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                      The LaSalle County Genealogy Guild – 115 W. Glover St.—Ottawa, IL 61350—Tel. (815) 433-5261 


                                                 January/February 2013

             GUILD HOURS                                                     JANUARY MEETING
           Mondays & Saturdays                                              Saturday 19 January 2013
           9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Meetings—3rd Saturday of the Month                       Our speaker this month will be KANE
               At 1:00 p.m.                                  FARABAUGH,
                                                             FARABAUGH, a member of the Sons of the Ameri-
         115 W. Glover St., Ottawa                           can Revolution (SAR). Kane’s presentation will be on
                 (815)434-                                   researching the genealogy of his family.
         INTERNET CORNER
    The LSCGG’s Home Page address is:
                Lscgg.org                                          FEBRUARY MEETING
         LSCGG’s e-mail address:                                  Saturday, 16 February 2013
           lscgg@sbcglobal.net
                                             JUDY DOYCHAK will give a Power Point presentation genealogy
                                             “Czechoslovakia” One Genealogist’s Path. She
                OFFICERS                     will tell about her Czech Republic trip that was
          President: Jenan Jobst             inspired by a desire to see her grandfather’s
             (815) 433-2919                  birthplace. The presentation encompasses a
     Vice President: Margaret Clemens        brief look at 2200 years of history, the coun-
              (815) 434-6342                 try’s beauty and the 30 year path that led to her
      Co-Secretaries: Barb Halsey &          2011 visit and to cousins who still live in the
                Sandy Vahl                   cottage where her grandfather was born and
           Editor: Carole Nagle              that her ancestors built in 1711.




                                             PRESIDENT’S LETTER
Happy New Year,
   As I write this letter on December 6, 2012 and we haven’t had any snow yet. In fact, it has been almost 280 days
since we last had snow in March which is a record. I hope we have a few more days of no snow. On Monday, De-
cember 3, it was 70 degrees here, but now it is in the 30s. At least all my decorations are up, I am planning to wrap
my packages tomorrow, and I still have my Christmas cards to write and a couple of presents to purchase. The weath-
er doesn’t make it seem like Christmas.
   One of our long time members and former treasurer died on November 24. Burnette Knudson Smith, aged 97,
passed away at Pleasant View Lutheran Home. Burnette was our treasurer for nine years. She didn’t use the computer
and she never made a mistake in her figures. We all will miss her smiling face.
   We received a Beta copy of an American Legion Parade for the second district in 1940 in Ottawa. I had it put on a
CD. The streets were packed with people and they said the parade was 4 hours long. It was neat to see all the build-
ings and how they looked in 1940. Another old memory of Ottawa was Santa coming to town in the early 1950s. An
airplane swooped over the courthouse and Santa jumped out in a puff of smoke and landed on the roof of the court-
house. It seemed magical then. I’m not sure if it happened only one year but I still remember it to this day.
   Please remember to renew your membership for 2013. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a great
New Year with a lot of new family information.
                                                         Jenan Jobst, President
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               OCTOBER MEETING
                 20 October 2012                           Jimmy Carter teaching Sunday school in Plains, GA.
                                                           The plan was for this painting to be donated to the
President, Jenan Jobst opened the meeting at 1:00 p.m.     Carter Foundation as a fundraiser piece. It was really
Secretary, Barb Halsey—Minutes read & approved             neat; we got to view the finished product first hand
All bills were paid.                                       before it was donated. Several prints were made as
12 people in attendance.                                   well to be donated. So, if you know Chuck Funk, after
                                                           the auction fundraiser, he will be a famous Presidential
The Society has received pictures of individuals from      Artist. Congratulate him on a job well done as the
the Freedom township area. We are researching the          painting was beautiful.
ones with names. All unmarked photos will be left as          I enjoyed this program very much and hope that I
is for now.                                                may acquire Mr. Farabaugh to speak for the Sheridan
                                                           Historical Society sometime in the near future.
