I was hoping to find a marriage announcement in October of 1868 in Stark County, Illinois which just might prove two Simmons women to be sisters (see Rachel Simmons vs Rachel McGrath: The Jury is Still Deliberating). So I inter-library loaned a reel of microfilm of the Stark County News which covered from 1864 to 1871. Unfortunately there were lapses of time on the reel and the entire year of 1868 was missing. It was a good newspaper for local news items, not so much for obituaries. Here's a sample.
Stark County News, Friday, Dec. 23, 1870
The Teachers Library Association of Stark County are requested to meet at B. G. Hall's office, Saturday, Jan. 7th, 1871. The meeting called for last Saturday postponed itself to a later date. The President, Wm Nowlan, urges a full attendance of members, and all others interested.
Also a meeting of the (Stark County Agricultural) Society on Saturday Jan. 14th, at the Court House at 10 o'clock A. M. A full attendance is requested. J. D. Rhodes, Pres.
Those who have no cow in the family can obtain an excellent extract thereof, at the new cash grocery store of Major Merriman, in the Willitt building. It is a pure article of condensed milk, and may be used for all purposes that milk was formerly used for - except feeding to the pigs, etc.
Mr. Murman has sold his entire stock of groceries to Major Merriman.
Full list of patents for this State issued from U. S. Patent Office, for the week ending
Dec. 13th, 1870 reported for the News by E. Thurlow, Patent Agent, Peoria:
Geo. A Cara, Piper City, tool chest
P Farhnev, Chicago, medical compound and apparatus for mixing
B Giroux, Chicago, attaching boot and shoe heels
J C Jenson, Chicago, tucker for sewing machines
Fannie Wetmore, Chicago, pattern for cutting garments
G A Wilcox, Chicago, weighing wagon
Wm Hartley, Rockford, piston rod packing
G & C Meader, Prairie Center, field corn picker and husker
H C Sieverling, Carrolton, Plow clevis attachment
A J Blakeslee & G C Williams, DuQuon, Steam jet pump
Eugene P Corwin, Washington, buckle
F Fisher, Quincy, cut off for cisterns
Jas M Harper, El Paso, harrow
T E Hammond, Morris, hay elevator and conveyor
J M Hunter, Pennington Point, farmers ?
John Jack, Tiskilwa, vehicle
I Packard & J W Slaight, Lena, coal grate
Wm Walker, Odin, mechanical movement
Messrs Frill & Deaver, of the Toulan Woolen Mills, announce that they desire to close out their large stock of goods, and will sell at reduced rates.