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compiled by Barth Weistart

These stories were compiled from old issues of the Minonk News and the Minonk News-Dispatch by Barth Weistart for use by in connection with the Minonk, Illinois Sesquicentennial Celebration 1854-2004.
The Minonk Dispatch November 11, 1905


The Curfew and Hitching ordinances are to be enforced and the public is hereby to take warning. Following is given a sectiod on each, from Revised Ordinance No. 3.

Division 5, section28, reads:

Any person under the age of fourteen years, who shall be found loitering or strolling about or along the streets, sidewalks or alleys of said City of Minonk, between the hours of eight o'clock in the evening and six o'clock in the morning, shall be subject to a fine of not less than three dollars, nor more than one hundred dollars in each case.

Division 6, section 8, reads:

Whoever shall leave any animal, hitched or unhitched, standing in any street, avenue or alley of said city after eleven o'clock at night, shall be subject to a penalty of not less than one dollar, and said animal shall be taken by the city marshal and stabled at the expense of the owner, and shall not be returned to him until such expenses are paid.

August Hindert, Mayor.
Minonk, Ill., Nov.15,1905

The Minonk News June 6, 1901

Must Put in Iron Mains.

At the meeting of the city council, Monday night, an unfortunate condition of affairs, concerning the city water-works system, was brought to light. It was asserted that 75 barrels of water are wasted every hour in the day because of the breakage in the wooden mains.

The city has thus been put to a useless expense of about $35 per month. It will become necessary to tear up all the old wooden mains and replace them with iron ones. Extensions will also be made. The expected cost will be about $5000.

The Minonk News May 9, 1901

With ten saloons to supply liquids for internal use, and with a good system of waterworks to furnish moisture for external application, and with four soda fountains in town no citizen of Minonk should suffer from dryness this summer.

This city was visited by a terrific windstorm Sunday afternoon, that looked serious for a little bit. Clouds of dust filled the air, and people living a few miles from town thought it was smoke and that the town was on fire. A heavy rain followed.

The city board of health will soon be due to start on its annual stink-hunt, and it might be well to save trouble by seeing to it that your premises are in good sanitary condition. If you don't want to be clean for the sake of cleanliness, be clean in order to save trouble from the authorities.

The Minonk News August 31, 1888

The Odd Fellows have finally decided not to put up that large double story brick on the corner west of the engine house. Bids were put in by all our contractors, and it was found the cost would be too much for the Lodge to shoulder. The lowest bids on the wood-work and hardware was something over $1400, two of them coming within $4 of each other. The brick-work was about $2,000

The Minonk News August 10, 1888

White, the negro who robbed the Santa Fe depot and shaft store some months ago pleaded guilty and got 4 years in Joliet.

G. L. Burkhart, the man who broke into Ryan Bros. Saloon in April last, and stole some $23, Pleaded guilty and promised to refund the money. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail. His wife and family live in Wenona.

The Minonk News February 10, 1888

Ordinance No. 177 was here read. It rendered any person under 21 liable to a fine of from $1 to $25 who entered a saloon to drink spirituous liquors, or loiter about the same.

Ald. N. L. Davison and the Mayor thought it would conflict with parties who had other business than drinking to transact with saloons: it was not a practical ordinance and could not well be executed.

N. L. Davison, Gulshen and Stoneman voted for it; D. W. Davison and Ewen against it. Not having a majority of the Board it was not passed.

Ald. N.L. Davison said that Street Supt. Baldwin could not get certain parties to pay their poll-tax, and he thought the Board should see into the matter. He would like Mr. Baldwin to mention the names of those delinquents.

Mr. Baldwin said they were chiefly fellows around the Shaft; although Mike Carroll, J. Flynn and J. M. Fort were among the number. The latter gave as a reason that the city owed him more than that. It was finally decided to get the City Attorney after them.

The Minonk News June 17, 1887

Police Magistrate Court.

The next case called was The City vs. Mary Wisneski. Defendant occupies one of the houses in the row west of the Shaft, and has a patch of potatoes behind the house. Here the festive potato bug revels in succulence, and here also defendant was in the habit of making daily visits to gather them in and chuck them out in the front street. A neighbor's child, seeing the luscious looking insects lying hard by, went for and devoured sundry of them, which, however, strange to say, disagreed with the little fellow. It was to remove this nuisance, and put an embargo on Mrs. Wisneski's strange action that defendant was indicted under Sec. 3 of ordinance 66, relating to nuisances. Several witnesses were examined, all Poles, and John, the interpreter, rendered it into English. The Court was satisfied of the guilt of defendant, and fined her $1 and $5.45 costs. The former was remitted, but the costs had to be paid. In the absence of City Attorney Riely, who was attending court at Pontiac, S. A. Keenan made a good substitute and made the Pole toe the mark.