Mt. Vernon Daily Register - Saturday, January 24, 1920
72 births and 14 deaths were reported to City Clerk,
Walter C. WESTCOTT for December. The number of deaths
is remarkably large to be reported for one month.
CULLINS, Adron and wife, son
SHELTON, John and wife, dau
OWENS, Logan and wife, son
HIGHSMITH, Sam J. and wife, dau
JONES, Wm. and wife, son
LEMAY, Charles E. and wife, dau
PIATT, John C. and wife, dau
CARPENTER, John H. and wife, dau
GLOVER, Norman C. and wife, son
NEAL, Earl and wife, dau
SMITH, John Bruce and wife, dau
BEISCHLINE, Guy C. and wife, dau
SNODSMITH, Harry and wife, son
SMITH, Jesse and wife, dau
HAYES, Walter Curtis and wife, dau
WILSON, Norval and wife, son
MYERS, Noah and wife, son
WINIGER, Edgar S. and wife, son
HARLOW, Connie Clark and wife, dau
LOUIS, John and wife, son
SITES, James and wife, dau
RANEY, Albert and wife, twin sons
BEATT, Rolia J. and wife, dau
HILL, Ross and wife, dau
HENRY, Fred H. and wife, son
SCOTT, Walter and wife, son
ARNOLD, Dewey and wife, son
BEATY, Lee Edward and wife, son
BAYLES, Roy and wife, son
DUNSING, Edward and wife, son
BUMPUS, Harry and wife, son
MUNELL, Ralph Ellis and wife, dau
JONES, Alonzo and wife, dau
BUCHANAN and wife, dau
LIVELY, Wilson W. and wife, dau
BROCK, Elmer Louis and wife, dau
GROOMS, Oscar and wife, dau
MOORE, Frank and wife, son
SWIFT, Harry M. and wife, dau
SLAYTON, Cicero and wife, son
PITMAN, Berr and wife, dau
ETIENNE, Adolph Ardeen and wife, dau
GRASAM. Carroll Embray and wife, son
BRISOOL, Henry and wife, son
COWAN, Chas. A. and wife, son
HUTCHISON, Pearl Sanford, son
McPHERSON, Wm. H.? and wife, son
JONES, Ralph Roy and wife, son
McDERMITT, Joseph R. and wife, son
STEPHENSON, Dwight and wife, dau
SCHUEBBLE, Edward H. and wife, dau
DIXON, Andrew J. and wife, dau
MORELAN, Thos. P. and wife, dau
IRWIN, Oscar E. and wife, son
RANDOLPH, John H. and wife, dau
PHELPS, HALL and wife, son
PASTRE, Howard and wife, dau
KARCH, Orville and wife, dau
STOUT, Roy E. and wife, son
BROWN, Wright and wife, dau
HEIDLER, Harry and wife, dau
KEEL, Charley and wife, dau
RAGAN, James Walker and wife, son
THOMAS, Joseph and wife, dau
JACKSON, Gusta and wife, son
ETHERIDGE, Dewey and wife, son
ROYAL, W. Glenn and wife, dau
ANDERSON, Walter Earl and wife, dau
LAUR, Arthur L. and wife, dau
DICKERSON, Harry and wife, son
BROOKS, James Floyd and wife, dau
MAYO, Rola and wife, son
BRADFORD, Frank and wife, dau
LIVINGSTON, Elnora, operation for febroid tumor of uterus
KITE, Walton, accidental gunshot wound
FARMER, Sarah A., oedema of lungs
REDMAN, Cyrus E., cerebral tumor
DAY, John P., uremic poisoning
CHAPMAN, Mary Elizabeth, mitro insufficiency
BOSTRAND, Florence, cerebral hemorrhage
YORK, Hattie May, perotenitis
MOORE, Loyd Arthur, pneumonia
HUNT, James Robert, pneumonia
ROSS, Arbella, tuberculosis
WHITE, Lena, tuberculosis
BENTON, Henry J., paralysis
Mt. Vernon Daily Register - Tuesday, February 24, 1920
BIRTHS AND DEATHS FOR LAST MONTH - The births and deaths
filed with City Clerk Walter C. WESTCOTT for January are as follows:
STOKES, Oscar and wife, dau
FISHER, Walter E. and wife, son
JONES, Walter C. and wife, son
RUTHERFORD, Harold and wife, dau
WIELT, Edward and wife, son
BEPPLER, Wm. and wife, son
WILSON, Walding I. and wife, dau
LOAKA, Charles Edward and wife, son
WILSON, Ernest A. and wife, son
HAYSE, R. WILSON and wife, son
ISAAC, Wm. Dallas and wife, son
REYNOLDS, Robert L. and wife, son
RILEY, Ira Oliver and wife, dau
MODERT, Alsan W. and wife, son
KNIFFEN, Esther, chronic bronchitis
BROWN, Annie, organic disease of heart
BELL, George Augustus, pneumonia, etc.
