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Liberty Hill News  Jan 24, 1907  Wayne Co. Journal

By Old Timer

Lots of rain and mud.

A. L. Hughes still calls Pigs.

J. F. Hughes is buying a few hogs.

Health is very good excepting bad colds.

Frank Duncan killed a big hog and got $20.10 for it.

T. Z. Green is going to Washington in the spring.

Matt Hughes still goes fox chasing once and awhile.

William Duncan is president of the Farmers Co-operative Union at Liberty Hill.

Hurrah for Folk!  He can't be excelled for Governor and would make a good President.

Mrs. Meador is staying with her daughter Mrs. H. M. Duncan.  Her health is not very good.

Mrs. H. M. Duncan and Mrs. Terrel Cradie will cook now as they have each a new range stove.

We are glad to know that the legislature is taking steps to suppress the liquor traffic as well as other bad things.


Greenville School News – Wayne Co Journal, Jan 24, 1907

By Bessie Settle, Moro Short

Enrollment: Room No. 6, 103; No. 5, 59; No. 4, 48; No. 3, 59; No.2, 62; No.1,  28: Total 359.

Names of non-resident pupils in room No. 1: James Bennett, Charles Rhodes, Effie Angel, Bessie Bollinger.

Names of non-resident pupils in room No. 2: Fred Bennett, James Stephens, William Anderson, William Stephens, Harry Shrum, May Rubottom, Charles Paullus, Curus Holmes, Frankie Sullivan, Ernest McCowan, Blair McGee, Fred Kirkpatrick, John Hixson, Dillard Brown, Arthur Biggerstaff, Lee Bennett, Stella Rhodes, Carlise Rhodes.

Non-resident pupils in room No. 3: Roy Shipman,  Ollie Bennett.

Non-resident pupils in room No. 4: Ruth Wight.

Non-resident pupils in room No. 5: Cecelia Wight, Ira Wight.

Notwithstanding the bad weather of the past few weeks, the attendance has been excellent, and but very few tardies.

Several new resident pupils have entered. 

The school is progressing nicely, and we consider it the best school Greenville has ever had.


Des Arc News – Jan 24, 1907 – Wayne Co. Journal

Bud Midkiff is running his sawmill every day.

Our town has quite a lot of sickness at present.

Our merchants have done a fine business last year.

We had a grocery drummer here every day last week.

Stevenson & Fitz’s gasoline sawmill is running right along.

W. E. Chilton sold a carload of horses at Piedmont Saturday.

Al. Barnes, our postmaster, passed through our town on his way to Leeper.

Jas. G. Chilton was in Sunday and sent two of his boys off to school at Ironton.

E. W. Graves has put in a new spoke machine in addition to his handle factory.

Rev. Alcorn will hold a week’s meeting in the Baptist Church beginning the 3rd Sunday.

We have mud and nothing but mud.  Saw mill men have nearly gone out of business.

Stevenson & Fitz’s sales were $38,800.66, a net gain over 1905 of four thousand dollars.  They furnish about 14 sawsmills.


Gravelton Wrinkles - Jan 24, 1907 – Wayne Co. Journal

By Stonecipher

Dear Mr. Editor:  as all others have quit writing from this neck of the wood, I’ll try my hand.  Maybe I will be a good hand at news.

The Training School at Concordia College will open Feb 4th, with a good attendance from the start.

Miss Effie Wagner is giving music lessons on piano to Bessie Wagner and Hattie Myers.  Miss Effie is a fine teacher.

We at least have some prospects of rain and probably ere this reaches you our prolonged drought may be broken and the dust settled.

Miss Gertie Hovis came home from Wappapello last week, having finished a successful term of school there.  She will enter the training school again.

A nice wedding took place at 3 on the 14th, between Mr. Luther Brown and Miss Lula Pritchett, Rev. Wagner officiating.  They are nice refined young people and start out in the battle of life with good prospects.

