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Here you will find historical information from various resources including old newspaper articles transcribed from the old TAMPICO TORNADO,and miscellaneous articles on Tampico, Yorktown and vicinity. Use the site search engine on home page to find specific surnames

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  1921 - DISSOLUTION - M. G. Love & Son
 
  BUSINESS - Tampico Bakery Co., 1921
 
  Tampico-Hooppole Railroad
 
  1897 - F. E. Glassburn Sells Lumber & Coal Business
 
  1897 - David Slye Purchase Tampico House
 
  Scholars of the Ungraded Schools of Whiteside County
 
  WHEELOCK Families - various news articles
 
  THPAC - Tampico Historic Preservation Advisory Committee
 
  1896 - Prophetstown Echo Sold
 
  1890 - May 3 - Dec. 20, Tampico Tornado Gossip Column
 
  1889 - Jan. 5 - April 27, Tampico Tornado Gossip Column
 
  1888 - Tampico Tornado Gossip Column Jan. 7 - Nov. 17, 1888
 
  1887 - Jan. 1 - Dec. 24 - Tampico Tornado Gossip Column
 
  1884 - May 31 - July 12 Tampico Tornado Gossip Column
 
  1886 - TAMPICO TORNADO April 10 - Dec. 25, 1886
 
  2014 - The 86th meeting of the Tampico High School Alumni
 
  1977 - BUSINESS: Schmitt Funeral Home Is End of an Era in Tampico

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  1896 Tampico Gossip Column
 
  1947 - Darby Bros. Purchase Smith Hardware
 
  1936 - TAMPICO BRIEFS
 
  1936 - Royal Blue Grocery Store Opens
 
  1936 - Foy Family Reunion
 
  1946 - ROYAL BLUE STORE is Sold
 
  CIVIL WAR DETAIL REPORT - Marvin Aldrich
 
  Donald P Dronenberg
 
  1929 - Frank Dronenberg obtains marriage license
 
  1920 - Marshang Birth
 
  1973 - Marshang Birth
 
  1888 - Marshang Birth
 
  1928 - Shower for Mr. & Mrs. Marshang
 
  2013 - R&B DUTCH DINER CLOSES DOORS
 
  Sharon Cemetery - Portland Twp., IL
 
  2011 - Reagan Centennial Events
 
  TAMPICO NEWS - Sept. 5, 1944
 
  TAMPICO THEATER
 
  History of Tampico by Hugh Downs of 20/20 1982
 
  1972 -Tampico Native Builds $223 Million Refinery
 
  1952 - Tampico Youth Dies as Cattle Truck Crashes
 
  Botvid Jensen & Annie Larsen
 
  Connell & Langan
 
  1903 - Tampico Gossip Column
 
  Roxana Dow
 
  Lauer Dow and son Durrell
 
  Home of Benjamin Dow 1897
 
  2009 - Whiteside Co. Honor Flight
 
  2009 - Giving Tree
 
  2011 - Fishing Derby
 
  2010 - Fishing Derby
 
  2010 - Historic Marker in Reagan Park
 
  2010 - Tampico Cemetery Walk
 
  Tampico Businesses
 
  1893 - Susie Sipple gets burned
 
  2006 Tampico American Legion Post 574
 
  2011 - Veterans take Honor Flight May 19
 
  1877 - History of Yorktown, Fairfield Twp., Bureau County, IL
 
  2011 - Tampico FUNd Raiser is a Success!
 
  2011 - Tampico Lions Club Annual Easter Egg Walk
 
  1877 - Tampico School Teachers
 
  1877 - Rt 92 to Tampico is surveyed
 
  1898 - Accidental Poisoning by Mrs. Wm. Steadman
 
  2011 - Tampico Lions Club Pancake Breakfast
 
  2011 - Bertha Driessens' 95th Birthday
 
  1874 Assessments of Tornado Damage in Tampico
 
  1932 - Gudgell Builds Garage
 
  2010 - Dedication of Historic Marker in Reagan Park
 
  2010 - PLT School Dist. To Receive $14 million

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  1893 -Tampico News
 
  FINAL SERVICE AT FAIRFIELD CHURCH

 
  2010 - Dear Mr. President. . .

