Jefferson County
Illinois

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
1895

 
  • The Daily Register, Mt. Vernon, Illinois - February 4, 1895
    
    Wedding Anniversary...On Wednesday, January 16th, 1895, 
    Mr. and Mrs. Josiah WILLIS, of Horse Prairie, among the oldest 
    pioneers of the county, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary, 
    at their old most beautiful country residence, located in one of 
    Jefferson County's most fertile prairies, it being surrounded by 
    numerous old elms, oaks, maples, evergreens and shrubs of various kinds, 
    which were planted by and have received the constant care and supervision 
    of Uncle Jo since Sept. 1854.
    
    Josiah WILLIS was born in Jackson Co., Tenn., and emigrated to Southern 
    Illinois in April 1834. Mrs. WILLIS was born in Todd Co., Ky., and came 
    to Illinois in 1830. On Jan. 16, 1845, they were married by Joseph HARTLEY. 
    Ten children have been born to them, most of whom are still living. Among 
    those present at the anniversary were W. A. WILLIS, Mrs. J. S. WYATT, of 
    Grand Prairie, Mrs. J. L. SHANKS, of Ashley, Mrs. Dr. A. J. FITZGERRELL and 
    Sherman WILLIS, together with many of their old neighbors and friends from 
    both at home and abroad. Among those present were Rev. J. C. GILLILAND, of 
    Scheller; Mrs. A. BLANCHARD and daughter, Mrs. Maud WYKES, Mrs. E. WARD, of 
    Tamaroa; Mrs. H. A. COCKRUM, M. W. COCKRUM, Rev. Wm. COCKRUM, of Franklin Co., 
    Mrs. M. A. LUSK, Mrs. M. C. JUNKINS, Mrs. Julia MARTIN, Mrs. Lucinda CROUCH 
    and Mrs. Ruth CROUCH. The last named are all old-time settlers, who knew this 
    country in its infancy.
    
    Many of the guests honored their host and hostess with valuable presents 
    suited to the occasion. After all had enjoyed the rich and beautiful repast 
    spread upon Uncle Jo's long table,two were appointed to register the names of 
    those present, the number reaching eighty-three.
    
    We wish the venerable old couple health and happiness in their declining days 
    and hope to have them live to enjoy many more years of peace and happiness.
    
