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Meigs County News For The Year 1878

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Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio January 3, 1878
Meigs Mr. Harry Evans was married to Miss Amelia Moore, "the belle of Pomeroy," on Sunday evening of last week. A Mrs. Black, who was also colored, naturally, dropped dead in her door yard in Pomeroy one day last week. Heart disease. Mr. Isaac Bradfield, who retires from the position of jailor on the 7th inst., has had, while acting in that capacity, 1,560 prisoners under his charge. A man named Walker got a severe cut across the face by a knife in the hands of one Martin during a dance at a house of ill repute in Middleport on Christmas night. Two tramps giving their names as Rudoph Grumbach and Charles Melford, were arrested at Pomeroy on Saturday, for stealing a horse from Ransom Hoving, of Scipio Township last week. They were bound over to Court and sent to jail. A shooting and cutting affray, says the Middleport Herald, occurred on last Saturday, back of West Columbia, between John Van Metre and Strand Hinkle, in which Van Metre was stabbed twice and Hinkle was shot. Neither are regarded as dangerously wounded, and were alive at last accounts. The Pomeroy fire department failed to render assistance during the recent disastrous fire in Middleport because neither the chief nor assistant engineers heard the alarm and the Pomeroy Telegraph says: "This shows that our Fire Department at present is inefficient, and can not be depended on and there is great dissatisfaction among our citizens in consequence." [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio January 10, 1878
Meigs The Probate Court, of this county, issued 304 marriage licenses during the year 1877. A brace of horse thieves are in jail at Pomeroy for the recent theft of an animal from the stable of Ransom Haning, near Pagetown. The Telegraph of Wednesday, last says: William McIntyre, one of the first settlers and oldest citizens of Pomeroy, died in the First Ward this morning. On the 7th inst., Capt. J. C. McElroy, late sheriff of this county, retired from office. With reference to which the Telegraph says: "he was a faithful and efficient officer." The body of Timothy Sullivan, a tinner of Middleport, who disappeared from his home about seven weeks since, was discovered in the water at the docks at the point on Sunday morning of last week. Whisky. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio January 17, 1878
Meigs Burglars have lately been quite active in Middleport. Mr. Hamilton McCarty, who leaves a widow and six grown children, died at his home in Dexter on the 7th inst. The clothing house of M. Frank, in Duttenhofler's Block, at Middleport, was robbed on Tuesday night of last week, of ten dollars and a considerable amount of clothing. The store of B. Kay & Son, of Racine, was burglarized on the night of the 3d inst., the safe blown open and five hundred dollars in cash, and fifteen hundred dollars in promissory notes due the firm stolen. Chas. Townsend, who was educated at the Ohio Asylum for the Bind, has started a broom factory on the farm of H.C. Maguire, in Pleasant township, he having learnt the trade of broom making in the Asylum. The Pomeroy correspondent of the Middleport Republican says: Mrs. A. D. Brown has gone to New Orleans, where her husband, A. D. Brown, Esq., is stationed as agent for Chess, Carley & Co., the great oil refiners of Louisville, KY. James Jenkinson, Esq., who is ninety-seven years old, says the Middleport Herald, recently walked from his home near the Fair Ground to Capt. Joe Martin's house, in the lower part of town, a distance of about seven miles. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio January 24, 1878
Meigs Pomeroy has purchased a team of horses for its fire engine. Mr. Ira Persol, an old and respect citizen of Dexter, died recently. The first salt made in Meigs county, from deep wells, was at Pomeroy, in 1851. A Jordon, of Pomeroy, is this week closing out this stock of goods there at auction. Dr. T. Curtis Smith and family, of Middleport, have removed to Aurora, Indiana. James Lynch, of Salem, lost two valuable horses lately, supposed to have been poisoned. A protracted meeting is now in progress at the Chester charge, conducted by Rev. J. L Durant, pastor. John Groghan, Jr., of Pomeroy, who died of consumption, was buried on Thursday last by the order of Forresters. The session of Common Pleas of this county began on Tuesday morning of last week, Judge Knowles on the bench. Mr. A. P. Deem, landlord of the Gibson House of this city, says the Pomeroy Telegraph, died last Sunday morning shortly before 10 o'clock, of asthma. Mr. William Bailey, an old and highly respected citizen, died at his residence in Salisbury township, on the 8th day of January, in the 69 years of his age. The Middleport Republican says; The Nye Farm below town, and the Nye property in town, were bid in by the Insurance Companies which held the mortgages. Bryant Kay & Son's Store at Racine, was recently burglarized, the safe broken open and five hundred dollars in cash, and nearly two thousand dollars in notes stolen. No clue. The first death in Rutland township in 1878 was Mr. Hamilton McCarty, on the 7th inst. Mr. McCarty was 62 years old, and was born within about one mile of where he died. About one hundred fifty dollars worth of goods stolen from the store of M. Frank, of Middleport, recently, were found by Mrs. Williamson in her barn at the foot of Ingles Hill, on the Chester road. Mr. Robt. Partlow, of Chester, met with a serious accident while out hunting recently. In the act of shooting an overloaded gun, the breech-pin blew out and his face and eyes were severely burned, and his forehead cut to the skull in several places. The two parties, Rudulph Grumbach and Chas. Milford, who were arrested at Pomeroy on Saturday, December 29th, for stealing a horse from Ransom Haning of Scipio township, and on whose persons were found a large number of postage stamps, are suspected of being the parties, who, on the night of November 18th, entered the store and postoffice of H. E. Kelsey at Grafton, Ohio, and fatally shot a young man named Chas. E. Allen. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio January 31, 1878
Meigs John Headly, of Middleport, aged 15, weights 205 pounds. A the late delinquent tax sale at Pomeroy, 161 pieces of real estate were sold. Mrs. Calb, a German lady, of Pomeroy, aged 71, recently died suddenly of apoplexy. Mr. Robt. Burnell, of Middleport, died of consumption in that place on Friday afternoon last. Mrs. Julia Parker living in Salisbury township on Thomas's Fork, died January ? ???? ??? the year 70th of her age. A tumor, described as being "as large over as a butter plate," was recently successful removed from the shoulder and back of Mr. B. F. Price, of Rutland township. The suit of Mrs. Schreiber against the city of Pomeroy, for damages for injuries done her property by the cutting down of the streets resulted in a verdict of $1,150 for plaintiff. The Middleport Herald says: We regret to hear that Rev. C. P. Maples is not better, but rather worse. He even did not recognize his wife, when she visited him at the Athens Asylum. The protracted meeting, conducted by Rev. Ricketts, at the M. E. church, Harrisonville, closed the evening of the 20th inst. This series of meetings has been productive of much good. Upward of thirty persons were converted and thirty-seven joined. -- Methodism was never before as strong in Harrisonvelle as now. The laboring men of Pomeroy and Middleport are indignant at the attempt of Hon. John Seits, of Sencca county, for introducing a bill for the abolition of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And an indignation meeting was expected to be held in the place last above named, to give Mr. Seits the feeling of the people of the Ohio Valley. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio February 7, 1878
