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This from the Review (Decatur), 8 Mar 1885

THE LUCKY NUMBERS

J.R. Race & Co.'s Annual Drawing and Free Gift Distribution

Messrs J.R. Race & Co., the well known clothing dealers on North Water street, held their annual drawing and free gift distribution at the tabernacle yesterday afternoon. During the past twelve months each purchaser has received a ticket for every five dollars worth of goods bought entitling them to a chance in the annual drawing. Duplicate numbers were placed in a barrel and were drawn out yesterday, every tenth number being a prize winner. For the year ending yesterday the firm gave out $15,100 tickets, showing their retail sales to have amounted to a great deal more than $175,000, as many customers throughout the year failed to receive tickets. The drawing yesterday was held in the club room in the rear of the tabernacle, adn besides many persons holding tickets there were a large number of interested persons present. Messrs. John Y. Braden, of Hickory township, John P. Faries, of Niantic, and D.K. Wilson, of Friends Creek township, acted as judges. A boy named John Davison was blind folded and drew the numbers from the barrel. The following are the lucky numbers and the prizes they drew:

6994 - Hamsher Iron Felloe Wagon
3188 - $55.00 Practical business road cart
9947 - $40.00 Sewing Machine
1540 - $20.00 Man's Suit
14578 - $20.00 Saddle, Bridle and Whip
12608 - $20.00 Man's Overcoat
2154 - $18.00 Youth's Overcoat
14047 - Haworth Check Rower
7188 - One set of Silver Knives
13510 - $18.00 Youth's Suit
386 - $15.00 Zinc trunk
2000 - $15.00 Man's Ulster
9086 - $15.00 Oil Stove
14690 - Fine Celluloid Toilet Set
9790 - $10.00 Pair Pants to order
15057 - $10.00 Illinois Clothes Washer
7646 - $10.00 Boy's Suit
9112 - $10.00 Boy's Overcoat
1521 - $7.00 Morrocco Valise
1414 - One 10 Piece Decorated China Chamber Set - value $15
6149 - $7.00 Child's Suit
899 - Barrel of Flour
1671 - Barrel of Flour
9_12 - $6.00 Silk Umbrella
795 - Fine Club Bag Valise and Strap
9862 - $6.00 Silk Hat
13114 - $5.00 Child's Overcoat

Each of the following numbers drew a handsome, small bronze clock:

        9_99         7979         8_84         10572         4758
        1495         8310         4137         14711         2295
        29_         1425         2332         5488         6437

The following numbers drew stem-winding watches:

        7399         3441         7751         3644         2642
        3108         23_3         5661         6771         43_6
        13604         _908         14672         6409         22_5

George Hiel, of Whitmore township, held the number that drew the Hamsher Iron Felloe Wagon. He is the son of an estimable widow lady and lives with her on the family farm and was indeed in luck to secure the valuable wagon.

George W. Myer, of the firm of Dustman & Myer, held 14690 which drew the fine celluloid toilette set.

A.M. Davies held 7979, a number that drewone of the little bronze clocks. He lives four miles southeast of the city.

Jim Hatfield drew the sewing machine with 9947.

Frank Aiken held one of the lucky watch numbers.

John Stabler drew a barrel of flour.





The following information was submitted by Sally Hursh.

Harry Edwin Roberts was born 3 June 1866 at Warrensburg, Illinois. He died 1932.

1. 1880 Census of Illini, Macon, Illinois - Salt Lake Family History Library Film 1254229. Also NA Film Number T9-0229 Page Number 467A.
2. Tombstone Inscription of Harry E. Roberts - Illini Cemetery, Warrensburg, Illinois in Macon County, Illinois, Cemetery Records, Vol. III, p. 35 - (printed 1969 by Decatur Genealogical Society, Decatur, Illinois).
3. International Genealogical Index giving Harry's middle name, complete dates of birth.
Notes:
In 1880:
Harry E. ROBERTS
Birth Year: 1866
Birthplace: IL, Age 14
Occupation: At Home
Marital Status: S (Single)
Race: W (White)
Head of Household: Edwin J. ROBERTS
Relation: Son
Father's Birthplace: NH
Mother's Birthplace: NH
Census Place: Illini, Macon Co., Illinois

Harry was married in Iowa 11 August 1894 to Abby M. Eaton daughter of Thomas Eaton born 1826 in New Hampshire or Massachusetts. Thomas died 1903 and buried in Illini Congregational Church Cemetery. Was Abby's middle name Morrill? There appears to be some confusion about which children of Thomas Eaton belong to which wife. Was Abby M. the daughter of Mary Ann Bailey Eaton or Mary Jane Morrill Eaton?

