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  • Patee- Peoria Rubber and Manufacturing Company- Pin

    This metal Patee pin or medal measures 13/16 x 29/32 inch. The font on this pin matches that of the bicycle head badges produced by the Peoria Rubber & Mfg. Co. circa 1896.
  • George A. Zeller to George R. Curtiss- Nov. 08, 1896

    George A. Zeller, Chairman of the Peoria County Republican Central Committee, wrote this letter to George R. Curtiss of El Paso, IL. Zeller sends his condolences to George R. Curtiss for his recent loss of an election. The letter is dated November 08, 1896. LETTERHEAD CONTENTS: Ed. Hull. Secty- Peoria County Republican Cental Committee- Headquarters: National Hotel- Dr. George A Zeller, Chairman- James Rice, Akron- Walter Wiley, Brimfield- Sidney A. Wood, Chillicothe- C. S. Ray, Chillicothe- F. L. McGrew, Hollis- A. M. Root, Hallock- F. E. Coulson, Jubilee- John Clinch, Elmwood- Chas. A. Roberts, Elmwood- William Sleeth, Kickapoo- Edward Ball, Limestone- R. G. McCulloch, Logan- Elisha Rice, Medina- W. H. Todd, Millbrook- Nathen Giles, Richwoods- Ben. Cartright, Richwoods- Clinton Brown, Dunlap- H. J. Cheesman, Princeville- C. H. Spangler, Oak Hill- A. L. Fahnestock, Timber- H. S. Gregory, Trivoli- Telphone 315- J. F. Knupp, Treasurer- Dr. Geo. A. Zeller, First Ward- John H. Hall, First Ward- C. S. Easton, Second Ward- H. E. Charles, Second Ward- J. M. Davis, Third Ward- H. S. Wiedman, Fourth Ward- C. M. Aldrich, Fouth Ward- Robert D. Clark- Fifth Ward- H. C. Gibson, Fifth Ward- H. C. Wallace, Sixth Ward- Ed. Vetterhoffer, Sixth Ward- Henry Arnholt, Seventh Ward- S. O. Tripp, Seventh Ward- P. G. Rennick, Upper Election Dist.- Oscar Peters, Lower Election Dist.- Executive Committee- Charles S. Easton, Chairman- P. G. Rennick- H. C. Gibson- Sidney Wood- John Clinch- J. M. Davis- S. O. Tripp- H. J. Cheesman- R. G. McCulloch- H. E. Charles
  • The Rhea-Thielens Implement Co. - Letter- 1901

    The Rhea-Thielens Implement Co. writes to C. F. Shafer of Mt. Pulaski, IL regarding their traveling salesman, Mr. Jacobs, and their intention to exhibit one of the cast skein wagons and tubular axle wagons at the state fair. LETTERHEAD CONTENTS: Rhea- Thielens Implement Co. - R. L. Rhea, Prest. - A. B. Thielens, Secy. and Treas.-Manufacturers Agents Agricultural Implements, Wagons, Buggies, Carriages, Binder Twine Etc.- Peoria, ILL- Manufacturers Corn Belt Planter- "Only" Force-Feed End Gate Sower- Wholesalers of Farm Machinery, Vehicles, Etc. - General Agents in Illinois and Indiana for the Janney Common Sense Feed Mill and Milburn Farm Wagons.
  • Grand Opera House- Program- Vo. IV, No. 145- 1889

    This is a program for the performance of "The Creation" at the Grand Opera House on May 20, 1889. The program contains a list of coming attractions, advertisements, performance credits, and performance details. Pages 6 and 7 are partially glued together. This made the scanning of the entirety of these pages impossible without further damage to the document. PROGRAM CREDITS: The Grand Opera House- Lem. H. Wiley, Lessee and Manager- M. O. Wilson, Treasurer- Harold Plowe, Leader of Orchestra- Herman Pape, Stage Mager- Jos. P. Elzer, Properties- Transcript Publishing Company, Publishers- The Creation- by The Peoria Chorus, Solos and Orchestra- E. H. Plowe, Conductor- Miss Emily Allen, Pianist- Soloists- Miss Geneva Johnsoton, Soprano- Mr. Chas. Knorr, Tenor- Mr. W. M. Porteus, Basso ADVERTISERS: G. P. Tjaden- Fey Bros.- Mexican Amole Soap Co.- The Great Rock Island Route- S. Bennett, Bro. & Co.- Minnie A Weil- J. L. Douglas- Harold Plowe, Spencer's Orchestra- J. A. Engstrom- Browning & Phelps- Abert Mau- George Katzing, Metropolitan Candy House- A. W. Bushnell- Transcript Pub. Co.- Jno. W. Jones- Wm. Hupe, Pinger & Co.-Ziegler's Carriages- Kroeger Pianos- Schipper & Block- Charles A. Mallm- Chas. Breier & Son- Peoria Bottling Company- Chas. S. Duke- Chas. Zimmerman- Mrs. L. G. Hall- Fair and Square- Dime Savings Bank- J. Schradzki- John M. Simpson- McDougal's Perfumes- Lewis' Hand-Made Cigars- H. Sandmeyer & Co.- J. G. Bohl- Kleene & Fischer- Nicol, Burr & Co.- Fred S. Tucker- A. Schradzki- Union Bottling Co. - Vienna Batent Flour- Sam Coffinberry- Lindsay, The Tailor
  • Trivoli Station Agent- Letter- 1897