The Sheridan Historical Society is hosting a program
given by Bob Jornlin of the LST Association on No-                 Sandy Vahl, Co-Secretary
vember 5, 2012.

Our guest speaker was Kane Farabaugh a graduate of              LASALLE PEOPLE MUST MARRY AGAIN
Milton Pope and resident of Ottawa. He brought a                         Supreme Court Ruling
guest of his own, Chuck Funk. Kane was a broadcaster                      Hits Those Divorced
in the Air Force where he originally started his career.                Who Married Too Soon
He currently works for the Voice of America, the larg-
est broadcaster in the world. VOA cannot broadcast in         LaSalle County couples who ignored the law provid-
the United States as they compete with NBC, CBS and        ing against marriage within one year after the granting
other local stations. You can view Kane on the internet    of a divorce are now contemplating another marriage in
at www.VOA.com. His reporting is done in English           order that their respectability, property rights and legiti-
and translated/re-created in other languages around the    macy of their children may be protected.
world. He works in the Midwest and travels extensive-         About a year ago, the Appellate Court ruled that the
ly.                                                        marriage of a divorced person within one year from the
    Mr. Farabaugh is a collector of Presidential Signa-    date the divorce was not legal, even though it were per-
tures and through his contact with VOA and interviews      formed in another state, and this decision is upheld by
he has managed to receive autographed copies of every      the Supreme Court.
living Presidents book. Mr. Farabaugh has appeared on         The position of divorced persons remarried within a
Pawn Stars on the History channel and sold one of his      year is outlined as follows by the Supreme Court and
autographed books. I missed that episode and forgot to     Judges of lower courts:
ask what he received for it. He will be coming back to        Persons living under interdicted ties, even if con-
speak again in January 2013, so I will ask him then.       tracted in another state, are practically in a state of adul-
    The main topic of interest he spoke about today was    tery, no marriage existing, and the ties will not be rec-
President Jimmy Carter. Mr. Farabaughhas inter-            ognized in Illinois Courts.
viewed and met with him several times. Every book             Neither party to the marriage has a property claim
President Carter has ever written he has interviewed       upon the other.
and received his signed copy. Mr. Farabaugh clearly           Legitimacy of children is liable to be a matter of de-
recommends “An Hour Before Daylight” as a good             bate in connection with wills and estates.
read. He states that President Carter donates all the         Voluntary exile from Illinois, in other states or in
monies he is paid to speak at various functions to the     foreign countries, does not give strength to property
Carter Center. President Carter teaches Sunday school      rights in Illinois.
at his local church whenever he is in Plains, Georgia.                               Daily Republican Times
A DVD to view on Jimmy Carter is “A man from                                         19 December 1912
Plains.” We saw several interviews that Mr. Farabaugh
did with President Carter. Mr. Farabaugh also stated         
that President Carter always expected you to be ready
when he arrived so as not to waste any of his time.             MAY YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL 2013
    Mr. Farabaugh arranged for Mr. Chuck Funk, who
owns Wide Water Gallery in Ottawa to Paint President
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        PLACES TO GO—THINGS TO DO                                              THANK YOU
                    13 March 2013
       Louisville Public Library Genealogy Day                 Members and guests often add a donation to their
                                                            membership fees and/or their fees for copies and ser-
  At Genealogy Day @the Library, the Louisville Free        vices. We would like to thank the following people
  Public Library offers a variety of informative seminars   that have donated between $10.00 and $99 dollars to
  that beginning and experienced family history re-         the Guild.
  searchers will enjoy. Hear experts on the Conducting              Maylo Hranac
  and Preserving Oral Family History to Successful                  Joe Ferrero
  Fundraising Techniques for Struggling Societies; So-              James Kay
  cial Networking for Genealogists to Searching Early               Janice Royalty
  Kentucky Land Records – among others. Located in                  David W. Hundt
  the heart of downtown Louisville, conference at-                  Glenn & Mary Ruth Clayton
  tendees will find many affordable places to see and               Leo Morris
  stay (visit www.gotolouisville.com) – and best of all,            Don & Anna Mattes
  Genealogy Day @The Library is FREE! For more in-                  Erika Schmidt
  formation and to see the complete list of seminar top-            Josephine “Jodie” Sterba
  ics and speakers, go to www.lfpl.org/genealogy.html.
