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Here are items from the Newton Press (from the good ol' pre-copyright days!).  These are just tidbits - if you've ever read the Press from the old days, you know they reported on everyone's comings and goings.  It was hard to "court" anyone without the whole town reading about it in the paper the next week! But they've done a great job throughout the years of keeping everyone up-to-date on the happenings in Jasper County. It's also an excellent source of genealogical information. Use your browser's FIND function since more than one surname is often included in each item.
Source information, like the contributor's name and email address, can be found here

ITEMS ARE FROM THE "NEWTON PRESS" unless otherwise noted.

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Miss Bertha Mace gave us a short call last week. -1883, ROSE HILL [contrib. by Source #28]

Ira Madden, of Grayville, is visiting in town [Wheeler]. July 22, 1891

Irvin Madden is raising potatoes on the halves.Wheeler, April 25, 1888

J.R. Maginn is at home from a month's visit with his sister and daughter, Miss Ethel, at Anaconda, Montana. [Ste. Marie Tribune - Friday, November 14, 1913]

Thomas J. Mahan has bought the farm of Stephen Kirby, known as the place of Veach Rogers. Mr. K. is going to move back to Clark County. Sep. 10, 1890

Peter Mahaney, of Winterrowd, lost a span of large, fine horses by lightning during the storm on Tuesday, the 11th inst. Aug. 19, 1891

Wm. Maloney and family, for several years residents of Newton, leave this week for Chicago. Mr. Maloney is an excellent citizen and Mrs. Maloney a motherly, christian lady. Their son Will and daughter Annie have been in Chicago for several months, where the former is with a firm of stationers and the latter a typewriter for a big business house. March 11, 1891

TO TRY CALIFORNIA.......Despite the experience of divers other people who have tried to live away from Newton and Jasper County, after having drank and fished out of, and occasionally skated on the Embarras river, a party of 19, with possibly others to join them, are loading a car for California, and will leave tomorrow or the next day, viz:

Silas Malcom, wife, and daughter Stella and son Walter:
Van McConaha, wife, and sons Mack and Roy and daughters Nettie and Gertie:
James Poor, wife and sons, Ralph, Paul and Gordon, all of Newton; and
John Malcom, a son of Silas, wife and daughters Edna and Jennie, of Vincennes.

They will locate at Lamanda Park and Los Angeles, the McConahasgoing to the latter place, although that is not yet definietly settled, for Mack and Poor may go into the barber business together at whereever they think is the best opportunity for success. [Unknown date, contrib. by Source #28]

A.P. Mann and wife, formerly of this county, are now living at Danville. Mr. Mann is proprietor of a broom factory and owns a half interest in a steam laundry and is full of business and doing well. Jan. 20, 1889

Mrs. A.P. Mann of Danville, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Joseph Moulden, and other Newton relatives and friends. January 29, 1890

Miss Hattie Mann has gone to Noble to live with her brother Will. July 29, 1891

Jesse Mann's log cabin in the outskirts of Rose Hill went up in smoke last Thursday. The things on the inside were all saved. Loss $50, uninsured. July 22, 1891

Miss Mary Mann has gone to Chicago, where she will visit her brother. Tuesday, January 18, 1927

Tom Mann has rented a house and will move to Casey this week to conduct a barber shop. He is a first class workman. Wednesday, August 3, 1892

Our young friend Will Mannwas married last week to Miss Rebecca Sparks, of North Muddy. Jan. 14, 1891

Rev. T.J. Manny, is stationed at Tacoma, Washington Territory, a wealthy pastorals, where he receives a large salary. Dec 30, 1885 (Contrib. by Source #28)

Nat March will remove to Grayville in a short time. Mr. March has been a straight, courteous dealer in clothing for the past year and Newton sees him leave with regret. He was in business in Grayville for many years before coming here and has recently received flattering offers to return. We say to Nat and his prospective customers elsewhere, that we believe he is as square a dealer as ever sold a dollar's worth of goods in this city. March 11, 1891

Nat March and wife visited Newton friends over Sunday. Nat is now in the clothing business at Grayville. He is a whole-souled, genial gentleman, always in for fun and straight as he is clever. [July 12, 1893]

E.B. Marchant, a young disciple of Blackstone, from Newton, Illinois, is spending a few days in Kingman - the guest of Frank L. Shup. Ed. has a longing desire to go upon the range and learn the ways of the cow-boy, before settling down to discussing dry questions of law, and he will probably go to Medicine Lodge in a few days. - Kingman Citizen  [Barbour County Index. (Medicine Lodge, Kan.), 20 Oct. 1881]

R.H. Marks and family are quite at home in their new house, which is large, pretty and well arranged for comfort. [Wheeler - July 12, 1893]

Miss Stella Marks will teach the Freezeout school.[Newton Press, August 2, 1893]

J.F. Marshall and family, who have been living in Arkansas for several years, have returned to their farm near Oblong. Along from '70 to '74 Mr. Marshall practiced law in Newton and was a justice of the peace. May 15, 1889

The neatest surprise that we have heard of yet was the one wherein A.J. Martin, of Crooked Creek, surprised his friends. About 75 of his neighbors and others called on him in his absence to give him a birthday surprise dinner. Everything was running along smoothly when Mr. Martin appeared upon the scene with a lady on his arm -- recently Mrs. Mary E. Chapman, a daughter of Mr. Wm. M. Jones -- whom he introduced as his wife. It was a neat turn to affairs and the Press congratulates the wedding party and all others connected with the pleasant doings of the day. Mar. 25, 1891

Grandma Martin and Arley Brownfield left yesterday morning for Perks, Ill., to spend the winter with her son Val. Martin. [Ste. Marie Tribune - Friday, November 28, 1913]

Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Martinof Chicago, were guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Martin, a few days last week. Jan. 3,1919

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Martin of Philadelphia are visiting the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Hahn until they can establish a home here. August 20, 1926

John Martin started to Paris yesterday morning to attend the Soldiers' Reunion at that place. Oct. 21, 1875

