Excerpts from : Carlinville Democrat, April 6, 1887 Vol. XVIII
Will Crew is at home on a visit to relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Porter Paddock spent Sunday at C.H. Burgdorffs.
Mrs. Charles Warner returned Monday from a four week visit in St. Louis.
Miss Lily Achilles, of St. Louis, is visiting the Misses Hattie and Amanda Burgdorff.
There will be a grand ball at Frickie's Hall On Thursday night; Everybody invited.
Mrs. W.F. Burgdorff and Miss Hattie will be home Saturday after visiting at St. Louis and Bellville.
Will McDaniel leaves this (Wednesday) evening for Denver, Colorado to take a position in a large lumber yard there, of which his brother Fred is foreman.
Major A.W. Edwards was elected mayor of Fargo on a straight Republican ticket over his opponent on the Citizens ticket by a majority of 176.
W.P. Lasswell, representing the "Eye" of Bloomington, a Sunday illustrated paper is in the city ..(lengthy report)
The following obituary appeared in the Wichita Eagle of April 2: Died Sarah T. Lee, the aged mother of Mrs. E.P. Ford, passed away yesterday at the residence of her daughter at 709 Waco Street in the eighty sixth year of her age. The funeral will take place today at 2 o'clock p.m. to which family and friends are invited. " Another mother has fulfilled all the duties and obligations of life, a long and eventful life whose dawn covers all the years yet numbered in the present century, a life which almost spanned that of the government of Washington and the fathers".. (lengthy tribute) Mrs. Lee resided in this city for many years and is well known to all old residents about Piasa, Shipman and the southwest part of this county where she resided before removing to this city.
The city election was very close as can be seen by the subjoined report. We have met the enemy and in part are theirs. Jas. M. Curley, however as candidate for the Street Inspector, succeeded in curlng votes sufficient to elect and Thos. Rinaker is Alderman elect in the 2nd Ward.
The proposition to grant waterworks under the Franchise System, carried by a handsome majority, as also to organize under the general law. Minority Representation got a very black eye as it justly deserved.
The full vote cannot be given in this issue of the three last propositions. The Democrats were thoroughly and effectually organized and the results speaks well for the Republicans. (Lengthy report of each ward vote)
Supervisor, John Lancaster 185 east, 228 west
Thaddeus Phillips 195 east, 202 west
John F. Sacre 167 east, 221 west
Wm. F. Mieher 210 east, 212 west
Thomas Bacon 200 east, 240 west
John W. Carson 179 east, 191 west
Wm. Phelps 201 east, 244 west
J.M. Laughlin 175 east, 188 west
Sebastian Knoetzer 162 east, 231 west
Frank Keas 212 east, 197 west
Charles A. Warner 186 east, 219 west
Conrad Bloome 182 east, 203 west
John F. Kasten 193 east, 132 west
B.M. Burke 210 east, 242 west
Casper Kraft, jr. 168 east, 193 west
Marston Boatman 181 east, 202 west
For running at large..146 east, 124 west
Against running at large..193 east, 194 west
Polk Township:Supervisor-W.A. Towse, Town Clerk,-W.E. Andrews, Assessor-John W. Anderson
Supervisor-August Hacke, Town Clerk-P.D. Gooch, Assessor-P.B.Fishback,
Collector-Lewis Miller, Commissioner of Highways-John Dietz,
The following supervisors are elected:Gillespie-W.F. Steidley
Marriage Licenses:Herman Hofmuth, 23-Milda Libsensing, 21, Mt. Olive
Unclaimed letters:Louis Howard, Albert Morris, John Maccalister, Mary Walls, care of Dave Lewis, Foreign, Martin Maycoh
Mr. Cox from Kansas is visiting his uncle T.N.Marsh at this place.
Mrs. Jame Stites, of Alton Alton, is visiting her sister Mrs. H.W.Denny
Miss Maggie Waggoner, of Godfrey is visiting relatives and friends of this vicinity.
Capt. T.H. Simmons and wife, of Brighton were visitors in town one day last week.
Col. J.R. Miles of Miles Station, and MR. James Katsmiller, of Medora made us a pleasant call last Saturday.
James Leaton has rented Mr. Allen's wheelwright shop and will commence work next week in his line.
Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Wilkerson returned home last Saturday after a two months visit in the far West. They seemed well pleased with their visit, although Mr. W says there is no better country, in his opinion than Illinois.
