A Sketch of Millington in August 1878
A Sketch of Millington in August 1878
By a Wandering Minstrel
Published in the Kendall County Record, August 15, 1878
Edited & compiled by Elmer Dickson
In making a short trip to Streator, and hearing a good deal said about Millington, I thought I would stop over for a night, and become somewhat posted so far as a few passing hours would admit. A few of the leading points of interest of the place are noted. I think I am justified in saying all the glowing allusions made in print or otherwise do not more than come up to the real representations given.
The village is beautifully located, near the Fox River, and on the Fox River branch of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. It nestles in the bosom of one of the best agricultural districts in the state. Its local advantages are not lacking to make it healthy and desirable. In point of interest it is far superior to many other places. The bluff commanding the town is just above the level of the village. It is one of the best places to build to be found in the state.
There are two hotels in this village. No better can be found in any country place this side of Chicago. One of them, I was fortunate to become the guest of. It is the only one of which I shall speak. The house of W. H. Gunsul, or Austin House, as it is commonly called, is ably kept. I found the house in good order, newly painted, clean and comfortable. The proprietor is gentlemanly and courteous, with good accommodations. A livery stable is attached to the premises. In a cozy little place at the end of the house near the railroad, under the shade of some fine young growing trees, a party of ladies and gentlemen were enjoying themselves with a game of croquet. Had your correspondent more time he would like to enlarge and give a more extended notice of this homelike establishment.
The tile works, which have been built this spring and summer, are now in running order. It is turning out (field drain) tile in a rapid and successful manner. The tile is said to be of very superior kind. The establishment is under the supervision of Joseph Jackson. The company is owned in partnership with Griswold and Gillette, of Aurora.
The noted white sand, which is found here, makes a formidable source of wealth to the place, when its resources can be more fully developed. The sandbank is leased and worked by F. M. Corby, of Chicago. They are shipping by rail from five to eight carloads per week. The woolen factory is not running now, owing to the pressure of the times.
The cheese factory, owned and run by L. H. Partridge, is receiving about 3,000 pounds of milk a day. This is a rather small percentage for one of the best factories in the state. The grain elevator is receiving and shipping by rail quite an amount of grain daily. The coal and lumberyard of Serrine & Son, is doing a fair and prosperous business. Serrine & Son also maintain a livestock business where hogs, cattle and sheep are bought locally and shipped to market.
The merchants complain of rather stringent times, though having a fair trade. There seems to be but little building going on here. Yet mechanics with their sleeves rolled up find something to do. There are some fine buildings and desirable places of residence. The building and site of E. D. Terry are both an ornament and beautiful location. It would represent the skill and taste of any artisan or mechanic.
And now let me conclude by saying that the stranger with only a meager view of Millington and Millington people would feel confident that there are elements of enterprise to build up a large town when the resources are brought to full development. The Red Ribbon Club (Temperance Group) holds its meetings from week to week. Some of the hardest cases in town have manfully signed the pledge and become sober and worth citizens.