March 3, 1865

Macomb Journal

Wilmington in our Possession.

            Since our last issue we have received the news of the evacuation, by the rebels, of the city of Wilmington, and it is now in our possession. It was occupied by our forces on the ever-glorious 22nd of February – Washington’s birthday.

Look out for still further cheering news in a short time.


A Loyal Holiday.

            The 4th of March (next Saturday) is to be a general holiday throughout the loyal States, in honor of our recent great Union successes. The movement was started by the merchants of New York. A letter from that city, referring to a meeting of the merchants on the 22nd, says: It was voted to suspend business on the fourth of March next, and that the business community and people of the whole country from Calais, Maine, to San Francisco, California, be requested to unite in a fitting demonstration of joy on that day. The Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce of the principal cities of the Union, including San Francisco, have signified their hearty co-operation in this patriotic movement, and the fourth of March will undoubtedly be observed throughout the land as a day of jubilation, and as the peoples’ Union holiday.


Provost Marshal General Fry on Credits.

            We stated a week or two since that Gen. Fry was, in our opinion, some on figures; but since seeing the actual way in which he has endeavored to cheat Illinois out of her just dues, we have come to the conclusion that he is “somer.”

Gen. Haynie claims that our State has been defrauded out of two years credit on the first one hundred and forty-six thousand men. Instead of giving credit for three years’ men he has only given credit for one year men – thus making a loss to us of 292,000 one year men. It seams that he calls on us to furnish 7,000 more men than the State of Ohio, although the latter State has a population 700,000 greater than our own, and as many men as Pennsylvania, which doubles Illinois in population. Why Gen. Fry chooses to thus treat Illinois is not apparent, and furthermore he refuses to answer the questions propounded by Adjutant General Haynie unless ordered to do so by the President. We hope the President will so order him to answer, and will also order him to report to some backwoods “school marm” to learn the first rules of arithmetic and common politeness.


            ‒ The democracy have come to the conclusion that niggers will fight, now that the rebels talk of arming their slaves. The Chicago Times says that it predicted that we would teach the rebels the value of their resources when we demonstrated the problem as to whether the negroes would make efficient soldiers or not. We have always held to the opinion that a negro would fight better than a copperhead, and we opine that the rebels think so too. A consistent set, the cops, are they is!



From the 151st.

Camp Butler, Feb. 26, 1865.
Headquarters, Co. C,
151st Reg’t Ill. Vol.

            Dear Journal: – I take this method of apprising your readers interested in the welfare of members of this company of our whereabouts and condition. The health of this company generally speaking is good at present, with the exception of a few cases of fever, caused by exposure on the way from Quincy to this place.

The accommodations here are poor, the boys are anxious to get farther South, away from this mud hole as they term it.

This is Sunday, we have orders to the effect that we will be mustered as a regiment at on o’clock to-day, and receive our arms and equipments, preparatory to leaving on to-morrow. We will go to Nashville, Tennessee.

Macomb boys are all well with the exception of Dallas Wolf, who is badly afflicted with sore eyes. Gilbert H. Marsh is in the Hospital with fever.

Our Captain being elected Colonel our company voted general promotion of all company officers. G. C. Steach is our Captain the choice of the company by unanimous voice.

But I must conclude promising you shall hear from us if we ever get a chance to use the musket.

Yours Truly,



            ‒ They are having an oil excitement in the neighborhood of Joliet, in this State. It is claimed that bona fide petroleum has been discovered in the town of Plainfield, in that County, and preparations are making to develop it. The Rockford papers say that there also decided indications of the existence of oil in that vicinity.


            ‒ A company of ‘contrabands’ landed recently at McGregor, Iowa, but had hardly done so before a crowd of Irish laborers gathered around them and began abusing them, and were almost using violence, when the Catholic priest of the place stepped into the ring, an seizing the foremost rioter by the collar, hurled him away, saying: ‘Begone, sir! If you would do anything, bring these poor creatures a pail of victuals!’ So says the Dubuque Times.


Oil Discoveries in Illinois.

[From the Joliet Republican 25th.]