The Holladay Klotz Co. have been most fortunate in securing Tom Myers of Marquand as their clerk and salesman in their store at Camp 33.  Tom is a first class salesman.  The man behind the counter is what makes success or failure.  We are glad to welcome Tom back home again.

A fine new piano was installed in the parlor of Dr. A. F. Wagner last week.  We are glad to see all such tokens of civilization come in.  Books, papers and music are as much integers of progress in our age as bread and butter.  He lives right who sustains all three of his natures, the mental, the moral and the physical.


Chaonia Items - Jan 24, 1907 – Wayne Co. Journal

Mystic Waif

Louis Birdnow is building his mother a new house.

We’re having some nice rainy weather this month.

Elwood Estes of Wappapello visited his sister, Mrs. P. H. Allison, Sunday.

Mrs. Stella Dees of Ojibway visited her mother, Mrs. Bailey, the past week.

Miss Vira Whitener visited at the home of Miss Roxie Davis Tuesday night.

Mrs. George Ferguson visited in the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. H. Allison, Saturday.

Mrs. Pearl Whitt of Ojibway visited the home of her mother-in-law, Mrs. Eliza Whitt of this place.

Miss Vira Whitener’s school closed Saturday, January 19, and the people of this place regret to see Miss Vira leave.

Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Jaco gave a party on the night of the 14th, inst., which several of the young people at this place attended.

W. W. Davis, this T. J. Moss Tie Company’s inspector, left for Puxico Tuesday evening of this week to look after business for the company.


Bounds News - Jan 24, 1907 – Wayne Co. Journal

By Uncle Jack

I have not seen any news from this part of the country for some time so I write some this week.

Albeet O’Dell is on the sick list this week.

George Smith went to Fredricktown last week.

Mr. Epley, who has been very ill, is better at present.

We are having plenty of rain and mud and bad weather.

Bro. Reid filled his regular appointment at Montgomery.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bob Cook, on 4th inst. a fine girl.

There was preaching at Mt. Pisga by Bro. Roach last Sunday.

Frank Maddox was the guest of Ethel and Cecil Montgomery last week.

Mrs. J. L. Hunter visited her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Montgomery last weak.

Lester Ward, who has taught a successful term of six months at Montgomery, will close his school next Friday.

Walter Regan, who has been visiting in the family of Tom Bennett, has returned to his school which is in Perry county.

Miss Ethel Montgomery, who has taught two successful terms at Brunot, s at home again  Miss Ethel is a fine young lady, and we welcome her back again.

Aunt Bet Loyd, aged 78 years, died last Saturday at 6:15 p.m.  She was sick only nine days, with pneumonia fever.  She was loved by all who knew her, and had lived a true Christian life since early youth.  We all sadly regret the loss of Aunt Bet.


Dr. Nathan S. Davidson Dead - Jan 24, 1907 – Wayne Co. Journal

The subject of this sketch, Dr. N. S. Davidson, was born on Hickman County, Tenn., August 26, 1844, and died at his home near Taskee, Missouri, February 15, 1907, being 62 years, 5 months and 19 days old.  He had been for years and energetic and prominent physician in this county, and as a result was favorably known by a great many people throughout the southern part of the county. He leaves a wife and an interesting family of children to mourn his death.  He was always faithful and true to each and every obligation of life, a faithful citizen, husband, father and friend, and above all else he was faithful to his convictions and truth.

Though he differed widely from many of his staunch friends concerning religion, he was highly respected and loved by his neighbors, and after all, this fact is the highest object of life.  All will agree that it is better to differ from the majority and be honest and true to ourselves, than for the sake of passing smoothly through life to profess and pretend to believe something we do not believe.  He believed in the theory of evolution and that man is a natural product of the earth and that when he dies he simply goes back to mother earth to resume the same state or condition he was thousands of years before he was born.  He believed that all right actions contributed to man’s happiness, and all wrong actions to his sorrow and woe here and during this life’s existence and that as a social being he is accountable to himself and fellow men only for his conduct, when dead all accountability ends.  He accepted no creeds and his often-repeated motto was, “Do right because it is right without the fear of punishment or hope of reward.”