 
  2010 - Help Pave the Way to the Reagan Statue in Reagan Park

 
  1878 - Marriages & Deaths
 
  Tampico Long Range Planning Committee (TALRPC) Minutes for April, 2010
 
  2010 - Wilma Koenig Celebrates 80th Birthday
 
  2010 - MICHAEL REAGAN HELPS CELEBRATE REAGAN'S 99th BIRTHDAY
 
  Former School District Numbers & Names
 
  1998 - Tampico Burglary is Crime of the Month
 
  1933 - Dividend Checks for Depositors (Tampico State Bank)
 
  1885 - Gossip Column
 
  1939 - G. W. Glassburn Birthday
 
  1899 - Dr. P. A. McMillan leased upstairs from Smith Hardware Store
 
  RONALD REAGAN BIRTHDAY PARTY 2009
 
  2008 - Richmond Family Donate to TCB
 
  1925 - CEMETERY DIRECTORS HELD MEETING
 
  1921 - Gifford Yarde
 
  1932 - Birth Announcement of Jim Stevens
 
  1938 - INTERESTING LETTER FROM A. J. WIRTH
 
  2008 - Tampico High School Alumni Banquet
 
  1895 - Engle Purchase Store Bldg from Horace Booth
 
  1920 - First Victory Medal to Dr. H. A. Terry
 
  1947 - Deer Grove Elevator Sold
 
  1946 - TAMPICO THEATRE OPENS FRIDAY NITE
 
  1944 -Injured in Service - Marion Gaskill
 
  1902 - Strouss Barber Shop
 
  1891 - FENTON - PRATT - DENROCK
 
  2008 - Birth: Nathaniel J. Hinton
 
  1947 - Tampico Theatre Open One Year
 
  1919 - Six Legged Pig (Wetzell Farm)
 
  2008 - Milton Gerber Celebrates 90th Birthday
 
  2008 - Lyle Frank - 90th Birthday!
 
  RNA - Prophetstown Chapt. 516
 
  1905 - Mrs. Grace Foy Given $2000
 
  1958 - Movie Is Closed
 
  2008 - Who's Who in Tampico - Spencer Jaquet
 
  1930 - Howell Searcy Body Moved
 
  2007 - Reagan Park Dedication
 
  2007 - Christmas in the Country with Gary & Joan Johnson
 
  2007 - Christmas in the Country - Mini Festival of Trees Auction
 
  1966 - Ronald Reagan Enters Politics
 
  1903 - Commissioners Measure Bridges
 
  1903 - Surprise Party on Miss Jennie Sly
 
  1903 - Yorktown "Country Correpsondence"
 
  1903 - Whippletown - "Country Correspondence"
 
  1903 - New Bedford "Country Correspondence"
 
  1903 - Instructions to RFD Patrons
 
  1903 - Electric Road Buys Site
 
  1932 - History of Christian Church (Church of Christ)
 
  1932 - Pastor and Family Honored at Party
 
  1951 - Marriages Rise in Wake of Korean War
 
  1951 - New Pastor - Joseph Walker
 
  1957-Pastor Holverston Arrives
 
  1957- Pastor Swaney leaves
 
  Denison Family
 
  1966 - Clark Lane Celebrates 90th Birthday
 
  1920-Death of a Mother - Mrs. Charles [Minerva]Hartnell
 
  1908 - Hurt in Runaway (M. R. Lyon)
 
  1967 - J. J. Kepner Honored on 95th Birthday
 
  Teacher's Daily Register 1909-1910
 
  1942 -Donor of Booth Park at Tampico, Mrs. Lovina Booth Will be 92 Next Sunday
 
  1927 - Booth Family Reunion
 
  1927 - Residence Property Sold Last Week (Minerva Lyon)
 
  1943 - Injured in Action (J.W. Glassburn)
 