BROWN, John T., pneumonia
PACE, Mary Ann Casey, appoplexy
WITCHER, Eunice, tuberculosis
WILLIFORD, Minnie, tuberculosis
OSBORN, Earl Edward, typhoid fever
MATHUS, Lucy B., nephritis
BROWN, Estella, nereditary disease
ATCHISSON, Samuel, erysipealas
STANDERFER, Wm. Russell, tuberculosis
WARMAN, Edward F., acute indigestion
GRAHAM, Ella, natural causes
McKITRICK, Lowan, pneumonia
BUMPUS, Mollie Mary, influenza
DULANEY, Jesse H., influenza
HAMBLEN, Marrietta, tuberculosis
Mt. Vernon Daily Register, Thursday, April 15, 1920
Submitted By: Mary Zinzilieta
BIRTHS AND DEATHS FOR LAST MONTH
STONECIPHER, J. Roger and wife, son
HOWARD, Harold H. and wife, dau
FORD, Harry and wife, dau
SHELTON, Claude and wife, dau
CAPPS, Clyde N. and wife, twin dau
WHOBERY, William H. and wife, dau
CARPENTER, Abe and wife, dau
MOORE, Morton and wife, son
SHELTON, John and wife, dau
OWENS, Logan and wife, son
LEMAY, Chas. W. and wife, dau
HILL, Ross and wife, dau
DICKERSON, Harry and wife, son
COLLINS, John M., mitral regurgitation
BAUMGARTNER, Mary E., nephritis, etc.
SCHMIDT, Franklyn, bulber paralysis
AYERS, James, premature birth
McTAGGART, Dr. Walter, ____ left hand & arm
LEACH, Hazel De Roy, pernicious malaria
STONECIPHER, James W., premature birth
BROWDER, Wm. Oral, cancer of large intestine, etc.
BALES, Frannie Elizabeth, auto toremia, etc.
ZARKARDAS, Christophelias, child birth, etc.
PAVEY, Neil P., bronchial pneumonia & pulmonary abcess
MOORE, Catherine, gall stones, etc.
McDONALD, Donald M., yellow attrophy of liver
HARLOW, Sidney O., accidentally burned to death
MOORE, Mary Jane, influenza
SOUTH, Wayne Albert, bursting of blood vessel
HOIT, Eliza Sebell, tuberculosis of lungs
OLIVER, Albert, old age, etc.
PAGE, Mary Imagine, gastritis, acute
Mt. Vernon Register News - Wednesday, September 1, 1920
Mrs. F. COLLINS of Mt. Vernon is visiting with her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Rush COCHRAN. Their grand-daughter, Bernadeen DODSIN, and
grandson, Freddie DODSIN, of Mt. Vernon, are also visiting them.
Miss Olive Monroe, daughter of J. J. MONROE, was "sweet sixteen" last Friday.
The occasion was celebrated by a splendid and lavish dinner, and a large crowd.
Amond these was her brother, J. O. MONROE and family. He is the editor of
the "Collinsville Harold". Her brother, Raymond and family of Brazil, Ind.,
was also present, and her sister, Ruth of Alton. Her sister, Floy of Colorado,
could not be present and her sister, Mrs. Blanche HESTER, who was compelled to
attend the teachers' institute on that day. We hope our cousin, Olive, will
have many more birthdays and birthday dinners. But the trouble is that after
a girl gets to be "sweet sixteen" she quits having birthdays which proves that
Ella Wheeler WILCOX was mistaken when she said that "maidens are not wise."
The following will convince you that we are running to vers libre, the new
style of poetry:
Dave GODDARD has quit the spring,
Where he used to drink and sing
The praise of Mary Tickle
But she doesn't care a fig, or a pickle;
Infact, its really fun;
For she declares the merchant's son,
Drinks two glasses to Dave's one.
Our sister, Vera Fay TURNER, who is a traveling saleslady and was operated
on for gallstones the 18th day of August at Bainerd, Minn., writes that she
is much improved. For two nights after the operation her life being in the
balance and three consecutive telegrams had left us in suspense, but a letter
in her own handwriting is reassuring.
The Mt. Vernon Register News - Wednesday, September 1, 1920
SPRING GARDEN - The Mayor and Poet of The Ananias Club
The readers of The News who have been reading our items in The Ina Observer
for the past two years are familiar with the Ananias Club on the Spring Garden
store porch. It was named after Ananias of the Bible who, with his wife told
that monitary lie and fell down dead.
The club, for the most part, is composed of gentlemen of leasure who are seeking
the truth but fail to find it. "Dad" WARRING is, and has been its honored president
for many years. It was he who made Spring Garden famous by that immortal statement
that The Ananias Club on the store porch is the only place he ever struck, where a
man can refuse to work and yet be respected. No doubt, this is because the motto
of the club is "Thrift, Industry and Truthfulness".
Bill CARROLL is the life long secretary of the club and has greatly endeared himself
to the members by his droll wit and unexpected repartee. Bill has led a life of
single blessedness for 50 years, and was unable to hide behind a wife's petticoat
during the World War. However, he was exempted on the ground that he had no wife
to support him and no doubt, his age and the fact taht he had not developed his
third set of teeth also figured in his exemption.