Louis Martin has been employed to teach the winter term of school at Pingtown. Willow Hill, July 20, 1887

Miss Maude Martin has returned home from Evanston, where she was a pupil at the Northwestern University. June 24, 1904

Mrs. Paul O. Martin and daughter Pauline Isabelle of Burbank, Calif. arrived Thursday, for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Shup, and other relatives. August 20, 1926

Fred Mascher, Alloysius Boos and James Freeman are fresh from the Centennial. July 6, 1876

Chas. Mason, an old and respected citizen of South Muddy Tp., Jasper county, has advertised his property for sale. His family has left him alone in the world, and he desires us to say that he cannot and will not stand responsible for any debts of their contracting. Sep 14, 1876

Miss Edith Mason is visiting Lebanon friends.[Newton Press, August 2, 1893]

Miss Kate Mason, of Olney, is the guest of Miss Ora Chittenden. July 24, 1889

The infair dinner given by Mr. John Mason to his son Ephraim and his newly-made bride last Sunday was the most enjoyable as well as the greatest feast sat to in the county, participated in by a few chosen friends among whom were the Misses Ella Crews, Ella Caldwell, Susie Morgan and Q.S. Scott and wife, Wm. Trainor, H.K. Powell and lady, Dr. J.B. Harris and lady, Alex Wilson and lady, James Crews Jr., and the immediate relatives of the family. Eph and his new wife were elegantly attired and commanded the admiration of all present. John with his jolly and admirable presence made everything pass off with that pleasantness so gifted to his nature. Suffice it to say that the dinner was a rare treat. Oct. 12, 1887

Thomas Mason, Orra Smith, Leander Eagleton and Bert Kibler, of McKendree college, Lebanon, and Will Carrick of the University at Champaign, are at home for the holidays. Dec. 24, 1890

C.D.Matheney, formerly of Yale, is traveling for a wholesale house in Danville. Yale, [The Newton Press, April 20, 1887]

G.W. Matheny and H.W. Linthicum of Mattoon were here for the fair last week. August 10, 1926.

Our school commences the 3rd Monday in this month with John Matheny as teacher. Gila, October 5, 1887

John K. Matheny of Elwood, IL and Benj. P. Methany of Herrick, IL, brothers of Dr. S.B. Matheny are visiting here. The former had not been here for 24 years. Gila, July 30, 1890

John Matheny is doing a good business with his huckster wagon. July 9, 1890

The genial Democrat, John Matheny, should discontinue his twice-a-week trips to near Newton. Winter is here. Dec. 14, 1892

N.C. Matheny and family, of Grove twp, have moved to Linton, Ind. Nov. 12, 1890

N.C. Matheny and son John have purchased the Myers stock of goods at Gila and added considerably thereto and are preparing to do a general merchandising business, including the buying of produce, poultry etc. Mr. Matheny, senior, and family have moved back from Linton, Ind. and are on the ground to give the new store their personal supervision. July 1, 1891

Samuel Matheny is collecting for his father, Dr. S.B. Matheny. Sam says money is scarce, but cheek is plentiful.Gila, October 5, 1887

[Webmaster's note: Check for more Matheny's under Metheny spelling]

A.G. Mathews, late P.D. & E. agent, will open out a general store in the opera house block. His brother is in with him. Dec. 10, 1890

Miss Fannie Mathews, of Olney, who has been the guest of Miss Laura Bliss for several days, returned home Monday. July 10, 1889

Josiah Matlock and family, of Effingham county, visited relatives and friends in these parts last week. Latona, Nov. 30, 1877

Miss Dora Mattingly and nieces, Misses Clara and Nellie Krebs, have returned from Seattle, Washington, where they went several months ago. Mrs. Corde Krebs will return in May. April 27, 1892

T.F. Maury of Mattoon has been visiting his son Charles in Newton. Mr. Maury, senior is 78 years old. Nov. 26, 1890

Mrs. R.S. Maulsby of Benton Harbor, Michigan is visiting her mother, Mrs. C.M. Hoyt, her sister, Mrs. Mildred Keavin and brother, Mr. Fred Hoyt. Friday, January 14, 1927

Our old friend, David Max, has opened up a grocery store, in the VanMeter stand, opposite Fuller Nigh's. Mr. Max has his goods neatly arranged, and is ready to supply the public with groceries as cheap as the next one. June 18, 1874

Charles Maxwell, for a couple of years a brakeman, on the P.D. & E., is taking a vacation. [July 5, 1893]

Harry Maxwell is at home from Champaign, where he has been doing sewing machine work. July 29, 1891

Newt. Maxwell, who has been sojourning in the States of Iowa and Nebraska, for a year or two, returned home yesterday. Newton Press, Nov. 25, 1875

W.C. Maxwell spent the 4th with his family. He is staying at Paris. July 6, 1892

Wm. C. Maxwell, J.A. Heady, Wm. H. Parrent, Jesse Mackley, Jas. M. Lemay, Frank Gutlineck and Augustin Jasper subscribed for the Press on Wednesday of this week. Mr. Jasper paid for three copies, two of which are to be sent to friends living at a distance. [The Newton Press, Mar 6, 1874]

Miss Ada Mayo commenced teaching a summer school at Pleasant Ridge - Long Branch school house - May 1st, with an attendance of 16 scholars. May 4, 1876

Mrs. Charley Mayo and daughter, from Pleasant Hill, Missouri, are now visiting the family of D.B. Brown in this place. May 16, 1875

Chriss McCall lost about $50 worth of saw logs Tuesday night last. A sudden rising of the river did it. [The Newton Press, April 24, 1878]

Riley McCarty is porter for an Olney hotel. [The Newton Press, April 20, 1887]

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 [The Newton Press, Mar 6, 1874]

That enterprising farmer, Wm. McCain, and StephenStevens, of Granville Tp., were in Newton yesterday. Mr. McCain is a democrat of the first water, and is now a subscriber to the PRESS. Feb. 10, 1876