            Some days since it was satisfactorily ascertained that a very large supply of oil flowed out upon the surface of water issuing from a spring on a farm belonging to Mr. Frank Goist, of the town of Plainfield. – The oil spring is about one-half mile east of the plank road and four miles from this city. Many persons have visited this place this week, and there is reason to believe that there is no humbug about it. Gentlemen from Pennsylvania say that there exists a striking resemblance between the appearances of this oil spring and much of the best oil region of that State. In conse- of this discovery a company is being formed, with a large capital, in order to test the matter. Great excitement prevails in Plainfield. The same thing has spread among our monied citizens. We are informed also that a large company is also being formed in order to bore for coal on the Du Page.

[From the Rockford Register, Feb. 25th.]

            We are informed that unmistakable indications of oil have been found near Pecatonica, in this county, and the oil fever has commenced at that point in earnest. A company has been organized here, who have leased the farm of Mr. Nagle, about three miles north of Pecatonica, forty acres, paying him $1,000 down with an agreement to pay $1,000 additional when they “struck ile,” and also one-third of the profits. Who knows but our county maybe rich in petroleum deposits, and but what we shall yet have an excitement equal to that in the Pennsylvania oil region?

Great excitement is said to exist in some parts of Stephenson county by the discovery of petroleum there.


A National Bank.

We learn that Messrs. Chas. Chandler & Co. bankers of this city, have made all the arrangements to start a National Bank in their banking house. This shows that Macomb is increasing in wealth rapidly. – We will have more to say on the subject when we get better posted.


Bad Roads.

Bad roads make dull times, but as soon as the roads get good we expect to see a perfect rush to the lumber yard of H. R. Bartleson, southeast corner of the square. Lumber of the best quality to be found there.


            → Dwelling houses are scarce in this city this Spring. Unless some of our capitalists build some this Summer we will be apt to lose quite a number of citizens.


Good Templars.

A new lodge of Good Templars was organized in this city on last Saturday evening by G. W. C. T. Nichols. J. H. Nicholson was elected worthy Chief Templar and N. Montgomery Secretary. We hope much good will be accomplished by them in their efforts for the temperance cause.


Circuit Court.

The Circuit Court for McDonough county will commence its spring session on the 30th inst., it being the 3rd Monday in March.



Religious service will be held at Campbell’s Hall, next Sunday the 8th inst. at 10 1-2 o’clock, A. M., by Rev. J. Larmer, the new Catholic Pastor of this city.


The Ladies’ Festival.

The festival advertised to take place at Campbell’s Hall, under the auspices of the ladies of the Universalist Church of this city was a decided success on Wednesday evening. The weather had the appearance of a storm, but that did not deter the people from attending, as the hall was well filled with ladies and gentlemen. All enjoyed themselves finely, and everything passed off satisfactorily. The “Children’s Union Song” was well sung in character. The tableaux “Morning and Evening Stars” and the “Temple of Liberty” were splendidly gotten up, and were really nice scenes. – The last one – “Temple of Liberty” had to be repeated. The “Quadrille” tableaux caused much mirth to the audience.

The refreshment part of the entertainment was all that could be desired.

The “gift table” and “postoffice” were well patronized, and caused their full share of mirth.

Altogether the festival was just what such a thing would be. Next week we will state how the 2nd evening was spent, and also inform the public who the lucky individuals were in the “drawing” line, as our paper goes to press before the close of the festival.



Capt. Wm. Ervin, of the 84th Ill., has been at home for several days past. He looks as though he stood the service well, and is in good health. He informs us that the whole regiment is enjoying good health with the exception of one man. The Capt. leaves to-day (Friday) for the field. We hope the earnest desire of his heart may be gratified – that is, that he may see the end of the rebellion crushed before his time expires.



“And they fit, and fit, and fit.” What fit? Why, the coats, pants and vests that are cut by that prince of cutters, Dave Shrier, at August’s Clothing Emporium, west side of the square.



Monday last was very snowy, and about two inches of snow fell, but the warm sun of Tuesday caused it to melt, leaving the roads in a still more wretched condition than they were.


            → Mr. Magie, when last heard from, was at Pocotaligo bridge, South Carolina. – We expect to have something from him soon for the paper.


            . . . . March was ushered in this week by a grand rush to Watkins & Co’s grocery for fresh groceries, & c. Their new store continues to attract the notice of citizens and strangers. It is a splendid establishment.


            → Do you know of a house to rent? is the general inquiry with which you are met on our streets for a month or two past.


