Full Text:1894 City issues $10,000 bonds; buys a lot on First St., drills 1,014' well, builds 40' dia. by 10' deep reservoir, buys pumping outfit, installs 20,679 ft. of water mains, 42 hydrants and 16' dia. by 80' water tank on W. Jackson St. Chicago Industrial Home for Children, haven for orphaned children, headed by Rev. Thomas B. Arnold, moves to Mrs. Roxey D. Stevens home on farm at 940 N. Seminary Ave. Mrs. Stevens, a childless widow asks only for small annuity and home for life. Wheeler & Tappan Co. is successfully recruited; a building is erected on First St. site.; has its own steam plant and electricity. If plants stays 5 years they receive title to property. Name is changed to Tappan Steam Pump Co. American Railroad Union strikes against the Pullman Co. in Chicago; stops mail delivery; Federal court issues injunction; Eugene V. Debs, president of union, refuses to obey. 1895 Eugene V. Debs was sentenced to 6 months and 6 other union members were sentenced to 3 months; serve their time in the McHenry County jail. Later Debs says he converted from unionism to socialism while in Woodstock. On last day the townspeople carried him to train station on their shoulders. Woodstock Sentinel ad offers a set of Encyclopedia Britannica for $1 asking potential customers to "Give Your Boys a Chance!". New water system is in operation. 1896 Oliver Typewriter, founded by Rev. Thomas Oliver of Iowa, takes over the building previously occupied by the Tappan Steam Pump Co., on condition it remain 5 yrs. It has 150 employees and turned out 100 typewriters in the first 8 months of operation. Largest plant in Woodstock and one of largest in the world. The Woodstock Ladies Benevolent Penny Society becomes the "Penny Mite Society". The McHenry County Farmers' Institute is formed to educate its members through speakers, organize excursions to agricultural colleges and provide scholarships for young people pursuing careers in agriculture. Forerunner of McHenry County Farm Bureau. City grants franchise to Allen B. Wager of McHenry County Telephone Co. to construct complete local telephone company. Chicago Telephone Co. directory in Oct. lists 4 Woodstock subscribers on its toll (long distance) service at 25$ for 5 minutes. 1897 Woodstock Brewing and Bottling Co. wins blue ribbon at state fair in Springfield. The Northwestern Rabbitry is established at the end of Washington St. by Mrs. Edith Kinsman-Poyer to breed rabbits for meat and skins. Belgian Hares and "Flemish Giant" breeds were imported and raised. City installs electric power plant at water system site. Adds boiler, engine for light plant and installs 442 poles, 26 miles wire. No poles around Square. Cost $12,250. 1898 The battleship Maine is sunk in Havana Harbor; led to the Spanish American War. More than 100 volunteers of Woodstock's Co. G, Third Regiment of Illinois Infantry muster on April 26th and serve in the conflict. Flags flew all around town and especially the Square when Pres. McKinley signs the resolution of intervention. St. John's Lutheran Church is rebuilt on the NW corner of Jefferson and Calhoun Sts. Rev. J.D. Kelsey replaces Rev. Arnold as head of Chicago Industrial Home for Children. 1899 The Citizens Telephone Co. incorporated by M.L. Joslyn, J.C. Donnelly, D.F. Curley takes over intertown telephone lines of McHenry County Telephone Co. Consists of 100 miles of metallic circuit lines connecting 22 communities in the county. 1900 The Kodak Brownie camera is introduced by George Eastman. Cost $1 and is the first camera to use film rather than plates making it more operable by the general public. Film is 15 cents per roll. Allen B. Wager's independent telephone company, sub-licenses and takes over and operates telephone toll stations . Local service has 140 stations on 25 miles of open wire pole lines. Rural Free Delivery (RFD) of mail begins in Woodstock area on Mar. 1. 1901 Dr. Windmueller introduces first automobile to Woodstock. His Milwaukee Steam was purchased from the Milwaukee Automobile Co. and he drove it to Woodstock. The daring doctor frightens citizens roaring up and down city streets. It took some time to get up steam and often it was necessary to back up and get a longer head start to get up hills. The Northwestern Rabbitry expands; may be the largest plant of its kind in the world.