Oswego in 1869
Published in the Kendall County Record, July 15, 1869
Edited and compiled by Elmer Dickson
On Monday afternoon we drove up to Oswego to see how our neighbors were prospering these dull times. On the road, special attention was paid to the growing crops. We could see nothing anywhere to discourage the farmers between Bristol and Oswego. The corn looked very fine, as clean as it ever is. Wheat appeared to be better than average and we hear of no rust to injure it. Mr. Munday was cutting a field of barley, which stood magnificently. Charley Roberts was just going into his barley as we drove along but the rain that came up in the afternoon stopped operations. The farmers along this road have every reason to rejoice at their good fortune while so many of their fellow laborers south of them are in the weeds and water.
Driving into Oswego we saw the head of A. B. Smith at a window in Union block, and called at his office to hear the news. A. B. complains of dull times, is sanguine the railroad will soon be through the town and the land will be worth more. He took us down to see the "learned hog" on exhibition there but the show was closed and "we couldn't see it." A clerk at Hall's drug store suggests that learned hogs could be seen most anywhere without going to that show. Nothing personal.
Looking across the river we saw on of the finest, if not the best, house in Kendall County. Mr. Parker, the miller, has built it this season. It will cost, when completed, between six and eight thousand dollars.
Ran into see Levi hall, but he had gone to attend a funeral of Mrs. Frank Barry. His store looks as neat as usual. His stock is unsurpassed by any druggist.
Looking into Kenney's we found the same quiet, gentlemanly man of old, who is one of the most affable people in Oswego and an excellent merchant as well. His store looked well.
Haight has had a big rush of business judging from the front windows. Several panes are broken, caused probably by the fall in prices that has been inaugurated at this store. He undoubtedly does a very large trade.
Saw a man going about with a handkerchief tied around his neck, and his head inclined to one side. It was Rank, the postmaster, who has a carbuncle on his neck, and was afflicted greatly. He did not look cheerful.
The saloons were driving a good business.
Fred Coffin was at his post in his well-filled store. Couldn't go to Oswego without calling on Fred.
Mr. Fosgate, of Bristol, has opened an agricultural warehouse in the old "Stone Store."
Down the street further we saw Mr. Young's warehouse well filled with farm machinery of all kinds. He has the finest assortment in Oswego and is liberally patronized by the farmers thereabouts.
Kimball, the liveryman, looked fat and hearty, and is doing a good business.
Looked for "I. B. Urstrulie," but he was probably out looking for items and was not to be seen. ("U. R. Strulie" was the Record correspondent, Oswego postmaster Lorenzo Rank.
Mr. J. R. Simons was in town looking for a reaper. He says last year he got 100 bushels of barley from four acres of ground, This year he has twelve acres in and will get much more.
The wagon makers and blacksmiths were all busy at work, and seemed to have plenty to do.