    George F. Whitlow, the agent of Iowa Central Railway Company at Trivoli Station writes to James A. Cameron of Peoria regarding borrowing or renting books in order to study law. George mentions that James was an acquaintance of his father, William Whitlow. The letter is dated April 12, 1897. LETTERHEAD CONTENTS: 11 96-50 M. C. - Form 249- Iowa Central RailWay Co.- Trivoli Ill Station.
  • George A. Zeller to George R. Curtiss- Nov. 11, 1896

    George A. Zeller, Chairman of the Peoria County Republican Central Committee, wrote this letter to George R. Curtiss of El Paso, IL. Zeller expresses frustrations at the way Curtiss was treated by local republicans during a recent election. The letter is dated November 11, 1896. LETTERHEAD CONTENTS: Ed. Hull. Secty- Peoria County Republican Cental Committee- Headquarters: National Hotel- Dr. George A Zeller, Chairman- James Rice, Akron- Walter Wiley, Brimfield- Sidney A. Wood, Chillicothe- C. S. Ray, Chillicothe- F. L. McGrew, Hollis- A. M. Root, Hallock- F. E. Coulson, Jubilee- John Clinch, Elmwood- Chas. A. Roberts, Elmwood- William Sleeth, Kickapoo- Edward Ball, Limestone- R. G. McCulloch, Logan- Elisha Rice, Medina- W. H. Todd, Millbrook- Nathen Giles, Richwoods- Ben. Cartright, Richwoods- Clinton Brown, Dunlap- H. J. Cheesman, Princeville- C. H. Spangler, Oak Hill- A. L. Fahnestock, Timber- H. S. Gregory, Trivoli- Telphone 315- J. F. Knupp, Treasurer- Dr. Geo. A. Zeller, First Ward- John H. Hall, First Ward- C. S. Easton, Second Ward- H. E. Charles, Second Ward- J. M. Davis, Third Ward- H. S. Wiedman, Fourth Ward- C. M. Aldrich, Fouth Ward- Robert D. Clark- Fifth Ward- H. C. Gibson, Fifth Ward- H. C. Wallace, Sixth Ward- Ed. Vetterhoffer, Sixth Ward- Henry Arnholt, Seventh Ward- S. O. Tripp, Seventh Ward- P. G. Rennick, Upper Election Dist.- Oscar Peters, Lower Election Dist.- Executive Committee- Charles S. Easton, Chairman- P. G. Rennick- H. C. Gibson- Sidney Wood- John Clinch- J. M. Davis- S. O. Tripp- H. J. Cheesman- R. G. McCulloch- H. E. Charles
  • The ZIP- Camp Bradley Newspaper

    This is volume 1, number 1 of the "ZIP," published November 15, 1918. This newspaper was published by and for the soldiers at Camp Bradley, the WWI training camp at the Bradley Polytechnic Institute.
  • Clarke Bros. & Co. - Letters Regarding Payment- 1909

    These are two letters written on Clark Bros. & Co. letterhead regarding the receipt of a coupon and payment on the "Thompson Land." The first letter informs Chauncey D. Clarke of a letter received from Mr. E. G. Taylor of Loup City, Nebraska. The second letter is addressed to Mr. E. G. Taylor and includes acknowledgement of a receipt of payment along with instructions for redemption of a coupon. The second letter is signed by Robert D. Clarke. LETTERHEAD CONTENTS: Chauncey D. Clarke, President- William S. Parry, Secy. & Treas.- Robert D. Clarke, Vice Prest. & Mang. Distillery.- William E. Hull, Gen'l. Manager- Incorporated- Clarke Bros. & Co.- Independent Distillers & Blenders.- Peoria's Famous Whiskey, Clarke's Pure Rye- Peoria, ILL
  • W. G. Putnam- Purchase on Letterhead- 1893

    W. G. Putnam department store writes to N. N. Hill Brass Company regarding an order for various bells, chimes, and rattles. The letter is dated October 10, 1893. It is signed "W. G. Putnam." LETTERHEAD CONTENT: W. G. Putnam- Peoria, ILL.- 225 & 227 Main St.- 5 and 10 Cent and Department Stores
  • Henry S. Austin- Legal Document- 1854

    Henry S. Austin acted as a commissioner for the state of New York and representative for John D Wendel of New York, New York. John D. Wendel was making the 5th installment payment of $100 from the estate of John G. Wendel to Amelia Potter née page of Farmington, IL for reasons unknown. Amelia signed with a mark and her husband, William signed below her name. The payment took place June 12, 1854. The letter is addressed to John D. Wendel of New York, NY. It is postmarked 1854-06-13 from Peoria.
  • Cora L Gardner- Letter to Mother-1897

    Cora L. Gardner writes from The Women's College of Baltimore (Goucher College) to her mother, Florence in Peoria. She discusses a lecture by Professor Edward Pick on the topic of memory, a lecture by Ballington Booth she intends to go to, books and papers she is reading, and the illness of someone by the name of Ira. The envelope is addressed to her father, Roscoe G. Gardner at Vienna Mills in Peoria. Vienna Mills was owned by Donmeyer, Gardner & Co. It is postmarked February 14, 8:00 p.m. in Baltimore, MD and February 16 in Peoria.
  • Negly and Co. - Letter- 1871

    Negly and Co. wrote this letter to a client regarding grain prices and shipment on the Toledo, Peoria and Warsaw Railway. LETTERHEAD CONTENTS: E. L. Negly, George Fritze- Office of Negly & Co.- Grain and Commission Merchangs- No. 20 South Water Street- Peoria ILL 1871
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