Chriss McCall is removing his Saw mill from Mill Creek to the lot immediately south of the Eagle Mills, in Newton. May 4, 1876

Criss McCall is a liberal, genial fellow. He sold cider last Saturday for a cent a glass and on every five glasses of cider he gave a watermelon as a premium. Aug. 6, 1874

Barney McCann, an old citizen of this county who has been residing in Arkansaw for the past few years, is back on a visit, looking hale and hearty and has done well in the way of laying up treasure for the rainy day. Barney has a host of friends who are always glad to meet himDec 30, 1885 (Contrib. by Source #28)

Jimmy McCann, the jolly little Irishman of Goosedom, took last Thursday for a loafing day, and didn't return until late in the evening. It is generally conceded that Jim wants a wife, and I will here inform the girls that he is a tip top fellow and would make an excellent husband. June 11, 1874

Pete McCartney is in Florida for his health. February 1, 1888

David McCarty received notice that his pension claim is allowed. He will draw $2 a month from July 24, 1863 to Feb. 16, 1887 and $4 a month from the last named date. Up to Sept. 4, 1887, the arrearage will amount to $543.90. It comes like a ray of light in a dark place to McCarty, who is in needy circumstances. David Trexler acted his attorney. Oct. 19, 1887

John McClure went to Olney last week to attend the funeral of his brother in law, Samuel Coventry. Nov. 19, 1890

Geo. McCollie concluded his school in the Krause district on the 6th. and has now gone to his home near Falmouth. He is a good teacher. - 1883, DARK BEND [contrib. by Source #28]

Chas. McComas has purchased a new organ. -1883, ROSE HILL [contrib. by Source #28]

Major McConaha, our operator, is all broke up on one of Grove's black eyed girls. March 1, 1884 [contrib. by Source #28]

J.M. McCormick is visiting friends in this vicinity. He has been making his home in Decatur for some time. 1893 [contrib. by Source #28]

Sunday afternoon callers at Mr. and Mrs. Harry McCoy'swere: Mr. and Mrs. Luther McCoyand Mr. and Mrs. JohnHarrison. Harry McCoy's children are quite ill with the measles. May 3, 1927

Sam McCullough has gone to Neoga, to which place he orders the leading paper. Sam is a good baker and we hope will secure a permanent berth. Aug. 12, 1891

Sam McCullough, who has been away from here for several months, is now baking in Henry's restaurant. Sam is a good baker. March 23, 1892

A.C. McDonald, of Newton, and Thomas McCall, who lives north of Newton, were in town Sunday. Willow Hill, July 20, 1887

John McGarey says that little Grover C. is getting along nicely and the mother doing well. April 2, 1890

John McIlwain, one of Crooked Creek's good Democrats, has moved to Wade township. Feb. 24, 1892

One Francis McIntire, an Irishman and a stranger in this locality, who has been camping on the north side of the river at this place until the resumption of work on the railroad, was arrested and taken before Esquire Shup today on an alleged charge of assault and battery upon the person of his wife. In default of $100 bail, he was committed to jail until Friday morning at 8 o'clock, when a hearing of the evidence and disposition of the case will be had. Oct. 19, 1876

Barna McKean, living about four miles southeast of this place, was in town on Saturday last, looking rather pale. Barna said he had been sick for the last three or four days, but under the immediate care of Dr. Colmore Harris was soon placed on his pegs again. June 4, 1874

D.P. McKean and family left last week for E?born, Kas., where they will reside in the future.Dec. 28, 1892

Mr. and Mrs. James McKenzieand children, Laurence, Florence and Jeanne of Wyandotte, Mich. are visiting Mrs. John Shott and family of near Willow Hill. Mrs. Shott is Mrs. McKenzie's mother. Tomorrow the McKenzies, accompanied by Mrs. Shott will go to Vincennes, where a reunion of relatives will be held on Sunday, with another daughter of Mrs. Shott, Mrs. George Edwards, and family. The touring is made in a motor car. Friday, Sept 3, 1926

Dore McKinley has gone up north to work. Oct. 26, 1876

Lewis McKinley and C.P. Hawkins have formed a co-partnership in the painting business, under the name and style of the "big firm". Each of them stand six feet ten inches in their stocking feet, flat-footed and alone. Success, boys. May 4, 1876

Shan. McKinley is farming and keeping "bach" this summer. He intends, however, to get some one to wash his pots for him next year. June 11, 1874

S. McKinley, formerly a resident of Newton vicinity, now of California, writes that he has moved from near Earlimart to Route Two, Covina, where he is taking charge of a walnut grove in the southern part of the state. Tuesday, January 18, 1927

Mrs. Wm. McKinney, of South Muddy, was given a surprise dinner on the 27th ult., her 46th birthday. A very pleasant time is reported. June 5, 1889

Dr. A.C. McLaughlin and lady, of Tremont, Clark county, Ohio, have been visiting the family of Mr. P.S. McLaughlin, at this place, since Friday last. Mr. McL. was in attendance upon the American Medical Convention recently in session at Louisville, Kentucky, and concluded to practice the plan of "killing two birds with one stone" by running up to the green fields of Jasper and spending a few days with his brother. The Doctor returned to his Ohio home on Wednesday. We regret that he could not tarry longer with us. May 13, 1875

Dr. McLaughlinlikes his country home.[The Newton Press, April 24, 1878]

Irvin McMurray and sister visited relatives Sunday. Pleasant Ridge, [Newton Press, August 2, 1893]

J.B. McNair of Willow Hill, gets an increase of pension. November 16, 1887

Roy McNair, who has been in Guthrie, Ok., is back on a visit to his parents in Willow Hill. Mr. McNair is a printer and made us a call, Monday, while in the city. [July 12, 1893]

Robt. McNEELEY and Henry MILLER, who for some time past have resided in parts unknown, returned to this county week before last. Thursday, February 1, 1877