    
    Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Monday March 4, 1895 A few days since the Register contained an account of the burning of the Winfield school house, and as a result Wash Ragland, Hawk Ragland, Sheridan Whitlow, Elmer Ford, and Miss Mary J. Ragland were arrested on suspicion, as tracks were found leading from the school house to the home oaf the Raglands and then away again. The accused had a preliminary hearing last Saturday, but after the evidence was in the case was dismissed s to Miss Ragland. The case occupied nearly the whole day and resullted in the acquittal of all the defendants. States Attorney Watson was sick and could not prosecute, so those who had charge of the prosecution employed attorney Eugene Peavler to prosecute. H. G. Jones defended. Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly) - March 6, 1895 Mr. Raynor GILBERT, of this place, has an old book in which his father kept a faithful record of the family, beginning with the family of Mr. GILBERT's grandfather, which is of great interest to the members of the family and also to others on account of its antiquity, the first entry in the book being made March 9, 1809. The various children born since that time, marriages, deaths and removals of the family are all carefully chronicled. Mr. GILBERT's father came from Ohio here, traveling by water, owning his own boat, which he sold when he reached Shawneetown. After coming here the father settled in Knob Prairie in November, 1839, and put in the first window light that was ever put in a building in Knob Prairie. The building is still standing, but the window has been lost out or broken. Mr. GILBERT also has a Bible which belonged to his grandfather that has a date on the fly leaf of January 28, 1803, written in a bold, clear hand. The book may be much older than this, as the date of its publication does not show, that leaf having been lost. The print is large and easily read, but as in the case of very old books, "f" is often used for "s". (Note: There is a biography in "Facts and Folks" for Eli GILBERT, who is the father of Menzis Raynor and Philo GILBERT plus 15 other children.) Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly) - May 8, 1895 The First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Mt. Vernon was organized at Home Protection hall last night. Revs. Henry C. YATES of Vincennes, Ind., and C. W. YATES of Albion, with the Elders of the Albion C. P. church officiating as a session in the presence of about two hundred people. The exercises commenced with devotional exercises, a brief sermon by Rev. Henry YATES terminating with a brief exposition of Cumberland doctrine, after which, Rev. C. W. YATES explained the form of church government. When the opportunity was given the following persons identified themselves with the new organization, either by letter from other churches or forthcoming letters or by profession of faith: Samuel GIBSON, Angeline GIBSON, Adella GIBSON, Ellen GIBSON, Ida Palmer, Homer PALMER, L. IRONS, Rose IRONS, Bertha O. KIRBY, J. F. BOGAN, James L. POLLOCK, Florence E. POLLOCK, C. M. POLLOCK, William CAPPS, Mona E. CAPPS, Philip KARSH, Clariss KARSH, Cora ELLIS, Louisa M. BOGAN, John S. BOGAN, W. H. DAMON, Susan S. VARNELL, Daisy VARNELL, E. Leo VARNELL, Emma O. CHANCE, Neone O. CHANCE, Katie L. BUCKHAM, Laura J. MEADOR, Lois GOODALE, Mrs. M. M. GOODALE, Annie L. PACE, Jessie L. PACE, Kate M. PACE, Mary A. CASEY, Mrs. W. B. CASEY, W. B. CASEY, Mary CARLISLE, Dora CARLISLE, Carl H. CROSIER, Mrs. J. G. CROSIER, Frank CROSIER, J. G. CROSIER, J. A. WHEELER, A. H. WHEELER, Harriet TROXTELL, W. F. HENN, Mary N. HENN, Jane GREEN, J. Eva CASEY, Mrs. J. O. TATE, Nancy PACE, Robert E. McMACKIN, Harriet J. McMACKIN, Annie EMMERSON, Ida EMMERSON, Morris EMMERSON. A congregational meeting was held immediately in which an organization was perfected, Bro. C. W. YATES acting as moderator. Morris EMMERSON was elected church clerk and Bros. B. F. MICHELS and Charles EMMERSON, of Albion church, were appointed tellers. It was decided to elect three elders by ballot, without nominations, a majority vote being required to elect. On the first ballot Bros. Samuel GIBSON received 40 votes, W. H. DAMON 42 votes and Morris EMMERSON 40 votes, the remainder being scattered among other brethren, and Bros. GIBSON, DAMON and EMMERSON were declared elected. For deacons Bros. James L. POLLOCK, Albert H. WHEELER and L. IRONS were