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Franklin Grove Collection


Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Box 1

Box 2

The Franklin Reporter

Box 4

Herbst Elevator Company: Coal sales (8 volumes)

Herbst Elevator Company: Grain sales and shipments; Retail sales (2 volumes)

Lowell Trottnow, journal (2 volumes)

E. L. Fish, journal (1 volume)

C. S. and Company, journal (1 volume)

Addendum I

Addendum II

Addendum III

Addendum IV

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Collection Overview

Title: Franklin Grove Collection, 1844-1995

ID: RHC/RC/115

Extent: 5.5 Linear Feet

Subjects: Coal trade, Cross Roads Community Club, Dixon (Ill), Dixon Business College, Draft Horses, Franklin Grove (Ill.), Franklin Grove Nursery, Grain, Helmershausen Family, Herbst Elevator Company, Lee County (Ill), Moore, Walter L., Newspapers, Nurseries, Riddlebarger Mattress Factory, Schools, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, Whitney, A. R., World War II

Forms of Material: Tintype

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Franklin Grove Collection contains a variety of documents detailing several facets of the community's history.  One series comprises minutes and treasurer's account books, (1932-1980) from the Cross Roads Community Club.  This club organized in the early 1930's to provide social and recreational entertainment programs for Franklin Grove families.  Another series partially documents the Franklin Grove Nursery from 1844 to 1884.  A.R. Whitney, owner of the nursery, developed the famous Whitney Crabapple.  A partial run of the newspaper, The Franklin Reporter (1880-1956), telephone books (1929-1958), documentation on the Herbst Elevator Company as well as other companies in the area, and materials from the local historical society are included in the collection.  An additional series contains personnel records of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway’s Dixon Division (1901-1932), and Farmers Telephone Directories.

There are also papers of the Walter L Moore family, including records from his dentistry studies and practice, as well as some of his daughter’s school papers.  There is also the Uriah C. Roe family papers, including records from his pharmacy practice in Franklin Grove, as well as a cookbook and scrapbook of party games. In addition Series IV contains information regarding the Helmershausen family and other associated material.  For more information on the Helmershausen family, researchers should consult the Helmershausen Genealogy book, which is part of the Bradt collection, as well as the various Lee County history books located in the reading room.

For further information on the Franklin Grove community, researchers may wish to consult the Taylor Farm Records (RC 37) and Craig L. Pfannkuche's thesis From Prairie to Produce: A History of Central Lee County, Illinois, 1840-1880 (M.A., 1968).

Collection Historical Note

Uriah C. Roe was born in Eddyville, Lyon County, KY, January 1, 1825.  His father, Dr. John Roe, was the first medical doctor in Ogle County.  His mother, Elizabeth Lyon, was the daughter of Col. Mathew Lyon who was a lieutenant in a company of the Green Mtn Boys during the American Revolution.  John and Elizabeth had nine children, born in Kentucky, and Sagamon and Ogle County of Illinois. Uriah’s brothers, both John H. Roe and Malcolm C. Roe were prominent practitioners and leading citizens of Ogle County.  Uriah was educated at Mt. Morris and practiced medicine with his father in Ogle County until his father’s departure to California during a gold rush.  Uriah then devoted his time principally to the manufacture of various medical remedies, sold U.C. Roe & Sons Pharmacy in Franklin Grove.  Uriah first married Almeda Brown in 1846, and later married Mary Edmonds in 1883.  He was also a member of the Old Settler’s Society of Lee County. The Helmerhausen family was one of the first families to settle in Franklin Grove in 1840.  Several generations remained in the Franklin Grove area.

Subject/Index Terms

Coal trade
Cross Roads Community Club
Dixon (Ill)
Dixon Business College
Draft Horses
Franklin Grove (Ill.)
Franklin Grove Nursery
Helmershausen Family
Herbst Elevator Company
Lee County (Ill)
Moore, Walter L.
Riddlebarger Mattress Factory
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Whitney, A. R.
World War II

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Addenda were added at later dates.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Roger Taylor

Acquisition Method: Roger Taylor of Franklin Grove, Illinois donated materials included in the Franklin Grove Collection to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center beginning in 1968.

Related Materials: For further information on the Franklin Grove community, researchers may wish to consult the Taylor Farm Records (RC 37) and Craig L. Pfannkuche's thesis From Prairie to Produce: A History of Central Lee County, Illinois, 1840-1880 (M.A., 1968).