Mr. and Mrs.D.K.Talley, of Venice, and Mr. Alfred Kellam, of Nilwood, were here last Saturday attending the funeral services of their aunt, Mrs. Sarah Yeatman. Mrs. Frank Waggoner and Mrs. Mary Armstrong were also in attendance at the funeral.
Rev. J.B. House will preach a missionary sermon next Sunday morning at the M.E. church here.... (lengthy details)
We noticed an error in our letter last week which made us say: Miss Eva Black and Chas.Black were married, when it should have said: Miss Eva Black and Mr. Chas. Andrews .
It is our sad duty to record the death of our young friend and neighbor, Willard Weldon which occurred last week in Sedalia, Mo., wither he had gone a few months ago in health to engage in business, but disease and death overtook him. A severe attack of pneumonia resulted in his sudden death. His father was called to his bed by telegram, but only in time to see him ere his spirit took it's flight to a better world. This dispensation of Providence casts a gloom over the neighborhood and another family is plunged into mourning. Willard was raised here. He was intelligent., kind and a general favorite with his young associates: possessed with talents which few of his age had, and thus promised to be useful in life, with prospect of long life before him. But the ways of Providence are mysterious and past finding out and He who controls these things is too wise to do wrong. On Thursday last when the morning train arrived all that was mortal of Willard was taken from the train to the church, followed by weeping parents and loved ones, where Rev. House preached an impressive and feeling discourse, and his remains were interred in the cemetery. We sympathize with the family on whom this affliction falls so heavily, and especially with the young heart to whom he had pledged his love and expected to make his wife in the near future. His age was 22 years. Willard was a Christian having recently united with the Baptist Church in Sedalia; May his young friends imitate his example and meet him in heaven.
Early last Friday morning, April 1, the sad tolling of the church bell announced to all that death had again come to our community and claimed as it's victim Mrs. Sarah Yeatman, the aged mother of E.P. Kellum, of this place. Aunt Sally, as she was familiarly called, had been a resident of this place many years and a member of the Methodist Church for more than fifty years. She was a ripe Christian, a kind neighbor and a loving mother, loved by all who knew her. (lengthy report)...her death occurred on March 31. She leaves a weeping son who so tenderly and devotedly cared for her in her declining years. She also leaves one lone aged sister and other relatives to mourn for one they loved.
The funeral services took place from the M.E. church on Saturday, p.m. conducted by Rev. House. And she was laid to rest beside her husband who had preceded her many years to heaven. Her age was 77.
C.F. Cox is in town on a brief visit.
H. Hoffkamp entertained his old friend, Sellers, from St. Louis, yesterday.
M. Sessel and family are quartered at the Monument House for the present.
Mrs. F.G. Berger, of Grand Rapids, Mich., is visiting her sister, Mrs. Hoffkamp, of this city.
Mrs. Moody, second daughter of E. Atchison, of this place, is here on a visit to the "old folks".
I am under obligations to the editor of the Gillespie Herald for a copy of that newsy hebdomadal.
Brophy, the Nokomis ex-.P.M. and inventor of a lock for mail bags was in town on the 31st ult., and though an offensive partisan is an agreeable man.
"Ide" Brown, a long time employee of the Gazette, left this morning for a position in a St. Louis printing office. He is a good boy and highly respected here.
Harry Dorsey was down from Gillespie on the first and reports his father, P.H. and his uncle. B.L. Dorsey as trying the virtues of Hot Springs, Ark., for rheumatic ailments.
Cards of invitation to the wedding of Miss Laura Barnett, the accomplished and popular daughter of the late Dr. Barnett, of this place, to occur at Neenah, Wis. On the 6th, have been received here.
Richard Dorsey has returned from Chicago, where he has been spending the winter at attendance upon a course of lectures at the law school in that city, and now domiciled at the Cottage. An early admission to the bar is contemplated.
The young democracy, under the leadership of Constable Al Jones, had a meeting at the first and aired their "grievances", but what they proposed to do about it will be seen at the polls on Tuesday. Yancey seemed to :have em" yet.
Dr. Howell's house, a large two story frame was burned to the ground on Friday morning. The occupants, M. Sessel and family were aroused at about 3:30 a.m. by the crackling of the flames, and having had time to escape clad only in their night clothes. A domestic employed in the family was compelled to jump from a window and was somewhat aburned and bruised, but not dangerously. The house was one of the old landmarks, having been built by Dr. Howell in 1843. The building was insured for $1,800 in the Aetna, and Sessel's insurance on personal effects was for $750 in the Phoenix, of Hartford.