Meigs Pomeroy is holding railroad mass meetings. Long Bottom is grieving over its first saloon. Racine is about to have a temperance drug store. New Lima and Rutland are about to have a telephone. Dr. W. C. Cline, of Wilksville, slaughtered a hog recently, that weighted 800 pounds, gross. Lumon Brine, thinking he was shooting a dog, one night recently, killed one of his own hogs. The Pomeroy Marshal, Simms, has been arrested on a charge of assault with intent to kill John L. Moore. Mr. E. Stansbury, of Rutland, has Cotswold lambs ten months old bearing a fine quality of wool ten inches long. George McCarty, an old resident of Salem township, Meigs county, died recently at something over 80 years of age. Mr. Samuel Silverman will soon quit the wholesale liquor business in Pomeroy to engage in the same business in Gallapolis. John Thomas, of Thomas creek, pleaded guilty recently of assault and battery upon an old man named John J. Williams and was fine $9.95. Mr. Robert Burnell, of Middleport, died of pneumonia recently in the 48th year of his age. He was buried by the Odd Fellows, of which order he was a respected member. A large rock, weighing probably fifty tons, slipped down from a high bank against the rear end of the Farmers' Exchange and gave it a terrific jolt doing considerable damage but injuring none of the inmates. Judge Plants delivered a free lecture at the Opera House in Pomeroy, last Sunday, on the subject "The Garden of Eden, together with its rivers, the trees of life, and the knowledge of good and evil, and other scenery." Mr. F. F. Flectcher sued the city of Pomeroy for alleged violation of contract, in not allowing him to put stone on the Front street of the city and was awarded damages to the amount of $2,755. The city moves for a new trail. "Long John" Hysell, who lives "over on the creek," obtained coffee recently from the trustees on the representation of having a suffering family and immediately traded it for whisky. One of the trustees had the saloon keeper, who traded him the whisky, arrested but failed to make a case against him and he was discharged. Racine has a case of forgery. Ross Gallespie alias Johnson, bought a suit of clothes of W. A. Ellis & Co., and before dealing further presented in payment an order for $28, alleged to have been given him by John W. Williamson, of Great Bend, Ohio. It was pronounced a forgery, and he was arrested and in default of $300 bail was committed to jail. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio February 14, 1878
Meigs A paved street between Middleport and Pomeroy is proposed. Mrs. A. D. Brown, of Pomeroy, recently returned from a six week trip to New Orleans. After an illness of some three months Rev. I. Z. Haning resumed preaching at Rutland on Sunday of last week. David Caster, of Columbia, had his wrist badly damaged, recently, by a horse jamming him against the side of a stall. Wm. P. Osborn, late proprietor of the News Depot and Adams Express Agt., at Pomeroy recently died of consumption. An accession of 63 members to the church at De Witt's Run is the result of recent evangelical labors of Rev. Alberts, of Letart. Alpheus Frost and Sarah J. Shumway, of Bedford ???? finally married one day ??? ????, after a protracted courtship of twenty-five years. Mrs. Halsey, wife of Sidney Halsey, of Orange, is now in jail charged with burning a mill belonging to her husband. She is Mr. Halsey's third wife. E. F. Hunt, a leg artist, who last week undertook to walk 200 miles in 200 consecutive hours at Pomeroy, walked the 13th mile in seven minutes. The wife of Dr. J. H. Jones, druggist of this city, says the Pomeroy Telegraph of the 6th inst., died suddenly of heart disease on Friday morning of last week. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio February 21, 1878
Meigs Wm. Slusber went to the penitentiary for one year from this county last week for obtaining money on false pretense. An old frame house, belonging to Mr. D. A. Smith, near his residence, just beyond Beech Grove Cemetery, was burned down recently. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio February 28, 1878
Meigs During 1878, there has been but one death, and one wedding, in Rutland township. The M.E. congregation at Letart worshiped in their new church on last Sunday, for the first time. The store of E. Paden, at Plants, was recently burglarized and about $30 worth of goods stolen. Mr. James Simmons, of Middleport, lost an interesting little son, aged two years, by lung fever, on Sunday of last week. Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. Black, both aged ladies, of Rutland township, are recovering from severe attacks of illness. The father of ex-Mayor J. J. White, of Middleport, died recently, at his residence near Portland, this county, aged over eighty years. Mrs. Samuel Bradbury, of Middleport, was lying very low at the close of the week with an attack of inflammation of the bowels. At the close of religious services at Union Hill one day last week Andy Roberts attacked Peter Pery ri ot poker, slightly fracturing his skull, Perry being colored, the blow must have been a severe one to have had that effect. Rev. S. P. Carlton, the eminent Universalist divine, preached in the Universalist Church of Middleport, on Friday evening last, boldly taking for his text: "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal." Miss Ruth Downard, of this county, aged 54, has been adjudged insane. Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio March 7, 1878
Meigs Dr. B. L. Payne, late of Rutland, has settled professionally in Lincoln, Nebraska. Mr. Wm. Lindsey, is now carrying the mail daily between Athens and Pomeroy. Oscar A. Hogue, Rutland, accidentally took a dose of Carbolic Acid, supposing it to be cough syrup. Benjamin F. Rutherford, who once resided in Rutland, taught school there, died in the State of Kansas, Jan 31st, 1878, aged 46 years. John W. Eakin, Esq., late of the law firm of Nash & Eakin, has gone to Springfield, Ill., to engage in the practice of his profession. Recently a remarkably interesting series of meetings have been held at Hanesville, this couty, by Rev. J. Hall, with most happy results. Mr. J. Volney Bing, formerly of Cheshire, in this county, is reported as lying very low at his home in Fairfield, Ill. His wife died some days since. Mrs. Judge Stanbery, says the Pomeroy Telegraph, is the only lady, so far, who has subscribed to the railroad. She has subscribed $100, and will be glad to pay it as soon as the road is built. Three aged persons died the same house at Portland this county, last month within the space of weeks, viz: Joseph White, aged nearly 82, Mrs. White his venerable wife and Mrs. Mary Bloomfield, aged 61. Miss Mamie Culp, age 18, Middleport, died one day last week at Cairo, Ill., where she was visiting friends. -- The Republican says: Mamie was a great favorite here, was loved by all, and her untimely death, created the deepest sorrow. George Baum has been bound over to answer in the Probate Court of this county for disturbing religious service. The particulars are that Rev. August Merkel, Pastor of the German Evangelical Protestant Church of Peace of Pomeroy in his discourse on a recent Sunday took occasion to read his flock a lecture because of the dilatoriness in paying him his salary, at the conclusion of his sermon, Mr. Baum, who is a Trustee of the church, took the floor with the remark that he "had something to say," and preceded to say it in a strain that severely reflected on his Pastor's conduct -- hence the invocation of the law. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio March 14, 1878
