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Jackson County, Illinois


Dec 1900


The fall term theses by the students of the Murphysboro High school were delivered at the Christian church Thursday evening.  Their second orations of the school year will be delivered in February and the third at their graduation in March.

The efforts of members of the class were heard by a large audience, which was appreciative.  The ideas presented on the different subjects treated were information to many that listened and provided all present with helpful insight on subjects of the different orations.  Members of the class, without exception, did well.  The handling of their subjects showed careful research and deep study.

Miss Hannah Davies was the first of the students on the program.  Subject "Current Literature".  She gave splendid reviews of many of the late books, bringing out especially the value of such books to the growing mind.  Among books she mentioned  are: David Harum "To Have and To Hold", Richard Carvel and "Alice of Old Vincennes".

Clarence Blackwood discussed "Scientific Research".  He told of the wonderful development in recent years along scientific lines and spoke particularly of Thales, Greek, and Edson (sic), American, giving their most wonderful achievements.

Miss Grace Wilson told of the "Reign of Elizabeth".  She spoke of the conditions of the people and England during her period on the throne.  That she reigned during the literary age of that country was recalled when she stated that Shakespeare, Bacon, Spencer and others of world-wide reknown were produced then.

Howard M. Shaw gave light on the "French Revolution".  He spoke of the cause and effect of the revolution.  The common people were oppressed by the royalty through excessive taxation and revolution was a natural consequence.

Harvey Delano considered the subject "Our Foreign Affairs".  He summarized succinctly on relations of the United States to other countries during each administration from that of Washington to McKinley.  During Washington's two terms neutrality was strictly adhered to by this country.  The Louisiana Purchase, Monroe doctrine and difficulties in China were mentioned.

-illella Coad's oration was 1800-19--.  The rapid advancement in the hundred years covered was brought to minds of the audience by citing the marked improvement in manufacturing, transportation, communication from point to point, ----.

During the evening a musical program of splendid selections was given.  They were: Quartet- "Who Comes so Dark" Mesdames Hu-- and Penny; Messrs. Klemme and Bastin.   Quartet-"When the Starlight Gilds the Stream" Same except Smith for Bastin. Solo- D--iv's Lullaby, Mrs. Penny.


Right Rev. Charles R. Hale, bishop of Cairo, died at the Halliday hotel in that city at 1 p.m. Tuesday after a long illness with a complication of diseases.  He had been ill for more than a year, and spent the summer in Europe in a vain attempt to regain his health.

Bishop Hale served as chaplain in the Navy during the civil war and was a shipment (sic) of Sampson, Schley and others now known to fame.  He was appointed bishop of Cairo and coadjutor of Bishop Seymour about eight years ago. He was a member of the Society of the Sons of the Revolution and of the military order of the Loyal Legion commandery of Iowa.


In circuit court this morning Thomas Sykes, Harry Murray and Jas. Hill, colored, pleaded guilty to indictments for burglary and larceny and were sentenced to the state reformatory.  There were two cases against Sykes.  Sheriff Fox will take them to Pontiac in a few days.   Court adjourned at 10 o'clock till December 28.    

The Ava board of health has raised the quarantine declared against Murphysboro people two weeks ago.  Their action shows citizens of that place have accepted the situation as given out by Murphysboro physicians as to small pox and believe there is now little or no danger of the diseases spreading. Since the quarantine has been raised Agent Kent informs the Independent sale of tickets to Ava has been resumed.             

Up to December 1 Gov.-elect Yates had received letters from seven thousands applicants for office.

Pope county shows a decrease of 486 in population since 1890.  That represents the number of  Pope county patriots that Secretary of State Rose has on the state pay roll at Springfield.--[Mt. Carmel Register.]

Brother Burr is in Chicago for the purpose of coddling Congressman Smith's senatorial boom, while Senator Cullom is on the ground and alleges the congressman informed him he was not a candidate, but was for Cullom.  Perhaps a more appropriate name for our congressman's candidacy would be a  (rest of sentence not completed) 

 Chas. L. Ritter is entitled to something at the hands of the republican administration if he wants it.  There has been no more loyal republican or active worker in the party than he.  He is particularly well equipped for national bank examiner by education, experience and natural ability and his loyalty to Senator Cullom in the past entitles him to that gentleman's support for any position he may seek.  If the dispenses of offices want a capable man and a deserving national bank examiner the can do no better than name Mr. Ritter. 

Burr and Ritter are determined that Herbert and Wells shall not gather the harvest for which the former labored so zealously during the late unpleasantness.  They are in Springfield today for the purpose of convincing the heads of messes that Burr's machine is it.  But where does Bob McElvain come in.  He made more and better speeches than any other Jackson county republican last campaign.  True, Burr boasted that he sent him to the country school houses and out-of-the-way places, not allowing him to appear on the platform with any of the distinguished spell-binders that spoke to the people of Murphysboro, Carbondale or other towns in the county, but his work was effective, as the returns show.


