Accidents & Incidents, Churches, Historic Structures

The Fire and Rebirth of St. Mary’s Catholic Church

In April of 1918, Peter Sheid, a popular blacksmith who once lived in McHenry and Crystal Lake, passed away. On April 11, his funeral service was held at St. Mary’s Church. While helping prepare the grave, N.J. Justen noticed smoke pouring from the roof of the Church. He sped over and alerted Rev. Edward Berthold,… Continue reading The Fire and Rebirth of St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Accidents & Incidents, Businesses, Construction

The Flash Flood of 1898

During Friday night and into Saturday morning of June 29 & 30th, 1898 much of the midwest experienced torrential downpours in such a great amount that flash flooding was prevalent in several areas. From North Dakota all the way through Ohio, the weather ran rampant on small towns and cities alike. Most estimates guess that… Continue reading The Flash Flood of 1898

Accidents & Incidents, Churches, Trains & Railroads

Cherished Memories Of Days When We Were All Together.

  While doing research for another blog post, I ran across the above memorial in the McHenry Plaindealer from March 1946. I became curious was to how Pvt. Pearson passed. Was it fighting the Germans or over in the Pacific or fighting the Japanese? It turns out that is was something just as tragic, yet… Continue reading Cherished Memories Of Days When We Were All Together.