E.R. Davis, who for more than twenty years has been engaged in mercantile pursuits in this place, left for Red Bud on the first with his family. One of the most honorable, truthful and reliable men who ever sold goods across a counter, the loss of Mr. D. is keenly felt by his many friends. Coming from Red Bud here he at once established himself in the confidence of our people, and built up a good trade. During the last ten years he has become almost entirely deaf, which infirmity placed him at a disadvantage in a locality where business is so largely overdone as with us. All wish him success which he anticipates and so deservedly merits.
Yesterday was the fiftieth anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Atchison, of this city, and of all these years, 44 have passed over their heads in this place. The esteem in which the venerable couple are held by our citizens was manifested last night by the throng which crowded their home. A celebration of the event was forced upon them, they supposing that their only guests would be their children. But Golden weddings do not come every day and it was decided not to let this pass without some recognition. The Baptist people were out in force, Mr. and Mrs. A. being members of that church. The "Veteran Union" was there to greet their old comrade, and citizens generally galore in token of their respect. Capt. Hedley was designated as the party to account for this irruption upon the peace and quiet of the family, and did so with what Reed, aforetime of the Macoupin Enquirer, was wont to style "Inimical grace". As Atchison was an old gold hunter in '48, and this was his golden wedding, it was thought to be a good thing to slightly salt the digging with that mineral.
Medora and vicinity:
$1,270,075 is all Macoupin Co. Owes.
Some one who has taken the pains to keep count claims there has been 23 snows this winter. It is rather unusual to see folks coming to town in sleds at this season of the year but several came in Medora that way Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. James Searls are in Medora this week as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Carlisle. Mr. Searls has sold out his farm near Litchfield and is talking of going west soon to look up a place.
Miss. Mary Eglason went to Chicago Thursday where she will work at dressmaking with Mrs. Geo Garrett.
Mrs. P. Sherman and Mrs. A. Artman have moved their dressmaking establishment upstairs over the harness shop.
There was a very small delegation from here went to the Democratic Township primary at Chesterfield Tuesday. They ran out of suitable candidates, so took one from the Prohibitionists and one from the Republicans to fill up their ticket and make it more palatable.
Rev. Wilkin, of Carlinville, will address the Piasa G.A.R. Post Thursday evening April 14, Subject '61 to '65. Comrade Wilkin (like almost all the Methodist preachers) is a full team when it comes to war reminicenses, so let there be a good turn out boys, that we may have our minds refreshed with incidents of by gone days. No one can afford to miss such a treat. A small admission fee will be charged which is for the benefit of the Post.
Supt. George Harrington spent Thursday visiting the schools here. He seems to be favorably impressed with the management and says we have a very fine school he desires to establish a system of work that will have a tendency to stimulate the ambition and energy of pupils and get them to continue their interest in school..(lengthy report).Mr. Briggs, who formerly worked in the mill here was in town Thursday and attended the supper.
Rev. J.B. House gave a very fine talk on the subject of temperance, Sunday afternoon but as is generally the case the ones it would have benefited were not there to hear it.
Rev. A. Farrow writes from California that he has a beet in his yard that measures 47 inches in circumference and is 7 feet high.
D.W. Simpson started to Wichita, Kansas, Monday afternoon to take part in the boom out there.
Prof. S.V. Keller's school closed Monday. He will go to Kansas soon to engage in business.
Mrs. H. Phillips, of Wann, was here visiting this week, the guest of Mrs. S. Grunn.
When a man consents to be come a candidate for office he at once becomes a target for the opposite party to hurl their missiles at, and it seems that our esteemed fellow citizen N. Challiacombe and his friends, when they attempt to exercise their rights as American citizens, are no exception to the general rule, but it does seem ungrateful for him to get the scourging he did last week from one whom he has always befriended and to whom he gave no provocation, unless it be a crime to cut loose from the party ties and vote as conscience dictates.
A citizens meeting was held Friday evening, April 1, at the Armory Hall, for the purpose of taking preliminary steps to organize a joint stock company to ore for natural gas in this city. The attendance was large and enthusiastic. The meeting was called to order by John Gelder. The hon. B. Cowen was elected chairman and W.F. Thompson, secretary. By request of the chairman M. Ross stated the object of the meeting and the importance and feasibility of the enterprise, after which other gentlemen made enthusiastic speeches, showing that central Illinois and especially Macoupin and Sangamon Counties, were destined to become the great agricultural and manufacturing center of America, owing to their natural and physical resources, being in the very centre of the United States and in the very hear and centre of the coal, gas and oil region of the west. A committee of seven, consisting of P.S. Bronagh, Dr. L. Spaulding, Malon Ross, John Gelder, T.F. Hopkins, David Vanniman and J. P. Johnson were appointed to procure information, solicit subscriptions and report at an adjourned meeting to be held at the Armory hall Monday April 11, 1887.
