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  • James P. Wolcott- Charleston (Brimfield) Letter- 1838

    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. ---- BEGIN TRANSCRIPTION ---- 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 -----END TRANSCRIPTION----
  • Peoria Plow Company- 1881 Catalog

    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- Hanna City Blacksmith- Letter and Envelope- 1895

    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
  • Three Lindbergh Airmail Covers- April 15, 1926

    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.
  • The Pabst- Saloon Letterhead- circa 1898

    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
  • William F. Meidroth Letterhead- circa 1901

    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
  • W. F. Meidroth Business Card- circa 1901

    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.
  • Lehmann Building Saloon- W. F. Meidroth Letterhead-1919

    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-Letter- 1864

    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.
  • Henry H. Schufeldt and Company- Letter- 1911

    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
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