CLAY COUNTY INDIANA
Dec. 30. 1898.
Brazil, IN. Mrs. Lucinda Reese filed suit in
the Circuit Court today asking for divorce with $10,000 alimony,
custody of their 7 minor children, and $500 a year from their father’s
income to help support them. The Reese’s have lived together over 30
yrs and have 14 children living. The defendant resides in the south
part of the county and is very wealthy. Mrs. Reese alleges that her
husband strikes her and treats her in an in human manner; that he will
not allow her to go to church or visit her neighbors. The case has
created a sensation on account of the prominence of the family, as
their neighbors and friends knew nothing of the domestic troubles of
Sept. 1, 1899. Dr. A.M. Kirk charged
with gaining his license by Fraud, was today bound over to court in a
$500 bond, which he gave. The prosecution was brought by the State
medical Board, which alleges that Kirk secured Dr. Shepherd’s
certificate, erased that name and inserted his won, on which the
license was granted. Kirk is now practicing at Parr, this State and is
a prominent druggist there.
Aug. 31, 1899. three hundred miners
employed by the Keeler Coal Company went out on strike today because
the boss at the mine refused to allow them to use powder purchased at
a store that did not belong to the coal company. The miners say they
bought the powder 50 cents cheaper on the keg that that sold by the
Sept 2,1899. The annual meeting of the old settlers of Owen, Clay
& Vigo counties was held at Bowling Green today. Several thousand
people were present, being the largest crowd seen at the old county
seat for many years. Speeches were delivered by R.L.Keith,
president of the Old Settlers’ Association, Major Brant of Bloomington
and E.S. Holliday of this city.
Feb.24,1898. the district meeting of Knight’s of Pythias, composing
Parke, Vermillion, Vigo, Putnam, and Clay counties, met at the opera
house today and was largely attended. James
L. Wilson, of this city, delivered the address of welcome,
and Hon. Union B.
Hunt, of Winchester, grand chancellor, responded. A street
parade was given at 10 o’clock, and was headed by the Brazil Cornet
Band. The merchants had their building elaborately decorated for the
occasion. The session closed with work in the 3rd degree by the Brazil
team and a banquet at night.
Brazil, IN. Feb.25,1898.
John McLenhart, treasurer of
the harmony Odd Fellows’ Lodge, was arrested at harmony today.
McLenhart notified Chief of Police Lauderbock today that burglars had
entered his house last night and robbed him of $410, belonging to the
order of Odd Fellows. Officers were immediately placed at work on the
case, and it was learned from the trustees of the order that McLenhart
had been instructed to deposit the lodge money in Zeller &
Riddell’s Bank, of this city, but instead of doing so he kept it at
his house. The officers were unwilling to believe that McLenhart had
been robbed, and placed him in jail until further investigation can be
made. The books of the order are being audited to determine the
shortage, if any, in the treasurer’s account. Mr. McLenhart is a
prosperous citizen of Harmony, and has always borne a good name, and
his friends are unwilling to believe him guilty of appropriating the
money to his own use.
Brazil, IN. Feb.13,1896.
For the past few weeks the mines though-out the county have been
rapidly closing down, throwing hundreds of miners out of employment.
At present not one-half of the Clay county shafts are in operation,
and those that are running are so crowded that miners cannot make good
No 3, of the Brazil Block Coal Company, located near Harmony, and the
American Beauty, owned by The Zeller Coal Company closed down
yesterday, throwing over 200 men out. No reason is given by the
operators for closing, except that the demand for coal is dull. This
is partly caused by the mild weather of the past month, and from the
fact that numerous large manufacturing establishments through-out the
county are closing down as a result of a general depression in
Brazil, IN. Oct 31, 1898
Charles Bachelor, while
cleaning his shotgun today, accidentally discharged it and the
contents lodged in his 10 yr old brother’s right side and thigh,
wounding him so badly that he will die.
Brazil, Ind., Dec 3.
The wedding of Mark Patterson
and Martha Ferno, which took
place At the home of the bride last evening, was quickly turned from
joy to sadness. Just after the ceremony the bride's grandmother, Mrs, Sophia Ferno. clasped the
bride's hands and wished her much joy, then passed into an adjoining
room, where she fell to the floor, dying in a short time. Heart
disease is said to have caused her death.
