The Old Settlers' Picnic 7-20-1898

Old Settlers' Picnic.

Will be Held at the Fair Grounds, Yorkville, Thursday, August 4.

Originally Published in the Kendall County Record, July 20, 1898.

Edited and Compiled by Elmer Dickson.

That most pleasant event of the whole year to a large number of the citizens of Kendall County, the Old Settler's Picnic is announced to take place Thursday, August 4, on the Yorkville Fair Grounds.

The Program has not been arranged in full yet, but there will be enough to interest old and young.

The Record weather man predicts that there will be a fine rain just before the day set for the picnic, and that a perfect day will be furnished for the occasion. So let everybody commence now to make up their minds to attend this picnic. The following gentlemen are the officers of the association, and each will do his part to make the picnic of 1898 eclipse all others in interest:

President Edmund S. Seely.

Secretary and Treasurer, J Arthur Gale.

Vice Presidents.

Thomas Jefferson Phillips, Newark.

Matthew Budd, Millbrook.

Gilbert 'Denslow' Henning, Plano.         

Aaron M. Boomer, Bristol.

Robert Gilbert Leitch, Yorkville.

Morgan Alexander 'Dick' Skinner, Lisbon.

Ralph Heap, Seward.

Myron L. Wormley, Oswego.

Among the First Pioneers.

Came to Illinois Nearly Seventy Years Ago.

Originally Published in the Kendall County Record, August 2, 1898.

Edited and Compiled by Elmer Dickson.

'When I was in Decatur, Illinois in 1829, it was a new town, just beginning,' said the venerable C. J. 'Oliver' Havenhill in the Record office Thursday as he was making his annual visit to Yorkville. In 1829! Nearly seventy years ago! Do you wonder that the writer looked on his old friend with something of awe and reverence as he listened to the oldest living settler of this section of the state for he came to the Fox River Valley in 1833, after living in Tazewell County for a few years.

And what a privilege to have so mild and gentle a man as a representative of the fathers of the garden state. For C. J. 'Oliver' Havenhill is a man of virtues and honorable living. Seventy years a resident of Illinois, coming as an emigrant from the older State of Kentucky with his parents.

Mr. Havenhill saw this country in its primitive loveliness, and knew the lives of the red men as they roamed over these prairies, what wonderful recollections he must have. Did it ever occur to the Havenhill family that this would be the garden spot of the west and the center of so many industries? It is wonderful to know that this man has lived from the beginning, to almost the completion of our civilization.

Mr. Havenhill lives part of the time with his daughter, Mrs. Fuller, in Sheridan, Illinois, and part of the time with his daughter at Dwight, Illinois, and he is living his latter days in peace and quiet. Once a year and sometimes twice he comes to see his nephew, Asher Douglas Havenhill, and call on some of his old friends. He is always a welcome visitor, and may he continue to live among us for many more days.

The Old Settlers' Picnic.

Originally Published in the Kendall County News, September 28, 1898.

The Oldest Inhabitant Has His Day.

A Necrological Report of the Past Year.

J. D. Russell Delivers an Able Address of Welcome.

Edited and Compiled by Elmer Dickson.

The old settlers of Kendall County held their annual basket picnic on the Fair Grounds in Yorkville last Saturday. As the weather was threatening early in the morning the crowd was not as large as usual. When President Barnes called the people to order in the grandstand there was a crowd of twelve hundred or more. It was the old settlers' day, and they were out to enjoy it.

Reverend S. W. Meek invoked the divine blessing on the old residents of the county who had braved the storms of life to prepare a home for themselves and their posterity. The chorus of thirty voices, under the direction of F. S. Hill, rendered a fine anthem.

Supervisor J. D. Russell, of Oswego, welcomed the old settlers with a hearty greeting. He told them the day was theirs. In fact, he turned the keys of the county to them.

Judge O. A. Barnes of Memphis, MO, a brother of H. P. Barnes of Bristol, delivered an able address. He spoke of the pioneer days, hardships, and the results they were now enjoying; of this his early home and of the great development of Kendall County. Judge Barnes talked for an hour, and his address was highly spoken of by those present.

Perry Armstrong, of Morris, President of the Shabbona Memorial Association, spoke a few words in regard to the Indian Chief who was the white man's friend, and solicited funds to provide a suitable monument for him.

Secretary Gale then read the necrological report. Twenty-nine old settlers have died during the year.

Election of officers then took place. Dr. Robert A. McClelland was elected President and George Van Emmon, Secretary.

This concluded the exercises, and the rest of the afternoon was spent in a social way.

Even picnics cannot be run without money, and a collection amounting to $21.00 was taken, which covered the expenses.


Following is a list of old settlers who have died during the past year.

Joshua Arundale, Lisbon Township, age 79. Died Jan 21, 1898.

Walter Cooke Beane, Fox Township, age 70. Died Sep 16, 1898.

Andrew W. Brodie, Fox Township, age 80. Died Oct 28, 1897.

William Henry Delancy, Bristol Township, age 57. Died Apr 20, 1898.

Esther (VanDuzer) Ferriss, (2nd Mrs. Josiah A.) Oswego Township, age 82. Died Oct ng, 1897.

Thomas Finnie, Fox Township, age 88. Died Aug 29, 1897.

Eva 'Margarette' Faust, (Mrs. George, Sr.) Oswego Township, age 74. Died Aug 1, 1898.

Hannah (Burnham) Green, (Mrs. James Sr.) Bristol Township, age 72. Died Sep 4, 1898.

Mary E. Hanson, Kendall Township, age 70.

Clark B. Haymond, Fox Township, age 79. Died Aug 15, 1898.

Jane Johnson, (Mrs. George) Fox Township, age 93. Died Mar 10, 1898.

William Tucker Kendrick, Little Rock Township, age 69. Died Jan 15, 1898.

David C. Kennedy, Bristol Township, age 78. Died Oct 8, 1897.

Jane (Meyman) Mellor, (Mrs. Kelita) Lisbon Township, age 88. Died Dec 4, 1897.

Henry M. Moore, Bristol Township, age 88. Died Dec 29, 1897.

Ami D. Newton, Kendall Township, age 74. Died Apr 24, 1898.

Susan B. Page, (Mrs. Johan Foster) Oswego Township, age 94. Died Jan 14, 1898.

John Parlett, Oswego Township, age 62.

Dennis E. Petit, Little Rock Township, age 66. Died Aug 23, 1898.

Catherine Regenhardt, Kendall Township, age 77. Died, Nov 28, 1897.

Reverend Peter Andrew Rasmussen, Lisbon Township, age 69. Died Aug 18, 1898.

George Rushton, Seward Township, age 74. Died Aug 14, 1879.

Mary 'Ann' (Gray) Sanders, (Mrs. William) Bristol Township, age 78. Died Jan 13, 1898.

Austin T. D. Searles, Sr. NaAuSay Township, age 71. Died Dec 5, 1897.

David 'Chever' Shepard, Sr. Oswego Township, age 85. Died Jan 20, 1898.

Margaret Schilling, (Mrs. George) Oswego Township, age 76. Died Sep 16, 1897.

Chloe Ann (Whitlock) Stocksledger, Bristol Township, age 79. Died Oct 30, 1897.

Henry W. Wheeler, Sr. NaAuSay Township, age 51. Died Oct 31, 1897.

John P. Williams, Kendall Township, age 80. Died Sep 27, 1897.

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