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1 May the silver cord be loosed not,

Or the golden bowl be broken,
Ere at life's evening you shall stand,

Inspired by memories olden,
To join each faithful hand in hand,

In nuptials that are golden. '

Yours affectionately, *** # "

Of their two children, the Cedar Lake boy
left his home in the spring of 1877 for the West.
The following is the Register notice :

Herbert S. Ball, of this place, left last
Friday on the gold path, designing to pene-
trate the interior of the Rocky Mountain range
from the foot of Pike's Peak westward to the
center of the region where the snow-capped
cliffs go battling perpendicularly into the skies,
thousands of feet and the plains and valleys are
perennially warm and fertile and clothed with
tall grasses and rich verdure, and where, along
these broken mountains, the debris of the great
conflicts of nature, lie untold mineral wealth
and unnumbered beauties.


And the following is a home record for July

7, 1877 :

Hekbert S. Ball on yesterday attained his
majority, having been born at Cedar Lake July
6, 1856. Far away, among the wilds of the
Rocky Mountains, in the young state of Colo-
rado, in the region that abounds in gold, he
became twenty-one years of age ; while his pa-
rents and his sister observed here the anniver-
sary day, feeling sure that his strong arms and
true heart will ever be on the side of civil and
religious freedom, and that he will act and vote
for the good of humanity, for the welfare of his
native land.

He spent the summer in Colorado, was with
an old miner prospecting for gold on that sixth
of July, and passed south in the fall through
New Mexico into northwestern Texas. He
spent the winter among the buffalo hunters
hundreds of miles from a post office, passed
safely through many dangers, meeting with
hairbreadth escapes, and returned to civilization
in the spring. He went down the Red River
to New Orleans, came up the Mississippi and
reached home, to the great joy of his parents
and sister in June 1878. His adventures would
make a thrilling narrative, but he has never
consented to give them to the public. During
his absence clay by day, night by night, plead-
ing, earnest supplication went up for him to


the listening ear of the everlasting God. And
those prayers, his parents believe, were heard,
were answered. He left home again in Sep-
tember, 1879, and spent the winter in the fur
and lumber region of Northern Michigan be-
tween the lakes Michigan and Superior, and in
May of this year, 1880, he has once more in
safety returned.

The Newton Center girl, since her delightful
trip of 1874, remains with her mother at home.
She has an organ and a piano and gives lessons
in instrumental music, but has not yet com-
pleted her literary course. She is a good stu-
dent of language in English and Latin ; she
has made fair attainments in mathematics ;
natural science she is still pursuing. With a
cultivated ear for musical sounds, with a voice
of medium compass, clear and musical and
gaining year by year in strength, she is a fair
organist and leader in church music. Her
father hopes that the time will soon come for
her to visit the place of her birth and see New
England's "rocks and rills," her "woods and
templed hills," and feel that rapture which
would thrill her enthusiastic nature to be per-
mitted to stand on Mount Holyoke, or Wachu-
sett, or on Monadnock, or on the summit of
Mount Washington. For that time to come
she must still with patience wait.


Job Worthington of Massachusetts when vis-
iting Cedar Lake in 1868, and recalling the
months he had spent there in 1837, said, in
regard to its native beauty, that he had thought
of it by day and dreamed of it by night.

In October of 1877, before starting on a trip
to South Alabama, T. H. Ball made a visit to
the west side of the lake. It was a delightful
day and the glow of the Indian summer lay
upon the still waters and the green and autumn
tinted forest leaves of the grove. He found
that west side almost as lonely and as lovely as
ever. Forty years before he had first looked
upon its beauty. Thirty-two and a half years
before he had been buried in baptism in the
clear water there. Ten years before he had
baptized in the water of that lake ten youthful
believers, on a bright June day.

And now except two mothers, who by the
force of circumstances had become Methodist
church members, having remained, though now
in middle life, where their girlhood was passed,
no trace, except these two, remained of the
once strong and flourishing Cedar Lake church.
Work was faithfully performed here. How
and where will it live? Around this lake is
Baptist ground no longer.

Until July, 1832, no religious meeting had
been held in that hamlet of some fifty inhabi-


tants at Fort Dearborn on Lake Michigan,
where is now the city of Chicago. At that
time, three men, an English settler, Mark
Noble, Philo Carpenter, and Captain Johnson
of Fort Dearborn, agreed to hold a prayer
meeting in the log-house of Mark Noble. At
the second meeting a Sunday school was com-
menced, with about a dozen children, Captain
Johnson, his wife, and Philo Carpenter being
the teachers.

