"Benjamin Hirons and Emily Place Hirons were the parents of Luther and Sid Hirons whose children were friends of mine. "Grandma" Hirons was a young girl when she came to Illinois with her parents in 1839. Her father was Sidney Place.
The Eli Gilbert family came with them. They floated down the Ohio River on flat boats, from Marietta, Ohio to Shawneetown, Illinois. They brought hogs, cows, chickens, horses and wagons. "Grandpa" place brought lumber for a house. Most people cut logs and built a house, but he used lumber.
The Place family drove their wagons and livestock to Jefferson County, Illinois. He settled two miles north of the "Knob."
"Grandpa Hirons" parents were also born in Vermont. The father came to Illinois in 1918 and the mother about the same time. Later they were married and settled north of the "Knob."
Grandpa Ben and Grandma Emily Place Hirons built a house on the "Knob" in 1846. This part of the country was known as "Knob Prairie." There were woods on the east and west of the hill and tall prairie grass grew all over the prairies. On the hills and along the creeks there was timber. "Big Muddy" Creek formed one boundry for "Knob Prairie."
At the foot of the hill west was a log house belonging to the Joe Norris family. After our family moved to Waltonville I knew the children of this couple. (Ned, Joe, Gus,Harrison, and O. P.) "Dr. Norris." These men became the parents of my generation.
Down the road east lived the John Dodds family. The chldren were (Billy, Dave, Neal, Maggie ( Mrs. Tom Mannen) and Susan (Mrs. Sid Hirons). These were also parents of my generation.
Another Dodds family were the William Dodds'. I know the children as Lizzie (Mrs. Rob Mannen) and Linnie (Mrs. Walter Gilbert).
North of the "Knob" lived the John Hagle family in another log house. Later their son Andy lived across the road. His children were my school mates.
South of the "knob" was the old log house of "Granny" Stewart who was the mother of Mrs. Jennie Fairchild and Mrs. Sid Mannen.
Across the road lived "Granny" Hall. Mr. Rob Mannen lived out this way also. He owned the building where my father had a store. Also the second house we lived in.
Southwest of the "Knob" was the brick house belonging to the Sidney Mannen family. The children were: Tom, John, Sid, Rob, Joe, Jerome, and Leslie. The children of Jerome and Leslie were my schoolmates. The other Mannen children lived in different school districts."
"For short time before we moved to Waltonville, Jerome Mannen had a small store at the foot of the "Knob" east.
The "Old Timers" got their schooling in a log cabin across the road from the store. The log cabin was later used as a swelling site and the ground where the store was was bought for the erection of the village school house.
The "Old Timers" did their trading at Mt. Vernon, Ashley, and Williamsburg, two miles northwest. The womenfolk often went "to town." I heard from one lady and the way she did on "Traading Days" and of course this was a sample of the way all women did. Mrs. Hattie (Luther) Hirons went on horse back riding with a side saddle and carried eggs, etc, in a basket on her lap. This particular day she went to Williamsburg and had 20 dozen eggs. She got 5 cents a dozen, or $1.00 for them all. She bought 10 yeards of calico at 5 cents per yard. She spent the remaining 5o cents for coffee and sugar.
A town was started southe of the "Knob" (the hill where Grandpa and Grandma Hirons had their home). It was part of the Sidney Mannenn estate, and his son Rob Mannen laid out the town site while the railroad was being built.
The town was named Waltonville for the maiden name of Mrs. Rob Mannen's mother, Mrs. William Dodds. She was a Walton from Kentucky.
Our family (The Sawyers) are proud to claim ourselves the first citizens of Waltonville. When we took up residence there our home was the only one there and Dad's store building was the only store.
"Grandma and Grandpa" Hirons lived on the hill, just over the boundary line north, and Mr. Sid Hirons' family just over the boundary line to the southeast. The Luther Hirons family came in 1893 and lived with "Grandma" Hirons. "Grandpa" Hirons died in 1892.
Florence Hirons was my chum now (1964) 72 years later she is my dearest friend. (She now lives in Bakersfield, California. Her name is now Mrs. Charles Hayes).
Our father's store was located at the foot of the hill south. This later became the business district.
In 1893 things happened fast. Williamsburg was a small town. In a few years when most of the town had moved to Waltonville, Williamsburg was nicknamed "Old Town." That year the W. C. and W railroad was finished through Waltonville from Chester Illinois to Mt. Vernon, Illinois which "Boomed" the town.
