Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly) - May 6, 1896
McClellan Township Sunday School Convention was held in the grove near
West Long Prairie Church yesterday and was attended by between 300 and
400 people. Among the many Sunday School workers present were Rev. F. L. LAWRENCE,
township president; R. A. DALE, town president Dodds Township; S. T. MAXEY,
ex-county secretary; Superintendents Stella KEMP of Wolf Prairie school,
S. S. HOWE of Long Prairie school, Eva DAVIS of Soloman school and R. L. LACEY
of Woodlawn, Rev. CRAIN of Woodlawn, Bud PIERCY of Shiloh, Mrs. Geo. MUCKLEROY,
Mrs. LANG and many others.
Three Sunday School choirs were present and furnished excellent music. The
township has four Sunday Schools, all in a prosperous condition, and plans
were laid for more earnest and thorough work during the coming year. An effort
will be made to induce a larger attendance of parents at Sunday School. Rev.
LAWRENCE was re-elected president and D. N. MILLINER secretary. The stand
erected in the grove was handsomely decorated with flowers, the work of
Misses Melzelda RUTHERFORD, Margaret BENNETT, Mary ROSENBERGER, Annie MUCKLEROY,
Drusilla SMITH and others. Mr. and Mrs. R. L. LACEY and son Joseph and the writer
and his little daughter Ethel were entertained by Mr. and Mrs. James PLOWMAN,
who came to this county from Adams County last spring. They are most excellent
people, spread a feast fit for a king, and if Adams County has any more like
them to spare, Jefferson County will welcome them.
Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly) - May 6, 1896
Belle Rive, Ill., April 30, 1896 - Editor Register: I wish to tell your
readers something about our village and the people that compose it.
We have a first class dry goods store, Uncle Jo GUTHRIE, who has been in
business in our town twenty-three years: also, Mr. HOWELWELL, who has been
in business eight years. We also have two first class physicians, both graduates,
one good drug store, one undertaker's establishment, one notion store, one
blacksmith shop, one livery stable, and two hotels.
Well, we have had three elections this year in the township, which resulted
in the election of three Republicans, three Democrats and one Populist. We
also held our village election, which resulted in our town going dry. The Clerks
tied and the board decided that they should decide by lot. The contest was between
William WILLBANKS and Rufus BOSWELL. Mr. WILLBANKS drew the lucky ticket.
Then our school election was next, which was very exciting, W. C. MERRITT,
Frank FOSTER and C. C. KNIFFEN being the candidates. The ladies swarmed out in mass.
The result showed a tie between MERRITT and FOSTER, so they had to cast lots,
MERRITT being the lucky man.
I want to say something about the old people of our town. I believe there are
a greater number of very old people in our town than any other town of its size
in the state. The first is Uncle Thomas HOLLAND, who is in his 92nd year, who
has lived in Jefferson County more than 55 years. He is in good health and walks
to town two miles, and seems to enjoy the exercise. Uncle Carroll McCARNER, who
is 90 years old, can walk about town, and is very spry for a man of his age.
Grandma DAWSON, who is 84 years old, does her own housework and is in good health.
Uncle Quince WILLBANKS, who is 72 years old, I believe is the oldest merchant
in Jefferson County. Uncle Quince commenced to sell goods in the year 1848.
He is postmaster at our village now and is in good health.
We have a first class school in operation. Prof. CROSS of Hamilton County and
Miss Maud JONES of Mt. Vernon are the teachers. I consider them as good instructors
as the county affords.
Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly) - June 3, 1896
At Pleasant Grove - EDITOR REGISTER
Pursuant to call the people of Pleasant Grove neighborhood assembled at
the Pleasant Grove Cemetery and Church on the 30th and carried out the
program as published. The house was filled by 1 o'clock and exercises
commenced by Bro. J. W. SUMMERS' choir and prayer by Capt. S. T. MAXEY.
The object of the meeting was stated and we proceeded to the cemetery and
strewed flowers upon the graves of our deceased comrades, after which they
were called by the drum corps. Comrade Rev. H. B. DOUGLASS, of Mt. Vernon,
was then introduced and gave one of his characteristic soldier talks that
went deep into the hearts of old soldiers and the congregation. At the close
of the talk the dinner call was heard and those that wished stayed for dinner,
while others went to Mt. Vernon to attend services there.
