1888 in Jasper County

The Year's News in Review

As reported in the Newton Press on 2 January 1889
©Transcribed by Kim Torp


A great synopsis of the year's news. I just wish I had looked at January 2, 1889 before thumbing through every single page of 1888's newspapers!!!!

I suggest using the "Find" function ("Ctrl" + "F" on AOL) on your browser to search through this one. There are lots of names! Remember the Newton Press was a weekly paper distributed on Wednesdays and the dates here refer to the date it was published in the newspaper - not the actual date of the event. It was a grainy microfilm with more than a few places indecipherable - so, as always, try and confirm items for yourself.


January 7: The political waters gently undulate. Goble street laid out and ordered opened by the city council. Ella Kelso gives a grand leap year party at the residence of her father. Daniel O'Donnell appointed postmaster of Newton for four years. Local dealers put up lots of ice. A. Oscar Browne, stationed at Palatka, Fla, composes three popular pieces of music, which were published by John Church & Co. Mary J. Childers moves to San Francisco, Cal.

Jan 14: Thomas Delaney died at Carl Junction, MO. Jackson and James K. Russell return from a visit to Ohio. James P. Kibler gets home from Texas. Reported silver discoveries in the Dark Bend. The cattle dehorning craze strikes Jasper county with full force. Joseph Boos appointed postmaster of Boos Station. Rena Lancaster fined $3 and trimmings for engaging in a fighting matinee along with her sisters Florence and Dora against Evaline Crouse and Margaret Kinkade.

Jan 21: Very cold weather, 12 degrees below zero. The I & I S Embarras bridge rapidly pushing to completion. Chas. E. Garwood and Emery Andrews discuss the tariff at Rose Hill. A.E. Goble invents a new slating process. James Love purchases D.B. Perrine's grain business. Geo. W. Hooppaw leaves for Alabama to accept a position as agent on a railway. U.G. Hinman writes his valedictory in the Mentor. Pete McCartney, the celebrated conlacker threatens to go on the lecture platform. Tom Cahill's residence at West Liberty burned, loss $1,000 with $600 insurance. Ed Pope burnt out in the Monell house at Buck Grove. Ed F. Todd, O&M mail agent, moves to Olney. Willow Hill goes anti-license by 48 majority.

Jan 28: Thomas Marrs married to Nannie Williams. James E. Kelley installed as editor of the Mentor. Oscar Anderson, president of the Willow Hill board of trustees, suicides. Mrs. W.C. Green fell and broke an arm. Albert Lowe and Joseph Ficklin carpenters, fall from the framework of the I & I.S. bridge to the ice in the river and severely injure themselves. Democratic congressional convention fixed for April 24 at Olney, county convention for appointing of delegates to congressional and representative conventions, at Newton, Feb. 11, and primary for nominating county ticket April 3. Peter Zeigler accidentally shot and killed himself while out trapping in South Muddy. A total eclipse of the moon, Saturday night. Will Merritt, an ex-penitentiary convict from this county, in jail at Robinson for attempted house breaking.

Jan 31: Mrs. Lydia Lewis, aged 87 years, died from injuries received in falling on the ice in the yard. Marshal Clark died very suddenly from the effects of two or three drinks of Dieterich whisky.

February 4: Small ripples on the surface of the political pools. A phrenologist wanted to lick the editor, but didn't. James M. Honey convalesces from a severe illness. James H. Brinson, collector of Willow Hill, down with pneumonia, and after a long illness gets up. Rev. J.D. Reeder receives $43.95 and a suit of clothes from admiring friends. James Taylor, proprietor of the Chicago Store, highly pleased with the year's business. The ground hog fails to see his shadow. Ike Kibler awarded the contract for keeping the paupers at the poor farm at $1.25 per capita a week. Dan O'Donnell's commission as postmaster arrives, dated Jan. 16. Mrs. Corde Krebs and Mrs. Laura Barker engage in the millinery business.