A number of residences and one or two store buildings were moved to Waltonville and other buildings were erected. The town sure "Mushroomed." There were three General Merchandise stores, Sawyer Davis and Fry, and Joe NOrris (Pappy Joe we called him).
Mr. I. W. Robinson (Wils) for Wilson, as he was familiarly known, was Postmaster. He also had a drug store in the same building. The Town Hall, or Robinson Hall was above the Post Office.
The school house was being built at the cross-roads in the northeast part of town. In the meantime school was held in the Robinson Hall.
Mr. McAtee was the Black-Smith, he was a fine man, but life was not easy for him. I always felt sorry for him and his four little boys, whose mother died while they were young. The boys called their father, "Willie."
A LETTER FROM MRS. PINCKARD
Dear Mrs. Holloway;
After we came home from Waltonville several weeks ago I copied a few items from my "Down Memory Lane" to send to you. This has been my "Hobby" many years. My sisters talked of coming over and I could bring it, but I'll not wait and will send it to you. I can't use my typewriter, so will "scribble" it.
Printed in "The Prairie Historian"
December 1971 Volume 1 Number 1
Submitted By: Abby Newell
"The Methodist and Universalist Churches were moved from "Old Town."
The Methodist Church was organized in our home. Our parents were great church workers. I remember many times church friends visited our home. It took the place of a parsonage until the regular parsonage was finished. I remember two ministers and their families. Rev. & Mrs. Groves and their neice, Della Gamble, lived there first. Then Rev. S.A.D. Rogers & wife and children-Tom, Harry, Bernie, & Esther were there several years. The depot was finished and Mr. Joe Bruner was our first station agent. The entire town, especially the children, mourned when their four year old daughter, Lillian died. She was a little doll. Mr. Malone was section boss for the railroad. The train's daily schedule and the train whistles were a curiosity to the people. The children always waved to the trainmen, and we thought the Conductor, Ed Leslie was "tops." A crowd usually gathered at the depot about train-time. It was exciting to see the people coming and going, watch express unloaded, and the mail bag was the most important. The Conductor holler, "All aboard," the train bell jingled and with a whiff of steam, they were off. The crowd not followed the mail carrier to the Post Office and stood around and talked until the mail was ready to be distributed. This was a daily event, eagerly looked forward to by old and young, and come rain or shine they'd be there. A creamery was started and the Brown family became citizens of our town. Uncle Doll and Aunt Til were great folks. He was our "Creamery Man." Mrs. Bill Herrin had a millinery Store and her husband conducted a barber shop. Bill Green later had a barber shop. A Livery Stable was also started. I remember when the feather renovators came to town. They stayed several days, making over and reconditioning feather beds and pillows. The young men were sporty guys and the girls liked that. One girl eloped with her renovator beau. In course of time we had three Doctors. Doctors - Jeffries, Norris and Baker, who cared for the sick both in and around Waltonville. I believe Dr. Jim Robinson may have been practicing also before we moved from town. Later Dr. Baker entered the service of the U.S.A. and followed an army career the rest of his life. He & Mrs. Baker - the former Maude Fairchild, had twin boys Herbert and Herschel, who followed in the footsteps in their Dad and became Army officers, with high official standing. The board walk extending from the top of the hill to the foot was quite elaborate for the town. I can't remember another walk built our eight years there. We mostly used paths beaten down by constant travel. There was a park between Main Street & the rail-road. There was a deep well in the park. Many a time I drank water from the village pump. "Our Creamery Man was a great fiddler. He and his daughter made "Big Music" - Lizzie at the organ and her father with his violin. It was always a pleasure to visit the Brown family. Lizzie sang soprano and her sister, Madie - alto. They sang at public gatherings, accompanied by our mother at the piano. Their "Whispering Hope" duet was out mothers favorite. One of the highlights of the years, an event eagerly looked forward to was, the Bonnie Camp Meeting. The holiness people conducted the services in a large building called "The Tabernacle" and their lodgings were grouped around it. They camped throughout the season, which lasted several weeks. The camp ground was located in a shady grove. Sunday was the big day. People came for miles, bringing lunches and spent the day. It was only a few miles from home, so Waltonville was well represented. For recreation, picnics, fishing and such, we went to Scheller Lake, a few miles west. Mt. Vernon, the county seat of Jefferson county, was ten miles away. Our town people traded there for articles our merchants did not supply. They liked to take in the shows also. They called these trips "Going to Town." One time a photographer came to Waltonville and set up his picture gallery in a tent, near the Post Office. Mothers dressed their little darlings in their Sunday best and called on the picture man. Our mamma took her three little "hopefuls" too. Both old and young had their "pictures took." Bud and I went several times before the photo-grapher had our pictures finished. We must have been little pests. We liked to watch him at his work. It was very interesting. He printed his pictures in printing frames by sunlight, and if the sun was not shining, the exposure was much longer. Then he used a certain solution to make the image lasting. All this interested me. The "picture taking Bee" must have stung me then, because twenty years later I was a photographer. We had not lived in Waltonville long when a neighbor lady died. Mother went to the funeral. There was no preacher, but Mrs. Parsley offered prayer before the body was buried. We were young, the town was young, and as we grew up in this community, we made many friends. The following is a list of people who lived in or near Waltonville while we "The Sawyer Family" did.
