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Rocky Fork, Illinois, Newspaper Clippings

Madison County ILGenWeb Coordinator - Beverly Bauser

 

EARLY HISTORY OF ROCKY FORK, GODFREY TOWNSHIP    (coming soon)    

THE MURDER OF HENRY DEPUGH AND HENRY ROSS AT ROCKY FORK - 1883  (coming soon)

 

ROCKY FORK CITIZENS CELEBRATE OF EMANCIPATION IN THE WEST INDIES
Source: Alton Weekly Telegraph, August 4, 1871
Yesterday was the anniversary of emancipation in the West Indies, and was generally celebrated by the colored citizens of this vicinity. A procession, headed by a brass band, paraded in the morning, and the other observances of the day took place at Rocky Fork. A grand dinner was served, and several prominent colored speakers addressed the assembly.

 

SMALLPOX MAKES ITS APPEARANCE AT ROCKY FORK
Source: Alton Telegraph, January 31, 1873
Smallpox is reported to have made its appearance at Rocky Fork settlement.

 

FORMER SLAVE VISITED ROCKY FORK CHURCH
Source: Alton Telegraph, November 13, 1879
A colored man who is known as Uncle George Riley, whose age is 106 years, joined Rev. P. C. Cooper’s congregation of the A. M. E. Church at Rocky Fork last Sunday. “Uncle George” was formerly a slave, and was at one time presented with a knife and fork by Mrs. Jefferson, wife of the author of the Declaration of American Independence. The knife has long since disappeared, but the fork is yet preserved as a memento of slavery days.

 

ROCKY FORK “BUSH MEETING”
Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, June 22, 1882
The colored people had what they called a “bush meeting,” last Sunday at Rocky Fork, with a large attendance from Alton, Jerseyville, Godfrey, and other places. Elder Brown of Springfield was the principal speaker, assisted by the colored clergy of Alton and Upper Alton. The subject of the principal discourse was Joseph and his brethren. The speaker advised his hearers to forbearance, kindness, meekness, for the meek shall inherit the earth. The sermon was characterized by many apt and telling illustrations, with direct application to the hearers. While the song “Jesus Loves Me,” was sung, a collection amounting to $50 was taken up for the purpose of repairing and fencing the graveyard. The grove where the meeting was held was a cool, pleasant place, with seats for all who attended. A good, substantial dinner, to which a general invitation was extended, was served at the conclusion of the services.

 

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