A candle with a flame, as tombstone art, symbolizes life, eternal life, and light. A burning candle brings light to darkness.
March 2022 archive
Recently I have been scouring the censuses for information about the inhabitants of the village of Willshire during the last half of the 1800s. Willshire is of particular interest this year because they are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the town by Captain James Riley. Their Bicentennial. As I was going through the 1880 census of Willshire Township I noticed something that I had missed before. Totally missed.
After writing about Willshire’s hotels last week I wanted to see what I could learn about the town’s hotels and their proprietors in the census records. I was primarily looking for information about the best-known Willshire hotel, the one most of us remember as the Straubinger Hotel, built in 1850 by Dr. John W. Pearce and razed in 1964.