1. Mr. & Mrs. Sid Hirons, Ruth, John, Hughes & Turpe.
2. Mr. & Mrs. Luther Hirons, Maude, Charlie, Florence, Aud, Roe, Hollie, Addie, Mack & Aline.
3. Mr. & Mrs. Rob Mannen, Walton.
4. Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Mannen, Boydie, Ted, and Ollie Lovelady lived with them.
5. Mr. & Mrs. Tom Manne, Tom, Sunie.
6. Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Mannen, Cora, Jim, Laura, Grace & Ethel.
7. Mr. & Mrs. Sid Mannen, Lela, Edith, Orville, Sona, & Ruth
8. Mr. & Mrs. John Mannen, Willie, Mattie, & Sid.
9. Mr. & Mrs. Joe Mannen, Jerome, Minnie, Ellen, Anna, Hardy, Ray & Seburn.
10. Mr. & Mrs. Ned Norris, Gus, Edith, Lora, Alta, & Arletta.
11. Dr. & Mrs. O.P. Norris, Myrta, Lena, Vernor, Dick, Meda, Sadie, & Bryon.
12. Mr. & Mrs. Gus Norris, Stanton
13. Mr. & Mrs. Joe Norris, Claud, Clarence, Wayman, Fern, Phillip, Wilson.
14. Mr. & MRs. Harrison Norris, Ora, Joe, Allan
15. Mr. & Mrs. Billy Dodds, Sina, Lou, Allan
16. Mr. & Mrs. William Davis, Earle, Lola
17. Rev. & Mrs. S.A.D. Rogers, Tom, Harry, Ester, Bernie
18. Mr. & Mrs. Dave Dodds, Myrta, Ruby, Alma, Gilbert, Ruth
19. Mr. & Mrs. Bode Baker, David, John, Cora, Mary, Rachel
20. Dr. & Mrs. David Baker, Herbert, Herschel
21. Dr. & Mrs. Jeffries, Maud, Ray, Mary
22. Mr. & Mrs. - Leon, Hollie, Mollie, Leon's children - Max, Nola
23. Mr. & Mrs. A. A. Brown, Lizzie, Madie, Leliah
24. Mr. & Mrs. Thompson, Ralph, Pearl, Eva
25. Mr. & Mrs. I. W. Robinson, Jim, Mattie
26. Mr. & Mrs. McConnaughey, Lela, Andy
27. Mr. & Mrs. George Parsley, Josie, Beulah
28. Mr. & Mrs. Joe Hicks, Will, Vesta, Lawrence, Vona
29. Mr. & Mrs. I. Newell, Raleigh, Jimmie, Elsie
30. Mr. & Mrs. Newbury, Dave, Arthur, Bert, Mattie, Hattie
31. Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Gilbert, Maggie, Maude
32. Mr. & Mrs. Brice Gilbert, Willie, Eli, Bertha, Lucy, Jane, Ida (Clifford Ferguson lived
33. Mrs. Carrie Hirons, Pace, Vesta, Bryan, Ben, Nell, Sam
34. Mr. & Mrs. McAtee, Walter, Nelson, Roy, Edd
35. mr. & Mrs. Dees, Minnie, Maude, Jet
36. Mr. & Mrs. Ed Fairchild
37. Mr. & Mrs. Hodge, Walton, Guy
38. Mrs. Boswell, Maggie
39. Mr. & Mrs. Ed Hicks, her mother and brother, Mrs. Harris & Gliddy.
40. Mr. & Mrs. Andy Hagle, Christie, Iva, Walter
41. Mr. & Mrs. Walter Philp, Merritt
42. Mr. & Mrs. Charles Sawyer, Mamie, Roscoe, Ina, Mabel
And the little schoolhouse at the foot of the hill will always be an important place
"down memory lane."