Murphysboro, December 28, 1900.

Following is statement of the condition of the local market at the above date with prices upon the leading farm products. first prices quoted are for articles from the hands and not the prices at which they retail.

Wheat ,today was selling at 67c, Flour, $2.20 to $2.45 per cwt., Hay, good baled, $9 per ton loose $10, Corn, 37c, Bran, 65c per cwt with good demand, Shipstuff, 75c per cwt., Oats, 25c per bushel, Corn Meal, 60c per bushel, Chopped Corn, $1.10 per 100 lbs., Butter, 17 1/2c per pound, Eggs, 22 1/2c per dozen, Lard, 10c per pound, Honey ,15c per pound, Dried apples, 5c per pound, Dried peaches, 7c per pound, Navy beans, $2.40 per bushel, Potatoes, 35c per bu., Onions, $1.00 per bu., Beef, scarce, 3c to 3 1/2c per lb., Veal, 4c to 4 1/2c per lb., Mutton, 3 1/4 to 3 1/2c per lb., Hogs, $4.00 to $4.50 per hundred, Lamb, 3 1/2c per pound, Country hams, 10c per lb., Old hens, $2.40 per doz., Horseradish, 5c per lb., Turnips, 30c per bu., Sweet potatoes, 50c per bu., Dressed turkey, 3 1/3 to 10c, Dressed chicken, 6 to 7 1/2 c, Dressed duck, 7c, Dressed geese, 7 1/2c, Apples, $1.25 per bu, Parsnips, 69 to 75c per bu.

Raccoon, 10c to 60c, Mink, 15c to $1.00, Skunk, 15c to 90c, Opossum, 5c to 15c, Red Fox, 15c to $1, Grey Fox, 10c to 50c, Muskrat, 5c to 10c, House cat, 5c to 10c


Estate of Christopher Hack, deceased. The undersigned, having been appointee administratrix of the estate of Christopher Hack late of the county of Jackson and state of Illinois, deceased, hereby gives notice that she will appear before the county court of Jackson County, at the court house in Murphysboro, at the January term, on the first Monday in January. A.D. 1901 at which time all persons having claims against said estate are notified and requested to attend for the purpose of having the same adjusted. All persons indebted to said estate are required to make immediate payment to the undersigned. Dated this 16th days of November 1900. Mrs. Dolie Hack- Administratrix. G.W. Andrews, Attorney.


Estate of James D. Kiefer, deceased. The undersigned, having been appointed administratrix of the estate of James D. Kiefer, late of the county of Jackson and state of Illinois, deceased, hereby gives notice that she will appear before the County court of Jackson county at the court house in Murphysboro at the January term, on the first Monday of January next, at which time all persons having claims against said estate are notified and requested to attend for the purpose of having the same adjusted. All persons indebted to said estate are required to make immediate payment to the undersigned. Dated this 9th day of November 1900 Harriet Kiefer, Administratrix



J. VAN ORNAM, Resident Dentist. Herbert Block Murphysboro,

JOHN VENABLE, Attorney At Law Murphysboro, IL office-East Side Public Square

R. E. DOTY Attorney-At-Law and Notary Public Special attention to soliciting U.S. Patents Office in Gill Building, east of court house Murphysboro, IL.

C. M. DOTY Physician and Surgeon Vergennes, ILL.


BRICK FOR SALE We have the best class of Clay, Pressed, Red, Hard, Salmon, Re-pressed brick for sale at reasonable prices. Yards four block north of water tower. DEWEITT & POWELL.

Call On PELLETT Dealer in GENERAL MERCHANIDSE Proprietor of  MURPHYSBORO MAGAZINES Rifle and Mining Powder Dynamite Fuse, Squibs, Etc. At St. Louis Quotations.

EUGENE VUILLE, WATCHMAKER, Keeps on hand a large stock of  FINE SOLID GOLD JEWELRY.  Just received, a complete line of Silver-plateware  and solid gold jewelry, which I am offering at low figures  for cash, Clocks, Watches, Spectacles, Etc. on hand as usual.



David Fisher, an employee of the Illinois Central railroad at Makanda, made a desperate  attempt at self-destruction about 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, using for this purpose a revolver.  He says he aimed at the heart, but the bullet struck a rib, caromed and passed round the body, lodging against the shoulder blade.  His daughter was in the M. E. church, only a few yards away, practicing for an entertainment in which she was to take part Tuesday night.  He called her out and kissed her good-bye, and told her what he was going to do, then returned to his house, and with the bible open at the twenty-third chapter of Job, put the weapon to his right breast and pulled the trigger.

This chapter tells of Job's longing to appear before God.  Job speaks his innocence and tells of his un------ decree. some of the verses: (1) My foot hath help his steps, His way have I kept, and not de-----  (2) Neither have I gone back on the commandments of his ----; I have esteemed the words of -------- mouth more than any necessary -----. (15) I am troubled at his presence; when I consider I am afraid of him.