                                                            An extra special thank you to the following who have
                                                            donated between $100 to $300 to the Guild.

                                                                   Marcia Rogers
                   CONDOLENCES                                     Donna Stewart
                                                                   Catherine F. Morris
 We offer our sympathy to the family of
Burnette Knudson Smith who passed away                      Thank you so much, your donations are very much
November 24, 2012. May she rest in                          appreciated.
peace.
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 Holiday Inn Express: 120 W. Stevenson Road, phone
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 (800) 800-8000                                                              Genealogy Tip of the Day
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           FAMILYSEARCH UPDATE:                                       THE COUNTY INFIRMARY

  New Records Added for Australia, Brazil, Canada,             The first public attempt to provide for the poor of
  Chile, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, and the United      the county was made in 1838, when Joseph Cloud
                       States.                             was appointed by the County Commissioners agent to
The following announcement was written by Fami-            purchase or rent land on which to secure a home for
lySearch:                                                  the indigent. In June of that year Asher Lane was
                                                           hired to board the poor, and in September, 1839, a
    FamilySearch added an additional 16.3 million new,     poorhouse was established, and Mr. Lane continued
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tion. Notable additions include the 1,984,100 records      was continued until 1850, when the farm which had
for the United States, World War I Draft Registration      been purchased in 1839, was sold, and the proceeds
Cards from 1917-1918, the 2,056,187 added to U.S.,         applied to board the poor by those considered proper
California, Probate Estate Files from 1833-1991, and       to take care of them. This arrangement did not prove
the 1,610,053 added to the new British Columbia, Can-      satisfactory, and in October, 1851, Wells Wait, Giles
ada, collections. Other new searchable collections         W. Jackson, and Sylvanus Cook were appointed a
online were added this week for Australia, Brazil, Can-    committee to have charge of the county poor there
ada, Chile, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, and the United   until September, 1853, when they purchased eighty
States…. Search these diverse collections and more         acres of Mr. J. O. Glover for $800, and erected there-
than 3.5 billion other records for free at Fami-           on the necessary building. Here the county poor were
lySearch.org.                                              kept until the completion of the present infirmary.
    Searchable historic records are made available on      The present county farm comprises one hundred and
FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of vol-     ten acres of excellent land. It was purchased in No-
unteers around the world. These volunteers transcribe      vember, 1874, and contains one hundred and ten
(index) information from digital copies of handwritten     acres of excellent land. The present infirmary, one of
records to make them easily searchable online. More        the best in the State, cost, including its heating appa-
volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read     ratus and gas fixtures, $51,275. The farm cost
foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number      $6,600. The superintendent is Mr. G.W. Jackson; the
of digital images being published online at Fami-          warden, Mr. B.B. Arnold.
lySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help
provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical           The Past and Present of LaSalle County,
records online at FamilySearch.org.                                Illinois, Chicago, 1877, Pg. 274
    FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization
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FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn                    ANCESTRAL PRIDE
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pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been          “Do you still want this genealogy?” asked the
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                                                           wife. That’s not a very proud record, is it?”
        Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter                 “I should say it is. Shows how the family is get-
        4 December 2012	                                   ting better each generation. I’m an improvement on
                                                           the whole bunch– never been in jail yet. Let me
                                                           have those records. I’m proud of them.”
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        SHIPBUILDING IN A CORNFIELD                                Focus on the Past: A LaSalle County
                                                                   Sesquicentennial Collection by Robert T.