Many people ask, “Is life worth living well?”  The true value of a life is in its usefulness, and many who stood at the grave to pay their last tribute of respect to their friend and companion, could recall the times he had watched beside their loved ones, doing all in his power to alleviate their suffering.

Truly did he, “So live that when the summons came to join the innumerable caravan that wanders in the pale realm of thought, he could wrap the drapery of his couch about him and lie down to pleasant dreams.”

A Friend


Pros. Atty. J. F. Meador – Wayne County Journal- Feb 28, 1907

Pros. Atty. J. F. Meador Proves Himself a Safe and Deliberate Officer.

An amusing incident occurred here last Saturday when eight or ten Italians, in person and by counsel of their own nationality appeared before Prosecuting Attorney J. F. Meador at his office, praying him as prosecutor for the state to issue, at once, a warrant for the arrest of one George Edgar, constable of Williams township.

It seems that the Italians were employed by the Frisco R. R. Co. and were used in construction work on said road at the tunnel near Williamsville, and were handled by and interpreter that was sent with them by a colonization company.  This interpreter, whose name we did not learn, was paid $50.00 per month by the company for his services, and he also decided to take advantage of the laborers by extorting from each of them from one to six dollars per month for the same purpose.

This interpreter, in order to carry out his plans goes to the constable, Mr. Edgar, and places his accounts with him for collection.  Mr. Edgar, upon attempting to collect the accounts which were represented to him as just, found that he too needed an interpreter in order to communicate with the laborers.  So Mr. forman tells his men in their language that the officer would take them all under arrest and lock them up if they did not pay his demands.  Of course the men complied with the demand and paid over the cash.  The Mr. interpreter left the works on short notice, and the laborers now want the prosecuting attorney to issue a warrant for the officer who couldn’t understand a word spoken at the time they gave up their money. 

Of course Meander has no authority to issue a warrant for anyone, but he gave the men the proper legal advise, and asked them to try and locate their interpreter.


The Death of Mrs. Bowers  – Wayne County Journal- Feb 28, 1907

Mrs. Margaret Bowers, who died in Greenville at her home February 12, 1907, was a member of Greenville Hive, and has done valuable work for the order.  He loss is deeply mourned by the membership in the Hive where she was well loved.  White the hearts of her loved ones are sad and lonely, yet there is no sting in their grief, and in that day the sisters of the order, her loved ones, and her friends expect to greet her in the heavenly peace and love.

The following resolutions were adopted by the sisters of the L. O. T. M. Where as, In the providence of the All-wise Father, our friend and companion sister, Margaret Bowers, has been summoned to change the fellowship of our loved order for the glorious companionship of the Celestial Circle beyond, and Whereas, We, the sisters of the Ladies of the Maccabees of the World, feel deeply the loss which her removal will be to our order.

Whereas, We deplore her death and condole with the family of our deceased sister in their afflictions, Be it Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved husband of the deceased and that they be spread up on the records of our board and published in the official organ of the Ladies of the Maccabees of the World.

Done by order of Greenville Hive No. 73, L. O. T. M.

Mrs. Phoebe Sheets

Mrs. Lucy Wilkinson

Mrs. Leitha


Found Dead in Bed  – Wayne County Journal- Mar 7, 1907

Fred Johnson, Postmaster at Leeper, Dies of Heart Trouble

The little town of Leeper was shocked last Friday morning when the report was given out that the postmaster, Fred Johnson, who slept in a room just back of the post office was lying dead in his bed.

Mr. Johnson was up the evening before when passenger train No 1 went south and attended to the distribution of the mail, and while he had been on the puny list for a few days no one was expecting to find the deplorable condition that they did the following morning.  It is thought he died of heart trouble.

Mr. Johnson had been postmaster at Leeper for about four years.  For a number of years prior to his coming to Leeper he was engaged in the business of farming in Greenwood Valley, where he raised a large and respectable family.  At the time of his death he was about 65 years old; was a member of the Masonic order, with his membership at Piedmont, and was one of our best and most highly respected citizens.

