Matilda Heustis Gallier, Yorkville Pioneer
Mr. & Mrs. Gallier Return for a Visit
Published in the Kendall County Record, September 1906
Edited and compiled by Elmer Dickson
Wednesday night Mr. and Mrs. William Gallier arrived in Yorkville from Oregon for their first visit here for many years. Mr. Gallier was the village blacksmith here 50 years ago. He built the brick shop on the corner of Bridge and Railroad streets now occupied by Paul Graves. In 1869, they left here and went west and have lived on the Pacific coast since. Mrs. Gallier is a daughter of Solomon Heustis and sister-in-law of Daniel Johnson. They were much pleased with the growth of Yorkville and the beauty of its improvements. Mr. Gallier recognizes the old brick shop, the "Cooper Seely" building occupied by Carter & Son, Union Hall and the old Fox River House. The rest is strange to him. He is 80 years old and remarkably active mentally and physically. It seems like a dream to talk with him of the olden times.