Bill is a Jeffersonian-Jacksonian-Wilsonian Democrat while "Dad" WARRING, an esteemed
old soldier is a Republican of The Lodge Oligarchy. Sometimes Bill and "Dad" seek to
enlighten the club by discussing the political issues of the day. Indeed, it would
be worth any statesman's time and money to come down off of his perch and sit at their
feet and incline his off-ear to the discussion.
Bill has a great regard for the truth, with its variations, and has been delighted
to find that the hot-air condenser and wind-stacker of The Mayor Hugh WILLIAMS and
Dr. Tom GLAZEBROOKS is identical with the alembic of his imagination.
The club was disappointed at its last meeting by the absence of Henry PUCKETT. But
we assured the members that he was becoming a better Ananias man every day; for recently
he told us that he had just dug a hill of sweet potatoes which contained fourteen potatoes,
and I believe he said, each one was large enough to make a mess.
We also told the club that we enjoyed our visit with Henry before and after attending
with him, The Democratic Central Committee meeting at Mt. Vernon; for he entertained
us in a Democratic Ananias manner. Dave PUCKETT's abscense was felt by the club till
the secretary produced a letter from him which stated that he was present in heart,
though absent in body. Dave is the man who made butter and molasses famous. He wrote
he was pushing this compound to a finish and expected to use it successfully in the present
campaign by confusing Republican activities and by balling up The Lodge Iligarchy sentiment.
Bill FITZGERALD occupied his accustomed seat and was conspicuous because he was wearing
that famous necktie which fascinated the old lady instead of the girl.
Tom DAVENPORT reported that he had recently received a letter from "The Old Maid" and
she stated that she had been waiting for him all summer under the shade of the old apple
tree. His brother, "Rufh" added, that since Tom had received the letter he did not sleep
as soundly as he used to or snore as loudly. On that glorius occasion of out last meeting
Leonard CRISE turned over to "Dad" TAYLOR his tape which had measured 1550 mules in the
month of March and resulted in the purchase of one span. "Dad" TAYLOR desired the possession
of the tape measure to measure Nancy HALL sweet potatoes with, for hereafter he will sell
them by the foot instaed of by the bushel.
John SULLIVAN who witnessed the transaction declared vehemently that the innovation of
"Dad" was just another scheme of profiteering added to the many of the present democrating
administration. "Dad" TAYLOR retorted, with the decision of a democrat, that Brother
SULLIVAN's declaration would in no wise hinder him from selling Nancy HALL sweet potatoes
by the foot.
Just before the club adjourned by repeating the proverb,"All liars should have good memories,"
and by singing, "The truth be with us till we meet again,"we were compelled to recite the poem,
the parody of "Mary's Lamb," which we are reproducing.
Mary had a William goat,
Its fleece was black as jet,
She gave it to the Ananias Club
Which owns "Old Billy" yet.
Hugh WILLIAMS is the goat-man
And has just lots of fun
When some new guys comes into join
And Billy hands him one.
Just like he handed uncle "Ted,"
When he butted on the shelf
And made him think for the time, at least,
He was being divorced from himself.
It is needless to say that this parody brought down the house or rather the porch.
Mt. Vernon Register News - Thursday September 20, 1920
MT. VERNON PAPERS CONSOLIDATED - Single Independent
Paper Will Be Issued
The Mt. Vernon Register and The Mt. Vernon News have been consolidated
and will hereafter be published as a single newspaper to be known as
the Mt. Vernon Register-News. The consolidation was effected by a
merger of the two publishing corporations and the formation of The
Mt. Vernon Register-News Company.
All stock in the new corporation is held by Norman J. SUGG and Edwin RACKAWAY,
both of whom will be connected with the publication, Mr. SUGG as manager and
Mr. RACKAWAY as editor. The new paper will be conducted along strictly
non-partisan lines with a fair and square deal for all political parties and
candidates for office and special favors for none.
Both of the men who hold the stock in the new publishing company are newspaper
men and nothing else and will devote all of their time and efforts to giving
Mt. Vernon the best newspaper in Southern Illinois.
The consolidation which has beed made here is what has been happening in the
last two years in all parts of the country. The tremendous increase in prices,
along all lines especially the enormous increases in the price of paper have hit
the newspaper industry harder probably than any industry in the country.
The result is that thousands of newspapers have been force to make consolidations.
The result of such a consolidation in Mt. Vernon will be that instead of having
two newspapers engaged in fierce competition, and forced to economize and cut down
at every possible point on plans for development Mt. Vernon can have one strong
daily paper that will be close to the metropolitan class.
Ambitious plans have been made for The Mt. Vernon Register-News. The people of
Mt. Vernon and the business men of this city have loyally supported the two
newspapers published here in the past and will continue loyally to support the
consolidated publication. They are entitled to reward for this and the reward
that they will receive if the plans that have been formulated are carried out is
that this city will have a newspaper that stands unquestionably at the head of
its class, a paper that will stand out as the livest newspaper in Southern Illinois
and by so doing establish the fact beyond question that Mt. Vernon is the livest
city in Southern Illinois.
