Political Newspaper Items for Coles County, Illinois

Presented here are news items dealing with politics.....lists of candidates, meeting announcements, etc.


©Except where noted, these were transcribed by K.Torp

July 10, 1841 (Charleston Courier)

We are requested to announce F. L. MOORE as a candidate for County Commissioner, for Coles county.

We are requested to announce WM GILMAN as a candidate for County Commissioner, for Coles county.

We are authorized to announce JAMES GILL, Esq., as a candidate for County commissioner for Coles county.

We are authorized to announce CHARLES W. NABB, Esq. as a candidate for School Commissioner of Coles County.

We are authorized to announce Mr. JAMES ALEXANDER, as a candidate for School commissioner of Coles county.
April 10, 1844 - The Charleston Courier

At a meeting of the Whigs of Charleston convened on the 1st instant, for the purpose of forming a Clay Club, Wm. Collom was called to the chair and the objects of the association being presented by Col. A.P. Dunbar, a constitution was adopted and the following officers elected:

WILLIAM COLLOM - President

H.R. NORFOLK, J.M. EASTIN - Vice Presidents

B. MONROE, W.W. BISHOP, A.P. DUNBAR - Corresponding committee

R.S. MILLS, A. COMPTON, H.C. DUNBAR, N. ELLINGTON, R.H. ALLISON, A. FERGUSON, P.R. MOUNT, R. STODDERT, L.R. HUTCHASON - Committee of Vigilance

T.H. WINGATE - Secretary


July 27, 1850 - Illinois Globe

MASS MEETING

We, the undersigned, would respectfully call on our fellow citizens, voters of Coles county, to meet in MASS MEETING, at the Courthouse in Charleston on the 1st Monday in September next, at 1 o'clock, P.M. for the purpose of nominating a candidate for Representative, to represent our interests, irrespective of party, at the next session of the Legislature of Illinois, and to consult on and discuss matters pertaining to our local interests generally.

H.J. Ashmore, G.G. Gutherie, Jacob Linder, E.H. Hardin, M.C. McLain, John Monroe, James Watson, J.N. Walker, L.R. Hutchason, J. Franklin, S.H. Nesbit, Wm. Collom, J.M. Miller, N.F. Gray, E. Stutesman, Chas. Wesley, W.D. Latshaw, Wm. Harr, Jacob L. Brown, W.W. Bishop, John Wilds, James Gobin, A.N. Graham, E.S. Baker, Abraham Veach, C.R. Briggs, Byrd Monroe, Adam Coon, Jr., A.S.H. Hawkins, Wm. B. Mills, J.C. Hawkins, R. Stoddert, A. Compton, D.S. Gates, U.F. Linder, John Adams, J. McClary, T.B. Che--man, Hugh Gohen, J.D. Wilson, J.R. Jeffries, Daniel Shrader, J.M. Eastin, R.S. Mills, J.A. Watson, R.F. Reed, J.D. Barnett, James Lumbrick, Wm. Gilman, N.C. Calhoun, D.G. Mitchell, J.B. Harris.


TO THE VOTERS OF COLES COUNTY

The Office of Sheriff becoming vacant this Fall, by virtue of law, I am induced to offer myself as a Candidate. In due time I shall call on, and solicit the suffrages of my fellow citizens. JACOB I. BROWN, Charleston, July 20, 1850.

We are authorized to the announce the name of WILLIAM CHANGLER, of Okaw, as candidate for Sheriff, at the next ensuing November election.


Thursday, July 31, 1851

We are authorized to announce HEZEKIAH MANN, as a candidate for School Commissioner, to fill the unexpired term of J.B. HARRIS, deceased.

We are authorized to announce DANIEL DAY, as a candidate for School Commissioner to fill the unexpired term of J.B. HARRIS, deceased.


Thursday, September 1, 1853 - The Courier

Candidates

We are requested to announce W.W. BISHOP, as a candidate for County Judge at the November election.

We are requested to announce NATHAN AUSTIN, as a candidate for Associate Judge of the County Court at the November election.

We are requested to announce E.J. HOWELL, as a candidate for Associate Judge of the County Court in the November election.

We are requested to announce JAMES MCCRORY, as a candidate for County Clerk in the November election.

We are requested to announce THEOPHILUS VAN DEREK, as a candidate for County Clerk of the County Court in the November election.

We are requested to announce SAMUEL HUFFMAN, as a candidate for County Clerk of the County Court in the November election.

