McHenry Newsletter May 23, 1881
Died, at her residence in this place Friday, the 29th Inst., Mrs. Fields. Her health had long been failing, and, though the blow was sudden, it was not altogether unexpected. She was interred in the family burying ground, near Cromwell, this county, yesterday evening. Her loss from our midst will be deeply felt.
McHenry is still improving. I notice a new building in course of construction - the residence of Mr. Espy. Mr. Remus Hunter’s residence is nearing completion and will soon be ready for an occupant.
Miss Villie Taylor is visiting friends and relatives in this place.
Miss Effie Taylor, after an absence of a week, returned yesterday and will today resume her position as assistant teacher in the school at this place.
I understand that the McHenry Coal Company will be ready to take out coal at the new “slope" about the first of September, and the ensuing season, I predict, will be a lively one for miners in this locality.