            → Viv. Brooking, the Omnibus proprietor, has reduced the ‘bus fare to the old price – 25 cts.


            . . . . Hon. W. H. Neece is slowly recovering from his illness, and hopes are entertained that he will soon be able to attend to business.


            → Messrs. Clisby & Trull are overhauling their mill. When they get all the repairs finished that they contemplate they will be able to furnish as good flour as can be obtained at the West.


            → M. W. Campbell, Esq., of Prairie City is engaged in the Military Claim Agency. Persons entrusting business with him can rest assured that it will be promptly and faithfully attended to.


            . . . . Cotton goods took a good tumble last week in this city. Calicoes are selling from 20 cts, to 30 cts, per yard at Johnson’s.


            . . . . Frank R. Kyle has sold his drug store to Dr. Ritchie, lately from Mt. Sterling, and formerly from Missouri.


            → R. J. Adcock is going to resume the grocery business at his old stand in the American House, southwest corner of the square.


Dramatic Exhibition.

The dramatic exhibition of this city will give another one of their interesting entertainments at Campbell’s Hall next Thursday (9th) evening. They will play the comedy of Paul Pry, and a roaring farce. They will also play on the following Saturday evening.


            . . . . Mr. S. D. Hainey, an old subscriber to our paper, living in Bethel Township, had the misfortune to break one of his legs below the knee, the other day, by simply falling down.


Religious and Benevolent Societies.

We long have had it contemplation to keep standing in our paper the “cards” of the different, religious benevolent and reformatory societies in this place, but have neglected to do so till now. They can be found in another column.


Afflicted Horses.

            Mr. Wm. Litzenberg of this city wishes us to inform the public generally that he is ready to receive, at the Livery stable of Capt. Lipe, all horses afflicted with the “big head,” “big-jaw,” “ring bone,” and “bone spavin.” He warrants a cure or no pay. – Diseased horses bought. We are certain that Mr. Litzenberg can accomplish all he says he will. Therefore give him a call.


A Strike.

The section hands on the C. B. & Q. R. R. are on a strike for higher wages.


            . . . . Monday, all day was snowy and sloshy. The roads are in a wretched condition for teaming, and coal is scarce.


            ‒ General Grant writes that, “If General Sherman’s success continues a few days longer, the country can safely indulge in exultation.” In a private letter from the Lieutenant General, he expressed his opinion that peace is not far distant.




Services every Sabbath at 10 1-2 A. M. and 7 P. M. Prayer meeting every Wednesday evening. Rev. J. H. Nesbitt, Pastor.

Sabbath School 9 ½ A. M.


Services every Sabbath at 10 1-2 A. M. and 7 P. M. Prayer meeting every Wednesday evening, Elder J. C. Reynolds, Pastor.

Sabbath School 2 1-2 P. M.


Services every Sabbath at 10 1-2 A. M. and 7 P. M. Prayer meeting every Wednesday evening. Rev. J. H. Rhea, Pastor.

Sabbath School 9 A. M.


Services twice a month at 10 1-2 A. M. and 7 P. M. Rev. I. M. Westfall, Pastor.

Sabbath School 9 A. M.



A. F. & A. M. Macomb Lodge, No. 17.

            Regular meetings, at their Hall, First Friday in each month. Transient Brethren, in good standing, invited to attend.

J. L. N. HALL, W. M.

            T. M. Hall, Sec’y.

R. A. Masons, Morse Chapter, No. 19.

Regular communications, Second Friday of each month. Transient Companions, in good standing, invited to attend.


            T. B. Maury, Sec’y.

I. O. O. F. Military Tract Lodge 145.

Meets every Tuesday evening in their Hall, over Chandler & Co’s Bank. Transient Brothers respectfully invited to attend.


            P. S. Brewster, Sec’y.

Washington Encampment No. 49.

Meets the First and Third Thursdays in each month, in the Odd Fellows Hall.


             W. L. Imes, Sec’y.

I. O. of G. T. Olive Branch Lodge 165.

Meets every Friday evening at their Hall, over Williams Dry Goods Store, Northeast corner Square.

Members of the order in good standing cordially invited to attend.

D. M. GRAVES, W. C. T.

            J. B. Hail, Sec’y.


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