  1913 - Tampico
 
  1941 - J. M. Reeves in Service Again
 
  1949 - TV Tower - AT&T Works for Coast-to-Coast Television
 
  1912 - Tornado in Tampico
 
  1945 - Estate of Edward Devine
 
  1948 - Hospital Scheme's Backers On Board
 
  James Johnston
 
  Silas B. Hovey
 
  1917 - Frederick A. Brewer
 
  1953 - Engines Gives Up Ghost & So Does Railroad
 
  1877 - R. B. Davis Purchases Lot From Geo. Dee
 
  1917 - P-town Echo Gossip Column
 
  1916 - P-Town Echo Gossip Column
 
  1915 - P-town Echo Gossip Column
 
  1898 Tornado Articles
 
  2007 - RNA Honors Shirley Lester
 
  2007 - TALRPC Minutes for August 2007
 
  Placenames of the 33 Western Counties
 
  Henry Whipple
 
  Mrs. James Welch Honored by Friends
 
  1929 - Another Deplorable Accident in Clinton Takes Toll, Tampico People Victims
 
  1929 - Fr. Egan Named to Succeed Fr. Clancy
 
  1923 - Thompson Review (newspaper) Gossip Column
 
  1929 - Note from Rev Wm. Swenson
 
  1960 - Thank you from A. E. Bennett to Members of M E Church
 
  1966 -Clark Lane Celebrates 90th Birthday
 
  2007 - Giving Tree Tea Party in the Park
 
  1933 - Willing Workers Met Saturday
 
  1933 - Fine Easter Program
 
  1957 - Several Groups Held Meetings
 
  1934 - PASTOR AND FAMIY TENDERED RECEPTION
 
  1934 - FAREWELL FOR PASTOR AND FAMILY
 
  1932 - Pastor and Family Given Welcome
 
  1942 - Patrick Kelly Observes 102nd Birthday
 
  1942 - Commencement Program (high school)
 
  1905 Gossip Column - Leon
 
  1918 - Tampico Youth Missing Since October 23rd (Archie A. Yarde)
 
  1944 -NEWS OF THOSE IN SERVICE
 
  1907 - Tampico Met Defeat (baseball)
 
  1907 - Thackaberry's Receive Visit
 
  1907 - Informal Tea Party (Myrtle Emmons)
 
  1907 - Broke a Bone in Leg (Ed Rouse)
 
  1907 - Much Damage by Lightning
 
  1907 - Had Narrow Escape (Jos. Teach)
 
  1907 - Old Settlers' Picnic
 
  1907 - Shultz's Barn Burned
 
  1907 - Finished the Survey (ditch north of town)
 
  1907 - George W. Howe is Bankrupt
 
  1907 - He Invents Ditching Plow (J. H. Milligan)
 
  1907 - Mrs. James McNally gets new eye
 
  1907 - Chancery Notice - Last Will & Testament of J. W. White
 
  1907 - Tampico Merchants on Top
 
  1907 - Tampico Out-Spells Chicago
 
  1907 - Broke Finger Pulling Off Sock (M. R. Lyon)
 
  1907 - Shredder Maims His Arm (Wm. Kilroy)
 
  1960 - Retires From Business - Sells Barber Business
 
  THPAC - Tampico Historic Preservation Advisory Committee Mtg 7pm @ Historical Society - Public Invited
 
  T.A.R.P.

T.A.R.P. = Tampico Area Revitalization Project

 
  1919 - Set Clocks Ahead Again
 
  1919 - Saves Wastage of Light
 
  1919 - Snow Balling Prohibited
 
  1919 - (Hogeboom) Postponed Public Sale
 
  1945 - Estate of Peter A. McMillan
 
  1918 - Tampico Has 71 Boys in the Service
 
  1946 - DENTIST WILL LOCATE HERE
 
  1946 When Hearts Were Young & Gay

Letters from Mrs. Pet (Van Drew) Foy to Gazette newspaper regarding old Como (IL).

 
  Thomas Baptist Church Celebrates Fiftieth Anniversary 1881-1931
 
  1903 - Emmons Sells Pitney Hotel
 
  1903 Telephone Lines in Tampico
 
  1929 (Joseph) Mason Reeves Promoted
 
  1929 - Hooppole Railroad Undergoing Repairs
 
  H. L. Denison - 85th Birthday
 
  1999 - Farms Lost During Depression
 
  1948 - Lions Club Charter Meetings
 
  1911 - Gossip Columns
 
  1907 - Arthur Handley news item
 
  1904 - NM Gossip Column
 
  1902 - BCR Gossip column
 
  1902 - Valentine's Day at home of Miss Georgia LaDue
 
  1899 - A History of Tampico Camp No. 9, Modern Woodmen of America
 
  1899 - Tampico Public Schools
 
  1913 - France & Temple Buy Bakery
 
  1913 - Straight North & South Road
 
  1913 - More $ in Autos Than Hogs
 
  1913 - Lights Not Needed on Rigs
 
  1913 - Pitney Hotel Changes Hands
 
  1913 - Burke Heirs Lose Will Suit
 
  1913 - Charged With Murder - Austin Foy & Wife & Mrs. John Greenman
 
  1920 - (Grant Metcalf) Receives Memorial From France
 
  1921 - F. A. Brewer Receives Appointment
 
  1913 Electric Light Plant sold
 
  1913 - Auto Nearly Kills Kate Cuniff
 
  1913 - FAIRFIELD UNION GRADUATION
 
  1913 To Have New Livery Barn
 
  1913 - Cuts Children Off In Will (Dow)
 
