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Century of 'Clean Living' - Adds up to Happy Birthday

by Michael Corey

One-hundred-year-old Sadie E. Moore doesn't drink, smoke, or swear. "I've lived a good clean life," she explained. "My mother was a good Christian woman and she brought me up that way."

Born in Freeport, Ill., Dec. 3, 1879, Mrs. Moore came to Cedar Grove 10 years ago to live with her son, Ward, and his wife, Viola.

Saturday neighbors visited for cookies and coffee to help celebrate her 100th birthday and Sunday family members gathered to officially mark her centennial year.

"I never thought I'd make it this long," admitted the township woman.

Despite the occasion, Mrs. Moore took the events in stride and requesed no special birthday gifts or for that matter wishes no special Christmas presents. "I don't need anything," she stated.

Mrs. Moore however recalled another Christmas back in Illinois when she was 10-years-old. The congregation of her church joined to decorate a community Christmas Treee, illuminated with candles and strung with popcorn.

Some of the holiday presents would be hung from the branches and others would be underneath the tree, recalled Sadie.

"I remember I saw a doll hanging on the tree and thought, "I wonder who is going to get that," said Mrs. Moore. "When my name was called I jumped down underneath my seat and hid, I was so shy.

A former teacher in a one-room school house in Freeport, Mrs. Moore gave up teaching when she was married.

Her first teaching job, when she was 20, paid $18 a month and out of that she had to pay one of her students to put wood in the stove to heat the classroom in the winter.

"I'd drive to shool in a horse-drawn buggy," pointed out Mrs. Moore. "The children would put the horse and carriage in the barn and it would stay there the whole day while I taught.: Later she and her husband, Arthur, purchased a more modern means of transportation -- a Model T Ford.

The happiest moment of my life was when I saw my son (Ward) go off to College in 1931," exclaimed Mrs. Moore. Her son attended Wesley University in Illinois and follwed in his grandmother's and mother's footsteps by becoming a teacher himself.

Sadie watches some television now, especially her favorites, "The Lawrence Welk Show," and "The Price is Right," with Bob Barker. He failing vision, however, has deprived her of her real joy which is reading.

Mrs. Moore admitted she has experienced no cultural shock over the 100 years of her life from witnessing the rapid developments of technology. "I like to see things change,: she confessed.

People, though, have changed a little from the early part of the centruy, she stated. "When you go into a new place people won't welcome you like they used to," she offered. "They used to be friendlier."

(photo was inserted) Caption under photo: 100th birthday. Sadie E. Moore of Cedar Grove, reminisced by going through a scrap book put together by her grandnephew, Randy, as she marked her 100th birthday Sunday.


Source: The Verona-Cedar Grove Times (Verona, New Jersey), Dec 1979.

Submitted by: Randy Campbell on 1/17/00


Albie, Mr. and Mrs.
LOCAL LUMINOSITY
Mr. and Mrs. Albie, of Lena, Ill., were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Whitman during the latter part of last and the fore part of this week.
Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County, WI) 6 August 1885 Thursday Volume 20 Number 45
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on Sun, 11 Nov. 2001


Alexander, Joe 'DDS'
Brief Items
Dr. Joe Alexander, of Lena, is visiting in the city. Doc has recently graduated from the Iowas Dental College and thinks of locating at Freeport.
Darlington Democrat (La Fayette Co. WI) 4 April 1895 Thursday Volume 31 Number 26
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on Sun, 7 April 2002


Farmer, Mrs. John (Leary)
Dublin (Wisconsin) - Miss Julia Leary left Saturday for Freeport, where she will spend a couple of weeks visiting her sister, Mrs. John Farmer.
Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County Wisconsin) 18 July 1907 v9 #46
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 13 Dec 2001


Holder, Sarah
Miss Sarah Holder of Freeport, in consequence, it is claimed, of a defective sidewalk in that city, received an injury about a year and a half ago which has made her lame ever since, and to avoid a suit for damages the city authorities have compromised the matter by agreeing to pay her $1000. Lancaster, Wis., was to gritty to compromise a similar claim for damages and has to pay about $10,000 after years of litigation.
Galena Gazette, Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County, WI) 14 July 1886 Wednesday Volume 1 Number 33
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 11 Nov. 2001


