President (then candidate) William McKinley wrote this letter to Dr. George A Zeller of Peoria on April 20, 1896. McKinley writes in response to a letter from Zeller expressing concerns about an "attack" on McKinley. McKinley acknowldeges his knowledge of the attack and thanks Zeller for his "devotion." Dr. Zeller would later run the Peoria State Hospital Museum.
The envelope that that the letter was sent in was addressed to George A Zeller of Peoria. The letter was sent from Canton, Ohio.
This 1895 program was created for a performance of "As You Like It" on the lawn of the Prospect Heights Hotel overlooking the bluffs of the Illinois river. Nearly 1,000 people were in attendance at this "open-air" performance.
Program Information Page 1: Prospect Heights, Monday. June 17, 1895 Peoria, Illinois, Mr. Wm. Morris presents his picturesque open air performance of Shakespeare's Pastoral comedy in four acts- As you Like It-- Business Staff Morris Co. -- Manager- Mr. D. V. Arthurs, General Representative- Mr. Curtis Dunhamp, Ass't. Manager- Mr. Geo. Manderback, Treasurer- Mr. J. M. Howard, General Agent- Co. Jack Flaherty, Business Managers- Mr. Chas. Young, Mr. Shesgreen- Musical Director- Mr. Harry Rogers, Stage Manager- Mr. John Sainpolis, Master Machinist- Mr. James Barrett, Property Master- Mr. Geo. McCullough, Calcium Lights- M. John Lucy, Wardrobe Master- Mr. Jack Hurley
Program Information Page 2: The Cast-- Orlando- Mr. William Morris, Jacques- Mr. Charles D Herman, Duke Frederick- Mr. James Nelson, Banistude Duke- Mr. James Treacy, Touchstone- Mr. L. O. Hart, Oliver- Mr. John Sainpolis, Amiens (with song)- Mr. Frederick Bendell, Adam- Mr. George Dwight, Le Beau- Mr. Sydney Bell, Sylvius- Mr. Paul Gerson, Corin- Mr. William Culver
Program Information Page 3: The Cast-- William- Mr. Walter Kilbourne, Charles (the wrestler)- Mr. Edward Gillespie- Cilia- Miss Frances Whitehouse, Phoebe- Miss Amy Lovie, Audrey- Miss Jean Barrie, Rosalind- Miss Etta Hawkins, Guards, Huntsman, etc., by Messrs. Gardner, Allferli, Hein, Cunningham, Phillips, Keene, Bassett, Wallace.
Program Information Page 4: Synopsis-- The horns will announce the beginning and ending of each act. The incidental music in the play by Dr. Arne, Bishop and Mendelssohn, performed by a full Military Band under the direction of Mr. Harry Rogers, assisted by Spencer's Band. Costumes Wigs Boots made for Mr. Morris by Schultz & Co of Chicago, Hepner & Co of Chicago, Aiston & Co. of Chicago- Calciums frunished by CHicago Calcium Light Company. Music Programme-- March "Indepentio"- Hall, Overture "Barbe of Seville"- Rosini, Selection from Milloecker's Opera "Poor Johnathan"- arrg. Wiegand, Russian Muzurka "La Czarina"- Ganne, E Flat Cornet Solo: "Ben Bolt", Song from "Trilby"- Kneass Lem Wiley, "Dash" Gallop- Catline Spencer's Military Band under the direction of A. Moll.
Advertisers: Chas. S. Duke & Co., Schipper and Block, Walter Wyatt, Turkish and Russian Baths, The F. H. Pfeiffer Crockery Co., Clarkson's Peerless Laundry, Central Electric Co., M. Henebery's, McDougal's Drug Store, The Mark Ament Music House, Walker & Wooke, A. Strumpf, Henning Cycle Co., The Tucker Furniture Co., Crawford & Co., Keefer & Gardner, Odontunder Dentist, Robinson & Whalen, A. S. Cole, Durkin the Druggist, The Big Four, Peoria Carriage & Harness Co., Godel's Royal Hams, John H. Bontjes, Dime Savings Bank, Home Savings and State Bank
This program outlines the performances by the pupils of Florence Edna Balzer on June 10th, 1903 at the Peoria Wome's Club.
Names of performers: Florence Edna Balzer, Orpha Ide Kendall, Edith M. Taylor, Maria Donly, Edger Donly, Maude M. Kendal, Jesie L. Mortag, Edith M. Taylor, C. Pearl Miller, Genevieve P. Anderson, Edith M. Taylor, Linna B. Whitfield, Frank Hirth, Arthur Dietrich
This is a dance card for a "charity ball for the benefit of the Home of the Good Shepherd."
