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November 22, 1851

Curious Proceeding. Mrs. Olmsted, who was recently sentenced  to two years imprisonment in the penitentiary at Alton, for the murder or her daughter, by starvation, when taken to the prison, was refused to be received by the warden. No reason is stated for the proceeding. She is now at her father's house, in Cumberland County, Illinois

Cumberland Tribune, April 30, 1853

David Phillip's had an accident Monday last at Mattison's new steam mill. The back part of the saw, while in motion, came in contact with his foot and amputated several of his toes

Died. Mr. White, on Monday morning the 25th inst., about one-half mile north of Greenup. Mr. White was about 30 years old.

Died. Mr. R. Williams, died on Tuesday the 26th inst., near this place of fever. Mr. R. Williams was in the 20th year of his life.

Died. Sarah, wife of Simpson Kimrey, died on the 23rd inst., of consumption and dropsy. Sarah was 23 years old.

Died. Catherine, consort of George Wisely, died on April 26th, 2 miles west of Greenup of congestive chills. Catherine was 27 years old.

Died: on the 16th of consumption, Sarah Svega, age 70 years

Is hereby given that by virtue of an order of the Jasper County Circuit Court made at the March term  thereof 1855, the undersigned conservator of Caroline Mock, will offer for sale at the door of the court house in ... Newton, Jasper County, June 16th, 1855...the following described real estate lying in the Jasper County, to wit: the NWQ of the NWQ, Sec. 22, T6N, R10 E and the part of the E. 1/2 of the NEQ of  Sec. 20, T6N, R 10 E, containing 19.75 acres and the undivided fourth SEQ of Sec, 9 same town and range, containing 22.56 acres, described thus: commencing at the NE corner of Sec. 20, same town and range running west 62 polls, 12 links, then south 48 polls, 11 links, thence east 74 polls, 9 links, thence north 48 polls, 11 to the place of beginning; the last described tracts will be sold subject to the dower interest of Catherine Mock. Said premises will be sold on a credit of six and twelve months to the highest bidder by the purchaser giving notes with approved security and a mortgage on the premise for the purchased money. May 1-6 W    Robt C. Jones, Concervt'r

Francis Fuller vs Edmund Akins forclose mortgate....described to wit. SW 1/4, NW 1/4  of Section 8. Township 6 North, Range 8  East, County of Jasper, to be held in Newton.... W. H.Wade

Administor's Notice the County of Cumberland, State of Illinois Court on the 3rd Monday of June.... Estate of John Jackson, deceased...... Abraham Harding, Adm'r

Local Agents for the Cumberland Tribune:
M.S. Durham, Terre Haute
T.B. Long, Terre Haute
Jos. Morgan, Cumberland
Lindsay McKeen, Martinsville
D.T. Wisner, Woodbury
A.B. Kagey, Ewington
H.H. Nuels, Teutopoles
J.C. Defbaugh, Freemanton, Ill.
D.G. Mark, Hutsville, Ill.
A.M. Peterson, Newton, Ill.
Addison Harrison, Rose Hills, Jasper
Dr. J.M Barlow, Bellair, Ill.
B.F. Leamon, Round Praires, Jasper
Wm. Hutson, Hidalgo P.O.

Administrator's Notice.....I shall offer for sale the personal property of Emilo Matteson at my residence in Greenup, Illinois, the 21st of May, 1 P.M. To wit carriage, two-horse wagon, odd-n-ends, keg of nails.       G.W. Matteson, Adm'r

Notice Especial....for subscriptions...or job work, in Cumberland County, will find their accounts in the hands of J.H. Williams, Esq. All who settle soon will save costs.    N. Willard

Last Appeal. Ed Talbott, would respectfully call on those indebted to him......Ed. Talbott

Administrator's Notice....Estate of J.D. Gardner, dec'd, late of Cumberland County will offer for sale at the store door of  P. Welshimer and Niswanger in the town of Greenup on the 15th June 1853 between 10 o'clock A.M. and 4 o'clock P.M. on said day. The following R.E., viz: 30 acres of the North end of the West 1/2 of the North West 1/4 of Section 10, T9N, R9E, on a credit of 6 months by purchaser.

Administrator's Notice.....Estate of Jesse R. Bell, deceased....County of Cumberland, 1st Monday in the May term, A.D. 1853...dated, February 26th, 1853....Thomas Brewer, Administrator

Administrator's Notice.....Estate of Thos. Castephens, Probate Court of Cumberland County, 3rd Monday of the May term, 1853...12-12-4. Jasper M. Castephens, Administrator

Administrator's Notice.....Estate of Henry Kruse, Probate Court of Cumberland County,...Dated February 26th 1853....Chas. Benstine, Administrator

Administrator's Notice, Probate Court.....Estate of Wm. Davis, the cumberland County Probate court to be holden on the 3rd Greenup....Dated January 22d, 1853. Hiram Bowman, Administrator

Administrator's Notice.....Probate Court, third Monday of the June 1853, County of Cumberland, State of Illinois at Greenup for the Estate of E.D. Bresee.....Dated April 9, 1853.   I.U. Hays Administrator

Administrator's Notice.....Probate Court at Newton, Jasper County on the first Monday of May, 1853 for the Estate of Henry Cleever, deceased......Dated Fabruary 26, 1853    James Redford, Administrator

Administrator's Notice.....Estate of Rhodey Kelly, deceased....Probate Court of Cumberland county on the first Monday of the May term....Dated December 12, 1852    Robert Taylor, Administrator

Administrator's Notice.....Estate of Hugh Henry, Probate Court on the first Monday of July, 18353....Dated March 7, 1853    Lewis Gressell, Administrator

Administrator's Notice.....J.D. Gardner, deceased, Estate Sale at the store door of P. Welshimer & Niswanger's in the Town of Greenup, 15 June 1853.  Dated April 30, 1853.     S.W. Quinn, Administrator

Administrator's Notice..... Estate of Mahala Wheeler, deceased....Probate Court on the third Monday of the June Term, 1853....Dated April 9, 1853.   N.Wheeler, Administrator

Notice....This is to certify that from this day henceforth and forever, I refuse payment on a note given by me to Jesse Strader for the sum of $40.00 to be paid the last day of October 1853.  Dated April 9, 1853       E.O. Phelps

Pay Up Notice....Accounts due to Dr. G.S. Spendle....Woodbury, Illinois.   D.S. Spendle

Administrator's Notice.....Estate of William Davis, the Cumberland County Court Greenup, on the third Monday of May, 1853.   Dated January 22, 1853     Hiram Bowman. Executor

Petition To Sell Land....of the January term of the Jasper Court, Newton, Samuel B. Todd, Administrator of the Estate of Samuel E. Miller, deceased vs John Price and Jane Price, his wife, Thos. Miller, Robert A. Miller, John Miller, Absolom Estes and Rachel Estes, his wife, Spear Allison and Belinda Allison, his wife, Nancy Miller, Rachel Miller, Thomas K. Miller, William Miller, John Miller, Rachel Doty, and John R. Eston....court the 3rd Monday of June 1855.      Samuel B. Todd, Adm'r


....that Bernard Raben,...on the 13th day of June 1853, purchased the following Town Lot in the Town of Teutopolis, in the County of Effingham and State of Illinois for the taxes, interest and costs due therein for the year 1852 and that the time of redemption will expire on the 13th day of June 1855: Lot No 19 Book G. Lot 27 Block 20, Lot 16 Block 22, Lot 15 Block 35.  Bernard Raben

Wanted: Six Thousand Rails made immediately. Seventy-five cents per hundred, CASH....... J.W. Latta

Notice:  Joseph Falls gives notice that the property he paid taxes, interests and cost for it has reached the end of the redemption period.

Petition to Sell Lands of the June term of the Jasper County Court.

Samuel B. Todd, Administrator of the Estate of Samuel E. Miller, deceased, vs John Price and Jane Price his wife, Thomas Miller, Robert A. Miller, John Miller, Absalom Eaton and Rachel Eaton, his wife, Spear Allison and Belinda Allison his wife, Nancy Miller, Rachel Miller, Thomas K. Miller, William Miller, John Miller, Rachel Doty and John R. Eaton, Defendants...and all others the said June Term A.D. 1855...Jasper County...holden at Newton, on the Third Monday in June Next.  Dated April 17, 1855    Samuel B. Todd, Administrator

George E. Hoar vs Charles Griffin to Foreclose Mortgage....decree of Jasper County circuit Court....on the 2nd day of June next, sell the following property in Jasper County, described to wit: W1/2 NE 1/4 S, T8N, R9E, 80 A.....W. H. Wade, Master Chaucery
Administrator's Notice.....Estate of Levi Watson, deceased, for the 2nd day June, Cumberland County Court...Dated April 10th, 1855       John Phipps, Adm'r

Administrator's June Court of  Jasper settle all claims against John C. Maxwell, deceased ....Dated April 24th 1855      William Maxwell, Adm'r

Administrator's Notice.....Estate of Garret O. Schulederjans....June term, Effingham county Court, June term. (no date) J.E. James, Adm'r

Administrator's Notice.....Probate court of Jasper County at june term, 1855, Estate of Wm. Beedles, deceased, Real Estate described as follows, to wit: SW 1/4 Section 33, T8N, R8E, 40 A, in Jasper County.    Dated April 10, 1855           J.E. James Adm'r

Administrator's Notice..... Estate of Elijah Terry, deceased.....June term of the County Of Cumberland Court Probate....Dated March 6th 1855       Levisa Terry, Adm'r

Administrator's Notice.....June Term, county of Cumberland Court Probate, Estate of  J.M. Smith deceased....Dated 24 April 1855       S.W. Huffcut, Adm'r

Administrator's Notice.....3rd Monday of June next, County of Cumberland Court, Estate of James Moon, deceased, to raise funds to pay debts against said estate....Dated 24th April 1855.   James Wisely, Adm'r

Administrator's Notice.....July term County of Cumberland Probate Court.... Estate of Henry Decker, deceased.... Dated 24th April 1855.   George Orr, Adm'r

Administrator's Notice..... Abraham Harding, Administrator of the Estate of Aaron Harding, deceased...returned...June term Court, Jasper County, for the leave to sell real Estate described as follows to wit: the S 1/2. SE 1/4. Section 6, T8N, R..E Dated April 24th 1855   Abraham Harding, Adm'r

Runaway-One Cent Reward.... From the subscriber living in Greenup, an indentured apprentice, named Abraham Blystone, about 18 years old. I will give the above reward to the person bringing the above boy back. 17 April 1855.   B.C. Talbott

Seth Starback  is the local Blacksmith

Died... Mrs. Sarah Svage (Savage?) age 70 years, died on the 16th of consumption. Cumberland Tribune, Greenup Illinois May 1st 1855

Died in this place, Wm. Alaman, on the 16th Inst.

Notice: at the March term, 1855, in Newton, Jasper, the undersigned....conservation of Caroline Mock.. Abraham Harding, Ex....

Administrator's Notice

....Estate of Hugh Kelly, deceased, late of Fairfield County, Ohio, Probate at Effingham on the first Monday in July 1855.  Dated May 8th 1855        Walter Ruffner, Administrator

Administrator's Notice

....Estate of Levi Wilson, deceased....Cumberland the June Term.... Dated April 10, 1855    John Phips Adm'r

Administrator's Notice
....Estate of John C. Maxwell, deceased, at the June term of the County Court of Jasper... dated 24 April 1855 
William Maxwell Adm'r

Administrator's Notice

.... Estate of  J.B. Clausing, the Effingham Court.... Frederick Thoele, Adm'r

Administrator's Notice

...Estate of Stephen Ryan, Probate Court of Effingham...third  Monday in June....Dated May 8th 1855   John Broom, Adm'r

Administrator's Notice

.... Estate of W.J. Hankins, June Probate Court of Effingham....Dated May 8th, 1855  P.C. Hankins & S.F. Hankins, Adm'r

Estray, from the subscriber living in Greenup, a Red OX about 6 years old. Any person returning said OX will be paid all reasonable charges.  M.Votaw & Bro.

Wool Carding...informs the public that he is prepared to make Rolls at the shortest notice at Talbott & Covill's  Mill in Greenup. All roll warranted if the wool is clean. One pound of grease in every eight pounds of wool. Being now ready to make rolls, from long experience, he is able to give satisfaction to all who will favor him with their custom.   Robert Arthur

June Election. Supreme Clerkship. we are authorized to announce that William A. Turney, Esq. in complience with the following list, will be a candidate for Clerk of the Supreme Court, for the Second Grand Division of the State, at the election to be holden on the first Monday of June, A.D. 1855.....
The undersigned, from personal knowledge of William A. Turney, Esq. believe he is well qualified for Clerk of the Supreme
Court for the Second Division: we therefore request him to become a candidate for the office: W.B. Warren, Jas. M. Pitman, Chas. H. Lamphier, Wm. R. Archer, Wm. Brown, Archibald Williams, J.N. Morris, L.R. Bennet, Cyrus Epler, D.A. Smith, G. Edmonds Jr., J.L. McConnel, Joseph Morton, L.F. McCrillis, H.A. Browne, D.M. Woodson, J.D. Caten, E. Peck, Sam'l Helamn, J. Finch, John M. Palmer, W.C. Goody, J.H. McKinley, S.W. Moultice, James L. Campbell, Jas. W. English, Isaac L. Morrison, H.B. McClure, J.S. Bailey, C.L. Higbee, Thos. H. Campbell, A. Starne, Jas. Berden, Walter B. Scates, Thos. C. Harris, A. C. Dickson, J. Grimshaw, J.C. Davis, M. McConnel, M.W. Edwards, J.P. Richmond, Thos. McDonough, Wilford D. Wyatt, A. Wheat, R.I. Oglesby, Geo. Walker, J.S. Roberts, Jas. M. Parsley & L.B. Curren.