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3-4: The Franklin Reporter, 1878-1908],
[Box 4],
[Volume 1-8: Herbst Elevator Company: Coal sales (8 volumes), 1930-1964],
[Volume 9-10: Herbst Elevator Company: Grain sales and shipments; Retail sales (2 volumes), 1931-1965; 1938],
[Volume 11-12: Lowell Trottnow, journal (2 volumes), 1921-1928],
[Volume 13: E. L. Fish, journal (1 volume), 1917-1940],
[Volume 14: C. S. and Company, journal (1 volume), 1906-1907],
[Addendum I],
[Addendum II],
[Addendum III],
[Addendum IV],

Box 1
Folder 1-8: Cross Roads Community Club: Minutes, 1942-1980
Folder 9-10: Cross Roads Community Club: Treasurer's Account Books, 1932-1953
Folder 11: Whitney Photographs (2), no date
Folder 12: The Evergreen, Newsletters, 2 issues, 1876
Folder 13: Map of Franklin Grove; Water Facilities; School Gym, 1980, 1982; 1981; 1983
Folder 14: Franklin Grove Summer Harvest Festival, 1980+
Folder 15: Songs by Nelson Blocher, 1942-1943
Folder 16: Franklin Grove High School; Reunion Book for 1947-1956 High School Classes; Schedule of common schools, 1982; 1886
Folder 17: Memories for the Aldersgate Bi-Centenary, 1938
Folder 18-19: Harriet Sheap; poetry, biographical and genealogical information, 1904-1945
Folder 20: Obituary notices, memorial cards, 1948-1969
Folder 21: Postcards; Dixon, Dixon Business College, Grand DeTour Plow Company; Smith Letter, 1909-1917; 1891
Box 2
Folder 1: Franklin Grove Nursery: Account Book, 1844-1854
Folder 2: Franklin Grove Nursery: Catalogs, 1881, 1883
Folder 3: Franklin Grove Nursery: Price Lists, 1879-1884
Folder 4-5: Franklin Grove Nursery: Receipts, shipping labels, broadsides, 1873-
Folder 6: Franklin Grove Historical Society, 1980-1995
Folder 7: Community calendars, 1981-1984
Folder 8: Draft Horse Journal, Summer 1981
Folder 9: Harriet Sheep Poetry, no date
Folder 10: Flatiron Park, 1926, 1985
Folder 11: Franklin Grove Assembly, Methodist Church; Oakdale Camp Meeting, 1932; 1924
Folder 12: A Letter from Lee County's First Citizen: A Friend Remembers, (Ronald Reagan Reprint), 1981
Folder 13: All Class Reunion, 1985
Folder 14: Deere and Company Pamphlets, 1964
Folder 15: Franklin Grove Sesquicentennial, Quilt Block Patterns, 1985
Folder 16: Franklin Grove Sesquicentennial Donors, 1985
Folder 17: Riddlebarger Mattress Factory Photographs (5), circa 1890-1938
Folder 18-19: Franklin Grove Directory: Farmers Telephone Company, 1929-1958
Folder 20: Franklin Grove Directory and Business Association, 1977, 2009
Folder 21: Abraham Lincoln Statue Rededication, 60th Anniversary, Dixon, Illinois, 7-Jul-90
Box 3-4: The Franklin Reporter, 1878-1908
Box 4
Folder 1: Rock River Farmer, January, 1872
Folder 2: First Presbyterian Church; sketch by A. Sanders, 1980
Folder 3: Auction Notices; Franklin Grove School Drawing; Lee County Soil Map, 1984; 1950; August 1970
Folder 4: "Knights of the Globe", supplement of the Dixon Daily Sun
Volume 1-8: Herbst Elevator Company: Coal sales (8 volumes), 1930-1964
Volume 9-10: Herbst Elevator Company: Grain sales and shipments; Retail sales (2 volumes), 1931-1965; 1938
Volume 11-12: Lowell Trottnow, journal (2 volumes), 1921-1928
Volume 13: E. L. Fish, journal (1 volume), 1917-1940
Volume 14: C. S. and Company, journal (1 volume), 1906-1907
Addendum I
Box 5
Folder 1: Farming Heritage Brochure, no date
Folder 2: The Whitney House, no date
Folder 3: Honor Roll of the Old Veterans, Civil War
Folder 4: WWII Letters, Brad Moll (transcriptions), 1940's
Addendum II
Box 5
Folder 5-7: Methodist Episcopal Church: Franklin Grove Epworth League Institute, Registration, Attendance, Notes, 1925-1928