John McReynolds has sold his residence property to Severine Laugel and will go to Colorado for the benefit of the health of himself and wife. November 23, 1887

John S. McReynolds writes us from Trinidad, Col., and states that he is comfortably located and has good prospects. Dec. 14, 1887

Samuel McWard is the champion croquet player of Gila - if he can get the black ball and mallet. Gila, Oct. 12, 1887

Mrs. Harry McWilliams and Mrs. Mary Tschan of Dundas came up Wednesday morning, the former to spend the day and the latter several days with Mrs. Al. Badgley.[Ste. Marie Tribune - Friday, November 14, 19

Lightening killed a horse for Mathew Meinhart, of Grove township, a few nights ago. He also lost a quantity of oats by fire from the same cause. August 24, 1887

Leo M. Meinhart of Grove township was in Newton, Monday, having some work done, preparatory to getting into the fields for the spring planting. May 3, 1927

Albert Menie of St. Peters visited in the Bend several days this week. [The Sainte Marie Tribune, Friday, Jan. 16, 1914]

Leonard Menkie is the new clerk at the Weber hardware store. [Ste. Marie Tribune - January 9, 1914]

John Merrit was convicted of burglary and sentenced to three years in the State penitentiary. He burglarized a store at Hunt City. Newton Times-Mentor, May 21, 1884

Will Merritt, who served a two year's term in the penitentiary for burglary from this county, is in jail at Robinson for attempted housebreaking at Hutsonville. Feb. 1, 1888

Wm. Metcalf, of Smallwood, receives $17 a month pension for disease of eyes, chronic diarrhea and resulting piles, through J.P. Jack, his attorney. July 10, 1889

Mrs. Benj. P. Metheny (sic) of Herrick, IL and Albert Matheny (sic) of Elwood, IL are visiting friends here and in Crawford County. Gila, Sep. 17, 1890

Mr. Thos. Metz, of Springfield, Ohio, called on us last Saturday, and expressed himself freely in regard to the natural wealth of our county. Mr. M. owns some good real estate in this county. He expressed great astonishment at our bountiful prospects for wheat, and says that the wheat fields of Jasper look far superior to those of the Buckeye State. June 11, 1874

Peter Meyersand wife and V.V.Sowers and wife are visiting in Indiana. Gila, October 5, 1887

Word was received from Davenport, Iowa, that Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Michl are the parents of a girl - born January 7th. [The Sainte Marie Tribune, Friday, Jan. 16, 1914]

The bans for the approaching marriage of Miss Lizzie Michlto Francis Kraus were announced Sunday at St. Valentine's Catholic Church. Both live in the Bend. [Ste. Marie Tribune - Friday, November 14, 1913]

William and Francis Michl of the Bend were Newton business visitors Saturday. [The Sainte Marie Tribune, Friday, Jan. 16, 1914]

Mrs. A.I. Midkiff is visiting her parents in North Muddy. February 1, 1888

D.K. Midkiff, of Robinson, was over yesterday on a visit to his brother Al. August 24, 1887

Wm. Miles, who formerly lived in this city and was employed at the iron foundry, but now resides near Washington, Ind. where he is engaged in farming, was over on a visit last week. August 29, 1888

Chas. M. Miller has accepted a position as instructor in one of the primary departments of the Terre Haute Commercial College. He is an excellent teacher and will no doubt work up to the top. Miss Anna Bridgeshas been employed in his place as teacher at Bunker Hill. August 24, 1887

Chas. M. Miller will teach the winter term of school at Bunker Hill; Henry Kasserman,Garnier; Miss LuluLove, Moulden; Mrs. Mattie Hoggins, Long Branch; Mrs. Effie Love, Wheeler; Miss Lissa Hitch, West Liberty; and Miss Josie Holdren, Bird. [unknown date, contrib. by Source #28]

Mrs. Christine Miller returned home from Olney Tuesday morning where she had been helping entertain her granddaughter, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Val. Wuerth. The new Miss Catherine Christine Wuerth was born Wednesday, Dec. 3rd. [Ste. Marie Tribune - December 12, 1913]

Our enterprising fellow townsman, David Miller, proprietor of the Miller House, is making preparations to build an addition to his hotel, which is to be 20x23 and occupy the ground where the barber shop and an adjoining building now stands. June 25, 1874

F.M. Miller has bought a farm near Whitestown, Ind., and will move thereto soon. Mr. Miller will have a public sale of his property at the D.P. Smith place, Thursday, Jan. 31. Jan. 23, 1889

They are girls and call Frank Millerand Richard Gosnell dad. May 18, 1892

H.G. Miller and others are making a fish net and expect to catch large quanities of the finny tribe the present season. - 1883, DARK BEND [contrib. by Source #28]

Joe Miller is talking of closing out business here and moving to Casey. Nov. 12, 1890

Joe Miller, of St. Marie, was in town yesterday. Sep. 2, 1891

Joseph Miller spent Thanksgiving in Olney with his sister, Mrs. Val. Wuerth. [Ste. Marie Tribune - Friday, November 28, 1913]

Jos. Miller attended the K. of C. dance at Newton Tuesday evening. [The Sainte Marie Tribune, Jan. 23, 1914]

Jos. Miller was an Olney business visitor Wednesday. [The Sainte Marie Tribune, Jan. 23, 1914]

Robert Miller, the suspected moonshine spirits dispenser from Oblong, was discharged by U.S. Commissioner J.I. Montray. September 17, 1887

Dr. R.B. Miller was accompanied by his wife, a pleasant and accomplished lady, on his visit here last Friday. [July 5, 1893]

We are glad to see that our former fellow countryman, Geo W. Mitchell of North Muddy, is doing well in Kansas.

