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
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
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.
Francis Fuller vs Edmund Akins
.......to 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
...in 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
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,
deceased...in Probate Court of Cumberland County, 3rd
Monday of the May term, 1853...12-12-4. Jasper M.
Administrator's Notice.....Estate of Henry Kruse,
deceased...in Probate Court of Cumberland
County,...Dated February 26th 1853....Chas. Benstine,
Administrator's Notice, Probate Court.....Estate of
Wm. Davis, deceased...in the cumberland County Probate
court to be holden on the 3rd Monday...at
Greenup....Dated January 22d, 1853. Hiram Bowman,
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'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'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,
deceased...in 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's Notice..... Estate of Mahala Wheeler,
deceased....Probate Court on the third Monday of the
June Term, 1853....Dated April 9, 1853.
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.
Pay Up Notice....Accounts due to Dr. G.S.
Spendle....Woodbury, Illinois. D.S.
Administrator's Notice.....Estate of William Davis,
deceased...in the Cumberland County Court Greenup, on
the third Monday of May, 1853. Dated
January 22, 1853 Hiram Bowman.
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,
....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
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 interested...at 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,
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
Administrator's Notice.....Estate of Levi Watson,
deceased, for the 2nd day June, Cumberland County
Court...Dated April 10th,
1855 John Phipps,
Administrator's Notice.....next June Court of
Jasper County.....to settle all claims against John C.
Maxwell, deceased ....Dated April 24th
1855 William Maxwell,
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,
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,
Administrator's Notice.....June Term, county of
Cumberland Court Probate, Estate of J.M. Smith
deceased....Dated 24 April
1855 S.W. Huffcut,
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
Administrator's Notice.....July term County of
Cumberland Probate Court.... Estate of Henry Decker,
deceased.... Dated 24th April 1855. George
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....
....Estate of Hugh Kelly, deceased, late of Fairfield
County, Ohio, Probate at Effingham on the first Monday
in July 1855. Dated May 8th
....Estate of Levi Wilson, deceased....Cumberland
County...at the June Term.... Dated April 10,
1855 John Phips Adm'r
....Estate of John C. Maxwell, deceased, at the June
term of the County Court of Jasper... dated 24 April
William Maxwell Adm'r
.... Estate of J.B. Clausing, deceased....at the
Effingham Court.... Frederick Thoele, Adm'r
...Estate of Stephen Ryan, Probate Court of
Effingham...third Monday in June....Dated May
8th 1855 John Broom, Adm'r
.... Estate of W.J. Hankins, deceased....in 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
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.
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
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.
...3rd day in June A.D. 1855, Cumberland County
Probate Court....Estate of John Jackson,
Dated Jan 17 1855 Abraham Harding.
...3rd day in June A.D. 1855, Cumberland County
Probate Court....Estate to sell R.E. of Jospeh Green,
Dated May 8, 1855 D.T.Wisner,
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
Notice of Settlement
...Estate of Levi Strader, deceased, filed at the
March Term 1955 of Cumberland County Probate Court
Dated Jan. 25, 1855 Joseph
June Term of Cumberland county Probate Court...Estate
of Cepha Smith, deceased....
Dated March 27, 1855. G.W. Pickering,
...Estate of Henry Husman, deceased....June Term of
Probate Court, Effingham County.......
Dated May 8th, 1855 B.H.
....Estate of Isaac Vannatta, deceased....March Term
of Jasper County Probate court....
Dated March 2, 1855 Kenison Harker,
....Estate of George Starner, deceased, first day July
Term of the Cumberland County Probate....
Dated May 8th 1855 William
....Estate of Bazel Brown, 3rd day of June Term of The
Cumberland County probate court
Dated April 10, 1855 Abigail Brown,
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.
CUMBERLAND DEMOCRAT NEWSPAPER 1870
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
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
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
W.D. Mumford is prepared to collect the taxes due in
Sumpter Township and can be found at his store at all
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.
...against John Edwards in favor of Leonidas L.
Logan...to be held 31st September 1870 Edward
Petition to sell Real Estate
...to 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.....
...estate of Vincent Scott, dec....Dated 2? December
1870 Malon R. Lee Adm'r
I.O.O.F. Installation...at the hall, Saturday evening.
Charles Selby and the Juvenile Choir Sing. Miss Mollie
Lovins took part in the entertainment. Officers
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,
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
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
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
...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. Jenkins....to wit,;NW1/4, _E 1/4, Sec. 28,T 10,
R_E, 40 A... on the 18th February 1870 John Prather,
...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
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'd...to
wit; NE 1/4, NW 1/4 Sec. 10, T, R 8... George Thorton,
Petition to Sell
State of Illinois....Estate of William Sanders....to
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
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,
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 sinful...in
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,
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.
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
"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
"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
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,
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
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.
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
Puny Phelps made a motion to change
the name of the society from Lymphs to the 'Lost
(Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday 28 April
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
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
(Cumberland Democrat M.P. Friday 5 May 1871)
Mrs. Henry Adkins will please
accept our thanks for a basket of fine lettuce and
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,
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
ROSE HILL WOMAN, 76, OBSERVES ANNIVERSARY
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,
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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
(Cumberland Democrat, Friday, 7 March, 1872, p. 3, c.
