WELCOME- Peoria History is a site dedicated to free access of privately held documents and artifacts of historical significance to the central Illinois region. It offers an opportunity for organizations and individual collectors to become a community of curators. Utilizing Dublin Core Metadata Initiative specifications, digitized artifacts will be cataloged and made available for the public to appreciate and explore.

RECENTLY POSTED ITEMS

  • Philander Chase Letter to Edgar Bartow- Oct. 1, 1844

    Bishop Philander Chase wrote this letter On October 1, 1844 from an Episcopal convention in Philadelphia to Edgar Bartow of Brooklyn, NY. Bishop Chase mentions his affection for Illinois and expresses encouraging words towards Mr. Bartow. It appears that the main purpose of the letter to is to inform Mr. Bartow of his mailing address; Robbins Nest, Illinois.
  • F. S. Beavis- Letter to H. E. Andrews- April 18, 1898

    Frank S. Beavis wrote to Horace E. Andrews, Pennsylvania on April 18, 1898 regarding a "special offer." He lists the prices and discounts of bicycles. The brand name '"My Own" Cycles' appears in the letterhead.
  • Peoria Rubber and Mfg. Co.- Letter to H. E. Andrews- April 13, 1896

    The Peoria Rubber and Manufacturing Company wrote to Horace E. Andrews of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania on April 13, 1896 regarding a catalog, bicycle prices, and marketing. The the logo for Patee Bicycles is in the upper left corner.
  • F. F. Ide Mf'g Co.- Letter to H. E. Andrews- June 18, 1898

    The F. F. Ide Manufacturing Company writes to Horace E. Andrews of Norway, Maine regarding a sent catalog and quoted bicycle prices. It's signed by Calvin Roberts. LETTERHEAD CONTENTS: F. F. Ide Mf'g Co.- Manufacturers of High Art Bicycles- Established 1888- Incorporated 1893- Peoria Illinois, U. S. A.
  • Barnum and Bailey Circus- Souvenir- August 19th, 1892

    Barnum and Bailey gave these booklets out to their Peoria guests on August 19th, 1892. Given its fragility, the cover is the only page scanned at this time. The book will be revisited when I have equipment that safely make images of the rest.
  • "Medical Compound" Deed of Letters- Patent- Balch and Harkness- September 26, 1868

    This deed of letters for "Improved Medical Compound" invented by James T. Stewart transferred rights from William H. White to Samuel Balch and Marcus O. Harkness. It is dated September 26, 1868. The back is signed by Commissioner of Patents, Mortimer D. Leggett on July 14, 1871. Also see items: 2020-0045, 2020-0048, 2020-0049 ###### PATENT DESCRIPTION ¹ ###### To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, J AMES T. STEWART, of the city of Peoria, in the county of Peoria and in the State of Illinois, have invented an Improved Tonic Medicine or Compound, useful as an invigoration for the stomach, blood-purifier, stimulant, and anti-malaria tonic; and do hereby declare that the following is' a full, clear, and exact description of the ingredients forming the compound, the quantities of each, and the manner of compounding, making, and-using the same. The ingredients and their respective quantities are: Tincture of orris-root, four ounces, weight; tincture of calamus, eleven .drams; tincture of asarum canadensis, four ounces; tincture of gentiau, four ounces; white sugar, six ounces; orange-flower water, four ounces; proof whiskey, one gallon; water, half agallon. To which may be added, for coloring the medicine, caramel, eight ounces, more or less, according to the depth of color desired. Mix the above tinctures together, then add the whiskey and the water; then the caramel, until, the desired color is attained It is then ready to bottle up. The dose is a wine-glass full three times a day, before or after meals. ###### END DESCRIPTION ######
  • "Medical Compound" Deed of Letters- Patent- Balch and Harkness- August 15, 1868

    This deed of letters for "Improved Medical Compound" invented by James T. Stewart transferred rights from Samuel R. Whitlow to Samuel Balch and Marcus O. Harkness. It is dated August 15, 1868. The back is signed by Commissioner of Patents, Mortimer D. Leggett on July 14, 1871. Also see items: 2020-0045, 2020-0048, 2020-0050 ###### PATENT DESCRIPTION ¹ ###### To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, J AMES T. STEWART, of the city of Peoria, in the county of Peoria and in the State of Illinois, have invented an Improved Tonic Medicine or Compound, useful as an invigoration for the stomach, blood-purifier, stimulant, and anti-malaria tonic; and do hereby declare that the following is' a full, clear, and exact description of the ingredients forming the compound, the quantities of each, and the manner of compounding, making, and-using the same. The ingredients and their respective quantities are: Tincture of orris-root, four ounces, weight; tincture of calamus, eleven .drams; tincture of asarum canadensis, four ounces; tincture of gentiau, four ounces; white sugar, six ounces; orange-flower water, four ounces; proof whiskey, one gallon; water, half agallon. To which may be added, for coloring the medicine, caramel, eight ounces, more or less, according to the depth of color desired. Mix the above tinctures together, then add the whiskey and the water; then the caramel, until, the desired color is attained It is then ready to bottle up. The dose is a wine-glass full three times a day, before or after meals. ###### END DESCRIPTION ######
  • "Medical Compound" Deed of Letters- Patent- William H White- August 10, 1868

    This deed of letters for "Improved Medical Compound" invented by James T. Stewart transferred rights from Samuel R. Whitlow to William H. White. It is dated August 10, 1868. A. D. Hutchinson was a witnesses. The back is signed by Commissioner of Patents, Mortimer D. Leggett on July 14, 1871. Also see items: 2020-0045, 2020-0049, 2020-0050 ###### PATENT DESCRIPTION ¹ ###### To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, J AMES T. STEWART, of the city of Peoria, in the county of Peoria and in the State of Illinois, have invented an Improved Tonic Medicine or Compound, useful as an invigoration for the stomach, blood-purifier, stimulant, and anti-malaria tonic; and do hereby declare that the following is' a full, clear, and exact description of the ingredients forming the compound, the quantities of each, and the manner of compounding, making, and-using the same. The ingredients and their respective quantities are: Tincture of orris-root, four ounces, weight; tincture of calamus, eleven .drams; tincture of asarum canadensis, four ounces; tincture of gentiau, four ounces; white sugar, six ounces; orange-flower water, four ounces; proof whiskey, one gallon; water, half agallon. To which may be added, for coloring the medicine, caramel, eight ounces, more or less, according to the depth of color desired. Mix the above tinctures together, then add the whiskey and the water; then the caramel, until, the desired color is attained It is then ready to bottle up. The dose is a wine-glass full three times a day, before or after meals. ###### END DESCRIPTION ######
  • Phelps and Bourland Letter regarding Peoria and Oquawka Railroad Iron Shipment- Sept 29, 1852

    The firm of Phelps and Bourland write to the the president of the Peoria and Oquawka Railroad, Charles Mason, regarding a shipment of iron that was held up until the bill was paid. They state that George C. Bestor and Rudolphus Rouse instructed Phelps and Bourland to pay the $2,400 bill. Also see item #2019-0006
  • St. Louis Motor Car Co- Rigs that Run- 1906 Catalog (Peoria Heights Factory)

    This 1906 catalog for the St. Louis Motor Car Company features vehicles that were made in Peoria Heights. A brief history of the company, pictures of the executives, a description and photograph of their "mammoth new plant" in Peoria Heights, along with descriptions and photos of their cars are included. There is a stamp on the front cover that says "Cuntz 1906." This is the mark of early automobile manufacturer, Herman F. Cuntz, who had once had a large collection of automobile literature.
Browse Collection
Next