David Robertson came in from Mo., Friday to attend his brother-in-laws funeral but arrived too late.
Mrs. Corrington spent Friday visiting friends in Litchfield.
Messrs. Keas and Meyer were in St. Louis Tuesday.
Mr. Sawyer and wife, the Misses Mamie and Viola Luken and Olive Rice attended the teacher's institute at Gillespie Saturday.
Recent visitors at W.T. Kea's : Mr. Dougherty, of Washington Ter., Miss Effie Perrine, Corrington Chapel, and Miss Leila Davis, Virden.
Mesdames Corrington and Luken attended the W.C.T.U. county convention at Medora this week.
Mrs. Black and Miss Lee Hodges spent Tuesday in Litchfield.
Squire Whitfield has been sick the past week. Dr. Goss of Gillespie in attendance.
Miss Sadie Corrington returned to college on Tuesday after spending a week's vacation with her parents.
Mrs. Wayne spent Sunday in Woodburn.
The M.E. Sabbath School reorganized last Sabbath electing the following officers: Rev. Corrington, Supt., Mr. Huestis, asst. supt., E.F. Black, secretary, Mrs. Corrington, treasurer, Frank Stallard, Librarian, Miss Lee Hodges, organist, Miss Sadie Corrington, asst. organist.
Rev. Patchen returned Tuesday from Kansas.
Mrs. Woods visited her brother J.M. Foster Monday.
Superintendent Harrington visited the school here Monday.
Mr. P.J. Corlell and family, of Litchfield are visiting in town.
Miss Amelia Weeker returned to her home at Peru, Ill. Friday.Mrs. Tharp, of Plainwell, Mich., is visiting her sister Mrs. John Foster.
A number from here attended the funeral of Miss Gore at Carlinville Firday.
A rag-tacking at Mrs. L.A. Shanner's Tuesday was well attended and enjoyed by the young people.
Cards are announcing the wedding of Mr. H.L. Parker and Miss Carried Corlell, Wednesday afternoon, April 6, at the residence of Peter Corlell.
Miss Lillie Showwalter returned Sunday from an extended visit with relatives at Dorchester and Gillespie. Her brother from Gillespie came over with her and returned in the afternoon.
Rev. Shake preached at Bethel Sunday.
Rev. Turner, Baptist, preached in Morse's Hall Saturday eve and Sunday.
Mrs. Thos. Crabtree and Mrs. E.W. Johnson are in poor health, Mrs. J being confined to her bed.
Since our last, Henry Davis departed for Eureka College where he with J.S. Davis, his brother, will remain until June.
Swade Cotter is supposed to be in his last sickness at Alton whither his sons Manning and Samuel and Tillie Barnett have gone to attend to him.
A few days since W.J. Galbriath, while chopping , struck a locust thorn in his eye, a part of it remaining in the wound. His father accompanied him the 2nd to Jacksonville to have it removed by Dr. Prince who found it but thought best to let him rest until next day. His other eye is defective and loss of this would mean almost total blindness.
R.P. Miller is home from Kansas.
E.C. Knotts is home from his trip to Girard.
J.A. Pierce, of Girard, is visiting friends here.
J.L. Taylor, of Summerville, worshiped here Sunday.
W.F. Baxter spent Saturday and Sunday with his parents here.
Miss Susie Elliot, of Bunker Hill, is the guest of Miss Winnie Smith.
Bert Emmons, of St. Louis, is visiting his mother Mrs. J.I. McGriff.
Edward Clower, accompanied by several school mates, spent the vacation at his home.
Mrs. F.M. Dodson and daughters will return to their home in Great Bend, Kansas this week.
Mrs. Jennie Peters and daughter, of Spirit Lake, Iowa are visiting her mother Mrs. Mollie Reynolds.
G.W. Randle returned to his school duties Saturday in Bloomington after a week's visit with his parents.
The family of J.B. Miller leave for Hugoton, Kansas, Wednesday, where they will join Mr. Miller in their new home.
The ladies of M.E. church will give a crazy supper at Harker's Hall Friday eve. The "band" will be in attendance and a good time expected.