Feb. 11: Ice gorges endanger the Embarras bridges at Ste. Marie. Edward J. Hines, collector of Fox township, and Maggie Cunningham get married. At the big Democratic mass meeting, instructions were given to Geo. W. Fithian for congress and W.G. Williams for representative. J.E.O. Clarke buys the Mentor. Helen M. Gougar, the eloquent equal suffragist advocate, spoke to a crowded house at the M.E. Church. Carrie Shelley accidentally shot and killed Edward Ivy at Ste. Marie. Mike Lyda, an old soldier of Crooked Creek, C.L. Whitaker, a well known citizen of Willow Hill and Laura Hobbs Woodham, the poetess of Olney, died.

Feb. 18: John T. Ritman contracts for another year of traveling for a Chicago lumber company. Ed J. Shedlebar and Mamie Barker get married and departed for their future home at New Boston, Texas. Mrs. Rachel Bartley surprised on her 61st birthday with a dinner from her friends. John Burnsides, an old citizen, Mike Green, a warm hearted Irishman, Wm., son of Grandson Clark of North Muddy and Sam'l L. Marshall, formerly of jasper, and an ex-school trustee of this township, died, the latter at Marshall, Ill. Ed Barker is at home on a visit from Kansas. D.B. Brown re-enters the law practice. John Dudley Woods wants to paralyze one Silas Bickers for attempting to steal the affection of his wife. Valentines rained down upon the young folks. Anna Halley married to J.D. Turner, at Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.

Feb. 25: Henry Kasserman studies law. Mrs. Eugene Hartrich died at Ste. Marie. Joseph Obert and wife celebrate their golden wedding in South Muddy. J.M. Honey and C.A. Davidson dissolve partnership as a law firm. Much fatal sickness. Julia Bray, a popular teacher of Ste. Marie, goes to Mattoon to live. An ice gorge at the dam of the river is reviewed by hundreds of people. A cyclone desolates Mt. Vernon, a part of it passing through this county, moves Grant Shryock's house near West Liberty. Ed Picquet apprised his parents of his whereabouts by writing them a letter from Colorado. Washington's birthday duly observed. Newton city council donates $100 to Mt. Vernon sufferers. Clarence Brown and Nellie Gowin of Mattoon, married. John Snearley, a Granville _________ , shoots Henry Elwell at an Edwards county dance. Chris Lanner, one of the principal witnesses in the George Bowers murder trial, hangs himself.

Feb. 29: Ste. Marie and Hunt City each have local dramatic clubs. Geese and ducks fill the ponds and local sport have fine shooting. Wade Awake sounds a note of warning against the colonization of the Third Ward. This day (the 29th) comes only once every four years. Pete McCartney arrested in New Orleans for counterfeiting and subsequently sent to the penitentiary 15 years. A new wagon bridge across the river at Newton agitated.

March 3: The local political waters greatly disturbed. The criminal prosecution against D.N. Deames for embezzlement nollied (? sic) Dr. H. S. Hinman moved back to Newton. The competitive examination for prizes attended by 40 pupils. J.A. Rider's store closed by creditors. Elihue Thomas, aged 82, and Lieut. A.E. Goble died. Emery Andrew and Irvin Madden concluded successful schools. The P.D. & E. adopts a method of paying salaries by commissions on ticket sales. Beebe Booth, who built the brick where Larrabee's furniture store is the first in Newton, died at Greencastle, Ind. aged 95.

Mar. 10: Joseph Watts dangerously ill, recovering though. An independent line from Effingham west to St. Louis and east over the I & I S contemplated by Riley McKeen of the Van road. Judge L.Y. Sherman, of McDonough county, visits Jasper friends. Stephen O. Beals, a prominent young teacher, and Mary E. Grimes and John W. Shup, Jr. and Mary A. Hume get married.