Meigs Mrs. Abel Thomas, aged 75, of Rutland, was last week lying dangerously ill of typhoid pneumonia. Dr. Stanley performed, March 3, paraccntccais abdominalis on Thomas Moalder, residing above Langsville, and drew off two and a half galloon of water. Mr. Erastus H. Coleman, of the firm Craig & Coleman, merchants, at Chester, died Wednesday morning of last week, of cerebro meningitis or spotted fever. The bodies of Sayre and Parr, the two young men recently drowned at Readville, had not been found when the last issue of the Pomeroy Telegraph went to press. The Pomeroy Telegraph says; A son of Mr. Lippert, who lives on Sugar Run, while sleep-walking last Monday night, fell out of a second story window to the ground. He was pretty badly bruised. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio March 21, 1878
Meigs Maggie Neff, aged 16, from Middleport, was sent to the Hospital for the Insane one day last week. Sam'l Gilmore, aged 83, and Mrs. Ann Thomas, aged 75, are recent deaths of Rutland township. A frame dwelling house on Ingles hill on the Chester road, belonging to Mr. V. B. Horton, and occupied by one of his tenants, was burned Sunday of last week. Mr. Solomon Bush, of Racine, returned from California, to see his aged mother and brothers and sister, lately, after an absence of twenty-five years. Wm. Applegate, Jr. recently made an almost miraculous escape from instant death by an accident at a steam stave mill near Racine one day last week; as it is, he will lose a foot. Mrs. Rebecca Halsey, of Orange township, lately confined in the jail of this county on the charge of arson, has been adjudged insane and sent to the Athens hospital for the insane. The miners at Antiquity, says a correspondent, came out last week, demanding some kind of pay for their labor, as they were not paid in cash, bread or meat. They were promised better arrangements, and have gone in again. Miss Rachel Kossuth, says the Pomeroy Telegraph, a young lady about 19 years of age died in the Fourth ward. She had been employed in the Middleport woolen mill, and the other operatives attended the funeral yesterday in a body. A change of venue from Gallia to this county has been obtained in the case of the State vs Jas. W. Erwin indicted for murder in the first degree. The case was tried twice in Gallia county, and the jury each time brought in a verdict of murder in the second degree. The Court, however, seemed to think this verdict too severe a judgment, and each time granted a new trail. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio March 28, 1878
Meigs Miss Eunice Nobles, an aged resident of Rutland township, died on the 17th inst. Benj. F. Sheets, of Middleport, has been appointed a guard in the Penitentiary. On the 15th inst., to Mr. and Mrs. Hysell, of Rutland, twin girls, weight five pounds each. Cyrus Balch, aged 60, residing near the township line of Rutland and Salisbury townships, died on the 10th inst. The body of Owen Parr, who with Charley Sayre, was drowned above Reedville, some weeks ago, was found at Murrayville recently. The Middleport Republican says: Mrs. Susana Saul, of this village, showed us a pair of slippers, well preserved, made of morocco, that are 110 years old. On Saturday, Miss Ella Wilson, a Syracuse music-teacher employed at Dunlap & Co.'s at Pomeroy, severely burned her hands and arms cleaning kid gloves with benzine. The gloves ignited on her hands while she was early three feet from the fire. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio April 4, 1878
Meigs Two children of Jas. McKnight of Longsville, came near dying recently from eating polk root. A considerable number of the farmers of Rutland township will removed West as soon as they can sell their farms. Martin Hayes, Esq., a well known lawyer of Pomeroy, was found dead on the streets of that town, Wednesday morning. Mr. Thos. Williams an old and respected citizen of Pomeroy, died Tuesday evening of last week, in the 65 year of his age. John J. Williams' dwelling, on Main Ave., Pomeroy, burned at one o'clock Friday morning. The house and contents are complete loss -- $600. Insured for $300. It was the work of an incendiary. The Middleport Herald says: During the closing services at the Presbyterian Church last Sunday morning R. R. Hudson was stricken with congestive apoplexy. He was unconscious for several minutes. As soon as he was able to be removed he was conveyed home, and has been confined to the house since although convalescent. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio April 11, 1878
Meigs Mr. Francis Hysell, of Rutland township, aged 84, died quite suddenly, lately. Hon. O. B. Chapman and family of Pomeroy arrived home Thursday night from their Eastern trip. The young Germans of Pomeroy are about organizing some sort of a club to amuse themselves on Sundays. Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Downing, of Middleport, celebrated their wooden wedding on Wednesday evening of last week. Adam Darling's tailor shop, at Pomeroy, was recently burglarized. One who would rob a man with such a name would do anything. The Middleport Republican says: Hudson Bros. Co.'s store was closed on Wednesday afternoon last, owing to some financial entanglements. It is hoped their affairs may soon be straightened out, and the firm resume business. A Pomeroy correspondent says: Owing to the crowded condition of the schools, our education board have enforced the law which fixes six years as the minimum age for admission, and by that means thinned out the youth somewhat. An old two story frame dwelling house, belonging to John J. Williams, on the Union Avenue road, near Pomeroy, was burned recently. There was not much in it, but all was destroyed. Mr. Williams, who was alone in the house, barely escaped with his life. Of the recent tragic death of Martin Hays, Esq., brief mention of which was made in last weeks' Messenger, the Pomeroy Telegraph says; He had evidently stumbled and fallen heavily, at full length, across the gutter, which is about three feet deep, his face striking the opposite edge and his body sinking down into it, causing the dislocation of his neck. His death must have been immediate. He had been drinking considerably during the evening and is supposed to have been intoxicated at the time. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio April 18, 1878