I will also remember "My teachers"
Mr. Hugh Whitlock
Mr. George McMeen
Miss Mattie Robinson
Miss Ollie Drennan
In the fall of 1949 a large slope mine opened south of Waltonville. We will hear more of the "Old Home Town" later. I am proud to be one of its pioneers.
Mamie Sawyer, later Mrs. Walter Pinckard of Pinckneyville, IL
Printed in "The Prairie Historian"
March 1972 Volume 2 Number 1
Submitted By: Abby Newell
WALTONVILLE, EAST SIDE
submitted by Bea Tuttle
The East Side of Waltonville, Illinois in Elk Prairie Township came into existance after the Burlington Railroad and Reservoir were built. That was about 1906 or 1907. A coal company had made an effort to locate a mine in the general area. Sesser, however, was chosen for the location of this mine. In the meantime, the land had been laid out for houses and business buildings.
The first structure to be built was the bank building, the only brick building with still stand today. The Farmer's Bank opened for business in 1907, with John D. Hirons, as the cashier. Upstairs were rooms which were used for a variety of purposes. As a meeting place for lodges, as living quarters, and as office rooms.
Following the establishment of the bank, the construction of the other business buildings began. There was a general merchandise store, a hardware store, a drug store, a blacksmith shop, a livery stable, a bakery, and the I. O. O. F. Lodge building.
A two story brick building and a home back of it were built by I. W. Robinson. On the first floor Mr. Robinson operated a drug store where a great variety of sundries and necessities as well as school books and supplies were sold. His son, Dr. J. W. Robinson, had office rooms on the second floor. This was the first building on the east side to go by the fire route.
The general merchandise and hardware stores were built as a unit. The general store's first operator was H. H. Davis followed by Henderson and Hester, F. P. Hester and Baldridge, and Alva Baldridge. Charles E. Bevis was the first manager of the hardware store. Mr. Bevis was also a funeral director and kept the supplies for this service upstairs over the store. General Bean and a brother, Allen, purchased the store when Charles Bevis became a traveling salesman.
When H. H. Davis was selling the general merchandise, the livery stable was built. In 1908 David Newbury built the stable several years before selling it to Worth Hickman. The building is currently occupied by the famous blacksmith shop of Thomas Atkins.
Source: "The Prairie Historian"
March 1973 Volume 3 Number 1
Submitted By: Abby Newell
THE LIVERY STABLE
by Beatrice Tuttle
Many early and flourishing enterprises have long since passed into oblivion. The livery stable fits that pattern. William David Newbury erected in 1908 the building in Waltonville which now houses the Tom Atkins Blacksmith Shop. There he enjoyed for a few years a remunerative business in the livery stable. When he started he personally drove the salesmen, often called drummers, to towns near Waltonville. Mr. Newbury had a light wagon or hack to haul their trunks of goods called trunk lines. At that time Waltonville had a good hotel-The Park Hotel-and drummers stayed there. One route which radiated from Waltonville was to go to Sesser, then west to Tamaroa. Sometimes the salesmen left for Tamaroa on the Illinois Central train, and again he might return by way of Scheller and back to The Park Hotel. Some of the salesmen rented a horse and buggy (rig) and did their own driving. Dave Newbury kept in the stable a beautiful, matched, team of horses to drive to the hearses for Charles E. Bevis and Judge J. D. Norris, Funeral Directors. The team was black, as were the hearses. The hearses had carved paneling which surrounded the glass portions. The driver and Minister, who rode with him, had no protection from the weather, as the driver's seat was well elevated and uncovered. Mr. Newbury also operated a delivery service for merchants or others who needed that help. Merchandise was shipped to Waltonville on the C. B. & Q and the W. C. & W. railroads. He met all trains and delivered material to the different stores. When the salesmen began to buy cars, or have them furnished by their companies, the livery stable business slackened. Dave Newbury then began selling lightning rods and De Laval cream seperators for the Charles E. Bevis Hardware Store in the territory surrounding Waltonville. He was a successful salesman and soon received a territory at Marion, then Bloomington, and Princeton, Illinois. It was the latter place that he raised his family. In the meantime Dave Newbury had sold the livery stable to Wert Hickam. He added feed store products and continued in business for a few years.
THE BLACK SMITH SHOP
Tom Atkins, past 80 years old, still slim and wirey, continues to do the blacksmithing for the Waltonville area. Back in the days of the walking plow a share sharpened by Tom Atkins would run itself. Many a farmer stepped from the furrow and allowed the team and plow to continue on across the field by themselves to demonstrate that fact.
