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Madison County ILGenWeb Coordinator - Beverly Bauser

 

EARLY HISTORY OF MARINE

 

MARINE - LOOKING FOR VILLAIN
Source: Alton Telegraph, December 14, 1839
Mr. Thomas H. Kimber of Belleville offers through the newspapers a reward of one hundred dollars for the apprehension of a man calling himself Eli Dyer, who came to the Marine Settlement, in this county, about the last of July, with the avowed intention of seeking a home in the West, and by means of forged letters of recommendation from the Hon. Levi Woodbury, as well as from the Rev. Albert Barnes and other clergymen, succeeded in defrauding sundry individuals of money and property to the value of several hundred dollars. This individual represents himself as a Minister in the Presbyterian Church, is apparently between 50 and 60 years of age, about five feet seven or eight inches high, very stout built, dark complexion, strong features, with deeply set grayish eyes. In preaching, he is fluent, earnest, and solemn, and usually wears a brown or auburn wig, his own hair being quite white. He was accompanied by a young woman who went by the name of Matilda Ann Jones, and passed for his niece. They left Marine together on the 2d of October last.

 

SILVER CREEK BRIDGE DESTROYED
Source: Alton Telegraph, July 26, 1850
We understand that Mr. D. Ground of Marine has made a good Ford just below the site of the old bridge, which fell in last week. This will save travelers on this road the necessity of going round by Troy, which is three or four miles out of the way. We hope our county court will, as soon as practicable, proceed to have a new bridge erected at this point. From the Madison County Record.

 

MARINE - FIRE AT THE RESIDENCE OF MRS. CATHERINE BUTLER
Source: Alton Weekly Courier, November 21, 1855
Marine, IL - To the Editor, Nov. 10, 1855 - - I assume the unpleasant task of announcing to the public the destruction this morning by fire of the residence and outbuildings of Mrs. Catherine Butler, widow of the late Rev. Calvin Butler, of this vicinity. The fire originated in some unknown way, in the dwelling house, about three o'clock this A.M., and completely destroyed the same, with almost every article of furniture, clothing, &c. Extending from the dwelling to the stable, the fire consumed the latter, some three or four hundred bushels of oats, the entire supply of hay, some harness and farming utensils. The horses, three in number, were forced, uninjured, from the stable. Mrs. B. and six of her children - all then at home - escaped in their night clothes, with no other bodily injury than a severe cut received by the oldest daughter in the left wrist, completely severing the radial artery. The older pair of twins, girls, aged thirteen years, ran barefooted and in their night clothes, a mile to the village, to obtain a physician and arouse the inhabitants. Although bereft of a comfortable home, and of almost every necessary just at the commencement of winter, and thus thrown upon the attention of friends and neighbors, the escape of the entire family with life, enables Mrs. Butler fully to retain her usual cheerfulness. This is a case which appeals to the liberality of a Christian community. Signed George T. Allen

 

MARINE - GRAND STRIDE TOWARD IMPROVEMENTS
Source: Alton Telegraph, October 1, 1874
The quiet little city of Marine, with its nearly 1,000 inhabitants, is making a grand stride toward improvement. In addition to several new dwellings erected this season, the Lutheran Church has been remodeled and a beautiful spire added that would be an ornament to any city of larger pretentions. The new public-school building, in course of erection, will cost the sum of $10,000. It will be furnished with all the modern improvements, and will be a monument to the enterprise and prosperity of the citizens. (From the Troy Bulletin)

 

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