Meigs Judge Plants has resumed the practice of law at Logan. A post-office has been established at Antiquity in this county. The Pomeroy Rolling mill is running night and day and has been, for some weeks. There is now in course of erection a block of fine brick buildings on the corner of Mill and Second streets Middleport. W. G. Russell, Charles T. Hays (son of the late Martin Hays), and J. P. Wood were lately admitted to the bar in Pomeroy. The largely attended wooden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Downing, of Middleport, was a recent social event there. Early on Tuesday morning of last week, a portable sawmill belonging to McHaffie & Smith, on the lands of Seth Paine, about 2 1/2 miles from the village of Rutland, was burned and totally destroyed. Loss estimated at $1,500. A little child living with its Grandfather, G. W. Cooley, near Pleasanton, slipped and fell on the floor, which was wet from scrubbing, a few days ago, breaking its thigh bone. -- We learn that the accident happened about the middle of the afternoon, and Dr. E.M. Bean being away from home, the limb was not set till a late hour at night when the services of Dr. J. O. Clark, of Pagetown, was secured. -- Albany Echo. The District Court adjourned at Pomeroy on Friday. It is said to have been the most important session held in this county. The famous Parr will case, involving the validity of the will of Hamilton Parr, was decided by the jury setting aside the will. The case has been in Court since 1875, and was fought at every step with great pertinacity. The will, as made, cut off four small children of the testator by the second wife, under the influence of mental incapacity, as claimed. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio April 25, 1878
Meigs The wife of John Jacobs, of Pomeroy, died quite suddenly on Monday afternoon of last week. The Middleport Republican says: R. R. Hudson, Esq., appears somewhat paler and thinner from the effects of his recent attack, but we hope he will weather it through. On Sunday morning, of last week, the grocery and feed store of Nicholas Beugel, in Pomeroy, was entered by burglars from the rear and a quantity of candies, tobacco and cigars stolen. The thieves, Henry Carter and Ed. McGillery, both colored, were subsequently arrested and most of the property recovered. The Pomeroy Telegraph says: Chas. Day, aged about 11 years, son of window Day, who lives near Tupper's Plains, on Tuesday of last week, raised the hammer of a rifle with his foot and blew into the muzzle to see if it was loaded. His foot slipped and the gun was discharged, with the usual result. The ball passed through his tongue and out the back of his head, killing him instantly. It is well known that the tail of a snake doesn't die until sometime after the other portion of the body is defunct, and the probability is that it keeps on growing in the meantime. In seeming confirmation of this theory is the following from the Middleport Republican: Joe Mauck killed a copperhead snake near Zion Church, last week; when he first reported it, the snake was two feet long; the last time he told it, it had increased in length to over five feet. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio May 2, 1878
Meigs A Mrs. Thomas, of Letart, died recently at the remarkable age of 105 years. R. R. Hudson, a well known business man of this county, went into bankruptcy last week. The oil well of Chase & Forrest, of Rutland, is down over one hundred feet, with strong indications of oil. Mrs. Berkes, a young married lady of Pomeroy, has been declared insane and will be sent to the Athens Hospital. Geo. Todd, the veteran landlord, is about to retire from the St. James Hotel, at Middleport, and remove to Portsmouth. Mrs. Mary Jacobs, a married lady of Pomeroy, caused her own death, last week, by attempting to commit an abortion upon herself. Daniel T. Brooks, a merchant of Pagetown, has been bound over to court on a charge of forging the name of the late Martin Hayes, Esq., of Pomeroy, to a receipt for money. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio May 9, 1878
Meigs David Chase has received the appointment of Postmaster at Langsville. Judge Lasley and Judge Plants have formed a partnership for the practice of law. Mr. Isaac Baer, of Pomeroy, is the possessor of a Roman Silver coin nearly 1800 years old. David Saunders, aged 88, is the only surviving tax payer who resided in Rutland township in 1819. Prof. John Trimble, of Kenyon college, recently deceased, was the father of Mrs. Lewis Paine of Pomeroy. Mr. Chas. Sheppard last week retired from the editorship of the Meigs county Herald and is succeeded by a Mr. Wise of Cincinnati. John Grant, Esq., one of the earlier settlers of Rutland township, but now a resident of Greeley, Iowa, celebrated, April 12, his 89th birthday. Mrs. Mary Grimes, (nee McKnight) wife of Ira Grimes of Rutland, died April 26, after a short illness, aged 17. She was married only a few months since. The Rev. William Bower, who has been lately called to the Rectorship of the Episcopal Church in Pomeroy, preached his first sermon there last Sunday. The Pomeroy Telegraph says: Between two and three thousand dollars additional have been subscribed to the railroad since the meeting last week. A Coroners jury in Pomeroy last week rendered a verdict of infanticide against Ella Maginnis and Walter Stivers; the latter was subsequently discharged after a preliminary hearing. Wednesday of last week while Chas. Reed was at work in the clearing of Chas. Guthries, at Stories' Run, he was instantly killed by a log rolling on him. Deceased leaves a wife and two small children. John Greaser, son of Leonard Greaser, of Minersville, eighteen years of age, received fatal injuries in the Minersville bank, by a fall of slate, or a "bell" as the miners call it, from the roof of the mine on Tuesday of last week. A little daughter of Mr. J. Zuspan, of West Columbia, was on Monday last, shot and killed by her sister, aged thirteen who was playing with a pistol. The ball entered the child's forehead and killed her instantly. Didn't know it was loaded, we presume. -- Pomeroy Telegraph. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio May 16, 1878
Meigs Miss Mary Richardson, of Rutland, who has been dangerously ill, is improving. Mr. T. Jefferson Price, an estimable ??????? ?????, Rutland township, aged 57 lately died. Mrs. Phoebe Alkire, wife of Mr. Isaac Alkire, aged forty-one years, recently died at her father's residence in Rutland. The resident of Fred Hysell, of Rutland, was recently burglarized, without, however, involving loss of property. Mr. Benjamin Townsend, who went to California when quite a lad, is back on a visit to old friends in Columbia township. A man named Baum came near drowning one night last week by falling into Monkey Run at Pomeroy, while intoxicated. Mr. J. C. Morris who has been landlord at the Remington House, Pomeroy, for the last three years, has removed to Hot Springs, Arkansas. On Tuesday afternoon, May, 7th, the large two story frame dwelling of Mr. Jabez Benedict, situated about three-fourths of a mile west of the village of Rutland, was entirely consumed by fire. Insured for $1,000. On Tuesday night of last week, Robert Higginbotham, of Middleport, was arrested for drunkenness, and on searching him, some bogus quarters were found in his possession. -- He said he had bought them of John Dennis, of Middleport. Dennis was arrested Wednesday morning and bound over to Court. Dies for manufacturing quarters and nickels were found. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio May 23, 1878
