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He Gives His Reasons in a Humerous Letter to the President
There is a large and expansive grin on the face of that portion of the Democratic party who hold possession of "Egypt."  This indication of pleasure is caused by a letter written by Editor Havill of the Mt. Carmel, Illinois Register to President Harrison, explaining why a Democratic editor could not hold office under the Harrison administration.  The publication of the letter has set the Republicans wild and they are making all sorts of threats again the former postmaster.  Here is the editor's reasons why:
Mt. Carmel, Ill., July 1889.
To honorable B. Harrison, President-Sir:  By the grace of God and Grover Cleveland I am postmaster at Mt. Carmel.  My official term will expire January 30, 1890.  In addition to editing the mails of this city, I am also editor of the Mt. Carmel Register, a live local Democratic newspaper established in 1839 and published at $1.25 a year, cash in advance, a discount of 2 per cent  to ministers and Presidents.
While the office has agreed with me I have in the main agreed with the office, and while I might reasonably entertain the hope of holding on for eight months longer, yet I feel it my duty to tender you my resignation.
Being a Democrat, I have preached that "to the victor belong the spoils."  I feel disposed to practice that which I preach.  Your immediate predecessor hoped to build up his party by keeping the opposition in office.  You are probably aware, if you are at all familiar with the vocabulary, of the true and trite saying that  his name is now "Dennis."
I am moved therefore, to tender you my resignation, because of the anxiety of a barnyard full of patriots to succeed me.  I belief that a tariff is a tax.  They do not.  Therefore they are of your kith and kindred and he who proides not for his own household is worse than an infidel.  I am told that you are not built that way.
But to resume the thread of my discourse.  The boys who are anxious to be my successor are very hungry; they have been feeding on shucks and icicles for four long, weary years.  The official calf is fat, and they yearn to taste its tender joints.  They fought among themselves), bled (at the nose), and are willing to die for the G.O.P.  
When I asserted that you were the Chinaman's candidate, and ate rat-tail soup with chopsticks, they swore by Dudley and Foster that it was a campaign canard, and threatened to detail blocks of five to fry the fat out of me.
Fortunately for me, their threats were never carried into execution.  They carried torches, drank with coons, sang "Grandpa's Hat Will Just Fit Benny," and did divers many foolish things, none of which they would have been guilty of doing had they not scented an aroma of postoffices on the crisp morning air, and the paeons of praise which they sounded when it became known that you "had got there Eli" will never be Sahara in my memory.
For these and other reasons unnecessary to mention, I tender you my resignation, with the hope that my successor will be animated by a similar spirit in 1893.  If he is, your Democratic successor will be spared the painful necessity of "turning the rascals out."
I am, respectfully yours,
F. W. Havill P. M.
N.B.-I would rather be right than postmaster.
[From the Daily Alta California Vol. 81 #48 17 August 1889].

A Queer Story of Hogs and Woodpeckers

William McFarland, a wealthy and prominent Wabash county (Ilis.) farmer, lost a drove of fifty fine blooded hogs a few days ago in a most pecular manner.  Though the story may sound some what "fishy": it is nevertheless true, and vouched for by any number of his neighbors.  Some time ago Mr. McFarland lost his voice and he was unable to call his great drove of hogs, in which he took great pride, but he bridged over the difficulty by training them to respond at feeding time to his pounding on a board.  

In time they became thoroughly accutomed to this call, and whenever they heard the sound would race toward it as if their life depended upon getting there first.  Running short of corn a few days ago, Mr. McFarland thought to economize by putting his hogs in a woods pasture, where they could shift for themselves.  Unfortunately the pasture was full of dead trees and in consquence woodpeckers were correspondingly thick.  He had scarcely turned his back on the hogs, after turning them into the pasture, till an old red-head on the far side began drumming on a tree.

Being hungry for corn and recognizing in it the old familiar call, the hogs with one accord, raced for that locality.  They had no more than arrived at the locality indicated and discovered there was no corn in sight till they heard the call again, but far away in another direction.  

Away the hogs raced again, only to be once more disappointed, and once more to heard the call from afar off.  The day was rather warm and those hogs chased the woodpeckers back and forth across the field till the last one dropped dead from heat and exhaustion.  Mr. McFarland prized the stock very highly, which makes the loss quite heavy.

[Submitted from McFarland descendant, Terri Davis.  From "The Daily Review" Illinois; Wed Oct 28, 1903].  

A Civil War Time Tragedy.-

On Tuesday evening, November 3, 1863, a bloody affray took place in the streets of Mt. Carmel, growing out of the political bitterness engendered by the war.  During that great struggle there were many men in Southern Illinois, who intensely sympathized with the Southern Confederacy and did not hesitate to flaunt their disloyal sentiments in the faces of their loyal neighbors, and Union Soldiers were the especial object of their animadversion.

Wabash County, though particularly loyal, was unfortunate enough to have some of this class of citizens.  The "Knights of the Golden Circle" also had some agressive members in the county.  Consequently, it was impossible to suppress expressions of opinion calculated to cause bloodshed, and as a result of this hostile feeling and the bittnerness of partisan zeal, blood was shed in Wabash, as well as in many other counties in Southern Illinois.

Hiram Stanton, a staunch Union man, and a Deputy Provost Marshal, who had raised a company of hundred-days men to be mustered into the Union cause at the outbreak of the war was attacked by George W. Besore, an attorney of Mt. Carmel, and Zachariah Newkirk, a prominent farmer, as the result of an acrimonious political controversy.  Stan was shot through the wrist and through the thigh, and though dreadfully wounded, drew his pistol with his left hand and fired at each of his assailents, who were cotinuing their fire, and inflicted mortal wounds upon each of them.  The tragedy created profound excitement and intense partisan feeling, and of course, there were conflicting reports about the distressing affair.  Newkirk and Besore lingered several days, but succumbed to their wounds.  Stanton hovered between life and death for some time, but ultimately recovered.  He was indicted but never brought to trial.  The many friends of Newkirk and Besore greatly deplored their untimely taking off, and the friends of Stanton applauded him as a fearless and loyal man who would not apologize for his convictions or shrink from danger.

