Past and Present
TIME LINE FOR JASPER COUNTY
I recently went to a seminar and learned a lot about land
searches, migration of ancestors, etc. I remember one
"Your people may have moved, but their land didn't."
He suggested making a "time line" for the county you
are researching, because even though the land didn't move, the
county boundaries certainly did. So.....I worked up a time
line for Jasper County, and was I ever surprised. I was
looking in wrong places!!!! So to share with all of you,
here is the time line I worked up for Jasper County. (Linda)
||Virginia, Illinois County
||Northwest Territory, Knox County
||Indiana Territory, St. Clair County
||The Southwest Corner was in Randolph County; the rest was
in St. Clair County
||Split diagonally SW to NE
NW = St. Clair County
SE = Randolph County
||Illinois Territory, Madison County
||Illinois Territory, Edwards County
||Illinois Territory, Crawford County
||Statehood (still a part of Crawford County)
|1831 to present
|March 3, 1903
Mine cave-in (southeast of Newton)
|May 13, 1943
liquid nitroglycerin exploded on the bridge on Route 33 east of
Newton. Charles Gibson, driver, killed.
Jasper County Loses Its
Illinois Daily Journal-Gazette
December 4, 1912
(submitted by Linda Lang. Thanks, Linda!!!)
Newton, Ill., Dec. 4,
1912 -- Joseph PICQUET,
perhaps the oldest citizen of Jasper county, and certainly longer
a resident therein than any one else now living, died at the family
home in Ste Marie last Saturday morning, aged ninety-six years,
eight months and thirteen days.
Mr. PICQUET was born in
France, now Germany, on March 17, 1816 and came to America in
young manhood as the advance representative of a number of relatives
and neighbors who desired to locate in the then frontier west.
He traveled through various parts of the United States after landing
in New York, on on seeing the country in and a round Ste. Marie,
was so favorably impressed that he returned to France, reported
his opinions and investigations, was commissioned to act, came
back to America and on October 12, 1837, at Palestine, entered
a claim to purchase and patent 10,700 acres of land, the same
being granted and made to include the village that he founded
and where practically all his active, useful and honorable life
was passed. (Printed 4 Dec 1912, Wednesday, in the Daily
Journal-Gazette, Mattoon, IL)
These towns are "gone"....
JASPER COUNTY TOWN NAME
Medical Terms - Then and Now
- Ablepsy - blindness
- Abscess - boil
- Addison's Disease (aka bronzed skin disease) - a disease
characterized by severe weakness, low blood pressure and a bronzed
coloration of the
- Ague - a fever, usually malarial, marked by regularly
- American Plague - Yellow fever.
- Anasarca - dropsy
- Anthrax - carbuncle or large painful boil.
- Aphonia - laryngitis.
- Aphtha - the infant disease "thrush".
- Apoplexy - paralysis due to stroke.
- Arachnitis - inflammation of membranes in the brain.
- Ascetis - probably liver disease from cirrhosis or cancer;
perhaps kidney or heart disease.
- Atrophy - wasting away or diminishing in size.
- Bad Blood - syphilis.
- Barbers Itch - Ringworm of the beard.
- Bilious Colic - typhoid; hepatitis; typhus.
- Billary Calculis - stones in the gallbladder, probably with
infection or rupture of the gallbladder.
- Billous Fever - a fever caused by a disorder of the liver.
- Black Plague - bubonic plague.
- Black Fever - acute infection with high temperature and dark
red skin lesions and high mortality rate.
- Bladder in Throat - diptheria.
- Bone Shave - Sciatica
- Brain Fever - inflammation of brain and/or spinal tissue
(today called encephalitis or meningitis)
- Breakbone - Dengue fever.
- Bright's Disease - kidney inflammation, nephritis or renal
- Bronze John - Yellow fever.
- Bronzed Skin Disease - See Addison's Disease.
- Cachexy - malnutrition.
- Caduceus - falling sickness or epilepsy.
- Camp Fever - typhus
- Cancer - malignant growth, carcinoma.
- Canine Madness - rabies, hydrophia.
- Canker - probably a mouth infection with gangrene. Perhaps a
misspelling of cancer.
- Catalepsy - seizures; trances
- Cerebritis - inflammation of cerebrum or lead poisoning.
- Cerebrospinala Fever - See Meningitis
- Chilblains - Painful sore or swelling of the foot or hand
caused by exposure to the cold.
- Child Bed Fever - infection following the birth of a child.
- Chin Cough - Whooping Cough.
- Cholelithiasis - Gall stones.
- Cholera - any of several intestinal diseases, but mainly an
acute, severe, infectious disease characterized by profuse diarrhea,
intestinal pain and dehydration.