The draft is considerably lightened by a properly dressed plow share, so it is very likely that the plow animals could also tell when the plow share had been sharpened at Tom's shop.
Tom Atkins is a third generation blacksmith in this area. His grandfather Moses Atkins set up shop in Winfield in the 1860's. Tom still uses Mose's old tool chest in his shop today. The exact age of the battered old chest is unknown, but it is certainly quite a lot more than 100 years, and except for a brief period when Tom's father (Doc Atkins) lived in Springfield, Illinois, it has been in use in the local area for all that time.
The length of time in business is indicated by the kind of tools still available in the shop. Should you ask for a froe, an auger, or an adze (All tools of a much earlier day) Tom walks over to the chest or tool rack and picks one out. They aren't antiques in Tom's shop. They are just outmoded tools.
Doubtless the floor of the shop will be covered with plow shares waiting their turn to be sharpened at Tom's forge this plow time, just as they have been at the Atkins Shop for the last century. Several years ago an electric forge blower and an electric hammer was installed to speed up the work, otherwise the shop is the same as in the days of long ago.
Around 1908 Jesse Dees built a home and blacksmith shop on the east side. He had been operating a shop at his farm home in the Four Corners neighborhood northwest of Waltonville. Across the street from The Dees Shop, Charles Foster built a bakery. Several years afterward, Charles Baker, of northern Illinois purchased the bakery and continued in business for a time.
The last of the East Side buildings to be erected was built by the Odd Fellow Lodge. The brick building had two stories and was attached to the hardware store. The lower part was occupied by two places of business. The room next to the hardware store was used by William Kirkpatrick for the sale of buggies and harness as well as repairing harness and shoes. The room was later used for a feed store with Isaac L. Quinn, as proprietor.
Southwest of these buildings was a small wooden structure which housed a mill for grinding grain. It was a part of the feed store operated by Davis and Tuttle.
At the southwest corner of the I. O. O. F. building was a stairway leading upstairs to the Lodge Hall. Meetings were held there by the Odd Fellows, The Rebekahs, Woodmen, and Royal Neighbors. This hall had signigicance as a community center. Many types of activities were held there. The first included school events, graduation excercises, political rallies, plays, lec-tures, World War 1 drives, and even a Fiddlers Contest.
The Fiddlers Contest was a lively occassion and continued deep into the night. The program for this gala affair was furnished by Mrs. Opal Elliston, whose father, George Murray, was a participant. Some of the others who took part were John Will Hicks, Mose Hall and John (Napper) Fleener. The contents of the announcement and Program are as shown below.
Given by the M. W. A. at the I.O.O.F. HALL, Saturday night Feb. 12
The following prizes will be given
DONER PRIZE TUNE
C. H. Coats -- .50 mdse -- "Nearer My God To Thee"
A. J. Weems -- .50 " -- "Arkansas Traveler"
J. T. Fry & Son -- $1.00 mdse -- "Leather Britches"
R. S. Mannes -- .50 cash -- "Irish Washer Woman"
Dave Newbury -- 1/2 gal cream sep. oil -- "Mocking Bird"
Dr. J. W. Wells -- $1.00 -- "Dixie"
Dr. J. W. Wells -- .50 -- "Over the Waves"
Waltonville Bank -- $1.00 -- "My Old Kentucky Home"
Farmers Bank -- $1.00 -- "Shawnee River"
J. D. Norris -- .50 mdse -- "Natchez Under the Hill"
Winn Lumber Company -- .50 -- Tune not selected
D. E. Hicks -- .50 -- Tune not selected
F. P. Hester -- $1.00 mdse -- Free to select own tune
Charles E. Bevis -- .50 pocket knife or pair of scissors -- "The Sweetest Flower"
W. S. Kirkpatrick -- .75 buggy whip -- "Turkey In The Straw"
J. W. Hickam -- .50 -- "Marching Through Georgia"
J. H. Hester -- 1 lb Nectar Brand coffee the best grade -- "God Be With You til We Meet Again"
Source: "The Prairie Historian"
March 1973 Volume 3 Number 1
Submitted By: Abby Newell
On February 13, 1928, a fire which originated in the Oddfellows building destroyed the entire block of business buildings. Only the bank across the street north was saved. Proprietors of the businesses at the time were: Alva Baldridge, General Merchandise, Allen Bean, Hardware and Groceries, William Kirkpatrick, Harness and Shoe Shop, and Isaac L. Quinn, General Store.
