Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Busy Week of Visiting

Monday, January 26, 1925: Aunt Mag & Mother went calling this forenoon. This afternoon Sadie came down for us to help her start to make some forget-me-not beads. Then we called on Mrs. Price. Yesterday we went to the Presbyterian Church in Apple River*. Then in the afternoon we all went up to Uncle George’s. In the evening we went to the Methodist Church*.

Saturday in the afternoon we called on Lena Fisher and heard their radio. Then we went to the store awhile. Friday, Uncle George, Aunt Lizzie, Sadie and Naomi were down in the evening.

Thursday, Len helped Butchers saw wood. We didn’t know if we should try to walk to the Station and go to Apple River that day or wait and have Len take us to Scales Mound on Friday. At last we got the car ready and Ruby and Len did some chores and then we went to Scales Mound. We went out on the five o’clock train. We surprised them, although they were looking for us for quite awhile. Uncle Henry & Helmer were up there having the car fixed. They were at the Aunts’ for supper and stayed awhile because we were there. Tillie Trevethan and two children came there also.

Wednesday, just as we were ready to eat dinner, the Atwater Kent radio man came and wanted to leave a radio on trial. But we didn’t let him do it. We felt as if we would have to buy it once it was in the house. We ironed, baked bread, coffee cake, cookies and made applesauce. We also cooked apricots and etz. Got new auto licenses. Ours is 277301. Len’s is one less.

Tuesday we washed. It had thawed quite a little. Len, Ruby & I went up to Johnny Tippet’s that evening. I took up a string of beads that I made for Ethel. (like Ruby’s.) green, white and yellow daisy beads. I got $2.75 for them. We heard the radio all that evening. Monday we all went to town in our car. The roads had thawed in some places.

Len, Ruby Mother & I went to town to church on Sunday morning. Had a temperance sermon. That evening we all went to Aunt Annie’s. Tresidders were up there also.

*[note the picture on the right above]"In the year 1858, the people gathered in the school-house to listen to the teachings of Rev. S. S. Guyer, a Methodist circuit-rider, and in the same year, a Methodist Sunday-school was organized, by T. F. Hastie, in the railroad office. This was soon transferred to the school-house. Two years after, the Methodist Church, a good frame building, was erected, costing about $2,000, and seating three hundred persons. At present, Hans Lamont is the Sabbath-school Superintendent. The church was dedicated by Rev. Peter Cartwright, a pioneer of Methodism in Illinois. The ministers in succession have been: Revs. J. Clendenning, E. B. Russell, J. M. Clendenning, J. Odgers, H. U. Rey­nolds, S. 0. Foster, T. L. Olrnsted, A. D. Field. Joseph Crummer, Joseph Caidwell, Thomas Cochrane, concluding with the present pastor, Rev. D. W. Linn." Source: http://genealogytrails.com

*[note picture on the left above] "The Presbyterian Church was organized by Rev. John Reynard, in April, 1861, at the residence of Mr. Vroman, when Joseph C. Jellison was made elder. From this time, the association took no action until 1864, when Rev. J. W. Cunningham came, reorganized the society, and caused the church to be built. Rev. Rufus King was their first permanent minister. He was followed by Rev. G. M. Jenks, then John Cook, D. B. Gordon and E. B. Miner, who remained until 1876, since which time the church has been unable to maintain a regular pastor." Source:http://genealogytrails.com. I don't know if this church is still an active one or not.


  1. If you are interested in more information about the small towns - like Apple River - around Galena check out http://genealogytrails.com and then go to the town/city area. This site has alot of good genealogy information

  2. I find it interesting that, a full five years after the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution was enacted, thus ushering in Prohibition, that preachers still felt compelled to give temperance sermons. Alcoholic beverages became more popular than ever during Prohibition, thus proving that morality cannot be legislated. This is a good lesson for our own times, but lawmakers rarely, if ever, study history.