His wife and one daughter were visiting in the country. The bullet was removed and Fisher will likely recover.


Robert Tucker, 13 year  old son of William Tucker, living 407 South sixteenth street, accidentally shot himself in the right hand with a toy pistol Wednesday night.

He was at a neighbor's playing with the pistol when it was discharged, the wad from a B. B. ---- imbedding itself in the palm of the hand.  He did not tell his parents of the accident that night and the wound received no attention until the next morning, when the hand was found to be badly swollen.  The wound has assumed a serious nature and is causing the family much anxiety.



The Murphysboro township High school board has closed the contract for the erection of a township high school building with Russell, Drake & Co.,  for $21,765, and work will begin at once.

The contractors give bond for $25,000 and agree to have the interior ready for the furniture by August first and the building completed by September first.

It is to be two stories with nine foot stone basement, outside finish to be buff brick, with slate roof.  The ground plan is 117 X 75, located almost in the center of a three acre tract of ground, facing north, with east and west fronts also.

The basement will be fitted up with a furnace, toilet rooms and a gymnasium.  On the first floor will be six good sized rooms for class rooms and offices, and two cloak rooms.  On the second floor will be an assembly room 72 x 67 feet with capacity for 325 single desks, and four class rooms.  The building will be steam heated with plumbing throughout and will be piped for gas and wired for electric lights.  It will be a modern structure in every respect, imposing in design and substantial in construction and will be a credit to the township as well as to the board under whose direction it is to be erected.

Note: The first class graduated from this school graduated in Spring 1902.  Subsequently there were wings built on each side of this building and this building was totally destroyed in the tornado of 18 Mar 1925, leaving the two new wings standing.

Charles Evert, 8 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Jackson, who live six miles south of Murphysboro, died Friday night. The child had been sick several weeks, but as the family is in destitute circumstances, the mother tried with remedies at hand to relieve sufferings of her babe and a physician was never called.  For several days the child's condition remained about the same, but was not considered serious.  Saturday at 5:30 o'clock a.m., when Mr. Jackson awoke the child was dead.  Burial Sunday at Wyatt cemetery.

C. T. Koerber of Murphysboro and Miss Mary E. Wild were married Tuesday evening at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Wild in Marissa.  Mr. Wild and family resided in this city until about four months ago.  Miss Wild is well known in this city and her many friends join the Independent in wishing them a happy married life.

Paul Millner of this city and Miss Anna Wild attended the bridal couple.

At 7 o'clock this evening Miss Mary Daum and Arthur Poole will be married at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Daum, corner Eighth and Chestnut streets.  Miss Mollie Young of Carterville and Robert Slaughter will be bride's maid and groomsman, while Rev. Paul Press will pronounce the ceremony.  A supper will follow the marriage, to which a large number of the young people's friends have received invitations. Tuesday, Mr. and Mrs. Poole will leave for Trenton, Ill., to visit relatives a few days.  They will reside with his parents, west of Murphysboro. Miss Daum has a large circle of friends, made through her kindly disposition, all of whom extend best wishes for her future happiness.  Mr. Poole is the youngest son of Robert Poole, who has a coal mine west of town.  He is honest, industrious and recognized as a model young man.

Saturday, Dec 15, Nocasio Fasio and Miss Michale Colombo applied for license of Deputy County Clerk Parkinson and after securing the document asked that they be united in marriage.  They were told Father Schauerte would marry them.  The groom insisted on being married by some one having authority, other than a minister, saying it was necessary to be married in the old country by the law and a minister.  That one ceremony was sufficient could not be made plain to him and the couple was sent to Judge McElvain's office, where they were married.  Saturday they appeared before Father Schauerte and asked that he marry them.  They could not understand that they were already man and wife and the second ceremony was performed. The groom has been in this country about twelve years, but his bride landed across the waters only about a month

At 8 o'clock this evening a double wedding will occur on Maple street.  The bride and groom married first will be attended by the other couple and the first married will return the favor and stand while the second couple are made man and wife.  Rev. T. O. McMinn, pastor of the Free Baptist church, will pronounce the marriage rituals. Both of the young men have furnished homes in the same block, in neat and comfortable style, and the ceremonies will  be performed at one of the houses that will be occupied by one of the young couples.  The principals in the double wedding are widely and favorably known in Murphysboro and have a host of friends that wish them the best in the land. They are: Miss Cora Loy to Henry Williams and Miss Ella Whiteside to Robert Davis

Miss Hattie Boucher, who has made her home since the death of her parents with D. L. Kimmel, five miles north of Murphysboro, was married Sunday morning to Edward O'Bannion of Murphysboro.  Both the bride and groom have a ------acquaintance and many ------- all of whom wish them well.

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