Meigs David, aged 17, son of Elijah Jordan, of Rutland, recently died of consumption. No damage by the frost, says the Pomeroy Telegraph, has been done to the fruit in Meigs county. Conrad Humm and Lucy Schneider, aged 16, are in jail at Pomeroy charged with the recent burglary of the dwelling of Mr. J. L. Ricket at that place. A wild cat, says the Telegraph, has taken up his abode in the rocks of the cliff back of the residence of Judge Plants, and has been feasting upon the Judge's poultry for the past two or three weeks. In the case of Noah Carpenter, recently tried in the Common Pleas of this county for murder, in the second degree, the Jury failed to agree, and a plea of assault and battery by defendant was subsequently accepted by the court and a fine of $100 and costs and 60 days in jail inflicted. Clark Gorby, of Salem township, four years ago, beared the lion in his den by marring his mother-in-law, that he didn't stand up to the scratch a great while is shown by the fact that Mrs. G., No. 2, got a divorce last week on the score of Clark's willful, and no doubt willing, absence for over three years. Colonel John Clarkson, lessee of the Crescent Coal and Salt Works at West Columbia, recently, called upon one of his clerks, named Frank Williams, to shoot a colored steam-boat hand who had incensed him by rolling a barrel of salt through a pool of water white in the act of loading on the boat, the shooting was accordingly deliberately and artistically done, the ball entering a lung of the colored man; and now the shooter and the instigator are both under bonds to answer at court for the villainous outrage. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio May 30, 1878
Meigs Jonas McGraw, a young resident of Antiquity, as a result of injury to his led by accidentally setting on a corn cutter several months since, underwent amputation of the injured limb last week and died during the operation, it is supposed from the effects of the chloraform that had been administered to him. Valentine Duttenhoffer, who was last week convicted and sentenced to the Penitentiary from this county for one year, for purjury, continues in jail at Pomeroy awaiting the result of application to the Supreme Court for a new trail. Judge Bradbury in pronouncing sentence said he made it as light as the law permitted as he had doubt of the defendant's guilt. The latter, until recently, was a merchant at Pomeroy and was much esteemed. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio June 6, 1878
Meigs Mrs. Lucinda Cook, formerly of Middleport, died recently. In Rutland township 241 dogs were listed at $50 by the assessor in his late official rounds. Homer Coe, of Racine, while recently handling a revolver shot away a portion of one of his hands. Four pairs of twins were born in Rutland township during the year ending with the 31st of March. Thos. Phillips, a young resident of Minersville died quite suddenly one day last week of a spinal affection. Henry Feiger, a blacksmith at the Pomeroy rolling-mill was recently fatally injured by a piece of iron of several hundred weight falling upon him. A young man named Gerry, who lives near Middleport, recently had a foot badly mangled by a buzz saw accident. Mrs. Ellen Greenlee, of Leon, West Virginia, formerly Mrs. Ellen Dunlap, of Middleport, died at her home, on Sunday, May 26th. George R. Gillespie, Henry Carter and Edward McGillery, were recently sentenced to the Penitentiary from the county for various crimes. Jas. Graves and Robt. Wilson, were arrested at Pomeroy last week for the recent burglary of the drug store of A. J. McCann at Bellville, West Va. On the 24th ult., Mrs. Nancy a. Phillips, wife of Jacob Phillips, of Pomeroy, died very suddenly and unexpectedly of suffocation caused by a sudden congestion of the lungs. A pair of wrens have built a nest among the branches of a pot vine in the parlor of Mrs. J. J. Petrel at Racine and the female has laid therein the usual number of eggs and gone to hatching. The Pomeroy Telegraph says: Major A. F. McCown and L. H. Lee, Esq., have in their possession each a Roman coin, both of which are about 1600 years old, as they were struck during the reign of Aurelian, who flourished about A.D. 270 [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio June 13, 1878
Meigs Madison Cline, a prominent farmer of Columbia township, recently made an assignment. Richard Robinson, who moved to Clifton some two years ago, has again become a citizen of Middleport. N. Stansbury, of Rutland, last week, entered upon his duties as superintendent of the Infirmary of this county. We omitted last week to notice that Mr. George Wise has succeeded to the proprietorship and editorship of the Middleport Herald. Mrs. Frances Coleman, aged 31, daughter of Sheriff Warren, of Pomeroy, died on the 31st ult. at the residence of her father. On Saturday at Clifton, opposite Middleport, Michael Young was instantly killed by the falling of Sandstone in a coal bank. A rattlesnake four feet in length and having thirteen rattles was killed one day last week on the farm of F. C. Russell in Bedford township. Dr. Stanley performed paracentesis of the ovarian cysts on Alla Wonzo, aged fifteen years, of Rutland, and drew off twenty-five pounds of fluid. Cyrus Shenefield, a member of the ??nd regiment during the war for the suppression of the rebellion, lately died at his home in Columbia township. A farmer, of Side Hill, named Nelson Beckly, was recently seriously injured by the butt of a sheep which he was shearing, a number of broken ribs being among his injuries. In referring to the recent death of R. E. Behan, of Middleport the Republican says: He had everything to live for -- youth position, an interesting family, and all that heart could wish; yet nothing could avert the terrible disease which prostrated him, and he was compelled to yield all to death." [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio June 20, 1878
Meigs Whooping-cough is epidemic in and around Antiquity. Hon. J. L. Carpenter, member of the Legislature, is sick at his residence of Columbia township. Miss Helen Schwartz, of Pomeroy, while recently in the act of adjusting a clothes lines, fell and broke an arm. The oldest brick dwelling now standing in Rutland township is the Parker house, built in the years of 1822 and 1823. A Rutland correspondent says: Mr. Jabez Benedict has contracted with Mr. Miles Moore to make him 100,000 brick with which to build a new house in place of the one recently burned. Mr. Moore has commenced on the job at once. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio June 27, 1878
Meigs Miss Lucinda Rupe, aged 14, lately died at the residence of her mother in Rutland township, of consumption. An unsuccessful attempt on the part of the prisoners confined therein was recently made to break jail at Pomeroy. Robert Jones, a young miner, recently had his left leg broken below the knee by the fall of slate in E. Williams coal bank at Minersville. A considerable riot, says the Pomeroy Telegraph, occurred in front of a Front street saloon in that city on Saturday night, 15th inst. No one seriously hurt. A very large assembly of old and young of both sexes recently met at the residence of Mr. H. H. Brown, on Tupper's Plains to befittingly celebrate his birthday and wooden wedding. H. M. Smith of Middleport has been bound over to Court to answer a charge of embezzlement for refusing to give up the stakes of an election bet which were deposited in his hands. Mr. Ebenezer Williams, so long and extensively engaged in the coal business, at Minersville, made an assignment of his property on Wednesday of last week for the benefit of his creditors. The farm residence of Mrs. Elizabeth Heaton, situated in the southeastern corner of Bedford township, was burned to the ground, together with all its contents, on the night of the 14th inst. A Rutland correspondent of the Middleport Republican makes a gloomy representation of the condition of the Infirmary building of this county. From what he says, the dilapidated structure is wholly unsuited for the occupancy of the unfortunates that crowd it. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio July 4, 1878
