The big patriotic picnic of 1873…

On July 4, 1873, thousands of Kendall County farmers and mechanics were ready to head to Yorkville to attend a giant picnic and rally protesting monopolies, particularly railroad monopolies. But then Mother Nature intervened with rain and thunder, forcing all the speeches up into the Kendall County Courthouse court room. While the county’s farmers and mechanics had managed to elected a circuit court judge earlier in 1873, the rainstorm apparently did more than rain on their rally; it may have nipped a viable third party in the bud, because that judicial election was the movement’s high water. Later that year, Republicans again predominated in local elections.

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