Thursday, April 21, 2016

Looking Back: DeKalb County, Illinois, in 1889: Dealing With Deadbeats and Whisky Peoria

From the October 15, 2014, MidWeek "Looking Back."

News from October 16, 1889,:  "A subscriber who owes us a little bit said he would call last week and pay us if he was alive.  He still appears on the street, but as he did not call, it is naturally supposed that he is dead and is walking around to save funeral expense."  (Perhaps he is an early "Walking Dead?)

**  "A disorderly crowd of young hoodlums was near the Methodist Church on Monday night, but no special or regular police could be found.

**  "Peoria is a synonym for whisky.  It smells of whisky, tastes of whisky, and is built on whisky.

**  "Twelve persons have now been shot and killed in the continuance of the Hatfield-McCoy feud in West Virginia."

How Do I Get to Peoria?  --Cooter

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