Contents of the Card: Charity Ball for the Benefit of the Home of the Good Shepherd- Thursday Eve. February 12th, 1903 at the Coliseum- Committee of Arrangements- T. N. Gorman, G.T. Kennedy, M. Chapman, J. H. Burns, Mrs. F. T. Slevin, Mrs. C. N. Louis, Mrs. H. N. Spurck, Miss N. Hanlon, Mrs. K. Gould, Mrs. W. W. Murphy, Miss K. Fogarthy- Floor Committee- Mr. Frank Cahill, Chairman., Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Dolan, Mr. Fox, Mr. Kelly, Mr. Kenny, Mr. W. Langton, Mr. C. Merkle, Mr. R. Martin, Mr. Ritschel, Mr. Sinclair, Dr. Slevin, Mr. Welte, Mr. J.os. Miller- Programme- 1. Promenade-Waltz, 2. Two-Step, 3. Schottische, 4. Quadrille, 5. Two-Step- Refreshments- Anyone not partaking will be arrested.- 6. Waltz, 7. Schottische, 8. Quadrille, 9. Two-Step, 10. Waltz, 11. Jones, 12. Two-Step, 13. Waltz, 14. Two-Step, 15 Waltz
This was an advertisement for a benefit of the Home of the Good Shepherd which was to take place on February 12th, 1903 at the Coliseum. The Home of the Good Shepherd was a Catholic institution devoted to helping women and children. The name "W. H. Rich" is written on the back. This could possibly be William H. Rich, Secretary of the Corning Distilling Co.
Contents of the Card: Grand Concert Charity Ball for the benefit of the Home of the Good Shepherd- at the coliseum- on Lincoln's Birthday- Thursday Evening, February 12th, 1903- Tickets $1.00 per Couple.- Additional Lady 25 Cts.- Concert from 7:30 to 9:30 P. M.
This business card was for, Frank C. O'Boyle, an employee of Mark D. Batchelder Co.
Business Card Content: Frank C. O'Boyle- Mark D. Batchelder Co.- Street Car Advertising- Peoria, IL
John L Serry's name is written on this Rouse, Hazard and Company business card. John Seery worked as a bike repairer and later foreman for the Rouse, Hazard and Company.
Contents of the Card: Rouse Hazard & Co.- (incorporated)- Successors to Geo. W. Rouse & Son.- Bicycles and Typewriters- 110 S. Washington St.- Peoria, IL.
This is a business card for Alonzo P Bryant, assistant general freight agent for Minneapolis & St. Louis R. R. Co. and Iowa Central Railway Co.
Schipper and Block wrote this letter on June 4, 1910 addressed to Health Merry Go-Round Co in Quincy, Illinois regarding subtracting the cost of shipping from a payment made for a merry go-round. It was received on June 6, 1910.
Letterhead contents: Henry Block, President- Theo. Kuhl, Vice President- C. C. Block, Secretary- H. H. Block, Treasurer- Schipper and Block Incorporated- The Big White Stare- Retailers and Jobbers- Dry Goods, garments, furniture, carpets, Men's Furnishing, Clothing, Shoes, Books, Millinery, Furs, Draperies, Pictures, China & Housefurnishings- Tea Room on 7th Floor- (An image of the store appears in the upper left. A street car, automobile, and carriages can be seen on the street)
This is a ticket for "one fare" on the Peoria Railway Company. A copy of the president of the company's signature, William B McKinley, is printed below the title of the company. The ticket is numbered 036765.
This complimentary notepad advertises The Peoria Carriage Company.
Content of the Advertisement: Compliments of The Peoria Carriage Co. [kirkwood, Miller & Co.] fine Carriages, Buggies and Implements- Headquarters for all Fine Makes of Bicycles. Pneumatic, Cushion & Solid Tires. Peoria, ILL. --Peoria Carriage Comp. [Kirkwood, miller & Co.]- Manufacturers and Jobbers of Harness (All Grades.) Blankets, Robes, Dusters. At Prices to Suit All. 125 & 127 South Washington Street. Peoria, ILL.- E. Donker, Chicago
This letter provides a glimpse of life in the earliest years of Brimfield, Illinois. James P. Wolcott of Charleston (Brimfield) writes to a friend and former doctor for Charleston, Ira French Prouty.
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Charleston, Peoria County, Ills.
October 27th 1838
“King, be the heavens with” (not black, but crimson.
My Dear Doctor,
In the pursuance with the promise made you, before leaving this, our goodly and beautiful city of Charleston, I now seat myself for the purpose of acquainting you with the small and uninteresting incidents and events, which have transpired and which will probably transpire, out here in this land of barbarism and uncivilization. The elements are at work without, in the shape of snow and wind and hail-- and within, in the shape of scolding women, squalling children and a devil of a lot of people, for our family instead of diminishing, is always increasing, as we have had some more of our friends and relatives out here since you left, and the way the people are coming out here, to settle, is a caution to rumors and a complete explunctification of all old bachelors. Oh! Doctor, I begin to feel solitary and alone-- I begin to experience the old aphorism of St. Paul, when he says, “Tiz not good for man to be alone”. When I look around me and behold these young married people-- whom I chance to be in their society and see them so provokingly happy, as if to make me sensibly alive to my lone and isolated state of existence. I feel as though I must [illegible] and do [illegible] or remain an object for “the dogs to bark at as I passed by.”