Folder 8: Dixon: Loveland Museum, "The Forgotten Box," and "The Rockriver Assembly", 2008-2009
Folder 9: Dixon: Heritage Crossing, 2009
Folder 10: History of Woodcote Cottage, Lowell Park, Dixon, Illinois, 1997
Series I.: Walter L. Moore Family Papers
Box 5
Folder 11-13: WL Moore, Dentistry Subject notes, 1900-1901
Folder 14-15: WL Moore, Dentistry Daybooks, 1912-1919, no date
Box 6
Folder 1-3: Annie Moore, School papers, Franklin Grove, 1925-1927
Series II.: Uriah C. Roe Family Papers
Box 6
Folder 4: Minnetta Roe, Scrapbook of party games, 1902
Folder 5-6: Minnetta Roe, Library ledger, 1935-1961, no date
Folder 7: Mrs. Fred Moore, Cookbook and datebook, 1921
Folder 8: U.C. Roe & Sons Pharmacy: Daybook, 1871
Folder 9: U.C. Roe & Sons Pharmacy: Daybook, 1881
Box 7
Folder 1: U.C. Roe & Sons Pharmacy: Daybook, 1881
Folder 2: U.C. Roe & Sons Pharmacy: Cash Received Ledger, 1885-1896
Folder 3: U.C. Roe & Sons Pharmacy: Daybook, 1886-1886
Folder 4: U.C. Roe & Sons Pharmacy: Pharmacy notebooks, no date
Series III.: Chicago and Northwestern Railway
Box 7
Folder 5-6: Dixon Division, Time and Pay records, 1900-1914
Box 8
Folder 1-4: Dixon Division, Time and Pay records, 1915-1932
Folder 5: Dixon Division, Fuel and Coal Ledger, 1875-1881
Folder 6: Galena Division, Time and Pay records, 1917
Box 9
Volume 1-2: Balance Register (2 volumes), 1961-1962
Box 10
Volume 1-3: Balance Register (3 volumes), 1962-1969
Volume 4: Mary L. Anderson, Property Holdings and Records (1 volume), 1940-1949
Addendum III
Series IV: Helmershausen Family & Associated Material
Box 11
Folder 1: Helmershausen Correspondence (some in German), 1923-1939
Folder 2: Adella Helmershausen- German and English verb notes, 1913
Folder 3: History Notes (some in German), no date
Folder 4: Material in German, no date
Folder 5: Helmershausen identified family photographs, 1895, 1903, 1913, no date
Subject Files 1: Associated Material
Folder 6: John C. Muggleton obituary, no date
Folder 7: Girton family images, tin types (13), circa 1880, no date
Folder 8: S. Seewer photo (1), 1911
Folder 9: Minnie May photo (1), 1916
Folder 10: Postcards, including James Monroe class picture (2 postcards), circa 1917
Folder 11: [LaKome] and Burton photo (1), 1925
Folder 12: Mary Jane Surland photo (1), 1928
Folder 13: group photos (2), 1939
Folder 14: Irene Mercer photo (1), no date
Folder 15: George Satchell Cooper photo (1), no date
Folder 16: Malinda and Malcolm Lane photo (2), no date
Folder 17: Photos of unidentified individuals (19), 1924, 1936, 1939, no date
Box 12
Folder 1: Helmershausen Family Genealogy
Folder 2: Henry Helmershausen class photo when he was teacher,  possibly Erie High School, 1905
Addendum IV
Box 13
Folder 1: Addresses by Earnest M. Halbleib from McNabb, (III.), 1962
Folder 2: Amboy, (III.) 150th Year Celebration of Amboy Evaporated Milk label, 2004
Folder 3: Amboy, (III) news articles about FFA, April 9, 2006
Folder 4: Ashton, (III.) photographs, n.d.
Folder 5: Babson Arabian Horse Farm, Grand Detour, (III.), 1971-1999
Folder 6: Bridge of Art Event, 2013
Folder 7: Chaplin Creek Village information and event flyers, n.d.
Folder 8: Dickson, Siberia news articles, 1988-1989
Folder 9: Dixon, (III.) information, souvenier envelopes, and photographs, n.d.
Folder 10: "Entry of the 48 States into the Union," unpublished copy by Dr. H.Jameson, n.d.
Folder 11: Farmer's National Bank newspaper, Centennial edition, August 2002
Folder 12: Ford Motor Industry information and news, 1910-1925
Folder 13: Franklin Grove and Franklin Center High School Reunion Books, 1985-2000
Folder 14: Franklin Grove booklet "Historic Franklin Grove,", 1995
Folder 15: Franklin Grove Historical Society letterhead and envelope, n.d.