Mar. 17: The Press issues an immigration number, pronounced by critics the finest paper ever published in Jasper county, and, by the way, there are but 52 editions -one every week - or boomers go out from this office. The Democrats of Wade nominated O.H. Henry for supervisor, Neil Fisher, town clerk, P.R. Faller, assessor, Peter Moshenrose, collector, and F.M. Ross commissioner, and the Republicans for the same offices, respectively J.C. Webb, A.G. Birt, Jesse R. Johnson, D.B. Love and W.L. Jourdan. (Har?)vey Ward, one of North Muddy justices, died.

Mar. 24: A letter in the handwriting of Rachel Jackson to her husband, Old Hickory - Andrew Jackson, twice president of the United States - published in the press. John Mason & sons shipped their race horses to Terre Haute to begin the season's running. Col. John W. Custer, a cousin of the hero of the Sioux Indian massacre, lectured on temperance. Joshua Hume traded his farm south of town to T.N. Carpenter of Indiana. Gus Rider's goods sold at sheriff's sale. Lewis Martin went to Ford county for the season. Tom McCall caught three otters. Mrs. Mary Yount, of Willow, Mrs. Sarah Wilder, of Wade and Mrs. Alice McReynolds, died, the latter at Trinidad, Col. whither she had gone for her health.

Mar. 31: Mrs. John Melton of Crooked Creek and Mrs. Margret R. Sangster died. The state school fund for distribution among the several districts amounts to $4,335.79. Geo. W. McCauley and A.L. Matthews admitted to the bar. The Prohibitionists nominated Geo. W. McCauley for states attorney, John H. Shup, circuit clerk, A.L. Mathews, surveyor, and Henry Faller, coroner. Gus ____ returns from a Hoosier visit. ____ Creed, the printer's friend ________. (Sorry - big black line across this section)

Apr. 7: The local political waters seethe and boil over. The Democratic county primary nominates C.A. Davidson for state's attorney. Isaiah Stewart, circuit clerk, William Kilgore, surveyor, and J.W. Hesler, coroner. John C. Brooks and wife and Joe Rothchild and wife go to Ravanna, Kans to live. W.C. Martin buys a big bill of goods in St. Louis. A.F. Calvin, and Eva Shup, get married and leave for Hutchinson, Kans., where the former clerks in a clothing store managed by T.R. Bishop. Wade township Democrats elect their whole ticket. Charles Newlin of Linton Ind., visits Jasper county friends. Democrats elect officers in 8 of the 10 townships. Mrs. Clara Gillmore re-enters the millinery business.

Apr. 14: "The Delinquent Tax List," a story of thrilling interest (to us) from the pen of Wm. Trainor, Jasper county's treasurer, published in the PRESS. Mrs. Jenny Babtisi Garnier, aged 83, dies. Mrs. R.J. Seymour moves to Edgewood to do millinering. Thos. J. Fithian goes in as a partner with the law firm Geo. W. Fithian and James P. Jack. Ira E. Lewis locates at Ford City, Kas. in a railway office. Benjamin Mann and Armilda Wilson and John W. Salcer and Rosa Henry, link their fortunes together for better or worse.

Apr. 21: Silas Little contributes a sketch of the Indian Mounds in verse. Geo. A. Shup moves to McPherson, Kas., and A.F. Calvin to Ness City, Kas. the latter taking charge of Shup & Co's loan business. Prize winners of March 3 competitive examination: Milton Sandefur, Newton Warner, Clara Harrah, R.J. Kasserman, Lillie Patterson, Laura Freeman, W.H. Burton, Stella Wakefield and Ira Sandefur. Alex Wilson's house in North Muddy burns, loss $1,000 over insurance. Republicans nominate W.H. Redman, state's attorney, Charles Morey, circuit clerk, John Love, surveyor, and Walter McTaggart, coroner. Solomon Isley's spring wagon and harness stolen by Jerry Hayes and son, who are arrested in Clay county, with another man's horse, property all returned and thieves subsequently sent to the pen. Newton and Ste Marie go license.