When a certain event took place, I promised to inform you of the same immediately, you know. After waiting and watching with anxious solitude for several weeks the grand desideration has been accomplished and the several “parties of the first part” are made happy and the “parties of the second part” congratulate and sympatise with the said “parties of the first part.” however to do away with metaphor, and speak intelligible language, Mrs. Wells was safely delivered a fine daughter, about six O’Clock this morn and there is, of course, a general rejoicing among the host of Israel-- the fatted calf is killed and the banquet is ready-- rejoice! Oh ye suckers, for an [illegible] is born unto ye-- eat, drink and be merry, for strange things shall be brought to pass in Israel. Mrs. Wells, (Doctor Kellogg syas) is doing well, as also is the baby. Bah! I am disappointed, as I lose my bet with you and another with George and I told her, I expected a boy and told her to name it after me and after all this, she went and brought forth a girl. Sacre! Is’t not provoking?
One week, day before yesterday, Mrs. Douglass was laid in the Straw and after laying there a short time, lo! And behold, she brought forth something in the shape of a Son! Charles surnamed Douglass. Oh! Illinois, how rich and productive is the soil-- how quickly does the germinating power operate as soon as the foot touches they envied and happy land! [illegible]! ___ Last Tuesday, while the rain was pouring down, and Old Boreas, was flapping his wings, and consequently raising a considerable wind, a two horse pleasure waggon stopped at our house as they were passing through the place. I was out at the barn, husking corn and having an intuitive perception of whom it might be, and being in a rather shabby genteel habiliment, I concluded to wait until they were on their winding way, which I did and then learned that Miss Caroline Robbins and her father, were going to French Grove. In about two days afterwards, she came down with Lucrece (Lucrea having been staying with Mrs. Wells for a week or ten days) and staid all day and didn’t we have good, grand, gl[illegible] times? I reckon we [illegible] I spose we did.She is a fine girl, but not quit as handsome as Mrs. Welles, looking much like her, however. I have not made up my mind yet, whether I will fall in love with her or not. Welles, I am inclined to think, is trying to make a match between her and Cockle, but we shall see not we shall see, as the Frenchman said.
Mrs. Wolcott, alias my mother, is “enciente”, and in all human probability she will follow said to the others who have just preceded her, in that praiseworthy vocation, [illegible] manufacturing children. Doct. Kellogg, is officiating out here in the practice of obstetrics! My dear doct. I feel lonesome here without you; Do make haste, get married and come back and I will endeavor to imitate your example, that is, if I can find any decent girl that will have me. I do not anticipate so pleasant and happy a winter this, as we enjoyed last. I have no society but [illegible] (!) that is unmarried, and as for the married young people, why I cannot have any feelings in common with them, or they with me. -- Matters and things remain about as you left them-- no great mutations in the moral, political, or physical world- The health of the place is improving- Mr. Brady’s family are about recovered. The old man at French Grov, in welles’ house, is dead. There has been a good many deaths in Peoria, but they are getting better, as the cold weather comes on. Lucretia is at French Grove and will be at my home day after tomorrow. We often talk of you as do the folks at French Grove. Mrs. Welles was almost provoked to think you would not stop and officiate at the ceremony! Elvira and all of you other chère amies are well. Willards folks have arrived. I don’t know whether our next door neighbor (Mrs. G) is in the way that “women who love their lords like to be” but if I see any occular demonstrations of the fact I will inform you. I believe I have said or rather, written as much nonsense as you will care about reading at one time and therefore I will bid thee, an revoir, wishing you much pleasure and happiness this winter with your cara sposa. Write as soon as you can find it convenient and agreeable, as you know twill afford me much pleasure. In the eman time, I write affix to this choice, delicate, little, monceaux the name of they friend James P. Wolcott
This is a Peoria Plow Company 1881 catalog and pocket atlas. It contains illustrations of their products along with an 1881 calendar and maps of Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana. There are duplicate maps of Kansas and Missouri. The back cover contains an illustration of Peoria Steel Plow Works building.
Theodore C. Sonneman (1845-1930), a hardware dealer in Washington, IL owned this catalog. There were notes made on blank pages.
Engravings were done by Franklin S. Hallock of Peoria.
Catalog Title: Presented by Peoria Plow Co. - Manufactures of Plows, Rakes, Cultivators Harrows, and Road Scrapers
John W. Tamplin (1852-1915) of Hanna City, IL. wrote this letter in August of 1895 to James A. Cameron, a lawyer in Peoria, regarding $50 to be paid to Mr. Cameron.
