From the Feb. 24, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."
1916, 100 Years Ago.
"While going from DeKalb to visit their sons who live near Sycamore, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Beard encountered serious difficulties. Their horse stumbled and fell and broke a thill. It could not rise and the aged couple in their distress could not raise the animal.
"So waiting with patience till assistance came along, the animall at last was raised and sent along on the journey."
A thill is a shaft used to attach a cart or carriage to the animal drawing it. I wasn't sure about that one so had to look it up.
Shoulda Taken the Auto. --RoadDog