Apr. 28: Geo. W. Fithian nominated for congress and John J. Funkhouser for member of the state board of equalization. Democratic clubs being organized all over the county. Mrs. Chris Wagner thrown from a wagon with a runaway team and injured. Mrs. Regina Fishel stricken with paralysis at Olney, dying in a few minutes. Noah Bever gets home from Kansas. Bruce Moffitt, a leading educator, marries Lizzie Fithian. C.E. Garwood selected as elector for the Union Laborites. Unknown parties stone Mrs. Wm. Hensley's (now Mrs. Lew Bennett) house. City salaries for marshal $30 and fees; commissioner, $35, lamp light, James Gill, $8

Apr. 30: Henry Turner resigns the constable's office. James Gooch concludes to continue in business in Newton, have done so well. B.F. Harrah and C.A. Davidson go it as partners in the law practice.

May 5: The political waters are placid. Mrs. J.E.O. Clarke dies at Grayville. Fletch Evans and Jim Honey want to see one Tom Taylor, who has $50 of their good money, bad. Will Arms and sister Clara depart for Minneapolis, the former to brake on a railway. W.G. Williams and W.G. Delashmutt nominated as the Democratic candidates for representatives. Mrs. Cyriac Kauffmann dies. Rev. Henry Fairchild presents ye editor with Macauley's History of England in 3 volumes.

May 12: Druggists granted the right to sell the ardent for general debility, and saloon license fixed at $200 a year. The Republicans select Dave Green and Tom Scott as delegates to the national convention. W.J. Raef writes us a letter form Savanna, Indian Territory. John T. Ritman and wife come home from Missouri. John R. Ransom returns to his native heath from a theatrical jaunt. Mrs. Anna Stevens of Parsons, Kas., visits friends. S.F. Laugel opens out a bug juice dispensary. John Kraus has an apple tree in his orchard in the Bend, the trunk of which is 9 ft. and 5 in. in circumference 2 1/2 ft. from the ground. The new supervisors elect P.R. Henry chairman and appoint Will Kinsel constable in Wade and Emanuel Knepper justice of the peace in North Muddy. Ezra Parks, postmaster at Hunt City, arrested for detaining a __________, subsequently fined $100 _______________. ...... colt kicking a scantling against his face.

May 19: Sam McCullough is learning the baker's trade. Theodore J. Schifferstein dies at Olney. David W. Cravens writes us that he is farming in Gibson county, Ind. John M. Bell and family move to Centralia, where the former works in a print shop. Walter Cole nominated for the Republican representative.

May 26: Circuit court grinds away. Elijah Huddleston, aged 82 of Granville, marries Amanda C. Spoon, a young woman who had just procured a divorce from No. 1, and immediately after the ceremony fell over with a paralytic stroke from which he soon afterward died. Bush Vanderhoof and wife, Frank Brown, Ed Maxwell and Mrs. Meda Wilson leave for Montana. Gen. John M. Palmer the Democratic state standard bearer. Dr. E.T. Printz married to Lizzie I. Marshall at Moulton, IA.

May 31: Divorces granted to Frances Hensley, Perscilla Thomas, Anna Kershner, Will Moulden, Lulu Brown, Charles Bickers, Thomas Lenox, Edith Chapman, Judy Freeles, Jackson Wisemore and Sanford Stewart. J.W. Chapman and Julia Sanders marry. Decoration day fittingly observed. Arthur Williams, aged 10, drowned in the river.

June 2: The political current runs sluggishly. Anna Bever died. Hunters kill a yearling steer for Chas. R. Kelso. Simpson Johnson manufactures an electric belt contrivance for nervousness.

June 10: John Scholfield elected supreme judge and Chauncey S. Conger defeated by David J. Baker in the southern district. Grover Cleveland and Allen G. Thurman lead the Democratic hosts. The wool trade at Newton good. James McCullom and Thad Lauchner start a tarantula oil store. Mrs. Roy Anderson, of Olney, gives birth to triplets. Allie Harding, May Lingenfelter, Lillie Vanderhoof, Jessie B. Johnson, Will C. Reeder and Carrie P. King graduate with honors from the Newton schools. Mrs. Mattie Hoggins returns from the Lebanon, O, school. W.H. Eidson elected police magistrate of Willow Hill.

