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Bureau County Newspaper Jan. 13, 1870

John Kitterman was thrown from his horse while riding through town at a furrows rate last Wednesday evening, into the fire and was severely injured.

Bureau County Newspaper Jan. 13, 1870

John Kitterman was thrown from his horse while riding through town at a furrows rate last Wednesday evening, into the fire and was severely injured.

Bureau County Newspaper March 7, 1870

J. H. Patt Esq. sold $2,000.00 work of agriculture implements Saturday at public sale.

Bureau County Newspaper August 29, 1870

John Kitterman received a terrible wound to his face when kicked by a vicious horse. Upper jaw is broken, bones of nose were crushed, check lacerated and general area of face bruised. Dr. Thompson dressed wound and he was reported to be as confortable as could be expected.


Bureau County Newspaper Jan. 1872

W. C. Kitterman married Lizzy M. Stipp, Princeton, IL by Rev. J. Milligan.

Bureau County Newspaper March 28, 1872

Mr. More is buying hogs and doing a good trade in dry goods.

Bureau County Newspaper June 6, 1872

Mr. More has been to the west to visit. Rumor is he plans to move to IA. to live.

Bureau County Newspaper Sept. 5, 1872

Mr. John Kitterman was severely hurt last week. Is improving and will recover without disfigurement.

Bureau County Newspaper Dec. 12, 1872

Wedding of John Kitterman to Emma Swanzy at home of bride's mother. Rev. Walker officiating.


Bureau County Newspaper Feb 27, 1873

Mr. Dean has started to sell implements including Warrior Mowers from Little Falls South Dakota

Bureau County Newspaper Feb. 28, 1873

Mr. Dean has bought and shipped 3 or 4 thousand bushel of potatoes this winter.

Bureau County Newspaper April 17, 1873

Town offices-Indiantown Supervisor, J. H. More

Bureau County Newspaper June 12, 1873

J. H. Patt has sold his hardware store.

Bureau County Newspaper June 26, 1873

Mr. Dean has sold 50 Warrior Mowers this year.

Bureau County Newspaper Nov. 11, 1873

Married October 28 Max Keigley and Emma Ketterman at Michael Kittermans. They will live with Mr. Keigley's parents for the winter.

Bureau County Newspaper Nov 6, 1873

Mr. Kitterman is convalescing lot better this week. His daughter Emma was very sick and not expected to live is better. She had cramping of stomach and Cholera symptoms.

Bureau County Newspaper Oct. 16, 1873

C. A. Dean is going out of grocery business and into clothing, boots and shoes.


Bureau County Newspaper Jan. 8, 1874

Mr. J. H. Patt and family have gone to Creston, IA to open a hardware business.

Bureau County Newspaper March 19, 1874

Henry Kitterman stock sales. Mr. Kitterman recently sold an 8-month old filly for $100.00. The colt was as fine gaited as one could wish. (Wonder which it was? A filly or a colt)

Bureau County Republican Thursday May 7, 1874

Bainbridge Dean, age 16, death by train accident in IA was killed hopping train, fell and ran over by train, bled to death.

Bureau County Newspaper May 19, 1874

J. H. Patt and family have started for California to Santa Barbara to live.

Bureau County Newspapers June 18, 1874

Mr. Dean has sold over 20 Warrior Mowers this spring, also sells Milburn Wagons of Mishawaka, IN.

Bureau County Newspaper July 23, 1874

Fire starting in Dr. Kirkpatrick's drug store. Destroyed several business including Mr. Mores' store building. An effort to stop the fire by blowing up Mr. Mores store with dynamite. The fire continued to spread.

Bureau County Newspaper Aug. 12, 1874

Mrs. M. W. Keigley and her sister Hattie Kitterman are on a visit to Creston, IA.

Bureau County Newspaper Sept. 3, 1874

Jonas H, More, candidate for state representative, for many years represented Indiantown on Board of Supervisors. Closely identified with farm interest of county. Has been a merchant in Tiskilwa but a recent fire destroyed store and buildings and had no insurance.