(Editors note:) To those who cannot remember when the East Side, as it was called then, existed, it is almost impossible to imagine the business activity that went on prior to February 13, 1928 and the row of brick buildings that made up that part of town, which bordered a very wide thoroughfare. Only the old Bank Building which now houses "Gary's Quick Stop" and The Oddfellows Hall remains. It was seperated from the other buildings by a wide street.
Source: "The Prairie Historian"
March 1973 Volume 3 Number 1
Submitted By: Abby Newell
One of Jefferson County's Prosperous Towns
Source: "The Prairie Historian"
Volume 28, December 1995, Issue 4
Submitted By: Stacey Jones
A brief biography of those who are engaged in building up its mercantile interests
The article on Waltonville was found by Mrs. Marjorie Williams in a book that belonged to her grandmother, Mrs. Cora Hartley.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a copy of the article as it appeared in the newspaper probably in 1897 or soon thereafter. This date was decided by clues under J. D. Norris and J. W. Robinson.
J. W. Robinson should be I. W. Robinson. The article states that J. W. Robinson was born July 20, 1845. Dr. J. W. Robinson (1874-1929) was the son of the late Isaac W. Robinson of Waltonville who died Feb. 28, 1928. Isaac's stone in Knob Prairie Cemetery reads "Isaac W. Robinson 1845 - 1928, Co. F. 44th Ill. Vol."]
Waltonville is situated about ten miles Southwest of Mt. Vernon in the southeast corner of Blissville township. The site of the county recorder's office March 31, 1893, by S.S. and R.W. Mannen and O.P. Norris. Those who are now identified with its interests, with a few exceptions were once residents of Williamsburg, a small place in the same township and remote from any railroad. The Wabash, Chester, and Western established a situation at Waltonville and the result was the business of Williamsburg began to move towards the railroad causing the depopulation of that place and the transfering of the post-office to Waltonville. The history of the town therefore can be told in a few words. The name of the town was given it in honor of John Walton, a brother of Mrs. Sidney Mannen, the mother of the elder Mannens now living near the town. The site is on the forty acres given by John Walton and main business portion of town is a strip of ground containing about one and one-half acres, that has been laid out into a park. This was donated to the town by Geo. Evans, O.P. Norris and R.W. and S.S. Mannen. It has been set out in trees and before many years may be the scene of many as enjoyable occasion.
The amount of business transacted here is wonderful, considering the age of the town and country tributory to it. Each month finds the traffic growing. In exports we might mention castor beans, of which there were about 5000 bushels shipped this fall; wheat, hard lumber, railroad ties, and cord wood. At present writing there are about twelve car loads of cord wood awaiting cars. In the matter of stock there is from one to two car loads shipped from here each week. We predict for the town a future that will in every way compensate those who have began its building up.
The Waltonville Creamery company one of the industries of Waltonville is no small factor in the business whirl of Waltonville. It was first started about four years ago and has been running ever since with a fair profit. It has a capacity of from 8,000 to 10,000 pounds of milk daily, but since its inception has not been taxed to that extent. The present season has been very disastrous to its welfare, about 2,000 pounds of milk being all that has been handled. This has found it picking up, and it is expected it will again push to the front A. A. Brown, who has charge of the creamery, was born in Perry county in 1855 and lived there all of his life. He was raised on a farm. He was worked as a coal miner. About seven years ago he began his present business. Aug. 1895 he moved here with his family. He is thoroughly conversant with all the details of creamery and should this winter and next Spring prove fine weather the income from this industry will prove profitable. The company is comprised of many members, whose names we have been unable to obtain. A short time ago at a meeting of the stockholders, directors were elected but no organization was perfected otherwise. Jerome Mannen, however who is largely interested has taken the management and under his guidance it is progressing very satisfactorily.
J.D. Norris, dealer in general merchandise, drugs, undertaker and farm implements, was born in 1850, in Bracken County, Ky. near the Ohio and Kentucky line. In 1852 he moved with his parents to this state, and located within a quarter of a mile of Waltonville and vicinity. His business career, in a mercantile way, began in 1875 in Williamsburg, the old town. There he held forth until 1893 when he moved to Waltonville. He was appointed postmaster of Waltonville by Cleveland in 1893 and was succeeded by I.W. Robinson in August of this year. His democracy is unquestioned and the news of his party's victories this year throughout the United States was to him ample solace for this time. He was married to Miss. D.J. Gilbert of Blissville township in 1875, three boys and one girl coming to them.