June 16: Carrie Elder dislocated her jaw. Lulu Love attends college at Merom, Ind. A fire at Greenup eats up the Times and half of one business street. Buck Theriac acquitted of the charge of ravishing Elmira Shoup. Newton's new teachers: N.S. Scovell, Nan Cummins, Edith Walker, Lola Brown, Josie Kinsel, Electa Ransom, Anna Bridges and Birdie Ward.

June 23: Pole raising the rage. The aldermanic contest between Weber and Hizey, license; and Yelvington and Clearwater, anti, dismissed. A Camp of the Sons of Veterans organized. Jim Weaver and Lew Bennett, Jr. have a slugging match without gloves and break plate glass window at Faller's. Uncle Israel Whaley returns from Missouri and Harry Winterrowd from Lincoln, Nebraska.

June 30: Benjamin Harrison and Levi P. Morton head the monopoly ticket. Sundry good people hung Fourth of July orators without success and Newton's celebration falls through. Hoodlums hang a dummy on the young Democracy's pole. W.F. Smith lodged in jail on a charge of assaulting to murder Sheriff Ross. An I & I S train runs into a drove of cattle, killing three cows, owned by John Hauk, Wes Brooks and Dan Wood. A. Oscar Browne is discharged from the regular army on account of ill health, afterward going to Nashville, Tenn to college. Dr. ... (can't read the rest of this entry)

July 7: The politic current __ens. I.M. Shup the proud father of a young Democrat. Ike Kibler held in a $500 bond for bastardy on the complaint of Sarah A. Bickers. Democrats and Republicans open out headquarters in Newton, the Demmies paying cash rent and the Reps beating off the state. G.A. Elliott, of Wheeler, takes the belt as the champion (?) {question mark is included in the original copy} letter writer. Our Natal day quietly observed. Josie Theriac, Josie and Stella Faller get home from the Ozark mountains. Rev. Wright resigns the New Light pastorate. Johnson Bartley dies of consumption. George Brown bites Doug McCullough's nose off in a Raeftown jamboree.

July 14: Smith Jones, an __ and citizen of Pleasant Ridge, dies very suddenly of heart disease. The Ligget & Meyer Co. of St. Louis, contract for 3,750,000 feet of sycamore lumber of our people.

July 21: A local Republican orator declares to his audience that there are no disinfected Republicans in Jasper county. J. Z. Winterrowd's friends, 200 in number, give him a surprise dinner on his 40th birthday. Hon. A. J. Streeter, Union Labor candidate for president, speaks in Newton. Geo. W. Linn, a crank, harangues the people of the county, when not run out by decayed hen fruit. The Agricultural Board decide to hold no fair. Lafe Hughes works up the Oregon immigration fever. Mrs. J.C. Brooks comes back from Kansas. The tariff bill passes the house.

July 28: Co B goes to Springfield. Republican ladies erect a Harrison pole in west Newton. A total eclipse of the moon. Mrs. Mary Bliss gets $2,000 pension. Frank Von-Reudgish released from the Missouri penitentiary. Levi Brewer, Democratic presidential electoral candidate, severely cuts his leg. Nova Weaver killed by lightning. B.W. Harris promoted from the captaincy of Co. B. to the office of major of the 8th regiment. Republicans raise a big poplar pole.

July 31: Zan Kinsel and Perry Kelley leave for Montana. Charles H. Albright and Eva Hayes, and Geo. W. McCauley and Winnie Brooks conclude to breast the storms of life in each others company.

August 4: The political waters glide along swiftly. Gen. Phil Sheridan crosses the river. A Newton Republican informs a farmer that the Reps have lots of men drawing pensions who don't have to work and therefore put in their time explaining the tariff to the grangers. The Democrats erect a big hickory pole. A cow of Dan Stark's dies from sunstroke. The Newton Republican glee club comes home from Wheeler supperless. Jim Honey assaulted at West Liberty while talking Democracy and Thomas Gustin was convicted of shieing a brick and fined trimmings etc. $100. Ambrose Schneider dies at Olney. Dr. Harris resigns the office of circuit clerk, moves with his family to Montana and Isaiah Stewart is appointed to fill the vacancy.

