Full Text:February 19, Neil Donnelly, former county sheriff, storeowner & two-term mayor, dies. In July the Citizens League formed to establish a perfect reign of law and order in the city. Arnold Zimmer & Company Brewery advertises no beer to be sold or given away on Sundays. July 14 the Chicago Telephone Company begins erectingtele-phone poles. July 28 the telephone wires were strung in Woodstock. Skating social given by Mrs. T. D. Murphy at the Opera House for benefit of the Congregational Society. 35 cent admission & refreshments. City Council agree that it has been a year of improvement with more fine residences & businesses completed. 1884 January 12, the City Council tells city marshal to notify all parties to clear their sidewalks of snow and keep them clear. Many Leap Year parties on Feb. 2. Feb. 23 at 3:00 a.m. there was an alarm for a fire in the J. C. Choates block where the Odd Fellows Hall is. A telegram is sent to Harvard calling for aid. In three-quarters of an hour the new fire engine from Harvard arrives by train. The inside of the building from cellar to roof is destroyed. $30,000 loss. Mrs. Eliza Edwards was walking down Clay Street when she stepped on a loose sidewalk board which flew up, throwing her to the ground. It caused injuries which made her walk with a cane for quite awhile. A visit of the "Black Eagle", Gen. John A. Logan, vice-presidential candidate, to the McHenry County Fair brings a large crowd. He is an old army friend of A. S. Wright, who is Secretary of the Fair Association. October 18 the Hon. Carter H. Harrison visits Woodstock while running for Governor. Greeted by 3,000 people. The annual Thanksgiving entertainment given by Todd Seminary attracted many patrons. 1885 Woodstock Cemetery Association was organized with John S. Wheat as president. First meeting was at the Waverly House in August. July 30, a memorial service for U. S. Grant is held on the square. James Duffield died at age 84 as the result of injuries from a fall on the ice. Property for sale by Richards & Arnold includes a small, nearly new, comfortable house on a half acre of fine land for $900. $55 per acre for farm land. The Presidential Inaugural Ball is held at Opera House in Murphy's Hall on March 7. After the ball at 12:00 a.m., an elegant supper is held at the Richmond House. Market Quotations: cattle, $5; hogs, $4.50; cheese, 5$ to 8$ a pound; creamery butter, 19$; dairy butter, 15$; eggs, 15$ a dozen. City Council met to establish the amount to be paid for dram shop licenses. $500 per annum. Owner took bit out of mouth of a racing mare so it could get a drink of water at the Main Street watering trough and horse ran away with head down and into the hind wheel of a lumber wagon. Fell dead. Spring City Band is organized. Frank Medlar conductor and cornet player. Telephone station is located in A.R. Murphy Jewelry Store. 1886 Library moves from Murphy's to Wright's Drug Store on the south side of the Square and Mr. Wright, the druggist, is made librarian. The Woodstock Brewery is destroyed by fire in August. May 22 the Hoy Block buildings were raised 4 feet and dropped lower floor 2 feet, giving higher & better ceilings in the basement as well as lower stories. Brought huge jacks from Chicago. Work progresses on bandstand in the Square. Sidewalks are of wood and the streets, in the rainy season, are like a bottomless pits. July 16, James Dacey, convicted Chicago killer, was hung in the Court House yard. Simon Brink assisted by his two sons, Fred S. Brink and Charles S. Brink erected the gallows that were loaned by Cook County. Dacey shot Chicago Alderman Gaynor in a saloon quarrel. Two trials held in Woodstock. Hanging witnessed by 150. Body turned over to Patrick Dacey, a brother, who took it back to Chicago on the 4:52 p.m. train. Two-mile skating race in the Armory for Woodstock Championship medal. April election. Joel H. Johnson re-elected police magistrate. 1887 Woodstock Brewing and Bottling Company incorporated. Located at very northwestern corner of city on Washington Street. Large business established in 1858. Destroyed or partially destroyed by fire several times. Always rebuilt. Joel H. Johnson appointed postmaster by President Cleveland. Sheriffs house built next to Court House on Johnson Street. Woodstock has six saloon licenses at $1,000 each. The year before there were nine at $500 each. Concrete sidewalks are replacing easily worn out pine board sidewalks in many places. Much cheaper and nicer. The Woodstock Democrat newspaper wants to see cement walks in the park.