There arrived at the O. & M. depot from the west, last Wednesday evening at 10:18 o'clock, a couple who attracted the attention of Policemen Wharf & Busefink. They questioned the gentleman, whom he was and where he was from, and ascertained that they were Dr. D.N. Mitchell and Miss Lizzie Gill, prominent citizens of Flora. A telegram was sent to the city marshall of Flora, who proved to be the young lady's father, asking if they were wanted. A reply was immediately wired "hold them." They were held in the ladies waiting room and at 12:18 a.m., there alighted from the O.& M. express train City Marshall Gill. The policemen turned the parties over to Marshall Gill, who stated that he wanted only his daughter and, at the same instant, pulled out a revolver, intending to perforate the gay Dr. Luckily for Mitchell, policeman Busefink grabbed the weapon and during the excitement Dr. Mitchell ran into the agent's and operator's office, jumped through a window into the gentlemen's waiting room, thence to the street and made his escape. The couple had planned an elopement, Miss Gill leaving home ostensibly on a visit to Louivillle, KY. Dr. Mitchell drove over to Clay City where he caught the same train and instead of going to Kentucky they intended to stop in Olney and wait for the O. & M. west bound passenger and go to some distant western city. Dr. Mitchell is a married man and it is said is the father of several children. Miss Gill is a handsome young lady, twenty four years of age and strangely infatuated with the DR. 1892 [contrib. by Source #28]

Mrs. Lewis Miller has returned to her home in St. Louis after visiting her aunt, Mrs. J.F. Watts in Newton. Friday, Sept 3, 1926

We noticed our German friends, Joseph Minkeand JohnSchackman, in town last Saturday, but they didn't call at our office. Call the next time, gentlemen. June 11, 1874

Bob Moffitt, our "City Cadi," is visiting friends and relatives at Paris, Illinois, this week. Tuesday, Apr 15, 1875

Rev. Dean Molitorof Newton visited here Tuesday.[Ste. Marie Tribune - December 19, 1913]

Frank Money Sundayed with Will and Wilsie Abraham. He reports a good time but perhaps it was with Miss Sadie. Sep. 10, 1890

Chas. Montford, who has been confined in the Jasper county jail for sometime past on charge of larceny, was today (Thursday) sentenced to the penitentiary for one year. May 18, 1876

J.L. Montgomery will sell his stuff at public sale next Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Mose Dolson farm, east of West Union. After rounding up his business affairs he will go about Jan. 1 to Oklahoma, where he will take charge of the Baptist Mission farm at the Washita Indian reservation, near Anadarko.------ Marshall Hearld December 11, 1903

Mr. C.C. Moore, who has been at Newton, Kas. for several years, is visiting his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Hoft [or Holt?]

Lee Moore is the happiest man we know of. It's a boy, and weighs 11 ½ pounds

Parker Moorewas a Willow Hill business visitor Monday.[Ste. Marie Tribune - Friday, November 21, 1913]

Parker Moore went to Charleston Wednesday to attend the funeral of his sister. [The Sainte Marie Tribune, Jan. 23, 1914]

Mrs. Sam Moore and her daughter Lulu, of Newton, arrived Saturday to visit A.F. Aten, Mrs. Moore's father. Hidalgo, February 22, 1888

Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Moran of Haleyville, Ala., are now residing in Oblong having given up their home in Alabama several weeks ago. They have been visiting Mrs. Moran's mother, Mrs. Chas. Hemrich, this week. [Ste. Marie Tribune - January 9, 1914]

C.F.M. Morey and wife, Wm. Hinman and wife, JosephJourdanand wife, JosephFoust and wife spent Sunday the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Kibler near Falmouth. Oct. 19, 1887

Mr. Charles Moschenross, of Newton Illinois, is here on a visit to Mike Dalemeyer, of near this place.  Mr. Moschenross says he had expected to find the people out here in a starving condition and every man carrying a brace of revolvers.  Since seeing it with his own eyes, he thinks it the finest country he ever had the pleasure to visit. [Barton County Democrat. (Great Bend, Kan.), 10 Nov. 1892]

B.T. Moulden and Sherman Foster contemplate going to California the first of January next. Latona, Nov. 30, 1877

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moulden and family of Central City, KY., are visiting his mother and brother, Mrs. Adelia Moulden and son Edward Mouldon of Newton. Friday, Sept 3, 1926

Ed. Moulden left for West Newell yesterday, where he has secured employment. March 7, 1888

Samuel T. Moulden will go to Lincoln the last of this week to take a position in the Journal office.August 24, 1887

Will Moulden, the boss horseshoer, received a severe twist from a fractious mule one day last week. August 10, 1887

Mr. Geo. Munch, barber and tailor, in the room with our next door neighbor, L.F. Neal, has moved his family from Teutopolis to Newton, and we understand intends to take up his permanent abode in our midst. July 22, 1875

Miss Mary Mulvaney planned a very pleasant surprise for her mother, Mrs. Charles Mulvaney, on last Thursday, the occasion of the latter's 84th birthday. A number of ladies and gentlemen & several young people met at the house by prearrangement and prepared an excellent dinner. February 1, 1888

WANTED... Information wanted of the whereabouts of Eddie Mulvie, aged about 12 years. He has a small scar on right cheek caused by being kicked by a mule, also has black eyes and hair. Left the residence of Mike Green, in Grove Township, 12 miles northwest of Newton, on Oct.2, at whose house he has been staying for the past two years. Any information that will lead to his recovery will be liberally rewarded, as his father is desirous of finding him. Address, MIKE GREEN, Newton, Illinois. Oct. 14, 1875

Dennis Murphy, a son of Erin's Isle, was admitted to citizenship. He resides in Willow Hill township.August 10, 1887

Mrs. Jane Murray and daughter of Decatur, are visiting in the Fairview neighborhood. [Slate Point, July 19, 1893]

John P. Murray was up in town last week, for the first time since along in September. He lay sick at Champaign for nearly a month and when able to come home had to remain in the house until within a few days past. Nov. 25, 1891

Joseph Murray was in Hume the first of the week looking for a farm that he may rent. Jos. intends moving there this spring. [The Sainte Marie Tribune, Jan. 23, 1914]

Mrs. David Murry of Olney, is visiting her father, Jacob Cunefore, this week. Sept. 5, 1888

Mrs. Jane Murry, of Decatur, spent the Fourth with relatives here [Slate Point], returning Monday. July 9, 1890

A barn owned by Elza Musgrove at Dundas was burned to the ground Thursday night. Five horses perished in the flames. Week of January 25, 1917

Miss Mary Myers has gone to Charleston, where she will stay this summer.