Aug. 11: S.G. Barbee moves his iron foundry to Effingham. Gen. Palmer and a number of other distinguished speakers address thousands of Democrats at Newton. W.H. Lewis, alias Wm. Johnson, steals a couple of grips and gets into jail. Lawrence Huber and Elic Lamotte sell their butcher shop to W.J. White and W.N. Wakefield. James W. Gibson and son Ralph fight off the mosquitoes for their health at Petoskoy, Mich.

Aug. 18: Rev. G.E. Sanderson, of Oakland, visits Newton friends. Jerry Skelton and Stewart Bros go in together merchandising. Private Joe Fifer and several other big guns shoot off their mouths to several thousand Republicans in Newton. Frank L. Shup and wife let the Lake Michigan breezes fan their cheeks at Chicago and Waukegan. Ed Harlan for congress and Mark Tilton for member of the state board of equalization, lead the Reps a forlorn hope. Pickpockets follow up republican meetings and reap a harvest at Newton. Eli W. Curtiss, ex-county and circuit clerk, died. George Davidson, of Ohio, buys a farm here, moving to it. Richard Edwards, state superintendent, lectures to the teachers.

Aug. 23: Louis S. Rounds lectures on temperance. C.P. Miller of Grove, brings home a Hoosier wife. Ste Marie produces stalks of corn 20 ft. high. Fred Lathrop buys a marble shop at Robinson. W.G. Bass operates a fruit butter factory. Wm. Maloney gets the contract for furnishing the court house coal. Ollie Harker, of Crooked Creek and Oscar Bartley, Willow Hill's assessor, die.

Aug. 31: P, D & E engineers strike, gain their point, and resume work. Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell, dies in North Muddy, aged 71 years.

September 1: The political streams run bank full. H.A. Faller elected captain of Co. B.

Sept 8: Walter McKean and wife get back from the Pacific slope. The Newton schools opened for the fall and winter term. John T. Ward and Bertha Lollar married at Wheeler. James H. Willis, a typo on the Western Star, Newton's first newspaper, calls on us. Elic Lamotte buys out Dan Wood's grocery store.

Sept. 15: James Wallace succeeds W.L. Hancock as PD&E agent, the latter going to Sullivan, ILL. A slight frost stops the growth of vegetation. Wm. Smith and Wm. Johnson break out of jail and are recaptured. Harry Kilborn, Rose Hill postmaster, robbed of a watch and $121. Maggie Yelton goes to college. Geo. W. Mitchel, a prominent Kansas layer, calls on us. Jim Chapman's saw mill near Rose Hill, burned. Burglars enter D.B. Brown's house and get a silver watch. A.L. Mathews goes to Colorado and B.F. Foltz is substituted for surveyor on the Prohl ticket. Fendol P. Snyder, an old citizen of Granville, died. Chas. A. Davidson downs W.E. Barrett in a joint political discussion.

Sept. 22: Harry Kendall and Will Carrick go to Champaign to college. Sarah Boldrey appointed postmaster of Bogota. V.E. Schifferstein gets the championship as the fleetest runner in the U.S. the young ladies organize a club to be known as "Every Girl a Committee of One to Hunt a Fellow" Dr. Maxwell comes home from Montana. Friends give a surprise supper to G.A. Lemay and wife on their 10th wedding anniversary.

Sept. 29: John Dumont and Daniel D. Swick, two highly respected citizens, die. Fr. J.L. Fuson contracts for the pauper practice of Wade township. Mrs. A. F. Calvin visits her parents in Newton. News of the killing of James Solliday, while holding the throttle of a locomotive in Ohio. Everybody at the state fair at Olney. Ida James teaches a school at Bushton, ILL. Co. W.P. Hargitt, the veteran Knight of the Road, Stick and Rule, strikes us for spare change. C.E. Garwood calaboosed and a riot the result, which costs Ezra Cornwell sundry knocks and about $300 in good cash.