     A most unlikely choice for the shipbuilding industry          Burns, 1981, pg. 37
during World War II was the Seneca Shipyard in which
157 LST’s (tank landing ships capable of delivering sup-                THEY BLAZED THE TRAIL
plies, armament and men to enemy infested shores dur-
ing the great war) were built.                                  One of the most renowned leaders of the county in
     After Pearl Harbor the government, on the defensive    the earlier days was Judge John Dean Caton, Ottawa,
for several months, called for the construction of the      who rose to the Illinois Supreme court and became
large ships with shallow draft and with huge doors and      Chief Justice. He was one of the very first practicing
ramp capable of unloading cargo in shallow waters while     lawyers in Chicago, after arrival from New York in
also having armament capable of defending themselves.       1833. LaSalle County became his home in 1842 where
     Thus was born the Seneca project in 1942, soon to be   he attained prominence and amassed a considerable for-
a successful and bustling hive of activity under supervi-   tune.
sion of the late Donald Leach, picked by the Chicago            Judge Caton was avidly interested in early Indian
Bridge and Iron Company to handle the job. Not a ship-      history.     Tradition has it that an Indian named
builder but a competent administrator, engineer and in-     Meachelle, who had been a 10-year-old Pottawatomi
novative leader, Leach and his company accomplished         lad at the siege of Starved Rock in 1769, related his sto-
the nearly impossible task. Along a three-quarter mile      ry much later to Judge Caton and he in turn put it into
waterfront on 200 acres of farm land, they removed          writing in a paper he read to the Chicago Historical So-
300,000 cubic yards of overlay, leaving a flat slab of      ciety in 1870. This account supplies much of the mate-
2,000 square feet of sandstone, then they supervised the    rial upon which the semi-legendary occurrence is
digging of three wells supplying a half million gallons     known today.
daily during peak operations.
     The first ship, delivered in January, 1943, was fol-
lowed by the 40th in December, 21 days ahead of its             Once knows as the village of Homer, the settlement
contract. In producing the record 157 vessels, the pro-     of Troy Grove is noted for its friendly folk and for a
    
ject employed 11,000 workers, and the company re-           famed and much publicized native, James Butler Hick-
ceived major awards for beating deadlines while main-       ok, better known to Western buffs as Wild Bill.
taining lowest cost among all firms building the LST’s.         The famed frontiersman, who had acquired his skill
     The 3-deck vessel, 327 feet long and with a 50 foot    with the shooting iron while roaming his beloved Little
beam and 20 to 28 feet in height, would slap into the       Vermilion River country near the village while hunting
Illinois River on launching day at the spectacular speed    down coyotes or prairie wolves for 50 cents bounty per
of 22 to 28 miles per hour at conclusion of the 327-foot    scalp, launched himself on a career of fame by the mis-
slide.                                                      taken belief that he had committed murder.
     Dubbed “The Ugly Duckling,” “Wonder Ship of the            Bullied by one Charlie Hudson while young Hickok
Navy,” and other terms by men aboard the crafts, the        worked as a mule driver on the Illinois-Michigan Canal,
LST’s from the LaSalle County cornfields became in-         the youth had lit into his tormentor with flailing fists
volved in every invasion front—North Africa, Norman-        and a vow to victory as he had sought to avenge the
dy, Okinawa, New Guinea, Leyte Gulf, Luzon and other        countless insults to which he had been subjected.
area.                                                       Writhing and twisting and striving for clutchholds, the
     Such a project led to an entirely different demand     combatants slipped into the canal waters. Passions un-
upon Seneca and nearby communities for housing, much        dimmed by the dunking, the fighters thrashed fiercely,
of which was supplied by federal help, with many of the     each intent upon winning the struggle. Finally, Charlie,
homes still serving local residents. Heavy demands up-      the bully relaxed and disappeared. The winner, as-
on the schools was another adjunct of the great invasion    sessing the situation, decided that murder, though pro-
of workers.                                                 voked had been done and set out for a new country.
