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Articles & Local History > TORNADO Gossip Column Jan 3, 1891

TAMPICO TORNADO January 3, 1891

. . . . It is about time to begin to talk of an ice famine

The boys are utilizing the county ditch to skate upon.

Finest stock of Cigars in the world at WILLETT's

McBRIDE and HINDES were "batching it" again this week.

J. R. ALDRICH, of Iowa, was here this week visitng relatives.

Largest stock of Candies in the state at WILLETT's

C. F. SIPPLE spent Christmas with his parents in Spring Hill.

You ought to subscribe for Mrs. LIVERMORE's neww book.

Earl SMITH now rides about town on a new safety bycicle.

Look out for a January thaw, then a fog and a cold snap to follow.

Did you ever see the roads in a better condition than they are now?

Furniture lower than ever before - N. J. HOGEBOOM & SONS

Asa GLASSBURN  now bloweth sweet music from a new silver cornet.

The toniest girls in town acted as waiters at the Mason's late banquet.

Owen county, Ind. boasts of an 8 year old boy who weighs 200 pounds.

Miss Jennie McMILLAN left Wednesday for Bushnell for a visit with relatives.,

Fresh baked bread at seven cents a loaf at MAXFIELD & POWELL'S Restaurant.

Miss Phoebe PARKER spent her vqcation with relatives at Garden Plain.

Square up the old bills of 1890 and begin the new year with a clean ledger page.

Derby caps are the style this season and they are very becoming to the ladies. Why don't you get one?

Joseph HOMER died at Sterling Saturday. He had for years been a citizen **************  Williams were held at the Methodist church in Sterling Tuesday afternoon.

A number from here attended the dance at Prophetstown Christmas night and report as having an A 1 time.

When Miss HIGDAY was in the  City she bought a fine line of winter Millinary. Step in and view the styles.

A man with a plug hat on always attracts attention here, especially if the werer isone of our own citizens.

The poultry market has been a little off for the past week or so and our buyers have had a rather quiet time.

Coffee at 23 cents, at WILLLETT's.

From the amount of goods the Yorktown merchants take from the depot here one would think that they have a flourshing trade.

Harlow SMITH has been hauling hay through our town for the past few weeks from his farm south of here to his homestead farm.

Thos. A GALT, of Sterling, has declined the appointment of Indian Commisioner. His home business would notpermit of his acceptance.

The boys had the fire engine out for a little practice last Tuesday. The Hook and Ladder Co. brought out the truck and had a little practice run.

Taxes are the nex thing on the docket. They come every year, same as Christmas, New Years and Fourth of July, just the same, if they don't bring as much pleasure.

Bloomington and that neighborhood is being visited by sand storms. Not a drop of rain has fallen there for months, and to express it they are a dry set.

All kinds of can goods at WILLETT's

We saw an emigrant wagon on the road the other day going east. It hailed from Dakota, and on the side of the cover was the word "busted," amnd beneath were the words, "Illinois was our home and it shall be again."

Buy your wife a Garland or Gold Coin stove for a Holiday Present at Alf. SMITH & Bros.

A "girl" of ancient appearance was asked why she did not marry. Her reply is practical, if it is anything. She said, " I have some money of my own, have a parrot that can swear and a monkey that chews. What need I of a husband?"

For good goods at the lowest possible prices you want to call on J. B. BELL & SON, Third street, Sterling, for they keep everything you want in clothing, boots, shoes, tents' furnishings, etc. and will not be undersold.

Try WILLETT's fifty cent tea.

H. H. DOW had another attack of his old truble (sic), his wounded arm, last week. This time he suffered the most excrusiating pain and it was hours before he received any relief. The older he gets, the oftener these spells occur and the harder they seem to be.

The negro miners at Seatonville indulged in oposum Christmas. They, in all probability, had a big time, and undoubtedly thought of the glourious times they tried to experience "away down south in Dixy, befo the war." (sic)

Barney McGRADY has been drawn as a grand juror for the next term. Barney will make a good man for such work and doubly so now since his election to the office of physician of the G. A. R. Post.. On his arrival at the County Hub, he will probably register at the Vroom House as B. McGRADY, M. D.

Money to loan on farms. - J. W. WHITE

O. P. PETERSON called in and had the tag on his paper dated Jan. 1, 1892, Mr. PETERSON is one of our successful farmer friends is prompt in all his business transactions, an energetic and hard working man, and by his industry and frugality is laying up a store that will be a convenience and blessing when in declining years he has to rest from toil.

Our merchants say they can not complain of the holiday trade,a ll things considered. The people di d not rush headlong into buying nicknack and jimcracks. Their purchases were of a more substantial character and showed their good sense. These are times when it behooves us to make judiciuous purchases and husband our resources tha we may have enough to tide us over until another harvest.

Try WILLETT's Maud S. Flour.

