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Prairietown, Illinois, Newspaper Clippings

Madison County ILGenWeb Coordinator - Beverly Bauser


EARLY HISTORY OF PRAIRIETOWN (originally called Prairie City)


Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, February 25, 1886
City Engineer Long, while surveying near Prairie City, found two stone implements known as Indian axes. One is quite large and so mottled that it resembles a portion of a petrified snake. These relics have been added to Professor McAdams’ collection of curiosities.


Source: Alton Telegraph, September 3, 1874
A farmer near Prairie City complains that a hook and ladder company has been organized in his neighborhood. He states that the ladder is used after dark for climbing into his chicken house, after which the hooking is done.


Four Dead
Source: Alton Telegraph, March 13, 1879
From Edwardsville, March 11, 1879 – About four o’clock yesterday afternoon, Edward McDonald, aged about seventy years; his grandson, aged about 6 years; a widow lady by the name of Shehan or Sheahay; and a 12-year old girl by the name of Kurlbaum, residing about two miles from Prairietown in this county, on the road to Staunton, were killed, and James McDonald, son of the old man above named, had his back broken by a tornado. Full names and exact particulars were not in possession of our informant, but it seems that there was but little, or no rain, and a very little hail fell at the time of the sad calamity, and that the wind came from the West, and almost demolished everything in its track, which fortunately, was very narrow. It is said that the house of Joseph Doubleday was entirely destroyed. Another informant, who was on the road from Staunton to Worden, says that at a point two miles north of Worden, fences, outhouses, etc. were all blown down, and that a large barn belonging to Mr. Sievors was blown from its foundation and torn to pieces.


Source: Alton Telegraph, Thursday, March 25, 1897
Dr. L. C. Taylor, who was sent by the State Board of Health to investigate and report upon the outbreak of pneumonia at Prairietown, this county, which has resulted in numerous deaths, has made his report to Secretary Scott. The infected district was about six miles square, with Prairietown as the center. Dr. Taylor states that the clinical history of the cases which caused the alarm is that of an extremely severe and fatal type of croupous pneumonia, associated with the peculiar matter attributed to la grippe. Several cases presented the attitude of direct contagion. From 50 to 60 cases were treated during the scare, most all being accompanied by distinct chills. Many deaths occurred during the past month, some dying within 48 hours after being stricken. Very few children died. Dr. Taylor concludes his report classifying the disease as an epidemic of croupous pneumonia.


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