elected, and William F. HENN, William CAPPS, and James L. POLLOCK were elected trustees by acclamation. Bro. C. W. YATES then ordained the elders and deacons-elect and the meeting was dismissed with the announcement that Rev. Henry Clay YATES would preach at the Opera House next Sunday morning at 10:30 and in the evening at 7:30. At 2 o'clock next Sunday afternoon a Sunday School will be organized at the Opera House, at which time and place all who wish to attend that school will be made welcome, and classes will be organized, teachers selected and officers chosen for the school. Mt. Vernon Register - October 2, 1895 The general and reception committees for the entertainment of the Illinois Ex-prisoners of War Association and the Jefferson County Soldiers' Reunion to be held conjointly at the fair grounds next week, met in the parlors of Goodale's restaurant last night and completed arrangements for making the occasion one of the most successful ever held in this part of the state. Capt. S. H. Watson was selected chairman of the reception committee with Gen. C. W. Pavey as assistant. The matter of police protection for visitors was delegated to Capt. Stephenson. Other persons serving on committees were Will Crooker, Harry W. Watson, Wilbur Satterfield, Frank Moyer, Fred Walker, Pearl Legge, June Davisson, A. B. Roseberry, Ray Hitchcock, Orlie Claybourn, Oscar Easley, Finis Stephenson, F. R. Heiserman, Clarence Harriss, Bert Powlesson, and Elmer Harpool. Mt. Vernon Register - October 9, 1895 Several hundred people were in attendance at the campfire reunion of the Ex-Prisoners of War at the fairgrounds last night. The event was to commemorate the heroism and valor of the citizen soldier from '61 to '65. In one month, the month of August 1863, between 4,500 and 5,000 deaths occurred within the stockade at Andersonville. In all, 13,717 Union soldiers perished in that prison pen. (Andersonville was in Georgia and as many as 30,000 were crowded into a log stockade that enclosed only 16 1/2 acres. More than 12,000 graves are there. Libby and Belle Island were in Richmond. Other prisons were: Rock Island, IL: Johnson's Island in Lake Erie near Sandusky, Ohio; and Fort Lafayette in New York harbor. The last surviving Civil War Veteran, Walter Williams, died December 19, 1959 at the age of 117. He was from Houston, Texas and served in the Confederate Army. The last Union Veteran, Albert Woodson died on August 2, 1956 at the age of 109. He was from Duluth, Minnesota.) In the national cemetery at Florence, Ala., 4,000 Federal troops lie buried, only one of whom is known, the rest are unidentified and unknown. In all, nearly 60,000 Northern soldiers died in the military prisons of the Confederacy. At 9 o'clock the Ex-Prisoners Association of the State met in annual session in the county court house. The association has the names of 500 members upon its rolls, not more than 100 of whom were present this morning. A slim showing was accounted for by the fact that the officers of the association failed to secure reduced rates on any of the railroads of the State except those coming into the city. It was naturally expected that many would be kept away by the infirmities of age and the ravages of disease. The meeting was called to order by President Pavey, prayer was offered by Rev. J. Carroll Harris, pastor of the First Baptist Church, and an ex-prisoner. Committees were appointed, after which Springfield was chosen as the place and "Soldiers Day" during the next State Fair as the time of holding the next meeting. Officers for the ensuing year were elected as follows: Gen. G. W. Pavey, President, Mt. Vernon; George R. Pinckard, Vice-President, Monticello; Dr. J. Little, Bloomington; Rev. John Hood, Chaplain, Galesburg; C. C. George and E. R. Roberts, Springfield; J. S. Ewell, Adrian; E. B. Keneipp, Mt. Carmel; Dr. J. Little, Bloomington; Executive Committee. More than 4,000 people were present at the fairgrounds by 1 o'clock. The two principal addresses were delivered by Col. Horace A. Clark, of Mattoon, and Chaplain McCabe, a Methodist Minister. Col. Clark made the opening address. "America" and the "Battle Hymn of Republic were sung, followed by Miss Tyson of Jerseyville with a solo, and a medley by the Allman sisters of Salem. There was not such a gathering of people from the surrounding country as was expected at the seventeenth annual reunion. The three day affair closed with an old fashioned soldiers love