Every city, especially every small city is judged by the newspapers it maintains
to a large extent and it is desired that a paper of such high class shall be issued
here that every citizen of this city will be proud to see the name Mt. Vernon at
the head of the paper.
To accomplish this it will be necessary to make expenditures on a scale not previously
attempted here and which would have been impossible for a newspaper forced to meet
competition in its own town.
The newspaper business has developed to such an extent in recent years the amount
of capital invested has become so great and the overhead expenses so heavy that many
cities of 50,000 and even 75,000 people have but a single newspaper. The city of
St. Louis now has but a single morning newspaper and the great city of Chicago has
but two morning newspaper where but a few years ago there were four.
When these facts are considered it can easily be seen that Mt. Vernon and Jefferson
County is not a large enough field for two strong daily newspapers, but it is a
large enough field for one great newspaper, for one newspaper that will stand out
distinctively as the leading newspaper of Southern Illinois.
The new paper will start with a subscription list of close to 7,000 subscribers
of The Daily Register-News and the remainder to the weekly Register-News. Figured
on the basis of five readers to each paper it means more than 20,000readers of the
daily issue alone. The paper will cover Jefferson County like a blanket and will
reach into adjoining counties for it will be more than a local newspaper.
The new Mt. Vernon paper will be the only newspaper outside of Chicago and possibly
one or two of the largest cities in the northern part of the state with daily news
dispatches supplied by two telegraph news services. The world famous Associated
Press news will be published daily in this paper and also the dispatches of the great
and enterprising International News service.
With reports received from both of these news services the world news, the national
news, the state news, the political news, all of the news of the day will be covered
in a manner more thorough and complete than ever before attempted in a city the size
of Mt. Vernon.
Other newspapers in Southern Illinois have the Associated Press daily report and other
newspapers have the report of the International News but the Mt. Vernon Register-News
is the only paper in this section that will give the readers the reports of two great
news services every day.
This is to be done in order that all kinds of news may be covered and that the paper
may be made so attractive that it will reach out and go into homes in all directions
from Mt. Vernon. By so doing it will extend the trade territory of Mt. Vernon and
be the greatest advertisement this city could possible have.
In addition to this great daily wire news service the paper will cover the local field
in a more thorough going manner than ever before attempted.
As city editor it will have J. Frank BOGAN, a newspaper man of year's experience and
unquestioned ability who needs no introduction to the people of Mt. Vernon. He will
have ample assistance and every effort will be made to cover the local news of the day
in the most thorough and complete manner.
A distinctive feature of The Mt. Vernon Register-News will go its feature pages,
special articles and cuts as supplied by the News Enterprise Association, a service
which supplies the largest dailies of the country with their special features.
Pictures and articles of special interest to women readers will be published daily.
There will be cartoons and comic features, something to appeal to every reader.
The news of the whole of Jefferson County is to be handled in a most comprehensible way.
Correspondents will be obtained in every town in the county and in every community in
the county and the news will be reported in as much detail from the whole county as are
the happenings about the public square in Mt. Vernon.
Mt. Vernon in itself could not support such a newspaper as in planned here but this
great county can, and The Mt. Vernon Register-News will cover Jefferson County giving
recognition to the news from every part of the county and the needs and desires of
every part of the county without discrimination.
A very large percent of the readers of this paper are farmers and special attention
will be given to all news concerning farm developments. While the farmer is as much
interested in the general news of the day as any other citizen and the women and children
on the farms enjoy the special features, comic, etc. that are to go published the same
as all others there are many items of news that are of great interest to those engaged
in agriculture and special attention is to be given to news of this sort.
There are but a few of the plans for the newspaper all of them made with a single end
of making this publication a welcome daily visitor in every home in Jefferson County.
The Register-News wants to be something more than a mere newspaper. It wants to be the
personal friends and companion of every family in the county.
There are also statements by business men: Judge Conrad SCHUL, Sam CASEY, George W. HOWARD,
David MILLER, Maurice J. SEED, Judge Albert WATSON, Secretary of State L. L. EMMERSON,
Walter C. WESTCOTT, G. Gale GILBERT, George L. ORE, G. F. M. WARD, J. J. BAKER, W. C. ARTHURS,
G. K. JOHNSON, Max WIESENBACHER, Judge William T. PACE, William SEBEL, Vol E. RICHARDSON,
Charles R. KELLER, Rufus GRANT, Bernard CARP, and Judge William H. GREEN
Mt. Vernon Register-News - Wednesday, September 29, 1920
THE REGISTER HAD BUT TWO EDITORS FOR 36 YEARS -
Morris Emmerson Founded Paper and Sold to Maurice J. Seed -
Each Conducted Successful Paper for a Period of 18 Years.
The "Mt. Vernon Register" was established in 1884 by Morris EMMERSON
and a remarkable feature of its most successful life as a newspaper
is that during 36 years it had but two editors and each of these served
for a period of 18 years.
