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Extracts for Edgar county from the Terre Haute (Indiana) Morning Star, 1907 submitted by Pam Yates, Vigo Co InGenWeb Coordinator


They are from the misc. newspaper film roll that I got and range from 1877-1893. I try to do 1890's newspapers more because of the lack of census data. I've separated the wedding info out from all of this film and will send that to you at a later date. Some of the wedding info is really great!! I also have a couple of reunions from different families on various dates, via the newspaper films. Jane A. Fullington


Paris Weekly Gazette, Paris, Edgar Co., Illinois Monday April 30, 1877

--Mr. Henry Dodd's child has got the scarlet fever. Dr. TenBrook is its physician.

--Dr. Wm. Austin, and wife of Abilene Kansas, are visiting their father A. B. Austin, Sr.

--C. E. McCord, A. A. Riddle, J. W. Fisher and James O. Hall are mentioned as among the possible appointments for city Marshall.

--A little girl that has been living with Anthony Green, and whose name we were unable to learn, died last Wednesday, after a short illness.

--County Clerk Baber sent to the secretary of state, last week, for thirty-three commissions, that being the number of justices of the peace in the county.

--Wm. Scott of Prairie township was pretty badly bruised up last week, by being thrown out of a wagon during the progress of a run-away.

Mr. Geo. W. Henry and wife of Chicago, were in the city last Thursday, making a settlement with John Moss, guardian of the wife of Mr. Henry. She was a Miss Florence Chrisman before her marriage.


Edgar County Times, Paris, Edgar Co., Illinois Thursday May 31, 1877

--Mr. John Farver has gone to McPherson County Kansas. John is an honest man, and we hope he will do well in Kansas, but we would like to welcome him back again to Paris.

--Phillip Moore, who is well known in this city, a son of Editor Moore, had his leg broken while riding in a buggy last Tuesday evening.


Paris Gazette, Wednesday A. M. June 6, 1877 Pg. 4

Destructive Tornado

A special to the Associated Press from Mt. Carmel, Illinois says that a terrible storm struck that city, today, by which sixteen men lost their lives, and half a million dollars worth of property was destroyed. A large number were wounded, several of whom will undoubtedly die. The bodies of four killed were buried. There are at least twenty-five still missing. Later information says that four more bodies have been found, and two of the wounded have since died. The ruins of the buildings are burning, threatening the total destruction of the town.

Later.--Twelve persons are known to be killed, thirty to fifty wounded, and about twenty missing. Among the building destroyed are the Presbyterian and Methodist churches, two school houses, the court house, and several stores and residences.

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The trial of Mullins and Hughes who attempted to steal the remains of President Lincoln in November last, closed on Thursday last with a verdict of guilty, and a sentence of one year each in the penitentiary.

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To Whom it May Concern.

Notice is hereby given that on and after the 5th day of June, all horses and hogs found running at large in the city limits will be put in the city pound.

Austin W. Owens,

City Marshal.

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An infant daughter of John Koho died last Wednesday night.


Paris Gazette, Wednesday Morning April 10, 1878.

SUPERVISORS.--The new Board of Supervisors elected for the ensuing year, stand as follows:

Bruillette Creek--Joseph H. Murphy, D.; Buck--John Rhoads, D; Elbridge--George Routledge, Ind., D.; Embarrass--Wm. Casteel, D.; Edgar--R. K. Collins, R.; Grandview--D. Sherer, D.; Hunter--W. R. Bodine, D.; Kansas--N. K. Kester, R.; Prairie--Francis Maddock, R.; Paris--B. Holcomb, R.; Paris--J. M. Bell, R.; Ross--C. T. Caraway, R.; Shiloh--Wm. E. Means, R.; Stratton--Benjamin Allen, Ind. R.; Symmes--Jacob Zimmerly, D.; Young America--S. Bradfield, R.

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Knights of Honor.-- Mrs. Lizzie McAchran, has purchased the Cawood property at the west end of Prairie street. She was the wife of John McAchran, city treasurer of Mattoon. In August of last year he took membership in Eureka Lodge, Knights of Honor, in that city with every prospect of a long life. A few weeks ago he died, after long weeks of suffering, from Typhoid fever. His wife received the two thousand dollars due her, has bought a home in this city, and by her husband's foresight, will be able to care for herself and her infant child.