O.P. Norris, physician, a brother of J.D. Norris was born in Bracken county, Ky. in 1843, and came to this country with his parents in 1854. The trip was made in a wagon and the doctor says but on railroad was crossed and seen during the entire journey. His entire life has been spent in Blissville township and Waltonville, with the exception of two years spent at medical school. He spent one term at the Ohio Medical College and one at the Cincinnati College of Medicine, graduating there. After graduating he located in Williamsburg and later at Waltonville. His experience as a physician dates over a period of 30 years. He served as a soldier in the late war, becoming a member of the Thirty Second Illinois Volunteer Infantry in 1864. He was married 24 years ago to Miss. Sarah M. Smith of Shiloh township near Woodlawn. He is the father of seven children, four girls and three boys. A democrat from principle and has been honored by his party with a number of positions, serving as supervisor for his township. Altogether his life has been success mainly through his dealing with his fellow men, which have been fair and equitable in all transactions.
Jerome Mannen was born in 1857, in Bald Hill township, where he has lived all his life engaged in farming and stock raising. He lives almost one half mile from Waltonville and is a daily visitor to the village in which he takes considerable interest. He has been identified with all of its advancements, and whenever any thing of a nature tending to push the town to the front is brought forward, he is always on hand with a helping hand, both by word and pecuniary assistance. He is a democrat in politics and has been elected to several township offices, serving as supervisor of his township three terms. He was married in 1857 to Miss Belle Ingraham of Franklin county. They have two children, a boy and a girl.
S.S. Mannen and S.C. Mannen are the principal stock buyers of this place, at present they are engaged in buying hogs for feeding purposes, for northern men. Success has attended them in their dealings to an unusual degree. This year owing to the dry weather and short crop but very few fat hogs will be sold.
J.W. Robinson, present postmaster, an appointee of the Mc Kinley Administration, was born in Franklin county, July 20, 1845. He moved to this county with his parents when about two years old. He dealt in stock much of his early life, and at one time concluded to take up the profession of law, studing toward that end. He however went into partnership with J.D. Norris in the general merchandise business and was burnt out, causing him considerable financial embarrassment. In 1878 he opened up a general store for himself, in which he carried a line of drugs. At present his business is almost exclusively drugs, and everything that goes with a well regulated drug store. As a side line he handles farm implements. He was the first notary public in this vicinity. He enlisted in the Fory Fourth illinois Volunteer Infantry in 1864 under Col, Opdyke, and was engaged in a number of heavy battles. He was married to Louvina J. (McConnaughy) Gilbert, widow of James McConnaughy of this county. Two children were born to them, a boy and girl.
J.W. Jeffries, physician, was born in Warren county, Va., 1849, and moved to Missouri in 1856, in which state he resided until 1876 when he came to Williamsburg, the old town. He moved to Waltonville in 1893 where he has continued in the practice of medicine which he began in 1876 at Williamsburg. In 1875 and 1876 he attended the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis, and graduated in the America Medical College in 1879. Miss Malissa Gilbert of near Williamsburg became his wife in 1881, and lived but a short time. He again married to Miss Sarah Jones of Pike county, she living but a few years. His present wife, who was Miss Florence Corn, of Ewing, became his helpmate in 1889. He is the father of three children. In politics a democrat.
_ .C. Bruner, station agent for W.C. & W. railroad and also dealer in grain, coal, bricks, and feed is a native of this state, opening his eyes to the world at Belleville, in 1863. At the age of five years he left there with his parents settling on a farm near Mascouta. At 18 years of age we find him again at Belleville as a agent for farm machinery. After a short time there he began traveling for the McCormick Harvesting Company, in whose employ he remained eight seasons, attending school in the winter. During this time he learned telegraphy. In 1880 he began railroad work, devoting the time in winter to it, the spring and summer months being devoted to the interests of McCormick Harvesting Company. He worked at different places during the winters and on Nov. 1, 1890, secured his present position. His capacity for business may be seen in the lines he handles. On Sept. 29, 1894 he was married to Miss Effie Dudly of Sheller. They have one child..
E.C. Atkins, blacksmith and wood worker was born in Elk Prairie township, 1847. He lived there until the age of 6 years when he moved to Winfield with his parents, living there until 1895 then moving to Ina, and from there to Bonnie, working at his trade at both places. He has followed the business seven years, settling here a short time ago. He has been married twice, the first time to Miss Marthine Baker of Elk Prairie, who died after three years of married life. He again married to Miss Wastella Wallace of Bald Hill in 1894. He is the father of three children. Two children by first wife and one by his present wife. Mr. Atkins is a first class workman and if you are in need of anything in the line of blacksmithing or woodwork call and see him.