Bureau County Newspaper Jan. 21, 1875

Harry Horse or American Star owned by Christopher Kitterman and Henry Kitterman for a long time sold last year to W. Greeks, has been repurchased by the Kittermans. It is said he sired the best colts of 1873 for speed and bottom. Henry says 20 of his colts sold from 400 to 700 dollars.

Bureau County Newspaper March 25 1875

Representative More, Springfield hopes for passage of appropriations bill for Illinois.

Bureau County Newspaper April 29, 1875

Mrs. Henry Kitterman is very ill with inflammatory rheumatism.

Bureau County Newspaper June 10, 1875

C. A. Dean is building a large agriculture building. This branch of trade is his specialty. Yard well stocked with Warrior Mowers.

Bureau County Newspaper July 22, 1875

Mr. and Mrs. Swanzy and daughter Mrs. John Kitterman and her two sons Humphrey and Andrew left for 2 or 3-week tour of MN.

Bureau County Newspaper Oct 7, 1875

C. A. Dean shipped load of potatoes to Colorado. Freight @ $1.00 per bushel

Bureau County Newspaper Oct. 28, 1875

Robert Kitterman, William Kitterman and Henry Kitterman among a group of hunters to go to Wisconsin for a few weeks.


Bureau County Newspaper Jan. 13, 1877

On last Monday morning Robert Kitterman had the earliest runaway of the season. He had brought his daughter to meet the 4:00 p.m. train but the horses not liking the snorting and puffing iron horse broke loose and tore up towards the cemetery as if Satan was after them. For a wonder not much damage was done. His daughter has gone to Mt. Carroll Seminary to school.

Bureau County Newspaper Jan 18, 1877

J. H. Patt and family of Creston, IA visited in Santa Barbara, CA. He expects to return there soon to make it his home.

Bureau County Newspaper Apr 19, 1877

Doc Kitterman has a boy born Friday April 13. John Kitterman had a boy born a few days earlier.

Bureau County Newspaper May 3, 1877

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. (Doc) Kitterman lost their baby last week aged only a few weeks. Are you superstitious, child born Friday the 13th.

Bureau County Newspaper May 17, 1877

Robert Kitterman is making plans to build a new residence.

Bureau County Newspaper Aug. 2, 1877

Henry Kitterman had the largest head of cabbage, 1/2 foot around by 14 inches across.


Bureau County Newspaper May 1, 1878

C. A. Dean and family have gone to Colorado to live.

Bureau County Newspaper Oct 17, 1878

C. A. Dean returned home from MN where he has been since July.


Bureau County Newspaper Feb. 6, 1880

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. More celebrated 25th wedding anniversary. Mrs. More was first white girl born in Bureau County. Her parents were at the anniversary party.

Bureau County Newspaper March 17, 1880

J. H. Patt one of the first businessmen of Creston, IA visited Tiskilwa.

Bureau County Newspaper April 1, 1880

Reunion of Patt family refers to James Henry Patt of Creston, IA as former Mayor of same

Bureau County Newspaper June 15, 1880

J. H. Patt and wife of Creston, IA arrived in Tiskilwa. Mrs. Patt and daughter Flora will remain for the summer. Mr. Patt will return to Creston.


Bureau County Newspaper Nov. 3, 1881

William (Doc) Kitterman went to Chicago for the purpose of buying 6 double breech loading shop guns. One each for the 6 brothers cost about $100.00.


Bureau County Newspaper May 3, 1883

Mr. More retired from the school board.

Bureau County Newspaper July 26, 1883

J. H. More and daughters Mamie and Gertie went to New York to see Mr. More's mother who is very ill and feeble.


Bureau County Newspaper June 6, 1884

Doc Kitterman has had a female domestic in his employ long enough to pay $800.00 in wages.


Bureau County Newspaper Jan 22, 1885

The Kittermans have lately killed several wolves. Henry killed the largest black wolf he has seen for many years.

Bureau County Newspaper March 12, 1885

William Kitterman was very ill lately with cholera morbis.

Bureau County Newspaper April 9, 1885

Robert Kitterman last year took a tree claim in NE costing $25.00. This spring an immigrant came along and bought it for an even $250.00.

