Thursday, September 25, 2014

True and Tilden's Folly




The first step in the founding of the town of Bunker Hill was the establishment of a store.  In 1836, Moses True and John Tilden returned from St. Louis, Mo. bringing a wagon load of groceries, dry goods, etc., which were placed in a building where Tilden ran the store.

The general population did not share the anticipation of the proprietors and they ludicrously called it "True and Tilden's Folly" and it was proclaimed abroad that "The Yankee and his money will soon be parted."  The settlement lay on the direct mail stage route to St. Louis, Mo, by way of Edwardsville and Springfield, and the Old Tavern became a stopping place on that route.



Eventually a stagecoach line was established between the Mississippi River front at Alton and Springfield.  Transportation from St. Louis was by boat to Alton.  In 1838, the first stagecoach line was established, with the main trail being from Alton to Springfield.  The stagecoach stopped many times between these two cities, the local stops being Fosterburg, Woodburn, and Centerville.

The stage route entered Woodburn from the south past the present Woodburn Cemetery and exited to the north.  There was another stop at Pennington place before entering Centerville.  The Bunker Hill Stage Route met up with the Woodburn route at Centerville before going on to Carlinville and then to Springfield.

...Read more about this and other Bunker Hill, IL historical stories at http://bunkerhillhistory.org

--Cite this story: Redford, Carol, and Betty Triplett. "Bunker Hill History." In Reflections: A History of the Bunker Hill-Woodburn Area, 6-7. Bunker Hill: Bunker Hill Publications, 1993. Provided by the Bunker Hill Historical Society.


Redford, Carol, and Betty Triplett. "Woodburn History." In Reflections: A History of the Bunker Hill-Woodburn Area, 13. Bunker Hill: Bunker Hill Publications, 1993. Provided by the Bunker Hill IL Historical Society.
 
 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Miss Edna Bauser - The Youngest Postmaster



March 29, 1940: An open competitive examination to fill the vacancy in the position of Postmaster in this city has been announced by the United States civil Service Commissioner at the request of the Postmaster General.  Mr. E. A. Bauser has been Postmaster here for the past three and a half years, retiring recently due to ill health.  Miss Edna Bauser has been acting Postmaster since her father's retirement.

October 10, 1940: Miss Edna Bauser received telegrams earlier this week from Senators James M. Slatterly and Scott W. Lucus stating her appointment as Postmaster at Bunker Hill has been confirmed by the Senate.  Miss Bauser, 22, is one of the youngest postmasters in the United States.

--Cite this story: Stanton, Carl, ed. Bunker Hill Revisited: From the Files of The Bunker Hill Gazette and The Bunker Hill News. 1920-1940 ed. Vol. 6. Bunker Hill: Stanton, 2006. 234, 242. Provided by the Bunker Hill IL Historical Society.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Skaer Brothers


From Bunker Hill Revisited
1892-1900 Volume Three

December 13, 1899: (Advertisement) SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS FOR EVERYBODY IN OUR END OF CENTURY PRICES---SKAER BROTHERS.  This is the first mention of the approaching new century.  It turned out to be the only mention in the Gazette of the coming of the New Year.

December 20, 1899: Skaer Brothers are newcomers among us since last year, and now are engaged in business, formerly conducted by D.H. Johnston.

October 17, 1900: As we are going to press comes the sad news of the killing of Henry Skaer by the railroad cars at East Alton.  He had gone to St. Louis to buy goods on Tuesday.  When returning, they train, No. 6, due here at 6:08, made its usual stop at East Alton.  Mr. Skaer got off the train, caught hold of the railing with one hand, clutched with the other, but missed his footing and fell under the train.  Death was instant.  Mr. Skaer was just 24 years of age.  he came among us but a year ago and established himself in the dry goods and clothing business.

From Bunker Hill Revisited
1901-1910 Volume Four

January 31, 1902: A disastrous conflagration visited Bunker Hill last Wednesday morning and wrought its fearful work.  About 3 o'clock, night watchman Schreier discovered smoke issuing from the Skaer Brothers store.  A fire alarm was immediately turned in and the fire company responded promptly.  In a short time, a number of citizens were called out and every effort was put forth to quench the flames.  It was soon evident that the Skaer Bros. store would be consumed.

--Cite this story: Stanton, Carl, ed. Bunker Hill Revisited: From the Files of The Bunker Hill Gazette and The Bunker Hill News. 1892-1900 ed. Vol. 3. Bunker Hill: Stanton, 2000. 290-291, 326-327. Provided by the Bunker Hill IL Historical Society.  

Stanton, Carl, ed. Bunker Hill Revisited: From the Files of The Bunker Hill Gazette and The Bunker Hill News. 1901-1910 ed. Vol. 4. Bunker Hill: Stanton, 2003. 19-20.  Provided by the Bunker Hill IL Historical Society.