Mr. EMMERSON who came here from Albion where he had conducted
"The Albion Journal" and started "The Register", sold out after 18
years to Maurice J. SEED who since September 1, 1902 has been the
editor of "The Register" and for exactly fifteen years following the
owner and publisher as well.
Both of these newspaper men were of the highest class and had a great
influence during their period of service. In Mt. Vernon, always standing
for the things that they believed to be for the best interest of the city
from a moral standpoint first and from a business stand point next and
doing their full share in the upbuilding of the city.
The "Mt. Vernon Register" was in a way the successor of an earlier day
newspaper "The Mt. Vernon Exponet", which was established here in 1878
by Edward HITCHCOCK but when Morris EMMERSON purchased "The Exponent"
in 1884 he changed the name and started as a new publication.
During all the years of its existence "The Mt. Vernon Register" has been
a Republican newspaper and consistantly supported Republican national,
state and local tickets.
Conducted first as a weekly it became a daily in 1892 and has been published
continuously since, having a record of never having missed a publication
despite a move or two and a fire until the recent strike of printers.
The history of the life and growth of "The Mt. Vernon Register" is largely
the story of the work of three men who have given their best efforts to make
it a paper of which the people of Mt. Vernon were proud. These men were
Morris EMMERSON, founder and first publisher; Maurice J. SEED, for 18 years
the editor and for the greatest part of that time the sole owner and
Norman J. SUGG, who since the incorporation of "The Mt. Vernon Register"
Company on September 1, 1917 has been the business manager.
Each of these three has played an important and distinctive part in developing
what upon its birth in 1884 was a struggling little country weekly into a
modern daily paper with a circulation in excess of three thousand copies daily
and with a reputation that extends all over this section of the state.
Morris EMMERSON recognized as one of the ablest newspaper men who was ever
connected with the press of this city, and who since leaving Mt. Vernon has
enjoyed great success in other places built upon a solid and firm foundation.
He gave 18 years of his best efforts to the upbuilding of the paper, never
forgetting the cardinal principal that if the newspaper is to grow, the town
must grow first and seeking to push "The Register" ahead first by pushing
Mt. Vernon ahead.
When in 1902 Mr. EMMERSON disposed of "The Register" to Maurice J. SEED he had
built up a disirable business property a small but successful paper that has
started on the road to success provided. It had a strong hand to direct its
course. That Mr. SEED was equal to this need is not questioned by any one
familiar with the history of newspaper developments in Mt. Vernon.
Under his direction the progess made by "The Register" was steadily forward.
At the time he acquired the paper and became owner, publisher and editor in 1902
it had only the simple early day equipment of the country printing office.
Under Mr. SEED's direction and administration, entirely new and completely
modern equipment for the paper had been installed throughout. He made "The Register"
keep step with the march of progress in the newspaper business during his long
and successful career as its directing head, and in fact was usually just a few
steps in advance of the parade of progress so far as most newspapers in this part
of the state were concerned.
Assuming the duties of directing both the editorial and business affairs of
"The Register", Mr. SEED worked for years and under a heavy strain but has no
regret for his efforts and being a real newspaperman had his greatest satisfaction
in seeing the paper which he was editing, grow and prosper and become yearly a more
important factor in the life of the community.
February 28, 1914 was an important date in the life of "The Register", for on
that day the paper moved to the handsome building at Main and Twelfth Streets,
constructed by Mr. SEED especially for a newspaper office, a splendid building,
unquestionably the finest and most attractive home that any newspaper in this
section of the state can boast.
Mr. SEED spent much of his time in planning this building and in watching the
construction work and many of the features of the plant have been found most
satisfactory, and which have been copied in other similar buildings were his
own suggestions to the builders drawn from his experience as an active newspaperman.
A few years after "The Register" entered its new home another important development,
the incorporation of the "The Mt. Vernon Register" Company, occurred.
The new corporation acquired Mr. SEED's interest in the property except the building
and has since conducted the affairs of "The Register" with Mr. SEED, who continued
as editor as president of the company and Norman J. SUGG, who had become the
business manager a year and a half previously as secretary and treasurer.
Mr. SUGG although connected with the paper a shorter period of time than Mr. EMMERSON
or Mr. SEED who had preceded him as business managers made record breaking gains in
all departments during his time at the helm, the paper showing astonishing gains in
circulation, volume of advertising business and in other lines under his capable direction.
"The Register" during its long successful and honorable life has enjoyed an excellent
reputation among the people of this city and county and has been a credit to the community.
Consistently and at all times it has taken a firm stand on the moral side on public
questions and in favor of everything that looked toward the upbuilding of Mt. Vernon
in a business way.
"The Register" some years ago became something more than a local newspaper acquiring
a wire report, the splendid news report of the International News Service, which provided
the readers with all of the world news of the day as well as all of the local news.
More recently "The Register" contracted with the Newspaper Enterprise Association,
an organization serving metropolitan papers of the country with special features of
the highest type and the acquisition of this service has added greatly to the
appearance of the paper and to the enjoyment of its many readers.
