Full Text:1857 The vote in April on repeal of town charter is 17 in favor and 213 against Town board votes to purchase fire engine from Chicago for $500 and 100' of hose @ $1 per foot Town board adopts Fire Ordinance creating Fire Department and regulations. Benton, Cass, Van Buren and Johnson Streets to be widened with 20' taken from Public Square. Ex-fireman from Chicago says they never claimed the fire engine would "throw watter". Fines are set for immoderately driving or riding a horse and for trains going over 10 m.p.h. Extending Benton Street to Clay Street and Dean Street south along Woodstock-Dundee Road is approved. Town board requires all dogs, sluts and pups be registered and owner to pay $1 each; paid V. Tracey $2 for burying dogs. County loans Agricultural Society $1000 from Swamp Land fund to buy 10 acres east of town for fairgrounds. New brick 3-story courthouse and jail on west side of Public Square is completed at a cost of $47,000. Street Commissioners to lower grade on Johnson Street with street funds. Rev. Todd's new 150-student school building burns 12 weeks after completion; Cosgrove convicted of arson goes to prison for 6 years. School is held in basement of Presbyterian Church. 1858 Request received by Town board to build a sewer on north side of Calhoun to the bridge on Jefferson Street. Old courthouse and jail in Public Square burns on July 4th. Town board lets contract for $569.99 to grade and fence the Public Square At least 14 places have liquor licenses in the town. Appoint a Vigilance Committee to investigate liquor sellers' compliance with law. Baptists build church. Bertschy starts brewery. 1859 Highway known as Union Road running west from corner of cemetery to be called South Street Recommend removal of cemetery on South Street as unfit for burials. Contractors grading public square are to round the corners. Public Square to be manured and seeded and trees set out; paid Alvin Judd $4 for watering trees. Chicago, St. Paul & Fond du Lac railroad becomes Chicago & Northwestern railroad. Illinois is leading wheat producer, mostly from Rock and Fox River Valleys. First oil wells drilled in Pennsylvania. 1860 Population: Illinois 1,711,951; Chicago 112,172; McHenry County 22,089; Woodstock 1,327. In February fire damages tin shop; the next day livery stable on Main Street, saloon and furniture rooms are destroyed. Horses saved. Smallpox appears at Miles Lyon house. Town board takes charge of house to prevent spread and Dr. P.W.Murphy is paid $12 for attendance. Scarlet fever claims children's lives in the spring. Some other causes of death in this era: consumption, dysentery, typhoid fever, cholera, putrid sore throat, stricture of bowef, bleeding of the lungs, typhus fever. 1861 Abraham Lincoln becomes 16th President of United States on Mar. 4. In April the vote for repeal of the Woodstock town charter is 45 in favor and 95 against Confederate guns fire on Fort Sumter on April 12. Town reports cash on hand $16.01. In May the County levies a tax and appropriates $3000 each to Woodstock Company and Marengo/Union/Riley Company; to use $1000 for uniforms and equipment; the rest for families. By May 13, the Woodstock Light Guards consisting of 78 men and officers join 9 other companies at Camp Scott on the fairgrounds in Freeport, Illinois. Have no guns. The Woodstock Rifles organize with 6 officers and 51 men. M.L. Joslyn is Captain. Ladies of Woodstock meet to sew 100 "Havelocks" for the Light Guards at Alton, III. From June to December town board meetings are without a quorum or just 1 or 2 minor items are addressed. In August the Light Guards are at Fulton, Missouri; clothes are in rags. In September Captain Joslyn left for Aurora with enough recruits. Muster for cavalry at T.D. Murphy's office. McHenry County cavalry is at Washington, D.C. In October a member of the Woodstock Light Guards dies of typhoid fever at Warsaw, Missouri. In December a party of Pottawatomie Indians, 4 men, 3 squaws, 3 papooses, camp near Dufield's Lake on their way home to Wisconsin after a trip to beg pork, flour, etc. to last the winter.