The condolement of his death is not confined to his relatives but to hundreds of friends, whose good fortune it was to meet and know him.


An Untimely Death - Wayne County Journal- Mar 21, 1907

Mrs. Thomas Barks of Lost Creek Killed by Falling Tree

Last Friday, while Thomas Barks and his wife, who live on Lost Creek, were cutting a tree out of which to make palings to finish a garden fence, Mrs. Barks was struck twice by the falling tree which resulted in her death the following morning at 2 o’clock.

It seems that when the tree began to fall that it went in the opposite direction to what was intended and in doing so jumped quite a distance from the stump, striking Mrs. Barks and knocking her down.  Before she could recover it struck her the second time across the abdomen.  This occurred at 10:30 Friday morning and she lingered in the greatest agony until the following morning at 2 o’clock when death relieved her.

Mr. Barks is one of our best citizens, and the friends who sympathize with him in his bereavement are counted by the hundreds.


Henry M. Ezell Dead - Wayne County Journal- Mar 28, 1907

Had Been A Member Of M.E. Church and Masonic Order Nearly 50 Years

Died at his home on the Pettit farm in Pleasant Valley, Friday, March 22, 1907, Henry M. Ezell, at the advanced age of 77 years.

Mr. Ezell was born June 25, 1830.  He entered the Confederate army at the breaking out of the war and remained in the service until peace was declared.  After the war he connected himself with the Masonic fraternity, holding his membership under the Grand Jurisdiction of the State of Kentucky at the time of his death.  He also joined the Southern Methodist Church in 1867 and lived a consistent Christian life during the remainder of his earthly pilgrimage.

His remains were laid to rest in the Sparks cemetery on Clark’s Creek, by the side of his wife who had preceded him eighteen years.

We have know Mr. Ezell for nearly thirty years and can truthfully say that he lived an exemplary life, and with deploration do we extend our sympathy to his bereaved family.


Wayne County Journal, April 11, 1907
Prepared by Wayne County Abstract and Real Estate Co.
Lists of deeds recorded in the Wayne County recorder’s office, Greenville Missouri, for the week ending March 30th, 1907.
Wayne Lodge No. 526 A. F. & A. M. to E. C. Wayland, block 30, Masonic Cemetery.
F. Shlitt, and wife to Nancy Rebecca and D. O. Daniel W. D.  Consideration $100.
Nancy, Daniel et al to F. Schlitt W. D.   Con. $100.
C. W. Morris and wife to John Ellis W. D., Con. $475.
Minnie Love to W. H. Wagner, W. D. Con. $750.
John W. Ivy and wife to Minnie Love W. D. Con. $800.
S. A. Bates and wife to John W. Ivy and N. Privy W. D. Con. $225.
C. Collier and wife to R. A. Collier. W. D.  Con. $400.
Wayne County Journal, April 11, 1907
Local Happenings

Get the habit of trading at the Holladay-Klotz store.
See those fine premiums at C. Barnes.
Emory Self was over from Piedmont several days last week looking after his business interests.
See the presents that the Holladay-Klotz store are giving away.
O. L. Hughey, one of Bear Creek’s good citizens, was in town transacting business since our last issue.
Some communications and an obituary were unavoidably crowded out this week on account of space.
Dr. J. S. Enloe spent a couple of days in St. Louis this week attending to business matters and returning Wednesday.
B. H. Hughes, our accommodating county treasurer, has gotten into the band wagon and subscribed for the Journal.  Thanks Mr. Ben.
On Saturday April 13th, we will sell 12 bars Lenox Soap for 25 cents.  E. M. Smith
G. S. Schlater and John Croy of Patterson, Ike Bounds and G. W. Merrick of Lost Creek; were seen on our streets Saturday.
At the distribution of prizes at C. Barnes store last Saturday Bulah Costley received first choice, Mrs. Nancy Morgan second choice and Flem Bennett third choice.

