Full Text:as all are assured that whatever cause for dislike existed on the score has been removed." "Large wood pile in front of the depot caught fire from sparks falling from locomotives." Aug., Serenading Parties on moonlight evenings become popular. A neat & comfortable hotel, the Waverly House opens. The Chicago & Northwestern railroad, moving freight, had 36 trains pass through Woodstock in 24 hours. The hope is they could dispense with them on the Sabbath. 1867 Dr. Crandall's new post office being erected on north side of Square. Fifty Young Warrior Mowing Machines are being manufactured at The Woodstock Foundry. Wm. A. Norton & Co. have opened a stock of glass, crockery, queensware, etc. in building north of post office. Base Ball Club being organized by young men of Woodstock. Base ball fever does not diminish. Suggest hold tournament during County Fair. The exterior of Court House is receiving a thin coat of red plaster, which is burned into the brick with muriatic acid. White mortar marks outlines. Costs more, lasts longer. Rev. R.K. Todd's buggy crushed by rail cars backing up on crossing near Presbyterian Church. Man & son escaped injury. Train failed to ring bell as required by city ordinance. Businessmen on the Square agree to close on Thursday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as U.S. President has appointed as day of Thanksgiving and prayer. G. DeClercq is proprietor of Woodstock's first cheese factory. 1868 C.B. Durfee purchases 40 acres of peat land north of Woodstock. Sell for $5 a ton for fuel. Phoenix Hall is too small. Need for larger hall in town. Dr. W. P. Adams has opened a circulating library in his drug store. Dr. Richardson will also have one. Each will have 200 volumes of choice books. Let books weekly for a small sum for the privilege of reading. Committee on Streets & Alleys should establish a uniform grade for sidewalks. Property holders do as they please. East side of Square is dangerous. New public school on Throop St. cost $40,000. A model institution with 400 pupils & 8 rooms. 1869 Trial run from Chicago to Woodstock of "an oil-burning locomotive bringing 20 freight cars." Very satisfactory. Oakland Cemetery laid out & lots sold by J.C. Choate. Woodstock Cornet Band serenaded in Park (Square) in May & would like a band stand & pay for the 4th of July performance. July 4th procession formed in front of Court House. Besides bands an immense covered wagon, drawn by 4 horses, & containing 40 young girls, dressed in white, representing States of the Union, Goddess of Liberty, etc. T.J. Dacy broke ground for a new grain elevator. Teachers may make monthly schedules and present to Town-ship Treasurers for pay. Velocipede mania has not hit Woodstock but a sample three wheeler is to be shown soon. The County Democratic Convention will meet in Woodstock next week. First time Democrats on the ballot. Will not stand a ghost of a chance. Republican ticket a good one. Nov. a great storm raged for 3 days leaving 18 inches of snow. Superb for sleighing. 1870 April. Mr. E.E. Thomas fell through the dilapidated sidewalk in front of the Methodist Church on Sunday evening. Coal cost $9 a ton. Need a first class fire engine in town. County Fair to be in Sept. Cost for a man & his wife for 3 days is $1. 1871 Over 100 loads of ice passed through the Square to Arnold, Zimmer & Co. ice house in Feb. Many parents & others visiting schools. J.M. Kimball of Woodstock invents & patents a washing machine. Geo. Bassett of Woodstock invents & applies for patent for adjustable step for painters & others using a ladder. New Methodist Church is dedicated in September. Apples are 15$ a bushel. A.B. McConnell needs a good, practical cheese maker to take charge of a large factory in March. Good wages. Oct. 8, "Great fire in Chicago. City destroyed" "Fire in Woodstock. The entire business portion narrowly escapes destruction. Loss $20,000." Court House saved by water stored in a large cistern at Court House. The fire discovered in a haystack in the rear of Jas. Lulny's saloon, back of southwest corner of Square after church on Sun. Burned south & southwest side of Square. Woodstock relatives hear of terrible toll in fire same day in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Nov. 16, Need to rebuild the sidewalks that were destroyed by the fire. 1872-1881 1872 Public schools close for a month's vacation in Feb. Postmaster general requests that the name of county be added to all mail addresses. A $25 reward is offered for the capture of Charles Randall who escaped from jail; had been detained since last fall for grand larceny.