Administrator's Notice
...3rd day in June A.D. 1855, Cumberland County Probate Court....Estate of John Jackson, deceased...........
Dated Jan 17 1855    Abraham Harding.
Administrator's Notice
...3rd day in June A.D. 1855, Cumberland County Probate Court....Estate to sell R.E. of Jospeh Green, deceased....
Dated May 8, 1855   D.T.Wisner, Administrator

Frances Fuller vs Peter Songer....Bill to Foreclose Mortgage in Jasper County Circuit entered March Term, 1855...sell the following described property, to wit: NE 1/4 NW 1/4 of Sec._, T8N, R9E and the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4, same Sec. T8N,R9E.... Wm. H. Wade, Master in Chaucery

Notice of Settlement
...Estate of Levi Strader, deceased, filed at the March Term 1955 of Cumberland County Probate Court
Dated Jan. 25, 1855     Joseph Strader, Administrator

Administrator's Notice
June Term of Cumberland county Probate Court...Estate of Cepha Smith, deceased....
Dated March 27, 1855.  G.W. Pickering, Administrator

Administrator's Notice
...Estate of Henry Husman, deceased....June Term of Probate Court, Effingham County.......
Dated May 8th, 1855     B.H. Hoelscher, Administrator

Administrator's Notice
....Estate of Isaac Vannatta, deceased....March Term of Jasper County Probate court....
Dated March 2, 1855    Kenison Harker, Administrator

Administrator's Notice
....Estate of George Starner, deceased, first day July Term of the Cumberland County Probate....
Dated May 8th 1855     William Starner, Administrator
Administrator's Notice
....Estate of Bazel Brown, 3rd day of June Term of The Cumberland County probate court
Dated April 10, 1855    Abigail Brown, Administrator

A sad accident, we learn, occured yesterday (Wednesday) evening at Edgewood. an eleven year old boy named Doyle, was run over by a train, cutting off both legs. It is not probable that the unfortunate boy will survive. (Effingham City Democrat, Thursday, 8 December 1870, p.3 c.2)

Our thanks are due Mr. McAlister of Neoga for favors. Louis Harvey has returned from a visit to Indiana. Peter Redfern has a porker with 18 squealing porcuoines. Levi Brewer starts for Texas Next Week! Mike Barrett and George Stargar
drew the shot gun, they are lucky men. Green Smith while crossing a fence, a few days ago, fell and severely injured himself.

Mr. Reeves, of the Greenup Mail, called on us Wednesday. He seems to be a very pleasant gentleman. Flave Tossey says that Jewett has been is worse than a stage of siege and the quiet does not yet "reign in Warsaw". We are informed, our Congressional District will be composed of the Counties of Clark, Cumberland, Jasper, Crawford, Lawrence and Effingham.  R. Bloomfield has been to Terre Haute, where be brought a fine assortment of goods and notions from Cash, Bro. & Co.,

Jan. 6, 1870 McFadden of Greenup had his team run away with him on his way home from the Berry School House where church was held. The buggy was smashed as "fine as flies" and bruising Mack up to a considerable extent also. The buggy belonged to Zack Davee of the Greenup Livery Stable.

Our esteemed friend, Calvin Spencer of Neoga Township, has our thanks for 20 new subscribers to the Democrat. Calvin is the right kind of man, big hearted and as true a democrat and as good as the county contains. Long may be live, Your request shall be complied with friend Spencer.

James Bell of Neoga died last week and was buried with Masonic Honors. He was a royal Arch Mason. Persons that have not paid for their Raffle Tickets are requested to do so immediately. I have authorized William Buster to receive the pay for the same-- R.M. Ray. In the announcement of the name of Mr. John Prather, as a candidate for Sheriff in the last week's Democrat, we made an error by placing the letter "W" in his name. It should have read, John Prather, nothing more, and no less. John W. Prather has passed beyond the bourn where Sheriff's trouble.

The ladies met at the church on Saturday evening, December 30th, 1870, and appointed the following committees: To solicit contributions in town; Mrs. Bradshaw, Mrs. Chapman; Mrs. Woods, Mr. Swope and Mrs. Mason. Committee to buy lumber, Mrs. Morgan and Mrs. Logan. Committee to decide the amount of lumber required; Dr. Brookhart, and Josiah WhiteC. Hanker. Committee to receive lumber, Merideth Ross, Mr. Logan and Mr. Morgan. All persons who have promised to contribute posts, are requested to deliver them at once . (Friday Jan 5, 1870)

J.H. Morgan, proprietor of a Dry Goods store at Prairie City, Illinois, advertises his goods.

Squire Moore brought in another subscription to the Democrat, last week.

Prof. Lovins, announced plans to commence a course of lectures at the Court House next month.

William Pearson is the only occupant of the jail at this time. Samuel Clinger was released from jail a few days ago. David Green going his bail for his appearance at May term of court. Another young man who did not behave himself at church and made more noise the the religion he passed warranted, was incarcerated thereupon.

J. Brady had a splendid Ball on the 23rd ult., which was omitted  in our last issue. Mr. Brady spared no pains or expense in getting up this party and as all who attended came away well satisfied, it is the best evidence that the party was a great success.  Mrs. Brady is one of the finest cooks in this part of the country......

Col. Morris, an imported auctioneer, conducted the sale of Town Lots at Greenup

At Pleasantville, a fellow was arrested a few days ago for stealing a small parcel of calico from the store of Mr. Dodd. He was brought to trial before Squire White.

W.D. Mumford is prepared to collect the taxes due in Sumpter Township and can be found at his store at all times.

Judge Decius is on a visit to Springfield to witness the opening of the new session of Legislature. He reports the Legislature has done little as yet in the way of business! And says our representative is looking on, posting himself on rules, etc., and is fully awake to our interest and will do all he can for the welfare of his constituents.

In a consequence of sickness, Mr. Waite was unable to fill his appointments here on the 16th pof last month but he will be here on the 10th of January if he is able to come.

Sheriff's Sale
...against John Edwards in favor of Leonidas L. be held 31st September 1870 Edward Baumgardner, Sheriff.

Petition to sell Real Estate the January Court
Benjamin Aleshire, Adm'r for the estate of William Sanders, deceased...vs Sally Sanders, Wiley Sanders, Susan Dudley, Elizabeth McKinny,
Polly Chews, Richard Chews.....

Administrator's Notice of Vincent Scott, dec....Dated 2? December 1870 Malon R. Lee Adm'r
I.O.O.F. the hall, Saturday evening. Charles Selby and the Juvenile Choir Sing. Miss Mollie Lovins took part in the entertainment. Officers Installed
L.L. Logan, N.G. ; John Thurman, V.G.; James Furguson, R.S.; Wiley Ross, P.S.; Charles Hanker, T.; H. Sperry, R.S.N.G.; William Hickle, L.F.N.G.; Daniel Evans, R.S.V.G.; T. Storms, L.S.V.G.; and A.D. Morton, Warden.

Hon. E. Barnett will please accept our thanks for a valuable public document.

A shooting scrap occured at Greenup a few days ago between Dyer and McFadden.

Dave Green was green enough to be bilked out of .75 cents last Sabbath by a lot of women. the treasure is laid up in Heaven. David,  there is appeared as near heaven as the filthy lucre ever gets. My wife has it!!

E.S. Norfolk and M.R. Lee have gone into the abstract title business. Abstractly, we wish them success. Fez Norfold is to furnish the fist, Mahlon the dignity and Ed. the beer to run the fun.

Ely Brewer is applying for a patent on a new dance which he is author of, better known as the "Yanaway Step". He gave lessons on the "Bear Creek Gals" in this skip and gave Ely some uneasiness in his reverse regions.

We are very sorry to state that the mother of our very respected fellow citizens, Mr. Joel Smith, has on the past weeks been under a lot of mental aberations, superinduced by bad health. She is nearly 64 years old and at time quite violent.

Another young man by the name of Mount, broke into jail because he could not behave himself in meeting. Christians down this way don't stand for foolishness.

Our fellow townsmen, Mr. Phil Starnes, is an inventor and patentee of one of the compl.... Corn Planters in use.

Sheriff's Sale
...obtained against John U. Jenkins in favor of Norton Davis, L. Lord, Lawrence and Wilson Jones, out of the lands, tenements, goods and chattles of the said John U. wit,;NW1/4, _E 1/4, Sec. 28,T 10, R_E, 40 A... on the 18th February 1870 John Prather, Sheriff

Sheriff's Sale
...against John R. Bryant, Elizabeth Bryant, K.?. Johnson and Eliza J. Johnson, in favor of Robert M.G. Cleghorn and Eliza Cleghorn. John Prather, Sheriff

Administrator's Sale
Circuit Court at the September term on the 18th day February 1870...subject to the dower interest of Kisiah Fletcher, widow of Carroll Kayhoe, dec' wit; NE 1/4, NW 1/4 Sec. 10, T, R 8... George Thorton, Administrator

Petition to Sell
State of Illinois....Estate of William the March term 1870 Benjamin Alshire, Administrator of the Estate of William Sanders.
Sally Sanders, Wiley Sanders, Susan Dudley, Elizabeth McKinny, Polly Chew and Richard Chew...

The Teacher's Institute, which convened in Prairie City last week, was well attended....Profs. Scott and Johnson, of Effingham,  and Prof. Thompson. of Mattoon, were present. The reading of Profs. Scott and Thompson was....excellent and splendidly executed...graphic and life-like...Judge Decius, Judge Woods, Prof. Scott and Lake also made some very sensible remarks upon the subject of popular education--the duties of teachers, parents, &c., to the schools.... made several amusing speeches during the section...and was particularly hard upon the interference of parents in the management of schools-and with the authority of Teachers and gave one Mr. Kent CoreIchabod Davis, of Fair Play School District, some side wipes of a healthy character, which Ichabod was loth to receive...and...brought the Davis family, en masse, to the rescue of the parental Ichabod...the idea of a parent coming before a Teacher's Institute for the purpose of having a teacher reprimanded for the chastisement of a pupil, is simply ridiculous and absurd in the highest degree....
    Mr. John Latta was laboring under the conviction that the Institute was a hen-convention-met for the purpose of enfranchising the female "pertion" of creation--and the said John W. Latta the Cock of the Walk he persisted in talking about the sex, to the great delight of the ladies and his own satisfaction...John is an antiquated bachelor--his head has grown gray in the vain attempt to persuade the ladies that he would make a good an useful piece of furniture for some household--and having utterly failed in his attempt thus far--now wishes to immolate the peaked end of his life upon the altar of female suffrage--after the beauty and poetry has withered and gone!
    Mrs. Woods was rather sever in her criticisms (although just) upon some of the members and auditors of the Institute. she rebuked Judge Decius and Bloomfield for remaining covered in the presence of the audience--and Scranton for having his pedal extremities encased in leather as far as the eye could reach--Mr. Latta for turning his dignified back upon the audience. It takes a woman to unearth "peccadilloes" of the sterner sex. Prof. Lake made a very sensible...speech...concerning the duty of parents to the school.
(Cumberland Democ., G.E. Mason, ed,Fri,5 Jan. 1871, p.3c.3)

Several of our subscribers from Greenup and vicinity have complained to us in regard to the section of the Board of Supervisors in doubling the rates of ferrage upon Mr. Workman's Ferry on the Embarras between this (Prairie City) and Greenup. We do not know as ...(who?) can do anything one way or the other in the matter...other that call public attention to the subject. Mr. W. is most certainly entitled to a fair and just commensation for his labor and the use of his boat, which the public should accord him but on the other hand, the Board of Supervisors deserve public...if they have without proper inquiry legal...rate of ferrage and force the public to pay for it. We are opposed to all monopolies...public or private...give every man his due and nothing more.

During a recent United Brethren meeting at the Morton School House, a "brother" called upon "Brother Freeman" to pray but brother F. either not being moved by the spirit, or not hearing the call, did not respond. again in stentorian voice the call was made, but brother F. hanging his head...the impatient brother cried out, "Brother Freeman, please to pray!" Yet, this...failed to bring the refractory brother to his "narrow bones". At this juncture when everything began to look desperate for a lost and consequence of 'brother' F. refusal...interseed for them, a big, ugly uncouth youth sprang to his feet and at the top of his voice cried, "Brother Freeman, why in the h--l don't you pray?' It is needless to say that brother F. responded this urgent call with an alacrity and fever that shook the old school house. (Cumberland Democrat, Friday, 21 January 1871, p.3, c.1)

Last Monday evening, the I.O. of G.T., had their quarterly installation of officers; The installation was public and many people witnessed the ceremonies with pleasure. Those installed were: Dane Tirrell, L.D.; Jno. W. Hall, P.W.C.T.; J.I. Brown, W.C.T.; Emma Onins, W.T.; Wm. PcPherson, W.R.S.; Mary Compton, W.A.S.; James Chambers, W.F.S.; Sophia Decker, W.T.; Daniel Curd, W.M.; Sarah Teel, W.D.M.; Rev. R.F. Patterson, W.Chaplin.

Poisioned by Henbate
On the evening of January 6th, Mrs. Corinda Hoyt, wife of J. G. Hoyt, of Cottonwood,...what she supposed to be a spearmint tea but for her child and one of her neighbor's children, who happened to be spending the evening with them...The children had bad colds. They both drank the 'tea' freely as did Mr. Hoyt. After they drank the 'tea' the children went to play. But soon they were taken sick...The parents, thinking it was worms, tried remedies and then sent for a physician. The tea was examined and found to contain pernicious herbs and found it contained "henbane", which was somehow mixed with the spearmint. Nobody knows how. Some suppose it was done by mice.
The little girl of Mr. Hoyt died the next morning at 4o'clock from the effects of the poison. Mr. Hoyt's throat became very dry. He drank a good deal of water and chewed a great deal of tobacco. Now sir, not to reflect on the least on "catluis" argument of tobacco" it seems this case tobacco was good in it's place. Mr. Hoyt is well, and got over the effects of the poison. the other girl, a daughter of George and Sarah Norton, lingered  along, a great deal of suffering, until last Wednesday, Jan. 11, when her little spirit took flight, aged two years... (Cumberland Democrat, Maj.Point, Fri., 3 feb. 1871)

Charles Steger, of Greenup, has several Davis Sewing Machines he is willing to sell at a reasonable price. basil brown and John W. Ferguson, of Woodbury, and Joel Smith, of this place (Prairie City), just paid for their Democrat. Mr. Loman, N.Fauce and Mr. Spitleg visited us the other day,. Mr. S. is an old fashioned Virginia gentleman and it does one good to grasp the hand of such a man and look into his friendly, honest face. The indignation meeting came off-however, sans men, sans indignation-and sans dogs. Trav Ray brought in nine dogs but they, are becoming indignant at the cold treatment received, left for home early in the evening (Cumberland Democrat, friday, 10 February 1871, p.3,c.1.

"Neoga News-6 February 1871"-...our school house, is the largest and best finished building of the kind in the county. Mr.Evans, the Superintendent, is a graduate of the Southern Western Normal School of Ohio. He is assisted by Mrs. Bette and Miss Colson. (Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, February 10, 1871)

"Local Department"- Beacon lost his chicken cock. Said Cock was heard to crow in the vicinity of Prather's Grocery Store late last night. Wm. Seeley has his examination before Judge Ross on Wed....charged  with forgery, there being no evidence against him, charges were dismissed. (Cumberland Democ., Maj.P., Fri., Feb. 10, 1871)

Probably some of  our readers may be puzzled to arrive at the correct definition  of Charley Selby's approaching concert. "The Philharmonic" Webster fails to tell us its meaning, so we have concluded, 'Phil' means Phil Starnes and Harmonic means when Phil gets 'Harmonius'--or Philharmonic Starnes.
Charles Shelby's Concert takes place on the evening of Wednesday, Feb.22d, and we hope to see our people give Charley a rousing benefit, as the proceeds of the Concerts are to be devoted to the exclusive use, and purpose of cultivating the musical talents of the juvenile of our City. Let everyone buy a ticket, whether they use it or not, and encourage Charley in his laudable undertaking.