One of Uncle Berry Graham’s boys was kicked by a mule last Thursday.  The wound being in the eye has proved to be serious, however he is improving at this time.  Dr. N. G. Wilson is in charge of the case.

We received a letter from Mr. M. C. Harty stating that the climate of California did not agree with him and that he had come back to Missouri to spend the rest of his days.  He is located at Van Buren temporarily.

Richard Baker of Saco, Madison County, was transacting business in Greenville Monday.  Mr. Baker is advancing in years considerably, but his movement is as that of a man at forty.  He is interested in valuable properties in Wayne, Madison and St. Francois counties.

Mrs. E. F. Walter, who has been in Kansas for several days, having been called here on account of the serious illness of her mother, has returned.  Mrs. Walter has a desirable position with the H. K. L. & L. Co., in connection with their mercantile department.

Born to the wife of Mrs. George Bailey of Greenville, a fine girl.  Dr. Hale haltered the stork.

J. W. Rose of Gravelton was a pleasant caller at this office Tuesday of this week, and while here renewed for the Journal for himself and brother.

Hon. W. A. Settle left Monday for Jefferson City to be present at the opening of the special session of the legislature.  Will says he enjoys the turmoil of a legislative body.

Ellis H. Lasater transacted business at the hub Wednesday, and while in town called on us, leaving and order for a nice lot of note heads, also had us to set his subscription up a couple of notches.

Mrs. Seabaugh, who fell from the porch at her daughter’s home a couple of weeks ago and broke her arm in two places, is recovering. The vitality of the old lady is greater than at first thought, and under the skill of Dr. Hale she will likely recover.


Mens $2.25 work shoes going at $2.00 while they last at E. M. Smith’s.

The jail birds made another raid on the jail last Tuesday and pounded a hole through a cell floor that was almost large enough to permit their escape.  Jailer Meador discovered the opening before dark however and thwarted their purpose.

Dr. M. Hughey, who is located at Knoble; Ark., was in town last Saturday.  He was on his way to Chicago to take a post graduate course in medicine, and came over here to visit relatives and old friends a few hours.  Dr. Hughey is one of Wayne Counties boys that is making his mark in his chosen lifes work.


Marriage License, April 11, 1907

John F. Rainwater, Greenville – Viola Ray, Greenville.

J. T. Meador, Piedmont – Eva Eads, Piedmont.

James Coleman, Coldwater – Dora Barker, Coldwater.

Mason Luke, Henderickson – Eva Derr, Williamsville.

John Webb, Leeper – Parilee Black, Leeper.

Asa Edwards, Greenville – Martha Talley, Greenville.

D. Wilkerson, Greenville – Cynthia Clayton, Greenville.


Kimes Items, April 11, 1907

Health is getting better.

Farmers are busy plowing and planting. 

Grisham & Garrison had several goods to sell at public auction last Saturday.

The stave mill will cut out this week

Mr. Starks, of Dunklin county, is visiting T. C. Page and old friends at this place.

Uncle Coon Page is slowly recovering.

Mrs. Arley Palmer, of Mt. Vernon, Ill., is visiting her brothers, (the Osborns) near Kime.

Mrs. Oliver, of Birch Tree, is visiting relatives and friend at Kime.

Joe Julian and Tom Osborn, of Center Ridge, visited the Farmers Union at Oak Grove last Saturday.

Will Myers moved to Jone’s Mill.

The Farmers’ Union is on a boom at Oak Grove…..cut off..


Wayne County Journal, November 14, 1907

M. L. Skaggs Assaulted and Robbed.

Greenville Citizen Roughly Handled While Visiting At Poplar Bluff.

From Poplar Bluff Citizen.