Folder 16: Franklin Grove information, brochures, booklets, 1965-2008
Folder 17: Franklin Grove Quilt Raffle, 2011-2012
Folder 18: Franklin Grove Summer Harvest Festival Ribbons, n.d.
Folder 19: Franklin Grove United Methodist Church information and directory, 1985
Folder 20: Franklin Grove World War II ration books, n.d.
Folder 21: Funeral list of T.W.Farmer, 1898-1939
Folder 22: Galena Trail and Coach Road community newsletters, 2002-2013
Folder 23: Galena Trail and Coach Road Society meeting minutes and information, 2002-2013
Folder 24: Garfield Farm information, news articles, and newsletters, 1986-2010
Folder 25: Grand Detour, (III.) information 1981
Folder 26: The Grange informatrion, 2004
Folder 27: Health Department signs warning about diseases, n.d.
Folder 28: Heartland Heritage Camp meetings, 2003
Folder 29: Hennepin Canal Booklet, 2007
Folder 30: Industrial Workers of the World Illinois Chapter, 1956-1962
Folder 31: Illinois Postal Historian Magazines, 1994-2007
Folder 32: Lee Center Community Highschool dedication, March 18, 1938
Folder 33: Lee County Historical Yearbook, 1972-1973
Folder 34: Lee County Orphan Trains information, 2010
Folder 35: Lee County wind farm debate, 2006-2011
Folder 36: Lifetime Aluminumware Catalog, n.d.
Folder 37: Lincoln Highway Association information, news, and event  flyers, 2004-2009
Folder 38: Loveland, (III.) information and "The Blood Gulch Murder" booklet, n.d.
Folder 39: Oregon, (III.) news articles and information, 1968-1986
Folder 40: Oscar Grossheim glass plate negative collection information, n.d.
Folder 41: Photographs from German Valley Days, 1993
Folder 42: Poems by Harriet Sheap, 1904-1923
Folder 43: "The Postal Saga of Davied Jo County, IL,", 1985
Folder 44: Princeton, (III.) Red Covered Bridge photos and information, n.d.
Folder 45: Savanna, (III.) Gallery of the Civil War Soldiers brochure, 2013
Folder 46: Sterling-Rock Falls, (III.) information and brochures, n.d.
Folder 47: Sterling-Rock Falls, (III.) special issue newspaper about Grandon Civic Center, July 27, 2008
Folder 48: Sublette, (III.) Information Brochure, n.d.
Folder 49: "The Forgotten Box: A Mystery at the Loveland Museum," n.d.
Folder 50: Theshing machine painting photocopy and letter, 2009
Folder 51: Yorty School, Chaplin Creek Historic Site information and certificate, n.d.
Box 14
Item 1: Wood block mounted ink stamp of map of Lee County, (III.),n.d.
Item 2: American Convertible Motor Truck Body patent plaques, Dixon, (III.), n.d.
Oversize Drawer 28
Folder 1: Greater Morrison map of historic sites, n.d.
Folder 2: Poster for 33rd Annual Harvest Festival, 2012
Folder 3: Barn Tour Poster, Barn Tour Maps, 2008-2013
Folder 4: Historic Downtown Dixon Theatre Screening poster for "Windfall", n.d.
Folder 5: Poster of Dickson, Siberia (English and Russian), n.d.
Folder 6: Insurance maps of Ashton, Illinois, 1914, 1932 (2)
Folder 7: City Property map photocopy, 1912
Folder 8: Posters from Dickson, Siberia, n.d. (2)
Oversize Drawer LO-12
Folder 1: Franklin Grove property map, 1961

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3-4: The Franklin Reporter, 1878-1908],
[Box 4],
[Volume 1-8: Herbst Elevator Company: Coal sales (8 volumes), 1930-1964],
[Volume 9-10: Herbst Elevator Company: Grain sales and shipments; Retail sales (2 volumes), 1931-1965; 1938],
[Volume 11-12: Lowell Trottnow, journal (2 volumes), 1921-1928],
[Volume 13: E. L. Fish, journal (1 volume), 1917-1940],
[Volume 14: C. S. and Company, journal (1 volume), 1906-1907],
[Addendum I],
[Addendum II],
[Addendum III],
[Addendum IV],

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