Riot Anniversary
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      Springfield, Ill., Oct. 12 --(Special)-- One miner dead and another fatally shot is one result of the celebration of the anniversary of the Virden riot at Virden today. The dead man is Joseph King and the one fatally wounded is George Kruse.
 
      A car load of miners from Mount Olive attended the celebration and were returning home tonight on the interurban. A disturbance broke out on the car, and at Gillespie a message was sent to Carlinville for officers to meet the car when it arrived and try to quiet things When the car reached Carlinville the sheriff and a policeman met it and a number of shots were exchanged. When the smoke of battle cleared away. King was found dead from a bullet and Kruse fatally hurt. It has not been ascertained who fired the shots which caused the killing.
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The Macomb Journal, Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois
Volume 56, Number 15
Thursday, December 17, 1908, Page 5
SAFETY PIN IN THROAT
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Could Not Account for the Child's Illness but the Obstruction was Finally Discovered.
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      Gillespie, Ill., Dec. 14. -- The cause of the strange illness of the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Long, which has balked local physicians for some time, was found yesterday when physicians operated on the child.
 
      It was found that an open safety pin was lodged half way down her throat. The child was taken ill some time ago, and it is the attending physician's opinion the pin induced the sickness.
 
      The child recovered instantly with the extraction of the pin.
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The True Republican, Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois
Volume 52 Number 33
Saturday, June 19, 1909, Page 6
      Gillespie. -- The annual Macoupin county teachers' institute will be held here August 2 to 6.
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Urbana Daily Courier-Herald, Urbana, Illinois
Volume 12 Number 174
Monday Evening, July 12, 1909, Page 1
Divorce Case Ends Suddenly.
      Springfield, July 12. -- Evidence tending to show that both parties in the divorce case of Margaret A. Reed of Thayer against. John F. Reed of Gillespie were at fault brought the proceedings to an abrupt close in the circuit court. The suit was dismissed by counsel for the plaintiff. The bill for divorce was filed by Mrs. Reed on account of alleged cruelty by her husband. He in turn declared that her relatives had interfered with his domestic happiness. The parties formerly resided in Gillespie.
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Urbana Daily Courier-Herald, Urbana, Illinois
Volume 12 Number 176
Saturday Evening, July 24, 1909, Page 9
Miners' Board Appointed.
      Carlinville, July 23. -- County Judge J. B. Vaughn has appointed the following as members of the miners' examining board of Macoupin county; George Hawkins of Staunton, Samuel Duggan of Girard and Thomas Long of Gillespie. The new board will meet in this city as soon as possible after September 1 to effect an organization.
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The Weekly Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois
Volume 63, Number 46
Friday Morning, November 12,1909, Page 10
Ruark - Ritchie
      Lincoln, Ill., Nov. 11. --(Special.)-- Samuel Ruark of Bowling Green, Ky. and Miss Anna Ritchie of Gillespie, Ill., were married yesterday evening by Justice Rosenthal at his office in the city building. The groom gave his business as that of liquor dealer.
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