All sorts of modern equipment has been installed by "The Register" including two
linotype machines one of the very largest and latest model, a high speed - Goss
Comet press that prints at the rate of 3, 500 complete papers an hour from a huge
roll. A sterotyping outfit with which the paper makes its own cuts and many other
of the latest devices in the industry.
>From the struggling little weekly paper of 1884 to the modern "Daily Register" is
a long stride forward and that progress is the story to a large extent of the work
of the work of the three men Morris EMMERSON, Maurice J. SEED and Norman H. SUGG.
Mt. Vernon Register-News - Wednesday, September 29, 1920
MT. VERNON NEWS WAS ESTABLISHED FIFTY YEARS AGO -
Has Been Continuous Publication for a Half Century -
Brief Review of the Growth and Progress of Famous Mt. Vernon Newspaper
The Mt. Vernon News was established as a weekly paper in 1871 and has been
published continuously under different managements since that date. In point
of continuous publication, it is the oldest newspaper in Jefferson County,
several earlier day papers having gone out of business.
Upon its establishment by L. F. TROMLY, "The News" was a Republican newspaper
but became a Democratic paper in 1873, when purchased by C. L. HAYES, and has
been the official organ of the Democratic party in Jefferson County for nearly
In 1878 "The News" changed hands, becoming the property of C. A. KELLER, who
transferred it to H. H. SIMMONS. Under Mr. SIMMONS' excellent ten years
management, the paper gained steadily in popular favor and political influence.
In January, 1887, Simmons sold the paper to John W. GREAR, who later sold an
interest to J. F. BOGAN. In 1890, J. J. BAKER bought BOGAN's interest in the
paper, and it was conducted by GREAR and BAKER until 1892. Mr. BAKER, who came
here to take the foremanship of the office acquired an interest in the paper
in 1892 as stated above, an interest which he has retained down to the present time.
Mr. BAKER was for many years the business manager, first as a part owner and
later under the corporation. During the many years he was devoted to newspaper
work in Mt. Vernon he was most successful building up "The Mt. Vernon News" and
the "Mt. Vernon Daily News", which was established under his direction in 1891.
Mr. BAKER continued actively at the helm of "The News" for many years and continued
as a stockholder and director of the paper after retiring from active newspaper
work, to devote his entire time to his duties as postmaster.
R. F. PACE for a time owned an interest in the paper, it being conducted by the
firm of PACE and BAKER.
In 1895 Wm. T. SUMNER purchased PACE's interest and the paper was conducted until
September, 1901, by the firm of SUMNER and BAKER.
These years were among the most successful in the history of the paper. With
Mr. SUMNER in charge of the editorial work and Mr. BAKER in charge of the business
affairs the paper enjoyed greater prosperity than at any time during its previous career.
They made a great combination, and the paper gained a wide reputation that was
something more than local because of the great ability of Mr. SUMNER as editor.
He had a genius for newspaper work that was much noted and his clever, humorous
comments on the news of the day, political, business and social events in Mt. Vernon,
were a feature of "The News" that caused it to be widely read and greatly increased
the influence and circulation of the paper.
Among the many men who have been connected with the various newspapers of Mt. Vernon
none has enjoyed a wider reputation or more popularity than Mr. SUMNER.
The most successful combination of SUMNER and BAKER was broken up in September, 1901,
when the illness which resulted soon after in his untimely death, compelled Mr. SUMNER
to sell his interst in the paper and abandon a profession for which he was so well qualified.
The Mt. Vernon News Company, the corporation which has controlled the paper for the
last twenty years, was then organized. The incorporators were Dr. Walter WATSON,
C. H. PATTON, C. R. KELLER, J. J. BAKER, W. H. GREEN and E. V. VAUGHN, with Dr. WATSON
as president, Judge GREEN as vice-president and J. J. BAKER as secretary and treasurer.
Joe V. BAUGH was the editor and later became a director and stockholder in the paper.
He continued in this capacity until his death.
Dr. Walter WATSON was for many years the president of the publishing company and no
small amount of the success of the paper during the years that followed was due to
wise council and advice on all business affairs.
Judge W. H. GREEN served for many years as vice-president of the company and upon the
retirement of Dr. WATSON he became the president by unanimous vote of the directors,
a position which he has filled with great success. During the entire life of the
corporation it had but two presidents, Dr. WATSON and Judge GREEN. It has also had
but two persons to fill the office of secretary-treasurer, J. J. BAKER holding this
position for many years. Upon his retirement from the active connection with the
business management of the company he was succeeded by Edwin RACKAWAY.
Following the death of Mr. BAUGH a number of different persons were connected with
the editorial department of the paper, and more recently W. Duff PIERCY, his brilliant
talents adding much to the attractiveness of the paper and to its influence throughtout
the county and this section of the state was editor.
Senator, in addiction to his work as editor, acquired a considerable interest in
the paper and was most sincerely interested in its welfare at all times.
