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Moro, Illinois, Newspaper Clippings

Madison County ILGenWeb Coordinator - Beverly Bauser

 

EARLY HISTORY OF MORO

 

FIRE AT MORO
Source: Alton Telegraph, March 17, 1865
We learn that as the morning train going west on the Terre Haute Road passed Moro yesterday morning, sparks from the locomotive ignited one of four carloads of hay standing on the side track, and two platform cars and their contents were burned. The hay was owned by James Montgomery, and valued at $400. Loss of railroad company, about $1,500.

 

WOMAN KILLED BY TRAIN
Source: The Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, Illinois, July 13, 1892
An accident occurred at Moro, Friday, which cast a pall of sadness over the entire community. Miss Alice Bivens, a popular young lady who was living in the family of Mrs. M. B. Mitchell, who lives on the west side of the Big Four track, west about 10 o'clock to the east side to a garden to get some vegetables. When she was returning, freight train No. 43, Frank Carens conductor, was coming from the north and as she stepped on the track the train struck her, breaking her neck and instantly killing her. She wore a sun bonnet and a shawl, and it is presumed, did not notice the train approach. The train was running at a speed of 18 to 20 miles an hour, and every effort was made to stop it when the lady was noticed, but it was too late. Coroner Bonner held an inquest at which the facts brought out showed that the train men were in no wise to blame, her death being one of those sad mishaps beyond the ken of human powers. The young lady was 24 years old and a daughter of Dallas Bivens, of Ft. Russell, who died in 1867. Her mother is living, and is the wife of George Morgan, of Moro. The funeral took place Saturday, and was largely attended. Rev. Webb, of the Baptist church, of Bethalto, conducted services.

 

FIRE DESTROYS TWO BIG BARNS ON OLD HOMESTEAD OF THE N. S. DAY FAMILY
Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 26, 1922
Fire destroyed two big barns and other outbuildings on the John Hoemm place near Moro this morning. The fire broke out with great violence shortly after midnight, and nothing could be done to save any of the buildings. Fortunately, the big house on the place, occupied by the family of William Manns, was saved from destruction. The barn contained a large amount of hay, grain and feed. The house was the old homestead of the N. S. Day family. Included in the destruction by fire were five straw stacks, 600 bushels of wheat, 150 bushels of oats, all the harness for the horses on the place, sixty loads of clover, alfalfa and timothy hat, a large amount of machinery and small tools, a corn crib containing 100 bushels of corn. The family were out attending a dairymen's meeting at Moro, and got home about 11 o'clock. Everything was all right at that time. Soon after midnight, Joseph, the 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Manns, was awakened by the sound of the crackling of the flames and the glare of the light from the burning barn. He gave the alarm and roused the other members of the family. His father rushed and saved one wagon out of a shed that stood between the barn and the house. That was all that was saved out of the shed. The family have a telephone, and they called John Gueldner, who was the first one to answer the telephone call. Mrs. Gueldner called everybody on the line, about 25 families, and in 25 minutes there were fully 75 people on the ground all ready to help, but the fire gained too fast for them to do much good. A barrier of high green trees separated the house from the burning. The trees caught fire, but they protected the house from the worst of the heat and to this fact is attributed the saving of the farm home. Mr. Manns had not been carrying any insurance, but not long ago he took out a policy for $1,100 on his personal property in the Northwest Mutual Fire Insurance Association. Mr. Hoemm carried $800 on the buildings destroyed. The insurance will not near cover the loss. The farm was being operated on shares and part of the destroyed contents of the barn belonged to Mr. Hoemm. The lease arrangement called for part cash and part in crops. Yesterday Mr. Hoemm, recognizing the smallness of the crop, had made a present to Mr. Manns of half the cash rent, rebating it to him. This afternoon a mass meeting of the residents in that neighborhood was held for the purpose of making presents to Mr. Manns of articles he will need to continue farming, as their way of showing their sympathy for an unfortunate neighbor.

 

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