Hurd, Mrs. & daughter
Mrs. Hurd and daughter, of Freeport, will arrive in the city Friday, and will be the guests of Miss Maggie Allen.
Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County, WI) 6 August 1885 Thursday Volume 20 Number 45
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 11 Nov. 2001


Hogan, John
Mr. John Hogan of Freeport Sundayed with relatives in this city. Mr. Will Hogan of Omaha is visiting friends here.
Darlington Democrat (Darlington, La Fayette County, WI) 12 September 1895 Thursday Volume 31 Number 49.
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 23 May 2003


Herbig, JW 1845 - (post 1915) - Herbig Children Gather at Parental Home for Feast
ARE NOT HYPHENATED AMERICANS
Incidents of the Life of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Herbig, Hamilton County Pioneers.
Last week we made mention of the fact that J.W. Herbig had the pleasure of being able to gather all of his children under the same "vine and fig tree" once again. It is not often that parents of as large a family as Mr. and Mrs. Herbig are, can have the pleasure at the age of seventy of seeing all the children born to them together.
J.W. Herbig was born in Schwartzburg, Sonderhausen, a principality of Germany, November 10, 1845. In this province he spent the greater part of his boyhood and youth, going to school until he was fifteen years of age when his father bound him to a shoemaker for three years and a half, the time he was required to serve at the bench before he could get a certificate of proficiency which was necessary before he could follow that trade for a livelihood. While he was learning his trade, all the remuneration he received was what he could eat. His father had to obligate himself to furnish him the clothing he wore.
We wonder what some of the youngsters of this country would think if their parents would compel them to learn a trade or business as Mr. Herbig did and give them an allowance of probably fifteen or twenty dollars a year for clothing and nothing else? We talk so much about high taxes and blame it mostly upon inefficiency, yet, we go on turning our boys and girls out into the world with practically no training and expect them to honestly compete in efficiency with those who have had a sound foundation laid for them to work upon. When a poorly boy or girl is thrown upon the world to make a living they will be compelled to pay dearly for their experience or use some of the slick schemes now so called legitimate use, in order to get ahead of some one who, if the merit system was strictly adhered to, would be superior.
After graduating from the bench, Mr. Herbig worked at his trade in Madgeburg, a city of 100,000 people and the location of a first class fort. He also worked in many other large cities in Germany until 1866 when he was conscripted into the Prussian Army, the Austro-Prussian war being then on. With the exception of three months spent at Fort Ehrenbreitstein at Colbenz, he was located in the barracks of his home country. Colbenz is located at the junction of the Mozelle and Rhine rivers and on low ground while the fort was on the opposite side of the Rhine on high ground and the river was crossed by means of a pontoon bridge. Mr. Herbig says he crossed the bridge nearly every day of his stay in the fort and measured it many times. He was in the Prussian army thirteen months and was discharged upon a petition to the government gotten up by his father who wanted to emigrate to America. The war being over, he was honorably discharged and he still has his discharge, although he has no desire to go back to Germany, nor does he have any sympathy for those who are perpetrating the present war. He wants it to be distinctly understood that he is an American and for America, first, last, and all the time. He says he knows what it is to stand in line and have an officer touch your hair and tell you it is time to get your hair cut.
As rations, in the army each soldier was allowed seven pounds of bread for every five days, their dinner which consisted mostly of soup and twenty cents in money, out of which he had to buy all the other food he needed, and such incidentals as blacking and the things necessary to keep their accoutrements in shape and shining all the time. He says that as a boy he was usually well fed but he does not remember the time until after he came to America that he was not hungry. Now he says he is not hungry enough, or has no appetite to amount to anything. May 3, 1867, his father, mother, and all his brothers and sisters emigrated to America where on brother preceded them and located in Lena, Ill. Ocean travel in those days was not so fast as now. It took them 44 days to cross the ocean.
Mr. Herbig worked at his trade for a Frenchman in Lena, Ill for six years. He then bought out another shop and went into business for himself. For six more years he ran his own shop and then sold out. On February 4, 1880, he bid adieu to friends in Lena and came to Hamilton county. He located two miles southeast of Marquette and made his home on this quarter until he retired from farming and moved to Marquette less than two years ago.
Mrs. Herbig was born in the same place in Germany as Mr. Herbig, June 24, 1850. She left Germany when she was twelve years of age some seven or eight years before her husband. She, as well as her husband, cross the ocean in a sailing vessel and the time was consequently long. When J. W. Herbig came to Lena, Ill. in 1867, he found Mrs. Herbig there and from the fact that they were married in Freeport, Ill., September 11, 1868, their courtship must have been conducted in a pretty energetic way. After her marriage she lived with her husband in Lena, Ill., for twelve years and during this time there were born to them five children, Robert F., who is married and with his family lives near Dalroy, Alberta, Canada. He is a farmer and a stock raiser; Mrs. Lydia Clother, this place; Rev. Wm. F., who is an evangelist working with the M.E. church. For a number of years after leaving his home twenty-one years ago, he was on a farm in the Dakotas, and now owns three hundred and twenty acres of North Dakota's most fertile soil. Feeling that he had enough of this world's goods to keep him comfortably the balance of his life, he entered the ministry of the M.E. church and was ordained only recently by Bishop Quayle at the North Dakota conference at Fargo. He is now making his home with his family at University Park, near Oskaloosa, Iowa. Mrs. Clara May and Mrs. Lena Wolf, who live on farms near town, were the other children.
After coming to Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. Herbig added five more branches to the family tree. Henry, the lone bachelor of the family; Walter, living on a farm near Hampton; Ralph, who lives on the home place; Mrs. Lulu Carlsen, wife of the cashier of the Bank of Phillips, and Albert, the baby, who is now farming the Clother homestead.
There are twenty grand children in the family, fourteen boys and six girls. To this worthy and esteemed couple who have lived so long amongst us, we wish to extend congratulations upon this event, which we hope, but most likely will not, happen in their lives again. - Marquette correspondent.
Hamilton County Advocate (a Nebraska newspaper) 21 Dec 1915.
Submitted by: Rod Fleck on 6 July 2003