Bureau County Newspaper October 15, 1885

Miss Emma More is a fine pianist.


Bureau County Newspaper March 31, 1887

Robert Kitterman and W. H. Bloom returned from Western --------where each is interested in a cattle ranch.

Bureau County Newspaper Oct. 1887

Christopher Kitterman's daughter is born October 29, 1887.


Tiskilwa Chief, Nov. 24, 1897

Mrs. Andrew Tower has received a letter from Mrs. C. A. Dean, Jr. of Salt Lake City, Utah, conveying the intelligence of the death of Mrs. Tower's father, Chauncey A. Dean, Sr. who died at his son's house in Salt Lake City, Oct. 16, 1897. He had been in failing health for two years, but was only bedfast five days.

Mr. Dean formerly lived in Tiskilwa and was quite active and prominent in business circles in the town. He built the fine residence now owned by J. W. Harris, and kept a store in the building now owned and occupied by The Chief.


Bureau County Republican, January 25, 1900 Page 5

Among the sick is Lincoln Miller. He is improving. He has been very sick with pneumonia.


Bureau County Newspaper April 16, 1903

Oneida the noted blood horse owned by George and Henry Kitterman will be found at the same place as last year. Price is $5.00 less that last year.

Bureau County Newspaper July 30, 1903

Robert Kitterman had a delicate operation performed on his eye in Chicago. Dr. Landis is also attending him. Seems to be doing well.

Bureau County Newspaper Aug 20, 1903

Henry Kitterman has sold two 4-month old Oneida colts for $195.00.


The Tiskilwa Chief, Aug. 30, 1905, Page 8

Mr. and Mrs. John Kitterman and daughter Ethel, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kitterman will go to Indiana this week to attend the annual reunion of the Kitterman family, which occurs on Thursday.


Newspaper unknown no date *Nov 1925

Our old friend and neighbor, Christopher Kitterman, was ninety years young last Thursday and about seventy-five relatives and friends came to help him celebrate his birthday. Everyone had a good time and it was the general consensus of opinion that we ought to have more of these get-together social good times. Mr. Kitterman said he would like to have a birthday party like this every month and certainly the guests would all like to be there, A detailed account of the affair will be found in another column, Mr. Kitterman always has time to talk to his friends and they are always welcome at the hospitable home. We are all looking forward to celebrating his ninety-first birthday on the 19th of November 1926.

Christopher Kitterman Celebrates Ninetieth Birthday Anniversary

About seventy-five relatives and friends gathered at the hospitable farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Kitterman four miles northwest of Tiskilwa Thursday night to honor the occasion of Mr. Kitterman's ninetieth birthday. All the guests felt it to be a rare privilege to participate in an affair of this kind, since it is not permitted to many to attain the age of four score and ten, hale and hearty and with undimmed powers as is the case with Mr. Kitterman. He is one of those rare souls that will never grow old and enjoys conversation with his friends and visiting with them as much as ever he did. He enjoys social visiting so much that he said, "I'd like to have a birthday like this every month."

Born in 1835 near Tiskilwa, IL the fourth son of Michael and Lydia Kitterman, Mr. Kitterman has seen many changes since his boyhood days. One of his very earliest recollections is the government removal of the last of the Pottawattamie Indians from Bureau County to west of the Mississippi river. They trailed along past his father's home all of one day on their westward journey. He has seen the grain cradle superseded by the self-rake and self-binder, and water mills replaced by the steam roller, has seen the ox team and covered wagon replace by horse and buggy and that in turn give way to the automobile and horseless carriage. He has seen great improvements in farm machinery of all kinds, has witnessed the innovation of the telephone and radio, the change from oil lamps and candles to electric lights, and through it all he has worked hard, lived abstemiously, and at peace with friends and neighbors, and has not an enemy in the world. It has been his rare good fortune to acquire honorably a comfortable competence so that he need have no financial worry during the rest of his life.

A few years ago he did a very wise thing in dividing up his property among his children. This is better than a will for it cannot be broken nor set aside, and he has the satisfaction of knowing that it is apportioned, as he thought best.

