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From our archives: Bring more manufacturing here

What we thought: 125 years ago

Published: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 3:33 p.m. CST
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An 1889 Morgan silver dollar. Named after designer George T. Morgan, the coin was minted from 1878 until 1904 and again in 1921. Counterfeit silver dollars had been circulated in Sterling, according to a report in the Gazette on Aug. 16, 1889.

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials and articles from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Gazette on Aug. 16, 1889.

Let capitalists know of Sterling

For several years past, vast amounts of eastern capital has been taken out west for investment in manufactories. The boom in the west is subsiding, and eastern capitalists are finding the towns in the central States profitable places for placing their money.

Sterling has many advantages, which if brought to the notice of easterners would no doubt bring much more money here, especially in the line of manufacturing.

The city is making a big advance this year. Its growth should increase in greater proportion each year.

Progress notes

Large amounts of outside capital are being spent in this city [Sterling] this year. We are glad to have it come here. The more outside money, the better.

Trees have to be felled on the streets in different parts of town to make room for the poles for the electric lights and street railway.

The city has been growing so rapidly of late that an extra policeman has become necessary. Officer Howard has been appointed to be on duty from noon until midnight each day henceforth.

The Fulton Journal gives our city a little free advertising in the following words:

Sterling expects to be considerably torn up for the coming few weeks. The electric street car line and the Westinghouse incandescent system of electric light are being put in, not to mention a sewer on Avenue B and a change of grade in the sidewalks.

Capital flows amid war fears

It is not only from Great Britain, but from all Europe that capital is flowing to America to be invested.

The reason is said to be the common belief across the water that it is only a question of time when Europe will be involved in the greatest war of the ages, and the industries will go to destruction.

In that case, the prudent want their savings invested in the only spot where they are safe, in the richest, most powerful and peaceful country on the globe, namely, the United States.

Township news

We learn that the road commissioners of Coloma have advertised for new bids for building the bridge over Howland creek. They are to be opened August 28th.

J.H. Dunmore is putting the chimney on the new [Jordan] town hall, while the lath is being put on at a rapid rate. The hall will soon be completed.

The carpenter who fell from the [Jordan] town hall last week is back to work again.

There is a young lady near Jordan Center who has quite a young man for her best fellow, so much so that she is afraid to let him go home alone, so she accompanies him home, then he is afraid, on her account, and won't let her go home alone, so he must see her back, and so they kept it up from one house to the other, but how late we can't tell, nor how they parted, for our informant said it was too late for him, but when they got tired, they would stop and rest at the new town hall.

Look out for counterfeits

A number of counterfeit silver dollars are in circulation in this city. A party paid some to Mr. F. Berger at the Charter Gas Engine Co. works, and another party offered one at Mr. Frank Cochran's.

They did it unintentionally, however, for they did not know the dollars were counterfeit until those gentlemen made the discovery.

One cannot tell the difference from the genuine dollar except by weight. The ring and collar are the same. They seem to be plated with silver, and where the plating has worn off, the dollar looks dirty. Look out for them.

Labor trust

Mr. Powderly's new idea is practically that of a gigantic trust among workingmen. He would have all the various labor organizations, while not abandoning their original societies, form one powerful combination, which shall be able to meet and successfully deal with those who are interested in crushing out labor organization.

Who was the jackass?

The owner of a jackass was led on a wild goose chase a few days ago by the Galt House parrot, which imitated the sonorous braying so perfectly that [the owner] thought his steed had escaped from his enclosure.

Let there be lights

The Morrison Sentinel is punching up the Morrison aldermen for not taking some action in giving the people some kind of street lighting. It says a city council should have some other object in view than simply to haul dirt on the streets in the fall and haul it away again in the spring.

Pigeons vs. bees

In Westphalia recently a very curious race took place. It was between pigeons and several specimens of the common honey bee. The distance was three and a half miles. The bees were taken that far from their hive, rolled in flower to identify them, and let fly at the same moment with the pigeons.

The bees won, the first one arriving home twenty-five seconds ahead of the pigeons.

It won't last

Rochelle Herald: Sterling has an old maid's Trust, composed of girls that have agreed to never marry. If you don't see some lively scalping done in that Trust before six months have passed, then call us the seventh son of a prophet.

The first good-looking fellow that comes among them will scatter that "Trust" like leaves before the wind. There are lots of young fellows over at Sterling that will put a dynamite under that "Trust" that will send the old maid part of that institution gala-west in less than sixty days.

Ain't that a kick in the head

Seely Schofield was kicked on the right side of his head by a horse Thursday morning. He was leading two horses, one before the other. The one ahead kicked at the other, and its heel struck Seely.

The cheek bone was cracked and the face badly bruised. He will not be able to masticate food for several weeks.

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