Full Text:School Board votes to add Botany and Rhetoric classes. Pigeon shoot held at Fairgrounds. U.S. Supreme Court decision allows states to regulate rates for grain elevators and railroads. Rutherford B. Hayes, after a hotly disputed election, becomes president; removes troops from the South to end Reconstruction; authority is returned to southern states. The Red Ribbon Club, a temperance society is organized. Woodstock schools have 218 pupils; tuition is $4 for high school, $3 for lower grades. One boy is killed, another injured trying to hop a movingfreight train in Woodstock. Both travelers from Penn. in search of • work. A gang of pickpockets and "fakers" are captured on the 4th day of county fair. Louis Pasteur presents the Germ Theory of Disease. Thomas Edison applies for patent for phonograph. 1878 E.C. Jewett accepts payment for taxes for Dorr Twp. at 1st National Bank. Firemen will appear in uniform at the Grand Firemen's Dance, National Hall; admission 50 cents. Old Settlers Reunion Day has parade and festivities in Woodstock. High school class of '78 holds graduation exercises at Presbyterian Church. Citizens plan to raise funds for victims of Yellow Fever outbreak in the South. Creamery is built about 2 miles north of Woodstock. "Our American Cousin" is presented at National Hall. Presbyterian Church charges 25* to view "talking machine" (phonograph). 1879 Wife of Brigham Young speaks at Baptist Church on Mormon customs. 12 men compete in 8-hour tramp around the Square; champion walks 40 miles and wins $50. Man is arrested for using indecent language in the presence of a lady. Thomas Edison invents the electric light bulb. Analysis of water from the Spring House by Chicago's Rush Medical College reveals recommendation for use in treatment of afflictions of the stomach, bowels, and kidneys; also to treat debility, anemia, etc. 1880 Co. G, 3rd Infantry, Illinois National Guard is organized. Entire block, including Dacy's warehouse burns; $35,000 loss. May have been caused by an attempt to blowup and rob safe. Catholic Church adds 22 feet; also panel work on ceiling and walls, curved altar at cost of nearly $3000. 2 children die of diptheria. Blizzard and extreme cold; -12 ° to -24° the end of December. 1881 In January, nearly every well is low or dry; no water in the 2 cisterns; may have to rely on ice for water. Meat market owners agree to close on Sunday morning until April 1st to avoid $5 fine to person complaining. Evening classes for Penmanship and Bookkeeping are offered by Prof. Becker of Rockford College in Furer's Hall. Northwestern Gas Company to lay gas mains and service pipes in the city; expect to provide service within 60 days after operations begin; cheaper than coal; start with 40 customers; price decreases when more sign on. To raise funds for school library, teachers of Woodstock entertain with public readings, recitations, and music. Adults 35$, children 20$. Raised $78. Pickle Growers' Union formed with 100 members. Chicago Clothing Store opens; advertises: 50% cheaper than any other place; Latest Styles, Best Quality, Lowest Prices. Woodstock has 1 fire engine, 2 wells, 2 reservoirs in the Square. Records show there were 56 businesses and 7 lawyers, 6 doctors, 6 ministers and 1 academy serving Woodstock and the surrounding area. Included in the 56 businesses were the usual food, clothing, hardware, and drug stores plus 2 lumber yards, 2 flouring mills, 6 blacksmiths, 1 wagon shop, 2 hotels, 3 livery stables, 1 feed, salt and lime store. 1882-1891 1882 May 13 the interior of the Kellogg block, owned by E. Session, was gutted by fire. $5,000 loss. Presbyterian Church on the corner of Calhoun and Tryon streets dedicates new building built by Simon Brink on December 25th. E. A. Murphy residence on Jackson Street destroyed by fire. $7,000 loss. 1883 M.N. Wein opens a dry goods store at the corner of Benton and East Washington streets. Kinderwald, a boarding school for girls opens on Oct. 1 by Rev. & Mrs. Samuel Cox Hay, minister of the Presbyterian Church.