Meigs Isaac Forrest, of Rutland township, had his wheat cut, the ground plowed, and planted to corn last week. Mrs. Ella Rice has leased the Continental Hotel, at Middleport, and was to have taken possession on the 1st. Mr. Charles B. Heaton, of Chester township, died at his residence Sunday evening of last week, of dropsy, aged 47. The house of Hiram Edmunson, of Salem, during the absence of the family, was recently entered and rummaged by thieving tramps. Charles R. Pomeroy, son of the founder of the City of Pomeroy, died Friday morning, at two o'clock in that city, aged seventy. He had been suffering for yours with paralysis. A Rutland correspondent says: Mr. A. J. Lasley caught a tortoise on his farm recently, with the initials, "A. J. L. 1838," on its back, that Mr. Lasley cut with his knife the year of the date. Mr. Lasley says the same tortoise has been found within three hundred yards of the same spot as every four or five years since that date. Mr. G. W. Cooper, aged 61, died at his residence, in Middleport, on Tuesday of last week. The Republican says: Mr. Cooper has long been one of the foremost citizens of Meigs county, taking an active part in public affairs, in religion, education, politics, and other matters, and generally on the right side. He was widely known, and perhaps had not an enemy in the county. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio July 11, 1878
Meigs Mr. Robt G. Wells, of Scipio, recently had an arm broken by the upsetting of his buggy. Last Sunday was the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the German Evangelical Protestant St. John's Church of Pomeroy. The body of a colored man was recently found in the river at Long Bottom with a shackle on his right ankle. The body was not recognized. A child of Wm. McCumber, near Grimes's mill, Rutland township, while playing in the door yard, recently was bitten by a copperhead. Thos. Moulder, living near Longsville, last week had the 17th operation performed on him for dropsy, his physician drawing two gallons of water from him. The funeral services of Mrs. Jane Karr, of Middleport, who died Saturday 29th ult., in her eighty-third year took place at the Universalist church there on the 1st inst. Deceased was one of Meigs county's earliest pioneers. Valentine Duttenhoffer, a former merchant of Pomeroy, who was convicted at the late Common Pleas of this county of inserting the words "with interest at $ per cent." in a promissory note and sentenced to one year in the penitentiary has been granted a new trial by the Supreme Court on a writ of error. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio July 18, 1878
Meigs There were six prisoners in the jail of this county at the close of the week. The remaining twin child of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Hysell of Rutland, is dead. Andrew Wise of Rutland, was lately seriously injured by a fall of slate in a coal-bank. Several attempts, it is said, was lately made to set the Pomeroy Rolling Mill on fire. Mr. Otho Giles, of Rutland, was married on the 4th to Miss Mary Wil????, daughter of Biddle Lyle. The five year old daughter of Henry Pirde, of Pomeroy, fell from a pile of lumber one day last week and broke an arm. The Telegraph says: Meigs County is entitled to thirty-five representatives in the Asylum at Athens, and has for forty-nine. The house of Mrs. Young, of Syracuse, was struck by lightning on Sunday afternoon of last week, damaging several rooms. Hon. V. B. Horton, says the Middleport Republican, never was beaten when he run for Congress; and it don't lay in Tom Ewing's boot to do it now. A Rutland correspondent says: A large oak tree, a "land mark" in the place between G. B. and Isaac Forrest's was demolished by lightning, Sunday afternoon. The dwelling of Wilson G. Giles, Esq., of Rutland was recently struck by lightning, instantly killing John B. McCormick aged 15, and seriously injuring Otho Giles and Miss Lillie Chase who were standing by his aide. A Pomeroy correspondent under date of Thursday last says: Martin Buher, a barber, living at Pomeroy, hung himself this morning, back of Minersville, he made a rope of his coat sleeves, and was found dead suspended from a tree limb, his feet being near the ground. His wife died a short time ago, and mental aberration is supposed to have prompted the act. He left five very interesting children. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio July 25, 1878
Meigs Meigs county fair, at Pomeroy, Sept., 19 and 20. There were last week sixty inmates in the Infirmary of this county. J. N. Rathburn, of Rutland, raised 20 bushels of wheat from one-half acre. W.H. Stevens, of Longsville, has some 700 bearing trees loaded with excellent fruit. Misses Hart and Vincent, of Pomeroy, doing business as milliners, have made assignment for the benefit of creditors. Mrs. John P. Stout, living near Chester, met with a painful accident one day last week, by fainting and falling down stairs. The Annual meeting of the Meigs County Pioneer Society will be held at the Presbyterian Church, in Middleport, on Thursday, August 8. Col. Wilson, of Athens says the Pomeroy Telegraph, is furnishing more grave-stones for the Rutland Cemetery. A nice set is being put up at the grave of Joseph Magoon. The Middleport Herald says: There are rumors afloat that work on the railroad is progressing this side of Jackson, and that it is the intention of the parties interested to have a train of cars in Middleport before Christmas. Mr. George Downing, an esteemed pioneer of this county in his 78th year, died on the 12th inst, at his late residence in Scipio township. The Pomeroy Telegraph says of him: It is related of him that in Zanesville, which only 18 years of age, he lifted a large iron wheel weighing 2, 200 pounds, In Athens, once he pulled a lifting machine apart, much to the chagrin and loss of the owner, who would persist in his testing his strength. In the vigor of manhood, at McArthur, he lifted on side of a fly-wheel weighing 6,000 pounds ? tons. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio August 8, 1878
Meigs Wheat at the Middleport Mills, last week, eighty cents per bushel. Dr. Jones druggist, of Pomeroy, made an asignment on Saturday. Mrs. Elizabeth wife of James G. Maguire, died on the 25th ult., in Pomeroy. Mote Washington, colored, is in jail at Pomeroy, to answer a charge of burglary. Peter Bottenus, merchant tailor, of Middleport, made an asignment one day last week. Mrs. Lydia Price, residing above New Lima was dangerously ill last week from sun-stroke. L. D. Skeel's residence, in Middleport, was recently burglarized and a stock of flour and other articles stolen. The Sugar Run Salt Furnace was sold on the 27th ult., by J. C. McElroy, Receiver, to the Pomeroy Salt Company, for $10,100. What proved to be a remunerative visit was recently made to Rev. B. W. Mason, pastor of the U.B. Church in the Nease settlement. Jas. Black, a Gallipolis gambler shot Chas. Collins in the leg the other day in a Pomeroy saloon because the latter refused to drink with him. Whisky. The celebration on the 25th ult. of the china wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. V. Lasher of Pomeroy, was the occasion of a large assemblage of the friends of the couple. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio August 15, 1878