feast. The following comprises the list of ex-prisoners of war who registered their names as in attendance, with the number of their regiment, present post office address, and place of imprisonment. Adams, H. W. 89th Ill., Tamaroa; Libby Adams, James 80th Ill., Centralia; Libby Anderson, DeWitt 60th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Libby Andrews, S. J. N. 17th Ill., Farina; Andersonville Andrews, T. S. 80th Ill., Sedan; Belle Isle Angel, David 115th Ill., Chapin; Richmond Armour, M. R. 83rd Penn., Mt. Vernon; Libby Belcher, Henry 11th Ill., Patoka; Andersonville Branch, Levi 5th Ill. Cav., Centralia; Carterville Brookman, W. H. 35th Ill., Divide; Libby Broom, H. H. 3d Tenn. Cav., Centralia; Andersonville Brown, J. L. 80th Ill., Centralia; Belle Isle Bruce, J. V. 80th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Belle Isle Bryant, John 13th Ill. Cav., Richview; Camp Ford, Texas Bundy, George 80th Ill., Walnut Hill; Belle Isle Burddick, S. G. 85th N.Y., Centralia; Andersonville Carpon, Wm. 114th Ill., Marion; Andersonville Carroll, George M. 49th Ill., Richview; Libby Chastain, C. W. 80th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Belle Isle Church, R. H. 81st Ill., Ashley; Andersonville Claybourn, James 80th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Belle Isle Collins, Wm. K. 44th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Florence Constant, N. E. 114th Ill., Williamsonville; Andersonville Cover, Thomas 3rd Ohio, Mt. Vernon; Belle Isle Crayton, John 7th Ill., Ramsey; Andersonville Crosier, John G. 58th Ind., Mt. Vernon; Libby & Andersonville Davis, Samuel A. 44th Ill., Spring Garden; Libby Douglas, H. V. 130th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Tyler, Tex. Eyers, Sylvester 80th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Belle Isle Eyestowne, J. W. 7th Ill. Cav., St. Elmo; Belle Isle Friend, Elijah 80th Ill., Virden; Belle Isle Gore, Joseph G. 115th Ill., Taylorville; Libby Guy, W. H. 14th Ill. Cav., Vandalia; Charleston Haase, Charles 1st Mo. Eng., Stansbury, Mo; Columbus Harriss, J. Carroll 8th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Andersonville Harriss, E. M. 81st Ill., DuQuoin; Andersonville Hitchcock, James 6th Ind., Mt. Vernon; Andersonville Hodges, I. E. 22d Ill., Sedan; Chickamauga Ingram, S. H. 80th Ill., Centralia; Richmond Ives, A. F. 6th Ill. Cav.,Bloomington; Andersonville Keneipp, E. B. 48th Ill., Mt. Carmel; Andersonville Kirk, John C. 60th Ill., Ina; Libby Lane, J. W. 80th Ill., Little River, Kas; Libby Little, J. H. U. 24th Mo., Bloomington; Libby Love, Geo. H. 22d Ill., Centralia; Andersonville Maffett, V. 44th Ill., Ashley; Richmond Massey, S. C. 114th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Chattanooga Maxewell, F. W. 80th Ill., Springfield; Belle Isle Maxey, W. C. 80th Ill., Boise City, Idaho; Belle Isle McBrian, C. C. 21st Ill., Bonnie; Andersonville McCoy, Francis M. 37th Ill., Terre Haute; Andrsonville Melton, Nathan 80th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Belle Isle Morgan, George 55th Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio; Andersonville Moss, Thad 60th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Libby Natt, Joseph 114th Ill., Taylorvillle; Andersonville Nichols, W. H. 11th Ill., Centralia; Shiloh O'Brien, Henry 74th Ill., Walnut Hill; Libby Pavey, C. W. 80th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Libby Porter, L. G. 21st Ill., Smithboro; Macon Rahn, James K. 80th Ill., Centralia; Bull Island Ramsdell, John 85th Ind., Mt. Vernon; Libby Reece, W. P. 9th Ill., Marion; Andersonville Reid, J. B. 130th Ill., Greenville; Mansfield Roots, Henry 15th Mo., Highland; Andersonville Scudamore, J. A. 6th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Andersonville Seeay, J. W. 14th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Andersonville Singleton, W. D. 111th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Andersonville Sprouse, John 62nd Ill., Colfax; Paroled Stephens, Geo. W. 53d Ind., Pigeon; Andersonville Stort, J. 85th Ill., Centralia; Andersonville Sulcer, A. H. 6th Ohio, Mt. Vernon; Libby Taft, Geo. F. 3d R. I. Cav., Richview; Camp Ford Valentine, E. S. 1st Wis. Cav., Patoka; Andersonville Vaughn, N. A. 130th Ill., Smithboro; Tyler, Tex. Wall, John A. 44th Ill, Mt. Vernon; Libby Zollars, L. 106th Ill., Skelton; Tyler, Tex. Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly) - October 9, 1895 Soldiers and Sailors who registered at the State Fair. The following comprises the list of ex-prisoners of war who registered their names as in attendance, with the number of their regiment, present post office address, and place of imprisonment: IVES, A. F., 6th Ill. Cav., Bloomington; Andersonville WALL, John A., 44th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Libby HITCHCOCK, James, 6th Ind. Cav., Mt. Vernon; Andersonville McCOY, Francis M., 37th Ill., Terre Haute; Andersonville LITTLE, J. H. U., 24th Mo., Bloomington; Libby BELCHER, Henry, 11th Ill., Patoka; Andersonville PAVEY, C. W., 80th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Libby KIRK, John C., 60th Ill., Ina; Libby CARROLL, George M., 49th Ill., Richview; Libby EYESTOWNE, J. W., 7th Ill. Cav., St. Elmo; Belle Isle GUY, W. H., 14th Ill. Cav., Vandalia; Charleston HARRISS, J. Carroll, 8th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Andersonville BRYANT, John, 13th Ill. Cav., Richview; Camp Ford, Texas CHURCH, R. H., 81st Ill., Ashley; Andersonville ANDREWS, S. J. N., 17th Ill., Farina; Andersonville MASSEY, S. C., 114th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Chattanooga ARMOUR, M. R., 83rd Penn., Mt. Vernon; Libby SEEAY, J. W., 14th Ill. Cav., Mt. Vernon; Andersonville MELTON, Nathan, 80th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Belle Isle CROSIER, John G., 58th Ind., Mt. Vernon; Libby and Andersonville MOSS, Thad., 60th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Libby ANDERSON, DeWitt, 60th Ill., Mt. Vernon, Libby MAXEY, W. C., 80th Ill., Boise City, Idaho; Belle Isle BURDDICK, S. G., 85th N.Y., Centralia; Andersonville COVER, Thomas, 3rd Ohio, Mt. Vernon; Belle Isle O'BRIEN, Henry, 74th Ill., Walnut Hill; Libby MORGAN, George, 55th Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio; Andersonville CLAYBOURN, James, 80th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Belle Isle REID, J. B., 130th Ill., Greenville; Mansfield VALENTINE, E. S., 1st Wis. Cav., Patoka; Andersonville NATT, Joseph, 114th Ill., Taylorville; Andersonville GORE, Joseph G., 115th Ill., Taylorville; Libby EYERS, Sylvester, 80th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Belle Isle BRUCE, J. V., 80th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Belle Isle SCUDAMORE, J. A., 6th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Andersonville VAUGHN, N. A., 130th Ill., Smithboro; Tyler, Texas DAVIS, Samuel A., 44th Ill., Spring Garden; Libby CHASTAIN, C. W., 80th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Belle Isle SINGLETON, W. D., 111th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Andersonville CRAYTON, John, 7th Ill., Ramsey;Andersonville CONSTANT, N. E., 114th Ill., Williamsonville, Andersonville ANGEL, David, 115th Ill., Chapin; Richmond SPROUSE, John H., 62nd Ill., Colfax; Paroled COLLINS, Wm. K., 44th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Florence CARPON, Wm., 114th Ill., Marion; Andersonville ROOTS, Henry, 15th Mo., Highland; Andersonville ADAMS, James, 80th Ill., Centralia; Libby PORTER, L. G., 21st Ill., Smithboro; Macon KENEIPP, 48th Ill., Mt. Carmel; Andersonville MAXEWELL, F. W., 80th Ill., Springfield; Belle Isle DOUGLAS, H.V., 130th Ill., Mt. Vernon; Tyler, Texas RAHN, James K., 80th Ill., Centralia; Bull Island RAMSDELL, John, 85th Ind., Mt. Vernon; Libby ZOLLARS, L., 106th Ill., Skelton; Tyler, Texas HARRISS, E. M., 81st Ill., Duquoin; Andersonville BROOKMAN, W. H., 35th Ill., Divide; Libby ANDREWS, T. S., 80th Ill., Sedan; Belle Isle McBRIAN, C. C., 21st Ill., Bonnie; Andersonville FRIEND, Elijah, 80th Ill., Virden; Belle Isle BUNDY, George, 80th Ill., Walnut Hill; Belle Isle HAASE, Charles, 1st Mo. Eng., Stansbury, Mo.; Columbus LOVE, Geo. H., 22d Ill., Centralia; Andersonville HODGES, L. E., 22d Ill., Sedan; Chickamauga ADAMS, H. W., 89th Ill., Tamaroa; Libby BROOM, H. H., 3d Tenn. Cav., Centralia; Andersonville INGRAM, S. H., 80th Ill., Centralia; Richmond BRANCH, Levi, 5th Ill. Cav., Centralia; Carterville NICHOLS, W. H., 11th Ill., Centralia; Shiloh TAFT, Geo. F., 3d R. I. Cav., Richview; Camp Ford REECE, W. P., 9th Ill., Marion; Andersonville STEPHENS, Geo. W., 53d Ind., Pigeon; Andersonville MAFFETT, V., 44th Ill., Ashley; Richmond BROWN, J. L., 80th Ill., Centralia, Belle Isle SHORT, J., 85th Ill., Centralia; Andersonville SULCER, A. H., 6th Ohio, Mt. Vernon; Libby

 
 
 
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