By the politeness of Judge Bloomfield, we have been placed in possession of a late number of the Walla Walla Statesman, published away out near sun set, in the Mountain cries of Washington Territory. from the Statesman, we see the Elder D.W.Elledge of the Christian Church is laboring in the moral vineyard of that section. The Elder was for a long time a preacher of the Gospel in Cumberland, Clark and Edgar. And 17 years ago, next October, married our worthy friend Judge Bloomfield to his present lady. We also learn from the same source that Mr. Goodwin, a former resident of this County, and a brother of Mrs.Bloomfield, has the Small Pox in his family. Mr. G., himself, at the writing of this paper, not being as yet attacked by the disease. (Cumberland Democrat, Friday, 17 February 1871, p.2-3, c.6&1.)

Drew Walls was at the enterprising town of Jewett a short time ago and witnessed the manner in which the proprietors of that village measure off town lots. Drew says they do not use a tape line but step the ground off and that one of the proprietors is affected with rheumatism in the hips, and steps very much like a goat jumping stiff legged. We do not know how the matter is--but until the charge is refuted, it will stand as confessed.

Wanted---a girl, 12 or 14 years of age to live with a couple of old folks, as one of the family, and take care of them. she must be of good disposition, bright and quick. Such a girl can have a good home, can go to school, and have other means of improvement and advantages. At the age of 20 years, she will receive 20 acres of good land in fee simple. An orphan preferred. This is a chance for some girl to secure a good home. Address: Phil Starnes, Majority Point, P.O., Illinois.

S.H. Nesbit, of Charleston has one of the largest and most complete stocks of harness and saddlery in this portion of the state--and is really up with the times in his prices---Mr. Nesbit's harness took the first premium both at our late fair and at the Coles County Fair...

A fellow named Spencer, claiming to be an Indianian, wooed and won a widow by the name of Semans living near this place a short time ago. Everything being in readiness--even to the preparation of the wedding feast, and invited the guests, the groom expectant, borrowed fifteen dollars of the bride prospects, and started to town in search of a Minister and to procure the license, since which time he has failed to put in an appearance as one of the principals in the affair. The consequence is that the widow, her 'lone watch is keeping' minus a lover--and her greenbacks.

Greenup, Illinois, Town Meeting, 4 March 1871. 10th Annual Town meeting of the Democracy of Greenup township...for the purpose of nominating a Democratic..for the 4 April 1871 meeting. For Supervisor--Thomas L. Norman; for Assessor-- William Wylde; For Commissioner-- J. Wertherhold; For Town Clerk-- Dr. L.W. Lockrow; For Collector --- John J. Brasher; For Constable-- John Shipler. Joseph Batty, Judge of Election. (Cumberland Democrat, Maj. Pt., Fri., 10 Mar. 1871)

We notice several new improvements going on. Wm. Logan is erecting a new dwelling house. John Deppen is putting up a large wagon and blacksmith shop. Prof. Lovins is building an addition to his house. Our Street Commissioner has made improvements in the way of an immense bridge near N.L. Scranton's (or Bernton's) house. D.S. M'Intrey of the law firm D.T. & D.S. M'Intrey of Mattoon gave us a call on Monday...Last week we were mistaken about the whereabouts of DaveGreen. We got clean off tract of his ocillitating course. In place of his being on Effingham, David was gathering skulls and other interesting battle field, David will pick up as many of its glowing incidents to retail to the natives on his return and his California snake story will no longer seem a marvel when the wonders of Gettysburg fall from his prolific tongue in rapid sentences.

Union Township, Ill., March 11, 1871---...results from the Primary of the 10th Annual Town Meeting of the Democracy of Union Township held...Saturday, 11th day of  March 1871.... to be supported by the Democracy of said Township on the 4th day of April next, which resulted: For Supervisor--J. Redman; For Town Clerk-- A.J. Cutright; for Assessor--- J.W.Baumgartner; For Collector-- G.W. McCracken; for Commissioner of Highway--- C. Carroll and A. J. Edwards.

A man by the name of Jackson, was brought from Neoga Township on Saturday evening and lodged in jail upon a charge of robbery. It appears that Jackson went into the store of Mr. Wilson of Neoga and while another man engaged Wilson in conversation, Jackson very dexterously opened a drawer and appropriated a pocket book containing $200.00. Wilson suspecting something was wrong upon hearing the drawer close, accused Jackson of tampering with his money drawer, which he denied. In a few moments, Jackson left the store and Wilson examined the drawer and discovered that the money was nmissing and immediately began following Jackson. Wilson charged Jackson and becoming alarmed, Jackson confessed.... (Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, George E. Mason, ed. Friday, 17 March 1871)

Our friends Bruster, Logan and Harvey have been away purchasing goods this week.

Judge Bloomfield has purchased the dry goods store of Jos. Morgan. Trading his farm, now occupied by his son and laying north of this city...Judge Decius returned home after a two reign of court at Effingham. A man by the name of Williams during the recent Effingham Court, was indicted by the grand jury for grand larceny, and asked permission to plead his own case, which was granted by Judge Decius. After examining his witnesss very cruditably, and making his statement in good style to the jury he was found guilty and sentenced to three years in the State prison.

Mr. Edson of Olney, was in town on Monday for the purpose of having the mortgage upon the franchise and other appurtenances of our railroad placed up record. The indications at present are that the road will be completed as fast as the exigencies of the case will permit....

The Republican Township Conventionconvened at the Court-House on last Saturday agreeavle to the previous notice, and after the usual officers were...the following ticket was nominated. for Supervisor-- Richard Ashwell. For Collector--- JamesRichardson. for Assessor --- John Holesapple. for Town Clerk--- James N. Beacon. for Commissioner of Highways--- H.W. Hough.

John L. Alexander, the great Illinois farmer and stock raiser, has failed for $1,000,000 while his assets amount to from $100,000 to $200,000 more than debts.

A few days ago a little son of  Ed. Meeker, of Greenup, who had been in the habit of visiting the telegraph office and looking on went, as usual to his place of resort. The operator having some dislike for the boy very peremptorily ordered him from the room and the little fellow, not complying instantly was very brutally kicked out by the operator. The boy going home informed his father of the occurrence and Meeker went immediately to the telegraph office and requested the operator to step outside, which he had no sooner done than Meeker told him as he had kicked his boy out of the office he would kick him in which he did accordingly. the operator naturally raised the dander of the 'kickest' and he straightway went armed himself, and repaired to the saloon of Meeker with the intention of shooting him. but Meeker not being in at the time but at his residence on the opposite side of the street, the enraged young  man was compelled to await his return or go away without accomplishing his errand. In the meantime he got very nervous and by handling the pistol, it by some means discharged itself, and lodged the ball in the foot of a little son of Charles Conzet who was standing close by inflicting a painful wound. And most singular to relate, the fellow charged Meeker with doing the shooting and had him arrested for an assault upon himself with intent to kill. On the examination, however, Meeker noticed the operator had changed his pantloons, and the idea at once occurred to him that those pants would point out the guilty  one and establish his own innocence and had the constable bring them into court, when lo and behold, an angry rent in the pocket containing the pistol, reveled from whence came the ball that shot the Conzet boy. Meeker was at one discharged and we did not learn what was done with the operator. (Cumb. Democ. Maj. P., Fri., 14 March 1871)

The Devil To Pay in Clark County, Illinois-Terre Haute Mail

    At this age of the world the public is not expected to give credence to every ghost story and haunted house report in circulation; but we have just received from a reliable source, the details of some very singular manifestations that have been witnessed for some time past in the neighborhood of Mill Creek, about four miles north from York, Illinois. those who are inclined to doubt the truth of these statements have only to consult fifteen or twenty families in that vicinity, or open a correspondence with some of the parties named, for additional proof of the validity in this story.
    The first manifestation of this chain of supernatural events took place several days ago at the house of John Haddox. After many strange and apparently impossible phenomena had been witnessed, a series of like performances was opened at the residence of the Widow Haddox, a sister-in-law and neighbor of John Haddox. Tables, dishes, fruit jars, and all articles of furniture were tumbled about in the most reckless manner.  Dishes, fruit jars, and all articles capable of being moved were misplaced and often broken and destroyed, members of the family frequently received severe blows and flying articles, and everything was kept in a constant state of agitation.
    On one occasion, the head of a little boy terminated the flight of a small article which inflicted a very sever and painful wound. Knives and forks flew out of the cubbard drawer, the drawer remaining closed. rocks, clubs, pieces of mud and all kinds of movable articles were hurled about by some unseen and mysterious power. some parties carried away the marks of clubs and rocks thrown by his (or her) ghostship.
    A lady's shawl was picked up in a remote part of the house, thrown into the fire and burned up. A number of eggs had been stored away in a small drawer for several days and on opening the drawer, were found to be all broken to pieces. Everything capable of being injured or removed is reported unsafe. These are only a few of the results of these strange manifestations, which differ from those usually related, in the fact that they have actually been seen in daylight as is testified by numerous reliable witnesses.
    Persons from all parts of the country go to Mill creek to see the 'ghost' and numerous efforts have been made to ascertain the causes of the wonderful phenomena and a certain old lady of the neighborhood was at one time decided to be a witch and responsible for all the excitement. certain parties talked of a lynching and hanging the unfortunate creature but she stoutly denied all knowledge of the disturbance and was not molested. Further developments are learned but not specially desired. Mrs. Haddox, died about a year ago and that on her death bed she declared that she would return and haunt him if spirits were permitted to return to earth, in case he ever employed a certain woman in the
neighborhood to keep house for him. a few days since he took this woman to his house and then the strange performances mentioned above began.

    William Pearson and Mr. Jackson broke jail Friday, about 5o'clock. Mr. Paine and family being absent from the house.
(Cumberland Decm. Maj. Pt, Fri.12 Apr. 1871)
    Last Week a report was extensively circulated that Robert Ray had a fit of passion cruelly abused one of his horses, stabbing it in the side with a knife and gouging its eyes out. From what we know of Mr. Ray, we could not make up our mind that he was capable of such cruelty to a dumb beast and concluded to say nothig about the matter until we knew more about it. On Monday, Bob was in town and brought the animal along....he was reported to have so cruelly abount in company with W.D. Mumford, Dr. Yanaway, and John Green, we examined the animal and are glad to say this report circulated was a mean, wicked, malicious falsehood in every particular, as the mare showed no evidence of having been abused in any manner, Its eyes...or any portion of its body shown no signs of abuse how anybody could be so wicked to attempt to wrong a man by black hearted slander in beyond belief.
(Cumberland Democ. Friday 21 April 71)

   (The Lymphs,' Cottonwood Township, 15 March 1871. Ed. Democrat)
     It has been a long time since I have noticed anything from your town, at least nothing since the letters of the late Philex Grundy. And upon making inquiry, I learn from friend Drew, that Philex and 'gon thence', so now it becomes the duty of someone to fill the place of the late reporter of the O.P.(Lymphs Poverty.)
    Let me say that the people of Cottonwood have never made such rapid stride at prosperity as have been in the past year. Fine hogs and cattle are being brought on by droves and soon, we expect to show the finest stock in Southern Illinois.
    Two cases of small pox were reported in our neighborhood but upon investigation it was found to be nothing more or less than the common itch. Hanging women to the top railing of portico's is not an uncommon occurrence in the E.E. part of town. I am requested by a number of persons to report the proceedings of the last meeting of the Lymphs which was held in the old school house near Webster's old shop. The shop is the usual place of meeting, having been converted into a stable. No doubt there have been some changes made in officers at meetings which has never been reported. but here is a 'verbatum' report of the last meeting as taken from the secretary's book.
    Pursuant to the call of the President, the society met and was called to time by President Rhodes, Prayer by Chaplain Flake. the roll was the called and the following members were found present: H, Rhodes, P. Welshimer, R. Bloomfield, W. Shaw, N.L. Scraton, Puny Phelps, P. Starner, Rev. J. Edington, J. Freeman, M. Flake, E. Norfolk, Peggy O'Flarity, J. Goodwin, W. Morris, J. Brady, E. Webster, T. Brewer, M. Lee, Z. Davee, Eli Pjipps, D. Swickard, F. Bowen, W. Kinney,  and J. Hollett.
    The next thing in order was to examine applications for membership. D. Walls was the only one presented which met with much opposition. W. Kinny got in the first speech, in which he said he was in favor of taking him in, for he was always as happy as a sunflower. But Morris said Mr. K. did not understand his happiness as much as he did, which he paid dearly to understand. Petition rejected
    Just at this period of events, P. Starnes was seen approaching the secretary and handed in his resignation. Then he took his place back in the corner. He was dressed in mourning 'from his crown of his foot to the sole of his head'. He said the reason for his resignation was he wanted to go into the bologna and sausage business with Tom Crowder and Jake Grissmore. Tom was to furnish the dogs and Jake the swine and Phil was to grind and stuff. resignation accepted.
    T. Brewer then made to telling a little speech on how he raised oats and also 'cain' and also offered a remonstrance against the building of the Mattoon and Grayson Railroad. He said if the road was built, the county would soon fall into the hands of monied men an it would not be long till there would be a church or a school house at every cross road in the county and that there would be a court-house.  House for the poor and bridges to build and many other unnecessary things done and the people would have to pay for it. If there could not keep the road out any other way, they would mob the surveyors.
    H. Rhoads then called Freeman to the chair while he might make a little speech in which he told a sad story about how he once had been imposed upon by showmen and in one instance would have had to remain outside the house during the performance but for the timely arrival of his friend Shaw who came down with the stamps and walked in and also how he was treated at the ...dignation dog meeting. Tears were tinkling down the cheeks of Morris, Lee and others. Scranton then offered his resignation....Jim Freeman wanted to make a speech but was choked off by Scranton and Brewer.
    Puny Phelps made a motion to change the name of the society from Lymphs to the 'Lost Leisons'
(Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday 28 April 1871)

    Latest subscribers to the democrat: William Morris; Alvin Perry; S. Roberts; William Jones; A.C. Farnsworth; Thomas Gresson; F.P. Wade; Peter Devore; Eli Edwards; E. Harris; S. Cash; R. Cather; Jas. L. Hacket; and J. Dugan. We are indebted to Andy Edwards for nine of the above names
(Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 5 May 1871)

    Ben Wade was beaten at Chicago in ....James F. English was born March 1812... John A. Logan has aspirations. He is a handsome man with splendid black eyes and hair. He was 45 years last February.
(Cumberland Democrat M.P. Friday 5 May 1871)

    Mrs. Henry Adkins will please accept our thanks for a basket of fine lettuce and onions.
    Deputy Sheriff Green started to Joilet on Monday with Frank Nicols. the murder of Howe. Judge Decius refused a new trial. We understand Nichols was dissatisfied with the verdict. He thought he ought to be hung.
(Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday May 26, 1871)

    A.M. Boden (not Frank) was convicted of Bigamy. Henry M. Stephens, says he's been a soilder 8 years in regular Army. He is camping along the National road on the farm of Leroy Fancher, few miles east of Greenup. Mrs. Morgan and 'Park' started for Missouri last Tuesday on a visit. Dr. Chapman returned from Terre Haute.
(Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday 9 June 1871)


Mrs. Oliver L. Romack, of Rose Hill, celebrated her 76th birthday anniversary Sunday.
All of her children were present, except Sydney H. Romack of Bement. All took well filled baskets and a large dinner was served.
Mr. and Mrs. Romack are among the oldest residents of Jasper county. Mr. Romack, who is 80 years of age, has lived in the county all of his life. Mrs. Romack came from Missouri with her father, the late Solmon Isley, shortly after the Civil war. Mr. Romack was a small boy during the. Civil war and can recall some trying experience during that period.
Mr. and Mrs. Romack celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on March 13.
J. N. Dulgar, of Hidalgo, celebrated his 84th birthday Sunday in the home of his son and daughter-in-law. A large dinner was served.
Decatur Evening Herald Thursday, March 26, 1931, Decatur, Illinois
  The universal opinion is that Dr Joseph T Richard son lost his life by saving and trying to save the lives of others.

