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November 22, 1851

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

Cumberland Tribune, April 30, 1853

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

George E. Hoar vs Charles Griffin to Foreclose Mortgage....decree of Jasper County circuit Court....on the 2nd day of June next, sell the following property in Jasper County, described to wit: W1/2 NE 1/4 S, T8N, R9E, 80 A.....W. H. Wade, Master Chaucery

Administrator's Notice.....Estate of Levi Watson, deceased, for the 2nd day June, Cumberland County Court...Dated April 10th, 1855       John Phipps, Adm'r

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seth Starback  is the local Blacksmith

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

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

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

Administrator's Notice

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

Administrator's Notice

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

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

Administrator's Notice

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

Administrator's Notice

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

Administrator's Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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