Martin, Mrs. A.C.
Mrs. A. C. Martin departed Tuesday afternoon for Polo, Ill. for a short visit to relatives.
Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County WI) 21 February 1884 Thursday Volume 19 Number 21.
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 7 Nov 2001


Wm. Murphy
Wm. Murphy and daughter returned from Lena, Illinois, on Monday, where they had been attending the funeral of Mr. M.'s sister.
Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County WI) 8 January 1885 Thursday Volume 20 Number 15.
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 7 Nov 2001


Magoon, Richard H.
Richard H. Magoon, who was imprisoned Dec. 29, for an alleged assault upon Hon. Henry S. Magoon, was released on bail last Saturday, Feb. 27th. Richard H. wishes to express through the JOURNAL his deep gratitude to the gentlemen who went on his bond - and to other friends - more especially as they were entire strangers to him. He started for Lena, Ill., yesterday, where his mother resides. He will be on hand at the June term of court in this city.
Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County WI) 3 March 1886 Wednesday Volume 1 Number 14.
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 7 Nov 2001


McGuill, Miss Edith
Miss Edith McGuill, of Freeport, Ill., is the guest of Mr. D. J. Rockwell's family this week.
Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County WI) 18 December 1889 Wednesday Vol 5 No. 4.
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 7 Nov 2001