Dr. N.D. Myers informs us that he has a large amount of fine carp in his pond, which he stocked a year ago.Gila, October 5, 1887

Dr. N.D. Myers and A.L. Newlin attended the St. Louis fair last week. H.G. Matheny run (sic) the store in Newlin's absence. Gila, Oct. 12, 1887

Dr. N.D. Myers, wife and little son Grover C. were in the city, Monday. The latter, like his illustrious namesake, is robust and hearty. Oct. 19, 1887

It is expected at this writing that before this reaches the public Dr. N.D. Myers and family will have gone to Decatur, to make their future home.... Nov. 30, 1887

Gov. Fifer has refused to grant a pardon to James A. Nash, the young man who was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary at Chester at the May term of the circuit court of this county in 1890, for forging a note of $30 on Mrs. Sarah E. Eagleton. Nov. 25, 1891

Miss Abbie Nebeker will go to Champaign this week on a visit. [The Newton Press, April 20, 1887]

W.D. Newlin has moved his sawmill locating it near the Crawford county line.[Hunt City, The Newton Press, April 20, 1887]

Mr. Fuller Nigh has purchased the old Martin stand, and has removed his stock of dry goods into that building. [The Newton Press, Feb 27, 1874]

Len. Neal, our gentlemanly barber, was over-run with work last Saturday. Len. is an accommodating fellow and merits the liberal patronage he is receiving. June 11, 1874

Len Neal has just erected a neat and substantial plank fence around his premises. Len is becoming more aristrocratic like in his older days. May 6, 1875

Harlow Neese, wife and daughters Edith and Margaret of Spokane, Washington, are here on a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Neese. Harlow likes the great northwest and tells us that George Canterburyfamily and Mrs. Edith Canterbury are all doing well. Dec. 23, 1919

Mrs. Catherine New went to Newton Saturday morning to spend the winter with her daughters, Mrs. Ben Brunerand Mrs. Frank Spitzer. [Ste. Marie Tribune - Friday, November 14, 1913]

Mrs. Catherine New and grand-daughter, Helen Spitzer, visited Philip Spitzer and family the first of the week. [The Sainte Marie Tribune, Friday, Jan. 16, 1914]

Mrs. A.L. Newlin and little Fred, of Decatur, visited here last week. May 18, 1892

A.L. Newlin of Decatur was in the county last week attending the funeral of his father, Wm. H. Newlin. March 1, 1893

Chas. M. Newlin, late of the firm of Newlin Bros. at Gila, has gone to Linton, Ind. to enter into the jewelry business. Mr. Newlin is a gentleman whom Linton can look upon as an acquisition that will be advantageous to that growing town. September 17, 1887

Miss Mary Newlin visited in Crawford county last week. Gila, Oct. 12, 1887

Mrs. Nettie Newlin celebrated her 38th birthday last Tuesday. Gila, February 22, 1888

Roy Newlin of the Bend left Saturday for points in Indiana and Shelbyville, Ill., where he will visit a few week's before leaving for North Dakota. [Ste. Marie Tribune - January 9, 1914]

Miss Sadie Newlin and brother Claude, of Linton, Ind. are spending a few weeks with us. Gila, May 18, 1892

Selected to serve as grand jurors at the next May term of the Jasper county circuit court: Wm. H. Newlin of Grove. Reported March 17, 1880

Wm. Newstetter, an ex-citizen of Newton, is in jail at Olney for stealing a watch, with good prospects of doing time for the state. Wm. is indebted to this office a small amount which if the state desires we will let him work out on the rock pile. While here his time was always too valuable to waste on small matters like paying his debts. November 9, 1887

W.T. Newsome has moved to Newton April 10, 1917

Misses Ethel Nicholsand EmmaHooker, who have employment at Urbana, are visiting their parents, Messrs. and Mesdames J.H. Nichols and Harry Greenwood.April 10, 1917

J.H. Nichols, Van agent at Greenup has resigned. October 5, 1887

Otto Nichols is in the Northern part of Illinois hunting employment. April 10, 1917

Mr. Nigh and family left for their future home in Kansas last week. He loaded his things here including a house pattern and everything to fix up a new farm. Feb. 29, 1888

Charles Nigh, who has been running as an express messenger on a railroad out of Peoria, is at home on a visit. Sep. 7, 1892

Miss Belle Nigh attended the funeral of her cousin, Mrs. Jack Johnson, at Olney, Saturday. April 27, 1892

Mr. Gilbert Nigh, of Olney, is stopping with his brother, Fuller Nigh, of this place. July 2, 1874

To wake Lew Nigh up to a state of endurance, just send for Julia Chrissman. The influence of spirits is nothing in comparison. Tuesday, Apr 15, 1875

Lew Nigh had a valuable calf to die last Tuesday. March 30, 1876

Miss Lizzie Nigh, of this place, is visiting friends in Olney. July 2, 1874

Frank Obert of Bogota was a business visitor in town Wednesday. [Ste. Marie Tribune - December 19, 1913]

Mathias Obert is at Sailor Springs, trying the curative waters there for his health, and will be joined in a few days by Anthony Litzelmann June 24, 1904

Xavier Ocha was an Olney business visitor Saturday.[The Sainte Marie Tribune, Jan. 23, 1914]

Mrs. D.P. Ochs left Thursday of last week for Des Moines, Iowa, for a visit with her son, Edward Ochsand family. [Ste. Marie Tribune - Friday, November 21, 1913]