Mrs. Gertie Herrin, Milliner, was born in southwest Kansas in 1873, and came to this state with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Walls, settling near Dix. She was married to W.F. Herrin in 1895 at Mt. Vernon. She began the millinery trade with Mrs. J.W. Herrin of Mt. Vernon. At present she is only engaged in that work but expects to add a dressmaking department in the near future. W.F. Herrin, carpenter and painter, was born near Ashley in Jefferson County in 1881. He moved to Texas with his parents when he was four years old. For three years he lived there when his parents moved back to Tamoroa, this state and then to Mt. Vernon, where they have since resided. W.F.was married to Miss Gertie Wall of Dix, in 1895, and August of this year moved to this place. He is a first class workman in his line and work done by him will bear the closest investigation.
David Baker physician, was born in Elk Prairie township Aug. 22, 1871. He has lived in that and Bald township all his life and received his education in the common schools of Jefferson county. When 19 years of age he went to St. Louis and entered the Barnes Medical College, taking the terms of '91, '92, and '93. He returned here and began practice. In politics he is a republican.
Jas. W. Robinson physician associate with Dr. Baker, was born in 1874, near Woodlawn, and attended the common schools. He took a two year course at Carbondale. In medica materia he is a graduate of Barnes Medical college, St. Louis. He began the practice of medicine last April. A republican in politics.
W.H. Whitlock, school teacher, was born in Dickerson county, Kan. Aug. 11, 1874. His parents moved form that place to southwest Missouri where they resided for two years. The year 1881 finds the subject of this sketch, in this county. For two years he lived here, when he moved with his parents to Fayette county, where he lived eight years. He again moved with his parents to this county, settling in Rome township where he has since made his home. His early education was acquired in the Farina and Kinmundy public schools, with one term in the Southern Normal University at Carbondale. He has been teaching five years, his first school being Belmont; second, , Pisgah Grand Prairie township; third Utah, Elk Prairie township; fourth, Copple, Rome township; fifth, Waltonville.There are fifty four scholars enrolled and the school is prospering under his guidance. During the summer he is engaged in the culture of strawberries on his fathers farm. In politics he is a democrat.
E.E. Murray, Broom Manufacturer, was born in Elk Prairie township, April 19, 1866, where he lived until four years of age when he moved with his parents to Lower Gun Prairie. At the age of nine years he moved back to south part of Prairie township, living there until he was fourteen years old. The year 1880 found him in this vicinity where he has lived ever since, with the exceptions of a few intervals, when he worked on the farm and was engaged in learning the manufacture of brooms. His present occupation dates back eight years ago when he first began to learn the business. He now makes about seventy five dozen brooms a month. Last year turned out 700 dozen, doing all the work himself. He was married to Miss Sarah Crider of Franklin, Sept. 9, 1892. They have two children, two girls, A democrat in politics.
H.H. Davis, of the firm of Davis & Fry general merchants was born in Randolph county, near Red Bud, in 1863. He lived there until 1892 when he moved to this place in November of the first year, this being the first store to open up in Waltonville. The partnership dating from that time. Previous to this time he had clerked at Red Bud and Bunker Hill this State. The building occupied by the firm was moved from Williamsburg to its present site. John Fry, the other member of the firm was born about thirty five years ago near Spring Garden where he was raised to manhood. He carried on a general store at Williamsburg alone for two years, when he entered into partnership with his present partner. Two years ago the firm started a branch store at Ina where Mr. Fry now is. He was married to Miss Brooer of Spring Garden about nine years ago. They have four children.
W.T. Sawyer, general merchant was born in Washington county in 1861, lived in Nashville all his life. The most of his life has been engaged in mercantile life. He has spent six years in California, clerking, ranching, and roughing it in the west. The present stock of goods was opened up in 1891 and the building it is now in was the first business house erected in Waltonville. The store is conducted by C.H. Sawyer, a brother of W.T. who was married to Miss Minta Christian fifteen years ago in Anna, Ill. They have four children, three girls and one boy.
J.W. McAtee, blacksmithing, and wood worker was born in Dec. 1854 in Dodds township, south of Mt. Vernon four miles. He lived on the farm until 20 years old. In 1859 his parents moved to Elk Prairie township and in1862 Blissville township. He commenced blacksmithing in 1875. He moved here in 1893. He was married to Miss Belle Bravard in 1884 who died in 1893. He is the father of four children, all boys.
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