- Chorea - Saint Vitus' Dance.
- Clap - Gonorrhea.
- Commotion - concussion
- Consumption - see Tuberculosis. Also known as
- Corruption - infection.
- Costiveness - constipation.
- Cramp Colic - appendicitis.
- Crusted Tetter - Impetigo.
- Cystitis - inflammation of the bladder.
- Decrepitude - feebleness due to old age.
- Dementia Paralytica - term for the advanced stage of
syphilis. (Thank you Patty Frazer!)
- Dengue - infectious fever from East Africa.
- Diptheria - an acute infectious disease caused by a
bacterium and characterized by weakness, high fever and the formation
in the air passages of a tough, membrane-like obstruction to breathing.
- Dock Fever - Yellow Fever.
- Dropsy - an accumulation of fluid in the body, edema
(swelling of the legs, ankles and feet).
- Dysentery - any of various intestinal inflammations
characterized by abdominal pain and intense diarrhea with bloody,
- Dyspepsia - any disorder of the stomach of intestine,
usually over a long time. May have been a ruptured ulcer, colitis,
- Elephantiasis - form of leprosy.
- Encephalitis - swelling of the brain; aka sleeping sickness.
- Enteric Fever - Typhoid fever.
- Epilepsy - a disorder of the nervous system characterized by
- Epitaxis - nose bleed.
- Erisipelas/Erysipelas (aka Rose, Saint Anthony's Fire) - an
acute infectious disease of the skin or mucous membranes caused by a
streptococcus and characterized by local inflammation and fever.
- Falling Sickness - Epilepsy.
- Flu - See Influenza
- Flux, Interries, Summer Complaint - These all represent
diarrhea, perhaps dysentery, typhoid, cholera or food poisoning. Summer
complaint was usually used for children, especially their second
summer. Interries is
- French Pox - Syphilis.
- Furuncle - boil.
- Gangrene - death and decay of tissue in a part of the body.
- Gastro Enteritis - an intestinal upset. Perhaps typhoid,
dysentery, or cholera. Possibly a ruptured stomach ulcer, colitis,
- Glanders - a contagious disease of horses, mules, etc.
characterized by fever, swelling of glands beneath the lower jaw,
inflammation of the
nasal mucous membranes, etc. It can be transmitted to man and
- Glandular Fever - mononucleosis.
- Gleet - Urinary tract disease.
- Gravel - Kidney or bladder stones.
- Great Pox - Syphilis.
- Green Sickness - anemia.
- Grippe - Influenza
- Grocer's Itch - skin disease caused by mites in sugar or
- Hemiplegy - paralysis of one side of the body.
- Hip Gout - Osteomylitis.
- Hives - skin eruption with severe itching.
- Hospital Fever - Typhus.
- Hunt Fever - strep throat
- Hydrophobia - rabies.
- Icterus - jaundice.
- Impetigo - contagious skin disease characteized by pustules.
- Infantile Paralysis - polio.
- Influenza - an acute, contagious, infectious disease caused
by any of a specific group of viruses and characterized by inflammation
of the respiratory tract, fever and muscular pain. (Also called "flu".)
- Intermittent Fever - a fever characterized by periodic
intervals when the body temperature returns to normal.
- Jail Fever - typhus
- Jaundice - Yellow discoloratin of the skin, whites of the
eyes, and mucous membranes.
- Kings Evil - Scrofula.
- Kruchhusten - whooping cough.
- Lagrippe - influenza.
- Lockjaw - tetanus.
- Lues Disease - Syphilis.
- Lues venera - venereal disease.
- Lumbago - back pain.
- Lung Fever - pneumonia
- Lung Sickness - Tuberculosis.
- Malaria - this was once thought to be from exposure to bad
air in swamps. It is an infectious disease, generally intermittent and
recurrent, caused by any of various protozoans that are parasitic in
the red blood corpuscles and are transmitted to man by the bite of an
infected mosquito. It is characterized by severe chills and fever.
- Mania - Insanity.
- Marasma, Marrasmus, Inanetion - an extreme malnutrition or
severe wasting, especially of children. Often due to diarrhea, vomiting
and chronic disease or starvation.
- Marasmus - consumption; tuberculosis.
- Measles - A highly infectious, communicable virus disease,
characterized by small red spots on the skin, high fever, nasal
discharge, etc. and occurring most frequently in childhood.
- Membranous Croup - Diptheria.
- Meningitis - An inflammation of the lining of the brain and
spinal column and is the result of infection from bacteria or viruses.
- Metritis - a severe infection of the woman's uterus with
purulent vaginal discharge.
- Miasma - Poisonous vapors thought to infect air.
