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Hillsboro, Jefferson county, Missouri
FRIDAY, 12 JANUARY 1877
HAGUE, the butcher, was late getting to his shop one morning this week,
all on account of a new baby at his house. We will have to excuse him,
for such accidents have happened in the best families. They used to in
Dr. M.S. SPALDING has located at Kimmswick, and informs the public of
that fact by card in the Jefferson DEMOCRAT. The doctor bought the
Jacob EDINGER property at administrator's sale last Monday, and intends
putting therein a full and complete stock of drugs, medicines, etc.,
within a short time. He is a valuable accession to the business of the
Mr. EAGLEBARGER and company have located at .p.Paris, Texas;, and from
the tone of a letter written by him to Mr. STELBRINK, he must be well
pleased with his prospects. He reports good land selling at $2.50 per
acre, and plenty of farms to rent, the great body of immigration having
gone further south. We hope they may succeed, even beyond their
Robert WILLIAMS, colored, of Pevely, was arrested one day last week by
Sheriff John WILLIAMS, on a capias issued from the Circuit on an
indictment charging him with grand larceny. He only remained a few days
in jail, when he was taken out on a writ of habeas corpus, and released
on a hundred dollar bond.
Mr. James D. LUCAS going his bond. The case appeared from the evidence
to be not at all serious, and Robert will probably be acquitted.
The Grand Jury of this county, at present term of Court are D.L. JARVIS,
foreman, Sam'l MEDLEY, W.J. WILLIAMS, Louis PARTNEY, Robert RICHARDSON,
William DETTWILER, George McNAMEE, James HUSKEY, Willis MOTHERSHEAD,
Thomas BURGESS, Washington WILLIAMS, George MARTIN; good men all of
Young BOATWRIGHT, of St. Louis, had his second trial week before last,
for killing a negro boy, and the jury failed to agree, standing just as
the former jury did--ten for acquittal and two for conviction. The
circumstances of the case as we remember them, were: The negro boy had
killed young BOATWRIGHT's brother, and while he was undergoing
examination in Court, BOATWRIGHT shot and killed him, in the Court.
This was something like two years ago. As stated, he has had two
trials, and in both instances ten of the jury have been for clearing
him. He has some relatives in this county, who will be glad to hear of
his success. The case will probably be dismissed now.
On Thursday, the 4th inst., Charles DRAKE, aged about 18, son of Mrs.
Ira J. DRAKE, of Plattin, returned home from a hunt, and it is supposed
(no one else being in the room at the time,) set his gun down
carelessly, striking the hammer against something which caused the gun
to fire. A heavy load of buck shot went through his head and into the
ceiling above. He died in a very short time. His mother and sisters
are doubtless nearly distracted over the occurrence. Mr. Ira J. DRAKE,
it will be remembered, was murdered near the close of the war; and some
three or four years ago, a young man named James PALMER, who was working
for Mrs. DRAKE, accidentally shot and killed himself, and now the
untimely death of poor Charley adds to the list of the unfortunate
On the 2d inst. a boy named John FASSHOLZ, aged 15, was feeding a feed
cutter, run by horse power, at Mr. KERKOFF's, on Sandy, when the belt
broke and flew back, striking FASSHOLZ on the head and killing him
instantly. It is supposed the belting was frozen, which caused it to
A later and correct account, received after the above was in type, is,
FOSSHOLZ had a piece of wood on the machine, on which he had a warm
brick by which to warm his hands; when he went to fill up the machine
again, he threw the brick away, but overlooked the piece of wood, which,
running into the machine, broke a cog wheel one piece of the wheel
striking him in the head and killing him. Another young man who was
working for Mr. KERKOFF, accidentally shot off one of his fingers on New
CIRCUIT COURT - The following cases were disposed of by the Circuit
Court on Monday and Tuesday of this week: John SHIELDS vs. P. BOWMAN,
dismissed at cost of plaintiff.State vs. Gust. DEYER(?), defendant
acquitted.State vs. H. TUBBSING, dismissed at cost of defendant. J.H.
WILLIAMS vs. Jos. A. HAMMOND --action for slander--defendant filed
statement in retraction, and cause dismissed. State vs. M. and H.
OSTERTAG, selling liquor on Sunday, fined $500 one case against said
def't dismissed at their cost, and one at cost of State.
MARRIED - ROLSTON--CAPE.--By Rev. Wm. McKAY, Jan 1st, 1877, Charles R.
ROLSTON to Miss Theodosia E. CAPE.
REED--PERKINS.--By same, Dec. 27th, 1876, C.L. REED to Miss Lucy V.
WHITWORTH--McKAY.--By same, Jan. 4th, 1877, Silas WHITWORTH to Miss
Martha McKAY.All of Jefferson county.
OBITUARY - PARKE.--At Pott's Station, in .p.Arkansas;, on the 21st day
of December, 1876, Merril PARKE, of Jefferson county, Mo., in the 66th
year of his age.
The deceased had been in bad health for some time prior to his going to
Arkansas, which was about three weeks before he died, and in order to
improve his health, and visit his friends in this latter State, he
concluded to spend the winter there. He died however rather suddenly
and unexpectedly. Mr. PARKE was born in Gravois in St. Louis county,
but spent the greater part of his life at the Galena Mines, in
Wisconsin, and in Jefferson county, Mo., where he was the owner of a
good farm on which he followed farming and fruit raising. In the month
of July, 1861, Mr. PARKE left this portion of the State and operated
with Gen. Jeff. THOMPSON, who had a small army in South-east Missouri,
on the confederate side. He was Maj. in Col. WHITE's regiment, and was
in several encounters with the Union army, the most noted of which was
the battle of Fredericktown. After THOMPSON's army was disbanded, Mr.
PARKE attached himself to the confederate forces operating east of the
Mississippi river, and was in the battles of Corinth and Iuka. The
Major's health failing him he left the army and retired to Arkansas, and
lived at the house of his old friend and former acquaintance of St.
Louis county, Mr. POTTS, (at whose house he so recently passed from this
earth) until a favorable opportunity offered for his return to Missouri,
which he did a year before the close of the war. Maj. PARKE was never
married. He was highly respected by everyone who knew him, and a
general favorite among his neighbors.
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