The Old Settlers' Picnic 6-22-1892

The Old Settlers.

Originally Published in the Kendall County Record, June 22, 1892.
Edited and Compiled by Elmer Dickson.

Last Thursday was as nice a day as could be wished for by the old settlers of Kendall County for their annual picnic. In fact it was too good a day to secure a very large attendance of the farmer citizens, a great many of whom were far behind in their labors. The continued wet weather had delayed corn planting and other seasonable work to such an extent that a great many felt it necessary to stay at home and improve the day. But there was a fair attendance not withstanding. The morning trains brought quite a number from neighboring villages and the country people swelled the crowd until there were several hundred people on the Fair Grounds by noon to engage in the festivities of a picnic dinner.

At half-past one o'clock the crowd was called to order by President Aaron M. Boomer, and the exercises of the day were held in Agricultural Hall.

There was a song by Professor and Mrs. Marcellus Evans. An Old Settler's picnic in Kendall County would not seem complete without them. Their singing is always enjoyed by all. Reverent J. G. Haigh offered prayer, and then Mr. John R. Marshall made the welcome address in a very pleasing manner.

Reverend J. H. Acton of Aurora, who was to have responded, was detained at home to attend a big wedding, so Reverend Joseph H. Reid of NaAuSay made the address. His speech pleased the crowd very much and he will henceforth be solid with Kendall County's pioneers. Mrs. Smith G. Minkler followed him with a short talk that was of much interest to the old people. Following his talk, Secretary Newell read the necrological report. Fifty-eight deaths is the record for the year just passed, a much larger number than for any pervious year. Here are the names of those who have 'Gone to a better land:'

Little Rock, John Wheeler, died March 20, 1891, aged 76 years. He came here in 1835.

Newark, Thomas Shaw, died April 17, 1891, in the 83rd year of his age. He came to Kendall County in 1842.

Oswego, David C. Jeneson, died July 13, 1891, aged 67 years. He came to this country in 1846.

Kendall, William Graham, died July 20 1891, in the 62nd year of his age. He came to Lockport, Illinois in 1838, and to Yorkville, in 1843.

Bristol, Patrick Kennedy, died July 17, 1891, in the 63rd year of his age. He came to this country in 1851 and to Bristol in 1856.

Oswego, William Strossman, died July 30 1891, aged 76 years. He came here in 1842.

Seward, Samuel McCloud, died July 31, 1891, aged 91 years. He came to this county in 1838.

Oswego, Bessie Jeneson, died August 3, 1891. She came to this country in 1846.

Little Rock, Joseph S. Bibbins, died August 18, 1891, in the 70th

year of his age. He came to this county in 1840.

Oswego, Mrs. Eleanor (Young) Wormley, died September 2, 1891, in the 64th year of her age. She came to this county in 1842.

Fox, George Johnson, died September30, 1891, in the 87th year of his age. He came to this county in 1849.

Little Rock, Hannibal Doty, died October 12, 1891, aged 54 years. He came to this county in 1842.

Oswego, Mrs. Alida Catherine (Vanevra) Loucks, died November 6, 1891 in the 57th year of her age. She came to this county in 1854.   

Little Rock, Joseph Mihm, died October 31, 1891, in the 65th year of his age. He came here about 1845.

Bristol, Elvira Elizabeth 'Vira' Lane, died December 10, 1891, aged 47 years. She was born in this town October 30, 1844.

Little Rock, John Cox, died November 28, 1891, in the 86th year of his age. He came to Kendall County in June, 1844.

Bristol, Mrs. Rachel L. (Williams) Arnold, died November 25, 1891, in the 72nd year of her age. She came to Bristol in 1852.

Bristol, Livingston O'Brien, died December 2, 1891, aged 70 years. He came to Kendall County in October 1845.

Fox, Mrs. Freelove (VanTassel) Serrine, died December 30, 1891, aged 83 years. She came to Kendall County in 1838.

James Kimball died January 4, 1892, in the 92nd year of his age. He came to Kendall County in 1845.

Little Rock, Mrs. Elizabeth (Walrath) Shonts, died January 8, 1892, in the 93rd year of her age. She came to Little Rock Township in 1842.

Big Grove, Mrs. Katherine (Newkirk) Vreeland, died January 10, 1892 in the 85th year of her age. She came to Big Grove Township in 1856.

Kendall, Joseph Clark, died January 20, 1892, in the 70th year of his age. He came to this county in 1853.

Little Rock, Sherrill Houghtaylen, died January 19, 1892, in the 82nd year of his age. He came to Little Rock Township in 1844.

Lisbon, George Long, died January 24, 1892, in the 62nd year of his age. He came here in 1845.

