Jim, I don't know if these Bucks are related to yours, but I saw your message and I remembered this newspaper article that I typed up for someone else.Also, while searching through the 1870 Illinois census last night, I noticed Ellen Buck (age 15), living with the Jackson family, and Harriet Buck (age 14), living with the Harp family, both in Harp Township, DeWitt County, Illinois.Let me know if you'd like more details.
Clinton Public DeWitt County, Illinois Friday, January 10, 1890
The celebrated case of Zorger against the Buck family was tried before Justice Richey and a jury on last Tuesday.Owing to the interest in the case, the Justice occupied the courtroom, which was well filled with spectators.The particulars of the case were published two weeks ago in THE PUBLIC, and were in substance that Charles Zorger is the owner of the property occupied by the Buck family.Mr. O. A. Hoyt was an applicant to lease the property when the Buck lease expired, and he and Mr. Zorger went over one Sunday afternoon to look at the place.The Bucks have no love for Mr. Zorger, and when they saw him on the premises they charged down on him, horse, foot and artillery, and routed the enemy.They smote Charley hip and thigh, and added to the insult by beating him over the head with his own walking stick.Charley had them arrested for assault and after a patient hearing of the testimony, on last Tuesday, the jury brought in a verdict against Mrs. Buck and her son and daughter.They were fined five dollars each and costs.Charley swears he will never have any more dealings with widows.