Schuyler County, Illinois

Eliza (Thornton) Reno

The Rushville Times Newspaper, October 14, 1909, Rushville, Illinois
Death of Schuyler Pioneer.
Mrs. Louisa Thornton Reno had lived in Schuyler County eighty years.
Mrs. Louisa Thornton Reno, Schuyler county’s oldest resident, died at the home of her son, Benjamin F. Reno, in Browning township, on Sunday evening, aged 96 years, 9 months and 7 days.
Mrs. Reno was a native of North Carolina, and came to Schuyler county with her parents in 1829, and they were among the first settlers of Browning township, which was to be her home for nearly eighty years.
In 1838 Louisa Thornton was united in marriage to Jonathan Reno, son of a pioneer of the same name, who had come to Schuyler in 1825.  Their marriage was solemnized in Browning township, and here the greater portion of their lives was spent, as they returned to Schuyler in 1843 after spending one year in Iowa on what was then the frontier of our western civilization.  Mr. Reno died on the old homestead farm in 1884, and since then his widow has made her home with her son, Benj. F. Reno, who purchased the old home place.
Tho she lived to a remarkable old age, Mrs. Reno was ever possessed of an unusually active mind and she retained her faculties to the end of her long, useful and beautiful life.  Her memory was clear of the early pioneer days and her friends delighted in her stories of the log cabin and tallow dip days and especially of the winter of 1830, known as the winter of the big snow.  Almost incredible seem the experiences of the people who were making that early history, and the discouragements they encountered and obstacles they overcame pronounce them people of more than ordinary purposes and determination.  Mrs. Reno recalled the wigwam of the Indians and her many experiences with them, although for the most part they at that time had moved to other hunting grounds, returning, however, occasionally to the former place of their abode.
The Rushville Times Newspaper, Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois, c/o Schuyler Co. Jail Museum, 200 S. Congress Street, Rushville, IL  62681; 217-322-6975.

Submitted by Marcine Lohman




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