Friday night, M. L. Skaggs of Greenville was knocked in the head and robbed of $118.00 in the south end of the city.  Skaggs was coming into the business section of town from the west end and reached a point near the crossing of Fifth Street on the Frisco railroad tracks when a man and two women appeared before him.  It was early in the night and nothing was thought of meeting the three characters until the man slugged him in the face, knocking him to the ground.  When this was done the two women, who were either Negroes or blacked for disguise, went to searching through the pockets of the helpless man, while the man took special care that he made no moves to prevent the carrying out of the robbery.  Skaggs had $18.00 in cash and a $100.00 bank certificate besides other minor articles taken from him after which the robbers rapidly vanished to the south making good their escape before the alarm could be given that would cause their capture.  Skaggs wears ugly cuts and bruises about the nose and face from where he was struck in the head.  The matter was reported to the police department and today the authorities have been working on the case. 

Skaggs could not tell whether the man who knocked him in the head was a white man or not, but it is the opinion of some that the two supposed Negro women were men in disguise and that the three that committed the hold-up are a gang that are professionals and are implicated in the thieving over the city.


Wayne County Journal – November 14, 1907

A Birthday Dinner

On Monday, November 11, “Uncle Tom Rubottom, who lives one mole north of town, celebrated his 80th birthday.  All of his children except Fred were present, a good number of grandchildren and other relatives, besides a number of invited guests.  Mrs. Rubottom had prepared a fine dinner and all present ate heartily of the bountiful repast.  “Uncle” Tom is still as hale and hearty as most of men are at 60 years.  There were about 75 persons present and all enjoyed themselves, and departed wishing “Uncle” Tom many more happy birthdays.  Those present were:

Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Rubottom and children, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Rubottom and three children, Mr. andMrs. Thos. Rubottom, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. K. D. Rubottom and four children, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Rubottom and one child, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Rubottom and five children, Mrs. Stokely and three children, Mr. and Mrs. Z. M. McGhee and three children, Henry Hannople, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Stephens and four children, Mrs. Oscar Winder and four children, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Smith and two children, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Rhodes, Mrs. W. H. Donaldson, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Bennett, Rev. T. H. Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. H. Y. Mabrey, Mr. And Mrs. J. B. McGhee, Dr. and Mrs. N. G. Wilson, C. B. L. Rowland, Mr. and Mrs. W. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Templeton, J. H. Rainwater, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Short and Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Wynn.


Wayne County Journal – November 14, 1907

Des Arc, by Orion

Dr. Jones of Brunot was seen on our streets Sunday. 

Chas. Stevenson and son of Brunot went to the city Sunday.

Jno. R. Chilton, who is running a saw mill on the Missouri railroad, brought his son home Sunday sick of typhoid fever.

Stevenson & Fitz have had their store building enlarged, which adds very much to their business. They are shipping lots of lumber, ties, etc.

We are having a panic and it makes business dull.  Lumber is still coming in lively but unless times get better the mills will close for want of orders.  They are very scarce now.

The tie business is booming here.  Everybody is making ties.  The L. M. people take them and are putting them in the track along here.  They have a big extra gang putting them in, also have a gang with scrapers making the road bed wider.


Wayne County Journal – November 14, 1907


W. E. McKenzie of Hiram attended the lecture Saturday night.

Atty. M. M. Sheets was over from Williamsville the first of the week.

Med Bryar of Elvado, New Mexico is visiting Greenville this week.

Mrs. I. N. Daffron returned the latter part of last week from a visit with relatives in Farmington and Cape Girardeau.

Mrs. A. T. Smith and mother, Mrs. Robinson, returned yesterday from a several weeks visit in Carter and Madison counties.

Owben Brock of Wills postoffice called at the Journal office Saturday and enlisted with the rapidly increasing list of Journal readers.

After an illness of several days Mrs. T. J. Bryar died the first of the week at her home on Otter Creek.  A more lengthy account of the death next week.

Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Stevenson and children of Mill Spring visited last week in Greenville with Mr. Stevenson’s mother, Mrs. N. J. Stevenson.  They returned to Mill Spring Sunday morning.

The iron ore washer is now in operation and is daily turning out a car of finished product.  This however is only about one fourth its real capacity and when everything gets into working order from three to four cars will be taken from the washer every day.

Greenville had its first touch of real winter Tuesday morning, when several flakes of snow fell in different parts of the city.  The fall was no such that would induce sleigh riding or snow balling and it took a good pair of optics to notice the precipitation at all.