Mrs. Bert O'Dell, formerly Miss Minnie Ridgeway of this city had an auto accident one-forth (sic) of a mile east of the Lewis detour on Route 33 last Thursday afternoon about 2 p.m. Bert and her mother, Mrs. Joe O'Dell were driving ahead while Mrs. Bert O'Dell with their 3 year old son Francis were driving their new Chevrolet coach when in some manner she lost control of the car and ran in to the ditch, overturning the car. Francis was thrown through the windshield, receiving cuts and bruises but neither he or Mrs. O'Dell were seriously injured. ...The front and end of the body of the car were practically demolished. Tuesday, August 9, 1927

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph O'Dell, formerly of this city, are moving back here from East St. Louis after an absence of twenty-one years. Mrs. O'Dell arrived in the city last Thursday with their household goods and moved into the property at 701 West Washington street while Joe arrived the following Saturday with his team which he drove through. Both are real glad to be back home again. Tuesday, August 9, 1927

Mrs. Daniel O'Donnell and her sister, Miss Bessie Schoenlaub, visited their parents in Evansville last week.

Joe Odell has moved to St. Marie; J.J. McCall to near Falmouth; John H. Brandenstein to Evansville; Cal U. Fishel to West Salem and John Clark to Parkersburg. February 8, 1893

S.D. Odell has gone to Lincoln county, Ohio, to see his aged uncle who is very sick. His age is 98. February 15, 1888

Miss Clotilda Ostheimerafter several months visit with home folks returned to Indianapolis Saturday morning. [Ste. Marie Tribune - December 19, 1913]

Entertains Young Folks
Miss Josephine Ostheimer entertained the following young people at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Al. Ostheimer, Tuesday evening: Misses Mayme Hoedebeck, Mary and Lena Huss, Bertha Geltz; Messrs. Joseph Geltz, Joseph Strutner, Fred and Albert Huss.

Ralph Leon, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Parr of Olney, is highly blessed with respected grand and great-grand-parents of this vicinity. The grand-parents are Mr and Mrs. W.L. Parrand Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Harrison, and the great-grand-parents on the mother's side are Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Isley and Mr. and Mrs. Payton Harrison. May the little lad live an honor of his ancestors. May 3, 1927

Elias Birchfield Parr, who has been at Springfield in durance vile for bootlegging distilled corn juice contrary to Uncle Sam's laws in such cases made and provided, is at home again. Nov. 23, 1892

Prof. Geo. H. Page and wife went to Olney Friday afternoon, and remained with relatives until Saturday night. Feb. 24, 1892

Louis Parisott and Wm. Steinbaugh of Somanuak are here visiting the Hannsand Zubers. [The Sainte Marie Tribune, Jan. 23, 1914]

George Parker, of Robinson, and Mr. Adams, the contractor of the East & West Railroad, were in Newton on last Saturday on business connected with the Road. Mr. Parker is confident that the Road will be built. "The Weekly Press" Apr. 20, 1876

John Parkison, of North Muddy township, better known as the North Muddy Grizly Bear, of Hell Megrady, to use John's language, was in our office yesterday, and after "kicking up thunder" in his usual style left without as much as "thank'ee." John once told a fellow connected with the Press, how he "squze" a big, fat "gal," and if he don't quit his pinching he will get to see the whole report in print. June 18, 1874

Elias Birchfield Parr has returned from Jeffersonville, Ind., where he did service for the Hoosier state. "Judy" says that he hasn't drank anything for 11 months, which was just about the length of time he wore striped clothing. Sept. 17, 1890

Sam Parr, late of Vincennes, Newton and several other points, was sent to the Chester penitentiary one year from Olney, last week, for buying a pony of a young man named John Haines in August, and paying him with Confederate scrip. The Parr family seem to have a natural desire to hold berths in county, state and Federal bastiles. No sooner does one of them get out than another gets in. Nov. 30, 1892

Earl Pasley was arrested by Sheriff Trainor and held for an officer from Tucola, who came down and took him there last night. He was wanted on the charge of bastardy. July 1, 1891

We learn that Ellwood Patterson, of Grove township, was bitten by a rattlesnake one day last week, while harrowing in a field. Mr. P. after being bitten, unhitched and put up his team and then rode some two miles in hunt of whisky. It was thought for a while that he would not recover, but at last reports he was slowly improving. June 11, 1874

Elwood Patterson, of Grove township, will move to Effingham to send his children to college. Wednesday, August 3, 1892

Lewis Patterson was in Newton and Thomas Myers of Newton was in this vicinity Wednesday. April 10, 1917

W.H.Perciful occupies his new house; Willougby Sanders has moved to the John Cramer farm south of town; Barney Holsaffle is repairing his sawmill; Allen Martin has bought a farm one-half mile north of town. Yale, [The Newton Press, April 20, 1887]

James Perisho will teach the Willow Prairie school; and Mrs. Zilman Jones in the Leamon district. Yale, [The Newton Press, April 20, 1887]

M.H. Perrinhas traded his big span of horses to F.M.Sims and has turned his attention to his trade - carpentering. Willow Hill, July 20, 1887

Miss Etta Perrine, of Newton, is the guest of Miss Ella Lake. Hidalgo, July 20, 1887

Misses Etta Perrine, Ella Lake, Carrie Shockey and Messrs. Louis Lake and Emery Andrews attended the Sunday school convention at Yale, Sunday and report a good time.Hidalgo, July 20, 1887

P.D. Perisho and S.A. Huddlestun, gave John Kibler a days work dehorning cattle on Perisho's farm. There was several sore headed cattle at night.