  2006 Christmas in the Country Royalty
 
  Cyclone in Tampico, Nov. 25, 1908
 
  Farm for Rent - Emma Phillips
 
  Home for Rent 1923
 
  Surprised on Birthday (Dorothy Walker)
 
  Young Amboy Lad (Allen Glassburn) Seriously Injured
 
  Burden Opera House Damaged by Fire 1923
 
  GOSSIP COLUMN Jan 4, 1923
 
  FOR SALE - Heintzelman Farm
 
  1923 - Former Resident (A. J. Glassburn) Very Ill
 
  Pedestrian Hit By Auto - Result of Bright Lights 1923
 
  Tampico Teams Hit Winning Pace
 
  Accidentally Shot - George Devenney
 
  Lamon Photography Moves 1912
 
  HERO MEDAL RECEIVED BY OLIVER BOY 1913
 
  Whiteside County Newspapers

 

 
  Dedication Service at Methodist Church
 
  1904 Cyclone in Tampico
 
  1904 - To Remodel Methodist Church in Tampico
 
  1904 - Denrock Gossip Column
 
  Mrs. J. K. Ross Injured in Runaway 1904
 
  (Tabernacle) CONTRACT IS AWARDED 1904
 
  Rev. Billy Sunday
 
  Old Landmark Will Give Way to Progress (Pitney Hotel)1929
 
  The Marriage of Chas. F. Adams 1904
 
  Father Weber to Leave 1904
 
  J. M. Jacobs is Building What is Probably the Largest Silo in County 1904
 
  Farewell Party for Mr. & Mrs. George Howlett
 
  R. H. McKenzie Sells Out Business 1904
 
  1904- Hog Cholera Raging in This Vicinity
 
  1904 TAMPICO FOOT BALL TEAM IS ALRIGHT
 
  SHREDDER CUTS ARM OFF
 
  1904 - Green River Acqueduct is Completed
 
  Big Prarie Fire South of Thomas
 
  Yorktown Store & Residence Sold
 
  St. John's Church in Walnut
 
  1883 Card of Thanks from A. & J. Gray
 
  1883 Card of Thanks from A. & J. Gray
 
  General News - June 22, 1876
 
  General News - June 15, 1876
 
  General News - June 8, 1876
 
  WWI Soldier's Letter - McKenzie/Foy
 
  1920 Real Estate Transfers
 
  Men;s Club Organized
 
  Bank to Have New Quarters 1920
 
  TAMPICO TOWNSHIP HAS BANNER ENLISTMENT
 
  CITIZENS GIVE SOLDIERS A ROUSING SEND OFF 1917
 
  YOUNG MAN DECLARED INSANE 1917
 
  SOLD THEIR FARMS 1917
 
  WRESTLING MATCH 1917
 
  Tampico Corn Sold For $1.00 Per Bushel
 
  Hay Knife Fractures Skull of Small Child - Margaret McGrady 1916
 
  TORNADO Gossip Column Jan 3, 1891
 
  Gossip Column 1894
 
  INSTITUTE AT SOUTH HUME
 
  Foy buys Steadman Restaurant - Steadman buys Hogeboom Business 1901
 
  Register of Funerals - Unknown place of burial
 
  Grand Theater To Change Hands 1916
 
  Viva Sweet Has Birthday Party
 
  Will Fight in British Army (1916)
 
  Tampico Farmers Mutual Telephone Co 1936
 
  Robert Weaver Ordained 1961
 
  Telephone Central Will Be Moved 1902
 
  How to Treat Pimples & Blackheads 1913
 
  Gossip Column - Tampico Tornado Jan. 10, 1908
 
  Gossip Column January 19, 1901
 
  Rural Route 2 Changed
 
  Gossip Column - Tampico Progress Dec. 21, 1905
 
  U.S. POSTAL SERVICE REISSUES PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN STAMP IN 39-CENT DENOMINATION
 
  Tampico & Lyndon
 Where the Gipper first went 'Goo-Goo' & John "Handsome Jack" Klutas
 
  William Kiecszynski
 
  Tampico School Days 1894-1907
 
  1901 Graduating Class
 
  Tampico Has Big A Fair 1904
 
  Young Lad Suffers Accident (R Brownrigg)
 
  Races Here to Beat Death 1914
 
  Yorktown Creamery - 1907
 
  Price Glassburn Home for Visit . . . 1907
 
  Automobile Contest Results - 1907
 
  As Others See Us - 1907
 
  George Blietz (Belitz?) in ill health . . .
 