We are requested to announce OWEN T. CUAD, as a candidate for County Clerk of the County Court in the November election.

We are requested to announce LE ROY WILEY, as a candidate for Treasurer and Assessor at the November election.

We are requested to announce ROBERT S. MILLS, as a candidate for Treasurer and Assessor at the November election.

We are requested to announce JOHN CHANDLER, as a candidate for Treasurer and Assessor at the November election.

We are requested to announce W.W. CRADDOCK, as a candidate for Treasurer and Assessor at the November election.

We are requested to announce DAVID C. AMBLER, as a candidate for Treasurer and Assessor at the November election.

We are requested to announce JOHN MEADOWS, as a candidate for County Surveyor in the November election.

We are requested to announce H. MANN, as a candidate for School commissioner at the November election.


5 May 1858 - Charleston Courier


TO THE VOTERS OF COLES COUNTY
Prompted no less by the desire of the office, than encouraged by the solicitations of many kind friends, I have concluded to announce myself a candidate for the next Sheriffalty of Coles county. Unacquainted with the larger portion of the voters, outside my own immediate section of the county, I conceive it due, not only to them, but also to myself, to say, that I have been a resident of the county for upwards of twelve years, taking a lively interest and honest pride in the prosperity of my adopted home. Satisfied that if my fellow citizens confer the office upon me that I will discharge the duties of it in strict accordance with the requirements of the law, and to the satisfaction of the people, I respectfully submit my claims to your consideration. WILLIAM LEITCH

DEMOCRATIC MASS CONVENTION

There will be a Mass Meeting of the National Democracy of Coles county, on the 22d day of May, 12 o'clock, to appoint delegates to attend the Congressional Convention, to be held at Decatur, in August next, also to take into consideration the propriety of appointing delegates to the State Senatorial convention. It is expected that the convention will be addressed by able and distinguished democratic speakers.

John Hutton, John Chandler, W.S. Moore, John Monroe, U.F. Linder, Stephen Moore, O.B. Ficklin, E. Epstein, E.T. Wallace, Wm. Ricketts


May 26, 1864 - The Plain Dealer

We are authorized to announce the name of Co. B.M. MITCHELL as candidate for office of Circuit Clerk of Coles County - subject to approval of County Convention.

We are authorized to announce the name of W.A. WHITTEMORK as a Candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court of Coles county -- subject to decision of the County Convention.


May 26, 1864 - The Plain Dealer

Notice is hereby given that there will be a Convention held at Tolono, Illinois, Tuesday, the 14th day of June, 1864 for purpose of nominating a Union Candidate for Congress in the 7th Congressional District--Said district is composed of the following Counties each of which will be entitled to the number of delegates in said Convention set opposite to each respective name, viz, Iroquois, 5; Ford, 1; Piatt, 3; Macon, 6; Champaign, 6; Douglas, 3; Vermillion, 8; Moultrie 3; Coles, 6; Edgar, 7; and Cumberland 3; adopting the same basis and representation as that adopted in the late State Convention.

Eli Wiley, of Coles Co., Chairman

James Elder, Moultrie County

J.G. Cannon, Douglas County

J. Bloxom, Cumberland County

Geo. R. Larkin, Edgar County

C.F. McNeill, Iroquois County

M.V. Voss, Ford County

J.L. Tincher, Vermillion County

L.B. Bond, Piatt County

S.F. Greer, Macon County

Central Committee - May 30, 1864



D. HARMAN is a candidate for City Marshall. His announcement appears this week. [The Plain Dealer... April 23, 1868]




John H. CLARK and Joseph CURD, were elected members of the Board of Education on Saturday. They are both good men, and will look well to the interest of general education in our city.
[The Plain Dealer, April 22, 1880]

[Charleston Plaindealer. Thursday Morning, April 22, 1880]

We are authorized to announce the name of JAMES HAMILTON, of North Okaw township, as a candidate for the office of Sheriff, subject to the decision of the republican nominating convention.

We are authorized to announce the name of E.A. KURTZ, of East Oakland township, as a candidate for Circuit Clerk, subject to the decision of the Republican county convention.

We are authorized to announce the name to announce the name of COLUMBUS MATTHEWS, of Pleasant Grove township, as a candidate for Circuit Clerk, subject to the decision of the republican county convention.

We are authorized to announce the name of J.H. MCCLELLAND, of Charleston township, as a candidate for the office of Circuit Clerk subject to the decision of the republican convention of Coles County.