After some time a Baptist church was organ-
ized. Chicago was, it thus appears, but a few
years in advance of Cedar Lake.

In the city of Cleveland, not so far west,
which in 1818 was a village containing a popu-
lation of two hundred, the first Sabbath school
was organized in August, 1820, and there was
then in the village no meeting house, no church.

In Lake county, pioneer settlements com-
mencing in 1834, Baptist settlements in 1837,
there are now twenty-five towns and villages,
five thousand three hundred and sixty children
enumerated for the public schools, about twenty
thousand inhabitants, thirty Sabbath schools,
thirty-four churches, and twenty-five resident
ministers. Of the churches, ten are Catholic,
mostly German ; four are Lutheran, German
and Swede ; nine are Methodist Episcopal, two
of these German ; two are Presbyterian ; two


are German Evangelical ; one is Unitarian ; one
is Christian or Campbellite ; two are Band
churches ; and three are Baptist. Besides these
churches, all having houses for worship, there
are also two Methodist Episcopal classes, two
Band churches, one Believers church, and a
small Baptist church organized by Rev. R. P.
Stephenson in 1878, which meet in school-
houses and halls. Also one congregation of
Covenanters, and two of United Presbyterians.
Of these forty-three congregations meeting regu-
larly in Lake county, nearly one-tenth in num-
ber is Baptist, one-fourth Catholic, and one-
fourth Methodist. So far as the question of
immersion is concerned, about one-fourth of the
community may be called Baptist. Although
ever comparatively few in number, it is prob-
ably fair and just to say, that in promoting the
Sabbath school interest and the cause of gen-
eral education the Baptists and Presbyterians
have always been in the van ; and, comparing
these two bodies to trees, it may be said their
roots are deep and firmly fixed in the soil of
Lake. If, from the circumstances of the case,
the Baptists have not done as much as might
have been done in what some call "saving
souls," surely in the two particulars named the
Cedar Lake influence will not soon die.

The statements in the following closing para-


graphs, on the want of the Baptist cause in Lake,
are not made carelessly, nor to wound the feel-
ings of any, nor in any boastful spirit as to the
past. The writer makes them with his eyes
and his heart open.

Well does he know and fully does he recog-
nize the qualities and capabilities of a few Bap-
tist men connected with the East and North
Street churches and with the church at Lowell,
and the new church of 1878, some of whom are
immersed in business, and some struggling in
order that they and theirs may live. And
among these he feels that it is but just to name
one who since 1857, for now twenty years, has
been continuously a member of the church at
Lowell, brother Daniel Fey.

Circumstances have required him to lead a
life of constant toil ; and, as an ingenious me-
chanic and as a justice of the peace, he has been
diligent in business and fervent in spirit, serv-
ing the Lord. He has been the leader of church
singing, and to him probably more than to any
other man has the Union Sabbath School of
Lowell been indebted for its excellent singing,
for the training of so many child voices in Sun-
day school melody. He still remains useful in
the Sunday school work, and faithful in his
position as clerk of the Lowell Baptist church.


O. W. Graves, once so active, has become
infirm and lias retired from active life.

M. A. Halsted has spent considerable time
in Illinois, and on the Pacific coast, and among
the mountains and mines. He has made money
to quite a large extent. He has ever used it
freely. Factory and mill building and railroad
enterprises have drawn largely upon his* re-
sources. He is now for a short time again a
resident of Lowell.

(Had Lyman Thompson, who died at Cedar
Lake May 9, 1852, lived until this time, Baptist
interests there might have been different from
what they are now. At Crown Point there
died, August 31, 1862, Frederick Foster, and
to the resident members his loss was very great.
Of the seven members of the family mentioned
on page 118 as having united in 1855, one only
remains as a member of the East Street church.
And about the same time when so prominent a
member was removed by death, probably in
1862, William Freed, who had married a daugh-
ter of Mrs. Sturgis, and after her death had
married Miss Martha Grerrish, left Crown Point
and removed to Canada. He was an excellent
singer and chorister as well as an active, exem-
plary member, and his loss has never been
made good. He is now near the Pacific coast.
Thus, along the line of forty years, great inroads


have been made in what has seemed often to be
the promise of Baptist strength and growth.)

A few new-comers at Crown Point it seems
scarcely appropriate here to name. If they
should chance to see these lines, and if they
recognize the spirit in which this work has been
written, they will not question the statement
that the mind which dictates these words will
accord to each of them a fair meed of praise.

In the light of the requirements of Christian-
ity upon us all let them read what follows.