     LaSalle County Historical Society’s Museum con-            Although he was later to learn that Charlie Hudson’s
tains a memento of the valiant effort on the home front     buddies had finally managed to revive him, Hickok’s
during the war. It’s a scale model encased in a hermeti-    career led him to St. Louis, thence to a constable’s job
cally-sealed covering, showing the exact appearance of      in Missouri at the age of 21, then as driver of a stage
the LST. It was made possible as a display by the Chica-    coach through the Raton Pass on the Santa Fe Trail and
go Bridge and Iron Company.                                 to an encounter with an enraged she-bear which
                                                                             (continued on page 7)
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(con’t from page 6)                                                  MORE THAN A PAPER TRAIL
wounded the young man so fiercely that he returned to
Troy Grove for recuperation.                                    In creating digital copies of marriage records, I
    Then young Hickok, whose parents were college           came across a very unusual affidavit. When I read it, I
graduates in the East before they had come to the raw       was reminded of a very unusual obituary that I had
Illinois country, returned to the frontier, became an       reviewed some years ago. Both of these pieces of pa-
agent for the Overland Stage and Pony Express compa-        per trail (what most genealogists like to make use of)
ny at the Rock Creek Station in southeastern Nebraska,      go far beyond the simple statement of WHEN and
where the blood was destined to flow copiously during       WHERE a particular action took place. The following
Civil War days.                                             two records illustrate how some of a family’s paper
    There Bill became involved with another bully of        trail can actually record emotions in addition to dates
sorts, the McCanless gang. In a provoked encounter by       and actions.
the Rebel sympathizers against the man of Troy Grove,
Bill shot three of the tormentors and the story skyrock-    Item #1 Ottawa newspaper obituary, for one Patrick
eted far beyond the realm of reality from the pen of        Ryan, which appeared on 14 April 1894 (partial tran-
George Ward Nichols, writing in Harpers for February        script)
1867. Nichols embellished the account to the extent of
describing Bill’s killing of ten members of the gang,       “….died at noon yesterday, aged about 90 years. He
stacking the bodies atop one another and suffering          leaves three worthless sons, who made his life misera-
some dozen perforations in the process.                     ble for twenty years.   His funeral took place at 1:30
    After a stint as U.W. Army scout during the War,        o’clock this afternoon. (there is no record in our
Bill continued such duties during the various Indian        LSCGG cemetery database for this burial.)
troubles and was known by General George Custer
who died at the Little Big Horn River. Further exploits     Item #2 marriage record for William L. Burlingame
of the plainsman from Illinois included service as mar-     and Catherine J. Morse who were married 17 Nov
shal of Hays City and Abilene, Kansas, and a stint with     1863 (certificate #2536) The following is a transcrip-
Buffalo Bill Cody’s famed production “Scouts of the         tion of the affidavit of the bride’s mother)
Plains,” blanks near the legs of the painted “Indians” of
the production which sent the outraged actors into sud-     “Dear Sir
den and never-excelled contortions or new versions of          My oldest daughter miss Catherine J. Morse has
the Indian dance.                                           been a three years = lover of this young mute (?)(sic
    Bill fell in love with a widow in 1876, married her     Go) L. Burlingame—I have always told him to marry
and almost immediately left for the Dakota country to       her. Some times my husband is in Cincinnati O and
prospect for gold. One of the fastest guns in the West.     has told me often that he wanted the lover to marry her
Hickok died at the hands of a cowardly youth who shot       immediately.
the great frontiersman in the back. Hickok is buried in
Deadwood, South Dakota.                                        I have consented that Mr. Burlingame will have my
                                                            daughter as he is a very good hearted and benevolent
        Focus on the Past: A LaSalle County                 man—he has tried to make her and me too comforta-
        Sesquicentennial Collection by Robert T.            ble in all his ways.
