Items of Genealogical Interest
Volume 19 Number 3
LaVonne I. Bennett
LaVonne has received permission from Grayden Slowins to edit and submit Sebewa Recollector items of genealogical interest, from the beginning year of 1965 through current editions.
THE SEBEWA RECOLLECTOR; Bulletin of the Sebewa Center
December, 1983, Volume 19, Number 3: (Submitted with written permission of
editor, Grayden D. Slowins)
HOW TO LIVE IN THREE CENTURIES ~ Grayden Slowins has pointed out that there is a
possibility, however slight, of some Sebewa resident, born before 1900, by
living a little over a hundred years, might well have the distinction of having
lived in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Sebewa has less than a dozen
candidates who were born since 1890 and before 1900. All are women with the
exception of one man, Leland Ralston. Ralston lives in what was once the Johnson
Schoolhouse. Perhaps that will give him an edge on Longevity. It is more likely
that we shall need the population base of the entire county to get one or two
At the other end of the scale, babies born near the end of the 1990’s wil have
that chance for the three century honor is another hundred years. Advances in
medical care should give that group a better chance to succeed unless the
UNTHINKABLE we seem to building to DOES happen.
CHARLES ESTEP DIARY (Continued)
When I finally finished typing and sometimes puzzling the Charles Estep 1883
diary, I had 72 typed pages, rather too much to be included in these pages. From
here on some of the routine will be omitted and only topical excerpts included.
Monday, April 9, 1883. Father and I expect to start for Missouri in the morning.
Tuesday, 10th. We started anyway this morning. Bion, Will, Father and I went in
one buggy and Foe and Mother in another. Our tickets clear through cost $19.65
each. We took the train at 5:15 P. M. and arrived in Lansing at 6 P.M. We took
supper in Lansing across the road from the depot. We took the train at 10 P.M.
and arrived in Jackson at 11:20 P. M. We took train immediately---not much sleep
during the night---and arrived in Chicago.
Wednesday, 11th. At 8:20 A. M. day dawned while at Michigan City. We had a fine
view of Lake Michigan. We took the train at 10:05 A. M. When we arrived at the
Michigan Central Depot we took the omnibus line for the Chicago—Rock Island &
Pacific Railroad. We rode about one mile through the city. It is very grand. We
took breakfast in the dining room in the depot building. It was a good
breakfast. We had a pleasant ride today. We had a view of Starved Rock where one
band of Indians drove and held another band until they starved them to death. We
passed through the place where the Hall Massacre was perpetrated about 28 years
ago. We took supper or dinner at 3:15 P.M. They were plowing all through
Illinois. Some are planting potatoes. We cross the Rock River at 5:50 p.m. We
cross the Mississippi River at 6:35 p.m. Just as we got to the river, the bridge
opened with one part swinging each way and a large boat passed through. We
arrived in Iowa at 6:40 p.m. at the city of Davenport. We did not take a sleeper
but slept some on the train. The road was a little rough.
Thursday, 12th. I lunched at 12:30 a.m. Father was asleep so I did not ask him
to partake but he ate some after we passed through some beautiful country this
morning. We arrived in Cameron at 6:45 a.m. and took breakfast at the Cameron
House. I wrote a postal to Foe and one to Bion. It is rainy and cold this
morning. We hired a rig for $1.75 to take us out to Uncle Jake’s. They were
quite surprised and, of course, very much delighted to see us. We took dinner
there. This afternoon we looked over Uncle Jake’s stock. He has 26 head of very
fine steers, quite a number of stock cattle and about 200 hogs. Uncle Jake took
us over to Uncle Zack’s. We took supper there. He also has some very fine steers
and hogs. He has about 200 acres of land. Uncle Jake has about 800. We stayed
all night at Uncle Jake’s.
Friday, 13th. Uncle Jake took us over to Uncle Josh’s this morning. He was not
at home. Father stayed there. I went with Uncle Jake, attending a very strange
funeral. It was for the child of a very poor man and poor men are not considered
of very much account here in Missouri. There was not a prayer offered for the
child. A small number---a dozen or two---were present. I had dinner at Uncle
Zack’s. It is very windy and very warm. The thermometer stands at 97 degrees. I
believe I wrote a letter to Foe today. We stay at Uncle Zack’s tonight.