The great want of the struggling Baptist in-
terests in Lake county is men. There have been
and there are some good Baptist women, but it
may be said of each church, it wants a man ; a
man in the prime and vigor of manhood, with
intelligence and means and position and thor-
ough devotion to the truth, to show by word
and example, to the community around, love of
justice and of right and loyalty to the Saviour,
like those three pioneer Baptists, Richard
Church, Lewis Warriner, and Hervey Ball. The
Cedar Lake Baptists cannot be charged with
bigotry, or prejudice, or narrowness of mind.
They would attend when the occasion was
appropriate Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian,
Methodist meetings. They were the friends,
the well-wishers of all. They were advocates
for every good cause. They sought the welfare


of the whole community. In political, agricult-
ural, social life, they were ever active and for-
ward and reliable. They were not austere, they
were not recluse, they were not sanctimonious.
Yet they believed heartily in the principles and
practice of those in the ages past who consti-
tuted "the martyr church of the New Testa-
ment," those principles and that practice which
the well informed in England, Germany, and
the United States recognize as Baptist. They
were not perfect, they claimed no sinless attain-
ments ; they did not claim, as by many those
words are now used, to be "saved" or to be
"sanctified": but as redeemed sinners, renewed
by the Holy Spirit through their personal be-
lief of the truth, and heirs of the grace of God,
they claimed to be continually trusting in the
merit and righteousness of their perfect Saviour;
to be growing in grace ; to be justified freely by
the grace of God through the redemption which
there is in Christ Jesus ; and as pilgrims and
sojourners here to be seeking a better country
even a heavenly. Thus they lived ; thus many
of them have died.

Richard Church finished his Lake county
work in ten short years and lay down in the
sleep of death when more than three score
years and ten had passed over him.

Lewis Warriner, deprived at the very first of


her who would have added so much to the
strength and happiness of his home life, spent
eighteen years in Christian activities in this
county, and then went westward and closed his
eyes in death when wanting only about three
years of man's fourscore.

Hervey Ball spent thirty full years as a Bap-
tist church member in the county of Lake, and
died when within three days of completing his
seventy-fourth year.

Thus these three passed away ; and while
from time to time some good, active, and zealous
men have been numbered for a season among
the Baptists of Lake, and a few are still, none
have yet stepped forward into their ranks to
make good the places left vacant by the three
pioneers of 1838.

And so it may be truly said, the Baptist cause
in Lake waits for a man. When three more
such men arise then will the Baptist interests
once more revive.

Yet none need suppose that- their work will
in reality ever die.

If in visible form the results of their efforts,
their prayers, and their tears, should not be
seen around the bright Lake of the Red Cedars,
their influence will be living somewhere in the
world, and will be felt in guiding minds and
molding hearts, until the Great King and the


glad kingdom come, until the promised restora-
tion of all things,

"Till o'er our ransomed nature,
The Lamb for sinners slain,
Redeemer, King, Creator,
Returns in bliss to reign."



By Rev. N. Warriner.

No. 55 in the County Record Book.

William Taylor, ) March 3 1842
Caroline Warrmer. (

William C. Farrington, ) Q m m2 _

Lydia Ann bherman. j '

Richard J. Woodard, ) T 1 o^ io^
Elizabeth H. Ball. ' [ oxr>
Harriet Wheeler. [ Jan ' M > 1856 "

By Judge Hervey Ball.

FrSSa^L-Vinter. } Dec ' 16 ' 1857 '

Charles Finch, ) -^ , QV 1 Q

Anna Margaret Cordes. j * eD * ^ iy5y '
John W. Dietel,
Anna Herlitz.

I April 14,


By Rev. John Benney.
fenda^U.] May*, 1858.

5ffi £2? }■*•»."«*

Wm. Blowers, | Ai no ^ otrv
Diodema Sturges. [ 0cL 23 ~ 1859 "

By Rev. A. E. Simons.


Adam Dillabaugh, ) M h
Mary A. Snyder. { '

Benjamin R. Evans, ) A •!-,-, -, oa .
Maiy Ann Diddy. [ A P nl U ' 186L

By Rev. J. M. Maxwell.

E. B Bart M ' 10 ' m
By Rev. Gr. F. Brayton.

ESr7i)o;nM^ 2 MS6 2 .

gfn^Sr ( ^t. 7, 1863.
By Rev. E. L. Millis.

fllen y Y A anSSn. | *W "• ^
By Rev. Gr. "W". Lewis.