Judge John Blackwell of Mill Spring attended Probate Court Monday.

Bert Carleton returned Saturday from a two weeks’ visit in Elvins.

P. E. and Pink Ward, of Turkey Creek, stalward farmers of that section, were in Greenville the first of the week.

The remains of David Moss who was killed in a Frisco wreck at Shreveport La. last week arrived in Greenville Sunday and were interred in the Hickman Cemetery.  Mr. Moss was an engineer on the Frisco railroad and was on duty when killed.

Passing throu a certain part of the country a stranger read this sign: “Danger1  If any man or woman lets hi or her cow stray into this here cornfield, his or her tail shall be cut off, as the case may be.”


Wayne County Journal – November 28, 1907

Terrible Accident

Campbell Citizen: John Riley and Frank Bynum were the victims of an accident at the Eagle mill early Tuesday morning which may result in Bynum’s death. The belt from the main shaft to a counter shaft, which runs the ripsaw, ran off and when Riley went to replace it, the belt hung on a set pin on the main shaft and winding up so rapidly, pulled the counter shaft and hangers from the cross beam and in falling, it is supposed, one of the hangers struck Bynum in the stomach.  The strain on the belt in wrenching the counter shaft from the beam broke the belt and one end struck the ladder and board on which Riley was standing throwing him to the floor, his face striking a corner of the saw table, breaking his nose and cutting an ugly gash above his right eye.  Bynum is in a precarious condition and Dr. J. L. Brown is not certain of the result.  Bynum’s brother, Henry got his right foot badly mashed at the J. F. Lasswell saw mill seven weeks ago and is still confined to his room.


Wayne County Journal – December 5, 1907

Didn’t Know It Was Loaded

Loaded rifle in hands of small sister causes Homer Hart to lose an eye.

Homer Hart, the 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hart was shot Saturday afternoon by a target rifle in the hands of his small sister Katie.The rifle was an old on belonging to the boy and as it had not been used for some time, it was not thought to be loaded.

The bullet struck the boy a trifle above the left eye but it was unable to be located by the local physicians.  The boy’s father and Dr. Hale took the boy to the Jewish Hospital at St. Louis Saturday night where the bullet was found by X-ray examination.

Dr. Hale and Mr. Hart returned to Greenville Tuesday, reporting Homer to be rapidly recovering from the effects of his accident, and although the loss of the sight of an eye is expected nothing more serious will result.

Mr. Hart expects to leave for St. Louis tomorrow (Friday) and will probably return and with the boy Saturday afternoon.


Wayne County Journal – December 5, 1907

Petit Jury

R. F. Helm, Lost Creek

G. S. Haire, Lost Creek

John Tubb, St. Francois 

W. A. Berry, St. Francois

C. Maybrey, St. Francois

Joe Fish, Jefferson

T. C. Halland, Jefferson

Andy Morris, Logan

Fred Bunyard, Logan

C. F. Whitener, Cedar Creek

W. H. Dorsey, Cedar Creek

Wm. M. McKinsey, Cowan

Daniel James, Cowan

T. M. Bentley, Black River

Geo Ferguson, Black River

Walter Newman, Mill Spring

Tom Scott, Mill Spring

Lee Wallis, Mill Spring

Luther Morris, Benton

Geo Montomery, Benton

John Joy, Benton

T. A, Nicholson, Williams

Mart Bingett, Williams

T. D. Eudaley, Williams


Wayne County Journal, December 26, 1907

A Fredericktown Slayer Escapes

From Globe-Democrat

Steve Morris shot and killed Mike Pabst a laborer, employed at the Madison Lead Company plant, December 19, and opened fire on the city marshal, who attempted his arrest a shot time later.  He escaped into the woods.  A possee, after an all night search, failed to locate Morris.

Papst was shot as he emerged from the shafthouse.  One bullet took affect in Papst’s head and another in his left side.  Morris then stooped over his victim and sent a bullet through his heart.