[Cumberland Democrat, Friday, 12 January, 1872].

   AJ Dow "DIX", has returned from Iowa where he was called on business. Alvin Perry has just returned from Ohio where he has been for several weeks.  The total rights of property, Perry vs. Smith of Greenup, resulted in a verdict for Perry.  We are under obligation to our friend and Agent at Diona, Mr.. McMorris for new subscribers to the Democrat. [Cumberland Democrat, Friday, 12 January 1872, p 3, c 1].

    Beacom has some of the nicest sugar we have seen in this market.  It is as white as the "driven snow" and as sweet as a  maidens "kiss".  Many people have only had brown sugar at this date.
John Prather had to shoot a valuable horse last Sunday.  The animal got its leg broken by being kicked by another horse and had to be killed to be put out of its misery.
    Thomas Storn announced that he is a candidate for the office of Collector of Sumpter Township.  Tom is a good man and if elected will make a good officer.  Frank Latimer, the commercial agent of the extensive Boot and Shoe firm of D. LYTS and company of Cincinnati was in town on Monday.  Frank is a good fellow and represents a good house.  A week or so ago, we inadvertently remarked that Miss Carrie Johnson of Neoga was attending school in Chicago.  As Miss Carrie Johnson graduated over a year ago with honors, we beg the lady's pardon for our error.
    Levie Brewer and wife have gone to house keeping in the room below Brewers and Warners office.  They expect to open a restaurant.  We wish them success.  Rolla Richard son went to his well one day last week late in the evening to draw water.  Not being able to sink the bucket, commenced a close inspection of the well, when to his surprise he discovered a two year old steer had fallen into the well and was standing on its hind legs.  Securing help, the animal was drawn out sound and well.
    John Fairbanks, one of Berry's assistants, was arrested last Saturday and brought before Judge H B Russell for examination.  W H Mc Donald and P Brady appearing for the prisoner and Hon. Thomas Brewer and J L Scranton for the prosecution.  After hearing all the testimony which was quite lengthy, Fairbanks was held to bail in the sum of $1,500.  His father going the bail.  The prisoner Joshua Weaver on the examination swore that Fairbanks hired him to put Mitchell Berry out of the way.
    A barber shop, fixtures and goodwill.  The only shop in the place and has a good run of custom.  Reason for selling, business calls me to another locality.  J. W Alexander.  Majority Point, ILL.  For Sale.  One good 2 horse wagon-very cheap.  George B Griffin, Charleston, ILL. [Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 2 February, 1872].

    Bob Ray and Uncle John VanDyke have returned from the southern part of the state where they have been buying sheep.  They brought home with them 300 head of fat weathers.  Bob thinks that Edwards County is hard to beat for clever people, good farms, fine fruit and wheat country.  And says the wheat stands 6 inches high and is thickly matted on the ground.  While in Edwards county, Bob and Uncle John stopped with an old gentleman by the name of Isaac Smith, an old settler of the County, and a man 70 years old, yet able to work as vigorous as a young man.  Bob wishes to emigrate to Edwards County if he can find a purchaser for his property, which we hope he can not as we don't wish to lose him as a citizen.
[Cumberland Democrat, Maj. Point, 2 Feb., '72, p. 3, c. 2].


Mr. Kussner of the celebrated Palace of Music of Terre Haute, Indiana, has been in town a portion of the week.  He brought over a splendid Piano as a sample of his stock and set it up at Mr. WD Mumford's , of the celebrated Liederman and Son manufacturer, and also a fine organ for Mrs Dr Chapman.  Mr Kussner is a fine musician and can produce as much music from an instument as the next man and it is really a treat to hear him play.  Kussner was very much pleased with our people, and place,
and expressed his surprise at seeing so many genial people and so beautiful a situation for a town, after being told that it was nothing but a nest of "old fogies" and a dismal retreat for hypochondriacs. Persons desiring musical instruments would do well to consult with Prof. Kussner before making their purchases as he is a number one man, and reliable in every particular and is the Agent for some of the best manufacturers in the United States.
    One of the most pleasant and largely attended parties ever given in this portion of the county came off at our friend Jahu Brady's on the night of January 25th.  Mr and Mrs Barrett of Prairie City, Mr and Mrs Judson, Mr and Mrs Hickle, Mr and Mrs Ashwell, Mr and Mrs  Morg Swickard, Mr and Mrs P F Perry, Mr and Mrs Barger and a host of other good folks added their presence to the gayety of the festivities.  The music for the occasion was furnished by mr and mrs Mathews, assisted by Eastin Loyd.  Jahu and his estimable lady left no means unprovided to add to the pleasure and entertainment of their guests, and the Ball and Supper is said by those who had the pleasure of being present to have been one of the fines and most agreeable that was ever given in this section of the Country.
    Mr and Mrs Barrett tells us that the supper was particularly fine and inviting and the tables fairly groaned under its weight of good things.  Turkeys, chickens and quail was surrounded by immense......and he was so completely filled with turkey that he did nothing but "gobble" until he started home.  Kent Core also cut quite a "swell" as borrowed Mrs. Barrett's rubbers to dance in and with the aid their elasticity he rebounded like an indian rubber ball and when once under good head way, could not break up for supper, but kept bounding from floor to ceiling and back again, at a frightful velocity, and would have missed supper entirely, had it not been for the thoughtfulness of Jahu, who threw him a turkey, a cake, or so as he came near the floor, which Kent caught and devoured with the avidity of a starving man, and he would have been going yet had not the shoes given out and loosing his "motive momentum" stopped in a consequence there-on.
    When Jahu gives another party, we hope to be present to not only participate in the fun of the occasion but to partake of the famous suppers always furnished upon such occasion.  We are informed that Dave Judson did some tall dancing, "cutting the pigeon wing and doing some 'Delaware Quick Steps', unknown to the dancers of these parts.  We are under many obligations to Mrs Brady for the beautiful "Butter Duck" presented to us after the Ball, it is really artistically done and did we not know it was of butter, we should be constrained "to put a setting of eggs under it to propagate its species.  Many thanks Mrs Brady for your valuable and artistic remembrance.
    Dick Long lost a little child on Saturday by croup.  It was buried Sunday.
[Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 2 February 1872, p.3, c.1-3].


Old lady Starnes is lying quite sick.  Mr. Lewis of Neoga, an estimable citizen, is lying dangerously ill.  Hon. Edward Barret was home in Neoga on Saturday.  We understand there is talk of starting a paper in Casey.  Large amounts of ice are being put up by Prather's and Miles More.  Prather's Ten Pin Alley is completed.  It is a fine alley.  N L Scranton has been making some valuable additions to his already fine stock of hogs.
    There is some talk of a new brick building going up here next fall.  A brick kiln burned here last summer would find ready sale.  Dr. Brookman's horse ran away last Saturday with his sleigh, breaking the vehicle to pieces, but fortunately there was no one injured.  John Prather's father, a rugged old man and a resident of Morgan County, Indiana, is here on a visit to his children and grandchildren.
    The Methodist meeting at this place the past week has been well attended and interesting.  Simon Hamilton united with the church.  We call attention to the announcement of A D Morton for assessor of this township.  Mr Morton is too well and favorably known to need any words from us.  The Christian Church will build a brick church two miles south west of this Township this summer.  Mr Coleman Ray and others are soliciting aid for its construction.  We hope they will be successful.
    Mr. Whitney of the 'Cumberland County Bank of Neoga' is in company of our genial friend Phil Welshimer of Nesby's, P.O., Neoga, called upon us Saturday.  Mr Whitney was in search of the 'Lord Mayor' of our city, who was formerly a citizen of Neoga before he expanded and bloomed forth in his present greatness.  The gentleman found his Honor, deep delving in the Law, and after transaction of their business, shook the snow from their feet and departed in peace.
    Ed Norfolk's little boy has been quite sick for the past  two weeks.  Also, Mahlon Lee's child has been unwell.  Prof. Lovins is still halting between rheumatism and health.  Old Lady Mumford has been quite sick again.  Mrs. Warner of Spring Point, mother of Tora Warner, while returning home from a neighbors in a sleigh las Friday, was thrown from the sleigh by its upsetting and her shoulder dislocated.  Dr. Yanaway was called to reset it which he did in a skillful manner.
    David Swickard called this Monday.  He feels very much elated at our Railroad prospects and regards the completion of the Charleston and Prairie City Road as the opening for a new and better era for the country.  David is a pleasant and intelligent gentleman.
    Names of subscribers to the cemetery fund:  (Mrs. Chapman deserves great credit for the energy and interest she has shown is soliciting and collecting funds).  The list of Gentlemen:  Bruster and Sons, $1; Miles and Chapman, $1;  W H McDogal, $1; Samual Harvey, $1; GM Bascon, $1; Silas White $.50; Geo. Bruster,.....; D H Wohler,$1; Thomas Brewer, $5; Thomas Warner, $1; J F Smith $.50; Benj White, $1; A G White, $1; Dr. brookhart, lumber, $5; Geo. E Mason, printing, $5; A A Lovins, $1; C O Ray $.50;  M Barrett, $1; R Bloomfield, goods,etc., $5; M B Ross, $2; Wm Logan, $1; W D Mumford, $1;  B F Smith, $.50; R Bennet, $.50;  Charles Moore, $.50; J H Yanaway, $1; Fez Norfolk, $.25; D B Green, $5;  L L Logan, $2;  Wiley Ross, $1;  Andrew Carson, $2; S Rfestfd, $1;  W J Swope, work, $2;  H B Decius, $5;  Henry Rhodes, $5;  John Adams, work, $2;  John Prather, $1; Total  amount from gents, subscriptions, $76.25.
     Those signed and not paid:  James Ryan, $1; Levi Brewer, $1;  B J Sullivan, $1;  Charles Selby, $.50;  L B Ross, $1;  F M Oakley, 50 fence posts, $6 (already delivered).
    List of Ladies:  Mrs M Smith, $.50; Mrs Chapman, $1; Mrs Mary Lee, $1; Mrs. Bright, $.50; S Green, $.50; Mrs. Lovins, $.50; Mrs Bruster, $.50; Mrs. Tilda Durban, $.50; Mrs Salena Harvey, $.50; Mrs. Wilson, $.50; Mrs. Swope, $.50; Mrs Maggie Beacon, $.50;  Mrs Woods, $1;  Mrs Lake, $1;  Mrs Elizabeth Wisely, $1; Mrs Jane Armer, $.50;  Mrs Harmah Long, $.50;  Mrs. Annie Croy, $.50;  Mrs. Malonia Hanker, $.50;  Miss S A Green, $.50;  Total amount of Lady's subscriptions, $12.50.  Throught the politeness of Mrs. Dr Chapman we are able to give the names of the subscribers to the cemetery fund.
[Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 9 February 1872, p. 3, c. 1-3].  

Levi Brewer advertises his new Resturant and Eating House under the Law office of Brewer and Warner.
 Major Apperson was in town Monday, Ed Meeker last Saturday.  Mrs. NC Green is home from Minnesota.  Judge Dcdius commences Court at Effingham in two weeks from Monday next.  Dr. Brookhart's little child badly scalded last Sunday.  Billy Bruster made Bob Ray a present of fine Masonic ring with beautiful emblems.  Mike Barrett and Bruster and Son packing pork.

 Last Sunday, Uncle Israel Yanaway went home to Union Center to pay a visit to his folds and on other matters of business.  His store was left in charge of Henry Rhoads until his return.  Henry, to play a trick on the old gentleman, secreted a lot of goods which he knew Uncle Israel would miss on his return to the store. Monday came, and with it the old merchant who was not slow in discovering that something was wrong with the establishment and Henry to help the matter along posted several of the boys and had them call one after another at the store for various hidden articles which the more perplexed the old gentleman, as he knew there was an abundance of what was so much in demand when he left on the previous Sunday. But Henry persisted in the belief that some one had robbed the store in his absence and pointed to the lock of the door which looked as if it had been tampered with.  Uncle Israel took the matter coolly and said he believed he met a wagon as he came in that had some of his goods in it and said, 'by souls, they need not try to run me out by robbing me, for they have tried that long enough.  I am going to stay with them a while longer, if they do rob me.  Henry let the joke go til evening and went in  and told the old gentleman that his goods were safe and it was all for a little fun, When Uncle Israel remarked in his dry way, "That a man could not live in this town without being imposed on".

 New subscribers.....Spencer, and the name of J W Ewing of the same place by Judge Bloomfield.  Neoga's list numbers fifty names: Thomas Bruster, John Bennett, John R Ray, David Radley, G W Wallace, and Eva Brewer have been added to the list also since last week.

 Of Johnstown, Robert Brown's name was handed in by L L Logan, Dr Crook brought in James Hill, James Humphrey, Joshua Goodwin and Wm. Garren.

 Of Jewett those sent in by Al.... Farmer were Daniel Evans, A H Laughter, Samuel Norris, Wm. Laughter, Wm. Evans, and John Reeves. Asa Harvey's name was sent in by Sam Harvey and Joseph Raugh handed in his own name.  There were 26 new subscribers since last week.[Cumb. Democ. Fri. 16 Feb.'72].

 Lewis Harvey was in Charleston on Wednesday and says the Contractor's of Charleston and Prairie City Road were on hand and that the Contract was let and.......think they can complete the Road in six months.  Work to be commenced both in Danville and Charleston immediately.  Lewis Harvey, Administrator of the Estate of David Roby, deceased, on next Saturday will sell lot 31 in Rushes Addition to Prairie City, also the undivided half o 3 acres of land, a steam saw mill and fixtures to the highest bidder.  A rare chance and a good investment.

 Charles Hanker has been awarded the contract for rebuilding the School House in district No. 7  which was burned down last fall.  Charley will do a good job.  Prof. Lovins was out in Union Township last week for the purpose of doctoring his rheumatism under the medical care of Dr McMorris, and was improving rapidly, until the day of his return home when getting wet, he is again worse.