8aSnl7hipson. ! ^ 17 ' 1866 -

A"H. r Seen.l F ^^^


William N. Halsted, U , , Qaa
Louisa Vandecar. j

By Rev. John Bruce.

Joseph Duncher, I g m

Mary Ennisy. j r
Urias J Fry, j Noy _ % lg69 _
Lmma Chapman. )

S=A a £„e,S J ^ 6 ' 1873 -
E ar LoTinf We ' } ^Pt. M, 1873.

£rE"we 8 lT d 'i^^^

uX^^ \ Sept 19 ' 1876 -
Sc^ inniger 'l J ^ 4 > 1878 -

James France, | ^ 19 ^^
Libbie McDowell, f i)ec * 12 ' 1878 '
Jacob Lorscheider, ) -** ■, in -, ^n.
Mary E. Jacobs. ( March 19 ' 18m

James E. Johnson, ) a . „ - ^„
Mary A. Storrs. } Sept. 3, 18,9.

Adolphus Sherman, ) iA 10/™
Mary Schroeder. [ Se P t 10 ' 1879 "


Willis Alien, | g t 23 m9-

Susannah Dickerson. j r

By Daniel Fry, Justice of the Peace.

John Granger, J g ^ 186g _
Maria Brockway. ) r
Byron Cross, J „ &Q lg69 _
Mary Harding, j J

Fred Castle ) June 19 , 1869 .
Eetta W elch. |

JohnE Hoshaw, | Jul 3 1869 .
Melissa Grriesel. j J

5S7 aark neS ' I ^ '• ™»-

oiScU umsey ' } °«- 30 > ™»-

James O. Eowe, ) j i g -^g^
Frances J. Curtis. \ ^ '

James M. Bailey, I Dec 16 1871 .
Catherine Young, j
Martin Schur, j « , ^ -^g^

Barbara Landgraff. j P " '
Thomas Baughman, ) M h u lg75
Mary Guise. \

By Rev. R. P. Stephenson.

John Klein, | Jan g m9
Alta L. Jb ry.- \ '

By Rev. E. H. Brooks.

Henry A. BTewson, ) Dec w m9>
Sarah A. Sanger. \

Henry Hagenboch, j Feb 2g lm
J ohanna Jb lynn. (
Thomas Pearce, ) lij r n ^ ^ 1QCA
Martha J. Fuller. } Ma ? *' 1880 '

By Rev. T. H. Ball.

Delia A. Rurnsey. f u ^' '

f e V J ; ST' F eb- », 1857.
Sophia A Palmer. \

John Diirland, I Nov. 25, 1863.

(Jornelia Lamphier. j

David C. M. Barney, ) T A ^ oai
^ n • a a j J r Jan. 4, 1864.
Catharine A. Snyder, j '

John H Abrams, j A 3 lg65

r annie A. V anhouten, j &

William H. Wilson, ) r\ ± a io*k
Esther Kandolph. [ 0ct *' 1865 '
John Pearce, ) Q . Q -. ae . n

Elizabeth V. Foster. [ Se P t 9 > 1867 '


EX G i?io,l March4 ' 1868 -

Lewis T. Louks, ) ^ •, -•, 10 ,,
tvt a tt ' J- Jb eb. 14, 1869.
Mary A. Hornor. j '

Hezekiah H. Purdy, ) a , «->., -, *n

Albina Nichols. " \ Se P t 21 ' 1869 '

Andrew S. Cutler, ) -p. 1 „ 1 Q „ a

Mary Jane Ball. ( Dea 16 ' 1869 '

Josiah E. Shaw, ) -^ ~-i 10fift

Lottie Woodbridge. f Dec ' 21 ' 1869 '

Isaac Shaw, ] t^ 0i ^ ™

Mary Messer. [ Dec - 21 > 1869 '

John D. Ester, ) -p. no . C/TA

Lavina Forbes! I Dec - 22 ' 1870 '

Joseph Williams, ) ^ ^ ^

Margaret Jane Phillips. [ Dea 27 ' 1870 '

Frederick A. Martin, ) -** h -, *-,

Sarah S. Erb. } Ma ^ 7 ' 187L

John H. McMurtry, ) T i o -io^-i
Emma Lathrop. * j Jul ? 3 - 187L

Homer H. Pratt, ) •*,- ., K -, ^r»
Carrie R. Jarvis! | Ma ? 15 ' 1872 '

Herschel J. Nichols, ) Q ± to -t o^r»
Maria Lambert. Se P*- 13 ' 1872 '

Hibbert Peterson, ] ^ ., A otTO
Emily M. Sharp. ) Dec - 18 ' 1873 -


Isaac Sight, ) p b m

Eliza fepry. j '

Jacob Metz, [ -p , ^ lg wg

Samantha A. Everett.