Hon. J. W. WHITE leaves for Springfiled next Monday to begin his work in the House. His chances for the Speakership are rather slim now, but had the republicans a majority in the house he wsurely would have been the next Speaker. Before election it was conceeded tht he would be the unanimous choice of his side of the House. We feel sorry on Mr. WHITE's account, for it would have been an honor to him that few men of his age has bestowed upon them.

A nice assortment of Rogers Trple Plate knives, forks and spoons at Alf. SMITH & Bros.

Prof. B. E. CANAVAN spent New Yeaars with relatives at Amboy.

Mr. W. C. LILY of Northville, Ills., was here visiting frineds during Christmas.

Mrs. Chas. THOMPSON and children spent the holidays with relatives at Wyanet.

Mrs. Zora LUTYENS, of Galesburgh (sic), is here visitng with their mother, Mrs. C M. WEST

The Japanese lecture is to be on Sunday evening instead of Monday eveing, as announced on the first page of this paper.

The bad roads and weather of Thursday kept many of our people from going to Sterling to attend the funeral of Mrs. EISELE

Rev. A. L. SHUTE comes out this  New Years with a fine new Moline carriage he purchsed of N. J. HOGEBOOM & sons, of this place.

Geo. LUTYENS has been holding auctions at his store disposing of the remanents of hs holiday stock. Robt,, HELLIER officiated as auctioneer.

Mrs. J. PIERCE of McPherson county, Dak., arrived here Wednesday. She will spend the winter here with her sons, Stiles and Allie.

We experienced a wet rainy New Years this season. During the afternoon the rain turned to snow, and by six o'clock a regular blizzard was raging and by morning several inches of snow had fallen and drifted badly.

W. Glenn REEVE and family, of Peru, arrived in town Wednesday to spend New Years with relatives here. In talking of old times, when Mr. REEVE was a resident here, he made the remark that "times used to be lively here." Guess he meant those days when corn went 75 bushels to the acre the railroad lined with corn cribs, and the Polymniasand Minervas used to flourish - Those were lively times, to be sure, especially for the young foks.


Frank J. ANDERSON  will sell at public sale at the George BERGE farm, 7 miles south and 1 1/2 miles west of Tampico and 1 mile southeast of the Thomas post office, on Monday, Jan. 5th, 1891, commencing at 10 a.m., the folloiwng property: 3 head of horses; 27 head of cattle, 6 shoats, 360 bushels of corn; seed corn; farm implements, etc. Terms 11 months. Robt. HELLIER, Auctr.


The ladies of the W. C. T. U. tender their sincere thanks to the friends who by their efficient services made our entertainment a decided success. Also, to the editor for kindly assistance in that and the past. May our Father in Heaven reward them.


During the past few months several dastardly attempts have been made **** wreck trains on the Northwestern. ro*** at a point near Round Grove.  A*******  four or five fruitless attempts the officials of the road got tired of that kind of work and put detectives on track the miscreants. Their efforts were rewarded last night when three fellows were caught in the very act of obstructing the track in such a manner that the next train that came along would be thrown into the ditch. Very meagr* details of the affair have reached the city but it is known that two of the tri**** are brother by the name of FELLOWS and that theother one answers to the common name of SMITH. Officer NORTON who is chief detectuve on the C. & N.W. road and has about forty men  under him, was in this city yesterday and it is probable that hehelped make the arrest. A man here who isin a position to kno tells us that SMITH is one of NORTON''s smartest detectives , and that he went to Round Grove some time ago disguised as a tough of the first water, acted out his part well and was soon "cheek by jow": with the train wreckers. He probably ascertained the time when they would make their next attempt and then communicated the date to his chief officer. This would explain NORTON's appearance here yesterday just a few hours before the arrest was made. The same man who conveyed  the above information also states that the other two are brothers ofOwen D. FELLOWS, the C. & N. W. agent at Round Grove it is not known what idea the men had in wrecking the train, but whatever it was they should be ade to suffer the extreme penalty of the law. A man who would deliberately attempt to wreck a train, thus endangering the lives of hundreds of innocent human beings to gratify hisown personal spite of in a spirit of revenge, would stoop to any kind of crime no matter how low, and no punishment is too severe for him. These men made not only one attempt but six or seven,and the punishment should be made to fit the crive in this case. - Sterling Gazette. (as printed in the Tampico Tornado)


Mr. H. B. REDELMAN an experienced sewing machine adjuster has located inour town and is prepared to adjust and repair all old and new machines out oforder. Mr. REDELMAN is anold adjustr and guarantees satisfaction. Why trade in old machines off for a newone when the old ones are better than the newones. All work guaranteed or no charges. Give him a call. Leave word at TORNADO offie or drop a postal card through the post office and he will call at home. Can make an old machine do as good work as a new one. All work warranted or no pay.

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