The final installment of the A.M. Peterson bequest amounting to $2,139.25 has been received by City Treasurer Ed Nigh. This brings the total amoung of the bequest to $5,733. This sum has been used to purchase and improve the property now known as Peterson park in east Newton. Week of January 25, 1902

Mrs. Mollie Pettyjohn, nee Eagleton, has the Press sent to her in Chicago. July 3, 1889

Atlas Phillips has moved his restaurant to Boos building, west side. 1904

Mr. And Mrs. Ed. Pictor and family and Louis Pictor of Stoy visited here during the holidays. [Ste. Marie Tribune - January 9, 1914]

Mrs Ed Pierce attended the funeral of her father, Joseph Roberts, who died in Peoria last week. Jan. 1, 1901 (Contrib. by Source #28)

J.M. Pierson has moved his store to Toledo. Yale, February 15, 1888

Bob PING, sometimes called "Coxey, the Dogwood Poet," brought an enormous owl to town, today, which he del ivered to Paul WILLIAMS, who will kill and stuff the bird. Bob, alias Coxey, captured him in the Embarras River woods, or some place adjacent thereto. Wednesday, November 18, 1896

The dwelling of Robert Ping, son-in-law of our townsman, Silas Kibler, was consumed by fire last week. Only a small portion of the household goods were saved. Oct. 19, 1876

James Picquet, Paul Sauers and Joseph Miller attended a meeting of the Knights of Columbus at Olney Wednesday night. [Ste. Marie Tribune - December 19, 1913]

Miss Marie Picquet came home Monday after a several months' absence. Miss Mary Ochs who has been with her, accompanied her home. [Ste. Marie Tribune - Friday, November 14, 1913]

Misses Marie Picquet and Agnes Ochs spent a few days the first of the week at the hospital at Effingham [The Sainte Marie Tribune, Friday, Jan. 16, 1914]

Miss Ruth Picquet was a Newton visitor Tuesday. [Ste. Marie Tribune - December 19, 1913]

Ray Picquet has been appointed agent of the P.D.& E. at Newton, vice W.H. Logan, resigned to go into the grocery business at Mattoon. Dec. 10, 1890

Farmer Received Fortune -- Relative of Deceased Californian Got $26,000
Mattoon, Ill., Nov 14 - Theodore Piper, a farmer in comfortable circumstances, who resides near Pond Grove, in Jasper County, has received a draft for $26,000 as portion of his share in the estate of an uncle, the late W.A. Piper, former Congressman, of California.  The estate is valued at $2,000,000 and the deceased millionaire was supposed to have been a bachelor, but after his death a young man preferred a claim as a natural son, born in wedlock, the offspring of a secret marriage. His evidence warranted a compromise and he received the larger share of the property, leaving the rest to be divided among the remaining relatives. [The St. Louis Republic.(St. Louis, Mo.), November 15, 1900, Page 11]

Freeman Plunkett has returned from Amhurst, South Dakota, where he has been for some time. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Plunkett of Smallwood twp. Dec. 23, 1919

Isaac Poe, who has been at Alecia, Arkansas, assisting in putting up a spoke factory, for Joseph Ostendorf, Jr., returned home last week. 1905

W.H. Poe, of Newton, Illinois, is visiting with his daughter, Mrs. George Mann, at Aberdeen on his way to the coast.  [The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 04 June 1915]

The residence of Mrs. Josephine Polander was burned down completely together with a stack of oat straw; the barn had a miraculous escape. Not a thing was saved from the fire. Loss about $2,000, and no insurance. Mrs. Polander has our heart felt simpathy (sic). She will build as soon as possible. Ste. Marie - November 23, 1887

Marshall Poor, of Edgar county, was here last week visiting relatives. Nov. 23, 1887

John Powell now "swings the limb" over Joe Litzelmann's Stage horses. Fact is, John has been duly installed as driver. May 13, 1875

HarryPowell held the lucky number, 119, that drew the barrel of flour, at the theater, Saturday night. [The Newton Press, April 20, 1887]

Harry Powell, who has been in Montana for some time, is back home on a visit. He will go to Chicago to attend commercial college and learn stenography and to manipulate a type writer. Dec. 10, 1890

Harry Powell came down from Chicago on a visit to his parents. July 6, 1892

Ki Powell has traded his residence property in Bug Town for the Goeppner property, immediately east of the residence of Thos. Waltz. Feb. 24, 1876

Phil Powell has returned. March 30, 1876

Cass Prather will move to West Liberty to run a wagonmaker's shop. Oct. 26, 1887

Clint Prather and family have gone to Nebraska. Feb. 25, 1891

Mrs. Phoebe Preston has been granted a pension which will carry with it nearly or quite $3,000 of arreage. She is the widow of the late Judge Finney D. Preston of Olney who died at the Soldiers' Home in Quincy a year or two ago. July 8, 1891

Mrs. Don Price has joined her husband, of the Racket Store, and is residing in Newton at present. July 6, 1892

Miss Effie Prichard sends us the collateral from Dayton, Washington Ty., for the best paper one year. September 17, 1887

Ada M. Printz sold to M.J. Hines lot 85, 83 and 84 of Picquets' add to Newton for $2,750. Dec. 30, 1919

Miss Etta Printz of Grove twp. visited her uncle, John Printz, last week. Slate Point, Mar. 11, 1891

George Printz, a student at Blackburn College, Carlinville, was a visitor at the home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Printz of near Wheeler this week. June 3, 1927

D.E. Robuck and Hi Printz have each purchased town lots of Mrs. Leach, in Bugtown. May 11, 1876

D.E. Robuck is now agent for a tombstone manufactory. Next we expect to learn of him being engaged in the Chinese importation trade. May 18, 1876

H.M. Printz and J.C. Lemay have been appointed agents of the Aetna Insurance Co. Dec 14, 1887

Mrs. H.M. Printz and youngest son are at Colorado Springs, Co where they will remain for several weeks in search for health. July 8, 1891

Mrs. H.M. Printz and son Merl left for Colorado Springs, Col., the first of the week, where they will spend the remaining months of summer. [Newton Press, July 26, 1893]

H.M. Printz, one of the best known business men of Newton, was in town Monday, getting some dental work done. He has reached that period in business career where he can take the world easy, and live comfortably - Original Source: Effingham Republican, reprinted in the Newton Press, Feb. 3, 1892

H.W. Purciful has moved back from Crawford county. Nov. 30, 1877


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