Saturday, 14th. It rained a little this morning and we stayed at Uncle Zack’s
all forenoon. Cousin Emmett and I went to Turney. I mailed a letter to Foe. We
also went to Lathrop, a town of some size surrounded by beautiful prairie
country. We stay at Uncle Zack’s tonight.
Sunday, April 15, 1883. I went to Sunday School with cousin Minnie today. Cousin
Emmet came home today. He has a nice little wife. Father and I stay all night at
Uncle Josh’s. The Sunday School today was at the schoolhouse. Quite a number of
young people and children were present.
Monday, 16th. It is a nice warm day today. I have the headache today. I went to
bed at Uncle Josh’s after dinner. We went over to Uncle Jake’s. We are going to
Cameron with him but he had gone. Then we went over to Uncle Zack’s to stay
Tuesday, 17th. We took dinner at Cousin John’s today. I went with him to the
sawmill on Cousin Frank’s farm. I took supper and stay at Cousin Ida’s.
Wednesday, 18th. Uncle Jake and Aunt Martha took us to Mr. Hemlet’s today. We
came back to Cameron and took supper at Squire Provolt’s. We stayed at Uncle
Thursday, 19th. We took dinner at Cousin Frank’s. Uncle Josh and Aunt Rhoda were
there. We stay all night at Uncle Josh’s.
Friday, 20th. Uncle Jake, Aunt Matilda, Father and I visited Cousin Emmet today.
We called on Dr. Kishpan this afternoon. I stay all night at Uncle Zack’s.
Minnie went over with me. Uncle Josh’s young folks were there this evening.
Saturday, 21st. All the uncles and aunts took dinner at Uncle Zack’s today. I am
reading a book entitled “From Jest to Earnest”. Towards night Uncle Zack, Father
and I went to Turney. I did not get any mail. Emmet and I went to meeting at
Plainview schoolhouse this evening. We stayed all night at Uncle Zack’s. It
rained some today.
Sunday, April 22nd. I got up before any of the rest and got over to Uncle Jake’s
before they were up. I changed my clothes and went with Cousin John and his wife
and Cousin Esther to a Methodist Quarterly Meeting at Manable. It is quite windy
today. We took dinner at Uncle Zack’s. We stay all night at Uncle Josh’s.
Monday, 23rd. Uncle Jake sold a carload of hogs today @ 7 cents a pound. It came
to a little less than $1,000. I got a letter from Maud. We took dinner at Uncle
Zack’s and stay all night at Uncle Josh’s.
Tuesday, 24th. Uncle Jake took us to the depot today and Minnie went along. I
bought Foe a nice necklace in Cameron. I bought Ella Tiney a book and Cousin
Minnie a neat fan. We took the train about 9 a.m. I traded Ellie’s book for one
entitled “The Life of the James Boys” and gave 50 cents boot. We crossed Des
Moines River at 4:04 p.m. We crossed the Iowa River at about 9 p.m. We crossed
the Mississippi River at about 9 p.m. We took dinner in the dining car. We had a
splendid dinner---price 75 cents. I am suffering with a fearful headache. We
arrived in Chicago at 6:30 a.m. We got breakfast at the dining hall in the depot
and boarded the train about 7:35 a.m. and arrived in South Bend, Indiana at 11
a.m. over the L. S. M. S. Railroad. We took dinner at St. Jacobs Hotel. We hired
a man to take us out to Aunt Maria Giger’s for $4.00. We arrived there at 4:20
p.m. I would not have known Aunt Maria if I had met her away from home.
Thursday, 26th. Father and Uncle Jake Nun arrived today. I visited with Aunt
Maria and it rained some today. It is still cold.
Friday, 27th. Uncle Jake took us to South Bend this noon. Aunt Maria went along.
She and I went up the standpipe 200 feet high, 270 steps. South Bend is a fine
town. Studebaker Bros. employ 1170 men. We took the train about 11 a.m. and
arrived in Lansing about 5:45. We took supper at the Roe restaurant. We went up
to the state house. It is the nicest building I ever saw. We took the train
again at 8:45 p.m. and arrived in Portland about 10 and stayed all night at the
Saturday, 28th. It rained quite hard last night. Ward arrived from Lacota this
morning. We rode home with Steve Otto. I found everything in good shape at home.
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