 Dave Green started for Greenup one day last week and his horse broke through the thin ice.  David dismounted and slid on his stomach over the water like ice to the shore, where he got an ax, and in the same way  made his way back to the horse.  By breaking the ice in advance of the animal, succeeded in landing him safe on the Greenup side of the river.  Dave never stops for wind or water when he sets his mind to go anywhere.

 Some man that has some get up in him, and wants to make some money, can have a rare opportunity of doing so if he will apply with F G Gilmore & Co., St. Louis, or 58, 31st St. Chicago, immediately.  They wish an agent for Cumberland County to sell the most popular book ever issued by the American Press, "Mark Twain's Last Great Work"......

 Jim Ferguson, Collector of Cottonwood Township, is not easily foiled when  he attempts to collect  a man's taxes.  Last week he went to see a man about his tax and found him moved out of the township, but looking over the premises, Jim discovered a motherless colt and at once levied on the chattle, but like most of the calves, this one in particular showed a refractory disposition and refused to go, whereupon Jim shouldered the animal, forcibly packed it home, sold it, saved state and county taxes.  Bravo James.

 John Crockett of Greenup died on last Saturday, after an illness of but a few days.  Also John Lewis of Neoga died last week.  He had been expected to die for some time.  Also, W L Hutton died on Feb. 16th after an illness of but a few days.  Mr. Hutton was a nephew of Hon. thomas Brewer and a very estimable young man.  From Mr. J W Carrell we learn that John A Hutton died at 11 o'clock on Tuesday bight, after an illness of eight days.  this is indeed a sad case.  A father and son, both taken in the short space of a week.  The bereaved family have the warm sympathies of the entire community.  Henry Webster died on Tuesday morning.  George Teats is also lying dangerously ill.  Charles Williams and Beda Phillips of Grenup are very sick.  Dave Green's family have been sick. Old Justice Mumford and Starnes are better. [Cumberland Democrat, Friday, 23 February 1872, p. 3, col. 2].

 New subscribers brought in by:  JH Tutwiler of Greenup, G W  Keglin and H M Huston;G W True, his own name, F K Reese and John Hodges; W H McDonald, his father, John C  McDonald of Ohio; James Ryan, Jackson D Woodrew; Dr Yanaway. J N Lewis of Calvery Ohio; Oliver Frederick, himself.  Cal Spencer, the Neoga House; Rev E Miller, JA Fisk; Dr Croak- George Whisenand; Sam Reed- James Lawyer.

 .....Rhoades and the cow in our last issue, brought to mind a conflict our fellow citizen, Mike Barrett had at one time in Neoga with a steer.  Mike was shipping some cattle, and among the lot was one of a very ugly, sullen disposition and showed a will to 'bear with the ills he had, than fly to others he knew not of,'  the steer in question, finally broke from the cattle pen, and leisurely galloped out upon a stretch of open Prairie which skirted the town of Neoga and took refuge in the middle of a pond.  John Smith following in hot haste and Mike who mounted upon a steed, compare to which that of Don Quixote, paled into insignificance he was armed with a "skelalah", the like of which is rarely seen outside of Donnybrook Fair followed furiously.
     John Smith endeavored to pursuade Mike Barrett from pursuing the maddened animal further, but as Mike's Irish was up, he was determined to not be conquered without a fight for the mastery.  So spurring his horse into the mud and water, he boldly confronted his antagonist,  and when within a few feet of the steer, the animal suddenly whirled, and pitched at the horse and it was but the work of a minute to place the horse and rider " hors du cumbat", and tumble them headlong into the water.  The steer goring the horse fatally in the side, while Mike picked himself up and made for the shore at a furious speed, the steer following in close pursuit.  Mike finally gained the shore and seeing the steer still after, made tracts for town as a Dexter rate of speed, the steer however, gairing upon him at every jump, finally Mike seeing that his legs would not carry him out of the difficulty, right about faced, and commenced an attack with  his shelalah upon his willing antagonist.  Using his national weapon with such dexterity and telling effect that the steer was forced to  acknowledge Mike as a belligerent power.  and was not so eager to continue the fight.  Mike at once comprehending the situation of affairs, concluded to again bring his legs into requisition, and went flying like the wind over the prairie in the direction of  Neoga, and it is said, by an eye witness, that a train was at the same time running down the Central and that Mike fairly distanced the Iron Horse--so great was his speed. The steer was never conquered and remained the hero of the field.

 Cal Spencer writes us from Neoga... The Cumberland Bank is in full blast, and its worthy proprietors doing a good business.  The M E church has concluded its series of meetings, and made several additions to the flock.  the Presbyterians are holding a very interesting meeting at the present time and that Hon. Ed Barrett's speech is a very  favorably received.  Many of his friends regarding it as a fine effort while Some think it all blarney!  Also that John Lewis, who died in Neoga on the 16th was taken to Indiana for burial and that his remains was escorted to the cars by the Masonic Fraternity.  See P F Perry's sale notice-- horses, cattle, hogs, corn & e  to be sold on Saturday, March 2d, 1872 at his residence on the Charleston and Greenup road 4 miles from Prairie City.  GO!

 Uncle Jimmy Gill called on us Thursday.  He looks well for a man of venerable years.  Jesse Price died 17 February 1872 at the residence of Mrs. Circling.  Meredith Ross's smoke house burned down Thursday morning and came very near burning down the dwelling house.  Judge Ross has two nephews visiting from Kentucky.  Rev. George Matthew is to preach at the church Sunday morning at 11 o'clock.  Frank Bowen is in town.  The fine boy of his is named "Georgia".  Jake Grissamore is talking about burning brick here this summer.

 Mumford's property is to be sold at Public Auction Saturday.  McMahon severely hurt his ankle and leg a week ago by being upset from a sled.  He is on crutches.  Kirk Logan was electioneering in Coles County last week. He goes to Jasper next week.  The "Guywalpers" meet regularly at Dr Brrokharts office every evening  (Sunday exception) on the 7th hour pas meridian.  Judge Decius in Springfield last week and is of the opinion that legislation will not remain in session longer than the 15th-20th of March.

 Mrs Bradshaw request that we tell that Mrs. (old lady) Deppen paid into the Cemetery Fund; $2.  JS Peters has a large sale of horses, cattle &c at the farm of the late Emmanuel Miller, deceased, near the Mule Creek PO on February 27th, 1872.  Uncle Johnny VanDyke and Bob Ray had 300 sheep bought in Jasper and adjoining countys.  Jake Grissamore also has 100 head.

 Mr Green of Chicago Masonic Lodge, lecturer under Grand Lodge of Illinois and Agent of the 'Mystic Star'  has been enlightening our Masonic brethren of Prairie City lodge this wee.  Judge Fisher of the firm, Pinatel and Fisher was in town Saturday.  The Judge is taking orders for the goods for a Cincinnati firm.  We recommend the Judge to our readers.  Rola Richardson' school in District No. 2, will have a spelling school on Tuesday night, March 12th.  The pupils from other schools are invited.

 Hon. Ed Barrett writes us that he will visit his friends in Prairie City next Saturday, if nothing prevents his visit.  His recent speech is favorably received by the people and is pronounced a creditable effort.  Will the people of Johnstown and vicinity hurry up their petition for a mail line from this place to Johnstown.  Have it leave here on Friday so as to connect with Campshell and Charleston mail on Saturday.  [Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 23 February 1872, p. 3, c.1-3]
   Monteville Ray's subscription handed in by Coleman Ray.  There is some talk of changing the location of the Charleston and Prairie City Railroad and instead of running through by Johnstown to come down the range line, east of Farmington, and that Col. Adams of Farmington agrees to donate $3,000 to the Road if the change is made.  We understand that the Surveyors will go to work in a few days to determine which line the contractors will accept.  Either of the lines are eligible ones, and would suit our people.
    We are under may obligations to Bruster and Sons for a fine freshly smoked ham of their own curing.  We do not think we ever ate better or more thoroughly cured meat.  Dave is an old hand at packing and curing meats, and has in this lot of hams fairly excelled himself, and more than sustained his reputation.  We advise all of our patrons to give Bruster and Sons a call and take home as fine a smoked ham as ever was cured in Cumberland County, and cheap at that.

    Mr. Bowser of the firm Bowser and Johnston, of Terre Haute, Wholesale Grocers and Liquor Dealers, was in town Wednesday, and gave us a friendly call.  Mr. B is a whole____ gentleman and has many friends and patrons in this portion of the country, and we advise all of our dealers that go to Terre Haute to go and examine the stock of Bowser and Johnston, No.1 and No.2, Dowling Hall before making their purchases.   

    Mitchell Berry arrived in town on Friday last, having in charge Wilson Fairbanks, one of the young men charged as an accessory in the attempted assassination of Mr. B a few months ago.  Fairbanks, through his attorneys, Green and Woods, waived a preliminary examination and thereupon Squire Butler Russell held the the prisoner to bail to the penal sum of $1,500.  Berry Kemper, John and Thomas Snodgrass, and Samuel Fairbanks going on the bond.  Fairbanks was captured in Hamilton County , Ohio at the home of his grandfather.        (Cumberland Democrat, Friday, 7 March, 1872, p. 3, c. 2)

    We have omitted to give our Agent John N. McMorris of Diona, P.P., due credit for the handsome club he raised for the Democrat at his office.  It was through our negligence and nothing else, that the acknowledgment was not sooner made.  Mr. M has our chance for his interest in behalf of the Democrat, and we can only say, that our ____ list of names at the Diona office not only speaks well of his energy as an agent but is evidence of the intelligence of the people of the old democrat stronghold.  We are indebted to John Hodge for 2 subscribers, D. F. True and Charles Campbell.  J. M. McCandish, Frank White, J.K. Wilson handed in their own names.

    See the sale notice of Charles Seeley, of Woodbury Township.  And if you want good fresh cow, or a good work horse, or a lot of hogs, go to Seeley's sale on the 16 d of March.  Ed. Ditterman called at our office on Monday and paid for the Democrat  and promised to get up a club in our neighborhood. Ed is a clever fellow and a good democrat.  We notice an entry in a diary last Sunday, which read, "M.B. Ross attended Church for the first time in two years so not it be".  Carter should be arrested for ________.  A few nights ago he ________ Squire RE Moore, and took him ________ in his wagon, unbeknown to the Squire or any one else, until the ____ was __________.

    All persons who contemplate purchasing a Corn Planter this spring will do well to _______ the American Corn Planter now on exhibition at WD Mumford's Hardware Store.  It is the best thing out.  Rev. E. Miler and Uncle Billy Brown preached during Saturday and Sunday last at the Morton School House.  Rev. JW Alexander delivered a discourse a the M.E. Church in this city on last Sabbath night.  Brother Deppen presiding.  WD Mumford has been appointed legal agent for the celebrated Singer Sewing Machine and has a sample machine at his store, where he will be pleased to see all those who talk of purchasing a machine and exhibit it to them the work and give terms and prices.

    Quite a number of our citizens have been away this week.  Judge Decius, WH McDonald, R. Bloomfield, Billy Bruster and Ed Norfolk have been in St. Louis.  Joel Smith has been to Terre Haute, and WD Mumford and wife have been to Indianapolis.

    Last week two scoundrels representing themselves as revenue officers visited the store of John N. McMorris of Diona and told him that they had a writ of arrest for him for a violation of the revenue law, for selling Tobacco without a Federal License.  McMorris, however, was fast enough for them and produced his license.  When they left his store and went to the store of Mr. Divins, and made the same demands, at the same time threatening to arrest him if he did not comply with their demands.  Divins toed them that no two such thieves as they were, could arrest him, and that they had better go and get a reinforcement if they wished to take him.  This did not suit these fellows, and after some further parley the two left for Union Center where they succeeded in extorting some money from a dealer of that place and left.  It is bad enough to submit to the collection of this unjust tax from the proper authorities, but when thieves and impostors levy and collect it from our merchants, it is simply outrageous.

    Rev. Geo. Matthews, according to  appointment preached us an "old hardshell" sermon an last Sabbath.  The audience, although not large, was intelligent, interesed and orderly.  Mr. M. is a pleasant, plain, and effective speaker, using good language, and is a close and _____ reasoner.  We were well pleased with his sermon, particularly that protion relating to the support of foreign mission.  A letter recently arrived from Cincinnati making inquiry of William H Miller, a Cumberland Prehystorian, who upon the strength of his piety got credit for a 1/2 dozen Cincinnati Plows, and never paid for them.  It is now feared that Bill, through his intense loyalty, may precipitate another Rebelliion, by his advent____ unrepentant Rebel districts of Missouri, and we urge upon his friends to use their influence upon him, to stay his avenging arm, and not deluge  our fair land with ________ blood.  Send out your accounts to  Hallville, Mo., and put Bill ___night.  The following is the letter form......put friend and fellow citizen:
    Hallville, Mo.......Jan. 1st, 1872.  Mr Western Humphrey:  Sir, enclosed you will find a School  _____er, which I wish you would send me the balance which is due me, I am entitled ______  _______from date.  If you will send it at once I will give you the interest, as I am needing money.  I am coming back as soon as the weather will permit.  Write what you will take for your _____
________.  There is not a Republican in this township and, and the worst rebels I ever saw, as they call them, which don't suit me
_______    _________   as they working on the railroad south of Mattoon.  Yours, Wm. H. Miller.

    On last Saturday the Mumford property (31 feet front witth an old building upon it) was sold at auction.  The lot is a good one for business..... and is favorably sloped.  The bidding was spirited.  Mrs. Bradshaw, Mike Barrett and Josiah White being the pricipal bidders.  Mrs. Bradshaw showed considerable pluck in the matter and for a time gallantly led the bids.  josiah putting on his studying cap, would hesitate and finally come to the scratch with a few dollars better, when Mike would then make a desperate effort to rally, and in order to strenghten his courage, would dodge around the corner of the court house and take a longing, loving look at the desired lot and would under the inspiration of the moment raise Josiah a dollar or or so, when Mrs. Bradshaw without hesitation would go a few dollars better, to the consternation of her two male antagonists......(sorry, the rest is cut off).  [Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 1 March, 1872].

    Judge Decius opened the Spring term of Court at Effingham on Monday.  Old man Mumper of Montrose died a few days ago.  Seeley's sale ont he 16th and Dutton's on the 20th.  Uncle Dave Wisner is talking of removing to Missouri.  Hon Thomas Brewer has our thanks for his valuable donation.  Tom always gives the whole hog or none.  W.M. Campbell, Kellar Brown, G.S. McCracken, and Ray Brown paid our office a friendly visit this week..

    We call attention to the notice of Storgar and Richardson.  They have a goo Carding Machine for sale.  Phil Starnes and Evans have just completed a spendid desk and secretary for the Circuit Clerk's office.  It is a fine job.  Rev. Bartholomew  Wh___
of the Christian Church will preach at the Court House next Saturday evening at Candlelight, March, 1872.  The public is invited.  The Public schools close on next Friday for the term.  Prof Lake and Miss Green have given good satisfaction as teachers.  H.H. Russell and Sam Brown are spoken of as democratic candidates for Supervisor of Cottonwood Township.  Both are good men.