Sept 30: Thos. L. Noble, ex-temperance evangelist, stops in Newton enroute to Wichita, Kas., from Pennsylvania to talk for free whisky. Simpson Johnson finds Uncle John Brown's pocket book containing $1,800 in notes. A brick walk 15 ft wide being laid north and east of the square.

Oct. 6: The political waters run like mountain torrents. Newton gets a reduction of P.O. box rent. The supervisors fix the circuit clerk's salary at $1,200 a year with $150 for deputy hire. King & Franklin's shows exhibit in Newton. The soldiers reunion declared off. J.S. Howell and wife celebrate their golden wedding. Perry Musgrove takes charge of the paupers. Andrew Speasel dies from injuries sustained in leaping from a PD& E train, Thomas Brunner, of Willow Hill, from consumption and Hamburn Wilson, in Christian county, from an internal rupture of an artery.

Oct. 13: James Barker goes to New Boston, Texas. Everybody pressed into the political campaign. Flori Faller and Tillie Schackmann united as one. Rev. John Molitor, Catholic pastor, returns from a trip for his health up in Minnesota, feeling much better. Thos. F. Danan is promoted to assistant clerk on the Indianapolis and Pittsburg mail route. Wm. Smith escapes from the jail. Chas. Honey gets home from Denver.

Oct. 20: Politics engrosses everybody's attention. President Cleveland voted a sofa pillow at the Catholic fair. Uncle John Rickman, a half-blood Cherokee, shows up after an absence of several years in the Indian Territory. Ethelbert Callahan, republican candidate for elector, canvasses Jasper county and finds nobody to listen to him. Catholic fair clears $700 for the church. Thos. G. Gambill receives a photograph of President Cleveland with his autograph attached.

Oct. 27: Politics grows exciting as election time draweth near. Bishop Baltes visited Catholic church in Grove township. Geo. H. Shup went to Ness City, Kas. accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. A. F. Calvin, the former returning the following week. Mrs. W.L. Heath and daughter Mabel return to their home in Tennessee. Daniel Perisho, of Granville, accidently shoots his little girl. Washington Phillips, aged 59, Lou Clark, and C.J. Scott, mother of O.S. Scott of the People's Bank, die.

Oct. 31: Nothing but politics thought or talked about. Granville McQueen dies of fever. Isaiah Stewart ill with pneumonia. Pro-his go into the election with Hale Johnson for congress, Samuel England for member of the state board of equalization and John Ransom for representative; the Union Laborites had for the same offices Thomas Ratcliff, Henry Kramer and John Garrison.

November 3: The political waves threaten to overwhelm everything. The I& IS train bearing Ben Black and wife to Robinson ditched by wreckers, but no one seriously injured. Uncle John Catt broke an arm by falling from a wagon. Everybody hard at work trying to save the country.

Nov. 10: The agony is over, the Republicans win in the state and nation, and the Democrats in the county and district. Several hungry Republicans look longingly towards the PO. The political waves begin to subside. R.C. Harrah elected state's attorney of Effingham county, C.M. Davis justice of the peace in Kansas, Dr. Maxwell coroner in Montana. Charles Marsh returns from California. Thos. R. Barker superintendent of the Pawnee Agency Indian schools. Howard F. Ross, Jasper's efficient sheriff, and Ella, the accomplished daughter of C.R. Kelso, and Dr. Samuel F. Williams, a leading physician and Ella Lake, a charming girl of Crooked Creek join hands and hearts.

Nov. 17: Politics quieting down. Sam Jayne goes into the poultry business. Rev. Reeder gets home from a hunting trip in Arkansas. Isaiah Stewart slowly recovers. Chas. Johnson and R.M. Haskett open out a grocery store. Clair and Charline Litzelmann go to convent school in St. Louis. David Trexler has his weather eye on something good under Governor Fifer. Marion Brooks preaches at Bible Grove. The Reps jollify. Geo. A. Shup moves to Newton, Kas.