Plattville, Mrs. Cemantha (Seely) Ricketson, died January 29, 1892, in the 76th year of her age. She came here in 1834, lived in Joliet and Plainfield until 1837, when she moved to Plattville.

Kendall, Alexander Small, died February 12, 1892, aged 72 years. He came to the town of Oswego, in 1847.

Oswego, Mrs. Catherine (Townsend) Chapman died February 20, 1892, aged 77 years. She came with her parents to the town of Oswego in 1834.

Kendall, Mrs. Mary Harris, (2nd Mrs. William) died February 21, 1892, aged about 80 years. She came to Kendall County in 1850.

Newark, Mrs. Sarah 'Sally' (Webster) Redfield died February 21, 1892 in the 86th year of her age. She came to Lisbon in 1851.

Newark, Hiram Havenhill, died February 26, 1892, aged 77 years. He came to Kendall County in 1833.

Newark, Elias T. Killmer, died March 1, 1892, aged 91 years. He came to Newark in 1846.

Aurora, Mrs. Sarah J. Beaupre, died March 10, 1892, aged 71 years. She came into this county in 1835 and it was her request to be numbered among the early settlers of Kendall County.

Kendall, Ephraim Moulton, died March 10, 1892, aged 87 years. He came to Kendall Township in 1850.

Oswego, Charles Avery, died March 18, 1892, aged 76 years. He had lived in Oswego over 50 years.

Bristol, Joshua Nelson Austin, died March 19, 1892, in the 85th year of his age. He came to Kendall Township in 1837.

Bristol, William Bertram, died March 21, 1892, aged 88 years. He came to this county in 1843.

Plano, Mrs. Mary Ann (Page) Cook, died March 30, 1892, aged 77 years. She came to Plano in 1838.

Bristol, Mrs. Jeannette (Campbell) Bertram, died March 30, 1892, aged 81 years. She came to Bristol Township in 1845.

Bristol, James Young, died April 6, 1892, in the 69th year of his age. He came to the county in 1842.

Little Rock, Abraham Darnell, died April 15, 1892, aged 86 years. He came to this county in 1835.

Bristol, John H. Wormley, died April 16, 1892, aged 85 years. He came to Oswego Township in October 1833.

Oswego, Mrs. Roxanna (Ashley) Parkhurst, died April 21, 1892, in the 81st year of her age. She came to Kendall County in 1836.

Fox, David S. Hollenback, died April 22, 1892, in the 69th year of his age. He came to Kendall County in 1831.

Little Rock, Mrs. Almira (Hart) Tolman, died April 22, 1892, in the 68th year of her age. She came to Little Rock in 1839.

Newark, Nathaniel Pease Barnard, Sr. died April 26, 1892, in the 87th year of his age. He came to this county in 1836.

Bristol, Julia Elizabeth (Knox) Young, died May 1, 1892, in the 50th year of her age. She was born in the town of Bristol August 3, 1842.

Bristol, Mrs. Hannah (Barron) McMurtrie, died May 17, 1892, in the 74th year of her age. She came to this country in the spring of 1846.

Newark, Warren Brainard, died May 20, 1892, aged 45. He was born in Newark October 7, 1847 and had lived there all his life.

Kendall, Abraham Waite, died June 3, 1892 in the 78th year of his age.

Kendall, James Stansel died June 5, 1892, in the 76th year of his age. He came here in 1842.

Oswego, Senath (Bond) Collins, died August 27, 1891, in the 81st year of her age. She came here in 1843.

Bristol, Bryan Noonan, died May 30, 1892. No particulars were given.

Big Grove, Boletta 'Lettie' Osman, died June 28, 1891, in the 40th year of her age.

Big Grove, Paul V. Wunder, died July 22, 1891, in his 76th year of his age.

Big Grove, Cynthia B. (Gabrion) Riordan, died November 12, 1892, aged 58 years.

Big Grove, Louisa (Howes) Worsley, died November 19, 1891, aged 72 years. She came here in 1844.

Big Grove, Elsebo 'Elsie' (Bolster) Lee, died January 16, 1892, aged 75 years.

            The election of officers then took place. George M. Cowdrey was elected President and John A. Newell continued as Secretary.

A resolution was passed authorizing the officers to fix the time of holding the next picnic as their judgment should deem best, which completed the program.

It can truly be said that, although the attendance was much smaller than usual, all enjoyed the day. These gatherings are looked forward to by the old settlers with great anticipation. The Record's wish is; may they all live to attend many more of them.

A band composed of Oswego and Yorkville musicians played several of their best pieces during the day, a number of songs were sung by Professor and Mrs. Marcellus Evans making the musical part of the day satisfactory to all.



Last Modified on 2012-12-21 05:04:52-0600 CST by Elmer Dickson