The newly elected county board consists of the following men: J.F. SCOTT and W.H. KEWIS, of Mattoon; W.R. PATTON and W.S. COON, of Charleston; J.J. FOSTER, Hickory; L. CRAIG, Morgan; H. RUTHERFORD, Oakland; A. ROBERTSON, Ashmore; Al ROSENCRANS, Hutton; N. SAMc-Donald (sic), Pleasant Grove; J.G. SAWIN, Lafayette; R. TATE, Paradise; L.A. ASHWORTH, Okaw. [Charleston PlainDealer.... April 22, 1880]


The vote in Ashmore township stood for village trustees on the anti-license ticket:

W.L. Cox, 60; Thos. Kinkaid 57; W.R. Zimmerman 64, Village Clerk, J.A. Carter; Independent ticket, Village Trustees, J.C. Ault, 32; Thos. Woods, 29; R.B. Brown 29; Village Clerk, J.T. Woodworth. [Charleston Plaindealer...April 20, 1882]


In answer to the call of the Rev. Van Arsdale, of Chicago, the ladies met at the Lecture room of the Presbyterian Church, on Monday April 17, at 8 o'clock p.m., and organized an Auxilliary Society of the Illinois Industrial School for Girls. The meeting consisted of a goodly number of our best and most humane ladies. Mrs. Ad_ Hall was called to the chair. The following officers were elected:

Pres. Mrs. E. Wiley; Vice Pres. Mrs. J.W. Hall; Recording Secretary Mrs. Nellie Link; Treasurer, Mrs. Joe Griffith; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Ada Hall; Directors, Mrs. O.B. Ficklin, James Skidmore, N__ Hinckley. At large, Mrs. Eugene Tillotson. Committee representing every church, Mrs. W. E. McCrory, O.B. Ficklin (Episcopalian); Mrs. J.W. Ball, Henry Neal (Presbyterian);Mrs. Rev. Parker, Mrs. Johann Mitchell (Baptist); Mrs. Skidmore (Christian); Mrs. Walton (Methodist); Mrs. Neal Mayheu (Universalist); Mrs. Ada J. Hall (New Jerusalem). The next meeting will be held in the lecture room of the Presbyterian church on Monday, April 24th, at __ o'clock p.m. All are cordially invited to attend. [Charleston Plaindealer...April 20, 1882]



The out-going members of the city council are Eugene BRADLEY, Sol MYERS and John VANMETER - Jo CURD and John MITCHELL having resigned and moved away. [Charleston Courier, April 19, 1883]

1885

Alex Richter may well feel proud of his handsome majority in the "bloody third". 
[Charleston Courier, April 23, 1885]

Dennis Laughlin surprised the people by downing John Thompson in the fourth ward. [Charleston Courier, April 23, 1885]




1886
Jeff Mock of Oakland and Wiley Matthews of Pleasant Grove want to run for sheriff on the republican ticket.
[Charleston Courier, April 22, 1886]

George Bidle, Esq., of Hutton township was elected chairman of the Board of Supervisor without opposition. [Charleston Courier, April 22, 1886]

Geo. E. Mason was first nominated as the democratic candidate for alderman in the fourth ward, but was found to be ineligible, not having resided in the city for one year. [Charleston Courier, April 22, 1886]



Mr. Wm. Warren was re-elected school director of the Center district Saturday. [The Plain Dealer...Thursday, April 21, 1887]

Den Dowling and Frank Varl are opposing candidates for alderman in the third ward. Both are young men and it will be a lively race.  [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]

North Okaw: We are glad to note the start of John M. Harlow for the County Superintendency. If a Democrat must have it, we know of no better one than John. [The Plain Dealer - April 11, 1890]

When officers of the Illinois National Guard visit Mattoon for the purpose of electioneering for certain men it is time they were knocked in the head. We refer to Adjutant-General Vance and Col. R.M. Smith. [Newton Press, Mar. 25, 1891 quoted from the Mattoon Gazette]


By the retirement of Alderman Shaw, the city council stands five republicans and four democrats. The Mattoon Gazette, 13 January 1893 [Contributed by Src #3]

Judge Hughes has outlined a judicial redistricting of the state which he has submitted to the state democratic steering committee. We are afraid the judge is getting into deep water. The Mattoon Gazette, 13 January 1893 [Contributed by Src #3]



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