- Milk Fever - Disease from drinking contaminated milk.
- Milk Sickness - a rare disease, caused by consuming dairy
products or flesh from cattle that have eaten any of various poisonous
weeds. For some reason, this seems to have been linked to nursing
mothers that died.
- Mormal - gangrene.
- Morphew - scurvy
- Myelitis - inflammation of the spine.
- Necrosis - motificatin of bones or tissue.
- Nephrosis - kidney degeneration.
- Nepritis - inflammation of the kidneys.
- Neuralgia - a disease of the nerves. May have been a
meningitis, brain tumor, polio, epilepsy.
- Nostalgia - homesickness.
- Opthalmia - a severe inflammation of the eyeball or
- Palsy - Uncontrolled movement of muscles, loss of muscle
- Paristhmitis - quinsey.
- Paroxysm - convulsions.
- Pellagra - disease caused by eating spoiled corn.
- Pertussis - whooping cough
- Phthisis - Tuberculosis; marasmus.
- Phthisis Pulmoniasis - lung consumption (a big thank-you to
Larry Wernle for this one)
- Phthiriasis - lice infestation.
- Plague/Black Death - Bubonic plague.
- Pleurisy - inflammation of the lining of the chest cavity.
- Pneumonia - inflammation of the lungs.
- Podagra - gout.
- Poliomyelitis - polio.
- Potts Disease - Tuberculosis of the spinal vertebrae.
- Pox - syphilis.
- Puerpural Convulsions - Toxemia of pregnancy with
hypertension, edema, etc. Convulsions are frequent.
- Puerperal Exhaustion - death due to childbirth.
- Puerpural Fever - infection associated with childbirth;
sepsis sometimes occurring during childbirth.
- Puking Fever - milk sickness.
- Putrid Fever - typhus.
- Pyemia - Blood poisoning.
- Pyrexia - dysentery.
- Quinsing - almost certainly QUINSEY, an abscess of the
- Remitting Fever - Malaria.
- Rheumatism - pain in joints.
- Rickets - disease of skeletal system.
- Rose Cold - Hay fever; allergies.
- Roseola - false measles.
- Rubeola - German measles.
- Scallue, Scroffula - a tuberculosis, especially of the
glands, but often spreading to the rest of the body.
- Scarlet Fever - a highly contagious disease, especially of
children. Characterized by sore throat, fever and a scarlet rash.
- Sciatica - rheumatism in the hips.
- Scirrhus - cancerous tumors.
- Scrivener's palsy - writer's cramp.
- Screws - Rheumatism.
- Scrofula - tuberculosis of the lymphastic glands especially
in the neck.
- Scrumpox - impetigo
- Scurvy - lack of vitamin C.
- Septicemia - blood poisoning
- Shakes - delirium tremens.
- Shingles - viral disease with skin blisters.
- Ship Fever - typhus.
- Sloes - milk sickness.
- St. Anthony's Fire - also known as Erisipelas/Erysipelas -
an acute infectious disease of the skin or mucous membranes caused by a
streptococcus and characterized by local inflammation and fever.
- Smallpox - a highly contagious viral disease characterized
by prolonged fever, vomiting, and eruptions on the skin that often left
pitted scars (or pockmarks) when healed.
- Spanish Influenza - epidemic influenza.
- Spasms - sudden involuntary contraction of muscles;
- Spina Bifida - deformity of spine.
- Spotted Fever - Typhus or meningitis.
- St. Vitas' Dance - ceaseless occurrence of involuntary rapid
- Strangers' Fever - yellow fever.
- Strangery - rupture.
- Swamp Fever - malaria
- Tertian Fever - occurring every other day, usually every
third day, applied to fever or a disease causing it, especially certain
forms of malaria.
- Tetanus - lockjaw.
- Thrombosis - blood clot inside blood vessel.
- Tick Fever - Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
- Trench Mouth - painful ulcers on gums.
- Tuberculosis - an infectious disease characterized by the
formation of tubercles in various tissues of the body, especially the
lungs. Also called consumption.
- Tussis Convulsive - Whooping Cough.
- Typhoid - a highly infectious disease acquired by ingesting
food or water contaminated by excreta. It was formerly considered
a form of typhus and is characterized by fever, intestinal disorders,
- Typhus - acute infection disease transmitted by lice and
- Variola - smallpox
- Winter Fever - probably influenza, pneumonia.
- Womb Fever - infection of the uterus.
- Yellow Fever - a highly infectious disease caused by a virus
transmitted by the bite of the yellow-fever mosquito. It is
characterized by fever, jaundice, vomiting, etc.
- Yellow Jacket - Yellow fever, yellow jack (also called The
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