From the 'Illinois State Encylopedia - Wabash County - 1911'

B.F. Groff (60th birthday) September 7, 1910.
On Sunday, August 28th, at his home in Belmont, a pleasant surprise was given to Mr. B. F. Groff, a worthy citizen of that village, the occasion being his 60th birthday.
The program had been wisely planned and was so cunningly carried out that Mr. Groff had not the slightest warning of the intentions of the promoters until the guests had gained entrance and secured temporary charge of the affairs of his home for the day.
The participants of the event were confined wholly to the immediate relatives and according to actual coount, just fifty-four were present, as follows:  J. Fred Groff, Lick Prairie; George H. Bigg and wife, Bone Gap; Mrs. E.F. Cowling and son Robert, of Mt. Carmel; Major Chapman, wife and daughter, Eva, of Asbury; P.A. Groff, wife and daughters , Mamie and Dolice; W. A. Groff, wife and sons, Herb and Guy and daughter, Irene; L.E. Groff, wife and sons, Raymond, Harrel and Hollen, and daughters, Bessie and Leona; J. R. Brines, wife and daughters; Mabel, and Pearl, and sons, Gilbert, Carroll, Everette and Virgil; Thompson Davis, of Bone Gap, and daughter May of Chicago; Eva Walters, Bone Gap:  Will Davis, wife and son, Leo, and daughter Bonnie, of Browns; Ben P. Groff, wife, daughter, Gale, and son Frank, "B" French, Jr., wife and daughter, Fern.
Owing to the sickness of her daughter Eva, Mrs. Lulu French was unable to attend, but her sons Bascom and Leo were present.
Alice Files and son, Claud, of Sikeston, Mo., and Forrest Putnam of near Browns, were also present.
Everyone present was highly entertained and at the noon hour sat down to a repast which would do honor to a king of any land.
As the guests left for their respective homes all joined in expressing a desire that Mr. Groff might witness the recurrence of many such happy days.


Ribbons, Flowers, and fancy Fans; Painted Muslins and Lawns, White do da; Mourning do da; Fancy prints and ginghams; Hosiery, French worked collars, Filit mitst, Lisle thread and silk gloves, Back, side and Ivory Comb; Parasols, silk and gingham, Perfumery, etc., etc.

C.W. Eldridge & Co

[From the Mount Carmel Register August 4, 1852]

J. O. Lawrence in Peach Deal at Mt. Carmel, Ill.

Mt. Carmel, Ill., July 13

J.O. Lawrence arrived here this week and will be active during the peach deal in this district.  He will serve as sales manager for the Seven Hills Orchards, owned and operated by Dr. Charles M. Sherrell.  According to Mr. this fruit is in healthy condition, and fruit will show good color and size.  Red Birds started movement this week.  A few cars of Elbertas and Hales will be marketed later.

There will be a total of about 75 cars of peaches from the Mt. Carmel territory.  Mr. Lawrence has had considerable experience in the Illinois peach deal, having worked with the Illinois Fruit Growers Exchange and Frazier & Hawkins, Centralia.

[From the Chicago Packer Newspaper, 14 July 1928]


Mt. Carmel, Ill., Nov. 13---Special Correspondence---Miss Mame Wingrove,
who has been visiting her cousin, Miss Mame Aldrich, for a couple of
months, has returned to her home in Canada.

Miss Annie Harwick, of Albion, spent Saturday and Sunday the gues of
Mrs. A. Eastham.

Miss Effie Johnson is again at home, having spent the summer months with
her sister in Northern Iowa.

Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Titus were called to Vincennes last week by the death
of Dr. W.B. Bedell.

The Hon. George W. Fithian, of Robinson, was in the city last Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Utter, of Oakland, Neb., are the guests of Mr.
and Mrs. G.L. Utter.

Union Thanksgiving services will be held in the Presbyterian Church this
year.  The Rev. C. Ash, of the M.E. Church, will deliver the discourse.

The ladies of the Presbyterian Church gave an oyster social last
Thursday night at the residence of the pastor, and a very pleasant time
was had.

Mrs. Foster Boggis, of Cayee, Ky., has returned home, after a pleasant
two weeks' visit with her sister, J.D. Foster.

The Rev. Horace B. Goodyear, whom Bishop Seymour has assigned to the
Episcopal Church, in this city, arrived with his wife and child last
Thursday, and at once took up his residence in the rectory.

The Mt. Carmel Reed Band will give a Thanksgiving ball at Seller's Hall.

Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891;
pg. 19

(transcribed by Nina Kramer)

EUNICE (Lindsey) BEDELL     November 18, 1905

Is the Daughter of a Revolutionary Soldier.

Mrs. Eunice Bedwell, of Mt. Carmel, Ill., is in the city to attend the unveiling of the Fort Sackville marker.  Mrs. Bedell is one of the very few remaining original daughters of a revolutionary soldier and she comes at the special request and invitation of local chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution under whose auspieces the marker is being unveiled.  Mrs. Bedell was formerly Miss Eunice Lindsey and spent many years of her life in this city.  Although 72 years of age, she is enjoying the best of health.  While here she will be the guest of her nieces, Misses May and Gertrude Brouillette of South Seventh Street.

[Vincennes Commerical].

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