Lat Co. "A" 37th Ills. Vet. Vol Infantry
In 1869--Sterling Honeycutt, Lee Holiday and Henry Ketzle, as building committee, a Methodist Church cost $2,100 was erected one mile east of Hamlet. Membership was 36. In 1870 the village of Reynolds (named in honor of Elisha P. Reynolds, railroad contractor) was laid out and a larger church built and dedicated October 14, 1877. June 7, 1914 the present Methodist Church was dedicated. The fourth generation of Ketzles still worship there. Henry Ketzle died February 18, 1917.
David A. Clark was President and Henry Ketzle Secretary of Hamlet Mutual Insurace Co. from its organization until shortly before his death.
Civil War Enlisted Men from Preemption Township Mercer County, Illinois:
William F. Little Parley West Henry B. Clarke John Rodgers Henry Ketzle John Hay Chas. Lipencott Silas Hay Wm. Welsh Nathaniel Gray W.H. Gilmore L.O. Gray James Gauley Michael Conway Andrew Wilson Thomas O'Day Henry Trego James Johnson Watson Trego Montgomery Boone James Sample Manford Willard J.W. Sample Lewis Willard Levi Sample Ned Harris R.L. Carver Beecher Bristol Robt. Whan Wilfred Pitman Francis Whan Lewis Gardner Charles Barry William Pitman L.B. Morey Thomas Gauley Frank Cannon John Wilkinson Lawrence McManus Frank Warren Daniel Mack Jack Warren John Waugh Henry Piper Alexander Waugh Lee Officer M.Y. Hunting Jess Rodgers Alanson Lake Robert Briggs Alman Wilbur Sylvester Vivian Alonzo Keniston Thomas Briggs S.H. Rodgers Peter Redmond Thomas West William Barnes Joseph Tidball John Docherty John Clay J.B. Vance John Cassenburg Fred Jacobson W.F. JohnsonCompiled by H. Ketzle
Miles by Steam Foot 1861 Sep. and Oct. 450 Nov. and Dec. 360 1862 Jan. and Feb. 325 Mar and Apr. 95 May and June 335 Jul. and Aug. 146 Sep. and Oct. 300 Nov. and Dec. 365 1863 Jan. and Feb. 115 Mar. and Apr. 280 365 May and June 225 1100 Jul. and Aug. 100 800 Sep. and Oct. 75 1000 Nov. and Dec. 85 310 1864 Jan. and Feb. 50 550 Mar. and Apr. (2300 Brownsville to Chicago and back to Memphis) May and June 235 860 Jul. and Aug. 1200 60 Sep. and Oct. 50 100 Nov. and Dec. 1865 Jan. and Feb. 1280 Mar. and Apr. 150 425 May and June 800 Jul. and Aug. 400 Sep. and Oct. 130 50 Nov. and Dec. 86 30 1866 Jan. / June By steam from Brownsville to Springfield Total 14560 3286 (*)
Note: Totals as provided in original copy of diary, actual totals per the miles provided are: Steam 10196 Foot 7691