Senator PIERCY's ability as a writer, fearlessness as an editor and strong personality
are too recent in the minds of people of this county to need extended comment.
He continued his work as editor until it was cut short by his untimely death in 1918
in the very flower of his usefulness.
In 1913 a reorganization of the business affairs of the company took place when
J. J. BAKER, who for about 30 years had been the active manager of the business
affairs, retired from active connection with the paper, although continuing as a
director and assisting with advice on matters of policy that were of great assistance
because of his long career as an active newspaper man.
Upon the retirement of Mr. BAKER, Edwin RACKAWAY, who had acquired a financial interest
in the paper, became the business manager of the paper, and upon the untimely death of
Senator W. Duff PIERCY he became the editor in 1918, Charles J. THOMPSON becoming the
Such is a brief account of the long and successful history of the "Mt. Vernon News".
Established in the fall of 1871 as a struggling small town country weekly, it steadily
climbed the ladder, developing and growning as Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County grew and
developed and keeping pace with all developments in the newspaper business.
Old style equipment gradually gave way to new and more modern types of equipment.
Years ago the use of hand set types was abandoned and a linotype machine installed.
Some years later a second machine of this type was acquired. Old styles of presses
were abandoned and a modern web press, a Goss Comet printing from huge rolls of paper,
Important developments were also made in the news department. For many years a
purely local paper, "The News" some years ago contracted with the United Press
Association for a telephone report of the world news of the day, thus giving both
the local and home news to the readers. During the recent war "The News" became a
member of the Associated Press, an organization of more than one thousand newspapers
banded together for the purpose of obtaining and distributing the news of the day,
and was able to publish the same news dispatches that are published in metropolitan
At the time the consolidation which means one bigger and better paper for Mt. Vernon
was affected through the purchase of all stock in the company, the officers and
stockholders of the corporation publishing "The News" as follows: President, W. H. GREEN;
vice-president, Charles J. THOMPSON; secretary-treasurer, Edwin RACKAWAY; directors
and stockholders, J. J. BAKER, Sam CASEY, Frank E. PATTON, Mrs. W. Duff PIERCY, Kirby SMITH,
Walter RACKAWAY and Dr. S. A. THOMPSON.
Mt. Vernon Register News - Thursday, September 30, 1920
A suit for annulment of marriage has been brought by Van Cleave NEWTON
against Edith NEWTON. The bill alleges they were married in Davenport,
Iowa and that the defendant was known to Mr. NEWTON at that time as a single
woman. It is further stated in the bill that after their marriage he learned
his wife had been married to Benjamin COX, who is still living, and that she
claimed she had been legally divorced from her former husband.
The bill alleges that if the divorce had been obtained as stated by the woman
it had been but two months prior to the date of the marriage with Mr. NEWTON,
and that the last marriage was invalid under the laws of Illinois. The bill
asks that the marriage be annulled because of the conditions set up in the bill.
It is said Mrs. NEWTON, or COX, is now in Franklin County. Judge Wm. H. GREEN
represents Mr. NEWTON.
Mt. Vernon Register News - Thursday, September 30, 1920
BIRTHS AND DEATHS FOR LAST MONTH - Reports of births and death for
August have been filed with City Clerk Walter C. WESTCOTT as follows:
Emery WHITE and wife, a daughter
Clem ZEIGLER and wife, a daughter
Riley MOORE and wife, a daughter
Nicholas B. GREGORY and wife, a son
Ralph MORRIS and wife, a daughter
Adam Munroe HARLOW and wife, a daughter
Chas. E. GARRISON and wife, a son
Richard H. CREWS and wife, a daughter
Kenneth John LAIN and wife, a son
Ross Lee WEST and wife, a son
Joseph F. WHISENHUNT and wife, a daughter
Parley CLAYTON and wife, a daughter
Robert R. LEWIS and wife, a son
Gilbert DAVIS and wife, a son
Frank ECHOLS and wife, a son
Sidney W. DeLONG and wife, a daughter
Wm. E. CAMPBELL and wife, a son
Earl ARNOLD and wife, a daughter
Jack A. SEXTON and wife, a son
Frank LANHAM and wife, a daughter
Louie C. CHAPMAN and wife, a daughter
Roy LEGG and wife, a daughter
Louis WIELT, mitral reguritation
Infant of Chas. and Elizabeth ESTES, valvular heart lesion from birth
Clarence Marvin SMITH, cholera infantium
Mt. Vernon Register News - Thursday, October 14, 1920
J. V. BRUCE of RFD 10, Mt. Vernon, has shown the Register-News a
copy of the "Mt. Vernon Jeffersonian", Volume 3, Number 1, November 4, 1853.
"The Jeffersonian" was the first paper published in Jefferson County, and
was started by the late John S. BOGAN, father of the city editor of the
Register-News, who was a printer in his early life, and who came from
Washington, D.C., and settled in Grand Prairie Township. The paper is in
an excellent state of preservation. The paper contains considerable
miscellaneous news and advertising of various kinds.
