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17 July 2009: Hittle Grove cemetery, historical burial site of the Orndorff - Albright massacre of 1860, is located in Tazwell County Illinois.
About the massacre:
On the morning of the 12th of Oct. A.D. 1860, the husband and father in whose memory this monument is erected, was called away on business, from his residence three miles southeast of Delavan, Illinois, where he left his family, consisting of his wife and two small daughters. At his return, no little ones ran to greet him, as was their custom, and at once alarm for the welfare of those dear ones took hold on his heart. Entering the house, he found his wife and daughters, whom he had left in perfect health and joyful spirits but a few hours before, had been cruelly murdered during his absence, and were now lying prostrate and weltering in their blood. The mother and younger daughter - alas - dead. The older daughter was still living and moaning piteously but unable to whisper one word in a father's ear. At four o'clock next morning, death ended her suffering. Kind friends bore them in one coffin, to their last resting place.
The murderer, a former hired hand, was robbing the family. He killed the family in order to cover up the crime. He was later found hiding in a corn crib in Logan County and returned to Pekin where he became the first man to be hung in Tazewell County.
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