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COUNTY ANNIVERSARY. CELEBRATION OF 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORGANIZATION OF
WOODFORD COUNTY. In 1840, the settlers of Walnut Grove placed a petition before the Legislature for the formation of Woodford county with Versailles as the seat of justice. The bill entitled “An Act for the Formation of the County of Woodford,” was signed by the Governor, February 27, 1841. In accordance with this measure, the county, the coming February, will have been formed seventy years. The petition met with so much opposition by the settlers living west of Walnut Grove, who wished to organize a county with Washington as the county seat, and later the removal of the county seat from Versailles to Hanover was so fiercely contested by the people living at the county seat and vicinity, that the whole movement is an interesting chapter in the history of Woodford county.
The Woodford County Historical Society has decided to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the formation of Woodford county with suitable program, and is making active preparation for that occasion.
There are still living in the county and elsewhere a few men and women, then mere boys and girls, who remember the discussions and excitement incident to these events. So far as possible the events will be recounted by these same boys and girls.
The society desires the names of all those living in the county at that time. Please send your names to either of the undersigned. We would also be pleased to learn of incidents that took place in connection with the movement to organize the county or the removal of the county seat to Hanover, or even while Versailles enjoyed the distinction of being the county seat.
The celebration is for the people of the county and those out of the county who may care to attend. We ask the assistance of all. The board of supervisors has already given substantial aid. May we hear from others, who have, if only in memory, the information we seek.
DEATH OF GENERAL EUGENE A. CARR.
General Eugene A. Carr, a retired officer of the U. S. Army, and a brother of Hon. Clark E. Carr, President of the Illinois State Historical Society, died, of asthma, at his home in Washington city, on the 2d day of December, 1910. He was the victim, some time ago, of an automobile accident, from which he never fully recovered.
General Carr was born in New York on March 20, 1830, and graduated at the West Point Military Academy in 1850, receiving at that time a commission of brevet second lieutenant. He was raised to the rank of first lieutenant in the First U. S. Cavalry, March 3, 1855, and to captain on June 11, 1858. Assigned to the Third Regiment of Illinois Cavalry Volunteers, as lieutenantcolonel, he saw his first service in the Civil War at the battle of Wilson Creek, August 10, 1861, where, “for gallant and meritorious service,” he was promoted to colonel of that regiment. For "conspicuous bravery” at the battle of Pea Ridge, March 7, 1862, he was made a major in the regular army, and on May 17, 1863, he was brevetted colonel “for gallant and meritorious conduct" at the Black River Bridge battle, in Mississippi. For similar service at the capture of Little Rock, Ark., he was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers, and on March 13, 1865, attained the full rank of major-general.
In the many other engagements of the Civil War in which General Carr participated he displayed the same cool courage and remarkable military skill. He received a medal of honor for his "distinguished gallantry" at the