  Mrs. Anna Schwartz - 1907
 
  Annawan Shoemaker Alleged to Have Confessed to Murdering Tampico Man (Fred Glassburn)
 
  History of Whiteside Historical Society
 
  Tampico Articles - Nov. 1886
 
  Schuyler Dow's New Leg
 
  Poem: "To My Mother" by Clara I. Kolb 1926
 
  Extension of Tampico-Hooppole R. R. Incorporated
 
  Tampico Boys Enlist in Company E, I, N, G
 
  Yorktown Citizens Want Post Office Re-established
 
  Doctor Found Hanging in Hotel
 
  Drowning - Children of Hugh Duffey
 
  More WWI Letters
 
  WWI letter written by Ward Dow
 
  Wayne Cooper, Fire Chief (Poem by Bob Johnson)
 
  Bob Johnson Remembers Thomas, IL
 
  Ronald Reagan Traveling Display
 
  Tampico Firefighters Receive Recognition from Gov. Blagojevich
 
  1883 - Sunday Gambling off limits to Stilson

 

 
  NO Smoking!

 

 
  1883 - J. W. Hixson sends money . . .
 
  1883 - Brewer's Dog bites J. Myers

 

 
  1883 - Storm Damages repaired in Deer Grove
 
  1883 - Alrich purchases Hixson's grocery store

 

 
  1883 - Fred Dusing - suicide
 
  1883 - Dr. A. C. Smith
 
  Electric Light Co. 1898
 
  Dr. A. C. Smith performs surgery on Glassburn boy-1894
 
  Michael Sheehan
 
  Dr. Vetter of Como
 
  Country School Days 1905-1915

 

 
  1940 - Admiral Reeves Honored
 
  Joseph M. Reeves - Top IL Officer . . .
 
  Democrat buys, preserves Ronald Reagan Birthplace in IL
 
  Reagan in Tampico (Daily Ledger 2004)
 
  Ronald Reagan Memorial - Tampico (news article)
 
  HY&T News Article
 
  From “History of Port Henry New York” by Dr. C.B.Warner and C. Eleanor Hall

 

 
  Executor's Notice

 

 
  SMITH HARDWARE STORE

 

 
  Breckenridge - Wheelock genealogy

 

 
  Tourism Keeps Small Town Up & Running

 

 
  1914 TAMPICO Merchants Directory -
 
  HOW WHITESIDE MISSED FORMING A PART OF THE STATE OF WI
 
  1917 JW Hixson received word. . .

 

 
  YORKTOWN 1905

 

 
  Bennett Buys Yorktown Store 1920

 

 
  New Concrete Highway Sterling to Dixon 1920

 

 
  Tampico Volunteer Fire Department Call 1920

 

 
  WWI Draft Rolls July 19, 1917

 

 
  Will of John W. Glassburn - June 21, 1917

 

 
  SMITH - 1916

 

 
  See More (Seymour) of OLD TAMPICO

 

 
  1900 Census Records- Glassburn
 
  Books mentioning Glassburns
 
  Glassburn: INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORDS JOHNSON COUNTY 1882-1920

 

 
  Descendants of David Glassburn

 

 
  Easter

 

 
  Olson Family

 

 
  Glassburn Family History
 
  201 W 2nd Street, Tampico
 
  Woodmen of Fairfield

 

 
  Christmas

 

 
  A Poem For Ma - Roxanna (nee DOW) KEMP

 

 
  New Year 1887

 

 
  Thanksgiving Day 1886-1903

 

 
  Tampico Bank

 

 
  Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Shaner to observe 50th Anniversary

 

 
  McKenzie Families

 

 
  History Before J.W. GLASSBURN

 

 
  1900 TAMPICO HIGHSCHOOL NOTES

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