Source: Indiana State Journal December 9, 1896
Brazil, Ind., Jan. 9
Much excitement prevailed in the Superior Court room here, this
afternoon, when Prosecuting Attorney Lewis rose in the midst of the
Cory murder tr!al and. addressing the judge said that he
had not the conscience to insist on the court sending Cory to prison
on the evidence given for the State. Cory's attorneys asked Judge
McGregor to instruct the jury to acquit Cory, which, was done. The
court room rangs with cheers for several minutes, and Cory broke down
and wept for joy. George Cory shot and instantly killed Eugene
Fry in a fight near Alum Cave. June 21. 1893.The case was venued from
The $5,000 damage suit of Aaron Sanders, administrator of the estate
of Josiah Wells, against the Chicago and Indiana Coal Company at
Brazil, went to the jury at 4 o'clock Monday and the jury disagreed
yesterday. Wells was killed In a mine belonging to the defendants one
Indiana Journal April 14, 1897
Brazil, Ind., Jan. 27. -About a week ago Edward Yocom, a young farmer
of this county, secured a license to marry Miss Nancy Goodin, aged
fourteen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Goodin, residing south of the
city. The license was procured by a friend swearing that Miss Goodin
was of age. The wedding was set for last night, but Mr. Goodin and his
son armed themselves with double-barreled shotguns and declared they
would kill any one who attempted to take their child. This information
was communicated to Yocom, and he failed to appear to claim his
betrothed. To-day a man representing himself to be an officer called
on Mr. Goodin, stating that he had a warrant for the arrest of Miss
Goodin, but failed to state the nature of the charge. He attempted to
induce her to come to this city with him, but Mr. Goodin, suspecting
that the pretended arrest was a scheme to get his daughter from home
so she could wed Yocom, refused to allow Miss Nancy to accompany the
man, quickly turning him from the house. To-day it developed, after a
thorough investigation, that there had been no warrant issued. Mr.
Goodin and his son are keeping Miss. Nancy under surveillance to
prevent the possibility of an elopement. The Indiana State
Journal, (Indianapolis, IN) Wed., Feb. 1, 1899 - Submitted by Candi
Clay county logs are curious things. A baby was found in one on the
farm of A. Stewart, Esq., near Bowling Green, Monday.
Date: 1877-02-01; Paper: Indianapolis Sentinel
Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News 8 December, 1890
While Miss Dora JONES, of Brazil, was asleep some one raised the
window of her chamber and clipped off her luxuriant hair.
Miss Josie WATTS, daughter of Joseph Watts, of Brazil, who
mysteriously disappeared from home, and for whom the woods were
searched and the ponds dragged, fearing she had met foul play, quietly
went to Terre Haute, where she was joined by Guy TATE, her lover, and
they were married. She then acquainted her parents, and the families
Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News 11 December,
1890 Page 6 column 5 and 6
Minor Events and Little Happenings at Various Places.
The Indiana state fair begins to-day.
Fifty-nine striking miners at Brazil, Ind., returned to work at mine
Newark Daily Advocate (Newark,
Ohio) Tuesday, 24 Sep 1889
Submitted by Cathy Schultz
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 1903 Paper: Elkhart Truth (Elkhart, IN)
STATE WILL SELL A RAILROAD
Vandalia Line Offered for Sale to Satisfy a Judgment. Indianapolis,
lnd., March 25.—Sheriff Bray of Clay county has received from the
clerk of Marion county a legal notice under which he will proceed to
sell the Terre Haute & Indianapolis railroad to satisfy the
judgment of the Marion Superior court, affirmed by the state Supreme
court. The judgment is $913,905.01 and the costs are $1,986.80. In
addition there is 6 per cent interest, which makes the total liability
to the state of Indiana of the Vandalia a little over $1,000,000. It
is thought that the Vandalia "will bring an injunction proceeding in
Federal court to prevent the sheriff from proceeding.
Submitted by Tam Inman
Date: Thursday, October 3, 1872 Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review (Elkhart,
IN) Page: 2
The tooth of a mastodon was found in Clay county the other day that
weighs ninety-two pounds.
Submitted by Tam Inman
Clay County, Brazil, Indiana:
William Penman and wife, who for two months mourned their son as dead,
a friend having written that he was killed in the Philippines, were
treated to a joyful surprise by receipt of information from the war
department that their son is alive and in good health
Source: Custer Co. Republican, Nov. 15, 1900 edition
Contributed by Melody Beery
Richard Stotten, bank boss in mine No. 2 at Brazil, had his back
broken by falling slate, and can not possibly recover.