Nov. 24: Everything quiet politically. News of the killing of Doug Bradshaw at Puebolo, Col. while firing on a locomotive, received. Blue Mountain Joe's combination entertains the public. Chas. Lamotte goes to Nebraska to teach school. H.E. Rominger buys grain at the I & I.S. depot. Dr. W.L. Smith, of Effingham, and Frank Bushor, of Newton, exchange property and move thereto. Christopher C. Carter and Sarah Boldrey conclude to lick Bogota's postage stamps in partnership. The friends of Uncle Milt Sims give him a surprise dinner on his 69th birthday. E.B. Gorrell sells the Effingham Republican to Samuel R. Moulden. Glover, youngest child of Geo. W. Fithian, dies.

Nov. 30: Hywel Davis and Ella Brooks, a teacher of the Newton schools several terms, marry and depart for Jellico, Tenn., their future home. Democrats eat their Cleveland roosters at Thanksgiving dinners. Oliver Stout, a Vincennes marble cutter, eats turkey with Newton friends. August Lampke killed in a coal mine near Parkersburg. J.B. Hyat appointed I & IS agent. Geo. C. Cooper, of Hunt City, moves to Ohio. Thos. H. Utterback, of Osceola, Neb. visits Newton. Mrs. Elizabeth Welker, aged 79 dies.

December 1: Politics give way to business. George Busick is released from the pen. Frank A. Wheeler and Charles Carter visit Newton friends.

Dec. 8: Circuit court convenes. S.M. Johnson and wife stop over at Newton enroute from Huron, Dak. to Chattanooga, Tenn. W.J. Chittenden buys out Shook & Burris and moves to Newton to merchandise. Peck's Bad Boy Co. play a three nights engagement. articles of incorporation for a southwestern railroad filed. Wm. Johnson and Howard Scott sent to the pen. B.F. Harris writes to Republicans for encouragement to start a paper. Fire burns up C.G. Jones' mill and the Times office at Greenup. Albert Hammer goes into the Essex and Berkshire swine breeding business. John A. McKnight and wife of Dayton, Washington Territory, visit relatives.

Dec. 15: Will Franke appointed deputy circuit clerk. John Landes, father of Congressman Landes, dies. Mrs. Robert Steele moves to Lebanon, Ill. The two saloons burglarized and lots of tanglefoot stolen. Mrs. Carla Youngman - nee Johnson - visits her parents in Newton while Elmer is editing the Hutchinson, Kan. News. W.H. Willis, Mary I. Fulkerson, Josephine Taylor, and Nick Adam_ were granted divorces. Wes Brooks buys out Ira Carpenter's store on the west side.

Dec. 22: Newton's young people employ a dancing master. Bernard Faller kicks against the councilmen's committee per diems. Hon. R. B. Moffit, ex-county judge, dies at Newman, Ill. Dr. Maxwell departs for Montana. Emma Shup goes to Hoosierdom on a visit. Adam Girhard cuts down the Republican pole. Co. B. elects Louis Faller first Lieutenant, John F.Ransom second lieutenant, and Oliver Harris, orderly sergeant.

Dec. 29: News of the death of E.C. Bonham, judge of Llano county, Texas, received. David _. Perrine appointed postmaster of List, a new office. Oak Grove has a Christmas tree. M.B. Blair gets 45 acres of land from an uncle as a Christmas gift. Lot of men unsteady on their feet Xmas. H.B. Downs and Maggie Yelton and Drury Love and Cora Vest are joined in marriage. John Kern falls the Democratic pole.

Dec. 31: Chas. H. Stuart drops in on his friends. Merchants round up their year's business. The year 1888 goes out with an Odd Fellow's festival at Wheeler and Co. B's military ball at the Armory Hall in Newton.


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