Married at the M.E. parsonage, Wednesday eve., March 30, Frank L. Hupp and Mattie P. Marshall. The affair has been looked for but was a surprise after all and was only witnessed by one friend, Miss Anna Mott. Mr. and Mrs. Hupp have the best wishes of all and your correspondent.
We thank our amiable friend, your Medora correspondent, for the kindly notice he gave us in last week's Dem.
Willie Batchelder, a former Chesterfield boy, but now of Centralia, spent a few days in town during the last week.
"Alas poor Yorick," we see by the last Dem. That Lee Wilson, of anywhere and everywhere, had been in limbo at castle Murphy in Carlinville, for transgressions of the past at Hagaman.
The Rev. H.C. Whitley held divine services at St. Peter's this place on Wednesday night of last week. We think the Rev. Divine (typo from 1887?) is worthy of all praise for his unselfish devotion to the interests of his church as is manifested in his labors with the feeble societies committed to his care.
Chesterfield would appreciate a legitimate, first-class boom in manufacturing, mining or any other source of industry that would bring demand for labor with a fair compensation. We have many and great advantages for different kinds of manufacture and if two such wheel horses as Morris R. Locke and W.C. Masten were to make an effort here, the boom would come.
We understand that the measles and of a high grade, are cavorting in the country all around our village, that a cordon of posts has been established entirely encircling the place, which has not yet been invaded; this is a preparatory to a final grand assault upon the place when tis expected it will sweep all before it of those who have not already been the subjects of its arbitrary power.
County superintendent Harrington was in town last Saturday in attendance at the teachers meeting and he favored your correspondent with pleasant call... (lengthy report)
The entertainment given under the auspices of teacher Hess, a few weeks since in town,. will be given at Palmyra on Friday next the 8th ...(lengthy discourse)
Being unavoidably confined to the house your correspondent often had the tedium of enforced seclusion relieved by the calling of friends from other localities as well as immediate neighbors. Our friend, Attorney J.W. Kitzmiller, of Medora, made us a pleasant call on one day last week. As did also Capt. P.H. Pentzer, of Gillespie, who presented himself in the shape and form of the Gillespie Herald, as a welcome guest.(lengthy discourse)
Mrs. Chism has gone to Christian County to visit friends.
Mr. Gid Loper, of Chesterfield, spend a day in our village last week.
The Misses Sears, of Ohio, are guests at their uncle's Z. Worthington.
Miss Ella Corrington, of Nilwood, was visiting at Dr. Smith's last week.
MR. W.C. Martin went to Jerseyville to look at an imported horse with a view of bringing him here.
The Palmyra Poultry Club is at present growing at a greater rate than anything in this part of the country.
Banes Bro's are ready for business in old Zumwalt stand. Cash for poultry and eggs.
Rev. Dewell's youngest son will be old enough to cast his vote at the spring election in 1908. "Deo volente".
Mr. G.A. Sharp, of St. Louis, a student of Bryant & Stratton Commercial College is at home recruiting his health and visiting his parents.
Mrs. W.C. Stults, who has been in a very poor health, is some better at present. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cox have moved into Mrs. Stults residence.
Light Brahma eggs, from pure stock at $1 per setting of 13 eggs. N.A. Neighbert, Barr's Store.
We have received word that Mr. Geo. W. Solomon was married to a lady in Iowa. We have not learned anything further. George is a very popular traveling man in the northwest.
Notice! Parties owing me notes or accounts over two years old, will please call and settle without further notice. The yearlings might also prepare to do the same and would be very much pleased to have all accounts recently made, paid before they become old. H. Meyer.
Do you want full value for your money then buy of King & Son's handmade harness.
The spring term of school began on the 4th inst. last, with the same teachers that taught the winter term with but slight changes. Miss Fanning is succeeded at No. 2, North Palmyra, by Miss Lizzie Tucker, while a young man from Iowa by the name of Tomlinson, succeeds Mr. Pennimau in districts No's 3 and 7, South Palmyra.
A Mr. Watson, who moved to this village about the beginning of the year and worked at odd jobs, died very suddenly on the 31st. He was cutting wood and felt too sick to work and started to the house which he entered and died almost instantly. A physician was summoned but he was dead before the doctor arrived.
Miss Eliza Hersey, formerly a well known and an accomplished teacher in this vicinity, died at her home in Shelborne Falls, Mass., aged 70 years. She was an invalid a long time before her death. She started the first Sabbath school in this community 46 years ago and will be well remembered by many citizens of this locality and Carlinville where she resided for a number of years.
Submitted by: Betty Moake.