Leonard Tillotson, ) -..- -tk

Ida F. Foot, [ Ma y 16 ' 18Y5 -

Jesse L. Hill > Noy _ m

Jane Livingston. (

Sidney H. Ainswortli, / T ., ^ ont
tz * td • r Jan. 31, 1875.

Kate Jrrice. ( '

Jerome Newell, ) T -.-.-, o^n
Ida J. Toothill.[ June11 ' 1876 -

Franklin H. Bayor, ) -^ OK -, ^«
Flora M. Adam's. } Dec - 25 ' 1876 '
C. C. S. Keech, ) -* T , „ io ,_^
Hannah Evans. } March 3 ' 1877 '
Albert S. Thompson, ) T ^ A ^ on ^
Mary Spanlding! ( Jmie 14 ' 1877 '

Edgar C. Wheeler, ) Q 1 ^

Allie A. Taylor. f ° ct 6 ' 1877 '

Sr r thaStSl S 'i^g-^1878.
F I 1 SS n Hasse>ot. 14, 1878.
JotM C S h M erar ery -!-^,30.18 7 8.

Mti^itrM - 18 - 1878 -

ESSE} '«■ i."».


William Gordon, ) P i .,. 1DOA
^ ' > Jb eb. 14, 1880.

Emma bprague. \ '

John J Zeigler, J March

baran J. bykes. )

The above are from the county records up to
May 20, 1880.

It has been decided to omit the dissertation
on Columbus' attitude mentioned on page 232.

Y "N" T
June 15, 1880. i. . ^ . .u.


For readers who are not acquainted with the
geography of Lake county the following ex-
planations of the map, which accompanies this
work, may be useful.

The first railroad on the shore of Lake Mich-
igan is the Baltimore and Ohio. The second is
the Michigan Southern. The third is the Pitts-
burg and Fort Wayne. These three roads are
very near to each other for many miles. The
fourth, crossing at Tolleston, is the Michigan
Central, which was the first railroad built across
Lake county. This was completed thirty years
ago, in 1850. This county has therefore had,
as also has Chicago, thirty years of railroad
growth. The Joliet Cut Off may be counted
fifth, passing from Lake to Dyer and westward,
then, to Joliet. The sixth, leaving the county-
near Lansing, is the Grand Trunk from Canada.
The seventh, which passes through Crown
Point, is called the Pittsburg, Cincinnati, and
St. Louis road. It is the line of the noted Pan
Handle route. This road was completed fifteen
years ago, or in 1865. Crown Point has had
therefore fifteen years only of railroad growth.


Besides these seven completed, there are four
projected roads. One of these, the eighth, is
expected to pass from Porter county and its
county seat, Valparaiso, through Crown Point,
to Joliet. The ninth, running northward from
Attica on the Wabash, through Crown Point,
to the Grand Trunk, perhaps to Hammond.
The tenth, which is quite sure to be soon con-
structed, will pass through Lowell by Cedar
Lake to Dyer. The eleventh is to cross the
low-land near the Kankakee river. A twelfth
may cross from the northeast to the southwest
some time.

The squares on the map denote congressional
townships of six miles square. The county lies
west of the second principal meridian.

Near Cedar Lake will be seen some letters,
B. B. and W. These denote the locations of
the Ball and "Warriner homes. The latter has
been owned for many years by Moses M. Esty,
who married Mrs. Cutler, the mother of Dr.
Cutler of Kankakee. Here therefore Mrs. M.
J. Cutler is accustomed to visit. The Ball place
of 1837 is now owned by Mrs. Maggie Meyers
and J. L. Dubruil. On this will probably be
a railroad station, and of all its precious associ-
ations and treasured memories, as the loaded
trains pass by, the busy or pleasure-seeking
travellers will be ignorant. On the bright


waters they will not fail to look and will no
doubt inquire after the name of the little lake.

With one of his German neighbors, who is
still living, Judge Ball used to talk, many years
ago, of a coming time when a railroad would
pass beside the lake, and pleasure seekers would
make it a resort. That time seems now to be
near at hand ; and the time has fully come, if
ever, for this volume to be written.

Note. — A little child, the daughter of Solo-
mon Eussel, at the head of the lake, was
drowned in a well in the summer of 1837; but
thus far, for five-and-forty years, within the
period of white occupancy, no human life has
gone out in the Lake of Cedars.


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