        Burns, 1981, pgs. 18 & 19
                                                            Yrs very Respy     H.J. Morse
                   VOLUNTEERS
                                                                    Contributed by James F. Keating
   Volunteers are always welcome and needed at the                  LSCGG Member
LaSalle County Genealogy Guild. If you have an
hour or two or more please visit the Guild and we will
find a job that will fit into your schedule and prefer-
ence. We can always use help with filing assisting            If you have an interesting article, family event, his-
researchers, straightening up shelves, indexing donat-        toric happening, etc. that you would like to share.
ed materials, etc. We are open on Monday and Satur-           you may sent it to the Guild or e-mail it and we will
day and have Tuesday set aside as a work day. You             see if it can be published in a newsletter.
can call or come in and speak to Jenan about volun-
teering.
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                   THE CHURCHES                              erection of their present church. The congregation is small,
                   (Town of LaSalle)                         and does not now sustain a regular pastor.

    Fathers Rowe and Parodi, in the year1838, erected a                              THE PRESS
small log church on the site of the present Brothers’
Academy. This was the first church in LaSalle, and in            The oldest paper in the city, the LaSalle Press, is now in
it was gathered the nucleus of what is now the largest       its twenty-first year. The first paper in town was the Stand-
church in the city. The congregation of St. Patrick’s        ard, which gave place to the Herald, which in turn gave
Church continued to worship in this log structure until      place to the Watchman, which was merged into the Press.
the erection of the present cathedral the largest church     The later has an excellent reputation, and until the advent
in LaSalle, begun in 1846 and completed in 1852.             of the Independent in 1874, was the only paper published
Now the congregation has nearly three thousand mem-          here. “The editor is R.E. Stephens, the proprietor E.C.
bers. Rev. Mark Anthony, the present priest, has had         Webster. The Independent is conducted by Mr. W.M.
charge of the church about twenty-five years. In 1848        Smith, and is now in its third year.
a building was erected at the corner of Fifth and Mar-
quette streets and was used as a Baptist Church and                          The Past and Present of LaSalle County,
school house. The first public school was taught in                          Illinois, Chicago, 1877, Pg. 303 & 304
this. It was subsequently removed, and is now used as
a dwelling. The Polish Catholic Church has been orga-
nized about three years. They erected a very comforta-
ble church, costing about five thousand dollars. They
have about fifty members, and are under the ministry of        If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead
Father Wenker. A German Lutheran Church has been               and rotten; Either write things worthy of reading, or do
organized since 1871. They purchased the old Method-           things worthy of writing." -- Benjamin Franklin, May
ist Church, which they have since refitted and repaired.
                                                               1738
The Methodist Episcopal Church is one of the oldest in
LaSalle. Owing to a lack of records, and the fact that
few if any of the original members are now here, the
early history of this congregation is not easily obtained.                     IMAGES OF OTTAWA
They sold their old church, which had served them
many years, to the German Lutherans for years ago,              The 2013 calendar “Images of Ottawa” by Chuck
and by 1874 completed their present comfortable struc-          Funk is now on sale at the Guild. The calendar is
ture. It cost a little over $12,000. There are at present       $20.00 and we will pay the postage if ordered by
over two hundred members, and nearly that number                phone or e-mail. You can also pick one up at the
enrolled as Sunday school scholars.                             Guild, the Ottawa Scouting Museum or Wide Water
    The Congregational Church was organized on the              Gallery on Court street in Ottawa.
13th of June, 1852, with fourteen members. They had
already erected a church, as an organization had been
practically formed ten years before. Of the original                 THREE BOOKS BY JOHN A. HILLIARD
fourteen the following are still members: Mr. and Mrs.
D. Lathrop, Mr. and Mrs. Haven, and Mrs. Brown. The             The following books are being reprinted and will be
first pastor was Rev. W.H. Collins, who remained from           available through Amazon.com.
1852 to 1858. The next was Rev. L.F. Waldo, who
remained one year. Rev. Wm. Lyman was pastor from               1. The I & M Canal at Ottawa, Illinois
January, 1862, to January 1863, and Rev. Henry                          Important Events of the Past To Interesting
Durham from April of that year until 1865. Rev. Wm.                     Trivia of the Present
Payson remained from 1866 to 1868, and Rev. N.A.