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TRIAL OF CHARLES BURNS--For the Murder of Elijah Birdwell, June 20th, 1877. Verdict: Guilty--Sentence, Death By Hanging. A. J. Hunter appeared for the defendant, and done the best he could for a very bad case. Col. Van Sellar assisted the prosecution and made a very able and pointed speech on behalf of the People.

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--Detective Aus Owens arrested William Vesy and his son, Ezra at Charleston on Wednesday last, for the larceny of 25 bushels of wheat from Israel Mortohon the day before. The had their load on the scales in the act of having it weighed when they were arrested. They were brought to this city, taken before Esquire Sheets and held to bail in the sum of $500 dollars each, in default of which they were committed to the county jail.

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--Beacon; Mattie, a little five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McKee fell into the cistern yesterday morning. Mr. McKee being sick, at home, jumped down into the cistern on hearing the alarm, and rescued the little one. By the application of proper remedies she was restored to consciousness.


Paris Weekly Gazette, Paris, Edgar Co., Illinois Wednesday April 20, 1881

Probated:--The will of the late Walter Booth, has been admitted to probate. It bequeaths all his property personal or real, to his widow Caroline Booth. Mrs. Booth is appointed executrix without bond. The instrument is dated November 12, 1877.

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THE NEW BOARD:--The following is a correct list of the new Board of Supervisors as reported to the county clerk:

Paris--Z. T. Baum, R; Paris--R. B. Hennessy, R; Elbridge--Isaac Trogdon, D; Stratton--John Duck, R; Shiloh--Jonathan G. Roth, D; Ross--Stephanus Stanfield, R; Kansas--D. W. Zink, R; Hunter--Hiram Frazier, D; Edgar--Daniel Arthur, D; Prairie--Samuel R. White, R; Grandview--B. F. Cline, D; Sims--Jacob Zimmerly, D; Embarrass--W. H. Downs, D; Buck--Jacob Hines, D; Young America--James B. Heaton, D; Bruilletts Creek--Wm. Scott, D

The board now stands 10 Democrats to 6 Republicans. Last year it stood 11 Democrats to 5 Republicans. The gain was made in Prairie township.

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Of the seven men who pioneered their way to Peoria and pitched their tent against one side of old Fort Clark, in the early spring of 1819, only one is left. That one is the venerable Josiah Fulton, who, from that time to the present, has maintained a home within the sight of the ground now covered by the busy city of Peoria.

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Strikes seem to be the order of the day all over the United States. The railroad employees at St. Louis to the number of 500 have struck. They have been getting $1.10 per day of eleven hours. They demand $1.50 per day of ten hours.


Paris Gazette, Paris, Edgar Co., Illinois Wednesday January 4, 1882

Thomas Chandler of Oakland, spent holidays with his sister, Mrs. Snowden Clark.


Paris Gazette, Paris, Edgar Co., Illinois Wednesday November 8, 1882

--Typhoid fever appears to be raging to a considerable extent in some parts of Crawford county. A mother and two daughters of one family died of this disease last week.

--John McCloskey, who fell off a trestle on the Vandalia road, near Vandalia, about two weeks since, and was thought to be fatally injured, is up and able to go about.

--From 1873 to 1879 we went through a period of very hard times. One-half of our factories stood idle, or did but half work. Hundreds of thousands of workmen went west, engaging in farming, mining and other pursuits, another hundred thousand tramped to the country. Did our high pressure tariff furnish any relief? Our farmers brought us out by sending hundreds of millions of bushels of wheat, corn and oats, and thousands of head of cattle, and millions of tons of beef and pork, across the ocean!


Paris Gazette, Paris, Edgar Co., Illinois Wednesday December 6, 1882

--Judge Hanford of Danville, is confined to his home with what is believed to be a fatal illness.

--The number of pupils enrolled in the Kansas schools is 189 with an average attendance of 169.

--Dr. Will Green, the dentist, has concluded to remove to Minneapolis shortly after the holidays.