Miller, Will
BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY
Children, Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren of Joseph W Miller of Darlington Celebrate His Ninety-Second Birthday.
Fred W. Miller and wife of Darlington gave a dinner at their home on Ohio Street in honor of Mr. Miller's father, Joseph W. Miller, this being his ninety-second birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miller and infant son Joe, Chas. A. Miller and wife. Will Bates, wife and children, Mrs. W Howard and Mrs. Dick Stauffacher of Monroe, and Same H. Bales and wife of Darlington.
The guests presented Grandfather Miller with a handsome watch, and expressed the hope that this will bnot be the last of the birthdays they will have the pleasure of spending with him.
J. W. Miller has six children living, viz: E.A. Miller of Sioux City, Iowa, A.L. Miller of Meadville, Penn; Chas. A. Miller, Fred W. Miller and Emma Bates of Darlington, and Mrs. W. Howard of Monroe. His grandchildren are Mrs. E. J. Shueppe and Mrs. L. Dunning of Huron. S. D; Mrs. Geo McCracken of Meadville, Penn; Mrs. Dick Stauffacher of Monroe; Mrs. Will Bates of Darlington; Will Miller of Freeport, Ill.; Minnie, Harry, Burnell, Eddie and Earl Miller of Meadville, and Joseph L Miller Jr. of Darlington. There are four great grand-children, Eveleen and Alice Bates of Darlington; Everett Schueppe of Juron, S.D., and Alene McCracken of Meadville, Penn.
Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County WI) 24 Febuary 1907 Thursday Vol: 9 No. 21
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 11 Nov. 2001


Meyers, Mr. & Mrs. (Benston)
Items of Local Interest Gathered by the DEMOCRAT
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Meyers of Freeport, who have been visiting the latter's mother Mrs. Jas. Benston, of Darlington, returned home Wednesday.
Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County WI) 31 Oct. 1907 V10 #9.
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 14 Dec 2001


Miss Edith McGuill
Miss Edith McGuill, of Freeport, Ill., is the guest of Mr. D. J. Rockwell's family this week.
Darlington Journal (LaFayette County WI) Wednesday 18 December 1889 Vol 5 No. 4.
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 19 Dec 2001


Michaelson, Charley
Charley Michaelson of Freeport, is visiting realtives in this city.
Darlington Democrat (Darlington, La Fayette County WI) 29 August 1895 Thursday Volume 31 Number 47
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 23 May 2003


McNarama, James
Ex-Sheriff James McNarama, of Stephenson Co. has sued the county for $1000, which he claims is the balance due him as Sheriff's salary. The county claims a balance of $400 in its own favor and thus the ex sheriff and county are $1400 apart.
Darlington Democrat (Darlington, La Fayette County WI) 28 February 1895 Thursday Volume 31 Number 21.
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 8 June 2003


Neese, Bertha (Hansen)
News Items Borrowed From Our Neighbors.
South Wayne Homestead:
Mrs. Willard G. Neese, formerly Bertha Hensen, eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Hansen, was born in Wota, Wis., Oct 12th, 1870, and died at the Globe hospital in Freeport, Ill., May 14, 1907, after an illness of four years, the doctors being unable to diagnose the disease. The funeral was held May 16, at the home of Mrs. S. Neese in Warren, Ill., Rev Strain of the Presbyterian church officiating. Interment was made in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Darlington Democrat (LaFayette Co. WI) Thursday May 30, 1907 V9 #39.
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 11 Dec 2001


Dr. Livingston (Rockefeller) - Rockefeller, Mr. (Dr. Livingston)
John D. Rockefeller is known in Freeport as Dr. Livingston
KNOWS OIL KING'S FATHER - Rockefeller, Sr., Lives at Freeport Under Assumed Named - Admitted His Identity.
H. K. Amber of Freeport, Ill. a young man who is visiting relatives in Appleton, made the positive statement in an interview that he knows John D rockefeller's father and that the aged man, has admitted to him that his sone is the weathiest man on earth.
"John D. Rockefeller is known in Freeport as Dr. Livingston," said Mr. Amber, "but he admitted to me about a year ago that it was not his name. He is an old man with white beard, is short and stout, but has many features and facial expressions like his famous son.
"He is a recluse, and seldom leaves his home. His wife is dead but he has a housekeeper. He saw me one day about a year agao and talked to me on the street. A short time afterward as I was passing his house he invited me in and we became quite friendly.
"He said he wanted some one to talk to and I have visited him a number of times. He is the man who was written up in some magazines a while back (by Ida Tarbell) as Rockefeller's father and I asked him about it one day. He said he never read magazines, but added: 'I never talk of my son to anyone: if he don't want to recognize me I won't complain. He supplies my every need and I make no complaint.'"
Receives $5,000 a year.
Mr. Amber says Dr. Livingston, as he is known there, receives $5,000 per year from the Standard Oil king thru the German bank of Freeport and he is seldom seen down town except when he goes to cash the check. He lives on the west side in Freeport and is friendly with his neighbors but never mingles with them.
Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County WI) 22 Aug 1907 v9 #51.
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit 13 Dec. 2001