    We are sorry to announce that Dr. Matthews is going to leave us.  He moved to Farmington this week.  Farmington has gained a good citizen and Number One Physician.  The City Council meets at the Democrat Office on next Monday night.  Thereis a Road Scraper belonging to the city that is missing.  Who can tell where it is.  Dr Croak of Johnstown and James Ferguson, we understand are candidates for Collector on the Republican Ticket in Cottonwood. [Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, 8 March, 1872, Page 6, Col1.].

    We are indebted to our agent John Hodge, for three new subscriptions this week, namely Wm. Foulk, Hawley Hetzer, and J.R. Cowan.  John is a number one agent and is doing a good work in getting names for the Democrat.  The following names we have also added to the list since last issue:  Allen Rosencrans, R.V. Cutright, and John E. Stimmel.

    Storgar and Richardson have just resolved their new 30 horse power boiler and are making other important changes at their Mill, and in a few weeks will be prepared to do all of the grinding they are favored with.   We are glad to  __  test this improvement in _____  Prarie City Mill as it has long been needed.  Storgar can make as good flour as any______    _______   ______  and all he wants is to have the machinery to do it with when their new ______  _______  ________  will supply.

    Lewis Harvey's sale on last Friday was largely attended.  There were stock men from Coles, Shelby and Douglas in attendance  and stock sold at good prices.  Mules bringing from $250 to $300, and 3 yr old steers $35 a head, Corn 43 and oats 23.  P.F. Perry's sale was also a success.  There being a large crowd kn atendance and stock selling well.  So much for advertising.  Mr. Harvey and Mr. Perry both took pains to let the people know that they had stock to sell and the consequence was that people turned out in large numbers to both these sales and proprieters realized good prices for the goods and chattles.  [Cumberland Democrat, Fri. 8 March 1872, p.3, col.2.].

    Superivsors Berry and Redman was appointed a committee by the Board of Supervisors to examine and report upon the condition of the Paupers and Poor Farm, and after a careful examination of the premises and paupers made a favorable report, giving Mr B. E. Long, the retiring leasee credit of keeping the farm in good condition and  caring for the paupers in a humane manner, treating them well and providing for their numerous wants as well as the circumstances of the case would admit of and that Mr. Long has retired from the farm leaving it in an improved condition, and everything going on to the satisfaction of the Board.  Mr. Clifford Holesapple, the presant  leasee is at present in possession of the farm and Mr. Long has removed to his own farm, one mile and a half east of town.  [Cumberland Democrat, Maj. Point, Friday, 8 March, 1872].

    C.C. Baker will have a school exhibition at Woodberry School house on the 30th March.  H.B. Russell, the Democrat candidate in Cottonwood for Supervisor, Berry Kemper for  Clollector, Elizur Webster for Assessor.  A Hard ticket to beat.  McClandish boys shipped two car loads of fouls from Greenup to New Orleans last week.  They are energetic businessmen.  Young men deserve success.  Charles Hanker completed the new school house north west from town.  That was b___  down some time ago in sixteen days and also made the seats, desks, and all doing a good job.

    Nominees for Supervisor:  DR Green-114, Lewis Phillips-72, Majority-38.  For Collector:  WD Mumford-121, TR Storm-69, majority-52.  For Assessor:  Colemand Ray-131, AD Morton-52, Majority-76.  Town Clerk:  WE Lake-181.   John Bepe-  Commissioner of Highways:  C Woods, Joseph _____, Phillip Shiplor as Township Central Committeemen.

    Hereby given notice for sale of Delinquent Lands and Town lots in the County of Cumberland , sale of land for the taxes due and cost thereof for the years AD 1870 at the County Clerks Office in the Court House at Prairie City, in said county on the 20th day of June 1871,  I became the purchaser of  the following described tracts of land and town lots, to wi__.  John Higby, Section 9, T9 R7, 40 A., 20 A., 40 A., and in Sect 15, 40 A.  JA Dickenson:  Section 26, T9 R7, 20 A.  Joshua Webb:  Section __, ___, ____  100 A.  Jas. A Dickenson:  Sect. 35, T10, R7, 40 A.  Nathanial Smith: Section ____, T10 R7, ___A.  John D Willard:  Sect. 23, T10 R7, 80 A.  AH Russell:  Sect. __, T10 R7, 80 A, 30 A, and__ A.  WH Denny:  Sec. 26, T10 R7, 80 A and Sect 2_, T10 R7, 40 A.  David Wellbaum:  Sec 29, T10 R7, 80 A.  John Weaver:  Sec ___, T __ R7, 40 A.  John Lawrence:  Sec 31, T 11 R7, 40 A.  Henry Orndorff:  Sec 31, T11 R7, 80 A.  RS Thomas:  Sec 5, T10 R8, 80 A.  James A Dickenson:  Sec. 30, T10 R 8, 37 A.  William Wilcox:  Sec 15, T10 R 8, 80 A. and Sec 33, T 10 R8, 40 A.  James Eaton:  Sec 34, T 10 R9,  25 A. Geo. Smith (heirs) Sec 34, T10 R 9, 5 A.  J A Dickenson:  Sec. 36, T10 R 7, 880 A.  P S St Claire:  Sec 3_, T10 R7, 10 A.  John Gillam, Sec 35,  T9 R8, 40 A.  and 40 A.  Stephen Miller:  Sec. 30, T 9 R 9, 40 A.  James Swift: Sec. 32, T 11 R 10N, 80 A., and Sec. 7, T 10 R11, 20 A.  Wm Daugherty, Sec. 18, T 10 R 11, 40 A.  Jos. A Dickenson:  Sec 3, T 9 R 10, 80 A., and 40 A.  John Day:  Sec 9, T 9 R 10, 160 A.  James A Dickenson:  Sec 10, T 9 R10, 40 A., and 40 A.

    DC Decius, Nos. 11 and 12, Block 16.  WP Rush whf lot no. 24 in block 16.

    John Gillum, Lots 70 and 73.

John A Dickenson, Lots 30, 61, 64, 65, 69, 70, 96(76?), 91, 92, 94, 96, 97, 99, 92, 100, 101, 102.

John M Davis, Lots 23-25 in Block 2; lots 11-15 in Block 3; Lot 19 in block 5;  Lots 11-12 in block 10; lots 2-10 in block 12; lots 1-3 and 47 in block 15; n hf of block 16; block 17; blocks 21-23; lots 2-8 in block 25; lots 10-11 in block 26; blocks 32-37.
    And that the time of said redemption of said land and Town lots expire on the 25th day of June AD 1873, when and if, such lands and town lots are not redeemed, I will apply for deeds.  Majority Point, 6 March 1872.  Israel Yanaway.  [Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday 8th and 15th March 1872].

    Capt Bill Berry is spoken of as the Republic candidate for Supervisor of Cottonwood Township and James Ferguson is a candidate for Colledtor.  Ther are both good men and have made good officers.  David Wisner obtaied a divorce at the present term of Effingham Court and reports he is gone to Missouri on another matrimonial mission.  David, after his namesake of old, goes after women.

    Cumberland County Board of Supervisors, Bills Allowed:  EM Evans paid $30 (or 80) for making desk for County Clerks office.  GS Mason $113 for printing for county.  Wm Ingram for keeping paupers, $26.  Mahlon Vivay for making coffins for county, $30.  Matthew Hurow for putting down Court House matting $2.85.  Robert Clime for serving as bailiff $2.  DF Chapman medical services for paupers, $30.  Dr. OW Albin medical sevice to pauper.  AA Lovin Sevice as County Clerk $29.  BF Lyon helping County paupers for the fiscal year $157.25.  WM McDonald as County Attorne______.  _____Upmore serving as Supervisor $4.  TA Applegate serving as supervisor $4.  WN Berry for serving as supervisor $4.  MB Ross serving as supervisor $4.  Wm Cullum serving as supervisor $4.  OG Monohon as supervisor $4.  John Redman as supervisor $4. LF Kelley as supervisor $4.  AA Lovins County Clerk $6.  and  LW Green Sheriff.  [Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 15 March 1872]

    Spring Point Tp- Stephen Smith and Wiley Mathew.
    Neoga Tp- Isaac Johnson, Wm. Higgins, and JE Moler.
    Cottonwood Tp-Charles Scott Sr., David Randolph and Isaac Johnson.
    Sumpter Tp-John Bobp,John Talbot,and Richard Ashwill.
    Woodbury Tp-Henry W Russell, James Hall and Mr. Williams
    Greenup Tp-Warren Covill, C Covill, C Caylor and Senior Lyons.
    Union Tp-Philip Knuch, Wm Stich, and Thomas Gill
    Crooked Creek Tp-_ S McCash, Samuel Arnold and JS Finney

    Spring Point Tp- Charles Dubrock,  John Hig___ and M Kays.
    Neoga Tp-John L Dow, James A Hart, and John Miller
    Cottonwood Tp-Robert  Brown, Samuel Brown and Mitchel Berry
    Sumpter Tp- ______ Deppen, William Logan and D Corelman
    Woodbury Tp-David Beals, W Kingery, and Rufus Calahan
    Greenup Tp- Ed Talbot, F. Welshimer, and Asmuel Stoopes.
    Union Tp-Dennis Bell, Thomas McMorris, and William Campbell
    Crooked Creek Tp-Jacob Gord, O Quinn, and M Sanford.

    Resolution of WN Berry.  Adopted by the Board that WH McDonald, County Atty, be requested to bring suit against Wiley Ross, County Judge, for taxing $5 per day for his services as County Judge.

    Resolution of G Monohon, rejected, that WN Berry, and M Ross be appointed a committee appointed to repair the court house be discharged from further duties as a committee.

    Resolution of TA Appernon adopted that WN Berry and M Ross, committee appointed by the Board at the September Term, 1871, to repair the court house be, and there........hereby, instructed to replaster the Court House, both above and below the stairs.

    Resolution of WN Berry adopted, that the Sheriff be used, he is hereby required to build a good fence around the jail.....

    Logan and Eskridge, Prairie City, Illinois,  Dealers  in Dry Goods, Clothing, Boots, Shoes, Hats, Caps and Queensware ..... our fine stock of Tics. A large stock of Family Groceries.  Lowest Cash Prices.  Store removed to the Lee and Moreland Stand.

    New Restraunt and Eating the room under the Law Offices of Brewer and Warner....I am also prepared to serve fresh oysters..... any style......well selected stock of candy and confections.  also a fine stock of the best brands of Tobacco and cigars.....Levi Brewer. [Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday 15 March, 1872].

    Dr. Yanaway was in Jewett the other day.  Doc had been there before, but never _______  ________ previous under quite so pressing an occasion. Jewett has been incorporated and Dr. unwitting violated a Town ordinance and was arrested.  Sam Harvey had a new baby girl. Miss Anne Green has returned home from Westfield where she has been the past winter attending school.  Dr. Cyrus D Green of Neoga, Administrator of the Estate of James A Bell,  deceased was in town on Monday.

    It was unofficially resolved at the last Circuit Court, that James Johnson and _____  _____ should build certain sidewalks which lead to a place of their favorite resort in the city.  Mr. Redman was nominated supervisor of Union township.  John Prather  has moved to town and occupies Sherman Hill.  We understand Cass Prather has bought a lot west on Scanton's and will build on it this summer. 
[Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 22 March 1872].

Sumpter Township: 
For Supervisor, David W Green; 
For Collector-WD Mumford;
For Assessor-Coleman Ray;
For Town Clerk- WE Lake; 
For Commisioner of Highways-John Bob
 Greenup Township: 
For Supervisor-Charles Conzet, Jr.;
For Collector,-David Carson;
For Assessor- Thomas Norman;
For Town Clerk- John __Covell;
For Commissioner of Highways-Frank Shambeck

 Cottonwood Township: 
For Supervisor- RR Russell; 
For Collector- Burry Kemper

 Union Township: 
For Supervisor-John Redman; 
For Collector-A J Carr; 
For Assessor-James Walling; 
For Town Clerk-Frances Rhodenbaugh; 
For Commisioner of Highways- Emory Clossen

For Supervisor- David Kingery                                                         
For Collector-Henry A Good
For Assessor-John W Alshire                                                               
For Commissioner of Highways- William McElheney
District No. 1   W, Fulk
District No. 2    John Warner
District No. 3    JP Kingery
District No. 4    George G Good
District No. 5      D. Wallace
District No. 6     LC Ray

Woodberry Township 
For Collector- Levi Farmer
For Supervisor-James R Russell
For Assessor- R Hubbard
For Town Clerk-James Warner
For Commissioner of Highways- James McElheney

Neoga Township  (election Tuesday, April 2nd, 1872)
For Supervisor- TA Apperson
For Collector-WR Humphrey
For Assessor-James Ewing
For Town Clerk- JM Stone

District 1       JC Patton       
District 2       SA Gammill
District 3       JB Buchanan
District 4       James Jarves
District 5       Wm H Young
District 6       JW Choate
District 7        JM Albion
District 8        A. Wilson
District 9        R Hunt
District 10      J  Rose
District 11      JM Young

Cottonwood Township
For Supervisor   HB Russell & WN Berry
For Assessor      Eleazer Webster; EA Hill and Garrison Tate
For Collector      LM Ferguson and Berry Kempter
For Highway Commissioner  Joseph King and George Thornton
For Town Clerk       JT King  

22 MARCH, '72
At this meeting, Stephen Kingery, elected President and F Tossey elected Secretary. 
Candidates for County offices- Logan; Ryan and Prather.  Addle's(?) Kent  Corr and Jas. Wisely. 
Township county Commissioners Appointed, Wm Cullum; JW Aleshire and Ben Sheehan;       
Supervisor-Danies Kingery.  Assessor- BF Aleshire. For Collector- Henty Good. For Town Clerk- JW Aleshire. 
For Commissioner of Highways-Wm. McElheny. 
[Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 29 March, 1872].