--Mr. Vina A. Lowe, of the Edgar County Drug Store, visited his parents at Ascension, Ill., last Saturday and Sunday.

--Willard E. Davis left last Tuesday for Cedarvale, Kan., to go into the stock raising business, and will probably make that state his home.

--Cincinnati is, it is feared, destined to encounter another small-pox epidemic as soon as cold weather sets in. It has just leaked out, through official sources, that there have been 4,000 cases of the dreadful malady, and 1,500 deaths from it, within a year in that city.

--The greater portion of one of the best blocks in Metropolis, Ill., was destroyed by fire Thursday.

Paris Gazette, Paris, Edgar Co., Illinois Wednesday December 13, 1882

--About fifty locomotive per day, on an average, take water from the railroad tanks at Litchfield.

--The scarlet fever prevails in Bushnell, McDonough county, and in consequence the public schools are almost deserted.

--Licenses have been granted for two pin and ball alleys--one under the Parlar Shoe store and one under Levings' Bors. seed store.

--The cold snap has secured a good ice crop and our dealers will avail themselves of the opportunity to fill their houses.

--The thermometer stood about ten degrees below zero last Thursday morning. It was a breezy morning and no mistake in the mercury.

--Dr. D. T. Stewart, superintendent of schools elect has removed to Paris and established his office in the rear of the law office of Cusick & Humphrey, south side of square.

Paris Gazette, Paris, Edgar Co., Illinois Wednesday January 3, 1883

--Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Humphrey of Dudley, celebrated their twenty-fifth marriage anniversary Monday. Mrs. Robert Connely, Mrs. Joe Payne, Mrs. L. A. G. Shoaff and others were present on this occasion.

--There was a collision between two trains on the St. Louis branch of the Wabash, Saturday, Dec. 23d killing a conductor and engineer. The accident was caused by a misunderstanding of a train dispatcher.

--Miss Lou Sheriff will remain as a clerk in the post office. She is a most efficient and accommodating lady and "knows the boxes" perfectly. It is certainly a wise appointment of the new postmaster.

--Mrs. Amanda Poorman, of Charleston, spent last Thursday with her sister, Mrs. James Shoaff.

Knights of Honor

Election of Officiers of Burns Lodge, No. 282 for the year 1883.

The following officers of Burns Lodge, No. 282, K. of H., have been elected for the ensuing year:

A. Y. Trogdon, Dictator; D. B. Elliott, Vice Dictator; Thos. C. Brown, Ass't Dictator; Harvey Mullins, Reporter; J. L. Hays, Financial Rep.; H. R. Miller, Treas.; G. W. Redmon, Chaplain; Henry Wallace, Guide; John B. Galloway, Guardian; H. B. Adams, Sentinel.

The Kansas Journal, Kansas, Illinois, Thursday, January 5, 1893.

H. A. Dodd and wife are spending this week visiting relatives near Hume.

Thomas Moyer and wife, of Paris, spent Sunday in this city visiting Ed Dodd and wife.

William Knight, of Sanford, came over to attend the funeral of his nephew, Sidney Knight, recently.

Will Reed, who travels for H. E. Buckien & Co., of Chicago, spent the holidays visiting his parents in this city. He will continue working for the company another year.

A. H. Hobbs and wife, Mrs. B. F. Straley, of Charleston, and Mrs. C. E. Achuff, Olney, were the guests of H. G. Boyer and wife a part of last week.

Wm. Redman will sell at public auction at his livery stable in this city, on Saturday, January 7, 1893, a lot of horses. Among the number will be two fine stallions. Also a complete outfit of nearly new farming implements.

The office of R. A. Campbell, the new general freight and passenger agent of the L. E. & St. L., P. D. & E. and the C. & O. R. roads, will be at No. 103 Broadway, Houser building, St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Campbell will remove his family to St. Louis.

O. H. Lewis and W. E. Prather will hold a public sale at the residence of the former, two miles northwest of this city, on Wednesday, January 11th, 1893, beginning at 10:00 o'clock. A number of horses and a lot of farm implements will be offered for sale.

The Kansas Journal, Kansas, Illinois, Thursday, January 12, 1893.