Date: Thursday, June 18, 1891 Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review
(Elkhart, IN) Page: 2
NOTICE is hereby given, that I will offer for sale at the Court house
door, in the town of Bowling green, Clay county, In. on the first
Monday in October, 1837, the following described tracts of land. To
wit: All of the 16th section, in township, No. 11, North of Range No.
seven West and also the 16th section in township [illegible] ten,
North of Range No. six West. Farmers would do well, to call and look
at the land before sale--all of which will be offered for sale
according to law. Given under my hand, this 11th day of July,
1837. ELI ANDERSON, School Commissioner of Clay County
(Western Plough Boy, vol. 3, no. 25, Greencastle, Ind., Thursday
Morning, August 24, 1837, by J. W. OSBORN & J. H. KNIGHT;
Submitted by Sally H)
MINE VICTIMS RECOVERED
Three Men and Boy Trapped When Gasoline Engine Explodes.
Staunton, Ind.-bodies of three men and a boy who were trapped in the
Hunter "wagon" coal mine, one mile south of here, by the explosion of
a gasoline engine, were removed from the passage of the mine.
Death was caused by suffocation from the smoke and fumes which filled
the mine after the explosion. Timbers and debris caught fire and
prevented rescue workers from entering the mine.
A squad of workers from a United States mine rescue car rushed here
from Vincennes, and finally gained entry to the passage where the
bodies were found
Winthrop News, Nov. 1, 1923, page 5
Submitted by Robin Line
W. B. Roberts, Governor Hovey's private secretary, who was sent to
Brazil, Ind., to investigate the condition of the Clay County miners,
said on the 12th that there were thousands of people in the mining
district who were destitute and near the verge of starvation, and many
of the families had eaten nothing but bread and water for weeks.
Mower County Transcript, June 19, 1889, page 2
Lansing, MM transcribed by Robin Line
Fort Collins Courier, 31 Jul 1907, transcribed by J.S.
Take the Postmaster's Word for it. Mr. F.M. Hamilton,
postmaster at Cherryvale, Indiana, keeps also a stock of general
merchandise and patent materials. He says: "Chamberlain's Colic,
Cholera and Diarrhoea[sic]. Remedy is standard here in its line. It
never fails to give satisfaction and we could hardly afford to be
without it." For sale by F.P. Stover.
The Western Register and Terre-Haute Adviser, Vol 3, No 5 (Terre
Haute, Vigo County, IN) 14 Jan 1826
State of Indiana, Clay County, Harrison Township, November the 14th
Taken up by Thomas L. Gellaspie, one gray Mare Seven years old
fourteen and a half hands high no marks or brands perceivable
appraised to $40 by Mordecai Denney and Jacob Cooprider. J.H. Downing
of Indiana, Clay County, Harrison Township, November the 14th 1825,
transcribed by J.S.
Taken up by John Cooprider one Bay Mare, fourteen hands hand
11 or 12 years old shod all round a star in her forehead left hind
foot white a small white spot behind each shoulder and the pole Evil
arising. Branded on the near shoulder and buttock with J.W.
appraised to $20 by Mordecai Denny, Jacob Cooprider, William
Maxwell. J.H. Downing J.P.
Indiana Intelligencer, Vol 5, No 253 (Charlestown, Clark County,
IN) 25 Jun 1823, transcribed by J.S.
FRANKLIN, (MO.) May 13
We received a letter, a few days since, from Col. Martin Palmer,
of Clay county, stating that he had received information that
the laway Indiana had lately robbed a house in a remote part of
that county, and stolen five horses. The colonel requests us to
state, that he is now raising three or four hundred men with the
intention of marching to their village, recovering the stolen
property, and punishing the aggressors." He requests the aid of
100 mounted riflemen from Howard County, to meet him at the
mouth of Grand River, in the 25th inst.
This expedition, if carried into effect, will we fear, be
productive of serious consequences to our frontier inhabitants,
by involving them in a savage war. If it is true, as stated,
that the Indians have actually stolen these horses, we have no
doubt measures might be adopted to compel a restoration, without
marching a hostile and unauthorized forde into their country.