Peoria Daily Record
submitted by Steve Slaughter


Peoria Daily Record, 1935, in "LOOKING BACK"

FEBRUARY 7, 1844:

"Someone had started the story throughout the country-side that the dread disease known as "Black Lung" (probably Black Cholera) was epidemic in Peoria and that the townspeople were dying off rapidly. The Peoria Democratic Press denied the rumors today in a statement: "The last death among the 1600 population of Peoria was that of H. Eadon on December 8 last." [Peoria's population in 1844 was 1,600. Notable!!]

FEBRUARY 2, 1860:

"The clothes business was pretty good in Peoria but it looked better in Chicago, so Sam Rosenwald, proprietor of the Baltimore Clothing House, on Water Street, moved his business to the city by the lake this spring after living in Peoria since 1857.

"The fact that Sam, the clothing man, lived in Peoria would probably have gone unnoticed seventy-five later had not his business been the foundation of the huge fortune built up by his son, Julius, noted Chicago merchant and philanthropist."

FEBRUARY 25, 1862:

"The 11th Illinois Cavalry regiment, Col. Robert G. Ingersoll's outfit, was on its way to war today. The troopers broke camp at the Fair Grounds on Saturday and left the city for St. Louis. The first night then encamped just below Pekin on the river road to their mobilization point.

"The soldiers had led a rousing life in Peoria and the townspeople were fed-up on their conduct. Instead of the usual tearful, heartbreaking and heroics when they rode away, the sentiment of the people at home was expressed by the old Daily Transcript in the line, "Their departure is a source of great relief to our citizens."

SEPTEMBER 23, 1881:

"A new horse on the Adams St line attached to Car No.38, amused himself yesterday afternoon by kicking the dashboard into a shapeless mass and delaying the cars".

MAY 23, 1913:

"Workmen tearing down the old home of Gov. Edward Dunne in the 700 block South Adams St. today found $700 in gold hidden in the walls."

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