J. T. Bennett returned recently from a ten day visit with relatives in Kentucky.

Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Moffett attended the funeral of Mrs. J. C. Shera, at St. Elmo, Ill., last Friday.

W. T. Hite and wife, of Walnut, Kansas, who have been visiting relatives and friends in this city for the past two weeks, returned to their western home the first of this week.

George Brown and family, of Ashmore, were visiting relatives in this city Saturday.

M. B. Moffett assisted in the funeral services of Mrs. Joseph Clapp at the Roberts M. E. church Monday.

Master Emil Comstock, who has been visiting his aunt, Mrs. M. B. Moffett, returned to his home in St. Elmo last week.

The store of B. K. Reed Co., at Palermo, was entirely destroyed by fire last Thursday night. Its being destroyed will be of great inconvenience to the people of that vicinity as it is the only store in that village.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Prosper Stoneburner, on Sunday, Jan. 8, a son.

The Kansas Journal, Kansas, Illinois, Thursday, January 19, 1893.

Abe McCloud has been on the sick list for the past three weeks.

Mrs. F. N. Boyer, of Olney, spent the greater part of last week visiting relatives in this city.

A son of John Green, who has been sick for some time with typhoid pneumonia, is now able to be up.

E. R. Hutton and wife and C. A. Hutton attended the marriage of Harry H. Hutton at Terre Haute on Wednesday evening of last week.

A Destructive Fire. C. A. Hite's Fine Residence One-half Mile South of this City Burned to the Ground Monday Night. On Monday evening a few minutes past five o'clock, as Wm. Redman was passing C. A. Hite's residence, one-half mile south of this city, he noticed that flames were bursting through the west end of the roof. He quickly tied his team, and going to the house, found the family in the sitting room, perfectly unconscious of their danger. Having warned them he came to town and caused the fire bell to be rung. In a very short time the engine and hose cart were being taken rapidly to the scene. On arriving and placing the engine in position at the well it was found that the water was so low that the pump would not bring it up rapidly enough to be of any use in putting out the fire. By this time over one hundred people were at the scene and the work of carrying out the contents of the house was going on as rapidly as could be done.

The fire seemed to have caught in the roof next to the chimney, and as there was but little wind, it worked its way downward very slowly giving plenty of time to remove everything of value from the lower floor and nearly everything from the upper one. However, a great many things will be damaged a good deal, owing to the rush in getting them out of the house and coming in contact with the snow after they were taken out. The goods were moved to the vacant store room formerly occupied by J. H. McGraw, as soon as teams could be procured to haul them.

The house was built in 1864 at a cost of something over $2,500, and was a very substantial building at the time of its destruction, as it had only recently been remodeled and repaired in various ways.

The structure was insured in the Continental, of New York, for $4,500 and also an additional $300 on the household goods. Mr. Hite expects to rebuild as soon as possible in the spring.

The Kansas Journal, Kansas, Illinois, Thursday, January 26, 1893.

Hort Juntgen was over from Paris Sunday, and spent the day with relatives in this city.

D. H. Winn and family, of near Payne, were the guests of relatives in this city over Sunday.

B. W. Dimick, of West Chester, Ohio, was the guests of relatives and friends in this city over Sunday.

Otto Sholer will move into the property on North Front street recently vacated by N. C. Gauntt, the first of next month.

Miss Ona Reed, who has been the guest of her brother at Buston, Ill., for several weeks past, returned to her home in this city recently.

C. E. Achuff and wife of Olney, are visiting relatives here this week. Mr. Achuff will leave in a few days for Brooklyn, N. Y., where he has accepted a position.

We are in receipt of a letter from J. R. McDevitt, of Chico, Cal., formerly one of Kansas township's most prosperous farmers, containing one dollar and fifty cents in payment for the Journal another year. We are also indebted to Mr. McDevitt for a copy of the San Francisco Chronicle, and a picture showing a bird's eye view of the beautiful town of Chico in which they live.

The winter of 1892-93 bids fair to be long remembered for its severity. The Ohio river, for example, is frozen from Louisville to its head waters, and it's tributaries are all in the same condition. People who have asserted that our climate has changed and that hard winters belong to the past are not having much to say on the subject just now. Probably, however, they think a great deal, and wish that they had not been quite so positive in their assertions.