Meigs At Letart the selection of teacher for the public schools is determined by lot. Mr. Elijah Grover, residing between Rutland and Kygerville, died at the close of last month. Mrs. Hannah Moore, of Middleport, has for some months been dangerously ill with heart disease. Aaron Biggs was recently seriously injured by a threshing machine accident in Lebanon township. Miss Eliza Winn, of Rutland, who some time since went to Kansas to teach, was lately dangerously ill with typhoid fever. Chas. B. Zehler and his son, of Pomeroy, were both killed by the recent explosion of the steamer Brilliant near Gallipolis. Martin Dye, Jr., a farmer near Harrisonville, died one day last week, form the effects of a sunstroke sustained about a year since. A Rutland correspondent says: the weather for the past two weeks has been very favorable for the growing corn, and the crop looks well. Lewis Caster, of Columbia township, recently, had his right leg broken between the knee and ankle, while rolling logs on his farm. Dr. David Lasley raised 281 bushels and 17 pounds of wheat on seven acres of land, in Cheshire Bottom, says the Meigs County Republican. Jas. Park, living in the northern part of Lebanon township, was recently dangerously injured by slipping from a load of hay and impaling himself on a pin of the rack. Mr. G. W. Sample, formerly of Middleport, and a very worthy man, was burned out by the recent heavy fire in Cattletsburg, Kentucky, losing all his household goods and clothing. The Middleport Republican says: Snowden & Bro. made arrangements last week by which they were released from their financial difficulties, their goods were restored, and now William Snowden is going ahead at the old stand as usual. The Pomeroy Telegraph says: The impeachment trail of the Marshal was begun on last Wednesday night and is to be resumed next Monday night. The charge against him was for collecting illegal fees and extorting money by threats under color of his office. The Marshal for reply puts in a general denial. One day last week, says a Rutland correspondent, a large black snake, measuring over five feet, came slipping into the parlor of Mr. W. R. Bailey. It went past the little daughter of Mr. Bailey, that was sitting nearly in the open door. His snakeship slid under the bed but Mrs. Bailey, with a farm hoe, soon put an end to his visit. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio August 22, 1878
Meigs Ira Wood, a prominent farmer of Columbia township, made an assignment one day last week. Hon. H. B. Smith, of Pomeroy was last week elected President of the Pioneer Association of this county. Mrs. Sarah A. Barton, of Rutland, has four quilts, the work of her own hands, which together contain 19,910 pieces. Mr. Reuben Hockins, of Rutland township, shows a lusus nature in the shape of a rye straw with two perfect heads'. Capt. Sam. DeWolf, of Sutton township, has filed a voluntary petition in bankruptcy in the United States District Court. The colored Odd Fellows of Middleport will have a celebration, procession and oration, on the 12th day of September. A recent series of meetings at the church at Grass Run, Rutland township, has resulted in a number of additions to the membership. A Rutland correspondent says: Alex. Hogue, Esq., has a colony of honey bees, only yearlings, that have made 155 pounds of honey this season, besides plenty to winter on. A man of the wierd name of Smith, the driver of the Pomeroy brewery wagon had one of his legs broken on Tuesday evening of last week, by his team running away and throwing him out. Homer Odell, aged 15, employed in the Pomeroy Woolen Mill was seriously injured one day last week by having his arm caught in the belt of the machinery and carried between cog wheels. The residence of Mr. Jas. Martin, a mile north of Pomeroy was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning of last week. Two of the children barely escaped from the flames with their lives, without a rag of clothing, except what they were sleeping in. Old Rutland, says a correspondent, is one of the best little burgs you can scare up anywhere. There are about one hundred and fifty inhabitants, and a more civil set you never saw, and they can trout out more doctors and lawyers than any other place of the same size. Rev. C. P. Maples, late rector of the Episcopal Church at Pomeroy and for months an inmate of the Athens Hospital for the Insane, has been removed by his brother-in-law, Dr. Gardner, to the East, where he will receive the aid and care of friendly hands and hearts. The dwelling of Hon. (Rev.) T. A. Welch, in Scipio township, was destroyed by fire, on Tuesday morning of last week with all its contents, including a valuable library. The men folks were over a hill threshing at the time the fire was discovered, and by the time they came to the house is was beyond control. The fire was first discovered in the upper part of the building. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio August 29, 1878
Meigs Rutland township is pledged for ??? majority for V. B. Horton. Eight prisoners in the jail of this county at the close of the week. The nomination of Hon. V. B. Horton is received with the most unbounded enthusiasm in this county. The loss by the recent burning of Rev. T. A. Welsh's house in Scipio township, was 5,000, insured for $2,000. The 75th birthday of Mr. Amos Stevens of Rutland, was celebrated on the 15 inst., by a large family reunion. Capt. J. W. Matthews and wife will celebrate their Golden Wedding, at Middleport, on the 11th of next month. Wm. K?ehler, of Pomeroy, was one of the number who died on the yellow-fever infected boat that last week was quartered a mile below Gallipolis. The Herald says: The Middleport Woolen Mills are making arrangements to run night and day, on account of the immense amount of orders now in and coming. The flouring and saw mills in this county, which had very generally suspended operations by reason of low water, or rather no water, have been able to resume business since the recent heavy rains. James Day, of Orange township, this county, came to Ohio from Pennsylvania in 1834, at the age of 21 years and was married soon after to Lucy Persons. There has been born unto them 20 children, 18 of whom have grown up, married and raised families. A post-mortem examination at Pomeroy, on Saturday, of the body of Mrs. Collins a milliner of that city, who died, Thursday, after two days illness, revealed the fact that death was produced by an attempted abortion. She had been estranged from her husband for some years until three months ago. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio September 5, 1878
Meigs The elite of Great Bend have formed themselves into a "wagonbed" society. Mrs. Matt and Mrs. Rosanna Oaks of Rutland, left one day last week to join their husbands in Dakota Territory. A man named Davis, a resident of Letart, is under arrest, charged by his own daughter with having had illicit intercourse with her. Miss Callie C. Grant, gave a closing re-union of her musical class at the residence of Hon. H. S. Horton, in Pomeroy on Monday evening. Mr. Morris Bowers, of Tupper's Plains Seminary, has been appointed one of the County Examiners of Teachers, for the term of three years. Grimes & Stansbury recently threshed for Seth Paine, 220 bushels of oaks, and 400 bushels of wheat, making 620 bushels in one day, done by an eight horse machine. Mr. Myron Wells, of Bashan, sold off his personal effects at public sale on Monday, and will shortly remove with his family to Willoughby, Lake County, this State. John R. Davis, of Middleport, a first class engineer, had his license revoked for one year from August 20, for sleeping while on duty on the Steam???? ?anawha No ??. A one and a half story frame house, in the village of Rutland, owned and occupied by Tom Terry, a colored man, was recently struck by lightning, the occupants making a narrow escape with their lives. Hon. V. B. Horton, besides being a successful coal and salt miner, has been quite a successful farmer. He has raised the largest crop of wheat known in the State. Last year he averaged fifty-two bushels of wheat to the acre, and this year forty bushels. He has revolutionized farming in Meigs Country and proven that "high farming" pays. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio September 12, 1878