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
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
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
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,
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
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
______ 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,
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
LOTS IN BUSHES ADDITION IN PRARIE CITY ILLINOIS
DC Decius, Nos. 11 and 12, Block
16. WP Rush whf lot no. 24 in block 16.
LOTS IN PLEASTVILLE (later part of Jewett) ILLINOIS
John Gillum, Lots 70 and 73.
LOTS IN GREENUP
John A Dickenson, Lots 30, 61, 64, 65, 69, 70,
96(76?), 91, 92, 94, 96, 97, 99, 92, 100, 101, 102.
LOTS IN EWARTS ADDITION TO THE TOWN OF GREENUP
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
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
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
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
House....in 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,
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
TO ELECT OUR TICKET, IT WILL REQUIRE THAT EVERY
DEMOCRAT ATTEND THE ELECTION
THE DEMOCRAT TICKET
For Supervisor, David W Green;
For Collector-WD Mumford;
For Assessor-Coleman Ray;
For Town Clerk- WE Lake;
For Commisioner of Highways-John Bob
For Supervisor-Charles Conzet, Jr.;
For Collector,-David Carson;
For Assessor- Thomas Norman;
For Town Clerk- John __Covell;
For Commissioner of Highways-Frank Shambeck
For Supervisor- RR Russell;
For Collector- Burry Kemper
For Supervisor-John Redman;
For Collector-A J Carr;
For Assessor-James Walling;
For Town Clerk-Frances Rhodenbaugh;
For Commisioner of Highways- Emory Clossen
REGULAR DEMOCRATIC TICKET-WOODBURY TOWNSHIP
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
For Collector- Levi Farmer
For Supervisor-James R Russell
For Assessor- R Hubbard
For Town Clerk-James Warner
For Commissioner of Highways- James McElheney
REPUBLICAN TOWNSHIP TICKETS
Neoga Township (election Tuesday, April 2nd,
For Supervisor- TA Apperson
For Collector-WR Humphrey
For Assessor-James Ewing
For Town Clerk- JM Stone
District 1 JC
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
For Supervisor HB Russell & WN Berry
For Assessor Eleazer Webster;
EA Hill and Garrison Tate
For Collector LM Ferguson and
For Highway Commissioner Joseph King and
For Town Clerk JT King
WOODBURY DEMOCRAT MEETING AT MULLEN SCHOOL HOUSE
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.
Township county Commissioners Appointed, Wm Cullum; JW
Aleshire and Ben Sheehan;
Supervisor-Danies Kingery. Assessor- BF
Aleshire. For Collector- Henty Good. For Town Clerk-
For Commissioner of Highways-Wm. McElheny.
[Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 29
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
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
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
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
[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
[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
[The Mail, 30 July 1874, p.4 c.1]
27 Aug 1874 Majority Point
Dr. Carpenter kindly furnishes the following local
Ferdinand Duensing threshed 273 bushels of fine wheat
from 14 acres of land.
Taylor Young threshed from 7 acres of land 147
Wm. Grosscup threshed from 20 acres 220 bushels.
A J Payne has 14 head of nice 2 year old steers of his
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
Ferdinand Duensing threshed 273 bushels of fine wheat
from 14 acres of land.
Taylor Young threshed from 7 acres of land 147
Wm. Grosscup threshed from 20 acres 220 bushels.
AJ Payne has 14 head of nice 2 year old steers of his
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
A Village in Ruins. Burning of the Business Portion of
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
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
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
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
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
A BIRTHDAY DINNER
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
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
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
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
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
AERONAUT KILLED AT GREENUP
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
Miss Josie Brown, of Indianapolis, returned home last
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
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
Mrs. H.H. Rex returned to her home in Terre Haute last
Tuesday, after a visit of three weeks with friends and
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
BRETHREN IN STRIFE CHARLESTON ILL, Jan. 26
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
TEMPERANCE PEOPLE HARD AT WORK.
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
Inter Ocean May 22 1895
COLE'S LITTLE GAME,
He Makes Bogus Contracts for Circus Supplies.
PLENTY OF VICTIMS.
Showmen Who Know Say It Is Not a New Trick.
How the Unwary Are Gulled by the "Tape Measure" and
the "Short Change" Schemes.
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.
BUT THE CIRCUS MEN LAUGH
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."
THE TAPE-MEASURE TRICK
"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
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
If they were so easy on the advance order graft, what
will become of them when a circus actually strikes
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.
April 15 1895
Greenup Ill April 14
W.E. Carleton and Miss Electa Tutewiler were married
here this afternoon.
May 22 1895
THEIR MARRIAGE A SURPRISE
Dr. Denman and Mrs. Robertson, of Greenup, Did Not
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
Inter Ocean April 28 1895
SLUSSER GHOST CEASES TO APPEAR
Strange Story Of A Bargain With the Greenup (Illinois)
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., 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
GUESTS ESCAPE SCANTILY CLAD
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
ANOTHER COMET STRIKES THE EARTH
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
MALIGNANT DIPHTHERIA AT WOODBURY
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
March 24 1896
VETERANS TO MEET IN JULY
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
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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