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Old Courthouse (Joliet, Illinois) 1930
Old Courthouse (Joliet, Illinois) 1930
TitleOld Courthouse (Joliet, Illinois) 1930
CreatorWilliams, Adele Fay
DescriptionDrawing by Adele Fay Williams provides a view of the old courthouse in Joliet, Illinois. - Donated by Katherine Woodruff Barnes
Title of ArticleAn early county building
Date of Article1930
Transcript of the ArticleFrom Joliet Herald-News "A halo of picturesque, historic, political, interest clings to the ancient stone court house that witnessed many of the stirring events of pioneer days. Built probably early in the 40's , of the finest Joliet limestone beautifully placed and proportioned stone upon stone, it was for a long time one of Joliet's proudest achievements as it stood in the grassy square with shade trees, where has stood the present court house since about 1886. Clock in Steeple In its steeple was a clock that could be seen and heard for miles in the quiet town that was Joliet in 1850 thereabouts. Where in 1834 there was only one log hut to mark the place to become the busy growing city of 79, 500 in 1930, there was in 1850 a charming homelike village of 2, 500 aspiring souls. The court house built sometime before that, cost $12, 000, made of stone hewn from a Joliet quarry. At that time Joliet was the proud possessor of four bridges, three over the river and one over the canal, not long built. The luckless woolen mill of Joel A. Matteson, former governor of Illinois, was then in successful operation, the quarries were prospering and good farm lands could be bought for $10 an acre. Whigs Met Here And how interesting seem those far away politics as chronicled in newspapers of the time. For instance, the Whig district convention, that far away political party with the interesting name that seems to embody so much, if one only knew what it was. This Whig convention embraced the counties of Will, Iroquois, DuPage and Kendall, according to the 1850 arrangement of the district. This convention was held in this charming little court house pictured on this page, for the purpose of nominating three candidates for representative in the next general assembly. The central corresponding committee included names still remembered in Joliet. H. N. Marsh was the chairman with Allen Pratt, J. Norton, Aylmer Keith and John Crothers. Haven Was Candidate In the newspaper of the same date, Jacob Adler was one of those who had mail uncalled for, for which he must pay two cents extra to pay for the advertising, in the quaint way of the time. At the same date Jenny Lind was singing in a Chicago theater. Also O. H. Haven was announced as the independent candidate for representative for the ‘Democratic and Free party.' The committee supporting him shows interesting historic names such as William Adam, A. K. Curtis, S. Stephen, A. Comstock, R. Hodgson, Richard Burke, Firman Mack, C. W. Brandon, J. Beaumont, Richard Talbot, Micajah L. Adams, John Egan and others. Almost everyone is still represented in Joliet by some of his connections. Lighted by Candles As giving a vivid picture of the habits and conveniences of the time, a lecture by Mr. Haven was announced to be held in this very small court house on October 4, at ‘early candle light.' Fancy the smoky candles flaring in the breezes of fervid oratory, fancy the quaint costumes of pretty women, the tall silk hats of politicians, the rugged pioneer features of the farmer who came in to listen and to learn. Another interesting discussion of the same day was a report of the senate bill abolishing the ‘Slave Trade in the district of Columbia passed by the house by the decisive vote of 124 to 47. The ‘Nays' were all southern, of course. However, Messrs, Beale, Hayward and McDowell, of Virginia, and Gentry of Tennessee voted with the north people. Slaves Question Up This it was said, was the last of a series of measures proposed at the beginning of the session of Henry Clay for the settlement of the slavery distractions. The New York Times questions the permanence of the decision. ‘So the Slavery question, ' they say, ‘is settled.' ‘How long will it stay settled, ' they ask. This question seems dimly to parallel some query anent the prohibition questions. History often repeats itself in the permanence of its decisions."
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Courthouses -- Joliet (Ill.) -- History
Courthouses -- Will County (Ill.) -- History)
SourceClick this link to see more historical information on the Joliet area - http://www.lewisu.edu/imcanal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
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CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University)
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