Prentiss from 1869 to 1873. Rev. F. Bascom was in               2. Photographic Sketch Book of Old Ottawa, Illinois
charge one year, and in July, 1874, the present pastor,               and Vicinity—1850s to 1930s
Rev. J.C. Myers, was called. The congregation still
occupy the church erected at their early organization,          3. The Illinois & Michigan Canal at Ottawa, Illinois
and now number over eighty members. The Baptist                        During the 1920s and Early 1930s
congregation occupied the building erected in 1848
for their use and that of the public schools until the
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                                                                         (Limit of 10 LaSalle County Surnames Please) 
    The Surname Index is now on the Internet.  If someone is interested in your  
   Surname can the Guild give out your name and address?                                                         YES ____      NO ____ 
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  Inside January/February 2013
        President’s Letter
        Places to Go—Things to Do
        Memberships
        Shipbuilding in the Cornfield




 LaSalle County Genealogy Guild
                                          1891-1911 20th ANNIVERSARY         1876 ATLAS & 1870 MAP of
      Publications for Sale                                                  LaSALLE COUNTY Price $40.00 +
                                          COMMEMORATIVE         ISSUE
1892 PLAT BOOK OF LaSALLE                 LaSALLE TRIBUNE 1996 reprint.      $4.00 P&H Hard bound, 245 pages, in-
CO., IL $35.00 + $4.00 P&H. 92 pag-                                          dexed and 115 etchings of farms and
                                          $35.00 + $4.00 P&H
es of original text plus 33 pages every                                      buildings.
name index. Hard bound, acid free         1899 LaSALLE COUNTY PATRIOT-
paper.                                    IC ROSTER Price $10.00 + $2.00     BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES BY
                                                                             JOHN G. ARMSTRONG prepared by
                                          P&H                                David W. Mumper
1850 LaSALLE COUNTY FEDERAL
CENSUS $25.00 + $5.00 P&H. 425            1886 HISTORY OF LaSALLE
pages includes index. Hard bound on                                          PHOTOGRAHPIC SKETCH BOOK OF
                                          COUNTY Index Only—Vols. 1 and 2
acid free paper.                                                             OLD OTTAWA , ILLINOIS & VICINI-
                                          1906 HISTORY OF LaSALLE            TY 1850S—1930 by Jack Hilliard
                                          COUNTY Index Only Price $16.00 +
1870 LaSALLE COUNTY FEDERAL                                                  OLD SCENES OF OTTAWA by Bob
                                          $3.00 P & H                        Jordan & Jim Ridings, hardbound,
CENSUS VOLUMES I & II. Price:
Vol I $25.00 + $5.00 P&H; Vol. II         1924 LaSALLE COUNTY HISTORY        $20.00 + $3.00 P&H
                                          Index Only Price $21.00 + $3.00    CITADEL OF SIN—the John Looney
$25.00 + $5.00 P&H. Books are hard                                           Story by Richard Hamer & Roger
                                          P&H
bound on acid free paper with index.                                         Ruthhart $20.00 + $4.00 P & H
1880 LaSALLE COUNTY FEDERAL               CANAL TOWN—Ottawa—$25.00 +          Cemeteries
CENSUS, VOLUMES I & II Each               $4.00 P&H                          Vermillionville Cemetery (Deer Park
volume $25.00 + $5.00 P&H. Hard                                              Twp.) Price $6.00 + $2.50 P&H
                                                                             Calvary Cemetery (Ottawa Twp) $6.00 +
bound on acid free paper with index.                                         $2.50 P&H
1867 OTTAWA, IL CENSUS (Done                                                  Hillcrest Cemetery, (Bruce Twp.)
by the Board of Education), heads of
                                                                             We have other cemeteries that we can
household, address, where employed.                                          send on CD rom if you are interested.
$10.00 + $2.00 .                                                             Please inquire by e-mail or phone.

				
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