Professional cards show the following names: Downing BAUGH, Attorney and
Counselor at Law; R. Fox WINGATE, Attorney at Law and solicitor in chancery;
Richard S. NELSON, Attorney and Counselor at Law; William H. GREEN, brother
of the late Dr. W. Duff GREEN. Attorney and Counselor at Law; Wm. A. THOMAS,
Attorney at Law; F. D. PRESTON, Attorney at Law.
Physicians advertised in those days, and the advertisements of Dr. John C. GRAY
and others appear in the columns of the "Jeffersonian".
Denny A. ROBINSON, constable advertises his business as a collector and an official.
John R. SATTERFIELD appears in the columns as county judge and ex-officio Justice
of the Peace.
S. SCHANCK advertises ready made coffins, THORN & BALTZELL advertise for clean
rags; L. C. MOSS resorts to advertising to obtain three brick layers and one or
two carpenters, and one stonemason, promising them steady work and the highest wages.
The saddling firm of L. B. ALLEN and John R. SATTERFIELD is dissolved, and continued
by Mr. ALLEN who solicits public patronage. The advertisement of J. J. FLY appears.
He was in the undertaking, furniture, and cabinet making business at that time.
A double column display of THORN & BALTZELL calls attention to their fall and winter goods.
Wm. B. THORN tells of the purchase of the Franklin House, and the change of the
name to the Virginia House, and of his desire to please the public as a keeper of
a first class hotel.
John J. JOHNSON who was running a store, advertises for butter, feathers, etc., and
J. B. TOLLE, the Miller, advertises that he will grind Monday and Thursday of each week.
David H. WARREN, administrator of Meredith HAWKINS, calls on debtors to settle.
E. & R. NOBLES advertise the Mt. Vernon Tin Shop and McBRIDE and JARRELL wanted one
carriage maker and one wagon maker.
ANDERSON & MILLS, successors to D. G. ANDERSON, offer drugs and other merchandise
found in a general store. J. W. LEE, conducted a meat shop. E. H. RIDGWAY tells
of dry goods, groceries and hardware. S. G. HICKS advertises a new store and new goods.
Legal advertisements of various kinds appear, to which names are signed as follows:
John H. WATSON, James OSBORN, H. T. PACE, Barney E. WELLS, T. B. TANNER, Robert BREEZE,
Perigan T. MAXEY, Dr. POWELL, oculist, James F. FARMER, Elijah PIPER, W. J. STEPHENSON,
D. KENNY, postmaster, advertises a list of unclaimed letters.
Other names appearing iin the advertising and news columns are: T. B. TANNER,
Joel F. WATSON, Edward T. NOBLE, John R. ALLEN, Wm. H. CHASTAIN, P. CUMMINGS.
The market report, corrected weekly by John N. JOHNSON, quotes the following prices:
Gaston beans, $1 per bushel; oats, 20 cents; corn 20; wheat 65; potatoes, 20 to 30; onions,
20 to 30; flour, barrell $6 to $7; side meat, ham, bacon, 8 cents; coffee, 13 to 14 cents;
sugar, 6 to 8; butter, 10 to 12; fresh lard, 7; honey in comb, 6 cents; eggs, 10 cents dozen;
chickens, 75 to $1.50 dozen; pork 100 lbs $4; beef, $3.50 to $4 per 100 lbs; dry hides,
10 cents pound; green 4 cents; poultry, 8 to 16 cents per pound.
Some St. Louis firms advertised merchandise of various kinds in the "Jeffersonian".
"The Jeffersonian" contains much local and general news and the appointment of the
Southern Illinois M. E. conference, "furnished in advance of the mail", through the
courtesy of the Rev. J. H. HILL and Rev. J. Van Cleve. The former presiding elder
of the district.
Notwithstanding the early day in which it was printed and the many difficulties then
encountered by the country newspaper man, the "Jeffersonian" was far ahead of many
country weeklies of the present day, as a comparison will prove.
An interesting story of the first state fair, taken from the "Alton Telegraph",
appears in the "Jeffersonian.
Mt. Vernon Register News - Thursday, October 21, 1920
BIRTHS AND DEATHS FOR LAST MONTH - Births and death for August
were filed with City Clerk Walter C. WESTCOTT as follows:
Mr. and Mrs. George H. WEISHARD, a son
Charles L. KERN and wife, a son
Wesley HILL and wife, a daughter
Frederick Lloys KENT and wife, a son
John GUNER and wife, a son
Harry L. BANCROFT and wife, a girl
Guy KYLES and wife, a girl
Harry H. GREGORY and wife, a son
Isaac SMITH and wife, a girl
John KOLOSAR, abscess of brain
Levi Green MAYSE, cancer of the stomach
Rosamond C. CAMPBELL, nephritis typhoid fever
Sevi Caroline HARLOW, angina pectorus
Clyde Wilson BRYANT, ileoscolitis
Pauline Vivian VAUGHN, intestinal obstruction
Eliza Laura BROOKS, rheumatism of the heart
Loren Maria SEXTON, ewtero calites
Martha M. BRADLEY, tuberculosis and asthma