Sources:

1. 1880 Census of Illini, Macon, Illinois - Salt Lake Family History Library Film 1254229. Also NA Film Number T9-0229 Page Number 467A.
2. Date of marriage of Abby Eaton and Harry Roberts recorded in birthday book belonging to Ina L. Batchelder (given to her by "Mamma", D.H.S. (Decatur High School) Commencement, June 1912).
3. Tombstone Inscription of Abbie M., wife of Harry E. Roberts - Illini Cemetery, Warrensburg, Illinois - Macon County, Illinois, Cemetery Records, Vol. III, p. 35 - (printed 1969 by Decatur Genealogical Society, Decatur, Illinois).
4. International Genealogical Index giving middle name of Abby M. Eaton as Morrill.
Notes:
In 1880:
Abbie M. EATON
Female
Birth Year (1875)
Birthplace: IL
Age: 5
Occupation:
Marital Status: S (Single)
Race: W (White)
Head of Household: Thomas EATON
Relation: Dau (Daughter)
Father's Birthplace: NH
Mother's Birthplace: MA
Census place: Illini, Macon Co., Illinois

Child of Harry and Abby Eaton Roberts: Laurence B. Roberts born 1897 died 1914 is buried at Illini Cemetery. Name on tombstone is Laurence not Lawrence.

Were there other children?

ANCESTRY OF HARRY EDWIN ROBERTS:

FATHER: Edwin Jonathan Roberts born 5 July 1842 at Barnstead, Belknap County, New Hampshire, son of George Seward Roberts born 8 October 1811 at Barnstead.
George died 27 September 1897. His father was Jonathan Roberts.
George Seward Roberts married 21 February 1853 to Eliza Ann Bunker born 28 June 1814 at Barnstead, N.H. and died 17 June 1844.
George and Eliza are buried in Illini Cemetery.
Oliver Dearborn Bunker born 1832 at Rye, Rockingham County, New Hampshire also came to Macon County to the "Yankee" Township.
Perhaps there is some relationship between Oliver and Eliza.

Centennial History of Macon County (Illinois), Illini Township, p. 434 states:

"Mr. (John Jenness) Batchelder had come from Pittsfield, N.H., and through his influence others from that place came to Illini. Among them were James T. Winslow, Joseph C. Tucker, Samuel E. Batchelder, J. T. Clough, M. E. Batchelder and David Batchelder. These families were the nucleus of what became known as the Yankee settlement or "Illini" neighborhood. Others soon joined them. Stephen Brown, Bradbury Clark, GEORGE S. ROBERTS AND SON, EDWIN J.. Dearborn Bunker, Josiah Gilman and son, George L., R. Morse, Thomas Eaton, David Hall and Emery Janvrin were among them. . . "


Notice on the Illini Township maps in 1874 and 1903 Atlases of Macon County show E.J. Roberts and G.S. Roberts on the northwest corner of Section 16 where Brick School was and is located.

Edwin Jonathan Roberts died 8 October 1911; buried in Illini Cemetery.

Sources:

1.1880 Census of Illini, Macon, Illinois - Salt Lake Family History Library Film 1254229. Also NA Film Number T9-0229 Page Number 467A.
2. International Genealogical Index giving complete names of parents of Harry Edwin Roberts and complete birth and death dates of Edwin Jonathan Roberts.
All Roberts in Illini Cem on page 35.
Notes:
Edwin J. ROBERTS
Male
Birth Year: (1842)
Birthplace: NH
Age: 38
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: M (Married)
Race: W (White)
Head of Household: Edwin J. ROBERTS
Relation: Self
Father's Birthplace: NH
Mother's Birthplace: NH
Census Place: Illini, Macon Co., Illinois

On 29 March 1864 in New Hampshire, he married Sarah Elizabeth Daniels who was born 10 Jul 1840 in New Hampshire. She died 24 March 1898 and also interred at Illini Cemetery.







PYRLE GALE BARCLAY

18 Feb 1891 - 1974



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