The Kansas Journal, Kansas, Illinois, Thursday, February 2, 1893.

Born, on Monday, Jan. 30th, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pinnell, a son.

I. N. Roberts spent the greater part of last week visiting relatives and friends in the vicinity of Peru, Ind.

H. L. and Ottie Blood were called to Terre Haute Saturday morning on account of a serious accident that had befallen a relative of theirs living near that city.

C. A. Smith had a sale today and will retire from the farm. He will move to Grandview next summer.

The Kansas Journal, Kansas, Illinois, Thursday, February 9, 1893.

Ed Crosley left Saturday afternoon for Marshall, Ill., where he spent Sunday with his parents.

Cora Bane who has been visiting relatives in this city for some weeks, returned to Indianapolis yesterday.

H. O. Boyer, of Marshall, was in our city a short time last Thursday. He had charge of C. A. Smith's sale near Grandview on that date.

A number of cases of measles are reported to be in town, and if reports are true it is probable that the attendance at the public school will be diminished to a considerable extent.

Mrs. Belle Boyer, who has been quite sick for several weeks, is gradually improving.

Charles Hanley, who has been attending medical college at Louisville, Kentucky, for several months past, returned to his home north of this city last week.

W. H. Blood, formerly a resident of this township, but who for several years has lived at different places in the west, is now permanently located in Centralia, Washington.

Relatives moved the bodies of Robert Tate and the little child of A. J. Smith from the Tate cemetery and reburied them in the new Grandview cemetery Tuesday.

The Kansas Journal, Kansas, Illinois, Thursday, February 16, 1893.

Born, to Earnie Zink and wife, on Tuesday of last week, a daughter.

Born, to James Henniger and wife, on Tuesday of this week, a daughter.

Born, to Wm. Kuykendall and wife, on last Sunday, a daughter.

Verne Payne and U. O. Colson, of Paris, attended the funeral of J. B. Shuman in this city, Monday.

Eugene Hogue, of Chicago, is the guest of his parents in this city this week.

Mrs. C. E. Achuff went to Charleston Tuesday, where she will visit relatives several weeks before leaving for her new home at Brooklyn, New York.

Mrs. Pet Redmon came down from Kansas last week to assist in taking care of her sister, Mrs. Link Biggs, who is sick with congestion of the lungs.--Westfield Intelligencer.

John Still, a resident of Pleasant Hill neighborhood, died on Tuesday of this week and the funeral services will be held at the Pleasant Hill church, conducted by Elder W. W. Jacobs, of this city, to-day.

Mrs. W. B. McClure, of Hildreth, was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Mason, in this city over Sunday.

The little adopted son of Wm. McVey and wife, Richard Knight, died on Sunday night of this week and the funeral was held at the Christian church on Tuesday morning at 10:00 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. W. W. Jacobs. The remains were taken to Ashmore for burial on the noon train of the same day.

The Kansas Journal, Kansas, Illinois, Thursday, February 23, 1893.

C. H. Reed, of Bushton, Ill., spent the greater part of last week visiting his parents in this city.

The roof of the court house at Marshall, Illinois, gave way under the weight of the snow and ice one day last week. The upper rooms were drenched with water and some valuable records were damaged.

A Mr. Dickeson of Hindsboro, Illinois has purchased the Boyer House property, north of the Big Four railroad, and will take charge of the same about the first of March. The gentleman expects to run a livery stable in connection with the hotel. We have not been informed what Mr. Boyer, the retiring proprietor, expects to do.

Frank Bradford moved to his farm near Westfield last week.

Mrs. Thomas Duncan, of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. Anna Barnes, of Charleston, were visiting relatives in town the greater part of last week.

C. A. Hite has decided to build his new residence in the northeast part of town, where the house occupied by H. M. Steele stands. The new structure will be commenced as soon as the weather will permit.

The firm of Vance & Weeks was dissolved by mutual consent last week, and an invoice of the goods taken. The stock of goods on hand being equally divided between the two. Mrs. Sutherland taking her part of the stock to Indianapolis, where she will start a new store. The business will be continued here by Miss Vance. Those indebted to the old firm are requested to call and settle account.

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