28 years ago our friend John Talbott killed a big Buck Deer where our Court House now stands, shooting it over quarter of a mile. June 1874

There is a Chancery case upon the Docket of the Circuit Court of this county of 21 years standing. The Johnson heirs, being the complainants. July 9, 1874

The Wiley Jones boys who were arrested in this City a few weeks ago for passing counterfeit nickles were taken to Springfield last week by U.S. Marshall and had a preliminary examination and were held to bail in the sum of $1000 each, which they gave. July 9, 1874

Jo. Norfolk was arrested last week upon a bench warrant and brought from Charleston to this place by John Covill upon a charge of abstracting papers from the Clerk's office in the case of Mrs. Davee vs. Young & Humphrey. The Judge however, upon an examination of the case, discharged Jo. Sep. 3, 1874

We understand that a man by the name of McGibson, living in the north part of this county, was shot and mortally wounded while in Greenup a few days since by the Town Constable of that place.  The shooting was done in a saloon.  We are unable to give particulars, more than we learn that McGibson has since died.
Newton Press, Jan. 2, 1874

From the Cumberland Democrat (re-printed in the Newton Press Feb 20, 1874):
A rousing Granger lodge was formed at John Redman's in Union Township last week.  Keep her moving boys, its a good thing.Jefferson Goodwin whose wife died about three weeks ago, was married last week to the sister of his dead wife.  We understand his mother-in-law was very urgent for the match, and did most of the courting in the case.  Such indecent haste does not speak much for the refinement or christian feeling of the parties, or show much respect for the surviving children

A burglary was committed at Point Pleasant, in this county (Jasper) on the night of the 26th ult. by Frank McElwee and Wm. Warful, of Cumberland county.  The amount stolen would probably reach ten or twelve dollars, and consisted of oysters, cheese, notions, etc.  McElwee and Wm. Warful are about 20 years of age, respectively.  They were arrested and taken before Esquires Moore and Elder for preliminary examination and were held in a bond of $5000 each to answer at the next term of the Circuit Court, in default of which they were committed to our county jail on Sunday evening last.  These boys have been better raised - especially young McElwee - and it is to be regretted that they were not firm enough to resist the evil temptation that induced them to commit such a crime.  We heartily sympathize with Mr. Wm. McElwee, the father of the undutiful Frank, in this sad trouble.  The Newton Press,  March 6, 1874

From the Greenup Mail (reprinted in the Newton Press Feb 27, 1874):
T.J. Covil was arrested on Saturday night last, for shooting Calvin Gibson. He is outhowever, on $1200 bail.
A young man by the name of Eveland, was arrested on Saturday night for attempting to commit a rape on the person of a little girl, about 10 years old, living about a mile and a half southeast of this place.  An examination was had before Justice McConaba and Kester, and Eveland was bound over under a bond of $500, to appear at the next term of the circuit court, in default of which he was sent to jail.  Such scamps should not be allowed to run at large.  The State prison is the proper place for them; and we hope justice will be meted out to the individual.
Last Friday afternoon, BEN DAVEE, of Greenup, had a difficulty with Jere Morgan, who swore out a warrant for DAVEE's arrest. Marshal HANKINS made the arrest, and while on the public square, procedding to the Justice's office, his prisoner concluded he wouldn't go any further. The Marshall, as he was in duty bound, tried to persuade him. DAVEE got excited and pulled an open knife from his pocket. The Marshall attempted to knock DAVEE down, but failed and was cut twice or three times in the neck and once under the left arm. The cut barely missed the jugular vein. None of the cuts however, seemed fatal. DAVEE then ran across the square, jumped into DR. GOODWIN's yard, ran around the house, entered KESTER's garden and then his shop by the rear door, closely pursued by the Marshal. Here he was secured. He still held the knife, but immeditely after the second arrest, threw it away. He was taken before Esquire McCONAHA, and as the prisoner was not ready for trial, he was held in recognizance of $1,000 to appear before the same Esquire on the 13th inst., J.J. KELLUM appearing as sponsor.
This is another of those cases in which whiskey is alone responsible. Had DAVEE been in his normal condition, he would not probably have done so rash a deed. For the sake of his family, and his own, we deplore the occurance. Mr. HANKINS is an officer who is much respected and deserves the thanks of all well disposed persons for his pluck and faithful discharge of his duty in all cases. We hope his wounds will not disable him for long. DAVEE has left for parts unknown. [page 4 column 2,3]
J.J. KELLUM is reported as lost. He started west on the hunt of Ben DAVEE and has forgot to return and it is a question with the people here now which will be back first, KELLUM or DAVEE.
Jim OWENS & Pete BRADY are running the Restaurant and Billard Hall at Ben DAVEE's old stand are doing a good business.
[The Mail 30 July 1874, p.4, c. 1]

John HANKINS, City Marshall, who was stabbed last week, is around again. The case of the State vs Ben. DAVEE, for assaulting office HANKINS, was called upon Monday but Ben, the boys say, has taken change of venue to California, and, of course, was not here to see it.
[The Mail, Greenup 16 July 1874 p 1 c 7]

Herb SPERRY and Dave MUMFORD went to the old mineral well the other night and were attacked by a female ghost. Herb fell at the first shot and called for Dave, but the ghost made for him with drawn pistol and he, being alarmed made for the top of the hill to give alarm whilst the shots fell around him thick and fast. When the battlefield wa looked over, there was no one hurt.
[The Mail, 30 July 1874, p.4 c.1]

27 Aug 1874 Majority Point
Dr. Carpenter kindly furnishes the following local items:
Ferdinand Duensing threshed 273 bushels of fine wheat from 14 acres of land.
Taylor Young threshed from 7 acres of land 147 bushels.
Wm. Grosscup threshed from 20 acres 220 bushels.
A J Payne has 14 head of nice 2 year old steers of his own raising.
The exreme hot and dry weather has greatly injured corn crops and will make wheat sowing late.

27 Aug 1874 Majority Point

Dr. Carpenter kindly furnishes the following local items:
Ferdinand Duensing threshed 273 bushels of fine wheat from 14 acres of land.
Taylor Young threshed from 7 acres of land 147 bushels.
Wm. Grosscup threshed from 20 acres 220 bushels.
AJ Payne has 14 head of nice 2 year old steers of his own raising.
The exreme hot and dry weather has greatly injured corn crops and will make wheat sowing late.
Information submitted by Debbie.


Mr. McGinnis our gentlemanly collector, was round through this neighborhood the past week and found many persons unprepared to pay their land tax, most of them however payed their personal property tax... Cumberland Democrat, Thursday, 11 Feb 1875

Mr. J.H. Callahan has sold his farm, known as the Bright farm, to Mr. Parks of Effingham. Mr. P., the same day bought Mr. Morris' farm which joins the Bright farm. Mr. Joseph Bessie will remain on the Bright farm, having rented it the ensuing year. Cumberland Democrat, Thursday, 11 Feb 1875

Yesterday was quite a business day, for Squire Niccum officiated at two weddings, at his own residence he united in wedlock John Stallings and Mary Russell and in the evening Laura Aleshire and Charles Robberts at the residence of John Aleshire. Cumberland Democrat, Thursday, 11 Feb 1875

Mrs. Hall is able to set up and it is hoped that she will soon be around as usual.
Cumberland Democrat, Thursday, 11 Feb 1875

Inter Ocean Sep. 2 1875
A Village In Ruins Casey, Ill. Sep. 1

This morning about 1 o'clock a fire broke out on Main Street at Greenup, Ill. destroying about half the business houses in the town. the cause of the fire is unknown

A Village in Ruins. Burning of the Business Portion of Greenup, Ill
Casey, Ill., Sept 1.—This morning about 1 o'clock a fire broke out on Main street at Greenup, Ill., destroying about half the business houses in the town. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Date: Thursday, September 2, 1875  Paper: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL)  Volume: IV  Issue: 138  Page: 5


Neoga Illinois
Feb 22 1876
Special Correspondence of the Inter-Ocean Feb 19, 1876

Three men, George Swengel, John Kimery, and James Wisely, had each a horse stolen her last night. The animals were tied near the Methodist Church.

May 08, 1876
The south-bound mail train on the Illinois Central Saturday was struck by the storm near Neoga and lifted completely from the track. Several persons were injured, among them Mr. Doyle, Secretaryof the State of Wisconsin.

Robert Buckingham, the Jewett, IL murderer, has just been sentenced to eighteen years in the penitentiary.
Newton Press, Sep 14, 1876

Hon. A.J. Hunter and family are going to Sot Spring, Arkansas, for their health.
Newton Press Dec. 7, 1876

Mr. Latta of Cumberland county recently spent several weeks at the Centennial and pronounces it a "big thing on ice".
Newton Press, Oct. 12, 1876

Mr. Latta, of Cumberland county, called on us last week. Mr. L. had just returned from a visit to the Platte country, in Missouri. Feb. 17, 1876

Mrs. Skinner of Langdonville, broke her arm while in the act of getting out of bed. About the same time and under the same circumstances, Mrs. Shafer of Cumberland county, had a similar fall, resulting in a fractured arm.
Newton Press, March 9, 1876

On Saturday, Mr. James Cox, an old resident of Cumberland, living within half a mile of Grove Town, while carrying in wood, caught his foot on a rail and fell with his load (consisting of an ax and wood.) The ax struck his wrist, severing an artery. A physician was called in to dress the wound, but he objected to having it done, and his life was allowed to go out through the severed artery. Death put an end to his sufferings on Monday. He had been nearly blind for several years, and had been a great sufferer. One of his eyes bursted and run out, about two years ago. This is why, I think, he wanted to lay down his mortal body and be clothed with immortality.
Newton Press, March 9, 1876

Mr. E. Myers died today (March 1st). One by one the flowers of the land are taking their flight to the "beautiful summer land." At this writing, Rev. B.R. Wishard is not expected to live till morning. No better man lives than Uncle Beech. Grove will suffer a lost that will be irreparable.
Newton Press, March 9, 1876

J.T. Lake's wife is in a critical condition.
Newton Press, March 9, 1876

 January 19 1876
PARDONED CRIMINALS Something Concerning the  Exercise of Executive Clemency in Illinois.
A List of Pardons Issued to Prisoners Under Sentence for Manslaughter and Murder. Our Penitentiary System Today as Compared with That of Years Ago.
Special Correspondence of the Inter Ocean Springfield, Illinois Jan. 17, 1876.
     F. Nichols; May, 1871: murder; ten years: Cumberland County; served four years.  Pardoned February. 1875. The testimony in this case shows that the man Howe, who was killed, was hunting up Nichols and threatening to kill him when he was shot. The State's Attorney, County Judge, Senator Brewer, the editor of the county paper, and a large number of citizens request this pardon. The papers show that Nichols was very young.

Capt. Palbot, (Talbot?) of Greenup, visited our town (Newton) last week for the purpose of leasing or effecting a purchase of the Eagle Mills. We learn however that the parties could not come to an understanding in regard to terms. Jan. 25, 1877

Sunday September 17, being the 84th birthday of Mrs. Harriet Smith, her children, grand children and neighbors to the number of 70 gathered at her home near Hazel Dell and spent the day with her.  At the noon hour a bountiful dinner was enjoyed by all.  Those present were: Ed Walden, wife and son, J. Copeland and wife, Joe Rader and wife, Emory Leohr and family, Peter Leohr and family, Mrs. Frank smith and family, John Orndorff and family.  Clarence Legg and family, Guy Finney and family, Frank Leohr and family, Albert Feathengill and family, Will Feathengill and wife, Guy Ping and wife, Dick Baley and wife, Wm. Tolle and wife, Ed Kitchen and family, Bob Odell and family, Mrs. Louise Walden and daughter, Egbert Kitchen, Vern Chapman, Fanny Copeland and Lizzie Cole.  Those calling in the afternoon were Orilla Orndorff of Casey, Mrs. Applegae and daughter, John Weaver and family and Zene Applegate and family.
Note:  Handwritten on the article is “year 1916”.
Unknown what paper the article is from.
From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of  Casey  & Johnson Twp, Clark County.
Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (


October 5, 1890

Neoga, Illinois

The Rev. G.B. Black preached his farewell sermon in the Presbyterian Church last Sunday Evening

Mrs. G.W. Monroe and children of Sullivan, visited friends here the first of the week.

S.P. McAllister, of Decatur, was in town Monday.

Miss Susie and Alice Votan and Ethel Simpson visited in Greenup this week,

Professor H.H. Brown, a former teacher in this place is paying a farewell visit to his many friends here
before starting for Austin, Texas, where he will teach this year.

W.R. White moved his family to Normal this week, and his residence will be occuplied by the Rev. Plowman.

Captain M. Votan made a business trip to Terre Haute, Greencastle, and Indianapolis last week.

The Cumberland County Fair was held at Greenup Oct. 1,2,3, and 4. This is the second year Greenup
has held the fair and no pains were spared to make it a success.

Eugene T. Smith, of the firm of Ewing & Smith, of Lerna, has bought half interest in the large dry goods
and grocery store of D.C. Greene, and has been invoicing this week. Mrs. Smith and children have visited
in town for several days.

Miss Sallie Mitchell returned home Wednesday from an extended trip in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Dr. Chalmers Robe, wife and sister-in-law started for Wheelock, Ind. on Wednesday.

Will Johnson, of Mattoon, spent Sunday with his many friends in this city.

J.O. Wallace has been in Indiana this week.

Mrs. Plowman spent part of this week in Arcola.


October 19 1891
Inter Ocean

Greenup Ill. Oct. 8
 Just as the balloon on the fair grounds ascended this afternoon, Alex Gordon, a country youth, tried to jump across the ropes attached to the parachute, but his feet became entangled in them and he was taken up head downward. In his struggles to escape he caught the rope that releases the parachute, which threw him and the balloonist to the earth, about 80 feet below, killing the balloonist, William Kisser, of Louisville, Ky., and breaking Gordons leg and arm.

Another Balloon Fatality.
Greenup Ills Oct- 9.—A balloon at the fair grounds ascended yesterday afternoon Alexander Gordon, a country youth, tried to jump across the ropes attached to the parachute. They caught in his feet, too him feet upwards, and in his struggles to escape caught the rope that releases the parachute, which threw him and theregular balloonist to the earth, about eighty feet, killing the balloonist, William Kisser, of Louisville, Ky., and breaking Gordon's leg and arm and injuring him otherwise.
Rock Island daily

Argus., October 09, 1891, Page 4, Image 4

Date: 1891-07-19; Paper: Inter Ocean

NEOGA, July 17,— Special Correspondence
 J. T. Wallace shipped the first new peaches from this station last Monday night.

The Rev. Father Lyon, from Altamount, is the successor of Father Martin at this place.

Miss Allie Votaw gave her young friends a party last Friday night in honor of Miss Nora Ward, of Greenup

The Woody Brothers have been holding musical convention here this week.

The Rev. W. D. Baker filled the appointment of the M. E pastor at Sullivan last Sunday.

Miss Florence Albin returned Saturday from a visit with relatives at and near Greencastle, Ind. Emberry Hoffman departed yesterday evening for Bolton, Mo., where he expects to reside for the present.

Miss Lillian Wampler and Miss Pearl Gammon, of Sigel, hare been the guests of Miss Jennie Good this week.

The Rev. J. M. Johnson started Tuesday evening to accept an Invitation from the church at Morristown, N. J. to preach at  the fiftieth anniversary of the time he first began preaching, in said church.

Thomas Mitchall came over from Indianapolia last Sunday and joined his wife in a. visit with his relatives and friends here.

Harvy Wade's residence, west of Neoga, was destrojed by fire on Sunday night. The loss was $800 and he held a policy in the Continental for $600.

Mrs. Jonathan Lindley and Mrs. Jesse Coloman started Tuesday morning for Martinsville, Ind. Mrs. Lindley being is very  poor health, will visit medical springs. Mrs. Coloman will visit relatives.