Pleasant Grove was the honor of being the only cemetery in the county so far
as heard from, containing the remains of soldiers of every war in which the
nation has ever engaged in. An honor that we, as a neighborhood, should be
proud of. They are as follows: War of 1776, Loyd WARD and Peter OWEN. Second
war with England, A. B. BRUCE, Bennet N. MAXEY, Ashel BATEMAN, Thos. BADGET,
Joe McMEEN, Zachariah HARVEY, Nathaniel PARKER. War of 1812 or Black Hawk War,
Gilbert LANE, Franklin S. CASEY, Joshua OWEN, Geo. BULLOCK, Peter OWEN. War with
Mexico 1846-8, Chas. STEARNS. War of the Rebellion 1861-5. Chas. MAXEY, Mark HAILS,
J. S. GALBRAITH, Benjamin JOHNSON, Monroe GALBRAITH, Dr. MURPHY, Logan McGREW (Navy),
Hardin WOOD, John Y. SHELTON, Geo. A. COLLINS, Jas. S. SATTERFIELD, Hiram LINSLEY,
Green W. BISHOP, Jas. C. GALBRAITH, Frank WILLIAMSON, Thos. MADDOX, John HARLOW,
Harrison J. TYLER, Geo. J. PETTIT, Samuel T. BRUCE, Thos. F. MATTOCKS,
Thos. Merritt BULLOCK, a total of 37, a grand record for old Pleasant Grove and
the descendants of these old veterans are all around us yet today. In the evening
several comrades gave their experience in time of war, giving the pathetic as well
as the funny incidents of camp life. An able and interesting recitation describing
an incident that occurred at the battle of Fredricksburg, was rendered by
Mrs. John PEARCE, which was received with applause, after which a rising vote of
thanks was voted unanimously to Comrade DOUGLAS and Bro. SUMMERS and committee on
decorations. It was then announced that hereafter, Decoration Day would be observed
at Pleasant Grove every year. After singing the "Red, White and Blue" the meeting
adjourned to meet May 30th, 1897.
Mt. Vernon Register (Weekly) - June 10, 1996
A fair day and an affectionate reverence for the men who laid the
foundation of the prosperity that now blesses the people of Jefferson
County, brought many of those people to the city today to participate
in the annual reunion of the old settlers. To these were added many
of the townspeople and the whole filled comfortable the circuit court room.
Preliminarily the meeting was called to order by Captain MOSS. Cornation
was sung by the choir. A scripture lesson was read by Rev. J. W. WEBSTER
and the invocation made by Jas. E. FERGERSON. In the forenoon addresses
were delivered by Rev. J. W. VanCLEVE and Judge E. D. YOUNGBLOOD, and the
afternoon by Revs. H. B. DOUGLAS and R. F. CASEY. We regret that lack of
space precludes our giving attention to these addresses that the known
ability of the several gentlemen deserves.
From the report of the secretary we glean that this was the twenty-fifth
annual meeting, the society having been organized June 7, 1892 (1872?).
Of those who became members then there were 45 persons who had resided in
the county fifty years or more. Of those, eight are living today: Robert HARLOW,
Clinton M. CASEY, Isaac HICKS, Joshua C. MAXEY, Lewis JOHNSON, Celia P. HICKS,
Elizabeth P. SATTERFIELD and Joel F. WATSON.
Since the last meeting these have died: Mrs. Angeline GIBSON, William CLAYBORN,
Mrs. Katy TYLER, Mrs. Ann M. HALE, Mrs. Eva POOLE, Mrs. Margaret CORRELL,
John H. IRVIN, Mrs. Martha OLLOMAN, Jeremiah TAYLOR, and Burton ALLEN.
The pioneer element of the organization is rapidly disappearing. There were
numerous frosted heads among those attending the meeting today, but it was
only at rare intervals that here and there could be discerned heads whose
snowy whiteness was evidence that there were those present whose memories
carried them back to the time when Indians were their neighbors. Today's
meeting was most heartily enjoyed by all who were present.
Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly) - July 29, 1896
James FRIZZELL married Nora FIELDS last night. Guests: Mr. and Mrs. Mack HALL
of Evansville; Mr. and Mrs. M. A. IGLEHART; Mr. and Mrs. Charles VAUGHN; Mr.
and Mrs. John G. VARNELL; Mr. and Mrs. W. A. JOYCE; Miss Minnie MICK; Miss Daisy
FRIZZELL; Will WOOD; Allen BROWDER and Rev. BROWDER and wife; Mr. and Mrs. FRIZZELL
will leave on Wednesday for Longview, Texas where they wil make their future home.
Mt. Vernon, IL Register (Weekly) - September 2, 1896
Duff WEBB attended the annual reunion of the WEBB family near Ewing
yesterday. He reports the attendance this year at about 800, a very
much smaller number than usual, which he attributes to the prevalent
sickness in Franklin County. Addresses were delivered by W. H. GREEN
of this city, Captain Thomas SHERIDAN of Enfield, and Judges STELLE and
EDWARDS of McLeansboro. Elijah T. WEBB was elected president and
Charlie BRITTON secretary of the association for the current year.