Mrs. Boberts
White Oak Springs
Mrs. Hardy of Shullsburg and Mrs. Boberts of Freeport, Ill., visited at the McLeer Residence Tuesday.
Darlington Democrat (Darlington, La Fayette County WI) Thursday 22 Aug 1895 V 31 No. 46. The type was set as 'Mrs. Boberts', I trust this to be a typo.
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit 23 May 2003


McDaniel, Minnie (Sisson)
Sisson, Minnie (McDaniel)
Married in Oneco, Ill., March 15, 1893, by Elias Heckman Esq., Mr. Chas. Sisson, of Wiota, to Miss Minnie McDaniel, of Oneco.
Democrat & Register (LaFayette County WI) 24 March 1893 Friday Democrat V 29 No. 25 Register V 7 No. 21
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on Wed, 7 Nov 2001


Schrack, P. B.
Colts and ridgling horses altered and heifers spayed with entire success by the undersigned who has had seventeen years experience in the business. I refer to Paul Noble of Darlington, who has knowledge of my skill and success in this department of veternary practice. Have traveled and done business in eastern part of the county. P. B. SCHRACK, Oneco, Ill.
Democrat & Register (LaFayette County WI) 23 October 1891 Friday Democrat V 28 No. 4 Register V 6 No. 52
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on Wed, 7 Nov 2001


Scanlan, P. G.
Hon. D. Sheean, of Galena, has gone to Freeport to act as attorney for Mr. P. G. Scanlan, who is his relative. Mr. Sheean is reported as saying that from a partial examination of Mr. Scanlan's affairs he considers him hopelessly involved and does ot see any way for him to pull through. A number of eastern creditors of Mr. Scanlan have replevined a large amount of goods from the possession of the sheriff, which will involve a series of lawsuits between them and the party in whose name the sheriff first took possession of the store. The above we take from the Warren Sentinel of last week. Mr. Scanlan was quite well known in this county, having been auctioneer for McKey Bros., of Janesville, for many years.
Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County WI) 12 Febuary 1885 Thursday Volume 20 Number 20
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on Sun. 11 Nov 2001


Shockley, Robert
Robert Shockley and family have gone to Belvidere, Ill., where they will make their home. Mr. Shockley will enter the employ of the Raliegh Medicine Company of Freeport.
Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County WI) 17 January 1907 Thursday V 9 No. 20
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on Sun, 13 Jan 2002


Charles Trinkel
Social and Personal
Items of Local Interest, Gathered by the DEMOCRAT
Mrs. Dr. Trickel went to Lena, Ill. Saturday to attend the wedding of her husband's brother Charles. From Lena she went to Benton, returning home yesterday afternoon.
Darlington Democrat (Lafayette County Wis) 7 Nov 1907 v10 #10
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit on 15 Dec 2001


Sadie Wolfe
Local Personals
Mrs. C. A. Blanchard and Miss Maggie Allen went to Freeport Thursday to attend the wedding of Miss Sadie Wolfe. They returned to Darlington on Friday.
Darlington Democrat (LaFayette County WI) 21 April 1886 Wednesday Volume 1 Number 21
Submitted by: Katherine Hebenstreit 11 Nov 2001

 

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