I hoped to find a large amount of information about the Hugh Kelly family, which is the only family of mine that actually lived in Warsaw but I found just a few mentions of him. What I found more of is news about that darn Doran family in neighboring Carthage. As is typical, you don't find much in the newspapers about modest, law-abiding people but you find much more about the trouble-makers.
Also as is typical, searching the text of newspapers is haphazard at best. I'm confident there are more stories about my families in these pages but OCR, especially for old text scanned from discolored, faded and torn newspapers can be pretty bad. I'll have to start browsing certain dates and later just page by page to see if I can find more. Still I did find some. Here's what I found.
First is a notice posted by the City Council of Warsaw notifying property owners, including Hugh Kelly about a meeting regarding widening the street bordering their property.
Next we have the obituary of Michael Dee, son of Catherine Murphy Kelly.
Finally we have the obituary for Hugh Kelly.
Then we move on to those darn Dorans. Previously, the newspaper article about the death of Henry Doran said "The Doran family, living beyond the Wabash depot, was often in trouble and history tells that 'Granny' Doran had an establishment in her home." It was never clear to me what kind of establishment they were talking about but I speculated she served alcohol. It turns out I was right. The first notice talks about Mr. Doran being the proprietor of the illegal drinking establishment and that he served time in jail for the offense.
Next up is the death announcement of "Old Tommy" Doran. In the announcement, he's called "Old Uncle Tommy Doran". This is the first time I've seen that name for him.
Next is the biggest find in this dive into these newspapers. It's the death notice for Catherine "Kitty" "Granny" Doran. Previously I believed that she had died shortly after the death of her husband in early 1876 due to her being noted as deceased in his some of his probate papers, but I couldn't be sure. Now we can figure out the date of her death.
Finally is a sad note about Tom and Kitty's daughter, my great-great-grandmother, Nancy Doran Dunnigan.
I can't wait to see what else I can find. If you have ancestors in Hancock County, Illinois, definitely dig in to these newspapers and see what you can find. I'll post more if I find anything particularly interesting.