The apple crop has begun going north, I. M. Wrignt and J. T. Wallace are already shipping

Neoga, Ill., Nov. 13---Special Correspondence---
W.A. Seidler departed for Indian Territory Wednesday morning.
Miss Josie Brown, of Indianapolis, returned home last Monday.
J.T. Weakly has moved his household goods from Altamont here this week.
Thornt Brandt and family returned from Lawn Ridge, Kan., Wednesday night.
J.M. Ferguson and wife returned home from their visit to Ohio last Saturday.
James M. Miller and wife, of Decatur, Ill., spent part of last week the guests of Lewis Castevens.
William R. White, the gate patentee, of Bloomington, came down and spent Sunday with his friends in this city.
Evan Baker and wife have been visiting their daughter at Humbolt the past week.
Miss Fausta Faris returned to her school at Lerna Monday, the diphtheria having abated.
Neoga now has a lecture association, and expects to furnish some excellent entertainments during the coming winter.
Mrs. H.H. Rex returned to her home in Terre Haute last Tuesday, after a visit of three weeks with friends and relatives here.
Miss Jennie Claybaugh returned from Chicago Tuesday evening.  She came on account of the sickness of her sister Grace, who is ill with typhoid fever.
Mr. and Mrs. P.L. DeVore have been visiting Samuel and Hattie Rogers, at Kansas, Ill., the past week.
Father Martin, of Arcola, and Father Brennen, of Decatur, were guests of Father Lyon Thursday.

Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19
(transcribed by Nina Kramer)


January 27 1894

Special Telegram.
The liveliest Democratic war that was ever waged in this part of the State is now in progress.
The new Nineteenth Congressional District takes in a layer of layer of lower counties, one of which is owned by Congressman Fithian. In seeking to retain his grasp on his old district he ran up against Andy Hunter in Edgar, and Dr. J. W. Neal in Coles. The Craigs, James W. and State Senator Ike, who have long domineered over Coles Coanly, have joined the Fitbian forces and are trying to down Neal, who is a popular man and a great favorite with the rank and file of his part. With the Craigs are allied Post master Briscoe and Colonel R. K. Foller, of Charleston; State Printer Herreford. of Mattoon, and Bill Ashmore, of Oakland, chairman of the county central committee
    The trouble all arises from a disagreement as to the manner of selecting the delegates to the Congressional convention that meets in Greenup, April 23.   On Jan. 18, a meeting of the central committee of this county was held and by a vote of 23 to 15, a mass meeting was ordered to be held in this city Feb. 1 Then the kicking began. It was charged that there was a scheme to pack the courthouse in favor of Neal, so a petition was circulated and found a sufficient number of signers among the committee to justify a call for another meeting, which was held this afternoon in this city. It took two halls to hold the people. The regular committee met with thirteen of the twenty-three members and issued a manifesto denouncing the bolters and standing by its resolve for a mass convention. The bolters. or "rump." as they are called, had only nine of the committee with them, but they knew no fear and issued a call for a primary to De held in each township March !4.
    There are four Democratic papers in the county, and three of them, the Commercial , News, and Ledger, whose editors were here today, say that they will not publish the call.   The remaining  paper, the Courier, is too busy fighting Cleveland to take a hand in this fight. The result will be that two sets of delegates will go down to Greenup and renew the fight there. The friends of Dr. Neal acknowledge his defeat, but they intend to die game, and say that they will pull Fithian's house down in the wreck. Republicans are rejoicing on all hands, for even conservative Democrats say that Coles County will be lost to them by 500 majority, and express doubts as to their being able to carry the district, which is 2,200 Democratic


Inter Ocean April 9, 1895


Hope To Overthrow The License Party In Greenup

GREENUP, ILL., April 8.—Special Telegram

A union temperance revival begins at the opera-house here tonight, in anticipation of the village election April 16,  when the question of the license or no license will be hard fought. Rev. H. C. Gibbs, Rev. D. V. Goudy, and J. L. Montgomery, of Marshall; Rev. M. R. Palmer, of Martinsville; Rev. C. Baughman, of Tracy, and the local ministry will take part in the week's programe, and the revival will close with the Cumberland County Woman's Christian Temperance Convention April 13,14 and 15, at which Mrs. Louise L. Rounds, State president of the W. C. T. U., of Chicago, and Miss .Mane C. Brehni, district president, will be present. License has carried here for two consecutive years, the vote last year for president of the village board being, a tie declared in favor of the license candidate by drawing lots. Both sides are making usual efforts this spring, and the result will be close.

Inter Ocean May 22 1895


He Makes Bogus  Contracts for Circus Supplies.


Showmen Who Know Say It Is Not a New Trick.
How the Unwary Are Gulled by the "Tape Measure" and the "Short Change"   Schemes.
Greenup, Ill.
May 21 Special Telegram

A stranger giving his name as F.D. Cole Struck this town with a new game on unsuspecting citizens He came here a week ago claiming to represent the "Royal English Shows, " a reorganization of the old John Robinson Circus, which  was to be here next month. he made contracts for livery rigs and for meat, provisions, and feed to be paid for and delivered upon the arrival of the show, and  said he would return in four days with his advertising car, which, of course, never came. His game is to draw the person with whom he had contracted into a deal whereby he would raise the supposed order on the circus company and divide the difference. that is, if he had contracted for $25.00 worth of feed, he would give an order for $35.00 if the feed dealer would advance in $5. the circus never comes and the dealer is $5 loser. Cole is a slick man. no doubt, with considerable circus experience, and evidently working the game as a business, as he carries a stock of printed forms for contracts and orders.
old circus men around town laughed gleefully when the wail of the people of Greenup was  brought to their attention. "Mr Cole's little scheme," said one veteran of the white tents last night, "is as old as it circus, and has been, worked through every section of the country, and ahead of every real and a host  of imaginary shows. I don't know anything about any 'Royal English Show' or any 'reorganization of John Robinson's Circus.' Therefore I should judge that Mr. Cole's show wither does not exist, or is a cheap one-tent-and-a-worn-out-elephant affair E. G. Waldron, long known as a circus agent, explained the operations of the scheme. "The people are worked in two ways, and, as a rule, the town folks are easier to scalp than the jays,"  said Mr. Waldron.   "The trick of issuing bogus orders in a regular thing, and the man makes a business of it is always armed with a stack of printed blanks to back his statements.
"Sometimes he works the merchant, as these people of Greenup have been worked, gets the victim to enter into a scheme to fleece the circus, and gets $5 or more of the expected booty from  the greedy countryman. It's a miniature green goods scheme, that's all. The jay thinks be Is going to rob somebody else and gets the hot end.   Another way of working the trick is to tell the jay that a money order has not arrived, that I need  $10,  advance it to me and I'll add it to the amount in your contract, see?"The farmer is easily caught on that trick almost every time."
"A dodge that I have seen played in large cities," said Frank Logan, another 'advance man,' " Is the tape-measure trick.   The sharper selects a vacant lot alongside of a saloon and begins marking and measuring. Saloonkeeper comes out and gets inquisitive. Circus man tells him he is finding a lot for So and-So's show but Is afraid this lot is too small.   Saloon-keeper thinks a week of a circus right by his door will net him big trade and bribes the circus man with $100 or so to report favorably on the lot.   And the circus never comes."
Sidney Euson, a circus man for fourteen years, described the manner in which the dollars are gathered
after a circus strikes a town.
"The advance order and tape measure tricks," said Mr. Euson, "are easy and small beside the jobs  by which the 'grafters' skin lambs when the show is once in town. First the parade. Then a shell game is opened, and i can tell you the name of a prominent Chicagoan who used to pay Forepaugh $500 a week for the shell privilege.
" The jay,  we will suppose, has escaped the advance man and the shell game, he gets into line and an animal book is sold him only to be collected from him when inside the door. "Prize boxes", guaranteed full of gold and silver-nit- are sold to him; finally he buys a ticket and is given a deal like this: "He buys a 60-cent ticket and hands in $5. The grafter gives him his change in silver and counts it thus:
'Sixty and fifty is two, two twenty-five, fifty, three, four, five and there you are", and there he is, shy a dollar. Or he hands a $10 bill to the ticket seller, who has a $1 bill in his cuff. "Smallest you have? Can't change it take it back!"
"And the jay takes back a $1 note instead of his hard earned ten. that's called 'the push back'.
"Those are merely samples of circus trickery. the people of Greenup, therefore, are not out of the woods yet.
If they were so easy on the advance order graft, what will become of them when a circus actually strikes their town?
Why, they'll be skinned alive and lose their next year's corn crop if they aren't careful.

March 10 1895
Greenup Township Nominations
Greenup Ill. March 9
The Republicans of Greenup Township today nominated as follows Supervisor M. Stockbarger; collector, John Stull; assessor H.F. Sperry; commissioner of highways, John Waldrip; town clergy; A.S. Williams. The Democrats nominated the following ticket; supervisor Charles Conzel; collector, H.F. Booth; assessor, James Reynolds;commissioner of highways. Arch Fettner; town clerk, W.H. Cunningham.

Inter Ocean
April 15 1895
Greenup Ill April 14
W.E. Carleton and Miss Electa Tutewiler were married here this afternoon.

May 22 1895


Dr. Denman and Mrs. Robertson, of Greenup, Did Not Inform friends.
Greenup Ill. May 21 Dr. W.O. Denman and Mrs. May Robertson surprised their friends today by driving to Toledo and getting married. They left for Plymouth, Ind. where the groom will engage in business as a merchant.

Inter Ocean April 28 1895
Strange Story Of A Bargain With the Greenup (Illinois) Apparition.
Greenup, Ill, April 27-Special Telegram
The mysterious visits of the Slusser ghost have ceased. The "woman in black" that is said to have haunted the home of Lincoln Slusser, seven miles south of Casey, for the last twenty years, is no more. The superhuman woman appeared to Mrs. Slusser and  laid bare to her the burden of its heart.  It is said that in an old abandoned well were the remains of her murdered infant, and if these were removed and properly  buried it  would never appear to her again, but would haunt the guilty parties to the end of their days. In pursuance of the strange request the old well was cleaned out and bones, presumably those of the infant, were  really found and carefully interred and the old well was filled up.
The apparition has not since appeared and the people of that neighborhood are lapsing into their normal peace of mind after several months of intense excitement, during which hundreds of  visitors went  from miles around to witness the maneuvers of the ghost. Reports are conflicting in regard to this mysterious affair, but there are worthy persons nevertheless who affirm to have witnessed these visitations, and who look forward to the time when there will be a sequel to the mystery

August 22, 1895
Young Hero Rescues A Child
George Smith, Aged 13, Performs a Gallant Feat Near Greenup, Ill.
Greenup Ill., Aug. 21 The five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hutsill, four miles west of this city, narrowly escaped death in a burning barn today. George Smith, 13 years old, rescued the child, burning himself badly about the hands. The Hutsill child may live, but is in a critical condition. He was at play in the barn when it caught fire. the building and contents, property of H. Bright, were entirely consumed. Two horses burned to death.

Nov. 19, 1895
Hotel Building at Greenup Illinois is burned.
Greenup Ill. Nov 18 This morning at 4 o'clock fire broke out in the European Hotel building. the inmates escaped with only their nightclothes. The losses are estimated as follows: F.H. Bosworth, European Hotel building, value $3,000; $1,000 in German of Freeport; hotel fixtures and restaurant stock, value $2,000; $500 insurance in Hartford and $200 in German of Freeport. Charles Flowers, general stock, values at $5,000; $1,500 insurance in Connecticut. Sheriff L.C. Feltner, building and contents, hardware and implements, loss $7,000; $2,500 insurance in German of Freeport. A.R. Bosworth, building, loss $2,200; $500 insurance in Hartford and $1,000 in Connecticut. the heat and explosion of powder in the hardware store shattered plate-glass windows and caused damages estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. The losses generally are well insured. the cause of the fire is unknown.

Inter Ocean Nov. 14 1895

Greenup Ill Nov 13
The Montrose comet suspended publication today, Editor J.E. Johnson retiring from the newspaper business. the subscription lists and the business were assigned to Greenup Press edited and published by John and W.H. Cunningham in this city.

1895-06-03 Inter Ocean
Death William Stewart at Greenup, Ill.


Inter Ocean Feb. 13 1896


Greenup Ill. Feb 12

Diphtheria of a malignant type has broken out in the vicinity of Woodbury station, then miles west of here. One entire family, that of John Wisner, is afflicted. His youngest daughter died yesterday morning, and his oldest daughter today, and two of the five remaining children will not survive. the outbreak of the disease has occasioned much alarm, and the schools in that vicinity have been closed.

Inter Ocean Feb. 28, 1896
Greenup Has A Couple Not Afraid of Matrimony
Greenup, Ill. Feb 27 Abraham Rhue, aged 64, and Mrs. Rebecca Rocks, age 55, were married in Union township, Cumberland County. the groom was recently divorced, and this is the fourth marriage of both the bride and groom.

March 24 1896
Greenup, Ill. March 23
At a meeting of the officers of the Cumberland County Veterans Association in this city. It was decided to hold their seventh annual reunion at the Greenup fair grounds July 2,3, and 4. A number of regimental reunions will be held at the same time and place.

Date: 1896-05-23; Paper: Daily Inter Ocean
High School Commencements Greenup (Ill.) Class Dispenses with Any outside Help Greenup Illinois May 22
The fourth annual commencement exercises of the Greenup High School occurred at the opera house tonight.  A class of four girls and two boys delivered graduating essays. The programme included: " Shoe Solo" Miss Jessica Conzet; "Applied Thought" Mr. Stanley Smith; "What O'Clock Is It?" Miss Mattie Mock; "The Need of the Times" Mr. Charles Eckard. the event surpassed all previous efforts here, one distinctive feature being that the programme was rendered entirely by the class, who interspersed their essays with musical selecting. Newton Ill. May 22
The commencement exercises of the Newton High School were held at the opera house tonight, and diplomas were conferred upon three young women and one young man, as follows: Antoinette Girhard, Emily Small, Mable Clarke, and Ed Arnold. Miss Emily Small was the valendictorian, her subject being "Hitch Your Wagon to a Star"  Ed Arnold's salutatory was on "A Napoleon of Peace." A quartet, consisting of Misses Jessie Johnson and Nora McQueen and W.H. Lathrop and Dr. C. Booker, sang and Miss Antoinette Gerhard gave a vocal solo. Miss Mable Clarke read an essay entitled "Words Fully Spoken, Acts Well Done" Judge James P. Jack  presented the diplomas and Rev. U.G. Johnson pronounced the benediction.

Theirs Is a Much -Mixed Marriage.
Greenup. Ill., March 24—Special Telegram.—
Down in Spring Point Township Cumberland County, Joe Greenwood was married the second time to Mrs. Nancy Elliott, after having been divorced from her for years. He had been married once before, his first marriage to her and twice afterward, this being his fifth marriage and her second.  The groom is 53 and the bride 56 Date: 1896-03-25; Paper: Inter Ocean


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