In his wife, who was formerly Miss May Walker, of Princeton, Mr. Kitterman has had a faithful helpmate and companion an affectionate mother of his children, who with their mother assisted by some of the nieces were the leaders in preparing this delightful birthday party for "Uncle Chris."

The guests came to the party at 7 o'clock and after a social time and listening to music and the radio, a substantial cafeteria lunch of all the best edibles of the season was served ------------- dining room table was the great white birthday cake with its ninety candles.

After lunch a short program was given. Misses. Ruth Anderson and Eunice Walker, of Princeton, sang solos. An interesting trio in ye old-time costumes was Mrs. Wilhelmina Kitterman, Mrs. Florence White and Miss Marion More, nieces of the host sang a birthday song dedicated to Uncle Chris.

Miss A. M. Okey was next called upon to give some of the thrilling details of her trip by French airplane from London to Paris. She began with a personal tribute to Mr. Kitterman. She spoke of the long and warm friendship between her father William Okey and the four older Kitterman boys, always known in the early days as Bob, Doc, Hank and Chris, successful buyers and stock raisers, to whom most of the farmers in the community sold their surplus hogs and cattle. It was at this hospitable home that William Okey happily spent his last birthday on earth before the fatal accident that caused his death on June 28, 1920.

Mrs. Kitterman had prepared a delicious dinner and invited in a few friends to meet him on his 81st birthday. Miss Okey spoke of the personal debt of gratitude she owed for the entertainment and favors shown during her four years of teaching in the district and many other teachers could join in this tribute, for the latchstring of this hospitable home is always out to every friend and wayfarer.

H. L. Whitting was then called upon to speak. He, too, paid Mr. Kitterman a personal tribute, speaking of the life-long friendship between the Kitterman and Whiting families and mentioning the fact that Mr. Kitterman was at one time a pupil of his father, Lorenzo Dow Whiting, Sr. in the Tiskilwa school. Mr. Whiting made a very amusing story out of a recent "love affair" of his with a "pretty young widow" he met on board the President Harrison during his trip around the world. He stated that his episode ended in disappointment and disillusion as most of his love affairs did and the incident was finally closed by the disembarkation of the widow at a Philippine port.

Mr. Kitterman was the recipient of a number of gifts from relatives including among other things a substantial walking stick or cane, two pipes. and a box of his favorite brand of smoking tobacco.


No name on newspaper or date


Announcement has been made by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Farwell of the marriage on September 13, 1933 of their daughter Margaret Lou, to Mr. Darwin Kitterman, of Tiskilwa. The couple was married by the Rev. Gilbert Stanfell, of the Dixon Methodist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Kitterman will make their home on a farm southwest of Princeton.

Events which followed the announcement were a quilting party on Tuesday afternoon at the Farwell home, with neighbors as guest, and an afternoon party yesterday with Mrs. Frank Coddington as hostess.


The Tiskilwa Chief, Thursday August 5, 1937

Ed Fritchies Honor Guest at Dinner Party

Mrs. Clem Kitterman entertained 25 guest at a dinner party at the Bureau Valley Country Club in honor of her brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fritchie, who arrived Saturday from Peru, South America for an extended visit with relatives and friends in Tiskilwa, Princeton and the states. Guest at the dinner were: Mr. and Mrs. Orin Spaulding, Warren Spaulding and daughter, J. Spaulding, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith of Princeton, Mr. and Mrs. Gross and son of Joliet, Mr. and Mrs. Verne Beyer and daughter Katharine, Mr. and Mrs. Len Spaulding of De Pue, Mrs. Ida Miller and Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Wilkins.

Bureau County Republican, September 23, 1937, Page 4

At the meeting of the L.M.I. Club Tuesday afternoon, the president, Mrs. Dorothy Stauffer, paid tribute to our deceased member, Mrs. Emma Pettegrew. Mrs. Pettegrew attended the L. M. I. Club meeting Sept. 7, at the home of Mrs. Adele Luetscher, and since then was suddenly called home to the better country, at the Princeton hospital on Thursday, Sept. 16. She was a woman of many admirable qualities, a faithful member of the club and most gracious in fulfilling all program requirements. We shall miss her sweet and cheerful personality and her carefully prepared articles of interest on whatever topic assigned to her. Her sweet and earnest character is now a fragrant memory.

