Full Text:"The Potential Woman" is the title of lecture by Mrs. Jennie F. Willing at Methodist-Episcopal Church; benefits Ladies' Aid Society. Cigar and Confectionery store is opened by James Eastwood at north end of Square. G.S. Southworth, County Superintendent of Schools announces that Woodstock teachers must be present for a 2-day public written examination in March. Juvenile baseball clubs, the Stars of Marengo played the Alerts of Rev. Todd's Woodstock Seminary; Stars 26 - Alerts 25. Town Board sets fines of $5 to $25 for anyone who clings to or gets on train cars passing through Woodstock. T.J. Dacy demonstrates a Rotary Force pump that will throw stream of water 50 ft.; holds 4 pails of water; a capital thing for sprinkling streets, gardens and great for fires. $1,000 purse is offered for 3-day horse races held by Woodstock Annual Driving Park Assn. All the buildings on the east side of the Square burn on Aug. 27th; 16 businesses, 1 dwelling and 3 barns; $31,000 loss. May have been arson; the town has no fire engine. By subscription citizens raise money to buy a fire engine; town has wells dug in the Square to fight fires. The night watchman at the Woodstock brewery was smothered when a bin of malt above broke through the floor. 1873 Financial panic occurs because of low crop prices after Civil War and U.S. monetary policy. In January citizens organize a fire company; the Town Board buys a lot and builds an engine house near the NE corner of Throop and Cass Sts. Woodstock Bakery & Restaurant reopens on NE corner of Square. The Northwestern Musical Conservatory is organized. A vote, March 24, on changing Woodstock's governing body to a city with mayor and aldermen was 109 in favor, 0 opposed. The new government organizes April 19 with John S. Wheat as mayor. The Methodist and Presbyterian Society sponsors an excursion to Madison, Wise. 7 hours for the 85-mile trip with stops at Harvard and Roscoe; round trip is $2; 250 aboard. Woodstock Seminary changes its name to Todd Seminary for Boys. The Montgomery Queen Circus comes to town; features great mastodon, Arabs on horseback, camels & more. Spring House is built in the Public Square for $600 to attract tourists. Four fine business blocks have been built since the 1872 fire; occupied by 11 stores, a bank and a public hall. Squire Dingee & Co. pickle company is organized. 1874 A railroad accident 6 miles north of Woodstock kills 40 persons. A child of 10 months drowns by falling head first into a pail of milk. Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) is formed in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican County Convention held at Courthouse to nominate local candidates and delegates to Congressional and Representative Conventions. The Woodstock Dramatic Club organizes. Millinery Goods Store opens on the Square. Barbed wire, invented by Joseph Glidden of DeKalb, III., is available. 1875 Heavy snows block roads and railroad; 15° to 20° below zero; wood and coal supplies diminishing seriously. A Social at the Courthouse raised $100 for the poor of the town. U.S. Congress passes the Civil Rights Act; requires equal facilities for both races; ignored in the South; Jim Crow laws are passed. Fire destroys Austin's livery stable, 7 horses, Mrs. Hunt's warehouse on corner of Jefferson & Jackson on June 5th; $10,000 loss. Heavy rainstorms in Sept. cause immense damage to fields, roads, crops and buildings; cause 2 serious railroad accidents. A well-to-do farmer near Woodstock is killed by a kick from a colt. 1876 Alexander Graham Bell patents telephone and makes first call to his assistant Thomas A. Watson. Gen. George Custer and 256 troops are killed in Dakota Territory at the Little Bighorn River. Centennial 4th of July celebration in Woodstock draws 6,000-8,000; play, parade, games, music, speakers, and fireworks entertain. Seneca Twp. wins banner for largest group of 789. Moral evils of intemperance lectures are given at Baptist and Presbyterian Churches. Corporal punishment of students is topic of meeting of McHenry County Teachers Assn. Fault is laid on churches and parents. 163 marriage licenses were issued by County Clerk, P. Whitney, in 1876. 1877 Literary Circle holds sociable to raise money to buy books; held in National Hall; dress like a literary character.