Contents of letterhead: John W. Tampon- General Blacksmithing- Horseshoeing- Also Wagon and Plow Repairing Neatly and Promptly Done
These three envelopes were one of many delivered by Charles Lindbergh during his first official airmail run between Chicago and Saint Louis. On April 15, 1926 Lindbergh began his Journey in Chicago where he was given envelope #1. His first stop was at Peoria, where envelope #2 was given to him. He then continued on to Springfield and finally Saint Louis. On the return flight to Chicago he stopped in Springfield and one last time in Peoria, where he acquired envelope #3.
This is a clipped letterhead for The Pabst Cafe. This restaurant and saloon was affiliated with Pabst Brewing company and owned by William F. Meidroth (1856-1938).
Contents of letterhead: The Pabst- W. F. Meidroth, Propr.- 108-110-112-114 S. Jefferson Ave.- Cave in Connection- Telephone 399
This was William F. Meidroth's (1856-1938) clipped letterhead. He operated the Meidroth Buffet in the Jefferson Building from October 1901 until about 1913.
Contents of letterhead: W. F. Meidroth- Jefferson Building- Peoria, Illinois
This was William F. Meidroth's (1856-1938) business card. He operated the Meidroth Buffet from October 1901 until about 1913.
Contents of business card: W. F. Meidroth- Peoria, Illinois.- Proprietor- Meidroth Buffet- 104 S. Jefferson Ave.
William F. Meidroth (1856-1938) owned and operated this saloon in 1919. It was located in the newly constructed Lehmann Building in Peoria.
Contents of letterhead: W. F. Meidroth- Buffet, Billard and Pool Room- Lehmann Building (downstairs)- Phone M-8763- General Agent for Gavitt's System Regulator- A great remedy for rheumatism, headache, la grippe, dyspepsia, kidney, liver, sthomach and blood troubles- Will mail box to any address upon receipt of price, $1.00
John J Weed writes to Henry L Nichols, the brother of his wife Fannie. The bulk of John's letter is about his concerns regarding Abraham Lincoln and his commitment to the abolish slavery. These sentiments might be the source of Lincoln's hesitation regarding appointing Weed to a position in his administration. For more information on the matter, consult available letters within the National Archives collection.
In addition to Lincoln, John discusses his wife, an upcoming trip, court, and possible travels to New Orleans for investment opportunities. Fannie interrupted his writing with her own note while John was distracted by a visitor.
Harvey S Austrian writes to C. J. A. Holmgren, editor and manager of Forum of Conscience and Love, regarding a "contribution."
LETTERHEAD CONTENTS: Peoria, Chicago, New York- Henry H. Schufeldt & Co.- Peoria Branch- Double Stamp Ryes and Burbons- Capacity 40,000 Gallons Daily- H. S. Austrian Manager- Chicago branch- Fine Compounds of all Descriptions- Capacity 25,000 Gallons Daily Distillers & Blenders of High Grade Whiskies & Cordials- Imperial Distillery- Henry H. Schufeldt & Co.- Blending house Established 1857- Distillery established 1849
David McCulloch (1832-1907) writes to his son, Edward Dickinson McCulloch (1860-1951), on July 9, 1898 about a variety of topics. He discusses his recent visit to Chicago, complains about lack of newspapers in Bay View Michigan, discusses his health and following Dr. Davis' prescription, the weather in Bay View, references to a "Randall Bill" and other business matters, Dr. Johnson, E. W. Coy, ants in the garden, and caterpillars in the walnut trees.
It is addressed to the YMCA building in Peoria, IL where their law practice was located.
Moses Bailey (1805-1852) writes to then Peoria citizen Lawrason Riggs (1814-1884) regarding the acceptance of canal script or state bonds for payment on a plot of land. Mr. Riggs wrote a note on the front of the letter stating his agreed upon terms.
Hotel manager, John J. McGrath, writes to Thomas W. Scott of Fairfield, IL. In his letter he mentions Harry C. Parker, traffic manger for the Peoria, Decatur & Evansville Railway Union Depot and George L. Bradbury, vice-president and general manager of the Peoria, Decatur & Evansville Railway Union Depot.
LETTERHEAD CONTENTS: The National- Rivers & McGrath Proprietors
The National Hotel used this letterhead while under the ownership of Col. Robert E. Rivers and John J. McGrath.
The two additional images are the front and back of the envelope that the letter was sent in.
This is an unissued stock certificate of Eagle Electric Works. They produced a variety electric generators for producing direct and indirect current. This company was first known as Eagle Electric & Manufacturing Company of Peoria, but around 1897 they changed their name to Eagle Electric Works and moved operations to Washington, IL. By 1906 they had moved their main office back to Peoria and occupied space in the Woolner building.