The Tiskilwa Chief, Nov. 4, 1937


Bad Fire About 5:30 Last Thursday Evening Here.
A fire which caused heavy damage was discovered in the home of Mrs. C. E. Kitterman last Thursday evening a little after 5 o'clock. The alarm was turned in by Arthur Bachman, a neighbor, who saw the flames through the window. The fire department made a quick run with the new fire truck, and three leads of hose and the combined efforts of the entire department were required to extinguish the flames after a two hour fight. The fire had spread from the kitchen or the basement and while the flames were confined to a comparatively small area, the entire house and furnishings were considerably damaged by smoke. The kitchen floor was entirely gone, The damage was confined to the interior of the house. Damage estimates were roughly placed at $2,000. The place was covered by insurance. No one was at home at the time of the fire, but it is believed defective wiring was the cause. Mrs. Kitterman is now visiting with her daughter in Princeton.


Bureau County Republican, Jan. 20, 1938 Page 2

Party At The Kittermans Home

Mrs. Stella Kitterman was pleasantly surprised last Thursday afternoon, when twelve relatives and friends arrived at her home with well-filled baskets, to enjoy dinner together, in honor of her 72nd Birthday. Mrs. Kitterman received many nice gifts from her friends. One feature of the dinner was three nicely decorated birthday cakes. The guest enjoyed tables of bingo.


Bureau County Republican, Aug. 28, 1947

Mrs. Ed Petttygrew entertained several guests at a coffee party: Monday afternoon given in honor of Mrs. J. B. Call of Alexis, houseguest of Mrs. Frances Russell.


Newspaper Unknown, no date

We briefly mentioned in our last letter the death of Henry Kitterman, February 19, at the age of 86 years and 8 months. As an obituary was printed we will only add a few thoughts.

We knew him as a very kind and obliging neighbor. He was said to be the oldest living white person born in Bureau County. No one probably knew the surrounding country better than he. A friend recently told of a trip from Senachwine lake a few years ago and when near the Nye school house in Arispie a thought came to Mr. Kitterman, a member of the party. He mentioned that many a time when a young man he had walked from his former home and arrived on yonder hilltop by daylight in search of deer. He knew the paths they traveled and he shot many of them. He also made many trips to other states in deer hunts. In later years he hunted wolves in this county and near it and also used to enjoy taking a party out on a fox chase. He didn't care to kill those, but enjoyed the chase and music of the hounds. He also took many a night's tramp over the hills and through the hollows in search of the many coons he killed. And he could tire out the average man in those long tramps. He also searched the woods for many summers in search of the ginseng and gathered the seeds and plants and transplanted then in his garden and made a success of the business as he shipped many of the roots. Thus he became acquainted with the surrounding country and is very active in the community. He was also a strong man physically and enjoyed a running race of wrestling and throwing a man younger that he. Rev. R. W. Stocking of the M. E. Church, of which he was a member, officiated at the services at the home. The burial was in Mt. Bloom. The relatives present from a distance were his son, M. D. Kitterman of Davenport, IA, Mrs. Elizabeth Martin and Mrs. Clarence Pereival of Wyanet and Theodore Howard, brother of Mrs. Kitterman of North Platte, NE.

Tiskilwa Chief, No Date

John Kitterman's large barn, granary, and contents were destroyed by fire this morning. The fire was discovered by Hallie about 2 o'clock and although every effort was made to check the flames, they had gained such force, that it was impossible. There was 100 ton of hay, two horses, several hogs, four or five carriages, a large quantity of grain, and much other property destroyed with the buildings. J. H. Welsh, who wrote the insurance on the buildings went to the sceneof the fire this morning, and found that the loss will reach $4,500. The insurance is $3,000 so that Mr. Kitterman will be partly reimbursed for his loss. The origin of the fire is unknown, but as the dogs were restless earlier in the night, it is thought the flames were started by tramps who might have been sleeping in the barn, or by incendiaries. It is a big loss to Mr. Kitterman, as he takes considerable pride in keeping good improvements on his place.

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