Meigs Mrs. O. B. Hugg, of Rutland township, has a quilt containing 8,775 pieces. Martin Phillips while lately oiling a threshing machine on the farm of J. M. Black near Rutland had one of his hands severely injured by its getting caught in the cogs. Mr. Horton's age is 73 -- just about that of Ex Governor Allen -- but physically and intellectually he is far the better preserved man of the two. The Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Mathews, of Middleport, was celebrated last evening by a largely attended social party in the hall of Capt. Coe's new building in the place named. The Middleport Republican says: Yellow Fever has vanished from Middleport, and there is no more talk or excitement about it. Our Board of Health and Mayor White acted wisely and well in the mater, and deserve credit for their judgment. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio September 19, 1878
Meigs The Pomeroy Telegraph says: Miss Effie McMorrow, who has had a severe attach of typhoid fever, is convalescing. Rev. Addison Chapin to Mrs. Percie Gates, daughter of the late G. W. Copper of Middleport, was a marriage one day last week. Moses Silverman, of Pomery, did himself credit by raising a liberal cash subscription for the yellow fever sufferers last week. Mrs. Jacob Smith, of Pomeroy Precint, Salisbury township, since recently being operated upon for the dropsy is greatly improving. An infant child, aged 3 weeks, of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Long, of Middleport, was found dead in its crib on Thursday evening of last week. Chas. T. Hays, Esq., a young Attorney of Pomeroy, with Miss Jennie Geiger of that place, was an elopement and marriage on Tuesday last week. Mr. A. P. Thomas, of Ironton, to Miss Lue Simmon, late an employee in the Pomeroy Telegraph office, was a marriage on Monday evening of last week. Mr. James Carr, an old man over 80 years of age, living in the north end of Rutland township, was reported at the close of the week to be in a dying condition. The Nationals have nominated F. F. Smart of this county for Congress. He was until recently a Democrat and will, it is said, be largely supported by members of that party in Meigs. Noble Calhoon, formerly of Middleport, and his wife, nee Miss Hattie Wright, when he married in Rutland something over a year since, both died of yellow fever in Memphis, recently. Mr. John G. Grimes, living near the Side-hill school house in Rutland township, got something over 250 bushels of wheat from 10 1/2 acres of upland. It was the Fautz wheat, and the amount of seed sown was 13 1/3 bushels. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio September 26, 1878
Meigs The voters of Rutland township are very nearly unanimously Republicans. The citizens of Pomeroy have contributed and sent $??? to the yellow fever sufferers. Fifty peaches raised by Mr. Joseph Byrne Jr., of Chester township,. filled a half bushel measure. Mr. Wm. McCumber, of Rutland started, recently, with wagons over land for a home in the West. A young son of Dr. Hysell, of Pomeroy broke an arm one day last week by falling down a hill near that place. C. Huber, a Pomeroy coal dealer, was arrested one day last week for shooting at one John Moore. Whisky. Mr. Samuel Garen, of Pomeroy, was married on the 17th inst., to Miss Hannah Stansbury, of Rutland township. The coal diggers at Rutland have full employment. Coal is selling there at the mines for 2 1/2 cents per bushel. Cephas Chase, of Rutland township was ordained, one day last week, at the meeting on Grass Run, to preach the gospel. The Middleport Republican says: Miss Effie McMorrow has entirely recovered from her late attack of typhoid fever. Albert C., son of A. D. Brown, Esq., of Middleport, was married one day last week to Miss Nina Morrison of Louisville, Ky. Rev. Herman Schmidt, late of the German M.E. Church, of Pomeroy has gone to take charge of a church at Victor, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Ball, of Scipio township, recently celebrated their tin wedding at the residence of Mrs. B's mother in Chester township. One of a party of hunters from the Virginia side, named Powell, was accidentally killed in Rutland township recently by the discharge of his rifle. The dwelling of Mrs. Samantha Browning, at Portland, was, with a large portion of its contents, destroyed by fire one day last week. Insured for $1,000. A father and son, named Frost, recently descended W. W. Thompson's well at Bedford to clean it and being overcome by the damp were drawn out with the windlass by Mrs. Thompson and her two boys so far exhausted that their lives for a while were despaired of. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio October 17, 1878
Meigs Recent Western emigration from New Lima nearly leaves that place a deserted village. Mr. Lewis Paine, of Rutland claims to have raised the champion ear of corn, 1140 grains. Matthew T. Edmundson's residence near Salem Center was totally destroyed by fire on the afternoon of Oct. 3. Mr. Wm. Chaffin, near Middleport, had a second amputation of the arm performed last week and is since doing well. Mr. Daniel T. Brooks, of Pageville, against whom there is an indictment for forgery has lit out, forfeiting his bail bond. Editor Wise and wife, of the Middleport Herald, will celebrate their silver wedding on the evening of October 24th. Dr. John E. Stansbury who was raised in Rutland township recently died of congestive chills at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, whither he removed several years since. Andrew H. Richey, aged 28 years, of Apple Grove, was one day last week adjudged insane by the Probate Court, and application will be made for his admission into the Athens Asylum. The Middleport Woolen Mill Company, on Friday, made an assignment to James H. Laws, of Cincinnati, for the benefit of its creditors. They will pay dollar for dollar. Liabilities not yet known. A Mr. Cooper lately connected with the ill fated steamer, John Porter, as engineer, was at the close of the week laying at his home in the 4th ward of Pomeroy with a slight attack of yellow fever. Ira Fuller the late postmaster at Lotta, last week in the U. S. District Court at Cincinnati, pleaded guilty to a charge of secreting mail matter and was sentenced to spend one year in the Meigs county jail at hard labor, and to pay a fine of $100 and costs. On the 4th inst a little child of Jas. Higgins, of Bedford township, six months old, was left alone sitting on the floor near the fire, while its mother went out to milk. When she returned the she found the child had fallen over with its head into the fire, and had burned to death. Miss Cinderella Norris, of Scipio township, has entered suit in the Court of Common Pleas against one David Graham of the same township for breach of promise of marriage laying her damages at $5,000. She also commenced a bastardy suit against him before a justice of the peace. [The above was transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper without making changes to spelling or grammar.] Transcribed by: Connie Cotterill Schumaker

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